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JACK DAVID ALLEN, age 56, of Meshoppen, PA, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, December 24, 2016. Jack was born in Tunkhannock, PA on July 18, 1960, the son of Bertha “Pat” Ann Allen of Meshoppen, PA, and the late Jack Ronald Allen. He graduated from Elk Lake High School with the class of 1978. On August 18, 1978 he married the former Linda Robbins and together they had three children. Jack worked at Penns Best for 27 years as a dispatcher, customer service representative, and office manager. He owned and operated Meshoppen Auto Parts for many years, and also worked for the US Postal Service, as a mail carrier. Jack was a member of the Meshoppen Rod and Gun Club, Rought Hall American Legion Post# 510, and former member of the Meshoppen Volunteer Fire Company. He was a “Jack” of all trades. He loved working on cars in his spare time. Jack coached Little League and Travel Girls’ Softball for over 20 years as well. Most of all, Jack was a family man who loved his family especially his grandchildren. Jack is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Linda Allen of Meshoppen, PA; his children: Karen Elizabeth McMicken of Meshoppen, PA; Robert “Bob” Charles Allen (Courtney Sawkulich) Of Meshoppen, PA; and Krystal Dawn Allen of Wilkes-Barre, PA. Also surviving are his grandchildren: Emily Maryanne Hollister; Kendalynn Grace McMicken; Ryker James Nally; his mother Bertha “Pat” Allen of Meshoppen, PA; brother, Greg Allen Sr. (Ellen) of Montrose, PA; sister, Debra Micklow (J.T.) of Meshoppen, PA; brother, Jim Allen (Nancy) of Meshoppen, PA; mother-in-law Betty LaBarr of Laceyville, PA; siblings-in-law Steve Robbins; Denny Robbins; Joyce Robbins; Helen and Tim Thompson; Suzi Robbins; Gary and Kelly Robbins; Tom and Becky LaBarr; Randy Johnson; as well as many nieces and nephews. Besides his father he was preceded in death by his son-in-law Joel McMicken; sister, Paula Johnson; father-in-law Art Robbins; and father-in-law Dick LaBarr. A memorial service for Jack will be held on Thursday, December 29, 2016 at 7:00 PM at Sheldon Funeral Home, Main Street, Meshoppen with Reverend Gary Myers of the Meshoppen Biblical Baptist Church officiating. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 1:00-3:00 PM and 5:00-7:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Meshoppen Biblical Baptist Church, 4017 Briar Ridge Rd., Meshoppen, PA or Meshoppen Ambulance Association, PO Box 118, Meshoppen, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 12/27/2016

 

BARBARA ANN ANDREWLAVAGE, age 70, of Lopez, Pa., passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016 at home. Barbara was born in Williamsport, Pa., on Aug. 6, 1946, a daughter of the late Joseph A. and Julia Sinovich Andrewlavage. She graduated from the Sullivan County High School, a member of the class of 1964. Barb began her 49-year banking career at the First National Bank of Dushore in 1965, where she was the secretary to Gene Avery, the bank manager. She handled all the secretarial work and also kept track of several charities that were entrusted to the bank to manage. As the bank's ownership evolved, she advanced to become the branch manager at the Eagles Mere office for Northern Central Bank. In 1998, when Northern Central was acquired by M&T Bank, she continued her career with Peoples State Bank of Wyalusing, from which she retired on May 23, 2013. Barb was also elected as the Colley Township Tax Collector, and has served as such for the past 12 years. She was a very active member of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Mildred, Pa. She was involved as the treasurer for most all church activities. She was also instrumental with the Lopez Civic Association, especially with their annual Christmas party. Also, she helped with the Mildred and Dushore Fire Company fund raising activities. Surviving are her sister: Elaine (John) Fewer of Annapolis, Md.; step-mother, Rose Andrewlavage of Sayre, Pa.; aunts, Emily Andrewlavage of Lopez, Pa.; Dorothy Andrewlavage of Elmira, Pa.; uncle, Mike (Vera) Sinovich of Wilmington, Del.; niece, Charlene Fewer; nephew, John (Michelle) Fewer Jr.; grandnieces, Julianne and Alexandra; and numerous cousins. A Transferal Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016 from the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, Pa., and will be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Mildred, Pa., with her pastor, the Rev. Richard Rojas, presiding. Interment will be in St. Vladimir's Cemetery, Lopez, Pa. Friends may call from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016 at the funeral home. The family will provide the flowers and direct memorials to Mildred Fire and Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 74, Mildred, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 12/10/2016

 

DEAN F. ARNOLD, 83, of Towanda, Pa., passed away Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. Dean was born on May 15, 1933 in Towanda Township, Pa., the son of the late Fay Lloyd Arnold and Ruth Avis Wells Arnold. Dean was a graduate of New Albany High School, class of 1952. In early years, Dean worked on the family farm with his father. He was later employed by GTE Sylvania in Towanda for 28 years until retirement. Dean was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing and taking trips to the cabin at Tug Hill, N.Y., with his friends. He enjoyed also extensive traveling throughout the United States and Canada. He was a member of the Towanda Gun Club, Robwood Mountain Gun Club, Towanda Rifle and Pistol Club, Pennsylvania State Fox and Coyote Hunters Association, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, National Rifle Association, Sylvania Men's Club, and the Sylvania Quarter Century Club. He was a life member of the Towanda Beagle Club and a board member of the Twin Tracks Tractor and Garden Pullers. Surviving are his wife, Carolyn Garey Sollick Arnold, who he married on March 23, 1982 at the French Asylum United Methodist Church; children, William Arnold (Cinda) of Powell, Robert Arnold (Renee) of Sheshequin Township, Julie Arnold of Asylum Township; step children, Sandra Stephenson (Gordon) of Minnesota, Jeff Smith (Melva) of New Cumberland, Pa., Dawn Tuttle (Mitch) of Sugar Run, Pa., Robin Kratzer (Rob) of Michigan; 24 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren; brother, Lloyd "Sam" Arnold (Evelyn) of Monroeton; sisters, Dorothy Ann Sayman (Fred) of New Albany, Barbara Waters of Savona, N.Y., Faye Perry (Richard) of Towanda; as well as several nieces nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his wife, Lula Arnold; daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and Todd McKernan; granddaughter, Jennifer McKernan; and brother-in-law, Merlyn Waters. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa. A memorial service will be held at 12 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with Rev. Jean Montgomery, pastor of the French Asylum United Methodist Church officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions may be directed to Wysox Volunteer Emergency Medical Service, P.O. Box 302, Wysox, Pa.; the Wysox Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 2, Wysox, PA or to a charity of one’s choice in Dean's memory. –Towanda Daily Review 1/9/2017

 

BABCOCK –GERTRUDE B. GRIFFIS, 99, of Montrose, PA passed away, Thursday, December 8, 2016 at her home. Born June 28, 1917 in Jessup Twp., Susquehanna County, PA, she was the daughter of the late Warren Seeley and May [Stanford] Babcock. Her husband Robert T. Griffis predeceased her in 1995. She was employed as a Beautician and operated a beauty shop from 1955-1975. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Montrose, the Ernestine Rebekah Lodge #548, Rush, PA for over 65 years, Daughters of the American Revolution [D.A.R.], and was previous member of the Montrose BPW and the Montrose Club. She loved quilting, sewing clothes for her family, and hunting. Gertrude was a Sunday school teacher and Cub Scout Master for many years. Survivors include sons & daughters-in-law, Robert Dudley Griffis of Brackney, PA, Kenneth Seeley [Leesa] Griffis of Wilmington, NC, Stanley Guy [Linda] Griffis of Montrose, PA, and Retired Major, Thomas Albert [Marilyn] Griffis of Daleville, AL, 11 Grandchildren, and 14 Great Grandchildren..Besides her parents & husband she was predeceased by Siblings, Edwin, Elwin, Arnold, Mary, Bessie, Sylvia & Emma, Grandson, Arnold. Services: Will be in June of 2017, on her birthdate.

ROBERT MORRIS (BOB) BABCOCK, age 89, of 43 Creek Road (Silvara) Laceyville, PA, joined his wife Rosemarie Voda Babcock in his heavenly home Sunday, January 1, 2017. He was born in Elk Lake, PA, on October 13, 1927. Bob was the eldest son of the late Edwin and Bernice Sivers Babcock. His siblings include two brothers, Donald and his Wife Marilyn of Johnson City, IN, and Norman of St. Joseph, PA; three sisters Ella Rosengrant and Vera Blaisure both of Meshoppen, PA; Catherine Molenko of Kingsley, PA and the late Eldon Babcock of Irish Hill. Bob was a 1946 graduate of the Dimock Vocational High School. After graduation he proudly served his country in the United States Marines. He was very active in sports and still attended his great-grandson Mikey Wilcox’s football, wrestling, and baseball games as much as his health would allow. You could always find him sitting in his recliner watching whatever sport was being played on the TV. He and his son, Chip, loved cheering for the opposite teams. He was a member of the St. Joachim’s Roman Catholic Church in Meshoppen, PA; a 50 year member of the Rought Hall American Legion Post #510; a member of the DAV; a life member of the NRA; a life member of the Carpenters Union 277 of Binghamton, NY; and South Auburn Grange# 1188. Bob retired from the Carpenters Union and then he started his own business, Babcock’s Construction. During the years he ran the construction business, he hired and mentored many people. His son, nephews, and others will always have many memories and stories to tell. Bob loved gong to Falls, PA and hunt with his nephew, Tom Voda, and his hunting group. The place he loved the most was what we call Meat Hill, Hill Hilltop. Chip built him a little shanty where he would sit, nice and warm while watching his field. He did go hunting again this year. The last time he went, his step-granddaughter, Lisa Wilcox, took him. He was sitting in the truck while sleeping and told Lisa to be on watch. She saw two nice bucks but he did not see them due to his blindness. Besides his siblings, Bob is survived by his son Theodore (Chip) and his wife Connie Chilson Babcock of Silvara, PA. Three step-grandchildren Joseph Johnston Jr. (Kimberly) of Little Meadows, PA; Lisa Johnston Wilcox (Michael) of Silvara, PA; and Cathy Allis Cook (Tyler) of Rome, PA. Six great-grandchildren, Tori Martle of El Paso, TX; Joseph Johnston III of Carthage, NY; Jack Johnston and Mackenzie Johnston of Little Meadows, PA; Johnicca Strozyk and Byron Pierson of Montrose, PA; and Mikey Wilcox of Silvara, PA. Mikey and his grandpa Bob shared the same birthday and always celebrated it together with a dinner and cake prepared by Lisa. Bob is also survived by his sister in law, Mary Babcock, of South Carolina; brother-in-law Theodore (Ted) Voda and his wife Kay of Micco, FL; Ruth Voda and Marion Voda of Silvara, PA. He was very close to all of his special nieces and nephews. His Goddaughter is Carol Voda Owen of Silvara, PA and she held a very special place in his heart. Jerry Mikus was his very special friend who spent a lot of time with him. He had two caregivers who went above and beyond their duties; they were Catherina Barna and Phyllis Hughes. Byron Pierson also spent nights with him. Funeral services for Bob will be held on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Sheldon Funeral Home, Main Street, Laceyville, with Father Joseph Manarchuck of St. Joachim’s Roman Catholic Church officiating. A military service will precede at the funeral home, being performed by the members of the Rought Hall American Legion Post #510, Black Walnut, PA, Dennis Strong American Legion Post #457, Tunkhannock, PA, and the Endless Mountain Post #3583 V.F.W, Mehoopany, PA. Interment will be at the St. Joachim’s Cemetery. Family and friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday evening, January 4, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM with a Rosary to be recited at 7:45 PM. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to St. Joachim’s Roman Catholic Church; C/O Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, 245 State St., Wyalusing, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

BAILEY –DONNA MARIE BAILEY QUIRPLE, 71, of the Colonial Terrace, Towanda, Pa. passed away Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Guthrie Memorial Hospital, Towanda, Pa. Donna was born Nov. 21, 1945 in Philadelphia, Pa., the beloved daughter of the late Dorothy and Robert Bailey. She was a graduate of Little Flower High School in Philadelphia and was employed for many years by SIMKAR Lighting in Philadelphia until her retirement. Surviving are her daughters, Donna Marie Witner of Towanda and Joanna Brookens and husband James Brookens of Towanda; grandchildren, Ashley Hart, Suzanne Ross, Lisa Kellam, Chantle Brookens, Andrew Hooks and Angie Hooks; great-grandchildren, Tanner Ross, Nolan Ross, Catalina Hart and Riker Hart; and her sister, Carol Lee Weischedel of Philadelphia, Pa. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her daughter, Christina Quirple. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. The Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home of Towanda, Pa. is assisting Donna's family with arrangements. –Towanda Daily Review 12/5/2016

 

BAILEY –PHYLLIS J. NOXEL, 86, of Montrose, PA, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, January 6, 2017. She was born on March 26, 1930 in Herrick Center, PA, to the late Earl and Dorothy (Gransberry) Bailey. Surviving are her five children, John W. Noxel, Karol Noxel, Karen (Carl) Arquette, Dawn Arnold, and Kathleen Seidlecky, sister, Kay Vlach, 14 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, numerous nieces. She was predeceased by her husband John R. Noxel, sister, Marion Fisher, and nephew Rick Turner. Phyllis was a wonderful mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and dancing partner. She was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 1194, Hillcrest, NY, and was a dedicated volunteer at the Children’s Home of the Wyoming Conference, Hillcrest, NY. A Memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at the Daniel K. Regan Funeral Home, with Pastor Bob Kadlecik of the Bridgewater Baptist Church officiating. Friends may call on the family an hour prior to the service. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

BALDWIN –KATHRYN ‘KATE’ BALDWIN WELLS DOUGLAS, age 96, went to be with her Lord on Sunday morning, Nov. 20, 2016 at her home in Lawton, Pa. She was born Feb. 17, 1920 in LeRaysville, Pa., the daughter of the late Earl and Frances Goodwin Baldwin. She attended the Rush High School and lived her entire life in the Lawton area. She married Ronald Wells in 1940. He predeceased her in June 1948. In 1952, she married Lamont Douglas, who predeceased her in 2007. She was also predeceased by her eldest son, Richard Wells of St. Petersburg, Fla., in March of 2013. Her life was her eight children, 21 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren and her home. She spent her time cooking and baking for her family and making sure her home was spotless. She was never too busy to babysit whenever she was needed. In her spare time, she enjoyed visiting with her many family members and playing cards with her sisters every Friday evening. At one time, she helped deliver meals on wheels and always volunteered to work at the Lawton carnival, usually in the chicken barbecue tent. Kate is survived by her four daughters, Phyllis Wells Rhoden and husband Eurie of San Antonio, Fla., Donna Wells Bechtel and husband Lee of Vestal, N.Y., Kathy Douglas Pedersen and husband Gary of Lawton, Pa., and Sharon Douglas Hunsinger and husband Bill of Laceyville, Pa.; three sons, Dale Wells and wife Vera of St. Joseph, Pa., Gary Douglas and wife Cindy of Rushville, Pa., and Rodney Douglas of Lawton, Pa.; and a daughter-in-law, Margaret Howeye Wells of St. Petersburg, Fla.; three sisters, Eva Wilbur of LeRaysville, Pa., Ethel Mae Ruhf of Lawton, Pa., and Jean Downer and husband Gary of Montrose, Pa.; her sister-in-law, Joan Brobst and husband Harold of Johnson City, N.Y.; as well as many nieces and nephews. Besides her two husbands and parents, she was predeceased by three brothers, James Baldwin, Paul Baldwin and Horace Baldwin; and one sister, Pauline McGovern. Funeral services for Kate will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016 from the Sheldon Funeral Home, 155 Church St., Wyalusing, Pa., with the Reverend Sharon Rockefeller of the Rushville Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment will follow at the Rushville Cemetery. Family and friends may call from 9 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Kate's name to the Montrose Minute Men, P.O. Box 461, Montrose, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 11/22/2016

 

ARTHUR W. BALL also known as Artie to some, pop pop to his grandchildren passed away January 2, 2017 at Tyler Memorial Hospital. He was the son of the late Frank and Anna Yurkshire Ball. He came from a large farming family knew hard work at an early age. Continued on in his life sometimes working 2 jobs at one time to take care of his family. He loved food and would attend as many ham and bean dinners, family reunions and holiday gatherings as he could. He loved playing cards and gambling for relaxation. After retiring from Procter & Gamble he made many trips to Connecticut vacationed in Las Vegas. He enjoyed watching westerns with his favorite actors being Gene Autry and Audie Murphy. He also enjoyed football and baseball kept up with his favorite teams. In later years he loved visiting with his children and grandchildren. Reminiscing with old co-workers and family members always brought a smile to his face. Arthur is survived by his daughter, Donna and Mark Kinney of Tunkhannock; sons: Arthur and Georgia Ball of Tunkhannock. Richard Ball of Pittston; five grandchildren; Tara Bujanda, Jennifer Ball, Heather Kinney, Lisa Ball and A.J. Ball Jr.; and three great grandchildren Owen Atwater, Logan Ball, and Sofia Bujanda. Funeral Services will be Friday January 6, 2017 at 1PM from the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home Inc. 73 W. Tioga Street, Tunkhannock, PA. Friends and Family may call the funeral home from 11AM until the time of the service on Friday. –Funeral home obut contributed by Carol Brotzman

MR. ROBERT T. BALOG SR., age 66, of New Albany, Pa., passed away Monday evening, Nov. 28, 2016. Robert was born on July 10, 1950, a son of the late John Edward and Lucy Schaffer Balog in Allentown, Pa. He graduated from the Bensalem High School, a member of the class of 1968. He married the former Evelynn Ann Jones of Long Island, N.Y., on April 11, 1998. He honorably served his country in the United States Army and suffered disabling injuries during the Vietnam conflict. He moved and made his home in Overton 1983.He enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching football, especially his favorite team, the Philadelphia Eagles.He was a member of the A.J. Bird Memorial Post No. 384 V.F.W. New Albany, Pa.Surviving are his wife, Evelynn A. Jones Balog at home; two sons, Robert Balog Jr. of New Albany, Pa., John Paul Balog of New Albany, Pa.; two daughters, Robin (Alan) Hale of Bensalem, Pa., Diana Lynn Morse of Seattle, Wash.; brother, Paul (Debbie) Balog of Lakeland, Fla.; three sisters, Theresa (Herbert) Wagner of Levittown, Pa., Maria Balog Bei of Lynnville, Tenn., and Margaret Balog of Franklindale, Pa. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his parents he was predeceased by a brother, John Balog and by two sisters, Lucy Bossard and Susanne Biache. Funeral services will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, 1235 South Clark St., Suite 901, Arlington, VA in loving memory of Robert T. Balog. Arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 12/2/2016

 

JUDSON THORE ‘JUDDY’ BATTIN of Dushore, died peacefully at home Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017.Born July 12, 1925 in Estella, Elkland Township, Sullivan County, he was the son of the late Harold L. Battin and Amber A. Baumunk Battin. He was a direct descendant of the earliest settlers of Sullivan County and he took pride in his family heritage. He married Geraldine M. McMahon on June 25, 1949. They celebrated 65 years of marriage prior to her death on June 9, 2014. After graduating from Loyalsock High School in 1944, he worked for Baumunk Lumber Co. in Forksville. After his service in World War II he was employed by the former Fred Beasley's Ford in Williamsport as an auto body repairman. Following his marriage to Geraldine, they purchased Brown's welding shop in Dushore in 1951, which became Battin's Body Shop and Wrecker Service. His attention to detail and quality service were well known throughout the area. They ran the family business for 50 years until his retirement. In addition to operating the business, he enjoyed managing and caring for his small farm that included raising beef cattle, selling vegetables and running his roadside sweet corn stand. During the school years of the late '70s and early '80s, he was a school bus driver for his nephew Royden Parrish.In his retirement, he and Geraldine enjoyed traveling the U.S., visiting national museums and historic sites. Known as a man with a great sense of humor and dry wit, he could always get a smile and laugh from those around him. His survivors are three sons, Bradley J. of Dushore, Steven J. of Philadelphia, and Jamie A. and partner Shawn R. Borden of Collegeville; a daughter-in-law, Jacqueline D. Battin of Dushore; three grandchildren, Franklin J. (Brenda) Battin, Amber J. (Shane) Pedro and Brooke J. Battin; six great-grandchildren, Andrew, Michael and Amanda Battin, Silas and Zane Pedro, and Cash Minier; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife, Judson was preceded in death by his sister, Alice Marie Parrish, and his brother, LaVerne R. Battin. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at St. Basil's Church, Dushore, with the Rev. Richard Rojas presiding. Burial will follow in St. Basil's Cemetery. Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in memory of Judson be sent to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Endowment Fund, 101 Church Hill St., Dushore, PA or the Friends Cemetery Association, Elkland Township.Arrangements have been entrusted to the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Dushore, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review 1/18//2017

 

BEACH –MARION B. GLEASON, 84, of Waverly passed away on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017 at Elderwood at Waverly. She was predeceased by her parents, Guy and Edith Mae Beach; husband Wayne Kenneth Palmer; and her husband of 43 years, Paul Gleason. Marion is survived by her children, Linda Palmer of Connecticut, Sandy (Kevin) Ray of Cooperstown, Barbara (Charles) Brown of Oneonta, Pattie (Edward) Hawver of Schenevus, Keith (Monica) Palmer of Fairmont, N.C., Joel (Deborah) Palmer of Barton and Diane Palmer of Elmira; 20 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson. Marion enjoyed sewing, camping at the lake, baking, her cats and all her animals. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. The family would like to thank the staff at Elderwood Memory Care for the excellent care provided to Marion.

 

BELL –EVA B. BEPPLER, 94, of Susquehanna PA, and formerly of Montrose, passed away at Barnes Kasson Skilled Nursing Unit, Susquehanna, PA, on December 7, 2016. She was born on March 25, 1922 in Dimock Twp., PA to the late William and Hazel A. (Myers) Bell. Surviving are her two nieces, Eleanor Kurosky, Montrose, PA, Ruth Vandermark, Dimock, PA, great niece, Cheryl Kurosky, Apalachin, NY, great nephew, Wayne Vandermark, Dimock, PA. Eva was predeceased by her husband, Donald Beppler, son, Thomas Kelch, two sisters, Margaret Petersen, and Mary Magee. She was a member of the Holy Name of Mary Church. She worked for 30 years as a traffic operator for the Commonwealth Telephone Company, and 5 years as a supervisor in Dallas, PA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 10, 2016, at the Holy Name of Mary Church, with Rev. Phillip S. Rayappan officiating. Interment will be in the Montrose Cemetery. Friends may call on the family from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service at the Daniel K. Regan Funeral Home. Donations in Eva’s name can be made to the charity of one’s choice. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

LESLIE C. BELLES, 83, of Baylor’s Lake, died Monday December 19, 2016 at his home. He was born in Scranton on Nov. 27, 1933; the son of the late John Lon and Sarah Elizabeth Brown Belles. He attended the Scranton school system. His wife of 56 years is the former Anna Mae Armbruster. He was employed at Eureka Specialty Printing and succesfully ran his own business Payless Painting for many years before retiring. Les served his country in the U.S. Army. He was active in the Fleetville fire company for 18 years and fire chief for 5 years. He enjoyed Hunting, fishing, photography and star gazing. He also loved bicycling, walking and making new friends. He was a well-known face at High Energy Fitness in Tunkhannock. Also surviving are a son, John Belles, Scranton; two daughters, Mary Beth Targett, Baylor’s Lake and Lynn Ann Belles (S/O Scott Reese), Clarks Summit; brother, Daniel (Beverly), Moosic; 6 Grandchildren, Gabrielle, Molly, John R., Thomas Belles; Aeddon and Deme Anna Targett; great grandson Trevor O’Leary. Celebration of Leslie’s life will be held on Thursday Dec. 29th at 6pm at Anthony P. Litwin Jr. Funeral Homes, Inc. 33 Reynolds St. Factoryville. Friends may call at the funeral home two hours before Celebration Time (4-6pm) In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Fleetville Fire Company, PO Box 6 Fleetville, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

BEMENT –WILDA J. DEHAAS, age 78, a lifelong resident of Pine City, NY passed away on Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016 at home. Wilda was the daughter of the late George and Ellen (Andrews) Bement. She was most recently predeceased by her husband Hal DeHaas, August 11th, 2016. Surviving are her son, Andrew (Sara) Seymour of Elmira; step sons, Brandon De Haas of Key West, FL, and Kenny Seymour of Horseheads, NY step daughter, Jaqueline Seymour of Wyoming; 14 grandchildren, Brandon "Zack" De Haas, Kelly Dalton, Justin Seymour, Shane Seymour, Cheyenne Seymour, Katie Seymour, Mike Seymour, David Seymour, Michele (James) Tolon, JoAnn Seymour, Kristin Seymour, Brian (Meg) Seymour, Terry Hunt, and Jeffery Peters. Several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; sister, Virgilene Bement Miller of Grant, Florida; brother, Thomas Bement of Millerton, PA. Wilda was predeceased by her first husband, Murray Seymour; sisters, Francis, Nettie, and brother, Donald. Wilda was the owner and operator of M & M Hots in Elmira, NY.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/27/2016

 

BENJAMIN HAROLD ‘BEN’BIDLACK, 68, of Ulster Township, Pa., passed away Wednesday evening, Jan. 4, 2017 at his home with his family by his side following a nine year battle with colon cancer. Ben was born June 26, 1948 in Sayre, Pa., the son of the late Charlotte Walborn Bidlack and Guy Bidlack. He grew up in Ulster and lived most of his life in Saco. Ben married the love of his life, the former Marge Long, on Sept. 7, 1999. He was a member of the Saco Christian Church and the Leroy Heritage Museum. Ben was employed by Electro Mechanical in Waverly, N.Y. from 1966 to 1971 and E. I. DuPont in Towanda from 1972 until his retirement in 2004. Ben enjoyed tinkering in his garage, planting a garden and watching it grow. Ben was an avid Penn State football fan and loved Mopars especially his 2009 Dodge Challenger. In addition to his wife, Marge, Ben is survived by his sons, Bryan (Cindy) Bidlack of Somerset, N.J., Bradley (Margaret) Bidlack of Towanda; daughter, Kristie (Gregg) Madigan of Lockwood, N.Y.; stepson, Brad (Denise) Long of Palm Harbor, Fla.; stepdaughters, Dawn (Peter) Nemethy of Treasure Island, Fla., and Lori Lewis of Georgia; a special friend, David Light, whom he helped raise; his sister, Cheryl (Ron) Walker of Sayre; brothers, Bruce of Ulster, Arthur of Athens; 15 grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and his cat companion, Harry. Ben was predeceased by his parents; nephew, Michael VanDyke; niece, Joanne Bidlack; former mother-in-law, Betty Hushelpeck; former brother-in-law, William Hushelpeck; great-nephew, David Bidlack; and sister-in-law, Dora Bidlack. Keeping with Ben's wishes, there are no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 at the Saco Christian Church with Pastor Vina Miller officiating. Contributions in Ben's memory may be directed to the Saco Christian Church in care of Vina Miller, Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital, 1275 York Ave., New York, NY or to a charity of one’s choice. –Towanda Daily Review 1/6,/2017

 

LESLIE GENE BLAIR, formerly of Troy, PA, died unexpectedly on December 29, 2016 at the age of 67 while home visiting family in the Troy area. Les is survived by his life partner, Karen Ousley, brother, James Blair of Loudon, TN, sisters, Susan Borek of Columbia Cross Roads, PA, Nancy Teribury of Troy, PA, Faye Blair of Houston, TX, uncles, James Schrader, Thomas Jenkins, aunt, Joanne Olmstead, nephews, Earl (Rachel) Teribury, Kyle Borek, Kane (Samantha) Borek, nieces, Elizabeth (John) Watson, Lindsay (Brett) Chesshir, grand nephews, Trevon Teribury, Eason Teribury, Trey Teribury, Pryor Teribury, John Watson, Evan Chesshir, Jude Watson, grand nieces, Delaney Borek, Hailee Chesshir and Blair Teribury. Les was born March 23, 1949 in Troy, PA to Lorton and Hilda Blair. He graduated from Troy High School, where he was an accomplished athlete and later Mansfield University. He went on to have successful careers in education and the financial lending industry. He retired as the bank manager and Vice President of United Community Bank, Tellico Village, TN. He was also a member of the Rotary and Kiwanis. Les was an avid golfer and also enjoyed playing basketball and pickle ball. He took great pleasure in spending time with his grand nephews and nieces. He was a lifelong learner and traveled most of the 50 states exploring natures wonders. In his spare time he enjoyed watching sports and he was a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Steelers. He was a member of The First Baptist Church of Tellico Village, TN. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him. The family will have a private service, and then an open house at the Blair home at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Western Alliance in his memory. Arrangements are under the direction of the Gerald W. Vickery, Jr. Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc. 1093 West Main Street, Troy, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

