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APPLEGATE - James W. Applegate, 79, of 920 Main St., South Williamsport, died Sunday, April 6, 2008 at the Williamsport Hospital. He was born April 19, 1928 in Williamsport, the son of Frank L. and Bessie Mae Glover Applegate Sr. After 22 years of service, James retired as a Master Sergeant from the United States Air Force, serving in both the Korea and Vietnam Wars. He received the Accommodation Award and was active in SAC. James then retired from the former Schnadig Corp., where he was a truck driver. He was a member of the Teamster Union and the Eugene Grafius American Legion Post #104. James and his wife, the former Louann F. Nash, celebrated their 57th Wedding Anniversary. Surviving him besides his wife is a daughter, Pamela J. Applegate of Pittsburgh; several nieces and nephews; two grandchildren, Danielle and Sierra Lightner; and a great-granddaughter, Daryn Lightner. He was preceded in death by a daughter, C.J. Lightner. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Eugene Grafius American Legion Post #104, P.O. Box 87, Montoursville, PA 17754. Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 9 April 2008
ARNOLD Laura O’Brian, 64, of Ginnan Road, Caton, died Tuesday, April 8, 2008 at home. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Maynard O’Brian; daughter, Laureen Scouten of Gibson, two sons, Christopher Robenolt of Caton, Scott O’Brian of Corning; three brothers, Ronald Arnold, James Arnold and Phillip Arnold. Calling hours are 1-4 p.m. Sunday, April 13 at Carpenter’s Funeral Home LLC, 14 E. Pulteney St., Corning. Services will be held there at 11 a.m. Monday, April 14. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery. - Corning Leader, 9 April 2008
BAKER - Thomas H. Baker Jr., 84, of 596 South Pine Run Road, Linden, died Tuesday, April 8, 2008 in RoseView Center. Born December 25, 1923 in Williamsport, he was the son of Thomas H., Sr. and Bessie Bennett Baker. Tom was a graduate of Williamsport High School and a member of St. John’s-Newberry United Methodist Church for over 50 years. He had been employed by the former Armour Leather Company for 18 years and retired from the custodial department of Penn College. He was an avid bowler and coached baseball at the West End League and Newberry Little League. His wife of 52 years, the former Betty L. Croman, died December 20, 1998. Surviving are his son, Thomas H. (Louise) Baker III, with whom he lived; three grandchildren, Kevin (Kate) Baker of Cogan Station, Keith (Amy) Baker of Cranberry Township, and Denise (Scott) Bean of McElhattan; and seven great grandchildren, Alicia, Sarah and Seth Baker, Mackenzie and Paige Baker and Matthew and Hunter Bean. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday from Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St., with the Revs. Kraig L. Faust and Ronald D. Savits officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in Wildwood Cemetery. Friends may call at Sanders’ from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday. The family will provide the flowers and suggests memorials be given to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 55 South Progress Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17109. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 9 April 2008
BENNETT - Marion B. Bennett Strope Allen of Hersperia, CA went to be with her Heavenly Father on Saturday, March 15, 2008. She was the daughter of the late Wesley G. Bennett and the late Pauline Akers Bennett and was born on Aug. 29, 1928 in New Era. Her parents later moved to French Asylum. Survivors include a daughter, Cindy Strope Schalfer and her husband, Michael; six grandchildren, Jody and Ruben Millan, Joe and April Schalfer, Mark and Jody Schalfer, Tony Schalfer, Michael and LaVanna Strope and Mary Lou Strope; 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters and brother-in-law, Eleanor R. Cobb of LeRaysville and Geraldine and Robert Mosier of Towanda; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her first husband, Floyd H. Strope of Towanda and Binghamton; her second husband, Thomas B. Allen of Banning, CA; a son, Eugene (Butch) H. Strope of Apple Valley, CA. Graveside services were held at Arlington National Cemetery, Riverside, CA on March 20 at 11:30 a.m. - Wyalusing Rocket Courier, 3 April 2008
BENNITT - Eleanor M. “Ellie” Glenn, 62, of county Road 78, Prattsburgh, died Monday, April 7, 2008 at Keuka Comfort Care Home. She was employed at the Cummings Nature Center in Naples for 21 years. Survivors include her mother, Harriet Bennitt of Pulteney; brother, Alfred C. Bennitt of Chandler, Ariz.; stepchildren, Helen Minn and Henry H. Glenn III, both of Alabama. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at the Greater Grace Church, 9054 Main St., Pulteney. Arrangements are with the Bottoni-Wood Funeral Home, 4 Mechanic St., Prattsburgh. - Corning Leader, 9 April 2008
BERRY - FAGE, Mary J. "Sarge"
87, of 646A Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira, NY, died Monday, April 14, in the Arnot Ogden Skilled Nursing Facility, Elmira, NY. Born in Corning, NY, she was the daughter of the late John L. Berry and the late Gertrude I. Sankey. Mary attended schools in the Corning area and was a graduate of Corning Community College in 1969. On July 17, 1946, she married the love of her life, George Fage, Sr. in Lawrenceville, PA. Mary was a well-known nurse for many years at Corning Hospital and Founders Pavilion. Because of her care, understanding, and concern for the patients and their families, Mary was well-known throughout the Corning, Elmira area. She retired as Asst. Director of Nursing in 1982 with 50 years of accrued service. Mary had a love for life and had a hobby of crocheting, playing rummy, teaching her grandchildren how to play, and helping them with their homework. Mary was an avid golfer and loved playing the lottery and "scratch-offs", and painting. Mary is survived by daughters, Rae McDermott of Elmira, NY, Trudy (Ed) Dryer of Zephyrhills, FL, Roseanne (Gerald) Lewis, Sr., Phoenix, AZ; and one son, George F. (Jean) Fage, Jr. of Watkins Glen, NY; grandchildren, Lisa (Michael) Gaboriault, Cheryl Logue, Karen (Mike) Dwyer, Kim (Lou) Latorre, and David McDermott; sister-in-law, Marie Berry of Savona; also surviving are 14 additional grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren, multiple cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. Mary was predeceased by her parents; husband, George, Sr. of 52 years in 1997; a grandson, Joseph Dryer in 1998; a granddaughter-in-law, Barbara McDermott in 2006; and daughter, Anna Benson on April 5, 2008. She was also predeceased by four sisters and two brothers. Friends may call Saturday, April 19, from 3-6 p.m. at Carpenter's Funeral Home, LLC, 14 East Pulteney Street, Corning, NY. A Funeral Service and Committal will be held at Carpenter's Funeral Home, LLC immediately after calling hours. Burial will take place at Coopers Plains Cemetery at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial donations be sent to Hospice and Palliative Care, 11751 East Corning Rd., Corning, NY 14830, AOMC 4D Skilled Nursing, 600 Roe Ave., Elmira, NY. Mary's family would like to thank everyone who cared for Mary, and special thanks to Dr. Mauri, the staff of AOMC, and Southern Tier Hospice. Published in the Star-Gazette on 4/17/2008.
BULLOCK - Virginia Ruth Bullock Gainer, age 70, of Dushore, Pa., died peacefully on Monday, April 7, 2008, at her home with her loving family at her side. Virginia was born Nov. 7, 1937, in Wyalusing Township, a daughter of the late Charles W. and Edna M. Adams Bullock. She graduated from Turnpike High School, Mildred, Pa., a member of the class of 1955. Following graduation she started working for the Endicott Johnson Shoe Co. in Mildred. She left the shoe factory after a few years and worked in the Ben Franklin Store in Dushore. She married John J. Gainer of Dushore, on June 18, 1960. On Valentine's Day 1962 she and Jack purchased Hamer's Atlantic Service Station from John Hamer in Dushore. Virginia helped in the garage from 1962 until 1990. She then went to work for the Sullivan Review, where she learned the printing press and became a master printer. She worked at her printing job until July of 2007 when her illness forced her to retire. Virginia was a very active member of St. Basil's Church and Altar and Rosary Society and also the Dushore Fire Co. She would help at every church activity, especially the 4th of July Picnic and the fall hunters' spaghetti Dinner. She solicited ads for the Picnic Ad Book for many years and then set it up and printed it. She was an indispensible member of the Dushore Fire Co., who worked incessantly and quietly in the background, answering ambulance calls for many years before the number 911 was installed. She would coordinate and help make sandwiches, and prepare coffee for the firemen when they were out on a late-night or early morning fire. She ran the cake wheel and helped with the auction at the yearly fireman's carnival in June of each year. In 1978 the fire company had a huge fundraiser to pay off long-term debt and rehabilitate the fire house. She not only helped with the fundraising, but every year since she helped maintain the database of folks in the fire and ambulance coverage area, and also printed the raffle tickets, letters and then labeled the packets before going to the post office for mailing. She did all this up to last summer when her health began to fail her. Surviving are her spouse, John J. Gainer, at home; a son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Kathlyn Gainer of Winsted, Conn.; and daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Frank Carr of Wilmot, Pa.; grandchildren, Shauna, Brandon and Anthony Carr, and Margaret and Kathlyn Gainer; sisters and brothers-in-law, Dorothy Fitzgerald of Fayetteville, N.C., Joan (Charles) Sanderson of Sugar Run, Pa., and Judith (William) Dolde of Naples, Fla.; brother and sister-in-law, Richard (Eileen) of Wellesville, Pa.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by an infant daughter, Marie, and a brother, Ron Bullock, on Oct. 30, 1963. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 10, and followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. at St. Basil's Church, Dushore, with the Rev. Bert S. Kozen, her pastor, presiding. Interment will be in St. Basil's Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9. Members of the St. Basil's St. Francis Altar and Rosary Society will recite the rosary at 3 p.m. and there will be a Vigil Service at 3:45 p.m. The family will provide the flowers and requests that memorials be directed in her memory to St. Basil's Restoration Fund, PO Box 307, Dushore, Pa. 18614, or the Dushore Fire and Ambulance Association, PO Box 1, Dushore, Pa. 18614. - Towanda Daily Review, 8 April 2008
