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. Dr. George Stolarick

Brother Dr. George Alan Stolarick, 59, of Dallas, passed away Friday, March 16, 2012 at his residence. He was born in Wilkes-Barre, son of George Stolarick and the late Pauline Debold Stolarick. George was a graduate of Dallas High School and College Misericordia, and also The Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine. George was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church; George M. Dallas Masonic Lodge #531 and Irem Temple Shriners. He had operated his Podiatry practice in Dallas for the past several years, and was dedicated to and loved his patients. He never batted an eye at doing a house call, and was known to spend extra time just chatting with his patients. George loved the outdoors, hunting, and animals. He taught his children to slow down and appreciate the breeze on a spring day, the beauty of the leaves in the fall, and never to say “I can’t wait for …,” because that day or event was coming fast enough. George was loving and kind, and loved family gatherings, as long as he was stationed at the grill. Along with his family, he will be missed terribly by his canine companions, Ali, Girlfriend, and most of all, Jessie. His dry wit, belly laugh, and yearly donning of the Santa hat will never be forgotten. George had a way of bringing people together, despite all differences, and knew that family was the most important gift that God gave us. He was a loving husband, a fantastic dad, a loyal brother, a devoted son, and a sincere friend to all he met. George was a master at music trivia, never missing a moment to blurt out, “OK, do you know who sang this?” He found a way to fit random movie quotes into almost any conversation to lighten any situation. He gave the best bear hugs and never forgot to say I love you. Surviving are his wife, Sharon Branco, Dallas, and children, son, Richard Branco, Charlotte, N.C.; daughter, Jennifer and her husband, Justin Freeden; grandson, Jonah Freeden.; brothers, Gary and his wife, Carol Stolarick, Dallas; Eric and his wife, Susan Stolarick, Franklin Township; Kent Stolarick, Dallas; sisters, Marie and her husband, William Frey, Shickshinny; Pauline and her husband, David Bump, Franklin Township; several nieces and nephews. George’s family would like to thank Dr. Rodriguez and Sharon Dzurenda for the compassionate care they provided. A funeral will be held Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 11 a.m. from The Richard H. Disque Funeral Home Inc., 2940 Memorial Highway, Dallas, with the Rev. Charles H. Grube, pastor, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, officiating.

Bro. Elton “Red” Brace – Life Member

Elton “Red” Brace, 86, of Dallas, passed away peacefully Sunday, May 28, 2017, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Dallas, he was the son of the late Bert and Gladys Dymond Brace and was a graduate of Westmoreland High School.

Red retired as sales manager with Die-A-Matic Inc. and also worked manufacturing and other sales jobs.

Red had served his country honorably with the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.

He was a member of Shavertown United Methodist Church, the Back Mountain Men’s Ecumenical Group, a life member of George M. Dallas Masonic Lodge 531 F&AM, Bloomsburg Consistory, Irem Shrine, Legion of Honor at Irem and Republican committeeman in Franklin Twp., and Daddow Isaacs American Legion Post 672, Dallas.

He was the consummate gentleman, a devoted family man, a special friend to all who knew him, and always approached life with wit and a smile.

He was preceded in death by the love of his life and his best friend, his wife, the former Janice L. Houser; brothers, Kenneth and his wife, Emily, and James and his wife, Kaye Brace; sisters, Beulah and her husband, Donald Corey, Alice and her husband, Earl Brown and Louise and her husband, George Hess; and his companion, Pauline Roth.

Surviving are his daughters, Ruth Visintainer and her husband, Louis, and Karen Hodle and her husband, Richard; son, Bert Brace and his wife, Holly; along with the apples of his eye, his grandchildren, Benjamin Brace and Taylor Hodle, sister, Barbara and her husband, Henry Evans; and many nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to extend their heartfelt appreciation for the constant phone calls, visits, cards and prayers from all of his friends and extended family.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Shavertown United Methodist Church.

Friends may call at Richard H. Disque Funeral Home Inc., 2940 Memorial Highway, Dallas, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday.

Interment will be in Fern Knoll Burial Park, Dallas, with military honors.

George M. Dallas Masonic Lodge 531 and Daddow Isaacs Post 672 American Legion will conduct services Thursday evening.

Bro. Alfred A. Fiorello

Brother Alfred A. Fiorello, 74, of Dallas, went to be with the Lord, peacefully at home, on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

Born in Jersey City, N.J., to Joseph and Serafina Fiorello, Al lived most of his adult life in Scarsdale, N.Y.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Teresa; his children, Gloria, Joseph and Jonathan and their respective spouses, Greg, Karen and Kimberly; and eight grandchildren, Bethany (fiancee Christopher), Joseph Jr., Ana, Lydia, Lee, Maud, Dagny and Faith. Al was a devoted husband, a loving father and grandfather, and he always had a warm smile for everyone.

After graduating from Woodbridge High School, N.J., Al served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany. When he returned home, he started his own business as an electrical contractor. He operated Fiorello Electric for nearly 40 years. Before retirement, Al was an electrical inspector in Princeton, N.J. Al was a member of the Christian Apostolic Church of Hilldale and a Freemason, Lodge 531, F&AM

Al sought always to put the Lord first in his life, every day and until his last moments. His greatest wish was for his family to do the same. He will be deeply missed.

The family will receive friends 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 6, 2017, at the Harold C. Snowdon Funeral Home Inc., 140 N. Main St., Shavertown. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 7, 2017, at the Christian Apostolic Church of Hilldale, 757 N. Main St., Plains Township. Interment will follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Carverton.

Bro. John R. O’Malia

Brother John R. O’Malia, 69, of Shavertown, passed away Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at Celtic Hospice Inpatient Unit at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, he was the son of the late John R. and Delphia (Spratt) O’Malia Sr., and was a graduate of Wyoming Seminary and Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He was a member of the golf team at Wyoming Seminary and Syracuse University and was co-captain of the football team at Wyoming Seminary. He had a passion for history and baseball. John was an airline pilot for 44 years and had flown for Bombardier Flex Jets for two years. He had also flown for Mesa Airlines, Phoenix, Ariz., for eight years as a captain. He was a member of AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association). John was an avid golfer. John had also worked as a truck driver for 23 years. He was a member of Living Hope Bible Church, Plains Township.

John was preceded in death by sons, David Allan and Brian John O’Malia.

Surviving are his wife, the former Susan Davis; son, Kevin John O’Malia and his spouse, Tommy, of Lansdale; brothers, Michael James and Gerald Martin O’Malia.

Funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 1, 2017, at The Richard H. Disque Funeral Home Inc., 2940 Memorial Highway, Dallas, with the Rev. Mark DeSilva, pastor, Living Hope Bible Church, officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Shrine Cemetery, Wyoming.

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.