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rs. Louise (Cheese) Davison,78,ofPlymouth,diedSaturdayafternoon, October 22, 2011, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.She was born in Wilkes-Barre,daughter of the late Joseph andDomicellaYachymiakOlexyandat-tended Plymouth High School.She had been employed by theEberhard Faber Manufacturing Company, and as a hostess for the Top Hat Diner, Kingston.Mrs. Davison was a member of All Saints Parish Church, Ply-mouth, and was an avid bingo play-er.She was preceded in death by asister, Susan Kronick.Sheissurvivedbyherhusbandof 56years,RobertDavison;daughter,PamWothersandherhusband,Rob-ert,Plymouth;grandson,RobertJr.,Plymouth; sister Carol Smith andher husband, Wayne, Plymouth;brother-in-law,DonaldKronick,Ply-mouth;niecesandnephews,CherylKrushinski, Indianapolis, Ind.; Jac-queline Choman, Raleigh, N.C.;Kimberly Smith, West Nanticoke;Sandra Werts, Plymouth; WayneSmith, Plymouth; Scott Kronick,Plymouth; Kelly Lewis, Plymouth;severalgreat-nieces,great-nephews,and one great-great-nephew.
willbeheldat All Saints Parish Church, Ply-mouth, at a time to be announced. There are no calling hours. The family would like to thankthestaffofManorCareNursingandRehabilitationCenter,Kingston,fortheir loving and compassionatecare.ArrangementsarebytheWilliamA. Reese Funeral Chapel, rear 56Gaylord Ave., Plymouth. MemorialdonationsmaybesenttotheAmer-ican Cancer Society,190 Welles St.,Suite118, Forty Fort, PA18704.
October 22, 2011
ohn “Rick” Vrabel, Jr., 78, Plains Township,passedawaySaturdayafternoon,October22,2011,inGeis-ingerWyomingValleyMedicalCen-ter, Plains Township.BorninPlymouth,hewasasonof the late John & Mary (Gorko) Vra-bel Sr.Rick attended Plymouth HighSchool,andwasanU.S.Armyveter-an of the Korean Conflict.He was employed by the Wilkes-Barre Area School District for over29years,retiringasheadcustodian.RickwasamemberofSs.Peter&Paul Church, Plains Township, andthe Plains Township American Le-gion, Joseph E. Conlon, Post 558.OneofRick’sgreatestjoyswasplay-ing Santa Claus at Christmas timefor over 40 years.Heandhiswife,theformerCarolPurta, celebrated their 55th wed-ding anniversary on August 18,2011.Surviving him, in addition to his wife, Carol, are his brother, RobertVrabel, Northumberland, severalnieces and nephews, sisters-in-lawand a brother-in-law.
will be held at 9a.m. Tuesday in the CorcoranFuneral Home Inc., 20 S. Main St.,Plains Township, with a Mass of ChristianBurialheldat9:30a.m.inSs. Peter & Paul Church, Plains Township. The interment will beheld in the parish cemetery, Plains Township. Friends are invited tocall from 8 to 9 a.m. Tuesday in thefuneral home.Onlinecondolencesmaybemadeat www.corcoranfuneralhome.com.
John “Rick” Vrabel Jr.
October 22, 2011
rs. Dorothy Fritzen, 94, of Sha- vertown,formerlyofPlymouthand the Meadows Manor, Dallas,died Saturday evening October 22,2011, in the United MethodistHomes, Wesley Village Campus,Jenkins Township.She was born in Forty Fort,daughterofthelateJosephandMa-bel Lamoreaux Seely, and gradu-ated from Forty Fort High School,class of1936.Mrs.Fritzenwasamemberoftheformer United Methodist Church,Plymouth, Methodist Women’sGroup, Plymouth Junior Women’sSociety, Shawnee Senior Citizensand AARP.Shewasprecededindeathbyherhusband,Jerry,andasister,MarionCampbell.She is survived by a daughter,BarbaraStephens,andherhusband,Raymond,Shavertown;son,Jeffrey,and his wife, Rosalie, Shavertown;grandchildren, Jeffrey Fritzen Jr.and his wife, Jennifer, Pottstown;Michael Fritzen and his wife, Min-dy, Waverly, N.Y., and Kerri McKe-ownandherhusband,Mark,Wyom-ing; great grandchildren, Elizabeth,Joseph and Nicholas Fritzen; andsister Jeanne Rifendifer, Oakdale.
willbeheldat11a.m.WednesdayintheWilliamA.Reese Funeral Chapel, rear 56 Gay-lord Ave., Plymouth, with the Rev.Anita J. Ambrose officiating.Friends may call from 10 a.m. untilthetimeofserviceonWednesdayatthe funeral home.Memorial contributions may besent to the charity of choice.
