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100, of 11 Sycamore Lane, Milton, and formerly of 25 East Brimmer Ave., Watsontown, died Sunday, September 26, 2010, at home after a three-week illness. Born in the Bellefonte area on August 16, 1910, she was the oldest daughter of the late Thomas R. and Ann Myrtle (Johnson) Allen.  On September 15, 1940, she married Foster J. Huffman, who preceded her in death on March 9, 1977. Following graduation from Watsontown High School in 1928 she attended the Williamsport Beauty School and a secretarial school in Williamsport.  Mary worked for the Ordinance and also opened her own beauty shop on Main Street in Watsontown.  In addition she performed babysitting services in the Watsontown area. During the 1950’s and 1960’s she volunteered with the Girl Scouts.  She never missed a year growing her vegetable garden, and sold her rhubarb, raspberries and vegetables to her neighbors and anyone else who inquired.  Mary attended the United Methodist Church occasionally and in her spare time she enjoyed reading. Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Helen Suzanne and Wayne M. Shively of Milton; two granddaughters, Amber C. Zimmerman of Milton and Arianne L. Brosius and husband Brian of Riverside; three great-grandchildren, Matthew W. Zimmerman, Cody A. Zimmerman and Abrie M. Brosius; and one sister, Margaret Greiner of Watsontown. In addition to her husband and parents she was predeceased by two sons; two sisters, Madlyn McIntyre and Barbara J. Stephens; and one brother, Max Allen. There will be no visitation.  A memorial service and interment of ashes in Watsontown Cemetery will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mary’s name may be made to a charity of one’s choice or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. The family is being assisted by Cronrath-Grenoble Funeral Home, 308 Main St., Watsontown. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, September 28, 2010

 

AUSTIN Verda A. Smith (nee Austin)

of Waverly, N.Y., died on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 in Marlton, N.J., at the age of 100.  Verda was the daughter of Henry and Bertha Austin from Troupsburg, N.Y.  She was predeceased by her husband, Benjamin E. Smith, and her son, Edward J. Smith, but is survived by her daughter, Barbara A. Lattimer (nee Smith), and her nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.  Verda worked for the Waverly School System for 18 years as the secretary to the superintendent. A time of gathering with family and friends will be from 11:30 a.m.-noon on Friday, Dec. 20 at the St. James Catholic Church, 503 Clark St., Waverly. The celebration of Verda's life will follow the visitation at the church at noon with the Rev. William Moorby honoring Verda's memory.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to one's favorite charity.  Burial will be in St. James Cemetery, Waverly.  Sayre Morning Times – December 19, 2013  

 

BIRGE Mary H.

A graveside service for Mary H. Birge of Burdett, who died March 29 at the age of 100 1/2, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 7 at Hector Presbyterian Cemetery, 5516 Rte. 414, Hector. A memorial service has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, April 9 at the Burdett United Methodist Church, 4011 Lake Road, Burdett. Mary, born August 5, 1911, celebrated her 100th birthday last August at a party in her honor at the Silver Spoon Cafe in the Schuyler County Human Services Complex, Montour Falls.  Her only relatives are nieces and nephews who live in Colorado. One of them, Jackie Slater, says she and her husband plan to attend the memorial service and "attend to Mary's affairs."  Mrs. Slater, in an email, said this: "Since Mary was over one hundred years of age, she never used a computer. Having out-lived many friends and family, she acquired younger and younger friends who certainly do use computers! My brothers and I are the only direct relatives she had. We are Mary's sister's children and all of us live in Colorado.  "Mary spent her early years enjoying farm life north of Burdett with her mother, Lillian Birge, her father, Benjamin Birge, and her younger sister Grace. She attended Watkins Glen High School and went to teaching college and on to nursing school. She had a long career at the Veteran's Hospital in Canandaigua, working with the psychiatric patients, until her retirement in the 1960s.  "In her spare time, Mary loved gardening and cooking. She loved her church and her friends. She delighted in reading her family history and always kept track of current events. Mary also enjoyed hearing about the generations that have followed: her two nephews and one niece; three grand-nephews and four grand-nieces, and five great-grand nephews and three great-grand nieces! (And two more babies are on the way at the end of this year.)  "Mary visited Colorado when we were children and delighted in the airline travel, the Rocky Mountains and teaching me how to tie my shoes! She was a great lady and quite a character.  "It doesn't seem possible she has passed. I loved her wonderful way of taking life on her own terms. She enjoyed every day God gave her. And He gave her many days!"   At her 100th birthday celebration, Mary said she had never married, had never had any children. "Oh, I've been in love," she said, "but the gentlemen who proposed to me, I didn't love. I couldn't see living with them, being their wife. But it's all worked out pretty well."  She said she had "no arthritis, no diabetes, and I have a good appetite. Food tastes good to me. I'm able to use my legs, although I did have a hip replacement and I use a walker."  She would, she said, "like to go another 10 or 20 years. It's not unheard of. But it's not in my hands; it's up to God."   Funeral home obituary - April 6, 2012 

 

BOUTON Harriet “Betty” Elisabeth Bouton

100, of Waverly died on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at Geisinger Hospital in Danville, Pa.  Betty was born on August 27, 1911, in Waverly, N.Y., the daughter of (the late) Ralph W. and Virginia Canoll Bouton.  Betty was a graduate of Waverly High School, Class of 1928, and of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Betty was a teacher of subjects in Sayre and Athens Area Schools for 41 years; retiring in 1975. She was a member of the Waverly Presbyterian Church and a member of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees. Betty was an avid reader and knitter. She is survived by three cousins and a dear best friend, Carolyn M. Cole of Sayre, Pa. At her wishes, there will be no services. Burial will be in the Forest.   Sayre Morning Times – April 21, 2012

 

BRUNER James William

100, died peacefully in his sleep on July 24 at his home in South Corning. Mr. Bruner was predeceased on July 4, 1999 by his beloved wife of 61 years, Louise Riggs Bruner. He is survived by his siblings, Marcia (Marshall) Shannon of Bethesda, MD, Susan Bruno, Arthur (Concetta) Bruno of Rochester, NY; daughters, attorney Karen Hull of Westerville, OH, Drs. Lynne (Thomas) Pitre of Portland, OR, and attorney Holly Elissa Bruno (Richard Harrison) of Sterling, MA; granddaughters, Kristina (John) Gorg of Warrenton, VA, Jessica (Alex) Rolfe of Newberg, OR, Kimberly (Josh) Lehman of Mansfield, OH, Erinne (Josef) Lubavitch of Camas, WA, Camilla Bruno-Hymoff (Jefferson Ebert) of Houston, TX, and grandson, Niccolo Bruno-Hymoff of Woburn, MA; 7 great-granddaughters and 6 great-grandsons. Mr. Bruner was born November 12, 1911, in Rochester, NY, eldest child of Michele and Adollorata (Modello) Bruno. Mr. Bruner graduated from Rochester's West High School in 1930 and earned his BS in civil engineering from Cornell University in 1934. In 1945, Mr. Bruner completed Harvard University's executive training program. Mr. Bruner worked briefly for Cabot Gas in Olean, NY, where he met and married his wife, Louise Jacqueline Riggs, in 1938. He joined Corning Glass Works in 1942, served for four decades in various engineering positions including plant engineer at the Press Ware facility and safety engineer at CGW's Research and Development Laboratories. Mr. Bruner regularly attended and enjoyed the luncheon meetings of retired Research and Development professionals at Sullivan Park. Committed to both community service and higher education, Mr. Bruner was elected Mayor of South Corning in 1970, where he had served on the village board for years. As Mayor, he oversaw the difficult task of guiding the village through aftermath of the devastating flood of 1972. Mr. Bruner also served as astronomy instructor for the Boy Scouts of America. A dedicated alumnus of and contributor to Cornell University, Mr. Bruner attended his 70th class reunion in 2004. As a member of the Cornell crew team, he never tired of supporting his team at regattas. His proudest moments came when he attended his children's and grandchildren's graduation ceremonies. James W. Bruner will be remembered most for his loving dedication to his ailing wife, Louise and daughter, Karen, for whom he cared with quiet, uncomplaining loyalty. Calling hours will be held on Friday, July, 27, 2012, from 4 until 6 p.m. at Haughey Funeral Home, 216 East First Street in Corning. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary's Church, 155 State Street in Corning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 28th. Burial will be in the Riggs family plot in Alleghany, NY on Saturday afternoon. Mr. Bruner requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Southern Tier Hospice, Habitat for Humanity, and/or Catholic Charities.  Star Gazette – July 26, 2012    

 

BULL Dorothy Wenzel

103, of Galeton, PA, died Friday, June 1, 2012, at the Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, PA. Born May 10, 1909 in Wrightsville, PA, she was a daughter of the late Lew and Helen (Bly) Bull. She married Gilbert Wenzel, who preceded her in death in 1971. Dorothy was a homemaker who was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Galeton for many years. She was also a member of the Rebekahs, Friend X, the Gaines Thimble Club, the Galeton Senior Center and enjoyed crafts and crocheting. Surviving are a son, David (Jeanne) Wenzel, Jacksonville, FL; two daughters, Janet Cascio, Georgetown, TX and Judith (James) Bailey, Alexandria, VA; a daughter-in-law, Delores Wenzel, Ulysses, PA; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, Dorothy was predeceased by a son, Richard Wenzel; five sisters and four brothers. Friends may call at the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, on Monday, June 4, 2012, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held at a later time. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.  Star Gazette – June 4, 2012

 

