This page includes obituaries of people with connection to our three counties but not buried in them or cemetery not identified. If local cemetery is known, see the Obituaries by Cemetery section of the site.
BALL - Gordon B. Ball, age 74, of Addison died on Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at Founders Pavilion. He was born on January 21, 1934 in Corning, the son of Edgar and Helen Mae (Blend) Ball. He was a veteran of the U.S Army from 1956 to 1962 and retired from Bradford Central School District where he was a teacher. Gordon loved the outdoors and working with cattle on their farm. He enjoyed time with his family and will be missed by all. Gordon is survived by his mother Helen Mae Ball of Addison, brothers Calvin L (Evelena) Ball of Bellview, Florida and Kenneth H. (Betty Kelly) Ball of Addison, sister-in-law Aletta Ball of Campbell and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father Edgar Ball, brother Duane Ball, sister Jean Divens and niece Cathy Raker. Family and friends are invited to call at Carpenter’s Funeral Home, 14 E. Pulteney St., on Sunday, February 24, 2008 from 2:00 to 4:00pm. A funeral service will follow there at 4:00pm with the Rev. Dale Ingraham officiating. Interment will be Monday in Hope Cemetery in Campbell where full military honors will be accorded. Those wishing may make donations to the charity of one’s choice. Corning Leader, 22 Feb. 2008
BALL - Penny Louise Ball Reed, 45, wife of Terry J. Reed of Rome, Pa., died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2008, at Kindred Hospital in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Born Sept. 2, 1962, in Sayre, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Kenneth Ball Sr. and Frances Green Ball. On Oct. 11, 1988, Penny married Terry J. Reed in Rawlins, Wyo. Penny's life encompassed her home and family. She enjoyed crafts, crocheting and canning. Surviving are: her husband, Terry J. Reed, at home; her daughter, Amy Elizabeth Reed, at home; stepsons, Joey Reed and Robert Reed, both of Rawlins, Wyo.; three brothers, Clifford Ball and his wife, Anita Ball of Jonesboro, Tenn.; Kenneth "Buster" Ball Jr. of Terrytown, Pa.; Victor Ball of Bellefonte, Pa.; five sisters, Shirley Mosier and her husband, Randy Mosier of Terrytown, Pa., Lucille Nichols of Rome, Pa., Connie Morrison of Wysox, Pa., Barbara Fives, and her friend Robert Bump, of New Albany, Pa., and Betty Haught of Terrytown, Pa.; several aunt, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her mother, Frances Ball in 1995 and her father, Kenneth Ball Sr. in 1997. A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 1, 2008, at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa. Interment will be at a later date in Rawlins, Wyo. -Published in the Towanda Daily Review on 2/28/2008.
BEAVER - Phyllis M. (Beaver) Augustine, 78, of Williamsport, died on Friday, February 15, 2008 at the Williamsport Hospital. Phyllis was born on December 27, 1929 in Buffalo, New York and was a daughter of the late James and Edith (Hudson) Beaver. She was a graduate of the Williamsport Area High School in 1948. Phyllis was formerly employed as a secretary by the Red Cross, AVCO, District Attorneys office, and the Assistant Superintendent of the Williamsport Area School District. She belonged to several Women’s Bowling Leagues and the F.O.P. “Women’s Auxiliary.” She was extremely artistic and came from a musically gifted family. Her talents span from quilting, sewing, crocheting, ceramics and craft making. She enjoyed long walks in Brandon Park, swimming, gardening, shopping, cooking, baking, watching Seinfeld and above all, singing, dancing and smiling. Her leisure pursuits included; reading, traveling and entertaining. Her true passion was her devotion to her family. Her un-wavering love and laughter was immeasurable. She was a remarkable woman who touched the lives of everyone she met. She was an inspiration to all that knew her, especially her daughter, Melissa with whom she shared her daily life and love always. She was a member of the Christian Church of Cogan Station. Phyllis is survived by two sons; Ralph Augustine, III of Williamsport and John A. Augustine and his wife Karen of Williamsport, two daughters; Debora A. Augustine of Trout Run and Melissa M. Augustine of Williamsport, four grandchildren; Dana Augustine, Cody Augustine Alysha Augustine, all of Williamsport and Ralph Charles Augustine of Denver, CO, two sisters; Jean Bardo of Avis and Elizabeth DeBeauvior of Passadena, MD and her beloved dog, Hannah. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother; James T. Beaver and one sister; Gloria Warner. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Allen and Redmond Funeral Home, 331 Elmira St., Williamsport with Pastor Larry Freed officiating. Burial will follow in the Montoursville Cemetery. There will be a public viewing at the funeral home on Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family is accepting memorial contributions to Milissa Augustine at 146 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, PA 17701 to plant a tree in her memory. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 18 Feb. 2008
BELAWSKE Mitchell Allen
25, of Butler, PA and formerly of Canton, PA, died unexpectedly, February 20, 2008. In 2005, Mitch graduated from the Bradford Campus of the University of Pittsburgh with degrees in Business Management and History. He was currently employed as a restaurant manager for Taco Bell/Pizza Hut in Butler. In addition to his parents, Michelle of Canton and Paul of Nebraska, Mitchell is survived by his fiancée, Chrishell "Shelly" McCandless of Butler; their soon-to-be born son and Shelly's son, Zack; brothers, Christopher Belawske and Brian Belawske, both of Canton; maternal grandparents, Janet and Clifford Davis Jr. of Troy, PA; paternal grandmother, Mabel Belawske Whiteman of Horseheads, NY; a special aunt, uncle, and cousins, Annette and Terry Sharrow and their children, Joseph, Katrina, and Justin Sharrow, all of Canton; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins; and Mitch's lifelong friend, Bobby Williams of Butler. He was predeceased by his paternal grandfather, John Raymond Belawske; and an infant brother, Scott Michael Belawske. Calling hours will be 6-8 p.m. Monday at Pepper Funeral Home in Canton. The funeral will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday at Pepper's. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, his family asks that memorials be made to a trust fund benefiting his soon-to-be born son, Baby Belawske c/o First Citizens Nat'l Bank at 29 W. Main St., Canton, PA 17724. Published in the Star-Gazette on 2/23/2008.
BENTON - Woodford H. Benton, 63, of State Route 36, died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008 at the Bath V.A. Hospital. He was a former dairy farmer. Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Diane Benton of Troupsburg; a son, Andrew Benton of Fort Smith, Ariz.; a daughter, Christina Benton of Troupsburg; his father, Hugh Benton of Troupsburg; a brother, William Benton of Troupsburg and a sister, Charlotte Rude of Chattanooga, Tenn. Calling hours will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 at the H.P. Smith & Son, Inc. Funeral Home, 29 E. Main St., Canisteo. Services will be at 8 p.m. Thursday at the conclusion of calling hours. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Troupsburg. - Corning Leader, 24 Feb 2008
BLAKE - Thelma B. Cooper-Kerwell of 1112 Arthur Road, Montoursville, PA died Sunday February 17, 2008, at Valley View Nursing Center. She was born May 27, 1918, at Wriston, West Virginia. The third child of Bruce E. & Martha Ellen Pratt Blake. Thelma was a 1934 graduate of Collins High School, Oak Hill, West Virginia. She is survived by her husband of 15 years, Ray W. Kerwell, Jr., sister Pauline Jancaitis of Norfolk, VA, children Thomas E. (Dianne) Cooper of Elizabethtown, KY, Doris L. (Mohammad) Zughoul of Chicago, IL, and Donna C. (Donald) Nibert of Montoursville, PA ; grandchildren, Amy E. Cooper of Wilmington, DE, Joshua Cooper of Lexington, KY, Logan Cooper of Baton Rogue, LA, John (Nancy) Nibert of Montoursville, PA, and Julie (Matthew) Rhule of Elkins Park, PA, one great-grandchild, Bryant V. Rhule, and 15 nieces and nephews. Thelma’s first husband, Rupert E. Cooper and her second husband E. Samuel Menear, predeceased her. Brothers Rufus and Lester Blake also predeceased her as well as sisters, Rowena V. Davis and Bonnie L. Harper, daughter Martha D. Cooper, and granddaughter Cheryl L. Nibert. Thelma was a Western Union operator during World War II. She retired as the broker/owner of Cooper Realty Exchange and owner of the BelAire Motel in Bluefield, WV. He was a member of Montoursville Presbyterian Church. Thelma was active in her church, community, civic & social groups: Jr. Woman’s Club in S. Charleston, WV, Bluefield and Princeton WV Quota Clubs, American Cancer Society, 1st Woman president of Mercer County Board of Realtors, WV Board of Realtors, Certified Lay Speaker of Trinity and First UMC in Bluefield and Princeton, WV, active in Woman’s Society of Christian Service, Mission Committee West Virginia Conference, Mission Committee Faith United Methodist Church, Montoursville, recognized by the Women’s National Hall of Fame, Seneca, NY, a Kentucky Colonel. She enjoyed bowling, reading, and crocheting. Thelma was often referred to as The Teapot Lady, who loved to share her collection and stories with others. Visitation will be held on Friday, February 22, 2008, from 6 to 8PM at Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St, Montoursville, PA. Rev. Dr. G. Oliver Wagner will conduct funeral services Saturday, February 23, 2008, 11:00AM at the Montoursville Presbyterian Church, 900 Elm Street, Montoursville, PA 17754. Interment will be private at the Montoursville Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers, memorial remembrances may be made to Montoursville Presbyterian Church Building Fund, C/O Montoursville Presbyterian Church, The American Cancer Society Research Fund, or a charity of your choice. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 20 Feb. 2008
BOGER - Elizabeth Ann “Mose” Boger Witman, 81, died on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008 in the Williamsport Hospital. She was the wife of Charles L. Witman. She was born in Lebanon County on Feb. 21, 1927 to Irwin and Regina Pressel Boger. She and her husband Charles were long time residents of Palmyra. They were members of the Gravel Hill United Methodist Church, but attended the Mapleton Community Church in Hughesville, where they were residing with their daughter. Surviving her in addition to her husband are her daughters, Susan, wife of Ronald Berman of Palmyra, and Judy, wife of Wolfgang Rast of Hughesville; two grandchildren, Douglas, husband of Kristin Berman of York, and Jody, wife of Robert Forte of Mt. Joy; three great granddaughters, Sarah and Ashley Berman, Lauren Forte; a brother, Roger Boger of Lebanon. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a time of viewing on Friday, Feb. 29, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Rothermel Funeral Home Inc., 25 W. Pine St., Palmyra, followed by her funeral service with the Rev. Douglas Smith officiating. Burial will follow in the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, East Hanover Twp., Lebanon County. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the American Heart Association, PO Box 1263, Lebanon, PA 17042, or to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 55 S. Progress Ave., Harrisburg, PA 17109. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 26 Feb 2008
BONE - Jane Y. Clark, 73, of 1932 Sweeley Ave., died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008 at the Williamsport Hospital. Jane and her husband, Ronald L. Clark, would have celebrated their 50th anniversary June 7, 2008. Jane retired in Jan. 2008 from Brodart after 36 years. She enjoyed traveling and swimming. Born Aug. 3, 1934 in Reynoldsville, she was the daughter of Paul and Ruby Fye Bone. Surviving besides her husband are sons, James A. (Tammy) of Montoursville and Timothy M. of Chester, MD; brothers, John, Ted and Donald Bone; sisters, Judy Shields and Gail Bone; and a grandson, Jakob R. Clark. Services will be held at the convenience of the family at the Knight-Confer Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the SPCA, 2805 Reach Road, Williamsport. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 29 Feb 2008
