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Barbara J. Valentine

Barbara "Barby" Valentine, 48, of Lenox Township and Cocoa, FL, died suddenly on March 3rd, 2019 at her home in Florida. She was preceded in death by her husband, Scott E. Tatarka in 2017.

Born June 24, 1970 in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Ann Louise Prybicien Valentine.

Barby was a graduate of Mt. View High School in Kingsley and enjoyed music, reading books and spending time with her grandchildren. She and her husband especially enjoyed each others' company and she was completely lost upon his passing. Although she loved living in Florida, Round Pond Lake, located on the family farm in Lenox Township always held a special place in her heart.

She is survived by two daughters, Breann Tatarka of Lenox Township, Heather Tatarka Flynn and husband, Alexander of Cocoa, FL; two grandchildren, Collin and Elizabeth; several aunts, uncles and cousins; numerous friends in Pennsylvania and Florida.

She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Diane and Lorraine Valentine; niece, Holly Smith; brother-in-law, Randy Kilmer.

The funeral was held Saturday at the Shifler-Parise Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 18 Airport Road, Clifford, with a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Pius X Church, Royal, PA.

Interment will be at Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery, Greenfield Township.

To share condolences and photos with Barby's family, visit her book of everlasting memories at

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Bernard W. Ryan

Bernard W. Ryan, 55, of Lawsville, PA was called home to be with the Lord on March 17, 2019. He is the son of the late Bernard and Maureen Ryan and the loving husband of almost 18 years, Lisa.

Bernie is also survived by three children, Bernie and Jessica, Beth Ryan, Rowen; step-children, Ryan and Sandy Grubb, Brooks Warner, Brenton Warner, Bryce Warner; five beloved grandchildren; two sisters, Rosemary Rogers, Ann Marie and Jeff Gulick; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Donna and Jerry Wayman; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Lisa and Dave McSwain, Kimberly and Brad Carder, Kristen and Eric Cook, Karen and Craig Bender; numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

Bernie was employed with PennDOT as a Bridge Foreman III. He was a skilled heavy equipment operator and had a passion for landscaping. Bernie was of the Catholic faith. He was an avid Eagles and Notre Dame Fan, enjoyed football and watching NASCAR. Bernie had a strong faith in God. He was completely devoted to his family, always caring and providing for their needs. He was dearly loved and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00am, Thursday, March 21, 2019 at the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, Inc., Hallstead, PA.

Interment will be made in St. Lawrence Cemetery, Great Bend, PA.

Friends may call from 4-7pm Wednesday at the funeral home.

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Ellis R. Hobart

Ellis R. Hobart, 83 of Stevens Point, PA passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at the Barnes Kasson Hospital in Susquehanna, PA.

He was predeceased by his parents, Raymond and Anna (Miller) Hobart; and his loving wife of 60 years who passed away last May, Elaine M. Hobart.

Ellis is survived by his two sons, David and Patricia Hobart Sr., Kenneth and Loraine Hobart; daughter, Debbie and Bob Cole; daughter-in-law, Joleane Haley; sister, Geraldine and David Parsons; seven grandchildren, David Hobart Jr., Raymond and Rachel Hobart, Benjamin and Tennille Hobart, April Hadlick, Courtney and Michael Stocoski, Abbie Hobart, Carter Hobart; seven great-grandchildren, William, Hunter, Rykin, Ryder, Royal, Isabelle, Ben Hobart; many nieces and nephews; special dear friends, Claire Cook, Leslie Schell, Twila Phillips; fishing buddies, Mark Skiba, Bob Paige, Al Harcar.

Ellis joined the Marine Corp after high school and served for over 20 years until he retired as a Captain. During his tenure in the Marines, Ellis served as a Drill Instructor on Paris Island, SC, and served twice in the Vietnam War. After retiring he also spent 10 years in the reserves. Ellis also met his wife Elaine in 1957 while stationed in Hawaii.

After his retirement Ellis moved back to Stevens Point where he and his wife were heavily involved in their community. They delivered "Meals on Wheels"; Ellis taught driving to Sr. Citizen's and helped out at the St. Martin's Church. Ellis enjoyed hunting with his grandchildren, fishing, riding his Harley and taking his wife on trips to the casino. He was a member of the Marine Corp. League, American Legion Post 86 and the Legion Riders. Most of all Ellis loved spending time with his family who will miss him dearly.

A Funeral service was held on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at Hennessey's Funeral Home, 747 Jackson Avenue, Susquehanna, PA with Rev. David Cramer officiating.

Interment will be held in the Stevens Point Cemetery, Stevens Point, PA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the: Most Holy Trinity Church, 15 East Street, Susquehanna, PA 18847; or the American Diabetes Association, 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900 Arlington, VA, 22202.

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