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SAMUEL WILLIAMS ARGETSINGER, 62, died at his home overlooking Seneca Lake on Sunday, December 28, 2014. Sam was born in Ithaca, New York on August 20, 1952, to Jean S. Argetsinger and the late Cameron R. Argetsinger. Sam was raised on the land adjoining Tug Hollow Creek near Burdett, N.Y., in the old farm house where his grandfather, James Cameron Argetsinger I, was born in 1883 and his great grandfather L.W. Argetsinger first cultivated grapes. Sam eventually became the proud owner of the family farm, and accolades for his renowned Riesling grapes soon followed. Sam's middle name is derived from his paternal grandmother's family, early community leaders who settled here in the first decade of the 19th century and farmed much of the Skyline Drive territory. Prior to returning to his roots and restoring the family farm, Sam's early years on dairy farms in Maine and New York left a lasting impression on him. After moving back to upstate New York, Sam became a highly respected logger. Following one of his many public addresses regarding forest management, The New York Forest Owner newsletter remarked that "not a man or woman in the audience wouldn't have liked to hire Sam Argetsinger right on the spot to work in their woods. All were touched by his sensitivity to the emotions many landowners feel for their woodlot." Sam was a lifelong student of Native American history and culture and a deeply spiritual man. He studied and spoke the Seneca and Onondaga languages, and his forest and land management philosophy was influenced by Iroquois teachings. Sam was highly regarded for his knowledge of forest ecology, land management and Iroquois history. He was widely sought-after for his unique ability to translate this knowledge to students, landowners, policymakers and the communities in which he worked. Sam was a spellbinding public speaker who could hold audiences for hours. His stories, both original and folklore, and his exploits were the stuff of legend. He taught and applied the principles of environmental stewardship and took the long view in his approach to land and natural resource management. In November 2013, Sam concluded a four-year project, working with local and state government agencies and non-profit partners, to ensure that the ecology of his family's 75 acres of vineyards, creek and forest property will be protected from development and managed according to his high standards of environmental stewardship in perpetuity. As a recent Finger Lakes Land Trust Newsletter stated: "Walk around the vineyard with Sam, who is the fourth generation of his family to work the land, and you get a clear sense of the passion he brings to his role as land steward and caretaker." Sam is survived by his three children, Bree, of Denver, Colo., Beren, of Ithaca, N.Y., and Will, of Tokyo, Japan; their mother Susann Gary Argetsinger, of Whitefield, N.H.; his mother Jean, of Burdett, N.Y.; his beloved aunt Louise Sause of East Lansing, Mich.; and his dear friend, Jesi Turner, of Montour Falls, N.Y. He is also survived by his five brothers and three sisters: J.C. (Joan) of Montour Falls, Louise (Tom) Kanaley of Rochester, N.Y., Michael (Lee) of Chicago, Ill., Marya Smith of Elizabeth, Ill., Getchie (Kevin Potter) of New York, N.Y., Peter (Sjoukje) of Sebring, Fla., Robert of Illinois, and Philip of Phoenix, Ariz.; as well as his twelve nieces and nephews and seventeen great-nieces and nephews, all of whom adored him and many of whom he hosted at a wonderful party at his home on the day after Christmas. Sam graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1970, where he was president of his class and an outstanding athlete and scholar. Always interested in history, especially of the Napoleonic era and of all things concerning nature and the environment, Sam was a wonderful writer. He attended Syracuse University where he met Susann, who described him as having the heart of a poet. He was much in demand for his essays, especially concerning forestry, grape growing, and Iroquois history and tradition. There was not a fellow human being who was not captivated by Sam's charm and willingness to help in any endeavor. Sam was larger than life, he touched the hearts and minds of many, and will be sorely missed by his family and friends. A Funeral Mass will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, January 4, 2015 at St. Mary's of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, N.Y. The family will receive friends afterwards at the International Motor Racing Research Center, 610 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen. –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/1/2015

FLORENCE E. AUSTIN - The years that Florence E. Austin spent here on earth greatly resembled one of the things she loved most ... quilting. She used much of her 96 years quietly stitching together a life filled with brightly colored pieces: her family, her friends, and her church community, using kindness and love to connect all of the fabrics that mattered to her most. The beautiful patchwork was completed on Jan. 5, 2015, when Florence used her delicate fingers to pull the last thread through, giving all who knew her that final blanket to warm and comfort their souls with her love. Florence was born on Oct. 18, 1918 in Lounsberry (Briggs Hollow), N.Y., the fourth child of Hugh E. and Mira A. Tefft Austin. Her years in the first and second grades were spent at two different schools, as her father traveled to logging jobs with his horses. In June of 1927, the Austins purchased their family farm in Windham, and Florence began attending the Windham Center School. Upon completing the eighth grade there, she then went to the Nichols High School, graduating in 1937. After graduation, she helped her parents on their farm and had various babysitting jobs, and she continued to hone her exemplary skills in all forms of needlework. In May of 1953, Florence started working at the Endicott Johnson Shoe Factory in Owego. Along with working at EJ, Florence also loved to plant flowers and work in her garden, and upon her retirement in 1980, she filled her days with working outdoors, as well as crocheting, doing cross-stitch and needlepoint, and creating beautiful quilts of all shapes and sizes that were completely hand-sewn. Memories, they say, are stitched with love, and one of the things Florence treasured most was creating quilts for her nieces and nephews when they graduated high school, got married, or had children of their own. A day hemmed in prayer seldom unravels and Florence's church family was a solid foundation in her life. In 1934, she, along with her sisters Edith and Ruth, joined the Nichols United Methodist Church. For the past 81 years, Florence humbly devoted her time and her talents to the church, attending as often as she could, and never thinking twice about helping with dinners and the soup kitchen, as well as donating quilts, needlepoint, and all sorts of crochet-work for sales and bazaars. With her passing, Florence leaves behind so many people who were woven and tied to her through affection and grace. She is survived by two sisters-in-law, Connie Austin of Athens and Iva Austin of Jacksonville, Fla. and a brother-in-law, Chauncey Hottenstein of Dushore. Florence will also be missed by many nieces and nephews, including six with whom she was very close and who helped her greatly in these last few years: Doris Powell and Kathleen Bowen, both of Windham, Jane Hottenstein of Dushore, Mary Hottenstein of Vestal, N.Y., William Austin of Ulster, and Robert Moore of Sayre. She also leaves behind very special friends, Linda Honnick, of Windham, and Bob and Mary Baldwin of Barton.She was predeceased by her father, Hugh, in 1950, and her mother, Mira, in 1968; her sisters, Doris in 1931, Ruth A. Moore in 1995, Marjorie J. Hottenstein in 2003, and Edith Johnson in 2006; and her brothers, Elwin, in 1982, Frank Sr. in 2006 and Lewis in 2006. Love is the thread that binds us all, and going to heaven has given Florence the chance to once again be reunited with the people she loved and missed very much over the years. Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation and time of sharing memories from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday evening, Jan. 9 2015 at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. A celebration of the tapestry that was Florence's life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10 at Sutfin Funeral Chapel. A period of visitation will also be held from 12 p.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Interment and prayers of committal will take place in the family plot in the Nichols Cemetery. The family will provide flowers and asks that memorial contributions be made to the Nichols United Methodist Church, 122 Bliven St., Nichols, NY in loving memory of Florence Elizabeth Austin. –Towanda Daily Review 1/7/2015

LAWRENCE E. ‘LARRY’ AYERS, 74, of Watkins Glen, passed away on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at Keuka Comfort Care Home in Penn Yan. He was born in Sayre, PA on May 19, 1940, the son of the late Merrill and Florence (Watson) Ayers. He graduated from Troy High School in Troy, PA and went on to serve with the US Army Reserves as a medic. In 1970, he married his beloved wife of 45 years, the former Rose Laughlin. Larry was employed with Westinghouse for many years and later went on to work on his farm. He was predeceased by a brother, Robert Ayers and a sister, Pearl Ayers. Larry is survived by his wife Rosemarie; two daughters, Jean Robbins of Elmira, and Joan Wead of Land O Lakes, FL; a son, Tom (Bonnie) Laughlin of Watkins Glen; two sisters, June (Vern) Doane of Elmira and Jean Bennett of PA; two brothers, Henry (Phyllis) Ayers of PA, and Carl Ayers of TX; three grandchildren; one great grandson; and several nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a service for Larry on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 2 p.m at Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Burial will be in Montour Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Keuka Comfort Care Home, PO Box 107, Penn Yan, NY –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/18/2015

BACORN –DORIS L. SULLIVAN, 76, formerly of Forksville, died Friday, January 9, 2015, at The Highlands Care Center, Laporte. Born May 2, 1938, in Forksville, she was a daughter of the late Rodney E. and Lucille E. Nicoles Bacorn. Her husband of five years, Robert Sullivan, preceded her in death on April 12, 1965. Doris was employed at Darway Nursing Home for many years and the former Endicott Johnson shoe factory, Mildred. She attended the Millview Wesleyan Church and enjoyed embroidering and reading.
Surviving are five brothers, Hugh Conkright of Wellsboro, Douglas E. Bacorn of Forksville, Duane E. Bacorn, of Dushore, Dale L. Bacorn of Durbin, WV and Dean E. Bacorn of Laporte; and several nieces and nephews. A graveside funeral service will be held at 1p.m. Tuesday, January 13, at Barbours Cemetery, with Rev. William J. Hargenrader officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Hughesville. –McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home notice

BARBER –DORIS MARIE BARBER HARRINGTON, 66, of Meads Hill Rd., Watkins Glen, passed away on Sunday, January 11, 2015 after an extended illness. The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Friday, January 16th, from 11:00am-1:00pm; followed by a funeral service at 1:00pm. She was born on March 12, 1949 in Troy, PA to Robert B. and Nina L. (Barrett) Barber. She was employed at Borg Warner as an Inspector for many years before she became ill. She is survived by her significant other of 30 years, Ronald Bullivant; her mother, Nina L. Barber; step-daughter, Susan Bullivant (and granddaughter, Hearstin Masson); several aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins. Doris was predeceased by her father, Robert B. Barber, Sr.; brother, Robert B. Barber Jr.; sister, Ann (Barber) Easling; and brother-in-law, Ernie Easling. –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/13/2015

BARLOW –AMANDA RUTH BARLOW (GIALANELLA), 53, of Ulster, Pa., passed away tragically on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 near her home. Amanda was born on Nov. 4, 1961 in Red Bank, N.J., daughter of Richard R. Barlow III of Columbia Cross Roads, Pa., and the late Kathryn Halligan. She was a breeder of Golden Retrievers and enjoyed horses and horseback riding. Amanda is survived by her father, Rich; her children, Richard Barlow of Tuckerton, N.J., and Danyel Hirshles of Glen Allen, Va.; her two grandchildren, Greenleigh and Mason Barlow; her sisters, Kathleen (George) Owenburg of Troy, Pa., Denise (Michael) Lewis and Regina Barlow, both of Virginia; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother and her daughter, Ashley. Family and friends are welcome to call from 2-3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 at the Gerald W. Vickery Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., 1093 West Main St., Troy, Pa. The memorial service to honor Amanda's life will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made in Amanda's memory to Richard Barlow III, 1094 Oldroyd Rd., Columbia Cross Roads, PA to help defray the cost of the funeral. –Towanda Daily Review 1/16/2015

BARRETT –SANDRA L. GROVER age 63, of Horseheads, NY, passed away on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. She was born on February 17, 1951 in Elmira, NY to Robert and Phyllis (Howe) Barrett. Sandra was predeceased by her father. She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Glenn Grover of Horseheads; daughter, Sara (Robert) Cronin of South Williamsport, PA; mother, Phyllis Barrett of Big Flats; brother, Michael (Pat) Barrett of Panama City, FL; sister, Barbara (Ben) Barrett-Smith of Horseheads; uncle, Douglas Barrett of Horseheads who was like a brother to her; sister-in-law, Virginia Gross of VA; grandchildren, Tryston and Kerensa Cronin both of PA; along with several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Sandra retired from the Horseheads School District as a librarian. It was her wish that no services be held. Arrangements have been entrusted to the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/21/2015

