Michalczyks Celebrate 50th Jubilee

Joe and Dolly Di Rienzo Michalczyk, Dunmore, celebrated their 50th Anniversary on Oct. 2.  

Joe is the son of the late John and Sophie Michalczyk, Dickson City, and Dolly is the daughter of the late Felix (Phil, The Bricklayer) and Dolores Petrini Di Rienzo, South Scranton.

The Rev. Ron Murphy, S.J., a family friend, was the officiant at their wedding mass at the former St Mary of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church, South Scranton.

The bride’s attendants were: Marita Nealon McGoff, matron of honor; Linda Diamanti Wills, maid of honor, and bridesmaids Selma Etter, and the late Cindy Caffrey.  The groom’s attendants were Larry Michalczyk, brother of the groom, best man, and ushers Joe Obst, cousin of the groom; the late Michael Fuller, and the late Edward Ruddy.

The couple has been  blessed with three sons:  Joe Michalczyk and wife Anna Huzar Michalczyk, New York, NY; Mark Michalczyk and wife Diane Brown Michalczyk, Dunmore, and the late John Felix Michalczyk.   They were further blessed with four grandchildren: Maura Susan, Joel Matthew, and Kara Grace Michalczyk, all of Dunmore, and the late Ryan Mason Michalczyk

Dolly is a graduate of the former Scranton Central High School and Marywood College.  She is the former Director of S.H.I.N.E. -the Self-Help Information Network Exchange and the Prevention Director of the Lackawanna County Commission on Drug and Alcohol Abuse.  Dolly is retired and is a community volunteer and an oil painter.

Joe is a graduate of Cathedral High School and the University of Scranton. He is a former English and Drama teacher at Abington Heights High School. and several local colleges.  Joe is retired and is an active volunteer at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church, Dunmore.  Joe and Dolly are group travel leaders, having led groups all over the world for 40 years.

The couple celebrated with a renewal of their wedding vows at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, celebrated by Father John Doris. Their children hosted a party at La Buona Vita, Dunmore, and the Michalczyks are planning future trips to Italy and Poland.  

Doin’ Dunmore: Dunmore Boy Scout Troop 66 Lends Helping Hand to Borough

By Steve Svetovich

Dunmore’s Chris Tigue and Joanne Gaetano had an idea.

And it worked.

Thanks to the help of Dunmore Boy Scout Troop 66 led by scoutmaster Dominic Pace.

“We wanted to clean up some debris in sections of the borough and also the weeds at the army tank on Blakely Street,” said Tigue, owner of KJ Tigue Painting, L.L.C. 

“Dominic Pace is the scoutmaster for Dunmore Boy Scout Troop 66. His boys volunteered to help out.”

The boy scouts performed the cleanup work for five hours on Saturday, Sept. 18.

Tigre said Mike Judge,Dunmore DPW director, also provided the use of two Dunmore DPW trucks for the cleanup work.

Jay Cali, owner and operator of Don Tomaso’s Pizza, Dunmore, provided pizza to the scouts for their efforts.

Former Dunmore Councilman Paul Nardozzi, who is running for Dunmore tax collector, donated garbage bags.

The scouts cleaned up litter and debris starting at Wheeler Avenue by Riccardo’s Market and worked their way to Grove Street and Adams Avenue by Nina’s Pizza. They also performed cleanup work going up Mill Street and into the Bunker Hill section of Dunmore.

The scouts also did the weeding and cleaned up debris at the army tank.

“They really did a great job,” said former Dunmore mayor Patrick “Nibs” Loughney. “They should be commended for their efforts.” 

Tigue said the group met at the Dunmore Community Center before starting the cleanup work.

“These kids did a great job,” he said. “They are all good kids, mostly teenagers, and worked hard. Mike Judge helped us with the DPW trucks which we used to throw the garbage bags in.

“It was like a scavenger hunt.

“Joanne Gaetano had the initial idea and Dominic Pace and his scouts volunteered.”

Gaetano thanked the scouts for their hard work with the Scavenger Hunt. “I want to thank Dominic Pace for involving the Boy Scouts at Dunmore Troop 66,” she said. “Some dads and sisters also volunteered. They were out there working hard, too. 

‘They did an outstanding job. Every single one of them was polite and respectful. 

“They made picking garbage and weeding enjoyable.

“Many thanks to Dunmore Troop 66. These kids are great. What a wonderful group. The army tank and memorial look amazing now.”

Happy 108th Birthday, Sr. M. Romaine Krug, IHM!

Sr. M. Romaine Krug, IHM, a resident of Our Lady of Peace Residence, celebrated her 108th birthday on Sept. 12 with a party hosted by the IHM Sisters.

Sr. Romaine was born on Sept. 12, 1913, in Ashville, PA, to Herman and Matilda Douglass Krug, and her baptismal name was Verna Matilda.

She was one of 15 children, including two who also became nuns, the late Sr. Hermine Krug and Sr. Franceline Krug. Her living siblings are Theresa Cole and Edgar Krug. Deceased siblings are brothers Douglas, Francis, Herman, Robert and Leo, and sisters Mary Bender, Dorothy Conlon, and Helen, Marian and Jane Krug.

She entered the convent on Sept. 8, 1940, and began her novitiate on May 8, 1941, taking vows on May 10, 1943, and her final vows on August 2, 1946. 

She received a bachelor of science degree in education/social science from Marywood College in 1952, and a master of arts degree in home economics and food from New York University in 1956. She received certification in both secondary education and elementary education in home economics in Pennsylvania.

Sr. Romaine began her teaching career at St. Joseph High School, Danville, from 1943-1953, after which she became a faculty member in the Home Economics Department at Marywood College until 1963. From 1963-1971, Sister served as a dietician at the IHM Motherhouse, and then at the Marian Convent through 1988. She was moderator of the Sacred Heart Guild from 1988-1992, and was administrative assistant of the Guild until 2009. From 2010 to the present she has served as a prayer minister at Our Lady of Peace Resident.