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BARROW - Frances B. Robbins, 91, long-time resident of Canton, Pa., died unexpectedly on Tuesday morning Dec. 29, 2009, at Sherwood's Personal Care Home in Canton.  Frances was born on Nov. 15, 1918 in Trout Run, Pa. She was a daughter of the late Frederick W. and Gertrude (HILL) Barrow.  In the early 1920's, the Barrow family moved to the Canton area. Frances was a graduate of Canton High School, class of 1936. She was employed by Canford Manufacturing for many years until retiring in May, 1984.  Frances was a member of Canton's V.F.W. Auxiliary Post 714 and Women of the Moose Lodge 981. She enjoyed quilting and playing bingo.  Surviving are her children, Frederick L. Robbins of Alexandria, Va., and A. Michele "Shelly" Reese of Ralston; five grandchildren, Mark Robbins of Alexandria, Va., Marie Robbins of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Dale B. Robbins Jr. of Blossburg, Kermit Reese of Harrisburg, Pa., and Clayton Reese of Glen Springs, Colo.  Frances was predeceased by a son, Dale B. Robbins Sr., on Aug. 12, 1987; and two siblings, Robert Barrow and Harriette Barrow.  Keeping with Frances's wishes, there will be no calling hours. Services will be held at a later date. Her family suggests those wishing to may direct a memorial in her name to a charity of one's choice. Pepper Funeral Home in Canton is in care of arrangements.31 Dec. 2009, Towanda Daily Review.

JOHN J. BLASS
John J. Blass, 74, of Galeton, died Monday Dec. 21, 2009.
He was born Jan. 9, 1935, to Herbert and Crescence Yeager Blass. John was retired from PennDOT where he was employed as an equipment operator and foreman for 25 years. Prior to that, he was employed by the WAG and the Pennsylvania Railroad. Living his life in Potter County, he was an avid hunter and fisherman and a wonderful story-teller. He was a life-time member of the Running Bear Hunting Camp. He was a founding member of the Gale Hose Ambulance company as well as a member of the West Hill Cemetery Association. He also served as Potter County Commissioner. John contributed many years as a Little League coach.  John was predeceased by his wife, Janet Meholczo Blass and a daughter Vicki. He is survived by daughter, Debra (John) Simonetti of Ulysses; son, Jeff (Trixie) Blass of Galeton; son, Daniel Blass of Mesa, Ariz., daughter, Sheila Blass of Sarasota, Fla.; and sister, Janice (Jim) Petersen of Renovo; as well as his grandchildren, John, Jacob and Joshua Blass, Breana Simonetti and Audrey Blass.  In keeping with John's wishes, there will be no services. The family is being assisted by the Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory and Monuments in Mansfield. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gale Hose Ambulance Company or Potter County Hospice. Published in The Wellsboro Gazette from December 28, 2009 to January 5, 2010

BOOL - ANDRUS, Lois M.
Of Elmira, died Wednesday, January 6, 2010, after a long illness at the age of 74. Lois was born January 10, 1935 in Elmira, the daughter of the late Mary (Andrus) Bool. She is survived by her sister, Nancy Dean and her husband, Henry (Tim) of Watkins Glen, New York; nephews, Hank and Roger Dean of Key West, Florida; and niece, Jennifer Templeton of Austin, Texas. Other survivors include dear friends, Marilyn Sykes and Katie Hughes. Lois was a lifelong resident of Elmira and was well known and respected in the legal and real estate community. She was also a long term board member of the Arctic League of Elmira and worked the Broadcasts for 50 years. Lois' family would like to give special thanks to the third floor staff at the Chemung County Nursing Facility. Memorial donations may be made in Lois' name to the Arctic League of Elmira, PO Box 113, Elmira, NY 14902-0113.  Published in Star-Gazette on January 8, 2010

BRILL - William Lewis Bill Brill, Jr., age 55, of Wellsboro, PA died Saturday, December 26, 2009 at his home. Bill was born May 22, 1954 in Wellsboro, PA, a son of William L. Sr. and Teresa (Stager) Brill. He was employed by Tioga County Human Services, Wellsboro, PA. Bill graduated from Wellsboro High School where he was on the wrestling team. He enjoyed electronics, computers, hunting, and 4 wheelers.   Bill is survived by a brother, Christopher Brill of Wellsboro, PA; a brother-in-law, Jack Robertson of Wellsboro, PA; a sister, Lori Brill of Florida; two nephews, Joel (Jessica) Robertson of Wellsboro, PA and Bill Robertson of Calif. He was predeceased by a sister, Ellen Robertson in 2004.  In keeping with Bills wishes, there will be no services. The Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family.

BROWN - L. Lucille Smith, 86, of Hillcrest Dr., Towanda, Pa., died suddenly on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre.  Affectionately known as "Lucy" to her friends and "Aunt Lucille" to her relatives and many nieces and nephews. Lucy was born on Sept. 8, 1923 in Windham Township, Pa., a daughter of the late Ward H. and Mavia (COOK) Brown. On Oct. 10, 1942, Lucille married Walter J. Smith and together they have shared sixty seven wonderful years together. Lucy and Walt always treasured the time spent with family and especially enjoyed the holidays. Many will remember the special cards they always received throughout the year from "Lucy" and "Smitty" She also enjoyed crossword puzzles and shopping trips to area malls. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.  Lucy is survived by her loving husband, Walter J. Smith; her brothers-in-law, Richard Smith and Ralph Kissell; a sister-in-law, Louise Brown Tucker; nephews, Larry (Lois) Brown, Robert (Sharon) Brown, Dale (Marla) Smith, Daryl (Nancy) Smith, Duane (Kim) Smith, Russell Kissell, Richard (Sondra) Kissell; nieces Donna (Bill) Repsher, Sharon (Conrad) Winter, Sandra (Carl) Curtis, Sheila (Ray) Howe; special neighbors and our lifesavers so many times, Donna and Ray Hoffmann; many great nieces and nephews and their families also survive.  Lucy was predeceased by her sister and brother-in-law, Alice and Ernest Meeker; a brother and sister-in-law, Walter H. and Louise Brown; sisters-in-law, Janice Kissell and Alma Smith.  Funeral services and a time of remembering the special gift Lucy was to all of us will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 2, at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols, with Pastor Dan Martin of the Nichols United Methodist Church, officiating.  Interment and prayers of committal will follow in the Nichols Cemetery. A period of visitation and time of sharing memories will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 1 at the funeral chapel. Memories and condolences for Lucy's family may also be shared by visiting our Web site at www.sutfinfuneralchapel.com. Friends who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the Towanda Public Library, 104 Main St., Towanda, PA 18848; www.towandapubliclibrary.org, in loving memory of L. Lucille Smith.  31 Dec. 2009, Towanda Daily Review.

CARNEY - Timothy S. Carney, 50, recently died unexpectedly in Redmond, Washington.  Tim was born in Cleveland, Ohio on October 31, 1959. Tim is survived by his wife of 20 years Joan KELLEY Carney (formerly of Sayre); his mother-in-law Catherine Kelley of Athens; in-laws Lorie and Chuck Petrosky (Bellevue, Washington), Jim Kelley (New York), Mary Kelley (Troy).  Uncle “T” will be remembered for his boyish charm and playfulness and be missed by his nephews Ryan and Ben Petrosky (Bellevue), and nieces Maureen Smith (Sayre) and Syreeta Sargent Davis (Philadelphia).  07 Jan 2010, Sayre Morning Times.

CHILDS Roger L. "Gary"
Age 62, of Myrtle Beach, SC, formerly of Corning died Monday, December 21, 2009, in Myrtle Beach. Gary was born in Corning on January 14, 1947, to Robert and Alberta (Shaffer) Childs. He graduated from Corning East High in 1965. He served his country in the United States Navy from 1966 to 1970. He worked for Corning Incorporated for over 35 years as a machinist and retired in 2001 from Sullivan Park. Gary enjoyed living on his boat in Myrtle Beach during the winter and spending his summers at Seneca Lake. He enjoyed reading, crosswords and motorcycles. He made friends wherever he went and was affectionately known as "O Pa". He loved to travel to new places and have new adventures, and even went bungee jumping off a bridge during his vacation in Australia. He will be missed by his family and his many friends. He is survived by the mother of his children, Jean Childs; his son, Mike (Shelley Bates) Childs of Corning; two daughters, Laura (Chad) Ewell of Big Flats and Leslie (Lonnie) Reid of Corning; three brothers, Robert Childs of Corning, Donald (Linda) Childs of Boca Raton, FL, and Jerry Childs of Myrtle Beach, SC; six grandchildren, Alex and Jordan Ewell, Molly, Morgan, Devon, and Owen Reid. Gary was predeceased by his brother, Loren Childs. Calling hours will be held at Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney Street in Corning on Tuesday, December 29th, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with Memorial Service of Celebration for Gary's life following calling hours at 8 p.m.  Published in Star-Gazette on December 29, 2009

COBB - MACDONALD, Mary A.
Mary A. MacDonald of Corning, NY. Age 81, died December 12, 2009 at Corning Hospital. She was born March 30, 1928 in Unadilla, NY the daughter of the late John and Mildred VerValin Cobb. Mary and her family relocated to Oneonta, NY where she met David MacDonald and they were married March 24, 1958. She devoted her life to her family, a wonderful housewife and "Stay-at-home Mother". She and the children accompanied her husband David on out of state engineering job locations and later she accompanied David on out of the country engineering job locations (for Corning Inc.) For many years she was a member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Corning, NY. Children were her delight and she often assisted teachers at preschool. As her daughters became members of Brownies, Girl Scouts and the Crystal City Drum & Bugle Corp., Mary was actively volunteering. She was a trained Red Cross Volunteer and devoted her time and service on many occasions. She was a member of the Women of the Moose, the Eagles Women's Auxillary, VFW Women's Auxillary and the American Legion Women's Auxillary. Surviving are her loving husband, David MacDonald; daughters, Lorna MacDonald Czarnota of Buffalo, NY and Susan (John) Gross of Painted Post, NY; grandson, Victor Gross of Painted Post, NY and granddaughter, Charisse (Geoffrey) Spier of Corning, NY; four great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins living out of the Corning area. Mary was predeceased by her four sisters and brother. A Memorial Service will be held at the Haughey Funeral Home, 216 East First Street, Corning, NY Saturday January 9, 2010 11:00am. Rev. Robert Foote, officiating. Interment will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. With Mary's devotion to children, she requested any Memorial Donations given in her name be made to the local Salvation Army, Community Children's Program, 32 East Denison Parkway, Corning, NY 14830. Published in Star-Gazette on January 7, 2010

