ALLEN - STEALER, Dorothy
Age 104, died February 4, 2008 at the Chemung County Nursing Facility. She was born October 16, 1903 in Toledo, Ohio, to the Reverend Ernest Bourner Allen and Mary Bryant Allen. Preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Schauffler in 1990, she is survived by two daughters, Jean Schauffler of Elmira, NY, and Rachel Jordan of Eugene, OR; three grandchildren, Jennifer Jordan of San Francisco, CA, Marna Rowley of Key West, FL, and Jeffrey Jordan of Portland, OR; and four great-grandchildren. Much beloved by family and friends, Dorothy was proudest of her years as a missionary and teacher in India. She attended Oberlin College in Ohio and graduated from National College of Education in Evanston, IL. After her marriage she was a homemaker living in Fredonia, NY, from 1933-1991. She resided at Bethany Village until 2005 when illness necessitated a move to the Chemung County Nursing Facility. The family is grateful for the loving care that she received there. A Memorial Service will be held at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 380 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira, NY 14904, on a date to be later announced. Memorials in Dorothy's name may be made to the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 408 S. Main St., Horseheads, NY 14845, or to the Activities Fund, care of the Chemung County Nursing Facility, 103 Washington St., Elmira, NY 14901. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira, NY 14904. Published in the Star-Gazette on 2/8/2008.
ARBUTHNOT - RIDALL, Margaret
Age 100, of Elmira, NY, died on October 8, 2009 in Elmira, NY 100 years after her birth on October 8, 1909 in Buffalo, NY to James H. and Margaret D. Arbuthnot. Margaret was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Earle Griff Ridall; daughter, Eleanor Arbuthnot Ridall Slocum; granddaughter, Sarah Elizabeth Slocum Hamley; sons-in-law, Thomas Henry and William Davis. She is survived by daughters, Elizabeth Henry of Camden, ME, Margaret Davis of Big Flats, NY, Dr. Amy Ridall of Houston, TX; and son, Theodore Ridall (Sue) of Pine City, NY; grandson, Jeffrey Slocum; great-grandson, Gabriel Slocum of O'Fallon, IL; granddaughters, Bernadette Gordon (Josh) of Corning NY and Susan Fowler (David); great-grandsons, Thomas and Zachary Fowler of Allen, TX. Margaret graduated in 1930 from the University of Buffalo with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. While her children were young, she was active in volunteer work with the Children's Theater, Community Ambassador, Girl Scouts, and the Experiment in International Living. In later years she was the genealogist of the North American Arbuthnot Family Association, compiling and producing several large books of material on twenty Arbuthnot lines. In her later years Margaret was lovingly cared for by the staff at Woodbrook and 4-D at Arnot Ogden Medical Center; and the family is grateful for their help. It was Margaret's request that there be no formal funeral service and those wishing to remember her may contribute to the Arnot Ogden Memorial Foundation, 4-D Unit, 600 Roe Avenue, Elmira, NY 14905. Arrangements entrusted to Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. Published in Star-Gazette from October 10 to October 11, 2009
ASHTOWN - Florence Ashtown Ellison - Today marks the 100th birthday of Florence Ashtown Ellison of Elmira. “Everyone in our family calls her ‘Aunt Outsie,’” said her niece, Patty Parren, of Sydney. “That’s the name my mother called her, Outsie and her older sister, Alberta, were pretty well grown when my mother was born. For whatever reason, my mother couldn’t say Florence. It came out as Outsie. The name just stuck.” Outsie, the middle child of Albert and Leena Ashtown, was born in Sagetown at their family home. Today she lives at Elmira’s Flannery Towers. When Alberta and Outsie were children, they won a pony by selling magazines, Patty said. The pony, shipped by freight, was named Snuggles. Eventually, Alberta and Outsie used Snuggles to pull their cart to the one-room schoolhouse they attended near their home. “My grandfather built a barn behind the school for their pony and that of another student,” Patty said. After high school graduation, Outsie spent several years working in New York City as an illustrator of children’s books, Patty said. After a few years, Outsie got homesick and decided to come back to this area, Parry said.
Not long after she came home, Outsie fell in love with and
married Johnny Ellison. The couple made their home along Bartholomew Road in
Webb Mills. “Johnny was the friend of one of her girlfriends, who worked
in a grocery store with him,” Patty said. “Her friend took her to the grocery
store and Johnny said, ‘You can bring her in again.’” Some folks may remember
Outsie and Johnny’s grocery store, called Johnny’s Wayside Grocery. “Aunt
Outsie ran the store for a few years after Johnny died,” Patty said. “She even
cut her own meat. I remember her with the meat cleaver. It always stuck me
funny because she is pretty petite.” When Outsie left the grocery business, she
began sewing draperies and upholstering furniture. “For as long as I can
remember, she did home alteration,” Patty said. “That’s probably why she does
so well now.” Outsie lives in her own apartment, shops for her groceries, cooks
her own meals and until about a month ago, drove her car around town, Patty
said. She’s also been described as stubborn and spunky. Not long ago, Outsie
decided she wanted a fold-away Air Walker exercise machine. “The salesman
didn’t want to sell it to her. He was afraid she would hurt herself,” Patty
recalled. “Well, she bought it anyway and uses it to this day.” Outsie is also
a longtime member of the Pine City Baptist Church, where she painted the
baptismal mural. Her family has a surprise for her to commemorate her birthday
today, but that’s all I’m at liberty to say. Patty swore me to secrecy. So,
Outsie, if you’re reading this, I hope you have a fabulous day.
BURKE - By Lisa Howeler
Sayre Morning Times February 26, 2008
Eleanor Rebecca BURKE Wilson
Morning Times February 27, 2008 By Lisa Howeler
See Also Obituary 2009
Eleanor Rebecca Wilson was definitely surprised Tuesday when she entered the activity room at the Sayre House and saw all of her family and friends gathered there for a birthday celebration. “I thought it was just going to be like any other day,” she said. But, one might ask how it could have been like any other day, when Eleanor was celebrating a milestone Tuesday — her 103rd birthday. That’s right. Eleanor has been alive for 103 years and they have been 103 wonderful years, she said. “I hope everyone here can live to be 103,” she said Tuesday. Sayre House Administrator Louann Luchaco had hoped to receive at least 103 birthday cards in Eleanor’s honor, she said. Instead, she received more than 230 cards. Pointing to the basket she told Eleanor it would probably take her several weeks to open all the cards. Included in the cards were best wishes from United States President George W. Bush, a proclamation from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and the Borough of Sayre, and a proclamation from Sayre Mayor Denny Thomas declaring Feb. 26, 2008 as “Eleanor Willson Day.” Based on a conversation Louann had with Eleanor, she learned Eleanor was born in 1905 in Wilmot Township, which is located near Wyalusing, to William and Eudora Fitch Burke. Eleanor is one of seven children: three boys and four girls. She is the mother of three children: Jean Bosworth, Jack Willson and Janet Frisk. In 1923, the same year she graduated from Wyalusing Valley High School, Eleanor married Edward Willson in the Sayre United Methodist Church. They started their family in Sayre, in a rented house, and then moved to Lincoln Street and lived there for 74 years, before Eleanor moved to Sayre House and Edward died. Eleanor has five grandsons, two granddaughters, three great-grandsons, and five great-granddaughters, and three great-great grandsons. Eleanor said the fact they are all college graduates makes her very proud. At a time when some women remained at home with the children, Eleanor returned to school when her youngest child was 11. She attended Mansfield University and graduated from there with a Bachelor of Science in elementary education, entering the working world as a teacher at the Litchfield Elementary School for a year. She then spent the bulk of her career in the Waverly Central School District for 18 years, where she taught first grade for seven years and fourth grade for 11 years. In 1968, Eleanor was named as Waverly’s Teacher of the Year. When she retired in 1972 she and Edward planned to travel, but Edward died within a year. Eleanor returned to work as a substitute teacher for another 10 years. Throughout her life Eleanor has enjoyed creating beautiful flower gardens, especially roses, said Luchaco. Eleanor also enjoyed crocheting and embroidery. Over the years, her travels have included visits to Europe, Hawaii and all over the United States and Canada. Rev. James Donahoo is the minister at Eleanor’s church — the Sayre Christian Church. He met her 23 years ago, when she worked as the church’s treasurer, he said Tuesday. “Financial secretary,” Eleanor said, quickly correcting him with a smile. Donahoo prayed for Eleanor, thanking God for her and for the life she has led. Darlene Horton of state Rep. Tina Pickett’s office presented Eleanor with a proclamation from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives’ Office. “Thank you and thank her,” said Eleanor. Thomas commended Eleanor for her long life, saying: “I have trouble getting around at 55 some days.” Clutching her many cards and two proclamations, Eleanor told her visitors, “I’ll keep these and put them on the table where everyone can see them.”Guthrie Healthcare Chief Executive Officer Mark Stensager congratulated Eleanor, who laughed as she told him, “I can’t believe it either. I have to pinch myself sometimes.” Submitted by Carol Brotzman
Callear Johnson, 101, of Athens, PA died Saturday, April 3, 2010 at
ElderWood at Tioga. She was born on July 14, 1908 in Lounsbury, NY the daughter
of the late Robert and Hattie Ridgeway Callear. Herethel was a member of the
Athens United Methodist Church. She was employed at the Robert Packer Hospital,
Guthrie Clinic as a Registered Nurse, and was also a Private Nurse for Dr.
Guthrie. Herethel was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star-Newark Valley,
Methodist P.E.O.-Newark Valley, Library Club of Athens, and the Garden Club of
East Smithfield. She is predeceased by her husband Theodore Johnson, brothers
Clinton and Gerald Callear, sisters Alene Farley, Evelyn Wurtenberg, Alta
Rolfe, Lillian Burns, and Hattie Callear. Herethel is survived by her step-sons
Gary (Fay) Johnson of Newark Valley, NY, and Warren Johnson of Newark Valley,
NY, 8 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild, sister
Leola Morris of Athens, PA , brothers Robert Callear of Athens, PA, and Elmer
(Rachel) Callear of Athens, PA, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Friends and family may call on Tuesday, April 6, 2010 from11:00 am to12:00 pm
at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home, Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, PA.
Funeral services will follow at the funeral home at 12:00 pm with the Rev.
