Alan W. Stephens

Loved Outdoors

Alan W. Stephens, 66, Wilderness Drive, Mountain Top, died Nov. 27, 2013, at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center after a long battle with chronic illness.

He was born June 23, 1947, in Danville and was the son of Alice Arey Stephens and the late William

H. Stephens of Berwick.

The first 17 years of his working career were spent at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources in Kingston. He then moved on to Operations Manager for Empire Sanitary Landfill in Taylor. He most recently worked for Pennoni Associates of King of Prussia as Project Manager for more than 12 years.

Alan was a former member of the United Methodist Church in Berwick and Christ United Methodist Church in Mountain Top. He was a former member of Knapp Masonic Lodge No. 462, where he was a past master, and he was very active in Boy Scouts as both an Eagle Scout and a Scoutmaster.

Alan was a true lover of the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting for small game, waterfowl and deer. When he wasn’t in the field, he could usually be found wading in a trout stream or trolling in a boat. Snow skiing, water skiing and horseback riding were also among some of his favorite activities. Alan was often described as a hardworking, honest and caring man.

He is survived by his wife, the former Linda J. Chapin, originally of Berwick. They had observed their 44th wedding anniversary on Aug. 30, 2013. Two sons, Christopher

A. Stephens and his wife Ola, of Berwick, Matthew A. Stephens and his wife Nicole, of Sparks, Md.; four grandchildren Brandon and Justin Whitebread, Alexis and Ella Stephens; and a sister Nancy Johnson, of Bloomsburg, also survive him.

Jane Yurkanin

Newspaper Founder

Jane Yurkanin, 83, Mountain Top, died Nov. 24, 2013, at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, surrounded by her family.

Born in Dunmore, she was the eldest daughter of the late John and Mary Swetz McDonough. She attended Dunmore High School and had additional business training.

She was instrumental in creating the Mountain View newspaper, which was the precursor to the Mountaintop Eagle. She eventually became president of the corporation until her retirement and the sale of the commercial printing division.

Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents, was her brother William.

Jane is survived by her husband of 63 years, Andrew; her daughters, Maryellen Aton and her husband, Rick, Mountain Top, and Jane Wagner and her husband, Jerold, Drums; her son, Robert, Mountain Top; grandchildren, Ed Mullaney, Keith Wagner, Jerold Wagner, Ryan Yurkanin, and Chris Yurkanin; her six great-grandchildren; her sisters, Mary Scaran and her husband, Tony, Orange, Calif., and Margaret Morell and her husband, Charles, Dunmore; her brother John McDonough, Dunmore; and many nieces and nephews.

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

The family asks that memorial donations be made to the Mountain Top Ambulance Association, P. O. Box 63, Mountain Top, PA 18707.