This page includes obituaries of people with connection to our three counties but not buried in them or cemetery not identified. If local cemetery is known, see the Obituaries by Cemetery section of the site.
LEWIS G. AUSTIN SR., 82 of Tulip Lane, Sayre, died unexpectedly on Friday, April 7, 2006 at his home. He was born on April 12, 1924 in Apalachin, N.Y. a son of the late Hugh and Mira (Teft) Austin. Lewis attended elementary school in Windham Center until the eighth grade and then transferred to Nichols High School. Much of Lewis' early years were spent following the logging industry, as his father was a logger. In 1927 his father purchased the family farm which he operated with his brother and a team of horses known as "Bert" and "Jim" until the mid 1940's when they purchased their first tractor. In 1958 he married Connie Chrystler and together they had five children. Buying a John Deere "A" tractor he continued to run the family farm until 1968 when he sold the farm and moved to Sayre. Following farming, Lewis went to work at General Electric in Elmira and in 1970 he sold their home in Sayre and moved his family to Dushore Pa., where he worked at the Sullivan County High School. In 1974, he moved to East Smithfield and was employed at AMES Department Store in Sayre until declining health forced him to retire in 1989. Lewis is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Connie Austin. Together they shared many happy memories, including an airplane ride in 1996 to Rapid City, S.D., to attend their oldest grand-daughter's graduation. While in South Dakota they visited Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Mountain and the Badlands National Park. In 1999 after loosing their home to fire, he and his wife moved to Chelsea Park in 2000. They shared 48 years; sons, William (Sandra) Austin of North Towanda, Richard (Diane) Austin of Athens, Lewis Jr. (Dianna) Austin of Leola, Pa,; daughters, Lewene Ayers (Arnold) of Towanda and Barbara Austin of Athens; his sister, Florence Austin of Rome, Pa.; brothers-in-law, Kenneth Moore, Sr., pf Rome and Chauncey Hottenstein of Dushore; sister-in-law, Iva Austin of Orange Park, Fla.; several grandchildren, eight great-grand-children, many nieces, nephews and their families also survive. He was predeceased by: his father, Hugh, in 1950: his mother, Mira, in 1968; sisters, Doris in 1931, Ruth Moore in 1995, Marjorie Hottenstein in 2003, Edith Johnson in 2006; and brothers Elwin in 1982 and Frank in 2006. A time of remembering the special gift Lewis was to all of us will be held on Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at 11 a.m. at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols with Pastor Thelma Wright of His Majesty Fellowship officiating. Interment will follow in the Nichols Cemetery. A period of visitation will be held on Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel. Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial gift to His Majesty Fellowship, 191 Fourth St., Athens, PA in loving memory of Lewis G. Austin, Sr. –Towanda Daily Review
Age 51, of Ulster, PA, formerly of Canton, died October 14, 2008 at Robert Packer Hospital. Born on November 21, 1956 in Waverly, NY, a daughter of the late Donald and Polly (Claypool) Backer. Debbie was of the Catholic faith and attended Canton's St. Michael's Church. Surviving are brothers, Donald (Diane) Backer of Bandero, TX, Peter (Cindy) Backer of Pine City, NY; sister, Linda (Edward) Carpenter of Sayre, PA; many nieces, nephews; special friends, Kim and Doug Robbins of Ulster, PA. Besides her parents, Debbie was predeceased by a dear friend, Edwina Howell. Friends may call noon to 1 p.m. Friday, at Pepper Funeral Home, Canton. Service will follow at 1 p.m. with Deacon Bill Graham officiating. Burial will be in St. James Cemetery, Waverly, NY. Memorials may be made to Futures Recreation Committee, 23 Main St., Towanda, PA 18848. Published in the Star-Gazette on 10/15/2008
BACKER Thomas F.
Of Westerleigh, a retired social worker, died Friday in Richmond University Medical Center. He was 80. Mr. Backer graduated from Southside High School in his native Elmira, NY, then served in Korea with the US Army from 1945 to 1947. After completing his military service, Mr. Backer moved to Anchorage, Alaska, where he was a fisherman and a railroad worker. Mr. Backer returned to New York and graduated from Hobart College, Geneva, NY, where he studied political science and became fluent in Spanish. He completed his Master's degree in social work at Adelphi University in Garden City, Long Island. He also attended Columbia University, and was accredited by the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW). For 30 years, Mr. Backer worked for the City of New York in the fields of child welfare and home care. He often worked during the summer as a bilingual social worker for the city Board of Education. Mr. Backer worked out of the Mariners Harbor offices of the Visiting Nurse Association of Staten Island for 12 years before he retired, following a stroke four years ago. He poured his heart into his efforts with Alcoholics Anonymous, where he was a devoted member for more than 40 years. While recovering himself, he was always there to help others and was a friend to many, his family said. Mr. Backer was a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the mutual aid group, Social Workers Helping Social Workers, which served professionals who have experienced alcohol or drug abuse. He enjoyed reading, traveling and rooting for the New York Mets. He loved dining with his family on Friday nights at Lee's Tavern in Dongan Hills. He also adored his daughters, his wife said, and was close to his future son-in-law, Mark Posthumus. "He was a great talker," said his wife of nearly 32 years, the former Mary A. Murphy. "He was a very vibrant and easy-going, and he really cared for other people and touched other people's lives. He had strong values and was a very kind, gentle man." In addition to his wife, surviving Mr. Backer are his daughters, Michelle and Susan Backer; and a sister, Ellen Marie Backer Brownlow. The Funeral Mass will be Tuesday at 9:45 a.m. in Our Lady Star of the Sea R.C. Church, Huguenot. Arrangements, including cremation at Rosehill Crematory in Linden, NJ, are being handled by Matthew Funeral Home in Willowbrook. Published in the Star-Gazette on 11/29/2007.
BAHL –MRS. MARGARET A. (PEG) MARCY, 75 of Dushore died Tuesday morning (December 1993) at the Skilled Nursing Unit of the Memorial Hospital, Towanda. Born February 4, 1908 in Forks Township, Sullivan County, she was a daughter of the late William E. and Rose Collins Bahl. She attended the Pleasant Valley School and graduated from the Dushore High School. She married the late Leo P. Marcy of Monroeton on October 29, 1928. Leo predeceased her June 11, 1977. She was a member of St. Basil’s Roman Catholic Church Dushore and a member of its Alter and Rosary Society. Survivors include two daughter, Mrs. Michael (Rosemary) Holland of Jacksonville, Fla.; Mrs. Alex (Patricia) Blasi of Mildred; one brother, Joseph Bahl of Dushore; three sisters, Mrs. Zita Warman and Mrs. Kenneth (Genieve) Frediah, both of Johnson City and Mrs. Eugene F. (Gerry) McDonald of Jacksonville, Fla.; six grandchildren, Michael P. Holland of Pennsacola, Mary L. Holland of Jacksonville, Fla., Karen Blasi of Statesville, North Carolina, James and William Blasi of Mildred and Denice Blasi of Lopez; five great-grandchildren, Timothy, Cynthia Marie and Michael of Pennsacola, Fla., Gabriel of Mildred and Erica Marie of Jacksonville, Fla. and numerous nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be held Friday at 9:30 a.m. from the P. Dean Homer Funeral home, 206 Water Street, Dushore followed by a Mass of Christian Burial service at 10 a.m. at St. Basil’s Church, Dushore with the Rev. John R. Polinsky officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. Friends may call Thursday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. A recitation of the rosary will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon by members of the St. Basil’s Alter and Rosary Society. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in the memory of the deceased to the Sullivan County Cancer Loan Closet or the Memorial Hospital. –Towanda Daily Review
MARTIN DANIEL BAHR age 48 of Hillsgrove, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2005, at Williamsport General Hospital. He was born on October 26, 1956, in Towanda, Pa., a son of Martin George and Ann Gray Bahr. Martin married the former Kay Higley on June 30, 1975. The Bahr's had celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. He has been a resident of Hillsgrove for 30 years, having moved from Dushore. He was a lifetime member of the Sullivan County Fair Association. Presently he was employed by Kraft Master, giving 20 years of service. He enjoyed hunting, and especially time spent with his grandchildren. He leaves surviving his wife: Kay Bahr, at home; 3 daughters and son-in-laws: Stacy and Bill Stabryla, of Hillsgrove; Amanda Bahr and boyfriend Sean Fanella, of Hillsgrove; Aaron and Robert Zeigler, of Hillsgrove; grandson: Chase Stabryla, granddaughter: Kaylie Stabryla; granddaughter: Kennedie Bahr; and grandson: Cooper Bahr; his mother: Ann Bahr, of Dushore; his grandmother: Lillian Gray, of Laporte; his father-in-law and mother-in-law: Sherman and Marion Higley; brothers and sisters: Robert (Candie) Bahr, Richard (Vicky) Bahr, James (Cheryl) Bahr, Patty Beeman (Arlan Higley, Jr.), Linda Bahr (Debbie Bevins); brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Robert (Debbie) Higley; Scott (Tuesday) Higley; special friends: Mary Ann and Duane Bacorn; nephews: Tim and Matt Bahr, Christopher Higley; as well as by many aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his faithful pet companions: Gert and Livvie. He was preceded in death by his father Martin George Bahr in 1999. Funeral services will be held on Friday, Oct. 14, 2005 at 10 a.m. in the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter Street, Dushore, Pa., with the Rev. David Hart, pastor officiating. Interment will follow in Hillsgrove Cemetery. Friends and family are invited to call on Thursday, Oct. 13, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and on Friday, Oct. 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hillsgrove Fire Company, c/o Peggy Rosbach. –Towanda Daily Review
BARBER –SANDRA K. NEWMAN, 57, of Sayre died Friday, Nov. 25, 2005 at the Strong's Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y. following a lengthy illness. Born July 21, 1948 in Towanda, she was the daughter of Malcolm C. and Rose Mae Reynolds Barber. Sandra worked 14 years at O'Brien's and 11 years at the Guthrie Clinic. She was a member of the Sayre American Legion Auxiliary Post 283. She is predeceased by her parents; a sister, Carol Ann Dymond; and a mother-in-law, Olive Van Allen. Sandra is survived by her husband of 38 years, Bruce at home; children, Karin and Jon Allen of Sayre, Bruce and Kelly Newman of Corning, N.Y., Michael and Denise Newman of Waverly; 6 grandchildren, Erica and Alysha Allen, Kylie and Lauren Newman and Kenna and Hunter Newman; sisters, Rose Alee and Frank Perry of Wysox, Pa., Janice Donovan of Sayre and Dawn and Jim Hoose of Sayre; brother, Malcolm and Patty Barber; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. At her request there will be no calling hours. A memorial service will b held Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2005 at 6:00 p.m. at the Sayre Christian Church, 427 S. Keystone Ave., Sayre, with Rev. James Donahoo officiating. Memorial donation may be made in her name to the Liver Program, c/o Strong's Memorial, 601 Elmwood Ave., Rochester, N.Y. or to the American Diabetes Association, Kirby Health Center Annex, 63 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review
BARTH –CORA MAY ZANER, 95 of Dushore, Pa. died on Monday, June 13, 2005 at The Highlands in Laporte, Pa. She was born in Cherry Mills, Sullivan County, Pa. on June 14, 1905, a daughter of the late Washington and Bertha May Yonkin Barth. She has been a lifetime resident of Sullivan County. She was a member of the Redeemer United Church of Christ in Dushore and was a member of the U.C.C. Ladies Guild, Consistory and Joint Consistory. In 1979 she was preceded in death by her husband, the late Lawrence B. Zaner. Prior to her retirement, she was employed by Harrington Creamery for 18 years and was later employed by Sullcraft Clothing Factory for 20 years. She loved quilting and volunteering at the Loan Closet in Dushore, Pa. She is survived by a son, William Zaner of Wyalusing; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Mariam Hatton, on Feb. 9, 2004, and by three brothers: Harry, Hy, and William; and sisters: Mary, Jenny, Ella, Alice and Dorothy. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 18, 2005 in Redeemer United Church of Christ in Dushore, with the Rev. Robert W. Martin, her pastor officiating. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery, Dushore, Pa. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sullivan County Library, P.O. Box 309, Dushore, Pa. Arrangements were entrusted to the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter Street, Dushore, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review
BAUMAN Donna M.