PAUL L. BLOSS, 74, of Sheshequin Township, passed away on Dec. 16, 2016 surrounded by his loving family. Paul was born on Nov. 25, 1942, a son of Loretta Bloss. He was married for 41 years to the love of his life Gay-Dee (Kelly) Bloss. Paul proudly served in the U.S. Army and took pride in staying active in his community. Paul worked at Osram Sylvania for over 40 years in research and Development, retiring three separate times. He was a member of Towanda Rife & Pistol Club, National Rifle Association, Osram Quarter Century Club, honorary member of the Che-Hanna Rock and Mineral Club. Paul raced Jeeps in his younger days as a member of the Blue Thunder Racing Team. He loved his black coffee and fur babies. Even in his final days he was determined to vote in the last presidential election and see the end of the Obama administration! Paul was preceded in death by his mother, Loretta Ida Swingle, and stepfather, James Swingle Sr.Paul is survived by his wife, Gay-Dee Bloss, at home; sons, Scott (Peggy) Bloss, and Shayne (Denise) Bloss; brothers, Jim (Sue) Swingle Jr. and Bill Swingle; grandsons, Alexander Sebastian Bloss and Landon Paul Bloss; close cousin and best friend, Charles Every; best bud, Foster Benninger; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews all of whom he loved very dearly. A celebration of Paul's life will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 21 at the Greater Valley Assembly of God, 104 S. Main St., Athens, PA with Pastor Chris Gray officiating. In lieu of flowers and for those who wish, memorials can be directed to the National Rifle Association; the Towanda Rifle and Pistol Club, P.O. Box 341, Towanda, PA or Ulster-Sheshequin Fire Department, P.O. Box 199, Ulster, PA. Caring services are provided by Cooley Tioga Point Cremation & Burial Options, Athens, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 12/20/2016

 

ROBERT ‘MUSKRAT’ BORDEN SR., 80, joined our Lord in heaven surrounded by his family on Nov. 30, 2016. Robert was born July 7, 1936, in Yardley, Pa. Bob was the son of Anna Burns Borden of Afton, N.Y., and Frank Borden of Yardley, Pa. Bob is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Sandy (Settelen) Borden; his four children: sons, Robert Jr. of New York, N.Y., and Joseph Borden of Granville Summit; daughter, Barbara Deitrick of Osage Beach, Mo., daughter, Ann Borden of Granville Summit; eight grandchildren, Sean Deitrick, Jaymie Marth, Kelly Deitrick, Daniel Deitrick, Derrick Deitrick, Brendon Moore, Holly Moore, Amber Moore; and seven great-grandchildren. Bob was the youngest of seven children and is survived by a brother, Norman Borden of Morrisville, Pa. Bob was one of four founding members of the Yardley Conservation Hunting Club of Yardley and Weston, Pa. Bob was an avid outdoorsman for 67 years. Hunting, fishing and trapping were his passion. Gardening was another favorite of Bob's. He loved working in his vegetable garden. Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to Guthrie Hospice, 421 Tomahawk Rd., Towanda, PA. A service of Gary Wilston Funeral Home, Mansfield, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review 12/1/2016

 

TRACEY LEE BOUSE, 67, of Towanda, Pa., passed away on Dec. 20, 2016, peacefully in his sleep while fulfilling his dream of living in Hawaii. Tracey was born in Towanda, Pa., on Dec. 9, 1949. He graduated from Towanda High School in 1967 and attended Penn State's main campus in 1968 until health problems forced him to leave. After that he worked on the family's dairy farm until his retirement. Tracey enjoyed many sports. He played softball in the Monroeton League, he played ice hockey at Black's Pond and he spent many hours with friends and neighbors playing basketball in the top of the barn. He also loved to bowl and bowled in several leagues through the years. He was inducted into the Bowling Hall of Fame in 2000. Tracey was a member of the Liberty Corners United Methodist Church where he served as an auditor for several years. He was also a past member of the Liberty Corners Grange. Tracey is survived by two sisters, Peggy (Harold) Heskell, and Rose (Tony) Castrine; a brother, Glenn (Tom) Bouse; his nieces and nephews, and the rest of his family and friends. Tracey was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph E. and Helen Smith Bouse; an infant brother, Neil A. Bouse and twin infant sisters. A memorial service is being planned for May 20, 2017. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Liberty Corners UM Church, c/o Jesse Newman, 991 Marcy Hill Rd., Towanda, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 12/31/2016

 

PHILIP M. BRENNAN, 87, of Mansfield, PA, passed away November 25, 2016 at Broad Acres Nursing Home, Wellsboro, PA. He was born March 27, 1929 on the family farm in Lawrenceville, PA, the son of Robert & Sarah Roberts Brennan. Mr. Brennan retired from teaching math at Mansfield Jr. Sr. High School after 34 years service. He graduated from Mansfield State Teacher’s College, and earned his Master’s Degrees at Penn State University, & University of New Hampshire. He was a U. S. Coast Guard veteran serving during the Korean Conflict, a member of the First United Methodist Church of Mansfield, and a member of American Legion Post 945. Phil was also a pioneer in the Teleteaching program sponsored by Mansfield University, a precursor to todays internet distance learning. Phil enjoyed traveling, woodworking, spending time at the Mansfield YMCA with his special friends, and especially cherished time spent with his family. Phil is survived by his wife of 61 years, the former, Rosemary Gardner, 2 sons & daughters-in-law, Philip Jr. & Joan of Richmond, VA, Patrick & Rebecca of S. Williamsport, PA, a daughter & son-in-law, Kathleen & Russell Smith of S. Burlington, VT, a brother & sister-in-law, Robert Jr. & Gloria of Lawrenceville, PA, 2 sisters & brothers-in-law, Roberta & Donald Stratton of Lawrenceville, PA, Clarice & Stuart Allen of Staunton, VA, 2 brothers-in-law, Jack Brackley of Lawrenceville, PA, Verle Sterling of Roseville, PA, 11 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, & many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sisters, Almeria Kriger, Patricia Brackley, & Janice Sterling. A memorial service for Phil will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Mansfield on Wednesday at 11:00 AM with Rev. Denise Haskins, his pastor officiating. Following the service a luncheon will be served at the church. Burial will be in Pine Cemetery, Clinton County, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Phil’s memory may be made to the Mansfield YMCA 40 Besanceney Drive Mansfield, PA. A service of Gary Wilston Funeral Home & Cremation Service 130 S. Main St. Mansfield, PA. –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/28/2016

 

BROWN –MAXINE M. SIMPSON, 74, of Monroeton, passed away on Dec. 18, 2016 at home. Maxine was born on Feb. 25, 1947 a daughter of the late Delbert and Leola Brown. She retired from the Towanda Area School District in the food service department and enjoyed volunteering for the school and working the ticket booths at the school sporting events. She also loved to camp, fish and play bingo. Maxine was preceded in death by her husband, John Simpson, on June 2, 2014; parents, Delbert and Leola (Shaver) Brown; a sister, BG Brown; brothers, Glen Brown and Roy Brown; and sister-in-law, Emma Brown.Maxine is survived by her brother, Neil Brown of Towanda, Pa; sister, Harriett Glidewell of Catawissa, Pa.; sister-in-law, Emily Brown of Cramer, Pa; god-daughter, Chennandoah Robinson; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends. At Maxine's request, all services will be private at the convenience of the family. Caring services are provided by Cooley Tioga Point Cremation & Burial Options, Athens Pa. –Towanda Daily Review 12/20/2016

 

CALHOUN –MARGARET (CALHOUN) BENNETT, Peggie, age 97, was born in Johnstown, PA in July of 1919 to John Wharton and Margaret Myra (Foster) Calhoun. She passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 1, 2017 at the Elcor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Horseheads. Her husband, Walter E. Bennett; son, Douglas Christian Bennett; grandson, Michael J. Bennett; sister, Virginia Smith; and brother, John F. Calhoun predeceased her. Surviving are son, John W. (Carolyn) Bennett; grandson, Matthew C. (Susan) Bennett; brother, Robert B. (Joyce) Calhoun; brother-in-law, Donald G. (Joanne) Bennett; along with numerous nieces and nephews. Peggie graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and SUNY Geneseo, Class of 1965, with a Masters Degree in Library Science. For many years she was elementary librarian for the Ridge Road, Gardner Road and Broad Street schools and coordinator of Library Services for the Horseheads School District. She retired in 1982. After her retirement, Peggie volunteered for over 20 years with the Horseheads Free Library and the Elmira School District. She enjoyed traveling during retirement, visiting Alaska, the Caribbean, France, England, Russia, Portugal and Spain. She was a member of the Scottish American Society and Daughters of the Nile, an organization which helps provide free medical assistance to children through the Shriner’s Hospital Her favorite pastimes were reading, crossword puzzles, camping and canoeing. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira/Southport on Saturday, January 7, 2017 from 12:00 to 3:00 pm. A time of reflection and memories will follow the visitation at 3:00 pm. Interment will take place at the convenience of her family in the Pomfret Manor Cemetery in Sunbury, PA where Peggie will be laid to rest with her beloved Walter. Contributions in Peggie's memory may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children Processing Center, PO Box 1510, Ranson, WV. –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/5/2017

 

SCOTT A. CARRINGTON, 59, of Sayre, Pa., passed away surrounded by his family and friends on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, Pa. He was born on Dec. 4, 1957 in Towanda, Pa., the son of G. Edwin and Ruth (Robinson) Carrington. Scott was employed at the Ingersoll Rand in Athens for over 30 years. He loved spending time with his family, friends and pets. Scott was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved camping. He also enjoyed watching NASCAR, playing cards, woodworking, and birdwatching. He is predeceased by his dad G. Edwin Carrington. Scott is survived by his wife of 13 years, Fae, at home; his mom, Ruth Carrington; brothers and sisters-in-law, Paul and Carole Carrington of Rome, Pa., and Steve and Melinda Carrington of Milford, Mich.; several nieces, nephews and cousins; along with his hunting buddy, Adam. Family and friends may call from 12 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016 at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 225 S. Main St., Athens, Pa. A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Jon Austin officiating. Memorial donations may be made in Scott's memory to: Valley Youth Hunter Education, P.O. Box 156, Rome, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 12/7/2016

MARCIA ELIZABETH CASE of Aaronsburg, Pennsylvania died on December 4, 2016 at Juniper Village at Brookline, State College, PA, of complications of lung cancer. Marcia was born May 28, 1944 in Sayre, PA and grew up in Troy. She attended Troy High School, Samrealskolan in Simrishamn, Sweden as a Rotary exchange student, and Penn State University ('67), majoring in anthropology. Marcia worked in New York City for 31 years, first in the NYC day center program for senior citizens and later as a manager of corporate systems and interactive voice technologies for Blue Cross and Blue Shield. She was preceded in death by her parents Jean Elizabeth Rishel Case (Farmers Mills) and Franklin Marshall Case. She is survived by her siblings, Sally Anne Case of Millheim, William Rishel Case (Jeanette) and Nathan Marshall Case (Joy) of Troy. Memorial contributions may be directed to a charity of one's choice in memory of Marcia Elizabeth Case. Arrangements are under the care of Koch Funeral Home, State College. –Elmira Star-Gazette 12/7/2016

 

COLLINS –MARY LOUISE COLLINS MCNEIL Born in Sayre, Pa. November 28, 1934 and raised in South Waverly, Pa., she was a 1952 graduate of Sayre High Schoo and died December 11, 2016l. She was preceded in death by her parents Joseph and Marion (Layer) Collins, her brother Bill Collins and her sister Helen Drake, brothers-in-law Ed Ackerman, Harold Drake, Ed Horn, sister-in-law Jane Avery, and nephew Vincent Drake. She is survived by her loving husband of 59 years James H. McNeil, her son Eric (Laurie) McNeil of Chapel Hill, N.C., her son Fr. Joel McNeil of Dunlap, Iowa, and her daughter Amy (John) Iwanski of Geneva, Ill., their grandchildren Anna Iwanski, Sara Iwanski, Joel Iwanski, Colin McNeil, Trevor McNeil, Logan McNeil. Mary was a wonderful singer and in addition to singing in church choirs, sang with groups like the Omaha Choral Arts Society, the Offuttaires, the Bellevue Senior Singers, and the Grace University Community Choir. Mary was active in many capacities at St. Mary’s Parish in Bellevue, the Offutt AFB Officers Wives Club, and the Bellevue Women’s Club. Visitation will be at the Bellevue Memorial Chapel, 2202 Hancock St., Bellevue, Neb., on Monday, Dec. 19 from 5-7 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bellevue, Neb., followed by a luncheon. She will be interred at the Omaha National Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be directed to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or the Bellevue Food Pantry. –Sayre Morning Times 12/16/2016

 

ROBERT NEAL ‘BOB’ COLLINS, 73, of Sayre, born during a blizzard in Elmira, N.Y., on March 8, 1943, during WWII, to the late Robert Devine and his exceptionally loving mother, Lucille (Pulaski) Collins. He came full circle on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 peacefully passing away during a blizzard at Robert Packer Hospital. Having been born during the WWII era, Robert and his family at times struggled to have enough food for the table. He became very aware and conscious that he never wanted to be in that position again and didn't want to see others go hungry either. He made sure that he always had items on hand to give to those in need. Robert began his inquisitiveness when he was young, knowing the name of every fruit tree in the neighborhood and where he was allowed to pick. As a married man living in Sayre, his mother, looked forward to his visits to her home in Elmira. She would instruct her daughters, Maureen, and Donna, to run out and get all his favorite snacks, even though they had to travel from their homes a distance away. Because, he was the only son, sandwiched in between his sisters, they knew that it had to be "The Second Coming of Christ up Route 17" when Bobby was coming because heaven and earth had to be moved to prepare for his visit. Bob, after graduation from high school, knew that he wanted to pursue a higher education in teaching. He worked whatever it took to put himself through college, including mopping floors at the Arnot-Ogden Hospital. After obtaining his Master's Degree in Education, he became a teacher for the Spencer-VanEtten Middle School for 30 years, retiring in 1988. Not just teaching Math and Science, but he was one who truly cared about inspiring his students to become educated and to become inquisitive about anything they were interested in. A man of knowledge on any subject, he developed ways of making his students and those around him become involved even if it wasn't a topic they enjoyed. He was creative in his teaching methods and did such things as having pickled pigs' feet for lunch after they had just dissected pigs. Life was serious, yes, but he wanted all to know that they were on an educational journey that should be fun as well. In his early years of teaching, he coached track and was the wrestling coach for many years. He was very proud of each student that he taught and felt fulfilled when watching his students succeed. During his last hospital stay, he came full circle again with one of them. One of his athletes from the early 1970s, was so overjoyed when he won his wrestling match that he jumped into Mr. C's arms. Forty-seven years later, this student became Bob's last roommate at the hospital. Together, they shared many memories and laughs. The last several years, even with declining health, he was inspired by a quote from Mike Ditka, "You are never a loser until you quit trying!" He truly cherished the idea that one of his students eventually became one of his primary care givers. And even then, he never quit teaching. He took it upon himself, to assist his student nurses and aids with their studies.He shared this journey even when he would get her trapped in some tale that he told her and she fell for it, they had a motto together, "They never went to bed mad." A man filled with wisdom and one-liners, he was an inspiration not only to his students but to his wife and daughter, Shannon. Just listening to and watching her dad, it didn't take long for her to have the same passion for teaching and inspiring others, that he had. When the time came for a career choice, she followed in his path. Bob was a man who had an intensely deep faith and believed that he had been blessed many times with miracles in his own life. That faith showed in the way he treated people every day. Himself a survivor of male breast cancer, he encouraged all young women to make sure to take all precautions to ensure they protected themselves. An extraordinary man with a zest for living, he always found it important to appreciate all those around him, no matter their walk in life. He made many lifetime friends when he attended St. Casimir's School and Thomas Edison High School in Elmira. Blessed with the gift of gab and an insatious curiosity, he was a person who welcomed any and every opportunity to talk with people. No matter who he encountered along the way he could find a common topic to carry on a conversation with them. He had the ability to get people to believe any story he was telling just by the way he told it whether it was true or not. He loved to read, cook, study astronomy, his shortwave radio, watching a good football or baseball game, no matter who was playing, and was passionate studying about WWII. Perhaps, it had to do with his being born during that time. Bob was fanatic about all facets of the weather, watched Jeopardy every night and was determined to beat the contestants, and he always rooted for the underdog. Bob loved antique cars and driving. After retiring, that love for driving, he drove cars for Scoville-Meno. At one point, they did have to check on his whereabouts and come to find out, he had gone to the right city but in the wrong state. He spent many hours with his grandson, Max, his greatest joy, watching American Pickers and Pawn Stars, but they didn't just watch, he continued to teach as they enjoyed themselves, going over the history of every item they discussed.He was a man who enjoyed his music, and when cruising the coast or anywhere he traveled in his convertible that sported Spencer-VanEtten paw prints that were made especially for him, he would have his radio cranked to the max, listening to his '50s and '60s music. Then again, he could be heard listening to Ritchie Valens and then moving on to opera. He loved traveling in the Northeast and Canada, spending 14 years traveling to Maritimes and Prince Edward Island with his wife, Ellen. In all their travels, they had a deal that he would choose the music one way and she would do the same the other way though it didn't matter to him what he was listening to as he loved it all. A man who at times dealt with challenging health issues, his positive attitude and determination was an inspiration to those around him. He was a man who saw life as an opportunity of two choices, "You could either fall to the ground like an egg, or be the hard rubber ball that bounced back." He often joked and was proud that he had medical record numbers from Cleveland to Canada and Boston to Baltimore. During one of these hospital visits, being a man who could fit in anywhere, he encountered a woman at the Prince Edward Hospital and of course, began chatting. She looked at him and stated, "Isn't it wonderful that all the tourists have finally gone back to the States." She truly believed he was from Canada, and he allowed her to continue to believe it. In his travels, he made many lifelong friendships. On some occasions, of those he met, they then revisited in their local homes. Bob's friendships with Bob Nocchi and Rich Schmidt on many occasions turned into a challenge of one besting the other with their jokes and pranks. At one time the two Bob's heard of a train that had wrecked in the VanEtten area that was loaded with flour. They proceeded to salvage many, many bags of flour and sold it for 10 cents each. And him taking out Rich's mailbox became a good laugh at any given time. The problem was he did not only take out Rich's mailbox, he dinged his own brand new car one hour old. Together, the three provided each other with endless hours of laughter.When at home, Bob loved sitting on his front porch. Not one person went by that he didn't either wave to or converse with while enjoying his home and relaxing. His theory was that, "No one was a stranger." And if you met someone that had a challenging personality, he still took the high road and realized, "In every bowl of cherries, there is at least one pit." He will be remembered and missed by his friends and all those he met. He touched many lives and he was touched by them in return. He was predeceased by his loving sister, Maureen Palmer; and sisters-in-law, Anne Martin, Mary Mastrantuono and Rita Nader.Robert is survived by his first wife of 51 years, Ellen Collins at home; daughter, Shannon Collins Pan of Sayre, Pa.; and his grandson, Max Pan, affectionately known to his grandfather as "Big Buddy"; and his faithful grand dog companion, Sammy. He is also survived by his sister, Donna Sheehan of Elmira, N.Y.; brothers-in-law and their wives, Paul and Christine Zoltowski of Spencer, N.Y., and John and Linda Zoltowski of W.Va.; sister-in-law and her husband, Monica and Paul Tracy of Waverly, N.Y.; brothers-in-law, Michael Mastrantuono of South Waverly, Pa., and Jay Palmer of Elmira, N.Y.; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Robert also leaves behind his two close lifelong friends, Bob Nocchi of South Waverly, Pa., and Rich Schmidt of Sayre, Pa., plus many others including students and those whose lives he impacted while on his journey here. Friends and family may call from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 225 South Main St., Athens, Pa. A memorial mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at the Church of Epiphany, 304 South Elmer Ave., Sayre, Pa. Burial will be in St. James Cemetery at a future date. Memorial donations may be made in Robert's memory to: Inspire SVE Inc., P.O. Box 600, Spencer, NY to recognize and reward a student working toward achieving academic excellence at the middle school where he taught. –Towanda Daily Review 1/12/2017

 

RICHARD EARL COLWELL - No farewell words were spoken, no time to say good-bye, you were gone before we knew it, and only God knows why. …Richard Earl Colwell, 72, of Nichols, passed away suddenly on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016. Dick was born on Feb. 26, 1944 in Sayre, Pa., a son of the late Edwin and Ruth (Coleman) Colwell. He was a graduate of Athens High School class of 1962. Following high school, Dick worked on the family farm and then for Ingersoll Rand. In 1967, he started his career with IBM and there he worked for 11 years. His greatest love was being a truck driver as an owner/operator and working for various companies such as Schneider Bulk Lines, Gray and Gray Trucking, Agway, and he retired from Agway Suburban-Propane in 2009. Dick enjoyed spending time outdoors hunting and fishing, family trips to the cottage at Sandy Pond, the monthly cousins' luncheons and being among friends.He will be greatly missed by his wife, Carol (Rosenberger) Colwell; his children, Gary (Lori) Colwell of Candor, N.Y., Tracey (Mike) Friedrichsen of Nichols, N.Y., Robin (Eric) Moeller of Round Rock, Texas, Brenda (Chris) Parsons of Austin, Texas, Christina (Chuck) Sweeny of Warren, Va., and Lynne Murphy of Fairport, N.Y.; his sisters, Jeannette (John) Overpeck of Canton, Pa., and Cindy (Warren) Dittfield of Salisbury, Md.; his brothers-in-law, Alvin (Carol) Rosenberger of Athens, Pa., Buck (Martha) Field of Towanda, Pa., and Bill (Betsey) Field of Gillett, Pa.; his sisters-in-law, Elizabeth (Larry) Simons of Thomasville, N.C., and Patricia Coleman of Towanda, Pa.; 11 grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, among them Ken Coleman and Rick Young. He was predeceased by his parents, Edwin and Ruth Colwell, and his wife, Jeanne Field Colwell on Oct. 26, 1999.Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25 at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26 at the funeral chapel with Pastor MaryJean Simonin officiating. A private family interment will be held at the convenience of the family in the Nichols Cemetery. Memories and condolences for Dick's family may be shared by visiting his guest book at www.sutfinfuneralchapel.com. Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the Nichols Fire and Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 335, Nichols, NY in loving memory of Richard E. Colwell. –Towanda Daily Review 11/23/2016

 

CONKLIN –ELIZABETH ‘LIZ’ BARROWS age 79, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away December 16, 2016. She was born in Wellsburg, NY on October 24, 1937, the daughter of Edward and Myrtle Conklin. Liz graduated from Southside High School in 1955 and worked as an Account Clerk for Sears & Roebuck in Elmira. She was predeceased by her first and second husbands, Lawrence Erickson and Andrew Barrows; and 6 siblings, Edward, Robert, Charles, William Conklin, Margaret Michaels and Dorothy Stack. She is survived by her beloved life partner and best friend, Gerald “Tob” Tobey; daughter, Barbara Erickson Batley of Princeville, HI; son, Robert (Kelly) Barrows of Elmira; step-son, Andrew Joel Barrows of West Point, TN; brother and sister-n-law, Clifford and Ginny Conklin of Wellsburg, NY; 7 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Wednesday (Dec. 21) from 12pm-1pm; followed by a Memorial Service at 1:00pm. Memorial donations in her memory may be made to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, PO Box 427 Montour Falls, NY. –Funeral home obit 12/18/2016

 

COOK –MRS. GERALDINE E. ‘GERI” CIPRICH, age 87, of SR 6, Laceyville, PA (Black Walnut), passed away at Geisinger Community Medical Center, in Scranton, PA, on Saturday morning, November 19, 2016. Geri was born in Tunkhannock, PA. on December 27, 1928 the daughter of the late, Thomas E. and Marian Herman Cook. After moving from the Tunkhannock area, to the Laceyville area, Geri was a graduate of the Laceyville High School, with the class of 1946. During her younger years, she was employed as a telephone operator in Laceyville, along with her mother and sister. Geri married Ignatius F. “Ig” Ciprich, of Laceyville, and together they raised their family in Black Walnut, PA, until his death on November 26, 1988. Throughout the years, Geraldine was a member of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, of Meshoppen and Wyalusing, and was a past member of the Parish Alter and Rosary Society. She was also an active member of the Rought Hall Post # 510 American Legion Auxiliary of Black Walnut, PA. She was a member of the Laceyville Birthday Club; the Laceyville Oldest House Society, and in her spare time Geri enjoyed sewing; cooking; crocheting, and playing Bejeweled on her computer. Her best of times was spent being surrounded by her large family. Surviving is her children, Thomas and his wife Janet Ciprich, of Sackets Harbor, NY; Jane and her husband Eugene Ryan, of Black Walnut, PA; Judy and her husband Graham Wheel, of Seattle, Wash.; and Robert Ciprich, of Covington, KY. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Erin Gaspard, of Tunkhannock, PA; Toby Ciprich, of Myrtle Beach, SC; Janelle Rudock of Binghamton, NY; Jennifer Cavanaugh, of New Jersey; Michael Ryan of Black Walnut, PA and Derek Wheel of Seattle, Wash. As well as 6 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Besides her husband and her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother Thomas Cook; and a sister, Anna Mae Jayne. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 10:00 AM from the Sheldon Funeral Homes, Main St., Laceyville, PA, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM at the St. Mary of the Assumption Church, of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, in Wyalusing, PA, with Fr. Joseph Manarchuck of the church officiating. Interment will be in the St. Joachim’s Cemetery in Meshoppen, PA. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday evening, November 22, 2016, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Rosary Prayers will be on Tuesday evening at 8:30 PM at the funeral home. Those wishing, in lieu of flowers, may make memorial donations to the Geisinger CMC Step Down Unit, 1800 Mulberry St, Scranton, PA or the Allied Services Integrated Health System, 475 Morgan Highway, Scranton, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 11/21/2016

 

RALPH CORDILIONE, 85, of Endicott, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday August 4, 2015 at Wilson Memorial Hospital. He is predeceased by his wife of 60 years Beverly Jane; parents, Nicholas & Amelia Cordilione; Sister Irene Vasconi; Sister Gloria (Larry) Testani; Sister-in-law Betty (Wells) Race, brothers-in-law Ralph (Bud) Vargason, Arnold Creeley, Ronald Woodmansee, Robert Thompson Jr, Neil Thompson, sisters-in-law, Ilene Berlin, Survived by his children, Ralph (Vickie) Cordilione, Nick (Loni) Cordilione, David (Cindy) Cordilione, Diane (Bob) Kunzman, Paula (Jerome) Fritsch. grandchildren, Christina (Darren Trimner) Kunzman, Derek (Laura) Cordilione, Ryan (Karen Kizis) Cordilione, Lora (Brian) Bury, Kayla (Chris) Hammond, Jessica Fritsch, Andy Fritsch, and 8 Great grandchildren.Sisters- in-law- Gert Creeley, Marie Woodmansee, Elaine Vargason, Mary Thompson, brother-in-law-Fred Vasconi; several nieces and nephews and extended family. Ralph was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Church, Endicott. He was a retiree of George Industries with over 20 years of service. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with the boys, gardening, most of all he loved holidays, having get-togethers and cooking for his family. Funeral Services will be held Saturday at 9:30AM from the Coleman and Daniels Funeral Home LLC, 300 East Main St Endicott, and 10AM at St Anthony of Padua Church where a Funeral Mass will be offered. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Johnson City. The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home Fri from 4-7PM. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the -Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

MELVIN L. ‘SKIP’ CORNELL, age 76, of Laceyville, PA, passed away Saturday morning, January 7, 2017 at Allied Services in Scranton, PA, where he has been a resident for the last several years. Skip was born on January 29, 1940 in Towanda, PA the son of the late Cyrus J. Cornell, who passed away on November 15, 1996, and Bickford Taylor Cornell, who passed away on November 18, 2005. Throughout his life, Skip enjoyed watching big excavating equipment and loved listening to music. Skip is survived by his sister Claudette Burke and her husband Gary of Sugar Run, PA; brother-in-law Fred Phinney of Laceyville, PA; nieces and nephews Mark (Ruth) Phinney; Susan Phinney; Steve (Heather) Cornell; Kristie McMahan; C.J. (Amy) Cornell; Michelle (Sean) Dittus; Rob Burke; Tim (Jen) Burke; and Jani Burke. Besides his parents Skip was preceded in death by his sister. Yvonne Phinney, who passed away on November 1, 2004; brother, Cy C. Cornell, who passed away on January 29, 2002; and brother Ivan Cornell, whom passed away on October 6, 2000. A private family funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangement were made through the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville, PA. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Laceyville Library, PO Box 68, Laceyville, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 1/9/2017

 

ANNE R. COVENEY died on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio. She was born in Sayre, Pennsylvania to Paul and Regina Cahill Coveney on September 1, 1931. Anne graduated from Athens High School in Pennsylvania and earned a bachelor’s degree from Seton Hill University, a master’s degree from Iowa State University and a doctor of philosophy degree from Cornell University. Seton Hill recognized her with a Distinguished Alumni Leadership'Award. Her career included academic appointments at Washington State University, Iowa State University and The Ohio State University. In 1992 she retired with emeritus status from the College of Human Ecology at Ohio State University. After retirement, Anne volunteered at the former Holy Rosary Family Shelter in Columbus, with the Maryknoll Sisters Call and Response Program in Guatemala, at the gift shop of the Dominican Sisters of Peace in Mohun Health Care Center, and at her parish of St. Agatha. She loved her family, treasured her longtime friends from OSU and St.Agatha, books, and traveling. She was blessed with quick wit, and a dry Irish sense of humor. Much enjoyment came from her two cats, Louie & Ella. Anne was predeceased by her parents and a brother-in-law, Dr. Robert Pudenz. She is survived by her sister, Patricia and Pat’s husband, Nestor Sozanski; sister, Rita Pudenz; and her sister’s children and grandchildren. Friends may call Thursday from 4- 7 p.m., Prayer Service 5:30 p.m., at the Egan-Ryan Northwest Chapel, 4661 Kenny Rd. A funeral Mass will be held 11 a.m. Friday at St. Agatha Church Northam and Andover Rds. Burial at St. James Cemetery, Waverly, N.Y., at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Columbus Catholic Worker House, c/o St. James the Less Church, 1614 Oakland Park Ave, Columbus, OH. –Sayre Morning Times