BURGUESS - Clara B. McChesney, age 75, of 385 Victory Highway, Painted Post died Sunday, April 6, 2008 at home surrounded by her devoted family. Clara was born in Corning on November 18, 1932, the daughter of the late George and Edna (Hakes) Burguess. She was the wife of Spencer McChesney who predeceased her on November 18, 2000. Clara was retired from Eckerds in 1997 where she had worked as a clerk for many years. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, quilting, making crafts, knitting, and volunteering at various agencies. She is survived by her three daughters: Shari (Robert) Hartman of Painted Post, NY, Christine (Fred) Stull of Painted Post, NY, Gloria (Richard) Moon of Painted Post, NY; one son: Donald (Julia) McChesney of Campbell, NY; two sisters: Sarah Wood, and Marion Cook, both of Corning NY; grandchildren: Donald (Denise) McChesney, Ryan McChesney, Chad (Melanie) Moon, Kurt Moon, Amber (Ed Duryee) Lynch, Justin (Danielle) Lynch, Mitchell Stull, John Hartman, Katelyn Hartman, Spencer Hartman, Ashlyn Hartman, Alex Hartman; great-grandchildren: Ryanne and Deacon McChesney, Carter Moon, Braden Lynch, Alexandria and Scott Duryee; many nieces and nephews. Clara was predeceased by brothers, George, James, Donald and Robert Burguess. She was also predeceased by a sister, Betty Druetto. Friends may call at Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney Street in Corning on Wednesday, April 9th from 5 to 7pm, where funeral services will follow at 7pm with Rev. Theodore Richards officiating. Burial will be at Chapel Knoll Cemetery in Painted Post at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1400 Winton Road North, Rochester, NY 14609 or to a charity of one’s choice. - Corning Leader, 7 April 2008
CRAVEN - Mr. Joseph W. Craven, 64, of 335 Adams Street, Williamsport, died Saturday, April 5, 2008 at The Gatehouse Hospice of Divine Providence Hospital, Williamsport. Mr. Craven was a member of Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church at Williamsport. Mr. Craven was a United States Army veteran. He was a life member of Garrett Cochran Post #1, American Legion at Williamsport. He was also a past commander of the Post. He was also a member of Lycoming Voiture #382, 40 et 8 at Williamsport. Joe was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie #1747, at Jersey Shore. Mr. Craven had been employed by the former Avco-Lycoming, now Textron, at Williamsport as a warehouse supervisor. Born September 5, 1943 at Williamsport, he was the son of LeRoy and Sarahann Miller Craven. He and his wife, the former Betty R. Berkheiser, were married July 24, 1965 at Williamsport. Together they observed 42 years of marriage. Surviving are his wife, Betty R. Berkheiser Craven at home, his daughter, Stephanie A. Craven of Pittsburgh, his son, Joseph M. Craven of Williamsport, his two grandchildren, Skye Craven and Hunter Craven, and his mother, Mrs. Sarahann Alexander of Williamsport. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 7, 2008 at the Charles M. Noll Funeral Home, 1 East Central Avenue, South Williamsport. His pastor, Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin, will officiate. Relatives and friends are invited to make condolence visits on Monday morning from 10 a.m., until the time of the service at the funeral home. The family respectfully declines floral tributes and suggests that memorial contributions in memory of Mr. Joseph W. Craven may be made, if so desired, to The Gatehouse Hospice, c/o Providence Foundation, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701. Arrangements are being directed by the Charles M. Noll Funeral Home, 1 East Central Avenue, South Williamsport. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 6 April 2008
EATON - William K. “Big Bird” Eaton Jr., 55, of 846 Second St., Williamsport, died Monday, April 7, 2008, at the Williamsport Hospital. Born November 14, 1952, in Williamsport, he was the son of William K. and Irma M. VanHorn Eaton, Sr. Bill had been employed by Stroehmann’s and Vannucci Bakeries, Douty’s Pest Control, Kwik Fill and Coastal Marts, and tended bar at the Keystone League. He was a longtime member of the Harmonia Club. Surviving are two sons Jeffrey and Matthew Eaton of Jersey Shore, and a sister Virginia A. (Darrel) Rogers of Montoursville. In keeping with Bill’s wishes service will be private. Arrangements by Sanders Mortuary. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 8 April 2008
EDWARDS - Jack E. Edwards, 72, of Cemetery St., Jersey Shore, died Thursday, April 3, 2008 at home surrounded by his wife and family. He was born August 6, 1935 in Muncy, a son of Clay “Red” and Mary Edwards. Jack was married for 40 years to the former Martha Greenwell whom survives. He was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church. Jack was a member and Past Master of LaBelle Vallee Lodge #232 of Jersey Shore, Lodge Council Chapter Consistory Valley of Williamsport. He also was a member of the Tall Cedars of Lebanon Center Forest #129 of State College and Tall Cedars of Lebanon Forest #199 of Muncy, Jersey Shore BPOE #1057 and Jersey Shore L.O.O.M. #214. Jack was a member of the Black Eagles Drum and Bugle Corp and was also a member of the first Muncy Little League team formed in 1947. Jack was also instrumental in founding Jersey Shore Pop Warner Football, which he coached for ten years. He enjoyed Blue Grass music, Penn State football, Phillies baseball, Eagles football and time with his family and his spoiled dog Pete. Jack retired from the Truck-Lite Company. During retirement he worked for Jersey Shore Hospital as a courier. Earlier he had worked for Fred Hamm, Inc., Alcan Cable and Penn Wire Rope. Surviving besides his wife Martha are a son Terry L. Koch of Avis, two daughters, Barb (John) Rogers of Jersey Shore and Brenda (Dean) Johnson of Avis; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren; three brothers, Tom (Lee) Edwards of Virginia Beach, VA, Bob (Jean) Edwards of Jacksonville, FL, Ken (Carol) Edwards of Muncy; two sisters, Janet (Frank) Franciskovic of Virginia Beach VA and Barb Spade of Indiana, PA. Relatives and friends are invited to Jack’s Life Celebration beginning with a visitation Monday evening from 6-9 pm at the Rearick-Carpenter Funeral Home, Ltd “A Life Celebration Home” 1002 Allegheny St. Masonic services and Elk services will be conducted during the visitation. Services will be held 11 am Tuesday at the Trinity United Methodist Church with Rev. Richard B. Cartwright officiating. Interment will be in the Jersey Shore Cemetery. Family suggests memorial contributions can be made to the Susquehanna Home Health-Hospice 1100 Grampian Blvd. Williamsport, PA 17701 - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 5 April 2008
ELDRIDGE - WOOD, Patricia L.
Age 77, of Horseheads, NY, died Tuesday, April 15, 2008. Pat was predeceased by her husband, Edgar "Woody" Wood, February 10, 2005. She is survived by her two daughters, Amanda (Martin) Brown of Horseheads, and Susan (Stephen) Wright of Clayton, ID; three sons, Daniel (Karen) Wood of Matthews, NC, David (Cheryl) Wood of Dundee, and Stephen Wood of West Colombia, SC; sisters and brothers, twin brother, Leon (Greta) Eldridge Jr. of Watkins Glen, NY, Gene (Jean) Eldridge of Tyrone, NY, Kenneth (Edith) Eldridge of Rock Stream, NY, Linda Eldridge Nemeth of Millport, NY, Antoinette Whitehead of Trumansburg, NY; 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Pat was a retired housekeeper working at the Bath VA Medical Center in Bath, NY. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, who also enjoyed bowling and the company of her animals. Services were held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by Barber Funeral Home, Inc., Horseheads, NY. Those wishing may express their sympathy through memorial donations in Pat's name to Bethany Village, 3005 Watkins Rd., Horseheads, NY 14845. Published in the Star-Gazette on 4/17/2008.
EVANS - Gladys J. Cass, a resident at Manor Care, Jersey Shore for the past seven years, died April 7, 2008. She was born in 1908 in Ogontz, PA, the daughter of Samuel and Nellie B. Evans. Gladys would have been 100 years old on July 19. She is survived by three daughters, Frances Huling of Jersey Shore, Barbara Eyer of Williamsport and Rita Myers of Avis; 7 grand children, 12 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. Gladys was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Marion Shaw, her husband John Cass, a grandson, Jeff Myers and a son-in-law, Neal Eyer. Relatives and friends are invited to Gladys’ Life Celebration service 11 am Friday, April 11, 2008 at the Rearick-Carpenter Funeral Home, Ltd. “A Life Celebration Home” 1002 Allegheny St. with Rev. Ted Van Schoick officiating. A visitation will be from 10 until 11. Burial will be in Jersey Shore Cemetery. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 9 April 2008
FISHER - Jo Ann Spaulding, age 49, of 43 Main St., Savona, NY, died Monday, April 7, 2008 at home. Jo was born in Corning, the daughter of Leo and Thelma Kring Fisher. She attended schools and graduated in Corning. She was a former teaching assistant for Corning-Painted Post School District for 20 years or more. In October of 1997, she married Jim Spaulding in Savona. With Jim, she attended the Victory Highway Wesleyan Church. Jo loved being with her family and friends. She was a loving wife and mother, gramma and friend, and was a devoted sister and sister-in-law. Jo was a Cancer survivor, who ran the Cancer Relay for Life, and made hats for area cancer patients. She loved sewing, her Indian collection, and thrilled watching “I Love Lucy” and “The Honeymooners.” She even went to Lucy Land in Jamestown. Jo is survived by her husband, James H. Spaulding; two sons, William Ribble of Horseheads, NY and Matthew Ribble of Painted Post, NY; grandchildren, Joey, Dylan, Markus and Charlotte; sister, Nancy (Gary) Resue of Corning, NY; step-sons, Kurt Spaulding of Campbell, NY and Brian Spaulding of Savona, NY; step-daughter, Kristina Spaulding of Rawleigh, NC; step-brother, Richard Ackley of Elmira, NY; step-sister, Sharon Lowery of Corning, NY; step-mother, Marge Fisher; special mom, Gen Ribble. She was predeceased by her father, Leo C. Fisher; mother, Thelma Kring Fisher; husband, Mark Ribble. At Jo’s request, there will be no calling hours. A Memorial service will be conducted Friday, April 11, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. at Carpenter’s Funeral Home, LLC, 14 East Pulteney Street, Corning. Contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 1400 Winton Rd. North, Rochester, NY 14609-5896. Corning Leader, 9 April 2008
FLINT Alton J.
Age 84, of Reading Center, died Saturday, April 12, 2008, at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira, New York. He was a retired truck driver and self employed truck driver (Polly O). Survived by his wife, Virjinia Campbell Flint of 55 years; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Myral and Dan Gauss, Campbell; one son, Wayne and Joan Flint of Elmira; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; his special friend and dog, Makela. Friends may call at the Seager Funeral Home, Main Street, Savona, New York, Thursday, 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Services will follow at 6:00 p.m. with Leonard Sutton officiating. Burial will be in Coopers Plains Cemetery, Coopers Plains, New York. Published in the Star-Gazette on 4/17/2008.
