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ROBERT E. ALEXANDER SR., age 76, of Millerton, PA, died on Monday, March 2, 2015 in Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. Born on December 16, 1938 in Elmira, NY, he was the son of Lawrence and Nora (Galpin) Alexander. Prior to his retirement, Robert was employed as a truck driver with Morgan's Trucking in Millerton, PA. He was a member of the NRA and enjoyed hunting, fishing and collecting cars. Robert is survived by one son, Bob Alexander, Jr. of Millerton, PA; three daughters and sons-in-law, Tina and Frank Husted of Roseland, Nebraska, Laurie and Dave Walter of Latrobe, PA, Lorraine Selleck of Scottsboro, AL; three brothers and a sister-in-law, Kenneth and Donna Alexander of Elmira, NY, Richard Alexander of Elmira Heights, NY, Carl Alexander of Gillett, PA; his friend, former wife and the mother of his children, Carol Alexander; nine grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Robert was predeceased by a son-in-law, Ron Selleck. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial luncheon at Noon on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the Roseville United Methodist Church, Rte. 6, Roseville, PA. Memorial contributions may be made in Robert's memory to the Robert Packer Dialysis Unit, Guthrie Square, Sayre, PA. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA, is assisting the family. –Towanda Daily Review 3/4/2015

JOHN LAWRENCE ATEN of Foley, Ala. age 84 died on Feb. 25, 2015 after a short illness. Born Feb. 17, 1931 in Towanda, Pa., John retired from the U.S. Army as a Chief Warrant Officer. He lived all over the world including Germany, Ethiopia, the Aleutian Islands, and many places throughout the U.S. Survivors include sons, Thomas Aten (Alexandria, Va.) and Stephen Aten (Fairfax, Va.); sister, Pamela Keiffer (Boston, Va.); step-children, Patsy Spencer (Lilburn, Ga.), Gary Gill (Buford, Ga.), and Susan Pichoff (Foley, Ala.). He was preceded in death by his wife, Janie Calhoun Aten; his brother, Norman Aten; his sister, Mercedes Thompson and his parents. Services will be held at a later date. –Towanda Daily Review 3/11/2015

AUSTIN –MARIE JUNE (AUSTIN) HUDLER passed away at her home in Waverly, VA on Monday March 2, 2015. She fought a long, hard battle with Pancreatic Cancer. Marie was born on January 10, 1937 and is originally from Gillett, PA. She is preceded in death by her parents Augustus & Bessie Mae (Blodgett) Austin and her siblings - Charles, Paul, Cora, Joyce, Leo, Merle, Gerald, Dorothy and Richard. She is survived by her husband of 51 years Billy Hudler. Children Bonnie, Connie and Michael. Along with their spouses, her grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She is also survived by her siblings - Lynwood, Marilyn, Milton, Mary, Carroll, Barbara & her twin sister, Marcia. Services were held in her hometown of Waverly, VA. –Elmira Star-Gazette 3/8/2015

EDWARD F. AVERY, age 71, of Riverside, NY, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, December 14, 2014 in the comfort of his home, with his loving wife by his side. Ed was born on July 21, 1943 in Barton, NY to the late Francis and Ruth (McCarty) Avery. He married Linda (Root) Avery on November 29, 1986
in Lockport, New York. Ed was a cutter/grinder for Thomas & Betts in Horseheads, NY, for 35 years.
Ed enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He also had a great love for fishing, took great pleasure in reading from his bible and he enjoyed playing cards with his internet friends.
Ed is survived by his wife, Linda Avery of Riverside, NY; children, Marvin Thornton of Elmira, NY, Edward Avery, Jr. also of Elmira, NY, Jill Levengood of Henderson, NV, and Christine (Dustin Storm) Avery of Vero Beach, FL; granddaughters, Brook and Jenna Levengood, and Alaina Storm; sister, Donna
Reed of Roseburg, OR; and three brothers, Gary (Sharon) Avery of Hertford, NC, Alvin Avery of Melborne, FL and Larry (Patti) Avery of Elmira Heights, NY; brother-in-law, Ravo (Sylvia) Root of Arcade, NY and several nieces and nephews. Services are private and will be held at the convenience of the family. The family would like to give a special thank you to the Falck Cancer Center in Elmira, Dr. Muuse and all his staff. –Corning Leader 12/18/2014

JAMES L. BAILEY of Millerton, PA, age 79, passed away at his home on Thursday, February 12, 2015. Jim was the son of the late Clarence and Mildred (Daniels) Bailey. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Teresa M. (McGee) Bailey; their children, Jim (Anne) of Troy, PA, Tim (Renee) of Gillett, PA, Edie Smith (Donald) of Millerton, PA, Sharon Steever (Mike) of Teleford, PA, Betsy Button (Byron) of Tioga, PA, Christine Cross (Dan) of Tioga, PA; sisters, Joan Hale (Paul) of Florida, Barbara Harris (Howard) of Elmira, NY; brothers, Bob (Joan) Cape Vincent, NY, Dick (Kathy) of Elmira, NY, John (Kathy) of Florida; 18 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and many dear friends. Jim was predeceased by brothers, Pete, Harold, Donald, Ted, Ike, Mert and Bill; sisters, Eleanor Bailey and Doris Donald; and granddaughter, Amber Jean Button. Jim was a retired Dairy Farmer and custodian in the Elmira City School District. He also drove a school bus for many years in the Troy School District. Private services will be held at the convenience of his family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Guthrie Hospice 421 Tomahawk Road Towanda, PA. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. 1050 Pennsylvania Ave. Elmira/Southport, NY. –Elmira Star-2/14/2015

BAILEY –LORETTA MAE (BAILEY) JUMP, 84 of Candor - On March 17, 2015 our Mother and Grandmother was called up to heaven to join her husband Maurice “Jim” and grandson Milton, sisters Bernice and Joyce and brother, Ransom. Loretta is survived by her eleven children and their spouses; twenty-three grandchildren; thirty great grandchildren and two great great granddaughters; sisters: Evelyn and Janice. Mom, thank you for the wonderful memories that you helped create for our children, riding tractors, playing with the dolls in your huge doll collection and eating freshly baked kolache’s by the bowl full. We know you loved us and we loved you. A special thank you to Jamie for helping us all stay updated on Grandma’s care during her stay at Elderwood. Loretta requested there be no calling hours or services. Please remember her by doing a random act of kindness. Caring assistance is being provided by the Cooley Family of the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. –Cooley Fanukt Funeral Home Notice, Carol Brotzman

BATES –JUNE DORIS BATES OLMSTEAD, 68, passed away quietly at her daughter's home in Phoenix, Ariz., on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. She was surrounded by her sister, Donna, niece Doris, grandchildren Ryan and Elizabeth, daughter Bobbie Jo, and son-in-law Alex. June battled breast cancer for 6 years when it metastasized to her brain in late November of last year. June was born in Endicott, N.Y. on May 7, 1946, a daughter of the late Aaron and Doris Bates. Her siblings included sisters Judy and Donna; and brothers David, Ronnie, Donnie, and Robert. June graduated from Owego Free Academy. She married Danny K. Olmstead and they had two children Danny Aaron and Bobbie Jo Olmstead. They divorced after 10 years of marriage but remained friends and he and her close friend Sharon Brown were a few of the last phone calls she received. June loved people and always worked at jobs where she could socialize and help all who needed her. She worked at Barnaby's/Settler's and the Original Restaurant for many years, Smith Construction as secretary and as a nurse's aide in Pennsylvania until she was diagnosed in January of 2009. June resided in Rome, Pa., for over 40 years with frequent vacations to Arizona to visit her family. She was an avid seamstress and loved sewing for her family. She loved shopping, dancing, reading, playing cards, talking on the phone with friends and family, and Sunday drives. June is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Danny and Sandy Olmstead of Avondale, Ariz.; and daughter and son-in-law Bobbie Jo and Alex Smith of Phoenix, Ariz. She had six grandchildren Dustin, Nathan and Miranda Olmstead and Ryan Michael, Jacob and Elizabeth (Lizzy) Rybicki. She is also survived by her siblings Judy Dolinich, Donna Card, Ronald Rosengrant and Robert Bates and numerous nieces and nephews with whom she had very close bonds and loved dearly. June was predeceased by her mother and father, her son Michael, brothers David and Donnie, and her niece Tina Marie. Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service and celebration of her life on Friday, March 6, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, 59 South Main St., Nichols. NY. A time of sharing and refreshment will follow the service. –Towanda Daily Review 3/1/2015

GARY A. ‘CHUB’ BENNETT, JR., 44, of Ulster, Pa., passed away on Friday, March 6, 2015. He was born on April 2, 1970 in Sayre, PA the son of Gary A. and Kathleen A. Roberts Bennett. Chub loved to spend time with family and friends, especially children. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was an avid sports fan and followed the NY Giants and NY Yankees. Chub collected arrowheads in his spare time and loved to be around animals. He is predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Charles and Beatrice Roberts and paternal grandparents, Rose and Robert Bennett. Gary is survived by his children: Gary A. Bennett III of Troy, Pa., Matthew J. Bennett of Towanda, Pa., Kiersten J. Winslow-Bennett of Waverly, N.Y.; mother, Kathleen Ann Bennett of Ulster, Pa.; father, Gary A. Bennett of Monroeton, Pa.; brother and sister-in-law David and Lori Bennett of Athens, Pa.; sister and brother-in-law, Tricia Bennett and Michael Cazassa of Towanda, Pa.; aunts and uncles: Nancy and Ron Moore of Duncannon, Pa., Carolyn Hurd of Waverly, N.Y., Sharon Pond of Nichols, N.Y., and Charles and Robin Roberts of Sayre, Pa.; nieces and nephews Katie, Kylie, Sierra, Bella, and David and several cousins. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March, 21, 2015 at the JE Wheelock Hose Company Fire Hall, 217 Frank St., Sayre, Pa. At the family's request, please write down your memories of Chub to share at the service. The family is being assisted by Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Athens, Pa. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations in Gary's name to: Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 225 S. Main St., Athens, PA to help offset funeral expenses. –Towanda Daily Review 3/10/2015

RICHARD A. BIXBY of Westerburg, Germany went to be with our Lord on January 28, 2015 at the age of 70. Richard was a disabled veteran and his home became Germany, a country he came to love. He and his wife had lived here in the States for the past 15 years in New Mexico and Florida, but he wanted to go "home" to die. His health was not good and we are all thankful that he made it home to be with his children and grandchildren before passing away. He enjoyed just over a month with his family before he succumbed to a heart problem. Richard was born in Elmira, NY on June 12, 1944 to John W. and Grace E. Bixby. He was predeceased in death by both parents; sisters, Anna Bixby Schultz, Shirley Bixby Hurley, Floretta Bixby Moffe, Jean Marie Bixby, MaryLou Bixby Graves, Camilla Bixby Heck; and brother, John W. Bixby Jr. Richard is survived by his loving wife of 45 years; two sons, Frank Bixby, Thomas Bixby and five grandchildren. Richard is also survived by sisters, Phyllis Bixby Kibbe, Barbara Bixby Hubbard and brother, Clair and Gerry Bixby; and a number of nieces and nephews who most all live in the local area. Richard will be cremated in and remain in Germany, therefore there will not be any funeral or service here. –Elmira Star-Gazette 2/25/2015

GARY G. BRIGGS, Ph.D., 67, of 1405 Genesee-Mills Road, died Monday, March 9, 2015, as a result of a fire at his home. He was born July 10, 1947 in Wellsville, the son of the late William H. and Marguerite (Perry) Briggs. On August 6, 1983, in Genesee, he married Mary (Fuss) Seely, who died with him at home on the same day. Gary graduated from Northern Potter High School and Hamilton College. He received a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Psychology from Duke University in 1974. He was a self-employed contractor in the Allegany and Potter County area. He was a former resident of Whitesville, a former board member of the Whitesville Library and was a trustee of the North Bingham Cemetery Association. He is survived by a stepson, Jay Seely of Loudonville, NY; special friends, James Danner of Pittsburgh, PA, Basil Worthington and Gene ("Buell") Baumgarner; one aunt, Fern Frank; one uncle, Chet Perry; the Nelson family and several cousins. Friends are invited to call on Friday, March 20th, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. A memorial service will follow the visitation at 5:00 p.m. in the funeral home, with Rev. Greg DeSalvator presiding. Burial will be in North Bingham Cemetery. The family suggest memorial donations be made to the Genesee or Whitesville Public Libraries. –Elmira Star-Gazette 3/15/2015

