Recent Obituaries:

In Memoriam

Obituary of Rebecca L Bender

The family of Rebecca L. Bender announces her peaceful passing into the arms of our loving Lord on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. She passed due to complications from her long battle with diabetes. She had recently celebrated her 76th birthday with family and friends. "Becky" was predeceased by her mother, Ruthanne Meagher, father Forrest Huber, and stepfather Frederick L. Meagher.


She is survived by her husband Allen Bender, her son Matthew Bender, her sister Markeeta Meagher, and brothers Paul Marr, Don Meagher and Frederick (Rick) Meagher, Jr. and their spouses. She is also survived by 4 loving grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, 6 nieces and nephews, 4 grandnieces and nephew. Rebecca was a longtime resident of Blairstown, NJ from the early 1950s until her passing, a graduate of Blairstown High School and a professional pet groomer.


She was known, respected and loved by many throughout the area for her work and her activities as part of the community. Her love and passion for our animal partners, wild and domestic, was well known. Her tender and loving soul will be missed. Under prevailing conditions and with her wish to be cremated, the family will take time planning a memorial celebration for an appropriate time and place - yet to be determined.


Interment will be a private family event sometime in the future. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to; American Diabetes Association, 2451 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202 the NJSPCA and/or the Christ Baptist Church in Hainesburg (Columbia) NJ. 462 Route 94, Columbia, NJ 07832 Arrangements are under the direction of Newbaker Funeral Home, 200 Route 94, Blairstown, NJ 07825

Final Resting Place:

H.G. Smith Crematory

2120 North 5th Street

Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, United States

                      George D. Hall

George D. Hall, 90, of Sun City Center, Fla. died peacefully of natural causes, with his wife, Harriet, at his side, Friday, July 11, 2020, at Tampa General Hospital.

He was born May 23, 1930, in Newark, N.J., before moving to Blairstown, N.J., in his early years. He was predeceased by his parents, George D. Hall Sr. and Hilda Matlock Hall; his sister, Helen; and brother, Robert. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 60 years, Harriet Davis Hall, whom he married June 18, 1960, in Newton, N.J.

George earned an educational degree from East Stroudsburg University and Rutgers University. During his professional career of 31 years, he taught social studies to middle school students, served as a teaching principal of an elementary school and retired as Professor Emeritus after 22 years in the education department at Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, Conn., in 1989.

George enjoyed traveling. He and Harriet visited many of the national parks throughout the United States, enjoying the beauty of each one. Trips on the American Queen Paddlewheel took them on the Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee Rivers and provided them with unique sights of the towns on those rivers.

George was a gentle, quiet man who was most proud of his service to our country as a US Marine during the Korean War, 1950-1953. He believed strongly in the core beliefs of the Marines, which then became a part of his daily life.

George will be interred in the Cedar Ridge Cemetery, Blairstown, N.J., at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the George D and Harriet D Hall Graduate Scholarships Fund ESU Foundation, East Stroudsburg University, 200 Prospect Street, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301.

Blairstown High School


Jennie Uhorchak Black ‘38 

Howard Mott ‘41 

Earle Jones ‘42 

Verna VanSyckle Shuster ‘42 

Jean Chamberlain Zanetti ‘43 

Doris Chamberlain Bair ‘45 

Mildred Cowell Kise ‘46 

Gertrude Walker Polhemus ‘46 

Henry Kozimor ‘48 

Melita Stickle Hurd ‘51 

George Fee ‘53 

Margaret Henderson Kernan ‘54 

Bennett Van Der Wal ‘54 

Howard Cowell ‘56 

Carl Darst ‘61 

Bruce Woodruff ‘61 

Wieka DeBoer Dykstra ‘64 

Marilyn Heitmann Grandin ‘66 

Robert Stout (NWR) ‘74 

Florence Savacool Gouger ’38 

Pauline Thomas Cebulka ’39 

Vida Trapani Burdge ’42

Elizabeth Crisman Zenock ’42

Frederick Belet ’43  

Sophia Szalobryt Silva ’43 

Jane Szalobryt ’44 

Gordon Beegle ’46 

Olga Bailey Guiler ’46

Norma Pennell Hill ’46

Anne Duimstra Beegle ’47

Anna Mae Robertson Raesly ’47 

Walter Jones ’55 

Robert Walters ’56

Cedric Rhinesmith ’57

Barbara Semken Rydell ’59

Edmund Hagopian ’63

Richard Skow ’63

Linda Eckrode Tigner ’67

Glenn Barry ’68, Robert Volpe ’68 

Becky Jennings Erd ’73

Linda Schwarz Bisbing’73



As posted on Facebook


Obituary for Frank “Hank” Cook:

Frank passed away on Thursday, April 9, 2020, at his winter home in De Leon Springs, Florida at the age of 76. He was born on January 19, 1944, to Frank C. and Ruth Baldwin Cook in Newton, New Jersey.

