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atherine R. Gula, 95, a residentof Swoyersville, passed away on Tuesday evening, March 6, 2012, inthe Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.HerbelovedhusbandwasthelateAndrew A. Gula, who passed away on December 27,1997.Born on July 30, 1916, in Wilkes-Barre, Catherine was a daughter of the late Frank and Catherine (So-kol) Tonart.Catherine was raised in Wilkes-Barre, and was a graduate of JamesM. Coughlin High School, class of 1934. Following high school, she at-tended the former Wilkes-BarreBusiness College.Priortoretirementin1979,Cath-erine was employed as a secretary fortheformerUnitedPantsFactory,Swoyersville.Catherine was a faithful memberof Holy Trinity Roman CatholicChurch, Swoyersville, where she was a member of the Altar and Ros-ary Society.In addition to her parents andhusband, Catherine was precededin death by son Richard Gula;daughter Elaine Cunius; brother,Frank Tonart; sister Helen Ras.CatherineissurvivedbysonRay-mond Gula of Swoyersville; daugh-ter Catherine Clamar and her hus-band, Ernest, of Jackson Township;sister Josephine Kemmerer of Wilkes-Barre; grandchildren, Cathy Clamar, Ernest Clamar and FrankCuniusandhiswife,Suzanne;great-grandson,DerekCunius;numerousnieces and nephews. The family wishes to extend sin-cere thanks to the doctors, nursesand staff at the Laurels Health andRehabilitationCenter,Kingston,forthe kind and compassionate carethey bestowed upon Catherine while she was a guest there.
Relatives and friends
are re-spectfully invited to attend the fu-neral which will be conducted onSaturday at 10:30 a.m. in the Wro-blewski Funeral Home Inc., 1442 WyomingAve.,FortyFort,followedby a Mass of Christian Burial to becelebratedat11a.m.inHolyTrinity Church, 116 Hughes St., Swoyers- ville, with the Rev. Joseph J. Pisa-neschi, pastor, officiating. A privateintermentserviceforthefamilywillimmediately follow the FuneralMass at Holy Trinity Cemetery,Swoyersville. Family and FriendsareinvitedtocallonSaturdaymorn-ingfrom9:30to10:30a.m.atthefu-neral home.For additional information or tosendthefamilyofMrs.CatherineR.Gula an online message of condo-lence, you may visit the funeralhomewebsitewww.wroblewskifun-eralhome.com.Attherequestofthefamily, flowers are kindly asked tobe omitted.
Catherine R. Gula
March 6, 2012
r. Michael J. “Mickey” PetyakJr., Ph.D., 64, of the North Endsection of the city, fell asleep in theLord peacefully Tuesday afternoon,March 6, 2012, in his residence fol-lowing a prolonged illness.He was born in Wilkes-Barre, onJune 10, 1947, to the late Michaeland Mary (Yachim) Petyak.Michael was a graduate of theJames M. Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre, and attained a Bache-lorofSciencedegreeinBiologyandChemistry from the former WilkesCollege, where he also earned histeaching certificate.He furthered his education by at-taining a master’s degree in educa-tion from the Pennsylvania StateUniversity, State College. The pinnacle of his educationalcareer came when he earned hisPh.D. in instructional design sys-tems at Penn State.Dr.Petyakwasselfemployedandheld various governmental con-tracts in instructional design priortohisretirement,includingtheMa-moth Army Base in New Jersey.Previously, he also taught at Wilkes University.He attended Holy Assumption of Saint Mary Byzantine CatholicChurch, North Wilkes-Barre, andheld membership in the BrooksideAmerican Legion, Post 837, of Wilkes-Barre.Enjoying the outdoors, he is re-membered by family as being anavidgardenerandalsoenjoyedvari-ous crafts in his free time.He was preceded by his father,Michael,in1992;andbyhismother,Mary, in 2008.Survivingarehissister,Mrs.Car-ol Dippre, and her husband, Nate;nephews, Scott and Kevin Dippre,allofHunlockCreek;uncle,Joseph;aunt, Celestine Yachim, of the Min-ers Mills section; and several cou-sins.
forMickeywillbeprivateandattheconvenienceof his family with committal in Holy Assumption of Saint Mary Byzan-tine Catholic Cemetery, LakeStreet, Dallas. The John V. MorrisFamilyishonoredtocareforDr.Pe-tyak and family at this time. To send his sister Carol and herfamily online words of comfort andsupport, please visit our family’s website by visiting www.JohnV-MorrisFuneralHomes.com.
Dr. Michael J. Petyak Jr.
