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Gerald J. “Jerry” Karaska

Avid Outdoorsman

Gerald J. “Jerry” Karaska, of Worcester, MA, and formerly of Wilkes-Barre, passed away on May 7, 2015 in Worcester, MA, after a brief illness.

Born and raised in Wilkes-Barre, Dr. Karaska received his B. S., PhD. (1962) and a Centennial Fellowship (1996) from Penn State University.

He taught Economic Geography as a professor at Villanova University, University of Pennsylvania The Wharton School, Syracuse University, and Clark University. While at Clark for 30 years, he was the editor of the journal Economic Geography and conducted economic development research for third-world countries such as; Columbia, Sri Lanka, Somalia, Madagascar, Siberia and Poland.

He was an avid outdoorsman with a passion for fly-fishing and wing shooting, he loved nature’s waterways, Lake Nuangola and Penn State football.

He leaves his wife of 62 years, Mary Claire (Ennis) Karaska, four children and nine grandchildren, daughter, Christine Karaska (wife of the late Robert Dullea) of Weymouth, MA; son Mark Karkaska and wife Francine (Groccia) of Groton, MA; daughter Susan Ladd and husband Ron, of Winchester, MA; son Carl Karaska and wife Lori (Szabo) of Nuangola, and grandchildren, Reed, Claire, Matthew, Katie, Maeve, Kyle, Christian, Rachel and Emily.

Family and friends are invited to attend his memorial calling hours on Thursday from 6 to 8 pm from the George A. Strish Inc. Funeral Home, 105 N. Main St., Ashley. A Mass of Christian Burial is at 10 am on Friday in St. Jude Church, S. Mountain Blvd. Mountain Top. Interment will be at the convenience of the family.

The family requests to omit flowers. Memorial contributions can be made to the Fly Fishing Museum.

John F. Meyers

Wilkes Univ. Registrar

John F. Meyers, Ph. D., 74, Mountain Top died May 5, 2015, following a brief yet hard-fought battle with lung cancer.

Born Feb. 25, 1941 in LeRoy, Minn., he was a son of the late Francis Rudolph and Lucille A. Carroll Meyers.

Jack earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota, Master of Arts degree from Clark University and Ph. D. from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Dr. Meyers retired as registrar of Wilkes University in 2001. At Wilkes, Jack was known as a troubleshooter and understood the school so well that he was called upon to play varied roles when special needs arose throughout his career. As such, through his tenure he served in many positions, including dean of admissions, associate dean of academic affairs, director of graduate programs, director of summer, evening and part-time programs, director of continuing education, director of weekend programs, a program which he started there, and even served as freshman basketball coach for the 1970-1971 season. As a specialist in American colonial history and the American early national period, he was most proud of his role as a teacher and advisor. He truly enjoyed his years at Wilkes and always had a story about something that happened there.

In his retirement, Jack really enjoyed golf, reading and shopping. He was a sale shopper and enjoyed finding great bargains for friends and family, particularly clothing for his grandchildren and shoes for his daughter. He also enjoyed traveling to Mississippi or Alabama each winter for the warm weather.

Jack will be greatly missed by his daughter, Lee and her husband, Vinnie Pollaro, and their children, Ethan and Amelia, Wellsboro; longtime companion, Mary Ann Merrigan, Hazleton, her son, Eamon and his wife, Leslie, and their children, Cami and Cavan; brother, Don Meyers, Minneapolis, Minn.; sister, Jean and her husband, Tom Clagg, Fort Wayne, Ind.; nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

A celebration of Jack’s life will begin Tuesday, May 12, with visitation from 4 to 7 p. m. at McLaughlin’s, 142 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre, and continue with a Funeral Mass at 9:30 a. m. Wednesday in the Church of St. Nicholas.

Memories and condolences may be shared with Jack’s family at www.lifecelebrations.com.

Paul F. Fuller Sr.

World War II Veteran

Paul F. Fuller Sr., 92, of Nuangola, passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, May 6, 2115 at his home.

Born on February 13, 1923 in Glen Lyon, he was a son of the late Joseph Frederick (Fred) and Grace Troy Fuller. He graduated from Nanticoke High School class of 1941 where he excelled in football and was selected to play in the East/ West All Star game. He attended Pennington Preparatory School and played football at Ursinus College for one season until enlisting in the U. S. Army Air Forces. He served during World War II with the 449th Flying Horsemen in Italy and was a Navigator on B-24’s. He continued his military career serving in the Air Force Reserves for 40 years and retired as Lieutenant Colonel.

On July 21, 1948 Paul married Erma Jean Elmy at Christian & Missionary Alliance Church, Nanticoke. They resided on Church Street in Nanticoke until building their home in Nuangola in 1965.

Paul was employed as a machinist, first at Walben’s, Wilkes-Barre and later Foster Wheeler, Mountain Top until his retirement. From an early age he was involved in his family’s business, Fuller’s Candies with his parents and brother Charles. After the death of his mother in 1975, he ran the business until it was sold in 1990. Along with his wife and family, they continued making candy for family and friends from their home.

He was the second oldest member of Nebo Baptist Church where he had served as a Deacon and was a trustee. Paul was an avid bowler and until recently was a member of the Christian Bowling League with Nebo Church. He and Jean also loved traveling in their motor home, mainly trips to visit their daughters and family in Florida and Texas.

In addition to his parents, Paul was preceded in death his brother, Charles (Chuck) Fuller.

He will be missed by his wife of 66 years, Erma Jean Fuller; four children, Paul F. Fuller Jr. and wife, Cindy, Nuangola, daughters, Peggy Long and husband, Dr. Paul, Plains, Gale Armstrong and husband, Mark, Abilene, TX, and Susan Ketcham and husband, Dale, Merritt Island, FL; 11 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren; a sister, Elva Parker, Toms River, NJ and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at the Nebo Baptist Church, Nanticoke with Pastor Timothy G. Hall, officiating.

Interment with military honors followed in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Hanover Township.

If desired, contributions in Mr. Fuller’s memory may be made to Nebo Baptist Church.

Jane M. Herron

Active Parishioner

Jane M. Herron, 97, Mountain Top, a former resident of Wilkes-Barre, died May 8, 2015, in Smith Health Care LTD, Mountain Top.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, she was the loving daughter of the late Joseph and Laura Baranowski Damitski. She was a devoted member of St. Andrew’s Parish, St Patrick’s Church, Wilkes-Barre, where she was very active. Jane enjoyed helping with many functions within the church, as well as helping with Church Dinners, the Annual Bazaar and bake sales.

Jane worked for Hazle Shoe for many years and enjoyed crocheting and playing cards.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Paul Herron, Sr.; sisters, Genevieve Carter and Caroline Cunningham and brother, Michael Damitski.

Jane is survived by her daughter, Jane Marie Magda and her husband, Nicholas, Mountain Top; son, Paul Herron, Jr. and his wife, Christine, Livonia, MI; 6 grandchildren, Mark, Sharon Saunders, Neil, Laurel Hess, Jean, Larry and 6 great grandchildren, Rhett, Kendra, Stephen, Matthew, David and Steven and nephews, Robert Cunningham and Joseph Damitski.

Funeral service will be conducted, Friday, May 15, 2015, at 9:00 am from the Lehman Family Funeral Service, Inc. 689 Hazle Ave., Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial, celebrated at 9:30 am in St. Andrew’s Parish, St. Patrick’s Church, Parrish St.,Wilkes-Barre. Reverend James McGahagen will officiate.

Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township.

Friends may call Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 4 p. m. to 7 p. m. at the funeral home.

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