<![CDATA[Charles H. Litwin Funeral Home - Obituaries]]>Wed, 21 Feb 2018 06:36:58 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Richard Zrowka]]>Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:00:00 GMThttp://litwinfuneralhome.com/obituaries/richard-zrowka
Richard Zrowka, 63, of Clifford Twp., died Monday at home.

Born in Carbondale, son of the late Paul and Ann Redgil Zrowka, he was a member of the Nicholson United Methodist Church. Before retiring, he worked in the new car preparation department at R.J. Burne in Scranton and had also been a longtime employee at Hornbeck Chevrolet in Carbondale.

Richard’s family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Padmaja Bojanapally, Dr. Erica Longstreet, Dr. William Auriemma and VNA Hospice.
Surviving are two brothers, Mark and fiancée, Jessica, Clifford; and Ronald and wife, Annette, Nicholson; four sisters, Karen Zrowka, Clifford; Debbie Amico and husband, Sam, Dunmore; Sharon Conforti and husband, Eugene, Scranton; and Cindy Booths, Scranton; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in the Nicholson United Methodist Church by Pastor John Shaffer.
Interment will take place in the Nicholson Cemetery.

A viewing will be held Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Charles H. Litwin Funeral Home, 91 State St., Nicholson.

Memorial donations are requested to be made to the American Cancer Society.
<![CDATA[Ira Lawrence Cornell]]>Tue, 30 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMThttp://litwinfuneralhome.com/obituaries/ira-lawrence-cornell
Ira Lawrence Cornell, 91, of Nicholson, died Tuesday at Hospice of the Sacred Heart in Dunmore.

His wife is Meredith Yetter Cornell and they would have celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary on March 23.

A lifelong resident of Nicholson, he was the son of the late Harlon and Nina Thomas Cornell.

Before retiring, Larry had owned Cornell’s Market and Cornell Snack Distributor in Nicholson.

He was a member of the Nicholson United Methodist Church, a graduate of Nicholson High School, a 50-year member of the Nicholson Masonic Lodge 438, the Nicholson Fire Company and the Endless Mountain Chorus. He also enjoyed spending his winters in Florida.

The family extends a heartfelt special thanks to the Hospice of the Sacred Heart in Dunmore for their excellent care.

Also surviving are a son, David and wife, Lin; grandchildren, Crystal and fiancé, Colin Jackson; and Sherry and husband, Brian Evans; great-grandchildren, Shea Marie Tompkins, Jake Lawrence Evans and Emma Anne Evans; and nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by a son, Thomas; a sister, Eunice Shipman; and a brother, Paige Cornell.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday at noon in the Nicholson United Methodist Church, with services by Pastor John Shaffer.

The family will receive friends at the church on Saturday from 11 a.m. until service time.

Memorial donations are requested to be made to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 100 William St., Dunmore, PA 18510. 

Arrangements by the Charles H. Litwin Funeral Home, 91 State St., Nicholson.
<![CDATA[Lewis Herbert]]>Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMThttp://litwinfuneralhome.com/obituaries/lewis-herbert
Lewis Herbert, 85, of Hop Bottom died Thursday at Geisinger CMC in Scranton.

His wife is Beverly Erhardt Herbert, and they have been married for 65 years.

Born in Great Bend, he is the son of the late Walter and Ethel Tennat Herbert.

He was the owner and operator of Herbert Trucking.

Lewis is also survived by two daughters, Michelle Fritz and husband, Ronald; and Marlene Grubbs and Edwards Drickler; two sons, Jeffrey Herbert and Paula Smith, and Richard Herbert and wife, Michele; one brother, William Herbert; a sister, Jean Hyson; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Lewis was predeceased by a son, Dennis.

Funeral services celebrated by Jay McCracken will be Monday at 11 a.m. in the Charles H. Litwin Funeral Home, 91 State St., Nicholson.

There will be a viewing Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m.
<![CDATA[Joseph Colletti]]>Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMThttp://litwinfuneralhome.com/obituaries/joseph-collettiJoseph Colletti, age 71, of Kingsley died Wednesday January 17 at home.

His wife is Joyce Mayer Colletti and they have been married for 49 years.

Born in Brooklyn, NY he is the son of the late Frank and Theresa Saita Colletti.

