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ANDERSON –BETTY A. HICKS, 89, of Rushville, Pa., passed away, Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 at Meadow View Senior Living Center, Montrose, Pa. Born Feb. 1, 1927 in Stevensville, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Jesse and Blanche [Robinson] Anderson. Her husband Clarence W. Hicks predeceased her in 1985.She was employed as a seamstress is former dress factories in the area.She was a member of Rushville Church, the auxiliary of the VFW Post 6824, Rome, Pa., and was on the Election Board of Rush Township for over 30 years. She also enjoyed flower gardening and was an excellent baker. Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Jo Anne Shaw of Tunkhannock, Pa., Marilyn and Mark Pesesky of Interlaken, N.Y., Paula L. and Kevin Coleman of Lawton, Pa., Diane and Richard Campbell of Wyalusing, Pa., son and daughter-in-law, Ronald J. and Melissa Hicks of State College, Pa.; seven grandchildren, Timothy, Garrick, Michelle, Carrie, Jill, Melissa, and Clint; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister and brother-in-law, Janet and William Brown Jr. of Rome, Pa.; brother-in-law, Preston Hicks of Stevensville, Pa.; nieces and nephews. A sister, Patti Lasinger, and a brother, Francis Anderson, predeceased her. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at Bartron-Myer Funeral Home, Inc., Montrose, PA. Visitation will be one hour prior to services on Friday. Instead of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either: Rushville Church, c/o Marie Watkins, 10 Gage Rd., Rushville, PA or the VFW Post 6824, 1468 Haighs Pond Rd., Rome, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 1/5/2017

 

ANDERSON –PAMELA ANDERSON SECHRIST, 48, of Troy, PA passed away Tuesday morning, February 14, 2017 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Born on August 7, 1968 in Williamsport, Pamela Lynn was one of eight children of the late Virgil and Juanita (Woodward) Anderson. She was a 1986 graduate of Canton High School. On Aug. 18, 1990, Pam married Donald J. “Donnie” Sechrist in the Ogdensburg Church of Christ. She was a loving, caring natured wife, sister and friend who adored her children with all her heart and soul. To know Pam was to love her; always thinking of others, she would offer her help to anyone in need. Pam appreciated nature’s beauty and enjoyed being outdoors. She loved her old car. Her heart also went out to all animals and she was known for catering to her pets. Pam worked for Martha Lloyd Community Services for 13 years before realizing her dream of owning and operating a children’s day care center for 12 years. She also enjoyed coaching Troy’s Cheerleaders for several years. Surviving is her beloved husband, Donnie, her children; Caitlynn Grace and Kenton James, siblings; Lillian (Robert) Guthrie of Gleason, Lloyd Anderson of Acre Lake, Susan (Butch) Hagemeyer and John (Mary) Anderson all of Ralston and Valerie Vargo of Delaware, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; Brenda (Jim) Meuse, Ginger Bastion, Carl (Kathleen) Day and Daniel Bastion, her best friends; Cathy Hill and Becky Spencer, several nieces, nephews, cousins and many special friends. Also, her pet family; Reilly, Molly and Whiskers. In addition to her parents, Pam was predeceased by two siblings; Carletta Rose Barlow and Virgil “V.J.” Anderson. Calling hours are 11 – 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Dr. Canton. Rev. Duane Taylor will officiate the funeral service at 1 p.m. Burial will follow in Pennsdale Cemetery near Bodines, PA. In lieu of flowers, her family suggests your consideration a donation in Pam’s memory to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 4383, Bethlehem, PA. –Funeral home obit

 

MARK A. ARMSTRONG - In loving memory of Mark A. Armstrong who passed unexpectedly on January 29, 2017. Mark was born on July 14, 1964 in Elmira, NY. Mark was an Elmira native, but relocated to Phoenix with his family in 2000. Mark is proceeded in death by his father Edward F. Armstrong and youngest son James Armstrong. He is survived by his four sons; Andrew, Brandon and Mark Armstrong Jr. of Phoenix, Arizona as well as Cameron Armstrong (Athina) of Irving, Texas; ex wife, Helene Ward Armstrong; mother, Deannie L Armstrong; sister, Karen (Eric) Struble: brothers, Michael (Stacey) Armstrong, Chris (Michelle) Armstrong, Scott (Amanda) Armstrong. several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Mark was a respiratory therapist at Banner hospital in Arizona. He will forever be missed and always loved. –Elmira Star-Gazette 3/5/2017

 

ARNOLD –LORENA MAE FRENCH - Softly in the morning you heard a gentle call, you took the hand God offered you and quietly left us all…..Lorena Mae (Arnold) French, 89, of Hill Road, Athens, PA passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, February 3, 2017. She was born on December 23, 1927 in Litchfield, PA one of twelve children of Harry and Cora (Brenchley) Arnold. Lorena was a graduate of Athens High School class of 1944. Devoted to her family and her community, Lorena was a member of the Litchfield Township Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed completing puzzles and word searches. Those left behind to cherish her memory are her children: Joyce (Ron) Simons of Penn Yan, NY; Ron Reynolds (Evelyn Kramer) of Warren, PA; Claud Arnold (Carol French) of Ulster PA; Diana (Richard) Newman of Warren Center, PA; Kevin Reynolds of Ulster, PA; Pennie French of Litchfield, Pa; Walt (Jeannie) French of Litchfield, step son: Oscar French, Jr., of Ulster, PA; step son-in-law: Walt Casselbury. Her brothers and sistes-in-law: Willis (Vivian) Arnold of Litchfield, Pa; Robert (Alfreda) Arnold of Windham, PA; Hettie Rinker of Windham, PA; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and their families also survive. Lorena was welcomed into heaven by her husband’s William Reynolds (1958) and Oscar French (2002); a grandson Randy Simons; step daughter Patricia Casselbury; and siblings: Lloyd Arnold, Claude Arnold, Walt Arnold, Allice Bellis, Harry Arnold, Clyde Arnold, Doris Maslin and Wallace Arnold. Until we meet again Mom, you will be forever in our hearts. Abiding with her wishes, services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in the Bumpville Cemetery. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Anita Bennett, Judy Ammerman, Rodney Arnold for their many visits and kindness shown to Mom and to Guthrie Hospice for the comfort they gave us all during her final days with us. In lieu of flowers, friends who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the Litchfield Township Volunteer Fire Co., PO Box 144-J, Sayre, PA or Guthrie Hospice, 421 Tomahawk Rd, Towanda, PA in loving memory of Lorena Mae (Arnold) French. Caring assistance is being provided by the Cooley Family of the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. –Towanda Daily Review 2/5/207

 

AUGUSTINE –ETHEL RUTH AUGUSTINE HOLLISTER was born May 6, 1928 in Uniontown, Fayette County, Pennsylvania to Ethel Francis (Titus) Augustine and Robert Augustine. She graduated from South Union High School in 1946 and then from Temple University (1950) before marrying her husband of nearly 69 years, Dr. Amos P. Hollister. Together, they would build a life in Montrose, PA surrounded by family and so many wonderful friends. Ethel was a devoted mother and wife who, in addition to raising two children, was a faithful member of the Montrose Presbyterian Church-serving as a Deaconess, Sunday School Teacher and a long-time Soprano in the church choir. Ethel was an art enthusiast (and a charter member of the Hill Country Artists) who enjoyed gardening, bird watching, golf, playing bridge, reading, and music. On February 5th, Ethel passed away, peacefully, in the comfort of her own home. She was 88. Ethel is predeceased by all her siblings: Robert, Jacob, Mary and Virginia and her daughter, Rebecca Ann Hollister Calby. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Amos P. Hollister, her son, Robert J. Hollister and his wife Jean Bull Hollister; a son-in-law, Patrick Calby and his wife Elizabeth; her grandchildren: Emily B. Hollister-Branton, and husband Eric, James Amos Hollister, Daniel Patrick Calby and wife Ashley, and Matthew Edward Calby and wife Chloe, and Megan Elizabeth Calby; her great-grandson: Zachary James Branton, and several nieces and nephews including (but not limited to) Karen Gapen Reeves, Nancy Gapen, Jane Glessner, Clifton Gapen and James Gapen. The family is indebted to so many in the community for their outpouring of kind words and actions. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ethel’s memory to the First Presbyterian Church of Montrose, PA. A Memorial Service is scheduled for May 28th, 2017 and will be held at the same venue. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Daniel K. Regan Funeral Home, Montrose, PA. (Died February 5, 2017). – Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

GLENN J. AYRE, 92, passed away Wednesday February 22, 2017 at Tyler Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. His wife of 69 years, the former Joan Rodgers, passed away in January of 2016. Born  (1924) in Tunkhannock, the son of the late James and Charlotte Cleveland Ayre he was a 1942 graduate of Tunkhannock and served in the army as quarter master in charge of military equipment and arms upon returning home from the service he worked with his father in the coal and ice hauling business. He was a life member of over 50 years to the American Legion, past president of Sons of the American Legion, and past commander. He was a 35 year member to Triton Hose Company, founded the Tunkhannock Ambulance Association, and was also a past Tunkhannock police officer. Glenn also was a member of many sportsman clubs and owned a sporting goods store for 23 years. He was preceded in death by, daughter; Cynthia Cole. Grandsons; Timothy and Gary Cole. Brothers; Kenneth, Robert, and Donald. Sisters; Dorothy Jacques, and Beverly Faux. Surviving are daughters and their spouses; Pamela and Richard Holdredge of Tunkhannock. Granddaughter; Dana and Mark Hunter of Tunkhannock. Grandsons; Ryan of Tunkhannock, and Adam and Heather Holdredge of Hawley, PA. Great Grandchildren; Rowan and Rozlyn Hunter, and Harper Holdredge. Also surviving are sisters Gertrude White of Syracuse N.Y. and Gladys St. Clair of Tunkhannock. Glenn's family would like to thank Dr. Russell and the staff of the Garden at Tunkhannock for the excellent care he received. A memorial service for Glenn and his wife Joan will be held on Friday February 24, 2017 at 2PM from the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, 73 W. Tioga St. Tunkhannock, PA. Pastor John Shaffer presiding, with American Legion Military Honors at 2:30. Interment will follow in Sunnyside Cemetery, Tunkhannock. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 12PM until the time of the service. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

BACKES –LAURETTA J. THURSTON, age 96 of Elkland passed away on Sunday, February 5, 2017 at Broad Acres Nursing Home in Wellsboro. Born January 30, 1921 in Elkland, she was the daughter of the late Elmer R. and Florence (Laughner) Backes. She worked for Citizens and Northern Bank for 32 years, was a member of the Elkland United Methodist Church for over 50 years and was a member of the United Methodist Women. Lauretta is survived by her nephews, Albert M. (Lorraine) Thurston of Painted Post, Alfred W. (Lorraine) Thurston of Elkland, Terry (Kay) Thurston of Sebring, FL, Joseph (Dawn) Backes of Endicott, James Backes of Endicott and Deborah Backes of Ft. Meyers, FL, and Timothy Backes of Endicott; her nieces, Sue Backes of Vestal and Lori Jo (Glenn) Simpson of Savona and numerous great nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth R. Thurston on November 15, 2000. Family will receive friends at the Kenyon Funeral Home, 214 W. Main St., Elkland on Thursday, 1:00 - 2:00 PM. A memorial service will be held immediately following at 2:00 PM with Pastor Lynn Warso officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Elkland United Methodist Church, 120 N. Buffalo St., Elkland, PA. –Elmira Star-Gazette 2/7/2017

 

BARKER –LIDA ELEANOR BARKER KAISER passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning, February 7, 2017. She died in her home at the Hamilton Club, in Morris Run, PA, surrounded by her family. Her struggle with cancer was mercifully brief. She was 74 years old. Lida was born in Aliquippa, PA on November 14, 1942. Her parents were Charles and Myrtle Klages Barker. She majored in Home Economics at Mansfield University. After graduating, she met John Kaiser at a ski club party and married him shortly afterwards, on June 25, 1966, in Aliquippa, PA. As a young woman, Lida spent several years teaching at public schools and working as a director at Head Start. Lida and John bought the Hamilton Club in 1970. Lida was the inexhaustible head chef, master gardener, and chief bottle washer at the club for 46 years. More than just a private dinner club, the Hamilton Club became a home away from home for its many friends and members. In addition to being a wonderful caregiver to her husband and sons, she opened her doors and heart to many friends, travelers, and foreign exchange students from all over the world. One of Lida's passions was gardening, and she created an exquisite garden in the land surrounding the club. She brought a wealth of beauty, good food, and happy times to the world. Her passion for books and ideas led her to volunteer for the Blossburg Memorial Library for many years. Her love of her gardening and the library came together in the library's annual Garden Party fundraiser which she masterminded year after year. She will be remembered for her energy, her playfulness, her generosity, and her infinite capacity for love. She will be missed. She was preceded in death by siblings Charles, Donna, and Thomas. She is survived by her husband John, her sons Ian and Kiernan, her grandchildren Nell, Wren, Morgan, Tula, and Sullivan, and her sister, Betty. There will be no service. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Lida can be made to the Blossburg Memorial Library at 307 Main Street, Blossburg, PA. Arrangements have been entrusted to Freeberg Funeral Home, Blossburg. –Elmira Star-Gazette 2/10/2017

 

LOGAN RICHARD BELCHER of Laceyville died Friday evening in a house fire at his home in Laceyville. He was born in Wilkes-Barre on Feb. 1, 2011 son of Larry Belcher of Kingsley and Melissa Murphy and step-son of Shane Fryer of Laceyville. He was preceded in death by maternal grandfather, James Murphy and paternal grandfather, Joseph Fryer. Surviving is a stepbrother, Jacob Fryer; stepsisters, Kaylee Fryer and Luna Shea Belcher; maternal grandmother, Mary Ann Murphy of Tunkhannock; paternal grandmother and step grandfather, Michael Goodwin Sr. of Mehoopany; and numerous cousins. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 in the Tunkhannock Assembly of God Church, Tunkhannock with Pastor Rick Wormer officiating. Those wishing may make memorial contributions at the P&G Credit Union in Tunkhannock. –Towanda Daily Review 2/21/2017

 

WILLIAM C. BELCHER of Falls passed away Thursday, January 26, 2017 at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Wilkes – Barre. Son of the late Zenas and Alma Belcher. William enjoyed the outdoors and spending time hunting and fishing with his brother and grandchildren. He also helped the PA game commission stock the Oxbow Lake in East Lemon with trout yearly. He was preceded in death by his son, Paul., brothers; Freeman Erine and Donald, sisters; Alma Sudek, Theresa Webb. Surviving is his loving wife of 28 years Frances Belcher. Step Daughters; Denise Miller, Christine Rodgers, Renee Vietz. Daughter; Candy Gregory. Brothers; John, Lindey, and Richard Belcher sisters; Leona Saxon, Bertha Bedell, Shirley Drake, Mary Jane Faux, Carol Weed, Margret Rude. Several Grandchildren, Nieces and Nephews. A memorial service will be held at the Eaton Baptist Church, Route 29, Eaton Township on February 11, 2017 at 2pm. The family will receive friends from 12 until the time of service at the church. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

ROBERT W. ‘BOB’ BELKNAP age 90, formerly of Horseheads, NY, and Spring Hill, FL, passed away on February 7, 2017, at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira, NY, after a brief illness. Bob was born in Elmira Heights, NY, in November, 1926, to Cornelius and Effie Brown Belknap. Bob was predeceased by his beloved wife of 61 years, Beatrice "Bea"; son-in-law, Gary Beers; and grandson, Maxwell Belknap. He is survived by his daughters, Susan (Robert) Rohrig, Nancy Curren Beers, Judith (Andrew) Bruns and son, Robert (Susan) W. Belknap, Jr.; grandchildren, Joshua Curren, Jennifer and Christopher (Mallory) Rohrig, Michael (Jaclyn) and Bailey Bruns, and Alison Belknap; great-grandchildren, Camryn and Ashley Curren, Paisley, Bella, and Sawyer Bruns, Emerson and Melody Bruns Megibow and Griffin Rohrig. Bob graduated from Thomas A. Edison High School and served in the U.S. Navy from 1944-1946. After the service he graduated from Bryant & Stratton Business School. He had a long, successful career with Westinghouse Corporation retiring in 1987 and soon after moved to Spring Hill. Bob was an avid golfer and spent his retirement years enjoying the company of wonderful friends - both old and new. Bob was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to all. A private burial will be scheduled at a later date. –Elmira Star-Gazette 2/9/2017

 

MARK CHRISTOPHER BELL, 28, of 158 Ulan Lane, Towanda, Pa., passed away Sunday morning, Feb. 26, 2017 at his home. Mark was born on July 22, 1988 in Towanda, the son of Deborah Chilson Bell and the late Mark Owen Bell. He was a graduate of Towanda Area High School Class of 2006. Mark was formerly employed by P&C Market in Wysox, Cargill in Wyalusing and the Detail Shop in Wysox. Mark loved spending time with his family, especially with his niece, Annalisa. He enjoyed the outdoors and hunting, and was an avid NASCAR fan and follower of Kevin Harvick. He also enjoyed road trips with Tamra and caring for his cat, BamBam. Surviving are his mother and step father, Deborah and Todd Fenton of Towanda; his fianceé, Tamra Benjamin of Asylum Township; twin sister, Kristen Lynn Bell and fiancé Michael Widrig of Standing Stone; niece, Annalisa Ortiz of Standing Stone; paternal grandmother, Olivia M. Bell of Durell; uncles, Herbert M. Bell III of Virginia, Francis Chilson of Towanda, Robert Chilson of Towanda, Arthur Chilson of Wyalusing; aunt, Colleen Bell Yarger and husband Jay of Florida; aunts, Marie Howe of Towanda, Sophia Chilson of Laceyville, Betty Chilson of Ulster; great-aunts and uncles, Ada Woehrle, Florence Trowbridge and family, Mary Ostrowski and family, Winifred and Penny Bell, Christopher and Marilyn Bell and family; and numerous cousins. He was predeceased by his father, Mark Owen Bell; paternal grandfather, Herbert M. Bell Jr.; and maternal grandparents, Francis and Ruth Chilson. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions may be directed to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road, Bethesda, MD in Mark Christopher Bell's memory. –Towanda Daily Review 2/28/2017

 

BOLTON –DORA O. LANDERS, 88, of Towanda, Pa., passed away on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 at the Towanda Personal Care Home following a brief period of declining health. Dora was born on April 11, 1928 in Potterville, Pa., one of 10 children to Lena (Cragle) and Elmer Bolton. She was a graduate of LeRaysville High School and a 1950 graduate of the Robert Packer School of Nursing. Dora will be remembered for her polite manner and warm smile she shared with those that she met. She treasured the time spent with her family and always looked forward to family gatherings. Dora was a volunteer for many years at the Rainbow's End in Towanda and, with her son Richard, served as a Red Kettle bell ringer at Christmas time. Dora is survived by her son, Richard Landers Jr. of Towanda, Pa.; her daughter, Debra (David) Johnson of Baldwinsville, N.Y.; her sister, Betty Yanavatich of LeRaysville, Pa.; three brothers, Edward Bolton of Warren Center, Pa., Ray Bolton of LeRaysville, Pa., and Darius (Joyce) Bolton of Ulster, Pa.; three granddaughters, Jennifer Hildreth, Laura Johnson, Kristin (Brian) Stroughbridge; four great-grandchildren, David, Eric, Elizabeth Hildreth and McKenzie Stroughbridge; a niece, Glenda (Geoff) Davis; nephews, Douglas Bolton, Ronald Bolton, Michael (Deb) Bolton and their son Cameron Bolton. She was predeceased by her husband, Richard; her parents; sister, Reda Jane; and brothers, Ralph, Earl, Cleatis, and Roy. The family wishes to extend a special thank you for the support shown to them during this most difficult time. Abiding with Dora's wishes, there will be no services. A private family celebration of her life will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 908 Main St., Towanda, PA or to a charity of one’s choice in loving memory of Dora O. Landers. –Towanda Daily Review 2/14/2017

 

BOTSFORD –FLORA LOUISE HOAG, 93, of Loyalsock Township, PA., passed away on March 20, 2017 at AristaCare at Loyalsock Nursing Center. Born August 2, 1923 in Williamsport, she was a daughter of Earl and Emily (Tubbs) Botsford. She graduated from Canton High School in 1942. Flora was married to her husband Kenneth for 56 years until his death in 2000. She was also preceded in death by two brothers and five sisters; Milton Botsford (Dorothy), Duane Botsford (Stella), Charlotte Botsford, Faye Haustine (William), Jane Fritz (Raymond), Mary Bruno (John), Sally Rose (Sonny) and a niece, Janet Bruno Haines. Flora is survived by a brother, Neil Botsford (Louise) of Fishs Eddy, NY; a daughter, Karen Innes (Tom) of Scottsdale AZ; a son, Thomas Hoag of Williamsport; a grandson, Robert Innes (Jennifer) of San Francisco, CA and three great grandchildren; William, Alexandra and Calvert Innes. She was also very lucky to leave behind 29 wonderfully kind nieces and nephews as well as many great nieces and great nephews who all fondly called her Aunt Beige. We all will love you forever. Private services for family will be held in Wildwood Cemetery at a later date. The family will provide flowers. The Pepper Funeral Home in Canton is assisting the Hoag family.

