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Robert Ray Cordner, 75, of Susquehanna, PA, passed away Sunday, June 15, 2008 in the Veterans’ Memorial Hospital, Wilkes-Barre, PA. He was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Beverley J. Cordner on April 11, 2008.

Surviving are their children, Robert L. and Gladys Cordner, Thompson, PA, Gary L. and Jodi Cordner, Susquehanna, PA, Cindy L. Fitch, Binghamton, NY, Neil K. and Cindy Cordner, Susquehanna, PA, Shannon K. Cordner, Susquehanna, PA; fifteen grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; two brothers, Russell and Sandra Cordner, Forest Lake, PA, Raymond and Laling Cordner, Thompson, PA; several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a son Larry.

Robert was a life member of the American Legion Post #86, a member of the Disabled American Veterans’ Association, the American Diabetes Association, and the Pennsylvania Blind Association. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing, raising chickens and ducks, and cutting firewood. Robert served his country with the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 18, at the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, Hallstead, PA. Interment will be made in the Thompson Cemetery.

Should friends so desire, expressions of sympathy may take the form of a donation to the charity of your choice.


Ruth T. Mead, 80, of Montrose, PA passed away, Monday, June 9, 2008 at Endless Mountains Health Systems, Montrose, PA. Born January 9, 1928 in Scranton, PA, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Anna (Rucius) Tunilo.

She loved her family very much, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Ruth also enjoyed crocheting and gardening.

Survivors include her husband of almost 60 years, Clifford "Jim" Mead, Montrose, PA; daughters and sons-in-law, Bonnie D. Mead and Thomas Sivahop, Pittston, PA, Deanna and John Krause, Montrose, PA; grandchildren, Lori and David Zona, Montrose, PA, Stacy Krause and significant other, Dan Richardson, Nicholson, PA, Thomas J. Sivahop, Pittston, PA; great-grandchildren, Devon, Rachael, Laurel, Marisa, Arithia, Zack, Owen, Autumn; brother and sister-in-law, Leonard and Rita Navickas, New Milford, PA; nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by four siblings.

Services were held on Friday at the Bartron-Myer Funeral Home, Inc., Montrose, PA 18801.


Thomas Richard Ackley, 52, Hallstead, PA, passed away on June 11, 2008 with his wife and daughter at his side after a four-year battle with liver cancer.

Surviving are his wife of 30 years, Kathy (Carr) Ackley; their daughter, Laura and her fiancé, Shawn Sweet; three brothers, David and Betty Ackley, Susquehanna, PA, Roger and Sarah Ackley, Sun City, FL, Joseph Ackley, Sun City, FL; three sisters, Mary Snyder, Susquehanna, PA, Laura and Robert Matthews, Binghamton, NY, Sharon and James DaValle, Kingsley, PA; several nieces and nephews, including a favorite nephew, Bradley Elbrect with whom he spent a lot of time.

He was predeceased by his parents, Leslie and Leona (Westgate) Ackley; his brothers, Ronald, Leslie Jr., Jeffrey, and Kenneth.

Tom worked at Matis Lingerie as a sewing machine mechanic for fifteen years. He was the co-owner, with his wife Kathy, of the Home Town Cleaners, Susquehanna, PA, and of the Hallstead Laundry Center, Hallstead, PA, which he operated from 2002 until his cancer diagnosis in 2004.

Tom loved hunting, but his favorite pastime was fishing with his best friend and fishing buddy, Bob. He also loved working with wood making bird feeders, bird houses, swings, and arbors.

Tom was totally committed to his family and he always put his family first. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

A memorial service was held on Monday, June 16, at the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, Hallstead, PA.

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