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.
BAIER - Sister M. Paula Baier, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, died on Thursday, March 6, 2008 at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton. She was born on August 26, 1916 in Nisbet, PA. She was the daughter of the late Robert and Rebecca Stopper Baier. She received a Bachelor degree in education from Marywood College. Sister Paula was an elementary teacher. She served at schools in North Carolina, New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. From 1984 until the time of her death, she served as a prayer minister at the Marian Convent and Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton. She was preceded in death by five brothers, Charles, Reverend Paul, Edmund, Norbert and Robert; and five sisters, Frances Lucasi, Edith Bower, Mary Stopper, Marcella McCaslin and Rose Deitrick. She is survived by a sister, Amelia Troisi of Williamsport; a brother, Joseph, of Johnson City, NY; and nieces and nephews. The funeral was held Monday, March 10. Interment was at St. Catherine Cemetery, Moscow. Memorial contributions may be made to the IHM Sisters Retirement Fund, IHM Center, 2300 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA 18509. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 19 Mar 2008
BASTIAN - COMSTOCK, Audrey Marguerite (Bastian), Of Elmira, NY, died on Saturday, March 15, 2008, at Elcor Health Service. Audrey was born on April 30, 1923 in East Point, PA, to the late Miles and Bertha Evelyn Comstock. She married the love of her life, Harry E. Comstock on October 4, 1943; they spent 63 years together; Harry died on May 20, 2007. Audrey is survived by her children, Robert (Nancy) Comstock of Horseheads, NY, Gary (Diane) Comstock of Gillett, PA, and Alan (Mary) Comstock of Elmira, NY; grandchildren, Robert (Tammy) Comstock of Horseheads, NY, Colleen (Jim) Pollen of Horseheads, NY, Christopher Comstock of Gillett, PA, Jason Comstock and fiancee', Kristi Case of Gillett, PA, Jenifer Comstock of Syracuse, NY, and Spc. Bryan (Corine) Comstock of Clarksville, TN; great-grandchildren, Kyle and Darren Pollen of Horseheads, NY, Tyler Comstock of Gillett, PA, Tia and Brandon Comstock of Horseheads, NY; sister, Dortha A. (John) Stoppa of Williamsport, PA; special friend, Mrs. Betty Harter; several nieces and nephews. She was also predeceased by her father, Miles in 1948; mother, B. Evelyn in 1983; and sister, Erma M. Persun in 1984. In her younger days, Audrey was a machine operator at the Eclipse, a waitress for a total of 15 years at the Chuckwagon, Abe West and George's Sandwich Shop, and she work 5 years at "World In Color" until her retirement in 1981. It was Audrey's request that there be no calling hours and Funeral Service be held privately at the convenience of the family. Those wishing may make memorials to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, 945 County Route 64, Elmira, NY 14903, in Audrey's memory. The family would like to sincerely thank all of the staff at Elcor Health Services for the wonderful care, kindness, and compassion given to Audrey and the family during her stay. Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/16/2008.
BENJAMIN - Meylert 'Ben' Benjamin 80, died Monday, Mar. 10, 2008, in Phoenix, Ariz. He was the beloved husband of 50 years to the late Marjorie (Kester) Benjamin. He was born March 16, 1927, in Towanda, the son of Richard and Tess Benjamin. He attended Tunkhannock High School where he was a three-sport athlete. In his senior year (1944-45), Benjamin scored the most points of any athlete on both the football and basketball teams. He also played first base on the baseball team. For 20 years he owned and operated B&B Appliances in Sunnyslope, Ariz. Many of the less fortunate suffering from greatly reduced circumstances were given a helping hand from Ben. Those who received his aid always repaid him in full but their gratitude and respect for his charity and trust was payment enough. Surviving are his sister Phyllis Walls, his son James along with his wife Jan, his daughter Beth Ann, granddaughter Jennifer Leggat (Benjamin), grandson Jason, and his great granddaughter Lauren Mary. Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, Department of Arizona, 38 W. Dunlap, Phoenix, AZ 85021 Submitted by Carol Hoose Brotzman. 03/19/2008 Tunkhannock New Age
BERZINSKY - Stephen Berzinsky, Jr., 77, of Johnstown, PA, formerly of Montoursville, PA, died March 17, 2008, at his home. Born December 21, 1930, in Jerome, PA, he was the son of Stephen, Sr., and Katherine (Marszalek) Berzinsky. Stephen was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Joseph and John Berzinsky; and sisters, Mary Rosatti, Anna Palmer and Elizabeth Blough. He is survived by sisters, Olga Manioc, Hummelstown, PA; Michael Berzinsky and wife Lillian, Streetsboro, OH; numerous nieces and nephews; and a special friend, George Howard Tompkins, Williamsport. He was an avid Philadelphia Phillies fan and supporter of the Little League World Series. He also enjoyed reading books and magazines in Braille and talking to his pet cockatiel. He was a graduate of the PA School for the Blind, Pittsburgh. He retired after 35 years of service with the PA Association for the Blind at the Penn DOT District 3-0 Maintenance Office, Williamsport. A viewing will be held from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Friday at the Hoffman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 409 Main St., Boswell. Rev. Fr. Gregory J. Michalisin will officiate. Interment in SS Peter & Paul Cemetery, Jerome. Donations in memory of Stephen may be sent to the Cambria County Association for the Blind, 211 Central Ave., Johnstown, PA 15902. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 19 Mar 2008
BRADFORD - Fred D. Bradford - (1929) The community and the church suffered a great loss in the death of Fred D Bradford, aged almost 75, died on Saturday morning of last week. He had been in poor health for months but it was hoped that he would regain health and strength. He was a man held in high esteem. He was an elder in the Presbyterian Church for many years, he was a director in the Grange Insurance Society and was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Troy. In every position in life he was faithful. Friends from near and far came to the funeral, which was a very large one. There survive the widow [Harriet], a son, George in Austinville, a son Burton in Seattle and a daughter, Mrs. [Lena] Arthur Crittenden in Coudersport. There are 12 grandchildren.
BRINK - Helen B. Laughner, 89, of Montoursville, died on Friday, March 14, 2008, at the Gatehouse Hospice Unit at Divine Providence Hospital in Williamsport. Her husband of 23 years, Ray Laughner, predeceased Helen in June of 1971. Helen was born in Picture Rocks on August 2, 1918, the daughter of the late John E. and Blanche F. (Collins) Brink. She attended the former Pott’s Business School in Williamsport, and during World War II, she worked for the PP&L office in Muncy, until 1948 when she wed Ray Laughner and became a homemaker. She enjoyed spending time with her family, children and her dogs. She is survived by one son, Peter (Judy Ashman) Laughner, of Muncy, one daughter, Paula Laughner, with whom she lived, one step son, Reg Laughner of Williamsport, one brother, J. William Brink of Picture Rocks, two step grandchildren, two step great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by one brother, John “Buddy” Brink. A graveside service will be held on Monday at 2 p.m. the Picture Rocks Cemetery, with the Rev. Charles Mercer, pastor of the Picture Rocks Baptist Church, officiating. Friends will be received at the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 East Water St., Hughesville, on Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. The family suggests that if memorial contributions are to be made in Helen’s name, please consider the Gatehouse Hospice Unit, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701 or the Picture Rocks Baptist Church, PO Box 408, Picture Rocks, PA 17762 - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 15 Mar 2008
BROWN - Maynard C. (Sonny) Brown Jr., 69, of 241 Back Street, Montoursville, died Monday, March 17, 2008 at the Gatehouse Hospice following a brief illness. Sonny was predeceased by his wife, the former Josephine Embeck, in 1979. Sonny was an Army veteran and a member of American Legion Post #1. Born March 19, 1938 in Williamsport, he was the son of Maynard C. Sr. and Evelyn Taylor Brown. Surviving are a son, Terry, and a daughter, Brenda Wertz, both of Montoursville; six step-children; two brothers; three sisters; 20 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at Montoursville Cemetery with Rev. Lynn A. Wheeler officiating. No visitation. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Gatehouse Hospice, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport. Knight-Confer Funeral Home. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 19 Mar 2008
CALLAHAN - Bernard L. Callahan, 75, a resident of Montoursville died peacefully, surrounded by family at home Saturday March 15, 2008. Bernie was born in Williamsport on February 14, 1933, a son of Eugene J. and Lauretta E. Bower Callahan. He was a member of Montoursville Presbyterian Church, a 1951 graduate of the former St. Mary’s High School and a veteran of the Korean War having served in the Navy for four years and Naval Reserve for an additional two years. After returning from the service, Bernie became an apprentice pressman at the Sun-Gazette for five years before moving to Rochester, N.Y. for eight years, he then moved back to Montoursville taking a position at the Sun-Gazette, retiring as production superintendent in 1993 after 38 years. Bernie worked numerous part-time jobs after retirement until November of 2007. A sports enthusiast, he was an avid basketball and football fan, and was a referee for college and high school basketball for 27 years until February 22, 1980. Bernie enjoyed gardening and being with family, especially his grandchildren. He and his wife, the former Patricia Free celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary September 19, 2008. Surviving in addition to his wife are four children, Cindy Jordan and husband Eric of DuBoistown, Shawn Callahan and companion Becky of Pittsburgh, Jennifer Middlesworth and companion Greg of Montoursville, Christine Hoffman and husband Jack of Williamsport, eight grandchildren, Sarah Clark and husband Adam, Amanda Weaver, Trevor, Tanner and Trey Williamson, Sadie Fellinger, Autumnn and Brock Jordan, a great grandson Peyton Clark, and a sister Pauline Bennett of Curwensville, PA. A brother Harold E. Callahan, two sisters Catherine Vogel and Ruth Folk, preceded him in death. A funeral service will be held Wednesday 11 a.m. at Montoursville Presbyterian Church, 900 Elm St. Montoursville with his pastor, Rev. Ollie Wagner officiating Friends may call at the Crouse Funeral Home 133 East Third St. Williamsport from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday evening. Burial will be in Montoursville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Montoursville Presbyterian Church. 900 Elm St. Montoursville, PA 17754 or Susquehanna Home Hospice, 1100 Grampian Blvd 4 south, Williamsport, PA 17701 or the SPCA, 2805 Reach Rd. Williamsport, PA 17701. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 17 Mar 2008
CASE - Merritt L. Case - (1923) a native of Troy who for years had been a valued employee in the expert mechanical department of the Monarch Typewriter Works, first in Syracuse and for the last seven years at Ilion, NY died at his home in Ilion last Saturday night after a week’s serious illness. A cripple, he was able to keep about by the aid of mechanical appliances of his own invention so ingenious as to make him and them the subject of a number of magazine articles. With it all he kept up a cheerful outlook on life which was the constant admiration of his associates. His wife survives, two daughters, Mrs. Edith Buckley of Athens, and Mrs. Ora Stanton of Baltimore, one brother, Arthur of Chicago and several grandchildren. The funeral was held on Tuesday and interment was in the Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion.
