2016 Family Reunion

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2016 Family Reunion

August 13th, 2016 – Saturday

Francis Slocum Park, Pavilion #1  <= note this is a different site than last year

Number of people coming so far: 27

Name

Attending?

# People Coming Bringing
Brenda, Mary, Emily, & Lizzie Kolojejchick Yes 4 pasta salad and dessert
Betty Tkach Yes 1 Porketta
Bernie Hromek & Louise Yes 2 Coffe & fixings
John & Debbie Tkach Yes 2 Grill, burgers, hot dogs, buns, etc
Mark, Janice & Debi Weaver Yes 3 Bringing items with John & Debbie Tkach
Jennifer, Alan, Don Freeman Yes 3 Bringing items with John & Debbie Tkach
Theresa, Patsy, Matty Brady Yes 3 Water, ice, chicken, apple slab pie, fruit salad, plastic forks/knives/spoons
Judy Yarka, Nanacy & Stan Swiecicki Tbd
Julie, Josh, Nick Sifert Yes 3 Tuna noodle casserole & Diet Coke
Chrissy Miller , Jesi and partner Berg Yes 3 Tbd
Tom & Lisa Iskra No 0 NA
Linda Murphy Yes 1 Piggies
Denise Zbierski Yes 1 Plates, napkins, bowls, food TBD
Michelle Ceclosky No 0 NA
Bob Zbierski III Yes 1 Ice
Bob Zbierski Jr No 0 NA
Sarah Zbierski No 0 NA
Pamela Garvey No 0 NA

Games:
Volley Ball (there is a volley ball net near the pavilion)

  • Baseball / Bat / Glove

Food (the following is just a suggestion – feel free to add items):

  • hot dogs & buns
  • hamburgers & buns
  • kielbasa & sauerkraut
  • sausage & peppers
  • chicken
  • salads – potato salad, pasta salad, coleslaw
  • nibbles – pretzels & potato chips, salsa & nacho chips
  • condiments – ketchup, mustard
  • desserts – fruit, cookies
  • drinks – water, lemonade, iced tea, soda (alcohol is prohibited)

Directions to Francis Slocum Park
Official PA Park Commission Site
Local Directions

  • Follow River Road – turn left onto 8th Street Bridge – continue on 8th street for .8 (eight-tenth) miles
  • 8th Street crosses Wyoming Ave – continue on 8th Street for another .8 (eight-tenth) mile
  • 8th Street crosses Shoemaker St – continue straight(ish) on 8th Street for 3.1 miles
  • Turn left onto Mount Olivet Road – go .9 (nine-tenths) miles
  • Turn left into Francis Slocum Park – go .3 (three-tenths) miles
  • Just past the Ranger Station turn right – follow the signs to Pavilions 1 & 2
  • Make the first left into the parking lot.
  • We’re at Pavillon #1

Out of State Directions

  • The park is five miles from Dallas and ten miles from Wilkes-Barre.
  • From exit 170B of I-81, take PA 309 north about seven miles (7.2).
  • Turn right (east) on Carverton Road and go about four miles (4.2).
  • Turn left (north) on 8th Street Road and go about one mile (1.3).
  • Turn left (west) onto Mt. Olivet Road and go one mile.
  • The park entrance is on the left.
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2015 Family Reunion

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2015 Family Reunion

August 8th, 2015 – Saturday

Francis Slocum Park, Pavilion #2

Number of people coming so far: 34

Name

Attending?

# People Coming Bringing
Theresa Brady Yes 1 coleslaw, bottled water
Patsy Brady, Matt Jr, Jim Yes 3 chicken, deviled eggs, fruit salad
Julie, Josh & Nick Sifert No N/A N/A
Judy, Lindsey & Joe Yarka, Stanley & Nancy Swiecicki No N/A N/A
Chrissy Miller, Jesi & Berg Miller No N/A N/A
Jenn & Don Freeman & Alan Leland No N/A N/A
Melissa Francis & Mike Yes 2 Pasta Salad
Michelle, Mark, Caleb & Brody Ceklosky Yes 4 Halushki
Lisa, Tom, Thomas & Julia Iskra Yes 4 Watergate (dessert)
Betty Tkach Yes 1 Porketta & cookies
Bernie Hromek and Louise Yes 2 Coffee & Fruit tray
Janice, Mark & Debi Weaver Yes 3 Pasta Salad
John & Debbi Tkach Yes 2 TBD
Brenda, Emily, Lizzi Kolojejchick (and friend Jason) Yes 4 sausage and peppers and a hash brown casserole
Ken, April, Lilli Esposito Yes 3 TBD
 Mary Lynn Fay & Friend  Yes  2  TBD
 Bob III & Sarah Zbierski  No N/A  N/A
 Rose Rava  Yes  1  Kielbasa
 Sharon, Rusty, Nichole Swartz  No  N/A  N/A
 Anita Rudda  No  N/A  N/A
 Denise & Bob Zbierski  Yes  2  utensils, plates, napkins, bowls