BART –MRS. DOROTHY M. BART TICHEN, age 78, of Monroeton, Pa. passed away peacefully on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 at Memorial Hospital, North Towanda Twp.Dorothy was born on Jan. 23, 1937, on Lime Hill, Wyalusing, Pa., a daughter of the late Edward and Lida Homet Bart. She graduated from the Wyalusing Valley High School as a member of the class of 1954 and then attended East Stroudsburg College in 1958. Dorothy began her career as a teacher at the Wyalusing School District and later retired from the Towanda Area School District. She was an active member of the DAR Machwihilusing Chapter, the "Red Hat Chicks," and the Order of the Eastern Star, Wyalusing Chapter 523. She particularly loved spending time with her family. She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Judson Morley Titchen on April 29, 2010; they were married on June 27, 1959. She is survived by her four children whom she adored; her grandchildren and great-grandchildren meant the world to her. Surviving are her sons and daughters-in-law, Judson Martin (Susan) Titchen of Lakewood, Colo., Douglas (Shelly) Titchen of Evans City, Pa.; daughters and sons-in-law, Deborah (John) Prince of Apalachin, N.Y., Pamela (David) Mosier of New Albany, Pa.; six grandchildren, Rebecca, Joseph, Alexa, Breanna, Lauren, and Alaina; three great-grandchildren, Hannah, Dillon and Madelyn; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister, Emilie Kerrick and a brother, Donald Heath.A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, Pa. with Rev. Kathleen Keller officiating. Friends and family may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Wyalusing Public Library, P.O. Box 98, Wyalusing, PA or to the Daughters of the American Revolution, c/o Shirley Rockefeller, 500 Cook Rd., Rome, PA. The family wishes to express their sincerest thanks to the staff at Memorial Hospital and especially Mary Cotton. –Towanda Daily Review 1/25/2015

CHARLES E. BATES, 76, formerly of Troy, Pa. passed away Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 at the Bradford County Manor. Chuck was born Dec. 6, 1938 in Rome, N.Y., the son of the late Clayton and Florence (Shreck) Bates. He graduated in 1957 from Southside High School in Elmira, N.Y. Chuck was married to the former Patricia (Bailey) Bates of Troy. He was employed as a meat cutter with Leona Meat Plant until retiring in 1997. Chuck was a vibrant member of the Troy community, always enjoying decorating for various holidays for the pleasure of himself and many friends that stopped by. Visitors were always greeted with a warm smile and welcoming atmosphere. Chuck liked nothing more than to see others enjoy themselves. He was an avid Notre Dame football fan, as all who met him will remember. He also followed the New York Yankees and Green Bay Packers. In later years, Chuck enjoyed his time at the Paul Reynolds Apartments and was especially thankful for the help he received from good friend, Sandy Jackson of Troy. Surviving are his four children, Brenda Bates of Abington, Pa., Charles Bates Jr. of Lusby, Md., Craig and wife, Shelly (Eighmey) Bates of South Royalston, Mass. and Christopher Bates of Lusby, Mass.; three grandsons, Dylan, Devin and Derek Bates all of South Royalston and his sister, Beverly Blampied of Elmira, N.Y. It was Chuck's wish that services be private. In lieu of flowers, consider a memorial to the Troy High School District Foundation, 30 Taylor St., Troy, PA. Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Dr., Canton is assisting his family with arrangements. –Towanda Daily Review 1/25/2015

GLEN EARL BATES JR. born November 25, 1916 passed away peacefully on December 25, 2014 at the age of 98. Glen, a devoted husband and loving father, was born and lived all of his life in the town of Big Flats. After graduating from Big Flats Union School in 1935 he attended Clarkson University and Tri-State University graduating with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 1938. Glen worked for American LaFrance-Foamite Corp from 1939 till retirement in 1982. During that period, he was project manager on many new fire truck designs including the largest airport crash truck built in the 1970s. He very much loved Big Flats and the surrounding country side where he enjoyed photography, hunting, fishing and canoeing the Chemung River late into his 80s. He was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church of Big Flats where he served as deacon, trustee and elder. He was a charter member of the Big Flats Rotary Club and held many offices over the years and was a recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International award. He believed in a strong involvement in town activities and was a life time member of the fire department, member of the Board of Commissioners, Planning and Zoning Boards, director of the Big Flats Rural Home Cemetery Association, Secretary of the Big Flats School Board and was a former Boy Scout Commissioner of Big Flats Troop 42. He was the recipient of the Big Flats Lions Club Man of the Year Award in 1996, as well as the Town of Big Flats Citizen of the Year in 2009. Loving the town and its history, he was instrumental in the promotion of the Big Flats Historical Society Museum and served many years as its curator. Glen now joins his loving wife Jean of 62 years who passed away in 2004. He is survived by daughter Sandra (Richard) Mytych of Penn Yan, NY; son Glen E Bates III (Sharon) of Kennebunk Beach, ME; he left five grandchildren, Peter Mytych of Stittville, NY, Kristin (Eric) Hahn of San Diego, CA , Gregory (Jessica) Mytych of Spencerport, NY, Hilary Bates of Morris Plains, NJ, and Megan Bates of New York City ; as well as eight great-grandchildren. A Memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Big Flats at a future date. Those wishing to do so may make a memorial donation in Glen's name to the First Presbyterian Church, PO Box 454, 95 Main St., Big Flats, NY or Big Flats Historical Society Museum, PO Box 232, 258 Hibbard Rd., Big Flats, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 12/31/2014

ROBERT BAXTER SR., age 78, of Tioga, PA died Saturday, January 10, 2015 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Robert was born on February 28, 1936 in Farmington Twp., a son of Franklyn L. and Laura (Shields) Baxter. Robert was a field superintendent for North Penn Gas before he retired. He was a US Navy veteran; member of the Seventh Day Baptist Church in Hebron, PA; member of the Mason Liberty Lodge in Port Allegany, PA and the Coudersport Consistory. Robert enjoyed woodworking, fishing, and hunting. Robert is survived by his wife, Kaye; a daughter, Lori (Russ Root) Baxter of Tioga, PA; two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Michelle Baxter, Jr. of Carlisle, PA, Dennis and Barbara Baxter of Knoxville, TN; a brother and sister-in-law, George and Dawn Baxter of Port Allegany, PA; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents; a brother, Delbert; and a grandson, Robert Baxter, III. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hebron Seven Day Baptist Church, or Hebron Cemetery Assoc. of Coudersport, PA. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family. –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/12/2015

THEODORE BEAVER, JR., 91, of Mildred died Thursday morning October 13, 1988 at the Dar-Way Nursing Home in Estella after a lingering illness. Mr. Beaver was born Nov. 6, 1896 in Bernise, Pa., the son of the late Theodore and Maria Mortor Beaver. A lifetime Sullivan County resident, Mr. Beaver was a veteran of both WW I and WW II. He was also a member of the McDermott Post #452 American Legion of Mildred where he was one of the three surviving veterans of WW I. Mr. Beaver attended the Trinity Lutheran Chapel in Mildred. He was a coal miner most of his life and was employed at the retirement with the White Ash Coal Company in Mildred. He also was an avid fisherman until his illness forced him to stop. Mr. Beaver’s wife died on Aug. 23, 1980. Survivors include his two sons Robert E. Beaver, Mildred and Harold E. Beaver, Ithaca, N.Y.; a daughter, Mrs. Louis (Lorraine) Cosa, Pembroke Pines, Fla.; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will held on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Zion Lutheran Chapel in Dushore. Reverend Robert A. Reeser will officiate. Interment will be in the Fairview Cemetery in Dushore. Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore. They also may call on Sunday from 1 p.m. to the time of the funeral service. Graveside military services will be held by the American Legion Post 452 of  Mildred. –Towanda Daily Review

JOHN ‘JACK’ BELL age 80 of Elmira, NY. Born July 20, 1934 in Elmira, NY, son of the late William E. and Isabelle (Valentine) Bell, Mr. Bell passed away peacefully Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Louis Kelly and George E. Belle. He is survived by his loving wife Aloma L. Bell; three sisters, Barbara (Laudrick) Valentine of Mitchellville, MD, Shirley (Roy) Henderson of Morehead City, NC, Gail P. Bright of Las Vegas, NV; three daughters, Kimberly Reaves of Elmira, NY, Ericka (Allen Baity) Thomas-Wells of Elmira, NY, Nicole (Brandon) Harper-Bell of Atlanta, GA and one son, Robert M. "Tank" Thomas of Las Vegas, NV, along with 10 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was employed as a Civilian, and retired from Southport Correctional Facility. The family offers special thanks to Carl Jelliff, Anthony Tallarida, Charlie Clark, Aunt Teresa & Uncle Floyd along with gratitude for the caregivers at Bath V.A. Hospital who were there for Jack and his family. Friends are invited to the Walter J. Kent Funeral Home on Sunday, January 18th from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held for Mr. Bell at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, 161 High St., Elmira, on Tuesday, January 20th at 11 am. Rev. Walter Wainwright officiating. Committal prayers and internment will follow in Bath National Cemetery. –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/16/2015

EDNA BELLEFONTAINE, 69, of 106 Second St., Wyalusing died March 16, 1987 in the Troy Community Hospital following a lingering illness. Born in London, England, she was the daughter of the late Alphonse and Bertha Bellefontaine. She moved to India at the age of 10 with her parents. She was the spouse of the late William Bailey of Trenton, N.J. She studied and performed classical dancing throughout Indian and was also a noted artist and pianist. During her dancing career, she was caught up in the Kashmir, India political turmoil and was expelled from the country, branded as a spy. She worked for the State of New Jersey Department of Agriculture as a secretary until her retirement in 1983. She returned to India, but due to failing health she returned to the United States to recover. She was a graduate of Mercer County Community College and gave lectures there on Indian Arts. She was a converted Catholic and was a member of St. Mary’s of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church, Wyalusing. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held from the church on Saturday March 21 at 11 a.m. There will be no calling hours. Interment will be in Kashmir, India at a later date. Arrangements are by the Kerr Funeral Home, Wyalusing. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society. –Towanda Daily Review

GERALD A. (JURK) BENNINGER of Laceyville RD 1 passed away Saturday morning, Jan. 6, 1990 at Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock. Born in Laceyville Oct. 28, 1916, he was a son of the late George and Bertha LaFrance Benninger. He was a mechanic all of his adult life and worked for Cornell Manufacturing Co. for many years. He also worked as a mechanic and welder for many of the Laceyville and surrounding area farmers. He was a member of the Skinners Eddy United Methodist Church and the IOOF Lodge of Laceyville and had served as a supervisor for Tuscarora Township for 13 years. He is survived by his wife, the former Neva Garris to whom he had been married 54 years; a daughter, Mrs. David (Margaret) Fassett and a son, Charlie Benninger, both of Laceyville; a special friend, David Lymen of Laceyville; two granddaughters: Mrs. Brett (Lisa) Jayne and Miss Greta Fassett, both of Laceyville; two great-grandchildren: Kyle and Nichole Jayne of Laceyville; two nieces and one nephew. He was predeceased by two sisters: Mrs. Laura Brown and Miss Lavina Benninger. The funeral service will be held Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 3 p.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville with the Rev. William Townsend, pastor of the Skinners eddy United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be in Lacey Street Cemetery, Laceyville. Friends may call at the funeral home today from 7-9 p.m. –Towanda Daily Review

