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.
BEACH - Harry R. Beach, 70, of 117 W. Union St., Endicott, NY, died at Wilson Memorial Hospital, Monday, Feb. 13, 1978. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mabel Williams Beach of Endicott; 2 daughters, Mrs. Frances Truax of Vestel, NY and The Rev. Mrs. Janet D. Shannon of Virginia Beach, Va.; several grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Helen Walker of Brackney, PA; 2 brothers, Dr. Robert Beach of Indianapolis, Ind., and Dr. Fred Beach, Chevy Chase, Md. Harry Beach was the son of Colie and Frances Beach of Mansfield and spent all of his early years here. He graduated from Mansfield High School and Mansfield State College and also was a graduate of Bliss Electric School of Washington, D.C. He was a member of and elder of the Union Presbyterian Church of Endicott and a former trustee of that church. For over 40 years he owned and operated the Beach Bike Shop. He was a member of the Lions Club and Union Business Men's Association. Funeral service was held at the Union Presbyterian Church. Burial in Endicott at the convenience of the family. - Wellsboro Gazette, March 1, 1978
BENJAMIN - Robert D. Benjamin, 85 of Ridgefield, Conn. died after a lengthy illness on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009.
Robert was born on Jan. 10, 1923 in Sayre, the son of Harrison and Harriet (Powers) Benjamin. Before his Army service during WWII, he graduated from Athens High School. After the service, he was graduated from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa. He was employed with IBM for 35 years in various NY locations. Robert and his wife Murial travelled extensively throughout the world. Robert is survived by his wife Muriel (Gorrell) Benjamin; son Robert W. Benjamin and family; and daughter Joyce Gray Cordero and family. A private memorial service was held. Contributions in his memory can be made to The Appalachian Service Projects (ASP), c/o Robert W Benjamin, 1 Deerfield Rd., Pound Ridge, NY 10576.
RHW. Sayre Morning Times.
BLACKWELL - Sara E. “Sally” Blackwell, 92, of 104 Christopher Circle, Ithaca, N.Y., died peacefully at her home on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009. Sally was born in Dunbar, on Aug. 9, 1916, the daughter of Grant R. Blackwell and Anabelle Rankin Blackwell. She is predeceased by her parents and her beloved sister, Louise Blackwell. Sally graduated from Dunbar Township High School as valedictorian and went on to Penn State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in 1938 and a master’s degree in 1944. Sally taught homemaking in high schools in Chester and Sullivan counties in Pennsylvania. In 1950, Sally was awarded the doctorate in home economics education and child welfare from the University of Minnesota. Sally joined the Cornell University faculty in 1948 as an assistant professor in the department of home economics education. Sally taught courses in research design, analysis, and program evaluation. Her special responsibilities were in curriculum and evaluation. Sally served as Department Chair from 1959-1969. She also chaired the special committees of innumerable graduate students. In 1965 and 1966 Sally chaired President Perkin’s College of Home Economics study committee. The Blackwell Report, the result of the committee’s work, served to stimulate reorganization of the college, its curriculum, and a name change to the College of Human Ecology. As her colleague, Jerry Rivers observed, “Sally combined scholarly skepticism, wisdom, patience, humility, and the perseverance of a pioneer, in a masterful and compassionate manner.” The report was later used nationwide as a resource for colleges of home economics undergoing the challenges of a changing world. In 1973, Sally received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the University of Minnesota. Given to alumni who have attained distinction in their fields, it is the highest award of its kind from the University. She was awarded the title of Professor Emerita by Cornell University in 1980. Sally will be cherished and remembered always for her grace and courage, wit and humor, her humility, and her compassionate concern for humankind. She was generous to all, possessed strong political opinions, and loved chocolate. Sally is survived by cousins, and many dear friends. A memorial celebration of Sally’s life will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Ithaca, officiated by Rev. James Henery, on Thursday Jan. 8, at 11 a.m. A reception at the Church’s Fellowship Hall will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ryan’s Well Foundation, P.O. Box 1120, Kemptville, Ontario, Canada, K0G 1J0, in recognition of Sally’s deep concern for providing clean, healthy water for all people, or to Hospicare, 172 E. King Road, Ithaca, N.Y. - Mansfield Gazette, January 7, 2009
BLISH Evelyn M.
Evelyn M. Blish, born in Binghamton, NY, March 14, 1922, died Sunday, January 18, 2009 at the Willow Point Nursing Home, Vestal. She was predeceased by her parents, Harold and Theda Blish; her brother, Harold (Mary) Blish, Charleston, South Carolina; and her sisters, June (Leland) Pickering, Vestal, Bernice Vaughn, Binghamton; and a special cousin/friend, Wilma Robinson, Tunkhannock, PA. Evelyn is survived by her brother, Harry (Susan) Blish, Elmira, NY; her caregiver/niece, Marie (John) Schneider, Owego, NY; also several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Evelyn worked at the Dunn McCarthy Shoe Factory in Binghamton for 25 years and worked for four years at the River Mede Nursing Center in Binghamton until her retirement in 1984. A funeral service for Evelyn will be held 12 p.m., Thursday, January 22, 2009 at the Coleman & Daniels Funeral Home, Inc., 765 Main St., Vestal. The Reverend Dan Eddings, Pastor of the Endicott Community Church of the Nazarene, will officiate. Burial will be in the Vestal Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday, from 11 a.m. until service time at 12 noon. Those wishing may make contributions in Evelyn's memory to the memorial fund at the Endicott Community Church of the Nazarene, 1385 Union Center Highway, Endicott, NY, 13760.
BURKHOLDER Robert L. "Lawn Mower Man"
Robert L. Burkholder "Lawn Mower Man", age 66, of Covington, PA, died Friday, January 9, 2009 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. He was born January 25, 1942 in West Chester, PA, a son of Elmer Roy and Anne Marie (Lewis) Burkholder. Robert served in the Korean War. He enjoyed gardening. Robert is survived by a son, Timothy Burkholder of CO; a daughter, Lillian Pettit of NY; two grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Gwyn Burkholder of Covington, PA; a sister, Judith Wilson of Covington, PA. He was preceded in death by a brother, Elmer Roy Burkholder, Jr., and two sisters, Carol Ann Harple and Mary Ellen Furgeson. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Lancaster, PA. The Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers contributions to assist with the expenses may be made to the funeral home.
BURT Russell P.
76, of Mansfield, PA, died Wednesday, January 14, 2009, at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. He was born January 27, 1932 in Franklinville, NY, the son of Plynn and Marie Pfitzenmaier Burt. Russell was a retired dairy farmer. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Helen Tomlinson; a daughter, Margie Hendrickson of St. Petersburg, FL; a son, Bob of Townsend, GA; a sister, June Abreu of Mansfield, PA; two sisters-in-law, Janet Burt and Ann Aumick, both of Mansfield, PA; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Russell was predeceased by two brothers, Robert and Jack; and a sister, Betty Andrews. "When I come to the end of the road and the sun is set for me, please don't sit in a gloom-filled room. Why cry for a soul set free? Miss me a little but not too long and not with your head bowed low. Remember the love that we always shared. Miss me but let me go. For this is a journey we all must go alone. It's all a part of the Master's plan, a step on the road to home. When you are lonely and sad of heart, go to family and friends we know. Bury your sorrows by serving the Lord, miss me - but let me go." In keeping with Russell's wishes, there will be no funeral services. A service of Gary Wilston Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 130 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. Published in the Star-Gazette on 1/16/2009
CARROLL Donald Joseph
Donald Joseph Carroll, of Washington, DC, died suddenly on Friday, January 16, 2009, of the effects of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. He was born on February 17, 1935, the son of Laurence T. and Eloise Updike Carroll in Elmira, NY. Don graduated from Southside High School in Elmira, New York in 1952 and immediately went to work at National Homes. He served in the US Army from 1958 to 1960. He was on the boxing team and had assignments in Las Cruses, NM, and Elgin AFB. After his service, he worked for Remington Rand in Elmira in their new Univac Division. For over 30 years, Don worked for the company that became the Univac Division of Sperry Rand, then Sperry Univac and finally after its merger with Burroughs in 1986, Unisys. He worked in sales in Bluebell, PA, and in DC with a White House assignment. He was sales manager over the European Division and taught in Switzerland. He maintained his love of mainframe computers and worked on troubleshooting on government contracts. With the final metamorphosis of the company, Don retired as a senior systems analyst in the Federal Systems Division in the late 1980's. He worked briefly for ICMX in the early 1990's. He resided in the Washington, DC area for more than 40 years. He was a classical jazz aficionado and loved visiting the Eastern Shore and Chesapeake Bay. He was the partner of Carolyn A. Wurm, PhD, for 30 years. He also is survived by his sister, Diana and husband Harry Nell of Naples FL; and brother, Dr. L.T. and wife Genevieve Carroll of Miami FL; five nieces and two nephews, as well as a great niece and five great-nephews of Florida and North Carolina. He also leaves his dog, Simon, who was his constant companion. He was known in the Burleith section of Washington for his many improvement projects in the neighborhood. He also was known as an intensely loyal, fiercely independent and deeply caring man with a wry and wicked sense of humor. Services were conducted at the DeVol Funeral Home on January 25, 2009. Published in the Star-Gazette on 1/25/2009
CHRISTIAN-TOBEY, Jo Ann
Jo Ann Christian-Tobey died on January 14, 2009 at the age of 76. She was born in Elmira, NY. She is survived by her six children and ten grandchildren. She was a retired RN of 44 years. She loved gardening, knitting, traveling, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. Services will be held at Oakdale Memorial Park, 1401 S. Grand Ave, Glendora, California on Monday, January 19th, at 1:00 p.m. Published in the Star-Gazette on 1/17/2009
COLE - Janice A. Ross, 71, of Sayre, Pa., died on Friday, Jan. 9, 2009, at Robert Packer Hospital. She was born on Nov. 26, 1937, in Sayre, the daughter of the late Lee G. and Geraldine S. VanNess Cole. Janice was a life member of the Sayre V.F.W Skiff-Bower Post No. 1536, the Athens American Legion Fort Sullivan Post No. 246 and Towanda Gun Club, and worked as a nurses' aide at various nursing homes. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She was predeceased by her parents; husband, Nelson Felt Sr.; and sister, Harriett Mayhood. Janice is survived by her children, Dan Cole and Betsy Williford of Towanda, Pa., Andy and Sherry Felt of New London, Conn., Ralph and Rachel Felt of Ocoee, Fla., and Nelson Felt of Rockledge, Fla.; grandchildren, Amanda and Timothy Baird of Sayre, Andrew Jr. and Amber Felt of New London, Linda DeAnne Martin, and Sarah, Tyler and Rebecca Felt of Ocoee, and Lindsey and Justin Felt of Rockledge; siblings Howard Cole, Helen Ammerman, Larry Cole, Joyce Craney, Emma Beckwith and Jim Cole; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends and family may call from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 13, at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home Inc., 225 S. Main St., Athens, Pa. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made in Janice's memory to: Sayre V.F.W. Skiff-Bower Post No. 1536 Ladies Auxiliary, 932 W. Lockhart St., Sayre, Pa. 18840. RHW. Towanda Daily Review.
