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

Remembering Patrick N. Portanova, Jr.

Patrick N. “Pat” Portanova, Jr.
May 28, 2021

Patrick N. “Pat” Portanova, Jr., 76, of the Bunker Hill Section of Dunmore, died Friday in Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Dunmore.  His wife, the former Dolores Pooth, died in 1992.

Born in Scranton, son of the late Patrick Sr. and Carmella “Molly” DiSavino Portanova, he was a member of SS. Anthony and Rocco Parish, Dunmore.  Prior to his retirement, he was the head of maintenance for UGL. 

Pat was a true patriarch of the family, and will forever be known as a generous, selfless, and thoughtful individual who was always willing to help anyone.

Surviving is his son, Anthony Portanova and wife Kerri, Moscow; stepson Philip Williams and wife Lisa, Scranton; as well as nieces, nephews, and cousins.  

He was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister.  

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. in St. Rocco’s Church, Kurtz St., Dunmore.  Interment to follow in Dunmore Cemetery.  All those attending are asked to go directly to the church.   

Friends may call Tuesday evening from 5-7 p.m. at Savino Traditional Funerals and Cremation Care, 157 S. Main Ave., West Scranton. Carl J. Savino, Jr., Supervisor.  Those who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are required to wear a mask at both the funeral home and the church.

Contributions in Pat’s memory may be made to the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Rd., S. Abington Twp., PA 18411 in honor of his grand-dogs.  

To offer the family a condolence, visit www.WestScrantonFunerals.com.