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AYRES - Robert Leroy Ayres, age 64, of Leroy, Pa., died peacefully on Sunday, May 11, 2008 at his home with his loving family at his side, following a lengthy battle with multiple myeloma. Bob was born on May 1, 1944 in East Smithfield, Pa., a son of the late Herman Clinton and Hazele Garnant Ayres. He graduated from the St. Augustine High School a member of the class of 1962. He married the former Bonnie L. Elchak of Lopez, Pa., in Dushore on December 12, 1969. They moved to Florida where Bob began working in the Ag business as a diesel mechanic. He worked his way up to become the Farm Manager of Sunshine Biscuit Farms, a division of Frito-Lay, St. Augustine, Fla. He later became the service manager for the Florida Truck and Tractor Co. of Palatka, Fla. In 1972, Bob started his own business, Bob's Manufacturing and Repair, in Elkton, Fla., and operated it until his health forced him to retire in 2002. At this time he and Bonnie retired to Pennsylvania and built a home in Leroy Township. Bob attended the East Canton United Methodist Church. He was a loving spouse and father and enjoyed spending as much time as he could with his children. He also loved the outdoors and especially hunting and fishing. Surviving is his loving spouse of 38 years, Bonnie, at home; son and daughter-in-law, Robert David and Rachel Ayres of Jacksonville, Fla., daughter and son-in-law, Alison and Jason Overstreet, of Garner, N.C., three brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard and Marlene Ayres of Milan, Pa., Ronald and Mary Jean Ayres of East Troy, Pa., Larry and Jeanne Ayres of Cotter, Ariz., four sisters and brothers-in-law, Shirley and Walter Keller of Wellsburg, N.Y., Waneta Ashley of St. Augustine, Fla., Marilyn and Ernie Shout, Elmira, N.Y., Joan and Robert Sweat, Green Cove Springs, Fla., brother-in-law and spouse, Nicholas and Judy Elchak of Powell, Pa., two grandchildren, Dylan and Emily Overstreet. He was predeceased by an infant sister Miriam and a brother, Duane Ayres and a sister Carolyn Knight. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 11 a.m. at the East Canton United Methodist Church with the Rev. Laura King, his pastor, officiating. Friends may call at the church on Tuesday, May 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. The family will provide the flowers and memorials are directed to the East Canton U.M. Church, RR 1 Box 1396, Canton, Pa. 17724 or Guthrie Hospice, RR 1 Box 154, Towanda, Pa. 18848. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, Pa. - Towanda Daily Review, 12 May 2008
BAIRD William Charles - Age 58, of Elmira, NY. He was born February 9, 1950 in Corning, NY, son of the late Merle D. Baird and Lois (Atchison) Baird, who survives. Bill is survived by his mother, Lois of Elmira; aunt, Glenora Baird; and several cousins. He was a graduate of Geneseo State College and and worked in real estate. A memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church of Corning at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Caton. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember Bill through donations to Southern Tier Hospice & Palliative Care, 11751 E. Corning Rd., Corning, NY 14830, or the Chemung County Nursing Facility, 103 Washington St., Elmira, NY 14901. Walter J. Kent Funeral Home is assisting the family. Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/18/2008.
BOSTWICK - Our hearts still ache in sadness, and our tears still flow. What it meant to lose you, no one will ever know . . . Our loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend, Lori Bostwick Patak, 37, of Pennsylvania Ave., Sayre, entered into her new life with our Lord and Savior Thursday evening, May 8, 2008. Lori was born Aug. 19, 1970 in Sayre, a daughter of Gene and Diane (Dillon) Bostwick. She was a graduate of Athens Area High School class of 1988, and following graduation she continued her education at Mansfield University. Lori was a graduate of Mansfield, where she received her associate’s degree in respiratory therapy. She was employed by many area hospitals and doctors’ offices. Lori’s faith in God and her passion to take care of anyone in need defined her and her purpose in this life. She taught us what love truly is, especially with her family. Lori’s love extended from people to animals, particularly her dogs. Although she couldn’t work due to her MS, she started the Valley chapter of the MS support group to fulfill her goal of positively touching and helping everyone she met. Her spirit is with us, and we will deeply miss her until we see her again . . . We love you Lori, always and forever. Lori is survived by: her husband, Douglas Patak; her daughter, Meghan Hurley; her parents, Gene and Diane Bostwick; her stepchildren, Lyndsey, Jameson, Kaitlyn and Preston Patak; her brother and sister-in-law, Scott and Kim Bostwick; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends; and her five dogs. Lori was predeceased by: her brother, Ryan Bostwick; grandparents Max and Marymargaret Dillon, Walter B. Bostwick, and Janice M. Brown; and her aunt Nancy Chico. A time of remembering the special gift Lori was to all of us will be held Wednesday, May 14 at 4:30 p.m. at Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. A period of visitation and sharing memories will be held Wednesday from 3 p.m. until the time of the service. Memories and condolences for Lori’s family may also be shared by visiting www.sutfinfuneralchapel.com. Those who wish to do so may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the Valley MS Support Group, c/o 2093 Pennsylvania Ave., Sayre, PA 18840, or Stray Haven Humane Society, 194 Shepard Rd., Waverly, NY 14892, in loving memory of Lori Bostwick Patak. - Sayre Morning Times, 12 May 2008
BRENNAN - Mary Cecelia Runfola, age 86, on April 26, 2008; of Chevy Chase, MD and Jersey Shore, PA; peacefully passed at Brighton Gardens Assisted Living at Friendship Heights. She is survived by her devoted and loving family, sons, Timothy and Michael; daughter, Carla; nieces, nephews, and several grand children. Her beloved son, Peter, preceded her in death. Mary was born in Lackawanna, NY on May 31, 1921; daughter of the late Charles and Cecilia Brennan. Her three sisters, Margaret, Colette and Therese also preceded her in death. Having graduated from Mt. Mercy Academy in Buffalo, NY, she moved to Washington, DC, where she met and married her late husband, Peter Runfola. She was a staff member for the late Honorable, Herman T. Schneebeli, of PA. in the U.S. House Of Representatives for the last 12 years of her congressional career. As an active member of the congressional Secretaries’ Club, she traveled extensively. Following retirement, she had a summer home built on Pine Creek in Jersey Shore, PA, where she spent half her time from 1975 to 2000 and volunteered at the local hospital. Locally, she was a congregant of The Catholic Church Of The Little Flower in Bethesda, MD. Friends may call at the Chambers Funeral Home, 5801 Cleveland Avenue, Riverdale, MD on Thursday, May 1, from 11 a.m. until service time 12 Noon. Interment Ft. Lincoln Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made to Holy Cross Home Care and Hospice, 11800 Tech Rd., Suite 240, Silver Spring, MD 20904. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 13 May 2008
CASTNER - Carol A. Root, 65, of Corning , died on Saturday, May 10, 2008 at Corning Hospital . She was born on January 26, 1943 in Corning . She married Wayne F. Root on September 7, 1963 in Corning . She was a loving wife and mother dedicated to taking care of her family and enjoyed going to concerts. She is survived by her husband: Wayne F. Root, daughter: Kimberly L. Root of Corning, brother: Francis Castner of Corning, aunts, Vivian Kolcun of Big Flats, and, Marlene Thomas of Corning, uncle Murray Rude of Lindley, brother-in-law Rev. Jerrold (Mary) Root of Porter, ME, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her mother Iva Castner in 2007. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience at the family. Burial will take place at Coopers Cemetery . Arrangements by Carpenter's Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make donations to the Cerebral Palsy of Chemung County, 1118 Charles Street , Elmira , NY 14904 . - Corning Leader, 11 May 2008
COWHER - Richard L. Cowher, 70, of Elkland died Monday, May 5, 2008 at his home. Richard worked for Williamsport Fabricator and later owned and operated R.P. Machinery. Richard was a member of the Elkland Moose and enjoyed fishing and gardening. Born Feb. 26, 1938 in Williamsport, the son of Robert and Myrtle Shaw Cowher. Surviving are sons, Richard L. (Cathy) Cowher II of Williamsport and Robert C. (Gina) of Long Beach, CA; daughter, Jennifer S. (Ken) Marquardt of Mill Hall; brother, Robert M. Cowher of Ardmore, TN; sisters, Rosalie Miller of Cogan Station and Rebecca Guinter of Blandon; grandchildren, Amber M. and Richard L. Cowher of Williamsport and Gwenadlyn and Victoria Marquardt of Mill Hall. Memorial services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Knight-Confer’s, 1914 Memorial Avenue with Rev. Kraig L. Faust officiating. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 8 May 2008
DANN - Lester Dann, 67, of 2709 Warren Drive,
Corning, NY, died Wednesday May 7th in the Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester,
NY. Born in Corning, NY, he was the son of the late Fred and the late Julia
(Allen) Dann. Les attended area schools, and was a graduate of Painted Post
High School Les. married Sharon Kaplan August-20-1960 in Corning, NY. Les
enjoyed the softball leagues, bowling at Crystal lanes, he coached little
league for years, , was a runner, loved horseshoes, an avid card player,
especially "Euchre", and was a health addict. He thrilled at watching
the kids and grandkids play ball, enjoyed the casinos, and loved playing
blackjack. Les also enjoyed dancing, and music. He enjoyed going to Florida in
the winter, and especially enjoyed coming home in the summer to be with his
children and grandchildren. He was a Carpenter, employed by Corning Inc.,
Corning, NY. Les is survived by his wife: Sharon (Kaplan) Dann and three sons:
Dennis Dann of Corning, NY, Randy (Cynthia) Dann of Painted Post, NY, Thomas
(Julie) Dann of Painted Post, NY. He was a brother of three sisters: Joyce
Jaynes of Painted Post, NY, Charlotte (Raymond) Zoerb of Corning, NY, Evelyn
(Clarence) Southwick of Hammondsport, NY, and brothers Gerald (Judy) Dann of
Corning, NY and Charles Dann of Rochester, NY; grandchildren, Kayla, Cassie,
Bryan;, Jordan, Zachary, Michaela Jacob Abagail. Les was predeceased by his
parents, Fred Julia Dann; brother, Walter Dann; sister, Marilyn. Friends may
call Tuesday May 13th from 5-8 PM at Carpenter's Funeral Home, LLC, 14 East
Pulteney Street, Corning, NY.
