Remembering George H. Caswell

George H. Caswell
December 21, 2020

George H Caswell, 86, of Dunmore, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 21, 2020 at Allied Services Hospice Center in Scranton. His last days were spent with his wife of 64 years, Ann (Rosar) Caswell, of Dunmore and his four children, Karen Caswell of Morristown, NJ, George Caswell of Kennett Square, PA, Susan Gershey of South Abington Township and Patti Posten of East Stroudsburg. 

Born in Dickson City, George was the son of Thomas Sidney and Anna Nemeth Caswell. He was a graduate of the Johnson School of Technology and served his country honorably as an MP in the United States Army at Fort Knox, Kentucky followed by several years in the US Army Reserves.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Eclipse Hose Company. He joined RCA upon its open and became an active delegate of the IUEW Local 178. After decades of dedicated service as a top grade machinist, he retired from Thompson Electronics (RCA) and dove fully into his passion – old cars. 

George was the ultimate Street Rodder. Whether in the garage rebuilding 1948 Fords or Cadillacs, hanging with his brother, Thomas, at TJ’s Garage or heading to York for the open of NSRA Nationals, he enjoyed his retirement.  He was an active member of the Pocono Mountain Street Rods, Villa Capri Cruisers, and the National Street Rod Association.  He could be found touring the country in his custom built classics or spending Fridays with pals at their local cruise nights.

George led a full life.  He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, brother, son and friend. A devout Catholic, George had a warm heart and an enormous caring spirit. With tremendous know how and an uncanny ability to fix practically anything, he would lend a hand to anyone who needed his help or guidance. His wit was his charm.

George was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Agnes Lubinski and brothers Ernie and Thomas (TJ) Caswell.  He is survived by his wife and children, his daughter-in-law, Eileen (Casey) Caswell and sons-in-law Dr Joseph Gershey and Paul Douglas Posten; his grandchildren: Christopher Caswell of Chicago, IL, George and his wife Hayward Sawers Caswell of Baltimore, MD, Thomas Caswell and his fiancée Catherine Cicholski of Phoenixville, PA, siblings Lauren and Nicholas Gershey of South Abington Township, brothers Powell and Palmer Posten of East Stroudsburg, and his great grandson George Kemp Caswell of Baltimore; plus numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

There is no public viewing, but friends and extended family are invited to attend Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, December 28, 2020 at 10AM at Saint Mary’s of Mount Carmel Church, Chestnut Street, in Dunmore. All those attending the Mass are required to wear a mask upon entering the church and are kindly asked to follow physical distancing guidelines. Interment will follow at Fairview Memorial Park in Elmhurst.

The family is grateful to Allied Services Hospice program staff for the kindness and gentle care provided George and his family.  They ask that in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in honor of the care George received at the Allied Services Hospice Center be made to the Allied Services Foundation, 100 Abington Executive Park, Clarks Summit PA 18411.

Remembering Grace DiSavino Kowalchick

Grace DiSavino Kowalchick
December 16, 2020

Grace DiSavino Kowalchick, 98, of Scranton, died Wednesday at Linwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Scranton.  She was the widow of John Kowalchick, who died in 2002.

Grace was born in Dunmore and was the daughter of the late Anthony and Ida Casarella DiSavino.  She was a long-time, devout member of St Lucy’s Church, Scranton and most recently a member of Mary, Mother of God Parish, Scranton. She was educated in the Dunmore public school system, worked in the garment industry and DePietro’s catering for many years. Upon her retirement, at age of 93, she worked at her nephew’s restaurant, Natale’s. 

While living in West Scranton, Grace’s home was opened to anyone at any time. She was happiest when she was cooking and baking for Christmas. Special memories were formed when she supervised family and friends in preparing cookies, raviolis, and other Italian delicacies. Very often you would find Grace sitting on the front porch or patio reminiscing about old times with family, neighbors and friends.  She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.    

Grace was truly a loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. Her generous, positive spirit and her kind, loving heart will sadly be missed by everyone she touched.  

Surviving are her daughters, Mary Ann Sadauskas, Dummore, and Tana Vacendak and husband, Michael, Clarks Summit; four grandchildren, Edward Sadauskas and wife, Laura, Olyphant, Maria Conrad and fiancé, Lester Dreisbach, Baltimore, MD, Matthew Vacendak and wife, Alyssa, Clarks Summit, and Brian Vacendak, South Abington Township; six great grandchildren, Isabella, Lily, Stella, Mollie, Ethan, Harley; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. 

She was also preceded in death by her sisters, Molly Portanova, Pauline Gianzanti and Angeline Natale and her son-in-law, Edward Sadauskas. 

The family would like to express their deepest thanks to the nurses and staff of Linwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for their care throughout her stay. She was grateful for the many friends she made while residing there.  

Due to the current pandemic, a Mass of Christian Burial will be held privately in Mary, Mother of God Parish, North Scranton. Interment will be in Dunmore Cemetery, Dunmore. A celebration of life will be held at a later date for all to attend.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.

Arrangements and care entrusted to Savino Traditional Funerals and Cremation Care, West Scranton. Carl J. Savino, Jr., Supervisor.  

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Remembering Margaret Bistran

Margaret M. “Rhea” Bistran
December 8, 2020

Margaret M. “Rhea” Bistran, 76, Scranton, died early Tuesday morning in the Dunmore Health Care Center. She and her husband Edward Bistran had celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary on August 22nd.

Born in New Jersey, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Margaret VonAhon Banks. A graduate of Cathedral High School in Scranton and worked a career as a bank teller at the Scranton Times Federal Credit Union. Rhea was a member of St. Michael’s Byzantine Catholic Church in Dunmore. She will be remembered by all who knew and loved her as a very kind and giving person, always helping those in need. She was extremely proud of her Irish heritage, Rhea collected butterflies, enjoyed playing with her dog Dilias, and celebrating Christmas with her family.

Rhea was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister who cherished her family and will be greatly missed by them.

Her family wishes to to thank the nurses and staff at Dunmore Health Care Center for the care and compassion given to Rhea during her stay with them, especially Sierra, Jackie, and Penny who were with her at the end.

Also surviving are a daughter Theresa Naro and her husband Sal, Clarks Summit, two sons, Paul Bistran and Greg Bistran and his wife Gina, all of Scranton, a daughter in law, Beverly Bistran, Blakely, a sister, Geraldine Hughes, Georgia, a brother, John Banks, Clarks Summit, five grandchildren, Jeffery Naro and his wife Sarah, Stephanie Pasqualichio and her husband Nick, James Bistran, Katie Walsh, and Liliya Bistran, three great grandchildren, Mason, Calli, and Giovanni Naro, as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Christine Bistran and a son Edward Bistran, Jr.  

The funeral will be held Friday at 12PM in the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc. 318 East Drinker Street in Dunmore with services by Rev. Robert Lozinski. Interment to follow in St. Michael’s Byzantine Cemetery in Dunmore. All those attending are required to wear a mask upon entrance into the funeral home, adhere to social distancing guidance, as well as refraining from physical contact. There is no public visitation.

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