FREEBERG Rev. Keith F. Jr.
Age 60, of College Ave., Elmira, NY, died peacefully at home on April 14, 2008 with his loving wife, Judy Seal Snyder, by his side. He was the son of the late Keith F. and Vivian Walston Freeberg Sr. His survivors include the following: daughters, Tammy Freeberg (Todd Ryder) of Hamden, CT, and Mandy Freeberg of Rochester, NY; son, Joshua Freeberg of Buffalo, NY; grandson, Sam Freeberg Ryder of Hamden, CT; stepsons, Jacob and Andrew Snyder of Elmira, NY; stepmother, Ruth Freeberg; and sister, Pamela Herndon, both of Jacksonville, FL; along with nieces and a nephew. Keith was a dedicated employee of the Eastman Kodak Co. in Rochester, NY, and retired after 33 years in August 2006. Working as a Quality Engineer, he had a major influence on new digital products that entered the market. During his lifetime, Keith was a passionate advocate of volunteerism and public service. He had a major impact on expanding the vision and scope of his favorite hobby, amateur radio (N2BEL), into public service, the community and schools. A two-time president and vice president of the Rochester Area Radio Association (RARA), some of his many accomplishments included developing the model for involved amateur radio operators as field support for the American Diabetes Association Tour De Cure in Rochester and similarly supporting other service and charitable events (MS Bike Event and more). Keith participated in youth Explorer Programs and was instrumental in bringing a program called Radio Coaches to Rochester City area schools. In addition, he served as an Associate Director of the Monroe County Radio Amateur Communication Services (RACES) and advocated for the utilization of amateur radio communications during civil emergencies, participating in many emergency preparedness drills. On April 13, he was recognized for his long-term contribution to amateur radio and was awarded the 2008 Atlantic Division Grand Ole Ham Award. To recognize a lifetime of commitment to educating and motivating others in the field of amateur radio, a new award, The Keith F. Freeberg Jr. Atlantic Division Educator of the Year Award, has been created in his honor. A man of varied interests, Mr. Freeberg was a lifetime member of the Lily Dale Assembly and spent many summers at his beloved Lily Dale, NY. Rev. Freeberg was a well-known spiritual teacher, with a hands-on healing ministry. He taught various subjects, most recently the art of Native American drum-making and sacred drumming; and, as a Certified Hypnotherapist, he practiced and taught hypnotherapy for over 30 years. Family and friends are invited to attend a Sunset Service in celebration of Keith's life on Friday, April 18, 2008, at 7:00 p.m. at The Church of Infinite Spirit, 251 Schuyler Ave., Elmira, NY, with Rev. Sharon Hairston officiating. A second celebration will take place on Saturday, April 19, 2008, at 1:00 p.m. at the Rochester Plaza Hotel (formerly Crowne Plaza), 70 State Street, Rochester, NY, where the Rev. Aloma Cason of The Church of Divine Inspiration will be officiating. Memorial donations in the name of Rev. Keith F. Freeberg Jr. may be directed to Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 East Corning Rd., Corning, NY 14830, or to the RARA Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 93333, Rochester, NY 14692. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira, NY. Published in the Star-Gazette on 4/17/2008.
GRADY - Doris G. Waltman, 95, a lifelong resident of Montgomery, PA, died on Saturday, April 5, 2008 in the Valley View Nursing Center at Montoursville, PA. Born in Montgomery, Lycoming County, PA, on Thursday, May 9, 1912, she was the daughter of the late John and Edna (Miller) Grady. She was the widow of Freeman L. (Curley) Waltman who preceded her in death on November 17, 1994. They had celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary that same year. Doris was a 1929 graduate of the former Montgomery-Clinton High School. After high school and continuing into the early 1960’s, she was employed in an accounting capacity by various firms in Montgomery, including PP & L and J C Decker. Doris was a longtime member of the Christ Lutheran Church at Montgomery. She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, David T. and Catherine Waltman, Ambler, PA; two grandsons, Brian Waltman, Ambler, PA; Zachary Waltman, Arlington, VA; one sister, Elizabeth Capozzi, Frederick, MD. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, Doris was preceded in death by her daughter, Mary Elizabeth Waltman, in 1953 and six brothers; Robert, Francis, Donald, Fred, Philip and Joseph Grady. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to your favorite charity. Arrangements are being handled by the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 40 East Houston Avenue, Montgomery, PA - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 6 April 2008
HALL - Vincent C. Hall, 72, a resident of 63 Broad Street, Montgomery, PA, died while surrounded by his family and loved ones at 3:26 P.M. on Monday, April 7, 2008 in the Gatehouse at Williamsport, PA following an extended illness. Born in Montgomery, Lycoming County, PA, on Monday, November 25, 1935, he was the son of the late Clair S. and Helena (Moon) Hall. Vincent was the husband of Frances Ann (Heckart) Hall with whom he celebrated a 41st wedding anniversary on April 25, 2007. He was a 1956 graduate of Montgomery-Clinton High School. He served for six years with the Army National Guard at Lewisburg in the 104th Armored Calvary. Vince was employed in the custodial services at Lending Textile at Montgomery retiring in 1977. He had previously been employed at Weis Markets for 10 years and Weldon Manufacturing at Williamsport for 14 years. He was an active member of the Grace Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) at Montgomery where he was a member for 60 years. Vince was a professional musician for 25 years and a member of the Williamsport Federation of musicians, Local 761 of the A.F. of M. Vince enjoyed playing music, singing, collecting phonographic records, picture postcards and Currier & Ives lithographs. He enjoyed the company of his wife, family and friends. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons and one daughter-in-law, Wayne V. and Lauren Hall, Springfield, VA; Justin Hall, Montgomery, PA; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Lori Tawney, Muncy, PA; Diane and Scott DeRemer, S. Williamsport, PA; Carol and Matthew Hulsizer, Allenwood, PA; eight grandchildren, Army PFC Andrew Hall; Laurissa Hall; Daulton Tawney; Cortney Tawney; Travis Hartman; Kelsey DeRemer; Audreyanna Hulsizer and Austin Hulsizer. Funeral services will be conducted from the Grace Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), 105 Second Street, Montgomery, PA at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, April 11, 2008 with Reverend Hobart G. Campbell, his pastor, officiating. Interment will be in the Fairview Cemetery, Clinton Twp., Lycoming County, PA. Friends may call on Friday from 10:00 — 11:00 A.M. at the church. The family request no flowers. Friends may make a monetary contribution to the family or to The Gatehouse, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701.Arrangements are being handled by the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 40 East Houston Avenue, Montgomery, PA. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 9 April 2008
HENRY - AYERS, Ila H.
83, of 125 Third St., Boiling Springs, PA, formerly of Wellsboro, PA, died Tuesday, April 15, 2008, in the Carlisle Regional Medical Center, Carlisle, PA. Ila was born on March 24, 1925 in Antrim, PA, to the late Frank and Bessie Vanoder Henry. She was retired from the Facet Corp. of Elmira, NY. She has been attending the Grantham Brethren in Christ Church in Grantham, PA, and over the years has enjoyed working puzzles and crocheting. Ila was the widow of Howard R. Ayers. She is survived by one son, Robert A. Ayers of San Bernadino, CA; two daughters, Kim M. Goodreau and her husband, Ronald E. of Boiling Springs, PA, and Elizabeth A. Ayers of Quakertown, PA; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Chuck Henry of Wellsboro, and Jerry Henry of California; three sisters, Ella Mae Spong, Shirley Keck, and Betty Mitchell, all of Wellsboro, PA; and a sister-in-law, Martha Ayers of Elmira, NY. Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment will be private and there will be no viewing or visitation. Memorial contributions may be made to the Brethren in Christ Church, 421 Grantham Rd., Grantham, PA 17027. Arrangements are being handled by the Hollinger Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 501 N. Baltimore Ave., Mt. Holly Springs, PA 17065 (717-486-3433). Published in the Star-Gazette on 4/17/2008.
