U. S. Navy Veteran
Franklin Allen Buff Jr., Conway, S. C., died on June 4, 2013, at the Veterans Victory House in Walterboro, S. C., after struggling with multiple disabilities for 21 years.
He was born in Rice Township on April 29, 1932, a son of the late Franklin Allen and Catherine C. Thomas Buff Sr.
After graduation from Fairview High School, he enlisted in the U. S. Navy and served on the U. S. S.
Shenandoah. He was a member of the American Legion Post 781 in Mountain Top and Post 0111 in Conway.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Madeline Buff and Jean Smith; and daughter-in-law, Lisa Marie Koscelnick Buff.
Surviving are his wife, Leatha Ada Borman Buff, Conway; son, Franklin Allen III, Conway; daughter, Joan Marie Gaffney, Lake Jackson, Texas; grandchildren, Jessica Marie and Marcus Allen Buff, Conway, Daniel Martin Gaffney Jr. and his wife, Chloe, Coatesville, and Jenna Anne Gaffney, Lake Jackson; great-grandson, Benjamin Blaine Gaffney, Coatesville; sisters, Lois Cragle, Geraldine Pawlowski, Margaret Buff, Nina Pawlowski; brother, Chester Buff; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A memorial service will be held September 7, 2013, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mountain Top, with the Rev. Michele Kaufman officiating.
If desired, memorials may be sent to St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Route 309, S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top, PA 18707.
Helen D. Crispell, 95, formerly of Mountain Top, died June 23 at Lutherwoods Nursing Home, Hatboro, Pa. Her husband was the late Corey F. Crispell, who passed away on Aug. 3, 2011.
Surviving are her daughter, Corinne Okrasinksi, Windermere, Fla.; son, Warren Crispell and his wife, Kathryne, Hatboro; and five grandchildren.
Funeral was held at Desiderio Funeral Home Inc., 436 S. Mountain Blvd., state Route 309, Mountain Top. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Jude’s Church, Mountain Top. Interment will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Swoyersville. Friends may call 9 a. m. until services.
White Haven Resident
John P. Murphy, 77, White Haven, died June 23, 2013.
Born in Wilkes Barre, son of the late Agnes and James Murphy, he was a teacher at Hazleton High School.
Preceding him in death was his brother, James E. Murphy, White Haven.
Surviving are sister, Dr. Mary T. Cullen and husband, Dr. Chester F. Cullen; sister-in-law, Mary Murphy, White Haven; nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Patrick’s Church, White Haven. Interment was in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, White Haven.
U. S. Army Veteran
Michael Dennis Mock, 82, Mountain Top, died Friday, June 28 at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
He was born in Wilkes-Barre, July 18, 1931, and was the son of the late John and Eva (Kobylarz) Mock.
He was a U. S. Army veteran, serving as a corporal in the 336th medical detachment during the Korean Conflict. He was awarded a Purple Heart, combat medal badge, distinguished unit citation, Korean service medal and United Nations service medal.
He served as a volunteer firefighter in Garfield, N. J., and worked for Athenia Steel in Clifton, N. J.; St. Jude’s Parish; Foster Wheeler, Mountain Top; Genetti’s, Wilkes-Barre; and Weis Markets, Mountain Top.
He was a member of St. Jude’s Parish, Mountain Top; a third-degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Mountain Top Council 6640; and fourth degree member of the Bishop Haffey Assembly 925, Wilkes-Barre; the American Legion Mountain Post 781 and the VFW Slocum Post 7918.
In August 2012, he celebrated 60 years of marriage with his wife Dolores.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Genevieve Szarawarski.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, the former Dolores Babinchak, are daughters Carol Ann Bulwinski and husband Tom, Bayville, N. J.; Rita Shaffer and Elaine Conway, Mountain Top; 10 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
A private viewing will be held Wednesday at the Desiderio Funeral Home Inc., 436 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a. m. in St. Jude’s RC Church, Mountain Top. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Byzantine Cemetery, Dallas.
The family invites friends to assemble at the church at 10 a. m. for the funeral Mass.
St. Jude’s Lector
Frank J. Madden, Mountain Top, died at the home of his daughter, Noreen, on June 24, 2013, after a long illness.
He was born in Wilkes-Barre, son of the late John J. and Anna F. McCarthy Madden.
He graduated from Meyers High School and was a 1952 graduate of King’s College with a Bachelor of Science in business administration. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by Prudential Financial as a sales manager and a sales representative. He completed the Life Underwriter Trainer Council for insurance executives and received many achievement awards during his career.
He served in the U. S. Naval Reserve for six years. Frank was a member of the Alumni Association and Alumni Board of King’s College. He faithfully worked on the King’s Phonathon since its inception and served several times as general Phonathon chair. He was a member of the President’s Circle, Century Club and Red and Gold Club of King’s College.
He was a member of St. Jude’s Church and served as the first lector. He was also a past member of the annual parish picnic committee, church choir and the finance committee.
He was an avid Notre Dame fan and fiercely proud of his Irish heritage.
He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Joan Reber, his best friend of 58 years; and his sister, Joan M. Madden.
Surviving are his three daughters, Mari Van Wie and her husband, James, Clarks Summit, Noreen McInnes and her husband, Peter Ray, Encinitas, Calif., and Ellyn Coyle and her husband, Andrew, Elk Grove, Calif.; grandchildren, Aileen Van Wie, Gregory, Kelley, and Mollie McInnes and Haley and Riley Coyle; several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were by McCune Funeral Home, South Mountain Boulevard, Mountain Top. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Jude’s Church. Interment was at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the St. Jude’s Building Fund, King’s College or to the Congregation of Holy Cross Priests.
Lillian Marian Pawlowski, 88, of Blue Ridge Trail, Dorrance Township, died June 27, 2013, at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
Born in Wilkes-Barre on Oct. 26, 1924, daughter to the late Joseph and Mary Yellonis Shemonis, Lillian resided in the Lee Park section during her childhood years, eventually moving to Dorrance.
Lillian graduated from Fairview High School, class of 1943. Following graduation, she worked for several area businesses including the Berwick Silk Mill, RCA, and the Davis and Smith nursing homes.
In addition to her parents, her husband, Alexander who died in 1998, and brothers, Albert and Joseph Shemonis, preceded Lillian in death.
Surviving are her children, all residing in Dorrance Township, Bernard Pawlowski and his wife, Becky, Dolores Valatis and her husband, Leonard, Alexander and his wife, Annette, Ona Smith and her husband, Thomas; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
The family thanks Dr. John Bobeck for his years of caring for Lillian.
A memorial Mass was celebrated at St. Mary’s of Dorrance, Dorrance, Wapwallopen where she was a member.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association , 71 N. Franklin St., Suite 207, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.