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Robert Charles Lempke, 43 years of age, of Columbia, NJ, died on September 16, 2008 in Greenville, PA , in a work-related accident. Born in Scranton, PA, on November 14, 1964, he was the son of Albert Charles and Eleanor Christy Lempke of New Milford, PA, formerly of Scranton.

Bob was a graduate of Dunmore High School and attended Old Dominion College of Engineering and Technology. He graduated from the Naval Nuclear Power Program in February, 1985, was a veteran of the Gulf War, and was honorably discharged from the Navy in September, 1997. He was employed as a Line Crew Supervisor by JCP & L since 2003 and had previously worked for Covanta Energy. He was admired and respected, both as a co-worker and a supervisor, by all.  He was an avid hunter and fisherman and the proud owner of his dogs, Digger and Shiloh, and was a member of ISA and North American Hunting Club.

Bob was a very loving husband and best friend to his wife, the former Renee Quinn.  Bob was the loving father of two daughters, Yvonne Lynn and Arijana  Lempke of Naugatuck, CT; a stepson, Matthew Hanson of the US Military; a stepdaughter, Alyssa Hanson of Columbia, NJ. In addition, he is survived by his parents;  two sisters, Leslie Lempke of Throop, PA, and Christy Kuhn and her husband, Andrew, and nephew, Samuel, all of Clifton Springs, NY; his parents-in-law, Ronald and Patricia Quinn and brother-in-law, Ronald Quinn, all of Columbia, NJ. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, a niece and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Monday, September 22, at Knowlton Presbyterian Church, Knowlton Township, NJ.

Arrangements were made by the Newbaker Funeral Home, Blairstown, NJ.

Memorial donations may be made to American Red Cross, 115 Greenwich St, Belvidere, NJ, 07823.


Mary F. Stout, 90, of West Main St., Susquehanna, passed away on Sunday, September 21, 2008, at Wilson Hospital, Johnson City, NY.

She was born in Susquehanna, the daughter of the late John and Felimena (Panella) Oropallo.

She was predeceased by her husband, Floyd on February 8, 1989, and all of her brothers and sisters.

Mary is survived by her sons, Joseph and Marcia Stout, Vestal, Thomas Stout and Elaine Powers, Susquehanna; six grandchildren, Jeremy and Carin Stout, Amy and Ted McDonald, Karen and Paul Kane, Lisa and Michael Brodnick, Brian J. Stout, Noah Jennings; eleven great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

Mary was a member of St. John’s Church, Susquehanna and she enjoyed playing bingo. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who will be deeply missed.

The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, September 24, 9:30 a.m. at the Hennessey’s Funeral Home, 747 Jackson Ave., Susquehanna, and 10:00 a.m. at the St. John’s Church, Susquehanna, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered.

Burial will be in the St. John’s Cemetery, Susquehanna, PA.


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Antoinette Cole, 77, Homosassa, FL, formerly of Hallstead, PA, passed away Sunday, September 14, 2008 at the home of her daughter and son-in-law.

She is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, Raymond Cole; two daughters, Cindy and Joe Gaughan, Hallstead, Raelene Darrow, Endicott; five grandchildren, Elizabeth, Danny, and Connor Gaughan, Kyle and Nicole Darrow; two great-grandchildren; one sister, Priscilla Dorschel, Crystal River, FL; four sisters-in-law, Esther and Bill Leslie, Verna and Lloyd Kunkle, Joyce and Richard Beavan, Elda Mae Jackson; several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a son, Todd Cole; one grandson, Ryan Darrow.

Toni was of the Methodist faith. She retired in 1982 from General Electric. She enjoyed her family, especially her grandchildren, and her dog, Bambi. She liked to play Yahtzee, was an avid reader, and loved the challenge of crossword puzzles.

A private service will be held at the family’s convenience. Arrangements are under the direction of the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home.

Should friends so desire, expressions of sympathy may take the form of a donation to Southern Care, Inc. (Hospice), 851 Commerce Blvd, Suite 101-102, Dickson City, PA 18519.


