Masonic Memorials

This page is dedicated to the Remembrance of our Brothers who have passed. Information is posted as it becomes available. An e-mail is sent to the Brethren so that they are made aware and able to pay their respects as they see fit. You can Click on a Brother’s name to read a brief obituary about him.

Masonic Funeral Services are an honorable way for Masons to pay homage to their Brothers who have passed. But one must make his wishes known to his family or funeral director – the Lodge does not provide these services unless they are requested.


Masonic Memorials

This page is dedicated to the Remembrance of our Brothers who have passed. Information is posted as it becomes available. An e-mail is sent to the Brethren so that they are made aware and able to pay their respects as they see fit. You can Click on a Brother’s name to read a brief obituary about him.

Masonic Funeral Services are an honorable way for Masons to pay homage to their Brothers who have passed. But one must make his wishes known to his family or funeral director – the Lodge does not provide these services unless they are requested.



Bro. Edward Forster

Bro. Edward Forster, 76, of Dallas, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Born in Kingston, he was the son of the late Isaac and Marie Kyle Forster and was a graduate of Plains High School.

He was an electrician with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 163 union.

Edward was a veteran and a member of Daddow Isaacs Post 672 American Legion, Dallas, George M. Dallas Lodge 531, F&AM, Valley of Bloomsburg and Irem Shrine.

Edward was preceded in death by his wife, the former Sandra George, in January of this year, and brothers, Isaac and Dave Forster.

Surviving are his daughters, Wendy DeLuca, Washington state; and Amber Seals and her husband, Chris, Wilmore, Ky.; sons, Edward Forster and his wife, Heather, Kunkle; and Jason Forster and his wife, Kristen, Shickshinny; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Richard H. Disque Funeral Home, 2940 Memorial Highway, Dallas, with the Rev. David Martin, pastor, Cross Creek Community Church, Dallas, officiating. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Donations in Edward’s memory may be made to the , c/o 3551 W. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19940. Please write the word “Donation” on the envelope.

Bro. Robert Brown – Life Member

Bro. Robert W. Brown, 91, of Dallas, formerly of North Fort Myers, Florida, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, at Tiffany Court Manor in Kingston.

Born on Feb. 17, 1925, in Allentown, Robert was the son of the late John M. Brown and the late Eleanor (Eddy) Brown.

Robert graduated from Dallas Borough High School, class of 1943. Upon graduation, Bob entered the U.S. Navy and served from 1943 to 1946. He married Marjorie Evans in May 1945. Together they celebrated nearly 67 years of marriage before Marge’s passing in 2013.

Bob’s professional career spanned decades of banking services. Beginning in Dallas at the First National Bank of Dallas in 1950, he continued banking in various positions at area banks, including the former Hanover National Bank, First Bank of Sayre, Plymouth National Bank and First Eastern Bank, retiring in 1986 as the senior vice-president/retail loans.

Bob also served in various positions for the town of Dallas, including member of The Dallas Borough Board of Health, borough secretary, mayor, councilman and borough manager. His community activities involved Dallas Rotary, Back Mountain Library board, Luzerne County Redevelopment Authority, Back Mountain Little League and a member of the 100F Dallas Lodge, George M. Dallas Lodge F.A. & M, Caldwell consistory, Bloomsburg, and Irem Temple Dallas, where he was in the “Arab Patrol” and “The Stewards.” Bob also served in the various voluntary capacities within the Dallas United Methodist Church.

In addition to his parents, Bob had been preceded in death by a sister, Lucy Brown; and brothers, John P. Brown and George Brown.

Bob is survived by his son, Dr. Robert L. Brown, of Hilton Head, S.C.; and daughter, Shirley R. Breymeier, of Dallas. Along with four grandchildren, Amy Saenz, of Tampa, Fla., Benjamin Brown, of Greenwood Village, Colo., Daniel and Matthew Breymeier, both of Kingston; and four great-grandchildren, Olivia, Alex, and Tyler Brown, and Trey Saenz.

Cremation had been held privately. Memorial services will be private and held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Dallas United Methodist Church, 4 Parsonage St., Dallas, PA 18612.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Lanterman & Allen Funeral Home, 27 Washington St., East Stroudsburg, PA 18301. Online condolences may be made via

Published in Times Leader from Nov. 30 to Dec. 1, 2016

Bro. Robert Bodycomb – Life Member

Bro. Robert Bodycomb, a Life Member of George M. Dallas Lodge No. 531, passed away on November 23, 2016. Bro. Robert was residing in Florida at the time.

Bro. James T. Kozemchak, Jr.

