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Michael Salamon
August 19, 2008

On Tuesday August 19th, 2008 ETA lost one its Board members after a lengthy illness. Mike Salamon owned and operated Travelworld Travel Agency in Kingston and Scranton. Mike was a member of the ETA Board since 2005 and will be greatly missed by all ETA members. He is survived by his wife, Elaine, 5 chileren and 11 grandchildren.

Michael Saire Salamon, 78, of Meadowland Avenue, Kingston, died Tuesday morning, August 19, 2008, in the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Born in England, he was a son of the late Sidney Derrick and Sarah Sotnick Salamon. He was educated in Edinburgh, Scotland, and owned and operated Travelworld, Kingston and Scranton. Michael also owned and operated the former Landau & Landau Insurance, Kingston, Pa. Michael was a member of Temple Israel Synagogue and the Jewish Community Center, Wilkes-Barre. He was a long-standing board member of the Eastern Travel Association and was active with the Kiwanis of Wilkes-Barre Chapter, where he held various offices, including president. Michael was also on the American Heart Association Board and a past board member of Visiting Nurse Association.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, the former Nancy Snider, in 1963; and son Mark Salamon, in 1958.

Michael is survived by his wife, the former Elaine Sharkus, Kingston; three daughters, Julie Norton and her husband, Mark, Kingston; Lesley Baltimore and her husband, Sandy, Shavertown; Jennifer Sopka and her husband, Dennis, Flushing, Mich.; Tom Wasilewski and his wife, Maureen, Kingston; Scott Wasilewski, Kingston; Tara Wasilewski, Kingston; 11 grandchildren, Cory and Valerie Norton; Eric, Alex and Abbey Baltimore; Nicholas and Gregory Sopka; Lauren, Paige, Tony and Taylor Wasilewski; brother David Saire, Amsterdam; nieces and nephews.

Arno Moeller
June 30, 2003

Arno L. Moeller, 68, of Lacey Street, Laceyville, died Monday at Tyler Memorial Hospital, Tunkhannock.

Born Aug. 2, 1934, in Davenport, Iowa, he was a son of the late Ferdinand August (Fred) and Leona (Coopmans) Moeller. He worked as Interline Sales Manager for Northwest Airlines, Manhattan. He formed Trans Travel & Tours and Simba Safaris, Nazareth. He also formed Travel Marketing Systems. He served in the U.S. Naval Reserves, stationed in Cuba and the Caribbean. He was active in little league sports, with the formation of the Nazareth “Y” Basketball League and was football coach for Upper Nazareth and also as a little league baseball coach. He served on the Nazareth Area School Board. He was a member of the Rough Hall Post 510 American Legion, Black Walnut.

Surviving are his wife of 42 years, the former Paula Darden; sons, Michael, Holiday, Fla.; Matthew, Nazareth; daughter, Denise Dalicandro, Crystal Lake, Ill.; and a grandson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the St. Joachim’s Church, Meshoppen, with the Rev. Bryan B. Wright officiating. Private interment will be at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are by the Sheldon Funeral Home, Laceyville.

ETA will always remember Arnieā€¦

God bless Arnie, by Tom Buehler

I don’t know when it happened. But for me, it happened. One day the sound of a train whistle became synonymous with Arnie Moeller, even driving with my children through Reading or Strassburg when I heard a train whistle I would think of Arnie. Sitting behind his post at almost any trade show I have ever been to, there was Arnie, looking as though he had seen it all at a hundred million trade shows before. He always looked somewhere between bored and content. Then he would get a childlike little gleam in his eye, and blow that wooden train whistle. He was a good man, who genuinely cared about people. Ever notice how Arnie would always pause for a minute after he asked you how you were doin’? He really cared to know. There will be more ETA meetings, more trade shows to come, but they will not be as colorful without Arnie Moeller blowing that whistle and smirking his clever little smile over there at booth 48.

The next time your schmoozing away at a trade show and you get a feeling that there is something missing. There is. It’s a faint little whistle across the room reminding us to “have fun with this stuff”.

God Bless Arnie Moeller.