 

DONALD E. ‘DONNIE’ BOWERS, 29, of Hughesville, died Monday, January 23, 2017, as a result of a motor vehicle accident in Elysburg. Born December 3, 1987 in Williamsport, he was a son of Dennis E. Bowers and June E. (Hauck) Bowers. Donnie was currently employed at Aeroteck and the Williamsport Sun-Gazette. He enjoyed watching TV and NASCAR Racing. Surviving in addition to his parents, are a brother, Josh W. Bowers of Hughesville; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. A memorial service will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, February 2, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Pastor Michael Hill officiating. Burial will be held privately in Cherry Grove Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. The family will provide the flowers and ask that contributions be made to McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home to assist with funeral expenses. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

JACK ALLEN BURDICK, age 78, of Shalimar, Florida, passed away on February 10, 2017. He was born on June 2, 1938, in Elmira, New York to Maurice and Shirley Burdick.Jack retired highly decorated from the United States Air Force and was proud of his service to his country. He appreciated nature and loved to travel. He was active in the barbershop singers, various church choirs and most recently the Dolores Hope Chapel at Bob Hope Village. He enjoyed bowling, golfing and fishing. Most of all, Jack loved his family. He was a devoted husband, wonderful father and doting grandfather.Jack is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Anne Burdick of Shalimar, FL; son, Tim Burdick and his wife, Susan, of Duluth, GA; grandchildren, Cooper and Katie Burdick of Duluth, GA; brother, Tom Burdick of Orlando, FL; and sister, Bonnie Hollenbeck of Seneca Falls, NY.A service for family and friends will be planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Air Force Enlisted Village - Bob Hope Village, 92 Sunset Lane, Shalimar, FL. –Elmira Star-Gazette 2/15/2017

 

LINDA J. CARL, 68 of Zellwood, FL and formerly of Bath, NY passed away January 25, 2017. She was born January 14, 1949 in Elmira, NY. She retired as a Registered Nurse for the VA Medical Center, Bath, NY after 27 years of service. Linda was a very caring and Christian woman, and she was always there to help anyone. She loved to fish, play bingo and collect antique dolls. She loved to go to the beach and collect shells and animals were a delight in her life. Linda also enjoyed her favorite place of Eldridge Park in Elmira, NY riding her favorite Carousel and roller coasters. She loved the New York Yankee, the Buffalo Bills and was a strong Republican. She was preceded in death by her parents, Evaline L. and Robert M Carl, and by her brother, Robert E. Carl. Linda is survived by her loving children: Rob Fish, Jr., Jim (Karla) Waite and Michael Waite; her step-children: Dennis Waite, Linda Stull and Leroy Waite; her sisters, Bonnie (Bill) Wein and Betty Mace; her ten grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. A Celebration of Linda's Life will be held at 1 PM, Saturday, February 4 at the Gospel Tabernacle Church, 5923 Morton Hill Rd in Hornell, NY. Arrangements entrusted to Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home, Apopka, FL. –Elmira Star-Gazette 2/1/2017

 

CARD –HILDA C. ALLEN age 97, of Grand Central Ave., Elmira Heights, NY, passed away on Jan. 22, 2017. She was born on June 29, 1919 near Millerton, PA, the oldest of Noel & Cecelia Card's seven children. She was predeceased by her brothers, Rexford Card and Nils Card; her sisters, Mary (Card) Friends, and Celia (Card) Wakeman; and her son, Wilbur Allen. She is survived by her sister, Josephine (Card) Smith; a sister-in-law, Patty Card; nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She, her brothers and sisters grew up on the family's beautiful farm where she raised award-winning animals, including a cow named Edna, who one year was the 4-H Grand Champion Jersey Heifer at the Harrisburg Farm Show. Hilda was a graduate of both Millerton H.S. and Elmira's Dermal Way Beauty School, and owned and operated the Hil-Mar Beauty Salon in Elmira, NY for many years with her partner and friend, Mary Barnard. Her zest for life led her to many years of active participation in the Millerton United Methodist Church, the North County Senior Center in Horseheads, Senior Olympics, Bone-Builders, the Audubon Society, the Relaxed Squares square dance group, the Red Hat Ladies, and Habitat for Humanity, among other local organizations. Hilda enjoyed frequent senior day trips to shows and places around New York and Pennsylvania with her dance partner, dear friend, and devoted companion, John Spicer. A sense of adventure led her to travel to many places including California, Florida, Hawaii, Michigan, and Germany. But her favorite destination was undoubtedly North Carolina to visit her beloved son, Wilbur and her daughter-in-law, Janet. She loved bird watching, dancing, cooking, crocheting, knitting, crafts, flower and vegetable gardening, taking care of her special plants, seeking bargains and treasures at yard sales and all kind of hats! More than anything else she valued being with family, and sharing her time and talents with them and her friends. She was "Aunt Hilda" to her many nieces and nephews who loved and admired her for her endless enthusiasm, "can-do" attitude, generous spirit, mischievous sense of humor, and that ever-present twinkle in her eye! A Memorial Service for family and friends will be held at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Elmira, NY on Sat. Feb. 11, 2017 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in Hilda's memory may be directed to Millerton United Methodist Church. –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/29/2017

 

CARNRIKE –CATHLEEN L. (CATHY) TEETER passed away peacefully in her sleep, at home, with her family by her side, Monday, April 17, 2017, after a prolonged illness. Born Jan. 29, 1959, in Waverly, N.Y., Cathy was the daughter of James Jr. and Lenora Perry Carnrike. She resided in Waverly her entire life. She graduated from Waverly High School, Class of 1977. Cathy was predeceased by her parents, her beloved "adoptive mother" Mae Dennis, father-in-law Tom Teeter, brother-in-law Jim Spears and sister-in-law Carol Seeley. Cathy is survived by her loving husband William, their daughter Cassandra (Richard) Elinskas of Utica, N.Y.; her two grandchildren Ricky and Lily Elinskas, who were the light of her life; her mother-in-law Audrey (Tom) Teeter; her siblings, Jim Carnrike III of Scranton, Pa., Sharon (Daniel) Newbury of Sayre, Pa., Shirley (Jim) Spears of Sayre, Pa., Jerry (Kim) Carnrike of Waverly, N.Y., Jane (Joe) Sindoni of Waverly, N.Y.; brothers-in-law Jon (Dorothy) Dribnack of Great Bend, Pa., and Tom (Lisa) Teeter of Athens, Pa., and sister-in-law Jean Lee of Sayre, Pa.; many nieces and nephews; special friends Pat Salak of Waymart, Pa., Lorraine Barten of Sayre, Pa.; and many other special relatives, wonderful neighbors, and friends. She is also survived by her special Pug, Angel. Her family would like to say a special "Thank You" to the members of Lourdes Hospice for their care and support during her illness, specifically Alice, Kaye, and Tricia, whom she thought very highly of, and to Scott M. for his unwavering support and guidance over the many years. Also, a special "Thank You" to family, friends, and neighbors who so generously dropped off food and spent time with Cathy and her family during these difficult months. Services will be private for the family at Cathy's request. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in Cathy's name to Lourdes Hospice, 4102 Old Vestal Road, Vestal, NY. –Sayre Morning 4/19/2017

 

CARTWRIGHT –ALBERTA E. BLIM, 81, of Watkins Glen, passed away on Sunday, March 5, 2017. She was born on November 28, 1935, the daughter of the late Martin and Ruby Cartwright. Alberta was a lifelong homemaker, where she lovingly cared for her husband and eight children. She enjoyed camping, reading, watching the birds, dancing, blue grass and country music. She loved spending time with her family and friends. Alberta was a former member of the Montour Moose Club and Mechanics Club in Montour Falls. She was predeceased by her husband, Andrew Blim, son, Christopher Blim, and by several brothers and sisters. She is survived by her children, Andrew (Cindy) Blim of Rock Stream, Connie Hively, Daniel (Kelly) Blim, both of Watkins Glen, Timothy Blim of Ithaca, Charles Blim of Watkins Glen, Karen (Rick) Smith of Auburn, and Jeff (Lisa) Blim of Watkins Glen; sisters, Emma Goodrich and Wanda Cartwright of Florida; brother, Floyd Cartwright of Elmira; several grandchildren, great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 11-1 pm at Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A celebration of her life will begin at 1:00 pm, followed by burial at Beaver Dams Cemetery. –Elmira Star-Gazette 3/7/2017

 

DENNIS L. CHAFFEE - Surrounded by his family and those that meant the world to him, LTC Dennis L. Chaffee, U.S. Army, retired, 67, of Orwell Township, Rome, Pa., passed away on Friday morning, March 3, 2017. Dennis was born on Jan. 7, 1950, a son of the late Delmar B. Chaffee and Eva Yeagle. He was a graduate of Northeast Bradford High School class of 1967 and received his BS degree in Business Administration from Drexel University in Philadelphia and his masters degree in Health Care Administration from Baylor University. On December 26, 1970, he married Christine, his best friend, and together they celebrated 46 years of marriage. Dennis served his country with the U.S. Army for 20 years. He and Christine proudly lived the army life and raised two "army brats." He started his army career at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in Denver, Col. Other assignments included Ft. Meade, Md.; Seoul, Korea; Ft. Sam Houston, Texas; Ft. Gordon, Ga.; Washington D.C.; and he retired after serving at the Pentagon in 1991. During his career, Dennis earned many awards and commendations, including the Legion of Merit. Following his retirement, Dennis worked at Chaffee Construction with his brother Barry. He was a member of the North Orwell Union Church and served as Post Commander for the VFW Post 6824. In addition, he served on the Board of Directors for the Northern Tier Solid Waste Authority for 18 years. Dennis was also a staple at the monthly recycling collection at the North Orwell Community Hall. He enjoyed participating in many different community events. Dennis loved supporting his daughters and grandchildren throughout their adventures. This included many marching band events, basketball and soccer games, swim meets, and horse and dairy 4-H shows. His greatest blessings were being able to spend time with his family and traveling with his wife, Christine. Those left to cherish his memory are, his wife, Christine; his daughters and sons-in-law, Jennifer and Jay Braund of Harrisburg, Pa., Julie and Michael Decker of Brockport, Pa.; his special grandchildren, Benjamin, Anna, Madox and Jaxon; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Barry and Carol Chaffee of Rome, Pa., Alan and Jen Chaffee of Virginia, Tom and Julie Chaffee of Rome, Pa.; his father-in-law, Frithjof Carlsen; his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Ingrid Lunde of Apalachin, Arlene and Arlyn Wilbur, Conrad and Becky Carlsen; his aunts and uncles, Lois and Bruce Yeagle, Shirley and Mike Kelly; several nieces, nephews, cousins also survive. Dennis was predeceased by his parents and his mother-in-law, Lillian Carlsen. Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation from 1 to 3 p.m. on Monday, March 6 at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. A memorial service and celebration of his life will follow at 3 p.m. at the chapel. Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation, One Children's Hospital Drive, Central Plant Floor 3, 440 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA or www.givetochildrens.org (please specify the Heart Institute); or the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania, Attn: Penn Medicine Development, 3535 Market St., Suite 750, Philadelphia, PA in loving memory of LTC Dennis L. Chaffee, U.S. Army, retired. –Towanda Daily Review 3/5/2017

 

PHILIP FULMER CHAMBERLAIN, 89, of Montrose, PA, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, February 25, 2017, at Gracious Living Estates. He was born on February 18, 1928 in Ellenville, NY, to the late DeWitt E. “Bob” and Edith S. (Cortright) Chamberlain. He was predeceased by his first wife of 391/2 years, Carolyn (Connell) Chamberlain. Surviving is his wife, Alberta (Noncarrow) Chamberlain, Montrose, PA four children and spouses, Garth Chamberlain, Montrose, PA, Lydia and Mark Ertel, Williamsport, PA, Gail and Jay Harris, Pittsburgh, PA, Todd Chamberlain, Montrose, PA, four grandchildren, Mark and Maria Marinucci, Katelyn (Ansel) Barchowsky, Kyle Harris, two great grandchildren, Mark Austin Marinucci, Nicholas Marinucci, two brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Martha Chamberlain, Dimock, PA, Donald and Diane Chamberlain, Montrose, PA, sister-in-law, Charlene Callahan, Panama City, FL, three nephews. He was predeceased by a half-brother, Glenn Chamberlain. Phil was a WW II veteran serving in the US Army and prior to his service a member of the civil air patrol in New York during the war. Upon discharge, he began working in his father's business at C & F Motor Sales, which he eventually took over as owner. He spent his entire career at the dealership, and he passed it down to his son upon retirement. Phil was also a member of the Free Masons at Warren Lodge No. 240 and a lifetime member of the VFW. He was a member of the Montrose Presbyterian Church and a former member of the Montrose United Methodist Church for 71 years. Phil was civically minded and served on the Borough Planning Commission, Department of Public Assistance Board, and was a zoning officer. He was an avid sportsman, with a great passion for the outdoors. This was evident in the pride he took in many of the hunting trophies on display at C & F Motor Sales. Additionally, he was a founding member of Silver Creek Lodge and the Central Conservation Club in South Montrose. Free time often found him on the golf course as well. Phil took great joy in sharing his passions and interests with those he loved. A Funeral Service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, March 2, 2017 at the Montrose Presbyterian Church, with Pastor Jason Clapper officiating. Interment will be in the Montrose Cemetery. Friends may call on the family an hour prior to the service. Donations in Phil’s name can be made to the American Cancer Society, or to a charity of one’s choice. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

CHERESNOWSKY –DOROTHY J. PATTERSON passed away at her home on January 20, 2017. She was born on January 27, 1930 at the family home in North Barton (Glencarin), NY. Her parents were Paraska (Seredynska) and Onufry Cheresnowsky. She was married to Harry G. Patterson, Jr. who predeceased her in November 2015. Dorothy moved to Sayre with her family at three years of age where she was raised and attended schools, graduating from Sayre High School in 1948. She was employed at Kasco Mills, The Evening Times, HS Austin Elementary School, Guthrie Clinic, and retired from the admissions office at Robert Packer Hospital. She was very active at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, St. Ann's Parish, Bentley Creek, PA with the choir, cooking at the Harvest Dinners and other meals, fundraising, the historic research committee/history book project and the Sesquicentennial Celebration. She also sang in the Valley Chorus for 15 years and was an adult literacy tutor for a time. Dorothy enjoyed icon painting, tole art painting, and sewing. She traveled with her husband to Europe and Ireland. She carried on the Ukrainian family traditions that were brought to this country by her parents and passed them on to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her sisters Mary Shoemaker, Ginger Frantz, and Anna Geffert and brothers Peter, Michael, Nicholas, Andrew, Mathew, Leo, Theodore, Walter and George. Dorothy lost her oldest daughter Janine Westbrook in 1993. Dorothy was completely devoted to her family. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is survived by her sons Gary (Genny Dailey) Patterson and Kevin (Kim) Patterson; her daughters Mary Ellen (Ron) Kunst, and Debra (Dave) Lauper; her grandchildren, Kim (Shannon) Dildine, Troy Patterson, Todd (Kristen) Patterson, Morgan Patterson, Bethanie Patterson, Arianna Lauper and Nolan Lauper; her great-grandchildren Saisha Cade, Sadique Cade, and Tanner Dildine and her special friend Erin Moore. Also step-grandchildren Rebecca, Renee, Rhonda, Tava Sue, Stephen, Samantha, and Rachel and step-great-grandchildren Alexander, Emily, Tyler, MacKenzie, and Thomas. A mass will be celebrated at Ridgebury Chapel with the date to be announced later. In lieu of flowers Dorothy requested donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. –Sayre Morning Times 1/23/2017

 

LAWRENCE HERMAN (DOC) CLARK, age 83, formerly of Campbell, NY, passed away Sunday, February 19, 2017 at his home, after a long illness. Mr. Clark was born on August 1, 1933 in Blossburg, PA. Lawrence was the son of the late Erskine and Olga (Card) Clark, formerly of Campbell, NY. Lawrence was the husband of Roberta Niles, they were married February 5, 1977. Mr. Clark was retired from Corning Glass Works, where he worked as a Master Lamp Worker. He was known as the Last Master Lamp worker. Lawrence was a loving father to all his children, Larry (Sandy) Buman, Jerry and Sue Clark-Buman, James and Robin Clark-Buman, Mary (Kevin) Buman-Kirkham, Audrey Clark, Clara Diann Jackson, Cynthia (Ed) Clark-Sheppard, Terry (Renee`) Buman, Randy (Beth) Buman, Melissa (John) Dalesandro, Kenneth (Patricia) Freeman, Donna (Christopher) Clark-Beauvier. He had 34 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Lawrence loved eating out, going to sales and auctions and spending time with his two chihuahuas. But most of all, Lawrence loved spending time with his family. In keeping with Lawrence's wishes there will be no calling hours and burial will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, you may donate to the Prostate Cancer Foundation in memory of Lawrence H. Clark. –Elmira Star-Gazette 2/24/2017

 

GENE M. CLEVELAND SR., age 63, passed away on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. Gene was born April 29, 1953 in St. Paul, Alberta, Canada the son of the late Arthur and Violet Malkin. He was also predeceased by his adopted parents, Ernest and Evelyn Cleveland; and brother, Roy Cleveland. Gene is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Elaine Root Cleveland of Elmira, NY; children, Jessica, Gene Jr. and Chris (Elizabeth Cain); brother, Terry Cleveland; sister-in-law, Mary Backer; 7 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Per Gene's request there will be no funeral service or calling hours. There will be a memorial service for family and close friends at a later date. –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/31/2017

 