CARRUTHERS Dr. Roderick James Carruthers

a long time family physician in Stoneham, died at his home Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, at the age of 100.  He was the husband of the late Martha J. (Ruble) Carruthers. Born and raised in Onondoga, N.Y., he was the son of the late Leonard and Florence (Huntington) Carruthers.  He graduated from Pacific Union College and earned his medical degree at Loma Linda University, Calif. Dr. Carruthers served four and a half years in the Army during World War II as a Captain Field Physician. He was stationed in Africa and Italy. Following the war, he opened a medical practice in McGraw, N.Y., near his hometown, before joining the staff at the former New England San and Hospital, later known as the Boston Regional Medical Center in Stoneham, Mass. Dr. Carruthers moved to Stoneham and opened his practice in family medicine in 1950. He cared for his patients until he retired at the age of 76. During those years hundreds of babies were delivered and innumerable emergency calls and visits to the hospital were made.  Dr. Carruthers enjoyed time away from medicine in his garden and traveling throughout New England and upstate New York. He served as church elder and on the boards of Greater Boston Academy and the Stoneham Adventist Church for over three decades. In 1965, he was the surprised recipient of "This is Your Life" at the Stoneham Town Hall. And in 1985, the Town of Stoneham honored him with the Outstanding Service Award.  He is survived by two sons, Robert Carruthers and his wife, Rosanne of Stoneham and Douglas Carruthers and his wife, Sharon of Shawnee, Kans. and a daughter, Jean Mabley and her husband, Lonnie of Madisonville, Tenn. He also leaves six grandchildren, Jill and Neil Carruthers, Patricia Wooten, Dawn Horning, Michael and Jonathan Carruthers; eight great-grandchildren, Dean, Luke, Kate, Noah, Seth, Ethan, Keaton and Kaitlyn and a niece Kay Christensen Meager of Camarillo, Calif. He was the brother of the late Mildred Carruthers Christensen.  A celebration of Dr. Carruther's life was held on his 100th birthday this past December at Greater Boston Academy. He received the best wishes from over 150 guests. A graveside service will be held in June at the family cemetery in Syracuse, N.Y. Condolences may be sent to the Family of Dr. Carruthers at 37 Albion Ave., Stoneham, Mass. 02180 or to drcarruthers100@yahoo.com Those desiring may make a memorial donation to Winchester Hospital, 41 Highland Ave., Winchester, Mass. 01890, the Adventist Community Service Center, 9 Gerry St., Stoneham, Mass. or the Stoneham Citizen Senior Center, 136 Elm St., Stoneham, Mass. Arrangements under the direction of Anderson-Bryant Funeral Home, Stoneham, Mass.  Wellsboro Gazette – February 23, 2012  

 

CATHCART Marion Birchwale Agostino

Died after a brief illness on Friday morning, November 1, 2013 at the age of 101. Marion was born in Jersey City, NJ on March 30, 1912, the daughter of the late Alexander and Rose Cathcart. She was predeceased by her daughters, Marion Ruefer and Patti Marie Hopper and great grandson, Matthew Murphy. Marion is survived by her daughter, Eleanor Adam of Horseheads; son, Arnold (Shirley) Birchwale of The Villages, FL; sons-in-law, Roger Ruefer of Mahwah, NJ and John Hooper of Middletown, NY. She was a loving mother and grandmother to a huge family of 10 grandchildren, Barbara Murphy of Cambridge, NY, Stuart Ruefer of Marianna, AK, Steven (Sheryl) Birchwale of Wantage, NJ, Carol Birchwale of Middletown, NY, Jason Adam of Garden Grove, CA, Michael (Kathy) Adam of Horseheads, NY, Robert (Lisa) Adam of Fairfield, CA, Kristen (Daniel) Edge, Michael (Kathryn) Hopper and Kathryn (James) Lucas all from Middletown, NY; 12 great grandchildren, Shawn (Jennifer) Ruefer of Kingsport, TN, Margartha Ruefer of Knoxville, TN, Joseph Murphy of Saratoga Springs, NY, Jason Adam of Elmira, NY, Brittany Adam of Myrtle Beach, SC, Cody Adam of Horseheads, NY, Lauren Edge of Middletown, NY Apollo and Maverick Adam of Fairfield, CA, Dean Lucas of Middletown, NY and John and Lucille Hopper of Middletown, NY; and 4 great great-grandchildren, Patrick, Gabriel, Sylar and Celestra Ruefer all of Kingsport, TN. It was Marion’s wishes that there be no calling hours and services be held at the convenience of the family.  Star Gazette – November 10, 2013  

 

CHAMBERS Clara L. Beavan

BEAVER DAMS, NY — Clara L. Beavan age 100, of East Creek Road, Beaver Dams, NY died Saturday, February 5, 2011 at the home of her son surrounded by her family. Clara was born in Seville, Ohio, October 9, 1910, to Irwin Hyde and Flossie May (Lance) Chambers.  She was predeceased by her husband, Kenneth S. Beavan in 1978 and is survived by her three children: Richard (Cheryl) Bevan, Beaver Dams, NY, Jane (Lance) Martin, Johnson City, NY, and James (Susan) Bevan of Middletown, Ohio;  Five grandchildren: Tammy (Mark) Dobrosielski, Leslie (Christopher) Ballard, David (Jennifer) Bevan, Wendy Bevan (Brian Kent) and Kami (William) Butler; and ten great-grandchildren: Nicholas and Anna Dobrosielski, Collin and Lance Hickey and Emilia Ballard, Riley and Kegan Kent, and Ashleigh, Tabitha and Elyssa Bevan; her brother Howard Chambers of Dade City, Florida and several nieces and nephews.    She was predeceased by her sisters Margery Trask and Margaret Davis, and her brothers Robert Chambers and Donald Chambers.  She graduated from the Wilson Hospital School of Nursing and was a member of the Order of The Eastern Star, Tuscarora-Woodhull Chapter #273.  There will be no calling hours and a memorial service will be at a later date at the convenience of the family.  Memorials may be directed to the Order of the Eastern Star, Tuscarora-Woodhull Chapter #273 OES, c/o Ruth Boyer, 7720 State Route 417, Addison, NY 14801.   Corning Leader – March 9, 2011   

  

CICCARIELLO Angelo

Elmira: Age 103, died peacefully on Friday, September 9, 2011 at the Chemung County Nursing Facility. Angelo was born in Gaeta, Italy on February 20, 1908 a son of Nicola and Giovanina Nocera Ciccariello. He was predeceased by his wife of 75 years Elvira Salibello Ciccariello on June 3, 2009 and son John S. Ciccariello who died in May of 2011. Angelo immigrated to the United States at the age of 20. All of his adult life was spent in Brooklyn NY before moving to Elmira after the death of his wife. Angelo was a presser of high end dresses and gowns in the garment district in New York City. He was especially proud of having pressed Patricia Nixon's inaugural gown. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Anthony N. and Patricia Ciccariello of Elmira with their children, Anne (Peter) Brown, Natalie Ciccariello, Dominica (Kevin) Lumb and Rita (Edward Reidy) Ciccariello; John Ciccariello's son Scott Ciccariello; 4 great grandchildren. Family and friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, corner of W. Water and Walnut Streets, on Monday, September 12, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A funeral mass and burial for Angelo will take place in Brooklyn. Angelo's family would like to extend their sincere thanks to the staff of the 5th floor at the Chemung County Nursing Facility for the wonderful care given to Angelo over the last 22 months.   Star Gazette – September 11, 2011    

 

COYLE Mary Cecelia Tourscher

age 101, well known life-long resident of Dushore, passed away on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 peacefully at her home.  Mary was born May 31, 1911 on German Street in Dushore, one of nine children of the late Jairus Harrison Thayer and Anna Coyle. She graduated from St. Basil's High School a member of the class of 1928 and graduated from Marywood College with a BS in Science in 1932. She married Paul J. Tourscher of Dushore on Sept. 15, 1934 and he predeceased her on Feb. 18, 1968.  Mary began working for the telephone company in Dushore and worked there for many years. She later became the office manager for the Endicott Johnson Shoe Mfg. Co. of Mildred for several years until she began working for the office of the Pennsylvania Department of Welfare where she became a case manager and retired from there after 26 years of service.  In retirement Mary remained active and played the mandolin with a trio composed of Albert Chiplis and Steve Mattichak, who entertained at various county functions and nursing homes to the delight of the residents.  Mary was an active and the oldest member of I.H.M. Parish in Dushore and was also a member of its Altar and Rosary Society.   Surviving are three sons Jairus and Linda Tourscher and P. Daniel Tourscher, both of Dushore, and Richard and Marita Tourscher of Rochester, N.Y.; three daughters: Shelia Dacheux of Camp Hill, Jean and Lewis Hope of Dushore and Gail and Leroy Blair of Toledo, Wash.; twenty- one grandchildren; thirty-two great grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.  A Transferal Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 from the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore and followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Basil's Church, Dushore with the Rev. Joseph R. Hornick, her pastor, presiding.  Interment will be in the adjoining parish cemetery.  Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 at the funeral home. There will be a recitation of the Rosary at 3 p.m. by members of the Altar and Rosary Society.  The family will provide the flowers and request that memorial contributions be sent to the Dushore Fire and Ambulance Assoc., PO Box 1, Dushore, PA 18614    Towanda Daily Review – January 15, 2013  

 

DOTY Margaret C. (Doty) McHenry

Died on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at the Bradford County Manor in Troy, Pa., after being a patient for a week. She celebrated her 103rd birthday on December 6, 2010.  Margaret was a long-time resident of Berwick, Pa., and lived the last nine years in Sayre under the loving care of her daughter, Mrs. David Manning and the Guthrie Hospice.  Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the McMichael & Rairigh Funeral Home, 119-121 East Third Street, Berwick, Pa. There will be no public viewing. Her funeral service will be on Saturday, May 7 at 1 p.m. at the funeral home in Berwick, followed by interment at Rose Lawn Cemetery on West Front Street, Berwick.  In lieu of flowers, Margaret’s family suggests that memorial bequests be made to: Guthrie Hospice, RR#1 Box 154, Tomahawk Rd., Towanda PA 18848.   Sayre Morning Times – May 7, 2011

 

