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CLARKE BURR ADAMS, age 66, of Colley, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 at his home. Clarke was born Oct. 9, 1947 in Sayre, Pa., a son of Dorothy Eberlin Adams and the late Clarke Baker Adams. He was a member of the Sullivan County High School class of 1965. He served in the US Army in Germany from 1968 to 1970 during the Vietnam War Era. He worked for Taylor Packing Co. in Wyalusing for many years. He was later employed by Kane warehouse in Tunkhannock from which he retired. Clarke was a member of St. John's Chapel, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church and a member of American Legion Wyalusing Post No. 534. Surviving are his two sons, Christopher Adams of LeRaysville, Pa. and Brandon Adams and fiancée Tiffany Walter of New Albany, Pa.; mother, Dorothy Adams of Dushore, Pa.; five brothers, Kenneth and Barb Adams of Laceyville, Pa., Kurtis Adams of Dushore, Pa., John and Julie Adams of New Albany, Pa., Daniel Adams of Dushore, Pa. and Robin Adams of Dushore, Pa.; grandson, Ryan Linville of Rockwell, Iowa; and numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, at St. John's Chapel, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Wilmot, Pa. Interment will follow in the Colley Cemetery, Colley, Pa. Friends may call from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review 9/25/2014

RONALD D. ‘CHOOCH’ ALDRICH JR., age 48, of Troy, Pa., died on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 in Troy Community Hospital, Troy, Pa. Born on Feb. 20, 1966 in Wellsboro, Pa., he was the son of Ronald D. Aldrich Sr. and Betty (Madison) Fish. Ronald is survived by his wife, Margie E. (Gipe) Aldrich. Ronald was a self-employed farmer. He was a member of the Canton Fire Department, served as Assistant Chief with the Lower Mahoney Fire Department and enjoyed spending quality time with his family and grandchildren.In addition to his wife, Margie, Ronald is survived by his mother, Betty Fish of Williamsport, Pa.; a son, Ryan Aldrich of Bath, N.Y.; a daughter, Mallisa (Jason Bailey) Aldrich of Bath, N.Y.; a step-son, Dean Malone of Harrisburg, Pa.; a step-daughter, Chris (Matthew) Butler of Newville, Pa.; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Lloyd and Karen Wolford of Sylvania, Pa., Terry Aldrich of Hartwell, Ga., Noel and Jodi Aldrich of Williamsport, Pa.; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Lucinda and Robert Babcock of Cameron, N.Y., Robin Aldrich of Williamsport, Pa., Glenda Marzo of Woodhull, N.Y.; and four grandchildren, Skylar Aldrich of Hornell, N.Y., Dakota Aldrich, Jay Bailey, and Zadon Bailey all of Bath, N.Y. Ronald was predeceased by his father, Ronald D. Aldrich Sr. There will be a private memorial service. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, Pa., is assisting the family. Memorial contributions may be made in Ronald's memory to Buckheit Funeral Chapel to assist with expenses. –Towanda Daily Review 11/19/2014

ANDERSON –MARY LU HUTCHINS passed peacefully from this life, surrounded by the family she loved, on Nov. 16, 2014. Born at home on Aug. 11, 1935, in Newton Lake, Pa., Mary Lu was the daughter of Joseph and Viola Fries Anderson. She would continue to spend summers at the lake throughout her childhood. Mary Lu is a graduate of Waymart High School, class of 1953 and Keystone Junior College, class of 1955. She was employed as a medical secretary by St. Joseph's Hospital and Moses Taylor Hospital. During that time, she was engaged to Hobe Hutchins, of Waymart, Pa., who first noticed her as she walked across a baseball field. After 22 months of dating and engagement, they were married on June 15, 1957 at Calvary Methodist Church, followed by celebrations at the Hotel American in Carbondale, Pa. As a bride, she moved to LeRaysville, Pa., and later to Towanda, Pa., where she was a member of the First United Methodist Church and continued her career working in the offices of Memorial Hospital, and H.H. Chadwick, MD for 15 years. Mary Lu was most proud as a mother, raising two children, Kris and Robin, and supporting them through their sports leagues and college educations. She also played an active role in the lives of her six grandchildren. During their retirement, Mary Lu and Hobe enjoyed many years together wintering in Vero Beach, Fla., playing cards, visiting with friends, and watching the Dodgers spring training baseball. She was also an avid crossword puzzle enthusiast. They later moved together to Franklin, Tenn., to be closer to their daughter and the warmer weather. Mary Lu cherished the love in her life, writing "Your family is the core of your life, and you realize that fact the older you get…. As my children matured, I had to let go with a smile so they could face the world happy and confident. They grew up in a loving home, and they both carried that love into their own families. I've been happy in each stage of my life, but when the grandchildren arrived — that was true happiness. I am truly blessed." She is preceded in heaven by her parents, Joseph and Viola Fries Anderson; brother, Jim Anderson; brothers-in-law, Wilson, Jake, Turk and Buck Hutchins; and sister-in-law, Alice Allen. She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Hobart (Hobe); children, Kristopher (Pam) Hutchins of Canal Winchester, Ohio and daughter, Robin (Tim) Barrett of Franklin, Tenn.; grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Kyle, Allison, Brady, Brandon and Abigail; sisters-in-law, Jo Anne Anderson and Joan Hutchins; and several nieces and nephews. Interment will be at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa., at a later date at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to the American Lung Association. –Towanda Daily Daily Review 11/18/2014

WILLIAM PAUL ANDERSON, 78, of Swansboro, NC, passed away Tuesday, September 16, 2014, at his home. Born on February 9, 1937, he was a son of the late William Robert and Geraldine Bailey Anderson. He taught history at Williamston Jr/Sr High Schools in the Pennsylvania school system for over 35 years and completed 8 years of service in the Naval Reserve. Surviving are his wife, Jeanne Anderson, formerly Jeanne Andrews of Millerton, PA; three daughters, Debra Glover, Cathleen Warble, Colleen Anderson; a son, Billy Anderson; sister, Margaret Rose; five grandchildren, Richie Morgan, Brian Morgan, Erin Morgan, Stephen Morgan, Elizabeth Warble; and two great-grandchildren, Ryder Morgan and Taylor Morgan. In loving memory of grandson, Joey Glover. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, Charles Anderson and Butch Anderson. A memorial service will be 4 p.m. Sunday, September 21, 2014, at Silver Creek Free Will Baptist Church on Pellitier Loop Road. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the church. –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/17/2014

ANDREYCHIK –BABRABA ANN SIMPSON, age 73, of 124 SR 4002, Laceyville, Pa. (Stowell), passed away peacefully at her home Thursday night, Nov. 13, 2014, with her husband by her side.She was born on Feb. 22, 1941 in Lake Ariel, Pa., the daughter of the late Michael and Mary Czubowicz Andreychik. She was a graduate of Hawley High School with the class of 1959.She was employed as the head bookkeeper for a bank in Hawley, Pa. and was also employed with ICS in Scranton, Pa. After she married her husband, Les, on May 16, 1964, she became a housewife/homemaker for her husband and three sons.Barbara was a member of the St. Mary's of the Assumption Church as well as the St. Anthony's Catholic Church. She was an avid reader and loved to do crossword puzzles. She also took great pleasure in gardening and cooking. She adored her family and was very proud of how her three sons were raised. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Les Simpson of Stowell, Pa.; her three sons, Larry Simpson and his wife Amy of Vernon, N.J., Don Simpson and his wife Dorothy of Vernon, N.J., and Rick Simpson of Palmer, Pa.; her grandchildren, Tyler Simpson and Ryan Simpson both of Vernon, N.J.; her brothers, Robert Andreychik and his wife Martha of Moscow, Pa. and Don Andreychik and his wife Lillian of Lake Ariel, Pa.; her favorite aunt, Anne of Connecticut; as well as many nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, at the St. Mary's of the Assumption Church in Wyalusing, Pa., with Father Joseph Manarchuck of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parrish officiating. Interment will follow at the St. Anthony's Cemetery in Stowell, Pa. Family and friends may call from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, at Sheldon Funeral Homes, 155 Church St., Wyalusing, Pa. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Barbara's name to the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parrish, 245 State St., Wyalusing, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 11/15/2014

ATTS –NORMA JEAN BOYER, age 85, passed away on Thursday, November 20, 2014 in Sebring, FL. She was born on January 24, 1929 in Franklin, PA to the late Earl J. and Edna (Weeter) Atts. Norma worked for the Assessor's office in the town of Horseheads, NY for 18 years until her retirement. She became a resident of Sebring in 1999 after retiring and was a member of First United Methodist Church. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Norma is survived by her husband, Donald Boyer-Sebring, FL; son, Garry D. Boyer (Valerie)-Bloomfield Hills, MI; and daughter, Cynthia Boyer-Green (Stewart)-Sebring, FL; three grandchildren, Melissa, Andrew and Katherine. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Leland Atts and Harold Atts. Memorial contributions may be made in Norma's memory to: Good Shepherd Hospice, 1110 Hammock Rd., Sebring, FL Arrangements entrusted to: Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/23/2014
 
BAILEY –CAROL VIRGINIA BAILEY BANKS passed away July 26, 2014, at The Rainbow Ridge Assisted Living Home in Elgin, Texas.Carol was born in Penn Yan, N.Y., on Feb. 10, 1921, to the late Stanley Bowen Bailey and Netta Aileen Carroll Bailey. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Jack (T H); her brother, Roger Bailey and younger sister, Phyllis Aileen Jaquish Boyd. Carol grew up in Mansfield, on the Bailey farm, attended Mansfield State Teachers College taught school and then decided to serve her country. Carol joined the Navy in 1944 as an Ensign working in the Boston Naval Yard, Boston, Mass. In November of 1944 she met and married Jack Banks who was also serving in the United States Navy.Carol and Jack welcomed daughter, Cynthia Anne in June 1945 and a son, Richard Thurman in February 1947. Carol returned to Mansfield, in the 1970's where she taught high school English in Blossburg, for many years before retiring with Jack to live in Florida.Carol was loved by all who knew her and loved teaching English Literature and English to all her students. Birds and flowers were her passion and she painted them often with just that artist's touch. Carol was active in the United Methodist Church of Inverness, Florida where she served on the United Methodist Women's mission work . Carol lost her dear husband in 1998 but is survived by her daughter, Cynthia Anne Banks Harry of Mount Vernon, Ohio and her son, Richard Thurman Banks of Bastrop, Texas. Carol has eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren who all miss her very much. A short memorial service is planned for later on this fall for family. –Wellsboro Gazette 9/15/2014

JOHN N. BALDWIN age 71, formerly of Elmira, NY, passed away on Monday, November 10, 2014 in Bath, NY. He was born on September 7, 1943 in Elmira, NY to the late Richard and Ruth (Townsend) Baldwin. He was predeceased by his sister, Nancy Struble. John is survived by his wife, Tina Baldwin of Bath; son, Shane Baldwin; daughter, Brigitte Baldwin of Hammondsport; step-daughter, Mary Vimislik of Bath; brothers, Richard (Lori) Baldwin of Elkland, PA, Robert (Frances) Baldwin and William (Priscilla) Baldwin both of Elmira; sister, Marjorie Saxer of Horseheads; one grandson; along with several nieces and nephews. It was John's wish that no services be held. Arrangements have been entrusted to the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/12/2014

BALMER –BEVERLY JEAN NOBLE GORDON, former Mosherville, PA resident passed away October 7, 2014 at home in Orlando, FL, with husband Bill Gordon, children: Falecha Englett, Lorrie Noble, Jalinda Coudriet, Bonneala Thompson and Todd Noble by her side. They along with 14 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, extended family and friends will miss her sweet smile and comforting conversation. Beverly was born  May 29, 1926 and raised in Mosherville with her 3 brothers and 2 sisters when her parents (Clare and Lucille Balmer) bought and remodeled the historic Mosherville Hotel making it their home. She shared many happy stories of growing up in Mosherville and treasured those memories dearly in her later years. A marriage to Calvin Noble (Wells Township, PA) led to a move to Florida where they raised 5 children. After over 25 years the marriage ended in divorce. Beverly was fortunate to find love again, in a rekindled past romance with her Troy H.S. sweetheart, William Gordon (Gillett, PA) to whom upon her death, was married to for 28 active and happy years. –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/9/2014

FRED HARRISON BARNHART SR., 90, of Wamego, Kan., passed away Saturday, June 28, 2014 at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan, Kan. Fred was born on Aug. 26, 1923 in Horseheads, N.Y., the son of Harrison and Arrah (James) Barnhart. Fred enlisted into the United States Army in 1942, where he was in Patton's 35th Division, 134th Infantry Regiment earning three major campaign ribbons The Ardennes, Northern France and Rhineland including the Battle of the Bulge, before his honorable discharge in 1945. His decorations include the American Service Medal, European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Bronze Star and Combat Infantry Badge. After the military, Fred returned home to New York. On Dec. 7, 1946 in Athens, Pa., Fred was united in marriage to Lorraine Sjostrom. She survives of the home Fred worked as a brick mason in the construction field for 30 years before retiring in 1976. After his retirement, he and Lorraine enjoyed traveling. Fred and Lorraine lived in Waverly, N.Y., for over 50 years, before moving to Concord, N.C., in 1999 and eventually moving to Wamego in 2005 to be closer to their son Mike. Fred loved to tinker and enjoyed going to auctions; he could fix anything he put his mind to. Fred enjoyed hunting and fishing and also enjoyed playing bingo. Fred was a life member of the D.A.V. and a life member of the American Legion. Fred is also survived by his three sons, Fred Barnhart Jr. and wife Mary of Syracuse, N.Y., Jeff Barnhart of Raleigh, N.C., and Mike Barnhart and wife Cindy of Wamego; one daughter, Arrah Kepner of Concord; his canine buddy, Ozzy; one sister, Susie Richards and husband Ray of Waverly; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Leona; and two brothers, Chuck and Ernie. Funeral services for Fred will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 3, 2014 at the Stewart Funeral Home of Wamego. Burial will follow at the Wamego City Cemetery with full military honors. A visitation for Fred will be held prior to his service beginning at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Good Shepherd Hospice House and may be left in care of the Stewart Funeral Home, P.O. Box 48, 66547, Wamego, KS. –Sayre Morning Times 7/2/2014

PATRICK A. BLOW, 64, of Spring Lake, Terry Township, Pa., passed away Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 at his home. Patrick was born in Sayre, Pa., on Aug. 30, 1950, a son of Arthur L. and Eleanor Acla Blow. He was a graduate of Wyalusing High School class of 1969 and in early years was employed by GTE Sylvania in Towanda and as a logger. He later operated the family farm and was a self-employed truck driver for many years. Patrick was a member of the Towanda Gun Club and the Teamsters Union. Patrick was a hard worker, a devoted father and son, a faithful friend, a great story teller and a good listener. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, traveling, attending tractor pulls and classic car shows, boating, being outdoors in the summer months and playing with the family dog Westin. Surviving are his children Jade and Amber Blow of Wyalusing, Travis Blow of New York City, Larry Blow and wife Kathy of Bon Aire, Ga.; sister, Veronica Sollick of Wysox, several aunts, uncles, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers: Alvin in infancy, John and Michael Blow. The funeral service will be held Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014 at 1 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. –Towanda Daily Review 11/25/ 2014

ROBERT M. BREESE age 100, of Roseburg, Oregon and formerly of Elmira, NY, passed away on Tuesday, September 23, 2014. He was born October 14, 1913 in Elmira to U. Fred and Florence Lynch Breese and grew up on the historic family farm in Breestown, NY. He was a graduate of Elmira Free Academy and Elmira Business College. On December 6, 1933 Bob went to work as a billing clerk for S.M. Flickinger Co. in Elmira. During his 45 years of employment there he had advanced through several positions and in 1973 was promoted to General Manager and Vice President. During those years he was part of the growth of the food industry, requiring the building of two large warehouses. The company grew from supplying small independent grocery stores to serving 110 stores and supermarkets and 450 restaurants, schools and colleges. He was responsible for some 255 employees, who were all extremely fond of him. In 1965 he was named Boss of the Year by the Elmira Jaycees. After his retirement, in order to be closer to his son and his family, he moved to Oregon in 1985 purchasing a home in the Green District. He was an active member of the Green Community Church and the Winston Senior Center. He was preceded in death by his first wife, the former Dorothy Elizabeth Field who passed away in 2001. His second wife, the former Clara Fish Cragg, passed away in 2008. Bob is survived by his son, Robert Field Breese and wife Sandra; grandson, Sean Breese, his wife Jeannine and great grandchildren, John, Clayton and Kimberlee Breese of the Sacramento area; granddaughter, Barbara Smith and her partner Lee Richards of Kansas City; step-son, Timothy Cragg and his wife Phyllis of Lawrence, Kansas and step-daughter, Debbie Schwabel and her husband Bill of Orchard Park, NY. The family wishes to give special thanks to his long-time caregivers Peter and Denise and to the staff at Oak Park Assisted Living Community. A Funeral Service will be held at Wilson's Chapel of the Roses on October 14, 2014 at 10:30 am. A private family burial will follow at Roseburg Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Green Community Church. –Elmira Star-Gazette 10/5/2014

JOHN E. BROWN, 77, passed to his eternal rest on Nov. 19, 2014 at the Gatehouse in Williamsport. John was born July 28, 1937 to Bessie Wright and Warren D. Brown of Forksville. He graduated from Estella High School in 1955 and married his childhood sweetheart, Helen Higley Brown, on April 7, 1956. He operated the family farm until 1988 when it was sold but he remained a farmer at heart to the end of his days. John and Helen continued to live in Elkland Township. Helen predeceased him in 1997. In addition to operating the farm, John worked at many other jobs through the years including at McCarty-Driscoll lumber mill. He was sales representative for several farm equipment and supply companies. After the farm was sold, John was a truck driver for Baumunk Lumber Company in Forksville. He served as Elkland Township supervisor for several years. After moving to Jersey Shore he was last employed by Brett Bowes as a truck driver. John was an active member at St. Peter's United Church of Christ where he served as consistory member for many years. Upon his marriage in 2008, John moved to Jersey Shore, Pa., and there he was active at Pine Run United Methodist Church in Linden where he served as a trustee and choir member. John is survived by his second wife, Jeanette Lovell Edwards Brown of Jersey Shore; his son Marvin (Gail) Brown of Dushore; daughters: Lynne Brown of Hillsgrove and Terrie (Charles Jr.) Baumunk of Forksville; stepdaughters Deanna Gundlach of Cogan Station and Gail Knerr of Montoursville; two brothers Dudley (Hildegard) Brown of Florida and Stanley (Carol) Brown of Forksville. Survivors also include grandsons Tyler Baumunk, Darrin (Rebekah) Baumunk, Andrew Simms, Matthew Bennett; granddaughter Katie Simms; two step-grandsons and twin great-granddaughters. He is also survived be many dearly loved nieces, nephews and brother/sisters-in-law. John was predeceased by his parents, his first wife, Helen, and his sister Lorene Brown Rinker of Montoursville. A memorial visitation will be held at St. Peter's United Church of Christ, Hugo's Corners, Pa., on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m. A memorial service will be held at the Pine Run United Methodist Church on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014 at 11 a.m. A receiving of friends will be from 10 to 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the memorial fund at Pine Run United Methodist Church, 1719 Pine Run Road, Linden, PA or to the Gatehouse, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA. Arrangements are being handled by the Rearick-Carpenter Funeral Home, Ltd. "A Life Celebration Home" 1002 Allegeheny St., Jersey Shore, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review 11/25/2014

BROWN –MILDRED L. WICKHAM, 91, died on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, at Groton Community Health Care Center. Mildred was a homemaker and enjoyed crafts. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Montour Falls where she served as a deacon, a member of the Women's Guild, and she was a member of the Schuyler County Senior Citizens Club and the RSVP. She was predeceased by an infant daughter, Linda Lou on January 5, 1944; her father, Chester Frank Brown on November 2, 1956; her mother, Ethel May Brown on November 7, 1989; husband of 52 years, Edward Omar Wickham on September 22, 1993; a half-brother, Richard Benedict in March of 1995; daughter, Judy Ann Wilson on July 3, 2009; and her granddaughter, Susan Beth Wilson on September 25, 2013. She is survived by her son-in-law, Hillis Lee Wilson of Lansing. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 20, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, 208 W. South St., Montour Falls with Rev. George Norton officiating. Friends are invited to call from 10-11 a.m. at the church prior to the service. Flowers are being accepted or memorials in her name may be made to the First Baptist Church of Montour Falls. –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/18/2014

DONALD B. BRUCE, born July 22, 1926, died Sept. 18, 2014, in Troy, Pa. Don was a lifelong resident of Troy, leaving only to serve in the US Marines from 1944-1947. He returned home and was employed by Troy Dairy and later, Eastern Milk Producers as their milk tester. He was a lifetime member of the Troy Volunteer Fire Department and the American Legion.Don was predeceased by his parents, Roy and Nina (Smith) Bruce; his sister, Eloise; and his brother, George. He is survived by his brothers, Bob of Troy, Harry of Bentley Creek, and Harold of Rehoboth, Del. Don is also survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Elaine; his daughter, Maxine (Jim) of Johnson City, N.Y.; and his two sons, Michael "Mickey" and Donald E. (Leslee), both of Troy. Don was proud of his grandchildren, Amy, Stephani and Travis. His great-grandsons, Colynn, Gaige, Brandon and his great-granddaughters, Adelaine and JaydaRae were a blessing as well. The Bruce clan is a large and boisterous one and there are many nieces and nephews surviving him. Don cared for and will be missed by many friends in the Troy area; every inch of sidewalk in the town of Troy would have been touched by him during his long life. He never dreamed of living anywhere else. Don requested no calling hours and a private service will be held at the convenience of his family. The Gerald W. Vickery Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., 1093 West Main St., Troy, Pa., has been entrusted with the arrangements. –Towanda Daily Review 9/21/2014

DUANE R. BUCK SR., 62, of Canton, Pa., passed away at home on Wednesday evening, Sept. 24, 2014. Born in Blossburg on May 26, 1952, he was a son of the late Mark Sr. and Ellen (Russell) Buck. Duane's passion in life was his love for the great outdoors. In earlier years, he worked in the logging business. He later was self-employed repairing vehicles and boats. Duane always was a Ford fan as were his NASCAR teams. He also enjoyed hunting. Surviving are four sons, Duane Jr. (Cindy) Buck, Art (Jenny) Buck, Keith (Helen) Buck, all of Canton and Broc (Danielle) Forbes of Alba; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; seven siblings, Sandra Crawford and Bonnie (Al) Yeager, all of Lititz, Dale Bower of Williamsport, Dennis (Amy) Buck of Arizona, Carol (Donnie) Eddy of Austinville, Mary Buck (Ardie Ellenberger) and Harry (Clara) Buck, all of Troy; many nieces, nephews, cousins; and special friends, Jake and Virginia Sullivan of Roaring Branch who were like his children. He was predeceased by a grandson, Duane Jacob Buck; a great grandson, Aiden Shepard; two siblings, David Buck and Mark Buck, Jr.; and his long-time companion and friend, Shirley Buck. In keeping with Duane's wishes, services will be private. Consider a memorial to the American Cancer Society , 1948 E. Third St., Williamsport, PA. Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Dr. in Canton is assisting his family. –Towanda Daily Review 9/26/2014

