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WILLIAM F. FORAN
William F. Foran of Palmyra, formerly of North Huntingdon, passed away peacefully in his home on January 30, 2007 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Bill was an avid runner for many years completing 15 marathons, including the Boston Marathon in 1982. Bill graduated from University of Scranton and Duquesne University, and did post graduate work at the University of Pittsburgh. He was employed by the Pennsylvania Crime Commission, The Office of Inspector General and the Pennsylvania Department of Probation and Parole from which he retired in 2002.
Bill was born in Susquehanna, PA the son of Lillian and Ross Foran, who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Ross Foran.
Bill is survived by his wife, Bernie; daughter, Courtney, her husband Stephen and their children, Conner, Riley, Will, and Molly Delaney, Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania; son Sean, his wife Lisa and their children, Jude and Jonas Foran, Chicago, Illinois. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Suzanne Haman and her husband, Donald Haman, Palm City, Florida; brother, Thomas and his wife, Janice Foran, Muriells Inlet, South Carolina; several nieces and nephews.
Viewing took place at Kreamer’s Funeral Home, Annville, PA on Friday, February 2, with a Mass at The Church of the Holy Spirit in Palmyra on Saturday, February 3.
Memorial donations may be made to the Good Samaritan Health System Hospice or to the Benedictine Sisters of Pittsburgh, PA.
MARION C. KOTAR
Marion C. Kotar, 80, Hallstead, PA, passed away February 3, 2007 in Johnson City, NY. She was a loving mother and nana, and was the daughter of the late William and Lenora Planishek.
Marion is survived by one son, Mark W. Kotar, Hallstead; one granddaughter, Marissa Kotar; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Albert and Florence Planishek, Towanda, PA, Donald and Shirley Planishek, Apalachin, NY; a niece and seven nephews, William, Robert, Thomas, David, Beverly, Larry, Alan and Paul; by many dear neighbors at Emerson Apartments; and by family and friends of the Forest City area.
Marion was a member of St. Lawrence Church, Great Bend, PA. She was employed at GAF, General Electric at Westover, and was retired from Magnetic Labs.
Funeral services will be held at the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, 5 Susquehanna Avenue, Hallstead, on Wednesday, February 7, at 10:30 a.m. and at 11:00 at St. Lawrence Church, Great Bend, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered by the Reverend Joseph Sitko. Interment will be in Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery, Carbondale, PA.
Should friends so desire, expressions of sympathy may take the form of a donation to the American Heart Association, 26 Washington Street, Binghamton, NY 13901.
LAMONT G. BEDFORD
The Lord took home, Lamont G. Bedford, 77, Oakland, PA, on Wednesday, January 31, 2007.
Lamont is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Jean E. (Kuiper) Bedford; son, Keith Lamont Bedford and Shelley Nardozzi, Dunmore, PA; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Barbara Jean and Eric Upright, Susquehanna, Noreen Lillian Bedford, Blairsville, GA, Lori-Lynn and Jim Marcello, Windsor, NY; one brother and sister-in-law, Boyd (June) and Bernice Bedford, Susquehanna; ten grandchildren; great-grandchildren; dear family friends, Daryl Colditz and Chet Beamer; many nieces and nephews.
He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict, with honors.
Lamont was a retired truck driver from Colwell Construction of Blairsville, GA.
A memorial service was held on Sunday, February 4 at the Windsor United Methodist Church, Windsor, NY, with Pastor Debra Pritz officiating.
CARMEN JOAN PERKINS
Carmen Joan (LaPointe) Perkins, 70, Oakland, PA, passed away on Sunday, January 28, 2007, at 8:15 a.m. with her family by her side, after a courageous battle with cancer.
She was born on May 18, 1936 in Crown Point, New York, the daughter of the late Alphonse and Ruth LaPointe.
Carmen was predeceased by her daughter, Catherine Castalloni; two sisters, Patricia Brier, Marion McCellen; brother, Martis LaPointe; and longtime friend, Dulan (Fred) VanDuser.
She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Tania (Cortright) and Lawrence Meck, Sharon and Albert Baker, Jr., both of Susquehanna; five grandchildren, Ashley Meck, Kathryn Meck, Brandy Baker, Matthew Baker, Kyle Baker; many nieces, nephews and brothers-in-law.
Carmen was a free-spirited person who loved animals very much. A resident of Marnard, Massachusetts for many years, she decided to come to Pennsylvania, instantly falling in love with the Susquehanna area and living here the last 25 years.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 10, at 2:30 p.m. at the Jackson Baptist Church, Jackson, PA, with the Rev. Gary Haskell, Sr., officiating.
The family would like to thank Hospice for their support and help, and also April Albro, Doreen Moat, and Carrie Lurie.
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