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Richard Plotkin

Jun 27, 1941 - Nov 10, 2023

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Scranton, PA

On the Friday of Nov. 10, 2023 at 8:30 am, Richard A Plotkin, of Scranton Pennsylvania, passed away after complications from a stroke, under Hospice at St. Mary's Villa in Elmhurst Township. Richard was 82 years old. Richard was born on June 27, 1941 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the third child, and second son, of Joseph and Tillie Arenberg Plotkin. Richard is remembered as a loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend, entrepreneur, and bandmate. He continued the tradition of owning and op...Read More

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Barbara A. Garvey

Aug 14, 1958 - Feb 17, 2024

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Scranton, PA

Barbara A. Garvey, 65, Dunmore, died Saturday at Allied Services Hospice Center in Scranton surrounded by family. She was the wife of the late Thomas E. Garvey who died June 10, 2022. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Margaret Masters Baron, was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School and earned a Cosmetology degree from Empire Beauty School in Scranton. Barb was a kindhearted person who dedicated her life to caring for her family and loved ones, always putting others before herself. Her greatest joys in life were spending time with family and being a Mimi to her three granddaughters. Surviving are daughters, Courtney Garvey, Shannon Garvey, and Katie Garvey and her partner Danny Ringleben, all of Dunmore, three brothers, Joseph Baron, Throop, Christoher Baron and wife Susan, Vandling, and Robert Baron and wife Lisa, Phillipsburg, NJ, three granddaughters, Brooklyn Layre, Isla Ringleben, and Vera Ringleben, all of Dunmore, as well as several nieces, nephews, and godchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother William Baron in 2021. The funeral will be Friday at 1PM at the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc. 318 East Drinker Street in Dunmore. Friends may visit from 11AM until the time of service. Inurnment will follow the service in St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery in the Minooka Section of Scranton. To to the family or in memory of Barbara A. Garvey, please

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Theresa S. Collins

Mar 14, 1966 - Jan 25, 2024

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Scranton, PA

Theresa S. Collins, 57, of Carbondale, PA, and formerly of Newark, NJ, died Thursday, January 25, 2024 at Regional Hospital, Scranton, PA. She is survived by her son: Edward "Jason" Jeter of Carbondale, PA. Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Carmine J. & Louis C. Parise Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Carbondale, PA.

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Dolores Rose Urbanski

May 18, 1931 - Feb 15, 2024

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Scranton, PA

Dolores Rose Urbanski, 92, formerly of Greenfield Township, passed away peacefully at Green Ridge Nursing Center, Scranton on Thursday, February 15, 2024. She was the devoted wife of the late, Matthew R. Urbanski who died May 26, 2013. They spent over 60 joyous years together. Born in Eynon, she was the daughter of the late, Joseph and Nellie Tragis Gudasky. A graduate from Archbald High School and a faithful member of St. Rose of Lima Church, Carbondale. Dolores is survived by her devoted son, Mark and wife, Marie, Great Mills, Maryland and a daughter, Sandra Maier, NYC, NY; two granddaughters, Melanie Unser and Tiffany Sibley and five great- grandchildren, Brooke, Alyssa, Aaden, Sophie and Skylar and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers Frank and James Gudasky and sisters, Frances Unovitch and Esther (Anastasia) Kvetkoski. Dolores was the kind and loving mother. She enjoyed a house full of laughter and a table full of family and dear friends. She lived life to the fullest and made you feel welcomed. Cooking her ethnic dishes was a treasure to behold. Her passing leaves a great void. Viewing will be Thursday, February 22nd at the Louis J. Rapoch Funeral Home, Archbald from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, February 23rd, at St. Rose of Lima Church, Carbondale at 10 A.M. Those attending the funeral are asked to proceed directly to the Church. Entombment Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery, Greenfield Township. Arrangements entrusted with Louis J. Rapoch Funeral Home, Archbald. To leave a condolence for the family, visit the funeral home web page. To to the family or in memory of Dolores Rose Urbanski, please