A Memorial service will be held Tuesday at 8:00 pm after calling hours. With Rev. Jim Ellis officiating In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be sent in Les' name to Corning Legion baseball, C/O Bill Steele, PO Box 1224, Corning, NY 14830. - Corning Leader, 9 May 2008
DEIHL - Mildred Deihl Gathman, 87, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend — and widow of David W. Gathman, who died on March 11, 2008 — died peacefully at 3:35 p.m. on Sunday, May 4, 2008, at Elmcroft Assisted Living, 2985 Four Mile Drive, Montoursville, PA, 17754. Until recently, she and her husband resided on Arch Street in Montoursville. “Milly” was born in Williamsport, the daughter of Sarah Margaret (Shultz) and Sydney A. Deihl. She graduated from Williamsport High School in 1938, where she was active on the school’s newspaper and yearbook staffs. In 1943 she became the wartime bride of David W. Gathman, then an Ensign on active duty in the United States Navy. The couple was married in Milly’s home church, the former St. John’s Reformed Church, Williamsport. Soon after, they temporarily lived in numerous states during Dave’s Navy training, which ultimately took him to southern California, where Milly joined him just prior to his departure to the South Pacific. During his tour of duty there, she took great joy in driving the Bookmobile for the county library, and in exploring California with new friends as she awaited his return. Following the war, the couple returned together to Williamsport, where Dave resumed his management career with Bethlehem Steel and they began their family. They and their five children lived in Williamsport. The couple moved to their Arch Street home in Montoursville in 1975. In October of 2007, they moved together to Elmcroft Assisted Living. Throughout her life, Milly remained an active member of her church. She was a charter member of New Covenant United Church of Christ in Williamsport (which had been created from the 1975 merger of Emmanuel United Church of Christ and her former St. John’s UCC). Milly was involved with numerous Sunday school and youth activities and many church committees. For more than 65 years she also enjoyed being involved with Kuhn’s Circle, the church women’s social group, which had grown out of her original Sunday school class. A former Brownie and Girl Scout leader, she was also a member of the Montoursville Garden Club and various card clubs. Milly loved traveling and journeyed to many destinations, including South America, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, Majorca, The Panama Canal, Hawaii, The Holy Land, Alaska, Nova Scotia and throughout much of Europe and the United States. Eagles Mere, PA, held a special place in Milly’s heart. On their very first date, Milly and Dave shared an evening together at the Eagles Mere Playhouse. The couple later honeymooned at the tiny mountain lake community, and then for many years returned to Eagles Mere regularly to enjoy summer family vacations. Milly was beloved by young and old alike for her gift of listening, her humor, her easy social graces and her conversational charm, whether with strangers or life-long friends. She was a lover of animals, especially the family’s “kitties,” who happily populated the Gathman household all her married life. An avid reader, she never lost her joy of learning or of teaching. She was passionate about the nation’s space exploration program and closely followed the progress of U.S. space missions. Milly is survived by her five children: Martha L. Horn (Gary), North Ridgeville, Ohio; David D. Gathman (Beatrice), Sanford, FL; Richard W. Gathman (Katharine), Lewisburg, PA; Randall R.Gathman (Bonnie), Matthews, NC; and Elizabeth G. Lewczyk (Lawrence), Burlington, KY. Other surviving family members include eleven grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, four step great-grandchildren, three nieces and two cousins. She is also survived by her two sisters: Bernice Hakes, Williamsport, and Josephine Fullmer (Gerald), Montoursville; and a brother-in-law, Robert F. Gathman of Paramus, NJ. To celebrate her life, a memorial service for family and friends will be held Saturday, May 10 at 11:00 a.m. at New Covenant United Church of Christ, 202 East Third Street, Williamsport, PA, 17701. Visitation at the church will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to New Covenant UCC, Susquehanna Hospice, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA, 17701, or a charity of choice in one’s community. Auer Memorial Home & Cremation Services, Inc. of Harrisburg is handling arrangements. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 9 May 2008
DIEZ - Richard M. Diez, age 56, of Corning died Thursday, May 8, 2008 at home with his family at his side. Rick was born July 11, 1951 in Niagara Falls, NY, son of his late father Frank Diez and his mother Frances Swick Diez who survives him. He married Susan E. Maynard on Nov. 23, 1977 in Presho, NY. Rick was a graduate of Lewiston-Porter High School in Youngstown, NY, and was recently inducted into their Athletics Hall of Fame. He played football for Bucknell University, graduating in 1973. A resident of Corning since 1973, he was employed as an international tax manager with Corning Inc. until he retired in 2007. He was a member of, and held various offices in, the National Association of Accountants. Rick enjoyed golfing, riding his motorcycle, and was a faithful member of the Corning YMCA. He cherished the time spent with his family and his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Susan; two sons: Jacob (Cari) Diez of Orlando, FL, and Jordan Diez of Corning, NY; grandchildren: Tyler, Elizabeth, & Alex Diez of Orlando, FL; two sisters: Shirley (Les) Woolard of Indianapolis, IN, and Sandy (David) Guzewich of Bel Air, MD; one brother: Douglas (Connie) Diez of Ransomville, NY; many nieces and nephews; close, longtime friends: Butch Malia of Corning, NY, Greg Kosty of Conover, NC, and Alex Delia of Lawrenceville, PA. Calling hours will be on Monday, May 12th from 5-7pm at Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney St., Corning, NY where funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 10:00am with Rev. Richard Sivers of the First United Methodist Church of Corning officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Corning. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church 144 Cedar St., Corning, NY,14830, or to Falck Cancer Center, 600 Roe Ave., Elmira, NY 14905, or to Southern Tier Hospice & Palliative Care, 11751 East Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830. - Corning Leader, 9 May 2008
DOETTLING - Ingeborg “Inge” Murphy, 70 of Vineland, N.J., died
on Tuesday April 29, 2008 at SJ Healthcare Hospice Care, Bridgeton, N.J. after an extended illness. Inge was born in Stuttgart, Germany to the late Carl and Johanna (Ottinger) Doettling and resided in Ludwigsburg, Germany for 18 years. Inge moved to Vineland, N.J. after marrying her husband, William R. Murphy in 1955. She was a homemaker and former member of the First Presbyterian Church of Vineland. Inge was an avid gardener and enjoyed crabbing, the Jersey shore, and her pet dobermans. She was predeceased by her sister Astrid Shoemaker in 2004 and her son Michael Patrick Murphy in 1961. Inge is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, William R. Murphy of Vineland; two daughters, Victoria (Murphy) Costanzo and husband William of Tioga County, Michelle C. (Murphy) Russo and husband Nick of Vineland; three granddaughters, Christina Costanzo, Elizabeth Costanzo, Corinne N. Russo; one niece and three nephews. A funeral service was held on Monday May 5, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Joseph Donchez officiating at the Wainwright-Bernhardt Funeral Home, 1024 E. Landis Ave., Vineland. Burial will follow in Siloam Cemetery, Vineland. Viewing hours were from 9 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Donations in memory of Ingeborg may be made to the SJ Healthcare Hospice Care, P.O. Box 160 Bridgeton, N.J. 08302, or the American Cancer Society, 1851 Old Cuthbert Rd. Cherry Hill, N.J. 08034. Written condolences to the family may be e-mailed to email@example.com Arrangements are entrusted to Wainwright-Bernhardt Funeral Home, Vineland, N.J. - Mansfield Gazette, 7 May 2008
DUNDAS - William H. Dundas II, 83, of Kaaterskill Nursing and Rehab Facility, died at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson, NY, Thursday, May 8th, 2008. He was born March 9, 1925 in Keesville, NY. William is preceded in death by his wife, Beverly and his two sons, William and Thomas. He is survived by a son, Duane F. Dundas of Corning, and a daughter, Janice (Mrs. William) Beaver of Minot, ND; grandchildren, Shawn, Thomas, Christopher, Jamie , four great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter and several nieces and nephews. Cremation will take place at Travers and McCurry Funeral Home, Catskill, NY. Interment will be at St. Marys Cemetery in the family plot at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family requests a donation to the USO or Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, 5001 Angel Canyon Rd., Kanab, Utah 84741.- Corning Leader, 9 May 2008
FISHER - Milford Daryl Fisher, 58, of 6930 Sulphur Springs Road, Montgomery, died Wednesday, May 7, 2008, at the Williamsport Hospital and Medical Center. Mr. Fisher was a United States Army veteran of the era of the Viet Nam War. He had foreign service and was qualified as an expert marksman with both the M-14 and the M-16 rifle. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal. Mr. Fisher held to his belief in Mother Nature. He enjoyed boating, fishing, hunting and gardening. Mr. Fisher had been employed as an insurance adjustor for Prudential and Liberty Mutual Insurance companies. Born October 19, 1949, at Lewistown, Mifflin County, he was the son of Milford and Gladys Smith Fisher. Surviving are his wife, the former Linda Bilbay Fisher; two daughters, Angela and her husband, Richard Sheets Jr., of Muncy Valley, and Kelly Overdorf, of Jersey Shore; his mother, Gladys Smith; five grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; abd four half brothers. He was preceded in death by his late father, Milford Fisher. Services will be private at the convenience of the family. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 9 May 2008
FOLK - Bernice L. Zerbe, 74, of Harrisburg, went to be with her Savior on Tuesday, April 15, 2008 at the Community General Hospital. Bernice Zerbe was born in Williamsport on February 1, 1934, the daughter of the late Theodore A. and Gertrude E. Folk. Bernice Zerbe was a committed Christian and lifelong participant in church planting operations with her husband. She was a devoted wife, a loving mother and known for showing love, compassion and inspiration to everyone. She is survived by her husband of fifty-five years, Richard L. Zerbe, two sons, David L., and Stephen B. and families of Lancaster, two daughters, Judy A., and Constance D. and families of greater Harrisburg. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and one great granddaughter. Also surviving are sisters, Donna Mae Barr, Beverly T. Shearer of Williamsport and Joanne J. Stern of Clinton, N.Y., two brothers, Dean H., Howard L. Folk, and one sister, Dolores M Bellamy, preceded her in death. Internment will be in Wildwood Cemetery. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 8 May 2008
FORD - Soraya Ann Ford, 48, of Vetter Rd., died suddenly on May 7, 2008 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre. She was born on Oct. 20, 1959, a daughter of Carol Susan (Britt) and the late John Stanley Ford. Soraya was a long time employee and currently employed as a administrative assistant for St. Joseph’s Hospital, where she received the annual St. Joe’s Oppy Award in 2007. She had a great love for her family and held a special place in her heart for her cats. In addition to her mother, Carol Ford of Sayre, she is survived by: her brother and sister-in-law, Mark and Karen Ford, Sayre; her aunts and uncles, Audrey and John Stanko of Sayre, Bernice and Lyle Blauvelt of Ashland, Margaret Nader of Sayre; nieces, Lynette and Tiffany; special friends, Velma Miller of Sayre and Nellie Bunn of Athens. Soraya was predeceased by her father, John Ford, in 1974 and her aunt, Mary R. Louty. A time of remembering and celebration of Soraya’s life will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 2 pm at the St. Joseph’s Hospital Chapel with Deacon George Welch and Sr. Marie Castagnaro officiating. Following the services there will be a time of sharing and refreshments.For those who wish, memorial contributions may be directed to Stray Haven, 194 Shepard Road, Waverly, NY 14892 or to her family, c/o Carol Ford, 4357 Vetter Rd., Sayre, PA 18840 in loving memory of Soraya Ann Ford. - Sayre Morning Times, 8 May 2008
GIBSON - Jane G. Long, 96 a resident of Heartland Personal Care Home, Woolrich died Thursday, May 15, 2008. She was born July 2, 1911 in Youngsville the daughter of the late Robert C. & Edith (Cross) Gibson. Jane was married to C. Dale Long who preceded her in death in 1999. She worked for the Lock Haven School District for 21 years as an executive secretary for Dr. Hoy and J.F. Puterbaugh. Jane spent her retirement years in Ovido, Florida. Surviving are a son Kenneth D. Long and his wife Susan of Jersey Shore; three grandchildren Sharon, Trudy and Kelly and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son Dale. A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Helt Funeral Chapel, 232 Hogan Blvd., Mill Hall has charge of arrangements. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 17 May 2008
GROVER - SHIRLEY, Linda L.