BROOKS –MARSHA L. MCCORMICK, 73, a resident of Elmira, NY passed away March 5, 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer. Marsha was born July 6, 1941 in Mansfield, PA. Marsha will be remembered for her gentle spirit, joyful personality and warm hugs. She had a strong, loving heart and she was loved by all who knew her. Marsha enjoyed quality time with her family the most; picnics, Elvis, camping and her dog Zoe. Marsha is survived by her husband of 57 years, Allen L. McCormick; her children, Rick and Diane McCormick, Patty McCormick, David McCormick, James McCormick all of Elmira, NY, Steve and Sheila McCormick of Millerton, PA, Crystal Chapman and Dan Grazul of Waverly, NY; eight brothers and sisters, 10 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews, and her dear friend, Cindy Dougherty, of Elmira, NY. Preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Beatrice Brooks of Elmira, NY and eight brothers and sisters. Wishes were to have no services. Any donations can be made to North Chemung United Methodist Church, 677 Breesport North Chemung Road, Lowman, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 3/10/2015

JOSEPH ‘DICK’ DAWSON, age 79, of Tioga, PA, died Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Corning Hospital, Corning, NY. Dick was born July 22, 1935 in West Chester, PA, a son of Mary H. (Dawson) Marsh. He was married to Frances (Roof) Dawson. Dick was an elementary school teacher at Owen J. Roberts School District. He had a Master's Degree in Education from Temple University and a BS from West Chester. He was a member of the Square Dance Club in Bath, NY and a U.S. Army veteran. Dick is survived by his wife of 59 years, Frances; a son and daughter-in-law, Joseph and Amy Dawson, Jr. of Boyertown, PA; a daughter and son-in-law, Ruth and Roger Wadsworth of Cape May, NJ; seven grandchildren, Kasey, Jenna, Jacob, and Cheyanne Dawson, Erica Winn, Adrianne Armbruster, Nicholas Wadsworth; and eight great-grandchildren. In keeping with Dick's wishes, there will be no services. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family. –Elmira Star-Gazette 3/23/2015

LEO ELCHAK, 88, of Lopez, died Sunday, February 22, 2015, at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre. Born Aug. 18, 1926 in Lopez, he was a son of the late Thomas and Efemia Demanovich Elchak. His wife of 58 years, the former Dolores Rodriguez, preceded him in death on Aug. 9, 2011. Leo was a lifelong member of Trinity Chapel, Mildred. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and retired in 1986 from GTE Sylvania, Towanda, after having worked there for over 30 years. He was born and raised on the family homestead and continued to farm most of his life. Leo enjoyed playing baseball, hunting, fishing, and woodworking. Surviving are two daughters Deborah Elchak of Lopez and Pamela (Craig) Musser of Wellsboro; a son Lee (Sue Ann) Elchak of Denver, N.C.; a sister, Alice (Elchak) Shepard of Maine; three grandchildren Shauna Dunham, Michele (Christian) Richardson, and Justin Elchak; two great-grandchildren Christopher Doyle and Ava Richardson; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife, Leo was preceded in death by six brothers, John, William, Alex, Demetro, Nicholas, Harry and Michael and two sisters, Mary and Anna. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Rev. Phyllis A. Pelletier, his pastor officiating. Burial will follow in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Mildred. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. –Towanda Daily Review 2/23/2015

FUSS –MARY E. (FUSS) BRIGGS, 70, of 1405 Genesee-Mills Road, died on Monday, March 9, 2015, as a result of a fire at her home. She was born December 4, 1944, in Salamanca, the daughter of the late Carl and Lucille (Smith) Fuss. On August 6, 1983, in Genesee, she married Gary G. Briggs, who died with her at home on the same day. Mary was a 1962 graduate of Little Valley High School. She graduated from Buffalo State College in 1966, with a Bachelor of Science Degree. She completed her graduate work at Suffolk University in Boston, MA, East Caroline University in Greenville, NC, Lamar Tech in Beaumont, TX, Alfred University in Alfred, NY and Mansfield State College in Mansfield, PA. She taught science at the Sweet Home and Wellsville School Districts before beginning her career at Whitesville Central School; where she taught for 35 years, retiring in 2002. She is survived by one son, Jay Seely of Loudonville, NY two sisters, Anne Stevens of Little Valley and Donna Monaghan of Albany, five nephews and one niece. She was predeceased, in addition to her parents and husband, by a brother, David Fuss. Friends are invited to call on Friday, March 20th, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. A memorial service will follow the visitation at 5:00 pm in the funeral home, with Rev. Greg DeSalvator presiding. The family suggest memorial donations be made to Al-Anon or AA. – Elmira Star-Gazette 3/15/2015

GREEN –JEAN L. VANDINE, 90, of Nordmont died Sunday, March 22, 2015, at Loyalsock Creek Rehabilitation. Born March 1, 1925 in Nordmont, she was a daughter of the late Charles O. and Elsie M. Bryan Green. Her husband of 41 years, Charles C. Vandine, preceded her in death on August 10, 1984.
Jean and her husband owned and operated the former Vandine's General Store, Nordmont, for over 36 years. She was an active member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Nordmont, where she held various church positions over the years. Jean also enjoyed flower gardening. Surviving are two daughters, Suzanne M. (Richard Sr.) Jordan of Muncy Valley, and Holly J. (Denny) McFadden of Montoursville; a daughter-in-law, Kathleen Vandine of Nordmont; 10 grandchildren, Richard Jr. (Diane) Jordan, Michele (Dennis) Brandis, Carmen (Dave Binkley) Koser, Jeff (Suzanne) Jordan, Heather (Jason) Burke, Tom (Stephanie) Vandine, Scott (Donna Reimley) Vandine, Jennifer Vandine, Jeremy (Misty) Vandine, and Greg (Mandy) Vandine; 22 great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; five step-great-great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Iva (Paul) McCoy and Arlene (Clarence) "Toots" Barto and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and parents, Jean was preceded in death by a son, Lynn E. Vandine; a great-grandson, Corey Shoup; a great-great-grandson, Layne Shaffer; five brothers, Donald, Theodore, Charles, Benjamin, and Clayton Green; and five sisters, Emma Brass, Philena Eichenlaub, Mary Byrd, Eva Rothfus, and Edith Green. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Nordmont, with Pastor Craig Livermore officiating. Burial will follow in Cherry Grove Cemetery, Nordmont. Friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at the church. The family will provide the flowers and suggest memorial contributions to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 185, Muncy Valley, PA. Arrangements have been entrusted to the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Hughesville. –McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home notice, Carol Brotzman

GROOVER –IDA E. (GROOVER) GLECKNER - On the afternoon of Tuesday, March 10, 2015, Ida E. (Groover) Gleckner of Canton passed away quietly at Williamsport Hospital, with her beloved family at her side, following a brief illness. She was 70 years of age. Born June 16, 1944 in Blossburg and raised in Ogdensburg, she was the daughter of Charles and Ada (Brown) Groover. Ida married her high school sweetheart, Robert V. Gleckner, and together they raised a daughter and two sons. Throughout most of her working life she was a florist and owned and operated Gleckner's Flower Shop in Canton for 30 years. She enjoyed gardening, as well as cooking and baking. Her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandson all were of paramount importance to her and she put their well-being ahead of her own. She truly was the backbone of her family. Ida is survived by her husband, Robert, at home; sons, Gary (and Tammy) Gleckner of Canton and Lyle (and Shelly) Gleckner of Roaring Branch; daughter, Wendy Gleckner of Canton; brothers, Charles Groover of Ogdensburg, Ken (and Suzie) Groover of Westfield, and Gerald Groover of Canton; sisters, Beverly (and Bob) Smith of Canton, Marlene (and Claude) Christman of Blossburg and Wilma (and Rick) Blasz of Troy; as well as 10 grandchildren, one great-grandson, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Ada Groover. Visitation will be 4 p.m. until 5 p.m. Friday at the Canton Mennonite Church, 7 E. Union St., Canton. A celebration of Ida's life will take place at 5 p.m. at the church with pastors Darren Peachey and Ben Hess officiating. The family will provide the flowers and suggests that memorial contributions in Ida's name be directed to the Canton Mennonite Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 43, Canton, PA. Professional services have been entrusted to Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 3/12/2015

MR. JAMES KEENEY HALLOCK, age 82, of North Flat, Laceyville, Pa. passed away at the Meadowview Senior Living Center, in Montrose, Pa. on Saturday morning, March 14, 2015. James was born at home on North Flat, May 1, 1932, the elder son of the late Albert S. and Dana Keeney Hallock. Jim attended the Laceyville School and graduated with the class of 1950. He also graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 1954, with an associate degree in Dairy Husbandry.Jim was 12 years old when his mother died, quite suddenly, on Dec. 26, 1944, leaving his father to raise him and his younger brother. Upon the death of their father, on April 6, 1960, Jim and his brother Ben assumed the operation of the family's Arrowhead Farm of Registered Holsteins. Both Jim and Ben retired in 1996.Jim was a lifetime member of the Goodwill Fire Co., of Laceyville, Pa., having joined in 1960. He served in all of the executive offices and retired from the company as their president. He also received the Fireman of the Year Award in 1992.Jim was a member of the former Laceyville Lodge 439 IOOF, until its consolidation with Wysox Lodge 1152 IOOF, continuing his membership there. He was a Past Noble Grand Master and Past District Deputy Grand Master.Jim was a past Windham Township Supervisor. He also served as the township's chairman, secretary, also its auditor and the Emergency Management Coordinator, over the many years. Jim has also been president of the North Flat Cemetery Association from 1972 until 2008. Throughout the years, he was a member of the National Rifle Association, the South Auburn Grange No. 1188 and a past member of the Holstein Association of America, and a past member of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau.Jim was the seventh generation to live on and farm the homestead. Jim leaves behind several cousins and many good friends. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Benjamin Hallock, who passed away on April 20, 2008. As to the wishes of Jim, there will be no viewing or funeral services. Graveside services will be held in the North Flat Cemetery in Laceyville, Pa. at a later date. Arrangements were made through the Sheldon Funeral Home, 459 Main St., Laceyville, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review 2/19/2015

KAREN L. HECK age 31, of Lawrenceville, PA, died on Saturday, February 28, 2015 in Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira, NY. Born on Dec. 24, 1983 in Wellsboro, PA, she was the daughter of Stanley Ronald and Susan (Stone) Heck of Lawrenceville. Karen had been employed by Keystone Manufacturing in Mansfield, PA. She was a member of the Tioga Baptist Church and enjoyed puzzles, collecting dolphins and snow globes. Karen is survived by her parents, Stanley and Susan Heck; one son, Wyatte Burrows; one daughter, Kayla Burrows; two sisters, Andrea (Joe) Stone and Cheryl Heck; her companion and father of her children, Richard Burrows; two nieces, Abagail and Emily all of Lawrenceville, PA, and a brother, Cody Heck. Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. A memorial service will be held immediately following calling hours at 6:00 PM at the funeral chapel. Memorial contributions may be made in Karen's memory to the Wyatte and Kayla Burrows College Fund, c/o Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Heck, 122 Depot Hill Rd., Lawrenceville, PA. – Elmira Star-Gazette 3/3/2015