MAX ‘SAMMY’ BENSUROSKY, 64, of Lopez died Tuesday morning Sept. 16, 1986 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre following a lingering illness. He was born in Lopez Feb. 3, 1922, son of the late Theodore and Helen Spitko Bensorosky. He graduated from the Lopez High School and from King’s Point Merchant Marine Academy. He served with the Merchant Marines for over 20 years before retiring to Lopez in 1979. Mr. Bensurosky was a member of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Church, Lopez. Surviving are four brothers, Metro and William, both of Surfside Beach, South Carolina; Michael of Salem, Oregon and Steven of Clinton, MD; two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Martino of West Orange, N.J and Mrs. Mary Puzo of Lopez; numerous nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be held Friday at 9:30 a.m. from the P. Dean Home Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore followed by a Burial Service at 10 a.m.  in St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Church, Lopez with the Rev. Michael Their officiating. Interment will be in St. Valdimir’s Cemetery, Lopez. Friends may call Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. There will be a parastas service Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home. –Towanda Daily Review

ROBERT ‘BOB’ CASWELL JR., age 87, of Wyalusing, Pa., passed away peacefully surrounded by his children on Sunday morning, Jan. 18, 2015 at the Skilled Nursing Unit at Memorial Hospital in Towanda, Pa. Robert was born on Feb. 14, 1927 in Lime Hill, Pa., and was the son of the late Mervil Van Kuren Caswell and Robert Caswell Sr. He was a graduate of Wyalusing High School with the class of 1945. After high school Robert served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He owned "Caswell's Store" in Wyalusing prior to his employment with Masonite Corporation in Wysox, Pa., from 1966 until his retirement in 1989.Bob was a member of the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church and a past member of the Wyalusing American Legion. He sang in a barbershop group, and loved reading, working in his garden, and doing crossword and jigsaw puzzles. He and his wife of 57 years, Joan enjoyed taking bus trips for several years after his retirement. Bob is survived by his wife, the former Joan Mosier, who he married on April 21, 1957; his children: Janet Caswell of Elmira, N.Y., and Dave Caswell and his wife Maryellen of Port Matilda, Pa.; and his grandchildren Michael Caswell and Meghan Caswell of Port Matilda, Pa. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers, Donald Caswell and Richard Caswell. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Wyalusing Public Library, 115 Church Street, Wyalusing, PA. It was Bob's wishes not to have any services. Arrangements were entrusted with Sheldon Funeral Homes, 155 Church St., Wyalusing, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 1/20/2015

ROBERT EUGENE COATS SR. of Horseheads, born May 6, 1941, passed January 17, 2015. He was the son of deceased William and Ida May Coats. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Nancy Fisher Coats; three children, Janet Coats Mitchell, husband Matthew Mitchell Sr., Robert Coats Jr., wife Karen Knapp, Beverly Coats Woodward; eleven grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren, two brothers, Wayne and Glenn, sister, Carolyn Drew with spouses, several nieces and nephews. Born and raised in Elmira, NY, Mr. Coats worked 23 years at W.M. Spiegel and Sons, and owned and operated Parrot Refuse Disposal for 14 years. He will be dearly missed by all. –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/21/2015

DARLING –MARIANNA DARLING LANE, 67, of Ulster, Pa. passed away Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015 at the Bradford County Manor in West Burlington Township, Pa. Marianna was born in Nicholson, Pa. on March 11, 1947, the daughter of the late Raymond Darling Sr. and Mildred Holbrook Darling. She was a graduate of Towanda High School class of 1965. On July 22, 1968 she married Carl W. Lane at the Ulster Village Presbyterian Church. Marianna attended the East Smithfield Methodist Church. She enjoyed painting in oils and also formerly taught gymnastics lessons at the Ulster Recreation Center for several years. She is survived by her husband, Carl W. Lane at home; children, Jeffrey Scott Lane and Kristi Summers of Emporium, Pa., Michael Craig Lane and wife Stephanie of Missouri, Susan Rae Haggerty of East Smithfield, Gary Wayne Lane and wife Kim of Gillett; 14 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Karel Peterman and husband Phil of Philadelphia, Pa., Linda Noldy and husband Rod of Sayre; brothers, Raymond Darling Jr. and wife Carol of Athens, Doug Darling of LaPorte; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 at the East Smithfield Methodist Church with Rev. Vern Jackson officiating. There are no calling hours. The family suggests that contributions may be directed to the East Smithfield Methodist Church in care of James Elvidge, Treasurer, 481 Kellogg Rd., Milan, PA in Marianna Darling Lane's memory. Service arrangements are under the direction of the Bowen-Farr Funeral Home, Ulster, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review 1/7/2015

DAY –JULE DRISCOLL, 87, of Canton, Pa. passed away Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015 at the Troy Community Hospital. Jule was born March 22, 1927 in Forksville, Pa., one of six children of the late Arley Adam and Anna Kay (Osler) Day. Following graduation with Estella High School's class of 1945, she and Marvin were married on July 27. Jule's life revolved around family and home. When her children were raised, Jule worked as a teacher's aide at Canton High School until retiring. She enjoyed attending Millview Wesleyan Methodist and East Canton United Methodist churches. Jule adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also liked to travel and was happy being outside in nature. She especially loved vegetable and flower gardening, picking wild berries and making pies. Jule and Marvin enjoyed attending many community functions and church meals; pancake breakfasts were a favorite. In addition to Marvin, her husband of 69 years, surviving are her children, Dixie (John) Gross of Slatington, Pa., Janet (Elmer) Walburn and Scott (Deborah) Driscoll all of Canton; a son-in-law, Jon Phillips of Carlisle, Pa.; a sister, Shirley Warburton of New Albany, Pa.; 13 grandchildren, Julie Hoffman, Patrick Gross, Michael Gross, John Gross, Jaremiah Phillips, Cara Laudenslager, Krista Risser, Daniel Preston, Lee Preston, Jay Preston, Brian Driscoll, Laura Brennan, Timothy Driscoll; 17 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by daughter, Jane Phillips; siblings, Bruce Day, Gene Day, Ina Avery and Irene Fiester. Calling hours are 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, at Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Dr. in Canton and will resume 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Millview Wesleyan Church. The funeral service will immediately follow with Pastor William Hargenrader, officiating. Burial will be in the Bethel Cemetery in Elkland Twp., Pa. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial in Mrs. Driscoll's name to the Millview Wesleyan Church, c/o 6575 Route 87, Forksville, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 1/5/2015

HENRY ‘TIM’ DEAN age 81, of Watkins Glen, NY, passed away on Saturday, January 17, 2015. He was born in Elmira, NY on May 20, 1933 to the late Henry and Marjorie Dean. Tim graduated from Southside High School in 1951, and earned a Bachelor of Arts from Elmira College. He married Nancy A. Dean of Elmira in 1958 and they lived in western New York for all of their 56 years together. After graduating from high school, Tim enlisted in the Navy during the Korean War and served until 1956. He began his formal training as an electronics technician in the Navy, and his passion for this work continued throughout his life. Tim had a 30 year career with the Federal Aviation Administration and worked in Elmira, Syracuse and Rochester, eventually retiring from the position of Airway Facilities Manager in Rochester, NY. Tim will be remembered for his kindness, honesty, and integrity. His lifelong passions included the building and rebuilding of cars, homes and computers. He was inquisitive, always on the cutting edge of technology, and happily shared his knowledge and skills with everyone. Tim was a dedicated husband and father, and is survived by wife Nancy Dean and three children: Henry "Hank" Dean III of Watkins Glen, NY, Jennifer Templeton of Austin, TX, and Roger Dean of Key West, FL; four grandchildren: Maxwell Dean, Willa Dean, Andrew Templeton, and Tim Templeton. Tim is also survived by sister, Daphne Lehman and her husband, Jim of Ohio. Friends are invited to join the family as we gather to celebrate Tim's life and memory on Friday, January 23. – Elmira Star-Gazette 1/20/2015

ROBERT DEAN EARLE, 86, of Troy, Pa., passed away on December 30, 2014 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, N.Y. Robert was born on July 14, 1928, a son of the late Walter and Sara Mea (Carl) Earle. He served as a radio controller in the Armed Forces. Bob was an avid hunter, trapper, and fisherman in his younger days. Enjoyed golf, bowling and was a member of Terrace Lanes hall of fame. Robert worked as a machinist for Westinghouse 23 years and served as a Union Stewart for IBEW. For the last 10 years Robert raised veal on his farm and was a member of the national meat board. Robert was pre-deceased by his wife of 40 years Wilma (Blaney) Earle in 1990; his parents Walter and Sarah Earle; brothers Kenneth Earle, Charles Richard Earle, Bruce Earle, Walter Earle Jr., and John Earle. Robert is survived by his children Jeff Earle, Gary Earle, Patricia Holley, and Steven Earle; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, cousins, special friend Janis Cole and many friends. At Robert's request all services will be private at the convenience of the family. Caring assistance provided by Cooley Tioga Point Cremation & Burial Options, Athens Pa. –Towanda Daily Review 1/2/2015

ELY –JANE MARGARET ELY CLEVELAND, formerly of Breesport and residing at Bethany Manor in Horseheads, passed away on December 29, 2014. She was born November 4, 1916, in Mansfield, PA, only child of Fred and Stella Allen Ely. She was a graduate of Mansfield State Teachers College (now Mansfield University). She worked for many years in the Transportation Department of the Horseheads Central School District. Originally a member of St James Episcopal Church in Mansfield, she was more recently a member of Breesport United Methodist Church. She enjoyed reading and traveling. She was married to Donald John Cleveland, who preceded her in death. She is survived by sons, Donald Alan ("Al") Cleveland of Breesport; Douglas William Cleveland, of Shelby Township, MI; and Roger Ely Cleveland, of Myrtle Beach, SC; as well as grandchildren, Rebecca Franklin-Guild, Rhea Gerdes, William Cleveland, Amanda Cleveland, Melissa Cleveland, and Joshua Cleveland; and great-grandchildren, Adrian Gilchrist, Kennedy Whittington, and Eli Cleveland. Private services are pending. –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/1/2015

FORTNER –IRENE FORTNER LANGDON - July 25, 1922 - January 4, 2015. Irene Langdon grew up in Brentwood, California. She attended school there, graduating from Liberty High School. After graduation, she travelled around the United States, working for the airlines and as a nanny. She later returned to California to attend The University of the Pacific in Stockton. However, her first love was art, and so she concentrated on becoming a talented painter. In her twenties, while travelling to the East Coast, she met her future husband, Jervis Langdon, Jr. who, she often said, was the love of her life. They married, and moved to Washington, D.C. There she continued her art studies, and many of her paintings were displayed in her homes. Mrs. Langdon's great joy in life was helping others, and she immediately upon moving to Washington, D.C. became a driver for the American Red Cross. She later became the director of hospital volunteers in almost every city in which Mr. Langdon's work took him. Until shortly before her death, she worked in volunteer activities at Park Church in Elmira, NY, her home church. Mrs. Langdon leaves behind two sons, Halsey (Jacklyn) and Charles of Baltimore, MD, a sister, Joyce Degan of San Jose, CA and a brother, Clifford Fortner, of Brentwood, CA. Services will be held privately at a later date and time. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. 1050 Pennsylvania Ave. Elmira/Southport, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/8/2015

