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Julia N.  , 93, of Susquehanna, PA, formerly of Thompson, PA passed away Tuesday, October 21, 2008 at the Barnes-Kasson Hospital SNF in Susquehanna.

She was predeceased by her husband, Gueriero Padeletti; parents, John and Florinda Nataline; two brothers, Joseph R. Nataline and Angelo J. Nataline; two sisters, Helena Nataline and Mary N. Galoni.

Julia is survived by two sisters, Jessina T. Sarti of Parsons, PA and Florence Stone of Thompson, PA; sister-in-law, Margaret P. Nataline; beloved nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Martin of Tours Church in Jackson, PA on Friday, October 24, with Rev. Albert Leonard officiating.

Burial was in Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery in Carbondale, PA.


Sandino “Sandy” Philip Battisti, 78, a life-long resident of Susquehanna, PA, passed away Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at Barnes-Kasson Hospital in Susquehanna, PA.

He was the son of the late Luigi and Elena (Canale) Battisti. He was predeceased by his brother, Julius Battisti.

Sandy is survived by his loving and caring wife of 56 years, Joan Marie (Houlihan) Battisti; two daughters, Lou Ann and her husband, Michael Kilmer, Wyalusing, PA, and Elaine DeCastro-Greenlief and her husband, Doug Greenlief, Murrells Inlet, SC; one son and daughter in law, David and Renee Battisti, Phoenixville, PA; seven grandchildren, Joshua and Susan Kilmer, Ethan Kilmer, Maria DeCastro, Matthew DeCastro, Justin Kilmer, Cameron Battisti, Alexandra Battisti; one great-grandchild, Elizabeth Kilmer. In addition, he is survived by two brothers, Dominic Battisti and John Battisti, his wife Katherine and their two children, Jack and Ann, and an army of close friends.

Sandy was a 1947 graduate of Laurel Hill Academy and retired from Bendix Corporation, where he worked for over 30 years. An active, recognizable and vibrant fixture in the Susquehanna community for decades, Sandy was a proud and longstanding member of the Susquehanna Fire Company, where he served in various leadership positions for over 50 years. In addition, he was a dedicated member of St. John’s parish, and was active in numerous other local organizations, including the St. John’s Men’s Club, the American Legion Post #86, and the Moose Club #794.

The funeral service was held on Saturday October 25, at Hennessey’s Funeral Home, Susquehanna, and at St. John’s Church in Susquehanna, where a Mass of Christian Burial was offered by Rev. Albert Leonard.

Burial, St. John’s Cemetery in Susquehanna, PA.

Memorial contributions may be made in Sandy’s name to either the Susquehanna Fire Company, or the St. John’s Men’s Club, Susquehanna, PA.


James F. Swingle, 89, formerly of Crescent City, Florida, passed away Monday, October 20, 2008 at Haven Hospice E.T. York Care Center in Gainesville, Florida.

James was born on Monday, September 8, 1919 in Uniondale, Pennsylvania to the late Archie and Beatrice Swingle.

Mr. Swingle proudly served his country in the U.S. Army faithfully during WWII. He was a retired Mail Carrier from Thompson, Pennsylvania.

James is preceded in death by his loving wife, Mona Swingle.

Mr. Swingle is survived by his son, Robert Swingle, Sarasota, Florida; his daughter, Betty Blenco, Gainesville, Florida; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; loving friend, Betty Sherouse, and many other friends who will miss him dearly.

Memories and condolences may be sent to the family by signing James’ guest book at

A celebration of Mr. Swingle’s life was held on Friday, October 24, at Unity of Gainesville in Gainesville, Florida.

Military honors were bestowed by the U.S. Army.

Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Watts Funeral Homes, Inc., San Mateo, Florida.


Memorial Service

A memorial service has been scheduled for Robert Charles Lempke, 43, of Columbia, NJ, formerly of Dunmore, who died September 16 in Greenville in a work-related accident.

Services will be Saturday, November 1 at 1 p.m. in Providence United Presbyterian Church, 1145 Providence Road, Scranton with the Rev. Mary Jane Hitt, pastor, officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Yvonne and Arijana Lempke Trust Fund, c/o PennStar Bank, P.O. 275, 220 Main St., New Milford, 18834.

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