Martin Bovee from the Athens United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will
be in Vestal Hills Cemetery, Vestal, NY. Memorial donations may be made in her
memory to: Athens Methodist P.E.O. Fund, 118 South Main Street, Athens, PA
18810. Submitted by Carol Brotzman
WOYAK, Marie Chura
101, of Georgetown, Kentucky, formerly of Orlando, homemaker and widow of John Woyak died Wednesday, May 21, 2008, at Georgetown Community Hospital. A native of Poland, she was the daughter of the late Peter and Frances Chura and was a member of the Catholic faith. Survivors include two daughters, Yolanda "Loni" Friddle, Georgetown and Celeste Toffolo, Horseheads, NY; six grandchildren, Eric and Kevin Friddle, Darcy Shepard, Shawn Toffolo, Stacey Hobbler and Heather McDonald; ten great-grandchildren; two sisters, Rose Minichelli and Helen Duffik. A son, Donald Woyak, preceded his mother in death. Mass of Christian Burial will be 3:00 p.m. Friday at St. John Catholic Church by Father Linh Nguyen. Johnson's Funeral Home, Georgetown is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/23/2008.
CLINE - STONE, Frances
Age 100 formerly of Highland Ave., Elmira, NY, died Monday, July 13, 2009 at Elcor Health Services in Horseheads, NY. Frances was born November 19, 1908 in Breesport, NY, daughter of the late John and Grace Woodhouse and sister of the late Mahlon and Harold Woodhouse. Frances was also predeceased by husbands, Ray M. Cline and Howard W. Stone, sons, Kenneth A. and Mark L., grandson, John Cline, Jr. and great-grandson, Scott J. Cline. step-son, Howard Stone Jr.Survived by son, John Cline (Betty) of Rochester, NY, grandchildren, Kenneth Cline (Mary) of Horseheads, NY, and Sharon Wilkinson of Laurel, MD, and great-great-grandson, Skyler M. Cline, of Erin, NY stepchildren, Laverne Stone (Marion) of Toledo, OH, and Mary Jane Templar (Clayton, Sr.) of Elmira, NY, step-daughter-in-law, Doris Stone.Frances was a long-time member of the Church of the Nazarene in West Elmira and a former resident of the Alpine-Odessa area. Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday July 15th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Funeral services will take place there at 8:00 p.m. Private interment at the convenience of the family. Flowers gratefully declined. Published in the Star-Gazette on 7/14/2009
CLOOS Daisy A
Wellsboro Gazette – January 8, 1986
Daisy A. Draucker dies at age 100 - Daisy A. Draucker, 100 years old, who has been a resident of Broad Acres Nursing Home in Wellsboro since December 5, 1980, died Saturday, January 4, 1986, at the Soldiers and Sailors Hospital in Wellsboro. She was born in Warren, Pennsylvania on December 19, 1885. For over 30 years Mrs. Draucker was a skilled seamstress. She also worked as a professional cook and pastry maker in restaurants in Clearfield, Pa, Silver Creek and Ithaca, New. York. She lived in Knoxville, Pa., for 18 years after her retirement in 1962. Twice a year she visited relatives in DuBois, Bradford, and State College. She is survived by one granddaughter, Dawn Sawyer; four great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild all of Cocoa, Florida; three nieces, Ezear Schock of Bradford and State College, Pa.; Pauline McClister of Los Angeles, California; and Esther Drauker, of Knoxville, Pa.; and one nephew, Kenneth Draucker of Riviera, Arizona. She was preceded ill death by a son, Charles, Jr. in 1961. Funeral services were, held on Tuesday, January 7, 1986 at DuBois, Pa., with the Rev. Edward Clarke officiating. Burial in the Union Cemetery at Luthersburg, Pa. She was a daughter of Abel and Viola Beach Cloos.
Sister Mary Carmella COENE,
RSM, 100; longtime Elmira Notre Dame educator - By Mike Latona/Catholic
Father Thomas Wheeland noted that in a way, his first step toward a priestly vocation can be traced to a brief exchange with Sister Mary Carmella Coene. One day more than a half-century ago, while attending Elmira Notre Dame High School, Father Wheeland was intent on catching the late bus so as to avoid a long walk home. An arm belonging to Sister Coene halted him and she inquired, "Tommy, have you thought about being a priest?" "It was either say yes or miss the bus, so I said, ''Well, yeah' -- and made the bus," Father Wheeland recalled, prompting a laugh from the congregation as he celebrated Sister Coene's funeral Mass on June 1, 2009. Yet he added that the next morning, he found out an appointment had been scheduled between him and a priest about his vocation. On a more serious note, Father Wheeland said that Sister Coene can be linked to many Notre Dame alumni who entered priestly and religious life, "inspired by her zest for the Lord and her zest to share that with others." That zest permeated Sister Coene's 82 years as a Sister of Mercy, most of which were spent educating hundreds upon hundreds of Notre Dame students. She died May 28, 2009, at the McAuley Residence of the Mercy Motherhouse in Rochester following a short illness -- six months after celebrating her 100th birthday. Sister Coene was a native of St. Charles Borromeo Parish in the Rochester suburb of Greece. Upon entering the Mercy order in December 1926, she was assigned to take over a third-grade classroom at the former St. Patrick School in Elmira -- even though she was only 18 years old and hadn't yet finished high school."I had no idea where Elmira was," she chuckled during a November 2008 interview with the Catholic Courier for a story on her 100th birthday. Sister Coene went on to teach over the next 28 years at St. Patrick; Our Lady of Mercy High School, Brighton; Catholic High, Elmira; Holy Family High, Auburn; St. Ann High, Hornell; and St. Mary Elementary, Corning. She was a founding faculty member when Notre Dame opened its doors in 1955, and her affiliation with the high school never ended. Sister Coene taught full time until 1998 and continued tutoring well into her 90s. Her speciality was science, and she also taught math, typing and bookkeeping. So esteemed was Sister Coene's service at the high school that a building there bears her name: The Sister Mary Carmella Coene Science Wing was dedicated in 2005 by Bishop Matthew H. Clark. Sister Coene was well-known for her lively personality coupled with an intense dedication. She set high goals for her students and helped them get there by constantly making herself available for extra help. That included Father Wheeland, who struggled with physics but eventually passed due to the Sunday afternoons Sister Coene set aside to tutor him. "She never gave up on anyone," said Father Wheeland, who serves as pastor of Holy Cross Church in Charlotte. In 2006 Sister Coene moved to the Sisters of Mercy Motherhouse. She enjoyed keeping in touch with former students, and last Dec. 18 -- three days before her 100th birthday -- she returned to Notre Dame for a party in her honor with more than 400 well-wishers in attendance. Notre Dame was closed June 1 so the school community could travel to Brighton and attend her funeral Mass at the motherhouse's chapel. A memorial liturgy took place June 2 at Elmira's St. Mary Southside Church. Sister Coene is survived by nieces, a nephew, cousins, the Notre Dame community and the Sisters of Mercy. Interment was at Rochester's Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Contributions in Sister Coene's memory may be made to the Sisters of Mercy or Notre Dame High School.
COENE Sr. Mary Carmella RSM
Of Rochester, May 28, 2009. Survived by nieces, 1 nephew, many cousins, the Elmira Notre Dame H.S. Community and the Sisters of Mercy. Friends may call Sunday, 3 - 7 p.m. at the Sisters of Mercy Center, 1437 Blossom Rd., where a Vigil Service will be at 7 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday at 10:30 a.m. in the Mercy Center. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. A Memorial Mass will be Tuesday at St. Mary's Church in Elmira, 224 Franklin St., at 7 p.m. Contributions can be made to the Sisters of Mercy or Notre Dame High School in Elmira. John M. Hedges Funeral Home. Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/29/2009
COON - ELDER, Winifred
Age 100, of Beaver Dams, died on her birthday, December 29, 2009, surrounded by her loving family. Friends and relatives are invited to call 4-6pm on Thursday, December 31, 2009 at Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen. Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Friday, January 1, 2010 at Beaver Dams United Methodist Church. Winifred was born in Beaver Dams, to parents George S. and Ethel V. (Smith) Coon. She is survived by her daughter, Andra (Glenn) Boyce, of Watkins Glen; brother, C. Edward (Florence) Coon of Beaver Dams; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Brian and wife, Trish Ervay, and their children, Sean and Shannon Ervay of Watkins Glen; and Corey and wife Megan, and their daughter, Chloe, of Lebanon, PA; step-grandchildren, Jeffrey and wife, Michele Ervay of Horseheads and Ronald Ervay of Elmira; also several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Elder began teaching in one room school houses throughout the Beaver Dams and Corning areas. She retired from the Corning-Painted Post School District in 1970. Wini was a member of the Beaver Dams United Methodist Church for over 75 years and served her church in numerous capacities. Those wishing to consider a donation in her memory may consider Southern Tier Hospice, the Watkins Glen Fire Department, Schuyler County Ambulance, or a charity of one's choice. Published in Star-Gazette on December 30, 2009
- SIDES, Ellin Fletcher
Ellin Fletcher Sides, 99, died Saturday, April 11, 2009, at the Williamsport Home. She was the daughter of the late Edgar Lund Fletcher and Iza Julia Kneeland Fletcher and the wife of the late Robert M. Sides, with whom she shared 51 years of marriage from January 4, 1931 until 1981. Born on August 5, 1909 in Elmira, New York, Ellin spent much of her early life on Seneca Lake at the family summer home, Cliffwood, and raised her children there during the summers of their youth. Ellin spent her high school years at Northfield Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts and graduated from Elmira College for Women in 1927. Mrs. Sides moved to Williamsport in 1931 with her husband who in 1937, having learned the trade from her father, opened a piano tuning business in their home. Their business, Robert M. Sides Family Music Center, continues on today managed by her son and grandchildren. She was a great supporter of the family business and worked several hours each day in the office until December 2008. Mrs. Sides was a 78-year member of First Baptist Church, Williamsport and was a member of the Reifsneider Circle. She was active for many years in the church where her husband was a choir member and soloist for over 40 years. She served as a volunteer from 1968 thru 1972 with the S.E.E. (Selected Educational Experiences, created by Dr. Margaret Neufer from Penn State as the forerunner to Head Start) that was held at Covenant Central Church. For years Mrs. Sides was a volunteer in the Kidney Center at the Williamsport Hospital and was best known for knitting hundreds of personalized Christmas stockings for the benefit of the Williamsport Hospital Auxiliary. She was an avid bridge player and member of The A.A.U.W. Ellin loved traveling. She traveled to Africa twice, went through the Panama Canal with Margaret Meade and Carl Sagan to see the 1972 eclipse and was on the last voyage of the Delta Queen on the Mississippi River. Ellin cruised to the Equator in 1986 to view Haley's Comet (since she was only 6 months old during its last visit), took a cross-country train across Canada and visited Alaska and the Rose Bowl Game. Ellin survived a major auto accident, a serious dog bite, a painful burn and regular bouts of poison ivy from picking wild strawberries to make strawberry ice cream and shortcake. It is rumored that she changed the spelling of her name as a teenager and, when asked why she spelled her name with an "I" she replied, "Just a rebellious teenager, I guess." She lovingly collected over 90 original Saturday Evening Post covers by Norman Rockwell (with mailing labels still attached) and displayed them seasonally on the walls of her kitchen. She loved reading The New Yorker (especially the cartoons), taking nature walks, playing the piano, and spending time with family. Over the past three years, Nana most loved spending time with her youngest great granddaughter, Charley Greevy. Ellin is preceded in death by her brothers Paul, Malcolm, and Harmon and is survived by her sister, Norma Oakes, 98, of New York. Ellin is survived by her two children, Hugh "Pete" Sides (Carol) of Williamsport and Ann "Punk" Bishop, Nashville, TN. She is the grandmother of six grandchildren, Alysha Sides Greevy (Chad) of Williamsport and Peter Sides (Kristin) of State College, Michael Bishop (T.I), Nashville, TN, Andrew Bishop (Jan), Brentwood, TN, Chris Bishop (Jenny), Oak Ridge, TN and Julie Bishop Graves (Brad), Nashville, TN. Mrs. Sides has ten great grandchildren including her much anticipated arrival of a great grandson in late April 2009. Family and friends are invited to Ellin's Life Celebration on Saturday, April 18, 2009 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at the James C. Maneval Funeral Home, Ltd., "A Life Celebration Home" 500 West Fourth St., Williamsport. A memorial service will follow at 11:30 a.m., with the Rev. Allen H. Goss officiating. Ellin's interment will follow at the Wildwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Susquehanna Home Care and Hospice, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport Home Assisted Living, 1900 Ravine Road, James V. Brown Children's Library, 19 East Fourth Street. Published in the Star-Gazette on 4/15/2009