PAUL R. CONGDON, age 85, of Gillett, PA, died Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at Troy Community Hospital. He was born February 21, 1931 in Elmira, NY, a son of Harold and Alta (McLean) Congdon. Paul graduated from Troy High School in 1951 and married his wife, Janice (Young) in 1951. He was employed at Schweizer Aircraft in the assembly department for 40 years. Paul was a member of the Coryland Baptist Church; enjoyed airplanes, John Deere tractors, beef cows, his donkey, and watching sports. He was a very strong and quiet man who loved spending time with his family, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends. Paul is survived by his wife, Janice; 3 sons and daughters-in-law, Neil and JoAnn Congdon of Troy, Brian and Sandra Congdon of Gillett, Todd and Tina Congdon of Troy; 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Marcia and Stephen Pellegrino of Narragansett, RI, Cheryl and Peter Chrzan of Troy, PA; a brother and sister-in-law, Howard and Bonnie Congdon of Dublin, VA; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Marjory and Donald Havens of Troy, Carol Rockwell of Troy; 12 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother-in-law, Richard Rockwell; great grandson, Brody Roy, and in-laws, Tracy and Charlotte Young. In keeping with Paul's wishes, there will be no services. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society, 1948 E. Third St., Williamsport, PA or the Coryland Baptist Church, 3028 Hickory Run, Columbia Cross Roads, PA. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family. –Elmira Star-Gazette 2/9/2017

 

CONKLIN –LENA MARIE ‘TONI’ (CONKLIN) PENDLETON - When tomorrow begins without me don't ever think we are far apart, for every time you think of me, I will be right here within your heart - Surrounded by her family and those that meant the world to her, Lena "Toni" Marie (Conklin) Pendleton, 77, of Warren Center, Pa., went to her heavenly home on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. Toni, as she was affectionately known by her family and friends, was born on Dec. 18, 1939 in Binghamton, N.Y., a daughter of the late Walter and Frances (Boardman) Conklin. She was a graduate of the Northeast Bradford High School class of 1957. On July 17, 1957 she married Carl Pendleton and together they shared many happy memories watching their family share in the memories too. Toni was a member of the First Congregational Church of West Warren where she served as church secretary for 23 years. She enjoyed spending time with her family at Willow Pond, playing bunco, friendship with her Red Hatters, trips with Carl on the Harley. In addition, she also enjoyed swimming, camping with her family and attending her grandchildren's sporting events - although she treasured the time spent with her family the most.  Toni will be greatly missed by her husband, Carl, of 59 years; her daughters and sons-in-law, Lynn and Scott Cook of Rome, Pa, Judy and Randy Davenport of North Rome, Pa.; she was a loving Nana to Amanda (Myron) Eastman of LeRaysville, Pa., Kaleena (Joe) Dughi of Rome, Pa., Tyler (Cathy) Cook of Rome, Pa., Kyle Davenport and Ashley Davenport of North Rome, Pa.; five great-grandchildren, Edwin, Charles, and Gerald Eastman, Caleb and Kara Dughi; her sister, Mercy Strope of Rome, Pa.; brother-in-law, Donald Jones of Hemet, Calif.; her sisters-in-law, Liz Conklin of Athens, Pa., Peg Densberger of Elmira, N.Y.; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Louise and Joe McTamney of Nichols, N.Y.; several cousins, nieces, nephews and their families also survive. She was welcomed into heaven by her parents; her brothers, Walter Conklin Jr., and Verus "Doc" Conklin; sister, Mary Jones; brothers-in-law, Pete Strope, Bob Densberger, Chuck Pedro; and sister-in-law, Jean Pedro; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Frank and Adelia Jones Pendleton. Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29, at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. A memorial service and celebration of Toni's life will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 30, at the First Congregational Church of West Warren with her pastor, Rev. David Pitcher, officiating. A luncheon and time of sharing will follow the service. Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to Guthrie Hospice, 421 Tomahawk Rd., Towanda, PA or the First Congregational Church of West Warren, c/o Judy Davenport, 3645 North Rome Rd., Ulster, PA in loving memory of Lena "Toni" Marie (Conklin) Pendleton. –Towanda Daily Review 1/27/2017

 

COYLE –MARGUERITE (PEGGY) MCCLINTIC - Our beloved mother and grandmother, Marguerite (Peggy) Coyle McClintic, passed away on Jan. 21, 2017, in Fresno, Calif., at the age of 91. Peggy was born on June 27, 1925 in New Albany, Pa., to John Edward Coyle and Rachel Ann (Lynch) Coyle. After graduating high school in 1943, she worked for the federal government in Washington, D.C., then earned a master's degrees in education and administration from Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich. She moved to Fresno, Calif., to become the assistant director of nursing at what is now Community Regional Medical Center, then taught nursing at CSU Fresno, where she met J. Robert (Bob) McClintic. They were married on Feb. 22, 1963. Peggy maintained an active RN license for 57 years. She also owned a real estate business, volunteered as a tax preparer and local coordinator at the Clovis Senior Center for over 25 years, took aqua aerobics into her late eighties, and was active in her grandsons' lives. She is survived by her husband, J. Robert McClintic of Fresno; daughters, Cathleen McClintic of Crownsville, Md., Colleen Pendergrass and Marlene Hubbell of Fresno; and grandsons, Austin Hubbell and Zachary and Aaron Pendergrass, all of Fresno. Peggy was predeceased by her parents and six siblings. A transferal service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 from the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, Pa., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at St. Basil's Church, Dushore, Pa., with the Rev. Richard Rojas, presiding. Interment will follow in the family plot in the adjoining parish cemetery. Family and friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until the start of the transferal service on February 4, 2017. –Towanda Daily Review 1/31/2017

 

LEE R. CRAYTON, 75, of West Franklin, Pa., died Friday, February 17, 2017. Born in Towanda, Pa., in 1941, Lee was the son of the late Albert and Louise Crayton. He graduated from Towanda High School in 1959 and married the love of his life, the former Bette Kier in 1963. A lifelong resident of West Franklin, Lee loved the land, and farming it was in his blood, like generations before him. Inventive and artistic, he crafted witty solutions to everyday problems, always striving to build something better. A skilled woodworker from his youth, Lee created many beautiful keepsakes, from lamps to doll cradles that are cherished by his family. Survivors include wife of nearly 54 years Bette; children Luanne Crayton of Alexandria, Va., Kristi (Michael) Felouzis of Purcellville, Va., and J.D. (Jenelle) Crayton of West Franklin; granddaughter Kendall; grandson on the way; brother Lynn (JoAnne) of Burlington; and extended family members. The family will receive friends 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at New Life Church, 299 McMurray Rd. in Canton. There is no funeral service and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may consider a memorial to the Hackerman-Patz House at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, 1260 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown, Pa. The Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Dr. in Canton is assisting the Crayton family. –Towanda Daily Review 2/21/2017

 

CHARLES EVANDER ‘CHARLIE’ DAVIS, 79, of Ulster, Pa., passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 at his home. He was born on July 22, 1937 in New York, N.Y. Charlie was a gun enthusiast and owned his own gun shop for many years, Ghent Trading Post. He served in the U.S. Army for three years, during which he fought in the Korean War. He was a member of the Brentwood Legion Ambulance for 33 years. Charlie was also a member of the Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 and the Towanda VFW Post No. 1568. He was a world traveler and visited many countries. One of his favorite memories while traveling was bungee jumping over Victoria Falls in Africa. He was a passionate Trump supporter and was anxiously awaiting the inauguration. Charlie is survived by his spouse, Carol Davis of Brentwood, N.Y.; their children, Chuck (Adrienne) Davis of Sayville, N.Y., John (Denise) Davis of St. James, N.Y., Lisa (Leadon) Warner of Ulster, Pa., Jennifer Davis of Kew Gardens, N.Y., James Davis of Brentwood, N.Y.; grandchildren, Heather (Tom) Briggs of Athens, Pa., Stacy (Steve) Levering of Athens, Pa., Holly (Nevin) Irvin of Oberlin, Ohio, Chuckie Davis of Long Beach, Calif., Alex Davis of Sayville, N.Y., Jillian and Jacqueline Davis of St. James, N.Y., Josh (Brandi) Warner of Fort Lewis, Wash., Faith (Brian) Bentley of Waverly, N.Y. Charlie is also survived by his brother, Kevin (LeeAnn) Davis of Greenacres, Fla. and sister, Maureen (Jim) Mullany of Monroe, N.Y.; 13 great-grandchildren, Bryce, Emma, Levi, Rile, Gabriel, Jeremiah, Jacob, Aiden, Brayden, Brody, Landon, Maddox, and Blake; several nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends; and he also leaves behind his beloved K-9 companion, "Dog." Charlie was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Joseph; and a granddaughter, Arianna. Friends and family are all welcome to attend a service in Charlie's memory from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 at the FVW located at 3271 Bridge Street Hill Road, Towanda, PA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either the VFW National Home for Children, 3573 South Waverly, Road, Eaton Rapids, MI or Fisher House Foundation, Inc., 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420, Rockville, MD in Charlie's memory. –Towanda Daily Review 1/31/2017

 

GARY EUGENE DAVIS, 47, of Muncy Creek Twp. died Friday, January 27, 2017 at Muncy Valley Hospital. Born November 21, 1969 in Williamsport, he is the son of Shirley A. (Fowler) Davis and the late Thomas E. Davis. He was employed at McDonald's of Hughesville from 1994 to 1996 as a crew trainer and opener. He also worked at several factories as machine operator, and was a custodian at Watsontown Christian Academy. He was a member of New Life Church, Pennsdale. Gary loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, camping, black powder shoots, and fishing with his Dad. He was a talented painter, and liked to work on cars. With health problems most of his life, he was a shy, but caring person. A loving son, brother, and uncle. He loved joking around, playing pranks on his sisters, and rough housing with his nieces. Friendly and funny, he will be missed my many. Surviving in addtion to his mother Shirley, are two sisters, Mechelle A. Davis of Muncy, Denise R. Davis of Muncy; and two nieces, Felicia M. Warren and Rachel W. Warren. In addition to his father he was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Ellis E. and Edith V. Davis; and maternal grandparents, Willard A. and Lila A. Fowler. A memorial service will be announced at a later date to be held at New Life Church, Pennsdale. Arrangements are entrusted to McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Hughesville, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 1/31/2017

DELGROSSO –REGINA GRACE GIORDANO, 91, of Galeton, PA, passed away on Sunday, February 19, 2017, at Broad Acres in Wellsboro, PA. Born November 12, 1925 in Galeton, she was a daughter of the late Costanzo and Lucia (Piaquadio) DelGrosso. In 1956, she married Salvatore "Sam" Giordano, who preceded her death in 2014. Grace worked at Galeton Production, Martin's General Store and was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Bibiana Catholic Church in Galeton and enjoyed gardening, canning and baking. Grace is survived by a brother, Floyd (Peg) DelGrosso, Painted Post, NY; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Grace was preceded in death by five brothers, Antonio, Danny, Larry, George and Tony DelGrosso; three sisters, Celesta and Lea DelGrosso and Helen Baczek; and a special nephew, Glenn DelGrosso. Friends may call at the St. Bibiana Catholic Church, Galeton, on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, from 10:00 to 11:00am with a Mass of Christian Burial following at 11:00am. The Rev. Joseph Dougherty will be the Celebrant. Burial will be in West Hill Cemetery, Galeton. Memorial contributions may be made to the Galeton V.F.W. or to the Teacher's Pet Rescue in Coundersport. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Galeton. –Elmira Star-Gazette 2/20/2017

 

DUANE R. DERR, 66, of Montour Falls, passed away on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at home. He was born in Elmira on July 25, 1950, the son of Raymond and Martha (Lisk)) Derr, and graduated from Elmira Free Academy. On August 18, 1972, he married his wife of 44 years, Elizabeth Daugherty. Duane had a great passion for music. He was lead guitarist for Silver Eagle Band and Wild Country. He was an avid snowmobiler and also a former volunteer fireman with the Odessa Volunteer Fire Department. Duane loved spending time with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents, and a brother Ronald Derr. Duane is survived by his wife Elizabeth; four children, Stephanie (Paul) Marion of Cayuta, Susan Beebe of Alpine, Richard (April) Derr of Montour Falls, and Christine Derr of Alpine; brothers, Dennis (Penny) Derr, and Gerald (Cindy) Derr all of Elmira; six grandchildren, Matt (Ariel) Lauper, Rebecca Lauper, Kyle Beebe, Michael Hancock, Ashlynn Derr, and Kendall McCracken; two great grandchildren, Alexander and Samantha Lauper; and by several nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 from 5-7 p.m. at Vedder and Scott Funeral Home. A celebration of his life will follow at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family for funeral expenses. –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/31/2017

 

MALCOLM IRVIN DICKINSON JR., 65, passed away on Jan. 28, 2017. He was born on Nov. 25, 1951 and is survived by his three children: Malcolm, Chad and Heather Dickinson. A man born into a world not meant for him. A man so strong and tough, only he could he his worst enemy. A man with such a big heart. A man loved by so many. May this man rest in peace and live on through his children. God Rest Your Soul. Caring services are provided by Cooley Tioga Point Cremation & Burial Options, Athens, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review 2/2/2017

 

DICKSON –DIANE PATRICIA DICKSON MARTINEZ passed away at her home in Albuquerque, N. Mex., on Dec. 17, 2016, at the age of 67. Diane was born in New Jersey to Basil and Virginia Dickson on July 24, 1949. Soon after the family moved to their dairy farm in Tunkhannock. Over the years Basil and Virginia welcomed four more children. In 1965 they sold the farm and moved to Southern California. Diane married young to Marine Tom Jones and had three children (Tom, Christine and Amber). She stayed in California for several years and then moved to Albuquerque, to be closer to the cultures she so loved and admired. An accomplished and talented artist, Diane studied Native American History and this was reflected in many of her paintings and pottery. In Albuquerque, Diane met and married her husband of 26 years, Donald Martinez, who survives. She was predeceased by her brother Tom Dickson, and parents, Virginia and Basil Dickson. She is survived by husband, Donald Martinez; son Tom Jones; daughters: Christine and Amber; sisters: Lorraine and Debbie; and brother, Cliff. –Wyoming County Examiner 1/18/2017

 

EUGENE K. DIEFFENBACH, 76, of Dushore, died Thursday, February 23, 2017, at Dar-Way Nursing Home, Forksville. Born September 24, 1940 in New Albany, he was a son of the late Keith R. and Ruth V. (Norton) Dieffenbach. Gene was a graduate of the former Loyalsock High School, Class of 1961. He then served his country honorably in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was stationed in Germany. He spent most of his high school years living on the Norton farm, and enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially bass fishing. Surviving are two daughters, Elizabeth Jamerson and Ruth (Joe) Kern, both of NJ; a sister, Audrey G. Eberhardt of Forksville; two grandsons, Marshall and Seth Jamerson; his faithful dog, Snowball; and several nieces and nephews. Gene was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte, and a son, Keith Dieffenbach. The family will hold a memorial service on Friday, March 3, at the Sullivan Terrace Community Room, 135 N. German St., Dushore, with Rev. William J. Hargenrader officiating. Burial will be held privately in First Baptist Church Cemetery, Salem, NJ. Arrangements have been entrusted to the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Dushore.

DOAN –PATRICIA A. MARZO, age 87 of Elkland passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at her home. Born November 30, 1929 in Hornell, NY, she was the daughter of the late Otto “Pete” and Gladys (Bartlett) Doan. Pat retired from Citizens and Northern Bank and was a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church. She is survived by her sister, Kathleen Giantomasi of Elkland; six grandchildren, Ben (Jessica) Marzo of Williamsport, Mitch (Katie) Marzo of Montana, Anthony Marzo of Elkland, Bree (Aaron) Vargeson of Osceola, Bubba (Trina) Marzo of Woodhull, NY and Nicole (Rob) Lee of Middlebury Center and ten great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ben and two sons, Joseph and Terry Marzo. A memorial mass will be held on Monday, 10:00 AM at St. Thomas Catholic Church with Rev. David Bechtel, offc. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the St. Thomas Catholic Church, 111 First St., Elkland, PA or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements are in care of Kenyon Funeral Home. –Funeral home obit 1/27/2017

 

VINCERNT L. DOLAN was born in Elmira, NY November 12, 1938 to Halver and Kathryn Elliott Dolan. He died January 9,k 2017. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Nancy D. Palmer Dolan; children Michael L. Dolan of Oak Ridge, NC, Kathryn A. Dolan Sterner of Hendersonville, NC, Ronald V. Dolan of Allentown, PA and Gary L. Dolan of Lock Haven, PA; 11 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; half-brother Fred Watson; niece Trinity Watson Quinton and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by half-brother Garrie Watson. He was a 1956 graduate of Elmira Free Academy. Mr. Dolan started as a draftsman for Hardinge Bros. in Elmira, NY and via promotions to systems analyst. Moving to Montoursville, PA in 1988, he was employed by Textron Inc., now Lycoming Engines as a system analyst. He was a member and elder of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, he received his ministerial license and over the next seven years pastored several churches in Pennsylvania. He also was a Christian financial counselor and technology coordinator and counselor for the AARP taxaid site in Lock Haven for five years. Vincent was an avid bowler, sports fan and loved to travel. His final two and a half years were spent in Florida with his wife Nancy and his dog, Molly. A memorial service is to be held on Saturday, February 4th at 4:00 p.m. at the Williamsport Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 201 S. Market St. South Williamsport, PA. Dinner will follow service. Donations may be made to the ALS Foundation, Florida Chapter, 3242 Parkside Center Circle, Tampa, FL or your local SPCA. –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/22/2017

 

DOOLITTLE –EDNA E. (DOOLITTLE) BROWN, age 93 of Horseheads passed away Tues. Feb. 7, 2017. She was born May 3, 1923 in Endwell, NY to Leon and Violet (Alden) Doolittle. Edna was predeceased by her husband John in 2004 and daughter Penelope (John) Albert in 2003. She is survived by her daughter, Cynthia (Lance Frawley) of Caton, NY; grandchildren, Sarah Albert and Deidre (Carter) Pettibone both of VA; great grandchild, Riley Pettibone; sister, Wanda Stannard of Pittsburg, PA; and several nieces and nephews, including Chloe (Bill) Burroughs of Colorado Springs, CO and Zena (Howard) Gee of Pittsburg, PA. Edna was also predeceased by her sister and brother, Zelda Williams and Clifton Doolittle and dear friend, Deborah (Floyd) Travis. Edna was a WWII Veteran of the US Coast Guard, serving from 1943-1946 and was discharged as Store Keeper 2nd Class. She served many areas including Mobile AL and Palm Beach, FL. Both Edna and John enjoyed spending time in FL where she also worked as a tax preparer for H&R Block in New Port Richie FL. Edna furthered her education attending nights and receiving her Associates Degree from Corning Community College and Bachelors Degree from Elmira College. She enjoyed knitting sewing and crocheting. Edna was also an avid readier, gardener and enjoyed politics. She enjoyed tracing her family genealogy and was the family go-to for family member's names and genealogical dates. She enjoyed traveling abroad to include Poland, Germany, and England. Edna was a caring wife mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 S. Main St., Horseheads on Friday Feb. 10, 2017 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Her service and interment with military honors will follow at 1:00 p.m. –Elmira Star-Gazette2/9/2017

 

ADAM M. DRAKE age 51 of Elmira, passed away on Monday, February 27, 2017 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center after an extended illness. Adam was predeceased by his grandparents, G. Manning and Virginia Drake and his mother, Beth Payne. He is survived by his father, Jon (Minda) Drake; step-father, Ralph Payne; daughter, Sarah (Jesse) Fewkes; stepsons, Shayne and Justin Jones; former wife, Sherri Drake; sisters, Jacqueline (Dan) Clearwater and Collene (Kenny) Pellegrino; brother, Danny (Michele) Drake; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews; and caretaker and friend, Mickey (Ed) Cavanaugh; also beloved feline companion of many years, Boo. Adam graduated from Horseheads High School and was known for his sense of humor and kindness. Prior to his illness he was manager of the Elmira City Club where he was known as a talented chef and great businessman, and was respected and praised by club members. He was also an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed skiing, fishing, and camping. He was loved by his family and we will sincerely miss Adam and the smile and courage he demonstrated during his long battle against the illness he endured. Private memorial services will be held at the convenience of his family. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make a donation in Adam's memory to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, 338 Upper Oakwood Ave., Elmira, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 3/3/2017

