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ABBOTT –GERTRUDE E. (ABBOTT) SEAL, 93, formerly of Lansdowne, Pa., passed away on Sept. 2, 2016 at the Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital, in Towanda, Pa. Gertrude was born on Nov. 16, 1922 in E. Lansdown, Pa., a daughter of Harry J. and Eva (Lagasse) Abbott. She attended Notre Dame High School and West Chester University where she graduated with her degree in Early Childhood Eduction. She taught for 20 years in public school system at the Sugartown Elementary and Gulph Road Elementary School. Gertrude was an avid reader and knitter. She was predeceased by her husband of 64 years, John S. Seal Sr., who passed away on March 4, 2005; a grandson, Harry; sister, Harriet Byrnes; and brothers, Frank and Joseph Abbott. Gertrude is survived by her sisters, Patricia Maggitti and Margaret Lipscombe; her children, John S. (Lori) Seal Jr., Harry Seal, and Joanne Nolt; grandchildren, George Sabo, John Nolt, Kate Snow, Kristen Seal, Ashley Uney, Heather Seal, Mackenzie Seal, Riley Seal, Desirae Zantz, Robert Nolt Jr., and Jason Nolt; and 18 great-grandchildren. Numerous nieces, nephews and their families also survive. Funeral services will be held at a later date and at the convenience of the family. Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to Guthrie Hospice, 421 Tomahawk Road, Towanda, PA in loving memory of Gertrude E. (Abbott) Seal. Caring assistance is being provided by the Cooley family of the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. –Towanda Daily Review 9/4/2016

 

JON JAY ACE, 52, of Westfield, PA formerly of Towanda, PA passed away Monday, September 12, 2016 at his home. Jon was born in Towanda on June 25, 1964 the son of the late Howard L. Ace and Catherine Webster Ace. He was a graduate of Towanda High School class of 1983 and attended Williamsport Area Community College. Jon was a veteran of Operation Desert Shield/Storm having served in the U.S. Air Force. For a number of years, Jon worked in construction in Towanda, South Carolina and Texas. He later operated Ace’s Treasures in Blossburg and Westfield, PA. Jon enjoyed the outdoors, fishing and camping. He is survived by his wife, Sherry Keenan Ace, son, Jonathan M. Ace of Moncks Corners, SC, sister, Ann T. Ace of Towanda, special friend, Mary A. Kauffman of Westfield, PA as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins. The funeral service will be held Friday, September 23, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home 217 York Ave. Towanda, PA with Rev. Edward Michelini, pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Towanda, officiating. Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 will accord military honors at the funeral home. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be in Bath National Cemetery, Bath, NY. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

JAMES EDWARD APPLETON SR., age 69 of Alpine, NY passed away Thursday, August 25, 2016. Jim was born March 17, 1947 in Elmira to Tracy and Elizabeth (Fuller) Appleton. In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by sister, Carol Marie and brother, Frank. Jim is survived by his fiancé, Janet States of Alpine; sons, Jimmy (Sue) Appleton, Tracy (Michelle) Appleton all of Salisbury, NC; Brad (Sharon) Appleton of Elmira, Joel (Hope) Appleton of Waverly; grandchildren, Adam of Salisbury, NC; Angel, Tracy and Cheyenne Appleton of Elmira; siblings, Barbara (Craig) Thompson of Tifton, GA, Dale (Annette) Appleton of Penn Yan, NY, Annette Appleton of Alba, Texas, Dorie Appleton of Dallas, Texas, Joe Payne of Australia and Jude Bishop of Australia; as well as several nieces and nephews. Jim was a mechanic, truck driver and for many hears Chief Engineer for several radio stations, including WENY. He was interested in flying planes and was a Ham Radio Operator. He served in the Army from 1964-1967 in Germany and Viet Nam. Jim served as an EMT and fireman in Troy, PA where he helped build the radio station, as well as Captain in the Breesport fire department. In honor of Jim's wishes, there will be no calling hours or funeral services. –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/2/2016

 

KEITH ROBERT ‘BOB’ AYERS, 74, of Mansfield, PA, passed away October 26, 2016, at Susquehanna Health, Williamsport, PA. He was born March 7, 1942, in Sayre, PA, the son of Keith Roger & Theresa Landon Ayers. Bob was a U.S. Army Veteran, a retired carpenter, and an accomplished musician. He is survived by his son, Jerry, of Mansfield, PA, his daughter, Kelly Morgan of Tioga, PA, his brother Charles of S. Williamsport, PA, his sister, Tessie of Williamsport, PA, 5 grandchildren, & 2 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his half brother, Lyle Phillips. Friends are invited to call at the Gary W. Wilston Funeral Home & Cremation Service 130 S. Main St. Mansfield, PA, Tuesday 5-7 PM. Funeral services will follow there Tuesday at 7:00 PM. –Elmira Star-Gazette 10/30/2016

 

RUSSELL D. BABCOCK SR., 78, of Athens, PA, passed away on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at Highlands Health Care Center in Laporte following a period of declining health. He was born on March 6, 1938 in Athens, PA the son of the late Ralph and Lavina Brown Babcock. Russell graduated from Athens Area High School in 1956. While in school, Russell was a track star under the leadership of Coach Childs. Following graduation, Russell joined the Navy, serving during the Vietnam War and making a career of serving his country. He spent his time in the military as a Truck Driver, retiring after 20 years. He was an avid Yankees fan. Russell also loved sports of any kind. He was predeceased by his daughter, Beverly "Becky" Babcock, and brother Nelson Babcock. Russell is survived by his children Russell, Jr. and Tina Babcock of Chesapeake, VA, Jeffery Babcock of Chesapeake, VA, Linda and Gary Phelps of Chesapeake, VA, and John and Kendra Babcock of Sayre, PA, grandchildren Elizabeth and Aaron Babcock, Jeffery, Jr., Jennifer, and Heather Babcock, Phillip and Christine Morley, Ashley and Timothy Cox, and John, Jr., Kassie, Jase, and Kaylie Babcock, numerous great-grandchildren, brother and sister-in-law Ralph, Jr. and Donna Babcock, brother Thomas Babcock, sister Jean Babcock Michaud, and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins, and the mother of his children Beverly Zurn. Friends and family may call on Thursday, September 22, 2016 from 4pm-6pm at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremations Services, Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, PA. Funeral Services will follow at the funeral home at 6pm. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

DOUGLAS L. BAILEY passed away in Ft. Hood, TX on Sunday, October 16, 2016 at the age of 24. Doug was born January 29, 1992, a son to Randolph L. Bailey and Belinda Mayes. He was a 2010 graduate of Southside High School and served his county honorably with the US Army. Doug is survived by his wife, Kayla Bailey; his children, Bradyn and Celia Bailey; father, Randy (Kelly) Bailey; mother, Belinda Santucci; sisters, Megan (Joseph) Wasicki and their children, Madyson and Macie Wasicki, and Melissa (Jacob) Huneke and their children, Gabriella and Abigail Huneke; Grandparents, Lee (Nancy) Bailey and Ed (Connie) Jones; aunts and uncles, Keith (Ann) Bailey, James Bailey, Cathy Simpson and Rick Jones; and numerous cousins. Doug enjoyed hunting, fishing with family and spending time at the family cabin on Trout Lake. Doug loved to play football and was an avid Buffalo Bills fan. His favorite vacation spot was Myrtle Beach with his family. The family will welcome relatives and friends to Doug's Memorial Service at the First Baptist Church of Horseheads, 2293 Grand Central Ave., Horseheads, NY on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 11 AM. For those wishing to remember Doug please consider contributions to the Tragedy Assistance Program for Military Survivors (TAPS) at www.taps.org. Our family wishes to give special thanks to SFC Micheal Esterline for his thoughtfulness and professionalism helping us through this difficult time. –Elmira Star-Gazette 10/30/2016

 

RICHARD L. BAILEY, 83, of Chemung, N.Y., passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016 at home, following a brief illness, with his family by his side. He was born June 4, 1933 in Wetona, Pa., the son of the late George and Mary (Staurowsky) Bailey. Richard retired from the Grand Union warehouse in Waverly, N.Y., after 38 years of service. He is predeceased by his brothers John Keenan, George Bailey, Nathan Bailey, and Harvey Bailey; sisters Marion Vandewark and Mary Lou Fink. Richard is survived by his children Bonnie and Dennis Every of Ridgeville, S.C., Debbra and Donald Chamberlain of Sayre, Richard and Linda Bailey of Mebane, N.C., Scott Bailey of Chemung; grandchildren Carrie and Paul Gingrich, Kenneth and Jessica Chamberlain, Jennifer Every, Dennis Scott Every, Maranda and Danny Lyon, Nikki Bailey, and Zachary Bailey; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. A celebration of Richard's life will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 from 1-4 p.m. at the South Waverly Community Hall, 2523 Pennsylvania Ave., South Waverly, Pa. Caring services provided by Cooley Tioga Point Cremation & Burial Options, Athens, Pa. –Sayre Morning Times 9/27/2016

 

BAKER –BEVERLY ANN BAKER CODDINGTON, 77, of Standing Stone Township, Pa., passed away Monday, Nov. 14, 2016 at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital, Towanda, Pa. Beverly was born in Towanda, Pa., on July 22, 1939 the daughter of the late Francis and Marjorie Rockwell Baker. She was a graduate of Towanda High School Class of 1958 and following high school, served in the U.S. Army. In early years, Beverly was employed by the Crystal Springs Motel in North Towanda. Beverly possessed great love for her home and family. She enjoyed animals, walking, crocheting and working puzzles. Surviving are her children, Michael Brown of Athens Township, Joseph Brown of Towanda, Francis Brown of Athens and Troveda Saxon and husband Michael of Standing Stone Township; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; her sister, Marian Thurston of North Towanda; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. The Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home of Towanda, Pa., is assisting Beverly's family with arrangements. –Towanda Daily Review 11/16/2016

 

RAYMOND G. ‘GEORGE’ BENJAMIN of Horseheads, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at the age of 84. Raymond was born June 21, 1932, a son to the late Clinton and Madge Vargason Benjamin. Raymond is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 64 years, Beverly J. Howard; daughter, Judy Difasi and her children, Nick (Stephanie), Jenelle (Ryan); sons, Raymond (Sherry) Benjamin and their sons, Bob (Danielle), Jeff, and Steven (Shontae), and Bryan (Patti) Benjamin and their children, Dan, Josh (Kelly), Katie (Mark), William, and Andrew; great grandchildren, Blake, Jax, Axl, Rafe, Jase, Wyatt, Logan, Miles, Owen and Gavin; brothers, Richard Benjamin, Edmund (Charlotte) Benjamin and Clinton (Mary) Benjamin; sisters, Joanne (Dennis) Dyer and Theresa Smith; numerous nieces, nephews and dear family friend Sandy Hoffman. He was predeceased by sister, Joyce Gyles. He served his country honorably with the US Navy on the USS Albany and was employed by Tompkins County BOCES, as an instructor for precision machining. Raymond, affectionately known as Dad or Grandpa loved his family. His true belief was always to support his family's challenges and dreams. He was their rock to stand on, shoulder to lean on, and never too busy to give his time, wisdom, and energy. His passions included spending time with family, teaching others what he knew, making memories with his grandchildren at the cottage, woodworking in his shop, playing games, and doing puzzles. He has been a true inspiration to all who knew him. The family will welcome relatives and friends to Sullivan's Funeral Home, 365 E. Franklin St., at Rt. 13, Horseheads, NY on Friday, November 11, 2016 from 3 - 6 PM. Ray's Funeral Service will be held at the Funeral Home on Saturday, 12 noon. He will be laid to rest in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Odessa, NY with military honors immediately following. –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/10/2016

 

BICKFORD –JUNE E. PECK, age 94, of DuBois, Pa., formerly of Athens, Pa., died Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 at Christ the King Manor. Born on July 16, 1922 in Lake Placid, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late David and Nancy (Winch) Bickford. June retired from Marine Midland Bank in Waverly, N.Y., after a 30-year banking career. She was always active in her church, often serving as the church treasurer. She loved children. She worked as a "surrogate grandma" for a Head Start Program until she was 88 years old. She is survived by three grandchildren (Dr. Eric Peck and his wife Charity of DuBois, Pa.; Heather Klossner and her husband Chris of Barton, N.Y.; and Brett Peck and his wife Miranda of Cleveland, Ga.) and seven great-grandchildren (Sadie, Egan, Cade, Emma, Kyan, Cole, and Titus Peck). She was preceded in death by her son (Timothy Peck), three sisters (Jennie, Octavia, and Marie) and five brothers (Dave, Sheridan, Dean, Paul, and Press). There will be no public visitation. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 at 10 a.m. from the Chapel at Christ the King Manor with Pastor Terry Felt officiating. Memorials may be placed with Christ the King Manor, 1100 West Long Ave., DuBois, PA. The Goble-Baronick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. –Sayre Morning Times 10/7/2016

 

DAVID R. A. BIDLACK, 22, of Sayre, PA, passed away unexpectedly due to an accident on Monday, September 5, 2016. He was born on July 23, 1994 in Sayre, PA the son of David Bidlack and Darlene Greene. A Celebration of Life Service will be announced in the Thursday edition of the Morning Times with the obituary. The family is being assisted by Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Athens, PA. Memorial donations may be made in David's memory to: Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, PA to help defray the costs of the funeral expenses. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

JEFFREY ALAN BIDLACK, 47, of 323 Strope Road, Towanda, Pa., Burlington Township, passed away Saturday morning, Oct. 29, 2016 at Guthrie Memorial Hospital, Towanda, Pa., following a heart attack. Jeffrey was born in Towanda on May 29, 1969, the son of Harold "Bucky" Bidlack Sr. and Sandra Jackson Patterson. He was a graduate of SRU High School, East Smithfield, Pa., Class of 1987. Following high school, Jeffrey moved to Florida where he was employed in construction by Restoration Specialists of Ocala, Fla. In July of 2014, Jeffrey moved to Burlington Township, Pa., to make his home. Jeffrey was a loving and devoted husband and father. He enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid hunter. Jeffrey will be fondly remembered by his family and friends as a person of many talents and abilities who could do almost anything. Surviving are his wife, Crystal L. Oluich Bidlack of Towanda; children, Brenna Bidlack of Lecanto, Fla., Corey Davis of Eustis, Fla., Cameron Davis of Eustis, Fla., Destiny Bidlack of Towanda; grandson, Cason Michael Schaefer; his mother, Sandra Jackson Patterson and husband Richard of Inverness, Fla.; siblings, Dennis Bidlack and wife Kim of Homosassa, Fla., Gina Bidlack of Dunnellon, Fla., Ricky Patterson (Vicki Green) of Homosassa, Fla.; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his father, Harold Bidlack Sr. in 1976; and brother, Harold Bidlack Jr. in 2004. A memorial service is planned for 1 p.m. on Nov. 13 at the American Legion in South Towanda. In lieu of flowers, Jeff had no life insurance, so a fund has been set up at Community Bank NA. Checks may be made out to Jeff Bidlack Memorial Fund and mailed to 400 Main St., Towanda, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 11/8/2016

 

DR. DUNCAN CROMWELL BLANCHARD, 91, a resident of Teresian House, Albany, N.Y., passed away on Feb. 25, 2016, after an acute respiratory illness. Born in Winter Haven, Fla., Oct. 8, 1924, Duncan moved with his family to New Lenox, Mass. in 1928, where he attended school. His last two years were at Pittsfield High School, Mass., where he ran the mile in track and graduated in 1942. His first full time job was as an apprentice machinist at Pittsfield General Electric Company. He left to join the U.S. Navy during WWll and was sent to Harvard and Tufts universities in the Navy V-12 officer training program, earning the BNS in 1945. He then served as an ensign on the Pacific Island of Guam. After the war he returned to Tufts and earned a BS in engineering in 1947. On the track team at Tufts in his first year, coached by the acclaimed Clarence "Ding" Dussault, he became the New England Intercollegiate champion in both the 1-mile and 2-mile run. Duncan joined Project Cirrus, with other scientists, under Dr. Irving Langmuir from 1947 to 1949 at the General Electric Research Laboratory in Schenectady, N.Y. This was the first attempt to seed clouds to make rain. At Penn State University he earned an MS in physics in 1951 and published his first paper, "The Behavior of Water Drops at Terminal Velocity in Air." Photographs of these drops showed that rain drops are shaped like hamburger buns, unlike the popular teardrop assumption! He then worked at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Mass. This was the beginning of a life long friendship and correspondence with the distinguished Al Woodcock. At WHOI his research was with the interactions between the atmosphere and the sea surface. During this time he also had a fellowship and leave of absence to attend MIT, earning a Ph.D in atmospheric science. In 1968 Dr. Blanchard continued this work at the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center, at the University at Albany, N.Y., as senior research associate and professor. Dr. Blanchard has given presentations of his work at scientific conferences here and abroad, and published about 140 articles. Most appeared in technical journals, but some were written for a general audience. He thought it very important to reach out to the public to explain science, giving numerous talks over the years to adults and children, and several at the Harlan Rowe Middle School in Athens, Pa., when his children were students. His book "From Raindrops to Volcanoes" (1967) is about adventures in science. It is published in seven languages and was reprinted in 2004. In 1970 he published a popular article about a Vermont farmer, Wilson Bentley. His second book "The Snowflake Man" (1998) expands on the life and pioneering work of Mr. Bentley, who made the first photographs of snow crystals in 1885.Dr. Blanchard was honored by being elected a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He retired from ASRC at Albany in 1989, but continued writing and exchanging ideas with colleagues. His last published work was in 2013. Early in life Duncan enjoyed cross country skiing and square dancing, and became interested in the philosophy of Humanism. In later life he volunteered at a food kitchen, and was concerned about climate warming. Duncan was predeceased by his parents, Norman and Edna Perkins Blanchard; infant sister, Dorcas; brother-in-law, Ernest Bosselman; and step-son-in-law, John Eisenbraun. He is survived by his third wife, Julia Nugent Blanchard of Albany, N.Y.; children, Rebecca Blanchard of Kasilof, Alaska, Andrea Blanchard (Douglas) Cone of Williamsville, N.Y., Duncan Blanchard of Carmichael, Calif., and Jonathan Blanchard of Titusville, Fla.; stepdaughters, Margaret Eisenbraun of Oak Harbor, Wash., and Laura Smith of San Francisco, Calif.; sister, Barbara Bosselman of North Falmouth, Mass.; brother, Norman (Margaret) Blanchard of Willow Street, Pa.; several grandchildren, step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. A family memorial gathering in Woods Hole, Mass., has been held. Contributions in honor of Duncan may be directed to the Ray Falconer Natural History Lectures, at www.albany.edu/asrc/falconer-lecture.php, or to an organization of one's choice. –Towanda Daily Review 10/7/2016

 

HOWARD BOHART, 77, of Ralston, PA (McIntyre Twp.) passed away peacefully at home early Saturday, November 12, 2016. Howard Harmon Bohart was born April 30, 1939 in Liberty, PA. He was a son of the late Eugene Harmon and Mary Emma (Brion) Bohart. After serving in the U.S. Airforce, Howard worked in the construction trades and later was a truck driver until retiring in 2004. He was a very quiet person, but also very loving. Howard will be dearly missed and remembered as an upstanding man and a respected father figure to his family and friends. One would often find Howard tinkering in his garage. He always enjoyed tending to his gardens and a good game of cards or dice. Surviving are his three children; Dan Bohart of Bradford, Theresa Smith and Christina Shelman both of Tioga, 19 grandchildren; four step-children, Dee of Ralston, Nancy of Reading, Juanita of Cogan Station and Ronnie of Florida; four siblings, Alice Schmelzle, Joyce Black, Anna Pardoe and Max Bohart, several nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. He was predeceased by his companion of 36 years, Carletta Barlow and four siblings; Louise Deceder and Howard, Dale and Bruce Bohart. In keeping with Mr. Bohart’s wishes, there will be no public services. Pepper Funeral Home in Canton is in care of arrangements. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

PAUL F. BOOR age 79 of Veteran Hill Road Horseheads, NY passed away on Saturday, September 24, 2016. Paul was born in Elmira, NY the son of the late Stephen and Elizabeth Kurtz Boor. He married his wife Donna Denkenberger Boor on August 22, 1959 who preceded him in death on June 12, 2016. His only brother Ivan S. Boor also preceded him in death on January 3, 2002. Paul was an Army Veteran. He was a retired farmer. He also retired from the New York State Corrections Department where he managed the Elmira Department of Corrections Farm. He is survived by his only child, daughter Lisa Boor Gaetano and son-in-law Arthur Gaetano of Fox Lake, Illinois, sister-in-law Buna Boor, niece Lori Boor and her son Daniel Stroman, and nephew Stevie Boor and his wife Leah Boor. Paul is also survived by his brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Jean Denkenberger, Kazuko Denkenberger, Dick Frycek and Vivian Denkenberger and several nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Lynch Funeral Home, 318 W. Broad St., Horseheads, NY on Thursday September 29, 2016 from 6-7PM. Mr. Boor's Funeral Services will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 7PM. –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/26/2016

 

REVEREND CHARLES L. BROOKS, 83, of Allenwood, PA, passed away on Friday, September 2, 2016. Reverend Brooks, son of the late Ernest and Peggy Brooks, was born on September 15, 1932 in Jersey Shore. Charles is survived by his wife Mary (Betty) Everly Brooks. They were married on July 1, 1951 and recently observed their 65th wedding anniversary. Additionally, Charles is survived by three sons and a daughter, David (Jennifer) of Rockwall, TX, Steven of Hughesville, Daniel (Susan) of Lock Haven, and Merilee (Gary) of Montoursville. Charles is survived by 10 grandchildren, Cyndi, Janelle, Natalie, Nevin (Amy), Bryan, Evan, Abigail, Kelsi, Micah, Trevor, and three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers, E. Byron (Martha) of Jersey Shore and Gale (Patsy) of Avis. In addition to his parents, Charles was predeceased by one granddaughter, Karen. Charles was a graduate of Jersey Shore Area schools and the Practical Bible Training School, Johnson City, NY. He served three pastorates, Bentley Creek Baptist Church, Gillett, Lambs Creek Bible Church, Mansfield, and Anthony Baptist Church, Jersey Shore. Additionally, Charles worked at Susquehanna Distributing and Storage and retired from General Cable, both of Montoursville. Services will be held Saturday, September 10, 2016. Charles will be laid to rest at Jersey Shore Cemetery at 9:00 AM followed by visitation at 10 - 11 a.m. and celebration of life services at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Elimsport, Allenwood. Pastor Todd Baker and Dr. David Brooks, officiating. Memorial gifts may be given to First Baptist Church of Elimsport, 16838 State Route 44, Allenwood, PA. Arrangements are being handled by the Rearick-Carpenter Funeral Home, Ltd., 1002 Allegheny St., Jersey Shore, PA. –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/6/2016

 

BROOKS –CHERYL L. (BROOKS) ‘SHERRY’ LABAR age 68 of Pine Valley passed away Tuesday, October 18, 2016, in the loving arms of her husband at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. Sherry was born in Elmira to the late Raymond and Beatrice (Dibble) Brooks. Sherry is survived by her loving family, husband and best friend, Theodore J. LaBar; sons, Theodore J. LaBar, Jr. of Owego and David G. LaBar of Horseheads; special granddaughter, Tara LaBar with fiancé Jesse Rea; and special great grandson, Vincent; brother, Jackie (Chris) Brooks; special friend, Sue Wood; and many siblings; nieces and nephews; and many friends and extended family members. Sherry worked for L. R. C. for over 40 years as a solder specialist. She enjoyed her flower garden, boating and camping and racing with Larry and Laurie whom she considered as her family. Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, Inc., 413 S. Main St., Horseheads on Friday, October 21, 2016, from 1:00PM-3:00PM. A memorial service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 3:00PM. Memorial donations may be made in Sherry's memory to the American Cancer Society. –Elmira Star-Gazette 10/20/2016

 

BROSEND –BARBARA A. (BROSEND) SIMMONS, 83, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016 at SpiriTrust Lutheran, The Village at Sprenkle Drive. She was the wife of the late Dwight W. Simmons. A Celebration of Life Tribute Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 at Heffner Funeral Chapel & Crematory, Inc., 1551 Kenneth Rd., York, with Pastor David Kominsky officiating. A visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery. Born on April 23, 1933 in York, a daughter of the late Carl F. and Saddie J. (Siders) Brosend, she was a graduate of William Penn Senior High. Mrs. Simmons was a member of Pleasureville United Methodist Church and previously at Grace Lutheran Church. She enjoyed gospel music, playing games and reading. Mrs. Simmons is survived by two sons, David A. and wife Wendy Simmons of Mt. Wolf and Brian L. and wife Debra Simmons of Mechanicsburg; one daughter, Melissa A. Bates of York; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Carl Brosend of York; and three sisters, Mary Goodling of Dover, Lois Lightner and Ruth Vaughn both of York. She was preceded in death by a sister, Esther Renner. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Salvation Army, 50 E. King St., York, PA or to Pleasureville U. M. Church, 2606 N. Sherman St., York, PA. –Towanda Daily Reviw 9/1/2016

 

BROWN –EILEEN MAE ROBINSTON, 76, of Tuscarora Township, Pa., passed away Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. Eileen was born at her grandparents home in Monroeton, Pa., on March 1, 1936, a daughter of Raymond and Louise Gillmer Brown. On May 11, 1956 she married John A. Robinson Jr. in Monroeton, Pa. Eileen was formerly employed by Herman Rynveld Sons in New Albany, Pa., and the Endicott-Johnson Shoe Company in Mildred, Pa. She is survived by her husband of 56 years John A. Robinson Jr.; children Retha Sandor and husband Michael of Maine, Jada Orr of New Albany and Kathy Chase and husband Larry of Florida; grandchildren Katie Rambus and husband Michael, Maria Sandor, Justin Chase, Desiree Trasco and Adam Stoudt; great-grandchildren Justice Rambus, Michael Rambus, Julianna James, Owen Sandor and Preston Sandor; sisters Shirley Thrasher of Sylvara, Patty Brown of Towanda and Phyllis Woodward of North Carolina; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Robert and Tina Robinson of Standing Stone; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by sisters: Norma Pickering and Ruth Ann Brown; brother, Raymond Gilly Brown and brother-in-law Allen Thrasher. The funeral service will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa., with Pastor Terry VanHorn of the New Albany Baptist Church officiating. The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. Interment will be private in the Hillcrest Cemetery, New Albany, Pa. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association, 57 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre,  in Eileen Mae Robinson's memory. –Towanda Daily Review 1/14/2013

 

PAUL H. "BUMPIE’ BUMP, 66, of Sheshequin Township, Pa., passed away Thursday evening, Sept. 22, 2016 at his home with his family by his side. Paul was born Jan. 17, 1950 in Towanda, Pa., the son of Clayton and Gladys Mansfield Bump. He was a graduate of Towanda High School class of 1969 and subsequently served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. "Bumpie" retired from E.I. DuPont in Towanda following 32 years of service. He was a member of Fort Sullivan American Legion Post No. 246, Athens, Pa. and VFW Post No. 8104, Waverly, N.Y. "Bumpie was very active in support based area veterans events. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, his family request that contributions be directed to a local Post Traumatic Stress Disorder organization in memory of Paul H. "Bumpie" Bump. The Bowen-Farr Funeral Home of Ulster, Pa. is assisting "Bumpie's" family with arrangements. –Towanda Daily Review 9/24/2016

 

WALTER BURGER, 88, of Sheshequin Twp., PA passed away on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at Bradford County Memorial Park,  (error: Bradford County Manor) Troy following a period of declining health. He was born on March 30, 1928 in Califon, NJ, the son of the late John and Mary (Shunduk) Burger. Following high school graduation, Walter joined the United States Air Force. Upon returning home, he began his excavation business, Berger Excavating, with his wife which they owned and operated until his retirement. Moving from New Jersey to the Ulster area, he continued to do excavating jobs. He also worked part-time at the local dirt track in NJ, Flemington Speedway, and he especially enjoyed working with the Sprint Cars. He was an avid NASCAR fan. He is predeceased by his brothers Joseph and Frank Berger and sister Elizabeth Antonow. Walter is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years Gloria Stockton at home, children Nancy Bearse of KY, Richard Berger of Sayre, Valerie Meyer of TX, John W. Berger of Sheshequin Twp., PA, and Carol Roberts of NY, 12 grandchildren, his great-grandchildren, sisters Helen Taormina of Brooklyn, NY and Marie Poniatowski of NJ, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. At the request of family, there will be no calling hours or services. The family is being assisted by Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Athens, PA. –Funeral home obituary contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

BASTION –RUTH JANE (BASTION) (EBERLIN) BURGUESS - On the morning of Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, Ruth Jane (Bastion) (Eberlin) Burguess of Roaring Branch passed away quietly at her residence following a courageous battle with a debilitating illness. She was 63 years of age. Ruth was born Jan. 13, 1953 in Williamsport and grew up in Grover. She was a graduate of Canton Area High School and was employed for many years at the former Swayze Folding Box Company in Canton. Ruth was a quiet, unassuming person who enjoyed the pleasure of her family's company, the beauty of nature and reading a good book. She is survived by her sons, David Eberlin of Williamsport, Timothy (Lisa) Eberlin and Nocholas (Tara) Eberlin, all of Roaring Branch; as well as grandchildren Brandon, Ryder, Shelby, Koby, Carter and Cham Eberlin. In keeping with Ruth's wishes, all services are private and have been entrusted to Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, Canton. –Towanda Daily Review 11/20/2016