Age 67, of Waverly, NY, went home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, October 22, 2008, at ElderWood Health Care at Tioga, Waverly, NY. Donna was born in Waverly, NY on May 1, 1941, the daughter of the late Ruth Cooper Bennett Seidel and the late Melvin Bennett. Donna played the clarinet in the high school marching band and enjoyed playing the piano and singing. She was an avid partner and enjoyed watching her sons and grandsons play sports. Donna is survived by her sons, David (Laurie) Bauman of Elmira Heights, NY, and Daniel (Sherri) Bauman; daughter-in-law, Toni Bauman of Waverly; grandsons, Travis (T.J.), Trevor and Tyler Bauman, all of Waverly; sisters, Darlene Bennett of Elmira, Kathy Dutcher of Waverly; brother, Paul Bennett of Ulster, PA; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; husband, John (Jack) Bauman; son, Dennis Bauman; sister, Debbie (Seidel) Scism; and niece, Dana (Dutcher) Wheeler. Friends are invited to call at the McKee Memorial Chapel, 462 Fulton St., Waverly, Sunday 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. with a funeral and committal services there at 8:00 p.m. Interment in St. James Cemetery, Waverly, N.Y. Published in the Star-Gazette on 10/24/2008
HARRY W. BEAVER, 85 of Troy died last Thursday at his winter residence in Bradenton, Fla. (1964). Mr. Beaver was an apiarist in Troy and was a member of the Troy Methodist Church and the Pennsylvania Bee Keepers Association. He has been a resident of Troy since 1906 and had been spending his winters in Florida since 1946. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Victor Ellenberger of Troy; two grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and one aunt. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the funeral home in Troy with the Rev. Charles Walker officiating. Interment will be in Delaware Run Cemetery, in Watsontown. –Canton Independent Sentinel
JOSHUA THERON BECK died September 28, 2007 in Texas. Born in Germany in 1987 he was the son of Theron and Stephanie Beck of San Antonio, Texas. In addition to his parents, he is survived by sisters, Amber and Autumn Beck, both of Texas; paternal grandparents, George and Florence Beck, Ralston; maternal grandmother, Dian Owen, Towanda. –Canton Independent Sentinel
RONALD LEE BENNETT, 55 of Towanda, RR 2 died unexpectedly Monday Sept. 26, 2005 at home following a heart attack. Born April 17, 1950 in Sayre, he was the son of the late Sterling Bennett and Minerva Hottenstein Bennett. Ronald was a graduate of Towanda High School. He was a musician in a popular local band in Wheeling, W.Va., in the early 1980s and later served in the Merchant Marines in Louisiana for a number of years. Ron was a free spirit who traveled extensively throughout the United States. He was a talented musician and vocalist, played piano, the drums and guitar. He entertained his friends young and old with his love of the guitar and gift for music. Ron was a great cook, had beautiful penmanship, and was always willing to lend a helping hand to others when needed. He possessed great love for all his nieces and nephews and their accomplishments. Surviving are: his brothers, Robert F. McMahon and his wife Susanne McMahon of Granville Summit RR1, and Hugh M. McMahon and his wife Maria McMahon of Lockwood, N.Y.; his sister Diane M. Kulick and her husband Jon Kulick of Wysox RR2; His brothers-in-law, Russell D. "Rusty" Lawrence of Monroeton; a special niece and nephew, Jill and Shawn Johnson of Monroeton; and several additional nieces, nephews and cousins and many special friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Bonnie L. Lawrence on Aug. 14, 2004 and his step-father, Edward J. McMahon. The funeral service will be held Thursday Sept. 29, 2005 at 3 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home 217 York Ave., Towanda, with the Pastor Tim Geiger, assistant pastor of the Assembly of God Church, Towanda, officiating. Interment will be private. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the funeral home. –Towanda Daily Review
BILZOR - SPIRAWK, Sophie (Bilzor)
92 well-lived years completed Thursday, October 25th in Pittsburgh, PA. Beloved wife of the late Andrew J. of Elmira, NY, and mother of Richard of Pittsburgh. Grandmother to Richard Jr. of Philadelphia, Susan Billetdeaux of Pittsburgh, and Ellen Zullo of Dagsboro, DE; and three great-grandchildren, Anna, Jack, and Lexxine. She was predeceased by sister, Caroline Knapp of Albany, NY and brothers, Walter Bilzor of Harwood, MD and Bernard Bilzor of Elmira, NY. A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 9th at St. Louise de Marillac Church, McMurray Road, Upper St. Clair, PA. Memorial donations to Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh, 1800 West Street, Homestead, PA 15120 or the American Parkinson Disease Association, 490 East North Avenue, Suite 500 Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Published in the Star-Gazette on 11/2/2007.
BOESEN Bret Alan
A Memorial Service for Bret Alan Boesen will be held Saturday, October 25th at 3 p.m. at the Penn Yan United Methodist Church, corner of Main and Chapel Streets. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Karin Boesen College Fund, c/o Lyons National Bank, 205 Liberty St., Penn Yan, NY 14527; Chemung County Humane Society and SPCA Animal Shelter, 2435 Rte. 352, Elmira, NY 14903-7933; Middlesex UMC Memorial Fund, Middlesex United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 116., Middlesex, NY 14507; or the Penn Yan Public Library, 214 Main St., Penn Yan, NY 14527. Published in the Star-Gazette on 10/19/2008
WADE HAMPTON BOWERS IV, 66, York, PA died December 25, 2007 at his mother’s home. Born in Neptune, NJ on October 8, 1941 he was the son of Alice Salmons Bower and the late Wade Hampton Bowers, III. Memberships include: the Friendship Baptist Church for 49 years where he taught Sunday School and was a former church sexton; a member of Charles E. Williams Post No. 794 of the American Legion, York Post Inc., No. 127; Past Master of the Social Friendship Lodge No. 42 Free and Accepted Mason and a Royal Arch Mason. He was the husband of Donna Bowers. Surviving in addition to his mother are sons, Wade H. Bowers V, Switzerland; Stephen Christian Bowers, Mount Vernon, NY; daughters, Alice Leslie Marrero, Austin, TX; Erica (Gardner) McAuley, Hellam, PA and Tamika Gardner, Johnstown, PA; ten grandchildren; a brother, Edward “Ike” Bowers, Canton. He was preceded in death by a son, Albert Bowers and a brother, Stephen Bowers. Funeral services were held December 29 at the Friendship Baptist Church with Rev. Melvin R. Baber officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Boulding Mortuary, Inc., York handled the arrangements. –Canton Independent Sentinel
BOYLES –SHARON A. WHITMOYER, 56, of Hillsgrove, Pa., died on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. She was born in Hillsgrove, a daughter of the late Judson Boyles and Eunice Starr Boyles and has lived her entire lifetime in Hillsgrove. On July 23, 2000, she was preceded in death by her husband the late Roland E. Whitmoyer. Sharon was a treasurer for the Hillsgrove Cemetery Association. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, and cooking. She was formerly employed at Dar-Way Nursing Home in Estella, Pa. She is survived by her mother, Eunice Boyles of Hillsgrove; her three sons, Colin Whitmoyer of Hillsgrove, Lynn Whitmoyer of Hughesville, Pa., Eric Whitmoyer of Hillsgrove; a brother, Roy Boyles of Turbotville, Pa.; a sister, Ruth M. Baumunk of Forksville, Pa.; and by two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband and father. A memorial service has been scheduled for Monday, June 27, 2005, at 4 p.m. in the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore, Pa., with the Rev. David Hart, pastor officiating. Friends and family are invited to call at 2 p.m. on Monday at McHenry Funeral Home in Dushore until the time of memorial service. Interment will be in the Hillsgrove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Bradford-Sullivan County Unit, 1948 East Third St., Williamsport, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review
JAMES W. BRASS, 78, South Williamsport died January 24, 2008 at The Gatehouse Hospice. Born in Canton on March 8, 1929, he was the son of Samuel and Agnes Hawkins Brass. He was a 1949 graduate of Canton High School, retired from Valley Farms Dairy after 44 years of service, was a member of Garden View Baptist Church and a member of the church choir for 14 years. Mr. Brass enjoyed music and played a scrub board and spoons and tuned pianos. Surviving are his wife, the former Dolores “Dolly” I. Shoalts, with whom he celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 29, 2007; brother, Kenneth Brass, Canton; sisters, Marie (Harold) Bartlett, Tioga and Catherine Shertz, Canton; two nephews and three nieces. He was predeceased by his parents and a niece Norma Bartle Radcheck. Funeral services were held from the Garden View Baptist Church on January 29 with Rev. Russell D. Small officiating. Burial was in Twin Hills Memorial Park. The family suggests that contributions be made in his memory to the Garden View Baptist Church, 1600 Doris Avenue, Williamsport. The Knight-Confer Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements. –Canton Independent Sentinel
THOMAS JACK BRONSON, 65 of R.R. 2 Towanda, (Towanda Township), died Wednesday morning, Dec. 4, 2002 at his home following an extended illness. Born Aug. 12, 1937 in Macedonia, he was a son of Edna Pauline Weaver Bronson and the late Jack Bronson. Thomas attended Towanda High School and later served in the U.S. Army. In early years, he was employed by the Ajax Foundry in Sayre. Thomas was later employed by State Aggregates in Wysox for over 30 years, until declining health no longer permitted him to continue. Thomas enjoyed animals, the outdoors, hunting, fishing, art, woodworking, construction projects, history and writing short stories. He loved spending time with his grandson, Bradlee. Surviving are: his wife, Betty Marie Wenck Bronson at home; his mother, Edna Pauline Bronson of Macedonia; his children, Judy Robert of Monroeton and Gary Robert of Towanda; his grandson, Bradlee Thomas Robert; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Margaret Ann "Peggy" and Ivan Teeter of Covington and Aileen and Clarence Isbell of Austinville, Pa.; a brother, Harold Bronson of Macedonia and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a son, John Thomas Bronson. The funeral and committal service will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, 2002, at 1 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave. Towanda, Pa., with the Rev. Allen Hulslander, pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Towanda, officiating. Interment will be in the Greenwood Cemetery, Overton Township. The family will receive friends on Friday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. –Towanda Daily Review
BROWN - ATKINS, Virginia B.