 

DUGAN –LOUISE ANN HILLMAN, 86, of Sebring, Fla., died Feb. 26, 2017 at her home. She had been a Highlands County, Fla., resident for four years, moving from DeSoto County, Fla. She was born in Mauchchunk, Pa., on Nov. 16, 1930. She was a homemaker and a Catholic. She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Margaret Dugan; son, Richard J. Hillman; brother, John Dugan; and sister, Mary McNamara. Survivors include her husband of 66 years, James R. Hillman of Sebring, Fla.; four sons, Arthur E. Hillman (Judy) of Campbell, N.Y., James M. Hillman (Carol) of Waverly, N.Y., Thomas P. Hillman of Hagerstown, Md., and John R. Hillman (Carol) of New Lennox, Ill.; three daughters, Margaret R. Hillman of Lewiston, N.Y., Patricia Ann Mowers (David) of Belgium, Deborah K. Hillman of Sebring, Fla., and daughter-in-law, Margaret Hillman of Vienna, Va.; 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements by Robarts Family Funeral Home, Wauchula, Fla. –Sayre morning Times 3/4/2017

 

R. JAMES DUNHAM - Prominent business owner, entrepreneur and Wellsboro native, R. James Dunham passed away peacefully on January 18, 2017 following a day of celebration and well wishes on his 86th birthday. Born to Frank L. and Mercedes Dunham on January 17, 1931, he was a lifelong resident of Wellsboro and a pillar of the community. A graduate of Wellsboro High School in 1948 and Wyoming Seminary Preparatory School in 1950, he excelled in academics, music and baseball. He earned his Bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and a Master's in Business at Syracuse University before returning to his roots to join his parents and grandparents in the family business. He dedicated his life, along with his brothers John and Bob, to Dunham's Department Store and the entire Wellsboro community for more than 65 years. Director of the Wellsboro Men's Chorus for over 40 years, music was his passion. Jim was a past member of the Wellsboro United Methodist Church and a present member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, having served in the capacity of Choir Director at both. He co-chaired the Capital Campaign Committee for the Restoration of the exterior of the church and served on the Vestry. He had the honor and privilege of being asked to sing in over 100 wedding ceremonies and was also an accomplished cornet player. Baseball was another passion and he fulfilled a dream of playing in the big leagues by attending Fantasy Baseball camps in both Florida and Pittsburgh. He was inducted into the Tioga County Sports Hall of Fame for baseball. He had a deep love for animals and enjoyed volunteering from time to time at the Animal Sanctuary. A member of Rotary, he was past President and a Paul Harris Fellow. He was on the Board of Directors for Citizens and Northern, The Deane Center, The Packer Foundation and The Penn Wells Hotel Company. He was also active in GROW and a true philanthropist, devoting hours to campaigning for Soldiers and Sailors, The Deane Center and many other community endeavors. He was an avid golfer and member of the Tyoga Country Club, also serving on the Board. –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/24/2017

 

JESSE W. FARNSWORTH, 90, of Muncy, died Sunday, January 22, 2017 at Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation, Muncy. Born March 5, 1926 in Franklin Twp., he was a son of the late Leroy and the late Ada (Fowler) Farnsworth. Jesse worked for Fraley's Auction Co., and as a farmhand for many different farmers. He is survived by a brother, John Farnsworth of Muncy; a niece, Cherie (Steven) Schwenk of Muncy; two great nieces, Laura M. and Lindsy M. Schwenk; and close friends, Larry and Barbara Snyder. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Harry, William, James Farnsworth; a niece, Cleo Dell and close friends, Walter and Elva A. Snyder. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 26 at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Rev. Max L. Walters, Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Pine Summit Cemetery. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, at the funeral home. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

HOWARD U. FAUS, 93, of Williamsport, formerly of Hughesville, died Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at Leighton Place of Williamsport, with his daughter by his side. Howard was preceded in death by his wife Hazel (Green) Faus in August of 2006. Born November 27, 1923 in Dewart, he is the son of the late Otis and Minnie (Hilner) Faus. Howard was a US Navy veteran serving in World War II, from 1942 to 1946. After leaving the service, he began his career at International Furniture of Montoursvlle. Howard then owned Faus Furniture and Uplolstery, and retired from Faus Carpeting, Hughesville. He was a member of the Hughesville Baptist Church and the Muncy Lodge #299 F.&A.M. He enjoyed bowling, fishing, and old westerns. Howard enjoyed woodworking and was a good handyman. Surviving are a daughter, Carol F. (Harry) Crawshaw of Hughesville; a granddaughter, Heather (Ross Sheingold) Crawshaw of Marina Del Rey, CA; and a sister, Catherine Lowe of Williamsport. In addition to his wife and parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Irene Hagenbuch, and three brothers, Wilson, Ernest, and Elmer Faus. Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, PA with Rev. David K. Fishel and Rev. Ronald G. Montgomery officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hughesville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Howard's name to Susquehanna Home Health Hospice, C/O the Susquehanna Foundation, 1001 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA.  –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

MERLE D. "SPIKE" FICE, 83, of Wellsboro passed away at his residence, surrounded by his loving family on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. He was the husband of Kay W. Ford, who he married on Oct. 3, 1959. Merle was born July 3, 1933 in Waverly, N.Y., the son of the late Leon and M. Josephine (Farrell) Fice. During his life, Merle was employed at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital as the laboratory supervisor. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Wellsboro for over 50 years and was active in the church. Merle was a member of the Wellsboro Men's Chorus and the American Legion. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially camping, fishing and hunting. For many years he enjoyed square dancing with the Canyon Squares. Merle was a Navy veteran, having served during the Korean War.Surviving beside his wife, Kay, are: his daughter, Melissa K. Bauman (Patrick) of Blossburg, Pa.; son, Nathan J. Fice, Dushore, Pa.; three grandchildren, Sadie A. Fice of White Oak, Pa., Bridget K. Fice of Denver, Colo., and Jordyn K. Hazelton-Mohr (Sherry) of Blossburg, Pa.; step-grandson, Trevor Bauman (Elise) of Albany, N.Y., and step-granddaughter, Leisl Moriarty (Kevin) of Lenox, Mass.; great-granddaughter, Ellie Ann Hazelton-Mohr of Blossburg, Pa.; brother, Leon R. Fice (Mary Lou), Horseheads, N.Y. and many nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, Merle was preceded in death by his sister, Joanna Buckingham, and his brother, Graydon Fice.A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church of Wellsboro. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m., prior to the service. If desired, memorials may be made to Susquehanna Hospice, 24 Walnut St., Wellsboro, PA or First Presbyterian Church of Wellsboro, 130 Main St., Wellsboro, PA. To share your fondest memories of Merle, the "Master Woodworker and duct tape aficionado" and sign his guestbook, visit www.tusseymoshe –Towanda Daily Review 2/19/2017

 

KATHLEEN ‘KATIE’ 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. All are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial for Katie on Monday, February 6, 2017, 10:00 a.m., St. Patrick's Church. Kathy's family would like to extend their sincere thanks to Arnot Health and Arnot Medical Services, especially Dr. Gregory Schultz, for their care and kindness to Kathy. Those wishing may remember Kathy with a donation to Arnot Health Foundation, 600 Roe Avenue, Elmira, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 2/5/2016

 

ERIC W. FOULKROD, age 70, of Shunk, passed away on Monday, January 16, 2017 at his home. Eric was born, November 16, 1946 in Philadelphia, PA a son of the late Harold W. & Irene W. Goodall Foulkrod. He grew up in Broomall and graduated from the Marple Newtown High School a member of the class of 1965. He honorably served in the US Navy, stationed in Vietnam, during the Vietnam War as a member of the Attack Squadron Forty Two. Eric worked in the Engineering field throughout his lifetime and lived in many areas of the country. He retired to Shunk in 2006, where he enjoyed the outdoors, and hunting and fishing. Surviving: daughter, Shea Foulkrod West Wyoming, PA, sister-in-law: Debbie Foulkrod Johnson Parker, CO; two nieces: Beth Harris Oxford, PA and Heather Kenefsky Parker, CO. He was predeceased by his son, Benjamin W. Foulkrod, of Courtdale, PA on January 4, 2016 and a brother: Wayne Foulkrod of Springfield, on January 2, 1990. Funeral services will be private and held at the convenience of the family. 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

 

ROBERT LYMAN FRISBIE SR., 83, of Halsey Valley died Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 at Riverview Manor in Owego, N.Y. He was born to Lyman and Gladys Cramner Frisbie at home in Halsey Valley by lamplight during a blizzard on Feb. 1, 1934. Bob married Arlene Dobberstein on Jan. 1, 1958. He worked on the family farm until a near-fatal accident on Nov. 13, 1954 made the work too dangerous to continue. Bob became an agricutural mechanic and opened what became Frisbie's Farm Equipment with his wife and sons. In 1954 he became the youngest charter member of the Halsey Valley Fire Department, holding several offices, including representative of Tioga County Fire Association. Bob was one of the founders of the Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club. In retirement, Bob, with his wife and family, started Frisbie Homestead Museum, dedicated to life in Halsey Valley circa 1900. They hosted Spencer-Van Etten 3rd grade field trips for 14 years. Displays of antique tractors and Bob's 1930 Buick were seen then and at Halsey Valley Old Home Days for many years. Bob also hosted the 4-H Tractor Safety program. Bob is survived by his wife, Arlene; children and their spouses, Ron, Rick, Russ, Bob Jr. Frisbie, Barb Truesdail, Bob and Jeff Mallen; 12 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; brother Fred (Nancy) Frisbie; sister Dona Stockton; and many nieces and nephews. Bob was predeceased by his parents, and nephew Craig Stockton. A private burial will be in Halsey Valley Cemetery. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 1 p.m. at the Halsey Valley Fire Department with the Rev. Alan Dailey officiating. A time of fellowship and memories shared will take place, as Bob touched many lives. A reception will follow. Memorials may be sent to Halsey Valley Fire Department, 506 Hamilton Valley Road, Spencer, NY. –Sayre Morning Times 3/3/2017

 

ALBERT C. ‘PETE’ FULLER of Horseheads, NY passed away peacefully at home on Monday afternoon, February 13, 2017 at the age of 63. Pete was born on January 26, 1954 in Wellsboro, PA, a son of the late Carmen and Marion Andrews Fuller. Pete is also predeceased by his brother, Carmen "Earl" Fuller and father-in-law, Robert F. Clark. Pete was a member of the New York State Teamsters, retiring from YRC in 2010. Pete is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Allison C. Clark Fuller; daughter and daughter-in-law, Atasha and Loren VanAmburg; grandchildren, Jaiden and Jorden; "special friend" and mother-in-law, Kay Clark; brother, Lloyd and Bonny Fuller; sister, Linda and Sonny Allington; sisters-in-law, Marge Fuller, Marysue Andrews and Beth Clark; brother-in-law, Robert Clark and extended family. At Pete's request all services will be held privately at the convenience of his family. The family graciously accepts remembrances with donations in Pete's memory to your local SPCA or a charity of one’s choice. –Elmira Star-Gazette 2/15/2017

 

KENNETH L. GAGE, 87, of Sayre died on Feb. 6, 2017 at the Sayre Health Care Center. He was born on Nov. 17, 1929 on Peekskill, N.Y., a son of the late Kenneth Gage Sr. and Estelle Clark. Ken (The Geezer) is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Pauline Gage. At Ken's request, all services will be private at the convenience of the family. Those who wish may remember Ken by making a donation to World Services Inc., Box 459, Grand Central Station, New York, NY. To all "Friends of Bill W.," keep the faith and God bless. Caring services are being provided by Cooley Tioga Point Cremation & Burial Options, Athens, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review 2/7/2017

 

WENDELL P. ‘DUTCH’ GARRISON, 85, of Nichols, N.Y., was lovingly ushered into the hands of his Lord and Savior on Jan. 24, 2017. He was predeceased in 2006 by his beloved wife of 50 years, Ruth (Best) after being her primary caregiver during her battle with Alzheimer's disease. Born Oct. 13, 1931 to Carrie (Shaffer) and Walter Garrison, Wendell was the ninth of 11 children. He is survived by his youngest sister, Naomi Cole and her husband Elwood, of Waverly; his five children and their spouses, Eileen and Ken Codner, Miriam and Doug Pipher, Paul and Terri (Shields) Garrison, Esther and Dan Hughes and Joel and Deborah (Deer) Garrison. The light of his life were his 18 grandchildren: Elizabeth, Sarah, Adam, Andy, Kirsten, Ben, Tyler, Mallory, Lexi, Austin, Jordan, Justin, Jenna, Zach, Connor, Jesse, Josh and Meredith. He also has a great-grandson. He thoroughly enjoyed time spent with his many nieces and nephews. Upon graduating from Bridgeton High School in New Jersey, Wendell attended Boston University, but his greatest pride was serving in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He was stationed in Germany, Scotland and the Azores. He worked for Mohawk Airlines and then at IBM for over 35 years, where he appreciated that he had a job that could provide for his family. He was a passionate fan of the Philadelphia Phillies, and his enthusiasm for the team has been spread to his children and grandchildren as they remember Wendell's excitement to drive hours to watch a game, return home late at night and get up for work the next morning. His love for baseball started as a young boy and he continued to play softball well into his 70s. He was a longtime member of Nichols Baptist Church, where he loved to sing hymns while accompanied by his wife on the piano. He enjoyed ice skating, roller skating and gardening as well. His children will forever cherish the Christmas spirit he instilled in them by his own love for the holiday and the annual family vacations to Cape May, New Jersey, that live on to this day. During his later years he enjoyed the stories and laughter shared by his friends and neighbors at Kim's and then later Gail's Diner in Nichols. He also loved to treat his children and grandchildren to countless breakfasts and lunches at Pete's Legacy Diner in Vestal. A generous and thoughtful caregiver of many his whole life, he became the recipient of loving and compassionate care by the caregivers at Brookdale in Vestal and the Veterans Home at Oxford. His sense of humor and infectious smile were thoroughly enjoyed by all who knew him. He was a man of unwavering faith, deep conviction and love for his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, his love of the United States of America and especially the devotion and love for his family. Wendell "Dutch," "Dad," "Pa," "Pops" will be dearly missed by all. Family and friends are invited to visit at Richards Funeral Home, 3670 Waverly Road, Owego, N.Y., on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, from 4-7 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Richards Funeral Home on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Tioga Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the New York State Veterans Home, Resident Activities Fund, 4207 State Highway 220, Oxford, NY. –Sayre Morning Times 1/26/2017

 

GLECKLER –HELEN ELIZABETH ‘BETTY’ (GLECKLER) STONE born September 16, 1921 in Elmira NY, the daughter of the late Leonard C. and Helen (Weyhenmeyer) Gleckler, passed away peacefully January 9, 2017 at the age of 95. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 61 years, Frederick A. Stone. Surviving are her son, Philip A. "Phil" (Michele) Stone; along with their children, Robert and Peter; great grandson, Thatcher; close relatives, William and Linda Hoffman and William Warner; close friend, Pam Tuller; and special friend, Carol Van Duzen, who assisted Helen in many ways since Fred's passing. Helen graduated from No. 11 School, Elmira Free Academy, and Elmira Business Institute. She worked at the Horseheads holding point during WWII before joining the Veterans Administration in Bath, NY. Helen was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church of Elmira, St. Thomas' Episcopal Church in Bath, NY, and also a member of the Elmira Junior League. At Helen's request there will be no public services. Internment will take place privately at the convenience of the family at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church's Columbarium in Bath, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/28/2017

 

CARL M. GLOSENGER, 67, of Boiling Springs, Pa., passed away from cancer on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at his home with family. He was born on Sept. 23,1949 in Sayre, Pa. He was a son of Andrew C. (Carl) and Marion I. (Richards) Glosenger. Carl graduated from Sayre High School and earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Carl served 11 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, having served during the Vietnam Era. He was a lifelong Scouter, and Eagle Scout with Palms and a Cubmaster and Scoutmaster of multiple troops and packs, continuing a family tradition from his father and uncles. The Scouting tradition is continued today by his son and grandson, who are also both Eagle Scouts. Faith was an important part of his life and he devoted much time to volunteer work in various church roles, including chairman of Trustees. Carl always put family first. He was a wonderful father of three children. He is survived by his wife Janis L. (Tallant) Glosenger; son David C. (wife Robyn) Glosenger of Kansas City, Mo., daughter Karin E. Glosenger of Ogden, Kan., and daughter Mary Glosenger of Boiling Springs, Pa.; two grandchildren Carl J. Glosenger and Kaylynn R. Glosenger, both of Kansas City, Mo.; five brothers Robert A. (wife Linda) Glosenger of Frederick, Md., Kenneth E. Glosenger (Dawn Thompson) of Sayre, Pa., Paul D. Glosenger of Baltimore, Md., Steven V. (wife June) Glosenger of Mosherville, Pa., and Bruce A. (wife Cyndy) Glosenger of Red Lion, Pa.; and 13 nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Sylvia Glosenger Bennett. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 6 at 11 a.m. at the Churchtown Church of God, 351 Old Stonehouse Road South, Boiling Springs, Pa. Family and friends are welcome to attend. Burial will be private. In Carl's honor, feel free to make a donation to the charity of your choice. –Sayre Morning Times 4/18/2017

 

WILLIAM T. GOLTZ, age 33, of Westfield, PA, passed away on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, PA. He was born June 27, 1983 in Norristown, PA, a son of William and Janet (Adams) Goltz. William was an EMT for Ambler Ambulance and Second Alarmers in Willow Grove. He volunteered at the Lansdale Volunteer Medical Corp in Lansdale, PA, and the North Penn Volunteer Fire Co. in North Wales, PA. He was a former Boy Scout receiving the "Heroism Award". William is survived by his parents and step-mother, Karen (Korn) Goltz; 3 brothers, Kenneth Goltz of Westfield, PA, Keith Dewey of Oley, PA, Kristofer Dewey of Conshohocken, PA; 3 sisters, Bethany (Sal) of FL, Kelsey and Erica Adams of Dallas, PA. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. at the North Penn Volunteer Fire Co., 141 S. Main St., North Wales, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Crary Hose Co., 429 E. Main St., Westfield, PA. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family. –Funeral home obit 3/2/2017

 

