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onald F. Heck, 84, of HollandStreet, Wilkes-Barre, passedawayTuesday,September6,2011,athis home.Born September 3, 1927, in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of thelate Harry and Elizabeth BaslerHeck. He was a graduate of GARMemorial High School, class of 1945.Donald was a U.S. Army AirCorps Veteran, serving during World War II. He was formerly em-ployed by the Penn Drug Co. in Wilkes-BarreandlaterbyEllisBeerDistributors in Wilkes-Barre.HewasamemberofSt.Andrew’sParish in Wilkes-Barre, and prior toits closure he had been a longtimemember of St. Boniface Church, Wilkes-Barre. He was an avid bow-ler in many leagues at StantonLanes in Wilkes-Barre.Donaldwasprecededindeathbyaninfantdaughter,LindaHeck;andby his brothers Harry, Robert andGerald Heck.Survivingarehiswifeof61years,Nancy Metkevich Heck; daughter,Kathleen Howanitz, and her hus-band, Mark, Hunlock Creek; son,Donald Heck, and his wife, Cheryl,Ronks; grandchildren, Tammy,Kierstin, Donald, Joshua and Nath-an Heck; great-granddaughter, Jen-nifer Jenkins; brother EdwardHeck, Wilkes-Barre; sisters, LeonaKonopka, Wilkes-Barre; PhyllisHeck, Wilkes-Barre; and LucilleSchneikart and her husband, Fred, Wilkes-Barre; as well as nieces andnephews.
willbeheldat 9 a.m. Friday from the Nat& Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 ParkAve., Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 9:30a.m.inSt.Andrew’sParish,316Par-ish St., Wilkes-Barre, with the Rev.James E. McGahagan, pastor, offi-ciating.IntermentwillbeinSt.Ma-ry’s Cemetery, Hanover Township.Friendsmaycallfrom5to8p.m.to-day at the funeral home.Memorial donations, if desired,may be made to the American Can-cerSociety, 712S. KeyserAve., Tay-lor, PA18517.Online condolences may be senttowww.natandgawlasfuneralhome-.com.
Donald F. Heck
September 6, 2011
laine J. Tensa, 58, of Plymouth,passed into the Hands of theLordTuesday,September6,2011,attheGeisingerWyomingValleyMed-ical Center.She was born September 18,1952, in Alden, and was a daughterof the late Stanley and Helen KellarKielar.Elaine was a graduate of GreaterNanticoke High School, LuzerneCounty Community College andBloomsburg University. She com-pleted graduate level courses atBloomsburg,WilkesandMarywoodUniversities. She was a member of All Saints Parish of Plymouth andshe had been a CCD teacher for St.Vincent De Paul Church.Elaine was very active with TheKnights of Columbus Council11901, Plymouth, VISION and theSalvation Army Christmas toydrives. She helped to refurbish reli-giousitemsfortheApostlesofJesusMission in Uganda. She was a spe-cial education teacher at the Lu-zerne Intermediate Unit and theGreater Nanticoke School District.ElainewasamemberoftheNEA,the PSEA and the GNAEA. She en- joyed gardening and cooking, andthe highlight for her was spending time with her grandchildren.Shewasprecededindeath,inad-dition to her parents, by a brother,JosephKielar;andaninfantbrother,Raymond.Surviving are her husband Ge-orge J.; children, Traci Frisbie andher husband, Leonard; Jodi Welkieand her husband, George, and Ge-orge J. Tensa II, all of Plymouth. There are four grandchildren, Jo-nathan,NicholasandBaileyWelkie,and Leonard Frisbie III; and broth-ers,ThomasKielarofAlden,andRi-chard Kielar and his wife, Karen, of Baltimore, Md.; and a sister, SylviaLaibinis and her husband, Joseph,of Tarpon Springs, Fla. She is alsosurvived by nieces and nephews,LynneMarieLaibinis,PaulEricKie-lar and his wife, Michelle, andChristopher Laibinis and his wife,Christine; as well as great-niecesandnephews,ConnorLiamandTyl-er Ryan Laibinis, and Ashlyn andNathan Kielar.
will be held at11:30a.m. Saturday from the S. J. Gront-kowskiFuneralHome,530W.MainSt.,Plymouth,followedbyaMassof Christian Burial at noon in AllSaints Parish, Plymouth. Entomb-ment will be in Memorial ShrineMausoleum, Carverton. Friendsmay call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday.In lieu of flowers, contributionsmay be made to the Christian Ser- viceCenterofAllSaintsParish,Ply-mouth,orthecharityofthedonor’schoice.