"Red" August 10, 1903 - November 21, 2007
Franklin "Red" Frederick, age 104, died November 21, 2007 at home in Spring Hill, Fla. He was predeceased by his wife, Nellie Mills; and four children, Barbara, Sonny, Samuel, and Brian. He is survived by one daughter, Sandra Randall, Spring Hill, Fla.; 16 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and 3rd and 4th generation grandchildren plus several nieces and nephews. Red was born in Lake City, Pa. and moved to Hector as a child. He grew up in the Town of Hector. Red worked on the Lehigh Valley Railroad and also for many local grape farmers in Hector. He played baseball for Watkins Glen Salt Company and for the Hector Baseball Team until he was 50 years old as a "southpaw" pitcher. He was instrumental in creating the ballfield located on the current Valois-Logan-Hector Fire Company grounds. He loved to play cards; his favorite card game being Euchre. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. Family and friends are invited to a Memorial Service at the Burdett Methodist Church on Friday, November 30, 2007 at 7 p.m. Published in the Star-Gazette on 11/27/2007.
HARGENRADER - Anna C. Hargenrader, 105, died Monday, May 12, 2008, at The Gatehouse in Williamsport. She resided with her nephew and his family in Loyalsock Twp. for many years. Annie was born in Marble, January 23, 1903, a daughter of William and Catherine Groner Hargenrader. She was the private secretary for the president of Bethlehem Steel in Williamsport for 35 years, retiring in 1964. Annie enjoyed crossword puzzles, playing cards, reading, knitting, traveling and was still driving at 99 years old. She was a member of the Church of St. Ann and the churches oldest member. Surviving are numerous nieces and nephews. The last surviving member of her immediate family, she was preceded in death by six brothers, Frank, Orie, Henry, William, John, and Edward, three sisters, Josephine Grolemund, Lena Zimmerman, and Mary Ochs. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday 10:30 a.m. at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Fryburg. Friends may call the Faller Funeral Home, 19200 Route 208 in Fryburg on Thursday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. Burial will be in St. Michael’s Church Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to The Gatehouse, 1100 Grampian Blvd. 3rd floor Williamsport, PA 17701 The Crouse Funeral Home is handling local arrangements 133 E. 3rd St. Williamsport, PA. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 14 May 2008
HILLIGAS - Frances Hilligas Hills will tell you the secret to a long life is mowing your own lawn in the summer, shoveling snow from your sidewalk in winter and gardening for as long as your body will allow it. She should know, too, since she’ll celebrate her 100th birthday Wednesday. Frances, affectionately known to friends and family as Topsy, resides at the Chemung County Nursing Facility at 103 Washington St. in Elmira. On June 24, 1909, Topsy was born to Francis and Lillian Hilligas on Beech Hill, in the town of Willing, NY, wrote her son, Ronald Hills, of Horseheads. She was one of six children. Her siblings were Pearl, Evelyn, Vincent, Lawrence [Tommy], and Rhea. Of the six pack, Topsy and Rhea, of Belmont, NY, are the only survivors. When Topsy was a little girl, her parents moved to a farm on East Hill Road in Friendship, where she spent her childhood years. There she attended a one-room country school not far from her home.
The nickname, Ronald wrote, came from her childhood imitation of the Topsy character in the Harriet Beecher Stowe novel, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” Topsy in the novel was the disruptive young slave put in Miss Ophelia’s charge. Eventually, the other characters in the novel soften Topsy with their love and the girl begins to change her ways. “The nickname followed [Frances] her entire life,” Ronald wrote. In 1935, Topsy married Marshall Hills, of Friendship, and they had three children: Ronald, Cheryl Wiser, of Scio, NY, and Dean Hills, of Live Oak, Fla. Their three children produced eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, one great great-grandchild, and several step-grandchildren, step great-grandchildren and step great great-grandchildren, Ronald wrote. When Marshall died in 1963, Topsy, then 54, attended Olean Beauty School and became a licensed beautician. She set up shop in her Sunnyside Street home in Friendship, and continued to operate that business until she was 88. She kept herself spry by enthusiastically keeping her lawn and property in tip-top shape, Ron wrote. Topsy is also a sharp and avid card player who was an active member of a bridge club in Friendship for many years, he wrote. She’s been known to skin the aides in a game of Rummy at the nursing home. These days, Topsy spends the bulk of her days knitting, crocheting and piecing together jigsaw puzzles, Ronald wrote, adding, “She would welcome a card or a visit.”
HOFERER PAULINE JENKINS
Pauline recently celebrated her 101st birthday with her daughters. This picture, taken that day, reflects how much she enjoyed the party, so we are now celebrating her long life. Pauline Jenkins has lived in West Virgina for all of her adult life and most recently lives at Broadview Avenue in Fairmont, W.V., then Stout Street Bridgeport. Recently, she was a patient in The Green Home in Wellsboro, where she died on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009. She was born Pauline Eleanor Hoferer in Charleston, W.V., on June 22, 1908, the daughter of the late Gertrude and Max Hoferer. She was also predeceased by two brothers, Frank and Bill Hoferer. She married Cletus Harold Jenkins, Jr., on March 30, 1938. He predeceased her on January 31, 1965. She is survived by three daughters, Carole Wilburn (Gib) of Bridgeport, W.V., Susan Orr (John) of Wellsboro; Dodie Fenstermacher Libicer (Steve) of Franklin. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, in order of age, and their spouses: Kathy Orr (Curt) Hansen of Burlington, Ky., Jenni Orr (Barry) Gray of King George, Va., David Orr (Barbie) of Smyrna, Tenn., Suzanne Wilburn (Andre) den Besten of Enterprise, Ala., Chad Fenstermacher (Dawn) of Unionville; Meredith Wilburn (Tim) Thompson of Kenova, W.V., Brian Fenstermacher (Kelly) of Tampa, Fla. She was great-grandmother to Amber Gray of New York, N.Y., Whitney Geenen of the Netherlands, Ashley Brown (Fenstermacher) of Unionville, Van Hansen of Burlington, Ky., Zachary and Olivia den Besten of Enterprise, Ala., TC Thompson of Kenova, W.V., Lauren Fenstermacher of Unionville. Pauline was also a great-great grandmother to Max and Lucas Geenen of the Netherlands. Pauline graduated from Charleston High School and the Charleston Secretarial School. Her career began with secretarial positions in Charleston, W.V., and Washington D.C. In Fairmont W.V., she worked as secretary in the Marion County prosecuting attorney's office where she acquired the nickname "PJ," and that stayed with her throughout the rest of her life. She became secretary to attorney Richard Neely in his law offices in Fairmont. She then became his administrative assistant for 12 years during his years on the West Virginia State Supreme Court of Appeals. Pauline was a Sustainer Emeritus of the Junior League of Fairmont, Inc. She enjoyed volunteer work at Fairmont General Hospital. She held membership in The Fairmont Woman's Club, served as president of the Morning Gardeners, the Readers Book Club and the Fairmont Field Club. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church where she belonged to their circle and alter guild. Pauline was an avid bridge player and loved gardening and doing crafts. She was an amazing hostess and planned weddings, parties and dinners. Her skills as an excellent cook prompted her daughters to compile a book in 1994 (Family Cooking Memories – Life in the Kitchen with Pauline) of her favorite recipes as well as recipes that held a special meaning to her family. Funeral arrangements are with Ford Funeral Home in Fairmont, W.V., coordinated with Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home in Wellsboro. Viewing will be at the RC Jones Chapel on Country Club Road on Saturday, Dec. 19, at 10 a.m. and will be followed at 11 p.m. by the funeral officiated by her family. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations in her name to the Restoration Committee of the Woodlawn Cemetery, Fairmont, W.V. Published in The Wellsboro Gazette from December 15 to December 22, 2009
JENKINS - Elizabeth Jenkins O’Connor, 101, died March 14th at Elcor Health Services, Horseheads where she had resided for the past 4 1/2 years under the care of a very compassionate and caring staff. Betty was born on September 14, 1906, the fifth of eight children of Arthur and Elizabeth Thomas Jenkins in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Her family moved to Unadilla, NY in 1920 where her father was in the cigar making business. She graduated from Unadilla Central School and Academy in 1927 and attended Lowell School of Business in Binghamton, NY. Upon her return to Unadilla, she worked as secretary to Mr. J.M. Hopkins of the Unadilla Silo Company. Betty and Walter J. O’Connor were married on April 30, 1933. She was a homemaker caring for her three children and mother. In 1950, she and her husband, along with Clyde O’Connell, purchased the Unadilla Hardware Store. After Mr. O’Connell left the business, Walter and Betty continued to operate this vital business. Betty played a key role as secretary, juggling business, home and community involvement. They retired in 1970. Their retirement years were spent wintering in Punta Gorda, Florida and tending their rose gardens and enjoying their grandchildren in the summers in Unadilla. They had been married for nearly fifty years when Walter died in 1982. Betty was very involved in the community of Unadilla. She was a member of the Unadilla United Methodist Church and held many offices in the Women’s Society, both locally and in the Oneonta District and Wyoming Annual Conference. She was a Past Matron of Freedom Chapter Eastern Star and a member from 1933 – 1994. She was also active in the Unadilla Women’s Club. In 1983, Betty moved to Corning to be near her daughter. She joined Grace United Methodist Church where she enjoyed the activities, especially the Women’s Society, and was active in the Knoxville Housing Association. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her son, Richard, and all her siblings, Bertha, David, Mary, Edith, Gladys, Ruth, and Esther. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Katherine O’Connor, Fayetteville; her daughter and son-in-law, Judith and Robert Garrett, Corning; daughter-in-law, Linda O’Connor, Raleigh, NC; grandchildren, Paul and Lauretta O’Connor, Fayetteville; Jacalyn and Steven Stein, Voorheesville; Ian and Melissa Garrett, Ithaca; Anne and Cian OLionain, Dublin, Ireland; Ingrid and Paul Van Slyke, Lake Placid; great-grandchildren Joshua, Jacob, and Rachel O’Connor, Fayetteville; Braden Stein, Voorheesville; Hannah, Jacob, and Bridget Garrett, Ithaca; Liam, Eabha and Eoghan OLionain, Dublin, Ireland and Maris and Andrew Van Slyke, Lake Placid; nieces, nephews and special cousin Mary Lou Kagler, Hudson, Ohio. A service of celebration will be held at the Unadilla United Methodist Church on March 26 at 11:00 am. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Unadilla, NY. Memorials may be directed to the Unadilla Historical Society, PO Box 808, Unadilla, NY 13849 or the Unadilla United Methodist Church, Main St., Unadilla, NY 13849. Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Corning has been entrusted with arrangements. - Corning Leader, 17 Mar 2008
Dr. Corbet S.
