Obituaries
Frank I. Zerfoss

Business Owner

Frank I. Zerfoss, business owner, died March 16, 2013, surrounded by his family, at Hershey Medical Center.

Born in Mountain Top on April 19, 1924, he was the son of the late Irvin and Helen Tyson Zerfoss.

He attended Fairview High School. He served in the U. S. Army during World War II in the Pacific Theater.

Frank was a life resident of Mountain Top, where he was owner of Frank’s Market and Frank’s Fruit Basket. He resided in Bloomsburg for the past seven years.

Frank loved and cherished his family and his church family. He was a very kind and generous man. He loved gardening and being outside. He loved making the fruit baskets and kept that as his part-time job after he retired from his store.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Lois Whitebread, and his brother, John Roberts.

He is survived by his second wife, Betty Bauman Zerfoss, with whom he would have celebrated their seventh anniversary in June; his daughters, Florence Zeske, Kingston; Lois Scott and husband, Dale, Mountain Top; Glenda Pridaux, Palmer Township, Lehigh County; and his son Frank and his wife, Mary Lou, Wilkes-Barre; stepdaughters Beth Ann Whilden and her husband, William, Catawissa; Kathy Harris, N. C.; stepsons Daniel Bauman, Bloomsburg; Henry and his wife, Jennifer, Hamburg; and Aaron Bauman, China; grandchildren William Brush, Kenneth Scott, Kevin Scott, Amy Wrable, Abby Rankin, Jocelyn Zerfoss; six great-grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; and five step-great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by his sister, Natalie Rusnock, Washington; and nieces and nephews.

A service to honor his life and faith will be held at 11 a. m. Thursday at Canby Lutheran Church, 529 Millertown Road, Bloomsburg, with the Rev. Stanley Bower, interim pastor, presiding, and the Rev. Michelle Kaufman, pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Mountain Top, presiding.

He will be interred next to Lois in Albert Cemetery, Mountain Top. Calling hours are 4 to 8 p. m. Wednesday in Heller Funeral Home, Nescopeck, and in the church, 10 to 11 a. m. Thursday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Canby Lutheran Church, or to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 316 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top, PA 18707.

William Lloyd (Bill) Heverly

Active at St. Jude’s

William Lloyd (Bill) Heverly died March 9, 2013, at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre Hospice after years of declining health surrounded by his family, with his wife by his side.

Born March 21, 1940, in Lock Haven, he was the son of the late Isaac Lloyd Heverly and the late Benita Kling Heverly.

He was married to the former Ann Lorraine Kohler on July 16, 1966 at St. Boniface Roman Catholic Church, Williamsport, by the Rev. Robert Everly.

Bill was employed in the computer industry from 1959 until his retirement. He held positions with several major computer manufacturers. He was employed for 13 years by the former First Eastern Bank, where his last position was as vice president of telecommunications. After First Eastern Bank outsourced their information technology departments, Bill held positions in Hazleton, and finally retired from Northrup Grumman Information Technology as a contract analyst at the U. S. Postal Service in the Stegmaier Building in Wilkes-Barre.

He was an amateur radio operator, first licensed in 1954. He enjoyed that hobby until fishing with his sons took precedence. Until his failing health made it difficult, he also enjoyed woodworking. Recently he renewed his “ham” license, and was very pleased to be able to receive his original call sign of W3AOQ, and was active until his death.

He was an active member of St. Jude Parish, Mountain Top, serving as a Eucharistic minister and the webmaster for many years. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Mountain Top Council 6440 and its Fourth Degree.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his son, Steven David Heverly and his wife, the former Lori Ann Stortz, Allentown; son, Robert William Heverly and his wife, the former Cheri Gavitt, Williamsport; and two granddaughters from Allentown, Megan Elizabeth Heverly and Taylor Kristen Heverly.

The funeral was held from Desiderio Funeral Home Inc., 436 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Jude Roman Catholic Church.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s Building Fund.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.desideriofh.com.

