Loving Wife, Mother
Judi R. Stanton, 51, Mountain Top, died Saturday, March 30, 2013, at M. S. Hershey Medical Center.
Born in Harrisburg and raised in Mountain Top, Judi was a daughter of Ivan and Sylvia (Stewart) Pettit Sr. of Mountain Top.
Judi was a graduate of Crestwood High School, Mountain Top, and attended Luzerne County Community College. She was a member of and the office administrator at Christ United Methodist Church, Mountain Top, and also a Realtor for Century 21, the Smith Hourigan Group, Mountain Top. She was a member of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Association of Realtors.
Judi was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star of Nanticoke No. 174. She volunteered every year at the Wright Township Fire Co. bazaar. She was very gifted at arts and crafts, and displayed her work at the Fine Arts Fiesta in Wilkes-Barre. Judi also had a passion for old-English history. She will be fondly remembered as a loving wife and mother, and deeply missed by all who loved her.
In addition to her parents, Judi is survived by her husband of 30 years, Jeff Stanton; daughter, Brittany, at home; brothers, Ivan Pettit Jr., Wilkes-Barre, and David Pettit, Mountain Top; and nieces, nephews and cousins.
The funeral service was held at Christ United Methodist Church, 175
S. Main Road, Mountain Top. Pastor Stephen Sours officiated.
McCune Funeral Home, Mountain Top, assisted the family with the arrangements.
The family asks that donations be made in Judi’s memory to the Christ United Methodist Church, 175
S. Main Road, Mountain Top, PA 18707.
Harry W. Taylor Jr., 86, Mountain Top, died March 30, 2013, in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center.
Born in Wilkes-Barre, he was the son of the late Harry Watkins and Laura Van Why Taylor Sr.
Harry served in the U. S. Navy and was stationed in Japan.
He worked for PG&W and was a treasurer for the Mountaintop Area Joint Sanitary Authority.
Harry was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, Mountain Top, and sang with the Wilkes-Barre Chapter of the Barber Shoppers for 60 years and also in the church choir.
Surviving are his wife, the former Marion Line; daughters, Linda Szmal and husband, Mark, Mountain Top; and Diane Craine and husband, Ronald, Harrisburg; and his son, David and wife, Judy, also of Mountain Top. Seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren also survive.
The funeral services were held from McCune Funeral Home, 80 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top. Interment followed in Albert Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice .
White Haven Resident
Florence M. Shields, White Haven, formerly of Philadelphia, died March 31, 2013, at home.
Born in Philadelphia, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Shields, in 1995; and several brothers and sisters.
Florence is survived by her children, Darlene P. Follin, White Haven; Deborah L. Shields, Freeland; and Thomas S. Shields, White Haven; grandson, Glenn S. Follin; great-grandson, Gavin S. Follin; nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were by Lehman Family Funeral Service Inc., 403 Berwick St., White Haven.
For more information or to send online condolences, visit the funeral home website at www.lehmanfuneralhome.com.
Devoted To Family
Anthony Peter Smigelski died Sunday, March 31, 2013.
Tony spent 64 wonderful years with the woman of his dreams, Dolores Hopko Smigelski, who passed away in 2008, and now they can polka dance together once again in Heaven.
Tony was a member of Holy Family Church, Sugar Notch, where he was a Eucharistic minister for many years and a fourth-degree member of the St. Dymphna Council of the Knights of Columbus.
Preceding Tony in death along with his wife, Dolores, were sisters, Anna Wanta and Constance French; brothers, Joseph, John and Peter Smigelski; and nephew, George Wanta, who he thought of as a son.
He was the loving father to surviving daughters, Margaret Reed and her husband, Richard, Mechanicsburg; and Dolores Ann Knorr and her husband, Charles, Shavertown; and sons, George Smigelski and his wife, Beverly, Tucson, Ariz.; and Anthony P. Smigelski Jr. and his wife, Sarah, Mountain Top.
Tony is the loving grandfather of Richard Reed Jr., Mechanicsburg; Russell Reed and his partner, Steve Sensenich, Mount Joy; Derek Smiglski, Austin, Texas; Ginna Carico, Tucson, Ariz.; Jared and Taylore Smigelski, Mountain Top. He is the great-grandfather of Richard Reed III, Matthew Reed, Nathaniel Reed, Jamie Sensenich and Brett Smigelski. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, dear friends and “Polka Partner” dancers.
Dad taught us the value of love, laughter, hard work, respect for others and to always smile no matter how difficult things were. He was one of the most compassionate and sincere people to ever grace this world and will be sadly missed.
The Smigelski family is forever grateful for the compassionate care that Tony received from the caring staff at Birchwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Nanticoke.
Mountain Top Resident
Kimberley Balliet, 49, Mountain Top, died March 2 at her residence.
Born in Wilkes-Barre, she was a daughter of Willard and Barbara (Badman) George of Dorrance.
Kim was a 1981 graduate of Crestwood High School and worked for Dana Perfumes, Sears and, most recently, Cardinal Glass.
Surviving, in addition to her parents, are her daughters, Amanda Russell, Slocum Township; Jessica Russell and husband, William Powell, Nanticoke; her longtime companion, Dave Titus, with whom she resided; her brother, Willard Jr., Luzerne; six grandchildren, Aliyah, Harmony, Paige, Claudia, Aiden and Michael; and her loving dog, Bandit.
Services were held at the McCune Funeral Home, 80 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top. Interment will take place at the convenience of the family.
Anne Felice Chase of Commerce City, Colorado, died on March 8, 2013 at Rose Memorial Hospital, Commerce City, Colorado.
Born July 7, 1977, she was the daughter of Beth Chase and Andrew Gallegos, both of Colorado.
She attended Wyoming Valley West High School.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by daughters, Shana, Annie and Zodie Nichols, all of Mountaintop, and a son, Jessee Konen of Tunkhannock. She is also survived by a brother, Joshua Wade Chase of Kingston, and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held at the local Eagles Club followed by a dinner.
White Haven Resident
Jack M. Price, White Haven, died April 5, 2013, in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center.
He was the son of the late Jack and Margaret Mulrooney Price and served in the U. S. Marines during the Vietnam War and was a member of St Patrick’s Church. Jack was preceded in death by brother Kevin.
He is survived by his wife, the former Mildred Wrigley; daughters, Terri (John) Williams, Ruth (Donald) Harrell; sons, Brian (Kerrie) Price, James Price, Jack (Analia) Price; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; siblings Thomas, James, David, Desmond, Edward, Ann, Derek, Margaret, Frederick, Eugene, William, Vincent, Brian, Albert, Pauline, and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was conducted from the Lehman Family Funeral Service Inc., White Haven. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Patrick’s Church, White Haven. Interment was in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, White Haven.
White Haven Resident
Donald Smith, White Haven, died April 6, 2013 in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township.
Funeral arrangements were being finalized at press time by the Lehman Family Funeral Service Inc., 403 Berwick St., White Haven.
For more information, visit the funeral home website at www.lehmanfuneralhome.com.