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ichardE.Grabosky,70,ofInker-man, passed away, Monday, Ja-nuary16,2012,inWilkes-BarreGen-eral Hospital.Born November 16, 1941, in Pitt-ston, he was a son of the late AlbertGrabosky Sr. and Frances ArmalusGrabosky.Richard was a 1961 graduate of Pittston High School.Heretiredafter26yearswiththeLuzerne County Courthouse mail-room. Prior to that, he was employ-ed by Potlatch Corporation.For many years, he was a ScoutMasterwithTroops285and321.Heenjoyedlifetothefullestwithfamilyandfriends.Heenjoyedfleamarket-ing, shopping and traveling.He was preceded in death bybrothers Jerome, Robert, John andDonald Grabosky; sister LorraineMusloski; brother-in-law, RobertMiller Jr.; and Godchild, CherylShager Grabosky.Richard is survived by brothersCharles Grabosky Sr. and his wife,Pat, Inkerman; Albert Grabosky Sr.and his wife, Shirley, Sebastopol;sister Bernadine Donnelly and herhusband,Ed,Lancaster,andJacque-lineMiller,Inkerman;sister-in-laws,CarolGrabosky,Inkerman,andMa-rilyn Grabosky, Pittston; and manynieces and nephews.
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a private family viewing at Kizis-Lokuta FuneralHome, 134 Church St., Pittston. Afuneralservicewillfollowofficiatedby Msg. George Thomchick. Thefamily requests that there be noflowers.
Richard E. Grabosky
aryClaireKoons,79,ofBethle-hem, and formerly of Pittston,passed away Monday, January 16,2012, at home.BorninAvocaonAugust9,1932,shewasadaughterofthelatePeterJ. and Mary Clifford McHale.She was the wife of the late Rob-ert J. Koons.MaryClairewasagraduateofSt.John the Evangelist High School,Pittston, class of1949.She was a member of NotreDame Roman Catholic Church, Be-thlehem.Prior to retirement, she had worked for Muhlenberg Hospital,Bethlehem.In addition to her parents, pre-ceding her in death were threebrothers, Clifford McHale, Peter J.McHale and Thomas McHale.Surviving are her children,daughter,AnnKopeck,andherhus-band, Joseph, Pittston Township;sons, Robert J. Koons and his wife,Carol, Pittston Township; WilliamKoons and his wife, Marcie, Allen-town, N.J.; John Koons, Pittston Township,andJamesKoonsandhis wife, Cheryl, with whom she resid-ed;11grandchildren,RobertKoons;ReneeGiambra;Laura,MelissaandDavid Koons; Joseph and Kelly Ko-peck; Christina Koons; James, Cait-lin and Emily Koons; two great-grandsons, Michael and Bryan;brothers Robert McHale, Wilming-ton,Del.,andJohnMcHale,Bethle-hem; and several nieces and neph-ews.
will be held at9 a.m. Friday in the Peter J. Adoni-zio Funeral Home, 251 William St.,Pittston, with a Mass of ChristianBurial at 9:30 a.m. in St. John theEvangelist Cemetery, Pittston.Friendsmaycallfrom5to8p.m.to-day in the funeral home.Inlieuofflowers,memorialdona-tions may be made to St. Joseph’sCenter,2010AdamsAve.,Scranton,PA18509. Online condolences maybemadeatwww.peterjadoniziofun-eralhome.com.
Mary Claire Koons
iss Judith C. Lapinsky, 84, for-merly of North Wilkes-Barre,morerecentlyaresidentofBonhamNursing Center, Stillwater, passedintoEternalLifeSaturdaymorning,January 14, 2012, in Wilkes-BarreGeneral Hospital following an ill-ness.Born January 8, 1928, in Wilkes-Barre,shewasadaughterofthelateJacob and Catherine (Modla) La-pinsky.She was a member of St. AndreBessette Parish Community, previ-ously attending the former SacredHeart of Jesus Roman CatholicChurch, North Wilkes-Barre.Astudentofparochialeducation,she graduated from the former Sa-cred Heart Slovak School, and fur-thered her education by graduating from the James M. Coughlin HighSchool, Wilkes-Barre.Judith assisted her mother withthe daily operations of the familybusiness for many years.She was preceded in death bybrothers, Joseph Lapinsky, andAdolf (Eugene) Lapinsky; and sis-ter, Regina Stillman, R.N.Surviving,arehersister,Mrs.Ro-semary Niznik, R.N. and her hus-band, Stanley, of North Wilkes-Barre; and several nieces and neph-ews.
