First Posted: 4/1/2012

BENOVITZ – Madge K., of Key Largo, Fla. and Dallas, died Saturday, March 24, 2012, in the Baptist Hospital, Miami.

She was born in Wilkes-Barre, was a graduate of Wyoming Seminary, attended Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania and graduated from Wilkes College.

She was an Eternal Light member of Temple Israel and its sisterhood, a member of the JCC, an emeritus member of the board of directors of King’s College, a member of the PA State Board of Education, Board of Directors of the National Association of State Boards of Education and many other civic, educational and religious organizations.

She spent her life volunteering and was past vice president of the Wilkes-Barre Chapter of Hadassah, past president of the United Way of Wyoming Valley, past president of the League of Women Voters of PA and chairman of Temple Israel’s 70th anniversary celebration.

Surviving are her husband of 57 years, Dr. Burton Benovitz; daughter, Jane Feinstein, Shavertown; three grandsons; a brother, Harvey Klein, Key Largo, Fla., and Dallas.

Memorial donations to the Esther and Nathan Klein Passover Endowment Fund, c/o Temple Israel Synagogue, 236 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.

BORIS – LaVerne, 87, of Harveys Lake, died Monday, March 12, 2012, at Tiffany Court of Kingston.

She was born in Edwardsville and graduated from Edwardsville High School, Wyoming Seminary Business School and Beaver College.

She was a member of St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, Edwardsville.

Surviving are three granddaughters.

CORKER – Carolyn “Jean,” of Jets Lane, Lemon Township, died Friday, March 16, 2012, at home.

She was born in Scranton on May 11, 1946.

Surviving are her husband of 46 years, Thomas Sr.; sons, Thomas Jr., of East Lemon; Brian, of Tunkhannock; two grandchildren.

DRAGON – Larry “Buck” L., 59, of Lake Township, died Monday, March 26, 2012, at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

He was born in Ashtabula, Ohio.

Surviving are his mother, Juanita Brady Dragon, of Ashtabula, Ohio; his companion, Debra Yarasheski, of Lake Township; and sons, Michael A. and Lucas L., both of Ohio.

LASKOWSKI – Mary V., 91, of Jackson Township, died Friday, March 23, 2012, at the Lakeside Nursing Center, Dallas.

She was born March 8, 1921 in Glen Lyon. Prior to retirement, she was employed by the Leader Store in Nanticoke for several years.

She attended the First Presbyterian Church of Nanticoke and was a member of the Irem Women’s Auxiliary, the Irem Stewards Ladies and the Dallas Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star #396.

Surviving are a sister, Marguerite Izbicki, of Oley; one granddaughter.

MILNES – Eugene S., of Lane Hill Road, Tunkhannock, died Sunday, March 25, 2012, at the Golden Living Center, Tunkhannock.

He was orn in Sayre on November 24, 1936 and was a 1955 graduate of the LaRaysville High School. He was a 20-year veteran of the United States Air Force, serving in Mississippi, Texas, New Mexico, Greenland, Germany, California, Virginia and South Carolina.

During his military career, he graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in business. Upon returning home, he became the business manager of Milnes Engineering in Tunkhannock.

He was a member of the Tunkhannock United Methodist Church, Tunkhannock Rotary Club and worked on the club’s website. He was a member of Endless Mountains Chorus. He served as a flight instructor at the Sky Haven Airport for 15 years.

Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Marjorie Upham Milnes; sons, Edwin, of Rapid City, South Dakota; Kevin, of Northampton; brothers, Paul and Thomas, both of Tunkhannock; sister, Marcia Platts, of Mehoopany; and four grandchildren.

PLUSKIE – Norma (Subarton), 76, Shavertown, died Sunday, March, 25, 2012, at the Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Dallas, following an illness of several months.

She was born February 18, 1936 in West Nanticoke and was a graduate of Nanticoke High School. She was employed for many years on the administrative staff at the Wilkes-Barre district office of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.

She was a member of a women’s quilting group in the Dallas area and with the Back Mountain Silver Sneakers organization. She was a member of St. Therese’s Church and was active in its Altar & Rosary Society.

Surviving are a brother, Joseph A. Subarton, Williamsport; a niece and a nephew; two grand-nieces; two grand-nephews; several cousins.

Memorial donations to the Altar & Rosary Society of St. Therese’s Church, 64 Davis St., Shavertown, PA 18708.

SANSEVERE – John A. Sr., 70, of Harveys Lake, died Friday, March 23, 2012, at home.

He was born in Hoboken, N.J. on August 28, 1941, was a high school graduate, served in the U.S. Army and had been employed as a truck driver.

Surviving are his son, John Jr., Harveys Lake; one grandson; a sister, Cathy Seymour, Phoenix, Arizona.

SHUPP – Harlan “Archie,” 74, of Tunkhannock, died Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at Golden Living Center, Tunkhannock, after an illness.

He was born in Tunkhannock on December 4, 1937, was a retired employee of Procter & Gamble, Mehoopany, and had been employed by Shamrock Auctions for over 20 years. He was a carpenter by trade before his employment at Procter & Gamble.

He bowled in several leagues at Shadowbrook Lanes. He graduated from Tunkhannock High School, class of 1956. He was an Army veteran of the Korean conflict and Vietnam. He was a member of the Eatonville United Methodist Church and the American Legion, Black Walnut.

Surviving are two step-daughters, Donna LaBar and Tina Pettis, Tunkhannock; step-son, Robert “Larry” Cook, Tunkhannock; two sisters, Ercel Wasko and Onalea Lane, Tunkhannock; special friend, Sonja Rau, Tunkhannock; five grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations to the Wyoming County Historical Society, P. O. Box 309, Tunkhannock, PA 18657.

STROHL – Shirley Dougal, 79, of Noxen, died Sunday, March 18, 2012, in the Commonwealth Hospice inpatient unit at St. Luke’s Villa, Wilkes-Barre.

She was born June 30, 1932, graduated from Lake-Noxen High School in 1952 and was employed as a seamstress by the Roker Manufacturing Company, Noxen.

She was a member of St. Luke’s Reformation Lutheran Church, Noxen, and its Ladies Society, the ILGWU, the Noxen Fire Company Auxiliary, the Dallas American Legion Auxiliary and the 8/40 Veterans Group, Dallas. She was honored for 50 years of continuous voting.

Surviving are her sons, James W., Noxen; Calvin Jr., Luzerne; daughter, Sherry Shiffer, Tunkhannock; five grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; sisters, Jane Gill, South Carolina; Sharon Pudimott, Lake Silkworth; Thelma Leach, Hunlock Creek; nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations to St. Luke’s Reformation Lutheran Church, Noxen, PA 18636, or the Alzheimer’s Association, 57 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.

VERFAILLIE – John Donald, 85, formerly of Dallas, died Friday, March 23, 2012, in Westminster, Md. The family home in Dallas was on the Northeast corner of Huntsville and Jackson streets.

He played the clarinet in the Dallas High School Band and graduated from Dallas High School in 1944, after which he joined the Army and served in Germany.

Surviving are his wife, Marcelene; three stepdaughters; four step-grandchildren.

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