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Josephine Pavlico May 28, 2013
osephine Pavlico, 93, of Pittston, peacefully entered into the arms of the Lord, her savior, on Tuesday evening, May 28, 2013, surrounded by her daughter, Joann, and granddaughter, Melissa, at the Partridge-Tippett Nursing Facility in the Wesley Village Campus, Jenkins Township, where she had been a guest for the past year. She was the widow of Joseph Pavlico, who passed away on June 6, 1985. Born and raised in Pittston, she was a daughter of the late John and Stephanie Wrezneski Goretski. She was educated in area schools. Prior to retirement, she was employed by the Pittston Hospital, Pittston Apparel and WilkesBarre General Hospital. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church, Pittston. Josephine was unconditionally dedicated to those closest to her. A woman of devout faith and the heart of her family, she shared her unwavering spirituality through her tireless Catholic example of good works and kindness to all. She imparted her wisdom and joy upon others and gave selflessly of herself to those she loved. She faced life’s obstacles with great resilience and enduring strength. Josephine was happiest when she was able to assist others and offer compassion, support and encouragement. Her greatest passions included gardening, quilting, reading, playing bingo, attending Mass and cooking. She was a true servant at heart and faithfully cared for family and friends through delicious cooking and baking from scratch. She is most well-known for her homemade, delicious, one-of-akind cannolis, a recipe that she created. There simply was not a person who tasted her cannolis and did not find them to be the best around. Josephine was truly an angel on earth to so many and will continue to be an angel in heaven, protecting and watching over those she loved. She was the longest-living member of her family. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Lottie Ostrowski, Peggy Rikuta and Stella Waseleski; brothers, Eddie, Anthony, Bernie, Joseph and Johnny; her beloved dogs, Buttons and Fluffy. She is survived by her loving and faithful daughter, Joann Sulima, and her husband, Jerry, Jenkins Township; devoted and dearest granddaughter, attorney Melissa Sulima, Jenkins Town-
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ship; dear daughter, Elizabeth Masters, and her husband, Garry, Hunlock Creek; grandchildren, Steven Kazmierski, Wilkes-Barre, and April Weaver and her husband, Zac, Brookville; dear son, James Pavlico, and his wife, Karen, Luzerne; grandchildren, Tracy and Joseph, at home; three greatgrandchildren, Haley Kazmierski, Ella and Hank Weaver; sister-inlaw, Agnes Neff, and her husband, William, Pittston; numerous nieces and nephews. Her daughter Joann and granddaughter Melissa thank the nurses and staff of Wesley Village, Partridge-Tippet Nursing Facility, South Unit for the loving and outstanding care and endless compassion they gave Josephine. Their presence in her life throughout the past year filled all her days with happiness, laughter and smiles. Her passing is not marked by sadness for her but by peace, for she has been reunited with the Lord. Her life is celebrated through the remembrance of and gratitude for the innumerable wonderful memories that exist. Her spirit will continue to shine light and provide guidance and immeasurable love for those closest to her. The funeral will be held at 8:45 a.m. Saturday from Baloga Funeral Home Inc., 1201 Main St., Pittston (Port Griffith), with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, William Street, Pittston. Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton. Relatives and friends may pay their respects 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Josephine’s memory may be made to the Greater Pittston Food Pantry, 37 William St., Pittston, PA 18640. For directions or to send an online condolence, please visit www. balogafuneralhome.com.
Albert M. Draina May 28, 2013 Albert M. Draina, 84, formerly of Hanover Township, passed away peacefully Tuesday in Celtic Care, Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre, surrounded by his family. He was born in Hanover Township on June 8, 1928, a son of the late Andrew and Helen Kotalick. Albert graduated from Hanover Memorial High School, class of 1945, and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was employed as a coordination contractor for Wickes Lumber. He was a member and former director of the Catholic War Veterans, Post 274. He was a member of St. Leo’s/Holy Rosary Church, Ashley, and was a former committee member of the Republican Party in Hanover Township.
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He was preceded in death by his wife of 28 years, the former Ruth Tomczyk; sisters Irene Walton, Rita Draina and Mary Tate; brothers Aloysius, Andrew and Robert. Surviving are a daughter, Gail, West Wyoming; son Gregory and his wife, Mary; son Allen and his wife, Donna; grandchildren, Jill, Gregg and Alex; great-grandchildren, David, Maria, Kyle, Megan and Addison; sisters Em Myzick, Maryland, and Betsy Flores, Virginia; brothers Richard, Texas, and William, Florida; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday from the Charles V. Sherbin Funeral Home, 630 Main Road, Hanover Township, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Leo’s/Holy Rosary Church, Ashley. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
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“This is my third year with the Day of Caring,” she said. “And it makes me feel better each year. If everyone gave eight hours of their time to volunteer, it would make a big difference in the community.” Parks get helping hand At the River Common Park along River Street, volunteers from Sallie Mae, Mondelez International and Pennsylvania American Water Co. were busy picking up litter and pulling weeds. Bill Konsavage, Tarynne Wolfe and Brian Stubbs agreed that their efforts and that of the other volunteers really made a difference in the community. “I was surprised when I heard how many people were volunteering,” Konsavage said. Wolfe, who has participated in the event for nine years, said she felt good “to be part of something that has so much meaning.” Elizabeth Shafer of Pennsylvania American Water is a 17year veteran of Day of Caring. She and 34 co-workers were enjoying the sunshine and the satisfaction of helping others.
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United Way President and CEO William Jones addresses the volunteers gathered at a breakfast held Wednesday at the Woodlands Inn and Resort in Plains Township.