HEFT –JULIE KATHLEEN HEFT RYAN, age 46, of Route 367, Laceyville, PA., passed away suddenly at her home, in Tuscarora twp., Bradford Co., on Tuesday evening February 24, 2015. Julie was born in Flemington, NJ, in Hunterdon County, on November 15, 1968 the daughter of Ruth Kathleen Kupcha Heft of Main St., Laceyville, PA, and the late Robert L. Heft Sr., who passed away on August 10, 2004.
Moving to Laceyville, at an early age, Julie attended the Wyalusing Valley High School. From 1992 until 1999, Julie was a security guard at Procter and Gamble, in Mehoopany, PA. In her spare time, she enjoyed her flowers, loved to go to yard sales, antiquing, and most of all, Julie loved spending time with her family and friends, especially her many grandchildren. Surviving besides her mother is her long time companion, Jim Profitt of Laceyville, PA. her children, Danielle L. Ryan and Kimber K. Ryan both of Laceyville, PA.; Jordan G. Brown, of Mehoopany, PA; Alan D. Profitt, of Aiken, SC; Julie R. Carter, and Geneva L. Smith both of Laceyville, PA; and 15 grandchildren. Julie is also survived by her brother and his wife, Robert L. and Jamie Heft Jr., of Lawton, PA, and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Besides her father, she was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Caitlyn E. Heft, who passed away on February 21, 1991, her Maternal Grandparents, Elenora and Joseph Kupcha; and Paternal Grandparents, Nellie and Howard Heft. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday March 3, 2015 at 12:00 noon, at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville, PA with Rev. Charles Bishop of the Transue Community Church officiating. Interment will be in the North Flat Cemetery in Laceyville, PA, at the convenience of the family. Family and friends may call at the funeral home, on Tuesday morning, from 10:00 AM until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial donations to the Wyoming County Humane Society, PO Box 478, Tunkhannock, PA. –Carol Brotzman

JANICE E. HENRICH born June 25, 1951, the daughter of the late H. Mettler and Grace L. (Larcom) Henrich passed away peacefully on Monday, February 23, 2015 at the Robert Packer Hospital. Her sister, Donna Henrich also preceded her in death. She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Sharon and William Ravert of Elmira, NY; brother and sister-in-law, Harry and Bonnie Henrich of Lexington, NC; nephews, W. John (Cecilia) Ravert of Harrisburg, PA and Brett (Helene) Ravert of Pine City, NY; nieces, Angela Hilton of Jupiter, FL and Shari Snowden of Rush, NY; great-nieces, Aliyah Rabino and Sarah Ravert; great-nephew, Nicholas Ravert; along with many cousins and friends. Janice worked for the NYS Department of Corrections and was a dedicated secretary for many years at the Elmira Reformatory. She was also employed at the Chemung County Humane Society and SPCA and was dedicated to the animals and the care they received. She was also very instrumental in the Southern Tier Canine Club which was a dog obedience school. Janice will always be remembered for her outgoing spirit. At her request there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the Chemung County Humane Society and SPCA 2435 Route # 352, Elmira, NY. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 2/24/2015

STEVEN JOHN HICKEY, 61, of Richmond Va., formerly of Towanda, Pa., passed away Feb. 16, 2015. Steve was the son of Philip and Jeannette (Brown) Hickey. He is survived by two daughters, Shawn Hottle, Nora Hume; three sons, Scott, Andy and Adam (Yukari) Hickey; five grandchildren, Lucas, Joshua, Zachary, Phoenix, and Kingston; a sister, Corrine Tucci; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Steve was preceded in death by his parents. Steve loved hunting and fishing, coin collecting, and playing cards. He was a Harley Davidson enthusiast. The family plans a funeral ceremony in Pennsylvania at a later date. –Towanda Daily Review 2/20/2015

BRADLEY EUGENE HICKS, age 61, of Prescott Valley, Ariz. passed away Sunday, March 1, 2015 following a short illness at the Good Samaritan Marley House. Brad was born May 2, 1953 to Marjory Wilkins Hicks and the late Forrest (Tek) R. Hicks and graduated from NEB High School. He lived and worked the last 40 years in California and Arizona doing construction. Brad is survived by his mother Marjory Hicks of Carthage, N.C.; his sister and brother-in-law Cathy and Roger Wilson of Carthage, N.C.; his brother and sister-in-law Terry and MaryAnn Hicks of Monroeton, Pa.; nephews James (Sandra) Moore of Bowling Green, Ky., Jacob (Joy) Barrett of Gibsonville, NC and Jordan (Jessica) Barrett of Carthage, N.C.; three great-nephews and four great-nieces. He is also survived by his close friends whom he lived with and built their log home in Payson, Ariz., Doug and Sharon Stevenson of Prescott Valley, Ariz. Brad was predeceased by his father, Forrest (Tek) Hicks on May 22, 2010. No services will be held and distribution of his ashes along the North Rim in Arizona will be at the convenience of the family where his beloved companion a Wolf-Odie named Jammer was buried. –Towanda Daily Review 3/10/2015

DAVID HOPKINS, age 86, of Herrickville, Pa., passed away Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 at his home with his loving family at his side. David was born in Plymouth, Pa., on June 8, 1928, the son of the late Frank B. and Margaret Howell Hopkins. He graduated from the Plymouth High School in the class of 1946, where he wrestled and played football. After school he enlisted in the United States Army, from which he was honorably discharged after a year. After returning home he attended Penn State Wilkes-Barre where he studied drafting. He went to work at GTE Sylvania as a design draftsman where he was part of the team that designed and patented a new process. He retired from Sylvania after 40 years in 1992. He met and married the former Judy Conner of Town Hill, Pa., on Dec. 3, 1966, they recently celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary. David was a member of the Camptown Presbyterian Church where he was a ruling elder, Sunday school teacher, choir member, trustee, and he truly loved the Lord. He was also a member of the Camptown Men's Club, where he was very involved with the Camptown Races for many years. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 471 F.&A.M., LeRaysville, Pa. He was a member of the NRA. He was also a member of the Sylvania bowling league and Men's Chorus. David was a member of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, Towanda and Williamsport. He loved spending time with his family, he took a very active role in raising his grandchildren. He was an avid deer hunter and fisherman. He liked boating, water skiing, golfing, was a master fixer-upper and never without a roll of duct tape. He loved traveling, especially to Westport, Canada with his family, and he also took two over the road excursions to Alaska.He is survived by his spouse Judy Hopkins, at home; children and their respective families Sue M. Parry and her son Fred (Megan) Parry Jr. and their children Meadow and Laken; Amy J. Snell and her children Jacob, David, Katherine, and Joshua; Cheryl B. (Daniel) Traver and their daughter Lita; Brian D (Atisha) Hopkins and their sons Brady and Daylan; Deanna J. (Bert) Vaskas and their children Alexis, Zane and Adrianna; sisters-in-law Eve Ridall, Newark, Del., Betty Conner, Asylum, Pa.; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by a grandson Karson Riley Hopkins in 2011; son-in-law Fred L. Parry Sr. in 2014; and two brothers-in-laws; Russell Conner in 1993 and Frank Ridall in 2006.A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, Feb., 28, 2015 at noon at the Camptown Community Church, Camptown, Pa., with Pastor David Dewing officiating. Friends and family may call at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to: HOPS Ambulance Assn., c/o James Seipler, 606 Ridge Rd, Rome, PA, Make A Wish Foundation in memory of Karson Hopkins. –Towanda Daily Review 2/23/2015

HENRY CHAUNCEY HOTTENSTEIN, 92, of Dushore, died Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at his home with his loving family by his side. Chauncey was born May 6, 1922 on the family farm in Cherry Mills, a son of the late Hallie E. and Nellie A. Hottenstein. His wife of 49 years, the former Marjorie Jane Austin, preceded him in death on June 22, 2003.Chauncey attended Cherry Mills School and was a member of the Redeemer Church, Dushore. From his youth, Chauncey worked with his father on the family farm. After his father's death in 1966, Chauncey continued farming but he also worked as a custodian at Sullivan County High School. In 1969, Chauncey stopped farming and began working at Memorial Hospital in Towanda as a custodian. He retired in 1989 after 20 years of service.Chauncey loved the outdoors, gardening, taking walks, and working on projects around the farm. He also enjoyed vacationing with his family.Surviving are a son, Ervin H. Hottenstein of Dushore; three daughters, Jane L. Hottenstein of Dushore, Sharon M. (Edward) Fourney of Dushore, and Mary A. Hottenstein of Vestal, N.Y.; five grandchildren, Kristi M. Fourney of Dushore, Sandra A. Fourney Reeder of York, William E. Fourney of Dushore, Amanda L. Hottenstein of Dushore, and Nathan Hottenstein of Pittsburgh; four great-grandchildren, Kiara, Natalie, and Brenna Fourney, and Kurt Shupp; and a sister-in-law, Miriam Hottenstein of Vestal, N.Y.In addition to his wife and parents, Henry was preceded in death by a brother, Leland M. Hottenstein; and two sisters, Evelyn Yonkin and Nettie Yonkin. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, March 20, at Redeemer Church, 244 South German St., Dushore, with Rev. Ron Dyer officiating. Burial will follow in Peace Cemetery, Dushore. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the church. The family will provide the flowers and suggests memorial contributions to Redeemer Church, P.O. Box 284, Dushore, PA or the American Heart Association at www.donate.heart.org. Arrangements have been entrusted to the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Hughesville. –Towanda Daily Review 3/19/2015

JACKSON –GAYLE A. PARKHURST, age 69, of Lacey Street, Laceyville, PA passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at the VNA Hospice of C.M.C. Hospital in Scranton, PA. Gayle was born on May 11, 1946 in Towanda, PA the daughter of the late Ralph D. Jackson, who passed away on November 4, 1996 and Betty H. Decker Jackson. Gayle graduated from Wyalusing Valley High School. She was married to the late Ralph Parkhurst Jr., who passed away on November 8, 1983. Gayle attended the Jenningsville United Methodist Church and was also a member of the United Methodist Women. She loved the New York Yankees, solving puzzles, and reading. Besides her mother Gayle is survived by her son Ralph Parkhurst III of Rome, PA; grandchildren Kevin and his wife Kim Parkhurst of Laceyville, PA; Jamie Parkhurst of Rome, PA; Nichole and her husband Chris Heckman of Towanda, PA Also surviving is her brother, Mark Jackson of Laceyville, PA; sister in law Suzi Jackson of Old Forge, PA; five great-grandchildren; nephew Scott and his wife Milissa of Houston, TX; niece Michelle A. Jackson of New York City, NY; four great nieces; and one great nephew. Besides her husband and father Gayle is preceded in death by her brother, Donald Jackson who passed away on October 7, 2005. Funeral services for Gayle will be held on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 11:00 AM at the Sheldon Funeral Home, 459 Main Street, Laceyville, PA with the Reverend Charles Bishop of the Elk Lake and Transue Community Churches officiating. Interment will be held at the Lacey Street Cemetery in Laceyville, PA. Family and friends may call on Wednesday evening, March 11, 2015 from 6:00-8:00 PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Jenningsville United Methodist Church, Mehoopany, PA. –Carol Brotzman

JAQUISH –CYNTHIA (CINNY, CINDY) LOVE - After 77 years of a rich and full life, Cynthia (Cinny, Cindy) Jaquish Love passed over on Friday, Aug. 5, 2011. She graduated from Mansfield State Teachers College in 1955 and married Henry in 1956. After 55 years she was still married to her best friend. The man that would still hold her hand as they walked and each day pick fresh garden flowers to decorate the dinner table. Cynthia leaves her two children and their spouses: Pam (Tim) Brigham of Endicott, N.Y., and Chris (Kim) Love of Vestal, N.Y.; and three grandchildren: Jennelle and Laura Brigham, and Jacob Love. Her extended family also consists of four living siblings and three in-laws, Orin (Barbara) of Tunkhannock, Elaine of Lewisburg, Charlotte (Jerry) of Westfield, N.J., and David (Jane) of Malvern. Three siblings and two in-laws have gone before her, William, George, John (Caroline), and (Jack). Twenty-four nieces and nephews and all their spouses and children survive her. She did not take pride in having a spotless house or scrumptious meals, but instead in having a house where the door was always open to guests and everything was always to be shared with all. "Just come on in and help yourself'." Cynthia was always happy to share about her family; it was her pride and joy. Guests will be received on Friday, Aug. 12, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Vestal Center United Methodist Church. The church is located at 475 West Hill Road, Vestal Center, N.Y. A celebration of her life will be held beginning at 2 p.m. Come share your memories and stories at this celebration. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the Vestal Center United Methodist Church in her honor. –Wyoming County Examiner 8/16/2011, Carol Brotzman

