Frank "Skeeter" Newhart
Published in The Wyoming County Examiner from September
29 to October 4, 2011
"Skeeter" Newhart Sr., age 90, of Camptown, was taken by the
Angels to Our Lord on Monday, Sept. 26, 2011.
He was very proud of reaching his 90th birthday. Frank was born in West
Auburn, on Sept. 18, 1921, son of the late Elijah (Ike) and Emma Benninger
Frank was a 1940 graduate of the Meshoppen High School, he went on to
study drafting. He had a memorable career in baseball, including being
recruited by the Cleveland Indians.
Frank was an outstanding pitcher and loved to share stories of his baseball
days. The Batavia Clippers and Wilkes-Barre Scranton Red Barons both honored
him with a "Frank Newhart Night." After an injury ended his
baseball career, Frank worked at a restaurant in New York City and then
held various jobs in the area, including truck driving and quarry work.
He and his wife Helen also owned Newhart's Restaurant in Wyalusing. In
addition to his love of baseball, and particularly the New York Mets,
Frank enjoyed golf and CNN news. One of his favorite pastimes was discussing
politics with his children. Frank loved music, especially the singing
of his children and George Jones. His favorite songs were "The Streets
of Baltimore" and The Tennessee Waltz," which was Frank and
Frank and his wife, the former Helen Goodwin were recently honored by
the Pennsylvania State Senate for their 68 years of marriage. They were
married August 8, 1942, at the United Methodist Church in Meshoppen. Frank
and Helen's family was extremely important to them, and he was endlessly
proud of his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchild,
Pop's smiling little man.
Preceding Frank in death were a daughter, Gladys Newhart in 1943; both
of his parents, Elijah and Emma Newhart; brothers, Floyd, Maurice, Edward,
Dennis, Carl, and Russell; sisters, Maxine, Mildred and Lucy; and a special
son-in-law, Francis White.
Frank is survived by his loving wife Helen; daughters, Barbara Caprioli
and her husband John of Cresco, Judy Meeks and her husband Carlton of
Richmond, Va., Maxine Bendock and her husband Joe of Wyalusing, and Kelly
Stephens and special friend Kenny Bodnar of Wyalusing; sons, Frank Jr.
and his wife Sharon of Camptown, Dennis and his wife Maria of Tunkhannock,
John and his wife Joanie of Tunkhannock, and Ike and his wife Liria of
Port St. Lucie, Fla.; 31 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and 1
great-great-grandson. He was delighted to be able to have five generations
of his family together at one time.
He is also survived by a brother, Paul and his wife Valerie Newhart of
Middletown; and a sister, Vida Kone of Waverly, N.Y.; and many nieces
Arrangements are under the direction of Sheldon Funeral Homes, Main St.,
Laceyville. A private memorial service will be held for the family at
Any condolences can be sent to Mrs. Helen Newhart, 62 Riverside Drive
#25, Wyalusing, PA. 18853.
The family would also like to thank the Area Agency on Aging and all the
aids that have helped Dad in the past.