Sunday’s Obituary – Blanche (Mery) McNeil – Died 25-November-2003

Relationship to me: 1st cousin, 2x removed

This obituary was found online at Pocono Record by searching the online obituaries. Published on November 27, 2003.


Blanche M. McNeil, 83, of East Stroudsburg, died Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 25, in Laurel Manor, Stroudsburg.  She was the wife of Warren K. McNeil, at home, to whom she was married 60 years.  Born on Nov. 7, 1920, in East Stroudsburg, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Jennie (Repsher) Mery.  She was a lifetime resident of Monroe County.  A 1938 graduate of East Stroudsburg High School, she was employed in the office at the former International Boiler Works in East Stroudsburg. She then worked in the office of Stroud Manor Nursing Home in East Stroudsburg.  Blanche was a member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, East Stroudsburg, and its Women’s Guild.  In addition to her husband, she is survived by one daughter, Kay D. Allen and her husband Russell of Deering, N.H.; one granddaughter, Jill Rapp and her husband Carl of Deering, N.H.; two great-grandsons, Adam Rapp and Aidan Rapp; three sisters, Jane Predmore of East Stroudsburg, Leona Mutchler of East Stroudsburg, and Elaine Swink and her husband Clair of Lebanon, Tenn.; one brother, John Mery of East Stroudsburg; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one brother, Raymond Mery.  Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 25 Lackawanna Ave., East Stroudsburg.  The Rev. Kathleen Ash-Flashner will officiate.  Burial will follow in Prospect Cemetery, East Stroudsburg.  There will be a viewing from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, at William H. Clark Funeral Home, 1003 Main St., Stroudsburg, and 9:30 a.m. until the time of the services on Saturday at the funeral home.  The family has requested that memorial contributions be mad to Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 25 Lackawanna Ave., East Stroudsburg, PA 18301.


Sunday’s Obituary – Florence (Fluck) Repsher – Died 23-January-2004

Relationship to me: wife of 1st cousin, 2x removed

This obituary was found be searching the Pocono Record’s online obituaries (screen-shot-2016-11-17-at-6-50-03-pm) on January 25, 2004.


Florence E. Repsher, 88, of Quakertown died Friday, Jan. 23, in Belle Haven Nursing Home, Quakertown. She was the wife of Ross Repsher. They were married for 63 years in August.  Born in Richland Township, Bucks County, she was a daughter of the late Oswin R. and Anna (Horne) Fluck.  She was a graduate of Quakertown Community High School Class of 1933. Florence worked for more than 10 years as a bookkeeper for Quakertown National Bank before retiring in 1978. Previously, she was employed as a stenographer at the former Mountain Lake House, Marshalls Creek. Florence was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Richlandtown, where she served on the Altar Guild. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Upper Perkiomen Chapter, and had served as a Mother Advisor to the Rainbow Girls. She had also volunteered at Grand View Hospital’s Child Care Center, Sellersville. Surviving with her husband are two daughters, Cheryl Farber and husband, Arthur, of Quakertown, Diane Huffman and her husband, Robert, of Marshalls Creek; a sister, Naomi Mann of Quakertown; a brother, Willard “Bud” Fluck and his wife, Anna, also of Quakertown; six grandchildren, Cort, Barrie, Cameron, Brooke, Shana and Evan; and two great-grandchildren, Owen and Ross.  Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, in St. John’s United Church of Christ, Richlandtown. Interment will be in Richland Town Union Cemetery, Richlandtown. Family and friends are invited to call from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, in the church.  The family requests memorial remembrances in the form of contributions to St. John’s United Church of Christ, P.O. Box 356, Richlandtown, PA 18955 or the American Diabetes Association, One Plymouth Meeting, Suite 520, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462-1316.

Sunday’s Obituary – Carol Ann (Straub) Riggs – Died 01-February-2005

Relationship to me: wife of stepson of grand uncle

This obituary was published in the York Daily Record, York Dispatch & York Sunday News on February 3, 2005 and can be found online at


Carol A. Riggs, 63, died at 2:50 p.m. Tuesday, February 1, 2005, at her residence. She was the wife of John M. Riggs. John and Carol observed their 43rd wedding anniversary on May 20,  2004. Born December 18, 1941, in Dover, N.J., Carol was a member of Living Word Community Church, where she also served as a Growth Group coach. In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Shawn M. Riggs of York and Scott A. Riggs of Connell, Wash.; two daughters, Tami Rene Riggs of York and Heather Ann Randall of Clearwater, Fla.; nine grandchildren; and a sister, Ruth Gross of Clearwater, Fla. A funeral service will be held in the auditorium of Living Word Community Church, 2530 Cape Horn Road, Red Lion, on Friday at 7 p.m., with her pastor, the Rev. Stephen C. Almquist officiating. A viewing will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday in the Chapel at the church. Following cremation, burial will be held in Mount Rose Cemetery on Tuesday, February 8, 2005, at 3 p.m. Friends should meet at the entrance to the cemetery by 2:50 p.m. on Tuesday. Memorial contributions may be made to ‘Global Missions’ of L.W.C.C., 2530 Cape Horn Road, Red Lion, PA 17356. Etzweiler Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1111 E. Market St., York, is in charge of arrangements.

