Joseph A. Moran Funeral Home

229 W. 12th Street
Hazleton, PA  18201
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These are our current obituaries as of September 1, 2013

Harry Wyshosky Jr.~August 26, 2013

Harry Wyshosky Jr., formerly of Coaldale, passed away Monday at Mt. City Nursing and Rehabilitation Center where he had been a guest.  Born in Coaldale, he was the son of the late Harry and Mary (Nazar) Wyshosky and was a member of St. Mary’s Orthodox Church, Coaldale.

He was an Army Veteran of World War II and was member of the American Legion, Coaldale.  He was the sexton for around 50 years for St. Mary’s Orthodox Church and also worked for Atlas Powder Works.

Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, were his brothers John and Peter Wyshosky; and sisters Anna Shears, Helen Manfredonia, Mary Yatsko, and Margaret Ogozalik.

Surviving are his sister Julia Forte, Hazleton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

An Orthodox Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, August 30th, at 11 A.M. in St. Mary’s Orthodox Church.  Burial will be in St. Mary’s Orthodox Cemetery, Summit Hill.  The family will receive friends in the church on Thursday from 6-8 P.M. and Friday morning from 9 A.M. until time of service.  A Panachida will be celebrated on Thursday at 7 P.M.

The Joseph A. Moran Funeral Home, 229 W. 12th St., Hazleton, is in charge of the arrangements. 

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Giuseppe "Joe" DiStefano~August 27, 2013

Giuseppe “Joe DiStefano passed away Tuesday peacefully in his home with his wife Melissa Sabol DiStefano and his sister Santa Armenia by his side after a lengthly illness.  He also left behind his 5 year old son Marco DiStefano.

Born in Pozzallo, Sicilia, he was the son of the late Giorgio and Concetta (Micieli) DiStefano.  In 1971, he came to America with his family and was raised in Brooklyn, NY.  When he was 16 he became a pizza man and worked in various places in the food industry in New York City.  In 2000 he moved to PA and became partners with the restaurant formerly known as Castigliones in Drums.  In 2005 he was the head chef and pizza maker in Booty’s Place in Hazleton.  Joe had a passion for cooking that he believed was passed on from his mother.  He also loved to travel with his family.  Joe will be deeply missed as he was loved by many.

The Reverend Jeffrey Funk will officiate the funeral service on Saturday, August 31st, at 11 A.M. in the Joseph A. Moran Funeral Home, 229 W. 12th St., Hazleton.  Burial will be held at the convenience of the family.  The family will receive friends on Saturday morning in the funeral home from 9-11 A.M.

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Theresa M. Vaccaro~August 29, 2013

Theresa M. Vaccaro, 89, passed away Thursday at Fritzingertown Senior Living Community where she had been a guest.  Born in Hazleton, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Mary (Evangelista) Marchese and was a member of Most Precious Blood Church, Hazleton.

She worked in the local garment industry and was a member of International Ladies Garment Workers Union.

Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents, were her husband Michael A. Vaccaro in 1998; brothers Michael, Anthony, and Rocco Marchese; and sister Lucille Crease.

Surviving are her son Charles Vaccaro and his wife Linda, Hazleton; daughter Bernadette Cusate and her husband George, Hazleton; grandchildren Michael Vaccaro and his wife Bridget, Lisa Wargula and her husband Barry, Christine and Georgiann Cusate, and Leeann Morris and her husband Aaron; great grandchildren Zachary and Aaron Wargula, Myles and Berklee Lynn Vaccaro, Michael, Matthew, and Alyssa Corrigan, and Brandon Morris; brothers Joseph Marchese and his wife Grace, Hazleton, and Andrew Marchese, Hazleton; sister Anna Marie Tombasco and her husband Samuel, Hazleton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held privately and at the convenience of the family.  The Joseph A. Moran Funeral Home, 229 W. 12th St., Hazleton is in charge of the arrangements.  

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Carol J. Bellinghausen~August 29, 2013

Carol J. Bellinghausen, 73, of West Hazleton, passed away Thursday at the Hazleton General Hospital.  Born in West Hazleton, she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Emily (Warren) Spencer and was a member of Holy Name of Jesus Parish at Transfiguration Church, West Hazleton.

She was a school crossing guard for over 40 years and also worked at the West Hazleton Veterinary Hospital.  Carol most enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.  She loved weekends at their camper, hockey games, and trips to Gettysburg.  She was also a member of the West Hazleton crime watch.

Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents, were her brother Alfred Spencer and sisters Dorothy Furedi and Shirley Friedrich.

Surviving are her husband of 54 years in October, Godfrey Bellinghausen; daughter Donna Miles and her husband Jack, West Hazleton; sons Godfrey Bellinghausen Jr., at home, Carl Bellinghausen and his wife Maureen, Conyngham; grandchildren Brandon and Sarah Bellinghausen; Kevin Schuetrumpf, who was special like a son; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Her funeral will be held on Monday, September 2nd, at 10:30 A.M. from the Joseph A. Moran Funeral Home, 229 W. 12th St., Hazleton.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 A.M. in Holy Name of Jesus Parish at Transfiguration Church.  Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery, Drums, at the convenience of the family.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 6-8 P.M.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Camp Can-Do, PO Box 897, Hershey, PA  17033 or the Holy Name of Jesus Parish at Transfiguration Church, 213 W. Green St., West Hazleton, PA  18202. 

