Neil W. Regan

On the morning of Nov. 5, 2020, Neil W. Regan, 80, of South Scranton, died peacefully at his funeral home after a brief illness, surrounded by his family. Neil was passionate about his family, his Catholic faith, friends, his Irish roots, and his 50-plus years serving families as a funeral director at the Neil W. Regan Funeral Home. A devoted husband to Barbara Moran who preceded him in death in 2016 after 52 years of marriage, Neil was a wonderful father and adoring grandfather. His unconditional love and sense of humor is his most enduring legacy. The only thing greater than his laugh was his heart!

Son of the late Frank M. Regan, also a funeral director, and Clare MacDonald Regan, and grandson of the late John E. Regan, an immigrant child miner who in the late 1800s founded the first Regan Funeral Home in Bellevue, Neil shared their strong work ethic, commitment to serving the community and the belief that all human life is sacred and every person deserves a caring, dignified funeral. He took great pride in his professional success, measuring it not in dollars but in the thousands of letters of gratitude he received from families he had guided through the most difficult days of their lives. He proudly served on the Pennsylvania State Board of Funeral Directors from 1993 to 1998 and was a member of the Pennsylvania and Lackawanna County Funeral Directors Associations, and enjoyed lasting relationships with countless other area funeral directors. His legacy will be continued by his son, Brendan, who is now supervisor of the funeral home.

Neil was a 1957 graduate of West Scranton High School and a United States Army veteran, where he served as a dental hygienist and medic. He later graduated from the University of Scranton and Simmons School of Mortuary Science in Syracuse, N.Y. Prior to starting his funeral business, Neil was a school teacher at West Scranton High School and he started the Dental Hygiene Program at (the former) Vocational Technical School.

Neil and his family vacationed nearly every summer of his life enjoying the Jersey Shore, as a child in Atlantic City and in later years in Avalon where he walked the boardwalks and enjoyed swimming in the ocean, drawing the ire and whistles of lifeguards on a daily basis... but he was always close enough to Scranton should he need to return.

He is survived by a daughter, Barbara Regan Chillemi and husband, Ron, Ridgewood, N.J.; two sons, Neil Jr. and wife, Elizabeth Drago, New York; and Brendan and wife, Sarah Stachura, Jermyn; a sister, Anne Marie Regan, Scranton; a brother, Robert Regan and wife Patricia, of Mechanicsburg, Pa.; two grandsons, Jack Chillemi and Theo Drago-Regan; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and his dear friends and colleagues, Gene Cusick and Rich Ostroski, all of whom he dearly loved.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Donald Regan; Jack Regan and his wife, Margaret; and Frank Regan and his wife, Mary; and a sister, Eleanor and husband, John "Bosh" Bosha.

The family sincerely thanks Dr. Wayne Weston as well as the staffs at Moses Taylor Hospital and Allied Services Integrated Health for the extraordinary care they provided during his final weeks.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church at St. Paul of the Cross Parish, celebrated by the Rev. Scott Sterowski, pastor, followed by interment at St. Catherine's Cemetery, Moscow. Friends and family may call Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Neil W. Regan Funeral Home Inc., 1900 Pittston Ave., Scranton PA 18505.

Appropriate screening and occupancy reductions will be observed and guests will be asked to limit time spent with the family. Expect delays. Due to space limitations at the church, those attending the funeral Mass are asked to register with the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Center, 2010 Adams Ave., Scranton PA 18509, or at stjosephscenter.org, or the Vasculitis Foundation, PO Box 28660, Kansas City, MO 64188 www.vasculitisfoundation.org


William Alfred “Bill” Sickel

passed peacefully on Wednesday, November 18th, 2020 at the age of 92.

Bill was born to parents, Geneva T. And Walter A. Sickel in the Somerton section of Northeast Philadelphia. He graduated from Frankford High School in 1946. He attended Eckels College of Mortuary Science and served a 2-year apprenticeship with the Andrew J. Bair and Son, one of three firms in Philadelphia over 100 years old. He became a Licensed Funeral Director in 1949 at 21 years of age. 

Coming from a Navy family, he enlisted in the Navy during the Korean Conflict and served four years as a medical corpsman. He served on the Destroyer USS Preston DD.795, as well as the Portsmouth Naval Hospital, the Philadelphia Naval Hospital, and the Epidemiology Research Unit in Bainbridge, Maryland where he was discharged in 1954. 