CHAMPLUVIER - 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. He 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, enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing card games and raising all kinds of animals. He loved attending Cornerstone Baptist Church in Exeter. Dewayne 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, MA and Rudy King and his wife, Patty of Ashby, MA; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, three brothers and one sister. A memorial service was held at 1 p.m. on 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. - Wyalusing Rocket Courier, 13 Mar 2008
CHOATE - Lyle Choate Flood - (1931) Aged 73 and widow of the late Dr. Frank Flood, former Mayor of Elmira, died in her home with her daughter, Mrs. L R Guillaume at 10 o’clock Tuesday morning, May 19th, from a heart attack after only a few hours of serious illness. A member of the famous Choate family, she was born in Seneca County, New York, and resided for over twenty years in Elmira before coming to Troy to make her home with her daughter, Of kindly and companionable disposition, Mrs. Flood was endowed with a keen sense of humor and endeared herself to all who came in contact with her. She was a member of St Paul’s Episcopal Church and of St Paul’s Guild. Mrs. Flood is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Minerva Guillaume, Troy and Mrs. Constance Page, Binghamton, one brother, Willis Choate, Binghamton and a sister, Mrs. D C Burroughs, Windsor, NY. The funeral will be held from St Paul’s Friday morning, her Pastor, the Rev. Fred W Thumbore officiating with burial in the family plot in the Interlaken, NY cemetery.
CHRISTIAN - Robert P. “Bob” Christian, 80, of Cogan Station, died Thursday, March 13, 2008, in the Gatehouse at Divine Providence Hospital. He was born March 22, 1927, in Piatt Twp., a son of Elton T. and Erma Ruth Willits Christian. Bob was the husband of the former Alice Eldora Rooker and they were married on January 26, 1957. He was a U.S. Army Korean War veteran. Bob retired from Piper Aircraft after 27 years of service. In the late 40’s and 50’s he worked at the Newberry Rail Yards. He enjoyed railroading and trains. Bob was a certified volunteer conductor at the Wellsboro Tioga Central Railroad. Bob enjoyed car rides on back roads with his wife and loved the company of his dogs and cats. He loved the woods and “buzzing” wood. Bob also enjoyed going to antique machinery shows. Bob was a member of the Loyalsock Valley Antique Machinery Assoc. He enjoyed making apple butter and delivering Meals on Wheels. Surviving besides his wife of 51 years are a son, Edward (Christine) Christian of Cogan Station, a daughter, Gloria (Chuck) Wittig of Monroeton; three grandchildren, Christopher R. Christian of El Paso TX, Jennifer L. (Roy) Simonds of Presidio TX and Nicole Wittig of Shelbyville IN; one great granddaughter, Gwenyth; four sisters, Doris Cook, Helen Booth both of Jersey Shore, Liz Alexander and Ruth Ann Quiggle both of TX. He was predeceased by a brother, Dale Christian. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Family suggests memorial contributions can be made to the Gatehouse, 1100 Grampian Blvd. Williamsport, PA 17701 Arrangements are being handled by the Rearick-Carpenter Funeral Home, Ltd “A Life Celebration Home” 1002 Allegheny St., Jersey Shore. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 16 Mar 2008
CLARK - George W Clark -The Rensselaer County Standard of June 26th, carried a first page picture and complete obituary of the late George W Clark who died in his home in Hoosick Falls on June 24th. He was 72 years old, president of the E-Z Mills Inc, was very prominent in affairs of the village and its bank, and left a large estate. Mrs. Clark was the former Miss Mattie Herrick, Troy girl and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Delos Herrick. Mr. Clark while in Troy, was superintendent of the woolen mills, across Sugar Creek in the rear of the Mott place, now owned by Albert McCraney.
CLARK - Nancy Van Horn Walters, 73 years, a lifetime resident of Corning and graduate of Corning Free Academy, died Thursday March 13, 2008 at Founders Pavilion. She was born July 25, 1935 in Corning, NY, the daughter of the late Thomas S. and Florence Doane Clark. In earlier years Nancy was a legal secretary and had volunteered her secretarial skills for the hospital and other agencies in the area. Surviving are her sons, Jay Van Horn and Guy Van Horn. Also several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Friends may call at the Haughey Funeral Home 216 E. First St., Corning, NY Monday March 17, 2008 from 12 noon to 1:00pm with a Funeral Service and Committal Prayers to follow at 1pm at the funeral home. Interment will be held in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Corning, NY. Memorial Donations can be given in Nancy’s name to Stewart Park Pre School, 301 Walter Smith Terrace, Corning, NY 14830. - Corning Leader, 15 Mar 2008
CLEMOW - Reverend Hamilton G. Clemow, 68, of Fairmount Township, PA, died Thursday, March 6, 2008 at Hospice Community Care, Geisinger, South Wilkes-Barre. Born in Shavertown, he was a son of the late Hamilton and Mary Martin Clemow. He was a graduate of Dallas Township High School, attended Wilkes College and was a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary. Before retiring, he was a minister for the Wyoming Conference of the United Methodist Church, serving churches in Huntsville, Lemon, East Lemon, Silvara, South Auburn, Centermoreland, East Dallas and Dymond Hollow. He was a member of the Centermoreland United Methodist Church. He served his country in the Marines and Air Force. Following his military service, he was employed at the Tobyhanna Army Depot for 26 years after which he entered the ministry until retiring. Surviving are his wife of 43 years, the former Mary Mokychic; sons, Scott Clemow and Gregory Clemow and wife, Linda of Sweet Valley; grandson, Matthew Clemow of Sweet Valley; brothers, Richard of Clearwater, FL and Ronald of Vernon; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jack and Betty Mokychic of Orange, nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Monday, March 10 at 11 a.m. from the Richard H. Disque Funeral Home, Inc., 672 Memorial Highway, Dallas, with the Revs. Drew Cottle and Jackson H. Cox officiating. Interment was in Memorial Shrine Park, Carverton. Friends called Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Centermoreland United Methodist Church, 1244 State Route 292, Tunkhannock, PA 18657 - Wyalusing Rocket Courier, 13 Mar 2008
COMES James D., of Knoxville, PA, Age 49, of 305 North Water
, Saturday, March 15, 2008, at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA. Born in Ithaca, April 25, 1958, a son of James A. and Agnes (Meyer) Comes, Jim had resided the majority of his life in the Almond area before moving to Knoxville in 1987. Jim was a graduate of the Alfred Almond Central School, Class of 1976. He then graduated in 1980 from The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor's degree in horticulture and in 1994 Jim received his Master's from the University of Phoenix in organizational management. Jim had been employed by the former Hornell AGWAY; from 1987 to 1992, Jim was the manager of the Knoxville AGWAY. In 1992, he then started as an instructor and later became an Associate Professor at Alfred State College horticulture dept. until the program ended. Jim was well-known for his caring personality, his passion for teaching, and was loved by all of his students. Jim loved woodworking and taught by master craftsman to make hand-carved bowls. He also loved exotic plants and was a devoted Penn State football fan. For the last 4 1/2 years Jim and Michele owned and operated the Sears store in Wellsboro, PA. Along with his parents, he is survived by his loving wife, Michele (Sable) Comes, whom he married on October 14, 1989; one sister, Cindy (John) Ketz of Rocky Hill, CT; one brother, Joe (Sandy) Comes of Buffalo; father and mother-in-law, Arthur and Shirley Sable of North Bay, NY; two brothers-in-law, Tom (Becky) Sable of Canisteo, Jon (Lara) Sable of Hiddenite, NC; his loving dog, Keesha; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. The family will be present to receive friends at the Bender-Brown & Powers Funeral Home, 354 Canisteo St., Hornell from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, 2008, and on Thursday, March 20, 2008, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. where funeral services will follow calling hours at 1 p.m. with Rev. Steve Dygert officiating. Burial will be in Alfred Rural Cemetery. Friends may consider making memorial contributions to: The Jim Comes Horticulture Scholarship Fund c/o Steuben Trust, 928 State Rt. 244, Alfred, NY 14803. Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/18/2008.
DALGLISH - WEISMANN Marian Dalglish, Age 85, of Elmira, NY, died on Tuesday, March 11, 2008, while living in Bay Village, OH. She was born on October 9, 1922 in Elmira, NY to the late Harrison J. and Bessie L. (Crispin) Dalglish. Marian was predeceased by her spouse, Kenneth in 2005; and her brothers, Ernest and Arthur. Survivors include her sister, Charlotte Richardson of Savannah, GA; sister-in-law, Marian Dalglish of Italy; and cousin, Shirley (Walter) Dunbar Odomirok of Ovid, NY. She is also survived by her four daughters, Anne (James) Larrabee of Elmira, Judy (Thomas) Jaudon of Baltimore, MD, Charlotte (Beth) (William) Stocksdale of Myrtle Beach, SC, and Nancy (David) Stainbrook of Bay Village, OH. Her grandchildren also survive her, Tricia (James) Bocchimuzzo of Montauk, NY, Scott Larrabee of Elmira, Kim McNaughton and son, Grayden of Erie, CO, Jessica (Steve) Cass and son, Justin of Eagle, CO, Scott (Kate) Jaudon and sons, Adam and Sam of Catonsville, MD, James Stocksdale of Sykesville, MD, John Stocksdale of Myrtle Beach, SC, and Andy, Matt, and Tim Stainbrook of Bay Village, OH. Marian was a graduate of Rochester Business Institute. She was employed by Gorton Coy for many years and retired after 20 years from the City of Elmira Woodlawn Cemetery Commission. Marian was devoted to her family, an avid gardener and bird watcher, dog lover, and a die-hard Yankees fan. Marian was also a lifetime member of The Park Church. A Celebration of Marian's Life will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. If desired, memorial donations may be sent to The Park Church, 208 W Gray St., Elmira, NY 14901. Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/15/2008.
