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Obituaries
Edward C. Schmidt

Mountaintop Resident

Edward C. Schmidt, 73, Mountain Top, died Wednesday morning, Nov. 6, 2013, in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center.

Born in Newburgh, N. Y., he was the son of the late George A. and Marie Fremgen Schmidt.

Prior to his retirement, Edward worked as a truck driver and most recently worked at the Triangle Gas Station in Mountain Top.

Preceding him in death was his wife, Cecelia Mary Schmidt, in August of this year. He lost his heart when the love of his life was taken from him and it became too much for him to bear. He is at peace now that they are reunited. Also preceding him were two sons, Joseph and William Schmidt.

Surviving are his children; Lisa Beaver and husband, Dennis, Canadensis; Edward Jr., at home; Karen Olimpaito and husband, James, Piscataway, N. J.; and Mary Schwar and husband, James, Annandale, N. J.; a daughter-in-law, Tracy Schmidt, Mountain Top; and a sister, Mary Bross and husband, Charles, Florida. Seven grandchildren and many nieces and nephews also survive.

Raymond S. Paul

Avid Outdoorsman

Raymond S. Paul, 43, of Dorrance, died suddenly, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, near his home.

Born on Feb. 26, 1970, he was the son of Raymond Paul of Nanticoke and the late Regina Gurka Paul. He resided in Dorrance Township for the past 12 years and previously Nanticoke. A graduate of Nanticoke High School, Class of 1988, he continued his education at the Temple School of Pharmacy, Philadelphia, earning a BS degree in Pharmacy in 1994. During his career, Raymond was employed by Kmart, Walmart and Giant Pharmacies.

He was an outdoorsman, enjoyed hunting and fishing and classic cars. He was also an avid St. Louis Rams fan. He attended St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Pond Hill.

Raymond was a loving husband and father and is survived by, in addition to his father, his wife, the former Suzanne Smetana, whom he married on Dec. 2, 2000; two daughters who adored him, Vanessa Elizabeth and Alexa Rae Paul, both at home; a sister, Lynn Paul Dempsey and her husband, Dr. Edward Dempsey, Danville; three nieces and five nephews; his mother-in-law, Carol Smetana, Pond Hill; sisters-in-law, Cheryl Forker, Philadelphia; and Roxanne and Gary Pretty, Sweet Valley. Raymond had many very close friends including Pete Valania and a life-long best friend, Patrick Heffron.

The family would appreciate contributions in Raymond’s memory be made to the family for educational accounts established for Vanessa and Alexa, or to SARPH (Pennsylvania peer assistance program for the profession of pharmacy), Attn.: Kathie Simpson, 258 Wolfe Lane, Irwin, PA 15642, www.sarph.org.

Joseph J. Majewski

Enjoyed Hunting, Golf

Joseph J. Majewski, 56, Hazleton, died unexpectedly at his home Wednesday evening, Nov. 6, 2013.

Born in Nanticoke on March 8, 1957, he was a son of Adele Szychowski Majewski of Mountain Top and the late Felix Majewski.

Joseph graduated from Crestwood High School in 1975 and continued his education at Wilkes University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology.

For many years he had been employed as East Coast district manager by Washington Inventory Service.

Among his favorite leisure time

activities were fishing and golfing.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his sons, Joseph Majewski and his wife, Brittany, Drums; and Justin Majewski, who resided with his father; a daughter, Andrea Lehman and her husband, Dennis, Hazleton; as well as brothers, Phillip Majewski and his wife, Gayle, Hazle Township; and John Majewski and his wife, Mary, Swoyersville.

Louis Kwarcinski

Air Force Veteran

Louis P. Kwarcinski, 66, Mountain Top, died Saturday, November 9 at his home.

Born July 23, 1947 in Wilkes-Barre he was the son of the late Louis J. and Catherine Kratz Kwarcinski.

Lou was a 1965 graduate of Saint Nicholas High School.

An Air Force veteran he served for four years during the Vietnam Era.

After completion of his service to our country, Lou earned his baccalaureate degree from King’s College.

Lou dedicated his career to the office of Luzerne County Juvenile Probation where he retired as Deputy Chief Probation Officer in 2007.

Lou was a life member of the Parish of Saint Boniface. Throughout the years he had been an active member of many church societies and was particularly proud to have served as Chairman of the parish bazaar on several occasions. Since the closure of Saint Boniface, Lou had been a member of the Parish of Saint Nicholas.

He will be greatly missed by his wife, the former Joan Lisman; children, Mark and his wife Lisa Kwarcinski of Moosic, Andrew and his wife Sarah Kwarcinski of Mountain Top, and Beth and her husband Matt Fay of Jersey Shore; grandchildren, Jack, Sophia, Joshua and Matthew; other family and friends.