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Ann Marie Oropallo went to rest in the arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on January 18, 2010, while a patient at Sebastian River Medical Center, Sebastian, FL.

Ann was a longtime resident of Susquehanna, PA. She shared a lovely home on Washington Street, with her husband, Bernard, until he passed away in 1973. She took pride in her home where she resided for fifty-seven years. Ann enjoyed all the simple pleasures that life had to offer. She enjoyed making beautiful dinners with homemade breads, pies and cakes for her family and friends. Ann enjoyed sitting on her porch surrounded by her beautiful flower boxes and hummingbirds. Always there to offer a friendly smile, a wave or hello to her neighbors. She recently moved to a villa in Palm Bay, FL where she could be closer to her family. There, she enjoyed sitting on her patio on warm, sunny Florida days surrounded by palm trees and her beautiful flower boxes.

Ann will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She will be sadly missed by all that knew her and by her loving children, Bernard and Rita Oropallo, Melbourne, FL, Suzanne and Richard, Kurey, Vero Beach, FL; grandchildren, Jennifer and Brandt Stickley, Portland, OR, John Oropallo, Los Angeles, CA; great-grandson, Jonas Stickley, Portland, OR; sister, Katherine Pagano, Susquehanna, PA; many loving nieces and nephews; and her beloved grand-doggie Schnauzers, Trooper and MiJoie.

Ann was a devout Catholic, who worshiped at St. John's Catholic Church in Susquehanna, where a mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 11:00 a.m., with the Rev. David Cramer officiating. A reception will follow in the church hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Catholic Church or to Wildlife Rescue, PO Box 71, Friendsville, PA 18818.


John N. Dudash, 90, of Fairmount Road Starrucca, PA passed away Sunday February 7, 2010 at the Forest City Nursing & Rehab Center in Forest City, PA.

He was predeceased by his wife Margaret Dudash on September 8, 1999; stepdaughter Ilona Janos; and stepson Henry Dudash.

John is survived by son John Dudash, Jr.; two daughters Rose Coopersmith and Ernestine Fentos; 19 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.

John lived in Perth Amboy, NJ for many years and retied from General Motors in 1982 and moved to Starrucca. He was a member of the Shehawken Methodist Church, Thompson Masonic Freedom Lodge #328, St. Andrew Commodary #27 and Royal Arch of Susquehanna #276. John served in the National Guard from 1955 to 1965.

A funeral service was held on Tuesday, February 9, 2010, at the Hennessey’s Funeral Home 747 Jackson Ave. Susquehanna with Rev. James Rouse officiating.

Burial was in the Shehawken Cemetery in Shehawken, PA.


Anna Bingham Gelatt, 94, of Thompson, PA, passed away Monday, February 8, 2010, at the Barnes Kasson Skilled Nursing Facility in Susquehanna, PA. She was born in Jackson Twp. the daughter of the late Floyd and Blanche Benson Bingham.

She was predeceased by her loving husband of 68 years, G. Norman Gelatt, former superintendent of Susquehanna Community School District.

Anna is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Bondelyn and Raymond Creek, Lake Royale, NC; one son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Kirk and Janice Gelatt, Gainesville, FL; a sister-in-law, Evelyn Sampson, Mechanicsburg, PA; five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Anna was a 1932 graduate of Thompson High School and a graduate of Wilkes-Barre Business College. She worked in state offices in Montrose and Tunkhannock. She was a secretary in the Thompson High School office from 1953 to 1956 at which time she became secretary to the superintendent of the Susquehanna Community Schools and served in that position until her retirement in June 1974. Anna was a member of the Thompson United Methodist church and was the church organist for many years.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, February 13, 2010 at noon, at the Hennessey’s Funeral Home, 747 Jackson Ave. Susquehanna, PA, with Rev. Leon Frank and Rev. Lloyd Canfield officiating.

Burial was held in the North Jackson Cemetery, North Jackson PA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made, if desired, to the Thompson United Methodist Church or the Thompson Hose Company, Thompson, PA 18465.


Ray Brian Garrehy, 77, of Hallstead, PA passed away February 10, 2010 at his home. He was predeceased by his wife Katherine “Dee.”

He is survived by his children, Kathy and Joe Blaisure, Hallstead, PA and Joseph and Kelley Garrehy, Kirkwood, NY; four grandchildren, Ryan and Kayla Blaisure and Andrew and Kyle Garrehy; siblings, Hazel VanTassel, Eloise and Charles Jones, and Fred and Jean Garrehy; and several nieces and nephews.

Ray was a proud Veteran of the United States Army. He retired from Local #7 Labor Union.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, February 13, 2010 at the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, Hallstead, PA. Spring interment will be made in the Brookdale Cemetery.

Should friends so desire, expressions of sympathy may take the form of a donation to your local Alcoholic Anonymous, American Legion, or the V.F.W.


Tara L. Sizemore-Hazell, 46, lost her battle with melanoma and is at peace on January 29, 2010. Tara was a graduate of Susquehanna Community High School, Class of 1981. She received a Masters Degree in History from Marshall University, a Bachelors degree from Shawnee State University and an Associates degree from Alfred State University. She was married to Mark Hazell and they lived together in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Tara worked for OhioHealth in Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. She was an Inpatient Coding Supervisor.

Tara is survived by three children Devon Richard, and twins, Meghan (Josh) Potters and Jordan (Dawn) Lambert; step-daughters Amanda (Adam) Nelson and Tara (Isaac) Covey; three grandchildren, Breanna, Ava, and Lafe; step-grandchildren Kadiejah, Raegan and Mackenzie; mother Dr. G. Frances (David Warner) Gibser; sister, Lori S. Mitchell and her daughter, Margaret of Baton Rouge, LA; brother, John M.(Lisa) Sizemore and their sons, Jack and Nick of Dallas, TX; aunts Corella M. Pierce, Oakland Borough and Margie (Bob) DeMatties-Perkins, Greely, PA and Apache Junction, AZ; and cousins Joe (Kiriko) Kuhn, Bill (Lisa) Pierce, John (Delta) Kuhn, Betty (Doug) McEver, Sarah (Mike) Vertuli and Dominic (Susan) DeMatties.

Rev. Ed Martin, formerly of the Methodist Church, New Milford, PA did the Memorial Service on Saturday afternoon, January 30, 2010. Burial will be this summer at her farm in Stockdale, Ohio. Please visit to share memories or view Tara's video tribute.


John J. “Jack” Aldrich, 86, formerly of Kirkwood, NY, passed away Friday, February 12, 2010, surrounded by his loving family. He was predeceased by his wife of more then fifty-five years, Doris Ames Aldrich, and by three sisters and two brothers.

Jack is survived by three children, James H. and Gail Aldrich, John J. and Jill Aldrich, and Linda and Jean LeBreux; seven granddaughters; seven great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Jack was a Veteran of World War II, serving in the European Theater, Pattons Third Army Signal Corp. He was a member of the American Legion Post 357, Hallstead, PA, and the Blue Masonic Lodge #338 F & A M. Jack was employed as a Utility Supervisor with NYSEG, retiring in 1985. He was a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, New Milford, PA.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 17, 2010, at St. Mark’s Church, New Milford, PA, at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in remembrance of Jack may be made to the American Legion Post #357, Walter Woolbaugh Memorial Field Scoreboard Fund, Hallstead, PA 18822. Arrangements are under the direction of the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, Hallstead, PA.

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