GRAHAM –KATHERINE AUBREY ‘KATE’ PAUL passed away on Jan. 10, 2017, in Livonia, Mich., after a bravely fought battle with ovarian cancer. She was born Cheryl Ann in Rochester, N.Y., on Oct. 21, 1955, the daughter of Thomas Graham and Charlotte Button. She graduated from Elk Lake High School 1973. While in high school she was active in many plays. She acted in 'Harvey' and had the lead as Mother Superior in 'Murder in the Nunnery.' She spent 20 years in San Francisco seeking a career as a pop-signer. Moving on to Seattle, then to Detroit, Mich. She started her own business as an artist. At this time, she met and married Gordon Paul her husband of 23 years. She is well-known for her brilliant art works. Kate had eminent love of people and could make friends in most any setting. Her love, positive energy, and mentor-ship will be her greatest legacy. Painted murals are on display at the Royal Oaks Library, Gilda Club, and many more Detroit establishments. She was predeceased by father Thomas Graham; step-father, Malcolm Button; and brothers; Harland, Dean and Bruce Button. Surviving are husband Gordan Paul of Michigan; mother Charlotte Button of Springville; sisters: Mary Beth Staff of Nicholson, Nancy Gavek and Bonnie McClain, both of Tunkhannock, Debbie Kintner of Mehoopany, and Jackie Corby of Delaware; brothers: Thomas Graham of Childs, and William Graham of Springville, James Button of New Yor, and Terry Button of Texas. A wake was held for family and friends in celebration of Kate on Jan. 21, at Paul Studio in Livonia, Mich. Donations can be made in Kate's name to Springville United Methodist Church, Church Street, Springville, PA. –Wyoming County Examiner 2/8/2017

 

GUNSHAW –MARIAN DANNA age 87, of Horseheads, NY passed away peacefully on February 7, 2017 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, NY. Marian was born in Elmira Heights, NY on July 21, 1929, daughter of the late Andrew and Anna (Semesky) Gunshaw. Marian was recently predeceased by her husband Leonard in 2016, along with sister, Arlene Gunshaw, brothers, John, Carl and Robert Gunshaw. Marian is survived by her daughter, Cheryl Danna of Chandler, AZ; sons, Leonard R. Danna of Horseheads, NY and Frank (Lisa) Danna of Surprise, AZ; sisters, Marlene (David) Haskins of Stuarts Draft, VA and Betty Jane Levanduski of Elmira; several nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to call Sunday, February 12th from 6 to 8 pm at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place in St. Charles Borromeo Church on Monday, February 13th at 1 pm with Fr. Scott Kubinski as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Peter & Paul's Cemetery. –Elmira Star-Gazette 2/10/ 2017

 

GUY –ROBERTA ‘BOBBIE DEE’ THOMPSON, age 70, of Arnot, PA, died Friday, January 20, 2017 at the Green Home, Wellsboro, PA. She was born November 15, 1946 in Wellsboro, PA, a daughter of James Robert and Janet Beverly (Reid) Wakley Guy. Roberta was the wife of Richard E. Thompson. She worked at Wendy's, North Penn High School cafeteria, Ward Manufacturing, and as a caregiver. Roberta was a member of the Arnot Sportsmen's Club, the Hillside Rod and Gun Club and a former member of St. Andrew's Alter and Rosary Society and was also a Eucharistic Minister. In addition to her husband, Richard, she is survived by 4 sons and daughters-in-law, Terry Lee Mase, Jr. of Hollywood, FL, Troy Alan Mase of York, PA, Tracy Ray (Kristine) Mase of MD, Thad Boyd (Renee) Mase of Arnot, PA; 2 daughters and a son-in-law, Jessica Robin (Todd) Outman of Westfield, PA, Saraha Rebeckka Thompson of Blossburg, PA; 2 sisters, Jerrie Ann Wakley Tokarz of Blossburg, PA, Beverly Sue (David) Jones of Blossburg, PA; 12 grandchildren; 1 great grandson, 5 brothers-in-law Chester (Gladys) Mahoski, Robert Thompson Jr., Leonard (Sylvia) Thompson, Michael (Lynn) Thompson, Elroy (Brenda) Thompson, 4 sisters-in-law Marie (John) Mattison, Regina Thompson, Irene Definbaugh, and Linda (Bill) Bloom. She was predeceased by her first husband, Terry Lee Mase, Sr. in 1983; her mother and step-father, Janet and Darus Guy. Family and friends are invited to attend a luncheon and a time of fellowship on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M. at the Arnot Recreation Center (old school building). A dish to pass is optional. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family. –Williamsport Sun-Gazette 1/23/2017

 

HALL –NANCY J. HEATON, 64, of Forksville, died Saturday, January 21, 2017, at Williamsport Regional Medical Center. Born September 28, 1952 in Philadelphia, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Jean (Davison) Hall. She and her husband, Leonard W. Heaton, would have celebrated 44 year of marriage on March 24, 2017. Nancy was very community oriented and enjoyed serving as Auditor for Forksville Borough and Treasurer of the Forksville Fire Company. She also enjoyed crafts, decorative painting, playing cards, and above, spending time with her family and friends. Surviving, in addition to her husband, are a daughter, Heather J. (Kevin) Zacharias of Monroe Township; a son, Leonard W. (Jen Signore) Heaton III of Forksville; four grandchildren, Makayla M. Drost, Michael E. Drost, Colby L. Heaton, and William G. Zacharias; and a brother, Robert R. Hall of Greentown. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, January 27, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter Street, Dushore, with Pastor Linda Renninger officiating. Burial will follow in Forksville Cemetery, Forksville. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. The family will provide the flowers and suggest memorial contributions to the Forksville Fire Company, P.O. Box 64, Forksville, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

HARVEY –BEATRICE A. NEWELL a resident of the Mercy Center in Dallas, passed away at the Celtic Hospice Center in Wilkes-Barre on Feb. 6, 2017. Born on Feb. 2, 1925, in Lemon Township, Wyoming County, she was a daughter of the late Tracey and Beatrice (Loughrey) Harvey. She was a graduate of Tunkhannock High School class of 1943. She was a member of the Huntsville United Methodist Church, past president of the Jackson Township Woman's Fire Auxiliary, and a former Brownie Troop leader. Beatrice enjoyed gardening, canning, sewing, dancing, and was a talented pianist/organist. She enjoyed traveling with her husband, especially to Ireland to visit her family. She is preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Holden A. Newell Jr.; brothers: John, Cyril, Irvin, Francis, Richard, and Joseph; sisters: Theresa Price, Mary Robinson, and Kay Bullock; daughter Teina Foell; and grandsons: Kevin Newell, Terry D. Newell, and Timothy Reese. She is survived by her children: Rance L. and wife Joan, Richard L. and wife Alice, Holden A. III, John T. and wife Susan, Lester R. and wife Mary Ann, Terry M. and wife Diane, Mary Ann and husband Sam Brown, Deborah L. and husband Ron Murphy, and Denise M. and husband Phil Kaeferle. In addition to her children, Beatrice is survived by 27 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren; her sister, Jane Sutliff; and many nieces and nephews. There was nothing in the world Beatrice loved more than her family. She will be greatly missed by all of the lives she touched. Memorial service was be held on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Richard H. Disque Funeral Home, 2940 Memorial Highway, Dallas, with Rev. Carol Coleman, pastor, Huntsville United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment was in Orcutts Grove Cemetery, Noxen. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Huntsville United Methodist Church, 1233 Huntsville Rd., Shavertown or to Celtic Hospice and Home Health, 601 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, PA. –Wyoming County Examiner 2/22/2017

 

DONALD K. HAVENS, 87, Troy, PA, passed away on February 27, 2017 at Robert Packer Hospital. He was born on September 21, 1929 in Troy, PA. Don was the youngest of three sons of Hugh and Edna (Melville) Havens. Don graduated from Troy High School in 1947 and on May 9, 1948 married his high school sweetheart, the former Marjorie Congdon. Don started his business, Havens Well Drilling in 1955. He was an avid member of the Pennsylvania Ground Water Association along with the National Ground Water Association. He was past president of the PA Ground Water Association and as a member, he promoted water standards for safe drinking water throughout his life. Don also had a shop where he enjoyed wood and metal working. He had a passion for his farm, doing field work and gardening. He enjoyed dancing in his early years and later playing cards with family and friends. In addition to his wife, Marjorie, surviving are his children: H. Keith (Patricia) Havens, Troy, Kathleen (Renold) Aparicio, Norco, CA, Marla (Scott) Oldroyd, Troy; 8 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren; sister in laws: Carol Rockwell and Janice Congdon; brother in law Howard (Bonnie) Congdon, many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parent, brothers: Harry and Earl, brother in laws: Richard Rockwell and Paul Congdon. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 2:30 pm at the Troy Baptist Church, Canton Street, Troy, PA. Family and friends will be received following the service at the church fellowship hall. As Don was a member of the Troy Baptist Church, donation to his memory can be made to the Troy Baptist Church, 579 Canton Street, Troy, PA. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA assisted the family. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

RICHARD L. HENRY JR., 66, of Brackney, PA passed away on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at Wilson Hospital in Johnson City, NY. He was born on April 17, 1950 in Silver Lake Twp., PA to Richard L. Henry, Sr. and the late Beverly Cornell Henry. He is survived by his father, Richard L (Jackie) Henry, Sr of Montrose, Pa, sisters, Debra Thomen of Binghamton, NY, Brenda Holte of Binghamton, NY and Dawn (Kevin) Brewster of Brackney, PA, brother, Gary (Robin) Henry of Brackney, PA and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother, Beverly Henry, sister, Gail Ellis, and brother, Mark Henry. Richard was currently working for Sanmina in Owego, NY. He was an avid sports fan and loved the NY Giants and Yankees. Services for Richard will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 4 PM at the Daniel K. Regan Funeral Home, 232 S. Main St, Montrose PA with burial to follow at a later date at Quaker Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3-4 PM prior to the service. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Silver Lake Volunteer Fire and Emergency Rescue, PO Box 133, Brackney, PA or The American Cancer Society, 33 High School Rd, Montrose, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

JOHN O. HERR, age 94, of Ephrata, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 at home. He was the husband of Priscilla King Herr for over 23 years and the late Lillian Miller Herr who passed away in 1992. Born in Providence Township, he was the son of the late Elmer and Mary Hess Herr. John was a member of the Village Chapel Mennonite Church. He was a farmer in the Coatesville and Downingtown area and also worked at New Holland Machine Company for 15 years. He enjoyed making crafts and volunteering for MCC. He assembled over 300 comforter tops for MCC. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his five children, Lydia B. Deemer of Ulster, Pa., Mary L. Maun, Elisabeth E. (Esteel) Ratcliff, both of Harrisburg, Raymond G. Herr of New York, Jimmy L. Herr of Dallas, Pa.; six grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and four siblings, Mary Kelly of Washington, Mabel Herr of Lititz, Harold Herr of Haiti, Earl Herr of California. He was preceded in death by five siblings, Frank, Warren, Emma and Edith Herr, and Esther Butler. A memorial service will place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb.18 at the Millwood Mennonite Church, with a time to greet the family from 10 a.m. until time of service. Interment will be private in the church cemetery prior to the service. Pastor Jeff Horst will be officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to MCC, P.O. Box 500, Akron, PA. Arrangements are by Shivery Funeral Home Inc, Christiana & Paradise. –Towanda Daily Review 2/10/2017

 

CHARLES ‘DEAN’ HOUSEKNECHT, 88, of Hughesville, died Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. Born July 31, 1928 in Franklin Twp., he was a son of the late Charles N. and the Jessie Irene (Bartlow) Houseknecht. He married the former Joyce K. Dennison, who preceded him in death in 1981. He then married the former Leah Lorraine Bloss, who preceded him in death in 2002. Dean served his country honorably in the Army, during the Korean war. He was also a member of the Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ, the Hughesville Legion Post 35, and was a charter member of the Lairdsville Fire Company. He is survived by a son, Dennis C. (Debra) of Lairdsville; two daughters, Nancy Irene (Mike) Jarrett of Elimsport, and Jeanette S. (Mike) Clementoni; a twin sister, Doris Avery of Lairdsville; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. In addition to his wives and parents, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Jill Louise Houseknecht. Funeral services will be held 11:00 am Monday, January 23 at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Rev. Viking Dietrich officiating. Burial will be in the Lairdsville Cemetery, Lairdsville. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ, 260 E. 7th St., Bloomsburg, PA or the Lairdsville Community Fire Company, 143 School Lane, Lairdsville, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

HUFFMAN –LOREINE ALICE (HUFFMAN) FENTON, 93, passed away on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. She was born in Wilmot, PA, daughter of the late John Walter and Bertha Ann Huffman. She is survived by her two daughters, Sherry Ann Snegosky (Gerald) andSusan Jane Hoffman (Richard); three sisters, Thressa, Lucerita and Edna and one brother, John. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Cameron, Gavin, Hannah, Nathan, Dorian, Eliza, Xander and Levi. Loreine was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Norman Richard Fenton, and a sister, Fern. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation. A Memorial Service will take place in May. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

MICHAEL J. HULSLANDER, age 45, of Berwick Turnpike, Columbia Cross Roads, passed away at home on Thursday, January 26, 2017. Mike was born November 9, 1971 in Waverly, NY son of Judy L. (Hollenbeck) Hulslander and the late James A. Hulslander. Mike was a graduate of Athens High School where he was a member of the Basketball and Soccer teams. He and the former Melissa Hartranft were married on March 20, 2004 and celebrated 12 years together. Together Mike and Missy dedicated themselves to the Hulslander Family Farm where they worked the farm together side by side. Mike was an avid Penn State Fan, enjoyed attending and watching horse pulls, hunting with his nephews and loved his family deeply. Survivors include his wife Melissa (Hartranft) Hulslander of Columbia Cross Roads, his mother Judy Hulslander of Columbia Cross Roads, his four children, the twins, Kylie & Kadyn, Karson and Kendall Hulslander all at home, his sister and brother-in-law, Stacy L. (William D.) Houseknecht of Columbia Cross Roads, paternal grandmother, Anna Mary Hulslander of Columbia Cross Roads, mother and father-in-law, Lester and Connie Hartranft of Mansfield, aunts, uncles, several nieces, nephews and friends. Mike was predeceased by his father, James A. Hulslander on May 17, 2011. Family and friends are invited to a memorial service that will be held 1:00 PM, Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at the East Smithfield Federated Church, Church & Main Streets, East Smithfield, PA. Reverend Laverne Jackson and Reverend Tim Robinson officiating. Additional parking for services will be at the Methodist Church. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Gerald W. Vickery Jr. Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc. 10943 West Main Street, Troy, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 1/29/2017

 

HUNTER –CONSTANCE J. ‘CONNIE’ BENNETT, 77, of Lowman passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017 at Robert Packer Hospital. She was predeceased by her parents, James and Mildred Sheesley Hunter; husband of 40 years, Gerald T. Bennett Sr., her one and only love; and son, Gerald T. "Jerry" Bennett Jr. Connie is survived by her daughter, Terri L. Bennett; sisters, Patricia (Fred) Dickinson, and Sandy (Archie) Price; grandchildren, Terra Malone Spero, Michael Malone, Dallas J. Tunnicliff, Melinda (Mindy) Bennett, and Tyler Bennett; daughter-in-law, Lisa Lewis; and many nieces and nephews. Connie worked for Elmira animal shelter and the Chemung Valley Veterinary Clinic. She loved going to Fraley's Auction where her number was #1 and she made sure that number stayed hers. She was always first to arrive there. She met a lot of wonderful people at Fraley's. She developed a very close bond to Gail and her auction husband, Jim, along with his wife, Dawn, Paula and so many more. She was a farmer most of her life. She enjoyed spending time at Jerry's garage, made sure the fire was going and helped keep the garage organized. She loved listening to Jerry and his friends' stories. Connie loved her animals and would go without to make sure her animals were taken care of. She was so thankful for Hermie Springstead's help and support after her son passed. She loved going on Jerry's Hill to help Jerry or watch him to make sure he was OK. They would sit on the hill and watch for deer or any animal life. Graveside services will be held in the spring at the convenience of the family. The family is being assisted by Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad St., Waverly, N.Y. –Sayre Morning Times 1/26/2017

 

HUNTER –MARY FLORENCE HUNTER REED, 80, of Elmira, NY, peacefully passed away on February 18, 2017. Mary Flo was born in Elmira, NY to James and Mimi Hunter. She went to high school at Elmira Free Academy and the MacDuffie School. She attended college at Wheelock College, Boston, MA and Elmira College. Mary Flo is survived by her sons Jim (Meg), Bill (Laurie) and David Reed; her grandchildren: Hunter Reed, (Portland, OR), Kelsey Reed (Boston, MA), Gavin Reed (Anchorage, AK), Zachary Reed (Geneva, NY), Samantha Reed (Hammondsport, NY) and Christopher Reed (Elmira, NY); and her siblings Philip Hunter (Cindy), Alice Weeman (Fred) and Becky Sager . Mary Flo was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Beldon Reed, and her sister Martha Pendleton (Newt). Mary Flo lived for her friends and family upon whom she lavished endless food, hospitality and conversation. To grow up in the Reed home was truly a wonderful thing—two parents who worked hard every day, never missed a meal together, attended every parent meeting, every game, every Boy Scout meeting. If you were a Reed boy, you knew your parents had your back every minute and you also knew the hammer would drop the second you stepped too far out of line. Flo was a devoted mother and grandmother who loved nothing more than being surrounded by her brood. Gma attended countless soccer games, lacrosse games, graduations and awards ceremonies for her beloved grandchildren. She was always there, even if it meant watching a game from the comfort of her car in the pouring rain. The gift she gave her grandchildren and their parents of her presence... priceless. In good times and bad, "Gma" was always there and her loving presence will be sorely missed. In keeping with Flo's request, a small family service will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made to Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility, 220 Steuben Street, Montour Falls, NY where Flo was so kindly cared for by her many new friends. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the wonderful folks at Seneca View who so compassionately cared for our mother and grandmother. –Elmira Star-Gazette 2/24/2017

 

CORY E. JAYNE of LeRaysville, Pa., passed away peacefully Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 at the Robert Packer Hospital in the company of his wife, Jacqueline Jayne, and many family members. It was Cory's request to not hold any services. Arrangements were entrusted with Sheldon Funeral Homes, 155 Church St., Wyalusing, Pa. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Cory's name to: The National Kidney Foundation, 731 James St., No. 200, Syracuse NY. –Towanda Daily Review 2/9/2017

 

DEAN L. JOHNSON SR., Age 72, of the Austinville Road, Troy, PA passed away Friday, January 27, 2017 at the Robert Packer Hospital. Dean was born September 4, 1944 son of the late Leon and Esther (Eddy) Johnson. Dean was a US Army Veteran serving two tours during the Vietnam War. He was an M.P. in Germany and a former officer with the Maryland State Police and the Canton, PA Police Department. For many years Dean owned and operated Deano's Service & Repair in Austinville. In his spare time Dean enjoyed boating on Lake Ontario, and enjoyed his daily visits with all his friends that stopped by his repair shop. Survivors include two sons, Dean (Annette) Johnson, II of Austinville, Ben (Heather) Johnson of Arnot, a daughter, Tina Gillis Johnson of East Canton, three brothers, Donald (Carol) Eddy, Gary (Donna) Eddy, Duane Johnson, his sister, Judy Withey all of Austinville, seven grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, one great-grandchild, several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Gerald. Family and friends are invited to a memorial service at 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the Austinville Union Church, 2977 Austinville Road, Troy, PA with Reverend Ken Marple officiating. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Gerald W. Vickery Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc. 1093 West Main Street, Troy, PA. –Elmira Star-Gazette 2/1/2017

(Dean's mother was actually Esther A Wood, daughter of Herbert & Bertha Tongue Wood of Blossburg, PA. She married 2nd Donald Eddy.)

