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Chester L. Carpenter, 89, Crescent City, Florida, formerly of Burnwood, PA, died Saturday, March 24, 2007 in Burlington, Vermont. His wife of 60 years, formerly Lillian M. Silver, had preceded him in death in April of 2000.

Chet was a former area dairy farmer and member of Mount Herman Lodge. For years he was also employed by the Erie Lackawanna Railroad. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and bowler. He was also a carpenter by choice. Many have received his handcrafted items. He loved turning pieces of wood into beautiful pieces.

Surviving are a son and his wife, Gerald Carpenter and Esther, Richmond, VT; a daughter and her husband, Mavis Ann Cottrell and Charles, Burnwood, PA; three granddaughters, Angela A. Gildner and her husband Craig, Washington, D.C., Carolyn S. Non and her husband Steve, Pleasant Mount, PA, Cathy L. Piskorik and her husband Joseph M., Burnwood, PA; and a six-month-old great grandson, Graham Gildner, whom he met for the first time just days before he died.

Also surviving are three sisters, Gladys Ziats, Kentucky, Margaret Silver McCormick, Hallstead, Shirley Elma Heath, Susquehanna; a brother and sister-in-law, Duane Silver and Regina, Bradenton, FL, a sister-in-law, Eva Davis, Waymart PA; many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held in Ararat, PA at a later time.


Irene “Renie” Elizabeth Hurley, 91, Susquehanna, PA, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 31, 2007 at the Barnes-Kasson Hospital SNF, Susquehanna.

She was born on February 12, 1916, in Eynon, PA, the daughter of the late Joseph and Agnes Witko. She was predeceased by her husband, Raymond Hurley; six brothers, Andrew Burns, Joseph Witko, Michael Witko, John Burns, Thomas Burns, Robert Burns; one sister, Marjorie Warholic; three nieces, Carolle Bussa, Marge Meloni, Donna Salansky; two beloved nephews, Raymond Whitehead, James Burns, Jr.

Irene is survived by one brother, James Burns; three sisters, Elizabeth Witko, Rose Plutino, Agnes Whitehead; many nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.

Irene moved to Susquehanna as a young woman. She worked as a waitress at the Erie Lackawanna Station in Susquehanna and at other establishments in town. She retired from Barnes-Kasson Hospital after many years of service in the food preparation department. She was a member of St. John’s Church in Susquehanna, where she served as assistant to many of the priests, cleaning the rectory and preparing meals for them.

She was loved by her family as a strong woman who always put her needs aside for those of others, particularly those who she loved most. She loved to bake and cook and enjoyed sharing her food with her family and friends.

The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 4, 9:30 a.m. at Hennessey’s Funeral Home, 208 Jackson Ave., Susquehanna and 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, Susquehanna.


Eva Markovitch Dew, 61, of Thompson, PA passed away on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 at her home after an illness.

She was predeceased by her mother, Anna Markovitch; uncle, Mike Markovitch; and two aunts, Mary and Sue Markovitch.

Eva is survived by her two children, Kenneth Brett Dew, Mesa, Arizona, and Mary Kerrin Dew, Fair Lawn, New Jersey.

Eva was the director of home health at the Barnes-Kasson Hospital in Susquehanna, PA. She was also a veteran of the United States Navy, where she served as a Lieutenant. She was a member of St. Martin of Tours Church, Jackson. Eva was a very wise and loving mother, as well as excellent mentor who was often referred to as “Mama Dew” by many.

The funeral service was held on Monday, April 2, 2007, at the Hennessey’s Funeral Home, Susquehanna, and at St. Martin of Tours Church, Jackson, where a Mass of Christian Burial was offered by Rev. Kenneth Seegar.

Burial, Lamb’s Cemetery, Jackson, PA.


John A. Amrein, Jr., 62, Susquehanna, PA, passed away Tuesday, March 27, 2007 at the Barnes-Kasson Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born March 30, 1944 in Susquehanna.

John is predeceased by his father, John Amrein, Sr., and is survived by his mother, Helen Amrein; two sons and two daughters, John Amrein III and Deatte Carpenter, Jodie and Todd Manning, Jeanine Collins, Justin Amrein; six grandchildren, Taylor, Haley, Trevor, Zachary, Melayna, Rae Lynn; his two best friends, Don and Mel Gruber.

He was a veteran of the Army National Guard where he served for six years. He worked for Krahler’s Furniture factory for five years, Crowley’s for ten years, and drove a milk truck for Hollis Pickering and Warren Stone. John also had an upholstery shop in Oakland for many years. He was a member of the Susquehanna American Legion Post 86 and the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 794. John also loved playing the guitar. He will be sadly missed by all of his friends and family.

The funeral service was held on Saturday, March 31, at Hennessey’s Funeral Home, Susquehanna, with Rev. Kenneth Bitler officiating. Burial, Evergreen Cemetery, Susquehanna.


Kenneth Emerson Thatcher, 76, Susquehanna, PA entered heaven March 26, 2007, at Wilson Medical Center, Johnson City, NY. For 54 years, he was the beloved husband of Bernita Kent Thatcher, who survives.

Also surviving are their children, Marjorie and Edward Sebring, Moscow, PA, Harry and Mary Thatcher, Dawn and D. J. Meagher, all of Gibson, PA; a brother, Howard Thatcher and wife Alberta, Betty Birtch and husband Jennings, all of Hallstead, PA; in-laws, Douglas Kent and wife Lena, and Geraldine Elbrecht; five grandchildren, Michael Thatcher, Jeremy Thatcher and fiancée Stephanie Gaughan, Natalie, Cooper and Riley Meagher; several nieces and nephews; many special friends.

Ken was predeceased by two brothers and two sisters, Eleanor Wilbur, Gerald (Pudge) Thatcher, Glenn Thatcher, Helen Thatcher.

Ken was very active in the Gibson United Methodist Church. He was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict and was a self-employed quarry man for 55 years. Ken remained an active consultant through his daily updates about the quarry. He was a 1948 graduate of Harford High School and maintained a close relationship with his classmates at reunions held several times each year. His family was the light of his life. He especially enjoyed his grandchildren and spent time with them hunting, fishing, working puzzles, and playing games. To them, he was the World’s Greatest Grandpa.

A funeral service was held at the Gibson United Methodist Church on Thursday, March 29, with Pastor Barbara Doan officiating. Interment, Gibson Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of a donation to the Gibson United Methodist Church Memorial Fund; or to the Relay For Life Team, Gibson Gaitors, RR 1 Box 140, Susquehanna, PA 18847.

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