COLEMAN John "Jack"
Age 78, of Bonita Springs, FL, went home to be with his Lord on January 19, 2009. He was born July 23, 1930 in Elmira, NY, a son of the late Joseph and Rachel (Theophilus) Coleman. After retiring from the New York Correction Facility in Elmira, NY in 1984 he had been a resident of Bonita Springs since 1992. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Rose "Pat" Coleman; one son, John "Mick" Coleman; sister, Gladys (Dick) Bannon; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Hurley; brothers, Harold, Joe and Donald (Lois) Coleman. The family will receive friends Tuesday, (TODAY) from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Shikany's Bonita Funeral Home, 28300 So. Tamiami Tr., Bonita Springs. Funeral services will be held at 5:00 p.m. with Rev. Bill Lytell, officiating. Graveside services with Military Honors will be held Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at the South Florida National Cemetery, Lakeworth, FL. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Gospel Baptist Church or to Joanne's House at Hope Hospice, both of Bonita Springs, FL. Published in the Star-Gazette on 1/20/2009
DANNELLEY - Ronnie L. Dannelley, 60, of Sayre, Pa., died on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009 at Elderwood at Tioga, Waverly, N.Y. He was born on May 6, 1948 in Trout Run, Pa. as the son of Joseph H.E. and Bertha Jean Moon Dannelley. Ronnie worked for Calvin Cole Construction for 20 years as a laborer/equipment operator and previously worked for Furman and Jones and Bishop Fuel Company. He was well known at Christmas time for selling Christmas trees for Cole’s. He was predeceased by his father, Joseph H.E. Dannelley Sr., 1996, and his granddaughter Jessica Rae Dannelley, 2003. He is survived by: his mother, Bertha Jean Moon Dannelley, Williamsport, Pa.; son Sgt. Joseph R. and Cheryl Dannelley, Ramstein Air Base, Germany; granddaughter Tiffanie Anne Dannelley, Ramstein Air Base, Germany; brothers Joseph H. and Frances “Fluffy” Dannelley, Cogan Station, Pa., Roy and Yvonne Dannelley, Austinville, Pa., and Raymond and Connie Dannelley, Williamsport, Pa.; sisters Bertha Winnie, Cogan Station, Pa., Melody Dannelley, Bufton, Ind., Carol and Weston Green, Carlisle, Pa., Judy Shoemaker, Muncy, Pa., Sherry and Frank Kosak, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Merry Fowler, Pottstown, Pa., Bonnie Dannelley and friend Pat, Jersey Shore, Pa., Dawn and Jim Staggert, Williamsport, Pa., and Sunny Belle Dannelley, Williamsport, Pa.; his loving companion, Cindy Drake, Sayre, Pa.; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins; and many friends. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. “Life is short, pain is long, and we were all put on this earth to help each other.” Stephen King in his book Firestarter. In Ron’s memory, please do something nice for a stranger who is in need of help and just tell them to “pay it forward” . . . it was Ron’s way his entire life. Sayre Morning Times.
DEWHURST - BOOTH Diane Dewhurst
Died Sunday, January 18, 2009 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Diane was born September 23, 1930 in Ridgewood, NJ, the daughter of Charles Robertson Dewhurst and Miriam Wilson Dewhurst. She is predeceased by her parents and son, Duff Wilson Booth. Diane is survived by her beloved husband Irving Dennison "Denny" Booth, Jr.; sons and daughters-in-law, Irving Dennison "Dee" Booth III and Candance Lynn Booth, Robertson Dewhurst "Dewey" Booth and Kathleen Christofaro Booth, with children, Elizabeth Marie Booth, Emily Dewhurst Booth, and Andrew Dennison Booth; daughter, Donna Stuart Booth Quinlan, with children, Liam Patrick Quinlan, and Michaela Diane Quinlan. A graduate of Elmira College, she was active for many years with the Association for the Blind, and was a member of the Elmira Junior League. She found her niche working at The Art Shop, where she worked for numerous years cultivating and supporting many of the area's finest artists, collecting more than a few pieces along the way. Always active and competitive, she was a long standing member of the Elmira Country Club, winning numerous golf trophies and enjoying many outings there with family and friends. Her real joy was living and sharing time with her husband on their beautiful farm outside Millerton, PA. There she tended her many gardens with love, starting in early spring in the greenhouse, and ending each fall with glorious flowers and abundant vegetables, much of which she gave away with kindness. Diane loved horses, keeping and riding them into her 70's. She was also an excellent swimmer, skier, windsurfer, and hiker, and enjoyed camping and canoeing in the Adirondacks with friends well into her 60's. An expert seamstress, she made shirts and dresses, knitted countless socks, hats, and scarves, made and collected quilts, and eventually bought herself a loom, from which she made beautiful cloth and fabric. Diane loved to travel, and with her husband, regularly toured the U.S. in their motor home, meeting and making many long time friends in the process. She loved traveling overseas as well, and developed a penchant for the wine and food regions of Provence and Northern Italy. Friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, corner of Water & Walnut Sts., on Wednesday, January 21, 2009 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held at Park Church on Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. Donations in Diane's memory may be directed to Alzheimer's Association National Office 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17 Chicago, Ill. 60601-7633. Published in the Star-Gazette from 1/19/2009 - 1/20/2009
DICKINSON Sr., Kenneth E.
Age 77, of Elmira, NY, formerly of Hornell, NY, died on Friday, January 9, 2009, at Arnot Ogden Medical Center. Several children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews survive him. His mother, father and a brother predeceased Kenneth. He was the owner/operator of Dickinson's Sunoco Service Station in Elmira, NY from 1960 to 1983. It was Kenneth's request that there be no calling hours and a private funeral service be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to may make memorials to the Arnot Ogden Foundation, C/O Arnot Ogden Medical Center. Published in the Star-Gazette on 1/11/2009
DOUGLAS - CONRAD, Douglas L. Sr.
81, formerly of Blossburg, PA, died Thursday, January 8, 2009, at home in Painted Post, NY. He was an Army Veteran, serving 1948 to 1949. He was predeceased by his wife, Grace Conrad, in 2001. He is survived by his son, Douglas L. Conrad Jr. A Graveside Service will be held Friday, January 23, 2009, at the Bath National Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Arrangements are by Bond-Davis Funeral Home of Bath, NY. Published in the Star-Gazette on 1/22/2009
DOVE William (Bill) Barton, Jr.
Age 65, of Sarasota, FL and formerly of Elmira, NY, went to be with our Lord on December 21, 2008. Predeceased by his wife, Shirley Decker Dove; and parents, Gloria and William Dove, Sr. Survived by sons, William Dove, III, and Ray Dove of Sarasota, Fred (Fritz) Dove, Rodney Dove, and Vincent Dove of Elmira; 12 grandchildren; brothers, Frederick Dove and Kenneth Dove of Elmira, and Gary Dove of Horseheads; sisters, Donna Dove Horton and Karen Dove Bohart of Elmira; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. Bill was a Naval veteran and will be interred in Sarasota National Cemetery with full Military Honors.
Published in the Star-Gazette from 1/11/2009 - 1/12/2009
DUNBAR Harvey L.
We honor the long and joyous life of Harvey L. Dunbar, 91, of Horseheads, NY, who died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2009. Harvey was born March 11, 1917, married his beloved wife Lenora (who predeceased him in 2005) in 1943, and had three cherished children, Lee (Linda) Dunbar of Perry, GA, Beth (John) Bruns, Bradenton, FL, and Diane K. Brown, New York, NY. Other family members include his sister, June (widow of Rho) Hollenbeck, also of Horseheads; brother-in-law, Dr. L. Wilson (Arlene) Kilgore and widower of Harvey's deceased sister, Ursula, brother-in-law, Durwood (Dorothy) Hotter of Elmira; and grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Jennifer (Jason) Torres and their children, Trevor, Derek and Eliza, Michael (Jodi) Dunbar and their children, Meagan, Ryan, Elizabeth and Mia, Todd Bruns and Jay Dunbar; in addition to many nieces and nephews. Harvey, an active and longtime resident of Horseheads, retired in 1973 while President of the Hanover Square-based Southern Oil Co. of New York Inc., owners of Rotary gas stations, served as a Horseheads Village Trustee and Chemung County Legislator. He served as an Officer in the U.S. Army both stateside and in France, was a member of the First United Methodist Church, American Legion Post #442, F.& A.M. Lodge #364, and the Corning Consistory (32nd Degree) Shriner-Kahlurah Temple. Family and friends are invited to attend his service taking place on Saturday, January 24, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of the First United Methodist Church, 1034 W. Broad St., Horseheads, NY. The Rev. Dr. Robert O. Sherburne will officiate. In lieu of flowers, Harvey's wish was to have donations made to The Building Fund of First United Methodist Church, 1034 West Broad St., Horseheads, NY; or the charity of one's choice. Arrangements with Barber Funeral Home in Horseheads. Published in the Star-Gazette from 1/18/2009 - 1/23/2009
ESTES Franklin N
Wellsboro Agitator, Tioga, PA - Wed., Dec. 16, 1908, Pg 1
An Old Soldier died - Franklin N. Estes died in the National Soldiers' Home at Hampton Roads, VA on Nov. 12th. He was a resident of Shippen township for about 20 years. He was born in Scipio, Cayuga County, NY, March 18, 1838. He went West about 1855, enlisted in the US regulars for five years and served his time fighting Indians. Afterwards he enlisted in a California cavalry regiment and served until the close of the war. He came home to Pennsylvania in 1866, was married to Mary I. Jones in 1870. Ten children were born to them of whom eight survive him - Arthur F. deceased; Mrs Samuel Wilson of Asaph; Elias E. of Shippen; Charles S., who enlisted for the Philippine service and died on his way there; Effie M., now of Asaph; George N; Anna R., and Carolyn of Victor, NY; Ruth N and Laura I, now in the Soldiers' Orphans School. One brother, Isaac G. Estes, of Mansfield and one sister, Mrs Lydia Warters, of Rutland, also survive him. The remains were buried in the cemetery at the Soldier's Home. Memorial services were held at the Delmar Baptist Church on Sunday, Dec. 13, Rev. L. L. Grover, of Stonyfork officiating.
