U. S. Air Force Veteran
Edward J. Zilinsky, 68, died June 25, 2014, in his Mountain Top home with his adoring wife and devoted daughters by his side.
Ed was born in Avoca on Nov. 25, 1945, to the late John and Stella Zilinsky.
He is survived by his loving and caring wife, Wanda Popeck Zilinsky, and his pride and joy, Lisa Zilinsky Neeld (married to Erik), Holland, Pa., and Victoria Zilinsky, Mountain Top. He is also survived by his beloved grandchildren, Madelyn, 14, Alexander, 11, and Zachary, 8, and his sister, Janet Corbett. Ed enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. His favorite pastimes were going to their sporting events and on many fun-filled family vacations, like the many years at Ocean City, N. J.
Ed, a dedicated and supportive father to Lisa and Vicki, provided countless “Griswold” family vacations filled with unforgettable adventures and memories but as his daughters say, “This is one journey that you need to make on your own, Clark.” His grandchildren fondly recall all their Grandpa adventures like going to amusement parks, fishing, swimming, playing board games, horsing around and watching and talking about sports together. Grandpa was so proud of his eldest granddaughter, Maddi, and often stood in awe of her poise, intelligence, athleticism and beauty, telling her mother often “She is such a doll.” Ed and his first “boy,” Alex, enjoyed talking about recent trades and stats of his favorite Dodger players. Zach and Grandpa had a special bond and enjoyed having a catch and snuggling while watching sports.
Ed was a 1963 graduate of Northeast High School in Duryea. Shortly upon graduation, he enlisted in the U. S. Air Force and served as an airman first class, from 1963 to 1967, receiving numerous commendations for his meritorious duty and service. He later received a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Penn State University and was employed by Bell Atlantic/Verizon in management for more than 35 years.
Ed was highly involved in his community and enjoyed supporting anyone in need. Most recently, he was a member of American Legion Post 781 in Mountain Top and the Knights of Columbus at St Jude’s Parish, Mountain Top.
Eddie Z, as he was lightheartedly known by his buddies, enjoyed golfing whenever possible; yearly cabin weekends in Dushore; many trips and cruises with his wife and friends; going polka dancing and generally having a good time. He was a longtime Brooklyn Dodgers, then Los Angeles Dodgers fan and a Chicago Bears supporter, even though he did still root for the Phighting Phillies and those heartbreaking Eagles.
His family would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support as he fought a courageous battle against cancer. Our special thanks go to all the dedicated nurses and staff of the Henry Cancer Center for their kindness over the past months and to the Erwin Hospice nurses.
Memorial contributions may be made in Ed’s name to the SPCA of Luzerne County to support Ed’s softhearted love of animals, especially the neglected and unwanted.
Arrangements were by McCune Funeral Home, Mountain Top.
Korean War Veteran
Frank P. Simone, 83, Mountain Top, died June 22, 2014, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
Born July 30, 1930, in Mocanaqua, he was the son of the late Michael and Anna Racioppa Simone.
He served in the U. S. Army from 1947 until May 1949, and in the U. S. Air Force where he served in the Korean War.
Frank was honorably discharged in 1953. In 1954 he married his wife, the late Ruby Kulp Simone, in St. Mary’s Chruch, Mocanaqua, and shared a life together for 53 years.
Living in Pennsylvania all of his life, he attended Penn State University, receiving a degree in mechanical engineering, and Millersville University, receiving a degree in education.
He worked at Sanders and Thomas Corp. in Pottstown, Foster Wheeler in Wilkes-Barre and finished his career at the Greater Nanticoke Area School District as an industrial arts teacher. Frank also coached several sports before retiring in 1992.
Preceding him in death in addition to his parents and wife, Ruby, were his brothers, Louis, Ralph and Matthew “William” Simone, and sisters, Elizabeth Zimolzak, Mary Wilczynski and Angela Pizzirusso.
Surviving are his daughter, Debra and fiancé, Ron DeBalko, Mountain Top; granddaughter, Heather and husband, Peter Corby, Mountain Top; and brothers, the Rev. Michael, Maryknoll, N. Y.; and Joseph, Nanticoke. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
There will be no viewing or service.
McCune Funeral Service Inc., Mountain Top, is handling the arrangements.
Lola G. Miller, 87, Berwick, died June 18, 2014, at Geisinger Bloomsburg Health Care.
Born in Dorrance Township on Nov. 10, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Percy and Nellie Rinehimer Good.
She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in teaching from Bloomsburg Teacher’s College and teaching certification from Trenton, New Jersey. She taught for 35 years in Lebanon County, New Jersey.
She enjoyed crocheting, crossword puzzles, playing bingo and going to Chinese auctions.
She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Mary Ann Smith, Berwick; son, Richard Allen Miller and Donna, Dixon, Mo.; grandchildren, Vicky Guidish, Gayle Smith, Lori Farver, Michelle King and Rebecca Thompson; 14 great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Matilda LaWalt, and brother, Marvin Good.
Memorial contributions may be made to Geisinger Bloomsburg Health Care Center, Activities Department, 211 E. First St., Bloomsburg, PA 17815.
Dorothy A. (Frashefski) Cupp, 89, Mountaintop, died June 27, 2014 at the Golden Living Center — East Mountain Manor, Plains Township.
She was the wife of William Cupp, who passed away in 2003.
Funeral services were held in the Cornerstone Christian Fellowship Church 3577 Church Road, Mountain Top.
Corcoran Funeral Home Inc., Plains Township, handled the arrangements.