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ALDERFER - Durrell G. Alderfer, 75, of Souderton, formerly of Harleysville, Pa., died on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008 at Souderton Mennonite Homes. He was the husband of the late Margaret "Peggy" (Landes) Alderfer. He was born in Franconia, Pa., to the late Allen and Eva (Godshall) Alderfer. In 1948, Durrell's parents moved to the Rein Alderfer Dairy Farm where he began working with his grandfather at the age of 16. Soon there after, he took over all the farm operations until 1973, when he became a truck driver for Mopac. Durrell then retired from Mopac in 1996. He was a member of the Dairy Herd Improvement Association (DHIA), Montgomery County Farmer's Association (MCFA) and the Montgomery County 4-H Dairy Club. Durrell resided with his son, Tim and his late son, Dan on their dairy farm in Athens, Pa. He attended the New Life Mennonite Church in Athens, Pa. Durrell was a life member of Salford Mennonite Church in Harleysville, Pa. He is survived by: daughter, Doreen A. Bender and husband Paul of Alexandria, Va.; son, Tim L. Alderfer and wife Karen of Athens, Pa.; daughter-in-law, Glenna Webster and her husband Scott of Athens, Pa.; sister, RaeDella Wenger and her husband Larry of Lancaster, Pa.; brother, LeRoy Alderfer and wife Doris of Lansdale, Pa.; sister, Madeline Meyers and husband David of Chandler, Ariz.; brother, Ronald Alderfer and wife Connie of Homer, Alaska; and sister, Mary Lou Rosenberger of Pennsburg, Pa.; eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Daniel Alderfer, and brother-in-law, Harold Rosenberger. Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5, at Salford Mennonite Church, 480 Groff's Mill Road, Harleysville, Pa., where friends may meet with the family from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Burial will take place at Salford Mennonite Cemetery in Harleysville, Pa. Arrangements by Anders-Detweiler Funeral Home and Crematory, 130 East Broad St., Souderton, Pa. - Published in the Towanda Daily Review on 3/4/2008.
BENNETT - BRYERTON Constance A.
Age 62, of Sayre, PA, on Thursday, February 28, 2008, at the Robert Packer Hospital following a brief illness. She was born on March 23, 1945 in Syracuse, NY, the daughter of the late George O. and Irene G. DeLooze Bennett. Constance was a friend to all who grew to know her and even those casual acquaintances with which she shared her sweet smile. She loved her many crafts and online chats with friends across the internet. She took pride in her ability to see the positive side of things and would valiantly defend those she cared for. She is survived by a family who will miss her quick loving smile and support. She is predeceased by her loving companion, Ed Hill of 25 years. Constance is survived by her two sons, John and Lee Bryerton, Sayre, PA, and Daryl and Heather Bilinski Bryerton, Watkins Glen, NY; grandchildren, Madaline Elizabeth Bryerton, Nathaniel Williams, Yvonne and Jim Watson, Sean Breese, and Joy Allen; and brother, Ed "Butch" and Mary Jo Flynn, Volney, NY. Friends and family may call on Tuesday, March 4, 2008, from 4-5:00 p.m. at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home, Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, PA. Memorial Service will follow at 5:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 1704 Warren Avenue, Williamsport, PA 17701; American Cancer Society, 10 Park Street, Towanda, PA 18848. Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/3/2008.
BEST George D.
Age 44, of Van Etten, died Saturday, March 1, 2008, at his home. He was born in Waverly, NY, on April 20, 1963. George had served with the US Army in Desert Storm and with the 82nd Airborne Division for 7 years. He is survived by his mother, Hazel E. (Whalen) Sherman; brother, Zane (Virginia) Best; sister, Kathleen (Michael) Mott; brother, Bernard (Jessica) Best; sister, Ginger (Walton) Cates; two daughters, Charlene, Natasha; two sons, William, Lawrence; eight nieces and one nephew. He was predeceased by his father, Bernard Best; and stepfather, Robert Sherman. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 8, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. at Allen-Manzer Funeral Home in Spencer. Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. before the service. Interment will be in the Halsey Valley Cemetery, Town of Barton, NY. Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/5/2008.
BLEILER - Sandra Dawn Bleiler of Rochester, formerly of Smithboro, went home to be with her Lord Saturday, March 1, 2008 following a brief battle with cancer. Sandy enjoyed reading poetry and corresponding and visiting with her family, was a Disney collector, and enjoyed her friends at ARC. She is survived by: her sister and brother-in-law, Eileen and James Herbert of Tioga Center; nieces and nephews Anthony Scalia, Michele Mitchell, Janean Cook, and Darrell Moore; and great-nieces and -nephews Tyanna Mitchell, Anthony Scalia Jr., Kimberlyn Scalia, Jordan Mitchell, Reed Cook, and Conner Moore. Sandy was predeceased by her parents, Virginia E. and LaVerne A. Bleiler, and a sister, Shirley J. Moore. A family graveside service will be held Tuesday, March 4 at Smithboro Cemetery at 11 a.m. Memorial contributions may be directed to ARC of Monroe County Guardianship Program, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Rochester, NY 14620, or Smithboro United Methodist Church, c/o Mrs. Shirley Mayer, P.O. Box 89, Smithboro, NY 13840. Caring assistance is being provided by the Cooley gamily of Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. - Sayre Morning Times, 3 Mar 2008
BUEHRIG - Louis H. Buehrig Jr., 89, of Spring Hill, Fla., and formerly of Loyalsock, died February, 27, 2008, at the Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was born April 8, 1918, in Pittsburgh, PA the son of Louis H. and Alice M. Fierst Buehrig. He was a member of Covenant - Central Presbyterian Church in Williamsport and The First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill, FL. He was a retired lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force. He retired as the Division Controller for the J & L Steel -Wire Rope Division in Muncy. He also was a Master Mason for over 50 years and a member of the Masonic Lodge F. & A.M. 287 in Milnor, Allegheny Co.; the A.A.S.R. in both the Valley of Williamsport, and the Valley of Pittsburgh, and the Syria Shriners of Pittsburgh. On December 4, 1999, he was predeceased by his wife, the former Grace B. Scott. He is survived by a son, William L. (Patricia) Buehrig of Burlington, NJ; a daughter, Diane L. ( Steven) Hall of Fort Wayne, IN; grandchildren, Lori, Kimberly, Justin and Elizabeth and 2 great-grandchildren. The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, March 3, at the Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St., Montoursville with the Rev. Paul M. Doriani officiating. Interment will follow in the Montoursville Cemetery with military rites accorded by the Korean War Veterans of Lycoming County. Friends will be received on Monday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, FL 34608. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 2 Mar 2008
CADMAN - Alice Barratt, 85, died peacefully on February 27, 2008, at Hartford Hospital with her family by her side. Mrs. Barratt was a resident of East Hartford, CT, however she previously lived in Williamsport, PA and Cheshire, CT. Mrs. Barratt was born on June 4, 1922, in Barnsley, Yorkshire, England and came to this country in 1965. Mrs. Barratt was the daughter of William and Agnes Cadman. Left to cherish her memory are her son, Stephan Barratt and his wife, Louise, of Hamden, CT, her daughter, Jacqueline Frank, of East Hartford, CT, and her daughter-in-law, Tina Barratt, of Welling, Kent, England, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews, all of whom reside in England or Cypress. She was predeceased by her parents, her sister, Mabel, her brother, Kenneth, her son, Niel, and her husband of 49 years, Fred. Funeral services and burial will be held at the convenience of the family and there are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you send a donation to the charity of your choice in Mrs. Barratt’s memory. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 2 Mar 2008
CATON Andrew T.
Age 58, of 794 Kent Hill Rd., Woodhull, NY, died February 28, 2008, at Kindred Hospital, Wilkes-Barre, PA. Born in Troupsburg, NY, December 12, 1949, he was the son of Joel C. and Mazie N. Moshier Caton. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam Conflict and was a retired pipe fitter at the Erwin Materials Plant at Corning, Inc. He is survived by two daughters, Lisa VanSchaick of Knoxville, PA and Georgie Caton (Jeff Peet) of Warrington, PA; two sisters, Edith M. Caton of Painted Post, NY and Clarice G. (Thomas) Shauf of Addison, NY; his brother, David J. (Barbara) Caton of Corning, NY; his stepson, Tony (Diane) Kersey of Visalia, CA; his former wife, Doris Ann Caton of Westfield, PA; his grandchildren, Kevin Caton, Kayla Caton-Peet, and Tyler Andrew Caton-Peet; his aunt, Beatrice Moshier of Hornby; and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, George Caton. A memorial service will be conducted Saturday, March 8th at 1:00 p.m. at the H.P. Smith & Son, Inc. Funeral Home, 1607 Main St., Woodhull, NY. The Rev. Brian Diffenbacher will officiate. Burial will be private by the family. Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/4/2008.
CLEVERSEY - LENZI Ruby M. (Cleversey)
Was called home by the Lord on Saturday, March 1, 2008, at the age of 88. She is reunited with her parents, Agnus and Ethel (Aiken) Cleversey; her brothers, Everett and Ernest "Buddy" Cleversey; her sisters, Olive Kehoe and Lillian Cleversey; and her beloved son, David Delles. Ruby's life will be commemorated through her family, including her children, Delores Lynd, Doreen Spear, Paddy Delles Seymour, Earl (Candy) Delles, Deborah (Bill) Van Riper, and Doug (Lorraine) Delles. She is missed as a loving aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother and a great-great-grandmother. Ruby's friendship will also be missed by her friends at Southport Towers, co-workers from the An Page plant, and everyone else's life she graced. Reverend Bill Lutz will officiate a service for her family. Do not remember the former things; neither consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing! Isaiah 43:18-19 Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/4/2008.
COOPER Roland J.
Age 75, of Ithaca and formerly Watkins Glen, died Wednesday, December 12, 2007, at Cayuga Medical Center, Ithaca, NY. He is survived by a brother, James Cooper, Ithaca; sister, Shirley Cooper, Montour Falls; nephew, Douglas (Cindy) Cooper, Auburn; great-nephews, Christopher Cooper, Auburn, Jason Cooper, US MC; daughter, Carol (Chuck); and grandson, Garrett Allen. He was predeceased by parents, Raymond and Mary (Gould) Cooper; brothers, Raymond, Gary Lee, and Sam; and sister, Helyn Cooper. A private burial at Beaver Dams Cemetery will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen
CROSS Richard L.
Age 71, of #624 East Main Street, Elkland, PA, died Monday, March 3, 2008. Family and friends are invited to call at the Kenyon Funeral Home, Inc., #214 West Main Street, Elkland, PA, Saturday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00-2:00 p.m. where funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. immediately following the visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Elkland Moose Lodge #746 to the fund that benefits the welfare of local children. Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/5/2008.
