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Marie Gentilesco

Loved Music, Dancing

Marie Regina Yatsko Gentilesco, Mountain Top, died Dec. 3, 2013.

Born in Wilkes-Barre on Dec. 21, 1921, she was a daughter of the late John and Bella Jancewicz Yatsko. She was a 1940 graduate of Coughlin High School and the Wilkes-Barre Business School. She was member of St. Jude Parish, where she performed in the choir.

She was the leader of the 4-H Club of Mountain Top and was active in the Wyoming Valley chapter of Pennsylvanians for Human Life. Any longtime resident of Mountain Top knew her as the owner of the rabbit farm in Fairview Township.

She had lifelong interests in music, dancing, sewing, reading and talk radio.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael; brothers, John and Ted; sisters, Irene Jacobosky and Honey Haydu; nieces, Nadine Delli Santi and Robin La Ferrara.

She is survived by sons, Mick and his wife, Melissa; Jack and his wife, Amy; and Marcus and his wife, Lauren, all of Mountain Top; 12 grandchildren, Mickey and his wife, Jessica; Mario and his wife, Michelle; Mindy and her husband, Peter Dombroski; Matt, Max, Jacqueline, Nadia, Alexandria, John, Vincent, Zach and Josh, all of Mountain Top; three great-grandchildren, Jamie, Collen and Nikolai; sister Dorothy Brady, Far Hills, N. J.; sister Rita Kohn, Livingston, N. J.; 16 nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Jude Church, 420 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top. Interment followed in Calvary Cemetery, Drums.

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

Memorial donations can be made to the St. Jude Building Fund, 420 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top, PA 18707, 570-474-6315.

Stanley H. Bibla

Mountain Top Resident

Stanley H. Bibla, 77, Mountain Top, died Saturday, November 30, 2013, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

He was born in Poland.

Stanley is survived by his wife, Barbara Bibla; his two sons, Martin and Thomas Bibla; and six grandchildren.

A private funeral service was held University in 1955 after earning a degree in accounting. Charles served on a destroyer with the U. S. Navy during the Korean War. He was a life member of the VFW Slocum Post 7918 and the American Legion Mountain Top Post 781.

Charles resided in Buttonwood for many years while assisting in the management of the family hardware store and construction business. He married Eleanor Urban in 1959 and shortly thereafter joined General Motors as a budget analyst and moved to Yardley, Pa. Charles later joined Sybron Corp. and moved to Mt. Holly, N. J. Several years later, he was promoted to the position of

at St. Jude’s Roman Catholic Church, Mountain Top.

Arrangements were by Desiderio Funeral Home Inc., 436 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top.

Casimir Ciesla

Korean War Veteran

Casimir Charles Ciesla, 83, Mountain Top, died Dec. 7, 2013, at the Geisinger Medical Center, Plains Township following a brief illness.

Charles was born Feb. 15, 1930, in Buttonwood, Hanover Township, and was the son of the late Joseph A. Ciesla and Caroline (Buczek) Ciesla. He graduated from Hanover High School in 1947 and from Wilkes vice president and controller of the worldwide Sybron Chemical Corp. He retired in 1987, moved to Slocum Township, Luzerne County, and operated Ciesla Hardware Store in Hanover Township for many years.

Mr. Ciesla’s hobbies included hunting, fishing, carpentry and history. He traveled extensively while in the Navy and as worldwide controller, and he went on dozens of cruises with his wife. Charles was a member of four historical societies and wrote numerous books, including the histories of Hanover Township, Ashley, Sugar Notch, Warrior Run, Nanticoke, Newport Township, Slocum Township, Mountain Top veterans, Plymouth Cemetery and Sans Souci Park. He was a life member of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross Church and actively participated in the church Men’s Club.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents and by his sisters, Helen Plesko, Mary Helk, Carolyn Robel, and brother, Joseph S. Ciesla.

In addition to his wife, Eleanor Ciesla, Charles is survived by nephews, Robert Robel and his wife, Dolores; George Plesko and his wife, Pamela; niece Mary Helen Modeen and her husband, Raymond, and cousins, John Frederick and Anna Ciesla Poplowski and her husband, Gregory.