Obituaries
Michael Skatuler III

Former Resident

Michael Joseph Skatuler III, 71, of Summerville Center, Queens County, Nova Scotia, Canada, passed away peacefully in Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre, Halifax, Canada, on Monday, July 14, 2014.

Born in Ashley, he was a son of Ellen M. Hughes and the late Michael J. Skatuler Jr.

Michael graduated from St. Leo’s Parochial School and, after being a window trimmer for a large department store in Wilkes-Barre for a few years, he and a partner decided to open a Gulf service station which he operated for 30 years. Upon retiring, he became a crew chief for a National Hot Rod Association company which won three national records.

In 1964 Michael married Lorraine Stanulis, they chose Dorrance to raise their family. In 2003, they retired and moved to Florida. They were married for 43 years. His wife passed away in 2007.

Surviving besides his mother, are his children; Michael, Mark, Amy Young, and Lori Ward. He has 11 Grandchildren and 2 Great-grandchildren.

Cremation has taken place under the direction of Chandlers’ Funeral Home, Liverpool, Canada. A private family graveside memorial service will be held at a later date.

Sarah J. Smereski

Slocum Twp. Resident

Sarah J. Smereski, 89, Slocum Township, died July 22, 2014, at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital following a brief illness.

Born on Aug. 6, 1924, in Slocum, she was a daughter of the late John D. and Thesia Payne Lucas. Sarah attended the Slocum Township schools and graduated from the former Newport Township High School, Class of 1942. After her marriage to Edward Smereski they resided in Louisiana, Texas and Michigan while he was stationed stateside in the military and most of her life in Slocum.

Mrs. Smereski was employed as a seamstress in the local garment industry for many years including Cohen & Fine in Wilkes-Barre and last at Luzerne Outerwear, Salem Township, prior to retiring. She was a member of the AFL-CIO.

Her husband Edward died on March 25, 2002. The last member of her immediate family, she was preceded in death by sisters, Alice Chester, Shirley Spaide and Marcella McMillan.

Surviving is her daughter, Patricia Rinehimer and husband, Edward, Dorrance; granddaughters, Lora Rinehimer and partner, Leisha Boeckel, York County; and Patricia Moratori and husband, Byron, Slocum; great-grandchildren, Mallory and Joseph Moratori; several nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.

If desired, memorial contributions in Mrs. Smereski’s memory may be made to your favorite charity.

Michael Gogick

Former Resident

Michael Vince Gogick, 39, Plains Township, died peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on July 21, 2014, in Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Dunmore.

Born in Wilkes-Barre on July 10, 1975, he was a son to Charlotte and the late Ronald Gogick. When Michael was a young boy, the Gogick family lived in Mountain Top and later moved to the Drums area.

Michael was a graduate of Hazleton High School, Class of 1993. He then joined the U. S. Army and served in the infantry. He was honorably discharged and returned home.

Michael then found employment with Famosa Pizzeria, Hazleton. After a few years, Michael was employed in the manufacturing of wire rope by the Bridon American Corp., Exeter. Michael also worked for the Woodlands Resort, Plains Township, and Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, where he was a chef.

Michael married the former Melissa Makara in 1999. Together they celebrated 15 years of marriage. They are the proud parents of their two children, Michael and Tori.

Michael was a proud and loving father to his children. He was a coach for the Wilkes-Barre Pony League and for the Plains Little League Softball. He enjoyed being in his kitchen cooking, hunting deer and turkey, archery, watching football, especially his son’s Plains Yankee football games and the New York Giants.

Michael is survived by his loving wife, Missy, daughter, Tori, and son, Michael, all of Plains Township; grandmother, Jennie Gogick, Mountain Top; mother, Charlotte Gogick, Drums; brother, Gary, California; aunts and uncles; cousins; and his two dogs, Thor and Bailey.

Memorial donations may be given at any Citizen Bank, care of the Gogick Family Benefit.

