Melissa (Missy) Darling Yeager

Animal Lover

Melissa (Missy) Darling Yeager, 37, Wapwallopen, died April 30, 2015, after courageously battling an illness.

Born July 1, 1977, in Beaumont, she was the daughter of Debra Pugh Darling of Shavertown and the late Gary Darling. She was a graduate of Tunkhannock Area High School.

Missy and her husband, Zach, were the owners and operators of ZY Pyrotechnics, Wapwallopen. Prior to this, she was employed by Verizon Co. of Scranton and RCN of Plains Township.

Throughout her life, she had a great love for all animals, especially her beloved “fur” babies, Dudley (Mr. Dinks) and Remi (Remdog). Her favorite place in the world was the San Diego Zoo, where she especially enjoyed watching the monkeys.

In addition to her mother, Debra, Missy is survived by her loving husband and soul mate, Zach. Missy and Zach were married on April 6, 2002, and celebrated their 13th wedding anniversary this year.

She is also survived by her sister, Becky Darling, Shavertown; two brothers; mother-and father-in-law, George and Kathy Stempowski Yeager; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Brave and beautiful Missy will be deeply missed and forever loved by her husband, mother, family and friends as she spreads her angel wings above us.

The funeral service was held at at S. J. Grontkowski Funeral Home, Plymouth. Family.

Memorial contributions may be made in her honor to the SPCA, 524 E. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA18702.

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Oscar Norton

World War II Veteran

Oscar Norton, 88, a lifetime resident of Mountain Top, died May 1, 2015, at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

He was born in Wilkes-Barre as the eldest of nine children to the late Oscar and Catherine (Kahley) Norton. Oscar was educated in Fairview Township schools and was a decorated World War II U. S. Army veteran, receiving the Victory Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon and the Army Occupation Medal for his duty in Japan.

He then attended Murray Art School. He worked full time until the age of 86 — at the Acme Markets in Forty Fort as an advertising agent/artist for 39 years, Storecast Corporation for 10 years and as an attendant in the Interstate 81 Nuangola rest area for 20 years.

Oscar was active in the community as a member of the Kiwanis and the Wyoming Valley Art League, where he was recently honored as a 50-year member. He was one of the longest active members of the American Legion Post 781, belonging for 68 years. Oscar loved country music, playing his steel guitar and singing, attending concerts, especially Hickory Rose and Carl Alber, attending every local festival, bazaar and church dinner, painting pictures of people and places he visited and photographing family and friends and then doing his own developing in the darkroom at his home.

He loved the outdoors, picking mushrooms, hiking, hunting, fishing and tending to his garden full of flowers. Oscar constructed his own home in 1950 and was a member of the Christ United Methodist Church in Mountain Top.

Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, were a sister, Arbutus Ladenhauf; and a brother, Charles Norton.

Surviving are his daughters, Karen Fey and her husband, Bob, Mountain Top, Donna Norton, Pennsburg, Linda Kindler and her husband, Bernard, Mountain Top, and Shannon Acernese and her husband, Louis, Avoca; his former wife, Dorothy (Smith) Norton, Ashley; grandsons, Tim and Wyatt Kindler; siblings; Katherine Swartwood, Hometown, Shirley Storm, Wilkes-Barre, Nancy Morgan, Mountain Top, Joanie Rowles, Wilkes-Barre, Gerald Norton, Drums, Aneda Wells, Hamilton, Ohio, and many nieces and nephews.

He will be sadly missed.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a. m. Wednesday, May 6, in Christ United Methodist Church in Mountain Top. Interment will follow in the Albert Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p. m. Tuesday at the McCune Funeral Home, 80 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top. A military service will be held at 6 p. m. Tuesday.