forMissLapin-skywillbeconductedat10a.m.Fri-day in the John V. Morris FuneralHome, 625 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre,followedbyaFuneralMassat10:30a.m.intheSt.StanislausKost-ka worship site of St. Andre Be-ssette Parish Community, with theRev. Michael J. Kloton, ParochialVicar, officiating. Interment will beprivate and at the convenience of the family. Relatives and friendsmay join her family for visitationandremembrancesfrom9a.m.untilthetimeofservicesFridaymorning. To send Judy’s family online words of comfort and support,please visit our family’s website at www.JohnVMorrisFuneralHome-s.com.
Judith C. Lapinsky
artha “Pat” Louise Rudy, 84,diedTuesday,January17,2012,at Somerset Medical Center inSomerville,N.J.,afterabriefillness.Born in Wilkes-Barre, on Febru-ary 11, 1927, Pat attended localschoolsandgraduatedfromCough-lin High School.She was a resident of Manville,N.J., for the past 56 years.Shewasprecededindeathbyherparents, Anna and Andrew Mahal-ick; brothers, Michael, Andrew andFrancis; sisters, Anna Kaczmarek,Katherine Mahalick, Mary Gabana,Margaret Hickock, Gertrude Mack-ler and Emily Lockyer.Surviving are her husband of 64 years, William G. Rudy, Manville,N.J., daughter, Carolyn, and hus-bandThomasRogus,Manville,N.J.;son,PhilipG.Rudy,andlifepartnerDeborah Owens, Mountain Top;three grandchildren, Eric, Jeanetteand Christine; and her belovedgreat-grandchildren, William, Syd-ney, Jillian and Riley; as well asmany nieces and nephews.Energetic and spirited, Pat worked full-time for RCA and Bee-chumsPharmaceuticalsuntilherre-tirement.Inadditiontoherwork,Patwasa Tupper Ware sales lady, worked with Popular Club sales and soldher homemade chocolates at sea-sonal craft shows.Herextraincomefundedherpas-sion for shopping, which continuedunabated until her illness.Generous and active in the com-munity, she was an involved mem-ber of the Manville Seniors, Tri-County Seniors, Manville LibraryBookClubandherweeklycardclubparties.She was a member of Christ TheKingRomanCatholicChurch,Man- ville, N.J. With their children, Pat and Billspent their vacations camping throughout the Eastern seaboardand the Eastern states.After the children were grown,theyexploredtheentireU.S.intheircustom camper van, also visiting Hawaii and Alaska.She will be remembered as anavid homemaker, terrific cook,sharp dresser, devoted mother and wife, doting grandmother and a woman whom, if one wanted to seeher, had to consult her brimming engagement calendar.Her far-flung interests also in-cluded, in her youth, hunting. Sheoncebaggedaredfoxforthethen$3bounty.She also enjoyed gardening.
will be from 2 to 4p.m.and7to9p.m.FridayintheKe-tusky Funeral Home, 1310 BrooksBlvd., Manville, N.J. Burial will beprivate.Inlieuofflowers,donationstoei-thertheManvilleFoodBankoryourfavoritecharitywouldbegreatlyap-preciated. For additional informa-tion, please visit our website at www.ketusky.com.
Martha L. Rudy
nthony Traglia, 83, of Pittston,passed away, Tuesday, January17,2012,atHighlandManor,Exeter.BorninPittstononSeptember9,1928, he was a life-long resident of this city. His parents were the lateNicola and Helen Serafine Traglia. Tony was a1946 graduate of Pitt-ston High School, and a member of The Second Presbyterian Church,Pittston.He was employed for several years in the furniture manufactur-ing industry at Nelson’s in Wyom-ing,andlaterGoldenTechnologies.During his years at Nelson’s heserved as the treasurer of his laborunion.HewasalsoemployedbyAir-port Limousine. Tonywasanavidsportsfanandamember of the Pittston Red Devilsas a young man, and he was still ac-tive in that club.Inadditiontohisparents,hewasprecededindeathbyhisson,Nicho-las; brother, Nicholas; sister, JeanPisano;andnephewCharlesPisano.Survivingarehiswifeof58years,Erma Nafus Traglia; daughter, He-len Marie, and her husband, Tho-mas Hockley; grandson, NicholasHockley, all of Annville, Pa.; niece,Kristi Orndorf, New Cumberland;nephew Nicholas Pisano, Philadel-phia.