KERWIN –JULIA JOANNE KERWIN DEPUMPO of Waverly, N.Y. passed away Thursday, April 9, 2015 at her home at the age of 78. She was born June 22, 1936 in Elmira, NY, the daughter of Hugh and Josephine Sullivan Kerwin. Julia was a graduate of Elmira Catholic High School and later received certification as an x-ray technician from St. Joseph's Hospital in Elmira. On July 14, 1962, she married Joseph F. DePumpo at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Elmira. After raising her six children, Julia continued her education at Elmira College where she received her Bachelor and Masters degrees in Elementary Education. She taught at St. Patricks School in Owego, NY for eight years until her retirement. Julia was a member of St. James Catholic Church, Waverly and the Campaign for Human Development. She was an avid reader and a Master Gardener but most of all she was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother. Surviving are her husband of 52 years, Joseph F. DePumpo, children, Julie A. (William) McCarthy of Vestal, NY, Joseph F. (Elizabeth) DePumpo of Dallas, TX, Nancy M. (Thomas) Martin of Endicott, NY, Daniel G. (Kelly) DePumpo of Alexandria, VA, Kathryn J. (David) Harding of Tampa, FL, Timothy J. (Sarah) DePumpo of Denver, CO, 15 grandchildren, Anna, Benjamin, and Colin McCarthy, Joseph, Nicholas and Sophia DePumpo, Tristan and Claire Martin, Alexander, Tara and Ella DePumpo, Isabella, Cooper, Jacob and Lucas DePumpo. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a half sister, Edilene Klee. The family will receive friends Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home 314 Desmond St. Sayre, PA. A mass of Christian burial will be held Monday, April 13, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church, Waverly, NY. Interment will be at a later date in St. James Cemetery, Waverly, NY. The family suggests that contributions may be directed to St. James Catholic Church, 503 Clark St., Waverly, NY or to the Alzheimer's Association, 401 Hayes Ave. Endicott, NY in Julia's memory. –Sayre Morning Times4/10/2015

RALPH RICHARD ‘DICK’ KING, 67, of Montrose, Pa., passed away on Sunday, March 22, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family following a brief illness. He was born on Dec. 7, 1947 in Binghamton, N.Y., a son of the Herbert Ralph Richard and Frances Pamela Corey King. Dick was a family oriented man who loved spending time with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren. He was a 1965 graduate of Montrose High School and was employed for 34 years with Binghamton State Psych Center, prior to his retirement in February of 2003. He enjoyed his job working with adolescents and young adults. Dick made many lifetime friendships with his co-workers. He was well known for his sense of humor, joking with and harassing anyone that he knew well or had just met. Dick was a kind and generous man who would help anyone under any circumstances. He was not able to join the service, but he was proud to be patriotic and supported all active service personnel and veterans adamantly. He was loved by many and will be missed by his family and all those who knew him. He was an avid runner, participating in many runs over the years in different places. Dick especially was proud of participating in the Boilermaker, Marine Corp Marathon, and the Red Dress Run. As a family event, he and his wife Barb and the family sponsored his son in the Late Model Division, going to many local race tracks in the area. After the passing of his youngest brother, he was instrumental with his siblings, in the start of the Jim King Memorial Firefighters 5K to honor his brother's service to the community. Dick was a FORD man and would argue the point with anyone who thought different, including his brother, the CHEVY man, who was his main target. He enjoyed conversing about Harley-Davidsons and recently became the proud owner of his own. Dick was an avid deer hunter, and over the last few years enjoyed bow hunting. At every family event, Dick was the designated griller, as he was the best at it. In nice weather, Dick ran the Men's Horseshoe Club at his home, where they played horseshoes and enjoyed some of Dick and Barb's cooking. He is predeceased by his father H. Ralph King, brother James M. King, maternal grandparents Charlotte and Clarence Brown, paternal grandparents Gladys and Richard King, father-in-law and mother-in-law Fred and Jane Schmoll, and brother-in-law Doug Kent. Dick is survived by his beloved wife of 46 years Barbara King, at home; son Richard Russell King of Montrose, Pa.; daughter and son-in-law Melissa and Brent Dodge of Vestal, N.Y.; grandchildren Andrea Lynn King of Montrose, Pa., April Leigh King of Alford, N.Y., Garrett Michael and Mason James Dodge of Vestal, N.Y., mother Frances P. King Simko of Athens, Pa.; sister Rev. Linda Rogers of Athens, Pa.; brother and sister-in-law William Joseph "Joe" and Linda King of Athens, Pa.; sisters and brothers-in-law Mary and Art Hall of Tyrone, N.Y., and Vicki Lynn and Mark Fenton of Factoryville, Pa.; brother and sister-in-law LeRoy and Susan Simko of Sugar Creek, Mo.; sisters-in-law Lena Kent of Canandaigua, N.Y., and Doris Ulrich of Owego, N.Y.; special friend and coffee buddy William "Bill" Goodrich; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and numerous friends. A celebration of Dick's life will be held at his home at 1 p.m. on May 30, 2015 at 149 Potter Rd., Montrose, Pa. The family is being assisted by Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., Athens, Pa. The family wishes to thank our family and friends for their support during this difficult journey and assistance in the care of our loved one. Burial will be in Franklin Hill Cemetery, Hallstead, Pa. Memorial donations may be made in Dick's memory to: Brookside Park, Route 29, Montrose, PA c/o Harvey Rosenkrans. –Towanda Daily Review 3/23/2015

LANTZ –LOLA A. POTTER, 76 of Sayre, passed away on February 16, 2015 at the Robert Packer Hospital after a long illness. Lola was born on June 28, 1938 in Sayre, Pa., the only daughter of the late Clifton (Kip) and Mildred (Strope) Lantz, and attended Northeast Bradford High School. On November 17, 1956, Lola married the love of her life, James Potter and together they built a home and family with love and happiness. Lola loved animals and her family deeply. She was an accomplished quilter and seamstress, taking pride in making clothing for her children. She also made many cross stitch pictures for family and friends. Lola enjoyed yard sales, scrapbooking, knitting, and crocheting as well. She especially liked baking homemade pies, special holiday cakes and cookies for her grandchildren, and enjoyed making her home clean, warm and inviting. Lola was also very interested in the afterlife. She worked at the Standing Stone Dress Factory in Standing Stone and Joyce Dress Factory in Sayre. Lola was predeceased by her parents and in-laws Clifton (Kip) and Mildred Strope Lantz, Gerald and Virginia Ware Potter, son Cliff E. Potter, son-in-law Wade W. Warner, special cousin Denny Strope, brothers-in-law Gerald Jr., Paul (Bud), and Charles (Huck) Potter, Sister-in-law Mary Imogene Hawkins Thompson, nephews: Rickie and Robert Lantz and Donny and Scott Potter. Lola also mourned the loss of very close friends Clara Weaver and Carol McIntire. Surviving are her husband of 58 years James Potter at home, daughter Sherry Warner and daughter and son-in-law Lisa and David Scheftic of Sayre, grandsons Cliff James (Jay) Potter of Niagara Falls, N.Y., William Franks, David Scheftic and Patrick Scheftic of Sayre, granddaughters Christina Sue Nina Potter and Lisa Lee Potter of Niagara Falls, N.Y., Michaela and Kevin Hadlock of Athens and Gabriella Scheftic of Sayre. Also, great-grandsons Kurt, Zachary and Corey Merritt all of Niagara Falls, N.Y., brother and sister-in-law Donald and Marian Potter of Apopka Florida, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Also surviving are life-long friends Anita Pedro, Violet Koser and Anna Chilson of Towanda and Kathleen Tomans of Georgetown, Texas, beloved cats Oscar, Molly, Skeeter and Sadie, and much loved Boxer Phoebe. Donations may be made in Lola's name to the Bradford County Humane Society, Route 220, Ulster, PA. At Lola's request, all services will be private at the convenience of the family.
Caring assistance is being provided by the Cooley-Tioga Point Cremation and Burial Options Inc., 802 N. Main St., Athens, Pa. –Sayre Morning Times 2/19/2015

LENDRUM –PAULINE M. BRADLEY, age 93, formerly of Rock Stream, NY and Village Square Apartments in Painted Post, NY passed away Thursday, February 19, 2015 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing in Montour Falls, NY. Pauline was born on October 16, 1921 in Sayre, PA, the daughter of the late Harry and Leona (Vanstoran) Lendrum. Pauline was a member or the Rock Stream Presbyterian Church and a Ladies Aid for the church for over 60 years. She attended bible studies and enjoyed ice cream socials, dish pass nights, shopping, most of all she enjoyed reading Amish books. In addition to her parents, Pauline was predeceased by her husband of 67 years, Ted H. Bradley on November 14th, 2007; brother, Edward Lendrum; and half brother, John Dieffenbach, and special sister in law, Shirley Roblyer that she thought of as a sister. Pauline is survived by her children, Richard (Ann) Bradley of Rock Stream, and Barbara (Frederick) Siebert of Corning; grandchildren, Tim Abbey of Columbus, Mississippi, Kimberly (Doug) White of Great Falls, VA, Scott (Tammy) Bradley of Montour Falls and Diana (Randy) Hill of Lindley; eight great-grandchildren; two great great granddaughters; step brothers, Robert (Gretchen) and Richard (Elsa) Lendrum; brother in law, Robert (Carol) Bradley; sisters in law, Mildred, Sabella, and Edie Bradley; and several nieces and nephews. Friends and family may call from Noon to 2pm on Monday, March 2nd, 2015 at the Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, 119 5th St., Watkins Glen, NY, where her funeral service will follow at 2pm. Interment will be at Lakeview Cemetery, Watkins Glen, NY. Memorial contributions may be made in Pauline's memory to the charity of one’s choice. –Elmira Star-Gazette 2/25/2015

CHARLES MCCLELLAND of Bath, NY, formerly of Carbondale, PA, died on Friday, February 27, 2015 at the Fred and Harriet Taylor Health Center in Bath, NY. His wife is the former Eleanor Kent. Born in Glencraig, Lochgelly, Scotland, he came to the United States at the age of nine with his parents and three siblings and lived in Carbondale until he and his wife, Eleanor Kent McClelland, relocated to Bath in 2006. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Bath, NY, and its sanctuary choir. While living in Carbondale was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, the church choir and had served as an Elder. He had been a member of the Carbondale Presbyterian Church choir for over seventy years. He was the eldest child of the late David Watt McClelland and Catherine (Fraser) McClelland of Carbondale. He was employed by Hendrick Manufacturing Co. and Cross Engineering Co., both of Carbondale, and for many years by what is now Lockheed Martin Corporation, formerly Daystrom, Inc., and Weston Instruments, of Archbald, PA. He was a member of the Free & Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania, Carbondale Lodge, at the time of his death, and for over sixty years had been a member of Elkview Country Club, Crystal Lake. He served in the United States Navy during World War II aboard the destroyer, USS Doyle, in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. He was serving on the Doyle during the invasion of Normandy prior to the ship being assigned to the Pacific fleet. Charles is also survived by a daughter, Jean, wife of Trafford L-M. Doherty, of Hammondsport, NY; a son, Philip M. McClelland, and wife, Karen Banos McClelland, of Philadelphia; five grandchildren, Elizabeth Bjarning, of Hammondsport, wife of Simon Bjarning, Christopher Doherty, of Hammondsport, Brian Doherty, and wife, Jolanta, of Pittsburgh, PA, Evan and Charles McClelland, of Philadelphia; five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a grandson, Ian McClelland, in 2012; four sisters, Catherine Hempstead, Anne Allman, Mary Hrisho, and Marion McClelland; and two brothers, David and Robert McClelland. The funeral will be Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Brennan & Brennan Funeral Home, Inc., 55 Lincoln Avenue, Carbondale, PA with services conducted by the Rev. William Blackie. Interment will be in Willow View Cemetery, Clifford, PA. Friends may call Friday, from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, from 10 a.m. until service time. Masonic Services will be conducted on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Memorial gifts may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Bath, the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, Hammondsport, NY, or to the Ian McClelland Memorial Scholarship at Drexel University and mailed to Ian McClelland Memorial Scholarship, P. O. Box 29405, Philadelphia, PA. –Elmira Star-Gazette 3/3/2015