 

JOHNSON –MARY L. ROBBINS, 78, of 13 Ithaca St., Waverly, passed away on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre after a brief illness. She is predeceased by her husband, Louis in 2002; brothers, Stephen and Leon Johnson; sisters, Rose Vanderpool, Margaret Van Sickle, and Ruth Johnson. Mary is survived by one son, Raymond (Kersten) Robbins from Apalachin, N.Y.; three daughters, Anna Hoey, Sheila (Carl) Fero, Sharon Mallacoccio, all from Waverly; sisters, Norma Cook of Elmira, and Naomi (Carl) Wiles of Sayre; brothers, Timothy Johnson of Athens, and Robert (Celeste) Johnson of North Carolina; grandchildren, Joshua Robbins, Stephanie (Adam) Hillman, Crystal (Darin) Chaffee, Jessica (Chris) Coates, Jennifer Hoey, and Elyse Gunther; five great-grandchildren, Trenton Robbins, Andraya Hoey, Harper Hillman, Allison Coates, and Mackson Coates; numerous brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Born on Feb. 4, 1939 in Towanda. She was the daughter of the late Stephen and Rose Benjamin Johnson and the wife of the late Louis H. Robbins. Mary retired from the 7-11/Sugar Creek convenience store in Waverly. Mary also was a Waverly Village Trustee from 1986-1990. She was active for many years in the neighborhood watch program. A time of calling will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday March 6, 2017 at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad St., Waverly. Memorial services will be held immediately following at 6 p.m. at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad St., Waverly with Rev. Ronald Golden officiating. –Towanda Daily Review 3/3/2017

 

TED R. KEIR, 92, of Athens, Pa., passed away at his home on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, with his family by his side. He was born on Oct. 23, 1924 in Sheshequin Township, where his grandparents settled after coming over from Scotland. His parents were George R. and Libbie (Morley) Keir. He was the loving husband of Evelyn (Groff) Keir. The couple married on June 8, 1952 and celebrated 64 happy years together. Ted attended a two-room schoolhouse in Sheshequin until sixth grade and then went on to Ulster High School where he graduated in 1942. He joined the Army in World War II and served in the Medical Corps as Staff Sergeant in the Pacific Theatre. He graduated from E. Stroudsburg College in 1950 and returned to Ulster where he worked as a teacher, coach, and administrator. He later began teaching Earth and space science, conservation, environmental science, and vocational science at Athens High School, and sponsored an astronomy club and a rock and mineral club. He coached baseball and basketball at Athens for a number of years, winning several league and district championships. He earned a master's degree in health and physical education from Ithaca College and a master's equivalency in the Earth and space science field, through the National Science Foundation. He taught several off campus graduate classes for Penn State. Mr. Keir retired in 1984 after 33 years of teaching. He had written an outdoor column, "Sportsman's Sphere" for the Sayre Evening Times for 26 years. He served an eight-year term as a commissioner on the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. He was a vocational archaeologist for over 50 years, writing and lecturing about Native Americans and working on a number of PA excavations, along with being a co-founder of the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center (SRAC) and the Che-Hanna Rock and Mineral Club. Mr. Keir has been the recipient of many honorary life memberships, and was inducted into the Athens High School Sports Hall of Fame. He was a lifetime member of the Athens United Methodist Church. Ted was predeceased by his siblings, Beatrice Dowd, Bessie Ward, Mary Harris, Esther Stewart, George Keir, Delbert Keir, and Walter Keir. Ted is survived by his wife, Evelyn; his sons, Ron (Donna Tracy) Keir, William (Susan) Keir, Gerald (Dina Mosier) Keir and Charles (Michelle) Keir; his daughter, Debra (Kevin) Raupers; his grandchildren, Julie (Ron) Hadlock, Brandy (Gareth) Volz, Jennifer (Jamey) Kelsall, William Keir, Matthew Keir, Dylan Keir, Katelyn (Paul) Homnick, Isaac (Anna) Keir, Keiran (Nick) Soprano, Amy Keir, Christopher Raupers, and Jordan Raupers; 12 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 at the Athens United Methodist Church, 118 S. Main St., Athens, Pa., with the Rev. Helen Learn officiating. Memorial donations may be made in Ted's memory to Athens United Methodist Church, 118 S. Main St., Athens PA, Susquehanna River Archaeological Center (SRAC) 345 Broad St., Waverly, NY or Che-Hanna Rock and Mineral Club, Inc., P.O. Box 142, Sayre, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 1/24/2017

 

CHRISTOPHER M. KELLER - Chris passed away Friday, March 3, 2017 at the too young age of 51, after a valiant battle with Langerhans Multisystem Histiocytosis. Chris was born October 6, 1965 and grew up in Elmira, NY. He was the much loved husband of Lori Keller, eldest child of Penny (Priscilla) and Robert J Keller, son in law of Diane Howe-Peters. He is survived by his daughters Brandy (Tressie) Keller and Rachelle (Michael) Hostrander, step children Eric and Kelsey Kowalchuk, Kahleema Hampton, a son R.J. Mills and four grandchildren who lit up his life--Briceton, Brayden, Blake and Jace. He will be badly missed by his constant companion, Superboob, Chris's fur baby. He leaves behind several sisters and brothers: Laura Mitchell and her husband, Tom, Scott Keller, Mary (Matt) Keefe, Cindy (Sean) Coggins, Tina Walborn, Phillip (Anne) Stahle, Fletcher (Cowboy) and several nieces and nephews. Friend of too many wonderful people to mention in Tennessee, Washington State, Kentucky Pennsylvania, Alabama, Elmira, NY and many other states and virtual communities. We will all miss Chris's colorful personality and his ability to bring a smile to people's faces with his humor and adventurous recollections of his life. A special thank you to his many caregivers and all the people who helped and inspired Chris as he battled his disease, by caring for his body, or his spirit or his soul. Whichever category you fit in, thank you. He was blessed to have had such support from so many. As cremation was among Chris's last wishes, a memorial service will be held at a later date. If so desired, donations to fight Langerhan's Histiocytosis would be appreciated by the family. God speed Chris. You are now out of pain and at peace. –Elmira Star-Gazette 3/7/2017

 

MARTIN C. KILLEEN was born in Elmira, NY on August 19, 1927. After serving eight years in the US Army and Navy, Marty returned home to Elmira. At 80, Marty was awarded his EFA High School diploma. Marty stated it was a very special moment for him and he will always treasure his diploma. In his free time, he enjoyed walking, biking, the library and spending time at the Legion with other Veterans. He passed February 2, 2017 at the VA Hospice Center in Bath, NY. He was loved and will be missed by his surviving brother, Edward F. Killeen and his niece Elizabeth D. Doyle. There will be a graveside service on February 21 at Bath National Cemetery in Bath, NY at 11:00 a.m. –Elmira Star-Gazette 2/20/2017

 

KISNER –ANITA MARIE KISNER SULLIVAN, age 96, well known area music teacher, of New Albany, PA, passed away on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at Dar-Way Elder Care in Estella, PA. Anita was born in Mildred, on March 30, 1920, a daughter of the late Charles W. & Pauline Obert Kisner. She attended Cherry Twp. School and graduated from New Albany High School, class of 1937, where she met her future husband, Patrick F. Sullivan. Anita then attended Mansfield State College and graduated in 1941 with double degrees: music and English education. She taught music, English and art at the Cherry Twp. School, Mildred, PA, for several years after marrying her husband of 50 years on July 6, 1942. After taking 10 years off to raise a family, Anita began teaching Music Education at the New Albany School, grades 1 thru 12. When the New Albany School joined the Wyalusing School District, Anita continued teaching music, vocal and instrumental in the 4 elementary schools; New Albany, Wyalusing, Laceyville, and Camptown, along with private piano lessons. She taught for 33 years. Anita also helped her husband and family with the family farm in New Albany. Anita’s love for music and teaching continued after retirement. She began teaching private lessons to senior citizens who always wanted to learn an instrument and never had time. Anita also coordinated the library Children’s Reading Hour, New Albany’s Girl Scout Unit, WPS (Widow Persons Service) of New Albany, and St. Francis Xavier Sunday School Education Program, Overton. She was a member of the Towanda Senior Citizens. Through the years, Anita was the organist and choir director at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Mildred, St. Francis Xavier, Overton and St. John Neumann Shrine, Sugar Ridge. After becoming legally blind, Anita worked with the Area Agency on Aging and called several homebound seniors, daily. Anita was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Dushore and its Altar and Rosary Society. Surviving are her children: son – Patrick “Jay” (Bonnie) Sullivan, Mansfield; daughters: Dawn Vitez, Lebanon; and Jean (James) Heinrichs, Shirley, NY. Grandchildren: Nicole Sullivan, New Albany; Tammy (Scott) Fegan, Endicott, NY; Nancey Sullivan, Mansfield; Amy (Kevin) Donnelly, Florida; Allegra Heinrichs, Shirley, NY; Mary Katharine Farrie, Sparta, NJ; Great Grandchildren: Ariana Sullivan, Mansfield; Kaley Heinrichs, Shirley, NY; son-in-law: Charles Farrie, Sparta, NJ; and a sister-in-law: Marie Kisner, Danville, PA and several nieces and nephews. Preceding Anita to their Heavenly Home were: husband, Patrick Sullivan, on December 16, 1992; son – Wayne Sullivan, on August 28, 2010; daughter, Sheryl Farrie on January 30, 2009; son-in-law – Sir William Bela C. Vitez, on July 28, 2016; brothers – Charles F. Kisner on August 5, 2013 and infant Ralph in 1913 and brother and sister-in-law: Donald and Mary Sullivan Waples. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA. The family will provide the flowers and ask that donations be made to the charity of one’s choice or to the Wyalusing Valley Elementary School Music Department, 11450 Wyalusing-New Albany Road, Wyalusing, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

KLIMAS –JOANN S. COOLBAUGH, 85, of Tunkhannock, passed away April 16th (2017) at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre. Born July 2, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Antoni and Anna Grabowskas Klimas. Mom was a loving and caring person to all of her family and friends and will be missed dearly by all. She was preceded in death by her husband Wendell Coolbaugh Sr., her son Wendell Coolbaugh II, daughter Cindy Matalavy, grandchildren Joseph and Melissa Coolbaugh, sisters Mary Weaver, Eleanor Coolbaugh, Ruth Cooper, Katherine Davies, Della Lybolt, and Constance Mondeau and brothers Joseph, Charles, Chester, Thomas and Richard Klimas. Surviving are her daughters Cara Coolbaugh and Cheryl and husband Dave Ayre, seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren, as well as nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. Arrangements entrusted to Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, 73 W. Tioga St, Tunkhannock, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

KRUSEN –VERA J. HORTON, 87, formerly of Greenwood and Horseheads, passed away early Tuesday Morning (Jan. 24, 2017) at the home of her daughter in Endicott, NY. She had resided with her family during her recent illness. Born in Greenwood, January 3, 1930, the daughter of Wyman and Elizabeth Atwell Krusen, she had resided in several areas of the country. She was a graduate of Greenwood Central School and the Dermalway School in Elmira where she received her training as a licensed hairdresser. She owned and operated "The Glamour Shop" in Greenwood for several years. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, Ronald Horton in 2008 and a close friend, Ronald Gilbert in January 2017. She is survived by two daughters, Laura Horton-Clark (Michael) of Endicott and Desiree (Robert McInroy) Miller of Elmira, two sons, Gary Krusen of Canisteo and Richard Horton of Elmira, three grandchildren and one great grandchild. The family wishes to express a very special thank you to Dr. Brian Cassetta, her personal friend and physician , Dr. Matthew Novak, and numerous other doctors and staff at the Guthrie Group for the excellent care given to Vera over the years. Your compassion, personal and professional care extended her life by years, giving her the opportunity to live a life of great quality. She was a woman of small stature, but her strength and faith guided her thru all the challenges she faced. The family is being assisted by Gerald R. Brown, Director. The family will be present to receive friends at the Brown & Powers Funeral Home, 6 Spruce St. ,Canisteo on Friday (Jan. 27, 2017) from 11am until noon where Funeral services will be held at 12 Noon with Rev. Donald Maynard officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, friends may make memorial contributions to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN or the Greenwood Fire Department, Greenwood, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/25/2017

 

LEWIS –DELBERTA L. ARNOLD, 81 from Odessa, Fla., was surrounded by family as she went to the Lord on Jan. 15 2017. She was born Sept. 23, 1935, in Springfield Township, Pa., to Delbert Lewis and Hazel Wilcox Lewis. She grew up in Big Pond, Pa., and went to Troy High School, graduating in 1953. She met and married her husband, Claron G. Arnold, on Sept. 4, 1954. They were married for 60 years before his passing in 2015. Del was loved by all who met her. Her sense of humor would brighten your day. They raised three children, Rexford C. Arnold of Crystal River, Fla., Sarah Burhans of Citrus Park, Fla., and Sandra Popejoy of Tampa, Fla. She is survived by her sister, Glenora Harkcom, of Albuquerque, N.M.; brother, Ronald Lewis of Big Pond, Pa.; and half-sister, Judy Kirch of Dexter, N.Y. She was preceded in death by her two sisters, Pauline Vargson of Thonotosassa, Fla., and Geraldine Terrell of Troy, Pa.; and half-sister, Annie Thomas. She had several grandchildren, Nena Arnold, Joshua Burhans, Brandy Roesel, Benjamen, Nathan and Haley Popejoy, Cheyenne and Bryan Lentz. Her funeral was held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28 at Trinity Memorial Gardens, followed immediately by her interment. The family is thankful for all the prayers and support given in this difficult time and ask that any donations be made in Del's honor to the Keystone United Methodist Church in Odessa, Fla. –Towanda Daily Review 1/31/2017

 

LOVE –MARILYN (LOVE) KLINE passed on to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday morning, Feb. 25, 2017, at Keystone Garden Estates, Larksville. Born in Wilkes-Barre on Oct. 23, 1928, Marilyn was a daughter of the late Robert H. and Harriet (Gruver) Love. Marilyn was a music lover, a pianist and studied at Houghton College, Houghton, N.Y. With the illness of her mother, 'Hattie,' Marilyn dropped out of college to care for her full time. On May 17, 1952, Marilyn married her wonderful husband, Charles J. Kline. She was a member of Wyoming Avenue Christian Church. Prior to retiring, she was employed as a case worker by the ARC. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles, who passed away on Feb. 2, 2003; a sister, Ruth; a brother, Robert; sisters-in-law, Audrey Ricker, Alice Freas and Grace Ravert; and brother-in-law, George Kline. Surviving are her daughter, Deborah Lynn Kline, Edwardsville; son Rev. Ronald John Kline, Hagerstown, Md.; sister-in-law, Jane McHale, Pittston; brother-in-law Marvin and his wife, Dellamae, Mountain Top; nieces Bonnie Balzer of Silver Spring, Md., and Linda Marlette and husband, Dennis of Delaware; and many great nieces and nephews. Marilyn's family is thankful that she was blessed by all the wonderful caretakers at Keystone Garden Estates for all these years. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 1, at Kniffen O'Malley Leffler Funeral & Cremation Services Inc., 465 South Main St., Wilkes-Barre, with Rev. Dennis Gray officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Hanover Township. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to Cumberland Valley Baptist Church, 919 Corbett St., Hagerstown, MD. –Wyoming Co. Examiner 3/1/2017 contributed by Carol Brotzman

LUDY –MARCIA JEAN LUDY CHAPMAN was born May 5, 1931, in Binghamton NY, a daughter of Earl & Mildred K Cogenspager Ludy and passed away Sun. Jan 22, 2017. Marcia grew up in Binghamton and moved to Horseheads as a young girl. She met and married Ralph J. Chapman in Erin, NY, in June of 1947 and he passed away in 2010. Earning her GED later in life, she was an avid reader and loved playing Pinochle. Marcia loved entertaining family and friends in her home with home cooked meals. She worked many years for the ARC of Chemung in Horseheads where she started the rummage shop which allowed the clients to learn a skill. Later she worked for NYS in a group home where she retired from in 1987. She and Ralph moved to Florida in 1988 where they continued making friends and enjoying retirement together. In 2004 they moved back to Horseheads to be near family once again. Marcia was a member of Breesport Baptist Church. Marcia is survived by her three daughters, Patricia (Kim) Hiller, Frewsburg, NY, Amy (Gordy) Evans, Breesport, NY, Janice (Mike) Murray, Millport NY; daughter-in-law, Jennifer Chapman, Williamsburg VA; and son-in-law, Gary Noble with current wife Connie, Simpsonville SC; and a nephew who held a special place in her heart, Bob (Pat) Swartwood of Lancaster PA; 12 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; several nieces & nephews; sisters-in-law, Alice (Chapman) Anderson, AZ and Shirley Ludy, NY; brothers-in-law, David (Marge) Chapman, OR and Donald (Ruth) Chapman, NV. In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by daughter, Kathy; sons, Michael and Martin; brothers, Harrison, Stuart and Dean Ludy; and a sister, Audrey Acton. Family and friends are invited to call at the Breesport Baptist Church, 1811 N. Chemung Rd., Breesport, NY on Friday Jan. 27, 2017 from 11:00am-12 noon. A service celebrating her life will take place there at 12:00 noon. Those wishing may remember Marcia with memorials to Chemung Co. Office for Aging Alzheimer's Support Group, PO Box 588, 425 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/26/2017

 

ANDREW S. BRUCE MADISON, 37, of Candor, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, February 19, 2017 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. He was born on May 28, 1979 in Hagerstown, MD, the son of Carl Madison and Linda Bruce. Andrew was a Veteran of the US Army, serving as a Combat Medic in Iraq, Germany, and Kosovo. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Andrew worked at Cayuga Medical Center in the Cath Lab. Andrew is survived by fiancé, Rebecca Kone at home, son, Aiden Bruce of Candor, NY, step-children, Caley Cole, Jaylynn Rich, Maximus Rich, and Deanna Rich all of Candor, NY, father, Carl Madison of Marshall, VA, mother, Linda Bruce of TN, brother and sister-in-law Joshua and Brandy Madison of Brunswick, MD, and sister and brother-in-law Emily and Luke Godson of Melbourne, FL. He also leaves behind his service dog, Sgt. Blue. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 1pm-4pm at the Slaterville Fire Station, 2681 Slaterville Rd, Slaterville Springs, NY. The family is being assisted by Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Athens, PA. Memorial donations may be made in Andrew's memory to: Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belford Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

CHARLES L. ‘CHUCK’ MAPES, 63, of Sugar Run, went to be with the Lord on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017 at the Skilled Nursing Unit, Towanda. Born Aug. 8, 1953 in Meshoppen, he was a son of the late Kenneth W. and Ruth (Gowin) Mapes. He and his wife, the former Pamela J. Beeman, would have celebrated 43 years of marriage on June 8, 2017. Chuck was formerly employed at Honchell's Market, Ames Department Stores and Dollar General. He was a member of St. Paul's Church of Overton, and Unaffiliates Mopar Club Keystone Chapter, where he recently won first place at Mopar Muscle of Central PA. He always enjoyed attending NEPA Cars and Coffee events where he could meet new friends. An outdoor enthusiast, Chuck enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding his four-wheeler and camping. He also enjoyed watching sports and NASCAR racing. Chuck had a great sense of humor and always brought a smile to those around him. One of his greatest joys was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, and he will be fondly remembered as his Punkin's "Ghost of Reardon." Surviving, in addition to his wife, are four daughters, Lisa M. (Hayden) Felter of Wyalusing, Brittany K. Mapes of Sugar Run, Josie L. (Jacob) Beasley of Midland, Texas, and Brooke R. Mapes of Sugar Run; three sons, Shawn C. (Kelly) Mapes of Mehoopany, Robert W. Mapes of Sugar Run, and Devin J. Mapes of Sugar Run; a sister, Fern (David) Davis of Maryland; a brother, Edward (Darlene) Mapes of Sugar Run; seven granddaughters, Nadine A. Lent, Natalie A. Lent, Hailey I. Felter, Kendyl E. Felter, Hannah J. Nolan, Ava L. Nolan, and Amelia M. Nolan; two brothers-in-law, Edward (Barbara) Beeman of Moore Haven, Fla., and Jeffrey Beeman of Tunkhannock; and a sister-in-law, Becky (Crist) Espenshade of San Antonio, Texas. In addition to his parents, Chuck was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Mapes; mother and father-in-law, Wilbur and Norma Beeman; and a close friend, William Rogers. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter Street, Dushore with Pastor Ron Dyer officiating. Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. –Towanda Daily Review 1/31/2017

