William M. Bretz III

Loved Family

William M. Bretz III, 26, Mountain Top, died July 17, 2015, in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center.

Born in Allentown, he was the son of William and Kimberly (Harakal) Bretz ll. He was an outstanding baseball player at Crestwood High School, Cecil College, Maryland, and Virginia Intermont College, Virginia. He also played for the Winchester Royals.

His favorite thing to do was spending time with his mom, dad and his sisters, Morgan and Logan, whom he adored.

Billy thoroughly loved family parties with his aunts, uncles and cousins. He filled them all with so much love and laughter, which is one of his most favorite things in the world to do. He enjoyed spending time with his friends, playing baseball and softball. He loved the outdoors, kayaking, hiking and camping with his family.

Billy looked forward to visits with his Grammy, whom he loved so much, always greeting her with “there’s beautiful.”

He loved to read and passed on his knowledge with each conversation. They were always the best. He always looked forward to road trips with his Momma and listening to music; he was her day brightener and life changer.

Billy will be remembered always for his contagious laugh and his love for his dogs, Bo, Rue, Gixxie and Rico.

He was so loved and will be so


He was predeceased by his

maternal grandfather, Michael P. Harakal Sr., Whitehall; his paternal grandparents, William M. Bretz and Jean K. (Kern) Bretz, Catasauqua; and his cousin, Nicole Elizabeth Sheriff, Northampton.

Surviving, in addition to his parents, are his much-loved sisters, Morgan and Logan, at home; his maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Harakal, Whitehall; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Arrangements by McCune Funeral Home, 80 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top. A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorial donations may be made to either Angel 34 Foundation, P. O. Box 494, Nazareth, PA 18064, or to the Mountain Top Little League, 243 Spring Mill Road, Mountain Top, PA 18707.

Scott Eugene Evans

Avid Bowler

Scott Eugene Evans, 55, of Freeland, died Saturday, July 11, 2015, at home, following a lengthy illness.

Born in Pottsville, he was the son of Sharon V. Bradbury Evans of White Haven and the late Robert Evans.

He was a graduate of Crestwood High School and received his Associates Degree from Kings College, Wilkes-Barre. He was an avid bowler, loved his dog Shania and enjoyed Nascar.

Scott was preceded in death, in addition to his father, by his wife, Donna Meckes Evans and sister, Sherry Roberts.

He is survived, in addition to his mother, by sister, Lori Dickson and her husband Pete, of Bear, DE; brother, Shawn Evans of White Haven, nieces and nephews.

Memorial service was conducted at the Lehman Family Funeral Service, Inc. 403 Berwick Street, White Haven.

Mitchell David Kamionka

Local Resident

Mitchell David Kamionka, 20, Shickshinny, died July 14, 2015.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, he was the son of Darren and Angie Pachick Kamionka of Shickshinny.

Mitchell was a 2012 graduate of Hazleton Area High School.

As a boy, he was an altar boy at Good Shepherd Church in Drums, and was active in the Boy Scouts.

He was currently employed by Core-Mark International and had plans to attend college.

Surviving, in addition to his parents, are his sisters, Emma and Olivia, both at home; grandparents, Raymond and Mary Ann Pachick; aunts and uncles, Tony and Tracey Pachick, Raymond Jr. and Jennifer Pachick, Timothy and Kimberly Pachick and Mark and Donna Kamionka. Many cousins and friends also survive.

The funeral was held from McCune Funeral Home, 80 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Jude’s Church, Mountain Top.

Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township.

Nancy Jean Thole Child Advocate

Nancy Jean Thole, 73, Mountain Top died July 15, 2015, in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center due to a sudden heart attack.

Born in Norwood, Ohio, to the late Katherine Robinson and David Woolley of the U. S. Marine Corps, she was preceded in death by her sister, Patricia Hayes, Ohio.

She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Dan Thole; her children, Dan Thole Jr., Laflin; Catherine Jordan, Harrisburg; Julie Sabach, Mountain Top; and David Thole, Mountain Top; grandchildren, Zachary Vikara, Connor Thole, Bridget Thole, Daniel Jordan, Paul Jordan Jr., Katherine Jordan, Jack Jordan and Anne Jordan; and many nieces and nephews.

Nancy was a highly regarded and devoted advocate to children with disabilities throughout Luzerne County. Her advocacy culminated in the founding of the Learning Disability Association of Luzerne County.

Family was the most important thing in her life. She was at its emotional center, planning gatherings for almost every event. Nancy was quick witted, and the “go-to” for words of wisdom and sound advice. Her personalized handmade cards, sewing, crafting and cooking will be greatly missed.

Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Jude’s Church, Mountain Top, and burial in Calvary Cemetery, Drums.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Desiderio Funeral Home Inc., Mountain Top.

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