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December 17, 2010

Charles ‘Chub’ G. Gries Sr.
Retired Tire Technician, 80

Charles “Chub” G. Gries, Sr., 80, of Damascus, died Tuesday, December 14, 2010 in the Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale, Pa., after an illness. He was a resident at Wayne Woodlands Manor in Waymart where he enjoyed the final two years of his life. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, the former Alice Mae Eltz. They were married on October 24, 1950.
Born in Damascus on April 25, 1930, he was the son of the late Russell and Beatrice Weber Gries.
Charles graduated from Damascus High School Class of 1948. He worked as a tire technician for Kapito Brothers in Monticello, NY, for 42 years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Damascus where he taught Sunday School. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, and Bingo at Wayne Woodlands. He had a special place in his heart for his grandchildren.
Charles was a loving husband, dedicated father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. Charles was a “sweetheart.” He always had a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face.
He is also survived by eight sons: Gary Gries and his wife Nancy of King of Prussia, Pa., Larry Gries of Damascus, Pa., Clayton Gries and his wife Lisa of Clarks Summit, Pa., Charles Gries and his wife Debra of Welcome Lake, Pa., Douglas Gries of El Paso, Texas at Fort Bliss, Timothy Gries of Sussex, NJ, Stephen Gries and his wife Kimbale of Houston, Texas, Joseph Gries of Calkins; four brothers, Leroy Gries and his wife Liz of Florida, Allen Gries of Tyler Hill, Pa., Walter Gries and his wife Rose of Briscoe, NY, Harold Gries of Damascus; five sisters: Alice Turner of North Branch, NY, Lena Glossenger and her husband David of Bethany, Pa., Gloria Kreamer and her husband Richard of Lock Haven, Pa., Rosemary Bayly of Honesdale, Pa.; two sister-in-laws: Marian Gries of Stillwater, Pa., and Rachel James of Greentown; a special aunt, Jean Weber of Honesdale; twenty grandchildren: Corinne, Jonathan, and Emily Gries, Lucas Gries and his wife Joanne, Chris Gries, Melinda Johnson and her husband Derrick, Kristen Knopp and her husband Steve, Aubrey, Jared, and Belynda Gries, Jesse, Amanda, Nicholas, Cody and Brandon Gries, Autumn, Knickson, and Makinley Gries, and Reilly and Paige Gries; four great-grandchildren: Olivia Gries, Amani and Derrick Johnson, and Payton Knopp; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by seven siblings: Alma Hitty, George Gries, Howard Gries, Helen Wilcox, Russell Gries Jr., Gerald Gries, and Vernon Gries.
Friends may visit at the First Baptist Church of Damascus on Monday, December 20, 2010 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at 11 a.m. in the First Baptist Church of Damascus with the Rev. Stuart Hunt and Rev. Lane Jones officiating.
Arrangements are attended to by the Arthur A. Bryant Funeral Home, 1228 North Main Street, Honesdale, PA 18431.
Interment will be in Hillside Cemetery, Damascus.
Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Damascus Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 63, Damascus, PA 18415 or American Parkinson’s Disease Association, 135 Parkinson Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10305.

Dawn Wick Palmer
Library Consultant

Dawn Wick Palmer of Sun City Center, Fla. and Callicoon, NY, beloved wife of Harry Palmer, passed away December 14, 2010.
She was born in Pipestone, Minnesota to George and Ella Wick. When she was a baby, band leader Lawrence Welk held her in his arms at a hometown concert. In her teens she learned to hunt pheasant and fish for walleye in northern Minnesota. She was raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota where she was an accomplished seamstress and concert pianist. Upon graduating from Augustana College with a BA in music she went on to become a stewardess at United Airlines. Later in life she earned her Master’s Degree in Library Science from Rutgers University and worked as a children’s librarian for West Orange Public Library in West Orange, New Jersey. Later in her career she was a library consultant with Pro Libra Associates in Maplewood, New Jersey.
Dawn was married to the love of her life, Harry Palmer, for 31 years. They enjoyed their home in Verona, New Jersey and especially the time they spent at their vacation home in Callicoon, New York. They shared the love of pets, art, music and travel. Dawn is survived by her loving husband, Harry Palmer of Sun City Center; her four children, Amy Coffman, Karin Nazaruk, Craig Coffman, Jim Coffman; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and her beloved dog Molly.
Visitation hours will be held 2-4 p.m., Saturday, December 18 at Sun City Center Funeral Home, 1851 Rickenbacker Drive, Sun City Center, Florida.
A service for friends and family will be held at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, December 19 at Hillsboro Memorial Gardens in the mausoleum chapel, 2323 West Brandon Blvd., Brandon, Florida.

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