 

DONALD C. CUNNINGHAM of Spring Hill Road, Laceyville, passed away on January 2, 2017 at the age of 91. Born in North Flat, Laceyville on June 1, 1925, he was the son of the late Lewis Ula and Ethel Canfield Cunningham. He was a graduate of Laceyville High School, Class of 1943. He enlisted in the Army in June of 1943, training at Fort Bliss, TX. He held the rank of Technician Fifth Class as a fuse setter on a 90mm anti-aircraft gun in the European Theater during WWII. After his discharge in February 1946, he married the former Thelma Brotzman on September 13, 1946. He referred to her as a very precious wife, mom, grandma, great-grandma and a wonderful helpmate and lover. His grandkids were told they were on a permanent honeymoon. He was a farmer for fourteen years until stricken with farmer’s lung, and then worked for Whipple’s Lumber as a fork-lift operator and yard foreman until retirement. Don was an active member of Braintrim Baptist Church serving as trustee, deacon, Sunday School teacher, usher, and missionary committee. He would share his faith with anyone; that he was a sinner saved by grace through the blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ – that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, and yet by believing and simple faith, one could have eternal life. His favorite verses that backed his faith were John 3:16 and 18, Romans 10:9, Acts 4:12 and Revelation 21:14 and 15. As his friend Dick Iseminger writes in his column, “trust and believe”, “It’s In The Book.” Besides his wife, he is survived by his children: Donald and Mary Ann Cunningham of Montrose; Faye and Mike Hammond of Sanford, NC; Dennis and Chanda Cunningham of Laceyville; Joyce and Steve Sherman of New Albany; Kay and Scott Markel of Centereach, NY and Amy Cunningham of Bloomsburg. Also nine grandchildren: Lt. Jim and Dr. Carolyn Lacey of Walnut Creek, CA; Nathan and Crystal Lacey of Sanford, N.C.; Dr. Courtney Cunningham of Tunkhannock; Gary and Kathryn Sherman of Springfield, OR; Donnie Cunningham of Montrose; Lydia and Scott Walrath of Milan; Ethan Sherman of Kansas City, KS; Dana and Billy Marshall of Mechanicsburg; and Ryan Markel of Centereach, NY. As well as nine great-grandchildren: Kate, Abby, and Andy Lacey of Sanford, NC; Jake and TJ Lacey of Walnut Creek, CA; Caleb Sherman of Springfield, OR; Ella and Tinley Walrath of Milan; and Jonathan Kopenhaver of Mechanicsburg; and a sister, Doris Brown Gonzeles of Niagara Falls. Besides his parents he was pre-deceased by a son, Glenn Earl in 1966; a son-in-law, James Lacey in 2000, brothers Roy and Lester; sisters Ruth and Edith. Funeral services for Don will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2016 at 11:00 AM from the Braintrim Baptist Church with Rev. Thomas Davis and Rev. Joseph Kilmer officiating. Interment will follow at the Lacey St. Cemetery. Family and friends may call at the church on Saturday, January 7 from 10:00 AM until the time of the service. Funeral services are entrusted with Sheldon Funeral Homes, Laceyville, PA. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Don’s name to the Braintrim Baptist Church, PO Box 281, Laceyville, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 1/4/2017

 

FRED C. DAVIS, age 83. of Mansfield, PA, died Friday, January 6, 2017 at The Green Home, Wellsboro, PA. He was born April 14, 1933 in Mansfield, PA, a son of Leigh and Anne (Phelps) Davis. Fred is survived by his wife, Vida (Hummel) Davis. He was a Math Teacher at the Mansfield High School and a U.S. Army Veteran. He enjoyed running marathons and ran in ten Boston Marathon's. Fred also enjoyed golfing and was a member of Corey Creek Golf Club. In addition to his wife, Vida, Fred is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Mary Ann and Ronald Sick of Middlebury Center, PA; two nephews, David (Charisse) Sick of Lindley, PA and Tim (Karen) Sick of Wellsboro, PA. In keeping with Fred's wishes, there will be no services. Memorial donations may be made in Fred's memory to the Mansfield Hose Co., 381 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family. –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/8/2017

 

RETIRED SFC JOHN DEMARK JR., 80, of Fayetteville passed away on Sunday January 1, 2017. Mr. DeMark served two years in the Navy before joining the Army. He served in the Vietnam War during his service and retired after 23 years of military life. After his retirement from the Army, he was a manager at JiffyLube, and also worked for UPS and the VA Hospital. He was a dedicated volunteer at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum and was a former Governor of the Fayetteville Moose Lodge. Mr. DeMark is survived by his wife, Elizabeth "Betty" DeMark of the home; his two sons, John J. DeMark, III of Salt Lake City, Utah and Dean M. DeMark of Fayetteville; his daughter, Robin K. DeMark of Mt. Olive; and three grandchildren, Madison DeMark, Morgan DeMark, both of Fayetteville and Kate DeMark of Salt Lake City, Utah. The family will receive friends 6-8 pm tonight, January 5, 2017 at Rogers and Breece Funeral Home. A rosary will be held at 7:30 pm in the chapel. A private family burial will take place on Friday, January 6, 2017. Services entrusted to Rogers and Breece Funeral Home. –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/5/2017

 

DARROL A. DETRICK, 86, of Springville, PA passed away on Friday, November 18, 2016 at Endless Mountains Health Systems in Montrose, PA. He was born in Bentonville, Arkansas on October 5, 1930 to the late LaRoy and Margaret Jane (Quick) Detrick. His wife of 63 years, Dorothy J. “Dottie” (Mick) Detrick survives. Darrol is also survived by his two sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Emily Detrick, Canada, Steven and Linda Detrick, Albuquerque, NM, daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and David Chudleigh, Springville, PA, eleven grandchildren, Jason Detrick, Analiese (Alex) Passey, Christopher (Emily) Detrick, Jennilee Detrick, Suzanne (Randy) Bell, Brian (Michelle) Chudleigh, Julia (Patrick) Salemme, MaryBeth (Eric) Buffington, John Detrick, Kent (Elizabeth) Detrick, Rachel Detrick, twenty great-grandchildren, brother and sister-in-law, Alvin and Karen Detrick, Colorado, many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was also predeceased by his half-brother, Larol Detrick and half-sister, Bertha Cook. A Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at the Montrose Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints with Ryan Wilcox presiding. Interment will be in the Lynn Cemetery, Springville, PA. Friends may call on the family an hour prior to the service. Darrol faithfully served our country in the US Marines for 4 years, the US Air Force Reserves for 4 years, and the US Army for 22 years, retiring from active duty as a Chief Warrant Officer (CW3). As a young Marine, he served in active combat duty during the Korean War, and in the Army during the Viet Nam War. His military specialty was advanced electronics and missile and radar technology. The military was Darrol's career, but his passion in life was being a loving husband and father, and in serving his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. One of the greatest gifts he gave to his 3 children was the gift of being an excellent example of a loving and respectful husband to their mother, Dottie Detrick. He would often hug and kiss her openly, tell her he loved her, eat and compliment all her food - except for her one-time cottage cheese, tomato soup, and peanut casserole, never say anything negative or unloving to her face or behind her back, and never complain about her frequent moving of the furniture, even if it caused him to trip in the dark as he went to the kitchen in the middle of the night. Darrol was amazingly neat, orderly, and organized. He never went camping with the family without proactively leaving each campsite at least twice as clean as it was when he arrived. He taught by words and actions that we are all responsible for respecting our environment, and we should never use the laziness, messiness, or disrespect of other people as an excuse for not keeping public or private places neat and clean. Darrol truly loved all people regardless of their color and ethnicity. Even back when it was socially acceptable in many circles to be a racist, he would often invite young soldiers of all ethnicities he worked with to come home with him to eat dinner and spend holidays with his family in his home, telling his kids that he wanted to make sure these guys felt supported, accepted, and like they had a home away from home. He always encouraged those around him to love and respect each other, and to solve their differences in a Christ-like way. He was deeply spiritual, and loved and honored God in every way possible. He believed strongly in doing the will of the Lord. He prayed often that God would lead him and his family to the places and people whom the Lord wanted them to serve, even when it was not convenient or fun. It is highly improbable that he ever ate a meal without first giving thanks to God for it in prayer. Personal, public, and family prayer was as much a part of his life as was breathing. His love and deep devotion to the Lord was abundantly apparent in his public and professional life as well as behind closed doors with his wife and family. Darrol's honesty and integrity are almost legendary. His son Michael recalls a few occasions when his Dad would notice that a cashier had given him too much change, and he would always return the excess with no hesitation. One event they recall was when Darrol realized he had received five cents too much change after leaving a hamburger stand. He turned the car around and drove back a few miles to return it, telling the children that honesty applied to a single penny or nickel as much as it did to a thousand dollars. Whenever he sold his used car to someone, he always made sure it was fixed up as much as possible, told the buyer of any problems it might still have, and always insisted on accepting a price considerably lower than the real value of the car, just in case the car might have a problem in the near future. Church was always an integral part of Darrol's life. From a very young age, he went to church regularly. In the early part of his life he was a very active member of the Church of the Brethren and the Disciples of Christ Church, serving in various positions such as choir member, choir director, and Sunday school teacher. After joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 1971, he continued to serve in various positions including music director, home teacher, Sunday school teacher, and Bishop, as well as serving three full-time missions with his wife, Dottie. Music was always one of Darrel’s great loves. One of his unfulfilled ambitions was to be an elementary school music teacher. He played trombone in the Marine band, played the guitar, and shared his musical talents often through his beautifully rich baritone voice. He sang in public as well as in the home, often singing duets with his equally talented wife. His children remember waking up many mornings, especially Sunday mornings before church, to the angelic sounds of their parents rehearsing choir hymns. Those were special moments and will be cherished always. Darrol never uttered a mean or unkind word about anyone, and often even prayed for the happiness and success of those who might be considered his enemies. He truly exemplified Christ-like benevolence and love in all his actions and words. He touched many lives with inspired spiritual counsel, and left behind a legacy of integrity, honestly, respectfulness, patriotism, and Christian living that has, and will continue to inspire all who knew him and all who will come after him. He will be dearly missed, and yet in the midst of the sorrow his wife, family, and friends now feel, there is joy in knowing that he is now in a much better place, and that family ties and relationships are eternal and will continue far beyond the horizon of this mortal existence. –Funeral home obituary contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

DEWALD –LOIS LOUISE SMITH, 89, of Hughesville died Saturday, January 14, at The Gatehouse at Divine Providence Hospital. She was the widow of Alvin R. Smith who died February 27, 2007. Born March 3, 1927 in Pennsdale, she is the daughter of the late Harry D. and Malvina (May) DeWald. She married Alvin R. Smith on May 5, 1947. Lois attended Hughesville Friends Church. She enjoyed canning, sewing, taking care of her family and home, reading, and word search books. Lois taught her daughters the love of reading and sewing. Her son remembers every Saturday she baked two pies for her family. She enjoyed watching television shows with her friend/caregiver Betty Kilburn, for the past year and a half. Lois enjoyed visits from her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She worked for the Hughesville School District in the cafeteria for many years. She also worked at Montgomery Mills. Surviving are two daughters, Cheryl (Kendall) Peterman of Muncy, Darla (Paul) Los of Mifflinburg; a son, Ronald (Susan) Smith of Hughesville, a siste, Ruth Harris of Williamsport; eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by five brothers, Bert, Truman, Freece, Donald, and Vall Lynn DeWald; and four sisters, Arlene Rider, Florence Hall, Lenna Minier, and Opel Swartz. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 18 at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Rev. Dan Cale officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hughesville. Visitation will be on Wednesday one hour prior to the funeral service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Lois's name to The Gatehouse, C/O Susquehanna Health Foundation, 1001 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA. –Williamsport Sun-Gazette 1/16/2017

THE REV. DR. KEITH MERTONDEWEY, age 89, born October 28, 1927 to Harry Philip and Sallie Mae (Hill) Dewey in Gaines, Pennsylvania, died on December 2, 2016 at the Leo Center for Caring in Rochester, NY. An eleventh generation American nurtured in a loving family; wedded on June 28, 1947 and married for six decades to L. Flo (Hoak), an angel whom he had known since the fifth grade and with whom he graduated from Gaines High School in 1945 (d. February 13, 2010). Keith was also predeceased by his parents and a brother, Philip H. Dewey II. Keith is survived by a sister, Betty Jean Parker of Wellsboro PA and a sister-in-law, Anne Dewey of Melbourne FL; by his seven children, whom he described as "remarkable": Dennis (Susan) of Utica NY, Wayne (Laura) of Schroon Lake NY, Brenda of North Chili NY, Paul (Debbie) of Honeoye NY, Christine (Allen) Carstensen of Trumansburg NY, Nancy (Blair) Brown of Rochester NY, and Philip (Bonnie) of Lima NY; grandfather of 15: Julia Jane Dewey, Josiah Dewey, Jesse Dewey, Marcy Mahoney, Kelly Walsh, Patricia Frangella, Carie Burtner, Christy Burtner, Brandon Burtner, Amy Carstensen, Edwin Carstensen, Laura Flo Carstensen, Alison Mae Armstrong, Hillary Brown, Gregory Dewey; great-grandfather of nine; several nieces and nephews and his dear friend, Catherine Schnurr of Raleigh, NC. Keith was educated in and degreed from three universities; ordained and ministered in the United Methodist Church for forty-one years in three states; a teacher of high school English for 21 years mostly at East High School in Rochester; a radar specialist in US Army Signal Corps; an Army Reserve Chaplain for six years; a world traveler, player of chess, hypnotist; author of a dissertation on Robert Frost's poetry entitled Risking Spirit; lover of people; speculator; a worker with words, a poet of sorts; a very happy man who loved his extended family and whose joy was helping those in need; a lover of music, dancing and singing, and always sharing his sense of humor. He left behind these words: "All of life went so quickly. Measured against the timescale of the universe, the human life span is immeasurably insignificant, a dream. Love one another. Thanks to the many who trusted, nurtured and loved me." In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to charities that support children, or a charity of your choice. Calling Hours at Merton H. Kays Funeral Home in Honeoye Falls, NY on Sunday December 11th from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. A service celebrating his life will be announced at a later date. –Elmira Star-Gazette 23/7/2016

 

JAMES M. ‘JIMMY’ DONAHUE age 64 passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, December 10, 2016. Jimmy was born in Elmira, a loving son of the late Thomas and Helen (McCarthy) Donahue. He was also predeceased by his "special dad", Lee Hastings. Jimmy is survived by his loving partner Christine Tongue of Gillett PA and her family, children, Susan (William) Hawthorne, Michelle (Charles) Larrabee, Pamela (Mickey) Kreisler; 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Jimmy is also surived by his "special mom", Patricia Hastings of Watkins Glen; loving brothers and sisters, John T. (Donna) Donahue of Apple Valley MN, Ann (Edward) Shive of Hamilton NY, Robert E. (Kathy) Donahue of Elmira, Mary V. Donahue of Horseheads, Brian J. (Karen) Donahue of Kirkville NY, Matthew (Deborah) Hastings of Horseheads, Andrew (Jane) Hastings of Plano TX, Mary (Kevin) Suits of Watkins Glen, Stephen G. (Tina) Donahue of Elmira; along with several nieces and nephews. Jimmy was a 1970 graduate of Thomas A. Edison High School. He then entered the military serving his country in the U.S. Army. Jimmy was a former employee of the Elmira Correctional Facility and was a memberof the Elmira Elk Lodge  #62. Family and friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, 502 W. Water Street, Elmira, on Friday, December 16, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held for Jimmy on Saturday, December 17, 2016, 10:00 a.m., St. Mary's Church, Elmira. Military honors will follow outside of the church. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to a charity of your choice in memory of Jimmy. –Elmira Star-Gazette 12/12/2016

 

WAYNE R. EARLEY, age 67, of Millerton, PA, passed away Thursday, December 15, 2016 at Arnot Ogden Hospital, Elmira, NY. He was born July 30, 1949 in Elmira, NY, a son of Robert and Leora (Woodbury) Earley. Wayne was married to Jacquelyn (Finch) Earley. He was employed at Weyerhaeuser in Elmira, NY before he retired. He attended the Jackson Summit Baptist Church, was a member of the U.A.W. Local 1337 and enjoyed hunting, fishing and woodworking. Wayne is survived by his wife, Jacquelyn; his mother, Leora, of Millerton, PA; a son and daughter-in-law, Chad and Kim Earley of Wellsboro, PA; a daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Vern Heck of Covington, PA; a step-daughter, Terralyn Austin of Elmira, NY; two sisters, Jackie (Ron) Comfort, and Gail (Richard) Hatcher all of Millerton, PA; 5 grandchildren, Devan Heck, Brandon Heck, Ashley Heck, Robert Earley, Riley Garrett, and Aria Austin. He was predeceased by his father, Robert Earley. Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. A memorial service will follow at 7:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home to assist with expenses. –Funeral home obit 12/18/2016

 

DONALD LEONARD EDSALL, 72, of Sayre, passed away unexpectedly at the Robert Packer Hospital CCU, Sunday January 15, 2017. He was born at Mills Hospital in Towanda, Pa., on December 13, 1944. He is survived by his wife Carol (Hotalen) Edsall at home; son Stan Edsall of Sayre; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law DeEtta (Hotalen) and Willis Kreiser of Athens, Pa., and Eva (Hotalen) and Ed Kretsch of Owego, N.Y.; and nephews Devin and Shayne Brewer of Athens Pa. At Donald's request, all services will be private at the convenience of the family. Caring assistance provided by Cooley Tioga Point Cremation and Burial Options, Athens, Pa. –Sayre Morning Times 1/17/2017

ROBERT B. EDWARDS age 68, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, February 24, 2017. Bob was born in Wellsboro PA, a son of the late Arland and Florence Crusoe Edwards. He was also predeceased by brother John Edwards and sisters, Patricia Hamlin and Arlene Edwards. Bob is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Karen Burdick Edwards; daughters, Ashley McGrane of Boston MA with husband Bryan and their daughter, Madison, and Danielle Edwards of Canton MA with Brian Assessor; brother, William Edwards of Idaho with Peter Anastos; brothers-in-law, Roger Hamlin of Michigan, Kevin Burdick of North Carolina and William Burdick of Syracuse; nieces and nephews, Arland Edwards, Amanda Hamlin, Eric (Mary) Hamlin, Todd and Brian (Tammie) Burdick; extended family Karen Burdick and April LaFontaine; several cousins and numerous friends. Bob is also survived by his faithful canine companions Gabbie and Sammy. Bob was a graduate of Elmira Free Academy. He earned both his undergraduate and Master's Degree from Elmira College. Bob was a beloved teacher at Beecher Elementary School for over 30 years, teaching every grade level from first to sixth. He was well known for his unique ways of getting through to his students and using his endless creativity to make learning fun. Bob was very artistic. In addition to playing and teaching guitar, he made jewelry and was a painter and woodworker. He enjoyed working in his garden, fishing, and traveling with his family. He loved doing crossword puzzles and was an extremely competitive game player. Bob was a devoted husband to Karen and together they took great pride in the accomplishments of their beloved daughters. Family and friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, 502 W. Water Street, Elmira, on Monday, February 27, 2017 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. A funeral service will follow at 1:15 p.m. Those wishing may remember Bob with a donation to Community Arts Center of Elmira, 413 Lake Street, Elmira NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 2/26/2017

 

ELLIS –BRENDA DECKER, age 59 of Elmira, NY. She was born April 7, 1957 in Elmira, NY, daughter of the late Howard and Bernetta (Johnson) Ellis and passed away peacefully Thursday, December 8, 2016 surrounded by her loving children. Brenda is survived by her husband, Ray Decker; her son Eddy (Paula) Howard Jr. of Elmira; daughters, Trina (heather) Felker of Elmira and Crystal (Wally) Irons of Athens, PA; grandchildren, Jolene Dennison, Kaylyn Porter and Tre' Porter; sisters, Shirley Andrews, Joyce Nichols, and Gert Tyler, all of Elmira, along with Linda (Dillon) Kalkhurst and Marion Emerson of Florida; brother, Sonny (Ginny) Ellis of Elmira; along with several nieces, great-nieces, nephews, great-nephews, and many other loving family. Brenda's family will conduct private services; they ask those wishing to make a donation to a charity of their choice in Brenda's name. –Elmira Star-Gazette 12/11/2016

 

FERGUSON –DEBORAH BAILEY, 65, Spencer, died Saturday, December 17, 2016 at Rochester, N.Y. She is survived by son, Jay (Michelle) Bailey; three granddaughters, Brianna, Kayla, Alexis Bailey; grandson, Jacob Rorick; two great-grandchildren; son's special friend, Dewey Ervay, who was always willing to lend a hand; three nieces and one nephew; three brothers, Art, Timothy, Harry (Carla) Ferguson; stepson, David Bailey; step-daughter, Sandy Bailey and many step grand kids. There will be no service at this time. A graveside burial will be held in the spring. Arrangements are with Allen-Manzer Funeral Home, Spencer, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 12/20/2016

 

CHARLES FITZSIMMONS, 62, of Troy, PA passed away while surrounded by loved ones on Friday morning, December 2, 2016 at Guthrie Troy Community Hospital following a courageous battle with cancer. Charles William, “Chuck” to family and friends, was born November 2, 1954 in Philadelphia. He was one of four sons of Edmund and Helen (Hipple) Fitzsimmons. On November 28, 1981, he married the former Doreen Morgan in the Austinville Church. Chuck was skilled in a variety of carpentry trades and enjoyed his work. He was self-employed for several years. A private person, he overcame some personal struggles; Chuck’s family was his pride and joy. He was an avid outdoorsman, especially enjoying hunting, bowhunting and fishing. One would usually find him out on his family's cabin….mowing, and doing it the right way. He was a die-hard Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs fan. Chuck also loved dogs and raised them all his life. His family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Renzi, his staff and the Troy Hospital staff. In addition to his parents, Helen and Edmund of Pottstown, surviving is his wife Doreen, four children; Jordan (Rachel) Fitzsimmons of Raeford, NC, Christine (Patrick) McCarty, Kelly (Joseph) Chamberlain and Melissa (Joshua) Strope all of Troy, nine grandchildren; Patrick, Logan, Addison, Mallory, Mikayla, Miranda, Tristan, Vivian and Zoey, three brothers; William (Cherie) Fitzsimmons of Pottstown, Edmund III (Denise) Fitzsimmons of Birdsboro and Robert Fitzsimmons (Fiancée, Michele Anderson) of Mill Village, several nieces, nephews and cousins. Chuck also leaves his beloved canine companions, Heidi and Ziva. He was predeceased by maternal and paternal grandparents and his father-in-law, Kenneth Morgan. Also, two very special dogs, Teddy and Thea. In keeping with Mr. Fitzsimmon’s wishes, services and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers consider a memorial to Bradford County Humane Society, P.O. Box 179 Ulster, PA or to Animal Care Sanctuary, P.O. Box A East Smithfield, PA. Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Drive in Canton is in care of his arrangements. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

HAROLD ARTHUR (HAL) FLOOD, 82, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. A devoted husband to the late Elizabeth Jayne (Theetge) Flood for 51 years until her passing in 2005 and son of Frank Scott Flood and Alice Elizabeth (Hawley) Flood, Hal was born in Sayre, Pa., Jan. 25, 1934. Hal was baptized, confirmed and married at the Church of the Redeemer in Sayre, Pa., where he and Elizabeth were members for many years before moving away. Hal served proudly in the United States Army, Pfc(T) on active duty from 1953-1955 where he received a National Defense Service Medal as well as a medal for good conduct. He then served on the Army Reserves until 1961, where he was honorably discharged from standby reserves. After his years in the military, Hal went on to a distinguished career that started with RCA in Camden, N.J., where he performed electronic designs for radios, TVs, and the Apollo space missions. He spent the next 25 years with the DuPont Company where he served as their manager of Human Resources until his retirement in 1994. He spent the final years of his working career as the Global Director of Human Resources for SouthCo and then had his second and final retirement in 1999. Hal and Elizabeth spent many joyful years together in New Jersey (from Collingswood to Stratford) and Newark, Del., eventually moving to their log home near North East, Md., in 1988. Liz and Hal relished in the joy of their three children, Victoria Elizabeth Gilley (spouse, Bob Gilley) of Chesapeake City, Md.; Rebecca Jayne Flood (spouse, the late Rev. Dr. Maurice Wilson) of Costa Mesa, Calif.; and Andrew T. Flood (spouse, Janice Flood) of North East, Md. They shared 10 wonderful grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren who will all miss their Poppy. Hal had a big heart and shared openly with his family as well as those with whom he worked. He was a devoted member of Holy Trinity (Collingwood, N.J.) St. James Episcopal Church (Millcreek, Del.), where he served as the lay minister to the children's service for over two decades and throughout his time at St. James he served on the vestry, including Senior Warden and chaired construction and renovations to both the parish hall and church. He and Elizabeth more recently attended St. Mary Anne's Episcopal Church (North East, Md.) where he again served on the vestry and as Senior Warden. He also helped train the acolytes at all three churches. In addition, Hal was very active in his community and for decades was a member of the Chorus on the Brandywine, including president. He enjoyed greatly singing and the work of the barbershop, especially the outreach they did in the community. He was also a proud member of F&AM, Collingswood Cloud Lodge #101, Collingswood, N.J., since 1959. Throughout Hal's life he was an avid wood worker designing and making beautiful furniture for his home, his churches, children's homes, and for many friends and family members. Hal spent his final years with his partner of 11 years, Sally Musto, in a small town in Pennsylvania, West Pittston, where he enjoyed numerous hobbies and friends, including woodworking and golf with his buddies. Visitation for family and friends will be held Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. at Crouch Funeral Home, 127 S. Main St., North East, Md. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Anne's Episcopal Church, 315 S. Main St., North East, Md. The Rev. John Schaeffer will officiate. Interment will immediately follow (weather permitting) in St. Mary Anne's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be sent to St. Mary Anne's Episcopal Church, 315 S. Main St., North East, MD. –Sayre Morning Times 1/11/2017

 

KATHLEEN P. FLORY age 61, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, January 11, 2016. She was born in Elmira a daughter of the late John A. and Patricia Cahill Flory. She was also predeceased by her brother, Mark Flory and infant brother Thomas Walter Flory. Katie is survived by her siblings and their families, Barbara Flory of Athens PA with children, Patricia (Victor) DeLaet, Adam Lewis and John (Carrie) Lewis; John Patrick Flory of Sitka AK; Maribeth and Robert Lambert of Elmira with children, Matthew (Kate), Emily (Vinh) Nguyen, Christian and Catherine Lambert; Ashley Files Flory of Takoma Park MD with daughter Grace Flory; Brian and Elizabeth Flory of Juneau AK; Teresa and Dennis Kennelly of Rochester with daughter Margaret Kennelly; great niece Jordan Miller; great nephews, Connor Jack Lambert and Walter Lee Lewis; special friend Darryl Gunderman of Lowman; also extended family and good friends. Family and friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, 502 W. Water St. Elmira, on Sunday, January 15, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. with a prayer service to follow. A private Mass of Christian Burial, for Katie, will be held at a later date. Katie was a graduate of Notre Dame High School and St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing. She worked in the operating room at St. Joseph's Hospital for several years before moving to Texas. Upon returning to Elmira, Katie worked for Chemung County for many years. She took great joy in the accomplishments of her nieces and nephews. Katie was an avid reader who found spiritual inspiration in her religion and in works ranging from Robert Frost to Tolkien: "Not all who wander are lost". Those wishing may remember Katie with a donation to Chemung County Library District Friends. –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/13/2017

 

FOLEY –DONNA LYNN FOLEY-SEIBER, 70, of Millerton, PA, passed away December 2, 2016, at home. She was born November 11, 1946, in Boston, MA, the daughter of John & Cleatis Sturgeon Foley. Donna was a retired Home Health Aide. She is survived by her husband of 32 years, James, her brother, Steven Foley of Tucson, AZ, her foster sister, Debbie Gianola in WA. She was predeceased by brothers, John & Richard Foley. Friends are invited to call at the Gary W. Wilston Funeral Home & Cremation Service 130 S. Main St. Mansfield, PA, Friday 6-8 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Donna's memory may be made to the Chemung County SPCA 2435 Route 352, Elmira, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 12/7/2016

 

ROBERT C. ‘BOB’ FRATRIK, 77, of Milan, PA passed away at home with his family by his side on Thursday, February 16, 2017 following an extended illness. He was born on January 8, 1940 in Philadelphia, PA the son of the late John F. and Emma (Jacobsen) Fratrik. Bob loved spending time with his family. He was a Building Contractor in Bucks and Philadelphia Counties. He was an avid Phillies Fan and enjoyed his cats. He is predeceased by his three brothers, Kenny, Allan, and Wayne Fratrik. Bob is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ellen at home, daughter, Karen Earls of Milan, PA, son and daughter-in-law Rob and Cynthia Fratrik of Athens, PA, grandchildren Shaun and Keisha Samarco, Keira Samarco, Jaime and Anthony Sparrow, and Genevieve Millard, great-grandchildren, Elijah Samarco, Paisley Sparrow, Jacob Millard, and Dennis Doris, siblings, Ronald Fratrik and Jim Lemon, Linda and Dave Polachowski, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Following Bob’s wishes, 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. In memory of Bob, the family requests a Random Act of Kindness. –Towanda Daily Review 2/18/2017

