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Sophie S. Sterling, 90, of Brooklyn, PA, passed away on Thursday, March 19, 2009, at Hospice Community Care, Dunmore, PA.

She was born in Macanaqua, PA, to the late Ludwick Jacob and Frances An (Dzikowski) Kleszyk.

She is survived by nine children; three step-grandchildren; several grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; and a brother.

She was a homemaker, with family and gardening as her passions. She will be missed greatly by all those whose lives she touched.

A private family service was held at their convenience.


11/19/1919 – 3/19/2009

Eleanor H. (Courtney) Ciesielski, age 89, of Chenango Bridge, NY, passed away peacefully at Binghamton General Hospital on Thursday evening, March 19, 2009. Born in Silver Springs, NY to Ellen and Edward Courtney, she was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Joseph Francis Ciesielski in June of 1998; daughter, Teresa Langsner; and grandson, Shawn Ficarro.

Four daughters and their families survive her, Eleanor Ann and Clifford Jones, Raleigh, NC, Carol Ciesielski and significant other, Edna Suckow, Manahawkin, NJ, Martha and Thomas Langhorne, Chenango Bridge, and Rita and Chuck Ficarro, Susquehanna, PA. She is also survived by son-in-law, Jerry Langsner and wife, Barbara, Massapequa, NY; brother, James Courtney and wife, Betty, Spencerport, NY; and sister-in-law, Rose Cody, Silver Springs, NY. Eleanor's surviving family also includes grandchildren, Christopher and wife, Kristen Jones, DeKalb, IL, Kim and husband, John Laskowski, Raleigh, NC, Timothy and Eliot Langhorne, Chenango Bridge, Joseph and Emma Langsner, Massapequa, NY, Arika Ficarro, Erie PA and Andrew and wife, Lauren Ficarro, Susquehanna, PA. She also leaves eight great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Eleanor was a warm and loving wife, mother, grandmother and aunt. She very much adored her husband, Joe, and her family. She was active in the Altar and Rosary Society and taught religious instructions at Blessed Sacrament Church in Johnson City. Eleanor had served at the Nearly New Shop and the Broome County Board of Elections. She was a member of the Daughters of Charity, The Garden Club and Let's Dance Group. Eleanor enjoyed time with Joe at the cottage they built near Greene, NY. She was proud of her Irish heritage and being a Democrat. She loved watching college basketball and was an avid reader. Eleanor was a very good friend and neighbor to the many families on Bernice Street, Johnson City for over 50 years. Eleanor has had excellent care and companionship provided her by Evelyn Edson, Kay Hardy, and Dixie Dahl.

The family wishes to express sincere thanks and gratitude for many years of excellent care to Dr. Graham and Penny at UMA Internal Medicine, Dr. Hassig, Dr. Sperber and Dr. Undavia. More recently we are grateful for the care and attention from Dr. Mark Shumeyko, the Binghamton General Memorial 3 nursing staff, residents and hospitalists. Most notably we are grateful for the kindness and guidance of Dr. Joseph Hogan and Dr. Christine Fenlon, for they truly made Eleanor's final days more bearable.

Funeral Services were held at the Barber Memorial Home, Inc., Johnson City on Tuesday, and at Blessed Sacrament Church where a Funeral Mass was offered. Interment followed in Vestal Hills Memorial Park.

Those who wish may send a remembrance donation to The Broome County Office for Aging, or the Ladies of Charity, C/O the Nearly New Shop, 100 Main St., Binghamton, NY.


Philip R. Page, Sr., 30, of Jackson Township, PA was found on March 21, 2009. He is survived by his loving wife, Amber Neild Page. He was born March 30, 1978, the son of Miller Edwin and Miriam Page.

Also surviving are his children, Philip R. Page, Jr., and Dori Page; siblings, Amy and Anthony Verzella, Philadelphia, PA, Eric and Rebecca Page, and Bethany Page, all of Jackson, PA.

Philip loved the Lord and his family and attended Bridgewater Baptist Church. He enjoyed singing Southern Gospel Music. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. He was employed as an X-ray technician at Barnes-Kasson Hospital.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 28 at the Bridgewater Baptist Church, Montrose, PA. Friends may call from 9 to 11 Saturday morning, at the church, prior to the service. The family will provide flowers.

Should friends so desire, expressions of sympathy may take the form of a donation to the Trust Fund for Amber and the children at Peoples National Bank.


Luella M. Simonetti, 90, of Susquehanna, PA went to be with the Lord, Friday, March 20, 2009, at Barnes-Kasson Hospital, Susquehanna, surrounded by her family.

She was predeceased by her husband, Thomas; three sisters and one brother.

Luella is survived by two sons, Vincent Simonetti, Matthew and Janyce Simonetti; one daughter, Katherine and James Norton; four grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

Luella was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother.

She worked 18 years as a housekeeper at Barnes-Kasson Hospital, Susquehanna. She spent many happy years working, going to bingo with her friends, and spending hours on her beautiful ceramics.

At her request, no viewing or burial service will be held.

Should friends so desire, expressions of sympathy may take the form of a donation to the American Cancer Society.


Sophie S. Sterling, 90, of Brooklyn, PA, passed away on Thursday, March 19, 2009, at Community Hospice Care, Dunmore, PA.

She was born in Macanaqua, PA, to the late Ludwick Jacob and Francis Ann (Dzikowski) Kleszyk.

She is survived by nine children; several grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren.

She was a homemaker, and family was her priority. She will be missed greatly by all.

A private family service was held at their convenience.

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