FINNERTY - The memorial service for Gary L. Finnerty, 66, of 200 County Route 12, Antwerp, N.Y. 13608, will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Oxbow United Church in Oxbow, N.Y. A get-together will follow at the Oxbow Fire Hall. Mr. Finnerty died at EJ Noble Hospital in Gouverneur after being stricken ill at home on Friday. He was born Nov. 8, 1942, in Sayre Pa. to Gilbert and Mary Margaret Bailey Finnerty. He graduated from Troy Central High School in 1962. He had also attended classes at Penn State studying agriculture. He married Janice Maynard on June 11, 1966, in Fassett, Pa. Mr. Finnerty and his wife owned and operated the Finnerty Farm on Route 12 in Wegatchie from 1979 until his death. He had also worked as a welder/fitter for United States Steel on the American Bridge in Elmira, N.Y. From 1966-1979, he and his wife owned and operated a farm in Gillett, Pa. Mr. Finnerty was a member of Future Farmers of America and in 1962, he was Penn State's Keystone Farmer's Champion in cattle judging. Among his survivors are: his wife, Janice; his daughter, Tina Finnerty; and a son and his finance, Joseph L. Finnerty and Amber Youth both of Wegatchie; Mr. and Mrs. Finnerty were also foster parents of 37 foster children; his sister-in-law, Donna Finnerty of Gouverneur; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Walter (Hilda) Shaffer of Cherry Valley, N.Y.; a sister-in-law, Patricia Brewer; and a brother-in-law and sister, Wendell and Donna Harkness, all of Gillett; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Carlton (Jackie) Maynard of Elmira, N.Y.; two brothers-in-law and sister in law, Burr and Mickie Finnerty of Farmland, Ind., and Gilbert and Alice Finnerty Jr. of Gouverneur; his grandchildren, Zachary, Cody, Jadin and Kaleb Finnerty of Wegatchie; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. A brother, Theodore Finnerty, died before him. Arrangements are with TLC Funeral Home, Watertown, N.Y. RHW. Towanda Daily Review.
FITZWATER Richard "Max"
64, of Trout Run, PA, died January 15, 2009 at Williamsport Hospital. Surviving are his wife, Paula; eight children, Jeffrey (Tammi) Fitzwater of Columbia Cross Roads, Georgia Fitzwater of Wellsboro, Robert Fitzwater of Elkland, Amy (Rob) Hill of Mainesburg, Jaimy Fitzwater (Kenny Leister) of Wellsburg, NY, Marc Fitzwater and Luke Fitzwater, both of North Carolina, and Zachary Fitzwater at home; 12 grandchildren; a sister, Gloria Molyneux of Canton; and many friends. Friends may call 6 – 8 p.m. Monday at Pepper Funeral Home in Canton with services following at 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to benefit his son Zach, c/o 9 Fink Rd., Trout Run, PA 17771. Published in the Star-Gazette on 1/17/2009
FITZWATER - Richard "Max" Fitzwater, 64, of Trout Run, Pa., died on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009, at the Williamsport Hospital. Richard, "Max" to family and friends, was born on June 7, 1944, in Sayre, Pa., a son of the late William and Annabelle (Rogers) Fitzwater. He was a 1962 graduate of Canton High School. Max was a talented handyman who could fix most anything and he enjoyed his life's work as a truck driver and farmer. Most recently, Max was employed as a truck driver for the Hepburnville Agway. In the 1970s, he worked for the Gordon Wood Dairy farm in Tioga, Pa., and hauled milk throughout Bradford County for Gary Clark. Max was a member of the Trout Run Tractor Pulling Assoc. and the Steam Valley Restaurant's Social Club. On May 25, 1991, He married the former Paula Bailey at Rose Valley Lake. Max loved doing many things in life, especially spending time with his family, participating in area tractor pulls, collecting John Deere Tractors, and visiting with friends Surviving are: his wife Paula; eight children, Jeffrey (Tammi) Fitzwater of Columbia Cross Roads, Georgia Fitzwater of Wellsboro, Robert Fitzwater of Elkland, Amy (Rob) Hill of Mainesburg, Jaimy Fitzwater (Kenny Leister) of Wellsburg, N.Y., Marc Fitzwater and Luke Fitzwater both of North Carolina, and Zachary Fitzwater at home; 12 grandchildren; a sister, Gloria Molyneux of Canton; and many special friends. Visitation will be from 6–8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, at Pepper Funeral Home in Canton. The funeral service will follow with Harlan Bower officiating. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a donation to benefit his son Zach, c/o Paula Fitzwater, 9 Fink Rd. Trout Run, Pa. 17771. RHW..Towanda Daily Review.
FRANZESE Joseph J. "Papa Joe"
Age 94, of Watkins Glen, New York, died Saturday, January 10, 2009. He was born October 26, 1914, one of twelve children to the late Nicholas and Nicolina (Spirito) Franzese. He was predeceased by all of his siblings; and his wife, Helen (Baccile) Franzese. He is survived by his second wife, Florence; five children, Victor (Linda) Franzese, Patrick (Barbara) Franzese, Christopher (Angeline) Franzese, Vallerie Franzese Lynch of Watkins Glen, and Elizabeth Franzese of Phoenix, Arizona; eleven grandchildren and twenty-two great and step great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Joseph and Helen had been married only two weeks when they rented their bedroom out to travelers for 50 cents a night in 1937. Two years later they built three small lodging cabins, and began converting the family farm into a tourist resort. In 1947, they built the first motel unit (12 rooms) in Schuyler County. From there the business expanded to 40 rooms, a full service restaurant, and an outdoor pool. The Glen Motor Inn was their lifelong career, entertaining the local and international communities making it a world famous destination. After 71 years, what they established is still in business serving the public. In the late 1950's, believing that more attractions were needed in Schuyler County, Joseph and Helen donated 76 acres of their land to build the Watkins Glen Golf Course. He became an avid golfer and in the 60's and 70's he taught many Grand Prix drivers, that were his guests, how to play. He was still hitting them straight at 92. In the late 50's, with local ballplayers, he created a very successful softball team that went on to win the State Championship. In January 2008, the Schuyler County Chamber of Commerce awarded Joseph and the late Helen the Lifetime Achievement in Business award. Joseph was a lifelong member of St. Mary's of the Lake Catholic Church in Watkins Glen, a former President of the Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Elks Lodge in Watkins Glen. Friends and family may call at the Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, 119-5th St., Watkins Glen, on Wednesday, January 14th, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, January 15th, 2009, at 10 a.m. with Father Paul Bonacci officiating. Contributions may be made in his memory to St. Mary's of the Lake Catholic Church, 905 N. Decatur Street, Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or a charity of your choice. Published in the Star-Gazette from 1/12/2009 - 1/13/2009
FURNISS - ARMBRUSTER, Esther Marie (Furniss)
Age 74, a resident of Erie, PA and a former resident of Elmira along with her husband J.M. Armbruster from 1959-1969, died January 19, 2009 at St. Vincent Health Center, Erie, PA surrounded by her loving family. Esther is survived by her husband, Jay, and children, Michael Jay Armbruster (Michelle) of Lancaster, NY, Mark Edward Armbruster (Gail) of Erie, PA, and Michele Marie Armbruster (Kay Piper) of St. Louis, MO; sister, Barbara Ann Furniss of Elmira; brother, James Howard Furniss (Betty) of Sidell, LA; and sister, Vanna Jean Johnson (Charles) of Inverness, FL; four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements were handled by the John J. Quinn Funeral Home, 728 W. 9th St., Erie, PA. Published in the Star-Gazette on 1/21/2009
GEROW - McCHESNEY, Marie W. Allen
Of Pine City and formerly of Corning, died Friday evening, January 9, 2009, in Williamsburg, VA. Marie was born on December 2, 1927 in Corning, NY daughter of the late Maylon & Charlotte Edger Gerow. She married Aubrey "Bob" Allen on January 11, 1944 and he predeceased her on October 21, 1973. She later married Joseph McChesney on May 22, 1976 and he predeceased her on August 19, 1994. Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Averil & John Peters, Knoxville, TN; her three sons and daughters-in-law, Alvin Allen, Savona, NY; Albert & Cheryl (Wheeler) Allen, Williamsburg, VA; Richard & Dianna Allen, Pine City, NY; brothers, Gordon Gerow, Painted Post, NY; Douglas & Emma Gerow, Painted Post, NY; sisters, Greta & Bob Roberts, FL; Maylonda & Albert Elliott, Painted Post, NY; eight grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husbands, Marie was also predeceased by her grandson, Robert Allen on September 22, 2002. A mother and homemaker, Marie enjoyed crocheting keepsakes for her family. She was very social and enjoyed playing cards and loved spending her winters in the warmth of Florida. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport on Friday, January 16, 2008 between the hours of 4-6 p.m. and again on Saturday morning from 10 a.m.–12 noon. Funeral services will follow at 12:15 p.m. Burial in Elmwood Cemetery will take place at the families convenience.
GOWIN - Donna Marie Gowin Westbrook, 61, wife of Robert E. "Yogi" Westbrook of Towanda RR 4, Asylum Township, Pa., died Thursday morning, Jan. 8, 2009, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. Donna was born in Towanda, on Sept. 5, 1947, the daughter of the late Leonard A. Gowin Jr. and Ada Margaret Matte Gowin. Donna was a graduate of Towanda Area High School Class of 1966. On May 9, 1970, she married Robert E. Westbrook in Moss Bluff, La. Donna was employed by Pipher's Diner in Wysox, Pa., and the Towanda Motel in Towanda for a number of years until declining health no longer permitted her to continue. Donna enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren; cooking; baking; berry picking; and traveling. She is survived by: her husband, Robert E. "Yogi" Westbrook, at home; her children, Ann Marie Westbrook of Saco, Pa., Mary Kae Westbrook of Towanda RR 4 and Duncan Michael Westbrook of Saco; grandchildren, Dylan and Ashley Strohl; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary G. and Craig Lee of Bridge City, Texas, and Lois A. and Kenneth Beaugh of Lake Charles, La.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Stanley L. and Sandra Gowin of Willsboro, N.Y., J. Hopson and Agnes Gowin of LeRaysville, Pa., Michael and Christine Gowin of Athens, Pa., and Anthony A. and Carol Gowin of Towanda; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her mother, Ada Margaret Matte Gowin, on Dec. 20, 2001, and by her father, Leonard A. Gowin Jr., on Nov. 20, 2002. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 12, at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Third Street, Towanda. Interment will be private. The family will receive friends from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to Guthrie Dialysis Program, Towanda Dialysis Unit, Guthrie Square, Sayre, Pa. 18840 in Donna Marie Westbrook's memory. RHW. Towanda Daily Review.
