Obituaries: July 9, 2015

Published on: July 8, 2015

Judie Harding

Julie Harding

Julie Harding

Judie Harding of Sun City Center, Fla., formerly of Waverly, Pa., died Tuesday, June 30th at home surrounded by her husband and three sons. She is survived by her husband Thomas T. Harding, and they were married for 54 years.  Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Hugh J. and Mary Hetherson Connor, and was a graduate  of St. Paul’s High School, Class of 1958, Scranton.

Surviving are sons Thomas H. Harding and wife Dana of Wesley Chapel, Fla.; Timothy T. Harding and wife Denise of Glenburn, Pa.; and Christopher C. Harding and wife Christine of Wellesley, Mass.; sister Barbara Quinn of Scranton; grandchildren Connor, Alena, Shannon, Neil, Thomas and Meagan; a wonderful group of cousins; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother Barry Connor.

Judie was a very talented artist, exceptional jewelry designer and builder, expert cook and singer of songs. She prided herself in knowing a song for just about any occasion imaginable. Within her family and circle of friends, she was known as the organizer of the best Easter Egg hunts ever experienced; St. Patrick’s Day parties that were unparalleled;  and wonderful “Hooleys” celebrated in her kitchen. In this life, her family always came first, and Judie took every occasion to show pride in each and every member of the family.

The funeral was Monday, July 6, at the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home in Dunmore, Pa., with a Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of the Snows Church in Clarks Summit, Pa. Interment was at Saint Catherine’s Cemetery.


Marilyn Hilliard

Marilyn Hilliard

Marilyn Hilliard

Marilyn Betty (Zeitler) Hilliard, 91, passed away on May 31, 2015, in Sun City Center, Fla.  Daughter of Alden Zeitler and Marie Thompson, Marilyn was a 1941 graduate of Punxsutawney High School.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Thomas R. Hilliard; her companion of five years, Harold O’Neal; oldest son Robert A. Hilliard; brother Richard A. Zeitler; and sister Joanne Mitchell.

A former resident of Butler, Pa., Marilyn was a shift supervisor in the shell inspection section of Pullman Standard during World War II. Subsequently, she excelled in a wide variety of jobs, from Isaly’s Dairy to a hat shop to GNC to Poe Insurance.

Called Marilyn by some and Betty by others, she always enjoyed learning new creative things — such as stained glass art, calligraphy and stepping stones (to name but a few). She loved playing bridge with her buddies, going to dances and parties, hearing or telling a good joke, and having a stiff drink.

Marilyn will be missed by daughter Leona M. Hilliard of Sun City Center; son Thomas H. Hilliard of Butler; son David A. Hilliard of Cleveland, Ohio;, grandsons Noah Hilliard of Charleston, S.C., and Nathan Hilliard of Butler; great-granddaughter Susan Hilliard of Butler; and many dear friends.

A memorial celebration is planned for November 15, 2015, in Sun City Center, so that her friends can celebrate a wonderful and interesting life.


Alice A. Kondrat

Alice Kondrat of Sun City Center, Fla., died peacefully on June 26.  She was born in Export, Pa., and worked many years in Washington, D.C.,  before retiring to the Delaware shore. Alice moved to Sun City Center in 2004.

She will be  remembered by her remaining sister, Connie Strunc of Sun City Center, and many nieces and nephews for her kindness and love of life.

Her service will be held at Prince of Peace Catholic Church at 11 a.m. on July 13.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to LifePath Hospice.


Howard C. Mayhew

Howard C. Mayhew, 88, died at his home in Sun City Center, Fla., June 24, 2015. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War.

He is survived by his wife, Janet; children James (Colleen) Mayhew, Karen (John) Cucinotta and Barbara Mayhew; seven grandchildren; and four great- grandsons.

Donations may be made to the American Heart Association.


Francis (Terry) McGovern

Francis (Terry) McGovern

Francis (Terry) McGovern

Francis (Terry) McGovern, born February 5, 1914, in Clinton, Iowa, died July 1, 2015, in Hospice care in Sun City Center, Fla., where he had resided since 2006. He was 101.

He served in the U.S. Navy in  World War II, and retired after 35 years as a letter carrier. He was preceded in death by his wife of 72 years, Margaret Dierks, and grandson Robb Morris.

He is survived by daughter Marcia Morris (Gary); grand-daughter Mary Rubley (Terry); great-grandsons Tyler and Travis; and great-granddaughter Kaylee Morris.

He was a quiet, independent man who loved to read, excelled at card games, bowled, golfed, and, with his wife of 72 years, danced to the Big Bands and drove all over the USA visiting many friends and relatives.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the SCC Emergency Squad.

Funeral services were held July 7 at Groovers Funeral Home in Ellenton, Fla.