BERWICK — Not only didJoe Zielinski build the found-ry that turned out more than15,000 Stuart tanks during WW II, he built the tanks too. The 90-year-old former weld-er at the American Car andFoundry Co. turned out Sunday to see his work as a 1942 modelcame to town by way of Oregon, where it’s part of a private col-lection of military vehicles. The tank drove in the Colum-bia County bi-centennial paradein Bloomsburg on Saturday and was on display at the Test TrackRiverfront Park in Berwick, where the vehicles were drivenbefore being shipped out for usein battle.Zielinski, of Nescopeck Town-ship, tapped a wooden walking stick against the track assembly of the drab-green tank with se-rial number 10103. He used to weld parts of the assembly andpulled a July 18, 1942 ACF pay stub from his pocket.He made nearly $106.95 for a 40-hour work week back then.“That’s more money thanmy two brothers were bringing home at the same time,” Zielin-ski said. They were in the service andhe was at home working. As thelast boy on the farm he wasn’tdrafted and the farm was over-producing, as well.He ﬁnished high school and was working construction onthe foundry. “I think I was mak-ing 28 cents on hour,” he said. When a welding school start-ed up at night at NescopeckHigh School, he attended, andafter ﬁve or six sessions wasready for work at the foundry.“The instructor said, ‘Tomor-row you report to the ACF,’ ”Zielinski said.He spent nearly two years welding axles and wheels andfoundamarktoshowheworkedon the tank.“When you made a wheel youhad a stencil,” he said, pointing his stick to a mark on the sideof a steel box above one set of tracks.Zielinski would have beenthe type of employee Freder-ick Shepperly could have used. The 91-year-old former MarineCorps captain from Berwick who was in the Paciﬁc Theaterduring WWII ended up in theservice and supply departmentfor the First Division.“Our object was to salvagetanks after each island invasion.I enlisted almost 100 guys fromBerwick, Pennsylvania, who worked at ACF and had talentsas spare parts people, as me-chanics, electricians and they went overseas with me,” Shep-perly said.Approximately 500 tanks were issued to the divisions andbetween 200 and 300 were leftafter the invasions.“We repaired what we couldand the rest went to salvage,”Shepperly said. The last time he was thisclose to one of the tanks was 70 years ago.Like many of the people whocame to see a piece of local his-tory, Shepperly longed for hav-ing one on display in its home-town.“My greatest ambition wouldbe if they could get one of thesetanks for Berwick,” he said.Columbia County Commis-sionerDavidKovachsaidheandothers are working on it.“We’ve been looking since2004. We’ve found several. They want $200,000 for all the onesthat we’ve found,” Kovach said.He thanked Steve Greenberg,the owner of the tank, for mak-ing it available and bringing back so many memories. The tanks are available, andone sold recently in Ohio for$180,000, said Greenberg, 55, of Wilsonville, Ore. The collector said he wasamazed at the appreciation ex-pressed by the crowds at theparade and the display.Greenberg said he especially happy for Shepperly.“It’s just so neat that he hadan opportunity to be in this tank70 years later,” Greenberg said.Before loading it on a ﬂatbedtrailer for a return to the PaciﬁcNorthwest,Greenbergdrovethetank around the test track andﬁredthreeblankroundsfromits37 mm gun. A bugler soundedtaps afterward.
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Charles G. Szura
March 24, 2013
harles G. Szura, 93, of Wyo-ming, passed away Sunday,March 24, 2013 at HighlandManor Nursing and ConvalescentHome in Exeter.Born in Buffalo, N.Y., on June3, 1919, he was the son of thelate Michael and Mary NiedwiczSzura.Hewasa1937graduateofWyo-ming Memorial High School.Charles was a wounded war veteran while serving in Rhine-land during World War II. He at-tained the rank of sergeant beforebeing honorably discharged fromthe U.S. Army in 1945.Prior to his retirement, he wasa self-employed mason and wasemployed by White Haven Centerin White Haven.Charles was a member of St.Cecilia’s Church of St. Barbara’sParish, Exeter. He was an hon-orary member of the Wyoming Hose Co. No. 2, Wyoming, and was the oldest living member of the VFW Post 396, in Wyoming.He was preceded in death by his brothers John, Edward and Walter; sisters, Pauline Cuba andStephanie Savoroski.Surviving are sisters, Mary By-theway, Florida; Theresa Bonan-ni, Exeter; Dolores Sandroski, Ex-eter, and Helen Szura, with whomhe resided; brother Joseph Szura and his wife, Joan, Wyoming;22 nieces and nephews; severalgrandnieces and nephews, great-grandnieces and great-grandneph-ews.
willbe held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday from Bednar-ski Funeral Home, 168 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, with a Mass of Christian Burial at noonat St. Cecilia’s Church of St. Bar-bara’s Parish, Exeter. Interment wil be in St. John the BaptistCemetery, Cedar St., Exeter.Friends may call Tuesday, 5 to8 p.m., at the funeral home.In lieu of ﬂowers, memorialcontributions maybe made to St.Cecilia’s Church of St. Barbara’sParish, 28 Memorial Ave., Exeter,PA 18643.
