Michael S. “Sonny” Dombroski

Mountain Top Resident

Michael S. (Sonny) Dombroski, 69, Mountain Top, died March 29, 2013.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, he was the son of Anna Sudol Dombroski of Wilkes-Barre and the late Stanley M. Dombroski.

He had attended GAR Memorial High School.

Surviving, in addition to his mother, are wife, Eleanor (Klinko) Dombroski; sons, Michael and Stan; stepchildren, Christopher and Pamela; four grandsons; three step-grandchildren; sisters, Roslyn, Mary Ann and Diane.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 3, at 10 a. m. in St. Jude Church, Mountain Top. Anyone attending is asked to go directly to the church. Friends may call on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p. m. at the Bednarski & Thomas Funeral Home, 27 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre.

Jodi L. Willner

Mountain Top Resident

Jodi L. Willner, 54, Mountain Top, died March 29, 2013, in Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.

Born in Brooklyn, N. Y., she was a graduate Sheepshead Bay High School and was a member of Temple Israel and the Jewish Community Center, both of Wilkes-Barre.

She was preceded in death by her father, Walter Weingarten.

She is survived by her mother, Gloria, Staten Island; by her husband of 35 years, Dr. Jay Willner; children, Wendie Willner, Dallas, Texas; son, Brian Willner, Mountain Top; Rebecca Willner, Mountain Top; sister, Michele, and step sister, Phyllis.

Funeral service will be held Wednesday, April 3, at 9 a. m. at the Rosenberg Funeral Chapel Inc., 348 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in Wellwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, with Rabbi Zvi Pearlman officiating.

Shiva will be observed in Staten Island.

Condolences may be sent by visiting the funeral home website at

George L. Taney

Charter Member, Dorrance Vol. Fire Co.

George L. Taney, 85, Dorrance Township, died March 29, 2013, at Smith Health Care, Mountain Top.

George was born June 29, 1927 in Dorrance Township, the son of the late Earl and Gertrude Ellen (Stauffenberg) Taney.

George worked for Price’s Dairy, Hazleton, for 24 years, and also at the Berwick Forge, American Car and Foundry, and American Freight Car as an air brake tech. During his retirement he worked as a custodian for the Crestwood School District.

George was a charter member of the Dorrance Volunteer Fire Co. as well as a member and a director of the Dorrance Ambulance Association, which he helped form. He also served on the Dorrance Recreation Board when he purchased 50 acres for the Dorrance ball fields and playgrounds. George also served on the Emmanuel UCC Consistory for more than 20 years. George enjoyed bowling, was an avid hunter, fisherman and trapper, and enjoyed camping with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by, in addition to his parents, his brother Donald and his daughter-in-law Jane.

George is survived by his wife of 62 years, the former Fern Andress; children, Gloria Taney, Randal Taney and his wife, Linda, and Lisa Kemmerer and her husband, Karl; brothers, Eugene and William; grandchildren, Michael and his fiancée, Rachel; David and his wife, Shelby, and Amanda; and six great-grandchildren.

The funeral service was held at Emmanuel UCC, Dorrance Township, followed by interment in Emmanuel Cemetery.

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

The family asks that donations be made to the Dorrance Fire Co. or Emmanuel UCC. The family thanks Smith Nursing Home for the wonderful care George received during his time there and for its kindness and consideration.

Margaret M. Corgan

King’s Faculty Member

Margaret M. Corgan died March 24, 2013, at her home in Mountain Top.

Born Aug. 24, 1936, in Wilkes-Barre, the daughter of the late D. Leonard Corgan and Mary Gilroy Corgan, she was a graduate of Marymount College, after which she studied at the University of Rennes, France, and as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Paris. She earned her doctor of philosophy degree in French at Fordham University.

In 1965 she joined the faculty of King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, where she taught courses in French language, literature and culture. A recipient of the Rosenn Award for Faculty Excellence, she chaired the Department of Foreign Languages from 1977 until her retirement in 2012. She also chaired the Faculty Council for three terms and was president of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French, of which she was a co-founder. She also chaired the National French Contest sponsored by the chapter.

She was a member of St. Jude Parish and served on its Finance Council.

She is survived by her sisters, Catherine Corgan Hourigan, Mountain Top; and Mary C. Roach and her husband, Bart, Little Rock, Ark.; brother, Daniel L. Corrigan and his wife, Gail, Pinehurst, N. C.; nieces, Christine Playforth and her husband, William, Holly Springs,

N. C.; and Mary Catherine Swanhaus and her husband, Thomas, New Canaan, Conn.; nephews, Daniel L. Corrigan III and his wife, Kimberly, Cary, N. C.; Andrew C. Corgan, Cary,

N. C.; and Michael A. Roach and his wife, Stephanie, Murfreesboro, Tenn.; as well as by six great-nieces and great-nephews.

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

The family requests that gifts in her memory be given to King’s College or to the St. Jude Parish Building Fund.