BULMENSTEIN –KATARINE LOUISE ‘LOU’ LITTLE, 84, of Picture Rocks died October 6, 2014 at her home. She was born May 14, 1930, in Harrisburg a daughter of the late Samuel and Clara Liesmann Blumenstein. In 1953 she married Charles Daniel Little who died in 1973. She was an life-long active member of Picture Rocks United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School, served as a greeter, helped on the auditing committee and was very active through the Fellowship Class providing meals at the church and many other tasks. She graduated from William Penn High School, Harrisburg, Class of 1947. She then attended Goucher College, Maryland, Class of 1953, with a degree in elementary education. She served as an elementary school teacher in the East Lycoming School District, serving at the George A. Ferrell, Renn and Ashkar Elementary Schools until her retirement in 1995. During her time at Ashkar, she established the Transition Class. Lou was known for her knitting of sweaters and baby caps, knitting over 1000 of each for the Guidepost Sweater Project, the Pregnancy Care Center and later in life the Family Practice Center, Hughesville. She also enjoyed gardening, bird watching, flowers and her many Irish Setter dogs. Lou had served as Judge of Elections for Picture Rocks for many years, a Cub Scout Den Mother during the 1960’s and as the Little Family Reunion treasurer for many years. Lou is survived by two sons, Daniel “Bruce” Little, Picture Rocks and John C. (Ziva) Little, Hummelstown and three grandchildren, Daniel, Matthew and Sarah Little, all of Hummelstown. In addition to her husband, Lou was preceded in death by a son, William David Little, a daughter, Jeanne L. Little and a close cousin, Katharine Fetter. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am Tuesday in the Picture Rocks United Methodist Church by Lay Pastor Joani Yagel. The interment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends in the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water St., Hughesville Monday from 6-8 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the “Fellowship Class” of Picture Rocks United Methodist Church, Laurel St., Picture Rocks, PA. –Carol Brotzman

ERNEST LEROY BURROWS JR., age 68, of Millerton, PA, died Friday, October 3, 2014. He was born October 29, 1945, a son of Ernest Burrows and Eloise Miller. He married Vera Peterson. He enjoyed helping people, attending auctions, traveling and spending time with his family. He also loved spoiling his 3 Dachshunds. Ernest is survived by his wife, Vera; three sons, Nathan Burrows, Jason Burrows and Jonathan Burrows, all of Millerton, PA; a granddaughter, Miranda Grover of Elmira Heights, NY; sisters, Rose Neally of Tioga, PA, Shirley Button of Lawrenceville, PA, Judy Farr of Lawrenceville, PA, Sandy Cushing of Lawrenceville, PA, Iris Bower of Wellsboro, PA, and Roxie Miller of Elmira, NY; several half-sisters and a half-brother; sister-in-law, Lori Richards of Gillett, PA; brother-in-law, El Peterson of Horseheads, NY; brother-in-law, Le Peterson of Austin, TX; mother-in-law, Raymond and Bertha Peterson of Millerton, PA; several nieces and nephews. In keeping with Ernest's wishes, there will be no services. Memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Care Sanctuary, 11765 Rte. 6, Wellsboro, PA. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family. –Elmira Star-Gazette 10/6/2014

OAKLEY C. ‘PAPA’ BUSH, Horseheads: passed away on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 after an extended illness surrounded by his loving family at the age of 67. Oakley was born June 26, 1947 in Elmira, NY, to the late Oakley and Winona Nichols Bush. He was predeceased by his infant daughter and sister, Marcia Newcomb. Oakley is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, June Morse Bush; daughters, Laura (Dan) Brooks of Horseheads, NY; Traci Bush (Jamie Hartman) of Horseheads, NY; grandchildren, Keisha Vonderchek, Hailey Vonderchek, Tanner Brooks, and Breanna Hartman; sisters, Linda Campbell, Nelda (Tim) Donnelly; brother, Ira Keith (Peg) Bush; sisters-in-law, Mary Ellen and Dorothy, brothers-in-law, Daniel and Dennis and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Oakley worked various jobs, most currently at Toshiba. He also enjoyed being with his family, outdoor activities, and always had a good sense of humor even till the end. The family will welcome relatives and friends to Sullivan's Funeral Home, 365 E. Franklin St. at Rt. 13, Horseheads, NY on Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 12-2 PM and his Funeral Service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 2PM. Those wishing to remember Oakley please consider making a contribution to a charity of one's choice in his name. –Towanda Daily Review 11/13/2014

CALDWELL –MARYLOU THOMPSON, 74, of Watkins Glen, passed away November 7, 2014 at Schuyler Hospital, Montour Falls, NY. Marylou was born Oct. 2, 1940 in Elmira, NY to Robert and Ann Burke Caldwell. She graduated from Watkins Glen Central School in 1958 and from the University of Rochester in 1962. She married Donald Thompson Dec. 28, 1963 at the First Presbyterian Church of Watkins Glen. Marylou was a 4th grade teacher at the Watkins Glen Elementary School for 34 years, retiring in 1998. She also worked as a press registrar and media credential coordinator for the Grand Prix Corporation and Watkins Glen International from 1967-2010. She was predeceased by her father, Robert Caldwell, in 1944, her husband, Commander Donald Thompson, USN in 1967, her mother, Elizabeth Ann Burke Caldwell Wait, in 1993, her stepfather, John Baxter Wait, in 2002, and her brother, Robert Caldwell in 2011. Mo is survived by her siblings; Wendy (Craig) Royal of Troutman, NC, Christopher Wait of Statesville, NC, and Denisse (Ken) Toal of Batavia, NY. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews; Liberty (Ken) Green of Troutman, NC, Michael (Mary) Royal and their daughter, Mary Connelly Royal of Mooresville, NC, Nathan (Angela) Farnsworth and their son Parton James Farnsworth of Triangle, VA, Corey Royal of Statesville, NC, Cassandra Wait of Watkins Glen, and Justin Wait and Kaley Wait of Statesville, NC. She is also survived by her feline companions, Chloe and Fiona. In addition, Mo is survived by her godson, Shawn and his daughter Cassidy Grace Callahan of Fairport, NY; and Scott Callahan of Rochester, NY, by her in-laws Doris (Chuck) Leech of Traverse City, MI and Loyd (Hilda) Thompson of Rochester, NY, and well as several "Wellsville" nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and great-grandnieces, and great-grandnephews. Marylou was a supporter of the Watkins Glen Public Library and the International Motor Racing Research Center. Memorials may be made to either of these organizations. There are no prior visiting hours. A funeral service celebrating her life will be held at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 2:00pm; followed by burial at Lakeview Cemetery. –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/16/2014

CARNRIKE –DIANNE M. KING, 53, of Wellsboro, PA passed away unexpectedly on Friday, November 14, 2014 at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital as a result of a car accident. She was born on April 23, 1961 in Waverly, NY the daughter of Harry L., Sr. and Donna M. Benjamin Carnrike. Dianne worked in the medical field as a Nurse's Aide. She enjoyed watching bears and collecting bears, and fishing. She was a NASCAR fan, and her favorite driver was Jeff Gordon. She is predeceased by her brothers Randy and Steven Carnrike, paternal grandparents James and Alta Carnrike, maternal grandmother Elizabeth Benjamin and several step- brothers and sisters-in-law. Dianne is survived by her husband of 6 years Ernest, daughters Donna Lincoln and Maggie Brown, step-children Essy King, Patrick King, Dyamand King, Eric King, Amber Schoonover, Joshua King, and Mandy King, several step-grandchildren, mother and father Harry L., Sr. and Donna Carnrike, special step-father Richard L. Peterson, brother Harry Carnrike, Jr. of Williamsport, PA brother and sister-in-law Jeffery and Kelly Carnrike of Williamsport, PA, sisters and brothers-in-law Penny and Mike Williams of Mill Hall, PA, and Debbie and Carl Wheeler of Mesquite, TX, and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Friends and family may call on Saturday, November 22, 2014 starting at 2pm at the home of her nephew Manley Houghtalen, 3808 Wilawana Road, Sayre, PA. Memorial donations may be made in Dianne's memory to: Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, 2040 Linglestown Road, Suite 104, Harrisburg, PA. –Lowery Funeral Home notice
 
STANLEY L. CHAPMAN, 71, of Alpine, NY, passed away on September 13, 2014 surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with cancer. The family will receive visitors at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Thursday, Sept. 18th, from 11:00am-1:00pm; followed by a memorial service at 1:00pm at the funeral home; Rev. Jeanne Bleiler will officiate. A committal service and burial will follow at Laurel Hill Cemetery; followed by a reception at the Mechanics Club in Montour Falls. He was predeceased by his parents, A. Nye and Mildred (Simpson) Chapman, his parents-in-law, David and Harriette Gunning; and in-laws, Donald and Linda Gunning. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Jeanne Chapman; children; Kimberly (Charles) Smith of Alpine, Kelly (Mark) Hasselwander of Queensbury, and Douglas Chapman (Tracy Holdridge) of Alpine; brother, Roger Chapman of Alpine; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, James (Martha) Gunning; Douglas (Debbie) Gunning, Kate (Art) Stilwell, and Mary (Don) Crippen; and nine grandchildren, Justin (Beth), Nicholas (Casie), Lucas, Emily, Mary-Kate, Ashley, Benjamin, Hannah, Colten; six great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Stan was a graduate of Odessa-Montour Class of 1961. He then graduated from the NYS Barbering School, and worked as a barber in Odessa and Watkins Glen. He later completed his apprenticeship to become a Master Journeyman Tool and Die Maker at Morse-Chain (Emerson Power Transmission) in Ithaca, retiring after 42 years in 2006. Stan served as past president of former Local #520 (Local #1607). Stan was a fun-loving prankster adored by many. As a devoted family man, he was always quick with a helping hand. He was a member of the Mechanics Club and an avid bowler. Stan was a gentleman farmer, with a passion for the outdoors including fishing, hunting, and being with his beloved dogs. His greatest joy was escaping to the North Carolina beaches. Memorial donations in his memory may be made to CareFirst, 11751 East Corning Rd., Corning, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/15-2014

KIRK M. CLEMENS, age 54 of Big Flats, NY. He was born August 6, 1960 in Elmira, son of Buddy and Carole (Ross) Clemens and passed away Thursday, November 20, 2014 at home after a brave battle with cancer. He was predeceased by his brothers Todd D. and Mark D. Clemens and is survived by his parents Carole and Buddy Clemens of Big Flats; daughters Nicole M. Clemens (Jamie Lang), Brandi S. (Trevor) Dieffenbach and Amber L. Clemens (Bill Deely); grandchildren who he adored, Leah White, Devon and Stryker Dieffenbach, Christopher Clemens and Miles Lang; special friends Scott Levack, Shawn Urbaniak, Juan, and Gina and Barbara at the Boar's Nest. Kirk was formerly employed with Cameron Manufacturing as a welder and was considered a "welding artist". He was very artistic; had a deep love for animals; enjoyed fishing and tending the flower gardens. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Saturday, November 29th from 1 to 3 p.m. His memorial service will follow at 3 p.m. Chaplain Meredith Tifft will officiate. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember Kirk through donations to the Chemung County SPCA, 2435 State Route 352, Elmira, NY or the charity of one's choice. –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/23/2014

COOL –BETH C. LENOX, 98, of Sun City Center, Fla., passed away at her residence on Sept. 21, 2014 of natural causes. Beth was born March 21, 1916 to Leon and Carrie Leone Cool in Genesee, Potter County, Pa. Beth attended Westfield area schools and graduated from Westfield High School in 1933. She then attended Mansfield Normal School graduating with a teacher's certificate in 1936. After graduating from Mansfield, Beth taught school in a one room schoolhouse for grades 1-8 near Ulysses, Pa. until 1940 when she married Ryan M Lenox on June 15, 1940 in Knoxville, Pa. and moved to Towanda, Pa. Beth moved with Ryan's work and lived in Susquehanna, where she taught special education from 1957-62; in Montrose, Pa. she taught elementary grades 1-4 and special education and was a high school guidance counselor from 1962-66. She was the Towanda High School guidance counselor from 1966 to her retirement in 1976. It was during this time she earned both her Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees in Education from Marywood College in Scranton, Pa. After her retirement Beth lived at Mountain Lake, Luthers Mills, Pa. until her move to Ruskin, Fla. in 1985. Beth moved to the Sun Towers Retirement Center in Sun City Center, Fla. in 2009 until the time of her passing. Beth is survived by her sister, Marilyn McCleary (Robert) of Lancaster, Pa.; sons, Ryan L. Lenox (Sharon) of Duluth, Ga. and Walter L. Lenox (Marie) of Mill Creek, Wash.; granddaughters, Maya Buxton, Amy Stewart, Stephanie Johnson, Christina Garber and grandson, David Lenox. She leaves behind seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Beth was preceded in death by her husband, Ryan M. Lenox; brothers, Dwayne Cool and Alfred Cool. Beth had requested that there be no funeral or memorial service. –Towanda Daily Review 10/12/2014

COOPER –BARBARA ANN MATKOSKY, age 75, of Painted Post, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, November 9, 2014 at Guthrie Corning Hospital. Barb was born on March 11, 1939 in Elmira, NY to the late Lester and Arretta (Everson) Cooper. Barb met the love of her life and husband of 53 years, Frank Matkosky while attending Mansfield University. They were married in 1961 after Barb graduated with a Bachelor's degree in English. She continued her education at Elmira College, receiving her Master's in Education. She began her career in the Addison School District, and after two years she became employed with the Horseheads School District, and retired in 1994. Barb spent many happy years enjoying retirement. She and Frank would travel to Florida to spend time with their daughter, Cathie. Barb enjoyed countless summer days at their cottage on Lamoka Lake. She was an avid reader and LOVED her books. Growing up on a farm, she loved animals, especially cats. She enjoyed her summer getaway to Mount Zion in Pennsylvania, a homemaker's camp that she first began attending with her mother. Family and friends were an important part of Barb's life. She lived to see them smile. "I've learned that people will forget what you said; people will forget what you did; but people will never forget how you made them feel." (Maya Angelo) She is survived by her husband, Frank; daughter, Cathie (Lori Morley) Matkosky of Corning, NY; brother, Norman (Ginger) Cooper of Gillett, PA; nephew, Jon (Barbie) Cooper of Gillett; and nephew, Jamie (Angela) Cooper of Gillett. She was predeceased by her brother, Ronald Cooper. Calling hours will be held at Carpenter's Funeral Home, 14 East Pulteney Street in Corning on Friday, November 14 from noon-2:00PM and 4:00-7:00PM, and again on Saturday, November 15 from noon-2:00PM. Funeral services will immediately follow there at 2:00PM, with seminarian Troy Preston officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in Barb's memory may be directed to the Finger Lakes SPCA, 7315 New York 54, Bath, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/11/2014

CHRISTOPHER ‘KIP’ CRANDALL, 62, of Sayre, PA passed away Monday, October 6, 2014 at home with his wife by his side after a courageous fight with cancer. He was born on January 13, 1952, the son of the late Harry, Jr. and Vivienne Shedden Crandall. Kip attended Athens Area Schools and graduated from Valley Forge Military Academy. He received his Associates Degree in Forestry from Paul Smith's College. In 1976, he and his cousin, Frank, started their business, Crandall Logging Company, a Sawmill and Logging operation which they ran for thirty years. Kip enjoyed and appreciated his time outdoors whether it was fishing, hunting, horseback riding, or simply cutting wood with family or friends. He was never far from a fishing rod or a chainsaw. He was also proud to be a member of South Mountain Hunting Club.
Kip is survived by his wife of 35 years, Sheila MacMorran at home, daughter Heather Watkins of Sayre, PA, daughter and son-in-law Chastity and Jason Reed of Sayre, PA, and daughter Rozalyn Crandall of Camp Hill, PA, grandchildren Jory, Corissa, Braden, Natalie, and Tim Reed, and Andrew and Nicholas Watkins, and sister Cam Anthony of AZ. A Celebration of Life Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 5pm – 7pm at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Christopher's memory to the American Cancer Society, 1948 East Third Street, Williamsport, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 10/8/2014

MELVIN EUGENE CUMMINGS, 76, of Kennesaw, GA, formerly of Horseheads, NY, passed away Saturday, September 6, 2014, after a long illness. Mel was born in Elmira, NY on November 25, 1937 to the late Reuben and Margaret (Garrison) Cummings. He was a 1955 graduate of Horseheads High School. Besides his parents, Mel was predeceased by his brothers, Lynn Cummings, Richard Cummings, and Robert Cummings. Survivors include his loving wife of 55 years, Camille Wilson Cummings; children, Jodi (Dale) Roper of Charlottesville, VA and Kevin (Laura) Cummings of Elmira, NY; grandsons, Brian Roper of Phoenix, AZ, Michael Roper of Harrisonburg, VA, and Daniel Cummings of Elmira, NY; brother, Douglas (Linda) Cummings of Marysville, PA; stepfather, Harold White of Lynchburg, VA; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mel was retired from the US Air Force, where he was a flight engineer and aircraft mechanic for 16 years. He was also retired from the federal government, where he was employed by the Defense Logistics Agency. In his career, Mel held positions in Quality Control, Safety Management, and Environmental Management. At the time of his retirement, he was Southeast Environmental Manager for Defense Logistics, where he worked on environmental impact for the F-22 Raptor fighter production. He held three college degrees and had his environmental certification from Georgia Technical College. During his career, he received 30 awards and commendations including a citation from President Ronald Reagan. Mel was an avid gardener and also enjoyed traveling, woodworking, and watching the Atlanta Brave and Atlanta Falcons. A memorial service will be held Monday, September 22, 2014, at Heritage Presbyterian Church, 5323 Bells Ferry Rd., Acworth, GA, where Mel served several years as an elder. Interment will be at a later date at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, GA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mel's memory to either the Music Program or the Clothes Closet/Food Pantry at Heritage Presbyterian Church. –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/14/2014

RICARDO (DARKY) DARCANGELO age 55 of Elmira, NY. He was born March 26, 1959 in Elmira, the son of Peter J. Darcangelo, Sr. and Louise (Russell) Darcangelo Benson and passed away Saturday, September 27, 2014 unexpectedly at home. He was predeceased by his father Peter; sister, Penny Darcangelo and is survived by his children Meneke Darcangelo of Tampa, FL, Ricardo Darcangelo, Jr. of Elmira and Devin Darcangelo of Horseheads; mother and step father, Louise and Gene Benson of Gillett, PA, siblings: Eugene Gallow of Elmira, Peter & Ann Marie Darcangelo of Gillett, PA, Mariann Darcangelo of Daytona Beach, FL, Luann & Tim Pelot of Horseheads, Doreen Post & Gary Beard of Gillett, PA; grandchildren Jahwaun and Chakyla Graham, Anna Darcangelo and Rowan Walton along with several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Rick graduated from EFA. He played basketball in Jr. and Sr. High School. Later he played softball for various teams in Elmira and Horseheads. He loved sports; rallied for the Red Sox and Vikings. Rick loved racing and his favorite driver was #88 Dale Earnhart. He enjoyed going to Florida for the races and golfing with his step father Gene and friends. He was employed with Cameron Manufacturing and Purolater Products. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira, on Wednesday, October 1st from 3 to 6 p.m. His funeral and committal services will follow at 6 p.m. –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/30/2014

DONALD PAUL DAVIDSON of Falls passed away at the Veteran's Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre on Nov. 17, 2014. He was born in Sheshequin, Pa. on May 17, 1933, the son of the late Conroy and Ruth Davidson. Donald married Anna Mae Martin on June 18, 1955 and they were happily married for 59 years. After high school Don served in the Air Force during the Korean War. He went on to become a carpenter and could build or remodel just about anything. Donald also was the township supervisor for Falls Twp. for many years. Donald was a devoted Catholic and he was a member of the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. He enjoyed golfing and bowling in the league at Shadowbrook and hanging out with friends at the Donut Connection and the 52 Diner. Don enjoyed flying and earned his pilot's license. Above all Don enjoyed spending time with all of his grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Donald is preceded in death by his two brothers, "Bud" Bernard Davidson and John Davidson, and a brother-in-law, Joseph June Cotter. In addition to his wife, Anna Mae, Don is survived by two sons, Joe and his wife Dawn Davidson of Springfield, Mo. and James and his wife Michele Davidson of Falls; two sisters, Romayne Cotter of Ulster and Sharon Heckman and husband Dick of Milan, Pa.; and an uncle, Harold Davidson of Florida; five grandchildren, Jon, Jason, Jessica, Danielle, Mackenzie Davidson; and two great-grandchildren, Conner and Haylee Davidson. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, at the Church of the Holy Redeemer, 2435 St. Rt. 92, Falls, PA with Rev. Msgr. John Sempa officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, at the Harding-Litwin Funeral Home, 123 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Friends are asked to go directly to church on Saturday. Interment will be held at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Wyoming. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made out to the Church of the Holy Redeemer and the Lake Winola Fire Company, P.O. Box 73, Lake Winola, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 11/19/2014

JON PAUL DEGARMO, age 24, of Millerton, PA died Friday, October 10, 2014 at St. Joseph's Hospital, Elmira, NY. He was born September 10, 1990 in Elmira, NY, a son of John and Edwina (Butler) Degarmo. Jon was employed by Glass Torch Technologies of Tioga, PA. He loved sports, played guitar, loved the outdoors, worked on cars and was a die-hard Pittsburgh fan of all sports. Jon is survived by his parents, John Degarmo of Millerton, PA and Edwina Degarmo of Elmira, NY; maternal grandmother, Joyce Fiore of Elmira, NY; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Melony Butler of Millerton, PA, Jessica and Garet Mosher of Tioga, PA; two nieces, Allison Mosher and Mercedes Bailey; two nephews, Jacob and Joshua Cummings; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. Funeral services will follow at 7:00 P.M. at the funeral chapel. Donations may be made to the funeral home to assist with expenses. –Elmira Star-Gazette 10/13/2014

DOUD –IRENE ELOISE (DOUD) LANDON, September 12, 2014 at the age of 96. Born in Covington, PA to Lynn Lorenzo Doud and Mildred Frost Doud. Preceded in death by her husband, Robert Landon and her brother, Tom Doud and her sister, Loretta Eddy. Irene is survived by two daughters, Nancy Mack of Carrolltown, TX and Terri Landon of Macedon, NY; two grandchildren, Greg Mack and Susan Mack of Carrollton, TX; two great-granddaughters, Mallory Mack and Alyssa Lemons. –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/21/2014

ENGVALL –GLADYS E. WHEELER, age 80, of New Symrna Beach, FL. and Dundee, NY passed away peacefully Wednesday September 24, 2014 at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility, in Montour Falls, NY. Friends are invited to call from 5-7pm Sunday (Sept. 28) at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water Street, Dundee. Her funeral service will be held at 11:00 am Monday (Sept. 29) at the Barrington Community Church, Old Bath Rd. Dundee with Rev. Gerald Vanaman officiating. Burial will follow in Hillside Cemetery, Dundee. Memorial contributions may be made to Dundee Fire Company Emergency Squad 12 Union St. Dundee, NY or the American Heart Assoc. Finger Lakes Chapter, 2113 Chili Ave., Rochester, NY. Gladys was born March 10, 1934 in Auburn, NY, the daughter of the late Adolf and Agnes Nelson Engvall. She graduated from Port Byron Central School in 1952; and went on to graduate from Auburn Business School in 1953. On Aug. 27, 1955 in Port Byron, NY she married the late Paul C. Wheeler, who passed away on March 21, 2005. Gladys worked alongside her husband as his secretary, and treasurer of Sackett Oil, Inc., in Dundee. She was a member of the Barrington Community Church, and a 50 year member of the Order of Eastern Star #86, in Weedsport, NY. She is loved and will be missed by her 2 sons Richard P. (Linda) Wheeler, and James E. Wheeler both of Dundee, a daughter Deborah E. (Frank) McMullen of Greece, NY; a sister Doris Dawson of Port Byron, NY; 9 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.She was predeceased by a sister Elizabeth Mills of Stevensville, MD in July of 2014. –Baird Funeral Home Notice 9/26/2014

