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Mateusz M. Szymczak

Student-Athlete

Mateusz M. Szymczak, 18, died Thursday afternoon, Dec. 12, 2013.

Mateusz was a bright young man, an athlete, a good person. Most of all, he was a loving and devoted son and brother, a dedicated employee, a kind and gentle soul.

He was born in Poland and received his primary education in the local public schools in Halemba. With his family, he emigrated to the U. S. in 2005. He was currently completing his senior year at Crestwood High School, Mountain Top. After graduation, he planned to attend Misericordia University to pursue a degree in computer technology and design.

He is survived by his mother, Grazyna Szymczak Stachurska, and devoted brother, Lukasz. Residing in Poland are his maternal grandmother, Barbara Gawel; uncles, Adam Gawel, Marek Makosz, Mariusz Kuczera and Dorota Kuczera; aunts, Teresa, Monika and Gosia Makosz.

For a young man, his interests were wide and varied. He was an honor student with avid academic interests, including history, math, geography and political science. He had a profound love for music of every style and genre. He also had a great love for cars and was developing his hobbyist skills in this area, emerging as a “first-rate” mechanic. Mateusz played for the Crestwood Soccer Team. He was an avid fan of soccer and his favorite national team was the Gornik Zabrze soccer team in Poland.

He was currently employed by

King’s Pizza, Mountain Top, where he was not only considered one of their most valued employees, but, far more, a friend and member of their family. In a life that was far too short, Mateusz accomplished a great deal, more than many do with length of years. Above all, and of greatest importance, he became in a short while a good man, kind, loving, brave and gentle. He was blessed by God to have attained these virtues at so young an age. His passing is a loss of profound depth to his dear mother and devoted brother. Now free from this imperfect world, he remains forever young and filled with hope and love. He will always remain his mother’s angel.

The wake was held at McCune Funeral Home, Mountain Top. His mother and brother will accompany his remains to Poland for a memorial Mass. At a later date, there will be a memorial mass at St. Jude’s Parish, Mountain Top.

Charles James Yost

Co-owner Creek Side Farm

Charles James Yost, 57, Blue Ridge Trail, Dorrance Township, died unexpectedly December 7, 2013, while hunting near his home.

Born in Nanticoke on Nov. 6, 1956, he was the oldest son of the late James E. and Jeanette G. Myers Yost.

He was a dairyman, farmer and co-owner of Creek Side Farm, Dorrance Township.

He is survived by his brothers, Edward Yost and wife, Barbara Overlie, Los Angeles, Calif.; and David and wife, Debbie Yost, Dorrance; sisters, Janet Yost, Edwardsville; and Lori and husband, Vinnie Cotrone, Kingston; nieces and nephews, Leandra, David Jr., Clayton and Amanda Yost, and Michael and Megan Cotrone.

Funeral services were held in Stairville United Methodist Church. Interment followed in Stairville Cemetery.

Arrangements are entrusted to Heller Funeral Home, Nescopeck.

Miriam J. Dotzel

Slocum Twp. Resident

Miriam J. Dotzel, 77, Slocum Township, died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at Hospice of Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.

Born in Slocum Township, she was a daughter of the late James and Edith (Smith) Badman.

Miriam was a truck driver and a school bus driver having worked for Rinehimer Bus Lines. She was also a lifelong member of St. Mary’s of Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Dorrance Township.

Miriam was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by her daughter-in-law Tammy and her sister Ellen Myers.

She is survived by her husband Norbert; children Norbert Jr., and his wife Joanne; Andrew, Terrence and his wife Pamela; Mark, Stephen and his wife Kim; Diane Lehnhart and her husband Ron; Christopher, and Lisa and her fiancée Paul Penkala; her brothers James and John Badman; sister Nancy Gill; her 18 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a. m. on Wednesday in St. Mary’s of Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Dorrance Township. All those wishing to attend are asked to go directly to the church for the 9:30 a. m. start. Burial will immediately follow in the parish cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p. m. Tuesday at McCune Funeral Home, 80 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top.

The family asks that memorial donations be made to either St. Mary’s Church, 3529 St. Mary’s Road, Wapwallopen, PA 18660, or St Jude’s Church, 420 S Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top, PA 18707.

Eleanor M. McCabe

Retired Nurse

Eleanor M. McCabe, 89, Mountain To, died, December 11, 2013.

Born in Alden Station, she was a daughter of the late Ernest and Ethel Sims Line.

Eleanor moved to Dover, N. J., in 1955. She and her husband, James, were longtime Dover residents.

She graduated from Bucknell Junior College, which then became part of Wilkes College, Wilkes-Barre.

Eleanor was a registered nurse and worked for many years at St. Clare’s Hospital, Denville, N. J., and Dover Christian Nursing Home, Dover, N. J.

She was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by her husband, James, in 2006; and daughter, Sharon Lessa, in 2012.

Eleanor is survived by her children, Norbert Blaskowski, Montague,

N. J.; James McCabe, Rockaway,

N. J.; Susan Struble, Mountain Top; Julianne Abbood, Keller, Texas; and Mary Beth Lorber, Scranton; and her 10 grandchildren.

There will be a celebration of life service for Eleanor at her home on March 29, 2014, which would have been her 90th birthday. Anyone wishing to attend is asked to contact a family member.

McCune Funeral Home, Mountain Top, is in charge of arrangements.

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