ELLIS Sarah Elizabeth Beilharz

100, of Riverwood Retirement Center, Lewisburg, and formerly of Muncy, died on Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at the Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg.  She was born on Nov. 2, 1910, in Anthony Township, Montour County, the daughter of the late William Jr. and Clara (Shook) Ellis. On Dec. 3, 1929, she married George C. Beilharz, who died in 1994 ending 65 years of marriage.  During her early years, Sarah was employed by Henry G. Brock, the former Muncy Woolen Mills, the former Muncy Silk Mill and the former Weldon's in Muncy.  She was a member of St. Andrew Evangelical Lutheran Church, Muncy. Sarah enjoyed gardening, crocheting and cooking.  Surviving are one son, R. Barry and his wife, Christine; three grandsons, Richard II and his wife, Cindy, of Northumberland, David of Herndon, and Steven of Muncy; two great-granddaughters, Amy and Melissa, both of Northumberland; one sister, Sadie, of Montoursville; and several nieces.  In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by one son, Lewis, who died in 1945; two brothers, Art and James; one sister, Sevena; and one nephew, Donald Bartlow.  There will be no public visitation. Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family, with burial in Muncy Cemetery.  Williamsport Sun Gazette – March 11, 2011

 

ERD Margaret "Marge" E. Leitner

100, of Chestnut Street in Troy, PA died peacefully on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at the Bradford County Manor. Margaret Cornielson Erd Leitner was born on September 3, 1912 in Lexington, KY, a daughter of the late Charles and Mattie (Gilchrist) Erd. On October 27, 1944 she married Carl J. Leitner, who survives. Marge attended the Lexington, KY public schools, after which she began her career in booking and office work in Cincinnati, Ohio. She moved with her family from Myerstown, PA to Troy in 1959. In Troy, Marge worked as the bookkeeper for Ribstone Silos until her retirement in 1979. She enjoyed playing bridge, rooting for the Cincinnati Reds, listening to the music of Tony Bennett, and watching classic movies. After retiring, she traveled around the country with Carl and volunteered at the Troy Public Library. Her friends and family celebrated her 100th birthday with a party on September 3, 2012. Surviving Marge, in addition to her husband, is a son, James M. Leitner and his wife Claudia of Lewisburg, PA; nephew James Murphy and his wife Johnnie of Aurora, CO; her special grandniece Michaela Hume and her husband Donald and their family of Boulder, CO; many more extended family members; and her good friends in Troy. She was preceded in death by her sister and brother-in-law Georgia and Albert Murphy. Family and friends are welcome to call from 10:30-11:00 AM on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at the Gerald W. Vickery, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. 1093 West Main Street Troy, PA. The Celebration of Marge's life will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, August 24 at the funeral home with her pastor, Bill Bardo, officiating. The family will provide flowers. Memorial contributions may be made in Marge's memory to the Allen F. Pierce Free Library 34 Fenner Ave. Troy, PA 16947.   Star Gazette – August 18, 2013     

 

FARR Irene F. Green

age 102, of Horseheads died on Monday, December 26, 2011 at Elcor Health Services. Irene was born May 1, 1909 in Apalachin, NY. She is the daughter of the Israel and Fannie (Caywood) Farr. Irene is predeceased by her husband, Kenneth Green. Irene worked for the Corning-Painted Post School District for 40 years and started teaching at Coopers Plains one room school house. Her last years of teaching were at Severn School. Irene was an active volunteer for Corning Meals on Wheels and the Big Flats Historical Society, where she served as Treasurer. She was a member of the Big Flats Presbyterian Church and was an avid Bridge Player. Irene is survived by her sister, Betty McIntyre of Big Flats; her favorite nieces, Carol Ruger of Horseheads, and Valorie Catalano of Jamestown. She is predeceased by her brothers, Walton Farr, Robert Farr and Donald (Pete) Farr; and sister, Clara White. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 31 at 11 AM at the First Presbyterian Church of Big Flats. In lieu of flowers, donations in Irene's honor may be made to the Southern Tier Hospice & Palliative Care, 11751 East Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830 or the Big Flats Historical Society, P.O. Box 232, Big Flats, NY 14814.   Star Gazette – December 29, 2011    

 

FRENCH Harriett French Everett

age 100, of Montour Falls, NY, died at Schuyler Hospital surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, November 23, 2013. "When I come to the end of the road and the sun has set for me, remember the love we all have shared and that will comfort thee." She was born on June 11, 1913 to the late Merton and Mabel Northrup French. Harriett was retired from Odessa Montour School District as an Elementary Librarian. Harriett was predeceased by her husband George W. Everett Sr.; son Richard; brother Robert French; granddaughter Linda Everett and dear friend Dorothy McCarty. She is survived by sons George W. Jr. and wife Hazel of Horseheads, and Robert and wife Carol of Watkins Glen; brothers Edwin French and son Gary, Edward French and son Kevin, all of Horseheads; grandchildren Lori and Robert Doughty, Karen (Rudy) and Mark Storm, Kelie and David Stansfield, Lisa Everett and Kevin Beebe, Thomas and Melody Everett, and Tammy and Jeffrey Everett. Harriett had 10 great grandchildren, seven great-great grandchildren, and many dear friends, nieces and nephews. Donations in Harriett's memory can be made to the ARC or a charity of your choice.  Family and friends are inviting to calling hours Friday, November 29 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm, with the service to follow at 3:00 pm, officiated by Jeanne Bleiler. Both will be held at Vedder & Scott Funeral Home in Montour Falls. Star Gazette – November 27, 2013  

 

GIBLIN Alice K. Bonnell

100, of Corning, NY, died Monday, March 11, 2013 at Bethany Manor, Horseheads, NY.    She was born on November 17, 1912 in Corning, NY, to the late Francis and Clara (Hodgins) Giblin.  She is survived by one daughter, Patricia (Hyde) Smith of NJ; step-sons:  Jim and Bernie Bonnell; grandchildren:  Kerry (Edward) Albright, Allison (Michael) Paoletta and Bradley (Tiffany) Smith, all of New Jersey; great-grandchildren:  Jeremy, Randall and T. J. Weir and Samantha Albright, all of New Jersey; niece and caregiver, Anne (Cotter) Haynes of Corning, NY; and several other nieces and nephews.  Alice was predeceased by husbands:  Carl Hyde and C. J. Bonnell; brothers: Frank, Don, and Jerome Giblin; sisters:  Marie Lee and Louise Cotter; son-in-law Earl H. Smith; and grandchild Leslie S. Weir.  Alice was an avid sports player, playing on the girls’ basketball team at CFA, and then competing in and excelling at tennis, table tennis, badminton, bowling and golf.  She won tournaments and received trophies in many of these.  She also loved to travel, visiting many areas of Florida with her husband, Carl.  Alice became a world traveler with husband, C. J., visiting such exciting locations as Acapulco, Guam, Nicaragua and St. Johns.  Later in life, Alice enjoyed listening to classical music, keeping up with current news and critiquing golf on television. Alice was a member of All Saints Parish and Catholic Daughters.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, March 15, 2013 at 11:00 am at St. Mary's Church, 155 State St., Corning. Interment will immediately follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, Corning.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be sent to: Corning Meals on Wheels, Inc., 144 Cedar Street, Corning, NY 14830; United Way Of Steuben and Chemung Counties, 29 Denison Pkwy E., Corning, NY 14830; or Faith In Action, P.O. Box 117, Hornell, NY 14843.   Corning Leader – March 16, 2013   

 

GIBSON Inez Gibson Grow

Binghamton, NY: Psalm 116:15 "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints." Inez Gibson Grow died on March 22, 2011 at the age of 100. Inez was preceded in death by her parents, Leon and Maud Gibson, her husband, Rev. Lawrence C. Grow, her daughter, Phyllis Grow Fenton, sister Evelyn Gibson Jarvis, brother, Leon Wilbur Gibson and grandson, Douglas Paul Ames. She is survived by her son, Lawrence (Margaret) Grow, daughter, Joanne (S. Vaughn) Ames. Also surviving are 7 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and 12 great great grandchildren, as well as several nephews. Inez served with her Pastor husband in churches in PA, Mass and NY State, involved in teaching Sunday School and working with the music. She was the oldest member of Johnson City First Baptist Church. Funeral and committal services will be held Friday at 11:00 am at the Barber Memorial Home, Inc., 428 Main St., Johnson City with her pastor, Rev. Jim Murphy, officiating. Burial will be in Floral Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Barber Memorial Home, Inc. on Friday from 10 - 11 am. Contributions can be made to the First Baptist Church, 1321 Reynolds Road, Johnson City, NY 13790 or Lourdes Hospice, 4102 Old Vestal Road, Vestal, NY 13850.  Star Gazette – March 22, 2011

 

GORDON Hazel M. Sundberg

101, of Barton, N.Y., died Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre.  She was born on Aug. 1, 1910 in Lockwood, N.Y., the daughter of the late Charles and Jennie Gordon.  She is predeceased by her husband Sakari; stepson, Ronald, brother, Harold Gordon, sister, Edith Casterline and niece Marie Payne.  She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Marsha and Gary Rorik, Waverly, N.Y.; son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Sally Sundberg, Barton, N.Y.; grandchildren, Matthew and Heather Freer, Waverly, Jacob Rorick, Waverly; great grandson, Wyatt Freer, Waverly; special nieces and nephew, Louise Tucker, Towanda; and Donnie and Cookie Casterline, Waverly, N.Y. She is also survived by her faithful canine companion, Ruthie.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011 at 11 a.m. at the Halsey Valley United Methodist Church, Hasley Valley, N.Y. Private committal services will be held at the Glenwood Cemetery, Waverly, N.Y. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest contributions may be directed to the Halsey Valley Fire Department, Barton United Methodist Church, or Stray Haven. Flowers will be provided by the family.   Sayre Morning Times – September 14, 2011    

 

GUNN Rebecca Swan

The Evening Leader, Corning, NY – Friday, November 9, 1951

The funeral of Mrs. Rebecca Swan, age 102, whose death occurred Sunday night at the home of her grand- niece, Mrs. Elwin Wright in Freeman, was held Wednesday at 2 p.m. from Freeman Baptist Church.  The Rev. Bailey Hathaway, pastor of Addison First Baptist Church officiated and interment was made in Swan Cemetery in Town of Tuscarora.  