March 6, 2012
artin L. Devaney, 64, of OakStreet, in Wilkes-Barre, died Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at hishome.Born April 14, 1947, in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late Ed- wardP.andMaryLouiseLauferDe- vaney.A 1965 graduate of E.L. MeyersHigh School, Marty earned his bac-calaureate degree from King’s Col-lege.Marty was an insurance adjusterfor Crawford and Company for 32 years in Erie, St. Louis, Louisville,Philadelphia and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton offices.He then worked for NationwideInsurancefornearlysixyearsbeforeaccepting a position with the Visit-ing Nurses Association.Marty was a member of HighPoint Baptist Church in Larksville.HewasalsoamemberoftheNorth-east Pennsylvania Claims Associ-ation, which he served as a pastpresident, and CPCU Society, which he served as a past treasurer.Marty also coached TeenerLeague Baseball for 15 years, andSouth Wilkes-Barre Girls Softballforfouryears,andservedasajudgeof elections for district15-5 for four years.He will be greatly missed by his wife, the former Annette Lacey;daughter, Amy, and her husband,Doug Clark, Beaumont; grandchil-dren, Alex and Devan; brother, Ed- ward P. Devaney Jr., Port Jervis,N.Y.; sister, Maribeth, and her hus-band, Joseph Angeli, Wilkes-Barre;several nieces, nephews, andfriends.
willbe held Saturday at 6 p.m. inMcLaughlin’s - The Family FuneralService, 142 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre.VisitationwillbeheldatMcLaughlin’sonSaturdayfrom3to 6 p.m.Memorial donations are pre-ferred,andmaybemadetoMedicalOncology Associates PrescriptionAssistance Fund, 382 Pierce St.,Kingston, PA 18704-5527, or Hos-pice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Balti-more Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA18702-7901. Permanent messagesand memories can be shared withMarty’sfamilyatwww.celebratehis-life.com.
Martin L. Devaney
March 7, 2012
lizabethA.Dankulich,66,ofOr-ange, Franklin Township,passed away, Wednesday, March 7,2012, in her home.BorninPittston,shewasadaugh-ter of the late Harry and ElizabethO’Donnell Harmon.She was educated in the WestPittston schools.Prior to her retirement, she wasemployed at the call center for JCPenney.Mrs.DankulichwasalsoaformermemberoftheMooseLodge#1207, West Pittston.Preceding her in death was herspouse, Paul A. Nenish.Survivingareherdaughters,Sha-ron Evans, Moosic, Deborah Bur-ton, Orange; grandchildren, Terry and Melissa Evans, Adam and Jere-my Burton.
will be heldSaturday at 10 a.m. in the Metcalfeand Shaver Funeral Home Inc., 504 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, with theRev. Jeffrey Klansek, chaplain of Commonwealth Hospice, officiat-ing. Interment will be in the Fair- view Memorial Park, Elmhurst.Friends may call Friday from 5 to 8p.m. in the funeral home.In lieu of flowers, memorial con-tributions may be made to theAmerican Cancer Society, 712South Keyser Avenue, Taylor, Pa18517.
Elizabeth A. Dankulich
March 7, 2012PITTSTON TWP. – A son re-unitedwithhisfamilyWednesday after a tour in the Middle East.Airman1stClassDavidWarren,21, of Nanticoke was greeted by friends and family at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton InternationalAirportafterreturninghomefrom51/2monthsofserviceinIraqandKuwait.A 2008 graduate of GreaterNanticokeAreaHighSchool,War-ren worked locally for two yearsbeforedecidingtoenlistintheAirForce Reserve.Hismother,Sharon,recallsthatday.“He just came home one day and said ‘Mom, I joined the AirForce,’ ” she said.David’sfather,aretiredfirstser-geant in the Plymouth NationalGuard, never went overseas dur-ing his time of service.“I was proud. But I was also worried,” she said. Warrenspentthemajorityofhistime overseas as a vehicle oper-ator,participatinginconvoyoper-ations and movements of varioussupplies and munitions.Hispositioncalledforhimtobeproficient in cleaning, servicing and operating military vehicles,overseeing the loading and un-loading of personnel and cargoand preparing operator recordsand reports.Specifically, Warren said hedrovetractor-trailerstrucksfullof supplies from Kuwait into basesthroughout Iraq.“Iwasthroughaboutfivediffer-entbasesinfivemonths,”hesaid.Balloons and digital camera inhand, Sharon said she was justlookingforwardtohavinghersonhome.Other than through email, Da- vidandhismotherhadlittletonocontact while he was overseas.“I just wanted to see him,” shesaid. “And see him safe.” Warren spent his fair share of time in the air the past week.He flew out of Kuwait beforelanding at Ramstein Air Base inGermanyforafour-daydebriefing period. Warren then boarded a12-hourflight straight into Dallas, beforecatching a short flight to his re-serve base in Oklahoma.Fromthere,Warrenwouldfinal-ly board the flight that reunitedhim with his family.“Afteralltheflying,I’mlooking forward to just being home,” hesaid. “And sleep in my own bed.”Contemplating his first taste of stateside cooking in more thanfive months, Warren said he ismost looking forward to wings atGreen Street’s Restaurant in Nan-ticoke.He picked a great day to fly home.“Tonight’swingnight,”hesaid.His return home is short-lived,however. WarrenwillbereturningtoOk-lahoma March 27 for sevenmonths.After his enlistment in the AirForce Reserve is completed inthree years, Warren said he planstogotoschoolinhopesofbecom-ing a parole officer.
