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Memorial Mass

There will be a Memorial Service to celebrate the life of Mary O’Neil Marr, daughter of the late James and Claire Williams O’Neil at St. John the Evangelist Church, Susquehanna, PA at 10:00 a.m., July 22, 2006.

All of Mary’s friends and classmates, and friends of the O’Neil family are cordially invited to attend this celebration. There will be a reception immediately following the service at the American Legion Hall, Susquehanna.


Memorial Service

Thompson Baptist Church will be holding a Memorial Service in Pauline Avery’s honor at the church on Sunday July 23 during the Morning Worship Service at 10:45 a.m. The church family invites all those who knew and loved her to join them in a time of worship and celebration of her home-going. There will be an opportunity to share memories, sing her favorite hymns, and read from her favorite scripture passages. A Memorial Fund has been established in her name to benefit the Child Evangelism Fellowship of Susquehanna County. An offering will be taken for this Memorial Fund the day of the service, or can be mailed: C/O Thompson Baptist Church, P.O. Box 430, Thompson, PA 18465-0430.


Pauline E. Avery, 87, Thompson, PA, passed away Monday, July 10, 2006 at the Marian Community Hospital, Carbondale, PA after an illness. She was born in Endicott, NY, the daughter of the late Harold and Flossie (Quick) Phillips. She was predeceased by her husband, Gordon Lee Avery.

Pauline is survived by her one son and daughter-in-law, Philip M. and Mary Avery and family, Thompson, PA; one daughter, Eileen Avery Kerr, Blueridge, GA; one brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Arlene Phillips, Johnson City, NY; one sister-in-law, Anna Avery, Los Angeles, CA; three grandchildren, Jennifer L. Saul, Chad A. Avery, and Kayla D. Dakes; three great-grandchildren, Avery, Owen and Charlie.

Pauline was a beloved and caring mother to her children and grandchildren. She was a member of the Thompson Baptist Church, where she was a church Deacon and Sunday School teacher for many years. Pauline helped her husband run the family business in Thompson for many years.

A viewing was held on Thursday, July 13 at Hennessey’s Funeral Home, Susquehanna.

A graveside service will be held at the Ararat Cemetery, Ararat, PA at a later date.


George Andrejko, 68, Tracy, CA, died Sunday, July 9, 2006, at his home after a short and courageous battle with cancer. He was predeceased by his parents, Ann and John.

He is survived by his daughters Lisa Andrejko and Kim Andrejko, both of Tracy, CA; son, Chris Andrejko, Eugene, OR; grandsons, Tom and Joe Signorino, Tracy, CA; former wife, Ellie (DeWitt) Andrejko, Tracy, CA; aunts Mary Brown, San Jose, CA, Marge Aleba and Helen Schautt, both of Florida, Lillian Petrzala, Binghamton, NY; uncle, Joe Bisaha, IL; special cousin Lynn (Nemconsky) Jacobson, San Jose, CA; many other cousins, nieces and nephews, and in-laws; and best friend, Tom Casas.

George was a retired accountant. He enjoyed reading, dog-sitting, trips to Las Vegas and the NY Yankees. He loved people and loved life and will be deeply missed.

A memorial service was held on Friday, July 14, 2006 at Grace Brethren Church, 1480 Parker Ave., Tracy, CA. Inurnment will be private.

Hotchkiss Mortuary of Tracy, CA handled arrangements.

Contributions in Mr. Andrejko’s name may be sent to Sutter VNA & Hospice, 4600 S. Tracy, Blvd., Ste. 101, Tracy, CA 95377.


Edyth A. Williams, 85, Hallstead, PA, passed away July 12, 2006 in Great Bend, NY. She was the daughter of the late Frank S. and Louella Thomas Lewis. Edyth was predeceased by her husband, Gordon E. Williams, Sr., in 1975.

Surviving are two sons, Gordon E. Williams, Jr. and wife Linda, Hallstead, PA, Gary E. Williams, Montrose, PA; two sisters, Dorothy Morrison and Iva Margets; a brother-in-law, Earl Williams, Jr. and wife Betty; a sister-in-law, Pearl Williams; three grandchildren, Lisa Brown and husband Craig, Jamie Williams, Jessie Wright; four great-grandchildren, Heather, Christopher, Damon, and Courtney; several nieces and nephews.

Edyth was a member of the United Methodist Community Church, Great Bend, PA. She was active in numerous civic groups including serving as an Executive Director and Curator at Old Mill Village Museum; a Founding Member and First President of the Business and Professional Women’s Club of PA; a Founding Member and First President of the Hallstead Civic Club; a member of the Harford Agricultural Society for many years and served as its Superintendent; the former President of the Tri Boro Women’s League. She enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a conservationist. She was a former member of the Hallstead-Great Bend Rod and Gun Club and a former Girl Scout Leader.

