Anastasia (Torres) Keating, 66, Mountain Top, died on January 27, 2014, at Celtic Hospice at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre, after a courageous battle with cancer.
She was born on April 1, 1947, in Guayama, Puerto Rico, to the late Eulalia Munoz and Victor Torres.
Anastasia attended Luzerne County Community College and worked for Telerx until 2003. She was a great lover of animals, and an advocate for the humane treatment. She was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church, Mountain Top.
She will be greatly missed.
Surviving are her husband, James, to whom she was married for 37 years; daughters, Michelle Keating-Sibel and her husband, Stephen, Collegeville; Aixa Capozza and her husband, Alfredo, Greenwich, Conn.; stepdaughters, Ann Marie Diaz, and Tara Longo; grandsons, Christian and Brennan Sibel; granddaughter, Francesca Capozza; brother, Angel Valentin, and his wife, Yolanda, Brooklyn, N. Y.; sisters, Lourdes Munoz and her husband, Francisco, Prattville, Ala.; Nilda Torres, Puerto Rico; grandson, Felipe, and granddaughter, Crystal, from Anastasia’s deceased daughter, Marie Luz Morales.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St Jude Church, Mountain Top. Interment followed in Calvary Cemetery, Drums.
Arrangements were by McCune Funeral Home, 80 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top.
Memorial donations in honor of Anastasia can be made to your local ASPCA ; or Griffin Pond Humane Society, 967 Griffin Pond Road, South Abington Township, PA 18411.
Korean War Veteran
Mr. Lucian P. Kryger, Mountain Top, died Wednesday, January 29, 2014, at his home with his loving family by his side.
Born Jan. 7, 1931, in Shenandoah, he was a son of the late Brunon and Alexandria Wroclawski Kryger.
Lucian was a 1949 graduate of Marymount High School, Wilkes-Barre, and an Army veteran of the Korean War.
Lou was a skillful and passionate musician who was dedicated to entertaining. After the passing of their father, Lucian and his brothers, George and Bruce, established the Kryger Brothers Orchestra. After Bruce’s death and George’s retirement, Lucian continued the band as the Kryger Orchestra until 1996. He was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1988 for his “Polka Mania” album and he, along with his father and brother Bruce, were enshrined in the Polka Hall of Fame.
The family also owned and operated Kryger Music in downtown Wilkes-Barre for many years. He was a member of the Blinded Veterans Association.
Lou’s innate talent and passion for music was evident. He could pick up nearly any instrument and play it beautifully. This past Christmas, he entertained his family by playing polkas and Christmas songs on his violin by memory. His love of music was eclipsed only by his love for his family. He was a kind and caring husband, father, brother and grandfather.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, George “Jerry” and Brunon Jr. “Bruce”; and sister Eleanor Adams.
Surviving are his wife of 51 years, the former Eleanor Stelevich; daughters, Luciann Grochowski and her husband, John, Forty Fort, and Alison Kryger, Mountain Top; grandchildren, Ryann Jones and her husband, Coulter, Brooklyn, N. Y., and Steven Grochowski, Wilkes-Barre; and sister Barbara Kryger, Manhattan, N. Y.
Funeral services were held from the Jendrzejewski Funeral Home, Wilkes-Barre A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in Our Lady of Hope Parish. Interment with military honors was in St. Mary’s Church of the Maternity Cemetery.
Donations may be made to the Medical Oncology Associates Prescription Drug Fund, 382 Pierce St., Kingston, PA 18704.
Loved The Outdoors
Anne M. Aspbury Deem, 49, of Mountain Top, and formerly of Pleasant Valley, N. Y., died suddenly at St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie, N. Y., on January 29, 2014.
Born in Poughkeepsie on Sept. 23, 1964, she was a daughter of late Alan Aspbury and Edith Haight Aspbury of Mountain Top. Anne was a graduate of Arlington High School, class of 1982. On Oct. 13, 1990, at St. Stanislaus Church in Pleasant Valley, she married Kenneth W. Deem.
Anne enjoyed being outdoors working in her flower beds around her home. She also enjoyed strolling through the neighborhood and sitting on the deck of her home reading books and watching for the deer, turkeys and bear to come and visit. She loved spending time with her family and pets.
She was employed by Weis Supermarket in Mountain Top in the produce department.
She was preceded in death by her father, Alan Aspbury; her brother, Alan Aspbury; her aunt and uncle, Charles and Jutta Haight; and her father-in-law, Kenneth Deem.
Anne is survived by her dear mother, Edith Aspbury, Mountain Top; her devoted husband, Kenneth W. Deem, Mountain Top; her beloved children, Sarah E. Deem, Kelsey N. Deem and Ryan K. Deem, all of Mountain Top; her sister in law, Jenny Aspbury, and her children, Michael and Daniel Aspbury, Matthews, N. C.; her mother-in-law, Beann Deem, New Ringgold, Pa.; three brothers-in-law and their wives; and nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p. m. Tues. , Feb. 4, at Allen Funeral Home, 1605 Main St., Pleasant Valley. Funeral services will be at 11 a. m. Wednesday from the funeral home. Interment will follow in Nine Partners Cemetery. A memorial service will be at noon Saturday from the Mountain Top Family Church, Mountain Top.
Memorial contributions may be made to Anne’s children’s college education fund, c/o Kenneth Deem, 430 Ice Harvest Drive, Mountain Top, PA 18707.
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