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Ivan W. Brainard, 73, Harford, PA, died Wednesday, December 15, 2004 at the VNA Hospice in Community Medical Center, Scranton. His wife is the former Bonnie Dodge. They celebrated their thirtieth wedding anniversary August 9.

Born in Harford, he was the son of the late Ivan T. and Florence Whitney Brainard. Prior to retirement he was employed as a truck driver for Oneida Motor Freight. He was a member of the First Congregational Church of Harford and a social member of Elk Mountain VFW Post 8488. He loved woodworking and working with his hands.

He is survived by three sons, Kevin Brainard, at home, Tom Brainard, Florida, Marc Millard, Scranton; three daughters, Peggy Woosman, Great Bend, Connie Brainard and Cheryl Clark, both of Florida; three sisters, Dona Warner, Clifford, Sue Borowicz, Susquehanna, Lynnette McAlla, Clifford; one brother, Ronnie Brainard, Susquehanna; nine grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother, Lynn Brainard; and by a sister, Arneta Sanauskas.

Cremation, RH Jones Crematory, Tunkhannock.

Memorial services were held on Saturday, December 18 at the First Congregational Church of Harford, with Pastor Patricia M. White officiating.

Arrangements were made by the Charles H. Litwin Funeral Home, Nicholson.


Larry E. Groover, 62, Susquehanna, PA, passed away Saturday, December 18, 2004 at Barnes-Kasson Hospital, Susquehanna, after an illness.

He is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Clara (Degele) Groover; daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Pete Miller; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Hanane Fields; grandchildren, Ronald, Todd, Maria and Dalia Fields, Cassie and Ashley Miller; seven sisters, Doris Shanley, Janet Kidwell, Jean Keefer, Alice Leader, Sandy Medlar, Nancy Williams, Gloria Melkulcok; five brothers, Louie, Dick, Tom, Chuck and Ed Groover; many, many friends and relatives.

Throughout his life, he served seven years in the Army. He owned Groover’s Body Shop for thirty years. He enjoyed racing and sponsoring and working on stock cars, but most of all, his grandchildren. He was a lifetime DAV member.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, December 22, at 4 p.m. at Hennessey’s Funeral Home, 208 Jackson Ave., Susquehanna., with Rev. Kenneth Bitler officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Barnes-Kasson Hospital Intensive Care Unit, 400 Turnpike St., Susquehanna, PA 18847.

A special thank you to all Barnes-Kasson Hospital staff and Dr. Roger Scott for all the loving care that he received.


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