MELVIN R. FEATHERS, age 80, of Monkey Run Road, Gillett, PA passed away Saturday, September 13, 2014 at home with his loving family at his side. Melvin was born September 3, 1934 in Sayre son of the late Roger & Bernice (Palmer) Feathers. He attended East Smithfield Schools and was married to the former Joan M. Jennings on September 21, 1962 and would have celebrated 52 years together this Saturday. Melvin was retired from American LaFrance where he worked as an assembler and various positions. He enjoyed hunting in his earlier years camping and could always be found tinkering with some project. Survivors include his loving wife Joan M. Feathers of Gillett, a daughter Sharon Chrisjohn of Gillett, grandsons, Ryan Landon, Travis Landon great-grandson, Eli Landon all of Elmira, a brother and sister-in-law, Lavere (Barbara) Feathers of Waverly, son-in-law, Tedd Chrisjohn of Horseheads, several nieces, nephews and cousins. Melvin was predeceased by his parents, and his two sisters, June Costello and Marie Dunlap. Family and friends are invited to call Wednesday, September 17, 2014 from 6 to 8 PM at the Roberts Funeral Home, Inc. 279 Main Street, Wellsburg, NY. His funeral service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 8 PM with Rev. Jeffrey Wilkinson Guthrie Hospice Chaplin officiating. Memorials in memory of Melvin may be made to the Guthrie Hospice, 421 Tomahawk Road, Towanda, PA. –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/14/2014

DARYL ‘WHITEY’ FIELDS, age 74 of Elmira, NY. He was born June 30, 1940 in Roseville, PA, son of the late Coley and Ethel Fields and passed away Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at home. He was predeceased by a great grandson Xavier Church and is survived by his daughters Sharon Devine, Phyllis Buckley and Grace Fields all of Elmira; 7 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; brother, Gale Fields of Reading, PA; dear friends Ernie Osborne and Ray Rolls. He retired from Kennedy Valve after 38 years of service. He was a member of the Ukrainian Club and the Horseheads VFW. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Friday, November 21st from 5 to 7 p.m. His funeral and committal services will follow at 7 p.m. –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/19/2014

DONALD G. FIORINI, 94, of Dushore, died Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, at his home. Born June 7, 1920 in Sayre, he was a son of the late John and Giordanna Panichi Fiorini. His wife of 70 years, the former Feloma K. DeNoia, preceded him in death on April 18, 2010. Don served his country honorably in the 321st regiment of the 81st Infantry Wildcat Division of the U.S. Army. He graduated from basic training in California, and then served in the Western Pacific during WWII. He was wounded on the Island of Peleliu and received a Purple Heart for his sacrifices. Don was also awarded the Good Conduct Medal, Philippines Liberation Medal, three Bronze Stars, and the Victory Medal. Don loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. Surviving are a daughter, Donna L. (Rodney) Saylor of Waverly, N.Y.; three grandchildren, Adam Saylor of California, Elizabeth (Justin) Saylor-Laudano of North Carolina, and Katherine (Patrick) Cole of North Carolina; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water St., Hughesville, with Rev. Rodney H. Saylor officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Dushore. Friends may call from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, at the funeral home. –Elmira Daily Review 9/19/2014

DOUGLAS A. FISK of Richboro passed unexpectedly due to medical complications Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, at his residence with his beloved wife of 54 years, Joyce Karschner Fisk by his side. Doug was 75.
Doug was the father of the late Craig A. Fisk. Born in Sayre, Pa., he was the son of the late Bradley and Florence Huffman Fisk. Doug was employed by American Meter Company for 43 years climbing from entry level bookkeeper to the eventual position of director of Accounting/Tax/Insurance, the position from which he eventually retired. After retiring, Doug devoted his expertise and most of his time, being a key factor in the daily operations of his son's business, including all financial aspects, purchasing, quality control and production. Doug was a faithful and devoted volunteer firefighter for the Wyalusing Valley Fire Department for many years before moving away for work and then serving in the Northampton Township Fire Department's Fire Police Division. In addition to his Fire Department membership, Doug was also a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, Wyalusing Lodge #618, Southampton Square Club and REACT emergency communications. In his leisure, he enjoyed exploring the country with his wife in their motor home, enjoying his mountain property, fishing, competing with friends and family in Disc Golf, operating and repairing of RC airplanes, and above all creating the cherished memories with his family, who were simply the essence of his being. Doug will be greatly missed by everyone who has come to know and love him. In addition to his wife, Joyce, Doug is survived by his loving and devoted children, Kevin M. Rosencrance and his wife, Gale of Furlong, Jill A. Johnson of Tully, N.Y., and Daniel J. Fisk and his wife, Diane of Richboro. He also is survived by his brother, Walter Fisk; two sisters, Shirley Poletto and Sharon Cavallo; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Services will be conducted privately at Joseph A. Fluehr III Funeral Home immediately followed by interment in Union Cemetery in Richboro. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his name may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 150 Monument Rd., Bala Cynwyd, PA or to the American Heart Association, 5455 N. High St. Columbus, OH. –Sayre Morning Times 11/16/2014

WILLIAM KROECK FRANCIS, age 82, formerly of Wellsboro, PA, died Wednesday October 1, 2014 in the comfort of his cottage on Seneca Lake in Dundee, NY. William was born February 16, 1932 in Youngstown, OH, the son of the late William and Derotha Kroeck Francis. He graduated from Hornell High School in 1950 and from Bucknell University in 1954 with a Bachelor's Degree in Commerce and Finance. William also graduated from banking courses at the University of Wisconsin, the Stonier Graduate School of Banking, and Harvard. William served in the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1957 and on reserve till 1961. William started his career as a bank examiner for the US Treasury. He retired in 1996 from Citizens and Northern Bank in Wellsboro, where he was employed for 38 years with 25 of those as president and chief executive officer. William was a member of the PA Bankers Association where he served as treasurer for many years. William (Bill) was an avid golfer playing many top courses in the US and UK. Bill was a member of the TYOGA Country Club in Wellsboro, PA where he served as president for countless years. In 1955 Bill married his college sweetheart, Vaughn Richart; they were married for 43 years before she passed away in 1998. In 2001 he married Joyce C. Clark. They have enjoyed summers on Seneca Lake and winters in Sarasota ever since. He is survived and will be missed by his wife of 13 years, Joyce C. Francis; his son, William B. (Louise A.) of London, England; his daughter, Barbara A. Banks of Sapphire, NC; his wife's children whom he loved as his own, Patricia A. (Daryl) Avery of Enfield, NY, Jacqueline A. (Guy) Close of San Diego, CA, Carol L. (Jerry) Zigl of Plum Tree, IN, James C. Burnham of Newfield, NY, Joyce A. Burnham of Watkins Glen, NY; four grandchildren, Shelby Banks, Traci Jones, Jennifer Close, and Maria Zigl; a sister, Dorentha (John) Cwynar of Hornell, NY; and several nieces and nephews. Service will be held on Monday, October 6 at Tyoga Country Club in Wellsboro, PA. Visitation will be from 12-1PM, followed by the memorial service. Pastor John Cwynar, Bill's brother-in-law, will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made in William's honor to the Deane Center for Performing Arts, PO Box 102, Wellsboro, PA or the Dundee Area United Fund, PO Box 15 Dundee, NY. Local arrangements by Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, 139 Main St., Wellsboro, "A Life Celebration Home". –Elmira Star-Gazette 10/4/2014

FROST –SANDRA K. SUMNER, age 72, of Mansfield, PA, died Sunday, September 28, 2014 at her home. Sandra was born January 17, 1942 in Blossburg, PA, a daughter of Milford and Alice (Ames) Frost. She enjoyed doing word search puzzles, watching tv and drinking iced tea. Sandra is survived by a son, Kevin Johnson of Mansfield; 2 daughters, Alice Piontek of Blossburg, Lesa Johnson of Mansfield; 6 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; 4 brothers, Milford "Sonny" Frost of Covington, Gary Frost of Mainesburg, PA, Robert "Dusty" Frost of Mansfield, Joe Ames of Bradford, PA; 2 sisters and a brother-in-law, Shirley and Erwin Robinson of Covington, Cathy Moyers of Covington. Sandra was predeceased by 3 sisters, Janice Marie Fuller, Emma Platz and Idessa Frost, and a brother, Paul Frost. In keeping with Sandra's wishes, there will be no services. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family. –Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc. notice
 
FLOYD WILLIAM FURMAN, age 83, of 849 Peet Hill Rd, Laceyville, PA passed away on Saturday morning, September 13, 2014 at home surrounded by his family and loved ones. Floyd was born in Laceyville, PA on June 3, 1931 the son of the late Foster (July 14, 1981) and Josephine Bronson Furman (August 8, 1984). He was a graduate of the Laceyville High School with the class of 1949. After high school Floyd proudly served his country with the United States Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict. Floyd married the former Margaret Stone on June 13, 1959 and together they owned and operated Endless Mountains Farms on Peet Hill. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family. He loved his time he spent with his family, especially his great-granddaughter, Gabby. He was a member of the Rought Hall Post #510 American Legion in Black Walnut, PA, a past member of the La Societe Des 40 Hommes Et 8 Chevaux of Bradford, Sullivan, and Wyoming Counties, and a lifetime member of the Endless Mountains V.F.W. Post #3583 in Mehoopany, PA. Throughout the years of his memberships Floyd held many offices. Floyd is survived by his wife of 55 years Margaret Stone Furman; his children Wyatt Furman (Brenda Gilliard) of Laceyville, PA and Cheryl “Sukie” Ann Furman (Jim Sprague) of Laceyville, PA; his grandchildren Matrisha “Trish” Furman, Wyatt “Buddy” Furman, Jr., Cody Sprague, Laurin Gilliard, and Dillon Cook; his great-grandchildren Gabby Furman, Eli Cook, and Madi Cook; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his son, Alan Furman (September 8, 1994) and sister, Ruth Furman Prevost (August 31, 1992). A private service will be held at the convenience of his family. Interment will be in the Furman Family Cemetery on the Furman’s Endless Mountains Farm on Peet Hill. Graveside Military Services will be conducted by the members of the Rought Hall Post #510 American Legion, the Dennis Strong Post #457 American Legion, and the Endless Mountains V.F.W. Post #3583. Arrangements were entrusted with Sheldon Funeral Homes, Main St., Laceyville, PA. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Floyd’s name to the Goodwill Fire Company, PO Box 207, Laceyville, PA or to the Meshoppen Ambulance, PO Box 118, Meshoppen, PA. –Carol Brotzman

GEARHART –LEOTA GEARHART DIBUCCI age 94, passed away on Monday, July 21, 2014 at the Elcor Health Services in Horseheads, NY. She was born in Hollsopple, PA the daughter of the late William and Lura (Skelley) Gearhart. Her husband, Jack; son, Tom; two grandchildren; eight brothers and sisters preceded her in death. She is survived by grandchildren, Don (Wendy) DiBucci and several great grandchildren; nephew, Clifford (Roxanne) Williams Jr. nieces, Laurie Gearhart, Susan Gearhart, Lynda (Ralph) Champlin and Judy Hall; nephews, Jim Gearhart and Mike (Sandra) Gearhart; along with several great nieces and great nephews, including: Brandi Shireman and Breanna Harrison; great great nieces and nephews and great great great nephews; former sister-in-law, Betty Gearhart; good friends, Trudy, Mike and Corrine. Leota was a loving mother, grandmother, aunt and friend who will be missed dearly by all who knew her. She had a wonderful sense of humor, was an excellent cook and her home on Milton Street was the center for all memorable gatherings, great meals, good stories and a place where life-long friendships were formed. Leota retired from Danny Discount. She was a communicant of the Oakwood United Methodist Church. Funeral services were held on July 24. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be directed to a charity of one’s choice. Thank You: Leota's family wishes to express their sincere gratitude and appreciation to the following, for the wonderful care they gave to her: the Doctors and staff at Maple Creek Valley at Elcor, the staff of CareFirst, Dr.Mauri and staff and Patrick Roth and Associates. –Elmira Star-Gazette 9//13/2014

NATALIE GRACE GIBSON - Sweet, sweet angel baby. Your smile lit up the room; your laugh was contagious. You taught so many others so many things that they will cherish forever. Baby Girl, you were our princess, like our own child, so full of energy. You will be forever with us. Every snowflake we see, every song we hear, we will think of you. You were an amazing "Little Princess". Natalie Grace Gibson went to be with the Jesus she loved on November 15, 2014 in a tragic accident. Natalie Grace was born February 12, 2010, in Celebration, FL., the daughter of Keriane Mosher and Andrew Gibson. She is survived by her mom and fiancée, Keriane Mosher (Jeffrey Harrison), Wellsboro; her father, Andrew Gibson, Brick, NJ; grandparents, Jack and Diane Mosher, Wellsboro; great-grandparents, Glenn and Jeanne Bowen, Wellsboro; several aunts, uncles and cousins. Local arrangements by Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, "A Life Celebration Home," 139 Main Street, Wellsboro, PA. Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Natalie often sang the song "Jesus loves me, this I know," and recited her Bible verses. Natalie attended AWANA at Wellsboro Bible Church, where she came to know the Lord. Natalie Grace was also a Pre-K class member at Penny's Day Care, Tioga, PA. –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/19/2014

JUDSON A. ‘JUD’ GRAVES, age 84 of Horseheads, NY passed away on Sunday September 28, 2014 at Elcor Nursing Home. Jud was born November 5, 1929 in Elmira, NY the son of the late Asel T. and Gertrude Hoover Graves. He married his wife, Onalee A. Hartman Graves, on February 25, 1950 and she pre-deceased him on January 31, 2006 after nearly 56 years of marriage. Jud was a Veteran of The Korean War serving his country with The U.S. NAVY and was a member of Horseheads American Legion Post # 442. He and his family owned and operated Graves Press in Elmira Heights, NY for many years. In addition to his wife, Jud was also pre-deceased by his son Darryl J. Graves on April 10, 2007. He was a man of strong character who would do anything to help someone out whether he knew the person or just heard that they needed a "Helping Hand". Jud is survived by his daughters: Deirdra, Melanie, and Dorice; brother and sisters-in-law: Leon S. & Marion Graves of Mulberry, Florida and Betsy Owens of Tulsa, OK; several grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of caring friends. It was Jud's wishes that there be no calling hours or services. Those wishing may remember Jud by showing an act of kindness for someone or through a donation to a charity of one's choice. Arrangements are entrusted to the Lynch Funeral Home, 318 W. Mill St., Horseheads, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/30/2014

ROBERT A. GROEZINGER age 84 of Elmira, NY. Bob died peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday morning October 1st, 2014. He was born November 6, 1929 in Utica, NY the son of the late Arnold and Helen Thomas Groezinger. A Korean War Veteran, Bob proudly served his country with The U.S. Marine Corps. "Semper Fi". He married his wife, Shirley Bennett Groezinger, on June 16, 1951 and after his military service Bob graduated from Simmons School of Embalming in Syracuse, NY. He worked as a Funeral Director for many years before becoming the Branch Manager at The Elmira Savings Bank in West Elmira, eventually retiring as the Assistant Treasurer of the bank. Along with his wife Shirley they were dedicated members of Bethany Lutheran Church. Bob served as the Treasurer for The Chemung County Council of Churches and was an active member of The Elmira Kiwanis Club for over 50 years. Bob was a life-long New York Yankees, Syracuse Orange, and Penn State fan. He was a longtime golfer, playing and volunteering many seasons with the LPGA. He had a fascination with the workings of the human body and mind, and had a singular aptitude for numbers and arithmetic. Bob was a loving and devoted husband, father, and a doting grandfather, and always possessed and unflinching poker face while playing cards with his family at Keuka Lake or wherever a deck of cards was to be found. He had an immense and ferocious pride in his grandchildren, while always expecting the best they have to offer. Bob was a hardy man who lived his life treating others with dignity, respect, and concern for their well-being, and his family ask that memorials to him be paid forward in the same manner. Bob is predeceased by his grandson, Patrick Ryan Gilheney, his brother, William Groezinger, and recently his friend Tom. Bob is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years Shirley Bennett Groezinger; his children: Beth & Rick Gerard of Elmira, NY, Polly Gilheney of Syracuse, NY and Peter & Patty Groezinger of Grosse Pointe Woods, MI; his grandchildren: Adam Gerard, Abigail Gerard, Ellen Gerard, Madison Groezinger, Nicholas Galac, and Harrison Galac; his brother and sisters-in-law: Donald & Carol Groezinger of Gaffney, SC and Nancy (Mrs. William) Groezinger of Peoria, AZ; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law: Donald & Charlotte Bennett of Maitland, Florida; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends all over the country. Relatives and friends are invited to attend Gravesite Services on Friday November 7, 2014 at 11 AM at Woodlawn National Cemetery 1825 Davis Street Elmira, NY where Mr. Groezinger will receive Full Military Honors. Bob's Memorial Service and Celebration of His Life will be held on Saturday November 8 , 2014 at 11 AM at Bethany Lutheran Church 256 South Walnut Street Elmira, NY. Donations in his memory may be made to the SPCA , Carefirst (Hospice), The Kiwanis Foundation, Bethany Lutheran Church or to the charity of one's choice . The family would especially like to thank Dr. Tom Rodgers and Hospice Staff members Heidi, Jackie, Meridith, and Sherry for their tender care and comfort in Bob's final days. Arrangements are entrusted to the Lynch Funeral Home, 318 W. Broad St., Horseheads, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 10/7/2014

GUSTIN –LINDA A. GARY age 70, of Sodus, N.Y., passed away on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at home. Linda is survived by her daughter, Brenda (John) Pinson of Jacksonville, Fla.; son, Richard (Evelyn) Gary of Sanford, N.C.; grandchildren, Ian Gary, Maddox and Ava Pinson; her sister, Neva (Charles) Allen of Granville Summit, Pa.; brothers, Warren (Barbara) Gustin of Columbia Crossroads, Pa. and Lloyd "Ricky" (Sue) Gustin of Meshoppen, Pa.; several nieces and nephews. Linda is predeceased by her parents, Paul and Blanche Hunnington Gustin; sister, Patricia Ann Bassett; and her former husband, Robert Gary. Visitation will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 29, at the Norton Funeral Home, 45 West Main St., Sodus, N.Y. A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, at the Elmwood Cemetery on Route 14, Lyons. –Towanda Daily Review 9/28/2014

FRANCIS L. HAGERMAN passed away with his loving family by his side on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. He was 86. Born in Muncy, Pa., Frank has been a long time resident of Lower Bucks County. Frank started his married life with his beloved wife Lois on the campus of Penn State University where he attended as a Physical Education Major. Frank excelled at many sports. He played basketball for the Navy, loved golf, shooting pool, hunting and bowling. But, his true passion was fly fishing on his property at French Asylum Township in Bradford County, Pa. The best family memories were the many trips to the cabin on the river. Frank was employed by Reedman Automotive as a salesman for many years. At Reedman's he met many life long friends including George Hirthler, his best "buddy." The family is very grateful for the loving care Frank's son, John, gave their father over the past year. John was always there when Dad needed him. Frank was the beloved husband of 60 years to the late Lois P. (Garvin); father of the late William Hagerman; and brother of the late John Hagerman and Betty Mook. He is survived by his loving and devoted children, Cindy Walsh (Mike), John, Russ (Tara) and Dan (Andrea) Hagerman and Tami Morgal. He will also be sadly missed by his grandchildren, Sean Walsh (Dana), Amanda LaRiverie (Mike), Karen Hagerman, Alexa, Brianna, Grace and Lily Morgal, Kristine, Nate, Brady and Anna Hagerman; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to call from 6 until 7:30 p.m. on Monday, at the James J. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., 2200 Trenton Rd., Levittown, where his memorial service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Interment will be held privately. –Towanda Daily Review 10/2/2014

HAGGERTY –MARY JANE HAGGERTY TAFT, 90, of Venice, Fla., passed away Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 at Harborchase of Venice in Venice. Mary was born in Sayre, Pa., on Dec. 25, 1923, the daughter of Frank and Josephine Booth Haggerty and sister of Edward Haggerty (deceased), Jack Haggerty (deceased), Frances Lorenzini (deceased), Joann Haggerty (deceased), Eugene Haggerty, Leo Haggerty, Glenn Haggerty and James Haggerty. She was the beloved wife of William D. Taff (deceased) having resided in Venice, Fla., after retiring and moving from the Valley after 65 years. Additionally, she will be greatly missed by her three daughters: Suzanna Sugarman, Rebecca Williams and Mary Jo Greiff, as well as her wonderful grandchildren: Becky Seay Katz, Heather Liakakos, Ashley Greiff and Alex Greiff (deceased). She was a great-grandmother of four joyful children as well as over 30 nieces and nephews. Mary was a devout Roman Catholic and will be honored with family Masses, one at Epiphany Cathedral in Venice and locally at Epiphany Church, South Elmer Avenue, Sayre on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. Burial will follow in St. James Cemetery in Waverly, N.Y. Arrangements are under the direction of the Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home, Sayre. –Sayre Morning Times 10/3/2014

KENNETH CLYDE HALL, age 70, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in Sebring, Fla. He was born on Sept. 16, 1944 in Towanda, Pa., to the late Theodore Clyde and Myrtle Leola (Kuykendall) Hall. Kenneth graduated from Towanda High School in 1962. He served with the US Navy during Vietnam. He was a member of the American Legion for 47 years and a lifetime member of AmVets Post 21 and also a member of the VFW Post 4300, Elks Lodge 2191, Moose Lodge and Towanda Gun Club. He volunteered for the Towanda Fire Department. Kenneth had been a resident of Sebring since 2000 coming from Towanda, Pa. He was a starter at Pinecrest Golf Club. Kenneth had a special talent of making everyone smile. He especially loved his family and enjoyed celebrating life with his friends. He was married to his bride, Carol Hall, for 46 years who survives him. He is also survived by his children, Michelle (Rob) Malone of Maryland, Lisa (Eric) Shartle of Pennsylvania, Jeffrey (Tiffany) Hall of Alabama; brother, Ron (Irene) Hall of Florida; sister, Sue (Daryl) White of Pennsylvania; mother-in-law, Hettie Johnson of Pennsylvania; grandchildren, Christian and Kaitlynn Malone, Ethan and Reagan Shartle. Along with his parents he was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Francis Johnson. There will be a celebration of life at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, at the AmVets Post 21, 623 US Hwy. 27 S., Sebring, FL. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Towanda Public Library, 104 Main St., Towanda, Pa. Arrangements entrusted to: Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home of Sebring. –Towanda Daily Review 9/23/2014

MATTHEW T. HANNA, 19, of Ashtabula, Ohio, passed away Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 at the Cleveland Clinic. Matthew was born Sept. 16, 1995 in Ashtabula, son of Matthew and Kimberlee (Roy) Hanna. Matthew attended the Pentecostal Church of God. He was a Steelers fan, a New York Yankees fan and enjoyed swimming, football and basketball. Matthew is survived by his parents, Kimberlee (Jason) Stumph of Pennsylvania and Matthew (Andrea) Hanna of Ashtabula; siblings, Harliegh, Zoey, Corbin, and Levi Stumph and Alyssa, Justin, and Brandon Hanna; maternal grandparent, Mark Roy of Pennsylvania; paternal grandparents, Elbert (Shirley) Hanna of Ashtabula; maternal great-grandparents, Helen Roy of Geneva and Margene Murphy of Pennsylvania; and paternal great-grandparent, Delores Hanna of Florida. He was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Julia Roy and Alfred Murphy; maternal great-grandparent, Shannon Roy; paternal great-grandparents, Emory Hanna and Winnie and Clarence Peterson. Friends and family may call Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. at Walker Funeral Home, 828 Sherman St., Geneva, Ohio. Funeral services will follow at 8 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Kenneth Roberts from the Pentecostal Church of God in Ashtabula and the Rev. Mark Winters from Cornerstone Church in Madison officiating. A memorial service is being planned for Matthew in Pennsylvania. Arrangements are under the direction of the Walker Funeral Home, 828 Sherman St., Geneva. –Sayre Morning Times 9/24/2014

