This page includes obituaries of people with connection to our three counties but not buried in them or cemetery not identified. If local cemetery is known, see the Obituaries by Cemetery section of the site.
BEBOUT - Frances R. Bebout Brundu, 83, of 14 Mays Ave., Hornell, died Monday, March 10, 2008 at McAuley Manor after a long illness. She was employed by Stern and Stern Textiles in Hornell. Survivors include her husband, Salvatore Brundu of Hornell; brother, Sterling Bebout of Rochester.Calling hours are 3-7 p.m. Thursday, March 13 at the Bishop and Johnson Funeral Home, 285 Main St. Services will be held there at the conclusion of calling hours at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 13, Deacon Robert McCormick officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fremont. - Corning Leader, 11 Mar 2008
BECK - Florence B. Rae, 96, formerly of 798 W. Edwin St., Williamsport, died Sunday, March 9, 2008 in Sycamore Manor. Born July 29, 1911 in Allenwood, she was the daughter of Charles R. and Anna E. Paulhamus Beck. She was the owner of the former Maternity Shop on Pine Street. Florence was a member of Covenant Central Presbyterian Church and a 50 year member of the Eastern Star. Surviving are a daughter, Janet P. Rae of Norwich, Vt.; a son, Thomas C. Rae of Port Townsend, Wash.; and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. Mrs. Rae was preceded in death by two sons, William D. and Roger M. Rae; a sister, Pauline Greninger; and four brothers, J. Wilson, George E., Emerson and Lester Beck. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family from Sanders’, 821 Diamond St., with the Rev. Darlene K. Little officiating. Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery. There will be no public visitation. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 12 Mar 2008
BENNETT - When I come to the end of the road, and the sun has set for me, remember the love that we have shared, and that will comfort thee ... Richard D. Bennett, 80, of W. River Rd., died Friday, March 7, 2008 at Elcor Health Care Facility, Horseheads. A lifelong and well-respected resident of Nichols, Dick, as he was affectionately known by his family and friends, was born Feb. 3, 1928, a son of Leona (Rogers) and the late Al R. Bennett. Dick was a graduate of Nichols High School, class of 1945. Following high school he enlisted in the US Navy, where he proudly served his country. Following an honorable discharge he went to work for the Lehigh Valley Railroad as a brakeman. He retired following 25 years of service from Conrail Railroad. Dick was a lifetime member of Glen A. Warner Post No. 1371 and Nichols American Legion Post No. 1624 and was former member of the Loyal Order of Moose in Owego. Dick enjoyed spending time with his family at “Davenport Acres.” He also enjoyed his tractors and had a great love for quarter horses. Dick is survived by: his wife, Sandra Bennett, and his mother, Leona Bennett, both of Nichols; daughter Rebecca and Sean Gorman of Waverly; his sons and daughters-in-law, Alan and Jan Bennett of Nichols, Dale and Becky Bennett of Schnecksville, Pa., Randy and Dee Bennett of Nichols, Scott and Barbarann Bennett of Athens; stepchildren Valerie Harman of Orlando, Fla., Scott and Linda Berry of Rome, Vickie and Elliott Niman of Chenango Forks, N.Y., James and Linda Berry of LeRaysville; his sister, Barbara Bennett, of Nichols; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Patricia Bennett of Smithboro, Shirley Baldwin of Waverly, Kathy and Richard Chilson of North Orwell, Charles and Sue Alger of Nichols, Philip and Teresa Alger of Waverly, Kenny and Linda Alger of West Chester, Ohio; his special grandchildren, Amy and Mickey Clinard, Travis Bennett and his fiancée, Britt Heggland, Lauren and Meredith Bennett, Ashley and Kristin Bennett, David and Kim Bennett, Michelle and Eugene Chavez, Lynsey Bennett, Meghan and Kevin Gorman; several step-grandchildren; his great-grandchildren, Sydney, Hailey, Ryan, Jordan, Kendall and Elias. Several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and their families also survive. Dick was predeceased by his first wife, Eileen (Alger) Bennett, on April 20, 1998; his brother Lester “Tuffy” Bennett; and sister and brother-in-law Connie and Leo Lawrence. A time of remembering and celebration of Dick’s life will be held Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at 12 noon at Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. A period of visitation and sharing memories will be held Monday, March 10 from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral chapel and Tuesday from 11a.m. until the time of the service at noon. Sayre Morning Times, 10 Mar 2008
BERRIAN - KAUFMAN, Margaret
Age 83, of Aiken, SC, formerly of Elmira, NY, joined her husband, Rev. Everett Kaufman, Sr. in heaven on Friday, March 7, 2008, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. She was born on November 2, 1924, the daughter of the late Ira and Myrtle Berrian, Sr. of Schenectady, NY. She married Everett Kaufman Sr. on August 17, 1946 and the served as pastorates in Chazy, NY, Valois, NY, Brocton, NY, and for 28 years at the First Church of the Nazarene in Elmira, NY. She was predeceased by her husband, Everett Sr. on May 18, 1997. She was predeceased by brothers, Samuel Berrian, Harold Berrian; and sisters, Myrtle Lamos and Marilyn Polimeni. She is survived by a son, Everett Kaufman Jr. and daughter-in-law, Patsy Shene Kaufman of Aiken, SC; grandson, Brian Kaufman of Chicago IL, and Doug (Chrissy) Kaufman of Pittsburg, PA; granddaughter, Julie (John) Burgess of Horseheads, NY; and five great-grandchildren, Tyler and Sarah Burgess and Ben, Matthew, and Abbey Kaufman. She is also survived by brothers, Ira Berrian, Jr. of Schenectady, NY, Rolland Berrian of Buffalo, NY; and sisters, Effie Genrie of Schenectady, NY, and Helen Hoffman. There will be no calling hours. Funeral services will be at the Schenectady Church of the Nazarene, 2535 Consaul Road, Schenectady, NY, on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m., followed by burial at Memory's Garden in Colonie. Contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Memorial Fund at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1136 Broadway, Elmira, NY 14904. Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/12/2008.
BRACE - Thelma M. (Brace) Brown, 83, a lifelong resident of Williamsport, died on Friday, March 7, 2008, at the Williamsport Hospital. She was the wife of the late James O. Brown who had died in March 1998 and to who she celebrated 50 years of marriage. Thelma was born on June 14, 1924. in Williamsport and was a daughter of the late John L. and Hattie M. (Davenport) Brace. She had worked as a nurses aid with the former Lysockview. She was a veteran of the U.S. Army during WWII and served 3 years with the “WAC.” She was an avid reader and she enjoyed sending cards and candy to patients and praying for them. She was also a former member of Shiloh Baptist/Door Fellowship. Thelma is survived by three sons, James O. Brown and John L. Brown, both of Williamsport and Robert D. Brown of Alexandria, Va.; two daughters, Marcelene H. Brown and Leslie O. Brown, both of Williamsport; two sisters, Martha M. Woods of Lamont and Harriett A. Harvey of Williamsport and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Allen & Redmond Funeral Home, 331 Elmira St., Williamsport. Burial will follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Pastor Gregory S. Johnson will officiate the services. There will be a public viewing at the funeral home on Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 10 Mar 2008
BROWN - Mrs. Linda Arlene Emerick, 60, of 465 John Brady Drive, Pennsdale, died Friday evening, March 7, 2008 at the Gatehouse Hospice of Divine Providence Hospital, Williamsport. Mrs. Emerick was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church at South Williamsport. Linda had been employed as a nurse’s aide at Fulmer’s Personal Care Home. Mrs. Emerick enjoyed candlemaking and flower gardening. Born October 15, 1947 at Williamsport, she was the daughter of the late Marland B. and Flora M. Ungard Brown, Sr. Surviving are her husband, Theodore H. Emerick; her three daughters, Alicelyn and her husband, Steve Francisko of Wallaceton, Terrilee Bryan of Hughesville and Sylviesue and her husband, Tate Smith of Pennsdale; her son, Dick and his wife, Georgia Bryan of West Decator; her brother, Marland B. and his wife, Donna Brown, Jr. of Williamsport; 12 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. In addition to her late parents, she was also preceded in death by her late sister, Marvel B. Brown, by her late daughter, Jackielyn Bryan and by her late son, Ed Bryan. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, 2008, at the Charles M. Noll Funeral Home, 1 East Central Avenue, South Williamsport. Her pastor, the Rev. Tom Grove, will officiate, along with Elder Richard W. Fulmer assisting. Interment will immediately follow at Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation on Wednesday from 11 a.m. until the time of the services at the funeral home. The family declines floral tributes and suggests that contributions in memory of Mrs. Linda Arlene Emerick may be made, if so desired, to either The Gatehouse Hospice, c/o Providence Foundation, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701 or to the Cancer Treatment Center at Divine Providence Hospital, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 10 Mar 2008
BURKHART - Joseph “Joe” Burkhart, 83, of Pennsdale, passed peacefully to be with the Lord, Saturday, March 8, 2008, at The Gatehouse Hospice of Divine Providence Hospital, Williamsport. Born February 3, 1925 at Allentown, he was the son of the late Cecelia and Frank Burkhart. Joe was preceded in death by his four brothers and his two sisters. Surviving Joe are his two sons, Joseph David and Nick, and his two sisters, Rose and Margaret, one granddaughter, Meghan and two great grandsons, James and Isaiah. Joe had been employed by AC&F at Milton as a welder for 27 years. He was a devoted father. An avid hunter and fisherman, he also enjoyed gardening, photography, yard sales and long walks. His family will be handling private service arrangements and suggests that memorial contributions be made to The Gatehouse Hospice, c/o Providence Foundation, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 12 Mar 2008
CAREY- CHALLANDES Evelyn A. "Eve"
Age 86, of Elmira, NY, died Saturday, March 8, 2008, at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira. Evelyn was born on August 29, 1921 in Tioga, PA, daughter of the late Harry and Laura (Havens) Carey. Evelyn graduated with honors from Southside High School in 1939, she married J. Wayne Keck on August 15, 1942. She worked for Elmira Bank & Trust Co. for many years, also secretary for the City Manager in Elmira from 1960 - 63, secretary for the manager of Elmira Star-Gazette from 1970 - 72. Evelyn married Edward Challandes in 1972. She was a secretary for Empire National Bank in Newburgh, NY from 1973 - 78. Evelyn moved to Florida in 1978 and worked as a secretary for Swiftmud Water Conservation Dept., until retiring in 1988. Evelyn was proud to work as a top secretary in various fields for over 50 years. Evelyn was a member of Lake Street Presbyterian Church in Elmira, past President of the Glider Chapter, National Secretary Association and a former member of the Loyal Chapter #265 Order Eastern Star. After living 22 years in Florida, she decided to return to her roots in Elmira to be closer to her children and grandchildren. Evelyn was predeceased by her husband, Edward Challandes in 2000; sister, Genevieve in 1980; brother, Charles in 1994. Survivors include her son, John Keck of Elmira; daughters, Carole Maher of Hollidaysburg, PA, Barbara "Bee" Keck of Hammondsport, NY, and Kerry Ames of Elmira; stepson, James Challandes of Wilmington, DE; stepdaughters, Carol King of Wilmington, DE, Lorelei Depew of Newburgh, NY, and Judy Smith Regalia of Wallkill, NY; six grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great-grandchildren. Evelyn will be greatly missed by her family and friends. A memorial service for Evelyn will be announced at a later date in the spring.