BOYER - Patsy A. Boyer Newman, 64, of Hughesville, died Monday, February 25, 2008, at the Williamsport Hospital. Born July 11, 1943, in Bloomsburg, she was a daughter of the late Kenneth L. and Martha G. Woodside Boyer. She and her husband, Barry L. Newman, celebrated 36 years of marriage on September 25, 2007. Patsy was previously employed with Lowe’s Great Value in Clarkstown. She enjoyed crocheting, sewing and going to auctions, but above all, her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren. Surviving, in addition to her husband, are a son Bobby J. (Crystal) Newman of Watsontown; two brothers, Roger (Millie) Boyer of Lungerville and Jim Boyer of Talmar; and three grandchildren, Hali, Kenny and Katie Newman. In addition to her parents, Patsy was preceded in death by a daughter, Marty Jo Newman. A visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, at the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water St., Hughesville. Memorial services will be held at the convenience of the family. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 26 Feb 2008
BRACE - Frederick “Rusty” Brace, Jr., 54, died Saturday, February 23, 2008 at his home. He was born August 16, 1953 in Penn Yan, NY, the son of the late Frederick and Harriet (Cornish) Brace. Rusty married Julie Pierce on September 11, 1989 in Urbana, NY. He was employed by Mercury Aircraft, Inc. from 1973 until he became disabled in 2004. He was a member of the Bath VFW Post 1470, Bath Elks Lodge 1547 and he was SAL at the Hammondsport Legion Post 470. Rusty enjoyed doing hog roasts, wood working, fishing and spending time with his family and many friends. He is survived by his wife, Julie Brace of Bath, NY; two daughters, Alicia (Bryan) Jamison of Corning, NY and Katie (John) Pettitt of Elmira, NY; grandchildren, Nolan and Rece Jamison of Elmira, NY and Gabriel (Button) Pettitt of Elmira, NY; mother-in-law, Beverly (Ernie) Grose of Bath, NY; sisters, Donna (John) Barnard of TN, Kathy (Gary) Hoagland of Beaver Dams, NY, Lorrie (Lowell) Cummings of Watkins Glen, NY; brothers, Alan (Cathy) Brace of FL, Mike (Corky) Brace of Dundee, NY, Steve (Mary) Brace of Dundee, NY, Shawn (Peggy) Brace of Dundee, NY; sister, Shelly (Bob) Moore of Dundee, NY; several nieces and nephews; his special “Pal-AL”. He was predeceased by his parents. Rusty’s Memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 1, 2008 at the Bath VFW Post 1470 at 2:00 p.m. with the Reverend Douglas Madden officiating with an Elk Service at the conclusion of the memorial service. A luncheon will follow the services. The flowers will be provided by the family. Memorial donations may be made in Rusty’s name to Southern Tier Hospice. Arrangements are being handled by Bond-Davis Funeral Home of Bath. - Corning Leader, 28 Feb 2008
BREON - Crystal E. Pfleegor of 228 Pine St., Jersey Shore, died Thursday, February 21, 2008 in the Hershey Medical Center in Hershey. Born February 22, 1958 in Jersey Shore she was the daughter of Lewis D. Breon and the former Elsie Hickey. She was 1976 graduated of the Jersey Shore High School and for 22 years was employed by Manor Care Health Center in Jersey Shore. For many years she was a member of the Jersey Shore American Legion. Her companion Garth Budinger survives Crystal, along with her mother Elise of Jersey Shore, two sons; Chad M. (Anna) Pfleegor of Watertown, New York and Michael A. Pfleegor of State College, Pa., one granddaughter, Madison I. Pfleegor, two brothers, Jeffrey A. Breon of Antes Fort and Bryan P. Breon of Jersey Shore, two sisters; Kathy D. Gibbs of Jersey Shore and Robin A. Hilborn of Jersey Shore. Her father and brother, Kelly S. Breon, preceded Crystal in death. Funeral services will be Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at 1 p.m. in the Frederick B. Welker Funeral Home, 125 N. Main St., Jersey Shore. Friends may call from noon Wednesday until time of the services in the funeral home. Burial will be in the Jersey Shore Cemetery. The Rev. David McCoy will officiate. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 25 Feb 2008
BUCK Roger L., of Mansfield, PA, 80, died Sunday, February 24, 2008. Born February 7, 1928, Coudersport, PA, he was the son of Lawrence E. and Mabel Evans Buck. A 1946 graduate of Lewisville Vocational School in Ulysses, he served honorably with the US Navy for nine years and was a Korean War Veteran. Roger was employed by Mansfield University for 17 years, retiring in 1991. He was a member of Lewisville Lodge #556 F&AM in Ulysses, the Coudersport Consistory, and the Mansfield American Legion Post #478. Surviving are: a son, Richard L. Buck of Sierra Vista, AZ; five sisters, Grace Kear of Ulysses, Louise Miller of Campbell, NY, Jean Howe of Walnut Creek, CA, Gladys Angood of Shushan, NY, and Dorothy Erway of Coudersport; two brothers, Raymond (Sylvia) Buck of Ulysses and Robert (Jeannette) Buck of Genesee, PA; and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Lois Wilson. A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 1st in the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. The Rev. Richard Tintle will officiate. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
BURT - Harry E. Burt -a former Troy boy who had risen to the superintendency of the Postum factory at Battle Creek, Mich., died July 27th at Grand Rapids. He was a son of Ezekiel Burt, 57 years old and leaves a wife and two children. A brother, Charles who is in the United States Treasury in New York, also survives. The funeral at Battle Creek was under Masonic auspices and the Postum factory as a mark of respect was closed for the afternoon.
CAFORIO Keith R. "Chipper"
Age 45, of Gillett, PA, died Sunday, February 24, 2008, in South Creek Township. Keith was born April 25, 1962 in Endicott, NY, a son of Robert Caforio and Patricia "Patti" Caforio. Keith enjoyed racing the stock car he built in Granville, PA, NASCAR, his favorite driver was Jeff Gordon, and he was an avid hunter. Keith was self employed and had been employed by J. M. Howe Contracting. Keith is survived by his longtime companion, Susan Garino and her son, John Garino of Gillett, PA; a son and daughter-in-law, Rich (Christine) Caforio of Elmira, NY; two daughters, Kasey Caforio-Keach, of Lowman, NY, and Brooke Caforio of Bath, NY; his mother, Patti Baker of Tioga, PA; a grandson, Antonio Caforio; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Jennifer (Chris) McCall of Tioga, PA, and Pamela (Kevin) Costley of Lawrenceville, PA; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Robert (Laurie) Baker of Lawrenceville, PA, Scott Baker of Tioga, PA; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Caforio; and his stepfather, James "Jim" Baker in April, 2003. Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, February 27, 2008, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, February 28, 2008, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 28, 2008, at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Debbie Button officiating. Published in the Star-Gazette from 2/25/2008 - 2/26/2008.
CAMERON - Bruce “Harley” Cameron, favored son, died February 24, 2008, at the age of 40 in Pensacola Beach, FL, where he lived for several years. Born Dec. 31, 1967, in Sunbury, he was the son of Bruce and Toni (Reitz) Cameron. A construction worker in Pensacola Beach, Harley loved kids and animals and usually had a smile on his face. He was in the Navy, serving on the USS Forrestal during the Gulf War and was a Penn State, Yankee and Oakland Raiders fan. He attended school in Sunbury, Williamsport and Rochester, MN. In addition to his companion, Michele LeStage, he is survived by his father and stepmother Bruce and Barbara Cameron of Cogan Station, his mother and stepfather Toni and Bernie Allen of Rochester, MN, a son, Bruce Tanner Cameron of Linden, and daughter, Jadon of Rochester, MN, a sister Sheila (John) Crosson of Harrisburg and a brother Cole (Nicole), also of Rochester. His paternal grandfather Robert Cameron of Danville and maternal grandfather Harry Reitz of Forest Hill also survive. Memorial services are pending. Because of his love for animals, the family suggests contributions, if desired, be made in his memory to the Lycoming County SPCA, 2805 Reach Rd. Williamsport, PA 17701. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 27 Feb 2008
CAMPBELL - Clarence C. Campbell -formerly of this vicinity, died Wednesday evening, May 2 in Los Angeles, Calif., which place he had gone about 3 years ago in hopes of regaining his health. He was in his 61st year. Death was caused by a complication of diseases. Besides his wife he is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Eudora M. Smith of Los Angeles, Calif., one son, Allan J. Campbell of Boise City, Idaho, his mother, Mrs. Louisa M Campbell of the Masonic Home at Elizabethtown, Pa., one sister, Mrs. May M. Dawen Pratt of Lancaster, Pa and on brother, Frank E. Campbell of Elmira, NY.
CAMPBELL - Martha M. Bartholomew, age 78, of Corning, NY died Sunday, February 17, 2008 at Founders Pavilion, Corning, NY. She was born October 2, 1929 in Beaver Dams, NY the daughter of Albert and Doris Robbins Campbell. Martha was a life long resident of Savona. She was a Teacher’s Aide at Savona Central School for 18 years retiring in 1988. She loved her family and friends and enjoyed her grandchildren and enjoyed singing. She is survived by two sons, Richard (Debra) Bartholomew of Campbell, NY and Dale (Mary) Bartholomew of Orlando, FL; six grandchildren, Jill (Richard) LaDieu of Campbell, NY, Susan Bartholomew (Christopher Philip) of Savona, NY, Kelly (David) Cline of Campbell, NY, Joanne (Tony Sr.) Tulanowski of Campbell, NY, David Bartholomew of Hawaii and Michael Bartholomew of Rochester, NY, 12 great grandchildren and 5 step great grandchildren; three sisters, Elva Drehmer of Bath, NY, Polly (Jerry) Seager of Mocksville, NC and Alberta Reynolds of Clearwater, FL, one brother, Albert Campbell Jr. of Mocksville, NC, sister-in-law, Betty Bartholomew of Fulton, NY and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, husband Leo, one sister and brother-in-law, Onalee (Manley) Fowler, brothers-in-law Ord Reynolds, Mark Drehmer and Earl Bartholomew and sister-in-law Dorothy Slater. Friends and family may call on Friday February 22, 2008 from 11:00-1:00 pm at Fagan's Funeral Home in Bath, NY, funeral services will follow at 1:00 pm at the funeral home with Reverend Ed Spencer officiating. Burial will be in Seaman’s Cemetery, Savona, NY. Flowers will be provided by the family and memorial contributions in Martha’s name may be made to the Founder's Building Fund, 205 East First Street, Corning, New York 14830.- Corning Leader, 20 Feb. 2008
CHICOSKY - Mr. Joseph Chicosky, age 85, of Wyalusing Township, died on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008, at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, Pa. He was born April 14, 1922 in Home, Pa., Indiana County, a son of the late Nicholas and Mary Ann Cholowski Chicosky. Joseph was employed as a welder with the Sun Ship Building company prior to serving with the US Army in WWII. Following his military duty he served many years with the US Coast Guard as an engineer. Upon his retirement in the early nineteen eighties he retired to Wyalusing. He enjoyed reading and was an avid fisherman. Surviving are: a son, Joseph N. Chicosky of Newark, Del.; a daughter, Janet Wetherill of Media, Pa.; sisters, Helen Lundy of West Burlington, Pa., Estelle Smales of Wyalusing, Pa.; and a brother, Harry Chicosky of Downingtown, Pa. Joseph was also survived by several nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by three brothers: Leon, John, and Anthony. There will be no calling hours. The funeral service will be private and held at the convenience of the family. The funeral arrangements are entrusted to the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, Pa. 18853. -Published in the Towanda Daily Review from 2/27/2008 - 2/28/2008.