 

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HUGO Florence Louella Palmer

age 101, long time New Albany school teacher, of Fawcett Avenue, New Albany, passed away on Saturday morning, Jan. 12, 2013 at the Highlands Care Center, Laporte where she had resided for the last several months.  Florence was born in Elkland Township, Sullivan County, on Sept. 16, 1911 daughter of the late George Francis Hugo and Rena Louella Miller. Her family moved to New Albany and she graduated from the New Albany High School and from the Mansfield State Teacher's College, now Mansfield University.  She taught elementary school at the New Albany Elementary School for many years until she retired. She survived two husbands, Millard Kenneth Dibble who predeceased her in 1966 and Louis Palmer who predeceased her in 1983. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by four brothers, Harold Hugo in 1963, Leon Hugo in 1986, Ivan Hugo in 2003, and Maynard Hugo in 2006.  Abiding by her wishes there will be no services. Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore.   Towanda Daily Review – January 15, 2013   

 

? Vera Kaszczynec

age 101, died on August 1, 2013 at the Taylor Health Center in Bath, NY. Vera was born on May 10, 1912 in Skole, Ukraine. The Second World War in 1943 caused the loss of her husband, and forced her, and her family, to leave the Ukraine. She spent 6 years in Germany and in 1949, under the United Nations program for displaced people came to the United States with her two young boys, Raymond, age 12, and Semon, age 9. She lived in Philadelphia for 4 years and then moved to Connecticut where she lived for seventeen years in various towns, finally settling in Colchester, CT. In 1970, upon the request of her son, Semon, she moved to Bath, NY, where she lived until her passing. Vera was also a member of the North Cameron Grange # 355. Her life was not an easy one, many changes, many new challenges, and many uncertainties. If she had not been a strong woman she would have fared poorly. She was a strong woman and her main mission in life was to raise, nurture, and protect her two sons. She was loved and will be missed many times over. She was predeceased by her husband, Walter Kaszczynec and her son, Raymond Kaszczynec; her sister, Daria Manylo. Vera is survived by her son, Seman Kaszczynec and his wife Jane; daughter-in-law, Christine Kaszczynec; granddaughter, Laurie Cooper; granddaughter, Debbie Fontaine; her sisters, Anna Dacyk, and Zenya Towpaz. The family of Vera Kaszczynec would like to extend the sincerest thanks to the staff of the Steuben County Health Care Facility for the kind and loving care they gave Vera. Calling hours will be held at Fagan's Funeral Home, 31 West Morris Street, Bath, NY, on Monday, August 5, 2013, from 6PM to 8PM. There will not be a Funeral Service held locally. Burial will be in Colchester, CT. It was Vera's wish that in lieu of flowers donations to be given to St. Mary's Church, 180 Linwood Ave. Colchester, CT 06415. Star Gazette – August 4, 2013 


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KENDALL Warren S.

Former owner of Kendall's Market in Watkins Glen, died peacefully on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at 102. He was predeceased by his loving wife and dance partner, Genevieve (Landolf) Kendall in 1986 and a grandson, Mitch Kendall. He is survived by his son, Lyndon Kendall of Elmira; four grandchildren, Ken Kendall, Kim Kendall, Sue (Scott) Rodgers, and John (Leigh) Kendall; twelve great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren. Warren was born on Baker Hill Road in Watkins Glen, on June 28, 1910, the son the late Harry J. and Mary A. (Sterling) Kendall. Warren studied at Watkins Glen High School, leaving school several months before graduating to work full time at a grocery store. He later became the owner of what became known as Kendall's Market located on Franklin Street in Watkins Glen, selling groceries and meat. Later in life, he pursued the hobby of dairy and beef cattle farming. He and his wife enjoyed dancing, and Warren continued to polka until 98 years old. A funeral service for Warren will be held Friday, March 1, 2013 at 11:00am at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., in Watkins Glen. There are no prior visiting hours. A committal service and burial will immediately follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Watkins Glen. Those wishing may consider a memorial donation in his memory to the Schuyler County Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 2, Watkins Glen, NY 14891; or Schuyler-Yates RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program), 323 Owego St. Unit 5, Montour Falls, NY 14865.   Star Gazette – February 27, 2013

 

KREH Dorothy M. Vallilee

100, of Athens, Pa., died Thursday morning, April 19, 2012 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. Dorothy was born February 20, 1912 in Waverly, New York, the daughter of the late August and Maude Dimmick Kreh. Dorothy was a 1930 graduate of Waverly High School and a graduate of the Elmira Business Institute. She worked at the Blue Swan and the W.T. Grant Store in Sayre. Dorothy retired from the Robert Packer Hospital School of Nursing where she was a beloved Housemother. Dorothy was a hard worker who loved gardening especially with her flowers. She also enjoyed reading and baking. She was predeceased by her husband, Bernard Francis Vallilee; a daughter, Janice Vallilee; brothers, Harold Kreh and Earl Kreh; sisters, Ethel Redman and Pauline Perry; and a great grandson, Seth Vallilee.  She is survived by a daughter, Ann Rogers; two sons, Thomas (Mary Ann) Vallilee; Bernard (Barbara) Vallilee; grandchildren, Theresa Rogers; Edward (Tyna) Rogers, Ellen (Michael) Mettler, Susan (Jared) Randall, Craig (Lisa) Rogers, George (Cynthia) Rogers, Mary Frances Rogers, Kelley (Frank) Marconi, Kevin (Regina) Vallilee, and Jonathan (Terri) Vallilee; as well as several greatgrandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. The family will receive friends Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Alteri Bowen Funeral Home, 314 Desmond St., Sayre, Pa.  A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. at the Epiphany Parish, S. Elmer Ave. Sayre, Pa. Interment will be at a later date in St. James Cemetery, Waverly, N.Y. The family suggests that contributions may be directed to a charity or organization of one’s choice in Dorothy M. Vallilee’s memory.   Sayre Morning Times – April 21, 2012

 

LANDON Jane Carey

2013-10-10 / Wyaluisng Rocket October 10, 2013

Jane Carey Devoted Her Life to Area Children —BY DAVID KEELER—

State Representative Tina Pickett, right, presents Jane Carey with a commendation from the PA House of Representatives honoring her 100th birthday. Also pictured are Jane’s sons, Jim, left, and Tony. State Representative Tina Pickett, right, presents Jane Carey with a commendation from the PA House of Representatives honoring her 100th birthday. Also pictured are Jane’s sons, Jim, left, and Tony. Former Camptown resident and well-known retired teacher Jane Carey celebrated her 100th birthday on Saturday, Oct. 5 with a gathering of family and friends at the Bradford County Manor, her current home.  Those attending included her sons, Jim and Tony, Tony’s wife, Rita, Jim’s girlfriend from Tennessee, Jane’s longtime friend, Mary Jane Tompkins, State Representative Tina Pickett and others. “It was a wonderful day for Jane,” Mary Jane Tompkins said. “She was smiling and looked beautiful.” Jane received many beautiful cards honoring her milestone birthday. “She received piles of cards,” Mary Jane added. Others attending the celebration included former Wyalusing resident Betty Bodnar, Judy Chamberlin and Jane’s nephew, Hurst Mitten and his wife, Maribel. Jane was born on Oct. 5, 1913 in Camptown, the daughter of Water Street residents Herbert and Elizabeth Hurst Landon. She lived on Water Street most of her life. In addition to her two sons, Jane has four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She started teaching in 1933 in Herrickville’s one-room school, later moved to the Stevensville school and then to the Camptown school. After taking a break from teaching to marry Wyalusing resident Bob Carey in 1942 and have their two sons, she later resumed her teaching career which would span a total of 38 years. Jane and Bob enjoyed a marriage of 55 years. He passed away in 1997. After she retired from teaching, Jane served on the Wyalusing Area School Board for a number of years. In a 2003 article covering Jane’s 90th birthday, Wes Skillings, who was Rocket- Courier editor at the time and a former fourth grade student of Jane’s, noted that she didn’t like talking about her birthday or telling people her age. “For those of us who have had the pleasure of knowing Jane over the years, kidding her about her age was a sure-fire way to get her hackles up,” Skillings wrote. “Her former boss, the late Max Gannon, used to get her going when he would introduce her at public functions as ‘my old first grade teacher’ when, in actuality, they were of comparable age. “She also gave me that look she used to give her old school superintendent when I pointed out that she had outlived the venerable truss bridge just across the street from her house that came tumbling down last month. The bridge was reportedly about 80 years old, so the question seemed legitimate. “Do you remember when they built that bridge?” I asked. “You must have been about 10 years old.” “If I did,” she responded, “I wouldn’t tell you.” Representative Pickett presented Janie, as she is known by her friends, with a certificate from the PA House of Representatives Saturday, which stated in part: “The House of Representatives of the Commonwealth pays tribute to Jane Carey upon the joyous occasion of her one hundredth birthday, and notes with appreciation that she has generously contributed to the well-being of others. Submitted by Carol Brotzman   

 

