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H. DEAN BALCOMB, age 89, passed away early Saturday morning, September 27, 2014 at his home in Stevensville, Pa. He was born July 21, 1925 in Forty-Fort, Pa., a son of the late Charlotte and Ernest Balcomb. Upon graduation from Forty-Fort High School in 1943, he spent 4 years in the U.S. Navy serving his country on an aircraft carrier in the European and Pacific theaters of World War Two. His working career began with Commonwealth Telephone where he was a telephone lineman. Later, he became a draftsman with Modern Design Corp. in Vestal, N.Y., and his final place of employment was Wyalusing School District in the capacity of Business Administrator.One of his varied interests in life was music. Many hours were spent directing the Irem Temple String Band and "Deano's Band." The latter played for many local nursing homes, hospitals, and community functions. In addition, he was an animal lover, woodworker, hunter, and fisherman.Dean was a Past Master of the LeRaysville Masonic Lodge, as well as being a member of the Scottish Rite and Shriners. He also belonged to the Beaver Meadows Methodist Church.Survivors include his wife Sara (Achenbach) of 67 years; daughter Sheryl Balcomb of Stevensville, Pa.; daughter and son-in-law Louise and Andy Wert of Mifflintown, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews. He leaves four very special caregivers, Sheila McGavin, Debbie Borden, Ashley McGavin, and Maureen Kelly, as well as his faithful dog, Midge. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his sister and brother in-law, Harriet and Bill Christmas.Funeral services are private and under the direction of Sheldon Funeral Homes, 155 Church St., Wyalusing, Pa. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be directed to The Wyalusing Museum Assoc., PO Box 301, Wyalusing, PA or The Bradford Co. Humane Society, RT220, PO Box 179, Ulster, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 9/29/2014

BALDWIN –MARY JANE NITCHE, 86, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away peacefully on Monday, August 18, 2014 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Home in Montour Falls. Family and friends may call on Friday, August 22, 2014 from 9:00-10:30am at the Link at St. Mary's of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:30. Burial will take place at St. Mary's Cemetery. Mary Jane was born on April 2, 1928 in Montour Falls, NY to the late Samuel & Catherine (Martin) Baldwin. She was a housewife, waitress/hostess for many years and a substitute clerk for the Town of Reading. Mary Jane chaired the Christmas Bazaar and was a member of the St. Mary's Guild. She enjoyed crocheting afghans for family, friends and charity. She also enjoyed baking and provided baked goods for local restaurants. She is survived by her sons James (Maria) Nitche of Victor and Benedict Nitche of Horseheads; grandchildren Christina, Lea and Anthony Nitche of Victor; brother Sam (Barbara) Baldwin; special cousin Mary King; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mary Jane was predeceased by her husband of 53 years Benedict J. Nitche. –Elmira Star-Gazette 8/20/2014

BANEY –PENNY M. VAN ORDER, 55, of Westfield, PA, passed away at home, September 3, 2014, surrounded by her loving family, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Blossburg, PA, April 20, 1959, Penny was the daughter of the late Helen (Housel) Sherman and John Charles Baney. She was the wife of Steve Van Order, whom she married on September 19, 1999. She was a graduate of Wellsboro High School. Penny was employed by Summit Condos, Panama City Beach, FL as a housekeeper. In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Melanie Baney, Wellsboro and Heather Baney, Elkland, PA; grandson, Tanner Clemons and her sister, Bonnie Conner (John), Coudersport, PA. Friends and family are invited to Penny's Life Celebration on Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 10-11 AM at Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, "A Life Celebration Home", 139 Main Street, Wellsboro, PA. Memorial service to follow at 11:00 AM, with Pastor John Mann officiating. –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/5/2014

BANICK –EUGENIA (JEAN) SMITH of Sayre passed away on July 1, 2014 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. She was the eldest of seven daughters of Andrew and Eva Banick. Jean attended Sayre High School and nursing school in NY. She was a member of Epiphany Roman Catholic Church. Jean and her husband, Walter Smith, consecutively operated the Flat Iron Hotel, The Sayre Motel and a retail business in Elmira. She had been active in many business, volunteer and church organizations. Jean was predeceased by her husband Walter Smith. Sisters: Helena Cochi, Vera Corby, Paulyne Munn, and Mildred “Mimi” Rhodes. She was also predeceased by a great-granddaughter. Jean is survived by her daughters: Carol (Jim) Ramsey and Lesley (David) Lantz. Sisters: Patricia Harkness and Rita Barrett. 2 Grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews. At Eugenia’s request all services will be private. Caring assistance is being provided by the Cooley-Tioga Point Cremation and Burial Options, Inc., 802 N. Main St., Athens, PA. –Sayre Morning Times 7/2/2014 (Father name was spelled BANNICK.)

JAMES BARR, age 71, of Mainesburg, PA, died Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA. James was born April 28, 1943 in Abington, PA, a son of William and Virginia (Miller) Barr. James celebrated his 31st wedding anniversary with his wife, Shay Kerns-Barr, on June 4th. He was a self-employed automobile mechanic before he retired. James was a member of H.O.G.; Lost Dutchman Mining Assoc.; enjoyed riding his Harley, and gold prospecting. James is survived by his wife, Shay; a son, Michael Barr of Sellersville, PA; 6 daughters, Brenda Barr-Moyer, Virginia Barr-Lutz, and Lisa Barr, Billie Jo (Plank) Johnson of Kansas City, MO, Megan (Roe) Strawbridge, Dubois PA, and Heather Hawk of Wellsboro, PA; 3 brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard and Millie Barr of North Whales, PA, William and Lorraine Barr of Woxall, PA, John and Christine Barr of Marrietta, PA; 16 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents, and a sister, Joan Nelson. A motorcycle ride will take place in honor of James Barr. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory and monuments, Inc. is assisting the family with arrangements. –Elmira Star Gazette 9/5/2014

WAYNE J. BARRETT, age 69, of Barrett Hill Road, Troy, passed away Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at home. He was born December 12, 1944 in Troy son of the late Robert and Ethel (Wood) Barrett. Wayne attended Troy schools he and the former Diana C. Blake were married on July 4, 2013. Family and friends are invited to call Sunday, September 7, 2014 from 1 to 3 PM at the Gerald W. Vickery Funeral Home, Inc. Wayne’s memorial service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 3 PM with Pastor Mark Steckiel of the Fellowship Bible Church officiating. Wayne was retired from the Plumbers & Pipefitters Union Local #520. He was a man that would do anything for anybody and he enjoyed helping a family member, friend or neighbor. He was a proud 50 year member of the Plumbers & Pipefitters Union. Wayne enjoyed the outdoors loving all animals around his homestead and tinkering with his tractors and his toys.
Survivors in addition to his wife Diana C. Barrett of Troy are his sons, Lonnie (Michelle) Barrett of Leroy, Scott (April) Barrett of Dillsburg, Todd (Julie) Barrett of Granville Summit, a daughter, Tina Schrader of Canton, two step-children, Tawnya (Jason) Broyles of South Dakota, David (Amy) Hunsinger of Wyalusing, brothers: Fred Barrett of Troy, Gene Barrett of Pine City, Gary Barrett of Troy, twelve grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, two sisters, Doris Ayers, Betty Matthews, and two brothers, Robert Barrett and Joe Barrett.
Memorials in Wayne’s memory may be made to the Troy Historical Society (Troy Sale Barn Restoration Fund) c/o Bill Brasington P.O. Box 274, Troy, PA or to the Second Chance Rescue, P.O. Box 5705, Whitestone, NY. –Canton Independent-Sentinel

DAVID E. BARROCLIFF, 79, of Athens Twp., went to see his maker on the morning of Sept. 6, 2014 at home. David was preceded in death by parents, Cy Barrowcliff and Doris Barrowcliff of Horn Brook, Pa.; sister, Phyllis Vanderpool of Towanda, Pa.; brother, Harvey Barrowcliff of Colorado Springs, Colo.; sister, Barbara Hagar of Troy, Pa.; and sister, Nancy Parson of Bainbridge, N.Y. He is survived by wife, Beverly Barrowcliff from Towanda, Pa.; sons, David Barrowcliff from Sayre, Pa., and Randy Barrowcliff from Waverly, N.Y.; daughter, Debra Dean of Newcanney, Texas; grandsons, Michael Hall of Waverly, N.Y., and Trey David Barrowcliff of Sayre, Pa.; and many relatives and friends. There will be a celebration of life gathering from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 at Bakery Café II (next to old CVS) at 100 S. Elmer Ave. in Sayre, Pa. In lieu of flowers, donations to the family, in care of Beverly Barrowcliff, will be appreciated. –Towanda Daily Review 9/9/2014

BENDITT-PARKES –ZAMIEN ELIJAH BENDITT-PARKES was born Nov. 27, 1996, in Akron, Ohio. Zamien died suddenly at his home in Wilmot Township on Aug. 30, 2014 .Zamien attended K-4 through 7th grade in the Towanda School District, 8th grade in Wellsboro School District, and 9th to time of death in Wyalusing Valley Jr.-Sr. High School District where he would have been entering his senior year.He attended Cub Scouts earning the Arrow of Light. In 2007, he participated in the Guthrie Gallop in Sayre which was his first race, and where he acquired his passion for running, which he excelled at. At Wyalusing he was a member of the track and field and cross country teams, where he won many trophies and ribbons, and was always looking for ways to improve his times. He succeeded in going to PIAA States in the fall of 2013 for cross country. He was well liked and respected by many athletes and fellow students. He excelled in academics and was very musically inclined. He played trumpet in band, played the piano, and was actively involved in vocal jazz and senior chorus. He could hear a song and start playing it on the trumpet or piano without any sheet music in front of him. He was a member of the Granville Center Church of Christ and was baptized on July 18, 2010. He was also very involved in helping at church activities, and also for the Monroe Hose Company in Monroeton.He was beloved by two families. He is survived by his mom, Aelise Parkes of Wyalusing. In the Benditt family, he was the son of Kevin and Louise Benditt of Monroeton. He is also survived by his brother, Stephen; and sisters, Carlinda, Catie, and Nicole; as well as many aunts, uncles, and cousins.There will be two memorial services to celebrate Zamien's short life. One will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14, at the Granville Center Church of Christ in Granville Summit, Pa. In addition, there will be a memorial service in the Wyalusing Community to be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28 at Wyalusing Valley Jr.-Sr. High School Auditorium with Rev. Barry Ballard of the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church and family Minister John Fanning officiating. At the conclusion of the memorial service at the school there will be a lunch buffet at the school's cafeteria. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Zamien Benditt-Parkes Memorial Fund, PS Bank, PO Box 566, Wysox, PA. This will be a scholarship fund for student-athletes at the Wyalusing Valley and Towanda high schools. Arrangements were made through Sheldon Funeral Homes, 155 Church St., Wyalusing, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review 08/6/2014 (His actual parents are Louise Thrasher and Kevin Benditt. Louise being the daughter of Paul and Catherine Shackleton Thrasher. –Carol Brotzman)

JEFFREY BOLT, age 51, of Mainesburg, Pa., died on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 unexpectedly in Mainesburg, Pa. Jeffrey was born Oct. 7, 1963 in Sayre, Pa., a son of Walter and Patricia Bolt. He enjoyed playing cards, repairing radios and TVs. Jeffrey is survived by his father; two brothers, Dale and Deanna Bolt of Canton, Pa., and Jerry Bolt of Florida; a sister, Annette and Dean II Johnson of Troy, Pa. He was predeceased by his mother; a maternal grandmother, Zelda Frederick; a brother, Christopher Bolt. A memorial dinner in remembrance of Jeffrey is to be held Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014 at the Social Hall, Springbrook Drive, Canton, Pa. Please bring a dish to pass, beverages and meats will be provided. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, Pa., is assisting the family with arrangements. –Towanda Daily Review 10/1/2014

The Rev. WESLEY R. BOURDETTE of Cheektowaga, N.Y., died suddenly at home on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014. Rev. Bourdette was born April 18, 1935 and raised in Athens, Pa. He graduated from Phillips University in Enid, Okla., in 1957. After attending one year at Phillips Seminary, he transferred to Colgate Rochester Divinity School in Rochester, N.Y., graduating in 1961. Rev. Bourdette was ordained in the Sayre Christian Church, Sayre, Pa., by the Pennsylvania Region of the Disciples of Christ in 1957. Under the auspices of the United Christian Missionary Society, Rev. Bourdette was assigned as a fraternal worker to the Evangelisches Sozialpfarramt Industriejugend in Berlin, Germany, from 1961 to 1963. He returned to the United States in 1963 and led nine young adults from Berlin in a tour of parts of the country. He was called in 1964 to Dunkirk Christian Church. Rev. Bourdette was one of the founders of the anti-poverty agency for Chautauqua County and became its program director. Subsequently he became the executive director of two anti-poverty agencies (in Wayne County and in St. Lawrence County) over a period of 12 years. He later served as executive director of a statewide nutrition advocacy program before returning to parish ministry in 1977. After 23 years as a parish pastor in a yoked arrangement between Salem United Church of Christ, Bennington, N.Y. and Immanuel United Church of Christ, Orangeville, N.Y., Rev. Bourdette retired in 2000 from active parish ministry. At the end of 2005 he retired from the position of co-regional minister of the Northwestern Region of the Christian (Disciples of Christ) Church. Wes served two terms on the Executive Council of the New York Conference, United Church of Christ. The last two years of his second term, he was the chairperson of the Executive Council and it was during this time that the Conference called its professional staff. Wesley was predeceased by his parents, Harold and Dortha (Hildebrandt) Bourdette; and by his sister, Margaret (late Frank) Galinski. Wesley is survived by his wife, Margaret (Salamanchuk) Bourdette; and daughters, Kirsten (John) Ross and Sarah (John Rogers) Bourdette; three grandsons, Nicholas Ross, Levi Bourdette, and Jeremy Ross; as well as one great-grandson, Noah Bourdette Ross. He is also survived by nieces and nephews. On Sept. 1, 2008, Rev. Bourdette began his co-pastoral ministry with First Baptist Church in Niagara Falls. A memorial service for Rev. Bourdette will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1, at Amherst Community Church, 77 Washington Hwy., Amherst, N.Y. Memorials may be made to Heifer International, Bread for the World or the American Diabetes Association. –Towanda Daily Review 10/29/2014

BREWER –GEORGIA A. JENKINS, 76, of Troy, Pa., lost her battle with cancer on Aug. 27, 2014, at home with family by her side. Born April 20, 1938 in Elmira, N.Y., she was the daughter of Raymond and Helen Bristol Brewer. A 1956 graduate of Troy High School, Georgia married her high school sweetheart, Richard "Dick" Jenkins on June 24, 1956. Together they owned and operated Hi-Lev Farms, a successful dairy business for over 45 years. They raised their family and entertained countless others who came to enjoy the camaraderie in the home in which "Cabbage," as Dick so fondly called her, built her own kitchen cabinets. She was a member of the Leona Church and life time member of the Troy Volunteer Fire Department, an avid hunter and outdoorswoman. She was truly a great lady who would lend a hand to anyone in need. Georgia was predeceased by her parents; sister, Eileen Brewer Sisson; brothers, Norman Brewer and Merle Brewer; daughter-in-law, Lisa Strope Jenkins. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Dick Jenkins; daughter, Bonnie (Michael) Stone, Lakeland, Fla.; sons, Robert "Bob" (Linda) Jenkins, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. and Donald "Zeke" (Tammi) Jenkins, Troy, Pa.; seven grandchildren; two great-grandsons; sister, Marian Brewer Brogdale, Apalachin, N.Y.; several nieces and nephews. Arrangements are with the Gerald W. Vickery Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., 1093 W. Main St., Troy, PA. Calling hours will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, with funeral services at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Georgia's name be directed to the Troy Volunteer Fire Department, 88 Firehouse Lane, Troy, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 8/30/2014

JOHN ROBERT ‘BIKER BOB’ BROWN, 57, of Asylum Township, Pa., passed away Saturday, August 9, 2014 at his home. Born April 20, 1957 in Doylestown, Pa., he was a son of Francis John Brown and Teresa R. Dempster Brown. He attended Central Park School District. Bob was formerly employed by the Middendorf Construction Company. Bob enjoyed spending time with family and friends, working on cars, riding motorcycle, barbequing and living life in the fast lane. Surviving are his children; Sandra Teresa Brown of Houston, Texas, Raymond Christopher Brown and Robert Francis Brown both of New York City; siblings Teresa Gentile of New Britain, Pa., Joseph Brown of Towanda, Charles Brown of Cape May, N.J., Julie Jones of Pipersville, Pa., Regina Larzelere of Quakertown, Pa., Marylou Saunders of Pennsburg, Pa.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father Francis John Brown; mother Teresa R. Dempster Hunt; and step-father Carol E. Hunt. Funeral services will be private. There are no calling hours. –Towanda Daily Review 8/11/2014

DANIEL CADY age 26, born May 9th, 1988. Passed away peacefully August 27, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his mother, Denise (Knapp) Cady, and his father, Anthony (Ruth Kittle) Cady; his siblings, Desiree (Anthony Lopenzo) Cady, Justin Judson Cady, Jordan Judson Cady, Patrick Judson, and Rebecca Judson; his grandparents, Donna (Dave) Wilcox and Sandra Knapp; great-great grandmother Winona Winters, aunts and uncles, Art (Christina) Cady Jr., Raye (Ed) Seisinger, Kaye Vedder, and Darcy (Doug) Allen, Karen (Robert) Coats, and Tom Knapp Jr.; niece, Olivia (Livers) Lopenzo; and numerous cousins. He was predeceased by his grandfathers, Art Cady Sr. and Thomas Knapp Sr. He graduated from Southside High School in 2006. He graduated from Corning Community College with an Associates degree in 2008 and then from Brockport College with a Bachelors degree in 2010. He was employed by Fox Pizza in Campbell, NY. Daniel had a passion for Motor Cross Racing and enjoyed fishing, hunting and life. Funeral services honoring his life will be held at Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. 1050 Pennsylvania Ave. on Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014. Calling hours will be held there from 4 PM to 7 PM followed by a Memorial service at 7:00 PM. Father John DeSocio will be officiating. In lieu of flowers please donate to , 505 North Parkway, Box 3704, Memphis, TN or the . –Elmira Star-Gazette 8/29/2014

JOHN A. CAPWELL, 66, of Asylum Township, Pa., passed away Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. John was born on Lime Hill, Wyalusing Township, Pa., on Jan. 8, 1948, a son of Raymond Capwell Sr. and Olive Clark Capwell. He attended Wyalusing High School and in early years was employed by Herman Rynveld Sons in New Albany, Pa. John was later employed by Hoffman New Yorker in Dushore, Pa., for many years until his retirement. John was a member of the Towanda Gun Club, Asylum VFW Post and the AM Vets. He enjoyed small engine repair and camping and was a WWF, NASCAR and Tuff Truck Racing fan. John also enjoyed time spent with friends at his special nephew, Kenny Bob Walter's Garage in Asylum Township. John was a caring loving husband and will be remembered by many for his winning smile. Surviving are his wife, Debra Markish Capwell, children, Mary Michaud and husband Russell of Linden, Pa., Bobbi Gregory and friend Todd, step-children Shane Spencer and wife Dee of Monroeton, Steven Spencer of Mildred, Tammy Bird and husband Kyle of Dushore; 15 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; sisters Angela Benninger and husband Foster of Rome, Anna Cory of Wyalusing; brothers Raymond Capwell Jr. and wife Karen of Ann Arbor, Mich., William Capwell of Warren Center as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Capwell, a sister, Shirley Capwell and step-daughter, Kay Nolan. Funeral services will be private. There are no calling hours. The Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home of Towanda, Pa., is assisting John's Family with arrangements. –Towanda Daily Review 8/4/2014

ALAN B. CARNRIKE, 42, of Sayre, PA passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, September 3, 2014. Alan was born on July 31, 1972 in Sayre, PA the son of Joseph and Genevieve Platt Carnrike. Alan owned and operated Blaine Home Health Care Supplies for years. Alan was known for being a handy man and being a tinker man. He did lawn care and landscaping for the past few years. Alan was known for being a fun and loving guy with his family and friends. He also would help anyone that was in need at any time. He loved stock car racing, sprint racing, and motorcycle racing which he enjoyed doing with his brother. Most of all, Alan loved the time he spent with family and friends, especially time spent with his children. He is predeceased by his maternal grandparents Floyd and Caroline Platt, paternal grandparents Alta and Buster Carnrike, step-father Richard Babcock, and his best friend and niece Jessica Carnrike. Alan is survived by his wife Laura Gregory Carnrike, children Shasta Peters, Blaine Carnrike, Gage Carnrike, Travis Carnrike, and Leah Carnrike, father Joseph L. Carnrike, mother Genevieve Babcock, siblings and their spouses Joseph and Sue Carnrike, Jr., Victor and Audrey Carnrike, Joyce and Brian Newman, Glen and Lisa Carnrike, Jay Carnrike, and Jackie and Brian Wolcott, half siblings Julie Carnrike, John Carnrike, Jody Carnrike, and Mike Carnrike, step brothers and their spouses Rick Babcock, and Ron and Pat Babcock, step-sisters and their spouses Sandy and Randy Talada, Pam Babcock, and Tammy Babcock, mothers of his children Melissa Bashore and Jesse Peters, numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and his close friend Jamie Miller. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 7pm at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, PA with the Rev. John Musser and the Rev. William Wells co-officiating. Burial will be in at the convenience of the family.  –Towanda Daily Review 9/6/2014

CHARLES LEE ‘CHUCK CARNRIKE SR. of Spencer, N.Y., entered into God's kingdom Sunday morning at the age of 81 years, following a prolonged hospitalization. His children were at his side. Chuck, the son of James and Alta (nee Decker) Carnrike, was born in Waverly, N.Y., in 1933 and was the proprietor of Carnrike's Market on Cayuta Avenue during the 1960s and 1970s. He proudly served his country as a sergeant in the Army from 1951 to 1954. At the age of 52, he received his bachelor's degree in divinity studies from Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, Texas. After an extensive stay in Texas, he moved home to New York nearly six years ago to be closer to family. Chuck is survived by several siblings including Harry Sr., Joseph Sr., Rita, Evalena, Floyd Sr., and Edward Sr., as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his current wife, Florence Carnrike, as well as his first wife Marlene Susan (nee Garlock) Harford and their children Charles Jr., Carol, and Collette. He has several grandchildren including Todd and Trisha Whitmarsh, and Elesha, Jerrilyn, and Michelle Park, as well as numerous great-grandchildren. Chuck is predeceased by his parents, a brother (James Jr., 1974) and a daughter, Lynn Marie Sikoski (2011). Chuck is deeply missed by his family. A graveside service with military honors will be held on Aug. 29 at 11 a.m. at the Gibson Corners Cemetery in Owego, N.Y. The Rev. James Wells will be officiating, with the public invited to attend. Directions to the cemetery are: Route 17/86 to Owego, take the first exit (Exit 64), turn right on Southside Drive, continue straight onto Sulphur Springs Road, turn left onto Waits Road, and turn left on Sanford Road. Caring assistance is being provided by the Cooley-Tioga Point Cremation and Burial Options, Inc., 802 N. Main St., Athens, Pa. –Sayre Morning Times 8/20/2014