GROVER - William M
Coudersport, Pa. - Reverend William M. Grover, 87, of Coudersport, Pa., died Monday, Jan. 12, 2009 at the Sweden Valley Manor. Survivors include a son, Stephen W. Grover of Rochester, and a daughter, Stephanie Smith of Milesburg, Pa. Calling hours are 1-2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15 at the Ulysses Free Methodist Church. Services will be held there at the conclusion of calling hours at 2 p.m. Thursday.
HAFLETT - CAMBIO, Elsie R.
Age 81, of Ithaca, formerly of Elmira, died Thursday, January 22, 2009 at Cayuga Medical Center. Elsie was born July 13, 1927, the daughter of Clarence and Dorothy Moran Haflett. She is predeceased by her husband Angelo Cambio, sisters, Anna "Eva" Butler and Dorothy Foster; brothers, Charles, William, and Ralph Haflett. Elsie is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Patrick J. and Donna Cambio of Rockland, MA; daughter and son-in-law, Elena M. and Don Pizarro of Ithaca; grandson, Patrick "P.J." Cambio of Brockton, MA, with his wife Beckie, and children, Owen and Erin; brother and sister-in-law, Walter and Marge Haflett of Blasdell, NY; along with several in-laws, nieces and nephews. Elsie was retired from Southern Tier Plastic Surgery. She was a longtime member of St. Casimir's Church, where she sang in the choir. After moving to the Dunn Building she became a communicant of Ss. Peter & Paul Church. Elsie was a member of the Ladies of Charity and a volunteer at St. Joseph's Hospital. Friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at Ss. Peter & Paul Church. Arrangements by McInerny Funeral Home. Published in the Star-Gazette on 1/23/2009
HAKES - Kirk J. Hakes, 40, of East Berlin, who greeted everyone he knew with his loving arms, is now in the loving arms of Jesus. He passed Friday, January 2, 2009 at Hanover Hospital. He was born May 20, 1968 in Harrisburg, the son of John E. "Jack" and Wilma J. "Billie" (Dittman) Hakes of East Berlin. He was a member of Hanover First Church of God where he participated in the Beacon of Hope Ministries and Camp Hope. He was involved in Bell Socialization Family Life Sharing Program, H.A.R.T. Center, New Oxford, ARC of Adams Co, and was a graduate of Capital Area Intermediate Unit, Camp Hill. He loved his trips to the video stores and the mall. Kirk brought joy to all those who knew him and will be greatly missed. In addition to his parents, Kirk is survived by two brothers; Todd D. Hakes and his wife Diane of East Berlin and Brad W. Hakes and his wife Megan of Wellsville, a niece, Kylie E. Hakes of East Berlin, three nephews; Noah R. Hakes of East Berlin and Samuel R. Hakes and Derek J. Hakes of Wellsville, his caregivers, Donald and Cindy Stambaugh of New Oxford and several aunts, uncles and many cousins. Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 8, 2009 at 11 a.m. from Hanover First Church of God, 600 Fairview Dr, Hanover with Pastor Jerry Shoap and Pastor Dan Thomas officiating. Burial will be private and at the convience of the family. A viewing will be held Wednesday, January 7, 2009 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Feiser Funeral Home, Inc, 306 Harrisburg St, East Berlin. There will be no viewing at the church on Thursday, however, the family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorial contributions may be made to H.A.R.T. Center, 450 E. Golden Lane, New Oxford or to the church. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, January 4, 2009
HARDING William W.
Age 90, of Painted Post, NY, died Wednesday, January 21, 2009, at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA. Bill was born in Gillett, PA on November 13, 1918 to William and Alma (Johnson) Harding. He graduated from Troy High School and was the husband of Virginia Duggan, whom he married on November 3, 1946. Virginia preceded him in death on January 31, 2008. Bill loved spending time at the lake and being on the water, and was an avid lake trout fisherman. He also enjoyed golfing. He was a dairy farmer in his early years, and went into automotive sales and was general manager at Sayre Motor Company in 1949. He started William Harding Motors Inc. in Corning, a new car dealership, in 1963, selling Ramblers and expanded to Jeep, American Motors and Chevrolet until 1990. He is survived by his two sons, Greg (Debbie) Harding of Corning and Jeff (Sandy) Harding of Painted Post, NY; two sisters, Estelle Smith of Monroeton, PA and Louise Abbey of Columbia Cross Roads, PA; grandchildren, Stephanie Plantania, Heather Henchen, Aaron, Stephanie, and Dane Jack; several nieces and nephews. Bill was predeceased by his brother, Andrew Harding. Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family at Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Corning. Memorial donations may be made in William's name to the American Cancer Society, 140 Winton Road North, Rochester, NY 14609-5896. Published in the Star-Gazette on 1/22/2009
HOLLENBACK - James L. Hollenback, 67, of 402 Bridge St., Towanda, Pa., died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009, at his home as the result of a heart attack. Born March 7, 1941 in Sayre, Pa., he was the son of Veronica M. Maloney Hollenback and the late Harold E. Hollenback. Jim was a graduate of St. Agnes High School in Towanda and in early years was employed by the Brennan Oil Company and the Williams Oil Company in Towanda. He was later employed by GTE Sylvania in Towanda for over 30 years until his retirement. Jim enjoyed hunting and playing golf with his family and friends. He was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 2191, Towanda, the Towanda Gun Club, Monroeton Rod & Gun Club, and the Bridge Street Hill Rod & Gun Club. He was a life member of the Towanda Fire Department and was a social member of the Beirne-Webster VFW Post in Towanda. He is survived by: his daughters, Melissa "Missy" Hollenback and her husband Adrian Koren of Shrewsbury, Mass., Roberta "Robbie" Hollenback Thomas of Long Beach, Calif.; granddaughters, Aurora and Cecilia Koren of Shrewsbury, Mass.; mother, Veronica M. Hollenback of East Towanda; sisters, Charmaine Stempel and her husband David Stempel of Towanda RR 1, Sharon TamBurina of Calif., Terry Chila of New Jersey; brothers, William Hollenback and his wife Linda Hollenback of East Towanda, Thomas Hollenback of East Towanda; sister-in-law, Sheryn Hollenback of Towanda; several nieces, nephews and cousins; his former wife, Lois Hollenback of Long Beach, Calif. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by brothers, Stephen and Gary Hollenback. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009, at the Towanda Elks Lodge, South Main Street, Towanda, Pa. The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, at the Elks Lodge. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the Elks National Foundation, in James L. Hollenback's memory. RHW Towanda Daily Review.
HURD - GREENE, Edith M.
86, of Galeton, PA, died on Wednesday, January 14, 2009, in Wellsboro, PA. Born October 13, 1922 in Elmira, NY, she was a daughter of the late James A. and Edith Irene (Batherick) Hurd. Edith worked at Galeton Production for 20 years. She was a member of the Pine Creek Valley United Methodist Church and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Silver Springs, FL. She enjoyed sewing, baking, doing crafts, gardening, and reading. Surviving are two sons, Dale (Diane) Fuller, Galeton, and James (Karen) Fuller, El Paso, TX; two daughters, Patricia (Ron) Jessup, Galeton, and Teresa (Tim) Batterson, Galeton; 15 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Margaret Jacklin, Horseheads, NY; and several nieces and nephews. Edith was predeceased by three brothers, one sister, and a daughter-in-law, Dorothy Fuller. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 17, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. at the Pine Creek Valley United Methodist Church in Gaines, PA. Memorial contributions may be made to the Samaritan House, 35 Central Ave., Wellsboro, PA 16901 or to the Hospice of one's choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, PA.
Published in the Star-Gazette on 1/15/2009
JENNINGS - COLEY, Florence M.
Age 76 of Elmira, NY. She was born May 17, 1932 in Shelton, CT, daughter of the late William and Florence Jennings and died Wednesday, January 7, 2009, very unexpectedly. She is survived by her loving husband of 41 years, Wilbert J. Coley; children, Linda Cersoli, George (Kathy) Burchard, Connie (Jim) Daugherty, Dorene (Eugene) Hill, Tim (Ute) Burchard, Wendy Burchard, Norma (Mike) Powers, Willie (Kelly) Coley, Douglas (Donna) Burchard and John (Sue) Coley; many loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother, Alan Jennings of Sarasota, FL. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St., at Washington Ave., Elmira on Monday, January 12th, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Her funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Committal prayers and interment will follow in Bath National Cemetery. Published in the Star-Gazette on 1/10/2009
KAFFKE Fred A., Jr.