Elaine J. Tensa
September 6, 2011
orothy “Dot” Michalak, 89, of Plymouth, was called by theLord Monday morning, September5, 2011.ShewasbornMay12,1922,inHa-nover Township, a daughter of thelatePeterPaulikandMaryDerkashPaulik.She worked at and was the co-owner with her late husband, Al, of Paulik’s Furniture for 35 years.DorothywasadrummajoretteatPlymouth High School and gradu-ated in1939. Upon graduation fromPlymouth High, Dorothy attendedSusquehanna University where shebecametheschool’sfirstheaddrummajorette.She was a beautiful lady, both in-side and out, right to the end. She was an extremely devoted motherand always made sure her sons at-tendedMasseverySunday.Shealsoattended Mass for as long as shecould. She loved the Lord and in-stilled the love for the Lord in hersons. Trying to be as fine a personhasbeenagoalforthemthatwillbetoughtoachieve.DotlikedtowatchCatholic TV and especially MotherAngelica,however,shedidmisssee-ing Father Corapi later on. We love you so much, Dot.
DorothywasprecededindeathbyherdevotedhusbandAlexander;and her loving son John.Dotissurvivedbysons,Dr.PeterMichalakofTucson,Ariz.,andAtty.AlMichalak,Plymouth,withwhomDot resided; and grandsons, JohnJr., and Peter Jr.
A private service
will be heldSaturdayattheS.J.GrontkowskiFu-neral Home, Plymouth, with Pana-chayda at 9:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy will be presided over by Father Ro-man Petryshak and assisted by hercousin, Brother Augustine Paulik,at10a.m. inSs. Peter&Paul Ukrai-nian Catholic Church, 20 Notting-ham St., Plymouth. Interment willbe held in Ss. Peter & Paul Ukrai-nian Catholic Church Parish Ceme-tery, Plymouth.
September 5, 2011
artin “Pete” Berry, 83, of Rice Township, passed away Satur-day evening, September 3, 2011, atGeisinger Wyoming Valley MedicalCenter.BorninCarbondale,hewasasonof the late Carl and Beatrice(Smurl) Berry.A World War II U.S. Army veter-an, and a member of St. Mary’s OurLady Help of Christians R.C.Church, Dorrance, Pete was theownerandoperatoroftheNuangolaServiceStationformanyyearsuntilhis retirement.He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna (Hilenski) Berry; andseveral brothers and sisters.Survivors are sisters, RosemarieArvay, Buffalo, N.Y., and BarbaraRoe, Palm Coast, Fla.; his god-daughter Beverly Goff; and hisadopted grandchildren, Micheleand Stephen Hollock; as well as alongtime special friend, MargaretBuff.
Friends may pay
their re-spects from 5 to 7 p.m. FridayattheDesiderioFuneralHomeInc.,436 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top.AMassofChristianBurialwillbe held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St.Mary’sOurLadyHelpofChristiansR.C.Church.Intermentwillbeheldat the parish cemetery. Friends areaskedtoassembleatthechurchSat-urdaymorning. There will be nofu-neral procession.Inlieuofflowers,memorialdona-tionsmaybemadetoTheNuangolaFire Department; the Rice Town-ship Fire and Rescue; or St. Mary’sOur Lady Help of Christians R.C.Church, Dorrance.