RUSSELL F. CHAFFEE, 87, of Sayre PA passed away on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at home following an extended illness. Russell was born on May 14, 1927 in Hemlock Run, PA, the son of the late Frank L. and Frankie Isbell Chaffee. He graduated from Troy High School in 1946, missing his senior year while serving in the US Army Air Corps from 1945 to 1947. He attended Mansfield College on the GI Bill, graduating in 1950. He later received a Master's Degree from Elmira College in 1960. He began his career teaching 3 years in a 2 room schoolhouse at Mosherville, PA and then 2 years in Spencer, NY. Russell taught for 17 years in the Sayre School District. He also taught for 2 years in Victoria, Australia on an International Teacher's Fellowship. He completed his teaching career in Philadelphia, PA, retiring in 1982 and then substituted in the Valley school systems for many years. Russell was well known for his marathon swimming which included swimming the length of the Susquehanna River in 1966, swimming to Montreal for Expo 67, swimming across Cape Cod Bay in 1968, and swimming all of the Finger Lakes. He also swam the Connecticut River, the Delaware River, the Allegheny River, the Monongahela River, the Juniata River and 600 miles of the Ohio River from Pittsburgh to Louisville. Russell also enjoyed reading, star gazing, singing, and giving a math lesson to anyone who would listen. He was a former member and President of the Sayre PTA, the Valley Federation of Bible Classes, Valley Chorus and a former volunteer at the Robert Packer Hospital. He was a current member of the Valley United Presbyterian Church, Bradford Sullivan Forest Landowners Association, Che-Hanna Rock and Mineral Club, the Susquehanna Valley Audubon Society and the Sayre Historical Society. He is predeceased by his parents, sister Alice & Lawrence Dyer, brother William Chaffee, niece June Cole and nephew Donald Dyer. He is survived by his wife Phyllis of 58 years at home; children Alan and Susan Chaffee of Melbourne, Australia, Cynthia and John Green of Harrisburg, PA and Scott Chaffee of Sayre; grandchildren Tanya and Gustave Dahl, Erica and Christopher Ickes, Jared and Hannah Green, Emily and Brent Kimpton, and Madeleine Chaffee; great grandchildren Aaron, Nathan, and Ethan Dahl, John Haskins, Cassidy Ickes, Caleb Kimpton, and Hadley Green; niece Ruth Bidlack and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. A Memorial Service will be held on September 16th at the Valley United Presbyterian Church, 459 Park Avenue in Waverly, NY; time to be announced on the funeral home website and in the paper at a later date. Memorial donations may be made in Russell's memory to the Valley United Presbyterian Church, 622 ½ South Main Street, Athens, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 8/12/2014

ROBERT F. (BOBBY) CLARK of Oswego, N.Y., formerly of Chemung, N.Y., passed away peacefully at home on August 11, 2014 with his wife of 53 years at his side. Bobby was born August 5, 1937 in Elmira N.Y. After graduating from Waverly High School in 1955, Bobby entered the U.S. Navy in 1956, and married Susan Kay Lewis on October 1, 1960. Always true to his hometown, he served as a Boy Scout leader, Chemung 4-H leader, a member of the Chemung Masonic Lodge, and as president of the Waverly Lions Club. In addition, he found great pleasure golfing with friends, family and colleagues at Shepard Hills Country Club in Waverly. Bob served his community for over 40 years at Bob Clark's Hardware Store in Waverly, N.Y. Yet his greatest legacy will be the gift he gave to his family. After retiring, he devoted his life to his grandchildren by moving to Utica to be with Ryan and Elizabeth for seven years, and then to Oswego to be with Zoe, Fisher, and Tristan for the past two years. He is survived by his wife, Kay of Oswego, two daughters, Marysue (Scott) Andrews of Utica, and Allison (Pete) Fuller of Elmira Heights, one son, Rob (Beth) Clark of Oswego. In addition, "Bumpa" is survived by five beloved grandchildren: Ryan and Elizabeth Andrews; Zoe, Fisher and Tristan Clark; and three step-grandchildren, Atasha Fuller, and Aiden and Jorden Montgomery. Also three loving sisters, Sylvia (Robbie) Robinson, Marjorie (Tom) Madigan, and Dianna (Blaine) Woodruff; along with several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother and father, Robert S. and Ida Clark, and his brother, Francis. He will be most remembered for his kindness. Calling hours will be held on Saturday, August 16, at the Luckner Funeral Home, 449 Park Avenue, Waverly, N.Y., from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., with a memorial service immediately following. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Chemung Volunteer Fire Department in Bobby Clark's name. Donations may be sent to 679 Main Street, Chemung, NY. –Sayre Morning Times 8/14/2014

COBB –HOPE EILEEN BROWN, 53, of New Albany, Pa., passed away Wednesday morning, Aug. 27, 2014 at her home following declining health. Hope was born in Towanda, Pa. on April 17, 1961, the daughter of Laurel Sutton Cobb and the late Richard Cobb. She attended Elk Lake High School and was formerly employed by Staff Management at Proctor & Gamble in Mehoopany, Kane's in Tunkhannock, the Jolly Trolley in Dushore, Highlands Care Center in Laporte and by McDonald's Restaurant in Wysox.Hope enjoyed cross stitch, fishing, flowers and gardening. Surviving are her companion, Terry Crawford of New Albany; mother, Laurel Cobb of Meshoppen; children, Amy Lewis and husband Chief Petty Officer, Joseph Lewis of Picayune, Miss., Monica Lewis and husband Charlie Lewis III. of Tarboro, N.C., Keith Brown of New Albany; grandchildren, Katherine, Meghan, Justin, Hunter, Fisher and Charlie Lewis; her twin sister, Holly Vanderpool of Towanda; sister, Marguerite Shafer of Litchfield Township; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Keith Brown in 2003; and by her father, Richard Cobb in 2005.A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, at the United Methodist Church of Auburn with her uncle, Rev. Calvin Cobb officiating. Interment will be in the Beaver Meadows Cemetery, Tuscarora Twp., Pa. The Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home of Towanda, Pa. is assisting Hope's family with arrangements. The family requests that contributions in Hope's memory be directed to the Keith Brown Continuing Education Fund in care of First Citizens Bank, LeRaysville, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 8/30/2014

SCOTT J. COVELL was born January 26, 1963 in Elmira the son of Richard and Rosalie (Pelow) Covell passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at the age of 51. His parents, Richard and Rosalie and his brother, Martin "Marty" Covell preceded him in death. He is survived by his loving wife of 18 years, Michelle; children: Eric (Brenda) Ripley, Lindsy (David) Ripley and Adam Ripley all of Florida; grandchildren, David and Jonalee; siblings: Richard (Robin) Covell of Florida; Randy (Wendy) Covell of Elmira, NY; Kelly Covell also of Elmira, NY; Shannon (Thomas) Fletcher of Elmira, NY; nieces and nephews: Tiffany and Brian Bogucki; Joshua Covell; David and Devin Hall; Ricky Sawyer; along with several aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. For many years, Scott was a carpenter in Florida. He loved animals and fishing. He was an avid New York Yankees and Pittsburg Steeler fan. Scott had a great sense of humor, enjoyed laughter and will be remembered for the love he showed to everyone. Family and friends are invited to celebrate Scott's life on Sunday, August 24, 2014 at Harris Hill at 2:00 PM. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. 1050 Pennsylvania Ave. Elmira/Southport, NY. The Covell family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude and appreciation to the Chemung County Nursing Facility 2nd floor and the rehab staffs for the outstanding care and compassion given to Scott. –Elmira Star-Gazette 8/20/2014

CROMAN –NIDA ERMA BRACKMAN, 82, of Columbia Cross Roads, Pa., went home to her Lord and Savior on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, at home while surrounded by her family. Born on Aug. 11, 1931 in Pottsgrove, Pa., Nida Erma Croman was one of six children of the late Ralph and Nida (DeFrain) Croman. She was a graduate of Milton High School and attended Mansfield University with studies in Home Economics. In earlier years, she worked as an OB Technician at St. Joseph's Hospital in Elmira. A gentle, generous and patient woman, Erma will be remembered as a special wife, mother, grandmother, sister and a friend to many. On June 7, 1952, she married Lewis Raymond Brackman in Pottsgrove. They shared over 51 years together and were blessed with nine children before his passing on Dec. 30, 2003. Erma's faith in the Lord guided her life. She was an active member of the Columbia Cross Roads United Methodist Church, serving as an Elder, Sunday school teacher, choir and U.M. Women's Group member. She was a very talented seamstress and quilter who made her daughter's as well as several others' wedding dress. She was a member of the East Canton Quilting Club. Erma enjoyed traveling and supported missions building charity programs to help others less fortunate. Favorite times were visits shared with her children and grandchildren; Erma loved babies. She also collected lighthouses. Surviving are her children, Lewis Raymond Brackman Jr. of Columbia Cross Roads, Gary Lee (Paula Ann) Brackman of Stroudsburg, Pa., April Kim (Andres) Liens of Miami, Scott Alan (Susan) Brackman of Pittsburgh, Judy Ann Muff of Magnolia, N.J., Carol May (Raymond) Graff of Drexel Hill, Pa., Polly Ruth (John) Reiser of Taoyuan, Taiwan, Karen Christine (Lawrence Jefferson Jr.) Pacl of Felton, Pa. and Amy Beth (Dion Sr.) Sullivan of Columbia Cross Roads; 21 grandchildren, Mary Frances, Jason and Dmetria Brackman, Jessica Frenley, Rebecca Brackman, Raymond and Raul Liens, Joshua, Aislinn and Michael Brackman, Jeremy, James and Matthew Muff, Stephanie McCaffrey and Derrick Graff, Nathaniel and Seth Reiser, Lawrence and Jefferson Pacl, Dion Jr. and Elizabeth Sullivan; 19 great-grandchildren; three siblings, Ruth Eisley of Milton, Raymond Croman of Pottsboro, Pa. and Joe Croman of Boston; three brothers-in-law, Paul Brackman and Owen Brackman both of Canton and Charles (Audrey) Brackman of Blandon, Pa.; many nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her husband Lewis, Mrs. Brackman was predeceased by a grandson, Jonathan Reiser and two sisters, Jane Cottner and Norma Wagner. Family invites friends to call from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, at Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Dr. in Canton. Rev. Michael Gaiotti will officiate the funeral service at the Columbia Cross Roads United Methodist Church at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 8. In lieu of flowers, consider a memorial for missions of Polly and John Reiser's 25-year missionary work with Youth With a Mission in Taoyuan, Taiwan or used Dion Sullivan Jr.'s missionary in training work. Please send donations to Amy Sullivan at 20 Hall Rd., Columbia Cross Roads, PA with a notation in memo for the Reisers or Dion Jr. –Towanda Daily Review 8/5/2014

J. STUART CROSSEN, 78, of Mansfield, PA, passed away July 22, 2014 at Broad Acres Nursing Home, Wellsboro, PA. Friends are invited to attend a memorial service for Stuart to be held Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 11:00 AM at St. James Episcopal Church, with Rev. Rowena Gibbons officiating. Family will provide the flowers. Memorial contributions in Stuart's memory may be made to St. James Episcopal Church 18 St. James St. Mansfield, PA, Animal Care Sanctuary 11765 Rt. 6 Wellsboro, PA, or Partners in Progress 332 S. Main St. Mansfield, PA. A service of Gary W. Wilston Funeral Home. –Elmira Star-Gazette 8/20/2014

PAUL L. DARROW, 79, formerly of 4471 Fairview Rd., Towanda, Pa., passed away Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at the Bradford County Manor in West Burlington Township, Pa. Paul was born Oct. 29, 1934, the son of Marvin and Irene Whitehead Darrow. He was employed by the Ingersoll-Rand in Athens, Pa. for 30 years until his retirement. Paul enjoyed the outdoors, working on the family farm and hunting. He was a member of the Burlington United Methodist Church where he served as a lay leader and choir member. Paul loved to sing and was a member of the Bradford County Manor Chorus. Surviving are his wife, Edith Kuhnle Darrow who is also a resident of the Bradford County Manor; children, Timothy Darrow of Burlington Township, Terry Darrow of Narvon, Pa., Scott Darrow of Scranton, Pa., Jennifer Ingrassia and husband George of West Burlington Township; grandchildren, Hannah, Andrew, Brittany and Caleb; sisters, Vivian Kie of Troy, Ellen Gumbert of Hampton, Va., Julia Beach and husband Robert of Troy; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Norma Rubert and Florence Doran. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m., with a memorial service to follow at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, at the Bradford County Manor, 3rd Floor Activity Room. Officiating will be Pastor Dale Harper. The family suggests that contributions be directed to the Burlington United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 7, Burlington, PA in Paul L. memory. –Towanda Daily Review 10/31/2014

DAVID –EVA C. LOWMAN BUBACZ age 93, passed away at the home of her daughter, on Saturday, November 1, 2014. Eva was born September 16, 1921, in Elmira, a daughter of George and Mary (Shemoin) David. She is predeceased by her husband Robert C. Bubacz, sisters, Rose (Charles) Charlap, Rum (Art) Sykes, Adlyn David, brothers, George (Gert) David, David J. (Mable) David, and beloved canine companion Squeaky. Eva is survived by her children, Kenneth R. Bubacz of Lowman, Gregory M. Bubacz of Freeville NY, Christopher Bubacz, with his wife Susan, of White Plains NY, and Mary Burton of Lowman; son-in-law Dale Burton of Wellsburg; special nieces and nephews, Miriam Smith of Elmira, Patty Ann Tanner of Chicago IL, Alan Charlap of Elmira, John Michael and Pat David of Atlanta GA; along with life-long friend Ann Ross of Horseheads. Eva had 12 years of Catholic education at St. Patrick's Grammar School and Elmira Catholic High School, which were in the same building. She was a Registered Nurse working at St. Joseph's Hospital for a number of years. Eva later worked as a Teacher's Aide at Diven School. Involved in the community she was a volunteer with the Clemens Center, Senior Citizens Luncheons, former President of the Elmira Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, an Election Inspector and a life time member of the ELSYLEBAM Club. She was a lifelong active communicant of St. Patrick's Church. There will be no calling hours. Family and friends are invited to Eva's Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, November 7, 2014 at 11:00 a.m., St. Patrick's Church, Elmira. Interment, with committal prayers, will follow. Eva's family would like to send a special thank you to CareFirst nurses, Mary Beth and Kate, and CareFirst volunteer Debra Watts for the wonderful care given to their mother. –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/2/2014

CARL E. DOWLING, 54, of Wellsboro, died on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. He was born on July 31, 1960, in Williamsport, a son of the late Carl E. and Patricia A. (Edwards) Dowling. Carl was married for 30 years to Gloria M. (Bartholomew) Dowling and attended the Liberty Church, Liberty. He was employed by Denney Electric, Wellsboro, for many years. Carl enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling and shopping. He loved spending time with his family especially his grandson and was greatly anticipating the arrival of his granddaughter in February. Carl is survived by his wife, Gloria; two daughters and sons-in-law, Ashley and Jay Smith of Liberty, Tricia Dowling and Bryan Williams of Covington; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Carol Beckner of Williamsport, Sherry and Terry Neenan of Williamsport, Norma Jean and Maurice Giese of Harwood, Texas; grandson, Blake Williams; many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased bya brother, James Dowling in 2000. Friends may call on Friday, Oct. 3, from 6 to 7 p.m., at the Liberty Church, Liberty. A memorial service will follow at the church at 7 p.m., with Pastor Lon Williams officiating. Interment will be in the English Center Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., Wellsboro. –Wellsboro Gazette 1/10/2014

ROBERT C. EBERLIN, age 47, of Sugar Run, Pa., passed away on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, at his home.Robert was born on Feb. 25, 1967, in Neptune, N.J., a son of late Dorothy and Alfred Eberlin. Robert attended school in Freehold, N.J. After school he worked various jobs and moved to Camptown in 1990, where he worked for various local quarries over the years. He met Ida Belle Altemose in January of 1998, and together they raised their two children for the past 16 years. He took pride in having worked for Eshelmans Masonry on the construction of the new Wyalusing Elementary School.Robert loved spending time with his family. He enjoyed fishing and gardening. He will be missed by all that knew him. Surviving is his companion IdaBelle Altemose, at home; son Dalton Eberlin, at home; daughter Blaze Salsman, at home; sisters and brother-in-law Crystal Eberlin, Mehoopany, Pa., Desiree Daff, Laceyville, Pa., Shannon and Richard Newton, North Dakota, Melody Scarestead, Seaside, N.J., Heather Hall, Lakehurst, N.J.; biological mother and father Richard Stegman and Holly Eberlin, Towanda, Pa.; numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Denise Cottrell. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, PA with Pastor Phyllis Pelletier, officiating.In lieu of flowers donations can be sent to the Bradford County Humane Society, PO Box 179, Ulster, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 9/8/2014

EDSALL –BARBARA J. STRATTON of Lowman, NY passed away Saturday morning, August 2, 2014 at the age of 62. Barbara was born November 1, 1951 in Bath, NY, daughter of the late James Buchanan and Martha Inscho Edsall. She is survived by her foster mom, Rose Harley of Austinville, PA and step father Harold Edsall of Painted Post, NY; fiance' James Christian of Lowman, NY; her children, Christoper (Cara) Bunn of Penn Yan, NY, Sarah J. (Darin Strong) Stratton of Corning, NY, Steven (Erica) Webster of Hammondsport, NY, Megan (Gerry) Mletzko of Pine City, NY, Andrew (Brad) Christian of Millerton, PA, and Phil (Margaret) Christian of Elmira, NY; nine grandchildren; brother Gene (Jackie) Buchanan; sisters, Nancy (Don) Gladden and Susan (Dennis) Wick; 16 nieces and nephews and four grand dogs. A loving mother, grandmother, and wife. A sister and daughter to many. Her love for mother earth was known by all, as expressed through her passionate beadwork and Native American jewelry. She never met a tree she didn't like. It was Barbara's wishes that all services be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to the Hope Lodge Hospitality House, 1120 South Goodman St., Rochester, NY in Barbara's memory. –Elmira Star-Gazette 8/10/2014

ESGROW –PAULINE A. CIRULLI, age 75, of Elmira Heights, NY, passed away on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA. Pauline was born on April 18, 1939 in Blossburg, PA, daughter of the late Daniel and Alice (Schwartz) Esgrow. Pauline retired from Hungerford Corporation in Big Flats, NY, after many years as a bookkeeper. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Pauline is survived by her husband of 56 years, William; daughters, Kathy (Richard) Miller of Elmira and Karen (Mark) Slaughter of Tampa, FL; son, John "Jack" Cirulli of Tampa, FL; brother, Robert (Jackie) Esgrow of Charlotte, NC; grandchildren, Stephanie Miller and William Miller; many friends. Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, August 19 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 6 p.m. with Fr. Scott Kubinski officiating. Interment will be private and to the convenience of the family. –Elmira Star-Gazette 8/18/2014

FASSETT –SHARON A. FULLER, 63, of Sayre, PA passed away on Monday, November 3, 2014 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, following an extended illness. She was born on March 8, 1951 in Sayre, PA the daughter of the late Elmer and Phyllis Allen Fassett. Sharon was a member of the American Legion Post #246 for 22 years. She enjoyed decorating cakes and bowling. She loved all animals, especially her Bailey and Tiny. Sharon loved spending time with her family and friends. Sharon is survived by her daughter Tracy Fuller and her boyfriend Dan Young of Sayre, PA, grandchildren Brandon Fuller and Braxton Fuller, brother Alan Fassett, sister and brother-in-law Cathy Fassett and Kenneth Newell, half-brother Elmer Fassett, 2 step-brothers, 2-step-sisters, the father of her child and longtime friend Woodrow "Steve" D. Fuller, nieces Emily Fassett and Megan Fassett Matthyssen, nephews and their spouses Christopher and Tammie Morelli and Daniel and Taylor Morelli, nephew Andrew Fassett, and numerous cousins. Friends and family may call on Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 1pm-2pm at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, PA. A Memorial Service will follow at 2pm at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made in Sharon's memory to: Bradford County Humane Society, US Route 220, Ulster, PA. –Sayre Morning Times 11/5/2014

RALPH FENTON, age 67, of Golden Hill, PA passed away Friday evening, August 15, 2014 at his home. He was born on November 6, 1946 in Sayre, PA the son of the late Harrison and Anna Russell Fenton. Ralph owned and operated Fenton’s Scrap with his son, Turk. He loved hunting, going to turkey shoots, and watching drag racing. He left behind a loving, devoted wife, Debra Fenton; his son Shanon “Turk” Fenton and his wife Amy; his daughter Billie Jo Place, and his beloved daughter Tonya Fenton who passed away October 3, 2013. He is also survived by his granddaughters Karley, Makayla, and Danielle Fenton; his grandsons Cody Pedro, Dustin Pedro, Jason Place, and Ryan Kershner; his great-grandchildren Hunter Pedro, Chase Pedro and Trenton Pedro all of who Ralph absolutely adored. Ralph had five brothers, seven sisters, and four half-siblings. A Memorial Service will be held on a later date at the convenience of the family at the family home, 942 Church Rd, Laceyville (Golden Hill), PA. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Ralph’s name to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN. –Carol Brotzman

ELWIN EARL FITCH, (1943-2014), a son of the late Elwin and Carrie Fitch, a long-time resident of Tucson, Ariz., passed into Glory Saturday morning, Aug. 30, 2014 after a long battle of health issues. He is survived by his wife, Aleah (Hardenstine) Fitch; and son David Anthony Fitch of Tucson, Ariz.; brother Paul (Janet) Fitch of Somers Point, N.J.; Gloria (Steve) Hargrove of Randle, Wash., Dolores (Royal) Westbrook of Kansas City, Kansas, Rebekah (Larry) Maxwell of Patterson, N.Y., and Enolia Jane Fitch of Monroeton, Pa. Elwin was born in Sayre, Pa., and raised in Franklindale, Pa. He graduated from Towanda Area High School and Practical Bible Training School. After marrying, he pastored at Richland N.Y. In 1969 he and his wife became missionaries under Harvesters International in Mexico. In 1975, they joined the Missionary Gospel Fellowship from Turlock, Calif., and served to the present time. Elwin spent many years teaching through the Child Evangelism Fellowship of Tucson, Ariz. and was noted for his gift of music and made several recordings. Memorial service will be held a Tucson Mountain Baptist Church at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. Suggested donations to Peppi's House Hospice Center, 2715 N. Wyatt Drive, Tucson, AZ. –Towanda Daily Review 9/1/2014

WILLIAM J. FOLKERS - The angels came for Bill on October 26, 2014. Bill leaves behind his devoted wife of 34 years, Linda Nichols Folkers; his two sons who are his pride and joy, James Folkers (Sheena) and Nicholas Folkers and his precious grandchildren (Jim's) Abby and Aaron Folkers. Bill is also survived by his loving mother, Clara Zolli Grubb; brother, Kenneth Folkers; nephew, Kyle Folkers; aunt, Barbara Zolli; aunt, Dr. Christine Zolli; cousin, Dana Zolli; mother/father in-law, Ralph and Joann Nichols; sisters-in-law, Sherry (Vern) Cooper, Cindi (Chris) Norton, Sue (Rick) Williams and Joy (Dan) Cooke. Bill was predeceased by his dad, Alex Grubb; uncle, Dr. James Zolli; grandmother, Vilma Delathauwer; and stepbrother, Curtis Grubb. Bill will be remembered for his talent in antique clock restoration, skills as an appliance technician, love of traveling the auction circuit, golfing, boating, RC planes and Chinese food, his wit and tremendous love for family. Please join us to honor his life on Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Robert's Funeral Home, Inc. 279 Main Street, Wellsburg, New York. A short service will follow the calling hours. Bill received exceptional care during his stay at the University of Rochester Strong Memorial Hospital. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The National Prion Disease Pathology Surveillance Center, c/o Andrea Webb, 2085 Adelbert Road, Cleveland, Ohio to fund research for the Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Please reference William Folkers in your contribution. –Elmira Star-Gazette 10/30/2014 (Born 9/19/1954)