He was a retired machinist and had served in the National Guard.

Joseph is survived by two sisters, Josephine Valsechi and Maria Colletti.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements by the Charles H. Litwin Funeral Home, 91 State Street, Nicholson.

<![CDATA[Raymond W. Brinckman]]>Fri, 12 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMThttp://litwinfuneralhome.com/obituaries/raymond-w-brinckmanRaymond W. Brinckman, 85, of Hop Bottom died Friday at Geisinger CMC in Scranton.

His wife is Sally Michener Brinckman, and they were married Sept. 1, 1951.

Born in Pennsburg, Pa., he is the son of the late Charles and Blanch Kline Brinckman
He was a member of the Kingsley Community Church and retired from the Pillsbury Company in 1993.

Raymond was a Hall of Fame member at the Grandview Speedway and also had been a dairy farmer.

Raymond is survived by two sons, Lon of East Greenville and David of Clendenin, W.Va.; two daughters, Gail Fleck of Pennsburg and Wendy Cross of Hop Bottom; 25 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by a son, Raymond II, and four brothers.

Funeral services will be Monday at 2 p.m. in the Charles H. Litwin Funeral Home, 91 State St., Nicholson, with services by Pastor James Madas.

Interment will be in the Nicholson Cemetery.

There will be a viewing on Monday from noon till service time.

Memorial donations may be made to the Kingsley Community Church, 9526 Main St., P.O. Box 121, Kingsley, PA 18826.
<![CDATA[Frank L. Mihalina]]>Sat, 06 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMThttp://litwinfuneralhome.com/obituaries/frank-l-mihalina
Frank L Mihalina, 74, went to be with the Lord on January 6, 2018.

His wife is the former Marie A. Leimpeter. They celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary last June.

Born in LaBelle, PA, he is the son of the late Frank and Julia Mihalina, Hungarian immigrants. He was preceded in death by his sister, Mary.

Frank spent his childhood in Cleveland, Ohio. He was a graduate of the Max S. Hayes Trade School. In 1961, at the age of 18, Frank enlisted in the US Navy. He proudly served his country on the USS John Paul Jones as a Gunner’s Mate. He was honorably discharged in 1966.

Frank married his sweetheart, Marie, in 1966. They resided in Middlesex County, NJ where Frank worked as a maintenance superintendent and groundskeeper.

For 25 years he was a member of the River Road Volunteer Fire Company in Piscataway.

In 1990, they relocated to his paradise at Lakeside in Hop Bottom, PA. Frank was employed by the Mountainview School District before his retirement and a member of the American Legion Post 154 of Montrose.

Frank was the ultimate practical joker, an avid fisherman and loved being outdoors. During the day, you could find him either tinkering in the garage, riding the lawnmower, or hoping to catch a big one from the shore or on the boat. He would spend many a night down at the bonfire listening to country music. When the sun wasn’t shining, he would be inside watching RFD TV, or Molly B’s Polka Party (with the volume on 100!)

Surviving are his wife, Marie Mihalina, daughter Lisa Marie Mihalina (formerly Ferrari) and her sweetheart Brian Yockman and daughter Julie Ann (Mihalina) Lehmann and Charlie Lehmann Jr. Also surviving are his grandchildren, John L. Ferrari and his fiancé Sara Schimmenti, Jaclyn Ferrari, C.j. Lehmann and Frank Lehmann.

Frank was a terrific husband, father, brother, uncle and friend but naturally, his title of grandfather was the one that made him the proudest. He loved being around his grandchildren. Whether in the stands at one of Frankie’s baseball games in Cooperstown (and stealing as many foul balls as possible) or simply sitting on the side porch with CJ, shooting the breeze, his visits to NJ were always special. If you were lucky enough to spend a weekend with him at the lake, like Johnny often did, you would get a lesson in casting along the shoreline (and how to lie about the size of the one that got away!) When his favorite granddaughter Jackie wasn’t hiding from one of the “bears” he spotted in the backyard, they were perfecting his famous chicken paprika recipe.

He is also survived by his sister Elizabeth Loya, his brother John Mihalina and wife Maryann, and many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of christian burial celebrated by Rev. Arbogaste Satoun will be held on Tuesday January 9, at 10 AM in the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Nicholson. Those who wish to attend the mass are asked to go directly to the church.