HERBST - Harry W. Herbst Sr, 91, of 403 Kane St., South Williamsport, died Wednesday, April 2, 2008 at the Valley View Nursing Center where he had been a resident for the past five years. He and his wife, the former Phyllis C. Daugherty, observed their 65th wedding anniversary on January 30, 2008. Harry was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church and a member of the PA Blind Bowling Assoc. He retired in 1982 as a shop foreman for the Lycoming County Association for the Blind after 26 years of service. Born October 12, 1916 in Easton, he was the son of Anna Minnich. Surviving in addition to his wife are sons, Paul L., Harry W., Jr. and Alan C. all of Williamsport and William L. of Harrisburg; daughter, Diana S. DiCenso of Montoursville; four brothers; four sisters; fourteen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son, Danny L. Herbst. Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. today at the church, 324 South Howard St., South Williamsport with the Rev. Maurice C. Frontz III officiating. There will be no visitation. The family will provide the flowers and suggests contributions be made to the Alzheimer Disease Assoc., 63 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701. Knight-Confer Funeral Home. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 4 April 2008
HILL - Daniel Edward Hill, M.D., 68, died Thursday, April 3, 2008 in Harrisburg Hospital after a sudden illness. Born December 10, 1939 at Towanda, he was the son of the late John Edward Hill and Marian Mae Beeman Hill. He moved to Williamsport as a young child and graduated from Williamsport High School in 1957. He earned his BA in chemistry from Lycoming College in 1961 and then served as a teaching assistant in chemistry at Bucknell University. He received his Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Minnesota in 1969. Dan completed a residency in Clinical and Anatomic Pathology in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1974. Dan moved back to the Williamsport area in 1974 and joined the Williamsport Pathology Association. He was a fellow of the College of American Pathologists, an Inspector for the American Association of Blood Banks, a fellow of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, a member of the International Academy of Pathology, and a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Pathologists. Dan served on the Lycoming County Board of the American Red Cross, acting as chairman of their Blood Services Committee and was on the Regional Advisory Board. He served as President of the Lycoming County Medical Society in 1989. Since 1993 he has served on the North Central PA Health System Board and was recently named to the Susquehanna Health Foundations Board. Dan also served as president of the Williamsport Pathology Association for many years. Dan was devoted to his family, friends, work, and the organizations to which he gave his volunteer time. He served on the board of the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, was a member of the Rotary Club and the Ross Club, and was seen cheering at numerous Lycoming College football games. Sailing, woodworking, gardening, old cars, and opera were some of his many passions. Dan enjoyed making people laugh and loved impersonating Inspector Clouseau. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Daphne Wahl Hill; his daughter and son-in-law, Dr. Heather Hill Shearer and Steven T. Shearer of Winston-Salem, North Carolina; two granddaughters, Madison Mae and Kate Mackenzie Shearer; brother, Jeremiah B. Hill of Williamsport and five nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind a very special group of friends from the BBBG. He will remain in our hearts forever. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8 at Charles M. Noll Funeral Home, 1 East Central Ave., South Williamsport. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 9 at Messiah Lutheran Church, 324 South Howard St., South Williamsport. The Rev. Maurice C. Frontz, III will be officiating. Interment will be provided at the convenience of the family at the Garden of Memories of Wildwood Cemetery, Williamsport. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Dr. Daniel E. Hill may be made to Lycoming College, 700 College Place, Campus Box 165, Williamsport, PA 17701; or to the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, 220 West Fourth St., Williamsport, PA 17701; or to Susquehanna Health Building Fund, 1001 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701. Arrangements are being directed by the Charles M. Noll Funeral Home, 1 East Central Ave., South Williamsport. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 6 April 2008
HOOVER - Betty Hoover Guild, 83, of Willingboro, N.J., formerly of
March 31, 2008. She was the daughter of the late Howard Hoover and Nellie Abell. She is survived by her husband, Robert Guild Jr., two daughters, a son and four brothers. She was preceded in death by a brother and sister. Betty was a member of St. Paul Methodist Church, Willingboro, for 48 years. A memorial service was held April 5, 2008. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 9 April 2008
HOUSEKNECHT -Clara Irene (Houseknecht) Wheal, 89, of Hughesville, died Tuesday morning, April 1, 2008, at the Muncy Valley Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit, Muncy. Clara was the widow of Clarence W. J. Wheal, who preceded her in death on January 13, 1999. They were married on February 27, 1954. Born November 9, 1918, in Penn Township, she was a daughter of the late Torrence B. and Hazel A. (Holmes) Houseknecht. Clara attended the Derr one-room school in Penn Township and served as township tax collector for twelve years. She was a member of the Bethany United Methodist Church in Hughesville. She was a life-long homemaker who enjoyed canning and researching her family’s history. She will be sadly missed by her daughter and son-in-law, Joan and Steven Blank of Montgomery, son and daughter-in-law, Alan and Ginny Wheal of Clarkstown; sister and brother-in-law, Ruth and Lewis Jones of Hughesville; brother- and sister-in-law Joe and Helen Wheal of Muncy; granddaughter Jacqueline Kammerlohr and her husband, Daniel, of Salt Lake City, UT, granddaughter Stacey Pistritto of Washington, D.C.; and grandson David Pistritto, Jr. of Bolton, CT. Also surviving are four nephews, five step grandchildren, and two step great-granddaughters. Clara was predeceased by a daughter, Irene Ellen Wheal, and a great nephew, David Wheal. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 5, 2008, at the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water St., Hughesville. At Clara’s request, Pastor Mike Hill of the Elimsport Valley United Methodist Parish will officiate. The family will provide the flowers. Donations may be made in her memory to the Bethany United Methodist Church, Second and Academy Streets, Hughesville, PA 17737. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 3 April 2008
HUNTING - Maurice Wayne Hunting, D.D.S., 76, of Tunkhannock, PA, died Saturday evening, March 29, 2008 at Mercy Hospital, Scranton, after an illness. He was born in Huntingville, Quebec, Canada, a son of the late Roy and Louise Sarasin Hunting. He was married for 50 years to the late Florence Louise Parry, who died in 2005. Dr. Hunting attended the Tunkhannock United Methodist Church. He was a graduate of Asheville, NC High School and a graduate of Wake Forest University, Class of 1953. He received his doctor of dental surgery from the University of Pittsburgh and served with the Navy and the Army during the Korean Conflict. He opened a dental practice in Meshoppen in 1965 and moved his practice to Tunkhannock in 1974 as Dental Health Care Center and retired Aug. 7, 2007.Dr. Hunting loved to camp on Hunting Island, SC with his family. His loves in life were his wife, his family and his dental practice. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Hubert and William and a sister, Joyce. Surviving are his three sons, Maurice Wayne, Jr., David Scott and Daniel Paul, all of Tunkhannock; one daughter, Brenda Jean Hunting of Tunkhannock; one brother, Keith of North Carolina; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 2 at 11 a.m. from the Harding-Litwin Funeral Home, 123 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, with the Rev. Craig Gommer of the Tunkhannock United Methodist Church officiating. Friends called at the funeral home on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment was at Sunnyside Cemetery, Tunkhannock. Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Home Health Hospice, 746 Jefferson Ave., Scranton, PA 18510 or Interfaith Friends Dental Practice, PO Box 535, Tunkhannock, PA 18657. - Wyalusing Rocket Courier, 3 April 2008
HUTCHINS - Willard G. Hutchins, 81, of Pennsdale, died Thursday, April 3, 2008, at the Muncy Valley Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit. Willard was born June 12, 1926, in Unityville. He and his wife, the former Alice P. Purdy, would have celebrated 59 years of marriage on June 12, 1926. Willard retired in 1988 from the former Sprout-Waldron in Muncy after having worked there for over 20 years. He was a member of the Muncy Township Fire Company and the Chemung Valley Waverly Lodge 0350 F. & A. M. Willard was also a sports enthusiast who enjoyed boxing, golf and softball. Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a son, Barry C. Hutchins of Eagles Mere; a daughter, Alice A. Hutchins of Danville; a granddaughter, Alana Gresh; and a great granddaughter, Addison Gresh. Willard was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Hutchins and a sister, Emma Sarley. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday at the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water St., Hughesville, with Pastor Shawn McNett officiating. Burial will follow in Twin Hills Memorial Park. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. The family will provide the flowers and suggest memorial contributions to the Muncy Valley Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit, 215 E. Water St., Muncy, PA 17756. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 4 April 2008
JOHNSON - Donald Lee Johnson, 59, of Howard Lane, Jersey Shore, died Thursday, April 3, 2008 at the Williamsport Hospital. He was born in Jersey Shore June 1, 1948, a son of William and Thelma Hoy Johnson. He graduated from Jersey Shore High School in 1968 and was a U.S. Army Veteran of Vietnam. He was a member of the George W. Pepperman American Legion Post #36, the Billy O. Brandt VFW Post #5859, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, all in Jersey Shore. He enjoyed NASCAR and the Yankees. His survivors include three sisters, Norma Clark and Beth Haverly (Park) of Jersey Shore, and Cynthia Breon (Barry) of Lock Haven; four brothers, William H. Johnson Jr. (Fay) of Catawissa, Richard K. of the Valley, Fred Johnson (Sandy) of Rebersburg and Dean Johnson (Brenda) of Avis, along with many nieces and nephews. Don’s Life Celebration will begin with a visitation on Sunday, April 6, 2008 from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Rearick-Carpenter Funeral Home, “A Life Celebration Home”, 1002 Allegheny St., Jersey Shore, with services at 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. His family suggests any donations be made in Don’s name to his brother, Dean Johnson, P.O. Box 858, Avis, PA 17721. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 4 April 2008
KEENEY - Clifford R. Keeney age 90, Town of Caton died Tuesday, April 8, 2008 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira. Clifford was born in Caton on January 3, 1918, the son of the late Ray and Zadie (Rosa) Keeney. He was the husband of the late Annabelle Keeney who preceded him in death on October 5, 1999. An area resident all of his life, Clifford attended school at Tobeytown. Clifford had served with the U.S. Army. He was employed by Corning Inc. for over 35 years where he had been a glass mechanic. Clifford is survived by his one daughter: Jeannette (Jerry) Kerry of FL; one son: Ivan (Kay) Keeney of Caton; one sister: Marian Kizer of Tioga, Pa; two brothers: Leon H. Keeney of Lawrenceville, Pa., Lyle (Dora) Keeney of Avoca, NY; four grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney St., Corning on Saturday April 12th from 2-3pm where funeral services will follow at 3pm. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Caton, at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association-Rochester Chapter, 435 E. Henrietta Road, Rochester NY 14620 or to Elcor Health Services 48 Colonial Drive, Horseheads, N.Y. 14845 - Corning Leader, 9 April 2008
KELLY - Eileen Kelly Smith of Traver Road, died Monday (April 7, 2008) at her home. She was 84. Born on July 29, 1923 in Corning, NY, she was the daughter of the late Thomas F. and Agnes Cain Kelly. She was a graduate of Corning Free Academy and Saint James Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Hornell. During World War II, Eileen served as a cadet nurse at Holleran General Hospital on Staten Island, NY and then continued her career as a registered nurse in the operating room at Corning Hospital and Saratoga Hospital. She was a member of Saint Clement’s Roman Catholic Church in Saratoga Springs. Eileen loved to walk in Saratoga parks and on the beach at Nags Head, NC. She will always be treasured by her family as a loving mother and grandmother, and will be dearly missed. In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by two brothers, Robert Kelly and Thomas Kelly, Jr. Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Raymond Smith; her daughter, Corinne Smith Geiger and her husband Kevin of North Pomfret, VT; her two sons, Jeffrey Smith and his wife Jeanne of Endwell, NY and Timothy Smith and his wife Judith of Lakewood, CO; one sister, Virginia Kelly of Corning, NY; one brother, Joseph Kelly of Statesboro, GA; her aunt, Eleanor Palmer of Corning, NY; eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends may call from 9 to 11am Friday (April 11, 2008) at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs (584-5373). Funeral services will be conducted at 11am at the funeral home with the Rev. Neil Draves-Arpaia officiating. Burial will follow in the family plot at Greenridge Cemetery, Lincoln Ave. Memorials may be made in her name to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.- Corning Leader, 9 April 2008
KISSELL - Eva M. Lathrop, 95, of Dimock, PA, died Thursday, March 27, 2008 at the Endless Mountains Health Systems, Montrose, after an extended illness. She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil D. Lathrop. Born in Wyoming County, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Florence Kissell. Survivors include a daughter, Mary Jane Ackley of Dimock. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a sister, Jeannette Comstock and brother, Ray Kissell. Memorial services will be held at a later date at the family’s convenience. Arrangements were under the direction of the Daniel K. Regan Funeral Home, Montrose. - Wyalusing Rocket Courier, 3 April 2008
KNIFFIN - FURSMAN, Gail (Kniffin)
Age 68, of Big Flats, NY, died
on Monday, April 14, 2008, at home. Gail was born in Poughkeepsie, NY, the daughter of the late Clow and Matilda Kniffin. She is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, John J. Fursman of Big Flats, NY; one daughter, Wendy (Joseph) Ahearn of Greece, NY; two sons, Jeffrey (Lori) Fursman of Horseheads, NY and Daniel (Nicole) Fursman of Rochester, NY; two brothers, Frank and William Kniffin, both of Syracuse, NY; nine grandchildren, along with several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Fursman was a member of the Church of Big Flats, Horseheads Lions Club, Big Flats Library Advocates, Big Flats Women's Club, and the Big Flats Red Hatters. She enjoyed spending her time making creative crafts, volunteering, drawing, gardening, and was an accomplished author of children's books. She was a graduate of Corning Community College in 1997. Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday, April 17th, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow there at 8 p.m. with Rev. Bern Lytle officiating. Interment will take place at the convenience of the family in Bath National Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to Southern Tier Hospice and Palliative Care, 11751 East Corning Rd., Corning, NY 14830 or to a charity of one's choice. Published in the Star-Gazette on 4/16/2008.