Dr. Corbet S. Johnson, 105, of Holmes Beach, died December 27, 2008. Born in Putnam, New York, he moved to Manatee County in 1972 from Waverly, New York. A graduate of the American College of Physicians, he was a cardiologist and anesthesiologist and a member of the Key Royale Golf Club. He is preceded in death by his wife, Ruth S. Johnson; and son, Corbet S. Johnson Jr. Survivors include his daughter, Barbara J. Cheek; son, Thomas S. Johnson; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Griffith-Cline Funeral Home. Published in the Star-Gazette on 12/31/2008
Age 102, died on Wednesday in the Jewish Rehabilitation Center in Swampscott, MA. Born in Brooklyn, NY, he lived most of his life in Elmira, NY. He was a retired Motor Vehicle Instructor for the State of New York. He was a member of the B'nai B'rith in Elmira and Cong, Shomrey Hadath in Elmira. Beloved husband of the late Ada (Rosenthal) Kaminsky. Devoted father of Lora and her husband, Arthur Horowitz of East Windsor, NJ, Sheila and her husband, Edward Braun of Swampscott, MA. Loving brother of the late George Kaminsky, Rose Friedman, and Eleanor Pepe. Cherished grandfather of Stephanie Myers, Scott Braun, Ed Horowitz, Dena Bogen; and great-grandfather of Evan, Samantha, Alexis, Gabrielle, Justin, Garrett, Clara, Jeremy, Vivian, and Iris. Services at the Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, 10 Vinnin St., Salem, MA, on Sunday, May 11, at 9:00 a.m. Burial will follow in Mt. Judah Cemetery, Ridgewood, NY at 3:00 p.m. Memorial Observance through Tuesday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Horowitz. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in his memory may be donated to the Jewish Rehabilitation Center, 330 Paradise Rd., Swampscott, MA 01907 or the charity of your choice. Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/9/2008.
KNAPP - YOUNG, Esther Knapp
Kindergarten Teacher - Age 104, Of Bethaney Retirement Home, Horseheads, NY, died on December 19, 2009 of congestive heart failure. Born in Buffalo, NY, she was the daughter of the late H. Jason and Thirza Hudson Knapp and for fifty years the devoted wife of Edgar R. Young, who died July 16, 1985. She resided in the Elmira area for more than 85 years. Mrs. Young graduated from Oberlin Kindergarten School, Oberlin, Ohio and attended Geneseo College and Cornell University and was a member of the class of 1927 at Elmira College. She taught kindergarten in Sherburne, NY and in Elmira Schools at Fassett, Broadway and Hendy Avenue schools for more than 25 years. She was pleased with all of her kindergarteners. Mrs. Young joined the First Presbyterian Church of Elmira in 1921 at age sixteen. She served the church as a Sunday school teacher, and as a member of the Session. She was a member of the Thursday Morning Musicals, Bethany Auxiliary, Arnot Hospital Auxiliary and New York State Retired Associations and former member of the Junior League of Elmira. She is survived by her two daughters, Thirza Y. Gibbs of Big Flats, NY, and Martha Y. Hansen of Denver, CO., and her son, E. Stevens Young of Washington DC, her grandchildren, James, John, Bruce, Brian and Gary Gibbs, Charles and Margaret Hansen and Rolando, Rebecca and Rene Malones and ten great-granddaughters, one great grandson and numerous extended family members. The family wishes to thank Bethany, Hospice and her special caregivers for their expertise and companionship given to Esther during her long life. A memorial service will be scheduled for a future date. Memorial contributions may be made to The First Presbyterian Church of Elmira or to a charity of one's choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Olthof Funeral Home Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave, Elmira. Published in Star-Gazette on December 20, 2009
MACUGAY - Sotera Macugay Bunao, 103 of Queen City, Philippines, died peacefully on March 19, 2009 at her home and to enter the gates of Heaven to be with the Lord. In her younger years Sotera enjoyed running a boarding home for college students. She was predeceased by her husband Juan in 1984. He was a retired elementary teacher. Sotera is survived by her only child, Dr. Romulo M. Bunao and his wife Margaret; four grandchildren, Timothy Bunao (Jennifery), Kathleen Dolan, Patricia Vargo, Michele Goble (Sam); seven great-grandchildren, Jeffery L. Vargo II (Ruth), Michele Vargo, Timothy R. Bunao, Megan Dolan, Darin Dolan, Samantha Goble, Jacob Goble, and other relatives and friends. Her son, Dr. Romulo Bunao, and granddaughter Patricia Vargo flew to Quezon City, Philippines for services and cremation on March 24, 2009. A celebration of Sotera’s life will be held at the St. James Church in Waverly on Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 10 a.m. Submitted by Reva Wagner from the Sayre Morning Times 9 April, 2009.
McCUNE - Madeline A. Vogel
Madeline A. Vogel, 102, of Wellsboro, died Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, at Broad Acres Health and Rehabilitation Center, Wellsboro. Madeline was born Sept. 14, 1907, in Windber, a daughter of John Joseph and Mary Jane Clapper McCune. She was the wife of the late Richard C. Vogel who died in 1975. Madeline and Dick owned several businesses during their lifetime, among them a tavern in DuBois, and the Ansonia Hotel in the early 1950s and 1960s. They retired in 1969. Madeline enjoyed serenading friends and staff at Broad Acres. Her favorite song was Take Me Out to the Ballgame. She was an outdoors woman and enjoyed fishing and hunting. Madeline is survived by two grandsons, James (Michelle) Vogel of Cedar Run, John Vogel of Johnstown; two great-grandchildren, Jim and Jessica Vogel; five great-grandchildren, Faith, Andrew, Leah, Joshua, Caleb; and a daughter-in-law, Mary M. Vogel of Johnstown. She was predeceased by five brothers and sisters and a son, John Richard Vogel, in January 1997. Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory and Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield. A life celebration will be held immediately following the viewing at 3 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Cedar Run Baptist Cemetery. Published in The Wellsboro Gazette from October 17 to October 27, 2009
MICHAEL - Mildred Litchard Smith, 104, of Muncy, died Friday, February 22, 2008, at Muncy Valley Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit, Muncy. Born October 15, 1903, in Muncy, she was a daughter of Isaac and Minnie (Litchard) Michael. Mildred married Chester M. Smith, he died in 1963. She was the oldest member of St. Andrew Evangelical Lutheran Church, Muncy. Surviving is a son, W. Kimber Smith of Muncy; two daughters, Alma Reitz and Norma Stackhouse, both of Muncy; a brother, Wayne Michael of Turbotville; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Mildred was preceded in death by a grandson, Thomas Smith; five brothers and two sisters. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 27, at Grenoble’s, 121 S. Main St., Muncy. Officiating will be her pastor Rev. Dr. Donald Edwards. Burial will be in Twin Hills Memorial Park, Muncy. Friends will be received at the funeral home on Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. The family welcomes flowers and suggests memorial contributions be made to either St. Andrew Evangelical Lutheran Church , 201 S. Main St., Muncy, PA 17756 or Muncy Valley Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit, 215 E. Water St., Muncy, PA 17756. Please indicate that the donation is being made in Mildred’s name. -Williamsport Sun Gazette, 24 Feb 2008
MILLER - STANSFIELD, Florence
Age 101, of Horseheads, NY, died peacefully on Thursday morning, July 10, 2008, at Elcor Health Services. Florence was born October 14, 1906, a daughter of the late Chase and Anna Miller. She was employed for many years at Cohen's Ladies and Children's Apparel in Horseheads. Florence was predeceased by her husband, Arthur L. Stansfield; son, James L. Stansfield; and grandson, James A. Stansfield. Survivors include her children, Robert (Cynthia) Stansfield of Horseheads, NY, Joyce Sutliff of Wernersville, PA, and Jean (Thomas) Smetanka of Horseheads, NY; daughter-in-law, Angeline Stansfield of Elmira Heights, NY; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Private Funeral Services will be held at the convenience of the family. The family will provide their own flowers. Those wishing to remember Mrs. Stansfield may do so through charities of one's choice. Published in the Star-Gazette on 7/13/2008
Rep. Tina Pickett presents Stella Landers with a proclamation from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, congratulating her on her 100th birthday, Feb. 5. Looking on is her great-niece, Carol Gayeski. Photo by Wes Skillings Wyalusing Resident Turns 100 - by Wes Skillings - 2/11/2010 Wyalusing Rocket
It is a long way from Brooklyn to Wyalusing, but to Stella Landers that
journey is just a jaunt compared to a life that reached a major milestone on
Friday, Feb. 5. She celebrated her 100th birthday at the Wyalusing Valley
Personal Care Home, with fellow residents, staffers and two special family
Making the trip from Rochester, NY, to mark the occasion was her great-niece, Carol Gayeski, and her nephew, John Grajewski, who lives in Shickshinny.