CHAMPLUVIER Dewayne R. Champluvier, Waldo County, Maine
BURNHAM (March 7): Dewayne R. Champluvier, 79, a resident of Troy Road and formerly of Corinth, died Sunday, March 2, 2008. He was born July 29, 1928, in Skinners Eddy, Pa., son of Jack and Carrie Champluvier. Dewayne served our country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a machine operator for many years at Edwards, in Pittsfield. He loved life, his family and his friends. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing card games and raising all kinds of animals. He loved attending Cornerstone Baptist Church, in Exeter. He is survived by his loving children, Robert Champluvier and his wife, Sheryl, of Burnham, Dale Champluvier and his girlfriend, Lorraine, of Dexter, Mark Champluvier and his girlfriend, Betty, of Florida, Sue Eslin and her husband, Steve, of West Virginia, Linda Batey and her husband, Jim, of Garland, Bernie King and his wife, Lori, of Bridgton, Ken King and his wife, Solonge, of Lowell, Mass., and Rudy King and his wife, Patty, of Ashby, Mass.; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Dewayne was predeceased by his parents; three brothers; and one sister. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, 191 Hartland Ave., Pittsfield, with Rev. Stan Griffin officiating. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made in Dewayne's memory to the American Cancer Society, One Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 300, Topsham, ME 04086.Submitted by Carol Brotzman
COLACECCHI - Ella Micheli, 96, of 213 W. First Street, Corning, NY, died Monday, march 10, 2008 at home. Ella was born in Corning, NY, the daughter of the late Alberto and Mary (Anticola) Colacecchi. She attended St. Vincent De Paul Parochial School. Ella was an avid reader, enjoyed being with her family, and was a great cook. She always found time to be the loving homemaker to her family. She is survived by two daughters, Teresa (Anthony) Ruocco of Corning, NY and Delores McKeehan of Corning, NY; three sons, Lawrence D. (Suzanne) Micheli of Cincinnati, OH, Joseph (Alice) Micheli, Jr. of WI and Thomas (Joanne) Micheli of GA; two sisters, Doris and Irma; sisters-in-law, Mary A. Colacecchi and Mary L. Colacecchi. She was predeceased by her son Albert Micheli; brothers, Ledo Colacecchi and Joseph Colacecchi; sisters, Hilda, Eva and Malvena. Friends may call Thursday, March 13, 2008 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Corning. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. immediately after visitation. Interment will be Thursday in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Corning. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be sent to Southern Tier Hospice & Palliative Care, 11751 East Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830. - Corning Leader, 11 Mar 2008
CULP - Virginia L. “Ginny” Culp died on March 8, 2008 at the Hershey Medical Center after a spirited struggle with cancer. Born in 1953 in Shamokin Pa. she was the daughter of the late Adam B. Culp and Mabel Atkinson Culp. Ginny was a graduate of Muhlenberg High School and Mansfield University. She completed graduate studies at Penn State University where she was a teaching assistant. She worked her whole life in human services at the Lycoming County Association for the Blind, Hope Services, Cumberland-Perry ARC, the former Handler Center and for 21 years as a rehabilitation counselor for the Pa. Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, York District Office. Her illness forced her to retire in 2007. In addition to her career, Ginny loved collecting penguins and traveling. She enjoyed planning trips and reading about different countries and cultures. She visited most of the United States, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Peru, Argentina, Iceland, England, Italy, China, Belgium, the Netherlands, and in 2005 made her dream trip to Antarctica where a penguin walked up to her and stood on her boots. Surviving are her loving partner of 25 years Dawn M. Rudinski, two aunts, Louise Olley of Nokomis, Florida and Eleanor Fell of Feasterville, Pa., many cousins and friends and her cats, Ashes and Trax. As per Ginny’s wishes, there will be no services. A casual gathering to celebrate her life will be held at a later time. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 10 Mar 2008
DALY - Kathleen A. McNamara, 71, a resident of Loyalsock Twp., died Thursday March 6, 2008, at the Williamsport Hospital. She was born in Pittsburgh on May 16, 1936, a daughter of James A. Sr. and Ella R. Bigley Daly. Kathleen was a 1954 graduate of the former St. Mary’s High School and a longtime member of the Church of St. Ann. Kathleen and her husband of 38 years, Robert J. McNamara Sr., who died February 5, 1997, had operated the former Wetzel-Rider Real Estate for many years. She enjoyed traveling but her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren. Surviving are four children and their spouses, Robert J. Jr. (Christine) McNamara of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Thomas P. (Amy) McNamara of Montoursville, Susan K. (Gordon) Snyder of Montoursville, Cynthia A. (Young) Song of Clarksville, Md.; ten grandchildren, Riley, Megan, Dillon, Emily, James, Caroline, Jason, Maria, Grace, Libby; two sisters, Mary Ellen Audet of Montoursville and Judith E. Noble of Williamsport and a brother, James A. Daly of Williamsport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Monday at the Church of St. Ann, 1220 Northway Road, with her pastor, the Rev. Andrew Kurovsky officiating. Friends may call at the Crouse Funeral Home, 133 E. Third St., Sunday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. A vigil service will be held. Burial will be in St. Boniface Cemetery. The family will provide the flowers. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 7 Mar 2008
DUGAN - Mildred M. Fink, 81, of 79 Valley Heights Drive, Loyalsock Twp., died peacefully at the Williamsport Hospital on Friday, March 7, 2008. Mildred was born in Williamsport on August 9, 1926 a daughter of James E. and Mildred M. Bidelspacher Dugan. Mildred’s greatest joy was her family, especially her grandchildren. Surviving are four children, Belinda Drick of Montoursville, John W. Fink Jr. of Williamsport, Mark D. Fink of Portland, Ore., Matthew A. Fink of Houston, Texas, seven grandchildren, Katherine Drick, Amie, Adam, Sean, Madison, Mary, and Andrew Fink, two great grandchildren, Cheyanne Tedesco and Hudson Fink. Her former husband, John W. Fink, preceded her in death. Funeral Services will be held at the Crouse Funeral Home, 133 E. Third St., Tuesday at 2 p.m. with the Rev.Dr. J. Morris Smith officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 1 to 2 p.m. Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to The Gatehouse, 1100 Grampian Blvd. 3rd floor, Williamsport, PA 17701. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 10 Mar 2008
DUNKLEE - Gainora Dunklee Staley died on Feb. 5, 2008, at her daughter’s home in Avalon, PA (near Pittsburgh). She was the wife of the late Wayne Staley and was born in 1921 in Wyalusing to the late Elanson D. and Gladys Bahr Dunklee. Mrs. Staley graduated from Wyalusing High School, Lowell School of Business in Binghamton and Elizabeth General Hospital School of Nursing in Elizabeth, NJ. During World War II, she served in the Army Nurse Corp, attached to the Air Force. She was married in Oklahoma City, OK to Wayne Staley on Aug. 7, 1944 while they were both serving in the United States Army. After a long career as a Registered Nurse (1944-1982), and living and working in many cities in the states of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, she and her husband retired to Ocala, FL. They enjoyed trips North and South in their travel trailer and spent the summer months in Slippery Rock, visiting family and friends in the Pittsburgh area. After her husband died in 1990, Mrs. Staley continued to travel between Pennsylvania and Florida. Mrs. Staley enjoyed music throughout her lifetime, constantly playing pop tunes and hymns on her Lowery electronic organ. She was an avid line dancer and taught water aerobics. Survivors include her children, Richard Staley of Ocala, FL and Judith Staley Outly and her husband, David Outly of Pittsburgh; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Also surviving are three brothers, Keith Dunklee and wife, Leona of Laurel, MD, Dale Dunklee and wife, Florence of Sugar Run and Kirk Dunklee and wife, Jo Ellen of Palmyra, VA, and a sister-in-law, Norma Dunklee of El Paso, TX, wife of the late Malcolm Dunklee. Another brother, Donald Dunklee, predeceased her in 2000. Submitted by Carol Brotzman. Wyalusing Rocket 3-13-2008
ECK - Michelle McCusker, 42, died March 7, 2008, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Born April 9, 1965, she was the daughter of Emma B. Eck and the late Phillip Eck. Preceding her in death was a brother, Marc Eck. She is survived by a daughter, Lyndsei Soha and her husband, Rory. Michelle graduated from Montoursville High School in 1983. She also graduated from Florida School of Massage in 1991. She practiced massage therapy in Williamsport and Montoursville for several years. She graduated from Lorraine Academy in St. Petersburg, Fla., with a full degree as an esthetician. A resident of Florida for the last six years, Michelle had been a CNA, doing home health care. Contributions in her memory may be made to St. Anthony’s Center. A memorial service will be held at a later date. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 9 Mar 2008
FLAITZ - Richard “Dick” E. Flaitz, 81, of Hill Street, Hornell, died Thursday, March 6, 2008, at home after a long illness. He was a fireman for the Hornell Fire Department and work for Stern & Stern Textile Corporation and Elmhurt Dairy. Also, he was a U.S. Navy veteran. Survivors include his wife, Dolores Carey; five sons, Daniel Flaitz of Bath, Steven Flaitz of Hornell, Edward Flaitz of Hornell, Christopher Flaitz of Hornell, Gregory Flaitz of Alaska; a daughter, Kathy Yoeman of Hornell; three brothers, George Flaitz of Hornell, Jacob Flaitz of Hornell, Robert Flaitz of Hornell. Calling hours at 7-9 p.m. Friday, March 7, and noon-3 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at the Dagon Funeral Home, Church Street, Hornell. Services will be held there following calling hours at 3 p.m. Saturday, the Deacon Robert McCormick officiating. - Corning Leader, 7 Mar 2008
FRABONI Anthony J. Sr.