COTA David
65, died November 21, 2009 in Clyde, NC. Born in Middletown, CT May 11, 1943 to the late Thad and Anna Cota. Raised in Chemung County and graduated from Horseheads High School. Survived by his wife, Tammy; sons, Thad and Zack of Clyde, NC; daughters, Suzette of Glen Burnie, MD, Cynthia of Gowanda, NY, Amanda and Amber of Clyde, NC. Survived by brothers, Tim (Julie) and John (Patricia) of Horseheads, NY; and sister, Martha (Dennis) Payette of Manchester, NH. Dave was a workhorse who usually had a second job. He loved hard work and fittingly died on his way to work. Contributions to the American Lung Assn. or the American Cancer Society would be appreciated.  Published in Star-Gazette on December 29, 2009Continue to obituary

COYLE Anna Margaret
"Ann" was born November 6, 1923 in New Albany, PA on the Coyle family farm. She attended St. Basil's Catholic Academy in Dushore, finishing high school with the Class of 1941 at Horseheads High School in New York. She went on to attend classes at Elmira College, worked as a secretary and bookkeeper for Elmira Transit Mix (Horseheads), and in 1960, received her AS degree in Nursing from Miami-Dade Junior College. She completed the nursing program at Mount Sinai Hospital of Greater Miami, Class of 1970, and obtained her nursing license in 1972, practicing as an R.N. at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami Heart Institute and Mount Sinai Hospital. A believer of lifelong learning, Ann continued to take educational courses, even after retiring from nursing. She settled in Sebring, Florida in 1993 and traveled regularly, enjoyed cruises, including a favorite cruise to China and The Great Wall, and escapades with her close friend of over 50 years, Marylyn Adams. Ann departed our lives on December 21, 2009, in Sebring. She will be greatly missed by all, including remaining family of Francis P. Coyle, PA; Thomas Coyle, MO; Marguerite Ann Coyle McClintic, CA; numerous nephews, nieces and their families. We love you, Ann! Cremation arrangements were entrusted to: Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home, Sebring, Florida.  Published in Star-Gazette on January 5, 2010

CUMMINGS Harry
Age 80 of Millerton, PA died Wed., Dec. 23 at Soldiers & Sailors Hospital. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Mansfield, PA is handling the arrangements.   Published in Star-Gazette on December 25, 2009

DAPP - WELCH, Lorraine A.
Age 80, of Westfield, PA, died Saturday, January 2, 2010. Born November 22, 1929, in Elmira, NY, she was the daughter of Mathias T. and Gertrude Morris Dapp. On October 4, 1948, in Westfield, she married Franklin J. "Sonny" Welch, who survives. A homemaker, Lorraine sold Tupperware and Avon. She served as a Girl Scout leader for several years and attended the Cowanesque U.M. Church. Surviving besides her husband, Franklin, are: five children, Kay L. (Steve) Schenck of Burlington, WV, Cynthia Potter of Westfield, Franklin "Butch" (Joanne) Welch, Jr. of Cairnbrook, PA, Pamela (Shirley Bell) Welch of Westfield, and James Terry (Angela) Welch of Everett, PA; 21 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, a great-great-grandson; and two brothers, Ted (Dorothy) Dapp of Rochester, NY and Charles (Kathy) Attorelli of Denver, CO. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a great-great-grandson, Isaac Lucas Ridenour, age 7 mos. 9 days; and three sisters, Minerva, Clara, and Carolyn. Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Wednesday, January 6th, from 12:00-2:00 p.m., with Funeral Services at 2:00 p.m. The Rev. Duane Burdick will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.  Published in Star-Gazette from January 4 to January 5, 2010

DEPEW - Doris Jean Bunnell, 67, of Concord died on Dec. 22, 2009 at Carolinas Medical Center, NE, in Condord. Born in Pennsylvania on April 20, 1942, she was preceded in death by her husband Lewis Bunnell, her father Dana Depew, mother Amelia GABLE Depew, daughter Brenda Bunnell, and great-grandson Kaleb Carey.  Doris Jean Bunnell is survived by her daughter, Laury Wright and husband Tim of Concord, N.C.; her sister Virginia Penrith of Meshoppen, Pa.; her brothers James Depew of Osage Beach, Mo. and William Depew of Osage Becah, Mo.; grandchildren Chad Carey and wife Virginia, Brad Carey, Sarah Wright and two great-grandchildren.  A memorial service and burial will be held at a later date in Pennsylvania. 30 Dec 2009, Sayre Morning Times.

DOUD - Mr. Hobart R. Doud, [SRGP 06813] aged 64, died on November 29th at his home in Ulysses, after being in poor health the past two years and confined to his home for three months. the deceased was a son of Mr. Peleg W. Doud, aged 92, of Mainesburg, this county, where he lived till about 30 years ago. He married in 1863, Miss Eleanor Spencer, who survived him. After leaving Mainesburg, they resided three years in the south, after which they returned to Tioga county, where they remained till the Fall Brook Railroad entered Potter county, after which they lived in Harrison Valley and Mills, before locating in Ulysses. At all these places Mr. Doud was employed by the railroad company, and after the New York Central took over the system, he remained at work under the new management as long as his condition would admit. Mr. is survived by six children: Mr. Charles S. Doud of Jackson Summit, Belle and Coleman Doud of Ulysses, Mrs. W.F. French of Spring Mills, NY, and Mrs. Frank Cole and Mrs. F. Dorland of Harrison Valley. - Wellsboro Agitator, December 10, 1902

FELKER - SPIER, Mary Louise (Felker)
Age 80, formerly of Lindley, NY, died in her sleep on Dec. 21 at her home in California. She was predeceased by her husband, William in 1994. Her surviving family includes her son, Gerald (Judy) of Big Flats; daughters, Martha (Larry) Chalker and Linda Spier of California; grandsons, Matthew and Mark Chalker and Garrett and Geoff Spier; and seven great-grandchildren. She was a former employee of Corning Inc and a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved to crochet, knit, and do needlepoint and left many handmade gifts with extended family and friends. A private graveside committal service will be held at a later date. Friends who wish can make donations in her honor to Alzheimer's Association , alz.org. Published in Star-Gazette on December 31, 2009

FORD - JOAN WHITE (1933-2009)
Joan White, 76, of Gillett, died Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009, at Bradford County Manor, W. Burlington Township.  Joan was born Jan. 30, 1933, in Niagara Falls, N.Y., a daughter of John and Dorothy Parsons Ford. She was the wife of Harold White, with whom she would have celebrated a 51st wedding anniversary on Dec. 27.  Before retiring, she was employed by the I.R.S. and had taught school in Syracuse, N.Y.  Joan is survived by her husband, Harold of Gillett; a son, John Walter White of Charlotte, N.C.; two daughters, Cynthia Louise Steele of Georgetown, Ky. and Gwendolyn White of Sterling Heights, Mich.; and a sister, Constance Dowling of Jamestown, Va. She was predeceased by a sister, Madeline Gray.  A memorial service will be held at a later date. The Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory and Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, is assisting the family. Published in The Wellsboro Gazette from December 29, 2009 to January 5, 2010

GEISER - WEST, Penny A.
49, of Galeton, PA, died Tuesday, December 29, 2009, at Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, surrounded by her loving family. Born January 30, 1960 in Wellsboro, she was a daughter of Robert J. Sr. and Alice (Trautner) Geiser of Galeton. She was a 1978 graduate of Galeton High School. On July 1, 1978, she married James M. West of Galeton. Penny worked at Galeton Production for ten years and at Trucklite for ten years. She greatly enjoyed camping with her family. Penny was an inspiration to all who knew her and will be greatly missed by her family, friends, and the Galeton community. Surviving besides her parents and husband are a son, James R. West, Pittsburgh, PA; a daughter, Jennifer L. West, Galeton; a granddaughter, Raeley Ruppert, Galeton; three brothers, Philip T. (Billy Jo) Geiser, Galeton, Robert J. Geiser Jr., Lewisburg, PA, Richard L. (Kristyn) Geiser, Horseheads, NY; two sisters, Sandy A. (Mark) Stevens, Wellsboro, PA, Dawn (Corey) Palmatier, Pennsdale, PA; mother-in-law, Donna West, Galeton; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, on Saturday, January 2, 2010, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. and on Sunday, January 3, 2010, from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 2:00 p.m. The Rev. Joseph Dougherty will be the Celebrant. Interment will be made in Germania Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Patterson Cancer Center, Coudersport.

GRIDLEY Grandison
Grandison Gridley died peacefully on Sunday, December 27, 2009, in Charlotte, NC. He was 93. A native of Elmira, NY, he was the son of the late Frederick Barker and Marjorie Drake Gridley. He and his late wife of 59 years, Ruth Butts Gridley, who died in 2006, had moved from Elmira to Aldersgate Retirement Community in Charlotte in 2005. Bud, as he was called, is survived by a daughter, Cynthia Gridley Pruden of Charlotte, NC, and her husband, Norfleet; a son, William Clute Gridley of Washington, DC, and his wife Susan; four grandchildren, Matthew Gridley Pruden, Haines Pruden Barksdale, William Grandison Gridley and Hilary Douthit Gridley; and two brothers, Lyman Drake Gridley of Elmira, NY and John Haines Gridley of Richmond, VA and their families. Bud was a 1939 graduate of Cornell University, which was also the alma mater of his father and his son. He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II for more than three years in the Pacific, achieving the rank of Captain. After the War, he returned to Elmira, resumed civilian life, won the hand of his beautiful bride, and began his family. He remained an Elmira resident for the rest of his life, aside from five years in Colorado Springs, where he managed the North Pole theme park in the late 1950s, and his final four years in Charlotte. Before his retirement, he was an administrator at Arnot-Ogden Memorial Hospital in Elmira. Known and loved for his wit and humor, Bud in his prime was "the life of the party." His humorous letters to his children and grandchildren are treasured keepsakes. He was an avid reader to the time of his death, and he left a stack of the latest non-fiction books and the latest issue of The New Yorker by his armchair when he departed this life. He was a good and kind man. His greatest joys were his family, his friends, and his century-old family cottage at Glenora on Seneca Lake, NY, where he spent many happy summers with four generations of Gridleys.  A memorial service will be held this spring or summer, on a date to be determined, at Lakemont Cemetery overlooking Seneca Lake, where his ashes will be buried alongside those of his beloved wife, Ruth. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial gifts to The Park Church, 208 West Gray Street, Elmira, NY 14901, or the charity of the donor's choice.  Published in Star-Gazette from December 29 to December 30, 2009