HARMAN –BETTY JANE BAUMGARTNER, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday evening, November 19, 2014 at the age of 80. She was born on April 3, 1934, a daughter of the late Charles and Carrie Lingle Harman. Betty is also predeceased by granddaughter, Jaime. She is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Robert W. Baumgartner of Elmira, NY; children, Vicki Sprague of Colorado Springs, CO, Robert W. (JoyAnn) Baumgartner II of Henrietta, NY, Carol (Arthur) Huftalen of Horseheads, NY, John (Sandy) Baumgartner of Breesport, NY, and Karen Baumgartner of Henrietta, NY; grandchildren, David II (Gabrielle), Heather (Christopher), Carrie Mae (Joseph), Robert W. III "Willie", John Jr., and Katie (Kristopher); great-grandchildren, Ryan, Nicholas, and Zachary; and two sisters. Betty was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be greatly missed. It was Betty's wishes that all services be held privately at the convenience of the family. The family graciously accepts remembrances with donations in Betty's memory to Chemung County Meals on Wheels, 150 Fox St., Elmira, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/21/2014

HARRELSON –ROSE MARIE MILLER, daughter of Doris Marie and Felix Ermond Harrelson, passed away at home on September 15, 2014. She is predeceased by her husband of 42 years, Robert Miller; her mother, Marie; her sister, Erma Jean; and several much-loved dogs. She leaves behind three children and their families, Dana Zhukova (Corby Martin), Jason Miller (Jill), and Todd Miller; seven grandchildren, Chelsea, Samuel, Colton, Peyton, Paige, Ethan, and Ayla; and four great-grandchildren, Elliott, Raiden, Lilah, and Rowan. She leaves behind her companion, carer, and dearest friend, Andy Brammer and his daughter, Zoe. Also to mourn her are her father, Ermond Harrelson; and three sisters, Jackie, Molly, and Barbara; many family members too numerous to name, and a wealth of cherished friends. Rose was born June 8, 1940 in her grandmother's house. Raised in Ft. Walton Beach, FL, she was the eldest of five sisters. She learned to water ski in the bayous of her hometown and she loved the beach. In high school, she was a popular majorette who earned local acclaim as a likeable beauty frequently pictured in the newspaper for honors such as being selected for the Homecoming Court, winning beauty contests, and representing her school in parades and festivals. She auditioned for and won a coveted position on the world famous "Dixie Darlings" drill team at the University of Southern Mississippi performing in Chicago, New York, and several bowl games. At USM, she studied the education of children with developmental disabilities and she played an active role in her sorority. In 1962, Rose married a young Green Beret, Robert Miller. When he was set to become an insurance agent, she persuaded him to return to college and go to law school, and she provided the means for him to do so by working more than full-time to support them while he went to school. Bob often credited Rose for his education and even for the success of his career, saying that he could not have done it without her. Few people know that she was briefly a stewardess for Southern Airways and then did a couple stints as a runway model for a New York City fashion house. During the course of these years, Rose became expertly proficient at typing and shorthand, skills that opened doors to better jobs with more responsibilities. Her last such job was that of secretary to the president of Elmira College. After her youngest children started school, she opened a dress store "Ideas" in Waverly, NY, and then another in Towanda. She had an innate sense of style which showed in the decor of her home and in her dress. She had a gift for choosing what to wear herself and for choosing what to stock in her shops--and she did both with great pleasure. She especially enjoyed her buying trips to the New York garment district. Always very interested in her community, she was elected Village Trustee under Mayor Leary and felt privileged to work for the village of Waverly. Although she had lived in New York for most of her life, she never lost her southern accent nor her fondness for southern food, counting turnip greens and cornbread two of her favorite foods. Rose was a voracious reader, a habit she encouraged in her children. For many years, she was a highly ranked bridge player playing in tournaments all over the United States. She was a diehard fan of horse-racing, one year attending each race of the Triple Crown. She was a world traveler with uncountable trips to Europe under her belt, but she always preferred home. Home to Rose meant two places—her much-loved house in Waverly and any Gulf of Mexico beach near the part of Florida where she grew up. She considered the sound of the surf a potent healing force that could restore one's body and spirit. Raised in no particular religion, she converted to Catholicism after her marriage and raised her children as Catholics. But her spirituality was broader than any one religion and she was open to possibilities outside of Catholic doctrine. Not too long after her husband died of cancer in 2006, she had to fight her own lengthy battle against several cancers, and she did so with great dignity and courage. She deeply loved her children and grandchildren. She changed their lives with her encouragement and unflagging support. Her family will miss her all the days of their lives. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 11:00 a.m. at Blessed Trinity Parish Saint James Church, 503 Clark St., Waverly, NY. Family and friends are invited to call at Church from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Friday morning. Interment will follow at Glenwood Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Luckner Funeral Home, 449 Park Ave., Waverly, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/17/2014

HERTER –MARY ALICE SEELEY, 83, of Galeton, PA, passed away on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at home. Born November 25, 1930 in Renovo, PA, she was a daughter of the late Albert and Helena (Hartsock) Herter. Mary Alice was a member of the Galeton VFW Ladies Auxiliary and owned and operated Meadowbrook Campground in Galeton for many years. She loved the campground and flowers. Surviving are two sons, James (Mo) Chalmers, Jr., Germania, PA and Albert (Gail) Seeley, Brookland, PA; three daughters, Linda Chalmers-Milliron, Berwick, PA, Delores Potter, Galeton, and Donna (Ronald) Bailey, Galeton; two brothers, Albert (Sandy) Herter, Arizona and Clyde (girlfriend, Maxine) Herter, West Virginia; a sister, Juanita Watson, Bloomsburg, PA; 12 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. A Private Family Service will be held. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice . Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service. –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/22/2014

ROBERT L. HITE, 72, of Sheshequin Township passed away Nov. 21 Friday morning at home after battling cancer for over a year. He was born April 7, 1942 at home in New Albany, Pa., to Robert F. and Lela Kipp Hite on his mother's birthday.Robert was a graduate of Wyalusing Valley High School class of 1960. After high school he worked on several area farms before being hired by Sayre Lingerie where he met his future wife. He married Barbara Claypool of Athens, Pa., on Dec. 28, 1961. Next he gained employment at Ingersoll-Rand in Athens where he worked for 40 years until he was retired in 2002. "Bob" loved the outdoors and hunting, fishing and camping. Bob and Barbara raised four sons who loved the outdoors as much as their father. They also liked to travel and the couple have been in all 50 of the United States and Ontario, Calif. Robert is survived by his wife, Barbara; and sons Robert Jr. with fiancée Claudia Ritter of Endicott, N.Y., Gary F. and wife Dawn of Litchfield, Pa., Kelly and estranged wife Tina of Nichols, N.Y., and Jeremy and wife Tina of Coudersport, Pa.; grandchildren Joshua Wilson, Douglas and Crystal Hite, Rowmain and Elisha Tunnicliff, Heather Hite, Jennifer Hite and fiancé Mark Klotz, Kelly Hite Jr., Brian and Krystal Hite, Danielle Hite, Marisa Hite, Ethan Hite, Cheyenne Hite, Elliott Hite, Haley Ritter, Kira Ritter and Ella Ritter. There are several great-grandchildren. Sisters and spouses Ida and Clifford Bennett of Athens, Marilyn and Cliff Torg; USO n of Latah, Wash., and Marian and Ed Swackhammer of Addison, N.Y. Brothers and sisters-in-law George and Carol Claypool, Glenn and Darlene Henson, Jim and Cindy Henson, Tim and Nancy Henson, Sister-in-law Cindy West and Robert Patton. Robert was predeceased by his parents, a sister and brother-in-law Roberta and Eugene Estes of Sayre and brother Donald who was a U.S. Navy veteran. His mother and father-in-law Louise and Max Stowell of Canton Pa. He also was visited many times in his final days by two good friends John and Cliff and shared the pain and suffering of Cancer with his close friend of many years Gord Woodland of Fenwick, Ontario. There will be a time of remembrance for Bob on Sunday Nov. 30 between one and four at Shores Brook Inn Sheshequin Road, Towanda. Call a family member for directions.Cremation and other arrangements are being made by Blauvelt Funeral Home, Waverly N.Y.In lieu of flowers donations may be given to Guthrie Hospice in Towanda, Pa., Ulster Fire Association, Ulster, Pa., or The Salvation Army, Sayre Chapter in memory of Bob. –Towanda Daily Review 11/25/2014

HOAG –HELEN L. POND, 86, of Dushore, died Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, at her home. Born Aug. 7, 1928 in Dushore, she was a daughter of the late Albert and Ethel Yonkin Hoag. She and her husband, Robert F. Pond, would have celebrated 66 years of marriage on Oct. 10, 2014. Helen was a graduate of Dushore High School, class of 1946. She was previously employed as a book keeper for the Dushore Bank, as an auditor for Sullivan County, and as Librarian and Treasurer for the Sullivan County Library. Helen was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Dushore, where she served on the church council and as the church historian. She was also a member of Order of the Eastern Star, Towanda Chapter 76, Dushore Book Club, and was very active in Sullivan County Agriculture Extension. Helen enjoyed traveling and fishing in Canada. Surviving, in addition to her husband, are a daughter, Joan M. Pond of Dushore; a son, Ronald F. (Pamela) Pond of Greencastle; a granddaughter, Kayla (Brad) Kershner; and a great-grandson, Bentley Kershner. In addition to her parents, Helen was preceded in death by a brother, Raymond Hoag. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 131 Headley Ave., Dushore, with Rev. Robert Brown officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Dushore. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29, at the church, where an Eastern Star funeral service will be held at 8:45 p.m. by Order of the Eastern Star, Towanda Chapter 76. The family will provide the flowers and suggests memorial contributions to St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 397 Drake Rd., Dushore, PA; Sullivan County Library, P.O. Box 309, Dushore, PA or Dushore Ambulance, P.O. Box 517, Dushore, PA. Arrangements have been entrusted to the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Hughesville. –Towanda Daily Review 9/26/2014

HODGE –LORETTA SMITH, 74, of Elmira and Cortland, NY, passed away September 14, 2014. The family will receive visitors at their home on Saturday, Sept. 20th from 1pm-5pm at 510 Grove St. in Elmira. Private funeral services will be held at the family's convenience. She was predeceased by her husband Paul E. Smith, Sr. in 2007 and sisters, Leola Young, Lois Jackson and Lela Bell Hodge. Loretta is survived by her children, Belle (Alan) Overbaugh of Dryden, Lyle Young of Interlaken, Glenn Rathbun (Wayne Harris) of Elmira, Leon Rathbun of Interlaken, Christopher Smith of Albany, Paul Smith Jr. of McGraw, and Robin of DeRuyter; brothers and sisters, Lawrence Hodge of Seneca Falls, Linda (Paul) Rathbun of Trumansburg, Lorna (Buck) Hathaway of Dundee, Lyle Hodge of Philadelphia, PA and Larry Hodge of Orange, TX; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Loretta was an avid NASCAR and Jeff Gordon fan and lover of animals. Memorial donations may be made to the Chemung County SPCA, 2435 RTE. 352, Elmira, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/17/2014

HORVAT –BARBARA ANN ROTH, age 76, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 at Elderwood, Waverly, N.Y. Barbara was born May 20, 1938 in Berwick, Pa., daughter of the late Andrew and Stella (Veshka) Horvat. She was a graduate of Berwick High School. Barbara was an employee of Woodbrook Adult Home in Elmira where she worked as an activities and crafts coordinator. For the most part she was a homemaker that loved spending time with her family especially with her loving grandchildren. In her spare time she enjoyed crafting, playing bingo and shopping. Survivors include her three daughters and sons-in-law, Lori (Marty) South, Lynda (Daryl) Miller, Kim (Jeffery) Jones all of East Smithfield; her grandchildren, Shawn, Dustin, Krista and Dana Jones, Jamie South, Cody and Shane Miller; three great-grandchildren, Reece Day-Jones, Orion Lindeborn-South, Dahlia Jones; several nieces, nephews and cousins.Barbara was predeceased by her parents; a son, John Roth; a brother, Andrew Horvat; and a sister, Stella DiPippa. Family and friends are invited to call from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 at the Roberts Funeral Home, Inc., 279 Main St., Wellsburg, N.Y. Her service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 6:30 p.m. –Towanda Daily Review 9/13/2014

RAYMOND H. HOUGHTALEN age 85, of Horseheads, NY, passed away at his home in Baton, Philippines the morning of September 15, 2014. Raymond was born on March 7, 1929 in Lockwood, NY, son of the late George and Emma (VanEtten) Houghtalen. He was a veteran of the US Navy and retired from Westinghouse in Horseheads after 35 years of service. He will be missed dearly by those who knew him. He was predeceased by his brother, Glen (Ester) Houghtalen. He is survived by his wife, Josephine; daughters, Pamela (Michael) Donovan, Susan Houghtalen and Jay Jay Sarra; sister, Harriet (Bud) Hiatt; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and his friend and former wife, Doris Houghtalen; along with several nieces, nephews and cousins. Raymond's services are being held in the Philippines where he will be laid to rest. –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/18/2014

WILLIAM H. ‘BILL’ HOUSER, Millerton, PA: age 90, passed away on Monday, November 10, 2014. He was predeceased by his loving wife Jean Wilcox Houser. William is survived by his daughter, Anne Carol (Gary Lee Davis) Houser and his beloved dog and fishing buddy, "Rose". Bill was a retired guidance counselor from the Elmira City School District and a retired farmer. He was an avid fisherman, member of the Tioga Masons Lodge #373 F & AM for over 50 years. It was Bill's request that there be no calling hours and a Private Memorial Service be held at the convenience of his family. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorials to the Millerton Wesleyan Church, 5174 Main St., Millerton, PA. Arrangements have been entrusted to Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/13/2014

HOY –MARION (HOY) BUFFALIN passed away on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 after a brief illness. Born in Elmira, NY on August 7, 1920 to Hugh and Pauline Hoy, she is predeceased by her parents; brother Hugh; and her husband, of over 62 years, Michael in 2007. Marion is survived by her son Michael III; daughter, Patricia (Alan) Stabinsky; sister, Jane (Robert) Wolff; brother, James (Jean) Hoy; grandchildren, Polly (Chris) Moyer, Christopher Bennett, Michael IV; special friend Jamie Golden; great grandchildren, Zachary, Joshua, Grace and Tyler; step-grandchildren Heather Stabinsky and Kelly (Andrew) Soike; step-great grandchildren, Katie, Brooke, Christopher, and Brynne; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Marion was born and raised in Elmira, NY; and spent all but the last seven years of her life as a resident of Elmira. She loved her family above everything else and enjoyed the opportunity to watch over her great grandchildren in recent years. She loved her home, gardening, sewing and all the things that go into making a house and yard into a family home. She and Michael enjoyed playing bridge and entertaining family. A Memorial Service will be held at White Haven Memorial Park, Pittsford, NY, on Saturday, Sept. 27th at 1:30 PM where she will be interred with her husband. Memorials in memory of both Michael and Marion Buffalin may be made to the Tanglewood Nature Center, 443 Coleman Ave., Elmira, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/21/2014

MICHAEL R. JOHNSTON, age 70 of Elmira, NY. He was born February 20, 1944 in Elmira, NY and passed away Friday, November 21, 2014 at home after a brief illness. He was predeceased by his mother and father Lorraine (Wilber) and James Fassbender; brothers Gary and Scott and is survived by his wife of 47 years Linda; daughter Jennifer Johnston (Marcella Velasco) of Cambridge, MA; son Brian Z.; brother Lynn (Roxanne) Johnston of Horseheads; sisters-in-law Marion Storch of Erin, Cheryl (Patrick) Reinhart of Elmira; brother-in-law Carl Larrison with son David of Elmira along with 9 nieces and nephews and 2 great nephews and many dear friends. Mike and Linda owned and operated Michael's on Davis St. and appreciate the loyalty and friendship of their family of customers over the years. It was Mike's request that services be private and at the convenience of his family. Walter J. Kent Funeral Home is assisting the family. –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/23/2014

KANE –MARY KANEAGE MALONE, 98, passed away peacefully at her home at Appleridge Senior Living, Horseheads, on September 12, 2014. Mary was born in Elmira on May 12, 1916, daughter of the late Joseph L. and Mabel Playford Kane. She was predeceased by her husband, J. Bernard Malone, her parents and her sister, Bernadette Kane Lynch.Left to cherish her memory are her six children and their spouses: Bernadette (James McMahon) of Washington DC; Kathleen (aka Kristin) of Rochester; TJ (Mary) of Elmira; Patty (Phil Kwiatkowski) of Arvada, CO; John (Jill) of Pine City; and Ginny (Tom Coon) of Corning. She also leaves eight grandchildren: Joseph McMahon (Bridget), Kelley Malone Knight (Dana), Kevin McMahon, Michael Malone, Molly Malone, Sarah Coon Rosskamm (Michael), Ryan Malone, and Timothy Coon (Natalie); and four great-grandchildren: Benjamin, Charlie, and Patrick Coon and Adelaide McMahon. Mary graduated from Elmira Free Academy in 1933 and studied office skills in a post-graduate program at Southside High School. She worked at the Remington Rand in Elmira until her wartime marriage to Bernie in Coronado, CA, on March 2, 1942. For many years, she worked at home raising her children while Bernie ran Personius and Malone retail store in downtown Elmira. From 1975 to 1985, they jointly owned and operated Malone's Liquor Store on East Church Street. Throughout Mary's life she contributed to her community in various capacities. This included membership and presidency of the St. Joseph's Hospital Auxiliary; serving as the first woman lector at St. Mary's Southside parish, where she also was an active member and President of the Rosary and Altar Society. Upon retirement Mary and Bernie delivered Meals on Wheels. Mary greatly loved her family and friends, bowling, and picnics, any kind of card game, but especially bridge. Once retired, Mary joined a painting class at Chapel Park Senior Center, enjoying weekly sessions when she and Bernie weren't traveling around the US in their camper. The addition of great-grandchildren to the family brought tremendous joy to her two years ago. She made many new friends during the nine years she and Bernie lived at Appleridge. The family wishes to thank staff members from Appleridge Senior Living, Bethany Home Health Care and CareFirst hospice for the gentle care they offered to Mary. At Mary's request, her body has been donated to the University of Rochester Medical School to further medical research in geriatrics. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held on September 29, 2014 at 11:00 AM at St. Mary's Southside Church. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary's memory may be directed to St. Mary's Church Southside, 224 Franklin Street, Elmira, NY or the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester, 150 French Road, Rochester, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/13/2014

KELLEY –ANN ELLA LARUE, 65, of Springville, PA, passed away at her home on Sunday, October 5, 2014, after an extended illness. She was born on June 29, 1949, in Binghamton, NY, to the late Edward L. and Kathryn (Flynn) Kelley. Surviving is her husband of 41 years, Clyde LaRue, brother and special friend, Edward Kelley and Tammy Lindsey, Irish Hill, niece and her husband, Joanna and Dr. Amir Ahmadian, Tampa, FL, two aunts, Rita Flynn, Birchardville, PA, Dolores McAveney, Rochester, NY, and many cousins. Ann Ella received her Bachelor of Science degree from Marywood University. She worked as a chemist for the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, MD. She attended St. Brigid’s parish. A Funeral Service will be held at 12 noon on Friday, October 10, 2014, at the Daniel K. Regan Funeral Home, with Rev. Douglas Betts of the Hospice of the Sacred Heart, officiating. Interment will be in the Jersey Hill Cemetery, Auburn Twp., PA. Friends may call on the family an hour prior to the service. –Carol Brotzman

KINNEY –EVELYN MARY (KINNEY) DUSEK, age 76 of Waverly, N.Y., passed away unexpectedly on Friday, November 14, 2014 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre. Born, January 25, 1938 in Waverly, N.Y., the daughter of the late Mabel and Guy Kinney. She grew up in the stereotypical close knit 1940s family with her two brothers, Jack and Guy, Jr. Evaline graduated from Waverly Senior High School, after which she earned her BA degree in primary education from SUNY Geneseo. Evaline began her teaching career in Cicero, IL, then Waverly, N.Y., finally spending more than 20 years at Audrielle Lynch Elementary in Athens, Pa. She enjoyed traveling in New England, bird watching, and hunting down the lighthouses there. She was also an avid reader and loved having her books surround her at home. No Kindles for this lady! While growing up with pets, she developed a passion for the care and well being of all animals and always had pets of he own, instilling the same love for them in her children. Evaline is survived by her sons, Jeffrey Dusek and Brian Dusek both of Sayre, Pa.; daughter, Jennifer (Brian) Klotz of Corning, N.Y.; kid brother, Rev. Dr. Guy S. (Barbara) Kinney, Jr. of Ithaca, N.Y.; 4 nieces, a nephew, and numerous great nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents and brother, Jack Tryon. Friends are invited to call at the McKee Memorial Chapel, 462 Fulton St., Waverly, Friday from 4 to 6 P.M. with funeral and committal services there at 6:00 P.M., the Rev. Dr. Guy Kinney, Jr., Evaline's brother, officiating. Interment will be held in Glenwood Cemetery, Waverly, N.Y. at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations in Evaline's memory may be directed to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Rd., Ithaca, N.Y. and/or Stray Haven Humane Society and SPCA, 194 Shepard Rd., Waverly, N.Y. –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/17/2014

GARY E. KITTLE, 67, of Burlington, PA passed away on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at the Robert Packer Hospital with his wife and family by his side. He was the loving husband of Susan (Barnhart) Kittle. The couple married July 1, 1988 and had 26 happy years together. There will be a gathering to celebrate Gary’s life from 11:00 am- 2:00 pm on Saturday, September 27, 20014 at the Troy Vet’s Club, 1 Veterans Drive, Troy, PA. At 12:00 noon on September 27th at the Vet’s Club military rites will be given by the Troy Honor Guard. The Gerald W. Vickery, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. 1093 West Main Street, Troy, PA has been entrusted with the arrangements. Gary was born on December 22, 1946 in Troy, PA, son of the late W.Ward and Lois (Freelove) Kittle. He was a member of the Troy High School Class of 1964. Gary was a Vietnam veteran, honorably serving his country in the US Army. In Vietnam he was a crew chief for a Huey Helicopter, and was awarded the Vietnam Service Medal and 2 Bronze Service Stars. After Gary came back from the war, he worked for DuPont in Towanda for 27 years as a mechanic. He was a member of the American Legion Post # 49 in Troy, PA and VFW Post # 1568 in Towanda, PA. When Gary was younger he was a member of the 4H and showed Quarter Horses. He enjoyed playing softball and coached little league teams. He also liked riding snow mobiles, jeep rides in the woods, and hunting. He and Sue enjoyed traveling and spending time with their grandchildren. Gary is survived by his wife Sue, his children: Tereasa (Jay) Kittle Forbes of East Berlin, PA, Samantha (Casey Clegg) Kittle Benson of Troy, PA, Todd Shartle of Ohio, Eric (Lisa) Shartle of Pittsburgh, PA, Kyle (Amy) Wisel of Troy, PA, and Michele (Jay) Wisel Johnson of Vestal, NY, his 11 grandchildren: Andrew May, Vanessa Benson, Alexandra May, Adrianne Shartle, Piper Wisel, Macy Johnson, Parker Wisel, Reagan Shartle, Ethan Shartle, Patton Wisel, and Flynn Johnson, his brothers Bill (Donna Baker) Kittle of Mainesburg, PA, Harry (Sarah) Kittle of Lawrenceville, PA, and Leland “Skip” (Sara Sylvester) Kittle of Waterville, ME, his sister Wilma Young of Wetona, PA, sister-in-law Jane Kittle of Columbia Cross Roads, PA, along with several nieces and nephews. Gary was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers: Duane and Don Kittle and his brother in law Ernie Young. The family has asked that memorial contributions be made in Gary’s memory to the Penn State Hershey Medical Center’s Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center (IBD Center for Crohn’s Disease) 500 University Drive Hershey, PA or to the American Cancer Society 1948 E 3rd St, Williamsport, PA or to the Troy American Legion Post # 49, 1 Veterans Drive, Troy, PA. –Gerald W. Vickery Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. obit