COLE - HACKETT Jean C.
85, formerly of Lawrenceville, PA, passed into the loving arms of God on February 26, 2008 at Elcor Nursing Home, Horseheads, NY, with her son and daughter at her side. She was born September 9, 1922 in Lawrenceville, the daughter of Arland and Margaret Perry Cole. Jean was a retiree of Corning Inc., a member of the Calvary United Methodist Church, Lawrenceville, and a former member of the Laurel Doll Club. Jean was an avid reader and volunteered for a few years at the Lawrenceville Library. She knitted many afghans to give to family and friends, and in her later years enjoyed working in her flower beds. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Larry Jones of Millerton, PA; a son and daughter-in-law, Kimberly and Linda Hackett of Delta, PA; three sisters, Joanne Brockway of Wellsboro, PA, Pat Owlett of Wellsboro, PA, Eleanor Rayle of Punxsutawney, PA; two sisters-in-law, Eileen Reep of Lawrenceville, PA, Wiladene (Phil) Asiello of Lawrenceville, PA; six grandchildren, Missy Hunt, Nicole (Jeremy) Vermilya, Carey Hackett, Casey (Leslie) Jones, Josh (Sheena) Hackett, Jordan Hackett; six great-grandchildren, Catie, Cassie, Angelina, Christopher, Balazs, Dominick; one great-great-grandson, Judah; six nieces and six nephews. Jean was predeceased by her husband, Charles in 1998; and her sister, Sydney Bergh. Private funeral services will be held at the Gary Wilston Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 130 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA, with Rev. Robert Strozyk, her Pastor, officiating. Jean's family would like to thank Southern Tier Hospice and everyone that took care of her at Elcor. You are all truly caring people. Published in the Star-Gazette on 2/28/2008.
COLEMAN Donald P.
Retired USAF, Age 79, of Columbus, OH, died Wednesday, February 20, 2008. Donald was born February 11, 1929, in Wilkes-Barre, PA, the son of Joseph P. and Rachel (Theophilus) Coleman. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his son, John in 2007; his son-in-law, Jack Prisbylla; brother and sister-in-law, Harold and Helen Coleman; sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Robert Hurley and their son, Timothy; brother, Joseph P. Coleman. Donald is survived by his wife, Lois; daughters, Sharon Prisbylla of Spring, Texas, Debi Roush of W. Virginia; son, Michael of W. Virginia; six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, John and Rose Coleman of Bonita Springs, FL; sister and brother-in-law, Gladys and Dick Bannon of Horseheads, NY. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held on Sunday, February 24, 2008, in Columbus, Ohio. There will be a memorial service at the Walter J. Kent Funeral Home in April. Published in the Star-Gazette on 2/27/2008.
DICKERSON - On Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008, the Lord called home his beloved servant, Ella Margaret (Dickerson) (Bilby) Miller while she was at the Williamsport Hospital. She was 92 years of age. Born Oct. 25, 1915 in Madina, N.Y., she was the daughter of Marcus and Stella (Howard) Dickerson. She had been married to Tyson Bilby, with whom she raised three sons and two daughters. Tyson died in 1960. Later, she married Donald Miller, who died in 1985. Ella was an uncomplicated woman who enjoyed the simple pleasures of life; long walks, doing needlework and being in the company of her beloved family. She took comfort and solace in the knowledge of her Savior’s love and enjoyed the fellowship of her community of faith. Ella is survived by her sons, Andrew (Connie) Bilby of South Williamsport, Robert (Selena) Bilby of Williamsport, Woodrow (Sally) Bilby of Muncy; daughters, Mabel Myers of Unityville, and Rosemary (Henry) Clark of Cogan Station; 14 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild, and special friend, Minnie Bassinger. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 29, at the Williamsport Assembly of God Church, Sherman and Sheridan streets, Williamsport. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. with Pastor Joe Beadle officiating. Interment will follow in Green Lawn Memorial Park. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 28 Feb 2008
DLOUHY - Margaret M. (Dlouhy) Chanoux, 89, of Troy, Pa., died on Friday, Feb. 22, 2008, at the Bradford County Manor. She was the loving wife of Theodore Chanoux. The couple married on July 10, 1943, and had 64 wonderful years together. Family and friends are welcome to call from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Gerald W. Vickery Jr. Funeral Home Inc., 110 W. Main St., Troy. A memorial service to honor Margaret's life will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, at the funeral home with Margaret's pastor, the Rev. Richard Noggle, officiating. Margaret was born on Feb. 7, 1919, in Cleveland, Ohio, and was the daughter of Joseph and Sylvia (Bily) Dlouhy. Margaret had outstanding accounting skills, and she did the bookkeeping for her husband's business and for other companies. She was an avid gardener, enjoyed sewing, and was a past Girl Scout leader. Above all else Margaret was an accomplished artist, and painting was her passion. Margaret is survived by her husband, Theodore; her son, David (Anita) Chanoux of Lexington, Mass.; her daughter, Claudia Richards of Troy; her grandchildren, Kate, Val, Becky, Tim, Kelly, Glen and Laura; her great-grandson, Ryan; and several nieces and nephews. Contributions may be made in Margaret's memory to the Bradford County Humane Society, U.S. Highway 220, Ulster, Pa. 18850, or to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, N.Y. 10018. - Towanda Daily Review, 24 Feb 2008
FLORIA - Elvira M. Allar, 82, of Hughesville, died Saturday, February 23, 2008, at the Muncy Valley Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit. Her husband of 56 years, Ralph Matthew Allar, preceded her in death on April 26, 2000. Elvira loved cooking and it was a passion of hers to cook for all the neighborhood kids. Surviving are three sons, Thomas (Millie) Allar of New York, Joseph (Jean) Allar of Muncy and Mark (Sandy Folk) Allar of Montoursville; a grandson, Michael Allar; and two step-grandchildren, Darrell and Brandon Folk. Elvira was preceded in death by three brothers, Mike, Willy and Ed Florio. Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Hughesville. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 26 Feb 2008
GABRIEL - Mary Ann Gabriel Crandall, 65, widow of Jon Michael Crandall of Hillcrest Drive, North Towanda, Pa., died Saturday morning, Feb. 23, 2008, at her home following recent declining health. -Published in the Towanda Daily Review on 2/24/2008.