HAAR Robert "Bo" Bergen
died at his daughter, Marybeth's home in Wednesday, December 30th. Bo was born in Corning on July 11, 1934, the youngest child of Alvin and Geraldine Haar. Bo is survived by the absolute love of his life, Teresa Rodgers Haar, whom he married on November 10, 1956 at St. Patrick's Church in Corning. Bob's four daughters and sons-in-law are Julie Haar and Kurt Falvey, Kimberly Haar-Bills and William, Marybeth and Ned Hafner and Christine and Scott Kolodziejczak; his grandchildren are Kyle-Robert, Clenna and Bridget Bills, Elizabeth, Claire and James Kolodziejczak, Kelly and Jimmy Duffy; and his great-granddaughter is Serina Lynn Duffy, all of whom will greatly miss his devotion, humor and loyalty. Bo was predeceased by his sisters, Clare, Patricia and Peggy; and his brother, Tommy. His loving brother, George "Budd" Haar and sister-in-law, Barbara survive. Bo is also survived by his sister-in-law, Patricia Wasson and; brother-in-law, and sister-in-law, James and Alice Rodgers. At age 22, Bo enlisted in the US Air Force from 1956 to 1960 where he enhanced his skill and fed his passion as an aircraft engineer, an interest that continued throughout his life and was particularly defined by his love of WWII and Curtiss era aircraft. Bo was retired from AM-International where he was a service representative recognized for his remarkale work ethic and attention to detail as well as his genuine concern for his customers. Bo also enjoyed "working" for his dear friend, Jack Mullaney at the Beverage Baron. In 1987, in response to their empty nest syndrome, Bo and Teresa opened the Country Barn Bed and Breakfast, where they enjoyed pampering their guests and developing new and lasting friendships. Upon Teresa's retirement in 1996, Bo and Tess began to realize their dream of traveling the United States by hauling their Fifth Wheel during which they enjoyed time spent with fellow "RVers". During these adventures Bo and Teresa satisfied their passion for refurbishing historic buildings by volunteering their mutual talents to Florida State Parks, most recently at Koreshan, where they left things just a little bit better than when they arrived. In 2000, Bo and Teresa sold their home and purchased a pre Civil War barn, which to the subtle dismay of their family, they stated would become their home. Within a few years, this project was showcased in the Star Gazette's Home section and has been the greatest evidence of Bo's natural talent for restoration. As a young man Bo also enjoyed the thrill of racing his boat, the "Sea Witch" in Keuka Lake. He also spent many weekends at the Glen during the Formula One era, where he introduced his daughters and friends to the benefits of charming his way into "The Pits." Those who knew Bo best will remember him for his innate ability to fix anything broken, tendency to spontaneously recite poetry, especially "The Cremation of Sam Magee", "The Face on the Barroom Floor" and "If" and for his loyalist tendencies. Additional family memories of the World Famous Bo Harr include his feats as a water skier, a talent he introduced and encouraged his daughters, nieces and nephews to enjoy at the cottage, aka "The Urbana Hilton" from 1959 to 1968. Bo was an avid reader and storyteller, a talent he inherited from his father. He often regaled friends and family with this tales of his episodes on the Chisolm and the India Silk Trails. To say that Bo was a dog lover would be an understatement. He passed this passion on to his children, all of whom have any variety of pets. Bo's dog, Katie, aka "Poozer" has been his and Teresa's traveling companion for the past four years. His family wishes to thank Bob Wagner for his long friendship and dedication to Bo and his family during Bo's illness. A special thanks to Patience of Southern Tier Hospice for her compassionate and genuine care during Bo's illness. In keeping with Bo's wishes, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Curtiss Museum, where Bob volunteered his time and talent and to St. Stanislaus Church in Bradford, where Bo was a parishioner or to the Finger Lakes SPCA in honor of Bo's love of all four legged critters. Bo's life celebration will begin on Sunday, January 3, at 2:00 p.m. at St. Gabriel's Catholic Church in Hammondsport and will be immediately followed by a gathering of friends and family at the Curtiss Museum, where all will be encouraged to share their favorite memories of Bo. Arrangements are in care of LaMarche Funeral Home, Hammondsport, NY.  Published in Star-Gazette on December 31, 2009

HALL - On Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, Loraine Hall Andrien of RR 3 Troy (West Burlington) died quietly at her residence with her rosary in her hand and her beloved family at her side. She was 73 years of age.  Born June 24, 1936 in Chester, Pa., she was the daughter of T. Victor and Josephine (KENNEDY) Hall. She attended Elizabeth Peirce Junior High School in West Chester, Pa., where in 1950, in ninth grade, she met her future husband, Bruce Andrien. Both graduated from Henderson High School in 1954.  Loraine was active in the high school band playing clarinet, was a soloist with the choir and was a member of the glee club. Loraine was also active in her church choir and held an office in the Junior Century Club. On May 5, 1956, Loraine and Bruce were married. Together they raised two sons and a daughter and shared 53 years. Loraine was employed as an X-ray technician at Chester County Hospital and was hand-picked for the position of the hospital's Cobalt technician. Later she worked for a private office in Kennett Square.  The Andriens moved to West Burlington in 1977, purchasing the Hutter (Congdon) Farm, bringing with them their show herd of Jersey cows. Loraine worked as an office manager and purchaser for Kisner's Gems in Towanda. She was proud of her driving horse, and participated in many local parades. Loraine was an active member of the Union Grange, and along with Alda Congdon and a few others organized the first West Burlington Neighborhood Day.  Loraine was a woman with a deep, abiding faith in the Lord, and was active in both St. Michael's and St. John's Roman Catholic churches. She participated in the Altar & Rosary Society and helped organize the small prayer group programs with Fr. Stephen McGough. The groups read from the Bible, discussed passages they had read and prayed for unity of all believers and for peace on earth. She also helped organize and cook food for the Summerfest each year, and for many years was known for her pierogies. Her love and devotion to her faith shone through in the personal ministry that she and her husband shared as eucharistic ministers, assisting in bringing Holy Communion to the hospitalized and shut-ins of the parish. She continued for as long as her health permitted, being a good and faithful servant of the Lord.  Loraine is survived by her beloved husband of 53 years, Bruce Andrien Sr., at home; daughter Denise McNeal of West Burlington; sons Bruce Andrien Jr., of Guilford, Conn.; and Lorin Andrien of Canton; seven grandchildren, two step-grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.  In accordance with the family's wishes, there are no calling hours. A private service will be held at a later date. Professional services have been entrusted to Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, Pa.  28 Dec. 2009, Towanda Daily Review.

HARRIS Lawrence L. (Minnesota)
Age 71, of Elmira, NY, died Tuesday, January 5, 2010, at St. Joseph's Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Angela (Watkins) Harris; children, Robert Harris of Elmira, Tami D. Harris of Elmira, Pamela Harris of Baltimore, MD, Lisa Ann Adams of Elmira and Chelsea Watkins of Elmira; grandchildren, Mark Edney, Victoria and Lauryn Adams; great-granddaughter, Rhiana V. Edney; along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends. Family and friends are invited to visit Faith Temple Community Church, Harper St., Elmira on Saturday, January 9th, from 12 to 1 p.m. His funeral and committal services will follow at 1 p.m. Rev. Gertrude Harris, his niece, will officiate. Walter J. Kent Funeral Home is assisting the family.  Published in Star-Gazette on January 7, 2010

HART John Stephen
Age 64 of Rochester and formerly of Elmira, died Thursday, December 24, 2009 at Rochester General Hospital after a long illness. John was born on April 26, 1945 in Elmira, a son of the late Stephen and Patricia Healy Hart. He is also predeceased by his brother Charles E. Hart. John is survived by his sisters and brothers-in-law, Diana and Vincente D'Ingianni of Keuka Lake, Priscilla and David Tallman of Painted Post NY, and Trina Milloway of Gainesville TX; nieces and nephews, Vincente and Jamie D'Ingianni, Trina End, Chandra and Garrett Miller, Aaron Tallman and Katherine Reardon, Bryan Cannon, Timothy and Carla Cannon. John attended school in Elmira and in 1965 went to Rochester where he participated in the Al Sigl program for the learning disabled. He was employed at Strong Memorial Hospital and later with RG&E from where he retired in 2004. John was a caring person who loved his family and his many friends in the Rochester and Elmira areas. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:00 noon at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Elmira on Monday, April 26, 2010, which would be John's 65th birthday. Donations in John's memory may be directed to Catholic Charities of the Southern Tier, 215 E. Church St., Elmira, NY 14901. Arrangements by McInerny Funeral Home.  Published in Star-Gazette on December 29, 2009

HIGBIE - Joyce Louise Higbie Twist, 75, of Elmira, New York went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, December 29th. Born July 12, 1934 in Corning, New York she was a daughter of the late David and Mildred VanDusen Higbie. Joyce was a graduate of Savona Central High School. Before retiring, she was employed by Corning Glass Works for many years. Joyce enjoyed sports and was active with company softball, volleyball and bowling teams throughout her career, and loved beating everyone at card games.  She will be forever missed and always live in the hearts of her children, Cathleen Strang of Elmira, New York and Michael Twist of Binghamton, New York; grandchildren, Amy Chilson, Michael and Richard Pacheco and Darcelle Strang, Jennifer Twist Pruitt, Michael and Kaitlin Twist; great-grandchildren, William, Nich-olas, Dominique, Konrad and Tanisha Wallace, Michael Pacheco, Sonyae Strang, Gabriella and Myron Pacheco; sister, Joanne Straulka; brother, John Higbie; and several nieces and nephews.  Services and interment will be held at the convenience of the family.

HINEY - John J. "Jack" Hiney, 76, of Flashphaler Road in Corning, N.Y., died Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.  Jack was born in Towanda, Pa., on Nov. 19, 1933, to John and Catherine (ZUZEL) Hiney.  He had been employed by Dresser-Rand as a sheet metal worker for more than 45 years.  He is survived by: his two sons, John (Christine) Hiney and David (Nancy) Hiney of Corning; three sisters, Joan (Tony) Pierri of Horseheads, Louise BENJAMIN of Towanda, Pa., and Kathleen Rodman of California; grandchildren David, Christine, Nancy, Kathryn, John E. Hiney, Tina, Mark, and Anne Lowe; 11 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.  Jack was predeceased by his daughter, Debra Lowe.  A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010, at Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney St. in Corning.  07 Jan. 2010, Towanda Daily Review.