LEE Alice Lyon

2013-10-10 Wyalusing Rocket

Alice Lyon’s Grandfather Built Wyalusing Hotel

Former Teachers Celebrate 100th Birthdays —BY DAVID KEELER—

Alice Lyon, center, is pictured during her 100th birthday celebration on Saturday, Oct. 5 with State Representative Tina Pickett, left, and Bradford County Commissioner Daryl Miller, right, who honored Alice on her milestone birthday. Photo by David Keeler Alice Lyon, center, is pictured during her 100th birthday celebration on Saturday, Oct. 5 with State Representative Tina Pickett, left, and Bradford County Commissioner Daryl Miller, right, who honored Alice on her milestone birthday. Photo by David KeelerWhen State Representative Tina Pickett presented Alice Lyon with a commendation from the PA House of Representatives Saturday honoring her 100th birthday, Pickett said, “It’s customary to include a key to the city on such occasions. But you don’t need a key, your connection to this community goes back generations. Your family is part of Wyalusing’s rich history.” Pickett was referring to Alice’s deep roots in Wyalusing; she was celebrating her 100th birthday in the Wyalusing Hotel, which was built by her grandfather, J. Morgan Brown. Her father, local machinist, businessman and inventor, Will Lee, was one of the founders of Wyalusing’s Peoples State Bank (now PS Bank). And the house she grew up in, which was also built by J. Morgan Brown, is now home to current Wyalusing Hotel owner Chris Woodruff and his family. Alice marked her 100th birthday (the actual day was Friday, Oct. 4) with a gathering of some 16 family members and friends in the hotel dining room, where on the wall behind Alice hung a painting completed by her late sister, Nancy McCann. Now a resident of Ithaca, NY, Alice lives in the three-story home where she and her late husband of nearly 70 years, Wayne S. Lyon, a former Spring Hill resident, raised their four kids. Alice and Wayne, who was born at what is now the Latini Farm on Spring Hill, were high school sweethearts, and both graduated from Wyalusing High School before attending college. Alice earned a teaching degree from West Chester State Teachers College, and she served as a teacher for many years. Wayne was employed by New York State Electric and Gas in Ithaca. One of the favorite family stories told during Saturday’s gathering focused on the time when President William Howard Taft visited Wyalusing just months prior to becoming a U.S. Supreme Court Justice. Alice got to sit on Taft’s lap while he traveled through Wyalusing in a fancy Cadillac. An imposing figure, who weighed over 350 pounds earning him the moniker “Big Lub,” Taft left a lasting impression with Alice, who was a young girl at the time. “He was the largest man I had ever seen,” she said Saturday. Alice also shared other memories of early Wyalusing including when Hazel Keeler played the piano to accompany the silent movies at Wyalusing’s movie theater. “I remember when the Wyalusing Rocket was the second best weekly newspaper in the whole country,” she said .Along with the commendation presented by Rep. Pickett, Alice was also honored by Bradford County Commissioner Daryl Miller who presented a certificate on behalf of Bradford County. A letter of congratulations from President Barack Obama was also read. Along with her four children, Alice has five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Alice is the last surviving member of her family that included her previously mentioned sister, Nancy McCann, Helen Bonnell of Wyalusing and her brother John K. Lee, 97, who died on Aug. 22 of this year. Alice attended a memorial service for her brother at Wyalusing’s Presbyterian Church on October 7, two days after her 100th birthday celebration. Alice’s son, Eric, who also lives in Ithaca and attended Saturday’s celebration, said Alice continues to enjoy her life and loves playing cards and playing the piano. When it comes to what’s attributed to her long life, Alice offered a big smile and said quickly, “I have a shot of scotch every evening.” Along with her son, Eric, other children who attended Saturday’s celebration included Alice’s son, Mark of Munson, MA and daughter, Diane Lyon of Edmonton, Canada. Submitted by Carol Brotzman 

 

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Bath, N.Y. —  Elene Lyke Owens, 103, of Bath, N.Y. died on Thursday October 28, 2010 at the Steuben County Health Care Facility in Bath where she had been a resident for 4 1/2 years. She was the oldest current  resident at the facility.  Born  March 15, 1907, she was the daughter of Willett J. and Maggie Roberts Lyke of Howard, N.Y. Elene married George K. Owens of Rushford, N.Y. on December 16, 1931.  He pre-deceased her on January 16, 1976.  She was a housewife and mother, and with her husband,  owned and operated a dairy farm in Avoca, and later on Campbell Creek Road in Bath for more than 40 years. Surviving are one daughter, Betty Ann (Donald) Clark of Bath; three sons, David E. Owens of Wheeler, Norman C. (Nancy) Owens of FL and Ronald G. (Barbara) Owens of Bath, NY.  Survivors also include one sister Agnes Decker of Wheeler, nine grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents and husband, she was pre-deceased by two sisters; Eva Evans in 1985 and Carrie VanHusen in 1992 and by two brothers; Lawrence Lyke in 1989 and Ervin F. Lyke in 2002 and her daughter-in-law Janice Owens in 2009. Calling hours will be held at Fagan’s Funeral Home, 31 W. Morris St., Bath from 1:00-2:00 pm on Saturday, October 30, 2010 with service immediately following, Rev. Sandra Curtis of St. James Episcopal Church, Hammondsport officiating.  Burial will be in Nondaga Cemetery at the family’s convenience.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Finger Lakes Humane Society, Bath, NY. - Corning Leader, October 29, 2010

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died Oct. 15, 2010, at the age of 104. Laporte's oldest resident Beatrice Elizabeth Mason was born April 13, 1906, in Baltimore, Md. Her mother was Carolyn Carpenter Mason, and father W. Robert Mason. Bee had her primary schooling in the old school house which was located on the present day site of Cosgrove Park, with Miss Jessie as one of her teachers. Bee graduated from Indiana Normal School and went on to become the first woman to hold the position of Director of Food Services for the Philadelphia school district. She retired in 1968, longer than most people work. Bee was predeceased by her brother, Robert D. Mason (Boy), and her nephew, R. Dane Mason Jr. She is survived by two nieces, Mary-Carol Mason of Fla. and N.J., and Betsy Mason Kahler and her husband, Asher Kahler of Fla. and S.D. Bee was well-known for her candy making, being featured on a local TV show, and also running a candy business for a short time with the former Marjorie Carpenter. One of her best customers was a bear, who visited Bee's back porch so often one summer that the Game Commission had to place a bear trap in the yard. The bear hated her butter creams, and threw them all over the yard. One of her fondest memories was her 100th birthday party which the town (spearheaded by Mary Cosgrove) held in her honor. As one of Laporte's historians, she was always willing to use her talent for storytelling, which was enjoyed by all age groups. Arrangements are being made by the Pennsylvania Cremation Society, and a memorial service will be held early next summer. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Laporte Fire Co., or The Mason Scholarship Fund, c/o Laporte Citizens and Northern Bank. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, October 19, 2010

 

McFARLANE Elizabeth McFarlane

101, of Forksville, PA was called home on Friday, November 18, 2011, from Dar Way Elder Care in Estella.  Born on August 24, 1910, in Big Sandy, WV, Elizabeth “Betsy” was the daughter of the late William and Bessie (Radcliffe) McFarlane. She received her bachelor’s degree in education at Oneonta Normal School and taught school in Endicott, NY until retiring in 1969. Miss McFarlane was recognized by New York State as “Teacher of the Year” in 1963. Elizabeth was an active member of the Lincoln Falls Wesleyan Church where she was a church organist, served as Sunday school superintendent, a member of the administration board and was a president of the church’s Missionary Society.  Elizabeth will be remembered as a charming, friendly person. Her home was always open to visitors and she enjoyed entertaining. Her hobbies included gardening and reading.  She is survived by nieces, nephews and many dear friends who she thought of as extended family.  Funeral and committal services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, at Lincoln Falls Wesleyan Church with Rev. Robert Broome and Rev. Eric Ireland, officiating. Burial will be in Forksville Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers, those who wish may consider a memorial to Wesleyan Missions c/o Lincoln Falls Church, 6575 Route 87 Forksville, PA 18616. Arrangements are by Pepper Funeral Home in Canton.    Williamsport Sun Gazette – November 20, 2011

 

MEYERS Margaret Hottle

100, of Somerset, Pa., passed on Jan. 23, 2011, at The Heritage at Siemon Lakeview Manor Estate, Somerset.  Born Oct. 23, 1910 in Somerset, she is the daughter of the late Ross and Henrietta (Burkett) Meyers. She is also preceded in death by her husband, Robert Hottle in 1988; great-granddaughter, Grace Elizabeth Bacon; sisters, Mabel Pritts and Mary Petrea; brother, James Meyers; and grandson-in-law, Drew Wegrzyn.  Margaret is survived by her children, Dean Hottle and wife Ellen (Graham) of Somerset, Norma Bacon and husband Jesse of Towanda, and Willard Hottle and wife Logan (Parry) of Edgewater, Md.; grandchildren, Dean Hottle II and wife Judy, Bruce Hottle and wife Karen, Bryan Hottle and wife Debbie, Robert Hottle and wife Lori, Graham Hottle and wife Tammy, Sue Wegrzyn, Scott Bacon and wife Tammy, and Beth Ralls and husband Greg; 15 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.  Margaret was a retired canteen manager at the Somerset State Hospital. She was a member of the Business and Professional Women's Club and the Somerset Garden Club. She wintered in Florida for 29 years and enjoyed traveling in the U.S. and abroad with her husband Robert. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, crocheting, playing cards and shuffleboard, and was adept at growing African Violets. Margaret was a lifelong member of the Geiger Church of the Brethren where she served as a deaconess.   Friends will be received from 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Miller Funeral Home and Crematory, Somerset, 555 Tayman Ave., Somerset, PA 15501. A service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Geiger Church of the Brethren, pastor Gerald Deffenbaugh officiating. Interment at Husband Cemetery, Somerset. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Geiger Church of the Brethren at 185 Culligan Road, Friedens, PA 15541.    Towanda Daily Review – January 25, 2011

 