Mrs. Barbara A. Lohman
March 23, 2013
rs. Barbara A. Lohman, 91,a resident of Plains Town-ship, formerly of Kingston, diedSaturday, March 23, 2013 in Geis-inger Wyoming Valley MedicalCenter, Plains Township. She hadpreviously been a guest at Tim-ber Ridge Nursing Center, Plains Township.Mrs. Lohman was born in GlenRichey, Pa., daughter of the lateGwilym and Hannah Morris Be- van, and was a graduate of theClass of 1941, Kingston HighSchool. She had worked brieﬂy at Pennsylvania Miller InsuranceCo., Wilkes-Barre, and moved to Texas, where she married herhusband, Robert L. Lohman Sr. atCamp Maxie, Paris, Texas, whilehe served in the Army during World War II. She returned to thisarea and raised her family. Later,she had been employed at theformer Bergman’s DepartmentStore, Edwardsville, for sometime and, prior to her retirement,she had worked at Boscov’s De-partment Store, Wilkes-Barre, forseveral years.She had been a former mem-ber of St. Stephen’s EpiscopalChurch, Wilkes-Barre, and later, was a member of Grace Episco-pal Church, Kingston. Currently,she had been attending the PlainsUnited Methodist Church withseveral members of her family.Barbara was a loving wife, moth-er, grandmother and great-grand-mother and always enjoyed allkinds of parties and other endeav-ors, especially at her church. Sheappreciated animals of all typesand was very fond of her cats overthe years. In addition to her par-ents, she was preceded in deathby her husband, Robert L. Lohm-an Sr.; brother, Arthur Bevan, andsisters, Elizabeth Long, MargaretBevanandCatherineSchlingman.Surviving are her daughter,Mrs. Barbara Tanner, and herhusband, James, Kingston; sons,Robert L. Lohman Jr., Nanticoke;David W. Lohman and his wife,Rachel,Plains;WilliamJ.Lohmanand his wife, Cheryl, Robesonia;Frederick A. Lohman, Kingston,and John P. Lohman and his wife,Mary Ann, Luzerne; 19 grandchil-dren; eight great-grandchildren,and several nieces and nephews.
be held Wednes-day at 11 a.m. at the PlainsUnited Methodist Church, 133N. Main St., Plains, with the Rev.Dr. Paul C. Amara, pastor, ofﬁci-ating. Interment will be in Forty Fort Cemetery. Friends may callat the H. Merritt Hughes Fu-neral Home Inc., a Golden RuleFuneral Home, 451 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, on Tuesday from 5to 8 p.m. Relatives and friends areasked to go directly to the churchbefore the service on Wednesday. The family requests that ﬂow-ers be omitted and that memo-rial donations, in Mrs. Lohman’sname, be made to Plains UnitedMethodist Church, 133 N. MainSt., Plains, PA 18705; the LuzerneCounty SPCA, Fox Hill Road, Wil-kes-Barre, PA 18702 or to a char-ity of the donor’s choice.
Dale S. Rinehimer
March 22, 2013
ale S. Rinehimer, 76, of Wil-kes-Barre, passed away Fri-day, at the Birchwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Nanti-coke.Born in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late Albert and HazelSmith Rinehimer. He was a grad-uate of E.L. Meyers High Schooland had served his country proud-ly in the U.S. Army.He worked for many years withseveral construction companiesas a mason prior to his retire-ment. He was a longtime memberof the American Legion Post 609,Hanover Township, where he wasa past commander.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his lov-ing wife, Theresa; brother, Lewis,and sister Jean.He is survived by daughter,Beth Savidge, and her husband, Thomas; son, Dale M.Rinehimer,andhiswife,Kelly;grandchildren,Stephanie and Emily Savidge, andJack and Josh Rinehimer; sisterIrene Coburn and several niecesand nephews.
willbe held Tuesday at 10 a.m.from the Daniel J HughesFuneral & Cremation Service, 617CareyAve.,Wilkes-Barre,withtheRev. Barbara Pease, ofﬁciating.Interment will be in HanoverGreen Cemetery.Friends may call on Tuesday from 9 a.m. until the time of ser- vice.
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The last time WW II veteran and former Marine Corps Capt. Frederick Shepperly was in a Stuarttank made in his hometown of Berwick was 70 years ago while in the Paciﬁc Theater. When thetank that’s part of a private collection in Oregon was on display Sunday, he reprised a pose for aphoto (above) like the one taken of him in the tank when he was younger (below).
WWII tank made in Berwick visits home
Bloomberg, mayor grouptout big gun control push
NEW YORK — A new $12million television ad cam-paign from Mayors AgainstIllegal Guns will push sena-tors in key states to backgun control efforts, including comprehensive backgroundchecks.New York City Mayor Mi-chael Bloomberg announcedthe ad buy Saturday — justdays after Senate Democratstouted stronger backgroundchecks while acknowledg-ing insufﬁcient support torestore a ban on assault-style weapons to federal gun con-trol legislation. The new ads will air in13 states the group believesare divided on gun control:Arkansas, Arizona, Georgia,Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana,Maine, New Hampshire, Ne- vada, North Carolina, NorthDakota, Ohio and Pennsylva-nia. The two ads posted onthe group’s website, called“Responsible” and “Family,”show a gun owner holding a riﬂe while sitting on the backof a pickup truck.In one ad, the man sayshe’ll defend the SecondAmendment but adds “withrights come responsibilities.” The ad then urges viewersto tell Congress to supportbackground checks.In the other ad, the man,a hunter, says “backgroundchecks have nothing to do with taking guns away fromanyone.” The man then saysclosing loopholes will stopcriminals and the mentally illfrom obtaining weapons.
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