GEHRON - Marguerite G. Rich died Feb. 22, 2008. She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. William H. Gehron and grew up in Newberry, Pa., with two brothers; John R. Gehron and Dr. William H. Gehron, both deceased. Marguerite was a graduate of the Williamsport High School, Lycoming College, and Presbyterian School of Nursing. She had worked at the Williamsport Hospital as a RN and later did volunteer work for the Lock Haven Hospital and the Red Cross Blood Mobile. She was active in the Woolrich Community United Methodist Church, serving on the Executive Hub, Administrative Board, Board of Trustees, Council of Ministry and Rich Manor Committee. She was a member of the United Methodist Women, Clinton County Community Foundation Board of Directors, Lock Haven Children’s Home Director and the Board of Directors at Lycoming College. Marguerite’s hobbies included skiing, tennis, trap shooting, bridge and gardening. She was preceded in death by her husband, John W. Rich VI, who died March 30, 2006. She is survived by two sons; John W. of Jersey Shore, Pa and J. Woods of Palmyra, two daughters; Phoebe and Lydia of Portland, OR. Also surviving are seven grandchildren. Funeral services for Marguerite G. Rich will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008 at 11 a.m. in the Woolrich United Methodist Church, Parke Ave., Woolrich, Pa. Officiating will be the Rev. James Kreamer, Pastor of the Woolrich Community United Methodist Church. Interment will be in the Woolrich Cemetery. Family and friends will be received in the Yost-Gedon Funeral Home, Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and from 9:30 a.m. until the times of the services on Wednesday in the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials will be accepted in Marguerite’s name to the Clinton County Children and Youth Services through the funeral home. The Yost-Gedon Funeral Home, 121 W. Main St., Lock Haven, Pa., is in charge of the arrangements. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 24 Feb 2008
GLASS - Hunter S. Glass “Smitty” died on Saturday, February 23, 2008 at his home. He was born January 3, 1931 in Arlington, Ky., where he was raised on the family farm. Hunter served as Gunnery Sergeant during the Korean Conflict; he is a member of the American Legion Post 26 and VFW #5859. After military service Hunter moved to Toledo, Ohio, and was employed by Dana Corporation until his retirement. He has been a resident of Jersey Shore for the past 17 years, where he was co-owner and operator of the Rauchtown Inn until 1999. Hunter is preceded in death by his wife, Joyce H. Glass, and is survived by his children and grandchildren. The family will receive friends at the Rearick-Carpenter “Life Celebration” Funeral Home, 1002 Allegheny St., in Jersey Shore at 11:30 a.m. followed by a memorial service at noon on Wednesday, February 27, 2008. The children would like to express their appreciation to friends who helped make this area their father’s home. Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association 3544 N. Progress Ave., Suite 101 Harrisburg, PA 17110. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 26 Feb 2008
GLOSSNER - Blanche I. Niemiec, 52, of 71 Brickley Lane, Jersey Shore, died Friday, February 22, 2008, at Jersey Shore Hospital. She was born June 7, 1955, in Lock Haven, daughter of the late Roy A. and Ruth A. Jeirles Glossner. On July 25, 1987 in the Gazebo at Triangle Park, Lock Haven, she married Clifford L. Niemiec who survives. She was a 1973 graduate of Bald Eagle Nittany High School. She worked for numerous sewing factories until her health began to fail. She was a member of the Salvation Army. She enjoyed tractor pulls, racing, needlepoint, small woodcrafts, and was an avid collector of pig figurines. She played in numerous pool leagues. In addition to her husband she is survived by four nephews and one niece. Funeral services will be Tuesday, February 26, 2008 at 11 a.m. at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High Street, Flemington, with Major Sandy Ammerman officiating. Burial will be in Hayes-Fearon Cemetery, Beech Creek. Friends will be received at the funeral home on Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Clinton or Lycoming County SPCA. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 24 Feb 2008
GRANT - George P. Grant, 82, of 5307 Washington St., Woodhull, died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008 at Absolut at Three Rivers. He was retired from Ingersoll Rand. Survivors include his sister, Cecile M. Metz of Woodhull. Calling hours are 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27 at the H.P. Smith & Son Inc. Funeral Home, 1607 Main St., Woodhull. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 at the funeral home, the Rev. Brian Diffenbacher officiating. Burial will be Woodhull Cemetery. - Corning Leader, 24 Feb 2008
GRINNELL Donald E. "Pappy"
Of Wellsboro, PA, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, lost his courageous battle with cancer while at home. He was surrounded by family when he died on Sunday, February 24, 2008. He is survived by his wife, Mary (Boyce) Grinnell, with whom he celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary on August 6, 2007. Don was a godly man, ever faithful to his Lord, country, family and friends. He was the son of the late Leigh G. and Sarah (Doty) Grinnell. Don left high school to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps. His tours of duty for the next 12 years took him around the world. He was chosen to be a courier for President Dwight D. Eisenhower and was a decorated veteran of the Korean War. Following an honorable discharge, he enlisted in the US Air Force and served for seven more years. Don missed the military life, he enlisted and proudly served with the Penna. Army National Guard until retiring in 1994. He was very proud of his military service and for continuing his education. Don set an example which encouraged many young men to pursue a military career. In addition to being a self-employed plumber, Don was employed for many years with the former Plumbers and Fitters Union No. 810 of Williamsport until retirement (now the Local 520 of Harrisburg). He worked with Charles D. Osgood Plumbing and many other local plumbers. Don apprenticed his son-in-law and grandson and enjoyed teaching trade skills to his grandchildren. Don treasured his family, their well-being was most important in his life. His influence, wisdom and knowledge will not be lost but will live on through those who knew him. He enjoyed doing many things in life; family activities, hunting, fishing, camping, cooking, and wintering in Florida. He was a member of the Moose Lodge and American Legion, both of Wellsboro, the Arnot Sportsman's Club and held life memberships in the Liberty V.F.W. and the River of Life Methodist Church in Zephyr Hills, FL. Also surviving are daughters, Mary (Todd) DeBockler and Peggi Grinnell-Root, both of Wellsboro; ten grandchildren, Dawn (Jeff) Beckman, Daniel (Donna) DeBockler, Nathan (Tara) DeBockler, Sarah Root Ayers, Amanda (Brady) Hand, Zachary DeBockler, Kaitlin (Steven) Hand, Samantha DeBockler, Kari Root and Rachel DeBockler; 20 great-grandchildren, Matthew Beckman, Lisa Beckman, Jessie Beckman, Tristen Beckman, Maegan Beckman, Sky DeBockler, Angela DeBockler, Afton Hand, Keirsten Beckman, Ethan DeBockler, Isaiah DeBockler, Emily Beckman, Destiny DeBockler, Ezra Ayers, Kayden Beckman, Bryce DeBockler, Elijah Hand, Arianah Ayers, Trenton Donald Beckman and Arah Hand who is due to join the family in May; a brother, Charles (Lucille) Grinnell, Wellsboro, PA; sisters, Jeanne Perry, Keeneyville, PA, Malene Chilson, Mechanicsburg, PA, Patricia (Joe) Dinan, Mainesburg, PA, Carol Potts, Hughesville, PA, Nancy (Cal) Clapsaddle, Hanoverton, OH; sisters-in-law, Georgia Grinnell, Jobs Corners, PA, Lottie Grinnell, Liberty, PA, Norma Boyce and Helen Boyce, Wellsboro, PA; brothers-in law, Lloyd Howard and Floyd Ingerick, Wellsboro, PA; uncle, Shirley (Doris) Grinnell, Elmira, NY; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends may call 6 - 8 p.m., Wednesday at the Army National Guard Armory, 1810 Shumway Hill Rd., Wellsboro. The funeral service will be at the Armory at 11 a.m., Thursday with Military Honors accorded. Burial will be private. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1948 E. Third St., Williamsport, PA 17710 or to a charity of one's choice. Pepper Funeral Home in Canton, PA, is assisting the family with arrangements. Published in the Star-Gazette on 2/26/2008.
GRISWOLD - Rosemary T. Argentieri, 69, of 7569 Airport Road, Hornell, died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008 at home. She was the owner/operator of the Italian Villa Restaurant in Hornell. Survivors include two daughters, Deborah Alger of Hornell, Karen Argentieri of Washington, D.C.; son, Richard Argentieri of Hornell; sister, Peggy Griswold of Hornell; three brothers, Robert Griswold and Paul Griswold, both of Hornell, Donald Griswold of Alfred. Calling hours are 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Sunday, March 2 at the Bishop and Johnson Funeral Home, 285 Main St. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, March 3 at St. Ann’s Church. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fremont. - Corning Leader, 28 Feb 2008
HAVLIN - Emma (Peg) Dick, 78, of Salt Springs, FL, died Monday, February 4, 2008 in Florida. Emma was the daughter of Thelma and Earl Havlin, whom predeceased her. She was a loving mother and caretaker. Emma resided in Addison, NY for many years and later retired to her Florida residence. Survivors include her sons, Samuel (Teresa) Dick of Cameron Mills, NY, Wallace (Karen) Dick of Poughkeepsie, NY and Terry (Patricia) Dick of Addison, NY; daughters, Paula Wade and Carol Brimmer, both of Salt Springs, FL; a sister, Lois Lidwell of Fallen Timber, PA; a brother, William Sonny (Dorothy) Havlin of Painted Post, NY; grandchildren - Jeff Wade, Andrea Dick, Bradley Dick, John Dick, Kevin Dick and Michael Dick; four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister, Grace Gasparri. There will be no calling hours. She chose to be cremated and her ashes will be taken care of by her children at their own convenience. - Corning Leader, 28 Feb 2008
HAWK Lillian R.
Age 89, of Wellsboro, PA, died February 24, 2008. She was a retired employee of the Penn Wells Hotel and was known as the pie lady. Surviving are sons, Jerry Hawk, Clarence "Bud" (Donna) Mann, and Arthur (Alice) Mann. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Loretta Wilson. Friends and family are invited to Lillian's Life Celebration on Thursday, February 28, 2008, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, 139 Main Street, Wellsboro, PA. Funeral to follow at 12:00 p.m. Published in the Star-Gazette on 2/26/2008.
HEATH - Hilda Roxanna Heath Dietter, 97, of 5388 County Route 125, Campbell, NY, died Tuesday, February 26, 2008 at Taylor Health Center in Bath, NY. She was born in Bergen, NY, on October 21, 1910, the daughter of Edward N. and Nora Tubbs Heath. She married F. Laverne Dietter in Holley, NY on May 2, 1942. Hilda was a graduate of the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY and the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. She taught vocal and instrumental music at Holley High School prior to her marriage, and for 26 years she worked in her husband’s dental office in Holley. Hilda was a 50+ year member of the First Presbyterian Church of Holley, where she was a member of the choir, and also served as pianist for Sunday services for several years. Upon moving to Campbell in 1996, Hilda became an associate member of the First Presbyterian Church of Bath, NY. During the last several months of her life, Hilda was cared for by Mary Stampp, Carol Decker, Angel Lucas, Karen Decker and Crystal Fleischman; their loving attention is greatly appreciated by her family. Hilda is survived by her daughters, Roxanna E. Miller of Campbell, NY and Penelope J. Yunghans of Shinglehouse, PA; sons-in-law, James Miller of Campbell and Wayne Yunghans of Fredonia, NY; grandchildren, Dorothy Miller VanGelder, Steven Yunghans and Daniel Yunghans; great-grandchildren, Shelby Sherrod, Matthew Sherrod, Patrick Yunghans and Leigha Yunghans; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Robert and Betty Dietter; nephews, Terry Dietter and George Dietter; nieces, Helen P. Heath and Deanna Dietter Vosburgh; great-nephews, Douglas M. heath, Joshua Dietter, Eric Vosburgh; great-nieces, Judith heath Dempsey, Jill Heath Reichert, Susan heath Reighard, Rachel Vosburgh Mehlenbacher, Katie Vosburgh, Wendy Vosburgh, Amanda Dietter McCormich and Amy Dietter Eakin. She was predeceased by her husband, nephews, Robert Heath and Craig Dietter; and her cousins, Agnes LeHaye and Mary Rose Clary. Family and friends may call at Seager Funeral Home in Savona, NY on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held there on Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. The Rev. Douglas Madden will officiate. Committal service and burial will be at the Hillside Cemetery, Holley, NY on Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. Those wishing to, may make donations to the First Presbyterian Church of Holley, East Albion Street, Holley, NY 14470, or the First Presbyterian Church of Bath, 6 Pulteney Square, Bath, NY 14810. - Corning Leader, 26 Feb 2008
HUGO - Norman L. Hugo, 63, of 113 Providence St., Waverly, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family at the Robert Packer Hospital on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008 after a long courageous battle with lung disease. Norm was born in Waverly on Aug. 10, 1944 to his Howard “Vern” and Dorcas (White) Hugo. Norm graduated from Waverly High School in 1962 and married Janet Bryan on Aug. 14, 1964. Together they raised four children; Stephen of Manassas, Va., Kristine Perle (James) of Lewisburg, Pa., Jason (Heather) and Ken (Ashley) of Waverly. He is also survived by: his dear grandchildren, Teala, Sage, Jared and Kohen Hugo; his brother, Gary of Smyrna, Ga.; his aunt, Joyce Lykens of Owego; and his favorite cousin, Linda Chernosky of Towanda, Pa. Norm was predeceased by: his parents; infant brother, Robert; and his canine buddies, Tucker, Bearsy and Buttons. After graduation he held positions at Corning Glass Works and Ingersoll Rand. From 1974-1981, he and his father owned and operated Hugo’s Silver Grill in South Waverly. He was their proud of their success and Hugo’s became a community favorite for weekend steak and seafood dinners. He was an active member of the Waverly Loyal Order of Moose, where he managed the rathskellar in the 1980s. Norm enjoyed bowling, golfing and traveling around the country. He loved playing on the computer and watching TV. He especially loved playing with his grandchildren and letting them be his personal barber. The family would like to invite friends of Norm to a celebration of his life on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008 from 4 to 8 p.m. at his home 113 Providence St., Waverly. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Blauvelt Funeral Home 625 Broad St., Waverly. - Sayre Morning Times, 25 Feb 2008
JONES - Esther Esgrow, 82, of Rochester, died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008 in Rochester. She was a former employee of the Democrat & Chronicle. Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Parthasarathy of Bowie, Md. and Sandra Potter of Rochester and a brother, Robert Jones. Calling hours are 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27 at the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Collins Chapel, Galeton, Pa. and 10-11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 at St. Bibiana’s Catholic Church, Galeton, Pa. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. Joseph Dougherty officiating. - Corning Leader, 24 Feb 2008
KEENER - Kathryn Keener Dildine, 93, of 743 Mahoning St., Milton, died Tuesday, February 26, 2008 at Kramms Nursing Home in Milton. She was born February 26, 1915 in Hilton, N.Y., a daughter of the late Ralph and Pearl Funk Keener. She graduated from Watsontown School High in 1933 and then Bloomsburg State Teachers College where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in education in 1943. Prior to retirement in 1972, she taught school in one-room schools in Northumberland and Lycoming Counties. The last twenty years of her teaching career was spent teaching fifth grade at Muncy Elementary School. She was a member of National Teachers Educational Association and is a life member of Pennsylvania State Education Association. She was formerly of Huntington Mills, Berwick, Muncy and the Milton area. She was preceded in death by her husband Obed I. Dildine who died October 24, 1981 and a granddaughter Shannon Dildine who died May 6, 1987 and a sister Dorothy Reese. She is survived by a son Donald Dildine and his wife Peggy of Berwick and two grandchildren Paul of State College and Brandon of Williamsport. Graveside services will be at 1:00pm at Elan Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. Allen F. Acor officiating. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made in her memory to the Bloomsburg University Foundation 400 East Second St. Bloomsburg, Pa 17815. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 27 Feb 2008
KENNEDY John J. (Jack)
died on February 4, 2008. Jack was a retired employee of the Elmira Star-Gazette, born in Elmira on February 18, 1920. He is survived by his wife, Alice, of 61 years; children, John (Brenda) Kennedy, Janice Kennedy, Jim (Carolyn) Kennedy, and Judi (Joseph) Rizzo; grandchildren, Christa, Lindsey, and Luis. Jack is predeceased by parents, Harry and Mary Kennedy; sister, Marie Wijkowski; brothers, Henry and Bernard Kennedy. Jack was a Veteran and softball player in the Elmira area. He was a longtime member of St. Casimir's Church, American Legion, and the Elks Club. His funeral service will take place on March 1st at 11:00 a.m. at St. Casimir's Church in Elmira. Published in the Star-Gazette on 2/28/2008.