Martin ‘Pete’ Berry
September 3, 2011
lizabeth Ann Feistl Garvin, of Larksville,diedpeacefullyMon-day,September5,2011,atKeystoneGarden Estates, Larksville.ShewasbornonAugust20,1916,in Wilkes-Barre, a daughter of thelate Gracienza and Louis Feistl.Mrs. Garvin was a member of St.Vincent’s Church (now All Saints)inPlymouth.ShewaspastpresidentofthePropertyOwnersAssociationof Larksville. Through her love of reading, she wasselfeducated.Herfavoritehob-bieswerecrochetingandmakingce-ramics, which became treasuredheirlooms for the entire family. Sheloved visiting with her relatives inGermany, where she enjoyed musicand the Berlin Opera. Above all, El-izabeth loved spending time withfamily and friends.Shewasprecededindeathbyherhusband, Thomas; daughter Moni-caHeinz;sonPatrick;andherbroth-ers, Joseph and Edward Feistl.Surviving are her daughter Kath-ryn Calamita of Massachusetts; sonJoseph(Sharon)FeistlofLarksville;daughter-in-law,MargaretGarvinof Edwardsville; and many grandchil-dren, great-grandchildren, andgreat-great-grandchildren, all whom she loved dearly. There are no words to express what an amazing and compassion-atewomanandmothershewashav-ing raised three children alone.More than a mother she was ourbest friend and so very much lovedby all.
Friends and relatives
may callfrom 7 to 9 p.m. Friday evening attheAndrewStrishFuneralHome,11 Wilson St., Larksville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in herhonor at 10 a.m. at All SaintsChurch, Plymouth. Burial is to fol-lowatEvergreenCemetery,Shaver-town.
Elizabeth Ann Feistl Garvin
September 5, 2011
ormanJ.Sondheim,97,ofKing-ston, died Tuesday late after-noon, September 6, 2011, inWilkes-Barre.BorninBrookline,Mass.,onMay9, 1914, his mother was Eva Frie-dlander and his father was ArthurSondheim. After graduating fromHarvard College and Harvard LawSchool, he married Evelyn WeissfromWestChesterin1941.Thecou-ple then moved to Kingston, whereNormanwasabusinessexecutiveinthe Triangle Shoe Co.During this time, he also servedon the Luzerne County Zoning Board.HetaughtEnglishcoursesatPenn State Extension, and he inter- viewed candidates for Harvard Col-legeforover50years.Anavidgolferfor 83 years, he continued to playuntil he turned 95. He was on theBoard at Fox Hill Country Club formany years and also served as a di-rector of the Northeastern Pennsyl- vania Philharmonic.Hiswife,Evelyn,precededhimindeath in 2000.He is survived by his three chil-dren,Alanandhiswife,Azure,Mar-gie Kelk and her husband, Peter,and Mark and his wife, Kathy; hisgrandchildren, Joanna Sondheim,Ian, Julia and Laura Kelk, DanielSondheimandAlisonPeterson;andhis great-grandchildren, Kai and West Peterson.
held yesterday,September 7, 2011, by the Rosen-berg Funeral Chapel Inc., Wilkes-Barre, and there will be a memorialservice for close friends and familyat a later date.Memorial contributions may begiven in his memory to the North-eastern Pennsylvania Philharmon-ic, 4101 Birney Ave., Moosic, PA18507.Condolences may be sent by vis-iting www.rosenbergfuneralchapel-.com.
Norman J. Sondheim
September 6, 2011
dward J. Gupko, 89, of the Hud-son section of Plains Township,passedawayTuesdaymorning,Sep-tember6,2011,atGinoJ.MerliVet-erans Center in Scranton. Born inLuzerne on July 8, 1922, Edward wasasonofthelateAndrewandSu-san Mastey Gupko.HewasalifelongresidentofHud-sonandagraduateofPlainsMemo-rial High School. Edward served inthe U.S. Navy during World War II,belongedtothePlainsAmericanLe-gion, and was a Disabled AmericanVeteran.Edwardwasfirstemployedinthecoal mines and then was employedas a groundskeeper and carpenterfor the Department of Veterans Af-fairs Medical Center, Plains Town-ship. He was a member of the for-mer St. Joseph Church, Hudson,and currently Ss. Peter & PaulChurch, Plains Township.He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, the former JaniceHoffman, and brother Joseph.Surviving are sons, Robert andhiswife,Cathy,Hudson,andJames,Philadelphia; brother John Hoff-man, Lake Ariel; granddaughters,Dana Hine and her husband, Larry,PlainsTownship,andJennaGupko,Kingston; as well as a great-grand-son Christopher Hine.
invited to attendhisMassofChristianBurialat