Age 75, of Elmira, NY died peacefully on Thursday, October 23, 2008 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, NY. Virginia was born in Salamanca, NY, the youngest of eight children, and graduated from Salamanca High School in 1950. She graduated from the Millard Fillmore School of Nursing in 1954 and worked as a nurse in Buffalo, NY. In November of 1956, Virginia married Thomas W. Atkins, M.D. and moved to Elmira to help him set up a private medical practice in Urology. She then took a break from her nursing career for a number of years to be a full-time mother to her four children, while also volunteering for their schools, the Republican Party, and the Junior League of Elmira. Ginny worked at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center Gift Shop for nearly twenty years, and later for the Auxiliary's Thrift Shop. In recent years, she donated her time to the Chemung County SPCA as a "Kitty Cuddler". In 1979, Ginny returned to work at Elmira College as a weekend nurse in the Clarke Health Center, and worked at the Paper Store on Langdon Plaza as a wedding and party planning consultant. She was an avid fan of the Buffalo Bills, as well as Dixieland Jazz, and over the years, attended a number of Bills games, as well as Dixieland Jazz festivals around New York State. Along with being a voracious reader, Ginny enjoyed cooking, gardening, dining out at local restaurants, sharing in good conversation with friends, and taking leisurely drives through the countryside, whether on a motorcycle with our Dad, or in the car. While doing all of these things, she gave her family a loving home, provided us with strong morals and values, deep faith, and an incredible sense of family and community. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her. Virginia was predeceased by her loving husband Thomas W. Atkins M.D. in 1979, as well as her parents, Robert and Clara Brown; brothers, Chester, Leonard, and Wesley Brown, and sister, Dorothy Brant. She is survived by her sister Alice B. Ervin of San Diego, CA; brothers, Robert L. Brown, Jr. of Fort Worth, TX, and Donald E. (Lydia) Brown of Helotes, TX. She is also survived by her four children and their families; Priscilla A. (Randy) Baker, with Hannah and Thomas, of Austin, TX; Prudence A. (Troy) Tinberg, with Taylor and Kelly, of Greenwood Village, CO; Bruce P. Atkins, and Polly (John) Moretti with Benjamin, Daniel, and Anna, of Elmira, NY. In addition, she is survived by her granddaughter Kara (Justin) Albritton, with Roman and Marin, of Palm Harbor, FL as well as many nieces, nephews, close neighbors, and friends. Those wishing to make donations in Virginia's memory may make them to the Arnot Ogden Medical Center Foundation, or the Chemung County SPCA. Finally, we would like to thank Dr. David Kung, Pulmonary Associates of the Southern Tier, Dr. Robert Mauri, and the other fine healthcare professionals in the ER, OR, ICU and 2B at Arnot Ogden for the gentle and compassionate care they gave our mother over the last month. We will be forever grateful to all of you. Calling hours will be held on Friday, October 31, 2008 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at McInerny Funeral Home, corner of Water and Walnut Sts. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 1, 2008 at 11:00 AM, at North Presbyterian Church, 921 College Avenue, Elmira, with Reverend Gary Chorpenning officiating. A private burial will take place at St. Bonaventure Cemetery in Allegany, NY at a later date. Published in the Star-Gazette on 10/28/2008
JOHN JOSEPH BRYAN JR. age 71 of Dushore died on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005 at the Skilled Nursing Unit of the Memorial Hospital, Towanda, after a brief illness. John was born in Dushore on Jan. 30, 1934 on the family farm, a son of the late John J. and Lottie Trasco Bryan Sr. He grew up on the farm and also helped his parents and siblings in the operation of their family's well-known slaughterhouse and meat market, which was located at the farm. He graduated from St. Basil's High School, a member of the class of 1951. He served in the U.S. Army Infantry and married the former Gloria Ann Silverstrim of Dushore on Dec. 29, 1956. John worked as a carpenter, plumber, electrician and maintenance man for many years at Miller's Hardware in Dushore. In earlier years he was a part-time truck driver. John was a loving spouse, father and grandfather who dearly loved his two grandchildren. After his retirement he dedicated most of his time to helping his family, friends and neighbors. He especially enjoyed spending free time on the farm with his son Bonzo. He also loved patrolling Coveytown in his pickup with his dogs, and spending time at his cabin, hunting. He will be missed by all who knew him. John was a member of St. Basil's Catholic Church in Dushore. Surviving are his spouse of 48 years, Gloria, at home; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Jack and Janet Bryan of Dushore and James "Bonzo" Bryan of Dushore; a brother and sister-in-law, Thomas and Marilyn Bryan of Sugar Run; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Mary "Mamie" Pastusic and John Leonard of Dushore and Catherine Hoagland of Towanda; a brother-in-law, Theodore Toth of Quakertown, Pa.; a sister-in-law, Agnes Bryan of East Smithfield; two grandchildren, Nicholas Bryan and Emily Bryan of Dushore; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three brothers, Joseph Bryan, William "Fats" Bryan and Peter Bryan, and a sister, Theresa Bryan Toth. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 8, at St. Basil's Church, Dushore with the Rev. Ronald J. Hughes V.F. pastor of SS. Peter & Paul Church, Towanda presiding. Interment will be in St. Basil's Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m. on Monday at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore. Graveside military services will be accorded by members of Loyalsock Post No. 996 American Legion, Dushore. Members are asked to assemble and pass in review at 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. The family will provide the flowers and memorials are directed to the Dushore Fire and Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 1, Dushore, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review
MR. W. AMBROSE BURKE age 90 of RR 2, Box 312, Meshoppen, Pa. (Auburn Center) died at his home on Tuesday morning, Feb. 15, 2005. He was born in Meshoppen, Pa. on Feb. 21, 1914, the son of the late Edward J. and Winifred Thayne Burke. Mr. Burke was the husband of the late Virginia Lofstrom Burke, who died on June 19, 1984. Ambrose was a graduate of the Meshoppen High School, class of 1932. He later owned and operated the Ambrose Burke Farms, a dairy farm, located in Auburn Center. Ambrose loved his farm and cattle and also loved to listen to music and dance. Ambrose was also very proud of his Irish heritage, traveling to Ireland numerous times. He was a lifelong member of the St. Joachim's and St. Bonaventure's Roman Catholic churches in Meshoppen and Auburn Center. He was also a member of its Holy Name Society. Ambrose was a member of the Meshoppen Rod and Gun Club and the National Holstein Association. Surviving are his sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry and Gail Burke and William and Clara Burke, all of Auburn Center; his brother, Edward T. Burke of Johnson City, N.Y.; his sister, Regina B. Graham of Endwell, N.Y.; his grandchildren, Theresa (Dave) Dudock of Auburn Center, Brian (Pam) Burke of Tunkhannock, Pa., Patrick A. Burke of Meshoppen, Michelle Burke of Tunkhannock, William A. Burke of Auburn "Center and Edward J. Burke of Dimock, Pa.; his great-grandchildren, Ashley, Brian Jr. and Kathleen Burke and Linsey, Cassandra, D.J. and Danyel Dudock; and his brothers and sisters-in-law, Paul McGavin of Auburn Center, and Iris and George Lucik, Madeline Lofstrom, Fred Lofstrom, and Phyllis and Hubert McGavin, all of Binghamton, N.Y. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 21, at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main Street, Meshoppen, with a Mass of Christian Burial at the St. Bonaventure's Roman Catholic Church, in Auburn Center, at 11 a.m. with Father Bryan Wright of the church officiating. Interment will be in the St. Bonaventure's Cemetery. Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, with the Rosary to be recited at 6:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial donations to the St. Joachim's-St. Bonaventure's Roman Catholic churches, in care of Mrs. Cindy Holdridge, P.O. Box 67, Meshoppen, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review
GERALD C. BYERS SR. age 66 of Forkston Township, Dushore RR 1, died on Saturday evening, June 18, 2005, at Memorial Hospital in Towanda, Pa. He was born on Jan. 30, 1939 in Little Britain Township, Lancaster County, Pa. He was the only child of the late D. Clair Byers and the late Margaret Bard Byers. On Sept. 3, 1963, Gerald married Shirley Bailey Byers in Elkton, Md. They have celebrated over 41 years of marriage. He has been a resident of this area since 1993, having relocated from Leola, Pa. Prior to his retirement due to health reasons, he was an over the road truck driver and mechanic. He was a member of the Dutch Mountain Land Association. Gerald loved to hunt, go walking in the woods, and he enjoyed animals. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Bailey Byers, at home; by his seven children, Kelly Byers of Paradise, Pa., David C. Byers of Lancaster, Pa., Jerry Byers, Jr., of Landisville, Pa., Donna Jean Gochenauer of Mount Joy, Pa., J. Christine Morales, of Atglen, Pa., Randy Yunkin of West Chester, Pa., and Ted Yunkin of Coatesville, Pa.; by nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Thursday evening, June 23, 2005, at 7:30 p.m. in the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore, Pa. Friends and family are invited to call on Thursday evening at McHenry Funeral Home in Dushore from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Interment will be in Little Britain Cemetery, Lancaster County, Pa., at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Cardiovascular or the Ophthalmology Department at Geisinger Health System, Danville, Pa. in Mr. Byers' memory. –Towanda Daily Review