“It’s important to give back to the community,” she said. John Maday, of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Riverfront Parks Committee, said the cleanup efforts on both sides of the Susquehanna River were needed as RiverFest 2013 approaches. The event is scheduled for June 21-23. Michael Zimmerman, execu-
Corporate Award (more than 100 employees): Blue Cross of NEPA; United Way Corporate Award (fewer than 100 employees): The Citizens’ Voice; Rose Brader Community Service Award: Gary H. Williams; United Way Sam Bianco Labor Award: UFCW Local 1776; Sarah & Anthony F. Kane Jr. Achievement Award: Kevin Sickle.
Parents of hit-and-run victim file civil suit against Letteers Suspect and his father sued in death of Kevin Miller, the 5-year-old struck and killed by a vehicle on Dec. 21, 2012. By STEVE MOCARSKY firstname.lastname@example.org
WILKES-BARRE — The parents of Kevin Miller, the 5-year-old struck and killed by a vehicle Dec. 21, 2012, have filed a civil lawsuit against the man charged in the hit-and-run case and the man’s father. Stephen and Caroline Miller, of Orchard Lane, Dallas, filed the suit against Thomas W. Letteer Jr. and his father, Thomas W. Letteer Sr., both of Mack Street, Plains Township, on Wednesday in Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas. As administer of her son’s estate, Caroline Miller is demanding compensatory and punitive damages in excess of $50,000 and all other relief the court finds just and proper in each count of the seven-count lawsuit. Letteer was arrested on April 11 and charged with one count of accidents involving death. He is free on $200,000 bail. The lawsuit alleges that Letteer Jr., while recklessly driving his father’s 1999 Pontiac Grand Am east on North Street in Wilkes-Barre at about 10:50 p.m. on Dec. 21 in the area of 47 W. North St., struck and killed Kevin Miller while he was lawfully and properly crossing North Street at an intersection with his father.
police blotter SCRANTON — A man wanted in a 2012 homicide in Florida was captured in Dickson City on Tuesday, U.S. Marshal Martin J. Pane said in a news release. Arthur Spencer, 20, was apprehended by the U.S. Marshals Service in the 900 block of West Lackawanna Avenue. He was turned over to the Dickson City Police Department for processing and to await extradition to Florida. An arrest warrant was issued
The lawsuit states the impact propelled Miller onto the hood/front bumper of the Grand Am and caused him to be thrown, pushed and/or dragged a substantial distance. “Letteer Jr. struck Kevin Francis Miller with such force that Kevin Miller was pulled from his father’s grasp and knocked … out of his shoes,” the lawsuit states. The suit goes on to allege that Letteer Jr. failed to stop and “knowingly fled the scene of a collision.” The lawsuit also alleges Letteer Jr. operated the vehicle with the express and/ or implied consent of his father, and his father, prior to Dec. 21, had knowledge or reason to know that Letteer Jr. “drove dangerously, recklessly, unreasonably, upon public roadways and further drove after consuming alcoholic beverages to the point of intoxication.” The lawsuit goes on to allege that Letteer Jr. was intoxicated when the Grand Am struck Kevin Miller and that Letteer Sr. granted his son his express and/or implied permission to drive the car knowing or having reason to know his son drove the car after consuming alcohol to the point of intoxication and/or knowing or having reason to know that his son lacked the capacity to drive safely. The seven counts include: • Survival action, seeking compensation for Kevin Miller’s pain and suffering, his emotional distress and his financial
for Spencer on May 24 charging him with homicide in Lake County, Fla. Spencer and four co-defendants allegedly invaded a home in Clemont, Fla., and shot a man multiple times on May 22, 2012, according to the news release. Pane said the Lake County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service Regional Fugitive Task Force in Florida. Information was developed on the possible whereabouts of Spencer in Lackawanna County. U.S. Marshals in Florida
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tive director at Family Service Association of Wyoming Valley, said the work being done by volunteers may not be possible if it had to come out of his budget. “This event helps so many agencies that help many people. It may seem like a little thing, but it all adds up to a lot,” he said. At the breakfast, five awards were presented: United Way
losses. • Wrongful death, seeking compensation for funeral expenses, expenses of administration, plaintiffs’ deprivation and injury as a result of the loss of support, society, consortium, companionship, comfort, aid, association, care and services of Kevin Miller, value of loss of services and household contributions. • Negligent infliction of emotional distress on Stephen and Caroline Miller, who witnessed their son being struck. • Negligent infliction of emotional distress on Stephen and Christopher Miller, who witnessed their brother being struck. The parents and their surviving children also suffered conditions requiring professional treatment with physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, professionals and counselors, the lawsuit states. • Negligent entrustment, alleging that Letteer Sr. negligently entrusted his vehicle to his son without ensuring his son was capable of safely driving it. • Intentional spoilation of evidence, in that Letteer Jr. allegedly fled the scene, depriving investigators the opportunity to conduct a thorough forensic investigation of the vehicle. The count asks for the assessment of punitive damages based on spoilation of evidence. • Loss of filial consortium, allowing for compensatory damages. Each count seeks punitive damages as well.
contacted the Middle District of Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force, which located Spencer in Dickson City. HAZLETON — City police reported the following: • Property was stolen during a burglary of an apartment in the 400 block of East Broad Street on Tuesday. • Police said a vehicle fire is under investigation in the area of West Fourth and North Sherman Court early Wednesday morning. • Police said they are search-
ing for a white Pomeranian dog that bit a 12-year-old girl in the area of 70 S. Locust St. at about 12:55 a.m. Tuesday. The girl was bitten on her lower lip and treated at Hazleton General Hospital. • Joel Santiago and Miguel Nieves reported Tuesday that an unknown person burglarized their apartment in the 200 block of West Fern Street. • PPL Electric Utilities reported Tuesday that an unknown person damaged a transmission line in the area of South Poplar Street that caused a power outage to 12 homes.
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