First Posted: 7/1/2014


HOP BOTTOM — Charles Major, Hop Bottom, formerly of Clarks Summit, died July 1, 2014, at Geisinger Community Medical Center, from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident. His wife is the former Doris Woodruff; the couple married on April 5, 1986. He had family in Tunkhannock. A Mass of Christian Burial was held from Our Lady of the Snows Church, 301 S. State St., Clarks Summit. Arrangements were entrusted to the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home & Cremation Services.


TUNKHANNOCK — Carrie Sue Smurkowski, 33, beloved daughter, sister, friend and animal lover passed away at her childhood home in Tunkhannock, early July 2, 2014, after a brave four-year battle with cancer. Funeral services were held July 5 from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main Street, Meshoppen, with a Mass of Christian Burial in the St. Joachim’s Roman Catholic Church, Meshoppen.


WILKES-BARRE — Josephine V. Offshack, of North Wilkes-Barre, died July 2, 2014, in the Riverside Manor, Wilkes-Barre. She had family in Tunkhannock. Services were held July 5 from the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home Inc., 73 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock.


HANOVER TWP. — Dr. Edward J. Blazejewski, 64, of Hanover Township and Meadow Run Lake, Bear Creek, passed away on July 3, 2014, surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was born in Wilkes-Barre to the late Edward and Viola Brigani Blazejewski and was married to the former, Mary Ellen Kerestes. He had family in Shavertown. Funeral services were held July 9 from the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Aloysius Church, Barney and Division Streets, Wilkes-Barre.


DALLAS — Ruthann Ryczak, 74, of Dallas, passed away July 2, 2014, at Commonwealth Hospice Inpatient Unit in the Regional Hospital of Scranton, having succumbed to an insidious, aggressive cancer. Funeral services were held July 8 from the Curtis L. Swanson Funeral Home Inc, corner of routes 29 and 118, Pikes Creek, with a Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Chuch , Lake Silkworth.


DALLAS — Shirley Milulka, of Dallas, passed away July 4, 2014, at the Wilkes Barre General Hospital. Private funeral will be held at the convience of the family. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Lehman-Gregory Funeral Home Inc., 281 Chapel St., Swoyersville.


DALLAS — Jean (Peters) Pryor, 90, formerly of South Wilkes-Barre, passed away July 4, 2014, at the home of her son, Lewis H. “Lew” and daughter-in-law, Gert, in Dallas, where she resided for the last six months. Funeral services were held July 8 at Kniffen O’Malley Funeral Home, 465 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre.


EDWARDSVILLE — Mary E. Chesluk, 94, of Edwardsville, died July 5, 2014, in Little Flower Manor, Wilkes-Barre.She was born in Lehman, a daughter of the late Stephen and Eva Yash Ladamus. Funeral was held July 8 from the Kopicki Funeral Home, 263 Zerbey Ave., Kingston, with Mass of Christian Burial in St. Ignatius Church.


TRUCKSVILLE — Margaret M. Edwards, 101, of Trucksville and formerly of Kingston, passed away peacefully in her sleep in the early-morning hours of July 6, 2014. Funeral services were held July 10 from the Harold C. Snowdon Funeral Home Inc., 140 N. Main St., Shavertown.


DALLAS — John “Jack” Mulloy, 70, of Dallas, died on July 3, 2014, at Geisinger Medical Center, after a valiant struggle with cancer, and is deeply mourned by his family. A wake was held July 9 at the Richard H. Disque Funeral Home, 2940 Memorial Highway, Dallas and again July 10 at the funeral home. Funeral services were held July 10 at Mercy Center Chapel on the campus of Misericordia University.


DALLAS — Sister Jeanne Marie Devaney, RSM, a member of the Mid-Atlantic Community of the Sisters of Mercy, died at Mercy Center Dallas, on July 5, 2014. Sister Jeanne was born June 25, 1931, in Wilkes-Barre, and was a daughter of Edward and Helen Flosser Devaney. The celebration of her life began with a prayer service and visiting hours on July 10 at Mercy Center, Dallas. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated July 11.

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