Samuel Vitris Sr
Aug 25, 1936 - Nov 15, 2023
Frederick R. "Butch" Case
Nov 16, 1944 - Feb 24, 2024
Frederick R. "Butch" Case, 79, of Clifford Township, died Saturday at the Regional Hospital, Scranton.Born November 16, 1944 in Carbondale, PA, he was the son of the late Leon and Hazel Wells Case.Butch was a graduate of Mountain View High School and worked as a handyman for numerous businesses in the area such as Rapid Pallet, Jermyn and the Green Goose Bar in Lenoxville.His greatest joy was taking care of lawns and has been the caretaker for several years at the Willow View Cemetery, Clifford. Butch was a US Navy veteran, was very family oriented and enjoyed making handmade jewelry. He was an avid New York Giants fan.He is survived by one sister: Barbara Case of Clifford Township, PA; three nieces: Bernice Bagasevich of Scranton, PA, Diane Kochmer of Clifford, PA and Janet Corey of Greenfield Township, PA and several cousins.He was preceded in death by three brothers: John "Jack" Case, Clayton Case and Richard "Dick" Case and a sister: Leona Evans.Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Shifler-Parise Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Clifford.Donations in Butch's name can be made to the Clifford Township Volunteer Fire Company, PO Box 10, Clifford, Pa 18413.
Joseph M. Longo
Nov 16, 1935 - Feb 23, 2024
Joseph M. Longo (Jo Jo), 88, of Olyphant died Friday at Geisinger CMC. Joe was married to Donna Mase Longo, the love of his life, who passed away 21 years ago. He is finally back in her arms. Together they created a beautiful loving family. Joe was a kind, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend. He was a smart, generous, handsome, cool man that was loved by many.Born November 16, 1935, he was the son of the late Joseph J. Longo and Mary Vrabel Longo. Joe was a graduate of Olyphant High School and served in the Korean War, receiving a good conduct medal. He was employed by Penn Dot as a bridge inspector prior to his retirement. He was a long-time member of Holy Ghost Church and Holy Cross Parish, Olyphant.Jo Jo loved Saturday date nights with Donna and their friends and ending the night at a diner for a late-night coffee and sandwich. He was a great cook, loved food and was passionate about coffee. He was also a long-time member of the Italian American Club in Olyphant where he participated in all Club social events; arranging fund raisers, cooking for dinners or anyone who was having a party and working at the Shooting Match. The IAC not only created a brotherhood of friendship for the members; their families also became extended family. Jo Jo, or Goose as his friends called him, loved sports, especially the Yankees and football. He was an expert on NFL statistics, knew every point spread, and spent every Sunday morning educating his friends on the predicted winners. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Joe lived every day to the fullest. He spent most warm days swimming in his pool with his family. After becoming empty nesters, he and Donna loved visiting and hanging out with their kids and spending as much time as possible at the beach. Later, he and his daughter, Maria, became great fishing buddies. He was a fun, cool man that was very loved and will be sorely missed.Joe is survived by his children, Joseph Longo Jr, and companion Karen Santarelli Gelok, NJ, Dr. Carlene Muto and husband Thomas, Richboro, PA, and Maria Longo-Lutchko and husband Adam, Olyphant; a granddaughter Joalaina Noel Muto, Philadelphia, PA; a sister-in law, Gloria Pawlowski, NJ and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Donna, his brother Daniel Longo, and with deepest sorrow, his amazing granddaughter, Giadanna Mia Muto.A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 10 AM at Holy Cross Parish, Olyphant with the Rev. Scott Sterowski, pastor, as celebrant. The Interment will follow mass.All those attending Mass, please go directly to the church.Friends may call on Friday from 4 to 7 PM at Louis M. Margotta Funeral Home, 511 Church St. Jessup, PA. Condolences can be received at Margotta Funeral Homes.
James David Reese
Dec 17, 1954 - Feb 23, 2024
James David Reese passed away peacefully Friday February 23, 2024 at Allied Hospice. He was 69 yearsold.Jim was born in Scranton, to the late Morgan and Elizabeth Reese on December 17, 1954. He was preceded in death by his sister Susan Tobey and Husband Frank, and brother Paul Reese.He was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School class of 1973.Jim was a Public Safety Officer for the Hideout in Lake Ariel, Pa. for the past 18 years. Prior to his public safety duties Jim was a long-term employee of Haddon Craftsman.His greatest joys were spent working at the Hideout, fishing, golfing, bowling, and spending time with family and friends. He was someone you could count on to be there when in need and a recently born again Christian.Jim is survived by his son PJ (Paul) Reese, brother Mark and wife Donna Reese, brother Tom Reese. Also survived by his nieces and nephew Jennifer Wasylak and husband Randy, Megan Yanagi and husband Grant, Katie Melillo and husband Andrew, Adam Reese and wife Shelby, and Ian Reese and countless other loved ones.He will be loved and missed by all who knew him. A private memorial gathering will be held at a later date. The family request memorial contributions be made to Allied Hospice 511 Morgan Hwy Scranton, Pa.18508.Arrangements and on-site cremation are under the care of the Miller Bean Funeral Home Inc., 436 Cedar Ave., Scranton.