FOSTER –JANET A. BROWN, 80, of Shunk, Pa. passed away Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 at the Highlands Home in Laporte. Janet Arlene Foster Brown was born in Wheelerville on April 25, 1934. She was a daughter of the late Glen and Belle (Lewis) Foster and the wife of Roy Glen Brown Sr. who passed away Oct. 25, 1987. Janet enjoyed being a stay-at-home wife and mother. She especially loved being part of her children and grandchildren's lives. She was a big fan of NASCAR's Jimmy Johnson and Eagles Football. Janet was also known to enjoy pampering her pets. Surviving is her son, Roy Jr. (Vickie) Brown of Shunk; stepson, Howard "Skip" (Vonda) Brown of Benton; six grandchildren, Wendy (Alan) Daugherty of Forksville, Lori Seeley (fiancé Chris Williams) of Shunk, Kris Nichols of Florida, Sonya (John) Hipple, Bradley (Kate) Nichols and Brenda (Jon) Harder all of Muncy; seven great-grandchildren, a step-great-granddaughter and a great-great-grandson; daughter-in-law, Carol Brown of Canton and former daughter-in-law, Gloria Baggot of Florida; special niece and nephew, Marilyn Brown and Jerrod Brown both of Shunk; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Janet also leaves her feline companion, Daisy. She was predeceased by her husband, Roy; her son, Lawrence "Larry" Brown; and sister, Doris Lawrence. As per Janet's wishes, there will be no services. Burial in Brown Cemetery will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, consider a memorial to North Central Sight Services Inc., 2121 Reach Rd. Williamsport, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 1/9/2015

FRENCH –KATHLEEN A. HARKNESS age 61, of Elmira, NY, passed away on Sunday, December 28, 2014 at Robert Packer Hospital. She was born on June 23, 1953 in Elmira, NY to the late Ralph and Beverly (Snyder) French. Kathleen was predeceased by her sisters, Jean Bright and Carol French. She is survived by her husband, W. Stanley Harkness of Elmira; children, Tammy (David) Carpenter, Scott Harkness and Heather (Vince Kosty) Harkness all of Elmira; grandchildren, Kassandra (Brian) Box and Kyle Harkness; sisters, Cora (Richard) Morse of CA, Karen (James) Nixon of CA and Bonnie (Donald) Tice of OK; brothers, Ralph (Sher) French of WA and Arthur French of WI; brother-in-law, Daniel Bright of CA; along with several nieces and nephews and close friends, Clair and Gerri Bixby. Kathleen loved to play bingo. Family and friends are invited to call on Monday, January 5th from 4 to 6 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow there at 6 p.m. with Rev. David Daniels officiating. –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/1/2015

RONALD J. GORMAN, age 78, of 1449 McGovern Road, Wyalusing, Pa. (Herrickville), passed away late Saturday afternoon, Dec. 27, 2014, at the Bradford County Manor where he was a resident for the past three weeks. Ron was born on Sept. 29, 1936, in Guttenberg, N.J., the son of the late James and Mary Casagrande Gorman. He was a graduate of the Memorial High School in West New York, N.J. Upon graduation Ron proudly served his country with the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. After the military Ron worked for the Kingswood Company as a day trader in Jersey City, N.J. Ron married the former Edith Kolar on April 13, 1957 and together they had four sons. He was a member of the Wyalusing American Legion Post #534 and the Towanda V.F.W. Ronald loved being surrounded by his family especially his grandchildren. Ron is survived by his wife of 57 years, Edith Kolar Gorman; his sons, Jim and wife Annemarie Gorman of Effort, Pa., Robert and his wife Jane Gorman of Herrickville, Pa., Michael and his wife Dana Gorman of New Milford, N.J., John Gorman of Herrickville, Pa.; his grandchildren, Dr. Daniel James Gorman of Akron, Ohio, Tom and his wife Ashley Gorman of Elizabethtown, Pa., Melissa Gorman and her fiancé Scott Kiskaddon of Sellersville, Pa., Matthew Gorman and Michael Gorman both of Herrickville, Pa., Taylor Rose Gorman of Beacon, N.Y., Ronald John Gorman of Beacon, N.Y.; sisters, Susan of Florida, Patricia of Florida, and Barbara and her husband Tom of California. Ron is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Family and friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, at Sheldon Funeral Home, 155 Church St., Wyalusing, Pa. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to H.O.P.S. Ambulance c/o: Mr. James Seipler 6185, Herrickville Road, Wyalusing, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 12/29/2014

HAGER –FAYE CAROL (HAGER) CHRISTIAN, age 75, from Spencer, NY went to be with our Lord on Sunday, December 28, 2014. She was predeceased by her mother Blanch (Green) Hager and father Homer Hager; sisters, Alice (Hager) Carr, Marion (Hager) Smith, Sylvia (Hager) Smith; sister in law, Alice (Park) Jackson. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Richard Christian. She is also survived by her children, Victoria (Dave) Jackson, Cynthia Christian, Linda (Louis) Hollenbeck, John Christian, Marjorie (Dan) Smith. She has been blessed with 14 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren; one sister, Leola (Green) Smith; four sisters in law, Barbara (Bill) McCarthy, Ruthie (Gene) Merrick, Annie (Dick) Gaylord, Margie (Bud) Walburn. She has devoted her life to her family and her friends and will be missed by all. Services will be graveside at Laurel Hill Cemetery Town of Catharine, Schuyler County. –Elmira Star-Gazette 12/31/2014

HANCOCK –NANCEE HESS age 63, of Millport, NY, passed away on January 13th, 2015 at Robert Packer Hospital located in Sayre, PA. Nancee Hess was born on 7/8/1951, in Bradford, PA. The daughter of late Robert Hancock and the late Helen Prekopi (Hancock). Nancee enjoyed gardening, country music, baking/cooking, and sewing. Most of all, she enjoyed sitting poolside in the summertime enjoying the company of all her children, grandchildren, and great grandchild, and friends. She is predeceased by: Robert Hancock (father), Helen Hancock (Prekopi) (mother), and Richard Hancock (brother). She is survived by: her loving husband and spouse of 38 years Alton R. Hess. Her children; Timothy Robert Barden, Scott Lawrence Barden, Patrick Lee Hess, Christopher James Hess, Amanda Rose Hess. Nancee has 9 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Nancee's brothers and sisters are: Robert Hancock, Jr., William Hancock, Sandy Wolf & Patty Baker. She also had a loving aunt, Bonnie Fitches, as well as several nieces & nephews. Nancee has been battling Pancreatitis for several months now. We were very hopeful she was going to beat it, and be strong and healthy for many more years. Unfortunately, the man upstairs had other plans for her and she passed away on January 13th, 2015 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA. Nancee was a loving woman who would always open her door and kitchen for anyone who came knocking. We are very sad and hurt, but also thankful she will not be suffering anymore. She will be peacefully enjoying time now with her brother, Richard, who she loved dearly, as well as her mom and dad. Words can't express enough how much we all love and miss her. RIP Mom! You will be missed and loved forever!  "I ain't here for a long time, I'm here for a good time. So bring on the sunshine, to hell with the red wine. Pour me some Busch Light." Please feel free to send your love and condolences to Nancee's Family at Star-Gazette.com online obituaries, or Attn: Alton Hess at 6 Burch Hill Rd Millport, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/16/2015

HELEN MARIE HANSELL, 63, of Sayre passed away on Dec. 30, 2014 at the Robert Packer Hospital. She was born in Sayre on Feb. 5, 1951, a daughter of the late Robert Dean Hansell Sr. and Eleanor Jean (Rowe) Hansell. Helen was pre-deceased by her parents, Robert and Eleanor (Rowe) Hansell; brother Robert Dean Hansell Jr.; and sister, Elizabeth Nina Hansell. She is survived by her children: Melissa (Strope) Thompson, Nichole Strope, Cory Strope, and Chad Peters; sisters: Paula Hayford, Peggy (Rick) Johnson, Theresa Hayford, Tamisue Hayford, Vicijo Hayford; brothers: David (Darlene) Hayford and Emmett (Mae) Hayford; grandchildren Anngelica Morrow, Shelby (Thompson) Learn and husband Kevin Learn II, Zachary Bailey, Gavin Teel, Regina Stranger, Aryan Peters, Kamden Peters, Thorne Strope and Zyris Strope; several great-grandchildren and special friends. There will be a memorial service and celebration of life for Helen at the Milltown fire hall at 2 p.m. on Jan. 31, 2015. Family and friends are welcome. Cooley Tioga Point Cremation and Burial Options is assisting the family with arrangements. –Towanda Daily Review 1/10/2015

ROSS LLOYD HAPEMAN age 100 of Elmira Heights, NY passed away on Monday January 5, 2015 at St. Joseph's Hospital. He was a life member of the Horseheads American Legion Post 442. He is survived by his sons, Robert J. Hapeman, and William J. Hapeman; along with many grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, also numerous nieces and nephews. Ross was predeceased by his wife, Anna; and his son, Jack. It was Ross's request that there be no calling hours, the family will receive friends on Wednesday January 14, 2015 from 12:00 to 3:00 PM at 207 Cleveland St., Elmira Heights, NY. Arrangements entrusted to Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/8/2015

BARRY J. HENLEY age 48 in Kershaw, SC formerly of Lockwood/Chemung, NY passed away peaceful at his home on January 12, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Thelma Henley and five children, Wayne Newhart, William (Jamie) Champluvier, Jessica (Rick) Henley, Charles Henley and Kevin Henley; four grandchildren; his mother, Laura Shadduck; his sisters, Bonnie (Dave) Doan, Betty (Scott Fiero) Holt; and brother, Brian (Tessie) Henley; as well as several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Barry is predeceased by his father, Charles Henley and brother, Kevin Henley. Barry had a passion for anything with a motor. His hobby was building Hot Rods. Whatever Barry thought of became a reality. On February 21, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. there will be a dinner at East Hill Fire Department. Please join us in celebrating his life and his birthday (which is February 23). –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/14/2015
 
ROBERT GORDON HOUSE SR., 73, of Dunedin, Fla., died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 at the Suncoast Hospice North Pinellas Care Center after an eight-year battle with cancer. He is survived by: his wife, Leslie; son, Robert Jr. of Palm Harbor, Fla.; daughter, Crissa Gilbert of Caledonia, N.Y.; stepdaughter, Dawn Pierce of Palm Harbor; stepson, Dan Marvin of Oldsmar, Fla.; sisters, Patricia McConnell of Bradford, N.Y., Mary Constantino of Vero Beach, Fla., Ruth Marshall of Sayre, Pa., and Lucille Hatch of Milan, Pa.; brothers, Claude House of Crystal River, Fla., and Thomas House of Towanda, Pa.; eight grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. He was predeceased in death by his parents, Eugene and Lillian Gibbs House, and sisters, Elizabeth Payne, Doris Garland and Joan Morningstar. Bob was born in Sayre, Pa., the youngest of 10 children, on Nov. 1, 1941. He graduated from Sayre High School in 1960 and attended Rochester Business Institute while working at the Xerox Corporation. Bob moved to Dunedin in 1976 and worked for the City of Dunedin Public Works and Engineering Department, retiring in 2001.
A celebration of Bob's life was held on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 at 7 p.m. at Curlew Hills Memory Gardens. Bob's nephew, Dr. Tim Hines, will officiate. The family has requested donations to the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in lieu of flowers. –Sayre Morning Times 1/9/2015