A funeral service was held at the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, Hallstead, on Saturday, July 15 with Mr. Eddie Arnold officiating. Interment, Rose Hill Cemetery, Hallstead.


Roger D. Grovenor, 89, New Milford, PA passed away July 12, 2006 at his home. He is survived by his companion of 20 years, Irene Barnes.

Also surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Rosemary and Jay Blatchley, Darien, NY, Susan and Gary Decker, Susquehanna, PA; four grandchildren, Jay Michael, Nick and Joe Blatchley, Brad Decker; two great-grandsons, Cole and Luke Blatchley; his special friends, Bobby and Donna Barnes, and Etha Grogan.

He was predeceased by a great-grandson, Brett Decker and by a sister, Esther Milano.

Roger was a veteran of World War II and was awarded a Purple Heart. He was a member of the Odd Fellows and was a life member of both the VFW Post 6223, Great Bend, PA and the American Legion Post 357, Hallstead, PA. For many years he operated Roger’s Market in New Milford.

A memorial service was held at the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, Hallstead, on Sunday, July 16, with Father Joseph Sitko officiating.


Joseph L. Skurski, 83, Susquehanna, PA, passed away at home on Thursday, July 13, 2006 after an illness.

He was predeceased by his wife, Helen; three brothers, John, Lou, Tony; one sister, Kathryn.

Joseph is survived by three sons and one daughter-in-law, Mark Skurski, Starrucca, PA, Joey Skurski, Starrucca; Mike and Cathy Skurski, Union Dale, PA; seven daughters and five sons-in-law, Pat and Bentley Mead, Poyntelle, PA, Sharon and Delton Braun, Midwest City, OK, Mary Lou and Paul McDonald, Huddleston, VA, Barbara and Lee Wolf, Susquehanna, Sandra and Pete Urban, Waymart, PA, Sue Skurski and Rick Peterson, Jones, OK, Laura Clayton, Clarksville, TN; three sisters, Betty Tripp, Sally Dizigan, Helen Kozma; 19 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Joseph was a member of St. Paul’s Church, Starrucca, PA. He owned and operated a dairy farm in Starrucca before his retirement.

The funeral service was held on Monday, July 17 at Hennessey’s Funeral Home, Susquehanna, with the Rev. Kenneth Seegar officiating.

Burial, St. Paul’s Cemetery, Starrucca.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Susquehanna Fire Department, Erie Blvd., Susquehanna, PA 18847.


Marcene Phillips, 72, Susquehanna, PA, passed away Friday, July 14, 2006 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA.

She was born in Ravena, Ohio, the daughter of the late Lawson C. and Lucille R. Fox.

She was predeceased by her husband, Bruce Phillips; and one brother, Theodore J. Fox.

Marcene is survived by three brothers, Lawson C. Fox, Jr., Robesonia, PA, Larry S. and Kathy Fox, Susquehanna, Hugh P. Fox and Mindy McIntyre, Port Crane, NY; one sister, Donna Jean Falkowski, Howell, NJ; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Susquehanna and the Eastern Starr. She retired from the BonTon Department Store in Johnson City, NY after over 50 years in the department store business.

The funeral service was held on Tuesday, July 18 at Hennessey’s Funeral Home, Susquehanna, with Rev. Kenneth Bitler officiating.

Burial, Evergreen Cemetery, Susquehanna.


Manuel Diaz, Sr., 80, New Milford, Harford Township, died Thursday, July 13, 2006 at home. His wife is the former Maria Fernandes. They had been married for 57 years.

Born in New York City, he was the son of the late Benedict and Maria Lopes da Silva Diaz. Prior to retirement he was a dairy farmer. He was a member of Saint Patrick’s Church, Nicholson.

He was a World War II Army veteran, serving with the Military Police in Europe and the Philippines. After his military service, he worked for Parke Davis and also attended Columbia University night school in New York City.

In 1949 he moved to Harford Township where he became a successful dairy farmer. He was an avid reader, enjoyed classical music, and also enjoyed playing golf during his retirement years.

Also surviving are five daughters, Mary and husband Charles Stankevich, Harford, Catherine and husband Garry Foltz, New Milford, Cecelia Zammito, Largo, FL, Josephine Diaz, Dunmore, Gloria and husband Vince Conway, Kingsley; five sons, Maurice, New Milford, Manuel, Jr., New Milford, Benedict, Nicholson, John, Kingsley, Anthony, New Milford; 19 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one stepsister, Maria Cabral, Funchal, Madeira Island; two nieces; cousins.

Funeral services were held on Monday, July 17 from the Charles H. Litwin Funeral Home, Nicholson, with Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Nicholson. Interment, St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Nicholson.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph’s Center, Scranton; or the Harford Fire Company, Harford, PA.

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