KNIPE –MICHELLE M. LAMPHERE, 45, of Franklin Township, Pa., passed away Saturday evening, Sept. 13, 2014 at her home following declining health.Michelle was born in Lansdale, Pa., on Jan. 6, 1969, the daughter of Douglas and Lorraine "Susie" Kretschmar Knipe. Michelle was a graduate of Towanda High School class of 1986 and in early years was employed by The Daily Review in Towanda. On June 2, 1990 she married Keith J. Lamphere in Athens, Pa. Michelle formerly served as a school bus driver for several area operators over the years. She was a member of the LeRoy Heritage Museum and enjoyed spending time with her family, the outdoors, gardening, horses and knitting.Surviving are her husband Keith; daughters Danielle S. Nagle and husband David of Binghamton, N.Y., Deanna M. Lamphere of Towanda, Sarah L. Lamphere of Monroeton; son Keith Jack Lamphere of Monroeton; brother Doug Lantz and his son, Alex of Monroeton; and an aunt and uncle Karen and Louie Bump of Monroeton. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. The family suggests that contributions be directed to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, 1111 Stewart Ave., Bethpage, NY or to the LeRoy Heritage Museum, 257 Mill St., LeRoy, PA in Michelle's memory. The Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home of Towanda, Pa., is assisting Michelle's Family with arrangements. –Towanda Daily Review 9/16/2014

GEORGE KOTCH - In the early morning hours of Nov. 6, 2014, the angels came to take George Kotch home. George was a son of John and Elizabeth Kotch who immigrated to the United States from Austria in 1893. He was one of 15 children. George was pre-deceased by his parents and all of his brothers and sisters.George was born on Aug. 27, 1922 in Windber, Pa. He attended Windber High School. Following high school he enlisted into the U.S. Army and proudly served his country during World War II. He married Irene Vesnesky after serving in World War II in the Pacific. He was in the Philippines, Guadelcanal, Batan, Japan and Luzon. George was discharged from the Army in 1946. For several years, he worked in the coal mines, then moved to Bucks County and worked for the Fairless Works in the 45 Inch Rolling Division for 30 years. Following his retirement, he and Irene moved to Warren Center. They enjoyed country living there for 30 years, until Irene's passing on Jan. 15, 2013 — they were married 66 years. George enjoyed hunting, reading, completing crossword puzzles and playing his harmonica.George is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law George and Cheryl Kotch of Florida, Charles "Chuck" and Sandy Kotch of Warren Center, Pa., with whom he lived with for 1½ years before entering the Bradford County Manor. A daughter Linda Kotch of Levittown. In addition he is also survived by two grandchildren Christine (Fran) Chismar of New Jersey and Michele Williamson, of Pennsylvania. He is also survived by four great-grandchildren Darien and Cole Chismar and Hilary and Owen Williamson of Levittown, Pa. A sister-in-law Pauline Kotch of Windber, Pa., and many nieces, nephews and their families also survive.The family would like to thank all the nurses and aides at the Bradford County Manor, especially Jodi, Lisa, Leeann, Carolyn and Dawn on 2 East for their kindness and care given to George while he resided there. We will all miss his loving smile.Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation on Sunday, Nov. 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Monday, Nov. 10 at 10 am at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church in Friendsville with Father Casimir Stanis, officiating. Interment and prayers of committal will follow at the St. Thomas Cemetery in Little Meadows. Military honors will be accorded by the VFW 6824. Memories and condolences may be shared by visiting our website at www.sutfinfuneralchapel.com. Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to a charity of one's choice in loving memory of George Kotch. –Towanda Daily Review 11/9/2014

JOSEPH H. LAFRANCE, age 53, of 203 SR 3005, Meshoppen, Pa. (South Auburn), went home to be with his Savior, Jesus Christ early Monday morning, Nov. 17, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family. Joe was born on Nov. 28, 1960 in Meshoppen, Pa., the son of the late Robert B. LaFrance Jr. who passed away on Sept. 4, 1977 and Elaine Phillips LaFrance of South Auburn, Pa. He graduated from Elk Lake High School with the class of 1979. Joe was a farmer all of his life and his farming career started at the age of 16 after the death of his father. He loved his animals and developed a great knowledge of dairy farming and proved to be a very successful farmer. In 2009 he had to give up farming due to health reasons. Joe loved horses and his love for horses led him to experience the enjoyment of team penning for a few years during which time he was a member of the Northeast Pennsylvania Team Penning Association. Joe was a devoted hunter and always looked forward to the hunting season. Joe hunted with both his rifle and bow and acquired several beautiful trophy bucks. He was also an avid sports fan and loved sports in general. As a teenager he played golf for Elk Lake High School and competed at states during his high school career. In the past he was a member of the Tri-County Men's Bowling League at Shadowbrook in Tunkhannock. Joe enjoyed watching hockey and football as well. Joe was a member of the Overfield Cemetery Association. He attended the Braintrim Baptist Church and made a public identification with Jesus by being baptized earlier this year. Joe was a brave and gentle man that loved his God, family and friends. Joe is survived by his mother, Elaine LaFrance of South Auburn; his sisters, Chanda and her husband Dennis Cunningham of Laceyville, Pa., Bobbie and her husband Nelson Hollett of South Auburn, Pa. He is also survived by his nephews, Joseph and his wife Sara Hollett, Lee and his wife Theresa Hollett; niece, Dana and her husband Billy Marshall; grandnephew, Max Hollett; grandnieces, Ali, Natilee, and Kristi Hollett; as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral services for Joe will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 at the Braintrim Baptist Church in Laceyville, Pa. with Reverend Thomas Davis of the church officiating. Interment will follow at the Overfield Cemetery in Meshoppen, Pa. Friends and family may call from 12 p.m. until the time of the service at the church. Arrangements were entrusted with Sheldon Funeral Homes, Box 32 Main St., Laceyville, Pa. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the Braintrim Baptist Church Scholarship Fund, PO Box 281, Laceyville, PA or the Child Evangelism Fellowship, 11 Wyoming Ave., Tunkhannock, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 11/18/2014

LARKIN –MARGARET EILEEN LARKIN KINGSBURY died of gall bladder cancer peacefully and without pain at home on September 22 at the age of 79. Eileen was born and raised on a farm in Farmington, Prince Edward Island, Canada, the youngest of seven children. She was predeceased by her parents John and Catherine (MacPhee) Larkin and her six siblings: Alexander, Paul, Wencil, Gwendolyn, Muriel and Desmond. She is survived by her husband Paul I. Kingsbury, Jr., her son Paul I., III, (Wanda), her daughter Susan (Larry) Shaffer, her son Andrew, her five grandchildren: Alexis Shaffer, Larry Shaffer, III, Marley Kingsbury, Christopher Kingsbury, Jack Kingsbury and many nieces and nephews. Eileen graduated from Saint Peters (PEI) High School and secretarial school. She taught eight grades in a one-room school on Prince Edward Island for a year. She married Paul Kingsbury on June 15, 1957, in the Bowdoin College chapel. She worked for the next ten years supporting her husband as he pursued his graduate education and served in the military, while at the same time delivering and raising three children. She worked at the Framingham, Mass., National Bank, at Remington Rand in Middletown, Conn., and she operated a grocery store in Stadium Village, a community of some 300 student families, on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. While residing in Stadium Village, Eileen edited the village newspaper, the Village Voice. After moving to Elmira, Eileen raised her three children to high-school age and then operated a decorating business in Elmira for twenty years with her business partner and best friend Aimee Lester. Active in tennis for many years, Eileen and Fran Morrisey were the Twin Tier Racquet Club Women's Doubles Champions in 1977. More recently, Eileen held her own in several golf leagues and the Chemung County Senior Games. Eileen was active in church and community endeavors. She worked at the Elmira Community Kitchen and established the Trust in the Lives of Older Women group at the First Presbyterian Church in Elmira. She was a member of the Elmira Junior League. Eileen and her husband Paul led a full and rich life for fifty-seven years. They traveled extensively, at first with their children, then alone together, and more recently with their grandchildren. They covered 48 of the 50 states, much of Europe, many islands of the Caribbean, several islands of Greece, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand and, of course, Canada, where Eileen continued to maintain her citizenship. When traveling alone, they enjoyed traveling independently in an automobile, meeting people and exploring the wonders of the world. They hiked the Cinque Terre, the Milford Track, Cornwall and more. Eileen's first love was her family, to which she dedicated her life to the very end. She will be sorely missed by them and by all who knew her through her love and generosity. Friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, 502 W. Water Street, Elmira on Friday, September 26, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1054 W. Clinton Street, Elmira. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Eileen's name to CareFirst, 11751 East Corning Road, Corning, NY; to the Hokusei Gakuen Fund at the First Presbyterian Church, 1054 West Clinton Street, Elmira, New York or to Sayre House of Hope, 312 Chemung Street, Sayre, PA. –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/24/2014

HOWARD LAWRENCE III, age 52, of Wilmot, Pa., passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, Pa. Howard was born in Towanda, Pa. on March 3, 1962, a son of Capella Ann Sutton Smith and the late Howard Lawrence Jr. He graduated from the Wyalusing High School a member of the class of 1980. He resided in West Palm Beach, Fla. for over 25 years where he worked for Lockheed Martin Corp. He loved the outdoors and especially to hunt and fish. Surviving are his daughter, Amber Lawrence of Brick, N.J.; mother, Capella and John Smith of Wilmot, Pa.; brother, Aaron Todd Lawrence (fiancée Julie Ann Case) of Laceyville, Pa.; sisters, Lynn Marie Saxon of Quakertown, Pa., Kandice Lawrence of Athens, Pa.; two nieces and three nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Mitchel Wentworth Lawrence in 1984. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, PA with the Rev. Vickie Ellis officiating. Interment will be in the Colley Cemetery, Dushore, Pa. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, at the Homer Funeral Home. The family will provide the flowers and asks that memorial contributions be sent to the charity of one's choice. –Towanda Daily Review 10/3/2014

LEWIS –DORIS E. FECICH age 88, of Horseheads, NY, passed away on Thursday, September 18, 2014. She was born on October 17, 1925 in Elmira, NY to the late Fred and Elizabeth (Dunn) Lewis. Doris was predeceased by her husband, John Fecich; son, John "Jackie" Fecich; brother, Robert Lewis; and sisters, Gladys Fulkerson and Mildred Taber. She is survived by her daughter, Mary Eagen (Terry Shea) of Albany, NY; grandchildren, Melissa (James) Preston of Rensselaer, NY and Carri Davis of FL; great-grandchildren, Jah-Ziah, Luke, Madeline and Jazlyn; sisters-in-law, Lois Lewis of NC, Julia Eldred of Horseheads, Sophie Conklin of Millport, and Helen Gilkey of Horseheads; along with several nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday, September 20th, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. A Panykhda Service will follow there at 6:30 p.m. with Father Batcho officiating. Interment will take place in St. Nicholas Cemetery at the convenience of the family. The family would like to thank Ruth Carpenter, Heidi Enos, and CareFirst for the wonderful care that they gave to Doris. –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/19/2014

LITTLE –AVIS M. HOUGHTALING, 96, formerly of Potter Brook Road, Westfield and Ulysses, PA, died Saturday, October 4, 2014. Born December 27, 1917, in Elmira, NY, she was the daughter of Clarence and Grace Abbey Little. On August 7, 1936, in Wellsville, NY, she married Basil W. Houghtaling, who predeceased her in 1986. Surviving are: a daughter, Elaine (Bernard) Atwell; a son-in-law, Robert (Dianne) Olney; seven grandchildren, Gay Michelle Knight, Mitzi (Kelly) Burdick, Kitty (David) Piccotti, Tracy (Darcy) Atwell, Wesley (Connie) Olney, Benjamin R. (Sheila) Olney, and Kirk Atwell; 13 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Wilma (Rev. Paul) Marsh; and a sister-in-law, Dorothy Little of Buffalo, NY. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a daughter, Barbara Joy Olney in 1985; brothers and sister-in-law, Edwin E. (Ruth) Little and William A. Little; and sister and brother-in-law, Rowena (Howard) Stafford. Friends may call Wednesday, October 8th from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Thursday in the Potter Brook People's Church. Rev. Duane Burdick will officiate. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Potter Brook. Memorials may be made to the Ulysses Library Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 316, Ulysses, PA or the Potter Brook People's Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 217, Westfield, PA. –Elmira Star-Gazette 10/6/2014

MR. THOMAS MACDONALD, age 91, of Wyalusing, Pa., passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, at Park Place. Tom was born on Aug. 9, 1923, in Philadelphia, Pa., a son of the late Norman J. and Emily Beck MacDonald. Tom attended school in Philadelphia. After school he married the love of his life the former Helen Yarris, of Delaware County, Pa. He was drafted into the United States Army the day after he was married for service in WWII. He was a member of the 10th Mountain Division where he trained in Colorado, then was stationed at various places throughout Europe including Italy. He was honorably discharged and returned to Philadelphia, where he settled down and raised his five children. He was a truck driver for J. Gibson McIlvain company for most of his career, then operated the overhead crane until retiring. In retirement he and Helen moved to Homet's Ferry, Pa., in 1983. Tom enjoyed spending time with his wife and kids, grandkids, great-grandkids, many nieces and nephews, brothers and sisters, in-laws and friends. He loved hunting and fishing. The garden was his passion, having made the local newspaper many times as the "cabbage man" for the massive cabbages that he grew. He enjoyed tinkering in his workshop. He was a very kind and gentle man who went out of his way to help people and make them feel at home. He was the greatest husband and father that anyone could ever want. His love will never be forgotten, and his memories will always be in the hearts of all who knew him. Surviving are his spouse, Helen at home; sons and daughters-in-law, James and Deborah MacDonald of Wyalusing, Pa., Thomas and Maria MacDonald of Homet's Ferry, Pa.; daughters and sons-in-law, Bunny MacDonald of Wyalusing, Pa. and Belle and Todd Wizelman of Sugar Run, Pa.; grandchildren, Matthew, James, Aimee, Patty, Joseph and Melissa; great-grandchildren, Jonathan, Jocelyn, Dominick, Anthony, Matthew, Michael, Natalie, Joshua, Patty, Ronnie, Heather; great-great-grandchild, Lewis; numerous nieces and nephews; and his sidekick, Tiny the dog. He was predeceased by his son, John MacDonald in 2004; four brothers, Norman MacDonald Sr., Herman MacDonald, Archibald MacDonald and Oscar MacDonald; and two sisters, Elizabeth Heaps and Dolly MacDonald. A funeral service will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, PA with Pastor Richard Davis, officiating. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Bradford County Humane Society, P.O. Box 179, Ulster, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 9/18/2014

EMERY WEBSTER MCCLURE lived 93 years before answering God's call. Fondly known as "Webbie" to many friends, he passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, after a long illness. He was born June 18, 1921 to Emory F. and Lydia Redman McClure. Formerly of Parkesburg, he had lived the last four years with his daughter and son-in-law in Lititz, Pa. Web married Dorothy Sweazy in December of 1944; she passed away on March 11, 1978. Web married Mary Trego Souders; she passed away on Jan. 25, 2001. As a young man Webster held many jobs including mowing grass in Christiana, working at the American Grocery Store in Gap and working in his uncle's greenhouse. He was a member of Christiana United Methodist Church. Enlisting in the Army on Jan. 23, 1941, Web went overseas to England in July 1942. He sustained burns in 1944 and on Sept. 7, 1945 was honorably discharged at the Valley Forge Hospital. He was a founding member of the Chester County Hunting Club, New Albany, Pa. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 384 PA, member of the American Legion Post No. 42, Towanda, Pa. and a member of the Monroeton Rod & Gun Club, Monroeton, Pa. Gardening was a pastime that he embraced as long as the weather held. Apples, sugar peas, sweet corn, asparagus, tomatoes and black raspberries were among the items harvested and shared with friends and family. He enjoyed hunting deer, rabbit, turkey, grouse and squirrel. It gave him many enjoyable times with his buddies at the hunting cabin. He worked at the Coatesville VA Hospital in several departments starting out shoveling coal into the furnace, then working as a pipe fitter and finally general mechanic until his retirement. He was always ready to lend a helping hand no matter what needed to be repaired or built, even helping his neighbors on their farms. He is survived by his daughter, Barbara S. wife of Roman "Russ" Rusynko of Lititz, Pa.; step son, Peter "Mac" husband of Roberta Belshaw Souder of Parkesburg, and their two children, Samantha and Zac. The family would like to thank Hospice and Community Care during Webster's home care and the Hospice Inpatient Center in Mt. Joy. We greatly appreciate all the doctors, nurses, social workers and chaplains who supported Webster and his family. The funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 9, at the Shivery Funeral Home, 111 Elizabeth St., Christiana, Pa., with Rev. Elaine Miller Bortman officiating. Interment will be in the Sadsbury Friends Burial Grounds of Gap. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until time of service on Thursday, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Bob Fryer and Family Inpatient Center, 4075 Old Harrisburg Pike, Mount Joy, PA. Arrangements are by the Shivery Funeral Home, Inc., Christiana & Paradise. –Towanda Daily Review 10/4/2014

MCGILL –VIRGINIA MCGILL KERSTELLER of Naples, FL, passed away September 4, 2014. Virginia was the wife of the late Col. Oscar E. Kerstetter. She was born December 27, 1918 to James and Mary McGill of Elmira. Surviving are her children, George Kerstetter and his wife Jean, Barbara Arthur and her husband David, Nora Crouch and her husband Alan, and daughter-in-law, Brenda. She loved her 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Her husband, Oscar, and son, Jim, predeceased her as well as her grandson, Michael. Virginia was a graduate of Elmira Catholic High School, Elmira College, and SUNY Geneseo. A retired school librarian with the Auburn Enlarged City School District, she did graduate work at Temple University and Cornell University. She was past president of the Elmira College of the Finger Lakes as well as the Daubers Club of the Cayuga Museum in Auburn and also served on the museum board. In Naples she was very active with Ikebana International and taught on several levels. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, at Sacred Heart Church, 90 Melrose Road, Auburn, NY. Interment will be at St. Joseph's Cemetery. Brew Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Expressions of sympathy to the Matthew House, 43 Metcalf Drive, Auburn, NY in memory of Virginia McGill Kerstetter. –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/21/2014

ROBERT E. MEEHAN, 90, of 35 E. Laurel St., Monroeton, Pa., passed away Saturday morning, Nov. 15, 2014 at Memorial Hospital, Towanda, Pa. Robert was born Aug. 6, 1924 in Mildred, Pa., the son of Edward "Colley" Meehan and Sarah Loomis Meehan. He was a graduate of Sonestown High School class of 1943 and later served with the U.S. Marine Corp. in the occupation of Japan during World War II. On June 12, 1947, Robert married the former Arline Bentley in Dushore, Pa. Robert was employed by GTE Sylvania in Towanda for many years until his retirement. Robert attended the Monroeton United Methodist Church and was a member of the Penn-York Detachment of the Marine Corp League, Mildred American Legion Post No. 452, Beirne-Webster VFW Post No. 1568, Towanda and was a member and Past Master of Union Lodge No. 108 F. & A.M., Towanda. Robert was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather whose life revolved around his family. He enjoyed golfing, traveling and spending the winter months in Florida and Myrtle Beach, S.C.He is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Arline Meehan at home; children, James Meehan and wife Ann of Ulster, Karen Tomlinson and husband Ted of LeRoy; grandchildren, Kelly, Robert, Michael and Jennifer; great-grandchildren, Emma, Hannah, Shelby, Dylan, Tabitha and Sophie; his brother-in-law, John Guglielmi of Mildred; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by sisters, Regina Guglielmi and Arlene Spence.The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa. Officiating will be Rev. Kitty Keller, pastor of the Monroeton United Methodist Church. Union Lodge No. 108 F. & A.M. will hold a service of remembrance at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The Penn-York Detachment of the Marine Corp League will accord military honors at the funeral home. Interment will be private in the Laporte Cemetery, Laporte, Pa. The family suggests that contributions may be directed to a charity or organization of one's choice in Robert E. Meehan's memory. –Towanda Daily Review 11/16/2014

MERRILL –BETTY LOUISE MERRILL GRIFFIN age 85 of Horseheads, NY passed away on Tuesday September 23, 2014 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY following a short illness. Betty was born October 13, 1928 in Elmira, NY one of twelve children to the late L. Arthur and Jennie Snediker Merrill. She married her husband, William J. "Red" Griifin Sr., on November 13, 1948 and they would have celebrated their 66th Wedding Anniversary on November 13, 2014. Betty was a life-long resident of the Elmira and Horseheads area and a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She retired from The Horseheads Central School District as a Teacher's Aide. Betty is survived by her beloved husband of 65 years William J. "Red" Griffin Sr.; sons and daughter-in-law: William J. Griffin Jr. and Suellyn Myers of Horseheads, NY, Michael Griffin of Eugene, Oregon and daughter Cynthia Griffin of Horseheads, NY; many beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren; sister: Patricia Drake of Anaheim, CA; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of caring friends. In honor of Betty's wishes there will be no services at this time. Arrangements are entrusted to the Lynch Funeral Home, 318 W. Broad St., Horseheads, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/26/2014

WILLIAM F. MIDDAUGH age 73 of Pine City passed away Fri. morning, Sept. 26, 2014 at Corning Hospital following a courageous battle with cancer. Born on Oct 1, 1940 in Elmira; He was the son of the late, William & Louise (Gillis) Middaugh. Bill graduated from Southside High School in 1958 and attended Corning Community College. In service to his country, he served in the US Navy after which he married the love of his life, Jane Taft. He was employed by the U.S. Postal Service for many years as the Customer Relations Coordinator. Family always came first to Bill. He loved sports and was NY Yankees and Giants fan. His favorite pastime was watching his grandchildren play sports. Bill loved food and is fondly remembered for being the first in line at any family gathering. Surviving is his loving family, wife and companion of 51 years, Jane Taft Middaugh, Pine City; their children, Elizabeth (Steven) Agan, Elmira; Michael (Kimberlee) Middaugh, Elmira; Martha (Patrick) Clark, Elmira; Susan (Andrew) Scott, Big Flats; 14 grandchildren, Katelyn, Daniel, Jennifer, and Thomas Agan; Zachary, Joseph, and Michael Middaugh; Kristina, Benjamin, Abigail, and Patrick Clark; Ryan, Carly, and Leah Scott; brother, Brian (Jackie) Middaugh, Southport; sister, Susan (Lauren) Pautz, Pine City; sister-in-law, Deanna Middaugh, Elmira; brother-in-law, John (Margaret) Taft, Elmira; nieces, nephews and many family friends. In addition to his parents, Bill was predeceased by his brothers, Dan A. and Dennis H. Middaugh. Family and friends will be received at St. Mary's Church, 224 Franklin St. Elmira, NY on Mon. Sept. 29, 2014 between the hours of 4-6 p.m. A Memorial Mass will follow at 6:15 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Care First, 11751 East Corning Rd. Corning, NY in Bill's memory. Special thanks to the healthcare professionals at Corning Hospital for the wonderful care they gave Bill during his illness. –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/27/2014

WILLIAM J. NICHOLSON SR. age 90 of Wellsburg, NY, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family. William was born on August 20, 1924 the son of the late Mary and John Nicholson, Sr. He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Evelyn M. Nicholson; son, William Nicholson, Jr.; daughter, Barbara (Wayne) Harris; grandsons, William Nicholson, Michael Nicholson, Joseph Harris and Jason Harris; great grandchildren, William Nicholson III and Mckenna Harris. William was a United States Marine Corp Veteran of WWII. He retired from NYSEG after 37 years of service. It was William's request that there be no calling hours and a Private Funeral Service be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. –Elmira Star-Gazette 10/12/2014