CUMMISKEY - Richard G. Cummiskey, age 86, well-known and respected Albany Township dairy farmer, died peacefully on Saturday, March 1, 2008, at his home with his family at his side. Dick was born Nov. 28, 1921, in Wilmot Township on the family farm, son of the late John A. and Margaret McKernan Cummiskey. He was a member of St. Basil's High School, Class of 1941. He married the former Alma Litzelman of Overton, on Nov. 3, 1945. They recently celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary. Dick was a lifelong dairy farmer and was active in his church and community. He served as an Albany Township supervisor/secretary-treasurer for 14 years, and took great pride on the many road projects that he was able to complete. He was an insurance agent for the Farmers and Mechanics Insurance Co. of Forksville, Pa., for 47 years. Dick was a member of St. Basil's church in Dushore, Pa., and a member of the former Holy Name Society. He served on every finance committee when there was a renovation, and on many social committees. He and Alma worked for many years at the picnic when held at Penn's Grove, and he also was part of the group responsible for the founding of the annual spaghetti dinner held each fall. He was a 50-year member of the local unit of Eastern Milk Producers, where he served as the secretary and delegate. He was also a member of the Bradford County ASCS, and served as a member of the local committee of the Bradford-Sullivan Co. Farmers Home Administration. Dick was an avid sports fan and followed his grandchildren in their junior and high school sports careers. Surviving are his spouse, Alma, at home; his sons and daughters-in-law, John D. and Mary Frances Cummiskey of Endicott, N.Y., Paul and Michelle Cummiskey of Tarpon Springs, Fla., and Wayne and Andrae Cummiskey of New Albany, Pa.; a daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and David Haus of Trout Run, Pa.; a sister-in-law, Mary Cummiskey of Johnson City, N.Y.; his grandchildren, Todd (Patti), Christopher, Matthew (Jenny), David, Keith, Jena, Jerika, Joshua and Janelle; his great-grandchildren, Robert and Michaela; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Eugene, Joseph, Patrick and William, and a sister, Elizabeth, who died as a child. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 5, at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, and will be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Basil's Church, Dushore, with the Rev. Vincent F. Langan presiding. Interment will be in St. Basil's Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4, at the funeral home. There will be a vigil service at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. The family will provide the flowers and requests that memorials be directed to the St. Basil's Restoration Fund, PO Box 307, Dushore, Pa. 18614, or Guthrie Hospice, RR 1, Box 154, Towanda, Pa. 18848. Submitted by Carol Brotzman Daily Review 3/3/2008
DERRICK - Phyllis J. Derrick Feuerherm, age 85, of Picture Rocks, died on Thursday, February 27, 2008. Her husband of 26 years, Paul M. Feuerherm, predeceased her on August 6, 1989.Phyllis was born on June 21, 1922, a daughter of the late Ralph W. and Letty C. (Roller) Derrick. Phyllis worked as an administrative assistant in Bamberger’s department store, in Newark, NJ. She attended the Picture Rocks Baptist Church and was a member of the former Lady Hughes Rebekah Lodge #215, and TOPS. She is survived by one sister, Betty Jean Shollenberger of Lancaster. She is predeceased by her husband and her parents. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 East Water Street, Hughesville, with the Rev. Charles B. Mercer, pastor of the Picture Rocks Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Picture Rocks Cemetery. At the request of the family, there will be no public visitation but all are invited to attend the funeral service. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., 2600 Network Blvd., Suite 300 Frisco, Texas 75034. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 2 Mar 2008
DUNFEE - Patricia Dunfee, 80, of New York City died Monday, March 3, 2008 at her home. Born Jan. 9,1928 in New York City, she was the daughter of the late Martina Clune and Edward Dunfee. She was predeceased by her brother Robert Dunfee and her sister Rita Dunfee. Patricia was a lifelong resident of New York City and worked as a receptionist for General Electric Corporation for over 24 years. She was a benefactor for many historical societies and a supporter of the United States troops in Iraq. She is survived by: her sister Diane Johnson of Williamsburg, Va.; her niece and nephew, Melissa and Robert Johnson, also of Williamsburg; an aunt, Eleanor Dunfee; and numerous cousins. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, March 7 at 10:30 a.m. at Blessed Trinity Parish Saint James Church in Waverly with the Rev. William Moorby. Internment will be in spring in Saint James Cemetery, Waverly. Arrangements are with Luckner Funeral Home, 449 Park Ave., Waverly. - Sayre Morning Times, 6 Mar 2008
DZIAK - Marie H. Steinhilper, 61, a resident of The Williamsport Home, died Saturday, March 1, 2008, following a lengthy illness. Born in Pittston, December 5, 1946, she is the daughter of Joseph Dziak, who predeceased her and Marie Hantz Dziak of city. Marie is a graduate of Abington Heights High School, Clarks Summit and earned an Associate Degree from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Surviving, in addition to her mother, are her daughter, Judith Steinhilper of Bloomsburg, her son, John Steinhilper of city and her sister Kathryn Bower, in Pennsylvania. In keeping with Marie’s wishes, there will be no visitation or public service. Those who wish to remember Marie, may make memorial contributions to The Williamsport Home, 1900 Ravine Road, Williamsport, PA 17701.- Williamsport Sun Gazette, 4 Mar 2008
FARR - David E. Farr, 64, of Meshoppen, PA, died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008. He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Diana Saravitz Farr. He was born in Sayre, PA on June 25, 1943, son of the late Clyde and Helen Keithline Farr. A 1961 graduate of Tunkhannock High School, he was a veteran of the United States Air Force, serving in the Vietnam War as a sergeant. He retired from the Procter & Gamble Plant in Mehoopany after 28 years and was currently employed by Creekside Gardens in Tunkhannock, where he had worked for the past 10 years on the landscape construction crew. His passion for working with rocks and boulders made him one of the area’s premier water garden builders. He was a member of the Tunkhannock Moose Lodge and enjoyed NASCAR and working outdoors. Besides his wife, he is survived by his son, David C. Farr of Tunkhannock; daughter, Christine McClain of Meshoppen; brothers, Rolland Farr of Statesville, NC and John Farr of Milton; sisters, Daisy Farr of Wyalusing, Geraldine Madill of Tunkhannock, Barbara Richter of Lovelton, Mildred Smith of Colley and Mary Jane Stephenson of Mehoopany; five grandchildren, one great-grandson and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held on Monday, March 3 at 10 a.m. from the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, Inc., 73 West Tioga St., Tunkhannock, with Pastor Jean Swett. Interment was in St. John’s Cemetery, Irish Hill. Friends and family called at the funeral home on Sunday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Wyoming County Humane Society. - Wyalusing Rocket Courier, 6 Mar 2008
FISK - Mary L. Beebe, age 79, of Whiting Street, Bath, NY died Saturday, March 1, 2008 at the Taylor Health Center. She was born in Bath, April 12, 1928, the daughter of Elmer and Gladys Mills Fisk. She was retired Vinyardist from the Taylor Wine Company of Hammondsport, NY. Mary enjoyed her gardening and making handmade gifts for many friends and family. She was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Bath. She is survived by two daughters, Donna Stuck of Port Byron, NY and Kathy Beebe of Bath, NY, her son John (Kathryn) Beebe of Bath, NY; nine grandchildren, Rodney, Melinda, Emily, Jody-Robin, Kyle, Trevor, Robert, Allan and Denise, seven great grandchildren, her sister, Elizabeth Smith of Bath, NY and several nieces. She was predeceased by her two brothers, Henry and John. Friends may call today, March 5, 2008 from 1:30-3:00 pm at St. Mary’s Church in Bath. A Communion Service will be held following at 3:00 pm with Deacon Ray Defendorf officiating. Burial will be in the Nondaga Cemetery, Bath. In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Mary’s name may be made to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75231-4596. Fagan’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements. - Corning Leader, 4 Mar 2008
FLOWER - Ruth F. Bishop died peacefully at home with her family by her side on March 4, 2008. Born in 1917 in Fayette County, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Edwin and Mary (Young) Flower. Ruth had resided in the valley for the past twenty years. All services will be private at the request of the family, however, those who wish may make a donation to the Athens Library at 724 South Main Street, Athens, PA 18810 in loving memory of Ruth. Caring services are provided by the Cooley Tioga Point Cremation & Burial Options 802 N. Main Street, Athens. - Sayre Morning Times, 6 Mar 2008
FOLEY - Carol V. Turner, 65, of 110 Brouse Road, Montgomery, died Saturday, March 1, 2008, at the Muncy Valley Hospital emergency room. Born in Johnson County, Indiana on November 19, 1942, she was a daughter of the late Marvin Vance and Iris Irene (Clayburn) Foley. She and her husband of ten years, Robert Turner, were married May 19, 1997. A 1961 graduate of Muncy High School, she worked for many years as a unit desk clerk at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. Carol decided to pursue a career in nursing and earned her R.N. degree from Geisinger School of Nursing in 1995. She then worked as a registered nurse at Muncy Valley Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit and Manor Care North in Williamsport until retiring in 2004. Carol greatly enjoyed the company of her family and was a loving wife, a devoted mother and a wonderful grandmother and great-grandmother. Surviving, in addition to her husband, are six daughters, Kimberly C. Rush of Ickesburg, Karen C. Young and husband, Doug, of Benton, Kasey L. Morris and husband, James, of Orangeville, Kyle D. Albertson and husband, Jamie, of Orangeville, Samantha M. Andes and husband, Joseph, of Benton, and Valerie L. Haney of Excelsior Springs, Missouri; two sons, N. Joel Austin and wife, Krista, of York and Earl R. Austin of Tennessee; two stepsons, Michael A. Turner and wife, Karen, of Hempstead, Maryland and Jeffrey C. Turner and wife, Kris, of Snellsville, Georgia; two brothers, Michael M. Foley and wife, Melissa, of Utah and Jeffrey T. Foley and wife, Kandi, of Ohio; one sister, Esther P. Fenstermacher and husband, Jim, of Muncy; 22 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her father (who died when Carol was young); her mother; her mother’s second husband, Clifford Kocher, (who became her father); a sister, Judy F. Rossi, and a son-in-law, Jack A. Rush, Jr. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 5, at Grenoble’s, 121 S. Main St., Muncy. Officiating will be Pastor Carla Volland of Messiah Lutheran Church, Clarkstown. Interment will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday in Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery. Friends will be received at the funeral home on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 3 Mar 2008
FRY - Arlene M. Updegraff, 87, Butler, formerly of Montoursville died Sunday, March 2, 2008, of Alzheimer’s disease. She was being cared for at Worthington at Adams Assisted Living for the Memory Impaired in Mars, Pa. She was born October 6, 1920 in Fairfield Twp., the daughter of Walter and Alta Fry Fry. Her husband, Harry M. Updegraff Jr. died January 6, 1981. She was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Montoursville. Surviving are a son, Calvin M. (Lynn) Updegraff, and a daughter, Joan M. Updegraff, both of Butler; three brothers, Gordon (Edith) Fry and Clair Fry both of Muncy, Jacob (Ester) Fry and a brother- in-law, Allen Morrison both of Montoursville; grandchildren, Andrew and Julie of Houston, Texas. She was pre-deceased by two brothers and six sisters. Funeral services will be 11am, Friday, March 7, at Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St., Montoursville, with the Rev. J. Jeffrey Zetto officiating. Burial will follow in the Montoursville Cemetery. Friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 4 Mar 2008
FULLMER - Grace E. Bower, 76, of 175 Reeder Drive, Cogan, Station, died March 2, 2008 at Manor Care South where she was a guest. She was born October 14, 1931 in Cogan Station the daughter of Theodore C. and Pearl E. Beamer Fullmer Sr. She was the wife of Thomas R. Bower who died May 30, 1985. She retried after working at Sylvania, Carey McFall, Grants and Weis Markets. Surviving her are three daughters, Susan (Charles) M. Graham and Bonnie J. (Ronald) Bower-Corey both of Canton, Gail A. Bower of Cogan Station; two Brothers, Ronald A. (Margaret) Fullmer of Palmyra, Theodore C. (Patricia) Fullmer Jr. of Selinsgrove; five sisters, Shirley E. Caroway of Montoursville, Linda M. (Richard) Cowden of Williamsport, V. Louise (Robert) Leutze, Mary K. (Eugene) Boyles and Nancy L. (Timothy) Hampton, all of Montoursville; grandchildren, Wendy L.(John) Trythall, Bryan S. (Rhonda) Graham, Rodney T. (Becca) Smith and Pamela K. (Daniel) Elder; great-grandchildren, Hunter and Wyatt T. Trythall, Trinity G. Elder, Brooke P. and Rylin M. Graham. Grace was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Donald G. and Cloyd A. Fullmer, and a sister, Virginia P. Libby. Burial will be private and held at the convenience of the family. There will be no visitation. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 4 Mar 2008