Age 47, of Horseheads, died after a long illness Jan. 21, 2009. He is survived by his wife, Lisa (Soriano) Kaffke; daughters, Danielle Kaffke, Sabrina O'Connor; son, Matthew Soriano; mother-in-law, Katherine Soriano, all of Horseheads. His mother, three sisters, nieces and nephews all of the Long Island area. Fred was a Draftsman and former member of Sheet Metal Workers Union. A memorial will be planned in the future at the discretion of his family. Arrangements with Barber Funeral Home in Horseheads. Published in the Star-Gazette on 1/25/2009
KIZER Clifton Dean
Age 87, of 100 Coates Hill Road, Elkland, PA, died Saturday, January 17, 2009, at Hurler's Personal Care Home, Potterbrook, PA. He was born July 5, 1921 in Brookfield Twp., PA, the son of Cecil and Edrie Pierce Kizer. Dean is a veteran of World War II. He was stationed in England, assigned to the 390th Bomb Squadron, 569th Bomb Group, 3rd Bombardment Division, of the 8th Air Force. As a staff sergeant and B-17 Flying Fortress, Crew Chief, he flew in 58 of the more than 200 bombing attacks carried out by his Group. These missions were against Nazi targets from the French coast to Romania. His group was responsible for destroying more than 500 enemy planes. They bombed industries in Berlin, the Ruhr Valley, and many German Military Installations. His group was awarded the Presidential Citation for its successful attack on the key Ball-Bearing factories at Schweinfurt, Germany. They were also cited by the President for its England to Africa shuttle bombing of the Messerschmitt Factories in Regensburg, Germany in August of 1943. His medals are the European Campaign Ribbon with Two Battle Stars, also African and Middle Eastern Service Ribbons with Battle Stars, the Bronze Star and the Good Conduct Medals. He also has the Presidential Citation with two Oak Leaf Clusters. He was shot down over Warsaw, Poland, but was able to get back to England and resume his duties. He was drafted and inducted into the Army Air Corps July 25, 1942 and discharged at Ellsworth AAFB, Rapid City, SD in 1945. After the war he worked in several Auto Repair Garages in Watkins Glen and Bath, New York. He also lived and worked in Florida, as a Garage Mechanic and Truck Driver; then as a truck driver only, until he retired. After retiring, he bought and sold used cars with his son, Bob, and lived in or near Nelson and Elkland, PA. He is survived by his sons, Bob (Ruthie) Kizer, Elkland, PA, Gary (Susan) Kizer, Elkland, PA, Brian (Susan) Kizer, Osceola, PA, Dan (Constance) Kizer, Clovis, NM; sisters, Carolyn Giordano, Elkland, PA, Klyda Pierce, Elmira, NY; brother, Ted Kizer, WA; seven grandchildren and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, June Dickinson Kizer; two brothers and one sister. A memorial service will be conducted on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at Kenyon Funeral Home, Inc., 214 West Main Street, Elkland, PA; Pastor Larry O'Dell officiating. Memorial donations may be made to Laurel Home Health Hospice or a charity of the donor's choice. Published in the Star-Gazette on 1/19/2009
LATTIMER - Stanley L. Lattimer, 52, of Ulster Twp. died peacefully on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008. He was born on Feb. 9, 1956 in Sayre, Pa. the son of Stanley Lattimer Sr. and Sharon Webster Coston. Stan was the owner operator of Lattimer & Son Contracting in Milan, Pa. Stan enjoyed life and spending time with his family and many friends who survive him. Stan was always willing to help anyone in need and will be missed by all who knew him. A memorial service for Stan will be announced by the family at a future date. Those who wish may share memories of Stan with the family by visiting our website at www.tiogapointcremation.com. Caring assistance is being provided by Cooley Tioga Point Cremation & Burial Options 802 N. Main St Athens. RHW. Sayre Morning Times.
LEPLEY Joseph S.
Age 87, of Painted Post, NY, died Friday, January 9, 2009, at Strong Memorial Hospital. Joe was born May 16, 1921 in Clearfield, PA, the son of Joseph S. and Olive Mathews Lepley. He is predeceased by his wives, Bettie Lepley and Glenna Holton Lepley. Joe is survived by his children, with their spouses, Dianne L. and Dale Storch of Elmira, Joseph B. and Kathryn Lepley of Mount Dora, FL, Gloria and Art St. Louis of Englewood, FL, Marshal "Marty" and Laura Holton of Horseheads, NY; along with many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held, at a time to be announced, over the summer. Arrangements by McInerny Funeral Home. Published in the Star-Gazette on 1/15/2009
LUTZ - Verity Snow Lutz, beloved infant daughter of Emily P. Benjamin and James R. Lutz of Terry Twp., Wyalusing RR2, PA, died Friday, Jan. 9, 2009 at Memorial Hospital, N. Towanda Twp. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her sisters, Ayanna and Kiara Lutz; maternal grandparents, Valerie Mills of Towanda and Robert Benjamin of Rome; paternal grandparents, Roberta and James Lutz of New Albany; maternal great-grandmothers, Pauline Joyce Mills of Towanda RR2 and Dixie Benjamin of East Towanda; several aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by an aunt, Deborah Ruth Lutz and a cousin, Veronica Joyce Lynn Vanderpool. A graveside service will be held Thursday, Jan. 15 at 2:30 p.m. at the Lutz Family Cemetery in Terry Township, with the Rev. Joseph J. Manarchuck, pastor of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, Wyalusing, officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. RHW Wyalusin Rocket Courier.
MARSHALL - Nancy Marshall Kern passed peacefully at her home in Stevensville, Pa. on Friday, Jan. 16, 2009. The daughter of J. Norman Marshall and Ruth Conrad Marshall, Nancy was born Nov. 13, 1934, in Kingston, Pa. Her family were active members of the Westminster Presbyterian Church, where her parents served as long time youth advisors and Nancy received the Church Service Cross Award for her participation in the choir and many other music programs. She graduated from Myers High School in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., in the class of 1952, where she was the co-editor of the year book, Colophon, and was active in a number of school organizations, including the modern choir, student council and the senior honor society. Nancy also participated in water ballet and the field hockey team. The caption below her picture in the Colophon reads: "Attractive, dependable, and highly intelligent. One of the most prominent members of the graduating class." Nancy attended East Stroudsburg College, obtaining a BS of Education in 1956. She graduated with high honors and was inducted into the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society in Education and was selected for the Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges 1955-1956. While in college, Nancy met the love of her life, Clayton J. Kern, and was married to him at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Wilkes-Barre by Rev. W. Herbert Sugden on Jan. 28, 1956. Nancy and Clayton would have celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary at the end of this month. Nancy taught second grade and kindergarten for several years at Flemington Rareton Elementary School, Frenchtown Elementary School and Milford Elementary School, all in New Jersey. She left teaching after the birth of her fifth child to concentrate on raising her very active family, but returned to education later in life, mentoring several elementary students and working as a substitute teacher for special needs students when she lived in Owego, N.Y. A member of many civic and community organizations, Nancy was also an active church member over the years, serving as choral director and youth choir director at Danboro Reformed Church in Danboro, Pa., and as a choir member and deacon at Carversville United Church of Christ in Carversville, Pa. Nancy also sang for many years with the Bucks County Choral Society in Doylestown, Pa. A current member of Herrickville Wesleyan Church, Nancy was active in the Over Fifty Gang. A lifelong participant in scouting, Nancy serviced as a Girl Scout Leader and area organizer for the Freedom Valley Girl Scout Council in Bucks County, Pa., for several years. She later became active in the Boy Scouts of America, serving as Unit Commissioner, Cub Round Table Commissioner and Day Camp Program Director. Nancy received the Distinguished Commissioner Award and the District Award of Merit in the Baden-Powell District. The daughter of a second generation horticulturist, Nancy grew up helping in her mother's floral shop and greenhouse business and had a lifelong love of flowers and gardening, feeding her family with the fruits or her labor for many years. She enjoyed spending time with her family, her five children, 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The entire family spent much time in the outdoors, often hiking and camping in many different eastern seaboard states. Nancy was an avid reader who particularly enjoyed mysteries, especially Agatha Christie novels. She is survived by: her husband, Clayton J. Kern of Stevensville, Pa.; her brother J. Norman Marshall Jr. of Durham, N.C.; her five children, C. Scott Kern of Newport, N.Y., Lisa (Kern) Yoder of Stevensville, Pa., Joanne (Kern) Feldbruegge of Red Hill, Pa., Kathy (Kern) Funari of Forksville, Pa., and David J. Kern of Newport, N.C.; her children's spouses; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 24 at Herrickville Wesleyan Church in Herrickville, Pa. A greeting period will start at 10 a.m. with the funeral service immediately following at 11 a.m. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, Pa. 18853. RHW. Towanda Daily Review.
MATTIS III, Joseph L. "Joey"
Age 33, of Wellsboro, PA died Saturday, January 17, 2009 at home. Arrangements have been entrusted to Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Mansfield, PA. Published in the Star-Gazette on 1/18/2009
MATTIS, Joseph L., III "Joey" "Schmoe"
Age 33, of Wellsboro, PA, died Saturday, January 17, 2009, at his home. Joey was born July 10, 1975 in Wellsboro, PA, a son of Joseph Jr. and Constance (Smith) Mattis. Joey was a self-employed logger and tree trimmer. He enjoyed miniature golf, garage and masonry work, and tinkering. Joey is survived by his father, Joseph Mattis, Jr. of Wellsboro, PA; three sisters, Trina Pope of Osceola, PA, Marie Shelman of Westfield, PA, and Brenda Mattis of Wellsboro, PA; three nieces, Christina, Jersey, Ashley; and grandniece, Riley; one grandnephew, Jeremy. He was predeceased by his mother, Constance Mattis in 2002. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial luncheon at the Tioga County Fairgrounds Building on Friday, January 23, 2009, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Published in the Star-Gazette from 1/18/2009 - 1/19/2009
McCAFFRTY - John G. McCaffrey, 81, of Covington, died at his residence on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009. Born March 26, 1927, in Baltimore, Md., and raised in Manhasset, N.Y., he was the son of the late George and Vitus (Galvin) McCaffrey. Mr. McCaffrey was a graduate of the Merchant Marine Academy at King’s Point in 1948 and traveled all over the world in that service. Later he served with honor as a Lieutenant, J.G., in the United States Navy, stationed in the Pacific. Following his discharge from service, he was an engineer with Combustion Engineering in New York. He designed and built a replica of a 17th century New England farmhouse, which was featured in various publications. He was an FAA certified private pilot and a member of the Raritan Yacht Club for many years. He piloted his own hot air balloon. His father was the chief accountant for the 1939 World’s Fair in New York. His great grandfather was known as the “Hay King” and was the president of the Mercantile Feed and Grain Exchange in Pittsburgh in the late 1800s. Throughout his life, Mr. McCaffrey had a great affection for animals and nature and devoted time to the care and enjoyment of both. He extended that care to humans when he served as a member of the Martinsville Rescue Squad. He was an avid reader across a wide range of topics, and was interested in sharing the knowledge he gained. Mr. McCaffrey is survived by his four children, Michael J. McCaffrey of Union Township, N.J., Thomas McCaffrey of Lebanon, N.J., Marianne Gehman of Nazareth, Lisa Carden of Whitehouse, N.J.; his former wife, Janet Freeh McCaffrey of Lebanon, N.J.; niece Linda Lawrence of Manhasset, N.Y., and 10 grand children. The Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory and Monuments, PC, 637 South Main St., Mansfield, is assisting the family. - Mansfield Gazette, January 7, 2009
McELLIGOTT Frederick C. "Fred"
Age 64, of Elmira, NY, died on Friday, January 16, 2009, at Arnot Ogden Medical Center. He is survived by his children, Rick (Allison) McElligott, Beth (Debbie) McElligott, Trish Hawken; grandchildren, Austin, Hunter, Madison, and Trey; sister, Mary Bauer; loving companion, Margaret Besley; nieces, Sherrie, Debbie, and Karen; extended family, Alex and Beth Pianka, their children, Breanna and Joshua; also Brian and Donna Besley and their daughter Jordan. Frederick was predeceased by his parents, John and Flossie (Holdren) McElligott, brother, Jack McElligott; brother in-law, Gerry Bauer; and nephew, Joe Bauer. Fred retired from Purolator Products of Elmira Heights, where he was the President of the local U.A.W. It was Fred's request that there be no calling hours and a Private Funeral Service be held at the convenience of the family. Those wishing to may make donations to Southern Tier Hospice and Palliative Care, 11751 E. Corning Rd., Corning, NY 14830 in Fred's memory. Arrangements entrusted to Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. Published in the Star-Gazette on 1/18/2009
MELADY - Frederick Melady, 70, of 450 Kendrick Road, Wellsboro, died of kidney failure while in New Jersey for the holidays. He is survived by wife, Kathryn; and four children, Fred, Kelli, Patrick and Kathleen; five grandchildren; and one great grandson. - Mansfield Gazette, January 7, 2009
MICHAUD - COLE, Barbara A.
