Anthony Chopyak

Masonry Instructor

Anthony Chopyak, 46, of Dorrance, passed away suddenly on Saturday, July 19, 2014.

Tony was a graduate of the Red Rock Job Corps where he learned the craft of masonry. He received a Vocational Instructional Teaching Certificate from Temple University and taught masonry at the Wilkes-Barre Area Career and Technical Center in Plains for the past six years. Tony was a 25-year member of the International Bricklayers Union Local #5.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Kay (Rucco) Chopyak.

Tony is survived by wife, Joanne Latze Chopyak, Dorrance; his father, Stephen, and stepmother, Betty J. (Kleman), of Hughestown; brothers, Steven (Debbie S.), Wilkes-Barre, David (Tracy), Dallas, Michael (Carolyne), Pittston, Aaron (Carissa), Pittston; sister, Rachel (Pat), Hanover; nieces and nephews, Taryn, David, Blake, Bryce, Jace, Bradyn, Brislyn, Kierstin, Mariah, and Brandon; stepsons, Michael (Brooke) Vnuk, Nuangola, and David (Michelle) Vnuk, Newport Township; stepgrandchildren, Myla and Nathan Vnuk; stepsister, Kim Binklocker; and step-niece and nephew, Kylie Troutman and Jarid Blass.

Tony was a classic car enthusiast who happily spent time restoring his 1963 Chevy Impala. He had a contagious smile and a real zest for life. He loved the wooded surroundings of his new home where he and his beloved wife Joanne spent time working outdoors and playing with their dog, Jethro. Tony enjoyed teaching, passing his beloved craft on to his students. At family parties, Tony could always be found at the grill preparing a fantastic meal for his family and friends. Everyone who met Tony became an instant friend. He dearly loved his family and will be sadly missed by his brothers and sisters who were his best friends.

Friends may call 4:00 to 8:00 p. m. on Wednesday at the Grontkowski Funeral Home, 51 W. Green Street, Nanticoke and 10:00 a. m. on Thursday at the Grontkowski Funeral Home with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at St. Mary, Our Lady Help of Christians, 3529 St. Mary’s Road, Wapwallopen.

Mary Rudolph

Former Cook at St. Jude’s Rectory

Mary Theresa Marx Rudolph died peacefully on Friday, July 18, 2014.

She was born in Kingston on Feb. 13, 1924, to Fredrick Marx and Catherine Gehl Marx.

She graduated from St. Nicholas High School, Wilkes-Barre. In 1946, she married Francis A. Rudolph Sr. They were blessed with a happy marriage and eight children.

For more than 20 years, she was the cook at St. Jude’s rectory in Mountain Top. She was very active in the RCIA program at St. Jude’s and was famous for her apple pies. Many people loved her because she was so kind, willing to listen and welcomed everyone she met.

Frank preceded her in death in 2001. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Fredrick Marx Jr.; her parents; her beloved grandmother, Grannie Gehl; and her great-granddaughter, Violet Williams.

Mary is survived by eight children and their spouses, Catherine and Norman Wilson, Mt. Union, Pennsylvania, Cecilia and Gordon Williams, Wilkes-Barre, Mary Ann and Garth Corbett, Austin, Texas, Francis and Netta Rudolph, Nanticoke, Michael and Judy Rudolph, Dorrance, Matthew and Ann Rudolph, Harrisburg, Bernadette Rudolph and John Regula, Clarks Summit, and Rebecca and Steven Reedy, Austin; 17 grandchildren and six spouses, Dr. Carrie and Ron Timko, Gordon Michael and Gina Williams, Nathaniel and Jenn Wilson, Cissy and George Hebda, Jessica and Travis Hess, Sarah and Wichitah Leng, Laura Williams, Francis Rudolph III, Andy and Carl Corbett, Alec and CJ Rudolph, Sarah, Michael and Laura Regula and Nicholas and Lydia Reedy; and eight great-grandchildren, Lily, George, Will and James Hebda, Dakota and Carley Hess, Gordon Mark Williams and Ahdi Leng.

The family thanks the staff at Allied Services for their tender care during her long illness.

Mass of Christian Burial was held in St. Jude Church, Mountain Top.

Arrangements were by McCune Funeral Home, Mountain Top.

Memorial donations can be made to the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA), 1011 First Ave., New York, NY 10022-4195.

John Argenziano

Mountaintop Resident

John Argenziano of Mountaintop died July 3, 2014, at home.

John is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, the former Roberta Babiy; sons, Todd J. Argenziano and his wife, Lisa, and James A. and his wife, Leah; grandchildren, Miranda, Erika, Madeline, Kevin, Kyle and Christopher; and brother, Frank Argenziano.

A memorial service was conducted from Lehman Family Funeral Service Inc., Wilkes-Barre. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery, St. Mary’s Road, Hanover Township.

Elsie M. Closson

White Haven Resident

Elsie M. Closson, 87, White Haven Poconos, formerly of Norristown, died July 15, 2014, in Golden Living, Plains Township.

Born in Bridgeport, PA, she was the daughter of the late John and Idella Spare Brown and was a graduate of Norristown High School. She was a member of Norristown Olivet Schwenkfelder United Church of Christ and was employed by Montgomery County in Voter Registration. Mrs. Closson resided in White Haven Poconos since 1989.

Elsie was preceded in death by her first husband, Joseph L. Carter in 1976 and her second husband, William Closson in 2001 and sister, Florence Salamone.

She is survived by her daughter, Tanis VanBuskirk, Norristown; grandson, Bob and his wife, Caroline, two great grandchildren, Ashleigh and William, from Audubon, PA and brothers, Edward Brown and his wife, Mary, Norristown and Robert Brown, Royersford, PA nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Lehman Family Funeral Service, Inc., White Haven.

Private Interment at the convenience of the family.

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