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100, formerly of Montgomery and North Carolina, died Monday, Oct. 25, 2010, at RiverWoods in Lewisburg. Born Dec. 3, 1909, in Dunnstown, she was a daughter of the late Victor and Mary (McSherry) Moran. Her husband, Herbert H. Miller, preceded her in death on Sept. 10, 1969. Bernice was a 1927 graduate of Lock Haven High School and received a teaching degree from Lock Haven State Teachers College. In September 1943, she enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and served as a WAAC during World War IIuntil 1945. Her career in education began in a one-room schoolhouse in Montgomery. Bernice retired from Muncy School District in 1972, where she was involved in the special education curriculum. She then relocated to Hendersonville, N.C., and returned to the area in 2004, when she became a resident at RiverWoods. In her spare time Bernice enjoyed photography and traveling. She was a former member of First United Methodist Church, Muncy, where she taught the young adult JOY Sunday school class. Bernice also served on the Future Development board, which was instrumental in building the new church at its current location. Surviving are her adopted family, Donald and Patsy Price of Muncy; their daughters, Penny Price of Muncy and Pamela Husler and husband Tom of Mechanicsburg; and Abigail and Andrea Husler of Mechanicsburg. In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by a sister, Sara Barr. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Grenoble's, 121 S. Main St., Muncy. Officiating will be Rev. R. Bruce Smay, retired Methodist minister. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Montgomery. Friends will be received at the funeral home from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday. The family will provide the flowers and suggests memorial contributions be made to Evangelical Hospice, One Hospital Drive, Lewisburg, PA 17837. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, October 26, 2010

 

MORRISON Lavina E. Alexander
100, of Green Valley, Ariz., died on Nov. 6, 2010 at home following a brief illness. She was born on Dec. 7, 1909 in Thorn, Quebec, Canada, the daughter of Lottie and Edward Morrison. She enjoyed knitting, playing cards, and writing letters to her grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Fredrick Alexander and grandson Aaron T. Alexander. She is survived by her children F. Earl and Dorothy Alexander; Thomas W. and Joanne Alexander; Gail and Maurice Guerette; 12 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; 6 great-great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Burial will be in Brandon, Fla. at the convenience of the family. Sayre Morning Times - November 16, 2010

 

MORROW Ella May Morrow Bedient

died peacefully at home on Sunday, October 9, 2011, at the age of 102.  There will be no prior calling hours, and there will be a private memorial service for the family at a later date.  Ella was born September 24, 1909 in Post Creek, Chemung County, NY to George Washington Morrow and Florence Cady. She was married to Vincent Greene Bedient on April 21, 1927, and she was a homemaker all of her life, raising a family of 7 children. Ella attributed her long life to No Smoking, No Drinking, Hard Work, and very good genes.  Ella is survived by six children, Vincent Dean Bedient, Mary Socola, Kathleen (Duane) Bergstresser, David Bedient, Norma Nelson, and Dawn (John) Medrek; along with 20 Grandchildren and numerous Great-Grandchildren and Great-Great-Grandchildren.  She was predeceased by her husband, Vincent Greene Bedient; a son, Zane Bedient; her sister, Ruby Oliver; and two brothers, George Morrow and Leland Morrow.   Corning Leader - October 13, 2011  

 

NEJAKO Stella M. Landers

age 102, formerly of Sullivan Terrace, Dushore and the Wyalusing Valley Personal Care Home died peacefully on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012 at the Ashton Care Center in Athens, Pa.  Stella was born on Feb. 5, 1910, in Kingston, Pa., a daughter of the late John and Michalena Sarzewski Nejako. Stella attended school in Huntington Mills, Pa., having to walk a mile to and from school every day. At seven years old Stella's father died in a mine rock fall. Her mother then bought a small farm thus being able to support her family and later married Stanley Kochinski. Stella had to quit school to go to work to help the family. Later, she and her sister Victoria moved to New York City to work as domestics. She met her future husband, John Landers, an Irish immigrant, through friends. They married on June 13, 1937 and moved to Brooklyn and John worked in an office for New York Life Insurance Co. in Manhattan. 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.  Stella was a very good Catholic and a member of St. Basil's Church, Dushore, Pa., and an active member of its Altar & Rosary Society.  While in Dushore, she enjoyed having many friends in for lunch or dinner since she was an excellent cook and baker. She was always enjoying lively conversations as she kept up on all local and world news. She was always willing to help others and was pleasant and friendly to all. Most days, while in her 80s, she still walked a mile or more each day always enjoying the exercise.  Stella is survived by a special great-niece, Carol Gayeski of Rochester, N.Y.; and by a special niece and nephew John Grajewski, of Shickshinny, Pa., and Regina Sill of Arizona; and by two special friends Janet Schrann of Sayre, Pa. and Francine Cartaginese, formerly of Dushore.  Stella was predeceased in death by her parents, her husband John on Nov. 13, 1986 and by her brothers Anthony Nejako, Zigmund Nejako, Frank Nejako and John Nejako (Stella's twin who died in infancy) and sisters Victoria Queal, Anna Grajewski and Julia Houseknecht.  A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 at St. Basil's Church, Dushore, Pa. with the Rev. Joseph R. Hornick, her pastor, presiding. Interment will be in St. Basil's Cemetery, Dushore, Pa.  Friends may call at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the Mass.  The family will provide the flowers and ask that memorials be directed to St. Basil's Restoration Fund, P.O. Box 307, Dushore, PA 18614.  Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, Pa.   

 

OVERPECK Thelma Overpeck Roberts 

Died on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011 at The Haven at North Hills assisted living home in Pittsburgh. She had celebrated her 104th birthday on Aug. 21, 2011.  Thelma was born in Towanda, Aug. 21, 1907, the third child of John and Lucinda Overpeck. She grew up on a farm near Herrickville, graduated Valedictorian from Towanda High School in 1924, Mansfield Normal School in 1926 and George Washington University in 1959. She taught school in New Jersey and Virgina and married John C. Roberts on June 23, 1929. Her husband of 50 years died in 1980.  After retiring from the Arlington County (Virgina) School System, Thelma spent her summers on the farm on which she was raised in Herrickville. She attended the Herrickville United Methodist Church while in the area and enjoyed the sewing club and playing bridge. During those same years she spent winter months in Green Valley, Ariz. She kept her home of 60 years in Arlington, Va. until 2000, at which time she moved to be near her daughter in Pittsburgh.  Thelma is survived by her children Jay (Peggy) Roberts and Joan (Rev. Myles) Bradley; and her grandchildren Melanie (John) Horne and Robert (Erin) Bradley.  Funeral services will be held Saturday at the Schellhaas Funeral Home Inc., 388 Center Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15229.   Towanda Daily Review – September 9, 2011   

 

PARSONS Rev. Dr. William Alexander Parsons

Rev. Dr. William Alexander Parsons, age 100, of Sugar Run, passed away Thursday evening March 29, 2011, at the Towanda Memorial Hospital. Bill was born Feb. 4, 1912, in Trenton, N.J., a son of the late George and Maude Worthington Parsons. He graduated from Trenton High School. Upon graduation he matriculated to Penn State University in 1931, studying commerce and finance, but as a sophomore changing his major to theology. He played football for Penn State for two years as an end. Bill graduated from Penn State in 1934, in the midst of the depression, and obtained work for a year as a wire cutter's assistant at Standard Wire in Trenton.  In 1935 Bill entered Princeton Theological Seminary where he studied for the ministry, graduating in 1937. During his studies he moved to the Honesdale area in northern Pennsylvania, where he student pastored four rural churches. Having graduated from Princeton, he was called to pastor the Presbyterian Church in Wyalusing, including Sugar Run and Lime Hill. It was at that time that he met his future wife, Jane Reynolds, at her parents Sugar Run home. Jane and Bill were married on May 21, 1938; she predeceased him on June 6, 2009. Bill pastored the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church until 1943 and then moved to the Kingston Presbyterian Church for eight years. His last pastoral assignment was in Lewistown, for 12 years. In 1965 he became the Executive Presbyter of the Erie Presbytery in North West, until he retired from that position in 1977.  Bill and Jane loved to camp and travel during vacations with their young family having camped across the U.S. and Canada. They continued camping well into their retirement years. Following their retirement in 1978 they moved to the Reynolds' family home in Sugar Run, at which time he was named Pastor Emeritus at the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church. They spent two years teaching English in Kanazawa, Japan. Bill and Jane also visited New Zealand four times and on two occasions lived and pastored churches there, on both the north and south islands. They also spent time in Africa with Scottish friends, Joan and Clarence Musgrave, where they had the opportunity to participate in two safaris. Bill and Jane continued traveling well into their 80s to many other parts of the world including Europe and the Far East. Bill recently celebrated his 100th birthday on Feb. 4, 2011 where he was surrounded by his family and friends.  Surviving are his sons and daughters-in-law, David P. (Diana) Parsons of Allentown, William R. (Susan) Parsons of Toronto, Ontario, John G. (Linda) Parsons of Christiana and Joseph B. (Colette) Parsons of Short Hills, N.J.; daughters Elizabeth Parsons of El Paso, Texas and Ruth Parsons of Sugar Run; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church, Church Street, Wyalusing, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2012 with the Rev. Dr. Barry R. Ballard, pastor, presiding.  Funeral services are under the direction of P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing. In lieu of flowers donations can be sent to the Wyalusing Public Library, P.O. Box 98, Wyalusing, PA 18853, or the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church, PO Box 25, Wyalusing, PA 18853.  Towanda Daily Review – March 31, 2012  

 

PAYNE Evelyn R. Humbert, 100, passed away, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 at Gracious Living Estates. Born Dec. 3, 1912 in South Gibson, she was the daughter of the late Hubbard B. and the late Addie Belle (Gelatt) Payne. She graduated from Montrose High School in 1929. After working at the Endicott Johnson Shoe Factory in Endicott, N.Y. she went to Syracuse University School of Nursing graduating in 1933. She met John Humbert at Syracuse and they married July 18, 1934 in Phoenix, Ariz. He predeceased her on Nov. 20, 1984. They lived in Arizona and New Mexico for 14 before moving back to Susquehanna County and establishing their home in Jackson. In 1970 she began work at the skilled nursing unit at the Barnes Kasson Hospital in Susquehanna where she worked for seven years before retiring.  She was active in the Jackson Baptist Church, Jackson 4-H club, Gibson Grange No. 798 and the Montrose Chapter of the DAR (Daughters of American Revolution). In later years she enjoyed traveling and visiting her children and grandchildren. She was a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and a loyal trusted friend.   The family is grateful to Dr. Joseph Speicher, Mr. Richard Surfass and the staff at Gracious Living Estates, Hospice and to Retha Stone's caregivers for their support and loving care.  Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, John Humbert of Mantua, N.J., Goerge and Kate Humbert of Danville and David and Connie Humbert of Great Bend; daughter and son-in-law, Louise and Ed Eastman of Rome; grandchildren and spouses, Judith Humbert, John and Maureen Humbert, William and Holly Humbert, Frank and Amanda Humbert, Jim and Tracy Humbert, Tom and Laurie Humbert, Jim and Janean Eastman, Myron and Amanda Eastman, Robert and Alicia Caswell, Zachary and Megan Humbert; 21 great grandchildren; sister Winifred Norris of West Chester; and nieces and nephews.  Besides her parents and husband she was predeceased by brothers, Franklyn and George Payne, daughter-in-law, Mary Ann Humbert, brother-in-law, Paul Norris.  Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 at Bartron-Myer Funeral Home, Inc., Montrose.   Visitation will be one hour prior to services on Saturday at the funeral home.  Instead of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.   Towanda Daily Review – January 22, 2013   