A viewing will be held on Monday, January 8 from 4 - 6 PM with a veterans service at 6PM by the Montrose American Legion Post #154 in the Charles H Litwin Funeral Home, 91 State Street, Nicholson.

In memory of Frank, the family requests any donations be made in his name to The Lakeside Cottagers Association, 16070 Dimock to Nicholson Road, Hop Bottom, PA 18824.

<![CDATA[Robert Byram]]>Fri, 29 Dec 2017 08:00:00 GMThttp://litwinfuneralhome.com/obituaries/robert-byram
Robert “Ebb” Byram, 75, of Tunkhannock, Nicholson Twp., died Friday at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Plains Twp., Wilkes-Barre.

Born in Morristown, N.J., he is the son of the late Woodrow and Edna Norton Byram.

He was a retired self-employed carpenter and a member of the Lake Sheridan Bible Chapel.

Bob was an Army veteran having served during Vietnam War and is a Purple Heart recipient. He also is a member of the Nicholson American Legion Post 438.

He was an avid animal lover, of both domestic and wild.

Bob is survived by a brother, John of Nicholson Twp.; a sister, Nancy Elaine Byrne of Clarks Summit; a niece, Nadine Grothman of Long Island, N.Y.; and grandnephew and grandniece, Gregg and Audrey Grothman of Long Island, N.Y.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Charles H. Litwin Funeral Home, 91 State St., Nicholson, with services by Pastor Jim Wentz of the Lake Sheridan Bible Chapel.

A viewing will be held from 4 p.m. until service time.

Memorial donations are requested to the Lake Sheridan Bible Chapel, P.O. Box 174, Nicholson, PA 18446.
<![CDATA[Janet Brecht]]>Sat, 09 Dec 2017 08:00:00 GMThttp://litwinfuneralhome.com/obituaries/december-09th-2017
Janet E. Brecht, 75, of Lake Carey, entered into the loving embrace of our Lord and Savior on Dec. 9, 2017 from multiple health issues.

Born on Jan. 23, 1942 the daughter of Harold and Martha Brecht of Nicholson.

After graduating from Lackawanna Jr. College, she was employed by the Veterans’ Administration in Washington, D.C. She also worked at the IBM Space Guidance Center in Owego, N.Y. Aside from her regular secretarial capacity she was the personal secretary to the astronauts when they visited the center. She was an executive secretary at Sander’s Corporation, Nashua, N.H. and retired from the Social Security Administration Data Processing Center, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

She was a most generous, thoughtful and compassionate person always thinking of the needs of others before her own. Her wit and sense of humor brightened the lives of those fortunate enough to experience it.

She was creatively gifted designing and making her own greeting cards, programs for church functions and writing poetry.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Nicholson, the Nicholson Heritage Association and the Lake Carey Welfare Association.

She is survived by her loving sister, Kathleen Steele, of Nicholson; and three nephews, Kevin, Steven and Jonathan Steele.

Preceding her in death are her parents; baby brother, Frederick “Fritzie” Brecht; and infant niece, Lee Leslie.

Friends may call Friday, Dec. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Charles Litwin Funeral Home, 91 State St., Nicholson, with a memorial service Saturday, Dec. 16 at 11 a.m. in the United Methodist Church, 64 State St., Nicholson.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Operation Smile, 3641 Faculty Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA 23453.
<![CDATA[David Grushinski]]>Fri, 08 Dec 2017 08:00:00 GMThttp://litwinfuneralhome.com/obituaries/david-grushinskiDavid Grushinski, age 62, of Tunkhannock, Nicholson Township died Friday at Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton.

His wife is the former Kathleen Ward.  They have been married for 42 years.

Born in Scranton, he is the son of the late Anthony and Dolores Buldowski Grushinski.

Prior to retiring, he was employed as a welder.

David is also survived by a son, Christopher and wife Dominque; a daughter, Laura; seven brothers, Anthony, Joseph, Richard, Michael, Philip, Stephen, and Andrew; three sisters, Lois Runco, Jeanne Boyd, and Christine Keegan; and twin grandsons, Connall and Braedon.

He was predeceased by sisters, Dolores and Deborah.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 2-4pm in the Charles H. Litwin Funeral Home, 91 State Street, Nicholson.

