Paul Joseph Eyerman Sr.

Business Owner

Paul Joseph Eyerman Sr., 74, of Savannah, Georgia, and formerly of Mountain Top, died May 23, 2013.

He was born to the late Joseph and Thelma Eyerman, May 11th, 1939 in Wilkes-Barre. Paul graduated from Myers High school and attended Lehigh University. On June 11 of 1960, he married Virginia Morgan, also of Wilkes-Barre, and they enjoyed over 52 happy years together.

Paul was the founder and president of Paul J. Eyerman Roofing Inc. Throughout his career, Paul had been named to several professional organizations. He was an officer of Northeastern Pennsylvania Sheet Metal Contractor Association and a board member of Johnson Technical Institute in Scranton. He served as the president of Mountain Top Kiwanis, chairman of Fairview Township Zoning Board, and treasurer for St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Mountain Top. In addition, Paul was passionate about coaching youth in the Mountain Top Area Little League Baseball. Paul was credited with organizing a community effort to purchase life saving emergency equipment, Jaws of Life, for the Mountain Top area. Paul was also a Sergeant in the 109thField Artillery of the Pennsylvania National Guard.

After retiring in 1996, he and his wife relocated to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. There he started his business, Eyerman Estimating, and continued working until his death. Paul remained active in the community through the Lion’s Club, including Camp Leo for blind children, president of the Home Owners Association at the Woodland section of the Southbridge development, and the Richmond Hill Methodist Church. He loved to travel, volunteer and was an avid tennis player.

Paul is survived by his wife, Virgina Eyerman; brother, Mark Eyerman and his wife, Carol Eyerman of Portland, Maine; and two children: Paul Eyerman and his wife Mariann Eyerman, of Mountain Top; and Janee Cardell and her husband David Cardell, of Savannah, Georgia. Paul also is survived by his three grandchildren: Leah Eyerman, Bryan Greto, and Matthew Greto. He was known as “Pop” and “The Big Cheese” by his grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his name to the Mountain Top Little League Association, 375 Alberdeen Road, Mountain Top, PA 18707. The family expresses thanks for offerings of kind wishes and condolences.

A celebration of life service will be held on Sunday, June 30th at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 316 S. Mountain Blvd, Mountain Top, with the Rev. Michelle Kaufman presiding. Friends and family may call from 4 to 5 p. m. with the service to follow.

Robert Oravitz

U. S. Navy Veteran

Robert Oravitz, 81, Mountain Top, died Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at his residence.

Born in Courtdale, he was a son of the late Robert and Mary (Drumetski) Oravitz. He was educated in Courtdale schools and was a graduate of Luzerne High School, class of 1949. A U. S. Navy veteran, he served on the U. S. S. Baltimore during the Korean Conflict.

He was employed by Acme Markets for 37 years and was last employed as a general contractor. He was a member of the American Legion Mountain Post 781, Mountain Top, and St. Jude’s Roman Catholic Church, Mountain Top.

Surviving, in addition to his loving wife of 40 years, the former Ruth Zugarek, are a sister, Betty Dubinski, New Jersey; children, Frank and his wife, Karen, Maine; Donna Petrosky, Pittston; Mary Beth Soroka and her husband, James, Duryea; Robert “RJ” and his wife, Kristi, Slocum; John Erickson and his wife, Susan, Massachusetts; Paul Erickson and his wife Tracey, Harrisburg; grandchildren, Sarah Goulet, Melissa Oravitz, Heather Talarico, John Petrosky, Drew, Matthew and Lauren Erickson, John, James, Julia and Jessica Soroka, Nathan, Daniel, Donovan, Bradyn and Kenzie Oravitz; great-grandchildren, Melissa and Haylie; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held from the Desiderio Funeral Home Inc., 436 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top, A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Jude Roman Catholic Church, Mountain Top. Interment was in Albert Cemetery.

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

Online condolences may be expressed at

Andrew Gobla

World War II Veteran

Andrew Gobla, 88, Wilkes-Barre, died on June 18, 2013. He had resided at Little Flower Manor for the past 2 1/2 years.

Andy was born in Mountain Top on April 13, 1925, a son of the late Andrew and Mary Gobla.

He attended Mountain Top area schools and was a U. S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving aboard the U. S. S. Franklin. Upon his honorable discharge from the U. S. Navy, he enlisted in the U. S. Air Force and was a veteran of the Korean Conflict.

After Andy’s second honorable discharge, he was employed as an electrician at Faith Shoe Factory and Topps Chewing Gum until his retirement in 1988. He was a member of the East End Primitive Methodist Church.

He and his wife, the former Ruth Miller, would have celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary on June 30, 2013.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Elizabeth Anne Stawasz; sisters, Eva Lebert and Mary Schwenk; brothers, Frank, Harry, John, Michael and George.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, Ruth, are his daughter, Sharon Leslie, and her husband, Edward, Miners Mills section of Wilkes-Barre; grandchildren, Erica Leslie Bennick, Nicole Stawasz Gregori, Craig Stawasz, Edward T. Leslie and Madisen Leslie; son-in-law, Jack Stawasz, Plains Township; several nieces and nephews.

Donations in Andy’s memory may be made to Little Flower Manor, 200 Meade St., Wilkes-Bare, PA 18702; or to the East End Primitive Methodist Church, 79 Laurel St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.

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Hattie ‘Betty’ Barrall

Lily Lake Resident

Hattie E. “Betty” Barrall, Lily Lake, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, June 18, 2013.

Born in Nanticoke Aug. 16, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Roynon and Florence Roberts Turley. She graduated from Nanticoke High School and worked until she married in 1946 and then became a full-time housewife and mother to her two sons.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Grant M. Barrall, and brothers, Robert and Ernest Turley, and sister Margaret Beres.