Matilda Nardone

Former Resident

Matilda (Millie) Nardone of Kingston, and formerly of Mountain Top, died peacefully July 22, 2014, surrounded by her loving children. Her husband, the late Attorney Vincent C. Nardone, preceded her in death in 1964.

She was born in Larksville on Nov. 3, 1930, daughter of the late George and Verna Motz Bialek. She attended Larksville schools, and was a graduate of Larksville High School.

She was a former member of St. Jude Church in Mountain Top, and currently at St. Ignatius Church in Kingston.

Millie devoted her life to raising her children and grandchildren. Their gratitude and love for her can never be adequately expressed.

Surviving are her children, Dr. Vincent C. Nardone (Karen Stack), South Windsor, Conn.; Attorney John C. Nardone (Patricia Shumaker), Dallas; Carole Kneal (Gary Burczy), Ashley; and Theresa Murphy (James Murphy), Kingston; grandchildren, Dr. Vincent J. Nardone, Annaria Barnds (Brandon), Sara Nardone, and Robert Nardone; sisters, Helen Schlosser, Fairless Hills; Delores Kuharcik, North Palm Beach, Fla.; and Barbara Beretsky, Larksville; a brother and sisters-in-law; several nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.

The family would like to thank the numerous health care providers who gave Millie such wonderful care over the past few years, especially at John Heinz, Hospice of the Sacred Heart and her home health aide, Bonnie, but in particular John Kish, M. D., and his staff.

Fenna Kubik

Mountaintop Resident

Fenna Kubik, 93, Mountain Top, died July 24, 2014, at her residence.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, Nov. 11, 1920; she was a daughter of the late Michael and Pauline Butry. She was educated in Wilkes-Barre schools.

She was formerly employed by RCA Corporation, Crestwood Industrial Park, Mountain Top, prior to her retirement. She was a member of St. Jude Roman Catholic Church, Mountain Top.

She is preceded in death by her husband, John, in 2001; three brothers and eight sisters.

Survivors are numerous nieces and nephews.

Desiderio Funeral Home Inc., 436 S. Mountain Blvd., state Route 309, Mountain Top.

Karen A. Gogick

Mountaintop Resident

Karen A. Gogick, Red Maple Avenue, Mountain Top, died July 27, 2014, at the Mountain Top Senior Care Center, Mountaintop.

Funeral arrangements were pending at press time from the Earl

W. Lohman Funeral Home Inc., 14

W. Green St., Nanticoke.

Rita Gallagher

Dedicated to Family

Rita Elizabeth Gallagher, 99, a nearly lifelong resident of the East End section of Wilkes-Barre, died July 17, 2014.

Born June 10, 1915, in East End, she was a daughter of the late Fred and Bridget Bonner Zimmerman.

Emma attended the Guthrie School and James M. Coughlin High School.

She dedicated her life to her family and found her greatest joy in raising her daughter and spending time with her grandsons.

Her husband, John J. Gallagher, died Oct. 23, 1972. Brothers, Francis, George and Charles Zimmerman, also preceded her in death.

She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Rita and her husband, Butch Kovalski, Mountain Top; grandsons, Matthew, Kaelin, Daniel and Joshua; great-grandchildren, MacKenzie and Matthew; nieces, nephews and other family.

RACE WINNERS Charlotte Zembruski and Elise Vandermeid were winners of the 4-5 year old swimming race during the Nuangola Lake Association Water Sports Day last Saturday.

and friends!” remarks Liz.

The fun filled season began in June with Nuangola Walks at the Boardwalk, an opening cocktail party and sailboat races. Earlier this month there was a fireworks display on the 4th, a Yacht Club Regatta and worship service at the Nuangola Union Chapel, a summer dance and karaoke.

Next month the Koons Family is bringing back a Lake event classic-the Children’s Masquerade-that will take place at the Pavilion on August 9. There will be judges for the events and prizes for the participants.