KESTER - William H. Kester, 87, of 927 Pine St., Montoursville, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008 at the Gatehouse in Divine Providence Hospital. He was born Jan. 31, 1921 in Ringtown, Schuylkill Co., a son of Edward and Elva Lindenmuth Kester. He retired as a Yardmaster of Conrail, which had been the former Reading Railroad, and had also driven for Avis. He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church in Montoursville, and was a veteran of WW II, having served in the United States Army in the European Theater where he was involved in five different battles including the Battle of the Bulge. He was a member of V.F.W Post #7863 in Duboistown: the B.P.O.E. in Tamaqua, and enjoyed gardening, traveling, and his grandchildren. On June 9, 2007 he celebrated his 56th wedding anniversary with his wife, the former Jeanette A. Schlosser. In addition to his wife he survived by a daughter, Betsy A. (Paul) Heaton of Montoursville; two sons, William M. Kester, and Daniel E. (Carol) Kester, both of Montoursville; two brothers, Donald Kester of Tamaqua, and Ted Kester of Atlanta. Ga.; three sisters, Patricia Stellfox, and Phyllis Whitehead, both of Tamaqua, and Barbara Mundy of Mass. and five grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents, and by three sisters, Marian Woodward, Norma Kester, and Sandra Phillips. The funeral service will be held 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at Faith United Methodist Church, 700 Fairview Drive, Montoursville, with the Rev. David P. McCullough officiating. Interment will follow in the Montoursville Cemetery. Friends will be received on Saturday from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to either The Susquehanna Cancer Treatment Center, or to the Gatehouse, both c/o Providence Health System Foundation, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701. Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 28 Feb 2008
KNOX - James William Knox, 61, of Shongo, died Friday, Feb. 29, 2008 at home. Survivors include his wife, Darlene; daughter, Lori Good of Wellsville; son, Jamie Knox of Whitesville; two brothers, David Knox of Wellsville, Paul Knox of Wayland; sister, Linda White of Wellsville. Calling hours are 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Sunday, March 2, at the Olney Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 621 S. Main St., Ulysses. Services will be held there at 2 p.m. Monday, March 3, in the Genesee united Methodist Church, Genesee, Pa. - Corning Leader, 29 Feb 2008
KOCH - Isaac C. “Ike” Koch Sr., formerly of Linden, died Feb. 25, 2008, at Jersey Shore ManorCare. He was born March 5, 1926, to the late Wesley and Emma Koch. Isaac is survived by his wife, Ethel M. (Letterman) Koch. They were united in marriage May 22, 1943, and celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary May 22, 2007. Also surviving are his children, Ethel (Leo) Buries of Arizona, Isaac (Elaine) and William (Dottie), both of Jersey Shore, Cherilyn (Fred) Simcox of Linden, Brenda (Fred) Wagner of Texas, and Timothy (Brenda) of New York. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and five step great grandchildren, along with a sister, June (Calvin) Whitton and two brothers, Kyle (Elsie) and Floyd (Delores). Preceded him in death were his parents; four brothers, Jesse, Jack, Frank and Wesley; three sisters, Maude Saylor, Grace Zinck and Betty Coltrane. Before retiring, he worked for the Jersey Shore Steel Company for 34 years. His interests were reading western books and watching the old time western movies. He enjoyed being with his wife, children and grandchildren. In keeping with Ike’s wishes, his services will be held at his family’s convenience. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 27 Feb 2008
KRUSINSKI - Reverend Andrew J. Krusinski, Pastor Emeritus of Holy Rosary Parish, Williamsport, and a resident of Kingston Commons, Kingston, died on Friday, February 22, 2008. Father Krusinski, son of the late Roman Edward and Angela “Nellie” Korczykowski Krusinski, was born in West Hazleton, on September 3, 1920. He received his early education in the West Hazleton Public Schools and graduated from West Hazleton High School. Father Krusinski graduated from Mount Saint Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, Maryland with an A.B. Degree in 1942. He then completed his studies for the priesthood at Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg, Maryland. Father Krusinski was ordained to the priesthood on December 21, 1945, in Saint Gabriel’s Church, Hazleton, by the Most Reverend William J. Hafey, D.D., late Bishop of Scranton. Father Krusinski received his first assignment as an assistant pastor at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Parish in Scranton on January 7, 1946. He also served as assistant pastor at Saint Joseph’s, Wyoming; Saint Thomas More, Lake Ariel; Holy Rosary, Duryea; Holy Trinity, Nanticoke and Saint Stanislaus, Nanticoke. Father Krusinski was then named administrator of Saint Joseph’s Parish in Forest City, where he then was assigned to his first pastorate. Father Krusinski served at Saint Joseph’s for ten years before being assigned to Saint Casimir’s in Freeland where he also served 10 years. On January 18, 1980 Father Krusinski was named pastor of Holy Rosary Parish in Williamsport where he remained until his retirement in 2004. Father Krusinski was then named Pastor Emeritus of Holy Rosary Parish in Williamsport. Father Krusinski served the diocese faithfully in parish work for over fifty-eight years from his ordination at the age of twenty-five until his retirement at the age of eight-three. He is survived by a sister, Mrs. Anita Csulik, Sun City, Florida; a cousin Ann Grace Krusinski, who was his caregiver and several great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a nephew. Viewing will take place at Holy Rosary Rectory, 313 Arch St., Williamsport, on Wednesday, February 27, 2008, from 4:30 to 6:45 p.m. A Mass of Transferal will be celebrated at Holy Rosary Church, Williamsport, at 7 p.m., with the Reverend Charles Cummings, Dean, presiding. A Pontifical Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Most Reverend Joseph F. Martino, D.D., Hist., E.D., Bishop of Scranton, on Thursday, February 28, 2008, at 11 a.m. in Holy Rosary Church, Williamsport .A viewing will also take place Thursday morning, from 10 to 10:45 a.m., prior to the 11 a.m. Funeral Mass. Interment will be in Transfiguration Cemetery, West Hazleton. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 26 Feb 2008
LaFORME - Lois Aldine (Deanie) Peck, 77, formerly of Montgomery, PA, died at 7:55 P.M. on Sunday, February 24, 2008 in the Valley View Nursing Center at Montoursville, PA. Born in Clinton Twp., Lycoming County, PA, on Saturday, February 7, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Bessie (Tyson) LaForme. Deanie was the widow of Jay F. Peck who preceded her in death on February 5, 2006. She was a 1949 graduate of the former Montgomery-Clinton High School. Deanie was last employed by the CVS pharmacy at the Lycoming Mall and had previously been employed at the Letter Kenny Army Depot at Chambersburg, PA and the former J.C. Decker Co. at Montgomery. Deanie was a member of the First United Methodist Church at Montgomery, PA, where she was a former Sunday School teacher in the children’s department. She and her sister, Norma, established the first kindergarten in the area in their homes. Deanie was a volunteer at the Salvation Army. She enjoyed riding her four-wheeler in the woods. She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Brian J. and Carrie Peck, Montgomery, PA; one daughter and son-in-law, Lori L. and Thomas Stout, Montgomery, PA; one sister, Audrey Bergren, Williamsport, PA; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by one brother, John F. Laforme, and two sisters, Norma Morehart and Jean Schawaller. A memorial service will be conducted from the First United Methodist Church, 41 West Houston Avenue, Montgomery, PA at 7:00 P.M. on Friday, February 29, 2008 with Roosevelt Brown, her pastor, officiating. At Deanie’s request, there will be no visitation. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Valley View Nursing Center, 2140 Warrensville Road, Montoursville, PA 17754. Arrangements are being handled by the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 40 East Houston Avenue, Montgomery, PA. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 26 Feb 2008
LAPP - Kendrick G. Lapp, 66 of Painted Post, NY, died Wednesday February 27, 2008 at his home. Kendrick was born in Geneva, NY on July 13, 1941. He was the son of the late Gordon and Ethel (Brown) Lapp. He served in the Army during Korea and Vietnam. He was a Self Contractor, employed in Waterloo, NY. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed Nascar, cookouts, old movies, playing cards, and the company of family and friends. Kendrick is survived by one daughter: Tina Nadau; three grandsons: Jimmy, Dylan, Bret; two sisters: Alice (Sally) Noyes of Painted Post, NY, Karen Cagwin of Painted Post, NY; one brother: Gerald (Shorty) Lapp of Painted Post, NY; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and great nieces and nephews. Friends may call Monday March 3, 2008 from 1:00-2:30 at Carpenter's Funeral Home, LLC, 14 East Pulteney Street, Corning, NY. The service will follow visitation with Rev. Richard Hubbard officiating. Burial will be on Tuesday March 4, 2008 at 10:00 am in Bath National Cemetery, Bath, NY with military honors. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial donations to be sent to Southern Tier Hospice & Palliative Care, 11751 East Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830. - Corning Leader, 28 Feb 2008