 

BUTCHER –RUBY BUTCHER TANNER age 97 passed away October 30, 2016 at Mission Hills Assisted Living in Rancho Mirage, CA. Ruby was a long time resident of Montour Falls, New York and worked for Shepard Niles for over 30 years. She was born on May 23, 1919 in Jobs Corners, Pa. at a place called Pumpkin Hill. Ruby was one of 12 children. She graduated with honors from Millerton High School in Pennsylvania in 1936. Ruby married Bill Tanner of Montour Falls in 1941 and had two children, Pat Specchio of Thousand Palms, California and Andrew Tanner of Orange City, Florida. After retiring from Shepard Niles, Ruby lived several years in Deland Florida with her devoted friend Howard Hendricks and spent a great deal of time with her brothers and sisters. She moved to California to live with her daughter and son-in-law in 1999. Ruby was predeceased in death by her parents Harry Butcher and Ruby Smith Butcher; husband Bill Tanner; brothers Harry Butcher, Harold, Butcher, Bob Butcher, Raymond Butcher and Bill Butcher; sisters Lillian Chamberlain, Blanche Gregory, Mary Rusin, Carol Morrison, and Hazel Toothacker. Also preceding Ruby in death are her brother-in-laws Richard Esaias, Pete Chamberlain, Sam Gregory, Mike Rusin, George Morrison, Jack Toothacker, Guy Houser, Frank Merrill, Tellis Weaver and Chuck Beecher. Also predeceased are Ruby's sister-in-laws, Margaret Butcher, Margareta Butcher, Doris Butcher, Agnes Butcher, Irene Butcher, Betty Merrill, Elizabeth Weaver, Dorothy Beecher and Jane Coil; Also, friend, Howard Hendricks. Surviving Ruby is her sister Phyllis Houser of State College, Pa., Ruby's daughter Pat Specchio, her son Andrew Tanner, son-in-law Ted J. Specchio and daughter-in-law Bonnie Schaffhauser Tanner. Grandchildren, Jeff Specchio, Wendy (Rick) Rogina, Lisa (Dean) Myers, Tammy (Jeff) Everett and Becky Aldrich. Ruby was also very proud to have several great and great great grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews. Henry Coil of Bath, New York is Ruby's only surviving brother-in-law. Ruby's favorite pastime was playing cards and going to the casino. She was a champion euchre player at the Watkins Glen Elks for years and would not hesitate to inform her fellow card players that she had the trophies to prove it. It's your deal Ruby!!! Ruby will be greatly missed by her family and friends. –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/4/2016

 

BUTLER –ZORIA L. BUTLER LALONDE, age 89, of Wyalusing, Pa., passed away on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016, with her loving family at her side. Zoria was born on Aug. 4, 1927, in Gatesville, Miss., a daughter of the late Henry and Fannie McLoud Butler. Zoria married Roy Greer in 1943; he was a member of the U.S. Army infantry and was killed in action during the Battle of the Bulge. Zoria later met and married Louis LaLonde Jr. of Pittsburgh, Pa.,, on July 30, 1945. He predeceased her in 1992. She moved to Wyalusing in 1989 where she enjoyed working at the Wyalusing Valley High School, at the front desk as well as helping out in the library. She was a 26-year resident at Park Place, Wyalusing, Pa. She was known as Mom, Gammie, and GG-ma. She loved spending time with her family. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Surviving are: two sons and daughters-in-law, Louis and Lala LaLonde III of Wyalusing, Pa., and David LaLonde and Susan Hamer of Pittsburgh, Pa.; daughter, Leah Bruder of Pittsburgh, Pa.; son-in-law, Herman Bowser of Pittsburgh, Pa.; grandchildren, Bill, Amy, Jeff, Melissa, Louis IV, Tessa, Leigh Ann, Jessica and David; nine great-grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister, Kay Mazur; daughter, Mary Bowser; granddaughter, Linda Bowser; grandson, David LaLonde; son-in-law, William Bruder; and daughter-in-law, Carol LaLonde. A memorial service will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions can be made to the Park Place Fund, 62 Riverside Drive, Wyalusing, PA. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review 9/5/2016

 

CARTER –BETTY J. SQUIER, age 90, of Rushboro, PA, passed away on Monday, November 7, 2016 at her home. Betty was born on June 1, 1926, in Newton, NJ, the daughter of the late Donald I. (February 19, 1986) and Merle Baker Carter (March 18, 1993). She graduated from the West Auburn High School. Betty married Glenn V. Squier on January 14, 1957 and the couple was married for 46 years until his death on September 7, 2003. Betty was a very artistic and crafty woman. She liked tending to her garden of vegetables and flowers. She enjoyed reading especially Stephen King novels. She also enjoyed watching movies and her favorite TV show “The X-Files.” Betty loved animals in particular her cats. She had a great sense of humor as well. She was very family oriented and loved being surrounded by her loving family. Betty is survived by her daughters Christina Salsman of Laceyville, PA; Susan Sane of Laceyville, PA; step-children Jean Seamans of Nicholson, PA; Leah Emmons of Springville, PA; Richard (Joanne) Squier of Nicholson, PA; 13 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Besides her husband of 46 years and her parents she was preceded in death by her daughter, Cheryl Ann Crayton (April 24, 2003); son Robin Smith (March 11, 2010); brother Earl K. Carter (December 9, 2000); and brother John W. Carter Sr. (December 10, 2008). Funeral services for Betty will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 12:00 PM noon at Sheldon Funeral Homes, 459 Main Street, Laceyville, PA with Reverend Charles Bishop of the Transue and Elk Lake Community Churches officiating. Interment will be held at the Jersey Hill Cemetery. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday from 10:00 AM until the time of the services. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the True Friends Animal Welfare Center, 16332 SR 706, Montrose, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

CASS –CAROL JOICE VOUGHT, 83, of Waverly, N.Y., passed away at home on Wednesday evening, Aug. 31, 2016. She is survived by her husband, Eben Vought; her children, Teresa Vought and Steven Whitmore, Savona, N.Y., Gary and Lillian Vought, Waverly, N.Y., David and Christine Vought, South Carolina, Scott and Judy Vought, N. Rome, Pa.; her sister, Shirley Aiken, Athens, Pa.; also her nine grandchildren; her two great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Montague Cass and her sister and brother-in-law, Sibyl and Bob Nichols. Carol was born in Rome, Pa., on March 27, 1933, the daughter of the late Guy and Julia (Browning) Cass. She was predeceased by her daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Dennis Scrivener, Mary May Cook, Rome, Pa., and her sister-in-law, Ruth Cass. She was a superb cook and culinary expert throughout her life, and worked at Lola's Riverside, Hugo's Silver Grill and Ted Clark's. Carol enjoyed tending her beautiful flower gardens, and she was especially a bird lover, even having a heated bird bath for them. A funeral service will be held at Richards Funeral Home, Route 17C West, Owego, N.Y., on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. G. Terry Steenburg officiating. Burial will follow in Nichols Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

 

CHILSON –DOROTHY LOUISE SPRINGER, 87 of Athens, Pa., passed away on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. She was predeceased by her mother, Mary Chilson; and husband, Clinton Springer. Dorothy is survived by her children, Barry Springer of Prescott, Ariz., Mark Springer of Sayre, Pa., and Robyn (Jammie) Lee of Athens, Pa.; grandchildren, Amey and Teagan Springer, and Ethan and Jillian Lee; and great-grandchildren, Madalaine and Maddox McGrath, and Roman. Dorothy loved to watch TV and enjoyed visiting with friends. The family would like to thank the staff at Athens Health and Rehab for the excellent care. At Dorothy's request, there will be no services. The family is being assisted by Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly. –Sayre Morning Times 9/19/2016

 

BERNARD E. ‘BERNIE’ CLEMENTONI, 89, of Hughesville, died Wednesday, October 5, 2016, at The Gatehouse. Born April 9, 1927 in Union Dale, he was a son of the late Joseph and Marie (Peterman) Clementoni. He and his wife, the former Patricia A. Brink, celebrated 67 years of marriage on September 23, 2016. Bernie served his country honorably in the U.S. Coast Guard and was a member of the American Legion, Post 601, Sonestown. He retired from the former Schnadig Corporation, Montoursville, and enjoyed woodworking and restoring antique furniture. Bernie also enjoyed going to auctions, hunting, fishing, and above all, spending time with his grandchildren. Surviving, in addition to his wife, are three sons, Rusty A. (Paulette) Clementoni of Williamsport, Ronald E. (Sheila) Clementoni, and Rod L. (Pam) Clementoni, both of Hughesville; two sisters, Josephine Wolfe of Goshen, NY and Mary Lou McBurney of AL; six grandchildren, Bart, Leslie, Erin, Traci, Kelsey, and Alex; five great-grandchildren, Ella, Anna, Josie, Anthony, and Haydon. In addition to his parents, Bernie was preceded in death by three brothers, Joseph, Armond, and Kenneth Clementoni. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Monday, October 10, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Chaplain David Fishel officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hughesville. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

CARL COLEMAN, 93, of South Waverly, PA, born on April 29, 1923, passed away October 26, 2016 at the Athens Health and Rehabilitation Center in Athens, PA. Carl was born in Mildred, PA and attended Cherry Township High School. He served in the U.S. Army from April 1943 to January 1946 with Company M, 142nd Infantry Regiment, 36th Division, in Africa, Italy, France and Germany. While serving his country, he was the recipient of the Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, WWII Victory Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, European African Meddle Eastern Campaign Medal with four Bronze Stars and one Bronze Arrowhead, Army Weapons Badge and Ribbon Bar with five stars (one for each major battle). After being discharged, he worked for American LaFrance and Ward LaFrance in Elmira, NY and 33 years at Ingersoll Rand in Athens. He served as a Police Officer in South Waverly for seven years, was a Constable for 30 years and was a member of the American Legion (Mildred) and Veterans of Foreign Wars, Sayre. He was an avid sportsman and outdoorsman, and especially loved hunting. He was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Margaret Ambs Coleman, his wife, Eleanor, and sisters and brothers-in-law Dotha (Louis) Bottone and Martha (Glenn) Rolfe. Carl is survived by his son David Coleman; daughter Judy (Eric) Fagner; sister Rosemarie Ottaviani; sister-in-law Frances Rosenberry and brother-in-law Rudy Chick. His grandchildren, Michael Murphy and Corinne (Phillip) McCarty; his great-grandchildren, Brianna Murphy, Jaryd McCarty and Brandon McCarty, as well as several nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service with Rev. Linda Rogers officiating will be held on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 11am at the St. John Lutheran Church, 207 S. Hopkins Street, Sayre PA. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made in Carl's memory to St. John Lutheran Church of a charity of one's choice. –Contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

FREDERICK J. COLLINS age 71 of Pine City, most currently, Horseheads, passed away Sat. Nov. 12, 2016 in the loving care of his family following declining health. Born on Mar. 20, 1945 in Elmira, Fred was the son of the late, John J. & Marguerite Johnson Collins. Fred was a cabinet maker and locksmith for the Elmira City School Dist. Fred was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Ron Collins and his in-laws, Robert & Pearl Miner. He is survived by his best friend and wife of 36 years, Sherry, son, Fred II (Kyra), grandchildren: Gabrielle and Isaac, a very special person and extended family member, Andrew (Allison) Roblyer and their children, Lindsey, Alex and Olivia. Also surviving Fred are his sister, Lu (John) Kohena, niece, Jennifer and nephew, Chris; Fred's niece, Pam Sproule; and nephew, Ron Collins; sister-in-law, Patti; and her children, Melissa, Robert, Michael and Jennifer; with special friend, Fred's ex-wife, Sandy Dobson (Gene). A Celebration of Fred's life will be held at the Frontline Family Ministries, located at 1205 W. Church St. Elmira, NY on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 4 p.m. followed by a time of visitation till 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Guthrie Cancer Center. Our many thanks to the staff at Robert Packer Hospital and Guthrie Cancer Clinic at Corning Hospital. Also, to the many friends who have helped Fred and I during this journey. We appreciate you and the care you have given us. Services under the direction of Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, Elmira, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette from Nov. 15 to Nov. 17, 2016

 

COOK –GERALDINE B. (GERRY) ROMANO a longtime resident of Southport passed away Thursday, October 6, 2016 with family by her side. Born in Nanticoke, PA., daughter of the late, Margaret and Harry B Cook III. Gerry was well known in the area having operated the Wagon Wheel for many years and for her annual, full of fun yard sales. Her most important role was that of homemaker accented as an outstanding mother to her three children. She is survived by husband, Andrew Romano, Southport; children, Bill (Karen) Dovey, Horseheads NY; Cory (Dan) Neff, Northumberland, PA; Peggy (Eric "Rick" to mom) Phillips, Elmira, NY; grandson, AJ (Jacquelyn) Iannello, Lancaster PA; sister, Renee (Louis) Soumakis, S. Setauket NY; and brother, Harry B Cook IV, Beaverton OR. Her interests included cooking, crafts, sewing, working in the yard, gardening, cultivating colorful flower beds, reading, shopping trips with her daughters and spending time with family. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport, NY on Friday October 14, 2016 from 5:00 until 7:00 PM with services immediately following the visitation at 7:15 PM. Guests are asked to display something red, her favorite color. Her wish was for donations to Northern Tier Children's Home, 4309 SR 49, Harrison Valley, PA instead of flowers. –Elmira Star-Gazette 10/11/2016

 

JOSEPH P. ‘JOE’ COSTON, 50, of Athens, Pa., passed away Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016 at Elderwood Health Care Facility with his family by his side. He was born on Nov. 24, 1965 in Sayre, Pa., the son of John and Sandra Coe Coston. Joe graduated from Waverly High School, Class of 1983. He was employed as a truck driver with Venezia. His greatest love was spending time with his family, especially his sons. Joe loved football, and was a fan of Notre Dame, the Miami Dolphins and the Cowboys. He was a kind and gentle man who never had a harsh word for anyone. Joe always gave from the heart and he always will be remembered for his great sense of humor, his laughter, and his infectious smile. He is predeceased by his mother, Sandra Coe.Joseph is survived by his beloved wife of 25 years, Stacey Coston, at home; his four sons and daughter-in-law he was so very proud of, Roman and Kalea Coston, Derek Coston, Brandon Coston, and Parker Coston, all of Athens, Pa.; and his precious grandchildren, the lights of his life, Faith and Axten. Joseph also is survived by his father, John Coston of Sayre, Pa.; step-mother, Muriel Coston of Sayre, Pa.; siblings, Clara (Gregory) Fiske of Woodbourne, N.Y., Matthew Coston of Elmira, N.Y., Michelle Dutton of Waverly, N.Y., and Jennifer Delp of Monroeton, Pa.; as well as several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Family and friends may call from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016 at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 225 S. Main St., Athens, Pa. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Linda Rogers officiating. –Towanda Daily Review 9/27/2016  (Joseph Patrick Coston)

 

COVEY –ISABELL MARIE (BELL) JOHNSON, 85, of Granville Summit, Pa., passed away Wednesday morning, Nov. 16, 2016 at the Robert Packer Hospital. Born Feb. 23, 1931, in Ulster, Pa., she was the daughter of Claude and Iva (Eddy) Covey. She was a graduate of Ulster High School and was a homemaker for all of her life. She married Richard Manley Johnson on April 28, 1951. Together, they have two surviving children, Betty Ann and Richard. Isabell found great joy in her family and especially enjoyed the gathering of family for Sunday dinner at her house. Isabell is survived by her children, Betty Ann McNeal of Granville Summit, Richard (Lisa) Johnson of Milford, Ohio; daughter-in law, Denise Johnson of Chula Vista, Calif.; grandchildren, Marie and Michelle McNeal, Richelle Spiak, Rachel Seeberger, Rebecca Monoskie, Robin Aoki, Robert, Tina, Linda Ann, and Joey Johnson; great-grandchildren, Madison McNeal-Buchanan, Felicia and Kevin Young, Jacob, Matthew, and Austin Seeberger, Justin, Rachel, and Gaven Frey, Derek and Elizabeth Johnson, Thomas Burdick and Finn Aoki. She was preceded in death by an infant son; her parents, Claude and Iva Covey; her husband of 62 years, Richard Johnson, in October 2013; her son, Robert Johnson (of Chula Vista, Calif.), in May 2016; sisters, Evelyn, May, Jean, Barbara and Francis; brothers, Tony, Laverne, Raymond and Everett; great-grandchildren, Dakota Young and Isabell Monoskie; grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and friends. Isabell enjoyed spending time with her family, watching her grandchildren and great-grandchilden grow up, visiting with family under the shade of the trees in her yard, and going for walks. She enjoyed wild flowers - especially wild brown-eyed susans - spending time with her cat, Hemi, and listening to chipping sparrows, her favorite bird. Isabell lived a simple life and did not believe in collecting material things. Isabell was a devoted wife, mother, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a wonderful, caring woman, and will be greatly missed by everyone who had the opportunity to meet her. In keeping with Isabell's wishes, there will be no calling hours or service. Professional services have been entrusted to Morse & Kleese Funeral Home Inc., Canton. –Towanda Daily Review 11/20/2016

 

SCOTT ANDREW COXFORD was born January 29, 1965 in Elmira, NY the son of the late Wes and Debbie (Reynolds) Coxford passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Friday, October 21, 2016 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA at the age of 51. He is survived by his loving wife, Sara (Kauffman) Coxford and youngest daughter, Maria Coxford, residing at home. Other survivors include: children, Matthew Coxford, Sarah (Jared) Whitney, Kimberly Coxford and Michael Coxford; granddaughter, Alexis; sisters, Kelly (Brian) Mchlentacher and Pat Avery; loving and best friends, Ronda Campbell and Scott Stanbro. Scott was a former employee of Toshiba and retired from Capabilities. A Celebration of Life, along with light refreshments, will take place on Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM at the Wings of Eagles Museum, 339 Daniel Zenker Drive, Horseheads, NY. In lieu of flowers memorial donations in the name of Scott A. Coxford may be directed to Charline Cummings, 21 Dalrymple Ave., Pine City, NY to help defray medical and funeral expenses, or to Roswell Park Cancer Institute, 665 Elm Street, Buffalo, NY. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira/Southport, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 10/26/2016

 

EDWARD J. COYLE SR., 88, of 645 Main St., LeRaysville, Pa., passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, Sept. 28, 2016 at his home, following declining health. Edward was born on April 24, 1928 in Plainfield, N.J., the son of William Coyle and Elizabeth Gertler Coyle. He was a graduate of North Plainfield High School and subsequently served with the U.S. Army in Korea during World War II until 1948. On Feb. 13, 1949, he married I Elizabeth Snedeker in Plainfield, N.J. Edward was employed by the U.S. Post office in Plainfield, N.J., for 32 years until his retirement. Edward was a life member and exempt member of the South Plainfield Volunteer Fire Department and was past state secretary for the Exempt Fireman's Association of New Jersey. He was also a past state secretary for the National Association of Letter Carriers in New Jersey. Edward was a member of the Warren Township Fire Department, American Legion Post of South Plainfield, and Haigh's Pond VFW Post No. 6824, Rome, Pa. Surviving are his children, Edward J. Coyle Jr. and Bryan P. Coyle of LeRaysville, Margaret Gorsky of Highland Ranch, Colo., Kathleen Crea and husband John of Florida; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; his sister, Patricia Scalera of South Plainfield; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Elizabeth, on April 26, 2015; and daughter, Doris Hirsch in 2006. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa., with Pastor Larry Pelton officiating. Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 will accord military honors at the funeral home. The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. The family suggests that contributions may be directed to the Warren Township Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 24, Rome PA or to the Haigh's Pond VFW Post Cancer Fund, 1468 Haigh's Pond Road, Rome, PA in Edward's memory. –Towanda Daily Review 10/2/2016

 

WILLIAM G. CRAWFORD JR., 78, of Muncy, died Saturday, October 29, 2016 at Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. Born June 5, 1938 in Turbotville, he was a son of the late William Grant and the late Mary (Aunkst) Crawford. He married the former Jean Marie Fink, and together they would have celebrated 60 years of marriage on December 28, 2016. William was an active member of the Church of the Resurrection. He enjoyed farming, John Deere tractors, raising animals, but above all he loved spending time with family. Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters: Lori Ann (Chris) Girio of Muncy and Barbara Lynn (Tom) Spring of Quarryville; a son, Ronald W. Crawford of Hughesville; four sisters, Ruth Catherman of Milton, Inez Boyer of Dalmatia, Barbara Robbins of Watsontown, and Gloria McClintock of Watsontown; a brother, Robert Crawford of Turbotville; eight grandchildren, Derek Smith, Thomas Spring, Shawn Smith, Scott Smith, Megan Spring, Jennifer Mordan, Katie Mordan, and Rachel Spring; and 11 great grandchildren. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a daughter, Debra Y. Mordan; a granddaughter, Jessica M. Crawford; two brothers; and three sisters. Funeral services will be held 12 p.m. Thursday, November 3 at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Rev. Glenn McCreary officiating. Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Thursday, at the funeral home. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

PAUL M. CRAWN, 79, of LeRaysville, Pa., passed away Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 at his home. Born Nov. 13, 1936 in Scranton, Pa., he was the son of the late Paul M. Sr. and Edna C. (Rech) Crawn. A graduate of East Stroudsburg University with a Master's Degree in biology, he was a biology teacher in Newton, N.J., at Newton High School and the Kittatinny Regional High School, where he also served as Science Department chairman. He was also the advisor of the Chess Club. Paul served in the Army Reserves in the late '50s, was a member of Neath Welsh Congregation Church where he served as a Sunday school teacher, Elder, Pulpit Search Committee and preached as needed. He was an amateur radio operator and was part of the Civil Defense during hurricane Diane when it devastated the Delaware Water Gap. He was an Eagle Scout, licensed life guard, and enjoyed hunting deer and fishing. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Marian (Fee) Crawn of LeRaysville, Pa.; sons and daughter-in-law, Alan Crawn of LeRaysville, Pa., Paul and Jamie Crawn of Ottsville, Pa.; granddaughters, Josie, CC, and Maisie; and several cousins. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday at the Neath Church. Services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Neath Welsh Congregational Church, LeRaysville, PA. Instead of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either: Neath Welsh Congregational Church Building Fund, c/o Alan Coates, 359 Second St., LeRaysville, PA; LeRaysville-Pike Volunteer Fire Department, 274 Saw Mill Road, LeRaysville, PA or Camino Global, 8625 La Prada Drive, Dallas, TX (On memo write Crawn/Wicher). Services have been entrusted to Bartron-Myer Funeral Home, Inc., Montrose, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review 10/18/2016

 

EDWARD E. DALEY SR., 77, passed away on Oct. 31, 2016 in the arms of his son and family members at St. Mary’s Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Amelia; children, Debbie Ketterer (Charlie) and Eddie Daley (Michele); grandchildren, Sahra Ketterer, Dominic (Erin) Daley and Danielle Daley; Pepper (his dog); brother, John (Donna), and sister, Dolly Rutecki (Len). Edward is predeceased by his siblings, James, Frank, Bill, June and Joe. He was in the army and a Fourth Degree Knight at the Knights of Columbus 4215 inLevittown. Ed retired from the PA Turnpike and was a top mechanic for CF Motor Freight (20 years). He enjoyed working on old cars and Ford trucks and collecting trains and railroad lanterns. His greatest love was the time spent with his son and grandson while hunting on his son’s property each year in Wyalusing. The Herrickville hunters’ breakfast was a treat for him, and he enjoyed visiting with friends and family. Edward really enjoyed the many people he met the last 25 plus years coming up to the Wyalusing area. There was never a barn sale he passed where he did not stop, just to talk and visit. His funeral was held on Nov. 7, 2016 at the Resurrection Cemetery, Bensalem, PA. Donations can be made to the local M/S society. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

DANN –VIRGINIA DANN TILDEN, age 92, of Appleridge Senior Housing, passed away on Friday, September 2, 2016. Born Virginia Marie Dann, the daughter of Robert M. Dann and Helen Breese Dann, and the sister of Ronald Dann, also deceased. Ginny, as she was called, grew up in Painted Post, where she married Dunham Tilden of Brooklyn, NY on June 22, 1946. They settled on Long Island and raised a family. A graduate of Cornell University, she had a late-life career as a special needs teacher's aide for the Locust Valley NY schools and also volunteered for many years at the local hospital. She returned to this area in 2007. Her husband predeceased her in 1988.She is survived by two sons, Robert Tilden (Donna) of Montour Falls, Stephen Tilden (Beth) of Brooklyn, NY; grandchildren, Danielle Tilden (Andy Wheeler) of Elmira, Brian Tilden (Michelle) of Horseheads, and Emma Tilden of Brooklyn. She has one great-granddaughter, Lindsay Tilden of Horseheads and numerous Tilden and Dann nieces and nephews. She enjoyed friends and neighbors, the salt water beaches near her home, birds, flowers, woodsy walks, and the view of the distant hills from her porch at Appleridge. She had a special fondness for roses, and helped tend the rose gardens at the Planting Fields Arboretum gardens. Per Virginia's wishes, there will be no calling hours or services. Contributions may be made in her memory to the Painted Post Historical Society. –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/7/2016

 

SCOTT P. DARROW, 48, of Towanda, Pa., passed away Friday, Nov. 11, 2016 at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, N.Y. Scott is survived by his mother, Edith M. Darrow; his brothers, Timothy P. Darrow and Terry L. Darrow; and his sister, Jennifer H. Ingrassia. He was preceded in death by his father, Paul. L. Darrow. A memorial service will be held at a date yet to be determined. –Towanda Daily Review 11/15/2016

 

DAY –JOYCE DAWN HUFFSMITH of Towanda, formerly of Tunkhannock, passed away on Aug. 31, 2016, after struggling with Alzheimer's Disease, at the home of her granddaughter, Ashley Smith, who was taking care of her, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on March 2, 1938. Joyce was a daughter of the late Elizabeth and Samuel Day of Mehoopany. Joyce was preceded in death by her sister Beverly Simmers. Surviving are sons: Danny and Kate Jennings of Lincoln, Del., David Jennings of Forkston; daughter Patty and Barry of Camptown; brother Robert and Eloise Day of Mehoopany; sister Carol and James Borgeson of Tunkhannock; brother-in-law Jack Simmers of Mehoopany; grandchildren: Luke and Ruth Shook of Tunkhannock, Ashley Fisk of Towanda, Broc Jennings of Saranac N.Y., and Katie Jennings of Tunkhannock; great-grandchildren Ashton Vischansky, Forrest Fisk and Abigail Shook, whom she loved dearly. Funeral services were conducted at the Sheldon Kukuchka Funeral Home Inc., 73 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock on Sunday Sept. 4, with Pastor Betty Reilly presiding. Burial was private in Union Hill Cemetery, Mehoopany. –Wyoming County Examiner 9/7/2016

 

GEORGE COLVIN DEFFENBAUGH, 92, of 1061 John Brady Drive, Pennsdale, formerly the Floral Garden, went to be with the Lord Nov. 2, 2016. He was born on Feb. 7, 1924, on the family farm in Nicholson Township near Smithfield in Fayette County, the son of George C. and Bessie Moser Deffenbaugh. He was married to the former Helen Lupold, of Williamsport, for 67 years. George attended the one-room Griffin School and graduated from the Georges Township High School, R.D. Uniontown. He was known in high school as the country fiddler and played first chair, first violin in the high school symphony orchestra. He received the Bachelor of Arts from the Pennsylvania State College, now University, in 1943 and the Master of Science Degree from Bucknell University in 1951. He later persued Asian Studies at Bucknell, Bloomsburg, and Carnegie-Mellon Universities. George was a veteran of World War II, serving from 1943 to 1946. He was overseas 22 months with the Fifth Air Force, 35thFighter Group, 40thSquadron in the South Pacific campaigns of New Guinea, East Indies, Philippines Is. and Okinawa as a mechanic and Flight Chief. He was a very active member of the American Legion as chairman of the High School Oratorical and Essay Contests. He was a past commander and Adjutant for West Branch Post 999 and Gerrett Cochran Post 1 of Williamsport, and the Lycoming County Legion Council, and a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3428, Muncy. Mr. Deffenbaugh retired from the Williamsport Area High School District in 1984 as social studies supervisor after 38 years of school service, having taught civics, history, and economics in the high schools of Wellsboro, Montgomery and Williamsport. He was a past president of the Pennsylvania Council for education by television. In 1970, he was one of the 20 educators sent by the U.S. Office of Education to India for a ten-week overview of Indian culture and education. Under his leadership, Williamsport social studies teachers wrote course of study and introduced the teaching of Economics and Environmental Studies, for which recognition was received from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Mr. Deffenbaugh has been a member of the American Horticultural Society and along with his father-in-law, Donald Lupold, was recognized in the area for the propogation of azaleas, rhododendrons, lilacs, gladiolus and other ornamentals at their property known as "Floral Gardens." As a member of the Muncy Baptist Church, he was a deacon, treasurer, choir member and taught the men’s and adult Bible classes for many years. He had an avid interest in all kinds of music and played his fiddle with the Southern Tier Bluegrass Association of New York until being afflicted with arthritis. His interest in history led to membership in the Muncy Historical Society and the Tiadaghton Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, being a descendent of Captain John Moore, husband of Margaret Colvin. He was and organizer of the Friends of the Muncy Library which led to the establishment of a permanent home for the Muncy Public Library. Surviving are his wife of 67 years, Helen (Lupold) Deffenbaugh; a son Greg Deffenbaugh of West Virginia; a daughter Susan (George) Edkin of Picture Rocks; and two grandchildren Greg Edkin, of Connecticut, and Heidi (Patrick) Gitschlag of Muncy. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, at the Muncy Baptist Church, 11 W. Penn St., Muncy, with Rev. Robert W. Rice officiating. Burial will follow in Muncy Cemetery with graveside military honors accorded by combined veteran’s organizations. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, at the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water St., Hughesville. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

