Obituaries
Alexander J. Purta

Active at St. Jude’s

Alexander J. Purta, 75, formerly of Mountain Top, died December 20, 2013, at Fellowship Community Manor, Whitehall.

He was born in Wilkes-Barre, on Sept. 8, 1938, a son of the late Alexander J. and Alice Jamiolowski Purta. He was a graduate of Marymount High School and received his associate degree in electrical engineering from Penn State University. He was employed as a lead project engineer by Intersil Semi Conductor Corp., Mountain Top, for many years. Alexander was an Army veteran, having served as a radar repair instructor with the U. S. Army Signal Corps.

Alexander was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was an active member of St. Jude’s Church, Mountain Top, where he served a lector for 35 years and as chairman of the annual bazaar for 25 years. He was also a member of the financial projects committee.

He was a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 6440 of Mountain Top, where he was a Faithful Navigator. He also was a member of Council 302 of Wilkes-Barre, where he was the chairman of Northeast Board of District Deputies, having been active with the organization since 1974.

Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Barbara Trudnak Purta; and his daughter, Melissa Faura and her husband, Xavier, Macungie; grandchildren, Juan Alexander and Anna Faura; brother, Bernard Purta, The Villages, Fla.; sister, Frances Kraus, Chula Vista, Calif.; several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Jude’s Church, Mountain Top. Memorials may be sent to the Capital Campaign at St. Jude’s Church, 420 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top, PA 18707.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.natandgawlasfuneralhome.com.

Angeline T. Jachim

Loved Music, Nature

Mrs. Angeline T. Jachim, Mountain Top, died December 20, 2013 in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Born in Holland, N. Y., she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Mary Geffert Wiernusz.

She resided in Wilkes-Barre Township and Hillside, N. J., for many years and attended Wilkes-Barre Township High School. She was employed at Revlon Co. in New Jersey and retired from Eberhart Faber in Newark, N. J. She was a member of St. Jude Church in Mountain Top

She was preceded in death by husband, Henry, July 18, 1997; brothers Frank, Joseph and John Wiernusz; sisters Frances Pickett and Genevieve Evanick.

Angie was always giving of herself and helping others. She loved listening to music, especially her polkas. She had a great love for nature and all its beauty. She enjoyed her daily walks through the neighborhood.

Surviving are son Larry, Mountain Top; daughter Jacqueline Hatler, DeBary, Fla.; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother Louis Wiernusz, Wilkes-Barre Township.

Funeral services were held at the Jendrzejewski Funeral Home, Wilkes-Barre. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Jude Church, Mountain Top.

Estella B. Rupp

Great Love Of Family

Estella B. Rupp, 106, Wapwallopen, died Dec. 21, 2013, at Berwick Retirement Village.

Born in Briggsville on July 18, 1907, she was the daughter of the late Samuel Deaner and Emma Jane (Brouse) Gensel. She moved with her family to Nescopeck in 1912, and graduated from Nescopeck High School in 1925, where she stands the oldest living graduate of record.

In her early years, she worked at Baer Silk Mill and Duplan Silk Mill. She did housework, washing and ironing, which led her to become a housekeeper for the John Lanning family of Berwick, where she worked for 53 years. She retired at 95 years of age.

Estella was a member of the First United Church of Christ, Nescopeck, since she was 5 years old. She was confirmed in 1921, and the church recently held a special service to celebrate her 100th year of attendance. She loved God and her church family.

Because of Estella’s great love for her family, her wish was to have a birthday party every year to bring her family and friends together. This tradition continued for 26 years. She was proud to have reached five generations of family, eight times.

She will be greatly missed by her children, Jane Okonieski and husband, Ralph, Wapwallopen; and Mildred Hughes, Wapwallopen; daughter-in-law, Evelyn Rupp, Nescopeck; eight grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and 14 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her son, Richard Rupp, on Dec. 12, 2013; brothers and sisters, Harry, Emma, Francis, Bessie, Roy, Maurice and John; and five half-brothers.

The family would like to thank Dr. Derr and all of those who cared for her, as well as Pastor Dennison, the church family and friends for their support and prayers.

A funeral service was held in the First United Church of Christ, Nescopeck. Entombment followed in Elan Memorial Park, Lime Ridge.

Memorial contributions may be made to Estella’s church, the First United Church of Christ, 901 Third St., Nescopeck, PA 18635.

Arrangements were entrusted to Heller Funeral Home, Nescopeck.

Stephen J. Beres

Retired Educator

Stephen J. Beres, 84, Mountain Top died unexpectedly Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township, ironically on his favorite day of the year, Christmas Eve.

Born Sept. 2, 1929, in Wilkes-Barre Township, he was a son of the late Michael and Elizabeth Berish.

After high school, he proudly served his country in the U. S. Navy from 1950 to 1955.

Upon discharge, he enrolled at East Stroudsburg State Teachers College, earned a master of education degree from Scranton University and received his superintendent certification from Lehigh University. He was an educator his whole career, retiring in 1993 as principal of Rice Township Elementary School, Mountain Top.

Affectionately known to his family and friends as “Pop,” “the Energizer Bunny” or “master of all trades,” he was always a phone call away, any time, any place, sticking by our side through thick and thin. Known and loved for many things, a couple of his favorite quotes were “Hey don’t kiss my Gramma!,” “Never see it from the bridge” and “a blind man would love to see it.”

He especially loved spending time with his family and simple pleasures of being Santa on his favorite holiday, Christmas, watching Eagles football and Red Sox baseball, his annual family vacations to Ocean City, Md., and eating vanilla ice cream.

Pop was a longtime member of the Catholic War Vets, Post 274, Ashley, and the American Legion, Post 781, Mountain Top.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, John, Mary Nilon, Michael, Joseph and Andrew.

He is survived by his loving wife and soulmate of 64 years, Norma Motovidlak Beres; daughters, Maribeth and husband, Chip Galbraith, and Cheryl and husband, George Thomas; grandchildren, Bryan Thomas, Meghan and Justin Galbraith; and great-granddaughter, Reilly Olivia, the love of his life and the sparkle in his eye.

Funeral services were held from Jendrzejewski Funeral Home, Wilkes-Barre. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Jude Parish, Mountain Top.

Memorial donations may be made