JAMES –MARY JAMES SHEEHAN age 59, was enfolded in the arms of her Lord and taken to her heavenly home on Monday, December 29, 2014, after a long and courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by her loving family. Mary was born on the 5th of April 1955, in Elmira, a daughter of Anna M. (Klein) James and the late Herbert F. James. In addition to her father she is predeceased by her father-in-law and mother-in-law Donald and Rose Sheehan and sister-in-law Kathleen Sheehan. Mary is survived by her mother; husband Terry; daughter Bridget (Chris) Petrillose; son Patrick; sisters, Nancy Butler, Kathy (Nick) Frisk, Karen (James) Osborn, Margaret (Tim) Sullivan; brother Daniel, all of Elmira; brothers, James (Jackie) of Batesville IN, Charles (Lisa) of Little Rock AK; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Doreen (Dave) Frisk, Joanne (William) Palmer, Donna (Dan) Schultz, Ellen (Joe) Curren, Tim (Beth), all of Rochester, Judy (Jack) Dunlavey, Jack (Ann), all of Elmira, Patrick (Wendy), Marty, all of West Palm Beach FL, Scott (Annette) of Wellington FL; along with numerous nieces, nephews and many special friends. Mary was a 1973 graduate of Notre Dame High School. She continued her education at BOCES obtaining her LPN certification. Her early working years were spent as an LPN at St. Joseph's Hospital in the OB/GYN unit. Mary then took time off to raise her family and in later years worked at the Elbow Room in Elmira. At Mary's request there will be no public calling hours. All are invited to Mary's Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, January 2, 2015 at 10:00 a.m., St. Patrick's Church. Burial will take place at the convenience of the family. Flowers will be provided by the family. If you wish to make a donation in Mary's honor please consider a donation to your favorite charity. –Elmira Star-Gazette 12/31/2014

JOHNSON –LARENA A. AUSTIN, age 75, of Elmira, NY, passed away on January 13, 2015 at the St. Joseph Hospital in Elmira. Larena was born on August 2, 1939 in Towanda, PA, daughter of the late Lareen and Agnes Johnson. Larena retired from the Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira after many years of service. Larena is survived by her daughters, Jodi Austin and Jackie Starkweather both of Elmira; son, Dana Austin of Elmira and was also the loving mother and caretaker of Kerry Austin; brother, Robert Johnson of Belleview, FL; sisters, Shirley Cooper of Pine valley and Leona Dunn of Towanda, PA; along with many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter Lurae in 2002. Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday, January 15th from 5 to 6 p.m., at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow there at 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Able 2. –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/14/2015

KINSLEY –MARGARET M. (SUE) PASTUSIC, age 85, of Mildred, Pa., passed away on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, at the Gatehouse in Williamsport with her loving family at her side. Sue was born in Cherry Township on the family farm, a daughter of the late Harry Kinsley and Evalda Dieffenbach Kinsley Bello. She attended the Cherry Township School and married Mike Pastusic of Mildred on Aug. 23, 1947. They celebrated 51 years of marriage before his death on May 23, 1999. Sue began working at the Weldon Manufacturing Company of Lopez, and later at the Endicott Johnson Shoe Company of Mildred, Pa. She then worked at the Dushore Lingerie and retired from the Meshoppen Dress Factory retiring after 40 years of working in the textile industry. Sue's main interest in life was loving her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and also enjoyed cooking and baking and taking care of her yard, with her flower garden and vegetable gardens. Surviving are: two daughters, Mary Ann (Ron) Miller of Montoursville, Pa. and JoAnn (Shawn) McMahon of Dushore, Pa.; five grandchildren, Jason (Sheri) Miller of Camp Hill, Pa., Holly (John Lumbard) Sadou of Enola, Pa., Amanda (Mick) Jenkins of Sayre, Pa., Jessica (Robert) Keeler of Montoursville, Pa. and Emily McMahon of Dushore, Pa.; brother-in-law: Paul Pastusic of Mildred, Pa.; three sisters-in-law, Helen Bohlayer of Elmira, N.Y., Betty Carpenter of Horseheads, N.Y. and Frances Pastusic of Mildred, Pa.; four great grandchildren, Autumn, Leah and Ella Miller, and Ahmar Sadou and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Morris Kinsley. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 30, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Dushore, Pa., with the Rev. Robert W. Brown officiating. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery in Dushore, Pa. Friends may call at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, Pa.The family will provide the flowers and ask that memorial contributions be sent to the Gatehouse, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 12/29/2014

ARCHIE L. LAIN, age 105, of Millerton, PA went to be with the Lord on Thursday, January 15, 2015 surrounded by his family. Survived by his wife, Virginia Lain of 64 years; sons, Donald (Sheila) Lain of Montoursville, PA, James (Pamela) Lain of Millerton, PA; 7 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; and 3 great-great grandchildren. Services will be held at the Jackson Summit Baptist Church in Millerton on Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 10am-11am. Memorial services to follow at 11am and a small luncheon at the church following services. In lieu of flowers family would appreciate donations to the Jackson Summit Baptist Church, 2581 Route 328 Millerton, PA or Laurel Home Health Hospice, 24 Walnut St. in Wellsboro, PA. –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/24/2015

MELVIN A. LOVELL, 87, highly regarded Waverly funeral director and resident of 26 Elliott St. Waverly, N.Y., passed away Sunday morning, December 28, 2014 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. “Mel,” as he was known by his family and many friends, was born in Catherine, N.Y. on November 29, 1927, the son of Archie and Winifred (Cogsdell) Lovell. He was a graduate of Odessa Central School, Odessa, N.Y. in the class of 1945 and following high school worked on the family farm and also in the plumbing and heating business with his father from 1945 to 1954. He was later employed by Westinghouse Corporation in Horseheads, N.Y. from 1954 to 1960 and served as a corrections officer in Kerhonkson, N.Y. from 1960 to 1968. Mel also served as supervisor for the New York State Department of Youth at the Ernie Davis Center in Syracuse, N.Y. He was a 1969 graduate of Simmons School of Mortuary Science in Syracuse and was subsequently employed by the Tebbits Funeral Home in Albany, N.Y. and by the A. Carr and Son Funeral Home in Kingston, N.Y. Mel purchased the Luckner Funeral Home in Waverly in 1973 where he was the owner and director until his retirement there in 2002. He served as a Deputy Coroner in Tioga County, N.Y. for 15 years. Mel presently served as funeral director and supervisor of the Bowen-Farr Funeral Home in Ulster, Pa. until the time of his death. Mel dedicated his life to helping and serving others in many ways and will be remembered by many for his professionalism and kindness. Mel enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, farming, fishing and hunting. He loved fishing trips to Keuka Lake and annual vacations to Lancaster, Pa. Mel was a member of the Sayre Elks Lodge, Waverly Lions Club, the New York State Funeral Directors Association and the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association. He is survived by his wife, Sharon Patterson Lovell whom he married on July 21, 1990, children, Mark Lovell, Denice (Lovell) Clarke and husband Joseph, Patrick Mente and Jill Reid, Joseph Mente and wife Carla and Michael Mente and wife Carla, grandchildren, Jordan Mente, Eric Mente, Christopher Clarke, David Clarke, Jessica Clarke and Melissa Lovell, numerous great grandchildren, dear cousins, Betty Miles of Englewood, Fl. and Charles Lovell of Catherine, many loving nieces and nephews, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Patricia and Jack Elliott, brother-in-law, Donald Taylor of Waverly, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Edward and Judy Hartz of Wilmington, N.C. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Maurice Lovell and sisters, Marilyn Taylor, Wilma Hartz and Ruth Travis Browning. The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home, 314 Desmond St., Sayre. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015 at St. James Catholic Church, Waverly. Interment will follow in St. James Cemetery, Waverly. The family suggests that contributions be directed to the St. James Cemetery Association, 300 Main St., Owego, NY in Melvin A. Lovell’s memory. –Sayre Morning Times 12/30/2014

DOMINIC A. ‘DUKE’ LUCCI, born March 26, 1924, joined his beloved wife Salla on December 26, 2014. Cared for lovingly by his son, Dominic Joseph, of Tulsa, OK, where he resided for the last 10 years. Loved dearly by his daughters, Cindy (Lucci), Paula (Michael Painton) and Sharon (Beller). Also survived by his much loved nephew, Marty Whitford (Rhonda), who did so much. Sisters, Marylou, Jay, Lena, and sister-in-law Alyse (Joseph Lucci). He takes with him the love of his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. A Memorial Service will be held in the spring in his hometown of Elmira at the family's convenience. –Elmira Star-Gazette 12/30/2015

RICHARD E. MCKIBBIN passed away quietly on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at Elcor Health Services at the age of 87. Richard was born April 20, 1927 in Elmira, NY. He is survived by his wife Maria McKibbin; step-daughter, Lisa Cardamone; grandsons, Steven (Amy) Cardamone and Scott (Michelle) Cardamone; four step-great grandchildren and several McKibbin family members. Richard was a US Navy Seamen First Class and served his country in Korea earning several medals. He was a heavy equipment operator with the NYSDOT for over 34 years. He was proud of his commitment to NYS and loved his job. The family will conduct private services. The family graciously accepts remembrances with donations in Richards's memory to CareFirst, 11751 Corning Rd., Corning NY or a charity of one's choice. –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/1/2015

JAMES A. ‘JIM’ MCPHERSON, 79, of Sayre, Pa., and Frostproof, Fla., passed away Jan. 3, 2015 at the Florida Hospital in Sebring, Fla., after a brief illness. Jim was born Feb. 11, 1935, to John T. and Katherine Allis McPherson, in Towanda, Pa. He graduated from Wyalusing Valley High School and went on to receive his degree from Millersville (Pa.) State Teachers College. After graduation, Jim taught Industrial Arts at both Athens, Pa., and Waverly, N.Y., high schools. In 1959, he met and married his wife of 55 years, Barbara Hopko McPherson. In 1968, Jim accepted a position as the Guidance Coordinator for The Board of Cooperative Extension Services, serving there until his retirement in 1991. Upon retiring, Jim and Barb began splitting their time between the Valley and their Frostproof, Fla., residence at the Lilly Lake Golf Resort. Jim enjoyed working on his golf game, despite never really enjoying the fruits of his labor. Scores aside, he cherished the time he spent with friends and family and will be remembered for his willingness to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. An ardent NASCAR and Jeff Gordon fan, Jim was a longtime member of Sayre Elks Lodge No. 1148, as well as a lifetime member of the Loyal Order of Moose. In addition to his wife Barbara, Jim is survived by sons, Scott (Cindy) McPherson of Frisco, Texas, and Kevin (Betsy) McPherson of Richmond, Va.; grandchildren, Marija (Michael) Johnson and Madeline and Allison McPherson; great-grandchild, Rolin Johnson; and brother, Edward (Lois) McPherson of Monroeton, Pa. Jim was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Peter and Thomas, both of Rome, Pa. A memorial service will be held from 2-3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31 at The Church of the Redeemer, 201 South Wilbur Ave., Sayre, PA. Per Jim's wishes, a social gathering will follow at the Sayre Elks Club, 117 South Elmer Ave. in Sayre. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Boys Town or the Elks National Scholarship Foundation. –Sayre Morning Times 1/9/2015

MERRILL –BEVERLY J. NEVANS age 70, of Elmira Heights, NY, passed away on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at home with her loving family by her side. She was born on October 5, 1944 in Elmira, NY to the late John and Louise (Hodge) Merrill. Beverly was predeceased by her brother, John Merrill and sister, Jane McMinds. She is survived by her daughter, Tammy (Chris Woodruff) Sullivan of Corning; granddaughter, Briana Sullivan of Corning; sister, Nancy Doyle of Horseheads; along with several nieces, nephews and close friends. Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday, January 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. A memorial service for Beverly will follow there at 4 p.m. with Rev. David Sullivan officiating. –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/10/2015

NICHOLS –MRS. CELIA NICHOLS BENSCOTER of North Flat, Laceyville RD 2 passed away Tuesday evening Jan. 27, 1987 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre. She was born June 9, 1909 in Avis, Pa., a daughter of the late William and Bessie O’Hart Nichols. She was a  saleswoman for Salem Home Products until 1946 and was later employed by the C. and M. Sportswear Company of Meshoppen. She is survived by one son, Randel Donahue of Laceyville; two daughters, Miss Margaret Donahue and Mrs. Bessie Benscoter, both of West Auburn; four sisters: Mrs. Ruth Marden and Mrs. Edith Truax, both of Jersey Shore, Pa., Mrs. Carrie Signor of Avis, Pa. and Mrs. Helen Harris  of Batavia, N.Y.; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; several nieces and  nephews. She was predeceased by two husbands, Michael Donahue in 1953 and Fred Benscoter in 1974 and a sister, Pearl Mathews. Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville with the Rev. William Nelson, pastor of the Rush United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be in Vaughn Cemetery, Mehoopany. Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Laceyville Ambulance Association. –Towanda Daily Review