Frank graduated from Blairstown High School as a member of the Class of 1962 and married his high school sweetheart, Sharon “Sis” Davitt Cook shortly thereafter. On April 18, 2019, they celebrated fifty-five years of marriage.

After graduating from Blairstown High, Frank attended Churchman’s Business College in Easton, Pennsylvania.

Frank enlisted in the United States Army and served our Nation from 1964 until 1966. During his service, Frank was primarily stationed in Hanau, Germany, with Sis. There they traveled around Europe after Frank fixed up an old Ford.

Extremely dedicated to the Blairstown community and a natural leader, Frank volunteered a substantial amount of his time to public service. Frank was a member of Blairstown Hose Company #46 for fifty-three years serving as both Chief and Secretary during his tenure. He was the oldest living Past Master of the Blairstown Masonic Lodge #165. And he served on the Blairstown Elementary Board of Education for twenty-nine years, eighteen of those years as president, and loved every minute.

An outstanding athlete, Frank played basketball, soccer, and baseball in high school and on numerous Blairstown recreational softball teams: K&S, The Press, Cook Bros., and the Ranges Raiders into his forties. He also coached several youth teams. He loved “his” Boston Red Sox.

Frank was also an avid outdoorsman; he was often found fishing the Paulinskill, deer hunting at the family cabin in Bradford County, or turkey hunting on his property in Blairstown, Overlook Farm. He passed this tradition of hunting and fishing on to his children and grandchildren.

Frank was a partner at the Cook Bros Garage and John Deere Shop for many years with his father and brother. He was an incredibly talented mechanic and would not drive anything but a Ford. After selling the garage, Frank became the Public Works Director of Blairstown Township for nearly twenty years, retiring in 2004. He knew every road in Blairstown like the back of his hand.

Frank was so very loved by his family and friends and will be incredibly missed. He left a huge mark on Blairstown and all of our hearts. He had grit, intelligence, and a charismatic personality that will transcend time. It is an understatement to say we are lucky to have had him in our lives and to have known such a great man.

Frank is survived by his ever-loving wife Sharon; sister Francis “Carol” Cook; daughter Valerie Reynolds and husband James Reynolds; son Douglas Cook and wife Nicole Cook; and six grandchildren: Zakary and Makenzie Smith, Brooke Reynolds, and Davinn, Logan, and Lane Cook. He was predeceased by his parents and beloved daughter Sondra “Sondi” Cook Smith and his faithful brother G. Richard “Dick” Cook.

Arrangements will be held at Newbaker’s Funeral Home, but attendance has been limited to the immediate family due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Condolences can be sent to Newbaker’s Funeral Home; or, as an alternative to condolences, please donate to Blairstown Hose Company, the Blairstown Volunteer Ambulance Corp., or the Blairstown Masonic Lodge #165. A future Memorial Service will be announced when the COVID-19 pandemic is contained, and social distancing measures have been reduced. We thank you for your thoughts—for now, raise your glass in honor of our Hank.




Frank Squeri ‘39
Ernest Billow ‘40
Elizabeth Hezel Johnson ‘42

Robert Beegle ‘43
Victoria Kozimor Perini ‘44

Grace Rich Range ‘44
Shirley Newbaker McCracken ‘46 Lawrence Vass ‘47
Greta Hezel Crisman ‘48

Blanche Titman Kelly
Leon Kot ‘50
Joan Pilewski Cook ‘50
Louise Sprague Lambert ‘52

Donald Meshach ‘52

Shirley Huff Moore ‘52

Charles Rowe ‘54
Charles Catalano ‘57

Diana Shipps Demund '59

Lena Meshach Keyser ‘60

Ronald Cook ‘63

Freda M. Cook '40

John Klaver ‘65
Howard Schwarz ‘67
G. Richard Cook ‘67
Jon Thomas Cramer ‘68
Gary Barker ‘69
Nancy Burdge Drake ‘69

Thomas Gross, Former Teacher

Michael Joseph Bufis '52

Frank "Hank" Cook '62

Duane A. Nolder, Jr. '58


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