Remembering Mary Fedor

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May 11, 2020

Mary Fedor, 93, was called to eternal peace on May 11, 2020, in Mountain View Care Center in Scranton, following a battle with COVID-19.  She was preceded in death by her husband, the late Michael A. Fedor, Sr.

Mary was born on December 16th, 1926 in Dickson City, where she enjoyed her youth and early adult years. At the age of 21, she married her loving husband, Michael Fedor, and they spent the next 50 years together enjoying life with their family that eventually included seven children, twelve grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

Helping to raise her grandchildren through their early years was something that brought her great joy, a memory which she cherished throughout life. Mary selflessly devoted life to her family and did so with boundless compassion. There was never a day that passed in which her loved ones went without a home cooked meal. Her calming presence and inner strength served as an inspiration to everyone. 

Mary was also a woman of strong faith, she loved God and her church. For most of her life, she was a parishioner of All Saints Church in Dunmore, and later at Saint Mary of Mt. Carmel. She would often be heard asking what day it was, always in anticipation of Sunday, her favorite day. When Sunday finally arrived, she would wear a special outfit and eagerly await service in the chapel where she would worship God as his faithful servant. 

She spent the last few years of her life at Mountain View Care Center in Scranton where she was cared for by the Alcore staff, whom her family would like to express sincere gratitude towards. However, it was the family of her late roommate, Mrs. Eleanor Pocius, that brought her the most joy. They were there in times we couldn’t be, and their shenanigans brought our mother an abundance of happiness and companionship. Throughout our shared time together, we became a source of support for one another, and our families merged into one. For that, we will always be grateful. 

Mom, although we will miss you more than words could ever describe, we’re happy for you to take your well-deserved place in heaven with our eternal family. We look forward to seeing you again and know you will be looking over us just as you did throughout life. We love you and we thank you for being our source of encouragement, comfort, and inspiration. Godspeed.   

Surviving are her children, Michael Fedor, Jr. and wife Linda, Moscow; Martin Fedor, Dunmore; Mark Fedor, Lake Sheridan; Myron Fedor, Dunmore; Marguerite Zangardi and husband Steve, Dickson City; Matthew Fedor and wife Patricia, Dunmore; and Maria Zorechak and husband Jerry, Peckville; grandchildren Eric Fedor (Laura), Springbrook; David Fedor (Sarah), WI; Brett Fedor (Joanna), CO; C.J. Fedor, TX.; Michael Zangardi, Dickson City; Stephen Zangardi (Deanna), Dickson City; Maura Zangardi (Joe), Dickson City; Melissa Fedor (Mark), Philadelphia; Emily Gerchman (Alec), Archbald; Mary Anderson (Daniel), NC; Jerry Zorechak, MT; Joe Zorechak (Kayla), Peckville; great-grandchildren, Morgan Fedor and Ella Zangardi; her brother, Michael Malchak, TX; nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her sisters, Anna, Margaret, and Helen; and brother John Malchak.

A private funeral service will be held with interment in All Saints Cemetery in Hollisterville.  

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sherwood Youth Association, P.O. Box 205, Dunmore, 18512.

Arrangements and care provided by the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc., Dunmore. To offer the family a condolence, please visit www.NEPAfuneralhome.com.

Remembering Alfonso J. Giambrone

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May 11, 2020

Alfonso J. Giambrone, 97, of Dunmore died peacefully at Mountain View Care Center, Scranton. He was married for 55 years to Lucy Coviello Giambrone before her death on  August 1, 2000.

Born in Dunmore on January 18, 1923, Al was the son of the late Carmen and Crocifissa Gambacorta Giambrone.  He was a graduate of Dunmore High School.  He went on to work at the Conservation Corps, the Erie Lackawanna Railroad and retired after 35 years from the Murray Corporation of America, Scranton.   He also served on the Board of Directors for the Murray Credit Union which later merged with Bell Telephone and became NET Credit Union.   After retirement he spent his time helping family and friends. Al had an inherent ability to build and repair just about anything including building his home, his daughter’s and granddaughter’s homes.  His granddaughter was the light of his life.  He never said no to anyone who asked for help. “Just let me get my tools”, he would say.

Al was a lifelong member of St. Anthony’s Church and it’s Holy Name Society, now Saints Anthony and Rocco Parish Dunmore.  He attended daily Mass with 2 of his brothers before their deaths and until mobility limits required him to cease driving.