ORLOWSKI –HELEN T. BEAVER, 85, of Mildred RD 1 died Sunday afternoon June 4, 1989 at Memorial Hospital in Towanda following a lingering illness. She was born Sept. 28, 1903 in Mildred, the daughter of the late Frank and Amelia Mavefski Orlowski. She was a lifetime resident of Sullivan County and was a member of the trinity Lutheran Chapel in Mildred plus a former member of its Gleaner’s Society. She was a true Christian woman and was a very loving and devoted mother and grandmother. Her husband the late William G. Beaver died April 14, 1985. Surviving are two sons, George B. and Betty Beaver  of Mildred and Frank T. Beaver of Selingsgrove; three daughters, Mrs. Phyllis M. DeMun of Delray Beach, Fla., Mrs. Earl (Marion) Messersmith of New Albany RD 1 and Mrs. Fred (Shirley) Ermanovics of Horseheads, N.Y.; six grandsons, three granddaughters, three great-granddaughters, one great-grandson and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. in the Trinity Lutheran Chapel in Mildred with the Rev. Richard A. Reeser, her pastor officiating. Burial will be in the adjoining parish cemetery. Friends may call at the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home in Dushore on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and Thursday at the Trinity Chapel from 10 a.m. until the funeral service. The family suggest that in lieu of flowers, donations or contributions may be directed to the Trinity Lutheran Chapel Memorial Fund in care of Donald Panichi, treasurer, Mildred, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review

PAPUGA –GENEVIEVE ‘JEAN’ PAPUGA SCHMIDT, 92, of the Colonial Terrace, Towanda, Pa., passed away New Years Eve, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Memorial Hospital, Towanda, Pa. "Jean" as she was known by her family and friends, was born in Philadelphia, Pa., on April 17, 1922, a daughter of Francis Papuga and Bronislawa Wiek Papuga. She attended Roxborough High School in Philadelphia, Pa., and during the 1940s Jean worked as a model in California. She was later employed by Philco and Sharp and Dome in Philadelphia as a welder, riveter and solderer and worked as a beautician for several years. Jean was formerly employed as a secretary at the Philadelphia Court House for the Attorney General's Office for two years and by Gimbal's Department Store in Philadelphia. In 1982, she moved to Bradford County to make her home and was employed by Worlds End State Park. Jean enjoyed spending time with her family, sewing drawing, painting, going for walks and working cryptogram puzzles. She is survived by her children Deborah (Joseph) Altenburg of Cheektowaga, N.Y., Robin (Robert) Shaffer of Dushore, Pa., Cynthia Schmidt (Brian Clouse) of Rome, Pa., Diane (Jeffrey) Shaffer of Dushore, Pa., step-daughter Donna (Daniel) Haussman of Glen Burnie, Md., five grandchildren Joseph and Michael Altenburg, Brian Lawton, Michael and Nicole Squires; seven great-grandchildren; sisters Wanda Colquhoun of Philadelphia, Pa., and Angela Muscarella of Philadelphia, Pa.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands Donald McEwan and Harry Schmidt; brother John; sisters Helen and Maria; and son-in-law William H. Shaffer.The funeral service will be held Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 at noon at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa., with Pastor Bill Klees of the Community Alliance Church, Monroeton, Pa., officiating. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to noon on Monday at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Westminster Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, Pa.The family suggests that contributions may be directed to the Community Alliance Church Community Cup Ministry, 27, Alliance Lane, Towanda, PA in Jean's memory. –Towanda Daily Review 1/2/2015

CHARLES FRANKLIN ‘CHUCK’ ROLISON, 79, of Columbia Cross Roads, Pa. passed away unexpectedly at home on Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014.Charles Franklin, "Chuck" to family and friends, was born July 20, 1935 in Troy, a son of the late Earle and Nellie (Spencer) Rolison. A graduate of Troy High School, Chuck also graduated from Jean Summers Business School in Elmira before enlisting in the U.S. Army. On Aug. 17, 1958, he married the former Arlene Isaacs in Canton. Chuck was controller/general manager and sales person for Lemoncelli Tire Co. before they combined with Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. He worked as a traveling manager for Firestone in the Southern Tier of New York State for many years. Following his retirement, Chuck worked out of his home as a self-employed accountant until the time of his death. He was a member of Columbia Cross Roads United Methodist Church and most recently attended Southside Alliance Church in Elmira, N.Y. Chuck was very civic minded and active in his community. His memberships included Troy's Lions Club; he also served as treasurer for Rainbow Riders, Endless Mountains Missions Center, Sugar Creek Parish and was secretary/treasurer of Columbia Township. Favorite times were shared with his grandchildren. He was a talented bowler and enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening. Surviving are his wife, Arlene; four daughters, Leslie (Al) Trosi of Penn Yan, N.Y., Ellen Fox of Ft. Myers, Fla., Denise (Milt) Packard of Hampstead, N.C. and Jennifer (Jim) McGonigal of Caton, N.Y.; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Marge (Wilbur) Morse of Canton and Beverly Wilson of Elmira; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Paul (Bonnie) Isaacs of Reno, Nev., Earl (Marian) Isaacs of Campbell, N.Y., Donald Isaacs of Surf City, N.C., Gary Isaacs and Phylis (Bud) Austin all of Canton and Nathalee Darde of Line Lexington, Pa.He was predeceased by a daughter, Cheryl Lynn Stolldorf in 2006; siblings, Nora (Eugene) Rockwell, Jean (LeRoy) Goodwin, Harold (Toni) Rolison; brother-in-law, Dale Isaacs and sister-in-law, Joyce Boyden.Calling hours are 12 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3 at Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Drive in Canton. Rev. John Connell and Rev. Chris Nauta will officiate the funeral service at 2 p.m. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, consider a memorial to Rainbow Riders or Endless Mtns. Missions Center, both c/o P.O. Box 43, Columbia Cross Roads, PA or to a charity of one's choice. –Towanda Daily Review 12/31/2014

WERNER E. SALLE, 88, of Bridgeport, passed away on Monday January 19, 2015. He was born on February 4, 1926 in Vreden, Germany. Werner served in the US Army during WW II and was founder of the W.E. Salle Company, Inc. Werner lived his early years in Wilmington, DE. He then moved to Columbia Crossroads, PA and then moved to the Syracuse Area. He was predeceased by his wife June in 2010. Surviving are his daughter, Michelle (Glenn) Mickley, Gillett, PA; four sons, Don (Patrice), Richmond, VA, David, Utica, Neal (Mary), Troy, PA & Roger (Laurie), Cicero, his sister, Hilda McDaniel of Hockessen, DE; 13 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. Calling hours will be held on Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at New Comer Funeral Home, 705 N. Main St., N. Syracuse, with sharing of memories at 7 p.m. Contributions may be made to the Food Bank of CNY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/20/2015

SCHMIDT –EVELYN L. CRAMER of Southport, passed away Tues. Dec. 30, 2014 at the Arnot-Ogden Medical Center following declining health at the age of 86. Born on May 4, 1928 in Binghamton, NY; daughter of the late, Joseph & Naomi French Schmidt. She was employed by JC Penny in early years and was a homemaker who enjoyed bowling, ceramics, sun flowers and family times. Surviving are her loving daughters, Sally Fegley, Lehigton, PA; Sue Cramer, Southport; and Patti Carstens, Southport; six grandchildren, Tammy Janowski, Dionne Bolderoff, Jason Loomis, Jessica Cramer, Jacob Williams and Brandon Cramer; many great grandchildren sisters, Eleanor (Delmont) Henry, Conklin; Leona (Rudy Cipolla) Hobarth, Binghamton; and cherished nieces, nephews and her canine companion, Sheba. In addition to her parents, Evelyn was predeceased by her son, Paul A. Cramer; grandson, "Willy" Carstens; sister, Marguerite (Lee) Henry; brothers, Wallace (Marilyn) Schmidt and Donald Schmidt; and her dear friend, Samuel Martino. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport/Elmira on Sun, Jan. 5, 2015 between the hours of 2-4 p.m. Funeral services will follow at 4:15 p.m. with interment in Vestal Hills Memorial Park. –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/2/2015

SHAFFER –DORIS P. COTT, 88, of Dushore, died Monday, January 12, 2015, at Dar-Way Nursing Home. Born August 10, 1926, in Dushore, she was a daughter of the late Herman I. and Frances P. Thrasher Shaffer. Doris was a graduate of Loyalsock High School, Class of 1943. She and her former husband owned and operated Miller's General Store in Forksville for 10 years before working at WT Grant as a credit manager for nine years. Doris also worked at Sears as a credit manager before retiring from Citibank in 1985. Doris was a talented musician who played the guitar, coronet, organ and piano. She enjoyed traveling, crocheting, crafts and singing. Over the years, Doris won various awards at several local fairs competing with her crafts and during her high school years, she was awarded first place in a county wide singing contest. She is survived by a daughter, Nancy L. Miller of Dushore; a son, Steven A. Miller Sr. of Forksville; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Doris was preceded in death by four brothers, Donald Shaffer, Elwood Shaffer, Kenneth Shaffer and Ronald Shaffer; a granddaughter, Rebecca Miller; a grandson, Eugene Rooker and her beloved dog Lady. Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Hughesville. (The first husband was Willard c. Miller, the father of her children but I have nothing on him yet! –Carol Brotzman)

SHILKOSKIE –SHIRLEY KARGE, age 67, of Nanticoke, Pa., passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 at her home with her loving family at her side. Shirley was born in Nanticoke, Pa. on June 5, 1947, a daughter of the late John and Phyllis Simmonds Shilkoski. She attended the Nanticoke High School and married Ron Karge of Dushore on March 10, 1973.Shirley worked for the former Plymouth Dress Company. She was a loving spouse, mother and grandmother and enjoyed cooking and camping. She most loved being with her grandchildren and great-grandson. Surviving are her spouse, Ronald K. Karge at home; two sons, Stanley Karge of Nanticoke, Pa. and Carl Karge of Nanticoke, Pa.; two daughters, Kimberly (Arthur) Parsons of Hunlock Creek, Pa. and Charlotte (John) Harrison of Mountain Top, Pa.; brother, Edward J. Shilkoski of Parsons, Pa.; three brothers-in-law, Cleon W. (Delores) Karge of Dushore, Pa., Ivan B. (Becky) Karge of Harrisburg, Pa. and Leo E. Karge of Dushore, Pa.; four sisters-in-law, Vera E. Karge of Dushore, Pa., Linda (Raymond) McDonald of Dushore, Pa., Nina L. Karge of Dushore, Pa. and Lena I. Karge of Montgomery, Pa.; four grandchildren, Arthur Parsons, Nathan Parsons, Abby Harrison and Zachary Harrison; and a great-grandson, Aaron Parsons; and numerous nieces and nephews and cousins.She was predeceased by a son, Ronald Karge in 1976; a brother, Francis Shilkoski and a sister, Carol Shilkoski both of Wilkes-Barre; and sisters-in-law, Anita Winifred Karge, an infant, in 1945, and Rita Gilbert in 2013; and by two brothers-in-law, Melvin Kenneth Karge of Conklin, N.Y., Alvin George Karge of Clifton Springs, N.Y.Funeral services will be held at noon on Friday, Jan. 9, at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA with the Rev. Robert W. Brown officiating. Interment will be in Peace Cemetery, Dushore, Pa.Family and friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday at the funeral home. –Towanda Daily Review 1/10/2015