LAUDENSLAGER - Sue A. Meuse, 68, of 18 Harvest Moon Park, Linden, died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008 in the Jersey Shore Hospital. She was born July 20, 1939 in Blossburg, the daughter of Charles Laudenslager and the former Florence Bianchi. Sue is survived by her husband, William E. Meuse. They were united in marriage July 2, 1981 in Williamsport. She was retired from Wundies in Williamsport and for many years was a member of the Jersey Shore V.W.F., Jersey Shore Loyal Order of Moose and the Jersey Shore Eagles Ladies Auxiliary. Her greatest love was spending time with her family and friends. Also surviving is a son, John E. (Melody) Walker III of Linden; two daughters, Robin L. (Steven) Place of Towanda and Cheryl A. (Denny) Falls of Jersey Shore; nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren; two brothers, Arthur Laudenslager of Troy and Paul (Sharon) Laudenslager of South Carolina; six sisters, Mary Havens of Troy, Barbara (Bob) Slingerland of Troy, Rose (Donald) Shadduck of Shunk, Ruth Laudenslager of Florida, Nettie Morgan of Leroy and Esther Smith of Port Matilda. Also three special friends, Lois, Denise and Vivian. Four brothers, Chuck, Stanley, Frank and Jake preceded Sue in death, along with four sisters, Shirley, Beverly, Bertha and Debbie, and a grandson, John Walker. Funeral services will be Thursday, Feb. 28, at 1 p.m. in the Frederick B. Welker Funeral Home, 125 N. Main St., Jersey Shore. Friends may call from 11 a.m. Thursday until time of services in the funeral home. Burial will be in the Pensdale Cemetery. The Rev. Louis Gatti will officiate. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 26 Feb 2008
LIVINGSTON - Dorothy J. Livingston, 80, of 2338 Dove St., died Wednesday, February 27, 2008, at her home. Born in Lock Haven, August 19, 1927, she was the daughter of Charles B. and Dolly Merrill Livingston. She was a 1945 graduate of Williamsport High School and she had been employed at GTE Sylvania for 32 years retiring in August of 1989. Dorothy was a very out-going person, who enjoyed helping people and being with her nephews and their families. She did embroidery, crocheting and crafts and was always making gifts for her family. She was a very active member of All Saints Episcopal Church and was a member of the Sylvania Retirees Association. Surviving are her nephews, C. Richard Biddle of Mentor, Ohio, Thomas R. Biddle of Fairview Park, Ohio and her niece, Dianna L. Lenner of Hayward, Calif. The funeral service will be Saturday, at 3 p.m. from Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St., with her Pastor, the Rev. Christine F. Purcell, officiating. A private committal service, in Twin Hills Cemetery, Muncy, will be at a later date. The visitation will be at Sanders, Saturday from 2 p.m. until service time. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 29 Feb 2008
MANNING - Elizabeth (Betsy) Ann Manning Burridge, 59, of Macclenny,
FL died on Jan. 17, 2008 at her home, following an extended illness.
She was born on June 20, 1949 in Skinners Eddy, PA, the daughter of Arthur, Sr. and Doris Manning of Laceyville and graduated from Wyalusing High School in 1967. Later, she moved to Florida, where she resided and raised her family. Betsy was predeceased by her father, Arthur Manning, Sr.; a son and granddaughter.
Survivors include her husband, Samuel, Jr. of Jacksonville, FL; daughters, Kimberly and Kathy of Macclenny and Katrina of Jacksonville; sons, Shawn of Sanderson, FL, Steven, Sammy and Shane, all of Jacksonville; mother, Doris Manning of Laceyville; sisters, Patti Gruver and Jackie Benscoter; brothers, James and Arthur, Jr., all of Laceyville; 17 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Guerry Funeral Home of Macclenny was in charge of arrangements. Wyalusing Rocket February 28, 2008
MAURER - George Edward Maurer, 58, of Cammal, Pa., died February 21, 2008, of a massive heart attack at his home. Born November 11, 1949 in Rockville Center, NY, George was the son of Audrey E. Norman and the late George H. Maurer. A graduate of Southern Lehigh High School and Kutztown University; he graduated with honors with a BS in Telecommunications. George founded SweetWater Rods and was an internationally renowned master builder of bamboo fly rods. George authored “Fundamentals of Building a Bamboo Fly-Rod” an authoritative guide for rod builders having taught over a hundred students his craft. He was a member of the Starlight Creek Anglers Society. Beyond his many accomplishments, George was a gentle spirit, a kind friend to many, and a philosopher of nature. Always insightful, George lived life in his own free terms and would describe his life’s journey with awe, saying “I’m not a human going on a spiritual experience; I’m a spirit going on a human experience.” George is survived by his beloved daughters, Yahna Maurer Fiscarelli of Yardley, Pa and Yarrow Maurer of Macungie, Pa and their mother Karle Maurer. He is also survived by his brother and three sisters. A private memorial service will be held for family. A celebration of his life will be held in Slate Run, PA at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made to the Lycoming County SPCA 570-322-4646. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 29 Feb 2008
MAURO - Salvatore M. Mauro, 80, of Hornell, died, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008, at St. James Hospital. He was a former LaPiana Shoe Store and SKF Industries employee. Survivors include three sons, Thomas Mauro of Cohocton, Ronald Mauro of Almond and Robert Mauro Arkport; a daughter, Teresa Williams of Hornell; three brothers, Carl Mauro of Hornell, Joseph Mauro of Hornell, Francis Mauro of Hornell. Calling hours will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at the Dagon Funeral Home, Hornell. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the St. Ignatius Loyola Church. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery. - Corning Leader, 26 Feb 2008
McDONALD - Truman R. McDonald, 87, of Engram in New Smyrna Beach, formerly of Campbell, N.Y., died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008 in New Smyrna Beach. He was a retired supervisor at Ingersoll Rand and was the owner of McDonald’s Country Tree Farm. Survivors include his wife, Anna; three sons, Robert of Campbell, Jeffrey of Casper, Wyoming, Michael of Painted Post; two daughters, Debbie Russo of Clermont, Janice Armistead of Corning; sister, Marion McDonald of Binghamton. Funeral services will be held at a later date at Phillips Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney St., Corning, N.Y. - Corning Leader, 25 Feb 2008
MEAD - Tonya E. Whitaker, 24, of Madison Avenue, Hornell, died
Monday, Feb. 25, 2008. She was a certified nurses aide at Hornell Gardens.
Survivors include her husband, Daniel Whitaker of Ft. Drum; three children,
Courtney, Chad and Jon; her parents, Leslie Jr. and Candace Mead of Hornell;
three sisters, Ann Marie Mead, Tammy Cady, Stacy Mead, all of Hornell;
a brother, Leslie Mead III of Hornell. Calling hours will be from 2-4 p.m.
and 7-9 p.m. Friday at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home Inc., Main
Street, Hornell. Services will be held there at 11 a.m. Saturday, the Rev.
John Merrill officiating.
Burial will be in Rural Cemetery, Hornell. - Corning Leader, 27 Feb 2008
PARSHALL Gerald S.
67, of Athens, PA, died on Thursday, February 28, 2008, at home unexpectedly. He was employed as a machinist with Kennedy Valve for 41 years. He is predeceased by his brother, Robert Parshall; and good friend, Vinny Thurston. Services, March 5th. Visit www.loweryfuneralhome.com for flowers and info, or call 570-888-2368. Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/1/2008.
PAWLICKI - Florian Charles Pawlicki, 83, of State College, died on Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at Centre Crest Nursing Center in Bellefonte. He was born on October 19, 1924, in Shamokin, the son of the late Walter and Constance Pawlicki. He resided in Shamokin until relocating to Williamsport where he was employed at both Williamsport General and Divine Providence Hospitals. He was later employed at Lowry Electric in the shipping dept. until his retirement in 1980. He then spent time in Snow Shoe until moving to State College in 1987. He was a prayerful and devout communicant of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church. He was a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, a proud Democrat and peace activist. He was a well-liked and respected citizen of State College. He is survived by a brother-in-law John Leffler of Virginia; several nieces, nephews and a host of dear friends who will sorely miss him. Friends will be received from 10 to 10:30 a. m. Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, 820 Westerly Parkway, State College. A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a. m. with Monsignor David A. Lockard as Celebrant. Internment will follow at Centre County Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, 820 Westerly Parkway, State College, PA 16801. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 25 Feb 2008
POLONIA John J.
Age 39, of Wellsboro, PA, died Monday, February 25, 2008, at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, PA. Family and friends are invited to call on Friday, February 29, 2008, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. A memorial service will follow at 4 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home with Lay Minister Ellen Bartholomew officiating. Memorial contributions may be made in John's memory to the Nicholas John Polonia Educational Trust, c/o Citizens & Northern Bank, 90-92 Main Street, Wellsboro, PA 16901. Published in the Star-Gazette on 2/27/2008.