Games:
Volley Ball (there is a volley ball net near the pavilion)

  • Baseball / Bat / Glove

Food (the following is just a suggestion – feel free to add items):

  • hot dogs & buns
  • hamburgers & buns
  • kielbasa & sauerkraut
  • sausage & peppers
  • chicken
  • salads – potato salad, pasta salad, coleslaw
  • nibbles – pretzels & potato chips, salsa & nacho chips
  • condiments – ketchup, mustard
  • desserts – fruit, cookies
  • drinks – water, lemonade, iced tea, soda (alcohol is prohibited)

Directions to Francis Slocum Park
Official PA Park Commission Site
Local Directions

  • Follow River Road – turn left onto 8th Street Bridge – continue on 8th street for .8 (eight-tenth) miles
  • 8th Street crosses Wyoming Ave – continue on 8th Street for another .8 (eight-tenth) mile
  • 8th Street crosses Shoemaker St – continue straight(ish) on 8th Street for 3.1 miles
  • Turn left onto Mount Olivet Road – go .9 (nine-tenths) miles
  • Turn left into Francis Slocum Park – go .3 (three-tenths) miles
  • Just past the Ranger Station turn right – follow the signs to Pavilions 1 & 2
  • Make the first left into the parking lot.
  • We’re at Pavillon #2

Out of State Directions

  • The park is five miles from Dallas and ten miles from Wilkes-Barre.
  • From exit 170B of I-81, take PA 309 north about seven miles (7.2).
  • Turn right (east) on Carverton Road and go about four miles (4.2).
  • Turn left (north) on 8th Street Road and go about one mile (1.3).
  • Turn left (west) onto Mt. Olivet Road and go one mile.
  • The park entrance is on the left.
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In Memory Of Dan Vegso (July 15, 1956 – February 2, 2015) – Chiller Theater

Dan was a part of Chiller Theatre…  Learn more about them here

http://www.chillertheatre.com/main.htm

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In Memory Of Dan Vegso (July 15, 1956 – February 2, 2015)

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Daniel A. Vegso, 58, died on Mon. Feb.2, 2015 at his home in Denville, NJ. He was born and raised and has lived in Denville his whole life. Dan loved electronics, technology and music, and he had worked for over 24 years for Tech Toys in Parsippany. He also loved helping his friends and the church with the latest technology.

He is survived by his mother Josephine A. Vegso and many cousins and friends.

Family and friends are invited to a Memorial Mass of Christian Burial Service on Sat. Feb. 14, 2015 at 11:00 AM at St. Mary’s Church in Denville, NJ. Arrangements are being handled by Norman Dean Home for Services in Denville, NJ. Please share a memory of Daniel by lighting a candle on our web site, www.normandean.com.

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2014 Family Reunion

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2014 Family Reunion

August 9th, 2014 – Saturday

Francis Slocum Park, Pavilion #2

Number of people coming so far: 42

Name

Attending?