Donald J. Hayden, 75, Susquehanna, PA, passed away Friday, August 29, 2008 at the Barnes-Kasson Hospital in Susquehanna after an illness.

He was born in Susquehanna, the son of the late H. Ray and Laura P. (Hall) Hayden.

He was predeceased by one brother, Robert Hayden.

Donald is survived by two brothers and three sisters-in-law, Stewart and Annette Hayden, Susquehanna, Richard and Marie Hayden, Jacksonville, AR, Nancy Hayden; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was retired from a steel company in Kirkwood, NY, and was a member of St. John’s Church of Susquehanna.

A funeral service was held on Tuesday, September 2 at Hennessey’s Funeral Home, Susquehanna, with Rev. Albert Leonard officiating.

Burial, Gelatt Cemetery, Gelatt, PA.


Agnes Pauline (Denney) Todd, 78, of Barnes-Kasson Skilled Nursing Facility in Susquehanna went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, September 18, 2008 at the Mercy Hospital in Scranton, PA after an illness.

She was born in Ararat, PA, the daughter of the late Walter M. and Edna Mary (Price) Denney.

She was predeceased by two sons, Mark R. Todd and Douglas A. Todd; one daughter, Valerie M. Jumper.

Agnes is survived by her loving husband of 51 years, Raymond I. Todd, Oakland, PA; three sons, Carl M. Todd, Jeffrey A. Todd and Joel S. Todd; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Karen E. and Kevin Donovan, Laurie J. and Dave Carvin; Judith A. Sager; one son-in-law, John G. Jumper II; one sister, Laurene Hadlick; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Agnes was a member of the First Baptist Church of Susquehanna. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

The funeral service was held on Saturday, September 20 at Hennessey’s Funeral Home, Susquehanna, with Rev. Fred Johnson officiating.

Burial, Gelatt Cemetery, Gelatt, PA.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Barnes-Kasson Hospital SNF, 400 Turnpike St., Susquehanna, PA 18847.


David Franklin Lauer, Jr., 49, Springville, PA, died Monday, September 15, 2008 as a result of an accident while working on the family farm.

Born August 23, 1959 in Stroudsburg, he was the son of David and Lorraine Heinsohn Lauer.

He was a 1977 graduate of Elk Lake High School, a member of the Springville United Methodist Church, and the Union Grange. He was a dairy farmer for the past 32 years and was dedicated to the family farm. He was a devoted son and brother. He also was an avid hunter and liked doing things out of the ordinary; he was very reliable, well-liked and was a good neighbor.

He is survived by a brother, Paul, Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD; four sisters, Shirley Krayeski, Springville, Elizabeth Teel, Greenville, SC, Miriam Hernandez, Clarksville, TN, Eileen Kamensky, Nicholson; his fiancée, Shelby Menago, Nicholson; nine nieces and nephews; one great-nephew.

Funeral services were held on Saturday at the Springville United Methodist Church with services by Pastor Jane Bensley. Interment, Lauer Family Cemetery, Union Corners.

Arrangements were made by the Charles H. Litwin Funeral Home, Nicholson.

Memorial donations may be made to the Springville United Methodist Church.


William A. “Bill” Swanson, 78, South Gibson, died Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at the Marian Community Hospital, Carbondale, after a brief illness.

Born March 9, 1930 in Great Bend, PA, he was the son of the late Aldrich and Marguerite (Manning) Swanson.

He was a graduate of the Harford Vocational High School, class of 1948. Bill enjoyed his employment as a trail groomer at the Elk Mountain Ski Resort for 38 years. He also served as a Deputy Warden with the Pennsylvania Game Commission for 33 years. He was a former coach with the South Gibson Little League and was an active member of the South Gibson Sportsman's Club. He enjoyed gardening, woodworking, hunting and sportsman activities.

He is survived by three cousins, Arnold Manning, South Gibson, PA, Faye Steele, Milford, NJ, Dorothy Crawford, Brookville, FL; and many good friends.

The funeral was held Monday from the Shifler-Parise Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Clifford, with the Rev. Levi Ransom officiating. Interment, Gelatt Cemetery, Gelatt.

To send on-line condolences to the family or to view his online memorial scrapbook, please visit

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