October 15, 2021
Joseph Lacertoso, 91, of Dunmore, passed away Friday morning in Hospice of the Sacred Heart Inpatient Unit in Dunmore with his loving family by his side.
He and his wife, the former Carmella Sardo, would have celebrated 64 years of marriage on October 26th.
Joseph was born December 16, 1929 in Dunmore along with his identical twin brother, the late Pasquale (“Pat”), to the late Vito Anthony and Philomena Pane Lacertoso.
Joe and Pat weighed in at 2 3/4 and 2 1/4 pounds, respectively, but with the loving and devoted care of their mother, they survived in a homemade incubator near the kitchen coal stove.
Joe was a graduate of Dunmore High School Class of 1949 and then went on to the Johnson School of Technology. Following graduation, he and his brother Pat entered the workforce and were drafted together into the United States Army in March of 1951. They were both sent to basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and thereafter were sent to Korea where they served together with the 1st Battalion inside the same Sherman tank for 10 months. Prior to his retirement, Joe was a buffer polisher for McKinney Manufacturing Corp in Scranton for over 44 years.
Joe joined his brother Pat in participating in several local religious and civic groups. He too was a faithful member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Dunmore, and was also a longtime member of Elite Club in Dunmore, being very active with its annual Easter Egg Hunt. Additionally, Joe was part of the Junior Order United American Mechanics.
He was an avid sports fan, and knew almost everything about baseball, his favorite team being the Pittsburgh Pirates. He also enjoyed being part of the St. Anthony’s and McKinney Manufacturing Corp’s bowling leagues. In the summertime, he could often be found tending to his garden.
Joe loved to travel to many locations throughout the world with his wife, family, and close friends. Cruises were his absolute favorite. More than anything, Joe enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, but most of all, he treasured the time spent with cherished great-granddaughter, Tessa. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him, but truly, to know him was to love him.
In addition to his loving wife, he is survived by a daughter Ann Berardelli and husband Joseph, Olyphant; a son, Joseph Lacertoso, Dunmore; grandchildren Alyssa Scagliotti and husband Jeff, Jessup; and Joseph Berardelli and fiancée Karli Kordish, Jessup; the beloved great-granddaughter and light of his life, Tessa; his sister Dolores Kersavage and husband Bob, Dunmore; and his brother Tony Lacertoso and wife Angie, Dunmore; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his identical twin brother, Pasquale (“Pat”) in March of 2020 and his wife Ann, brother James and his wife Ann, and infant sister Isabella.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to all the staff of Hospice of the Sacred Heart, with special thanks to the at-home nurses and those in the inpatient unit. The love and care shown to Joe during his times of need are so greatly appreciated.
The funeral will be Wednesday from the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church, Chestnut St., Dunmore. Interment to follow in Mount Carmel Cemetery, Dunmore.
Family and friends may call on Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that preferred contributions in Joe’s memory be made to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Dr., Suite 7, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.
To offer a condolence, please visit www.DunmoreFuneralHome.com.
Vera A. Kolatis
October 13, 2021
Vera A. Kolatis, affectionally known to her family as “Honey Girl,” 83, of Dunmore, died Wednesday morning in Hospice of the Sacred Heart in Dunmore, following a courageous battle with cancer. She and her husband, Frank “Pudgy” Kolatis, were married on March 30, 1957. Vera was a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother to her five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
Born in Dunmore, daughter of the late Angelo and Mary Casarella Guimento, she was a graduate of Dunmore High School Class of 1955 where she performed and twirled as Head Majorette. Prior to her retirement in March 2021, she was employed by the Lackawanna County District Attorney’s Office for more than 30 years. She absolutely loved going to work each and every day, making lifelong friendships with her co-workers and all those visiting her office and the courthouse. Vera enjoyed playing cards with her TPK club, attending events with the MAC club and loved going to local casinos and Atlantic City where she spent hours playing the slot machines. She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, word searches and playing solitaire.
Also surviving are daughters Karen DeMarco and husband Leonard of Mahopac, NY; Laurie Mecca and husband Brian of Madison Twp.; and Melissa Pavlowski and husband Tom of Dunmore; grandchildren Frank Kolatis and wife Cassandra of Olyphant; Travis DeMarco and wife Hope of Queens, NY; Emily, Megan, and Tommy Pavlowski, all of Dunmore; and great-granddaughter Alessandra Morelli-Kolatis of Olyphant; as well as nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her brothers Angelo and Robert “Jeep” Guimento.
The funeral will be Monday from the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church, Chestnut St., Dunmore. Interment to follow in St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow.
Friends may call on Sunday from 2-5 p.m. at the funeral home.
Contributions in Vera’s memory may be made to St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen, 500 Penn Ave., Scranton, 18503.To offer a condolence, visit www.DunmoreFuneralHome.com.