CALAMAN –ROSALIE HELEN HIGLEY age 63 of Laporte, Pa. died on Friday, Dec. 16, 2005 at the Memorial Hospital in Towanda, Pa. Rosalie was born July 11, 1942. Formerly of Mildred, she was a daughter of the late Roy Calaman and Helen Minarik Calaman. Rosalie graduated from the Loyalsock Area High School, Estella, Pa., a member of the class of 1960. Those who knew her know how much she enjoyed crocheting and playing bingo. While raising her children she spent many years farming on McCarty Ridge, Estella. She and her children were very active in the Sullivan County 4-H Clubs. She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church, Mildred, Pa. Surviving are her sons and daughters-in-law; Clinton and Bonnie Higley, Jr., Dushore, Pa. and Timothy and Lori Higley, Dushore, Pa.; daughters and sons-in-law, Sally Ann (Higley) Locey, Atlanta, Ga., June and Gregory Werner, Wyalusing, Pa., Joanne and Gordon Durland, Dushore, Pa., Susan Higley, Elkton, Md. and Bonnie and Merle Lowe, Scottsdale, Pa.; brother and sister-in-law, Ronald and Barbara Calaman, Dushore, Pa. and her sister and brother-in-law, Marie Antoinette and Grant Leljedal, Freeburg, Ill. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 10:30 a.m. from the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, Pa. and will be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Mildred, Pa. at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Thomas R. Hudak presiding. Interment will be in St. Francis of Assisi Cemetery. Friends may call at the Funeral Home on Monday, Dec. 19 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Members of St. Basil’s and St. Francis of Assisi Altar & Rosary Society will recite the Rosary at 3 p.m. on Monday afternoon at the funeral home. –Towanda Daily Review
CANFIELD - Loueva (PeeWee) Wells, age 83, of Moxie, PA, died Wednesday morning Oct. 15, 2008, at the Towanda Memorial Hospital. She had been a resident in the Skilled Nursing Unit where she was lovingly cared for and will be missed. PeeWee was born March 23, 1925, in Moxie, PA, a daughter of the late Lester and Mildred Quick Canfield. Loueva attended the Moxie School for first through eighth grade, and then graduated from the Wyalusing High School in 1943. She married Carl Wells on October 14, 1946. They just celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary. Loueva worked at Anseco Film Co., Rynveld's Wreath Factory, and Dushore Lingerie, from which she retired when it closed. She was a life long member of the Moxie Community Church. PeeWee was well known for having a vast variety of Christmas cookies which she supplied to many friends and neighbors. She enjoyed reading and needlework. She was a little woman with a great big heart. Surviving are: her spouse, Carl Wells of New Albany, Pa.; son and daughter-in-law, Dave and Roxanne Wells of New Albany, Pa.; daughter and son-in-law, Rose and Lamar Kipp of Moxie, Pa.; grandchildren, Autumn Wells of Tunkhannock, Pa., Jennifer Kipp of Lancaster, Pa., Marla Kipp of Ephrata, Pa., Chris Finan of Dushore, Pa., Andy Finan of Knob Noster, Mo.; brother, James and Freda Canfield of Evergreen, Pa.; numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother Wallace Canfield, and a grandson Justin Wells. A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008, at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, Pa., with the Pastor Howard D. Carr presiding. Friends may call from 1 p.m. until the time of the service on Sunday. In lieu of flowers donations can be sent to Moxie Community Church building fund c/o Joan Grover, P.O. Box 826, Wyalusing, PA. RHW. Towanda Daily Review.
REGINALD E. CASE, 88 of 1918 Blain St. died Tuesday, July 18, 2000 in Valley View Nursing Center. His wife, the former Eleanor W. Webb died in 1993. He was a farmer. He was director of Rose Valley Cemetery Association. He was a member of Balls Mills United Methodist Church. Born April 20, 1912 in Calvert, he was a son of William L. and Rosa Eddy Case. Surviving are his stepmother, Miriam Case of this city and a son, John of Cogan Station. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday in the church, 5941 Bloomingrove Road with the Rev. James R. Sunderland officiating. Burial will be in Montoursville Cemetery. There will be no visitation. The family will provide the flowers. Arrangements are being handled by Kauffman’s, 22102 Northway Road. –Williamsport Sun-Gazette 7/20/2000
CASEMAN –MRS. ELNORA BROWN, 66 died at the Troy Community Hospital, Saturday, Feb. 29, 1964. A former resident of Shunk, Sullivan County, she had been living for the last year and a half with her son, James at Gillett. Also surviving are two other sons, Roy of Shunk and Paul of Benton; five daughters, Mrs. Kenneth Morgan of SanDiego; Mrs. Kenneth Fitzwater of Canton; Mrs. Ellis Brown of Shunk; Mrs. Bryon Jacobs of Muncy and Mrs. Harmon Morgan of Gillett; a sister, Mrs. Lloyd Kunzman of Johnson City, N.Y.; a brother, Floyd Caseman of Shunk; 36 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. The body was at the Morse Funeral Home and later removed on Tuesday to the EUB Church at Shunk, where services were held with the Rev. Maurice Edlund of Grover and the Rev. Joseph Lichtletter of Gillett officiating. Burial was in Brown Cemetery at Shunk. –Canton Independent Sentinel
CHILDERS - WEEKS, Ruth C.
Age 94 of Pine City, NY died on October 15, 2008 at home. Ruth was born on October 23, 1913, the daughter of the late David and Eide Childers of Ely, Minnesota. Along with her parents, her four sisters and one brother predeceased her. She graduated from Ely High School in 1931 and attended Ely Junior College. In the 1930's she moved to Washington, D.C. and worked at the Interstate Commerce Commission and was a member of the National Presbyterian Church. In June 1943 she married Francis Weeks in Bend, Oregon while he was in the United States Army. After World War II they returned to Harrisville, NY. She is survived by three children, Diana (Durwood) Raplee of Rochester, NY, David Weeks of Tempe, Arizona and Dale (Amy) of Tallahassee, FL; also three grandchildren, Gretchen and Johnathan of Rochester and Andre Weeks of Florida; and four great-grandchildren. She and her husband lived in various places during World War II and then four years in Harrisville, three years in Syracuse, one year in Jamestown, eight years in Carthage and since 1962 in Elmira/Pine City area. She has been a dedicated member of Oakwood United Methodist Church since 1962. Also a thirty-year volunteer for Meals On Wheels and a volunteer at many Red Cross Blood Banks. Both Ruth and her husband Francis were very active in AARP Chapter #276 of Elmira, NY. It was Ruth's request that there be no calling hours; family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Saturday, October 18, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. in the Oakwood United Methodist Church, corner of 13th Street and Oakwood Avenue, Elmira Heights, NY. Those wishing to may make memorials to the Oakwood United Methodist Church, 212 Oakwood Ave., Elmira Heights, NY 14903. Arrangements entrusted to Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. Published in the Star-Gazette from 10/16/2008 - 10/17/2008
CHILDS - MAJ (R) Craig S. Childs, 55, died very unexpectedly at home, in Marshalls Creek, Pa., on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008. Craig was born Feb. 19, 1953, to the late John and Peggy Childs of Litchfield, Pa. Craig graduated from Sayre High School, East Stroudsburg University, and earned his Masters Degree from Webster University. He served twenty years in the United States Army, worked at Valley Forge Military Academy, New York Military Academy, and was currently employed with The Shawnee Academy/The Beacon School. He is survived by his wife, Patricia "Patty" (Foster) Childs; four daughters, Eva Childs of Florida, Valerie Spencer and her husband Brian, of Alaska, Kelly Caldwell and her husband Michael, of Ohio and Jody Byrne of Pa.; three sons, Chad Childs of Florida, Scott Voorhees of Texas and Dustin Voorhees and his wife Mary, of Texas; four loving granddaughters, Kali, Sadie and Jacey Spencer and Maliya Voorhees; siblings, Suzanne Bronder and her husband Charles of Florida, John "Jack" Childs and his wife Anne of Pa., Gary Childs and his wife Louise of Texas and David Childs and his wife Bonnie, Margaret "Honey" Childs and Eric Childs and his wife Sharon all of Pa. and numerous beloved nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to call from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008, at the William H. Clark Funeral Home, 1003 Main St., Stroudsburg. A memorial service to honor Craig's life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, at the East Troy Baptist Church on Route 6 in East Troy, Pa. In lieu of flowers, it would be MAJ (R) Craig S. Childs' wish that donations be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, providing support and assistance to wounded soldiers and their families: Wounded Warrior Project, 7020AC Skinner Parkway, Suite 100, Jacksonville, FL 32256. RHW.
