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Esther M. Hackel, 78, of Susquehanna, PA died Tuesday, February 24, 2015, in the Hospice of the Sacred Heart Facility in Dunmore, surrounded by her loving family.  She is survived by her devoted husband of 61 years, Raymond Hackel.

Also surviving are two children, John and Dee Hackel and Connie and Steve Winnie; one sister, Ida Chidester; two brothers, Lynn and Barb Abbott and Dennis and Patty Abbott; five grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 

Esther’s greatest entertainment was raising flowers in her garden.  She was an excellent wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.  Esther will be missed dearly. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 100 Williams Street, Dunmore, PA 18512.

Victor Johnson

Victor Leland Johnson, age 98, of Summerfield, Florida; formerly of Hop Bottom, died Friday, February 20, 2015, at the Hospice of Marion County in Ocala, Florida.

His first wife, Geraldine Irene Johnson, died in 1985 and his second wife, Alice Brundage, died in 1998.

Born in Dimock, he is the son of the late Hayden and Celia Miller Johnson.

He was a member of the Hop Bottom United Methodist Church since 1948 and a 1934 graduate of the Hop Bottom High School.

Victor was a World War II Army veteran, having served from 1942 to 1948 and achieving the rank of Sergeant 1st Class.

Prior to retiring, he had worked as a mechanic for John McNulty Farm Machinery from 1948 to 1963, PennDOT from 1963 to 1968, and J.C. Penney from 1968 to 1981.

He served on the Mountain View school board for 27 years and was a Boy Scout leader from 1959 to 1967 serving as an Institutional Representative, Committeeman, Advisor, Cub Master, and Scout Master.

He was a lifetime member of the Hop Bottom Hose Company.

Victor is survived by one daughter, Eloise Cobb and husband Paul; three sons, Bruce Johnson and wife Pat, Terry Johnson and wife Margaret, and Barry Johnson and wife Donna; a sister, Eleanor Sturgis, his companion Mae Dunbar and her son James, 11 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandson.

He was predeceased by a brother, Don, and two sisters, Lillian Bean and Josephine Brink.

Funeral services with military honors were held on Friday, February 27th, with services by Rev. Phillip Richardson.

Interment will take place in the Nicholson Cemetery at a later date.

Donations may be made to the Hop Bottom United Methodist Church.

Dr. Arindam Purkayastha

Dr. Arindam Purkayastha, of Windsor, NY, a surgeon at Barnes Kasson Hospital in Susquehanna, PA, passed away at his home in Windsor, NY, on February 26, 2015. 

Dr. Purkayastha was born in Sylhet, currently Bangladesh, in 1940.  He graduated from Calcutta National Medical College, and moved to the USA in 1968.  He eventually settled in Windsor, and happily dedicated 40 years of his life to his patients in Susquehanna as a board certified surgeon.  He was a warm, spontaneous man with a lively sense of humor, who loved life and a good laugh, and was always eager, to hear or tell a good joke. He was a natural storyteller, who enjoyed sharing tales of his inadvertent adventures with people he encountered in his travels.  

Dr. Purkayastha was generous by nature, and loved nothing more than helping others.  Nobody was insignificant to him.  Along with his wife, Deepa, he provided a 'home away from home' for many Indian graduate students in the region.  He was an advocate for the Indian community, who never hesitated to write letters to presidents concerning causes close to his heart.  Widely respected in his community, he was an inspiration to many, and championed the qualities of resilience and optimism, traits he invoked as a life-long Buffalo Bills fan. His beloved wife, Deepa Purkayastha, preceded Dr. Purkayastha in death. He is survived by his two daughters, Tania and Amrita; and sons-in-law, Biren Parikh and Deb Bhowmick; grandson Nayan Parikh, and granddaughters, Arianna Parikh and Maya Bhowmick; and his siblings in the US and India. 

Let us remember this life-embracing, all-giving, kind and loving father, physician, mentor and friend.  A memorial service will be held March 28th from 3pm - 6pm at the Indian Cultural Center in Vestal, NY.

The family asks that any donations, in lieu of flowers, be made to the Deepa & Arindam Purkayastha Scholarship Fund at Binghamton University.

Francis B. Peterson

Francis B. Peterson, 84, of Carbondale, PA, passed away on Sunday, March 1, 2015, at the Scranton Regional Hospital Hospice after an illness.

