Remembering Sam J. Falcone

Sam J. Falcone
September 3, 2022

Sam J. Falcone, 91, of Dunmore died Saturday at Geisinger Community Medical Center, Scranton.  He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Theresa Ann DeCarlo, in 2018.

Born in Pittston, son of the late Angelo Falcone, he attended Pittston Area High School and was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Scranton.  Prior to his retirement, Sam owned a dress factory and later a tailoring shop with Theresa.  

Sam was well known for his homemade broccoli pizza as well as his quiche made with cardoons, lovingly picked in the field by his young friend, Cate.  He generously shared both dishes with his grateful friends and family.  

Surviving is his daughter, Paula Notari and husband, James, Scranton; sons, Frank Falcone, Dunmore, and companion, Nancy Koester, Scranton, and Joseph Falcone, Bellefonte, PA; grandchildren, Thomas Notari and wife, Erin, Florida and Madelyn Samantha Falcone, who was the light of his eye; as well as nieces and nephews. 

Sam was the last of 11 children, and he was also preceded in death by his grandson James Notari in July. 

The funeral will be Thursday with Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, 801 Taylor Ave., Scranton.  Burial to follow in Dunmore Cemetery, Dunmore. 

Family and friends may pay their respects at the church from 10:15 a.m. until the time of mass.

Memorial contributions may be made to Immaculate Conception Church.

Arrangements and care provided by Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc., Dunmore.

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Remembering Catherine V. Hardos

Catherine V. Hardos
July 29, 2022

Catherine V. Hardos, 92, Dunmore passed peacefully Friday afternoon at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center. She was the wife of the late Robert Hardos who died in 2016. They had been married for 65 years.

Born in Dunmore, she was the daughter of the late Ralph and Julia Benginia Constable, was a life long member of SS. Anthony & Rocco Parish, and was a graduate of Dunmore High School Class of 1947. 

Catherine worked as a beautician and owner at Kay’s Beauty Shop for 40 years and was a crossing guard for Dunmore school district for many years. She loved cooking and baking for family and friends and especially the Dunmore Police, Fire Departments, and Hospice of the Sacred Heart.

Catherine is survived by two sons, Robert Hardos and his wife Debbie, Sunset Beach, NC, and George Hardos and his wife Nancy, Waldorf, MD, four grandchildren, Stephen Hardos and his wife Jennifer, Bradley Hardos and his fiancé Kalie Walrath, Christine Hardos Yulich and her husband James, Tracey Krum and her husband Aaron, two great grandchildren, Lochlan Krum and Henry Hardos, a sister, Caroline Portell, Florida, brother Louis Constable and his wife Louise, Dunmore, and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a brother Frank Constable.

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

Friends may call Tuesday from 4-6PM. 

In lieu of flowers donations can be sent to Hospice of The Scared Heart, 100 William Street, Dunmore. 

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Remembering Joseph A. Amendolaro

Joseph A. “King Joe” Amendolaro
July 29, 2022

Joseph A. “King Joe” Amendolaro, 94, Elmhurst Twp., died Friday morning in Hospice of the Sacred Heart. He and his wife, the former Annette “Toots” Scartelli were married for 61 years.

Born in Dunmore, he was the son of the late Sylvester and Mamie Telesca Amendolaro and was a member of St. Eulalia Church in Elmhurst Twp.

Joe Attended Dunmore public schools and served in the U.S. Army from 1954-1956 while stationed in Alaska. He owned and operated, with his wife, King Joe’s Variety Store in Dunmore for 40 years. He also worked at Gold Medal Baking for 10 years.  

King Joe was an Olympic weightlifter having represented the United States at the World Championships and won a world championship while lifting in Mattersburg, Austria. He has three U.S. records in weightlifting and one U.S. record in powerlifting. He became very good friends with Bob Hoffman, the father of weightlifting, as he coached Joe during competitions. 

Joe also represented the U.S. in a 52 mile cross country ski race in Mora, Sweeden where he skied a continuous 52 miles in under nine hours from the town of Salen to the town of Mora. It is there he found the magical health benefits of blueberries as he was served hot “blueberry soup” made with honey and spring water. That led him to planting an extensive blueberry farm upon returning to the states which many family and friends enjoy to this very day.

He was a weightlifting coach for the Dunmore Bucks Football Team for over 25 years while working alongside Coach Henzes, his dedication to the strength and health of Dunmore’s youth was incredible.

A special thank you to Rev. Jeff Tudgay, Mary Jo Amendolaro, Bruce Amendolaro, Jill Mathewson and all his nieces and nephews for  their support, care and compassion.

Also surviving are two sons, Joseph A., Easton and Anthony “Tony”, Elmhurst Twp., two grandsons, Dino and Pasquale, a brother Vito, Dunmore and several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Catherine “Kay” Woehrle and Grace Bartos and two brothers, Patsy and James.

The funeral will be Tuesday from the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc. 318 East Drinker Street in Dunmore with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10AM in St. Eulaila’s Church, Elmhurst. Burial to follow in Cathedral Cemetery. 

Joe’s family requests any Dunmore Football players that attend the funeral to wear their jersey.

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

Memorial Contributions may be made to The Parents Loving Children Through Autism Foundation 1243 Wyoming Avenue Scranton 18509.

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