GALLOW –RITA ELLEN (CHAMBERS) YOUNGS 88, of East River Road Nichols, NY formerly of Sayre, PA, passed away peacefully at her daughter's home with her family at her side on August 15, 2014 after a brief battle with cancer. Rita was born May 10, 1926 at home in Alpine, NY. After graduating from Van Etten High School in 1944, Rita married Edward Paul Chambers of Ridgebury, PA in 1948. Together they raised four children. Always a caring mother to her family, she served as a cub Scout den leader, assisted with girl scouts, and a helper throughout her lifetime to many organizations. Edward passed away in 1978. Rita worked briefly outside the home at Sayre Lingerie, IBM Owego and F.M.Howell Co. in Elmira. Rita remarried on August 27, 1983 to Milfurd (Jimmy) W. Youngs of Elmira, NY. They enjoyed a long retirement together gardening, camping in the area with their friends, enjoying the fire. In the early years they spent most of their winters in Florida. Together they were loving Grandparents who often watched (and may have spoiled) their grandchildren. Her family loved spending time with her she was "Mother" in the true sense of the word. Rita's hobbies were cooking, baking, and doing crafts. She always looked forward to what tomorrow would bring. She will be missed for her kind gentle and caring manner. Rita was an active Member of the Nichols United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the United Methodist Women. She was also a member of the Beta Sigma Phi. Rita is survived by her husband of 31 years, Jimmy; two daughters, Cheryl (Cliff) Signor of Whitney Point, NY and Sheila (Tom) Jennings of Vestal, NY; two sons, Michael (Denise) Chambers of Nichols, NY and Charles (Kathleen) Chambers of Nichols, NY; one sister, Louise (Gene) Benson of Gillette, PA; one brother, Howard (Mary) Gallow of Ballwin, MO; eight grandchildren Shannon (Doug) Prough, Matthew Chambers, Nicholas (Trish) Chambers, Maureen Jennings, Kyla (Tim) Baker, Sarah Smith, Julie Chambers, Cassie Chambers. Rita has twelve great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation and time of sharing memories on Monday, August 25th from 11-1 pm at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. A Memorial Service and Celebration of her life will follow at 1 pm. Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to Lourdes Hospice, 4102 Old Vestal Road, Vestal, NY in loving memory of Rita. –Elmira Star-Gazette 8/20/2014

RAY HOWARD GERHART, age 60, of Vineland, N.J. passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 at his home.Ray was born on July 29, 1954, a son of Gordon and Nancy Borbich Gerhart. He married Patricia Ann Sysock of Mildred, Pa. on Sept. 26, 1980 and they enjoyed 33 happy years together before her untimely passing on Aug. 8, 2014. Ray honorably served in the United States Marine Corps, having served in Vietnam. After he was honorably discharged he went to work for Airworks in Millville, N.J. which later became Dallas Airmotive. He worked there for many years and then started working at Millville Jet Center. He was currently employed at Boeing, Ridley Park, Pa., where he has worked the past five years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and always enjoyed coming up to the mountains of Sullivan County. He also enjoyed going to the Bloomsburg Fair every year.Surviving are his parents, Gordon and Nancy Gerhart of Lansdale, Pa.; son, Kyle (Corinne) Gerhart of Clayton, N.J.; brothers, Joseph (Debbie) Gerhart of Riverview, Fla., Gary (Dawn) Gerhart of Rochville, Md., Neal (Wendy) Gerhart of Lansdale, Pa.; father-in-law, Stephen Sysock of Mildred, Pa.; brother-in-law, Stephen (Stella) Sysock of New Albany, Pa. Ray is also survived by his beloved dog, Scooter and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, Pa., with Pastor Phyllis Pelletier officiating. Interment will follow in the St. Francis of Assisi Church Cemetery, Mildred, Pa.Friends and family may call from 1 p.m. until the start of the service at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review 9/6/2014

CHRIS HARRIS GILBERT - On Nov. 4, 2014, Chris Harris Gilbert of Canton passed away unexpectedly at his residence. He was 59 years of age. Born Aug. 8, 1955 in Williamsport, he was a son of Leslie and Audrey (Cott) Gilbert. Chris worked as a machinist in Williamsport for several years until he became disabled. He enjoyed all things connected with the great outdoors and served as the manager of Sunfish Pond Park. Chris was also a skilled woodworker, producing fine pieces of furniture. He was a devoted NASCAR follower and a fan of Rusty Wallace. He enjoyed cooking, especially for large family gatherings, was a fan of Elvis Presley and old time classic country artists. Chris was a sociable, down-to-earth man with a great sense of humor who will be missed by all who knew him. Surviving are his children, Olivia (and Travis) Scott and grandsons Mason and Alex of Sayre, Monica (and Kenneth) Carey and granddaughters Kenna and Kadence of Wyalusing, Stephanie (and Bruce) Johnson and grandsons Jordan and Nicholas of Wyalusing; brothers: Lawrence (and Marilyn) Gilbert of Canton and Carl (and Brenda) Gilbert of Berwick; sisters: Joann (and Earl) Chase and Amy (and Rich) Sweigart, all of Dushore and Carrie (and Jim) Smith of Bloomsburg; and his beloved canine companion Jackie; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents Leslie and Audrey Gilbert, his wife Amanda (Erb) and niece Julia Bowers.  A celebration of Chris' life will be held 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8 at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 94 N. Center St., Canton. Friends may call between 1 and 2 p.m. –Towanda Daily Review 11/7/2014

MICHAEL R. ‘MIKE’ GIORDANO JR., 56, of Hanlon Hill Road, Towanda, Pa.,, Sheshequin Township, passed away Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at his home following declining health. Mike was born in New Jersey on October 22, 1958, a son of Michael R. Giordano Sr. and Carole G. Kelcey Giordano. He was a graduate of Athens High School class of 1977. Mike owned and operated the High Ridge Dairy Farm and Mike's Meat Processing Business in Sheshequin Township for many years. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren whom he adored, friends and gatherings at the Giordano Pond. He was a member of Beirne-Webster VFW Post in Towanda and the National Rifle Association.Surviving are his children Lisa M. Ammerman and husband Donald of Towanda, Michael R. Giordano III and wife Danielle of Milford, Pa., Lauren R. Giordano and fiancé Jeff Myers Jr. of Ulster; grandchildren, Zoey, Maria, Bianca, Libby and Calvin; sisters Linda L. Bowman of Athens, Pa., Susan C. Giordano of Lititz, Pa., Donna L. Malawski and husband Ted of Towanda, Laurie A. Jewell and husband Scott of Waverly, N.Y.; several nieces, nephews and cousins and his canine companion, Spanky. The family will receive friends Monday, November 10, 2014 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Beirne-Webster VFW Post, Bridge Street Hill, Towanda, Pa. The family suggests that contributions be directed to the Bradford County Humane Society, P.O. Box 179, Ulster, PA in Mike's memory. The Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home of Towanda is assisting Mike's Family with arrangements. –Towanda Daily Review 11/7/2014

RUSSELL A. ‘PETE’ GOODRICH, 94, of Gillett, PA, passed away on Sunday, September 7, 2014, at the Troy Community Hospital. He was the loving husband of the late Marjorie A. (Dunbar) Goodrich who passed away on October 3, 2006. The couple married on October 9, 1943 and had 62 happy years together. Pete was born on February 22, 1920 in Tioga, PA, son of the late Verne S. and Agusta (Heck) Goodrich. He worked for the Tennessee Gas Pipeline until his retirement in 1985. Pete was a member of the East Troy Baptist Church. He enjoyed playing baseball when he was younger, bowled in a league at Terrace Lanes, and liked hunting and fishing. Marjorie and Pete liked polka dancing, spending time at Keuka Lake, and being with their grandchildren. Pete is survived by his daughter, Judy (Stuart) Berry of Gillett, PA; his grandchildren, Mike (Diana) Berry of Gillett and Shelly Miller of Sarver, PA; and his great-grandchildren, Nichole Miller, Ryan Miller, and Wyatt Berry. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Marjorie; and several brothers and sisters. Services for Russell A. "Pete" Goodrich will be private and at the convenience of his family. The Gerald W. Vickery, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., 1093 West Main Street, Troy, PA has been entrusted with the arrangements. –Vickery Funeral Home Records 9/9/2014

DANIEL J. GREEN JR., 99, of Noblesville, Ind., passed away on Oct. 19, 2014. Daniel was the son of Daniel J. Green Sr. and Carrie Dodge Green. Daniel was born Aug. 31, 1915 at Granville Summit, Pa. At age 16 he graduated from Canton High School and entered Pennsylvania State University for two years. Daniel was a 50 year resident of Bradford County where he owned a construction business. Upon his relocation to Indiana, he developed a new construction business, whereby he built may fine homes and commercial buildings. Daniel was a member of the Indiana Society of Mayflower Descendants for 42 years and was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution for 41 years. Daniel was the last living grandson of Nathaniel Dodge, who served in the Civil War (1861-1865). Daniel is survived by his wife, Theresa; and children, James (Kathy), Dale (Dorothy), Ronald (Jenny), Maryann, Kathleen (Larry), Nancy (Rick), Deborah (Gary), Michael (Kathryn); 15 grandchildren, with numerous great-grandchildren into the fifth generation. Services will be held at 1 p.m., with calling one hour prior, on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, at Flanner and Buchanan-Oaklawn Memorial Gardens, Indianapolis, Ind. Entombment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens, Indianapolis, Ind. –Towanda Daily Review 10/23/2014

PATRICK M. GRISWOLD, age 24 of Elmira, NY passed away on Saturday August 16, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer. Patrick was born December 31, 1989 in Elmira, NY the son of Charles W. Griswold Sr. and Mickey P. Bonham Griswold. He was pre-deceased by his father Charles on January 7, 2013. Patrick was an avid fisherman, camper, and survivor. He loved his family and friends and treasured the time he spent with them. Patrick is survived by his loving mother and step-father Mickey P. Bonham (Thomas Middaugh) Griswold of Elmira, NY; brothers: Charles W. (Jamie) Griswold Jr. of Elmira, NY, Sean (Tiffany) Griswold of Elmira, NY, Mikey Brizzee Jr.; sister: Estina (Howard Henderson) Burlew of Elmira Heights, NY; brother-in-law; Josh Burlew of Elmira Heights, NY; devoted and loving companion April Thiel and her children of Elmira, NY; God-daughter: Kenna Brizzee; adopted family Jr. Burdick and Momma Hernandez; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of caring friends. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Lynch Funeral Home, 318 W. Broad St., Horseheads, NY on Saturday August 23, 2014 from 11 AM to 1 PM. –Elmira Star-Gazette 8/21/2014

GURNSEY –WINONA M. ARCHER, age 77 of Lawrenceville, PA passed away at her home on Thursday, October 30, 2014. Born January 21, 1937 in Addison, NY, she was the daughter of the late Howard and Stella (Kimble) Gurnsey. She married Robert H. Archer. Winona was a member of the Rebekah Lodge and worked for Brackley’s Market in Lawrenceville. She is survived by her husband, Robert; two sons, Gary Archer of Lawrenceville, PA and Ronald (Patricia) Archer of Greensboro, NC; a daughter, Debra (Alan) Thomas of Interlaken, NY; seven grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren; two brothers, Daniel Gurnsey of Addison, NY and Derold (Mary Alice) Gurnsey of Galeton, PA and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen, Twin Tiers Region Affiliate, P.O. Box 1306, Elmira, NY 14902 or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements are being handled by Kenyon Funeral Home. –Kenyon Funeral Home Notice 10/31/2014

HOLCOMB –GLORIA M. WHITMORE, 70, of Valley Rd., passed away with her family at her side on Monday evening, October 20, 2014. Gloria is survived by her husband Ronald; her children: Corrine Whitmore of Nichols; Jamie (Krys) Whitmore of New Jersey; Ron (Michele) Whitmore of Vermont; Chris (Lori) Whitmore of Rome, NY; her grandchildren: Terry-Lynn (Ted) Herman; Trisha (Tony Mayo) Varga; Zach, Noah and Hannah Whitmore; Kayla and Dylan Whitmore; Faith and Eve Whitmore; great grandchildren: Edyne, Ty and Immy; her sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Verna Miller; Paul “Skip” (Diane) Whitmore; Myron “Butch” (Shirley) Whitmore; Gary Whitmore; several nieces, nephews and their families also survive. Gloria was predeceased by her parents and a sister June Holcomb. Gloria was born on July 14, 1944 in Manhattan, NY a daughter of the late June and Adele Gloria (Mora) Holcomb. Gloria was a graduate of Owego Free Academy and attended Broome Community College. For many years, she was employed at the Frost-Klossner Insurance Agency as there office manager. Gloria was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Owego. She was a former Boy Scout and Girl Scout leader, an original member of Children for AIDS; Citizens Action of NY and many will remember her for the dedication as a long-time member of the Tioga County Democratic Committee. Gloria enjoyed spending time with her friends at the Tioga Opportunity Center handcrafting ceramics with the “Clay People”. Her greatest pleasure was being surrounded by her family. Until we meet again, may you find comfort in the arms of the angels Mom. Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation and time of sharing memories on Friday, October 24, 2014 from 4-8 pm at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. Funeral services and a celebration of Gloria’s life will be held on Saturday, October 25th at 11 am at the funeral chapel with her pastor Rev. Aaron Schian, officiating. Interment and prayers of committal will follow in the Gibson Corners Cemetery. Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to Stray Haven, 194 Shepard Rd., Waverly, NY or Zion Lutheran School, 3917 Waverly Rd,. Owego, NY in loving memory of Gloria M. Whitmore. –Carol Brotzman

RICHARD L. HOLCOMBE, age 98, a highly respected business man of Dushore, Pa., passed away on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. Dick was born in Dushore on Oct. 2, 1915, a son of the late Vell Burr and Roseanna Jane (Jennie) Cook Holcombe. He graduated from the Dushore High School a member of the Class of 1932. He married the former Ann Viola Driscoll of Towanda on June 15, 1937. She predeceased him on June 3, 2010, after 72 years of marriage. He served as a Corporal in the US Army Air Corps during WWII. Dick was a member of St. Basil's Church, Dushore, Pa. and a member of Loyalsock Post No. 996 American Legion, Dushore, Pa. and a past Post Commander for Post No. 996. Dick is well known for his historical reflection articles in "The Sullivan Review" with a byline of "Dick Holcombe Remembers." He has served on both local and council leadership positions for the Boy Scouts of America. Dick was a member of the Knights of Columbus of St. Basil's Parish. He served as Sullivan County Commissioner for a four-year term starting in 1964. He was one of the founding members and past fire chief for the Dushore Fire Company. Mr. Holcombe grew up in the undertaking and furniture business and in 1934, he joined V. B. Holcombe and Sons with his two brothers and father and they ran a successful undertaking and furniture business in Dushore. Mr. Holcombe also worked for Harrington Dairy and was a successful business owner, owning his own furniture store and eventually a laundromat and dry cleaning facility. He was responsible for the engineering and placement of the sewer lines for the Dushore Borough Sewer Authority and was an active member of Dushore Industries, which was the Economic Development Authority for Borough of Dushore. He is most well known for being one of the founders of the PA Bowhunters Festival and the inventor of the famous running deer target. He was inducted into the Archery Hall of Fame and Museum in Springfield, Mo. in September 2006. He is one of the few non-archers in the Archery Hall of Fame. Mr. Holcombe was known as an inventor and owns several patents for his inventions, entrepreneur, writer, but he is best known for being a great father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Surviving are his daughter and son-in-law, Marjorie A. and Thomas Gorsky of Penn Yan, N.Y.; son and daughter-in-law, Richard J. and Paula B. Holcombe of Laporte, Pa.; seven grandchildren, John Gorsky (Tor), Michael Gorsky (Kathy Dudek), and Thomas Gorsky (Stephanie), Eileen (Radencic) Sipe, Benjamin Radencic, Sara Holcombe Koutsioroumbas (Athan), and Philip S. Holcombe (Laura); and 11 great-grandchildren and numerous niece and nephews. He was predeceased by a daughter, Mary Kathryn (Mamie) Radencic Confar on July 28, 2006; and a son-in-law, George A. Radencic Jr. on June 20, 1996; and by two brothers, Vell Carl Holcombe and Pierson Joseph Holcombe; and two sisters, Alice Elizabeth (Holcombe) McCarthy and Pauline Cook Holcombe. A transfer service will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, Pa. and followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 1 p.m. at St. Basil's Church, Dushore, Pa. with his Pastor, Rev. Joseph R. Hornick, presiding. Interment will be in the adjoining parish cemetery. Friends may call from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday morning, Aug. 16 at the funeral home. The family will provide the flowers. Memorials may be directed to Dushore Fire Company, PO Box 1, Dushore, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 8/13/2014

HORTON –JOAN M. MOSHER, 79, of Church St., Barton, NY went to her heavenly home on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 following a period of declining health. Joan was born on September 4, 1935 in Warren Township, Pa a daughter of the late Clifford and Eva (Doane) Horton. Joan was a member of the Nichols Senior Citizens. She enjoyed handcrafting canvas crafts, reading, listening to country gospel music, attending Chinese auctions and playing Bingo.. Although her greatest enjoyment was being surrounded by her family. Joan is survived by her husband of 62 years, Frank Mosher; her children: Donna and her husband Robert Beppler of Endicott; Randy and his wife Cheryl Mosher of Horseheads, NY; Dirk and his wife Lisa Mosher of Nichols; her brother Richard Horton of Owego; her sisters-in-law: Vivian Horton of Nichols; Irene Horton of Zephryhills, Florida; her grandchildren: Travys Welfel, Traci Rypkema, Marc Beppler, Christopher and Melanie Mosher; Stephanie and Peter Denning; Jeremy and Anya Mosher; Merrick Mosher, Rowan Mosher and Aran, Mosher. Her great grandchildren: Carma, Collin, Damon, Zander, William, Edyne, Madyson, Lucille and Charleigh. Several nieces, nephews among them Sharon Ulrich, Clifford Mosher and Ruth Cornish also survive. Joan was predeceased by her parents, her brother Gordon, Norman and Doug. Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation on Friday, September 12 from 11 – 1 pm at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. Funeral services and a celebration of her life will follow at 1 pm with Pastor Charles Wasielewski, Sr., and Pastor Frank Wasielewski, Jr. officiating. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family in the Nichols Cemetery. Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the Nichols Senior Citizens c/o Art Engelbert, Sunnyside Dr., Nichols, NY or the Talmadge Hill Gospel Chapel, c/o Pastor Frank Wasielewski, Jr., 1645 County Road 60, Lowman, NY in loving memory of Joan M. Mosher. –Carol Brotzman

HOWARD –ESTHER R. COURTER, age 81, of Mainesburg, PA, died Friday, August 15, 2014 at Troy Hospital, Troy, PA. Esther was born April 30, 1933 in Midland Park, NJ, a daughter of Richard and Blanche (Morel) Howard. She enjoyed reading and loved to draw. Esther was the wife of the late Robert D. Courter who passed away December 23, 2012. Esther is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Robert and Gina Courter of Glenwood, NJ, Stephen Courter (Janice Brenner) of Milford, NY; a daughter and son-in-law, April and Tim O'Donnell of Indianapolis, IN; eight grandchildren, Ryan, Sean, Devinn, Tyler, Brittany, Mariah, Jaclyn, and Luke; two great grandchildren, Jaxon and Weston; a step grandson, Chaz. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her parents; a brother, Richard Howard; and a sister, June Parker. In keeping with Esther's wishes, there will be no services. Memorial donations may be made in her memory to the American Heart Association, 613 Baltimore Dr., Wilkes-Barre, PA. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family. –Elmira Star-Gazette 8/19/2014

JAKUBOWSKI –IRENE T. JAKUBOWSKI SOWDEN, age 89, formerly of Wilmot Township, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 at Country Meadows, Allentown, Pa., with her loving family at her side. Irene was born June 24, 1925 in Hanover Green, Pa., a daughter of the late Stanley Jakubowski and Jennie Obidzinski Jakubowski. She graduated from high school in Hanover Green, Pa., and married Albert James Sowden Jr. of Philadelphia, Pa. on May 29, 1948. She met Al at a dance while she was attending the Philadelphia General Hospital School of Nursing. They moved to Wilmot Township in 1970 and made their home on Stonehedge Farm. Al predeceased her on March 16, 2008 after 59 years of marriage and a daughter, Patricia Sowden predeceased her in July 1979. After graduation from nursing school, Irene was on the faculty of Temple University School of Nursing until she resigned to start a family. Irene returned to work at Abington Memorial Hospital and Lower Bucks County Hospital and finished her nursing career at the Wyalusing Valley High School as the school nurse for 16 years, retiring in 1992. Irene obtained her Bachelor's Degree from Mansfield State College and her Master's Degree from Marywood College. Irene was a very active member of St. Mary's of the Assumption Catholic Church in Wyalusing, Pa. She was also very active with many civic organizations in the Wyalusing area and would help out at Christmas time portraying Mrs. Claus, with her husband Al portraying Santa Claus, at many events over past years. In past years she volunteered with the American Red Cross, helping out at Bloodmobiles. She was also a former member of the Eagles Mere Country Club. Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Donna and James Flader of New Tripoli, Pa.; two sons and daughter-in-law, James and Carol Sowden of New Hope, Pa., Robert R. Sowden of Stroudsburg, Pa.; sister, Helen Reh of Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; grandchildren, James Sowden of Fort Worth, Texas, Janel Sowden of Sacramento, Calif.; sister-in-law, Mrs. Ann Scire of Orlando, Fla.; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at St. Basil's Church, Dushore, Pa., with the Rev. Joseph R. Hornick, presiding. Interment will be in St. Basil's Cemetery, Dushore, Pa. Friends and family may call from 10 a.m. until the time of the Mass on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at St. Basil's. Arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, Pa. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be directed to Wyalusing Public Library, PO Box 98, Wyalusing, PA or the Alzheimer’s Association, 399 Market St., Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 8/21/2014

LEWIS L. JENKINS age 79 of Elmira, "flew away" to meet his Savior Wednesday November 5, 2014 surrounded by his loving family at the Chemung County Nursing Facility, Elmira. Lew was born April 4, 1935 in Sayre, PA to the late Gordon and Dorthy Wood Jenkins and was predeceased by his wife, Marceil. Lew is survived by his brother Wallace and sister Betty Jean Quinn of Hornell, NY; sons, Scot (Debbie) Jenkins of Erin, NY, Lewis (Cindy) Jenkins of Pine City, NY, Kevin (Donna) Jenkins of Jacksonville, NC, David (Tara) Jenkins of Johnstown, PA; and daughter, Christy (Dave) Edkin of Elmira, NY, many grand children, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, including special niece, Doreen (Smith) and Tom Sackett of Hornell, NY. Lew retired from Thatcher's Glass Mfg. Co after more than 43 years. Lew was a long-time member of Riverside and Pennsylvania Ave United Methodist churches. He was a lifetime Boy Scout and was active in cub scouting, boy scouting and sea explorers, and he loved people, dogs and his Risen Savior. Family and friends are invited to call Sunday November 9, 2014 from 2 - 4 pm at the Pennsylvania Avenue Methodist Church, 1238 Pennsylvania Ave., Pine City, NY. A funeral service will take place there beginning at 4pm. Internment at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to remember Lew may send donations to Boy Scout Troop 43 Pine City or the Chemung County Nursing Facility at 103 Washington St., Elmira. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Kalec Funeral Home. –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/7/2014