EDWIN L. COLE, 79 of Lopez died Feb. 7, 1989. He had resided in Lopez for the past 55 years. He was born in Jamison City Nov. 21, 1909, a son of Ernest E. and Florence Eves Cole. Mr. Cole was a graduate of Benton High School. He was a coal miner and worked in the Connell and Brown mines for over 20 years. He then worked in the construction trades until his retirement and for the last few years worked at the Eagles Mere Country Club. Mr. Cole was a member of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Church in Lopez and a member of BPOE Lodge 2191, Towanda and a member of the former Lopez Fire Company. Surviving are a son, Edwin D. of Dushore; two daughters, Mrs. Daniel (Jane) Kravitz of Dushore and Mrs. Robert (Kathryn) Hippenstiel of Montoursville; a brother, Fred of Orangeville; seven grandchildren, Sandee and Annette Cole; Pamela Arthur, Daniel Kravitz, Lisa Kravitz; Alexis and Alison Hippenstiel and two great-grandchildren, Nathan Kravitz and Tanner Arthur. His wife the former Julia Klem died in 1984, a brother, Stanley died in 1968. A funeral service will be held this morning at 10 a.m. in St. Valdimir’s Church with Rev. Michael Their officiating. Burial will be in St. Vladimir’s Cemetery. An Elks service and a Parastas Service were held Wednesday evening at the funeral home. Memorial may be made to St. Vladimir’s Memorial Fund. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, Dushore. –Towanda Dailey Review
COLE –MARY JANE KRAVITZ of Dushore died on May 8, 2003. Her parents were the late Edwin L. & Julia Klem Cole of Lopez. Jane was born in Muncy on August 31, 1933. She graduated from the Turnpike High School, a member of the class of 1951, where she represented the schools as the Laurel Queen. She married Daniel Kravitz in St. Valdimir’s Church on May 18, 1952. Last year they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. After her marriage she began traveling throughout the country as Dan pursued his career in professional baseball. They moved 32 times until they retired from baseball and Jane became a beautician. She operated a shop out of her home in Dushore for 38 years. She was a wonderful, generous, beautiful woman who always put others ahead of herself. Her cooking and genuine hospitality were known to all. Jane was a member of St. Valdimir’s Orthodox Church in Lopez. She loved her family greatly and they loved her in return. In addition to her husband, Danny at home, she had three children, Pamela Kravitz Arthur, Muncy Valley, PA, Daniel Cole Kravitz, Dushore and Lisa Miller, Wilkes-Barre, PA. She had two sons-in-law, Ron Arthur and Scott Miller, and four grandsons; Tanner Arthur, Nicholas, Tyler and Darren Kravitz. Her brother and spouse, Edwin & Sandra Cole live in Dushore and sister and spouse, Kathryn & Robert Hippenstiel reside in Montoursville, PA. Her four nieces, Annette Cole Gill, Sandee Cole Stojanovic, Alexis Breen and Alison Hippenstiel were also a very important part of her life. She was also survived by two daughters-in-law, Karen Merschbach and Amanda Martin and by three special grandchildren, Cameron, Calla & Cassie Martin. A light went off in her life when her beloved son, Danny died on November 20, 2002. They are together now. Burial service will be held on Monday, May 12, 2003 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Valdimir’s Orthodox Church, Lopez, PA with Hieromonk Michael Their, her pastor, officiating. Interment will be in St. Valdimir’s Cemetery, Lopez, PA. Friends may call on Sunday, May 11, 2003 at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. There will be a Parastas at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials are directed to Dushore Fire and Ambulance Assn., PO Box 1, Dusho9re, PA or the Mildred Ambulance Assn., PO Box 74, Mildred, PA or St. Valdimir’s Church, PO Box 211, Lopez, PA. –Towanda Daily Review -5/9/2003
DR. PATRICK B. (DOC) COLEMAN, 84 of Lawton died Aug. 8, 2005 at Meadow View Senior Living Center, Montrose, Pa. Born on March 18, 1921, in Rush Township, Susquehanna County, he was the son of the late Christopher Coleman and Cecelia (McManus) Coleman. Patrick graduated from Rush Township High School in 1939, continuing his academic career at Penn State University. He received his V.M.D. degree at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine in 1945. In addition to practicing veterinary medicine in Lawton, Pa. for 59 years, he participated in nutrition and mastitis research for the Agway Feed Co-operative and was employed periodically by the State of Federal U.S.D.A. Patrick was a member of the American Veterinary Association; and the North Eastern Pennsylvania Veterinary Association. He married the late Kathleen (McNerney) Coleman at St. Joseph's Church, St. Joseph, Pa., on June 12, 1948. He was a lifelong member of St. Patrick's Church, Middletown, Pa. and for many years served as the President of the Church's Cemetery Association. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by three children: Patrick Byrne; Martha; and Gerard Thomas Coleman and a brother; Phillip Coleman. Patrick is survived by his son; Paul Joseph Coleman, Lewisburg, Pa.; two daughters, Mary Colleen (Coleman) Lukas, Factoryville, Pa.; Grace Ann Coleman Chapin and son-in-law, Dr. John R. Chapin, Aliquippa, Pa.; three grandchildren, Steven Patrick Coleman, Provo, Utah; Ryan Michael Lukas, Lancaster, Pa.; and Sierra Adriana Coleman Chapin, Aliquippa, Pa.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Dr. Hugh J. Coleman and Eleanor, Lancaster, Pa.; Christopher Coleman and Genevieve, Rushville, Pa.; nieces and nephews. Funeral services will begin on Friday, Aug. 12, at 9:15 a.m. at the Bartron-Myer Funeral Home, Inc., A Selected Independent Funeral Home, 74 Church Street, Montrose, Pa. with a mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Middletown, Pa. Interment will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Middletown, Pa. Friends may call Thursday, Aug. 11, 2005 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, friends wishing to make memorial contributions can send them to the Catholic Relief Services, 209 West Fayette Street, Baltimore, Md. –Towanda Daily Review 8/10/2004
COOK - OVERVOLD, Carol Joyce
Age 71, died Friday, October 17, 2008, at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, VA. Mrs. Overvold was born November 4, 1936 in Elmira, NY, and was the daughter of the late William M. and Pauline (Georgia) Cook. She was preceded in death by one son, Michael Edward Overvold; was also preceded in death by three sisters, Patricia LaPrell, Katherine Gorman and Peggy French; and two brothers, Richard Walker and John Cook. Survivors include her life-long companion, Richard Perry; two sons, Dennis William Overvold and Douglas Wayne Overvold; one daughter, Donna Overvold-Arft; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and one brother, William Cook. The family will receive friends from 3-5 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, October 22, 2008, at the Mountcastle Funeral Home, 13318 Occoquan Road, Woodbridge, VA 22191 where Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, October 23, 2008. The interment will follow at Stonewall Memory Gardens in Manassas, VA. Memorial contributions may be made in Carol's name to SPCA of Northern Virginia, P.O. Box 100220, Arlington, VA 22210 or SPCA of Prince William County, P.O. Box 6631, Woodbridge, VA 22195. Published in the Star-Gazette on 10/21/2008
CORNELIUS - NICKERSON Anna Mae
Age 75, passed in Cleveland, Texas, on September 22, 2008. She was born April 16, 1933 in Potter County, Pennsylvania, to the late Harry Elmer and Velma Cornelius. She is survived by daughter, Delores Nickerson and son-in-law, Daniel Lane; sister, Lillian Frost and brother-in-law, Paul Grondin; grandchildren, Sue McCandless, Kelly Nickerson, Connie Whitworth, Tammy Thompson, Robert, Daniel Jr., Prestina and Sissy Lane, Brummer; and 15 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by spouse, Preston Lee Nickerson; children, Patricia Lane, Josie Montgomery; brothers, Edward Cornelius, Harry Cornelius; sister, Mildred Bliss Surdam. She is much loved by nephews and nieces and their families in PA. There will be a memorial service on Saturday, October 18, 2008, at 12 p.m. at the Galeton Assembly of God, Galeton, PA, with Rev. David Brelo officiating. Published in the Star-Gazette on 10/15/2008
DECKER - RAPALEE, Mary Ellen
of Roebuck, SC, formerly of Interlaken and Alpine, New York, died October 21, 2008. Mary Ellen was born August 1, 1923, in Mecklenburg, NY to the late Thomas and Helen Decker. She retired from Cornell University as an Admin. Assistant and moved to Spartanburg, SC in 1979, where she was employed by Jordan Oil. She is survived by her six children, Patricia Clearwater, Karen Clearwater, Thomas Rapalee (Cheryl), Robert Rapalee, Duane Rapalee, and Helen McGuane (Bill); 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. A brother, Tommy Decker, predeceased Mrs. Rapalee. Family and friends are invited to attend a Graveside Service for Mary Ellen on Monday, October 27, 2008, at 2:30 p.m. in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Alpine, NY, Rev. Sheila Price officiating. Donations may be made to Lutheran Hospice, 218A Trade Street, Greer, SC 29652. Published in the Star-Gazette on 10/25/2008
FRATARCANGELO Richard J.
died peacefully on October 11, 2008, after a courageous battle with cancer. Rich was born September 5, 1952 to Fred and Rose (Yorio) Fratarcangelo. He was a supervisor at Corning Incorporated, where he had 35 years of service. Rich served in the U.S. Army Reserves and was an active member of the American Legion. He will be deeply missed by his wife, Nancy; his devoted children, Jennifer (Larry) Knefely, Richard II and Christopher; grandchildren, Ashley, Whitney and Dylan; loving sister, Jean (Dave) Crandell; brothers-in-law: John (Colleen) Gleason and Mike (Brigitte) Gleason. He is survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, as well as multiple dear friends. Rich was an avid golfer and sports fan. He was an inspiration to many; not only how he handled his disease, but how he faced life in general. Please do not mourn his loss, but join the many in celebrating his life at St. Mary's Catholic Church on October 18, at 10 a.m. with services following at St. Mary's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you take a moment to write down one of your fondest memories of Rich and drop it off in the box that will be provided at the church. Published in the Star-Gazette on 10/15/2008
Steven B. Gardner, age 46, of Inverness, FL, died Wednesday, September 24, 2008, at the Hernando-Pasco Hospice Care Center in Inverness. Mr. Gardner was born in Corning, New York on September 17, 1962, and moved two years ago from Allenstown, New Hampshire. He was a retail manager for the T.J. Maxx store in Inverness. His enjoyments in life were reading, building model airplanes and watching movies. He loved playing in the pool and building Lego's with his son, David. He was a true blessing to all the people he touched. Mr. Gardner is survived by his wife, Patricia; two sons, David H. Gardner of Inverness, Michael Gardner of Virginia; daughter, Julia C. Gardner of Inverness; parents, Robert and Carol Gardner of Big Flats, NY; two brothers, David (LuAnne) Gardner of Horseheads, NY, Jeffrey Gardner of Thousand Oaks, CA; sister, Karen Gardner of Austin, TX; niece, Jessica Harvey; and nephew, Timothy Harvey. A celebration of life memorial service was held Friday, September 26, 2008, at 4:00 p.m. from the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness with Rev. Dustin Sedlak officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Southern Tier Hospice & Palliative Care, 11751 East Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830; or other charities. Cremation arrangements were under the care of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness. Published in the Star-Gazette on 10/25/2008
GEARHART Blade Michael
Infant son of Michelle Converse and Jon Gearhart of Elmira, NY. He was born Saturday, October 18, 2008, and died Sunday, October 19, 2008. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brothers and sister, Charles Bennett, Jr., Jon Gearhart, Jr., Rebecca Converse, all of Elmira, and Kadion Gearhart of Corning; maternal grandparents, Cyndi Ribble of Buffalo, NY, and Thomas Ribble, Jr. of Corning; paternal grandparents, Mary and Ken Gearhart; aunts, Carrie and Jamie Gearhart; uncle, Joey Gearhart, all of Marcy, NY. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Walter J. Kent Funeral Home is assisting the family. Published in the Star-Gazette on 10/23/2008
GERSTENFIELD - WEISBROD, Catherine "Kay" (Gerstenfield)
Age 75, of Cape May, NJ, died on October 31, 2007 in Wellsboro, Pa. Services will be held at a later date. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Mansfield, is assisting the family. Published in the Star-Gazette on 11/2/2007.
