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

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Mrs. Mary Ann (Savitsky) Iskra, 68, of West Chestnut Street, in the North End section of the city, passed into Eternal Life Monday evening, Dec. 31, 2012, New Year’s Eve, in the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, surrounded by her loving family, following a prolonged illness.

Born Nov. 15, 1944, in Plains Township, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Stella (D’Mohowski) Savitsky.

Educated in the Plains schools, she was a graduate of the former Plains High School. She furthered her education by attaining a license in cosmetology.

In her younger days, she was previously employed by the former Hess’s Department Store at the Wyoming Valley Mall. More recently, she is remembered by those who knew and loved her as being a caring, devoted wife, mother and grandmother to her beloved family. She had a deep and reverent devotion to her faith which was thought of as an inspiration and influence on those who she would come in contact with in her daily life.

She and her husband, Mr. Thomas G. Iskra Sr., celebrated 47 years of married life this past May 1st.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, Thomas, at home, are their children and their spouses, Thomas G. Iskra Jr. and his wife, Lisa; David S. Iskra Sr. and his wife, Amy; Debbie Francis and her husband, Clifford; and Bernadette Jacob and her husband, Jeff, all of Wilkes-Barre; 11 grandchildren who were the joys of her life, including Maureen, Julia and Thomas Iskra; Melissa, Cliff Jr., Justin and Jeremy Francis; David Jr., Courtney, Jenna and Ryan Iskra; sisters, Nancy Swiecicki and her husband, Stanley, Saylorsburg; Joan Savitsky; Patricia Brady and her husband, Matthew, all of Plains Township; Susan Zbierski and her husband, Robert, Hudson; brother, Robert Savitsky, and his wife, Kathy, Plains Township; aunt and godmother, Mrs. Josie Vegso, N.J.; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Iskra will be conducted on Friday at 9:30 a.m. from the John V. Morris Funeral Home North Wilkes-Barre Chapel, 625 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in the St. Stanislaus Kostka worship site of St. Andre Bessette Parish, 668 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. The Rev. Joseph M. Horanzy, pastor emeritus of the former St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, will be celebrant.

Interment will follow in the parish cemetery, Blanchard and Cemetery Streets, Plains Township.

Relatives and friends may join the Iskra family for visitation and remembrances today from 4 until 8 p.m.

In lieu of floral tributes, memorial donations are requested in Mrs. Iskra’s name to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 2040 Linglestown Road Suite #104; Harrisburg, PA 17110.

To send Mary Ann’s family online words of comfort and friendship, please visit the funeral home website at www.johnvmorrisfuneralhomes.com.

 

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In Memory of Edward J Mahowski (October 10, 1917 – August 30, 2012)

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In Memory of Edward J Mahowski

October 10, 1917 – August 30, 2012

Ed J Mahowski

Ed Mahowski

Born October 10th, 1917, Edward Mahowski was the 5th child of Rose and Adolph D’Mochowski and the first son. His twin brother died during birth. His older sisters were Anne, Stella, and twins Blanche and Elizabeth. His younger siblings were Edmund “Hank”, and twins Josephine and Julie. His mother bore 3 sets of twins in all. Ed grew up in Plains, Pennsylvania with the rest of the D’Mochowski family but began using the name Mahowski at the insistence of his first grade teacher because phonetically it was more appropriate. Never wanting to rock the boat (even at that early age), Ed complied and was forever known as Edward John Mahowski.

Ed was drafted in 1940 during the first peacetime draft in United States history; ten months before the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was a member of the 32nd Infantry Division known as the Red Arrow, which was one of the first divisions activated for duty after the attack. He earned the rank as Corporal and was part of the American campaign against the Japanese in Buna, New Guinea.

During battle for Bruna, Ed was operating a 50 caliber machine gun during an assault when his troop was targeted by enemy aircraft and bombed. As a result of the bombing, Ed was ejected into the air and landed on his back on top of the machine gun. He lay in the New Guinea jungle for two days until rescued, and was one of two soldiers in his regiment to survive the bombing. He was hospitalized in Australia for one year before returning to the United States. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart for his injuries sustained in the attack.
Ed moved to Dearborn, Michigan after his recovery where he met a pretty girl name Bernadean “Deanie” at the local ice cream shop which was located next to the movie theater. They married in 1944 and became the proud parents of three boys; Edward 1945, Michael 1948, and Thomas 1958. Ed, Deanie and their sons lived in Dearborn, Michigan where Ed was self-employed as an appliance repairman.

In 1969, Ed, Deanie, and Tom moved to St. Petersburg, Florida. Ed was a member of Blessed Sacrament Church for over 40 years, was a devout Catholic, and through his simple demonstrations of faith he served as an inspiration to others. Ed and Deanie were married 44 years until March 1988 when Deanie lost her battle with cancer.

Ed is survived by his sons Michael (West Bloomfield, Michigan) and Thomas (Seminole, Florida). His son Edward predeceased him in 2008. He is also survived by his three daughter in-laws Judy (Edward), Ruth (Michael), and Jan (Thomas) and 6 grandchildren; Mark and Matthew (Ed), Raven and Jeff (Mike), and Katie and Kelly (Tom). He will be remembered in all of our hearts forever.

Funeral Service

Saturday, September 29, 2012 | 10:00a.m. – 11:00a.m.

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church
11565 66Th Ave, Seminole, FL 33772-6140 Driving Directions

Military Honors

Saturday, September 29, 2012 | 11:15a.m. – 11:30a.m.

Garden Sanctuary Cemetery
7950 131St St, Seminole, FL 33776-3519 | 727-391-0121 Driving Directions

 

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2012 Family Reunion

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2012 Family Reunion

August 4th, 2012 – Saturday

Francis Slocum Park, Pavilion #2

Number of people coming so far: 50

Name

Attending?

# People Coming Bringing
Theresa Brady

Yes

1

Soda, ketchup, mustard, charcoal, games

Patricia & Matt Brady

Yes

2

chicken, coleslaw, apple pan pie

Matt Brady Jr.

Yes

1

deviled eggs, fruit salad

Julie Sifert & Family

Yes

2

Macaroni Salad with onions

Chrissy Miller & Family

Yes

2

TBD

Michelle Cekloski & Family

Yes

4

Halushki

Bernie Hromek & Brenda, Mary, Emily & Lizzie Kolojejchick

Yes

5

TBD

Betty Tkach

Yes

1

TBD

John & Debbie Tkach

Yes

2

TBD

Dorothy Condo

Yes

1

TBD

Janice, Mark & Debi Weaver

Yes

3

TBD

Ken & Lilli Esposito

Yes

2

TBD

Anita Rudda

Yes

1

TBD

Karen Condo Dewan Family

No

Judy, Bill and Joe Yarka

Yes

3

Baked beans, condiments, water

Nancy & Stanley Swiecicki

Yes

2

ham, rye bread, cupcakes, cookies

Josie Vegso

Yes

1

TBD

Karl & Mary Ann Harkenreader (and maybe Amy & Charlotte)

Yes

2

TBD

Debbie Francis, CJ, Cliff, Justin and maybe Melissa later

Yes

4

Hot dogs, burgers and buns

MaryAnn & Tom Iskra

Yes

2

TBD

Tom & Lisa Iskra & family

Yes

5

Ziti

Linda Murphy

Yes

1

TBD

Denise Zbierski

No

Mike & Lorraine Zbierski & family

No

Bob, Bob and Sarah Zbierski

Yes

3

TBD

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

Map of the Park

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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