GATZ - On Friday, February 29, 2008, the Lord called home his beloved servant Bill Gatz at the home of his daughter Yvonne Shenuski in Muncy with his family by his side. Bill was born on July 12, 1930, in Montoursville the son of Martin Luther and Helen Roller Gatz. He attended Montoursville area schools, was a member of Hughesville Camp Association and was a member of the Hughesville Camp Board. Bill was an avid racing fan and drove stock car at Riverview and Port Royal speedways. He enjoyed camping and spending time with his family. Bill had celebrated his 57th wedding anniversary with his wife, the former Harriet M. Keiser, on September 29, 2007. Surviving him besides his wife are two daughters, Yvonne (Cliff) Shenuski of Muncy and Kathy (Paul Booth) Stroble of Eagles Mere; two sons, J. William (Shawn) Gatz Jr. of Montgomery and Martin (Barb) Gatz of Hughesville; six grandchildren, Tamara (Dave) Hornberger, Kody Stroble, Tonya (Mike) Brown, Janelle Gatz, Tyler Gatz, and Samm Gatz; four great grandchildren, Cameron Hornberger, Ariel Hornberger, Ian Hornberger and Olivia Brown; and three sisters, Margaret Campbell of Williamsport, Naomi Pharis of Montoursville and Rebecca Bean of South Carolina. Preceding him was a brother, Joseph Gatz. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 5 at Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St., Montoursville with Pastor Matt Meeder and Pastor Jeremiah Kutz co-officiating. Interment will follow in Twin Hills Memorial Park. There will be a visitation on Wednesday from 10 until 11 a.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to either the Hughesville Camp Association, 199 Race St., Hughesville, PA 17737, or to Susquehanna Home Health and Hospice, c/o Providence Health System Foundation, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 1 Mar 2008
GILLETTE - Charles E. “Eddie” Gillette, 79, of 2 E. Main St., Hornell, died Tuesday, March 4, 2008. He was employed as a purchasing agent for the Morrison-Knudsen Company in Hornell and served with the United States Army. Survivors include four sons, Jeffrey Gillette, Andrew Gillette and Thomas Gillette, all of Rochester, Stephen Gillette of Hornell; daughter, Ellen Ramirez of Hornell; sister, Loranca Padgett of Elmira. Calling hours are 5-8 p.m. today, March 6 at the Bishop and Johnson Funeral Home, 285 Main St. Services with military honors will be held there at the conclusion of calling hours at 8 p.m. today, March 6, the Rev. David Kilgore officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fremont. - Corning Leader, 5 Mar 2008
GOWER - Hazel A. Ball, 90, of 2063 U.S. Highway 220, Pennsdale, died Friday, February 29, 2008 at the Muncy Valley Hospital. She was born January 5, 1918 in Lairdsville, a daughter of Brady and Amelia Jones Gower. She was a 50-year member of the First Baptist Church in Williamsport, and retired after 30 years with the former G.T.E. Sylvania in Montoursville. She was known for crocheting, and enjoyed fishing, camping, and dogs. Hazel is survived by three sons, Grant J. Ball with whom she resided, Steve W. (Kathie) Ball of Pennsdale, and Arnold L. Ball of Williamsport; two daughters, Doris (David) Wyland of Williamsport, and Ina (Glenn) Fry of Tampa, Fla.; a sister, Florence Zinck of Fleetwood, PA, and over 80 grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at the Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St., Montoursville with the Rev. Gwen N. Bernstine officiating. Interment will follow in the Montoursville Cemetery. Friends will be received on Monday form 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 2 Mar 2008
GRANNIS - Edna M. Welch, 79, of Montrose, PA died, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008 at Endless Mountains Health Systems, Montrose. Born Feb. 4, 1929 in Bloomville, NY, she was the daughter of the late Jack and Ruth Grannis. Her second husband, James A. Welch, predeceased her in 1991. She was a nurse’s aid at Meadowview, the former Asa Park Manor, and also owned Welch’s Rest Home. Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Lynn and Gene Franklin of Kingsley, Sandy Rogers and companion, Phil Chilson of Brookdale, Ricki Ann and Richard Millen of Montrose; son and daughter-in-law, George R., II and Sharon Rogers of Montrose; nine grandchildren, Heather, Jason, Kara, Jesse, Caroline, Melissa, Joshua, Candice and Rosemarie; five great-grandchildren, Killian, Gabriel, Christian, Olivia and Danielle; half-sister-in-law, Helen Lord and a half-sister, Beula Howell of Tunkhannock. Besides her parents and second husband, she was predeceased by her first husband, George R. Rogers; half-sister, Gertrude Hinckley and half-brother, Leon Lord. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Montrose Minute Men, PO Box 461, Montrose, PA 18801. -Wyalusing Rocket Courier, 6 Mar 2008
HERRINGTON - COOK Pamela A. "Pam"
Of Addison, NY, died unexpectedly on Thursday, February 28, 2008. Pam was born September 24, 1951 in Corning, NY, a daughter to Llewellyn and Jacquelyn White Herrington. She was employed at Elmira College as a Manager of Administration Services for over 28 years and was very involved in student activities. She was a past secretary of USA On Watch and a member of the First Baptist Church, both in Addison, and an active volunteer for the American Cancer Society. She is survived by her loving husband, Francis "Frankie" Cook; son, Cory (Cheri) Cook, both of Addison, NY; daughter, Cari (Tom) Kirchhoff of Horseheads, NY; special niece, Amy (Ed) Stack of Levittown, NY; grandchildren, Barrett, Brandon, Tyler and Ryan; brother, Brian (Linda) Herrington of Addison, NY; sister, Cindy Luedeman of Corning, NY; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. The family will welcome relatives and friends to the Flint Funeral Home, 10 Wall St., Addison, NY, on Monday, March 3, 2008, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Pam's Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, March 4, 2008, at the Funeral Home at 11 a.m. with Pastor Scott Green. Memorials may be directed to the First Baptist Church, 14 Baldwin Ave., Addison, NY, in Pam's memory.
HILBORN - Hanna Jo Moyer, 84, of Cammal and formerly of Jersey Shore, died Saturday, March 1, 2008 at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. She was born in Williamsport Nov. 20, 1923, a daughter of Lester and Mary Nable Hilborn. She was a homemaker her entire life. She was married to Howard J. Moyer Sr., who died in February of 1986. She enjoyed dancing and on the Internet Senior Netting was known as “Dansing Granny”. She also enjoyed crosswords and loved her mountain in Cammal. Her survivors include two daughters, Jo-Anna Steely of Loyalsockville, Tressa Hilborn of California, and one son, John Q. Steely of Cammal; two stepdaughters, Charity “Bonnie” Powell of Jersey Shore and Anna Irene (Rev. George) Morton of McElhattan; two stepsons, H. Joseph Moyer Jr. (Diane) of Jersey Shore and Lewis H. Moyer (Donna) of RR#1, Linden; one sister, Lutora Lockuff of Williamsport, along with 24 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. She was predeceased by a sister, Ethel, and three infant brothers. Hanna Jo’s Life Celebration will begin with a visitation Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Rearick-Carpenter Funeral Home, “A Life Celebration Home”, 1002 Allegheny St., Jersey Shore, with service on Thursday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be in Jersey Shore Cemetery. Contributions may be made to either the Lung Association of Pennsylvania, 71 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701, or the American Heart Association,1704 Warren Ave., Williamsport, PA 17701. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 4 Mar 2008
HILL - Luna J. Van Etten of Addison, NY, died unexpectedly on Monday March 3, 2008. Luna was born October 11, 1929 in Corning, NY, a daughter to Guy and Betsy Hill. Luna enjoyed reading, cross-stitching and loved to collect angels. She worked at Hopkins Dairy Store for over 20 years making the best sundaes and milkshakes around, earning the nickname “The ice cream lady”. She was predeceased by her husband, William M. Van Etten in June of 1993 and her son, Martin Van Etten in November of 2007, brother, Ivan Hill and sisters, Vera Westmiller and Rena Terwilliger. Survivors include her daughter, Sylvia (Robert) Spear of Campbell, NY, and son, Dale (Gail) Van Etten of Smyra, TN; daughter-in-law, Kelly Van Etten of Choctaw, OK; grandchildren, Jennifer (Tim) Wilson, Katy (Eric) Fee, Rochel (Aaron) Davis, Jamie Van Etten, Tracy (Tom) Harrod and Todd (Diane) Van Etten, eighteen great grandchildren brothers, Neal (Marguerite) Hill of Lindley, NY; sister, Alta (Dale) Drake of Lindley, NY; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. The family will welcome relatives and friends to the Flint Funeral Home, 10 Wall St. Addison, NY on Wednesday March 5, 2008 from 3-7 PM. Luna’s Funeral Service will be held on Thursday March 6, 2008 at the Funeral Home at 11 AM with Rev. Betty Bement. She will be laid to rest along side her husband, William immediately following in Addison Rural Home cemetery. -Corning Leader, 4 Mar 2008
HOBBA - Gerald W. Hobba, 77, died
on Sunday, March 2, 2008. He was born in Windber, PA, son of Raymond and Ivadene (Machtley) Hobba. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 56 years, Doris (Seese) Hobba; son, Mark E. Hobba and daughter-in-law, Diane; daughter, Valerie L. Greene and son-in-law, James; three grandchildren, Erin, Jessica and Wade and four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by four brothers and four sisters. Jerry was a veteran of the Korean War and retired from Anchor Darling Valve with over 35 years of service. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, very skilled at woodworking and enjoyed bowling. A large part of his life was spent being involved in the lives of his family and friends. A memorial service will be held at Community Baptist Church on RT 87 in Montoursville on Saturday, March 8, 2008 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Susquehanna Home Care and Hospice, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 3 Mar 2008
HOLLISTER - On Feb. 19, 2008, Keith T. Hollister of Sayre and North Port, Fla., died after a short but intense illness. Keith was born on April 17, 1927 to Theron J. and Cassie Hollister of Cincinnatus, N.Y. He graduated from Cincinnatus Central School in 1945. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by: his brother, Lester Hollister; and sisters, Dorla Hepler, Doris Duff and Ceceila Cronk. He was also preceded in death by his first wife of 34 years, Lenora Burlingame Hollister of Waverly. Keith is survived by: his wife of 21 years, Patricia A. Hollister of Sayre and North Port, Fla. He is also survived by: his son, Brent Hollister of Freeville, N.Y.; daughters, Brenda Seiferman of West Palm Beach, Fla., Jill Phelps of Cortland, N.Y., Janet Hurley of San Mateo, Calif., and Janine Davis of Sayre; grandchildren, Heather Caskey, Jolene and Cassandra Hollister, John and Jessie Phelps, Vincent and Paul Cuda and McKenna and Katie Hurley; and five great-grandchildren. Keith has a life-long deep and abiding love of God, his family and friends. He took great joy in music and Penny Promenaders Square Dancing. While living in Dryden, he was a member of the Dryden Kiwanis and Dryden Footlighters Theatre group. After retiring, he volunteered on Red Cross Blood Banks, Meals on Wheels, Harbor Isles Chorus and Readers Theatre. Keith was a kind and loving husband and father and will be missed by all who knew him. March 19, a memorial service will be held at Harbor Isles Clubhouse, North Port, Fla., and at the Athens Presbyterian Church in late spring. Donations may be sent to Guthrie Hospice or Athens Presbyterian Church. - Sayre Morning Times, 3 Mar 2008
JOHNSON - Oscar N. Johnson, 95, of Spencer Hill Road, Corning, N.Y., died Monday, March 3, 2008 in Florida Hospital. He was employed as a melting technician with Corning Glass Works in Corning, N.Y. Survivors include two sons, Maynard Johnson of Gatineau, Canada, Richard Johnson of Tampa; two sisters, Valburg Hammarstrom and Helen Nichols, both of Corning, N.Y. Arrangements are with Phillips Funeral Home and Cremation Serice, 17 W. Pulteney St., Corning, N.Y. - Corning Leader, 4 Mar 2008
KEA Dreadon "Rocky"
Age 81, of Trenton St., was born July 29, 1926 in Rocky Mount, NC, and died Feb. 29, 2008 in Horseheads. He is survived by his wife, Rayetta (Rhoades) Kea; children, Christopher Kea, Marcia Kea and RuthAnn Kea; stepchildren, Lynda VanAtta and Lynn VanAtta; several grandchildren. Dreadon was a retired driver for Ashland Oil in Ashland, NC, was a veteran of the US Armed Forces, serving in Korea, and locally worked for several area automotive dealers as a driver. Family and friends are invited to attend his service to take place in the North Side Community Church, 1119 Lake St., Elmira, NY, on Sunday, March 9, 2008, at 1:00 p.m. Interment will take place at the convenience of his family in Rocky Mount, NY. Arrangements with Barber Funeral Home in Horseheads.
Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/6/2008.
KERN - Wanytta J. Braster Hinsdale, of Hughesville, PA and Cape Coral, FL, died on Thursday, February 21, 2008, at the HealthPark Medical Center in Ft. Myers, FL. Wanytta was born in Elk Twp., Tioga Co., PA, on April 8, 1933, one of six children, of the late Vivian M. (nee Schanbacher) and the late Ross M. Kern. She was married on June 10, 1950 to Robert O. Braster, who predeceased her in 1992, after 42 years of marriage. On October 10, 1998, she was married to Albert E. Hinsdale, who survives her. Wanytta is also survived by daughters, Susan (Mike) Gray of Hughesville, and Karen (Gerry) Cavaliere of Milton, and stepchildren, Carol (Bart) Martelli, Bruce (Paulette) Hinsdale and Judy (Andy) Lazor, six grandchildren, six step-grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was also predeceased by a son, Robert A. Braster, four brothers and one sister. Wanytta’s life journey of work and pleasurable activities represents one to which most of us might aspire. She herself had owned and operated the Sew and Sew Fabric Shop in Montoursville; and later with her husband, Robert, owned and operated a fishing resort in Canada for 14 years. She and Robert traveled to Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and Alaska, worked and explored for two summers in Denali National Park, Alaska and one summer in Glacier National Park, Montana. After their varied and extensive working lives, they split their retirement years between PA and Bokeelia, FL. With Albert, she had traveled and continued to enjoy winter retirement in Cape Coral, FL, while enjoying summers in Hughesville, PA. Wanytta was a member of the Mapleton Community Church, Audubon, Bald Eagle Art League, Williamsport-Lycoming Art Council, and Lycoming Woodland Owners’ Assoc. in PA; Pine Island and Cape Coral Art Leagues and South West Art Council in FL. Among her many interests, she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, painting in oils and watercolors, playing cards and dancing. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her memorial service on March 29, at 11 AM, at the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 East Water Street, Hughesville. Following the service, all are invited to attend a time of refreshments and fellowship. Interment will be in Twin Hills Memorial Park, Muncy, at the family’s convenience. In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bald Eagle Art League, 245 W. 4th St., Williamsport, PA 17701, the Williamsport Lycoming Art Council, PO Box 54, Williamsport, PA 17703, or the charity of your choice. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 1 Mar. 2008
KETTER Raymond L. "Ray" Sr.
Age 71, of Pine City, NY, died very peacefully on Wednesday, March 5, 2008, at home surrounded by his family. He is survived by his children, Raymond L. (Brenda) Ketter Jr., Mary (Tim) Jessup, David (Karen) Ketter and Kate (Robert) Smith; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; also brother, John Ketter; and sister-in-law, Kathleen "Fibber" Peckham. He was predeceased by his wife, Roxanna M. Ketter; son, Joseph Ketter; and brother, Bernard Ketter. Ray was a dedicated member of the Loyal Order of Moose for over 25 years, he was a member of Horseheads Lodge #1479. In 1999 he received the Pilgrim Degree of Merit at Moose Heart. Throughout his Moose membership he held many offices and was very involved in the organization. He retired from Acme Markets after 38 years of service; he was a well-known fixture at the Southport Acme Market for many years. Ray loved animals, especially cats; his feline friends, "Flash" and "Copycat" will miss him. Family and friends are invited to call at Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave. on Sunday, March 9, 2008, from 1:00 to 3:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a Loyal Order of Moose Service there at 7:45 p.m. followed by a Funeral and Committal Service there at 8:00 p.m. The Rev. Richard Farrell will officiate. Ray will be laid to rest next to his beloved wife, Roxanna, in Lake View Cemetery, Watkins Glen, NY, at the convenience of the family.
Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/7/2008.
KIBLER - Florence Joan Mackie, 76, of 337 Lyons Ave., died Saturday, March 1, 2008 at the Williamsport Hospital. Her husband Edward Mackie died in 1980. She was born August 5, 1931, in Williamsport and was the daughter of Jordan Kibler and Mabel Hoff. Florence was a homemaker who was devoted to her family. She enjoyed camping. She was a member of Annunciation Catholic Church. She is survived by her stepmother Barbara Kibler, Williamsport; four sons, Joseph (Mary) Kiessling, Bergen, NY, Michael Kiessling, Black Lick, Kenneth Kiessling, Williamsport, Jamie (Kathleen) Kiessling, Mendham, NJ; four daughters, Linda Cole, Williamsport, Karen (Thomas) Buchheit, Cogan Station, Joan Reaser, Ruther Glen, VA, Serena Fern, Williamsport; two brothers, Kenneth Kibler, Hunker, Robert Kibler, Williamsport; 21 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at the Church of St. Ann, 1220 Northway Road, with Father Fidelis officiating. Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery. Visitation will be on Monday, March 3, 2008 at Kaufman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., 2102 Northway Rd. from 6 to 8 p.m. The family will provide flowers. The family suggests that memorial contributions in Florence’s name be made to American Lung Association of Central PA, 1705 Warren Ave., Williamsport, PA 17701. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 2 Mar 2008
KNIGHT - Tucker Austin Knight, 21 months, of Stafford County, Va., died Sunday, March 2, 2008 in his home. Tucker is survived by his parents, Rob and Jaime Knight; one brother Connor Knight; maternal grandparents, William and Christine Johnson of Skaneateles, N.Y., and the late Thomas Ford, of Fulton, N.Y.; paternal grandparents, Linwood R. Knight Jr. of Stafford, Va., and Lori and Harris Staggert of Montgomery; great-grandparents, Pearl Irvine, Frank and Polly Staggert all of Montgomery, William and Lillian Blowers of Skaneateles, N.Y., and Helen Johnson of Batavia, N.Y., as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 6, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg, Va., with the Rev. David P. Meng officiating. Interment will follow at the Knight Family Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 5 at the funeral home. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 4 Mar 2008
KNECHT - George D. "Jim" Knecht, 75, well-known Wysox resident and retired educator died Tuesday, March 4, 2008, at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Memorial Hospital, Towanda, Pa. Born April 29, 1932 in Brandonville, Pa., he was the only child of George Wesley Knecht and Olive Agnes Kline Knecht. George was a graduate of Sheppton High School, Sheppton, Pa. and continued his education at Penn State University where he graduated in January of 1955 receiving his bachelor of science degree in industrial arts. In August of 1955, he entered the US Army where he served with the 101st Airborne until completion of his military service in July of 1957. In the fall of 1957, he became a member of the teaching staff at Northeast Bradford High School and served as the industrial arts teacher there for 37 years until his retirement in 1993. On Nov. 28, 1959, he married the former Phyllis Barnes at the First United Methodist Church in Towanda, Pa. In 1961, he received his Masters degree in Industrial Arts from Penn State University. George was a member of the Wysox Presbyterian Church, Towanda Lions Club, Wysox Volunteer Fire Company and was a 49 year member of LeRay Lodge No. 471 F.& A.M. In prior years, he served on the legislative committee of the Northeast Bradford Teachers Association. He was a member of the Pennsylvania Retired Teachers Association, and was a life member of the Pennsylvania State Education Association, National Education Association and the National Rifle Association. George loved spending time with his grandchildren, the outdoors, hunting and fishing. He will be fondly remembered by his family and friends as an avid fan of Penn State University sports and the New York Yankees baseball team. He is survived by: his wife of 48 years, Phyllis Barnes Knecht at home; his children, Gary Robert Knecht and his fiancée Andrea Potter of Wysox, Pa., Amy Marie Knecht Gallagher and her husband William Gallagher of LeRaysville, Pa.; six grandchildren, Ryan Christopher Knecht, Benjamin James Gallagher, Patrick Michael Knecht, Melanie Robynne Knecht, Nathan Scott Gallagher and Naomi Mae Gallagher; several aunts, uncles and cousins; and his canine companion "Boots". The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa. LeRay Lodge No. 471 F & AM will hold Masonic services at 6:45 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home. The funeral and committal service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 8, 2008, at the funeral home with the Rev. Robert Martin, pastor of the Wysox Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the Northeast Bradford Student Loan Fund, RR 1 Box 211 B, Rome, Pa. 18837, in George D. Knecht's memory. - Published in the Towanda Daily Review 3/6/2008.