HODGES - WILLIAMS, Kathleen (Maryanne) Hodges
Age 66, died Monday, 12/14/09, at her home in Jamaica, NY. She was born in Elmira, NY to Thelma Benson Hodges Lewis and Jack Rose. She graduated from EFA and married George Williams of Elmira. She is survived by her husband, George; two children, Nadine (Carl) Clory; son, George Jr.; her three sisters, Joanne, Diane and Roxanne (Bea); aunts, nieces, nephews and many cousins. She will truly be missed by all. May she rest in peace.  Published in Star-Gazette on December 29, 2009

HOUSER - Lois E. Houser, 56, of Sayre, Pa. died Friday, Jan. 1, 2010 at the Robert Packer Hospital following a brief illness.  Lois was born March 27, 1953 in Philadelphia, Pa. the daughter of Eugene and Carolyn GREENLY Houser.  Lois graduated from Philadelphia High School for Girls in Philadelphia and Penn State University with her Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Sociology. Following graduation, she worked for over 30 years in the Human Service field and spent the majority of her employment history as working as an Administrator or Executive Director at the various agencies she served.  She enjoyed spending time with family, reading, and traveling to new locations reflecting her lifelong interest in ancient history. Lois had just recently returned from Spain and a cruise along the Mediterranean prior to her illness. She always looked forward to her next adventure whether with her family, or close circle of friends and was planning next year’s trip to Europe at the time of her illness. She was a loving wife and mother and extremely proud of her son, Paul.  Lois is predeceased by her father Eugene Houser and a sister Sharon (Houser) Denman.  Lois is survived by her husband of 29 years Philip “Jake” Zagozewski at home; a son Paul E. Zagozewski of Sayre, Pa.; special friend Lindsay Roupp of Ralston, Pa.; mother Carolyn Greenly Houser of  Berwick, Pa., sister Bonnie (John)Houser Durkin of Nescopeck, Pa.; brothers Steven Houser of Berwick, Pa. and Robert (Michele Timcho) Houser of Zion Grove, Pa. and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.  At Lois’ request there will be no calling hours and the service will be at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the care of the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home, Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, PA. Memorial donations may be made in her memory to the Spaulding Memorial Library, 724 South Main Street, Athens, PA 18810 or Sayre Library, 122 South Elmer Ave., Sayre, PA 18840 or a Charity of One’s Choice.  07 Jan 2010, Sayre Morning Times.

HURD - Miss Mabel Hurd, of Lawrenceville, died at the Blossburg hospital on Oct. 10, 1921 of typhoid fever. She is survived by her brother, George S. Hurd, and by two nieces, Misses Mary and Blanche Hurd. The funeral was held at the church at Alder Run, Pa., and Wednesday.

HURLBURT, Patience
I have another obit for you: Patience Hurlburt (daughter of Daniel and Anna (Fisk) Hurlburt).
Obit in Canton Pa, Sentinal for Mrs. Patience Doty in 1904
Mrs. Patience Doty, wife of Abner Doty, for many years a resident of this place, died at the home of her niece, Mrs. C.M. Smiley, in Topeka, Kansas, May 25, aged 85 years.  She is survived by her husband and son, M.R. Doty, of Burlingame, Kansas, and one sister, Mrs. Margery Randall, of Union.  Mrs. Doty was a member of the Christian Church, a woman of sterling worth, bright intellect and her sweet and genial nature made her the agreeable companion of both old and young.  Her memory will be cherished by a large circle of old friends, neighbors and acquaintances in Canton and vicinity.
"None knew her but to love her, None named her but to praise."  Her years were many, but when the Master called she heard.  "A low sweet voice from Eden stealing.  Such as but to angels known.  Hope's cheering song is ever thrilling.  It is better farther on."  continued on next column...
She is buried with her husband in Burlingame, Kansas. Submitted by James Anderson

HUSTED Phinetta [SRGP 83913]  - Mrs. Isaac Sparling, aged 79, died recently at the home of her son, Mr. S.A. Sparling, in Covington township. She was born in Sullivan township and had always lived in this county. Besides her husband and her son, Mr. S.S. Sparling, the deceased is survived by two other sons and a daughter. These children are Messrs. James Sparling and G.H. Sparling, both of Arnot, and Mrs. J. Black, of Morris. - Wellsboro Agitator, November 20, 1901

JAMES Paul C.
Age 76, of Elmira, NY, died on December 30, 2009 at St. Joseph's Hospital. He was born on March 7, 1933 in Elmira, NY to the late Peter and Dorothy (Coon) James. Paul was predeceased by his daughter, Valerie Shea. Survivors include his special friend, Connie Judd of Elmira; sons, Paul (Martha) James of Watertown, Barry (Barb) James and Greg (Shelley) James, all of Elmira and Douglas James of FL; brother, John (Patty) James of AZ; six grandchildren. It was Paul's wish that all services be held privately and at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Published in Star-Gazette on January 1, 2010

JESSMER - KING, Shirley A.
died at Elcor Health Services in Horseheads, NY on December 30, 2009 at the age of 76. Shirley was born August 6, 1933 in Newton Falls, NY, a daughter of Elmer and Winifred Jessmer. Shirley graduated from Clifton-Fine High School class of 1950. She retired in 1999 with Nationwide Insurance Co. in Syracuse, NY as an insurance claims adjuster. Along with her parents she is predeceased by her brothers, Carlton "Red" Jessmer and Ronald Jessmer. She is survived by her son, Michael (Carolyn) Brown of Elmira Heights, NY with whom she resided; grandchildren, Rebecca Brown of Liverpool, NY and Kristin Brown of Jacksonville, NC, Andrew Terwilliger of Virginia Beach, VA, Jodi (Dan) Dykes of Elmira, NY; and great-grandchildren, Gillian and Colby Dykes; and her beloved cat, Dusti. It was Shirley's wishes that there be no calling hours. A gravesite service at Riverside Cemetery, Norwood, NY will be held at the convenience of the family. Those wishing to remember Shirley are asked to make contributions to your local SPCA. Arrangements are entrusted to Sullivan's Funeral Home, Horseheads, NY.  Published in Star-Gazette on January 1, 2010

JOHNSON James E.
Age 85, of Bethany Village, Horseheads, NY died on Friday, December 25, 2009, in the loving care of his wife, Arleen V. Johnson. He was born in Truro, Nova Scotia on November 24, 1945, the son of Jack and Marcella Johnson. He spent 25 years in the Canadian Air Force. He is survived by his wife, Arleen; two daughters, Callie Bent of Halifax, N.S., Penny Johnson of New Minus, N.S.; and one son, John Johnson of Calgary, Canada; one stepson, Robert E. Vary of Jackson, New Jersey; granddaughters, Callie, Elizabeth and Becca Foster of New Minus, N.S., Loren Johnson of Alberta, Canada; grandsons, Nathan Bent of Delaware, Ryan, Aaron and Nathan Johnson of Alberta, Canada. Jim's wishes were to have a Memorial Service at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Odessa in the spring at a time and date to be announced. Arrangements under the direction of Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Odessa, NY.  Published in Star-Gazette on December 30, 2009

JOHNSON James E.
Age 85 of Bethany Village, Horseheads, NY died
on Friday, December 25, 2009. Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife, Arlene Vary Johnson. Relatives & friends are invited to attend a graveside Memorial Service for Jim on Saturday, August 14, 2010 at 2:00 PM at Laurel Hill Cemetery, County Rt. 10, Odessa, NY. Arrangements by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY. Should anyone need directions to cemetery, please call funeral home at 607-535-2396.- Elmira Star Gazette, August 13, 2010

KINNER Samuel B.
Age 79, of 105 Sydney Place, Apt B4, Odessa, NY, died unexpectedly today, Monday, December 28th, 2009. Sam was born on April 22, 1930 in Elmira, NY, son of the late Fred and Alice (Finch) Kinner. Survived by his wife, Marion (Howard) Kinner of 48 years; 8 children, Paula Kinner (Penny Mayes), Lorraine (Ernie) Bohart, Fred (Donna) Kinner, Alvina (Danny) Smart, Wayne (Carol) Kinner, Debbie Smith (Dan Decker), Bruce (Kim) Kinner, and Rose (Ernie) Parker; brother William (Diane) Kinner; sisters, Barbara Stickler and Alice Groat; and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Sam was predeceased by his brothers, Fred, Raymond, Richard, and Alvin; and sisters, Hazel Turpin and Elizabeth "Betty" Underwood. Sam worked his entire career at the Horseheads Industrial Center (Holding Point) and retired 25+ years ago. Memorial Service will be held Thursday, December 31st, 2009 @ 11am at the Alpine United Methodist Church with Reverend Larry Westbrook officiating. In lieu of contributions, there will be a gathering at the Church afterwards to share memories.
Published in Star-Gazette on December 30, 2009

KRAUS Charles Henry Jr.
Charles Henry Kraus Jr. of Cary, NC, died Saturday, December 19th, at home after a long illness. He and his wife, Lynda Potter Kraus, would have celebrated their 14th wedding anniversary Tuesday, December 22nd. Born June 6, 1945, in Scranton, PA, he was the son of the late Charles Henry Sr. and Wilma "Billie" Kraus. He was a 1963 graduate of Scranton Central High School and graduated from Keystone Junior College before completing a bachelor's degree from Kansas State College of Pittsburg, Kan. He later earned his MBA from the University of Scranton. Chuck served in the Army during the Vietnam War. Before leaving the Scranton area in 1994, he was employed by Sandvik Steel Co., Waverly, and Hendrick Manufacturing, Carbondale. Chuck loved life and sought to live it to the fullest. A competitive swimmer in high school and college, he remained active throughout his life, enjoying the hard work of building two homes and spending his leisure time golfing, hunting and camping. He served as an elder at Covenant Presbyterian Church, Scranton, and later at the First Presbyterian Church, Athens, PA, and Bethesda Presbyterian Church, Pinehurst, NC. Chuck's warm, broad smile and buoyant sense of humor will be missed by many. Also surviving are a son, Ryan and wife, Lisa, Waymart, PA; a stepdaughter, Cinde Potter Pridgen and husband, Chad, Cary, NC; two stepsons, David Potter and wife, Sarah, Elmira, NY; and Brian Potter and wife, Megan, Atlanta, GA; a daughter, Diane Kraus, Moscow, PA; seven grandchildren; a brother, David and wife, Dale, West Hartford, CT; a sister, Joan Eroh and husband, Bill, Murrels Inlet, SC; a niece and nephews. A memorial service will be held in the spring in Montreat, NC.  Published in Star-Gazette on December 29, 2009