<![CDATA[Dale Hayden]]>Tue, 05 Dec 2017 08:00:00 GMThttp://litwinfuneralhome.com/obituaries/december-10th-2017
Dale Hayden, 75, died Tuesday at the Gardens in Tunkhannock after a long battle with cancer. Born in Nicholson, he was preceded in death by his parents, Betty Stevens and Hallie I. Hayden Jr. Surviving are his loving wife of 48 years, Kathleen Pompey; daughter, Stephany; favorite son-in-law, Jason Nash, of Nicholson; and five grandchildren with fur. Also surviving are stepmother, Marilyn Hayden, Nicholson; brothers, Roger and Jane Hayden, of Clarks Summit; and Ron and Kim Hayden, of Ohio; and a stepbrother, Ronald Padavan Jr., of Michigan.

Dale graduated from Lackawanna Trail in 1960. He received his bachelor’s degree in teaching from East Stroudsburg State. He taught math at Blue Ridge High School in New Milford for 35 years. Two years after retirement, the graduating class asked him to give the commencement address. He always took an active interest in the welfare of the kids at school and often attended their sporting events. Dale worked tirelessly in the summers pouring concrete foundations and later mowing lawns to precise specifications.

Dale was a longtime owner of hunting beagles, most recently Boe and Blaze. He was a member of the Glenwood Bible Church and South New Milford Baptist Church. He bowled for many years at Belvedere Lanes in Nicholson and was a lifetime member of the NRA.

Player of board games, cooker of hot dogs in the fireplace, chauffeur for his then teenage daughter and her gaggle of friends. Dale always took an interest in his daughter’s life and guided her. She always knew how much she was loved. There is no better gift that a daughter can receive from her parents.
Map reader, oil changer, precise contact paper installer. His perfection during a project was often tempered by Kathy’s hurry up and get it done attitude. They made a good pair. They would slow dance at weddings and attended the Prom every year as chaperones.

Avid hunter, teller of stories, watcher of football, hunting shows and Westerns. Reader of books, hiker of trails, connoisseur of root beer floats and dunker of Christmas cookies so they wouldn’t go stale. Host of annual family reunions. Trumpet player.

Prayer reader during nightly family dinners at the table. Dale was one of those rare true Christians who lived his life based on the Golden Rule. Helping neighbors, cutting wood, mowing lawns, often in secret. He never needed a flashy thank you because he did what was in his heart. Dale was a kind man who went up to military personnel in the airport to shake their hand and thank them for their service. The name of Dale Hayden opened a lot of friendly doors in his small hometown of Nicholson.

Singer of church songs, listener of Kenny Rogers and a few kooky songs like Purple People Eater. If he had a theme song, it would be Thank God I’m a Country Boy and Take Me Home Country Roads by John Denver.
Dale was so busy providing for his family that he went on few vacations. We had wonderful times in Rehoboth Beach, Disney World, Lake Tahoe, Montana and Wyoming. A trip to Alaska with brother-in-law Ronald Rivenburg was a trip that he talked about for months.

In a world full of dysfunctional families, the life created by Dale Hayden was not. If success in life is measured by having a good marriage, raising a child who cares about others, being a role model for adults and children alike, and doing good for others, Dale succeeded. Even when he was sick, he had so much strength and love to give. It has been an honor and a privilege to loving take care of him like he took care of us for so many years.  Special thanks to Kathy for being such a wonderful caregiver all of these years. He never would have made it this far without her.
We will not forget Dale. We will see him in every piece of wood, in every leaf, in every blade of grass, in every church song. He gave so much to us that we sing our song of love back to him. Forever and always.

A celebration of life will be held in January at the convenience of the family.

Donations can be made South New Milford Baptist Church, 2967 Harford Road, New Milford, PA 18834; or the Gardens, 30 Virginia Drive, Tunkhannock, PA 18657.

Thanks to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Cancer Center, Dr. Paula Ronjon, Dr. Gary Russell, Dr. Robert Fiorelli, the Gardens at Tunkhannock, and Hospice of the Sacred Heart. A special thanks to all the employees of the Blue Spruce wing at the Gardens who made Dale very comfortable in the past 11 weeks.

Arrangements by the Charles H. Litwin Funeral Home, 91 State Street, Nicholson.