# People Coming Bringing
Theresa Brady Yes 1 coleslaw, bottled water
Patsy Brady, Matt Jr, Jim Yes 3 chicken, deviled eggs, fruit salad
Julie, Josh & Nick Sifert No N/A N/A
Judy & Joe Yarka, Stanley & Nancy Swiecicki Yes 4 TBD
Chrissy Miller, Jesi & Berg Miller No N/A N/A
name 1  Yes  2 Kapusta with kelbasi & haluski (cabbage & noodles)
name 2  Yes  3 TBD
Betty Tkach & Dorothy Condo  Yes  2 porketta, rolls and condiments
Anita Rudda  Yes  1 pickles
Jenn & Don Freeman & Alan Leland  Yes  3 Grill, etc
John & Debbi Tkach  Yes  2 hotdogs, burgers, rolls and condiments
Janice, Mark & Debi Weaver  Yes  3 Chips
Brenda, Emily & Liz Kolojejchick & Bernie Hromek & Louise  Yes 5 Chicken & a pasta salad and maybe a dessert; coffee, cream & sugar
Ken & Lilli Esposito  Yes 2 TBD
Melissa Francis & Mike; Jeremy Francis  Yes 3 TBD
Linda Murphy  Yes 1 paper products and plastic ware
Michelle, Mark, Brody, Caleb Cekloski  Yes 4 halushki
Denise Zbierski  Yes 1 pasta salad
Bob Zbierski Jr & Bob III  Yes 2 turkey chili

Games:
Volley Ball (there is a volley ball net near the pavilion)

  • Baseball / Bat / Glove

Food (the following is just a suggestion – feel free to add items):

  • hot dogs & buns
  • hamburgers & buns
  • kielbasa & sauerkraut
  • sausage & peppers
  • chicken
  • salads – potato salad, pasta salad, coleslaw
  • nibbles – pretzels & potato chips, salsa & nacho chips
  • condiments – ketchup, mustard
  • desserts – fruit, cookies
  • drinks – water, lemonade, iced tea, soda (alcohol is prohibited)

Directions to Francis Slocum Park

Official PA Park Commission Site

Local Directions

  • Follow River Road – turn left onto 8th Street Bridge – continue on 8th street for .8 (eight-tenth) miles
  • 8th Street crosses Wyoming Ave – continue on 8th Street for another .8 (eight-tenth) mile
  • 8th Street crosses Shoemaker St – continue straight(ish) on 8th Street for 3.1 miles
  • Turn left onto Mount Olivet Road – go .9 (nine-tenths) miles
  • Turn left into Francis Slocum Park – go .3 (three-tenths) miles
  • Just past the Ranger Station turn right – follow the signs to Pavilions 1 & 2
  • Make the first left into the parking lot.
  • Between the first and second pavilions are tables under the trees – this is it!!!

Out of State Directions

  • The park is five miles from Dallas and ten miles from Wilkes-Barre.
  • From exit 170B of I-81, take PA 309 north about seven miles (7.2).
  • Turn right (east) on Carverton Road and go about four miles (4.2).
  • Turn left (north) on 8th Street Road and go about one mile (1.3).
  • Turn left (west) onto Mt. Olivet Road and go one mile.
  • The park entrance is on the left.
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2013 Family Reunion

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2013 Family Reunion

August 10th, 2013 – Saturday

Francis Slocum Park, Pavilion #2

Number of people coming so far: 59

Name

Attending?

# People Coming Bringing
Theresa Brady Yes 1 TBD
Rose Rava Yes 1 smoked & fresh kielbasi
Anita Rudda Yes 1 TBD
Judy Yarka, Stanley & Nancy Swiecicki Yes 3 Water, Ham
Michael Mahowski, Raven (daughter) & boyfriend; Jeffrey (son) & girlfriend Yes 5 TBD
Patsy Brady & James Brady, Matt Brady Jr Yes 3 Chicken, devilled eggs, fruit salad
Stanley and Janet Swiecicki No 0 n/a
Bernie Hromek, Brenda, Mary, Elizabeth, Emily Kolojejchick Yes 5 pasta salad and a dessert
Betty Tkach Yes 1 porketta and rolls
Jennifer, Don, Alan Freeman, Dorothy Condo Yes 4 Grill, Hamburgers, Hot dogs and buns
Michelle, Mark, Brody, Caleb Cekloski  Yes  4  Halushki
Janice, Mark, Debi Weaver  Yes  3 TBD
Ken, Lilli Esposito  Yes  2 TBD
John, Debbie Tkach Yes  2  TBD
Mary Ann & Karl Harkereader Yes 2 potato platski
Pete Chernavage Yes 1 TBD
Mary Lynn & Mike Fay No 0 n/a
Josie Vegso No 0 n/a
Debbie, Cliff, CJ, Melissa, Jeremy Francis Yes 5 TBD
Tom Iskra Sr Yes 1 TBD
Bernadette Jacob Yes 1 TBD
David Iskra Jr Yes 1 TBD
Robert & Kathy Savitski, Andrea, Joe & Jillian Savitsky Yes 5 zucchini bread, and something else
Bob Zbierski No 3 TBD
Linda, Mark & Erin Murphy Yes 3 piggies, paper products
Lisa & Julia Iskra Yes 2 ziti