VAN LERAE JENKINS SR., 78, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at Veterans Hospital, Elsmere, DE. He was born in Grover, the son of the late Evan and Lula Bastion Jenkins. Mr. Jenkins attended Grover Elementary School for six years and then attended Canton High School. He served his country in the Army during the Korean War. He was a carpenter for Local 626, New Castle, retiring in 1999. He enjoyed collecting recyclable metal items. He worked on the Pennsylvania Railroad for a short time with his father. Van took pleasure in listening to country music, especially Alan Jackson. He also loved gardening. Mostly he loved spending time at home with his two great grandchildren and the rest of his family. Van's wife of 20 years, Carolyn, died in 1999. He is survived by his wife of seven years Irene Hershberger; children, Tony (Mellisa) Jenkins, Van LeRay Jenkins Jr. of Pennsylvania; and daughter, April Jenkins, Allwood, Delaware; stepdaughters, Lisa Kotash and Lorie Leonard. fourteen grandchildren, many step-children; a sister, Carol Jenkins Finogle Kipp of Grover, and a large extended family. He was predeceased by his mother and father; by siblings, Harry, Richard, and C. F. (Chuck) Jenkins; sisters, Rebecca Isabelle Jenkins Rice Wooster and Sarah Elizabeth Jenkins Losey Ayers, Lula May Jenkins Chrzan. Nieces and nephews, Mike and Sindy Chrzan, Dolla Mae Chrzan, Amber Burgess, and Olivia Raye Spencer. A committal service was held on Wednesday, October 1, at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Wilmington VA Hospital, c/o Voluntary Services, 1601 Kirkwood Hwy., Wilmington, DE. –Canton Independent-Sentinel 10/9/2014

JOHNSON –MARY ELLEN (JOHNSON) DECKER - On the morning of Tuesday, July 22, 2014, lifelong Towanda resident Mary Ellen (Johnson) Decker passed away quietly at the Skilled Nursing Center. She had just celebrated her 98th birthday earlier this month. Born in Towanda on July 12, 1916, she was the daughter of William and Lena Johnson. During the Second World War she contributed to our country's defense by working at the Sylvania electronics plant in Towanda. One day she met the projectionist at the Keystone Theater, Henry Decker, and before long they were married. Mary was a member of the former Eagles lodge in Towanda, where she also served in the capacity of housekeeper for many years. She was also a member of the Ladies' Auxiliary of the American Legion in Towanda. Mary was a cheerful, outgoing woman with a laid-back personality who loved cats, Bingo and the pleasure of her family's company. She made friends easily, even during her long stay at Skilled Nursing. For as long as her health would permit, she enjoyed the Christian fellowship at Christ Episcopal Church in Towanda. Mary is survived by daughters, Julia Perry of Tennessee and Patricia Carr of Rome, Pa.; as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and special friend, Mona McAlmont of Towanda. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Lena Johnson; husband, Henry Decker; sons, William Johnson and Donald Johnson; stepsons, William Decker, Henry Decker and Donald Decker; stepdaughters, Betty Shay, Phyllis Kovalcin and Jeanie Bushnell; and brothers, Peter, Richard, Francis and James Johnson. In keeping with the family's wishes, all services are private, and have been entrusted to Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, Canton. –Towanda Daily Review 7/25/2014

JOHNSON –PAMELA ANN ‘PJ’ BYDAIRK, 60, of Mile Lane Road, Sayre, Pa., passed away on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at the Skilled Nursing Unit of the Towanda Memorial Hospital. Pamela was born on May 22, 1954 in Waverly, N.Y., a daughter of the late Edward and Arvena (Woodruff) Johnson. For many years, Pam owned and operated Volpe Nails on Broad Street in Waverly. She treasured the time spent with family and enjoyed traveling. She will be greatly missed by her siblings: Sue (Harold) Hall, Al E. (Debi) Johnson, and Bill Johnson, all of Nichols; her favorite nieces and nephews: Chris Purtell, Katie Cartwright, Rebecca Hall; Jesse and Walt Davidson; Molly and Matt Biggs, Amanda Peters; special and well-loved great-nieces and nephews: Bob Davidson, Cole Cartwright, Ashley St. George, Piper and Livia Biggs. PJ was predeceased by her parents, Edward and Arvena Johnson, and her husband, Gary Edward Bydairk, on July 5, 2012. Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation and time of sharing memories of Pam's life on Wednesday, Aug. 13 at from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Athens Wesleyan Church, Mile Lane Road, Sayre. A memorial services and celebration of her life will follow at 2 p.m. A luncheon will follow the service. Caring assistance is provided by Cooley-Tioga Point Cremation & Burial Options, 802 N. Main St., Athens, Pa. –Sayre Morning Times 8/12/2014

KEELER –CAROL ANN ELSBREE passed away Aug. 2, 2014 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. She is survived by her husband, Robert; children, Mark (Linda) Elsbree, Blaine Elsbree, Douglas (Darlene) Elsbree, Julie (Eric) Kinsman; grandchildren, Ethan, Elliot, Emily and Elyse Elsbree, Grace, Lily, Ruby and Wilson Kinsman; sister, Ruth (Joe) Elsbree; brother-in-law, Richard Elsbree; nieces, Luann Mega, Tammy Soprano, Christina Field; and a nephew, Todd Campbell. She was preceded in death by her father, Dr. Hugh Keeler in 1969; mother, Geraldine Keeler in 1999; father-in-law, Fred Elsbree in 1970; mother-in-law, Inza Markham Elsbree in 1974; and brother-in-law, William Elsbree in 1975. A private funeral service was held at the convenience of the family. Contributions may be directed to the Nancy Quattrini Memorial Fund, in care of Sue Damico/Sayre Oncology Department, Guthrie Clinic, One Guthrie Square, Sayre, PA in Carol Ann Elsbree's memory. –Towanda Daily Review 8/6/2014

KEENEY –AMELIA (TILLIE) HATCH entered into Heaven on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 and into the arms of many loved ones including her husband Ivan on the day before what would have been their 73rd wedding anniversary.  She was born April 18, 1924, the daughter of Floyd and Myra Collins Keeney. She was born at New Era and later moved to Evergreen. She married Ivan L. Hatch, Aug. 29, 1941 and then moved to New Albany to the Hatch family farm. They had sons: Dale, Floyd and a daughter Linda all of New Albany. She was blessed with six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. She is survived by a sister Jean Herman and was very blessed to have had a great companion for a roommate at the Skilled Nursing Unit at Towanda Memorial Hospital, Phyllis Rockwell. She was predeceased by her husband; sisters, Charlotte Berkley, Marion Robinson, Ruth Hibbard; brothers, Ivan, Paul, Howard and Lester; and two great-great-granddaughters. Amelia retired from Rynveld's Wreath Factory and worked at Donna's Lawn Ornaments. She loved to crochet, do crafts and play bingo. She hand-sewed quilts and had a knack for growing African violets. She took many trips to Canada where she enjoyed fishing. She played the organ and guitar even though she took no music lessons. Her most precious moments were spent with family. She was a member of the New Albany Methodist Church and of the New Albany Volunteer Fire Co. and helped for many years with their Haunted Hayride. At Amelia's request there will be no memorial services. Memorials may be sent to the New Albany Methodist Church, 591 Front St., New Albany, PA or the New Albany Volunteer Fire Co, PO Box 167. The Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home is assisting the Hatch family with arrangements. –Towanda Daily Review 8/30/2014

KILMER –SYLVIA E. BEDFORD, age 98, of Forksville, Pa., went home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 at the Dar-Way Elder Care with her loving family at her side. Sylvia was born Aug. 29, 1916, a daughter of the late Carlton and Lavinna Caseman Kilmer. She graduated from the Estella High School and married Merton E. Bedford on July 3, 1935. They were married for 59 years. They lived on the family farm in Elkland Township working side by side to make a life for themselves and their four sons, while caring for Merton's parents, Oscar and Mattie. She and Merton were also parents of several special foster children.When Sylvia was a member of the Estella Methodist Church, she taught Sunday school and sang in the choir. At the time of her death she was a member of St. Peter's Church of Christ. She also attended the First Church of Jesus Christ in Forksville.Sylvia so loved and enjoyed family and friends and her life as a wife, mother and homemaker. She loved music and playing the piano and organ. She was a gifted singer and seamstress and won many ribbons at the Sullivan County Fair for her beautiful crocheted items.Sylvia is survived by her sons, Harold of Laceyville, Pa., Carl and (Audrey) of Mehoopany, Pa., Boyd and (Debra) of Forksville, Pa. and Bruce of St. Paul, Minn.; and a daughter-in-law, Glenda Bush of Laceyville; grandchildren, Carla and (Larry) Severs and Darnell and (Edward) Husted, children of Harold and Glenda; Michael and (Siobhan) Bedford and Dawn Mattice, children of Carl and Audrey; Kevin and (Marjean) Bedford, Lorin and (Kim) Bedford, Stephen and (Ronda) Bedford, and Aaron and (Tina) Bedford, children of Boyd and Susan; and Christopher Bedford, son of Bruce and Kay; 17 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews; brothers, Robert Woodhead and (Joan) of Forksville, Pa. and Lee and (Peggy) Woodhead of Montoursville, Pa.; brother-in-law, Sam Valenza, Moorpark, Calif.; and sisters-in-law, Louise Woodhead, Forksville, Pa. and Florence Kilmer, Grandview, Mo.Sylvia was predeceased by her husband, Merton; brothers, Alpheus Kilmer and Leslie Woodhead; sisters, Lanonna who died in childhood and Myrna Woodhead Valenza; step-father, Francis Woodhead; and daughters-in-laws, June, Carol, Susan and Kay.Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, Pa., with the Rev. David C. Hart, her pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Bethel Cemetery, Elkland Township. Friends may call at the Homer funeral home from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 and from 12 p.m. to the time of the service on Saturday. The family will provide the flowers and asks that memorial contributions be sent to the Eldredsville Fire Co., 402 Rte. 4007, Forksville, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 10/20/2014

KEITH D. KNELLER, 66, passed away Friday, July 25, 2014 at Hershey Medical Center after a long courageous battle with cancer. A Celebration of Life Service will be private at the convenience of the family. Life Tributes by Olewiler & Heffner Funeral Chapel & Crematory, Inc., 35 Gotham Place, Red Lion, is in charge of arrangements. Born July 24, 1948 in Towanda, he was a son of the late Cyrus and Myrtle (Fenton) Kneller. He was a United States Army veteran of the Vietnam War, stationed in Germany. It was during this time he came to love the German country and culture. Originally from Pennsylvania, he moved to Florida and was employed with IBM. He retired from IBM and began a new career as a Senior Programmer/ Analyst for the government offices of Pinellas County in Clearwater, FL. He lived in Florida for 27 years, retiring from Pinellas County Feb. 1, 2008. In 2013, he purchased a home in York and returned to Pennsylvania. Mr. Kneller is survived by one sister, Marjorie K. Stringer of York; two brothers, Larry R. Kneller and his wife, Marilyn of Wyalusing and Lee R. Kneller and his wife, Betty Jean of New Albany and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Samuel C. Kneller. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. –Wyalusing Rocket 7/31/2014

LAMONT –PHYLLIS A. LAW, 92, formerly of Canton, Pa., passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport, Pa. Born on July 5, 1922 in Laquin, Pa., Phyllis was a daughter of the late Joel R. and Helen (Hatch) LaMont. After graduating with Troy High School's class of 1939, she continued her education at St. Luke's Hospital in Newburgh, N.Y. to become a Registered Nurse in 1943. Phyllis later earned a Bachelors of Science degree at Syracuse University and enjoyed post-graduate studies at the University of Chicago. She was proud to have served as a 2nd LT in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps during WWII with the 131st Evacuation Hospital. At Christmas time in 1944, Phyllis' unit sailed to England on the converted troopship, luxury liner Queen Elizabeth. She was stationed in Chester, England, Rouen, France and in the Sudan before going to Becherback and Sandersdorff in Germany. Her unit then went to Camp Gusen near Mauthausen, Austria. After Mauthausen, the notorious concentration camp, was liberated by the Allies in May 1945 the 131st cared for camp survivors. Phyllis was interviewed by Michael Hirsch for his book, "The Liberators: America's Witnesses To The Holocaust." On Dec. 13, 1958, Phyllis married Laurence J. Law in Brasher Falls, N.Y. They shared 33 wonderful years together before his passing on March 24, 1992. Phyllis was an avid reader and a knowledgeable rock hound. She liked to garden, travel and collect rock specimens from different areas. She was a member of the Troy, Pa. American Legion/V.F.W. Post. Surviving are two stepchildren, David (Jean) Law of Massachusetts and Linda Law of Connecticut; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; a brother, Fred J. (Betty) LaMont of Canton; many nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her husband Laurence, she was predeceased by a brother and three sisters, Joel R. "Tim" LaMont Jr., Dorna M. VanNoy, Madeline L. Abel and Julia L. Keenan. In keeping with Mrs. Law's wishes, family services will be private. Those who wish may consider a memorial in her name to the Green Free Library, 38 N. Center St., Canton, PA. Pepper Funeral Home in Canton is in care of arrangements. –Towanda Daily Review 8/29/2014

HOWARD K. LANE, 85, passed away peacefully in California on Sunday, July 20, 2014. He was born in Tunkhannock on June 28, 1929, son of the late William and Bethel (Broadbent) Lane. He served in the U.S. Air Force until 1951 then spent the next 38 years in the aerospace industry. He continued his education receiving his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of California at Irvine. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 61 years, Hope Miller Lane; and four brothers: Herbert, Homer, Kenneth and Donald. Surviving are four sons: Alan Lane of Laguna Niguel, Calif., Scott Lane of Stonington, Conn., Brian Lane of Laguna Niguel, and Gary and Erika Lane of Laguna Niguel; four grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and brother Stanley Lane of Tunkhannock. In lieu of flowers, donations could be made to your local Alzheimer’s Association. –Wyoming County Examiner 7/24/2014

HARRY ROBERT LAPHAM passed away on Aug. 27, 2014 at 81 years old. Harry was a long-time resident of Cape Coral, Fla. He was born in Towanda, Pa. to Jesse Burnett and Mary Virginia (Kenning) Lapham. Harry received his BS from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Master's degree from Syracuse University. Harry was a veteran of the Korean War and served as a US Army photo interpreter. He was a former educator in broadcasting and science and later a small business owner. He enjoyed spending time at the family cottages on Lake Youghigheny in Pa. and Lake Wateree in S.C. An avid aviation buff, Harry was a member of EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) for many years. He greatly enjoyed plane rides with his son John. Harry is survived by his children, Jennifer Blackmon (Tracy), John Lapham (Christina) and Rebecca Wheeler (Bryan). He was also blessed with four grandchildren, Rachel and Emily Blackmon, Kaleb and Sean Wheeler. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at Hodges Kiser Funeral Home, 9231 Cypress Lake Dr., Ft. Myers, FL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the EAA "Give Wings" program. –Towanda Daily Review 8/29/2014

FRANCIS WILSON ‘FRAN’ LEGGETT, 83, Marion, died at 12:46 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, Ind. He was born in Canton, Pa., to the late Lacelle and Lorena (Packard) Leggett. He married Linda Kay (Williams) Leggett on July 29, 1978, she survives. Francis was a United States Air Force veteran and had served during the Korean War. He was a salesman in the automobile industry for 42 years. He owned his own business, Davis & Leggett, for 14 years and had worked at Calkins Motors for 22 years. Francis was great with people and truly loved his career, having sold cars to three generations of families. In his younger years, Francis loved training and selling wild horses in Canton. He was a member of First Methodist Church in Sevierville, and loved his Tennessee home. Along with his wife, Francis is survived by his children, Donna (Ray) Hoffmann, Daniel (Linda) Leggett, Francis W. (Lois) Leggett Jr., Phillip (Susan) Leggett, Sheila (Ron) Fraze, Rev. Ed (Lisa) Seeley, and Craig (Tracy) Seeley; grandchildren, Bret, Joel, Peter, Mike, Jessica, Kristen, Randy, Katrina, Matthew, Megan, Alexander, Spenser, Amber and Ben; 12 great-grandchildren, plus two on the way; best friend, Gene Segur; and good friends, George and Maria Pickel. Francis was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Arthur Leggett; and one great-grandson, Mason. Services for Francis will be held at 7 p.m., on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at Canton Ecumenical Parish, 103 N. Center St., Canton, Pa. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service, at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Needham Storey Wampner Funeral Service, Marion, Ind. –Towanda Daily Review 9/11/2014

CARL ‘GLENN’ LEWIS, 82, of Hughesville, PA, died Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014 at The Gatehouse. Born Feb. 13, 1932 in Wyalusing, he was a son of the late Carl and Arlene Scouten Lewis. He and his wife, the former Eileen L. Dunkleberger, would have celebrated 38 years of marriage on Oct. 15, 2014. Glenn was a member of the Masonic Lodge 707, Williamsport and the Muncy Valley Moose. He loved hunting, fishing, golfing and, above all, spending time with his family. Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a daughter, Ruth E. (David) Servey ofMontoursville; a son, Jeffrey M. (Billie) Mosteller of Skandia, MI, and two granddaughters, Kristi Servey and Courtney Servey. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 5, at Christ United Methodist Church, 148 South Main Street, Hughesville, with Rev. Jane O’Borski officiating. Burial followed in Twin Hills Memorial Park. Friends called from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Arrangements were entrusted to the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Hughesville. –Wyalusing Rocket 7/8/2014

MANNING –BEVERLY A. WELLES, age 67, of Tunkhannock, Pa. passed away Tuesday evening, July 15, 2014, at the Commonwealth Hospice of NEPA of the Regional Hospital of Scranton, Pa.  She was born on Aug. 29, 1946 in Meshoppen, Pa., the daughter of the late Theodore and Ruth Kasson Manning. Beverly loved dancing and listening to country music, especially by her favorite country artist, Willie Nelson. She enjoyed family gatherings and picnics and being surrounded by her large family and many friends. Surviving are her children, William Button (Kathy Miller) of Factoryville, Pa.; Celia and David Sands of Towanda, Pa.; Carl Button III (Bobbie Bennett) of Wyalusing, Pa.; Dorothy and Ronald Cassellbury of Towanda, Pa.; Shantel Franklin (Joseph Wasilewski) of Nicholson, Pa.; and Donald Welles (Kathleen Thomas) of Laceyville, Pa. Also surviving are 21 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Beverly is preceded in death by her brother, Robert Hall who passed away on Jan. 19, 2005. Memorial services will be held at a later date at the convenience of her family. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Wyalusing Fire Company, C/O Alice Matson, PO Box 86, Wyalusing, PA. Arrangements were made through the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main Street, Laceyville, Pa.
–Towanda Daily Review 7/17/2014

MCCARTHY –CLAIRE ELIZABETH MACINERNEY age 83, born into Eternal Life on August 11, 2014. Claire was born May 17, 1931 a daughter of William and Theresa (Lynch) McCarthy. She was the beloved wife of George MacInerney for nearly 59 years before his death in 2011. Claire is also predeceased by her toddler son Kevin and infant daughter Beth Ann. Claire is survived by, daughter Terry Taggart-Cerio and husband Jay Cerio of Hammondsport, with their children Melissa Heath, Amanda (Tanner) Webb, Caitlin (Justin) Vose, Ben Cerio and Anna Cerio; son John MacInerney of Chicago IL, with his son Kevin; son Michael MacInerney of Oneonta NY with Julie Colunio, and their children Sean MacInerney and Skyler Selfridge, Michael, Nicholas and Anna Colunio; daughter Tricia Babcock of Elmira (Richard Babcock) and their children, Katy (Bill) VanDewark, Abigail (Jordan) D'Angelo and Kyle Babcock; daughter Anne MacInerney of Elmira Heights, with Brian Kennedy, and her children Stephanie (fiancé Brian Daugherty) MacInerney and Andrew O'Geen; Also survived by great grandchildren, Kaleb, Sequoia, Olivia, Jamison, Isabella, Mason, Blake, Judah, Cooper, Anna and Bryce; sisters, Joan Ninivaggi, Suzanne Duffy, Mary McCarthy and Christine McCarthy; along with several nieces and nephews. Claire is remembered with love and gratitude for her devotion as a caregiver and protector of her children, her grandchildren, and her great-grandchildren. Claire was patient, loving and kind, and is admired for the strength that she exhibited throughout her life. Family and friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, 502 W. Water Street, Elmira on Thursday, August 14, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. A prayer service will be held at 11:15 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 12:00 noon at St. Mary's Church, Elmira. Long-time family friend Father Robert MacNamara will be the presider. Father MacNamara officiated at George and Claire's wedding 62 years ago. Interment will then take place at Bath National Cemetery where Claire will be laid to rest with her husband. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember Claire with a donation to the Keuka Foundation, Attn: Fred & Harriet Taylor Health Facility, 7571 State Route 54, Bath NY. Claire resided at the Fred & Harriet Taylor Health facility for the past year and the family wishes to extend their sincere thanks for the wonderful care Claire received while there. –Elmira Star-Gazette 8/13/2014

JOHN ADAM MCCAULEY, 59, of Athens Township, Pa. passed away Saturday morning, Aug. 30, 2014 at his home following declining health. John was born May 31, 1955 in Sayre, Pa., the son of Frank B. and Wanda Gleockler McCauley. John grew up in Ulster attending elementary school there and was a graduate of Athens Area High School class of 1973. While he was at Athens he was a standout member of the Bulldog football, basketball, baseball, and track teams. He was a 1977 graduate of Bloomsburg State College where he started four years on the Huskies' football team. He then played semi-pro football for the Triple Cities Jets. John taught fourth grade for the Athens School district at the Ulster Elementary School until his retirement and was subsequently employed by MASCO until declining health no longer permitted him to continue. On June 6, 1992 John married the former Cynthia Kissel at his parents' home in Ulster. "Coach Mac" started as an assistant football coach in Athens in 1979, a position he held for many years. As well as football, he also spent time as a head basketball coach for the S.R.U Tigers, and later was an assistant with the Athens' basketball program. Lastly, John served as the head of the Athens indoor and outdoor track programs. John was also involved in many local basketball and softball leagues. He was an avid fan of the New York Giants, New York Yankees and Notre Dame Football. Surviving are his wife, Cynthia "Cyndi" McCauley; sons, John Paul Villegas of Sayre, Adam John McCauley of Athens, Ohio; brother, Daniel F. McCauley of Williamsport, Pa.; sister, Barbara Johnson of Canandaigua, N.Y.; mother-in-law, Shirley Kissel of Ulster; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Virginia and Mike Freeland of Sayre; nieces, Judy Johnson, Linda Moore, Wanda Moore, and Samantha Kissel; and nephews, Robert Henderson, Richard Henderson, and Patrick Henderson; also several great nieces, great nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant sister, Dawn Marie McCauley, father-in-law, Dennis Kissel and brothers-in-law, Dennis F. Kissel and Charles Johnson. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home, 314 Desmond St., Sayre, Pa. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family.In lieu of flowers the family suggests that contributions in John's memory be directed to: Athens Area High School, 401 West Frederick St., Athens, PA in care of Jack Young to establish a memorial fund in John's name. –Towanda Daily Review 9/2/2014

WILLIAM JOHN MCDONALD of Edgewater, FL and formerly of Elmira, NY died July 26, 2014. He was born May 11, 1957 in Elmira, NY to Edward M. and Jean (Smykowski) McDonald. He is survived by his spouse, Dianne McDonald of Millport, NY; children, Heather (Mark) Kowatch, Woodbridge, VA, Tony (Alicia) Brimmer, Elmira, NY, Donald J. McDonald, Mariah McDonald, Millport, NY, Amanda Scott, Nikki Randall; grandchildren, Cortney Kowatch, Mariah, Matthew, and Kenzie Jo Brimmer, Caley Austin-Brimmer; brothers and sisters, Michael McDonald, Mary (Alan) Comstock, Paul (Missy) McDonald, Julie Pendleton; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by father (Edward M. McDonald) in 2013, son (William E. McDonald) in 2013, paternal grandparents (Edward J. McDonald) in 1982 and (Sophia McDonald) in 1993, and maternal grandparents (John J. Smykowski) in 1988 and (Dorothy M. Smykowski) in 1976. –Elmira Star-Gazette 8/1/2014