Age 67, of Elmira, NY, died on Friday, March 7, 2008, at Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira, NY. Mr. Fraboni is survived by his wife, Sharon Fraboni; children, Michele Williams with her children, John Lockner and Brandon Williams of Norcross, GA, Elizabeth Rios with her son, Andrius Rios of Doraville, GA, and Anthony Chambers of Nuremberg, Germany; along with five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; brothers, James W. (Connie) Fraboni of Riverview, FL, Kenneth (Ruth) Fraboni of Milton, PA, and Richard M. (Virginia) Fraboni of Montour Falls, NY; sisters, Jean (Francis) Parker of Montour Falls, NY, Helene Fraboni of Tonawanda, NY, and Cicelia O'Connor of VA; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He is also survived by stepchildren, Tamara and Mark Edsal of Corning, NY, and Michael Jaynes of VA; and step grandchildren, Corey and Jessica. Mr. Fraboni served in the US Army for twenty-eight years and took four tours of duty in Vietnam. He was a member of the Clarence Oliver Post #154, American Legion, Elmira Heights, NY. He was also employed with Lakeside Nursing Home, Ithaca, NY, for five years. The family will receive friends at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY, on Tuesday, March 11, 2008, between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. His funeral service will be held following visitation at 8:00 p.m. Interment, Montour Cemetery will be at the convenience of the family. Those wishing to remember Mr. Fraboni may do so through memorials to the American Cancer Society, 1316 College Ave., Elmira, NY 14901. Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/9/2008.
FRANTZ - Ruth E. Schlee, 83, of 2631 West Fourth St., Williamsport, died Wednesday, March 5, 2008, in Valley View Nursing Center. Born June 13, 1924, in Montoursville, Ruth was the daughter of Raymond and Esther Moon Frantz. She had been employed by H. Warshaw’s, Sylvania, and retired from Trimtex. She was of the Methodist faith. Surviving are her husband of 38 years, Leonard T. Schlee; son, David L. (Louise) Eakin of Montgomery; two step children, Leonard L. Schlee of South Williamsport and Christy L. Orso of Centre Hall; sister, Evelyn Snyder of Montoursville, daughter-in-law Gail Eakin of Picture Rocks; 12 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. A son, Robert E. Eakin, preceded Ruth in death in 2004. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 Saturday from Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St., with Pastor Ronald D. Savits officiating. Burial will be in Montoursville Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday at Sanders. Memorial contributions in Ruth’s name may be given to Valley View Nursing Center, 2140 Warrensville Road, Montoursville, PA 17754 or North Central PA Dialysis Clinic, 1660 Sycamore Road Montoursville, PA 17754. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 7 mar 2008
GOLDY - Melvin A. Goldy III, 64, of 1190 Grimesville Road, died Sunday, March 9, 2008 at his home. Mel and his wife, the former Nancy L. Wertz, celebrated their 17th anniversary on Aug. 4, 2007. Mel owned and operated Winner Hardware until retiring in March of 2004. Prior to that, he worked as a machine design engineer. He graduated in 1967 from Lycoming College, was a licensed Glider pilot, a member of the Experimental Aircraft Assoc. and the Soaring Society of America. A railroad enthusiast, he was a member of the National Railway Historical Society, the North American Railcar Operators Assoc. and the Train Collectors Assoc. Mel enjoyed motorcycle and railcar riding, remote control airplanes and maintaining his apple trees and blueberry bushes and sharing the results of his labors with his friends and family. Born March 31, 1943 in Williamsport, he was the son of Melvin A. Jr. and Mildred L. May Goldy. Surviving besides his wife are his daughters, Lisa G. Kearns of Oak Hill, Va., and Tracy A. Kahn of Williamsport; a stepson, Phillip M. Cook of Cumming, Ga.; a stepdaughter, Cassandra K. Cenko of Middletown; a sister, Susan M. Hutchings of Hershey and eight grandchildren. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Knight-Confer’s, 1914 Memorial Ave., with the Rev. William J. Younger officiating. Interment will be in Wildwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday. The family will provide the flowers and suggests donations to the Toy’s for Tot’s, c/o TFT coordinator, Charles E. Smith, 2001 New Lawn Ave., Williamsport, PA 17701. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 10 Mar 2008
GORDNER - Shirley M. Shoemaker, 77, formerly of Memorial Ave.
, Friday, March 7, 2008, at the Gatehouse at Divine Providence Hospital surrounded by her family and friends. Born July 12, 1930, in DuBoistown she was a daughter of Orval and Mildred Bower Gordner. Shirley enjoyed going to yard sales, the river lot, and spending time with her grandchildren. Surviving are two sons Carl E. Burkholder, II and companion Donna R. Cardene of Linden, Richard A. Shoemaker of Buttonwood, a daughter Kimberly M. Heatley of Buttonwood, 10 grandchildren, five great grandchildren, four sisters, Ethel Peters of Montoursville, Evelyn Baker of Lewisburg, Delores Spink of New Cumberland, Dorothy Magent of Florida and a brother Bruce Gordner of Avis. Funeral services will be held 11 am Tuesday at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St. Williamsport, with Pastor Lon Williams of Liberty Bible Church officiating. Burial will be in Buchanan Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday at Sanders. Family will provide the flowers and suggests memorial contributions be made to The Gatehouse at Divine Providence Hospital, 1100 Grampian Blvd. Williamsport, PA 17701. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 9 Mar 2008
GREENE - BOLLOW Sandra Helene
Age 67, of Lancaster, died Tuesday morning at Moravian Manor. Born in Elmira, NY, she was the daughter of the late Willard Henry Gilbert and Helene Fischer Gilbert Greene. Sandra would have been married to Blair J. Bollow for 50 years on October 18, 2008. Sandra was a homemaker, but previously worked for Motive Industries in Philadelphia for 5 years and as a Physicians Assistant for 3 years in Hagerstown, MD. Sandra was a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church and volunteered with the children's programs. She was involved with Engaged Encounter of the diocese of Harrisburg and volunteered at various nursing homes. Surviving besides her husband are two sons, Blair James Bollow II of Lancaster, Mark C. Bollow, husband of Kim Bollow of Nebraska; two daughters, Ann, wife of Mark Ritter of Chadds Ford, Julie Ann, wife of Brian Donlin of Hazleton; twelve grandchildren, Ryan, Alicia, Danielle, Zachary, Paige, Autumn, Breanna, Kadia, Blair, Noah, Madeline, Ridge; two step grandchildren, Jonathan, and Elizabeth; two brothers, William, husband of Alice Gilbert, W.H., husband of Marie Gilbert; two sisters, Jane, wife of Vert Blanchard, and Marlene Shutts. Sandra was preceded in death by two brothers, James Gilbert and Gerald Gilbert. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John Neumann Church, 601 E. Delp Road, Lancaster, on Friday, March 14, 2008, at 11:00 a.m. Inurnment will follow in St. Joseph New Catholic Cemetery Niche, Bausman. Friends may call at the church on Thursday night from 7-9 p.m. and on Friday morning from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Arrangements made by the Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home and Chapel. Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/12/2008.
GRAZUL - Kevin Grazul, 40, of 118 Larch Rd., Sayre, died on Sunday, March 9, 2008 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre. Kevin was born on Nov. 14, 1967 in Morristown, N.J., the son of Marlin and Irene (Rene) Grazul of Sayre. Kevin was a graduate of Sayre High School and Clarion University. He attended the University of Connecticut for graduate studies. He was employed as a hydrogeologist. Kevin loved to read, fish and play music. He was an avid Syracuse basketball and football fan as well as a Washington Redskin fan. Kevin is survived by: his parents at home; brother and sister-in-law, Keith and Lisa Grazul of Athens; nieces, Amber Grazul and Kaylee Grazul of Athens; nephew, Nickolas Grazul of Athens (Kevin was the godfather of Kaylee and Nickolas.); maternal grandmother, Irene Molitoris of Whippany, N.J.; aunts and uncles, Evelyn Grow of Horseheads, N.Y., John and Gladys Grazul of Sayre, Ronnie McKeen of Reston, Va., Marge and Dick Gresham of Fort Mill, S.C., and Mary Ann and Michael Heeneham of Hamilton Square, N.J.; and numerous cousins and friends. Kevin was predeceased by: grandparents, Joseph and Verna Grazul and Andrew Molitoris; uncles, Robert Grow, Ronald McKeen; and his beloved dog, Bender. A gathering of family and friends will be held on Friday, March 14, 2008 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad St., Waverly. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions in Kevin’s name may be made to the Sayre Public Library, 122 S. Elmer Ave., Sayre, PA 18840. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family. - Sayre Morning Times, 10 Mar 2008
HAMMOND - Ellen Hammond Sonner 81 years formerly of Olcott Rd., Big Flats, NY died Friday March 7, 2008 at Lakeside Nursing Home. She was born August 21, 1926 in Elmira, NY the daughter of the late Arthur and Myra Pruden Hammond. A lifetime resident of the Corning, Big Flats and Elmira areas, graduating from Corning Northside High school. Ellen and Charles G. Sonner were married January 3, 1948 in St. Patrick’s Church, Corning, NY. Charles predeceased her October 18, 2001. She was a member of St. Mary Our Mother Church, Horseheads, NY., The Alter and Rosary Society and volunteered in the Library of St. Mary Our Mother school. She also was a Girl Scout Leader of the St. Mary Our Mother Girl Scout Troop. Ellen was a member of the Legion of Mary. Surviving her son, William Charles Sonner of Binghamton, NY and daughters, Janet Kotmel of Ithaca, NY and Jo Ann Bentley of Chandler, AZ. Grandchildren, Sara Kotmel and Daniel (Jill) Kotmel. Great Grandchildren, Dylan, Bianca, and Zane Kotmel., Matthew and Dominick Johnson. Brother, James (Kathy) Hammond of Buffalo, NY. Also several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by sister, Joyce Hammond Shelhamer. There will be a Prayer Service Tuesday March 11, 2008 at 9:30am at the Haughey Funeral Home 216 E. First St., Corning, NY followed by a Mass of Christian Burial 10:00am St. Mary’s Church. Committal Prayers and Interment will be held at the family plot in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Corning, NY. The family would appreciate memorial donations be given in Ellen’s name to All Saints Academy, 158 State St., Corning, NY 14830. Corning Leader, 9 Mar 2008