LEE - WENRICK, MaryAnn
Age 76, of Dayton, Ohio, formerly of New Carlisle, died Tuesday, December 29, 2009, in her residence. She was born October 17, 1933 in Elmira, New York, the daughter of the late John and Mary (Dempsey) Lee. MaryAnn graduated from St. Joseph's School of Nursing and followed with service to her country in the United States Navy. Following her military service she was employed as a nurse with Dr. Krause and Dr. Peterangelo in Fairborn and followed at Greene Memorial Hospital. She also volunteered as the school nurse at Mary Help of Christians School. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, David in 1994; and a sister, Barbara. She is survived by a daughter, Stephanie Wenrick of Dayton; and a sister, Carol Lee of Elmira, New York. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, January 5, 2010, from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. in the Belton-Stroup Funeral Home, 422 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Rd., Fairborn, Ohio. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, January 6, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. in the Mary Help of Christians Church, 954 N. Maple Ave., Fairborn. Father Charles Lang Celebrant. Interment with Military Honors will follow in the Forest Hills Memorial Gardens. Published in Star-Gazette on January 1, 2010

LEWIS Lynn Robert
Age 66, of Valrico, FL died in Tampa, FL on November 21, 2009. He was born July 6, 1943 in Montour Falls, NY and graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1962. He served in the US Marine Corps from 1962 to 1967 and served two tours in the Vietnam War. He is survived by three sons, Timothy Lewis of Valrico, FL, Patrick Lewis of Lake Stevens, WA, and Christopher Lewis of Brier, WA.; three grandchildren; mother, Grace Ballard of Lockhaven, PA, (formerly of Gillett, PA), stepsisters, Chris Ballard, Lock Haven, PA and Marjorie Burkert, Howell, MI. Interment occurred at Sarasota National Cemetery, Sarasota, FL on December 18, 2009.  Published in Star-Gazette on December 30, 2009

McGILL James W., Jr.
Died December 31, 2009. Born on June 8, 1949 in Elmira, NY, Jim was a graduate of Notre Dame High School and Elmira College. Jim and his wife Donna moved to St. Pete Beach, FL in 1995 from New York City. He is survived by his four brothers, Timothy (Wendy), Greg (Jane), Bill and Joseph and was predeceased by parents, James and Muriel. He will be missed by cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, and many cherished friends in New York, Florida and across the country.  Published in Star-Gazette on January 7, 2010

McKEE Elizabeth Ethel
Age 53, of Watkins Glen, died December 31, 2009 as the result of an automobile accident. Elizabeth "Betsy" McKee is survived by 5 children, Melita Greenleaf, Jason Greenleaf, Rachel Greenleaf, Michelle Benavides and David Greenleaf; four grandchildren, Alexae and Steven Greenleaf and Calvin and Alessandra Benavides; her mother, Ahava McKee; siblings, Deborah Maynard, Rita McKee, Timothy McKee, Philip McKee, Anna Mori, Joel McKee, Phoebe Morrison, Nathaniel McKee, and Jed McKee; many nieces and nephews, and many, many friends. She was predeceased by her father, Robert McKee; and sister, Ruth Frouman. Elizabeth was a kind and compassionate woman who loved her hometown of Watkins Glen, and the Finger Lakes region. She raised her children on her idyllic second-generation family farm in Reading Center, and cherished outdoor activities including sailing, gorge swimming, camping, and gardening. Her latest hobby was flying Sezna airplanes above her beloved valleys, lakes, and vineyards. She was devoted to health and wellness and worked as a Registered Nurse at Schuyler Hospital and through home health care agencies; she was the first Massage Therapist in Schuyler County and taught Nutrition through Cornell Co-operative Extension. She had an avid interest in the mind-body connection to wellness and spoke passionately on this topic. Elizabeth had a deep, true love for people, taking as much of an interest in new acquaintances as dear friends, and was particularly interested in the stories of individuals with illnesses and the elderly. She epitomized the concept of giving back to one's community, and brightened the lives of so very many people. Visitation will be held Saturday, January 9, from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 East 4th St., Watkins Glen, with funeral services immediately following at 4 p.m. A reception will follow at the conclusion of services at St. Mary's of the Lake Parish Center, 10th Street and Decatur. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Elizabeth's memory to Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 East Corning Rd., Corning, NY 14830.  Published in Star-Gazette on January 6, 2010

MILLER Neil R. Rev. Dr.
Rochester/Corning: died December 27, 2009 at age 74. He is predeceased by his Italian parents, Fidelis and Maria Giuseppe Miller and his two infant brothers. He is survived by his 2 sisters, Gina (Tony) Ruocco; his twin sister, Grace Miller R.S.M.; nieces and nephews, Richard (Melaine) Ruocco, Mary Jo M.D. (Tom) Welch, Tina (Alan) Smith, Ann Marie (Clark) Kinlin; grand-nieces and nephews, Trevor and Mattie Ruocco, Zoe and Jake Welch, Anna Milling, Gena Thomas, Sarge, Miller and Foster Kinlin; many other relatives and dear friends. Father Neil will lie in state on Wednesday, December 30 from 2-7 PM at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 1089 Joseph Ave. with evening prayer at 7 PM. Father will lie in state Thursday from 9-10:30 AM with The Mass of Resurrection celebrated at 10:30 AM with Bishop Matthew H. Clark presiding. On Saturday January 2, Father will lie in state from 9-10:30 AM at St. Mary's Church, 155 State St., Corning with The Mass of Resurrection celebrated at 10:30 AM. Interment at St. Mary's Cemetery, Corning. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The House of Mercy, 725 Hudson Ave., Rochester, NY 14621. Arrangements made by Alhart Funeral Home, 3068 West Main St., Caledonia (585) 538-6500.
Published in Star-Gazette on December 30, 2009

MOORE - Marian M. Baker, 81 of Colonial Towers, Towanda, Pa., died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010 at the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Pa.  Born July 6, 1928 in Towanda, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Raymond A. Moore Sr. and Dorothy NAVLE Moore.  Marian was a lifelong resident of Towanda and a graduate of Towanda High School, Class of 1946. In earlier years she was employed by the First National Bank of Towanda.  Later she was employed by Ferrario's Auto Center in Wysox, Pa., for many years until her retirement.  Marian was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, Towanda, holding many volunteer positions throughout the years, enjoyed singing in the choir and was a longtime member of its Critchlow class. She was a longtime volunteer for the American Cancer Society , participating in its Relay For Life and Reach to Recovery programs. Marian also volunteered for the American Red Cross Bloodmobile.  She loved playing cards and games, especially Pinochle and Rummikub. Her oil paintings were appreciated by many in her family, the Senior Center and community. Marian recently began knitting again for her family and friends.  Surviving are: her daughter, Karen Hammer and her husband, Kevin of Bethlehem, Pa.; her son, Alan Baker of Towanda, Pa.; four grandchildren, Kristen Siefers and her husband, Scott, Kathleen Hammer, Jason Baker and his wife, Melanie, Jeremy Baker and his wife, Sharon; five great-grandchildren; her brothers, Raymond Moore Jr. and his wife, Ruth of Columbia, S.C., Gerald Moore and his wife, Shirley of Warrington, Pa.; her sister, Dawn Moyer and her husband, Thomas of Towanda, Pa.; several nieces; nephews and cousins.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Doris Moore.  A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday Jan. 17 at the First United Methodist Church, Towanda.  Interment will be private.  There are no calling hours.  In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the First United Methodist Church, Towanda 105 Main St., Towanda, PA 18848 or to the American Cancer Society , Bradford Unit, 1948 East Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701-3945 in Marian M. Baker's memory.  08 JAN. 2010, Towanda Daily Revierw.

MORAN - DININNY Marguerite Moran
Age 89, of 123 Glenside Rd., died Monday, January 4, 2010, at Cayuga Ridge Nursing Facility. She was born in Elmira, daughter of the late Edward and Frances Moran and was the widow of Harold H. Dininny, who died June 9, 2000. Marguerite and Harold had owned and operated the Dininny Muffler Shop on Elmira Rd. for many years. She was a graduate of the Elmira Business Institute and was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church. Marguerite is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Preston Hodges; and her grandchildren, Tyler, Lindsey and Ryan Hodges, all of Spencer. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Leo Reinhardt on Friday, January 8, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at the Bangs Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday prior to the Mass beginning at 9:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in Marguerite's memory may be made to either the Immaculate Conception Church or Immaculate Conception School.  Published in Star-Gazette on January 6, 2010

MUELLEI - Berta Rosa Fetter, of Ulster, N.Y., died Friday morning at the VNA Hospice Unit at the Community Medical Center in Scranton. She was the wife of the late George Fetter.  Born in Switzerland, she was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Fritz Muellei. Prior to her retirement she was a housekeeper for Cornwall Hospital in New York. She was a resident of Ulster, N.Y. for more than 20 years.  Surviving are a son Paul, and his wife Mary, Dalton; and a granddaughter Sara, who was the joy of Berta's life. Funeral service will be private at the convenience of the family.  Arrangements by the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home, 418. S. State St., Clarks Summit, Pa., (570) 586-7821.  28 Dec. 2009, Towanda Daily Review.

NELSON - The funeral of the late Ernest Nelson, who died in France, was held Sunday, in the Church of Christ at Covington. The American Legion and Off Fellows had charge of the burial services. [Wellsboro Agitator 19 OCT 1921] Note from Joyce - Died 1919, buried 1921.

