Arlene C. Ashton

88, of Easton, PA died October 1, 2020. Born March 24, 1932 in Easton she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Cortazzo) Carcione. She was a graduate of Easton HS Class of 1950 and received her bachelor's degree from East Stroudsburg University. She was a first-grade teacher in the Easton School District before following her husband to Alaska where he served as an officer in the Army during the Korean War. Arlene worked side by side with her husband, the late R. Kline Ashton, Sr., as owners of the Ashton Funeral Home in Easton, the family business established in 1847. She was a member and served on the boards of various organizations including: Easton Hospital Board of Trustees, Women's Board of Easton Hospital, Two Rivers Health and Wellness Foundation, O.E.S. Wm. Parsons Chapter, Soroptimist Club, Northampton Country Club, Pomfret Club and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her children: Debra Jo Ashton-Chase and Peter of Bethlehem Twp., PA, R. Kline Ashton, Jr. and Amy of Easton, PA, W. Scott Ashton and Sharon of Bethlehem Twp., PA; grandchildren: Sam and Courtney, Julie and Jeff Culpepper, Matthew, Robert, Victoria, Ryan; step-grandchildren: Brian and Shannon, Cody; and great-grand-stepdaughter: Evie.

A viewing will be held 5 to 7 PM Tuesday in the Ashton Funeral Home, 1337 Northampton St., Easton. Services for the family will be held on Wednesday. Interment is in the Historic Easton Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Two Rivers Health and Wellness Foundation, 1101 Northampton St., Suite 101, Easton, PA 18042. Offer online condolences at

Walter R. Christ

82, of the Highlands at Wyomissing, and formerly of Muhlenberg Township, Laureldale and Fleetwood, passed away on Friday, October 9, 2020 in his residence.  He was the husband of Carolyn T. (Trexler) Christ, to whom he was married for fifty-six years.

Born in West Reading, Walter was the son of the late Walter J. and Mabel S. (Rothermel) Christ.  Surviving in addition to his wife is a son:  David W. Christ, husband of Lori (Houser) Christ, Laureldale; a daughter: Sandra L. (Christ), wife of Sean O'Connor, West Chester; two grandchildren:  Courtney Christ, Syracuse and Tyler Christ, Laureldale; and a brother: Daniel R. Christ, husband of Julia (Dries) Christ, of Phoebe Berks, Wernersville.

Walter was a 1955 graduate of Fleetwood Area High School, a 1959 graduate of Ursinus College, and a 1962 graduate of Eckels College of Mortuary Science, Philadelphia.  He served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.  Walter was a funeral director for thirty-six years owning and operating the Walter R. Christ Funeral Home in Fleetwood from 1964 to 1972 and the Walter R. Christ Funeral Home, Inc., Laureldale from 1973 until his retirement in 2001.
Walter was a member and former consistory member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Fleetwood.  He served on the Board of Directors of the Fleetwood Bank for twenty-five years.  Other memberships include Huguenot Lodge #377 F. & A.M., Reading Consistory, Rajah Shrine, Muhlenberg Lions Club, Fleetwood Grange, and Moselem Golf Club Old Goats.  

Graveside services will be private in Fleetwood Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to St. Paul's U.C.C. Endowment, 5 W. Arch Street, Fleetwood, PA 19522 or Salvation Army, 301 S. 5th Street, Reading, PA 19602.  Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., Leesport is honored to be caring for Walter and his family at this time.  For online condolences, please visit,

Dennis Duke

83 of Republic died Sunday October 11, 2020 at his residence surrounded by his loving family, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was born March 15, 1937 in Rosedale, PA, the son of John P. and Margaret Cvengros Duke.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a daughter, Kimberly Duke and a brother, Benedict A. Duke.

Dennis was a 1955 graduate of Redstone High School and was a member of many clubs where he enjoyed playing cards, shooting and just good old fashion socializing with his friends. He was a member of St Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy assigned as an electrician on the maiden voyage of the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga.

Major Duke as he was affectionately called, retired from the Pennsylvania Department of Correction. He started his career at SCI Pittsburgh as a Corrections Officer and retired as Major of the Guard from SCI Greene. He also worked at SCI Greensburg and Waynesburg over his 32 year career.

He was an avid outdoorsman who in the spring and summer enjoyed fishing, playing golf, grass cutting, gardening and trap shooting. In the fall and winter it was hunting, bowling , painting canvas prints and making muzzleloaders. He had a hobby for every season. He enjoyed simple things, morning coffee and cross word puzzles with his wife, evening conversations with his daughter but he got the most enjoyment out of watching his grandchildren compete in any sport weather it was a running track, a gym floor, baseball diamond or football field, Denny could always be found watching those events very intently no matter when and where they were held.