JOEL CLAYTON MCMICKEN, age 35, of 412 Williams Rd, Meshoppen, PA passed away Monday morning May 19, 2014 as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident that occurred in Meshoppen twp., Wyoming County. Joel was born on September 23, 1978 the son of Arlo W. and Gwen H. Hoffman McMicken of Wyalusing, PA. He was a member of the Wyalusing Valley High School class of 1997. He was employed with Williams Oil and Gas, Inc. of Tunkhannock, PA as an Operations Technician. He worked at many compression stations throughout Wyoming and Susquehanna Counties. He enjoyed participating and helping with the Hunts for Healing at the Ringneck Ridge Hunting Club in South Auburn, PA. He was a past member of the Sayre Sportsmen’s Club. In his spare time he enjoyed hunting and fishing all through Northeastern Pennsylvania with his family and friends. He is survived by his wife the former Karen Elizabeth Allen McMicken and their daughter Kendalynn Grace McMicken, age 3 ½, of Meshoppen, PA; his parents Arlo W. and Gwen H. Hoffman McMicken of Wyalusing, PA; his father and mother in law Jack and Linda Robbins Allen of Meshoppen, PA; his brothers Jonathan R. McMicken of Wyalusing, PA and Shannon E. McMicken of Wysox, PA; his sisters Karen Maxwell and her husband David of Mildred, PA and Brenda Polons and her husband Joseph of Dickson City, PA; his brother in law Robert Allen of Meshoppen, PA; his sister in law Krystal Allen of Wilkes-Barre, PA; his maternal grandmother Patricia W. Hoffman of Wyalusing, PA; his paternal grandmother Jenny B. McMicken of Laceyville, PA; as well as several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and many close and special friends. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather Donald Hoffman and his paternal grandfather Willard McMicken. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the Sheldon Funeral Home, SR 6, Meshoppen, PA with Rev. Gary Myers of the Meshoppen Biblical Baptist Church officiating. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday from 12:00 noon until the time of the service. A private burial will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Kendalynn Grace McMicken Education Fund, PS Bank, 76 Church St., Wyalusing, PA. –Contributed by Carol Brotzman

FRED D. MILLER, 76, of Athens, Pa., passed away on Monday, September 1, 2014 at home with his family by his side following an extended illness. He was born on March 27, 1938 in Tunkhannock, Pa., a son of the late Bruce F. and Rose C. Sheffler Miller. Fred was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving on the USS Saratoga. He was a Supervisor for Electro Mechanical, Sayre for years until the closing of the business. He worked as a detailer for Barnes Chrysler-Plymouth and as a delivery driver for Bud Loomis Beer Distributor, prior to retiring. He was an avid gun collector, and he enjoyed spending time at Alexander's Gun Shop. Fred was an avid Phillies fan, enjoyed fishing and hunting, and followed NASCAR, especially Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Jr. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who loved spending time with his family and friends.He is predeceased by his daughter Ria Miller in 2009, uncle and best friend Bryce Sheffler Sr. and his wife Pat Sheffler, nephew John Simmons, mother-in-law Doris VanNoy, and brother-in-law Art Price. Fred is survived by his wife of 51 years Sharon VanNoy Miller at home; children Lois Miller-Woodruff and David Woodruff of Wysox, Pa.; Staff Sgt. Fred and Karen Miller of White Haven, Pa., and Brookes Miller and Brett Mason of Pittsburgh, Pa.; grandchildren Rob and Morgan Miller, Lacey Miller-Vanderpool and Larry Vanderpool, Beth Marie Miller, Patrick Woodruff, Brayden Mason, Beckett Mason, and Bryce Mason; great-grandchildren Lolah Jone' Vanderpool, Peyton Miller, and Cason Miller, sister Carolyn Mabel Price of Athens, Pa.; brother and sister-in-law Donald "Decker" and Linda Brown of Caledonia, N.Y. and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Friends and family may call on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 225 S. Main St., Athens, Pa. Funeral services celebrating Fred's life will be held on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 at 6 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Linda Rogers officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Donations may be made in Fred's memory to the: Guthrie Hospice, 421 Tomahawk Road, Towanda, PA or National Rifle Association, 112250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA. –Towanda Daily Review 9/3/2014

MILLER –JANETTA M. BAKER, age 56, of Owego Road, Candor, N.Y., passed away at her home, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. She attended Sayre High School and graduated in 1977. Janetta has been married for 28 years to Paul Baker. They were together 10 years before marriage. She had a disease called CF that she battled all her life and it finally caught up with her. She is predeceased by her mother Joyce Miller; her father Kengla Miller; and grandparents George and Mary Noble; and brother-in-law Tom Hooker. She is survived by her husband Paul Baker; brother Kenny Miller; her favorite aunt and uncle Jim and Arlene Cole. Her mother-in-law and father-in-law Paul and Pat Baker; sisters-in-law Pat and Marc Seeley, Barb and Rick Elwood, Bonita and James Voorhees, Debra and Joe Conrad, Sue and Walt Conrad, Martha Hooker and friend Randy and brother-in-law William Baker. Several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews; and her three good dog companions Snickers, Mini and Tasha; and special friends Char, Mike and Karen, Myrtle and Angie and Amy. Her hobbies were going to the mall shopping, dancing, surfing the Internet and keeping up with her CF friends on Facebook. Her favorite meal was macaroni and cheese and chicken. A special thanks to all her friends and family who helped her with her disease. A time of gathering with family and friends will be from 12-1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad St., Waverly, N.Y. The celebration of Janetta's life will follow the visitation with the Rev. James Donahoo honoring her memory at 1 p.m. A special tribute to Janetta's life will be presented on DVD during the funeral service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to one's favorite charity. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Waverly. –Sayre Morning Times 9/4/2014

AUDIE JAY MINCER is now soaring high. Surrounded by his loving family at the time of his passing (8/18/2014) after a long and valiant battle with cancer; Audie was a devoted son, brother, father, grandfather, uncle and friend, and is now at peace. As a singer, songwriter, and musician - music was in his soul. Audie loved playing music with his boys - a gift he shared with them and many others. Audie was an avid hunter and fisherman, always looking for the best hunting spot or fishing hole that would get him that 10-pounder! He was a giving man, always offering a smile or a laugh to brighten someone's day. Audie was a veteran of the United States Army from 1976 until 1979, when he received an Honorable Discharge. He was preceded in death by his father, Fay Cron; and his sister-in-law, Lisa Ryder-Cron. Audie is survived by his devoted mother, Ellen Cron, along with his beloved sons Joshua and Joel Mincer and their mother Vickie Mincer; sister Sharon Mincer-Sindoni and husband Ken; brothers Fay Cron and Harry Mincer and wife Deanna; and his sunshine and fiancee Michele Morningstar. Audie is also survived by three grandchildren including grandson Ronin and mother Bethany (Joshua), granddaughters Gemma and mother Rachelle and Devaney and mother Megan (Joel). Audie is survived by nieces, Sierra Mincer and Erica Cron, along with nephews Jeremy Muthard and wife Kim, and Scott Mincer and great-niece Alexis Muthard. Please join us for an informal celebration of Audie's life on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 from 4-8 p.m. at the South Waverly Borough Hall, 379 Pennsylvania Ave., South Waverly, Pa., where military honors will be accorded at 4:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please donate in Audie's name, to the Assistance in Healthcare Organization, P.O. Box 396, Zion, IL. Assistance in Healthcare is a non-profit organization helping cancer patients and their families. –Sayre Morning Times 8/20/2014

JEREMY MATTHEW ‘BONE’MOYRY, age 38, of 956 Trible Rd., Meshoppen (South Auburn), Pa., passed away on Friday evening, Aug. 29, 2014 due to injuries sustained in an UTV accident in the village of South Auburn. Jeremy was born on Nov. 10, 1975 in Tunkhannock, Pa., a son of Larry R. and Elizabeth S. (Smith) Mowry. He was a graduate of Elk Lake High with the class of 1994. He was employed as a truck driver with Meshoppen Stone for over 13 years before he ventured out to form his own trucking business, Mowry Trucking. Jeremy married Amy Gacha on Aug. 19, 1995 and together they have two children, Alyssa Catherine Mowry, age 18, who just started her freshman year at Bloomsburg University, and Matthew Isaiah Mowry, age 10, who attends Elk Lake Elementary School. He loved hunting and fishing with his family and close friends. He enjoyed coaching kids with Auburn Little League Baseball. Jeremy was well liked by everyone that knew him. He was very hard working and took great pride in everything that he did. He will always be remembered for his blue eyes and great smile. Most of all he loved his children very much. Jeremy is survived by his wife, Amy, and children Alyssa and Matthew at home; his parents Larry R. and Elizabeth S. (Smith) Mowry of South Auburn; his siblings and their spouses Chris M. Mowry and wife Tammi of Laceyville, Pa., Renee M. LaRue and husband Ben of Rushville, Pa., and Angela M. Upright and husband Brian of Retta, Pa.; his paternal grandfather Ronald W. Mowry of South Auburn; his father and mother-in-law Jerry and Cathy Gacha of Meshoppen, Pa.; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and brother/sister-in-laws; as well as many close friends. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the Sheldon Funeral Home, SR 6, Meshoppen, Pa., with Rev. Thomas Davis of the Braintrim Baptist Church officiating. Interment will follow at the Jersey Hill Cemetery. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family has asked that memorial donations be made to the Alyssa and Matthew Mowry Education Fund, Peoples Security Bank, 3487 SR 6, Meshoppen, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 8/31/2014

JASON J. MOYER, 43, of Williamsport, passed away Monday, July 28, 2014 at home. He was born Oct. 21, 1970 in Williamsport, a son of Howard J. Jr. and Nancy J. (Williams) Moyer. Jason was one of the founders of the Hudock Moyer Wealth Resources. Jason attended Williamsport Area High School graduating in the Class of 1988. He was graduated from Lycoming College in 1992 as the Salutatorian majoring in German, Religion and Middle Eastern Archeology with a minor in Greek language. During college, Jason worked at Maneval's Funeral Home and the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra. He established and operated Manhattan Bagel in Williamsport. Jason started his career in financial services at Merrill Lynch. He later helped establish what has become Hudock Moyer Wealth Resources where he evolved to Chief Investment Officer until his passing. He specialized in portfolio management and estate planning. Jason held various industry registrations and was a Certified Financial Planner (CFP). Jason has served on the boards of several local nonprofit organizations including the Community Theatre League, Williamsport Chamber Choir and Orchestra, AIDS Resource Alliance, Roads to Freedom, and the Community Arts Center and was actively involved with other charitable organizations in the local area. Theater was a passion of Jason's where he enjoyed performing, directing, and mentoring others. The shows in which he was involved are too numerous to list. His favorites include: "Jekyll and Hyde," "Chicago," and "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change." Jason was an incredible singer and our small town was blessed to have his Broadway-caliber voice. Many may not know another side of Jason in that he was an adrenaline junkie. He was known to have skydived, chased tornadoes and jumped from tall buildings. But he also enjoyed hiking, geocaching, relaxing on his porch and playing cards with his friends. He is survived by his mother, Nancy Moyer of Williamsport, his father, Howard J. (Pam) Moyer Jr. of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; his life partner, Robb Muse; brothers, Eric J. Moyer of Windsor, Ill., Abraham Joshua (Julie) Moyer of Watson, Ill.; sister, Abby J. (Wayne) Price of Williamsport; brothers, H. Joe (Lauri) Moyer III of Loyalsock, Luke W. Moyer of Jersey Shore and Jacob M. Moyer of Mill Hall; also a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, Jason's family asked that memorial contributions be directed to the Community Theater League, 100 W. Third St., Williamsport, PA and/or the West House, 616 W. Edwin St., Williamsport, PA. Relatives and friends are invited to Jason's Life Celebration service beginning with a visitation from 1-3 p.m. and again 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014 at the Scottish Rite Acacia Club, 348 N. Market St., Williamsport. Funeral services will follow at 6 p.m. with the Rev. Clara A. Benson officiating. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family. He was a faithful friend, colleague and family member that could be counted on in times of need to do exactly what the situation called for by using his comedic wit or determining the most logical course of action, by being a shoulder to cry on or lending a helping hand. Jason was always there with the right solution. Everyone who knew him would say they were his best friend and that's because that is how he made each of us feel. He will be profoundly missed by his family, Robb, his many friends, his Hudock Moyer colleagues and clients. Arrangements are being handled by the James C. Maneval Funeral Home, Ltd., "A Life Celebration Home," 500 W. Fourth St., Williamsport. –Sayre Morning Times 7/31/2014

BABY CHARLES CHRISTOPHER NEWELL, infant son of Trisha M. O'Connor and Chris Darryl Newell of 60 Main St., New Albany, Pa., passed away Wednesday evening, Sept. 3, 2014 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. Besides his parents, Baby Charles is survived by his siblings, Patrick O'Connor of New Albany and Kelsey Newell of Counce, Tenn.; his maternal grandparents, Dianne O'Connor and James Wilcox of New Albany; and uncle, Donald O'Connor of New Albany. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Patrick O'Connor in 1996. It was the family's wishes not to have any services at this time. In memory of Baby Charles, those wishing to make memorial donations may do so to the St. Jude's Children Research Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept 142, Memphis, TN. Arrangements were made through Sheldon Funeral Homes, 155 Church St., Wyalusing, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review 9/5/2014

NICHOLS –TERESA JEAN NICHOLS LENON of Palm Harbor, Fla., went home to the Lord on Aug. 21, 2014. Teresa was born on April 6, 1963; she was 51 years old and is survived by her husband Brian; two daughters Jessica and Brittany. She is also survived by her father Wallace E. Nichols and wife Jean; her twin sister Lisa L. Nichols; brother Larry W. Nichols and wife Barbara; sister Pamela Nichols Clarke and husband Bob; brother, AJ Nichols and wife Elaine; sister-in-law Pat Milechman and her husband Gary. She was predeceased by her mother Wilma Jackson Nichols; brother Brian D. Nichols; and nephew Dustin D. Vandergrift. Teresa is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Teresa was born and raised in East Smithfield, Pa., and was a 1981 graduate of S.R.U. High School and a 1987 Graduate of Messiah College, Pa., where she excelled in sports which included basketball, volleyball and track. She was a Rotary Exchange Student during the 1981-1982 school term in Australia. Teresa moved to Palm Harbor, Fla., after a romantic vacation introduction to her husband, Brian. The couple were wed on Sept. 30, 1989 and were about to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. Teresa was active in the Palm Harbor United Methodist Church band and praise team. She loved being active in all aspects of her children's lives. Teresa has been a Mary Kay Consultant for 19 years and recently became a Sales Director again. She loved being with people. Teresa's family was her pride and joy. Memorial service will be held at the Palm Harbor United Methodists Church on Saturday, Aug. 30 at 11 a.m. The church is located at 1521 Belcher Road, Palm Harbor, FL. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Suncoast Hospice Care Center, North Pinellas Care Center, 164 West Lake Road, Palm Harbor, FL. –Towanda Daily Review 8/25/2014

THERESA M. O’DONOVAN passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday August 13, 2014. Theresa was born in Long Island, New York. She was a teacher at Dr. Mudd Elementary School. Theresa was a very dedicated teacher and friend. She enjoyed fishing, reading and loved to get in the car an go for a ride. She was loved and cherished by all that knew her. She is survived by her loving mother Gloria Solack; her partner Robert Hearn; children James Rought, Jr. (Joanie), Lisa Barefield, Michael Rought (Amy) and Jeannie Jerolis (John); many grandchildren and great grandchildren; brothers Cecil, Michael, Maurice, Robert and Tom; sisters Joan, Kathy, Louise, Maryann and Maria; and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her fathers Harry O'Donovan and Maurice Henning. The family will receive friends for a memorial gathering on Sunday August 17, 2014 from 3 to 6pm at the Huntt Funeral Home Waldorf, Maryland. Burial will take place at South Apalachin Cemetery in New York at 3pm August 23, 2014 with a remembrance dinner to follow at South Apalachin Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to any local no kill animal shelter. (Born April 7, 1956)

STEVEN L. PARSONS, age 58 of Corning , NY passed away on Saturday August 23 , 2014 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester , NY. Steve was born November 5 , 1955 in Elmira , NY the son of Clifford and Marjorie Nichols Parsons . He married his wife, Dawn Carlson Parsons on August 14, 1976 and they recently celebrated their 38th Wedding Anniversary. Steve was an employee of The Bath VA Medical Center prior to his illness. He loved racing and his family and friends and the time he spent with them. Steve was predeceased by his father Clifford Parsons. Steve is survived by his loving and devoted wife Dawn Carlson Parsons ; sons and daughters-in-law : Kevin & Paula Parsons of Corning , NY, Brandon & Sara Parsons of Beaver Dams , NY , Nicholas Parsons and Brett Parsons both of Beaver Dams, NY ; grandchildren : Paige, Blake, Britany and Kelsea; his beloved mother Marjorie Nichols Parsons of Montour Falls , NY; sister: Brenda Parsons of Genoa , NY; several brothers-in-law , sisters-in-law , aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of caring friends. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Lynch Funeral Home, 318 W. Broad St., Horseheads, NY on Saturday August 30 , 2014 from 11 AM to 2 PM . A Celebration of Steve's Life will follow calling hours at 2 PM with Rev. Gary Brown officiating. –Lynch Funeral Home Notice 8/26/2014

OTHAR EUGENE “BEANIE” PEEL, 69, of Sayre, PA formerly of Phoenixville, passed away after a lengthy illness on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 at his residence surrounded by his loved ones. Born on Feb. 24, 1945 in Marsteller, PA, he was the son of the late Earl and Mary (Corson) Peel. Mr. Peel was employed with Monsey Products, Kimberton, PA, retiring after 30 years of faithful service. He was a life member of West End Fire Company, Phoenixville, Valley Forge Fire Co., Valley Forge, PA and also a member of the Kimberton Fish and Game Association. Mr. Peel enjoyed hunting and fishing. After his retirement, he loved spending time watching the wildlife from his backyard.Mr. Peel is predeceased by his beloved mother-in-law & dear friend Alice Boston, brothers Harold, William and David, and sister Margaret Hovanec. Surviving are his wife Donna (Boston) Peel of Sayre, PA, daughters Dawn (Jeff) Griffey of Mullica Hill, NJ, Judy (Kevin) Bergmaier of Wayne, PA, son Karl Titus of Owego, NY. Grandchildren Tara, Tai, Vanessa, David, Amber; great-grandchildren Gianna, Eirelynd and Alyssa; sisters Edna Brancaleoni of Phoenixville, PA, Eleanor Samatis of Ambler, PA, Stella Sobach of Dubois, PA and Helen Stevens of Green Lane, PA, and many nieces and nephews. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. The family is being assisted by Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Athens, PA. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Othar's memory to: Guthrie Hospice 421 Tomahawk Rd. Towanda, PA or Chow for Children, c/o Sarah Ransom, Fund Raising Coordinator, 622-1/2 South Main St., Athens, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 8/29/2014

PELCHY –CAROL LOUISE MCINTIRE, 67, of Waverly, N.Y., passed away unexpectedly on Aug. 20, 2014. She was born on March 19, 1947 in Coudersport, Pa., the daughter of the late LeRoy and Helena Pelchy. She leaves behind her loving and devoted husband Victor J. McIntire of Waverly, N.Y. She is also survived by her brother Arden and Patricia Pelchy of Coudersport, Pa., four daughters: Dorinda "Vandecapelle" and husband Eric Gatlin of Floresville, Texas, Joan "Cote" Tomaz of Waverly, N.Y., Christine "Cote" and her husband Joseph Murphy of Northbridge, Mass., Kathleen "Cote" and her husband Jose-Brandao Ramos of Waverly, N.Y.; along with her two stepsons: Andrew and Tracey McIntire of Athens, Pa., and Eric and Christine McIntire of Elmira, N.Y.; along with her precious grandchildren: Daniel and Haley Tomaz, Joshua and Jillena Rappaport- Cote, Hannah Murphy, Brittney and Andy McIntire, Jared and Mason Vandecapelle, Logan and Tyler Gatlin. Carol was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend who thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She enjoyed traveling, bird watching, frequenting casinos, boating, fishing, and yard sailing. Carol was an active member of the Red Hat Society. She also had a passion in caring for others and worked in home health care most of her life. She will be deeply by the many family and friends who knew her. Calling hours will be held this Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 1 to 3 p.m. located at the Waverly United Methodist Church, 158 Chemung Street in Waverly, N.Y. –Sayre Morning Times 8/22/2014

PENNAY –G. TERESA ‘TRUDY’ PENNAY BULL, 72, widow of John G. Bull, well known Towanda resident and former businesswoman, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 at her home. "Trudy" was born in Sayre, Pa., on Feb. 18, 1942, the daughter of Charles F. Pennay and Marguerite Millard Pennay. She was a graduate of Towanda High School class of 1960 and later graduated from Elmira College. Trudy was instrumental in the formation of the Bradford County Day Care Program and served as a teacher's aide for the Towanda Area School District and for St. Agnes School in Towanda for a number of years. John and Trudy purchased the former Bradford Hotel also known as "Leonard's," at 3 Bridge St. in Towanda, renaming the business as John Bull's Tavern which they operated for many years until June 30, 2004. Trudy loved being a member of the Towanda community and greatly cherished the lasting friendships she acquired. Her love and dedication to her husband, children and granddaughter were paramount in her life. Trudy's zest for life, love of children, sense of humor, outgoing personality and winning smile will be remembered by all. Trudy was a faithful communicant of Christ Episcopal Church, Towanda where she served as an usher and was a former member of the church vestry. She was also a member of the Bradford County Historical Society. Surviving are her children Gordon L. Bull of Towanda, Amy Michelle Bull of Towanda; granddaughter Breanna Bull of Towanda; brother and sister-in-law Edward C. "Butch" Pennay and Mary Pennay of Towanda; niece Bonnie Pennay; nephews David Pennay and wife Nancy and Steven Pennay and wife Sarah. She was preceded in death by her husband John G. Bull on March 10, 2005; father Charles F. Pennay on September 20, 2001 and mother Marguerite Pennay on Dec. 24, 1983. A Requiem mass will be celebrated Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 1 Main St., Towanda, Pa., with Rev. Cannon Maureen AtLee Hipple, Rector as celebrant. The family suggests that contributions be directed to Christ Episcopal Church, 1 Main St., Towanda, PA in Trudy's memory. Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 8/9/2014

