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Peter John "Jack" Soltis, Jr.

age 79, of Yardley, PA, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 13, 2017 at his home, surrounded by his family.

Born in Trenton, NJ, he was the son of the late Peter and Margaret Soltis. Jack graduated, in 1957, from Hamilton High School. He then joined the U.S. Army Reserves before attending the American Academy, McAllister Institute of Funeral Service. He was a licensed funeral director in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He served his internship at the J. Allen Hooper Funeral Chapel in Morrisville, and was then employed as a funeral director with the William Murphy Funeral home in Trenton. Upon the death of J. Allen Hooper in 1978, Jack became the president of the J. Allen Hooper Funeral Chapel in Morrisville, PA, serving the community for the past 40 years. Jack was a parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church in Trenton, prior to its' closing, where he served on the Finance Committee. He then joined Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Morrisville, where he volunteered many hours as an offering counter. Additionally, he was a proud member of the Morrisville/Yardley Rotary Club, and served as a Deputy Coroner for Bucks County.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Patricia Mary (Carr) Soltis, his son Peter J. Soltis, III, four beautiful grandchildren Quentin, Veronica, Daphne, and Tabitha Soltis, and his 18 year old cat, "Sweet Pea".
Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate his Funeral Mass at 11 AM on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, 201 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Morrisville, PA, celebrated by Monsignor John Eckert. Interment will be held privately.

Friends may call Friday, Nov. 17th from 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM at the J. Allen Hooper Funeral Chapel, 41 W. Trenton Ave., Morrisville, PA 19067.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to Animals in Distress, 102 Winding Way, Hamilton, NJ 08620.

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C. Richard McCauley

84 years old, of Youngwood, PA, died Wednesday, November 15, 2017 in Excela Latrobe Hospital.
He was born, February 10, 1933 in McKeesport, PA, Son of the late John William and Christine (Danielson) McCauley.

He graduated from the Kiski School class of 1952, he attended Dickinson College then served in the US Navy. He worked for, then became partners with, his brother at the J William McCauley Jr Funeral Home in West Newton. In 1970 He purchased the J.W. Martin Funeral Home in Youngwood which he owned until he sold to his son C.R. in 2002. He was a past member and past president of the Irwin Esquires Drum & Bugle Corp, past member and past president of the West Newton Rotary and a Paul Harris Fellow, member and past president of the Youngwood Lions Club and Melvin Jones Fellow, a 50 year Blythe Lodge #593 F&AM Masonic Lodge member, a member of the Syria Shrine, member and past president of the Westmoreland-Indiana-Armstrong County Funeral Directors Assoc., past board member of the Youngwood Library board. He enjoyed traveling the world with his wife and Pitt football.
Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Mona (Klinzing) McCauley, two sons C.R. McCauley and wife Jill L. of Youngwood, Matthew J. McCauley & wife Tiffany H. of Doylestown, eight grandchildren Jacob, Grant, Ryan, Adam, Quinn, Nicholas, Logan, and Kate and a number of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother J William McCauley Jr, three sisters Jeanne Green, Norma Jo Mulholland, and Nancy M Grinnell.

Friends will be received 6-8, Saturday, November 18, 2-4 and 6-8, Sunday, November 19 at the at the C. Richard McCauley Funeral Home, Inc., 101 South Fourth Street, Youngwood, PA.
There will be a masonic service Saturday at 6 pm at the funeral home
There will be a Lions club service Sunday at 6 pm at the funeral home.
Services will be held at St Mark's Lutheran Church, Monday, November 20, 2017 at 11:00 am with Rev Ann Woodman Howe and Rev John Smaligo officiating. PLEASE GO DIRECTLY TO CHURCH.
Interment will follow in the St. Clair Cemetery, Greensburg, PA.
Contributions may be made to the Prader-Willi Research FPWP.org.

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Theodore James Pietryka Jr.

45, of South Abington Township, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 30, 2017, at Commonwealth Health Hospital surrounded by the love of his family and friends.