Francis was born in Chelsea, MA, the son of the late Benson and Lucy (Liberatore) Peterson. He was predeceased by his brother, Raymond Peterson.

Francis is survived by his sister and brother-in-law Agnes and Joseph Vietri; nieces LuAnn and Gerard Kaiser and Sue Ellen and Daniel Brogan; nephews John Vietri and Lani Valcruz and Joseph Allen and Patti Vietri; five other nieces and nephews and five great nieces and nephews.

Francis was born in raised in Chelsea, Massachusetts, he then moved to Tucson Arizona where he owned and operated his own Driving School for 35 years. Once he became ill his sister moved him back to Rhode Island with her and then to Pennsylvania. Francis loved Arizona especially the heat. He enjoyed watching horse racing and taking trips to the casino, the outdoors, picnics, reading and playing chess. Francis will be dearly missed by all of his family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at the Hennessey’s Funeral Home, 747 Jackson Ave. Susquehanna, PA, on Friday, March 6, 2015 at 2pm.


Mary Charlotte Kinsley, 98, of Great Bend, PA entered into rest on February 23, 2015.  She was the wife of the late Harry Kinsley.  She was also predeceased by a great grandson, Michael J. Fisher, Jr., grandson-in-law, Michael J. Fisher, Sr., and a brother, William Williams.

Charlotte is survived by two children, Bobbi and Ronald Griffis and Chuck and Sharon Kinsley; four grandchildren, Lisa Fisher, Jerry Griffis, Brian Griffis, and Mark Kinsley; great grandchildren, Patrick and Lynsey Fisher, Kimberly Fisher and Craig Anderson, Thomas Fisher and Haley Cook, Blake Griffis, Trisha Franks, Tyler Lozzi, and Tim Szilagyl; great great grandchildren, Cameron Franks, Connor Franks, MaKena Slater, Ashlyn Fisher, and Ethan Fisher; a sister-in-law, Betty Williams; her faithful friends, Norine Jenner and Anna Blatchley; many nieces and nephews; and her companion dog, Coco.

Charlotte was a graduate of the Great Bend High School, Binghamton Central High School, and Ridley-Lowell School of Business.  She worked as the secretary to the owner of Binghamton Slag Roofing and later worked as the high school principal’s secretary for the Blue Ridge School District. 

Charlotte was a life-long active member of the United Methodist Community Church, Great Bend, PA, where she was a soloist in the choir, a Sunday School Teacher, and pianist.

She enjoyed crossword puzzles, crocheting, and her plants and flowers.  Charlotte loved her time at her cottage, where she spent over 90 summers, and also her trips to Cape May.

The family thanks Kathleen Osterhout and Debbie Stalker for the compassionate care and the many medical professionals who cared for her the past few years.  We would also like to thank the employees of Gracious Living Estates and Endless Mountains Health Systems for their compassionate care these past few months.

A funeral service was held on Friday, February 27, 2015 at the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, Inc., Hallstead, PA.  Spring interment will be made in Woodlawn Cemetery.  Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to the United Methodist Community Church, P.O. 586, Great Bend, PA 18821.

Marie H. Wickware

Marie H. Wickware of Port Crane, 83 went to be with her Lord on February 28, 2015. She was predeceased by her husband Edward Sr., her parents, 3 brothers and 5 sisters.

Marie is survived by her son, Edward Jr. and his wife Dawn and their children, Brandie, Devin (Kelly) and Lee, several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and special friends, Pam & Steve.

Marie was a nurse for over 50 years and 43 of those years were severed at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. Marie was a loving kind caring person who helped and touched the hearts of many people. She was an active member of the Nimmonsburg United Methodist Church that she attended for over 12 years. Marie will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 4:00 PM at the Wm. R. Chase & Son Funeral Home 737 Chenango St. Port Dickinson, NY 13901. Inurnment will be in the Vestal Hills Memorial Park at the convenience of her family. Family and friends are invited to the funeral home on Wednesday from 3:00 until the time of service and visitation will continue after the service until 6:00 PM.

Those wishing kindly consider memorial contributions in Marie’s name to either, the American Cancer Society 13 Beech St. Johnson City, NY 13790 or the Women’s Church Fund 918 Upper front St. Binghamton, NY 13905.

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