 

GORDON L. ‘BALDY’ FRY, 87, of Muncy, died Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. Born January 20, 1929 in Montoursville, he was a son of the late Walter and Alta Fry. He married the former Edith M. Summers, and together they celebrated 67 years of marriage. Baldy was an avid workaholic. In his younger years he enjoyed camping in Hillsgrove with his family and friends, and hunting as a young adult. He spent his winters in Florida, where he enjoyed boating, being a captain of a boat club. Surviving in addition to his wife is a daughter, Jodie (Stephen) Sanner of Muncy and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

GAWRON –JAN LOOMIS, 60, of Montrose, PA passed away, Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at her home. Born November 9, 1956 in Susquehanna, PA, she was the daughter of the late Alex Gawron and Marjorie Gawron. She was a member of Holy Name Of Mary Catholic Church, and the YMCA in Carbondale. Her passions included fishing, gardening, birdwatching, animals, being involved in PTO and other school related activities when her children attended school. She loved and could often be seen with her dog, "Oreo", wherever she went. Jan loved her family and bringing a smile to those around her. She also worked for & assisted her husband in his business at Forest City Beverage. Survivors include her husband of 37 years, Jeffrey Loomis of Montrose, PA; daughter and partner, Tiffany M. Loomis & Mark Babli of Philadelphia, PA; daughter and partner, Krystle Loomis & Ed Shinn of Montrose, PA; daughter and husband, Melanie & Joshua Daniels of Philadelphia, PA; a granddaughter, McKenzie Shinn; brothers and sisters-in-law, John & Connie Gawron of Susquehanna, PA; Joseph & Mary Gawron of Kansas City, MO; sister and brother-in-law, Alexis & Don Martin of Kansas City, MO; mother-in-law , Jean Loomis of Montrose, PA; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Chrisann & Eddie Rowe of Ashburn, VA; and many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents she was predeceased by sisters, Susan and Gina Gawron, & father-in-law Irving N. "Werdie" Loomis, Jr. Services: 2:00 pm Thursday at Bartron-Myer Funeral Home, Inc., Montrose, PA. Visitation: 6:00-8:00 PM on Wednesday. Instead of flowers: Memorial contributions may be made to NEPA Community Health Care, at the Community Foundation of Susquehanna, 270 Lake Ave., Montrose, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

GOOD –DORIS MAE WAINWRIGHT died peacefully on November 5, 2016 in Murray, Utah at her daughter's home. She was born February 9, 1918 in Elmira, New York to Hugh Wilson Baird Good and Martha Ellen Porter Good. Doris graduated from Elmira's Southside High School in 1936. In 1939, she married the love of her life, Carl Wainwright. During WW11, while Carl served in the ski troops, Doris worked for Eclipse Machine Company making airplane parts to help the war effort. She felt, her most rewarding job was working for Chemung County as a health aid, were she served the elderly and handicapped of the county.Doris is preceded in death by her husband, father, mother, brother (Hugh Wilson Baird Good Jr.) and her sons-in-law; Don Cromar and Kenneth Shon. She is survived by her sister, Jean Vantine, daughter, Penni Cromar, grandsons; Marek Shon and his family, Jonathan Cromar and Alexander Cromar, and her nieces; Lauralee Howley and Sue Broska, and their families.Doris had an indomitable positive spirit through her failing years, offering a warm friendly smile to all who visited her. She was kind and loving and will be missed. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday December 7, 2016 at 10 AM at the Lynch Funeral Home, 318 West Broad Street, Horseheads , NY. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Humane Society. –Elmira Star-Gazette 12/5/2016

 

GOODWIN –ALMA GOODWIN JOSBENA, 97, highly regarded resident of Towanda, Pa., passed away Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016 at the Schmeckenbecher Personal Care Home in Towanda Township, Pa. Alma was born on March 21, 1919 in East Towanda, Pa., the daughter of Archie and Frances Allen Goodwin. She was a graduate of Towanda High School Class of 1938 and, in early years, was employed by the Myrna Lee Hosiery Mill in Towanda. Alma worked for Sam Epstein at The Hub Store in Towanda and was employed by the Social Security Administration in Towanda for a number of years. She was later associated with Myrna and Marge Kreisher at The Tree Stump and Craft Corner in Towanda until her retirement. Alma was a devoted member of the First United Methodist Church in Towanda for 83 years, having joined the church in 1933. She served as a Sunday school teacher and was a member of the church prayer circle, United Methodist Women, Critchlow Friendship Circle and My Brother's Keepers Ugly Quilt Group. Alma was a dedicated supporter of community and civic affairs, having served as a former Girl Scout and Cub Scout Leader and volunteer for the American Red Cross, Reach to Recovery Program, Meals on Wheels, Relay for Live and the Outstanding Young Woman Program. She was a member of the Towanda Garden Club and served as Judge of Elections in Towanda's First Ward for many years. Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Jeanne (James) Carlson of Blossburg, Pa.; son, Manuel A. Josbena of Elmira, N.Y.; daughter-in-law, Donna Josbena of Springfield, Pa.; grandchildren, Isaac Josbena, Erika (Austin) VanDeVyvere, Nathan Josbena, Matthew Josbena, Sarah (Tim) Murray, Rachel Carlson, Angela Josbena, Evelyn (Megan) Josbena and Brandon Carlson; great grandson, Brady VanDeVyvere; her sister, Barbara Yanofsky of Scottsdale, Ariz.; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Emanuel Josbena in 1971; her son, Michael A. Josbena in 2015; great-granddaughter, Mariah Josbena; sister, Marjorie Aten; and brothers, Archie, Donald, Jack and Walter Goodwin. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 23, 2016 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa., with Chaplain Richard Davis of Guthrie Hospice officiating. The family will receive friends from 12 to 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home and suggests that contributions may be directed to the First United Methodist Church, 105 Main St., Towanda, PA in Alma's memory. –Towanda Daily Review 12/18/2016

 

KENNETH M. GRAVES - In loving memory of Kenneth M. Graves, 70, who passed away on November 19, 2016 while at home in West Palm Beach, Florida surrounded by his family. Ken was born in Elmira, NY and resided in Apalachin and Owego NY before moving to Florida in 1994. He resided in Port St Lucie for 18 years before recently moving to West Palm Beach. He was the owner and operator of Ken's Service Center in Apalachin, NY for close to twenty years and continued working in the automotive industry while in Florida prior to his retirement in 2008. Ken is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Sandy; son Scott and his wife Andrea; son Mike and his wife Pam; son Chris and his wife Lori; grandchildren Zak, Lexi, and Alli. He is additionally survived by his sister, Frances Cappucci and husband Ron and sister, Bonnie Weiskopff and husband Harry. He was the son of the late Bernice Graves. Friends may visit from 11:00AM - 12PM on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at Palms West Funeral Home in Royal Palm Beach, Fl. There will be a memorial service at noon followed by entombment at Our Lady Queen of Peace Cemetery. –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/21/2015

 

PATRICIA ANN ‘PAT’ HADDEN of Elmira, NY passed away peacefully at her home on Monday, December 5, 2016. Pat was born in Elmira on July 6, 1938 to the late John A. and Dorothy (Ford) Hadden. She is survived by her brother, John T. Hadden of Davidson, NC; his wife, Martha; nephew, Dr. Scott Hadden of Aumsville, OR; niece, Rebecca Hadden McKeever of Davidson, NC and two grand nieces and one grand nephew. Pat graduated from Elmira Southside High School and then attended nursing school in Port Jervis, NJ where she became a Registered Nurse. Upon graduating from Nursing School she moved to Alberta, Canada where she worked at the Prairie Bible Institute for two years. Subsequently she returned to Elmira and took a position at Arnot Ogden Medical Center where she worked many years before retiring. In her younger years, Pat enjoyed spending summers at the family cabin at Keuka Lake. Her parents were dedicated antique collectors. She got the bug too and developed a passion for R.S. Prussia porcelain. She loved animals and for several years her constant companion was her miniature poodle, Molly. Pat's faith, her church and her church friends were always very important to her. Her family would like to give special thanks to Doris and Rick Proper, to her next door neighbors, Jan and Bill Powell, and to Loraine Hill, who supported her in her later years. Funeral services will take place at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave, Elmira/Southport on Sunday, December 11 at 3:00 PM. Pastor Mark Hickey of Hillcrest Baptist Church will officiate. Memorial donations may be made to Hillcrest Baptist Church, 115 W Hill Road, Elmira, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 12/9/2016

 

DAVID E. HALL SR. was born May 20, 1921 in Lacrosse, WI the son of the late Frank and Marion (Chaffee) Hall went home to be with his Lord on Friday, November 18, 2016 at the age of 95. His sisters: Lillian Lang, Doris Sokolik and Laura Knobloch; brother: Gilbert Hall; wife: Virginia Hall preceded him in death. Dave is survived by his beloved children: son, David E. Hall Jr.; daughters: Diana (Debbie) Hall-Chrispell and Debra (Michael) Willesy; mother of his children, Margaret Carney; granddaughters: Kelli Arcovio (Kyle Easling), Katie (Stephen) Ruggiano, Autumn Johnston (David Lawrence) and Christina Willsey; great grandchildren: Seth Farrell, Stephen, Ruggiano, Joslynn Easling and Teagan Easling; sister-in-law, Shirley Lehmann; along with several nieces and nephews. Dave was a Veteran of the US Navy proudly serving his country on the USS Rolla (PC-483) Radioman 3rd Class. He was a member of the Elmira Christian Center and drove Sunday School bus over 40 years. He also volunteered as a senior companion with the Fingerlakes DDSO. Family and friends are invited to call at the Elmira Christian Center 235 E. Miller Street Elmira on Monday, November 21, 2016 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Funeral services honoring his life will follow the visitation at 6 p.m. Lay Pastor John P. Knapp will officiate. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be directed to the Alzheimer’s, 435 E. Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/21/2016

 

HARRIS –PATRICIA L. PHINNEY, age 71, of Standing Stone Township, PA, formerly of Laceyville, PA, went home to be with her loving Lord and Savior, Saturday, December 24, 2016. Patricia was born on December 1, 1945 in Sayre, PA, the daughter of the late Barton P. Harris who passed away on April 20, 1978, and Doris Browning Harris who passed away on July 24, 2007. She married the late Orrin “Sonny” Phinney on September 25, 1965. The couple were married for 48 years until he passed away on September 12, 2014. Patricia graduated from the Wyalusing Valley High School with the class of 1963. After graduating high school she attended the Rochester Business Institute. Patricia was a member of the Braintrim Baptist Church in Laceyville, PA and was very active with various activities in the church. She loved spending time with her family and being active with her grandchildren. Patricia is survived by her two daughters Lori Mislevy and her husband Darren of Tunkhannock, PA and Catherine Nicholas and her husband Nick of Tunkhannock, PA; her two grandchildren Hannah Mislevy and Ryan Nicholas both of Tunkhannock; brother Phillip Harris of San Antonio, TX; brothers-in-law Fred Phinney of Laceyville, PA and William Phinney (Lynda) of Laceyville, PA; sisters-in-law Geraldine Fassett of Tunkhannock, PA; Grace Ann Iffert of Tunkhannock, PA; Joyce Place of Kendallville, IN; Betty Charland of Laceyville, PA; Helen Valentine (Roger) of Laceyville, PA; Donna Latini of Spring Hill, PA; Janice Selbig (Dubois) of Dallas, GA; and Lois Phinney of Mehoopany, PA. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. Besides her parents and husband she was preceded in death by sister-in-law Yvonne Phinney; brothers-in-law Joe Fassett; Paul Iffert; David Place; and Ernest Latini. Funeral services for Patricia will be held on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 11:00 AM at the Braintrim Baptist Church in Laceyville, PA with Reverend Thomas Davis of the church officiating. Interment will be held at the North Flat Cemetery following the service. Family and friends may call at the church from 10:00 AM until the time of the service. Arrangements were entrusted with Sheldon Funeral Homes, Main Street, Laceyville, PA. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Patricia’s name to the Braintrim Baptist Church, PO Box 281, Laceyville, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 12/27/2016

 

EBEN H. HARVEY, 95, of Tunkhannock, passed away on Friday morning, January 6, 2017, surrounded by his family. Born in Vosburg, Pennsylvania on Halloween in 1921, he was the son of the late Samuel Smith Harvey and Mary Jones. Eben was a World War II veteran who proudly served his country in England, Germany, and France before being Honorably Discharged. He returned home and married the love of his life, the former Ada Blanche Crone, and together raised their daughter, the late Betty (Harvey) Podlaski. Eben and Ada celebrated 71 years together this year. What a testament to their love! He worked as a bus driver, short order cook, security guard, and even travelled with the King Red Carnival as carnival worker with his wife Ada, before owning and operating Harvey’s Sanitation, which served Tunkhannock and the surrounding communities for over 30 years. He eventually sold his business to Endless Mountain Disposal and worked there for 7 years prior to retiring. Eben volunteered for the Wyoming County Fair on their clean-up crew for several years and also spent many hours volunteering at the Teen Center which was established in Wyoming County in the late 1980’s. He had playful personality and full of adventure. He loved riding his motorcycles but finally had to stop at the age of 72 after a serious accident which shattered his pelvis. Never daunted, he recovered, reconditioned the motorcycle, and rode it one last time before selling it. Eben also loved the outdoors; hunting and doing landscaping in his yard were his passions. Losing his daughter Betty in 2002 after battling breast cancer was devastating to Eben, but he found strength from his wife Ada, his son-in-law Stanley J. Podlaski and his grandchildren Anthony and Tammy Podlaski of Carlisle, PA, and Angeline (Podlaski) and John Burke of Tunkhannock. The later births of his great-grandchildren: Sophie, Jack and Ian Burke and Piper Podlaski brought such joy to Eben’s life. Poppy, as he was affectionately called, loved to visit with each of his great-grandchildren and even as his breathing issues kept him home more frequently, could always be lifted by seeing their smiles. In addition to his daughter Betty, he was preceded in death by sisters: Mary Harvey and Bernice (Harvey) Cronk, and brothers: James, Walter, and Martin Harvey. Funeral services will be Tuesday January 10, 2017 at 12PM from the Sheldon-Kukuchka funeral Home Inc. with Rev. Brian R. Williams of Osterhout Bible Church. Interment will be in Chapel Lawn Memorial Park, Dallas. Friends and family may call the funeral home from 10 until the time of service on Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in honor of Eben to the Tunkhannock Public Library, 220 W Tioga St, Tunkhannock, PA or the American Cancer Society, 712 S Keyser Ave, Taylor, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

ROBERT W. "BOB" HASSEMER, 73, of Dushore, died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, at Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital.Born Aug. 19, 1943 in Phillipsburg, N.J., he was a son of the late Frank and Hilda Mae Hassemer. He and his wife, the former Deanne E. Briglia, celebrated 38 years of marriage on July 21, 2016. Bob served his country honorably in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. In 1987, after more than two decades of dedicated service to our nation, Bob retired from the U.S. Air Force as an E9 Chief Master Sgt. Following his retirement, Bob returned home and obtained a position with the New Jersey State Parks and Forestry, caring for the grounds of the Governor's Mansion for many years. An outdoors enthusiast, Bob enjoyed gardening, mowing grass, and caring for his home. He also loved decorating his home for the holidays. Surviving, in addition to his wife, are five daughters, Russann DeVine of Wis., Deanne L. (Bobby) Murray of McMurray, Pa., Kathy L. (Bill) Zigenfuss of Bath, Pa., Michelle D. Busch of Allentown, Pa., and Wendy L. (Jay) Figar of Landsford, Pa.; 18 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by a brother, Frank Hassemer. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore with the Rev. Phyllis Pelletier officiating. Burial will follow in Colley Cemetery with full military honors. Friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. –Towanda Daily Review 12/7/2016

 

ADAM DAVID HAWKE, 29, of Warren, OH, died unexpectedly Saturday, December 10, 2016, in Boardman, OH. Adam was born on June 27, 1987, in Cleveland, OH. He was the son of Dr. David B. Hawke, formerly of Towanda, PA, and the late Deborah Miller Hawke. Adam spent his early years in Middlefield, OH, and attended the Bloomfield elementary and high schools in Bloomfield, OH. He later attended Pittsburgh Technical Institute, in Pittsburgh, PA. He enjoyed travel and music. Adam was also fond of animals. He worked for several years as a club D. J. in Warren, OH. Adam is survived by his father, Dr. David B. Hawke and his step-mother, Debra Wilson Hawke, both of Blythewood, SC, two uncles, George E. Hawke of Gibsonville, NC, and James L. Hawke of Towanda, PA, and one aunt, Nancy H. Bomboy of Towanda, PA, along with a number of cousins. Adam was predeceased by his mother, Deborah M. Hawke, in 1989, his grandfather, Dr. Harry L. Hawke, his grandmother, Mary "Molly" Alice Jennings Hawke, both of Towanda, and an uncle, Paul Jennings Brennan, also of Towanda. Arrangements are under the direction of Cremation and Funeral Services by Gary S. Silvat, Youngstown, OH. Any contributions may be directed to The Bradford County Humane Society. –Towanda Daily Review 1/2/2017

 

HAWLEY –MARGARET E. ‘PEGGY’ LEWIS, 73, of Montrose, PA, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at her home. She was born in Binghamton, NY to the late Thomas and Mary (Kacuba) Hawley. Surviving are her two sons and daughters-in-law, Matthew and Gina Lewis, Lansdale, PA, Christopher and Patty Lewis, Brackney, PA, four grandchildren, Madeline, Aidan, and Christopher Lewis, Caitlin Morgan, sister, Fran Allen, Montrose, PA, many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Peggy loved nursing and worked for the Montrose General Hospital and Endless Mountains Health Systems, for over 35 years. She was a member of the Holy Name of Mary Church, and was a volunteer nurse at the Harford Fair for many years. She loved spending time with and spoiling her grandchildren, especially with cookies. Peggy always put others concerns and health above herself; she never wanted to be a burden to anyone. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at the Holy Name of Mary Church, with Rev. Philip S. Rayappan officiating. Interment will be in the Holy Name of Mary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, January 2, 2017 at the Daniel K. Regan Funeral Home. Donations in Peggy’s memory can be sent to the American Heart Assoc., or to the American Diabetes Assoc. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

WILLIAM ‘BILL’ HAY long-time Towanda resident and well-respected teacher, passed away in Zephyrhills, Fla. on Dec. 17, 2016 after a long illness. Bill was born on April 11, 1930 in Easton, Pa., to the late Harold W. Hay and Lydia Seiple Hay Dennis. After his graduation from Bangor High School in 1947, he attended the Engineering Institute in Philadelphia, Pa., and later joined the United States Navy, Aviation Division, where he served during the Korean War. Upon his honorable discharge from the Navy, Bill enrolled at Penn State University, earning both a bachelor and master degree in education. In 1959, Bill began teaching industrial arts in the Towanda school system, where he continued his career through his retirement in 1990. Bill was a member of multiple professional organizations, a past member of the Towanda Country Club and a member of the Elks, Moose and American Legion. He was also a member and past President of the Towanda Lions Club. Bill was a highly skilled woodworker and built exquisitely-crafted, custom-designed furniture, cabinetry, toys and home decor items for his children and grandchildren. He loved to travel, was a huge Penn State fan and an avid bowler and golfer. He was thrilled to bowl a perfect 300 game on Feb. 4, 1992 and hit a hole-in-one on April 3, 2005. He was very inquisitive, enjoyed learning about new places and things and was loved by all for his quick wit and wicked sense of humor. Bill was a loving husband, father and Pop Pop, and his unwavering dedication to his family and friends will be greatly missed. Bill was preceded in death by his parents; step-father, Osville Dennis; sister, Marjorie Speer; brother-in-law, Charles Speer; son, Gordon Hay; mother and father-in-law, Jeanne and Paul Shay; and brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Madaline Shay. He is survived by his loving wife and partner of 38 years, Nancy Shay Hay; children, Jody (Mark) Winston of Thomaston, Maine, Dr. Michael (Joann) Hay of Evans, Ga., and Thomas Hay of Lawrence, Kan.; step-children, Kathleen Smith of West Palm Beach, Fla., Joseph (Lori) Smith of Allentown, Pa., David Smith of San Diego, Calif., and Mark Smith of California; grandchildren, Brianna (Winston) Flagg, Matthew Winston, Mackenzie Hay, Ian Reese, Nick Hay, Sam Hay, Kristi Smith, Haley Smith, Mandi Smith, and Emily Smith; great-granddaughters, Lydia Rose and Adelyn Hazel Flagg; a special nephew, David (Christine) Speer of Ackermanville, Pa. and several nieces and nephews. Private services will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions in Bill's memory can be directed to the Towanda Public Library, 104 Main St., Towanda, PA the American Cancer Society or a charity of one’s choice. –Towanda Daily Review 12/20/2016

 

HENDERSON –KATHRYN EILEEN ALEXANDER, age 95, passed away on Jan. 11, 2017.Born in 1921 in Melvin, Iowa, to the late Roy Henderson and Clare Reynolds, she was raised in Wisconsin and Minnesota. She was married to the late Louis E. Alexander Sr. of Sayre, and is survived by her children Louis (Cambridge, Mass.), Mark (Boulder, Colo.), Richard (San Antonio, Texas), James (Pottstown, Pa.), Jerome (Sicklerville, N.J.), and Michael (Marlboro, Conn.). There are seven living grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.Her daughter Diane and grandson Brian predeceased her.Kathryn's greatest passion was for nursing, and she was a Registered Nurse. Of all the different types of practice that she had, it was in surgery that she took the greatest pride and joy. As she often said, it was there that she felt the greatest sense of satisfaction in helping to fix people or put them back together. Kathryn was a loving person who gave generously of herself and who was there to help others. She was a devoted and very loving mother who put her children above everything else. Among the activities she enjoyed most were reading novels, listening to classical music, and solving crossword puzzles. In the last couple of years of her life, she lost her vision to macular degeneration, but was able to maintain a sharp ability to solve crossword puzzles whose clues were read to her.Kathryn was a young widow, and when her children were grown she moved to Boulder, Colo., where her grandparents were early settlers. Only in the last decade of her life did she return to the East to be near her children, who could help her as her blindness increased.Kathryn was an adventurous person who had a sharp wit and a great sense of humor. Her loving kindness, laughter, and intelligence will be very much missed.A funeral will be held on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 711 N. Franklin St., Pottstown, Pa.Burial will follow in Limerick Garden of Memories.Visitation will be Monday from 10-10:45 a.m. at the funeral home. –Sayre Morning Times 1/13/2017

 

HEYLER –MARGARET ESTHER (HEYLER) RAKER, 93, of Liberty, passed away Saturday, January 14, 2017, at Broad Acres, Wellsboro. Born September 19, 1923, in Nauvoo, she was the daughter of Elmer F. and Alta (Young) Heyler. Margaret graduated from Liberty High School and devoted her life to her family and worked alongside her husband on their farm in Sebring. When farm life permitted, Margaret enjoyed quilting, reading, playing Scrabble with a willing adversary, and completing crossword puzzles and search-a-words. She is lovingly remembered by her grandchildren for her delicious Chex mix, her homemade root beer, the gifts she wrapped in the funny pages, and her willingness to always find time to read aloud a good story. Margaret was a member of the Liberty Lutheran Church, Sebring Grange, and played the organ at the Sebring Zion Lutheran Church until its closure. Surviving are children, Dennis (Linda) Raker of Hawthorne, CA, Joan (Gary ) Blackwell of Liberty; Sue Ellen (Gerald) Krupa of State College; daughter-in-law, Marsha Raker of Roaring Branch; brothers Frederick (JoAnn) Heyler of Nauvoo, and Edward (Dorna) Heyler, Westfield; grandchildren and great grandchildren, Matthew Raker; Amy Raker, Cody, Dillon, Jack, and Savannah; Barry (Leah) Raker, Evelyn and Owen; Carson (Cynthia) Raker; Dariane (Brayden) Lee, Hannah and Sophia; Paul (Christie) Blackwell, Karah and Carly; Alex (Corin) Blackwell, Airianna; Mary Krupa, and Steven Krupa; several Heyler and Raker nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert in 2012, a son, Jack in 2010; brothers: Romayne and Earl, and sister, Mary. Friends will be received Tuesday, January 17th from 12 noon until time of funeral services at 1 p.m. at the Liberty Lutheran Church. Those wishing may honor Margaret with a donation to the Liberty Lutheran Church. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Freeberg Funeral Home, Blossburg. –Williamsport Sun-Gazette 1/16/2017

 

NOLAN ‘PETE’ HILL, age 60 of Elmira, passed away December 7, 2016 surrounded by family. Pete was born on July 19, 1956 to parents Nolan Hill, Sr. and Beatrice Haynes Hill. Surviving are his children: Brittany Hill of Horseheads, NY, Tyler Hill of Owego, NY, Jennifer Merrill of Barre, VT and Jeremy Hill of Barre, VT; sister, Vicky Ellers of Canandaigua, NY; and wife Julie. Per Pete's wishes there will be no services. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Carpenters Funeral Home, 14 E. Pulteney St., Corning has been entrusted with the arrangements. Pete was dearly loved by his family and will be missed very, very much. –Elmira Star-Gazette 12/11/2016

 

RICHARD C. HOFFMAN, 85, of Waverly, N.Y., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 15 at Elderwood Nursing Facility.He was born on Nov. 24, 1931, in Waverly, N.Y. He was the son of the late Pearl (Shipman) and Paul Hoffman and the loving husband of the late Judith Hoffman for 50 years.Richard was a member of the North Barton Grange for 70-plus years. He worked for State Line Auto as ground maintenance for many years, as well as for the Town of Barton. He was a lifelong farmer who loved farming and taking care of his land and animals.Richard was predeceased by his wife Judith Hoffman and his brother and sister-in-law Howard and Patricia Hoffman.Surviving Richard are his sons Michael (Jean) Hoffman, Timothy (Wendy) Hoffman, his three grandchildren Nash Hoffman, Hannah Hoffman, and Ashley Tiffany, and his sister Marie McAfee.A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, March 5, 2017, at the North Barton Grange from 1-4 p.m. for family and friends.A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Halsey Valley Cemetery.Arrangements are with Luckner Funeral Home, 449 Park Ave., Waverly, N.Y. Donations may be directed to the North Barton Grange, P.O. Box 679, Waverly, NY. –Sayre Morning Times 2/18/2017

 

HOLLENBACK –JULIE M. NEVILLE - The Lord stood with me and gave me strength.… Loving wife and mom, Julie M. Neville, 37, of Little Meadows, Pa., was taken from us too soon on Dec. 6, 2016. Our lives will always be impacted from the light that she was and showing her love to her husband, Chris, and children, Ava and Gavin. Julie was a stay-at-home mom who loved her children more than life itself. She was always their biggest fan, cheering loudly on the sidelines as they played their sports, encouraging them to always do their best in school and giving them every opportunity possible to enrich their lives. Julie has been active in 4-H, since she was a Cloverbud. She was on the County Council, and exchange program to Poland. She enjoyed going to camp every year, and has stayed active with her children, helping them with their projects and showing cows. Julie was active in Outstanding Young Women, Cobblestones, and band in her high school years at Troy. She was always bubbly and loved to hang out with friends. She enjoyed camping with her family and spending time together. Julie will be greatly missed by her husband, Christopher Neville; children, Ava and Gavin Neville; her in-laws, Vincent and Debra Neville; sister-in-law, Karen and husband Mark, and her children, Megan and Brayden; brother-in-law, Douglas Neville, his wife Miranda, and daughter Whitney; grandparents, Doug and June Stewart; her sister, Michele Barbour and her husband Calvin, and children Camryn and Evan; sister, Stacey Wilcox and her husband Jason, and children John, Courtney, and Arian; sister, Wendy Alderfer and husband James, and children Rein, Madelaine, and Nadia; step-mother, Dawn Hollenback; and grandparents, William and Iona Betty Green. She was preceded in death by her parents, Russell G. and Judy Hollenback; her grandparents, Agnes and Jim Neville and Donna Stewart. Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16 at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. A funeral service and celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17 at the funeral chapel. Interment and prayers of committal will follow in the St. Luke's Cemetery. Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the Chris Neville Family Care Fund at any First Citizens Bank; or mailed to First Citizens Bank, 847 Main St., Rome, PA in loving memory of Julie M. Neville. –Towanda Daily Review 12/13/2016

 

