David C. Decker

U. S. Air Force Veteran

David C. Decker, 87, Mountain Top, died Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at his home surrounded by family.

Born in Kingston on June 28, 1926, he was a son of the late Howard and Mary Pamela (Campbell) Decker.

David was a graduate of Kingston High School, class of 1944. He served in the U. S. Air Force spanning World War II and the Korean War. He was a member of Emmanuel United Church of Christ, Dorrance Township. He was employed for 34 years at the former Boston Store, then Boscov’s Department Store, Wilkes-Barre, and then Sam’s Club, also in Wilkes-Barre.

David enjoyed fishing and traveling.

David is survived by his wife of 47 years, the former Diana Sampson; his son, Howard, Orlando, Fla.; his daughter, Heather, Mountain Top; grandchildren, Michael Decker, Tiffani Hubbert, Kaitlyn Decker, all of Orlando, and Taryn Pecile and Morgan Hodle, both of Mountain Top; and great-grandchild, Gabi.

David’s family extends special thanks to the nurses and aides of Celtic Hospice Community Care for their wonderful and loving care.

A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. McCune Funeral Home, Mountain Top, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Joseph J. Olshefski

Former Resident

Joseph J. Olshefski, formerly of Mountaintop, died Monday, Feb. 24, 2014.

Born May 13, 1935, he was the son of the late Peter and Nell Gatusky Olshefski.

A native of Wilkes-Barre Township, he resided in Mountain Top for several years prior to relocating to Montgomery County (Maple Glen and Montgomery Township) in 1988.

He was a graduate of Marymount High School, attended King’s College and participated in many banking-related educational programs.

A banker for more than 45 years, he began his career at Susquehanna Savings as a teller and eventually became its president in 1981. He negotiated a merger of Susquehanna Savings into Philadelphia-based Atlantic Financial, a statewide bank. Joe eventually became president of Atlantic’s statewide retail banking network of 81 locations. He later served a 15-year period with Maple Glen-based Willow Grove Bank.

He was a member of St. Jude’s Church, Mountain Top; St. Alphonsus Church, Maple Glen; a Man of Malvern Retreat House (Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Group); a lifetime third-degree member of Knights of Columbus Council 302; and many fraternal, civic and banking organizations in Montgomery and Chester counties.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Carl and Peter Jr., and by his sisters, Mary and Teresa.

Surviving are his beloved wife of 53 years, the former Dorothy Trosko, Plains Township; children, Karen Evans and her husband, Gregory, Beth Langston and her husband, Timothy, and David Olshefski; brother, Richard Olshefski; and sister, Irene Dunne. He was the proud grandfather of Zachary and Mary Katherine Evans and Tyler, Hope and Joshua Olshefski, and stepgrandfather of Ashleigh, Nicole and Gabrielle Samuel. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

Memorial donations may be made to Our Lady of Hope Parish, 40 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.