KOSER - Victoria “Vicki” A. Hedberg Koser, 16, of 145 Salem Schoolhouse Road, Unityville, died at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, April 1, 2008. She was born June 1, 1991 in Lewisburg, the daughter of Darla and Randall Koser Jr. of Unityville and Dwayne and Maggie Hedberg of Jacksonville, Fla. Vicki attended the East Lycoming High School. In addition to her parents she is survived by a brother: Jesse Koser of Unityville; sisters, Randi Koser of Unityville, Sabrina and Amanda Koser, both of Danville; maternal grandparents, Clarence and Donna Bailor Jr. of Port Treverton, Paternal grandparents: Randall and Mary Koser Sr. of Danville; great grandparents, Betty and Jesse Robbins of Bloomsburg, Lettie Bailor of Millerstown, aunts, uncles and cousins. Also surviving are very special friends, ”extended family” John and Angie Johnson of Unityville and Corey, Cody, Chelsey, Chet, Mike, Tyler, Chrissy, Jamie and Tyler. Preceding her in death were grandparents, Victor and Gloria Hedberg and great grandparents, George and Frances Lyter and Clarence Bailor Sr. Funeral Services will be held Saturday 1 p.m., at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Unityville with the Rev. Allen Acor, officiating. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. Friends may visit with the family Saturday 11 a.m. until the time of service, at the church. Family will provide flowers. Donations may be made to Harbour Stables Inc., 262 Larch Road, Sunbury, PA 17801 in Vickis memory. The Brady Funeral Home Inc is assisting the Koser family. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 4 April 2008
LOSINGER - John Elwood Losinger, died March 18, 2008 at Cape Canaveral, Fla., of heart failure. He was born May 2, 1931, a son of James J. and Stella Griswold Losinger. John was a graduate of the Wellsboro Junior-Senior High School, Class of 1949, and a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a degree in electronic engineering. He served his country for four years in the United States Navy with sea duty aboard the USS Waldron. He was retired from NASA where he served for over 20 years with our space program. He is survived by his wife, Dolores Bohannon Losinger; his two children, Thomas Losinger, Patti Losinger Clark; six beautiful granddaughters; four step-children; and his brother, James Losinger. - Mansfield Gazette, 2 April 2008
MAUSTELLER - Mary M. Crossley, 89, of Alvin Avenue, Williamsport, died on Friday, April 4, 2008 at the Hershey Medical Center. Mary was predeceased by her husband, Roscoe L.; her parents, Eber and Rachel (Eves) Mausteller; a sister, Pauline Whitenight; and a grandson, Mark. She was born on September 9, 1918 in Bloomsburg, PA. She retired from the former Carey-McFalls, was a member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church, enjoyed gardening and yard work. Surviving her is a daughter, Carol E. (Andrew) Emrick of Montoursville; a brother, Robert (Mae) Mausteller of Bloomsburg; a sister, Faye Mausteller of Bloomsburg; three grandchildren, Michael (Lisa) Emrick, Michelle (Anthony) Benner and Maxann (John) Daugherty; and eight great-grandchildren. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, 2008 at the Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad Street, Montoursville, with the Rev. Roy D. Meyer officiating. Interment will follow in Montoursville Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday afternoon from 1 to 2 p.m. The family will provide the flowers. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 6 April 2008
MILLER - Mr. Richard N. Miller, 75, of 2626 Riverside Drive, DuBoistown, died Thursday, April 3, 2008, at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center at Philadelphia. Mr. Miller was a decorated United States Army Veteran of the Korean War. He was the recipient of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. He was also awarded the Korean Service Medal, Occupation Medal of Japan, China, India, Burma Theatre Service Medal, three Bronze Service Stars, Outstanding Service Bar, and the Bronze Star Medal. Mr. Miller was a former chief of the DuBoistown Volunteer Fire Department. He had been employed for 35 years by Bastian Tire Sales at Williamsport. Born July 6, 1932 at Spring Mills, Centre County, he was the son of the late Donald B. and Marion Kropp Miller. On February 8, 1953, he and his wife, the former Shirley A. Kline, were united in marriage. Together they observed 55 years of marriage. Surviving in addition to his wife, Shirley A. Kline Miller at DuBoistown, are his daughter and son-in-law, Christee L. and Glenn R. Thomas of Big Indian, N.Y.; his son and daughter-in-law, David M. and Jennifer Houtz Miller of Milton; his sister, Kathleen Kurtz of DuBoistown; and his four grandchildren, Glenn R. Thomas III of Big Indian, N.Y., Cara L. Thomas of Big Indian, N.Y., Jennifer L. Miller of Chambersburg, and Brian J. Miller of Martinsburg, West Va., and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his late parents, he was also preceded in death by his late brother, Barry C. Miller. Funeral services will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Henry Mitchell, a friend of the family, will officiate. There will be no visitation. The family will provide the flowers. The family suggests that contributions in memory of Mr. Richard N. Miller may be made, if so desired, to the Memorial Dialysis Fund of Central Pennsylvania, 1660 Sycamore Road, Montoursville, PA 17754. Arrangements are being directed by the Charles M. Noll Funeral Home, 1 East Central Avenue, South Williamsport. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 6 April 2008
MITCHELL - Ruth M. Lambert, 88, of 45 Clearview Lane, Cogan Station, formerly of 2001 Memorial Avenue and Tequesta, FL, died April 3, 2008, in the Williamsport Hospital. Born September 11, 1919 in Lowell, MA, she was a daughter of William and Mary Mahoney Mitchell. Ruth was a graduate of the Keith Academy Girls School in Lowell. She was a member of St. John’s-Newberry United Methodist Church in Williamsport and a lifetime member of the V.F.W. in Hobe Sound, FL. Prior to retiring Ruth was the owner of “Anticipation Maternity”, a group of 13 maternity apparel shops along the East Coast. She enjoyed life to the fullest, participating in many cruises and travels. Her first husband, Charles J. Betz, died December 15, 1996, and her second husband, Robert Lambert, died March 28, 2000. She was also preceded in death by three sisters, Veronica Briody, Rita Padovani and Virginia Hansen, and a brother, Lawrence Mitchell. Surviving are her daughter, Nathalie R. (William) Beck of Cogan Station; three grandchildren, Charles and William Beck, and Sheryl Simon; and five great grandchildren, Andrew and Ian Bubb, and Alissa, Matthew, Lindsey Simon; one great great grandson, Benjamin Simon-Moreno. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 11, 2008, from her church, 2101 Newberry Street, with the Rev. Kraig L. Faust officiating. The family will provide the flowers and suggests memorials be given to her church. Arrangements by Sanders Mortuary. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 4 April 2008
MOORE - Donald Edmund Moore, age 76, and formerly of Corning died
on Friday, April 4, 2008. He had been in ill health the past few years. He was the son of Sarah L. and William Francis Moore, Sr., now deceased. He has three children: Dorothy (Glen) Gordon of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Adam (Viola) Moore of Anchorage, AK, and Raymond Moore; two granddaughters: Robin Gordon and Brook Ann Moore; an aunt: Beatrice Burnap of Corning; a sister: Mary (Frederick Sr.) Dyer of Corning; several nieces and nephews; and three brothers who predeceased him: William Jr, Robert, and Barney Moore. Don was owner and director of Lorien Wilderness Camp, Tamagami, Ontario, Canada and Alberta Bound Inc., Banff, Alberta, Canada, which involved rock and mountain climbing, camping, and canoeing. He worked in managerial and engineering positions for Raytheon in Topton, PA and Dighton, MA, Venezuelan Steel, Caracas, Venezuela, Northrop Nortronics, Needham, MA and Pickard and Burns Inc. Needham, MA. For the City of Corning, he was recreation leader, running the youth center and city sports league. He founded, directed and fund-raised for Philippines 60’s Inc., a non-profit work, study, trainee, community development program in the Philippines. He was involved in smoke jumping in Montana and was filmed in the movie “Red Skies Over Montana”. Don was a graduate of Northside High School in 1950, attended Syracuse University, State University at Cortland, and the University of Massachusetts. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, April 11, 2008 at Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney Street in Corning at 1:00 PM with Frederick L. Dyer, II, Donald’s nephew, officiating. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery, Corning, NY. - Corning Leader, 7 April 2008
MOREHEAD - Anna Mae DeHart, 90, of 510 Columbia Ave., Milton; died Wednesday morning, April 2, 2008 at the Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village in Lewisburg. Born in Plumville, PA on June 7, 1917; she was a daughter off the late Carl and Mabel (Brillhart) Morehead. Her husband, Russel L. DeHart died on December 31, 1977. Mrs. DeHart graduated from the Plumvlle High School, and during her life had been employed at Sylvania in Williamsport and Emporium, the Milton Shoe Factory, and in the school cafeterias in Milton. She was a member of the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Milton and taught Sunday school there. Mrs. DeHart also attended the Follmer Lutheran Church. She served as a volunteer with the American Red Cross and with the Red Cross bloodmobiles. Mrs. DeHart enjoyed traveling with her friend Edith Gray and was a member of the Ramblers Club. She participated in many activities at the Milton YMCA, was active with the TOPS program, and enjoyed flower gardening. With her husband she enjoyed camping and traveling and they were members of the Scotty Camping Club. Surviving are two daughters and sons in law Chere S. and Kenneth Kearney of Northumberland and Bonnie K. and Dennis Meckley of New Columbia; a son Timothy L. DeHart of Montoursville; grandchildren Jamie Fairlamb, Brenna Mesaric, Kevin and Erin Kearney, and Timothy R. and Michael T. DeHart; and five great grandsons. She was preceded in death by two grandchildren Stacy and Nathan Derr; brothers Samuel, George, and William Morehead; and sister Bernita Fledderman. Funeral services will be held on Friday at 2:00 p.m. at the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Milton. Interment will be made in the Milton Cemetery. Friends and relatives will be received at the church on Friday from 1:00 to 2:00. Memorials in Anna Mae’s memory may be made to the Memorial Fund at Christ Lutheran Church, 1125 Mahoning St., Milton, PA 17847 Arrangements are under the care of the Shaw Funeral Home, 400 N. Front St., Milton. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 3 April 2008
POUST - Verna M. Goodwin, 74 years old, of 183 Mountain view Road, Linden, formerly of 1322 W. Central Ave., South Williamsport, died, Sunday April 6, 2008, in the Gatehouse of Divine Providence Hospital. Born November 29, 1933, in Jersey Shore, she was the daughter of Charles L. and Abigail E. Poust of Jersey Shore. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Williamsport. Verna graduated from Jersey Shore High School, Class of 1951. She was employed by Sylvania in Halls Station until 1967, as an inspector. Verna was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed taking care of her cats and numerous houseplants. She was an avid animal lover and devoted to the landscaping of her home. Verna’s family will deeply miss her. Harry E. (Duke) Goodwin, her husband of 55 years. Tracy Goodwin Kaddouri, 41, of St. Louis Missouri, her only child. John Kaddouri, her son in law, and two grandchildren; Taylor Lynn Kaddouri, 12, and Jordan Alexis Kaddouri, 6, all reside in St. Louis, Missouri. Proceeding Verna were her parents, Charles and Abigail Poust, and Alden Larue Poust, her only sibling. Family and friends are invited to her “Life Celebration” on Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. at the Rearick-Carpenter Funeral Home, 1002 Allegheny Street, in Jersey Shore. Service will begin at 11 a.m. Her interment will follow at the Jersey Shore Cemetery. Her family request donation to the Gatehouse, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 8 April 2008
PYKONEN John T.