MASKER –BEVERLY D. ALTILIO or "Snookie" as affectionately called by her friends, passed away peacefully on Tues. Feb. 7, 2016 at Arnot-Ogden Medical Center at the age of 79. Born on Aug. 27, 1937 in Wellsboro, PA; Bev was the daughter of the late, Voyle & Elva Hastings Masker. She was a graduate of Elmira Business School and was employed by Rubin Auto Parts Inc. for many years as a bookkeeper. Her many interests included, ceramics, all types of dance, and the role of homemaker, caring for her cherished family who survive; children, Kathy Willis, Pine City; Mike (Chere) Altilio, Dirftwood, TX; Joe (Cheryl) Altilio, Pine City; and Rick Altilio, St. Peters, MO; 10 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, brother, Mitchell (Colleen) Masker, Martinsburg, WV; sister, Nancy (Pete) Meade, Pine City; nieces, nephews and many family friends. In addition to her parents, Beverly was predeceased by 6 siblings, Jane, Terry, Robert, Eunice, Joyce, and David. All services will be held privately at her family's convenience. –Elmira Star-Gazette 2/12/2017

 

WAYNE E. “DOZER” MASON  resident of Elmira, NY passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at the age of 51. Wayne was born May 9, 1965 in Elmira, NY, a son of Ernest E. and Patricia Kinney Mason. Wayne is preceded in death by his father, Ernest Mason. He is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Wendy Knickerbocker Mason; daughter, Domino Mason and fiancé Brent Kozak; grandchildren, Emmalynn and Tanner; mother, Patricia Mason; brothers, Matthew (Sue) Mason and Curtis Mason; faithful four legged companion, Jake and extended family members including aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of friends. Wayne graduated from Horseheads in 1983 and attended CCC and Elmira College. He was a proud and strong man that loved his family and working with his hands. Wayne enjoyed tattooing, wood working, and drawing. His family was blessed to have such a great man in their lives. His smile could light up a room and his laughter could fill everything around it. He will be greatly missed. The family will welcome relatives and friends to Sullivan’s Funeral Home, 365 E. Franklin St. at Rt. 13, Horseheads, NY on Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 2PM-5PM with a celebration of his life to follow with Rev. Chip Posse. He will be laid to rest at the convenience of the family. –Elmira Star-Gazette 2/19/2017

 

MATTICHAK –LILLIAN MATTICHAK BIZUP, age 85, of Orangeville, PA passed away peacefully on Monday, March 06, 2017 at her home, with her loving family at her side. Lillian was born December 24, 1931 in Lopez, PA one of twelve children of the late Nicholas & Rose Opishinski Mattichak. She graduated from the Dushore High School a member of the class of 1949. She married Michael P. Bizup of Lopez, PA on September 1, 1951. They celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary, before his death on October 9, 2004. They resided in South Plainfield, NJ where Mike worked for Lockheed Electronics, before retiring to Orangeville in 1988. Lillian was a member of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Church. She enjoyed helping the church fundraiser by making pierogies with her son Wayne, her daughter in-law Jean, and the church members. Lillian, also known by her grandchildren as Grams, was always involved in their lives. She was proud of her grandsons, Matthew and Christopher. She was also thrilled to be a great-grandmother to Alex. Lillian often travelled to New Jersey and Philadelphia, to visit with her children and their families. She adored watching them grow up and was a big part of their lives. Lillian was appreciative of the time she spent with her family, whether it was vacationing with them, or just having a meal she lovingly prepared; her family was always a priority. Lillian will be remembered as a fun-loving, thoughtful, and reliable mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. She will be greatly missed by those she leaves behind. She is survived by her son and daughter in-law, Wayne and Jean Bizup (Orangeville, PA) and her Daughter and son in-law, Beverly and Richard Hawkins (Philadelphia, PA), as well as, her sister and brother in-law, Gladys and Joseph Stavisky (Millville, PA). She is also survived by her two grandsons, Matthew Bizup, his wife Lauren and their son, Alex (Colonia, NJ), and Christopher Bizup, his fiancé Danielle (Bedminster, NJ). Lillian is also survived by her sister in-laws, Dolores Mattichak (Lopez, PA) and Johnnie Mattichak (Harrisonburg, VA), as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by brothers: George Mattichak, Joseph Mattichak, William Mattichak, Steve Mattichak, Leo Mattichak, David Mattichak, and sisters: Eva Halkovich, Theresa Smith, Helen Gulick, and Vera English. Friends and relatives are invited to gather at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 from 3:00 to 5:00 P.M. with a Parastas Service at 5:00 P.M. at the funeral home. A Burial Service will be held on Thursday, March 9th, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Church, Lopez, PA. The Rev. Dennis Hendershot, her pastor, will be officiating. Interment will be at the St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Cemetery, Lopez, PA. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Lillian can be made to St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Cemetery, P.O. Box 211, Lopez, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

CARLTON M. "CARLIE" MAYNARD, 66, of Horseheads, NY passed away on Friday, February 17, 2017 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. He was predeceased by his parents, Rexford and Virginia Culver Maynard; brothers, Richard and Kenneth Maynard; and father-in-law, Raymond Manning. Carlie is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Jackie Manning Maynard; sons, Darryl (Christine) and Scott (Jamie) Maynard; daughter, Mindy (Josh) Cooper; 8 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; sisters, Janice Youngs (Dick), Pat Brewer (John) and Donna (Wendell) Harkness; brothers-in-law, Raymond, Steven (Bonnie) and Mark (Michelle) Manning; sisters-in-law, Kathy (Sid) Dense, Debbie (Russell) VanZile and Judi (Rich) Clark; several nieces and nephews. Carlie was a 1969 graduate of Troy High School. He worked at F.M. Howell for many years. Carlie was a great husband, father, grandfather and friend who will be dearly missed. Calling hours will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 1 PM to 3 PM with a memorial service to follow at the Fassett Baptist Church, Fassett, PA. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. –Elmira Star-Gazette 2/19/2017

 

GENEVIEVE R. ‘GENNY’ MCCARTY, 77, of Forksville died Friday, March 10, 2017 at Dar-Way Nursing Home, Forksville. Born March 3, 1940 in Towanda, she is the daughter of the late Harry E. and Irene (Rhodes) McCarty. Genny attended school in Forksville and graduated from Loyalsock High School. She was employed as a Postal Clerk in Forksville for many years and was an active member of the Forksville United Methodist Church. She is survived by a sister, Phyllis M. (Sidney) Plotts of Gunnison, CO, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 2 pm on Monday, March 13, 2017 at Forksville United Methodist Church, 4602 Rt. 154, Forksville, with Pastor Linda Renninger officiating. Burial will be in Forksville Cemetery. Friends may call on Monday, one hour prior to the funeral. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Genny’s name to the Forksville United Methodist Church, 4602 Rt. 154, P.O. Box 24, Forksville, PA. –Funeral home notice contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

MCCLINTOCK –M. MARIE STACKHOUSE, 94, of Strawbridge, died Friday, January 27, 2017, at Valley View Nursing Center, Montoursville. Born November 26, 1922 in Penn Township, Lycoming County, she was a daughter of the late Ezra and Mabel (Myers) McClintock. Her husband of 60 years, Leonard H. Stackhouse, preceded her in death on June 18, 2004. Marie was a lifelong member of Kedron United Methodist Church, where she served as church organist for many years, and enjoyed participating in Homemade Days. She and her husband took over the family store in Strawbridge, and continued to operate it from 1945 until 1965. Marie loved spending time with her family and friends, and cooking for the grandchildren. Surviving, are two daughters, Joan M. (Robert) Fox and Betty A. (Ross) Partington, both of Hughesville; a sister, Marguerite Narber of Dover; four grandchildren, Michael L. (Kelly) Fox, Michelle A. (Michael) Shannon, Erin J. (Bryan) Partington Buczek, and Adam J. (Elizabeth) Partington; five great-grandchildren, Devon, Michaella, Courtney, Liam, and Hunter; a great-great-granddaughter, Brynn Marie; and a step-great-grandson, Derek. In addition to her husband and parents, Marie was preceded in death by her Sister, Martha Jean Houseknecht. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 31 at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Rev. GayAnn Gearhart officiating. Burial will follow in Muncy Cemetery. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. The family will provide the flowers and suggest memorial contributions to the Kedron United Methodist Church, c/o Joan Fox, 1552 Strawbridge Hill Rd., Hughesville, PA or Valley View Nursing Center Activities Fund, 2140 Warrensville Rd., Montoursville, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

JAMES H. MCDONALD, 64, of Athens, Pa., passed away on March 6, 2017 at the Sayre Health Care Center, after an extended illness. He was born July 12, 1952 in Bedford, Ohio, as the eldest son of Hugh and Anita Wachsman McDonald. Jim grew up in Parma Heights, Ohio, graduating from Valley Forge High School, Class of 1970. He continued his education, graduating from Miami University in Ohio in 1974 with a degree in International Studies and served in the U.S. Navy from 1974-1979. Following his military service, Jim graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology majoring in Business Administration and earned his MBA in finance from the University of Rochester. He was employed by IBM, Mark Twain Drama, the Roberson Center and several other organizations as a financial analyst/finance director. One of his favorite jobs, based on his enjoyment of reading and his book collecting hobby, was that of an Internet book dealer. Jim's other interests included traveling, participation in the 64th Regiment of Foot, British Revolution Re-enactment group, art and music and a compassion for animals. Jim was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Nancy McDonald Samborski of Seattle, Wash. He is survived by his brothers, Bruce McDonald of Colorado and Thomas McDonald of New Mexico, nephew, Joseph Samborski, nieces Alisa Samborski and Seanna McDonald, and special very close friend, Jan Kowalek of Sayre, Pa. Jim was a wonderful and interesting person who will be greatly missed by all who knew him well and were touched by his sense of humor, intellect, compassion and generosity. –Sayre Morning Times 3/8/2017

 

MCLAUD –LILLIAN HINEY, 90, of Troy, formerly of LeRaysville, PA passed away, Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at Bradford County Manor, Troy, PA. Born March 18, 1926 in Hop Bottom, PA, she was the daughter of the late Roy M. and Grace Lavina [Manzer] McLaud. Her husband Walter Hiney predeceased her in 1999. She was a member of Dille Parish UCC, LeRaysville, and the Yellow Rock Square Dancing Club. Services: Private services were held. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

JOSEPH A. MCGUIRE JR., 83, of Sayre, Pa., peacefully passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. He was born on May 28, 1933 and was the son of Joseph and Catherine Egan McGuire of Scranton, Pa. A 1951 graduate of Scranton Central High School, he then went on to the University of Scranton, Penn State University (Masters in Education), and finally, SUNY New Paltz for Administrative Accreditation. Joe was a teacher at the Lykens High School and Scranton Public Schools before moving to Waverly, N.Y., to start a long career as an educator who sought to always put the education of children first. In the Waverly School District, he was a math and science teacher, guidance counselor, vice principal, principal and assistant superintendent. He truly enjoyed all of the students he taught and would do anything to help them succeed. Chemung Elementary School held a special place in his heart. He enjoyed his role as the senior class advisor for many years. He was instrumental in the co-generation initiative in the Waverly School District and loved anything that combined math and technology. After retirement from Waverly in 1994, he was employed at Sayre High School as principal until his second retirement in 2000. His love of students and passion for allowing all students to learn in their own time and way was respected by all who knew him. Joe is predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Catherine; brothers, Robert McGuire and John McGuire; sister-in-law, Nancy McGuire; and brother-in-law Anthony Cianfichi. Joe is survived by his wife of 59 years, Ann Marie, and five children, Joseph III (Scranton, Pa.), Carl (Hoboken, N.J.), Patrick (Scranton, Pa.), Maria (Thomas) Landy (Sayre, Pa.), Thomas (Cindy) of Manlius, N.Y.; adored grandchildren, Benjamin, Kathryn, Courtney, James Thomas, Anna Marie, Mary Catherine, Abigail, Liam; his brother, James, and sister-in-law, Rosemary McGuire; sister-in-law, Susan McGuire; sister-in-law, Anna Cianfichi; numerous nieces and nephews; and beloved pet, Harry. Our family is very appreciative of Dr. Joseph Mwesige, Dr. Joseph Blood and everyone at Elderwood who made Joe's life in his final years so much richer with new friends and true care at every level. Contributions in Joe's memory may be made to either Elderwood Adult Medical Day Services or the Waverly High School Learning Commons. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 3, 2017, at St. James Catholic Church, Waverly. The family will receive friends from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday, at the church. Interment will be private in Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton, Pa. Arrangements are under the direction of the Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home, Sayre, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review 3/2/2017

 

MESSERSMITH –CATHERINE MARCELLA MESSERSMITH YOUNG - On Jan. 21, 2017, Catherine Marcella Messersmith Young went to heaven to be with her Lord, where she was greeted by her husband, Sterling, and son, Merle. Catherine was born April 12, 1922, in Overton, Pa. Her parents were Mary Ursula and Harold Messersmith. Catherine attended New Albany School. She also received LPN training at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. Catherine liked to brag that THE Dr. Donald Guthrie removed her appendix while she was in LPN training. Catherine worked at Mills Hospital in Towanda, Pa., where she met the love of her life, Sterling, while he was a patient there. Catherine and Sterling married on Dec. 30, 1944. They made their home in Towanda, where they raised two sons, S. Gerald (Jerry) and Merle. Catherine ran a daycare out of her home on Poplar Street in Towanda for many decades, where she cared for over 100 children, many of whom she kept in contact with until her last days. Catherine and Sterling loved to travel and visited South America, Germany and all over the United States during their time together. Catherine loved her family deeply and loved spending time with them. She had the unique ability to love every person she met - life-long and new friends, the doctors and nurses caring for her, and the children she cared for. Catherine was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Towanda, a lifetime member of the Towanda Fire Department, and a member of the North Towanda Fire and Rescue Volunteers. In the 1980s, Catherine and Sterling were active members of the Pennsylvania State Fire Prevention Association. In the 1970s, Catherine and Sterling presented Fire Prevention Programs to local elementary students at the Towanda Fire Department. Catherine was also an avid bowler in her younger days. Along with her parents, Catherine was predeceased by her husband, Sterling M. Young, on Oct. 15, 1989; her son, Merle Robert, on March 1, 2011 and a grandson, Wayne Allen Young, on Dec. 24, 1976. Catherine's survivors are her son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Cynthia Young, Towanda; grandchildren, Lisa Young of Towanda, Heidi Jo (Brent) Hetland of Durham, N.C., Stephen (Donna) Young of Spencer, Mass., Jason (Trisha) Young of Susquehanna County, Pa., Christopher (Rosemary) Young of Standing Stone, Pa.; great-grandchildren, Stephen Young Jr., Alexandria Young, Adam and Elise Hetland, Trenton and Sierra Young, Christine Bourret-Myers, Stephen Bourret, and Bre Young; sisters, Alice Shaffer of Overton, Martha "Peggy" (Olin) Cook of Mansfield; a special nephew, Merle Bacon of Towanda; and multiple nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa., with the Rev. Rachel Stahle, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, Towanda, officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday evening and from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon at the funeral home. Interment will be private at St. Paul's Reformed Cemetery, Overton, Pa. The family suggests that contributions may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church, 5 Court St., Towanda, PA or to North Towanda Fire and Rescue Volunteer Fire Department, 40 Hillcrest Drive, Towanda, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 1/24/2017

 

ALBERT C. MILLER SR., of Lake Carey, Tunkhannock Twp. Pa. passed away Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at home. Albert was born and raised in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. He was the son of the late Edmund and Gertrude Miller and was a graduate of James M. Coughlin High School. He was employed by the Pennsylvania Gas and Water Company, was self-employed for many years as a plumbing and heating contractor, and retired from The Pennsylvania State University, Wilkes-Barre, where he was supervisor of maintenance. He was a member of Landmark Lodge 0442 of the Fraternal Order of Freemasons, Lake Carey Sportsman’s Club, and the South Wilkes-Barre Rod and Gun Club. Albert was preceded in death by his son, Albert C. Miller Jr., parents, brother, James Miller, sisters, Jane Miller, Edna Stredney, Gertrude Heffernan, and Ruth Gobla. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Lucy Mansfield, daughters Linda Kerlavage of Nicholson, Lori Ellis of Hanover Township, and son in law Michael Ferrett also of Nicholson. He will be deeply missed by grandchildren Meghan Panatieri, Marc Panatieri and Angela Reeves, Alyssa Miller, Amanda Miller, Zachary Ellis, and Mallory Ellis, and great grandchildren Jaylen Linton, Jaxon and Greyson Panatieri. Albert is also survived by brother in law Robert Mansfield and his wife Marcy, siblings Helen Jones, Marion and William Coolbaugh, and many nieces and nephews. Al was a dedicated and loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was outgoing and deeply loved. He will be profoundly missed by family and friends. Friends and family may call on Sunday, January 29th, from 10:00 am until noon at Sheldon Kukuchka Funeral Home, Inc. 73 West Tioga St., Tunkhannock, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

DARRYL KEITH MITCHELL, 62, of Houston, Texas, formerly of Waverly, N.Y., passed away on Jan. 30, 2017 at St. Luke's Hospital in Houston. He was predeceased by his mother, Ernestine "Steen" Mitchell. Darryl is survived by his wife, Vicki; father, Cary; brother, Vachel; niece, Veronica; nephew, Travis; uncle, Donnel and several cousins. Darryl was born on Jan. 30, 1955 and was the son of Cary and Ernestine Mitchell. He was a graduate of Waverly High School and earned his degree in Biology from Cortland University. He was employed at M.D. Anderson Cytogenetics Medical Center in Houston, Texas, for 30 years. Darryl enjoyed his music and sports outside of work, and loved watching the Houston Astros and Texans play. A time of calling will be held on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 from 5-7 p.m. at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad St., Waverly. The Rev. Anne Bey Canfield will offer a prayer at the conclusion of calling hours. Memorial donations may be made in Darryl's name to Waverly United Methodist Church, 158 Chemung St., Waverly, NY. –Sayre Morning Times 2/21/2017

 

JAY E. MOLYNEUX, 67, died January 31, 2017 after a battle with cancer. He was born July 7, 1949 in Candor, New York. Jay, a Pastor of 46 years, served churches in Buffalo, NY; White Cloud, KS; Bakersburg, Pa.; Montrose, Pa.; Bloomsburg, Pa.; Dalton, Pa.; and Clifford, Pa. Jay is also widely known with farmers in Pennsylvania and New York for dehorning cattle, a job he inherited fifty years ago from his father-in-law. Jay enjoyed music, sports, and outdoor activities. He loved to preach Scripture, repair and build things, and help his friends and family. Survived by Jay are his wife, Cathy Molyneaux, of Burnwood, Pa.; his son Timothy (Dayna), of Georgia; Tamara, of Florida, and Tracy (Tim), of Falls, Pa.; three grandsons: Erik, Garrett, and Wyatt Jay; and five siblings: Mark, Denene, Kit, Delecia, and Diedra. Jay is predeceased by his wife, Judi Beckwith Molyneaux (4/1/50-8/11/09); his father, Robert G. Molyneaux; and his mother, Edna Jean Molyneaux. A memorial service will be held at the historic Bridgewater Baptist Church, 107 Church Street, Montrose, on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Friends of Israel, WPEL, or Woodrow Kroll ministries. Arrangements were entrusted to Shifler-Parise Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Clifford. –Susquehanna County Independent 2/9/2017

