Garry Edward Banta, a resident of Beach Lake and a former resident of Shohola, died on Wednesday, August 24, 2005 at Ellen Memorial Health Care Center in Honesdale, PA. He was 93.
Banta was a retired messenger for Citizen’s First National Bank of Ridgewood, NJ and a member of Sacred Heart Church in Greeley. He was a lifetime member of the Ramsey, NJ Fire Department and a charter member of the Ramsey Ambulance Corps.
The son of George W. and Katherine (Garrabrandt) Banta, he was born in Mahwah, NJ on January 12, 1912.
He was the widower of Alice Margaret (Lynch) Banta who predeceased him in 2002.
He is survived by three sons, Gary Jr. of Bethel, Eugene of Greeley, and George of Beach Lake; two daughters, Barbara Scalione of Ridgewood, NJ and Nancy Himber of Sparrowbush, NY; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, August 29, 2005 at Sacred Heart Church in Greeley with the Reverend Thomas Petro officiating.
Interment is in the Maryrest Cemetery in Mahwah, NJ.
Memorial donations may be made to the Sacred Heart Church, P.O. Box 86, Shohola, PA 18458.
Alice Margaret Banta of Shohola, died Saturday, November 23, 2002 at Ellen Memorial Health Care Center in Honesdale. She was 88.
Daughter of Thomas Joseph and Elizabeth O’Connel Lynch, she was born in Manhattan.
She was a member of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Greeley.
Survivors include her husband, Gary Edward Banta; three sons, Garry E. of Bethel, Eugene of Greeley and George of Beach Lake; two daughters, Barbara Scalione of Ridgewood, NJ and Nancy Himber of Deerpark, NY; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in Sacred Heart Church in Greeley. The Rev. David Kramer officiated. Burial was in Maryrest Cemetery in Mahwah, NJ.
Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Church, PO Box 86, Shohola, PA 18458.
The Rev. Edward F. Barrett died at his home on Friday.
Father Barrett, son of the late Thomas A. and Gertrude S. Mulally Barrett, was born in Scranton on Feb. 5, 1932. He received his early education at Nativity Grammar School and South Scranton Catholic High School. Father Barrett graduated from the University of Scranton in 1956. He completed his studies for the priesthood at Mount St. Mary's Seminary, Emmitsburg, Md., and was ordained to the priesthood on May 28, 1961, in St. Peter's Cathedral, Scranton, by the Most Rev. Jerome D. Hannan, D.D., late Bishop of Scranton.
Father Barrett was assigned as an assistant pastor at St. Ann's, Shohola; St. Peter's, Wellsboro; Holy Cross, Scranton; St. Patrick's, Wilkes-Barre; St. Patrick's, Olyphant; and St. Patrick's in White Haven. He also served the parishes of St. Francis of Assisi in West Hazleton, St. John the Evangelist in Pittston, and Immaculate Conception in Scranton. In addition to his parochial duties, Father Barrett was the district deputy of the 29th District, Knights of Columbus. He retired from active ministry on July 1, 2007.
He is survived by a brother, Robert, Scranton.
He was also preceded in death by a brother, Thomas, and a sister, Alice.
Viewing will take place at Immaculate Conception Church, 801 Taylor Ave., Scranton, today from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by a Solemn Vesper Service at 7, with the Reverend Philip A. Altavilla, V.E., Northern Regional Vicar presiding.
A Pontifical Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton, on Monday at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church. Interment will be in St. Catherine's Cemetery, Moscow.
Funeral arrangements are being provided by the Frank M. Regan Funeral Home, Linden Street, Scranton.
Christopher Andrew Bartsch of Shohola, Pa., a fourth grade student at Shohola Elementary School and a lifelong area resident, died Wednesday, July 18, 2001, at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa. He was 10 years of age.
The son of Kathleen Mazellan Bartsch and the late Andrew "Andy" Bartsch, he was born December 19, 1990, in Honesdale, Pa.
Christopher was a member of St. Ann's R.C. Church in Shohola, Pa., the Shohola Rod and Gun Club, the Delaware Valley Babe Ruth Baseball and PAYAL football teams.
In a family statement, it was said, "Chris' enjoyments were hunting, fishing, football, playing baseball with his brother, Brian, bike riding with his sister Jessica and just being with his cousins and friends."