Sunday’s Obituary – Sarah (Decker) Strait – Died 02-November-1986

Relationship to me: wife of grand uncle

This obituary was a clipping that my grandmother, Beatrice Strait, clipped in 1986 from the New Jersey Herald.

screen-shot-2016-11-17-at-6-40-44-pm“Sarah Strait” – Andover Twp. – Sarah E. Strait, 69, of Brighton Road, died Sunday at Newton Memorial Hospital after a long illness.  Born in Byram, she was a lifelong resident of Andover Township.  She and her husband, Carl, owned Strait’s Turkey Farm in the township from 1947-62, and also owned the Holiday Motel, in the township, from 1964-76.  Mrs. Strait is survived by her husband, Carl; three daughters, Patricia Toye, Nancy Dannhart and Sarah Sheehan, all of Andover Township; two brothers, Francis Decker of Andover Township, and Wilbur Decker of Shalimar, Fla., and six grandchildren.  Services and interment are at the convenience of the family.  Expressions of sympathy can be made to Newton Memorial Hospital, 175 High Street, Newton, 07860.  Arrangements are being handled by the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High Street, Newton.

Sunday’s Obituary – Mercedes Marie (Strait) Scabet – Died 05-March-2015

Relationship to me: paternal aunt.

Published in the New Jersey Herald 08 March 2015 and online at (Mercedes “Sadie” Scabet)


Obituary – NEWTON – Mercedes “Sadie” M. Scabet, 78, of Newton, died Thursday, March 5, 2015, at Harris Health Care Center at Bristol Glen.

Born in Newton, Sadie was a lifelong resident of Newton. She was the quality engineer at the former United Telephone in Newton for 35 years before her retirement. A graduate of Newton High School, Sadie was a member of St. Joseph R.C. Church and was an avid bowler.

The daughter of the late William C. Strait, Sr., and Beatrice Irene (Repsher) Strait, Sadie is survived by her husband of 52 years, James W. Scabet, and five stepchildren: Carol Stang and husband, Robert, of Coopersburg, Pa., Maureen Slack of Hampton, James Scabet, Jr., and wife, Sandra, of Stillwater, Michael Scabet of Diberville, Miss., and David Scabet and wife, Lorraine, of Bridgeville, Del.; one brother, William Strait of Andover Township; 12 step-grandchildren; 10 step-great-grandchildren; and three nieces, Jody [sic, should be Jodi], Jill and Jennie [sic, should be Jenni]. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, Newton. Entombment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery Mausoleum, Newton. Visitation will be held Monday, March 9, from 2-to-4 and 7-to-9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Newton First Aid & Rescue Squad, PO Box 5, Newton, 07860.


Sunday’s Obituary – Richard Allen Wood – Died 21-May-2001

Relationship to me: 1st cousin, 1x removed

My grandmother, Beatrice Strait, clipped this from the New Jersey Herald in May of 2001.


Richard A. “Dick” Wood Sr., 68, died Monday at home. Born in Newton, Mr. Wood was a lifelong resident. He was a welder and fabricator for Limestone Products Corp., for nearly 40 years before retiring 10 years ago. Mr. Wood was a member of the Blue Mountain Gas & Steam Engine Association, a member of the Limestone 25-year Club, and a past member of the Newton First Aid Squad. The son of the late Robert W. Wood Sr. and Bernice Strait Wood, he also was predeceased by a brother, Donald.  Mr. Wood is survived by his wife of 48 years, Charlotte A. Ulrich Wood; two sons, Richard A. Jr. and his wife, Patricia, of East Stroudsburg, Pa., and Carl and his wife, Deborah, of Stillwater; a brother, Robert of Maine; and four grandchildren. Arrangements are by the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High St., Newton.

Sunday’s Obituary – Carl H. Strait – Died 07-August-2001

Relationship to me: grand uncle

Another newspaper clipping in my grandmother Beatrice Strait’s collection. She dated it August 2001 and it’s from the New Jersey Herald even though it doesn’t say that.


Carl Strait” – Andover Twp. – Carl H. Strait, 87, of Andover Township, died Tuesday at Andover Subacute and Rehabilitation Center in Andover Township.

Born in Branchville Junction, Mr. Strait was a long-time resident of Andover Township.  He was the owner of the Holiday Motel from 1964 to 1976 and was also the owner of Strait’s Turkey Farm in Andover Township from 1947 to 1962.

The son of the late Ora S. and Audrey R. Hunt Strait, Mr. Strait was also predeceased by his wife, Sarah E. Strait, on Nov. 2, 1986 and a daughter, Patricia A Toye, on Dec. 2, 1998.

He is survived by two daughters, Nancy Dannhart of Andover Township, and Sara Sheehan of Andover Township; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High St., Newton.