will be held at10a.m.SaturdayintheSecondPres-byterianChurch,143ParsonageSt.,Pittston. Those attending the ser- vice are asked to go directly to thechurch.Friendsmaycallfrom5to8p.m. Friday at the Peter J. AdonizioFuneralHome,251WilliamSt.,Pitt-ston. Interment will be held in the West Pittston Cemetery. Onlinecondolences may be made at www.peterjadoniziofuneralhome-.com.
heodore B. Petrochko, 78, of Meadowcrest Drive, Nanticoke,passed away Wednesday morning,January 18, 2012 in the Hospice of Scranton.Born in Nanticoke, he was a sonof the late Wasil and Julia BobackPetrochko.He was a member of St. FaustinaParish, former St. Mary’s Church,Nanticoke.He graduated from NanticokeHigh School, class of 1951, andKing’s College, Wilkes-Barre, classof1960.HewasaveteranoftheU.S.Armyand served during the Korean Con-flictandwasamemberoftheAmer-ican Legion Post 350, Nanticoke.Prior to his retirement, he wasemployed by Thomson ConsumerElectronics, Dunmore, and pastpresidentofWestSidePlayGround.Preceding him in death were sis-ters, Rita Petrochko Kielar and Bar-bara Petrochko.Surviving are his wife, PhyllisGorski Petrochko; sons, Michael T.Petrochko, Nanticoke; James P. Pe-trochko and his wife, Ann Marie,MountainTop;nephew,JohnKielarand his wife, Mary; nieces, PatriciaKielar Gregory and Karen KielarSchaffer,bothofwhomresidedwithhimformanyyearsandwereconsid-eredmoreasdaughtersthannieces;grandsons, Steven, Matthew, KevinCollin and Derek Petrochko; grand-daughters, Nichole, Rachel andMegan Petrochko; great-nephews,John Paul Kielar and JonathanSchaffer.
will be heldat 10 a.m. Saturday in theGrontkowski Funeral Home P.C.,51-53 W. Green St., Nanticoke, withMassofChristianBurialatSt.Faus-tina Parish, alternate site at 10:30a.m. with the Rev. Raymond Devi-ney,officiating.IntermentwillbeinSt. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township. Calling Hours will beheld Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.
Theodore B. Petrochko
January18, 2012 WILKES-BARRE – City policearrested a man they allegerobbed an employee of Tin-TinChinese restaurant delivering food in a garden-style apartmentbuilding in the Sherman Hillsapartment complex.Jafa Leroy McAllister, 24, a na-tive of Newark, N.J., was appre-hended when he left his resi-dence at134 Barney St. Wednes-day afternoon, city police said.McAllister was charged withassaulting and robbing the deliv-eryman inside Building 320 onJan. 2. Therobberywasoneoffivere-ported muggings of employeesdelivering Chinese food withinthe 22-acre apartment complexon North Empire Court.McAllister was arraigned byDistrict Judge Martin Kane in Wilkes-Barre on charges of rob-bery,simpleassaultandtheft.He wasjailedattheLuzerneCountyCorrectional Facility for lack of $25,000 bail.In an unrelated case, McAllis-ter was free on $15,000 bail onfirearm charges filed by state po-lice in Monroe County in Febru-ary 2011, according to MonroeCounty court records.State police stopped a vehicleinwhichMcAllisterwasapassen-ger on Interstate 80 on Feb. 13.Anassaultriflewithanalteredse-rial number and loaded maga-zines were found in the vehicle,state police allege.Accordingtothecriminalcom-plaint:RonaldSnyder,anemployeeat Tin-Tin Chinese restaurant in Wilkes-Barre Township, told po-licehearrivedatthebuildingandcalledthecellphonenumberthatplaced the food order. Snydersaid a woman instructed him toenter the building.Police traced the cell numberto Casey Hughes, a tenant inBuilding 320.Hughes told police that whenshe approached the deliverymanMcAllister ran upstairs andpulled him inside the building.Police said Hughes statedMcAllister punched Snyder,banged his head off a wall andstole money and the food.Hughes said she did not knowMcAllister was going to assaultand rob the deliveryman, thecomplaint says.Policesaidtheyarecontinuing to investigate the robberies of food delivery employees in Sher-man Hills on Dec. 26 in Building 328,Dec.27inBuilding316,Dec.28 in Building 320 and the latestrobbery on Jan. 14 in Building 320.