Age 79, of Corning, NY, formerly of Mansfield, PA, died Monday, January 12, 2009, at Broad Acres Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Wellsboro, PA. Barbara was born March 2, 1929 in Howland, Maine, a daughter of Frederick and Evelyn (Bernard) Michaud. She was the wife of Paul E. Cole and they celebrated their 59th anniversary on October 29th, 2008. She was a member of the Good Neighbor Club. Barbara is survived by her husband, Paul; one son, Steven P. Cole of Corning, NY; a daughter and son-in-law, Susan M. and Roger Sweely of Mansfield, PA; four grandchildren, Tricia Hall, Joseph Sweely, Peter Cole, and Jeffery Cole; three great-grandchildren, Madison Cole, Molli Hall, and Kyli Hall; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Frederick Jr. and Jolie Michaud of Washington, DC, Richard and Nancy Michaud of Villages, FL; two sisters, Annette Bonsignore of Weathersfield, CT and Charlene Williams of Weathersfield, CT. Family and friends are invited to call on Friday, January 16, 2009, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Child Catholic Church, S. Main St., Mansfield, PA at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Jacek Bialkowski as celebrant. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Barbara's memory to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001. Published in the Star-Gazette on 1/14/2009
Wellsboro, Pa. - Barbara A. Cole, 79, of Corning, formerly of Mansfield, Pa., died Monday, Jan. 12, 2009 at Broad Acres Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Survivors include her husband, Paul E. Cole; a son, Steven P.Cole of Corning; a daughter, Susan M. Sweely of Mansfield, Pa.; two brothers, Frederick Michaud Jr. of Washington, D.C. and Richard Michaud of Villages, Fla.; and two sister, Annette Bonsignore and Charlene Williams, both of Weathersfield, Conn. Calling hours are 9:30-10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 16, 2009 at the Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory, and Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, Pa. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at Holy Child Catholic Church, South Main Street, Mansfield, Pa., the Rev. Jacek Bialkowski celebrant. Arrangements are with the Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Mansfield, Pa.
MILLER - Donald J. Miller of Parrish, Fla., formerly of Morris Run, died Friday, Dec. 26, 2008, in Florida. He was born Feb. 11, 1946, to Ethel and Albert Miller, who predeceased him. He was employed by Thatcher Glass and later Anchor Glass in Elmira Heights, N.Y. Surviving are his wife, Jean; daughter, Jennifer; son, Richard; and special granddaughter, Josie; step-sons, Robert, Daniel, Thomas, and Leslie Shutts; and stepdaughter, Laura. He was predeceased by one brother, Albert and is survived by brothers, George (Jane) of Mesa, Ariz., Charles (Grace) of Mansfield, Joseph (Rebecca) of Ashland, Va.; sisters, E. Catherine Moss of Elmira Heights, N.Y., Margaret (Thomas) Holley of Morris Run, Joann (Aaron) Brown of Shunk; Rosemary (Ronald) Black of Shippensburg; and Dorothy of Oklahoma. He is survived by 34 nieces and nephews and over 57 great and great-great nieces and nephews. He was special to al of them and enjoyed spending time with everyone at family functions. Uncle Donnie will be missed. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, traveling, or just riding his tractor. A memorial service will be held by his family. - Mansfield Gazette, January 7, 2009
MORGAN - Joshua N. Morgan, 15, of Sayre, Pa., died on Friday, Jan. 2, 2009. He was born on March 12, 1993 in Oxnard, Calif., the son of Michael RUSHIN and Joellyn MORGAN. Joshua loved to pilot planes, build bikes, and tinker with cars. He enjoyed going to breakfast with his grandpa and being with his family and friends. Joshua was a great kid, was a great brother and best friend to his brother Jacob, and watched over his sister Lacie. Joshua is survived by: his mother, Joellyn Morgan of Sayre, Pa.; brother Jacob Morgan of Sayre, Pa.; sister Lacie Morgan of Sayre, Pa.; maternal grandparents Terry and Marlene Morgan of Sayre, Pa.; several aunts, uncles, and cousins; and his best friends, Becky Laginskie of Mildred, Pa. and Molly GENTILE of Waverly, N.Y. Friends and family may call on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009 from 5-8 p.m. at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home Inc., 225 S. Main St., Athens, Pa. Funeral services will follow at 8 p.m. with the Rev. Soccoro Osorio officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made in Joshua’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. RHW. Sayre Morning Times.
MURRELLE Joseph. H.
Age 78, of Sayre, PA, died on Wednesday, January 21, 2009. Visitation on Sunday from 5-8:00 p.m. at the Lowery Funeral Home, 225 S. Main Street, Athens, PA. Funeral Services on Monday, January 26, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. at Church of the Redeemer, 201 South Wilbur Avenue, Sayre, PA. Published in the Star-Gazette on 1/23/2009
PARKER - Parker/Brown Nicholas Aaron Parker, beloved infant son of Nicole Brown and John Parker Jr. of 120 Ward Ave., Towanda, Pa., went home to be with the Lord and past family members shortly after his birth on Friday, Jan. 16, 2009, at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa. In addition to his parents he is survived by: two sisters, Taylor and Joslyn, and a brother, John III; his maternal grandparents, Lois and Mark Marcoccia of Hornbrook, Pa.; his paternal grandparents, John Parker Sr. and Katrina Parker of Towanda; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Nicholas was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, Carl Brown Sr.; paternal great-grandparents Marcella Benjamin and Kenneth Benjamin; and special maternal aunt, Marlene Longcoy. The funeral and committal service will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009, at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, with Mrs. Rose Ackley officiating. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be directed to the Children's Miracle Network at Geisinger, 100 N. Academy Ave., Danville, Pa. 17822-5020, in Nicholas Aaron Parker's memory. RHW. Towanda Daily Review.
PRICE Donald B.
Age 76, of Elmira, NY, died Monday, January 19, 2009, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Elmira. Donald was born on December 16, 1932 in Elmira to the late Archie and Mabel (Coats) Price. Donald served our country honorably in the United States Navy and retired from the Bricklayers & Allied Craft Workers Union #23. Survivors include his children, Judith (Randy) Sheive, Donald (Sue) Price, Stephen Price, and David (Eileen) Price; their mother, Phyllis Price; brothers, Thomas Price, Archie (Sandy) Price and Robert Price; grandchildren, Jonathan, Martha, Jared, Andrea and Susan; great-grandchildren, Blake and Alexis; close neighbor friend, Gail. Donald was predeceased by his brother, Charles Price. Family and friends are invited to a remembrance gathering on Friday, January 23, 2009, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Donald's interment will be private to his family. Published in the Star-Gazette on 1/21/2009
MEWHERTER - HINKLEY, Marjorie M.
87, of Galeton, PA, died Saturday, January 24, 2009, at Drake's Personal Care Home in Galeton. Born March 17, 1921 in Clinton, Iowa, she was a daughter of the late Lyle and Mildred (Amey) Mewherter. On September 15, 1941 in Galeton, she married Donald L. Hinkley, who predeceased her. Marjorie was a loving wife, mother and homemaker. In 1964, Donald was elected Sheriff of Potter County. The family then moved to Coudersport where Marjorie became the Matron of the Potter County Jail, a position she held for 20 years. She retired in 1984 and the family returned to Galeton. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Galeton for over 50 years. She taught Sunday School for 18 years. She was a member of the Galeton Order of the Eastern Star, the Coudersport Knitting Club, and the Galeton Presbyterian Friend X Class. Marjorie enjoyed spending time with her family, cooking, knitting, gardening, camping, swimming and collecting antiques. Surviving are a son, Howard Donald (Linda) Hinkley, Kittaning, PA; a daughter, Donna Lou (Robert) Martin, Galeton; seven grandchildren, Chris, Curt, Craig Ziegler, Jennifer, Kendra, Linsay Hinkley, and Justin Martin; seven great-grandchildren; a son-in-law, Harold Ziegler, Duncannon, PA; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends. In addition to her parents and husband, Marjorie was predeceased by a daughter, Wanda Ziegler; a grandson, Timothy Martin; and two sisters, Dorothy and Mary Jane. A private family service will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, Galeton. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton.