KRETSCHMANN - James F. Kretschmann, 76, of Piqua, Ohio, died Saturday, March 1, 2008. He was born August 13, 1931 in Westfield, New Jersey to the late Philip and Frances (DeLamater) Kretschmann. He married Barbara Jane Knighten November 8, 1980 in Georgia; and she survives. A celebration of his life will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 13, 2008 at St. James Episcopal Church with the Rev. Fr. Robert E. Baldwin officiating. Interment will be in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. The family will receive friends in the Johnston Fellowship Hall following the services at the church. Arrangements are being handled through the Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. James Episcopal Church, 200 W. High St., Piqua, OH 45356. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 5 Mar 2008
LITHERLAND - Kenneth W. Litherland, 72, of Williamsport, died Tuesday, February 26, 2008, in the Williamsport Hospital. Born January 20, 1936 in Elizabeth, Colo., he was the son of James R. and Mary C. Phillips Litherland. Ken was a peacetime member of the Air Force for five years. He joined GTE Corp. (Sylvania) in California in 1966 and retired in 1993. He was a deacon at The Door Fellowship, had served on the Williamsport Area School Board and was a volunteer with the North Central PA Food Bank. Surviving are his wife of 52 years, the former Susan M. Chavez; two children, Carol (Douglas) Ehrman of Melbourne, Australia, and James (Mary) Litherland of Hartford, Conn.; six grandchildren, Chelsea and Noah Ehrman, Leana, Andrea, Julia and Jessica Litherland; and two siblings, Ivan “Ray” Litherland of New Mexico and Joyce Mikita of Colorado. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday from The Door Fellowship, 470 Pine St., Williamsport, with the Rev. Wayne A. Holcomb officiating. Burial will follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Friends may call at the church from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday. Arrangements by Sanders Mortuary. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 1 Mar 2008
MANLY - Margaret Ellen Manly Reynolds, 96, long-time resident of Athens, died on March 2, 2008, at Homewood at Crumland Farms, Frederick, Md. She was the wife of the late Harold C. Reynolds. Born in Highland Michigan on Sept. 10,1911, she was the daughter of the late Aden J. and Ada Watton Manly. She graduated from St. Johns’ High School in 1929 and from University of Michigan in 1931 as a dental hygienist. She married in 1937 and enjoyed 66 years of marriage with Harold Reynolds in their Athens home. She was a homemaker, a member of the V.F.W. Post 1536 Auxiliary and a volunteer with the American Red Cross. Margaret started as volunteer with the Red Cross for a blood services in 1949 and served in many positions through the years. She chaired and co-chaired Red Cross blood services until 1981. She served for many years on the Board of Directors for the “Valley Chapter” of the Red Cross. She was a blood donor, registrar, escort, canteen monitor, coordinator of volunteers and instrumental in the Red Cross DECA Donor Program. In 1998 she was the awarded the Exceptional Volunteer Service Award for over 50 years of service to the American Red Cross. She is survived by: one daughter, Margaret A. Oakes of Frederick, Md.; two sons, William A. Reynolds, DVM, of Ringoes, N.J., and Richard M. Reynolds of Parker, Colo.; six grandchildren, Teri and Dan Oakes, Eric and Shawn Reynolds and Hal Reynolds and Kathy Shirley; and four great-grandchildren. She is also survived by: a sister, Miriam A. Richardson of Houghton Lake, Mich. She was predeceased by her brother, Aden J. Manly Jr., and one great-granddaughter, Roshelle Reynolds. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 5 at Ricketts Funeral Home, 504 Main Street, Myersville. Rev. Mary K. Worrel will officiate. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Wednesday prior to the service. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Alpena, Michigan. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Homewood at Crumland Farms, 7407 Willow Road, Frederick, MD 21702; Hospice of Frederick, P.O. Box 799, Frederick, MD 21702; or the American Red Cross. - Sayre Morning Times, 3 Mar 2008
McAFEE - Hazel E. Buck, 72, of Church St., South Williamsport, died Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at the Gatehouse. She was born November 18, 1935 in Mifflinburg, a daughter of Donald and Dorothy Schmeory McAfee. Hazel was married for 54 years to Carl L. Buck. She was a member of the Christ Episcopal Church. Hazel loved working in her flower garden, enjoyed Phillies baseball and taking her grandchildren to the Phillies games. She was a member of the F.O.E. Auxiliary at Aerie 970 and was considered the club mother. Hazel proudly held offices of Conductor and Chaplain with the Aerie’s Auxiliary. Surviving besides her husband Carl are two daughters, Karen G. (Gene) Banks of Falls Creek and Lori (Stuart) Greene of Montoursville; seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She was predeceased by a sister, Shirley McAfee. Friends and family are invited to Hazel’s Life Celebration memorial service at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 8, at the Christ Episcopal Church, 426 Mulberry St., with her pastor, the Rev. Thomas P. Reeder officiating. Interment will be private. In Hazel’s memory, memorial contributions can be made to the Southern Care Hospice, 190 Choate Circle, Montoursville, PA 17754 or The Gatehouse, 1100 Grampian Blvd. Williamsport, PA 17701. Arrangements are being handled by the James C. Maneval Funeral Home, Ltd “A Life Celebration Home” 500 W. Fourth St., Williamsport. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 6 Mar 2008
McCARTNEY IRA Clinton "Sonny"
Age 73, Formerly of Bentley Creek, Pa. Was called home with the Lord on March 3, 2008. He was predeceased by his parents Ira C. McCartney and Anna Mary (Walker) McCartney. Also predeceased by two sons, Clinton and Merle McCartney. He is survived by his daughter Patsy (Gary) Long. Sonny has four grandchildren, three great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Brother, William (Barbara) McCartney, sister, Jeannie (Levi) Rhinebold. Special Aunt, Ruth Walker. Special cousin William (Beverly) Querry. Sonny had several nieces and nephews. Sonny was a Teamster with the local #529. He was a retired construction worker. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved dancing and playing cards. Any donations can be made to the local Hospice in memory of Sonny McCartney. Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/6/2008.
McINTYRE - Mrs. Emily J. (McIntyre) Firth, 80, sadly died Thursday, February 28, 2008 at UPMC Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh after fighting courageously many long-term illnesses. She was born in Lewistown, Pennsylvania, on January 30, 1928. She now joins her childhood sweetheart and beloved husband of nearly fifty-seven years, Mr. William Clarke Firth, who died in April of 2003. The couple lived in Montoursville, Pennsylvania, where they together raised and beautifully nurtured and educated their five children. Since Mr. Firth’s death, Mrs. Firth had lived in Ligonier, Pennsylvania. In the past, Mrs. Firth served as secretary and later President of the Presbyterian Women of the Montoursville Presbyterian Church, where she was a lifelong member. She also served as President of the Montoursville community’s social services sorority, Beta Sigma Phi, and was active in many charitable endeavors throughout her lifetime through these organizations and others. Earlier she had worked as a legal secretary and office manager for a law firm, and later in the 1980’s as an entrepreneur and business co-owner with Mr. Firth as they opened the “House of Jeans.” She was also his business advisor and confidante as they engaged for most of their pre-retirement, child rearing years in the former G.M. Firth Aluminum Company, which was then located also in Montoursville. Surviving are her sister, Bonnie Lee Garrett of Steubenville, Ohio; the couple’s daughter, Bonnie Lee Kift (Philip) of Ligonier, Pennsylvania; their first-born daughter, Janis Eileen Thomas of Butte, Montana; their twin sons, Matthew Clarke Firth of Phoenix, Arizona and Mark William Firth (LuAnn) of Hendersonville, Tennessee; and their last-born son, Bryan David Firth (Nicole) of York, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Firth leaves ten beloved grandchildren, Andrea Renee Thomas, Lindsay Sayre and Benjamin Andrew Kift, Kristy Leigh and Bradley Matthew Firth (Matthew’s children), Jennifer R. and William Colby Firth (Mark’s children), and Katrina Rose, Ethan David, and Ava Rose Firth (Bryan’s children) and also “Smokie,” the couple’s ‘loyal’ cat. Predeceasing Mrs. Firth, in addition to Mr. Firth, is her beloved mother, Estelle McIntyre, and her son-in-law, Lawrence Thomas. Family and friends may visit beginning at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 5, at the Montoursville Presbyterian Church, 900 Elm St., Montoursville, and attend funeral services within its sanctuary at 12:30 p.m. Reverends Oliver Wagner and Hobart Campbell will officiate. Entombment will follow at the couple’s mausoleum in Twin Hills Memorial Park, Fairfield Township, where she will repose next to her husband. Contributions in Mrs. Firth’s memory may be made to UPMC Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh, 1400 Locust St., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222, in lieu of flowers. The family is being assisted by Grenoble’s, 121 S. Main St., Muncy. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 2 Mar 2008
MITCHELL John "Jack" S.
Age 80, beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother-in-law, joined our Lord on February 29, 2008. Jack was born in Elmira, New York, on February 12, 1928, son of Thomas B. Mitchell and Mildred Stuart Mitchell. Surviving are, his wife of 57 years, Phyllis J. Dunbar Mitchell; his daughters, Sharon L. Williams and Karen L. Jones; his brother-in-law, Lloyd E. Dunbar; his good friends, Joseph and Edith Branscombs of Savannah; and several cousins. Jack was predeceased by his only grandchild, 7 years old, Lauren C. Jones on January 8, 1996. He was a veteran of the United States Navy. Jack was a graduate of Thomas A. Edison High School in Elmira Heights, New York, and Alfred State University. He worked in the Aviation industry his entire married life, starting with Schweizer Aircraft Corporation with gliders, then Grumman Corporation on crop dusters, purchasing spare parts and finally for Gulfstream Corporation as senior buyer until his retirement in 1992. Jack loved working with wood and in his flowers. He enjoyed helping others and will be remembered by many for his kindness. Jack volunteered at Windsor Forest Elementary School in honor of his beloved granddaughter, Lauren, who attended second grade there. He also volunteered many hours helping others with genealogy. He will be sadly missed by his family, close friends and neighbors. It was Jack's request that there be no calling hours and a private family burial. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that remembrances be made to Hospice Savannah Inc. The Family wishes to express their sincere thanks to all of the staff at Hospice Savannah for their loving and compassionate care to Jack and his wife and daughter, Dr. Joe Christian III for always being there for Jack and his wife, and to our loyal and caring friends, Edith and Joe Branscombs for always being on call for us. Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/3/2008.
MOWRY Robert A.
Age 61, of Horseheads, NY, and formerly Watkins Glen, died unexpectedly while hunting on Friday, February 29, 2008. The family will receive friends Monday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen. A funeral service will be held Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Bob is survived by wife, Bonnie (Dobson Folnsbee) Mowry; five children, Daniel (Jenni) Mowry, Anthony Mowry (Jackie), Jamie Mowry (Jimmy), Brandi Mowry (Jesse), Shannin Mowry (Tom); four stepchildren, Lauri (Joseph) Nichols, Chris (MaryAnn) Folnsbee, Thomas Folnsbee, Dustin Folnsbee; sister, Annabell (John) Lutomski; seven grandchildren and step grandchildren, Tyler, Brooke, Jacob, Liam, Connor, Jackson, and Davis; and several nieces and nephews. Bob was predeceased by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Mowry; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Mowry and Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Martine; and granddaughter, Jade Ann Koloski. Bob worked for Suite-Kote in Watkins Glen. He was a member of the Montour Moose Club and a former Watkins Glen Fire Dept. volunteer. As an avid outdoorsman, he especially loved hunting and fishing. Bob was a passionate NASCAR fan, but his grandchildren were his favorite joy. Bob was very much in love with his wife, Bonnie and looked forward to spending his retirement years with her in South Carolina. He was as generous a man there ever was and was very close to each of his children. His zest for life and knack for making people around him smile will be missed by many friends and family members. Memorials in his memory may be made to Schuyler County Vol. Ambulance, PO Box 2, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.
Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/2/2008.
PARKER William E. "Bill"
Age 77, of Lowman, NY, died February 29, 2008. William was born on August 6, 1930 and was predeceased by his parents, Julia and Harry Parker. William is survived by his wife of 52 years, Lorraine; daughters, Ann Brewer (Randy) of Lawrenceville, PA, and Mary Lounsberry (Jim) of Lowman, NY; sister, Eloise Hill (Ward) of Lincoln, NE; brother, Robert Parker (Phillis) of Ulster, PA; grandchildren, Eric Brewer, Emily Brewer, and Jared Lounsberry; many cousins, nieces and nephews. William was a graduate of Union Springs Academy and a faithful member of the Elmira Seventh-Day Adventist Church. He was a self- employed dairy farmer with his special aunt and uncle, James and Ruth Gallo, who predeceased him, for over 45 years and loved farming. Family and friends are invited to call at Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira, NY, on Wednesday, March 5, 2008, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with services there immediately following. Pastor Michael Bernard will officiate. Memorial donations may be made to the Elmira Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 813 Maple Ave., Elmira, NY 14904, in William's memory. Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/2/2008.
PFLEEGOR - Robert C. Pfleegor, 79, of Pfleegor Road, Milton, died Friday, February 29, 2008 at Evangelical Community Hospital where he had been admitted February 24.Born April 13, 1928, in Allenwood, he was the son of the late E. Frank and Lizzie (Kramm) Pfleegor. He married the former Mildred Hackenberg on April 4, 1953 and they have celebrated 54 years of marriage. Bob attended Milton Area Schools. He was a dairy and crop farmer for 54 years on the family homestead near Limestoneville. He was also a fertilizer and corn dealer. A member of Paradise United Church of Christ, he sang in the choir and served on the consistory. He was a member of the F&AM Lodge #401, Watsontown and the Scottish Rite, Williamsport; was a member of the Turbot Grange #249; and an active member of the West Branch Barber-Shop Chorus. Bob enjoyed searching for Indian artifacts, hunting, and fixing things around the farm and his home. Surviving, besides his wife, are four sons; Richard E. Pfleegor, Keith R. Pfleegor and his wife Pam and Blaine A. Pfleegor and his wife Brenda, all of Limestoneville; Douglas E. Pfleegor and his wife Beth of Mainesburg, a daughter, Sharon L. Sullivan and her husband Dewey of Wellsboro, 14 grandchildren; Clarissa Makhoul and Jonas Pfleegor, Allison and Erin Sullivan, Kimberly, Jonathan, Kia, Brittany, Brianna, Brian, Skyair, Megan, Brent, and Jennifer Pfleegor, five brothers; Nevin of Milton, Dale of Northumberland, Ray of Danville, Dean and Jerry, both of Limestoneville, and two sisters; Betty Yoder, Danville and Marion Newtown, Watsontown. He was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald Pfleegor in 2005. The funeral service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Paradise United Church of Christ, 8105 Paradise Road, Milton with Pastor Doug Schader officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Friends are invited to call at the church Monday from 6 to 8 p.m., with a masonic service at 8 p.m., and from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in his memory be made to his church. Please note “In Memory of Robert Pfleegor” and forward to P.O. Box 252, Milton, Pa 17847. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 2 Mar 2008
PORTER Willis "Butch"
On October 20th 2002, Granville Township resident Willis "Butch" Porter, 57, died quietly at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, surrounded by members of his loving family. Born on his family's farm in Canton Township, March 4th, 1945 he was one of 14 children in the family of Addison C. and Etta Mae (McNeal) Porter. He attended the Canton schools but left early to help support the family. His first passion was farming, and he was a well known, worker on several farms throughout Sullivan, Bradford and Tioga County. He was a man with a strong work ethic, and through the course of his lifetime worked for Swayze Folding Box Co. in Canton, Lemoncelli Tire Co. in Elmira; Paper Magic in Troy, and L. L. Baumunk of Shunk all the while operating his own farm in Granville Township. Mr. Porter enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling, gardening, skating watching Nascar races and camping at County Bridge Park. He also enjoyed music, especially polkas. He derived great enjoyment hosting his famous chicken barbecues, and was known for indulgin in his own personal favaorite treat, pickled eggs and raisin pie. Mr. Porter was a man with a mild easygoing nature, but when he knew that he was right about some issue he would steadfastly defend his position to the end. He had a zest for life and a heart that opened to just about everyone. He was the father of three; the Grandpa of many and Uncle to all. Surviving are sons, Todd (& Georgeanna) Porter, daughter Cherry (& Matt) Nedley, grandchildren, Mickenzie, Brett, Meghan, Mitchell, Andrew, Kurtis, and Jakob Porter. Trena May Mcllwain, Aaron, Candace and Kaleb Nedley, sister Mable Roupp, Rosemarie Benedict, Pauline (& Simeon) Jackson, Donnie (& Kenneth) Stowell, Mary (& Joe) Walburn, Ruth Ellen Machmer, brothers, Charles Edward Porter, Dolson James Porter, Addison Dean Porter, Gary Lee Porter, Thomas Earl Porter, former wife and friend Lauretta Barrett Porter, special friends, Dave and Shelby Fleming. He was preceded in death by grandmother Phoebe McNeal; infant brother, Michael L. Porter; father Addison C. Porter and mother Etta Mae Porter. The funeral was held October 22, with the Rev. David McIntyre, officiating. Interment was on his Granville farm. (The papers I have are copies from the Historical Society, There are three different obituaries published for Willis. The one I sent you said, "Interment was on his Granville farm" the one dated for Oct. 21, 2002 stated that "Interment will be on his Granville farm. I do not know if he was the first. But, his parents were buried in the Grover Cemetery. Hope this helps). Billie Jo Kelley
SANNER - Jason L. Sanner, 32, of Muncy, died Friday, February 29, 2008. Born July 16, 1975, in Muncy, he was a son of Stephen and Jodie (Fry) Sanner. Jason was employed at Fry’s Plastic, Muncy. He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, Muncy Valley Lodge 866 and the 40 et 8, Highland Lake. Jason loved riding his motorcycle and spending time with his friends and family. He was a devoted and loving father who loved spending time with his daughter Kara. Surviving, in addition to his parents, are a daughter, Kara Sanner of Muncy; a sister, Jennifer (Brian) DeSanto of Williamsport; a nephew, Niccolo DeSanto of Williamsport; and maternal grandparents, Gordon and Edith Fry of Muncy. A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water St., Hughesville, with the Rev. Max L. Walters Jr., officiating. Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. The family will provide the flowers and suggest memorial contributions to the Jason L. Sanner Memorial Fund, c/o The Muncy Bank and Trust, PO Box 179, Muncy, PA 17756. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 4 Mar 2008
SCOTT - Martha E. “Marcie” Henry, 61, of 5012 Furnace Road, Lewisburg, died at her home on Monday morning, March 3, 2008. She is now at peace after a long battle. She was born on October 31, 1946, in Williamsport, the daughter of Harry B. Scott, deceased, and Martha (Motter) Waltz, and stepfather Harold E. Waltz, also deceased. Marcie was a 1964 graduate of Williamsport High School. She was married on October 9,1965, to David C. Henry, also of Williamsport, celebrating 42 years of marriage. She had worked as an aide at the Selinsgrove Center, the Selinsgrove School District, and the Mifflinburg School District, where she also served as a job coach for special needs individuals. She took great pride in helping others achieve their best. She was last employed at Bucknell University, where she worked in catering. This was especially suited to her joy in serving others, getting to know them, and making them comfortable. She had been actively involved in Special Olympics, and took great pride in helping their two daughters to grow to have full, rich and independent lives. Marcie was an avid gardener, and kept her home surrounded by colorful flowers. She especially enjoyed making jellies, applesauce, and canned peaches, and then sharing these gifts of love with her family and friends. Marcie loved fishing with her husband and friends in Canada and the Finger Lakes, as well as taking family vacations by RV. Her greatest joy in life was bringing family and friends together to make lasting memories. Her vacations would frequently bring large numbers of these folks together for just that purpose. In addition to her husband, she is survived by their daughters, Rebecca Henry, and Melissa Henry, both of Lewisburg; one sister and brother-in law, Carrol and Timothy Morehart of Williamsport; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Randolph and Carrie Scott of State College, Timothy and Marie Scott of Williamsport, and Bernard Scott, also of Williamsport; nieces and nephews, Kelsey Scott, Pamela Schauer, Ronald Schauer, Dawn Sanders, Michelle MacLain, and Timothy Scott, as well as a large number of great nieces, nephews, and numerous young friends of her extended family. She also leaves behind all the friends from Bucknell University, Susquehanna University and from all areas of life where she left her treasured gift and spirit of love. She was and will continue to be a beam of sunshine. There will be a service to celebrate her life on Sunday, March 16, at 2 p.m. in the Rooke Chapel at Bucknell University, followed by a reception in the Terrace Room of the Elaine Langone Center. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1948 E. Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701, or the Evangelical Hospital Hospice, One Hospital Drive, Lewisburg, PA 17837. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 5 Mar 2008
SHIPMAN - Maxine Shipman McCloskey, age 89, of Hughesville, died peacefully, on Sunday, March 2, 2008, at her home, surrounded by her grandson, granddaughter-in-law, and great grandchildren. She was born in Davidson Twp., Sullivan Co., on September 24, 1918, a daughter of the late Harry and Edna (Taylor) Shipman. Maxine was an accounts representative and Notary public, retiring in 1986, from PMF Industries, Reach Road in Williamsport. She loved spending time with her great grandchildren and sitting on her porch. She is survived by one son, Patrick McCloskey, her grandchildren, William F., Jr. and wife Patricia A. McCloskey, Gregory M. McCloskey and Stephanie Beaver, one sister Carline Shipman Burkhart, and six great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by two sons, Robert McCloskey and William F. McCloskey, Sr., and one brother, Robert T. Shipman. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, at 2 p.m., at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 East Water Street, Hughesville. A private visitation will be held for family and close friends prior to the funeral service, from 1 to 2 p.m. Interment will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hughesville. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 3 Mar 2008
SNYDER - Mary L. Getgen, 93, formerly of Church St., South Williamsport, died Friday, February 29, 2008 at the Muncy Skilled Nursing Care Center. She was born in Sunbury Dec. 21, 1914, a daughter of Ira M. and Bessie I. Miner Snyder. She was the widow of the late Charles F. Getgen Sr., who died Aug. 20, 1984. She was a seamstress for Katrina Co. of Williamsport. She was a member of Garman Lutheran Church, Pine Creek. Her survivors include stepchildren, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Mary’s Life Celebration will begin with a visitation on Monday, March 3, 2008 from 10 to 11 a.m. from the Rearick-Carpenter Funeral Home, “A Life Celebration Home,” 1002 Allegheny St., Jersey Shore. Services will follow at 11 a.m. Internment will be in Jersey Shore Cemetery. Mary’s family suggest contributions be made to the Garman Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 70, Jersey Shore, Pa 17740. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 2 Mar 2008
