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Joseph Thomas Skiba, Jr., 82, of Oakland, PA, formerly of Great Bend, PA, passed away on Sunday, December 7, 2008, at his son Joseph’s home after an illness.

He was predeceased by his wife, Constance J. Skiba on August 13, 2003.

He is survived by three sons, Randolph and Margaret Skiba, Westerville, OH, Joseph T. and Carol Skiba, III, Oakland, PA, Rick Skiba, Clearwater, FL; a stepdaughter, June Kocik, Binghamton, NY; one brother, Ronald and Terry Skiba, Whitepine, TN; three grandchildren, Joseph T. Skiba, IV, April Rhone and Barbra Presley; seven great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Joseph was a veteran of the US Navy, serving from 1944 to 1946 on the USS Harry E. Hubbard DD748. He was a lifetime member of the VFW #6223, Great Bend, PA. He was retired from Park Outdoor Advertising of Binghamton, NY.

A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family at Rose Hill Cemetery.

A special thanks to John and Mary Ann Skinner, Sue Colwell, Dorothy Snyder, Leona Trowbridge, April Rhone, Chaplain Joseph F. Poklemba, Father Leonard, ASERA Care Nurses (Mary Pat, Helen, Sue, and Cindy).

Memorial donations may be made in Joseph T. Skiba, Jr.’s name to ASERA Care, 749 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit, PA 18411 –


Anne Marie O’Malley, 88, of Good Shepherd-Fairview Home, Binghamton, NY, formerly of 305 Chester Ave., Syracuse (Westvale) passed away Friday, December 5, 2008 at the God Shepherd-Fairview Home.

Miss O’Malley was born in Susquehanna, PA, the daughter of the late Alice Basso and Charles P. O’Malley. She was the sister of Dorothy O’Malley (Syracuse, NY) and Charles P. O’Malley (Ormond Beach, FL), both of whom have also predeceased her.

Anne Marie is survived by sister-in-law, Mary Eileen O’Malley; nieces and nephews, Patrick (Robin), Mark (Renee), and Mary Lyn O’Malley, all of Florida. She is also survived by cousins, Mary (Basso) Ahearn, Jean (Basso) and Jack Carpenter, Theresa (Basso) Clark, Virginia (Geary) Evans and Raymond Hathaway. She leaves behind a host of close and loving friends and extended family members, especially her cousin, Anne (Ahearn) Dooley, who assisted her greatly after her relocation to Binghamton.

A longtime resident of Syracuse, Anne Marie retired from the Carrier Corporation (United Technologies Carrier) in 1984 after 43 years of service with the company. She was a parishioner of St. Anne’s Church in Syracuse, and was an active volunteer and contributor to many church groups and community organizations.

The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, December 10, 11 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, Susquehanna, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered by Rev. Albert Leonard.

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

The family will receive friends at Hennessey’s Funeral Home, 747 Jackson Ave., Susquehanna, on Wednesday, December 10, from 10 to 11 a.m.

I lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. Anne’s Church, 4471 Onondaga Blvd., Syracuse, NY 13219; or the Good Shepherd-Fairview Home Foundation, 80 Fairview Ave., Binghamton, NY 13904.

The family extends its thanks to the staff at Good Shepherd for the friendship, care and kindness extended to Anne Marie since she moved to the facility in 2007.


Rose Marie Smith, 68, of Hallstead, PA came to the end of her journey on December 2, 2008, in the arms of her Savior, Jesus Christ.

She was predeceased by a toddler son, Philip Barnes; an infant son, Daniel Barnes; her father, Frederick Smith; her mother, Irene Phillips; and a brother, Richard Smith.

She is survived by three daughters, Ann Marie Barnes, Choconut, Denise and Mark Lyons, Susquehanna, Ruth and Russell Lynch, Susquehanna; a son, Eric and Rebecca Barnes, Susquehanna; fourteen grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Rose Marie's faith and enthusiasm for life were evident to all who knew her. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the dedicated Asera Care Hospice workers.

A funeral service was held on Friday, December 5, at the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, Hallstead, PA.

Interment will be made in the North Jackson Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to radio station WPEL, Montrose, PA 18801.


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George Frederick Houghton, 71 of Lanesboro, PA went to be with his Lord on Tuesday, December 2, 2008 at Barnes-Kasson Hospital surrounded by his loving family after his illness with cancer.

George is predeceased by his late father, George L. and his stepmother, Lillian Houghton; his mother, Eva Holiday Houghton; and his sister, Lillian Houghton.

He is survived by his loving wife, Jonyca; his children, Scott and Angie Houghton, Sydney Kathleen and Jeremy Brown and their mother, Beverly A. Houghton; stepchildren, Catherine and William Chamberlain, Kelly and Jason Heeman; three grandsons, Cody John, Morgan Scott, and Willard George; six step-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; three brothers and their wives, Harold and Carol Houghton, Harry and Florence Houghton, Elmer and Anne Houghton; several nieces and nephews.

George was born in Stevens Point, PA on January 27, 1937. He attended Stevens Point Grade School and graduated from Susquehanna Consolidated High School in 1954. He received an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point and attended for one year. He was then hired by the IBM Corporation in Endicott, NY during which he took time out to spend two years with the US Army. He returned to IBM and worked as a Program Analyst and worked his way up to Project Manager. After 36 years of service, he retired from IBM in 1992. Later, he received his real estate license and presently worked for Century 21 Mitchell Real Estate. In addition, he helped develop the sewer system with the New Milford Municipal Authority. He moved to Lanesboro in 2004 and was elected to the town council. He joined the Presbyterian Church USA and became an Ordained Deacon. He was currently a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Hallstead, PA. George was a very well liked and respected member of the community and had many friends and acquaintances.

A memorial service was held at the First Presbyterian Church of Hallstead, PA, on Saturday, December 6, with Reverend Nancy Cubitt officiating.

A very special thank you is to be offered to the nurses at the Barnes-Kasson Hospital for the love and care they had shown George in the last few months of his life.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Hallstead, PA; the Susquehanna County Library; or the American Red Cross.

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