obituaries


First Posted: 8/3/2008

DULCEY – Sister M. Alphius, 91, a member of the Mid-Atlantic Community of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, died Monday, July 21, 2008 at Mercy Center, Dallas.

The former Helen Dulcey, she was born March 17, 1917 in Hazleton and was a 1934 graduate of St. Gabriel High School, Hazleton. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in math from College Misericordia and a Master of Science degree in math from Fordham University in 1952.

Sister Alphius entered the Sisters of Mercy in Dallas in 1934 and professed her vows in March 1937. She ministered as an elementary and secondary teacher in the dioceses of Scranton, Harrisburg and Brooklyn for 36 years. She served as Director of Sisters in Formation from 1954 to 1970 and, during that time, was a part-time faculty member at College Misericordia, later serving as a full-time faculty member for nine years at College Misericordia. Sr. Alphius retired to the prayer ministry and in 1995 moved to Mercy Center where she resided until the time of her death.

Surviving are her brother, Charles, Moscow; sisters, Anna Dulcey, Hazleton; Joan Adomshick, Trafford; nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and the Sisters of Mercy of the Mid-Atlantic Community.

Memorial donations to the Retirement Fund, Sisters of Mercy Mid-Atlantic Community, P.O. Box 369, Dallas, PA 18612.

GOBLE – Loretta E., 68, of Tunkhannock, died Saturday, July 26, 2008 at Golden Living Center.

Born in Tunkhannock, she was formerly employed at P. & G. Mehoopany plant as a technician, working in the laboratory, retiring in 1997.

She was a member of the East Lemon United Methodist Church and a graduate of Tunkhannock High School.

Surviving are her husband, Robert H. Sr.; sons, Brian, of Gibson; Robert Jr., of Tunkhannock; daughters, Brenda Smith, of Auburn Center; Cindy Shiffer, of Meshoppen; Penny Alden, of Kingsley; Ginger Miller, of Dalton; many grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; brothers, Norm Ball, of Tunkhannock; Russell Ball, of North Carolina; a sister, Carol Hillard, of Trucksville; three aunts, several nieces, nephews and cousins.

HORVATH – Sister Marie, RSM, 74, a member of the Mid-Atlantic Community of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, died Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at Mercy Center, Dallas.

The former Joan Horvath, she was born July 31, 1933 in Johnstown and was a 1951 graduate of Johnstown Catholic High School. She entered the Sisters of Mercy on September 8, 1951 and was finally professed in 1957. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from College Misericordia in 1958 and a Master of Science degree from Indiana University in 1979.

In 1999, Sister Marie received a lifetime achievement award from the State Health Information Association. She taught in the elementary schools in the dioceses of Altoona, Johnstown and Brooklyn, N.Y. She worked in the medical records department of Mercy Hospital, Johnstown, and was on the faculty of Carroll College in Helena, Montana, and Fairmont State College, Fairmont, W. Va. Sister Marie retired to McAuley Hall, Cresson, in 2003 and joined the prayer ministry at Mercy Center, Dallas, in 2005.

Surviving are sisters, Annette, Bethel Park; Michele, Auburn, N.Y.; nieces, nephews; and the Sisters of Mercy of the Mid-Atlantic Community.

Memorial donations to the Sisters of Mercy of the Mid-Atlantic Community, P.O. Box 369, Dallas, PA 18612.

ORLOSKI – William J., of Tunkhannock, died Monday, July 21, 2008.

He was born in Luzerne and resided in Tunkhannock for the past six years.

Surviving are his wife, the former Dorothy Phillips; son, Christopher, of Sweet Valley; daughters, Gwen Harleman, of Hunlock Creek; and Diane Polacher, of Trucksville; five grandchildren and a great grandchild.

ROACH – Michael, 37, died Friday, July 18, 2008.

Born in Pittsburgh, he moved to Northeast Pennsylvania in 1985. He graduated from Tunkhannock High School in 1988 and moved to Bradenton, Fla. in 1995, where he worked as a certified auto technician for Cox Chevrolet, then at Sunset Chevrolet for the past eight years.

Surviving are his wife, Karen (Murphy); children, Keenan, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Rachel and Michael Jr., at home; mother and father, Jan and Chuck Roach, of Sebring Fla.; brother, Eric, of Canal Fulton, Ohio; several aunts, an uncle, and nieces.

Memorial donations to the Roach Children Education Fund, 1215 21st St., West Bradenton, FL 34205.

SCOVELL – Mary, 90, of Meadows Apartments, Dallas, formerly of Loyalville, died Friday, July 25, 2008 at her residence.

Born in Wilkes-Barre on July 22, 1918, she graduated from Meyers High School, Wilkes-Barre, in 1936. She was a member of the Loyalville United Methodist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star, Wilkes-Barre.

Surviving are sons, Allen Scovell, of Hazleton; Ronald Scovell, of Plains Township; Paul Scovell, of Delmar, Del.; John Scovell, of Little Nahant, Mass.; daughter, Ruth Anne Swisher, of Milton, Fla.; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations to Loyalville United Methodist Church, PO Box 1, Tunkhannock, PA 18657.

WALKER – Helene B., 87, of Tunkhannock, died Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at Golden Living Center, Tunkhannock.

Born in Dimock, she was a graduate of Tunkhannock High School.

Surviving are daughters, Sonja Rau, Pat Ayers and Darla McGavin, all of Tunkhannock; Colleen Anderson, Asheville, N.C.; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

YUSCELLIS – Julia, 95, of Shavertown, formerly of Harveys Lake, died Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at Golden Living Center, Plains Township.

She was born in Wilkes-Barre.

Surviving are daughter-in-law, Bernadine Yuscellis, Shavertown; one granddaughter; three great-grandchildren.

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