PERELLA –GLORIA JEAN PERELLA MRAS, 72, of Towanda, Pa., passed away Wednesday morning, Sept. 3, 2014 at the Bradford County Manor in West Burlington Township, Pa. Gloria was born on Feb. 23, 1942 in Binghamton, N.Y., the daughter of the late Charles R. and Frances Holowinski Perella Sr. She graduated from Binghamton North High School in 1960. Following her graduation, she was employed at the Binghamton Telephone Company, and later at IBM in Endicott, N.Y. Gloria and her family moved to Towanda in the 1970s. She then was employed at Kisner's Gems, and later at Kountry Kreations.Gloria was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Towanda, and a longtime member of the parish Prayer Line. She was visited regularly by the Ss. Peter and Paul Pastoral Outreach Group.Gloria enjoyed doing crafts of all kinds, and also loved feeding and watching the birds and other wildlife in her backyard. She enjoyed having visitors at her home, and was always very welcoming.Gloria was a thoughtful, caring person who faced her illness with courage. She never focused on herself; she was always thinking about what she could do for others and finding ways to reach out to them to show them they were loved and cared about. She faithfully sent cards to her many friends and family members to let them know she was thinking about them and to offer support and encouragement. She had a generous and giving spirit, and loved to share her homemade food gifts with many people for the holidays, such as butter lambs and lamb cakes at Easter. She also gave gifts of faith to many people, such as the jelly bean prayer and the candy cane prayer. Her kindness and selflessness were an inspiration to all who knew her.Gloria is survived by her children, John (Laurie) Mras Jr., of Newfield, N.Y and Susie Place (Kyle Manley) of Towanda; grandchildren, Nicholas, Sophia, and Jack Mras of Newfield, N.Y, and Sarah and Erica Place and Andrew Manley of Towanda; brother and sister-in-law, Charles R. and Ellen Perella Jr., of Ijamsville, Md.; sister and brother-in-law, Deborah and Gary Gitchell of Binghamton, N.Y.; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and very special friends, Arlene Mendler, Jean Reilly, Nancy Foley, Donna Kacyon, and Sandy Swick.A memorial mass will be celebrated at 12 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Third Street, Towanda, Pa. Interment will be private. Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, Towanda, Pa. There are no calling hours.In lieu of flowers, Gloria's family suggests that contributions be directed to the Central Pennsylvania Multiple Sclerosis Society, 2040 Linglestown Rd., Suite 104, Harrisburg, PA in Gloria's memory. –Towanda Daily Review 9/4/2014

PERRY –JEAN L. MOORE, 65, 76 Pitney St., South Waverly, Pa., passed away on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at the Troy Community Hospital, Troy, Pa. She was born on Sept. 30, 1948 and was a graduate of Waverly High School in 1966. She was an active member of Crossroads Family Ministries Church in South Waverly. She enjoyed spending time with her family and church friends. After church on Sundays, she could be found at home watching NASCAR. Jean is predeceased by her father Floyd Perry, mother and step-father Mary and William Hakes, sisters Alice and June, and her brother Floyd. Jean is survived by William Moore of Sayre, daughter and son-in-law Wendy and Steven Felt, sister and brother-in-law Susan and Steven Moore, brother and sister-in-law John and Debbie, sister Marianne, granddaughter Emily Mosier, and grandson Timothy Mosier and his wife Charity and their children Nicholas, Elaina, Gavin and Waylon, and her nieces and nephews, whom she all loved dearly. A time of gathering with family and friends will be from 10-11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad St., Waverly, N.Y. The celebration of Jean's life will follow the visitation with the Rev. James Fox honoring her memory at 11 a.m. A special tribute to Jean's life will be presented on DVD during the funeral service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to one's favorite charity. Burial will be in Chemung Cemetery, Chemung, N.Y. –Sayre Morning Times 8/26/2014

CLIFF E. POTTER, 56, formerly from Towanda, passed away suddenly at home in Sayre after a long illness. He was born at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre on Oct. 10, 1957, the only son of James and Lola Lantz Potter. Cliff attended Towanda Area High School and the Towanda Vo-Tech School where he studied to be an auto mechanic. He was employed at Firestone in Ft. Myers, Fla. for several years, but after returning to Pennsylvania he had worked at Fulmer Bros. Tire Service in Sayre for the past 23 years. Cliff was a free spirit with a good hearted nature and a robust laugh. He loved his family, music, fishing and sports. He was a huge Dale Earnhardt Sr. fan, NASCAR fan, and a racing fan in general. Beginning in 1975, Cliff built and raced slot cars with his father James Potter, Rich Chernosky and other good friends. Cliff did not build Fords for himself because he was a Chevy man through and through. He raced for approximately 28 years of the 41 years the group has existed, winning 11 series championships, and two endurance races. Cliff's last race was in April of 2008, and shortly after that he sold his track and all his cars to his fellow racers. He will still be racing in spirit every time his cars are used. Cliff was predeceased by his grandparents, Gerald and Virginia Ware Potter, Clifton (Kip) and Mildred Strope Lantz; uncles, Gerald Jr., Paul (Bud), and Charles (Huck) Potter; aunt, Mary Imogene Hawkins Thompson; cousins Rickie and Robert Lantz and Donny and Scott Potter; also his brother-in-law, Wade W. Warner in 2003. Surviving are Cliff's soul mate and fiancée Tammy Kraft and beloved cocker-spaniel Lillie at home; son Cliff James (Jay) Potter; daughters, Christina Sue Nina Potter and Lisa Lee Potter; and grandsons, Kurt, Zachary and Corey Meritt, all of Niagara Falls, N.Y. Also surviving are his step-children, Andy Pardoe and Bobbi Jo Pardoe Chase; step-grandchildren, Emily, Grant and Andy Jr. (A.J.) Pardoe, and Kali and Marina Savercool; his parents, James and Lola Potter; sister, Sherry Warner; sister and brother-in-law, Lisa and David Scheftic, all of Sayre; aunt and uncle, Donald and Marian Potter of Apopka, Fla.; and several beloved nieces, nephews and cousins; also a close cousin John Lantz of Athens; and friends, Ted Dildine Jr. of Milltown, and John Vanderpool, who Cliff worked with for many years. Donations may be made in Cliff's name to the Bradford County Humane Society, Route 220, Ulster, PA. At Cliff's request all services will be private at the convenience of the family. Caring assistance is being provided by the Cooley-Tioga Point Cremation and Burial Options, Inc., 802 N. Main St., Athens, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 8/17/2014

RANDALL –CHARLENE B. RODKA, age 82, of Waverly, N.Y., passed away, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 at the Robert Packer Hospital. She was born on Sept. 14, 1932 in Waverly, the daughter of the late Charles and Myrtle (Whitmarsh) Randall. Charlene was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star No. 9, Waverly, Grace Episcopal Church, Waverly, and the V.F.W. 8104 Auxiliary, Waverly. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Dean Rodka; daughters, Michele Rodka of Campbell, N.Y., and Lisa Chandler of Waverly; grandchildren, David Chandler, Ann Marie DeSivo, Michael Rodka, and Allen J. Smith; great-grandchildren, Brandon Chandler and Dakota Rosh; sister, Jean Bush of Rome, N.Y.; brother, Clifford Randall of Florida; several nieces and nephews; and her loving canine companion, Sabrina. Charlene was predeceased by several brothers and sisters. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grace Episcopal Church, Waverly, or Stray Haven Animal Shelter in Charlene's name. –Sayre Morning Times 11/4/204

BRUCE R. RATHBUN JR. passed away on Monday, July 21, 2014 in Tunkhannock, PA. Born Aug. 7, 1922 in Wyalusing, he was a son of the late Bruce R. Rathbun, Sr. and Florence Mann Rathbun. He was a 1940 graduate of Wyalusing High School where he was an honor student, an allstar basketball player and editor of the school paper, The Rocks. After graduation, he entered the Millersville State Teacher’s College where he continued playing basketball. As with many of his generation, his college years were interrupted by World War II and he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1942. He attended flight school and received his wings and commission in March of 1944. He left for Englandand France in August of 1944 and piloted a Martin B-26 Marauder bomber on missions in Eastern France and Western Germany until the end of World War II. He was discharged in January 1946 and remained in the U.S. Air Force Reserves until his retirement in 1978 as a lieutenant colonel. He returned to Millersville and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in education. Bruce began his career in education at Tunkhannock High School in September 1946 as an industrial arts teacher and continued for 19 years in that position. He was the first golf coach at Tunkhannock High School and he also coached junior high basketball. He received his master’s degree in school administration from the University of Pennsylvania, and he served as the high school principal for 10 years and as an administrative assistant for three years, retiring in 1978. Mr. Rathbun was a member of the Tunkhannock Rotary Club, the Tunkhannock Presbyterian Church and the Dennis Strong American Legion Post No. 457. He started playing golf in the 1950s. He and a friend were the first golfers to tee off at Shadowbrook on opening day in the early 60s, and he remained a member of the golf club throughout his life. He won a couple of senior club championships and has a yearly tournament in his honor. Bruce was preceded in death by his wife, Anna M. Moore Rathbun and a brother, Edward Alan Rathbun. Survivors include a daughter, Beth Miner and her husband, William of Meshoppen; sister, Jane Rathbun Schulze and her husband, Harry of Wyalusing; sister-in-law, Marcia Rathbun of Atlanta; grandson, Zachary Dollak and his wife, Christa of Exeter; two great-grandsons, Aidan and Nicholas; nieces, Julie Vilar, Jan Clement, Susan Kern, Laurie Schulze and Rosemary Schulze and nephews, Jay Rathbun and Jon Schulze, along with their spouses and children. Funeral services were held at the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, Tunkhannock, with Rev. Kenneth Trexler officiating. Interment was in Sunnyside Cemetery, Tunkhannock. Memorial donations may be made to the Dennis Strong American Legion Post 457 Building Fund, PO Box 457, Tunkhannock, PA. A graveside service was conducted by the American Legion with Rev. Trexler, a 21-gun salute and a flyover of military vintage aircraft and the playing of taps. –Wyalusing Rocket 7/31/2014

RICE –PHYLLIS J. BAILEY, 89, of Beaver Dams, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, cousin and friend, went to be with her Lord and heavenly family on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at the Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls. Phyllis was born July 7, 1925 in Elmira, NY. She is the daughter of Harry and Amy (Viele) Rice. She was preceded by her husband of 44-years, John Edward Bailey; infant daughter, Ann Louise Bailey; grandson, Johnathan Ryan Bailey; and brothers, Harry and James Rice. Phyllis was a member of the Moreland Presbyterian Church, a 70-year member of the New York State Grange and served for many years as Secretary of the Olive Branch & Pamona granges and a 27-year member of TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly). Until her health declined she was a volunteer for RSVP, active in Senior Citizens (being selected as Senior Citizen of the Year in 2002) as well as church activities making as many as 22 pies, at a time, for special events. She was 3rd runner-up in the New York State Grange Gingerbread contest in 1963 winning a Magic Chef stove. She had the opportunity to travel throughout the United States and many countries overseas with her dear friend, Helen Messersmith. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Deborah (Wicks) Bailey of Beaver Dams, NY; Roy and Lynn (Scharlau) Bailey of Beaver Dams, NY; and daughter and son-in-law, Sheila and Mark Hallahan of Horseheads, NY; grandchildren, Jeremy & Mariam Bailey of Baltimore, MD; Jessica & Marc Perrine of Nottingham, MD; Benjamin & Catherine Bailey of Joppa, MD; William Hallahan of Hot Springs, AR; Stephanie Webster of Corning, NY and Sarah Bailey of Beaver Dams, NY; and her great-granddaughter, Olivia Morgan Perrine; sisters, Anna Mae (Donald) Brown and Doris (Jesse) Kent; and sisters-in-law, Nan Stanton of Montour Falls, NY, Louise Bailey of Johnson City, NY and Marjorie Rice of Watkins Glen, NY; as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of caring friends. The family will receive relatives and friends at Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Her service will follow at 8:00 p.m. with Rev. Anne Campbell officiating. She will be laid to rest at Cayuta Cemetery in Cayuta, NY on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy may be made to the Moreland Presbyterian Church or Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility. –Elmira Star-Gazette 8/26/2014

RICHARDS –LUCY RICHARDS COOPER, 77, of Roanoke, Va., passed away peaceably in her sleep on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014. Lucy was born on Jan. 25, 1937, in Owego, N.Y., the daughter of the late Donald S. and Alice H. Richards. She was involved in all facets of golf; playing, organizing tournaments, as well as working for the USGA and mailing out handicaps to all golf clubs in the United States before the process was computerized in the late 1990s. She was a consummate cook and baker and always delighted her family, near and far, and friends who came to visit and at holiday times. Lucy loved spending time with friends and family, as well as traveling extensively in retirement. She developed great skill at and enjoyed cross-stitching, making gifts of almost all of her projects to friends and family. With her husband, Raymond, she had the opportunity to travel to all 50 states and play golf in many of them. She also got to enjoy one of her dreams of two separate cruises to Alaska and the Caribbean. Lucy was preceded in death by her brother, Albert Richards, and sisters, Donna Richards Terry and Rosalie Richards Burch. Lucy is survived by her loving and caring husband, Raymond E. Cooper of Roanoke, Va.; daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Bobby Ferguson of Salem, Va.; son and mate, Ray Cooper and Donna Hall of Roanoke, Va.; son and wife, Lawrence Cooper and Pamela Bannister Cooper of Willow Grove, Pa.; son, Kenneth Cooper of Roanoke, Va.; grandsons, Ross Cooper and Patrick Cooper Ferguson; brother and sister-in-law, Raymond and Margaret “Sue” Richards of Waverly, N.Y.; twin brother and sister-in-law, Leslie and Julia Richards of Bentonville, Ark.; brother, John Richards of Waverly; sister, Joan Richards Douglas of Waverly; sister and brother-in-law, Jacqueline and Terry Cole of Waverly; as well as many nieces, nephews; and a host of caring friends.Visitation was held from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, at Lotz Salem Chapel. The funeral service was held at noon on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, at Lotz Salem Chapel. –Sayre Morning Times 11/5/2014

HAYDEN ANTONIO RIGGINS, age 7, of Troy, Pa., died in a tragic accident Wednesday evening, Sept. 3, 2014. Haydin was born Feb. 9, 2007 in Conway, S.C. He was the son of Marcell Riggins of Troy, Pa. and Crystal Jordan of Conway, S.C. Haydin is survived by both of his parents; an older brother, Jordan Beaty; and little sister, Skylar Riggins.Haydin had just begun attending second grade at the W.R. Croman Elementary School in Troy, Pa.A memorial service remembering and celebrating Haydin's life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at the Canton Mennonite Church, Canton, Pa. Local arrangements are being cared for by the Gerald W. Vickery Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., 1093 West Main St., Troy, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review 9/6/2014

ONDREE STANLEY ROCKWELL, age 95, of Horseheads, formerly of Spruce St., Corning, passed away suddenly Saturday, August 30, 2014, at home. Rocky was born February 1, 1919 in Corning, NY son of the late Melvin S. and Marian (Trowbridge) Rockwell. He married Anna Spear on January 4, 1941 in Corning at the Christ Episcopal Church. He was predeceased by his loving wife Anna on May 8th, 2012 after 72 years of marriage. Rocky graduated from Corning Northside High School, Class of 1938. He went to work for Corning Fiber Box and then was hired by the New York Central Railroad, serving as a conductor for almost four decades. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II as an infantryman in the Pacific Theatre. Rocky was a lifetime member of North Baptist Church, Corning. He was active in several railroad retirement activities. Rocky was a noted local athlete and sportsman and enjoyed horseshoes, bowling, fishing, and hunting. He is survived by one daughter, Debra Rockwell of Goshen, NY and one son, David (US Army Retired) (Jane) Rockwell of Watertown, NY; one grandson, Ryan Rockwell of Denver, CO; many nieces and nephews, all of whom have remained close over the years. Rocky was predeceased by a sister, Leah and brothers, Fay and Clifford. The family wishes to thank Appleridge Senior Living, Dr. Russell Woglom, and many longtime friends for the many kindnesses extended over the years. Friends and family may call at the Phillips Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney St., Corning, Thursday, September 4th, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Services will follow at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be at Chapel Knoll Cemetery in Painted Post. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 370 7th Ave., Suite 1802, New York City, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/2/2014

KEVIN L. ROOT, 58, of Van Etten, passed away on Friday, October 31, 2014. He was born in Montour Falls on September 29, 1956, the son of the late Elden and Shirley (Hartford) Root. Kevin is survived by his beloved wife of 30 years, Mary L. (Wheeler) Root; two sons, Kevin M. (Sarah) Root of Corning and Alex H. Root of Van Etten; a sister, Susan (James) Antes of Horseheads; three brothers, Albert E. (Charlene) Root of Rock Stream, Roger L. (Elizabeth) Root of Wellsville, and Stanley E. (Clara) Root of Muncy, PA; a grandson, Brody Root; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his brothers, Elden K. Root, Jr. and Bernard C. Root. Kevin owned Root's Quality Construction for the past eighteen years and was also a commercial truck driver for several years. He was a member of People's Baptist Church in Newfield. Kevin loved sports, especially golf and football. He loved watching his sons play at various sporting events. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 from 12-2 pm at People's Baptist Church, 364 Main St., Newfield. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm at the church followed by burial in Cayuta Cemetery. –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/3/2014

MATTIA ROSSI, 84, of 121 Iroquois St., Sayre, Pa., passed away on Thursday morning, Oct. 16, 2014 at Elderwood Health Care in Waverly, N.Y. Mattia was born April 20, 1930 in Cisterna di Latina, Italy, the son of Fausto and Antonia Rossi. He grew up in Civitella, Alfedena Abruzzo. In 1958, Mattia met his soon-to-be wife, Yolanda Corsi of Sayre, who was traveling to Italy aboard a cruise ship. They courted for several months and were married on Aug. 3, 1958 in the Chapel of the Heart in St. Peter’s in Vatican City, Rome. The couple honeymooned in Switzerland and cruised back to the U.S. to begin their lives together. Mattia and Yolanda owned and operated Rossi’s Luncheonette, a popular high school gathering place, on Packer Avenue in Sayre for 10 years. Mattia was later employed by the A & P in Horseheads, N.Y., for 15 years until his retirement in 1983. He was a member of the Epiphany Parish in Sayre, Roma Madre Lodge No. 1342 Order Sons of Italy in Sayre, where he served as a trustee, and the Abruzzese Social Club in Binghamton, N.Y. Mattia enjoyed cooking, making homemade pasta and bread, playing Bocce ball, playing the accordion and, most especially, spending time with family and friends. It was once said he was the “glue” that brought friends together. He loved life. His trademark smile will be remembered by many for years to come. He touched more lives than he will ever know. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Toni and Anthony Koytek of Endicott, N.Y.; sister and brother-in-law, Fernanda and Marco Visci of Italy; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, Mattia was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 53 years, Yolanda Rossi, on March 8, 2012; his sister and brother-in-law, Ennia and Luigi DiFilippo of Italy; his sister-in-law Theresa Paulino; and sister-in-law and brother-in-law Mary and Paul Cirignano. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2-4 p.m. and also on Monday from 8:30-9 a.m. at the Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home, 314 Desmond St., Sayre. Roma Madre Lodge No. 1342 Order Sons of Italy will hold a service of remembrance at the funeral home on Sunday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 9:30 a.m. at the Church of the Epiphany, South Elmer Avenue, Sayre. Interment will be private. The family suggests that contributions may be directed to the Elderwood Health Care Facility in Waverly in Mattia Rossi’s memory. –Sayre Morning Time 10/17/2014

MR. EDSEL A. SALSMAN, age 69, of 1309 Church Rd., Laceyville, PA. (Golden Hill), passed away on Saturday morning, October 25, 2014 at the Memorial Hospital in Towanda, PA., after a lingering illness.
Edsel was born in Sayre, PA. on September 18, 1945 the son of the late Howard and Vera Woodruff Salsman Sr. Growing up in a large family on Golden Hill, Edsel attended school in Laceyville, and later in Wyalusing. From August 1963 until March 1964, he served his country in the US Navy. For many years, he worked at many stone quarries throughout Wyoming and Bradford Counties. In his spare time he enjoyed hunting, and loved spending time with his family, especially with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Surviving, is his wife the former Rhonda Snay Salsman, of Laceyville; his children; Paul (Stephanie) Cummings, of Berwick, PA; Anita Cummings (Carl Wood), of Wyalusing, PA; Kandi Gonzalez, of Wyalusing, PA; Steven Sellack; Kathy Drake, of Tunkhannock, PA; Jamie Ryce, of Meshoppen, PA; Blaze Granger, of Laceyville, PA. and his 16 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. Edsel is also survived by his three brothers, Romaine (Betty) Salsman, of Spring Hill, PA; Richard (Darlene) Salsman, of Meshoppen, PA; Jeffrey (Noreen) Salsman, of Golden Hill, PA; and his four sisters, Reatha Robinson, of Golden Hill, PA; Marlene Rodriguez, of Silvara, PA; Linda Brown, of Golden Hill, PA; and Joanne Salsman, of Golden Hill, PA. as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is also survived by his father in law and mother in law, Ronald and Nancy Snay, of Gillett, PA. Besides his parents, he was also preceded in death by 6 brothers, Howard Salsman Jr; Duane Salsman; Maynard Salsman; Eldon Salsman; David Salsman; and Lyle Salsman; and a brother in law, Jonathan Snay.
Memorial services will be held on Sunday afternoon, November 2, 2014 , at 1:00 PM at the home of his sister, Joanne Salsman, on Golden Hill, PA. In lieu of flowers those wishing may make memorial donations, to the Bradford County Relay for Life, C/O Amy Huffman, PO Box 217, Wyalusing, PA.
Arrangements were made through Sheldon Funeral Homes, Main St., Laceyville, PA. –Carol Brotzman

LAWRENCE W. (BANANA MAN) SALSMAN, age 59, Meshoppen, PA. was called to his maker, on Wednesday morning August 20, 2014 at his home in Auburn Twp., Susquehanna Co., PA. He had lost is battle with his long time illness, that had left him disabled most of his life. Larry was born at the old Tyler Hospital in Meshoppen, PA. on December 12, 1954 the son of the late Eldon and Bethel Salsman. He loved spending time with his many friends, loved fishing, listening to music, and playing his X-Box. Besides his parents, Larry was also preceded in death by his step-mother, Eleanor Salsman; and his sister, Cindy Winters. He was survived by the love of his life, Beth Bradley of Auburn twp., Meshoppen, PA; his son, Sean Gassner of Florida; a granddaughter; and his siblings; Darrel, of Laceyville, PA.; Mark and his wife Tracy, of Meshoppen, PA; Trudy of New York; Michelle of Buffalo, NY; Denise of Wyalusing, PA; twin Brother, Jerry, of PA; Tony of PA and Bradley of Laceyville, PA and his nephew, Jonathan Vogel of Meshoppen, PA. Funeral services will be held on Sunday afternoon, August 24, 2014 at 3:00 PM from the Sheldon Funeral Home, 8206 SR6, Meshoppen, PA with Rev. Timothy Barnett of the New Hope Ministries of West Auburn, PA officiating. Interment will be at the convenience of the family at a later date. Family and friends may call at the funeral home, one hour prior to the time of the service on Sunday afternoon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to cover funeral expenses, to First Liberty Bank, SR Route 6, Meshoppen, PA. –Carol Brotzman
 
MICHAEL HAROLD ‘MIKE’ SALSMAN, age 54, of Sugar Run, PA passed away at his parents’ home Friday morning, October 24, 2014 after an illness. Mike was born on July 10, 1960 the son of Harold C. and Janette Long Salsman. He was a graduate of Wyalusing High School Class of 1978. Mike was employed by Chamberlin’s Auto Body in Stevensville, PA as an auto body technician for over eight years. Before working at Chamberlin’s he was employed by Arrow United in Wyalusing, PA for ten years. Mike married the former Paula E. Dibble on July 28, 1990 and together they have two children Ashleen and Patrick. He enjoyed going hunting and fishing with his close friends and family. He was a man who also liked to tinker on cars in his spare time. While his son was in Little League, Mike was an assistant coach for the Wyalusing Arrow United Little League baseball team. Mike is survived by his wife Paula of Sugar Run, PA; son Patrick of Sugar Run, PA; daughter Ashleen of Laceyville, PA; granddaughter Lillie Mae Salsman of Laceyville, PA and parents Harold and Janette Salsman of Laceyville, PA. Also surviving are his brothers Steve Salsman (Barb Cook) of Laceyville, PA; Dean Salsman (Karla) of Laceyville, PA; Tim Salsman (Michelle) of Wyalusing, PA; mother-in-law Marilyn Dibble of Sugar Run, PA and as well as many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Mike is preceded in death by infant son Blaine Michael Salsman (December 29, 1992); sister Christine Jenny Salsman Brown (April 20, 2014) and father-in-law Richard Dibble (April 26, 2014). Funeral services for Mike will be held on Monday, October 27, 2014 at 1:00 PM at the Sheldon Funeral Home, 155 Church Street, Wyalusing, PA with Reverend Charles Bishop of the Elk Lake and Transue Community Churches officiating. Interment will be at a later date at the convenience of the family. Friends and family may call at the funeral home the same day of the service from 11:00 AM until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Bradford County Relay for Life C/O Amy Huffman PO Box 217, Wyalusing, PA. –Carol Brotzman