WARREN J. HOLMES, 85, of Hughesville, passed away Saturday, Dec. 23, 2006, at the Muncy Valley Hospital. Warren’s wife, the former Lois E. Houseknecht, preceded him in death on November 17, 1992. Warren was born in Penn Township on October 11, 1921, a son to the late Jasper and Lena (Weaver) Holmes. Warren retired after 44 years of service to the former Schnadig International Furniture Company, where he was an Upholstering Supervisor. He was a World War II Veteran of the US Army Air Corps. He belonged to the Glenn Sharrow American Legion Post 35, Hughesville and also the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 3428, Muncy. He was a member of the Bethany United Methodist Church in Hughesville. He is survived by three sons: Keith L. (Dorothy) Holmes, Kenneth L. (Barbara) Holmes, both of Hughesville, C. George (Dana) Holmes, of Pensacola, Fla.; three brothers; Chester Bruce Holmes, of Muncy, Oliver Wendell Holmes and H. Carl Holmes, both of Hughesville; six sisters, Anna Blanche Frantz of Hughesville, Myra Derrick of Lairdsville, Grace Swisher of Unityville, Norma Whitmoyer of Muncy, Jane Bower of Hughesville, and Mildred Schreffler of Muncy. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by a sister, Nellie Budman. The funeral will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 East Water St., with his nephew, Rev. Thomas M. Holmes, officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hughesville, where graveside military rites will be accorded by combined veterans organizations. Friends will be received at the funeral home on Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. The family will provide the flowers and suggest memorial contributions be made in Warren’s name to the Bethany United Methodist Church, 113 S. Second St., Hughesville, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

MERLE DEAN HORNING, age 77, passed away on Dec. 26, 2016, in Sebring, Fla. A former resident of the Towanda and East Smithfield areas, Dean and his wife, Sue, wintered in Frostproof, Fla., beginning in 2002, and moved to Lake Wales, Fla., permanently in 2009. Dean was born at home in Columbia Cross Roads, Pa., on June 11, 1939, to Merle "Mike" Horning and Marjorie Grace Horning. He was a veteran, and served three years in the U.S. Army. Dean retired in 1992 from the DuPont Corporation Towanda Plant, after more than 20 years of service. Dean is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Sue Rice Horning; daughter, Deana and her husband David Yoder; grandsons, Ethan Yoder and Aaron Yoder; step-son, Adrian Zwing, step-daughter, Betsey Zwing and her husband Andy Hatch, step-daughter, Chanin Zwing, step-granddaughter, Zeeva Livingston. Also surviving are brother, Bob Davies and his wife, Carol; sister, Donna Vaughn, sister, Jennifer Swain; sister-in-law, Peggy Horning; aunts and uncles, Donald and Barbara Grace, Norma Benjamin and Larry and Marlene Grace, many special extended relatives and many friends he treated as family. Dean found much joy in his life and freely shared it with others. Dean was predeceased by his father, Mike Horning; mother, Marjorie Davies; step-father, Paul Davies; brother, Dale Horning; aunts and uncles, LaVerne "Bunny" Benjamin, Thersa Senko, Jerry and Mary Grace. At Dean's request, there will be no services at this time. There will be a family memorial at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to The Bud and Donna Somers Hospice House, 1110 Hammock Rd., Sebring, FL, whose caregivers did so much to help ease his passage. –Towanda Daily Review 12/29/2016

 

HORTON –THELMA GRACE HORTON HILLIKER - "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth." Psalm 121:1-2Thelma Grace Horton Hilliker, 88, of Ghent, Pa., Sheshequin Township, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Tuesday evening, Dec. 6, 2016 following declining health. Thelma was born at home in Sheshequin Township on July 5, 1928, as the daughter of Ernest and Luella Platt Horton. She grew up and lived on the family homestead and was a graduate of Ulster High School, Ulster, Pa., and the Allentown Bible Institute, Allentown, Pa. In her early adult years, Thelma was employed by Sylvania Electric in Towanda, Pa. On July 19, 1958, she married Floyd Frederick Hilliker in North Rome, Pa., and together they raised their family on the homestead. Thelma lived her life according to her Christian beliefs and values and served the Lord in various capacities as musician and children's Sunday school teacher at the Pilgrim Holiness Church in Sayre and the Ghent Gospel Chapel. Additionally, she did Christian community outreach for the elderly. Thelma was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and sister who possessed tremendous love for her family with whom she loved spending time with. She will be fondly remembered for her passion for baking, cooking, canning, preserving, quilting, sewing, embroidery, crocheting and tatting. Surviving are her children and spouses, Marc and Jodie Hilliker of Sayre, Anita and Fred Light of Rome, Dorla and Joe Randall of Granville Summit, Daniel and Rhonda Hilliker of Fayetteville, N.C.; nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; siblings, Ellery Horton and wife Myrna of Idaho, Doris Lindsey of Towanda, Clair Horton and wife Marjory of Athens; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 49 years, Floyd Frederick Hilliker on Nov. 15, 2007 and siblings, Muriel Lafy and Emerson Horton. A memorial service and celebration of Thelma's life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, at the Ghent Gospel Chapel, which is located on Ghent Hill Road between Ulster and North Rome, Pa., in the vicinity of 3613 Ghent Hill Rd., Ulster, Pa. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to: Face to Faith, 1541 Mintz Ave., Fayetteville, NC (please write R.A.H. on the memo line to indicate your donation is in Thelma's memory). The Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home of Towanda, Pa. is assisting Thelma's family with arrangements. –Towanda Daily Review 12/8/2016

 

WILBUR S. HOUCK, age 91, of Sugar Run, Pa. (formerly of Ashley, Pa.), passed away on Jan. 4, 2017 at the Golden Living Center in Tunkhannock, Pa. Wilbur was born on April 10, 1925 in Ashley, Pa., the son of the late Jesse W. and Josephine Bonser Houck. He was a graduate of Ashley High School with the class of 1943. After graduation Wilbur served his country in the U.S. Army in the 309th Field Artillery and 78th Lightning Division. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge during WWII. He married the former Beverly J. Brown on Nov. 10, 1951 and together they raised four children. Wilbur was a self-employed businessman as he owned and operated R.B. White Hardware and a grocery store in Ashley, White Appliance and Furniture in Dallas, and the second ever car wash in the Wyoming Valley. He also worked on the New York Stock Exchange and was fastest typist and best short hand clerk while working for the VA. After his retirement he and Beverly moved to Sugar Run in 1987. After moving he still kept very busy. He loved to farm, deer hunt, raise turkeys, work on his Model A Ford and vegetable garden. He enjoyed helping his son out at his restaurant, Mark's Valley View. You would often see him tending the cash register, washing dishes, and having a conversation with the customers. Most of all he loved spending time with all of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Wilbur was also involved with many organizations. He was a member of the Hollenback United Methodist Church, the Director of the Wilkes-Barre Area Vo-Tech, the founder and President of the Ashley Area Parent-Teachers Association, a Board Director at the United Penn Bank, a member of the Ashley-Coalville Masonic Lodge No. 474, and the Irem Temple Shrine and the Caldwell Consistory in Bloomsburg, Pa. He was also a former member of the Ashley American Legion Post No. 673 and the Wyalusing American Legion Post No. 534. Wilbur is survived by his wife of 65 years, Beverly J. Houck of Sugar Run; his children, Linda VanDeMark of Stowell, Pa., Mark Houck and his wife Stacy of Stowell, Pa., Barbara Kus and her husband Frank of Dallas, Pa., and Brenda Stoshak and her significant other Marc Miller of Corning, N.Y.; his grandchildren, Jennifer Belcher and her husband Tyler, Jill VanDeMark, Loni VanDeMark, Eli Houck, Chaney Houck, Frank Kus, Amanda Kus, Jessica Kus, Steven Stoshak, and Sarah Stoshak; his great-grandsons, Levi and Jacob Belcher; his sister, Cornelia Krispin of Dallas, Pa.; as well as many brothers- sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. It was Wilbur's wishes to have a private funeral service at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in the Maple Hill Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted with Sheldon Funeral Homes, 155 Church St., Wyalusing, Pa. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Wilbur's name to the Shriners Hosiptal for Children, c/o Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL or to the Wilmot Volunteer Fire Department, 1732 Quicks Bend Rd., Sugar Run, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 1/6/2017

DALE GLENN HOUGHTALEN, 63, a lifelong resident of Lockwood, N.Y., passed away unexpectedly at home on Jan. 4, 2017.Dale was born on Jan. 29, 1953, son of Glenn and Esther Houghtalen.Dale enjoyed being with his friends and family. He had a laugh that was unforgettable and always made everyone smile because of it and he will be deeply missed by all. Dale is preceded in death by his parents Glenn and Esther Houghtalen, brothers Jim and Paul Crockett and nephews Jimmy and G.I. Crockett.Dale is survived by his sister, Becky Westbrook, brother Norm Houghtalen, sister Robin (Cecil) Woodruff, daughter Lori (Sam) Houghtalen Clark, three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren. Also surviving is Dale's best friend Steve Pardoe, nieces Jody Holmes (Paul Jordan), Amy Talada (Tom Shaffer) and numerous beloved nieces, nephews and cousins, as well as great-nieces and great-nephews. There will be a gathering to remember Dale on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Becky Westbrook's home on 73 Bruster Road, Lockwood, N.Y.Burial will be at a later date at the North Barton Cemetery at the convenience of the family.Services are being arranged by the Allen-Manzer Funeral Home in Spencer, N.Y. –Sayre Morning Times 1/6/2017

 

DAVID F. HOWEY 69 of Wellsboro passed away in his home, comforted by many, many loving family members and friends, Friday December 23, 2016 after a long battle with cancer. He was the son of Frederick and Annie Jo (Chapman) Howey, born February 12, 1947. David graduated from Wellsboro High School and served in the US Navy during the Viet Nam War. He owned and operated two local businesses, Howey’s Carpet Installation, and, later The Steak House on Main Street in Wellsboro. Dave fulfilled a boyhood dream of being a bus driver, working as a coach driver for Benedict’s Bus Service in his retirement from The Steak House. He was very active in his community over the years and served in many capacities, but his service as Past President on the Wellsboro Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Charleston Twp. Municipal Board, and Chairman of the Laurel Health Golf Tournament was especially important. David was an accomplished competitor in several disciplines, he was an excellent pool player and a member of two 8-Ball leagues, belonged to the Pro Bowling Tour and had several 300 games to his credit, and was an avid golfer with three hole-in-ones. He enjoyed his woodworking shop and loved hunting and hiking. David is survived by his wife of 48 years, Barbara Goodwin Howey, a sister: Kay Hickman (Jerry), a brother: Dale Howey (Joyce). He was the proud father of three daughters: Christina Coffee (Geoff) of Wellsboro, Jennifer Showers (Jack) of Brenham, TX, and Sarah Taylor (Wayne) of Bolivar, NY. Dave was especially proud of his 10 grandchildren: Wayne, Morgan, Ashley, Paige and Trey Taylor; Jordyn and Aidan Coffee; Dustin, Charlotte, and Noah Worthington. The family has entrusted the Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, 139 Main Street, Wellsboro, PA to handle David’s services. The Howey family invites friends and family to the funeral home for a visitation on Wednesday December 28 from 5-7pm in the funeral home. His family will provide flowers, so in lieu of flowers those interested in doing so are encouraged to donate in David’s name to the American Cancer Society. –Elmira Star-Gazette 12/25/2016

 

HOYT –CONNIE DYMOND, 75, of Beaumont, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, at the Celtic Healthcare Hospice inpatient Unit of Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre. Born in Wilkes-Barre, she was a daughter of the late Gersham and Elsie (Keiper) Hoyt. She was a seamstress for many years and a member of the Kunkle United Methodist Church. Also preceding her in death were her son Daniel Dymond; and sister, Shirley Zajkowski. Surviving are her husband of 52 years Howard Dymond; daughter Cynthia Dymond; She is also survived by brothers: Gersham Hoyt, Ashley, Oscar Hoyt, Plymouth, Glen Hoyt, Tunkhannock, and Leonard Hoyt, Harvey's Lake. Also surviving are sisters: Bonnie Goodrich, Kingston and Theda Cragle, Shickshinny; two grandchildren; four great-granbdchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Nulton-Kopcza Funeral Home, 5749 SR 309, (Beaumont), Monroe Township, with Rev. Val M. Rommel of the Kunkle United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will follow at the Orcutt Grove Cemetery, Noxen. Friends and family may call on Friday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. –Wyoming County Examiner 1/18/2017

 

MR. RICHARD A. ‘DICK’JAYNE, age 72, of Laceyville, PA (North Flat), passed away on Thursday afternoon, December 29, 2016, at Geisinger Wyoming Valley, in Wilkes Barre, PA. Richard was born in Sayre, PA, on August 1, 1944, the son of the late Frank C. Jayne; who passed away on February 2, 1990, and the late Jean L. Allen Jayne, who passed away on July 9, 1974. Richard lived his younger years, in the Meshoppen area, attending school in the Elk Lake School District. Dick married the former Nancy J. Foux, on October 1, 1962, and together they raised their two children, and would later work together for many years. Dick started working for P&G Paper Products in Mehoopany, PA, for over 5 years, working in their warehouse. He later joined the family business, Jayne’s Vending, working throughout the 1970’s into the early 1980’s. In 1978, Dick then went into the antique business. This was Dick’s dream job, a job that he wanted to get in to, from his early childhood. Dick was a very knowledgeable and highly regarded, in the antique business. Dick and Nancy owned and operated Indian Hill Antiques, just outside of Laceyville, for many years, and later dealt with antiques at the Apple Wagon Antique Mall, just outside of Tunkhannock, PA. Throughout the time he and Nancy had the shop; Dick also was a Rural Mail Carrier, having routes out of the Meshoppen, Stevensville, LeRaysville, Sugar Run, and Laceyville Post Offices. Dick was a very active member of the Laceyville Business Association, was a founding member of the Endless Mountains Antique Dealers Association. And spent many hours, volunteering his time and efforts to the Laceyville Baseball/Softball Assoc. In his spare time, he enjoyed the time that he got to spend with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Throughout the years, Dick could be seen at many of his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events, and other school activities. But it was Dick’s passion to deal antiques; he loved attending antique shows, and auctions, where he found many treasures. Surviving is his wife of 54 years, Nancy J. Foux Jayne, his children, Brett and Lisa (Fassett) Jayne of Laceyville, PA; and Rena (Jayne) and Ben Tewksbury, of Spring Hill, PA. Also surviving are his very loved grandchildren, Kyle and Nicole Jayne, of Bentley Creek, PA; Nichole Jayne, and Hailey Jayne, both of Laceyville, PA; Clay and Sonya Tewksbury, of Virginia Beach, VA; Ashley and Kyle Johnson, of Montrose, PA; and Amber Tewksbury, of Spring Hill, PA; as well as his great-grandchildren, Landen Kizer; Karsen Jayne; Bentley Jayne; Pyper Jayne; Camille Tewksbury; Chevy Tewksbury; Chase Tewksbury; Hayden Johnson; Hunter Johnson; and a “Special Son”, Bengt Ohlsson, of Sweden; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 11:00 AM from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville, PA, with long-time family friend, and cousin Rev. Patricia Newhart officiating. Interment will be private in the North Flat Cemetery, in Laceyville, PA. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday evening January 3, 2017, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. In lieu of flowers those wishing may make memorial donation to: W.V.E.S. Autistic Support, C/O Denise Schloder, 11450 Wyalusing-New Albany Rd., Wyalusing, PA or to the United Mitochondrial Foundation, 8085 Saltsburg Rd., Suite 201, Pittsburgh, PA, a disease that Dick’s Great-Niece Abby Brown, is fighting. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

SCOTT L. JENNINGS, 46, of Canton, PA (Leroy Twp.) was called home to Heaven on Saturday evening, November 26, 2016 at his home while surrounded by loved ones. Born August 7, 1970 in Troy, PA, Scott was one of four sons of Larry D. and Sherry S. (Shoemaker) Jennings of Granville Summit. He was a 1988 graduate of Canton High School. On September 2, 1995, he married the former Nicole L. Hartford in the Canton Ecumenical Church. While Scott was employed by Canton Manufacturing in early years, he found his calling by pursuing an interest in helping others. He began a more than 20-year career as a Paramedic through the Williamsport Hospital and Medical Center’s Paramedic Training Institute. Scott was employed with Susquehanna County’s Barnes Kasson Hospital, Greater Valley EMS, Montrose Minutemen EMS and Western Alliance EMS. Most recently Scott worked at Guthrie’s Memorial Hospital in Towanda. He was an active member of the Independent Baptist Church in Leroy. Also, a supporter of his community, Scott was a life-member of the Canton Volunteer Fire Company, an EMT volunteer with Western Alliance for over 15 years; his service was recently honored by retirement of his Medic Number 13. Scott coached for Troy Area Youth Soccer, Leroy’s Little League Softball and for Northern Tier United’s Travel Soccer. Scott cherished the many good times he shared with family and friends. He was an avid outdoorsman, especially enjoying fishing and fish camp. He loved hunting with his daughter Emily and was her #1 fan at sporting events. Scott also enjoyed times spent in Vermont. He appreciated all types of music, played guitar and was a talented cook and baker. Scott will be lovingly remembered for his engaging personality and his concern for the well-being of others. In addition to his parents, Larry Sr. and Sherry Jennings; surviving is his wife of 21 years, Nicole; a daughter, Emily; three brothers, Larry Jr. (Annette) Jennings of Warren Center, Randy L. Jennings of Canton and James L. (Michelle) Jennings of Leroy; mothers-in-law, Cheyenne McCarty of Cogan Station and Peg Hartford of Shunk; two brothers-in-law, Stacy Hartford of Shunk and Rod (Amanda) Hartford of Canton; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins several very dear and special friends. He also leaves his dogs and faithful companions, Ben and Gabby. Scott was predeceased by grandparents; Vaughn and Zelma Jennings, Duane Shoemaker and Ruth Foust; fathers-in-law, Rocky Hartford and Barry McCarty. Visitation will be Sunday, Dec. 4, from 1 – 3 p.m. at Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Dr., Canton. Pastor Ron Bly and Pastor Larry Jennings Jr. will officiate the memorial service following at 3 p.m. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, his family suggests donations in his memory to establish a scholarship for studies in a medical field. C/O Nicole Jennings at Canton, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 11/30/2016

WILLIAM H. ‘BILL’ JONES, 83, of Ralston, PA (husband of Virginia) passed away on December 31, 2016 at Manor Care North in Williamsport. William Herbert was born July 3, 1933 in Williamsport, Bill was the son of the late Paul Jones, Margaret (Dowling) Berry and was raised by his step-father, Robert Berry. He graduated from Canton High School with the class of 1952. On Sept. 15, 1955, Bill married the former Virginia Doddato in Maryland. They made their first home together in Ralston where Bill lived for the rest of his life. For over 34 years, Bill was the Ralston Postmaster, retiring in 1995. He enjoyed hunting and jeeping on McIntyre Mountain, boating and NASCAR’S Bill Elliot. Bill was of the Catholic faith and a member of the St. Aloysius Church in Ralston. He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Ginny, sons; William P. (Sally) Jones of Phoenixville, PA, Michael (Kathy) Jones of Middlesex, NJ, Gary (Jen) Jones and Jay (Wanda) Jones all of Ralston, also Bobby Finnermore of Maryland who Bill raised and loved as a son, four grandchildren; Cody, Caleigh, Makenna and Dakota Jones. He was predeceased by grandsons; Jacob Jones on Jan. 23, 2009 and Jake Jones on Jan. 31, 2011 and a brother; Robert Berry. As per Mr. Jones’ wishes, private services will be held at a later date with burial in the Pennsdale Cemetery near Bodines, PA. The Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Dr. of Canton, PA is assisting the family with arrangements. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

KELLEY –JEAN MARIE WILLIAMSON, 93 of Salinas passed away Wednesday, September 16, 2015 Salinas, Monterey County. She was born October 21, 1921 in Granville, PA. She was a member of the St. Paul's Episcopal Church, and Hospice Volunteer. Jean was the manager of Cal-Hawaiian Mobile Home Park for 10 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Retired Major Ward W. Williamson in 1982. She is survived by her daughters, Linda (Scott) Gray of Soulsbyville, CA., Elaine (Tim) Roberson of Salinas, son, Tom Williamson of Salinas, 5 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Graveside Service at Garden of Memories Cemetery, 850 Abbott Street, Salinas, CA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

KENDALL –GERALDINE K. ‘JERRY’ DAVIES passed away December 9, 2016, in Hendersonville, NC. She was born December 16, 1921, to Wert Lee and Ruth Mahoney Kendall. Jerry graduated from Southside HS in 1940 and St Joseph's Hospital Nursing School in 1943. Jerry was united in marriage to Kenneth A Davies, July 29, 1945. She served as a Navy Nurse during WWII and continued working as a Registered Nurse at St Joseph's Hospital after the war. She later joined her husband in their wholesale refrigeration business in 1965. Jerry was predeceased by her husband, Ken, January 11, 1995; her sister, Ruth Jean Kendall Farr and her brother, Wert "Bud" Kendall. She is survived by her children, Mark S Davies (Suzy), Spokane, WA; Christina Davies, Red Oak, TX; and Kathleen 'Kit' Brosius, Dallas, TX; her grandchildren, Mark S Davies, Jr (Jane), Honolulu, HI; AF Major Chad Davies (Cora), Colorado Springs, CO; Sara Davies Taylor, Spokane, WA; Clay Davies (LeAnna), Amarillo, TX; Scott J Corse (Reshae), Garland, TX; Katie Brosius, Dallas, TX; Jack Brosius, Dallas, TX; and 11 great grandchildren. She is also survived by beloved sister in law, Kate Kendall Stilz along with many special nieces and nephews. At Jerry's request, a private memorial will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the CV Employees Appreciation Fund 600 Carolina Village Rd Hendersonville, NC. –Elmira Star-Gazette 12/15/2016

 

BETSY LYNNE KENNEDY, 39, of Pine Valley, NY passed away on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at home surrounded by her loving family. Betsy was predeceased by her grandfather, William J. Kennedy as well as grandparents, Donald and Cleo Lukehart. Betsy is survived by her loving son, Andrew T. Scholl; parents, Robert Kennedy and Bonnie Kennedy; brother, Brett Kennedy; grandmother, Ann Marie Kennedy; grandfather, Gerald Corrigan; aunts, Sharon Schultz, Sharon and Russ Bukowski; uncle, Terry and Kathy Lukehart; several cousins and a host a friends. Betsy was a 1995 graduate of Horseheads High School. She enjoyed playing softball and dancing. She went to Corning Community College where she earned her Associates in Business Administration. She went on to work for NYS for several years in various positions. She was an avid Yankees fan and loved Derek Jeter. Betsy was a wonderful mother, daughter and friend and will be greatly missed by all. A calling hour celebrating Betsy’s life will be held at Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmira, NY on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 from 2PM to 3PM. Memorial Services will follow there at 3PM. –Elmira Star-Gazette 12/17/2016

 

FLOYD E. KINNER of Dimock Twp., PA, passed away on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at the Endless Mountains Health Systems in Montrose, PA. He was born in Dimock Twp. on April 26, 1922 to the late Willie and Pearl Kinner. Floyd is survived by his wife of 64 years, Marjorie A. (Smith) Kinner, daughter and son-in-law, Karen & John Henry, Jr of Montrose, PA, son and fiancé, Gary F. Kinner of Springville, PA & Rose Ann Garcia, and son and daughter-in-law, Chris B. & Elaine Kinner of Ulster, PA, eight grandchildren, John Henry, III and fiancé, Linda Stone, Jeremy (Bonnie) Henry, Misty (Tim) Yaroslawski, April (John) Handrahan, Lena (Joe) Blaisure, Sarah Strohl and fiancé, Josh Hunsinger, Stephanie (Craig) Stamile, Corrina Kinner, 20 great grandchildren, 5 step great grandchildren and 1 step great-great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, and cousins and special friends, Joe Nally, Grant Adams, and the nurses at Endless Mountains Health Systems, He was preceded in death by 2 sons, Roger & Lonnie, daughter, Sherie, 4 brothers, Wayne, Roy, Leon, & Audley Kinner. Floyd was a lifetime resident of Dimock Twp. He worked as a janitor for 37 years at the Elk Lake School District and worked for many years as a farmer on the family farm. He was a member of Elk Lake Community Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and was always active in his garden, and was even able to chop his own wood until he was 91. Floyd loved playing and watching baseball, especially when the Pittsburgh Pirates, and his grand and great grandchildren were playing. A funeral service for Floyd will be held on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 11a.m. at the Daniel K. Regan Funeral Home with Rev. Charles Bishop of the Elk Lake Community Church officiating. Interment will be in the South Montrose Cemetery. A visitation will be held an hour prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to True Friends Animal Welfare Center, 16332 SR 706, Montrose, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

KOUP –KAY ANN KOUP PENNAY, age 60, of Barton, NY (formerly of Laceyville, PA) passed away unexpectedly on November 25, 2016. She was born on October 26, 1956 in Meshoppen, PA the daughter of the late Westle and Eleanor L. Bailey Koup. Kay attended Wyalusing Valley High School. She was most recently employed with the Williams Company and managed payroll. Previously she was the District Secretary with Ames. She enjoyed to camp and watch NASCAR races especially her favorite driver Jeff Gordon. She liked to take trips to Florida with her family. She loved her family and friends and especially loved her grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends, and coworkers. Kay is survived by her daughters Nicole A. Armitage and her significant other Michael Britt of Elmira, NY and Jamie Armitage Cotto and her husband Nick of Barton, NY; her grandchildren Dillin Armitage of Laceyville, PA, Destiny Cotto of Sayre, PA, Nick Cotto, Jr. of Barton, NY, Alexis Cotto Barton, NY, Michael Britt III of Elmira, NY and one more granddaughter, Kayannah Britt, on the way. Her siblings Charlene Garner of Sunbury, PA, Ronald Koup of Laceyville, PA, Larry Koup of Laceyville, PA, Sandy Brown and her husband Floyd of Montrose, PA, and Joyce Burnside and her husband Jim of Towanda, PA; her uncle Richard Eberlin and his wife Pat of Laceyville, PA; as well as many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her grandson Alex Cotto, her brother-in-law, Jim Garner, and her niece Lori Secord. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, November 28, 2016 at 1:00 PM from the Sheldon Funeral Homes, Main St., Laceyville with Lay Minister Vickie Ellis officiating. Interment will follow at the Lacey Street Cemetery. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 11:00 until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Kay’s name to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, 1331 East Wyoming Ave., Philadelphia, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 11/27/2016

 

ALOYSIUS A. ‘AL’ KRAUS, 89, of Waverly, NY, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016 at the Elderwood Nursing Facility in Waverly. Al was born at his grandparent's home in Rozellville, WI. on March 4, 1927, the son of Otto Kraus and Gertrude VanDerLoo Kraus. In his early years, Al worked on the O'brien Farm and at the Grand Union Market in Waverly. He was later employed by PAXAR in South Waverly and the Erie Lackawanna Railroad which became Conrail until his retirement. Al served as the dedicated caretaker of St. James Cemetery in Waverly for 56 years until his retirement in 2009. He assumed great pride, paying attention to detail and was always willing to be of helpful assistance to others in caring for the cemetery. Al was a member of St. James Catholic Church, Waverly, the Stamp Club at the St. James School, and Knights of Columbus. Al had a passion for gardening and enjoyed working crossword puzzles. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home, 314 Desmond St. Sayre, PA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 10 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church, Waverly, NY. Burial will follow in St. James Cemetery, Waverly. The family suggests that contributions may be directed to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN in Al's memory. Al's family includes five children; John (Patti) Kraus of West Springfield, MA, Mary (Randy) Benjamin of Waverly, William Kraus of Waverly, Joe (Paula) Kraus of Athens Township, Michael Kraus of Waverly, nine grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, brothers, Adolph (Marion) Kraus of Marshfield, WI, Donald Kraus of Hewitt, WI, Otto (Vicki) Kraus of Cottage Grove, WI, several nieces nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife Agnes Driscoll Kraus in 1972, great grandson, Austin Campbell, daughter-in-law, Ann Kraus, and sisters-in-law, Kathleen Driscoll and Marjorie Kraus. –Sayre Morning Times 12/23/2016

 

LANDIS –MRS. LIDA D. DERRICK, age 51, of Laporte, Pa., passed away on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 at the Robert Packer Hospital after a brief illness. Lida was born on Jan. 20, 1965 in Muncy, Pa., the daughter of the late James R. and Anne Krause Landis. She graduated from the Sullivan County High School, a member of the class of 1982. She married Dale L. Derrick Jr. of Hughesville, Pa., on April 29, 1995.Lida was a loving spouse and mother. She enjoyed reading, cooking and having fun with the family and their pets. Lida was currently working at Procter and Gamble in Mehoopany, where she had just completed 25 years of service. Surviving are her husband, Dale at home; her son, Jordan D. Derrick at home; her daughter, Erin A. Derrick at home; brother, James F. Landis, of East Stroudsburg, Pa.; mother-in-law, Susan (James) Kraft of Montgomery, Pa.; two sisters-in-law, Jennifer (Roger) Glidewell, of Unityville, Pa., and Tiffany (Mark) Nunn of Montgomery; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two infant sisters and a brother-in-law, David Derrick of Montgomery, Pa. A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA with the Rev. Cheryl Houser, pastor of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Dushore, Pa., officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home. –Towanda Daily Review 1/4/2017

 

