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Albert L. Williams

Devoted To Family

Albert L. Williams, Jr., 73, Mountain Top, died March 9, 2013, at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Born in Wilkes-Barre on July 30, 1939, he was a son of the late Albert and Lillian (Allen) Williams Sr.

Albert was a graduate of GAR Memorial High School, Wilkes-Barre, class of 1957, where he lettered in football and basketball, and was the first president of the GAR Key Club in 1956. He was named All-Scholastic in 1956 as a tight end. He also attended Wilkes College and Bloomsburg State College.

He started his working career as a sales representative for Folz Vending Co., which then changed to the CF Mueller Co., where he worked for 37 years, and then to UniLever/ Best Foods. He was a member of the Wilkes-Barre First Primitive Methodist Church and served as church steward and treasurer. He is currently a member of the New Life Community Church, Mountain Top, where he sang in its choir.

Al enjoyed many years cruising with his wife and friends, where every new port was an adventure. Summers were spent with his family at the Outer Banks, N. C., where the most important thing to Al was spending time with his children and grandchildren. He especially enjoyed football and watching his grandchildren play sports, and he truly loved anything with chocolate on it.

Al is survived by his wife, the former Rosemarie Pohutski; his children, Dawn Darden and her husband, David, Mountain Top; Albert Williams III and his wife, Joanie, Mountain Top, and Cheryl Valdes and her husband, Ray, Pittsburgh; his sister, Margaret Smith, and her husband, Bert, Florida, and his grandchildren, Matthew and Justin Darden, Luke Valdes, and RJ and Sabrina Williams.

The Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, March 13, at 10 a. m. at McCune Funeral Home, 80 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top, with the Rev David Elick, pastor of the New Life Community Church, Mountain Top, officiating. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Drums. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p. m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations can be made to the New Life Community Church, 570 S. Main Road, Mountain Top, PA 18707

Robert W. Ferguson

Phila. Sports Fan

Robert W. Ferguson, 50, died March 8, 2013, at his residence in Mountain Top.

Born on June 9, 1962 in Philadelphia, he was a son of the late John and Laura Gabel Ferguson. He was employed at Sealey Component Group, Mountain Top. Robert enjoyed fishing and cooking. He also loved the Philadelphia Phillies, Eagles and Flyers.

He is survived by his wife, the former Regina Henry; daughter Laura, and son Brian, at home; sister, Charlotte Gardner, Nanticoke; brothers, John and his wife, Denise, of Philadelphia, Charles, Florida and Kevin, New Jersey; many nieces and nephews; and will be missed by his pet cats, Patches, Rascal and Smokey.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 190 Welles St., Kingston, PA 18704.

Vivian A. Zurawski

First Responder

Vivian A. Zurawski, 67, Dorrance, died March 9, 2013 at home surrounded by her loving family.

Born Jan. 29, 1946, she was daughter of the late John and Helen Vasauskas. Vivian grew up in the Miners Mills section of Wilkes-Barre and graduated from Coughlin High School. She was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Dorrance.

She was last employed at Berwick Offray prior to retirement. She was a volunteer first responder with Dorrance Fire and Ambulance. She enjoyed camping, sewing and watching movies. Vivian was a loving wife, mother and sister.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Audrey.

Surviving are her loving husband, Joseph; her daughter, Ranae, of Maryland; Vivian’s identical twin sister, Valerie Ostrowski, of Wapwallopen; and a brother, Ronald Vasauskas, of Maryland.

Funeral services were held from the Desiderio Funeral Home Inc., 436 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Dorrance, with interment at the parish cemetery.

Donations can be made to the Dorrance Fire and Ambulance Co., 402 St. Johns Road, Wapwallopen PA 18660.

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Dorothy A. Sawicki

Trained Vocalist

Dorothy A. Sawicki, 84, Mountain Top, died March 7, 2013, at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, surrounded by her loving family.

Dorothy was born on Jan. 23, 1929 to Anne (Kaporch) Hartland and Thomas Kaporch of the Miners Mills section of Wilkes-Barre. She was the stepdaughter of Arnold Hartland.

Dorothy graduated from Coughlin High School in 1947, after which she was employed at Tele-Radio Corp. and then Bob-Ellen Sportswear Co. in Wilkes-Barre. She studied classical voice with J. Viola Hull of New York City and enjoyed singing in church choirs from first grade through most of her life, including Coughlin High School’s acapella choir, speech choir and senior chorus. She sang with St. Jude’s Choir for more than 30 years. She worked as a volunteer mother at St. Jude’s School, Mountain Top, for many years.

In June of 1949, she married the love of her life, Chester Sawicki, also of Miners Mills, with whom she enjoyed a wonderful 63-plus years. Chester passed away on Jan. 27, 2013.

Dorothy enjoyed many years of traveling with her husband, Chester, including winter months in Bonita Beach, Fla., family vacations to Wildwood, N. J., holidays together and, most important of all, being with her family. She loved reading, music and doing crossword puzzles.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Chester; her parents; and her sister, Sister Mary Anne (Rita) Kaporch.

Dorothy is survived by her son, David and his wife, Carolyn, Mountain Top; son, Gerard, Hamlin; daughter, Martina and her husband, Dr. Louis Mastrini, Hanover Township; five grandchildren, Matthew, Kristy, Jennifer, Justin and Michael; and four great-grandchildren, Ava, Colby, Mason and Logan.

Funeral services were held from the Desiderio Funeral Home Inc., 436 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top. AMass of Christian Burial was held at St. Jude’s Roman Catholic Church, Mountain Top.

Donations can be made in Dorothy’s name to St. Jude’s Church Building Fund.

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