He is survived by his mother, a brother, Brian Bartsch and a sister, Jessica Bartsch, all at home; his paternal grandparents, Frederick and Ingrid Bartsch of Greeley, Pa.; his maternal grandfather, Jack Mazellan of South Plainfield, N.J.; two great-grandmothers, Gertrude Bartsch and Hedwig Neuhaus, both of Greeley, Pa.; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.
Friends may call at the Shohola Fire Hall in Shohola, Pa., on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m.
A memorial service will be held at the fire hall at 4 p.m. on Saturday with Father David W. Cramer officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Christopher Bartsch Fund, c/o Wayne Bank, Shohola, Pa. 18458 or to the Penn Star Bank in Milford, Pa. 18337.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Gray-Rasmussen Funeral Home in Barryville.
Lance Corporal Jacob Walter Beisel of Lackawaxen, Pa., a Marine and lifetime resident of Lackawaxen, died Friday, March 31, 2006 in Iraq. He was 21.
He was born September 27, 1984 in Honesdale, Pa., the son of Albert and Mary Johanson Beisel.
A 2003 graduate of Wallenpaupack High School, he joined the Marine Corps Sept. 8, 2003. He served a tour in Haiti and was now serving his 2nd tour in Iraq.
He is survived by his parents, Albert and Mary Beisel of Lackawaxen; his sister, Amanda Beisel of Lackawaxen and his grandmother, Doris Johanson of Lackawaxen. He is further survived by 100 plus aunts, uncles and cousins.
Friends may call at the Gray-Rasmussen Funeral Home, Route 97, Barryville on Thursday, April 6 from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 7 with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Ann's R.C. Church with the Rev. Phillip Rayappan officiating.
Burial will be at St. Mark s Cemetery, Lackawaxen, Pa.
Funeral arrangements are by the Gray-Rasmussen Funeral Home.
Marcia Elizabeth (Raymanyiak) Bem, a resident of Greeley, died on December 27, 2004 at the Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY. She was 71.
The daughter of the late Michael Raymanyiak, she was born in Hackensack, NJ.
She worked as a housekeeper at Caesar’s Cove Haven Resort for 23 years. She was a member of Sacred Heart RC Church in Greeley.
She is survived by her husband, Edward John Bern, at home; a son, John of Greeley; two daughters, Tracy Novakowski of Greeley and Susan Clinton of Baptistown, NJ; and three grandchildren.
A memorial mass was held on December 30 at the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church.
John H. Bessette III of Barryville, NY passed away on Monday, July 6, 2009. He was 52.
John was born in Manhattan on August 17, 1956. He was a mason with the BAC Union, Local 4 and he attended St. Ann’s R.C. Church in Shohola, PA.
Survivors include his father, John Cirelli; sister Mary Bessette and Charlie Ranne; brother Tom Bessette and wife Ann Marie; four children, Brian, Eric, Alison and Tom; two grandchildren, sister Catherine Murdock and daughter Cheyanne; sister Robyn Hasckhe and husband Frank.
A memorial service will be held at St. Ann’s R.C. Church on Saturday, July 18 at 10:00 a.m. with Father Thomas Major officiating. Burial of the cremains will be at a future date.
Donations may be made to St. Ann’s R.C. Church, Shohola, PA 18458
Arthur Remo Biagi, a resident of Leesburg since 1970 and a former resident of Greeley, PA, died on October 28, 2005.
Biagi was born in West New York, NJ on December 20, 1922. He was a retired New York Harbor tugboat pilot, a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Leesburg, FL and the Flying Gators club. He built his own plane and loved flying it. He was a Merchant Marine during WW II.
He is survived by his wife, Arvilla D. Biagi at home; two sons, Glen of Greeley, PA and Arthur of Stroudsburg, PA; one daughter, Sharon Edie of Alpine, TX; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, November 12 at St. Ann’s Church in Shohola, PA at 10:00 a.m. The Reverend Paul Mullen will officiate.
Deacon Glenn J. Biagi, 62 of Greeley, PA passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis, NY.
Glenn was a graduate of the University of Steubenville. He was ordained a Deacon within the Catholic Church on November 27, 1999 in Scranton, PA and currently served as Pastoral Associate at St. Ann’s Church, Shohola, PA. He was also a Catholic Chaplain of the Pennsylvania State Correctional Institution, Waymart, PA where he formed the St. Faustina Church for the inmates.
