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Norma G. Payne, 74, Hallstead, PA, entered into the presence of her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, January 29, 2008, following a brief illness. She is survived by her husband of fifty-four years, Clyde Payne.

Also surviving are her three children, Margaret “Peggie” and Richard Walworth, Hallstead, PA, Randy L. Payne, Hallstead, PA, Andrew L. Payne, Phoenix, AZ; her mother, Margaret Silver, Hallstead, PA; three grandchildren, Lisa Marie Beeman, Jedediah Payne, Alex Michael Payne; two brothers, Carl Silver, Hallstead, Jonathan Silver, Hemet, CA; one sister, Linda Tingley, New Milford, PA; several aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Norma retired from the Blue Ridge School District, where she worked as an aide in the Special Education Department. She was a member of the South New Milford Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held Saturday, February 2, from the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, Hallstead. Interment, Rose Hill Cemetery.

Should friends so desire, expressions of sympathy may take the form of a donation to the Hallstead-Great Bend Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 747, Great Bend, PA 18821.


Jeanne E. (Millett) Gula, 72, Great Bend, PA, passed away on Saturday, February 2, 208 at home surrounded by family after a battle with cancer. She was born on July 14, 1935, in Quincy, Massachusetts, and was the daughter of the late Eugene Leroy Millett and Mary Lena Ceci.

Jeanne graduated from Roxbury Memorial High School for Girls, Roxbury, MA. Upon graduation she entered the Air Force where she was trained as a Grounds Radio Operator during the Korean Conflict. Jeanne met and married Donald M. Gula, Sr. while the two were stationed in Riverside, CA in April of 1956. They resided in Great Bend and had two children together. They later divorced after 28 years but have remained friends. She worked at General Electric Corporation for about four years in the sixties. Jeanne later worked and retired from the Hallstead Post Office where she worked as a clerk for many years, and was also tax collector for Great Bend Borough for several years. She was a member of the Army Reserves, 392nd Regiment 3rd Battalion, 98th Division located in Hillcrest, NY for approximately sixteen years, and served on active duty.

Jeanne is survived by a son, Donald M. Gula, Jr. and daughter-in-law, Cindy, Pottsgrove, PA and a daughter, Valerie A. Burdick and son-in-law (S-I-L as she called him), Carl Burdick, Jr., Great Bend, PA. she is survived by five grandchildren: John-Michael, Damien, Christianne, and Gus Gula, and Cara Burdick. Also surviving are a beloved sister, Elaine T. Miles, and husband, Robert, San Pedro, California; a loving nephew, Matthew J. Miles, wife, Aida, Eureka, California; great-nephew, Julio, Santa Cruz, California; and a special “sister cousin,” Lorraine Stingel and husband, Chuck, Beverly, NJ. She is also survived by beloved cousins, Louise and husband, Jerry D’Andrea, Frances Sweeney and Steve Borelli, all of Hanover, MA; Stacia Stevens, Brunswick, ME, Vernon Currier and wife, Gale, Media, PA, and a special aunt, Rena (Ceci) Kalowes, Hanover, MA. Also surviving Jeanne is her loving friend and companion of over 25 years, Robert Stacconi, Endwell, NY and his caring family, a beloved sister-in-law, Dawn M. Franks; Great Bend, her first and longest friend in Great Bend, Betty Scalzo; and her feline companion, Lily.

Jeanne is survived by many wonderful friends, with whom she enjoyed spending time, going for coffee, taking long walks, playing games, and more. She loved to travel and would spend a lot of time in California, New Jersey, and Massachusetts with her loving family. Jeanne was a loving, kind, generous spirit who was interested in many things and the people she loved. She enjoyed writing and receiving cards and letters, reading, shopping, going to see plays, musicals and movies, and going out to dinner. She was a big advocate of Walk for Life Cancer Survivors, and loved a good political debate. Jeanne was active in the Democratic Party and was seen in the ad for Chris Carney. She was a member of the Great Bend United Methodist Community Church, and also a member of the Kirkwood Seniors. She was adopted by several children who referred to her lovingly as “Grammy Jeanne.” Jeanne was the best mother, sister, grammy, aunt, cousin, and friend that anyone could ask for.

A funeral service will be held at the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, 5 Susquehanna Avenue, Hallstead, PA on Wednesday, February 6, at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Donald Littleton officiating.

Calling hours were held at the funeral home on Tuesday evening, February 5.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Hallstead-Great Bend Branch Library, P.O. Box 476, Hallstead, PA 18822; or Asera Care Hospice, 749 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit, PA 18411.


Helen Ann Burdick, 64, of South Gibson, PA, died Friday, February 1, 2008 at the Community Medical Center, Scranton. Her husband is Richard K. Burdick, they had been married for 37 years.

Born May 31, 1943 in Nicholson, she was the daughter of the late Stephen and Helen Franko Karhnak. She was a member of St.  Martin of Tours Church in Jackson.

Helen was a licensed practical nurse and she enjoyed taking care of older people while she worked at Clarks Summit State Hospital, Barnes-Kasson Hospital, Home Health, and Carpenter Care in Tunkhannock. After her own health declined she devoted her life to taking care of her family. Her favorite pastime was reading.

She is also survived by a daughter, Corinna Kinney and husband, John, Hop Bottom; a son, Christopher, South Gibson; a brother, Cyril Karhnak and wife, Rene, Quakertown; a sister, Barbara Swingle and husband, Richard, Nicholson; a grandson, Justin Kinney; a granddaughter, Bunny Garman; a great-granddaughter, Ava Olecki; nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, February 9 at 11 a.m. in St. Martin of Tours Church, Jackson, celebrated by Father Kenneth M. Seegar. Interment of remains will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Nicholson at the convenience of the family.

The family will receive friends at the church from 9:30 until service time.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to St. Martin of Tours Church, RR 1 Box 396, Jackson, PA; to the Susquehanna County Library Building Fund; or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements by the Charles H. Litwin Funeral Home, 91 State St., Nicholson.

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