Sebastiano Vasta, 84, of Mount Pocono, passed away on Monday, December 12, 2022 at St. Luke's Hospital - Monroe. Born in Catnai, Sicily, Italy, he was the son of the late Salvatore and Paola Vasta. Sebastiano was the beloved husband of Ann (Spero) Vasta with whom he shared 65 years of marriage.
He worked for St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery of New York for many years. Sebastiano enjoyed all things outdoors; including, hunting, gardening and riding his motorcycle. Above all, he was a devoted father and grandfather who enjoyed moments with his family.
Sebastiano will be lovingly remembered by his daughters, Lucille Dever and her husband Leonard; Paula Athanasopoulos and her husband John, Denise Vasta and her partner Michael, and Diane Casale and her husband Charles; grandchildren, George, Christina, Leonard, Dana, Stephanie, Victoria, Annmarie, Danny, C.J., Brittany, Joseph, Sabrina and Noah; and great-grandchildren, Giana, Autumn, Lucia, Lilliana, Grace, Johnny, Juliet, Joseph, Liana, Frankie, Sophia and Jinora Jean.
A prayer service took place December 20, in the Bolock Funeral Home, Cresco.
Rina (Tarantola) Hansen, 76, of Tobyhanna, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her loved ones on Sunday, December 11, 2022. Born in Brooklyn, New York, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Rose (Attianese) Tarantola. Rina was the beloved wife of the late Ronald Hansen. Rina was a loving wife and mother who was truly devoted to her family.
Rina will be lovingly remembered by her son, Glenn Hansen and his wife Kara; daughter, Kim Hansen; brother, Joseph Tarantola; and grandchildren, Maximo Aponte and Isabel Hansen.
Bolock Funeral Home, Cresco, was in charge of arrangements.
EVA MARIE JABBOUR
Eva Marie Jabbour 81, of Pocono Summit, passed away on Monday morning, December 5, 2022, in the loving arms of her daughters Kelly and Tracy while under hospice care in her home. She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph Jabbour Jr. who died August 22, 2015.
Born on December 9, 1940 in Detroit, MI, she was the daughter of the late Herman and Dorothy (Gajeski) Moehlman and lived in Monroe County for over 50 years.
She was a custodian at Pocono Mountain High School for 10 plus years where she found lots of joy being with the students who loved her; and was also a homemaker who raised six children.
Eva enjoyed crocheting, knitting, gardening and traveling cross-country with her husband in his 18-wheeler. She was a compassionate, loving, caring woman who sacrificed and dedicated her life to her children and brought smiles to all who knew her. Eva also took in people who needed help and treated them like family.
She is survived by six children, Michael Jabbour and his wife Kim of Stroudsburg, Robin Milford and her husband Greg a Marshalls Creek, Kelly Hull and her husband David of Stroudsburg, Deborah Fish and her husband Ralph of Cresco, Tracy Girgenti who lived with her in Pocono Summit for 20 years and Treena Hay and her husband Edward of Cresco; 19 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; a sister, Barbara Krause of Saginaw, MI and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by seven siblings, Howard Moehlman, Philip Moehlman, Larry Moehlman, Cathy Phinney, Carol Pray, Loretta Mattis and Patrick Moehlman.
A memorial service was held December 19 at Mountainhome United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial remembrances be made to St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital or the Dale and Francis Hughes Cancer Center.
NEUKEYIA ROSSHELL CHANG
Neukeyia Rosshell Chang was born on October 26, 1980, in Orange, New Jersey to Caroline and Ronald Chang. She made her transition from this life experience entering into eternal Spiritual life on Monday, December 5, 2022, at her apartment in the Bronx, New York. She passed away peacefully in her sleep.
Neukeyia was the oldest of two children; she was big sister to her younger brother Kyle, who preceded her in transitioning to spirit eight years ago on July 1, 2014.
Neukeyia moved to Tobyhanna with her mother and brother Kyle when she was 10 years old, in September 1991.
Neukeyia was a natural on horseback and won ribbons in English riding competitions. She loved the performance dance arts. She and her friends started the first Step Team in her high school.