GOODRICH Myron W., Jr.
Age 59, of Spencer, died Tuesday, October 14, 2008, at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. He was born on April 19, 1949 in Carbondale, Pennsylvania, the son of the late Myron Ward Goodrich and Sarah Elizabeth Aldrich. Myron is survived by his wife, Janet (Avery) Goodrich; daughter, Tammy (Tony) Giannino; two sons, Tim (Brandi) Goodrich, Gerald (Sandy) Goodrich; six grandchildren, Josh Giannino, Timothy Goodrich, Jr., Abigal Goodrich, Ashlynd Goodrich, Dillon Goodrich, Brandon Watts; great-grandchild, Jasmin Watts; sister, Pearl Davis; nieces and nephews. Friends may call on Friday, October 17, 2008, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Allen-Manzer Funeral Home in Spencer. A graveside memorial inurnment service will be held Saturday, October 18, 2008, at 4:00 p.m. at Halsey Valley Cemetery, Halsey Valley, NY. Published in the Star-Gazette on 10/16/2008
HIBBARD - STANKIEWICZ, Marie J. (York)
Age 88, of 234 Chicory Ridge, Rochester, formerly of 8708 Main St., Campbell, died Wednesday, October 22, 2008, at Hildebrandt Hospice Center, Rochester. Marie was born February 19, 1920 at Groton, CT, the daughter of the late Arthur and Mary (Stiles) Hibbard. Marie was married to Chester Stankiewicz, who predeceased her in 1994. Marie graduated from Binghamton Central School in 1938. Marie's life was dedicated to operating her store, the Campbell Merchandise Mart, in Campbell, which she joyfully did for over 50 years. She enjoyed knitting of all kinds and made custom items for many people in the area. She is survived by two sons, Jan (Noreen) Kozak of Rochester, NY and Vincent (Nancy) Czapla of Liverpool, NY; grandsons, Jeffery (Shannon) Kozak of Rochester, NY and Jason (Jennifer) Kozak of Virginia; seven great-grandchildren; and her sister-in-law, Eva J. Hibbard. Marie was predeceased by a brother, Arthur Hibbard. To celebrate Marie's life, her family is asking friends to call at the Phillips Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney St. in Corning on Saturday evening, Oct. 25th, from 4 to 7 p.m. Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Hammondsport, NY, at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to Hildebrandt Hspice Care Center, 3111 Winton Road South, Rochester, NY 14623. Published in the Star-Gazette on 10/24/2008
JAKOBY Patricia A.
Age 68, of Old Ithaca Rd., Horseheads, died Oct. 13, 2008. Pat was born in Flushing to Anton and Dorothy (Gibons) Jakoby. In addition to her brothers, Pat is survived by her family, friends, staff and care workers at the Cerebral Palsy of Chemung County home on Ithaca Rd. in Horseheads where she had resided for the past 15 years. Those who knew Pat will always remember her smile and laughter. Family and friends are invited to the Barber Funeral Home, 413 S. Main St., Horseheads, on Thursday, October 23, 2008, from 10-11:00 a.m. and again from 3:30-4:30 p.m. where her service will follow there at 4:30 p.m. Interment service will take place at a later date. Published in the Star-Gazette on 10/18/2008
JORALEMON David Noble
Of Pine City, NY, died Thursday, October 25th, at his home. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert N. and Joyce (Greatsinger) Joralemon; and his brothers, Richard E. and William J. Joralemon. David is survived by his wife, Jane Greenlee Joralemon; daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra and David Murray of Horseheads, NY and Dr. Maisie and Robert Shaw of Sunderland, MA; son, Stephen P. Joralemon of Rochester, NY; two granddaughters, Lyndsey and Jillian Murray; brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Sharon Joralemon of Horseheads, NY; uncle and aunt, Stephen and Lee Greatsinger of Langley, SC; nieces, nephew, cousins, and dear friends. David served his country with honor during the Vietnam War in the Army as a Combat Tracker with the 34th Scout Dog Platoon. David was honored with a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He was a retired self-employed Beekeeper and will be remembered by his loving family for his gardens, love of nature, wonderful sense of humor, and devotion to his family. There will be a time for sharing memories with family and friends at Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira, on Saturday, November 3rd, from 2-4 p.m. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Published in the Star-Gazette on 11/2/2007.
KRUGER - Jean K. Warner, 81, of Ulster, Pa., died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2008, at Bradford County Manor. Jean was born April 7, 1927, in Greene, N.Y. the daughter of the late Carl E. and Sadie A. Howard Kruger. Jean was retired from Sylvania. She married Ray Warner on Nov. 18, 1945. She is predeceased by her husband, Ray in 2005, her son, Gerald, her sisters, Loretta and Dorothy and her brothers, Alfred and Earl. Jean is survived by: her children, Martha and Gary Wolfe of Burlington, Pa. and David and Sharon Warner of Sayre, Pa.; her grandchildren, Chris and Becka Wayman of Owego, N.Y., Steve and Daniele Wayman of Rock Hill, S.C. and Michelle Warner of Sayre, Pa.; her great grandchildren, Ryan Wayman, Alec Wayman and Liam Ernest Wayman; and her sister, Marjorie Supa of Endicott, N.Y. At the family's request there will be no services. Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home, Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, Pa. has been entrusted with the arrangements. Memorial donations may be made in Jean's memory to Bradford County Manor, R.R. #3, Box 322, Troy, PA 16947. RHW. Towanda Daily Review.
MONROE - McCULLEN, Clara "Kate"
Age 68, of 9 Penn Ave., Apt. D-4, Galeton, PA, died Thursday, November 1, 2007, at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. She was born September 23, 1939 in Sunderlinville, PA, the daughter of Harold and Mayjol Snay Monroe. She was a homemaker and she formerly worked for Galeton Production. Kate was a member of the Galeton Assembly of God Church. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Ricky and Wynnette McCullen, Galeton, PA, Curtis and Debbie McCullen, Galeton, PA; son, Jack McCullen Jr., Galeton, PA; daughter and son-in-law, Anna and Bill Main, Galeton, PA, daughter, Donna Geiser, Galeton, PA; sisters, Carolyn Setzer, Elkland, PA, Carole Putman, Galeton, PA, Corral (Vane) Gunn, Knoxville, PA, Cleoria (Mike) McCullen, Knoxville, PA, Cynthia Swimelar, Westfield, PA, Crystal (James) Thorne, Middlebury Ctr., PA; sister-in-law, Joanne Monroe, Westfield, PA; brothers, Andrew (Jeanie) Monroe, Sayre, PA, Anthony Monroe, Galeton, PA, Albert (Alice) Monroe, Knoxville, PA, Alan (Sherry) Monroe, Westfield, PA; brother-in-law, Tom Haner, Wellsboro, PA; ten grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by sisters, Cora Haner and Connie Monroe; and brother, Alex Monroe. Family and friends are invited to call at the Kenyon Funeral Home, Inc., 222 West Main Street, Westfield, PA, Saturday from 4-6:00 p.m. where funeral services will be conducted Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Rev. David Brelo officiating. Burial in White's Corners Cemetery, White's Corners, PA. Memorials may be made to the family to help with Kate's final expenses.
MULTER H. Gray
Age 82, of Horseheads, NY, formerly of Arkport, NY, died peacefully at his home on Thursday, October 23, 2008, after a long battle with several cancers. He was born in Syracuse, NY, son of the late Bertha and Harold Multer. Predeceased by his first wife Barbara Love in 1962, he is survived by his wife, Susan, of 36 years; daughters, Christy Multer of Glenville, NY and Jenny Monroe of Caton, NY; grandchildren Leah Fagerstrom, Sean Monroe, Paul Filbrich and Fletcher Monroe; and great-grandchildren Kaitlyn and Lucas Monroe. During his years at Arkport Central School, Gray earned the rank of Eagle Scout and played on the varsity basketball team, winning the county championship. Before graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Navy at age 17 and served on the bridge of a destroyer in the Pacific doing picket duty off Okinawa. He received a medical discharge after the war. Gray earned his A.B. and M.S. degrees from Syracuse University and was employed for two years as a petroleum geologist with the Texaco Oil Company in California. After he earned a Ph.D. degree from Ohio State University, Dr. Multer had a thirty-year career as Professor of Geology, first at the College of Wooster in Ohio (where he was also Elder and Superintendent of Sunday School at the Westminster Presbyterian Church) and then at Fairleigh Dickinson University where he was founding Chairman of its Department of Geology on the Madison, NJ campus and founding Director of its marine laboratory in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. He also lectured at the Danforth Foundation, was Visiting Professor at the University of Miami and Bermuda Biological Laboratory, was Director of National Science Foundation - sponsored Short Courses for College Teachers and a Fulbright Scholar and Senior Professor at Marburg University in Germany. Dr. Multer authored or co-authored over 70 scientific publications and several books. He received the 1985 John Moss Award for Excellence in College Teaching and a 2008 Honorary Membership from the International Society for Reef Studies for his distinguished coral reef research and service to the society. In retirement he continued research in Antigua and the Florida Keys. He also served as consulting environmental geologist on various projects in the U.S. and overseas. Whenever possible he volunteered with Habitat for Humanity. Local friends are invited to the Multer home at 10 Cortland Lane in Horseheads on Thursday, October 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. A joyful Celebration of Life service and reception will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 23 at the interdenominational Union University Church in Alfred. Memorial donations may be made to the Union University Church, 29 North Main Street, Alfred, NY 14802. Published in the Star-Gazette on 10/26/2008
NANCE Steven Paul
Born July 13, 1961, died July 8, 2007. Steven was a retired Chief Petty Officer, HTC DV/SW, U.S. Navy. He was Facility Manager of the United States Special Operations Command Parachute Training and Testing Facility in Marana, Arizona. Steven spent his childhood in Pennsylvania until enlisting in the U.S. Navy and proceeded to serve a stellar career for 21 years. His accomplishments include 2nd class diver, 1st class diver, saturation diver and military freefall jumper. Upon retirement, Steven moved to Arizona to assume a civilian job continuing his love of the military. He was an amazing individual who could illuminate the room with his presence and once you were fortunate enough to have crossed his path, you were touched with a joyous and wondrous love. To say he will be greatly missed is an understatement. His devotion to his friends and family knew no boundaries and we will miss him every single day of our lives. Steven will be remembered for his love, humor, charm, intellect, devotion, passion, honor, friendship, candor, strength and compassion to all who knew him. Steven is survived by his wife, Ann (Roth) Nance; children, Shane Ryan Nance, Chelsey Nance and Derek Nance; mother, Mabelle Nance; brothers, George, Bruce II and Kenneth; sister, Patricia Nance Oakes; and dozens of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles; and great aunt, Freda. He was preceded in death by his father, Bruce "Nick" Nance in 2005; and his brother, Vincent in 1972. Family and friends will be received at Freeberg Funeral Home, 120 N. Williamson Rd., Blossburg, Wednesday, July 18th, 2-4 and 6-9 p.m., with funeral services being held at 8 p.m. with Rev. Raymond Forsythe officiating. Family and friends are also invited to the home of Bruce and Mary Nance II, 49 Bullock Rd., Mansfield, during the day Wednesday, and for a reception following the funeral service. Published in the Star-Gazette on 7/16/2007.
