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Carol K. Alleman, 60, of Thompson, PA., died Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at the Ascera Care Hospice Unit, Peckville, PA.

Born April 13, 1949 in Bethlehem, PA., she is the daughter of Florence (Palermo) Flynn of Susquehanna, PA. and the late Edward Flynn.

She was a former resident of Warren, PA and has resided in Thompson for the past seven years. Prior to her disability, she was a certified nurses aid and a physical therapy aid having been employed by the Warren General Hospital. She was also a hospice volunteer in Warren and for the local Ascera Care Hospice. She was a member of the Thompson Baptist Church.

She is survived by two daughters: Shawna Alleman and Karie Dominick-Kolenda both of Thompson, PA.; one son: Pastor Timothy Alleman of Franklin, PA.; one brother: Anthony Flynn of Russell, PA.; two grandchildren: Tristan Alleman and Alex Dominick both of Thompson, PA.

A memorial service will be Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. from the Thompson Baptist Church, Thompson, with the Rev. John Sandau, pastor, officiating. Cremation took place at the Maple Hill Crematory, Archbald, PA.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Shifler-Parise Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Clifford, PA.

To send on-line condolences to the family or to view her online memorial album, please visit


Ruth L. Benjamin, loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend, died at home surrounded by her loving family, on Friday, May 7, 2009 after a short illness. She was predeceased by her parents, Rev. Charles B. and Marea Smith, brother Dwight Smith, and sisters, Reba Smith and Betty Roberts.

She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Ernest Benjamin, Jr.; son and daughter-in-law, Ernest (Ben) and Margo Benjamin; daughters and sons-in-law, Paula and Wayne Basa, Jan and Jim Kasten, John and Alice Cooper; siblings, Lois Merrell, Paula Maue, and Charles Smith; six grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Ruth graduated from BGH School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse. She was employed for Drs. Gilmore and Boyd, then worked at Rivermede Manor for more then 20 years as the Assistant Director of Nursing, Inservice Director, trained CNA's; and ended her career with the Broome County Health Department.

Ruth had a wonderful spirit, as evidenced by the many people who called and sent cards and told us stories of how much she meant to them. Her family was the most important thing in the world to her. She was a spiritual person and was an inspiration to all who knew her.

The family would like to thank Wilson Hospital CCU, North Tower 3, South Tower 3, the staff of nursing 1 at Elizabeth Church Manor, and a very special niece, Michele Lyman.

A funeral service was held Monday, May 11, 2009 at the First Presbyterian Church, Hallstead, PA with the Reverend Nancy Cubitt officiating. Interment was made in Rose Hill Cemetery.

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

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