She graduated from Pocono Mountain High School in June, 1998.
She was a member of Bloomsburg University Gospel Choir. She also participated in many Black Cultural Society events, and Tranquility events.
Neukeyia started working as a switchboard operator at St. Michael's Hospital in downtown Newark.
In October 2003, she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
Neukeyia entered into her first long term relationship in 2006 with Troy Mathis. Their son Troy Lemont Mathis Jr. (TJ) was born on March 22, 2010.
Neukeyia leaves to cherish her memory her fiancé Eric Jones of The Bronx, NY; son, Troy Mathis Jr. of Monroe Township, NJ; loving mother Caroline Chang of Tobyhanna; father Ronald Chang of Nazareth; uncle Thomas Bell Jr. and his wife Michelle of East Brunswick, NJ; aunt Gloria Watkins of West Orange, NJ; aunt Joy Fernandes of South Orange, NJ; cousins, Bria and Amir Bell, cousins, Davis Family, and a host of beloved relatives and dear friends. A funeral service took place on December 16, in the Bolock Funeral Home, Cresco. Interment followed at the Pine Grove Cemetery of Newfoundland.
JOYCE LEOTA FERRETTE
Joyce Leota Ferrette was born on Friday, May 8, 1936 on the island of St. Vincent in the Caribbean. She departed earth on Sunday, December 11, 2022.
She was a devoted housewife and home maker in addition to being a licensed seamstress. She enjoyed making wedding dresses and formal wear for friends and family. When she was not sewing, she enjoyed gardening and attending church. She lived for many years in St. Croix U.S.V.I in addition to Florida and most recently Pennsylvania with her immediate family.
She is preceded in death by her husband Jacob Ferrette; her parents Edwin Hopson, and Isabella Joseph; her sister Mary Gittens, her brother-in-law James Ferrette; and grandson James McConnell Ferrette. She is survived by her daughter Sharon Samtani; sons Sheldon and Stephen Ferrette; her in-laws Lal Samtani, Laverne and Linda Ferrette; her grandchildren Joseph Sanders Ferrette, Alyssa Ferrette, and Asana Ferrette; her siblings Vistula Charles and Samuel Joseph and a score of cousins, nieces and nephews too numerous to mention.
Joyce will always be remembered for her incredible Christmas Black Cake at Christmas, her many stories of the days past and her devotion to her family.
A funeral service took place December 19, in the Bolock Funeral Home, Cresco.
Ramon Nazario, 49, of Long Pond, passed away in his home on Thursday, December 8, 2022. Born in Guanica, Puerto Rico he was the son of Emma Irizarry and the late Ramon Nazario Rodriguez. Ramon was the beloved husband of Glorixa (Figueroa) Nazario with whom he shared 27 years.
Ramon owned and operated his own communications company, RJN Wireless for many years. He loved car racing. Above all Ramon was a family man who cherished family gatherings.
In addition to his mother, Emma and wife, Glorixa, Ramon will be lovingly remembered by his sons, Jonathon Nazario and his companion Gillian, Christopher Garcia and his wife Carrie, and Adriel Garcia; daughters, Julianne Nazario and Janice Nazario; sisters, Maribel Nazario, Evelyn Nazario, Ana W. Garcia and Susan Garcia; grandchildren, Maliyah Garcia and Jeramiah Nazario; as well as many beloved aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
A funeral service took place December 13, in the Bolock Funeral Home, Cresco.
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SALLY A. McGRATH
Sally A. McGrath, 77, of Pocono Summit, died Monday, September 3, 2018 in Bethlehem. She was the loving wife of Walter McGrath.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, she was a daughter of the late Howard and Amelia (Lee) Cushing.
A proud military wife, Sally traveled the country with her husband until moving to Pocono Summit in December of 1980. She was a devoted homemaker and volunteered with many organizations She was of the Catholic faith and attended Most Holy Trinity Parish. Sally organized the thrift shop at the Tobyhanna Army Depot and was instrumental in organizing a foster care agency in Tobyhanna.