SOARS - Harold M. “Sandy” Soars III, 59, died Thursday, February 21, 2008 in Madison, Conn., after a brief illness. Born in Williamsport in 1948, he was the son of Elizabeth Cox Soars and the late H. Marshall Soars Jr. He attended the Muncy school system and graduated from Mercersburg Academy. In 1971 he graduated from St. Lawrence University where he earned a degree in sociology. At SLU, he lettered in Football, and was a member of the S.A.E. fraternity. Also, while at SLU, he married Clyde Leslie Hilburn. Entering his professional career, he joined Sprout-Waldron & Co. in Muncy as a salesman for the pulp and paper division. Later, while working for the Huyck Felt Corp., he made the largest single order for equipment in the company’s history. Later in his sales career, he became the project manager for C-E Bauer in Ohio. Fluent in many languages, his last sales position was with the V.I.B. Corp as their international vice-president of overseas operations. For 15 years while living in Ohio, Southern Florida and Massachusetts, Sandy enjoyed singing with the Barber Shop Quartet Society and performed in national competition with the renown ‘Sounds of Concord’ from the Boston area. More recently, he was a member of the University Glee club of New Haven, and served as vice-president of the organization. An avid golfer, Sandy taught the sport to his children, along with skiing and sailing. Relocating to Madison, Sandy became involved in many civic activities. As a member of the First Congregational Church, he served a term as steward. Sandy was inducted into Madison Lions Club in 2002, and soon became a very active member. During his six years as a Lion, he served in various offices including Tail Twister, Director, Secretary and President. Sandy also served as a chairman of the club’s Art and Card sales and received the Good Citizen and Public Service Awards. With the blessings and support of his mother, Betty Soars, he provided a work area and storage for the Christmas cards, note cards and the framed artwork of George Love. In recognition of his efforts to promote the research and treatment of eye diseases, Sandy received the Knight of the Blind Award from the CT Lions Eye Research Foundation and two Melvin Jones Fellowships awards from the Lions International Foundation. He was the administrator of the Low Vision Center Ambassador of Sight Program, shipping thousands of pairs of eyeglasses overseas. He also served as liaison for the California fire, the Florida hurricane and the Tsunami relief programs. In 2007, Sandy became an Executive Director of Sail Connecticut Access, one of the many organizations supported by the Madison Lions Club. Sail CT provides people with disabilities to take sailing trips on Long Island Sound with experienced sailors. He contributed importantly to their program both as a fundraiser and as a licensed sea captain on over 40 recreational trips for their clients. He is survived by his mother, Elizabeth Cox Soars; two children, Bradie Soars Allen of Naples, Fla., and Stuart Munro Soars, of Park City, Utah and a brother, Robert Lewis Soars of Summit, N.J. Memorial services will be held at the Congregational Church of Madison on Saturday, March 1, 2008, at one o’clock. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Madison Lions Club P.O. Box 99, Madison, CT 06443 or to a donor of one’s choice. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 28 Feb 2008
SONES - Betty A. Houseknecht, 65, of Muncy Valley, died Friday, February 22, 2008, at her home. Born June 21, 1942, in Sonestown, she was a daughter of the late James and Emma Fritz Sones. Her husband of 16 years, George R. Houseknecht preceded her in death on June 15, 1997. Betty loved spending time with her family and especially her grandchildren. Although she enjoyed collecting owl memorabilia, fishing, hunting, swimming and even softball in her younger days, nothing was as special, or meant as much, as the hours spent with her grandchildren. In her eyes they could do no wrong. Surviving are a son, Dennis W. (Marty) VanBuskirk of Muncy Valley; two daughters, Debbie A. (Norman) Kelchner of Muncy Valley and Diann M. (Andy) Silverstrim of South Williamsport; three brothers, Harold Sones of Muncy, James Sones II of Hughesville and Robert Sones Sr. of Muncy Valley; and seven grandchildren, Randy, Emma, Hayden, Logan, Justin, Chris and Andrea. In addition to her parents and husband, Betty was preceded in death by two sisters, Marjorie Steinruck and Beatrice Speary; and four brothers, Marvin Sones, Jack Sones, Carl Sones and Donnie Sones. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water St., Hughesville, with the Rev. Sam Reed officiating. Burial will follow in Twin Hills Memorial Park. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.The family will provide the flowers and suggest memorial contributions to the Muncy Valley Area Vol. Fire Co., P.O. Box 9, Muncy Valley, PA 17758. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 24 Feb. 2008
STEINBACHER - Lorraine Elizabeth (Steinbacher) Frye, age 75, of 244 Morgan’s Choice Road in Camden, Del., died at home on February 29, 2008. She was born in South Williamsport on September 23, 1932 the daughter of Laverne and Marion Eiswerth Steinbacher. Lorraine was a homemaker and secretary. Children surviving are Stephen (Jennifer) Frye, Linda (Pete) Velez, Susan Maddalena and Russell Frye. She was also survived by grandchildren, Jeremy, Joel, Josh and Jordan Frye, Dylan Maddalena, Christopher (CJ) Velez and Lexie Frye. She is survived by brothers, Michael (Nancy) Steinbacher, Bernard (Mary) Steinbacher and Karl Steinbacher. Larraine was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald Steinbacher and a sister, Pauline Stopper, as well as her parents. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Church of the Annunciation, West Fourth and Walnut streets, Williamsport, on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. March 8, 2008. Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 12 noon until the time of services at 1 p.m. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family and Memorial contributions may be made to St Jude’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 5 Mar 2008
TALARCZYK - BANKOWSKI, Emily M. (Talarczyk)
Was called to her heavenly home on Thursday, February 28th. She was predeceased by her husband, John A. Bankowski, her sisters, Helen Johnson, Frances (William) Krowinski, and her brother, Stanley (Helen) Talarczyk. She will be sadly missed by her family, son, John Bankowski Jr.; daughter, Dorothy (David) Ducatte; son, James (Carol Ann) Bankowski, and grandchildren, Jonathan, Andrea and Samuel; daughter, Louise (Timothy) O'Connor of Big Flats, NY, and grandchildren, Brian, Kate and Colin; and daughter, Patricia (Daniel) Wissman, and granddaughters, Anne Marie Wissman and Jennifer (David) Martella, as well as her great-grandchildren, Adrian and Daniel Martella. She will also be missed by many nieces and nephews and their families, as well as her many friends from St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish, Joseph's Dry Cleaners and American Legion Portage Post 1465 Auxiliary. Friends may call Sunday, March 2, from 3-7 p.m. at the Zajac Funeral Home, Inc., 319-24th St. corner of Welch Ave., Niagara Falls, NY, where the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary 1465 will have memorial services at 4:00 p.m. Funeral services will begin Monday, March 3 at 9:00 a.m. from the funeral home and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. from St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, 24th and Niagara St. with Rev. Slawomir Siok officiating. Burial following in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Lewiston, NY. Donations in her memory to the St. Stanislaus Kostka Building Fund or to the Niagara Senior Companion Program, 1302 Main Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14301. Published in the Star-Gazette from 3/1/2008 - 3/2/2008.
TAPPAN - Leo E. Tappan Sr., 65, of Chemung St., Waverly, N.Y., died on Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, Pa. Leo was born on March 31, 1942 in Sayre, Pa., the son of the late Charles and Marian Tappan. Leo attended Waverly Schools. He served in the United States Army and was last employed by Dibble Construction of Athens, Pa. Leo was an avid fishermen. He also was the annual Santa for the Athens Township Volunteer Fire Company annual Children’s Christmas party. Leo is survived by his sons, Leo (Ed) Tappan Jr. of Sayre, Pa., Michael and Tina Tappan of Nichols, N.Y., and Scott and Stacie Tappan of Sayre, Pa.; his daughters, Cindy and Tom Patrick of Owego, N.Y., and Brianne Tappan of Sayre, Pa.; grandchildren, Alicia, Dannette, Danelle, Sarah, Kaitlyn, Kristyn, Maddison and Olivia Tappan, Desiree Lohmann and Megan and Ryan Patrick. He is also survived by his twin brother Lee and Charlotte Tappan of Waverly, N.Y., and Ron and Linda Tappan of Sayre, Pa.; sisters, Elizabeth (Luveral) and Dick Covey of Binghamton, N.Y., Sharon and Joe Kovarik of Waverly, N.Y.; and sister-in-law Charlotte Tappan of Athens, Pa. Leo is predeceased by his parents and brothers James and Charles (Pete) Tappan. A gathering of family and friends will be held on Friday, March 7, 2008 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad St., Waverly, N.Y. A memorial service to celebrate the special gift Leo was to all of us will be held immediately after calling hours at 11 a.m. with Pastor Linda Rogers officiating. Burial will be held in the Spring in Glenwood Cemetery, Waverly, N.Y. In lieu of flowers the family ask that those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the education fund for his daughter to: Brianne Tappan, c/o Ingersoll Rand Federal Credit Union, South Main St., Athens, PA 18810 in loving memory of Leo Tappan. - Sayre Morning Times, 6 Mar 2008
THOMAS - Julia T. Nezzo, 92, formerly of the 300 block of West Seventh Avenue, South Williamsport, died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008 at the Williamsport Home following an extended illness. She and her husband, Gregory N. Nezzo observed their 67th wedding anniversary on Oct. 11, 2007. Julia was the oldest living member of Calvary United Methodist Church until its closure at which time she became a member of the Pine Street United Methodist Church. She was a 1933 graduate of the Williamsport High School. Along with her husband, she spent 34 winters in Florida. Julia enjoyed homemaking, spending time with her family and friends and her dog, Bitsi. She also had an interest in trees and birds. Born Feb. 12, 1916 in Williamsport, she was the daughter of Harry and Eva Lepley Thomas. Surviving in addition to her husband are daughters, Dr. Carol S. Nezzo of College Park, MD and Jeanne L. Knecht of Montoursville; grandsons, twins, Wilfred and Matthew Knecht and Christopher Ellepola; great grandsons, Zachary Willard Knecht and Nicholas Gregory Knecht. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the church, 441 Pine St., with the Rev. H. Aden Wertz III officiating. There will be a visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will be at Wildwood Cemetery. The family will provide the flowers and suggests contributions be made to her church. Knight-Confer Funeral Home. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 27 Feb 2008
TOMKINS - BOHLAYER, Martha (Tomkins) Campbell
Age 84, passed peacefully into eternal life on March 2nd at Garden Spot Village in New Holland, PA. She was born in Ellenton, Lycoming County, PA, to the late Lawrence and Violet (Nissley) Tomkins. She was the devoted wife of Duane K. Bohlayer, who survives her. Martha graduated from Canton High School in 1942 and the Robert Packer Hospital School of Nursing in 1945. She was a member of the U.S. Army Cadet Nurses Corps. In 1946, she married Richard E. Campbell and worked as a private duty nurse in the Elmira, NY, area. When Richard died in 1963, she returned to school and earned a B.S. in Health Education from the State University of New York at Cortland and an M.Ed. from Elmira College. From 1964 to 1975, she served as a School Nurse Teacher for the Waverly, NY, Central Schools. After her marriage to Duane K. Bohlayer in 1975, she moved to Honey Brook, PA, and was employed as the Coordinator of Practical Nursing at the former Chester County Vocational School until retirement in 1986. Martha was deeply interested in the development and well being of children. She was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church. She taught Sunday School and sponsored youth groups in the many towns in which she lived. An avid reader since childhood, she also enjoyed traveling, sewing, gardening, and writing poetry. She and Duane visited each of the 50 states and traveled extensively in Canada. In addition to her husband of 32 years, she is survived by three daughters: Alice A. Campbell, Downingtown, PA, Mary Campbell (Tom Kooistra), Palatine, IL, and Sara (Campbell) Taylor (Don Taylor), West Chester, PA; stepdaughters, Barbara (James) Anderson, Avon, NY, and Georgia (Walter) Loder, Manheim, PA; stepsons: Lawrence (Sherrie) Bohlayer Middleburg, VA, and Dennis (Linda) Bohlayer, Ellicott City, MD. Her grandchildren include Paul Capwell, Amanda Demers, and Cassidy Taylor; step grandchildren, Cynthia Anderson, James Anderson, Elizabeth Searle, Karen Schwartz, Laura Buechel, Stephen Bohlayer, Lisa Wissel, Sarah Avant, and Brian Bohlayer. She leaves four great-grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren. She is survived by a sister, Miriam (John) White, Los Altos, CA; and two sisters-in-law: Carol (David) Tomkins, Bryan, TX, and Gladys (John) Tomkins, San Luis Obispo, CA. She was predeceased by a daughter, Nancy; brothers: David, John, and Paul Tomkins; sisters: Esther Tomkins, Mary Fuchs, Ruth Yost, Lois Moore and Eunice Bohlayer. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 8, 2008, at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel at Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland, PA. Interment will be private. Friends will be received at the Chapel on Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. The family requests no flowers. Any memorials may be directed to the Honey Brook United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 178, Honey Brook, PA 9344; or to the "Martha and Duane Bohlayer Scholarship Fund" for the CAT Brandywine Practical Nursing Program, care of the Brandywine Health Foundation, 50 S. First Ave., Coatesville, PA 19320. Arrangements by The Labs Funeral Home, Inc., Honey Brook, PA.
Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/5/2008.
TRUMP - Helen A. Brickley, 80, of 112 Prospect Ave., Avis, died Sunday, March 2, 2008 in the Manor Care Health Center in Jersey Shore. Born June 5, 1927 in Loganton, she was the daughter of Adam Trump and the former Alice Schwab. Helen is survived by her husband, Farren L. Brickley. They were united in marriage Feb. 22, 1947. Earlier in her life she was employed by Sylvania and for many years was a member of the Avis Church of Christ. Surviving are two daughters, JoAnn Chubb of Linden and Linda L. Brickley-Abel of Macon, Ga.; two grandchildren, Jim Brickley and Christine Abel; one great granddaughter, Amanda Shea Brickley. Funeral services will be Friday, March 7, at 11 a.m. in the Frederick B. Welker Funeral Home, 125 N. Main St., Jersey Shore. Friends may call from 10 a.m. Friday until time of services in the funeral home. Burial will be in the Rest Haven Memorial Park. The Rev. Richard C. Jones will officiate. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 5 Mar 2008
VARGASON - LeRoy W. Vargason, 71, of Hunt Creek Rd., died peacefully Saturday, March 1, 2008 at his home following a courageous battle with cancer. A lifelong resident of Nichols, LeRoy was born May 22, 1936, a son of the late Merritt and Amy (Baldwin) Vargason. He was a retired employee of Hadco, where he served as a maintenance supervisor. LeRoy was an avid hunter and enjoyed fishing, gardening, and spending time with his family. He is survived by: his son and daughter-in-law, Bryan and Amy Vargason, and his son LeRoy Vargason Jr., all of Nichols; his daughter Brenda Vargason of Knoxville, Tenn., and daughter and son-in-law Terri and Ron Parsons of Bainbridge; brothers Merritt Jr. (Sherry) Vargason, Gary (Charlotte) Vargason, Jim (Kay) Vargason, and John (Joanne) Vargason; sisters Ethel Strong, Tessie Juliano, Lois (Leo) Holmes, Linda Strong, and Mary Alverado; sister-in-law Joyce Allison; his special grandchildren, Branda Carrigan, Leann Patitucci, Lisa (Matt) Scull, Tessie Santiago, Tammi Parsons, Cortney (Doug) Nornhold, Ronda (Brian) Hoag, Naomi (Sean) Ramos, and Jessica Vargason; 17 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. LeRoy was predeceased by: his wife, Judith “Judy” Vargason, April 19, 2005; his brother Chester; sister Salva; grandson Robert Carrigan III; and brothers-in-law Harold Strong and Frank Juliano. Funeral services and celebration of LeRoy’s life will be held Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at 1 p.m. at Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols, with Pastor Gary Bryden officiating. Interment will be held in Riverside Cemetery, Lounsberry. A period of visitation and sharing memories will be held Wednesday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m. Those who wish to do so may kindly consider a memorial contribution to Lourdes Hospice, 169 Riverside Dr., Binghamton, NY 13902, or American Cancer Society, 13 Beech St., Johnson City, NY 13790, in loving memory of LeRoy W. Vargason. - Sayre Morning Times, 4 Mar 2008
WALTON Daniel W.
Loving husband, father, and grandfather
Was born June 18, 1946 in Corning, NY, the son of the late Donald and Ella (Tetor) Walton, died on Saturday, March 1, 2008, at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center at the age of 61. He is survived by his beloved wife and best friend of 41 years, Barbara (Shafer) Walton; loving daughters and sons-in-law, Lisa and Kevin Sowa of Elmira Heights, NY, Christina and Samuel Williams of Columbia, MD, Jennifer and Patrick Moffe of Elmira Heights, NY, Michelle and Christopher Cersoli of Elmira, NY; adored grandchildren, Bryan Vanderhoff, Eric Vanderhoff, Ashley Williams, Brandon Williams, Rachel Moffe, Isabella Moffe; brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Peggy Walton of Maud, OK; niece, Mary (Bobby) Hill of Sparks, OK. Daniel was a dedicated employee of American Bridge in Elmira Heights, NY and was a self-employed Draftsman working with Upstate Detailing Inc. in Burnt Hills, NY. Daniel was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved to spend time on Lamoka Lake. Family and friends will gather at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira, NY 14904 on Thursday, March 6, 2008, for a time of visitation from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. A Memorial Service honoring his life will follow the visitation (7 p.m.). Deacon William P. Dougherty will celebrate Daniel's service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the American Cancer Society, 1316 College Ave., Elmira, NY 14901 or to the Children's Miracle Network c/o AOMC, 600 Roe Ave., Elmira, NY 14905. Thank You The Walton family wishes to express their sincere appreciation and gratitude to Erway Ambulance, the Elmira Fire Department, Arnot Ogden Medical Center Emergency room staff and the Second floor staff for the care and compassion shown to Daniel and his family. Published in the Star-Gazette from 3/3/2008 - 3/4/2008.
WENTZLER - Mary W. Lander, 74, of 628 N. Montour St., Montoursville, PA, died March 1, 2008, at the Williamsport Home. She was born March 3, 1933, in Williamsport the daughter of Carl and Isabelle McConnell Wentzler. Her and her husband, Dr. Albert K. Lander, Jr. would have celebrated their 50th Wedding anniversary June 28, 2008. She retired as a biology teacher at East Lycoming School District, a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, Past President of Lycoming County Dental Society and had served the Board of Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery. She loved tennis and painting. Surviving besides her husband, are two sons, Joseph K. (Sue) of Westfield, PA and Michael A. (Karen) of Montoursville; two brothers Joseph (Lois) of Muncy and William (Elizabeth) of Montoursville; Grandchildren, E.J., Paul, Rachael, Jonathan and Nick Lander. Memorial services will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, March 8, at Bethany Lutheran Church 369 Broad St., Montoursville with the Rev. J. Jeffrey Zetto officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in Old Immanuel Church Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Old Immanuel Church, 2633 Lime Bluff Rd., Muncy, PA 17756. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 3 Mar 2008
YOHN - Donald D. Yohn Jr., 49, of 76 Broad St., Montgomery, died Monday March 3, 2008. Mr. Yohn was born in Colorado Springs, Colo., on July 2, 1958; a son of the late Donald D. and Sallie Mae (Weigold) Yohn Sr. He was married for over 27 years to the former Anna M. Miller who survives. A 1976 graduate of the Montgomery High School, he was employed at Koppers Inc. at Montgomery for over 30 years. He was a member of the Susquehanna Boat Club and the American Legion Post 0251, both in Montgomery. Donald enjoyed golf, hunting, fishing, collecting cd’s, and time spent on the river. Surviving in addition to his wife are three sons, Donald D. Yohn III of Montgomery, Charles D. Yohn and companion Cari Buck of Muncy, and Michael D. Yohn and wife Stacy of Virginia Beach, Va.; a grandson, Dayton Gage Yohn; and a sister, Belinda A. Crawford of Picture Rocks. Preceding him in death were three brothers, Timothy, Sterling and Charles Yohn; and a sister, Betty S. Yohn. A memorial service will be held on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 41 W. Houston St., Montgomery. Officiating will be the Rev. Roosevelt Brown. Arrangements are under the care of the Shaw Funeral Home, 400 N. Front St., Milton. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 6 Mar 2008
? - Jennie Madigan, 64, of Owego died Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at the Riverview Manor. Jennie is survived by: three daughters and sons-in law, Connie and Steve Savage of Greene, Cheryl and Jack Gunther of Owego, Lisa and Jim Fredenburg of Owego; grandchildren, Austin, Taylor, Ashley, Erin and Dylan. Jennie will also be dearly missed by her friends and co-workers at the Open Door Mission in Owego. Funeral services will be held Friday, March 7, at 11 a.m. at the Estey, Munroe and Fahey Funeral Home, 15 Park St., Owego, with the Rev. George Truesdail officiating. The family will receive friends Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home prior to the service. Donations may be made in Jennie’s memory to the Open Door Mission, 425 North Ave., Owego, NY 13827. - Sayre Morning Times, 4 Mar 2008
? - Gladys M. Stafford, 80, of Waverly, died on Monday, March 3, 2008, at
Elderwood Tioga, where she had been residing. She is survived by: her nieces,
Mary Morgan, Christine Brewer, Carolyn Anderson, Carolyn Morrow, Sylvia Morgan;
several grand nieces, nephews and their families; and her extended family at
Elderwood. Gladys had a caring heart and looked after her sister Bessie Howey
for many years. She was gentle and kind and would do anything she could to help
her family. Gladys will be sadly missed by her family and friends. A funeral
service will be held at Richards Funeral Home, Route 17c West, Owego, on
Thursday, March 6, 2008 at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Tioga Cemetery, Owego.
Family and friends are invited to call at Richards Funeral Home on Thursday
from 1 p.m. until the time of service. - Sayre Morning Times, 3 Mar 2008