Matthew A. Kachurak

Gifted Athlete

Matthew A. Kachurak, 23, died on July 24, 2015, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Matthew was born Oct. 11, 1991, and was raised in Mountain Top. He was a member of St. Jude Parish, attended St. Jude School, and was a 2010 graduate of Crestwood High School. A talented athlete, Matt provided many fond memories on the baseball field, basketball court, and the golf course.

Golf became Matt’s passion, and he spent countless hours developing himself into an outstanding player. In 2011, Matt teamed with his dad to win the prestigious Classic at the Wyoming Valley Country Club. The tears of joy and the embrace they shared will never be forgotten. At the time of his passing, Matt was a full-time student at Wilkes University, and a member of their golf team. He also juggled two part-time jobs, at the Mohegan Sun Pocono casino and the Blue Ridge Golf Course. Matt lived life to its fullest and always had a way to make you laugh.

Matthew is survived by his parents, David and Susan Kachurak; his brother, Michael; his soon-to-be sister-in-law, Alexandria Orloski; and his maternal grandparents, Daniel and Helen August.

Preceding him in death were his paternal grandparents, Michael and Winona Kachurak; and his aunt, Mary Jo Reeder.

Matt will be greatly missed by his family, his girlfriend Fallon Tarapchak, and his many friends. The void created by his passing can never be filled, but the joy he brought into our lives will live on forever.

A Celebration of Life took place at McCune Funeral Home, 80 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 10 a. m. in St. Jude Church on Route 309 in Mountain Top. Burial will be in Albert Cemetery immediately following Mass. All those attending the Mass are asked to go directly to the church for 10 a. m.

The family requests that no flowers be sent. If you would like to, make a donation in Matthew’s name to the Adam Slamas Foundation at the Wyoming Valley Country Club, P. O. Box 996, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18703-0996.

Bryan K. Simpson

Former Resident

Bryan K. Simpson, 53, formerly of Mountain Top, a guest at Guardian Elder Care, Nanticoke, died Monday, July 20, 2015.

Funeral arrangements were pending at press time from the Yeosock Funeral Home, 40 S. Main St., Plains Township.

Diane Kovaleski

Dedicated Mother

Diane Kovaleski, 38, Mountain Top, died July 23, 2015, in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center nearly eight years after suffering a traumatic brain injury.

She is survived by her daughter, Zayda Gordon; parents, Donald and Paula Heckman Kovaleski; sisters, Karyn Albano and Susan Kovaleski; one niece and two nephews.

Diane was a 1995 graduate of Crestwood High School.

In addition to being a dedicated mother, she was an avid supporter of the local music scene and animal advocate. She loved the outdoors and could frequently be found riding an ATV through the woods with her dogs, Dane and Penelope, running alongside.

Family and friends have been greatly inspired by Diane’s strength and ability to keep smiling despite her declining health. She will be greatly missed.

Diane’s family would like to thank everyone from Guardian Elder Care, Bayada Nurses and Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center for the wonderful care and support they have provided. Diane’s life was made better by all that they did.

A memorial service was held at Desiderio Funeral Home Inc., 436 S Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top.

The family asks that donations be made to the SPCA of Luzerne County.

Online condolences may be made


Irene Milunas

Loving Wife, Mother

Irene Milunas, 94, Mountain Top, died July 20, 2015, at the Mountain Top Senior Care Center.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, she was the daughter of the late Alphonse and Margaret Machonis.

Irene was a loving wife and mother who will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

She was a member of the St. Jude’s Church in Mountain Top.

Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents, were her husband, Weedie Milunas; a daughter, Michele Milunas; and a sister, Estelle Sholunas.

Surviving is her daughter, Donna Milunas, Exeter.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Jude’s Church. Interment followed in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Bear Creek.

McCune Funeral Service Inc., Mountain Top, assisted the family with the arrangements.