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Obituary of George Johann Burkel Oct 04 1838-Feb 26 1904
Scranton, Lackawanna, Pennsylvania


George J. Burkel Died From Paralysis at His Home On Capouse Ave

Served in Union Army

George J. Burkel, the man who fired the last gun in The Great Conflict between the North and the South, died yesterday at his home 930 Capouse Avenue.
Burkel was born in Germany, and after the Civil War began he enlisted in his adopted country's service.
On the day that peace was declared Burkel was with a portion of Sherman's command at Morrisville, Tenn., where it was opposed by General Joseph Johnson's men.
Burkel was in charge of a field piece, and kept firing it for some minutes after the knowledge of the declaration of peace had been received by the commanding officer. Information of the great event having failed to reach Burkel. By his side during this history-making achievement was George Schultz of Petersburg.
Death overtook Mr. Burkel in the sixty-fifth year of his life. He was born in Wilstead-Baden, Germany. Fifty-one years ago he emigrated to America and settled in New York City, where he lived a short time. Then he came to Scranton, and has resided here almost continuously ever since.
At the call for volunteers in 1861. Burkel enlisted for three months in this city, in Company C. Fifteenth Pennsylvania Volunteers, under Charles Robinson, of Scranton. At the expiration of his term of service he left the company and regiment and reenlisted on Oct 5, 1861, for three years, and was honorably mustered out again at Mossy Creek, Tenn., on Dec. 31, 1863.
Fighting became a second nature to him, and again he re-enlisted and was assigned to the cavalry of the Ninety-Second Pennsylvania Regiment, being subsequently transferred to the artillery.
Mr. Burkel was active in Politics of the Seventh Ward, where he resided for years, and on many occasions was chosen a delegate to represent his district at the city and county Republicans conventions.
The Hyde Park Lodge, No. 339. Freed Accepted Masons, and the Grand Army Post, of which he was a member will attend his funeral.  

Transcribed and provided by William Wright. This is his 3rd Great Grandfather

John Brady  (Scranton Times 9 Aug 1955)
John BRADY 76 of 2122 Durkin Ave died yesterday. His wife was the former Winifred GERRITY. He was born in County Mayo, Ireland and lived in the Scranton area for over 40 years. He was a member of Holy Rosary parish. Surviving are his wife; daughter Mrs James JOYCE, Scranton; son John BRADY, Buffalo, NY; 3 sisters Mrs Catherine MC LAUGHLIN, Mrs Mary HYLAND, Mrs Anna ABBENS, all of Boston, MA. Services Holy Rosary with interment Cathedral cemetery. [John Brady b. May 24 1879, d. Aug 8, 1955.]

Anna Mckenna Rorick (Scranton PA Times, Sat 26 Jul 1980)

Mrs Anna Rorick, 39 Veterans Dr, Dunmore, died Fri in Ellen Memorial Convalescence Home. Her husband, Henry died 6 Jan. Born in Dunmore, daughter of the late William and Anna Gerrity McKenna. St Mary of Mt Carmel Church. Survived by sister, Agnes McKenna of Dunmore, nieces & nephews. Funeral Mon, Thomas J Golden FH, 2004 Delaware St; St Mary of Mt Carmel; Cathedral Cemetery.

Mon 28 Jul 1980; PB: Paul McAndrew, Robert Rod McKenna, John McKenna Jr. [Anna Mckenna Rorick B. 1899, D. Fri 25 Jul 1980]

David Henry Decker (Scranton Times, Tues 27 Apr 1982)
David H Decker, 2095 Thirteenth Ave, Boynton Beach, FL, died Sat in Mercy Hospital, Miami, FL. His widow is the former Lois Palmer. Born in Dunmore, son of the late David J & Maude Decker... Also survived by a daughter, Mrs Judith Geraets of Clarks Summit; two brothers, Albert of Scranton & Dr Ralph W of Nashville, TN; a sister, Mrs Gertrude Decker of Dunmore, three grandchildren; nieces & nephews. Memorial service Fri, DeGraw-Roever FH, 2301 Green Ridge St, Dunmore; Clarks Green UM Church.

Transcribed and provided by David Decker 2009

Cunningham and Loughney
Marriage certificate for John J. Loughney and Geraldine Cunningham, August 27, 1927. (Click to enlarge)

Dr. John J. Loughney died in 1951 in Kearny, New Jersey, at the age of 68. He was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. He was born in Scranton and graduated as a dentist from St. Thomas University in Scranton. He moved to Kearny in 1941 and worked for the Automatic Manufacturing Company of Newark.

Geraldine Cunningham Loughney died April 16, 1976 in Jackson Heights, NY. She was born in New York. She was survived by a son, John T. Loughney; a brother James Cunningham of Jamesburg; and a sister, Mrs. Nan Lake of Webster, NY.

John J. Cuninngham died in 1929. Names mention: Rev. Daniel Langan; Rev. Leo Craig; Rev. Stephen Casey; James Dempsey; James Murray; Frank Ratchford; Thomas Delacey; Edward Dougherty; John Cook; and Harry Cook. (Click to enlarge)

Images provided by John Loughney 2011

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