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Richard L. Vincent, 70, Crescent City, FL, formerly of Hallstead, PA, passed away February 6, 2007 in Palatka, FL. He is survived by his fiancée, Helen Gail Sunok; two daughters, Jiselle L. McDonald, Edgewater, FL, Marlene D. Vincent, Ponte Vedra, FL; three grandchildren, James R. Hook, David M. Hook, Jillena L. Hook, all of Edgewater, FL; two great-grandchildren, Mackenzie and Trevor Hook; three nieces and three nephews.

He was a graduate of Mainland High School, Daytona Beach, Class of 1954. He was honorably discharged from the US Navy in 1962. He owned Hallstead Mobile Homes and three area mobile home parks. He helped plan, develop and promote the construction of Montrose Terrace Park with David Hart of Montrose, PA. During a 25-year career, he was awarded the Top Ten Mobile Home dealer award four times by Vista Homes, Old Forge, PA and once by Derose Industries, Chambersburg, PA. he managed the Sun & Surf Motel in Daytona Beach and later opened Richard Vincent’s auto Ranch in Holly Hill, FL. He was a motorcycle enthusiast and avid water skier. He was a lifetime member of the American Water Ski Association.

Funeral service was held at the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, Hallstead, on Saturday, February 10, with Pastor Donald Littleton officiating. Interment, Rose Hill Cemetery.


Lenton A. Freeman, 86, Susquehanna, PA passed away at his home on Tuesday, February 6, 2007, after an illness.

He is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, James and Jeannie Freeman, Baltimore, MD, Michael A. Freeman, Susquehanna; two daughters and a son-in-law, Wanda Sue Hoover, Sail Creek, TN, Ellen Ann and James Gaither, Annapolis, MD; special friend, Julia Padeletti; brother, Clankton Freeman; two sisters, Callie Cox and Jessie Bean; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Lenton worked in the Maintenance Department at Barnes-Kasson Hospital in Susquehanna before his retirement.

A memorial service was held on Friday, February 9 at Hennessey’s Funeral Home, Susquehanna, with the Rev. Fred Johnson officiating.

Burial, Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Finksburg, MD.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Barnes-Kasson Hospital SNF, 400 Turnpike St., Susquehanna, PA 18847.


Michael J. Matis, Susquehanna, PA, passed away Wednesday, February 7, 2007, after an extended illness, at the age of 82. He was born on September 14, 1924 in Hokendauqua, PA, the son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth Matis. He was predeceased by his brother, John Matis; two sisters, Julie Bieak and Elizabeth Sandova.

He is survived by his loving wife, Frances Matis; one brother, Joseph Matis, Slatington, PA; five children, Margaret and John Pitsko, Nazareth, PA, Joseph and Kathryn Matis, Elizabeth and Terry Tingley, Mark Matis, Matthew Matis, all of Susquehanna. He was a proud grandparent of Julie Matis Beard, Michael D. Matis, Ellen Matis, Ryan Pitsko, Leigh Pitsko, Regan Tingley, and Jordan Tingley; three great-grandchildren, Maura Beard, Evan Beard, and Lilliana Matis, and many nieces and nephews.

Mike was a veteran of World War II, having served in the US Army in both Austria and Germany. Following the war, he was employed by Julius Kayser Lingerie in the Allentown area. In 1948, the company opened a lingerie plant in Susquehanna, and he became the manager. Eight years later, when the company decided to leave the area, Mike opened Matis Manufacturing, later known as Matis Lingerie. Mike was very dedicated to his family and his community. In the years that followed, he employed many at Matis Lingerie and Varsity Lingerie, as well as many other endeavors, such as a teen center, an ice cream and pizza parlor, and the Town Restaurant. In 1980 he purchased the dilapidated Erie Railroad Station in Susquehanna and spent many years restoring it. The Starrucca House became a restaurant and banquet facility, noted on the National Register of Historic Places. Mike’s belief in his community never ceased. In addition to his businesses, he also at various times in the past, served on the Board of Directors of Barnes-Kasson Hospital, County National Bank, Commonwealth Bancshares Corporation, and was a member of Susquehanna Community School Authority. He was honored by the Loyal Order of the Moose in 1970, receiving the Moose Outstanding Citizen Award and in 1986, was honored as Outstanding Citizen by the Greater Susquehanna Chamber of Commerce.

A Memorial Mass was celebrated at St. John’s Church, Susquehanna, on Saturday, February 10.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Church, or to the Susquehanna Fire Department.

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