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Barbara Purvis~September 11, 2013

Barbara Purvis, 90, passed away peacefully on Wednesday at Croasdaile Village, Durham, NC.  She was born in McAdoo, PA, December 8, 1922 to John and Bertha (Sterba) Yanick, and grew up in Hazleton. 

She graduated from Hazleton High School and worked on her parents’ farm (Maple Grove), and furniture store (Yanick’s Furniture Store).  After marrying William F. Purvis III, of Hazleton, and giving birth to twins, Andrea and William, Barbara moved with her family to Bowmanstown, PA.  She was employed as a secretary at Prince Manufacturing in Bowmanstown until her retirement.  She lived in Lancaster for ten years, before moving to Durham, NC in 2001. 

Barbara was loved by all for her kindness, generosity, and beauty.  She excelled at cooking, painting, and gardening, and loved to entertain friends and travel.  She volunteered for the Palmerton hospital Ladies’ auxiliary, the Bowmanstown Fire Company, the Red Cross, and Hospice. 

Barbara is survived by her daughter Andrea Purvis and her husband Diskin Clay of Durham, NC, her son William F. Purvis IV of Galveston, TX, and her grandson Cody Steffes of Trenton, MI.

The family thanks Duke Hospice and the Croasdaile staff for their kindness and care they gave to Barbara, and Moran’s Funeral staff for their thoughtful assistance.

 Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, September 14th, at 9:30 A.M. in Queen of Heaven Parish at Our Lady of Grace Church, 750 N. Vine St., Hazleton.  Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Drums.  There will be no viewing.  The Joseph A. Moran Funeral Home, 229 W. 12th St., Hazleton, is in charge of the arrangements. 

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Joan P. Sullivan~September 19, 2013

Joan P. Sullivan, 83, formerly of Hazleton and New York City, and currently a resident of Mesa, Arizona, passed away Thursday in her home in Arizona.  Born in Hazleton, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Bella (Quinn) Parente.

She was a graduate of Hazleton High School.  She was employed by TWA, General Dynamics, and Martin Marietta, all of New York.  She was named 1st President of the Women’s Passenger Traffic Association, New York City.

Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents, were her husband Joseph J. Sullivan in 2000; and sister Rose Parente.

Surviving are her sister Gloria Neapolitan, Hazleton; and several nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 A.M. on Monday, September 30th, at Holy Rosary Church, Hazleton.  Entombment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Drums.  The family will receive friends at the Joseph A. Moran Funeral Home, 229 W. 12th St., Hazleton, on Sunday from 4-6 P.M.

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Leona M. Roman~August 20, 2013

Leona M. Roman, 92, of Hazle Twp., passed away Tuesday night at the Hazleton General Hospital.  Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Dominic and Mary Kulp and was a member of Most Precious Blood Church, Hazleton.

She was last employed by Victoria’s Candies, Hazleton.

Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents, were her sisters Jean Quader, Marion Perry, and Evelyn Ryan; and brother Zigmund Kulp.

Surviving are her husband of 60 years, Dominic A. Roman; son Robert A.D. Roman, Hazle Twp.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial mass will be held at a later date.  Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s own choice.  The Joseph A. Moran Funeral Home, 229 W. 12th St., Hazleton, is in charge of the arrangements. 

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Catherine A. Esposito~August 24, 2013

Catherine "Kitty" A. Esposito, 91, of Cleveland St., Hazleton, passed away Saturday at St. Luke Pavilion, Hazleton.  Born in Hazleton, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Mildred (Matz) Esposito and was a member of Most Precious Blood Church, Hazleton.

She was a 1940 Graduate of Hazleton High School.  She worked in the local garment industry and was a member of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.

Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents, were her brothers Joseph and Patrick Esposito; sister Marie Serra; and infant sister Theresa Esposito.

Surviving are her brothers Samuel Esposito Jr. and his wife Emily, Hazleton, and Robert Esposito and his wife Joan, Hazleton; sister Donna Manfredi, Hazleton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, August 28th, at 11 A.M. in Most Precious Blood Church.  Burial will be in Most Precious Blood Cemetery.  Friends may call at the church on Wednesday morning from 10-11 A.M. 

The Joseph A. Moran Funeral Home, 229 W. 12th St., Hazleton, is in charge of the arrangements. 

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Virginia E. Bolinsky~August 24, 2013

Virginia E. Bolinsky, 92, of 214 Shingle Mill Dr., Drums, passed away peacefully Saturday at Butler Valley Manor where she had been a guest.  Born in Fern Glen, PA, she was the daughter of the late James and Mildred (McAfee) Baker and was a member of Sts. Cyril and Methodius Parish at St. Joseph’s Church, Hazleton.

She retired from Columbia Slipper, Hazleton, as a sewing machine operator.

Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents, were her husband Anthony Bolinsky Sr., in 1997; and son Anthony Bolinsky Jr., in 1987.

Surviving are her daughter Mildred Bolinsky, with whom she resided; grandson Larry Bolinsky and his wife Priscilla, Drums; granddaughter Allison Bolinsky, Las Vegas; brother Randall Baker, East Keansburg, NJ; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, August 27th, at 10:30 A.M. in Sts. Cyril and Methodius Parish at St. Joseph’s Church.  Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Drums.  There will be no viewing.

The Joseph A. Moran Funeral Home, 229 W. 12th St., Hazleton is in charge of the arrangements. 

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