Age 55, of Steege Hill Rd., Big Flats, NY, died unexpectedly on Monday, May 19, 2008. Friends may call at the BAKER FAMILY FUNERAL HOME on Sunday, May 25, from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Funeral and committal services will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 4 p.m. Rev. Don Guiles officiating. Interment of Linda's ashes will be at the convenience of the family. Flowers are welcome or those wishing may make memorials to the Arnot Medical Services Diabetes Center, 600 Fitch St., Elmira, NY 14801. She is survived by her husband, Charles Shirley; sons and daughter-in-law, Shawn and Julie Oakley of Beaver Dams, NY, Shane Oakley at home; two granddaughters, Rebecca and Natonya Oakley; brothers and sisters-in-law, Leo and Barbara Grover of MA, William and Jodie Grover of Kentucky; sister, Bonnie M. Brown of Montour Falls, NY; sisters and brothers-in-law, Julie and James Quint of Maine, Jackie and Gary Bohart of Kentucky; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Joe and Dawn Wagner of PA, Henry and Bonnie Wagner of Big Flats, John and Ann Shirley of Big Flats; special friends, Michael, Zazhary, Hunter, Eldridge and Mary Lou Stone. Linda was an employee of the Arnot Ogden Medical Center of Elmira with 33 years of service. Published in the Star-Gazette from 5/21/2008 - 5/22/2008.
HAWTHORNE - BAILEY, Josephine H.
Age 83, died Friday, May 17, 2008, at the Bradford County Manor, Troy, PA, where she resided. Family and friends are invited to call Wednesday, May 21, 2008 from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Gerald W. Vickery Funeral Home, Inc., 110 West Main Street, Troy, PA. Josephine's service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 6 p.m. with Reverend Francis Montgomery officiating. She was born February 1, 1925 in Canton, PA, daughter of the late Charles and Laura Rundall Hawthorne. Josephine was a homemaker and enjoyed reading, knitting, crocheting and found joy in making several crocheted items for the residents in the Bradford County Manor. Her memberships included the United Methodist Church of Troy and the West Burlington United Methodist Church. Survivors include her daughters, Marcia Larson and Gerry Blach of Durango, CO, Valerie Benjamin of Troy, PA; her son, Robert Bailey of Troy, PA; four grandchildren, Tina Wisel, Lori and Mike Brown, John and Sherri Benjamin, Tressa Brown; nine great-grandchildren, Jamie, Todd, Alisha, Maureen, Bryant, Aaron, Kody, Kendra and Chase; her brother, Dean Hawthorne of Gant, AL; sister-in-law, Jessie Hawthorne of Canton, PA; special cousin, Margaret Billingsley of Troy, PA; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Her husband; a brother, Robert Hawthorne; and infant brother, Charles Hawthorne, predeceased her. Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/19/2008.
HUBER - John Henry Huber, 90, formerly of Corning, N.Y., died Monday, May 5, 2008 in Albion. He was employed as a ceramic engineer for Corning Glass Works in Corning, N.Y. and Albion. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Huber of Albion; daughter, Judith Mecouch of Mifflinburg, Pa.; four sons, David Huber of Albion, John Huber of Troy, Steven Huber of Southfield, Daniel Huber of Clifton Park, N.Y. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Wesley Chapel, the Rev. Dwayne Bagley officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta. Arrangements are with the J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home, 811 Finley Dr. - Corning Leader, 12 May 2008
Wellsboro Agitator, Tioga, PA - Wed., December 8, 1909, Pg 5
The death of Mrs. William Closson occurred in Addison Sunday afternoon at 6 o'clock [12/5/1909]. Mrs. Closson suffered a stroke of apoplexy Saturday noon and never regained consciousness. She was 62 years old and had been a resident of Addison since 1872. Her maiden name was Nancy Hunt. She was married to William Closson in 1866. Mrs. Closson is survived by her husband and two sons, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Hunt, of Westfield; three brothers, John and Daniel of Potterbrook and William of Ulysses, and two sisters, Mrs. S. E. Tremain of Athens and Mrs. Carrie Henderson of Brookland. The funeral will be held today at 2 p.m.
JOHNSON - Norma J. Clarke, 76, of 336 Oak Street, Jersey Shore, died Sunday, May 11, 2008 in the Manor Care Health Center, Jersey Shore. Norma was preceded in death by her husband Edward Lee Clark on Oct. 18, 1998, they were united in marriage July 5, 1949. Born December 19, 1931 in Jersey Shore and was retired from William H. Johnson and the former Thelma Hoy. For many years she was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church in Jersey Shore and was retired from West Co. after 20 years of service. Surviving is two sons, Richard A. (Mary) Clarke of Jersey Shore and Robert B. Clarke of Jersey Shore, one daughter, Sharon L. Nichols of Jersey Shore, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren, four brothers. William H. Johnson Jr. of Catawissa, Frederick (Sandy) Johnson of Rebersburg, Richard K. Johnson of Jersey Shore and Dean L. (Brenda) Johnson of Avis, two sisters, Bethel J. (Park) Heverly of Jersey Shore and Cynthia L. (Barry) Breon of McElhattan. Funeral services will be Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 10 a.m. in the Frederick B. Welker Funeral Home, 125 N. Main St., Jersey Shore. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday evening in the funeral home. Burial will be in the Jersey Shore Cemetery. The Rev. Ralph L. Heagy, her pastor, will officiate. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 13 May 2008
KELLER - Donna Louise (Keller) Funk, 42, of Mifflinburg, died Thursday, May 15, 2008, at her home. Born October 18, 1965, in Muncy, she was a daughter of Dorothy E. Gordner and the late Donald L. Keller. She and her husband, Gary L. Funk, would have celebrated their second wedding anniversary on December 22, 2008. Donna was previously employed at Crest Homes, Milton. She was an outdoor enthusiast who enjoyed gardening, snowmobiling and humming birds. Donna also enjoyed collecting teddy bears and helping people any way she could. Surviving, in addition to her husband and mother, are two sons, Adam Funk of Mifflinburg and Jeffery Spring of Muncy; three sisters, Connie Keller of Montoursville, Carolyn Keller of Watsontown and Debbie Widell of Muncy; and a brother, William Green of Unityville. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water St., Hughesville, with the Rev. Max L. Walters Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Salem Cemetery, Unityville. Friends may call from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 17 May 2008
KNOUSE - Janet R. Knouse Beck Zenyuk, 74, of Knouse Road, Benton, died Thursday, May 8, 2008, at the Grandview Health Homes, Danville. Born in Jackson Township on February 15, 1934, she was a daughter of the late Frederick George Knouse and Erma Elizabeth (Hartman) Knouse. She was widowed by her late husbands, Richard L. Beck who died July 16, 1973 and William R. Zenyuk who died July 26, 1989. Her funeral service will be Thursday morning, May 15 at 11:00 AM at the McMichael Funeral Home, Inc., 4394 Red Rock Road, Benton (Rt. 487). Interment will be in the Jackson Cemetery. Her visitation will be held Wednesday evening, May 14 from 6 until 8 PM at the funeral home. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 10 May 2008
LaDUE - KRAFT, Elizabeth G.
Age 90, from Sayre, PA, died on Monday, May 19, 2008. Betty was born in Ithaca, NY, November 26, 1917. She retired as an LPN from the Hertiage Nursing Home in 1983. Betty was predeceased by her husband, Francis P. Kraft; parents, Ina and Ray LaDue; brothers, Raymond, James and Roger LaDue; niece, Rosemary LaDue. Betty is survived by her son, Francis (Frank and Jeanne) Kraft; special niece, Sue (Tom) Wheatley; granddaughters, Celeste Kraft and Michelle (Mike) Murray; great-grandsons, Mitchell and Matthew Murray; nieces, Carol Reynolds and Nancy LaDue; nephews, Raymond Jr., Larry, Mike, Keith, and Greg LaDue. A gathering of family and friends will be held on Thursday, May 22, 2008, from 3-4 p.m. at the Blauvelt, 625 Broad St., Waverly, NY. A celebration of Betty' s life will be held after calling hours at 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Anne Bey Canfield of the Waverly United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be held on Friday, May 23, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. in St. James Cemetery, Waverly, NY. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions in Betty's name be sent to Guthrie Foundation, 1 Guthrie Sq., Sayre, PA 18840; or to Guthrie Hospice, RR#1, Towanda, PA 18848. Published in the Star-Gazette from 5/21/2008 - 5/22/2008.