MAX G. MCCLINTOCK, 87, of Muncy Valley, died Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at Manor Care South, Williamsport. Born August 23, 1927 in Penn Township, Lycoming County, he was a son of the late Earl R. and Elva V. Shoemaker McClintock. His wife of 61 years, the former Patricia J. Stiger preceded him in death on May 22, 2009. Max was an outdoor enthusiast who enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. He also loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Surviving are a daughter, Jean M. (Denny) Waldron of Milton; a son, Jack L. (Mary) McClintock of Muncy Valley; six grandchildren, Christa Karschner, Stacey Roarty, Lisa McClintock, Eric McClintock, Tony McClintock, and Jackie McClintock; eight great-grandchildren; and his faithful dog, Lucky. In addition to his wife and parents, Max was predeceased by a son, Robert G. McClintock and a brother, E. Wayne McClintock.
A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, at Valley United Methodist Church, 1874 Route 220 Hwy., Muncy Valley, with Pastor Craig Livermore officiating. Burial will follow in Cherry Grove Cemetery, Nordmont. Friends may call from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the church. The family will provide the flowers and suggest memorial contributions to the Muncy Valley Area Vol. Fire Comp., P.O. Box 9, Muncy Valley, PA. Arrangements have been entrusted to the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Hughesville. –McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home obituary, Carol Brotzman

WILLIAM H. ‘BILL’ MILLER, 70, of Troy Heights, Pa., passed away on his birthday, March 3, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family. He was the loving husband of Nina L. (Comfort) Miller. The couple married Sept. 5, 1998 and had 15 happy years together. Family and friends are welcome to call from 9:30-11 a.m. on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the First Baptist Church of Troy, 579 Canton St., Troy, Pa. The celebration of his life will follow the visitation at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 7 at the church with his pastor, Rev. Garry Zuber officiating. Military honors will be given by US Army Honor Guard out of Horseheads, N.Y. and the Troy Veterans Honor Guard. The Gerald W. Vickery Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., 1093 West Main St., Troy, Pa. has been entrusted with the arrangements. Bill was born on March 3, 1945 in Elmira, N.Y., son of the late Jess B. Miller and Marjorie (Haskell) Miller-Johnson. He was a US Army veteran, serving his country in the Vietnam War. Bill enjoyed selling cars. He was a car salesman for several automobile dealerships in the area including Eighmey Buick where he was working for the past few years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Troy and the Wednesday Night Bowling League at Terrace Lanes in Troy. Bill was a collector. He enjoyed NASCAR, Penn State, and the New England Patriots and collected all kinds of memorabilia from them. He liked to watch "Pickers" on television because he was a collector just like the men on the show. He also enjoyed traveling and spending time at Keuka Lake. Moreover, Bill was a family man who enjoyed spending time with his children and especially his grandchildren. Bill is survived by his wife, Nina; his son, William H. (Treena) Miller II of Spring Lake, Pa.; his step-children, Tammy Barton and companion Mike Ward of Pine City, N.Y., William (Crystal) Leff of Cochranville, Pa., Scott (Tammy) Leff of Bentley Creek, Pa., Sherri (Rimon) Armaly of Mundelein, Ill., Kevin (Brenda) Hicks of Columbia Cross Roads, Pa., Mike (Candice) Hicks of Oneonta, Ala. and Leslie (Bill) Ellsworth of Troy, Pa.; his grandchildren, J.D. Andrea, Meagan, Will, Desiree', Kate, Taylor, Tyson, Israel, Yedideyah, Benjamin, Sadie and Brooke; his seven great-grandchildren; his sister, Martha (Ted) Grinell of Horseheads, N.Y.; along with several nieces and nephews. Bill was preceded in death by his parents. Contributions may be made in Bill's memory to the First Baptist Church of Troy, 579 Canton St., Troy, PA or to the American Cancer Society, 1316 College Ave., Elmira, NY. –Towanda Daily Review 3/4/2015

SILAS L. MILLS SR., 84, of 3608 Laning Creek Road, Towanda, Pa., passed away Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 at his home following declining health. Silas was born in Towanda on June 23, 1930 the son of Lewis and Elsie Williams Mills. He was a graduate of New Albany High School and later served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. On Feb. 1, 1953 he married the former Esther J. House in Monroeton, Pa. Silas was employed by Mills, Perry Mills Plumbing for three years, the Western Electric Telephone Company for three years and by the Ingersoll-Rand in Athens, Pa., for 37 ½ years until his retirement in 1992. He was a member of the Ulster United Methodist Church, Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 and the post funeral honor guard, Haigh's Pond VFW Post No. 6824, Rome, Pa., the 25th Infantry Association, CIV Association, Gray Beards Association and VAD Organizers. Silas enjoyed traveling, caring for his property and wood-working. Surviving are: his wife of 62 years, Esther J. Mills; children, General Marsha Mills Davis and husband Colonel Terry Davis of Harrisburg, Pa., Connie Keir of Ulster, Colleen Rought and husband William of Towanda, Lewis Mills of Gillett, Silas L. Mills Jr. of Laconia, N.H., and Marlene Burlingame and husband Lance of Flower Mound, Texas; 11 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; siblings, Jeanne Havens of Millersburg, Pa., Ralph Mills and wife Betty of Williamsport, Pa., Kenneth Mills of Elmira, N.Y., Stanley Mills and wife Elaine of Danielson, Conn.; and Elsie Eileen Elliott of Liberty Corners; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.He was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis and Elsie Mills and by his son-in-law, Howard "Hoppy" Blair Keir. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa., with Pastor Kenneth Crain officiating. The family will receive friends from 1-3 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 will accord military honors at the funeral home. The family suggests that contributions may be directed to Towanda American Legion Post No. 42, 912 Main St., Towanda, PA in Silas L. Mills Sr.'s memory. –Towanda Daily Review 2/24/2015

MINGOS –MARILYN M. FERNANDEZ of Miami, Fla., age 72, passed away on Feb. 2, 2015 of complications from ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). Her husband Chico and son Stephen were by her side. She was comforted by her wonderful family and friends throughout her illness. Born Marilyn Ann Mingos on Aug. 31, 1942 in Sayre, Pa., she was the daughter of Joseph H. and Amelia (Frawley) Mingos. She graduated from Towanda High School in 1960 and thereafter moved to Miami. Marilyn met her future husband J.M. "Chico" Fernandez shortly after arriving in Miami and it was love at first sight. Two years later they entered into a wonderful marriage that was to last the next 47 years. From an early age Marilyn displayed a great zest for travel that led her to become a flight attendant for Delta Airlines. Based out of Miami she worked and saw the world as a flight attendant until 2001 when she retired from Delta after 37 years. After retirement she volunteered at Fairchild Tropical Gardens and belonged to a variety of organizations like New Neighbors, gardening clubs, a mahjong club and many more. Family and friends were the most cherished things in Marilyn's life and she delighted in bringing the two together. She also loved to cook and took great pride in making her house a home. Marilyn had quite an artistic flair when it came to decorating the home and landscaping. Her gardening skills transformed her yard from a grass field to a tropical forest full of towering gumbo limbos, native palms and beautiful orchids. "Civilized" she would call it. She is survived by her husband, Chico of Miami; her son, Stephen (wife Kelly); and two granddaughters, Alyson and Avery of Sarasota; her brothers, Joseph (wife Martha) Mingos of Sayre, Pa., Bill (wife Susan) Mingos of Athens, Pa. and Michael Mingos of Mansfield, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews and their families. She was predeceased by her parents and infant sister Margaret. Family wishes to thank her loving caregivers: Wilma Rodriguez, Nadia McKenzie, and Marcia Gabriel. They would also like to thank the wonderful staff at Vitas Hospice who provided comfort and care. Funeral services were held at 6 p.m. on Saturday Feb. 7 at Bernardo Garcia Funeral Homes at 8215 Bird Rd., Miami. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the ALS to help find a cure for this terrible disease. –Towanda Daily Review 2/26/2015

HARRY E. MORGAN, age 62, of Pantherlick Road in Sugar Run, Pa. passed away at his home in Wilmot Township, Bradford County late Wednesday evening, March 11, 2015 surrounded by his family. Harry was born on June 2, 1952 in Woodhull, N.Y., the son of Ivan and Charlotte Parson Morgan. He married the former Nancy Adams on Feb. 2, 1991. Harry was a dairy farmer at Tillinghast Farms in Gillett, Pa. for over 40 years. Harry was a former U.S. Marine and served his country in the Vietnam War, from 1972 until 1976. In his spare time Harry enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching NASCAR. His favorite driver was Jimmie Johnson. Harry enjoyed taking road trips with his son up and down the east coast but he enjoyed spending time with his family the most. Surviving are his wife of 24 years, Nancy Morgan of Sugar Run, Pa.; his son, Michael Adams and his wife Emma of Sugar Run, Pa.; his grandchildren, Miranda Bates of Silvara, Pa., Michael Adams II of Kentucky, Mika Bates of Sugar Run, Pa., Joshua Adams of Sugar Run, Pa., Tristan Bates of Sugar Run, Pa. and Danielle Adams of Florida. Also surviving are his brothers, Lester Morgan of Osceola, Pa., Keith Morgan of Elkland, Pa., Chuck Morgan of Woodhull, N.Y.; sisters, Judy Burton of Knoxville, Pa., Linda Heidrick of Elkland, Pa., Carol Jordon of Troupsburg, N.Y., Ruth Hulbert of South Carolina, Sandy Morgan of Woodhull, N.Y.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Harry is preceded in death by his nephew, Adam Jordon who passed away in 2001 and brother-in-law, John Heidrick who passed away in 2000. Funeral services for Harry will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, March 15, 2015 at the Sheldon Funeral Home, 155 Church St., Wyalusing, Pa., with Rev. David Dewing of the Camptown United Methodist Church officiating. Family and friends may call from 2 p.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Military services will follow the service performed by the members of the Wyalusing American Legion Post No. 534. Interment will be at the convenience of the family at a later date. –Towanda Daily Review 3/13/2015

MOTT –ESTA FERN BARKER, 86 died Friday March 20, 2015 at Glens Falls Hospital. Born April 16, 1928 in Roanoke, West Virginia she was the daughter of the late Edith Lewis Mott. Fern received her Bachelors of Arts from Mansfield State College in PA and her Masters Degree in musical education from Elmira College. Fern was a substitute music teacher in the Elmira area for many years. She retired to Clearwater Fla., and became a church organist for many churches as well as St. Peter's Episcopal Church. She was a resident at the Adirondack Tri County Health Care Facility in North Creek for the past two years. Besides her mother, she is predeceased by one daughter, Charlotte Barker; one grandson, Ryan Barker; one brother, George Mott. Survivors include one son, Thomas (Linda) Barker of Horseheads, NY; three daughters, Nancy DeLuca of Phelan, CA, Marylou Earl of Horseheads, NY, Joanne (Andrew) Stengrevics of Newcomb; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services are private and at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to Adirondack Tri County Health Care Facility 112 Ski Bowl Rd. No. Creek, NY. Arrangements are entrusted to Barton-McDermott Funeral Home, Inc. 9 Pine St. Chestertown, NY –Elmira Star-Gazette 3/23/2015