Age 57 of Elmira, NY. He was born August 14, 1950 in Sayre, PA, son of the late Leo W. and Mary E. (Walls) Pykonen and died Monday, April 14, 2008, at Robert Packer Hospital after a long and courageous battle with kidney disease. He is survived by his fiancée, Eileen Curren and her children, Richard (Megan), Keri (Jeremy), Christopher (Bridget) and Mark (Yuki); their grandchildren, Christopher and Emily; daughters, Kim and Mary Pykonen; grandson, Christopher; sister and brother-in-law, Ann and Craig Madsen; Eileen's family, her mother, Geraldine Meritz; her sisters and brother, Mary Anne Coleman, Joseph (Kathi) Coleman and Kathy Lunduski; special friend, Dan McCann. John retired from F. M. Howell and was an avid golfer. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira, on Thursday, April 17th from 4 to 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember John through donations to the Polycystic Kidney Foundation, Syracuse Chapter, 1000 Hiawatha Blvd. West, Syracuse, NY 13204. John's family offers a special thank you to Dr. Kittur (University Hospital, Syracuse), Dr. Desio (Guthrie, Sayre) and Sharon Vanderpool (Guthrie Dialysis) for the wonderful and compassionate care they gave John. Published in the Star-Gazette on 4/16/2008.
RICE - Cheryl (Rice) Boland, 56, of Elizabethtown, KY, formerly of Campbell, NY, died Saturday, April 5, 2008 in Hardin Memorial Hospital, surrounded by the love of her family. Cheryl was born July 16, 1951 in Ft. Dix, NJ to Frank and Betty (Letts) Rice. Cheryl enjoyed spending time with her family and had a love for animals and ice cream. Cheryl is survived by three sisters, Diane Rice and Melanie Stone, both of Campbell, Barbara (Michael) Cain of Palmyra, NY; one brother, Frank Rice of Valencia, CA. She is also survived by her husband, Kenneth Boland; four daughters, Paula Gill, Denise Boland, Jana (Timothy) Gilliam, all living in Kentucky, and Wendy (Jason) Callahan serving in the Army in Iraq. Cheryl also had seven wonderful grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Cheryl was predeceased by her parents, Frank and Betty (Letts) Rice; one brother, Keith Rice; a brother-in-law, Gary Stone; and an infant son. There will be a memorial service held on Saturday, April 12, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at the Curtis Baptist Church in Campbell, NY with Pastor Dale Ingraham officiating. The family will provide flowers. Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice. - Corning Leader, 8 April 2008
SHAUT - Wallace Shaut III, 69, of 8 Moore Haven Drive, died Monday, April 7, 2008 at his home. He was born March 12, 1939 in Bath, the son of Wallace and Mary Hosmer Shaut, Jr. Wally was a member of the Campbell United Methodist Church, former member of the Hammondsport Moose Club, and an avid hunter and fisherman. He had worked for the Gold Seal Winery, and then retired from Mercury Aircraft in Hammondsport with over 18 years of service. Surviving are his wife, Roberta Finch Shaut; daughter, Theresa (John) Wood of Wayne; step-daughter, Nancy (Joe) Phenes of Painted Post; step-son, Daniel (Darlene) Scott of Corning; brothers, John (Pat) Shaut of Bth, Dave Shaut of Bath, Chuck (Sandy) Shaut of Odessa; sisters, Connie (Stanley) Whelen of TX, Pearl (Bob) Bulkley of Bath, Mary Lee (Brian) Koskie of SC, and Patty (Terry) Dick of Addison; grandchildren, John Wood, Brandon and Sarah Scott, and Joey Phenes; great-grandchildren, Alyssa, Katrina and John Mason Wood; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his first wife, Alma J. Shaut on November 15, 1995 and granddaughter, Crystal Renee Wood on April 3, 2003. Friends may call Thursday, April 10, 2008 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the LaMarche Funeral Home, 35 Main St., Hammondsport, where Funeral services will take place at the conclusion of calling hours at 1:00 p.m. Rev. Paul J. Rowley will officiate and Interment will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Hammondsport. The family will provide their own flowers. Memorials may be made to the Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 East Corning Rd., Corning, NY 14830. - Corning Leader, 8 April 2008
SMITH - Freda L. Reed, 85, of 1257 Jordan Avenue, Montoursville, died Wednesday, April 2, 2008 at the Williamsport Hospital. She was born November 27, 1922, in Centre Hall, the daughter of Robert and Kathryn Meyers Smith and the last of 8 siblings. Freda was a member of the American Business Women’s Association, a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary Montoursville Fire Department, and enjoyed her family. She was predeceased by her husband, Floyd L. Reed Jr., who died in 2007. Freda is survived by two sons, Lanny (Deb) Reed and Chris (Lisa) Reed both of Montoursville; a daughter, Katie (Ed) Reed of Montoursville; fifteen grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, April 5, 2008 at the Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad Street, Montoursville, with the Rev. K. David Bixler officiating. Interment will follow in Montoursville Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Saturday morning from 10-11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Floyd & Freda to either Hospice or the Gatehouse, both c/o 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 4 April 2008
SMITH - Joan M. Lehr, 53, of Williamsport, died at her home on Tuesday, April 1, 2008. She was the wife of John C. Lehr with whom she shared 7 years of marriage. Joan was born on October 26, 1954 in Williamsport and was the daughter of Helen “Honey” Marshall Smith of Linden and the late Jack K. Smith. Joan was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed antiquing, flower gardening, crafts, sewing and restoring furniture. She attended the Christian Church of Cogan Station. Joan is survived by her husband John, her mother Helen “Honey” Marshall Smith, two daughters; Jennifer L. Gill (fiancée Ed Hughes) of Lock Haven, Jodean L. Summerson (fiancée Les Schmouder) of Liberty, by a step-daughter Erika B. Young of Altoona, a sister Linda M. Hoover of Cogan Station, four grandchildren Jack Gill, Tasha Getgen, Johnathan and Gavin Young. She is predeceased by her father, Jack K. Smith; a sister, Jean M. Shaffer and by two grandchildren, Jamilynn and Natasha Gill. Relatives and friends are invited to attend Joan’s Life Celebration on Monday, April 7, 2008, from 9-11 a.m. at the James C. Maneval Funeral Home, Ltd., “A Life Celebration Home”, 500 W. Fourth St., Williamsport. A memorial service will follow on Monday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Larry E. Freed officiating the service. Interment will be private at the Twin Hills Memorial Park, Muncy, PA. In Joan’s memory memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society Lycoming Unit 1948 E. Third Street Williamsport, PA 17701. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 4 April 2008
SMITH - Loisann (Smith) Phillips, 56, of Rose View Center, formerly of 450 Center St., died Sunday, April 6, 2008. Born November 19, 1951, she was a daughter of William Stanley and Anna Marie (Kalendek) Smith. Surviving are her son George Jr.; daughter, Gretchen S. Phillips-Fisher; two grandchildren, Tyler Ryan Phillips and Symphony Louise Fisher, all of Williamsport; a sister, Patricia (Kenneth) Linke of Jamesburg, N.J.; a brother, Robert (Diane) Smith of Los Cruces, N.M. and several nieces and nephews. In keeping with Loisann’s wishes there will be no services and memorial donations may be made to the L.C.C.C.S. Children’s Development Center, 625 West Edwin St. Williamsport, PA 17701 in the name of her granddaughter Symphony Louise Fisher. Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 8 April 2008
SNYDER - Ina Ruth (Snyder) Kleffel, 60, died March 30, 2008, in her Ontelaunee Township residence. She was the wife of Frederick C. Kleffel Jr., whom she married Oct. 29, 2002. Born in Moreland Township, Lycoming County, on Aug. 21, 1947, she was a daughter of the late Harley L. and Pauline E. (Shaylor) Snyder. Ina was employed a number of years as a certified nursing assistant at The Highlands Care Center, LaPorte. She also is survived by four children: Michael L. Adams, Danville; Lori A. (Beaver), wife of Brian T. Smith, LaPorte; Stephen L. Beaver, Sonestown; and Brian D., husband of Carrie (Broshart) Beaver, Dushore. Other survivors include six siblings: Norma Sones, Turbotville; Patricia Snyder, Lewisburg; John Snyder, Muncy; Vicki Temple, Danville; Richard Snyder, Muncy; and Kim Beagle, Millville. There are also six grandchildren: Lindsey and Brian Smith and Logan, Colby, Samantha, and Bradley Beaver. Memorial services were held April 2 at 1 p.m. in Walter R. Christ Funeral Home, Laureldale, with the Rev. John E. Houck officiating. Contributions may be made to Pinnacle Health Hospice,3705 Elmwood Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17110. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 8 April 2008
SPENCER - Betty M. Vance, 80, of 1621 Log Run Road, Williamsport, formerly of Poco Lane, died Saturday, April 5, 2008, in the Gatehouse of Divine Providence Hospital. Born August 21, 1927 in Williamsport, she was the daughter of Ralph and Genevieve Bovier Spencer. Betty was a member of Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church and a 1945 graduated of St. Joseph’s High School. She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Herman L. Vance; two brothers, James and Ralph Spencer, Jr.; and a sister, Germaine Stanford. Surviving are two daughters, Barbara (Alan) McCoy and Suzanne (William) Reighard, both of city; three grandsons, William E. Reighard, III, Brian “Vern” (Tara) Reighard and Justin Stephen (Meggan Skrutsky) McCoy; and three great grandchildren, Grace Carol and Dylon Reighard and Kamdyn Rae McCoy. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday from Mater Dolorosa Church, 635 Hepburn St., with Msgr. Francis J. Castellano officiating. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery. There will be no visitation. The family will provide the flowers and suggests memorials be given to The Gatehouse, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701. Arrangements are entrusted to Sanders Mortuary. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 6 April 2008
