<![CDATA[Charles H. Litwin Funeral Home - Obituaries]]>Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:32:37 -0800Weebly<![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.
<![CDATA[Mary D. Jones]]>Thu, 30 Nov 2017 08:00:00 GMThttp://litwinfuneralhome.com/obituaries/mary-d-jones
Mary D. Jones, 104, died Thursday at the United Methodist Homes at Wesley Village, Pittston, Pa, where she had been a resident since August 2016.

Originally from West Scranton, she was the widow of Robert Jones, who died in 1977.

Born in Scranton in August 1913, she was the last surviving of nine children of Robert and Alice Edwards Davis, who immigrated from Wales in 1880.

She was a graduate of Central High School, and was employed as a seamstress for many years at the Scranton Casket Co. and other local casket companies.

She was a long time member of Bethania Presbyterian Church, and was active in the West Scranton Senior Citizens, Young at Heart, and volunteered at St. Luke’s craft center.

She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and quilting, and made hundreds of baby sweaters, caps, and blankets, and Christmas stockings which are treasured by family and friends.

The family would like to express sincere thanks to the entire staff at Wesley Village, for the excellent care and compassion received during her stay.

Surviving are four sons, Pritchard and former wife Susan of Hershey, Harry (Lucy) of Livonia, Michigan, Robert Jr. (Suzanne) of Germantown, Maryland, and John (Jill) of Nicholson, eight grandchildren, Doug (Erin), Jeff (Christine), Chris, Bobby, Joey and Mary Jones, Jennifer Kline, and Leslie (Mike) Johnson, five great-grandchildren, Nathan, Justin, and Sienna Jones, Leila and Neve Klein, nieces Nancy (Tom) Musso,
Julie (Steven) Matteo, Madeline Stalma, and nephew Jonathan (Ashely) Stalma.

Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren meant the world to her, and she couldn’t wait for their visits. She especially enjoyed playing pinochle with them.

According to her wishes, there will be no viewing and a memorial service and interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

Memorial donation may be made to the United Methodist Homes at Wesley Village, 209 Roberts Road, Pittston, Pa 18460

Arrangements by the Charles H. Litwin Funeral Home, 91 State Street, Nicholson.
<![CDATA[John Wulff]]>Wed, 29 Nov 2017 08:00:00 GMThttp://litwinfuneralhome.com/obituaries/john-wulffJohn Wulff, age 78, of Nicholson died Wednesday November 29 at Hospice of the Sacred Heart in Dunmore.

Born in White Mills, December 15, 1938, he is the son of the late Edward and Elvira McCullon Wulff.

He is a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Nicholson.

John is survived by a brother, Edward; and five sisters, Mary Oakley, Patricia James, Rose Dubrachek, Elizabeth Hortman, and Eleanor Very; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a sister, Theresa Smith.

A Mass of Christian burial celebrated by Father Arbogaste Satoun will be held Friday,  December 1 at 11:30am in Saint Patrick Church, Nicholson.

A viewing will be held at 10:00am in the Charles H. Litwin Funeral Home, 91 State Street, Nicholson.

Interment will take place in the St. Patrick Cemetery, Nicholson.
<![CDATA[John E. Spickerman]]>Tue, 21 Nov 2017 08:00:00 GMThttp://litwinfuneralhome.com/obituaries/john-e-spickerman
John Edward Spickerman, age 65, of Hop Bottom died Tuesday, November 21 at home.

His wife is the former Deborah Lynn MacGeorge and they have been married for 47 years.

Born in Deposit, NY, he is the son of the late Frank and Agnes Page Spickerman.

Prior to retiring he was employed as a stone cutter.

John is survived by a son, John E. Spickerman; two daughters, two daughters, Catherine Lezinski and Nicole MacGeorge; a brother Charlie; a sister Donna Kalinowski; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements by the Charles H. Litwin Funeral, 91 State Street, Nicholson.
<![CDATA[Peggy Ann Jenkins]]>Thu, 09 Nov 2017 08:00:00 GMThttp://litwinfuneralhome.com/obituaries/peggy-ann-jenkins
Peggy Ann Jenkins, age 70, of Hop Bottom, PA. died Thursday at home.

Her husband is Robert Jenkins and they have been married 31 years.

Born in Binghamton, NY she is the daughter of the late Earl Thomas Smith Sr. and Isabella Adams Smith.

Prior to retiring Peggy was employed as a baker.

Peggy is survived by a daughter, Andrea Gretz of Endicott, NY., and a son Jeffery Dubois of Susquehanna,PA.; three brothers Eugene, John, and Earl Smith Jr.; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a son, Glenn Dubois.