LEON J. DENNIS, 89, formerly of Towanda, passed away peacefully on Aug. 13, 2016 in the presence of loved ones. Leon was born in Kitscoty, Alberta, Canada and was raised in Swampscott, Mass. After graduating from Swampscott High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served as a radio technician until July 1946. After his service, he attended Northeastern University in Boston, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering in 1952. After graduation, Leon moved to Towanda, where he began his career with Sylvania Lighting Products as an engineer. He spent 30 years at Sylvania in a variety of positions, ultimately serving as vice president and general manager of GTE Chemical and Metallurgical Division. He retired from GTE in 1986. Leon was married for 60 years to Helen Smith Dennis, who predeceased him in May. He had been an active member of the Towanda Lion's Club, the Towanda Country Club, and the Monroeton Gun Club - affectionately known as "camp." He enjoyed the outdoors and loved to fish, hunt, golf, and travel. He will be remembered for his wit, integrity, and generosity. He is survived by his daughters, Madeline Coffin of Winchester, Mass., and Connie (Eric) Douthit of Canandaigua, N.Y.; granddaughters, Alyssa and Melanie Coffin of Winchester, Mass., and Erin and Jamie Douthit of Rochester, N.Y.; nieces, Alison Arons and Stephanie Brown of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Gordon Dennis and nephew, Scott Dennis. Calling hours will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, with a service at noon. A reception will follow from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Villa Sena in Towanda. –Towanda Daily Review 9/5/2016

 

RODNEY E. DENNIS died in his home on St. Simons Island, Ga., on Sept. 8, 2016. He was born on Jan. 26, 1928, in Sayre, Pa., the son of Harry M. and Josephine Dennis. A member of the National Academy of Arbitrators since 1978, Rodney was a nationally known Arbitrator and Mediator. He served in the U.S. Air Force between 1946 and 1948, earning the World War II Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal. Upon his return from the service, he graduated from Harpur College (B.A.) and Elmira College (M.A.). Following employment with the General Electric Company, he became Assistant to the Vice President for Research at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. He then moved on to the New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell, initially acting as the Administrative Director in the School's Extension Division and then as a Senior Extension Associate. This was the time when he also began work as a Mediator and Arbitrator, a career he assumed full time - and loved - in 1983. Although Rodney worked in a large variety of industries while on the panels of the American Arbitration Association, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, and the National Mediation Board, as the son of a railroader, he had a special affection for friends and colleagues in the railroad industry from both labor and management. He served, for example, as the Chairman of two Presidential Emergency Boards with the Long Island Railroad and the UTU and Clerks. He was also Chairman of the National Arbitration Board for Class I Railroads and Engineers. With his wife, Charlotte Gold Dennis, he lived at various times in New York City; on Martha's Vineyard; in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; and in Chilmark, England. He especially cherished the time he spent on the Vineyard as an ersatz lobster fisherman, providing endless lobsters to friends and family, as well as the period of some 20 years when he and Charlotte were welcomed by numerous food friends in their village in Wiltshire. Rodney was predeceased by his former wife Ann and their two sons, Michael and James. He is survived by his adoring wife Charlotte; his son and daughter-in-law, John and Judith Dennis of Apopka, Fla.; and his brother, James, of Trumansburg, N.Y. The family is especially appreciative of the care he received for some five years from Nurse Linda Powell. Rodney will be interred privately in a family plot in Waverly, N.Y. Local arrangements are entrusted into the care of Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home. –Sayre Morning Times 9/13/2016

 

DIBBLE –JOYCE DIBBLE SILK of Levittown died on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 at her home. She was 74. Born in Towanda, Pa., Mrs. Silk has been a resident of Levittown since 1979. She was employed with McCrory's Department store in earlier years where she and her husband originally met while working at the Towanda location. Joyce was an avid reader who also enjoyed crossword puzzles and cooking. Mostly, she loved the times spent with her family, especially her grandchildren. Joyce was the beloved wife of the late Donald W. Silk Sr. to whom she was married for 37 years. She is the loving mother of Lynn Silk (Robert), Donald W. "Jay" Silk Jr. (Cortney), Dr. Kami J. Silk, William H. Silk (Colleen) and the late Edward A. Silk; and is the devoted grandmother of Samuel, Francis, Katelyn, Margaret, Gage, Cooper, Allison, Emma and Nathaniel. Joyce is the sister of Donna Hugo (Stan), Shirley Harris (Leo), Audrey Place (the late William), Joe Dibble (Connie), Charles Dibble (Linda), Sharon Brown (Walter) and Margie Yaple (the late Andrew) and will also be missed many nieces and nephews. Services are private. Memorial contributions may be made the Patient Advocate Foundation, 421 Butler Farm Road, Hampton, VA. –Towanda Daily Review 10/16/2016

 

DIEHL –DOROTHY MAE LEE DIEHL JOHNSTON, age 96, from Potterville, Pa., passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 31, while a resident of the Wyalusing Personal Care and Retirement Home in Wyalusing, Pa. Dorothy was born on March 28, 1920 in New York City, N.Y. She was the only child born to Mamie and Roy Diehl. She was also raised by her grandmother, Rose Nussbaum. Dorothy was married to Francis Johnston in 1940 in New York City. Dorothy was predeceased by her husband, Francis, in 1979 and moved to Sayre, Pa., in 1980. Dorothy worked for many years in Bergenfield High School in Bergenfield, N.J. After moving to Sayre, she immediately volunteered at Robert Packer Hospital for several years, which brought her much joy and friendships. She was a dedicated volunteer who provided more than 30,000 hours of service and was selected as the RPH Volunteer of the Year in 1996. Throughout her life, Dorothy enjoyed time with her friends, especially Mary and Grant Truesdale. She was an avid Yankees fan and spent hours on the Bronx Bombers. She was an active member of the Presbyterian Church in Sayre. While a resident at the Wyalusing Personal Care Home, she was provided excellent care by the staff and administration. Her family is forever grateful. Dorothy is survived by her two sons, Bruce F. Johnston of Berthoud, Colo., and Douglass D. (Judy) Johnston of Potterville, Pa. She was a loving mother and grandmother. She is also survived by grandchildren, Erin (Rob) Detrick of Nichols, N.Y., Rick Trowbridge of Hudson, Fla., Aaron Yoder of Gillett, Pa., Donald Johnston of Middletown, N.Y., and Lisa (Brian) Coleman of Walden, N.Y. She has numerous great-grandchildren and she adored them all immensely. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016 at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremations Services, Inc., 225 S. Main St., Athens, Pa. In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations in Dorothy's name to the Volunteer Office at Robert Packer Hospital, One Guthrie Square, PA or The Wyalusing Personal Care and Retirement Home, Route 6, Wyalusing, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 9/28/2016

WARREN W. DORMAN, age 73, of Herrickville, Pa., left to go to HotRod Heaven late Thursday evening, Oct. 27, 2016 at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Warren was born on Nov. 11, 1942, the son of the late George and Zetta Dorman, in Pequannock, N.J. He was married to the former Joyce R. Barrett, who passed away on Dec. 26, 2010. The couple was married on Feb. 4, 1961. Warren owned and operated Warren's Auto in Herrickville, Pa., with his son Todd. He started the auto shop in 1961 and worked until his retirement in 2005. After retirement, he focused on building award winning '50s style custom street rods with the help of his good friends Steve Volker and John Voda Jr., who referred to him as the "RodFather." Warren was also an avid New York Rangers, New York Giants, and NASCAR fan. Warren was survived by his three children, Todd Dorman (Kim Ferrara) of Herrickville, Pa., Laura Ely of Towanda, Pa., and Dan Dorman (Linda Godfrey) of Centerville, Ohio; grandchildren, Lynette Baber (Jacob Baber) of Danville, Pa., Chad Ely (Lindsay Ely) of Dushore, Pa., Jeffrey Dorman of Sayre, Pa., Traci Ely (Brock Smith) of Susquehanna, Pa., Andrew Dorman of Harrisburg, Pa., Ty Dorman of Celina, Ohio, McKenzie Potts (Ian Potts) of Provo, Utah, Clay Dorman of Columbus, Ohio; and great-granddaughter, Savannah Ely of Dushore, Pa. He is also survived by special caregiver and sister-in-law, Joan Barrett Lis; many brothers/sisters-in-law; and many nieces and nephews. Besides his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Stan Dorman, and many brothers/sisters-in-law. A celebration of life visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 at Sheldon Funeral Home, 155 Church St., Wyalusing, Pa. A private internment will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. –Towanda Daily Review 10/29/2016

 

ROBERT R. DRYER SR., age 77, of Lowman, NY went home to be with his Lord on Friday, September 9, 2016 at the Athens Health and Rehabilitation Center, Athens, PA. He was born on January 9, 1939 in Johnson City, NY, the son of the late Raymond W. and Alice (Jenny) Dryer. Robert was a Veteran of the US Army, serving during the Korean Conflict. He was a self-employed carpenter. Robert was a man who could build anything, no matter how big or small, including 2 cabins from the ground up. He was handy at doing any type of repairs for anyone. A man who was a dedicated Christian, loved the Lord and reading His Word, and who had old fashioned values. He would do anything for anyone without asking or expecting anything in return, a man who gave from his heart. He opened his home to all of his children's friends when they were growing up, never turning anyone away, and he became "their dad" as well. Being an "Old School Pioneer", Robert enjoyed and raised his own vegetables and always had many animals including cows, chickens, and rabbits. He lived his faith by helping all those around him. He is predeceased by his son Brian Joseph Dryer and brothers Rodney Dryer and James Dryer. Robert is survived by his children Robert, Jr. and Linda Dryer of Gillett, PA, Christopher "Chris" Hafflett and Stephanie Hallett of Elmira, NY, Todd and Charlotte Dryer of AL, Mark Dryer of Candor, NY, and Beth and Pam Dryer of Ithaca, NY, 15 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, brother and sister-in-law Richard and Beverly Dryer of Maine-Endwell, NY, several nieces, nephews, and cousins and many close friends that will miss him. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 11am at the North Chemung United Methodist Church, 677 Breesport North Chemung Road, Lowman, NY with Pastor Chip Possee officiating. Memorial donations may be made in Robert's memory to the: North Chemung United Methodist Church, Food Pantry, 677 Breesport North Chemung Road, Lowman, NY. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

DUNKLE –DENISE M. GAUGHAN, age 54, of Beaver Dams, NY passed away Monday, October 10th, 2016 in the comfort of her home surrounded by her loving family. Denise was born in Troy, PA on September 2nd, 1962, daughter of Maxine (Heath) and the late Paul Dunkle Sr. She was a member of the 1980 graduating Class of Southside High School. She married her loving husband, James J. Gaughan on July 11, 1981. Denise had worked for the former Acme Markets and became their first female Dairy Manager. She had also worked as a cook for the former Tomahawk Restaurant and part time for Tops and Dollar Tree. Denise most recently worked for Eaton Corp. in Horseheads for the past 19 years. She was a former member of the Elmira and Montour Falls Women of the Moose. She was a member of the United Food Workers Union and a member of the Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union. Denise enjoyed camping where she spent time with her family and was the most avid Red Sox fan, but above all, Denise loved being a mother and grandmother. Denise is survived by her loving and devoted husband, James J. Gaughan; her beloved daughters, Misty (Jason) O'Dell and Sara (Jared Barto) Gaughan; her cherished granddaughters, Jadyn and Jordyn O'Dell; step son, Bobby (Amy) Charron; her mother, Maxine Dunkle; sister, Toni (Gary) Bradley; her brother, Paul (Ana Lucia) Dunkle Jr; nieces, Briella and Rosabel Dunkle and Rebecca Stugart and nephew, Shawn Stugart; three sister in laws; Mona (Barb McGrath) Gaughan, Ann (Rocky Peters) Gaughan, and Janice (Rick) Saltsman; as well as several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Denise was predeceased by her father, Paul Dunkle Sr. and biological father, Steven Harding; mother in law, Mary Patterson and father in law, James J. Gaughan Sr. Friends and family may call from 1pm to 4pm on Saturday, October 15th at the Haughey Wood Funeral Home, 119 Fifth St., Watkins Glen, NY. A service of remembrance will be held following at 4:30pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be made in Denise's memory to the Falck Cancer Center, 600 Roe Ave., Elmira, NY, American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK or to Care First, 3805 Meads Creek Road, Painted Post, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 10/13/2016

 

ROBERT KENNETH ‘BOB’ DUNSMORE, 81, of Shinglehouse, Pa., passed away Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016, in his home surrounded by his loving family. Born on Aug. 7, 1935 in Philipsburg, he was a son of J. Donald and Elizabeth Stahl Dunsmore. On Oct. 29, 1960 in Portville, N.Y., he married the former Janet Phillips, who survives. He was a 1953 graduate of Philipsburg High School, a 1957 graduate of Lock Haven State Teachers College, and in 1968 he received his Master's Degree from Ithaca College. Mr. Dunsmore was employed at Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse from 1957 through 1962 and at Bolivar Central School from 1962 until his retirement in 1995. He taught physical education, health, and driver's education. "Coach" Dunsmore was the head football coach at Bolivar Central School for 22 seasons where he was a two-time "Big 30" Coach of the Year. He was inducted into the Allegany, N.Y., County Sports Hall of Fame, the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame and the Section "V" Football Hall of Fame. Shortly after his retirement, Coach Dunsmore was honored by the naming of the new Bolivar football stadium, the "Dunsmore-Latimer" Field. Mr. Dunsmore loved spending time with his entire family. He loved attending their sporting events, vacationing together at Rehoboth Beach, and playing card games, especially Euchre. Mr. and Mrs. Dunsmore enjoyed many years of traveling around the country competing in horseshoe tournaments. Bob also ran horseshoe leagues and tournaments in Shinglehouse and in Bolivar, N.Y. Mr. Dunsmore was a member of St. Theresa Roman Catholic Church in Shinglehouse. He was easily recognized traveling throughout the area with his wife in his signature blue Dodge Omni. Surviving besides his wife of 56 years are two daughters, Deborah Dunsmore Richardson of Troy, Diana "DeeDee" (Tim) Myers of Columbus, Ohio; two sons, Stan (Sandy) Dunsmore of Emporium and Michael (Liz Beck) Dunsmore of Bolivar, N.Y.; 11 grandchildren, Cari Carlson, Chad (Brittany) Carlson, Katie Carlson, Bethany (Kyle) Vogt, Breanna Dunsmore, Brooke Dunsmore, Kristen (Taylor) Scott, Shawn (Adrienne Pambianco) Gruber, Troy Robert Myers, Taylor (Collin) Morrison, and Bruce (Brystal) Wilson; two great grandchildren, Lilah and Riley Carlson; a sister, Mary Elizabeth "Betsy" (Ronald) Barnett of Philipsburg; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by a brother, David Dunsmore; and a nephew, Richard Barnett. Friends are invited to call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union St., Shinglehouse, Pa., and from 9 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday in St. Theresa Roman Catholic Church, Shinglehouse, with the Rev. Thomas E. Brown, pastor, as celebrant. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse, at a later date. There will be a luncheon and celebration of life immediately following the Mass at the Bolivar Golf Club, Bolivar, N.Y. In lieu of flowers, memorials if desired, may be made in Mr. Dunsmore's honor to St. Theresa Roman Catholic Church, P.O. Box 277, Shinglehouse, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 10/31/2016

 

ROY P. EBERLIN formerly of Ashford Hollow, N.Y., died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 at The Pines Healthcare Center in Machias at the age of 85. He was born Aug. 15, 1931 in Sayre, Pa., a son to the late Reuben and Stella (McCarroll) Eberlin. He was a self-employed dump truck driver. He is survived by several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Donna (Manahar) Eberlin; and four siblings Ray and Lewis Eberlin, Lois Merritt, and Gladys Eckinstein. There will be no prior visitation. A graveside service will be held Saturday, Oct. 22 at 11 a.m. at Lakeside Memorial Park, 4973 Rogers Road, Hamburg, N.Y. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Friends of the Pines of Machias, 9822 Route 16, Machias, NY. –Sayre Morning Times 9/24/2016

 

CHARLES F. ELLIS SR., 77, of Athens Township passed away early Sunday morning October 22, 2016 surrounded by his family, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Charles was born on Sept. 19, 1939 in Sayre, a son of the late Charles and Agnes (Chamberlain) Ellis. Charles was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. On Aug. 9, 1957, he married Rose (Robinson) Ellis. Charles was preceded in death by parents Charles and Agnes (Chamberlain) Ellis, son Kevin Ellis in 2003 and baby girl Cindy Ellis in 1958. Two grandsons Robert Ellis in 2004 and Kyle Peace in 1990. Charles F. Ellis Sr., 77, of Athens Township passed away early Sunday morning, surrounded by his family, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Charles was born on Sept. 19, 1939 in Sayre, a son of the late Charles and Agnes (Chamberlain) Ellis. Charles was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. On Aug. 9, 1957, he married Rose (Robinson) Ellis. Charles was preceded in death by parents Charles and Agnes (Chamberlain) Ellis, son Kevin Ellis in 2003 and baby girl Cindy Ellis in 1958, two grandsons Robert Ellis in 2004 and Kyle Peace in 1990. Charles is survived by his wife, Rose (Robinson) Ellis, at home; children, Karen (Dan) Peace of Punxsutawney, Pa., Charles (Peg) Ellis Jr. of Rockton, Pa., Timothy (Kelly) Ellis of Dubois, Pa., Tina (Brad) Peace of Reynoldsville, Pa., Julie (Bill) Collins of Brookville, Pa.; 18 grandchildren; and 33 great-grandchildren. A memorial service and celebration of Charles’ life will be held at a later date. Caring assistance is provided by Cooley Tioga Point Cremation & Burial Options, Athens, Pa. –Sayre Morning Times 10/26/2016

GORDON D. L. ‘GORDY’ ENGLISH, 61, of Corning, NY, formerly of Westfield, PA, passed away on Sunday, October 30, 2016, at his family's homestead in Westfield. Born September 26, 1955 in Wellsboro, PA, he was a son of the late Robert L. and Marian L. (Button) English. Gordy was a gifted handyman and an extremely talented drummer. He loved life, had a smile for everyone and greatly enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He is survived by a brother, Barry L. English, Westfield; three sisters, Barbara L. (Duane) Dunning, Addison, NY, Tina L. (Elwyn "Barney") Hess, Westfield and Clara L. "Tootie" Ianson, Westfield; two aunts, Clara English, Painted Post, NY and Ramona English, Utah; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Gordy was predeceased by two brothers, Duane and Samual English. Friends may call at the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, PA on Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 11:00a.m. -12:00p.m. A Memorial Service will follow at 12:00p.m. with Pastor Ed Collins officiating. Military honors will be accorded by the Potter County Honor Guard. –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/2/2016

 

TERRY P. ENNIS age 62 of Berkshire, NY, formerly of Elmira, NY passed away on Monday September 19, 2016. He was born on June 18, 1954 in Elmira, NY the son of Leon C. and Mary Wheeler Ennis. Terry was a Quality Control Supervisor for Lockheed-Martin in Owego, NY. He volunteered as Santa and "The Balloon Man" and delighted children and adults by making balloon animals. Terry was predeceased by his parents and brother Richard L. Ennis on May 25, 2010 and several extended family members. Mr. Ennis is survived by his daughter, Katie Marie Ennis Longo of Endicott, NY; granddaughter Jaylee Evelynn Longo; sister and brother-n-law: Kathleen M. and John P. Mustico of Horseheads, NY; aunt: Delores Ennis of Horseheads, NY; several nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews, cousins and a host of caring friends. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Lynch Funeral Home, 318 W. Broad St., Horseheads, NY on Sunday September 25, 2016 for a Celebration of his life from 2-4 PM. –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/22/2016

 

MR. EUGENE CARL FETHERBAY, age 78, formerly of Overton, Pa., passed away peacefully late Sunday evening, Oct. 30, 2016 at the Dar-Way Care Center, Estella, Pa. Gene was born on Jan. 24, 1938 at home in Forks Township, Sullivan County, Pa., the son of the late Leon Carl and Frances Marie Hottenstein Fetherbay. He attended Loyalsock High School, Estella, Pa. He married the former Saundera Lee Bailey on Sept. 17, 1963 and she predeceased him two days before their 50th wedding anniversary, on Sept. 15, 2013. In his early years, he worked at local saw mills and then went on to work for PennDOT. He retired from Penn DOT after 27 years of service. He really enjoyed hunting. Surviving are a sister and brother-in-law Jane and Gerald McDonald of Overton, Pa.; aunt, Alice G. Lynn of Lynnfield, Mass.; two nephews, Timothy (Amy) McDonald of New Albany, Pa., and Christopher (Sheila) McDonald of Towanda, Pa.; two brothers-in-law, Sherill LaRue "Butch" Bailey of Tunkhannock, Pa., and Phil Lewis of Wysox, Pa.; three sisters-in-law, Shirlee (Calvin) Bird of New Albany, Pa., Sharon (Donnie) Haines of Picture Rocks, Pa., and Lorraine "Tootie" Bailey of New Albany, Pa. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, 2016 at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, Pa., with the Rev. Gregory Cole officiating. Interment will follow in St. Paul's Cemetery, Overton, Pa. Family and friends may call from 10 a.m. until the start of the service Friday morning at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be sent to the East Forks Community Church, Warburton Hill Road, New Albany, PA. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 11/1/2016

 

FITZGERALD –JEAN FRANCES FITZGERALD WUNDERLE, age 72, passed away Wednesday morning, March 23, 2016 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA. Jean has lived at the Personal Care Home at Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital for the past four years and previously resided in the Wilkes-Barre, PA area. She was born on January 31, 1944 in Kingston, PA the daughter of the late Francis and Pearl Nulton Fitzgerald. She grew up in Center Moreland, PA and was a graduate of Tunkhannock High School with the class of 1962. Jean was employed with a shoe manufacturer in Wilkes-Barre, PA. She enjoyed playing BINGO and all of the other activities at the Personal Care Home. She also liked to get her hair and nails done. She is survived by her son, Richard G. Fassett-Lynn (Jack Lynn) of Saxton, PA; her daughters: Sandra Jean Hart (Peter) of Spring Lake, PA, Fay A. Ray (John) of Gainesville, GA, and Rachael L. Saxe (John) of New Albany, PA; 12 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; her brothers: Charles Fitzgerald (Barbara) of Wilkes-Barre, PA and Norman Fitzgerald of Tunkhannock, PA; her sister, Deborah McAndrew of German, PA; as well as many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her sister, Gloria Puterbaugh and long-time companion John Parrish. A private graveside service will be held at a later date. Arrangements were entrusted with Sheldon Funeral Homes, 155 Church St., Wyalusing, PA. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Jean’s name to the Personal Care Home at Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital, 603 William Street, Towanda, PA. Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

FOGARTY –RUTH MARY FOGARTY ATLEE, 91, of Towanda, Pa., went home to be with the Lord, Sunday morning, Oct. 23, 2016 from the Skilled Nursing Unit of Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital. Ruth was born on March 21, 1925 in New Orleans, La., the daughter of Thomas Daniel Patrick Fogarty Sr. and Anna Ruth Langwyth Fogarty. She attended St. Mary's Dominican Academy in New Orleans and later served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. While serving with the Marine Corps at Camp LeJune, Ruth met her future husband, Frank G. AtLee, and the couple were later married at Camp LeJune on Nov. 6, 1945. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, Ruth was employed in the gift shop of St. Bernard de Clairvaux Episcopal Church in North Miami Beach, Fla., where her husband, Father Frank G. AtLee, served as Rector. The Rev. and Mrs. AtLee later moved to Towanda, Pa., where the Rev. AtLee served as Rector of Christ Episcopal Church until his retirement. Ruth was a devoted member of Christ Episcopal Church, Towanda. Throughout her life, Ruth was an avid reader. Some of her favorite authors were: Henri Nouwen, Thomas Merton and C. S. Lewis. Ruth was passionate in her studies and possessed an extensive knowledge of church history. Ruth was deeply devoted to her family and was a gifted cook. Surviving are her daughters, Marilyn Gardenhire of Vineland, N.J., and the Rev. Canon Maureen AtLee Hipple of Wysox, Pa.; grandchildren, Barbara Anne Gardenhire Mills (Joseph Leroy Mills), Cheryle Lynn Gardenhire, Joseph Randolph Gardenhire Jr., Tracy Elnora Gardenhire, Megan AtLee Smith (Wesley Erik Smith) and Daniel AtLee Hipple; great-grandchildren, Ryan Joseph Ellis, Colin Joseph Mills, Killian Jax Buddy Smith; and many nieces and nephews, including a special nephew, Bruce AtLee. In addition to her parents, Ruth was predeceased by her husband, the Rev. Frank G. AtLee Jr. on Sept. 1, 1987; her son, Frank G. AtLee III on Jan. 26, 2002; grandson, William Gardenhire on Aug. 26, 1972; brother, Thomas Daniel Patrick "Buddy" Fogarty Jr. on Oct. 8, 2007; and son-in-law, Joseph Randolph Gardenhire Sr. on Dec. 15, 1975. A Requiem Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016 at Christ Episcopal Church, 1 Main St., Towanda, Pa., with the Venerable Richard Cluett as celebrant and preacher. Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 will accord military honors at the church. Interment for immediate family will follow in the Christ Church Columbarium. The family suggests that contributions may be directed to Christ Episcopal Church, 1 Main St., Towanda, PA in Ruth's memory. Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, Towanda, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review 10/26/2016

 

FORREST –EMMA C. SPENCER, 92, of Montoursville and formerly of Shunk, died Nov. 4, 2016, at Valley View Nursing Center. She was born Sept. 5, 1924in Huntington, the daughter of [the late] Chester and Jessie (Smith) Forrest. Emma had worked at Weldon, Mildred Shoe Factory and Glamorize. She was a member of American Legion Post No. 1 and New Albany [VFW] Post No. 384. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie W. Spencer [Sr.]; a son, Leslie W., Jr.; a daughter, Jessie E. Spencer; a brother and a sister. Surviving are seven children, Richard C. of Williamsport, Lawrence L. of Jersey Shore, Leonard A. (Nancy) of Picture Rocks, Sandra I. (Richard T.) Ferguson of Montoursville, Linda M. (Donald) Andrews of Eagles Mere, Phyllis J. Spencer of Danville and Philip G. (Elvie) of Dushore; 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great grandchildren. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 11 in Twin Hills Memorial Park with Pastor Susan L. Halverstadt officiating. The family would like to give a special thank you to Valley View Nursing Center for the wonderful care they gave Mom during her time there. Arrangements are being handled by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville. –Williamsport Sun-Gazette 11/8/2016

 

ARTHUR WILLIAM ‘BILL’ FULLER - On the morning of Nov. 8, 2016, A. William Fuller, 91, went home to be with the Lord at Our Lady of Mercy Life Center, with his loving wife by his side. Bill was born in Endicott, on Jan. 28, 1925 to the late Ruth Stevens Fuller and Charles Emmett Fuller. He moved to Meshoppen, Pa., at a young age where he graduated from high school. He is also a graduate of Bliss Electrical School, Washington, D.C. He served his country as a Sergeant in U.S. Air Force during WWII in the Pacific and later during the Korean Conflict as a Staff Sergeant. He was employed by the U.S. Postal Service in Meshoppen, Pa. He then became employed by IBM Endicott/Glendale, retiring after many years. He was a member of the IBM Quarter Century Club. He resided in Vestal for most of his life. After retirement he wintered with his wife in Port Charlotte, Fla. Bill was an avid gardener, who had several gardens on his Grippen Hill Road property that were admired by passersby. He also loved woodcarving and belonged to two carving clubs in Florida during his retirement. He was a longtime member of the Vestal Center United Methodist Church. Bill is survived by his wife of 59 years, B. Elaine Fuller of Slingerlands; his son, Stephen Fuller of Vestal; his two daughters, Susan (Bill) Burns of Guilderland and Sarah Fuller of Pittsford; and his two grandchildren, Alex and Emily Burns. He was predeceased by his sister, Sandra Fuller George. The family would especially like to thank the staff of Our Lady of Mercy Life Center who provided Bill with loving care over the past three years. Funeral services will be held at noon on Saturday, at the Vestal Center United Methodist Church, 478 West Hill Rd., Vestal Center. The Rev. Jeff Aiosa, pastor of his church, will officiate. Burial will follow in Jersey Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at 11 a.m. until the time of the service at noon on Saturday at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Vestal Center United Methodist Church or charity of one’s choice. –Towanda Daily Review 11/10/2016

 