Sally is also survived by sons Charles Hobart and his wife, Becky of Blandon, Patrick McGrath and his wife, Aris of Alexandria, Virginia, Michael McGrath and his wife, Jennifer of New Freedom, and William McGrath of Stroudsburg; daughters Linda Kerr and her husband, John of Tobyhanna, and Lisa Hobart and her companion, Steve of Pocono Lake; 15 grandchildren; and one niece and nephew.
There will be a viewing from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, September 6 at Bolock Funeral Home, 6148 Paradise Valley Road, Cresco. The Reverend Father Michael Kloton will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Friday, September 7 at St. Ann’s Church, Main Street, Tobyhanna. Interment will take place at 2 p.m. Monday, September 10 at Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Indiantown Gap Road, Annville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: The American Cancer Society, 2158 W. Main Street, Stroudsburg, PA 18360. cancer.org
KENNETH W. DONAHUE
Kenneth W. Donahue, 71, of Pocono Lake, died on Saturday, August 25, 2018. Born in the Bronx, New York he was the son of Al and Lina (Pacente) Donahue. Ken was a resident of Pocono Lake for the past 10 years and prior to that he resided in the Bronx, N.Y.
He worked for the U.S. Postal Service in New York for many years. Ken was of the Catholic faith and he was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War.
He is survived by his close friend Joseph Albanese of Hartsdale, NY, and two nephews, Jason Kadlec and Matthew Baris of Yonkers, NY.
Maureen Mendoza, 76, died Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Manor Care in Kingston. She was the loving wife of the late Jose V. Mendoza.
Born in Bronx, New York, she was the daughter of the late Francis J. Taheny of County Sligo, Ireland and Della B. (Quinn) Taheny of County Mayo, Ireland.
She was a Registered Nurse for much of her life and practiced in New York City for over 30 years. Maureen loved going to Irish Festivals and listening to Irish music and was very proud of her Irish heritage. She was a devout Catholic who loved her family very much. Her family was the most important thing to her in life.
She is survived by her eight children: Cookie Reda Wall (Kenny), Joseph F. Reda (Dolores DiRe), Della A. Reda, Joani Reda-Hernandez (Ruben), Joy Castro (Jimmy), Joshua G. Mendoza (Karen Bradley), Sarai E. Neff (Jason), and Deborah J. Mendoza; and 16 grandchildren, Jennifer, Justin, Cody, Ryan, Amanda, Diandra, Jacqueline, Victoria, Peri, Dean, Reece, Nina, Franco, Isabella, Jacob, and Symphony; and one great-grandchild, Ariya.
Bolock Funeral Home, 6148 Paradise Valley Road, Cresco, was in charge of arrangements. A Mass of Christian Burial was held August 23 at St. Ann’s Church, Tobyhanna. Burial followed at Pocono Lake Cemetery, Pocono Pines.
Polly Moore 81, of Mt. Pocono, Pa. died on Wednesday Aug. 15, 2018. She was the widow of Cleveland A. Moore Sr. Born in Laurinburg, N.C. she was the daughter of Roosevelt and Alissa (Ellison) Dockery.
Polly was a resident of the Mt. Pocono area for the past 13 years and prior to that she resided in the Brooklyn, N.Y. area. She worked as a computer analysis for many years before retiring. She was of the Christian faith.
She is survived by a daughter, Pastor Sharon Purvis and her husband Bernard of Tobyhanna, Pa. and 2 sons: Cleveland Moore Jr. of Tobyhanna and James Vance Jr. of Lawrence, S.C. and other siblings, grandchildren and cousins.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday Aug. 25, 2018 at 2:00pm from St. Luke AME Zion Church 91 Main St. Maysville, N.C. with burial to follow the services at the White Oaks Cemetery Mayville, N.C.
The Joseph J. Pula Funeral Home Inc. 23 N. 9th.St.Stroudsburg, Pa. is in charge of the arrangements.
DEBRA LYNN ONEY
Debra Lynn Oney, 56, of Pocono Summit, died Saturday, August 4, 2018.