Surviving are her sons, Grant and family, Hobbie; Jay and family, at home; sister Thelma Brown, Ephrata, Pa.; many nieces and one nephew.

Special thanks to Erwine Hospice staff for their care and compassion during her final weeks.

Entrusted to the care of the Heller Funeral Home, Nescopeck. She was laid to rest next to Grant in Stairville Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy can be made to Salvation Army, 320 W. Second St., Berwick, PA 18603.

Jerome Kutney

Devoted to Family

Jerome (Jerry) Kutney, 74, Mountain Top, formerly of Wilkes-Barre and Forty Fort, died June 22, 2013 at Little Flower Manor after a lengthy illness.

The youngest son of Stephen and Mary Sorokas Kutney, he was a member of the 1957 graduating class of GAR Memorial High School. He furthered his education at West Side Area Vocational School. In 2000, he retired from Ashley Machine and Tool Co. in West Wyoming, where he worked most of his life.

Jerry was always interested in sports. In high school he lettered in football, baseball and wrestling. After high school he coached Heights Little League and Heights Teener League teams. He went on to become a PIAA football and basketball official. An avid Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Notre Dame and Pittsburg Steelers fan, Jerry always looked forward to watching his favorite teams play with his grandson, Jared.

Jerry was a member of St. Jude’s Roman Catholic Church in Mountain Top as well as a Forth Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus Assembly 1928 in Luzerne.

In addition to his parents, Stephen and Mary Sorokas Kutney, he was preceded in death by his brother Steven, a paratrooper who was killed in Italy in World War II, and Richard, who died in 1999. He was also preceded in death by his wifes’s parents, Joseph and Peggy Zelinske, with whom he was very close.

Jerry is survived by his best friend and wife of 52 years, the former Peggy Jean Zelinske. Together they had two wonderful children, Karen Sabol of Forty Fort, and Steven Kutney and his partner, Tom Shaffer, of Dennison Township in Mountain Top. He whole-heartedly loved his children and grandchildren, Megan Sabol, Pharm. D., and her fiancé, David Graver, Pharm. D., of Laurys Station, Pa., and Jared Sabol and his girlfriend, Raina Connor, of Fayetteville, Ariz. He is also survived by his brother Albert and his wife, Dolores, of Wellington, Fla., along with several nieces and nephews.

Family was the center of the Jerry’s life and he cherished every moment he spent with them. He will forever be remembered as a devoted husband, father and grandfather.

Memorial donations may be made to Mountain Top Community Ambulance Association, P. O. Box 63, Mountain Top, PA 18707-0063 or Medical Oncology Prescription Fund, 382 Pierce St., Kingston, PA 18704.

William Mooney

White Haven Resident

William Mooney, 79, White Haven Center, died Tuesday, June 18, 2013, in Kindred Wyoming Valley Hospital, Wilkes-Barre.

Born in Carbondale, he was one of 12 children born to Thomas and Florence Degnon Mooney, was a member of the Knights Of Columbus and lived in White Haven for many years.

William was preceded in death by siblings, Mary, John, Alice, Eleanor, Thomas, Joseph, Robert, Catherine, Eugene, Michael and Ann. He is survived by nieces and nephews.

Susan L. (Burkey) Duncan

Former Managing Editor, Mountaintop Eagle

Susan L. (Burkey) Duncan, 57, Scranton, died June 17, 2013 in a tragic auto accident in Clarks Summit.

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, she was the daughter of Donald R. and Denise J. (McMurtrie) Burkey, of Elyria, Ohio, where she spent her formative years.

A longtime editor and journalist until becoming disabled by illness in 1995, she had previously served as a proofreader/editor at the former International Correspondence Schools, Scranton; managing editor of the Carbondale News; and managing editor of the Mountaintop Eagle and Western Poconos Press Tribune. Before moving to Northeastern Pennsylvania in 1978, she had also served as assistant sports editor of the Natchez Democrat, Nachez, Miss. Her journalism experience included stints at The Congressional Quarterly, Washington, D. C.; The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio; and the Rural-Urban Record, in Columbia Station, Ohio.

She was a graduate of Midview High School, Grafton, Ohio, and a cum laude graduate of Kent State University, where she was proud to have been named the first female sports editor of The Daily Kent Stater. She was also a graduate of Lorain County Community College in Elyria, Ohio, where served as the managing editor of The Collegian, and there received the George M. Day Award as student-athlete with the highest grade-point average.

An avid enthusiast and participant in sports, she served for 11 years as the head junior high field hockey coach in the Crestwood School District, and coached in softball and field hockey programs at the Sherwood Youth Association in Dunmore.

She was a member of the Countryside Community United Methodist Church, Clarks Summit, where her husband, the Rev. Dr. Jean-Pierre Duncan, is pastor, and where she occasionally sang in the choir and played the piano and organ. She was a co-founder of the church’s “book club.”

In addition to her husband and parents, she is survived by a brother, Steven Burkey, Elyria, Ohio; daughters, Mrs. Katie Sinclair and husband Tim, of Chesapeake Beach, Md.; Mrs. Aimee Gernatt and husband Chad, of Collins, N. Y.; and Sarah Duncan and her companion, Tameka Thompson, Scranton; and one granddaughter, Eleanor Jane Sinclair.

She was preceded in death by her aunts Mildred (McMurtrie) Tedrick, Coshocton, Ohio; and Elizabeth (Burkey) Pollock, Wakeman, Ohio; sister-in-law, Jane (Worcester) Burkey; and by very dear family friend Mrs. Edna Davis, Scranton.