LAWRENCE - Jeanne H. Crawford, age 76, of New Albany, Pa., died on Monday, May 12, 2008, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. She was born on July 4, 1931, in Blossburg, Pa., a daughter of the late Edson and Maude (Hilfiger) Lawrance. Prior to her retirement in 1995, she was employed at Hurleys Market, giving 13 years of service. On July 4, 1999, Jeanne married James Crawford. She moved to New Albany in 1999, having moved from Troy. Jeanne's family was her great love. She enjoyed needlepoint, crocheting, and she found pleasure in cooking and baking. Surviving is her husband: James Crawford, at home; her seven children: Larry and Marion Wood, of Middlebury Center, Pa., Mike Wood, of Tioga, Pa., Jack and Roberta Wood, Troy, Pa., Susan Tomko, Towanda, Pa., Carol and William Gernert, of Columbia Cross Roads, Pa., Linda and Ron Morgan, of Troy, Pa., Ed and Cindy Wood, of Granville Center, Pa.; by sisters and brothers: Gene and Kate Hilfiger, of Horseheads, N.Y., Bette Boyden, of Mainesburg, Pa., Shirley and Richard Kenyon, of Troy, Pa., Joan and Gene Jackson, of Mainesburg, Pa.; by step daughter: Sharon Siciliano; her 16 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and by many nieces and nephews, stepchildren and step grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a husband: John Sandor; brothers: Robert, Jack, Richard, Jerry; and by a grandson: Christopher Wood. A graveside memorial service will be held on Friday, May 16, 2008, at 11 a.m. in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, in Mildred, Pa. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to: American Cancer Society, Bradford-Sullivan County Unit, 1948 East Third Street, Williamsport, Pa. 17701, in memory of Jeanne Crawford. Arrangements were entrusted to the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter Street, Dushore, Pa. - Towanda Daily Review, 13 May 2008
LEWIS - Jannette M. Newton-Schmohl, 63, of Cedar Lane, Antes Fort, died Wednesday, May 7, 2008 in Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. Born in Corning, NY, June 25, 1944, she was the daughter of Richard O. and Verna Velie Lewis. Jannette was predeceased by her first husband Harold Newton in 1994 and also her sister Jennie Lewis Farrell. Jan had owned and operated the former Presto Print shop on West Fourth Street for 16 years. She was a member of the Phelps Chapel in Avis. She and her first husband had a love for model railroading. Jan was very active in 4H and sponsored many young people showing farm animals at the Clinton County Fair. She raised pigs, goats and horses. She was a member of the Williamsport Riding Club and also was a quilter. Jan and her husband Larry were active in garden tractor pulls. Surviving are her husband Larry Schmohl, her children Stefanie (LaRue) Tressler of Antes Fort and Richard L. Newton of Missouri, her grandchildren, Elizabeth (Tressler) Roher, Susan and LaRue Tressler, Jr., Kendall Newton and a great grandchild Janessa Probst. The funeral service will be Monday, at 10:00 a.m. at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St. with the Rev. Howard Woodruff officiating. Burial will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery, Woolrich. The visitation will be Saturday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Sanders. If so wished, Jan may be remembered with memorial contributions to the S.P.C.A. 2805 Reach Road, Williamsport, PA. 17701 - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 8 May 2008
LORSON - Robert H. Lorson, Sr., 79, of 526 N. Montour St.,
Montoursville, died May 8, 2008 at his residence. He was born on June 3, 1928
in Bastress, the son of Anthony and Catherine Miller Lorson. Robert retired
after 48 years at Montour Auto Service. He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes
Catholic Church and was a life member of the Montoursville Fire Co., where he
served as past president. Robert was also a member of the Montoursville Kiwanis
Club and had helped construct the Kiwanis baseball field. He loved his family
and grandchildren’s activities. Robert enjoyed woodworking, hunting, and was a
local sports enthusiast. He and his wife, the former Helen V. Krezmer, would
have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on October 30. Surviving him
besides his wife are three sons, Robert H. (Diane) Lorson Jr. and Allen J.
Lorson both of Montoursville, Ronald A. (Kimberly) Lorson of Hughesville;
four daughters, Cecilia M. (Donald) Bruder, Mary Judene (Kevin) McNamara,
Joannette L. (Carl) Shurer, and Rebecca A. (Edwin) Jacobson all of
Montoursville; eight brothers, Eugene Lorson of Williamsport, John Lorson,
LaVerne Lorson, Frances Lorson, Andy Lorson, and Lenny Lorson all of Bastress,
Don Lorson of Georgia, and Jerry Lorson of Elizabethtown; three sisters,
Josephine Clark of Bastress, Eileen Audet and Patricia Williams, both of
Williamsport; 15 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Preceding him was a daughter Theresa Ann. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 10 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 100 Walnut St., Montoursville with Rev. Michael H. Marchetti as celebrant. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Friends will be received at the church on Saturday from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Sun Home Hospice, 1601 Sycamore Rd., Montoursville, PA 17754. Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 9 May 2008
MAKAR - Zolna F. Williams, 61, of 313 Fairmont Drive, Watsontown, PA, died Wednesday, May 7, 2008, at the Morristown Memorial Hospital in Morristown, New Jersey. Born on July 12, 1946, in Szokolya, Hungary, she was a daughter of the late Janos and Irene Makar. She and her husband of 40 years, John P. Williams, were married March 22, 1968. A 1963 graduate of Franklin High School, Franklin, NJ, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in German from Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA, and earned her Master’s degree in Education from Elmira College. In addition, she received her French teacher’s certification from SUNY-Albany. Zolna most recently taught French in the Gloversville, NY school district, and retired from there in 2003. Prior to that, she taught German in Johnstown, NY, Elmira, NY and at the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford, PA campus, and was a member of the New York State Teachers Association. A member of the First Presbyterian Church in Gloversville, she was recently attending the First Presbyterian Church in Watsontown. Zolna enjoyed her membership in the Red Hat Ladies society of Watsontown. In addition to her husband, John, she is survived by one son, Adam C. Williams of Gloversville; one daughter, Jessica A. Williams, and her fiance, John Vacanti, both of Brooklyn, NY; and one sister, Abigel Sparr of Indiana. Zolna was predeceased by a brother, Botond Makar. The funeral will be at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, May 12, at Grenoble’s, 121 S. Main St., Muncy. Officiating will be the Rev. Paul A. Smith, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, Watsontown. Burial will follow in Muncy Cemetery. Friends will be received on Monday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the funeral home. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 9 May 2008
MARCOTTE - Jean George Marcotte of Hammondsport, died peacefully on May 10, 2008. He was born in Hartford, Ct., the son of the former George and Martha Marcotte. Jean is survived by his wife Sarah Cohn Marcotte of Hammondsport and children Susie (Jim) Gilliam of Barefoot Bay, FL., Sandy (Brian) Look of Palm Bay, FL., Cindy (William) Borges of Miami, FL., Peter (Ieda) Ito of Brazil and Lisa Bartlett (Mark Mason) of Corning, and Keuka Lake as well as four grandchildren and his beloved pet “Charlie.” Jean attended Dartmouth College and was a United States Air Corp. veteran, a lontime fondness of aviation led to a career with the Aerodex Aircraft Co. in Miami, FL., and the U.S. Dept. of Defense. Jean possessed a marvelous sense of humor, along with a love of boating in Keuka Lake, and grilling fine steaks with family and friends. Arrangements are by the LaMarche Funeral Home of Hammondsport with burial in Wayne, N.Y. At the request of Jean, there will be no calling hours or memorial service. A celebration of Jean’s life will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jean’s memory to the Curtiss Museum or the Loaves and Fishes food pantry in Hammondsport. - Corning Leader, 11 May 2008
McGANNON - John F. McGannon age 82, of Campbell died Friday, May 9, 2008 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, NY after a short illness. John was born in Corning on July 3, 1925, to John and Kathryn (Cornell) McGannon. He married Marleigh Keenan on June 25, 1949 in Corning, NY. John was a graduate of Corning Free Academy. He was a Seabee in the Navy from 1944 to 1946 in the South Pacific. John was employed by Corning Glass Works as a machinist, and received his 60year pin in 2004. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, bowler and loved his dogs. He was a member of the Corning Elks, Corning Fish and Game Club, and the Corning Senior Bowling League. He is a communicant of All Saints Parish. He is survived by his wife Marleigh at home; two daughters, Sherrylee (Klaus Weyers) McGannon of Delray Beach, FL and MaryLou (John) Eastham of Boynton Beach, FL; three sons, Steven (Diane) McGannon of Painted Post, Charles McGannon of Hornell, and James (Gayle) McGannon of Painted Post; 12 grandchildren; and 2 great grandchildren. Calling hours will be held on Monday, May 12th from 1-3 and 6-8 PM at Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney Street in Corning. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, May 13th at Immaculate Heart of Mary, 115 E. High Street in Painted Post at 10:30 AM. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Corning. The family will provide flowers and ask that memorial donations be made to All Saints Parish, 222 Dodge Avenue, Corning, NY 14830. - Corning Leader, 11 May 2008
