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Gerald Arthur Lake, 69, Susquehanna, PA, passed away Friday, April 9, 2004 at the Community Medical Center, Scranton, PA after an illness.

He was born in Susquehanna, the son of the late William and Gladys (Bedford) Lake.

He was predeceased by his sisters, Dorothy A. Holmes, Marguerite Lee, Madelyn Vallelong; a brother, Francis Lake.

Gerry is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Janice E. Lake; one sister, Loretta Hunt; several nieces and nephews; his faithful companion, Casey.

He was owner and operator of Lakey’s, Inc. of Susquehanna for over 40 years. He was a veteran of the United States Army and a member of the American Legion Post 86 and Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 794 of Susquehanna. He was an avid pool shooter and bowler, and will be missed by his family and many friends. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 14, 11:00 a.m. at Hennessey’s Funeral Home, 208 Jackson Ave., Susquehanna, with Rev. Kenneth Bitler officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.


Rev. Clarence A. Snedeker, 94, Union Dale, PA pass to his Eternal Reward Friday, April 9, 2004 at the home of his grandson, Rev. Donald D. and Linda Snedeker (stepdaughter). He was preceded in death by three wives, Lela Bartleson, Elizabeth Law and Jane E. Willson.

Born October 13, 1909 at Poyntelle, PA, he was the son of the late Frank and Minnie Brown Snedeker. He was a graduate of Preston High School, Lakewood. He had been a dairy farmer and lineman, by trade, working with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers #1249, Syracuse, NY.

In the mid-1940’s he entered the ministry with the New York Conference of the Free Methodist Church. His first pastorates were Lake Como and Equinunk, PA. He also held credentials with the Church of the Nazarene. In the 1950’s he returned to farming in the Lacona-Sandy Creek, NY area and took care of his elderly parents while doing some pastoral work in Kassog, NY. He also continued working as a lineman until a major accident on the power lines forced him to sell the farm.

In 1961, he returned to the ministry at the call of the Susquehanna Conference of the Free Methodist Church with Pastorates in St. Regis Falls and Brandon Center, NY. During that time he served as Platform Manager of the West Bangor (NY) Free Methodist Camp. In 1964, he opened the Bethel Holiness Chapel, Raymondville, NY. At this time he and his wife also operated the McCall Personal Care Home, Norfolk, NY.

In 1966, he assisted Rev. Wayne Stiffler as a founder of the Altoona–Allegeny Wesleyan Methodist Church. In 1967, he relocated to Adirondack Bible College and in 1968, was an interim pastor of the Moira Evangelical Wesleyan Church. He later served as pastor at the Community Church in Tenantville, NY. In 1973, he opened the Independent Holiness Church of Gloversville, NY, and served there until 1977. In 1977, he served the Lake Idlewild Evangelical Wesleyan Church. His last full-time pastorate was Rome (NY) Evangelical Wesleyan Church.

He had been ordained by the Bible Missionary Church, Inc. He was the oldest Ordained Elder in the Eastern Conference of the Evangelical Wesleyan Church and held his Evangelistic Credentials since 1994. He has held Evangelistic meetings in New York, Florida, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, North Carolina and Nebraska. In his later years, he was the Adult Sunday School Teacher at the Lake Idlewild Evangelical Wesleyan Church and Trustee of both the Mt. Zion Evangelical Wesleyan Church, East Stroudsburg and the Stateline Evangelical Wesleyan Church, Great Bend.

He is survived by a daughter, Beverly Gregory, St. Cloud, FL; a son, Dale Snedeker, Whitney Point, NY; two additional stepdaughters, Virginia Beesmer, West Hurley, NY, Helen Junod, Mahaffey, PA; a stepson, Denis Willson, Derry, NH; a sister, Ethel Lawton, Northville, NY; 22 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews.

He was preceded in death by a son, Robert C.; a brother, Raymond; a stepdaughter, Marjorie Gagne; a grandson, Timothy P. Fracassee.

The funeral service was conducted on Tuesday, April 13 at the Stateline Evangelical Wesleyan Church, Great Bend, by his grandson, Rev. Donald D. Snedeker, Pastor; Bishop W. L. Sarber, Conference President; and Rev. Charles MacDonald, Evangelist. Interment, Willow View Cemetery, Clifford.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Building Fund of the Stateline Evangelical Wesleyan Church; or Evangelical Wesleyan Home Mission Work of Moira, NY; both care of RR 1 Box 1444, Route 11, Great Bend, PA 18821.

Arrangements were made by the Oliver R. Shifler Funeral Home, Carbondale.


Reba M. Stalker, 76, Thompson, PA, passed away Sunday, April 11, 2004 at the Forest City Nursing and Rehab Center after an illness.

She was born in Rogersville, Missouri, the daughter of the late Herman and Ethel Wimmer.

She was predeceased by her husband, Clayton Stalker; three brothers, Ward, Gene and Bill Wimmer.

Reba is survived by two sons, Earl Baughman, Derek Stalker; four daughters, Ruby Shipman, Peg Owens, Sue King, Brenda Glover; one brother, Robert Wimmer; two sisters, Ola Huckaby, June Cox; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews.

She was a loving mother and will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

A private family memorial service will be held at Hennessey’s Funeral Home in Susquehanna.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Thompson Hose Company Ambulance, Thompson, PA 18465.

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