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Francis (Punkin) E. Lake, Jr., 48, Susquehanna, PA, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, March 22, 2005 at Barnes-Kasson Hospital, Susquehanna.

Francis is the son of the late Francis and Katherine (Trussey) Lake.

He leaves behind his wife of 18 years, Barbara (Nalbone) Lake; three sons, David, Francis II, and Vincent, all of Susquehanna; several brothers, sisters, in-laws, nieces, nephews, and cousins; one aunt, Loretta Hunt; many friends. Four of his closest friends were Ed Groover, Jack Keenan, Ken Wilmot and Chuck Beck.

Frank was a member of the SAL Post 86, Susquehanna, for many years. He loved NASCAR Racing, fishing, and watching his sons play sports.

The funeral service was held March 29 at Hennessey’s Funeral Home, and at St. John’s Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial was offered by the Rev. Robert Simon. Burial, Evergreen Cemetery, Susquehanna.


Donald E. Keller, 69, State College, PA, formerly of Susquehanna, PA, passed away on Saturday, March 26, 2005, after a brief illness.

He was born March 20, 1936, the son of the late Joseph and Anna Belle (McClain) Keller. He was predeceased by a sister, Jean Swartwood.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Elizabeth (Radicchi) Keller; a daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly and David Ache; a son, Ryan Keller and his fiancée, Mishra Harris; two loving grandchildren, Owen Keller and Catherine Elizabeth Ache; his sister-in-law, Mary Jo Hart; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Philip and Barbara Radicchi; two special nieces, Joyce Page and Jacki Hart; many special friends.

He served two years in the United States Air Force. Donald worked for many years as a machinist at Matis’ Manufacturing and Nickle’s Tool. He served on the Oakland Borough Council for fifteen years and was their River Bounty representative. He was a member of the Susquehanna American Legion Post 86, and the State College Elks club.

With him we always felt that “Our family is a circle of strength of love. With every birth and every union, the circle grows. Every joy shared adds more love. Every crisis faced together makes the circle stronger.”

The funeral service was held on Tuesday, March 29 at Hennessey’s Funeral Home, Susquehanna, with the Rev. Robert Simon officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Susquehanna Fire Department, P.O. Box 175, Susquehanna, PA 18847; or Susquehanna County Library, Erie Blvd., Susquehanna, PA 18847.

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