DAVISON - F. Trubee Davison, Jr-15 year old grandson of Henry P. Davison, died Thursday evening, Sept 9th from leukemia. His father, F. Trubee Davison, was Assistant Secretary of War in the Hoover cabinet and spoke here several years ago to the graduating class on the Davison Green, gift of his father to Troy Borough.
DIEHL - Marjorie Mary (Peggy) Egli, 84, died on Wednesday, March 12, 2008, in the Muncy Valley Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit. Born in Danville, Montour County, PA, on Monday, April 16, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Eugene H. Diehl. She was the widow of David Paul Egli who preceded her in death on March 27, 2005. Peggy was a 1941 graduate of Danville High School. She was employed by the former Montgomery Mills for 15 years. She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church at Muncy, PA for over 60 years and had taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School for many years. She was a member of the church choir for over 50 years. Peggy was a former member of the West Branch Chorale and enjoyed camping with her family. For a number of years she was an avid bowler. She is survived by one son, Wesley Egli, Picture Rocks, PA; two daughters and 1 son-in-law, Mary Lentz, Kingston, NY; Bonnie and Rodney Brown, Muncy, PA; five grandchildren, Margot Brown; Melissa Lentz; Carrie Egli; Steven Brown; Charles Lentz; two sisters, Betty Zeisloft, Catawissa, PA; Frances Campbell, Danville, PA; one brother, Roland Diehl, Vancouver, WA. In addition to her husband, Peggy was preceded in death by 1 sister, Harriet and 2 brothers, Harold Diehl and Carl Diehl. Funeral services will be conducted from the First United Methodist Church, 602 South Market Street, Muncy, PA at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, March 15, 2008 with Reverend Michael R. Gardy, her pastor, officiating. Interment will be in the Muncy Cemetery. Friends may call on Saturday from 9:30 - 11:00 A.M. at the church. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the West Branch Chorale, C/O Jeanne Berninger, 306 W. Penn Street, Muncy, PA 17756 or to the Susquehanna Health System Skilled Nursing Unit, 215 E. Water Street, Muncy, PA 17756. Arrangements are being handled by the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 108 North Main Street, Muncy, PA. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 13 Mar 2008
DIVENS - Ezra A. Divens, age 98, of Bath, NY died Thursday, March 13, 2008 at the Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital. He was born in Hornby, NY, December 25, 1908 the son of Washington and Nina Crawson Divens. He was the Owner of Divens Esso Gas Station and Grocery in Campbell, NY. He is survived by his daughter, Eva (Robert) Graham of Campbell, NY; two sons, Floyd (Judy) Divens of Lindley, NY and Loren (Phyllis) Divens of Savona, NY, 16 grandchildren, several great grandchildren and several great great grandchildren; two sisters, Lois Geyer and Vesta Gardner both of Bath, NY and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, his wife, Agnes, daughter Dora Polmanteer, brother Harold and two sisters, Thelma and Mabel. Friends may call on Monday March 17th from Noon-2:00 pm at Fagan’s Funeral Home in Bath with services to follow at 2:00 pm with Reverend Dale Ingraham officiating. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery, Campbell, NY. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Fred & Harriett Taylor Health Center, 7571 State Route 54, Bath, New York 14810 or a charity of one’s choice. - Corning Leader, 15 Mar 2008
DUNKLE - June E. Waldman, 75, of Collomsville, died Saturday, March 15, 2008, at her residence. She was born near Catawissa June 14, 1932, a daughter of Floyd and Sara Dalius Dunkle. She was a Williamsport High School graduate. She was married to Vincent O. Waldman for 53 years and he survives. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church of Bastress and the Saint Ann’s Society. Besides her husband Vince, she is survived by two daughters, Donna Marie Cowles (Nick) of Cogan Station and Debra Ann MacPhail (Stephen) of Montgomery, one sister, Grace Laubach of Valley View and one brother, Marlin Dunkle of Louden, Tenn., and two grandchildren, Nichole and Jessica. She was predeceased by a brother Clarence formerly of Daytona Beach, Fla. June’s Life Celebration will begin with a visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at the Maneval Funeral Home, 500 W. Fourth St., Williamsport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 19 at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church in Bastress by her priest the Rev. Thomas Petro. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Her family will provide the flowers and suggests contributions be made to either Susquehanna Hospice or The Gatehouse, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, Pa 17701. Rearick-Carpenter Funeral Home, A Life Celebration Home, Jersey Shore, is handling arrangements. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 17 Mar 2008
DUNNING - Wilber Dunning - formerly of Troy, only son of Warren Dunning, died suddenly at his home in Watkins about 2 o’clock last Friday afternoon. For some time he had been working in the Shepard crane shops at Montour Falls. He was not feeling well Friday morning and did not go to work. After dinner he complained of severe pain and his wife prepared a camphor sling for him. When she returned to his room a short time later he was dead. A physician certified death from acute indigestion. He was 31 years old. He leaves a widow, his father, and one sister, Mrs. C. A. Shook of Troy. The funeral was held at the home at 2 Sunday afternoon and interment was at Watkins.
ENGLISH - Carole A. Seitz, 69, of Linglestown, formerly of Wellsboro, died Thursday, March 6, 2008 at her home. Born in Corning, NY, she was the daughter of the late Richard and Evelyn Keck English and was the widow of Kenneth Seitz, who died in 1992. Surviving are two daughters, Penny L. Potteiger and her husband, Jeff, with whom she lived; Gina L. Schultheiss of Linglestown; a son, Ken E. and his wife, Candice of Lancaster; a sister, Sandy Sladkey of North Carolina; nine grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. A viewing was held Monday, March 10 at 10 a.m. until time of services at Hoover Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Harrisburg. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Pastor Brian P. Harrison officiated. Burial was made in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to Pinnacle Health Hospice, 3705 Elmwood St., Harrisburg, PA 17110 - Mansfield Gazette, 12 Mar 2008
ETTWEIN - Richard D. Ettwein, 60, of 1510 Memorial Ave., Williamsport, died at his home on Wednesday, March 12, 2008. Born November 12, 1947 in Williamsport, he was the son of William P. and Elsie F. McGuire Ettwein. Richard had been employed as a meat cutter and manager for Acme and BiLo Markets. He was a veteran of the Viet Nam War, a member of VFW Post 7863 in DuBoistown, and the Polish Club in Newberry. Surviving are his former wife, Sandy Ettwein of Lock Haven; two daughters, Michelle Welteroth of Muncy and Lynette Snyder of Jersey Shore; a brother, Joseph S. Ettwein of Federalsburg, Md.; a sister, Patricia Bryan of city; and three grandchildren. Richard was preceded in death by a sister, Jeannette L. Hope and a brother, George W. Ettwein. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in Wildwood Cemetery with Pastor Jack Delaney officiating. Military honors will be accorded by the Korean War Veterans of Lycoming County. The family will provide the flowers. Arrangements by Sanders Mortuary. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 15 Mar 2008
FLEMING - Harry L. Fleming Jr., 67 of Scottwood Avenue, Elmira Heights, died Thursday, March 13, 2008 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center. Survivors include a daughter, Mary Lynn Mikell of Metter, Ga.; a sister, Annette Walker of Masa, Ariz.; a brother, John E. Fleming of East Corning; four stepsons, Fred Lounsbery of Elmira Heights, Kenneth Lounsbery and Randy Lounsbery, both of Middletown, and Richard Lounsbery of Pulaski; a stepdaughter, Sharon Shipp of Raleigh, N.C. Services will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Acly-Stover Funeral Home in Corning, the Rev. James Ellis officiating. - Corning Leader, 16 Mar 2008
FRANKEL - Michael J. Frankel, 55, of David St., Corning died Friday, March 14, 2008 at Corning Hospital. He was born June 7, 1952 in Corning the son of the late Joseph and Nellie (Bell) Frankel. He married Grace A. (Woughter) Frankel on October 29, 1982 in Corning, NY. He is survived by his wife, Grace Frankel of Corning; son, Timothy Frankel of Corning; daughters, Bryanna Frankel of Corning, Karyn Cummings of Addison and Tammy Eccelston of Addison; sisters, Bonnie Benson of Waverly, Joanne Ayers of Corning and June Tenene of Painted Post; Grandchildren, Brittni, David, Jeremie, Makayla, Tim, Mika and Cassidy; several nieces and nephews. Committal services will be held at Bath National Cemetery with full Military Honors on Thursday, March 20, 2008 at 11:30 a.m. with Rev. Kit Tobin officiating. Acly-Stover Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements. - Corning Leader, 18 Mar 2008
FREEBORN - Miss Belle Freeborn -(1931) Word came last week to this community of the death of Miss Belle Freeborn. Funeral was at Belmont on Monday at ten o’clock. She was long a resident of this vicinity and had a wide circle of friends.