NATHAN W. GALLOW, 77, of Lockwood, N.Y., passed away on September 16, 2016. He was born on December 12, 1938, a son of Nathan Ned and Esther E. (Gorton) Gallow in Waverly, N.Y. On December 28, 1985, Nathan marred the love of his life Debra Jean (Smith) Gallow in Smithboro, N.Y. Nathan loved the outdoors and hunting and spending time with his friends and family. He was an equipment operator for International Union of Operating Engineers Local 158. Nathan is predeceased by his mother Esther E Gallow and a sister Beverly Gloria Gallow. Nathan is survived by his wife Debra Gallow at home; father: Nathan Ned Gallow; son: Nathan E. Gallow; stepchildren: Robert Apgar, William Apgar and Larry Hall; brother: Clifford Lee Gallow; sister: Darlene Elaine Gallow; grandchildren: Elisha and Kaitlyn Gallow; step-grandchildren: Amanda, Emily and Samuel Apgar; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Per his request, all services will be private "Gone Hunting." Caring services, provided by Cooley Tioga Point Cremation & Burial Options, Athens, Pa. –Sayre Morning Times 9/19/2016

 

GARNER –SUSAN G. HUBER, 96, of Towanda, Pa., passed away peacefully Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. Born in Milport, Pa., she was the daughter of the late William Smith Garner Sr. and Hattie Mary (Mae) (Stark) Garner. Susan attended Warwick Township schools through 10th grade. At age 16, she began working Shore's Slip Factory. She later worked for Yorktown Manufacturing for eight years and for more than 20 years for Gerber's Children's Wear (formerly Moyer's). Susan was a member of the Grace Evangelical Congregational Church of Ephrata which she attended regularly. She helped out with Meals on Wheels for many years and enjoyed bus trips with friends and attending monthly family breakfasts with her brothers, sisters and their spouses. One of her greatest loves, however, was reading and doing puzzles, a practice she continued into her 90s. A devoted mother, she is survived by two children, Janice L. Gerhard (Roy) of Las Vegas, Nev., and Larry G. Huber (Margaret Reuter) of Towanda, Pa.; five grandchildren, Tina Camp (Mark), Abigail S. Grant (Richard), Jessica S. Huber, Emily A. Huber, and David G. Huber; seven great-grandchildren, Ashley Gerhard, Stevie Vazquez, Taylor Camp, David Camp, Nathan Camp, Avery Elizabeth Grant, and Isla Starr Grant; six great-great-grandchildren, Lily Gerhard, Juan Vasquez, Chungo Vasquez, Malichai Camp, Milan Camp, Arianna Camp; two sisters, Miriam Wolf of Ephrata, Pa., and Reba Weit of Lititz, Pa. Susan was preceded in death by five sisters, Margie Foltz, Hattie Hoffer, Earla Showers, Grace Garner, Violet Weit; and six brothers, Albert, Clarence, Victor, Ray, Walter, and William S. Garner Jr. Funeral arrangements and burial are under the care of Stradling Funeral Homes of Ephrata, Pa. A graveside service for family and friends will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 at the Rothsville Lutheran Cemetery, 36 Church St., Rothsville, Pa. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the charity of your choice in Susan's memory. –Towanda Daily Review 10/5/2016

JODI MARGARET GERBINO of Towanda, PA passed away Wednesday, November 16, 2016. Jodi was born March 28, 1972 in Syosset, NY, on Long Island. She was a daughter of Ross and Janet (Kennard) Gerbino of Troy, PA. In addition to her parents, surviving are two children; Brittani Raub of Corning, NY and Zachary Pettigew of Canton, PA; a brother, Ross (Tina) Gerbino of Corning, a niece and two nephews; Gabby Gerbino, Rosario Gerbino and Anthony Gerbino all of Corning; an uncle, Richard Kennard of Canton, several cousins and a special friend, Tim Williams of Towanda. There will be no public services. Pepper Funeral Home in Canton is assisting her family with arrangements. –Funeral home obit

 

MARWIL R. GILLETTE of 3471 Sheshequin Road, Towanda, passed away Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016. Marwil was born Jan. 16, 1947 in Waverly, N.Y., a son of Martin R. and Williamina McIntosh Gillette. He graduated from Athens Area High School in 1964 and Mansfield University in 1973. Marwil taught at the American International School of Kabul, Afghanistan from 1973 to 1975. He worked for Ingersoll Rand in Athens, Pa. until his retirement. He is survived by his wife, Dawn Pipher; his sons, Ryan Leslie (Jennifer) of Spokane, Wash., and Colin Ross (Karen) of Milan, Pa.; beloved grandchildren, Raven Leigh, Talise Rose and Ronan Stuart; step-granddaughter, Alyssa Gasque; brothers, Floyd (Mary) and Douglas (Melissa); sister-in-law, Crystell Anthony; and several cousins. He was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Ronald and Stuart; and in-laws, Maynard and Ethel Pipher. As per his wishes, there will be no services. There will be a memorial visitation from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10 at his home in Hornbrook. –Towanda Daily Review 9/4/2016

 

STEPHEN G. GLOVER - A proud World War II Navy combat Veteran and member of the "Greatest Generation", Steve answered his final roll call on September 23 at age 90. He was predeceased by his parents, Alonzo and Loretta, sister, Irene and brother-in-law Anthony. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, June Koofman Glover, and children: Lawrence (Gail); Kevin (Mary); Michael (Nancy); Sean (Kyla); Carole Pehta (Charles); Patrick; Brian (Juan); and Thomas Myers (Kim). Also survived by grandchildren: Robert, Bo, Hao Ying, Alexandra, Abigail, and Alexander Glover; Matthew (Ongelea) and Eric Pehta; and Ryan and Jordan Myers. As per Steve's request, there will be no calling hours. He will be buried with full military honors at the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Memorials in Steve's memory may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children. –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/27/2016

JOHN M. GRISHKA, age 65, of Mansfield, PA, died Monday, October 6, 2016 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born September 30, 1951 in Philadelphia, PA, a son of John P. and Jeanne Irene (Paznekas) Grishka. John was the husband of Denise (Earley) Grishka. He was employed by The Hungry Ear. John was a former member of the Lycoming County Anglers Club, enjoyed hunting, playing guitar and was an avid fisherman. John is survived by his wife, Denise; a daughter and son-in-law, Rhonda and James Karmbor of Bear, DE; a brother, Jerome Grishka of PA; a sister and brother-in-law, Judith and Dennis Serina of Wilmington, DE. He was predeceased by his parents. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family. –Elmira Star-Gazette 10/8/2016

 

GROSKLOS –PATRICIA JOANNE (GROSKLOS) CLARK, 82, of Windham, Pa., went home to be with her Lord on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016. She was born on Dec. 30, 1933 in New Alexandria, Pa., a daughter of Carl and Leona (Stuby) Grosklos. Patricia was a graduate of Saltsburgh High School Class of 1951. On June 1, 1963, she married David W. Clark and together made Rome their home. Patricia is survived by her husband of 53 years, David W. Clark; her son Samuel W. Clark; daughter Leona E. Visscher; stepdaughter Chery (Andy) Lin. Her grandchildren: Sara (Jason) Poole, Jenna Visscher and Cole Duffek. Her great-grandchildren Aaralynn and Jaydon Poole. Her siblings Jim Grosklos, Kathryn Weimer, and Mildred Bellish. Several nieces, nephews and their families also survive, along with her special friend Mary Jane Baker. Patricia was predeceased by her parents Carl and Leona (Stuby) Grosklos and a son-in-law H. William Visscher. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service and celebration of her life on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 1 p.m. at the Windham Summit Bible Church. A luncheon and time of sharing will follow the service at the church. Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the North Rome Christian School, 3376 N. Rome Road, Rome, PA in loving memory of Patricia Joanne (Grosklos) Clark. –Sayre Morning Times 9/2/2016

 

LLOYD MORGAN HALL, 93, of Berwick, PA, formerly of Susquehanna and South Montrose, PA, passed away, Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA. Born January 24, 1923 in Susquehanna, PA, he was the son of the late Lloyd P. and Gladys T. [Morgan] Hall. His wife Margaret Marie [Garrett] Hall preceded him in death on April 2, 2010. He was a graduate of SUNY and East Stroudsburg Universities. For many years, he was a school psychologist at BOCES and later was a physical therapist at various places which included the Montrose General Hospital. Lloyd served as a dental technician in the Navy during the World War II. In earlier years he enjoyed bowling, playing cards and hunting, even raising his own hunting dogs. He also enjoyed watching his granddaughter show horses and play softball. He is survived by his daughter & her significant other, Kim Daniels & Bob Paden of Berwick, PA, grandchildren, Lauren Daniels, Ben Hall, Calli Hall, step children, Bonnie Lahr, Gary Lahr, nieces & nephews. Besides his parents & wife he was preceded in death by a son, Todd Jeffery Hall, step-daughter, Kathleen Lahr and a brother, Francis Hall. Memorial Service will be held at 10 AM Saturday, October 29, 2016, at Bartron-Myer Funeral Home, Inc., Montrose, PA. Instead of flowers: memorial contributions may be made to Hunts for Healing, 3 Coburn Hill Road, Laceyville, PA. Funeral home obituary contributed by Carol Brotzman

HALL –MARJORIE A. AMES, age 82 of Elmira, New York. She was born April 18, 1934 in Elmira, daughter of the late Ernest N Hall and Bertha M (Freelove) Hall and passed away Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at the Chemung County Nursing Facility. She was predeceased by her husband Douglas G. Ames on November 10, 2007 and is survived by her daughters, Margo L Combs of Elmira and Kimberly B Ellison of South Carolina, grandchildren, Douglas R. Ames, Amber l Goodier, several great grandchildren, sisters Delores J Waters of Elmira, Beverly J Balint of Florida, brothers Richard A Hall of Georgia and Robert D. Hall of Horseheads, and many nieces and nephews. Marjorie was a loving mother, and grandmother. She retired from Iszard's Department Store where she was a buyer for 40 years. She loved traveling to New York City on buying trips for Iszard's. –Elmira Star-Gazette 10/8/2016

 

HANNA –JOAN MARIE BABCOCK DOUGHERTY, 78, of Candor, N.Y., passed into the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on October 28, 2016 suddenly and unexpectedly at home. Joan is survived by her husband Milton Dougherty, whom she married in 2014; her daughter, Luanne (Aaron) D’Antoni, granddaughter Elise (Ryan) Torske, great-grandsons Logan and Max Torske, granddaughters Danielle Weslow (fiance’ Zach Dwyer) and Nicole Weslow, daughter Dawn (David) Jaros, granddaughter Stephanie Jaros, grandson Paul Jaros, daughter Lynda (Jon) Lowin, grandsons Matthew and Aaron Lowin, granddaughter Natalie Lowin, step-son Richard (Beth) Babcock and his daughter Jacy (Sam) Smith. Her sisters Marda (Don) Hanford, Dondrue (Nelson) Harrington, Dedre (Jim) Houseknecht. Also surviving are her sisters-in-law, Marguerite Hanna, Betty Babcock, Nancy Babcock, Kathleen (Barry) Malonis. She is also survived by her step-daughter Christine (Stephen) Lane and their children Amanda, Ashley, David Lane, step-son Paul (April) Dougherty and their children Meagan, Sean, Eric, Ryan Dougherty and several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. Joan was predeceased by her first husband Richard Babcock, her parents John and Alberta (Bleiler) Hanna and brother, John Hanna. Joan was a very loving and caring lady who in turn was loved by all who knew her. She especially had a deep and caring love for her family all of whom will miss her greatly. She was a longtime member of the Nichols United Methodist Church and recently was attending the Straits Corners Baptist Church. Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation on Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. A funeral service and celebration of her life will be held on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 10 a.m. at the funeral chapel. Interment and prayers of committal will follow in the Smithboro Cemetery. Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the Straits Corners Baptist Church in care of Jill Waldman, 10 Oakland Rd., Owego, NY or to the organization of one’s choice. –Sayre Morning Times 10/31/2016

 

ROBERT S. ‘BOB’ HARDING, 79, of Hughesville, died Friday, September 16, 2016 at Valley View Nursing Center, Montoursville. Born November 24, 1936 in Hughesville, he was a son of the late George T. and Edith Sarah (Warn) Harding. He and his wife, the former Barbara A. Bower, would have celebrated 57 years of marriage on October 8, 2016. Bob served in the Marine Corps. He was employed as a truck driver and owned and operated his family farm in Hughesville. Early in his career he worked at Cecil Thompson Agway in Muncy. He also worked for several area companies including Emerson Myers, Farnsworth Farm Supply, Strick Corporation of Hughesville, Chemical Lehman of S. Williamsport, McCormick Trucking of Muncy, and retired from ADS of Muncy. Bob was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Hughesville, and enjoyed hunting on his family farm. Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two daughters, Cathy E. (Lorraine Budnick) Harding of Plymouth and Kristie L. (Bill) Walters of Unityville; two sisters, Shirley (Bob Franklin) Crawley of Hughesville and Elizabeth (Steve) Swisher of Hughesville; a twin brother William (Dorthea) Harding of NJ; and two grandchildren, Wesley T. Walters and Casandra A. Walters. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by a brother, LaRue W. "Rudy" Harding. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 24, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with David Fishel, Chaplain of Susquehanna Home Health Services officiating. Burial will follow in Twin Hills Memorial Park, Muncy. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Robert's name to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the Lycoming County S.P.C.A., 2805 Reach Road, Williamsport, PA. –Funeral home obituary contributed by Carol Brotzman

BENJAMIN D. HIBBARD, 89, of Milan, PA, passed away at the home of his son on Friday, November 18, 2016 following an extended illness. He was born in Wysox, PA, the son of the late Cheric Mason and Gladys Rogers Hibbard. Benjamin worked at the Hanlin Saw Mill in Athens and he also enjoyed helping on the Charlie Harris Farm. He worked at Pages Block Yard, Max Cohen, drove truck for Continental Transport. He enjoyed mowing yards and being outdoors. Benjamin was an avid sportsman and enjoyed woodworking. He is predeceased by his wife Freda Hibbard in 2015, sons Rodney Hibbard and Donald Garey, sisters Peg Northrup, Alice Bortle, Bernice Hibbard, and Marylin Davis and brother, Rexford Hibbard. Benjamin is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Bernard and Lori Hibbard of Athens, PA, daughter Wanda Maxwell and fiancé Gary Wood of Milan, PA, grandchildren Michael Hooper, Kristen and Andy Pardoe, Jason, Stacey and Danielle Garey, Scott, Justin and Jamie Hibbard, Mason and Ariel Hibbard, great-grandchildren Isabella Freda, Della Rose, Trevor, Brandon and Jaelyn Garey, Dustin Brady, Kadin, Kendrick, Kamren and Deonna Garey, Tristin and Braxton Hibbard, Bohdi and Lillian Hibbard, Dylan Byrd, Jo, Toki, and Coty Labrum, and Cloverlyn Hibbard. He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law Ann and Jim Roy of Gillett, PA, and sisters Bonnie Brown of Athens, PA and Beryl Simons of Allentown, PA. –Funeral home obituary contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

HIBBARD –FRENCH H. ‘FRENCHIE’ WHITMILLER, 91, went to be with the good Lord Saturday, November 12, 2016 at Meadowview Nursing Home with her loving family by her side. Born November 16, 1924 in Rushville, Pennsylvania, Frenchie was the daughter of Ross and Lottie Hibbard. She graduated from Camptown where she met the love of her life, William Whitmiller. After marrying straight out of high school, together, the two raised their family on Spring Hill in Wyalusing. Frenchie worked at Bendix Corporation for many years. Her Sundays were spent cooking meals for her family and close friends, although she never knew how many would be in attendance. Frenchie and her husband enjoyed camping around the Wyalusing area and loved the outdoors. After retiring, the two enjoyed several years living in Frost Proof, Florida before William passed and Frenchie returned to her roots in Wyalusing. Anyone who knew Frenchie would tell you she had a one-of-a-kind personality with an extreme sense of wit, stubbornness, a humble heart, and a tremendous amount of love for everyone she came to know. In her free time, she loved watching baseball, especially her Mets and her “sweetheart” David Wright. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Undoubtedly, she was a “pistol,” and the legacy she left behind her is something she and her family can be most proud of. Frenchie is survived by her eldest daughter Sharon Taylor & husband Carlton, as well as her son, Bill Whitmiller & wife Michele. Her proud legacy left behind 10 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and 9 great, great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, William, her daughter Linda (Chum) Weigand, son-in-law William Weigand, sister, Irene Beeman, and granddaughter Kim. A memorial service for Frenchie’s family and friends will be held at the South Montrose Community Church on Sunday, December 11, 2016 from 2 until 5pm. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

ROBERT J. HOGAN, 89, of 7 Lyman Ave., Waverly, N.Y., passed away peacefully at the home of his son and daughter-in-law on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on June 12,1927 in Waverly, N.Y., the son of the late Edward and Anna Mae Lougher Hogan. Bob was predeceased by his loving wife - Jean Ann (Hogan) Hogan, their infant daughter - Ellen, his brother - Edward Hogan, sister - Margaret Kelly, infant brother - Richard, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Richard Hogan and his wife Genevieve, and brother-in-law and his wife Charles Hogan and his wife Connie. Bob is survived by his children: daughter - Marianne (Glenn) Yanik of Dallas, Pa., son - Mark (Charmaine Twist) Hogan of Orange, Va., son - Robert (Audrey Bartlett) of Waverly, N.Y., daughter - Christine (Gregg) Weinman of Leroy, N.Y., son - John (Nancy Terwilliger) of Waverly, N.Y., and daughter - Elizabeth (Tim) Hickey of South Waverly, Pa. He is also survived by his sister Mary Teresa Burkhart and her husband Joseph, his brother Joseph and Linda of Wappinger Falls, N.Y., his brother David and his wife Sheree, and his sister-in-law Alice Hogan. Bob had 26 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Bob graduated from Waverly High School in 1945 (class president) and attended SUNY Brockport, Canisius College and Virginia State University, obtaining degrees in education and School Administration. He served in the United States Army at the end of World War II. "Bob" was truly a family man and most beloved father, husband, grandfather, great-grandfather. He was equally admired as a brother, faithful son, and uncle to his many nieces and nephews. He thoroughly enjoyed teaching, and coaching (football, wrestling and other sports). His students will remember him as a respected teacher and his players looked up to him as an exceptional coach. His co-workers always spoke of him as a role model leader with a strong sense of fairness, along with a gentle demeanor. Bob's greatest love was his family, where he cherished relationships with his beloved wife, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and he will be dearly missed by all. Calling hours will be on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016 from 4-7 p.m. and Monday from 9-10 a.m. at the Church of the Epiphany in Sayre, Pa. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m. The family will provide flowers. Memorial contributions in Mr. Hogan's name may be sent to the Epiphany School, Stevenson Street, Sayre, PA 18840 or to a charity of one's choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of The Thomas Cremation and Funeral Service, 1297 Elmira St., Sayre, Pa. –Sayre Morning Times 9/17/2016

 

DAYTON H. HOLLISTER, 65, of East Rush, PA passed away on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at Celtic Hospice in Wilkes Barre, PA. Dayton was born in East Rush, PA to Edwin Hollister and the late Alice Stevens Hollister and worked as a farmer all of his life. Dayton is survived by his children, Jennifer Hollister of Wilkes Barre, Jonathan Hollister of Meshoppen, Maryanne (Wally) Penny of Hop Bottom, and Crystal Hollister of Meshoppen, grandchildren, Alyssa Hollister, Jasmine Hollister, Samantha Herne, Cody Hollister, Christian Hollister, Cameron Hollister, Jayden Warner, Emily Hollister, Breanna Warner, Hannah Penny, Kayla Penny, James Penny and Dakota Penny, one great granddaughter, Kylie Blaisure and great grandson, Chase Perkins, who has yet to be born, siblings, Delbert Hollister of Elk Lake, Patricia Schwarztrauber of Elk Lake, Donald Hollister of Elk Lake, Dennis (Debbie) Hollister of Elk Lake, Susan (David) Petty of Elk Lake, and Linda Hollister of Montrose and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brother in law, Ralph Schwarztrauber. Private graveside services will be held at a later date. Born 1/2/1951-Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

EDWIN L. HOLLISTER, 95, of Elk Lake, PA, passed away at the Endless Mountains Health Systems, on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at after an extended illness. He was born on April 4, 1921 in East Rush, PA, to the late Herman and Josephine (Pierson) Hollister. Surviving are his three daughters and son-in-law, Patricia Schwarztrauber, Elk Lake, PA, Susan and David Petty, Elk Lake, PA, Linda Hollister, Montrose, PA, three sons and daughter-in-law, Delbert Hollister, Elk Lake, PA, Donald Hollister, Elk Lake, PA, Dennis and Darlene Hollister, Elk Lake, PA, two sisters and brother-in-law, Libby “Betty” Joy-Carman, Binghamton, NY, Carolyn and Ken Eshleman, FL, three brothers and sisters-in-law, Ray and Dottie Hollister, East Rush, PA, Arden Hollister, Hallstead, PA, Harvey “Pete” and Judy Hollister, FL, sister-in-law, Viola Hollister, Hop Bottom, PA, 18 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren, numerous niece, nephews, and cousins. Ed was predeceased by his 1st wife, Alice (Stevens) Hollister, 2nd wife, Minnie (Farr) Hollister, and companion, Helen Ducanis, son, Dayton Hollister, and three brothers, Lyle, Fred, Sr., and Allen Hollister, son-in-law, Ralph Schwarztrauber. Edwin was an Army veteran serving during WW II, and was a member of the American Legion Gardner-Warner Post #154, VFW Ayres-Stone Post 5642; he attended the East Rush United Methodist Church. He enjoyed hunting and fishing; and in his younger years, he rode his Harley Davidson motorcycle. Ed worked at Bendix for many years, and he and his second wife owned and operated the Blue Ridge Motel in New Milford. A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, November 6, 2016 at the Daniel K. Regan Funeral Home, Montrose, PA with Rev. Richard Spering officiating. Interment will be at the East Rush Cemetery. Visitations will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to the East Rush Church, 3884 E. Rush to Elk Lake Rd, Montrose, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

HOTALING –MARIE E. CANFIELD, 87, of Friendsville, Pa., passed Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. She was predeceased by her husband, Richard Canfield; parents, Lester and Millie Hotaling; brother, Richard Hotaling; and sister and brother-in-law, Carole and David Cole. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Alan and Lesa Canfield of Rome, Pa., and Pat Canfield and Irene Ackley, of Vestal; grandchildren, Teri Miller and Kevin, Angela Barr, Richard and Ann Canfield and Mary Canfield; great-grandchildren, Katherine,Victoria, Benjamin, Matthew and Amelia; brother-in-law, Edward and Jean Canfield of Wisconsin; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Marie was the kitchen manager at African Road Middle School in Vestal. She later enjoyed her retirement with Richard and loved to travel all over the country and Canada with Carole and David. She also enjoyed her flower garden, feeding the birds, crafting and sewing. Marie had a special love for her nieces: Sandy, Nancy, Gwen, Janet and Lori. She will be deeply missed and always remembered. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the Coleman & Daniels Funeral Home, LLC, 765 Main St., Vestal, N.Y., with the Rev. Jeffrey Aiosa officiating. Burial will follow in Vestal Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Marie can be made to a charity of one’s choice. –Towanda Daily Review 11/20/2016

 

HOUSE –TERRI LYNN HOUSE FENTON, 56, of Standing Stone Township, Pa., passed away Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. Terri was born on June 27, 1960 in Sayre, Pa., the daughter of Raymond D. House and Norma L. Brown House. She attended Towanda High School and was formerly employed by Proctor and Gamble in Mehoopany, Pa., Kmart in Wysox and Tops Market in Wysox. Terri enjoyed barbecuing and fishing. Surviving are her husband, Brian L. Fenton; sons, Jacob Powers, Jesse Finch, and Joshua Finch; step children, Ted Cobb Jr., Brandon Fenton and Veronica Preston; several grandchildren and step-grandchildren; brothers, Raymond House and wife Janet, Scott House, and Norman "Jay" House; sisters, Ramona Roach and husband William, Judy Belawske and husband Jerry, Marilyn Wilber and husband Wayne, Pamela Matthews and husband Ted; as well as several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces, great-great-nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her stepfather, George Pickering. Abiding with Terri's request, there will be no funeral service. Towanda Daily Review 11/16/2016

 

GARY R. HOUSEKNECHT, 72, of Dushore, and formerly of Edkin Hill Rd., Muncy Valley, died Friday, September 9, 2016, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. Born October 21, 1943 in Picture Rocks, he was a son of the late Oliver W. and Ava L. (Whitmoyer) Houseknecht. His wife of 37 years, the former Lois Marie Montague, preceded him in death on January 22, 2001. Gary retired in 1992 from the former Bethlehem Steel, after having worked there for over 17 years. He also enjoyed carpentry work, especially the years he spent working with Jerry Dunham and his construction crew. He was a member of the NRA, the National Wild Turkey Federation, and a Life Member of the North Mountain Sportsmen Association and Whitetails Unlimited. Gary was an avid hunter and outdoorsman who loved traveling the world in search of his next great mount. From the Midwest to Canada; to Alaska and Africa, there were no limitations to his true passion in life. Surviving are two daughters, Mary L. (Jack) McClintock of Muncy Valley, and Bette J. (Jason) Ambs of Dushore; two sons, Terry R. (Georgette) Houseknecht of Hughesville, and Gary W. (Deb) Houseknecht of Elysburg; a sister, Erla E. Campbell of Hughesville; a brother, Gerry L. "Benny" (Donna) Houseknecht of Hughesville; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife and parents, Gary was preceded in death by a brother, William C. Houseknecht Sr. A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, September 17, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter Street, Dushore, with Pastor Craig Livermore officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Hughesville. Friends may call from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. The family will provide the flowers and suggest memorial contributions to the North Mountain Sportsmen Association, c/o Tom Robbins, 300 Champion Hill Rd., Muncy Valley, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

JESSE R. HOUSEKNECHT, 95, of Muncy, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 24, 2016, at his home. He was born August 23, 1921, on the family farm in Moreland Township, a son of the late Harry M. and Mayme G. Starr Houseknecht. His wife of 63 years, the former Lois “Jean” Rider, preceded him in death on June 30, 2015. Jesse attended the Eight Square School through the eighth grade. After finishing school, he continued working the family farm with his father, as-well-as providing custom farming for several other local farmers. His love for the land was very apparent, and ironically, he was born on the family farm, dedicated his entire life to the farm, and died on the farm, just as he had hoped. Jesse was employed at the former International Furniture company for seven years, and Moreland Township for several years. He was a very talented individual and would take the opportunity to repurpose nearly anything. Jesse was an active member of the Moreland Baptist Church where he served as church clerk, trustee, and taught Sunday school. He also served as past secretary for the Lycoming County Farm Service Agency Board. Surviving are three sons, Galen R. (Judy) Houseknecht of Hughesville, Gerald L. (Leigh) Houseknecht of Muncy, and Gregory L. (Laurie) Houseknecht of Hughesville; a daughter, Ann L. (Tom) Parr of Orangeville; four grandchildren, Jesse “Sean” Houseknecht, Rachel Houseknecht Anderson, Tyler Houseknecht, and Jared Houseknecht; four step-grandchildren, Sonya, Shane, Stacey, and Stacey Ann; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife and parents, Jesse was preceded in death by a grandson, Marc Houseknecht. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, September 29, at the Moreland Baptist Church, 118 Moreland Baptist Rd., Muncy, with the Rev. Robert Ingraham officiating. Burial will follow in the adjoining church cemetery. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the church. The family will provide the flowers and suggest memorial contributions to the Moreland Baptist Church, 118 Moreland Baptist Rd., Muncy, PA. Arrangements have been entrusted to the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Hughesville. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

LEWIS H. HUBLER, 94, of Troy, Pa., passed away peacefully at Arnot Ogden Medical Center on Oct. 11, 2016 in Elmira, N.Y. He was born in Kulpmont, Pa., on Nov. 18, 1921, the son of Lewis C. Hubler and Mary Shaloka Hubler. Lewis was a graduate of Hegins Township High School. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on Sept. 11, 1942, and served overseas during WWII in the Asiatic-Pacific Area with the Special Weapons Group, Seventh Defense Battalion. He reenlisted for another four years during the Korean War. He was a proud Marine and a member of the Troy American Legion, Post 49. After WWII, he attended East Stroudsburg University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Education. He obtained his Master's Degree in Education from Penn State University and continued work in a doctoral program there. He taught American history and physical education in various school districts and was a baseball and basketball coach, coaching several championship teams. After teaching for several years, he pursued an interest in school administration and became a Superintendent of Schools, working for several districts, including Troy Area Schools. He retired as Superintendent of Leechburg Area School District in 1978-79. After retirement he served on the Troy Area School Board for a number of years. His primary focus was always on education and instilling a love of learning in children. Lewis was devoted to his family, spending a great deal of time with his children and grandchildren, and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Troy, Pa. He had several hobbies, including antique collecting and restoration, reading, fishing, and hunting. He was also an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He will be sadly missed by his family. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Theresa Siminitus Hubler, whom he met at Fort Indiantown Gap; as well as his children, Louise Johns (Keith Johns), Carla Danovsky (Randy Weiss), Coleen Hubler, and Chris Hubler; grandchildren, John Danovsky and Lori Hubler; great-grandchildren, Kaiya Danovsky and McKenna Hubler; sister, Peggy Wolfgang; brother-in-law, Russ Boeshore; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents; sister, Marie Boeshore; brother-in-law, Thomas Wolfgang; and granddaughter, Lori Johns. The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, at Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 94 N. Center St., Canton, Pa. Lewis will be interred at Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery on Oct. 17, 2016. A memorial service open to the public will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 at the First Baptist Church in Troy, Pa. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First Baptist Church in Troy, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review 10/14/2016

 

