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Jack M. Rood, Sr., 76, Hallstead, PA, passed away in Montrose, September 18, 2008, after years of declining health. He was predeceased by his first wife, Patricia Rood, who was the mother of their three children.

Jack is survived by his children and their spouses, Charles and Nancy Rood, Hillsborough, NJ, Jack Jr. and Peggy Rood, Endicott, NY, Deborah and Jeffery Vance, Winterville, GA; his wife of 35 years, Linda L. Rood; brothers and sisters and spouses, Geraldine Sackett, Betty Dietrich, Dorothy and Samuel Phoebus, Raymond and Janet Rood, Robert and Mary Lou Rood; a sister-in-law, Rena Rood; brothers-in-law and spouses, Bill and Judy Burd, Ted and Tina Lewis; grandchildren, Amy Rood, Eric Rood, Bryon Rood, and Jason Vance; step-grandchildren, Yvonne McKeon, Nathan Smith, Tyler Smith, and Monica Smith; and numerous other family members.

He was predeceased by his parents, Leonard A. Sr. and Marweda E. Rood, and by several brothers and sisters, Leonard A. Rood, Jr., Caroline Rood, Howard Rood; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Rood and Eleanor Rood; and by two brothers-in-law, Carlton Sackett, Sr. and J. Donald Dietrich.

Jack retired from IBM Endicott where he held many positions during his 30-year career. In his earlier days, Jack was an athlete and set records at his high school in the 220-yard dash and the 440-yard dash. He served his country in the United States Army, was a volunteer fireman for the Hallstead Fire Department, and a member of the Hallstead Borough Council. Although he remains in memories and in spirit, his physical presence will be missed by all of his loved ones and friends.

A memorial service was held at Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, Hallstead, on Saturday, September 27.

Donations in remembrance of Jack M. Rood, Sr, may be made to Rose Hill Cemetery, Hallstead, PA or to St. Lawrence Cemetery, Great Bend, PA.


Elizabeth T. (Niclas) Dennis, 88, Lecanto, FL, formerly of Susquehanna, PA, passed away Friday, September 19, 2008, at Lecanto, FL, after an illness. She was the daughter of the late John and Mary Niclas of Freeport, NY.

Elizabeth was predeceased by her loving husband of 53 years, Gardiner Dennis; one son, James and daughter, Valerie.

She was survived by her two sons and one daughter-in-law, John and Russinda Dennis, and Joseph Dennis; one daughter and son-in-law, Beth and Bill Deakin; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Elizabeth was a most loving and caring wife and mother. She also loved to garden and do crafts. Elizabeth was most proud of the rag dolls she would make for the children at St. Jude’s Hospital.

The funeral service was held at the Hennessey’s Funeral Home, Susquehanna, PA on Friday, September 26 and at the St. John’s Church in Susquehanna, where a Mass of Christian Burial was offered by Rev. Albert Leonard.

Burial, St. John’s Cemetery, Susquehanna.


Lois A. Bryan, 72, of Kinsley, Gibson Township, died Tuesday at the hospice unit of Mercy Hospital, Scranton.

She and her husband, George Bryan, married July 3, 1954.

She was born in Scranton, daughter of the late Walter and Alice Klemish Roach.

She loved crafts, sewing, knitting, baking, gardening, and won many blue ribbons with her entries in the Harford Fair.

She loved animals and traveling. She was very kind and generous to her friends and family. She was a loving wife and best friend to her husband.

She is survived by cousins, Ann Potis, Richard and Edward Brown; a godchild, Sharon McAllister; nieces, nephews, cousins, great- and great-great nieces and nephews, and numerous friends around the world.

Funeral services were held Saturday at the Charles H. Litwin Funeral Home, Nicholson with services by Rev. Albert Cremard.

Interment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst.

Memorial donations may be made to the Susquehanna County Humane Society.


Gerald C. Holbrook, 69, of Kime Apts., Great Bend, PA, passed away suddenly on Friday, September 26, 2008, due to a car accident.

He was born in Jackson Twp., PA, the son of the late Frederick and Ruth (Spangenberg) Holbrook.

Gerald was predeceased by his loving wife of 47 years, Shirley Marie Holbrook on October 5, 2005.

He is survived by a son, David G. Holbrook and Crystal Roe, Susquehanna, PA; three daughters, Patricia L. and Darryl Heckman, Lehighton, PA, Dian S. and Michael Jacobs, Lincoln, Montana, Julie M. Maginley, Susquehanna, PA; one brother, Richard and Donna Holbrook; one sister, Judy and Russell Carpenter; 12 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

He was retired from dairy farming and driving a school bus after 13 years of service for Blue Ridge School District.

He was member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge #794, Susquehanna, and the Fire Police for the Columbia Hose Company, New Milford, PA.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, October 1, at 11:00 a.m. at the Hennessey’s Funeral Home, 747 Jackson Ave., Susquehanna, with Pastor Blaine Detwiler officiating.

Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery, Lakeview, PA.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

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