PUTZIG - Robert A. Putzig, 73, of Rosy Hill Road, Prattsburgh, died Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2008. He was retired from Eastman Kodak in Rochester. Survivors include his wife, Rosemary; two daughters, Cherly Kelly of Chicago, Susan Mulligan of Rochester. Calling hours will be from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday at Fagan’s Funeral Home, West Morris Street, Bath. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon Saturday at St. Patrick’s Church, Prattsburgh, the Rev. Robert Ring officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Hammondsport. - Corning Leader, 28 Feb 2008
RANCK - Thelma R. Bieber, 87, of East Seventh St., Watsontown, formerly of Montgomery, died Saturday, February 23, 2008 at Williamsport Hospital. Born October 17, 1920 in Lewisburg, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Winifred (Rishel) Ranck. She and her husband, Preston Bieber celebrated 27 years if marriage until his death in 1969. A homemaker all her life, she helped with the family farm in rural Watsontown earlier in her life. She was a graduate of Watsontown High School. Thelma was a member of the Ladies Aid of Maple Hill Church and the New Columbia Senior Citizens. She was a member of Washington Presbyterian Church of Allenwood. She loved to crochet, play cards and do embroidery. Surviving are four sons and three daughters-in-law; Larry S. Bieber, Berwick; Randall S. and Ann Bieber, Montgomery; Robert J. and Ann Marie Bieber, Herndon; and Scott M. and Julie Bieber, Watsontown, three daughters and two sons-in-law; Doris M. and Jacob Brownsburg, Watsontown; Rebecca S. Rhone, Bloomsburg; and Reba J. and Kenneth Crawford, Montgomery; 15 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren; three sisters; Phyllis Bower, Allenwood; Pauline Staggart, Montgomery; and Virginia Ocker, Northumberland; and four brothers; Arthur Ranck, Allenwood, Russell and Forrest Ranck, both of Watsontown, and Ralph Ranck, Montgomery. The funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Brooks Funeral Home, 124 Main St., Watsontown. Burial will follow in the “old section” of Turbotville Cemetery. Friends are invited to call at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in her memory be made to the New Columbia Senior Citizens, 859 Datesmans Village, West Milton, Pa 17886. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 25 Feb 2008
RIPLEY - Mary Lucille Corey, 89, formerly of West High St., Painted Post died Monday, February 25, 2008 at Absolut Care of Three Rivers. She was born October 21, 1918 in Thurston, NY the daughter of Claude B. and Libbie B. (White) Ripley. Mary was a retired sales clerk from Nichols Department Store in Painted Post, NY. She was a member of the First Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband, Thomas A. Corey, Sr. of Painted Post; sons, Richard Corey of Wassic, NY, Gary Corey of Overland Park, Kansas, Thomas Corey, Jr. of Flowery Branch, Georgia, and Ronald Corey of Painted Post; daughter, Sandra Celelli of Corning; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. The family will receive friends at Acly-Stover Funeral Home, Corning on Friday, February 29, 2008, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A Memorial service will follow calling hours at 1:00 pm. Memorial donations may be made to: Alzheimer's Association Southern Tier Regional Office, 401 Hayes Avenue, Endicott, NY 13760. - Corning Leader, 26 Feb 2008
ROBBINS - Ty L. Robbins, 35, of Olean, formerly of Savona, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008. He operated Robbins Contracting Co. Survivors include his mothers and step-father, Laurie and Donovan Jennings of Stroudsburg, Pa.; his father, Gerard Robbins of Olean; five daughters, Elysia Robbins, Serina Robbins, Haley Robbins, all of Savona, Nya Robbins and Amelia Robbins, both of Olean; three brothers, Chad Robbins of Lockport, Ryan Robbins of Olean, Zach Jennings of Port Allegany, Pa.; a sister, April Clemens of Bolivar; his maternal grandmother, Joan Maurouard of Allegany. Calling hours will be from 1-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Saturday at the Casey, Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home, West State Road, Olean. Services will be held there following calling hours at 7 p.m - Corning Leader, 27 Feb 2008
SECHLER - Charles E. Sechler Jr., 61, of South Williamsport, died on Monday, February 25, 2008. Charles was the husband of Carol A. Buchter Sechler, with whom he shared 16 years of marriage. Charles was born on December 11, 1946 in Williamsport, and was the son of the late Charles E. Sechler Sr. and Mariam I. Pricher Sechler. He was a 1964 graduate of Williamsport High School and attended Penn College for his drafting degree. Charles was a member of the Third St. United Methodist Church of Williamsport. He was an engine inspector at Avco for many years and was the past chairman of the T.O.P. at Avco. Charles enjoyed his pets, the outdoors and fossil hunting with his wife Carol. He is survived by his wife; a son, Charles J. Sechler of Danville; three stepsons John, Jason and Matt Deming all of Williamsport; by a daughter, Amy (Todd) Coup of Pittsburgh; a brother, David E. (Jeanie) Pricher of Williamsport; two sisters, Cynthia (William) Mahoney, Sherrie (Steven) Ulsamer both of Williamsport and by two grandchildren, Ryan and Spencer Coup and by two step grandsons, Tyler and Devin Stradley of Trout Run. Charles is predeceased by a former wife, Sharon Hill Deming Sechler and by a baby brother. Relatives and friends are invited to attend Charles’s Life Celebration on Sunday, March 2, from 1-2 p.m. at the James C. Maneval Funeral Home, Ltd. “A Life Celebration Home”, 500 W. Fourth St., Williamsport. A Memorial service will follow at the funeral home on Sunday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Mark F. Reisinger officiating. Interment will be private. In Charles memory memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association N. Central PA Chapter 1704 Warren Ave. Williamsport, PA 17701. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 29 Feb 2008
SHOLDER - Robert W. “Bob” Sholder, 62, of 550 Sholder Road, died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008 at home following a brief illness. Bob and his wife, the former Janice L. Walton, celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary on Oct. 22, 2007. Bob worked as a heavy equipment operator for PennDOT with 30 years of service. He had the fourth highest safety record in the state. Bob was a member of Bethel Presbyterian Church, a member of the American Rifleman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping and farming. Born Feb. 10, 1946 in Williamsport, he was the son of Frederic O. and Ethel I. Pryor Sholder. Surviving in addition to his wife are sons, Robert W. Jr. and Frederic O. both of Williamsport; two nephews, a niece and a great niece. Bob was preceded by two brothers, Richard and Dale Sholder. Memorial Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the church, 2758 Bottle Run Road with Pastor Lisa Dabney officiating. Visitation will be Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the church or North Central PA Dialysis Clinic, 1660 Sycamore Road, Montoursville, PA 17754. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 25 Feb 2008
SIMONDS - Donna S. Rowley age 88, formerly of Emerald Springs in Painted Post, NY died Friday, February 29, 2008 at Absolut Care at Three Rivers in Painted Post. Donna was born in Sylvania, PA on January 27, 1920, to Harry and Blanche Simonds. She was the wife of Charles Rowley who preceded her in death in 2007. She was employed by Ingersoll-Rand in Painted Post for over 20 years. She is survived by her nephews, Richard Gumberts of Angelica, NY, Harold (Gloria) Whitman of Bradford, PA, Harvey (Frances) Howe of Corning, Howie Howe of Florida, Carl Conklin of North Carolina; sister-in-law, Helen Conklin of Painted Post; great nephews, Terry, Ronald, and Robert Gumberts. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service at 2:00 PM with Rev. Gary McCaslin officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Painted Post. - Corning Leader, 29 Feb 2008
SMITH - Martha M. (Smith) Boone, 83, widow of Kenneth F. Boone, of 3435 Narrows Road, Tylersville, died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008. The funeral service will be held on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008 at 11 a.m. in the Wayne P. Urbine Funeral Home Inc., 95 E. Main St., Loganton, with Pastor Ken Geisewite officiating. Visitation will be held in the funeral home on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. Final Interment will be held in Tylersville Union Cemetery. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 27 Feb 2008
SMOCK - Lucille M. Smith, 89, of Founders Pavilion, Corning died Wednesday, February 27, 2008. She was born in Hornell, NY on July 21, 1918 the daughter of the late Clifford and Ada Smock. Lucille graduated from Corning Free Academy. She married Melvin J. Smith on June 30, 1940. She was a devoted and committed wife for 65 years. Melvin predeceased her March 2, 2006. She was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church, Corning, NY, United Methodist Women, Church Woman United, Corning Area Women’s Club, Crystal City Campers and Meals on Wheels for many years. She loved traveling and spending the winter in Florida. Together, she and Melvin, enjoyed several cruises. Lucille loved her family and we all enjoyed her special dinners, backyard picnics and Holiday Celebrations. Lucille loved caring for her flower gardens, especially her roses. She is survived by her children, Gerald M. Smith of Walnut, CA, Barbara J. Smith Coles of Corning, Gordon P. (Lorraine) Smith of Corning and daughter-in-law, Joyce (Dale) Cummings Smith Howey of Wellsboro, PA; sister, Jeanne (Grant) Smock of Corning; sister-in-laws, Janette Smith of New Smyrna Beach, FL, Ida Smith Galusha of Bath, NY, Mary Smock of Lake Jackson, TX; grandchildren, Tammy (Larry) Coles-Rutledge, James (Ann Marie) Coles III, Melody (Daniel) Smith Altamura, Mark C. Smith, Michael J. Smith, and Matthew S. Smith and Octavio Rosengrant; seven great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins. Lucille was predeceased by one sister, Harriett Smock Blessing, three brothers, Alden Smock, Stanley Smock and Clifford Smock, sister-in-laws, Alta Powell Smith, Cora Smock, Margurite Smock, Elaine Rice Smith Quinn, brother-in-law, Jacque Smith, Stephen Smith, Fran Smith, daughter-in-law, Aura Smith, three grandchildren, Renee Marie Smith, Anna Marie Smith Howey and Sean Rutledge. A Memorial services will be held at the Grace United Methodist Church, Corning, NY on Saturday, May 3, 2008, at noon following a graveside service. The family invites all to a reception in the church dinning room. Memorial donations may be made to: Grace United Methodist Church, 191 Bridge St., Corning, NY 14830. Acly-Stover Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements. - Corning Leader, 29 Feb 2008
VEIT - Charlotte Ross Graffman (formerly Charlotte Ross Veit), age 91, formerly of Bath, NY, died Sunday, February 24, 2008 at Edenbrook of Dunwoody in Atlanta, GA. She was born on May 24, 1916 in Syracuse, NY. She married Morris C. Veit in Rochester, NY in 1934. Morris was a former member of the Bath Board of Trustees, who died in 1966. In 1968, Charlotte married Ben Graffman of Skowhegan, ME and resided in Skowhegan and Fort Lauderdale, FL until 2000. She is survived by her sons, Henry (Carol) Veit of Syracuse, NY, Howard (Kelli) Veit of Atlanta, GA; her daughter, Sara Lamphere of Williston, VA; her step-daughter, Judy (Lorenzo) Gilchreist of Delta, PA; step-son, Peter (Jennifer) Graffman of Needham, MA; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Marsha Rothstein of Rochester, NY; and several nieces and nephews. Her Funeral service will be held on Sunday, March 2, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at the Bond-Davis Funeral Home of Bath, NY with Dr. Stephen Greenberg officiating. Her burial will immediately follow the funeral service at Beth-El Jewish Cemetery in Hornell, NY. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make donations in her memory to the Jewish Family and Career Services, 4549 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA 30338, phone 770-677-9300 or give to your local Hospice organization. - Corning Leader, 28 Feb 2008
WAGNER - Ella June Kuhns, 81, of Fairfield Church Road, Montoursville, died and Savior on Saturday, February 23, 2008, at the Muncy Valley Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit, where she had resided for several months. Born January 3, 1927, in Lewistown, she was a daughter of the late Raymond and Ella Earnest Wagner. She and her husband, Charles W. Kuhns, would have celebrated 61 years of marriage on April 18, 2008. June graduated from the Montoursville High School Class of 1944. She was employed with the former GTE Sylvania and retired from the Loyalsock Valley Elementary School in 1983, after having worked there for 23 years. June was a member of the Farragut United Methodist Church and taught Sunday School there for many years. She was a member of the church’s Busy Bee Society, the Good Sam camping club and NCT camping club. June loved traveling and camping, but her greatest joy was her family. Surviving, in addition to her husband, are a daughter, Barbara R. (David) Shaffer of Montoursville; three grandchildren, Kenneth D. (Teresa) Shaffer, Timothy R. (Theresa) Shaffer and Zachary C. Shaffer; four great grandchildren, Christopher, Rachel, Ericka and Brendon Shaffer; and two step-great grandchildren, Tyler and Michaela Harpster. Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, at the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water St., Hughesville, with the Rev. Dan Cale officiating. Burial will follow in Montoursville Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 25 Feb 2008
WASDYKE - WALSH Joan D.