HAMPTON - Dorothy M. Wilson Derick, 85, of 174 Temple Road, Unityville, died March 5, in the Skilled Nursing Unit at Muncy Valley Hospital. She was born April 29, 1922, in Hughesville, the daughter of Ocie Hampton. She graduated from Hughesville High School Class of 1940 and was a member of Gordner’s Lutheran Church, Unityville. Surviving are one son, E. William Derick and daughter-in-law, Gladys M. Derick; three brothers; one sister; and seven grandchildren. She was cared for the last two years by granddaughter, Holly M. Ranck. She worked for Home Health Aid several years. Her pastime was knitting. She was a member of the “Do It Yourself Club” for 30 years. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday at the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water St., Hughesville, with Ronald Montgomery officiating. Burial will follow in Salem Cemetery. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 7 Mar 2008
HICKS - Gary Edward Hicks of Napa, formerly of Hammondsport, N.Y., died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008 after a short illness. Survivors include his wife, Barbara; stepchildren, Eli Gorden and Alena Gorden, both of California; son, Paul Hicks of California; daughter, Sarah Billingsley of California; two brothers, Michael Hicks of Corinth, N.Y., Robert Hicks of Hammondsport, N.Y.; three sisters, Barbara Burdick of Bath, N.Y., Carol Ball and Renee Wheeler, both of Napa. A memorial service will be held in the summer in Hammondsport, N.Y. - Corning Leader, 11 Mar 2008
HYDE - Clarence L. Hyde, 69, of Cty. Rt. 12, Savona, NY (formerly of Kanona, NY), died peacefully on January 29, 2008 at the Cleveland Clinical Hospital in OH. Surviving family includes his loving wife of 25 years, Florence Hyde and mother-in-law, Florence Earley, both of Savona, NY; one daughter, Susan (Theodore) Morse of Wayne, NY; one son, David (Jeanna) Hyde of Pulteney, NY; step-daughter, Deb (Hollie) Fenton of Bath, NY; grandchildren, Bambi Blodgett, Brad Jones, Chad Jones, Brittany Hyde, Scott Towner, Dan Smith, Buster Dunning, Brandi Williams; and nine great-grandchildren. Family and friends are invited to attend the Memorial Service from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Funeral service at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, 2008 at Kanona Fire Hall, Kanona, NY. He will be laid to rest at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery. - Corning Leader, 7 Mar 2008
JIMERSON - Loren Wesley Jimerson, 60, of 4770 Dyke Road, Corning, died unexpectedly Sunday, March 9, 2008 at home. He was employed as an inspector by World Kitchens in Corning and was a veteran of the United States Army serving in Vietnam. Survivors include two sons, Greg Jimerson of Glen Burnie, Md., Lance Jimerson of Charlotte, Tenn.; sister, Anne Tuthill of Corning; three brothers, Elwyn Jimerson of Painted Post, Clifton Jimerson of Corning, Kenneth Jimerson of Dunnville. Calling hours are 2-4 p.m. Thursday, March 13 at Phillips Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney St. Services will be held there at the conclusion of calling hours at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 13, Pastor Matt Pickering officiating. Burial will be in Goodsell Cemetery, Hornby. - Corning Leader, 10 Mar 2008
KITCHEN - James M. Kitchen, 77, of Roaring Branch, Pa. (McNett Twp.), died with family by his side on Sunday evening, March 9, 2008, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. James MacMillan Kitchen was born in Williamsport on May 20, 1930, the son of the late Mildred (Ashton) and Porter Bruce Kitchen. He graduated in 1948 from Williamsport High School. On Oct. 27, 1950, Jim married the former Sara Sechrist in Williamsport. In addition to working and raising his family, Jim pursued his accounting studies part-time at Lycoming College, graduating with a bachelors of science degree in business administration and minor in accounting. He also served with the U.S. Navy Reserves in Williamsport for over 17 years. He was a self-employed accountant for numerous years and remained active until his passing. In 1976, the Kitchen family moved to the Roaring Branch area. Jim was a member of the Grover Church of Christ, Canton's American Legion Post 303 and Lycoming Creek's Watershed Association. He was a former McNett Township Secretary and Supervisor. Jim was always driven to better himself and passed his guidance on to his family. He held a fond place in his heart for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. An avid outdoorsman, he especially enjoyed times spent hunting with family and friends. Surviving are: his wife, Sara, at home; five children, Sharon Kitchen and Marie (Mike) Cole all of Williamsport, Allan Kitchen, Kevin (Melody) Kitchen and Darren Kitchen all of Roaring Branch; 10 grandchildren, Heather Eisenhour, Jessica Strailey, Echo, Amanda and Paul Cole, Brock, Adam and Lacey Kitchen, Sidney and Tyler Kitchen and eight great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his granddaughter, Stephanie Strailey. In keeping with his wishes, Jim's family invites friends to attend a memorial service and life celebration at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 16, at the Grover Church of Christ with Pastor Will Strunk, officiating. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Mr. Kitchen's name may be directed to The Grover Church of Christ, P.O. Box 139, Grover, Pa. 17735, or to the American Cancer Society, 1948 E. Third St. Williamsport, Pa. 17701. Pepper Funeral Home in Canton is assisting with arrangements. -Published in the Towanda Daily Review from 3/12/2008.
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. A graduate of Sheppton High School, Sheppton, he 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 U.S. 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. 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. Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Phyllis Barnes Knecht at home; children, Gary Robert Knecht and his fiancée, Andrea Potter of Wysox, Amy Marie Knecht Gallagher and her husband, William Gallagher of LeRaysville; 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 received friends on Friday, March 7 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. LeRay Lodge No. 471 F.&A.M. held Masonic services Friday at 6:45 p.m. at the funeral home. The funeral and committal service were held Saturday, March 8 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Robert Martin, pastor of the Wysox Presbyterian Church, officiating. Interment was private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the Northeast Bradford Student Loan Fund, RR1, Box 211-B, Rome, PA 18837 in George D. Knecht’s memory. Wyalusing Rocket 3-13-2008
KOSTIW - SECH Julia, Age 79, of Horseheads, NY, died Saturday, March 8, 2008, in Danbury Hospital, Danbury, CT. Julia was born May 28, 1928 in Poland, the daughter of Theodore and Anna (Lukachik) Kostiw. She was the wife of Joseph Sech and a member of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in Elmira, NY. Julia is survived by her husband, Joseph Sech of Horseheads, NY; daughter, Roberta Sech and husband, Stan Hart of Ridgefield, CT; son, Myron Sech and wife, Lisa of Brooklyn, NY; brothers, William Kostiw of Elmira, NY, Andre Kostiw and Michael Kostiw; sisters, Maria and Anna; two grandchildren, Alexandra and Anthony; and many nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be Tuesday, March 11, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Andrew's Ukrainian Catholic Church, Campbell Hall, NY. Interment will follow in Holy Spirit Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Campbell Hall, NY. Arrangements are under the care of the Donovan Funeral Home, Goshen, NY. Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/10/2008.
LABUDA - Anna A. (LaBuda) Ambrosius, age 89, of Wilmot Township, Pa., died on Sunday, March 9, 2008, at the Highlands Care Center in Laporte, Pa., with her family at her side. Anna was born Sept. 30, 1918, in Brooklyn, N.Y., a daughter of the late Paul and Barbara Labuda. She graduated from high school in New York City. She married Vernon G. Ambrosius from Girardville, Pa., on Oct. 18, 1941, in New York City. They moved to Wilmot Township in 1944 and opened a general store in 1949. She and Vernon, who also operated a salvage yard, operated the store for 34 years, retiring on June 30, 1983. They had a unique store packed with all types of merchandise that ranged from grocery items to shoes, fresh baked goods to fishing tackle to auto parts. The store began as a tiny one-room store and was expanded with three additions over the years. It was open seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and never closed for even one day in 34 years. They had a sign that summed up the operation: "If we don't have it, you don't need it." Vernon, her husband of 48 years, died on Dec. 29, 1988. Anna was a member of St. Basil's Catholic Church in Dushore, and the former St. Francis of Assisi Church, Cummiskey (which was across the road), and was a very active in her early days. She was most generous with her talent as a superb baker, and she helped with many picnics and bazaars. She was quietly very generous to many organizations in her community, especially the Dushore Lions, which she supported in their many local projects. Anna was a loving and beloved spouse, mother, grandmother and great -grandmother. She enjoyed baking, gardening and traveling. She treasured being with her family above all else in the world. Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law, Vernon P. and Donna Ambrosius of Wilmot; daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Edwin Cole of Dushore, Pa.; brother, Frank Labuda of Wurtsboro, N.Y.; grandchildren, Annette Cole (Robert) Gill of Middletown, Pa., Sandee Cole (Srdjan) Stojanovic of New York, N.Y., and Aaron Ambrosius of Wilmot; great-grandchildren, Blake and Caroline Gill and Cole Stojanovic; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two brothers, Paul Labuda and Joseph Labuda. The funeral service will be private and at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, Pa. The family requests that memorials be directed to: St. Basil's Restoration Fund, PO Box 307, Dushore, Pa. 18614, or the Sullivan County Library, PO Box 309, Dushore, Pa. 18614. Submitted by Carol Brotzman. Daily Review on 3/11/2008
LALONDE Charles H.
