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Lorraine E. Pickering, 83, Susquehanna, PA, passed away on Sunday, April 24, 2005 at Fran’s Home Care, Susquehanna, where she had resided for the last seven years.

She was born in Forest City, PA the daughter of the late Lee and Katherine (Mullen) Hillis.

She was predeceased by her husband of 48 years, Ivan Pickering in 1989; three special nephews, Marty Wood, Michael Tarbox, Jason Pickering.

Lorraine is survived by one brother and sister-in-law, Fred and Patricia Hillis, Johnson City, NY; three sisters, Rita Hillis, Ridgefield Park, NJ, Marjorie Wood and Patricia Tarbox, both of Susquehanna; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Lorraine lived in Peekskill, NY until returning to Susquehanna in 1990, where she had been active in the Church and Girl Scouts. She was loved by all who knew her and will miss her beautiful smile. She is a member of St. John’s Church, Susquehanna.

The funeral service was held on April 28 at Hennessey’s Funeral Home, Susquehanna, and at St. John’s Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial was offered by the Rev. Robert Simon. Burial, Lakeview Cemetery, Lakeview, PA.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Church, 101 Jackson Ave., Susquehanna, PA 18847.


Paul W. Truskolaski, 73, Great Bend, PA, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, April 27, 2005 in Susquehanna. S. Jane Ralston Truskolaski, his wife of 54 years, survives.

Also surviving are their children, Rickey P. Truskolaski and wife Judy, Newnan, GA, Cindy Visser, Newnan, GA, Martin J. Truskolaski, Windsor, NY, Wendy Cobb and husband David, Montrose, PA; a sister, Helen Ramey, Binghamton, NY; seven grandchildren, Rickey J., Brandi, Tara, Paul, Joseph, Ashley and Christy; four great-grandchildren, Bartley John, Taylor, Brooke, and Kaylee.

Paul attended St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church as a youth. During his working years he was employed by Crowley Dairy, Binghamton and Seddon-Lathrop, Montrose.

Funeral services were held at the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, Hallstead, and at St. Lawrence Church, Great Bend, where a Mass of Christian Burial was offered by the Reverend Joseph S. Sitko.


June M. Hall, Oakland, PA, passed away suddenly on Thursday, April 28, 2005, at Barnes-Kasson Hospital, Susquehanna, PA.

She was born in Carbondale, PA, the daughter of Frederick and Hazel (Barrows) Howell.

She is survived by her loving husband of 20 years, Ronal J. Hall and her son, Craig J. Hall, at home; one sister and brother-in-law, Louise and Richard Venne, Hop Bottom, PA; one brother and sister-in-law, Frederick and Lucinda Howell, Jr., Montrose, PA; her mother-in-law, Jean Hall, Oakland; grandmother-in-law, Eva Preston, Oakland; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Robert and Tina Hall, Susquehanna; two nieces, Jessica and Ericka Howell and a nephew, Ryan Hall.

June was a member of the Susquehanna United Methodist Church, Susquehanna. She worked as a Nurses’ Aide at Barnes-Kasson Hospital, Susquehanna. When she wasn’t working, she loved to work in her garden. She was a loving wife, mother, daughter and friend who will be missed by all.

The funeral service was held on Monday, May 2 at Hennessey’s Funeral Home, Susquehanna, with the Rev. Burton F. Wilbur officiating. Burial, Gelatt Cemetery, Gelatt, PA.

Memorial contributions may be made to Barnes-Kasson Hospital SNF, Susquehanna, PA; or the Susquehanna Fire Department Ambulance.


Elma Augusta Bedford Baldwin, 85, Susquehanna, PA, was taken home to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 28, 2005 at the Barnes-Kasson Hospital SNF, Susquehanna, after an illness.

Elma was born October 4, 1919 in Starrucca, PA, daughter of the late Boyd and LaRena Bedford.

She was predeceased by her husband, Adrian Baldwin; three sons, Adeon, Adrian and Hal Baldwin; brothers, Bruce, Jay, Sterling, Clayton, Donald; and sister, Edna Bedford.

Elma is survived by one son, Wilson E. Baldwin, Thompson, PA; one daughter and son-in-law, Joan and David Hanrahan, Susquehanna; daughters-in-law, Rhondra Baldwin, Betty Kochmer; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Boyd and Bernice Bedford, Jr., Lamont and Jean Bedford, all of Susquehanna; 12 grandchildren, Philip Baldwin, Karen Kochmer, Kristine Baldwin, Barbra Wheeler, April Brewer, wonderful Tracy Ball, Laurie Frye, Jeffrey Baldwin, Shannon Poll, Adrienne Lupo, Elizabeth Hanrahan, Scott Baldwin; nine great-grandchildren, Brenda Kochmer, Michael, Steven and Emily Frye, John Ball, Amber Carpenetti, Jacki Wheeler, Bryce Baldwin, Noah Poll; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Elma was a member of the Lanesboro Community Church, Lanesboro, PA and a member of the Rebekah Lodge. She was retired from Barnes-Kasson Hospital, where she was a nurses’ aide.

The funeral service was held on Tuesday, May 3 at the Lanesboro Community Church, with the Rev. Carl Batzel officiating. Burial, Starrucca Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Barnes-Kasson Hospital SNF, Susquehanna, PA; or Lanesboro Community Church, Lanesboro, PA.

Arrangements were made by Hennessey’s Funeral Home, Susquehanna.



Nelson W. Crawford, 84, of Elk Lake, PA, formerly of Great Bend, PA, went to be with his Heavenly Father Friday, April 29, 2005 after a lengthy illness. He was born May 26, 1920 in Laurens, NY to the late William and Ida (Pierce) Crawford. His wife of 38 years, Erma (Hunsinger) Crawford survives him.

Also surviving are his five children and their spouses, James F. and Kathleen Crawford, Susquehanna, PA, Beverly C. and Gerald Parks, Windsor, NY, Carole B. and Daniel Klym, Susquehanna, Roger L. Crawford, Susquehanna, Ronald L. and Sue Crawford, Susquehanna; two stepsons, Dennis J. and Mary Lou Mudge, Hallstead, PA, Douglas R. and Charlotte Mudge, Clifford, PA; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 8 step-grandchildren; 14 step-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, a brother and sister predeceased him.

He was employed by the former Magnetics Labs in Hallstead, PA and later operated his own saw shop, Crawford’s Saw Shop in Great Bend.

Services were held Monday, May 2, at the Bartron-Myer Funeral Home, Inc., a Selected Independent Funeral Home, 74 Church Street, Montrose, PA.

The family suggests that, if desired, memorial contributions may be made to either the Shepard Chapel, P.O. Box 416, Gravette, AR 72736; or the Montrose Minute Men, P.O. Box 461, Montrose, PA 18801.

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