Apr 13, 1944 - Feb 23, 2024
Jeanne Lombardo, 79, of Scranton, formerly of Dunmore and Peckville, departed for her heavenly home Friday morning from Marywood Heights in Scranton.Born in Dunmore, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Margaret (Cunion) Lombardo. Jeanne graduated from Dunmore High School and was previously employed at Tobyhanna Army Depot. Gifted with the voice of an angel, she spent her younger days singing with The Exact Change and her brother Frank’s band, Jeanne Plus Four.Jeanne was a devout catholic and very involved with Sacred Heart Church in Peckville. She was a Eucharistic Minister of Holy Communion and often served as a cantor and lector. Her faith was her world.Jeanne is survived by her sister-in-law, Mary Lombardo of Roaring Brook Twp., her niece and goddaughter, Teri Taynton and husband Chris of Roaring Brook Twp, and her grandniece Elisabeth Taynton. Although her family was small, she was blessed with an abundance of friends that she considered family; namely Kathleen O’Donnell, Susie Kerecman, and Maria Ceccacci.In addition to her parents, Jeanne was preceded in death by her brother S. Frank Lombardo and her niece Linda Ann Lombardo, as well as her furbabies Buddy, Flip, Rusty, and Rags.The funeral will be on Friday with mass of Christian burial at 10 am at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Peckville. Interment will follow at St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow. There will be a viewing from 9 to 10 am at the church, prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting a donation to Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish. Arrangements are under the care and direction of James M. Margotta Funeral Home, Peckville.
Rita M. Martin
May 11, 1924 - Feb 24, 2024
Rita M. Martin passed away on Saturday, February 24th at Allied Services Skilled Nursing Center in Scranton. In two months she would have celebrated her 100th birthday.Born in 1924 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Rita was the daughter of Lawrence and Barbara Kaiser Dress. She was the second oldest of ten children. Her education was completed at St. Nicholas and St. Boniface School in Wilkes-Barre and at St. Ann’s Academy.Rita met her husband, Stephen J. Martin, at a Roller Skating Rink in Kingston before World War II. They corresponded throughout the war – a feat that included some 673 numbered letters sent to one another. They married in 1948 at St. Boniface Church in Wilkes-Barre and lived their entire married life in Luzerne. They were married for 63 years at the time of Steve’s death in 2011. They were the proud parents of three children: Stephen, Donna, and Paul.The affairs of her children were always a prominent feature of Rita’s life. At St. John Nepomucene School in Luzerne, she served as a “Friday Morning Library Reader” to the 1st Graders, where she gathered the young learners on cushions on the floor in the Library and read exciting books to them. She was always active with the PTA. At Central Catholic High School in Kingston (later known as Bishop O’Reilly), she volunteered as a “Monday Cafeteria Worker” where she served meals to the students and staff. She was always busy with fund-raisers, programs, and trips of all kinds.At her Church, Rita enjoyed being a Lector and a Eucharistic Minister. She was a member of the first Pastoral Council at St. John’s. Her service also included planning and promoting “World Days of Prayer” with all of the Church denominations in the borough. She was a daily Mass attendee.Rita was a member of the Women’s Auxiliary of Assumpta Council 3987 of the Knights of Columbus in Luzerne. She did much with fund raising and its many programs. She planned all the fun at many of the group’s Christmas parties and she was its President for a time. She was a volunteer leader with the Cub Scouts, the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts and the Little League. She was awarded the “St. Ann’s Award” by the Diocese of Scranton in 1975 for her efforts with young people in the Scouting Program. She also was honored with induction into the “Chapel of the Four Chaplains” Honor Society for her selfless volunteering.During World War II, Rita studied to become a Nurse’s Aide with the American Red Cross. She later took business courses and worked at Bartikowsky Jewelers and Pittsburgh Plate Glass. After taking time off to raise her children and until her retirement, she worked as an Administrative Assistant at Guyette Communication Industries in Luzerne and Larksville.She was an excellent cook and baker (cookies and cakes were her specialty). She was also an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed crocheting and knitting. In her later years, she enjoyed