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Angela Perkosky, 82, Harford, PA passed away October 4, 2005 in Susquehanna, PA. She was the wife of Julius Perkosky, who predeceased her in 1994.

Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Julius and Roseann Perkosky, Midland Park, NJ, James and Jane Perkosky, Harford; four grandchildren, Donna, Tracey, James, Jr., Joel.

Angela was the last of her family.

She was a member of St. Martin of Tours Church, Jackson, PA.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends so desire, expressions of sympathy may take the form of a donation to the Harford Fire Company and Ambulance Corps or to St. Martin of Tours Church.

Arrangements were made by the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, Hallstead.


Shirley Marie Holbrook, 65, Susquehanna, PA, passed away at Mid-Valley Hospital, Peckville, PA, after an illness.

She is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, Gerald Holbrook; one son, David G. Holbrook, Susquehanna; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Patricia and Darryl Heckman, Susquehanna, Dian and Michael Jacobs, Lincoln, MT, Julie M. Maginley, Susquehanna; one sister and brother-in-law, Sherrie and Paul Jacobs, Conklin, NY; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren.

Shirley worked at Putnam Publishing in Kirkwood, NY before her retirement. She was a member of the New Milford Baptist Church, New Milford, PA.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister who will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

A memorial service was held on Monday, October 10 at the New Milford Baptist Church with Pastor David Riley officiating. Burial, Lakeview Cemetery, Lakeview, PA.

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

A Tribute To Eddie Pruner

The name Eddie Pruner may not bring great memories to many Oakland residents, but Eddie lived in Oakland most of his life. He died September 29, 2005.

The “Mayor of Oakland” was how I referred to him many times, as I really got to know him while I worked in the Oakland Food Bank in the borough building where he lived for several years.

He would always drop in at the food bank for some “gossip” as he would say, but when we (the food bank staff) offered him food he, more often than not would refuse, saying “I have enough food, give it to the people that need it.”

Yes, Eddie could be seen walking all over the community, rain or shine. Many thought that was a little odd, but not me. He didn’t have much to do, so he spent most of his time walking and talking to people he knew.

Many times when the food bank needed a board, or a ladder to borrow, Eddie was right there. No, he may not have been the smartest of many lonely people, but he never bothered anyone. I would occasionally ”get under his skin” to get him to talking and take up some of his time.

Yes, “The Mayor” had his own way of life. He kept mostly to himself, which, no doubt he cared to do. But in all sincerity, a niece, Alberta Marvin, can be credited with keeping Eddie in a “healthy state of living” most of his life (after being left alone) and did it until the day he died.

Perhaps, not many will miss Eddie, but I will miss calling him “The Mayor of Oakland,” from which he got a big bang. Eddie is resting now. And may God bless him.


Melissa R. Wilmarth, 84, of New Milford, PA died Saturday, October 8, 2005 at her residence. Born December 19, 1920 in Apalachin, NY, she was the daughter of the late Glenn and Elsie (Cameron) Shoemaker. Her husband, Clifford C. Wilmarth predeceased her on July 16, 2000.

She was employed by Bendix Corporation as a Coil Inserter for 30 years.

She was a member of the South New Milford Baptist Church.

Survivors include daughters and son-in-law, Ruth Ann and Donald Hickok, Largo, FL, Ethel E. Whitney, New Milford, PA; grandchildren and spouses, Frederick Lewis, Jr. and Lavone, Dennis Lewis and Sally David Lewis and Alicia Springett, Lorrie Detwiler and Michael, Robert Lewis and Kim, Audrey Neild and Lindsey, Suzanne Hickok, Donna Hickock, James Hickock and Lynn, Gordon Whitney and Paula, Glen Whitney and Christina, Harvey Whitney and fiancee Erin; 40 great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; sister, Glenna Mae Zikuski, Binghamton, NY; four sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law; numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by, a sister, Ethel Pickering; son, Glen Wilmarth; and two grandchildren, Glen and Michael.

Services will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, October 12, 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 Asera Care Hospice, 749 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit, PA 18411.


David L. Slater, 65, Lanesboro, PA, passed away on Saturday, October 8, 2005, at CMC Hospital, Scranton, PA, after an illness.

He was born in Susquehanna, PA, the son of the late Matthew and Barbara (Marvin) Slater.

He is survived by his wife, Jean Slater; son and daughter-in-law, John and Tami Conniff, Jr., Marietta, GA; sister and brother-in-law, Anne and Elmer Houghton, Hallstead, PA; two grandchildren, Ryan and Katelyn, Marietta, GA; his aunt, Florence Marvin, Des Moines, Iowa; a niece, Lisa Miller, Wyoming, PA.

David owned and operated Slater’s Garage in Lanesboro for many years and currently owned and operated Slater School Bus Transportation. He served in the National Guard and was a member of the Susquehanna Fire Department. David was Mayor of the borough of Lanesboro for the past twelve years.

The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, October 12, at 11:00 a.m. at Hennessey’s Funeral Home, 208 Jackson Ave., Susquehanna, with the Rev. Carl Batzel officiating. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery, Susquehanna.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or Diabetes Association.

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