METCALF - Gordon H. “Snuffy” Metcalf, 81 years, of Dwight Avenue died Sunday, May 11, 2008 at Corning Hospital. He was born August 7, 1926 in Corning, NY the son of the late Harry H. and Bertha Keach Mefcalf. A lifetime resident of the area and a graduate of Northside High School. Gordon and Ann Reilly were married October 6, 1951 at St. Mary’s Church, Corning, NY. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving in the occupation of Japan during World War II. He was employed as a Maintenance Supervisor (Sullivan Park) for Corning Inc., retiring in 1984 with 59 years active and retired service with the company. He was a member of All Saints Parish, Corning, NY and St. Joseph’s Church of Campbell, NY. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Ann Reilly Metcalf. Daughter, Gail M. Damon and husband D. Robert Damon of Barker, NY. Son, G. Brian Metcalf and wife Gina of Corning, NY. Three Grandsons, Matthew Metcalf of Corning, NY and Sean T. and Joel R. Damon of Barker, NY. Predeceasing him was his Granddaughter, Amy Lynn Metcalf. Friends may call at the Haughey Funeral Home 216 E. First St., Corning, NY Wednesday, May 14, 2008 from 4-7pm. A Prayer Service will be offered at the funeral home Thursday May 15, 2008 at 9:30am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial 10am Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Painted Post, NY. Rev. Patrick Connor celebrant. Committal Prayers and Interment will be at the family plot in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Corning, NY. The family would appreciate Memorial Donations be given in Snuffy’s name to the Charity of One’s Choice. - Corning Leader, 12 May 2008
MILLER - John Edward (Ed) Miller, 67 of 423 Wylie Street, Jersey Shore, died Friday, May 16, 2008 in the Evangelical Hospital in Lewisburg. Born May 16, 1941 in Salladasburg, Pa. He was the son of Lloyd W. Miller and the former Laura E. McPherson. His wife, the former Judy A. Koons survives John, they were united in marriage October 15, 1997. For 20 years John was employed by the West Co. and retired from Shop-Vac in 2003. Also surviving is two sons, Richard (Alisa) Miller of Avis and Edward Miller of Milton. One daughter, Brenda (Bryan) Patterson of Williamsport. Four grandsons, Geoffrey and Ross Miller of Avis, Jake Patterson of Williamsport and Tim Patterson U.S. Navy in Japan. Two step daughters, Dawn (Bryan) Hicks of Avis and Lisa Morgan of Wasilla Alaska. Two step grandsons, Matthew Shirey of Avis and Andrew Morgan of Wasilla Alaska. Two sisters, Marion (Ernie) Kreitz of Jersey Shore and Helen Deshong of Williamsport. Also surviving are his two best friends, Bill (Elmer) Huff and Harvey Gardner both of Watsontown. A brother, David Miller preceded John in death. Memorial services and burial will be announced at a later time. Family suggests memorial contributions be made in his name to the American Cancer Society Patient Service Center, P.O. Box 897 Hershey Penna. 17033. Frederick B. Welker Funeral Home, 125 N. Main Street, Jersey Shore is in charge of arrangements. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 18 May 2008
NAPORA - Rose Wilson, age 92, has passed into the arms of Jesus, May 7th 2008. Rose was born in Racine, Wisconsin; she was the daughter of Polish immigrants, John and Mary (Bekacz) Napora, they moved to Bath, NY where she met LaVern Wilson, the love of her life. They worked together on their farm in Towlesville, NY. Rose was a great cook, a patient mother, honest friend to her neighbors, and always giving a smile, and kindness to all. Years of blissful marriage, being a hard working helpmate, and devoted wife was an example to everyone of God’s love to her family, friends, and neighbors. Rose and LaVern were members of the Pleasant Valley Menonite Church. LaVern predeceased her in 1992. She is survived by six children: Four Sons, LaVern (Patsy) Wilson Jr., Dick (Dawn) Wilson, Robert (Joan) Wilson, Phillip (Debbie) Wilson, All of Towlesville; Two Daughters, Dolores (John) Bixby, of Hornby, NY, Mary Ann (David) McRae of Avoca, NY; a Sister, Agnes Korzen, Chicago, ILL. Also surviving are 22 Grandchildren, 47 Great-Grandchildren, three Great-Great Grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Rose was predeceased by her husband, two brothers, and a sister. Memorial contributions to Alice’s Rest Comfort Home, INC., 8904 Cook Road, Avoca, NY 14809, or also to a church of one’s choice. Calling hours for Rose will be at Fagan’s Funeral Home, Bath, NY 14810 on Friday, May 9, from 6 to 8 pm, also Saturday May 10, from 11 to 12pm, the Funeral service will follow the calling hours on Saturday at 12pm. Rev. Ed Crandall and Rev. Harry Barrigar will be officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Towelsville, NY. - Corning Leader, 8 May 2008
NEIDERBERGER - Charles J. (Joe) Neiderberger, 61, a resident of 361 Sylvester Spring Road, Muncy, PA, died on Thursday, May 8, 2008, in the Williamsport Hospital following a brief illness. Born in Muncy Creek Twp., Lycoming County, PA, on Saturday, April 26, 1947, he was the son of the late Karl I. Neiderberger and Elizabeth N. (Brooke) Meyer. Joe was a 1965 graduate of Muncy High School where he played basketball and football. He served during the Vietnam War as a Second Class Petty Officer with the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged after six years of service. He was the recipient of the Good Conduct Medal and National Defense Service Medal. Joe was employed as a parts delivery person by Auto Trim, formerly Myers Auto Parts at Muncy for 15 years. He had previously been employed by GTE Sylvania at Montoursville and Reach Road where he was employed as a foreman. He was a member of St. James Episcopal Church at Muncy, PA. Joe was a member of Edward J. Smith V.F.W. Post 3428 and Muncy American Legion Post 268. He was a member of the Thursday Evening Bowling League at the Cloverleaf Lanes at Muncy and a member of the McElhatten Rod & Gun Club. He was an avid fisherman, golfer, poker player and bowler. Joe is survived by three brothers, Karl (Jo-Ann) Neiderberger, Rockledge, FL; William W. (Shirley) Neiderberger, Charleston, SC; Donald L. Neiderberger, Muncy, PA; one sister, Kristina (Bill) Covert, Muncy, PA; one step-brother, Herbert G. (Georgia) Meyer, Montoursville, PA; one step-sister, Nancy (Don) Vernoy, Texas. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by one brother, LeRoy F. Neiderberger, in 1943, and his step-father Herbert G. Meyer. A memorial service will be conducted from the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 108 North Main Street, Muncy, PA at 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, May 13, 2008 with Pastor William F. Covert, Jr., his nephew and pastor of the Hope Community Church of Williamsport, officiating. Friends may call on Tuesday from 6:00 - 7:00 P.M. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 11 May 2008
PAWLAK - Agnes M. Tacka, 89, of Mosser Ave. Williamsport, died Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at the Williamsport Hospital. Born August 21, 1918 in Morris Run, she was a daughter of Jacoba and Julia Lutomski Pawlak. She was the widow of Joseph V. Tacka who died in 1998. She had worked at Holmes Silk Mill and Plankenhorn Braid Works. She was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Surviving are a daughter Rosemary (William) Moore of Jersey Shore, and two sons Charles (Carol) Tacka of Williamsport and Francis (Elaine) Tacka of Arlington, TX, five grandchildren: John, Joey, Amie, Benjamin, and Jade, and two brothers Ambrose J. Pawlak of DuBoistown and William J. Pawlak of Williamsport. She was preceded in death by three brothers Joseph, Walter, and Sylvester Pawlak, and three sisters Mary Pawlak, Martha Luke, and Eleanor Warner. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 313 Arch St. Williamsport, with the Rev. Charles J. Cummings officiating. Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St., a rosary service will be held at 8:30 p.m. Memorial contributions in Agnes’s name may be made to Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 313 Arch St. Williamsport, PA 17701 - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 15 May 2008
PECELLAK - Joseph K. Pecellak of Meshoppen, PA, died Thursday evening May 1, 2008 at Tyler Memorial Hospital, Tunkhannock, PA. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Donna Parr Pecellak. He was born May 8, 1950 in Franklin, NJ, son of Joseph P. and Mary Ando Pecellak. He worked for Kane Warehouse in Tunkhannock where he was a Maintenance Foreman. He was a member of the Meshoppen Men’s Club, Wyoming County Fair Dairy Committee, a former Meshoppen Borough Councilman and attended St. Joachim’s Catholic Church in Meshoppen. Besides his wife, he is survived by aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 6 at 11 a.m. from the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, Inc., 73 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Interment was in Sunnyside Cemetery, Tunkhannock. Friends called at the funeral home on Monday, May 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wyoming County Dairy Committee, c/o Charlotte Severcool, RR1, Box 33, Springville, PA 18844. - Wyalusing Rocket Courier, 8 May 2008
PHILLIPS - Gladys May Sands, 86, of Winter Haven, FL, beloved sister, wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt, died peacefully at Winter Haven Hospital on Thursday, May 1, 2008 after a short illness. She was born on Feb. 20, 1922 in Tunkhannock and graduated from Tunkhannock High School, Class of 1940. She moved her family to Winter Haven in 1954. She enjoyed spending time with family, friends and traveling. Survivors include her eight children, Richard Passmore of Seiverville, TN, Steve Manning of Winter Haven, FL, Kathy White of Grovetown, GA, Marvin “Skip” Manning of Winter Haven, Beth Bradley of Winter Haven, Denny Sands of Auburndale, FL; John Sands of Bradenton, FL, Jo Ann Willis of Lakeland, FL; 20 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sister, Janet Howell of Dallas; nieces, Jane Herman of Friendsville, Julie Yado of Lakeland and Joy Sholtis of Winter Haven; three grand-nieces; five grand-nephews; numerous other family and friends.She was preceded in death by three husbands, Robert E. Passmore, Byron Manning and Forest Sands; brother, Howard Phillips; mother, Arreta Depew Phillips and father, Bruce Phillips. A memorial service for friends and family members was held at Lake Garfield Baptist Church, 1170 Eighty Foot Road, Barto, FL 33830 on Monday, May 5, at 6 p.m. -Wyalusing Rocket Courier, 8 May 2008
PHILLIPS - Kevin L. Phillips, 47, of Muncy, died Friday, May 9, 2008. Born February 14, 1961, in Williamsport, he was a son of Doris M. and the late Mervin L. Phillips. Kevin attended the Hughesville High School. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and above all, riding his Triumph motorcycle. Kevin also loved his children, grandchildren and families very much. Surviving, in addition to his mother, are three daughters, Megan Phillips of Montgomery, Angela Phillips of South Williamsport and Kelsea Phillips of Newberry; three brothers, Paul (Betty) Phillips of Hughesville, Keith and Danny Phillips both of Muncy; a sister, Joyce (John) Puterbaugh of Unityville; a grandson, Isaac Phillips; and his companion of 12 years, Darlene Dolley. In addition to his father, Kevin was preceded in death by a step-son, Steven L. Kepner. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water St., Hughesville, with the Rev. Dr. Paul T. Fitzgerald officiating. Burial will follow in Moreland Baptist Church Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The family will provide the flowers and suggest memorial contributions to the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home to help defray the funeral expenses. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 14 May 2008