Glenn had a passion for hunting, fishing and a round of golf, but most of all cherished spending time with his grandsons.
The son of the late Arthur R. and Marie (Wettengel) Biagi, he was born August 25, 1950 in Weehawken, NJ. He was married to Mary Elaine (Yazdzik) Biagi on June 9, 1978 in Olyphant, PA.
Survivors include his wife of 35 years; three children Marlaina Schlegel of Fleetwood, PA, Dana Biagi of Greeley, PA, Glenn J. Biagi, Jr. of Dunmore, PA; five grandsons Connor, Logan, Jackson, Michael, Ayden; brother Arthur Biagi, Jr. of Blufton, SC; sister Sharon Eadie of Texas and several nieces and nephews.
A wake will be held at St. Ann’s Church, Shohola, PA on Friday, May 10, 2013 from 2 to 7 p.m. Solemn Vespers will be celebrated at 7 p.m. by the Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L. Bishop of Scranton.A Pontifical Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Most Reverend James C. Timlin, D.D., Bishop Emeritus of Scranton at St. Ann’s Church, Shohola, PA on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 11 a.m. Internment will take place at Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton, PA.
Jonathan Luke "Johnny Rotten" Blauvelt. Services will be held Feb. 27 for Jonathan Luke "Johnny Rotten" Blauvelt, 53, of Hawley, who died unexpectedly, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010 at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale. He is survived by his wife of eight years, Barbara (Schilling) Blauvelt.Mr. Blauvelt was born October 18, 1956 in Honesdale and was the son of the late David and Jane (McGonigal) Blauvelt.
He was a truck driver for Pike Environmental.
Jon was a friend to all who loved to work in his garage with his friends and make a good home for his wife. He would have given the shirt off his back to anyone. He will be greatly missed.
In addition to his wife he is surived by: a daughter and fiancee, Alyssa Blauvelt and Gary Rush of Pittston; brother and sister-in-law, David and Jorja Blauvelt; nieces, Tami and Tara Blauvelt; sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Paul Wicksnes-Chlebowski; nephew, Matthew and Melissa WIcksnes; sister and brother-in-law, Jane and Bob Olsen; Nephew and Niece, Scott and Rita Olsen; nephew, Bill and Diane Phillips; nephew, John Phillips; and nephew, Charlie Williams. He was predeceased by his sister, Diane Rosencrance.
A memorial mass will be held Saturday, Feb. 27, at 11 am at St. Ann's Roman Catholic Church in Shohola.
Cremation will be at Lake Region Crematory in Lake Ariel.
Arrangements by Teeters' Funeral Chapel in Hawley. For additional information or to leave a memorial remembrance (candle) visit www.TeetersFuneralChapel.com.
Kathleen crossed the bar on Saturday, February 15th, 2013 in Palm Harbor, Florida.
A native of the Bronx and long time resident of Rowland, Kathleen was born on March 16th, 1959, the daughter of the late James P. and the late Mary A. O’Hagan Geelan. She is survived by her husband, Jeff; her daughter, Meghan; her grandson, Braylon; her brother, Michael and sister, Maryanne.
A truly kind and loving person, Kathleen was a dedicated and giving member of her community. She leaves a void that cannot be filled and will be missed by all. Kathleen was a member of the Central Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary. As a member of St. Ann’s Church, she taught children by lesson and by example about their faith. She prepared them to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation and participated in many events with St. Ann’s Youth Group.
Kathleen had a gift for Celtic Art, especially drawing Celtic Knots. She sold quite a few, but enjoyed the giving of her gifts even more.
George A. Braun of Shohola, Pa, a retired diesel mechanic for American Stone Mix, Kenvil, N.J., and recent worker at Midtown Exxon, Shohola, Pa., died Monday, Jan. 29, 2001 at Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis. He was 74. The son of the late George G. and Mary Wilson Braun, he was born on July 25, 1926, in West Orange, N.J. He was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving in the Korea Conflict. Survivors include his wife, Loraine (June) Braun, of 46 years; three daughters, Karen Braun of Andover Township, N.J., Mary Pach of Andover Township, N.J., and Elizabeth Braun of Lake Hopatcong, N.J.; three sons, Timothy Braun of Miami, Fla., Jeffrey Braun of Buckeye, Ariz., and David Braun of Dingman Township, Pa; one sister Beatrice Odgers of Palm City, Fla; and four grandchildren. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, at Stroyan Funeral Home, 405 West Harford St., Milford, Pa. Funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, at the Stroyan Funeral Home. Deacon Glen Biagi will officiate. Final interment will be in St. Ann's Cemetery, German Hill, Shohola, Pa., at the convenience of the family. Arrangements under the direction of Stroyan Funeral Home, Milford, Pa.
