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April 23, 2014 Current Issue Home
John Walter Daly

John Walter Daly of Susquehanna, PA passed away April 17th at Binghamton General Hospital. He was 67. Jack was the beloved husband of Loretta Daly for 22 years.

Born in Boston, MA July 17, 1946, he was the son of the late William A. and Elizabeth (Casey) Daly. His brother Kevin P. Daly, of Hackettstown, NJ preceded him in death in 1992.

He is survived by his loving siblings William A. Daly of Hollywood, FL and Mary Beth Kisslinger of Spring Hill, FL, their spouses Sandra Daly and John Kisslinger, Kevin’s widow Shirley Janoski of Moneta, VA, nieces and nephews William Daly III and his wife Kristine of Pembroke Pines, FL, Kristine Morsani and her husband Dennis of Sunrise FL, Melissa Daly of Pembroke Pines, FL, Erin Daly of Denville, NJ, Kate Daly of Roanoke, VA and Kevin Daly, Jr. of Roanoke, VA, four grand nieces and nephews and the many MA Daly cousins and their families.

He is also survived by brothers-in-law Richard and George DelNobile, his wife Cathy of Dexter, NM, and niece Amber Brewton her husband Dewayne and children Aaron and Michael Rice, Kisa Jones and Shawn Brewton of Tucson, AZ, and cousin Marge Murphy of Swarthmore, PA.

Jack graduated from Clifford Scott HS, East Orange, NJ and Montclair, State College, Montclair, NJ. He served in the US Navy from 1964 to 1967, trained at the US Navy Training Center, Great Lakes, ILL as a Seaman and served on a mine sweeper home ported in Buffalo, NY. He served the Township of West Orange, NJ as a Firefighter for 25 years, was a member of the Fireman’s Benevolent Association Local 228, the West Orange Knights of Columbus Council 5519, and the Archbishop Bayley Assembly 4th Degree 0660. After retiring to PA he transferred to Great Bend, K of C Council 356, and Assembly 4th Degree 1521. He was an active member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, West Orange and St. John the Evangelist Church in Susquehanna and a staunch pro-life advocate.

He enjoyed wood working and scroll sawing and took great pleasure creating a wide variety of wood Christmas gifts and décor and the rental of stork lawn birth announcements.

He and his wife enjoyed travel and a wide variety of cuisine, and spent a great deal of quality time in hospitals.

He was a lifelong enthusiast of racket sports, excelling at platform tennis, tennis and most especially table tennis, both as a player and as a coach. No one will forget his table tennis demonstrations played against a robot or footprints on the walls against live opponents, and his guiding young players to achieve in a sport he loved. In later years he introduced his wife to tennis and they could always be found glued to the television watching, and critiquing, all of the major tennis championships, round by round.

Jack was a dear friend to many, unstinting of his time, humor, advice and offers of help. In his work with Habitat for Humanity, as well as countless repair and construction projects for friends and family, his love lives on in the physical world, as well as in our hearts. Masses offered for the repose of Jack’s soul will be greatly appreciated.

The family will receive friends at Hennessey Funeral Home, 747 Jackson Ave., Susquehanna, PA on Thursday April 24 from 2-4 and 6-8.

Funeral Mass at St John the Evangelist Church will be celebrated on Friday April 25th at 10:00 AM.

A memorial Mass will be offered at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, West Orange, NJ on Monday April 28th at 11:00 AM.

Date to be announced for a memorial Mass in the Extraordinary Form (Latin) at St Mary of the Assumption Church, Binghamton, NY.

Mary Atherton Ketterer

Mary Atherton Ketterer, 71, of New Milford, PA, passed away, Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Community Medical Center Geisinger, Scranton, PA. Born March 18, 1943 in Binghamton, NY, she was the daughter of the late Dolph and Evelyn [Tiffany] Atherton.

Survivors include her husband of 48 years, James M. Ketterer; son and fiancée, James Atherton Ketterer and Mary Kathleen Barry of Arlington, VA; a granddaughter, Kathleen Evelyn Ketterer; a sister, Grace “Skeet” Erat of New Milford, PA; a brother and wife, Jack and Ann Atherton of Phoenix , AZ.; and several nieces and nephews.