Rodney Girton

Business Owner

Rodney Girton, 58, Wapwallopen, died on March 10, 2013 at the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center.

Born in Bloomsburg, he was a son of Raymond Girton of Catawissa and the late Betty (Young) Girton.

Rodney operated his business, RG Poured Concrete, for 35 years. He belonged to the Slocum VFW and was a former coach in the Mountaintop Little League and Teeners League.

Surviving are his children, Jason and wife Chasity, Wapwallopen, and April Sink and husband Adam, Berwick; grandchildren, Mayson and Blake Girton, and Tessa Sink; brothers and sister, Doug Girton, Michigan; Roger Vezo, Wilkes-Barre; Robert Vezo, Almedia, Pa.; Craig Vezo, Wilkes-Barre; Gary Girton, Buckhorn; Ed Girton, Harleysville, and Sheila Labate, Mt. Carmel. Also surviving is his close friend, Christine Yannes, White Haven, and her children, Ryan, Kevin and Jon Lawrence.

Arrangements were by McCune Funeral Home, 80 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top.

Florine A. Arnold

Slocum Resident

Florine A. Arnold, 87, Slocum, died March 12, 2013, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, Wilkes-Barre.

Born Dec. 21, 1925, in Nanticoke, she was the daughter of the late Solomon and Ruth Shellhamer Stewart.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; sons, Charles Jr. and Larry; seven brothers and two sisters.

Surviving are daughters, Gail Stabulis and her husband, Donald, Philadelphia; Linda Williams and her husband, Robert, Slocum; and Bonnie Rinehimer and her husband, James, Dorrance; sons, Robert, Slocum; and Randy and his wife, Debbie, Slocum; 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; and daughter-in-law, Joyce Arnold, Nuangola.

Concetta Morgan

SPCA Supporter

Concetta Morgan, 56, Mountain Top, died March 16, 2013 in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, she was the daughter of the late Eugene Henry and Concetta (Abbott) Jenkins. Concetta worked for the Brinks Corporation, United Check Cashing and as a manager for Guaranty Bank. She passionately supported the SPCA.

Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents, was her grandson Matthew.

Surviving are her husband of 42 years, Delbert Morgan II; a son, Delbert III and wife, Diane, Hanover Township; a daughter, Kelly Malys and husband, Christopher, Wilkes-Barre; grandchildren, Kayla, Alexis, Haley, Elishia, Christopher and Shelby.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family and are under the direction of McCune Funeral Service, Inc., Mountain Top.

Jean Habib

Devoted to Family

Jean Habib, Mountain Top, died March 14, 2013, surrounded by her loving family.

Born Jan. 31, 1928, she was a daughter of the late Anthony and Mary Corcoran Carlin. Raised in Wilkes-Barre, she attended GAR Memorial High School. She was a life member of St. Patrick’s Church (St. Andrew Parish). She was the wife of the late Sam Habib, who preceded her in death on Dec. 26, 1992. She spent their life together as a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Rebecca McCallick, on July 24, 2012; brothers, Paul Carlin, Anthony Carlin, Thomas Carlin, and Michael Carlin; sisters, Ann Carlin, Loretta Cowell, Mary Claire Vaughn, Ruth LeBert, Eleanor Brisk and Margaret Hollander.

Jean is survived by her daughter, Judy Pribula and her husband, Tom, Dorrance; granddaughter, Claire McCallick, Dorrance; sister, Sally Carey, Dallas; and numerous nieces, nephews and godchildren.

Jean will be forever remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.

Memorial contributions may be made in Jean’s memory to the Sisters of Mercy Mid-Atlantic Community, P. O. Box 369, Dallas, PA 18612-0369.

For more information or to send the family condolences, visit the funeral home website at www.lehmanfuneralhome.com.

David W. Gommer

Slocum Resident

David W. Gommer, 45, Slocum Township, died March 14, 2013, in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital, Plains Township.

Funeral services were held from Earl W. Lohman Funeral Home Inc., Nanticoke. Interment was in Stairville Cemetery.

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