OAKLEY –GERALDINE OAKLEY LAKE MATTOCKS, 93, of Meshoppen, died Thursday evening at the Golden Living Center in Tunkhannock. She was preceded in death by her husbands Searle "June" Lake and Durland Mattocks. She was born on July 7, 1921 in Springville Twp., in the family home on Strickland Hill, a daughter of the late Luther and Ila Mae Sutton Oakley. Geraldine was a 1939 graduate of the Springville School where she played the violin in the school's band. She worked as a cosmetologist, owning and operating her own shop, and was an accomplished seamstress and cook. She is preceded in death by brothers Paul Oakley, Dillis Oakley; sisters Betty Martin, Retha Singer, and nephew Dale Martin.She is survived by daughter Cindy Lake and husband Terry Holdridge of Meshoppen; brother Jack Oakley of Springville; brother-in-law Douglas Singer of Springville; grandchildren Tracy Holdridge, and Doug Chapman of Newfield N.Y., Chris Holdridge, and Lisa Fawcett of Meshoppen, several nieces nephews and cousins. A mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. at the Church of Nativity BVM, Tunkhannock. Calling hours will be held Sunday from the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home Inc., 73 West St., Tunkhannock, from 1 to 3 p.m. Memorial contributions can be made to the Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 340 Montage Mountain Rd., Moosic PA or the Church of Nativity BVM Tunkhannock. The family would like to thank the staffs at the Tunkhannock Manor, Golden Living Center, Hospice of Sacred Heart, and Dr. Andres. –Towanda Daily Review 11/8/2014

CHARLES H. OLIVER, 77, of Canton, PA, and a former long-time resident of Ralston, passed away at home on Monday, November 10, 2014. Born in Richmond, VA on December 3, 1936, he was a son of the late Sam and Mary Emma (Hayes) Oliver. Charlie served our country in the U.S. Army. He was employed by Stone Containers of Williamsport and later by Brooks Lumber in Ralston. Charlie was a good person who enjoyed watching TV and the outdoors. He is survived by a sister, Frances Oliver of Richmond, VA a special cousin, Minnie Hunter of Ralston and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Charles was preceded by siblings; Daniel Wade, Walter, Amille, Macie, Doshia and a special cousin, Violet Hose. There will be no public services. Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Dr., Canton is care of arrangements. –Pepper Funeral Home Notice 10/13/2014

THOMAS J. ‘T.J.’ PEDRO, age 76, of Dushore, Pa., passed away on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, at home doing what he loved to do, working outside cutting firewood. Tom was born March 30, 1938, third of 13 children to Gilbert and Cora Hunsinger Pedro. He grew up in Mildred hauling coal with his father and doing masonry jobs around Sullivan County after school. He graduated from the Cherry Township High School a member of the class of 1956. He worked for a short time at the Endicott Johnson Shoe Mfg. Plant in Mildred. He then went to work beside his father in the coal mines in Old Bernice, working underground in the mines. He was proud to have obtained his mining certificate which to this day hangs on his office wall. He worked for GTE Sylvania in Towanda, from which he retired from the night shift after 30 years of service. He married the former Beverly Steinruck of Laporte on May 20, 1960 and they built his dream home, the stone house that was his home to the day of his passing. Tom loved to share the story of that house and the many tons of Loyalsock stone and cement it took he and his brothers years to complete. Tom started a roofing and siding contracting business in the late 1960s which he worked at during the day and at GTE at night. Over the years, he and his crews roofed and sided most of the homes in the area. Hard work was a way of life with Tom right up to his last day. He loved horses and owned many over the years on his farm, along with cows and pigs. He enjoyed going to the Middleburg Horse Auction each month and had many friends there. Tom was a big supporter for his grandchildren, who played sports — soccer, softball and baseball — and attending their games was a big joy to him. Tom was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church, Mildred, Pa., and the White Ash Land Association. Surviving are his spouse, Beverly at home; son, Rick (DeeAnn) Pedro of Dushore, Pa.; daughter, Angela (Jody) Thomas of Forksville, Pa.; six brothers, Angelo (Shirley) Pedro of Dushore, Pa., Jerome (Rebecca) Pedro of Mildred, Pa., Richard Pedro of Dushore, Pa., Wayne (Sharon) Pedro of New Albany, Pa., Edward Pedro of Dushore, Pa., Michael (Debra) Pedro of Mildred, Pa.; four sisters, Eleanor (John) Fowler of Mildred, Pa., Alberta Pastusic of Mildred, Pa., Dawn "Toots" Masteller of Dushore, Pa., Deborah (Dennis) Hill of Mildred, Pa.; four grandchildren, Mitchell, Kara, Chandra and T. Jalen "T.J." which he was so proud of and loved more than life itself.He was predeceased by a son, Thomas Pedro Jr. in 1966, and an infant brother, John and his sister, Margaret Sysock Pastusic. Tom loved people and was always giving hugs. So on behalf of Tom, give someone you love a hug today, tell them you love them, and don't take it for granted that they will be there tomorrow. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, Pa., with the Rev. Edward L. Michelini, presiding. Interment will be in Mountain Ash Cemetery, Laporte, Pa. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home. The family will provide the flowers and asks that memorial contributions be sent to the Dushore Fire and Ambulance Association, PO Box 1, Dushore, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 10/4/2014

DAVID L. PHILLIPS age 65, passed away Thursday, October 2, 2014, at the Chemung County Nursing Facility. David was born August 26, 1949, in Elmira, a son of the late David T. and Nataline (Santucci) Phillips. In addition to his parents he is predeceased by daughter Jennifer Phillips and brother Duane Phillips. David is survived by his loving wife of 43 years Anita Pinelli Phillips; son David J. Phillips with Jennifer LaMarche, of Rochester; brothers and sisters-in-law, Edward and Sheila Phillips of Elmira, James Michael and Dorothy Phillips of Horseheads, Theodore and Patricia Phillips of Cicero NY; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Theodore L. and Judy Pinelli of Springville NY; along with several nieces, nephews and cousins. David was graduate of Elmira Free Academy. He then went on to earn degrees from both Corning Community and Elmira College. David was an outstanding wrestler competing at EFA, Corning Community College and East Carolina University. He was a State Correction Officer retiring after 25 years of service. Growing up David was active in Boy Scouts, attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. He enjoyed sports and was an avid NY Yankee fan. It was David's request that all services be kept private. Those wishing may remember David with a donation to the Chemung County SPCA, 2435 State Route 352, Elmira NY. David's family extends a special thank you to CareFirst, and the staff at the Chemung County Nursing Facility for the wonderful care he received while there. Arrangements by McInerny Funeral Home. –Elmira Star-Gazette 10/5/2014

ORRIN EMERY ‘SONNY’ PHINNEY JR., age 71, of Wysox, PA died Friday evening, September 12, 2014 at his home after an illness. Born on July 9, 1943 in Windham Township, Wyoming County, PA he was the son of the late Orrin and Evelyn Furman Phinney, Sr. He was a 1961 graduate of Wyalusing Valley High School. Orrin married Patricia Harris on September 25, 1965 and together they have two daughters. He absolutely loved his family especially his two grandchildren. For many years he owned and operated Valentine TV and Appliance in Wysox, PA until he retired in 2010. Orrin is survived by his spouse, Patricia, of Wysox, PA; his two daughters Lori Mislevy and her husband Darren of Tunkhannock, PA and Catherine Nicholas and her husband Nick of Tunkhannock, PA; his two grandchildren Hannah Mislevy and Ryan Nicholas both of Tunkhannock, PA; his brothers Fred Phinney of Laceyville, PA and William (Lynda) Phinney of Laceyville, PA; his sisters Geraldine Fassett of Tunkhannock, PA, Grace Ann Iffert of Tunkhannock, PA, Joyce Place of Kendallville, IN, Betty Charland of Laceyville, PA, Helen (Roger) Valentine of Laceyville, PA, Donna Latini of Spring Hill, PA, Janice (Dubois) Selbig of Dallas, GA, and Lois Phinney of Mehoopany, PA; his brother-in-law Phillip Harris of San Antonio, TX; as well as many nieces/nephews and great nieces/nephews. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his sister-in-law Yvonne Phinney and brother-in-laws Joe Fassett, Paul Iffert, David Place, and Ernest Latini. A private service will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in the North Flat Cemetery.
Arrangements were entrusted with Sheldon Funeral Homes, Main St., Laceyville, PA. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Orrin’s name to the Braintrim Baptist Church, PO Box 281, Laceyville, PA. –Carol Brotzman

PONDO –JUDITH SHERWOOD, 47, of Catlin Hollow Road, Wellsboro, died on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Glens Falls, N.Y., due to an automobile accident. She was the wife of David K. Sherwood, whom she married on July 27, 1990. Judy was born Jan. 3, 1967, in Philadelphia, the daughter of Eugene and Mary (Sowizdral) Pondo, of Sabinsville. She was a graduate of Cowanesque Valley High School. Judy was employed as Office Manager. for Dr. Richard Black, D.M.D., M.P.H., in Wellsboro. She was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, where she served as Eucharistic Minister; she was very involved with her church. Judy was a devoted mother and wife. She loved going camping, fishing and bicycle riding. She was very fond of her dogs. Surviving in addition to her husband and parents are her son, Curtis John Sherwood and daughter, Amelia Sherwood of Wellsboro; step-son, David Kenneth Sherwood, Jr. and step-granddaughter, Kaylee Sherwood, both of Woodland; two sisters, Julia (Bill) Meachem, of Lawrenceville, Jeanmarie Pondo of Philadelphia; three brothers, John (Stacy) Pondo of Erie, Joshua (Marcie) Pondo of Dunn, N.C., Eugene (Roxanne) Pondo of Lawrenceville; mother-in-law, Carol Sherwood of Wellsboro; two sisters-in-law, Jennifer Dake (Bradley), of Wellsboro and Melissa Gerrard (David) of Utah. Friends and family are invited to Judy's Life Celebration on Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 6 to 9 p.m., at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 38 Central Ave., Wellsboro. Funeral Mass will be Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 10 a.m., at St. Peter's Catholic Church with the Rev. John Chmil officiating. Memorials may be made in Judy's name to St. Peter's Catholic Church or Second Chance Animal Sanctuary, c/o Sue Cook, P.O. Box 293, Wellsboro, Pa. Local arrangements are by Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, "A Life Celebration Home," 139 Main St., Wellsboro. –Wellsboro Gazette 9/22/2014
 
PUTNAM –JEANNE M. BURLEY, age 60, of Lawrenceville, passed away on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at Robert Packer Hospital. She was born on November 12, 1953 in Wellsboro, the daughter of the late Donald H. Putnam and Phyllis Townsend. Blessed with a kind heart and green thumb, Jeanne loved all plants and animals alike. She is survived by her son: Austin (Kaitlyn Friis) Burley of Raleigh, NC; her mother Phyllis Townsend of Corning; sister, Julie (John) Owen of Millerton; a nephew, Jeremy Owen of Millerton; a niece, Jennifer (David Edwards) Owen of Blossburg; a great nephew, David Edwards Jr.; and aunts, uncles, and cousins. Services will be held at a later time. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make donations to the American Heart Association, PO Box 417005, Boston, MA or the Animal Care Sanctuary at animalcaresanctuary.org. –Elmira Star-Gazette 20/4/2014

RAISON –BEVERLY RUTH DECKER, 87, formerly of Durell, Pa., passed away Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at Memorial Hospital, Towanda, Pa. Beverly was born Feb. 8, 1927, in Woodbridge, N.J., one of 14 children of Eldon and Helen Osborne Raison. She was a graduate of Woodbridge High School, Woodbridge, N.J. She was a member of the Orwell Bible Church.Surviving are her brothers, Todd Raison of Punta Gorda, Fla. and Peter Raison of Delaware; sisters, Virginia Robinson of Kentucky, Lois Throne of Erie, Pa. and Wilma Jane Aust of Madison, Fla.; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Henry W. Decker in 1968; her brothers, Eldon, James, Richard, John, Melvin and Allen Raison; and sisters, Margaret Voorhees and Vivian Goodale. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, Towanda, Pa.  –Towanda Daily Review 9/23/2014

REPSHER –EVELYN REPSHER CRUVER, age 81, of Laceyville, Pa., passed away early Thursday morning, Sept. 25, 2014, at her home on North Flat, Windham Township, Wyoming County, surrounded by her family. Evelyn was born on Aug. 22, 1933, the daughter of the late Carlton (Dutch) (Nov. 1, 1989) and Agnes Filan (April 3, 1994) Repsher Sr. She was a graduate of the Laceyville High School class of 1952 where she played on the high school's basketball team and was the defender of her brothers in the hallways and on the playgrounds. After graduation she worked at Bendix Corporation in South Montrose, Pa. until getting married. She married James D. Cruver on May 19, 1956 and they celebrated 54 years of marriage before he passed away on May 23, 2010. She was a housewife and homemaker all of her married life. She worked hand in hand with Jim from 1968 until their retirement in 1974. Together they owned and operated Cruver Dozer Service as well as a stone quarry in the Laceyville area. During the same time the two of them built Cruver Mobile Home Park in Laceyville, Pa. and their family has operated the park from the late 1960s to present time. The residents of the mobile home park were always considered to be part of their extended family. Evelyn was a member of the Skinners Eddy United Methodist Church, Rought Hall Post No. 510 American Legion Auxiliary as well as the Meshoppen Chapter No. 70 Eastern Star where she was a past Worthy Matron in 1965. She served as a Wyoming County Republican Committeewoman for over 40 years and also served on its executive board. She liked to spend her time gardening, landscaping and mowing. Inside and outside home care was another hobby of Evelyn's. Surviving is her son, Matthew Cruver (fiancée Beth Ramey) of Laceyville, Pa.; and daughter, Jamie (Kevin) Klesh of Horseheads, N.Y. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Mark Cruver (Ashley Rice) of East Stroudsburg, Pa., Luke Cruver of Tunkhannock, Pa., Ava Klesh of Horseheads, N.Y., Isaac Klesh of Horseheads, N.Y.; sister, Joanne "Jody" (Jim) Sands of Laceyville, Pa.; brothers, Carlton "Cocky" (Rose) Repsher Jr. of Wyalusing, Pa. and Kenneth Repsher (Jeanette Luce) of Harding, Pa., special sister-in-law, Charlene Repsher of Laceyville, Pa. as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins are surviving. Evelyn also thought the world of her caregivers of the last year whom were Jenny Newhart of Laceyville, Pa., Rachel Manning of Laceyville, Pa., and Ellen Nitcznski of Forkston, Pa. Besides her husband and parents Evelyn is preceded in death by her son, Mark Carlton Cruver who was born in November 1957, and shortly thereafter contracted and suffered from Bulbar Polio; being a young mother, Evelyn diligently cared for Mark until his death on Jan. 2, 1972; sister, Shirley Gray (Jan. 3, 2000); brother, Keith Repsher (May 31, 2010); father-in-law, Hartley Cruver (1966); stepmother-in-law, Mildred Cruver (Jan. 10, 1997); brother-in-law, Larry Gray (Jan. 17, 1993); brother-in-law, Zane Cruver (1948); sister-in-law, Betty Davis (1994); sister-in-law, Helen Williams (2006); brother-in-law, Wayne Cruver (2006); special aunt and uncle, Lloyd and Myrtle Cruver. Funeral services for Evelyn will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 30, 2014, at the Sheldon Funeral Home, 459 Main St., Laceyville, Pa., with Reverend Jeffrey Wilkinson of Guthrie Hospice officiating. Interment will be at the Lacey Street Cemetery following the service. Family and friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday evening, Sept. 29, 2014, at the funeral home, with an Eastern Star Service at 8 p.m. conducted by the members of the Meshoppen Chapter No. 70 Eastern Star. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Guthrie Hospice, 421 Tomahawk Rd., North Towanda, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 9/26/2014

MAXWELL DEAN ‘ROCKY’ ROCKWELL, 79, of Nokomis, FL formerly of Shippensburg, PA died Thursday September 18, 2014. Mr. Rockwell was born on March 6, 1935 to Maxwell and Dolla Rockwell. Dean graduated from Canton High School with the class of 1953. He Served in the Army from 1953-1956 and continued serving in the Reserves for several years. In 1956 he became a member of the Pennsylvania State Police and retired after 30 years in 1985. After retiring he enjoyed many years working in retail and for Publix Super Markets. Dean was a faithful member of theNazarene Church in Venice, FL. He was a loving family man who adored his four grandchildren, who they called Pap. He enjoyed the great outdoors, camping, biking, cooking and he especially loved telling stories. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Barbara Swain Rockwell; daughters, Alisha (Sandor) Holota; Sesyle (David) Clarius; son, Stuart Rockwell; sisters, Shirley Pepper, Maxine Peters and Beverly (Gene) Segur; brothers, Jack (Phyllis) Rockwell and Duane (Dawn) Rockwell; 4 grandchildren, Brandon, Ashlee, Eva and Tristan. A memorial gathering will be held on Monday September 29, 2014 from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM with a memorial service to follow at the Venice Church of the Nazarene, 1535 E. Venice Avenue. Interment will be in Sarasota National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Youth Group of Venice Church Nazarene. Toale Brothers Funeral Home, Ewing Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

GILBERT E. ROGERS, 82, of Sayre, PA passed away on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre following a brief illness.He was born on Oct. 27, 1932 in Athens, PA the son of the late Stanley and Edna M. Hunsinger Rogers.Gilbert was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Gilbert was employed as a Manager of the Acme Markets, Sayre, prior to retiring. He also worked for Lindhorst Chrysler-Plymouth, and Stroehmann Bakeries. Gilbert was a Veteran of the US Army, stationed in Germany during a portion of his service. He was a lifetime member of the First Church of God in Sayre. One of Gilbert's favorite things to do was traveling with his wife, Arlene, especially to the Lancaster area, before her passing. He loved building puzzles, working with his hands around the house and outdoors in his yard, playing with his dog Roofis, and supporting his grandchildren's activities. He volunteered at Lynch-Bustin Elementary School, helping with the morning car riders.He is predeceased by his wife of 62 years Arlene L. Johnson Rogers on June 19, 2014, brothers: Ralph Rogers, Kenneth Rogers, and Stanley Rogers, and brother-in-law Joseph White. Gilbert is survived by his children Steven and Robbin Rogers of Waverly, NY, Connie and David Webster of Sayre, PA, and John and Aida Rogers of Palm Harbor, FL, grandchildren Steven Rogers, Jr. of Sayre, PA, Chelsea, Lucas, and Courtney Webster of Sayre, PA, Jeremiah and Sara Rogers of Sayre, PA, and Bulat and Marat Biyarslanov-Rogers of Palm Harbor, FL, great-grandchildren John and Kylee Rogers and Kohen and Tristen Rosh, sisters: Sarah White, Marleah Petty, sister and brother-in-law Geraldine and Louis Young, sisters-in-law, Virginia Rogers and Ruth Rogers, several nieces nephews, cousins, and special neighbors Harold "Bud" and Pat Eichorn. A Memorial Service for Gilbert and Arlene will be announced in a future edition of this newspaper. The family is being assisted by Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Athens, PA. Memorial donations may be made in Gilbert's memory to: First Church of God, 416 N. Keystone Ave., Sayre, PA or a charity of one's choice. –Towanda Daily Review 11/2/2014

RUSCZAK –ANN I. ‘GRAM’ SCHWAB age 89, passed away peacefully at Elderwood Nursing Home in Waverly on Saturday, November 15, 2014. Ann was born in Elmira on May 27, 1925, a daughter of Michael and Theodosia (Cusick) Rusczak. She was predeceased by brothers, Nicholas, Joseph, Charles and Stephen and sister Olga Owen. Ann is survived by her children, Stephen J. Schwab of Mims FL, Elizabeth A. Oldroyd with husband Richard of Horseheads, Jan M. Schwab-Woodward with husband William Woodward of Gillett PA, and Maureen Karam of Elmira; grandchildren, Daniel Oldroyd with his daughter Kendra; Michael Gee (with Angel St. Germain) and his children Brittany and Tanner; Noah Gee with his daughter Alexandria "Alli"; also surviving are several nieces, nephews and her Elderwood 3rd floor family. Ann was a long time communicant of St. Mary's Church. She was a member of the Ladies of Charity, the Ithaca Eagles Club and St. Joseph's Hospital Auxiliary. At Ann's request private family services will be held. Arrangements by McInerny Funeral Home. –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/18/2014

SHAWN RICHARD SAXE, 36, passed away at his residence in Billings, MO (formally of Troy, MO) on Tuesday, October 21, 2014. Shawn was born in Towanda, PA on August 13, 1978 to Larry Saxe (Troy, MO) and Kandies Miller (Troy, MO). He graduated from Buchanan High School, Troy, MO, in 1996. On October 21, 1994, Shawn asked his wife “out” and their relationship began its journey. Shawn and Krista were united in marriage on July 21, 1996. Shawn and Krista were blessed with five wonderful children: Maci Kimiye (18), Salena Rena (16), Keegan Lawrence (12), Mya Cheri (5), and Brennan Richard (4). He grew up in Troy, MO, spending summers and hunting seasons in Pennsylvania with his grandmother, uncles, aunts, and cousins. He worked for Casey’s and Contractor’s Building Supply, making his career with Arrowhead Building Supply. Shawn worked his way through the company from washing trucks on the weekends to being the Southwest MO Regional Manager. He took the lead to expand Arrowhead’s services to southern MO. Shawn and his family moved in 2008, to make the plan a reality. This plan exploded faster than anyone imagined and he found himself hands-on in designing, building, and logistical planning for five sites. Shawn dedicated his career to making Arrowhead a leader in the industry. Shawn will be especially remembered for how he uniquely loved his family, deer hunting, trap shooting, projects with his dad and brothers, sharing his love of music, fishing, gaming, football, being a super hero, comic knowledge to spoil the endings to DC/Marvel movies, giving bear hugs way to tight, wet willies, traveling, weight lifting, and most recently kayaking. Survivors include his wife, children and parents, mother-in-law Brenda Saxe, step father, Michael Miller, grandparents: Helen McGee, New Albany, PA, Ray & Cheryl Koeneman, and Joyce Mast, siblings: Andrew & Kristy Saxe, Meghan & Matt Brewer, Josh Miller, Beth Miller, Corey & Mindy Enos, Kiesha & Adam Reller, Carrie Hanke, Stephen & Rachel Enos, Ryan & Jill Enos, Ashley & Pat Conder, and in-laws Josh Gibson and Courtney Witt; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. He was predeceased in death by his grandparents: Richard P. Saxe (PA), James McGee (PA), and Donald Mast, uncles: Donald Middendorf (PA), Richard Middendorf (WA), and Henry Middendorf (WA), and the Chief Steve Schulte. The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation for the sympathy, comforting words, prayers, and all expressions of kindness and concern. May your memories continue to comfort you and bring peace. A Graveside service will be held on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 11:30 A.M. in St. Basils Cemetery, Dushore, PA with the Rev. Richard Rojas, presiding. Following the graveside the family will have a time of remembrance and fellowship at St. Francis Hall in Mildred, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: The Saxe Children Fund, Bank of Old Monroe, PO Box 98, Moscow Mills, MO. –P. Dean Homer Funeral Home Notice

SCHAEF –THELMA COURTRIGHT age 94 of Elmira passed away Sat. Sept. 20, 2014 at the Bradford County Manor following a long full life at the age of 94. Born on Feb. 18, 1920 in N. Tonawanda, NY, Thelma was the daughter of the late Gustav & Elizabeth Leifel Schaef. She married Fred W. Courtright in 1938 and he predeceased her in 1978. Thelma enjoyed being a homemaker, the outdoors and painting. Surviving is her loving family, children, Lois (Richard) Wheeler, Fassett, PA; Fred W. Jr. (Gail) Courtright, FL; Howard (Norma) Courtright, Lawrenceville, PA; and Nona (Philip) George, Altoona, PA; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; sisters, Donna (Harold "Hal") Wolfe, Big Flats; sister-in-law, Ethel Schaef, Horseheads; nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Thelma was predeceased by her brothers, Nicholas and Robert. In honor of her wishes there will be no public services. Thelma will be interred in Elmwood Cemetery, Caton, NY at her family's convenience. –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/24/2014

