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Alice Jane Spoonhower, 84, Leesburg, FL, formerly of Susquehanna, PA, passed away Sunday, December 10, 2006 after an illness.

She was born in Susquehanna, the daughter of the late Leo and Grace Spoonhower.

She was predeceased by four brothers, Dick Spoonhower, Robert Spoonhower, Bodie Spoonhower, Frank Spoonhower; a sister, Mimi Spoonhower.

Alice is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Candee and Ron Thomson, Leesburg, FL; grandson, Bo Thomson, Canton, NY; granddaughter, Jennifer Thomson, Albany, NY; great-granddaughter Bianca Devita, Albany, NY; three special nieces, Kim, Pam and Lenore; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was a member of St. John’s Church, Susquehanna, and its Altar Rosary Society. She retired from Bendix Corp., Sidney, NY, after 35 years and also worked for the Windsor Golf Course and Reddon’s Drug Store in Susquehanna.

Alice enjoyed golf, playing cards, travel, and gambling trips to Atlantic City, but most of all she loved spending time with her family. She will be deeply missed by her family and many friends.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, December 30, at 10 a.m. at St. John’s Church, Susquehanna, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered by Rev. Robert Simon.

Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery, Susquehanna.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Church, 101 Jackson Ave., Susquehanna, PA 18847.


Dorothy Lee Thorn, 71, Thompson, PA, died Sunday, December 17, 2006 at the Community Medical Center after a brief illness. She was the widow of Howard K. Thorn, who died on December 18, 2005. They were married for 51 years.

Born in Honesdale, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Helen Spencer Lee.

She was a member of the Ararat United Methodist Church, where she served as treasurer. She was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary for Thompson Hose Company. Prior to her retirement she was employed for  many years as a cafeteria employee for the Susquehanna Community School District, where she was well known as “Mom” and in later years, “Grandma” to many of the students.

Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, James and Anne Thorn, Susquehanna, Kenneth and Laurie Thorn, Harford; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Paula Ralston and her companion Joe Hawkins, Nicholson, Dolores and Warren Stone, Thompson, Cathy and James Megivern, Thompson; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Carlton (Joe) Lee, Union Dale, Roger and Anita Lee, Forest City; ten grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Ralph (Woody) Lee.

The funeral was held on Wednesday, December 20 at the Ararat United Methodist Church, with service by Pastor Lloyd Canfield. Interment, Ararat Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Ararat United Methodist Church, c/o Joyce Thorn, P.O. Box, Thompson, PA 18465.


Catherine (Kathleen) Burke, 72, Susquehanna, PA, passed away Tuesday, December 19, 2006 at the Mid-Valley Hospital in Peckville, PA, after a long, courageous battle with lung cancer.

She was born on August 14, 1934 in Glasgow, Scotland to the late James and Margaret (Orr) Hannigan, and later immigrated to the United States in 1959. She was predeceased by a sister, Margaret Hannigan; and a granddaughter, Stacy Marie Waldeck.

She is survived by her loving husband of 45 years, John Burke; children, Theresa Waldeck, James Burke, Kevin Burke, Deborah Albert; grandchildren, Stephanie Waldeck, Gregory Albert, Liam Burke; step-granddaughter, Danielle Dobres; brothers, James Hannigan, Robert Hannigan, Francis Hannigan; aunt, Mary Orr; uncle, John Orr; sister-in-law, Mary Hannigan; sister and brother-in-law, Grace and Tom Sabatano; brother and sister-in-law, James and Debra Burke; daughters-in-law, Kathy Burke, Bernadette Burke; future son-in-law, Patrick O’Connell; many cousins, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews, and many friends.

She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church of Susquehanna and its Altar Rosary Society. Kathleen was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and Barnes-Kasson Hospital SNF, Susquehanna.

All who knew her will miss her gentle, caring way.

The funeral service was held on Friday, December 22 at Hennessey’s Funeral Home, Susquehanna, and at St. John’s Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial was offered by Rev. Robert Simon. Burial, St. John’s Cemetery, Susquehanna.

Memorial contributions may be made to Southern Care Hospice, 851 Commerce Blvd., Suite 101-102, Dickson City PA 18519.

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