 

PEPPER Helen P. Griswold 

Of Horseheads, NY Formerly of Elmira, age 105, died on Monday, January 7, 2013. Born near Keuka Lake on August 27, 1907, she was the daughter of the late Leon and Lura (Allen) Pepper. She was predeceased (1986) by her husband, Howard; two brothers and two sisters. Surviving are sons: Norman (Annice) Griswold, Pine Valley, Sebastian, FL, and Leon (Priscilla) Griswold, Horseheads; daughter: Lois (Henry) Landmesser, Laurens, SC; brother-in-law: William Carleton, Pine City; eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, along with nieces and nephews. Helen grew up in Monroeton, PA, graduated from Towanda High School, and Meeker's Business Institute in Elmira. In 1928 she married Howard Griswold All the family became part of Elmira Quality Printers. She was the first Business and Professional Women in Elmira's "Outstanding Business Woman of the Year". Helen lived her faith as member of Elmira Southside Baptist Church for 82 years, charter member of Emanuel Baptist, Palm Harbor, FL, and past president of Baraca Philathea, a World Wide organization of Sunday School Classes. Family and friends are invited to gather at Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmira, NY on Sunday, January 13, 2013, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. A Memorial Service celebrating her life will follow the visitation at 4 p.m. The Reverend David Daniels will officiate.  Star Gazette – January 11, 2013 

 

PLANK Lawrence Plank

101, of Liberty Township, peacefully died on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at Broad Acres in Wellsboro. Lawrence Charles was born on Oct. 26, 1911, in Morris Township, a son of Robert and Selva (Butters) Plank. He was the last survivor of Liberty High School's graduating class of 1929. Lawrence and the former Lois E. Moyer were married in the Liberty Lutheran Church on Nov. 29, 1933. They shared over 65 years together and were blessed with eight children before her passing on March 2, 1999. In addition to being a dairy farmer for over 70 years, Mr. Plank operated heavy equipment and draglines in several construction venues. He later was employed by Liberty schools as head custodian for many years. Lawrence was a member of the Sebring and Pomona Granges and St. Paul's Methodist Church in Nauvoo. Surviving are his seven children, Joanne (Fred) Heyler of Morris, Norma (Robert) Pritchard of Walkerton, Va., Arlan (Gerry) Plank, Larry Plank, Marlin (Diane) Plank, John (Sue) Plank all of Liberty, Donald (Pauline) Plank of Tioga; 25 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren and 20 great-great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his wife, Lois and parents, he was predeceased by a son, Merlin and five siblings, Leo, Arnold, Russell, Verna and Erma. Calling hours are 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 14, at Nauvoo's St. Paul's Methodist Church. The Rev. Tom Harmic will officiate the funeral services at 2:30. Burial will be private. His family will provide flowers and suggest memorials to St. Paul's Church, c/o Sue Heyler, 317 Linck Hill Rd. Morris, Pa. 16938. Zwicharowski Funeral Home in Blossburg is assisting with arrangements. Wellsboro Gazette – September 10, 2013 

 

PURKS Eleanor A. Mott

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Eleanor Adelaide (Ange) Mott on January 7, 2013. She died peacefully from the complications of Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 101.  The family will miss her wisdom, her humor, and her love; she nurtured three younger generations.  She was married to Matthew Robinson Mott until his untimely death in July of 1970. She was the daughter of the late Leonard Purks and Victorine (Miller) Purks both of Wilmington, Delaware.  Ange is survived by her two sons, Matthew R. Mott, Jr. of Arizona and Leonard P. Mott of Palo Alto, California. She is also survived by two granddaughters, Jennifer and Andrea, as well as three great grandsons, Christopher, William and Liam.   Canton Independent Sentinel – February 2, 2013 

 

REDA Marie R. Crittenden

of Rochester, NY, formerly of Elmira died on February 18, 2011 at the age of 100. Much loved grandmother to Julia M Duncan (Steve) of Portland, OR and Carlton W. Cole (Tara) of Elmira; step grandmother to Amy Quinn (Ted) of Richmond, VA and William Seward (Mary Kay) of Willmington, DE; "Adopted" grandchildren include Brent Stermer (Pete) of Elmira and Vicky Quinn of Jacksonville, FL. Also survived by her daughters, Claire L. Crittenden (Rick) of Rochester and Eve C Seward (Thomas) of Elmira; a niece, Josephine Verardo of Long Island and her sister-in-law, Carmel Brenzo Crittenden of Elmira. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold W. Crittenden; parents, Ralph and Teresa Reda; her sister, Rose Greco and brother, Ralph Reda. A Memorial service will be held at the Rochester Presbyterian Home where she resided on Friday, March 4 at 2:00 PM.  Star Gazette - February 26, 2011

 

REICHARD Elsie M. Layser

105, of Wellsboro, Pa., died July 2, 2012, at the Green Home. She was the wife of Earle F. Layser, who predeceased her June 28, 1987. Elsie was born January 14, 1907 in Wiconisco, Pa. The daughter of the late Charles E. Reichard and Minerva J. Smith Reichard. Elsie and her husband owned and operated the former Canyon Turkey Farm, Slate Run, Pa., for 40 years. Elsie was a member of Cedar Run Baptist Church, Cedar Run, Pa., where she was the organist for 30 years. She also was a member of the Tiadaghton Court 136, Order of the Amaranth, Jersey Shore, Pa. Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law, Earle F. (Pattie) Layser, Jr., Alta WY, four grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Her parents, husband and her daughter, Lucille M. Leeper and a grandson, preceded Elsie. A memorial service will be scheduled at a future date. Arrangements by Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, "A Life Celebration Home", 139 Main Street, Wellsboro, Pa. Memorials may be made in Elsie's name to the charity of one's choice.   Wellsboro Gazette – July 4, 2012 

 

STARK Mildred A. Kelley

Age 100, formerly of Belmont, NY and Wellsburg, NY, died Sunday, March 6, 2011, at the Elderwood Tioga Health Care Facility, Waverly, NY. Mildred was born June 5, 1910 in Belmont, NY, daughter of the late John and Blanche (Cline) Stark. She was employed for years by Daystrom Furniture Company in Friendship, NY. She attended the Wellsburg United Methodist Church, was a former member of the Wellsburg Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary and Chemung County Fire Department Auxiliary, having served as Chaplin for both organizations for many years. She enjoyed making quilts, having made a quilt for each of her children and grandchildren. Mildred will be remembered as a very compassionate and loving person. Her greatest joy in life was helping her family and other people. She enjoyed flowers and her many house plants. For many years she was a great help to her daughter and son-in-law, Dick and Marcy Roberts, in the day to day operation of Roberts Funeral Home, Inc. She is survived by her daughter, Marcy (Dick) Roberts of Sayre, PA; grandchildren, Scott (Melanie) Roberts of Singapore, Michelle (Robert) Rowlands of Dallas, PA, John Miller of Apple Valley, CA, Priscilla (Mark) Ditter of Tigard, OR, and Sid (Patty) Miller of Ontario, NY; great-grandchildren, Zachary, Nathan and Isabella Roberts of Singapore, Jesse (Klaudia) and Cody (Julie) Ditter of OR, Melissa, Julie, Benjamin and Landon Miller and Justine Smith of Ontario, NY; special niece, Barbara Cronk of Belmont, NY. She was predeceased by her daughter, Amy Miller; and brother, Charles Stark; first husband, Ronald Campbell; husbands, Martin Deming, Ron Kenyon and Peter Kelley. Family and friends are invited to call at the Roberts Funeral Home, Inc., 279 Main Street, Wellsburg, NY Sunday, March 13, 2011, from Noon to 2 p.m. Funeral and committal services will be held there following calling hours at 2 p.m. with Reverend Anne Bey Canfield officiating. Interment at the convenience of the family will be in Forest Hills Cemetery, Belmont, NY. Friends wishing may donate to the Wellsburg Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, P.O. Box 23, Wellsburg, NY 14894.   Star Gazette – March 8, 2011

 

STEWART Isabell 'Bell' Stewart Hemling

102, of Mansfield, formerly of Dublin, Md., died Friday, May 20, 2011, at the Green Home, Wellsboro. She was born March 27, 1909, in Wyndmoor, the daughter of Samuel and Jeanie Forrest Stewart.  Bell enjoyed traveling and had visited every mainland state in the United States.  She is survived by a daughter, Isabelle Testerman of Ocala, Fla.; a daughter-in-law, Katie Hemling of Mansfield; grandchildren Jeanie and David Johnston of Inverness, Fla., Jody and Joe Rush of Bel Air, Md., Karen and Dale Nezi, Linda and Eric Mahone, all of Ocala, Fla., Ricky and Clara Hemling of Roaring Branch, Paul and Kathy Hemling of Morris Run, Roland and Jeannie Hemling of Kissimmee, Fla., William and Diane Hemling of Rising Sun, Md.; 13 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Roland Sr.; sons, Roland Jr., Paul; brother, John Stewart; sisters, Jeanie Hemling, Susan Pedroline, Nina Wygant; and a great-grandson, Joseph Kittel.  Funeral services will be private. Wellsboro Gazette – May 23, 2011 