Age 75, of Gillett, PA, died on Monday, February 25, 2008, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Elmira. Joan was born in Passaic, New Jersey, the daughter of the late John and Josie Wasdyke. She is survived by her loving husband, Ronald J. Walsh; two sons, John (Aurelia) Hoffman of New Jersey, and Aaron Paul Hoffman of New York City; two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; and one sister, Ruth Banta of Boonton, NJ. Joan enjoyed painting and was a former member of the Eastern Star. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmira, NY, on Thursday, February 28, 2008, at 2 p.m., where a Memorial Service celebrating Joan's life will be held. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Arthritis Foundation, Central NY Chapter, The Pritchard Bldg., 5858 E. Molly Rd., Suite 123, Syracuse, NY 13211. Published in the Star-Gazette on 2/26/2008.
WENCK - Betty Marie (Wenck) Bronson, 73, of Towanda, Pa., died on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008, at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Towanda Memorial Hospital. She was the loving wife of the late Thomas J. Bronson who died on Dec. 4, 2002. The couple married on Dec. 13, 1968 and had 33 happy years together. The funeral service and burial are private and at the convenience of the family. The arrangements are entrusted to the Gerald W. Vickery, Jr. Funeral Home Inc., 110 West Main Street, Troy, Pa. Betty was born on Aug. 3, 1934 at the Old Mills Hospital in Towanda, Pa. She was the daughter of the late John and Minnie (Huffsmith) Wenck. Betty was a Towanda High School graduate and went on to work for Ingersoll Rand Co. and the Robert Packer Hospital. Her true passion was being an Avon representative, which she was for 26 years before retiring. Betty loved her family, her job, and walking. She attended TOPS meeting, was a member of the Republican Party and was Methodist by faith. Betty is survived by: her daughter, Judy Roberts of Towanda, Pa.; her son, Gary Roberts of Elmira, N.Y.; her grandson, Brad Lee Roberts; her sisters-in-law, Aileen Isbell of Columbia Crossroads, Pa., and Mrs. Ted Wenck and family of Towanda, Pa.; brothers-in-law, Clarence Isbell of Columbia Crossroads, Pa., and Harold W. Bronson of Columbia Crossroads, Pa.; along with several nieces and nephews. Betty was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Thomas, and her son John Thomas Bronson who died in 1978. Contributions may be made in Betty's name to the Skilled Nursing Unit of Towanda Memorial Hospital, One Hospital Dr., Towanda, Pa. 18848, or to the charity of one's own choosing. - Published in the Towanda Daily Review on 2/28/2008.
WILLIAMS - Francis B. Williams, age 77, of Morris, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008, at the Green Home, Wellsboro. Francis is survived by his wife, Constance Collins Williams; children, Francis, Richard, Dennis, Valerie, Gary and Kevin; five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, a brother and a sister. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Freeberg Funeral Home, Blossburg. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 28 Feb 2008
WILLIAMSON - TOWNER, Janice Y.
Age 68, of Elmira, NY. She was born May 29, 1939 in Towner, ND, daughter of the late Albert and Laura (Drader) Williamson, died Sunday, February 24, 2008, at home. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles "Shorty" Towner, Jr. on August 12, 2005; and is survived by her children and their spouses, Charles I. III and Joyce of Danbury, CT, Michael S. and Andrea of Wellsburg, Wesley R. and Tonya of MS, Robert E. and Carol of Millerton, PA, Lawrence R. and Kathy of Norwalk, CT, Brenda Y. and Howard Alvoid of Horseheads, Gail A. and Dan Drake of Ulster, PA, Robin L. and Robert Scheepsma of Horseheads, Holly E. and Timothy Roupp of Elmira; 25 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira, on Wednesday, February 27th, from 4 to 6 p.m. Her funeral and committal services will follow at 6 p.m. Rev. Charles I. Towner, III, her son, will officiate. Published in the Star-Gazette on 2/26/2008.
WISEMAN - Walter M. “Pop” Wiseman, Jr., 81, of Montrose, PA, died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008 at Endless Mountains Health Systems in Montrose. Born May 28, 1926 in New Milford, PA, he was the son of the late Walter P. and Florence (Miller) Wiseman. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Unadine (Collum) Wiseman. He was employed as a farmer and worked for B&B Paving and PennDOT. Pop was a member of the Montrose United Methodist Church, was active in the Susquehanna County Republican Party and was a former member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge in New Milford. He enjoyed gardening and was an avid hunter (he shot fifty buck in 50 years). He enjoyed Clowning for 40 years, including working in Montrose and at the Harford Fair. In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Charles E. Wiseman and his significant other, Audrey Kase of Great Bend; daughters and son-in-law, Victoria D. and George Smith of Montrose, Beth W. Lawrence and her significant other, Bill Peek of Montrose; grandchildren and spouses, Michael and Sarah Wiseman, Karyn and Rev. Rob Kazinski, Stephen Wiseman and his fiancée, Carrie Dipietro, Jamie and Melissa Smith, Keris and Shannon Rafferty, Allyssa Lawrence and her significant other, Daniel James, Brittney Lawrence and her significant other, A.J. Clark, Courtney Lawrence and her significant other, Jeff Liddick; two great-grandsons, Dilan Rafferty and Seth Kazinski; a sister and brother-in-law, Grace and Glen Whitney of Great Bend, nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his parents, a sister, Frances Ulco, and a brother, Frederick Wiseman, predeceased him. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28 at Bartron-Myer Funeral Home, Inc., Montrose. Visitation was from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either the Endless Mountains Health Systems Foundation, Attn: Patricia Looby, 3 Grow Avenue, Montrose, PA 18801 or to the Montrose United Methodist Church, 90 Church Street, Montrose, PA 18801. - Wyalusing Rocket Courier, 28 Feb 2008
WOLF - Raymond “Skip” Wolf, age 69 of Harpswell, Maine, died
Monday, February 25, 2008, at Winship Green Nursing Center in Bath, Maine,
with his wife and daughter by his side. He was born in Williamsport on
March 31, 1938, a son of Eugene S., Sr. and Margaret Elizabeth (Bloom)
Wolf. Skip attended Williamsport schools and went to college at the University
of Maine at Augusta. He faithfully served his country in the U.S. Navy
for over 20 years. The majority of his time in the service was spent as
a flight engineer however he also spent several years as a flight engineer
instructor. He proudly retired in 1975 as a Senior Chief Petty Officer,
and leading Chief of his squadron. After his retirement from the Navy,
he worked for Outboard Marine Corp. as a Field Representative for over
13 years, and then at BFC Marine in Woolwich. He spent most of his career
in the Brunswick, Maine, area, and had owned property in Harpswell since
1988. He married Judith A. (Childs) Crain on March 29, 2001, at which point
the two of them established a comfortable home together on the land in
Harpswell. Skip enjoyed wood working hobbies; including helping others
build their homes. He also spent leisure time watching NASCAR, and searching
for retired Navy Chiefs from “VP 26”. He gladly took on the responsibility
of organizing quarterly luncheons for the Chiefs, both active and retired,
giving them all an opportunity to get together. He was a member of the
Flight Reserve Association in Topsham and the American Legion Post #171.
Surviving are his wife of Harpswell; his daughter, Rochelle “Rockie” Wolf
of Brunswick; a brother, Eugene Wolf, Jr. of Cape Coral, Fla.; a sister
Betty A. Boyd of Vero Beach, Fla.; and a grandson, Joshua Wolf of Brunswick.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at the Brunswick
Naval Air Station Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in
his memory to the Maine Cancer Foundation, PO Box 553, Portland, ME 04112,
the American Diabetes Assoc, 1701 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria,
VA 22311, or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements are under the care
of the Brackett Funeral Home, 29 Federal Street, Brunswick. - Williamsport
Sun Gazette, 29 Feb 2008
? - Mary Lucille Corey, 89, formerly of Painted Post, died Monday, Feb. 25, 2008 at Absolut Care of Three Rivers. She was a retired sales clerk at Nichols Department Store in Painted Post. Survivors include her husband, Thomas A. Corey Sr. of Painted Post; four sons, Richard Corey of Wassic, Gary Corey of Overland Park, Kan., Thomas Corey Jr. of Flowery Branch, Ga., and Ronald Corey of Painted Post; a daughter, Sandra Celelli of Corning. Calling hours are 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday at Acly-Stover Funeral Home. Service will be there at the conclusion of calling hours at 1 p.m. Friday. - Corning Leader, 27 Feb 2008
? - Luella Gardner, 95, formerly of Corning, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008 at Absolut Care of Three Rivers. She was a homemaker. Survivors include four sons, Frank Gardner of Calif., Weldon Gardner, Andrew Gardner, Wilber Gardner, all of Corning; a sister, Elsie Webster of Montour Falls. Calling hours are 11 a.m. to noon Monday at Acly-Stover Funeral Home. Services will be held there at the conclusion of calling hours at noon Monday. Burial will be in Barnard Cemetery, Corning. - Corning Leader, 27 Feb 2008
? - Mabel C. “Mae” Gaynor, 86, of Galeton, formerly of Sharon Hill, died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008 at Robert Packer Hospital. She was employed at Fail Dry Cleaners for 20 years. Survivors include her son, Peter J. Gaynor Jr. of Latrobe; daughter, Dorothy Tyson of Gaines; brother, Harry Sullivan of Philadelphia. Calling hours are 11 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 1 at St. Bibiana’s Catholic Church, Galeton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the conclusion of calling hours at noon Saturday, March 1. Arrangements are with the Hess Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, 14 West St., Galeton. - Corning Leader, 25 Feb 2008
? - Susan E. Kerschensteiner, 84, of 5 Briarcliff Drive, Corning, died
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008 at Corning Hospital. Survivors include her children,
Thomas Kerschensteiner of Kernersville, N.C., Daniel Kerschensteiner of
Corning, Janice Albertsen of East Greenwich, R.I., Sharon Ahlgren of North
Hampton, N.H., Gary Kerschensteiner of Kennebunk, Maine, Lisa Papageorge
of Dallas, Texas; two sisters, Mary Harzinski and Helen Warunek, both of
Corning. Calling hours are 2-4 p.m. Saturday, March 1 at Phillips Funeral
Home and Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney St. Services will be held there
at the conclusion of calling hours at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 1. Burial
will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery. - Corning Leader, 26 Feb 2008