ORVIS - Mrs. Margaret Rhinevault [SRGP 07023], who had been ill for some time, died last Tuesday morning at the Blossburg hospital. Mrs. Rhinevault was the wife of Rev. Mr. Rhinevault, pastor of the Methodist church of Mainesburg many years ago. She was a woman of sterling qualities. She was 86 years of age. - Wellsboro Agitator, March 8, 1922

OSGOOD Bryan H.
"Flyin Bryan # 09" - Bryan, a longtime resident of the Elmira area died Saturday, December 19, 2009 at his home with his loving family by his side after a brave nine month battle with an illness. Family and friends will be received at the Southside Alliance Church, 530 Pennsylvania Ave. and South Ave. on Friday January 8, 2010 between the hours of 5-7 p.m. A Celebration of Bryan's Life will follow at 7:15 p.m. with the Reverend John McConnell officiating. Memorials in his name may be directed to the Southside Alliance Church, 530 Pennsylvania Ave. Elmira, NY 14904.   Published in Star-Gazette on January 6, 2010

OWENS Theodore "Leroy"
Age 76, died on December 26, 2009 at Geisinger Medical Center after a lengthy and exhausting battle with a bleeding disorder. After years of fighting this disease, this time, Leroy's Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, called him to come home; no more suffering, no more pain. Leroy was born on August 6, 1933, in Blossburg, PA, to Edward and Esther Owens. He is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Shirley (Perkowski); as well as son, Jeffrey (Kimberly) Owens; and daughter, Darlene (David) Bachman. Leroy has two granddaughters, the apples of Grandpa's eye, Emily (Kevin) Kozemko and Katie Bachman. He is also survived by his brother, Edmund (Lena) Owens; and sisters, Linda Holton and Charlotte Shelman. Leroy was a machine operator for over 40 years, working at American LaFrance and Purulator. He was a veteran of the Korean War. Leroy was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying camping, picking berries, and most of all, bonfires "up on the mountain" with his family and friends. He enjoyed playing poker with the neighbors, always "king of the grill" at neighborhood picnics. Of most importance, Leroy has dedicated the last four years of his life to his newfound "spiritual gift" of working at the Pennsylvania Avenue United Methodist Church Food Cupboard. Even on his sickest days, he never missed unloading a Food Bank truck or a food distribution; always putting the needy in our community before himself. Grandpa never missed a concert, performance or graduation involving his two granddaughters, of whom he was always beaming with pride. Calling hours for friends and family will be at Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. at 1050 Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmira, NY, Wednesday, December 30 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a service to celebrate Leroy's life immediately following the close of viewing hours that evening, directed by Reverend Bill Vallet and Reverend Mark Erway. Leroy's passing will leave a tremendous void in the lives of his family, friends, and church family. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Leroy's memory to the Pennsylvania Avenue United Methodist Church Food Cupboard Ministry at 1238 Pennsylvania Avenue, Pine City, NY 14871, attention Susan Dunlap. If he were able to request one last wish, it would be to see his family and friends support this vital ministry that has brought Leroy's life such fulfillment over the past four years. This amazing man knew how to live and knew how to keep his priorities in their proper perspective. Heaven is certainly receiving a suma cum laude angel this Christmas. The family would like to give an outpouring of thanks to the staff of Geisinger Medical Center for their compassionate and experienced care to Leroy. "Angels among us."  Published in Star-Gazette from December 28 to December 29, 2009

PAYNTER Donald A.
Age 74, of Addison, NY, died Sunday, December 27, 2009 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls, NY. He was predeceased by his wife Shirley and son Scott. Donald is survived by sons and daughter-in-law, Christopher of Horseheads, NY; Jeffrey, wife Pamela and three grandchildren of Gibsonville, NC. He also leaves behind his sister Kay. Donald was an Electrical Engineer with Campbell-Wieland Design Group in Horseheads, NY and later worked for LTK Transportation Services in Hornell, NY. He was actively involved in Scouting over thirty years during the sixty's, seventy's, and eighty's. In following with Donald's wishes there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Boy Scout Troop 87, in care of First Presbyterian Church of Big Flats, 95 Main Street, Big Flats, NY 14814. Arrangements by McInerny Funeral Home.  Published in Star-Gazette on December 31, 2009

PEASE E. Burley
69, of Duke Center, formerly of Westfield, PA, died Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 2, at the Olney Funeral Home, Ulysses, PA.  Published in Star-Gazette on December 31, 2009

Duke Center, Pa. -  E. Burley Pease, 69, of Duke Center,formerly of Westfield, died Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009.  Survivors include his mother, Marcia Merritt of Ulysses; two sons, Theodore Pease and Kevin Pease; and a daughter, Pamela DeForest. Services will be held 2 p.m., Saturday at the Olney Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Ulysses.

PFUNTNER Larry V.
77, of Wellsville, NY, died Thursday, December 17, 2009. Arrangements (1-800-942-2258) are entrusted to the OLNEY Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Published in Star-Gazette on December 18, 2009

PIKE - BAUMAN, Anna M.
Age 86, of Watkins Glen, NY, died on December 24, 2009 at Schuyler Hospital, Montour Falls, NY. Mrs. Bauman was predeceased by her husband, Robert; and son, Gary. She is survived by her sons, David (Dawn) Bauman of Odessa, NY, Dan Bauman of Watkins Glen, NY, Timmy Bauman of Beaver Dams, NY and James Bauman of Watkins Glen, NY; 19 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren; and brother, Robert Pike of Montour Falls, NY. Mrs. Bauman is also predeceased by her brothers, Merle, Lee, Walt and Ken Pike; and sisters, Gertrude Tunnicliff, Hazel Ames, Ada Simmons and Alice Pike. Mrs. Bauman was a member of the Pocahontas of Watkins Glen, NY, a member of the Bowling League of Watkins Glen and Hall of Famer, and attended the Watkins Glen Baptist Church. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY on Monday, January 4th, 2010, from 6 to 8 p.m. with Anna's funeral to immediately follow at 8:00 p.m. Interment will be Tuesday, January 5th, at 10:00 a.m. in the Union Cemetery of Hector. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may donate to the American Heart Association , PO Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220 or to the Watkins Glen Saturday Morning Youth Bowling League in Mrs. Bauman's memory.  Published in Star-Gazette on December 31, 2009

PLAISTED - Jesse Plaisted, son of Mr. & Mrs. C.R. Plaisted, of Babcock Hollow, NY, shot and instantly killed himself on Feb. 26. His lifeless body was found in a field a few rods from the house by his father and a cousin who was visiting him. He had shot himself through the heart. No reason is given for the unfortunate act save the fact that he had been greatly depressed of late. Jesse Plaisted was 28 years of age and was held in the highest esteem. He was married about four years ago to Miss Mabel Draper, who survived him. Mr. Plaisted was a world war veteran, having been in service overseas for a year, and having been one of the unfortunate boys gasses on the field. Since his return he has lived with his aged parents, and had been employed by the W.W. Babcock Company. Besides his widow and parents he leaves three brothers, George of Ulysses, PA; Fred of Mills, PA; Herman of Canaserage, NY; and four sisters, Mrs. Isaac Haskins of Ulysses; Ida Youmans of Troupsburg; Mrs. John Wheaton of Bath, and Esther, who lives at home. - Wellsboro Agitator, March 8, 1922

POWERS James M.
Age 70, of Watkins Glen, died at home on Tuesday, January 5, 2010. He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Ruth (Shultz) Powers; three children, Rebecca (John) Pezzulo of Seneca Falls, Wendy (Mike) Didas of Dansville, and Michael (Jamie) Powers of Watkins Glen; brother, Thomas (Alice) Powers of Hector; also eight grandchildren, Jessica and T.J. Pezzulo; Margorie, Sabrina and Hope Didas; Quincy, Jacob and Joshua Powers; and many special friends. There are no prior visiting hours. A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 520 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen at 10:00am on Saturday, January 9, 2010; Rev. Beverly Karr-Lyon will officiate. A reception will be held following services. Jim was born on August 12, 1939, the son of Bernard and Lucile Powers. He was a graduate of Watkins Glen High School Class of 1957. Jim served as a NYS Trooper from 1961 to 1981; last serving with Troop E in Horseheads, NY. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Watkins Glen, the Mechanics Club of Montour Falls, a lifetime member of the Elks, B.P.O.E. 1548 of Watkins Glen, and Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 426 of Montour Falls. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may consider a donation in his memory to the American Cancer Society or in honor of his grand daughter Quincy Powers, to the Friedrich's Ataxia Research Alliance, 102 Pickering Way, Suite 200, Exton, PA 19341.
Published in Star-Gazette on January 6, 2010

SMITH Alden H.
Age 95 of Beaver Dams, NY died on Wednesday, January 6, 2010 in the comfort of his home. He is survived by his wife, Eunice Devonald Smith; daughters, June (Keith) Williams of Wyalusing, PA and Penny (Ralph) Charlier of Corning, NY; sons, Peter G. Smith and Martin S. Smith both of Beaver Dams, NY. Mr. Smith was predeceased by his son, Skip. Private service will be held at the convenience of the family. Those wishing to remember Mr. Smith may do so through memorials to the Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 E. Corning Road, Corning, NY 14831 or to the SPCA of Chemung Co. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Vedder and Scott Funeral, Montour Falls, NY.  Published in Star-Gazette on January 9, 2010

