Alexis Antoinette (Matinchek) Carnes

39, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest, Thursday, June 18, 2020 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on March 12, 1981 and was the daughter of Keith E. Matinchek and the late Carole A. (McCamant) Matinchek.

Alexis wore many different hats at the Brownstone Caf but was most notably known for her role as everyone's favorite waitress. She was a beautiful person, inside and out and would make everyone feel as though they were her best friend. She was a 1999 graduate of Lower Dauphin High School and a 2004 graduate of Kutztown University.

In addition to her father, she is survived by her loving husband of 8 years, Mark "JJ" Carnes; daughter, Mila Carole Carnes; brother, Zachary E. Matinchek and his wife Kelly; paternal grandparents, Frank and Margaret Matinchek; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends. She is also survived by a group of additional family and friends that could only be described as amazing. To attempt to describe this group of people in words is nearly impossible. The time and dedication they devoted to us over the last six months was nothing short of miraculous. The Matinchek and Carnes families thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.

Aside from her unconditional love for her family and friends, Alexis loved visiting Hawaii and was a true champion for all those who needed a helping hand.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 12:00 noon at Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, Middletown with the Rev. Ted Keating as celebrant.

Viewings will be on Friday, June 26, 2020 from 4-8pm at the Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., Middletown and on Saturday, June 27, 2020 from 10:00 AM until the time of Mass at Seven Sorrows.

At Alexis's request, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mila Carole Carnes Education Fund, c/o Members First FCU, Middletown Branch, 361 E. Main St., Middletown, PA 17057, or any Members First FCU branch. 


Frank Gubbiotti

of Exeter, left this earth on Monday, June 22, 2020, at the age of 29.

Born on March 13, 1991, in Wilkes-Barre, Frank was the very beloved son of Frank and Linda (Sherin) Gubbiotti, Falls. He was also the best loved little brother (only in age, not in height) to Dr. Maria Gubbiotti Campbell and brother-in-law, Dr. Matthew Campbell, Philadelphia.  

Raised in Falls, Frank received his early education at Wyoming Area Catholic School, Exeter, and was a graduate of Wyoming Area High School, Class of 2009.

Following in the footsteps of his grandparents, the late Frank A. and Rose Gubbiotti, and his aunt, Marilyn A. Gubbiotti, Frank was called to be a Funeral Director, becoming the third generation in his family to serve in this noble profession at their family business, Gubbiotti Funeral Home, LLC, Exeter. His aunt, Marilyn, took him under her wing and taught him the ropes of a very important service at which he excelled. He was a graduate of Northampton Community College, School of Funeral Service, Bethlehem, Class of 2012, and received his professional licensure on June 26, 2013.

Frank served for many years as a Luzerne County Deputy Coroner, and was also a member of the Exeter Lions Club. Professionally, he was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association, and the Luzerne County Funeral Directors Association.

He was nephew to Mike and Carm Sherin - helping with apple picking, technology fixing, and a host of other things. He was also nephew to Diane Dirhan - always on hand to repair, move, or do any other errand she needed.

But none of this really defined who Frank Gubbiotti was. Anyone who came in contact with him was drawn to him - to his loving soul. People opened up to him and trusted him because they were touched by his open heart. Frankie was THE one you could always count on to help, to listen, to be there.

What matters is how we live and love, and Frank Gubbiotti epitomized the good soul.

Frank was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Frank and Rose Gubbiotti; his maternal grandmother, Elynor Sherin; his uncle, Alexander "Ollie" Gubbiotti; his cousin, Ryan Jones.

In addition to his parents, sister, brother-in-law, and his aunts and uncle, Frank is survived by his cousins and countless friends and colleagues.

Relatives and Friends are invited to attend Frank's viewing which will be held on Sunday, June 28, 2020, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, at Saint Barbara's Parish, Saint Anthony of Padua Church, 224 Memorial Street, Exeter.

The Luzerne County Funeral Directors Association will assemble  to pay their final respects on Sunday evening at 7:30 PM.

A con-celebrated Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, June 29, 2020, at 10:00 AM in Saint Barbara's Parish, Saint Anthony of Padua Church, 224 Memorial Street, Exeter, with his cousin, the Reverend Robert J. Simon, pastor of Saint Catherine of Siena Parish, Moscow, officiating. Those attending the funeral Mass are asked to assemble directly at the church.

Interment will follow in Mount Olivet Roman Catholic Cemetery, Carverton section of Kingston Township.

Keeping with CDC guidelines, those attending the viewing and funeral are asked to wear masks and observe social distancing.

To send the Gubbiotti Family an expression of sympathy or an online condolence, please visit www.gubbiottifh.com.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made in Frank's memory to a charity of the donors choice. 


Nicholas L. Branam Sr.