PETERS-KISER Beatrice Ruth
Loving wife and mother, died at the age of 60 in Barling, Arkansas, after a long battle with cancer. She was originally from Horseheads, New York. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth R. Kiser of Barling, originally from Elmira, New York; one son, Stephen L. Kiser of Richmond, Virginia; two daughters, Cheryl Payette of Richmond, Virginia, and Wendy Baxter of Barling, Arkansas; five grandchildren, Crystal Harding, Dusty Harding, Kenneth Harding, Shane Maddox and Heather Kiser; five brothers, Richard Peters, Larry Peters, Bobby Peters, Aaron Peters and Paul Peters; two sisters, Carol Peters and Illse Peters. Anone wishing to contact Ken Kiser can call (479) 926-6244.
PORTER - SHUTTS Eva H.
Age 84, of Lawrenceville, PA, died on Monday, October 13, 2008, in the Green Home in Wellsboro, PA. Eva was born April 17, 1924 in Canton, PA, the daughter of the late Raymond and Estella May (Avery) Porter. She was the wife of the late Clyde Shutts. Eva retired from Corning Glass. She enjoyed sewing, reading, and her pomeranian dogs. Eva is survived by her children, John (Brenda) Curran of Sumterville, FL, and Barbara Curran (William) Armstrong of San Antonio, TX; a sister, Favorite Biker of Horseheads, NY; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and Melvin Butler, her loving companion for over 30 years. Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday, October 16, 2008, from 3:30 to 4:00 p.m. at the Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 South Main Street, Mansfield, PA. A memorial service will be held immediately following the visitation at 4 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral chapel with Pastor G. Victor Perry officiating. Published in the Star-Gazette from 10/14/2008 - 10/16/2008
Age 84, of Gorton Street in Corning, NY, died Thursday, November 1, 2007, at Founders Pavilion in Corning. Ants was born in Rapina, Estonia on September 29, 1923, to Artur and Leida (Pintman) Rahe. He and his family were forced to leave their home in Estonia in 1944, after Russian - German occupation. He and his family spent 5 years in Germany, mostly in displaced persons camps, until finally being able to immigrate to the United States under the Displaced Persons Act. He married Dolores Geisler in Corning in 1957. He had worked for Corning Glass Works for 35 years and had been a painter. He was also a self-employed painter (Rahe Painting Company, Inc.), painting houses in the Corning area for many years. Ants was a lifetime member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, and a member of the Corning Elks Club, Lodge 1071. He is survived by his wife, Dolores; one daughter, Lisa (Jean-Yves) Mocquet of Maple Valley, WA; two sons, David Rahe of Corning, and Eric Rahe of San Francisco, CA; two brothers, Villem Rahe of Chilicothe, OH, and Mark (Joan) Rahe of Corning; grandchildren, Jonathan, Matthew, Natalie; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Eva Rahe; and two infant sons. Calling hours will be Monday, November 5th, from 10 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney Street in Corning, where funeral services will follow calling hours at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be in Chapel Knoll Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Founders Pavilion or Arnot Ogden Medical Center.
REDFIELD - BLODGETT, Patricia
Age 72, of Baker Rd., Cato, NY, died August 22, 2008 after an illness. Born in Elmira, NY, the daughter of the late Herbert M. and Marie French Redfield, and has resided in the Cato-Weedsport area since 1968. She attended Geneva Schools, graduating with the class of 1953. She worked at several area restaurants, as bartender in Cato and Weedsport and also was employed as a Northern Outreach Worker for the Cayuga County Action Program from 1980 to 1985. Pat played drums for area country bands, loved convertibles, and would never turn down a game of Pitch. In addition, Pat was also a lifetime member, past president, and cook for the Weedsport Rod and Gun Club. She is survived by her cousin, David M. Redfield and his wife, Margaret, of Erin, NY; her devoted animal family; and many special friends that made up her world. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 1, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. at the Jewell Funeral Homes, 8886 S. Seneca St., Weedsport, NY. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Weedsport Fire Department, Weedsport, NY 13166 or to the Cato Fire Department, Cato, NY 13033 in memory of Pat. Published in the Star-Gazette on 10/29/2008
RENZO - PHILLIPS Ann M.
Age 89, of Biltmore Dr., Horseheads, and formerly a longtime resident of Lock Haven, PA, died Tues., Oct. 14, 2008. She was born May 13, 1919 in Lock Haven, PA, the daughter to Giovanni and Antonia Musto Renzo. Ann and her late husband, A. Lloyd Phillips lived in Mint Hill, NC for 24 years before moving to Horseheads in 1999. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Sandra Ann and Doug Johnson of Horseheads; one granddaughter, four grandsons, one great-granddaughter, and two great-grandsons. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Mary Our Mother Church, 816 W. Broad St., Horseheads, NY, on Friday, Oct. 17, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. with the Rev. Christopher E. Linsler, Celebrant. Calling hours will take place in church prior to Mass from 9:00-10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember Ann with memorials to the American Heart Association, Heart Gifts Processing Center, PO Box 3049 Syracuse, NY 13220, St. Mary Our Mother Church, 816 W. Broad St., Horseheads, NY 14845, or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, 1-800-873-6983. Arrangements with Barber Funeral Home, Horseheads. Published in the Star-Gazette on 10/16/2008
RICH Matthew Charles
Age 22, of Horseheads, formerly of Ithaca, died unexpectedly Sunday, October 19, 2008. Born in Ithaca, he was a graduate of Ithaca High School (Class of 2004) where he was a member of the wrestling and football teams. Following graduation from IHS, he enlisted in the US Marine Corps, graduating from Parris Island. Prior to his honorable discharge in 2008 at the rank of Corporal, he completed a 13 month tour in Iraq. He was totally devoted to the Marine Corps and at the time of his death he was considering re-enlisting. He enjoyed deer hunting and just hanging out, playing his guitar but most of all he thoroughly loved fishing. Matthew is survived by his father, Max (Carol) Rich of Horseheads; mother, Cynthia Rich of New Jersey; brothers, Derek Rich of Ithaca, John Cady of Horseheads; sister, Farron Rich of Ithaca; paternal grandparents, Albert and Janice Rich of Ithaca; maternal grandfather, Eugene Ryder of Williamsport, PA; maternal grandmother, Connie (David) Wetzel of Montgomery, PA; several loving aunts, uncles and cousins and many Marine Corps buddies, which are considered family. Matthew was predeceased by his great-grandparents, Albert "Jack" and Gladys Rich. Funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, October 23, at the E.C. Wagner Funeral Home of Ithaca, Rev. Michael Grinnals officiating. Military Honors will be afforded by the United States Marines Corps Honor Guard at the funeral home. Friends may call from 4 - 6 prior to the service. Published in the Star-Gazette on 10/21/2008
RUTSKI - BARNES, Martha V.
Age 88, of Elmira, NY died on Thursday, October 16, 2008, at Chemung County Nursing Facility. Martha was born on December 30, 1919 to the late Frank and Eleanor (Gibalski) Rutski. Martha retired from Lag's Restaurant in Elmira after many years as a waitress. Martha is survived by her sister, Eleanor Griffith. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert in 2003. It was Martha's wish that services be private to the family. Arrangements are under the direction of the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Published in the Star-Gazette on 10/19/2008
SANDORE - CARROLL, Ellen S.
Age 89, of Elmira, died at her home, with her loving children by her side on Saturday, October 25, 2008. Ellen was born December 4, 1918, a daughter of Joseph and Margaret Milliken Sandore. She is predeceased by her husband Robert M. Carroll. Ellen is survived by her daughter, Kathleen C. Clark, son and daughter-in-law, Duke and Wendy Carroll, all of Elmira; grandchildren, Casey Clark of Morrison, CO, Carroll Clark of Breckenridge, CO, Rob Carroll of Denver, CO, and Jody Battisti of Churchville, NY, with husband, Lucio and son, Dino. Also surviving are sister, Patricia Mower of Rochester; brothers and sister-in-law, Richard Sandore of Elmira, Joseph and Doris Sandore of Camillus, NY; along with several nieces and nephews. Ellen was a long time volunteer with both the American Red Cross and Arnot Ogden Medical Center. A much loved wife, mother, and grandmother, Ellen will forever be remembered. Friends are invited to a Memorial Mass, celebrating Ellen's life, on Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Elmira. In lieu of flowers donations in Ellen's memory may be directed to the Elmira Chapter of the American Red Cross, Falck Cancer Center, Notre Dame High School, Southern Tier Hospice or a charity of one's choice. Arrangements by McInerny Funeral Home. Published in the Star-Gazette on 10/27/2008
THOMPSON Richard M.