STEIMLING - Derwin F. (Duke) Steimling, 91, of Nordmont, PA, died peacefully on Monday, March 24, 2008 at The Highlands Care Center in Laporte. Born Aug. 27, 1916 in Grier City, Schuylkill County, PA, he was the son of the late Frederick Franklin and Margaret Elizabeth Faust Steimling. He led a full and happy life filled with family and friends and lots of sports. He was a pitcher on the Chicago Cubs farm team back in the 1930’s. He was a great golfer and played every chance he could, belonging to three country clubs, Cedarbrook, Atlantic City and Eagles Mere. People gathered around to watch him hit the ball; he had a baseball player’s swing, but hit the ball a mile and was a great chipper and putter. He was also an excellent wood craftsman, making beautiful bowls, salt and pepper shakers, furniture, candlesticks and a grandfather’s clock, among other items. His hands were huge, but he was able to do very fine work. He loved good food and enjoyed planting and enjoying the bounty from a huge vegetable garden. He also loved playing cards. Duke was a proud, faithful and loyal member of the High Noon Club of Eagles Mere, which met each Monday and Friday. He was also a member of various Masonic organizations. He worked for many years for the Reading Railroad in Philadelphia. After retirement, he and his wife, the former Kathryn Houseknecht Devereaux, built their own home in Nordmont, which they named “Tranquility Hill.” Funeral arrangements are private and under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore. - Wyalusing Rocket Courier, 3 April 2008
STEVENS - Helen S. Hiler, 89, of Watkins Rd., Horseheads died Tuesday, April 8, 2008, at Bethany Manor in Horseheads, NY. She was born January 2, 1919, in Rockaway, New Jersey, the daughter of William and Lena James Stevens. She married Horris Pike Hiler who predeceased her in 1987. Helen was a homemaker. She was a member of the Rockaway United Methodist Church in New Jersey. She is survived by a daughter, Pamela H. (Robert) Vanderhoof of Corning, NY; a son, Thomas Hiler of Rockaway, New Jersey; four grandchildren and four great grandchildren. A daughter, Susan Robinson predeceased her. A Memorial service will be held in Rockaway, New Jersey at a later date. Acly-Stover Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements. - Corning Leader, 9 April 2008
STEWART - Thomas J. Stewart Jr., 74, of South Maple Street, Avoca, died Wednesday, April 2, 2008 at Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital. He was a veteran of the United States Army. Survivors include one son, Thomas Stewart III of West Arlington, N.J.; brother, William Stewart of Brooklyn; daughter, Karen McNeeney. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 10 at the Bath National Cemetery. Arrangements are with Fagan’s Funeral Home, 31 W. Morris St. - Corning Leader, 9 April 2008
STORMS - Lou Nell T. McGrady was called home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, April 8. She died at Elcor Nursing Facility of complications due to pneumonia. She is survived by 3 daughters – Alecia (Jerome) Cardell of Manassas, Virginia; Melissa McGrady, Baltimore, Maryland and Minister Kimberly McGrady, Corning; 3 grandchildren – Lattrice, Xavier and Adrian McGrady; 3 sisters, 1 brother and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband of 47 years, Genesis T. McGrady, her father and mother – Vincent, Sr. & Gladys Storms and 3 sisters – Ravenetta Braxton, Debbie Smith and Barbara Thomas. Mrs. McGrady was Director of the School of Nursing at the Arnot Ogden Memorial Hospital for over 30 years. She obtained her Masters of Science in Education from Elmira College in June of 1969. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Keuka College. Lou Nell also served her community through two terms on the Corning-Painted Post School Board, the Family Service Board of Directors, Treasurer of Friendship Baptist Church and several other community organizations. The family wishes to extend its heartfelt thanks and appreciation to every nurse, certified aid, dietitian, physical therapist, nurse practitioner, speech therapist and others that cared for Lou Nell (a/k/a “Her Royal Highness”) during her stay at Elcor. Your care was invaluable; it helped to make Elcor her home. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Upstate New York Chapter. The calling hours and funeral service will be held at Friendship Baptist Church, 120 Pearl Street, Corning on Saturday, April 12. There will be a private viewing for family members only from 10-10:30, public calling hours from 10:30-12:00 and the funeral service at 12:00 noon. Internment will be at Hope Cemetery. Acly-Stover Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements. - Corning Leader, 9 April 2008
SUTHERLAND - Edwin Keith Sutherland, 86, of Upper Drive in Corning, NY, died Friday, April 4, 2008 at Guthrie Corning Hospital after a brief illness. Keith, as he was commonly known, married Betty Crants on July 12, 1947 in Corning, NY. Betty predeceased Keith on January 11, 1990. Keith was born April 6, 1921 in Rushville, Illinois, the son of Glen C. and Grace Ashwood Sutherland. He maintained close personal and agricultural ties to the Rushville community his entire life. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1944 and remained a life-long fan of the Fighting Illini. In 1945, he began his career with Corning Glass Works, and retired from Corning, Inc. as a Mechanical Process Engineer after a distinguished 38 year career. Keith was a consummate Scotsman and wore the Sutherland tartan proudly. An inveterate traveler throughout his life, he made friends everywhere he went. He loved hunting and fishing in his younger years and was a backyard ornithologist who systematically recorded his bird sightings for over 50 years. He also relished his role as a surrogate Grandpa to several generations of neighborhood kids, all of whom called him Keith. Keith is survived by his two sons, Douglas, and his wife, Nancy, reside in Skaneateles, NY. Gary, his wife, Gretchen, and Keith’s three grandchildren, Lauren, Alexander and Duncan live in Lakewood, CO. Also surviving are Keith’s brother, Ralph and wife, Marilou, of Peoria, IL. and sister-in-law, Joyce Killigrew of Corning, NY. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers it was Keith’s request that recognition of his life be directed to one of the following organizations: Chaddock Children’s Foundation, 205 South 24th St., Quincy, Illinois 62301 or Landis Valley Museum Heirloom Seed Project, 2451 Kissel Hill Rd., Lancaster, PA 17601 Acly-Stover Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements. - Corning Leader, 7 April 2008
THOMAS - Betty E. Hagadone, 76, of Avoca, died Sunday, April 6, 2008 at Strong Memorial Hospital. She was retired from Gunlocke Chair Company in Wayland as a sander. Survivors include her daughters, Darlene LaBreck of Avoca, Donna Parsels of Phoenix, Ariz., Mary Stroud of Peoria, Ariz., Laura Dye of Perkinsville; sons, Sy Thomas of Peoria, Ariz., Tom Hagadone and John Hagadone, both of Avoca, Terry Hagadone and Lima Hagadone, both of Hammondsport; sister, Rea Knudsen of Dansville; two brothers, Jack Thomas of Wayland, Melvin Thomas of Dansville. Calling hours are 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today, April 8 at the Walter E. Baird and Sons Funeral Home, 300 W. Naples St., Wayland. Services will be held there at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 9. Burial will be in Village Cemetery, Wayland. - Corning Leader, 7 April 2008
TREESE - Thomas L. Treese, 51, formerly of Montgomery, PA, died at 1:28 P.M. on Sunday, April 6, 2008, in the Mountain City Nursing & Rehabilitation Center at Hazleton, PA. Born in Williamsport, Lycoming County, PA, on Sunday, July 1, 1956, he was the son of the late Lloyd and Betty (Schooley) Treese. Tom was a 1975 graduate of Muncy High School and then served during the Vietnam War with the U.S. Army. He was last employed as a press operator by Data Papers at Muncy, PA. Tom was a former member of the Clinton Twp. Volunteer Fire Co. for over 15 years. He enjoyed camping, fishing, boating, spending time with Bruiser and his family. He is survived by one daughter, Elizabeth A. Treese, Williamsport, PA; one son, Lloyd T. Treese, Turbotville, PA; two brothers, Jeffrey H. Treese, Huntersville, PA; Lee E. Treese, Williamsport, PA; two sisters, Sharon D. Stiger, Picture Rocks, PA; Patsy J. Hughes, Hughesville, PA; one uncle, Elton Treese, Hughesville, PA and one aunt, Jean Knarr, Lewisburg, PA. Funeral services will be conducted from the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 108 North Main Street, Muncy, PA at 8:00 P.M. on Wednesday, April 9, 2008 with Reverend Zach LaBagh, pastor of the St. John Lutheran “Brick” Church at Montgomery, officiating. Friends may call on Wednesday from 6:00 - 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Memorial Dialysis Fund of Central PA, 1660 Sycamore Road, Suite 1C, Montoursville, PA 17754. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 8 April 2008
ULRICH - Anna Belle Sherwood, 80, of 440 Kepner Hill Road, Muncy, died Thursday, April 3, 2008 at the Muncy Valley Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit. Born October 27, 1927 in Williamsport, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Ellen (Hawkins) Ulrich. She and her husband of 61 years, Frank L. Sherwood, Sr. were married September 14, 1946. A homemaker, Anna Belle loved to read. She also enjoyed deciphering crossword puzzles and traveling with her husband. In addition to her husband she is survived by one son, Richard T. Sherwood of Hughesville; one daughter and son-in-law, Barbara E. and Chuck Davis of Mechanicsburg; one brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Rita Ulrich of Montoursville; eight grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. Anna Belle was predeceased by a son, Frank L. Sherwood, Jr., who died May 1, 1978; two sisters, Mary Chesnut and Lucy Kreidler; and three brothers, Joseph, Amasa and David Ulrich. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. on Monday, April 7, at Grenoble’s, 121 S. Main St., Muncy. Officiating will be the Rev. Michael R. Gardy, pastor of First United Methodist Church, Muncy. Burial will follow in Muncy Cemetery. Friends will be received on Monday from noon until 1 p.m. at the funeral home. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 4 April 2008