Bro. James T. Kozemchak, Jr., 72, of Harvey’s Lake, PA passed away, Friday, February 26, 2016 in Dallas, PA.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, PA on August 26, 1943, he was the son of the late James and Ann Wasnick Kozemchak of Dallas, PA. Jim was a graduate of Dallas High School, Dallas, PA and Lincoln College Prep, Philadelphia, PA, attended Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA and received a Bachelor’s Degree from Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA. He was a Navy Veteran serving during the Berlin Crisis, Cuban Crisis, Haitian Crisis and Vietnam War.

After graduation from Wilkes University, he worked for Exxon in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Stroudsburg as a dealer salesman. In 1969 he purchased Paramount Photography Studio in Plymouth, PA, and in 1972 he purchased Ace Hoffman Studio in Wilkes-Barre, PA, which he and his former wife, Patricia, ran successfully for 35 years. He was a well-known photographer and had photographed many Presidents and dignitaries throughout his career. Jim also started a laundromat and a convenience store. He published a magazine, The Guide to Northeastern Pennsylvania, and a magazine on the Hurricane Agnes Flood of 1972 with his brother and father. He also owned a real estate company consisting of over 60 apartments.

Jim’s memberships included: Dallas Kiwanis Club, Elk Club, George M. Dallas, Lodge #531 F&AM, Dallas, PA, Caldwell Consistory at Bloomsburg, PA, Irem Shrine A.A.O.N.M.S., Dallas, PA, where he was their official photographer, Harvey’s Lake American Legion, Secretary for Northeastern Professional Photographers Society, The Professional Photographers of America and corporate board member of the State Police Troop “P” Camp Cadet.

Jim was an avid outdoorsman who loved to ski, hunt, hike, work on his military vehicle collection and travel the world. He was described as an ambitious, dedicated and funny character! Jim had many friends who enjoyed his company, jokes and stories. Jim’s greatest joys were his two daughters and their families and his beloved dog, “Blue,” who accompanied him everywhere.

He is survived by his daughter, Kimberly Paster, and her husband, Bradley, and their children, Caroline, Katherine and Jacob James, of Westwood, MA, and by his daughter, Wendy Matesanz, and her husband, Jonathan, and their children, Alexa and Corey James, of Freeville, NY. He is also survived by his brother, David Kozemchak, and his wife, Joy, of Dallas, PA, and by his nieces and nephew. He was preceded in death by a sister,Elaine Kozemchak Roberts.

Brothers who passed in 2013

Bro. Byron Grieves, 79, of Dallas, passed Thursday, February 14. Master Mason 1981.
Bro. Glenn R. Stroh, 83, of Shavertown, passed March 10. Master Mason 1958.
Bro. Ernest Wolfe, 91, of Dallas, passed March 30. Master Mason 2004.


Brothers who passed in 2012

Bro. Harrison Smith, 96, formerly from the Wyoming Valley, passed January 1. Master Mason 1948.
Bro. Ralph Garris
, 89, formerly of Dallas, passed January 26. Master Mason 1954.
Bro. John Holdredge Sr., 83, of Dallas, passed February 19. Master Mason 1957.
Bro. George Alan Stolarick, 59, of Dallas, passed March 16, 2012. Master Mason 1995.
Bro. Peter Paul Mahalick, 72, of Dallas, passed May 13, 2012. Master Mason 2007.
Bro. James “Howie” Sangston, 71, of Dallas, passed on June 4, 2012. Master Mason 1990.
Bro. Royal J. Culp, 90, of Kingston, passed away June 24, 2012. Master Mason 1950.
Bro. William Sorokin, 67, of Plains Township, passed August 16. Master Mason 2004.
Bro. Walter Gosart, 92, of Shavertown, passed September 4. Master Mason December 1946.
Bro. William A. Vollrath, 74, of Harveys Lake, passed October 12. Master Mason 1971.
Bro. Richard (Dick) Evans Jr.
, 73, of Dallas, passed October 5. Master Mason 2005.
Bro. Barry Landmesser
, 71, of Shavertown, passed November 26. Master Mason 1965.
Bro. Robert Price, passed December 2. Master Mason 1959.
Bro. James Norris Warkomski, 85, Phoenix, AZ, passed December 22, 2012. Master Mason 1949.
Bro. Edward P. Casterline, 84, of Exeter, passed away Sunday, December 30, 2012. Master Mason 1993.

Brother Asa B. Shaver, a farmer who resided in Dallas, PA, was born in 1838 in Dallas Township. He was reared and educated at the common schools. Shaver confined himself to agricultural pursuits owning 50 acres of fertile land devoted to general farming. He was described as having a retiring disposition attending to his own affairs rather than seeking the smiles and favors of others. Asa married, but had no children. Brother Shaver was a Freemason in good standing, receiving all the Degrees up to and including Knights Templar. He was the first Worshipful Master of George M. Dallas Lodge No. 531. Source: History of Luzerne County Pennsylvania by H. C. Bradsby; S. B. Nelson & Co., Publishers; 1893.