JAYNES –KRISTINA LEE (JAYNES) BURKE age 40, of Reynoldsville, NY, passed away on October 12, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer. She went to heaven at too young of an age and with so much life ahead of her. She left behind the cancer that ravaged her body for more than seven years, hopefully making it wonder why it ever messed with her. The family will receive friends and relatives on Sunday (Oct. 16) from 4pm-7pm at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen. A funeral service celebrating her life will be held at the funeral home on Monday at 11:00am; followed by a reception at the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church. Kristina is survived by her dedicated and loving husband, Allan; her two children the loves of her life, Kaylynn and Kristofer; devoted parents, Dale and Linda Jaynes; loving brothers, W. Scott Jaynes and special friend Geoff Marabella of Rochester, and Sean (Jonilyn) Jaynes, and their children Jaeden and Isaac of Ballston Lake, NY; grandfather, William Jaynes, formerly of Reynoldsville; brothers-in-law, Aaron (Molly) Burke, of Saranac Lake, and Anson (Tammy) Burke of Norwood; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. She was predeceased by grandparents, Alta Jaynes; and Gilbert and Flora Hillerman. She graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1994; SUNY Morrisville in '96, and SUNY Institute of Utica/Rome in '99. She and Allan married on June 26, 1999. She worked as an accountant for Advion in Ithaca. Kristina was a member and Treasurer of the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church. She also volunteered as a committee member for the Schuyler County Relay For Life and was a Jamberry Consultant. In lieu of flowers, you may consider a memorial donation in her memory to the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church, 5092 SR. 227, Burdett, NY or a charity of one’s choice. –Elmira Star-Gazette 10/16/2016

 

JOHNSON –MARGARET JANE JOHNSON WILLIAMS, 73, of Milan, Pa., passed away Friday morning, Oct. 7, 2016 at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Guthrie Memorial Hospital, Towanda, Pa. Margaret was born in Waverly, N.Y. on March 24, 1943, the daughter of William A. Johnson and Ann Zepkowski Johnson. Margaret was a graduate of Sayre High School and subsequently attended business school in Binghamton, N.Y. On July 14, 1962 Margaret married Arthur M. Williams in Sayre, Pa. Margaret was formerly employed by the Athens Area School District, International Stock Foods in Waverly, N.Y., Leona Meat Plant, Troy, Pa., and the Old Mill of Troy, Vt. Margaret was a former member of the Craftsmen of the Endless Mountains and was an active participant in area craft shows for a number of years. Margaret loved spending time with her family. Surviving are her children, William (Carol) Williams of Milan, Ann (Darrell) Smith of Athens; grandchildren, Jonathan Kautz, James Kautz, Samantha Smith; step- grandchildren, Crystal Bailey, Valarie Bennici, Kurt Smith; great-grandchildren, Jaxson and Amora; sister, Ann Elston (Robert) of Sayre; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband, Arthur M. Williams on May 21, 2002; father, William A. Johnson on Feb. 18, 1982; and mother, Ann Zepkowski Johnson on Nov. 9, 2006. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a memorial service to follow at 1 p.m., on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016 at the Bowen-Farr Funeral Home, 6 Farr St., Ulster, Pa. Interment will be private. The family suggests that contributions may be directed to Guthrie Hospice, 421 Tomahawk Rd., Towanda, PA in Margaret's memory. –Towanda Daily Review 10/8/2016

 

JOHNSTON –ELAINE KAY CHRISPELL - Softly in the morning you heard a gentle call, you took the hand God offered you and quietly left us all. ... Elaine Kay Chrispell, 64, of Orwell Township, Rome, Pa., passed away on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. Elaine was born on Dec. 7, 1951 in Sayre, Pa., a daughter of the late Robert and Virginia (Rowe) Johnston. For many years, she was employed at Sayre Lingerie. It is there she developed her love for sewing and became a professional seamstress. Elaine treasured her family, she especially enjoyed the many shopping trips with them and had the motto "shop till you drop," often times returning several times within the same day to the same stores. Her smile and gentle ways will be missed by her family. Elaine will be greatly missed by her husband of nearly 49 years, Daniel I. Chrispell; her daughters, Deborah (Diana Hall-Chrispell) Chrispell of Rome, Pa., Sherry (John) Winter of Willet, N.Y.; her siblings, Jean (Robert) Griffith of Athens, Pa., Carl (Judy) Johnston of Athens, Pa., Keith (Marge) Johnston of Sayre, Pa., Sue O'Leary of Pringle, Pa., David (Brenda) Johnston of Athens; her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Irwin and Lucille Chrispell of Rome, Pa.; her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Keith Wandell of Sayre, Pa., Rebecca (James) Crown of Rome, Pa., Richard Ross, Tim (Janine) Chrispell of Rome, Pa., Micah Chrispell of Rome, Pa.; her special grandchildren, Nathan (Julie) Harrington of Sayre, Pa., Aaron (Emily) Harrington of Birdsboro, Pa., Shania Harris of Rome, Pa.; numerous nieces, nephews and their families also survive. Elaine will be waiting for the resurrection with her parents; infant brother, Gary Johnston; a sister, Joyce Wandell; brother-in-law, Rick O'Leary; a sister-in-law, Debbie (Chrispell) Ross. Family and friends will be gathering at 11 a.m. on Oct. 8 at the Sayre Seventh-day Adventist Church, 4981 Wilawana Road, Sayre, Pa., to celebrate and remember her life. Caring assistance is being provided by the Cooley family of the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the family, Mr. Daniel Chrispell, 4140 Gulf Road, Rome, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 9/18/2016

BRYCE L. JONES, 81, of Millerton, PA, passed away November 18, 2016 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, PA. He was born July 12, 1935 in Mansfield, PA, the son of Llewellyn & Janette McClure Jones. Bryce was a retired carpenter, and a U. S. Army Veteran, serving as a paratrooper in the 11th Airborne. He was a life member of VFW Post 6757, a member of the Morris Run American Legion, Friendship Lodge # 247 F&AM, and the Coudersport Consistory. Bryce is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former, Ninita Stilwell, 2 daughters & a son-in-law, Celisa J. & Lloyd Stewart of Holiday, FL, Laurie Jones of Millerton, PA, 2 grandchildren, Emily LeRose & Randall Ball, & a great granddaughter, Meghan LeRose. He was predeceased by his brother, Larry. In keeping with Bryce's wishes funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions in Bryce's memory may be made to the Animal Care Sanctuary 11765 Rt. 6 Wellsboro PA. A service of Gary Wilston Funeral Home & Cremation Service 130 S. Main St. Mansfield, PA. –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/19/2016

 

JONES –JOANN JERAULD, 69, of Montrose, PA, passed away surrounded by her family, on Monday, October 17, 2016, at Meadow View Senior Living Center, after her long battle with cancer. She was born in Grandview, TX, to the late E.M. and Gladys (Moore) Jones. Her husband of 51 years, Lynn “Chumley” Jerauld, survives. Also surviving are her three sons and daughters-in-law, John and Lynn Marie Jerauld, Montrose, PA, Eric and Michele Jerauld, Montrose, PA, Michael and Jennifer Jerauld, Minot, ND, six grandchildren, Dakota, Dallas, Alana, Bryden, Hanna, and Lynn Wilson Jerauld., three brothers and sisters-in-law, Tommy and Janie Jones, TX, Charles Ray and Linda Jones, TX, Mark Jones, TX, sister-in-law, Lovell Jones, TX, many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her brother, Walter Jones. JoAnn was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 5642 Montrose, PA, and the South Montrose Community Church. She was a military wife and traveled to many posts throughout the U.S. and Germany. JoAnn baby sat many children for all the years she and Lynn were here in Montrose. She enjoyed reading, doing crafts, scrap booking, bowling; and she was a wonderful baker and cook. JoAnn was known as MeMa to her grandkids as well as to many of the children that she looked after over the years. A Memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 23, 2016 at the Daniel K. Regan Funeral Home, with Rev. Jane Pykus of the South Montrose Community Church, officiating. Interment will be in the South Montrose cemetery at a later date. Friends may call on the family at the funeral home, from 12 noon until the time of the service Sunday. Donations in JoAnn’s name can be made to: Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, 75 Meteor Way, Montrose, PA. This a charity set up for the “Team Up to Beat Cancer”, which the students of the Montrose Area High School have set a goal to reach $40K to go to this charity to defeat cancer. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

MORGAN KELLEY, 82, husband of Audrey L. (Root) Kelley, of Slatington, formerly of Boyertown, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 in the Lehigh Valley Hospital - Cedar Crest, Allentown. Born in Towanda, Bradford County, Pa., he was the son of the late Mary (Bullock) and Lawrence Kelley. He was a heavy equipment operator for Hahn Construction, Allentown until his retirement. Morgan was a member of Local 542 International Union of Operating Engineers. Surviving with his wife Audrey are two sons, Charles T., husband of Jo-Ann Kelley of Pottstown, and Morgan Kelley Jr. of Walnutport; a daughter, Lori Reichelderfer of Elverson; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by three sisters, Alice, Jane, and Loretta; a brother, Lawrence; and a daughter, Bernice Reider. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016 at the Linwood W. Ott Funeral Home, Inc., 111 North Reading Avenue, Boyertown, Pa. Relatives and friends will be received between 12 and 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Inurnment will be in Fairview Cemetery, Boyertown. –Towanda Daily Review 10/26/2016

 

ADRIAN L. ‘ADE’ KETCHUM, age 74, of Corning, NY passed away on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. Ade was born on October 20, 1941 in Corning, NY, the son of the late Lewis H. and the late Grace L. (Wilson) Ketchum. He was a graduate of Corning Northside High School, class of 1958. For a number of years, Ade was the communication link between the Northside Alumni Association and many of the late 50's graduating classes. He was employed as a manager in the Micrographics Department for Dresser-Rand of Painted Post, retiring with 27 years of service. Ade was a 50+ year member of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA). He held numerous positions in the Glen Region including becoming the Regional Executive three times and was honored with multiple awards both by the region and nationally for his involvement. Ade played an important role in leading Corning Inc. to purchase the Watkins Glen Race Circuit. Ade had a passion for photography and was recognized numerous times for his work. He also was chief photographer for Watkins Glen International for many years and was inducted into the Corning-Painted Post Sports Hall of Fame for his contributions to Motorsports in 1990. He was a member of the Governing Council of the International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen. Ade was also involved with many other local organizations including being the past treasurer of Lions International for District 20 E-2, past member of the Corning and Painted Post Lions Clubs, later becoming President for the Painted Post club. He was a past board member for the Southern Tier Association of the Visually Impaired in Elmira and the Steuben ARC in Bath. Ade had broad interests and deep involvement in many areas. Whenever he undertook anything, he was very serious about the desired results and very dedicated to what he did. He is survived by two cousins: Nancy (Gregory) Redell of Wellsboro, PA and Nancy (Lavern) Haas of New Lipswitch, NH; and many close friends. Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday, October 9, 2016 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney St., Corning, NY. A memorial service will immediately follow at 3:00pm at the funeral home. Burial will take place at a later date in the family plot at Chapel Knoll Cemetery, Painted Post. In lieu of flowers donations in Ade's name may be made to the International Motor Racing Research Center, 610 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY or to the Corning Lions Club, P.O. Box 1096, Corning, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 10/5/2016

 

LONNY MATTHEW KNOWLTON, age 53 of Tarpon Springs, FL, formerly of Mansfield, PA and Corning, NY passed away unexpectedly on Friday, September 2, 2016 at home. He was born May 11, 1963 to Harold and Sandra Hulslander Knowlton. Lonny was born and raised in Mansfield, PA graduating from Mansfield Jr/Sr High School in 1981. Lonny then lived in many places, but finally found the home he always wanted; a nice home overlooking the water in Tarpon Springs, FL. Lonny made many friends throughout his life. To know Lonny, was to love him. He will be remembered as a kind man, a sweet man, and a generous man. Lonny could be friends with anyone, especially someone who needed the support of a genuine friend.Lonny always had a strong work ethic. Lonny spent most of his life working in the restaurant business, he worked in almost every aspect of food service, but enjoyed the interaction with customers most. When Lonny wasn't working, or spending time with friends he enjoyed reading a good book, usually a historical book and sometimes mystery novels. Most of all he loved the water, it was very peaceful for him. He is survived by his partner: Dwayne Billups of Tarpon Springs, FL, mother: Sandra Knowlton Van Zile of Corning, NY; brother: Rob Knowlton of Mansfield, PA; sister: Tammy Knowlton of Virginia Beach, VA; 5 nieces and nephews: Ryan and Daniel Knowlton, Paige, Hali, and Schuyler Nebrig.Lonny was predeceased by his father, Harold Knowlton in 2007; paternal grandparents Richard and Dorothea Knowlton; maternal grandmother: Juanita Hulslander; step-father: Thomas L. Van Zile.The family invites you to join in a celebration of his life, on Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at the Mainesburg Community Center, Route 6 Mainesburgh, PA outside of Mansfield, PA. –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/28/2016

 

LANE –TAMMI J. HARRIGAN, 32, of Athens, Pa., passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016 at home, surrounded by her loving family. She was predeceased by her grandparents, Charlotte and Ralph Lane of Camptown, Pa. Tammi is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Matthew Harrigan; three children, Ryan, Riley, and Lauryn; parents, Sally Lane and Van Chapple of Towanda; brother, Jon West of Birchardsville, Pa.; sisters-in-law, Wendy Harrigan of Dingmans Terry, Pa., Erin Harrigan of Athens, Pa., Kelsey Dibble of Sayre; mother-in-law, Mary Harrigan of Athens, Pa.; father-in-law, Dan Harrigan of Waverly. Tammi was born Oct. 13, 1983 to Sally Lane and Charlie Hiduk and married Matt Harrigan in Wysox, Pa. She was a graduate of Towanda High School and attended Lackawanna College. She loved softball, fishing and hunting, but most of all, anything to do with her kids. She survived breast cancer for four years and loved trying to help other people with cancer. She always had a way of making people smile and she had always been clumsy and would trip falling up the stairs. She was a loving mother and wife and her kids were her life. A time of gathering for family and friends will be held on Monday, Sept. 19, 2016 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad St., Waverly. A memorial service will be held immediately following on Monday, Sept. 19, 2016 at 12 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Anne Bey Canfield officiating. –Sayre Morning Times 9/17/2016

 

WILLIAM NOEL LOUGH, age 74, of Highland Care Center in LaPorte, Pa. died Monday Dec. 19, 2016 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, Pa. Calling hours will be from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27 at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee, where a Catholic funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. with Father Leo Reinhardt officiating. Burial will follow in Hillside Cemetery, Dundee.  William was born Dec. 6, 1942 in Londonderry, Ireland, one of three sons of the late William F. and Elizabeth Neville Lough. He served in the U.S. Army. He was a former orderly employed by Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pa. He also had been a caddy for golf courses in the Philadelphia area. He had lived in Dundee from 1994 until 2012 when he moved to LaPorte, Pa. William is survived by a brother, Edward Lough of County Clare, Ireland; a half-sister, Bernadette Hack of England; two aunts, Eithna Russell of Philadelphia, Pa., and Margaret "Peggy" Lough of Havertown, Pa.; along with several nieces, nephews, and cousins living in the United States, Ireland, and England. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Patrick Lough on Feb. 7, 2014. – Towanda Daily Review 12/24/2016

 

CHARLES EDWIN MACK, 78, of Montrose, PA passed away, Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at his home with his loving family by his side. Born February 5, 1938 in Springville Twp., PA, he was the son of the late Clinton and Marjorie [Lee] Mack. He retired from P & G in 1993 and Agawam Farms in 2013. Ed was a member of Dimock Community Church. He was the past Dimock Township Constable for two terms, caretaker of the Rosencrants Cemetery and a lifetime member of the Elk Lake Fire Company which he was very proud of. Ed enjoyed woodworking, mowing the lawn and model trains. He was a fan of John Wayne and loved his ford trucks and farmall tractors. Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Evangeline Mack of Montrose, PA, daughter & son-in-law, Terri & Larry Bush of Montrose, PA, Trudy & John Thomas of Fuquay-Varina, NC, Gayleen Mack & Mike Hall of Pottstown, PA, Diedre & Curt Tunilo Jr. of Montrose, PA, 11 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, brothers & sisters-in-law, Clinton "Skip" & Niki Mack, Lee & Fran Mack, sister & brother-in-law, Marion & Kenneth "Red" Hartman, brother-in-law & sisters-in-law, James & Ruth Ann Bunnell, Lucille Bunnell, many nieces, nephews and cousins, one godchild, a companion dog, Roy, and special friends, Cliff & Dawn Taylor. Besides his parents he was predeceased by his father-in-law & mother-in-law, Edwin & Emma Bunnell, one grandchild, one son-in-law and one brother-in-law. Services: 10 AM Monday at the Bartron-Myer Funeral Home, Inc., Montrose, PA with Pastor Terry Hughes officiating.Visitation: 4:00-6:00 PM on Sunday at the funeral home. Interment will be held in the Rosencrants Cemetery, Dimock Twp., PA. Instead of flowers: memorial contributions may be made to Elk Lake Fire Company, 11550 SR 3001, Montrose, PA or to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive #7, Wilkes Barre, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

DANIEL S. ‘DANNY’ MANCHESTER - Word has been received that Daniel S. "Danny" Manchester passed away on Oct. 6, 2016, in Thorton, Colo., due to complications from a stroke. He was born Aug. 28, 1951, the son of Emmett and Helen (Bomboy) Manchester, and grew up on the family farm in Potterville, Pa. He graduated from Northeast Bradford High School with the class of 1969, and was active in baseball, basketball and soccer, as well as History Club and band. He was an avid softball player, an interest he continued after he left the area in 1980. After brief stints in Chambersburg and Conshohocken, Pa., he moved to the Denver, Colo., area, in 1983, to establish and operate West Arc Inc., a welding supply warehouse. He continued in this capacity until 1997, when the warehouse was moved to Salt Lake City. He continued to play softball and traveled with his team to tournaments in many states. After his playing days were over, he continued to travel to attend tournaments. He was also an avid bowler and carried a 200+ average for many years. In 1997 he met Cindy Carlson and they remained together until his passing. He is survived by his wife, Cindy; two step children, Clint (Jen) and Candice; and seven grandchildren; and also a brother, Kirk (Trish) and sister, Kathy (Andy) Jones. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Jean. Burial will be in Darling Cemetery, Potterville, at the convenience of the family. –Towanda Daily Review 11/4/2016

 

EDWARD W. MASON, 63, of Lawton, PA passed away unexpectedly, Friday, September 30, 2016. Born March 22, 1953 in Meshoppen, PA, he was the son of the late Edward J. and Joyce L. [Ham] Mason. At the time of his death, he was employed by Ritztex, Montrose, PA. He has been with the company for over 20 years. He was an avid sports fan who enjoyed watching the Dallas Cowboys and New York Yankees. Ed also loved fishing. Survivors include his sister, Cathy Ann Mason of Lawton, PA, John I. & Tonya Mason of Springville, PA, sisters-in-law, Carol & Dale Bomboy of Friendsville, PA, Serena Mason of Endicott, NY, nieces & nephews, Brigette & Mandi Mason, Keith & Michelle Mason, Karin & Matt Shadduck, Jennifer & Eric Cook. Besides his parents he was predeceased by brothers, Stephen A. Mason, Jeffrey Mason and a sister-in-law, Nancy Mason. Memorial Services: 2 PM, Thursday at Bartron-Myer Funeral Home, Inc., Montrose, PA with the Rev. Sharon Rockefeller officiating. Visitation 1 hour prior to services on Thursday. Interment will following in the Rushville Cemetery. Instead of flowers: memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, 5455 N. High Street, Columbus, OH. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

RICHARD G. MAYHEW age 55 of Elmira passed away unexpectedly on Monday, October 31, 2016. Rich is survived by his loving family, mother, Dorothy Mayhew of New City, NY; girlfriend, Dawn Ayres Knapp of Elmira, NY; brothers, William (Sheila Fusare) of Horseheads, NY, Robert (Eileen) Mayhew of Cary, NC, James (Bridget) Mayhew of Myrtle Beach, SC; sisters, Susan Mayhew of Chester, NY and Ann (Frank) Granton of Monroe, NY; several nieces and nephews and a host of friends. In addition to his father, William Mayhew who passed away in 2013, Rich was also predeceased by his nephew, William "Billy" Mayhew in 2010. Rich was born in Spring Valley, NY, to William and Dorothy Mayhew. He was a veteran of the UA Navy and locally for many years, Rich was a carpet and flooring installer. He was also a member of Horseheads Elks Lodge #2297. He enjoyed sports, including golf, was a die hard NY Ranger, NY Giants, and Mets Fan and he also loved hunting. –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/2/2016

 

TROY L. MAYNARD age 56 formerly of Wellsburg, NY presently residing in Ft. Lauderdale, FL passed away in Hammond LA; while there for work on Tues. Oct. 4, 2016. Born on Feb. 5, 1960, in Elmira, Troy was the son of Harold "Webb" Maynard Jr. and Nellie E. Johnson Maynard. He graduated from Southside High School in 1978. Troy was always interested in auto mechanics. He moved to FL 15 years ago and was employed by All Movers. In addition to his mother, Nellie; Troy is also survived by his siblings, John Maynard, LeeAnn (Raymond) Novakowski and Kelly (Carl) Penziul; nieces and nephews, Chad Maynard, Raychel Benedict, Shane Austin, Katherine Novakowski, Samantha Novakowski, and Corey Stevens; great great nephews, Raymond Benedict and Daren Stevens; aunts, uncles and cousins. At his family's request, there will be no public services. Memorials may be directed to the charity of one’s choice. –Elmira Star-Gazette 10/7/2016

 

MATTHEW R. MCCLAIN, age 65, of Lake Winola, Pa., passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016 at the Hospice of the Sacred Heart in Dunmore, Pa.Matthew was born on July 1, 1951 in Meshoppen, Pa., the son of the late George J. (Dec. 31, 1977) and Grace Kelly McClain (Jan. 11, 2005). He attended the Elk Lake and Wyalusing High School; after high school he attended Penn State University at University Park for architectural design and drafting. Matthew was a business owner in the area in the field of stone masonry and landscaping design in the natural stone industry from the 1970s until present time. He was very skilled in stone artwork and was a pioneer in stone industry. His life revolved around his artwork, stone work, and his landscaping abilities and designs. His skills and abilities took him all over the country as he worked in Pennsylvania, Chicago, New York, Northern Virginia, Connecticut, Vermont, and he even worked for the United States government in Washington D.C.Matthew enjoyed playing pool and golf. He enjoyed playing golf at Stone Hedge Golf Course and his landscaping abilities gave him a life-time membership since he would landscape the golf course. He also enjoyed riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and later in life purchased a Porsche, which he enjoyed as well. He loved to work on family landscaping projects and to sing karaoke. Matthew had a great sense of humor and he loved to spend time with his family especially during the Christmas season. Matthew is survived by his son, Stacey McClain and his wife Jennifer of Tunkhannock, Pa.; daughter, Missy Newton and her husband Brett of Wyalusing, Pa.; daughter, Kyonna McClain of Lake Winola, Pa.; step-son, Kiah VanGorden and his wife Lindsay of Meshoppen, Pa.; step-daughter, Kerra VanGorden of Lake Carey, Pa.; grandchildren, Taylor Newton, Josh McClain, Tiffany Newton, Jacob McClain, and Hannah McClain. He is also survived by his sister, Katherine McClain of Gettysburg, Pa.; brother, James McClain (Barbara) of Whippany, N.J.; George "Joe" McClain (Ellen) of Laceyville, Pa.; Wayne McClain (Beverly) of Ripley, Ohio; Kirby McClain (Joanne) of Ulster, Pa.; Edward McClain of Seneca Lake, N.Y.; Michael McClain (Bette) of Meshoppen, Pa.; first wife, Wilma Decker Rimkus of Cocoa Beach, Fla.; second wife, Denise Smales of Tunkhannock, Pa.; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. Besides his parents Matthew was preceded in death by toddler brother, David McClain, and brother, Jonathon McClain (March 11, 2011). A memorial service for Matthew will be held at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, at Sheldon Funeral Home, Main Street, Meshoppen, Pa., with Reverend Scott Ryan of the Meshoppen United Methodist Church officiating. Family and friends may call from 2 p.m. until the time of the service on Sunday at the funeral home.In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the charity or organization of the donor's choice. –Towanda Daily Review 9/30/2016

 

ROBERT EMMETT MCDONALD, 68, of Noxen, passed away Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, at home, surrounded by family and close friends, after a courageous battle with cancer. Mr. McDonald was born in Towanda on July 5, 1948, and was the son of the late Gerald W. and Agatha Hembury McDonald. Upon graduating from Sullivan County High School, Robert entered the U.S. Air Force in 1967, serving three tours of duty in Vietnam as a staff sergeant. He was employed by Procter and Gamble Paper Products in Mehoopany for many years. Robert lived life to the fullest and enjoyed spending time with his daughter and grandchildren. He was a member of St. Basil's Roman Catholic Church in Dushore. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Joseph and Kevin McDonald. Robert is survived by his daughter, Vanessa Teetsel and her husband, Tim, Noxen; son, Kyle McDonald, Cape May, N.J.; brother, Gerald McDonald and his wife, Paula, Coppas Cove, Texas; sisters, Maureen McDonald Flynn, Cleveland, Tenn.; and Sharon Aldridge Worthington, Dushore; grandsons, Tyler McDonald, Iowa; and Ayden J. Teetsel, Noxen; granddaughter, Morgan Coburn, Harveys Lake; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. A prayer service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday from Curtis L. Swanson Funeral Home Inc., Routes 29 and 118, Pikes Creek, with the Rev. Richard Fox of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church officiating. Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. prior to the service on Friday. Interment will be in Orcutt's Grove Cemetery, Noxen. –Citizens’ Voice 8/30/2016

 

SHIRLEY ANN MINIER, 71, of Towanda, Pa., changed her address from here on earth to her mansion in Glory to be with her Lord and Savior. She moved there on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. She is now free from pain and her walks will now be on streets of gold with her mom, dad, grand parents, other family members and friends. Shirley had a love and concern for children. At her church, she worked in the AWANA program, Child Evangelism Fellowship of Bradford County, and Kid's Club. Shirley had a strong work ethic instilled by her parents. She began work when her family purchased the Midway gas station in South Branch, pumping gas, making and serving ice cream sundaes and milk shakes, serving hot sandwiches and selling candy. While in high school, she worked in the family garden to sell the produce that was grown and also worked for a family picking raspberries for 10 cents per quart. After her graduation from Towanda High School, Shirley was employed by Endicott Johnson Shoe Company in Mildred, Pa., hand sewing women's shoes. Many nights she would come home from work with her fingers bleeding and sore from pushing the needle by hand through the leather, but she never complained. She just soaked her fingers, applied ointment, and started the next day all over again. A break for Shirley came when she heard about a possible opening in the Bradford County Assistance Office in Towanda as a clerical typist. She eventually took classes from Elmira College and worked her way up to case worker. She was employed there until she took an early retirement to travel with her mom and dad. And travel she did. At least three times they drove from Pennsylvania to California to visit her sister Sylvia, brother-in-law Jon, and nieces Kristina and Melissa. For many years, they all would fly to California. After the death of both her parents, Shirley would spend the cold Pennsylvania winters in California with her sister and family. Shirley is survived by her sister, Sylvia (Jon) Silver of Hemet, Calif.; nieces, Kristina and Melissa Silver of Hemet, Calif.; and several cousins. A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. on Nov. 12 at Evergreen Christian Church located at 23 Szemple Lane, New Albany, PA. In lieu of flowers, the family is suggesting donations to Evergreen Christian Church Missionary Program, 103 North St., New Albany, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 10/29/2016

 

MITCHELL –SHIRLEY A. SWAVELY VANDERMARK, age 80, of Gillett, PA, died Thursday, September 22, 2016 at Troy Community Hospital, Troy, PA. She was born November 28, 1935 in Lansdale, PA, a daughter of Herbert and Anna Mary (Heston) Mitchell. Shirley was the wife of the late Walter J. Vandermark who died February 19, 2016. She worked as a seamstress, and for WalMart before retiring. She was a member of the West Jackson Baptist Church; enjoyed camping, rodeos and her dogs. Shirley is survived by her children, April Dawn Swavely (Joe) of PA, Debra Powlison (Jan) of PA, Richard Swavely (Rose) of PA; step-children, Walter Vandermark, Jr. (Robin) of FL, Author Vandermark (Brenda) of GA, Lisa Giannio (Andy) of NY, Tammy Vandermark of NY; 42 grandchildren; 58 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; a dear friend and neighbor, Jamie Ames; her beloved dogs, Sadie and Dolly. Shirley was predeceased by her husband, Walter Vandermark, Sr.; brothers, Jesse and Owen Mitchell; step-son, Ronald Vandermark (Mary). Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 from Noon to 1:00 P.M. A memorial service will follow at 1:00 P.M. at Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA with Pastor Mark Conrad officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the Animal Care Sanctury, 11765 Rte. 6, Wellsboro, PA in Shirley's memory. –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/25/2016

 

