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Anna Marie (Plutino) Binder, 73, Susquehanna, PA, passed away Saturday, March 17, 2007 at the Barnes-Kasson Hospital SNF after an illness.

She was born in Rock Rift, NY, the daughter of the late Nicholas and Isabelle (Gorton) Plutino.

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert C. Binder; four brothers, Nicholas Plutino, Joseph Plutino, Alex (Tiny) Plutino, Ernest Plutino.

Anna is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Kris E. and Julia Binder, E. Northport, NY: two daughters and one son-in-law, Deborah Binder Zayas, Queens, NY, Anne Lee and William J. Conklin, Susquehanna; four sisters, Lillian Klym, Mary Frances Gow, Nancy Collier, Linda Norris; one brother, Paul Plutino, California; five grandchildren, Jonathan Zayas, Caryn Conklin, Kelly Conklin, Kristen Binder, Steven Binder; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m. at St. John’s Church, Susquehanna, with Rev. Robert Simon officiating. The family and friends are invited for a time of fellowship at the American Legion in Susquehanna at noon on the 21st.

The family asks that a donation in lieu of flowers be made to your favorite charity. Cards can be sent to Anne Lee Conklin, 405 Washington St., Susquehanna, PA 18847.


Beverly Lawrence, 72, Oakland, PA, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, April 1, 2007, with her family present, following an illness.

She was predeceased by her parents, Leonard and Nettie Roe; brother, Leonard Roe; two sisters, Arlene Decker, Lillian Hall.

Beverly is survived by her husband of 50 years, William Lawrence; daughters, Debby Frye, Barb and Louie Stone, Chris Breese and Phil Baldwin; son, William and Kristen Lawrence; seven grandchildren, Shawn Venesky, Danielle Stone and Rich Ainey, Andrea Venesky, Ben Frye, Deanna Stone, Devin Breese and Will Lawrence (her little guy); one great-granddaughter, Katelyn Ainey (her doll baby); five brothers, Donald, William, Robert, Raymond and Frederick Roe; two sisters, Beatrice Tross, Betty Williams.

She was a member of St. John’s Church and its Altar and Rosary Society. Beverly lived for her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchild.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, April 5 at Hennessey’s Funeral Home, Susquehanna, and at St. John’s Church with the Rev. Robert Simon officiating. Burial, St. John’s Cemetery, Susquehanna.

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

The family would like to thank the Susquehanna Fire Department for their quick response and compassionate care. Also, Father Bob Simon for his caring support throughout her illness.


Dorothy McGraw, 87, Hallstead, PA, went to be with her Lord April 2, 2007.

At her wishes, a private service was held at Peter P. Savage Funeral Home, 183 Main Street, New Milford, PA.

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Robert H. Woolbaugh, 85, Hallstead, PA, died Tuesday, April 3, 2007 at 5:30 a.m. in Binghamton, NY.

Surviving are his loving wife of 64 years, Lois S. Woolbaugh; two daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Walter Bruso, Arnold, MD, Bonita S. and Larry Mamula, Romeoville, IL; two sons and daughters-in-law, Walter H. and Bridget Woolbaugh, Manhattan, MT, Charles H. and Linda Woolbaugh, Orefield, PA; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Walter G. Woolbaugh, Great Bend, PA.

Robert was a veteran of World War II. He served with the 93rd Bomber Wing of the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was a member of American Legion Post 357 and of Memorial Chapter 60 DAV.

A funeral service was held at the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, Hallstead, on Friday, April 6, with Pastor James Soller officiating. Interment, Rose Hill Cemetery, Hallstead.


James C. Bender, 81, New Milford, PA, passed away Sunday, April 8, 2007 at Wilson Medical Center, Johnson City, NY.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 37 years, Irma Bender; children, Diane VanGorden and Brian Donahue, Scranton, PA, Catherine Bender, Quincy, MA, Thomas Bender and wife Nora, Dedham, MA; three sisters, Betty Anderson, Jean Ebersberger and husband Eugene, Mickey Schinsky, all of Long Island, NY; a brother-in-law, Malte and Mary Ebeling, Attleboro, MA; several nieces and nephews.

James was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was a life member of the Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club, and a member and volunteer driver of Home Delivered Meals for the Blue Ridge Senior Center. He was retired from Pitney Bowes, following 39 years of employment. In his youth, he was a Boy Scout and earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

A funeral service will be held at the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, on Thursday, April 12, at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Donald Littleton officiating. Interment will be in New Milford Cemetery, New Milford, PA.

The family will receive callers from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday evening at the funeral home.

Should friends so desire, expressions of sympathy may take the form of a donation to the American Red Cross, 6 Public Avenue, Montrose, PA 18801.


Edmond J. Ahearn, Jr., a lifelong resident of Susquehanna, PA, passed away Friday, April 6, 2007 at the Barnes-Kasson Hospital in Susquehanna. He was born March 21, 1919 and recently celebrated his 88th birthday.

Ed was the son of the late Edmond J. and Catherine (White) Ahearn, Sr., He was predeceased by his sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Edward Slater, as well as his in-laws, Madelyn Hathaway, Catherine and Robert Walker.

Edmond married Mary (Basso) Ahearn, who survives him, on May 13, 1950. Ed is also survived by his children, Anne and Thomas Dooley, Susquehanna, Patrick and Mary Beth Ahearn, Susquehanna, Mary Ellen “Missy” and Michael Wayne, Elmira, Dorothy Schrader, Elmira; grandchildren, Alyssa Dooley, Michael and Liza Dooley, Abby Ahearn, Jeffrey and Holly Schrader, Amy Ahearn, Stephen Schrader, Elizabeth Dooley, Maura Schrader; two great-grandchildren, Kerstine and Lily, brother-in-law, Raymond Hathaway, Deposit; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and many neighbors and friends.

Ed was a graduate of Laurel Hill Academy in Susquehanna. He was a World War II Army veteran, achieving the rank of Master Sergeant. He faithfully served his country from 1942–1945. During the majority of the time he was stationed overseas in England, France, Germany, Belgium and Holland. Ed was a longtime area businessman, managing the Ahearn Insurance Agency in Susquehanna from 1946 until his retirement in 1984. He was very proud to be a native of Susquehanna and cherished the history of the community and the many friendships that he and his family developed through the years. Ed was a lifelong communicant of St. John the Evangelist Church in Susquehanna, member of the St. John’s Men’s Club, the Susquehanna Fire Department, and a 62-year member of the American Legion Post 86 of Susquehanna.

The funeral service was held Tuesday, April 10 at Hennessey’s Funeral Home, Susquehanna, and at St. John’s Church, Susquehanna, where a Mass of Christian Burial was offered by Rev. Robert Simon.

Burial, St. John’s Cemetery, Susquehanna.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Men’s Club, 101 Jackson Ave., Susquehanna, PA 18847.

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