Man chargedin robbery of deliveryman
Jafa Leroy McAllister, 24,allegedly robbed Chinese fooddeliverer on Jan. 2.
SCRANTON – A federal judge on Wednesday sentencedtwo Nanticoke men to seven years in prison each for theirguilty pleas to drug trafficking.Marcus Holder, 24, and Mi-chael F. Bruce, 23, conspired todistribute more than 400 gramsof heroin and more than 112grams of crack cocaine from2009 through April 29, 2011, ac-cording to federal prosecutors. The two men also allegedlycarried guns while dealing drugs, according to federal pros-ecutors.U.S. Attorney for the MiddleDistrict of Pennsylvania Peter J.Smith said Holder and Bruceagreed to forfeit to the govern-ment $12,469 and five gunsseized by investigators during araid on April 29, 2011.Senior U.S. Judge Edwin Ko-sik ordered the two men toserve four years probation afterthey complete their prison sen-tences. The FBI and Plains Townshippolice investigated the case.
Nanticoke men get7 years each fordrug trafficking
Times Leader staff
EXETER -- Debt refinancing could pro- vide one way for the Wyoming Area SchoolDistrict to make up some of the nearly $2million shortfall in the 2012-13 budget, theschool board learned Tuesday.Representatives from PNC Financial andthe district’s business manager, Tom Mel-one, explained options for refinancing a2005 bank note that could net the districtsavings of $78,000 to $90,000 or more, de-pending on market conditions at the timeof the refinancing.Some additional amounts of savingscould be realized over the remaining termof the refinanced debt, which would be re-tired in 2012, the board was told. The discussion came as part of the latestin a series of budget meetings for the cash-strapped district. In this session, Melone walked the board through the district’s non-salary and benefit expenses, such as suppli-es, utilities and non-staff professional ser- vices.During the 1 ½-hour budget discussion,the board member’s questions centered onunderstanding which areas of the budgetare required and rigid and which areas canbe targeted for cuts.“I’d like the administration and the staff tolookforareasthatcanbecut,”saidboardPresident Frank Casarella. “Where can welook at alternatives, like reconditioning sports equipment instead of buying new, or whatever.” The board also held its regular monthly work session and discussed revisions to thehiring policy for professional staff. Severalnewly elected board members ran on ananti-nepotism platform and moved quicklyto rework the hiring procedures and policyfor teachers.Discussion centered on whether all rela-tives should be completely excluded or whether some provision should be made tohire a relative if they are clearly the bestcandidate.“There needs to be enough confidence onthe board that we have a tight enough pol-icy that nepotism becomes a moot point,”said newly elected board member Carl Yori-na.“If that person is truly the best person forthe job, I don’t care if it’s (SuperintendentRay) Bernardi’s kid,” he said, adding thathe “personally won’t vote for a relative.”Personnel Committee Chairperson MaryLouise Degnan noted that panel will craftan actual nepotism policy, but revising thehiring policy is the first step.Degnan also said all employment policies will be reviewed in time and her committeealso intends to create a section on the dis-trict’s website for potential employees toreview openings and complete applications.
WA explores refinancing debt
District, bank officials say tens ofthousands of dollars can be saved ineffort to close a $2 million shortfall.
Times Leader Correspondent
The board will hold another budget sessionand its regular monthly meeting Jan. 24beginning at 6:30 p.m.
– Town-ship Board of Supervisors isaccepting applicants to fill twonon-paying vacancies on theKingston Township RecreationCommission. The commission meetsmonthly and is a volunteercommission. Township resi-dency is required and membersare appointed to serve a three- year term. Letters of interest will be accepted until 3:30 p.m.Feb. 3, and should be sent to:Kingston Township Board of Supervisors, Attn: Townshipmanager,180 E. Center St.,Shavertown, PA18708, or byemail at email@example.com. The commission plans andconducts activities for town-ship residents. For more in-formation, call 696-3809 during regular business hours.