PIERCE - Julia Pierce 90 years formerly of Corning, NY died Saturday, May 10, 2008 at Bethany Manor. She was born May 1, 1918 in Corning, NY the daughter of the late Frank and Rose Wanega Pierce. A lifetime resident of the area and graduate of Northside High School. Julie was an Engraver at the Apparatus Department of Corning Inc., retiring with 30 years’ service. She enjoyed gardening and shared her fruits, vegetables and flowers with family and friends. Julia was a World Traveler and had numerous experiences and memories to cherish and share with others. Surviving her Niece, Lorretta (Larry) Holden of Corning, NY. Great Nephews, Christopher (Michelle) Mekos of Trumansburg, NY and Stephen (Rebecca) Mekos of Horseheads, NY. Great Great Nieces and Nephews, Anthony, Ayden, Evan and Marissa Mekos. Sister in law, Frances Pierce of Hammonsport, NY. Also several other Great Grand Nieces, Great Grand Nephews, and Great Great Grand Nieces and Great Great Grand Nephews. Predeceasing her were her Brothers, John and Nicholas Pierce and Sister, Ann Miller. Friends may call at the Haughey Funeral Home, 216 E. First St., Corning, NY Wednesday, May 14, 2008 from 11am – 1pm with a funeral service to follow at 1pm. Committal Prayers and Interment will be at the family plot in St. Mary’s Orthodox Cemetery, Corning, NY. The family would appreciate Memorial Donations be given in Julia’s name to: Alzheimer’s Association, 435 E. Henrietta Rd., Rochester, NY 14620. - Corning Leader, 12 May 2008
PULVER - Steven died unexpectedly on May 9, 2008. He was born December 18, 1972 in Bath, NY. Son of Stella Matwiejow Pulver, and the late Richard Pulver of Hammondsport, NY. He is survived by his devoted wife Janet and daughter Taylor; sisters Kelly (Joseph) Reidy and Karen (Vance) Corey; father-in-law Ball Lew and mother-in-law Chui Lew; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Tom (Davone) Lew, Shirley (Solomon) Zajia, Terry (Erin) Lew and Roger (Mary) Lew; several nieces and nephews, Jack, Kate, Chloe, Meghan, Drew and Alexander. Steven was a 1991 graduate of Hammondsport Central School District where he excelled in track and wrestling. He attended Alfred State College. Steven worked as a Patient Service Technician at Unity Health Systems. He touched many lives in the community. Steven was a huge NASCAR, Harry Potter and Star Wars fan. He loved gardening, biking and fishing with his little Tay Tay. Steven loved spending quality time with his loving wife and daughter. Steven will be deeply missed by his friends and family. Friends are welcome at Bartolomeo & Perotto Funeral Home, Inc. 1411 Vintage Lane in Greece on Tuesday from 4-7 PM. A memorial service will be held at St. James Episcopal Church in Hammondsport on Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 3:00 PM. Everyone is invited to the undercroft of the church after the service for a luncheon. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a scholarship fund for Taylor care of LaMarche Funeral Home, 35 Main St., Hammondsport, NY 14840. - Corning Leader, 11 May 2008
PUTMAN - Evelyn Roseann Allen, 75, of 1158 Memorial Avenue, Williamsport, died Friday, May 16, 2008, in The Gatehouse of Divine Providence Hospital. Born August 2, 1932 in Renovo, she was a daughter of Delbert A. and Edna M. Killinger Putman. She was the widow of Clyde Phillip Allen, Sr., who died February 15, 1998. She had been employed as a seamstress with Wundies, Inc., and had been a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Williamsport. Surviving are five children: Mildred “Marty” (Michael) Kiessling of Cogan Station, June M. (Richard) Bennett, with whom she lived, Carol J. Kinser of LeLand, NC, Penny D. (William) Winters of Ninevah, NY and Clyde P. (Tracy Cobb) Allen, Jr. of city; 14 grandchildren; 12 step grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and 16 step great grandchildren. Mrs. Allen was the last surviving of nine children. Graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family in North Bend Cemetery. Memorials may be given to The Gatehouse, 1100 Grampian Boulevard, Williamsport, PA 17701. Arrangements by Sanders Mortuary. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 18 May 2008
REED - Marshall E. Reed, 73, of E. First St., Corning died Saturday, May 10, 2008, at Corning Hospital. He was born January 31, 1935, in Campbell, NY the son of Rufus and Lula (Arnold) Reed. He married Anita L. Doyle, October 10, 1959. In addition to his parents, Marshall was predeceased by his wife Anita, grand daughter Samantha Dillon, mother and father in Law James and Eleanor (Skinner) Doyle. He was a graduate of Northside High School. He served in the US Army Reserves. Marshall was a Supervisor in the Valve and Regulator Department for Ingersoll Rand Company. He retired in the late 80's with over 30 years of service. He is survived by a son, Matthew (Tracie) Reed of Corning; daughter, Jane (Edward) Dillon of Corning; sisters, Edith (John) Morris of Addison and Bernice "Bunny" (Floyd) Myers of Corning; grandchildren, Kyle Reed and Trevor Dillon; step grandchildren, Eric and Lindsay Dillon; step great grandchildren, Austin and Alexandria Dillon, Jadea and Rayne Tanner as well as several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends at Acly-Stover Funeral Home Corning on Tuesday, May 13, 2008, from 1-3 p.m. Funeral services will follow calling hours at 3:00 p.m. Interment will be in Hope Cemetery, Corning, NY. - Corning Leader, 11 May 2008
RICE - Eldon F. Rice, 84, of 8143 Pleasant Valley Road, Hammondsport, died Sunday, May 11, 2008 at home. He was retired from Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems. Survivors include his wife, Marguerite Rice of Hammondsport; a daughter, Marjorie Cole of Watkins Glen and two sons, Stephen Rice and John F. Rice, both of Bath. Calling hours and services will be Tuesday, May 13 at a time to be announced at Fagan’s Funeral Home, Bath. Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Hammondsport. - Corning Leader, 11 May 2008
SAUERWALD - William “Bill” Sauerwald went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Sunday, May 11, 2008 with his family at his side. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; son, Daryl; daughter, Ruthie; granddaughters, Ashley and Molly; grandson, Daniel. A service and celebration of his life will be held at the Prattsburgh Baptist Church, on Thursday, May 15th at 11am. The family will receive friends from 10am to 11am at the church. Interment will be private for the family at Prattsburgh Rural Cemetery. Memorials may be made in Bill’s memory to the Prattsburgh Baptist Church Building Fund; PO Box 247, Prattsburgh, NY 14873. - Corning Leader, 12 May 2008
SHEEHE - SHIELDS Kathleen Marie
Age 50, of Youngstown, NY, died Tuesday, May 20, 2008, in Niagara Hospice House in Lockport, NY after a long illness. Kathleen was born September 23, 1957 in Elmira, NY, the daughter of Elizabeth (Gizzi) Sheehe and the late Joseph Sheehe. On October 5, 1985 she married Bruce A. Shields in Elmira and they have resided in Youngstown since 1988. Kathleen was Assistant to the Dean of Arts & Sciences of Niagara University for the past ten years. She was a communicant of St. Bernard's RC Church in Youngstown. Kathleen's family was the most important part of her life and she tirelessly dedicated herself to them. She is survived by her husband, Bruce; her mother, Elizabeth (Gizzi) Sheehe of Elmira, NY; her beloved daughters, Kimberly and Sara both of Youngstown, NY; and a brother, Gerry Sheehe of Bethany, CT. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, May 23, at 10:00 a.m. in St. Bernard's RC Church, Hinman & Second Sts., Youngstown, with the Rev. Msgr. Thomas Moran officiating. (Please assemble at Church.) There will be no prior visitation. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. Following the Mass there will be a reception at the Youngstown Volunteer Fire Co., 625 3rd St., Youngstown. Flowers are gratefully declined. For those wishing to remember Kathleen in a special way, memorials may be made to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Dr., Lockport, NY 14094; or to the National Leiomyosarcoma Foundation, 129 Hawkins Rd., Maryland, NY 12116. Arrangements have been entrusted to HARDISON FUNERAL HOME, N. Fourth & Ridge Sts., Lewiston, NY. Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/21/2008.
SMITH - Mildred C. Moyer, 79, formerly of Fox St., Cogan Station, died Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at the Garden City Hospital, Garden City, Mich. Mildred retired in 1989 after 24 years at the Williamsport Hospital. She had attended Light & Life Chapel, was a 1947 graduate of the former Watsontown High School, a member of the Association of Retired Americans and AARP and enjoyed cooking, reading and working in her flower beds. Born April 1, 1929 in White Deer, she was the daughter of James A. and Dora Mae Jenkins Smith. Surviving are a daughter, Lyne L. Reigle of Hale, Mich., near Detroit; sons, Francis T. Jr. of Montoursville and Michael W. of Hale, Mich.; a brother, John J. Smith of Dudley, NC; 9 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Mildred was predeceased by her husband, Francis T. (Frank) Moyer, sons, Douglas A. Moyer and Harry Wertz and a brother James A. Smith Jr. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Knight-Confer’s, 1914 Memorial Ave. with Pastor Gary Runtas officiating. Burial will be at Wildwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. The family suggests donations to the American Cancer Society, 1948 East Third St., Williamsport or The Humane Society, 2100 L St., NW, Washington, DC 20037. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 17 May 2008