Al is survived by his daughter Patricia Montalbano and husband Robert, granddaughter Lori Montalbano Nozzi and husband Michael, puppy, Lola, Dunmore, sister in law Mary Coviello Giordano, husband Angelo, Lincoln Park, NJ, sister in law Magdalena (Leni) Coviello, Dunmore and several nieces and nephews.

Al was preceded in death by four brothers, Alphonso, Joseph(Mal), Salvatore (Sam)(Lois), and Angelo(Geraldine); two sisters, Alphonsina (Florences) and Carmella;  nephews Anthony Coviello, Jason Simcoe, brothers and sister in laws and many cousins.

The family would like to express sincere gratitude to the staff at Mountainview, Bella Bay Unit for their kind, compassionate care of their Dad especially Benvenita, Michelle, David, Mary, and all of the Nurses aides.  We also recognize the dining room staff who knew Al’s likes and kept him happy with “Coca Cola” and spaghetti.

Per Al and the family’s request, memorial contributions can be made to Saints Anthony and Rocco Parish, 303 Smith Street Dunmore Pa 18512

A memorial Mass will be held at a later date.

Interment will be held in the Dunmore Cemetery privately at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements entrusted to the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc. in Dunmore. To send the family an online condolence visit www.DunmoreFuneralHome.com.

Dunmorean of the Month: Carolyn Colo

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By Steve Svetovich

Wit, a pleasant demeanor, being nice to others and faith in God are the keys to a long life for Dunmore’s Carolyn Colo who turned 100 this past January 18.

The lifelong Dunmore resident was living independently in her Dunmore apartment on Electric Street until she was admitted to Mountain View Care Center this past November just two months before her 100th birthday.

She still has her wit, love of life and ambulates with her walker, attending all of the activities in the Mountain View Care Center, Moosic.

A party with family and friends, celebrating her 100th birthday, was held this past January 20 at Marzoni’s Restaurant, Moosic.

The highlight of the event came when Dunmore Mayor Tim Burke presented her with a proclamation for turning 100. Lackawanna County Commissioner Patrick O’Malley presented her with a nice plaque/proclamation stating: “Carolyn Colo Day.”

She appeared recently on a WBRE-TV story regarding turning 100.

Carolyn previously appeared on WBRE TV-28 when she turned 90 and 94 for stories on old vs. newbie drivers.

Still sharp, she was driving through the age of 97.

She took part in the WVIA TV documentary series “Our Town” in which citizens tell stories about their town. WBRE-TV photographer Tony Ingargiola, Dunmore, taped Carolyn a few years ago telling old stories about Dunmore as part of the documentary.

Daughter of the late Frank and Florence Colo, Carolyn graduated from Dunmore High School in 1935. The high school, since burned down, was located on Apple Street, Dunmore.

Roberta Clemens, Dunmore, her niece, a singer and percussionist for the Dales Jukebox Band, was interviewed about her aunt just before a gig. She performs with a father and son team, Dale and Dale Ambosie.

“My aunt is still very much with it,” she said. “She is very kind and considerate. She is very witty, almost flirtatious.”

Carolyn was always very active. She loved playing cards, spending two nights a week with her group playing pinochle.

She continues to enjoy all of the activities at a Mountain View Care Center. She ambulates with her walker attending music, bingo, horse racing games and crossword puzzle groups.

Carolyn married Philip Colo in 1949. Her husband was a government employee for the liquor control board. He died 20 years ago.

Carolyn attended classes at International Correspondence School (ICS) where she earned a certificate as a math instructor. She worked diligently as a math instructor at ICS from 1943 to 1985. A dedicated employee, she retired at 67.

She never smoked and rarely drank other than a glass of wine on a holiday.

Carolyn planned all of her Dunmore High School class reunions until she was 95 when her class size dwindled due to deaths. The reunions were held every year.

She often spoke of her long and loving relationship with her late husband.

But always with a quick wit, she once kidded that her secret to a long life was “not having to take care of a man for all those years.”

Then she turned serious. “My secret to a long life is being nice to people and my faith in God.”

She and her late husband did not have any children, but she remains dedicated to her nine nieces and is close to the Ingargiola family of Dunmore.

She grew up on Monroe Avenue in Dunmore and later moved near Saint Anthony’s Park. Carolyn never left the town she truly loved.

Her niece relishes her aunt’s quips and quick wit. “She remains very sharp and witty to this day. She still is a lot of fun. She has a love of people and life.”