CARL OLSON JR. passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, September 4, 2016 surrounded by his loving family and best furry feline friend Jenny Willow after a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 75. Carl was born on April 26, 1941 in Elmira, NY, the son of the late Carl J. Sr. and Dorothy Hayes Olson. He was a graduate of Southside High School in 1959 and Alfred State in 1961. Carl was a Lifetime Gold Member of Ducks Unlimited, Seneca Lake Duck Hunters Club Member, Moose Member, an Eagle Scout, coached the 1980 HHDS Babe Ruth Baseball 13 yr. old NYS Champions, YMCA youth Basketball, youth Football and Cinderella Princess Softball teams. Carl enjoyed spending time with his family and pets. He also enjoyed a good game of euchre, his grandchildren's sporting events, the NY Yankees, and duck and goose hunting. He is survived by his best friend and caregiver Shirley Olson of Penn Yan, NY; children, Richard Olson of Elmira, NY, Michael (Sharon) Olson of Horseheads, NY, Kerry Harter of Horseheads, NY and Suzanne (Bart) Piersimoni of Elmira, NY; grandchildren, Derek Olson, Michael Olson, Matthew Olson, Brandon Olson, Kendall Harter, Kasey Harter, Zachariah Bourgeois, Emily Piersimoni, Ryan Piersimoni, and Brianna Piersimoni; great grandchildren, Adelia, Duke, Kaiyden and Emma; special friends, Scott Dewey, Kathy & Terry Donahue and Sue and Jim Getgen. Private Funeral Services will be held at the convenience of the family but please join them for a Celebration of his life on Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 1-4 PM at the Climbing Bines Pavilion, 511 Hanson Point Rd., Penn Yan, NY. Special thanks to the Falck Cancer Center, Sands Cancer Center, Wilmot Cancer Institute, Dr. Kleiner and staff, Ontario-Yates Hospice and Lifetime Care. Those wishing to remember Carl please consider memorial contributions to the Humane Society of Yates County, 1216 NY-14A, Penn Yan, NY in his memory. –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/6/2016

 

TERRENCE "TERRY" A. OSTRANDER age 63 of Elmira, NY passed away on Sunday October 30, 2016. Terry was born on September 7, 1953 in Elmira, NY the son of the late John "Turk"and Mary Philbin Ostrander. Terry was the owner of Turk's Produce and Flower Market in Horseheads, NY since 1977 when his father retired. Turk's was started by his father in 1953. Terry was a kind and generous man who enjoyed being part of the community. He loved classic cars and drag racing and animals. At one time he thought of opening a zoo . Terry loved his family and friends and treasured the time he spent with them. Terry is survived by his wife Kathy Hardy Ostrander; sons and daughters-in-law: Terry A. and Jennifer Ostrander Jr. of Horseheads, NY; Tim and Dannielle Ostrander of Horseheads, NY; Thomas Ostrander of Big Flats, NY; Ted and Michelle Ostrander of Big Flats, NY; several grandchildren; sisters and brothers: Mary Margaret of FL, Jean of TX, Charles of NY, Susan of FL, Luann of TX, and Andrew of FL; several nieces , nephews , cousins and many many friends. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Lynch Funeral Home, 318 W. Broad St., Horseheads, NY on Friday November 11, 2016 from 4-7 PM for a Time of Remembrance and Reflections of Terry's Life. In Lieu of Flowers those wishing may remember Terry through donations to the American Cancer Society. –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/6/2016

 

PALMER –ELEANOR (ELLIE) VAN VRANKEN entered into the presence of our Lord and Savior at her home in Tunkhannock on Sept. 11, 2016. She was born on Jan. 3, 1927, in New Berlin, N.Y., a daughter of Niles and Doris (Camp) Palmer. Her early childhood was spent in Rockdale, N.Y. She was a graduate of Mt. Upton Central School, Mt. Upton, N.Y., and Spencerian Business School, Newburgh, N.Y. On June 6, l948, she was united in marriage to Francis Van Vranken, Van Hornesville, N.Y., in the Rockdale Community Church, Rockdale, N.Y. She was employed a short time by the U.S. Air Force at Stewart Air Force Base, Newburgh, N.Y., and ultimately by the New York State Police, Troop F, Monroe, N.Y., as a Zone Secretary, for more than 17 years. She retired in 1987. In addition to gardening and reading, she enjoyed doing crocheting, knitting and quilt making. She also enjoyed visits with the children and grandchildren as well as making cookies for her coworkers during the Christmas season. If the weather was mild, she usually took early morning walks. She also took much pleasure in working on church activities with her friends and singing in the church choir. Besides being engaged in various volunteer activities, she was a member of the Woodbury Senior Citizens and the Highland Mills United Methodist Church, Highland Mills, N.Y. She is survived by two sons: Gary Van Vranken of Tunkhannock, and Randy Van Vranken of Fairport, N.Y.; and one daughter Kathy (Mrs. Gregory Wenzloff) of Waynesboro; five grandsons: Todd Van Vranken of Finneytown, Ohio, Jeff Van Vranken, of Dublin, Ohio, Brian Van Vranken of Hilliard, Ohio, Christopher and Jeffrey Van Vranken, both of Rochester, N.Y., and one granddaughter Margreta (Mrs. Justin Flach), of St. Louis, Mo.; seven great-grandchildren: Teresa and Scott Van Vranken of Hilliard, Ohio, and Elijah and Reagan Van Vranken of Finneytown, Ohio, Jacquelyn, and twins Megan and Seth Van Vranken of Dublin, Ohio; four brothers: James Palmer of Seneca Falls, N.Y., Irving and Richard Palmer, both of Bainbridge, N.Y., and Robert Palmer of Jacksonville, Fla.; and one sister Barbara (Mrs. Fred Gilbert), of Big Flats, N.Y.; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Her beloved husband Francis, passed away on Oct. l, 2012, and in addition to her parents, she was predeceased by one brother, Marvin Palmer; and two nephews: Robert Palmer Jr. and Douglas Palmer. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Highland Mills United Methodist Church, Highland Mills, N.Y.; Faith United Methodist Church of Waynesboro; or Tunkhannock United Methodist Church, Tunkhannock. Friends may call at the Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro, on Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. and at the Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush Funeral Home, 117 Maple Ave., Monroe, N.Y., on Friday, Sept. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Sept. 17 at 11 a.m. at the Highland Mills Methodist Church, Highland Mills, N.Y., officiated by Rev. Darlene Resling. Burial will follow in the Cemetery of the Highlands, Highland Mills, N.Y. –Wyoming County Examiner 9/14/2016

PAYNE –BONITA LEE WHIPPLE, 74, of Montoursville, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016 at the Gatehouse in Divine Providence Hospital. She was born Dec. 9, 1941 in Sayre, the daughter of Carlton and Geraldine Loomis Payne. Bonita enjoyed quilting and especially spending time with her grandchildren. She was predeceased by her father; daughter, Jody Smith, son, Jack Whipple; and her grandson, Brandon Scott Whipple. She is survived by her mother, of Sayre; her husband of 57 years, Leland A.; sons, Stephen N. and John E. (Jennifer), both of Montoursville; sister, Linda (Gary) Estes of Sayre; six grandchildren, Adrian, Keely, and Jade Whipple, Leland James Smith, Natasha and Brandy Whipple; and two great-grandchildren. There will be no services. Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville. –Sayre Morning Times 9/29/2016

 

PEDRO –MICHELLE SUSAN COLLINGS age 61, former resident of Flannery Towers in Elmira, NY, died peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer on November 3, 2016. She was born on August 18, 1955 in Towanda, PA; the daughter of Angelo Frank (Bud) Pedro and Mary Patricia (Carole) Thrasher. Michelle is survived by her father, Angelo and his wife, Shirley; son, Eryk and his wife Melinda of Port St. Lucie, FL; sister Enola and her husband Edward Nelson of Elmira, NY; sister Tina Nichols-Johnson and her husband Eric Johnson, with combined and adoptive families of Painted Post, NY; brother, Ernest and his wife, Georgianna Brennan of Horseheads, NY; half-brother, Angelo "Buddy" and his wife, Nikki Pedro of Dushore, PA; step-brother, Gary (Judy) Peterson of Florida; step-sister, Judy (John) Greiger of SC; niece, Lynzie Nelson, with her son, Levi and her significant other, Scott Phillips, of Elmira, NY; nephew, Andrew Nelson and significant other Alison Strawser , with their daughter Amelia, of Elmira, NY; nephews Ernest (Khristina) Brennan of Elmira Heights, NY, Billy Brennan of Horseheads, NY, Aaron Nichols with significant other, Meressa Borges and family, Austin Nichols of Painted Post, NY; niece, Amy Nichols and her family of Painted Post, NY; many members of the Thrasher and Pedro Families and several members of the Joseph P. Brennan Family; long-time friend, Mary O'Dell and special friend, Tim McConnell. Michelle was predeceased by her mother, Mary, maternal grandparents, Ernest and Dorothy Thrasher, paternal grandparents, Gilbert and Cora Pedro, half-sister, Marci Beighley, step-father, Joseph P. Brennan, and several aunts and uncles. Michelle graduated from Southside High School in 1973 and after graduation she was employed by Chemung County Nursing Facility and the Stop-N- Go store in Wellsburg, NY. Michelle was known for her home-made peanut butter fudge, humorous and timely-delivered birthday cards, and her Happy Birthday phone call song on each birthday. She was of quick-wit and always answered the question: "How do you feel?" with "With my fingers"! A special thank you to the staff at Elcor Health Services (Hickory Knoll). A memorial service will be held at a later date at the Pine City United Methodist Church. Burial at Old Zion Cemetery in Dushore, PA will be held at the convenience of the family. –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/6/2016

 

PERRY –JOAN P. BURNS, 74, of Vestal, died Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016 at Mercy House of the Southern Tier. She was predeceased by her parents, Vernon and Eleanor Perry and a brother-in-law, Charles "Skip" Miller. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Lawrence Burns; a son and daughter-in-law, Sean and Christine Burns, York, Pa.; a sister, Marilyn Miller, Towanda, Pa.; a brother and sister-in-law, Vernon and Jean Perry, Powell, Pa.; several nieces and nephews, and a special friend, Doris Gavernick, MD. She was a graduate of Towanda High School and St. Joseph's School of X-Ray Technology, Elmira; a member of the Towanda Moose Lodge. She was a former X-Ray technician for Dr. Jack Levine in Endicott and was employed at Gertrude Hawk Candy in Vestal for 25 years. She absolutely loved her Greyhound therapy dogs and the work that they did. Joan was well loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the J.A. McCormack Sons Funeral Home, 141 Main St., Binghamton. Rev. Dc. Warren Musselman will officiate. The family will receive friends from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday at the McCormack Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy in Joan's name may be made to Mercy House of the Southern Tier, 212 N. McKinley Ave., Endicott, NY or to the St. Jude Children’s Researc Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN or to the charity of one’s choice. –Towanda Daily Review 11/11/2016

 

RICHARD ‘DICK’ PETERSON, 84, of Waverly passed away on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 at home. He was predeceased by his parents, Clair and Muriel Brown Peterson; first wife, Jane Leonard Peterson; brothers, Clair Peterson Jr., Clayton Peterson, and Terry “Topper” Peterson; sister, Patty Peterson; stepsons, Randy Carnike and Steven Carnike; and stepdaughter, Dianne King. Dick is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Donna Benjamin Peterson; children, Dawn (Larry) Rumpff of Florida, Dick “Pete” Peterson of Waverly, Harry Carnrike of Williamsport, Pa., Debbie (Carl) Wheeler of Texas, Penny (Mike) Williams of Flemington, Pa., and Jeff (Kelly) Carnrike of Williamsport, Pa.; brothers, Jack Peterson of Tennessee, Donald Peterson of Lockwood, Ray (Liz) Peterson of Towanda, Pa., Charlie (Grace) Peterson of Lockwood; sisters, Joyce Peterson Nichols of East Smithfield, Pa., Ellen (Walter “Bud”) Depew of Florida; 15 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson; along with numerous niece, nephews and cousins. Dick retired as administrator of the Waverly Moose Lodge No. 1490 where he was a life member and was proud to have earned the Pilgrim Degree. He worked for American LaFrance in Elmira for 31 years. Dick was a member of the American Legion and a lifetime member of the VFW. He proudly serviced his country in the Army, serving in Germany and was an Intermediate Speed Radio Operator. He enjoyed hunting, fishing (aka “The greatest trout fisherman on Earth”), playing softball, bowling, shuffleboard and was a self-proclaimed great poker and card player. He could always be found making his way around the room, talking to whomever he could, he never met a stranger. A time of calling will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 from 1-2 p.m. at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad St., Waverly, N.Y. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Anne Bey Canfield officiating, followed by full military honors. A luncheon will be held at the Sayre VFW immediately following the services. –Sayre Morning Times 11/19/2016

 

PHILLIPS –GALDYS I. COBB, 88, of Meadowview Senior Living Center, Montrose, PA, formerly of Ararat, PA passed away peacefully, Saturday, October 22, 2016. Born August 19, 1928 in Bridgewater Twp., PA, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Hazel [Valentine] Phillips. Her husband Willard Cobb predeceased 19 years ago. She worked at the Susquehanna County Courthouse for 20 years. She was also a farmer’s wife, raising her children and helping her husband. She was a former member of the Fairdale Grange. Gladys enjoyed sewing and piecing together quilts, along with baking. Her family loved her apple pies. Survivors include daughter & son-in-law, Martha & Steven Kupscznk of Springville, PA, son & daughter-in-law, Marshall & Betty Cobb of Thompson, PA, grandchildren, Kristina Kinney, Kyle Kupscznk & Willard "Billy" Cobb, great grandson, Matthew Kinney and a sister, Nancy Phillips of Montrose, PA. Graveside Services: 11AM, Thursday at the Fairdale Cemetery, Fairdale, PA with the Father Charles Cesaretti, officiating. Instead of flowers: memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association-Central New York Chapter, 401 Hayes Avenue, Endicott, NY or to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 60 East 56th Street, 8th floor, New York, NY. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

LAWRENCE L. ‘LARRY’ RAYMOND, 72, passed away Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 in Oregon, Ill. Larry was born July 20, 1944 to Louis E. and Marguerite T. (Peppard) Raymond in Waverly, N.Y. Larry married Susan Ann Triplett on June 21, 1969 in Graceville, Minn. He was a nurse anesthetist for 37 years, working in Sandwich, Ill., Rochelle, Ill., and Silvis, Ill. He served in the United States Army for eight years, earning the rank of captain with one year of service in Vietnam. He was an active member of Golden K and the Rochelle United Methodist Church. In his retirement, he enjoyed fishing at the Rochelle Conservation Club and was a lifelong ham radio operator. Larry is survived by his wife, Susan; two daughters, Darcie (Mark) Miller of Birmingham, Ala., and Dena Raymond of Oak Ridge, Tenn.; brother, Donald (Linda) Raymond of Douglas, Ga.; and two grandchildren, Skylar and Samantha Tillis. There will be no services held. Cremation rites are accorded by the Unger-Horner Funeral Home. Memorials may be made in Larry's memory to the Rochelle United Methodist Church. –Sayre Morning Times 10/27/2016

 

SAMUEL H. RENNINGER, 78, of Sayre passed away on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. He was predeceased by his parents, Elwood and Martha Metzger Renninger. Sam is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Marilyn Kepner Renninger; children, Joyce Husick of Sayre, Jennifer (Daniel) Cianfoni of Athens, and Samuel (Tina) Renninger of Athens; brother, Elwood (Annabella) Renninger of Florida; sister, Sherri Lehman of Pennsylvania; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Sam was a life member of the American Legion Post No. 492, past commander of Post No. 492, former commander of Tioga County American Legion and former aide to Department Commander. He was an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan and enjoyed watching wrestling. A memorial service will be held on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Salvation Army, 314 S. Elmer Ave., Sayre, Pa. –Sayre Morning Times 11/19/2016

 

ROBLYER –VONDA KAY WILCOX, 51, of Canton, Pa., was called to heaven on Tuesday evening, Nov. 15, 2016 from Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Born May 2, 1965 in Elmira, N.Y., Vonda Kay was a daughter of Ron and Marcia (Hurlburt) Roblyer of Troy. She was a member of Troy High School's 1983 graduating class. Vonda married Brad S. Wilcox on Feb. 16, 1985 in Canton and they raised two sons. She enjoyed her work as a graphic artist and for Sprint Communications. She was a member of Canton's Women of the Moose Lodge. Love and support for family, home and friends always came first in Vonda's life. She was of the Baptist faith. Vonda enjoyed doing many things, but special interests included her love for all animals, riding horses, cooking and crocheting. In addition to her parents, surviving is Brad her beloved husband of 31 years; two children, Justin Wilcox (fiancée, Billie Marie Dorsey) and Nicholas (Tabatha) Wilcox all of Canton; two granddaughters, Amaya and Emma both of North Carolina; a sister and brother, Kim (Walter) Smith of Nazareth and Shawn (Judy) Roblyer of Allentown; father-in-law, Ralph (Leora) Wilcox of Canton; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Mark (Luann) Wilcox of Wheelerville, Nancy (Barry) Groves of Montoursville and Brenda (Allen) Hartford of Alba; several uncles aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends. Vonda was predeceased by several grandparents, aunts, uncles and her mother-in-law, Joyce Wilcox. Pastor Sheldon Roblyer will officiate a celebration of Vonda's life at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Drive, Canton. There are no calling hours. Interment will be private at a later date. In lieu of flowers, consider a memorial in Vonda's name to the National M.S. Society of Central PA, 2040 Linglestown Rd., Harrisburg, PA or to American Cancer Society, 1948 E. Third St., Williamsport, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 11/17/2016

 

RODABAUGH –ERNESTINE B.WICKHAM age 96 of Appleridge in Bethany Village, Horseheads and formerly of Co. Rt. 64 in Big Flats passed away Wednesday, November 2, 2016. Ernestine was born on June 30, 1920, in Horseheads to the late Ernest and Jenny Rodabaugh. She was also predeceased by her husband, Harold "Wick" Wickham, in 2010; and son, Michael Wickham, in 2015. Ernestine is survived by son, Robert (Ronda) Wickham of Barrington, NH; daughter-in-law, Barbara Wickham of Palm Coast, FL; grandchildren, Devon (Stuart) Strickland of Reddick, FL, Michael Wickham of Canopy, FL, Lindsay Wickham of St Petersburg, FL; and sister, Edna George of Casa Grande, AZ. Ernestine was a member of Pine Valley United Methodist Church. Funeral service will be held at the Barber Funeral Home, Inc., 413 S. Main St., Horseheads on Saturday, November 5, 2016, at 2:00PM. Those wishing may remember Ernestine with memorials to Pine Valley United Methodist Church, PO Box 188, Pine Valley, NY or CareFirst, 3805 Meads Creek Rd., Painted Post, NY. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Rogers and the staff at the Big Flats Medical Office for their special care. –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/4/2016

 

ROY –GRACE ROY TALADA, 78, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister passed on September 5, 2016. A strong beautiful soul has left us. She wanted no memorial or grave, but wished to be remembered as the wind, so that there will be a little grace in every breeze. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Gary E. Talada of Sayre; daughters: Desiree (Paul) Obernesser of Rome, N.Y., Sandra Talada and Christina Talada of Richmond, Va., and Wendy (John) Baumgartner of Remsen, N.Y., grandchildren Benjamin and Christopher Obernesser, Jeremiah and Ian Thomas, great-grandchildren Matthew, Jonathon and Sydney. She is also survived by a brother, Theodore Roy and sisters: Liz Hill and Myrtle Timm and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents Stanley and Ruth Roy, and stepfather Jonas Wright, as well as sisters Harriet and Katherine. –Sayre Morning Times 9/7/2016

 

ROY –MARIA E. TURNER age 96 and longtime resident of Ridge Road in Horseheads passed away Monday September 19, 2016. Maria was born February 17, 1920 to Milton and Anne (Voight) Roy. She was predeceased by her husband of 40 years, George A. Turner Jr. in 1988. Maria Turner was an extraordinary woman, always possessing an unbound energy and enthusiasm for life. She had a passion for teaching. She touched and changed hundreds of lives throughout her career. Maria was a reading teacher in the Horseheads School District. During her long career of 42 years of teaching she taught in Connecticut and locally at Odessa, Breesport, Ridge Road, and finally Gardener Road School. She so loved teaching that she went on to substitute for 13 more years. She found great love and peace living on her family's sixth-generation run dairy farm and truly believed in the importance of the small family farm. Maria is survived by her son and daughter, Georgann (David) Oman, David (Pam) Turner, her most dear and Best Friend Dr. James Powell. Jim and Maria shared the love of travel and spent three decades enjoying life together. And her loving sister (with whom she spoke on the phone with every week of her life) Anne Woodside of Weston, MA. She found such joy and pride in her Grandchildren and great grandchildren. They were the sparkle in her eyes in her later years. Caroline (Jack) Watach, Marshall Turner, Heather (Jerry) Hufford, Melanie (Jon) Shaban, and her great-grandchildren, Morgan and Blake Watach, Payton Turner, Shane and Madison Shaban, and Jacob Hufford. Maria was incredibly active and involved in her community and school system throughout her lifetime. She served on many boards, and was a member of numerous clubs and remained active in Retired Teachers and Horseheads Woman's Club until her passing. Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home 413 S. Main St. Horseheads on Saturday Sept. 24, 2016 from 12:00 noon -3:00pm. Her service will take place at 3:00pm. A further celebration and gathering for family and friends will follow the service at Maria's home in Horseheads on Saturday at the conclusion of her service between 4:30 -6:30pm. Those wishing to honor her memory may make a donation to Reading Is Fundamental in Maria's name. –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/22/2016

 

THEODORE S. ‘TED’ ROY, 81, formerly of East Smithfield and recently of Wellsboro, passed away at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre with his family at his side on Oct. 6, 2016. He was born near East Smithfield, the only son of Ruth and Stanley Roy on Nov. 12, 1935. Ted was the devoted husband of Maxine (Clark) Roy, they celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary this year on June 19. Ted was a kind, loving man whose warm-hearted smile brought joy to cherished memories for his family and all those who were touched by his life. Through his example of respect, honesty and hard work, he instilled many of these same values in his children. Even though he was unable complete high school, he became an avid reader and letter writer. He loved sending cards for all occasions to family, friends and the residents of Park Hill Manor, where he and Maxine have resided since 2008. He retired in 2001, from Val Chem Co., in Sayre, where he started in maintenance and later became the delivery truck driver. In his final years at Val Chem, he drove his beloved Brockway truck over 300,000 miles making deliveries throughout Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey. Ted was a former member of the Federated Church of East Smithfield where he served as a trustee for many years. He was a recent member of the United Methodist Church of Wellsboro where he enjoyed participating in many volunteer services. He further exhibited his volunteer spirit through his work with Boy Scout Troop 10 of Bentley Creek, the Federated Church Youth Group, and the local food bank in Wellsboro. While residing at Park Hill Manor, he has served on the welcome/hospitality committee for many years and as president of the tenant association for two years. Ted is survived by his wife, Maxine C. Roy of Wellsboro; and six children, JoAnne M. Bitner (Robert) of Port St. Lucie, Fla., Jeanette K. Briggs (William Arbogast, fiancée) of Palmyra, Pa., Jacqueline L. Roy of Sarasota, Fla., Jenifer R. Putnam (Keith) of Mansfield, Pa., Jefferey W. Roy of Bentley Creek, Pa., and Jamie A. Roy (Libby) of Dover, Del.; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Liz Hill of Waverly, N.Y., and Myrtle Timm of Athens, Pa.; and a brother-in-law, Gary Talada of Utica, N.Y. He was preceded in death by his parents; step-father, Jonas Wright; and three sisters, Harriet Lattimer, Kate Tracy and Grace Talada. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 at the United Methodist Church in Wellsboro (corner of Main and Queen streets). Please join the family beginning at noon for visitation with memories and sharing. The family has chosen to provide memory cards for guests who would like to write thoughts and memories of Ted. A selection of these will be included in Ted's eulogy, which will be delivered by Pastor Rich Hanlon. Flowers for the service will be provided by the family and Maxine requests that memorial donations be sent to Sayre House of Hope, The Guthrie Clinic Resource Development, One Guthrie Square, Sayre, PA. A private interment ceremony is planned for a later date. –Towanda Daily Review 10/16/2016

RUSSELL –NANCY ‘NENA’ LYNCH age 78 passed away peacefully Saturday, May 14, 2016 with her loving family at her side. She was predeceased by her parents Franklyn & Mildred Russell, sister Sally Brewer, brother William Russell her-in- laws Francis & Cecelia Lynch, Jean Fowler, Joseph Lynch. Nancy is survived by her loving husband and care giver of 57 years Richard Foster Lynch, their three children and their families Sallie, Megan (Nate), Isabella, Maddison; Pamela (Jason), Brittany; Thomas (Nikki) Adde; sister Linda Russell, brothers James (Pat) Russell, Jack (Glenda) Russell; sisters-in-law Frances Murphy, Eleanor Lynch; brother-In-law Edward (Dorothy) Lynch and many special nieces and nephews that she loved very much and very close special friends Ken & Lena Wescott. Nancy was a wonderful Wife, Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother, she loved her family and was very proud of all of them. She loved camping, snowmobiling, taking care of her flowers, and especially loved spending time with her family. She worked at Chenango Industries, IBM Owego and Owego Elementary School. Thank you to everyone for their support and caring for our wife and mother there are so many special people that helped us that we cannot express how much it meant to us we can never thank you enough. Thank you to the staff at UHS Owego and Wilson hospital - Kim McHenry a special thank you to you for your gentle care of our wife and mother. Dr Harris we cannot thank you enough for arranging for us to spend our last days together in our own room. Funeral services will be held Friday at 10:15am from Coleman & Daniels Funeral Home LLC 6519 State Route 434, Apalachin and 11am at St. Brigid's Church, Friendsville where a funeral mass will be celebrated burial will be in St Thomas Apostle Cemetery, Little Meadows the family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday from 4-7. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Mercy House, 212 North McKinley Ave, Endicott, NY in her memory. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

CLARA ROSE SANDRONI, former Valley resident, died peacefully surrounded by her family on Oct. 12, 2016 in Orlando, Fla., at the age of 87. She was born on June 7, 1929 in Sayre, Pa., to Constantino and Louisa Quatrini Sandroni. Clara graduated from Sayre High School in 1947 and she worked hard as a factory worker to support her six children until she moved to Orlando in 1968. Clara owned and operated the Sandroni's Italian Market in Winter Park where she worked tirelessly for 20 years hand making authentic Italian pastas, sauces, meatballs, sausages, subs, pizzas and breads. Clara then worked in the cafeteria at Glenridge Middle School and Discovery Middle School for 10 years before retiring. Clara was a very loving and dedicated mother to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Clara loved spending time with her family and over the years she showed them the true meaning of love, forgiveness, and strength. Her family will deeply miss her caring soul, loving hugs, beautiful smile and her homecooked Italian food, but her legacy will continue through her large extended family. Clara is survived by her children, Louise (John) Viruet, Rosemarie Raupers, Jeanne Prior, Debra Whitmire and Joseph Brown; her grandchildren, John (Teresa) Saxon, Christina (Joseph) Page, Teresa Casterline, Tonya (Rick) Bloom, Terrance (Marilyn) Casterline, Timothy Casterline, Melissa Raupers, Gina (Patrick) Browder, Amanda Brown, and Niko Sandroni; brother, Louis (Gail) Sandroni; 15 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Harold Brown and William Davis; son, Herbert Sandroni; sisters, Mollie Menendez and Jennie Okey; brothers, Thomas, Joseph, Julius, Angelo and John Sandroni. The funeral was held on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 at Newcomer Funeral Home, Longwood, Fla., with burial at Glen Haven Memorial Park. A celebration of Clara's life followed at the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Orlando, Fla. –Sayre Morning Times 10/26/2016

 

GARY LORDE SAXON, age 51, of Troy, Pa., died Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. He was born March 15, 1965 in Fort Dix, N.J., a son of Florence Saxon. Gary worked for Tioga Tanklines, Inc. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and his children. Gary is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Amber Saxon II, Geoffrey and Ashley Saxon, Steven Saxon; two daughters, Katie and Maggie Saxon; a daughter to be born in November, Paisley Nan; four grandchildren, Celly, Bryce, Josh and Jaxon; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Janine and Shane Martin, and Cindy Saxon; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother, Flo Saxon; grandmother, Marge Saxon; Uncle John Saxon; and Aunt Yung Saxon. A celebration of Gary's life will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 at Janine and Shane Martin's home, 547 Granger Hill Rd., Towanda, Pa. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, Pa. is assisting the family. –Towanda Daily Review 10/15/2016

 

