Remembering Dr. William M. Waters

Dr. William M. Waters
July 21, 2022

William M. Waters, Ph.D, 70, of Lake Winola, died Thursday morning at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center.  

Born in Scranton, son of the late William A. and Evelyn Hudak Waters, he was a member
of St. Mary of the Lake Church, Lake Winola.  He grew up in Franklin, NJ, and graduated
from Franklin High School as Class Valedictorian. He was a Summa Cum Laude graduate
in mathematics of Holy Cross College, Worcester, MA, where he was also student
director of the marching band. He earned his MA and Ph. D. degrees from the University
of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, where he was an academic fellowship recipient.

Bill began his professional career as a teacher of mathematics at West Windsor-
Plainsboro High School in Princeton Junction, NJ. There he taught courses ranging from
basic math through calculus and served as Assistant Marching Band Director. He then
began a twenty-six year career as a school administrator in the Morris Hills Regional
District, Rockaway, NJ. There he served as Supervisor of Instruction for Mathematics,
Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction, and District Director for Instructional
Services. He served as the founding Director of the Morris County Academy for
Mathematics, Science, and Engineering, a county magnet school for outstanding
students in mathematics and science.

In these positions, Bill was responsible for developing and implementing district curriculum initiatives, long-range planning, and technology innovations. He played a key role in supervision and professional development of teaching staff. He actively contributed to the education profession through frequent presentations to educational organizations, including the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the National Staff Development Council, and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.  

Bill loved spending time at “The Little Pines” cottage at Lake Winola where he was a lifelong summer resident and a year-round resident during retirement. He was an avid gardener and boater and enjoyed hosting family holiday parties and summer activities at the lake. He was a devoted New York Yankees and Penn State football fan and enjoyed attending Penn State football games. In retirement, he was an active member of St. Mary of the Lake Church, where he served as a coordinator of the Digital Disciples Ministry, lector, and member of the Parish Pastoral Council.

Bill served as Vice Chair of The Wright Center for Community Health’s Board of Directors and Co-Chair of The Wright Center for Patient & Community Engagement. He was a relentless champion for developing community needs, responsive primary care services, and primary care physician champions. In his role as co-chair and a founding board member of The Wright Center for Patient & Community Engagement, he passionately inspired governance and wider community engagement in operational initiatives to address the crippling social and economic determinants of health faced by those most underserved and marginalized in our communities.

He selflessly served in so many ways, such as his frequent volunteering for food pantry events, blood drives, the annual health fair and other community events. He actively engaged in public health advocacy activities with federal and state elected officials and administrators. Most notably, he played a crucial leadership role in the empowered inclusion of resident physicians as voting members serving on the Patient & Community Engagement Board of Directors. Bill also co-designed and implemented a board member mentoring program, co-designed and implemented a robust board and committee annual self-assessment process, and courageously supported The Wright Center’s commitment to the highest levels of patient safety and quality.

The family would like to thank Dr. Linda Thomas and colleagues for their professional services and kind and compassionate care.

He is survived by cousins including Joan Waters, Duryea, Elizabeth Minchak and husband Joseph, Duryea, Robert Clifford, Patrick Clifford, Mary Bosch, Anne Clifford, and Paul Clifford.

The funeral will be Monday with Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. in St. Mary of the Lake, 1872 Dalton Rd., Lake Winola, PA.  Interment to be held privately at the convenience of the family.

Family and friends may pay their respects at the church from 9:00 a.m. until the time of mass.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary of the Lake, 1872 Dalton Rd, Lake Winola, PA 18625 or to The Wright Center for Community Health’s Care Management and Spiritual Aid Program for Vulnerable Citizens under the able stewardship of Kari Machelli, R.N. 501 South Washington Avenue, Suite 1000, Scranton, PA 18505.

Arrangements entrusted to the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc, Dunmore.  

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Remembering Dolores E. Gretzula

Dolores E. Gretzula
May 30, 2022

Dolores E. Gretzula, 92, Throop, died early Monday at Linwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Scranton.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Michael Gretzula, Jr., in 2016.

Born in Throop, daughter of the late George and Elizabeth Weiss Barbolish, she was a graduate of Throop High School and had been employed in the local garment industry prior to retirement.  A member of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Throop, she had been a past president of the Christian Mothers Society.  Dolores was a great cook and baker who enjoyed crocheting, quilting, bingo, and going to the casino.  She also was a member of the Red Hat Society.

Surviving is her son, Thomas Gretzula and wife Carmel of Dunmore; daughter-in-law Leona Gretzula of Clearmont, FL; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.  

She had also been preceded in death by her son, Michael T. Gretzula in 2001; brothers Edward and George Barbolish; and grandson, Chad Gretzula.  

The funeral will be Monday with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Parish, 215 Rebecca St., Throop.  Family and friends may call from 9 a.m. until the time of mass at the church.  

Interment to follow in St. John’s Cemetery, Throop.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks that contributions in Dolores’ memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

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

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Remembering Romaine M. Kays

Romaine M. Kays
May 29, 2022

Romaine M. Kays, 77, of Dunmore, passed away Sunday morning at Regional Hospital of Scranton. 

Born in Dunmore, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Romaine Golden Kays. She was a graduate of Dunmore High School and a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, Dunmore. Prior to retirement she worked for Tobyhanna Army Depot for 31 years. 

Romaine enjoyed bowling and was a member of the Hilltop Ladies bowling team.  She looked forward to going out to dinner and spending time with her sisters and the west side ladies.  She was an avid reader, liked solving crossword puzzles and loved to watch Jeopardy and baseball, especially the Yankees.  A traveler, she especially loved her trips to Saratoga.  Romaine will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.  

Her family wishes to thank Dr. Nicholas Dodge M.D. and his office assistant Sandy as well as the staff at the Lackawanna County Agency on Aging, especially her personal care aide Tiffany Quiles, for all the care and compassion shown toward Romaine.  

Surviving are brothers-in-law Eugene Telesco and John “Jack” Tigue, both of Dunmore; nieces Gina Sheehan and husband Joseph, Arlene Ames and husband Joseph all of Dunmore, and Mari Donegan and husband Ian, Jacksonville Beach, FL; nephews, John “Jack” Tigue, Dunmore, Patrick Tigue, Scranton, William Tigue, Dunmore, Robert Tigue, Scranton, Michael Tigue and wife Ali, Christopher Tigue, all of Dunmore; as well as grandnieces, grandnephews, and several cousins,  

She was also preceded in death by sisters, Catherine “Kay” Kays Tigue and Patricia A. Telesco. 

The funeral will be Friday from the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc., 318 E. Drinker St. Dunmore with a mass at 10:00am at St. Mary’s Church, Chestnut St. Dunmore. 

Interment, St. Michael’s Cemetery, Dunmore.

Family and friends may call Friday morning at the funeral home from 8:30am-9:45am.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Romaine’s memory may be made to Meals on Wheels of NEPA, 541 Wyoming Ave., Scranton, Pa 18509.

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