LATSHA –MARGARET AMELIA LATSHA REID of Tunkhannock passed away Nov. 21, 2016. Born Nov. 9, 1924, she spent her childhood years in Lyndhurst, N.J. She earned a bachelor's degree from Oberlin College in 1945, a master's degree in religious education from the Oberlin School of Theology in 1947, and a Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School in 1950. A women's clergy pioneer, Margaret became a probationary member of the Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Church when the church approved full clergy rights for women in 1956. She was ordained as a deacon in 1961 and as an elder in 1965. From 1975 until her retirement in 1994, Margaret served five northeastern Pennsylvania United Methodist Churches, beginning at Hunstville and continuing on to Courtdale, Tunkhannock (as associate pastor), Beaver Meadows, and Eatonville. She was also chaplain of Tunkhannock Manor and served on numerous committees of the Wyoming Conference, its Wilkes-Barre District, and the Women's Society of Christian Service. After coursework at Wilkes College and the Wilkes-Barre Area Vocational Technical School of Practical Nursing, Margaret became a licensed practical nurse in 1978. She worked for nine years as a medical aide in the offices of three Wilkes-Barre area doctors, then continued for many years as a Red Cross volunteer. Margaret also studied accounting at Luzerne County Community College and opened Top-Notch Tax Service in her Wilkes-Barre home in 1982, continuing to work with her tax clients through 2006. She also enjoyed camping and music, often serving as church organist or pianist. In each of her undertakings, Margaret was striving to reach out to others with God's love. She looked on her tax work and her medical work as serving God by helping people. She would have long talks with some of her tax clients and felt she was truly ministering in that role. Margaret is survived by son, Philip and wife Penny of Beaumont, Pa.; daughter, Elizabeth and husband William Beebe of Spring Hill, Pa.; son, Thomas and wife Kathleen of Oberlin, Ohio; six grandchildren, Larry (Hope) Beebe, Darcy (Andrew) Berry, Sarah Reid and husband Eric Yetter, Christiana (Timothy) Behnam, Amelia Reid, and Miriam Reid; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Christiana Latsha; and by her husband of 60 years, former Wilkes-Barre City Councilman and Wyoming County Commissioner, the Rev. William W. Reid Jr. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25 at the Tunkhannock United Methodist Church, 5 Marion St., Tunkhannock. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26 at the Tunkhannock United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Margaret's memory to the Eatonville United Methodist Church, 44 Church Road, Tunkhannock, PA. Arrangements are by Harding-Litwin Funeral Home, Tunkhannock, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review 11/23/2016

 

JOHN R. “JACK” LEWIS, 68, of 8780 Burlington Turnpike, Towanda, PA passed away Monday, January 2, 2017 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA. “Jack” as he was known by family and friends was born in Pittston, PA on July 18, 1948 the son of Jack and Rosarie Solano Lewis. He was a graduate of Pittston City High School class of 1966 and continued his education at Penn State University at Lemon, PA where he received his Associates Degree in Civil Engineering. Jack was employed by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation from June of 1968 until retirement in 2003. Jack was a member of the Sons of the American Legion-Towanda Post, Monroeton Gun Club and was a social member of Beirne-Webster VFW Post, Towanda. Jack enjoyed going to Florida for the winter months, playing golf, caring for his yard and gardening. Surviving are his wife, Betty Webster Lewis, step children, Sheri Weiss of Towanda, Steve Schmeckenbecher and wife Angie of Wysox, Scott Schmeckenbecher and wife Connie of Sheshequin, 5 step grandchildren, brothers, Robert Lewis and wife Mary Ruth of Pittston, PA, Thomas Lewis and wife Yvette of Chenango Bridge, NY, sister, Rosarie Musto of Pittston, PA as well as several nieces, nephews and his cat Jingles. Abiding with Jack’s request, there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions may be directed to Grace Connection, P.O. Box 122, Towanda, PA in Jack’s memory. Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, Towanda, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

LEWIS –MARGARET E. HOTCHKISS, 99, of Waverly, NY (affectionately known by friends as “Mayor of Talmadge Hill” passed away on Friday, November 18, 2016 at Elderwood at Waverly, Waverly, NY. Born on May 15, 1917 in Owego, NY the daughter of the late William and Mildred Curkendal Lewis. Margaret worked in the Waverly Central Schools in the cafeteria and belonged to the Waverly Senior Citizens. She enjoyed gardening, needleworking and playing cards. She was a member of the Tioga General Woman’s Auxiliary. She is predeceased by her parents, her husband Clarence; daughter Linda and Son William. She is survived by her daughter Beverly (Lloyd) Correll, daughter in law Gail Hotchkiss, grandchildren Keith (Carm) Correll, David (Dawn) Correll, Beth Correll Shaffer, Kim Hotchkiss Chambers (Tom Palmer), and William Hotchkiss II; great grandchildren Stephanie Rogers, Ashley Ellers, Joshua Correll, Jacob Correll, Rachel Correll, Madison Correll, A1C Sidney Shaffer, Michael Shaffer; great-great grandchildren Johanna Ellers, Nolin Correll and Miah Correll. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 from 10-11am at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, PA. Memorial Services will follow at the funeral home at 11am with Rev. Linda L. Rogers officiating. –Funeral home obituary contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

ROXANNE LILLEY age 66 of Elmira, NY. She was born February 17, 1950 in Elmira, daughter of the late Leonard and Vita (Rullo) Lilley and passed away Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at St. Joseph's Hospital. She is survived by her siblings: Robert (Sandra) Lilley of FL, Raymond Lilley of Elmira and Janelle (Norman) Wisner of AZ along with several nieces and nephews. Rozanne was a communicant of Blessed Sacrament Parish. She was employed with the Elmira Correctional Facility. Family and friends are invited to her Memorial Mass on Monday, January 9th at 10 am in Ss. Peter & Paul Church. Rev. Richard Farrell, Celebrant. Walter J. Kent Funeral Home is assisting the family. –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/8/2017

 

ROBERT F. LITTLE SR., 71, of Montrose, PA, passed away on Monday, January 2, 2017 at the Bradford County Manor in Troy, PA. He was born on November 3, 1945 in Woodbury, NJ to the late Samuel F. and Ethel M. (Garrison) Little. His wife of 46 years, Sharon K. (Beach) Little survives. He is also survived by his four children and their significant others, Robert F. Jr. and Dawn Little, Towanda, PA, Ethelmay Williams and fiancé Michael Lancaster-Williams, Joliet, Il, Thomas Little and finance’ Christine Heckman, Clifford, PA, Katherine and Donald Brand, Montrose, PA, thirteen grandchildren, one great granddaughter, one brother, three sisters, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Robert was predeceased by one brother and one sister. Robert enjoyed building model airplanes; he liked working with his hands doing carpentry and puzzles. He was very creative. He was a Vietnam veteran and served with the United States Air Force. After the service, he worked for 35 years at Canron Corp. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 14, 2017 at the Daniel K. Regan Funeral Home, Montrose, PA with the Rev. Rick Rosencrans of the Silver Lake Presbyterian Church officiating. Visitations will be 1 hour prior to the service. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

LOBDELL –DEBORAH L. NICHOLS age 62 of Horseheads, NY passed away peacefully at UPMC Shadyside hospital in Pittsburgh, PA on December 1, 2016. She was born March 16, 1954 in Sydney, NY. She was the daughter of Eleanor Davidson and the late Stuart W. Lobbdell. In addition to her father she was predeceased by her husband of 37 years, Robert L. Nichols, Step Mother Barbara Lobdell, Sisters; Betsy, Brenda, Doris and Grandson; Tristan Nichols. Deborah is survived by her children; Mike Nichols (Tina Starace), Robert L. Nichols and (Michelle Nichols) and Elijah Nichols. Daughters; Alana Strope and (Bryan Strope), Alisha Nichols and (Fred Lewis). Sister; Cheryl Bridger along with several Grandchildren, Nieces and Nephews. Family and friends are invited to join us for a Memorial Service at Journey Center, located at 116 Breesport Rd., Horseheads, NY on Saturday December 10, at 2pm, followed by a gathering at American Legion located at 316 Lake St. Elmira, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 12/8/2016

 

LONG –WILMA EDNA MAILANDER, 84, of Terry Township, Pa. formerly of West Nanticoke, Pa., passed away peacefully at home on Dec. 25, 2016 surrounded by her loving family. She was born on Dec. 15, 1932 in West Nanticoke, Pa., a daughter of the late Fred and Edna (Ball) Long. Wilma was an avid lighthouse collector, loved her dogs and cats, and was very active in her church. Above all else though, she loved to spend time with her family.Wilma is survived by her daughters, Kelly S. (Frank) Silver or Terrytown, Pa., and Soni Willis of Nanticoke, Pa.; grandchildren, Noah Silver, Caidyn Silver, Joseph Popovich, Eric Popovich, Hope Willis and Brandon Willis; great-granddaughter, Leeah Popovich; and special friend, Daniel Fox of Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Wilma was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Mailander. A memorial service and celebration of Wilma's life will take place at a later date at the Emanuel Assembly of God Church in Harvey's Lake, Pa. Donations, in loving memory of Wilma E. Mailander, may be made to: You Too Animal Rescue, 39 Maple Acre Lane, Dushore, PA. Caring services provided by Cooley Tioga Point Cremation & Burial Options, Athens, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review 12/28/2016

 

DANIEL MCCANN “Dan the Man” age 61, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, January 1, 2017, after a short battle with cancer. Dan was born in Elmira NY, son of the late Francis C. and Mary (Wheeler) McCann. He is survived by son, Cullen D. McCann with his son Adrian; daughters, Maureen C. McCann with her children Joseph Schuler IV and Anna Schuler; Megan I. McCann with her daughter Isla Drake; friend and former wife Susan Eldridge; sisters and brothers-in-law, Laura and Lee Cornish, Theresa and Ted Johnston all of Elmira, Ellen and Russell Decker of Painted Post; longtime friends, Joe Magno, Stan Bobkowski,Tony Dowd and Chuck Granger; several nieces and nephews; and loving canine companion Katie. Dan was a 1974 graduate of Southside High School. He was a steel fabricator at I. D. Booth for 23 years. Dan was an avid outdoorsman who loved to golf, hunt and fish. He could be found on the Mark Twain Golf Course 7 days a week. For over 20 years Dan and his family would camp at Smith Park on Seneca Lake. He was a very humble and grateful person who had a kind and loving spirit for everyone he knew. Dan's greatest joy was spending time with his children and grandchildren. Family and friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, 502 W. Water St. Elmira, on Thursday, January 5, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. A funeral service will follow at 6:00 p.m. Those wishing may remember Dan with a donation to P O Box 1000, Dept 142, Memphis TN. –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/3/2017

 

FRANCIS R. MCKEON SR., 89, of Springville, PA died Monday January 2, 2017. Son of the late John and Ruth Becker McKeon. Born in Sayreville, N.J., where he resided with his family until 1977 when he moved to Springville, PA. He was a Navy Veteran serving during WWII. Frank was an active member of Nativity BVM Church, Tunkhannock, PA. Frank loved his trucks, cars, snowmobiles, and 4 wheelers. His most recent “ride” was his Kawasaki Mule which he enjoyed cruising through the Slumber Valley Campground. He loved telling stories about his life, his family, and his days in the Navy. He is preceded in death by his wife of 61 years Helen Nebus McKeon. Brothers; John McKeon Jr. and Robert McKeon. He is survived by 5 children, Sharon and Edward Fallon of Farmingdale, NJ. Francis R. McKeon Jr. (Bob) and his fiancé Patricia Powers of Mehoopany, PA. David and Georgeann McKeon of Burlington, NJ. Mary Ann and David Jennings of Meshoppen, PA Jeffery and Amy McKeon of Toms River, NJ. Sister; Martha Hartle of Rockville, MD. Brother; Walter McKeon, Cape Coral, FL. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday January 6, 2017 at 9 AM from the Church of Nativity BVM, Tunkhannock, PA. Friends and family may call at the funeral home Thursday from 4PM – 7PM. Burial will be private in Pieta Cemetery, Tunkhannock, PA. In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Tunkhannock Public Library, 220 W Tioga St, Tunkhannock, PA. or Church of Nativity BVM, 99 E Tioga St, Tunkhannock, PA. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home Inc. 73 W. Tioga St. Tunkhannock, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

BRUCE MCMURRAY, 76, of Granville Summit, Pa., and formerly of Phoenix, Ariz., passed away at home very unexpectedly on Monday morning, Dec. 12, 2016. Born in Canton, Pa., Bruce Andrew was a son of the late Percy Andrew and Neva Lou (Shedden) McMurray. He graduated from Troy High School in 1957. Bruce was employed as a heavy equipment and diesel mechanic until retiring in 2005. Later Bruce and his wife, the former Karen Moffat, relocated to the Windfall area. He was a member of the Canton Moose Lodge No. 429, a social member of the Canton V.F.W. Post 714 and was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers of Phoenix, AZ. Bruce was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed times shared with family and friends. Favorite hobbies included hunting, fishing and planting trees. He also attended many tractor pulls and stockcar races. Surviving is his wife, Karen; four children, Travis McMurray, Lori Stegemann and Janis Proffitt all of Phoenix and Brenda Fly of Houston, Texas; his mother in law, Phyllis Moffat of Elmira, N.Y.; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two brothers, Cliff McMurray of Canton and Gene McMurray of Granville Summit; an aunt and an uncle, Norma Shedden of Troy and Leon Shedden of Granville Summit; many special nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his granddaughter, Brittany. A memorial service to honor Bruce's life will be announced at a later date. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers consider a memorial to the Windfall United Methodist Church, 1204 Redington Ave., Troy, PA. Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Drive in Canton is in care of his arrangements. –Towanda Daily Review 12/17/2016

 

DARWIN A. MICKLEY, age 39, of Elmira, passed very unexpectedly due to a heart attack on Sun. Nov. 20, 2016. He was born on April 28, 1977 in Troy, Pa., the son of Glenn and Michelle Salle Mickley, Gillett, Pa. In addition to his parents, "Mick" is survived by his loving wife and companion of the last seven years, Rebecca Reichard Mickley; their two sons, Maxwell and Fallon; Darwin's siblings, Renae (Tom) Arnold of Pink Hill, Mis., and Darryn (Melissa) Mickley of Elmira; father-in-law and mother-in-law, David (Susan) Reichard of Columbia Cross Roads, Pa.; sisters-in-law, Jennifer (Brian) Starks of Bethlehem, Pa., and Sarah (Mitchell) MacDougall of St. Michaels, Md.; brother-in-law, David (Andrea) Reichard of Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; along with nieces, nephews, many friends and colleagues. Mick graduated from Troy High School in 1995. A man of service, Darwin served his country with the U.S. Marine Corps as a Sergeant. He also served his state with N.Y.S. Dept. of Corrections at the Southport facility. Mick was well respected for his honesty, dedication and big heart. His interests included most of all time spent with family and traveling. He was an exceptional marksman. Family and friends will be received between the hours of 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 at the Penn. Ave. United Methodist Church, 1238 Penn Ave., Pine City, NY. Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. with his friend and pastor, the Rev. William Vallet officiating. Full military and correctional officer honors will be accorded at the church for Mr. Mickley. Memorials to benefit his two children, Maxwell and Fallon, may be directed to the church in his memory. –Towanda Daily Review 11/23/2016

 

KATHRYN L. ‘KATHY’ MILLARD, formerly of Meshoppen, PA, passed away on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, FL. Kathy was born on December 21, 1951, the daughter of the late Glenwood and Eunice Patton Millard in Meshoppen, PA. Kathy was born and lived in Meshoppen until 2011 when she moved to Floral City, FL. Kathy worked for Tyler Memorial Hospital and Claverack in the housekeeping department throughout her life. She attended the Beaver Meadows United Methodist Church while living in the area. She was a devoted member of TOPS, she was a member of TOPS Chapter 743 in Floral City, FL and TOPS Chapter 1134 in Laceyville, PA. Kathy enjoyed going to casinos and playing slot machines. She also enjoyed yard sales and thrift stores. She made crafts, and cards, baked cookies, watched cooking shows and sports, especially the Philadelphia Eagles. She loved listening to country music and playing games on her computer. Kathy was a wonderful loving sister and aunt. She was a very caring person who liked to make people laugh and loved giving big hugs. She is survived by her sisters; Barbara L. Collins of Floral City, FL; Jennie Graham of Meshoppen, PA and Bette Brown (Calvin Peters) of Floral City, FL; and many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her brothers; Robert Millard in 1993; Leslie Millard in 2006; her sister in law Linda Millard in 1983 and her nephew, Jason Millard in 2011. A memorial service for Kathy will be held on Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 3:00 PM at the South Auburn United Methodist Church with Lay Minister Vicki Ellis of the Beaver Meadows United Methodist Church and Reverend Pat Newhart, a long time family friend officiating. Family and friends may call at the church from 2:00 until the time of the services. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Wyoming County Cancer Society, 8 Iron Wood St, Tunkhannock, PA or TOPS Chapter 1134, C/O Debbie Force. Arrangements were entrusted to Sheldon Funeral Homes, Main St., Meshoppen, PA.

RICHARD LEE MILLARD, 88, of Montrose, PA, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, January 1, 2017. He was born at Binghamton General on October 18, 1928 to the late Peter B. and Mable E. (Cronk) Millard. He is survived by the love of his life of 65 years, Joyce (Warner) Millard. As well as his children, Lou Ann and Daniel Luchaco, Daniel Millard and Amy Welsch, Jeffrey and Jody Millard, Patricia and Frank Kwader, brothers, Edward and Skip Millard, Robert and Carol Millard, sisters, Betty and Robert Hummel, Janet and Sam Orlowski, Barbara and Byke Charles. He was also predeceased by his brothers, Elwynn and Delbert Millard and sisters, Doris Sivers and Helen Smith. Dick retired from Bendix Corporation after 28 years of service. He enjoyed his family, traveling, wood crafts, golf and growing lilies and spending his winters in Myrtle Beach, SC. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 5, 2017 at the Daniel K. Regan Funeral Home, Montrose, PA with the Pastor Joe Travis of Franklin Hill Presbyterian Church officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Franklin Hill Church, 400 Franklin Hill, Hallstead, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

JAMES E. MILLER, 82, of South Montrose, PA, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, January 12, 2017. He was born on June 30, 1934 in Weatherly, PA to the late Allan Mathias and Mildred Mary (Kemmerle) Miller. His wife, Elaine Miller, predeceased him in 2016. He is survived by two sons, James Miller, Florida, Matt (Jeanette) Miller, Montrose, daughter, Brenda (Kevin) Berg, Montrose, many grandchildren, and great grandchildren. A Private Memorial Service will be held at the families’ convenience. Interment will be in the South Montrose Cemetery. Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzmn

 

MONTANYE –MARYETTA RUTH VOORHEES, age 85, of Columbia Cross Roads, PA, died Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at her home. She was born May 21, 1931 in Elmira, NY, a daughter of Philo W. and Ruth Maryetta (Johnson) Montanye. Maryetta was predeceased by her husband, James W. Voorhees on Nov. 14, 2003. She was a member of Victory Church, Troy, PA. Maryetta was a member of a bowling league, a book fanatic, enjoyed doing ceramics, crafts, shopping, playing games and cards, decorating her home, and working in her flower gardens and doing yardwork. Maryetta is survived by 4 sons, James D. (Bonita) Voorhees of Lockwood, NY, Ronald (Inez) Voorhees of Springfield, PA, David Voorhees of Granville, PA, Paul D. Voorhees of Springfield, PA; 4 daughters, Sandra (Ronald) Kingsley of Springfield, PA, Darlene (Dan) Close of Troy, PA, Linda Rathbun of Springfield, PA, Jeannie (Jeffrey) Estep of Granville Summit, PA; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; a brother, Lester Montanye. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a son, Paul Mark Voorhees; sisters, Gertrude Clearwater, Dorothy Conklin and Louise Heath; brothers, Philo Montanye, Jr., Lyman Montanye, Raymond Montayne, Harold Montayne. Visitation will be held at the Victory Church, 645 E. Main St., Troy, PA on Sunday, January 8th, 2017 from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. with a memorial service at 2:00 P.M. with Assoc. Pastor, John Wile officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY or to a charity of one’s choice. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/4/2017

 

RICHARD W. “DICK” MOORE, 89, of Sayre, PA passed away Friday, December 9, 2016. He was born on June 9, 1927 in Croyle Township, PA, the son of the late George T. and Mary M. Wagner Moore. Dick was a wonderful husband and father. He served in the US Army during WWII and Korea. He was an avid bowler and golfer and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Dick loved doing crossword puzzles, reading, and was always interested in learning about history. He retired after 34 years from IBM as a manager in Space Engineering; starting in Poughkeepsie, NY and later transferring to Owego, NY. He enjoyed working outside in his yard and he took great pride in his home and family. He is predeceased by his parents, his brothers: George and Edward, and granddaughters Amber Dawn Lary and Krystal Brooke Wallace. He is survived by his wife of 62 years Shirley at home; children Kendra Lary of Middleton, OH, Richard II and Mary Moore of Indianapolis, IN, Karol Moore of South Waverly, PA, Stephen and Susan Moore of East Athens, PA, and Karen and Earl Guinter of Crawfordville, IN; grandchildren Trey, Erin, Kendra, Ricky, Robert, Kourtney, Katelyn, Michael, Elizabeth, and Emily; 2 great grandchildren; siblings Margaret Werfer, Faye Mendick, Jane Cooney and John Moore; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. At Richard’s request, there will be no calling hours and a Memorial Service will be held at the convenience of the family. Donations may be made in Dick’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1000, Memphis, TN. –Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home obituary 12/10/2016

 

MORNINGSTAR –LEONA ELLEN DOVE, 101, of Auburn, formerly of Waverly, passed away on Monday, Dec. 26, 2016 at Finger Lakes Center for Living in Auburn. Leona is survived by her children, Gwen (Robert) Crandell of Port Byron, and Richard (Judy) Dove of Addison; step-daughter, Joyce Herrmann of Winter Haven, Flordia; sister, Gladys Palmer of Vestal; eight grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; eight great-great grandchildren; along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Leona lived in the Valley for 90 years. She was married to Percy for 53 years. She was a member of the Waverly United Methodist Church in Waverly for 75 years and was a Girl Scout leader in Waverly for 40 plus years. Leona loved crafting and gardening. She was predeceased by her parents, Jonathon and Tessie Vanderpool Morningstar; husband, Percy E. Dove; nine brothers and four sisters. Calling hours will be held on Saturday, December 31, 2016 from 10 to 12 PM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly. Funeral services will be held immediately following on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016 at 12:00 PM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly with Rev. Anne Bey Canfield officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in Glenwood Cemetery in Waverly. Memorial donations may be made in Leona's name to the local Girl Scouts, Waverly United Methodist Church or the Finger Lakes Center for Living, 20 Park Street, Auburn, NY. –Sayre Morning Times 12/29/2016 (Born 4/8/1915)

 

MORRIS –PENELOPE ANN (HIESLER) SHORES, 56, quietly departed this life on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, at home and surrounded by loved ones. Born on Sept. 1, 1960, she was the eldest of three siblings. "Penny" was a loving wife, proud mom and grandma. She was passionate about animals and enjoyed country living. She earned her Master's degree in Human Services from Capella University and worked at Northern Tier as a Therapeutic Support Staff until she became unable to work because of her health. Her beautiful life will be forever lovingly remembered by those she leaves behind: a husband, Thomas Shores of Canton, Pa.; two sons, Justin (Amber) Stephens of Lawton, Okla., and Nathan Salvatori of Montoursville, Pa.; two daughters, Amber Salvatori of Towanda, Pa., and Chastiti (Zachary) Howard of Canton, Pa.; grandchildren, Keona Stephens, Ara Stephens, Elijah Stephens, Josi Salvatori, and Chance Howard; Sister, Samantha (Kerry) Gross of Williamsport, Pa.; brother, Arthur Morris IV of New Berlin, Pa., and many other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents Arthur and Betty (Miller) Morris, as well as her grandson, Michael Goodrich III. –Towanda Daily Review 12/23/2016

 

MOSHER –BARTHILDA A. MOSHER ROSENBERGER, 95, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 at the Bradford County Manor, Troy, Pa. She was born Nov. 13, 1921 in Warren Center, Pa., the daughter of Arthur and Alice Chaffee Mosher. Barthilda was a stay-at-home mom who helped Edmund on the family farm. She is preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Alice Mosher; her husband of 65 years, Edmund Rosenberger; sons, James Edmund and Gordon Charles; and brothers, Alfred, Willard and Everal Mosher.Barthilda will be missed by her children, Liz (Larry) Simons of Thomasville, N.C., Carol (Richard) Colwell of Nichols, N.Y. and Al (Carol) Rosenberger of Athens, Pa.; sisters, Iona Betty Green of Towanda, Pa., Mary Green of Rome, Pa., and Marzetta Trumble of Sayre, Pa.; brother, Wm. Fredrick of Oklahoma City, Okla.; 17 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Friends and family may call from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016 at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 225 S. Main St., Athens, Pa. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. –Towanda Daily Review 12/4/2016

 

DAVID A. NEWELL, age 55, of Painted Post, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, January 6, 2017 at Robert Packer Hospital. He was born on May 24, 1961 in Corning, the son of Leland A. and Shelain (Prince) Newell. He married Dawn M. Harrington on August 7, 1993 in Addison. David was a loving son, husband, father, brother and grandfather. He was a construction worker since the age of 16 at Hakes Construction and then later at Edgers Enterprise and he was an outdoors man who loved hunting. David was an avid Buffalo Bills fan having held season tickets every year since 1999. He enjoyed breakfast with friends, golfing with friends, bowling, and he was a member of the YMCA having gone there on a daily basis. David liked to travel to his favorite places including Las Vegas and Disney World and he was a truck enthusiast especially being proud of his Dodge truck and keeping it immaculate. Most of all he made sure he put the needs of family and friends before his own and he did his best to make sure they were all included and having fun. David loved the companionship he had with his dogs. He is survived by his wife, Dawn, sons, David Newell Jr of Addison, and Brian Newell of Corning, daughter, Brooke Newell of Painted Post, his mother Shelain Newell of Painted Post, brother, Leland (Tia Deming) Newell of Campbell, grandchildren he loved more than anything, Lily and Brady Newell of Addison, brothers-in-law, Bruce (Sharon) Harrington of Campbell and Denny Harrington of Leicester, NY, mother-in-law, Barbara (Ken) Morseman of Addison, nieces and nephews, Iziah, Sydney, Vania, and Jaida, Newell and Wade, Shannon, Matthew, and Morganne Harrington. David was predeceased by his father, Leland A. Newell on May 17, 2012. Family and friends are invited to call at Carpenter's Funeral Home, 14 East Pulteney Street, Corning, on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. A celebration of David's life will be held there on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. Those wishing may make donations in David's name to the Corning YMCA, 127 Centerway, Corning, NY 14830. –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/9/2017

 

JOHN E. NEWHART, 63, of Troy, Pa., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017 at the Bradford County Manor, Troy, Pa. John, "Butch" to family and friends, was born in Troy on March 2, 1953, the oldest of four children of the late John W. and Elizabeth (Watkins) Newhart. He was a member of Troy High School's graduating class of 1971. He was employed as a plumber and steamfitter throughout the northeast states for many years until his health failed. John loved and cherished his children. He also enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. John had many good times at Keuka and Owasco Finger Lakes. He could spend hours just feeding birds, watching wild geese, kayaking and appreciating nature. He also cared very much about animals. Surviving are his three children, Brittany Conklin of Canton, Jedidiah Newhart and Chekota Newhart both of Troy; three siblings, Patricia "Trish" (Gregg) Gregory of Republic, Mo., Valerie (Jay) Crosby of Bonney Lake, Wash., and Willy Newhart of Kent, Wash.; also two "honorary brothers" Chick Debach and Ronnie Yanchuk both of Troy; special aunts, Aunt Joan and Aunt Muriel and many extended family. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 8 at Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Drive, Canton. In lieu of flowers, his family suggests your consideration of a memorial in John's name to Bradford County Manor's Activity Fund, 15900 Route 6, Troy, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 1/5/2017

 

CHARLES R. ‘CHUCK’ PETERSON, 58, formerly of Athens, Pa., passed away on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, at his home in Kissimmee, Fla. He was born on Feb. 10, 1958 in Sayre, Pa. He was the son of Gerald J. and Florence F. Peterson of Athens, Pa. He graduated Athens High School, Class of 1977. After graduation, Chuck joined the Army, where he was stationed in Korea. Upon returning from the service, he was employed by Douglas Brothers Paving, a family-owned business. He then left the area, moved to Kissimmee, Fla., and started a pool care business for which he continued to do for the past 19 years. Chuck enjoyed organizing and helping with fundraisers for the VFW in his area for the local veterans. He is predeceased by his father, Gerald J. Peterson. He is survived by his mother, Florence F. Peterson of Athens; a brother, Gerald D. Peterson and wife Karen of Athens; two nieces, Stephanie Shepherd of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Jeri-Lynn Peterson of Athens; as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins. Calling hours will be at St. John Lutheran Church, 207 S. Hopkins St., Sayre, on Friday, Dec. 23, 2016 at 9 a.m., with a memorial service at 11 a.m. –Sayre Morning Times 12/20/2016

 

PHELPS –JOANN ALICE WITTIG (NEE Phelps), 82 years old, died peacefully at home after a long illness on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017. Born to Merritt and Nellie Phelps in Smithfield Township, Pa., she was raised and lived there before moving to the Lake Stockholm section of Hardyston Township, N.J., 54 years ago. Joann worked as a machine operator for Bel-Art in Pequannock Township, N.J. for 21 years before retiring in 2002. She was a doting wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and enjoyed gardening and solving her word searches and sudoku. Joann is predeceased by her husband, Claude "Woody" Wittig in 2007; her twin sister, Jean Kinch, in 2014; and her brother, Addison Phelps, in 2015. She is the devoted mother of Kathleen Shortis and her husband Frank of Monroe Township, N.J.; John Wittig and his wife Helen of Franklin, N.J.; William Wittig and his wife Sandy of Newton, N.J.; Frank Wittig of Lake Stockholm, N.J.; and Carol Cahir and her husband Mike of Waleska, Ga. She is cherished by 14 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. The family will receive their friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017 at F. John Ramsey Funeral Home, One Main St., Franklin, N.J. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 at the funeral home. Interment to follow at North Hardyston Cemetery, Hardyston Township, N.J. Memorial gifts to Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Ave., Newton, NJ would be appreciated. –Towanda Daily Review 1/16/2017