Kathy Adams presided over a brief program, as Stella sat front and center as guest of honor, offering some tidbits from Stella’s life. Naturally, there was a birthday cake, with three large candles lit, and it took two to carry it—Tammy Ruhf and Crystal VanDeMark. The guest of honor only had one question: “How am I going to eat all that?” State Rep. Tina Pickett, whose mother, Thelma Brotzman, is a resident of the facility, was there to present a citation from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives honoring her. The people who have reached the age of 100 in the United States are a select group, but the number continues to grow, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. There were 50,454 in 2000 and five years later the number of people who are at least 100 years old had reached 55,000. Some highlights of Stella’s life, as reported by Adams: She was born on Feb. 5, 1910, in Kingston, PA, to John and Michalena Nejako, with a twin who died
. She is a Catholic and her baptismal name was Scholastica. Stella’s brothers were Anthony, Zigmond, Frank and John; sisters, Victoria, Anna and Julie. The children went to school in Hunting Mills, PA, and Stella remembers walking a mile to and from school. Her teacher was Bert Harrison. One of her most vivid childhood memories is a very cold day when, only halfway there, they had to stop at a neighbor’s home to avoid freezing. Their fingers were frostbitten, and the neighbor put their fingers in snow so they wouldn’t warm up too quickly. One of their neighbors was well off, had a sleigh and would sometimes give them a ride to school. At seven, tragedy entered their lives when her father was killed in a mine rock fall. Her mother bought a small farm and later married Stanley Kochiski. Stella had to quit school to go to work to help the family. It is no wonder she believes kids today have it too soft. Later, her sister, Victoria, and Stella moved to New York City to work as domestics. She met her future husband, John Landers, an Irish immigrant, through friends. They married and moved to Brooklyn and John worked in an office in Manhattan. They were not blessed with children, and she supposes that she is too old now. Stella moved to Dushore in 1983 with her husband to retire. On July 11, 2002, she moved into her new home, the Wyalusing Valley Personal Care Home, and has made many friends over the years. Submitted by Carol Hoose Brotzman
NORTH Mary (North) Vollmer
99, of Saint Mary's Manor, Lansdale Pa., formerly of Rydal, Pa., died Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010 at Saint Mary's Manor. She was born in Wilmot Township, Bradford County, Pa., on April 23, 1910. She was the daughter of the late Dennis and Blanche O'Neill North. She moved to Dushore, Pa., at an early age and graduated from Saint Basil's High School in 1928. She graduated from nursing school at the hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in 1932, were she was employed for several years. She later moved to Abington, Pa., where she continued her nursing career. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl S Vollmer; two brothers, Paul B. North of Dushore and John North of Abington; and four sisters, Catherine North of Abington, Veronica McDonald of Dushore, Sister Rose Alice C.S.J, and twin Sister Rose Anita C.S.J. of Buffalo, N.Y. She is survived by two stepchildren: Earl (Sue) Vollmer Jr. of Rydal, Pa., and Valerie (Barney) Berlinger of Carversville, Pa.; along with six step-grandchildren and 10 step-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Mary was a former member of Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church, in Abington, Pa., and was currently of member of Saint Mary's Manor Chapel in Lansdale. Mary was a very caring person who always thought of others. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010 with a viewing at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Saint Basil's Church in Dushore Pa., with the Rev. Joseph R. Hornick, pastor, presiding. Interment will be in the adjoining parish cemetery. Submitted by Carol Hoose Brotzman Daily Review on February 8, 2010
OLMSTED - Nellie E. Dutton,
Nellie E. Dutton, 100, of Cady Avenue, Nichols, N.Y., died peacefully Friday afternoon, Jan. 4, 2002, at the Tioga Nursing Facility, Waverly. She was born on Sept. 15, 1901, in Nichols, the daughter of the late Jay and Elizabeth (Cortwright) Olmstead. Nellie was the eldest member of the Nichols Presbyterian Church; a member of the Nichols Senior Citizens Club; and a member of the Elmwood Rebekah Lodge Number 273, where she served as past noble grand. She was a devoted mother and treasured the time spent with her family. Nellie is survived by her daughters and son-in-law, Althea and Kenneth Lewis of Waverly, Jean Henry of Candor, and Catherine Nye and Connie Dutton of Nichols; sons and daughter-in-law, Irving "Jack" Dutton, Jay and Carol Dutton, and Frank Dutton, all of Nichols; a brother, Earl Olmstead of Nichols; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband, Earl Dutton, on Nov. 30, 1946; a son, LeRoy Dutton; a daughter, Harriet Rogers; and granddaughters, Beverly Bell and Barbara Lewis. Funeral services and a celebration of Nellie's life will be held on Monday, Jan 7, 2002, at 2 p.m. at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the funeral chapel, where Rebekah services will be conducted at 2:15 p.m. A period of visitation will also be held on Monday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service at 2 p.m. at the chapel. Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the Nichols Presbyterian Church, Main Street, Nichols, N.Y. 13812, or the Nichols Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 336, Nichols, N.Y. 13812, in loving memory of Nellie E. Dutton.
ORMSBY - BARNES, Dorothy B.
Dorothy Bell Ormsby Barnes, 101, formerly a longtime resident of Arkport, died while residing at Elcor Nursing Home in Elmira on Thursday (August 6, 2009). She was born September 23, 1907, the daughter of the late Alton Ormsby and Hazel Burdick Ormsby. Dorothy was predeceased by her husband, Herbert, in January 1976; her oldest son, Charles H. Barnes of Elmira in 2008; her brothers, Clifford and Donald; sister, Ella McGrosso; daughter-in-law, Maxine Barnes; and good friend, Frank Young. She is survived by her two sons, Grant (Ann) Barnes of Punta Gorda, FL and Graham (Jacqueline) Barnes of Painted Post and Titusville, FL; one daughter-in-law, Ruth Barnes of Southport; grandchildren, David (Kathy) Barnes of Pine City, Diana (Lee) Foster of Seneca Falls, Jeffery (Michelle) Barnes of Painted Post, Suzanne (David) Stinson of Kingman, KS, Carol (Brenden) Harper of Pine City, Dorothy (Brad) Hammers of Wayland; 15 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. The family will be present to receive friends on Sunday from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Monday from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the Bender-Brown & Powers Funeral Home, 354 Canisteo Street, Hornell where funeral services will follow calling hours at 11 a.m. Rev. Steven Jewell will officiate. Burial will follow in Arkport Cemetery. An Eastern Star Memorial Service will be held on Sunday evening at 7:30 p.m. The family wishes to thank the Elcor Nursing Home Staff, the Southern Tier Hospice and Palliative Care, and the many volunteers for the wonderful and caring love shown to their mother. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Elcor Nursing Home, the Arkport Fire Dept., the local SPCA or the Southern Tier Hospice. Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/7/2009
PAUL –VELVA M. JONES, 101, Renovo died peacefully at Bucktail Medical Center January 15, 2006. Born in Swissdale, April 23, 1904 she was the daughter of the late William and Harriett “Hattie” Paul. Most of her life was spent in Renovo before moving to Bucktail, where she resided for over four years. Her energies were concentrated on her family, home and Trinity Episcopal Church activities. She was the oldest living member of the congregation. Her hobbies include sewing, crocheting and baking. She was well known for her “Divinity” candy that she made each year at Christmas. Surviving are her grandson, William C. Jones, Roaring Branch; great-granddaughter, Karen (Ryan) Schultz, Blossburg and great-great-grandson, Adam N. Schultz, Blossburg. Also surviving are numerous nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde J. Jones in 1966; daughter, Gloria; three sisters; two brothers and granddaughter-in-law, Marlene Jones. In accordance with her wishes a private family funeral was held at the Maxwell Funeral home, Renovo at the family’s convenience. Interment will follow in North Bend Cemetery. The family requests memorial donations to the Trinity Episcopal Church or the Bucktail Medical Center. –Canton Independent Sentinel
PASSERI - CELLI, Santina
Age 102, a resident of Wheaton and formerly of Austinville, PA and Horseheads, NY. She was born on July 29, 1906 in Eynon, PA to Anthonio and Rose Passeri. She had worked as a forewoman for Barbizon Dress Manufacturing, served as a leader for Girl Scouts and Brownies and was a member of Peanut Pals. She was always helping her friends and neighbors and loved spending time with her grandchildren. She is survived by two sons, Alfred (Patricia) Celli of Elmira, NY and Louis (Irene) Celli of Wheaton; eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Guerrino Celli, in 1971; and one son, Eugene Celli, in 1984. A mass will be held on Thursday, May 14, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church, West St. and Illinois St. in Wheaton. Friends may visit with the family from 9 to 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/14/2009
PETERSON - Mrs. Ellen Elizabeth Peterson Williams, 108, a resident of Rose View Center, Williamsport, and formerly of Ralston and Renovo, PA died on Wednesday, April 9, 2008, surrounded by caring friends. She was born on October 29, 1899, daughter of the late Charles and Kerstin Jonnson Peterson. She graduated from Ralston High School in 1917 and Bucknell University in 1919. She was certified to teach Art Education and Music, working as a music teacher for 42 years beginning in Cresson, then Ambler before returning closer to home to teach in Renovo. As a music teacher, she taught the band, orchestra, and chorus, produced operettas and played for the church. Mrs. Williams loved to quote verses from the Bible and lived her life accordingly. She was an inspiration to many of her students as evidenced by the many cards, letters and visits she still received thanking her. She was a life long Republican, voting in every election since 1920. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 22 years, Samuel Luther Williams, brothers Nels, Rudolph, Harry and Carl, sister Selma Peterson, nephew Carl Peterson and niece Jean Peterson Marsh. She is survived by her niece by marriage Ruth Peterson, of Cuyahoga Falls, OH and two great nieces, Pam West of Akron, OH and Janet Peterson of Tallahassee, FL and many dear friends and students. Funeral will be held Friday, April 11, 2008 at 11:00 A.M. from the Maxwell Funeral Home, 205 Fifth Street, Renovo, with the Reverend Ann Overmiller officiating. Friends may call from ten o’clock until the time of service. Interment will be in the Fairview Cemetery, Renovo. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of the donors’ choice. Submitted by Carol Hoose Brotzman