SHOOK –GAIL SHOOK WILLIAMS -On Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, Gail Shook Williams went to be with the Lord after fighting declining health for many years. Gail was born in Troy, Pa., and grew up in Williamsport with her parents Dorothy Warner Murray and Robert W. Shook (deceased). In 1975 she married Irvin P. Williams of Williamsport, Pa. Gail will be remembered for her great smile and wonderful sense of humor. She is survived by her husband Irvin Williams of York, Pa., her mother Dorothy Warner Murray of Third Street, Towanda; a special aunt, Jean Zyga and her husband Al of North Carolina; nieces, nephews and cousins throughout the area. Gail was predeceased by her step-father George B. Murray. Gail had a great love for animals and books. Those wishing to may direct memorials to a library or anima shelter of one’s choice in Gail's memory. –Towanda Daily Review 1/10/2015

SHRIMP –BETSY ANN MELLAN, 65, of Dushore, died Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at her home. Born January 11, 1950 in Towanda, she was a daughter of the late Myron C. and Doris B. Pewterbaugh Schrimp. She and her husband, David J. Melan Jr., celebrated 38 years of marriage on December 4, 2014. Betsy attended Millview Wesleyan Church and enjoyed crafts, traveling and spending time with her family. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, who followed her husband completely around the world, as he helped to defend our country in the U.S. Army. Surviving, in addition to her husband, are three daughters, Kelley S. (Robert Nelson) Griggs of Fayetteville, NC, Bobby Jo Maxwell of Dushore, and Sherry Ann (Kevin Best) Valentine of Lock Haven; two sisters, Lora (Leon) Molyneux and Peggy (Carl) Molyneux, both of Forksville; five grandchildren, Amanda Felt, Scott Felt, Chance Griggs, Alex Maxwell and McKayda Melan, whom she raised; and one great-grandchild, Nevairah Brown. In addition to her parents, Betsy was preceded in death by her daughter, Rebecca Ann Miller. A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, January 18, at Millview Wesleyan Church, 6575 Rt. 87, Forksville, with Rev. William J. Hargenrader officiating. Burial will be held privately in Millview Cemetery, Forksville, at the convenience of the family. Friends may call from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the church. Flowers are welcome; however, memorial contributions may also be made in memory of Betsy to Millview Wesleyan Church, 6575 Rt. 87, Forksville, PA Arrangements have been entrusted to the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Hughesville. –Towanda Daily Review 1/16/2015

SMITH –LEATRICE P. HILL, 90, Jersey Shore passed away, Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at the Gatehouse. She was born December 2, 1924 in Fox Twp., Sullivan County, the daughter of Lemuel M. and Myrtle (Bastian) Smith. Leatrice was the wife of the late Walter T. Hill with whom she shared 62 years of marriage prior to his passing in 2004. She was an excellent baker of sticky buns and cookies. Leatrice’s had extreme love for her family and enjoyed cooking the meal for family gatherings. She loved traveling with her husband and they traveled across the country at least seven times. Her favorite traveling destinations was to any of her family members homes. Leatrice is survived by a daughter, Winona Tompkins of Lock Haven; two sons, Nelson H. (Chelan) of San Rafael, CA and Lonnie L. (Carrie) Hill of Front Royal, VA; 12 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren: a brother Larry Smith of Canton; two sisters Lucille Terry of Wellsboro and Reba Shepard of Canton: also a close friend Ivan Dodd of Jersey Shore. She was predeceased by a son, Wilfred W. Hill in 2006 and a brother, George Smith. In lieu of flowers family suggests contribution can be made to Susquehanna Hospice 1001 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA. Relatives and friends are invited to Leatrice’s Life Celebration service 1 pm Saturday, December 13, 2014 beginning with a visitation from 11 until 1 at the Rearick-Carpenter Funeral Home, Ltd. 1002 Allegheny St., Jersey Shore. Services will follow at 1 p.m. with Rev. Eric G. Michael officiating. Burial will be in Green Lawn Memorial Park. –Williamsport Sun-Gazette 12/12/2014

SODEN –JESSICA J. SODEN PEDRO, age 35, of Mildred, Pa., tragically passed away on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015. Jessica was born on June 11, 1979, a daughter of Joseph G. Soden and Kaye D. Worthington Hartigan. She graduated from Sullivan County High School a member of the class of 1997. Jessica was currently employed in the Service Department at Fitzpatrick and Lambert in Dushore, Pa. She previously worked for Williams Oil Company in the Lubricants Department, in Towanda, Pa. Jessica obtained her Associate of Arts Degree from the University of Phoenix.She was a loving and devoted mother who supported her children in all their school and sporting activities. She especially enjoyed cheering for her twin sons in all their sporting events. She had a zest for life and she enjoyed and lived every day to its fullest. She had a radiant smile that would light up any room. She will be missed by all who knew her. Surviving are her mother, Kaye D. Hartigan of Dushhore, Pa.; father, Joseph G. Soden of Dushore, Pa.; twin sons: Jonathan Michael Pedro of Mildred, Pa., and Jordan Wayne Pedro of Mildred, Pa.; daughter Sydney N. White of Mildred, Pa.; brother, Jeremy Soden of Coatesville, Pa.; uncles Stephen Soden of Jefferson, Ga., Justin (Kathleen) Soden of Clarksville, Tenn., Gary (Pam) Worthington of Syracuse, N.Y., Terry (Sharon) Worthington of Dushore, Pa., Barry (Louise) Worthington of Laytonsville, Md.; aunts Rosemary (Carmen) Cosentino of Susquehanna, Pa., Lorraine (Mark) Zabitz of Tyrone, Pa., Wendy Worthington of Dushore, Pa. She is also survived by several cousins and many friends. She was predeceased by her paternal grandparents, Rexford G. and Marie Smith Soden and her maternal grandparents, Foster Gale and Moneta Kast Worthington and a step-grandmother Marian Sitas Litzelman Worthington and step-father, Francis J. Hartigan Jr., and also by uncles Gerald Soden, Vincent Soden, and Jeffrey Worthington. A Transferal Service will be held on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 at 10 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at St. Basil's Church, Dushore, Pa., with Rev. Richard Rojas, presiding. Interment will follow in St. Basil's Cemetery, Dushore, Pa. Friends and family may call on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, Pa. from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. The family will provide the flowers and direct Memorial Contributions to the Education Fund for her children, C/O Citizens and Northern Bank, P.O. Box 339, Dushore, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 1/20/2015

STAVISKI –MARGARET A. ‘KITTY’ HUSTON, age 71 of Elmira Heights, NY passed away Friday, January 9, 2015 at St. Joseph's Hospital after an extended illness, surrounded by her loving family. She was born September 22, 1943 in Elmira, daughter of the late William and Elizabeth (Wolosonivich) Staviski. She was predeceased by her sister Tillie O'Connor and brothers Leo, Bing, Teddy, Blitz and Steve Staviski and is survived by her children Eric Huston with daughter Augusta of Elmira, Kim Huston of Elmira Heights, Christopher and Jouana Huston of Marcy, NY with children Tyler and Julia; sister Helen Massey of Elmira, along with several nieces and nephews. Margaret's career was spent in the food industry, having been employed with many businesses in the area. She loved plants and animals, but especially loved and cherished her grandchildren. After retirement, she enjoyed hosting bus trips to the casinos. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Friday, January 16th from 5 to 7 pm. A remembrance service will follow at 7 pm. Interment will be in Holy Trinity Orthodox Cemetery at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember Margaret through donations to the Chemung County S.P.C.A., 2435 State Route 352, Elmira, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/13/2015

STOROZOW –HELEN E. JATKO, 92, of Havana, Fla. and formerly of Apalachin, N.Y. went to her heavenly home and to be reunited with her husband Rev. George Jatko on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. Helen is survived by her son, Charles E. Jatko, of Florida; a grandson, Chad (Carlene) Jatko of Moody, Ala.; great-grandsons, Corbin and Caleb Jatko; brothers and sisters-in-law, Elmer and Harriett Storozow of Vestal; Kenneth and Marion Storozow of Clearwater, Fla.; several nieces, nephews, and friends also survive. Helen was predeceased by her husband, Rev. George Jatko; sisters, Lena Romeo and Marie Stephens. Helen was born on Nov. 26, 1922 in Endicott, N.Y., a daughter of Philip and Edna (Everett) Storozow. She was a graduate of Owego Free Academy and attended Ridley Lowell Business School following graduation. Helen was a legal secretary in the Patents Office of IBM. On May 8, 1943 in Oakland, Calif., Helen married George and together they shared many wonderful years together until his passing on July 5, 2012. Many will fondly remember Helen and her dedication as a pastor's wife as George faithfully served the South Warren Community Church and the Neath Welsh Congregational Church. When not sharing their love for the Lord, Helen and George enjoyed spending time camping at Alpine Lake in Stevensville, Pa. They are now together forever and forever in the arms of the angels. Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 13 at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. Funeral services and a celebration of Helen's life will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 14 at the funeral chapel with Pastor Larry Pelton, officiating. Interment and prayers of committal will follow in the Vestal Hills Memorial Park. Memories and condolences for Helen's family may be shared by visiting our website at www.sutfinfuneralchapel.com. Flowers will be provided by the family and those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the South Warren Community Church, c/o Cindy Robinson, 694 Basswood Swail Rd., Rome, PA or the Neath Welsh Congregational Church, c/o Alan Coates, 359 Second St., LeRaysville, PA in loving memory of Helen E. Jatko. Funeral Home Sutfin Funeral –Towanda Daily Review 1/10/2015

BENNIE CLIFFORD TALADA, 56, of Gillett, passed away on Dec. 27, 2014 at the Robert Packer Hospital. Bennie was born on Jan. 2, 1958, a son of Fred and Barbara (Roberts) Talada. Bennie was an avid fisherman and loved spending time outside gardening. Bennie was predeceased by his father, Fred Talada, and a brother, Bun (Fred) Talada. He is survived by: his mother, Barbara Ann Talada, of Athens, Pa.; siblings, Bonnie (Charles) Simons of East Smithfield, Pa., Barbara L. Talada of Chemung, N.Y., Katherine P. Talada of Troy, Pa., Charles Talada of Athens, Percy (Tammi) Talada of Sayre, Pa., Fred (Carrine) Talada of East Smithfield; aunt, Betty Jane (Richard) Smith of Athens; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and very special friends. At Bennie's request, all services will be private, to be held at a future date.
Those who wish may donate to the Bradford County Humane Society, U.S. Route 220, Ulster, PA.
Caring assistance is being provided by Cooley Tioga Point Cremation & Burial Options, Athens. –Sayre Morning Times 12/30/2014

ROBERT ‘BOB’ TALADA, 55, of Waverly, NY, passed away on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at home with his loving family by his side after losing his brave battle with lung cancer. He was born on January 9, 1960 in Sayre, PA the son of the Albert, Sr. and Lillian VanDuzer Talada. Bob is survived by his wife of 13 years Tina Beidleman Talada at home, sons Nathan and Aaron of Waverly, NY, mother, Lillian Talada Stroud of Sayre, PA, brothers and sisters-in-law Butch and Kathy Talada of Elmira, NY, and William and Judy Talada of Waverly, NY, sisters and brothers-in-law Linda and John Smith of Candor, NY, Carrie and Tim Stroker of Milan, PA, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Brent and Carol Beidleman of Athens, PA, several aunts, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great nephews, .and cousins. He is also survived by his faithful companion Boots and his best friend Russ Wittig of Waverly, NY. He is preceded in death by his father, Albert Talada, Sr. in 1993, sister, Tina in 1963, father-in-law Nathan Beidleman in 1993, mother-in-law Phyllis Haxton Beidleman in 2004, brothers-in-law Robert Lawson in 2007 and Nathan Beidleman, Jr. in 2011. Bob graduated from Northeast Bradford High School in 1977. After graduation, Bob enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served his country with pride in the South Pacific for 4 years. He was employed by several companies more recently including I.B.M., Binghamton, State Line Auto, Waverly, and Best Western, Sayre. Bob was a member of the Lighthouse Church, Sayre. Bob was a collector of antiques, coins, and baseball cards. He enjoyed watching sports, his favorites included football "Go Steelers", baseball, and auto racing. Bob faithfully watched the TV Land station, enjoying Andy Griffith, Leave It To Beaver, I Love Lucy, and all the old time shows. He enjoyed fishing with his boys, telling stories particularly of his Navy days, and spending time with his dog Boots. A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held at a later date and will be announced in a later edition of this newspaper. The family is being assisted by Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Athens, PA. Flowers will be provided by the family, memorial donations may be made in Bob's memory to: Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, PA 18810. After expenses have been paid, any donations will be forwarded to Lourdes Hospice, 4102 Old Vestal Road, Vestal, NY. –Carol Brotzman