October 22, 2011At6foot,2inches,290pounds,senior offensive and defensive li-neman Christian Stevenson, 17,Nanticoke, is easily recognizableon the football field.But this month Stevenson hasbeen recognized for his achieve-ments off of the field. Stevensonraised nearly $4,000 for the Na-tionalFootballLeagueandAmer-ican Cancer Society’s A CrucialCatch program.Heraisedthemoneybyselling pink and black T-shirts with the words “Tackle the Cause” print-edonthebackandafootballwitha ribbon on the front.Stevenson presented a checkto Tonyehn Verkitus, the Ameri-can Cancer Society’s communityincome development specialistatACS,duringhalftimeofthere-cent Greater Nanticoke AreaHigh School’s homecoming foot-ball game against Northwest Ar-ea.“I’ve had two people that I was very, very close with that diedfrom cancer,” Stevenson said.“My uncle passed from lung can-cer.…Hewasahugeinspiration.”AndinearlyOctober,whentheproject was in progress, Steven-son and his teammates lost an-other inspiration. AssistantCoach Hank Turoski lost histhree-year battle with cancer, re-inforcing the importance of awareness. Thedonationisbeinggivenal-so in memory of the coach, who was “a pillar of strength in ourcommunity,” said Ann MarieCoughlin, president of the foot-ball team’s booster club“The project really hit home whenwelostCoachHankTuros-ki,”saidRonBruza,GreaterNan-ticoke’sheadfootballcoach.“Ibe-lieveit(thefundraiser)hasgreatimportance on many levels.”Stevenson organized the fun-draiser with the help of Bruza’sfiancée,AmandaCoughlin,22,of Nanticoke, in the spring for Ste- venson’s senior project.“It was Christian’s idea,”Coughlinsaid.“Westartedwork-ingonitinthespring.Ihelpedtodraw it (the design) up and getthe sponsors.”Since then, the pair have soldapproximately 650 pink andblack T-shirts promoting breastand general cancer awareness.Verkitus, of the ACS, believesit’simportantforyoungpeopletobe active in the fight against can-cer.“You can’t start early preven-tion too early,” Verkitus said.“Young people can be aware. They can inform their peers andtheir elders of things they can doaboutpreventionanddetection.”Stevenson has shown thatsomething as simple as selling pink T-shirts can make an im-pact.Stevensonhasbecomeasignif-icant influence on other teenag-erswhowouldliketobeactiveinfundraising.“Christianisanall-roundgreatkid, and our community is luckyto have a young man like him init,” said Bruza. “His heart isabout the same size as he is.”
Nanticoke football player ‘tackles’ cancer
Christian Stevenson raisesnearly $4,000 for CancerSociety by selling T-shirts.
