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Remembering Jennie M. Amendolaro

Jennie M. Amendolaro
June 22, 2021

Jennie M. Amendolaro, 94, Roaring Brook Township, died Tuesday morning at her home. She and her husband Pasquale had celebrated 70 years of marriage on November 6th.

Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Biagio and Mary Domenico Sottile and was a member of SS. Anthony and Rocco Parish in Dunmore. Jennie was a graduate of West Scranton High School and then together with her husband were the original owners of Gold Crown Pizza in Dunmore and Hamlin Beer Distributing in Hamlin. She retired from R.H. Donnelly where she worked alongside her daughter. 

Jennie was a loving, kind, gentle, and caring wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend who will be best remembered as an outstanding cook, and excellent baker. Her door was always open to family and friends and there was always enough to share when someone may stop in.

Her family wishes to thank Rev. David Cappelloni, Drs. Thomas Minora and Patrick Connors and their staffs, along with the Allied Hospice Team, and finally her special angels: Jennifer Kuchwara, Bruce Amendolaro, and Jill Mathewson for their support, care, and compassion throughout.

Also surviving are a son, Sylvester Amendolaro, a daughter, Mary Jo Amendolaro, her “Other Daughter, Angela Scrimalli, five grandchildren, Joanne Amendolaro and her husband Frank Drexler, Michael, Nikki, Victor, and Isabella Amendolaro, four great grandchildren, Devin, Alexa, Gia Bella, and Bentley, two brothers-in-law, Joseph “King Joe” Amendolaro and his wife Annette “Tootsie”, and Vito Amendolaro, her “Dolly Sister” Angie Gyza, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Josephine Jones.

The funeral will be Saturday from the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc. 318 East Drinker Street in Dunmore with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30AM in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Smith Street in Dunmore. Entombment in Cathedral Cemetery. 

Friends may call Friday at the funeral home from 4PM-7PM.

To send the family an online condolence, visit www.TheDunmoreFuneralHome.com

In lieu of flowers, preferred memorial contributions may be made to SS. Anthony and Rocco Parish 303 Smith Street Dunmore 18512.

Remembering Mary Ann Holzman

Mary Ann “Cookie” Holzman
June 3, 2021

Mary Ann “Cookie” Holzman, 77, Moscow, died suddenly Thursday morning in Geisinger – Community Medical Center in Scranton. She and her husband David L. Holzman, Sr. had celebrated 56 years of marriage on February 6th.

Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Carmen and Angela Chicco Falduto. She was currently a member of St. Eulalia’s Church in Elmhurst. She was a graduate of West Scranton High School and prior to retirement had worked for Vermont Sportswear in Taylor. 

Cookie was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and good friend who was always there for everyone she loved. She will be best remembered for her laughter, her kindness, and craziness but most of all for being a wonderful grandmother who loved nothing more but to be with her grandchildren. Cookie also enjoyed celebrating New Year’s Eve, taking family vacations and spending time with friends at casinos.

Also surviving are a daughter Lynn Bull and husband Jeremy, Moscow, two granddaughters Alex Holzman and fiancé Ryan Buicko, Austin, TX, and Jaime Holzman and her fiancé Johnny Perry Jr., Dunmore, a grandson, Brody Bull, Moscow, a sister, Rose Ann DeSandis and husband Joe, Dunmore, a brother Larry Falduto, West Scranton, and nieces and nephews.  

She was preceded in death by her beloved son David L. Holzman, Jr. on December 25, 2018, they are now reunited in heaven.

The funeral will be Monday from the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc. 318 East Drinker Street in Dunmore with Mass of Christian Burial at 11AM in St. Eulalia’s Church in Elmhurst. Interment to follow in the Evergreen Cemetery in Dickson City.

Friends may call Monday morning from 9AM-10:30AM in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.

To send the family an online condolence, visit www.NEPAfuneralhome.com

Dunmorean of the Month: Betsy McGrath Ardizoni

By Steve Svetovich

Some individuals like to give back to the community.

Betsy McGrath Ardizoni wanted to do something to honor her late dad, Atty. Harry McGrath.

So she decided to run a golf tournament to honor him and also support programs for children at the YMCA in Dunmore.

She chaired the golf tournament, named after her late dad, this past May 21, to support programs at the local YMCA.

“My dad was just a huge part of the YMCA, so that is why I chose to help the programs there,” Betsy said.

The second annual Harry P. McGrath Memorial Golf Tournament and Celebration was held Friday, May 21, at Glen Oak Country Club. 

Proceeds went to benefit the Greater YMCA Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program through literacy instruction, enrichment activities and positive youth development opportunities. 

Harry P. McGrath

Betsy, 32, who lives her her husband Guy in Dunmore, is also development director at the Scranton Cultural Center. 

Her dad died in September of 2018. Her mom’s name is Joell. Betsy has three brothers: Harry, Bob and Joe.

“We held the golf tournament in his memory, but because of my dad’s connection throughout the years with the YMCA in Dunmore we decided to raise funds to help children get back on track in school. 

“The YMCA runs a six-week summer program that helps grade school children who have fallen behind get back on track for their next grade level.

“My dad was a lifetime member of the YMCA. As an attorney, he specialized in education law. He was a big supporter of children and education. He was a good man, with great values who led a good life. He also held the YMCA in high regard and was a big supporter of the programs there.”

Betsy said 144 people attended the golf event and over $45,000 was raised to support the YMCA summer program for the school age children.

“This money raised will help kids in school while also honoring my father’s legacy.”

Betsy said over 150 school age children have been served since the start of the program. 

The program currently serves incoming first, second and third graders in the Dunmore and Mid Valley School Districts.

“Our goal is to expand even more and offer the program to more school districts,” she said. 

“The goal regarding the program is to get a child’s reading level on track for the next grade level.”

Betsy graduated from Scranton High School in 2007 and Penn State in 2011 where she earned a bachelor of science degree in Labor and Employment Relations. 

She worked in marketing at the Wright Center for three and one-half years before taking the position as development director for the Scranton Cultural Center in January 2020. “I love my job there,” she said.

This McGrath family photo includes, from left: Michele McGrath, Bob McGrath, Joe McGrath, Harry McGrath Jr., Stephanie McGrath holding Ella, Betsy McGrath Ardizoni holding Maeve, Guy Ardizoni, and Joell McGrath holding Harry P. McGrath.

Her husband is a 2000 Dunmore graduate. The couple has a baby on the way, with Betsy expected to deliver this August. “We are so happy and can’t  wait for the baby to come,” she said.

Betsy, who was a cheerleader and played basketball in high school, said she is thrilled money raised from the golf tournament will help younger school age children. “My dad would have liked that since he was such a strong supporter of children and education. It is something he would fight for in his law practice. So in my dad’s name, we feel privileged to help out with this great YMCA program.”

Betsy is on the Board of Directors at the YMCA in Dunmore.

Committee members for the golf tournament included Betsy, Harry McGrath, Jr.; Bill McGrath, Janet Brier, Jeanie McGrath, Lorraine Perry, Matt Haggerty, Kelly Hadley, Chad Vinansky, Brian Loughney, YMCA Board President Bill Dempsey, CEO of the Greater YMCA Trish Fisher, YMCA staff member Robert Dubila and YMCA staff member Meghan Carnevale. 

The late Atty. Harry McGrath was a proud member of the Greater YMCA who specialized in education law, advocating for the rights of students, particularly those with special needs. It became his passion to improve the quality of education in Northeast PA.

The Greater Scranton YMCA is honored to host this annual event in his memory.