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Travis R. Hughes

May 15, 1972 - Feb 11, 2024

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Scranton, PA

Travis R. Hughes, 51, of Clarks Summit, PA, died Sunday, February 11, 2024 after a short battle with cancer at the Geisinger Community Medical Center, Scranton, PA, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife and best friend, Karen L. Warner Hughes. They were married October 5, 2002.Born May 15, 1972 in Scranton, PA, he was the son of the late Dorothy Ephault Luther.Travis was a graduate of West Scranton High School and became a master plumber and HVAC specialist. He owned and operated Hughes' Plumbing in Maryland for a few years and when he and his family moved back to Pennsylvania, he worked for Geisinger CMC Hospital. He had a love for the outdoors, enjoying fishing, boating, camping and golfing. He was an avid do it yourselfer around his home, Red Sox and Patriots fan, enjoyed building birdhouses and loved raising chickens.His greatest joy was the time he spent with his family, especially the time they spent outdoors along with their dog Raven. He is also survived by three children: Brynn, Cardin and Trey Hughes, all at home; one brother: Preston Hughes and wife, Tanya of Clarks Summit, PA; three step brothers: one brother-in-law: Douglas Warner and wife, Helen Keplinger of Napa, CA; three nephews: Shaine and Kavan Hughes and Emerson Warner; several aunts, uncles, cousins and two very close friends: Chris Cichocki and Kevin Kerrigan.He was preceded in death by an infant brother: Christian Hughes.A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 17, 2024 at 4:00 p.m. from Carmine J. & Louis C. Parise Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 89 Farview Street, Carbondale, PA.A viewing will be held Saturday, February 17, 2024 from 1-4 p.m. at the funeral home.In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in Travis's name to the Wounded Warrior Project at woundedwarriorproject.org.

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Gail L. Van Fleet

Mar 11, 1946 - Feb 11, 2024

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Scranton, PA

March 11, 1946 - February 11, 2024 February 16, 2024 Funeral Service will be Friday February 16, 2024, at 5pm from Anthony P. Litwin Jr. Funeral Homes, Inc. 33 Reynolds St. Factoryville with Pastor Jean Blackie officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 3pm to 5pm. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Dalton Fire Company P.O. Box 684 Dalton PA 18414. Gail L. Van Fleet, 77, of Dalton died Sunday February 11, 2024, at Commonwealth Health Regional Hospital of Scranton. Born in Scranton on March 11, 1946; daughter of the late Howard and Virginia Carpenter Churchill. She would have celebrated her 57 anniversary to Nelson “Bud” Van Fleet on June 11, 2024. She belonged to the Dalton United Methodist Church; life member and past president of the Dalton Ladies Auxiliary; she was once active in the Lackawanna Trail Booster Club and Friends of Music. She was a 7-degree Master Black belt in Tang Soo Do. Enjoyed horses as a youth and enjoyed crossword puzzles later in life. She loved being with her children and grandchildren. Gail was preceded in death beside her parents by her brother, Earl Churchill; sister, Beth Savickas; son-in-law Stephen Woodcock, who died in 2019. Surviving beside her husband are two daughters, Donee Woodcock of Dalton; Chandra (Dan) of Dalton; son, Heath Van Fleet of Nicholson; grandchildren Josh, Virginia, Cloe, and Lena Van Fleet; Evelyn and Kaylah Woodcock; Dominic and Colton Lenz; sister-in-law Carol Churchill of Springville; several nieces and nephews. Funeral Service will be Friday February 16, 2024, at 5pm from Anthony P. Litwin Jr. Funeral Homes, Inc. 33 Reynolds St. Factoryville with Pastor Jean Blackie officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 3pm to 5pm. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Dalton Fire Company P.O. Box 684 Dalton PA 18414. 33 Reynolds St. Factoryville, PA 18419 John F. Litwin FD 123 West Tioga St. Tunkhannock, PA 18657 Collin K. Lunger Supervisor