SCHANBACHER –MARGARET S. ‘PEG’ PROSS, 80, of Milan, Pa., passed away on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre with her family by her side. She was born on Feb. 9, 1936 in Williamsport, Pa., the daughter of the late Harold and Anna (Doughton) Schanbacher. Peg was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She owned and operated with her husband, Bob, from 1972-1999, Bob Pross TV and Appliances in Sayre, Pa. Peg enjoyed reading, gardening, cooking, and doing jigsaw puzzles. In her younger years, she loved sewing, especially making her children's clothes and items for her family. She is predeceased by her husband of 47 years Robert "Bob" Pross in 2004; sister and brother-in-law, Martha and James Norwood; and brother, William Schanbacher. Margaret is survived by her children, Glen and Rose Marie Pross of San Jose, Calif., Douglas A. Pross of Milan, Pa., Donna and David Birks of Athens, Pa., and Cynthia A. Pross of Albany, N.Y.; grandchildren, Joy (TJ) Goldenberg of Stockton, Calif., Hope Pross of San Jose, Calif., Sean Pross of Sayre, Pa., Ethen Pross of Camp Lejeune, N.C., Lauren Pross of Athens, Pa., Keiren Pross of Athens, Pa., Brittney Birks of Athens, Pa., Jaclyn (Bobby) Cianfoni of Athens, Pa., Heather Birks of Athens, Pa., David Birks, Jr. of Athens, Pa., and Victoria DelaCancela of Albany, N.Y.; great-grandchildren, Riley Worden of Athens, Pa., Margaret "Maggie" Cianfoni of Athens, Pa., and Shoshanna Goldenberg of Stockton, Calif.; siblings, Tom (Mary) Schanbacher, Mary Jean Schanbacher, John (Tom Cortwright) Schanbacher, Jane (Mike) Weaver, Ellen (Ron) Reed, and Betty Lou (Darel) Kyle; sister-in-law, Jean Schanbacher; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She also is survived by special friends, Pauline Brennan, Emily Petrosky, and Bob and Joyce Birks, and many others that will remember her kindness over the years. Friends and family may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016 at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremations Services, Inc., 225 S. Main St., Athens, Pa. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016 at the funeral home with the Rev. Anne Canfield officiating. Donations may be made in Margaret's memory to a charity of one’s choice. –Towanda Daily Review 9/27/2016

 

JEFFREY D. SCHEEMSPMA, 59 of Charlotte, North Carolina, formerly of Elmira, was called to Heaven unexpectedly on October 8, 2016. He was born July 19th, 1957 in Batavia, N.Y., the son of Duane and Patsy Burbage Scheepsma. He was preceded in death by his father Duane and is the son of Victor and Patsy Chapman of Col X Rds. Pa. Surviving are his loving sisters, Lori Antonson of Chatham, N.Y. and Lisa Scheepsma of Elmira, N.Y.; former wife and dear family members, Vicki and Michael Wandell of Charlotte, several dearly loved nieces, nephews and cousins and his beloved dog Tara. A memorial service honoring Jeff will be announced at a later date. –Elmira Star-Gazette 10/26/2016

 

SCHRIMP –L. BARBARA PARKS, 66, of 21 Maurer Lane, Towanda, Wysox Township, Pa., passed away Saturday evening, Oct. 8, 2016 at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa. Barbara was born Aug. 10, 1950 in Cookeville, Putnam County, Tenn., the daughter of Eugene and Louise Barbara Stewart Schrimp. She was a graduate of Towanda High School class of 1968. In early years, Barbara was employed by GTE Sylvania in Towanda. She enjoyed animals, nature and caring for her dog. Surviving are her husband of 48 years, Raymond "Skip" Parks; son, David Parks of Wysox; brothers, Roy Schrimp (Lori) of Towanda, Wayne Schrimp of Karnack, Texas; sisters, Regina Moon (Bill) of Ontario, Canada, Brenda Hill of Flower Mound, Texas; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and cousins.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brothers, Phillip G. Schrimp on June 14, 1981, and Jimmy M. Schrimp on Aug. 5, 2014; sister, Cindy S. Foust on Aug. 3, 2008 and nephew, LaVerne H. Thomas Jr. on Dec. 28, 2012. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa. The family requests that contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society, Bradford Unit, 1948 East Third St., Williamsport, PA in Barbara's memory. –Towanda Daily Review 10/12/2016

 

SEFTON –ELSIE FLORENCE SHERBURNE, 92, of Tunkhannock was called home on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016 at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre. Born Jan. 30, 1924 in Rose Valley, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Earl Lee and Ruth Rosalie Given Sefton and later the step-daughter of James Earl Smith. Elsie graduated high school as a co-valedictorian in Rural Valley, Pa. She worked as a clerk at the nearby A & P. She married the love of her life, Fred Sherburne on Sept. 12, 1951, and celebrated their 65th anniversary last month. They had three children ("the 3 P's"), two grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren that she loved dearly. Fred and Elsie happily attended three generations of band concerts, dance and piano recitals, athletic games, and family reunions. And she enjoyed cooking for her family, as much as they enjoyed eating it! Elsie was a lifelong member of the United Methodist church, devoting time to making crafts and homemade Christmas ornaments, doing volunteer service work, and singing in the choir and Public Library Christmas shows. She loved Tunkhannock and their many area friends. She'll be remembered for her kindness, sweet disposition, great sense of humor, her easy laugh, and her big heart. She was preceded in death by sister, Marion Sefton; brother-in-law, Chuck Dill; niece, Patricia Dill; and step-brother, William Smith. In addition to her husband, Fred, Elsie is survived by her children, Patrick and wife Evelyn, Pam Sherburne and Bob Palmer, Piper Sherburne and Richard Weinsteiger; grandchildren, Aaron Sherburne and wife Lauren, and Abby Stroud; great-grandchildren, Jocelyn, Jason, Matthew, and Nicolas; sister, Connie Dill; half-brother, James Smith; nephew, Rusty Dill; grandnephew, Merrill Dill; and grandniece, Holly Dill. The family will receive friends from 6 – 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, 73 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, Pa. A private family interment will take place at Sunnyside Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 27 from the Tunkhannock United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Elsie's name to the Tunkhannock United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 447, Tunkhannock, PA or the charity of one’s choice. –Towanda Daily Review 10/26/2016

 

CRAIG ALAN SHAFFER, 45, of Wellsboro, passed away at his residence on Sunday, August 28, 2016. He was the husband of Kelly (Cramer) Shaffer. Craig was born October 9, 1970 in Williamsport, the son of David and Lura (Shumway) Shaffer.Craig was a long time member of Friends of Bill W. He proudly sponsored several members throughout the years. He was a motorcycle enthusiast and avid Pit Bull rescue advocate. Craig also performed in several Hamilton-Gibson productions. Craig was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Wellsboro. He was a US Navy Veteran.Surviving in addition to his wife and parents are his daughters, Emily Shaffer of Mansfield, Bronwyn Shaffer of Saco, Maine, Emily Tolliver and her family, Travis Burrows of Wellsboro and their daughter, Olivia Burrows; brothers, Scott Shaffer and wife, Dawn, and Todd Shaffer and wife, Alycia; sister, Julie Williams and husband Tom; nephews, Johnathan Williams, Riley Shaffer and Lewis Shaffer; nieces, Eileen Shaffer and Caitlyn Shaffer; his brother from another mother, Billy Bohart. Craig is also survived by Dominic, Dharma and Delilah, his rescues.Friends and family are invited to Craig's Life Celebration on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 7:00 PM, First Presbyterian Church, 130 Main St., Wellsboro, PA. In accordance with Craig's sensibilities, formal dress is not required. A picnic style meal will be held directly after the service at the church, everyone is invited to attend.Memorials may be made in Craig's name to Second Chance Animal Sanctuary, c/o Sue Cook, P.O. Box 293, Wellsboro, Pa. Local arrangements entrusted to Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, Ltd. –Elmira Star-Gazette 8/31/2016

 

BRANDEN ROBERT SHARER, 9-months-old, of Meshoppen, died Sunday at home September 9, 2001. Born Nov. 26, 2000, in Tunkhannock, he was the son of Robert Harry Sharer, of Laceyville, and Amy Lynn Miller, of Meshoppen. Surviving, in addition to his parents, are his mother's fiancee, Dale Brown, Meshoppen; brother, David Allen Sharer, Meshoppen; half sister, Kayla Renee Miller, Kingston; maternal grandparents, Cindy and George Shiffer, Meshoppen; and Roger and Denise Miller, Falls, Exeter Township; paternal grandparents, Robert and Harriet Sharer, Laceyville; maternal great-grandparents, Bob, Sr. and Loretta Goble, Tunkhannock; and George Miller Sr., Center Moreland; maternal great great-grandmother, Celina Ball, Tunkhannock; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main Street, Laceyville, with the Rev. Mark King officiating. Interment will be in the Lacey Street Cemetery, Laceyville. Family and friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers~, memorial donations may be made to the Laceyville-Meshoppen Ambulance Association, c/o Mable Clark RR 2, Box 2020, Laceyville, PA.-Times Leader 9/11/2001

 

CARL E. SHAY - Lifelong resident of Sayre and well-loved member of the community, Carl E. Shay passed away peacefully Sept. 20, 2016 at home, after a long illness. Born June 8, 1936, he was predeceased by his mother, Evelyn Simons; father, Elwyn "Pat" Shay; stepmother, Marguerite Shay; brother, Tom Shay; and great-grandchild, Jonathan Northrup. He is survived by his wife, Mary Shay; brothers, Jerry (Jeannie) of Bruce, Wis., James (Kay) of Sayre; his children, Stephen (Deb) Shay of Sayre, Pa., Ann (Lionel) Cheatham of Elmira, N.Y., Michael (Pam) Shay of Clarksville, Tenn.; stepchildren, Suzzanne Kuykendall, Charles (Holly) Kline, Deborah Chetty, Jake (Maria) Lord; 27 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. He was a well-known Evening Times chief news photographer for 18 years, and received several state news awards from Pennsylvania News Photographers Association for the outstanding pictures of the Sayre fire in 1980. After his retirement in 1998 from the Times, he was employed by Robert Packer Hospital as a patient sitter. In 2014, the press photographs of Carl's were a featured exhibit at the Sayre Historical Society. He was a life member of the Valley R/C Club and a member of the Penn-York Highlanders in the early 1960s. He was a gifted artist, jewelry maker and candle maker. A memorial service will be held at the Waverly United Methodist Church on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 at 11 a.m. Calling hours will be held a half-hour before the service. Donations in Carl's name may be made to: Mary Shay, 708 Church St., Athens, PA to help with funeral expenses. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of The Thomas Cremation and Funeral Service, 1297 Elmira St., Sayre, Pa. –Sayre Morning Times 9/22/2016

 

TERRY ALLEN SHORT SR., age 63, of Harveys Lake, Pa., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016 at the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township. Mr. Short was born on Aug. 27, 1953 in Sunbury and was the son of the late Willard and Margaret Almyra Whitson Short. Terry was employed as a foreman for PennDOT in Luzerne County, retiring after 25 years of service. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and riding his four-wheeler. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by son, Terry A. Short Jr. and brother, Skip. Terry is survived by his wife of 42 years, the former Kathryn (Diane) Mulcahy; sons, Daniel Short, Timothy Short and his wife Elizabeth, and Steven Short and his companion Penney, all of Towanda; brother, Bill of Harveys Lake; grandchildren, Riley, Isaiah and Zayden and extended family, Joe, Claudine and Joseph Drugotch. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 19, 2016 from the Curtis L. Swanson Funeral Home, Inc., corner of routes 29 and 118, Pikes Creek, with the Rev. L.D. Reed of the Emmanuel Assembly of God Church, Harveys Lake, officiating. Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Wyoming Cemetery, Wyoming Pa. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 100 N. Academy Ave., Danville, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 9/15/2016

 

SMILEY –LINDA S. (SMILEY) BENJAMIN, age 66, of Watkins Glen passed away on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at Schuyler Hospital with her family by her side. Linda was born on June 28, 1950 in Corning, NY, the daughter of the late William "Tom" Smiley and the late Margie A. (Keen) Southard. She worked as a logistics supervisor for various companies throughout the country, including JVC out of California for 30 years. After returning to Corning, Linda opened Wags and Whiskers pet shop on Market Street. Linda will be remembered for her love of all animals. Most of all she will be remembered for her strength and determination - always acting as an advocate for those she loved and making everyone "tow the line". She is survived by siblings: Judith (Smiley) Jones of Coopers Plains, NY, Richard T. Smiley of Corning, NY, Debra (Jim) Ribble of Painted Post, NY, Ramona Crawford of Elizabethtown, KY; several nieces and nephews including a special niece, Hayley Scholtisek. In addition to her parents, Linda was predeceased by brothers: William Smiley, Randy Smiley; sisters: Dorothy Scholtisek and Brenda Southard; nephew, Richard H. Smiley; and bothers-in-law: Butler Jones and Henry Scholtisek. Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm at Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney St., Corning, NY. A funeral service will immediately follow at 6:00pm with Pastor James Radford officiating. Burial will take place in Oldfield Cemetery at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Linda's name may be made to the Guthrie Clinic, Nancy Quattrini Patient Assistance Fund, 1 Guthrie Square, Sayre, PA, Attn: Resource Development. –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/15/2016

 

CALEB DAVID SMITH, 26, of Williamsport, died Thursday, September 1, 2016 at his home. Born June 29, 1990 in Williamsport, he was a son of David N. Smith and Kathy J. (Barto) Smith. Caleb graduated magna cum laude in 2012 from Shippensburg University with a BS in Bio Chemistry. He then earned his Master’s Degree in Bio Medical Sciences from the Commonwealth Medical College, finishing second in his class. Caleb was very passionate about his education and was a member of the National Honors Society while at Shippensburg, and was a member of the National Honors Society for Medical Students at Commonwealth. Caleb was a people person who enjoyed spending time with his friends. He had a passion for working on cars, and in his spare time, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. Surviving are his father, David N. (Connie) Smith of Hughesville; his mother Kathy J. (James Phillips) Smith of Williamsport; a brother, Amos D. (Amber) Smith of Muncy; a half-brother, Jason L. (Jenn) Barto of Wintersville, OH; a step-brother, Eugene F. (Erica) Weaver of Loganton; a step-sister, Loragene C. (Eric) Walker of Bellefonte; maternal grandparents, Fred (Mary) Barto of Hughesville; paternal grandfather, Myron T. Smith of Hughesville; step-grandparents, Don and Elda Holdren; several aunts and uncles; and numerous nieces and nephews. Caleb was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Lillian Smith. Funeral services will be held 8 p.m. Friday, September 9, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Pastor Dan Cale officiating. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

CARL WILLIAM SMITH SR. made his final journey home on Wednesday, November 9, 2016. Always an active, energetic fellow, Carl never fully recovered from a lawn tractor accident on September 4th. Born on April 10, 1926, Carl was raised on his family’s dairy farm near Beaumont. The son of the late Charles and Jennie Hess Smith, he was educated in the Beaumont School, graduating in the class of 1942. Carl spent his entire life working on the family farm and in the family trucking business as he hauled milk from local farms to a dairy for processing, and also as he delivered coal to hundreds of homes throughout the Back Mountain Area. Many area folks will remember Carl as their school bus driver, since in his later years he drove the family operated school bus #27 from Beaumont Area to the schools in Tunkhannock. Carl married the late Pauline Race Smith in 1945 and they built a home on the family farm where lived together until Pauline’s death during their 60th year of marriage. After her death, Carl continued his lifelong hobby…work. When he retired from driving school bus, he continued his “job” by mowing his extensive lawn and riding his ATV on the farm on which he lived his entire life. Neighbors could always be certain of a visit from Carl on his ATV. Besides his parents and wife, Carl was preceded in death by his brother, Franklin “Bobby”, and his sister, Althea. He is survived by his children, Carol Ferguson and husband, Robert of Lake Carey and Carl W. Smith Jr. of Beaumont. Grandchildren Jared and Ilene Freguson of Chester NJ, Erin Freguson and Husband Richard Quanstrom of Lake Carey. Great-Grandchildren Jacob and Taylor Ferguson, and several Nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday November 12, 2016 at 2PM from the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home 73 W. Tioga St. Tunkhannock, PA with pastor Val Rommel of the Kunkle United Methodist Church officiating. Friends and family may call the funeral home from 12 until the time of service. Burial will be in Fern Knoll Cemetery in Dallas. In Lieu of flowers please send memorials to the Kunkle United Methodist Church, 117 Old Highway Rd Dallas, PA. –Funeral home notice contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

SMITH –JACQUELINE F. ‘JACKIE’ SMITH GALANB, 49, of Gillett, Pa., passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. She was born on Dec. 15, 1966 in Waverly, N.Y., the daughter of Irvin T. Smith Jr. and Joyce D. Shepard. Jackie graduated from Northeast Bradford High School, Class of 1986. She worked for many years in retail. Jackie enjoyed reading books, crafts and crocheting. She loved music and spending time outside listening to and watching birds. She is predeceased by her mother, Joyce D. Mitzel; paternal grandparents, Irvin and Arlene Smith Sr., and Clara I. Wizelman; maternal grandparents, Elwin and Blanch Shepard; and cousins, Susan M. Kemp and Russell C. Edwards Jr. Jackie is survived by her father, Irvin Thomas Smith Jr. and his wife Donna M. (Mom) Smith; son, Michael Christopher Phillips III; siblings, Connie A. Clasby, Daniel P. Smith and Grace E. Smith; several half-siblings, several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; and many friends. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 at the Orwell Bible Church with the Rev. Richard Vieldhouse officiating. The family is being assisted by Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Athens, Pa. Memorial donations may be made in Jackie's memory to: Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 225 South Main St., Athens, PA to help offset the funeral cost. –Towanda Daily Review 11/1/2016

 

JAMES E. SMITH, 54, of Monroeton, Pa., passed away Tuesday morning, Sept. 13, 2016 at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital, Towanda, Pa. James was born on July 18, 1962 in New Jersey, the son of George Smith Jr. and Mary Eleanor Kale Smith. James was formerly employed by the Wysox Carwash and Laundromat for a number of years and by general contractors, Matt Hilscher and Jesse Ackley. James enjoyed NASCAR and was an avid follower of Tony Stewart. Surviving are his sister, Melanie Guenette of Monroeton; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and his cat, Willow. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Brian, Fred and Timothy Smith. 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 9/14/2016

 

JOSEPH FRANCIS SMITH, 92, of Sayre, Pa., passed away Friday morning, Oct. 7, 2016 at the Sayre Health Care Center, Athens Township, Pa. Joseph was born in Englewood, N.J., on Sept. 10, 1924, the son of Joseph Francis Smith and Anna Helene Nunnankamp Smith. He was a graduate of Cresskill, N.J., High School and subsequently served with the U.S. Army 13th Airborne Division, 515 Parachute Infantry Regiment, in Europe during World War II. Following completion of his military service, Joseph received his Bachelor of Science degree from Florida Southern College. Joseph was a well-respected home builder in Florida, Northern Virginia and Bergen County, N.J., for many years until his retirement. His family includes his wife, Joan Rivara Smith of Sayre; daughter and son-in-law, Cathy A. and John Moliski of Sayre; son, Scott A. Smith of Los Angeles, Calif.; grandchildren, Adam, Alex, Andrew, Anna and Abigail Moliski; sister, Maryann Gallivan of Cresskill, N.J.; nieces, Helene Bainer of Colorado and Maureen Gallivan of Cresskill, N.J. In addition to his parents, Joseph was predeceased by his son, Michael Joseph Smith, on Nov. 25, 1978; sister, Helen Racchi; and niece, Elizabeth. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. at the Church of the Epiphany, South Elmer Avenue, Sayre, Pa., with the Rev. Michael Drevitch, assistant pastor, as celebrant. Arrangements are under the direction of the Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home, 314 Desmond St., Sayre, Pa. –Sayre Morning Times 10/11/2016

 

DALE H. SOPER, 77, of Waverly passed away at home on Saturday Nov. 5, 2016 surrounded by his loving family. He was predeceased by his parents, Harold and Ruth Ingham Soper. Dale is survived by his loving wife, Margaret “Peg” Soper; daughters, Diane (Leslie) Hurd of Waverly, Linda (Michael) Cochi of Sayre, Susan (Michael) Rinebold of Gillett, Judy (David) Curtis of Lockwood, and Sandy (Bruce) Amentler of Elmira; sisters, Doris Francis and Irene Johnson; 13 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. Dale enjoyed hunting and fishing, watching the Giants and enjoyed repairing small engines. He enjoyed watching his westerns and was a huge John Wayne fan. Dale retired from Kennedy Valve after over 23 years of service. He attended the Christian Life Church in Waverly. Family and friends are invited to call from 12-1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 at Christian Life Church, 207 Broad St., Waverly, N.Y. A memorial service will be held immediately following at 1 p.m. at the church with Pastor Jason Burger officiating. Burial will follow in Glenwood Cemetery in Waverly. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Dale’s name to Christian Life Church, 207 Broad St., Waverly, NY. –Sayre Morning Times 11/8/2016

 

SPEAR –HELEN G. HOLLENBECK, 93, of Montrose, PA passed away peacefully, Sunday, September 25, 2016 at Meadow View Senior Living Center, Montrose, PA. Born October 24, 1922 in Camden, NJ, she was the daughter of the late Alvin and Genny [Martin] Spear. Her husband Braton L. Hollenbeck predeceased her on July 16, 1990. She was a member of Bridgewater Church, Montrose, PA. Survivors include her daughters & son-in-law, Joan & Dave Conrad of Alton, IL, Carol Zidmal of Apalachin, NY, sons & daughters-in-law, Harvey & Janet Hollenbeck of Montrose, PA, Ronald & Janis Hollenbeck of Montrose, PA, 9 grandchildren, many great grandchildren, great great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Besides her parents & husband she was predeceased by her brothers, Alvin, Frank & Charlie Spear and an infant sister. Graveside Services at the Lawsville Cemetery were private and held at the convenience of the family. Instead of flowers: memorial contributions may be made to the Susquehanna County Library Building Fund, 18 Monument Street, Montrose, PA. Arrangements were entrusted to the Bartron-Myer Funeral Home, Inc., Montrose, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

HARLEY ALFRED SPENCER - No farewell words were spoken, no time to say goodbye, you were gone before we knew it, and only God knows why.....With broken hearts we mourn the loss of our son, brother, lifelong friend, father, uncle and friend - Harley Alfred Spencer, 32, of Sayre, Pa., passed away on Sept. 13, 2016, due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Harley was born on June 6, 1984 in Coudersport, Pa., a son of Dale E. and Bonnie (Tomb) Spencer. He attended school at Tioga Central and devoted his life to assisting in the operation of Klett Farms in Owego. Affectionately known as "Harls" by his family and friends, he loved to spend time on old trucks, working with his dad on semi-trucks and being on the farm. His greatest pleasure was being with his girlfriend Kaylee and his boys Joshua and Alex. If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, we'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again. Harls will be greatly missed by his longtime friend and companion Kaylee Kinney; his boys Joshua, age 8, and Alex, age 5, of Sayre, Pa.; his parents, Dale and Bonnie Spencer of Owego; his siblings, Vaughn Spencer of Bath, N.Y., Samuel Spencer of Corning, N.Y., Valerie (Michael) Connis of Johnson City, N.Y., Thomas Spencer of Owego; his grandparents, Lois Marlatt of Riverview, Fla., Alfred and Eleanor Tombs of Mills, Pa.; nieces and nephews, Cheyenne, Johnathan, Nathaniel, Hanna, Hailie, Clayton; several aunts and uncles, among them Joe Spencer; numerous cousins and many, many friends. Harley was greeted and welcomed into heaven by his grandfather Harley Spencer. Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation and time of sharing memories on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 1-3 p.m. at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. A funeral service and celebration of his life will be held on Saturday at 3 p.m. at the funeral chapel with Pastor Anne Bey Canfield of the Waverly United Methodist Church officiating. Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to help with the education of his boys, c/o Community Bank, 41 E. River Road, Nichols, NY in loving memory of Harley A. Spencer. –Sayre Morning Times 9/5/2016

 

SPOTTS –ALICE FAY FINNERTY, 71, originally from Gillett, Pa., passed away at her home in Gouverneur, N.Y., on the morning of Sept. 30, 2016, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Born Sept. 4, 1945, Alice was the daughter of the late Elmer and Barbara (Roy) Spotts, formerly of Coryland, Pa. She was a 1963 graduate of Troy High School. Also in 1963, she married Gilbert Roger Finnerty, of Gillett, Pa. She was an accomplished registered nurse working both at the Troy Community Hospital and E.J. Noble Hospital after moving to Gouverneur, N.Y. in 1991. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend and deeply cared for both her family and her patients. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Gilbert; her three children, Lee Finnerty of Gouverneur, Larry (Laura) Finnerty of Gouverneur, and Ginger (Ken) Kostecky of Gillett; seven grandchildren, Molly (James) Moon of Chetek, Wis., Allan Finnerty, Louisa Finnerty, Megan Finnerty, Nathaniel Finnerty, Lucas Finnerty and Annabelle Finnerty of Gouverneur; her six sisters, Rose (Ken) Esty, Amy (Dennis) Buck, Cathy (Gary) Careaga, Linda Sobotka, Karen Wright, and Sharon (Bob) Pierce; as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins and other loved ones. She was predeceased by her parents, Elmer and Barbara (Roy) Spotts. The family would like to extend special thanks to the doctors and nurses who cared for Alice for many years, as well as the hospice staff. No services will be held for Alice at this time. Please consider making a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association in her honor in lieu of flowers or cards. –Towanda Daily Review 10/8/2016

 

MICHAEL ‘MOOSE’ STAFFORD, age 54, of Gillett, PA, passed away Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, at home following a brief illness. Mike is survived by his brothers, Jeffrey, Tracy, and Dennis all of Gillett, Pa.; sister, Christine of Walnutport, Pa.; nieces and nephews, Cory Stafford, Lindsay Stafford, Searah Granger and Joshua Padgett; as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, Hugh and Leona; brothers, Keith and Timothy; and sister, Susan. Services will be private at the convenience of his family. Arrangements have been entrusted to Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review 11/2/2016

STEBBINS –BETTY JANE GARDNER age 85, born March 24, 1931 in Westfield, PA, the daughter of the late John Russell and Wilma Mary (Chamberlain) Stebbins, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at Elcor Health Services, Horseheads, NY. Betty Jane was preceded in death by her loving husband of 45 years, Clifford E. Gardner; beloved son, William R. "Bill" Gardner; brothers, Richard R. Stebbins and Robert Stebbins. She is survived by her loving daughter, Mary Lynn Gardner of Elmira; adored granddaughter, Paige Buzzetti of Rochester, NY; sister-in-law, Wanda Stebbins of Huntsville, AL with her daughter, Debbie (Jerry) Andress and their daughter; along with special friends, Fred Roberts and Lesley A. Knapp; and her feline companions, "Snickers" and "Okie". Betty Jane was a Veteran of the US Navy and proudly served her country. While in the Navy she met Clifford and they were married in Kingsland, GA. After being honorably discharged from the Navy, Betty Jane was a housewife and a self-employed seamstress. She was a proud member of the DAR. In her spare time she was very involved and loved doing genealogy. At her request there will be no prior services. Memorial donations may be directed to the Arthritis Foundation Syracuse Office, PO Box 126, Fayetteville, NY or to the Chemung County Humane Society and SPCA, 2435 Route 352, Elmira, NY. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/3/2016

 

STEWART –MARY IRENE STEWART GEROULD, age 94, of Camptown, PA passed away Friday, November 11, 2016 at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital. Mary was born on October 25, 1922 in Franklin County, TN the daughter of the late Allen Lloyd and Lillie Mae Marshall Stewart. She was born and raised in Tennessee and moved to Pennsylvania in 1945 after she married her husband George William Gerould, Sr. on September 18, 1945. She was employed as a Seamstress in dress factories throughout Bradford County. Mary was a member of the Lady Louise Rebekah Lodge of Rome. She enjoyed shopping, reading, and playing canasta with friends and family. She loved to spend time with her family especially her grandchildren. Mary is survived by her children George William “Bill” Gerould, Jr. and his wife Barb of Rome, PA, Linda Mae Andrus and her husband Gary of Mountain Lake, PA, and Cathy Ann Johnson and her husband Jerry of Camptown, PA; 9 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great-grandchildren; her sister Elizabeth Taylor of Georgia; and many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, George William Gerould, Sr. on February 13, 1994; her granddaughter Shelly Rana Gerould on December 3, 1998; her brothers, Marshall Stewart, James Benjamin “J.B.” Stewart, Houston Stewart and Renzy Stewart; and her sisters, Dorothy “Dot” Jones, Edna Frazier and her twin sister, Martha Stanley. A celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 11:00 AM from the Sheldon Funeral Home, 155 Church St., Wyalusing, PA with Pastor Wade Clauser of the Hope Baptist Church officiating. Family and friend may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 9:00 AM until the time of the service. Interment will take place on a later date at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Mary’s name to the charity of the donor’s choice. Funeral home notice contributed by Carol Brotzman

ROBERT ‘BUZZ’ STEWART of Meshoppen, PA passed away unexpectedly at his residence on September 20, 2016. Buzz is survived by; his wife Cheryl Stewart; his children Nicole (Bryan) Huyck of Meshoppen, PA, Clint (Anne) Stewart of Mohton, PA, Avis Malcom of Meshoppen, PA, Kyle (Sierra) Malcom of Camptown, PA and Justin Stewart of Meshoppen, PA as well as 6 grandchildren. He is also survived by Donna (Rob) Bingaman of Pennsylvania, Betty (Danny) Nichols of Kentucky, Ronald (Leslie) Stewart of North Carolina, Theresa (Pam) Stewart of North Carolina and Mark Stewart of Springville. He is predeceased by his parents Harry and Bernice Stewart, a brother Jay Stewart, a son Kevin Malcom and a beloved dog Kaomi. Buzz was born in Lebanon, Pa on March 9, 1961. He was a self-employed contractor who also enjoyed tinkering around with mechanics. Buzz loved working with his hands and helping those in need. He loved spending time with his grandchildren as well as his dog Griffen. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him. Funeral services will be Monday September 26, 2016 at 11:00AM from the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home Inc. 73 W. Tioga Street Tunkhannock, PA with Pastor Doug Mills presiding with burial in Sunnyside Cemetery, Tunkhannock PA. Family and Friends may call the funeral home Sunday September 25, 2016 from 6 to 8PM. Flowers and donations may be sent directly to the funeral home. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman (His wife is Cheryl Cook and she was married a few times. Not sure who the kids belong to. –Carol)

