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David W. Axtell, 49, of Windsor, NY, passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, May 7, 2008, at his family homestead where he was born December 9, 1958.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jeanne C. MacAllister and William J. Axtell, Jr., and a brother, Carl P. Snyder, Jr.

David is survived by his loving wife, Joani Axtell, and his “cherished” loving daughter, Alexis Mae Axtell, New Milford, PA; two brothers, Rick Kozen and James Axtell; his uncle, Tom and aunt, Cherry Axtell, many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He will be deeply missed by all.

David was a member of Local 325 IBEW Union. He served as Sergeant at Arms at the American Legion Post #357, Hallstead, PA. As David was leaving, he would often say, “I am heading back home to God’s country, right up Angel Lane...”

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, May 17, at the United Methodist Church, New Milford, PA, with Pastor Philip Wanck officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the church, prior to the service.


Sadie (Sally) L. McNulty Welch, Sarasota, Florida, formerly of Lanesboro, PA died following a brief illness on May 7, 2008. She was born in Scranton, PA in 1918, daughter of Anthony W. McNulty, owner of the Pine Coal Company of Old Forge and noted harness racing entrepreneur and Sadie Teeple, late of Norwich, NY.

She was predeceased by her loving husband, Charles Albert Welch; infants, Bonnie and Anthony; and brother, Anthony McNulty of Philadelphia.

She is survived by her children, Patricia Kosecher and Marian Comer, Sarasota, FL, Albert and Debbie Welch, Owego, NY, Roger and Karla Welch, Owego, NY, Sally D. and John Karpien, Dunmore, PA, Charles and Patty Welch, Starrucca, PA, and Timothy and Jina Welch, New Milford, PA. Also surviving are brother, Bobby McNulty, Carthage, NC; sister, Pat Enright, Auburn, NY; and her dear friend, Ruth Henderson, Lanesboro, PA.

She has 18 grandchildren: Susan Wells, Victor Bodewald, Lori Stockdale-Mignacci, Kathleen Kimble, Margaret Kosecher, Melissa Economides, Jessica Sheehan, Floyd and William Marvin, Anthony, Chad and Michael Welch, Betsy and Brittany Welch, Brian Larrabee, Kristin Seifort, Jesse Gately and Jennifer Leet; 19 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Sally worked at the Silk Mill on Erie Ave during World War II making silk for parachutes, at Bendix Aviation in Montrose, and retired at age 80 from Barnes-Kasson Hospital. She ran many bus trips to the casinos in Atlantic City and thoroughly enjoyed the slots, punch cards and the drawings at the Legion. She was a longtime member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Ladies of the Moose, and the Lanesboro Fire Department Auxiliary. She was proud to have served on the Board of Elections and for campaigning for Wendell Willke in 1934 when he was still a Democrat.

Sally loved to garden and had tomatoes growing in pots on her lanai in Florida when she died. She loved baseball, old movies, and was an avid crocheter, creating over 100 afghans for friends and family over the past 10 years and dozens of homemade mittens, hats, scarves and bedroom slippers for her children. She had a zest for life, an indomitable spirit, was always willing to lend a helping hand, and loved driving her souped-up black coupe with the “Kiss me I’m Irish” bumper stocker. She will be missed.

Following a private funeral service in Sarasota on May 9, a Funeral Mass was celebrated on Tuesday, May 13 at Saint John’s Catholic Church in Susquehanna, PA.


Jean Fenescey of Susquehanna, PA passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 8, 2008. Jean is survived by her husband, Allen Fenescey; daughters, Shirley Dinkins, Janet Williams, Barbara Fenescey, Dale Fenescey; son, Rick Corlew; and her beloved grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many friends.

She was predeceased by two sons, Guy Corlew and Gary Corlew.

Jean was born in Cannonsville, NY in 1923 and has resided in Deposit, NY, Lansing, MI, Bridgeport, CT, Phoenix, AZ, Deland, FL, and settled in Susquehanna, PA.