Of Millport, NY - Age 38, died unexpectedly on Saturday, October 25, 2008. Rich is survived by his beautiful daughter, Brittini Ann Thompson and her mother, Nicole Esposito of North Carolina; his mother, Cynthia Rich (Elmira); father, Richard (Donna) Thompson, (Syracuse); grandparents, Albert and Louise Thompson (Elmira); grandma, Dorothy Park (Horseheads); brothers, Craig (Rita) Thompson (Horseheads), Joseph (Jessica) Rich (Big Flats); sisters, Kelly Jo (Linnea) Thompson (Syracuse), Allison Rich (Elmira); aunts, Deborah Hoffman (Chemung), Jeanette Cunningham (Elmira); uncle, Tim Park (Pennsylvania); cousins, Mike Burt (Elmira), Ryan and Jenelle Park (Pennsylvania); nephews and niece, Nicholas Thompson (Horseheads), Caleb and Bailey Thompson (Syracuse). Rich was predeceased by his stepdad, Joseph Rich; grandpa, Wilford Park; uncle, Rudy Cunningham; and his best buddy, "Zeus". Rich was a man of many talents and he had the ability to tackle any job. He was always willing to put his skills to use to help out Mom and Joe by doing projects such as siding, painting, pouring a sidewalk and rebuilding the porch. Rich enjoyed helping his Dad at his business, the Union Hotel in Bridgeport, NY, not only as a bartender and cook, but he built an addition onto the business. The rainbow that appeared over Elmira on Saturday afternoon was Rich's way of assuring his loving family that he has found peace and happiness in heaven. The family will have a private Memorial Service to honor and remember Rich. Those wishing may direct memorial donations to a College/Trust Fund that will be established for his loving daughter, Brittini Ann, c/o Cynthia Rich, 527 Decker Ave., Elmira, NY 14904, in Rich's memory. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., Southport/Elmira, NY. Published in the Star-Gazette on 10/28/2008
VAN ETTEN William D., of Ulysses, PA, 75, died Monday, October 20, 2008. Born July 21, 1933 in Whitesville, NY, he was the son of Mark J. and Miriam Pride Van Etten. On August 31, 1954 in Mills, PA, he married the former Anna Mills, who survives. Mr. Van Etten owned and operated Four Winds Dairy Farm for many years and was awarded the Dairy of Distinction. He served as director of the Pennsylvania Farmer's Association, Agricultural Stabilization Committee, Agway, and the Ulysses board and corporate board of First Citizens National Bank. Surviving besides his wife, Anna, are: a son, Richard "Rick" Van Etten of Ulysses; a daughter, Vicki (John) Moon of Ulysses; eight grandchildren, Jessica, Josiah, Billy, Kylie, Cassie, Kati, Jennifer, and Julie; four brothers, Lynn (Vivian) Van Etten of Ulysses, Lyle (Joyce) Van Etten and Thomas (Sharon) Van Etten, both of Whitesville, NY, and Richard (Mary Ellen) Van Etten of Wellsville, NY; two sisters, Evelyn (Floyd) Buckley of Campbell, NY and Carol Cady of Westfield, PA; his mother-in-law, Elsie Mills Easton of Ulysses; and nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a son, W. John Van Etten. Friends may call Wednesday, October 22, 2008, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday in the Mills Union Church, Mills, PA. Rev. Canon Rudolph J. van der Hiel and R. Lowell Coolidge, Esq. will preside. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Ulysses Library, Ulysses, PA 16948 or the Mills Union Church, c/o Robert Nelson, 6083 SR 49, Ulysses, PA 16948. Published in the Star-Gazette on 10/22/2008
WALKER Rudolph J., Jr.
Age 51, of Tioga, PA, died on Sunday, October 19, 2008. Friends may call on Tuesday, October 21, 2008, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., Wellsboro, PA. Funeral Services will follow at 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Published in the Star-Gazette on 10/21/2008
WARD - FOOTE Daisy
Age 93, formerly of Litchfield and Athens, died on Thursday, October 23, 2008, at Elderwood at Tioga. Friends and family may call on Monday, October 27, 2008, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home, Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, PA. Funeral Services will follow at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Phil Jordan from Candor officiating. Published in the Star-Gazette on 10/25/2008
WARD - Daisy M. Foote, 93, formerly of Litchfield and Athens died on Thursday October 23, 2008 at Elderwood at Tioga. She was born on May 29, 1915 in Springville, PA the daughter of the late Edward Ward and Tressie Johnson. She enjoyed needle crafts and reading. Daisy was a volunteer at the Robert Packer Hospital. She is predeceased by her husband Orval Foote on April 16, 1992, son Donald Foote, granddaughters Cathy Arcesi and Leslie Arcesi Bodine. Daisy is survived by her children Evelyn Pettibone of Candor, NY, Sylvia Arcesi of So. Waverly, PA, Dawn Myers of Starr, SC and Orval Foote, Jr. of Nichols, NY, 13grandchildren Rodney Vaow, Jeffrey Pettibone, Mark Arcesi, Lori Havens, Kim Mapes, Donald Foote, Jr., Timothy Foote, Michael Foote, Sandra Barton, Todd Forrester, Tina Foote, William Foote and Melanie Foote, 26 great-grandchildren, 15 great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends and family may call on Monday, October 27, 2008 from 9am to 11am at the Jay. E. Lowery Funeral Home, Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, PA. Funeral Services will follow at 11:00am at the funeral home with Rev. Phil Jordan from Candor officiating. Burial will be in Lynn Cemetery in Lynn, PA. The family will provide their own flowers. Memorial donations may be made in Daisy's memory to, American Cancer Society, 10 Park Street, Towanda, PA 18848.
WELLS - Harriett Wells Vosburg, 76, widow of Donald LaRue Vosburg, died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2008, at Greenville Memorial Hospital in Greenville, SC. Born in Sayre, Pa., she was a daughter of the late Leonard Wells, Sr. and the late Lydia Carmen Wells. She was a homemaker. She is survived by daughters, Shirley Bride of Towanda, Pa., Barbara Kelly of Honea Path, S.C., Janet Locke of Summerville, S.C., Cindy Vosburg, and Eloise Vosburg, both of Pelzer, S.C.; sons, John Vosburg of Oak Hills, Fla., Michael Vosburg of Pelzer, S.C., Steven Vosburg of Ala., and Eugene Wells of Binghamton, N.Y.; sisters, Louise Champion of Waverly, N.Y., and Eleanor Vroman of Pa.; brother, Gerald Wells of Waverly, N.Y.; fourteen grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Donald LaRue Vosburg, Jr. and two brothers, Leonard Wells, Jr., and Clinton Wells. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Gray Mortuary in Pelzer, S.C. Memorial services follow at 8 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Marcus Ginn officiating. The family is at the home of a granddaughter, Katrina Perkins, 128 Brookview Circle, Pelzer, S.C. RHW. Sayre Morning Times.
WHEELER - WILCOX Linda S.
Beloved Wife and Caregiver - Age 58, of Horseheads, NY, died unexpectedly on Sunday, October 12, 2008, at her home. Linda was born on August 31, 1950, to the late Edgar and Katherine (Prigoric) Wheeler. Survivors include her husband, Kirwan; chosen sister, Lori Rathjen; sister and best friend, Betty (Mark) Sheehan of Horseheads; brother, Edgar (Katy) Wheeler of Thousand Oaks, CA; niece, Amanda Wheeler; nephews, Thomas Wheeler, Marc and Sean Sheehan; her loyal dog, Jett; best friend, Jo Carpenter; close friends, Mary Beth, Ruth, Dawn, Peg, and so many other close friends and "phone buddies" that the Star-Gazette would have to expand this section if we listed them all! Linda was predeceased by her sisters, Kathy (Wheeler) Crawford and Gloria (Long) Booker; and brother, John Wheeler. Family and friends are invited to call Sunday, October 19, 2008, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. A remembrance service will follow at 4 p.m., where everyone that wishes can share a memory. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Linda can be made to Camp Good Times at 47 Bridge Street, Corning, NY 14830. She really appreciated and respected what they did for her sister, Kathy and all others who are affected by cancer. The world is a lesser place without Linda in it. Her sense of humor kept us all laughing through all of life's good times and bad. She was our counselor, our mentor, our doctor, our psychologist, our supporter and our friend. She was a gift to us all and will be missed beyond comprehension. She directed us on which way to go and what to do, we didn't always listen…..but she was always there for us anyway. She made us better people even when we didn't want to be. We are now without our guiding star as she rejoins her loved ones that have gone before her. One thing is for sure….Heaven is now a much funnier place to be! Published in the Star-Gazette from 10/14/2008 - 10/16/2008
WHITFORD SR., James
Age 84, entered into eternal rest on October 16, 2008 at his home. Interment will be later in Horseheads, NY. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory are requested to Berkeley Community Mental Health Center, PO Box 1030, Moncks Corner, SC 29461 or Advantage Hospice, 3751 S. Live Oak Dr., Moncks Corner, SC 29461. Dr. Whitford was born May 12, 1924 in Horseheads, NY, son of the late Edward C. and Rhama Mary Hilton Whitford. In 1947 he was graduated as a Medical Doctor from the University Of Buffalo School Of Medicine. He served as a captain in the Army during the Korean Conflict. He was in private practice in New York prior to relocating his practice to Goose Creek. He also served as the company physician at ALCOA Aluminum in Goose Creek for 23 years. He continued as a permanent deacon at Immaculate Conception Church. He was also active in numerous community organizations including the board of South Carolina Mental Health Commission. Dr. Whitford is survived by his wife, Jane Gallup Whitford; his daughters, Mary Jane Daino (Joseph F. Jr.) of Lansdale, PA and Nancy Kappes of Indianapolis, IN; four grandchildren, James F. Daino, Claire W. Kappes, Elizabeth J. Kappes, and Emily R. Swonder; great-grandson, Devin James Hurley; and a sister, Martha Whitford Barr (Gordon) of Elmira Heights, NY. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, James E. Whitford, Jr., MD; three brothers and two sisters. Published in the Star-Gazette on 10/26/2008
? CLARK Doris A.
Age 76 of Horseheads, NY. She was born August 6, 1932 in Brooklyn, NY and died Friday, October 10, 2008, unexpectedly at St. Joseph's Hospital. She was predeceased by her husband ,Donald A. Clark, on January 11, 2007, and is survived by her daughters and son-in-law, Donna and Joseph Shepard of Horseheads, Lori Rutzinger of Elmira, Nancy Clark of Cave Junction, OR and Shirley Chutes of Marblehead, OH; grandchildren, Amanda and Andrew Shepard, Cedar Cosner and James Chutes; and dear friends, Nancy and Ron Rehner of Elmira. Doris retired from Bradlee's Department Store. She enjoyed watching any baseball game, was an avid camper and was a member of the Circle of Women at the First Presbyterian Church of Elmira and Grief Share. Family and friends are invited to a Memorial Service on Saturday, October 18th, at 1 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church of Elmira, 1054 W. Clinton St., Elmira. Rev. Dr. Betsey R. Crimmins will officiate. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember Doris through donations to the Chemung County Humane Society, 2435 State Route 352, Elmira, NY 14901, or the charity of one's choice. Walter J. Kent Funeral Home is assisting the family. Published in the Star-Gazette on 10/16/2008