He was the beloved husband of Jennifer Noakes Pietryka.

Born in Scranton and raised in Newton Township, Ted was the son of Theodore J. Pietryka Sr. and Audrey L. (Gabriel) Pietryka, of West Wyoming.

He was a 1990 graduate of Abington Heights High School and a 1997 Temple University graduate having received a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice.

After graduation, Ted worked in the surrounding Philadelphia area at Motorola and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals as a Security Manager. After marrying Jen in 2000, the two moved back to their hometown of Clarks Summit to be close to their families. Ted most recently worked as a Senior Pharmaceutical Sales Representative for Eli Lilly and InVentiv Health.

His greatest joy was undoubtedly his family. Ted treasured his time with Jen and their three boys, Gabe, Garrett, and Teddy. He enjoyed coaching their baseball teams and cheering from the sidelines at soccer and football games. He shared his love of the great outdoors, hunting and riding quads with his sons. He loved skiing each weekend and traveling to the beach and other destinations with his family.

Ted's positive outlook and perseverance overshadowed his fight with cancer. Refusing to be defined by cancer, he continued to be active in his family's lives. Despite several surgeries and treatments, Ted continued to strike a balance between work and family and was awarded the top 10% sales performance award for the North Atlantic Area Neuroscience Division.

In addition to his wife, sons, and parents, Ted is survived by his sister, Jennifer Pietryka, Tacoma, Washington; brother, Aaron Pietryka, Forty Fort; mother-in-law, Mary Noakes, Clarks Summit; sister-in-law, Melissa DeAngelo and husband, Paul, Harrisburg; nieces, Grace and Holly DeAngelo, Harrisburg; and his many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, William S. and Ruth (Beecham) Gabriel; paternal grandparents, Matthew and Anna (Butch) Pietryka; and father-in-law, Carl Noakes.

Over the past six years, Ted and his family were supported by medical professionals, family, and friends, through exceptional medical care and simple acts of kindness. Ted's family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital and Commonwealth Health Hospital, and the staff at Traditional Home Health, Dunmore and Compassionate Care Hospice, Taylor.

Relatives and Friends are respectfully invited to attend Ted's Mass of Christian Burial which will be celebrated on Monday, December 04, 2017, at 10:00 AM in Our Lady of the Snows Parish, 301 South State Street, Clarks Summit. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated by the family's beloved friend, the Reverend Richard J. Cirba.

Those who will be attending the Funeral Mass on Monday are kindly asked to assemble directly at the church.

Private Interment with the Rite of Committal will follow in Clarks Green Cemetery.

Family and Friends are invited to call on Sunday, December 03, 2017, from 2:00 to 5:00 PM, at the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home, 418 South State Street, Clarks Summit.

Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Ted's brother, Aaron, owner of the Wroblewski Funeral Home, Inc., 1442 Wyoming Avenue, Forty Fort, and are being held from the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home, Clarks Summit.

For additional information or to send the Pietryka Family an online message of support and comfort, you may visit either www.wroblewskifuneralhome.com or www.lawrenceeyoungfuneralhome.com.

The family has kindly requested that flowers be omitted. Because of Ted's commitment to his children's education, memorial contributions may be made to the Pietryka Children Scholarship Fund, c/o 507 Brian Drive, Clarks Summit, PA 18411.

Service Date
Monday, December 4, 2017 - 10:00am

Services
A viewing for Ted will be held on Sunday, December 03, 2017, from 2:00 to 5:00 PM, at the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home, 418 South State Street, Clarks Summit.

Ted's Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, December 04, 2017, at 10:00 AM in Our Lady of the Snows Parish, 301 South State Street, Clarks Summit. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated by the family's beloved friend, the Reverend Richard J. Cirba.

Those who will be attending the Funeral Mass on Monday are kindly asked to assemble directly at the church.

A Private Burial with the Rite of Committal will follow in Clarks Green Cemetery, Clarks Green.

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