After graduating from Bucknell University with a dual major in English literature and psychology, Mary began her teaching career at Blue Ridge High School, New Milford, PA. She continued teaching in Newark, DE for eight years. In 1973, she returned to her alma mater, Mountain View Jr./Sr. High School, Kingsley, PA, as an English teacher until she retired in 2003. In addition to teaching, Mrs. Ketterer advised yearbook, Spirit Game teams, and numerous graduating classes. She served as president and past president of the Mountain View Education Association and the English Department Chairperson. She cheered enthusiastically for all Eagle Teams, particularly the wrestling team for which she often kept score. Over the years she starred on the stage with the Mountain View Players as Golde in Fiddler on the Roof, Mrs. Gibbs in Our Town, and Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors.

After retirement, Mrs. Ketterer continued to teach homebound students and substituted at area school districts. She served as President of the Susquehanna Chapter of Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR), for which also served as Legislative Chair of Susquehanna Chapter and of Region III.

She attended as a child and was a member of First Universalist Church Of Brooklyn, PA, and was also a member the First Congregational-UCC Church of Harford, PA, where she assisted with the Sunday School program.

Mary volunteered at numerous organizations over the years. One of her favorites was the St. Mark’s Episcopal Thrift Shop, New Milford, PA, where she was an avid shopper for herself and her students. Annually, Mary would volunteer as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army and often at the St. Francis Soup Kitchen, Scranton, PA. She worked at the Harford Fireman’s stand at the Harford Fair. Recently, she belonged to the Ladies of the Lake, a local book club.

Mary served as President of the Mountain View Alumni Association and was a recipient of the Mountain View Distinguished Alumni “Golden Eagle” Award. Mary was a member of Mountain View’s Class of 1960, the first graduating class.

Mrs. Ketterer has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Susquehanna County Library and the New Library Building Fund Community. Reading was always a very important part of Mary’s life. Other hobbies included bird watching, antiquing, film critiquing, and spending time with her dogs.

Her out-going, spirited personality and zest for life inspired many to reach their full potential. Mary will be greatly missed by her many students, peers, friends, and family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mary Atherton Ketterer’s name to Susquehanna County Library Building Fund, 18 Monument Street, Montrose, PA 18801.

A service was held Thursday, April 17 at First Universalist Church of Brooklyn, Brooklyn, PA.

John G. McGrath

John G. McGrath, 92, of Kingsley, PA passed away on April 15, 2014 at Endless Mountains Health Systems, Montrose, PA. He was born on November 27, 1921 in New York, NY to the late James C. and Katherine (Pistor) McGrath. He was predeceased by his wife of over 50 years, Kathleen M. (Ryan) McGrath in 1999.

John is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, John and Sally McGrath, Kingsley, PA, sister, Margaret McGrath, Long Island, NY, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Joseph C. McGrath, and sister, Helen Schlameuss.

John retired as a Battalion Chief after working 33 years for the New York City Fire Department and moved to Kingsley in 1982. He was a member of the Holy Name of Mary Church where he served as an Altar Server and did publicity for the church for many years. He was also an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and a member of the Men of the Sacred Heart. He attended daily mass and enjoyed gardening and baking.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at the Holy Name of Mary Church with Rev. Philip Rayappan officiating. Visitation will be at the Daniel K. Regan Funeral Home from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Interment will be at the Holy Name of Mary Cemetery, Montrose, PA.

Donations in John’s memory may be made to the Holy Name of Mary Building Fund, 278 S. Main St., Montrose, PA 18801.

BURT J. WHITTEMORE

Burt J. Whittemore, 66, of New Milford, PA went home to be with the Lord on April 16, 2014, with his loving family by his side.  Burt is survived by his wife of 45 years, Donna.

He is also survived by a son, Roburt and Christine Whittemore; step father, Charles Burns;  two sisters, Georgia Conover and Carolyn Dunback; a brother, Alex Burns; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He was predeceased by his mother, Mary Burns and his brother, Claude Burns.

Burt’s favorite activities were hunting and fishing.  He participated in competitive black powder shooting and showed his beloved coon dogs.  He was an avid gardener and also took great care to can and preserve the produce.  Burt had a great personality and had a multitude of friends.  He will be missed by everyone who knew him.

A celebration of his life will be held on the anniversary of his birth, Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, Inc., Hallstead, PA.  Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m., prior to the service.  Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to Host for Hospitals, 300 North Highlands Avenue, Merion, PA 19066.

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