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Laura Nelson

Oct 09, 1951 - Feb 09, 2024

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Scranton, PA

Laura Nelson, 72, of Carbondale, PA, died Friday, February 9, 2024 in the emergency room at Geisinger Community Medical Center, Scranton, PA, after being stricken ill at home. Born October 9, 1951 in Brooklyn, NY, she was the daughter of the late Addison Kimble and Augusta Marie Nielson Young.Laura had resided in Carbondale since 1994 and attended the Peckville Assembly of God Church. She loved listening to her vinyl record collection, especially Elvis Presley who was her favorite musician. Laura enjoyed visits to the senior center where she cherished the time with friends making arts and crafts.She is survived by two daughters: Jamie Mulholland and husband, Travis of Carbondale, PA and Christine Morley of Carbondale, PA; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one brother: Patrick Young of Cranford, NJ; three sisters: Theresa Young of Brooklyn, NY, Helen Kane of Carbondale, PA and Gail Incigeri of Virginia; her close friend, Josephine Evans of Carbondale, PA; and numerous nieces and nephews.She was also preceded in death by a daughter: Deis'ree Marie Dunn.The funeral will be Friday, February 16, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. from Carmine J. & Louis C. Parise Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 89 Farview Street, Carbondale, PA, with Rev. Ernest Drost, officiating. Cremation will follow.Viewing hours will be held Friday, February 16, 2024 from 4-7 p.m.

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Nicole Serniak Cochrane

Feb 02, 1965 - Feb 11, 2024

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Scranton, PA

Nicole Serniak Cochrane, 59, of Old Forge, entered into eternal rest after a courageous battle with cancer, on Sunday at Regional Hospital of Scranton. Her beloved husband, Joseph, passed away August 4, 2000. Born in Old Forge, she is the daughter of Ingrid Granzow Serniak, Old Forge and the late Stephen M. Serniak. Nicole was a graduate of Old Forge High School, class of 1982 and received her bachelor's degree in nursing from Wilkes-University. Nicole dedicated her life to the field of medicine, working as a compassionate nurse at Geisinger CMC. She was admired for her unwavering commitment to her patients, always going above and beyond to provide the best care possible. Her dedication and expertise left an indelible impact on the lives she touched, and her absence will be felt deeply within the medical community. Nicole's kind heart, infectious laughter and her cooking will forever be remembered by all who had the privilege of knowing her. There is great comfort in knowing that she is with her loved ones who have gone before her. Her legacy lives on through, her children, Lindsey and fiancé, Nick Swartz, Old Forge; a son, Tyler and companion, Alexandra Sotak, Scranton; two beloved grandchildren, Harper Spindler and Parker Cochran; two sisters, Rose (Kenneth) Levine, Clarks Summit and Barbara Aversa, Old Forge; nieces, Heidi, Ashley, Stefanie and Marisa and a nephew, Josh; numerous great nieces and great nephews. Family and friends may call Thursday from 5 to 7 pm at the Semian Funeral Home, LLC, 704 Union ST. Taylor. Private services will be held on Friday by the Rev. Michael Shepherd, St. Michael's Orthodox Church, Old Forge, Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.

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Richard J. Brust

Jan 26, 1944 - Feb 06, 2024

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Scranton, PA

Richard J. Brust, 80, of Scranton, passed away on Tuesday evening at Allied Services Skilled Nursing Center in Scranton. Surviving is his wife, the former Marie Magnotta. The couple was married for 59 years. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Joseph and Theresa Madl Brust. He was a member of St. Lucy’s Church and its Holy Name Society, and he was a graduate of the former Cathedral High School’s Class of 1961 and the University of Scranton. Prior to retirement, he worked in the maintenance department at the former Bishop Hannan High School in Scranton. He was also previously a general contractor and a master locksmith. Richard was known to be a history buff, an engaging conversationalist, always committed to his family, and always willing to lend his handyman services to friends and family. He was very tall in stature but quiet, gentle, and patient in his manner of relating. He played Fleetwood Mac and Neil Diamond albums loud enough for his neighbors to hear, and he did not worry about others' opinions about that. He lived a good life and enjoyed the food and people and duct tape that came with it. Also surviving are daughters, Nadine Novak and husband David of Scranton; Dr. Ann Judge and husband John of Annapolis, MD; and Melissa Daily and husband Doug of South Williamsport; a son Richard, Jr. and wife Joanne of Scranton; grandchildren Cassandra Pugh and husband Fran; Rebecca, Tony, and Maxwell Daily; Jack and Molly Judge; great-granddaughter Wynn Pugh; nieces, nephews and cousins. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Elizabeth Fulrath and brothers, Joseph and Gerald Brust. The funeral will be Tuesday with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Lucy’s Church, Scranton St., West Scranton. Interment will be held at a later date at St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow. Family and friends may pay their respects on Monday from 5:00-7:00 pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks that contributions in Richard’s memory be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org; St. Joseph’s Center, 2010 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18509; or to Allied Services Skilled Nursing, 303 Smallacombe Dr., Scranton, PA 18508. The family is particularly thankful to all of Richard’s health care providers at Allied. To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Richard J. Brust, please visit our

