Second Front
Kim Byriel
Louis Welebob Sr.

Devoted Husband, Father

Kim Byriel, 43, Mountain Top, died Monday, July 22 at Hospice Community Care at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre, surrounded by his loving wife and close friends after a courageous two-year battle with brain cancer.

Kim was born on Oct. 23, 1969, in Odense, Denmark, the only son of Per Byriel and the late Elisabeth Byriel. Kim lost his mother when he was only 16 years old.

After finishing school in Kopenhagen, Denmark, Kim studied economics and business administration, focusing on international marketing and management in Denmark, England and Australia. He then moved to Germany, where he met his wife, Julia.

After his first son, Niklas, was born, Kim had the opportunity to relocate to South Windsor, Conn., with his family, where his second son, Philip, was born. To further his career, he then moved with his family to Wilmington, N. C., for three years before he switched jobs one more time and moved to Mountain Top and started to work as the vice president international for Intermetro Industries, Wilkes-Barre.

Kim was the most loving and devoted husband, father and friend, always putting himself last. He loved to travel and took every opportunity to introduce new places to Julia and his boys. He loved to play basketball, and even made it to the U-17 national team in Denmark.

He had a passion for photography, which he had planned to pursue after he was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme, a dangerous form of brain cancer, two years ago. He never questioned why, but handled this difficult situation with grace. He touched many hearts with his positive attitude.

Kim was not able to work for the past two years, but enjoyed life, went to the gym regularly, started yoga and co-coached his sons’basketball team. He was able to spend a lot of quality time with his family and was also a great inspiration for many patients with the same diagnosis through his wit and humor.

Surviving are his wife, Julia, to whom he would have been married 13 years in August; his two sons, Niklas and Philip; his father, Per Byriel; his uncle, Mogens Jacobsen, and his wife, Mette Salamonsen; his maternal grandmother, Lis Christensen; his paternal grandmother, Anna Margarete Jacobsen; great aunt and uncle, Dora and Viggo Jensen; and several cousins, all in Denmark.

Julia and family express their sincere gratitude to Dr. Lacroix at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, as well as Dr. Turner at Geisinger, Danville; Michelle Wilkus and Angela Whitmire, both RNs at Geisinger, as well as Penny Kaiser, Novocure representative; the nurses at both PCU at Geisinger and at Hospice Community Care, Wilkes-Barre.

A joyful celebration of Kim’s life was held at King’s Pizzeria in Mountain Top.

Donations will be accepted. A portion of the donations will benefit the family of Eric Speicher, who is also battling brain cancer.

Owned Louie’s Market

Louis Welebob Sr., 99, Mountain Top, died July 27, 2013 at Smith Healthcare, Mountain Top, following a brief illness, surrounded by his loving family.

Born Feb. 14, 1914, in Wilkes-Barre Township, he was a son of the late Paul and Mary Welebob.

Louis attended Wilkes-Barre Township schools. He and his late wife, Elizabeth, owned and operated Louie’s Market in Laurel Run Borough for 25 years. Due to the Laurel Run Mine fire, he and his family relocated to Mountain Top. Louis worked for WW Davis as a painter. Upon retiring, he worked part-time at Friedman Express and McDonald’s in Mountain Top. He retired again at age 86 to care for his late wife.

Louis was the oldest living member of the Laurel Run Primitive Methodist Church, where he served on the Trustee Board and was head offertory steward for many years. He was also a member of the Painters Union.

Louis will be best remembered for his love of people, especially when he was able to greet them at his market and at McDonald’s. Louis loved doing odd jobs around his house and he loved gardening. He was an especially proud grandfather and great-grandfather to his three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren that he cherished the most.

He was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by his wife of 64 years, Elizabeth; brothers Walter, Joseph, Chester, Stanley and Matthew, and his sisters Marion, Helen, Sally, Frances, Sophie and Jean.

Surviving are his son, Louis Welebob Jr., and his wife, Jeannine; and his daughter, Marion Jean, all of Mountain Top; grandchildren, Louis Welebob III and his wife, Maggie, Middleton, Wis.; Carolee Welebob, Hatfield, Pa., and Lorilee Rozitski and her husband, Scott, Mountain Top; great-grandchildren, Louis Joseph, Emily and Theresa Welebob; Joshua and Carly Lowe; Kyle and Caden Rozitski; brothers Leo, Maryland, and Paul, California; several nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held at 11 a. m. Wednesday, July 31, from McCune Funeral Home, Mountain Top, with the Rev David Elick officiating. Interment will follow in Albert Cemetery, Mountain Top. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 3 to 8 p. m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Laurel Run PM Church, 3835 Laurel Run Road, Laurel Run, PA 18706.

The family would also like to thank the entire staff at Smith Health Care for the terrific care of and compassion for Louis and his family.

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