JAMES F. ‘PETE’ OLMSTEAD SR., 78, of Windham Township, Rome, Pa. passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 19, 2015 following a period of declining health. Pete, as he was affectionately known by his family and friends, was born on May 10, 1936 in Nichols, N.Y., a son of the late Harold "Hi" and Margaret (Rought) Olmstead. For many years, Pete was a truck driver for Canada Dry and later worked locally for Amato Construction. He was an avid race fan, enjoyed being outdoors and treasured conversations with his family and friends. Pete will be greatly missed by his son and daughter-in-law, James Jr. and Linda Olmstead of Warren Center, Pa.; his daughters and son-in-law, Clista Mochrie of Pine City, N.Y., Tessie and Brian Henley of Lowman, N.Y., Karen Garrity of Lockwood, N.Y.; a sister-in-law, Joanne Olmstead of Windsor; several grandchildren among them, David and Christy Olmstead of Rome, Pa., James W. Olmstead of Warren Center, Pa.; several great-grandchildren among them, Allison, Dylan and Darcie; a niece, Marcia Cherry of Windsor, N.Y.; nephews, Roger and Sandy Olmstead of Four Oaks, N.C., Charlie and Kelly Olmstead of Owego, N.Y. and their families. A special friend and caregiver, Hazel Wayman of Nichols also survives. Pete was predeceased by his parents, Harold and Margaret Olmstead; his brothers, William "Stub" Olmstead and Roger (Louise) Olmstead. Abiding with his wishes, there will be no services. Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the Windham Twp. Vol. Fire Dept., 36150 Route 187, Rome, PA. Caring assistance is being provided by the Cooley family of the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. –Towanda Daily Review 3/21/2015

LEON S. OLMSTEAD, 94, formerly of Pine City, NY passed away on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at the Elderwood Health Care Facility in Waverly. Leon was born on January 1, 1921 in Nichols, NY a son of the late Frank and Margaret (Edwards) Olmstead. He proudly served his country during WW II with the US Army. Leon retired from US Steel in 1966 following a injury. He was an avid NASCAR and Jeff Gordon fan, enjoyed listening to country music and always told his family everything was just “hunky dorey”
Leon is survived by numerous nieces, nephews and their families among them, Etta Olmstead; and his caregivers ~ Vivian and Donald Scovell all of Nichols; and two step children. He was predeceased by his wife Viva E. (Bowman) Olmstead on Dec. 22, 2001; siblings: Emma, Ethel, Phoebe, Ed, Harold and Herbert. Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation on Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. Funeral services and a celebration of his life will follow at 6pm with Pastor Donna Martin, officiating. Military honors will be accorded by the New York State Military Forces Honor Guard. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family in the Nichols Cemetery. Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the Community Care Network of Nichols, PO Box 100, Nichols, NY in loving memory of Leon S. Olmstead. –Sutfin Funeral Home Notice, Carol Brotzman

MR. ROGER C. OTTEN, age 89, of Otten Lane, Forkston Township, Pa., passed away on Thursday afternoon, March 12, 2015 at the Golden Living Center, in Tunkhannock, Pa., surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Wilkes Barre, Pa. on May 6, 1925, the son of the late John and Laura Pritchard Otten. Roger was raised and spent all of his life in Forkston, Wyoming County. He was a graduate of the Mehoopany High School, class of 1943. Following his graduation from high school, he served his country in the U.S. Army, serving with the 1060 AAF Base Unit, from 1944 until 1946. On Aug. 13, 1952 he married the former Donna Kraus, and together they raised four children. From 1949 until 1988, Roger was a Rural Mail Carrier, carrying out of the Mehoopany Post Office. He took great pride in his job, and helped his customers get their mail in a prompt and timely manner. Throughout that time and until his retirement in 2002, he owned and operated Otten's Farm, a dairy farm in Forkston Township, Pa. As well as raising dairy cattle, he also owned and raised many horses. He was a member of the Dennis Strong Post No. 457, American Legion in Tunkhannock, Pa. Many of his favorite hobbies were playing ice hockey, hiking, snowmobiling, reading, horseback riding and genealogy. He also loved traveling all over the United States, including a month long road trip to Alaska in 1980 with his wife. Roger built and ran a saw mill on his farm for many years. Surviving are his wife of 62 and a half years, Donna Otten of Forkston Township; his children, Eric C. and his wife the former Sue (Rogers) Otten, of Scranton, Pa., Christie L. and her husband Lonnie Boecker of Meshoppen, Pa., Calvin A. and his wife the former Dawn (Docktor) Otten and Stuart W. and his wife the former Ellen (Rood) Otten, all of Forkston Township; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Mr. Otten is also survived by his sister, Mrs. Ferne Tiffany, of Laceyville, Pa. and several nieces and nephews, and many cousins. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, George Tiffany, who passed away on Oct. 5, 2014.Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2015 from the Sheldon Funeral Home, 459 Main St., Laceyville, Pa. with Rev. Jay Morris of the Mehoopany United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be in the Forkston Cemetery, in Forkston, Pa. at a later date. Family and friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday evening, March 15, 2015 at the funeral home. Military services will be conducted on Monday afternoon at the funeral home, with the members of the Dennis Strong Post No. 457 American Legion, Tunkhannock, Pa.; Rought Hall Post No. 510 American Legion, Laceyville, Pa.; and the Endless Mountains Post No. 3583 V.F.W., Mehoopany, Pa. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial donations to the Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 1112 Clay Ave., Scranton, PA or to the Forkston United Methodist Church, c/o Madge Severcool, Bowman Hollow Rd., Forkston Township, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 3/14/2015

JAMES E. PASSMORE SR. of Horseheads: Was born November 4, 1949 in Elmira, the son of the late Wilton Elwood and Jane Doris (Mellor) Passmore, passed away very unexpectedly on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center at the age of 65. He is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Carole S. (Law); beloved children: James E. Passmore Jr., Gregory E. Passmore Sr., Kathleen Gilbert and Andrew J. Passmore Sr.; adored grandchildren: Gregory E. Passmore Jr., Anthony R. Passmore; Terrence G. Passmore; Andrew J. Passmore Jr. and Jordan; sisters: Janet and Beverly; along with many cousins and friends. Jim retired from Hardinge Inc. as inspector after 33 years of dedicated service. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. 1050 Pennsylvania Ave. Elmira/Southport, NY to celebrate Jim's life and honor his memory on Friday, February 27, 2015 at 2pm. Reverend Chris Gray and Reverend Carnell Parks will officiate. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be directed to a charity of one’s choice. –Elmira Star-Gazette 2/25/2015

POWERS –KATHERINE P. ALLEN - Our beloved mother, friend, and longtime Valley resident Katherine P. Allen died March 2, 2015 in Jupiter, Fla. She was 95 years old. Mrs. Allen was born June 26, 1919 to George D. and Mae R. Powers in Athens, Pa. She was a 1937 graduate of Athens High School, and a graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J., where she trained as an organist. She then became minister of music at Wesley Methodist Church in Springfield, Mass., before returning to Westminster to pursue a graduate degree. On Aug. 31, 1945, she married Dr. Wayne H. Allen, also of Athens, and the couple returned to Athens to make their home there. While raising five children she also served as organist for Methodist churches in Waverly and Towanda and sang in the Valley Chorus. She taught music at Athens High School for two years. In 1979 she became the organist/choir director for the Church of the Redeemer in Sayre. She retired four years later, but came out of retirement several times to fill vacancies at the Redeemer. She had a lifelong passion for music, having started her piano training at age 8; she was inspired by her grandmother, "Mama" Lizzy Powers. As a member of the Westminster Choir College chorus, she sang many times at Carnegie Hall and the Philadelphia Academy of Music under conductors Arturo Toscanini, Leopold Stokowski, Bruno Walter and Eugene Ormandy. Together with Charlotte Cook of Elmira, she gave annual piano concerts for 10 years, well into her 80s.
She moved to Florida in 2012 to be near family. She was preceded in death by her husband Wayne H. Allen in 1977 and son, David P. Allen in 2001. She is survived by daughters, Rebecca Allen of Centennial, Colo., and Melanie Allen of Stamford, Conn.; daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Lyn and Richard Ballantine of Durango, Colo., and Barbara Allen and David Uhl of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; niece, Carol Hutson of West Palm Beach, Fla.; and grandchildren Katie, Libby and Michael Guiffre of Centennial, Colo., David and Christopher Ballantine of Durango, Colo., and Caroline and Chase Uhl of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. –Sayre Morning Times 3/6/2015

REV. NORMAN A. ROBINSON, former minister of the Presbyterian Church of Wyalusing, PA, passed away on February 20, 2015 in Durham, NC at the age of  96. He was born July 5, 1918 in Cambridge, MA, the son of George and Gertrude Robinson. His father was a New England architect specializing in firehouse design. Rev. Robinson attended school in Belmont, MA, graduating from high school in 1935. He attended Suffolk University, Geneva College and Princeton Seminary, graduating with a Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1944. He was ordained a Presbyterian minister by the Lehigh Presbytery in 1944. He served as pastor of the Shawnee Presbyterian Church of Shawnee, PA from 1944 to 1947, the Second Welsh Presbyterian Church of Wilkes-Barre, PA from 1947 to 1950 and the Presbyterian Church of Wyalusing, PA from 1950 to 1980 when he retired. Rev. Robinson married Elizabeth Stevenson of Clarinda, Iowa in December 1942 in the Princeton Seminary Chapel. They were married for 53 years until her death in June 1996. In retirement, Rev. Robinson and his wife, Elizabeth divided their time between Wyalusing, PA and Bonita Springs, FL until 2006, when Rev. Robinson relocated to Durham, NC. Sports were an important part of his life beginning in childhood. He played baseball and basketball in high school, semi-professional baseball in New Hampshire, tennis on the Geneva College team, and golf and tennis in his adult years. He coached both boys basketball and baseball teams for many years in the Wyalusing area. In retirement he played on the USTA Senior Circuit in Florida and was nationally ranked in the top 25 in the 85-90 year division when he gave up competitive tennis due to declining health. In his later years he took great pleasure as a spectator at Duke basketball games. Rev. Robinson was a 50-year member of the American Philatelic Society, specializing in American stamps, and for many years he acted as agent and advisor to help Walter Klein of the Bunge Corporation collect one of the finest US stamp collections of the 20th century. Rev. Robinson is survived by two daughters: Margaret Gesell of Columbia, MD and Phyllis Vandenberg of Durham, NC. A son, the Rev. David Robinson of Hamburg, NY, passed away in 2004. Other survivors are sons-in-law Leslie Gesell and John Vandenberg, daughter-in-law Susan Robinson of Washington, PA, grandchildren Leslie Saunders of Randallstown, MD, Kimberly Powell of Columbia, MD, Michael Vandenberg of Durham, NC, Elizabeth Hay of Washington, PA, and Scott Robinson, of Seoul, South Korea. There are two great-grandchildren: Savannah Hay and Jerald Hay, Jr. A memorial service will be held in Wyalusing, PA, in the Spring. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Rev. Norman Robinson be made to the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church, 102 Church St, Wyalusing, PA. –Carol Brotzman

ROSS –LAMELLA GRACE BURGESS, 62, of 386 Morris Rd., New Albany, Pa. passed away Sunday, March 15, 2015 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa.  Lamella was born at home at Lake Sheridan, Pa. on Dec. 22, 1952, the daughter of the late L. Lester Ross and F. Grace Paul Ross. She attended Lackawanna Trail High School and in early years was employed by Gress Poultry in Scranton, Pa. and by the Pink Apple Restaurant in Tunkhannock, Pa. She was later employed by the Arizona Golf Resort in Mesa, Ariz. and by Matrix at E.I. DuPont in Towanda, Pa. Lamella loved spending time with her family especially her grandchildren. Surviving are her husband, Wayde A. Burgess Sr.; children, Nichole L. Mallory and husband Jason of Towanda, Samantha G. Roe and husband Cody Sr. of Towanda, Wayde A. Burgess Jr. and wife Lindsey of Nichols, N.Y., Lisa G. Fitch and husband Ned of Factoryville, Pa.; 11 grandchildren; siblings, William Ross Sr. and wife Inge of Factoryville, Pa., Esther "Sis" Rowlands of Montrose, Pa., Robert Ross and wife Donna of Lake Sheridan, Pa., Sylvia "Midge" Stefanski and husband Ted of Gouldsboro, Pa., Lewis Ross and wife Dorothy of Hallstead, Pa., Shirley Underhill and husband Dave of Factoryville, Pa. as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 19, 2015 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa. with Rev. Thomas Blackall officiating. There are no calling hours. –Towanda Daily Review 3/17/2015