FRY - Rosella E. Miller, 88, of 450 Miller Road, Upper Fairfield Twp., died Wednesday, March 12, 2008, at Manor Care Health Services, where she was a guest. She was born April 1, 1919, in Williamsport, the daughter of Willard D. and Beatrice E. Reeder Fry. Rosella was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd and the St. Martha’s Guild. She was predeceased by her parents; husband, Elwood C. Miller, whom she married July 13, 1940; brother, Dale Fry; and sister, Thelma Parke. Rosella is survived by a son, Willard E. (Judy) Miller of Montoursville; three daughters, Mabel B. (Glen) Karschner, Delores A. (Fiancé-Richard Fisher) Clayton, and Verna M. (Larry) Wilson all of Montoursville; a brother, Dean Fry of Hughesville; two sisters, Madeline Bachle of Muncy and Evelyn Parke of Montoursville; ten grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren. The funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Monday, March 17, 2008 at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 827 Good Shepherd Road, Montoursville, PA 17754, with the Rev. John F. Hoover officiating. Internment will follow in the Church of the Good Shepherd Cemetery. Friends may call at the Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St., Montoursville, Sunday afternoon from 2-4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made the Church of the Good Shepherd. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 14 Mar 2008
GEDON - George W. Gedon, age 79, of 108 Sunset Circle, Montoursville, died March 12, 2008, at the Gatehouse Hospice at Divine Providence Hospital in Williamsport. Mr. Gedon was born May 26, 1928, in Lock Haven, and was the son of the late Albert O. and Katherine M. Grugan Gedon-Maggs. He was married September 12, 1951, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Lock Haven to Antoinette T. Rinella Gedon, who survives. George was a graduate of the Lock Haven High School in 1946 and a graduate of Eckles Mortuary School in Philadelphia. He was also a 1968 graduate of Lycoming College and had attended the former Williamsport Area Community College and Penn State in the Continuing Education programs. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Gedon was a former broadcaster with WWPA and WRAK in Williamsport and had been an on-air broadcaster for the former KATV. George had been a reporter/editor with the former Grit Publishing Company and served as assistant public relations director with Little League Baseball Inc., before opening the Gedon Funeral Home on Northway Road, Loyalsock Twp., which he sold in 1996. He also served 18 years as Lycoming County coroner. He served six years on the Williamsport Area School Board and was a member of the Saint Ann’s Catholic Church in Williamsport. He was a SeniorNet Council board member, assisting in coaching SeniorNet Computer Classes. George had volunteered with the Northcentral Sight Services where he was a Radio Reader. He was also an active board member of the Sentimental Journey at Cub Haven in Lock Haven, serving as program editor. Surviving in addition to his wife Antoinette Gedon, are two daughters, Mrs. Teresa E. (Dale) Miller, Cogan Station, and Mrs. Georgianne (Kenneth) Lipscomb, Raleigh, N.C.; a son, George A. (Cathy) Gedon, Lock Haven; a brother, Edward (Alberta) Gedon of Avis; five granddaughters, three grandsons, two great-grandsons and a great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Gedon. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 12 noon in the Saint Ann’s Catholic Church, 1220 Northway Road, Williamsport. Celebrant will be Father Andrew Kurovsky of the Saint Ann’s Catholic Church. Family and friends will be received in the Saint Ann’s Catholic Church from 10 a.m. until the time of the services at 12 noon. Private interment will be in the Saint Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Lock Haven. The family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorials will be accepted to the Gatehouse Hospice or the James V. Brown Library in Williamsport, through the funeral home. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 14 Mar 2008
GIGLIOTTI - Mary L. Midey, 90, formerly of State St., died Saturday March 15, 2008 at The Nottingham in Dewitt, Onondaga County. A memorial mass at St. Patrick's Catholic Church 97 W. Bayard St. will be announced at a later date. Contributions may be made to Life Links Inc. 145 Lexington Ave. Lowell, MA. 01854 in memory of Mrs. Midey. Born in Geneva, the daughter of Joseph and Petronella Gigliotti on June 23, 1917. She graduated from Geneva High School and St. Joseph's Nursing School in Elmira, NY class of 1938. She married Attorney Nicholas V. Midey Sr. on July 19, 1943. A member of St. Patricks Guild and Altar Society, Seneca Falls Country Club and was an avid golfer and Bridge player. Also a member of the Womens Hall of Fame, Rumseyville Sportsmens Club Aux. Was associated with the Red Cross Bloodmobile for over 50 years and the Seneca County Childrens Committee. Mary was so well known for her ability for making Jam. She so much enjoyed her family and cooking. Mary is survived by her children: Anthony (Carol) Midey of Painted Post, NY, Nicholas (Marie) Midey, Jr. of Manilus, NY, Carol Midey (Timothy Besser) of Andover MA., son-in-law David Halberstadt of Belmont, MA and her brother Peter Gigliotti of Las Vegas, NV. She is also survived by eight grandchildren: Anthony Midey, Jr. Sarah Halberstadt, Paul Midey, Anne Midey, Matthew Midey, Ellen Midey, Michael and Hayley Besser, two great grandchildren: Jonathan and Elizabeth Midey and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter Joanne Midey Halberstadt in 1988, her husband Nicholas Midey, Sr. on July 9, 2007 and brothers: Gabriel and Angelo Giglotti. Sisters: Christine Tandle, Rose Logosh, Carmella Critelli, Jane Minonno, Anne Pomponio and Sister Maria Giuseppa SSJ. Sanderson-Moore Funeral Home, Inc., 32 State St., Seneca Falls is in charge of arrangements. - Corning Leader, 18 Mar 2008
HARBACH - David Lewis Harbach, 76, of Antes Fort died Friday, March 14, 2008, at Jersey Shore Hospital Emergency Room. He was born October 31, 1931, in Lock Haven the son of the late Harry Edward & Catherine Sarah (Englert) Harbach, Sr. David was married to the former Christine L. Biser on May 14, 1988. He worked for Piper Aircraft from 1955 until it’s closing and later worked for H.R.R. Thompson. He attended Antes Fort United Methodist Church. He enjoyed restoring Farmall tractors and was a member of Antes Fort Tractor Pullers Association. He enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a farmer, enjoyed woodworking, carpentry, cutting wood and raising his horses. Surviving are his loving wife, one son James (Lisa) Harbach of Loganton and three daughters Donna (Lance) Heller, Mt. Pleasant, SC, Karen (Lee) Shreckengast of Millheim, PA and Deanna (Patrick) Harmon of Loganton, 14 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren, four sisters Dolly Leigey of Karthaus, Betty Ruhl of Loganton, Shirley Renninger of S. Williamsport and Dorothy Laubach of Loganton. He was preceded in death by two brothers Robert and Harry, Jr. A memorial service will be held 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at Antes Fort United Methodist Church with Rev. Thomas C. Jones officiating. The family requests that everyone joins them for a time of food and fellowship following the service. Memorial contributions can me made to the Antes Fort United Methodist Church P.O. 100, Antes Fort, PA 17720 Private burial will be at Mt. Union Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Frederick B. Welker Funeral Home, 125 N. Main Street, Jersey Shore. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 17 Mar 2008
HARVEY - Glenn J. Harvey, 49, of Muncy, died Wednesday, March 12, 2008, at the Valley View Nursing Center. Born September 3, 1958, in Williamsport, he was a son of Alvin G. and the late Betty J. Burkholder Harvey. Glenn was a member of the Sons of The American Legion Post 1, Williamsport and the Lions Club. He was an outdoor enthusiast who loved hunting. Surviving, in addition to his father, of Muncy, are seven brothers, Edward of Trout Run, Richard, Kenneth and Wilson all of Cogan Station, Daniel and Robert of Williamsport and Byron of Center Valley; and two sisters, Caroline Yohe of Muncy and Patricia Linn of Watsontown. A memorial service will held 11 a.m. Monday, March 17, at the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water St., Hughesville, with the Rev. Max L. Walters Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Montoursville Cemetery. Friends may call from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. The family will provide the flowers and suggest memorial contributions to Susquehanna Cancer Center, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 14 Mar 2008
HENNING - Allen R. Henning, 61, of Ormond Beach, Fla., formerly of South Williamsport, died Friday, March 14, 2008, after a long-fought illness. Services are being held in Florida. Allen is survived by his wife Jacklin; step daughter Melanie Bryans, Port Orange; two step sons Mark Alexander, Edgewater and Troy Alexander, Port Orange; a daughter Tanya Renninger, So. Williamsport; a brother Glenn Henning, a sister Joanne Lucas both of Colorado; two grandchildren; a niece Michelle, and a nephew Michael, both of Colorado. In lieu of other remembrances the family is requesting donations be made to the Halifax Humane Society, 2364 LPGA Blvd. Daytona Beach, FL 32124. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 19 Mar 2008
HILL - Blanche (Hill) Bennett, 85, of Williamsport died Friday, March 14, 2008, at Manor Care South where she was a patient one-month. She was born September 8, 1922, in Montgomery the daughter of the late Frank & Carrie Mae (Wertz) Hill. Blanche was preceded in death by her husband Elwood A. Bennett in 1948. She is survived by three daughters Mary Lou Jacobs of Hughesville, Sandy L. Spaid of Blairsville and Bonnie L. Duitch of Williamsport, 10 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and great great grandchildren and one brother Boyd Hill of Williamsport. At the request of the family there will be no visitation or service. Interment will be private at Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery. Arrangement’s are under the direction of Allen & Redmond Funeral Home, 331 Elmira Street. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 16 Mar 2008
HOFFMAN - Charles W. Hoffman, 56, of Barton, died Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at home. Mr. Hoffman was predeceased by: his wife, Dorothy Lorraine Rivers Hoffman; grandparents, Floyd and Edna Richards; uncle, Roland Richards; aunts, Eunice Merrill, Norma Petry; special cousin, Earl “Butch” Merrill Jr. He is survived by: his mother, Vivian Bennett, Athens; daughter, Burnadette Hoffman, Owego; grandchildren, Mackenzie Hoffman and Logan Bowen; sister, Marilyn Whittig, Ulster; brother, Paul (Janice) Bennett, Ulster; aunt, Eleanor Gibbs; several nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends, Terry ( Debbie) Acla and Dave Hornbrook. Funeral Services are to be held Friday, March 14, 2008 at noon at the Estey, Munroe and Fahey Funeral Home, 15 Park Street, Owego. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. prior to the services at the funeral home. - Sayre Morning Times, 13 Mar 2008
HYERS - Barzillia Hyers - (1930) Long Branch, NJ Dec 21. 91 year old Civil War veteran, who said he witnessed Barbara Fritchie’s defiance of the advance guard of General Lee’s army under “Stonewall” Jackson when it occupied Frederick, Md, September 7, 1862, died here last night at the home of a daughter. He fought in the battles of Fredericksburg and Gettysburg as a member of Company D, 14th Infantry.