SMITH Glenn Wade
65 - Glenn's spirit returned to God at 2:45 a.m. on Thursday 12.31.2009. He was at home (1153 Rt. 6, Gaines, PA 16921) with his wife, Julia; his step-daughter, Eliza; and dear friend, Allayne Bacon. He was born in Gaines Township, Tioga County, PA on 03.19.1944, the third son of George E. and Violet June Peer Smith. Glenn's parents; brother, Dennis Smith; and sister, Sally Smith Ayers preceded him in passing. In addition to his wife and step-daughter, Glenn is survived by his step-son, David Goodworth of Fredonia, NY; six step-grandchildren and five brothers, N. Eddie Smith (Judy) of Tioga, PA; George Smith (Bernice) of Holly, NY; Rick Smith (Amy) of Watrous, PA; Kirk Smith (Linda) of Montour Falls, NY and Harry Smith (Tina) of Oklahoma; one uncle, Virgil Smith (Anna) of Montour Falls; one aunt, Barbara Smith Wood of Middlebury, PA; and a brother-in-law, Vern Ayers of Lawrenceville, PA. He is also survived by his loving step-mother, Alberta Smith of Montour Falls; stepsister, Beverly Cervoni (Ronald) of Watkins Glen, NY; and four step-brothers, Robert Simpson (Denise) of Burdett, NY; Frank Simpson of Boone, NC; Donald Simpson of Beaver Dams, NY; and Ronald Simpson (Caroline) of Watkins Glen. Glenn's approach to life was energetic and optimistic. In 1963, he moved to NYC to live. He worked as a bread baker until 1969 when he was drafted into the Army and sent to Vietnam. Having been an outdoorsman from a young age, he excelled as a "sharpshooter" and was an excellent cook and baker. Twice he volunteered to take soup to the front lines and twice the helicopter was shot down. The horrors of his Vietnam experiences returned to disturb his days and to haunt his dreams for the rest of his life. Honorably discharged in 1971, he returned to PA where he worked as a foreman at St. Mary's Carbon, Coudersport, PA for the next 15 years. He grew restless, decided to change directions and moved to Himrod, NY where he owned/operated a convenience store. After 10 years he again returned to PA. He successfully managed the operation of the Pine Creek Vista Campground in Watrous, PA for about eight years. Glenn decided to retire at 62. He and his wife bought an RV, named it Ethel, and set off on an adventure south and west. He particularly enjoyed Florida's Flagler Beach; the Lost Dutchman State Park in Apache Junction, AZ, and the peacefulness of watching deer come to feed each evening by the South Llano River in Junction, TX. He loved nature and working outside. For much of his life he enjoyed hunting and camping with brothers and friends. He took pleasure in whatever work he did as long as he was physically active. He found a degree of solace in gardening, building or repairing, and enjoyed his prowess in the kitchen and on the dance floor. He joined the VFW in 1976 and especially loved sharing fellowship and laughter with other vets at Post #6611 in Galeton, PA. Glenn seemed to be able to fix anything broken; he had a quirky sense of humor, was friendly, and always quick to lend a hand to anyone who needed his help. He was a good man...a kind man...a loving man. He is missed. While serving in Vietnam, his exposure to the chemical Agent Orange was deemed to have been a major cause of the lung/brain cancer which he survived for 14 months. He was treated with respect and gentleness during the two months he was hospitalized at the Bath VAMC. As he grew weaker he wanted to go home "to live or to die!" So, for the final 10 days of his time on earth, he was home. The hospital bed was set up in the living room where, through the large window opposite, he could see the hill he slid down as a boy and another hill on which he hunted with his father. At the moment his weary spirit left this world, he was holding his wife's hand. Glenn said he was never really interested in or aware of spiritual things until one particularly harrowing Vietnam night when, alone and lost amidst enemy fire, he called on God for help. He said, "At that moment a brilliant light came down like a sunbeam from heaven and led me through the tangled jungle to safety." Then, with those memorable blue eyes shining, he grinned and said, "That's how I know God loves me!" That proof was enough and it gave him peace as he made his transition from the physical to the spiritual. Glenn loathed funerals and disliked tears, so in keeping with his wishes for his departure from this world to be without fanfare, no visitations or religious services were held and cremation was handled quietly, compassionately and efficiently by the Carleton Funeral home in Wellsboro, PA. A memorial service to honor Glenn's life will be held possibly in June. Tentative plans include a military service (which he deserves) at the Galeton, PA VFW followed by a picnic, live music, dancing and laughter (all of which he loved). For those who may wish to honor him and his military service with a monetary gift, please make your donation "in memory of Glenn Wade Smith" payable to "Bath VAMC Hospice Care Fund" and mail to Administrator of Bath VAMC, Bath, NY 14610. At the passing of a loved one, survivors find succor in quiet reflections of their personal memories. It is hoped, amidst the tears we shed for our own sense of loss, we may remember to "mourn not the loss of the body but rather celebrate the release of the spirit." It helps to think of Glenn as laughing and dancing with the angels!  Published in Star-Gazette on January 7, 2010

SONNER Claude J. "Sonny"
79, of Caton Rd., Corning died Thursday, January 7, 2010, at Corning Hospital. Sonny retired from the International Union of Operating Engineers of Rochester, NY. He is survived by his loving wife, Rose; their children, Jean (Jeff) Cortright, Judy (Art) Hillman, Joe (Deb) Sonner, Janis (Pete) Bierwiler, Joni (Joe) Fenderson, Jackie (Mark Kocher) Sonner, Jon (Carmen Curkendall) Sonner, Jeff (Kate) Sonner, Jim (Sue) Sonner; 19 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews; sister, Dolores Zimar. The family will receive friends at Acly-Stover Funeral Home on Monday, January 11th, from 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. The Corning Elks Lodge #1071 will hold a Lodge of Sorrow on Monday at 6:15 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 12th, at St. Joseph's Church, Campbell, NY with Father Pat Connor officiating. Interment will be at St. Mary's Cemetery, Corning, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Sonny's name may be made to: All Saints Academy in Corning, St. Joseph's Church in Campbell or the South Corning Fire Department.  Published in Star-Gazette on January 9, 2010

STAGER - BRILL "PEGGY" (STAGER)
Theresa "Peggy" Stager Brill, 83, of Wellsboro, died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2009, in the Samaritan House, Wellsboro.  Theresa was born on Oct. 31, 1926, in Portage, the daughter of John and Ellen Visosky Stager. She was predeceased by her husband, William Brill, Sr. in 1966. Peggy is survived by a son, Christopher Brill of Wellsboro; a daughter, Lori (Bev Frable) Brill of Tampa, Fla.; a son-in-law, Jack Robertson of Wellsboro; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Tom (Veronica) Stager of Wellsboro, Jerry (Melba) Stager of Moral, Neb.; a brother-in-law, George (Gerry) Brill of Wellsboro; two grandchildren, Joel (Jessica) Robertson and Bill Robertson. In addition to her husband, William, she was also predeceased by two brothers, Larry and Skeetz Stager; two sisters, Adaline Osgood, Isabel Gervinski; and a daughter, Ellen Robertson in 2004. Her son, William L. Brill, Jr. died on Dec. 26, 2009. A memorial mass will be celebrated for Peggy and her son, William, on Friday, Jan. 8, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 38 Central Ave., Wellsboro. Memorial contributions may be made in Theresa's name to the Samaritan House, 3 Morgan Terrace, Wellsboro, Pa. 16901. The Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory and Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, is assisting the family.  Published in The Wellsboro Gazette from January 4 to January 12, 2010

SUTHERLAND - SCHUTT Betty
Died on December 31, 2009 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, NY. She was born August 11, 1931 in Andover, NY, the daughter of the late Darwin and Sarah Jane Noble Sutherland. She was married on September 27, 1952 to the late Stanley J. Schutt and they were married 55 years. She was a homemaker most of her life, she enjoyed doing crafts, watching wild birds and going to church. She is survived by one daughter, Jean Ballard of Savona, NY; one grandchild, Finley Ballard of Savona, NY; one brother, Frank D. (Christine) Sutherland of Portland, TN; and several nieces and nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband, Stanley J. Schutt; a baby daughter; and two brothers, Clarence Gene Sutherland and Donald Robert Sutherland. There will be no calling hours. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 7th, at 1:00 p.m. at Fagan's Funeral Home in Bath with Reverend Ken Doyle officiating, followed by a graveside service at Bath National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association , PO Box 2680, North Canton, OH 44720.  Published in Star-Gazette on January 5, 2010

THOMAS - Glen W. Thomas, 66, of Arnot, died Sunday, January 3, 2010. Glen was born on October 7, 1943 in Roaring Branch, PA, the son of Richard and D. Jane (Roby) Thomas.  He was employed by Ralphs Service Center for 27 years.  Glen is survived by his wife of 39 years, Sharon (Christian) Thomas; his faithful companion, Charlie, his mother, D. Jane Wilston of Canton, PA; six sisters and brothers-in-law, Carol (Larry) Jackson, Joy (William) Rogers, Susan (Bill) Powers, Sheryl (Mike) Sommers, Debbie (Mark) Dalton, Debi (Steve) Innes; one brother and sister-in-law, James A. (JoAnn) Spencer; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Helen and Jay Christian, a sister-in-law, Paula (Tom) Warriner; a brother-in-law, Bill (Vickie) Christian; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins. Also survived by special friends, Ronnie and Judy Dowling and Wayne Hocker. Glen was predeceased by his father, Richard W. Thomas and his step-mother, Allie Frances Calkins.  A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made in Glens memory to the PA SPCA, Mansfield Road, Wellsboro, PA, 16933. The Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family.

TOBIAS - DUSENBERRY, Edith Margaret
Age 88 of Savona, NY, died Friday, January 1, 2010 at the Seager Bates Home in Hornell, NY. She was born May 10, 1921 in Painted Post. NY, the daughter of the late Charlotte (Stage) Tobias and Earl Tobias. She was married to Harold Dusenberry for 58 years and he predeceased her in May 2000. She is predeceased by her parents, her husband, her sister, Betty Salisburg. two brothers, William Tobias and Max Tobias. She is survived by her seven children, Darlene (Robert) Gentil of Dundee, NY, Jacquelyn (James) Morrison of Arkport. NY, Neil (Sandra) Dusenberry of Chandler, AZ, Priscilla (David) Cady of Westfield, PA, Naomi (James) Flemal of Madison, WI, Laverne Dusenberry of Camden, SC., and LeRoy (Jenita) Dusenberry of Inonks Comer, SC; her sister, Ruth Littell of Painted Post, NY; two brothers, Edwin Tobias of Savona, NY and Charles Tobias of Ocean Springs, LA; 17 grandchildren; 22
great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Calling hours are being observed on Wednesday January 6, 2010 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the Bond·Davis Funeral Home of Bath, where her Funeral Service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 3:00 PM, with the Reverend Cooper officiating. Her burial will be held in Seaman Cemetery, Savona, NY at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions maybe made in Edith's name to the Southern Tier Hospice.  Published in Star-Gazette on January 6, 2010

TROWBRIDGE - MATTESON, Cheryl T.
Cheryl T. Matteson, 62, of Tioga, PA, died December 5, 2009, at home. She was born May 12, 1947 in Elmira, NY, the daughter of Harry & Myrtle Smith Trowbridge. Cheryl was a retired Teacher at Williamson Jr. Sr. High School and a member of Calvary United Methodist Church, Lawrenceville, PA. Cheryl is survived by her husband of 42 years, Carl, her mother, Myrtle Trowbridge Kennedy of Burlington, PA, a son & daughter-in-law, Steven & Karen Matteson of Corning, NY, 2 daughters & sons-in-law, Lisa & Gary Tas of Painted Post, NY, Kelly & Roger Sherman of Covington, PA, 2 brothers & sisters-in-law, Robert & Mary Lee Trowbridge of Wellsboro, PA, Donald & Brenda Trowbridge of Blossburg, PA, & 6 grandchildren. A memorial service will be held for Cheryl at Calvary United Methodist Church, Lawrenceville, PA, on January 9, 2010, at 10:00 AM with Rev. Allen Hulslander officiating. Please omit flowers. Memorial contributions in Cheryl’s memory may be made to the Memorial Fund at Calvary United Methodist Church PO Box 237 Lawrenceville, Pa 16929.