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Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin on June 6, 2010
Ruth M. Rockwell formerly of Newark Valley - Ruth M. Rockwell, 102, of Cummings, GA and formerly of Newark Valley, NY, entered Chapter Eternal on February 27, 2010. She was born September 4, 1907 in Camptown, PA and was predeceased by her parents, Dora Posnett and Herbert Rockwell of Stevensville, PA; brothers, William Rockwell of Sayre, PA and Herbert Rockwell of Rochester, NY; and half sister, Helen Rockwell Barnes of Stevensville, PA. She is survived by a niece, Rose Marie Peiters, with whom she had resided since the 1990's, and her family of Cummings, GA; a niece, Jean Davenport and her family of Sun City, AZ; and a nephew, Richard Rockwell and his family of Syracuse, NY. Ruth was an educator for 47 years. She attended Bloomsburg College, a normal school for teachers or teacher's training school in PA. She began her teaching career at the age of nineteen in a one-room school house with 30 students in all eight grades. She received her BS and MS from Cortland State Teachers College and taught in the upper elementary grades at the Newark Valley Central School District for 20+ years. Throughout her teaching career she continued to take additional courses at Northwestern University, specializing in reading, and became a reading consultant for the Newark Valley Schools. Following retirement from Newark Valley, she returned to PA and the Northeast Bradford School District and continued as a reading consultant there. Ruth was a 52-year member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood Chapter B Newark Valley. She served the Chapter as both Recording Secretary and President and attended the Newark Valley First United Methodist Church. She will be long remembered as an excellent teacher, faithful friend and devoted P.E.O. Sister. A memorial service will be held on June 19 at 1 p.m. in the Campville United Methodist Church, Campville, PA, with the Reverend Helen Learn presiding. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the Camptown United Methodist Church or to the P.E.O. Chapter B Memorial Fund for the Nathan T. Hall Elementary School Library, where Ruth taught, in care of H. De Haan, 46 Elm St., Newark Valley, NY. Submitted by Carol Hoose Brotzman
by Jason Wrightwrite the author
Ruth Rockwell, bottom left in red, celebrated her 102nd birthday with her niece and members of Embracing Hospice. At her right is Vicky Smith. Top row, from left, are Trudy Brown, Rose Marie Pieters, Rockwell’s niece, Deatra Bureau, Lisa Diaz and Barbara Farrell. Jason Wright.
September 04, 2009
Cumming — Ruth Rockwell, who turned 102 Sept. 4, has seen a lot in her days
on this Earth: Two World Wars, women's suffrage, the atomic bomb, civil rights,
space travel ... the list goes on and on. But there are still things that
surprise her every new morning. Mostly all that technology we take for
granted. "It's the modern gadgets. Most kindergartners know more
about technology than I do," she said. "I'd have to go back to school
to learn." Children and learning are apt topics for Rockwell, who
taught for 47 years before hanging it up in the 1970's. Born in 1907 in
Camptown, Pa., she attended what was then called "normal school" — or
a college for teachers meant to establish standards or norms in the field — and
began teaching at 19. She had 30 students in eight grades in her one-room
school house. It was a one-woman operation, to be sure. "She'd have
to stoke the fire in the morning and close up at night," said Rose Marie
Pieters, Rockwell's niece. The two live together in Cumming, their home for the
last 4 1/2 years. It was during these formative years that Rockwell showed her
resolve, said Pieters. Here's a story that could have only happened in the
Depression-era American back country: "Aunt Ruth is deathly afraid of
snakes. Well, there were some older boys at the school that wanted to get rid
of her — they'd made the last teacher's life miserable, and they didn't want
her, either," she said. So, said Pieters, the boys went down to the creek
behind the school and gathered up snakes in their pockets. Luckily, word
traveled fast in a small town. "Aunt Ruth knew what they had
planned," Pieters said. "So she steered the boys over to the library
my grandfather had built for the school and made the boys look up the snakes
they had caught. "That day they walked out muttering, 'You can't have any
fun with her.'" That cleverness evidently endeared her to the students,
said Pieters. One day when Rockwell was out sick, they literally threw the
substitute out the window and demanded she return. Rockwell then began teaching
in Newark Valley, N.Y., traveling back to her family's homestead in Camptown on
the weekends. She sold the property, which had been in her family since the
1790's, and moved to Sun City, Ariz., after she retired. Never one to slow
down, however, she still picked up some teaching gigs on the side. As the
1990's rolled around, Rockwell moved in with Pieters, who lived in New York.
During a particularly nasty winter, they visited a friend in Cumming and
decided to stay. That was 2005. Rockwell's health stayed strong until
October 2008. She now has a Majors Road-based Embracing Hospice come visit her
every week, and is a shining example that the service isn't just for those in
their twilight, said Trudy Brown, a representative of the company.
"Hospice isn't about your last few days. It's about living your best every
day," she said. Those are words Rockwell lives by. Though her sight
and hearing have deteriorated and the day-to-day memories are slipping, her
past adventures are as vibrant as ever. Here's one last story from
someone who is old enough to remember when owning a car was a luxury: Her first
automobile was made by her brother out of spare parts he found in a junk yard.
"He found the engine one day," said Rockwell. "He would always say,
'Why do people throw away good stuff?'" So he took it home and put it in
his garage for future use. A mechanic and engineer by trade, he was a natural
fix-it man. Rockwell said her brother never attended high school – he was
making good money driving trucks for a lumber company in the eighth grade, so
it seemed a waste. His "delight," she said, was his job as a mechanic
working on the "Black Diamond Express," the fastest train on the
Lehigh Valley Railroad. Rockwell received her first car, a 1919 Ford coupe
replica made out of all junk parts, as a gift so she wouldn't have to walk to
school. Of course, cars went an exact science back then. There were a few
glitches. "I remember it was a Friday night, and I had just gotten my
first check," she said. "I was crossing the Camptown Bridge when I
heard an awful noise. I looked in the rearview mirror and saw a lot of stuff
lying all over the road." Luckily, a garage was downhill from the bridge.
She coasted all the way to it and called her brother. "When I pulled in, I
asked him what happened. He said, 'It's your rear end. It fell off.'" So
she left it overnight for him to fix it. She then drove it proudly for three
years — with a new back end, of course. Submitted by Carol Hoose Brotzman
Inscription under the picture
Wellsboro Gazette, March 24, 2010
celebrates 100 Years
Isabell is the mother of three, Paul, Isabelle, and Roland; grandmother of eight, Jeanie, Jody, Karen, Linda, Ricky, Paul, Roland III, and William; great-grandmother of 15, Mari, Joey, Andrea, Joanna, Megan, John, Heather, Jason, Taylor, Spenser, Megan, Kenneth, Roland IV, Jeffrey and Samantha; great-great-grandmother of eight, Liam, Chloe, David, Lily, Chase, Cole, Brianna, and Xavier. Isabell lost her husband, Roland, in 1982. She also lost her son, Roland and grandson, Joey in recent years. She is currently living with her son, Paul and his wife, Katie in Mansfield. In the winter months, she often goes to Florida and stays with her daughter, Isabelle. Isabell has witnessed many important events in history, including the ending of World War I and World War II, a man landing on the moon, the Great Depression and many others. If you asked her what her favorite times were, she would probably say a nice summer day watching the Orioles win a game and eating crab cakes! Mansfield Gazette, April 22, 2009
- Marie "Mimi"
Wyalusing Rocket November 20, 2008
Marie “Mimi” Wygrala at her 100th birthday party with her son, Jim and daughter, Kathryn. The previous evening 150 people attending the Wyalusing Firemen’s annual Appreciation Dinner joined to sing happy birthday to Marie, who was attending the dinner. Teddy Roosevelt was President of the United States when Marie was born.
'Mimi' Marks 100th Birthday - by David Keeler - 11/20/2008 Wyalusing Rocket
Spring Hill’s Community Hall was filled Sunday afternoon with people who had come to mark a very special event—Marie “Mimi” Wygrala’s 100th birthday. The celebration took place from 1 to 4 p.m., and by 2 p.m., over 75 people had stopped by to extend their greetings. Many more arrived throughout the afternoon. The previous evening, at the Wyalusing Valley Volunteer Fire Department’s annual Appreciation Dinner, 150 people joined together to sing Happy Birthday to Marie who was attending the event. There are many stories about Marie’s excellent health, and one of the favorites being passed around Sunday afternoon was the one about a man who stopped by the community hall during a function of some sort and asked to see the 95-year-old woman who helped out by washing dishes. “You’re talking to her,” Marie replied to the astonished man. And then there’s the one about how not that long ago, Marie helped her son, Jim split firewood. In an interview with this newspaper last year just before she turned 99, Marie said she attributed her good health to the fact that she never smoked nor drank.