Age 85, beloved husband of 56 years to Laurel (Snyder) Lalonde, died peacefully on March 7, 2008 after a long illness. Mr. Lalonde grew up in Massena, NY, where he was an altar boy, attended parochial school, and graduated high school. He went on to obtain a Bachelor's degree in education from Potsdam State Teachers College and, after several years of teaching, earned his Master's degree. Mr. Lalonde began his teaching career in Ticonderoga, NY in 1949, where he met the love of his life, Laurel, who was also a teacher there. They were married in 1952. Charles, also known as Chuck or Charlie to many, had a passion for education and challenging young minds. He taught elementary school full-time for over 40 years, retiring in 1986, after which he continued to substitute teach in any subject, always filling in where needed. He even taught Spanish class, without knowing a word of Spanish! From 1960 until his retirement in 1986, Mr. Lalonde taught the fifth grade at Broadway Elementary School here in Elmira, NY. Magic was his other passion. As a magician he was known as ARDNAS, his only daughter, Sandra's, name spelled backwards. "Ardnas" fascinated his daughter, grandchildren and students with his magical entertainment. He also performed magic shows for many schools, libraries, and birthday parties, bringing smiles of wonderment to many young people. Charles was a member of the Horseheads Council of the Knights of Columbus, where he served as Grand Knight for several years. In addition he was a member of two magic associations, The Linking Ring and MUM. He is survived by his wife, Laurel Lalonde; daughter, Sandra Jones and husband, Jonathan; grandchildren, Autumn (Robert) Hill, Misty (Joshua) Showalter, Brooke (Brad) Bachert, Sheena (Richard) Townson, Nathan Jones, and Kaitlynn Jones; great-grandchildren, Candis Hill, Logan Chace, Kalina Chace, Colton Hill, Robert Hill, Dawson Hill, Savannah Hill, Brent Bachert, Brendan Bachert, Bryce Bachert, Bradyn Townson, and Emilyn Townson; nephew, Jack Fitzgerald and his wife, Kim; and many loved nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. He is predeceased by his loving parents, Henry and Alice Lalonde-Goodrich; and only sister, Mae Fitzgerald. To celebrate the life of Charles Lalonde, friends and family may call on the Olthof Funeral Home, 1050 Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmira, NY, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Monday, March 10, 2008. A Christian Burial Funeral Mass will be held at Saint Mary Our Mother's Church in Horseheads, NY, at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 11, 2008; interment to follow. Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/9/2008.
LEONARD - FRIDIE Beverly J.
Age 77 of 563 Sing Sing Road Horseheads, NY died on Saturday March 8, 2008 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Elmira, NY. Beverly was born July 19, 1930 the daughter of the late Lawrence and Erma Roskrans Leonard. She was a graduate of Horseheads High School and attended Cortland State Teachers' College. Beverly married her husband, John W. Fridie, on August 1, 1948 and they would have celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary on August 1, 2008. She loved nature as well as art. Beverly loved her family and friends and treasured the time she spent with them. Mrs. Fridie is survived by her loving and devoted husband John W. Fridie; her loving daughters and sons-in-law: Stephanie Fridie & David Kanarr of Salibury, Maryland and Silvie & Michael Wieczorek of Elmira, NY; two brothers and three sisters; aunt: Mildred Rosekrans and her daughters Kim and Shari; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of caring friends. It was Mrs. Fridie's wish that there be no prior calling hours or services at this time. A Memorial Service may be held at a time to be announced. Those wishing may remember Beverly through memorial contributions to The Finger Lakes Land Trust 202 East Court Street Ithaca, NY 14830 of The Chemung County SPCA & Humane Society Route 352 Elmira, NY 14903. Arrangements are entrusted to the Lynch Funeral Home 318 West Broad Street Horseheads, NY.
LEWIS - Martha E. Frey, 78, of Frey Lane, Cogan Station died Thursday, March 6, 2008, at the Williamsport Hospital. She was born September 25, 1929, in Proctor, the daughter of Gideon D. and Edith Maley Lewis. Martha was the wife of the late Russell C. Frey Jr., who passed in 2000. She retired from Tetley Tea after 34 years of service. Martha loved watching the wildlife around her home, gardening and canning. She enjoyed spending time at home with her family and helping her sons attend to the farm. Martha is survived by two sons, Russell C. III (Janette) and Donald L., both of Cogan Station; three grandchildren, Russell C. Frey IV, Timothy J. Frey and Bryn J. Frey; two great grandchildren, Jacqueline N. Frey and Tucker D. Frey; two brothers, Roy Lewis of Williamsport and James Lewis of Proctor; two sisters, Pearl Thomas of Forksville and Mildred Leonard of Lyndonville, N.Y. She was predeceased by a sister, Betty Thomas. Services will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Family suggests memorial contributions can be made to the Dialysis Fund of Central PA, 1660 Sycamore Road, Suite B., Montoursville, PA 17754. Arrangements are being handled by the Maneval Funeral Home, “A Life Celebration Home” 500 W. Fourth St., Williamsport. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 7 Mar 2008
LORSON - Mr. Gary J. Lorson, 61, of 1363 Route 654 Highway, Williamsport, died Tuesday, March 11, 2008, at his home residence. Mr. Lorson was a member and communicant of the Saint Lawrence Roman Catholic Church at South Williamsport. Mr. Lorson was a United States Marine Corps Veteran of the Republic of Vietnam Conflict. He served as a corporal and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Vietnam Service Medal with one star and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. He was a member of the LeRoy O. Buck Post #7863, V.F.W., at DuBoistown and also a member of the Royal P. Steinbacher Post #617, American Legion, at South Williamsport. Gary was a member of the graduating Class of 1964 of the South Williamsport High School and the former Williamsport Technical Institute. Mr. Lorson had been employed as a supervisor in the wire mill for Williamsport Wire Rope and the former Bethlehem Steel Company at it’s Williamsport plant. He had 40 years of combined service with the company. Gary had been active with the Little Mountaineer Little League as a coach. He was also a past president of the league. He was an avid Penn State Football fan who had maintained season tickets for more than 30 years. He was also a fan of the Atlanta Braves. He enjoyed NASCAR. Gary also enjoyed travel and vegetable gardening. Born July 11, 1946 at Williamsport, he was the son of the late Joseph and June Engel Lorson. He and his wife, the former Kathleen Kiper, were united in holy matrimony on September 13, 1969. Together they observed 38 years of marriage. Surviving are his wife, Kathleen Kiper Lorson at home; his three daughters, Canda Lorson of Phoenix, AZ, Rebecca Lorson and her fiancé, Jason Crist of South Williamsport, and Jamie Lorson of Nisbet; his three sons, Timothy Lorson of Williamsport, Dwight and his wife, Jenifer Lorson of South Williamsport, and GJ Lorson of Nisbet; his brother, Mark and his wife, Bonnie Lorson of Nisbet; his two sisters, Donna and her husband, Gary Worth of Muncy, and Theresa Patt of Cocoa, FL; and his five grandchildren, Anthony Lorson, Amanda Lorson, Bethany Lorson, Cheyenne Lorson and Kylie Crist. In addition to his late parents, he was also preceded in death by his two late brothers, Billy Lorson and Leo Lorson. Funeral services and the Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, March 14, 2008 at the Saint Lawrence Roman Catholic Church, 800 West Central Avenue, South Williamsport. The Rev. Father Michael J. Zipay, his priest, will be the celebrant. Interment will immediately follow at Resurrection Cemetery, Montoursville. Graveside military honors will be accorded by the Guard of Honor of the Korean War Veterans of Lycoming County. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation on Thursday evening, March 13, 2008 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Charles M. Noll Funeral Home, 1 East Central Avenue, South Williamsport. The family respectfully declines floral tributes and suggests that contributions in memory of Mr. Gary J. Lorson may be made, if so desired, to the American Cancer Society, 1948 East Third Street, Williamsport, PA 17701. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 12 Mar 2008
MAFFETT - Carol Ann Eck, 66, of 442 McElhattan Drive, McElhattan, Pa., died surrounded by her family on Thursday, March 6, 2008, at her home. Carol was born August 9, 1941, in Jersey Shore, the daughter of Gordon Glaes and the former Vivian Maffett. She is survived by her husband, Edward L. Eck, they were united in marriage July 11, 1964, in the St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jersey Shore. Ed and Carol purchased a home in Avis. It was at their home in Avis where they raised their two sons, Kurt Edward and Todd Matthew. While raising their children, Carol served as a member of the PTA, was a Den Mother and volunteer in the Scouting program, and a member of several bowling leagues. For many years she was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Jersey Shore. Carol graduated from Jersey Shore High School in 1959 and continued her education at the Williamsport School of Nursing. She practiced nursing throughout her life, initially working in the Maternity ward at Williamsport Hospital. During her career she worked for Dr. Dunkle, Dr. Nicholas and at Susqueview and Manor Care Nursing Homes. When she left Manor Health Care she was the Assistant Director of Nursing. Carol would want mentioned that it was during this time that she made the acquaintance of Cathy Brooks, also a nurse. Cathy has always been more than a neighbor and Carol recognized her as family. Carol’s sons think of her as their older sister. After Carol retired from nursing, she and Ed moved to McElhattan. She continued to be active, helping with Red Cross Blood Mobiles, distributing food at local churches “Angel and Food Program,” and dressing up for her jaunts with the Red Hatter Society. She also enjoyed having the time to sit on the front porch of the new home and watch the birds and squirrels play in the multitude of feeders and bird bathes in her front yard. Carols also took care of her pet cat Sparkles. Sparkles was a diabetic and, like Carol, required daily insulin shots. Carol never really retired completely from nursing and never stopped caring for others. Also surviving are two sons, Kurt E. Eck of Milton and Todd M. (Janine) Eck of Woodsville, New Hampshire, two grandchildren, Daniel L. Bucharski Eck and Samuel V. Eck, one sister, Vivian L. Davis of McElhattan, and one brother, Alan G. Glaes of Avondale, Arizona, Funeral services will be Monday, March 10, 2008 at 12 p.m. in the Trinity United Methodist Church, corner of Allegheny and Glover Streets, Jersey Shore. Friends may call from 10 a.m. Monday until the time of services at the church. Burial will be in the Jersey Shore Cemetery. The Rev. Richard Cartwright, her pastor, will officiate. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made in her name to the Trinity United Methodist Church. Frederick B. Welker Funeral Home, 125 N. Main St., Jersey Shore, is in charge of arrangements. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 8 Mar 2008
MARVIN - Roger L. Marvin, 65, of 783 State Route 244, Alfred Station, died Sunday, March 9, 2008 at St. James Hospital. He was formerly employed by Alfred University. Survivors include his wife, Brenda Fisher Marvin; one daughter, Rusty Hakes of Corning; two sons, Clifford Marvin of Alfred Station and Kurt Marvin of Hornell; one sister, Gayle Nevius of Coopers Plains and one brother, Otis Marvin of Alfred Station. Calling hours are 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Bender-Brown & Powers Funeral Home, 354 Canisteo St., Hornell. Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, the Rev. Ken Chroniger officiating. Burial will be in Alfred Rural Cemetery. - Corning Leader, 9 Mar 2008
McBRIDE - Edna L. McBride, 94, formerly of 106 Carpenter St., Muncy, died Thursday, March 6, 2008, at the Muncy Valley Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit, where she resided since July 2007. Born March 15, 1913, in Muncy, she was a daughter of the late Robert B. and Grace (Heberling) McBride. A 1931 graduate of Muncy High School, Edna also graduated from the former Wheaton Secretarial School in Williamsport. She worked as a secretary to the General Manager at the former Jones & Laughlin Co. until retiring in 1979. An active member of Muncy Baptist Church, Edna was a former Sunday school teacher, church secretary, deaconess and church organist. She was also a member of Muncy Business & Professional Women; Muncy Garden Club; the Muncy Valley Hospital Auxiliary; Muncy Woman’s Club and the Muncy Historical Society. Edna is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Robert L. and Sherry McBride of Millville; three grandchildren, Stephen McBride of Millville, Rochelle Foust of Bloomsburg and Andrea McBride of Benton; and four great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death was a brother, Raymond McBride. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 11, at Grenoble’s, 121 S. Main St., Muncy. Officiating will be her pastor, the Rev. Scott Warren, assisted by her former pastor, the Rev. D. Gene Patterson. Burial will be in Muncy Cemetery. Friends will be received at the funeral home on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. The family welcomes flowers; however, if desired, memorial contributions may be made to Muncy Baptist Church, W. Penn & S. Market Streets, Muncy, PA 17756, or the Muncy Historical Society, 40 N. Main St., Muncy, PA 17756, or any of the other clubs to which Edna belonged. -Williamsport Sun Gazette, 8 Mar 2008
MECHALKE - ROOT Rose Marie
Town of Southport Resident, Was born July 9, 1929 in Elmira, NY, the daughter of the late Frank and Rose (Sherlowski) Mechalke, died peacefully on Monday, March 10, 2008, at St. Joseph's Hospital at the age of 78. She was predeceased by her beloved brother, Robert Mechalke. Rose Marie was united in holy matrimony to Arthur J. Root on June 25, 1949 at St. John's Catholic Church in Elmira. They have enjoyed 58 wonderful years of life and love together. She is survived by her loving husband, Arthur; beloved daughters, Patrice Shaw of Fall River, MA; Constance Foster of Somerset, MA; adored granddaughter, Robyn Foster of Somerset, MA; sister-in-laws, Carol Mechalke of Elmira, NY; Jean Root of Elmira, NY; along with several nieces and nephews. Rose Marie worked along side of her husband at their business, Di Clen (Diamond Cleaners) where she was the Vice President/Secretary. She was affiliated in her earlier years with St. Mary's Church and was a Girl Scouts Troop Leader as well. She loved to travel, enjoyed gardening and planting her flowers, especially roses. Rose Marie spent 40 summers at Keuka Lake at the family's home away from home. She was an avid nature and wildlife lover, especially watching birds and naming the deer that frequented their property. Through the years Rose Marie and Arthur made many wonderful lifelong friends. They belonged to a card club with their friends and played at least once a week for 50+ years. Rose Marie enjoyed her involvement with the Barkers girls club sine the 1940's. All will dearly miss her. Family and friends are invited to call at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira, NY 14904 on Thursday, March 13, 2008, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Funeral services honoring her life will be held there at the conclusion of the visitation. (7 p.m.) The Reverend Jeff Tunicliff will celebrate Rose Marie's service. Memorial donations may be directed to the American Heart Association NYS Affiliate, ATTN: Heart Gifts, P.O. Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220. Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/12/2008.
