Henry Klach

St. Jude Parishioner

Henry Klach, 85, Mountain Top, died July 4, 2014, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Born in Nanticoke, he was the son of the late Stanley and Celia (Landowska) Klach. Henry worked for the UFCW Local 72 and also served as the secretary and treasurer prior to his retirement. He was a member of the St. Jude’s Church in Mountain Top and was a past president of its Holy Name Society. Henry was also an avid fisherman.

Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, were a brother, Stanley; a sister, Jean; and a grandson, Keith McNeill.

Surviving are his wife, the former Marcella Abromovitch; his son, Robert, Springville; his daughter, Sharon McNeill, Wilkes-Barre; his sister, Theo Dobin, Pittston; grandchildren, Justine and Jillian McNeill and Cassandra and Allison Klach; two great-grandchildren, Damien and Emila Rivera.

The funeral will be held at 9 a. m. Wednesday, July 9, from McCune Funeral Home, 80 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a. m. in the St. Jude’s Church. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Drums. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p. m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorial donations to the Alzheimer’s Foundation at alzfdn.orgwould be appreciated by the family.

John Argenziano

Mountaintop Resident

John Argenziano, Mountain Top, died Thursday evening, July 3, 2014, at home.

Arrangements were being finalized at press time by the Lehman Family Funeral Service Inc., 689 Hazle Ave., Wilkes-Barre.

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William E. Harris

PIAA Wrestling Referee

William E. Harris, 67, Mountain Top, died July 1, 2014, at Keystone Garden Estates, Larksville, in the company of his wife and children.

Born in Wilkes-Barre on March 13, 1947, he was a son of the late Samuel and Ruth Jenkins Harris. He was a graduate of E. L. Meyers High School, where he was a member of the Wrestling Hall of Fame. He earned his associate degree from Wilkes College.

William was a member of the National Guard and helped facilitate the evacuation during the Agnes flood.

For more than 25 years, William was a PIAA High School wresting referee and was known as one of the best in the area.

Prior to retiring, he was employed by Chrysler as an insurance agent.

Upon retiring, Billy spent some great years traveling the country with his wife, Peggy, and enjoying their family and their lifelong friends from the valley.

Surviving are his loving wife, the former Margaret (Peggy) Aston; a son, James William Harris and his wife, Kristen, Philadelphia; a daughter, Megan Loscomb and her husband, William, Johnson, Vt.; two granddaughters, Gracie Jane and Ella Jane; a brother, James Harris and his wife, Janet, Mountain Top; several nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association , 57 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.

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Rocco (Rocky) Mele

World War II Veteran

Rocco (Rocky) Mele, 94, Mountain Top, died June 25, 2014, at his home following a lengthy illness.

Mr. Mele was born in Manhattan, New York City, son of Phillip and Anna Mele. He was a graduate of Textile High School, New York City, and served as a technical sergeant in the Army with the 12th Engineer Combat Battalion in Normandy, Northern France, the Rhineland and in Central Europe during World War II. He earned the American Defense Service Ribbon, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon, three overseas bars, four bronze service campaign stars and the Bronze Star medal.

Following his military service, he joined the U. S. Postal Service and had been a letter carrier in Jamaica, Queens, for 30 years. He had moved to Pennsylvania in the 1960s and had attended Ss. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, Plymouth.

He was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters.

Surviving are his wife, the former Kerry Ashton, at home; stepchildren, Josh and Ashley Stoffel, both at home; stepdaughter, Brittany Hayes and her husband, Jon, Buffalo, N. Y.; grandchildren, Addison and Kayden Hayes; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held at the family home, Wright Township.

Memorial donations in Mr. Mele’s name may be made to the Luzerne County SPCA, Fox Hill Road, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.

Ruth L. Berger

White Haven Resident

Ruth L. Berger, 86, White Haven, died June 29, 2014, in St. Luke Manor, Hazleton.

She is survived by her daughters, Colleen Gower and her husband, Edward, White Haven; and Pamela Cawley and her husband, Martin, Annapolis, Md; grandson, Edward Gower Jr.; two great-grandchildren, Lilah and Elsie; sister, Kathryn Twomey, Garden City, N. Y.; and many nieces and nephews.

The funeral service was conducted from Lehman Family Funeral Service Inc., White Haven.