VALIQUETTE - Harry G. Valiquette Sr., 77, of Pennsdale, died Friday, April 04, 2008, at the Muncy Valley Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit. Born April 22, 1930, in Milton, he was a son of the late Armand and Leah Shively Valiquette. Harry attended the Hughesville Friends Church. He was an outdoor enthusiast who enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and his pets. Harry also loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. Surviving are his companion of nearly 58 years, Estherbelle Valiquette; two sons, Doug R. Valiquette of Pennsdale and Harry G. (Norma) Valiquette Jr. of Watsontown; two daughters, Sharon L. (Mark) Valiquette Byers of Watsontown and Holly A. (Dale) Valiquette Fry of Muncy; a brother, Terry A. (Linda) Valiquette of Milton; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren. Harry was preceded in death by a son, Timothy John Valiquette; a daughter, Shawnee Virginia Valiquette Hauck; and a great grandson, Timothy O. Dickinson. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water St., Hughesville, with the Rev. Dan Cale officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 5 April 2008
WAXMAN - Clive R. Waxman, Jr., 74, of Point Blank, Texas, passed on peacefully in his sleep to be with his Lord on April 1, 2008, in a Houston Hospital. Waxman served as CEO of The Williamsport Hospital from 1964 until 1983. He was very active in the community, serving as a team “Uncle” at Little League World Series for many years. He was also a very active member of the Rotary Club of Williamsport for 20 years. An avid motorcyclist and airplane pilot, he enjoyed life to the fullest and did so until the last few years of his life. He is finally free from suffering with a long illness and eventually died of Cancer. He was surrounded by friends and family at the time of his death. Waxman is survived by his wife, Lorraine and children. Cremation rites were accorded and a private service will be held in Texas at the convenience of the family. Memorial gifts may be to the: Little League Museum, 539 Route 15 Highway, South Williamsport, PA 17702, in his honor. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 8 April 2008
WAY - Esther Way Dyer McCarty, age 92, of Wyalusing, Pa., died peacefully on Tuesday morning, April 8, 2008, at the Skilled Nursing Unit of the Memorial Hospital, where she was a patient for the past few weeks. Esther was born in Luthersburg, Pa., one of 16 children of the late James Vincent and Margaret Ellen Beck Way. She worked at the former Weldon Mfg. in Dushore, Pa. Esther became a Licensed Practical Nurse and worked at the Robert Packer Hospital for several years. Esther married Earl Dyer of Colley who predeceased her. She married Harold McCarty of Sugar Run on March 11, 1979 and he predeceased her on March 22, 1996. Esther was a member of St. John's Chapel, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church and a member of Eastern Star. Surviving are: her brother and sister-in-law, John and Lucretia Way of Sugar Run, Pa.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Bernice Thomas of Diamond, Ohio, Joanne and Pete Puterbaugh of Friendsville, Pa., Linda and Dan Puterbaugh of Rome, Pa.; sister-in-law, Louise Way of Wyalusing, Pa.; numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by: brothers, George Way, James Way and Stanley Way; and sisters, Grace Bell, Florence Hauck, Viola Irvin, Alfretta Bloom, Marian Knapp, Margaret Kunzman, Beulah Stevens and Elsie Harmic. A family memorial service will be held at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, Pa., at the convenience of the family. Memorials are directed to St. John's Chapel, PO Box 460, Dushore, PA 18614. - Towanda Daily Review, 9 April 2008
WELCH - John Stuart “Jack” Welch Jr., 75, of Southern Pines, formerly of Painted Post, N.Y., died Monday, April 7, 2008 at home. He was retired as a division president with Ingersoll Rand Company after 38 years of service and was a former trustee and mayor of the Village of Painted Post, N.Y. He also served in the United States Army as a company commander with the 70th combat engineers. Survivors include two sons, David S. Welch of Unadilla, N.Y., Thomas B. Welch of Goffstown, N.H.; daughter, Kathryn W. May of Phoenix, Ariz. Funeral services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with the Powell Funeral Home, 160 E. New Hampshire Ave. - Corning Leader, 9 April 2008
WELLEN - Bill Wellen, 63, of Broughton Hollow Road, Wellsboro, died Monday March 24, 2008, while visiting family in Missouri. He was born Dec. 7, 1944 in Lock Haven, the son of Howard and Grace Hughes. Bill enjoyed visiting with friends and was always ready for his next cup of coffee. He is survived by four brothers, Chuck Wellen of Avis, Howard (Nancy) Hughes, Barry (Anne) Hughes, Chris (Maureen) Hughes all of Wellsboro; two sisters, Wilma (Mark) Sternglanz of Fort Worth, Texas, and Glenda (Dan) Klinge of Stark City, Mo. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Cards of condolence may be sent to Howard and Grace Hughes, 10 Broughton Hollow Road, Wellsboro, Pa. 16901. - Mansfield Gazette, 2 April 2008
WELLS - James Elbridge Wells, 67, died Tuesday, April 1, 2008 at his residence in Sayre. He was born in Herrick Township on June 18, 1940, the son of the late James E. and Irene (Hitchcock) Wells. In his youth, James enjoyed tinkering on antique cars, tractors and steam engines. He also had a love of music, playing various instruments all his life at many events and functions. Survivors include his children James E. and Debbie Wells of Maine, Melody and Shawn Bentley of Sayre, Susan and David Miller of French Asylum, Ralph and Brenda Wells of Sayre, Karen and Donald Fuller of Meshoppen and James T. Wells; a sister; Marlene Kithcart of Athens; a brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Darlene Wells of Litchfield; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a very close friend, Wilma Burgess. He was preceded in death by his parents, James E. Wells, Sr. on Jan. 22, 1995 and Irene M. Wells on Nov. 16, 1982 and a sister, Virginia Swingle on Feb. 13, 1973. A memorial service will be held at Lowery Funeral Home, 225 S. Main St., Athens, on Friday, April 4, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Burial will follow the memorial service. - Wyalusing Rocket Courier, 3 April 2008
WEST - Merle A. West, 75, of 223 E. Steuben St., Bath, died Sunday, April 6, 2008 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. He was a retired assembler for Ingersoll-Rand in Painted Post and a veteran of the U.S. Army. Survivors include his wife, Joan West; two daughters, Sue Pietrzak of Bath, Sharie West-Kashmer of Hammondsport; three sisters, Edna Barkley, Dorothy Huey and Emily Switzer; two brothers, John West and Merton West. Calling hours are 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, at the Seager-Jones Funeral Home. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, the Rev. Howard Armstrong officiating. Burial will be in Nondaga Cemetery. - Corning Leader, 6 April 2008
WILLS - Lorne R. Wills, 93, of 62 S. Fourth St., Hughesville, died Wednesday, April 2, 2008, at the Muncy Valley Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit. Born September 5, 1914, in Belleville, he was a son of the late William B. and Annie (Neidig) Wills. He and his wife, the former Annabelle (Miller) McKinley, were married July 5, 1991. A 1932 graduate of Belleville High School, he played professional baseball on a farm team for the Philadelphia Athletics. For a short time he was called up to the major league and played ball under Owner/Manager Connie Mack. He later joined his father in the trucking business and became owner/operator of W. B. Wills Trucking Co., Lewistown. Lorne was a life member of the Lewistown Lodge #0203, Free and Accepted Masons; the Lewistown Royal Arch Chapter #186; the Lewistown Commandry #26 and the Jaffa Shrine in Altoona. In addition, he was a member of the Elks Lodge #364, Lewistown and the Muncy Valley Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge #866. Lorne was an avid golfer and enjoyed hunting. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Muncy. Surviving in addition to his wife are two stepdaughters, Betsy (Jim) Mothersbaugh of Muncy and Bobbette (Jay) Lutz of Dover, Delaware; four stepsons, Michael (Mary) McKinley of Fountain, Colorado, William (Mako) McKinley of Copperas Cove, Texas, Gary McKinley of Williamsport and Samuel McKinley of Laurelton; 13 step-grandchildren and 12 step-great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by two sisters. The funeral will be at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, at his church, the First United Methodist Church, 602 S. Market St., Muncy. Officiating will be his pastor, the Rev. Michael R. Gardy. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hughesville. Friends will be received on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the church. A Masonic service will be held at 8 p.m. Flowers will be provided by the family. They suggest that contributions in Lorne’s memory be made to the building fund of the First United Methodist Church, 602 S. Market St., Muncy, PA 17756. The family is being assisted by Grenoble’s, 121 S. Main St., Muncy. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 3 April 2008
? - N. Carol Woolgar, 77, of 50 Center St., Hornell, died Saturday, April 5, 2008 at Hornell Gardens after a long illness. She was employed as a cashier at Loblaw’s Grocery Store for several years and as an occupational therapist at Hornell Gardens for six years. Survivors include four sons, David Woolgar and Richard Woolgar, both of Grand Prairie, Texas, Christopher Woolgar of Hornell, Jaime Woolgar of North Hornell; two daughters, Faye Wickwire of Tacoma, Wash., Laurel Studley of Hornell. Calling hours are 1-3 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St. Services will be held there at the conclusion of calling hours at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 12, the Rev. Alan Bliss officiating. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Canisteo. - Corning Leader, 9 April 2008