MERRICK - Minnie G. (Merrick) Snell, 73 of New Columbia and formerly of Williamsport, died on Sunday, March 9, 2008 at the Manor Care Health Services, Williamsport. Minnie was born on April 9, 1934 in Leroy Twp., Bradford County and was a daughter of the late Luther J. and Ruth (Crofut) Merrick. She was a former employee of the Williamsport Hospital working in medical records and housekeeping. Minnie is survived by one son; James Connor of New Mexico, one step son; Tommy Snell of Williamsport, two daughters; Ruth Hoover of New Columbia and April McCourry of Petersburg, VA, eight grandchildren; five great grandchildren, one brother; George Merrick of Mansfield and three sisters; Verna Maynard of Canton, Leah Hardin of Wellsboro and Edith Wood of Florida. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother; Llewellyn Merrick and one sister; Blanche Jackson. Graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Friday at the Highland Cemetery, New Columbia with Elizabeth Affsprung officiating the services. Arrangements are being handled by the Dale E. Ranck Funeral Service, 125 N. Front St., Milton. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 12 Mar 2008
MORTON - Naomi Killinger, age 41, of Jersey Shore, died on Friday, March 7, 2008 at the Gatehouse in the Devine Providence Hospital. She was born on April 30 1966 in Buffalo, N.Y. Naomi was a member of the St. John Lutheran Church in Jersey Shore. She was an avid NASCAR fan and enjoyed watching cooking shows. She is predeceased by her father, Robert Morton. She will be sadly missed by her husband Jeff Killinger; her daughter, Michelle Hepfer of home; her mother, Virginia Carberry of South Renovo; a sister, Lin Rovnak of North Bend; and her brothers, Ray Hill of Delaware, Bob Morton of South Williamsport, Randy Morton of Renovo and Richard Morton of Jersey Shore; stepson, Justin Killinger, and many nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to her “Life Celebration” tonight at the Rearick-Carpenter Funeral Home, 1002 Allegheny Street in Jersey Shore from 6-7 p.m. Memorial service will begin at 7 p.m. in the Funeral Home with Pastor Kerry Aucker presiding. Her interment will be conducted privately. Donation are requested in her memory be made to the Gatehouse Hospice, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701 or the American Cancer Society, 1948 East 3rd Street, Williamsport, PA 17701. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 10 Mar 2008
MULBERGER - Robyn A. Mulberger, age 51, of 1749 Slacks Run Road, Trout Run, died March 10, 2008 at the Gatehouse at Divine Providence Hospital. He was born January 24, 1957 in Williamsport, the son of Joseph and Juanita Miller Mulberger. Robyn was a member of St. Paul’s Calvary United Methodist Church. He was a machine operator at Stone Container Inc. Robyn served as a committee member in the Union for Stone Container for many years. He was a member of the Red Run Rod and Gun Club. Rob loved the outdoors, deer hunting and the first day of trout fishing. He is survived by his wife, Tammie (Sallada) Mulberger and his mother, Juanita Mulberger of Montoursville, children Robbie (Jen) Mulberger of Hawley, Pa. and Erica Mulberger of Montoursville. He is also survived by one grandchild, Riley Ann Mulberger, along with brothers, Ronald of Montoursville, Jerry (Ruth) also of Montoursville, Jim (Cathy) of Bellefonte; sisters, Kathy (Mike) of Orwigsburg, Laurie (Alan) Kane of Williamsport and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph E Mulberger. Funeral services will be held at St. Paul’s Calvary United Methodist Church, 1427 Memorial Ave., on Saturday morning, March 15, 2008 at 11 a.m. The family will provide the flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to Troop 3 St. Paul Calvary United Methodist Church, 1427 Memorial Ave., Williamsport PA 17701. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 11 Mar 2008
PEER - GOODWIN-SMITH Dorothy L.
Age 76, of Mark's Trailer Court in Dansville, died early Sunday morning, March 9, 2008, at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville. She was born in Elmira, on October 2, 1931, a daughter of the late Lawrence and Thelma Ruth Cooley Peer. On October 1, 1951, she was married to Jack L. Goodwin, who predeceased her on August 13, 1991. On September 24, 1994, she was married to Sydney Smith who survives. She was also predeceased by a brother, Lawrence Peer. Dorothy was a former employee of Dansville Press, The Outdoor Store and was a Ward Clerk at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville for 19 years, retiring in 1991. She was a member of the Dansville United Methodist Church where she was active with the United Methodist Woman's group and had been a den mother for Troup 71 of the Cub Scouts. Surviving in addition to her husband, Sydney; are six sons, Scott (Marge) Goodwin, of Dansville, Craig (Gina) Goodwin, of Lockport, Kirk (Cheryl) Goodwin, of Sparta, Jack (Tina) Goodwin, of Cohocton, James (Bonnie) Goodwin of Dansville, and Joel (Amy) Goodwin, also of Dansville; a stepson, Keith (Mamie) Smith of Hamlin; two sisters, Norma Babcock of AZ, and Verna Clark of Elmira; two brothers, David Peer of Horseheads, and John Peer of Elmira; fifteen grandchildren, one great-grandson and several nieces and nephews. Friends may call Wednesday, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hindle Funeral Home, Inc., 271 Main St., Dansville. Services will be held on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at the Dansville United Methodist Church with the Rev. James Stevens officiating. Interment will be next to Jack in Greenmount Cemetery, Dansville. Contributions may be made to the Dansville United Methodist Church, 5 Chestnut Ave., Noyes Memorial Hospital, both of Dansville, NY 14437; or the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 2680, N. Canton, OH 44720.
Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/10/2008.