knitting prayer shawls for people in Nursing Homes with the St. Ignatius Knitting Ministry. She sent thousands of greeting cards to friends, acquaintances, and people brought to her attention in nursing homes – many of which included a scratch-off lottery ticket.Besides her parents and Steve, she was preceded in death by her granddaughter Cassandra Langtry, as well as her sisters Frances Jacobs and Dolores Wallace, brothers Lawrence Dress, Bernard Dress, William Dress, Charles Dress, Gerard Dress, and James Dress along with nephews Kevin Dress and Christopher Jacobs.Rita is survived by her son Stephen J. Martin and his wife Rebecca, daughter Donna Martin-Langtry and her husband Douglas, son Paul Martin and his wife Kathy, grandson Brian Martin and his wife Megan, sister Rose Marie Heck and sisters-in-law Jean Dress and Connie Dress. She was the proud aunt to 33 nieces and nephews.Rita’s Family wishes to thank the entire Staff of Allied Services Skilled Nursing Center – and especially the amazing Nursing Staff of the Alzheimer’s Unit – for their excellent and compassionate care and concern. In addition, they wish to recognize the Staff Members of Allied Services Hospice for meeting her needs and for the comfort that they supplied at a difficult time. Finally, they wish to thank Dr. Richard Weinberger for his expertise that successfully navigated Rita through many difficulties.A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday February 28th at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Family Church in Luzerne by Father Richard Fox. Friends and family are welcome to attend a viewing at Betz-Jastremski Funeral Home, 568 Bennett Street, Luzerne from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the Mass. Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Kingston Township.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Rita’s memory to Allied Services Skilled Nursing Center, 303 Smallacombe Drive, Scranton, PA 18508 or Holy Family Parish, 574 Bennett Street, Luzerne, PA 18709.
Carmella R. Pulice
Dec 31, 1931 - Feb 24, 2024
Carmella R. Pulice, 92, of North Scranton passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Saturday February 24, 2024. She was the widow of Frank A. Pulice who died on November 10, 2008. Born in Dunmore she was the daughter of the late Phillip and Carmella “Millie” Saracino Sardo. A graduate of Dunmore High School, prior to retirement she was employed in the local garment industry.An active member of St. Anthony of Padua Church in North Scranton until it’s closing; she was involved with all of the church activities and functions.She enjoyed spending the winter months in Plant City, Florida with her family and friends.Carmella’s family would like to extend a special thank you to Lisa Yanni Gaynard, her “adopted daughter” and also the staff of Abington Manor especially the nursing staff, dietary, housekeeping laundry, activity director and social services who all went above and beyond in their efforts to provide with her with outstanding care. Surviving are two daughters, Caroline and her husband Michael Petrauskas of Clarks Summit, Carmel and her husband Dennis Oressey of Scranton; a son Frank Jr. and his wife Kelly of Sterling; six grandchildren, Nichole Webb and husband Robert, and Michele Benz and husband Steve, Mark Oressey, Elizabeth Pulice, Jessica Callen and husband Kevin and Gary Arvay; great-grandchildren Carter and Gemma Webb, Kaley Carmella Benz, Aaron and Izzy Callen; sister Rose DeMarco; several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great nephews.She was preceded in death by a daughter Margaret Arvay; brother Charles Sardo; Sister JoAnn PaneThe funeral will be conducted Wednsday from the Solfanelli-Fiorillo Funeral Home Inc. 1030 N. Main Ave. with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Mary, Mother of God Parish at Holy Rosary Church, 316 William St., Scranton. Entombment will follow in Cathedral Cemetery Mausoleum. Friends and family may pay their respects Tuesday from 4 – 6 pm.
Alice Marie Kizer
Dec 25, 1957 - Feb 16, 2024
Alice Marie Kizer of Scranton died Friday at the Geisinger C.M.C. following a brief illness. Born in Wheeling, West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late James Warner Sr. She is survived by her fiancé Albert Smith; mother Lucille Warner; brother James Warner and wife Ellie May; two sisters, PattyZantowsky and husband Duane, and Debra Shabrowski and husband Richie; son Francis and wife Tina Kizer; 4 daughters, Amanda Kizer, Barbara Kizer and husband John, Holly Evans, and Patty Kizer; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.Arrangements and on-site cremation are under the care of the Miller Bean Funeral Home Inc., 436 Cedar Ave., Scranton.