MICHAEL T. ROSS, 46, of Sayre went home to be with the Lord on Feb. 19, 2015. Michael was born in Waverly, N.Y. on Dec. 10, 1968, the son of Carl J. Ross and Faye M. Chandler. He was a graduate of Sayre High School class of 1986 and Mansfield University where he received his Bachelors degree in business. Michael was a well-known contractor in the area and beyond in the profession of remodeling, carpentry and especially for his custom designed and installed wood floors. Many homes have been enhanced and beautified through his creative talents over the years. His love and knowledge of the outdoors was immense as he also served as a hunting guide in the western United States and Argentina for a number of years. Michael enjoyed sports especially fishing and mountain biking. He was beloved by his family and many friends and was always willing to help others. Surviving are his sister, Debra Ross Campbell and her children, Mason and Skylar Campbell of Lock Haven, Pa., step-mother, Liz Souto Ross of Ridgebury Twp., Pa., uncle and aunt, Lee and Judy Chandler of Florida, aunts, Rose Marie Hennessey of Orlando, Fla., Gwenn Ross of Hornell, N.Y., aunt and uncle Linda and Robert Ferrario of Wysox, Pa. and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother, Faye M. Chandler on Sept. 23, 2013, father, Carl J. Ross on July 6, 2013 and uncles, Larry Chandler and Joe Ross. The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 1, 2015 at the Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home, 314 Desmond St., Sayre. A memorial service will follow at 3 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Nelson Kopatz officiating. The family suggests that contributions may be directed to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Rd., Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL in Michael's memory. –Sayre Morning Times 2/23/2015

SCHANBACHER –JOYCE ARLENE SCHANBACHER GILBERT of 200 River Road, Mt. Carmel, CT passed away peacefully on March 7, 2015 in her home of over 54 years. Born in Mansfield, PA, Joyce was one of eight children of Orville and Martha Ann Rauscher Schanbacher, her father being the founder/owner of the Mansfield Novelty Company. Joyce received a BA in Education from her hometown college and moved to the Northeast, where she met her husband-to-be N. Charlton Gilbert in 1957. While living in the greater New Haven area, Joyce became greatly involved in volunteer and community service activities, holding board positions in several organizations: The Connecticut Society for the Prevention of Blindness (Chairwoman of The New Haven Pre-School Vision Screening Program, for which she received the Helen Keller award); The New Haven Symphony; The Connecticut Fund for the Environment; and The Peabody Association. Joyce also volunteered in the Peabody Museum Entomology Department for over 30 years, where she assisted resident professors in organizing and cataloging their collections. Joyce leaves two children - Greta Gilbert Edelman and her husband Alan (Mt. Carmel), and Neil Y. Gilbert and his wife Virginia (Falmouth, ME); and three grandchildren - Rachel Edelman, Rebecca Edelman and Christopher Gilbert. She is predeceased by her stepson, Charlton H. Gilbert. Services will be private. All arrangements in care of Beecher & Bennett Funeral Home, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Mt. Carmel Congregational Church, 3284 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT. –Elmira Star-Gazette 3/8/2015

ALAN RICHARD ‘AL’ SIMPSON, 65, of Margate, Fla., left the arms of his earthly family on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, with his loving wife, Mary, by his side. Alan was born Nov. 8, 1949 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa., the son of the former Arlene Anna Allen and Richard Maurice Simpson. After graduation from Sayre High School in 1969, he served in the U.S. Navy. Upon completion of his service to his country, he attended Penn State University. Al always had a great love of music and was a talented songwriter and musician; a love he passed on to his children. Alan also possessed a love of nature and the outdoors; fishing in the Atlantic Ocean had become one of his favorite pastimes. In his younger years, Alan enjoyed camping and hiking at Worlds End State Park. He also had a talent for and enjoyed creating beautiful pieces of furniture, and was always willing to use his skills to help family members and friends with projects. He was employed for many years in the construction industry; retiring in 2012 from a long career with an asphalting company in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. All who knew Al will remember his quirky, offbeat sense of humor and the practical jokes he loved to play on those he loved.
Alan was preceded in death by his father, Richard, in August of 1993 and by his stepfather, Jack Sinsabaugh, in February of 2015. Alan is survived by his mother, Arlene Sinsabaugh of Athens, Pa.; his wife, Mary of Margate, Fla.; his children, Aaron Simpson, Tessa LePay (Brian), Lane Simpson (Emily), and Tracy Unger (Ryan), all of Pittsburgh, Pa.; his grandchildren, Evan, Olivia, and Jake LaPay, Sadie Simpson, and Kyle Unger; his sisters, Margaret Hardy (Sam) of Lock Haven, Pa., Sandra Simpson, Elaine Ameigh (Matt), Shelley Barry (Mike), and Susan Rifenburg of Athens, Ruth Kelley (Vince) of Waverly, N.Y., Donna Osterndorff (Jon) of Minnesota, Leana Simpson of Belize, Mexico, Laura Simpson of Utica, N.Y.; and brother, Brian Simpson of Buffalo, N.Y. Alan is also survived by his stepmother, Sue Simpson of Utica, and numerous nieces and nephews. Al was loved by all who knew him and his spirit will remain forever in our hearts. Cremation services were provided by Barbara Falowski Funeral Services in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Alan will be interred at the National Veteran Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Bridgeville, Pa. At his request, there will be no formal services. A celebration of his life will be held in the Valley at a later date at the convenience of his family. –Sayre Morning Times 3/10/2015

EARL THOMAS ‘TOM’ SPENCER SR., age 78, of Wellsboro, PA, died Friday, February 20, 2015 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born October 3, 1936 in Wellsboro, PA, a son of Earl and Laura (Kennedy) Spencer. Tom was employed by Ingersoll Rand/Dresser Rand for 38 years as a machinist and quality control inspector. He also served as a Union Rep. at Dresser Rand. Tom was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, the NRA and St. Peter's Catholic Church. He enjoyed gardening, cooking and spending time with his grandchildren. Tom was in the Marine Corps reserves. Tom is survived by 2 sons and a daughter-in-law, Earl T. and Carole Spencer, Jr. of Wellsboro, PA, Lane Spencer of Wellsboro, PA; 2 daughters, Marcia Walk of VA, Susan Holt of Wellsboro, PA; 5 grandchildren, Daniel, Danielle, Alyssa, Aryana and Braedan; 3 great grandchildren, Lexy, Cam and Jaceton; a brother and sister-in-law, Patrick and Patti Spencer of FL; 2 sisters and a brother-in-law, Fern Graham of FL, Maryanne and Robert Eckman of Millerton, PA; his former wife and mother of his children, Carolyn McMichael of Milton, PA. He was predeceased by brothers, Llewellyn, Jim, John "Jack" Spencer, a sister, June Royer; the love of his life, Phyllis Belcher, and a nephew, Pat Eckman. Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 7-8pm at Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. A memorial service will follow at 8pm at the funeral chapel. Memorial donations may be made to the Janet Weis Children's Hospital, 100 N. Academy Ave., MC 21-70, Danville, PA. –Elmira Star-Gazette 2/22/2015

SPRINGER –MRS. MARGARETTE ELEANOR ‘PEGGY’ AVERY, age 97, of Eldredsville passed away peacefully on Thursday night, Feb. 26, 2015 at the Dar-Way Elder Care, Forksville, Pa. Peggy was born in Hughesville, Pa. on March 14, 1917, a daughter of the late Harry and Irene Vroman Springer. She graduated from Estella High School a member of the class of 1935. She married Arnold J. Avery of Elkland Township and he predeceased her in 1963. Peggy enjoyed antiquing and crocheting and knitting. She was an avid reader and loved music. Surviving are her daughter, Nancy Wiles of Eagles Mere, Pa.; grandsons, David (Donna) Wiles of Forksville, Pa., Joseph Wiles of New Albany, Pa.; five great-grandchildren, Charles "Chaz" Wiles, Kayla Wiles, Dustin Wiles, Logan Wiles, Natalie Insinger; three great-great-grandchildren, Jaxon, Lillian and Emma. Peggy is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a sister, Elsie Whiteman. Friends and family may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, March 2, 2015 at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, Pa. A private graveside service will be held on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 in the Fairmount Cemetery, Forksville, Pa. The family will provide the flowers and asks that memorial contributions be sent to the Sullivan County Library, P.O. Box 309, Dushore, PA in loving memory of Margarette "Peggy" Avery. –Towanda Daily Review 2/28/2015

STONE –MRS. NORA STONE INMAN, wife of William Inman, died at her home on Rock Hill on Saturday, April 8, 1911 after a period of long illness, which was borne with uncomplaining patience and true Christian fortitude. Mrs. Inman, who would have reach her 46th birthday, April 30, was the daughter of Theodore and Abbie Stone. She was married to Wm. Inman 28 years last June, the union a happy one, she proving to be a true help-mate, and maintaining a well ordered household, exemplifying in her daily life, the religion she professed, she being a member of the Methodist Church in Jenningsville. The funeral was held at the homestead on Monday last, the services conducted by her pastor, Rev. W. C. Wolcott and the burial made in the North Flat Cemetery, the attendance at the obsequies being large, giving further evidence of the estimable character of the deceased. Mrs Inman is survived by her husband, one daughter-an only child, Mrs. Rolla Farr of Rock Hill, her mother, Mrs. Geo. Grow of Jenningsville, two brothers Girand Stone of Sayre, and William Stone of Forkston, and one sister, Mrs. Silas Taylor of Jenningsville. Contributed by Carol Brotzman, typed by Sandy Miner  from the Pearl Tyler Collection now in the possession of Carol Brotzman

STROPE –HELEN RUTH STROPE JOHNSON, 70, of 144 53 Chevy Lane, Towanda, Pa., Burlington Township, passed away Friday morning, May 29, 2015 surrounded by her family. Helen was born at home in Burlington Township on April 17, 1945, the daughter of Isaac and Anna Brown Strope. She attended Troy High School and later on Sept. 26, 1970 married Charles E. Johnson. Helen served as a house mother at the Martha Lloyd School in Troy, Pa. for a number of years. Surviving are her husband of 44 years, Charles; sons, Scott Dunn (Donna Johnson), Joey Dunn; daughters, Betty Vanderpool (Doug Vanderpool), Anna Burgess (Lee Burgess), Dora Silvers (Harry Silvers); grandchildren, Brandon, Christy, Alyssa, Dayton, and Devon Dunn, Sean and Paige Vanderpool, Brooke Silvers and Morgan Burgess; sisters, Rose Gross, Faith Dickerson and Sue Scott; several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by siblings, Isaac, John and Leonard Strope, Nellie Soulsby and Henrietta Strope. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in the Johnson Family Cemetery, Burlington Township, Pa. The family suggests that contributions may be directed to the Happy Tails No-Kill Animal Shelter Inc., P.O. Box 68, Towanda, PA in Helen's memory. The Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home of Towanda is assisting the Johnson family with arrangements. –Towanda Daily Review 5/30/2015

PHILIP K. TITUS - To the world you may have just been somebody, but to all of us you were the world. Thank you for the time you spent here. Philip K. Titus, 71, of New Milford Twp., PA, passed away, Thursday, March 5, 2015, at Wilson Medical Center, Johnson City, NY. Born January 16, 1944 in Brooklyn, PA, he was the son of the late Arthur and Bernice [Kent] Titus. Philip served as a Sergeant in the Army during the Vietnam War. He awarded two purple hearts during his time of service, along with numerous medals and badges. Philip worked for Agway in New Milford for 15 years. He was then employed for 25 years with IBM, Endicott, NY, as a maintenance technician, where he eventually retired.
He was an active member and past Deacon of the First Congregational Church of Harford UCC. Philip was a hardworking man who loved to spend time with his family. He truly enjoyed attending all of his grandchildren's school activities and sporting events. Also country line dancing with his wife. Philip was a board member with Habitat for Humanity of Susquehanna County, a Susquehanna County 4H leader and also the assistant superintendent in the Floral Department at the Harford Fair along with his wife, JoAnn.
Survivors include his loving wife, JoAnn [Tingley] Titus of New Milford Twp., PA, son & daughter-in-law, Kent & Melanie Titus of Nichols, NY, daughter & son-in-law, Melissa & Charlie Clarkson of Harford, PA, grandchildren, Alyssa, Evan, Eli and Owen, brother & sister-in-law, Randy & Pamela Titus of Kingsley, PA, sister-in-law, Joan Titus of Hornell, NY and several nieces & nephews. Besides his parents he was predeceased by a brother, Norman Titus. There is no doubt that they greeted him at heavens doors with open arms. Services: 11 AM Monday at the First Congregational Church of Harford UCC, Harford, PA. Visitation: 9-11 AM on Monday at the First Congregational Church of Harford UCC, Harford, PA. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church of Harford UCC Building Fund, PO Box 217, Harford, PA in honor of Philip Titus. Arrangements entrusted to the Bartron-Myer Funeral Home, Inc. Montrose, PA. –Carol Brotzman

