Obituaries

A private memorial service will be held. McCune Funeral Services Inc. is handling the arrangements.

Thomas V. Navin

U. S. Air Force Veteran

Thomas V. Navin, 76, Mountain Top, died Tuesday, October 8, 2013, at his home.

He was born in Wilkes-Barre Township on November 8, 1936, a son of the late Patrick and Dorothy Virginis Navin.

Tom was a graduate of Wilkes-Barre Township High School and he attended Wilkes College. He was a U. S. Air Force Veteran. Tom both owned and managed several local trucking companies. He was a member of St. Jude’s Church in Mountain Top.

Tom was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann Staniorski Navin and by his grandson, Jack Thomas Vincent Navin. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Robert Navin.

Surviving are his children: Mary Jo Navin, Mountain Top; Thomas V. Navin and his wife, Katie, Nutley, NJ and Ann Judith Navin, at home; grandson: Jayson Navin; sister: Dorothy Kashula and her husband, Michael, Wilkes-Barre Twp.; brothers: Patrick Navin and his wife, Nancy, Enfield, CT; Frank Navin and his wife, Ann Maire, Bel Air, MD; James Navin and his wife, Joan, Nuangola; Terry Navin and his wife, Patricia, Harveys Lake; sister-in-law: Patricia Navin, Bethlehem; nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held in St. Jude’s Church, Mountaintop.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wright Township Volunteer Fire Company, 477 South Main Road, Mountain Top, PA 18707.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting Thomas’s obituary at www.natandgawlasfuneralhome.com.

Audrey K. Grosz

Audrey K. Grosz, 56, Wapwallopen, died Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center.

Born in Nanticoke, she was a daughter of Gladys Rinehimer Peters of Dorrance, former co-owner of Peters Gas Co. in Mountain Top, and the late Harry Peters Sr.

Audrey worked for the Crestwood Area School District and Weis Markets. She was a very active member of the Emmanuel United Church of Christ and the Slocum Township Fire Company.

Surviving, in addition to her mother, are her husband, Tom, and children, Maegan and Travis, both at home; stepsons, Tom Grosz, McAdoo, and Ryan Grosz, Colorado; her brother, Harry Peters, Dorrance; her sister, Connie Miller, and her husband, Timothy, Greenwood, Del.; and three nephews.

Funeral services were held in the Emmanuel United Church of Christ, Dorrance. Interment followed in the congregation’s cemetery.

Arrangements were by McCune Funeral Home, 80 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top.

Byron “Chip” Sachs

Lifetime Resident

Byron “Chip” Sachs, Mountain Top, died Oct. 7, 2013, following a brief illness.

He was a lifetime resident of Mountain Top, born Sept. 21, 1946, to the late Byron and Audrey Sachs.

Byron was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, Mountain Top. He was employed by American Cigar and later Muskin Pools prior to his retirement. Chip was also a life member of the Wright Twp. Fire Dept. and the Sons of the American Legion Home Association, Post 781.

Surviving are his sister, Dianne Bjornberg, and her husband, Dave, Mountain Top; nephews, David Bjornberg and his wife, Trisha, Windber, Pa., and Darren Bjornberg and his wife, Renee, Acworth, Ga.

Funeral services were held at McCune Funeral Home, Mountain Top. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Christ United Methodist Church, 175 S. Main Road, Mountain Top, PA 18707; or the Wright Township Fire Department, 477 S. Main Road, Mountain Top, PA 18707.

Joan F. Firestone Loved Animals

Joan F. Firestone, 61, Mountain Top, died Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013.

She was born on Sept. 1, 1952, in Hazleton. She grew up and went to school in Freeland. She was the daughter of Stephen and Sophie (Blasko) Opert.

Nicknamed “Snow White” by her granddaughter, Jodi, she loved and cared for every wild and domestic animal that found her, especially her two cats, Biddy and Smoke. They were her everything. She lived 10 amazing years with Jodi’s kidney and promoted organ transplant every chance she had.

She was a loving and giving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She had a deep love and admiration for all her family. She will be greatly missed.

Her son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Paula, thank her sisters, Rosemary and Patricia, for always loving her unconditionally and being there for her with everything that they are.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert F. Geiser Sr.; and second husband, companion, love of her life and best friend of 32 years, Richard D. Firestone. They hardly ever spent a moment apart up to the time of his death in August 2012.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Paula Geiser, Montain Top; granddaughters, Jodi Lazovich, Slocum Twp., and Sophia Geiser, Mountain Top; grandsons, Shane Nowak, Freeland, and Robert S. Geiser, Mountain Top; great-grandsons, Michael and Lucas Lazovich, Slocum Twp.; sisters, Rosemary Lisnock, Drums; Patricia Weigand and her husband, John, Weatherly; nieces, Lori Hinkle and her husband, Marc; Janette Bontempo and her husband, Joseph, Texas; nephews, Lawrence Lisnock, Drums, and Eric Weigand, Hazleton; great-nephew, Matthew Hinkle, Washington.