SOPRANO - Francis L. Soprano, 75, of Waverly, died Sunday, May 11, 2008 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y. Born May 11, 1933 in Sayre, he was the son of the late Margaret and Nicholas Soprano. Francis was a lifelong resident of the Valley. He graduated from the Waverly High School, where he was a three-sport athlete, football, basketball and baseball. He was named to the Waverly Sports Hall of Fame for his football accomplishments. Francis also attended Ithaca College. His first love was cooking. He was an avid golfer and bowler and served as secretary for the Waverly Bowling Association for many years. He also loved the outdoors, hunting, boating, camping and gardening. He was a past member of many community organizations, volunteering his cooking talents to many community fundraisers, dinners and Thanksgiving dinners. He was a member of Saint James Church Blessed Trinity Parish in Waverly. Francis is best known for starting the Soprano’s Market, which he founded in the 1970s but grew from his home, where he started baking in the late 1950s. Francis is survived by: his loving wife of 54 years, Barbara Soprano, at home; his son, John Francis (Jyl) Soprano of Waverly; his daughters, Barbara Jo (Charles) Soprano-Trudeau of Waverly and Margaret Ann (Marcus) Cole of Nichols; four grandchildren, Sarah Mandeville, Vincent Soprano, Cristy Mandeville and Tracy Soprano; brother, Joseph (Lois) Soprano of Willawana, N.Y.; sister, Ann Soprano and her son Mark of Waverly; brother-in-law, Richard Bartlett of Waverly; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and many dear friends. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, May 15 at Saint James Church Blessed Trinity Parish. Rev. John DeSocio will celebrate the mass. Friends are invited to call Wednesday, May 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Luckner Funeral Home, 449 Park Ave., Waverly. Interment will be in Saint James Cemetery, Waverly. Those wishing may direct memorial donations in Francis’ name to either the American Heart Association or the Cardiac Care Unit, 7th Floor, at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, or Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, N.Y. - Sayre Morning Times, 12 May 2008
STAHLNECKER - Gloria L. Sones, 80, of 283 Kepner Hill Road, Muncy, died Thursday, May 8, 2008, at the Muncy Valley Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit. Born in Turbotville on April 3, 1928, she was a daughter of the late Earl and Cordelia “Debe” (Betz) Stahlnecker. She and her husband of 60 years, Bruce C. Sones, were married August 23, 1947. Gloria was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church, Clarkstown, and the Cheerful Chums Sunday school class. She was a 1946 graduate of Turbotville High School. Due to her passion for sewing, she became part-owner and helped operate the former Elsie & Gloria’s Fabric Shop in Montoursville. She was also a member of the Susquehanna Quilters Guild. In addition to her husband she is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Larry L. and Lane Sones of Muncy; and two grandsons, Camaron Sones and Tyler Sones, both of Muncy. She was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Sones, who died in 1967, and a grandson, Wade Sones, who died in 1991. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 12, at Grenoble’s, 121 S. Main St., Muncy. Officiating will be her pastor, the Rev. Carla Volland. Interment will follow in Muncy Cemetery. Friends will be received at the funeral home on Monday from 10 to 11 a.m. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 9 May 2008
STROUP - Mary J. (Jo) Ulmer, 87, formerly of the 2400 block of West Fourth St., died Saturday, May 10, 2008 at Manor Care North following a brief illness. Her husband, Glenn W. Ulmer, died on April 11, 2005. Jo was a member of St. John’s-Newberry United Methodist Church and was its office secretary for many years. She was also a loan officer for the former Northern Central Bank for 25 years. Born June 15, 1920 in Williamsport, she was the daughter of James L. and Irene J. Heichel Stroup. Surviving are several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Daniel Stroup. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Manor Care North second floor lounge, 300 Leader Drive with the Rev. Kraig L. Faust officiating. Burial will be at Wildwood Cemetery at the convenience of the family. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be to the charity of the donor’s choice. Knight-Confer Funeral Home. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 13 May 2008
SWEET - Lois S. Cheney, 74, of RR 1, Towanda, Pa., (North Towanda Township) died Wednesday, May 7, 2008, at Memorial Hospital, North Towanda Township, Pa. Born Oct. 26, 1933, in Phelps, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Merton and Jennie Smith Sweet. Lois was a graduate of Phelps High School, class of 1951. She was a graduate of the Rochester General Hospital School of Nursing, Rochester, N.Y., in 1954, and received a Bachelor of Science Degree with emphasis in Public School Nursing with High Honors from Mansfield University in 1973. She also received a degree in Nursing Administration from Columbia Pacific University in Mill Valley, Calif., in 1982. In earlier years she was employed by Memorial Hospital in Towanda and later by Monroe Community Hospital in Rochester for 15 years before her retirement in 2000. After her retirement, Lois moved to the Towanda area in 2001. She was member of the First United Methodist Church, Towanda; an active member of Toastmasters International, since 1992, and its Barrier Breakers Chapter in Towanda; a member of the Business and Professional Women's Organization, Phelps; and the Melvin Hill Cemetery Association, Phelps. In her spare time, Lois enjoyed making Barbie clothes. Surviving are: her children, Linda J. Cheney of Denver, Colo., Susan C. Kehler and her husband, Gary Kehler, of Hornbrook, Pa., and Douglas A. Cheney and his wife, Lisa Cheney, of Waterbury, Conn.; six grandchildren, Matthew Post, Jennifer Post, Nicholas Post, Emily Bettini, Elizabeth Bettini and Ezekiel Cheney; one great-granddaughter, Breanna Post; her sisters and brothers-in-law, Anita Tyau and David Tyau of Honolulu, Hawaii, Janice Touron and Frank Touron of North Carolina, and Karla Taylor and Jim Taylor of Phelps; her brother and sister-in-law, Merton "Mike" and Sheila Sweet of Arizona; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Frank Sweet. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 13, at the Cheney Funeral Home, Main St., Phelps. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Cheney Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Melvin Hill Cemetery, Town of Phelps. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, Ohio 44720, in Lois S. Cheney's memory. - Towanda Daily Review, 9 May 2008
TONER - William R. Toner, 75, of 1733 Becht Road, formerly of Old Lycoming Township died Friday May 9, 2008, at his home following a very courageous battle with cancer. He and his wife, the former Gloria J. “Jeanne” Hauser observed their 37th wedding anniversary on Dec. 29, 2007. Bill was of the Lutheran faith, a member of the Newberry Republican League and the National Rifleman’s Association. He and his wife have been foster parents for 13 years and received the Pennsylvania State Foster Parents Award. Bill was a devoted husband, loving father and always wanted to help others before himself. He was happiest when he was with his family and friends. Bill enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and traveling, especially spending the winters in Florida. Bill worked for Lycoming Supply as a heavy equipment mechanic and operator for over 30 years. He also served as Chief Engineer for the underwater dredge in Florida while working for Ocean Science and Engineering out of California and worked for C.F. Bean out of Belle Chase, Louisiana. Born Oct. 25, 1932 in Salona, he was the son of William H. Toner and Mary E. Rupert Toner Miller. Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, William H. (Sharon) of Bellefonte; daughters, Karen R. Toner of Williamsport, Darlene K. (Richard Swarmer) Toner of Bellefonte and Sharon A. (Jim) Tressler of Lewistown; adopted daughters, Elizabeth A. Wright of Ashland, VA and Jessica (Wil Houdeshell) Carey of Ft. Lewis, WA; a grandson, William H. Jr., adopted granddaughters, Sidney Carey and Kaylie Wright; sisters, Betty Karstetter and Mary K. Eoute both of Mill Hall; Shirley (Harry) Rippey, Jr. of Woolrich; Jo-Ann (Jerry) Peddigree of Mill Hall; and several special nieces and nephews. Bill was predeceased by a brother, Robert K. Toner. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Knight-Confer’s, 1914 Memorial Ave. with the Rev. Gregory S. Johnson officiating. There will be a visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Buchanan Cemetery. The family will provide the flowers and suggests contributions may be made to Susquehanna Cancer Center, 1001 Grampian Blvd. or a charity of the donor’s choice. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 12 May 2008
TUDOR - Scott E. Tudor, 51, of Port Matilda died Sunday, May 11, 2008 at home. He was born in Williamsport July 3, 1956 to William and Esther DeRemer Tudor. He graduated from Williamsport High School in 1974 and from Williamsport Community College in 1976 with an Associate Degree in Civil Engineering. On August 23, 1980 he married Karen A. Johnson who survives along with a son, Kyle Tudor of State College. In addition, he is survived by his mother, Esther DeRemer Tudor of Williamsport, two brothers, Dale and his wife, Marcy Tudor of Avella, and Daniel and his wife, Barbara Tudor of Collegeville. He owned and managed his own company, SKK Tudor surveying and Design, and was a professional land surveyor. He was a member of Free and Accepted Masonic Lodge #700, State College. He was a devoted husband, father and friend who enjoyed hunting, sports cars, traveling and golfing. Visitation will be Wednesday, May 14 from 6 to 9 p.m., followed by a Masonic Service at 9 p.m. at Koch Funeral Home. Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 13 May 2008
TUTTIS - KERWAN, Vivian T.
Age 94, of Elmira, died Saturday, May 17, 2008 at St. Josephs' Hospital. Vivian was born April 20, 1914, in Toronto, Canada, daughter of George and Catherine Payne Tuttis. She is predeceased by her husband Attorney James L. Kerwan and daughter Claire L. Kerwan. Vivian is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Catherine E. Kerwan and Richard Orr of Edgemoor, SC; grandchildren, Cara K. Hope, Brian K. Hope; great-grandchildren, Reese and Kiara Fisher, all of Elmira. Vivian was a graduate of St. Joseph's Covent School in Toronto. She then went on to St. Michael's University of the University of Toronto where she earned a degree in modern languages. At the same time she was attending the Toronto Conservatory of Music where she earned a degree in voice and piano. Vivian continued with graduate work at several other universities. She was employed by the Elmira City School District for many years as both an English teacher and librarian. She was a longtime communicant of Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Vivian was an avid reader and until recent years loved world travel. Friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, corner of Water and Walnut Sts. on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A prayer service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 9:15 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Donations in Vivian's memory may be directed to either, Susan G. Komen For the Cure, PO Box 1306, Elmira, NY 14902 or Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 E. Corning Road, Corning NY 14830. Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/19/2008.