Air Force veteran comes home
Airman 1st Class David Warrenof Nanticoke served 5 1/2months in Iraq and Kuwait.
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MarthaHerron,chairoftheLu-zerne-Schuylkill Workforce In- vestment Board, issued a state-ment Wednesday defending thesalaries paid to employees who workfortheboard.County union representativePaula Schnelly had urged county council members during Tues-day’sworksessiontoexaminetheboard’semployeepayincreases.Herron said the staff did nothave pay increases for at leastthree years before raises weregrantedin2010. The pay increases, which rang-ed from 7.14 percent to 27.59 per-cent,stemmedinpartfromaJuly 2010 increase in working hoursfrom 32.5 hours per week to 37.5andastaffingcompensationanaly-sis,Herronsaid.Executive Director LucyannVierling currently receives$77,250,accordingtoinformationsuppliedbytheboard.Herron said a 2010 Pennsylva-nia WIB Association survey showed executive director sala-ries ranged from $63,000 to$110,000,withtheaveragearound$91,300. The compensation for the fourremaining board employees: Tri-na Moss, $37,096; Patti Lenahan,$61,800; Marla Dotto, $43,260;and Sheryl Charbonneau,$37,000.Past county commissioners,andnowcountycouncilmembers,appoint members to serve on the33-member WIB, which overseesa $7.4 million budget, job place-ment and training programs andCareerLink centers in both coun-ties.Schnelly’s union, the AmericanFederationofState,County&Mu-nicipal Employees, or AFSCME,has been monitoring WIB spend-ingsincetheboardcontractedoutemployment programs, resulting in the elimination of 36 LuzerneCountyunionemployeeswhopre- viouslyhandledthiswork. The county is appealing a June2011hearingexaminerordertore-hiretheseemployeesandpaytheirlostwagesandbenefits.
WIB chairwoman defends salaries
NANTICOKE – City Council voted unanimously on Wednes-day to appoint Lesley Butczyn-skitofilltheseatvacatedbytherecent resignation of Council- woman Margaret Hydock.Council also authorized thefiling of a FEMA grant applica-tion that will provide funds tohirethreeadditionalfirefightersfor three years.Council President StephenDudastressedthatifthegrantisawarded, the city would be un-der no obligation to continuethe employment of the threefirefighters beyond that three- yearperiodattaxpayerexpense. The council also voted to au-thorize City Clerk Holly Cirkoto execute Hazard MitigationGrant program documents onbehalf of the city.City officials stated SlusserBrothers Construction Co. willbegin work on the Alden Roadimprovement project next week. The Alden Road work is partof a $2 million dollar road im-provement project in the city.In other business, Interact,the junior arm of the NanticokeRotary Club, gave notice it willbe filing the necessary permitapplications to conduct a farm-ersmarketonthefirstweekendsof June, July and August in thecity’s Patriot Square as a way toattract patronage for Nanticokebusinesses.
Nanticoke fills vacantseat on City Council
Lesley Butczynski appointedto position that opened whenMargaret Hydock resigned.
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–Twomen werearrestedMondayondrug traffickingchargesbythestateOfficeofAttorneyGeneral’sLu-zerneCountyDrugTaskForceandpoliceinEdwardsvilleandKingston.AnthonySantiago,27,of SpruceStreet,Kingston,andJeanMarieJohns,60,ofChurchStreet,Kingston,werearraignedby DistrictJudgePaulRobertsinKingstononnumerousdrug offenses.TheywerejailedattheLuzerneCountyCorrectionalFacilityforlackof$75,000baileach.EdwardsvillepolicesaidSantia-goandJohnswerearrestedafterathreemonthinvestigationalleg-ingtheywerepeddlingcrackcocaine,accordingtothecriminalcomplaints.