PELLESCHI - Marcello Pelleschi, age 98, of 1119 E. Third St., died March 9, 2008 in the Williamsport Hospital. He was born in Byrndel, Elk County, but he was raised for 17 years in Italy before returning to the United States. Marcello was the son of the late Filiberto and Olga Finochi Pelleschi. He was a member of Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church. He had been employed at C.A. Reeds Inc. and Westvaco here in the city, retiring in 1974. He was a member of the Westvaco Retirees Association. Marcello enjoyed the outdoors and gardening. He and his wife, the former Caroline Paduano, celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary this past July 11, 2007. Surviving besides his wife are two sons, Robert L. (Nadine) Pelleschi of Montoursville and Eugene L. (Rosann) Pelleschi of Loyalsock Twp. He is also survived by grandchildren, Brent of West Chester, and Nicole and Breanna both of Bridgeport. He is survived by one brother William Pelleschi of South Williamsport. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Frank and Joseph Pelleschi. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church, 635 Hepburn St., Williamsport, on Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m. Friends may call at the Crouse Funeral Home, 133 E. 3rd St., Williamsport, on Thursday morning from 9 until 10 a.m. Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Susquehanna Home Care and Hospice, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, or to the Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church, 635 Hepburn St., Williamsport. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 11 Mar 2008
PRENTICE - Clifford Jack Prentice, 89, of 60 Hidden Forest died Sunday, March 9, 2008 at his home. He was a former employee of McDonnell-Douglas. Survivors include his wife, Jeanne Prentice; a son, Clifford Prentice Jr. of Cayuga, Texas; a daughter, Claudia Prentice of Painted Post and a half sister, Gloria Prentice of Easton, Pa. There will be no services. Arrangements are by Haughey Funeral Home, 216 E. First St., Corning. - Corning Leader, 10 Mar 2008
PUTNAM - Dorothy Putnam Herrington died September 21, 2007. Dorothy was born august 15, 1911. The daughter of Azor and Gertrude Putnam. Dorothy grew up on the family farm on Orchard Hill road, just outside Troy. She graduated from Troy High School in 1928. An avid bowler in her youth, she was a member of the championship team sponsored by the Van Dyne Oil Company. In later years, she took up golf, playing until she was 90. She kept her mind sharp with daily crossword puzzles and bi-weekly bridge games with friends well into her 90s. A talented dress-maker, she often created her own patterns for the fine materials her customers and friends brought to her to fashion into wool suits and silk dresses. Many past members of the Troy High School band and cheerleading squads probably wore uniforms altered by Dorothy. She also turned her craft skill to upholstering furniture and caning chairs. She volunteered for a number of years at the Bradford County Manor where she taught stick weaving. She was a devoted, life-long member of the Troy Baptist Church. Over the years, she sang in the choir, taught Sunday school, organized the Worldwide Guild [a young women’s church group], was president of American Baptist Women’s group and belonged to the Friendly Circle. She loved the fellowship of the Church. She also loved her family. She was predeceased by her husband, Howard, with whom she shared 54 years of marriage. She is survived by her son, John, of Troy; her daughter, Anne, of Amherst, MA; and her granddaughters, Amelia and Amanda, who reside in California. Family and friends were welcome to call from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday, September 25, 2007, at the First Baptist Church of Troy, 162 Canton Street, Troy, PA. The funeral service to honor Dorothy’s life was held after the viewing at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 25, at the church with her pastor, Rev. Garry Zuber, officiating. Burial is private and at the convenience of the family. The Gerald W. Vickery, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., 110 West Main Street, Troy, PA, has been entrusted with the arrangements. Donations in Dorothy’s memory may be made to the First Baptist Church, 162 Canton Street, Troy, PA 16947. - Troy Gazette-Register, 27 Sept 2007
REEDER - Lois E. Bonnell, 89, of 85 Grimesville Road, died March 7, 2008, at Sycamore Manor where she was a guest. She was born November 18, 1918, in Williamsport the daughter of George and Jennie Scott Reeder. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Bruce E. Bonnell, brothers, Robert and Harry and a sister, Margaret Palermo. Lois graduated from Williamsport High School in 1937. She was a legal secretary for the Law Firm of Stuart and Murphy, she composed the Breezy Village Newsletter and was secretary of the Breezy Village, Sebastian, Fla. A devoted mother and homemaker her hobbies included bowling, bingo, bible study, cards and playing on her computer. Surviving is a daughter, Cheryl A. (Randy) Garrett of Williamsport; two sons, Stephen M. (Lori) Bonnell of Phoenix, Ariz., Robert B. (Suzie) Bonnell of Minn.; two brothers, Kenneth (Aldine) Reeder of Williamsport, George (Nancy) Reeder of Cogan Station; a sister-in-law, Shirley Reeder of Williamsport; six grandchildren, one step-grandchild and six great-grandchildren A graveside service for family will be held at Twin Hills Memorial Park with the Rev. Maurice C. Frontz III officiating. There will be no visitation. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 9 Mar 2008
REYNOLDS - Joyce L. Reynolds Waltz, 52, of Chatham Park Drive, died Wednesday, March 5, 2008, at Williamsport Hospital. She was born November 7, 1955, in Williamsport, and was the beloved daughter of William E. and the late Anna J. Blair Reynolds. Joyce loved to feed and watch the squirrels play and frolic around her home. She was known for her laughter. Joyce had an infectious laugh that would permeate a room. Joyce was a devoted mother and a beloved sister. She is survived by two sons, Andrews S. and Alex D., both of Williamsport; her father and stepmother, William E. and Nancy N. Reynolds of Lake Wales, Fla., and of Jersey Mills, Pa.; a sister, Barbara A. Paterson of Palm Harbor, Fla.; two brothers, Wayne L. Reynolds of Seminole, Fla., and Lawrence Reynolds of Palm Harbor, Fla.; a stepbrother, Kenneth Warner of Clearwater, Fla.; a step sister, Cindy L. Westbrook of Montoursville; a longtime companion of six years, Tim E. Klotz of South Williamsport. Relatives and friends are invited to Joyce’s Life Celebration on Sunday, March 9, 2008 from 6 until 9 p.m. and on Monday from 10 until 11 a.m. at the Maneval Funeral Home, Ltd. “A Life Celebration Home”, 500 W. Fourth St. Services will follow on Monday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Gary R. Messinger officiating. Burial will be in Twin Hills Memorial Park. Family will provide the flowers and suggest memorial contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Assoc. 3544 N. Progress Ave. Suite 101, Harrisburg, PA 17110. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 7 Mar 2008
ROCKEFELLER - Marjorie R. Potter, 98, of Franklin Street died peacefully at her home Thursday, March 6, 2008. She was born Dec. 4, 1909, in Warren Center, Pa., a daughter of Robert Bruce and Mae Holmes Rockefeller. Marjorie was the wife of the late Rowland W. Potter, who passed in 1993. She was a charter member of the First Christian Church of Montoursville. Marjorie enjoyed her family, crocheting, knitting and watching her favorite athlete, Tiger Woods, on TV. She is survived by two sons, Walter B. (Nancy) of Wyalusing, Pa., and Robert I. of Arden, N.C.; a daughter, Phyllis E. Thomas of Knoxville, Tenn.; 13 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren. Marjorie was predeceased by two brothers, Mervin and Robert Rockefeller; a sister, Leola Jones; a grandson, Kevin Potter; and a son-in-law, Clinton Thomas. Relatives and friends are invited to Marjorie's Life Celebration memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 15, at the First Christian Church of Montoursville with Preachers Daniel W. Nichols and Dale Anderson officiating. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. The family will provide the flowers and suggests that memorial contributions can be made to the First Christian Church, 5329 Lycoming Mall Road, Montoursville, Pa. 17754, or the American Cancer Society, 1948 E. Third St., Williamsport, Pa. 17701. Arrangements are being handled by the Maneval Funeral Home, Ltd., "A Life Celebration Home," 500 W. Fourth St., Williamsport. - Published in the Towanda Daily Review on 3/11/2008.
SHATTUCK - Oletha Shattuck Townsend, 97, died on Saturday, March 8, 2008 at Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital. She was born August 6, 1910, the daughter of the late Wesley and Bessie (Carr) Shattuck. She attended Unionville School and then was a graduate of Haverling High in 1928, she went to Teacher Training at Geneseo and taught two years at Bucksettlement, NY. She was a lifelong member of the Centenary United Methodist Church, Bath, NY, RSVP Volunteer for many years, member of the Garden Club. Her life revolved around her family. She loved birds. She married Clarence Townsend on October 18, 1931; he predeceased her in November, 1978. She is survived by her two sons, Donald and Beverly Townsend of Bath, NY and Paul Townsend of Bath, NY; four daughters, Julia and Eldon Parker of Bath, NY, Claretha and John Coumbe of Bath, NY, Ruth and Roy Hann of Bath, NY and Betty and Rev. Dr. Don Hillyard of Columbia, SC; 12 grandchildren, Bill (Jill) Townsend of Davningtown, PA, Diane (Ed) Wavle of Fulton, NY, Nancy (Jeff) Walters of Bath, NY, Deanna (Bret) Jacoby of San Jose, CA, Susan Coumbe of Woodhull, NY, Brian (Kathy) Hann of Camden, SC, Dr. Gary Hann of N. Augusta, SC, Wendy (Thomas) Colonno of Albany, NY, Jonathan (Rebecca) Tompkins of Decatur, GA, Barbara (Dick) Nicholson of Elmira Heights, NY, David (Kim) Townsend of Bath, NY and Cheryl (Kevin) Mahnke of MT; 23 great-grandchildren. Calling hours are being observed Wednesday, March 12, 2008 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Bond-Davis Funeral Home of Bath where her Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, March 13, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. with the Reverend Jeffrey McDowell, Reverend Dr. Don Hillyard and Dr. Gary Hann officiating. Her burial will be held at Nondaga Cemetery, Bath, NY. Memorial donations may be made in Oletha’s name to the Centenary United Methodist Church or a charity of one’s choice. - Corning Leader, 10 Mar 2008
STEVENS - Beverly K. Francis, age 75, died March 7, 2008 at home with her family by her side. She was born July 26, 1932 in Hornell, New York the daughter of Carl B. and Elizabeth VanHousen Stevens. She enjoyed reading and doing crossword puzzles, and loved spending time with her family and many pets. She is survived by two daughters, Connie Lamphier and Ben Ridley of Hammondsport, NY and Cherie Francis of Potsdam, NY; sisters-in-law, Mary Longwell of Bath, NY, Barbara Wager of Bath and Louise Francis of Titusville, PA, step brother Warren (Betty) Severance of Bath and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by, her husband James Francis on October 7, 1992 her mother Elizabeth Riley, brothers-in-law, Mike Longwell, William Wager and Donald Francis, cousin Betty Phillips and loving caretaker and friend, Esther Murray. Friends may call on Friday March 14th from 6:00-7:00 pm at Fagan’s Funeral Home in Bath. A Memorial Service will follow at 7:00 pm, conducted by her loving friend Kitty Ormsby. Burial will be in Nondaga Cemetery. - Corning Leader, 11 Mar 2008