EDWIN J. ‘JACK’ VAN KIRK passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Wednesday, February 25, 2015. Jack was born on July 24, 1924, in Newfield, NY, the son of the late Lochary Van Kirk and Amanda Rogers Van Kirk. He is predeceased by his wife of 65 years Anna Van Kirk; sister, Betty Pakkala. Jack is survived by his children, Ed (Linda) Van Kirk, Tom (Julie) Van Kirk, and Sandy (Rick Siglin) Van Kirk; grandchildren, Chad (Brianne) Van Kirk, Stacey (Shawn) Yee, Darcie (Daran) Chappell; great-grandchildren, Makayla, Madelyn, Allison, Ryan; sisters, Claraneal Creighton, Annie Ostrander; sister-in-law, Mary T. Allen; brother-in-law, Henry (Mary) Novakowski; several, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather "Papa Jack", brother and friend. Jack retired after 40 years from the Operating Engineers Local 832. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish. He enjoyed time spent with friends and family and always had a story to tell. He never really left the farm. The family will welcome relatives and friends to Sullivan's Funeral Home, 365 E. Franklin St. at Rt. 13, Horseheads, NY on Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 1-4pm. Private family service will be held at the convenience of the family. The family respectfully requests that memorials be made in Jack's memory to CareFirst, 3805 Meads Creek Rd., Painted Post, NY or a charity of one’s choice. –Elmira Star-Gazette 2/28/2015

VINSEK –CHERYL TEDESCO, age 61, passed away on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. She is survived by her loving husband Stephen Tedesco; brothers: Norman Vinsek of Millerton, Pa. and Phillip (Misty) Vinsek of Troy, Pa.; sister, Janeen Vinsek of Wellsboro, Pa.; sons: Robert (Eva) Ackley of Canton, Pa., and Stephen (Jessica) Seymour of Columbia Crossroads, Pa.; grandchildren: Orinda Ackley, Nikki Ackley, Zachary Seymour and Zoey Seymour; nephews Brad (Amber) Vinsek of Elmira, N.Y., and Travis (Britney) Vinsek of Millerton, Pa.; step-sons: Jonathon Tedesco and Sam Bennett of Towanda, Pa.; step-daughter, Brittany (Shawn Sr.) Bennett of Towanda, Pa.; step-grandchildren: Shawn Jr., Adin, Jacob, Tyler and Autumn; father-in-law Sonny (Eilene) Tedesco of Columbia Crossroads, Pa.; uncle William (Peggy) Everett of Millerton, Pa.; six great-nieces and nephews; several cousins and many very loyal friends. Cheryl was preceded in death by her father, Donald Vinsek; mother Janis Russler (Everett, Vinsek); and maternal grandparents, Norman and Leora Everett. Cheryl passed away peacefully with family by her side. She loved animals and spending time with her family and friends. Arrangements have been entrusted to Olthof Funeral Home Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira, N.Y. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. –Towanda Daily Review 3/22/2015

WARD –DOROTHY W. DRIESBAUGH, age 81, of Troy PA passed away on March 10, 2015 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Dorothy was born in Troy on April 28, 1933 daughter of the late Bertha (Herda) Ward and James Ward. She was married to the late Donald Driesbaugh. Together they owned and managed the New Trojan Bar for many years. They also worked together at the Troy Vets Club for many years until Don’s retirement. Dorothy also worked at the Martha Lloyd School for 23 years before she retired. Dorothy was hard working all her life, a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Dorothy and Don enjoyed many years together woodworking, gardening, shopping, traveling and spending time at the Ponderosa Hunting Club. Dorothy is survived by her daughters, Kirsten (Scott) Case of Troy, PA, Joy (Jan) Nichols of Pine City, NY, Julie (Tom) Horton of Carlisle, PA and Marie (Keith) Seymour of Columbia Cross Roads, PA. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Chad, Kendell, Katie, Jacob Case, Steven Stone, Tommy Horton, Jamie Horton, Renee Knisely, Greg, Scott, Bryan Seymour, eleven great-grandchildren, a sister Janet Terry, sisters-in-law, Phyllis Ward and Audrey Ward and her faithful companion Max (her cat). Dorothy was predeceased by her parents, loving husband, two brothers and a sister. The family wishes to express their deepest appreciation to their friends, Guthrie Hospice and Dr. Hoover for their prayers and support and many act of kindness shown during Dorothy’s illness. The Gerald W. Vickery, Jr, Funeral Home, Inc. 1093 West Main Street, Troy, PA is assisting the family with arrangements. At Dorothy’s request there will be no calling hours. In lieu of calling hours donations can be made in her memory to the Martha Lloyd School, 190 West Main Street, Troy, PA or to a charity of one’s choice. –Elmira Star-Gazette 3/12/2015

JOHN E. WHITE, 62, formerly of Sayre and of Hellertown, Pa., passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at his work in Bethlehem, Pa. Born Aug. 19, 1952 in Sayre, he graduated from Sayre High School in 1970. He spent time at Williamsport Community College and then moved to Austin, Texas, where he worked as a carpenter, and musician. He later attended Texas A&M University and received an engineering degree. After his time in Texas, he moved back to Pennsylvania and began working at a television station in Philadelphia. He then worked in the video production department of Unisys, where he was able to travel around the world. Australia and Ireland were two of his favorite countries. He also worked for PBS. He is survived by a sister, Carol White Lee of Binghamton, N.Y.; three nieces, Dawn Nietopski of Greenville, S.C., Erica Briggs of Sunnyvale, Calif., and Nicole Gardner (Jeremy) of Charleston, S.C.; two nephews, David Briggs (Michelle) of Las Vegas and Neil Briggs (Alyssa) of Chemung, N.Y.; brother-in-law, John Briggs of Waverly, N.Y.; special brother in spirit, Pat Cahill of Athens, Pa.; and various aunts, uncles, cousins, great-nephews and great-nieces. He was predeceased by his parents, Donald and Erma White, and his sister, Linda Briggs. He was a great guitar player, cook, fisherman and a wonderful son, brother, uncle and friend. He will be greatly missed. A time of gathering with family and friends will be from 1-2 p.m. on March 8, 2015, at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad St., Waverly. The celebration of John's life will follow the visitation with his family honoring his memory at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to one's favorite charity. –Sayre Morning Times 3/6/2015

WILCOX –KATHLEEN (WILCOX) CASE - Heaven just got a little more silly, funny, compassionate and bright as it gained the soul of Kathleen (Wilcox) Case. Born in May 1958 to Joan (Reed) Wilcox Zack and Floyd Wilcox, Kathy grew up in Horseheads, NY where she was that type of kid who marshaled (like a drill-sergeant) the others in the neighborhood into an impromptu parade, sometimes with the added bonus of a shiny new fire truck her father was supposed to be delivering from American Lafrance to various fire departments but not before a quick trip around the block to the delighted screams of excitement from every kid in sight. Kathy attended Notre Dame High School and Nazareth College where she made friends with whom she remained close until the very end, thinking of and talking about them often. We all knew from a very early age that her heart wasn't like everyone else's; no it was bigger, deeper, filled with care for others and provided a tremendous example...a light for those of us who were fortunate enough to have known her. Kathy met her Husband Fred in Rochester and they had two children together, making their home in the Rochester area as well as subsequent moves to Michigan and Chesterfield Virginia, along the way making lasting friendships so quickly and effortlessly. When her kids were grown she decided to take on a new challenge, to become a nurse. When she told friends and family about it they all knew that was perfect; who but Kathy would have so much empathy and consideration for a patient being poked and prodded than she who had to endure so much of that nearly her entire life. About every other week she would tell her husband and family how she just knew she was about to wash out of nursing school, and then she'd bring home another highest grade in the class. This was part of Kathy's charm and another lesson she leaves with us, that humble, self-deprecating nature behind which was the heart of a lion who quietly fought to overcome hardship, achieve and bring laughter, comfort and fun to others all with such quiet grace. Kathy loved time with family, it was at her very core. Most notably, she treasured our time at Keuka Lake where the crowd was never too large even though sometimes the bonfire was. Surrounded with laughing kids and adults no lake vacation officially began for us until she arrived. She was our center, our sun around which the rest of us were fortunate to have revolved to be warmed and bathed in that soft light. She had that enviable and rare quality to help a gathered group of friends and family recall the most vivid memories of years and events past but somehow only the positive ones, the ones that make you shake with laughter sitting around a fire, and even though you've heard the story many times before you just wanted to laugh with Kathy, and we always did. Though her physical presence has left us, she leaves behind that energy, that laughter, that quiet determination and compassion for others within which we can all take comfort and be reminded of the value to be found in a life well lived. Not endured...lived. When asked about her final wishes recently her husband Fred sat back and was reflective for a moment and said "Are you kiddin', she never talked about dying...she was far too busy fighting to live". And so, even at the very end she leaves us with another lesson and these tremendous memories and stories within which she will live with us forever. That lake will look a little different to us this year, that sunset maybe not quite so vivid, the music a little off-key, and our lives will similarly lack some of that color and brightness. But good lord hasn't heaven just gotten funnier, sweeter and softer as she joins our beloved grandfather Boyd Reed, brother Patrick, mother-in-law Mary, a few very silly and beloved dogs and so many others who have slipped their bonds here among us but remain so powerful in our hearts and minds forever. We may feel compelled to pause sadly when we envision her sitting here among us, when we notice that deafening silence found in the space she once filled for us, but let's remember she wouldn't want us to do so for very long. She would want us to laugh, love and share some of that light...and so we shall Kath. Our friend, wife, mother, child and sister is survived by beloved Husband and best friend Fred, children Mary and Brian, Mother and Step-Dad Joan and John Zack, siblings John, Mike and Dave Wilcox, John Zack Jr. and Jolynn Curren and their spouses. Niece, Nephews and Playmates Patrick Wilcox, Emma Wilcox and Joe Wilcox, our dear Aunts Patty Hastings and Peggy Fossaceca, Uncle Lou Fossaceca and numerous cousins with whom she felt so close and shared so much. Dear friends John and Robin Paciente and family, Robert and Julie Kramarik, Dave and Jill Jones, her very dear friends with whom she worked, loved and laughed, and so many others the listing of which here is impossible, but the influence on her and her family's lives is so clearly felt and appreciated. As is so fitting for her, she donated what she could so that others may see, live, experience and be comforted...we would have expected nothing less. A fitting remembrance of Kathy and her life will be arranged at a future date. –Elmira Star-Gazette 3/1/2015

JOHN W. ZIMMER born June 23, 1952 in Waverly, N.Y., passed away on Feb. 28, 2015. He was the son of Charles T. Zimmer Sr. and Alberta Zimmer. He was predeceased by his father Charles T. Zimmer Sr. and survived by his mother Alberta Ward. John is also survived by his son and daughter, John and Stacey Zimmer; sisters, Connie McKay and Angela Zimmer; brothers, Charles Zimmer, Dale Zimmer, and Gale (Tammy) Zimmer, Brian Zimmer, and Martin (Carol) Ward. The family will hold a memorial service on March 15, 2015 from 1-4 p.m. at the American Legion, 316 Lake St., Elmira, N.Y. Arrangements have been entrusted to Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira/Southport, N.Y. –Sayre Morning Times 3/7/2015
 
 

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By Joyce M. Tice
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