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Isabell H. Plonski, 93, of Thompson, PA, passed away on Thursday, November 4, 2010, at CMC Hospice in Scranton, PA.

Isabell was predeceased by her loving husband Joseph Plonski in 1979.

She is survived by her two sons Joseph Plonski and Yvonne Leetz, of Thompson, PA, Frank and Josephine Plonski of Hatfield, PA; one daughter Christine and Ilhan Sezer, of Thompson, PA; three grandchildren, Theresa and Michael Artigas, Frank and Gina Plonski, and David Plonski; three great grandchildren, Chloe Artigas, Alexander Plonski, and Allison Plonski; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Isabell was a member of the St. Martin of Tours Church where she also served as the past president of St. Martin of Tours Christian Mother’s Association, and past chairman of St. Martin of Tours Labor Day Dinner for over 60 years. She was a charter member of the Democratic Federation Women’s Club of Susquehanna County as well as a member of the Democratic Committee Women for 44 years. Also, Isabell was a member of the Susquehanna County Farm Bureau.

A Funeral Service was held on Monday, November 8, 2010, at the St. Martin of Tours Church in North Jackson, PA, with Rev. David Cramer officiating.

Burial was held in the St. John’s Cemetery in Susquehanna, PA.


Ronald “Sparky” Virgil Testa, 71, of Gibson, PA, formerly of Susquehanna, PA, passed away on Friday, November 5, 2010 at the Barnes Kasson Hospital in Susquehanna after a very brief illness.

Sparky was born on March 20, 1939 to the late Ronald “Pickets” and Ada Testa. He was predeceased by his loving grandparents Virgil and Ellen Testa by whom he was raised. He was also predeceased by half brothers Jimmy Tadlock and Bobby Testa.

Sparky is survived by on son Francis Phillip Testa; one half brother Butch Lee; and two half sisters, Rose Lee and Shirley Travis. He has several uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews and nieces who loved him dearly. He is also survived by his closest and dearest friend and love Linda; his best friends Charlie Watkins and Kristy; the Bixby and Burchell families who considered him a part of their family and much more than a friend.

Sparky was raised in the Testa family home on Franklin Ave. in Susquehanna. He graduated from the Susquehanna High School with the class of 1957. During his high school years he helped deliver milk door to door with the guided hand and assistance of Francis Adornato whom he greatly admired. After high school he worked for Crowleys in Binghamton, NY. He served two years active military duty for the United States Army and completed his tour with an honorable discharge. He then worked for Kroehlers Manufacturing in Binghamton, NY. He retired in 1998 from Proctor and Gamble in Mehoopany, PA after 28 years. He was a faithful employee who made the 100 mile round trip every day of his employment regardless of weather conditions.

Sparky was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved the outdoors and the beauty of nature. He spent several years rifle hunting with “Uncle Gino” and his cousins Jerry and Joe Testa. He was a marksman bow hunter as well and display many mounted animals sets of horns from bucks he got in his sport room at his home. He also enjoyed open water and ice fishing.

Everyone who knew Sparky also knew he was a wonderful dancer. He enjoyed many good times at the former Sugar Bowl on Main Street in Susquehanna. Anywhere and everywhere he danced people always gave him comments and compliments on the great dancer he was. He loved to walk but when you would see him it was more like a run than a walk because he always moved in a fast pace. Anyone would have a hard time keeping up with him. For the past several years that he lived in Susquehanna he spent many hours at the Barnes Kasson Skilled Nursing Facility volunteering with patients in the dining area. He helped feed many of the residents but most enjoyed helping them put together puzzles. Many hours were spent doing puzzles with Mattie, Annie and his buddies Junie and Jimmy Honeychuck. He had a special place in his heart for the elderly.

A special thank you is extended to his friend Sara Armetta and all the nurses and staff of Barnes Kasson Hospital who helped him in so many ways. A thank you also to the nurses at Wilson Hospital and the staff of the oncology department.

Sparky was a member of the St. John’s Church in Susquehanna. Every week he would faithfully kneel in church and pray several rosaries not for himself but for everyone whom touched his life in anyway.

A memorial mass will be held in his honor at St. John’s Church in Susquehanna on Saturday, November 20 at 10 a.m. with Rev. David Cramer officiating.


Leonard P. Murphy, 96, of Susquehanna, PA, passed away Saturday, November 06, 2010, at the Barnes Kasson SNF, in Susquehanna, after an illness.

Leonard was born in Susquehanna, PA, November 9, 1913, the son of the late Daniel and Anna Murphy. He is predeceased by his eight brothers Daniel, Thomas, Francis, Mark, Joseph, Robert, Leo, and Arthur; four sisters Anna, Gertrude, Lucille, and Agnes.