SCHEITHAUER –ELIZABETH BREUER was born at home on a cold winter's day at her parents farm in Towanda, Pa. The doctor received three loaves of freshly baked bread as payment for his services. Her parents and three siblings immigrated from Oelsnitz, Germany in 1906. Elizabeth was the youngest daughter and the next to youngest of eight children. She graduated from Towanda High School and Jersey City Medical Center School of Nursing. She was a private duty nurse for several years prior to becoming a nursing home administrator. During her retirement she enjoyed playing Scrabble and travel. She traveled with each of her grandchildren, her daughters and sons-in-law. Elizabeth's parents, Arno and Anna Clara Scheithauer; two sisters, Marguerite (Richard) and Clara; and five brothers, Kurt (Hazel), Arnold (Genevieve), Arthur (Doris), William (Grace) and Harry (Inez) predeceased her as did both of her husbands, Alois Breuer and Glenn Vail. She is survived by her twin daughters, Marguerite Scott (Richard) and Clara Callahan (Michael). She is also survived by five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Burial services and a celebration of her life will take place in Towanda, Pa. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to the Seton Hall Fund for the College of Nursing, 400 South Orange Avenue, South Orange, NJ. –Towanda Daily Review 8/20/2014

ROGER L. SERFAS, age 61, of Ulster, PA passed away at home on Saturday, September 6, 2014. Roger was born March 28, 1953 in Elmira, NY son of Lewis Serfas and Lorraine (Purvis) Serfas Russell. He was a graduate of SRU high school and was employed as a propane technician for Williams Oil of the past 17 years. Roger was a member of the Ridgebury Sportsman Club, the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon Snowmobile Club and enjoyed the outdoors especially fishing and hunting. Survivors include his father, Lewis Serfas of New Port Richey, FL; his mother, Lorraine Russell of Lake Placid, FL; his wife, Deborah M. (Bailey) Serfas of Ridgebury; five sons, Craig Serfas of Milan, James Serfas of Elmira, Jason Serfas, of Sayre, Jeremiah Serfas of Sayre, Casey Serfas of Gillett; a daughter and son-in-law, Noel (Adam) Yaw, of Watkins Glen; a granddaughter, Kyra Yaw; brother and sister-in-law, David (Mindy) Serfas of Horseheads; two sisters and brothers-in-in-law, Linda (Joseph) Stone of Troy, Theresa (Brian) Hunter of Hanover; several nieces, nephews and friends. Roger was predeceased by a step-brother William Bailey. Family and friends are invited to call Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 3 to 5 PM at the Roberts Funeral Home, Inc. 279 Main Street, Wellsburg, NY. Roger's funeral will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 5 PM at the funeral home. –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/11/2014

SEYMOUR –IVA IRENE SEYMOUR CHAMPLUVIER, age 97, passed away peacefully Thursday evening July 31, 2014, at the Memorial Hospital in Towanda, Pa. She was born July 6, 1917 in Terry Township to Leo B. and Erma Grippin (Fitch) Seymour. In 1934 she married Raymond Champluvier of the Laceyville area. Together they built a new home on Heller Hill Road. She lived there after her husband's death until her health issues forced her to live in a care home. She and her husband both worked at Bendix in Montrose for over 30 years and also operated a small dairy farm at the same time. She was not afraid to work in the barn and loved to look out the barn window at the top of the hay mound during haying season. Iva spent her spare time caring for her home and gardening. She and her husband always had a big garden from which she froze and canned. Iva also loved her automobiles and possessed at any one time a new Buick or Cadillac. She loved NASCAR, especially Dale Earnhardt, and possessed a love for local baseball which her husband was a player in his early years. She played organ and could shoot a firearm as good as most men. She also loved Pomeranian dogs. She was a woman of strong faith and loved reading the Bible. She attended the Braintrim Baptist Church in Laceyville for many years until her decline of health prevented her. Iva was preceded in death by her husband in 1993; her father and mother; brothers, Nelson and Clayton; and sister, Alice Campbell. She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Allen and Marge Seymour of Wysox; as well as several nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind Casey, her beloved Pomeranian dog. There will be no visitation hours. A private memorial service for family and friends will be held at the convenience of the family at a later date. Internment will be in the Lacey Street Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements were made through the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main Street, Laceyville, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review 8/2/2014

HAROLD LARRY SHAFFER, 69, passed away on July 20, 2014 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, Pa. He was born on April 19, 1945 in Sayre, the son of the late Mary Rita Shaffer Ault. Harold lived in the Valley all his life. He attended Sayre High School, and worked for Waverly Table-Top, Glenwood Cemetery, and Con-Rail. He was a quiet man who always had a kind word to say about everyone. He liked to watch football, horseracing, and old westerns on TV. He also liked playing the lottery. He was always grateful to Mike Dennis, who did him many favors. He was predeceased by his mother, Rita, in 2008; grandparents, Priscilla and Morris Shaffer, who raised him; aunts, Hilda Levandowski, Geraldine Fritch, Elizabeth Stark, Regina Verano, Janice Barry; and uncles, Louis (Bud) Shaffer and Jim Shaffer. Harold is survived by five half-sisters: Sharon Bentley of Waverly, Evelyn Shapinas of Binghamton, Sandy Firestine of Athens, Priscilla Coleman of Waverly, Linda Mandeville of Lockwood; half-brother, Robert Ault Jr. of Sayre; uncle John Shaffer; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. At Harold's request, all services will be private at the convenience of the family. Caring assistance is being provided by the Cooley-Tioga Point Cremation and Burial Options, Inc., 802 N. Main St., Athens, Pa. –Sayre Morning Times 7/23/2013

STEVEN LYNN SHAYLOR, 65, well-known resident of North Towanda, Pa., passed away early Sunday morning, Sept. 7, 2014 at his home following declining health. Steve was born in Sayre, Pa., on Feb. 28, 1949 a son of L. LeRoy "Shep" Shaylor and Kathryn Ogden Shaylor. He was a graduate of Towanda High School class of 1967 and as a youth played the positions of pitcher and catcher in high school baseball and softball. Following high school, Steve attended Corning Community College, Corning, N.Y. On Nov. 25, 1977 he married the former Mary Rose Fox at Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Towanda. Steve worked as a surveyor with his father "Shep" Shaylor in his surveying business known as Shaylor Associates for a number of years and was subsequently employed by E.I. DuPont in Towanda for 26 years until his retirement in August of 2006. Steve was a member of the South Mountain Hunting Club and was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman. He greatly enjoyed time spent camping with his son, Josh, and taking fishing trips with good friends, Bruce Goodwin, John McDonald and Steve Watkins. Steve was a devout Penn State football and New York Yankees baseball fan faithfully following events on his big screen TV from his home which he loved so much. His family knows that he is now fishing in heaven with his dearly missed special friends Danny Strickland and Harlan Williams and beloved Hershey and Boots. He leaves behind his devoted wife Mary R. Shaylor; son Joshua M. Shaylor of Bloomsburg, Pa.; sister Joan Shaylor Taylor of Wyalusing; brother Ty Shaylor of Syracuse, N.Y.; nieces Marielle Shaylor and Tina James; nephews Cody and Gregory Taylor; "3 Special Angels," Alec, Sam and Max Mattei; beloved mother-in-law Sally Fox of Towanda; sister-in-law Tracey A. Shaylor of Towanda; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Patricia and Bob Polito of Philadelphia, Pa., brother-in-law and sister-in-law Daniel and Janet Fox of Fort Collins, Colo., brother-in-law Michael "Mickey" Fox of Towanda; additional nieces and nephews; special friends Mickey Fox, Amy Schultz, Dianne Goodwin, Mary Lou Stroud and Becky Williams and his canine companions Cinder and Sugar. He was preceded in death by his father, LeRoy on May 6, 1980; mother Kathryn on Nov. 18, 1965; brother Mark O. Shaylor on April 7, 2003; an infant brother in November of 1944; and father-in-law Edward E. Fox on June 21, 1997. Steve's family welcomes his friends to attend a celebration of his life Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Riverstone Inn, Wysox, Pa. Casual attire is requested. A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. The Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home of Towanda, Pa., is assisting Steve's family with arrangements.In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be directed to the United Way of Bradford County, in care of Kerri Streuss, P.O. Box 106, Towanda, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 9/8/2014
(The mother in law is Sally Elaine Zacharias born February 09, 1931 daughter of Donald and Velma Hardenger Zacharias –Carol Brotzman)

SHEATS –MARY L. FITCH, 64, of Elmira, NY, passed away on Monday, September 8, 2014, at her home, following an extended illness. Born in Roaring Springs, PA, on June 8, 1950, Mary was the daughter of the late Edward and Anna Buseck Sheats. A longtime resident of the Elmira area, she had worked for the Corning School District, where she had been employed as a licensed teaching assistant, until she became ill. She attended the First Baptist Church of S. Otselic. She is survived by her husband, John Fitch; and a son, Matthew (Emily) Fitch of Buffalo, NY. She also leaves behind a brother, Edward (Michele) Sheats of Pulaski, NY; and sisters-in-law, Alyce Fitch of S. Otselic, NY, Beverly (Stan) Ely of Killawog, NY, Ruth (Richard) Rood of N. Pitcher, NY and Cheryl (Don) Weed of Marathon, NY. A memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church of S. Otselic, S. Otselic, NY, on Thursday, September 11, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Daniel Drake officiating. In keeping with her wishes, there will be no prior calling hours. Expressions of sympathy in memory of Mary may be directed to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 100 Metropolitan Park Drive, Suite 400, Liverpool, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/10/2014

SLEEPER –ELDA J. REYNOLDS, 77, of Bunnell passed away on August 4, 2014 at Florida Hospital Flagler. She was born on September 23, 1936 in Sayre, Pennsylvania to the late Arthur and Anna Baldwin (Sleeper). In 1983 she and her husband moved from Little Meadows, PA to Ocala, FL and finally to Bunnell, FL. She was a member of the Rebekah's Lodge in Pennsylvania. She enjoyed reading, square dancing and camping but her greatest love was being with her beloved family. She will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved her. Survivors include her loving husband of 59 years, Richard; son, David Reynolds and wife Michelle of Ocala, FL; daughters, Gloria and her husband Kenneth Hancock of South Gibson, PA., Gail Reynolds and companion Mark Hull of Bethany, PA., Karen and her husband Chuck Barney of Bunnell, FL; brother, Leon and his wife Joyce Baldwin of Ocala; sister, Betty Darrow; grandchildren, Stacey, Kenny, David Jr., Heather, Dale Jr., Jennifer, Natalie, Chucky III and Michelle; 14 great-grandchildren and her beloved Doxie, Peanut. Donations in her memory may be made to the American Lung Association. –Carol Brotzman

SMITH –MRS. JUNE L. SMITH-WILLIAMS, age 66 of Wilmot Township, Pa., passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at her home. June was born on June 19, 1948, in Morristown, N.J., a daughter of the late Alden and Eunice (Devonald) Smith. She attended Hunderton County School District and later graduated from Kutztown University with a B.A. in Art Education. From there, she migrated to Towanda, Pa., where she worked with Towanda's youths as a director for Sage House, and more notably, as Towanda High School's Art Teacher for 22 years. June was honored by countless students and was considered a "favorite" teacher by many. She received this compliment year after year, not merely for the subject she taught, but for the incredible manner in which she taught it. As a result of her enthusiasm and dedication, June left a positive and lasting impact on the lives of so many students. After retiring from Towanda High, June held positions at Bradford County's Sheriff's Department and Penn State Extension office. June was also known for her pottery business, Looking On, as well as collecting and selling vintage clothes...some of which have been worn on screen and stage. In addition, June found tremendous satisfaction in spending time with her close friends and family; going to "the farm" each Sunday, having lunch with the girls, visits from her kids and grandchildren, and sharing her life with her loving husband of more than 25 years. Surviving is her spouse Keith R. Williams, at home; son and daughter-in-law Lincoln T. (Sarah) Williams, Puyallup, Wash.; daughter and son-in-law Amber L. (John) Huffman, Media, Pa.; grandchildren Detrick, Everett, Ryder, Levi; brothers Peter Smith, Beaver Dams, N.Y., Martin Smith, Beaver Dams, N.Y.; sister and brother-in-law Penny (Ralph) Charlier, Caton, N.Y.; mother-in-law Mary Ellen Williams, Wyalusing, Pa.; sisters-in-law Martha Charland, Wyalusing, Pa., Cathy Williams, Wyalusing, Pa.; brother-in-law and spouse Richard (Sue) Williams, Sunman, Ind.; and many nieces and nephews. June was predeceased by a brother Devonald (Skip) Smith, and father-in-law; Richard T. Williams.A memorial will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, PA. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association, NE Regional Office, 63 N Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA; the Bradford County SPCA, PO Box 179, Ulster, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 10/26/2014

SMITH –PHYLLIS A. (SMITH) MILLER, age 88, formerly of Austinville Road, Columbia Cross Roads, passed away Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014 on her 88th birthday at the Bradford County Manor. Phyllis was born Aug. 3, 1926 in Waverly, N.Y., daughter of the late Ray E. and Dora M. Smith. Family and friends are invited to call from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, at the Gerald W. Vickery Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., 1093 West Main St., Troy, Pa. Phyllis's service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 12 p.m. with Reverend Ken Marple officiating. Interment will follow in Columbia Valley Cemetery. Phyllis owned and operated Bono's Coffee Shop in East Troy for 17 years. She was a member of the Austinville Union Church. Phyllis was a dedicated mother, grandmother and enjoyed crocheting, crafts, cooking and spending time with her loving family. She is survived by five sons and three daughters, Donald Strope Jr. of Troy, Dennis (Mary) Strope of South Carolina, Tom (Barb) Strope of Granville, Jeffrey (Julie) Strope of Austinville, William (Jody) Franks of Gillett, Pamela (Mike) McCarthy of Corning, N.Y., Dora Smith of Troy, Sylvia "Janie" Spencer of Elmira, N.Y.; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; five step-children; several nieces and nephews. Phyllis was predeceased by her parents, husbands, a sister, five brothers and a grandson, Dennis Ray Strope Jr. Memorials in her memory may be made to the Austinville Union Church, 8698 Old State Rd., Troy, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 8/5/2013

WILLIAM D. SNEDEKER age 63, of Elmira, NY, passed away very unexpectedly on Friday, August 22, 2014 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. He was born in Jackson, MI on June 20, 1951 to the late Arnold and Juanita (Ward) Snedeker. He is survived by his wife, Susan Smither of Elmira; step-daughter, Brandee (Casey) Kriutzfield of VA; brothers, Jerry, Mark and Mike Snedeker all of MI; sister, Lori Badall of MI; grandsons, Carter and Henry Kriutzfield; along with several nieces and nephews. Bill was a veteran of the US Air Force and was employed by Wegmans in the Bakery Department. It was Bill's wish that no services be held. Arrangements have been entrusted to the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. –Elmira Star-Gazette 8/23/2014

STAUFFER –DOROTHY M. WOODCOCK of Waverly passed away Friday, August 15, 2014 at Robert Packer Hospital. Woodcock was born January 2, 1927 in Cortland, N.Y., the daughter of the late Bessie (Elder) and Herbert Stauffer. She was also predeceased by her brother Earl Stauffer. Dorothy is survived by her sister Florence (Cindy) Stevens of South Waverly. Dorothy was a longtime resident of the Valley. She retired from the Sayre Evening Times where she worked as the circulation manager for nearly two decades. Dorothy was a Girl Scout leader for many years. She loved knitting, planting flowers and gardening, card playing, camping at the lake and spoiling her grandchildren. Surviving her are her loving husband of 70 years Donald Woodcock, at home, her daughters: Linda (Keith) Wintenburg, of Spartanburg, S.C., Donanna (Doni) Sloat, of Sayre, her grandchildren; Keith(Chip) (Ann Marie) Wintenburg, Jeffery Sloat, and Kathryn Sloat, great grandchildren; Jonathan and Christopher Wintenburg and Lucas Sloat. She is also survived by her special nieces and nephews; Roxanne (John) Stevens-Testen, Dorothy Stevens, Cindy Stevens, and Richard (Steve) (Laurie) Stevens and great nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday August 20, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, Waverly. Internment will be at Smithboro Cemetery at the convenience of the family. –Sayre Morning Times 8/18/2014

STONE –MARION T. STONE WYGRALA, age 96, of Laceyville, PA passed away early Saturday morning August 23, 2014 at the Towanda Memorial Hospital in Towanda, PA. She was born the daughter of the late Floyd and Anna Lott Stone on July 7, 1918 in Bowman Hollow, Forkston Township, PA. Growing up near Mehoopany, Marion was a graduate of Mehoopany High school in 1936. She spent her life as a housewife and homemaker for her late husband Walter P. Wygrala (October 6, 1981) and children. She was a member of the Braintrim Baptist Church in Laceyville, PA. Marion enjoyed completing word searches, playing bingo, and taking care of flowers in her garden. Surviving is her son Dennis and his wife Beatrice Wygrala of Laceyville, PA, son-in-law Eugene “Gene” C. Franklin of Laceyville, PA; grandson Mark Franklin of Laceyville, PA; great grandchildren MacKenzie Franklin of Laceyville, PA; and Brandon Franklin of Laceyville, PA. Also surviving is her sister-in-law Gertie Wygrala Farr Caswell of Laceyville, PA; friend Aaron Manney of Stevensville, PA; and nieces and nephews. Besides her parents and husband Marion is preceded in death by her daughter Sharon Kay Wygrala Franklin (June 7, 2007), sister Margaret Cervine and brother Robert Stone. A private service will be held at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main Street, Laceyville, PA at the convenience of the family with family friend Pastor Richard Camp officiating. Interment will be held in the Lacey Street Cemetery following the private service. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made out to the Braintrim Baptist Church, PO Box 281, Laceyville, PA.

JOHN L. SULLIVAN JR., 82, with his dazzling smile, sparkling blue eyes, charm and quick wit, peacefully left this world on August 8, 2014, at his home in Richardson, Texas with family at his side. Born May 26, 1932 to John L. and Louise O'Neill Sullivan, John was the second of four children and raised in Elmira, New York. He attended St. Peter & Paul's Elementary School, graduated from Cheshire Academy, Cheshire, Connecticut, and served honorably in the United States Air Force. Following his USAF duty, John's passion for aviation led him to his career in Air Traffic Control. In 1977, during a visit home to Elmira, he reconnected with his high school friend, Polly Dalrymple, beginning their 37-year relationship. They married in 1979 and moved to Dallas where both established successful real estate careers with Merrill Lynch and Prudential Texas Properties. His family and friends know well that John had a deep love for his Catholic faith, family and the Sullivan family restaurant, Hilltop Inn. They also know his love for Polly, swing dancing, jazz and travel, led to fun and laughter, and sometimes mischief. John was preceded in death by his parents, John L. and Louise Sullivan; sister, Natalie Sullivan, of Dallas; and brother Robert (Bob) Sullivan of Elmira, N.Y. He is survived by his wife, Polly; daughter Kim Fonseca (Peter) of Skillman, New, Jersey; grandchildren, Spencer and Nicholl Malunow (and their family); P.J. and Jillian Fonseca; brother and sister-in-law, G. Dennis and Beverly Sullivan, Dallas, (Patty Sullivan, Mark Sullivan, Molly Sullivan Vaudry and their families); sister in-law, Marilynn Sullivan, Elmira, N.Y.(Kevin, John Dennis, Michael and Tim, and their families); Melanie Dalrymple McDonald (Morgan McDonald), Plano, Texas; Mark and Diane Dalrymple (Mark and Stacie Ann Dalrymple), Elmira, N.Y.; and Scott Dalrymple, Auburn, N.Y. A Memorial Mass will be said on Saturday, September 27, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 720 S. Floyd Rd, Richardson. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St Paul's School or the American Heart Association. The family would also like to extend its heartfelt thanks to Altus Hospice Care and Visiting Angels for their loving and tender care given to John and his family. –Elmira Star-Gazette 8/29/2014

SYSOCK –PATRICIA ANN SYSOCK GERHART, age 57, of Vineland, N.J. passed away on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 at her home with her loving family at her side. Pat was born Jan. 21, 1957, a daughter of Stephen Sysock and the late Alice Marie Barsavage Sysock. She graduated from the Sullivan County High School, a member of the class of 1974. She married Ray H. Gerhart of Lansdale, Pa. on Sept. 26, 1980. Pat was a loving spouse and mother and worked for Crown Clothier Co., where she made military uniforms and for the past 15 years for Santa's Best Mfg. in Vineland. She enjoyed baking, arts and crafts and her pet dog Scooter. She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church, Mildred, Pa. Surviving are her spouse, Ray Gerhart at home; son, Kyle (Corinne) Gerhart of Clayton, N.J.; father, Stephen Sysock of Mildred, Pa.; brother, Stephen (Stella) Sysock of New Albany, Pa.; uncle, Andrew "Kizer" Sysock of Rahway, N.J. She was predeceased by a sister, Sandra Sysock on May 4, 1968. A transferal service will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, Pa. and will be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Mildred, Pa. Interment will be in the adjoining parish cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday Aug. 15, 2014. –Towanda Daily Review 8/13/2014

TILLOTSON –ALTHEA WRIGHT - On September 2, 2014, Aleatha Wright left her loved ones here to be with the Lord and Wayne “Mike”, her beloved husband of 67 years, once again. Aleatha was born in Canton, PA on October 2, 1928. She was a daughter of the late Paul and Maude (Wilcox) Tillotson. Aleatha’s entire life involved being with family members. She was a fun-loving woman who enjoyed doing many things and she will be missed by all the lives she touched. Aleatha was a skilled seamstress who loved doing crafts and gardening. She read her Bible every day and was a long-time member of the Baptist Church. Aleatha was employed at Wundies, Liberty, PA. Surviving are her four loving children, Larry (Carol) Wright of Mt. Wolfe, PA, S. Lyle (Beni Jo) Wright of Trout Run, whom Aleatha resided with, also Jim (Ellen) Wright of Williamsport, and Debra Lamb of Covington; 11 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; five siblings, Leon (Vivian) Tillotson, Lewis Tillotson, Ernestine Herman, Ella Mae Yaggie and “Tike” (Anna Lee) Wright; many nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by three brothers; Morrel, Dean and Billy and son-in-law, Tim Lamb.A celebration of Aleatha’s life will be held noon – 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, at the Valley Inn South Side (Du Bois Town) Williamsport. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 1948 E Third St. Williamsport, PA. Pepper’s in Canton is assisting the family. –Towanda Daily Review 9/4/2014