Gregory G. Sereditch
Jan 05, 1959 - Feb 21, 2024
Gregory G. Sereditch, 65 of Scranton, formerly of Olyphant, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday at home after a sudden illness.Born in Peckville, he was the son of the late George and Jean Kohansky Sereditch.He was a graduate of Mid Valley High School and the University of Scranton where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Health and Human Services. He was employed as a Social Worker for several area Agencies.He was a member of SS Cyrils and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church. He resided in Olyphant for most of his life and Scranton the past 15 years.Greg was happy with the simple things in life.He loved good food, family, and watching professional sports on television. Most important to him was his deep faith, instilled in him by his parents, which he practiced daily.He is survived by a brother,Edward Sereditch, Olyphant, and three sisters, Barbara Kaminski (Edward), Haymarket, VA, Janet Varzaly, Philadelphia, and Mary Passeri (Robert), Laflin, several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Nancy Sereditch, his partner and the love of his life Judith Sturchio, and a brother in law, Paul Varzaly.The funeral will be held Monday February 26th from the Louis M. Margotta Funeral Home, 511 Church Street, Jessup, with Divine Liturgy at 10 AM At SS Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, Olyphant. Interment, parish cemetery. Friends may call Sunday from 4 to 6 at the funeral home. Parastas service will be held at 5 PM. For online condolences go to funeral home website.
Mr. David A. Pflanz
May 09, 1959 - Feb 21, 2024
Mr. David A. PflanzMatamoras, PAMr. David A. Pflanz of Matamoras, PA, died Wednesday, February 21, 2024 at Regional Hospital Of Scranton. He was 64. He was born May 9, 1959 in Port Jervis, NY the son of the late Arthur F. Pflanz and the late Myrtle J. Pflanz. Dave worked as a Diesel Mechanic at Pflanz’s Garage in Matamoras, PA. Surviving are, his brother Kenneth A. Pflanz and his wife Vilma of Matamoras, PA; his nephew, Billy and nieces Francisca and Cathy; Also his best friend Gary Lane and his wife Shirley. There will be no visitation and funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Funeral arrangements are by the GRAY-PARKER FUNERAL HOME, 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis. For additional information or to send a condolence note to the family please visit www.grayparkerfuneralhome.com.
Dec 02, 1947 - Feb 20, 2024
Thomas “Teese” O’Neill, 76, of Scranton, died Tuesday at the Hospice of the Sacred Heart, after a short, but intensely fought battle with cancer. His wife is the former Jane Kelleher. They celebrated 43 years of marriage on October 25, 2023. Born December 2, 1947, he was the son of the late Thomas and Freda Cox O’Neill. He proudly served his country during the Vietnam War in the United States Army. He was the proprietor of Tom O’Neill Roofing for over 45 years. Tom and his work were both well respected by his employees and many repeat customers. His work ethic and pride in his work were seen right up until his most recent diagnosis. Tom was a devoted parishioner of Holy Rosary Church. He was a member of VFW Post 25 and The Taurus Club, where he enjoyed spending time with lifelong friends. Tom enjoyed riding his bike daily, golfing, and hunting. His greatest joy was his family; a family that will greatly miss his stories, sense of humor, and his often comical words of wisdom. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the staff at the Hospice of the Sacred Heart for their compassionate care of their beloved husband, father, and papa. The family would also like to thank Dr. Gerard Nealon and the 7th floor nursing staff of Regional Hospital; especially Tina Goodwin RN, for her unwavering kindness and empathetic care.Surviving, in addition to his wife Jane, are his daughters, Elizabeth McLane and husband Thomas of Dunmore, Meghan and fiancé John Cabets of Olyphant; his son, Thomas and companion Danielle Beyer of Dickson City; sister Julia (Judy) Borgia and husband Joseph of Scranton, brother-in-law, Mike Nycz of Scranton, and numerous and loved nieces and nephews. Tom is also survived by the light of his life, his granddaughter, Clare Margaret McLane. He was preceded in death by sisters Ann Marie Tomczyk and Mary Ellen Nycz. The funeral will be conducted on Monday from the Solfanelli-Fiorillo Funeral Home Inc., 1030 N. Main Ave., Scranton with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Rosary Church, 316 William St., Scranton. All attending the Mass are kindly asked to proceed directly to church Monday morning. Interment will follow in Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton. Family and friends may call Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. in the funeral home. Memorial contributions in Tom’s memory may be sent to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 30 E.D. Preate Dr. Suite 108, Moosic, PA 18507.