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John J. Colwell, 75, Susquehanna, PA, passed away Monday, December 15, 2008 at Mercy Hospice, Scranton, PA. He was the son of the late LeeRoy and Marie Colwell.

John is survived by his beloved wife of 45 years, Florence; two daughters, Ann Colwell and companion, Arron White, and Marel Delaney and husband, James; four grandchildren, Christopher Yeisley, Jennifer Yeisley, Timothy Delaney and Elizabeth Delaney; and many nieces and nephews.

John was a US Army veteran, serving during the Korean Conflict. He attended Lackawanna College. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and uncle who will be deeply missed by all who loved him.

A memorial service was held at the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, Hallstead, PA, on Saturday, December 20, with Pastor James Rouse officiating.


Barbara Cole, 78, passed away on Sunday, December 14, 2008 at Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Florida.

Born in Herrin, Illinois, she moved to Silver Springs, Florida in 1986 from New Milford, PA. Mrs. Cole retired from New York Telephone Company after 26 years of service. Mrs. Cole was an active member of the Telephone Pioneers of America. She was the past President of Lindale Home Owners’ Association, served on the State Board of Directors for the Federation of Manufactured Home Owners of Florida, and was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of V.F.W. Post 4209.

She is survived by her husband of 20 years, Fred Cole, Jr., Silver Springs; son, Lawrence E. Blair, Greensburg, PA; daughters, Nancy B. Sydlosky, Syracuse, NY, Lynda J. Davis, Great Bend, PA; three step-daughters; 14 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 7, 2009 at the First Baptist Church of Silver Springs, 5151 NE 35th St., Silver Springs.

Arrangements by Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services – Ocala Chapel.


Mark Joseph Stella, 79, of Prospect Street, Susquehanna, PA passed away at his home on Monday, December 15, 2008 after an illness.

He was born in a private residence on Willow Ave. in the Pennsylvania borough of Susquehanna Depot, the son of the late Pasqual and Maria (Mastropietro) Stella.

Mark is survived by a sister, Virginia Znamirowski; two brothers, Angelo Stella and Albert Stella, along with several nephews and a niece.

Born too early to be drafted in World War II, he borrowed an older brother’s birth certificate. Whereupon, he enlisted in the Marine Corps as Luiggi Carlo Stella. Upon leaving the Corps he resumed  his education in the public school on Laurel Street as Mark Joseph Stella, he won praise for drawing and painting. Then during the Truman presidency, he served as an infantryman in Korea. During his stint in the Army, he became a paratrooper and attained the rank of sergeant. In later civilian life, he was known as Joe more than Mark. An avid hunter, he served a term as president of the local chapter of the Canawacta Rod and Gun Club. He was a member of the American Legion Post #86, Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge #794, both of Susquehanna and Veteran of Foreign Wars, as was his father. For a while, he enjoyed learning to fly a Cessna single engine 150. During their fundraising drive, Joe was entered into Mensa via a deeded brick. Through 30 years of service as a trainman in the bargaining unit, he earned full retirement from the D&H Railroad. All throughout his life he accrued an abundance of respect and friendship.

At the stated wishes of Joe, a private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati, P.O. Box 43027 Cincinnati, Ohio 45243.


(Margaret) Jane Skaritza, a long time resident of Great Bend PA, passed away in Jacksonville, FL on December 9, 2008 at the age of 90 years.

She is predeceased by her parents, Louis and Laura Musa; two brothers, James and Donald; and her husband of 63 years, Louis.

Surviving family includes three daughters, Suzanne Nelson (Ronald), Apache Junction, AZ, Mary Jane Ulco Dubins, Aventura, FL, and Joan Westcott {Ronald), Middleburg, FL; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Jane's baking skills were legendary in the area. She also enjoyed doing word puzzles and crafts. She was a member of St. Luke's Catholic Church in Middleburg.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Holly Hill Funeral Home, Middleburg, FL. Burial to be in St. Lawrence Cemetery, Great Bend.


Arthur Alan Bradstreet, 73, of Binghamton, NY, died Monday, December 15, 2008, after a long illness. Born in Susquehanna, PA, formerly residing in NYC, he called Binghamton his home for the past 28 years.

He was predeceased by his father, John R. Bradstreet; stepfather, Jack W. Skellett; and brother, John R. Bradstreet.

He is survived by his mother, Arlene Knapp Skellett, Cazenovia, NY; a brother, Roger D. Bradstreet and his wife, Bonnie, Cazenovia, NY; a sister, Jacqueline A. Pittelli, Danbury, CT; nieces, Kimberly (Fred) Shaw, Kendra (Bryan) Howley, Jennifer Bradstreet, Amy Bradstreet; nephews, John Bradstreet, Roger (Kathy) Bradstreet, and Jarrod Pittelli; several great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins.

Arthur was a graduate of Laurel Hill Academy in Susquehanna and proudly served in the United States Army. After the military, he was employed by the Erie Lackawanna Railroad in Endicott, NY; he then worked in New York City for almost 20 years in the travel industry before moving to Binghamton, NY in 1980, where he worked for Broome County Social Services until his retirement in 2000. He enjoyed a lifetime passion for music, theater and the arts. Art was a loving son, brother and uncle who will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to the wonderful doctors and staff at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton, NY for their outstanding care, treatment and compassion during Art’s illness.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, December 19, at St. John’s Evangelist Church, in Susquehanna, PA, with Rev. Leonard officiating.

Burial will be held in the Evergreen Cemetery in Susquehanna, PA.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in memory of Arthur may be made to the American Cancer Society, or call 1-800-ACS-2345.

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