Published in the Star-Gazette on 1/26/2009
In Loving Memory Of...RAE Marilee
Of Corning, NY - 56 years, of Founders Pavilion, left the loving arms of her beloved mother into the loving arms of Jesus and her father, Arthur Rae, of Heaven, on Monday January 19, 2009. Marilee was the first daughter of Arthur and Dottie Rae, born in Dansville, NY March 12, 1952. She had resided in the Horseheads/Elmira area, attending the Fassett School in Elmira, NY. Marilee was employed with the ARC Work Program, working as a kitchen assistant, receiving the outstanding worker award. She was a member of the Oakwood Methodist Church, Elmira Heights, NY. She attended the Special Olympics and was a champion bowler. Marilee had charisma of love for everyone and brought much joy to family and friends. She is survived by her sisters, Kathy (Bruce) Bowman of Lindley, NY, Laurie Beth (William) Zeck of Gainesville, VA, and April Rae of Owego, NY; brother, Douglas Rae of Lindley, NY; two nieces, Kelsey and Sydney Smith; and nephew, Kit Bowman. Family and friends are invited to call at Oakwood United Methodist Church, Elmira Heights, NY on Friday, January 23, 2009, from 1-2 p.m. A funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m. Pastor Patrick Holder officiating. Interment will be held at a later date in the family plot in Presho Cemetery, Lindley, NY. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Haughey Funeral Home, 216 E. First St., Corning, NY. The family wishes to thank the staff at Founders Pavilion and Southern Tier Hospice for the tender loving care given to Marilee. Memorial donations given in Marilee's name would be appreciated to: Steuben Arc Foundation, 6838 Industrial Park Road, Bath, NY 14810-8315 or Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 East Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830. Published in the Star-Gazette on 1/21/2009
REMPE Joseph Henry Richard
Age 67, died with his family at his side on Monday, December 22, 2008, in Newark, DE after a courageous battle with cancer. Joe was born February 22, 1941 in Brooklyn, NY. He was the son of the late Joseph and Anastasia Rempe. Joe grew up in Elmira, NY, where he graduated from Notre Dame High School and married Connie Raniewicz. He graduated from Niagara University as an English major. Joe served as a navigator in the Air Force from 1962-1967. He flew on the KC-135 refueling tankers during the Vietnam War and was awarded the Air Medal before he was honorably discharged as a Captain in 1967. Joe was employed by Armstrong World Industries for 25 years in Labor Relations and Human Resources. He also worked as a sports writer for the Lancaster Sunday News. Joe was a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Lancaster, PA. One of the things that defined Joe's life was the amount of volunteering that he did. He was an altar boy, a camp counselor, a Little League coach and a volunteer with children. He held a variety of church positions, worked for Easter Seals, and worked for the Fulton Opera House. Joe spent the last 12 years of his life in Sand Key, FL. He is survived by his four children, Scott, husband of Natalie, Kernersville, NC, Glenn, husband of Barbara, Olney, MD, Karen, wife of Bob Ehemann, Newark, DE, Eric, Lemon Grove, CA; his six grandchildren, Brittany, Kyle, Ashten, Kate, Abby, and Tanner; and his brothers, Tom of Sarasota, FL, and Bill of Bradenton, FL. He requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to Delaware Hospice, 3515 Silverside Road, Wilmington, DE 19810; or Monica's Manor, c/o Rev. Paul Wood, Transfiguration Church, 64-14 Clinton Ave., Maspeth, NY 11378. A Memorial Service was held on Tuesday, December 30, 2008, in Wilmington, DE. Published in the Star-Gazette from 1/5/2009 - 1/11/2009
RIMBEY Bruce Rimbey, 82, of 453 Chemung St., Waverly, N.Y., died Friday, Jan. 2, 2009 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, Pa. Born Sept. 29, 1926 in Sayre, Pa., he was the son of the late Bryron and Loretta CULVER RIMBEY. He was employed by Westinghouse Electric in Horseheads, N.Y. for 34 years, until his retirement. Bruce is survived by: his wife of 56 years, Mary Ann, at home; his son, Dewight DAUGHERTY; his brother, Donald and Helen RIMBEY; and his nephew, Richard and Sandy Rimbey. Due to Bruce's wishes, there will be no calling hours or services. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Church Of The Redeemer, 201 S. Wilbur Ave., Sayre, PA 18840. The Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad St., Waverly, N.Y., is in charge of arrangements. RHW. Sayre Morning Times.
ROBINSON - Marian E. (Robinson) Rockwell of Keystone Manor in Sayre, Pa. died Wednesday, Jan. 7 at the Robert Packer Hospital. She was born Feb. 12, 1906 in North Rome, Pa. the daughter of the late Fred and Lena Gable Robinson. The family then moved to a farm in Ghent Hill, Pa. Marian married Eugene Rockwell Oct. 23, 1926. They lived in the Johnson City area 14 years then moved back to Ghent and lived on the farm for 37 years. Later she moved to Finch's Trailer Park in Greens Landing. She also spent a short time living with her daughter in Fairfield, Pa. She moved back into the Keystone Manor in 1994. Marian is survived by her two daughters, Carmeta Wainwright of Doylestown, Pa. and Marlene (Richard) Ayres of East Smithfield, Pa. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Cole Shatter of Towanda, Lana (John) Klien of Levittown, Ronald Bull of Erie, Cris (Marylou) Bull of Wopwallopen, Pa., and Kevin (Kathy) Ayres of East Smithfield; 19 great-grandchildren; 16 great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Marian enjoyed her crocheting, making Barbie doll clothes, a beautiful seamstress, made wedding gowns, clothing for her daughters, made wood fiber wedding flowers for many people and for special occasions. She always had a garden and enjoyed canning. Most of all she wanted to do things for other people any way she could. She was a member of the North Rome Wesleyan Church for several years. She was predeceased by her parents and her stepmothers Edith Russell Robinson and Virgil Pickering Robinson and an infant sister and infant brother. Her husband Eugene Robinson predeceased her in 1981; grandsons, Ramon Ayres in 1971; Mark Bull in 2002; granddaughter Sandra Nero in 2008; and great grandchildren Ronald Bull II in 1973, Nicole Nero in 2002 and Douglas Bull in 2008. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held Saturday, Jan. 10 2009 at 11 a.m. at the North Rome Wesleyan Church. Reverands Wolfe and Griffin will officiate the service. Friends may call on the family at the church from 10 a.m. until time of the service. Arrangements are with the Luckner Funeral Home, 449 Park Avenue Waverly, NY.
SMITH - Stuart “Kevin” Smith, 34, of Tioga, died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, at his home. Kevin was born April 16, 1974, in Birdsboro, a son of Wesley L. “Wes” and Dianna B (Mosteller) Smith of Lawrenceville. Family and friends were invited to call on Wednesday, Jan. 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory and Monuments, PC, 637 South Main Street, Mansfield. A funeral service was held immediately following calling hours at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Buckheit Funeral Chapel, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, Pa. 16933 to assist with funeral expenses. - Mansfield Gazette, January 7, 2009
SMUTZINGER Harold L.
Age 96, formerly of W. Gray St., Elmira, NY, died on Thursday, December 18, 2008. There will be no calling hours. A graveside funeral service will be held on Monday, December 29, at Philipsburg Cemetery Philipsburg, PA at 1:00 p.m. Rev. Gerald Krum officiating. Flowers are gratefully declined. Those wishing may make memorials to a charity of one's choice. Harold is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Eleanor Smutzinger of Elmira; nieces, Linda Peterson, Barbara Cacciotti, Sherry Hancock, all of Elmira, and Gwendolyn Colegrove of Bethlehem, PA; nephews, Ronald Hancock of Bellephonte, PA and James Hancock of Chevy Chase, MD; many great nieces and nephews. He was one of eight children of Jacob and Ann Smutzinger. Harold was a former employee of Merchants Delivery of Elmira. Published in the Star-Gazette from 12/21/2008 - 12/22/2008
SNOW - Jean M. Snow Zarnick, 79, of Wellsboro, died Friday, May 18, 2007. She was born Sept. 26,1927 in Leicester, England, a daughter of the late Thomas and Betsy Norman Snow. Jean was formerly employed by Broad Acres Nursing Home, Wellsboro. She loved animals. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Gayle Zarnick of Pine Grove; daughters and sons-in-law, Toni [Don] Zimmerman of Wellsboro, Joeanna [Joseph] DeBlaere of Honeoye, NY; sister, Winnie Hewitt of England; four grandchildren; three great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, and cousins. A memorial service was held Monday, May 21 at 11 a.m. at the Carleton funeral Home, Wellsboro with the Rev. Shane L. Kirby officiating. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Farm Sanctuary, P.O. Box 150, Watkins Glenn, N 14891 or to the Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport. - Mansfield Gazette, May 23, 2007
SPLAIN - Alice M. Splain, 81, formerly of Chemung, N.Y. died on January 8, 2008 at Fork Mountain Rest Home in Virginia with her family at her side. Alice (Knecht) was born in West Virginia and moved to Athens, Pa. as a two-year-old with her infant sister Betty Lee (Knecht), to be loved and raised by Mildred and Stanley (Stub) Knecht. Alice was predeceased by Mildred and Stanley and a brother Stanley as well as her mother and father-in-law, Charles and Edna Splain and a brother-in-law Bobby Splain. Alice is survived by her husband Lloyd of Virginia; two children, Vicky (Bill) Rosenthal of Virginia and Sherry (Dean) Maher of North Carolina. Alice has three grandchildren, Douglas (Tabitha) Maher, Heather Maher and Jacob Rosenthal. She is also blessed with two great-grandchildren Austin and Tyler Maher. Also surviving Alice is her sister Betty Lee Lantz of Sayre; sisters Georgia Porcelli and Jane Haschbarger, both of Ft. Myers, Fla.; sister-in-law Virginia Knecht of Elmira; sister-in-law Arlene Frisbie of Sayre; and brother-in-law Danny Splain of Alaska, as well as several nieces and nephews. Alice was a devoted wife and mother, a kind and loving person, who enjoyed working in her flower beds and baking wonderful pies and cookies. She will be sadly missed and always loved. At Alice’s wishes, her remains will be cremeated and the family will hold a memorial service for family and friends at the Chemung United Methodist Church at a later date. RHW. Sayre Morning Times.
STEELE - UPDEGRAFF, D. Virginia Steele
Age 89, of Hockessin, DE, formerly of Hazelton, PA, died on Sunday, December 28, 2008, after an extended illness. Survived by her nephew, Jan (Mimi) Updegraff of Elmira; and grandnieces, Karen (Vince) Stalker of Corning and Jill (David) Balderson of Basking Ridge, NJ. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert G. (Bob) Updegraff in 2004; and nephew, Derek C. Updegraff of Elmira on November 26, 2008. Dr. Updegraff held the Doctor of Osteopathy degree from Osteopathic Medical Center of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA and practiced for many years in her hometown of Hazelton, PA. She and Bob spent treasured summers on Martha's Vineyard, MA, and eventually relocated first to Lancaster, PA and subsequently to Hockessin, DE. It was her request that there be no calling hours. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by Fred F. Groff, Inc., Lancaster, PA. Published in the Star-Gazette on 12/30/2008
STEVENS Allen R.
of Westfield, PA, Age 48, died Tuesday, December 16, 2008. Arrangements (1-800-942-2258) will be announced by the OLNEY Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Published in the Star-Gazette on 12/17/2008
STEVENS - BOWNE, Rosemary S.