 

THOMAS Amelia T. Graus

Rochester: Monday, March 14, 2011 at age 101. Predeceased by her husband, Emil Graus; daughter, Kathleen Vendel, brothers, John Thomas, Andrew Thomas. Survived by son, Robert (Mary Ann) Graus; Daughters, Norma (James) Burgio, Joyce (Walter) Karkos; 14 grandchildren, Lori(Ken Braymiller) Spiegel, David Graus, Patricia Wardynski, Kathleen (Michael) Goodman, Michele (John) Noto, Marc Karkos, Melanie Karkos, Cindy Burgio, Steven (Sandy) Burgio, Brian Burgio, Keith (Misty) Burgio, Julie (Lyndal Moore) Vendel, Christine (Casey) Flack, John (Ranae) Vendel; 24 great-grandchildren, Jamie, Ashley, Bobby, Billy, Joey, Jessica, Alexis, Nicholas, Heather, Andrew, Nicole, Jason, Kristin, Jackson, Parker, Michael, Valerie, Gabriele, Xena, Drayvhen, Mathys, Camille, Colin, Kees; 1 great-great grandchild, Hayley McCarthy; several nieces and nephews (especially niece Barbara Thomas) and many dear friends. Special thanks to her beloved daughter, Norma, and the staff of Elcor Health Services in Horseheads, NY. Friends may call Thursday, March 17th 3-7 PM at Vay-Schleich&Meeson Funeral & Cremation Chapels, 1075 Long Pond Road, Greece Chapel. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, March 18th 10:30 AM at St. Lawrence Church, 1000 N. Greece Road. Interment will follow Mass in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.  Star Gazette – March 17, 2011 

 

Van GELDER Caroline Van Gelder Wells

Age 101, died peacefully Saturday morning, February 18, 2012 at the Chemung County Nursing Facility. Born March 6, 1910 in Brooklyn, NY, Caroline was the daughter of the late Albert and Caroline Krugel Van Gelder. Surviving her is beloved daughter, Claudia (David) Radin of Horseheads, with whom she resided for most of her last years; grandchildren, David (Randi) Radin, Andrew (Wendy) Radin and Sarah Radin; great grandchildren, Matthew Radin and Hailey Radin. Caroline was predeceased by her husband Frederick, son Richard and brothers Albert and Robert. She'll be greatly missed, and remembered most for her sense of humor and her love of young children. The family expresses their utmost appreciation and thanks for the loving and professional care given by Cheryl Montgomery and her staff at the Chemung County Nursing Facility.

Star Gazette – February 19, 2012 

 

VICKIO Louis P. "Paul", Sr.

Louis has taken his place in the heavenly Kingdom of Our Lord above on November 8, 2013. Born on August 13, 1913, yes, 100 years, to Joseph and Rachael (Patrone) Vickio in Montour Falls. Louis was predeceased by his parents; brothers, William, Guy, Nickolas, and Michael; his sisters, Minnie, Mamie, Mary, Louise (his Twin,) and Marguerite; niece, Patricia Orcut and nephew, David Orcut, the love of his life, Mary F. Vickio, whom he spent 71 years of marriage with. Louis is survived by his daughter, Faith (Charles) Ciprich and their daughter, Dolores (William) Hrynko and their children, Desiree Ellison, JACQ Goehner, Victoria Goehner, Bradley Hrynko; their daughter, Maria (Scott) Eaton and their son Wyatt; their daughter, Claudine (William) Ciprich-Atwood and their children, Morgan Atwood and Charles Eisenhart, his daughter, Sydney Mann-Eisenhart; son, John L. Vickio, Sr., his son, John L. Vickio, Jr., his son, Gianni Vickio; daughter, Angela Vickio; her son, Samuel Smith; son, Louis P. (Mary) Vickio, Jr.; their daughters, Bernadette Vickio, Antoinette Vickio, Juliet Vickio and Natalie Vickio; son, Edward A. (Linda) Vickio and their children, Brian Vickio, Deanna Marusarz and Gordan Crans. Louis graduated with a BSME from Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH. He retired from the New York State Department of Transportation in 1980. For next 15 years Mary and he operated their own day care, where many of the students learned how to count, write their names and add before they entered school. After that, (at 76 years of age) Louis, Mary and his son Edward built and operated Vickio's Deerfield Park, a campground. Then Louis was recruited by his sons Louis Jr and Edward to perform calculations for his part in a patent they received for a Dynamometer. He performed these calculations at the age of 91. The patent was issued and presented to him at his 70th wedding anniversary. Louis loved to play cards with Mary and their faithful friends Patricia Hastings, Ginger and Guy Beebe, Cathy Love and Christina (Kelly) Amisano. Louis & Mary also loved to watch the Yankees play. They never missed a game, wore Yankee garb when they played and knew every player and their stats. When Mary wasn't home he would sneak in an old time western, which he dearly loved to watch. Louis was considered a father by many of the young people that grew up knowing him. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at Vedder & Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, at 3:00 p.m. at St. Mary's of the Lake in Watkins Glen. Interment, with committal prayers, will then take place at Holy Cross Cemetery. The family asks in lieu of flowers, that one donate to the Catholic Daughters of Saint Mary's Church in Watkins Glen. The family would like to express their gratitude to the nurses at Schuyler Hospital, Dr. Singh, Dr. Saks, the first responders and all the additional personnel that have spent years of service and dedication to the wellbeing of both Louis and Mary Vickio. Star Gazette – November 12, 2013

 

WALZ Dorothy A. Nelson

Centenarian - Was born November 22, 1905 in Staten Island, NY the daughter of the late Adam and Marie (Spatz) Walz, died peacefully on Monday, May 16, 2011, at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center at the age of 105. In 1958, her loving husband, Robert Nelson, predeceased her. Her sister and brother-in-law, Edna Marie and James LeRoy Sleight and nephew, Arthur Sleight, also preceded her in death. She is survived by her beloved nephew, Russell (Barbara) Sleight of Horseheads, NY; along with several great nieces and great nephews. Dorothy retired from the Luxor Beauty Shop in Middletown, NY after several years of faithful service as a hair dresser. At her request there will be no prior calling hours. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service celebrating Dorothy's life on Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira/Southport, NY. Reverend Christopher Linsler will officiate. As per the family's request please omit flowers.  

 

WARD Ernestine A. Allen 

Port Charlotte, FL: Ernestine A. Allen, 100, of Port Charlotte, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, February 23, 2013. She was the daughter of Dr. Ernest L. and Adelaide L. (nee Cadogan) Ward, born November 4, 1912 in Osceola, PA. Ernestine was a graduate of Osceola Grade School, Elkland High School and Mansfield State Teacher's College, Class of 1934. During her lifetime she was a church organist, substitute grade and high school teacher and tutor in area schools, a case worker for child welfare services in Tioga County for the State of PA and Senior Interviewer for Consumer Products Division of Corning Glass Works (Corning, Inc.) from which she retired. She enjoyed doing needle work, reading and corresponding with very special friends. She shared her passion of animals with her daughter and grandson. Ernestine was blessed with having a loving, caring and totally devoted daughter, Mary Ellen and grandson, Timothy Norman of Port Charlotte. She was preceded in death by her husband of 35 years, Raymond Davidson and second husband, John W. Allen. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Osceola, PA. Memorial donations may be made to Osceola Presbyterian Church, 104 Church St., Osceola, PA 16942 or a local Humane Society. Arrangements are by Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services.    Star Gazette – February 26, 2013

 

WILLSON Doris E. Cease

100, of Montrose, died on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at Meadow View Senior Living Center. She was born and raised on Franklin Hill to the late Frank and Maude (Wilcox) Willson.  Surviving are her three daughters and son-in-law, Sandra King, Ulster, Joan Webster, Brackne and Rosalee and Bob Rychlicki, Montrose; son and daughter-in- law, Bob and Joan Cease, Vestal, N.Y.; sister Bette Malchak, Chenango Bridge, N.Y.; 11 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; 11 great-great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.  Doris was predeceased by her husband, Bob Cease, granddaughter, four siblings, and son-in-law, Doug Webster.  Doris lived for 45 years at Heart Lake, and was a member of the Heart Lake Methodist Church, the Heart Lake Ladies Aid Society, and a longtime member of Mary Rebekah Lodge No. 7, Montrose. Doris celebrated her 100th birthday last June at Meadow View, surrounded by her family and friends.  A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the Daniel K. Regan Funeral Home, Montrose, with Rev. Ken Barnes, of Brackney officiating. Interment will be in the Quaker Lake Cemetery, Silver Lake Twp.  Visitations will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Doris's name can be made to the Little White Community Church at Heart Lake, c/o Mrs. Pamela Cobb, 8751 N. Weston Rd., Kingsley, PA 18826.   Towanda Daily Review – March 17, 2013

 

? Alice Johnson

formerly of Waverly, N.Y., born April 28, 1908, died June 30, 2011.  She was predeceased by husband, Alfred E. Johnson and step-daughter, Elma Wineland. She is survived by her daughter, Kathleen (Tom) Onderdonk; step-children, Donald (Viola) Johnson, Nellie Gardner; 25 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.  Alice was a NYS teacher retired from the Waverly Central School, a former member of the Waverly United Methodist Church as well as the Lockwood United Methodist Church and recently has been an active member of the Churchville United Methodist Church.  Friends may call  3-5 PM, Friday, July 8th at the Churchville United Methodist Church, 24 West Buffalo St., Churchville, NY 14428. The Celebration of Alice's Life will follow at 5:30 P.M. Interment at Halsey Valley Cemetery, Halsey Valley, NY at 1:30 PM Saturday, July 9th. In lieu of flowers those who wish may contribute to the Churchville United Methodist Church (CUMC) Memorial Fund.  Sayre Morning Times – July 8, 2011    

 

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