VALLILEE - Thomas Eugene Vallilee, born in Sayre, Pa. on May 21, 1947, son of Mary T. Vallilee, died peacefully on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009 surrounded by family and friends.  He is survived and dearly loved by five sisters and two brothers Kathleen Ross, Veronica Combopiano, Martha Vallilee, Timothy Vallilee, Rita Cooper, Robert Vallilee, Mary Boyle and his dear friend, Sharon Jones, as well as many nieces and nephews. Tom will also be dearly missed by many friends and co-workers too numerous to list.  An avid bird hunter and fisherman, he always had an optimistic outlook and an innate sense of humor which welcomed him in many circles. He was a good friend, an excellent co-worker and boss, as well as a wonderful brother. He will be greatly missed and in our hearts forever.  A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. at the Academy District 20, Education and Administration Center, 1110 Chapel Hills Drive Colorado Springs, CO 80920. 31 Dec 2009, Sayre Morning Times.

WEST Jaccob David
Was Born December 31st, 2009 and died at Schuyler Hospital on Sunday, December 31, 2009 with his mother, Jessica Davis, at his side. Jaccob's parents, Jessica Davis and Michael West of Odessa, NY invite family and friends to a time of sharing at the Vedder & Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY on Friday, January 8th, 2010 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. A private burial will take place at the Union Cemetery of Hector, Burdett, NY at a later date. Jessica, Mike and their families wish to thank the nurses at Schuyler Hospital for their compassion during this very difficult time in the loss of their son, Jaccob.
Published in Star-Gazette on January 7, 2010

WHITCOMB - A most unusual man died in Elmira on May 24, when James M. Whitcomb, a resident of Elmira for the past 10 years, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Charles F. [Ida] Lilley, 5 Aspen Ridge. He was 92 years old. Mr. Whitcomb was born in Kenderhook, in the Hudson River, and moved to Canton, PA, with his parents, Dec. 9, 1840. Near this place his early days were spent in a log cabin in what was then a forest land. Becoming an unerring marksman he soon developed great skill in hunting large game. Many bears and hundreds of deer were killed by him and sent to the Philadelphia market. As a woodman who loved to improve his surroundings, Mr. Whitcomb acquired much local fame and it fell to his lot to lay out the roads, locate the bridges and school houses. Having learned the carpenter's trade, he not only built many comfortable homes in his own vicinity, but also, built practically all the early homes in Morris Run and very many in Antrim and Arnot. He was one of the founders of Ogdensburg Disciple Church and served as elder and choir leader for many years. He became a member of the Masonic order in 1865 and was master of the Ogdensburg Grange for several terms and its lecturer for a period of years. Mr. Whitcomb was always intensely interested in all that pertained to the interests of the community in which he lived and was found at the head of all enterprises that developed the well being of its citizens. Twenty-four times he served on the jury which considered several criminal as well as civil cases when he was appealed to, in the settlement of disputes and domestic misunderstandings. Continually, he held some office of local distinction, in which he served with the same conscientious and faithful spirit that characterized all his activities. Scientific, political and religious themes were his constant delight and he would discourse on these subjects in a way that held the rapt attention and interest of all who heard him. Having a marvelous memory, Mr. Whitcomb was more conspicuous as a historian than in any other way. He had at his tongue's end the history of all the families that he had ever been associated with. He had a ready knowledge of ancient and modern history, and the historical features of the Bible he could recite in detail without effort. Altogether, Mr. Whitcomb was an outstanding citizen of his home town and his passing away is a source of regret to all who were privileged to know him. - June 8, 1927

WIGGINS - VAN ZILE, Patricia Jane "Wiggins"
Born October 9, 1954, went to be with our Lord on Tuesday, December 29, 2009 unexpectedly at her home in Fort Valley, GA. Formerly of Cayuta, NY. She is survived by her husband, Brett Van Zile of 29 years; daughter, Virginia (Neil) Mathews; grandchildren, Da'quahn, Mathews, Winona (Kevin) Austin, and Dominick; sister, Robin (Kenneth) Mayhood; brothers, Roger (Faith) Wiggins, James Wiggins; and Mother of Choice, Virginia "Zahorian" Wiggins; and several loving nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father, Eugene Wiggins; and three sisters, Theresa, and Alma, Roslie Wiggins. Her Memorial Service will be held at First United Methodist Church, 1034 Broad St., Horseheads, NY 14845. on January 2 at 10:30 AM. Rev. Sherburne officiating.  Published in Star-Gazette on January 2, 2010

WILLIAMS - Edward (Eddie) Williams, 59, of Litchfield Township, died Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, at home after a brief illness.  Ed was born Jan. 11, 1950, in Sayre, Pa. He graduated from Sayre High School in 1967.  He was preceded in death by: his father Richard; sister Shirley Hovan; and brother Richard Jr. He is survived by: his mother, Evelyn BELLES Williams KERCHOFER of DeLand, Fla.; his brother Ron of Gillett, Pa.; many nieces and nephews; and close friend Cathy Gschwind.  Friends will remember many interesting and stimulating conversations around the kitchen table where all people and all viewpoints were welcome.  Ed was an accomplished woodworker with an eye to detail and precision. He also enjoyed winemaking, NASCAR racing (especially Jeff Gordon) and gardening. There are no services planned, but a time for remembrance will be held in the spring at the farm.  Memories of Eddie may be shared with the family by visiting www.tiogapointcremation.com. Caring assistance is being provided by the Cooley-Tioga Point Cremation and Burial Options Inc., 802 N. Main St., Athens, PA 18810.   06 Jan. 2010, Towanda Daily Review.

WILSON - Janette E. Baker, 95, of Galeton, died Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009.  Born Oct. 26, 1914, in West Pike, she was a daughter of the late Richard A. and Elizabeth Davis Wilson. She was married to Lewis W. Baker, who predeceased her on Dec. 5, 2006.  She lived in Potter County her entire life, graduating from Galeton High School in 1933. Before she was married, she worked at Smith's Gloves of Galeton and the Galeton Production Company. She was a member of the West Pike Baptist Church and the Susquehannock Trail Club. She will be most remembered for her love of quilting and painting, for which she won numerous ribbons and awards over the years. She also enjoyed hiking, fishing, hunting and gardening.  Surviving are a daughter, Lois Morey of Galeton; a grandson, Tim (Erin) Morey of Wellsboro; a great-granddaughter, Hannah Morey; a great-grandson, Noah Morey; and several cousins, nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, Janette was predeceased by a granddaughter, Erin Elizabeth Morey; three brothers, Daniel "Guff," Willard and Richard Wilson; and a sister, Wilma Wilson. Friends may call at the West Pike Baptist Church on Saturday, Jan. 2, from 10 to 11 a.m., with a memorial service immediately following with the Rev. John Prouty officiating. Burial will be made in Parker Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the West Pike Baptist Church. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hess Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton.  Published in The Wellsboro Gazette from December 28, 2009 to January 5, 2010

WINTERS - TEETER Marie (Winters)
Of Beechtree Care Center, 318 S. Albany Street, formerly of Newfield, NY, died at the age of 86 on December 30, 2009 after a lengthy illness. Marie was born on February 9, 1923, to Thad and Ethel Mosher Winters in Elmira, NY. Marie grew up on Elmira's Southside and had many fond memories of her childhood. She was an alumni of Southside High School Class of 1941. She married Lee E. Teeter at the Little Church Around the Corner in New York City on August 19, 1944. Lee and Marie soon moved to Newfield and built their home on the Elmira Road where they raised their family. They celebrated 60 years of marriage before Lee died on August 21, 2004. A treasured mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, Marie leaves behind five children: Sandra Cook (Robert), Warren Teeter (Kathy), Linda Christopher (Gary), David Teeter (Claire), and Diane Silva (Victor). She is also survived by eleven grandchildren, three great -grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Marie's surviving siblings are: Virginia Smith (E.J.), Donald Winters (Margie), Janice McInroy and Annice Griswold (Norman). Marie was predeceased by her husband, her parents, her brother, Joseph Winters, his wife Marie; sister, Ethel Reese, her husband, Howard; and her brother-in-law, Ronald McInroy. Marie is also survived by her feline companion, Cleo, a part-Siamese who provided her a great deal of love and company over the years. When Marie's health began to decline, she moved to Beechtree Care Center where she made many friends and enjoyed the many activities offered including bingo, card games, "Cocktails with Aaron", knitting with Kay Ross and all of the other social activities that made her life very busy and happy. One of the special events she particularly enjoyed this year was the Carnival. She thrived at Beechtree and many thanks go out to all who provided her quality care including Dr. Jennifer Weinraub, Patrick Weir, Director, and especially Bonnie, Jean, Jill, Sam, Chris and Rochelle. The family will never forget how good you were to her. Our thanks also to Dr. Ruth Crepet of Guthrie Medical Center for caring for her for many years. Marie's proudest accomplishment was her family and she loved them all equally. Marie enjoyed crocheting, crossword puzzles, and the many hours she spent on her computer. She worked very hard mastering the computer and excelled at it. She kept up with her family through e-mail and was able to see her latest great-grandchild, Leila, on the computer almost immediately after she was born. She spent many hours searching the internet and playing her favorite card games. At Beechtree she would play a mean game of rummy with her cherished friends Barb, Charlotte and Donna. Marie has requested that there be no calling hours or services. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Newfield at the convenience of the family in the spring. For those wishing to remember Marie with a memorial donation, please consider Beechtree Activities, c/o Beechtree Care Center, 318 S Albany Street, Ithaca, NY 14850 or Tompkins County SPCA , who rescued her precious Cleo, at 640 Hanshaw Road, Ithaca, NY 14850. Bangs Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.  Published in Star-Gazette on January 1, 2010



? EDMISTER Margaret
Margaret Edmister, Albuquerque resident since 1947, died, surrounded by her family, December 27, 2009. She is survived by her children, Tom Edmister and wife Peggy, Jerry Edmister and wife Jan, Sandra Gladden and husband Mike, and Richard Edmister and wife Consuelo; grandchildren, Eric Edmister, Janelle Edmister, Andrew Edmister, Kerry Gladden Eastep, and Jason Edmister; nine great-grandchildren; three sisters, Loretta Meade, Lorena Coolbaugh, and Mae Deery, all of New York; and numerous nieces and nephews. Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, Earl A. Edmister in 1982. A private family graveside service will be held at a later date. Published in Star-Gazette from January 2 to January 3, 2010

? - Mrs. James Whitcomb died March 5, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Schmelze of Ogdensburg, star route. She was married three times - her first husband being the late David Watkins. Of this union the following children survive: William Watkins and Mrs. Geo. Schmelze of Ogdensburg; Mrs. Margaret Morressey, Mrs. Mary Ann Stull. Her second husband was the late Thomas Groover. Her third husband, Mr. Whitcomb, survives her. - Wellsboro Agitator, March 17, 1920
 

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