KANN - Fred Lorn Kann, age 80, of 340 Wedgewood Drive, Mooresville, NC, died Sunday, March 16, 2008 at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center. He was retired from Ingersoll-Rand Company as chief draftsman for 45 years. He was born in Huntington, PA, October 19, 1927 son of the late Fredrick and Ida Apple Kann. He was in the US Army. Survivors include his wife, Ester Harley Kann. Son, Steven Kann and wife Lora of Elgin, SC. Daughter Julie Robbins and husband Jay of Corning, NY. Grandchildren Jacob, Kira, and Justin Robbins. Sisters Louise Fern Watt of Spring Church, PA, Donna Lou Conlon of Alexander, PA. Deceased sisters Vivian Stitt and Doris McElaim, deceased brother George Kann. Funeral Service will be 2:00 Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Dr. Clay Brown and Rev. Dr. Fred Coates presiding. Burial will follow at Glenwood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6:00-8:00 at Neill Funeral Home in Mooresville. Memorials to First Presbyterian Church, 249 West McLelland Avenue, Mooresville, NC 28115. Neill Funeral Home is serving the Kann family. - Corning Leader, 17 Mar 2008
KING - Viola E. Pauling, 94, died early Sunday, March 16, 2008, at the Williamsport Home, where she was a resident for a brief time. Born in Montgomery Oct. 20 1913, a daughter of William and Hanna Hively King. She was a graduate of the Williamsport Hospital School of Nursing in 1937. She was an RN at the Williamsport Hospital and also private duty. Her husband Richard E. Pauling Sr. died in November of 1973. She was a former High Street United Methodist Church member later transferring to New Hope United Methodist Church. Her survivors include one daughter, J. Kay Clees (William) of Montoursville, two sons, William S. Pauling (Nancy) of Fairfax Station, Va., and Richard E. Pauling Jr. (Donna) of Huntersville, one sister, Celesta Denosky of Muncy, seven grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 2 step great grandchildren. She was predeceased by a granddaughter and two sisters, Helen King and Thelma Gerringer. Viola’s Life Celebration will begin with a visitation on Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Maneval Funeral Home, “A Life Celebration Home,” 500 W. Fourth St., Williamsport followed on Thursday with a visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Services will be held at 11 a.m. with the Rev. William Clees Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to either Camp Susque, Trout Run, Pa 17771 or Susquehanna Home Health and Hospice, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, Pa 17701 - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 17 Mar 2008
KNOBLOCK - Daniel Charles “Danny” Knoblock, 61, of Concord, N.C., died Saturday, March 15, 2008 at Hospice House, Kannapolis, N.C. Born May 10, 1946 in Bronx County, N.Y., Mr. Knoblock was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and was a truck driver for Simmons Trucking. Mr. Knoblock was a member of DAV Chapter No. 27 and a member of the Catholic faith. Surviving are: wife Laura M. Knoblock at home; mother Mary C. Knoblock of Bronx, N.Y.; brothers John and wife Pat Knoblock of Florida, Michael and wife Kathy Knoblock of Long Island, N.Y., and William and wife Michelle Knoblock of Waverly; sister Maryann Knoblock of Waverly; and many nieces and nephews. Mr. Knoblock was predeceased by his father, Joseph Knoblock, and brothers Joseph, Robert, and Thomas Knoblock. A memorial service will be held Monday, March 17, 2008 at 10 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church, Concord, N.C., with Father James Geiger officiating. The family meeting place will be the home at 773 Firelight Court, Concord, N.C. Graveside military rites will be performed by DAV Veterans Honor Guard Wednesday at 2 p.m. at West Concord Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to Hospice and Palliative Care of Cabarrus Count, 5003 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis, NC 28081 - Sayre Morning Times, 17 Mar 2008
LEWIS - Robert L. Lewis, 86, of Leesburg, Fla., died on Wednesday, March 5, 2008. Born in Elmira, NY, he moved to Lake County, Fla. In 1994 from Horseheads, NY. He was a letter carrier with the Post Office; a Methodist; member of the American Legion Post #0154, Elmira Heights, NY; and the National Association of Letter Carriers. He is survived by his wife, Lois J. [Goodwin] Lewis of Leesburg, Fla.; two sons, Rev. Robert L. Lewis of Commerce, Ga., James E Lewis of Monroe, NY; step-daughter, Deborah Powell of Dallas, NC and daughter of Elmira, NY; step-son, Douglas Powell and family of Wellsboro; sister, Doris E. Fecich of Horseheads, NY; 10 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Memorial Services will be held in April in Elmira, NY. - Mansfield Gazette, 12 Mar 2008
LUCAS - John W. Lucas, 60, of 81 Washington St., Hornell, died, Sunday, March 16, 2008, at home. He was a retired Monroe County Water Authority employee. Survivors include his wife Christiane Smits of Hornell; two sons, John Lucas and Jason Lucas of Florida; a daughter, Lorraine Lewis of Wales; a step-son, Barklay Cooke of Sodus; a brother, Joseph Lucas of Houston Tex.; two sisters, Pauline Booth of Bath, Mary Talbott of Chicago Ill. There will be no calling hours. A memorial mass will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday March 19, at St. Ann’s Church. Arrangements are by the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell. - Corning Leader, 17 Mar 2008
LYNCH William J.E. "Bill"
52, of Panama City, Fla. departed company on Friday, Feb. 29, 2008 from cancer. He was surrounded by family at his sister's home in N.C. Bill was born to the late John T. "Chunky" Lynch and Joanne Eckler Lynch. Bill is also survived by his son Joseph Earl Lynch of Panama City, Fla., brother Michael T. of Coral Springs, Fla., sister Pat Terwilliger of Indian Trail, N.C. , sister Sue Lynch of Elmira, brother James Lynch of Elmira, uncle Bob and Gerry Eckler and Bill and Shirley Eckler of Horseheads, many nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. Bill retired from U.S. Airforce after 20 years of service, also the Florida Dept. of Corrections. At Bills request, there will be no calling hours. There will be a Private burial for Family. Memorial donations to Hospice of Union County, 700 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe, N.C. 28110. Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/13/2008.
MacDOWELL - Virginia M. Birdsall, 92, of RR 2 Ulster, Pa., formerly of Ardenia, N.J., died Wednesday evening, March 12, 2008, at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Millard V. Birdsall Jr. and Florence Birdsall in Ulster Twp., Pa. Born Nov. 5, 1915 in Wall Twp., N.J., she was the daughter of the late Enos and Katherine Morgen MacDowell. Virginia was formerly employed by several manufacturers in the Freehold, N.J. area. She was a member of the Adelphia Fire Co. Auxiliary, in Adelphia, N.J. Virginia enjoyed crocheting and reading. Surviving are: her son, Millard V. "Dick" Birdsall Jr. and his wife, Florence of RR 2 Ulster, Pa.; her daughter, Marion Johnson of Freehold, N.J.; nine grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren; her sister, Katherine Elizabeth Martin of Knox, N.Y.; several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Millard V. Birdsall Sr. in 1998. The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 15, 2008, at the Bowen-Farr Funeral Home, 6 Gordon Farr St., Ulster, Pa. The funeral service will be held Monday, March 17, 2008, at the Clayton & McGirr Funeral Home, 100 Elton-Adelphia Road, Freehold Twp., N.J. Interment will be in the Mapelwood Cemetery, Freehold Twp., N.J. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to Guthrie Hospice, Guthrie Square, Sayre, Pa. 18840, in Virginia M. Birdsall's memory. - Published in the Towanda Daily Review on 3/14/2008.
MAHOOD - Samuel Mahood- the dead body of Samuel Mahood was found by the roadside near the residence of Fred Sawyer, a mile south of Gillett, about 5 o’clock Wednesday morning. Then man’s neck and several ribs were broken and there was a bad bruise across the back. Mahood left home Tuesday evening with a horse and road cart, saying that he was going to a neighbor’s. As he worked for the farmers of the vicinity and not infrequently remained over night, his wife was not alarmed when he did not return. John Storch and Samuel Welch of Troy, in an automobile, came upon the cart in the road about 11 o’clock Tuesday night, two rods from where the body was found in the gutter the next morning. One of the thills was broken. The breast collar and the traces were still attached to the cart, though one trace had been pulled loose or broken from the whiffletree. Thinking there had been only a runaway they piled the cushion, blanket and remnant of the harness into the cart and left it at the side of the road. The appearance of the body indicated that death was instantaneous. Justice of the Peace G O Turk acting as coroner, and Constable Fletcher took charge of the body and had it removed to Gillett, where an autopsy and inquest was held by Dr. C F Kiersted and a jury. The latter’s finding was that death was due to injury to the back and head, cause unknown. The jury will meet again on Saturday for further inquiry into the cause of death. It is believed by some at Gillett that Mahood was run down by an automobile, a number of which, it is said, passed over the road by the side of which the body was found between 9 and 10 Tuesday night. George Wilson of Dunnings says he saw one without lights go by at a great speed. The decedent was 48 years old and leaves a wife and daughter. He was a brother of James Mahood of Columbia Township. The funeral will be held in the church in Gillett at 10 o’clock Friday morning.
MAINE - Richard D. Maine, 71, of 4424 State Route 36, Canisteo, died Sunday, March 16, 2008 at St. James Hospital. He was retired from BOCES Wildwood campus in Hornell as an auto body instructor with over 25 years of service, was employed by Southern Tier Express, and by Mason Campbell’s auto body shop. Survivors include his wife, Arlene Evans Maine; daughter, Debra Vallieres of Guys Mills, Pa.; son, Kevin Maine of Canisteo; brother, Dale Maine of Canisteo. Calling hours are 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today, March 18 at the Brown and Powers Funeral Home, 6 Spruce St., Canisteo. Services will be held there at the conclusion of calling hours at 8 p.m., today, March 18, the Rev. Raymond Shaw officiating. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Canisteo. - Corning Leader, 18 Mar 2008
MANUEL - Julia Jane Martz, 65, of Keystone Ave., Sayre, died Sunday evening, March 16, 2008 at Sayre House. She was born Aug. 24, 1942 in Elmira, a daughter of the late Gerald and Leah (Miller) Manuel. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She also loved to read the Bible and was a devoted Christian. Julia is survived by: her husband, James Martz of Sayre; her sons, Charles (Mary) Payne of Elmira and Richard Payne of Sayre; her daughters, Connie (Alex) Alteri of Kingston, Pa., and Leah (Gary) Robinson of Sayre; step-children, Michael (Geraldine) Martz of Corning, Gary Martz of Chemung and Kathy (Jerry) LaValley of Brushton, N.Y.; her brother, Oakley Manual of Elmira; sisters, Joan Manuel of Rochester and Genevieve Snyder of Lockwood; seven grandchildren, eight step-grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Abiding with her wishes, all services will be private. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Cooley-Tioga Point Cremation and Burial Options Inc., 802 N. Main St., Athens. - Sayre Morning Times, 18 Mar 2008
McALLISTER - Frances Nelson Whedon, 89, of Richmond, Va., formerly of Boynton Beach, Fla., and Springfield, Va., passed from this life on March 7, 2008. Born in Jersey Shore, Pa., she was the only child of Oscar and Helen McAllister. Frances is survived by sons Ronald J. Nelson and wife Evelyn of Midlothian, Va., Joel G. Nelson and wife Dorothee Noyon of San Francisco, Calif., and stepdaughters Susan Gibbs of Tallahassee, Fla., and Judith Pickett of Dayton, Ohio. She is also survived by grandchildren Kimberley N. Bober and her husband Allen of Clarksville, Va., Elizabeth A. Nelson of Norfolk, Va., Remy Nelson Of San Francisco, Calif., Suzette Lanier and Renee Norman both of Tallahassee, Fla., Drew Schneider of New York, N.Y., and Jennifer Pickett of Denver, Co. She was predeceased early in life by her husband Harold B. Nelson and in later years her husband Paul Whedon. A memorial service will be held at Our Lady of Hope Health Center, Richmond, Va., at a date to be announced later. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 15 Mar 2008
MEDWICK - John Medwick of Kintnersville and a Bucks County resident since 1953, died on Monday March 10, 2008, at Abington Memorial Hospital after a short illness. He was 81. Prior to John's move to Bucks County, he lived in LeRaysville, Pa. Born in Taylor, Pa., he was the son of the late Steve and Anna Medwick and the husband of the late Gloria (Gruver) Medwick. John was employed with Modern Concrete for 44 years. He was an avid sports fan, loved baseball, especially the St. Louis Cardinals. He also enjoyed gardening. John is survived by: three daughters, Joanne Kimenhour (Dennis) of Revere, Kathi Anton (David) of Kintnersville, Darlene Kinsey (Jim) of Upper Black Eddy; four grandsons, Brandon, Matthew, Cody and Jon; two sisters, Josephine Wojnar (Ted) of Greenville, S.C. and Helen Swinsick (Bob) of Mansfield, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by: four brothers, Stanley, Steve, Alex and Nicholas; two sisters, Mary and Anna. A private funeral service was held at the Shelly Funeral Home, Plumsteadville, Pa. - Published in the Towanda Daily Review on 3/14/2008.