SCHUCKER –MARLENE JO SCHUCKER MOCKAITIS passed away Sept. 29, 2014 at her home in Sarasota, Fla. She was 61 years old and graduated from Troy Sr. High School in 1971. Born in Elmira, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Mark and Annette Schucker Jr. She was predeceased by her husband Edward Mockaitis. She is survived by her two sisters, Kathleen Schucker Walsh (Alan), and Brenda Schucker Holloway (Henry) both of Darlington, Md.; several aunts and uncles; and nieces and nephew. There will be no service. –Towanda Daily Review 10/12/2014

SCHULTZ –MARY ELIZABETH BOWERS went to be with Our Lord on September 18, 2014. Born October 30, 1920, in Wellsboro, PA, daughter of the late Andrew and Clara L. Schultz. She graduated Wellsboro HS and then a Business School in Ithaca, NY where she met her husband Frederick H. Bowers and was married on December 22, 1941. They had been married 60 years at the time of her husband's death. Mary was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church and American Legion Post 0676. Mary loved to bake cookies for her children and grandchildren and was a dedicated wife and mother. She loved drawing, painting, and worked in ceramics. She was predeceased by her parents, Andrew and Clara Schultz; her husband, Frederick H. Bowers; her son, Frederick E. Bowers; her sisters, Kay Weinerth and Helen Zader and Dorothy Harnas; her brothers, Louis Schultz and Andrew E. Schultz; and her great-granddaughter, Olivia Bowers. She is survived by her daughter, Claire Alger (Brian Phinney); sons, Harry Bowers (Kathy) and Robert Bowers (Alicia); sisters-in-law, Beatrice Schultz and Ann Schultz; daughter-in-law, Phyllis Bowers; 11 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild, nieces and nephews. Calling hours for family and friends will be at Bangs Funeral Home on Friday, September 26 from 1-2:30 p.m. with a service after. Burial will be at Christian Cemetery in Enfield, NY at the family's convenience. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Immaculate Conception Church or the Danby Fire And Rescue Squad. –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/23/2014

SCOTT –BARBARA ANN VINCENT, 78, of Shinglehouse, Pa. passed away Wednesday morning, Sept. 10, 2014 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. Barbara was born in Wellsville, N.Y. on Dec. 4, 1935, the daughter of Donald and Alta Taylor Scott. Surviving are her husband, Wilson S. Vincent; children, Monica Hoodak and husband James of Wyalusing, Pa., Rita Morris of Shinglehouse, Pa., Timothy Lunn and wife Candy of Cuba, N.Y., Steven Vincent of Shinglehouse, Pa., Donnie Vincent and wife Maggie of Shinglehouse, Pa.; 11 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; sisters, Carole Lundy and husband Ed of Oswayo, Pa., Jane Efimetz and husband Paul of Wellsville, N.Y.; brother, Don Scott and wife Cindy of Portville, N.Y.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sister, Naomi Ruel and brother, Richard Scott. The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. –Towanda Daily Review 9/12/2014

GERALD PHILLIP ‘DANNY’ SEYMOUR age 69, of Cleveland, TX, died Saturday, November I, 2014, in Liberty, TX. Memorial services were held November 11, 2014, at the New Rebecca Church in Cleveland, with fellowship afterward at the family home. Arrangements were by the Pace-Stancil Funeral Home. Danny was born May, 21,1945 in Blakely, PA, native of Galeton, PA, and resided in Cleveland, TX. for 33 years. He was a veteran of the US Navy, a carpenter by trade, former music director for Harmony Church, and a member of the New Rebecca Church. He also enjoyed playing gospel music on his guitar and woodworking. He was preceded in death by his mother and step-father Pearl and George Delgrosso, and brother, Arthur Seymour. Danny is survived by his wife of 46 years, Jennifer Elliott Seymour, daughters Lisa (Tim) Howell of Pasadena, and April (Bull) Dagle of Batson, TX, son Daniel Shane (Tami) Seymour of Cleveland, TX., brothers Mark Delgrosso and Vince Delgrosso of Elmira, NY., Gregory Delgrosso of Fleetwood, PA, sister, Geraldine Smith of Lititz, PA, eight grandchildren, Johnathan, Dustin, Zakary, Russell, Adam, Amy, Matthew, and Tyler, one great-grandchild, Addlynn, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/23/2014

JOSEPH N. SHERMAN JR., age 93, of Laceyville, Pa., passed away on Sunday morning, Sept. 21, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family. Joe was born in Boonton, N.J. on Oct. 8, 1920, the son of the late Joseph N. and Emily Gruening Sherman Sr. He was a graduate of the Boonton High School (N.J.) class of 1938. After graduation Joe proudly served his country as a Technician Third Grade for the 849th Signal Intelligence Service with the United States Army during World War II. He served his country on foreign soils in Europe and Africa during the war and was a recipient of the Bronze Star. Joe married the late Dorothy Jeanne Garletts who passed away July 21, 1994 and together they had six children. Joe worked for AT&T as an Engineer in New Jersey after the war until he retired and moved to Pennsylvania. He was a man that liked to keep busy so he worked many jobs. He worked in a greenhouse, installed windshields and alarm systems, and delivered prescriptions for Rite-Aid drugstore. But his favorite job was being an original founder of Brickhouse Services along with his son Richard. Joe enjoyed working with his hands in his yard and on his home. He loved reading and spent time visiting the ladies at the Laceyville and Wyalusing libraries. He was a well-liked man that was always willing to stop what he was doing to visit or help someone in need. Joe had a great sense of humor and had a lot of love for his family. His special miniature pincher Junior was always by his side. His greatest pleasure came from spending time with his beloved children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren who will miss him so much and will grow up without the chance to experience his knowledge, sense of humor, and his love. Joe is survived by his six children, Virginia Durren (fiancé Dwight McBain) of Honesdale, Pa., Whitney Sherman-Ryan (Paul) of Baltimore, Md., Joseph Sherman III (Linda) of Tunkhannock, Pa., Steven Sherman (Joyce) of New Albany, Pa., Nancy McKennas (Jim) of Laceyville, Pa. and Richard Sherman of Laceyville, Pa. Also surviving are 18 grandchildren, Zachary Durren (Rebecca) of Butler, N.J., Sarah Hyer (Shawn) of Tarpon Springs, Fla., Jesse Durren (Liz) of Scranton, Pa., Caitlin Durren of Clearwater, Fla., Joseph Durren of Renovo, Pa., Bryn Freeman (Ed Fickert) of Baltimore, Md., Rebekah Rice (Brian) of Boston, Mass., Hannah Sherman (Josh Caez) of Redwood Hills, Calif., Gary Sherman (Kathryn) of Springfield, Ore., Lydia Sherman of Rome, Pa., Ethan Sherman of New Albany, Pa., Anthony McKennas (Bridgette) of Montrose, Pa., Christine McKennas (Jared Meyers) of Covington Township, Pa., Ariel McKennas (David Dudock) of Laceyville, Pa., Jennifer Egan (Denzel) of Bethlehem, Pa., Laurie Prusko (Matt) of Philadelphia, Pa., Megan Shea (Mark Rowe) of Dallas, Pa. and Erin Sherman of Laceyville, Pa.; and eight great-grandchildren, Emma Durren, Maddie Durren, Matthew Hyer, Cynthia Durren, Ian Hyer, Joshua Durren, Blake McKennas and Caleb Sherman. Several nieces and nephews are also surviving. Besides his wife and parents Joe was preceded by his sister, Virginia Holt. Funeral services for Joe will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, at the Sheldon Funeral Home, 155 Church St., Wyalusing, Pa., with Reverend Charles Bishop of the Elk Lake and Transue Community Churches officiating. Military services will be conducted at the conclusion of the funeral service by the members of the Wyalusing American Legion Post No. 534. Friends and family may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday evening, Sept. 25, 2014, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Laceyville Library, PO Box 68, Laceyville, PA or the Wyalusing Library, PO Box 98, Wyalusing, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 9/23/2014

MARK JAMES SHINGLER of Meshoppen, Pa. unexpectedly passed away Thursday afternoon, Sept. 11, 2014. Mark was born April 25, 1985 in Allentown, Pa., the son of the late Mark Todd Shingler, who passed away Oct. 23, 2013 and Mary Payne of Sayre, Pa. Mark was a man of many interests. He especially enjoyed spending time with his children Amber and Derek. His little dog Tony was a constant companion of Mark's and was always by his side. Big Elk Lake was a favorite gathering spot of Mark's where he loved to spend time outdoors camping and fishing. He was an overall sports enthusiast and an avid fan of the New York Giants. Mark greatly enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was a big-hearted man with a quick wit and a great sense of humor that was appreciated by all who knew him. Mark is survived by his two children, Amber "Bird" Shingler of Laceyville, Pa. and Derek Shingler of Baltimore, Md. Also surviving is his mother, Mary Payne of Sayre, Pa.; brother, David Sands of Athens, Pa.; sister, Jessica Arnold of Elk Lake, Pa.; nephew, Kyle Sands of Athens, Pa.; paternal grandmother, Alma Shingler of Meshoppen, Pa.; maternal grandmother, Phyllis Haas of Sayre, Pa. Mark is also survived by many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Besides his father, Mark was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, James R. Shingler (June 5, 2006); and his uncle, Scott Allen Shingler (July 29, 2013). A graveside service will be held in Mark's memory at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at the Jersey Hill Cemetery with Pastor Gary Myers, a long time family friend officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Shingler Children Education Fund, Chemung Canal Trust, 405 Chemung St., Waverly, NY. Funeral arrangements were made by Sheldon Funeral Home, 8206 SR 6 (Main St.), Meshoppen, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review 9/13/2014

MARTIN ‘KENNETH’ SLABICKI, 76, of Wyalusing, Pa., passed away at his home in his sleep, on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. He was born to the late Martin and Agata Slabicki on Jan. 14, 1938, in Trenton, N.J. Kenny graduated from Hamilton High School in Trenton, N.J. with the class of 1956. He served his country in the US Navy from 1957-1959 as a MMLFN (Machinist) aboard the USS Leyete. He graduated from the New Jersey Police Academy and was employed as a Sergeant in Hightstown, N.J. for 10 years. He married Marie "Linda" Liedtka Slabicki on Jan. 21, 1961. They lived together in Trenton, N.J., before relocating to New Albany, Pa. in 1977. Kenny was a hardworking and energetic man. In addition to being a Police Sergeant, he owned and operated the Lovelton Hotel, Lovelton, Pa. and was also employed by Atlantic Products in Trenton, N.J., Miller Automotive in Dushore, Pa. and John Preston Logging in Wyalusing, Pa. Kenny loved the outdoors. He enjoyed camping trips with his family. Deer hunting with his New Jersey childhood buddies — Frank "Mop" Peterson, sons Ricky and Jeff, the late Cliff Willever, sons Cliff and Todd and John "The Greek" Niagas — was the highlight of each and every autumn for many years. His other passion in life was cars. He enjoyed going to NASCAR and Modified car races. He took great pride in his own vehicles. He collected several antique cars throughout his life and each one was spotless and in tip top condition. Finally, he enjoyed mowing the lawn. Acres of grass would be shorn each year. His accomplishments were immortalized by the Google Earth crew when he carved his name "KEN" into the pond bank with six foot letters for posterity. Kenny is survived by his wife of 53 years, Marie "Linda" Slabicki of Wyalusing, Pa.; five daughters, Sharon Ambush (James), Mt. Holly Springs, Pa., Nancy Slabicki (Rich LaFrance), Wyalusing, Pa., Maureen Stanton (Jim), Lenoxville, Pa., Janette Slabicki, Harrisburg, Pa., Lynn Benka-Davies (Ken), Harrisburg, Pa.; seven grandchildren, Adam Slabicki, Honolulu, Hawaii, Ruby Slabicki, Pittsburgh, Pa., Jessica Preston, Wyalusing, Pa., Jordan Preston, Wyalusing, Pa., Brooke Preston, Wyalusing, Pa., Elijah Benka-Davies, Harrisburg, Pa. and Zoe Benka-Davies, Harrisburg, Pa.; sibling, Donald Slabicki (Mae) Columbus, N.J.; brother-in-law, Richard Liedtka (Eileen), Trenton, N.J.; sisters-in-law, Mary Ann Liedtka, Trenton, N.J.; Theresa Kashner (John), Trenton, N.J.; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by an infant son, Kenneth Slabicki (May 20, 1964); and his sisters, Marie Workman, Helen Hess, Alberta St. John, Blanche Tobiasz, Dolly Croke; and brother, Carl Slabicki. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 at the Sheldon Funeral Home, 155 Church St., Wyalusing, Pa., with Father Joseph Manarchuck of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parrish officiating. Military Honors will follow at the funeral home and will be conducted by the members of the Wyalusing American Legion Post No. 534. Family and friends may call from 9 a.m. until the time of the service on Monday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family is suggesting that donations be made to Guthrie Hospice, 421 Tomahawk Rd., Towanda, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 11/22/2014

GERALD LEE SMITH REV., age 72 of Lowman, NY passed away on Thursday September 18, 2014. Gerald was born on March 1, 1942 in Rome, NY the son of the late Myron and Alice Howard Smith. He was a Tractor Trailer Driver for the Martin Transport in Mondovi, WI. Gerald attended Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY. He married his wife Ethelyn "Eppy" Halliday on May 1, 1965. He founded and built a Methodist Church down in the Catskill Mountain Region of NYS. He then moved to North Chemung where he became Pastor of the Breesport-North Chemung Methodist Church. He was also a Crisis Management Advocate for Chemung County Department of Social Services. Rev. Smith was pre-deceased by his great grandson Juleien Nicholas Torres on September 7, 2007 and by his brother Jay Smith. He is survived by his loving wife Ethelyn "Eppy" Halliday Smith; sons and daughters-in-law: Gerald M. and Lori Smith of Lowman, NY; David Smith of Lowman, NY; Charles and Julie Smith of Bellefonte, PA; daughters and sons-in-law: Rebecca Smith Dieterle and Daniel Dieterle of Elmira, NY; Carol Smith Meade and Ernest Meade of Owego, NY; 17 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law: William and Susan Smith of Camden, NY; Michael and Irene Smith of Cleveland, NY; sisters and brothers-in-law: Carolyn and Wally Bialobreski of Cicero, NY; Julie and Joe Gibilaro of W.VA; several nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of caring friends. Relatives and friends are invited to call at Lynch Funeral home, 318 W. Broad St., Horseheads, NY on Tuesday September 23, 2014 from 1-4 PM. Rev. Smith's Funeral Services will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 4PM. Family and friends are invited to The Town of Baldwin Community Center following Rev. Smith's services for a gathering and fellowship. –Lynch Funeral Home Obituary 9/21/2014

SNYDER –FRANCES I. ‘SIS’ FULMER, 76, of Unityville, died Thursday, October 2, 2014, at Grandview Health Homes in Danville. Born March 14, 1938 in Unityville, she was a daughter of the late Elias W. and Edna A. (Miller) Snyder. She and her husband, Torrence H. Fulmer, celebrated 58 years of marriage on June 29, 2014. Sis was a member of CAP, the Muncy Valley Senior Citizens and former member of Fairview United Methodist Church. She enjoyed working on the family farm, baking and gardening. Surviving, in addition to her husband, are three daughters, Carol S. Rubin of Wasilla AK, Angela D. (Lynn) Mead of Millville and Tina M. (Abel) Veldkamp of Eagle River, AK; two sons, Alan H. (Janet) Fulmer and William D. (Sandra) Fulmer, both of Unityville; three sisters, Lois A. Fulmer of Hughesville, Diane L. (Ron) Larson of CA and Mary A. (Ed) Bower of Hughesville; two brothers, Ronnie W. (Kathy) Snyder of Elizabethtown and Dale E. (Bonnie) Snyder of Muncy; five grandchildren, Beth Ann (Michael) Kauffman, Brandon L. Kile, Jaime L. (Matthew) Fox, Jill E. Rubin and Alyssa F. Veldkamp; and three great-grandchildren, Chloe M. Kauffman, Troy D. Mead and Emmalee H. Mead. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 15, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water St., Hughesville, with Pastors Kathy Burkhart and Craig Livermore officiating. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 15, at the funeral home.  –Carol Brotzman

SPEAR –RENA C. (SPEAR) NORTHROP, 74, of Ridgebury Township, Pa., passed away on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014 at her home surrounded by her family. She was the loving wife of Cassel J. Northrop. The couple married Aug. 2, 1963 and had 51 happy years together. Rena was born on Aug. 31, 1940 in Elmira, N.Y., daughter of the late Ralph and Lena (Hess) Spear. Rena was an entrepreneur. She started several business ventures including: selling antiques, crafts, tropical fish, and opening a restaurant. She had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed spending time with her family, even opening her and Cassel's home to foster children. Rena is survived by her loving husband, Cassel; her children, Elizabeth Ann (Brian) Egan of Chesnee, S.C., and Joseph James (Michele) Northrop of Carlisle, Pa.; her grandchildren, Christopher Joseph Wagner, Joseph James Northrop Jr., and Allison Olivia Northrop; her brothers, Dwight (Cheryl) Spear of Southport, N.Y., Charles Spear of Breesport, N.Y., and John (Leota) Spear of Dalton, Mich.; along with several nieces and nephews. Rena was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and a brother. Services for Rena C. (Spear) Northrop are private and at the convenience of her family. The Roberts Funeral Home, Inc., 279 Main St., Wellsburg, N.Y., has been entrusted with the arrangements. –Towanda Daily Review 11/19/2014

DONALD L. STANFORD age 92, of Elmira, NY, passed away on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at home. He was born on September 30, 1922 in Chatham Township, PA to the late Ivan and Alice (Bartholomew) Stanford. Donald was predeceased by his wife, Naomi Stanford; grandparents, LaRue and Hattie Stanford; brother, Ronald Stanford and sister, Maytha Housel. He is survived by his daughters, Lois (Sammy) Saeed of Westerville, OH and Kaye (William Sterling) Stanford of Elmira; grandchildren, Christie (Austin) Rademacher of Austin, TX and Matthew and Michael Saeed both of Westerville, OH; along with several nieces and nephews and close friends. The family would like to thank Beverly Griffin, who shared postal stories with him after his retirement; Jamie Phillips, for taking him to his last baseball game; Nicole Smith, who he enjoyed having ice cream socials with; Toni Parker, for bringing him chili and who he always beat at the game of Trouble; Tammy Sheffert, for making his 92nd birthday cake; and Lois and Kenny Hofer, for giving him a wonderful day at the cabin. There will be no prior calling hours. A Celebration of Donald's Life will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Animal Care Sanctuary, 11765 U.S. 6, Wellsboro, PA. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/18/2014

DALE BYRON STURDEVANT, age 72, of 486 Sturdevant Road, Wyalusing, Pa., (Herrickville) passed away at his home Thursday afternoon, Nov. 6, 2014. Dale was born on Nov. 25, 1941 in Towanda, Pa., a son of the late Henry Byron and Sara VanNess Sturdevant. He was a graduate of Wyalusing High School. Dale was a man who worked in variety of different places. He owned and operated the Sturdevant Family Farm in Herrickville. He then worked as a logger and at a sawmill as well. More recently he owned and operated Sturdevant Stone. Dale was a former member of the Herrickville United Methodist Church as well as the Herrick Township Volunteer Fire Department. He also served as a Herrick Township Supervisor many years ago. Dale enjoyed animals, hunting, and NASCAR. He enjoyed racing so much that he was the former owner of Sturdevant Racing. Dale is survived by his son David Byron Sturdevant and his wife Mary of Herrickville, Pa. He is also survived by grandchildren Tasha Sturdevant, Katlyn Sturdevant, Cassandra Sturdevant, Brittany Bennett and her husband Shawn, Casey Butler, Jonathon Tedesco; great-grandchildren Shawn Bennett Jr., Aiden Bennett; sister, Jane Bullock and husband Olney of Orwell Township, Pa.; long-time companion Christine Wheeler of Herrickville, Pa.; former wife and close friend Patsy Sturdevant of Herrickville, Pa.; and very close cousin Betty Page of Milan, Pa. Dale is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents Dale is preceded in death by his son Dean Bryan Sturdevant who passed away on Oct. 24, 2003. A memorial service for Dale will be held on Nov. 11, 2014 at 3 p.m. from the Herrickville United Methodist Church with Reverend William Westbrook officiating. Arrangements were entrusted with Sheldon Funeral Homes, 155 Church St., Wyalusing, Pa. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made in Dale's name to HOPS Ambulance Association, Attn: James Seipler 6185, Herrickville Rd., Wyalusing, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 11/8/2014

HOWARD CHARLES SWOPE, 70, of Wysox, Pa., passed away Sunday evening, Sept. 14, 2014, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. Howard was born in Abington, Pa. on Aug. 3, 1944, the son of Ralph Leon Swope Sr. and Harriet Dorothy Finch Swope. Following high school, Howard served in the U.S. Army at Fort Dix, N.J. and Korea during the Vietnam War. He was employed for over 36 years at Osram-Sylvania now GTP in Towanda until his retirement in 2011. Howard was a member of Towanda American Legion Post No. 42, Beirne-Webster VFW Post 1568, Towanda and the Loyal Order of Moose in Montour Falls, N.Y. Howard was a real man's man, always ready for a game of pool or poker and a beer with the guys. He will be remembered for his unique sense of humor and quick comebacks. Howard enjoyed spending time at Montour Falls, N.Y. on his boat with family and friends and hanging out in his man cave with his cats. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Carol Adams; father, Ralph L. Swope Sr.; sons, Danny and Randy Adams; daughter-in-law, Dianna Adams; several grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Ralph L. Swope Jr. and Ruth Swope; and niece, Jennifer and family. He was preceded in death by his son, Gary Adams; grandson, Corey; mother, Harriet; and sister, Judy. A celebration of Howard's life will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at the Towanda American Legion Post, S. Main Street, Towanda. The Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home of Towanda is assisting Howard's family with arrangements. The family requests that contributions in Howard's memory may be directed to the Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 37, 742 Bridge St., Towanda, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 9/17/2014

TARANTINO –ESTELLE CHRISTIANSEN - Surrounded by her family who loved her so much, Estelle Christiansen, 80, of LeRaysville, (Pike Township), Pa. and Leesburg, Fla., passed unexpectedly into her new life on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014.Estelle was born on June 7, 1934 in Jersey City, N.J., the daughter of Anthony "Tony" and Mary Scarpato Tarantino. She was a 1951 graduate of Weehawken High School, Weehawken, N.J. Upon graduation she was hired "on the spot" as a personal assistant to Mr. Picone of Evan Picone Clothing. She also modeled their lines of clothing. Estelle stayed in their employment for three years until she met and married her best friend and love of her life Alfred Christiansen Sr. on Aug. 4, 1956. Together they shared 58 tender, blissful years together. In 1966, Estelle and her husband Alfred moved to Pike Township, Bradford County, Pa. Estelle began volunteering as a teacher's aid in the LeRaysville school. After three years of happy employment she retired from the school to deliver her fourth son and raise her family. In 1977, Estelle was elected to the board of supervisors of Pike Township. She was the first woman to hold a supervisor office there and was also the first woman to hold a supervisor title in Bradford County. In 1978, the couple established Christiansen Tire Center, which continues operation to present by their son Jeff. Estelle was an aspiring writer and loved composing short stories and poems. She had several stories published in "Guideposts" magazine and held the record for the most stories published in the Daily Review column "A Slice of Life". Estelle and Alfred retired to Leesburg, Fla. in 1999 and joined the church family of the First Baptist Church of Leesburg, Fla. They actively worshipped there as Estelle began her five years as the director of the entire church prayer meetings and Sunday school programs, eagerly sharing her faith, testimony and love of the Lord to all she met. Avid card players, Estelle and Alfred organized a Tuesday evening Euchre cards night at the Leesburg community building. Weekly games were always greatly anticipated and were full of fun and laughter. Estelle's patience in teaching novice players always made her a favorite among the guests. Estelle (with her love of books and writing) revamped the Scotch High Lands library in Leesburg, Fla. Through the library's assistance, she hired seven women and managed to catalog and organize 7,000 books. It continues to be a great asset in the community today. Estelle and her beloved husband enjoyed having guests on Saturday nights sharing dinner, playing cards and fellowshipping. They also thrived on spending Saturday together, scouting out garage sales and flea markets searching for treasures. In light of her many accomplishments in her life, Estelle's greatest joy was welcoming new church members to her home for dinner (always ready to set another plate at the table) and seeing the smiling faces of her family gathered around the Sunday dinner table. Estelle was a loving, supportive mother to her sons Alfred Jr., Jeffrey, Robert and Craig from the time of their birth until the time of her passing. They miss her cheery upbeat attitude terribly. Estelle is survived by her husband, Alfred R. Christiansen Sr.; sons, Alfred Christiansen Jr. and wife Rita of Nichols, N.Y., Jeffrey Christiansen and wife Frannie of Pike Township, Robert Christiansen of Pike Township, Craig Christiansen and wife Marcy of Watkins Glen, N.Y.; grandchildren, Mark Christiansen and Talia Christiansen; brother, Anthony Tarantino Jr. and wife Maureen of Rutherford, N.J. and several nieces, nephews and cousins. The Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home of Towanda, Pa. assisted the Christiansen family with arrangements. –Towanda Daily Review 9/18/2014