Born in East Stroudsburg, she was a daughter of the late Gerald and Mildred Ann (Collins) Oney.
Debra was of the Christian faith and enjoyed spending time with her nieces and nephews, whom she loved as her own. She worked as a registered nurse for Geisinger Health System, and during her time there, served as a teacher, counselor, and mentor to many young women.
She is survived by her siblings: Gerald Oney, Jr. of Port Jervis, New York, Brenda Carey of Newfoundland, Gregory Oney of Pocono Summit, John S. Oney of Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews.
There will be no services at this time; private cremation is entrusted to Bolock Funeral Home Crematory.
Memorial donations may be made to AWSOM, Animal Welfare Society of Monroe, PO Box 13, Stroudsburg, PA 18360.
Albert Akus, 81, of Pocono Lake, died Friday, August 3, 2018, at French Creek Marina in Clayton, NY where he and his wife have spent summers for the past 30 years. He was the a devoted husband of Theresa (Davis) Akus, with whom he shared 57 years of marriage.
Born on August 31, 1936 in Brooklyn, NY, he was a son of the late Albert and Sophie (Piniak) Akus and lived in Monroe County for the past 50 years.
He served in the U.S. Air Force and was the owner of Al Akus Painting and Spraying Company.
Albert was a parishioner of the former Christ the King Roman Catholic Church in Blakeslee.
Also surviving are four children, Albert Akus and wife Linda of Stroudsburg, Cheryl Silfee and husband Paul of Georgia, Adele Hineline and husband Tim of Stroudsburg, and Laura Longyhore and husband William Thomas, Jr. of Jim Thorpe; seven grandchildren, Kristie Silfee of Ocala FL, Brenda Hutton and husband Keith of Floyds Knob, IN, Shaun Hineline and wife Joyce of Long Pond, Charles Longyhore Jr. of Portland, Jason Seese of Budd Lake, NJ, Jessica and Amy; seven beautiful great-grandchildren, Jonathon and Tyler sons of Shaun and Joyce Hineline, Kimber and Kaitlyn daughters of Brenda and Keith Hutton, Noah, Symeon and Kyah, children of Kristie Silfee, two sisters, Karen Akus of Easton and Virginia Wuest of Bronx, NY; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by two children, Linda Kern and Andrew Akus; a brother, Andrew Akus; and a sister, Adele Akus.
A prayer service was held August 10 in Stroudsburg, with the Rev. Sean G. Carpenter officiating. Burial followed at Laurelwood Cemetery in Stroudsburg.
In lieu of flowers, memorial remembrances may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation (National Headquarters), 6520 N. Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309-2132.
Nicholas J. D’Angelo, 68, of Pocono Pines, died Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at Lehigh Valley Hospital- Pocono, in East Stroudsburg. He was the loving husband of Elizabeth (Roman) D’Angelo, with whom he shared 44 years of marriage.
Born in Manhattan, New York, he was a son of the late Sal and Sadie (Lardizzone) D’Angelo.
Nicholas worked as an entrepreneur in the restaurant and hospitality industry.
He is also survived by his daughters, Nicole Mazzie and her husband, John, of Cresco, and Tiffany D’Angelo and her companion, Brian Korodan of Pocono Pines; brother, Anthony D’Angelo of Mount Pocono; grandchildren Giavanna and Nico Mazzie.
A memorial blessing service was held August 5, at Bolock Funeral Home, 6148 Paradise Valley Road, Cresco.
TOBY TYLER SCOTT
Toby Tyler Scott (Tobster) died July 15, 2018 in Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven Connecticut.
He is suvived by his wife, Katrina Scott-Radjavitch; daughters Amber and Cassidy Scott, and grandson Tyler, White Haven; brother Gary Scott Jr., and wife Brenda Scott, White Haven; and nephews Gary Scott III and James Siene.
He was born February 3, 1972, in Middletown, Connecticut., the son of Gary Robert Scott Sr., and Cheryl Darlene Scott, Clinton, CT.
Toby was a handyman who loved cars, fishing, and time with his family.
Arrangements are private.