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Jane Allison Empet, 85, Kingsley, PA, died Monday, February 14, 2005 at the VNA Hospice at Moses Taylor Hospital, Scranton, after complications from a stroke. She was the wife of Arthur Tingley Empet for 64 years.

Born in Harford July 13, 1919, daughter of the late Glenn and Leda Adams Rhodes, she was a graduate of Harford High School. She retired in 1986 as co-owner of Empet Farms. She was a member of the West Lenox Baptist Church for 65 years and the Missionary and Ladies Aid Societies. She enjoyed providing floral arrangements for the services and church functions. She was also a member of the Harford Historical Society and Kingsley Civic Club. Her favorite hobbies included flowers, gardening, ceramics, and canning. She loved entering exhibits at the annual Harford Fair in canning, baking, ceramics, floral arrangements, basket weaving, chair caning, and vegetables.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by four sons, Nelvin and wife Carol, Spencer and wife Charlotte, Dale and wife Peggy, and Van, all of Kingsley; two daughters, Sara Gilbert and husband Dan, Pemberton, NJ, Susan Benning and husband Dale, Nehawka, NE; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers, Neil Rhodes and wife Marlene, Alan Rhodes and wife Margery, Kingsley; a sister, Charlotte Squier and brother-in-law, Robert, Montrose; a sister-in-law, Esther Darrow, Hallstead; a brother-in-law, Charles Young; nieces, nephews.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Leda Young, Baltimore, MD.

The funeral was held at the West Lenox Baptist Church, Kingsley, with her Pastor Lee Mead and son-in-law, Reverend Dan Gilbert officiating. Interment, West Lenox Cemetery.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ladies Aid Society of the West Lenox Baptist Church.


Alice R. Fagan, 84, Susquehanna, PA, passed peacefully Tuesday evening, February 15, 2005, at Barnes-Kasson SNF after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s. She was predeceased by her husband, Alfred and by several other family members.

Alice is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Julia Fagan, Hallstead; a daughter, Laura Braun; a grandson, Timothy and Andrea Braun and their two children, Daniel and Michael, all of Susquehanna; several nieces and nephews.

Alice was a loving and caring lady. She was a longtime member of the Lanesboro Community Church. She worked many years for Matis Manufacturing.

The family would like to thank all of the staff at the SNF, Dr. DellaValle, and Dr. B. Patel for caring for her over the years.

Burial will be at the Starrucca Cemetery at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours.

Those wishing may make a memorial contribution in remembrance of Alice R. Fagan to Barnes-Kasson SNF, 400 Turnpike Street, Susquehanna, PA 18847.


Leonard Boccardo, 97, Montrose, PA, passed away peacefully in his sleep, on Saturday, February 19, 2005 at Gracious Living Estates. He was from Horsham, PA and moved to the Springville area 25 years ago. He was born in Italy to the late Frank and Mary (Stucco) Boccardo. His wife of 49 years, Dorothy, and three brothers predeceased him.

Two daughters, Doris E. Bennett, Montrose, PA, Betty C. Sinclair and husband, Edward, Newport, OR; one son, Leonard Boccardo Jr., and wife, Mitzi, Stokesdale, NC; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; five sisters; one brother; several nieces and nephews survive Leonard.

Mr. Boccardo was a Jehovah’s witness for over 45 years.

A Memorial Service will be held later at the family’s convenience. Interment will be in the White Chapel Gardens, Feasterville, PA.

Arrangements were made through the Daniel K. Regan Funeral Home.

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