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Neil A. Durso, 76, Susquehanna, PA, passed away on Sunday, March 6, 2005, at the Barnes-Kasson Hospital SNF, Susquehanna.

He was born in Hazleton, PA, the son of the late Neil “Nat” and Helen (Gaizek) Durso.

He was predeceased by his sister, Sister Ann Marie Durso.

He is survived by  his loving wife of 38 years, Barbara (Vilogi) Durso; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Neil and Karlene Durso, New Kensington, PA, Kalman Durso, Susquehanna; four daughters and two sons-in-law, Barbara and Walter Forrester, Berkeley Heights, NJ, Maria and Michael McIntyre, Haverhill, NH, Corrine Durso, Kailua, Hawaii, Frances Durso, Hallstead, PA; one brother and sister-in-law, James and Mary Durso, Pocono Pine, PA; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Natalie and Michael Paisley,  Hazleton, Angela and Edward LaKovich, Airmont, NY; seven grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Neil was a graduate of Mount St. Mary Seminary of Maryland and Cornell University. He was a retired Reading Teacher from the Windsor School District and he was also a Professional Income Tax Preparer. Neil was a member of St. John’s Church, Susquehanna and a member of the Sons of Italy for 53 years.

The funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 9 at Hennessey’s Funeral Home, and St. John’s Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial was offered by the Rev. Robert Simon. Burial, St. John’s Cemetery, Susquehanna.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Susquehanna Fire Department, P.O. Box 175, Susquehanna, PA 18847.


Rose L. Kane, Binghamton, NY, formerly of Susquehanna, PA, devoted great-grandmother of 21, generous grandmother of eight, and a loving mother of two married children, died February 22, 2005 after living to the wonderful age of 96. Rose was predeceased by her husband, Francis John Kane in 1942. She is survived by the generations above which are the families of her daughter and son-in-law, Rosemary and Arthur Wagner, Rochester, Minnesota; her son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Kay Kane, Conklin, NY; and her brother, James Luciana, Susquehanna. She will be remembered by her family for her devout practice of Catholicism, her culinary skills in producing exceptional eggplant parmigiana, peach jam, and luscious peanut butter balls, and her generous spirit. During her lifetime, she held many jobs and became accomplished at several domestic arts. Her crocheting still cuddles many a child and her cooking is legendary in the family. She will be lovingly missed when we are playing miniature golf, picking strawberries, and around the family table. She was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Church.

Her family would like to extend their deepest appreciation to the fourth floor staff at Susquehanna Nursing Home for the excellent care she received.

A Funeral Mass was offered at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Binghamton, with Father Simon, Pastor of St. John’s Church, Susquehanna, assisting. Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery, Susquehanna, in the Spring.

Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 37 Fayette Street, Binghamton, NY 13901.


Mary Fassett, Susquehanna, PA, formerly of Wilkes-Barre, PA, died Friday, March 11, 2005 at Barnes-Kasson Hospital, Susquehanna.

Born December 29, 1911 in Wilkes-Barre, she was the daughter of the late Thadeus and Catherine O’Toole Dean. She was predeceased by her husband, Albert, in 1989. She was also predeceased by her daughters, Mary Koch, Catherine Fassett; two brothers; two sisters.

Surviving are a son, Albert Fassett, Susquehanna; a sister, Regina Dimirco and a brother, Thadeus Dean, both of Wilkes-Barre; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Lisman Funeral Home, Wilkes-Barre. Interment, Maple Hill Cemetery, Hanover Township.

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