Remembering Margaret J. Nardozzi Dee

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August 20, 2020

Margaret J. Nardozzi Dee, RN, 67, of Dunmore, died in the afternoon of Aug. 20 at St. Mary’s Villa, Elmhurst.

Known as Peggy to all, she was born in Scranton and was the daughter of the late Salvatore J. Nardozzi Sr. and Mary Ann Cicero Nardozzi, R.N. She was a graduate of St. Anthony of Padua Grammar School and Dunmore Central Catholic High School. She also graduated from Keystone College where she became an LPN and the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing where she attained her RN. Before retirement, she worked as a nursing home inspector for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Her commitment to the highest standards in our area’s healthcare were second to none. She dedicated her life’s work to those in her care, first as a floor nurse, then as a director of nursing and finally as a state health inspector. Highest standards of quality and a spirit of compassion were the guidelines of her life.

She had a paramount love of family and friends; and she is abidingly remembered as generous, loving and loyal by those who knew her even from her childhood. As a loving mother, she could be relied on for loving comfort, sound advice and her guiding intuition. As a devoted grandmother, she was diligent and proud in instilling the cultural traditions and familial customs for her progeny.

For more than 50 years, Peggy could be found on a Friday night making pizza at Nardozzi’s in Dunmore — a family establishment founded by her father, Salvatore Sr., and currently owned by her loving and devoted son. As she endeavored to make good food, she also saw to it that no one she knew would ever go hungry; and donated countless meals over the years to those in need. Peggy loved to laugh and make people laugh; she could tell a story with grace and wit. Her friendly nature and empathy are well-remembered. She enjoyed a good crime show, a fast car and classic rock music. She left the world a better place than she found it; and the world is diminished by her absence.

Surviving are a daughter, Dr. Katherine Stefanelli and her husband, Marc, Clarks Summit; and a son, Michael Hayes and his wife, Virginia, Dunmore; a twin brother, Lawrence Nardozzi, M.Div., M.D.; and three grandchildren, Bella Hayes, William Oehler and Milania Stefanelli.

She was preceded in death by a brother, attorney Salvatore J. Nardozzi Jr.; and an infant brother, Christopher.

A visitation will be held Tuesday at SS. Francis and Clare Progressive Catholic Church, 98 Larch St., Scranton, from 10:30 a.m. until noon. A private Requiem Mass will follow, and funeral rites will be conducted by the Rev. Nardozzi and the Rev. William Mentz. Family and friends are welcome to attend the interment at 1:30 p.m. in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery, Dunmore.

During the current pandemic, all those attending are required to maintain proper social distance without direct contact and are required to wear a mask immediately upon entering the church and at the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Road, Clarks Summit, PA 18411.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home Inc. To send the family an online condolence, please visit

Remembering Deborah A. Celano-Englehardt

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August 19, 2020

Deborah A. Celano-Englehardt, 65, of Dunmore, died Wednesday at home. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest John Englehardt, in 2013.

Born in Scranton, daughter of Lois DeVol Celano, Dunmore, and the late, Joseph M. Celano, she was a graduate of Dunmore High School class of 1972 and Meridian School of Nursing. Before retirement, she was employed for 38 years at Moses Taylor Hospital. Deborah was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, Scranton.

She is also survived by her son, who was the light of her life, E.J. Englehardt and wife, Morgan, Peckville; a sister-in-law, Sally Celano, Archbald; a niece, Katie Wright and husband, Alan, Archbald; a grandnephew, Bennett Wright, Archbald; as well as aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was also preceded in death by a brother, Michael Celano.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, 801 Taylor Ave., Scranton. Interment to follow in Dunmore Cemetery, Dunmore.

Family and friends may call Friday from 9 a.m. until the time of Mass at the church.

Due to our current pandemic, all those attending are kindly and respectfully asked to socially distance without direct contact while giving condolences, and are required to wear a mask immediately upon entering the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to True Friends Animal Welfare, 6332 PA-706, Montrose, PA 18801; or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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

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Remembering Salvatore Anthony Verrastro

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Salvatore A. Verrastro, 91, of Saugerties, New York, passed away peacefully on Saturday evening.  He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Sylvia (Michalczyk) Verrastro.

Sal was born in Dunmore, Pennsylvania and was the son of the late Dominick and Vita Grace (Bochicchio) Verrastro.  He was a graduate of Dunmore High School and received his undergraduate degree from East Stroudsburg University, PA and his Master’s degree from Temple University, PA. Sal is also a veteran of World War II, having served in the Army as a Medical Technician.  Post his service and education, Sal worked at JT Baker Chemical Company of Phillipsburg, NJ and at Ferroxcube in Saugerties, NY.  Sal ultimately retired, after twenty years from his lifelong love of teaching, as a Science Teacher in the Saugerties Central School system.

In addition to his military service and career, Sal was an active member of the community. He served as the Past President of Saugerties Teachers Association, as a member of the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree and Color Core, and as a member of the American Legion Post 72.  Sal was also very active in the Saint Mary’s Church Parish community, having served as Past President of Saint Mary’s School PTA Association, Past President of the Holy Name Society, and as a Commentator and Eucharistic Minister at Saint Mary’s Church.

Sal was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and loyal friend who will be missed more than words can express. His family always came first and he was incredibly proud of his children and grandchildren. In addition to his wife, Sal is survived by his daughter Sandy and husband Gene DiCesare in Massachusetts, and two sons, Paul and wife Ingrid Verrastro, and John Verrastro, both in California.  Sal is also survived by his four grandchildren, his sister Catherine (Verrastro) Gavern of Scranton, PA, and his brothers Dominick “Dee” and wife Dory Verrastro and Donato “Coach” Verrastro both of Dunmore, PA, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  Sal was preceded in death by his daughter Marie (Verrastro) Heep of Ohio, his sister Marie (Verrastro) Sileo of Nevada, and three brothers, Leonard, Canio, and Pasquale “Pat” Verrastro of Dunmore, PA. 

Services are being arranged by the Buono Funeral Home at 100 Main Street in Saugerties, NY.  A private family viewing will be followed by an 11am Mass on July 3, 2020 at  Saint Mary’s Church in Saugerties, NY.  Military honors will be held after the Mass.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.