DAVIS - Kenneth G., 70, formerly of Dallas and Albrightsville, died Thursday, August 25, 2011, at Smith Health Care, Mountain Top, after a lengthy illness.
He was born on February 22, 1941, in Philadelphia, was raised in Sharon Hill and had resided in several locations early in life. He maintained a home in the Poconos at Indian Mountain Lake, Albrightsville, from 1968 to 1996. He also lived at Country Club Apartments, Dallas, for several years before entering Smith Health Care, Mountain Top, in 2003.
He was a graduate of Sharon Hill High School, class of 1959 and Cheyney State College in 1968 with a bachelor‚??s degree in Elementary Education. He also received a master‚??s degree in Elementary Education from Cheyney in 1983 and attended Marywood College, Scranton. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1963 to 1968.
He was on the faculty of Garnet Valley School District, Concordville, as an elementary school teacher for 24 years, retiring in 1992.
He was a member of St. John the Baptist Byzantine Rite Catholic Church, Georgetown section of Wilkes-Barre Township; Pennsylvania Education Association; Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees; was a member with the combined faculty, residents and students of the College Misericordia Community Choir for three years as first bass; and had been a member of the Bloomsburg Elks Lodge.
Surviving are cousins and their families.
JAVORSKI - Melissa C., 36, Tunkhannock, died Monday, August 22, 2011, in the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center after a lengthy illness.
She was born February 16, 1975, graduated with honors in 1993 from Tunkhannock Area High School, attended Luzerne County Community College, Penn State Wilkes-Barre Campus and Misericordia University when her health allowed.
Surviving are her mother, Ann Marie Kolodziejczak; a brother, Marc, California; maternal grandmother, Helen Kolodziejczak; aunts, uncles and a great uncle.
McLAUGHLIN - John Joseph, 84, of Harveys Lake and Sarasota, Fla., died Friday, August 26, 2011, at his home.
He was born February 15, 1927, in Miners Mills section of Wilkes-Barre, was a graduate of Snyder High School, Jersey City, N.J.
A World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy, he served aboard the minesweeper USS Obstructor in the South China Sea. In 1951, he was appointed to the Jersey City Police Force. He retired in 1977 from its Narcotics Squad, having earned the rank of Lieutenant.
A former resident of Jersey City, N.J., he had resided in Sarasota since 1986 and Harveys Lake since 1973.
He was a member of the International Longshoremen‚??s Association in Bayonne, N.J.; Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion Post 967; Patrolman‚??s Benevolent Association; Police Superior Officers Association; Fraternal Order of Police; and the Jersey City Chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America. He was a member of Our Lady of Victory Church, Harveys Lake.
Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Alice Riley McLaughlin, Harveys Lake; sons, John Michael, Highland Lakes, N.J.; James, Princeton Junction, N.J.; and Paul Dennis, Dallas; daughters, Kathleen Mary, Davidsonville, Md.; and Maryann, Caldwell, N.J.; nine grandchildren.
Memorial donations to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Dr., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.
SIMONS - Marguerite, 88, former resident of Hunlock Creek and Berwick, died Friday, August 26, 2011 in Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.
She was born March 28, 1923, in West Nanticoke, was a graduate of Harter High School, West Nanticoke, and Empire Beauty School. She and her late husband Leroy owned and operated Simons Economy Market in Hunlock Creek.
She attended the Lightstreet United Methodist Church.
Surviving are a sister, Nevada Krystofik, Florida; nieces and nephews.
WEAVER - Betty E., of Tunkhannock, died Friday, August 19, 2011.
She was born on March 11, 1928 and was raised in Kunkle. She graduated from Dallas schools and later worked at Dallas School.
She and her late husband, David J. Weaver, owned and operated Weaver‚??s Market in Centermoreland.
She was a member of the Center Moreland United Methodist Church and of Eastern Star, Harmony Chapter, Wyoming.
Surviving are her children, David J. Jr.; Betty Ann Shaver, Janice Bevan Lawrence, Donna Pechulis and Lois Wright; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother, Sheldon Whispell; nieces and nephews.