Joseph J. Rokitko

Mountaintop Resident

Joseph J. Rokitko, 51, Mountaintop, died surrounded by family on Monday, April 14, 2014, at his home.

He was born in Wilkes-Barre, on July 26, 1962, a son of the late John and Rita (Belanchik) Rokitko. Joseph graduated from Crestwood High School and studied at the Pennsylvania State University. He was employed most recently by Pride Mobility, Dunmore.

Joseph is survived by his sisters, Rita Kania, Ann Rokitko, Christine Rokitko, Reginia Rokitko, all of Mountain Top, and Mary and her husband, Phillip Young, Hagerstown, Md.; brothers, John Rokitko, Michael and his wife Judy Rokitko, all of Ashley, Edward Rokitko, Mountain Top, and Adam Rokitko, Charlotte, N. C. Joseph is survived by 10 nieces and nephews and 15 grand-nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a. m. Wednesday, April 23 from Desiderio Funeral Home Inc., 436 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a. m. in Our Lady Help of Christians

Dorrance, with the Rev. Gerald W. Shantillo officiating. His final resting place will be in Albert Cemetery, Mountain Top. Friends may pay their respects from 4 to 7 p. m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorial donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at

Joseph H. Chukinas

Korean War Veteran

Joseph H. Chukinas, 84, Mountain Top, died Sunday, April 13, 2014.

Born in Pringle, Dec. 12, 1929, he was a son of the late George and Jenny (Tomashura) Chukinas.

He was educated in Pringle schools and was a graduate of Pringle High School, class of 1949.

He was employed in the financial service industry for over 30 years.

He was a Korean War veteran, serving in the U. S. Coast Guard.

He was a member of St. Jude Roman Catholic Church, Mountain Top, and was a lifetime member and past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Mountain Top, Council 6440, and a 4th Degree Member of the Bishop Haffey Assembly 925, Wilkes-Barre.

Joe was an avid golfer.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 32 years, the former Rita Bowman Chukinas; a brother, Stephen; and sisters Wilma Orischak and Gertrude Chukinas.

Survivors include brothers George, Pringle; Edward and his wife, Joan, Plains Township; sister Helen Hruska, New Jersey; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral and blessing services were held from The Desiderio Funeral Home Inc., 436 S. Mountain Blvd., state Route 309, Mountain Top. Interment followed at St. Stephen’s Cemetery, Lehman.

Memorial donations can be made to Hospice of the Sacred Heart or the American Cancer Society .

Christopher G. Schmidt

Strong Christian Faith

Christopher G. Schmidt, 26, of Mountain Top, died Monday, March 31, 2014, at his residence.

Born in Spartanburg, S. C., he was a son of Gerard Schmidt, Mountain Top, and the late Kathleen Farrell Schmidt.

Christopher possessed a strong Christian faith, he was a true people person who touched the lives and hearts of many and left people feeling better following visits with them.

He was a member of SECA and was a race car driver and an outstanding drummer.

Christopher was also a frequent Red Cross blood donor.

Surviving, in addition to his father, is his step-mother, Lisa Schmidt; his girlfriend, Mary Morrison; and many loving aunts and uncles; and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held in 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 may be made to either the St. Jude Building Fund, 420 S. Mountain Blvd, Mountain Top; or the American Red Cross.

Rosetta M. Schuler

Former Resident

Rosetta M. Schuler, 76, Danville, PA, died at home surrounded by her loving family, April 17, 2014. She formerly resided in Mountaintop. She was born March 3, 1938 in Slocum, the daughter of the late William and Rosa Gommer.

Rosetta graduated from Newport High School in 1956, Newport Township, Luzerne County.

Rosetta was a member of the Red Hat Society. Her biggest enjoyment was spending quality time with her family whom she adored.

She was married for 47 years to Albert C. Schuler who preceded her in death June of 2004.

Rosetta is survived by two sons; Jeffrey A. Schuler and his wife Tracy of Danville, PA, Brian W. Schuler of Pittston, PA, and one daughter, Laurie L. Poyner and her husband Russell of Pensacola, FL. She is also survived by six grandchildren; Christina, Kelly, Scotty, Isaac, Isaiah, Abigail, and one great-grandson, Ethan. Also surviving is one sister, Laura Linn of Slocum, PA and one brother Merle Gommer of Askam, PA. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Faith Schuler in 2003. She was also preceded in death by three brothers; Leslie Gommer, Clyde Gommer, and William Gommer.

As per Rosetta’s request, funeral services and burial will be private.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home, Inc.; 10 West Mahoning St.; Danville, PA 17821.

Jane L. Spadell

White Haven Resident

Jane L. Spadell, 70, White Haven, died suddenly on April 14, 2014, at home.

She is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, Robert Spadell Sr. Funeral service was conducted from the Lehman Family Funeral Service Inc., White Haven.

Bernadette Lammari

Bronx Resident

Bernadette Lammari, a longtime resident of the Bronx, died on April 19, 2014. She was 75. Mrs. Lammari was born on September 14, 1938 in Thionville, France to the late Nicoli and Katherine Wilhelm. On August 18, 1962 she married Remo Lammari.

In addition to her husband she is survived by her daughters, Patricia Kobela and her husband Carl Kerstetter, Mountaintop, and Christine Ringler and her husband Robert; and three grandchildren, Ryan Michael Kobela, Matthew Jett Kerstetter, and Madison Paige Ringler. Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday April 22 from St. Clare’s Church, Bronx.

The family prefers memorial donations to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1893, Memphis, Tennessee 38101.