MERRICK William Arthur, Sr., Age 75, of Covington, PA, died Tuesday, March 18, 2008, at his residence. William was predeceased by his wife, Linda, in 2005. He was born July 3, 1932 in LeRoy, PA, a son of Lester H. and Halilah (Tillotson) Merrick. William retired from Ward Manufacturing. He was a U.S. Army Veteran, having served in the Korean War. William is survived by two sons, William A. Merrick, Jr. of Covington, PA, and Michael W. Merrick. He was preceded in death by his wife, Linda; and a brother. In keeping with William's wishes, there will be no services. The Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main Street, Mansfield, PA, is assisting the family. Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/20/2008.
MOLTER Frederick J. Jr. P.E., Of Jerusalem Hill Rd. Elmira died peacefully in his home on Saturday afternoon, March 16, 2008 in the loving care of his family at the age of 72. Fred was born on September 18, 1935 in Elmira, son of the late Frederick John & Charlotte VanWie Molter. He served in the United States Air Force from 1957 - 1966, and retired at the rank of Captain. Fred married Nancy Loop on March 31, 1957 in Elmira and together they have shared a wonderful and full life full of laughter with wonderful memories. Fred graduated from Union College in Schenectady, NY with a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering and was Pro Council of Sigma-Chi. Dedicated to his profession, Fred was a partner of the former Personius, Wadsworth & Molter Engineering Firm. Very civic minded, Mr. Molter was very active and served on many boards throughout his life. A Mason, he was a member of the Ivy Lodge #397and Corning Consistory. His passion was woodworking and he created many keepsakes his family will treasure. Surviving is his loving wife and companion, Nancy Loop Molter; their children, Scott (Glenice) Molter and Todd Molter; four grandchildren, Ian, Julianna, Chelsae and Emily Molter all of Elmira. Services were handled privately at the families' convenience. Memorial donations may be directed to Southern Tier Hospice 11751 East Corning Rd. Corning, NY 14830 or Chemung County SPCA St. Rt. 352 Elmira, NY 14903. Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/18/2008.
MOSSO - Norma L. Reynolds, 75, of 96 Park Place, died Thursday, March 13, 2008, in the Williamsport Hospital, following a lengthy illness. Born January 18, 1933 in Williamsport, she was the daughter of Harry J. and Mary Ann Smith Mosso. Norma’s husband of 39 years, Theodore F. Reynolds, Sr. predeceased her on July 11, 1990. Mrs. Reynolds retired as a seamstress at Wundies with over 25 years of service. She was a former member of the Williamsport Moose and enjoyed reading, sewing, cooking, camping and having fun. Survivors include her children; Connie L. (Joseph) Engel of Bastress; Debbie A. (Richard) Szekeres of Newport; Theodore F. (Dolly) Reynolds, Jr. of Lock Haven; Barbara J. (Sean) Kiper of city and Michael T. (Lisa) Reynolds of South Williamsport; eleven grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren; her sisters; Laura Weaver of Myrtle Creek, OR; Harriet Gardenier of Austin, TX; Caroline Clees of Montoursville and Geraldine Povish of Muncy. She was preceded in death by five sisters and three brothers. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday from Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St. Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery. Family and friends may call Tuesday from 10 a.m. until service time at Sanders. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 15 Mar 2008
NORK - Ruth M. Moser, 84, of 798 West Edwin St., died peacefully, surrounded by her family at The Gatehouse on Friday March 14, 2008. Ruth was born in Williamsport on July 29, 1923, a daughter of Lewis and Anita Povilitis Nork. She was a 1941 graduate of South Williamsport High School, a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church and had been employed at the former GTE Sylvania in Montoursville for 15 years until 1965 and at the Office of the Aging until 1999. Her husband of 54 years, Charles E. Moser, died January 8, 1998. Surviving are three daughters, Ruth S. Alberts of Cogan Station, Nancy R. Moser of Williamsport, Sara A. Moser of Williamsport, two grandchildren Christopher A. (Beth) Moser of Williamsport, Steven C. Sofopoules of Williamsport, three great grandchildren; Landon, Connor, Drew, a brother Charles A. Nork of Montoursville and a sister in law Sara E. Frey of Muncy. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Boniface Catholic Church, 326 Washington Blvd., Monday 11 a.m. with her pastor, Msgr. Stephen D. McGough officiating. Friends may call at the church from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Montoursville, PA. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Memorial Dialysis Fund of Central PA, 1660 Sycamore Rd., Montoursville, PA 17754 or Valley View Nursing Center, 2140 Warrensville Rd., Montoursville, PA 17754 or The Gatehouse, 1100 Grampian Blvd 3rd floor, Williamsport, PA 17701 Crouse Funeral Home is handling arrangements. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 16 Mar 2008
OLSON - LAUGHNER, Geneva O., Age 90, formerly of 303 West Main St., Elkland, PA, died Sunday morning at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital in Wellsboro, PA following a brief illness. She was born December 17, 1917 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Carl O. and Ellen S.H. (Almquist) Olson. She married Donald W. (Doc) Laughner on June 23, 1939; he preceded her in death in 1990. She had resided in Elkland since 1951. She was a 1935 graduate of the Ridgway High School. She was a member of the Parkhurst Memorial Presbyterian Church in Elkland and a member of the Elkland Shakespeare Club. She had been employed by the Elkland Leather Company in the accounting office for several years. She is survived by one daughter, Jean L. Snyder and her husband, Austin I of Hatboro, PA; one son, John R. Laughner of Royersford, PA; two granddaughters, Suzanne Payer and her husband, Michael of Mullica, NJ, Julie A. Laughner of Pittsburgh, PA; two great-grandchildren, Samatha and Austin Payer; one niece and three nephews. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, David Olson and Wesley Olson; and one sister, Florence Streich. Funeral services for Geneva O. Laughner will be held at the Thompson Funeral Home Wednesday at 12:00 Noon. Officiating will be Rev. Craig W. Duffield, Pastor of the Evangelical Covenant Church. Burial will follow at Oakmont Cemetery. Friends will be received at the Thompson Funeral Home on Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 12:00 Noon. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Elkland Library, 110 Parkway Drive, Elkland, PA 16920 or to the Parkhurst Memorial Presbyterian Church, West Main St., Elkland, PA 16920. Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/18/2008.
OVERDURF - Lucille O. Markel, 93, of 1251 Rural Ave., Williamsport, died Sunday, March 16, 2008, in The Gatehouse of Divine Providence Hospital. Born February 3, 1915, in Williamsport, she was the daughter of Raymond S. and Jessie V. Carpenter Overdurf. Lucille’s husband of sixty years, Jackson H. (Jack) Markle preceded her in death January 4, 2004. Lucille attended Miss Wheaton’s Secretarial School and retired from the Social Security office in 1970. She was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, the Wheel Inn, Lycoming Court # 25 Order of the Amaranth, and the former Antlers Country Club. She enjoyed fishing, travel and the outdoors. Surviving are her sisters-in-law Helen Mitcheltree and Eileen Markel both of city, 3 nephews and 2 nieces. The funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday from Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond Street, with the Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin officiating. Burial will follow in Jersey Shore Cemetery. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 17 Mar 2008
PALMER - Robert L. Palmer, 77, of 801 Diamond St., Williamsport, died Sunday, March 16, 2008, in Manor Care South. Born January 9, 1931, in Clearfield, he was the son of Herman and Mamie Palmer. Bob was a Naval veteran having served on the USS San Marcos. He retired from Bailey Controls. Surviving are his wife of 35 years, the former Anna M. Phillips; daughter, Linda Palmer of Harrisburg; six step children, Robert and Ronald McMahon of city, William McMahon of NH, Martin and Kenneth Vail of city, and Elizabeth Sponhouse of Bethlehem. Also surviving are a brother Charles Palmer of FL; a sister, Jean Fetzer of city; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Burial will be in Twin Hills Memorial Park at the convenience of the family. Friends may call at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St., from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. The family requests no flowers. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 17 Mar 2008
PECK - Mrs. Fanny W Peck Potter –(1933) daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. George L Peck, died Monday, January 9th in Kissimmee, Florida, following a heart attack. The funeral and burial will take place in her home of many years, Lafayette, Indiana. One son, George L Potter survives. She was 72 years old.