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Jerome M. Blum

Apr 06, 1939 - Feb 07, 2024

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Scranton, PA

Jerome M. Blum, 84, of Dunmore, passed away on Wednesday morning at Allied Services Hospice Center in Scranton. His wife and the love of his life, the former Claire Louise Sullivan passed away on August 23, 2013. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Sol and Sylvia Marcus Blum. He was a graduate of the former Central Scranton High School and proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps. Prior to retirement, he was a dock worker at Supermarket Services in Dunmore. Jerome enjoyed riding his Harley and taking his wife along for all of the rides and adventures especially traveling to Bike Week every year. He was an avid reader and in his younger years was a reputable body builder. He was a loving and supportive husband, father and grandfather and loved spending time with his family. He is now reunited with his bride, Claire, whom he missed every day. Surviving are his children; Julie Manley and husband Bob Lundberg, Clarks Green, James Tolan and wife Denise, Allentown and Jane Vitali, Scranton. Grandchildren; Jerome Manley and wife Nicole, John and Jacob Manley, Mia and Louis Vitali III and Kayla Tolan. Great grandchildren; Grace Claire and Jacklyn Manley. Nieces and nephews. Sisters-in-law; Patricia Runco and husband Tony, Utah and Fran Sullivan, FL. He was also preceded in death by a niece; Erin Dermody, a grandson; Robbie Lundberg and a son-in-law; Louis Vitali, Jr. There are no public services at this time. Inurnment is private at the convenience of the family at Cathedral Cemetery in Scranton. Memorial donations may be sent to Allied Services Hospice Center, 511 Morgan Hwy, Scranton, Pa 18508. To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Jerome M. Blum, please visit our

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Marianne B. Salvatore (Cronin)

Nov 21, 1961 - Feb 02, 2024

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Scranton, PA

Marianne B. Salvatore (Cronin) of Covington Twp. passed away at Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton on Feb. 2, 2024, after an illness.Born Nov. 21, 1961, in Perth Amboy, N.J. and raised in Fords, N.J., she was the beloved wife of Patrick (Rick) Salvatore for nearly 40 years and mother of her previously passed beloved son, Erik L. Salvatore. Marianne never fully recovered from Erik's passing in 2015.Surviving are her sisters, Donna Walsh and Kathy Rasmussen (both Cronin). In addition to Erik, she was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence Cronin and Kathleen M. (O'Donohue) Cronin. She also has many nieces, nephews, in-laws and cousins, both living and passed.Marianne loved both of her Golden Retrievers named Buddy, and she enjoyed daily phone conversations with her sisters, Donna and Kathy, as well as her dear friend, Sara, who often took Marianne out for shopping, manicures and lunch. Marianne loved vacationing, particularly in Mexico, Bermuda and Kauai, and actually had a dream of moving to Kauai. For the last few years, Marianne had a hobby of collecting mushroom figurines and wind chimes, even pointing out real mushrooms in the grass or when she heard the word on TV. She believed that they were a sign from Erik that he was well in Heaven.A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, Feb. 12, at 10 a.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 220 Church St., Moscow, Pa., with Rev. Thomas M. Muldowney, pastor, as celebrant. Interment will be conducted privately.

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