Suggestions of items to bring:

Games:
Volley Ball (there is a volley ball net near the pavilion)

  • Baseball / Bat / Glove

Food (the following is just a suggestion – feel free to add items):

  • hot dogs & buns
  • hamburgers & buns
  • kielbasa & sauerkraut
  • sausage & peppers
  • chicken
  • salads – potato salad, pasta salad, coleslaw
  • nibbles – pretzels & potato chips, salsa & nacho chips
  • condiments – ketchup, mustard
  • desserts – fruit, cookies
  • drinks – water, lemonade, iced tea, soda (alcohol is prohibited)

Directions to Francis Slocum Park

Official PA Park Commission Site

Local Directions

  • Follow River Road – turn left onto 8th Street Bridge – continue on 8th street for .8 (eight-tenth) miles
  • 8th Street crosses Wyoming Ave – continue on 8th Street for another .8 (eight-tenth) mile
  • 8th Street crosses Shoemaker St – continue straight(ish) on 8th Street for 3.1 miles
  • Turn left onto Mount Olivet Road – go .9 (nine-tenths) miles
  • Turn left into Francis Slocum Park – go .3 (three-tenths) miles
  • Just past the Ranger Station turn right – follow the signs to Pavilions 1 & 2
  • Make the first left into the parking lot.
  • Between the first and second pavilions are tables under the trees – this is it!!!

Out of State Directions

  • The park is five miles from Dallas and ten miles from Wilkes-Barre.
  • From exit 170B of I-81, take PA 309 north about seven miles (7.2).
  • Turn right (east) on Carverton Road and go about four miles (4.2).
  • Turn left (north) on 8th Street Road and go about one mile (1.3).
  • Turn left (west) onto Mt. Olivet Road and go one mile.
  • The park entrance is on the left.
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In Memory of Bill Yarka (April 19, 1965 – April 9, 2013)

 

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William J. “Bill” Yarka, Jr., 47, of Wilson Borough, PA passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at the St. Luke’s Hospice House, Bethlehem  surrounded by loved ones.

Born: April 19, 1965 in New Brunswick, NJ he was a son of Barbara J. Yarka of Hillsborough, NJ and the late William J. Yarka, Sr.

Personal: A 1983 graduate of Somerset Vocational School, he had been a sheet metal foreman for 29 years. He also volunteered with the Boys Scouts for many years and enjoyed riding his Harley, camping with his family and watching ice hockey. Bill also loved his three cats: Oreo, Princess and Roy.

Memberships: He was an active member of New Creation United Church of Christ, Palmer and active on the Board of Mary Meuser Library, Wilson. He was a member of  the Sheet Metal Workers Union, Local 22.

Survivors: His mother: Barbara; his wife of 25 years: Judy; daughter: Lindsey; son: Joseph, both of Wilson; 2 sisters: Kathy Lysy and her husband John of Allentown, NJ; Karen Zielonka and her husband Eddie of Midlothian, VA; a niece and 3 nephews. Bill will be greatly missed by the many lives he has touched.

Services: 11:00 a.m. Saturday (April 13) in New Creation UCC, 3730 Nicholas St., Easton with visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the church and 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday in the church. The Ashton Funeral Home, Easton is handling the arrangements.

Memorial Contributions: May be made to the family for the benefit of his children.

Offer online condolences at www.ashtonfuneralhome.com.

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In Memory of Andrew Condo (August 16, 1933 – July 1, 2012)

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Andrew Condo, 78, of Clifton, N.J., passed away on Sunday, July 1, 2012.

Born in Plains Township, he lived most of his life in Clifton, N.J.

A U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War, Andrew is a member of the Athenia Veterans Post, Clifton, N.J.

He was a parishioner of St. Andrew the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, Clifton, N.J.