The year Marie was born most Americans still had not seen a movie, ridden in an automobile or grasped the concept that people could fly. Teddy Roosevelt was president. The year began with the first-ever New Year’s ball dropping at Times Square and ended with the Wright Brothers’ historic flight. In between, Henry Ford introduced the world’s first mass produced car, the Model T. It was the year that oil was discovered in Iran, the song, Take Me Out to the Ball Game was introduced and the term “Melting Pot” was coined. According to information compiled by Silvara historian and genealogist Hedy Chaffee, Marie Martha Szukalski Wygrala was born on Nov. 18, 1908 in Delmerhorst, Germany. She was married to Emil W. Wygrala. He was born on July 9, 1906, probably in Garki, Germany, his father’s birth town, and died on Oct. 30, 1988 in Towanda, PA. Emil’s father first came to America in May 1909 aboard the S.S. President Grant. He frequently returned to the old country, according to Chaffee’s research. The 1920 census stated that August and his wife, Pauline Runge Wygrala both became U.S. citizens in 1919. They had a son, Walter, born in the U.S. August owned a clothing store in Laceyville in the 1920’s and 30’s. Chaffee concluded that Emil Wygrala’s real mother must have died and he lived with someone else in Germany until 1925. In 1931, Emil, who was 24 at the time, joined his father, August, 46, who was returning to the U.S. aboard the S.S. Bremen. They arrived on April 23 with their destination stated as Laceyville. Their passports were dated Jan. 27, 1931 and both were listed as being married. Marie Wygrala came to the U.S. after her husband, Emil had arrived here. She came aboard the same ship, but on a different voyage and arrived in New York on June 28, 1931 to eventually join her husband in Laceyville. She spoke little English when she joined her husband who was employed at the Laceyville Creamery. Marie currently lives with her daughter, Kathryn Vanderpool at her home on Indian Hill near Laceyville. She keeps herself busy by making afghans and quilts. Marie’s son, Jim, lives on Laning Creek Road near Wysox. She remains in relatively good health and is able to walk unassisted. Saturday night she joined others at the firemen’s buffet and casually carried her own plate. Among the highlights of Sunday’s birthday celebration was a card from President George Bush and First Lady Laura Bush. The card stated: “Happy 100th Birthday. We are pleased to add our congratulations to your celebration. You have led a remarkable life and your experiences have contributed to the strength of our nation. We join your family and friends in wishing you the best on your special day.” The greeting contained the presidential seal and the signatures of George and Laura Bush. State Representative Tina Pickett arranged for a special citation to be issued to Marie by the Pennsylvania Legislature. Pickett was unable to attend Sunday’s celebration due to an illness in her family. Delicious refreshments were served including birthday cakes baked by Aileen Learn and Ruby Boyanowski. submitted by Carol Brotzman
Woman celebrates 100th birthday, Marie Wygrala
BY JAMES LOEWENSTEIN STAFF WRITER Daily Review Published: Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuscarora Township resident Marie Wygrala, who turned 100 on Tuesday, comes to the Park Place senior center in Wyalusing every week to play bingo, said Nina Stevens, a manager at Park Place. Wygrala, whose main meal of the day consisted of soup when she was growing up in Germany, attended her 100th birthday party at Park Place, where there were more fun things to eat: cake and ice cream. “She’s a very personable lady,” said Zoria LaLonde, who lives at Park Place, and has gotten to know Wygrala over the years. “She’s always smiling. She has a good attitude (about things). Nothing upsets her that I know about.” And she remains active, LaLonde said. “People who live around her say she’s out putting clothes on the line, raking leaves, whatever there is to do. She enjoys it,” LaLonde said. Wygrala lives with her daughter, Kathryn Vanderpool, off U.S. Route 6 in Tuscarora Township. Family members said that in the winter and spring, Wygrala rakes leaves and pulls weeds outside her home. She continues to cook, and will watch over her great- great- grandchildren sometimes, they said. She also continues to go to a local church to help make “Ugly Quilts” for homeless people, said Vanderpool. And she continues to walk unassisted, Vanderpool said. “Her hearing is a little off, but other than that, she’s in good health,” Stevens said. Wygrala said she was born in Delmerhorst, Germany. Her mother died when she was seven years old, Vanderpool said. Her father worked in a factory. When she was growing up, her supper on six days of the week consisted of soup, Vanderpool said. On Sunday, though, she had boiled potatoes and a piece of meat, Wygrala said. Wygrala said she attended school, but did not go to high school. People had to pay to go to high school in Germany, Wygrala explained. “Money (in my family) was scarce,” she said. She immigrated to the United States in 1931, and came directly to Laceyville, where her husband, Emil, was already living. At first, she and Emil Wygrala lived in a tourist home on Main Street in Laceyville that Emil Wygrala’s parents operated. The tourist home catered to people who were traveling through the area, Vanderpool said. Marie Wygrala and her husband worked at the tourist home. “I never got paid for what I did” in the tourist home, though, Marie Wygrala said. After moving out of the tourist home, Marie and Emil Wygrala continued to live in Laceyville, where Emil Wygrala got a job in a creamery, family members said. Marie Wygrala has two children, six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and four great- great-grandchildren. Emil Wygrala died in 1988. Marie Wygrala had told a group of kindergartners at Laceyville Elementary School on Tuesday that not smoking or drinking alcohol was a key to living a long life, according to Kristy Vanderpool, who is the wife of Nick Vanderpool — one of Marie Wygrala’s great-grandchildren. The kindergarten class, which includes two of Marie Wygrala’s great- great-grandchildren, had a small birthday party for Marie Wygrala on Tuesday afternoon. Marie Wygrala also received a certificate from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and a letter from President Bush on the occasion of turning 100. Submitted by Carol Brotzman
I would like to note she was born Marie Szukalski daughter of Carl and Kathryn Rustalski Szukalski
SZUKALSKI Mrs. Marie M. (MiMi) Wygrala
102, passed away early Wednesday morning, Jan. 5, 2011, at the Mercy Tyler Hospital in Tunkhannock, Pa. She was born in Delmenhorst, Germany, on Nov. 18, 1908, the daughter of the late Carl and Kathryn Rustalski Szukalski. Mrs. Wygrala was the wife of the late Emil W. Wygrala, who died on Oct. 30, 1988. Since the passing of her husband she resided at the home of her daughter, Katy Vanderpool, near Laceyville, Pa. She was a member of the Spring Hill United Methodist Church, and its United Methodist Women, as well as its Ugly Quilt Club. In the years past she helped with the Spring Hill community dinners. In her spare time, she loved spending time with her grandchildren, her great-grandchildren and her great-great-grandchildren. She always looked forward to holding all of her new babies. Surviving are: her daughter with whom she lived, Kathryn (Katy) Vanderpool of Laceyville, Pa.; her son and his wife, James and Jean Wygrala of Towanda, Pa.; her grandchildren, Philip and Vickie Vanderpool, and Jack and Gail Vanderpool, all of Laceyville, Lana and Duane Clark of Wyalusing, Pa., Shannon and Randy Chilson of Sayre, Pa., Shawna Wygrala and Jamie Hughes, both of Towanda, Pa.; her great-grandchildren, Branden and Eva Vanderpool and Nick and Kristy Vanderpool, all of Laceyville, Pa., Austen McGee of Towanda, Pa., Jared Clark, and Ashlyn Clark, both of Wyalusing, and Ashley Hughes and Evan Hughes, both of Towanda, Pa.; and her precious great-great-grandchildren, Jada Marie Vanderpool, Taylor Grace, Nick Jr., Tacoma and McKenzie Vanderpool, all of Laceyville, Pa. Besides her husband she was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Charles (Charlie) Vanderpool, who passed away on May 30, 1993. At the wishes of her family, the funeral services will be private, at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main Street, Laceyville, Pa. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial donations in Marie M. Wygrala's memory to the charity of the donor's choice. Towanda Daily Review – January 6, 2011
TITUS - KUMM, Dorothy M.
Age 106, formerly of Elkland, Pa., died Friday, January 2, 2009 at the Green Home, Wellsboro, Pa. She was born December 21, 1902 in Dubois, Pa., the daughter of Leon and Sarah Moore Titus. She was a homemaker. Survived by daughter, Marilynn Simpson, Elkland, Pa.; grandchildren, Richard "Theresa" Simpson, Hatfield, Pa., Cheryl "Dennis" Bailey, Elkland, Pa., Robert "Pam" Simpson, Bloomsburg, Pa.; three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Richard in 1975; and her son-in-law, Robert Simpson in 2004. Family and friends are invited to call at the Kenyon Funeral Home Inc., #214 West Main Street, Elkland, Pa., Monday from 1-2:00 p.m. where funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. immediately following the visitation. Rev. Larry O'Dell officiating. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Canisteo, NY. Published in the Star-Gazette on 1/4/2009
HIGHAM Mildred W.
Age 100 formerly of Horseheads, NY, Johnson City, NY and Camden, NY died on Friday February 29, 2008 at The Chemung County Nursing Facility. Mrs. Higham was born March 11, 1907 in Brooklyn, NY the daughter of the late Arthur and Emma Newman Walker. Mildred's husband, Wilfred Joseph Higham, pre-deceased her on January 1, 1983. Mildred was a long-time member of The Camden United Methodist Church and was a retired telephone operator for NYNEX and member of The Telephone Pioneers. She volunteered numerous hours to several organizations for the betterment of her community. She loved her family and friends and treasured the time she spent with each and every one of them. Mildred was a true matriarch who was loved and respected by all. Mrs. Higham is survived by her son and daughter-in-law: Jack & Janet Higham of Vestal, NY; daughter and son-in-law: Betty & Robert Sauerzopf of Horseheads, NY; 11 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren; sisters: Ruth Philpott and Charlotte Caldwell both of Rome, NY; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of caring friends including her caregivers at The Chemung County Nursing Facility. The family would like to thank the entire staff of The Chemung County Nursing Facility and especially the 4th floor staff for their compassionate and loving care of their mother and grandmother Mildred W. Higham. Private Memorial Services will be held at The First United Methodist Church of Horseheads 1034 West Broad Street Horseheads, NY with the Rev. Dr. Robert O. Sherburne officiating. A Funeral Service will be held at the Larobardiere Funeral Home 109 Main Street Camden, NY in the Spring at a time to be announced. Mildred's grandson Richard Sauerzopf will officiate. Interment will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Camden, NY. Arrangements are entrusted to the Lynch Funeral Home 318 West Broad Street Horseheads, NY. Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/2/2008.