Leonard is survived by his wife Clare S. Murphy; two sons and daughter-in-laws Daniel and Denise Murphy, and Thomas and Mary Murphy; six daughters and son-in-laws Lynne and Dr. Andrew Majka, Susan and Donald Johnson, Maureen and Martin Klees, Frances and Donald Arthur, Ruth and Michael Zeck, and Kathleen and Jeff Antonucci; nineteen grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Leonard worked for several years with the railroad along the PA and NY boarder towns. He was employed by Baldwin Locomotive during WWII, and also worked for PENNDOT out of Montrose, PA. Leonard belonged to the Operating Engineers Union and a member of the St. John’s Church in Susquehanna, PA. He was a sports enthusiast who loved to shoot pool and play golf.

A Funeral service will be held on Thursday, November 11, 2010, at 9:30 a.m., at the Hennessey’s Funeral Home, 747 Jackson Ave. Susquehanna, PA, and 10 a.m. at the St. John’s Church in Susquehanna, where a mass of Christian burial will be offered by Rev. David Cramer.

Burial will be held in the St. John’s Cemetery in Susquehanna, PA.

The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, November 10, 2010, from 5 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. John’s Church in Susquehanna, PA.


Ruth Mamie Markel June, born January 18, 1917, went home to be with her Lord, at the age of 93, on November 6, 2010.

Her late husband, Charles Lenthiel June passed away over 23 years ago. Ruth was the daughter of the late Laurence and Bessie Bartlo Markel.

She is survived by her daughter Frances June Sheldon and son-in-law Richard James Sheldon who she loved like a son. She is also survived by a grandson, John Levi Sheldon, Dallas, TX; granddaughter Cheryll Sheldon Feuerstein and husband James Anthony Feuerstein, Pocono Pines, PA; grandson Pastor Robert James Sheldon, Pastor of First Baptist Church of Silver Creek, NY and his wife Sarah Grace Sheldon; and her four great grandchildren, Cassidy June Feuerstein, Katryn Grace Feuerstein, both of Pocono Pines, PA, Faith Joy Sheldon and David James Sheldon, both of Silver Creek, NY.

Ruth was a lifetime farmer and loved and appreciated all that the Lord had given her, especially her family. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Susquehanna, PA.

The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, November 10, 2010, at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, Jackson Ave., Susquehanna, with Pastor Gary Day officiating.

Burial will be in the Lanesboro Cemetery, Lanesboro, PA.

The family will receive friends at the First Baptist Church, Susquehanna, on Wednesday from 1 to 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, Jackson Ave., Susquehanna, PA 18847.

Arrangements by Hennessey’s Funeral Home, Susquehanna, PA.


James A. Carpenter, 79, of Turnpike Terrace, Susquehanna, passed away unexpectedly at home on Wednesday, November 3, 2010.

He was born on October 10, 1931 in Herrick Center, PA, the son of the late Kenneth and Helen Carpenter. He was also predeceased by his son-in-law John Pirnik; and great granddaughter Calene Crawford.

Jim is survived by his loving wife Dolores (Gilleran); his daughters Patricia and Don Carpenter, Naples, FL, and Debbie Pirnik, Susquehanna, PA; his grandchildren, Tammy and Matt Bennett, Shannon and Chad Crawford, Tim and Robin Seagrave, Brian and Tara Kelly and Ashley Kelly; his great grandchildren Zach Secoolish, Paige O’Hara, Dylan Crawford, Gavin Crawford, Lacey O’Hara, Emily Bennett, Jared Brown, Trent Seagrave and Maxx Kelly. Also surviving are his siblings Gwen McKee, Betty DiLuzio, Shelby Carpenter, Vivian “Peanuts” Westbrook, Kenneth and Deloris Carpenter, Janice and Joe Convertino, Rodger and Vicki Carpenter, Larry Carpenter and Terry and Gloria Carpenter; sister-in-laws, Rose Potter, Helen Gilleran and Claire Johnson; several nieces and nephews.

He was retired from Kason Hardware after 28 years of service as a machine operator and a spot welder. He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War.

“Gramps” was a special gift to those that knew and loved him. He was always smiling with a smile that could light up a room. He was always willing to help anybody that needed it and he lived life to the fullest. Gramps adored his family from his wife down to his great grandchildren. He was an avid baseball and basketball fan and enjoyed playing and watching both. He had a hook shot that never failed and he could still hold his own on the basketball court. He was truly a devoted husband of nearly 58 years and a loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and friend to all that knew him. Gramps was well known for his sense of humor and his kind heart. Words cannot express how much he will be missed by his family and friends.

A memorial service was held on Monday, November 8, 2010, at the Hennessey’s Funeral Home, 747 Jackson Ave., Susquehanna, PA with the Rev. James Rouse officiating.

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