REESE - Allen H. Reese, 68 of Broad Street, Jersey Shore died Friday, March 14, 2008, at Jersey Shore Hospital where he was a patient since Tuesday. He was born April 10, 1939, in Lock Haven the son of the late Fred & Bernice (Wadsworth) Reese. Allen worked as a bartender for the American Legion and the Moose in Jersey Shore. He was married to the former Jane Conser on September 20, 1956. Allen was a member of the American Legion and was an avid hunter and fisherman. Surviving are his loving wife and two sons Randy (Judy) Reese of Lock Haven and Rodney Reese of Holiday, FL also a daughter Wendy Fidler of Avis and her companion Dave, four grandchildren Justin, Josh, Lucas and Amanda and one great-granddaughter Avery. He was preceded in death by six brothers and four sisters. A graveside service will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at Jersey Shore Cemetery with Pastor Dean Williams officiating. Arrangement’s are under the direction of the Frederick B. Welker Funeral Home, 125 N. Main Street, Jersey Shore. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 16 Mar 2008
Obituary from the Agitator, Wellesboro, PA, Wednesday, August 8, 1917 p.8
----John Rennie, aged 94 years, a former resident of Arnot and Blossburg, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Matthew Farrell, at Greenwich, Pa., last week Tuesday. Mr Rennie was born in Scotland and came to this country when a young man. After the death of his wife, about 12 years ago, he had made his home with his sons and daughter. He was a charter member of the K. of P. (Knights of Pythias) of Arnot, and was the oldest living member. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Matthew Farrell of Greenwich, three sons, John J. Rennie of Belle Vernon, William Rennie of St. Benedict, and Hugh Rennie of Blossburg; also several grandchildren. The remains were taken to the home of his son, Hugh Rennie at Blossburg, where funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock.
Obituary from the Wellesboro Agitator, November 12, 1902
--Mrs. John Rennie, aged 73, died on the 3d instant at her home in Arnot after only a week's illness. Her maiden name was Elizabeth Sanders, and she became, over 50 years ago, the wife of Mr. Rennie, who survives her with four children--Mr. Hugh Rennie, of Blossburg, and Messrs. John J. and William Rennie and Mrs. Matthew Farrell, all of Arnot. The deceased was possessed of a truly Christian character, was of utmost genial personality and her death is mourned keenly.
SECUNDA Paul Norman, Paul Secunda, age 92, of Austin, Texas, died Monday, March 17, 2008, while recovering from a massive heart attack suffered last summer. Born March 25, 1915 in Wallingford, Connecticut, he was the son of the late Paul and Elizabeth Scekunda, immigrants from Hungary. His wife of 33 years, Aileen Nation Heath Secunda, died in February 2004. He is survived by his loving family: sisters, Clara Farmer of Alaska, and Martha Beemer of Pine City, New York; daughter, Judy Quinn and husband, Bill of Laguna Niguel, California; grandchildren, William Patrick Quinn and wife, Stacy of Belleville, New Jersey, Sherry Ann Thibodeau and husband, Jessup of San Diego, California. He is also survived by his stepson, Randy Heath and wife, Irene and their children, Benjamin Heath and wife, Ashley, Samuel Heath, Max Heath, Mollie Heath and Stephen Heath of Austin, Texas; as well as several nieces and a nephew. As a young man, Paul worked in his Father's shoe store until he ventured out to work at a typewriter factory at age 21. He attended night classes in engineering to improve his position at Remington Rand and was later transferred to their plant in Elmira, New York. Years later he joined IBM as a design engineer in Lexington, Kentucky, where he earned two patents for the company. His transfer to IBM in Austin, Texas occurred in 1967. Paul had a thirst for knowledge that could never be satisfied. The computer club, bridge games (including 35 master points), big band music, dancing, extensive traveling, religion and sports were some of his many interests. He loved gadgets and had a spare for everything. Known for his kindness, wit and generosity, Paul served meals on wheels for 12 years up until the Spring of 2007. His companion of the last couple of years, Ms. Midge Mark of Austin, Texas, has been at his bedside throughout his illness. Paul will be sorely missed, but his memory will always be with us. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, March 20, 2008, at Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 N. Lamar in Austin. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, March 21, 2008, at the Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/20/2008.
SEIDEL - Carrie M. Heater, 81, of Fisher Drive, Watsontown, died Saturday, March 15, 2008, at her home. Born October 19, 1926, in rural Fleetwood, Berks County, she was the daughter of the late Earl C. and Gertrude M. (Cronrath) Seidel. On January 19, 1946 she married Ralph S. Heater and they have celebrated 62 years of marriage. A 1944 graduate of Muhlenburg High School, she retired from Spring Window Fashions, Montgomery in 1991. Carrie was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Watsontown since 1970. She enjoyed gardening, knitting, and sewing. Surviving besides her husband are three sons: Jay R. Heater and his companion Francine Bishop; Ralph C. Heater and his wife Debra, all of Watsontown; and Gary L. Heater and his wife Gina of Allenwood; a daughter and son-in-law: Linda J. and Wayne Dentler, Watsontown; 9 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren; three brothers: Richard L. Seidel and Barry L. Seidel, both of Fleetwood; and Jerry C. Seidel, Morris; and three sisters: Anna Mae Bisbach, Sun City Coast, Fla.; Gloria F. Youse and Patricia J. Noll, both of Fleetwood. She was preceded in death by three brothers: Earl M. in 2007, Harold C. in 2006, and Marvin in 1976 and a sister, Betty J. Hetrick, this year. The funeral service will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 6590 Musser Lane, Watsontown with the Rev. Jill Seagle, her pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in Delaware Run Cemetery. Friends are invited to call at Brooks Funeral Home, 124 Main Street, Watsontown from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, and also at the church from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in her memory be made to either St. John’s Lutheran Church, 6590 Musser Lane, Watsontown, PA 17777 or the Warrior Run Area Fire Company, PO Box 8, Watsontown, PA 17777. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 17 Mar 2008
SMITH - Charity Smith -died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R A Smith on Elmira St, early Sunday morning. She was 15 years old and a student in the Troy High School. She was a member of St Paul’s church, belonging to its Sunday school and choir. The funeral was held Tuesday morning at 8 o’clock at St Paul’s church. The Rev. J A Dean officiating. The burial was in the Forest Home Cemetery, Waverly. NY. Besides her parents, she is survived by a brother, Richard Allen Jr.
SOWDEN - Albert James Sowden, (February 7, 1929 - March 16, 2008) Albert J. Sowden, age 79, of Wilmot Township, well known area resident, died on Sunday, March 16, 2008 at Stonehedge Farm, his home with his loving family at his side. Al was born February 7, 1929 in Philadelphia, PA a son of the late Albert J. and Marie M. Engard Sowden Sr. He graduated from High School in Philadelphia and married the former Irene T. Jakubowski of Hanover Green on May 29, 1948. He met Irene at a dance while she was attending the Philadelphia General Hospital School of Nursing. Al was a general contractor in the Philadelphia area for many years, moving to Wilmot in 1970. He continued as a contractor in the Bradford Sullivan County area until he became the claims supervisor for Tuscarora Wayne Mutual Insurance Company in 1979. He retired from T-W Ins in 1997 and continued with them as a consultant for the building and grounds until his death. Al was a very active member of St. Mary’s of the Assumption Catholic Church in Wyalusing, PA. He was also very active with many civic organizations in the Wyalusing area and would help out at Christmas time portraying Santa Claus at many events over many years. He was also a member of the Eagles Mere Country Club. Surviving: Spouse Irene at home: A daughter and son-in-law: Donna & James Flader New Tripoli, PA Two sons and daughter-in-law: James & Carol Sowden New Hope, PA Robert R. Sowden Stroudsburg, PA : Sisters: Mrs. Ann Scire Long Island, NY, Sister-in-law: Helen Reh Wilkes-Barre, PA : Grandchildren: James Sowden Austin, TX Janel Sowden Manhattan, NY . Numerous nieces and nephews, he was predeceased by a daughter, Patricia Sowden in July of 1981 and brother, Paul and sisters, Adelaide Willey and Jean McCourt. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Basil’s Church, Dushore, PA with the Rev. Philip S. Rayappan, his former pastor, presiding. Interment will be in St. Basil’s Cemetery. Friends may call on Wednesday morning at the church from 9:00 A.M. until the time of the service. As it is Holy Week the church cannot accept flowers and the family request that memorials be directed to St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church, RR 4 Box 4003, Wyalusing, PA 18853 or the Wyalusing Public Library, PO Box 98, Wyalusing, PA 18853. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA. Submitted by Carol Brotzman
STARKS Merle R.
Age 92, of Reese Hill Road, Wellsboro, PA, died peacefully at his home on Saturday, March 15, 2008. Merle was born February 12, 1916 in Newfield, NY, the son of the late Lloyd A. and Hazel Cleveland Starks. He grew up in the Lambs Creek area before moving to his longtime home on the Reese Hill Road, which he shared with his beloved wife, Freda, who died September 12, 2004. Merle retired from Corning Glass Works in 1972. Previous to his employment at Corning Glass, Merle worked on several farms as well as employment with the railroad companies of the 1930's. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed traveling, but most important to him was spending time with his family and enjoying all of his children and grandchildren. Surviving are daughters and sons-in-law, Sylvia and Max Kimble, Morris, PA, Carol and Herb Wismer, Wellsboro, PA, and Cynthia and Leo Rice, Wellsboro, PA; eleven grandchildren, several great-grandchildren; brother, Alvin Starks, Mansfield, PA; sisters, Audrey Harvey, Mansfield, PA and Thelma Wheeler, Roxbury, NY. He was predeceased by a son, Ralph W. Starks in 1993; and brothers, Lloyd Starks, Arthur Starks and Clair Rogers. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, March 21, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. at Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, a Life Celebration Home, 139 Main Street, Wellsboro, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Laurel Health Hospice, 24 Walnut Street, Wellsboro, PA 16901. Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/17/2008.
TARBOX Olive A.
Age 79, of West Avenue, Wellsboro, PA, died March 10, 2008 at Carleton Senior Care. Olive was born November 13, 1928 in Greece, NY, the daughter of the late Oliver and Agnes Tarbox. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Muriel Fortune; and two brothers, Stanley and Gordon Tarbox. A Memorial Service will be held Friday, March 14, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at Carleton Senior Care. If desired, memorials may be made in her memory to Carleton Senior Care, 10 West Avenue, Wellsboro, PA 16901. Arrangements by Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, a Life Celebration Home, 139 Main Street, Wellsboro, PA.
Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/13/2008.
TEMPLE - Larry Samuel Temple, 43, of Muncy, died Friday, March 14, 2008, at the Williamsport Hospital. Born September 17, 1964, in Muncy, he was a son of the late Milerd and Lottie (Stackhouse) Temple. Larry worked as a groundskeeper at Twin Hills Memorial Park, Muncy, for 22 years. An avid fisherman, he loved the outdoors. Larry was also a gun enthusiast and enjoyed working on cars. He had a big heart and would help anyone in need. No matter where Larry went, he loved to talk and could sit down with a perfect stranger and strike up a conversation. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Those left to cherish his memory include his former wife, Joyce Temple of Muncy; his children (who loved him dearly), Amber N. Temple and Larry S. Temple, Jr., both of Muncy; a brother, Fred Temple of Muncy; and a sister, Nancy Treese of Williamsport. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, at the Twin Hills Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel, Muncy. Officiating will be Pastor Rob Ransom of Pennsdale Trinity United Methodist Church. The family suggests contributions be sent to Fred Temple, 36 Green St., Muncy, PA 17756 to help defray funeral costs. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 16 Mar 2008
TRIMBLE - Richard P. (Dick) Trimble, 77, of 2619 Wilmont Drive, Montoursville, died Friday, March 15, 2008, in Valley View Nursing Center, Montoursville. Born in Williamsport, February 5, 1931, he was the son of Edward and Ina (Helen) Paul Trimble. Dick and his wife, Dorothy Colley Trimble observed their 54th wedding anniversary December 21st of last year. Dick was an Air Force Veteran of the Korean War, serving as a mechanic for several different warplanes. He retired from GTE Sylvania in 1989 with over 40 years of service. After retirement, he worked for Loyalsock Township for several years. Mr. Trimble was a member of VFW Post #104, Montoursville, the Quarter Century Club at Sylvania and of the National Rifle Assoc. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed fishing, and playing golf at White Deer Golf Course. Surviving, in addition to his wife, are his children; Blake of Jersey Shore; Scott of Mill Hall; Brenda of Modesto, CA and Brett of Cascade; six grandchildren; one great grandchild and his sister Linda Gansel of Montoursville. He was preceded in death by his sister Shirley Moore. The funeral service will be Wednesday, at 10 a.m. from Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond Street with the Rev. K. David Bixler officiating. Family and friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, at Sanders. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 16 Mar 2008
VAIRO - Martha A. (Vairo) Overdorf, 95, of Jersey Shore, died, Friday, March 14, 2008, at Williamsport Hospital where she was a patient for one day. She was born December 10, 1912, in Jersey Shore the daughter of Antonio and Anna (Sabatelle) Vairo. Martha was preceded in death by her husband Paul I. Overdorf. Martha worked for Cobblers and was the housekeeper at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, Jersey Shore for many years. She was member of St. Luke’s Catholic Church and it’s alter and rosary society. She also assisted with the church dinners for many years. Martha was a graduate of Jersey Shore High School. Surviving are one brother John (Greta) Vairo of Media and one sister Caroline (Paul) Bryant of South Williamsport. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews and a special niece Marti Bryant of South Williamsport. She was preceded in death by three brothers Charles, Frank and Fred and one sister Dena Daly. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 118 Kendall Ave., Jersey Shore with Rev. Thomas Petro and Rev. Louis Grippi officiating. Friends and relatives will be received at the church one-hour prior to the mass. The family will provide the flowers and requests that contributions be made to the family to assist with medical expenses. Interment will be at Jersey Shore Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Frederick B. Welker Funeral Home, 125 N. Main Street, Jersey Shore. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 16 Mar 2008
WALKER - Kathryn W. (Walker) Hall, 87 of Sycamore Road, Montoursville died Wednesday, March 12, 2008 at Sycamore Manor Nursing Home where she was a patient since July. She was married to Boies P. Hall Jr. on December 12, 1945 and they celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary. Kathryn was born July 11, 1920 in Bethlehem to Harry and Clara Belle (Schnell) Walker. She retired in 1982 as a guidance counselor from Curtin Middle School. Kathryn was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, Montoursville and played the organ at Redeemer Lutheran Church for several years. She was a member of the Williamsport and Lewisburg Garden Clubs and was a past master flower show judge. She was a graduate of Penn State University in 1942 and attended Bucknell University where she received a masters degree in education. Kathryn served in the Navy during WWII. Surviving are her husband and two sons, Jon (Maryanna) Hall of Dillsburg and Boies (Judy) Hall of Reno, Nev.,; two grandsons, John and Brian, and four great grandchildren. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery in June and will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of the Allen & Redmond Funeral Home, 331 Elmira St. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 13 Mar 2008
WILKINSON - Ruth C. Smith, 86, of 209 Carpenter St., Muncy, died Sunday, March 16, 2008, at the Muncy Valley Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit. Born May 19, 1921, in Sunbury, she was a daughter of the late Palmer P. and Cecelia (Conrad) Wilkinson. She and her husband of 67 years, Fred L. Smith, were married May 30, 1940, in Millersburg. Ruth was a 1938 graduate of Sunbury High School. Following her marriage to Fred, she became a loving mother and devoted housewife, as well as taking special pleasure in quilting and growing her flower and vegetable gardens. She attended Pleasant View Wesleyan Church, Muncy. In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Gloria R. Perry of Muncy, a grandson, Larry P. Smith, Jr. of Williamsport, a granddaughter, Deanna Wertz and her husband, Tom, of Spokane, Washington, and a great-grandson, Corey Wertz. She was preceded in death by a son, Larry P. Smith, Sr., who died in 1987; and two brothers, Earl Wilkinson, who died in 2002, and Russel Wilkinson, who died in 1987. A graveside memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19, at Muncy Cemetery. Officiating will be Rev. Stephen R. Smith, pastor of Pleasant View Wesleyan Church. The family will provide the flowers and suggests memorial contributions be made to either the American Heart Association, P. O. Box 15120, Chicago, IL 60693, or the Alzheimer’s Association, 57 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701. The family is being assisted by Grenoble’s, 121 S. Main St., Muncy. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 17 Mar 2008
WILLIAMSON - Margaret L. Minier, 85, of 2240 Mahaffey Lane, Williamsport, died Monday, March 10, 2008, in Manor Care South. Born May 14, 1922, in Williamsport, she was the daughter of Chester A. and Della M. Bobst Williamson. Her husband of 51 years, James L. Minier, died August 22, 2007. Margaret had been a seamstress with Weldon’s, West Fourth Manufacturing, and Lesco Sportswear. She had been a Cub Scout Leader for Den 3 and enjoyed collecting dolls and decorating cakes. Margaret was a devoted wife to her husband Jim and wonderful mother to her son, Douglas. She attended Emmanuel Baptist Church and Garden View Church of Christ. She and her husband were members of the Swinging Bee’s and Honey’s Square Dance group. Surviving are a son, Douglas L. Minier and his companion, Beth Dawes of city, and a sister, Mildred Gorham of Chambersburg. Hazel Hilner, another sister, preceded Margaret in death. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday from Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St., with the Rev. K. David Bixler officiating. Burial will follow in Montoursville, Cemetery. Friends may call at Sanders’ from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 13 Mar 2008
WOODWARD - Charlene S. Shafer, 43, of Sayre died at home Wednesday,
March 12, 2008 after a courageous battle with cancer. Born Sept. 4, 1964
in Sayre, she was the daughter of James H. and Louise Packard Woodward.
Charlene was a big fan of Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Dale Earnhardt Jr. For
many years, Charlene could be seen working at the Dave Smith Run. She enjoyed
camping, craft shows, computers and flowers. Charlene was predeceased by
her mother, Louise Woodward. She is survived by: her brother, Carson Woodward
of Pottsville, Pa.; her sister, Jamie Bryant of Florida; and several nieces
and nephews. Memorial services were held Friday, March 14, 2008 at the
Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home, Inc., Athens. The Rev. James Donahoo, pastor
of the Sayre Christian Church, officiated. Memorial donations my be made
in her name to the Sayre Public Library, 122 S. Elmer Ave., Sayre, PA 18840.
- Sayre Morning Times, 17 Mar 2008
? - Philomene Guillaume - (1931) widow of the late Charles F Guillaume
and mother of Prof L R Guillaume, died in her home at Brookside last Friday
? - Helen S. Howe, 90, of Batavia, died Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at the United Memorial Medical Center. She was employed as a part time elections inspector for the Genesee County Board of Elections and the Batavia Board of Education. Survivors include seven sons, Richard Howe and Gerald Howe, both of Batavia, Robert Howe Jr. of Florida, William Howe of California, John Howe of Ohio, James Howe of Manlius, David Howe of Maryland; two daughters, Marie Cervantes of Nebraska, Katherine McSherry of Dubai. Calling hours are 3-6 p.m. Sunday, March 16 at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 E. Main St. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, March 17 at St. Mary’s Church, 18 Ellicott St. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. - Corning Leader, 13 Mar 2008
? - Patricia A. Kavanagh, 54, of Yawger Hill Rd., died at her home on Wednesday, March 13, 2008. She was disabled from Seneca Foods, Dundee. She is survived by her husband, Brian Kavanagh, Sr.; two sons, Brian Kavanagh, Jr. of Williamsburg, VA and Shawn Kavanagh of Brooklyn, NY; one daughter, Kristy Bulkley of Farmington, NY; grandchildren: Alisha, Ashleigh, Makayla, Trist and Patrick. Friends may call Sunday, March 16, 2008 at the Seager-Jones Funeral Home, 23 Main Street, Savona, NY from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. & 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday at 11:00 a.m. at the St. Stanislaus RC Church of Bradford, NY. - Corning Leader, 14 Mar 2008
? Mrs. John Rennie
Obituary from the Wellesboro Agitator, November 12, 1902
--Mrs. John Rennie, aged 73, died on the 3d instant at her home in Arnot after only a week's illness. Her maiden name was Elizabeth Sanders, and she became, over 50 years ago, the wife of Mr. Rennie, who survives her with four children--Mr. Hugh Rennie, of Blossburg, and Messrs. John J. and William Rennie and Mrs. Matthew Farrell, all of Arnot. The deceased was possessed of a truly Christian character, was of utmost genial personality and her death is mourned keenly.