Age 89, of Tall Meadow, Painted Post, died Monday, January 12, 2009, at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira. Born in Brooklyn, NY on February 17, 1919, she was the daughter of Don and Emily (Crandon) Stevens. She married Lloyd Bowne, Jr. in 1942 and was preceded in death by him in 1967. She had been employed as a secretary for Northern Virginia Hospital. She moved to Corning from Annandale, VA in 1984. Rosemary was a member of Corning Women's Club, Hospital Chapter H, the Prayer Shawl Knitters at Christ Church, and she volunteered for Amo Houghton. She enjoyed reading, knitting, crocheting, and gardening. She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Cook of Corning; son, William Bowne of Kingstowne, VA; granddaughter, Amanda (Mark) Mase of Corning; three grandsons, Matt Cook of Corning, Steven Bowne and Christopher Bowne of Ormond Beach, Florida; one great-granddaughter, Cameron Grace Mase; several nieces and nephews. Her brothers, Don Stevens, Jr. and Frank Stevens, predeceased Rosemary. Friends may call on Thursday, January 15, 2009, from 3 until 6 p.m. at Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney Street in Corning. Funeral services will be held on Friday at 11:00 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 33 E. First Street, with Reverend Kit Tobin officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Painted Post. Memorials in Rosemary's name may be directed to Christ Episcopal Church, 33 E. First Street, Corning, NY 14830; or to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation, PO Box 515, Northampton, MA 01061-0515. Published in the Star-Gazette on 1/14/2009
STEVENS Winfield H. [SRGP 13337]
Age 76, of Mansfield, PA, died December 26, 2008 at Towanda Memorial Hospital. He was born May 7, 1932 in Elmira, NY, the son of Warren and Maysel Hulslander Stevens. Winfield was a retired appliance repairman and an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was a member of Canoe Camp Post 6757 VFW and was an Explorer Scout leader. Winfield enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping and gardening. He is survived by his twin brother, Winthrop, of Mansfield, PA; a brother-in-law, Kenneth Carter; and a niece, Stephanie Carter, both of Buffalo, NY. He was predeceased by sisters, Mary Lynn Carter and Marjorie Colby. In keeping with Winfield's wishes, there will be no funeral services. A service of Gary W. Wilston Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 130 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA.
STICKLER Terry Ross [SRGP 83313]
Age 57, formerly of Mansfield, PA, died November 26, 2008, at his home in Glendale, AZ. He was born March 21, 1951 in Wellsboro, PA, the son of Raymond and Arlene Sours Stickler. Terry was employed in Environmental Sales and was a U.S. Air Force veteran. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his sister, Tondelayo Stickler Bressette of Mansfield; an uncle, Byron Stickler in NC; and several cousins. Friends are invited to attend a memorial service for Terry to be held at Broad Acres Nursing Home, Wellsboro, PA, on Tuesday, January 13, 2009, at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. David Dressler officiating. A service of Gary W. Wilston Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 130 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. Published in the Star-Gazette on 1/2/2009
STURGILL Jerry C.
Age 37, of Elmira Heights, NY, died Wednesday, January 7, 2009, peacefully at home. He is survived by his wife, Janne Marie; children, Steven, Jessica, Kaycie and Kamie, all at home; father, Leon (Janice) Sturgill; mother, Elizabeth Sturgill; brothers, Jason, Richard (Kayla) and Gregoroy (Heather); sister, Sharon; along with many other family members. Jerry was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He was an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Air Force serving in both Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Family and friends are invited to his memorial service on Thursday, January 15th, at 4 p.m. in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1060 W. Broad St., Horseheads. Walter J. Kent Funeral Home is assisting the family. Published in the Star-Gazette on 1/14/2009
SULLIVAN - STROPE, Cynthia L.
Of Elmira, NY - Cynthia L. "Cyndie" Strope, 48, of Elmira went home to be with her Lord on January 22, 2009 at the Rome Memorial Hospital, Rome, NY. She was born on August 9, 1960 in Troy, PA. Cyndie was a loving mother to two beautiful girls, Maria Strope of Elmira and Cheyenne Strope of Dundee, NY. Cyndie is also survived by her mother, Doris Ward of Dundee, NY; and her brother, Carl (Paula) Sullivan of Dundee, NY. Many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and special friends also survive. Cyndie was predeceased by her loving step-father, Ralph Ward. Services for Cyndie will be at the family's convenience. Caring assistance is being provided by Cooley Tioga Point Cremation & Burial Option, Athens, PA. Published in the Star-Gazette on 1/25/2009
SWEELY Gordon G. Sr.
Age 66, of Green Valley Drive in Big Flats, NY, died Thursday, December 11, 2008, at Corning Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Gordon was born in Jersey Shore, PA on March 11, 1942, the son of the late H. Gayle and the late Elizabeth (McConnell) Sweely. He retired from Dresser-Rand in 2005 where he had worked as a Manager of Information Systems, North America. Gordon was an avid golfer, but first and foremost a loving and compassionate man who was extremely proud of his family. He enjoyed golf, dancing, cruising, and spending time with his family and friends. He was a dedicated coach for Small Fry Football for which he received the Coach of the Year Award and Volunteered with the LPGA for 14 years. Those who remember him will remember Gordon as an incredibly proud man with a striking concept of family reinforced throughout his lifetime. He is survived by his wife, Maryann; a daughter, Wendy (Scott Jackson) Sweely of Elmira; a son, Gordy (Kim) Sweely of Fair Haven, NJ; a brother, Dennis (Susie) Sweely of Williamsport, PA; two grandchildren, Amanda and Garrett; several nieces and nephews; and by his mother-in-law, Ann Martz of Reading, PA. A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, December 13, 2008, at Phillips Funeral Home in corning with Rev. Jack Bunde and Father Boniface Ewah officiating. Gordon took his blessings in stride and carried himself with a quiet pride. Memorials may be made in Gordon's name to the Corning Guthrie Cancer Center, 114 Columbia Street, Corning, NY 14830. Published in the Star-Gazette on 12/18/2008
SWEENEY - HARRIS, Sharon Ann
Age 61, of Graduate Drive, Ithaca, NY, died Tuesday, December 30, 2008, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Elmira, NY, after a long illness. Sharon was born January 6, 1947 in Corning, NY, a daughter of Andrew Sweeney of North Carolina and the late Hilda Sweeney. Sharon was graduated from the Continental School of Beauty Culture in 1986 and later from Tompkins Cortland Community College. She served her barbering apprenticeship in Ithaca and Syracuse and worked in the Grand Way Beauty Salon in Horseheads eventually becoming the manager. Later she had her own station in Mary Belle's Salon in Elmira Heights. After relocating to Ithaca, she worked in Pierre's and at Anna Marie's Beauty Salon. She had also been employed at the Ithaca Credit Bureau, CFCU, Cornell University, Office of Materials Management and at Cornell Information Technologies. Survivors include her siblings, Pamela and Michael, both of Hartford, AL; her father, Andrew Sweeney of NC; and friends, George (and Sandra) Trutt, Jr. of Ithaca. She was predeceased by her mother, Hilda Sweeney; and her adoptive parents, Sally Lakes and Cart Hamblin. A poem by Helen Steiner Rice, "The End of the Road is but a Bend in the Road" describes her feelings. A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, January 5, 2009, at the Perkins Funeral Home, 55 West Main Street, Dryden. Burial will be at a later date. Friends are asked to consider a memorial donation to the American Diabetes Association, 356 N. Midler Ave., Syracuse, NY 13206. Published in the Star-Gazette on 1/1/2009
TACKA - Ambrose W. Tacka, 88, of Cleveland, Ohio, died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2007. He was born in Morris Run, a son of Joseph and Antoinette Tacka. Preceding him in death were brothers, Frank, Walter, Chester, and Benjamin; as well as sisters, Genevieve and Theresa. His wife, Helen Cantobene Tacka died in 2003. Surviving are daughters, Libby, Mary Jo; and granddaughter, Amy. He is also survived by two sister, Johanna A. Whitmer and Sophia [Sue] Torpy, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Feb. 13 in Cleveland, Ohio. - Mansfield Gazette, January 31, 2007
TACKA - Mary Jane Watkins, 62, of Ogdensburg, died unexpectedly on Sunday, April 1, 2007 at the Troy Community Hospital. Mary Jane Tacka was born in Blossburg on April 22, 1944, the daughter of the late Frank Sr. and Martha Bubacz Tacka. A memorial celebration of Mary Jane’s life was held Monday, April 9 at Zwicharoski Funeral Home in Blossburg. In lieu of flowers, her family suggests memorials be made to Katherine Candor Lundy’s Breast Health Center, 1001 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701 or to Laurel Health Home and Hospice Care, 24 Walnut St., Wellsboro, PA 16901 - Mansfield Gazette, April 11, 2007
TALADA - Jacqueline Dee “Jackie” Talada, 40, of Towanda RR2, Asylum Twp., PA, died Wednesday evening, Jan. 7, at Memorial Hospital, N. Towanda Twp. Born April 23, 1968 in N. Towanda Twp., she was the daughter of John E. “Jack” Talada and Doris J. Landmesser Talada. A graduate of Towanda Area High School, Class of 1987, she was later employed by Serve, Inc. in Monroeton, until declining health no longer permitted her to continue. She enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, four-wheeling and spending time with her dog, Ginger. She was a member of the Towanda Gun Club, Monroeton Rod & Gun Club, AMVets and was a social member of Asylum VFW Post No. 6072. Jackie is survived by her parents, Jack and Doris Talada of Towanda RR2 and several aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Lewis and Dorothy Landmesser and paternal grandparents, Ralph and Dorothea Talada. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. The Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home of Towanda is assisting Jackie’s parents with arrangements. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Dialysis Unit of the Robert Packer Hospital, Guthrie Square, Sayre, PA 18840 or to the Bradford County Humane Society, PO Box 179, Ulster, PA 18850 in Jackie’s memory. RHW. Wyalusing Rocket Courier.
TERRELL - ANTENORE, Patricia Terrell "Pat"
Age 85, a 3-year resident of the Chemung County Nursing Facility, peacefully died there on Sunday, January 18, 2009, surrounded by her loving family. Pat was born January 17, 1924 in South Africa, the daughter of the late Richmond L. and Hendrina "Henri" Terrell. In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her husband Bernard Antenore in 1978 and her brother Richard Terrell in 2007. Pat is survived by her children, Paul Antenore of Scituate, MA, with wife Nancy and sons, Bradley and Benjamin; Patricia Antenore-Gonzalez of Arkville, NY, with husband Mike and children, Michael, Alex, and Samuel; Christine Antenore of Elmira, with daughter Olivia; along with several nieces and nephews. She was a long time friend of "Bill W." Most would remember Pat as an employee of the West Gray Street Super Duper where she worked for 27 years. Her mother, Henri, was well known as an employee of The Ritz Carriage Salon. Pat's ancestors can be traced back as far as the 1600's. There has not been a war fought on American soil that has not included a Terrell, making Pat a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a long time communicant of St. Anthony's Church. Always one to think of others before herself, Pat will be remembered for her kindness, great personality, and tremendous sense of humor. Friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, corner of Water & Walnut Sts., on Thursday, January 22, 2009 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, January 23, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick's Church. Pat's family extends a special thank-you to all the 2nd floor nursing staff at the Chemung County Nursing Facility, for the wonderful care given their mom over the past 3 years.