Jean “Ma Finn” was  a fun-loving character and dedicated worker who held jobs in ammunitions, furniture and electronics factories, ran a diner, helped establish a Pennsylvania Blue Stone business with Allen, and even found time to be a bus driver at the Susquehanna Community School District. She enjoyed many artistic hobbies, including working with glass, stained glass, silver jewelry, kicking your butt at pool, and her incredible love for music. Her love of motorcycles, softball, youthful attitude and energy made her a pleasure to be around. She was the greatest grandmother, mom, wife and friend to so many. Jean was a role model who touched many lives and will always be fondly remembered.

A memorial service was held at the Lanesboro Community Center, Main St., Lanesboro, PA on Tuesday, May 13.

In lieu of flowers or donations, please spend quality time with your family and friends. Live life to its fullest.


Susan Johnson of Thompson, PA, passed peacefully on Sunday, May 4, 2008.

Susie is survived by her loving husband, William Johnson; daughter, Monique and granddaughter, “The Bug” Jeanette; son, Ethan; daughter, Chelsea and fiancé, Phil Waisanen; parents, Mildred and Charles Bender; siblings and spouses, Chuck and Wendy Bender, Donna and Tim Farrell, Bud and Danika Bender; and her beloved nieces and nephews.

Susie was born on January 20, 1960 and graduated from Council Rock High School, Bucks County in 1978. She and her family moved to the Thompson area in 1993, and she became involved in many community projects which allowed her to do what she did best, showing love and guidance to others. A loving housewife, she cared for her granddaughter, parents, and established a family business with Barb Fenescey Burke, “A Plus Lines and Signs, Inc.” Susie gave all of herself to the end, by continuing to give life to others by being an organ donor, which she firmly believed in. Susie was a beloved sister in the Stinky Boys Motorcycle family and a free spirit in the truest sense of the word. To know her, was to love her. She was a jewel whose luster brought out the best in every life she touched. She will be missed.

A memorial service was held at the Johnson residence in Thompson on Saturday, May 10. This celebration of Susie’s life was for family, friends, and all she touched, and was held in the garden she enjoyed so much.

Surround yourself by people of distinction and live life well.


Donald James Carroll, 29, Susquehanna, PA, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Sunday, May 4, 2008.

He is predeceased by his maternal grandmother, Geraldine Marshall; and paternal grandmother, Doris Shanley.

Donald is survived by his loving wife, Katie Carroll and two beautiful daughters, Cassidy Jane and Kyrsten Love Carroll; his mother, Victoria Barnes; his father and stepmother, Donald and Debra Carroll; two brothers, Edmond and Thomas Carroll; one sister, Valerie Barnes; one stepsister, Darcy Vogel; grandparents, Donald and Jackie Carroll, Sr.; father- and mother-in-law, Shawn and Theresa Treadway; sister-in-law, Shasta Treadway; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends that will miss him dearly.

A memorial service was held at Hennessey’s Funeral Home, Susquehanna, on Thursday, May 5, with Rev. James Rouse officiating.


Cecil D. Ballard, 73, Susquehanna, PA, passed away Thursday, May 8, 2008, unexpectedly at the Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock, PA.

He was born in Shehawken, PA, the son of the late Cecil and Emeline (Fink) Ballard.

Cecil is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Alice (Urpack) Ballard; son, Steven Ballard; two daughters, Karen Ballard, Judi Ballard; three grandchildren, Thomas, Sammantha, and Shane; three great-grandchildren, Andrea, Stephenie and Ryan; four brothers and ten sisters; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was employed at the Hallstead Foundry for 35 years, then the Benton Foundry and Ebonex Company before his retirement. He enjoyed watching the NASCAR races and spending time at his summer home at Lake Ontario. He was a past member of the American Legion Post 86 and Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 794, both of Susquehanna.

The funeral service was held Monday, May 12 at Hennessey’s Funeral Home, Susquehanna, with the Rev. Carl Batzel officiating.

Burial, Lanesboro Cemetery, Lanesboro, PA.

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