VanZILE - Steven J. VanZile, 48, of Lyon Road, Woodhull, died Thursday, May 9, 2008 at home. He was employed by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Survivors include his wife, Faylyn VanZile of Painted Post; a daughter, Jaclyn VanZile of Painted Post; parents, Donald and Anna Farrand of Woodhull; a brother, Vernon VanZile of Campbell; and a sister, Donise Leonard of Woodhull. Calling hours are 2-4 p.m. Monday at Acly-Stover Funeral Home in Corning. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Woodhull Cemetery. - Corning Leader, 9 May 2008
WALKER - Fred K. Walker, Sr., 84, of 401 Canal St., Flemington, died on Saturday, May 17, 2008 at Lock Haven Hospital Extended Care. Born May 5, 1924, he was a son of the late John D. Walker and Goldie Mae Knarr Walker. He was married to Verna M. Peterson Walker on May 15, 1968, who survives. He is survived by four sons, Fred K “Flip” Walker and Donald G “Woozy” Walker, both of Flemington, Scott E. Walker and Todd F. Walker, both of Lock Haven, two stepdaughters, Pamela L. Guenot of Mill Hall and Cynthia K. Randecker of McElhattan, three brothers, Thomas M. Walker and Billy Lee Walker, both of Flemington, and John D. Walker of Lamar, one sister, Patsy Hummer of Frankford, Del., nine grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and one step grandchild. Funeral service at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, 231 High Street, Flemington with the Rev. Larry Cole officiating. Visitation 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Interment in Rest Haven Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospital. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 18 May 2008
WEBB - Dorothy A. Weaver, 84, of Hughesville, died Monday, May 12, 2008, at the Williamsport Hospital. Born February 23, 1924, in Lightstreet, she was a daughter of the late William C. and Beatrice L. DeWald Webb. Her husband of 43 years, George E. Weaver, preceded her in death on May 28, 1989. Dorothy retired from the former Weldon’s Apparel and was employed at McDonald’s in Hughesville for 12 years. She loved working at McDonald’s and having the opportunity to socialize with the many people she came in contact with on a daily basis. Dorothy was also a member of the Hughesville Baptist Church. Surviving are two sons, George D. Weaver of Hughesville and Thomas E. Weaver of Arizona; three daughters, Linda J. Mowery of Bloomsburg, Connie L. Burkhart of Catawissa and Betsy J. Sheets of Wisconsin; five brothers, Kenneth S. Webb of Milton, Percy A. Webb of Danville, Harold L. Webb of Watsontown, William W. Webb of Milton and Robert S. Webb of Turbotville; two sisters, Clara Murray and Helen Miller both of Hughesville; eight grandchildren; and five great grandchildren. In addition to her husband, Dorothy was preceded in death by a son, William C. Weaver; a brother, Dennis F. Webb; and a sister Lois Webb. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday at the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water St., Hughesville, with the Rev. Thomas M. Brokaw officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The family will provide the flowers and suggest memorial contributions to the Hughesville Baptist Church, 37 N. Third St., Hughesville, PA 17737. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 14 May 2008
WERTMAN - Max W. Wertman, 89, formerly of 52 S. Second Street, Hughesville, died Wednesday, May 7, 2008, at the Muncy Valley Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit. Born in Muncy on December 8, 1918, he was a son of the late John C. and Florence H. (Smith) Wertman. His wife, the former Mary C. Tipler, died in 1973. Max retired from Sprout-Waldron (now Andritz), Muncy, after 38 years of service as a machinist, and was a member of the Quarter Century Club. He was a life member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge #171 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge in Milton. In addition, Max was a member of the Muncy Lodge #299, F&AM and a former member of the Williamsport Consistory. He previously played in the Repasz Band. Max was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Turbotville. Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Ronald E. and Marie Wertman of Muncy and Dennis L. and Clara Wertman of Hughesville and Muncy; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Edward C. and Lola Wertman of Muncy and James A. and Irma Wertman of Hughesville; one sister, Mae A. Johnson of Muncy; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a daughter, Rita M. DeWire, and a grandson, Bradley Eric Wertman. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, at his church, Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 39 Paradise Street, Turbotville. Officiating will be his pastor, the Rev. Erwin C. Roux. Friends will be received at the church on Saturday from noon until 2 p.m. Burial will be held privately at the convenience of the family in Turbotville Cemetery. A Masonic service will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday at Grenoble’s, 121 S. Main St., Muncy. The family will provide the flowers and suggests memorial contributions be made to either Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, P. O. Box 277, Turbotville, PA 17772 or Susquehanna Hospice, 1100 Grampian Boulevard, Williamsport, PA 17701.- Williamsport Sun Gazette, 9 May 2008
WHITING - Grace Whiting Norman, 87, was called home on Wednesday, April 23, 2008. She was born Oct. 24, 1920 to Charles Elmer and Alzora Walrath Whiting in Jasper, N.Y. As a young girl, Grace and her family lived in many communities in northeastern Pennsylvania and the southern tier of New York, following the movement of the sawmills and the timber markets. She graduated from LeRaysville High School where she was captain of the 1938 championship basketball team. On May 23, 1941, Grace married Claud Norman with whom she shared 56 years of marriage. Together they lived in Hartsfield where she established a home and found a passion for milking Jersey cows on Norman Brother's Farm. Throughout her life she shared her many skills and talents with others from the community and was proud to be a member of Salem Lutheran Church, a 63-year member of the Sebring Grange and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was honored to have served as a Republican committee woman for 30 years. Grace is survived by her brother, Newell Whiting of Rochester; a sister-in-law, Laura Whiting of Liberty; a special friend, Lawrence Plank of Liberty; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband; parents; a brother, Wellington; and sisters, Pauline Dodge and Marian Route Richards. The service was held Monday, April 28 at 1 p.m. at Salem Lutheran Church. Calling hours were held at the church from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Memorial contributions can be made to Salem Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 132, Liberty, Pa. 16930 or a charity of your choice. Professional services have been entrusted to Morse and Kleese Funeral Home of Canton. - Mansfield Gazette, 7 May 2008
WILEY - Patricia W. Parsons, 78, of 104 N. Main St., Towanda, died Friday afternoon, May 9, 2008 at her home following declining health. Born Oct. 20, 1929 in Upland, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Fred and Anna Hostetler Wiley. She often remarked that her father said the world took one look at her and the stock market fell and the banks closed. “Pat,” as she was known by her family and friends, was a 1947 graduate of Nether Providence High School in Wallingford, Pa. and a 1951 graduate of Bucknell University with a B.S. degree in commerce and finance. In 1974 she completed studies with Empire Piano School and practiced as a technician from 1975 through 1999. She was an active member of First United Methodist Church of Towanda, often stating that she had served in every capacity except trustee. She served for many years as a member of the My Brother’s Keeper group, making sleeping bags for the homeless. Pat was a life member of Girl Scouts, working in the council, the region, and the local Wypotomoss Service Unit. From 1953 to 2008 she was a leader of troops on all levels except Daisies. She was the last director of Girl Scout Camp at Brule and the first director of Day Camp at Sugar Creek. She led the revision of the Scouting Room at the Bradford County Historical Society Museum. From September 1991 to September 1997 she teamed with Joy Bourne to produce the museum's quarterly, “The Settler.” Pat was instrumental in forming the independent organization for Junior Miss, which became Outstanding Young Woman. She was a participant in Winding Rivers Players and Valley Chorus. She enjoyed a term on the Towanda School Board and the board of the Towanda Public Library. She is survived by: a son, Daniel (Ruth Ellen) Parsons of Kissimmee, Fla.; two daughters, Lucy (John) Gambino of Reynoldsburg, Ohio and Dr. Edith Parsons and John Miley of Athens, Ga.; a brother, Fred (Barbara) Wiley of Woodlyn, Pa.; a sister, Jane (Jim) Hutchby of Cary, N.C.; and eight grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Donald S. Parsons, and her grandson, Daniel Parsons Jr. A service of celebration and remembrance was, held Sunday May 11, 2008 at 4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, Main St., Towanda, with the Rev. Richard Barner, pastor, officiating. Friends gathered immediately following the service in the fellowship hall of the church. Memorials may be directed to the building fund of Towanda Public Library, 104 Main St., Towanda, PA 18848, in Patricia W. Parsons’s memory. - Sayre Morning Times, 12 May 2008
WILLIAMS - Peter Jason Williams Jr., “P.J.,” died suddenly Saturday, May 11, 2008 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, following a motor accident. Born August 13, 1989 in Troy, he was the son of Mary and Peter Sr. Williams. He was a great guy and had a big heart. P.J. was loved by his girlfriend, and his two closest friends, Amanda DeLong, Cogan Station, and Skyler Bryans, Troy, and his family. He loved to ride his dirt bike and snowboard with his friends. He recently just moved back to PA from going to college in New York for Mass Media Communication. P.J. will be greatly missed. He will never be forgotten. He’s our angel from the sky. His friends and family will love him always. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 13 May 2008
YAGEL - Meriam J. “Mim” Miller, 87, of Muncy, and recently a resident
at the Hillside in Montoursville for the past five years, died Thursday, May
15, 2008, at the Muncy Valley Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit. Born December 28,
1920, in Watsontown, she was a daughter of the late Clarence and Effie (Opp)
Yagel. Her husband of 60 years, Claude J. “Bud” Miller, died November 6, 2003.
A 1938 graduate of Muncy High School, she continued her education at Wheaton
Business School. In 1939 she went to work as a bookkeeper with the former Jones
& Laughlin Steel Co. until 1945. From 1962 until 1972 she was employed as
an office manager at Glamorize. For the next 10 years she worked as a
bookkeeper at Cooper Everett Insurance Co. until retiring in 1982. Mim was a
member of the former Tuesday Study Club and the Muncy Business &
Professional Women’s Club. She also volunteered at the Muncy Valley Hospital,
where she was a member of the Auxiliary. Mim enjoyed traveling, sewing and
playing cards, and was a participant in area card clubs. She appreciated
flowers, especially roses. Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, John C.
and Catherine Miller of Coopersburg and Thomas J. and Kathleen Miller of Dover;
one daughter and son-in-law, Jane M. and Randy Whitehouse of Troy, New York;
and five grandchildren, Johanna, Benjamin, Evan and Ellie Miller, and Ryan
Whitehouse. In addition to her husband and parents she was predeceased by a
brother, Charles Yagel, who died September 19, 1943. The funeral will be at 2
p.m. on Monday, May 19, at Grenoble’s, 121 S. Main St., Muncy. Officiating will
be the Rev. D. Gene Patterson, retired Baptist minister, and the Rev. Bethany
P. Wood, pastor of Bethany United Methodist Church, Hughesville. Burial will be
in Muncy Cemetery. Friends will be received at the funeral home on Monday from
12:30 to 2 p.m.
The family will provide the flowers and suggests memorial contributions be made to the Muncy Valley Hospital Auxiliary, 215 E. Water St., Muncy, PA 17756. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 17 May 2008
YAROSZ - Raymond Leon Yarosz, age 61, of Salida, CO died April 27, 2008 in the Jerry L. Pettis Veteran’s Hospital in Loma Linda, California after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. Ray was born in Williamsport, Pa on January 20, 1947. He served in the U.S. Marine Corp. from 1965-1969 during the Vietnam War. Ray’s passion in life was fishing and hunting and was shared by many friends and family members. He will be missed by all. Survivors include two sons, Jeremy and Joshua (CO); one daughter, Adrienne (CO); two brothers, John (PA) and Joseph (CO); three sisters Nancy Weaver (PA), Patricia Hoffman (NV) and Ruth Bothwell (CA). He had 6 nieces and nephews. Ray was preceded in death by his father, Leon William and his mother, Frances Anna. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 13 May 2008
? - Emma Rebecca Henninger, 94, died Friday, April 25, 2008. She resided at 798 W. Edwin St., the Williamsport Elderly Housing in Williamsport. She was born March 31, 1914. Surviving her are four children, John P. O’Connor (Sarah), Ashfield, Mass., Mary A. Renninger (Paul), Cogan Station, James D. O’Connor (Sherry), New Richmond, Ind., and Michael W. O’Connor (Sandi), Phoenixville. Her husband, George LaFrance O’Connor, preceded her in death about 1958. Surviving are seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild, with one grandchild preceding her in death. Emma lived a long life, surviving the Great Depression using her talents as a seamstress and later retired from Western Electric Telephone Co. She worked hard, raising her children, putting her eldest son through college at Penn State. Her second son is retired from the Air Force with two tours in Vietnam, her third son is an accomplished carpenter and her only daughter was employed in the banking field. Emma was cremated and services were held April 29, 2008, at James C. Maneval Funeral Home. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 16 May 2008
? - Sophie Kozlowski, 92, of Horseheads, died Saturday, May 10, 2008 at
Elcor Health Services. Survivors include a son, Theodore Kozlowski of
Horseheads; and a sibling, Jadwiga Orzol of Poland. Calling hours are 2-4 p.m.
and 7-9 p.m. Thursday, May 15 at the Zajac Funeral Home, 319 24th St., Niagara
Falls, N.Y. A prayer service and Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 9 a.m.
Friday, May 16 at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Niagara Falls, N.Y. Burial
will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery in Lewiston. Local arrangements are by Lynch
Funeral Home in Horseheads. - Corning Leader, 12 May 2008