RITA J. WALKER age 57, of Gillett, PA passed away on Wednesday January 14, 2015 at home surrounded by her family. She is survived by her parents Earl and Patricia Talada Walker; children, Jamie (Susan) Mott, Timothy (April) Mott, Robert (Michelle) Mott; the love of her life, Ken Eighmey; grandchildren, Troy, Tyler, Cory, Mikayla, Dylan, Kaylee, and Kristina; sisters, Sharon (Phil) Brown, Sandra Wolf, Anna (John) Moretz; sister in law, Deb Walker; brother, John (Barbara Craig) Walker. Predeceased by sister, Mary Lou Walker and brother, E. Michael Walker. Rita was a member of the Rural Letter Carriers Association, A letter carrier for the US Postal Service. Family will receive friends on Sunday January 18, 2015 at Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmira, NY from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM with Funeral and Committal Service there Sunday at 4:00 PM, Reverend Jennifer Wolf will officiate. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family. Those wishing may make memorials The American Cancer Society, 13 Beech St., Johnson City, NY or Guthrie Hospice, 421 Tomahawk Road, Towanda, PA. –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/16/2015

WARD –ALICE M. (WARD) PURVIS age 86 of Wellsburg, NY. She was born January 29, 1928 in Brooklyn, NY, daughter of the late Oscar and Rose (Peppard) Ward and passed away Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Alice was predeceased by her loving husband; Robert M. Purvis in 2006, as well as her son; James R. Purvis, and grandson; Jeremy R. Purvis. She is survived by her son; Russell (Nancy) Purvis, daughters; Marlene (Dan) Smith, and Wilma Redder, daughter in law; Theresa Chilson-Purvis, a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews, including special nephew Leland Abernathy. Alice also leaves her adopted canine son, Scotty. She was a homemaker, mother, wife, grandmother, and comedian. Alice was loved and supported by her church family as well as the staff of the Southport McDonalds where she frequently visited. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake Street at Washington Ave., on Wednesday, January, 28th from 6 to 8 PM. Interment will take place in Glenwood Cemetery, Waverly at the convenience of the family. Those wishing to send flowers are requested to send live plants and arrangements so that Alice's family may continue to enjoy them long after her services. –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/25/2015
 
RONALD H. WALTERS, 71, of Hughesville died December 24, 2014, in his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born May 28, 1943, in Williamsport, a son of the late Howard M. and Kathleen I. (Buck) Walters. August 28, 1965, he married his love Mary E. Saxe, who survives. Ron was a member of the Pennsdale Trinity United Methodist Church. He graduated from Hughesville High School, Class of 1961 and served honorably in the US Army, during the Vietnam War in the Far East. In 1993, he retired from Sears, where he served as a sales manager for 25 years. He then went to work for Wilkes Pools as a store manager until 2006. He was an avid sports enthusiast, collected coins, loved reading the newspaper, enjoyed cars, especially his Cadillac. In his early years, he enjoyed attending car auctions with his father. Ron valued time spent with his family. In addition to his wife of 49 years, he is survived by a daughter, Cheryl I. (Paul) Stropko, Sayre, a son Scott H. (Kevin Geibel) Walters, Cranberry Twp. He is survived by four grandchildren, Lindsey E. (Michael) Ford (whom he helped to raise), Nicholson, Samantha J., Bruce R. and Dane M. Stropko, Sayre. He is survived by a sister, Marion Kay (Dan) Moore, Picture Rocks. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Ron was preceded in death by a brother William Walters. Funeral services will be held at 11 am Monday in the Trinity United Methodist Church, 658 Village Road, Pennsdale by Rev. Kevin St. Martin and Rev. Bill Gibson. The interment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hughesville. Friends may call Sunday from 6 to 8 pm in the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home 557 E. Water St., Hughesville and from 10 am till the time of Service Monday in the Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Pennsdale Trinity United Methodist Church, 658 Village Road, Pennsdale, PA or to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. –McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home notice, Carol Brotzman

WATKINS –JUNE B. DRAXLER age 89, of Pine City, NY passed away peacefully on Monday, December 29, 2014 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. She was born March 4, 1925 in Blossburg, PA the daughter of the late Thomas "Travis" and Ina (Mayes) Watkins, the last of their 17 children. Her sons, Gary Burnett, Richard Burnett and William Burnett preceded her in death. She is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Richard H. Draxler of Pine City, NY; beloved children, Michael (Jan) Burnett of Florida; Debbie Draxler of California; Douglas (Kathy) Draxler of Mansfield, PA; along with numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed cooking for family and friends. She loved and doted on her grandchildren especially her grandson, Ferris. At her request there will be no prior hours or services. Interment will take place at a later date. Those wishing may direct memorial donations to the Webb Mills Volunteer Fire Department 18 Firehouse Lane Pine City, NY or to the American Heart Association NYS Affiliate 2113 Chili Ave. Rochester, NY. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. 1050 Pennsylvania Ave. Elmira/Southport, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 12/31/2014

HAROLD R. WHITE, age 81, of Gillett, Pa., died on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 in Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, Pa. Born on July 9, 1933 in Lebanon, Pa., he was the son of Walter and Josephine (Peffley) White. Harold was predeceased by his wife, Joan (Ford) White in 2009. Prior to his retirement, Harold was employed as a clinical chemist with Sacred Heart Hospital in Allentown, Pa. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, woodworking and playing his saxophone. Harold was a member of the American Legion Post 167 of Morris Run, the American Association of Clinical Chemists and the Lions Club where he was honored as the Wells Jackson Lion of the Year for 2001-2002.Harold is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, John Walter and Gretchen White of Matthews, N.C.; two daughters and one son-in-law, Cynthia Louise and David Steele of Birdsboro, Pa., Gwendolyn Dawn White of Sterling Heights, Mich.; one brother and sister-in-law, Walter and Sandy White of Lebanon, Pa.; and two grandchildren, Andrew Steele and Margaret Joan White. In addition to his wife, Joan, he was also predeceased by a brother, George White. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, Pa., is assisting the family. –Towanda Daily Review 1/14/2015

ROLAND L. ‘ROCKY’ WILLIAMS - No farewell words were spoken, no time to say goodbye, you were gone before we knew it, and only God knows why.... Our loving Dad, Pop-Pop, Poppy, brother and friend, Roland "Rocky" L. Williams, 59, of Towner Hill Rd., Rome, Pa., went to his heavenly home, on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. Rocky was born on Oct. 15, 1955 in Towanda, Pa., a son of the late Lyle and Katherine (Updegraff) Williams. He was a graduate of Northeast Bradford High School class of 1973 and for 40 years was employed at Masonite as a lab technician. Devoted to his church, Rocky was a member of the Warren Center United Methodist Church where he served as a deacon. Rocky found great comfort in his Bible, attending multiple Bible studies and sharing the Gospel with others. He also enjoyed outdoor activities like fishing and golf. Rocky loved visiting and calling family, friends and neighbors. Rocky will be greatly missed by his son and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Casey Williams; a daughter and son-in-law, Nicole and Casey Crawford; a sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Wayne Filipek; his special grandchildren that he loved so very much, Hannah, Hailey and Noah; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Lynda Williams and Robert Fisher. Several nieces, nephews and their families also survive. Rocky was predeceased by his parents and his siblings, Connie Sowers, Lyle Williams, and Joanne Fisher. Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 16 at the Warren Center United Methodist Church. Funeral services and a celebration of Rocky's life will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17 at the church. A period of visitation will also be held from 9 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday at the church. Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the Warren Center United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 101, Warren Center, PA in loving memory of Roland "Rocky" L. Williams. Caring assistance is being provided by the Cooley family of the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. –Towanda Daily Review 1/13/2015

WOOD –CONNIE JEAN (WOOD) DELRIE - During the early morning hours of Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, Connie Jean (Wood) Delrie of Canton passed away quietly at her residence, surrounded by her beloved family, following a courageous battle with cancer. She was 52 years of age. Born on July 12, 1962 in Elmira, N.Y., Connie was the daughter of Phillip and the late Sally (Soper) Wood. Connie graduated Troy High School with the class of 1980 where she was in the top 10 percent of her class, and was a member of the National Honor Society. She attended Corning Community College and was employed for many years as a legal secretary in Austin, Texas, Shreveport, La. and Troy, Pa. Connie was very artistic and enjoyed sketching, photography and needlepoint. She loved children and children were drawn to her. She loved to cook and bake, and always enjoyed a good rock concert at the Binghamton Arena. She was a loving daughter, sister and aunt. Connie was also a woman of great courage. She refused to be defined by her illness and faced it head on. She never complained about the physical pain, nor the discomforting after effects of her treatments. Connie was an example of courage. She found strength to live as normal a life as possible in the face of her adverse condition. She is survived by her father, Phillip Wood, at home; brother Phillip David Wood of Williamsport; sisters: Marcella Matthews of Canton and Cindy Lou (and David) Whiting of Stuart, Fla.; niece, Stacy Shue of St. Louis, Mo.; and special friend of the family Bob Parker of Canton. She was preceded in death by her mother Sally Wood. Visitation will be 6 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 2, at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 94 N. Center Street, Canton. Service will follow at 7 p.m. Those wishing to honor Connie's memory may do so by directing memorial contributions to Guthrie Hospice, 421 Tomahawk Road, Towanda, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 12/30/2014

EDWARD D. YATES, 69, of Rome Township passed away Jan. 6, 2015 at home surrounded by family after a courageous battle with cancer. Eddie was born on Oct. 19, 1945, a son of the late Robert and Marjorie (Smith) Yates. On Aug. 1, 1980 Eddie married Mary Larrabee in Towanda, Pa. Eddie retired from Towanda Borough Public Works after working there from 1988 to 1999. Eddie was a hard worker and always found something to fix. He enjoyed to watch car racing on TV, loved gardening, being outside and spending time with his family. Edward was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Sr. and Marjorie (Smith) Yates; brothers, Robert Jr. Yates, Ernest Yates, Walter Yates, Lyle Yates, Lewis Yates; sisters, Marion Frenton, Shirley Fulton, Kathy Johnson, Coleen Yates, and Marilyn Horton. Edward is survived by his wife, Mary Yates at home; children, Eddie Yates of Wysox, Regina Yates of Rome, Dale Yates of Rome, Stacy (Robert) Rae of Willowspring, N.C.; grandchildren, Misty Yates, Niki Yates, Katie Allen, Autumn Yates, Amber Yates, Alex Yates, Bradley Rae, Brandon Rae; great-grandchildren: Hailey, Haidyn, Noah, Ben, William and Kylie; special aunt, Gwendolyn Lovelady of Florida. At Eddie's request all services will be private at the convenience of the family. Caring assistance is provided by Cooley Tioga Point Cremation & Burial Options, Athens, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review 1/8/2015
 

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