In celebration of Peggy’s life, the family will receive friends from 6-8pm Thursday at the First United Methodist Church of Kirkwood, 255 Main Street, Kirkwood, NY.

Arrangements by the Charles H. Litwin Funeral Home, 91 State Street, Nicholson PA.
<![CDATA[Steven Robert Herman]]>Sat, 21 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://litwinfuneralhome.com/obituaries/steven-robert-herman
Steven Robert Herman, 57, of Hop Bottom, died Saturday morning at the family farm in West Nicholson.

Steve is the son of Robert and the late Elaine Herman and is survived by his wife of 28 years, Joanne Wisniewski; son, Christopher Herman; stepdaughter, Melissa Wisniewski; stepson, Dennis Wisniewski; and five grandchildren, Myja Reploeg, Tori and Laila Wisniewski, and Lyric and Rhythm Thatcher; as well as a sister, Cathy Tilton; brother-in-law, Tom Tilton; niece, Jennifer Jackson; nephew, Nathan Tilton and wife, Heather; and five grand nieces and nephews.

Steve was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing, boating and camping, which he enjoyed at every opportunity. He was also a Harley-Davidson motorcycle enthusiast, a rabid Eagles fan and took pride in his garden. He was known as Pop-Pop to his grandchildren and loved to have a little one on his knee.

An Air Force “brat,” as a child he traveled the world. He graduated from high school in Mons, Belgium, after which he moved back to this area with his grandparents, Ken and L’Neita Rogers.

He held a variety of work positions over the years, but for the past 20 years was a line supply technician III at P&G.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the Charles H. Litwin Funeral Home, 91 State St., Nicholson.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26, at West Nicholson United Methodist Church. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the West Nicholson United Methodist Church, PO Box 151, Nicholson, PA 18446.
<![CDATA[Helen Crock]]>Fri, 20 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://litwinfuneralhome.com/obituaries/helen-crockHelen Crock, 90, formerly of Starkville, died Friday at Concordia Lutheran Ministries in Cabot.

Her husband, Fred, died in 1992.

Born in Gibson, she is the daughter of the late Grant and Arline Thomas Tompkins
She was a member of the Nicholson United Methodist Church and the Nicholson Women’s Club.

Helen is survived by one son, Douglas Crock of Saxonburg; a brother, Edgar Tompkins of Waldwick, N.J.; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.

Helen was also predeceased by a daughter, Marilyn Prendergast; a son, James; and a sister, Lida Tiffany.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Nicholson United Methodist Church celebrated by the Rev. John Shaffer.

A viewing will be held Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Charles H. Litwin Funeral Home, 91 State St., Nicholson.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Nicholson United Methodist Church, 64 State St., Nicholson, PA 18446.

<![CDATA[Audrey Smarkusky]]>Sun, 15 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://litwinfuneralhome.com/obituaries/audrey-smarkusky
Audrey Smarkusky, age 75, of Nicholson died Sunday at home. Her husband is William Smarkusky. They have been married for 55 years.

Born in Pittston, she is the daughter of Willard and Virginia Morris Snyder Hilwig. She was a member of St. Patrick Church in Nicholson and was a graduate of Lackawanna Trail High School. Audrey and her husband operated a dairy farm together from 1961 until 1986. She also was the Nicholson Twp. tax collector for 40 years.

Audrey and Bill were married Nov. 25, 1961 in the Factoryville United Methodist Church with John Smarkusky as best man and Barb Bishop as maid of honor. They renewed their vows on Nov. 25, 1978 in the St. Patrick Church in Nicholson.

Audrey was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and was the glue of the family. She loved to cook and hold family celebrations and was a mother and mentor to many.

Audrey is also survived by a son, William and wife, Mary; two daughters, Danette Fuller; and Brenda Melycher and husband, Timothy; a sister, Barbara Bishop and husband, Ronald; a brother, Ronald Hilwig and wife, Kay; five grandchildren, Matthew Smarkusky and wife, Brittany; David Smarkusky and wife, Amanda; Rachel Smarkusky and Steven Rauschmeier, and Clark and Jonas Fuller; a great-granddaughter, Peyton Olivia Smarksusky; and many in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was also predeceased by a granddaughter, Brianna Rose Smarkusky.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. in St. Patrick Church, 205 Main St., Nicholson, celebrated by Rev. Arbogaste Satoun and Rev. Gerard McGlone.

Private interment will be held in the St. Michaels Cemetery in Starkville.

A viewing will be held on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the Charles H. Litwin Funeral Home, 91 State St., Nicholson. A rosary service will be held at 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation or the American Heart Association.