 

POLLOCK –DONNA JEAN WORK, age 56, of Lopez, Pa., passed away on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 at the Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital in Towanda, Pa. Donna was born Nov. 11, 1960, in Brooklyn, N.Y., a daughter of the late Donald and Jean Stoker Pollock. Her family moved to Benton in 1969 and she graduated from the Benton High School, a member of the class of 1977. Donna served in the U.S. Army for six years, stationed in the United States and overseas. She married Andrew Work of Warren, Pa., on July 15, 1989. She and Andy worked and lived at the Job Corps Center at Red Rock for 13 years. She then became the manager of the concession store at the Ricketts Glen State Park for 18 years. Donna was a loving spouse, mother and grandmother. She loved animals. She bred and raised German shepherd dogs. For the last few years, the loves of her life were her grandchildren. Surviving are her spouse, Andrew, at home; her son, Aaron (Jessica) Clark, of Port Allegany, Pa.; two daughters, Tara (Kevin) McManus of Penfield, N.Y., and Jennifer (Matthew) Bennett of Nazareth, Pa.; seven grandchildren, Emily, Keirnan, Aidan, Addison, Lily, Asher, and Liam; four brothers, Kevin (Amelia) Pollock of Brooklyn, N.Y., James (Patti) Pollock of West Eaton, N.Y., Brian Pollock, her twin, of Benton, Pa., and Thomas (Trish) Pollock of Liberty, Utah; three sisters, Kathleen Pickens of Benton, Pa., Patricia Record of Benton, Pa., and Mary (Thomas) Dougher of Stillwater, Pa.; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by three brothers, Michael Pollock, Donald Pollock and Matthew Pollock. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016 at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA and followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at St. Basil's Church, Dushore, Pa., with the Rev. Richard Rojas, her pastor, officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8 at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home. –Towanda Daily Review 12/5/2016

 

RAYMOND –BETTY M. JONES was born December 27, 1930 in East Smithfield, PA, the daughter of the late Dealton and Florence (Vogel) Raymond passed away on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center at the age of 86. Her brother, William Raymond and great grandson, Collen preceded her in death. She is survived by her loving and devoted children: Dean Kennedy of Elmira, NY; Jerry (Jane) Kennedy of Gillett, PA; Terry (Marlene) Kennedy of Millerton, PA; Sheila (Ken) Chapman of Newfield, NY; Cheryl (Ken) Kempfer of Gillett, PA; Betty Starkweather of Elmira, NY; 12 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; sister, Annabelle (Ken) Baldassarre; brothers, Dealton (Wanda) Raymond, Richard (Pat) Raymond; along with several nieces and nephews. Betty was formerly employed by the A & P Plant as a machine operator from the day the plant opened until its closing. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service at the Elmira Wesleyan Church, 1100 South Main Street, Elmira on Sunday, January 8, 2017 beginning at 3:00 p.m. Pastor Larry Burke will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the National Parkinson's Foundation Great Rochester, PO Box 23204, Rochester, NY. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/6/2017

 

CARL LARUE REECE, 77, of Moreland Twp. died Sunday, January 14, 2017 at the Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Muncy. Carl was the husband of Bonnie L. (Faus) Reece and were married on March 12, 1959. Born May 23, 1939, in Williamsport, he is the son of the late Donald E. and Margaret (Shipman) Reece. Prior to his retirement, he was employed at Sprout-Waldron of Muncy as a Tool & Die Maker. Carl was a member of Moreland Baptist Church. He was a farmer at heart and enjoyed milking cows and collecting toy John Deere Tractors. He loved to ride motorcycles, four-wheelers, and snowmobiles. He also liked steam engines, trains, and cutting and spitting wood. Carl was a great mechanic and enjoyed fixing almost anything. Surviving in addition to his wife Bonnie are a daughter, Annette E. (Jeffrey) Sheets of Muncy; a son, Lynn L. (Constance) Reece of Muncy; a grandson, Travis J. (Amanda) Sheets; a granddaughter, Samantha J. (Shane) Strayer, and two great-grandchildren, Lacey A. and Reece E. Strayer; and a sister, Donna L. (Paul) Shaner of Muncy. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 20 at Moreland Baptist Church, 118 Moreland Baptist Road, Muncy, PA with Rev. Robert Ingraham officiating. Burial will be in Moreland Baptist Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church on Friday, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. prior to the funeral service. In lieu of flower, memorial contributions may be made in Carl’s name to the American Diabetes Association. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

RICHARDS –MARGARET V. ALLIS - On Nov. 30, 2016 our loving mother/grandmother/great-grandmother Margaret V. Allis went home to be with our Lord after living 95 years. Margaret was born on Aug. 2, 1921 in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. Her parents are the late Clarence and Amy Richards. Margaret was the fourth child of eight children. She graduated from White Sulphur Springs High School in 1939 earning an award as the manager of the basketball team and an award for being the business manager of the school newspaper "The Fountain." After traveling the United States, the family settled in west Sayre, Pa., on the corner of Lincoln Street and South Keystone Avenue. The family owned the Seven Sisters Sweet Shop.In 1945 at the Joycrest Roller Rink in Elmira, N.Y., she met F. Romeyn Allis. After a courtship, they were married on June 7, 1946. They celebrated 49 years of marriage including a family of six children until the passing of Romeyn on Nov. 9, 1995.They enjoyed life together on their farm in Litchfield, Pa. Margaret was a stay at home mom most of her life, working a brief time at the Valley House in the late 1960s. Mom was a partner with Dad on the farm doing things like churning butter, making lard, baking pies and teaching her daughters how to cook. In the summer, she worked in the vegetable garden and using the fruits of her labor she taught her daughters how to can foods so there was plenty of food to eat during the winter season. Margaret and Romeyn enjoyed many years bowling on the Hillbilly Bowling League and she also bowled on the Foxy Ladies bowling league. Margaret enjoyed sports, mainly watching basketball and football. She also enjoyed the visits of her children and grandchildren. Margaret was born a Presbyterian and later changed her denomination to Methodist and was a member of the Litchfield United Methodist Church for 65 years. Margaret was predeceased by Romeyn, five siblings and a son, Raymond Martin Allis. She is survived by her five children, Francis "Bucky" (Carol) Allis of Watsontown, Pa., David (Carol) Allis of Litchfield, Pa., Janet (Ted) Fuller, Cheryl (Frank) Bottone of Sayre, Pa. and Mark (Julie) Allis of Litchfield, Pa.; her nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; her sisters, Mabel Doll of Lexington, Ky., and Ruth (Joe) Krukow of Dubois, Pa., as well as numerous nieces and nephews. At Margaret's request the family will have a private ceremony. Those wishing to make a memorial contribution in Margaret's name can make that contribution to AHRC Resident Activity Account, c/o Kristina Morgan, Administrator, 200 S. Main St., Athens, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 12/2/2016

 

ROGERS –ELAINE L. ‘MAGGIE’ KLINE, 83, of Lopez, died Saturday, December 24, 2016, at Celtic Hospice, Wilkes-Barre. Born November 17, 1933 in Jeffersonville, she was a daughter of the late Charles W. and Ida Mae (Geyer) Rogers. She and her husband, Kenneth D. Kline, celebrated 63 years of marriage on June 19, 2016. Maggie was a graduate of Norristown High School, Class of 1951, and served her country honorably in the U.S. Navy. She was a member of Redeemer Church, Dushore, and enjoyed genealogy. Surviving, in addition to her husband, are a daughter, Patricia M. (Robert) McComsey of Oxford; a son, Kenneth D. Kline Jr. of Audubon; and three grandchildren, Christopher (Laura Hricko) Kline, Gillian (Matthew) Layton, and Hilary Kline. In addition to her parents, Maggie was preceded in death by a brother, Charles W. Rogers Jr. and a daughter-in-law, Ruth O. Kline. Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Dushore. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

ROGERS –MARJORIE ‘MARGE’ BONNEY, 80, of Roanoke, passed away Wednesday, January 4, 2017. Marge was born in Athens, PA, to the late Clifford Leroy and Alice Rogers. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her brother, Clifford Rogers. She was a successful mother and professional living in five states. Marge was dedicated to both her family and her profession her entire life. Marge was a beloved member of the Roanoke County Police Department since 1990, retiring at the age of 78 in 2014. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Leo Bonney, daughters, Sue Bonney Ames (Kevin) and Gail Bonney Boydston (Robert); four grandchildren, Heather Ames Williams (Aaron), Jeremy Ames, Sarah Ames and Ian Boydston, two great grandsons, Trevor and Nolan Williams, a sister, Doris Talada, two brothers, Robert and Richard Rogers, numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. The family will receive friends from 3 to 7 PM, Monday, January 9, at Oakey's North Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations (check or cash) can be made to the newly created fund in her honor, the Ill, Injured, or Fallen Police Officer's Fund. Mail donations to the Roanoke County Police Department, Attn: Mia Nguyen, 5925 Cave Spring Road, Roanoke, VA 24019; checks can be made to Roanoke County Police Department, memo line - Ill, Injured, or Fallen Police Officer's Fund. –Sayre Morning Times 1/9/2017

 

GERALD Z. ‘JERRY’ ROLOSON SR. went home to be with the Lord and his beautiful wife on Wednesday, December 07, 2016 surrounded by his loving family. Jerry was born in Hornby, NY, son of the late Alton and Florence (Jimerson) Roloson. In his happiest moment, Jerry married Roberta (Green) on June 10th, 1950 at Shady Grove Church. The two enjoyed almost 64 years together before she went to be with the Lord with the command that Jerry join her soon.Jerry was employed for 42 years by Corning Glass Works, retiring in 1993. He enjoyed his retirement visiting with friends and family, fishing, traveling with his wife, and keeping count of his ever growing family. In his later years he enjoyed puzzles, reading Louis L'amour books, and counting the trucks passing by on the highway. Jerry never met a stranger and would proudly share about his 6 children, 17 grandchildren, 58 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren to anyone who was willing to listen. His family was his proudest achievement.Jerry is survived by his 6 children, daughters: Deborah (the late, Michael) Ferreira of Corning, NY, Darlene (Donald) Mason of Campbell, NY, and Penny (Wayne) Wheeler of Lancaster, PA, and his sons: Gerald Jr. "Butch" (Bonnie) Roloson of Dunnellon, FL, Kim (Cheryl) Roloson of Painted Post, NY and Terry (Laurinda) Roloson of Russo, ND. He is also survived by the many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren whom He loved dearly.Jerry is also survived by his three brothers: Dan (Nancy) Roloson of Arizona, Edwin "Ted" (Emily) Roloson of Dundee, NY and Lyle (Janice) Roloson of Corning, NY. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Jerry was a faithful member of Tuscarora Baptist Church (441 Cook Rd, Addison, NY) where the services will be held on Saturday, December 10, 2016 beginning with visitation from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. A celebration of Jerry's life will follow there at 3:00 p.m. with the Rev. Ted Roloson officiating. Burial will take place at Goodsell Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Jerry has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Tuscarora Baptist Church Building Fund, 441 Cook Rd, Addison, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 12/9/2016

 

LOUIS W. ROEPER, 92, of Sayre, Pa., and formerly of Greenville, Orange County, N.Y., passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. Louis was born on Oct. 18, 1924 in Long Island City, N.Y., a son of the late Peter and Frida Roeper. He was a graduate of Bayside High School Class of 1942 and the New York State Institute of Agriculture in Farmingdale, N.Y. Louis proudly served his country with the U.S. Army and following an honorable discharge, he operated the Stonehedge Farm in Greenville, a poultry farm. On April 24, 1949, at the St. John's Lutheran Church in Middletown, N.Y., he married Marguerite Groh, together they shared 65 years of marriage until her passing on Jan. 27, 2015. Louis and Marguerite owned and operated the Marlu Costumes - a theatrical costume rental business. In 1981, they sold the business to their daughter and son-in-law, Hazel and John Goldstein, and in 2007 they celebrated 50 years of business. Louis was proud to be a part of the Greenville community where he served various positions as the assessor, town justice, zoning and planning boards. In addition, he also served on the Orange County Water Agency and the Orange County Environmental Commission and was president of the New York State Assessors Association. Louis and Marguerite were active members of the St. John's Lutheran Church where he also served as Council President and was instrumental in their building project. Louis also devoted many hours to his Windham community where he was a charter member of the Windham Community Fire Department Auxiliary and served on the Hall Committee. He also served as a transport driver for Sayre House. Louis enjoyed gardening, fishing, hunting and spending time walking in the woods and was a 34-year member of the Laurel Hunting Club. Louis is survived by his children: daughter and son-in-law, Hazel (Roeper) and John D. Goldstein of Port Jervis, N.Y., Andrew P. and Chase W. Roeper of Lyndeborough, N.H., Susan (Roeper) and Thomas A. Monaco, of Catlett, Va.; his grandchildren and their spouses, Jacqueline M. Goldstein and Lev Tsenovoy of New York City, Brian P. and Joanna Goldstein of Middletown, N.Y., Cassandra and David Miller of Christianburg, Va., Nicholas T. Monaco and fiancée Katie Tanner of Arlington, Va.; great-grandchildren, Thomas and Andrew Miller, Rylynne Goldstein, Cameron Tsenovoy; brothers and sisters-in-law, David Bowman of Williamstown, Mass., and Ann Roeper of Middletown, N.Y. Many nieces, nephews and their families also survive.He was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Marguerite; brothers, Richard and Albert; and sister, Ruth.At his request, there will be a private service in the spring. Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the St. John's Building Fund, 391 Mt. Hope Rd., Middletown, NY in loving memory of Louis W. Roeper. –Towanda Daily Review 1/212/2017

 

WILLIAM W. RUNG, 77, of Trout Run, passed away Saturday, January 7th, 2017 at his home. Born December 13, 1939 in Loyalsockville, he was the son of Walter J. and Fannie M. Rung. On July 12, 1958 he marriedPercella Snell; together they celebrated 58 years of marriage. He was the owner of a trucking company. Mr. Rung was a founding member of Plunketts Creek Twp. Fire Co, he was a lifetime member and served as Chief for many years, He also was a coach with JB trucking softball team. Surviving in addition to his wife Percella, are his sons; Ralph and his wife Ramona, of Muncy, William L. of Trout Run, Wayne and his wife Shirley of Cogan Station, Bruce and his wife Mary of Avis, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Agnes Ruth in 1967. Also surviving is a sister, Lula Bryan of Barbours, a brother, Robert Rung of Barbours; two grandsons, two granddaughters and one great-grandson. Memorial services will be held at the convenience of the family. If desired memorial donations may be directed to North Central PA Dialysis Center, 1201 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA . –Freeberg Funeral home obit 1/8/2017

 

MR. LAWRENCE N. RUTH, age 70, of New Albany, PA, passed away on Saturday morning at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. Larry was born in Lansdale, PA, on August 19, 1946 a son of the late Earl M. & Betty Nyce Ruth. He enlisted in the US Army in October of 1963 and was stationed in Ft. Carson, CO and later was deployed to the D.M.Z. in Korea, and the later to the Dominican Republic in 1965 to help forestall the establishment of a “communist dictatorship.” Upon returning home he worked for a local builder and later began working for Haines & Kibblehouse from which he retired after 30 years of service. He married the former Linda C. Hill of North Wales, PA, on April 19, 1969. They recently celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary. Larry purchased some ground in Albany Township in 1987 and retired here in 2002. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He built and flew radio controlled air planes. He was a craftsman and built 410 Sprint Cars, and was very involved as the pit man in various race competitions in Central Pennsylvania. He was a member of the N.R.A. and the Academy of Model Aeronautics, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. He was a life member of the Paletown Rod and Gun Club in Quakertown, PA. Surviving: Spouse: Linda at home, son: Craig L. Ruth, Mildred, PA: two brothers: Richard (Jan) Ruth of Whitefield, NH and David (Barbara Jean) Ruth of Bloomsburg, PA, sister: Arlene (Arthur) Price Lansdale, PA, brother-in-law: Ralph Cowles Lansdale, PA, sister-in-law: Evelyn Ruth Quakertown, PA, granddaughter: Madelyn Byars Gaffney, PA and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, James Ruth and a sister, Jeanette Cowles. A Memorial Service will be announced at a future date. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, 5705 Grant Creek Road, Missoula, MT. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

EUGENE C. SARGENT, age 76, of Tioga, PA died Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira, NY. He was born April 11, 1940 in Mansfield, PA, a son of Frank and Florence (Barnes) Sargent. Eugene was a self-employed dairy farmer, enjoyed hunting, fishing, planting trees, coon hunting, enjoyed his grandchildren especially watching them race go-carts. He was the owner/operator of Sargent's Dairy Bar in Jackson Summit, PA. Eugene was a US Army veteran and served during the Korean War. Eugene is survived by 3 sons, Nathaniel (Stacy) Sargent of Canton, NY; Bradley Sargent and Travis (Kim) Sargent, all of Tioga, PA; 2 daughters, Holly Sargent of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and Rebecca (Chris) Figueroa of Stewartstown, PA; 4 sisters, Ruth Thomas, Betty (Joe) Thompson, Joan (Bob) Heichel and Joanna (Jack) Shaw, all of Mansfield, PA; 9 grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; 7 brothers, Leo, Neal, Douglas, Frank, Jr., Bobby, William and Richard; a sister, Frances Burnham. Family and friends are invited to call on Friday, December 2, 2016 from 5:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. at Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. Services will follow at 6:00 P.M. at the funeral chapel with Pastor Harry Colegrove officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the Bath VA Medical Center, 76 Veterans Ave., Bath, NY. –Funeral home obituary

 

JEFFREY SAXTON SR., Jeffrey age 63, of Wellsburg, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 7, 2016. He was born on April 21, 1953 in Wellsboro, PA to the late Robert and Beverly Saxton. He was predeceased by his sister, Louise Saxton. Jeff is survived by his children, Nicole (Todd) Kingsbury, Jeffrey Saxton Jr. and Heather Saxton; longtime companion, Catherine Wood; brother, Michael (LuAnn) Saxton; many beloved step-children; along with several grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Jeff was a veteran of the US Navy. He worked for Totem Taxi as a driver and dispatcher for many years. Jeff loved music and was a local DJ and he also loved to play Santa around the holidays. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. –Elmira Star-Gazette 12/10/2016

 

WILLIAM C. SCHRADER passed away on Jan. 2, 2017 at home in Smiths, Ala.Bill was born on Dec. 14, 1946 in Sayre, Pa., to Max and Betty Muffley Schrader, and grew up in Monroeton, Pa. He was a graduate of Towanda High School, class of 1965. He was a former Sayre Evening Times carrier, employed at Shaffer's Feed Mill in Monroeton and also at Masonite. He had recently retired from Phenix Saw Works in Phenix City, Ala., after 35 years. He was a member of the Monroe Hose Company for several years, and he was a Vietnam veteran. He is survived by his son, Jeffrey and his wife Mandi and their two sons Kip and Kohl from Smiths, Ala.; daughter, Jennifer Dudley and her three children, Laura, Nikolas and Dylan; mother, Betty Muffley Schrader Worthington; brother, Richard Schrader of Monroeton; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his father, Max Schrader, and brother, George Schrader. A memorial service was held on Jan. 12, 2017 in Phenix City, Ala., and interment was on Jan. 13, 2017 at Fort Mitchell National Cemetery. There will be a memorial held at 2 p.m. on Jan. 21, 2017 at the Monroeton United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Wounded Warrior Project or to the Monroeton United Methodist Church. –Towanda Daily Review 1/14/2017

 

JAMES K. ‘SAM’ SCHUCKER long time Columbia Township dairy farmer, James K. "Sam" Schucker, passed away tragically as a result of a motor vehicle accident on Saturday, December 10, 2016. Sam was born June 20, 1928 in Columbia Twp., PA, a son of Mark and Mary (Neubauer) Schucker. He was predeceased by his wife, Donna (Warner) Schucker, on December 7, 2003. Sam was a member of the Hillside Rod & Gun Club, the Ponderosa Club, the Wheel Inn, and the Loyal Order of the Moose in Canton, PA. He enjoyed wood working, snowmobiling, hunting, gardening, and playing cards. Sam is survived by 3 sons and daughters-in-law, M. Kevin and Lisa Schucker, Douglas and Sharon Schucker, R. Kirk Schucker, all of Sylvania, PA; a brother, Robert E. Schucker of Sylvania, PA; a sister, Shirley S. Brion of Troy, PA; a sister-in-law, Alice Schucker; 10 grandchildren, Jamie Banks, Nicole Curtis, Brock Schucker, Jacob (fiance', Maddy Kutz), Clayton, Adam, Kara, Kyle, Kody and Kory Schucker; 1 great grandson, Bentley Curtis. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by brothers, Mark Schucker, Jr., Charles Schucker; a sister, Mariam Turner; two brothers-in-law, Ron Brion, Keith Turner; two sisters-in-law, Ina Schucker and Annette Schucker Pearsall. Family and friends are invited to attend a luncheon and a time of remembrance on Friday, December 16, 2016 from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. at the family farm house. Buckheit Funeral Chapel And Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family. –Elmira Star-Gazette 12/15/2016

 

SIBLEY –MARY I. PRINCE, 93, of Cadis, Pa., was reunited with her husband, Kenneth, and daughters, Mary Luanne and Esther, on Wednesday morning, Jan. 4, 2017. Mary was born on July 28, 1923 in Nichols, a daughter of the late Lucie and Former Owego Police Chief Earl Sibley. She was a graduate of Owego Free Academy class of 1943. On March 16, 1946 in Owego she married Kenneth Prince; together they celebrated 62 years of marriage until his passing in 2008. For many years, Mary assisted her husband in the operation of the family dairy farm in Cadis. She treasured the time spent traveling with her daughter Esther and enjoyed sewing and cooking. Mary was a member of the Warren Township Volunteer Fire Department and the Nichols United Methodist Church. A gentle and kind woman, Mary shared many treasured stories and enjoyed the time spent with her neighbors and caregivers. Mary is survived by many friends, neighbors and her caregivers along with many nieces, nephews and their families. In addition to Ken and her daughters, Mary and Esther, she was predeceased by her sister, Ruth Stan. Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10, at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. A funeral service and celebration of Mary's life will follow at 11 a.m. Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the Warren Township Volunteer Fire Department, 3039 Warren Center Rd., Warren Center, PA in loving memory of Mary Prince. –Towanda Daily Review 1/6/2017

 

NORMAN ROBERT SICK, age 65, formerly of Lovelton, PA, passed away on Saturday, December 24, 2016 at the Partridge-Tippett Nursing Center, Wesley Village in Pittston, PA after long battle with Multiple Systems Atrophy (MSA). Norman was born in Meshoppen, PA on February 19, 1951, the son of the late Robert H. Sick who passed away in 1983 and Dorothy Potter Sick who passed away in 2003. Norman graduated from Wyalusing Valley High School as the class Valedictorian with the class 1969. He later graduated from Penn State University with Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Electrical Engineering. Norman worked as an electrical engineer for various defense contractors including Raytheon of Falls Church, VA, in which he retired from in 2002. Norman was a member of the Hollenback United Methodist Church and was a member of the National Honor Society at Wyalusing Valley High School. He enjoyed photography and made home videos from the pictures and videos he took over the years. Norman enjoyed the outdoors and riding horses, starting from his early childhood growing up on a farm. He also enjoyed singing, watching movies, visiting numerous museums, and historical sites, and most of all he liked spending time with his family. Norman is survived by his two sisters: Joyce Roland of Edgewood, MD and Connie Bliss and her husband Thomas of Wilmot Township, PA. He is also survived by his nephew, Daniel and Cindy Goodwin of Wilmot Township, PA; niece Janice and Jim Copp of Wilmot Township, PA; nephew Eric and Jennifer Roland of Abingdon, MD; nephew Craig and Rachel Roland of Heflin, AL; nephew David Bliss of Harrisburg, PA; and nephew Steven Bliss of York, PA, as well as his extended family that includes many cousins, great/great-great nieces and nephews. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his sister Edith Goodwin (February 23, 2012) and brother-in-law Ronald Roland (September 18, 2009). Funeral services for Norman will be held on Thursday, December 29, 2016 at 12 noon at the Forkston United Methodist Church with Reverend Joshua Yorks of the church officiating. Interment will be held at the Forkston Cemetery following the service. Family and friends may call at the church from 10:30 AM until the time of the service. The family would like to thank the staff at the Partridge-Tippett Nursing Center, Wesley Village, for their wonderful compassionate care of Norman. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Forkston Cemetery Association or the Forkston United Methodist Church. Arrangements were entrusted with Sheldon Funeral Home, 155 Church Street, Wyalusing, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

PATTI SIMMONS, 81, of Sayre, PA passed away on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA unexpectedly. She was born on August 24, 1935 in Ithaca, NY the daughter of the late Donald M. (Sr.) and Helen Frost Simmons. She graduated from Centenary Business College in Hackettstown, NJ. Patti worked for RCA in Maryland and moved on to work for the President and CEO of Smith and Corona on Park Avenue in New York City. After 15 years of employment Patti retired and returned to the Valley to be with her father and twin brother. Patti had a big and kind heart and was very generous. She was passionate about her animals. She was an avid reader and shopper and also enjoyed flowers and her gardening. She loved sports, her coy fish and riding horses. Patti appreciated all who stood by her throughout her years and supported her. She is predeceased by her parents. Patti is survived by her twin brother Don Simmons, of Sayre, PA and currently of Florida and many special friends who will miss her dearly. Friends may call on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 from 3-5pm at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, PA. A Celebration of Life will follow at 5pm at the funeral home with Rev. Sharon D. Lowery officiating. Memorial donations may be made in Patti’s memory to one of the local animal shelters. –Funeral home notice contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

ROBERT C. SKINNER, 79, of Montrose, PA passed away, Saturday, December 3, 2016 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA after a long battle with kidney/liver disease. Just as he would have wanted Bob was surrounded by his family. Born November 13, 1937 in Montrose, PA, he was the son of the late Kenneth E. and the late Margaret E. [Blaisure] Skinner. Bob originally worked for Montrose Tractor before opening his own business of 20 years, K.K.& S. Ford Tractor Sales, Inc. in Tunkhannock, PA. He also worked for Pickering’s for many years before retiring. His many customers knew him for his honesty and his exceptional knowledge of tractor parts and repairs. He was always appreciative and accommodating to his customers. Bob loved his family and always wanted them around. His greatest love was his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He would invite family/friends to stay for coffee and when leaving, asked, “What was their hurry”. Bob was known for his tinkering and ingenious ventures. You could always find him in his basement or out in the yard working on projects. In his younger years, Bob was a member of Montrose Fire Company. He and Maxine enjoyed many dairy tour trips for years. He enjoyed going to tractor shows. Survivors include wife of 60 years, , Maxine [Bullock]Skinner, daughters and sons-in-law, Annette & Eric Brunges of Montrose, PA, Sherry & George Gow of Montrose, PA, grandchildren, Joseph R. Clary, Toni Marie Clary, Stephanie Gow and Emily Gow, great-grandchildren, Mallory Clary, Shawn Clary, Isabella DeGraw, and Bryce Thompson, a brother, David Skinner of Montrose , PA, sisters and brother-in-law , Jean Hirsch of Montrose, PA, Jane Skinner of North Fort Myers, FL, and Sandra & Darryl Hoppe of Montrose, PA, several nieces and nephews and good friends, Watson and LeeAnn Dayton and Donald Paige. In addition to his parents, an infant son, Carl R. Skinner, a brother, Ken Skinner and a sister Shirley DeMann predeceased him. Services: 11:00 a.m. Friday at Bartron-Myer Funeral Home, Inc., Montrose, PA.Visitation: 6:00-8:00 PM on Thursday. Instead of flowers: memorial contributions may be made to Traci's Hope, PO Box 504, Apalachin, NY. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

SLACK –ELIZABETH E. ‘BETTY’ APPLEGATE, 96, of Hughesville died Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Muncy, PA. Betty was the widow of the late Leon A. Applegate who died August 1, 2008. Born June 8, 1920 in Lewisburg, she is the daughter of the late Frederick W. and Lois M. (Brown) Slack. She married her husband Leon A. Applegate on June 14, 1940. Betty was a 1938 graduate of Lewisburg High School, and a 1963 graduate of Bloomsburg University where she received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. She taught 2nd grade at Ashkar Elementary for 20 years, and was head teacher there for several years. She was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church, and was secretary of the Sunday School department for many years. Betty was a member of the Rebekah's Organization, and a member of the East Lycoming School Board. She was past president of the Muncy Valley Hospital Auxiliary and was the founder of their Teddy Bear Group in 1988 that meets to this day. Betty served as a board of directors of the Muncy Valley Hospital, and volunteered there for 28 years. She is survived by a daughter, Jeanne M. (Robert) Sinsabaugh of Hughesville; a son, James R. (Diana) Applegate of Hughesville; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren on the way. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Susan Drabot; a daughter-in-law, Shirley Applegate; a brother, Frederick Slack Jr; and a sister, Martha Peters. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Monday, December 5, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Pastor Jane O’Borski officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hughesville. Viewing will be from 1 to 2 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Muncy Valley Hospital Auxiliary, 215 Water Street, Muncy, PA or to Bethany United Methodist Church, 113 Second Street, Hughesville, PA. –Williamsport Sun-Gazette 12/1/2016