37 of Harrisburg, passed peacefully June 23, 2020 with his family by his side. He was predeceased by his step-father, Lance W. Ulen, grandfather, “Pop-Pop,” Stewart B. Branam, and great-grandparents. Nicholas attended Central Dauphin High School, and later graduated Summa Cum Laude from Central Penn College. After several years of service as Showroom Manager at Colonial Marble & Granite, Nick happily accepted the opportunity to work alongside his mother and brother at Hooper Memorial Home, Inc.

Nicholas was a member of St. Margaret Mary’s and attended The Greater Zion Missionary Baptist Church as often as he could. Nicholas participated in various organizations and served as a mentor to many aspiring athletes, musicians, and entrepreneurs. He served as an assistant coach, alongside his brother, at Harrisburg Area Community College. He was a member of the Central Penn Knights basketball team. He also served as a board member for the Millicent Hooper Foundation. He was a proud member of the Sneakerheads of PA, as he was an avid collector of the finest footwear. Some of Nick’s favorite pastimes were riding his motorcycle, golfing, and spending time with his family & friends.

Nicholas is survived by his wife, Gina Branam, and son, Nicholas L. Branam, Jr., his mother, Angela M. Ulen, brother, Jonathan W. Branam (Jocelyn), sister, Amanda E. Humes, grandmother Ann Hanna, his “Pop”, Jonathan W. Clark, a niece and nephew, several cousins, and a host of additional family and friends. In lieu of flowers, a scholarship fund has been established, contributions can be made in Nicholas Branam Jr.’s name and sent to Hooper Memorial Home, Inc, 3532 Walnut Street, Harrisburg, PA 17109.

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Robert J. Dutcavich

81, 149 Circle Dr., Lock Haven, PA died June 23, 2020 at his home. Born June 25, 1938 in Shamokin, PA he was the son of the late John A.and Helen B. Yasalonis Dutcavich. He was a 1957 graduate of the Shamokin Area Joint High School and a 1958 graduate of the McAllister School of Mortuary Science in New York City.

Bob served in the U. S. Army from September 26, 1961 until February 19, 1963 and was a Personnel Specialist at Fort Wayne, Detroit,  Michigan.  On January 11, 1967 in Holy Cross Church, Brooklyn N.Y he was united  in marriage to Antonia F.  (Toni) Del Grippo . He and his family moved to Lock Haven  in February 0f 1970.

Mr. Dutcavicch had been a licensed funeral director since August, 1961. He was employed as a funeral  director in several funeral homes in New York City as well as in New York state.  Bob received his Pennsylvania Funeral Directors license in September of 1976.

He was employed as an over the road truck driver for the former M. G. Fidler Trucking of Salona from May 9, 1970 until May 8, 1972 and for the former Eazor Express of Loganton, PA from May 8, 1972 until February 28, 1982.

In September of 1982 he was offered a position of funeral director with the Patrick R. Moriarty Funeral Home, Lock Haven until he and his wife Antonia  purchased the business from Patrick and Veronica Moriarty on January  9, 1985. He retired on January 14, 2002 after 17 years.

Following his retirement he was associated with the Yost-Gedon Funeral Home, Lock Haven and the Dean K. Wetzler, Jr. Funeral Home, Mill Hall, PA .

He had been a member  of the Holy Spirt  Roman Catholic Parish , Lock Haven, Former member and Past President of the Lock Haven Rotary Club, 3rd Degree and Life member of Lock Haven Council 1774, Knights of Columbus, 4th Degree and Life member of Our Lady of Victory Assembly 1945 Knights of Columbus, State  Cpllege, Lodge Giosue Carducci # 146 Sons of Italy, Lock Haven, Life member and Past Exalted Ruler # 182  and a life member of Liberty Hose Co. #2, Shamokin, PA

In addition to his wife he is survived by:

1 Son: Michael J. Dutcavich, Lock Haven, PA

1 Granddaughter : Kristen B. Dutcavich &1 Grandson:  Brian M. Dutcavich both of  Woolrich, PA

He was preceded in  death by a son, Robert J. Dutcavich  who died May 29, 1992 and a brother, John J. Dutcavich of Minersville, PA  who died June 9, 1988.

A Funeral Mass honoring the life of Robert J. Dutcavich will be celebrated Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 11:00 AM  In Holy Spirit Parish, St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church , Lock Haven with Rev. Father  Joseph Orr officiating. Interment in St. Agnes  Cemetery. Friends will be received in the Dean  K. Wetzler, Jr. Funeral  Home, 320 Main St., Mill Hall, PA from 6-8 PM Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

A Sons of Italy Memorial Service will be at 5:30 PM, An Elks Memorial Service at 8 PM and a Knights of Columbus Memorial Service at 8:30 PM

Funeral  arrangements are entrusted to the Dean K. Wetzler, Jr. Funeral Home, 320 Main St., Mill Hall, PA

Online condolences @ www.wetzlerfuneralhome.org