After his service, he returned to the Andrew J. Bair and Son Funeral Home, which later merged with the R.R. Bringhurst Co. Inc. (another 100 plus year firm). He and his partner, H. Blair Anthony became owners of R.R Bringhurst -Andrew J. Blair Funeral Home in 1973. The funeral home was then purchased by the West Laurel Hill Cemetery Company of Philadelphia in 1994 and became known as the West Laurel Hill Funeral Home, Inc. in 2016. Bill retired in 1993 but at the death of his partner, Blair Anthony, in 2010 he returned to serve as the Supervisor until his death. 

As a youth he belonged to the DeMolay, a masonic youth fraternity, and was a boy scout. As an adult, he was a  member of Lodge #717 F. and M. Benjamin Franklin Consistory 32 degree Masonic Organization, LuLu Temple Shrine, the American Legion, Bucks-Montgomery Funeral Directors Association and the Hazelton Veterans, a social group of 20 plus funeral directors now defunct. Bill was also a longstanding member of the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Abington, where he served on church council and was an usher. 

Bill was introduced to his future wife, Janet (Helm) Sickel, on a blind date set up by his mother and her aunt. They were married for 54 years until her death in 2010. Bill and his wife left their home on School House Lane in Willow Grove, PA and moved to Wesley Enhanced Living in Hatboro where they met many friends, including Unajane Finegan. 

He is survived by his two daughters Paula Alldred (James) and Virginia M. Trea (Edward), grandsons Andrew and Gregory DiSario, and twin granddaughters, Emily and Elizabeth Trea. He is predeceased by granddaughter, Angelique DiSario. 

He loved to swim, dance, vacation with family in Ocean City, NJ, go on cruises, watch Broadway shows, and spend time with his grandchildren. He loved to laugh and was especially happy having friends over for a cook-out on his deck on a warm summer night.  

A private burial service at Sunset Memorial Park will be held. Taps will be played and a gun salute by the military honor guard.

A public memorial will be scheduled when it is safe to gather. 

In lieu of flowers please consider donating to Bucks for Kids, an organization that provides financial support for at risk children, at P.O Box 1711, Doylestown, PA 18901. 


John J. “Jack” Monaghan

of Upper Gwynedd, passed away on November 25, 2020.  He was 72 years old.  Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Rosemary (Stutz) and John Monaghan.  He was also the beloved husband of the late Kathleen M. (Conway) Monaghan. 

Jack grew up in Upper Darby and attended St. Laurence School and Monsignor Bonner High School.  He was a 1970 graduate of Villanova University, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts and served in Navy ROTC.  He continued to serve his country as a Naval officer on a minesweeper during the Vietnam War. After returning home from Vietnam, he decided to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps and attend American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in New York, NY.  He received his funeral director’s license in 1974.  He later received his MBA from Wilmington University in 1983.

Jack was the owner of Monaghan Funeral Home, Inc. in Red Hill, PA, The Oliver H. Bair Co. and Montrose Cemetery in Upper Darby, and Cumberland Cemetery in Media.  Jack had a true passion for his work.  He was a talented embalmer and served thousands of families in his 46 years of being a funeral director.  He was an extremely hard worker and instilled his drive and work ethic into his children and grandchildren.

When he was not working, Jack loved relaxing on the porch at his beach house in Ocean City, NJ and spending time with friends at the American Legion.  He also enjoyed crossword puzzles, a cold glass of Dewars, Turner Classic Movies, ice cream, Costco, and Villanova basketball. He was always ready with a good story or a joke.  His Irish wit and humor will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Jack was a proud father, grandfather, brother, and uncle.  He is survived by his four children, Kristin Helfrick (Darrin), of Beaufort, SC, Megan Nardiello (Jeffrey), of Las Vegas, NV, Kevin Monaghan, of Red Hill, PA, and Bridget Monaghan Wible, Esq. (Andrew), of Springfield, PA; seven grandchildren, Dylan, Ethan, McKenna, Oliver, Finnegan, Gavin, and Anna; two sisters, Maureen Monaghan, of Pompano Beach, FL, and Rosemary Giangiulio (Daniel), of Sewell, NJ; his companion, Heather Campbell; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. In addition to his parents and wife, he was predeceased by his brother, Joseph Gerald Monaghan.

A funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at St. Laurence’s Catholic Church, 8245 West Chester Pike, Upper Darby, PA 19082.  A viewing will precede Mass from 9:30 AM to 10:45 AM in church. Masks and social distancing will be mandatory.  Interment with military honors will be in Cumberland Cemetery, Media, PA.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Jack’s name are requested to: American Legion Post 524, PO Box 363, Ocean City, NJ 08226.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Oliver Bair & Monaghan Funeral Homes.  (610) 449-8585. 

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