 

STICKLER –LEONA C. ‘MOMMA LEE’ ‘MOM’ VESTER, age 83 of Elmira, NY. She was born April 30, 1933 in Elmira, NY, daughter of the late Frank and Dorothy (Morris) Stickler Sr., with her eleven brothers and sisters. Leona passed away Monday, October 3, 2016 at St. Joseph's Hospital. She is survived by her children; Carol (Bob) Infantino of Elmira, Frank (Marrilyn) Matthews of Elmira, Keith Matthews of Rochester, NY, Kenneth Matthews of Elmira, Gary (Mary) Stickler of Alpine, NY, and Caroline Moore of Elmira; along with numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake Street at Washington Ave., Elmira, on Saturday, October 8th 2016, from 12 to 2 p.m. Leona's memorial service will immediately follow at 2 p.m. –Elmira Star-Gazette 10/5/2016

 

STOVER –DONNA RAE WARD, 73, of Roaring Branch, PA (Union Twp.) passed away at home very unexpectedly on Tuesday morning, September 27, 2016. Donna Rae was born February 12, 1943 in Williamsport, PA, one of six children of the late William and Margaret (Fiester) Stover. She was a 1961 graduate of Williamsport Area High School. On April 28, 1962, Donna married Lee Ward in Williamsport. They were blessed with eight children and shared 54 years together. Times shared with her children and grandkids were most important to Donna and she was the best supporter of their many sports and activities. In addition to her husband Lee, surviving are her children, Terry Ward (Jim) of Canton, Matt Ward of Roaring Branch, Missy (Les) Johnston of Wellsboro, Cheryl (Cliff) Good of Muncy, Tim (Michelle) Ward and Leslie (Tim) Confer all of Roaring Branch, Jennifer (Lyle) Wesneski and Jason Ward all of Canton, 21 grandchildren, Logan Ward; Clayton (Megan), Charity, Crystal, Cameron, Coleman and Christian Good; Kayla, Brooke, Timmy and Emmi Ward; Garrett, Vanessa, Kali and Keri Wesneski; Christian and Molly Ward; Hayden, Hudson, Holden and Jaylee Ward, one great granddaughter; Laila Parker, three siblings; Janice Wright, William Stover and Gary Stover all of Williamsport, four sisters-in-law; Mary Young of Lock Haven, Ann Liberti of Roaring Branch, Louise Ward of Canton, Connie (John) Underwood and Jean Carson all of Virginia, many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by two sisters, Jean Howard and Alice Burkholder. In keeping with Donna’s wishes, services and burial will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, consider a memorial to”Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger”, 100 N. Academy Dr. Danville, PA. Pepper Funeral Home in Canton is assisting the family with arrangement. –Funeral home obituary 9/29/2016

 

JOHN RAYMOND STROHL, 84, of Towanda, PA passed away Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at Guthrie Memorial Hospital, Towanda, PA. John was born in Rush Township, Susquehanna County, PA on April 17, 1932. He was the son of Francis Arthur Strohl and Mary Arlene Cook Strohl. John was one of 18 children. At the age of 17, he proudly enlisted into the United States Army; where he was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division, serving two years in the Korean War. Upon John’s return to civilian life, he was employed by Masters Concrete Company in Montrose, PA., Towanda Sand and Gravel, and worked for 33 years for Towanda Iron and Metal as their crane operator. On April 16, 1961, John married the love of his life Shirley Card Strohl. Their extraordinary love was the mortar that set the foundation of not only their binding relationship of 55 years, but also the home to which they faithfully raised seven children. John was instrumental in establishing a “Ponytail” Softball league in Towanda, where he served as a coach for two years. During John’s retirement, he taught himself how to play the guitar, violin and harmonica. John had an inventive mind and loved working with his hands and telling stories. His family was most important to him. John is survived by his wife Shirley Strohl at home, his children, Diane Strohl Corcoran of Wilkes-Barre, John Strohl Jr. (Claudia) of North Pole, Alaska, Michele Strohl (Jane) of Sayre, Penny Brown of Wysox, Valerie Raupers of Sayre, Warren Strohl (Vivian) of Ulster, David Strohl (Tina) of Ulster, daughters-in-law, Sandra Karr (Gene) of Missouri, Sherry Strohl of Ulster, Ann Westbrook of Ulster, Special Friends, Beverly Weaver of Towanda, Mike Wagner Karen Wampole of Towanda, Darlene (Al) Cranmer of Waverly, NY, sisters, Rosie Verry, Beatrice Sheffler, Shirley Blaisure and Betty Smith all of Montrose, Alberta Newhart, Lois Edwards of Lawton, Jean Pisaneschi of West Wyoming, brothers, Larry Strohl, Paul Strohl of Montrose, Bob Strohl of New Milford as well as 26 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, many special nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, John was predeceased by his brothers, Bill, Arthur, Stanley and George and sisters, Thelma and Evelyn Strohl. A Celebration of Life will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 5 Court St., Towanda, PA on Sunday, September 11, 2016. The family will receive friends beginning at 1:00 p.m. followed by a 2:00 p.m. service. Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 will accord military honors at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church, 5 Court St., Towanda, PA or to a charity or organization of one’s choice in John’s memory. Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, Towanda, PA. –Funeral home obituary contributed by Carol Brotzman

STROPE –MILDRED I. LEONARD - A mother holds her children's hands for a little while and their hearts forever. ... Mildred I. Leonard, 87, of Cadis, Pa., passed away on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 at the Robert Packer Hospital. Mildred was born on Nov. 12, 1928 in West Warren, Pa., a daughter of the late Harry and Phoebe (Olmstead) Strope. She attended school in West Warren until the third grade, attended school in Warren Center until the 10th grade and graduated in 1947 from LeRaysville. For many years, Mildred worked making children's clothing at Cary's. In addition, she also delivered newspapers for the Owego Pennysaver and worked as a housekeeper at the Owego Treadway and Comfort Inn. Mildred was an avid reader and enjoyed tending to her house plants. She will be greatly missed by her children, Katherine (Barry) Edwards of N. Rome, Pa., Patricia Leonard of Cadis, William "Dusty" (Sedinem) Leonard of Endicott, Michael (Carol) Leonard of Rome, Pa.; a sister-in-law, Mercy Strope of Windham; five grandchildren; nieces, Brenda Taylor and Lorna Morgan; nephews, Matthew Strope and Larry Lawrence. Mildred was predeceased by her daughter, Rebecca Snedekar; sister, Edith (Porter) Lawrence; brothers, Kenneth Strope and Gerald "Pete" Strope; and a grandson, Brandon Edwards. Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. A funeral service and celebration of her life will follow at 6 p.m. at the funeral chapel with Pastor Theodore Griffin of the North Rome Wesleyan Church officiating. We were grateful for the love, and care mom received from the Robert Packer Hospital Emergency Room and ask that memorial gifts be directed to them to help others that may need care: Robert Packer Hospital Emergency Room, 1 Guthrie Square, Sayre, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 10/30/2016

RAY A. SWARTZ, 92, of Dalton, passed away at the C.M.C. hospital Tuesday morning Sept. 13, 2016. He was born October 8, 1923, in Mill City, Pa and he was the son of the late Jasper and Althea Ross Swartz. Ray was married to the late former Virginia Minshall for 64 years and he was a graduate of the Falls-Overfield High School. Ray was retired from P&G and enjoyed gardening, carpentry, and baking. He is preceded in death by his parents his wife Virginia Swartz son Kenneth Swartz; and a sister, Clara Mathers. He is survived by his son Ron Swartz, daughter Laura Wilbur, daughter-in-law Cherl Swartz, all of Dalton; three grandchildren: Joshua, and Cody Swartz of Dalton also Jeremy Swartz and a great granddaughter, Evelyn Swartz, of Scranton, His brothers Robert Swartz of Lake Winola, and Norman and wife Celia Swartz of Sayre, Pa. A memorial service will be held Thursday Sept. 22nd, at 6pm from the Harding-Litwin Funeral Home, 123 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, with Ernie King officiating. Friends may pay their respects from 5pm until the time of the service. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

WILLIAM D. ‘BILLY’ THOMAS, 24 of Athens, PA passed away unexpectedly on Friday, September 16, 2016 at home. He was predeceased by grandfather, Dean Anderson, Sr, and grandmother, Pauline Parde. Billy is survived by his loving wife, Lynette Thomas; step-son, Johnathan Bell; children, Jada Thomas, Brooklyn Thomas, William Thomas II, and Skyler Bostwick; siblings, Clifford Thomas, Philip (Angel) Thomas, Nicole Thomas, and Shae-Leigh Johns; grandmother, Lena Anderson; parents, Gail (Donald Johns) Anderson, Spencer (Denise Shellman) Thomas, Louise (Keith Fenton) Simpson, Rodney (Helen Talada) Best Sr.; along with numerous, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Bill loved his kids and was an avid Pittsburg Steelers fan who loved to Rap. He loved to be the life of the party. A time for family and friends will be held on Thursday, September 22, 2016 from 2 to 4 PM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly. A memorial service will follow at 4 PM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, NY. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

TIMM –BERTHA LOUISE (TIMM) MORRISON, also known as Bert Cool, 73, of Elmira Heights and formerly of Roberts Hollow Road, Lowman, passed away on Sept. 14, 2016 at the Arnot Odgen Medical Center, after a brief illness. She is survived by her loving husband, Joseph Morrison, aka Joe Cool, of 56 years; loving sons, Raymond (Corrine) Morrison of Newfield, N.Y., and Randy (Brenda) Morrison of Sayre, Pa.; four grandchildren, Joseph (Talisha) Morrison, Alexis (Adam) Ettenberger, Tisha Trout and Katie Trout; and four great-grandchildren. Bertha was predeceased by her parents, Edward and Rachel Timm; and brothers, Ed Timm and Louis Timm. A memorial service is planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bertha's name to the Waverly Stray Haven, 194 Shepard Road, Waverly, NY. –Sayre Morning Times 9/17/2016

 

HARVEY TRONE, 98, of Canton, Pa., (LeRoy Township) passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. Born on Aug. 18, 1918 in Bethlehem, Pa., Harvey Nelson Trone was a son of the late George and Ellen (Treubler) Trone. In 1940 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and began a distinguished 20-year military career. Serving as a Combat Medic with Company A's 4th Medical Battalion, Harvey saw action at several of WWII’s infamous battles including Omaha Beach and on into Germany. A recipient of three Bronze Stars, he often said of his experiences, "What I did, I did for my country." After Harvey's retirement from the military, he worked for several years at the Penn Troy Company in Troy. On Oct. 2, 1949, he married the former Nora Daddario in Philadelphia. They were blessed with 67 years together and raised a daughter, to whom Harvey was very devoted. Harvey was of the Baptist and Lutheran faiths. He was a member of Allentown's American Legion, Canton's VFW and Troy's Masonic Lodge. He loved the beauty of nature and the outdoors, was a knowledgeable gardener, kept an immaculate yard and enjoyed hunting in earlier years. He also loved traveling to Florida with his family in their motor home. Surviving is his devoted wife, Nora; several nieces and nephews, many special neighbors and dear friends. He was predeceased by his daughter, Roberta Nora Trone on June 14, 2012 and his sisters and brothers. Calling hours are 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31 at Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Drive in Canton, with Pastor Ron Bly presiding at the 7 p.m service. Interment will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery with military honors accorded. –Towanda Daily Review 10/28/2016

 

VALINCH –ROSE MARIE HADLOCK, 83, passed away at home on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016. She was predeceased by her parents, Francis and Bernard Valinch, formerly of Sayre, Pa.; and her sisters, Jean Valinch Coddington from Candor and Dorothy Valinch Payne from Forrest City, Pa. Rose is survived by several nieces and nephews located throughout the U.S. Rose Marie "Pete" Hadlock was born in her home in Bernice, Pa., on Feb. 8, 1933. Pete left this world to reunite with her husband of 63 years, William Hadlock. She was surrounded by close family in her home. Pete was a strong but caring, generous woman who was also a wife, a mother, a homemaker and an avid fisherman. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed preparing meals for her family and friends. She loved to travel and over the years collected Hummels from around the world. She loved to watch outdoor shows and loved visiting and chatting with her many friends and family. She was a sports fan and enjoyed attending and watching Buffalo Bills football with her departed husband. At her request, a private graveside ceremony was held by her nephews for immediate family members. The family is being assisted by Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad St., Waverly, N.Y –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

VANDERPOEL –CAROL K. VANDERPOEL SHAY, 62, of Rome, Pa., passed away early Tuesday morning, Sept. 27, 2016 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa.Carol was born Nov. 13, 1953 in Sayre, Pa., the daughter of Clifford T. and Arlene B. Johnson Vanderpoel. She was a graduate of Towanda High School class of 1971 and in earlier years was employed in the garment manufacturing industry in the area and by Pipher's Diner in Wysox and Bishop's Restaurant in Ulster.Surviving are her daughter, Brandy (Brett) Hilfiger; stepchildren, Tommy (Renee) Shay, Theresa (Bruce) Chambers, Ronny Shay; grandchildren, Jillian and Julianna Shay, Ciara Chambers, Michaela and Patrick Shay, Rheann Hilfiger; brothers, Keith (Mary) Vanderpoel, Larry (Margene) Vanderpoel; sisters, Patricia (Arthur) Henry, Joanne (Vaughn) Struble, Gail (Gary) Spencer, Deborah (Tim) Cass; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, John Thomas "Tom" Shay on Aug. 13, 2015; sister, Diane R. Olmstead on Oct. 20, 2010; and brother, Carl Vanderpoel on May 23, 2011.Abiding with Carol's request, a Celebration of Life service will be held at the convenience of the family. The Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home of Towanda, Pa., is assisting Carol's family with arrangements. –Towanda Daily Review 9/28/2016

 

RICHARD J. VAN KUREN, 79, of Forest Lake, PA unexpectedly, but peacefully, went to be with his Lord and Savior at his home on Monday, November 14, 2016. Richard is survived by his wife of 55 years, Suzanne Van Kuren, 3 daughters, Darlene (Greg) Smith of Forest Lake, PA, Melody (Tim) Harris of Factoryville, PA, and Rebekah (Steve) Crain of Ulster, PA, 9 grandchildren, Janae Smith & Kristina (David) Rider, Michael & Matthew Harris, and Caleb, Leah, Micah, Elijah, & Selah Crain, 2 great grandchildren, Jaelyn Smith and Cru Rider, 3 brothers, Donald Van Kuren of Forest Lake, Bill (Evelyn) Van Kuren of Montrose, and P.D. Snell of Forest Lake, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Janet Wood and Jeanne Manzer and 2 brothers, Jerry Van Kuren and Jim Van Kuren. After graduating from high school, he joined the Air Force from 1955-1959. He was employed by IBM for over thirty years in Quality Control and retired in 1992. He thoroughly enjoyed hunting and fishing, studying the Bible, collecting coins, vacationing with family, and spending large quantities of time with his family and friends. He was an active member of Forest Lake Baptist Church. Through the years he served as a deacon, youth group leader, janitor, AWANA leader, and Sunday School teacher. Richard taught an early morning worship service right up until the day before his death. He will always be remembered for his humor and wit, his contagious smile, and memorable sayings. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 12/Noon at the Forest Lake Baptist Church. The family will receive friends and family after the service at the church. Burial will be at the Birchardville Cemetery Handrick Annex. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Forest Lake Baptist Church or www.arkencounter.com. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

DAVID VROMAN, 62, died on Friday, September 2, 2016 at The Gatehouse. David was born on March 16, 1954 in Blossburg and was the son of Margaret Anne (Collister) Vroman of Wellsboro and the late Judson James Vroman. He had worked for American Lumber for 24 years then worked for Danzer Americas Veneer. He was a member of the Marine Corp League/Toys for Tots and enjoyed fishing and hunting. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his life partner of 20 years; Robbin L. Gardner of Linden, one son; David A. Vroman, Jr. “Cricket” of Trout Run, two grandchildren; Joshua D. and Kryslynne L. Vroman, four brothers; James M. Vroman of Ralston, Russell W. Vroman of Mansfield and Mark J. Vroman and Dallas E. Bastion, both of Ralston, four sisters; Dawn M. Route of Roaring Branch, Bonnie L. Vroman of Burlington, Jean C. Takach of Canton and Starr A. McLaughlin of Ralston. There will be a gathering of family and friends to celebrate his life on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. at Mt. View Fellowship, Bodines, PA. The family requests that no flowers be sent, but rather memorial contributions made to Susquehanna Health Foundation/ marked Susquehanna Home Care & Hospice, 1001 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA or St. Jude’s, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN. Arrangements are being handled by Maneval Allen Redmond Cremation & Funeral Home, 500 W. 4th St., Williamsport. –Canton Independent Sentinel 9/9/2016

 

WALKER –PATRICIA D. AYERS, 72, of Tunkhannock passed away at the Timber Ridge Health Care Center, Wilkes-Barre on Oct. 26, 2016. She was born in Tunkhannock on Sept. 4, 1944 and she was the daughter of the late Earl Lane and Helene Clark Walker. She was married to the late Clarence Ayers for many years. Patricia was a Tunkhannock graduate and she was a cook and CNA at the Golden Living Center for many years. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, animals, and spending time with babies. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by her sister Darla McGavin. Patricia is survived by her sister, Sonja Rau of Tunkhannock, Colleen Anderson of Ashville, N.C., and several nieces and nephews. Service will be private at the convenience of the family with interment at Sunnyside Cemetery. –Funeral home notice contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

ALVIN (AL) WALTMAN, 76, of N. Fort Myers, Fla., passed away peacefully at Cape Coral Hospital, on Oct. 13, 2016, surrounded by family and loved ones. Al was born Nov. 4, 1939, to Bertha and Herman Waltman in Barton, N.Y. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 52 years, Eudora Waltman; brothers Jim Waltman, Guy Waltman, Ray Waltman; and sister Pat Collins. Al is survived by his sister Helen Johnson, his children Pam Johnston (Andy), Sue Armour (Kevin), Darla Belland (Bobby Devlin), Alan Waltman (Elaine Santiago) and his dear companion Jeannette (Jean) Grudin. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Al graduated from Sayre High School in 1958, and married Eudora on June 13, 1959, in Towanda, Pa. While in Pennsylvania, Al worked as a machinist, a Realtor, and during the 1970s he and Eudora were the owners/proprietors of The Valley Inn in Sayre. Al moved with his family to Fort Myers, Fla., in 1979. There he worked at and retired from HF Scientific. Al returned to Sayre each summer, enjoying family, friends, and the beauty of Pennsylvania. Al lived life fully and was the force behind many family and social gatherings. He had a tremendous love for music, was a member of many veteran and charitable clubs, and was very passionate and competitive with table shuffleboard. First and foremost, Al was a devoted husband and father. He solely cared for his wife Eudora throughout her lengthy battle with MS. He was a gentle man who showed kindness to all. A memorial in celebration of Al's life will be held on Oct. 29, 2016, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Moose Lodge located on Santa Barbara Blvd. in Cape Coral, Fla. Al's family also intends to have a memorial gathering in his honor in Sayre, Pa. during the summer of 2017. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to one of the following charities: Hope Hospice, American Heart Association or The MS Society. –Sayre Morning Times 10/23/2016

 

CARLTON L. WANZO - “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18. Carlton L. Wanzo, 87, of Battle Creek Road in Athens went to his heavenly home on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. Carlton was born on Dec. 9, 1928 at home in Windham Summit, a son of Fred and Lettie (Eiklor) Wanzo. He attended grade school in Windham Center and was a graduate of the Rome High School. For many years, Carlton and his wife Betty owned and operated Wanzo's Archery Shop. Carlton's heart was broken on July 30 2007 when his loving wife of 54 years, Elizabeth, passed away. His greatest joy was being a farmer and living on the hill. Carlton was a devoted member of the Windham Summit Bible Church and the Westbrook Masonic Lodge No. 333 F & AM. He enjoyed fishing, archery, golfing and spending time with his family. Carlton will be greatly missed by his daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Howard Horrocks of Chemung; son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Deb Wanzo of Nichols; sisters-in-law, Hilda Robertson of Florida and Bonnie Thomas of Florida; eight special grandchildren, Nicole, Mindy and her husband Travis, Becky and her husband Steve, Tabatha, Jacksin, Michelle and her husband Dan, Amy and her husband Robert, and Michael. Several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive. Carlton was greeted into heaven by his parents; his loving wife, Elizabeth Wanzo; and brother and sister-in-law, Herman and Mildred Wanzo. Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17 at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. Masonic services will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral chapel. A funeral service and celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 18 at the Windham Summit Bible Church, 7544 Battle Creek Road, Rome, PA. Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the Windham Summit Bible Church, 7544 Battle Creek Road, Rome, PA in loving memory of Carlton L. Wanzo. –Towanda Daily Review 11/16/2016

WARFLE –BETTY MARIE PELTON, 74, of Towanda, Pa., passed away Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 at Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital. Betty was born in Towanda on April 24, 1942, the daughter of Harold and Marjorie Colegrove Warfle. In early years she was employed by the Head Start Program in Athens, Pa. Betty enjoyed reading, sewing and making crafts which she shared with her family and friends. She is survived by her mother, Marjorie Colegrove Warfle of Wysox; children, Tracy Wrisley and husband Michael of Mansfield, Nissa Ott and husband Kevin of Sayre, Betty Chilson of Asylum Township; grandchildren, Bethany Cook and husband Michael, Logan Wrisley, Mitchell Wrisley, Christopher Ott, Alex Ott, Veronica Chilson and Jamie Chilson; four great-grandchildren; sisters, Barbara Reeves of North Towanda, Shirley Beauman and husband David of Wysox, Judy Burke and husband Bill of Towanda; brother, Richard Warfle and wife Margaret of Wysox; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her father, Harold Warfle in 1997 and nephew, Dale Beauman in 1997. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m., with a memorial service at 2 p.m., Monday, Sept. 26, 2016 at the Burlington United Methodist Church, Burlington, Pa. The family suggests that contributions may be directed to the Burlington United Methodist Church, East Smithfield, PA in Betty Marie Pelton's memory. Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review 9/24/2016

WEBBER –HAZEL LOUISE WILMARTH, age 86, of Laceyville, PA, passed away unexpectedly, Monday, October 31, 2016 at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Hazel was born on March 29, 1930 the daughter of the late James Arthur Webber (November 20, 1984) and Ethel Mae Harvey Webber (April 11, 2004) in Tunkhannock, PA. She married George F. Wilmarth Sr., on September 11, 1948 and together they have six children. Hazel was a member of the Skinners Eddy United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women. She was also involved in the Skinners Eddy Methodist Church Choir and she taught Sunday School at the church as well. Hazel enjoyed canning, cooking, baking and gardening. She enjoyed taking care of her family and having family dinners and family get-togethers at her home. She was a family-oriented woman and loved being around her family. Hazel is survived by her husband of 68 years, George F. Wilmarth Sr., of Laceyville, PA; her children Donna Gleason (Herbert) of Laceyville, PA; George Wilmarth Jr. (Sharon) of Laceyville, PA; Susan Hoeffner (Reverend Doug) of Old Forge, PA; Dale Wilmarth (Judy) of Springville, PA; Karen Herron of Laceyville, PA; and Duane Wilmarth (Connie) of Laceyville, PA. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; sister Beatrice Ayers of Williamsport, PA; and several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her brothers James A. Webber Jr; Howard Webber; and sister Alberta Griffing. Funeral services for Hazel will be held on Friday, November 4, 2016 at Sheldon Funeral Homes, Main Street, Laceyville, PA at 11:00 AM with Reverend Doug Hoeffner, Hazel’s son-in-law and Pastor Gary Myers of Meshoppen Biblical Baptist Church. Interment will follow at the Rural Rest Cemetery in Kaiserville, PA. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday evening, November 3, 2016 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Skinners Eddy United Methodist Church Piano and Organ Fund, 133 Doolittle Hill Road, Laceyville, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

MATTHEW PAUL WILBUR - Come home, come home ye who are weary come home. God opened his arms and enfolded Matt into them as he went to be with his heavenly father. On Dec. 21, 2016 Matt went to join his father, Julius (Bud) Wilbur, and his loved ones who were waiting for him to join them in heaven. Matt was born on his dad's birthday on March 27, 1975. He was a precious gift received into a house filled with love. He attended Northeast Bradford school where he excelled in wrestling. He earned his black belt in Tae Kwon Do when he was 13 and participated in tournaments where he won many trophies. Matt was an avid hunter both with bow and rifle. He loved to show others his hunting trophy collection. He loved working outdoors and was very proud of his tremendous stone work transformations. Matt will be missed greatly by his family and many friends. He is survived by the love of his life, his 10-year-old son, Matty; his mother, Shelba Wilbur; siblings, Julie Wilbur Burrowes, David Swisher, Dan Wilbur, Francine Swisher Wilson, Kim Wilbur Mott, Sue Wilbur Oley, Sally Swisher Mulno, Lynn Wilbur Bedford, Danny Swisher, and Tracey Swisher Middaugh; along with many nieces and nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and so many friends. A memorial service for Matt will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 30, 2016 at the Rome Presbyterian Church, Rome, Pa. Family and friends, please come to share the many memories. –Towanda Daily Review 12/24/2016

 

MASON SAXON WILSON of Tunkhannock passed away October 16, 2016 at his home. He was the son of the late Robert and Mary Fisher Wilson. Husband of 21 years to Thelma Shook. Born on May 6, 1921, he was a dairy farmer, a member of the Eastern Milk Producers, and Adolivn Dairy. He was also a member of the Tunkhannock United Methodist Church. Born and raised on the family farm. He was the eldest son of eight children, graduating from Tunkhannock in 1939. He worked in Massachusetts for several years until he purchased his farm a half a mile up the road from the family homestead. In April of 1947 he married his first wife Shirley Mylott. They had a son in December and Shirley passed shortly after childbirth. In 1954 he met and married his second wife Jane English. They raised his first son and had five more children together. Saxon loved farming and watching his family grow. He had 40 happy years with Jane. He was proud of all his children, especially his son Bill for taking over the family farm, which he still operates today. In 1995 he married his third wife Thelma Shook Sturdevant and had a wonderful life together traveling to Florida several times. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren the most. He is preceeded in death by his son Howard Saxon Wilson, sisters, Roberta Taylor, and Ruth Clatterbuck, Betty Morris, and Lois Frantz; Brothers, Bruce and Arthur, great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Wilson. He is survived by his sons David and Bonnie of Rome, PA, Tom and Kamie of Centermorland, William and Loeda of Meshoppen; Step Sons, Alan Sturdevant and wife Deby of Tunkhannock, Robert Sturdevant and wife Nadine; Daughters Kathy Wilson of Springville, Virgina Hawk of Springville; Brother, Paul Wilson and June of Meshoppen, 13 Grandchildren, 15 step-grandchildren and several great-grandchildren Funeral Services will be held Saturday October 22, 2016 at 11AM from the Sheldon Kukuchka Funeral Home Inc. 73 W. Tioga Street, Tunkhannock, Pa. Friends and family may call the funeral home Friday from 7-9PM. Interment will be in Sunnyside Cemetery. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

WINKELBLECH –DORIS E. THOMAS, 78, of State College, died Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at Rolling Hills Manor, Millmont. Born December 20, 1937 in Woodward, she was a daughter of the late William J. and Miriam L. (Way) Winkelblech. Doris grew up on the family farm in Woodward and enjoyed family farm life. She graduated from Penns Valley High School. Doris completed the nursing program at Williamsport School of Nursing and later earned a graduate degree in nursing from Penn State. She loved nursing, working in the operating room at the following hospitals: Williamsport, Temple University, Muncy Valley and Mt. Nittany. Surviving are a daughter, Karen Brown of Bellefonte; a son, Ken Thomas of Hughesville; a brother, Bill Winkelblech of Woodward; a sister, Wava Ishler of Manheim; three grandchildren, and a family friend, Connie Rishel of Millheim. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, September 30, at the Salem Lutheran Church, Aaronsburg, with the Rev. Frank E. Harpster, III officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Hughesville. –Funeral home notice provided by Carol Brotzman

WOOD –LOUISE SPENCER, 88, of Conklin, NY, a wife, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother has now passed into the loving care of our Lord and Savior on Sunday, October 30, 2016 at her home. She was born on August 31, 1928 in Montrose, PA to the late Walter and Charlotte Wood. Her husband of 69 years, Walter Spencer survives. She is also survived by her three children, Clifford Spencer, Allen Spencer, and Nancy Dotter, six grandchildren, Rebecca Bogusz, Christopher Dotter, Daniel Spencer, Kyle Dotter, Patrick Spencer, and Sean Spencer, three great-grandchildren, Katie Bogusz, Edward Bogusz, and Amelia Bogusz, brother, Luther Wood, two sisters, Shirley Yenalevitch and Janet Wood. Louise was the oldest daughter of a family of nine. She was also predeceased by her brothers, Ray, Jerry, Dick, Horace and Ed Wood. She will be always remembered for her care and compassion to others. A Funeral Service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, November 3, 2016 at the Daniel K. Regan Funeral Home in Montrose, PA with the Rev. Robert C. Ford of Elisha’s Home Ministry officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at the Montrose Cemetery, Montrose, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman


 
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