WEAST - Dr. Harry P. Weast, 99, of Wyalusing, Pa, died on Monday, April 14, 2008, at Beacon Ridge, Ind. He was born on Sept. 24, 1908 in Newville, Pa., a son of the late Howard E. and Iva (Baer) Weast. He was married to Evalene P. (Sheehan); she preceded him in death on April 17, 1984. He later married Ruth (Brown) Place-Weast. She survives him along with the following: Children: Nancy A. married to James Bollinger of Armagh, Pa., David H. Weast married to Jane (Reck) of Virginia Beach, Va.; step-children: Barbara married to David Behrend of Wyalusing, Pa., Robert Place married to Louise of Mehoopany, Pa.; grandchildren: J. Craig Bollinger, Kevin Bollinger, Dawn Mallick, William Weast; step grandchildren: Heidi and David Behrend; three great grandsons and three step great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by the following: a brother: Howard Weast, and a sister: Lavina Walker. Mr. Weast was of the Methodist faith. He attended Shippensburg Campus, graduating as a teacher. He was employed as a school administrator and college educator for various places across Pennsylvania for forty-four years. Mr. Weast was a fifty-year member of the Mt. Mariah Lodge No. 300, F.&A.M., Huntingdon, Pa., he was also a member of the Valley of Towanda Consistory, Jaffa Shrine Altoona and the Bradford County Shrine Club. He enjoyed traveling, fishing, camping and was an avid reader. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be held at Broad Top I.O.O.F. If friends so desire, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Dr. Weast to Shippensburg University c/o Old Main Foundation, 1870 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257. Arrangements by Akers Funeral Chapel, 715 Church Street, Saxton, PA 16678. Submitted by Carol Brotzman. Daily Review on 4/16/2008.
WERT, Walter R. Age 99, (FOUR days only from 100) formerly of W. First Street in Elmira, went to his eternal rest on Monday, March 20, 2006 at the Ephrata Manor Nursing Home in Ephrata, PA. Mr. Wert was born March 24, 1906 in Perry Township, PA, a son of the late William E. and Ida Fisher Wert. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church and a 48 year employee of the Erie-Lackawanna R.R., retiring in 1971. Mr. Wert is predeceased by his wife of 69 plus years, his beloved "Millie", Mildred M. Wert, who died on January 7, 1995; brothers, George and Clair Wert; and sister Alma Wert Brown. Surviving are his sons and daughters-in-law, Ronald and JoAnne Wert of Varysburg, NY, Gerald and Beverly Wert of Akron, PA, James Wert of Akron, PA, and William and Regina Wert of Elmira; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great grandchildren. Services for Mr. Wert will be held on what would have been his 100th birthday.Friday, March 24, 2006. Friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, corner of Water and Walnut Sts., from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A funeral service will then be held at 1:15 p.m. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. Donations in Mr. Wert's memory may be directed to Christ's United Methodist Church, 330 W. Church Street, Elmira, New York 14901.
YOCUM - MOORE
A. Virginia Moore, 103, Reading, formerly of Genesee, died May 18, 2009, in the Golden Living Center, Exeter Township. She was married to Stephen G. Moore, who predeceased her in 1977. Born Aug. 20, 1905, in Pottstown, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Mary (Weidner) Yocum. She was employed by the Limerick Diner for many years and was a member of the Genesee United Methodist Church. Virginia was a loving mother and grandmother. She loved to cook and enjoyed flowers and birds. Surviving are a son, Edward R. (companion, Joyce McConnell) Moore, Genesee; two daughters, Sally (Robert) Reeser and Ruth (Paul) Gordon, both of Reading; and a daughter-in-law, Kathryn L. Moore, Schwenksville. Other survivors include five grandchildren: Steve Wilson, Kathy (Bruce) May, Rebecca (James) Terry, Debra (Albert) Herr and Michael (Jean) Miller; 10 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a daughter, Virginia Lee Moore; a brother, William D. Yocum; and a sister, Ruth Binder. Friends may call Friday, 10 to 11 a.m., in the Genesee United Methodist Church with services following at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Deborah L. Watkins officiating. Burial will be in Genesee Cemetery.
ZIMMERMAN - Carrie Watkins hits 100, BY ROBERT L. BAKER, Wyoming County Press Examiner 07/23/2008 Carrie Watkins gets a hug from Elaine Tomb, a family friend who read a giant-sized proclamation about the life of Carrie Zimmerman Watkins, who had a 100th birthday party Sunday, two days early. STAFF PHOTO/ROBERT BAKER When Carrie Zimmerman saw the first light of day on July 22, 1908, Theodore Roosevelt was President. A hundred years later, another Republican is in the White House and Carrie (now last name Watkins) was being treated a couple days ahead of her big birthday in East Lemon by her son, granddaughters and other family and friends. The gathering Sunday in East Lemon had cake and goodies and even a proclamation or two, but what Carrie said she was looking for was a little giggle from Elvis.The self-professed Elvis Presley fan was born at home in South Waverly, but moved early on to Kingston, N.Y., where she graduated from high school and trained to be a nurse. She spent most of her adult years, however, in the Ulster area. Asked about what she owed her longevity to, Watkins said it was "drinking." Lest anyone read anything into that she quickly qualified the response to "drinking my tea." "Yes, I used to have something else once in awhile, and because I'm here I guess you can see it didn't kill me," she grinned. Although trained to care about everyone else's health, Watkins clutched an open pack of cigarettes and admitted that every so often she also gets a smoke. "But, not too many," she said. She recalled her family's first automobile, a Ford, when she was just a little girl, and said that her dad gingerly placed her and a sister in the backseat, and pointedly told them, "Now don't you move." "And so, we didn't," she said bluntly about her first experience in a pre-seatbelt era. In the intervening years, she said she's seen a lot of things in her life and some not so great Watkins said she'd like to be more positive about the way things are going these days to when she was a little girl, but she gave the present generation as well as the occupant of the White House a thumbs down."There are no good jobs out there for the young people," she said, "And, people don't stick together the way they used to."She misses Frank, her husband of 31 years, but a granddaughter said that at age 96, Watkins moved out on her own and gets excellent care by many caregivers when called upon. Carrie said she appreciated all of the well wishes, but really hoped she wouldn't make it to 200 years. Submitted by a cousin Carol Hoose Brotzman
?[Own surname not known] MASTRIANI - Mary P. “Mamie” Mastriani, 100, formerly of 4 Davenport St., Hornell, died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008 at McAuley Manor. She was employed in the cafeteria at Hornell High School for many years and was a waitress at the former Big Elms Restaurant. Survivors include her daughter, Dolores DeMuth of Manassas, Va.; three sisters, Lucille Fawcett, Anna Marie LoCoco and Rose LaFaro, all of Hornell. Calling hours are 5-7 p.m. today, Feb. 22 at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at St. Ann’s Church. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery. - Corning Leader, 21 Feb. 2008
? ANDREWS -
Gertrude Andrews of Vestal, New York
On Tuesday, August 5, 2008, the spirit of Gertrude Andrews departed from her earthly body in which she lived for 103 years. She was welcomed by the spirit of her husband, The Rev. Clarence L. Andrews, who had gone to be with God in 1968. In the early years of her life she lived in Dorranceton, Pa., where her husband, a Wyoming Seminary student, met her in the Dorranceton Methodist Church. After their marriage and a year in Boston where Clarence continued his study for the ministry, he was appointed pastor of the Litchfield, Pa. Methodist Church, where their only child Arthur was born. Through the next 40 years he continued his life work as a Methodist pastor of the Wyoming Conference serving churches in Castle Creek, Camptown, West Nanticoke, Wyoming, Montrose, Cooperstown, Mountain Top, Duryea, Providence Scranton, Luzerne, and Oxford. After retiring in 1967, Gertrude and Clarence lived at Heart Lake where he died suddenly at the age of 66. After his death, Gertrude lived in the Montrose area before moving to Vestal to be near her son and wife, and then lived in the Hilltop Methodist Retirement Center, until she came to live the last 6 years of her life with her son and wife in their home. During the years that her husband was a pastor, she was not only a homemaker and mother, but served as church secretary, hostess and devotional leader to many church groups. In each place, she left people whose lives were blessed by her friendship and caring. Throughout her life she created beautiful works of art in ceramics, oil painting, and home decorating. Gertrude was a member of the Vestal United Methodist Church, and the Montrose Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. Gertrude, through her son Arthur and his wife Ruth, gave life, love, and an inspiring example to three grandchildren and their spouses, Mark and Sandra Andrews, Timothy Andrews, Rebecca and Keith Harrison; and to her great-grandchildren, Kristin Andrews, Craig Andrews and his wife Sarah, Diane, Tony, Sarah, and Hugh Andrews, Melinda and Emily Harrison.
Private burial will take place at the convenience of the family. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, August 15, at 11a.m. in the Vestal United Methodist Church. The family may be visited at the church beginning at 10 a.m. The service will be led by her Pastor, The Rev. Michael Willis, assisted by The Rev. John Goodell. Contributions in her memory may be sent to the Memorial Fund of the Vestal United Methodist Church, 328 Main St., Vestal, N.Y. 13850. Submitted by Carol Hoose Brotzman Binghamton Press August 9, 2008
? Eva M. NORTHRUP, 103, of Rumsey Street Ext., died Wednesday, September 20, 2009 at Steuben County Health Facility. She worked at the Woodcraft Store in Wayland and the Silk Mills of Canisteo. Survivors include a stepdaughter, Ann Ormbsy. Calling hours are 9-11 a.m. Thursday at Seager-Jones Funeral Home. Services will be held there at the conclusion of calling hours at 11 a.m. Thursday, the Rev. McDowell officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.
"French" - Frances B.
Age 104, of Ankeny, IA, formerly of Elmira, NY, died on Friday, September 26, 2008, in Ankeny, IA. She is survived by her family, David E. and Debra L. Strope, Ankeny, IA, and their children, Elisabeth (Brian) Jeffords, Rebekah L. Strope and David A. Strope, and their granddaughter, Victoria Jeffords. Frances was predeceased by her husband, Leonard. Frances was a gifted organist and pianist, instilling in many not only a love for music but a love for Christ. She was a longtime member of Maple Avenue Baptist Church, Elmira, NY. A gravesite service will be held at a later date, with burial in Ulysses, PA. "But now having been set free from sin and having become the slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness and the end, everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:22-23). Published in the Star-Gazette from 10/2/2008 - 10/3/2008
? FRENCH, Frances B.
Age 104, of Ankeny, IA, formerly of Elmira, NY, died September 26, 2008. A graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 8, 2008, in Ulysses Cemetery, Ulysses, PA. Local arrangements are with the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.