WILLIAM D. THOMAS age 47, of Elmira, NY, passed away at his home on September 26, 2014. He is survived by his father, Dale W. (Shirley) Thomas of Canton PA; brother, Dale R. Thomas of Kill Devil Hills, NC; sisters, Pamela A. Thomas of Dobson, NC and Mallisia L. Thomas; significant other, Mila Reece of Elmira, NY. There will be no funeral services. Arrangements by Barber Funeral Home, Inc. –Elmira Star-Gazette 10/12/2014

GEORGE B. TIFFANY, age 89, of 9125 SR 3001, Laceyville, Pa., (North Flat) passed away early Sunday morning, October 5, 2014 at the Golden Living Center in Tunkhannock, Pa., where he had been a resident for the last eight months. George was born in Tunkhannock, Pa., on April 26, 1925, the son of the late John I. and Edith Valentine Tiffany. He was a graduate of Laceyville High School Class of 1943. After graduation George proudly served his country with the United States Army as a Technician Fifth Class with the 104th Timberwolf Division during World War II in the European Theater in Germany, Belgium, and France. He also served in the Military Police in Marseille, France before coming home.George married the former Ferne A. Otten on June 5, 1949 and they were married for over 65 years. George worked at Proctor & Gamble Paper Products in Mehoopany, Pa., for 20 years before retiring in 1989. In July of this year he celebrated 25 years of retirement. He also owned and operated a dairy farm in North Flat. He also owned a trucking business that hauled coal in the Laceyville and surrounding areas. George also was a substitute mail carrier out of the Laceyville Post Office for many years. He was a former Wyalusing Valley High School Director. George attended the Mehoopany Baptist Church. He was a member of the Franklin Lodge No. 263 F&AM in Laceyville, Pa., for over 50 years and a member of the Rought Hall Post No. 510 American Legion for over 55 years. George was a former member of the National Rifle Association. He was a member of the P&G Retirees Club and loved traveling over the past years with the P&G retirees. He took pride in keeping his farm looking its best and was a busy man who just enjoyed to work. George is survived by his wife Ferne A. Otten Tiffany; his children Maureen (Kevin) Downs of Wyalusing, Pa., Curtis (Terri) Tiffany of Laceyville, Pa., Beth Tiffany of Laceyville, Pa., and Lisa (Bobby) Adams of Bivalve, Md. Also surviving are six grandchildren Erin Downs, Michelle (Scott) Lambert, Kristin Tiffany, Christopher Tiffany, Jonathan Adams, Laura Adams; two great-grandchildren Gavyn Lambert and Reese Labmert. One niece, three nephews, and several cousins are also surviving. Besides his parents George is preceded in death by his son Craig M. Tiffany (December 31, 2005) and great-grandson Nathan Tiffany Downs (January 26, 1982). Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Sheldon Funeral Homes, Main Street, Laceyville, Pa., with Reverend Joseph Billingsly of the Mehoopany Baptist Church officiating. Interment will be at the North Flat Cemetery in Laceyville, Pa., following the funeral service. Graveside military services will be conducted by the members of the Rought Hall Post No. 510 American Legion, the Dennis Strong Post No. 457 American Legion, and the Endless Mountains V.F.W. Post No. 3583. Family and friends may call Tuesday evening, Oct. 7, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the funeral services on Wednesday. Masonic services will be conducted Tuesday evening by the members of the Franklin Lodge No. 263 F&AM at 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made the Laceyville Library, PO Box 68, Laceyville, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 10/6/2014

JAN P. UPDEGRAFF age 71, of Elmira, October 9, 2014. Survived by his wife of 47 years Mimi Hodge Updegraff; daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Vince Stalker of Corning; Jill and David Balderson of Basking Ridge, NJ; granddaughters, Haley and Samantha Balderson; grandson Luke Balderson; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Maryann and Phillip Long of Brisbane, Australia.Jan was born March 12, 1943, the son of Alec Payne Updegraff and Marguerite Collins Updegraff. His parents and brother, Derck C. Updegraff, predeceased him. He was a graduate of Horseheads High School, Elmira College and a military veteran. Jan served in the United States Air Force in the 6988th Security Squadron at Misawa Air Base in Japan from 1964-1966 and the 6924th Security Squadron at Da Nang Air Base in Viet Nam form 1966-1967. He was a member of the Beta Tau Chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda at Elmira College and completed graduate work at Syracuse University. Following his military service, Jan began his banking career in 1967 with the Merchants National Bank and Trust Company of Syracuse, NY. His 37-year career at the Chemung Canal Trust Company began in February 1970. His professional responsibilities within the bank grew to Senior Vice President and Senior Investment Officer, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and from 1997-2007 he served as the bank's President and Chief Executive Officer. Jan retired at the end of 2007 as Vice Chairman of the Board. He served on the bank's Board of Directors from 1996 to 2014. In addition to his professional responsibilities, Jan's volunteer leadership commitments included serving as President and/or Board Chair of the Bethany Retirement Home, Park Church, Southern Tier Hospice, Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Chemung County Chamber of Commerce, Southern Tier Economic Growth and the Elmira City Club. He was a member of the Elmira Country Club and the Elmira City Club.Jan also served on the boards of the United Way and the Arnot Art Museum for many years, working to raise operating and capital funds for those organizations. He often could be seen quietly assisting such organizations as Tanglewood Nature Center and Museum, and the Eldridge Park Carousel Preservation Society in efforts to further their respective missions. During and following Jan's years of professional and volunteer service, he was awarded the 2003 Chemung County Chamber of Commerce Mary E. Kennedy Community Builder Award, 2005 Elmira-Corning Chapter NAACP President's Award, 2005 Elmira College President's Council Award, and 2008 United Way Errol Shand Award for Volunteer Service. Jan deeply loved his family and friends. His pride in being both from and of his community was evident to all who knew him. Jan loved to spend time with his three girls, Mimi, Karen, and Jill. In his retirement, his favorite activities were traveling, discussing the latest novels, taking long hikes in the woods, and driving his Corvette. A Memorial Service will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 1054 West Clinton Street, Elmira, NY, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Jan's memory may be made to the Arnot Art Museum, 235 Lake Street, Elmira NY or the Clemens Center, 207 Clemens Center Parkway, Elmira NY. Arrangements by McInerny Funeral Home. –Elmira Star-Gazette 10/12/2014

VITUKEVIC –ELIZABETH MARIE STRAIT, age 86 of Horseheads, NY passed away on Wednesday October 1, 2014 at Elcor Nursing Home. Betty was born March 16, 1928 in Elmira, NY the daughter of the late Alexander S. and Nina David Vitukevic. She married her husband Calvin J. Strait and he pre-deceased her on March 30, 1970. Betty was also pre-deceased by her brother David Vitukevic on November 23, 2006. Mrs. Strait was a long-time communicant of St. Charles Borromeo Church in Elmira Heights, NY. She was a former employee of St. Joseph's Hospital and The Horseheads Central School District. Mrs. Strait is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law: Roxanne L. & Tarry Randall of Maine, NY and Rhonda & Gordon Standish of Reading Center, NY; son: Joseph Strait and Becky L'Amoreaux of Corning, NY; grandchildren: Thomas Strait, Dan & Terrah Strait, Alex Strait, Mike & Dena Standish, Wendy & Will Taylor, Jennifer Hartman, James & Melanie Randall, Jeffrey Randall, Brian Randall, Christopher & Nikki Randall, and Susan & Tony Scalia; 25 great grandchildren. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Lynch Funeral Home, 318 W. Broad St., Horseheads, NY on Sunday October 5, 2014 from 2-5 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday October 6, 2014 at St. Charles Borromeo Church 130 Oakwood Avenue Elmira Heights, NY at 10 AM by The Rev. Scott M. Kubinski. Mrs. Strait will be laid to rest next to her husband Calvin in Maple Grove Cemetery in Horseheads, NY. In Lieu of flowers please make a donation to a local Humane Society. –Elmira Star-Gazette 10/3/2014

WARD –SYLVIA ANN CRUM, age 75, of Sayre, Pa., passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. Born in Carley Brook, Pa., at the house of her grandparents, she is the daughter of the late Marie Riefler and Kenneth Canfield, who passed away when she was a child and John Ward. She is also predeceased by a brother, John Ward. Sylvia always had a smile on her face, and strongly believed and encouraged others that, "All things are possible" and "You can do it. You just have to put one foot in front of the other." She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed traveling across the U.S., Europe, the Caribbean Islands, Hawaii and Myrtle Beach, S.C. She was passionate about spending quality time with her family and friends and could often be found helping someone in need. She was a graduate of Damascus High School and Robert Packer Hospital for Registered Nursing. She later completed her B.S. degree at St. Joseph College in Maine. Sylvia was a member of the Athens United Methodist Church and was a retired employee of Robert Packer Hospital, where she was Director of Medical Nursing and part of the Quality Care Initiative. She will be dearly missed by her husband of 53 years, Wilbur Crum, and their daughters, Charlene Anderson and Ken of Schnecksville and Alesia Skinner and her husband James of Harrisburg, and her grandchildren Joshua, Collin and Alana Skinner. Sylvia is also survived by her sisters Jean Carney and her husband Earl, Carolyn Kennedy and her husband Michael, Betty Robbins and her husband James, Barbara Morse and her husband Marshal, Jacqueline Thol and her husband Jeffrey and Marion Thol and her husband Lance and brothers Kenneth Canfield, Karl Canfield and his wife Susan, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. Burial was in Harrisburg, Pa., at Paxtang Cemetery in their Green Burial area called The Wood's Edge. Family and friends are invited to attend Sylvia's Life Celebration at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5 at The Club at Shepard Hills in Waverly, N.Y. Donations in her memory can be made to Michael Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, 17 North State St., Suite 1550, Chicago, IL. –Sayre Morning Times 9/30/2014

GEOFFREY MICHAEL WATSON, 22, of 317 State St., Towanda, Pa., passed away Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 at his home.Geoffrey was born in Kearney, Neb. on Oct. 20, 1992. He attended the Towanda schools and was a 2014 graduate of Towanda High School. Geoffrey acquired many friends while attending high school and following graduation while attending Serve, Inc. in Monroeton. Geoffrey touched the hearts of many and will be remembered for his most beautiful smile. Geoffrey loved being with his family, going for rides, listening to music and bowling.Surviving are his mother, Lisa LaBarre of Towanda; father, Christian Watson of Cutler, Ind.; siblings, Veronica Watson, Zachary "David" Watson, Jasmine Watson and Tabitha Watson all of Towanda, Vanessa Bergquist and husband Doug of Havelock, N.C.; a niece, Nova Rose Bergquist of Havelock, N.C.; maternal grandparents, Rick and Marsha Lewis of Towanda, Dave and Claudia LaBarre of Rome; paternal grandparents, Randy and Clara Watson of Cutler, Ind.; special friends, Mary Ellen Maurer and Rich Thoman. Geoffrey was preceded in death by a niece, Kezia Bergquist; and uncles, John David LaBarre Jr. and Michael LaBarre.A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa., with Rev. Robert Martin officiating. There are no calling hours.The family suggests that contributions may be directed to PAautism.org in Geoffrey's memory. –Towanda Daily Review 11/22/2014

OLIN E. WEST JR., age 86, recently of Reading, Pa. and formerly of Waverly, N.Y., passed away on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at Reading Hospital, Reading, Pa. He was born November 16, 1927 in Sayre, Pa. Olin was predeceased by his parents Jeanette and Olin E. West, Sr., his stepmother, Margaret Z. West and his sister, Frances Howe. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Thelma C. (Martynek) West and his children: Carl J. West (Gloria) and Ellen R. West. There are two grandchildren: Joshua B. West and Jacob A. West (Virginia) and one great-grandchild, Samuel Olin West. Olin graduated from Waverly High School in 1945. He served two years in the U.S. Army in Germany, and was honorably discharged as a corporal. Olin and his brother-in-law proudly owned the Howe and West service station on Broad Street in Waverly until he was drafted. He worked for Elm Chevrolet in Elmira for a number of years and for 30 years for the Pennsylvania Water Company as plant manager in Sayre, retiring in 1992. Olin loved fine woodworking and came from a long line of wood workers. He was a hunter earlier in his life and he enjoyed fishing in Canada with his good friend John Jonasko. A time of gathering with family and friends will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday September 16, 2014 at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad St., Waverly, N.Y. The celebration of Olin's life will be held with the Rev. Anne Bey Canfield honoring his memory at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to his church, the Waverly United Methodist Church, 158 Chemung St., Waverly, NY. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Waverly, N.Y. –Sayre Morning Times 9/15/2014

LINDA D. WHEELER, 62, of Athens, PA passed away unexpectedly on Friday, September 12, 2014 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. She was born on May 5, 1952 in Elmira, NY the daughter of the late Fred W. and Arlene H. Harris Wheeler. Linda was a Crossing Guard for many years with the Athens Area School District. She was an avid bowler and enjoyed computer card games, especially canasta tournaments. Most of all, Linda loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, family, and friends. She especially enjoyed spending time outside surrounded with family and friends around their bonfires. She was very active in her grandchildren's sporting and school events. Linda was a member of Emory Baptist Chapel, Waverly, NY and the Ft. Sullivan Post American Legion, Athens. Linda had an infectious smile and laugh that will be missed by her family and friends. She is predeceased by her grandson John Barton, brother Fred Wheeler and sister Theresa Wheeler. Linda is survived by fiancé Jim Carney of Athens, PA, children Michelle and Steven Johnston of Sayre, PA, Rebecca Wheeler of Sayre, PA, Alisa and Brad Chilson of Athens Twp., PA, and Tiffany Barton and David Talada of Athens, PA, grandchildren who adoringly called her Gma Ashley Blair, Troy Blair, Destiny Chilson, DJ Meyers, Holden Chilson, Savanna Barton, Trevor Meyers, Arwen Miller, Aviana Barton, Sasha Babcock, Steven Johnston II, Mike Barton, Jeff Barton, Angelina Barton, and Jesse Barton, great-granddaughter Patience Babcock, brother Robert W. Wheeler of Sayre, PA, sister Mary Wheeler of Scranton, PA, several aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, special cousin Donna Burr, and dear friend Pixie Johnston. Linda will be missed by all those who knew and loved her. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 6pm at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, PA with the Rev. Gary Culver officiating. Memorial donations may be made in Linda's memory to: Emory Baptist Chapel, 234 Emory Chapel Road, Waverly, NY. –Sayre Morning Times 9/14/2014

WILLIAM E. WHEELER, 70, of Mays Landing, N.J., passed away on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 with his loving family by his side. He leaves behind his wife of 50 years, Diane; his children, Laura Llanta and her husband Jerome of N.Y., Stephanie Wheeler of New Jersey, and William and his wife Lisa of New Jersey. William has four grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. He is also survived by two sisters and two brothers. William was a kind and gentle man, who loved to read and collect trains, but, his best times were spent with his loved ones. Prior to his retirement, he was a funeral director for many years in both New York and New Jersey. A memorial gathering will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., with a service at 12 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Thos L. Shinn Funeral Home, 10 Hilliard Dr., Manahawkin, N.J. –Towanda Daily Review 11/13/2014

WICKHAM –MRS. SANDRA JEAN (WICKHAM) SIDLE returned to her heavenly home while resting in her bed on Tuesday September 9, 2014 in Alpine, NY at the age of 74. Sandra is survived by her husband, David and children Diana Lynn (David VanLoon ) of Mansfield, PA, Margaret Ann (Tony Manning) of Gaithersburg, MD, Karen Jean (Donny Gunning) of Trumansburg, NY and David (Sharon) Sidle of Odessa, NY; brothers, David (Terry) Wickham of Tularoso, NM, John (Jackie) Wickham of Alpine, NY; along with 21 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Pamela Sue Ely; her father, Loyal Wickham; and mother, Dorothy (Breedlove) Wickham/Tompkins; maternal grandparents, Sherman and Nellie Breedlove; and paternal grandparents, Minor and Ida (Hayes) Wickham/Meeks. Sandra was born on March 11, 1940 in Montour Falls, NY to Loyal and Dorothy Wickham. She graduated from Odessa Central School in 1956, and then Pauldines School of Beauty in 1959. She married David Sidle in 1960. Sandra opened the Sidleline Beauty Shop in 1960 and ran it until 1975 when she joined her husband in the family insurance agency, overseeing the financials and later the automation for the agency. Sandra and her husband David raised four children. She was proud of her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren and always enjoyed preparing meals for a house full of them at holiday occasions. Sandra was a lifetime member of the Odessa Baptist Church, where she served in the nursery, the Philathea Club, on the board of Deacons, Trustees, Pastoral Search Committee, and the Audit Committee. She served for a time as the Tax Collector for the Town of Catharine, and also on the Zoning Board of Appeals. Over many years, she was very active in the community, being a member of the Watkins Glen Montour Falls Zonta Club, and the League of Women Voters. She also served as a Candy Striper at Schuyler Hospital, an assistant Girl Scout Leader, a 4H Club Leader and a Cub Scout Den Mother. Sandra along with her husband and son had been a fixture at Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce Events. She was an avid fan of her children's sports careers, and enjoyed tending her many gardens, caring for her horses, dogs and cats, and watching birds. Sandra enjoyed travel, cooking, sewing, walking in the woods at her home and spending time at the family cottage on Cayuta Lake. Calling hours will be held Friday, September 12, 2014 from 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Vedder and Scott Funeral Home 122 N Genesee Street, Montour Falls. A memorial service will be held on Saturday September 13, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Odessa Baptist Church, 200 Maple Ave., Odessa with Pastor Jeremy Spencer officiating. Interment will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Odessa. A celebration of life will follow at the Odessa American Legion (Cole-Hansenberger-Deland) Post 676), Odessa, NY. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Sandra's life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Odessa Baptist Church Capital Fund at 102 Maple Ave, Odessa, NY. The family would like to thank the team at Care First, the members of the Odessa Baptist Church, the many doctors and nurses at Cayuga Medical Center (Cayuga Cancer Center), and the many independent care givers and community members who gave of their time and offered prayers. –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/12/2014

WILLIAMS –JEANETTE W. RANDALL age 94, passed away Monday, November 10, 2014. Jeanette was born on February 8, 1920, in Clifton Springs NY, a daughter of Russell, Sr., and Lillian (Miller) Williams. She is predeceased by her husband John H. Randall, sister and brother-in-law Elsie and Alvara Ciardi. Jeanette is survived by her daughters, with their families, Barbara J. and Edward J. Reilly of Raleigh NC with their sons, Thomas J. (Nghi) Reilly of Raleigh NC and Shawn P. (Mandy) Reilly of Holly Springs NC; Carol E. and John R. White of Elmira NY, with their children, Jeffrey R. (Vickie) White of Elmira, Dr. Emily M. (husband Karel VonAschenberg) White of Cranston RI, Charles D. (Amber) White of Horseheads; great-grandchildren, Avery Reilly, Nicholas White, Cameron and Ava White; brothers and sisters-in-law, Russell and Sandra Williams, Edwin and Donna Williams, all of Shortsville NY; special cousins, Debbie Taft of Victor NY, Libby Rodney of Swansboro NC, Gary Rodney of Palm Springs CA, George Miller of Cathedral City CA; along with many nieces, nephews and other cousins. Jeanette was raised in Shortsville NY and spent most of her adult life in the Rochester area. John and Jeanette moved to Elmira to be close to family. Jeanette enjoyed traveling, cooking, crocheting mittens for her family and hosting wonderful holiday dinners. There will be a graveside service on Friday, November 28, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at White Haven Memorial Park in Pittsford NY. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the West Elmira Volunteer Fire Department, 1299 W. Water Street, Elmira, NY. Arrangements by McInerny Funeral Home. –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/16/2014

ERNEST EUGENE (GENE) W00DWARD Sr. went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in San Antonio, Texas. He was born on Jan. 1, 1944 to Clinton Lloyd Woodward and Lois E. (Figart) Woodward in Pensacola, Fla. His family raised Gene in Burlington, Pa. Gene proudly served our country for over 20 years in the United States Air Force and continued to serve his country and community in the Civil Service. He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, John Lloyd Woodward; mother-in-law, Rosa San Miguel. Gene is survived by his wife, Maria Angelita Woodward; sons, Ernest Eugene Woodward Jr., Christopher Woodward; brother, Charles Woodward and wife Dorothy (Dottie); sister-in-law, Guadalupe Elizondo and husband Lalo of Laredo, Texas; brother-in-law, Victor San Miguel of Laredo, Texas; Rene San Miguel of Houston, Texas; as well as numerous other loving nieces, nephews and friends. A visitation was held from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Castle Ridge Mortuary in San Antonio. –Towanda Daily Review 9/24/2014

WRIGHT –DOREEN JOYCE WRIGHT POTTER, age 84, passed away Sept. 10, 2014 at Memorial Hospital in Towanda, Pa. She was born July 8, 1930 in Connersville, Ind., to the late Irvin F. and Esther Anderson Wright. Doreen spent most of her childhood in Massillon and Alliance, Ohio, before moving with her family to Camptown, Pa. when she was 10. She graduated from the Wyalusing Valley High School in 1948. She was a farmwife and stay-at-home mother until 1965 when she went to work at Honchell's Market in downtown Wyalusing, and later at Brick's Market. In 1985, Doreen moved to Florida to care for her mother and son. She also worked in bookstores in Winter Haven and Bartow until retiring in 1995. She left Florida and moved to Wyalusing, Pa. in 2007, living at Park Place until recently.Doreen was a good cook and baker, liked to play cards, and in earlier years enjoyed bowling, but her life-long passion was reading. Her preference was murder mysteries, and she never left home without one, just in case there was time to read a few pages. She retained her faith in God throughout her lifetime. Doreen was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Lanny Potter in 1997; and her sister, Jennifer Wright in 2012. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Gary Seymour of Towanda, Pa.; grandson, Tyler Seymour of Hoboken, N.J.; step-grandsons, Sean and Nathan Seymour and their families; sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn and Charles Babcock; nephew, John Wright and his family; father of her children, Joseph Potter; and lifelong dear friends, Marie Keeney and Janet Logan and their families. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014 at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, PA, with Rev Jim Donahoo, officiating. Friends may call from 2 p.m. until the time of the service. Memorial contributions can be made to the Salvation Army, 314 S. Elmer Ave., Sayre, PA or to Guthrie Hospice, 421 Tomahawk Rd., Towanda, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 9/12/2014
 

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