Josephine F. Brennan of Barryville, NY, a longtime resident of the area, died Sunday, November 16, 2008 at Twin Cedars Assisted Living Center in Shohola, PA. She was 94.
The daughter of Sidney and Josephine (O’Neil) Bailey, she was born June 3, 1914 in New York City.
She was the widow of Paul J. Brennan. Josephine was the retired postmaster of Pond Eddy, NY and the town clerk of Lumberland, NY. She was a member of the Lumberland Community Club and St. Anthony’s of Padua Roman Catholic Church, Yulan, NY.
A family statement reads: “She was a wonderful, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She will be greatly missed.”
Survivors include her daughter, Rosemary Bailey and husband Robert of Yulan; her son, Paul I. Brennan and life and soul-mate Lauren of Barryville; a brother, Sidney Bailey and wife Shirley of Highland Lake, NY; grandchildren John Traver III, Thomas Traver, Elizabeth McKean and Patrick Traver and great grandchildren Maranda Shauger, Kelsey Traver, Shauna Traver, Matthew Fredericks, Samantha Fredericks and Jason Fredericks.
She was predeceased by her husband, Paul; and one sister, Rosemary Donahue.
A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, November 22 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Ann R.C. Church, Shohola, PA. Father Thomas Major will officiate.
Clifford Joseph Brown died on March 29, 2003. He was a custodian for the Livingston Board of Education, Livingston, NJ. He was 42.
Survivors include his parents, Edward and Mary Brown of Pennsylvania, formerly of Livingston, NJ; his brother Edward Brown, Jr.; and two sisters, Linda Hughes and Sherri Celetano.
Funeral Mass was celebrated at Saint Ann’s R.C. Church, Shohola, PA by Rev. David Kramer.
Memorial contributions may be given to St. Ann’s Building Fund c/o Saint Ann’s Church, P. O. Box 86, Shohola, PA 18458.
Virginia Marie Busti died on Wednesday, December 27, 2006 at home. She was 56.
The daughter of the late Dominick and Anna (Conti) Busti, she was born March 12, 1950 in Brooklyn, NY.
Busti was the Director of Special Elections for the Board of Elections, New York, NY. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Church in Greeley.
She is survived by two brothers, Neil Busti of Hawley and Dominick Busti of Kalamazoo, MI; two sisters, Elizabeth DiCarlo of Brick, NJ and Theresa O’Leary of Hawley; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Charles Nichols; and by her brother, Ralph Busti.
Services were held on Monday, January 1, 2007 at Sacred Heart Church of Greeley with the Reverend Paul Mullen officiating.
Interment is at Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY.
Memorial donations may be made to Sacred Heart Church, PO Box 86, Shohola, PA 18458.
Loraine E. Braun of Shohola, Pa., died Sunday, April 21, 2002, at Newton Memorial Hospital in Newton, N.J. She was 72. The daughter of the late Morris and Helen E. Pierce June, Mrs. Braun was also predeceased by her husband, George A. Braun, on January 29, 2001. Born in Hackettstown, N.J., Mrs. Braun resided in Andover Township for 30 years before retiring to Shohola, Pennsylvania, with her husband in 1995. A graduate of Hackettstown High School, Mrs. Braun was a homemaker, and a member of St. Ann's R.C. Church in Shohola. She is survived by three daughters, Karen Braun of Andover Township; Mary Pach of Andover Township and Elizabeth Braun of Lake Hopatcong; three sons, Timothy Braun of Miami, Fla.; Jeffrey Braun of Buckeye, Ariz. and David Braun of Dingmans Ferry, Pa. and four grandchildren. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High Street, Newton, N.J. Funeral Liturgy will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 25, at St. Ann's R.C. Church in Shohola, Pa. Arrangements were made by Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, New Jersey.