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Lee E. Benedict, 74, New Milford, PA, passed away suddenly on Saturday, November 10, 2007, at the Endless Mountains Health Systems, Montrose, PA. He was born in Afton, NY to the late Edwin F. and Ina Pearl (Herkimer) Benedict. His wife of 56 years, Anita M. (Lashway) Benedict , survives.

Also surviving are his children and their spouses, Gail and Ray Holbrook, Newark Valley, NY, Karen and Art Doolittle, Kingsley, PA, Kevin and Sandy Benedict, Nicholson, PA, Mark and Terri Benedict, Uniondale, PA, Darryl and Bonnie Benedict, Dalton, PA, Lance and Carla Benedict, Hop Bottom, PA; 26 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Lee was predeceased by a son, Troy Patrick Benedict; a granddaughter, Carrie Ann Folmar; and his sister, Mildred Gun.

He worked as a machinist for 26 years, built and ran the Shore Forest Campground in Hop Bottom, PA for 15 years, also ran the Benedict Market for three years, was the Susquehanna County Recycling Coordinator for six years. He was a longtime volunteer fireman in Vestal and Hop Bottom, associated with the Crime Watch for the Sheriff’s office in Ocala, FL, was a member of the St. John’s Catholic Church, New Milford, PA and the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Ocala, FL along with its choir, and a member of the Knights of Columbus at St. John’s.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, November 14, 2007 in the St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Great Bend, PA, with Rev. Alfred J. Vito of St. Lawrence Church officiating. Interment will be in Lake View Cemetery, Jackson Twp., PA. Visitations will be at the Daniel K. Regan Funeral Home on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Donations in Lee’s name can be made to the American Cancer Society, 1101 Hill St., Jessup, PA 18434; or to the American Red Cross, Public Ave., Montrose, PA 18801.


Meredith W. Ruark, known as “Rube” Ruark, age 71, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on Sunday November 4, 2007, at the First Baptist Hospital in Fernandina Beach, FL, surrounded by his family.

As a former CEO of Penn’s Best Inc., Meredith retired to Fernandina Beach, in 2003.

He was born on October 29, 1936 in Lionville, PA. His parents were the late George and Anna Moore Ruark, of Lionville, PA. He was one of three sons (also deceased). In 1960, Meredith arrived in Meshoppen, PA and started his first company, Meshoppen Stone, Inc. He later established Penn’s Best, Inc., and affiliated the companies in 1980.

He enjoyed vacationing, especially to Canada. He loved fishing and hunting, all of his life. He was also an avid boater. He thoroughly enjoyed his family gatherings and parties with all his friends around.

Meredith is survived by his wife, Mary Waller Ruark, of Fernandina Beach, Fl. He is also survived by three children, Sybilla (Bitsy) Lenz, Factoryville, PA.; William (Bill) Ruark, Meshoppen, PA.; and Beth Borel Meshoppen, PA. His grandchildren include Matthew Ciprich and Meredith Ciprich, both of Philadelphia, PA, Garrett Harvey, Factoryville, PA., Ryan Ruark and Lindsay Ruark, both of Meshoppen, PA, Alec Borel and Alexia Borel, both of Meshoppen, PA. Also two great-grandchildren, Atleigh Ciprich and Delanie Ciprich of Philadelphia. Meredith is also survived by a stepdaughter, Jennifer Anderson, and two step-grandchildren, Amber and Haskell Anderson, all of Orlando, FL.

Memorial services were held on Sunday, November 11, from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Meshoppen, PA.

Those wishing may make memorial contributions to the Wyoming County Cancer Fund, 8 Ironwood St., Tunkhannock, PA. 18657; or to the First Baptist Hospital Memorial, in memory of Meredith Ruark, C/O Baptist Health Foundation, 1250 South 8th Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034.


Thomas A. Potter, 54, Starrucca, PA, passed away Wednesday, November 7, 2007, at home after a courageous battle with cancer.

He is survived by his mother, Rose Potter, Starrucca; two daughters, Mary Ann Potter, Susquehanna, Amanda Potter, Starrucca; one grandson, Austin Wayman, Susquehanna; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Tom was a member of St. Paul’s Church in Starrucca. He graduated from the Susquehanna Community School, class of 1971. He was employed at Jerry’s Sport Center in Vandling, PA.

The funeral service was held at Hennessey’s Funeral Home, Susquehanna, on Monday, November 12 and at St. Paul’s Church in Starrucca, where a Mass of Christian Burial was offered by Rev. Kenneth Seegar.

Burial was in St. Paul’s Cemetery, Starrucca.

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