Jean E. Smyden

Retired School Employee

Jean E. Smyden, 81, of Mountain Top, died Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Born in Hughestown, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Antoinette Martone. Jean was a graduate of Hughestown High School and spent her summers working on farms in upstate New York with her family.

She worked as a secretary for the Hughestown School District and the Leslie Fay Corp. and, prior to retirement, worked in the cafeteria at Crestwood High School.

Jean was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister who will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents, were her brother, Joseph, who died in Okinawa in World War II; and sisters, Rose Mary Sickles and Philomena Sickles.

Surviving are her husband, Alexander; son, Mark, Hughestown; brothers and sisters, Louis Martone, Maryland, Frank Martone, Indiana, Theresa Rachkowski, Duryea, Mary Lou Schriver, Pittston Township, Beverly Queeny, Duryea, and Barbara Antall, Suscon; grandchildren, Rachel, Alexandrea and Mackenzie; many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held in Mountain Top Presbyterian Church. . Arrangements were by McCune Funeral Home, 80 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top.

Thelma “Sue” Kocher

Devoted to Family

Thelma “Sue” Kocher, 85, Mountain Top, died on June 10, 2013, at Celtic Hospice at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.

Born May 6, 1928, she was a daughter of the late Marcus and Leatha (Fairchild) Johnson.

Sue was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, Mountain Top. She loved walking and visiting her friends and neighbors. Her greatest pleasure was spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by her husband of 30 years, Robert Kocher; her brothers, Marcus, Alvin, Wilbert, Marvin, Earl and Robert David; and her sisters, Venetta and Elizabeth. Thelma was the last remaining member of her immediate family.

She is survived by her daughter, Paulette Shuman and her husband, Daniel, Mainville, Pa.; grandchildren, Daniel Shuman, Massachusetts, Jeremy Shuman, Slocum Township, and Jeffery Shuman, Mainville; great-grandchildren, Alyssa and Ryan Shuman, Mainville; sisters-in-law, Betty Johnson, Louise Johnson and Heilda Kocher; several nieces and nephews; and stepson, Ned Kocher.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. A notice will appear in the newspaper before that date.

McCune Funeral Home, Mountain Top, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Dorothy M. Fischer

Talented Writer

Dorothy M. Fischer (nee Scheidel), 90, Mountain Top, died on Friday, June 14, 2013 with her loving family beside her.

Born and raised in Wilkes-Barre, she graduated from St. Nicholas High School in 1941. Dorothy was a talented writer. She wrote numerous short stories, novels, poems and lastly her memoir. Her children and grand-children were her life, and she spent many days enjoying the outdoors with them. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents, Frederick M. and Mary B. Scheidel (nee Conrad), Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Francis L., in 1991; her sister Jean L Cotay in 1998, and her daughter Deborah in 1956.

She was a member of St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Church in Avenel, New Jersey, for 60 years and just recently celebrated her 90th birthday.

Surviving are her daughters Francine Da Silva and her husband, John, of Colonia, N. J.; Mary Lou Heitzenroeder and her companion, Phillip Collura, Mountain Top; her sons, Guy M. Fischer and his wife, Teri, of Yelm, Wash.; Jay J. Fischer and his wife, Marilyn, of Cream Ridge, N. J., and Marc S. Fischer and his wife, Susan, of Fairless Hills, Pa. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, Katrina, Allison, Sarah, Jessica, David, Dean, Stephanie, Marc, Katherine, Erin, Kevin, Danny and Michael; seven great-grandchildren, Gina, Alyssa, Kyle, Katlyn, Esmund, Jasmine and Julian, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a. m. Friday in St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Wilkes-Barre. It was Dorothy’s wish to donate in her memory to St. Nicholas Church, 226 S. Washington St.,Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701. Condolences can be sent to the family at

Walter G. Gasper

World War II Veteran

Walter G. Gasper, 93, Mountain Top, died on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at Smith Health Care, Mountain Top.

Born in Mountain Top, he was a son of the late George and Sophia (Wanta) Gasper.

Walter was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Mountain Top. He was also a member of the American Legion, Mountain Top Post 781 and a veteran of the U. S. Army having served in Europe during World War II and was a Purple Heart recipient.

Walter was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by his wife, the former Anne Hollock; his three brothers and his four sisters.

He is survived by his brothers, Donald Gasper and his wife, Mary, and Robert Gasper and his wife, Dorothy, all of Mountain Top; sisters, Anna Roskowski and her husband, John, Florida, and Ruth Ritts, Ashley, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Funeral was held at McCune Funeral Home, 80 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top. Interment followed the service in Albert Cemetery, Mountain Top.