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February 2024

Angela Rose Capece~February 17, 2024

Angela Rose Capece died Saturday morning, February 17th, a few weeks shy of her 96th birthday. She was a resident of Provident Place of Drums, battling dementia the last 5 years of her life.  But back in 2018, at the age of 90 and before dementia had been diagnosed, our mother decided she’d write a thank you letter for this day.  We are so blessed and grateful she did.
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Mildred M. Deritis~February 7, 2024

Mildred Deritis, 95, of Hazle Twp., passed away peacefully Wednesday morning at the home of her daughter where she had been residing.  Born in Hazleton, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Mildred (Panzarella) Clatch and was a member of Queen of Heaven Parish at Our Lady of Grace Church, Hazleton.
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Carolyn Adele Luchi~January 30, 2024

Carolyn Adele Luchi, 78, of Drums, passed away Tuesday at Mountaintop Rehab, Mountaintop.  Born in Hazleton, she was the daughter of the late Howard and Adele (Koloski) Luchi.
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Margaret Mary Fitzgerald~January 26, 2024

Margaret Mary (Demko) Fitzgerald of Drums, 2 weeks shy of 83 years old, passed away in her home January 26, 2024 with her ever-loving husband at her side. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
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Robert G. Evanko~January 25, 2024

Robert G. Evanko, 88, of Hazleton, passed away Thursday at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Hazleton.  Born in Hazleton, he was the son of the late George and Josephine (Witckowski) Evanko and was a member of Most Precious Blood Church, Hazleton.
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Nicholas A. Scintilla Sr~January 22, 2024

Nicholas A. Scintilla Sr., 91, of Drums, passed away Monday morning at his home.  Born in Lattimer, he was the son of the late Anthony and Celia (Garzio) Scintilla and was a member of Holy Rosary Church, Hazleton.
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Cecelia A. Schellhamer~January 20, 2024

Cecelia Ann Watkins Schellhamer, 79, of Hazleton, died on January 20, 2024. Cecelia was born in Hazleton, in 1944 to Dorothy and Robert Watkins.
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Lucille M. Parrell~January 17, 2024

Lucille M. Parrell, 96, of Hazleton, passed away Wednesday at St. Luke Manor, Hazleton.  Born in Hazleton, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary (Scarpati) Caccese and was a member of Most Precious Blood church, Hazleton.
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Joseph L. Blasko~January 14, 2024

Joseph L. Blasko, 84, of Drums, passed away peacefully on Sunday.  Born December 19, 1939, in Freeland, he was the son of the late Joseph J. and Mary (Cusat) Blasko.
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Barrett B. Houser~January 9, 2024

Barrett B. Houser, 83, of Hazleton, passed away Tuesday at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Hazleton.  Born in Hazleton, he was the son of the late Russell and Olive (Bevans) Houser.
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Rita A. Pollock~December 31, 2023

Rita A. Pollock, 6 hours shy of her 99th birthday and a resident of the Laurels Senior Living Center, passed away Sunday at St. Luke Manor.
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Mary Jane Ricco~December 28, 2023

Mary Jane Ricco, 81, of Hazleton, passed away Thursday at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Hazleton.  Born in Hazleton, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Mary (Lannon) Sweeney and was a member of Annunciation Parish at St. Gabriel’s Church, Hazleton.
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Jerome L. Gallagher~December 23, 2023

Jerome “Jerry”  L. Gallagher Jr., 72, passed away Saturday at Mountain City Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Hazle Twp.  He was born and raised in Hazleton and was the son of the late Jerome L. and Gertrude (Boyle) Gallagher.
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Joel P. Galbiati~December 13, 2023

Joel P. Galbiati, 38, of Hazleton, passed away Wednesday at the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Hazleton, with his mom by his side.  Born in Hazleton, he was the son of Mary Denise (Andes) Galbiati and the late Raymond C. Galbiati.
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Rita L. Kopashy~December 9, 2023

Rita L. Kopashy, 92, a resident of Laurels Senior Living, passed away Saturday morning at Mountain Top Rehab Center.  Born on January 21, 1931 in Kelayres, she was the daughter of the late Bruno and Beatrice (Vacante) Fudge and was a member of Queen of Heaven Parish at Our Lady of Grace Church, Hazleton.
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Frederick T. Gregory~December 1, 2023

In loving memory of, Frederick T. Gregory, 56, of Hazleton, passed away peacefully Friday at his home.  Born in Drums, he was the son of the late John and Jean (Walleze) Gregory.
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Jerome F. Staruch~December 1, 2023

Jerome F. “Jerry” Staruch, 82, of Hazle Twp., passed away Friday at the Lehigh Valley Hospital Hazleton.  Born in Hazleton, he was the son of the late Joseph and Anna (Slank) Staruch and was a member of Most Precious Blood Church, Hazleton.
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