Andrew was a machine operator for Athenia Steel in Clifton, N.J., for 20 years and later for Pacquet Oneida also in Clifton, N.J., for 15 years, retiring in 2000.

He was a beloved husband for 48 years of Dorothy (Gates); devoted father of Karen DeWan and her husband, Stan, of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.; and Jennifer Leland and her fiancé, Donald Freeman, of Clifton, N.J.; loving grandfather of Colin, Alan and Rebecca; dear brother of Emily Chrzanowski of Plains Township; cherished uncle of several nieces and nephews.

A funeral will be held Saturday 9 a.m. in the Shook Funeral Home, 639 Van Houten Ave., Clifton, N.J., and 10 a.m. in St. Andrew the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, Clifton, N.J. The cremation will be private. Family and friends may visit Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations made in Andrew’s memory to your favorite charity , would be greatly appreciated. Please visit www.ShookFH.com to leave an online condolence.

 

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In Memory of Mary Ann Iskra (November 15,1944 – December 31, 2012) – Eulogy

“Ye of little Faith”

Not too long ago my grandmother went into the hospital for a simple procedure and everything went fine. Then somewhere down the line she hit a speed bump, and at that point doctors didn’t expect her to make it through that night. Practically every doctor said prepare yourselves now because things will happen fast and you will not know what to do. So as we all sat in the waiting room anxiously praying for that miracle, I sat and remembered the things she used to tell us. The most famous one was Ye of Little Faith and also have HOPE. As the day went on, just taking it minute by minute, walking in and out of her room, trying to fight the tears and stay strong for each other, the only thing left to do at that point was hang on to what made her fight for so long, faith and hope. As the day passed, we all went home to try and get some sleep, we prayed, to comfort ourselves that our gram would pull through. As we all woke up at dawn, high on faith and hope we all checked our phones to see if we had gotten that dreaded text or phone call, and was relived when one was not received. At that point we all started to realize, maybe we were getting that mirable after all. Long days, short sleepless nights seemed to be a continuous pattern at that point, which I am sure that just watching my gram fight gave us all that strength to make it possible to get through. Day after day, we watched her get better and better, to the point where she gave us that simple loving smile that we all prayed for. From that point on we knew that not only this family, but also my gram were very blessed people. After a few weeks she finally got moved to another floor, heading for the road of recovery, a few of us asked her daily if she wanted to continue to fight. Boy was that the wrong question to ask her. Haha. She gave you that looking meaning… Are you kidding me…? Of vouse I want to keep fighting. I’m a Savitsky! From that point on we knew to do everything we could for her because she lived not for herself, but for all of us. Then just as everything was going great, God put a speed bump in front of our gram. It looked again as if we were right back to square one. Once agan, all we could do was pray and keep the faith and also hope just like our gram wanted. Again, we were given another gift of a mirale, and after another few weeks she went back to a step down floor, on the road to recovery. As I sat alone in her room one night, just looking at my gram resting peacefully, I couldn’t help but just think, what keeps gram going other than just her faith and hope? I prayed to God that he would help me realize what kept her going. Then it finally hit me, gram lived for the simple things in life. A simple smile from her husband, sisters, brother, kids, and especially all 11 of her grandchildren gave her the strength. All the love and support from each and every one of them kept her going. All the laughs we would give her, and even the simple, Hi gram! As she told me once before, that was the best medicine anyone could ever have. As we all look back on the rollercoaster ride that this whole fmaily endured, gram knew the whole time that God was ready for her, but didn’t pray for her or us, she prayed to make us happy and for her to be there with us through the most important holidays for this entire family, Thanksgiving and Christmas. This was her little way of saying thank you for all the good times, laughs, love and support through this all. As my Uncle Dave said best, “2 months of closure is as much as we could ask for”, and we couldn’t be more thankful. So as you shed tears, they should be tears of joy, because everyone including myself knows that gram is having the time of her life and will never be in pain again, and as my cousin Dave said it best, she could finally have her Jell-O. Finally, if there is one thing to take from this experience, take this. No matter wht life throws at you, any challenges you face just like gram did, just keep that hope and faith, my gram and I both assure you that it will get you through anything and everything. Thank you. Love you gram, you will be sadly missed.

 

Written and presented by Justin Francis, January 4th, 2013

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