TOMLINSON - Kay W. Tomlinson Crumb, 70, of Bradford County Manor, Troy, PA, died on September 17, 2007. Born August 29, 1937, in Mansfield, PA, she was the daughter of the late Adelbert and Marjorie Tomlinson. Surviving are: her daughter and son-in-law, Faith and LeRoy Horton of Chambersburg, PA; her son, Todd Crumb of Wellsboro, PA; her granddaughters, Jetha Taylor [husband Michael] of Cibolo, TX, and April Horton [husband Daniel] of Chambersburg, PA; great grandson, Nathaniel Horton, also of Chambersburg, PA; two sisters, Helen Burt and Mary Ann Aumick of Mansfield, PA; and one brother, James Tomlinson of Williamsport, PA. She was preceded in death by a brother, Delbert “Skip” Tomlinson, Jr., and a sister, Patricia Belletto. She was a 1956 graduate of Mansfield High School. She enjoyed bowling, hunting and fishing. The service will be private. The family requests that any donations by made to the charity of your choice. The Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main Street, Mansfield, PA, is assisting the family. - Troy Gazette-Register, 27 Sept 2007
WADE - Dr. Franklin G. Wade, 87, of 1305 Campbell St., Williamsport died March 7, 2008 at his residence. He was born July 5, 1920 in Wellsburg, W.Va., the son of Glen B. and Olga Serpagli Wade. Dr. Wade graduated from Wellsburg High School in 1937, West Virginia University AB in 1941, West Virginia University Medical School BS in 1943 (president of his freshman class), and Temple University Medical School MD in 1944. He interned at Methodist Hospital in Philadelphia (1944-1945), did his surgical residency in Lankenau Hospital in Philadelphia (1945-1946), was assistant Professor of Pathology and Clinical Pathology at West Virginia University Medical School (1946-1947), completed his surgical residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkersburg, W.Va. (1947-1948), and was a surgical resident at the Williamsport Hospital (1949-1950). In 1950, Dr. Wade opened his own office to practice surgery in Williamsport. He was a member of the Divine Providence and Williamsport Hospital Staff, served as President of Medical and Dental Staffs and Chairman, and Department of Surgery at both hospitals. Also, he served as the first Director of Medical Affairs at Divine Providence Hospital. He was a consultant in Surgery at Soldiers and Sailors Hospital, Wellsboro; attending physician for the only survivor of 1959 Allegheny crash, Commander, MC USNR, and chief of surgery of Quonset Point Naval Air Station Hospital at Quonset Point, R.I. He belonged to the Lycoming County Medical Society, Pennsylvania Medical Society, American Medical Association, American College of Surgeons, Central PA Chapter of American College Surgeons (served as President of Chapter), and the Wainwright Tumor Clinic Association (later known as PA Oncologic Society and served as President). Dr. Wade also was a member of the Williamsport Charter Commission, Williamsport Parking Authority, Lycoming County Civil Defense Committee, Williamsport Country Club (on the board and was a past president), Larry’s Creek Fish and Game Club, Beta Theta Pi social fraternity, Phi Chi medical fraternity, and Alpha Epsilon Delta, pre medical honorary fraternity. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and reading. He was preceded in death by was his wife, the former Joyce Graham, who died in 2001. Dr. Franklin is survived by a son, Glen R. of Bailey, Colo.; two daughters, Sydney L. Wade of Athens, Greece and Jean C. Wade of Alaska and Aruba; two grandchildren, Michael and Jeffery; and a great-granddaughter, Marisa Joy Wade. A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, March 15, 2008 at the Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St., Montoursville, with the Rev. Nancy C. Miller officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Friends will be received Saturday afternoon from 12-1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Providence Health System Foundation in support of Susquehanna Cancer Center, 1001 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 11 Mar 2008
WAUGH - Laura C. Waugh, 77, died Saturday, March 8, 2008 in Millville Health Center. She was born September 24, 1930 in Marsh Hill, a daughter of Harry C. and Evelyn Brady Waugh. Laura is survived by a brother, the Rev. John (Dolores) Waugh; a brother-in-law, Irvin C. Fladd Sr., both of Marsh Hill; a sister-in-law, Pastor Constance Waugh of Montoursville and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. She was predeceased by three brothers, Paul Sr., Kenneth Sr. and William, two sisters, Lois Koval and Martha Jane Fladd and a nephew Paul Jr. Relatives and friends are invited to Laura’s Life Celebration from 10 until 11 with a service at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 15, at the Warrensville United Methodist Church, 5748 Warrensville Road, Montoursville. Arrangements are being handled by the Maneval Funeral Home, Ltd. “A Life Celebration Home” 500 W. Fourth St. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 11 Mar 2008
WELSHANS - Ethel M. Bubb, 92, of 346 River Road, Jersey Shore, died Monday, March 10, 2008 in the Susque-View Home in Lock Haven. Born Feb. 4, 1916 in Jersey Shore, she was the daughter of Abram Welshans and the former Mary V. Henry. Ethel was preceded in death by her husband, Robert M. Bubb Sr., Sept. 16, 2007. They were united in marriage June 27, 1936 in Jersey Shore. For many years she and her husband Bob were dairy farmers on the River Road in Jersey Shore. Later in her life she was employed at the Jersey Shore Elementary School Cafeteria, was a member of the Ivanhoe Chapter #28 Order of Eastern Star and was a lifetime member of the Saint John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jersey Shore. She enjoyed gardening and sewing, but her greatest love was spending time with her family. Ethel is survived by one son, Robert M. (Debora) Bubb Jr. of Jersey Shore; two daughters, Mary Ellen (Kenneth) Dougherty of Jersey Shore and Carol E. Bubb of Harrisburg; seven grandchildren, Carol Yost, Julie (Brett) Bowes, Pamela (Robert) Wehler, Daniel (Mary) Bubb, Wendy (Ray) Ayres, Jennifer (Matt) Kennedy and Cory (Julie) Bubb; 17 great grandchildren, Nicole, Hannah and Bryan Yost, Lee, Brittany and Todd Bowes, John and Brayden Wehler, Deidre, Logan and Katline Bubb, Ryan, Seth and Kortni Lorson, Loryn and Trevor Kennedy, Samuel and McKenzie Bubb; one great great grandson, Tallan Cummings. Ethel was also preceded in death by her son, John A. Bubb, Dec. 30, 1993, and her great granddaughter, Bethany A. Wehler, Feb. 22, 2006.Funeral services will be Thursday, March 13, at 11 a.m. in the Saint John Evangelical Lutheran Church, corner of Thompson and South Broad streets, Jersey Shore. Friends may call from 10 a.m. Thursday until time of services in the church. Burial will be in Jersey Shore Cemetery. The Rev. Kerry Aucker, her pastor, will officiate. Family will provide the flowers and suggests memorial contributions be made in her name to the Saint John Evangelical Lutheran Church, or to Relay for Life (Bethany’s Believers), care of Robert Wehler, 1952 River Road, Jersey Shore, PA 17740. Frederick B. Welker Funeral Home, 125 N. Main St., Jersey Shore, is in charge of arrangements. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 12 Mar 2008
WILLIAMS - Thomas E. Williams, 63, of Yountville, CA, formerly of Penn Yan, NY and Savona, NY, died December 15, 2007 at Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa, CA. Tom was born in Penn Yan, NY on February 22, 1944 to John W. Williams and Wilhelmina (Buchholz) Williams. He attended school in Penn Yan and was a high school graduate of Savona Central School. He moved to California in 1962 and joined the U.S. Air Force in 1964. He lived in Santa Rosa, CA for several years before moving to Yountville. Tom was very involved with the various Veteran’s groups and social functions at the Veterans Home of California in Yountville. Survivors include sisters, Jacquelyn (Williams) Graf of Novato, CA, Nancy (Williams) Keaton of Novato, CA and Billie (Williams) van der Sterre of Corning, NY. Tom was predeceased by a sister, Virginia (Williams) Lama of San Rafael, CA. A Memorial service was held on January 10, 2008 at Yountville Veterans Chapel. Interment was private at Yountville Veterans Cemetery and there will also be an interment in Lakeview Cemetery, Penn Yan, NY, at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations in Tom’s name can be sent to Veterans Home of California, PO Box 1200, Yountville, CA 94599, Attn: Borman Field. - Corning Leader, 10 Mar 2008
WINTERS - George C. “Windy” Winters, 91, of 34 Lions Street. We said goodbye to our dad/grandfather on March 7, 2008 when he went to be with his beloved wife, Louella. She predeceased him in 2001. They had been married for 68 years. With only a seventh grade education, he dug the basement by hand for the home he built. He was an avid reader of only factual material. He worked many years for the Sinclair Oil and Firestone companies in Bath. He then went to work for the Taylor Wine in Hammondsport, where he was chosen by Clarence Taylor to work at his home as chauffeur and gardener. He later became one of Mr. Taylor’s caregivers and remained with the Taylor Wine Company until he retired. In his younger years, he was friends with men like Henry Kleckler, who was a machinist for Glenn Curtis. He also attained his life’s dream earning a pilot’s license and bought, refurbished, and flew his own plane. He also was a member of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons for over 30 years, a member of the Bethel Assembly of God Church in Bath. He is survived by three daughters Betty (Edward) Stopka and Marjorie Carson, both of Bath, and Sally (John) Stopka of Wayne, N.Y.; two sisters Eileen (Don) Thompson of Bath and Donna Colson of Wheeler, N.Y.; 10 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and 10 great great grandchildren. He is predeceased by Wilmot Thompson, Wilma Wheaton, Mildred Stewart and Richard Thompson. Friends may call at the Seager-Jones Funeral Home, 4 E. Washington Street, Bath on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 from 2-4 and 5-7 p.m. Masonic services will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and funeral service will follow at 7 p.m., his pastor to officiate. Burial will be in Grove Cemetery, Bath, N.Y. - Corning Leader, 9 Mar 2008
? - Genevieve F. Hofstetter, 91, of 303 Kingsbury Ave., Corning, died Friday, March 7, 2008 at the Founders Pavilion. She was employed as an upholsterer seamstress for area furniture stores. Survivors include two sons, Arthur E. Hofstetter and Stephen J. Hofstetter, both of Corning. Calling hours are 5-7 p.m. Monday, March 10 at Carpenter’s Funeral Home, LLC, 14 E. Pulteney St. Services will be held there at the conclusion of calling hours at 7 p.m. Monday, March 10. - Corning Leader, 7 Mar 2008
? - Rondinella “Nella” Ninos, 90, formerly of Thacherville, N.Y., died Friday, Feb. 29, 2008 at the Nottingham Nursing Home after a long illness. She was employed as a seamstress at Burdine’s Department Store in Florida and with her husband was the owner/operator of the former Beacon Inn in Thacherville. Survivors include two sons, Emanuel Ninos of Dundee, Dr. John Ninos of Northumberland; daughter, Katherine Ninos of Santa Fe, N.M.; half-brother, Genarro Canzanella of Naples, Italy. Calling hours are 5-7 p.m. Friday, March 14 at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 14 at St. Ann’s Church. Burial will be in Alfred Rural Cemetery. - Corning Leader, 11 Mar 2008
? - Leona J. Peters, 70, of 625 Allegheny St., Jersey Shore, died March
6, 2007 in Lock Haven Hospital Extended Care. She was born Sept. 27, 1937
in Lock Haven. Her son, Ronald L. Peters, preceded her in death. Memorial
services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, March 8, at the Donald G. Walker
Funeral Home, 231 High St., Flemington, with the Rev. Ken Lynn officiating.
- Williamsport Sun Gazette, 7 Mar 2008