Karen A. Gogick, 60, Red Maple Avenue, Mountain Top, died July 27, 2014, at the Mountain Top Senior Care Center.
Born in Nanticoke on June 16, 1954, she was the daughter of Bernadine Danielowicz Waiter and the late Peter Waiter.
She was formerly employed as a waitress by the Blue Bird Restaurant in Nanticoke until becoming a full-time mother to her daughter. More recently, she performed the weekly cleaning of St. Mary’s, Our Lady Help of Christians Church in Dorrance.
Karen volunteered at St. Jude’s School cafeteria and was a class mother for many years. She was a volunteer who knew how to get things done.
As a member of the former Bishop Hoban High School Parents Club, she chaired the annual spaghetti dinner and fish fry. She stepped up to coach the Bishop Hoban field hockey team for one year when no one else would, and she faithfully baked chocolate chip cookies for the softball team.
She was actively involved with the St. Theresa’s Guild of St. Mary’s, organizing the annual turkey bingo, the December lottery and the First Communion breakfast up until her sickness. She was also the “chief” pierogi boiler for the parish picnic.
As an avid Steelers fan, she would attend their training camp in Latrobe. For many years, Karen, along with her husband and daughter, participated in the Steelers 5K Race, Fitness Walk and Kids Kick Off Run in Pittsburgh that benefited the Art Rooney Scholarship Fund.
A Pittsburgh Pirates fan, she attended many Pirates home games. She was especially happy each year when they defeated the Phillies around the Fourth of July holiday.
Karen would help anyone at any time. From shoveling neighbors’ driveways to helping dig out a tree stump, she would be there to help.
Besides all of her activities, she still had time to be a loving wife and mother with a very practical outlook on life. Her wit and humor were contagious. She will be sadly missed by anyone who knew her, but especially by her daughter and husband of 38 years.
Surviving, in addition to her mother, are her husband, Alexander (Sandy); daughter, Kristy, Pittsburgh; a nephew, a niece and several cousins.
Memorial donations may be made in memory of Karen to Candy’s Place, the Center for Cancer Wellness, 190 Welles St., Suite 120, Forty Fort, PA 18704.
Elizabeth Charlotte “Lilo” Kemmerer, 83, a longtime resident of Mountain Top, died peacefully on July 18, 2014, at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, following a brief illness.
Her beloved husband was the late Harry A. Kemmerer, who passed away on Dec. 3, 1997. Together, Harry and Lilo shared 50 years of marriage.
Born on May 20, 1931, in Augsburg, Germany, Lilo was the daughter of the late Hans and Matilda Vogg.
Following World War II, Harry was serving in the U. S. Army and was stationed in Germany, where he met and fell in love with Lilo. Once he returned to the United States, he sent for Lilo and they began their wonderful life together, eventually having five children and later being blessed with eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Lilo was instrumental in helping her husband establish their family business, Kemmerer Masonry, Ashley. Lilo was extremely proud to see her two sons, Harry and Karl, continue to follow in their father’s footsteps and successfully operate the family business to this day.
Throughout her life, Lilo was a devoted homemaker who tended to the daily needs of her family.
Lilo will forever be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Though her presence will be deeply missed, her spirit will continue to live on in the hearts of her family.
In addition to her parents, Hans and Matilda Vogg, and her husband, Harry, Lilo was preceded in death by her brother, Herbert Vogg.
Lilo is survived by her children, Harry Kemmerer, Mountaintop, Karl Kemmerer, Mountaintop, Rita Glazenski, Wilkes-Barre, Patricia Kemmerer, Mountain Top, and Elizabeth Baranousky, Mountain Top; her eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren; her sister, Rita Vogg, Germany; her sister-in-law, Helga Vogg, Germany; and her nieces and nephews.
A private funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Jude Roman Catholic Church, Mountain Top.
To send the family an online message of condolence you may visit the funeral home website at www.wroblewskifuneralhome.com.
Due to Lilo’s great love for animals, the family requests that memorial contributions be made in her memory to the S. P. C. A of Luzerne County, 524 E. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.
Glen Summit Resident
Helen M. Kane, 83, of Glen Summit, died on July 31, 2014, in Naples, Florida. A memorial service and interment will be held in the near future at the convenience of the family. A full obituary will appear in a future edition. McCune Funeral Home, Mountain Top is assisting with the arrangements.
Gentle, Kind Man
Jacob J. Eicher, 65, died peacefully on July 27, 2014, with his wife by his side.
A life resident of Dorrance Township, Jake was the son of the late George J. and Josephine Yanulevius Eicher Sr.
He was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Dorrance.
Jake was a graduate of Penn State University with a degree in mechanical engineering.
He enjoyed collecting Lionel trains, Mr. Peanut memorabilia, hunting and fishing. Jake was also a Civil War history buff and a volunteer for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Prior to his retirement, he was employed by Wentworth Associates of Scranton and Underwater Screening Service.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, the former Susan Hilenski.
A loving husband, a gentile man with a kind heart and dry sense of humor, Jake will be sorely missed by those who he loved and spent time with, including his extended families in the Amish community.