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WILKES-BARRE – During her life, Claire Shadie had a realpassionforraisingautismaware-ness.Onthe10thanniversaryofherunexpected death, the organiza-tion she and her husband, Ge-orge, founded recognized twoGeisinger doctors for showing thatsamepassionandhavinganimpact on the realm of neurode- velopmental disabilities. The Shadies founded SAFE(Supporting Autism and Fam-ilies Everywhere) 16 years agoafter their son Alex was diag-nosed with autism when he was4 years old.“When Alex was first diag-nosed,weweretoldthatitwas1in 10,000 children that were af-fected,” George Shadie said.“Now that number has changedto1in110.”SAFEsupportsfamiliesaffect-ed by autism spectrum disor-ders,orASD.It’scomposedofin-dividuals with ASD, their fam-ilies, caretakers and profession-als who provide both supportandknowledgeofthelatestprac-tices,therapiesandprogramsforindividuals with ASD.It also provides opportunitiesfor those afflicted to overcomesocial barriers and enjoy activ-ities within the community. ThisyeartheAngelofAutismAward was given to Dr. ThomasChallman and Dr. Scott Myersfrom Geisinger Medical Centerin Danville, both of whom workin the realm of neurodevelop-mental disorders. They have worked with SAFE for about 12 years.“Geisingerisanabsoluteoasisin the desert of medical help,”Shadie said. “Before it was that, you could get a doctor at Her-shey Medical Center once amonth, or perhaps go to Phila-delphia or Pittsburgh, but withcities that large the waiting listcan get very long.”Myers established the Divi-sion of Neurodevelopmental Pe-diatricsintheDepartmentofPe-diatrics at Geisinger MedicalCenter, where he has practicedsince1999.Hehasauthoredandco-authored several pieces con-cerning neurodevelopmentaldisorders, as well as serving asassociate editor of American A-cademy of Pediatrics Develop-ment and Behavioral Pediatrics.He serves on the board of direc-tors of the Association for Sci-ence in Autism Treatment andtheadvisoryboardoftheAssoci-ation of Professional BehaviorAnalysts.Challmanisthedirectorofpe-diatric subspecialties at theGeisinger Medical Center andhas authored and co-authorednumerous papers and textbookchapters in the area of autismand developmental disabilities.HeisamemberoftheAmericanAcademy of Pediatrics Councilon Children with Disabilities as well as the Child Neurology So-ciety.ClaireShadiediedin2001ofabrain aneurysm.
Geisinger doctors hailed as angels
Two physicians receive annualangels award from local autismawareness and support group.
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– Citypolice reported the following:• Raymond McGrade, 50, of Northampton Street will becharged with harassment afterPatty London of High Streetsaid Sunday that he madethreatening and harassing state-ments to her.• Michael McCloe, 57, of New Market Street will becharged with possession of drug paraphernalia after a policeinvestigation Sunday on CharlesStreet.• Geraldine Ulichney of North Washington Street saidSunday that a window on her vehicle was smashed.• Stacey Clarke of LawrenceStreet said Sunday that a mirroron her vehicle was damaged while it was parked on GarnetLane.• Felicia Warman of North Washington Street said a win-dow was damaged at her proper-ty at1314 ½ N. Washington St.• Kenneth White of UpperDarby said Sunday he wasrobbed at gunpoint of his walletand cash near Lehigh Street andPark Avenue. The gunmandrove off in White’s Jeep GrandCherokee that was later reco- vered unoccupied in Newport Township.• Robert Neuman and JamesPost of North Welles Street saidSunday that the mirrors on their vehicles were damaged.• Rishawe Quarles, 31, of North Empire Court, wascharged with public drunk-enness Sunday after police saidhe was intoxicated on AcademyStreet.• Margaret Jo Massaker of Nanticoke told police she nod-ded off while driving west onHorton Street on Sunday morn-ing, causing her Subaru Legacyto crash into a utility pole. Shedid not report any injuries. Nocharges were filed.• William Kuchta, 27, of Not-tingham Street, Plymouth, wascharged with theft from a motor vehicle Sunday morning onSouth Main Street. Police saidthey responded to a report of Kuchta’s vehicle being brokeninto, but the evidence indicatedhe was the suspect. Kuchta washighly intoxicated and takeninto custody. He was held atpolice headquarters until he wassober.• Ezekiel Chuckquan Canty,29, of Sambourne Street, wasarrested on evidence of drunkendriving Saturday night afterpolice said he was stopped aftertraveling at a high rate of speedon South Franklin Street. Cantycould not complete field sobrie-ty tests and was taken into cus-tody, police said, and a breathtest administered at police head-quarters was positive. Driving under the influence charges arepending, police said.
– A driver lostcontrol of her car Friday after-noon and struck a woman onSouth Church Street, statepolice said. The woman, Mary EllenStish, 63, was flown to LehighValley Hospital, state policesaid. She was listed in stablecondition on Sunday night. The driver, Ashley NicoleDonlin,17, of Hazleton, wastaken to Hazleton GeneralHospital for minor injuries,state police said. Donlin toldpolice she was southbound inthe left lane when she tried toavoid a car in the right lanechanging lanes. Donlinswerved and drove over thecurb, hitting Stish and thenstriking the front porch stepsof a residence on SouthChurch Street. The driver of the car thatchanged lanes, CatherineEstrella, 32, of Hazleton, wasnot injured. The investigation into thecrash is ongoing.