Dennis is survived by his wife of 55 years who he married January 23, 1965, Dolores (Honeygirl) Bizik Duke; son, John P. Duke of Republic; daughter, Lisa Duke of New Salem; beloved granddaughter, Madison P. Duke; grandson, John P. Duke II; aunt, Elizabeth Duke; many special brothers and sisters in law, nephews nieces and cousins.

Denny's family will receive friends on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 from 2-8 PM. at the Kish Fabry Funeral Home, Inc., 19 Legion Street, Republic, PA where Prayers of Transfer will be prayed at 9:00 A.M. on Wednesday October 14, 2020 followed by a Funeral Mass at 9:30 AM at St. Francis of Assisi R. C. Church (Footedale Worship Center) with Father Thumma Fathimareddy as Celebrant. Interment will follow at Lafayette Memorial Park, Brier Hill, PA, where full military rights and honors will be accorded by the AMVETS Post 103 of Hopwood. 

Ruth E. Workman

 Ruth E. Workman, 95, of Coolspring, passed away on Monday, October 13, 2020. She was the wife of the late Ted N. Workman, who passed away on March 30, 1993. She was born in Uniontown, daughter of the late Michael and Anna Snyder Eski. Ruth was a Weigh Master/Office Manager for Martin-Marietta, Corp., Coolspring Plant (now Coolspring Stone Supply) for 16 years before her retirement. She was a member of Community United Methodist Church and enjoyed crocheting, her grandchildren, who referred to her as "Bubba", crossword and puzzle books, and Dudas Farm Produce.

 She is survived by her sons: Teddy Workman, Terry (Nancy) Workman, Nelson (Debbie) Workman, and Greg (Dolly) Workman. Her four grandchildren: Brent, Christine, Holly and Reilly. One great-granddaughter: Amber. She is the last of her immediate family. Ruth was preceded in death by 10 brothers and sisters.

 The Viewing will be at the Workman Funeral Homes, Inc., 114 West Main St., Mountville on Saturday, October 17, 2020 from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. The Funeral Service will be held at the Jerome W. Shell Funeral Home, 164 South Mount Vernon Avenue, Uniontown on Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 7:00 P.M. Viewing will be from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Interment in Sylvan Heights Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her memory to a favorite charity of one's choice. To send an online condolence, visit: 

Ronald J. Mlinarchik

70, from Benshoff Hill, passed away on October 16th, 2020 at Conemaugh Medical Center. He was born June 27th, 1950 in Johnstown. Son of John and Anna (Kubara) Mlinarchik. Preceded in death by his parents and grandchildren Kari Ann, Emma Ann, and Nathan Hunter Croyle, mother-in-law Pat Pasternak; step father-in-law, Robert Pasternak; and father-in-law Nick Trio. Survived by his wife, Anna Marie; children, April Marie Croyle (Brad), Hartville, OH; Megan Mlinarchik-Gutierrez  (Christina), Aurora, CO; and Erin Anderson (Gareth), Lees Summit, MO. Grandchildren: Leighton John and Hayden Ann Croyle; Evva Josephine, Loren Samuel, and Matilda Betz Anderson. Sisters Linda Zalnerowitz, Tucson, AZ; and Peggy Antolik (David), Jennerstown, PA. Also loving cat, Madison. Ron retired after 36 years from the USPS as a postmaster and was also employed at the Harris Funeral Home where he worked part-time and full-time over 33 years. Ron was passionate about funeral service and was well known to many people and funeral homes for operating the Harley-Davidson Tombstone motorcycle hearse. Ron loved camping and boating at Raystown Lake. Friends received from 4-8 pm Tuesday and from 9 am until time of service at 10 am Wednesday at the Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland. The Very Rev. Protopresbyter Robert Buczak, officiating. Interment will be at the Christ the Savior Cemetery, Benshoff Hill. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Christ the Savior Cathedral, Eternal Memory Endowment Fund, 249 Butler Ave, Johnstown, PA 15906, in memory of Ron. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. (Online condolences may be posted to

Curtis L. Swanson

age 71 of Pikes Creek, went home to be with the Lord on October 27, 2020.

He was the son of the late Carl T. and June C. Munson Swanson.

Curtis was the Owner/Operator of the Curtis L. Swanson Funeral Home, Inc. since its opening in 1975. He was a member of NFDA, PFDA, and Luzerne County Funeral Directors Association. 

A private service was held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Rod Decker Resource Study Center, 21 Ripplebrook Road, Tunkhannock, PA 18657

Arrangements are by the Curtis L. Swanson Funeral Home, Inc., corner of Routes 29 and 118, Pikes Creek.