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George Paul Bennett, 61, of Kingsley, died early Sunday morning, April 11, 2010, from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident on West Lenox Church Road, Kingsley, not far from the family estate. He was the husband of the former Leona Mazurkiwicz. They would have celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary on October 21 of this year.

Born June 17, 1948 in Hop Bottom, PA, he was the youngest son of the late Richard and Loretta (Wilbur) Bennett.

He was a graduate of Mountain View High School, class of 1967 and served with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. Having retired this past week, he was a state certified welder and was a union iron worker for 41 years. He was a member of Local 417 Newburgh, New York and Local 158 Binghamton, New York. He also worked for out of district Locals in Scranton, Philadelphia, Connecticut and Western New York. His welding expertise can be seen throughout the region on such projects as the Berwick Nuclear Power Plant, Proctor and Gamble, the Lackawanna County Baseball Stadium, the Mohegan Sun Arena and several bridges and structures throughout the Binghamton and greater New York region.

He resided in Kingsley his entire life; during the early years of their marriage, George and Leona commuted between their homes at Acre Lake and Connecticut. Having built their dream home in 1994 the family often entertained summer picnics and pig roasts at the lake he built, known to the family as "Lake George." Friends and neighbors will fondly remember him as putting more miles on a car heading up the road at 3:30 a.m. to a job in New York.

An avid hunter and fisherman, he also enjoyed watching CNN and the history channel. He loved sharing stories and having had a great sense of humor, could often be found with a bowl of popcorn watching The Three Stooges. The greatest trip of his life was taking his family on a cruise to Greece and Turkey to see historic venues.

Of all of his accomplishments, his greatest joy was his children. He was so proud of his children, Lisa a registered nurse and Chad a speech-language pathologist. He was a wonderful dad and husband who worked hard to provide for his family.

He is survived by one daughter: Lisa Michele and husband Frank B. Barhight, III. of Kingsley, PA; one son: Chad Frank Bennett of Kingsley, PA; his mother-in-law: Helen Mazurkiwicz of Hop Bottom, PA; several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. His extended iron workers family and the beloved family dog, Lucy, who knew him as her “Grampie.”

The funeral was held Thursday at the Shifler-Parise Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 18 Airport Road, Clifford, with Rev. Russell Lockwood, officiating. Interment, Maplewood Cemetery, Kingsley.

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


Allen R. Forsyth, 70, or Central Islip, NY, formerly of Harford, PA, died April 4, 2010 from complications of a fall at home.

Mr. Forsyth was predeceased by his parents, Stanley and Flossie Forsyth of Harford; and sister, Irene Hadlick of Binghamton, NY.

Surviving him are his loving wife, Terry of Central Islip; his daughter, Nicole Bernosky and son, Matthew Forsyth of Gibson, PA; his stepchildren, Desiree and Ray (living in Florida and Central Islip, respectively); sister, Alice Watkins of Harford; brother, Stanley (Dorothy) Forsyth of Binghamton; aunt, Betty Owens of Harford; five grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral arrangements are pending.


Esther Bridges, 99, of New Milford, PA passed away Saturday, April 17, 2010 in Montrose, PA. She was predeceased by her dearly loved husband George A. Bridges in August, 1983.

She was survived by many extended family members and friends.

Esther was a graduate of the Long Island College of Music. She made a career of teaching music at the college. When she and Al moved to New Milford she taught music privately. She also served as an organist for the Heart Lake United Methodist Church.

The family would like to express their appreciation to those assisting in her care, especially Elizabeth Rose and Wendy Cobb.

Services are private at the convenience of the family.

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