JAN P. UPDEGRAFF, age 71, of Elmira, Thursday, October 9, 2014. Survived by his wife of 47 years Mimi Hodge Updegraff; daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Vince Stalker of Corning; Jill and David Balderson of Basking Ridge, NJ; granddaughters, Haley and Samantha Balderson; grandson Luke Balderson; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Maryann and Phillip Long of Austin, TX. A Memorial Service celebrating Jan's life will be held on Friday, November 14, 2014 at 3:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1054 W. Clinton Street, Elmira, with The Reverend Dr. Betsey Crimmins officiating. A reception will follow at the Elmira City Club. Those wishing may remember Jan with a donation to either The Arnot Art Museum, 235 Lake Street, Elmira NY or The Clemens Center, 207 Clemens Center Parkway, Elmira NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/2/204

GERALD ‘DONALD’ WALES, age 81, of Millerton, PA, died Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at his home. He was born August 23, 1933 in Elmira, NY, a son of William and Mina (Henry) Wales. Don celebrated a 63rd wedding anniversary on March 31 with his wife, Janet (Fleming) Wales. He always enjoyed owning and operating his own farm with his wife. He enjoyed spending time with his family. Don is survived by his wife, Janet; 6 children, Connie (Jeff) McDonough of Scranton, PA, Donna Brewer of Tioga, PA, Sandra (John) Mundro of Saylorburg, PA, Donald (Karen) Wales of Millerton, PA, Timothy (Lynette) Wales of Millerton, PA, and Pamela (Russell) Draper of Millerton, PA; 14 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; 2 brothers, George (Beverly) Wales of Millerton, PA, Robert Wales of AZ; a sister, Frances Woughton of Elmira, NY; sister-in-law, Erma Wales of Millerton, PA. He was predeceased by 3 brothers, Maxwell, Harrison and William, Jr.; 3 sisters, Leda Montgomery, Laura Miller, Hazel Pettit; half-brother, Joe Wales; half-sister, Eva Purvis, and a son-in-law, Robert Brewer. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made in Don's memory to the Millerton Fire Department, 16 North Road, Millerton, PA or Susquehanna Hospice, 24 Walnut St., Wellsboro, PA. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 63 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family. –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/11/2014

WATKINS –BARBARA JANE WATKINS BROWN passed away peacefully at Life Care Center of Plainwell, MI on Sunday, October 26, 2014. Born in Elmira, NY, May 17, 1925 and a graduate of Elmira College, Barbara Brown lived with her husband of 54 years, Clarence ("Chick") Brown, in the St. Joseph, MI area, from 1949 to 1970. They later moved to the greater Chicago area before settling in Mattoon, IL for 30 years. In 2003, she moved to Kalamazoo, MI, where she lived until she moved to the Life Care Center. She was dearly beloved and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Barbara is preceded by her husband, and leaves behind her sister, Marilyn Davis; two children, Sandy Freeland and Bob Brown; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Barbara donated her remains to the University of Michigan Medical School. No service is planned for the immediate future. The family will have a private committal service when her ashes are returned. In lieu of a service you are invited to read and share memories, thoughts and pictures. Thank you Lucy and Pearl. For memorials you are invited to contribute to the Coles County CASA program which she helped found, or the charity of your choice. Honor her in your heart and go in peace. – Elmira Star-Gazette 11/2/2014

WHEATLEY –MARY JANE WHEATLEY EHLICH, 77, of Covington, PA, died August 20, 2014, at her home. She was the devoted wife of William (Bill) J. Ehlich for fifty nine wonderful years. She was born January 10, 1937 in Blossburg, PA, the daughter of the late Edward and Ruth Brent Wheatley. Mary Jane lived in Covington till she met her husband who was in town on leave from the Navy. They moved to Detroit, Louisville, and Charlotte, NC, where she had a highly successful career with Squires Construction Company. After retirement they moved back to her family homestead where they took pleasure rekindling old friendships and making many new. Restoring and adding to the family home was also such a joy. Mary Jane's love, second only to her family was quilting. She was an award winning hand-quilter who mastered the art of needle turn appliqué. She was a member of the Charlotte Quilters Guild before returning to Covington and co-founding the Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild in Wellsboro, PA. Mary Jane shared her talents and gifts willingly and mentored the Tuesday Quilters who have developed formidable appliqué skills under her tutelage. Her legacy includes a prodigious collection of heirloom quilts that will be treasured for generations to come. She and Bill also enjoyed traveling with the Lions Club which took them too many faraway places. In addition to her husband, survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Mark Ehlich and his wife Susan of Locust, NC, Scott Ehlich and his wife Diana of Forest, VA. Grandchildren include William Ehlich and Matthew Gladdan, Ashly Eudy and her husband Josh, and two great grandchildren, August and Zain. Also surviving is one brother, George Wheatley of Covington, niece Patsy Evans and husband Brad. The family will receive friends on Sunday August 24th from 4-6 pm at Wilston Funeral Home 130 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. A memorial service will follow there at 6 pm. In lieu of flowers, a memorial in Mary Jane's memory may be made to Blossburg Ambulance 524 Main St. Blossburg, PA. –Elmira Star-Gazette 8/23/2014

DAVID A. WHITMAN, age 52 of Clover Circle, Horseheads, passed away after an illness on Thursday, August 7, 2014. Dave was born on December 10, 1961, in Elmira, NY to Arthur and Joyce (Borgeson) Whitman. He was predeceased by his father in 2013 and is survived by his wife, Karen (Dibble) Whitman; his son and daughter, Wilder and Jemma Whitman; mother, Joyce Whitman; brother, Donald (Laurie) Whitman of Glen Allen, VA; mother-in-law, Bonnie Dibble; sister-in-law, Sara (Steve) Goodwin; an aunt, uncle; several cousins, nephews and a host of extended family and friends and K-9 pal Ella. Dave had been an employee of Sears Automotive at the Arnot Mall. He enjoyed fishing, playing guitar and shooting at the Chemung Rod and Gun Club where he was a member. Dave was also a devoted Buffalo Bills and NY Mets fan and loved listening to music. Above all else he was a devoted and caring father, husband, son and brother. Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, Inc., 413 S. Main St., Horseheads on Monday, August 11, 2014, from 3-6:00 p.m. His service will follow there at 6:00 p.m. A celebration of life will be held at 250 Nice Drive immediately following the service. The family also requests that you bring a favorite memory or story about Dave to be shared with his children. Interment at the convenience of his family. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember Dave with memorials to establish a college fund for his children. Contributions can be directed to Corning Credit Union c/o Karen Whitman 101 John Roemmelt Drive Horseheads, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 8/9/2014

WIGGINS –DONNA LOUISE WIGGINS IDDINGS, 74, of Phelps, N.Y. passed away unexpectedly on Aug. 2, 2014. Donna was born at the Old Mills Hospital, Towanda, Pa. on Feb. 13, 1940, to T. Otho Wiggins and Eva Northrup Wiggins of Monroeton. Donna graduated from Towanda High School in 1958 and went on to Clifton Springs Hospital, Clifton Springs, N.Y. to further her education in the medical field. While in Clifton Springs, she met her future husband, Clark Iddings. It was love at first sight for both. They were married on Oct. 23, 1959, in the Monroeton United Methodist Church. They made their home on Mill Street, Phelps, N.Y. Later, after Clark's death and Donna's declining health, she moved to the Vienna Gardens Personal Care Home in Phelps. Donna's main interests were her children, family and her puzzles. Donna is survived by her daughter, Jeanne Davis and her husband, George of Phelps, N.Y.; son, Stephen of Phelps, N.Y.; grandson, Jason Hughson of Phelps, N.Y.; and brother, Carlton Wiggins and wife Sharon of Stevensville; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father, T. Otho Wiggins, Feb. 20, 1964; her mother, Eva Northrup Wiggins, March 5, 2000; her sisters, Susanne Wiggins Brown, June 11, 1994, Patricia Wiggins Brown, Aug. 23, 2000 and Rowena Wiggins McCarty, July 2, 2014. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 6, at the Cheney Funeral Home, 70 Main St., Phelps, N.Y. –Towanda Daily Review 8/5/2014

WILLIS –JANICE WILLIS WILKINSON of Englewood, FL formerly of Elmira, NY went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, August 10, 2014. She was predeceased by her husband of 63 years, Arthur F. Wilkinson and her brother, Charles Willis. Janice was born February 26, 1926 in Sayre, PA to Harry and Helena Willis. She graduated from Sayre High School in 1944 and attended Gordon College in Boston, MA. In 1986, she retired from Elmira Quality Printers and she and Art moved to Englewood, FL. Janice dearly loved her three children, their spouses, her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren. She had a blessed and wonderful life and was always a willing servant for the Lord. Janice is survived by her sons, Rev. Jeffrey (Jo Ann) of Elmira, NY, Stephen (Lucille) of Fort Lauderdale, FL, and daughter, Karen (James) Desrochers of London, England; five grandchildren, Jonathan (Cassandra) Wilkinson of Scotia, NY, Jeremy (Joanna) Wilkinson of Elmira, NY, Jennifer (Nelson) Greening of Cincinnati, OH, Laura Desrochers (Samuel Koehl) of Sugar Land, TX, and Kristen Desrochers of Dallas, TX; four great- grandchildren, Andrew Wilkinson, Cecelia Wilkinson, Joel Greening, and Charles Wilkinson. She is also survived by her sister in law, Patricia Willis. Janice was a faithful member of Southside Baptist Church, Elmira, NY and was active in Sunday school, Bible Study, and numerous committees. Upon moving to Florida, she became an active member of Englewood United Methodist Church and served in various ministries within the church. She was a past member of Eastern Star. Over the years in her spare time, she enjoyed traveling, reading, painting, shell collecting and gardening. Janice was a good friend to many and cherished her friendships made along her journey in life. Burial will be at the Sarasota National Cemetery in Florida. Memorial donations may be made in her name to Englewood United Methodist Church, 700 East Dearborn St., Englewood, FL. –Elmira Star-Gazette 8/12/2014

LEROY E. WILSON, age 87 of Painted Post, NY, passed away on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center. Leroy was born on August 15, 1926 in Canisteo, NY. He was the son of the late Charles and Bessie (Knight) Wilson. Leroy married the love of his life, Helen Rodman on July 28, 1956 in Dansville. They were married 56 years until her passing on July 12, 2012. Leroy was an outgoing individual who served in many local organizations over the years. He was the past Commander of the Corning VFW Post 524 and past Exalted Ruler of the Corning Elks Lodge 1071. He also served on several chairmanships within both organizations. One of his proudest achievements was his involvement in the deer hide program through the Elks. This program helped raise over $100,000 for local veterans. Leroy was also a call-in fireman for the City of Corning for many years. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and bowler. This was of course when he was not tinkering on something. He had a creative way of fixing what seemed to be unfixable items. He remained active in his later years, even participating in the senior golden games. He is survived by his three children: Paul Wilson of Bath, Cecilia Wilson of Corning, Timothy (Ann) Wilson of Painted Post; grandchildren: Victoria Wilson of Painted Post, Patrick Wilson of Painted Post; sisters: Mary Ella (John) Kernan of Canisteo; sisters-in-law: Martha Rodman of Boaz, Al, along with several nieces, nephews, cousins and his beloved Freckles. Family and friends are invited to call at Carpenter's Funeral Home, LLC, 14 E. Pulteney St., Corning, on Sunday, August 10, 2014 from 3:00 to 6:00pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 222 Dodge Ave., Corning at 9:30am on Monday, August 11, 2014. He will be laid to rest beside his beloved Helen in St. Mary's Cemetery in Corning. Memorial donations in Leroy's name may be directed to: The Elks Nations Foundation, C/O Corning Elks Lodge 1071, 148 Walnut St. Corning, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 8/9/2014

KENNETH DALE WILSON, 72, of Franklin, NC, formerly of Elmira, NY passed away on Sunday, November 2, 2014. Born in Elmira, NY, he was the son of the late Kenneth Howe Wilson and Mable Cobb Wilson. Dale was a US Army veteran of the Vietnam Era and retired from the Army Reserves in 2004. He was a former restauranteur, managing and operating Curly's Chicken House in Elmira and Ithaca, NY and later opening his own restaurant, Wilson's Country Diner in Cayuta, NY; and was property manager at Sand Castles, Cocoa Beach, FL. In 2004 he retired and moved to Franklin, NC; he was a member of Longview Baptist Church and was an avid leisure and competitive bass fisherman. He is survived by his wife, RoseMary Hole Wilson; two children, Franklyn Derryck Wilson and wife Marlynna of Franklin and Denise Leoma Baus and husband Robert of Chesapeake, VA; two sisters, Dawn Paine of Apalachin, NY and Brenda Hartwick of Sheshequin, PA; three grandchildren, Torynce Dale Wilson, Emilynna Rose Wilson and Bryant Dalton Baus and many nieces and nephews and extended family. Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 5, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Tom Nahlen will officiate. VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108 will conduct military honors. The family will receive friends from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Wednesday, prior to the service at Macon Funeral Home. Memorial donations can be made to the Four Seasons Hospice, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC. –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/4/2014

WOOD –EUNICE M. (WOOD) BEACH, age 81 of Sand Band Rd. in Erin passed away after an illness on Aug. 11, 2014. Eunice was born in Elmira to the late Percy R.F. and Theola (Taylor) Wood. In addition to her parents she was predeceased by sister, Vivian Miller; brother, Larry Wood; nephew, Larry "Woody" Wood. She is survived by her daughter, Lisa Vanderpool and son, Ray Beach both of Erin; grandchildren, Timothy Vanderpool, Jamie Davenport; great grandson, Zane; sister-in-law, Jean Wood; brother-in-law, Franklin Miller; several nieces and nephews including John Wood and special grandnephew, Shawn Wood. Eunice was retired from Dunkin Donuts in Horseheads where she worked for many years. Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, Inc., 413 S. Main St., Horseheads on Fri., Aug. 15, 2014, from 4-6PM with her funeral service at the conclusion of calling hours at 6PM. –Elmira Star-Gazette 8/14/2014

EDWIN ALMON WRIGHT of Trumansburg passed away at Arnot Ogden Hospital on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at the age of 83. Ed was born in Brooktondale on June 11, 1931, a son of the late Almon and Edna (Coon) Wright, who settled on a farm near Trumansburg. Ed was given the nickname of 'Jake' by his father. When Ed got frustrated with himself, he would say "What are you going to do now, Jake?!" Ed joined the Air Force and served proudly as an Air Policeman from 1949 to 1953, stationed in Texas, Newfoundland and Florida, and from 1956 to 1965 stationed in Syracuse, NY, Ontario, Canada, Jacksonville, FL, France and finally at Andrews Air Force Base where he was tasked with guarding Air Force One. Ed was honorably discharged for medical reasons and was proud to tell others he served for 12 years, 10 months and 22 days! Ed returned to Trumansburg with his family where he worked farming, construction and trucking. In 1974, Edwin became Owner Operator of Frank Wright and Son with his wife Hazel, a farm, tire and implement business in Perry City. Ed and Hazel were there for 30 years, serving the local farmers and business owners before retiring. Edwin was a life member of the South Seneca Sportsman Club, a 38-year member of the American Legion Post 770, member of the "Adirondack Hunters" annual "hunting" trip since 1968 and a member of the Frostproof, FL Community Club where he spent his winter months. On Ed's 28th birthday, his daughter Juanita was born, and they both took great pride in being able to share their birthdays together. Ed enjoyed logging and cutting firewood, crafting gifts for his family and friends with his scroll saw and mowing lawn, everybody's lawn. When other retired men purchased a cool sports car, Ed purchased his zero turn radius mower! Edwin has many friends throughout the community, and so many of the younger generations will simply remember him as 'Dad' or 'Grandpa.' Edwin is survived by his wife of 59 years, Hazel Wright of Trumansburg; four children, Mark (Kim Brant) Wright of Clyde, Juanita (Bob Wech) Wright of Trumansburg, Julia (Bruce Boatman) Williammee of Ovid, Benson (Stacy) Wright of Trumansburg; 14 grandchildren, Riley Miracle, Zach Fulkerson, Arielle Wright, Jesse, Justin, and Jonathan (Abigail) Dougherty, Jasmine Shay, Mellissa (Ryan) Sorenen, Brandy (Chris) Besemer, Rachael (Fred) Ebel, Brandon and Alex (Katie) Morgan, Jadyn and Gavin Wright; seven great grandchildren; Micayla, Garrett, Avery, Savannah, Lucas, Sophia and Lucinda; two unborn great-grandchildren; six siblings, Charles "Pete" (Sally), Richard (Verna), Bruce (Linda), Steve (Susan), Bob (Carol) Wright and Marian (Earl) Isaacs; and many nieces, nephews and extended family, and "adopted son," Bryan Kenjerski. In addition to his parents, Edwin was preceded in death by a grandson, James Dougherty and sister, Alma Compton. The family will be present to receive friends from 5:00 to 8:00pm on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at the Ness-Sibley Funeral Home, 23 South Street, Trumansburg. Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm on Monday, October 13, 2014 at Ness-Sibley Funeral Home, immediately followed by interment with Military Honors in Jones Cemetery. A reception will follow at Searsburg Community Church. The family asks those who wish to make a contribution in Edwin's memory to kindly consider the Searsburg Community Church, c/o Carla Hunt, 5770 Stilwell Road, Trumansburg, NY or to any heart, diabetes or cancer organization. –Elmira Star-Gazette 10/10/2014

PHILIP HENRY ‘ZAG’ ZAGOZEWSKI died at age 90 at The Green Home in Wellsboro, PA, on October 31, 2014 due to complications from cancer. Born August 19, 1924 in Sayre, PA to Paul and Stella Zagozewski, he showed a great affinity (at the early age of 9) for making music by learning to play the tenor banjo. With his brother Carl, he formed their first band, the Ricki Ticki Six. A passion for music continued as he mastered the bass, organ and finally (yes, Carter) the tuba playing in the Sayre High School Marching Band. Phil graduated from Sayre High School in June 1942. In July, along with several friends, he enlisted in the US Coast Guard (the line was significantly shorter than for the U.S. Navy). Starting as a Seaman 2C, he became a radioman and was given the opportunity to see the exotic South Pacific islands of Guam, Saipan, Iwo Jima and Okinawa during WWII. While on Saipan he was invited to play banjo as part of a Gene Autry USO show. Of course, Phil would later say "big deal - it was third banjo," but he did get to play some music. Honorably Discharged as a Radioman First Class in 1946, he continued his radio career with Civil Aeronautics Administration on Kodiak Island and Anchorage, Alaska. While in Alaska, Phil expanded his expertise by becoming an air traffic controller. Eventually, his mother's letters imploring him to settle down brought him back to Sayre. He married Eleanor Cass from Athens, PA in February 1952, then the children came. Since there were no air traffic openings at Elmira or Binghamton (none closer than Pittsburgh), Phil trained to install floor coverings at the Bigelow Carpet school. He began Zagozewski Floor Coverings in 1953 and eventually sub-contracted to stores in Sayre, Towanda and the Elmira area. Phil's passion for music led to the formation of the Zaglan Trio with his brother, Carl and childhood friend, Barney Harlan. When a friend wrote "Mister Sandman," Phil and the boys recorded the demo tape and another group made it into a hit. Through the 50's, 60's and early 70's, the ZaglanTrio (sometimes the Zaglan Quartet with Roy Britton or Shorty Nocchi on drums) were a Valley and Southern Tier dinner and dance band attraction. However, as Phil and Carl used to say, it was great part-time work, but you needed a steady income to survive. In 1969, Phil and family moved to Mansfield PA, so he could manage Princeton Interiors of Tomorrow, a new floor covering and paint store. After a few trying years, in 1972 Phil and Eleanor opened their own store, The Carpet Layer, in Covington, PA. This became his focus until his first retirement in 1989. During the 70's, Phil returned to his amateur radio background and the "dit-dah" room reappeared in the house. He became the MARS (Military Affiliates Radio System) coordinator for northern PA. So if you heard from WB3DXW/NNN0LMI, over the years, it was Phil. An avid student of computers and electronics, as a side note, he was the only one in the family that understood Windows 8.1. After the too soon passing of Eleanor in 1995, Phil needed to re-establish a social life instead of building yet another shed on his property. Thankfully, an opportunity emerged in the later part of the decade as a courier for First Citizens National Bank. Bad jokes and puns aside, he enjoyed his work so much that Phil was still driving his 135 mile route until a week before his 90th birthday. Phil played with the local Dixieland Jazz band, The Spare Parts, a main feature at many Tioga County events. Of course, Phil was the principal banjo player. Finally, Phil got to perform one last time at the Green Home during his short stay, playing bass along with his daughter Julia (banjo) and David Cavage (guitar). ... A little wave good-bye. Phil was predeceased by his wife Eleanor (Cass) Zagozewski; brothers, Carl and Edward Zagozewski; sisters Pauline Senkow and Ann Bloom. Surviving are children, Paul and Sharlene Zagozewski, Southbury, CT; Philip E. (Jake)Zagozewski, Sayre, PA; Gregori and Lisa Zagozewski, Williamsport, PA; Julia Zagozewski and David Cavage, Wellsboro, PA; Grandchildren: Emily (Zagozewski) and Michael LeRose, Waverly NY; Paul Zagozewski and Brittany Robbins, Sayre PA; Scott and Melissa Burrus, Southbury CT, Tod and Megann Burrus, Red Bank NJ and six great-grandchildren. With Zag's passing, the world has lost a man who loved music and people, and they loved him back. In his honor, please donate to a musical charity of your own choosing. –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/3/2014

ZEEK –JANET WINTER BARLOW - During the early hours of Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, longtime Canton resident Janet Winter (Zeek) Barlow passed away quietly at Manor Care North in Williamsport. She was 83 years of age. Born Jan. 6, 1931 in Doylestown, Pa., she was the daughter of Edwin A. and M. Janette (Williams) Zeek Sr. On April 13, 1951, she married her high school sweetheart, John Barlow in Doylestown. The Barlows made their home in the Bucks County village of Plumsteadville where they raised two sons and two daughters. Janet, a gifted pianist, taught piano and ballet to the young people of her community. She served as a Girl Scout leader, was a Tupperware dealer and for 10 years was an aide and secretary at the Central Bucks School District. In 1982 the Barlows moved to Bradford County, where Janet was employed for 10 years at the former Schrader-Bellows Co. in Canton. She was a member of Canton Chapter No. 71 Women of the Moose, as well as the Ladies' Auxiliaries of Post No. 303 American Legion and Post No. 714 VFW. Janet was also an active member of the Canton Music Club for as long as her health permitted. She loved playing the piano, painting and drawing, sewing and other crafts. She also enjoyed flowers, photography and shopping in and around Canton. She especially loved spending time with her family. Janet was a sweet lady with a perpetual smile and a kind word for everyone she met. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Janet is survived by her husband of 63 years, John, at home; children, Peggy (and Daniel) Guzik and Robert (and Cecilia) Barlow, all of Canton and Kathryn Barlow of Cottage Grove, Ore.; grandson, Jeffrey Barlow and fiancée Crysandra Cronin of Monroeville, Pa.; brother, Edwin A. (and S. Jane) Zeek Jr., of Doylestown; brother-in-law, Ronald Barlow of Plumsteadville; as well as nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Dan Ronald Barlow. In keeping with Janet's wishes, all services will be private. Professional services have been entrusted to Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, Inc. –Towanda Daily Review 11/5/2014
 

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??. –JEAN E. SLACK, 89, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at the Bradford County Manor in West Burlington Township, Pa. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alan J. Slack and a son, John J. Slack. Surviving are her children, David A. Slack of Towanda, Pa., Richard D. Slack of Pennsauken, N.J., and Melanie E. Kaspiritis of Philadelphia, Pa., eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. –Towanda Daily Review 10/22/2014
 
 

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