19th Century
Worshipful Masters
Bro. Asa B. Shaver                       1875, 1893
Bro. Theodore Ryman                  1876
Bro. James Garrahan                   1877
Bro. Joseph Shaver                      1878
Bro. Ira Shaver                              1879
Bro. Philip Raub                            1880
Bro. Ziba Rice                               1881
Bro. Lewis Shaver                         1882
Bro. Richard Whiteman                 1883
Bro. Charles Cooke                       1884
Bro. Robert Holly                           1885
Bro. Charles Rogers                     1886
Bro. Oliver Fisher                          1887, 1888
Bro. B. Wm. Brickel                       1889, 1890
Bro. Elmer Shaver                         1891
Bro. Calvin Spencer                      1892
Bro. Albert Hay                              1894
Bro. Charles Gregory                    1895
Bro. John Phillips                           1896, 1899
Bro. George Morris                        1897
Bro. James Benniger                     1898

20th Century Worshipful Masters
Bro. Charles Gregory                    1900
Bro. George Morris                       1901
Bro. George Bray                          1902
Bro. Eugene Honeywell                 1903
Bro. Allan Snyder                          1904
Bro. George Hileman                    1905, 1912
Bro. William Neely                         1906
Bro. Asa E. Lewis                          1907,1911
Bro. Ralph Brickel                         1908
Bro. Harry Croop                           1909
Bro. John Jeter, Jr.                        1910
Bro. William Lazarus                     1913
Bro. John Fleming                         1914
Bro. Harold Wildrick                      1915
Bro. Claude Isaacs                       1916, 1919
Bro. Frederick Houck                    1917
Bro. Floyd Thompson                   1918
Bro. Frank Garrahan                    1920
Bro. William Jeter                          1921
Bro. Carl Holtz                               1922
Bro. Charles Gregory                    1923
Bro. Corey Gordon                        1924
Bro. A. Donald Fratz                      1925
Bro. Daniel Shaver                        1926
Bro. David Casmore                      1927, 1931
Bro. Arthur Brown                          1928
Bro. Donald Herbert                      1929
Bro. R. Harold Rood                      1930
Bro. Frederick Eck                        1932
Bro. Calvin McHose                       1933
Bro. William Cairl, Jr.                     1934
Bro. Ernest Smith                          1935, 1942
Bro. Victor Schindel                       1936
Bro. Joseph Blaine                         1937
Bro. Clifford Ide                              1938, 1943
Bro. Alfred Camp                            1939
Bro. Russell Ide                              1940
Bro. Ralph Hazeltine                       1941
Bro. Albert Groblewski                    1944
Bro. David Schooley                       1945
Bro. Robert Bodycomb                   1946
Bro. Arlean Bowman                       1947
Bro. Granville Snowdon                  1948
Bro. Ernest Caryl                            1949
Bro. Albert Antanaitis                      1950
Bro. Stanley Moore                         1951
Bro. Thomas Robinson                   1952
Bro. John Sheehan, Sr.                   1953
Bro. Corey Rood                             1954
Bro. Edward Hartman                      1955
Bro. Elmer Major                             1956
Bro. Ted Wilson                              1957
Bro. Hayward Lancio                       1958
Bro. Robert Rave                            1959
Bro. Harry Ritts, Jr.                          1960
Harry Swepston, Jr.                          1961
Bro. Edward Hopa                            1963
Bro. Carl Remley                              1964
Bro. Robert Stephenson                  1965
Bro. Robert K. Lewis                       1966
Bro. Richard Stroud                         1967
Bro. Reuel Lasher                            1969
Bro. Joseph Allen, Jr.                       1971
Bro. Laning Harvey III                       1972
Bro. Charles Bartlett                        1974
Bro. Thomas Williams                      1977
Bro. Donald Lockhart                       1978
Bro. Arthur Bird                                1979
Bro. Nelson Williams                        1986
Bro. Donald Smith                            1987
Bro. Donald F. Shaffer                     1995
Bro. John Sheehan, Jr.                    1996
Bro. J. William Haddle, Jr.                1997, 1999
Bro. Charles A. Vanderhoff               1998

21st Century Worshipful Masters
Bro. Leonard A. Dorrance               2001
Bro. Robert K. Lewis,                      2010


As of 2013, our Lodge has had 125 Worshipful Masters.View the list of Living Past Masters.