SMITH –BARBARA M. HIGGINS, age 74, of Odessa, NY, passed away on December 13, 2016 at St. Joseph's Hospital. Barbara is survived by her daughter, Debra (Ralph) Daugherty; grandchildren, Vickie (Alan) Steck, Doug (Cindy Stevenson) Daugherty and Corey (Amanda Reasor) Daugherty; great-grandchildren, Dylan Porter, Krista, Zachary & Ryan Steck, Destiny, Hali & Austin Daugherty; brothers, Howard (Viola) Smith, Nelson (Carol) Smith and sisters: Betty Stedge, Virginia Knickerbocker and Shirley (Harry) Hartman. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave, Elmira on Wednesday, Dec 21st from 3 to 4pm. –Elmira Star-Gazette 12/18/2016

 

NESTOR SOZANSKI, 90, of Buffalo, N.Y., passed away on Monday, Dec. 19, 2016 at Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, N.Y. He was born in Sayre, Pa., the son of the late Leon Sozansky and Anna Komarnisky Sozansky. Nestor graduated from Sayre High School in 1947 after serving in the U.S. Army from 1944 until his discharge in 1946 with the rank of T/Sgt. He graduated from Canisius College in 1951. Nestor began his career with the Lehigh Valley Railroad, retiring in 1990 as Chief Claim Agent for the Consolidated Rail Corporation in Columbus, Ohio. At the time of his retirement, Nestor had over 30 years of service in the railway industry. Nestor was predeceased by his wife and the love of his life of 63 years, Patricia Coveney Sozanski, who died in April of this year. He has two sons, John (Marilyn) Sozanski and Paul (Juliana) Sozansky and one daughter, Anne (Richard) Wilson; grandchildren Benjamin Sozanski, Erin Goubiere, Robert Sozanski and Katherine Sozansky; sisters Pauline McSparron, Virginia Raftis and Vera Tobias; and sister-in-law Rita Coveney Pudenz. Friends may call 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Vandercher & Dick Funeral Home, 2549 Main St., Buffalo, N.Y. The Divine Liturgy will be celebrated in St. Basil Ukrainian Catholic Church, 3657 Walden Avenue, Lancaster, N.Y., on Thursday at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo, 225 Como Blvd., Cheektowaga, N.Y. or Red Cloud Indian School, 100 Mission Dr., Pine Ridge, SD. –Sayre Morning Times 12/21/2016

 

NORMAN E. SPENCER of Horseheads went to be with his Lord after a short illness. He passed, surrounded by his family on Thursday, December 29, 2016, at the age of 86. Norman was born September 17, 1930, in Canton, PA, a son of the late Myron and Daisy Bastion Spencer. He is survived by his loving children: Sandra Hall, John Spencer and fiancé Erlyn, Karen (David) Currey and Cheryl DeSarno; sixteen grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; brother, Seward Spencer; sister, Dorothy Pine; several extended family members and a host of caring friends. He is predeceased by his brothers: Leland and Donald and son-in-law, Leland Hall. Norman served his country honorably with the US Army in Fairbanks, Alaska, during the Korean War and worked at Clute Motors as a mechanic. The family welcomes relatives and friends at his church, Pine Valley Baptist Church, 4872 Pinecrest Rd., Millport, NY, on Monday, January 2, 2017, from 1-3 p.m. Norman's Funeral Service with military honors will held immediately following at 3 p.m. with his friend Pastor Dan McCarthy, Sr. He will be laid to rest at the convenience of his family. –Elmira Star-Gazette 12/30/2016

 

STANTON –AUDREY MARIE HOVENCAMP a longtime resident of Southport, passed away Fri. Dec. 23, 2016 at Arnot-Ogden Medical Center at the age of 78. Born on Mar. 16, 1938 in Lockport, NY daughter of the late, William & Josephine Austin Stanton. Audrey is survived by her loving husband, Richard Hovencamp, Southport. She was employed by Arnot-Ogden Medical Center and also performed home health care as a registered nurse for many years. Her interests included making jewelry, Christmas Wreaths, and traveling. In honor of her wishes all services were handled privately at her family's convenience. –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/11/15, 2017

 

JAMES M. ‘JIM’ STEPANSKI JR., 50, well-known Wysox businessman and resident of Standing Stone Township, Pa., passed away Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. "Jim," as he was known by his family and friends, was born on June 16, 1966 in Berwick, Pa. He was a graduate of Northeast Bradford High School class of 1984 and continued his education receiving his Bachelor's Degree in computer science from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, Pa. He received his Master's Degree from Bloomsburg University and, in early years, was employed as a certified Microsoft trainer. Jim was formerly employed by Craftmaster Corporation in Wysox. Jim operated Only the Best Pizza Shop in Wysox for a number of years until his passing. Jim was a member of the Towanda Area School Board and Roman Lodge No. 418 F. & A.M. Surviving are his son, William Kerr of Standing Stone; his mother and stepfather, Kathryn Obert and John Jenkins of Hudson, Fla.; sister and brother-in-law, Dr. Catherine O'Neil and Dr. Chris O'Neil of Bloomsburg, Pa.; niece, Maddie O'Neil; nephew, Riley O'Neil; uncle, John Obert of Seattle, Wash.; aunt, Pat Sick of Florida; as well as many cousins in the Berwick, Pa., and Florida areas. He was predeceased by his father, James M. Stepanski Sr. on Feb. 8, 2013. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa. Roman Lodge No. 418 F. & A.M. will hold a Service of Remembrance at the funeral home at 7 p.m. followed by the funeral service. –Towanda Daily Review 11/22/2016

 

ROBERT STANLEY ‘BOB’ THOMAS 78, of Tunkhannock died Saturday, January 7th at St. Mary’s Villa in Elmhurst, PA. He was born in Lake Winola on May 6, 1938 son of the late Stanley E. and Frances Stetz Thomas. Bob was a 1956 graduate of the Tunkhannock Area High School, and a veteran of the United States Navy. He worked then took over the family business Thomas Well Drilling. He was a member of the Church of Nativity BVM in Tunkhannock, the Tunkhannock Moose Lodge 1276, and the PA National Water and Well Drillers Association. Bob was preceded in death by his sister Geraldine Lasher. He is survived by his sons Michael and wife Robyn, of Parkton, Maryland, Rob and wife Marie, of Dalton, sisters Arlene Jenkins, of Piedmont, Ohio, Judy Love, of New Port Richey, Florida, 3 Grandchildren and 2 greatgrandchildren and nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, January 14th at 10:00 AM from the Church of Nativity BVM in Tunkhannock, interment will be in Pieta Cemetery Tunkhannock. A viewing for friends and family will be held on Friday, January 13th from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, Inc. 73 West Tioga St. Tunkhannock, PA. Memorial donations can be made to the Church of Nativity BVM 99 E Tioga St. Tunkhannock, Pa 18657 or to a Cancer Association of the donor’s choice. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

THORTON –LOIS ‘JANIE’ HERSHEY, age 71, of Mansfield, PA, passed away on Thursday, December 15, 2016 at Troy Community Hospital, Troy, PA. She was the beloved wife of Brian Hershey. Janie was the daughter of Jack W. and Dorothy (Hill) Thorton. She was a member of the Family Haven Church in Troy, PA, and was a 20 plus year volunteer for the community with Northern Tier Helping Hands and the Salvation Army. In addition to her husband, Brian, she is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Jack and Genny Makowiec of Elmira, NY, Richard Ellis, Jr. of Millerton, PA; two daughters and a son-in-law, Pamela and Don Corwin of Lawrenceville, PA, Julienne Wallace of Nelson, PA; a sister, Patricia Lambert of Elmira, NY; two step-sons, Ryan Hershey of Ulysses, PA, Shawn (Abby) Hershey of Ft. Stuart, GA; 2 step-daughters, Melinda (Christopher) McNeely of Mansfield, PA, Diane (James Copp) Asline-Rote of Mansfield, PA; 29 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren. Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Buckheit Funeral Chapel And Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. A memorial service will follow at 7:00 P.M. with Pastor David Storrs officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home to assist with expenses. –Elmira Star-Gazette 12/17/2016

 

TICE –BEVERLY ‘BEV’ WARFLE, age 84, of Laceyville, Pa., passed away Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 3, 2017 at Skilled Nursing Unit at Memorial Hospital in Towanda, Pa. Bev was born in Maryland, N.Y. on Nov. 1, 1932, the daughter of the late Floyd and Gertrude Collison Tice. She was married to Leo F. Warfle Sr. until his passing in October of 1972. In her spare time, Bev enjoyed crocheting, both vegetable and flower gardening, and solving jigsaw puzzles. While living in Laceyville, she enjoyed speaking with many of her friends around town. Bev is survived by her sons, Leo Warfle and his wife Edith of Jenningsville, Pa., Raymond Warfle and his wife Marion of Mehoopany, Pa., Walter Warfle and his wife Annmarie of Tunkhannock, Pa., Harry Warfle of Kauga, Ind.; her daughters, Beverly June Spencer and her husband Dennis of Towanda, Pa., Joyce Ann Whipple and her husband Dana of Exeter, Pa., Jennie Gregg and her husband Fred of Elk Lake, Pa., and Patty Miller and her husband Paul of Laceyville, Pa. Also surviving are 21 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, her brother, Clifford Tice of New Berlin, N.Y., and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services for Mrs. Warfle will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main Street, Laceyville, Pa., with Reverend Doug Mills of the Lovelton Community Bible Church officiating. Family and friends may call from noon until the time of the service at the funeral home. –Towanda Daily Review 1/5/2017

EARL ALLEN TITUS, the 11th child of Regius and Anna Schaad Titus, died January 1, 2017. He was 90 years old. He was predeceased by his parents, his wife of 67 years, Jeanne S. Titus, and his daughter, Elizabeth D. Impson. He was also predeceased by his 6 brothers and 5 sisters: Elizabeth (Merle) Bruce, Albert (Carrie) Titus, Isabel (Russell) Whitehead,Martin (Pauline) Titus, George (Laura) Titus, Catherine (Samuel) Graham, Viola (Don Noyes) Comstock, Esther (Walter) Deubler, Reid (Doris) Titus, Franklin (Eulalia) Titus, and William (June) Titus. He is survived by his children, Lucille Titus of Elmira, James (Ann) Titus of Bedford TX, and Jeffrey (Robin) Titus of Muncy PA. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren: Eric (Chrissy) Impson of MA, Jason (Mary Jeanne) Impson of NY, Greg (Christine) Impson of TX, Christopher (Jennifer) Titus of MD, Michelle Titus of TX, Melody (Matthew Kennedy) Titus of TX, Mariah Titus of TX, Jason Dates of NY, Bryan Dates of IN, Shawn (Dominique) Dates of TN, and Kevin (Sasha) Dates of PA. He is also survived by 22 great-grandchildren, son-in-law, Harvey Impson, of Newark NY, sisters-in-law, Doris Titus of Waverly NY and June Titus of Pahrump NV, and many nieces and nephews. Earl grew up in Sayre, PA, and graduated from Sayre High School. He was a World War II Navy veteran who served on the USS Gilbert Islands, an escort aircraft carrier stationed in the South Pacific. He is a retiree of American LaFrance and Schweizer Aircraft. He was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church for over 50 years. Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home 413 S. Main St. Horseheads, on Fri. Jan. 13, 2017 from 4-6:00 p.m. and again on Sat. Jan. 14, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. when his service with military honors will follow there at the funeral home at noon. Burial service at a later date in Dushore, PA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Hillcrest Baptist Church, 115 West Hill Road, Elmira, NY or National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Upstate New York, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Suite 900, Rochester, NY. –Sayre Morning Times 1/9/2017

 

TRAVER –MYRTLE I. ROSS, 84, of Montrose, passed away on Friday, November 25, 2016 at Golden Living Center, Tunkhannock, after a brief illness. She was born on April 23, 1932 in Noxen, PA to the late John W. and Agnes M. (Patton) Traver. Surviving are her five children and their spouses, Donnette Cargill, Vestal, NY, Janet Cook, Montrose, Bryan Whitney, VA, Phillip and Teresa Whitney, Montrose, PA, Mickey and Brandi Perry, Montrose, PA, two step-children, 16 grandchildren, many great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her 1st husband, Donald Whitney, 2nd husband, Wilbur Ross, son, Thomas L. Whitney, grandson, Jesse Fenton, five sisters, and four brothers. Myrle enjoyed playing Pogo, bingo, and solitaire on the internet; she also enjoyed watching her favorite TV programs on TV land. She also enjoyed spending time with all her family. The family will receive friends at the Daniel K. Regan Funeral Home on Saturday December 3, 2016, from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will be in the Glenwood Cemetery, Dalton, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

VALLIMONT –KATHLEEN E. (VALLIMONT) VOORHEES age 59, of Elmira, NY, passed away on Sunday, December 11, 2016. She was born on July 26, 1957 to the late James and Violet (Parmelee) Vallimont. She was predeceased by her brothers, Ronnie Parmelee and James Vallimont Jr. Kathleen is survived by her son, Richard (Wendy Larson) Voorhees; grandson, Chad Voorhees; sisters, Sheri Bollen, Pam (John) Pepper and Nan Jividen; brothers, George, Mike and Tim Vallimont and Jeff Parmelee; ex-husband, but dear friend, James Voorhees Sr. She was a loyal devoted wife for years and was a loving mother and grandmother and she loved her family and friends. Kathleen loved her several step-children and step-grandchildren. She had a sick and funny sense of humor. Kathleen loved and was loved and she will be missed. Family and friends are invited to attend calling hours from 4 to 6 pm on Friday, December 16, 2016 at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Arnot Ogden Medical Center Pediatric floor. –Towanda Daily Review 12/14/2016

 

RANSELAR E. VANDERPOEL, age 78, died on January 3, 2017 in his home surrounded by his family. Ranselar was born November 18, 1938 to Ranselar M. and Dorothy VanDerpoel in Newark Valley, NY. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and served from 1956 to 1961 with Patrol Squadron SEVEN and the Air Anti-Submarine Squadron THIRTY-NINE as an Aviation Electricians Mate. During his service he received a Good Conduct Metal. Ranselar is predeceased by his mother and father; Brothers: Randy, Mickey, and Lloyd. Ranselar is survived by his wife Donna VanDerpoel, children: Greg (Kim) VanDerpoel, TJ VanDerpoel, Andrea (Robert) Shaul, Lora Gilbert, Mark Tarntino, and Richard Tarntino; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. Family and friends will gather on January 14, 2017 from 11AM to 3PM at the Big Flats American Legion located at 45 Olcott Rd, Big Flats, NY. Family would like to thank all of his caregivers and hospice for their attentiveness and care during his final days. –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/12/2017

 

VANNOY –PATRICIA ‘PAT’ STAGE, 76, of Alba, Pa., passed away Friday evening, Jan. 13, 2017 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Patricia Ann, "Pat" to family and friends, was born Oct. 12, 1940 in Canton Township, Pa. She was a daughter of the late Robert VanNoy, Madeline "Pat" (Allen) Bellows and step-daughter of Maxwell Bellows. Pat was hardworking and well-respected in her career as a paralegal. For many years, she worked with Attorney Epstein in Towanda and later with Attorney Patrick J. Barrett III in Canton. She also will be remembered as kind, compassionate and a lovely person by all who knew her. Pat enjoyed doing many things during her life; times shared with family and friends were always special to her. She was a member of Wheel Inn Club in Roaring Branch, the Canton WOTM Lodge 981 and Canton's V.F.W. Auxiliary Post 714. Surviving are her son, Michael G. Chopak of Alba; a brother and sister, Robert (Janet) VanNoy of Mansfield and Cleone Schweikart (Galen Norton) of Ogdensburg; sister-in-law, Debbie Gardner of Prattsburg, N.Y.; several nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends. She was predeceased by her son, Robert Dale Morgan on Jan. 29, 2012; her husband, Bernard "Pete" Stage on Oct. 14, 2007 and a brother, Jerry Bellows. In keeping with Pat's wishes, there will be no public services. Interment will be at a later date. Those who wish may consider a memorial in Pat's name to a charity of your choice. –Towanda Daily Review 1/18/2017

 

WAYNE VERY, 88, of Montrose, PA passed away, Wednesday, November 23, 2016. Born February 20, 1928 in Jessup Twp., Susquehanna County, he was the son of the late Imon W. and Alice [VanDyke] Very. Wayne and his wife Belva owned and operated Very's Shopping Center in Rush from 1960’s to early 90’s. Previously Wayne worked at the former Hatsie Ayers garage and Felix Oleniacz’s Radio and TV. He was a member of Fairdale Community United Methodist Church and of the Rush Volunteer Fire Company since the age of 21. He served as Chief in 1956 and again from 1958-1969 and was the Assistant Chief for 16 years. Currently he was a Trustee of the Fire Company and served as the Rush Township Emergency Management Coordinator. Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Belva [Hitchcock] Very, daughters & sons-in-law, Pamela Jenner & Jerry Myers of Springville, PA, Angela Very of Montrose, PA, Lori & Earl Tiffany of Montrose, PA, grandchildren, Michael [Rebecca] Jenner, Jason [Cheryl] Jenner, Erin Jenner, Eric [Danielle] Jenner, Colin Burridge[Ann Potuck], Casey Burridge, Kelly [Kylie] Burridge, Timothy Campbell, and Stephani Peck [Brandon Wheeler], great-grandchildren; Stanley [Megan] Ely, Dustin [Kayla] Ely, Melissa Bird [Jordan Smith], Bonnie Bird, David Jenner, Alan Jenner, Carol Ann [Justin] Steenstra, Elizabeth Nelson, Holly [Justin] Klieber, Cheyenne Jenner, Derek Jenner, Colin Burridge Jr., Benjamin Burridge [Amber Jones], Micah Burridge, Shay Robert Burridge, Isiah Decker, Lily Decker, Cooper Peck, and Silas Wheeler, great-great-grandchildren Jackson Steenstra, and Tripp Hillier sisters and brothers-in-law, Doris & Dorrence Bartholomew of Williamsport, PA, Linda & Claude Hanbury of Owego, NY, a sister-in-law, Rosie Very of Montrose, PA, and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his three brothers Gilbert, Henry, and Ronald. Services: 11:00 am Wednesday November 30, 2016 at Bartron-Myer Funeral Home, Inc., Montrose, PA. Visitation: 6:00-8:00 PM on Tuesday November 29, 2016  Instead of flowers: memorial contributions may be made to either; Montrose Minute Men, PO Box 461, Montrose, PA or Rush Volunteer Fire Company, PO Box 5, Lawton, PA or Fairdale Community United Methodist Church, % Denise Campbell, Treasurer, 3139 SR 706, Lawton, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

RICHARD J. WELSH, 85, of Hughesville, died Sunday, January 15, 2017, at his home. Born April 7, 1931 in Philadelphia, he was a son of the late John and Catherine (John) Welsh. He and his wife, the former Dixie L. Benezette, would have celebrated 40 years of marriage on February 14, 2017. Richard served his country honorably in the U.S. Army and was a member of the Korean War Veterans of Lycoming County and the American Legion Post 268, Muncy. He graduated from the North East High School, Class of 1949 and retired in 1986 from Philadelphia Gas Works, after having worked there for over 30 years. Richard was a member of the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church and enjoyed wood working, hunting, and riding his motorcycle. Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two daughters, Linda Ann Cernovsky of Bloomsburg, and Paula Jane (Richard) Jacobs of Benton; a son, Richard J. (Theresa) Welsh of Huntingdon Valley; two step-sons, Stephen S. (Cathy) Patterson of National Park, NJ, and Todd O. (Lisa) Patterson of Mullica Hill, NJ; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and six step-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Schmidt. The family will hold a memorial service at 1 p.m. Friday, January 20, at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, Hughesville. Friends may call from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Friday at the church. Burial will be held privately at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Hughesville. –Williamsport Sun-Gazette 1/16/2017

 

MICHAEL WILLIAM WRIGHT SR., 56, of Williamsport, unexpectedly went to be with the Lord at Hamot Hospital in Erie County on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. Michael was born Jan. 17, 1960, in Williamsport. He was the son of the late Leonard c. Wright Sr. and Shirley A. Renner (Bordner). Michael attended Williamsport area schools, where he excelled in basketball. He was an avid sports fan and especially loved the Pittsburg Steelers. He worked at numerous factories in the Williamsport and Lewisburg area. Surviving are his son, Michael W. Wright Jr., of Williamsport; siblings, Nora Cobb, Leonard Wright Jr., Jaqueline Walker (Grady), Stephanie Thomas (Thomas), Mary E. Eiswerth, Laverne E. Eiswerth (Ethel), Debra A. Stahl, Carl L. Wright, Diana Wright, Kimberly A. Thomas, Keith A. Wright (Brenda); and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. In addition to his parents, he was proceeded in death by his wife and son's mother, Debra S. Wright (Gage); brothers, Richard Wright (Louise) and Frederick Wright (Janice); sister Ruth (James); brothers-in-law, John Cobb, Charles Thomas; and sister-in-law, Annie Wright. Viewing 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13 2016, at Antioch Baptist Church, 514 High St., Williamsport. Going home service to follow at 11 a.m. –Morse Kleese Funeral home obituary

 

RICHARD A. YALE, 88, of Smithfield Township, Pa., passed away at home attended by his family on Jan. 10, 2017. Born in Sayre, Pa., he was raised and lived in the Ridgebury and East Smithfield area. He married Angeline J. Nichols and spent 67 years together. Richard was active in the community - a life-member of Tri-Township Ambulance Association since its inception since 1957 - also serving as secretary/treasurer for a number of years. He was also the Smithfield Township secretary for 30 plus years. He was employed as assistant manager of East Smithfield Farms for 27 years till its closure, then as SEO with Bradford County Sanitation Committee until his retirement. Known as Uncle Dick or Grandpa Yale to most, he will always be remembered by friends and family for his woodworking skills, recalling stories of his and your youth, horsemanship, and donating over 20 years of pony rides at STVFD 4th of July Celebration. He is survived by his children, Carolyn (Don) Learn, Merle (Linda) Yale; grandchildren, Mark (Christine) Learn, Jeff (Stacey) Learn, Penny (Kevin) Yale Wood, Brent (Desirae) Yale; great-grandchildren, Kali (Tim) Learn Mobley, Bruce Learn, Noah, Madalynn and Alivia Lear, Dillon and Ashton Wood, Makaylah, Mya, and Madison Buck; a very special great-great granddaughter, Layla Carolyn Mobley; brother, Ramon (Patricia) Yale; brother-in-law, Ralph (Joann) Nichols; sister-in-law, Velma Chamberlain Yale; a very special cousin, Gail G. Westerholt; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his wife, Angeline J. Nichols, he was preceded in death by his parents, Albert M. and Mildred Hotalen Yale; and brother, Donald M Yale. A celebration of his life will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, at the Veterans Memorial Hall (former VFW Hall), Rolling Hills Road, Smithfield Township. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tri-Township Ambulance Association c/o Diane Husted, 16145 Berwick Turnpike, Gillett, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 1/12/2017

 

JAMES EDWARD YARNALL, age 56, of Lopez, Pa., passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016 at the Guthrie Memorial Hospital in Towanda, Pa. Jim was born in Lansdale, Pa., on Nov. 7, 1960, the son of the late Edward F. and Joyce L. Horner Yarnall. His family moved to Sullivan County in 1964 and he graduated from the Sullivan County High School a member of the class of 1978. He married the former Tina M. Ruane of Laceyville on Sept. 22, 2007. Jim began working at the Benton Foundry and was currently working for Proctor and Gamble for the past 16 years. Jim was a loving spouse and enjoyed bow and rifle deer hunting and also enjoyed golfing. He was very active with the PA Bowhunter's Association and helped for many years at the Bowfestival every September in Forksville, Pa. He and Tina enjoyed spending time together and making road trips. He was very involved with the Mildred Fire and Ambulance Association, where was an EMT and was also Ambulance Captain for many years. Surviving are his spouse, Tina at home; two sisters: Sue Ann Yarnall of Mildred, Pa., and Amy (Joe) Mayer of Maytown, Pa.; father and mother-in-law, Jack and Ann Marie Ruane of Laceyville, Pa.; sister-in-law, Kelly (Jim) Kulsicavage of Tunkhannock, Pa.; four nieces and nephews, Hunter and Elaina Kulsicavage and Katherine and William Mayer; and also aunts, uncles, cousins, and numerous special friends and his bow festival family. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, Pa., with the Rev. Ronald L. Dyer, pastor of Redeemer Church of Christ, Dushore, Pa., officiating. Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11 at the Homer Funeral Home. The Mildred Fire and Ambulance Association members will pass in review at 6 p.m. on Friday evening at the conclusion of the calling hours. The family will provide the flowers and ask that memorial contributions be directed to the Mildred Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 74, Mildred, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 11/10/2016

 

YOUNG –RUBY ELIZABETH MONTAGUE, 97, formerly of Hughesville, died Wednesday, December 07, 2016, at RiverWoods, Lewisburg. Born November 17, 1919 in Williamsport, she was a daughter of the late Austin G. and Ella Virginia (Reeder) Young. Her husband of 55 years, James E. Montague, preceded her in death on December 22, 1999. Ruby was a graduate of Hughesville High School, Class of 1937. She and her husband owned and operated the former Montague’s Paint and Wallpaper Store, Hughesville, where Ruby worked as an interior designer for more than 23 years. She was a member of the Picture Rocks Baptist Church and was active in the women's missionary group for many years. Ruby was previously an active member of the DAR, Muncy Valley Hospital Auxillary, Business and Professional Women, Hughesville Women's Club, Williamsport Audubon Society and served on the Hughesville Library board. She enjoyed traveling, spending time in the outdoors with her love of birds and flowers, and above all, loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Ruby always had a close relationship with her brothers, sisters, and their families as well. Surviving are two daughters, Phoebe A. Nicodemus of Mercer Island, WA, and Mary Ella Montague of Lewisburg; four sisters, Clemma Ann Klopp of Williamsport, Evelyn Huntzinger of Mechanicsburg, Stella Coles of Birmingham, AL and Alice Lee of Eagen, AZ; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, Ruby was preceded in death by a daughter, Elizabeth Ann Giffi; three brothers, Charles C. Young, Archie B. Young, and James A. Young; and a sister, Gloria Hertz. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, December 10, at the Picture Rocks Baptist Church, 50 Elm St., Picture Rocks, with Rev. Jerry Uppling officiating. Burial will be held privately in the Picture Rocks Cemetery. The family will provide the flowers and suggest memorial contributions to the Picture Rocks Baptist Church, P.O. Box 408, Picture Rocks, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

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?. –JOY S. DIXON, 79, of Wellsburg, NY passed away December 14, 2016 following a long battle with Alzheimer's. Joy is survived by her husband of 59 years, Ronald Guy Dixon; daughters, Ronda Brown and Shari (Jerry) Picarazzi; her grandchildren, Shane Smithmen, Nathan and Kyle Dixon, Shayla Hurd and 5 great-grandchildren. Joy retired from the Elmira City School District and is the former owner of A Touch of Country. She was a member of the Women's Auxiliary Wellsburg Volunteer Fire Department and an avid sportswoman. Family and friends are invited to gather from 4:00 pm to 6:30 p.m. Friday, December 16, 2016 at Roberts Funeral Home, Inc. 279 Main Street, Wellsburg, NY. A memorial service will follow the calling hours at 6:30 pm with Pastor Tom Blackall officiating. –Elmira Star-Gazette 12/16/2016

 

?. –NANCYANN KRAMER-COVAL, age 85, formerly of Wellsburg NY, passed away Saturday, January 7, 2017 at the Manor at Bethany Village, Horseheads NY, where she lived since January 2015. Nancy is survived by her husband Leon Coval; three daughters: Deborah Runton of Sunbury PA, Julie (Eric) Miller of Hanover PA, Elizabeth (Richard) Swivel of Dillsburg PA; one stepdaughter, Margaret Coval (Randy McBrayer) of Elizabeth CO; and one stepson John (Kathy) Coval of Breesport NY. She was preceded in death by her first husband Richard Kramer in 1984 and sister, Sally Moore in 2015. She was a member of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Elmira NY. Through their connection with the Russian Orthodox Church, she and Leon made friends around the world and opened their home to many international visitors. Nancy enjoyed traveling and reading, and loved to watch the deer, bears and turkeys that wandered through their backyard in Wellsburg. Nancy's compassion for others led her to work for a time as a hospice volunteer. Family and friends are invited to visit Holy Trinity Orthodox Christian Church, 140 Horseheads Blvd., Elmira Heights on Wednesday, January 11th from 2 to 4 pm. Her funeral service will follow at 4 pm. Rev. Fr. Jason Kappanadze will officiate. Burial will be in Pomfret Manor Cemetery, Sunbury, PA at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember Nancy through donations to Holy Trinity Orthodox Christian Church, 140 Horseheads Blvd. Elmira Heights, NY. Nancy's family thanks the staff at Bethany Manor Skill 2 for their loving care during her stay there. Walter J. Kent Funeral Home is assisting the family. –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/8/2017


 
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