FAY F. MORRIS JR. - When someone you love becomes a memory....the memory becomes a treasure - Fay F. Morris Jr. of Nichols passed away on Feb. 22, 2017, following a period of declining health. Fay was born on Aug. 21, 1927 at home in Rome, Pa., and was one of six children of Bay Lillian (Chamberlain) and Fay F. Morris Sr. He was a graduate of the Nichols High School Class of 1945. On Sept. 1, 1949 he married Julia May Williams and together they shared 58 years of marriage until her passing on Sept. 4, 2007. A talented brick layer and general contractor, Fay will be remembered for many area homes he and his sons constructed. Fay was a member of the Westbrook Masonic Lodge and enjoyed spending time golfing, fishing, bowing and in his gardens. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. Those left to cherish his memory are his children: Rebecca Jane Morris McDonald of Utica, Bruce Edward and his wife Anne Morris of Tioga Center, Margaret Morris Moyer of Nichols, Andrew Fay of Watkins Glen and Jennifer Morris Hanford of Owego; a daughter-in-law, Sherry Morris of Owego; a brother-in-law, Donald Merrill; his special grandchildren, Sean McDonald, Kaitlin McDonald, Emma McDonald, Cary Anne and her husband Jim Matthews, Jonathan Morris, Brian Morris, Joel Fairlie, Lorelei Hill, Frances Hill, Brenard Moyer, Cristina and her husband Jason Rossi, Travis Morris, Sierra Morris, Hannah Hanford, Molly Hanford, Tyler Hanford. Many great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and their families also survive. Fay was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Julia; a son, Daniel; and siblings, William, Frances, Esther, Cora and Beverly. Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation on Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 4-6 p.m. at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. A memorial service and celebration of his life will follow at 6 p.m. Interment will be held in the Nichols Cemetery at the convenience of the family. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

THOMAS MORRISON was born on Feb. 13, 1928 and passed away on Feb. 26, 2017. He was born on Staten Island, the son of Thomas and Barbara (Robertson) Morrison. He leaves behind his wife, Phyllis June Morrison; children, Thomas Morrison, Carol Zukerman, Janet Dormer, Phyllis Bichsel, and Deborah Morrison-Metz. He was pre-deceased by Kenneth. He had 11 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Always a hard worker he: delivered Liberty Magazines was aSoda Jerk at the Malt Shoppe, worked at B&H making Echo Boxes and American News Company, worked on the docks, Iron Glass and Woodwork Company, N.Y. City Transit Authority, Oscar Mayer Delivery, A&M United Aluminum –owner, New York City Fire Department- Lieutenant, E.A.M. Appliance Store-owner, U.S. Postal Service. He also served in the Navy. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Towanda, Pa. After growing up in Garrison Beach, Tom Morrison and his wife Phyllis moved to Commack to raise their family. Then, in 1986, they retired to Towanda, Pa., to enjoy their dream home on 45 acres of land. Their home was always filled with family. Over the last 2 ½ years they returned to New York to live. He was the guy who would whistle as he walked through the local stores. He was a friend to everyone - his smile and baby blues brightening up every place he went. Tom was always a provider for his family, whom he enjoyed so much. He extended generosity and wisdom to everyone. His many ideas and creative plans for a better life created lively discussions which he filled the air of many a McDonald's coffee stop. Tom was a "dyed in the wool" fireman. When you think of a NYFD fireman: that was Tom! For 21 years he served: brave and fearless, determined to help, save, and give his all. He was always at this best when steering the hook and ladder rig from the rear. He could sing all the old Scottish songs, which he did along with his wife Phyllis. He was an accordion player, a piano player. From water fights in the kitchen to his famous Fire House Ziti, Tom has made his mark on many. He leaves behind bags of Tootsie Pops, his love for shepherd's pie, and stuffed peppers. Mostly, Tom Morrison will be remembered for his love for his wife Phyllis. They still held hands every day, even after 69 years of marriage. Arrangements are entrusted to Moloney's Hauppauge Funeral Home, 840 Wheeler Rd., (Route 111), Hauppuage, NY. –Towanda Daily Review 3/3/2017

 

PHILLIP R. MORSE, age 95, of Lakeland, Fla., passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 at the Lakeland Regional Medical Center, Lakeland, Fla. Phillip was born on June 30, 1921 in Corning, N.Y., the son of the late Willard and the late Catherine (O'Conner) Morse. He married Malvina I. Brooks in 1943 in Corning, N.Y. They celebrated 54 years together. She preceded him in death in 1997. He later married Lois Heiligenthaler and they have shared these past 20 years together. Phillip began his career with Ingersoll Rand Company in Painted Post, N.Y., and then in Athens, Pa., where he worked for 30 years. He believed in community service and joined the Corning, N.Y., Moose to begin his volunteer work helping to make a difference. Phil devoted a lifetime of volunteer work with the Loyal Order of Moose at the state and national levels and was elevated to serve as Supreme Governor in 1972. In 1973, he was appointed General Governor for the Loyal Order of Moose and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1986. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and traveling. One of his favorite destinations was New Brunswick, Canada. Phil's passion for traveling and serving the Moose enabled him to visit all 50 states, many Canadian Provinces and several other countries. He loved sharing his stories and had fond memories of the thousands of people he met during his travels. Phil dearly loved his children and grandchildren and would talk about them with great pride. He is survived by his wife, Lois Morse of Lakeland, Fla.; four daughters, Cynthia (Allan) Clarke of Schwenksville, Pa., Constance (Wayne) Rensimer of Avalon, N.J., Catherine (John) Cain of Canisteo, N.Y., and Carol (Paul) Klinger of North Aurora, Ill.; son, Phillip (Donna) Morse of Paducah, Ky.; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; three stepsons; and seven stepgrandchildren. In addition to his parents, and wife Malvina, Phillip was predeceased by his brother, Willard Morse; and sister, Margurite Halferty. Family and friends are invited to visit with Phillip's family and to help them celebrate his life on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 from 4-6 p.m. at Carpenter-Flint Funeral Home, 10 Wall St., Addison, N.Y. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 at 10 a.m. with Father Patrick Connor officiating. Burial will immediately follow in the family plot at St. Catherine's Cemetery, Addison, N.Y. In lieu of flowers, donations in Phillip's name may be sent to: Moose Charities, Moose International, Route 31, Mooseheart, IL. –Sayre Morning Times 2/7/2017

 

RICHARD NEIL MOSHER, age 74, of Meshoppen, PA, passed away Monday evening, February 20, 2017 at Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock, PA. Richard was born on March 9, 1942 in Hop Bottom, PA the son of the late Howard L. and Mildred Sepovich Mosher. Richard proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1961 until 1964. He was a paratrooper and sharpshooter. He helped with the paratrooper training of Iran soldiers. After his military service, Richard was a long-haul truck driver for various businesses. He traveled all over the country. Richard enjoyed gardening, fishing, and listening to audio books from the Tunkhannock Public Library. He is survived by his sister, Jean Kavka and her husband Frank of Meshoppen, PA; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Larry Mosher. A private family service will be conducted at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Tunkhannock Public Library, 220 W Tioga St, Tunkhannock, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

MULLER –MRS. G. RITA GREEN, age 101, of Dushore, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, at home with her loving family at her side. Rita was born Oct. 4, 1915, a daughter of the late Henry William and Gertrude Frances Tourscher Muller. She graduated from St. Basil's High School, a member of the class of 1934. She met and married Donald T. Green, formerly of Maine, who was teaching school in Sullivan County. They were married at St. Basil's Church on Oct. 4, 1938 and they celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary before his death on April 9, 2011.Rita was a member of St. Basil's Church and its Altar and Rosary Society. She was a former member of the Tuesday Book Club and the Dushore Music Club. She was very influential in the formation of the Sullivan County Public Library. She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Raymond J. and Terry Lee Green of Waterford, Maine, Robert D. and JoAnn Green of Dushore, Pa., Richard M. and Cindy Jo Green of Dushore, Pa.; daughter and son-in-law, Katrina M. and Richard D. Gardner of Dushore, Pa.; daughter-in-law, Gretchen Green of Athens, Pa.; brother, Paul and Barbara Muller of Dushore, Pa.; sister, Marie and Philip McDermott of Charlotte, N.C. and Eagles Mere, Pa.; 14 grandchildren; and 17 great-grand children; two great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, Ronald Green of Athens, Pa., on May 17, 1994; brother, Carl Henry Muller on May 1, 2005; two sisters-in-law, Lucille Muller on April 6, 2004, and Catherine M. Muller on Aug. 19, 2004; two nephews, Mark H. Muller on Sept. 28, 1981 and Joseph C. Muller on Sept. 16, 1992 and a niece, Annette Marie McDermott on June 1, 1994. A Transferal Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017 from the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, Pa., and will be 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, presiding. Interment will be in St. Basil's Cemetery, Dushore, Pa. Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017 at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home. The family will provide the flowers and asks that memorial contributions be sent to the Sullivan County Public Library, P.O. Box 309, Dushore, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 1/27/2017

 

OLMSTEAD –DAWN MARIE WAGNER (nee Olmstead), 70, of West Warren, Pa., passed away on Feb. 2, 2017, peacefully, at home, in her sleep, and surrounded by her loving family. She was born on April 6, 1946 in Penn Yan, N.Y., a daughter of the Late Edward (Oop) and Hazel Olmstead. Dawn is survived by her loving husband at home, Joseph (Fedder) Wagner; three children, Joey and wife Lynne, Joann and husband Ricky, and Debbie, all of Nichols, N.Y.; six grandchildren, Nick and wife Jess, Chad, Jodie and husband Kosta, Scott, Kate, and Cassie; two great-grandchildren, Hunter and Zakariah; sisters and brother, Gail, Gennie and Larry; many nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends. The family would like to send a special thanks to Pat and Alfie for their support and help. A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Caring services provided by Cooley Tioga Point Cremation & Burial Options, Athens, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review 2/5/2017

 

ANDREW MICHAEL PARDOE, 10, passed away Feb. 9, 2017 after a long and courageous battle with Lissencephaly and a seizure disorder. He was born Nov. 22, 2006 in Towanda, Pa., to Jennifer (Pardoe) Maines. Andrew resided in Camptown with his family. Andrew was a student at the Wyalusing Valley Elementary School in the third grade and the life skills class. He could be seen either in the hallways or participating in class with his nurse Miss Keri. He made many friends in the few years he attended school including his best friend, Tony. Andrew loved music and enjoyed that class the most and also listening to his fellow classmates read to him. Andrew made frequent visits to his pediatrician, Dr. Carlos, who was involved in his care since birth. Also a huge part of the support team that Andrew and his family relied on was from his Bayada nurses. Along with Miss Keri accompanying him to school, he had nurses Shannon, Janine, and Becky who took care of him at night time. Andrew was a regular patient of the Janet Weis Children's Floor at the Geisinger Wilkes-Barre Wyoming Valley Hospital and also of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Andrew is survived by his parents, Jennifer and Kevin; brother, Anthony; cousin, Katy; and stepsisters, Krystal and Shania, at home; maternal grandparents, Marilyn Russell and Richard Boyd of Palm Bay, Fla.; paternal grandmother, Mary Jane Maines of Burlington; maternal great-grandparents, Violet Koser of Towanda, Elizabeth Russell of Towanda, Rexford and Janet Russell of Rome, and Donna Latini of Wyalusing. Also surviving are close friends, Tom (Lynn) Grippo of Towanda, Erik (Shelby) Grippo of Towanda, Tim (Sonya) Adams of Sugar Run and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Andrew was preceded in death by maternal grandfather, Michael Pardoe; maternal great-grandfathers, Guy Pardoe and Ernie Latini; great uncle, Larry Russell; cousin, Eric Latini. The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa. The funeral service will follow at 5 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Richard Davis, Guthrie Hospice Chaplain officiating. The family suggests that contributions may be directed to The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia, 707 Grant St., 37th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA or to the Wyalusing Public Library, 202 Church Road, Wyalusing, PA in Andrew Michael Pardoe's memory. –Towanda Daily Review 2/12/2017

 

GERALD C. PARKHOUSE, age 85 of West Elmira, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. Gerald was predeceased by his wife, Valerie B. Parkhouse. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Christopher and Peta Parkhouse of Cambridge, England; daughter, Kirsten McGrath of Chester, England; by six grandchildren, Elliott, Erin, Ethan, Elizabeth and Edward Parkhouse and Megan McGrath; by great-grandson, Alfie Parkhouse, all of England; and by his sister, Mrs. Sheila Halvorsen Of Trowbridge, England. Gerald Parkhouse was born on May 15, 1931 in a small hamlet north of the City of Plymouth in England. Having been Captain of his school at Southampton, he won a place at Christ Church, Oxford University, where he studied French and German, obtaining his BA and MA degrees, and rowed for his college in numerous events, including Henley Royal Regatta. He later received an MS degree from Boston University, MA. He served a total of five years in the British Army and Reserve, attaining the rank of Lieutenant. He joined the UK subsidiary of Mobil Corporation in 1953 as a management trainee, and was selected in 1957 to spend two years with Mobil's New England Division in Boston, MA. Following three managerial appointments in the UK and Denmark, he returned to the United States in 1965 to join Mobil's International Division. After a series of further managerial and senior management positions, he retired in 1985 from the position of Chairman, Mobil Aviation and Marine Sales Limited, in London, England. (Mr. Parkhouse became a U.S. citizen in 1971). He was immediately hired by Elmira College as its first Corning Glass Professor of International Business, a position he held until his final retirement (after 20 Years with the College) in 2005. Mr. Parkhouse was an active and well-respected member of the Elmira College faculty, being a regular member of Faculty Committees and with responsibilities including the administration of the College's Rhodes Scholarship and Fulbright Scholarship activities. He was, for two years, a Regional Visiting Fellow at Cornell University. He was engaged in community affairs, notably as a long-serving member of the Chemung County Chamber of Commerce's International Trade Committee, and as a member of the Town of Elmira Planning Board for a period of ten years, including several years as Secretary. A life - long Episcopalian, Mr. Parkhouse was for varying periods a Vestry and Commission member at Grace Episcopal Church, where from 1993 until his death, he was also Head Usher. Mr. Parkhouse was an amateur church organist, and sometimes served as a substitute organist at Grace Church, as well as at Trinity Episcopal. He was a member of the Chemung Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) and held a Service Playing Certificate awarded by the AGO. He was a keen researcher into the history of Oxford University rowing, and wrote several books on subject, as well as a number of scholarly articles published in major journals. He was a member of the Royal Automobile Club and Leander Club (UK), the Royal Danish Yacht Club (Denmark), and the Elmira City Club. The burial office will be held will be held in Grace Episcopal Church, 375 W. Church St., Elmira on Tuesday February 7, 3027 at 12:00 noon. Father Han Van Den Blink and Reverend Father Dr. William C. Lutz officiating. Interment of Gerald’s ashes will take place at the convenience of his family in England. Gifts to honor the life of Gerald Parkhouse may be made to the Grace Church Organ Fund, Grace Episcopal Church, 375 West Church Street, Elmira, NY or to a charity of one’s choice. –Elmira Star-Gazette 2/5/2017

 

PATON –ELLEN GIBBS MATSON age 72, of Elmira, New York, died on Friday, January 20, 2017 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, surrounded by the love of her many friends and family. Ellen was born in Elmira on May 21, 1944 to Harris and Ann Paton and lived her whole life there. She attended Hendy Avenue school and Elmira Free Academy, graduating in 1962. She went to Skidmore College and graduated in 1966. She returned to Elmira and began teaching in the Elmira School District as an elementary school physical education teacher. Ellen married Lyman "Skip" Gibbs in 1967 and set up housekeeping in the little house she still owns today. Here she raised her family and created a life full of fun and friends. She continued to pursue her physical education vocation by coaching volleyball and basketball and running the intramural program at Elmira College from 1979 until 1988. At one point she ran the adult education classes and served as temporary athletic director of the Elmira School District before returning to George Washington Elementary School as their physical education teacher. At GW, Ellen made physical education fun for the kids, dressing up for parades and initiating after school ski trips to Greek Peak. Ellen was an avid golfer as well as a serious tennis player. She loved sports of all kinds and engaged in many of them. Ellen was the Women's Club Champion at the Elmira Country Club four times and was the proud possessor of three holes in one. She loved spending her summers at Keuka Lake where she entertained family and friends with water sports of all kinds - even balancing on a paddleboard after having two knee replacements. She was a more than twenty year active member of the Elmira Junior League, on the board of directors of the Elmira Country Club and on the board of directors and president of the Elmira College Booster Club. Recently she was President of the Women's Golf Association at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Ellen is survived by her husband Ed Matson of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; her son, Michael of Perrysburg, Ohio and his wife, Jennifer and their two children, Megan (12) and Nathan (10); her daughter, Julie of Lantana, Texas and her husband, Justin Heuer and their two children, Landon (9) and Logan (6). Also her step children, Robin Kelley of Malvern, Pennsylvania and her husband Colin and their daughters Caroline and Claire; Ned Matson of Brentwood, New Hampshire and his wife Jessie and their three children, Carter, Ryan and Katie; and Amy Hyland of Cincinnati, Ohio and her husband David and their three boys, Nicholas, Michael and Nathan. She is also survived by her three siblings, her sister, Sue Wiseman of Roanoke, Virginia and her husband, Charles; her sister Christie Holmes of Viera, Florida; and her brother, Bruce Paton of Winter Park, Florida and his wife Karen. She leaves her three first cousins, Charlie Schott, Joan Peck and Judy Keim. Ellen was very fortunate to have had a second family who loved her as a sister in Georgia Reynolds and her husband, Rance, Pam Yunis and Kim Kinsman, and Bebette Yunis and Kristen DeLuca. Ellen's many nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews, will miss her effervescent spirit and her unparalleled joy of life. A memorial service will be held later in the spring. The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Keuka Lake Association, 142 Main Street, Penn Yan, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/22/2017

 

LOWELL R. PATTON, age 67, of Hudson, passed away unexpectedly Monday, Jan. 30, 2017 upon arrival at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. Mr. Patton was born on Feb. 16, 1949 in Noxen, the son of the late Franklin and Ruth Casterline Patton. Lowell graduated from Lake-Lehman High School in 1967 and served in the US Navy during the Vietnam era. He was employed as a lab tech at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre for 20 years. He attended Bangor Theological Seminary in Maine and received his master's degree in divinity. He ministered at the Towanda Universalist Church for several years and then retired as a behavioral specialist consultant for Northern Tier Counseling. Lowell enjoyed working on computers, his garden and house projects. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Patton. He is survived by his wife, the former Paulette Lord; son, Matthew Patton and his wife Leslie of Athens; daughters, Emily Scrivener of Sayre and Katie Patton of Sayre; step-son, Guy Zerfoss IV of Wilkes-Barre; step-daughters, Trisha Waltman of Kingston, Bev Zerfoss of Trucksville and Amanda Burke of Harveys Lake; brothers, Carlton Patton of Greensburg, Ky., Osbert Patton of Dalton, and Steve Patton of Centermoreland; sisters, Julia Kovalick of Mehoopany, Louisa Clark of Beaumont, Sarah McGovern of Noxen, and Marlene Belles of Mehoopany; grandchildren, McKenna, Delanie, Raegan and Ashley; eight step-grandchildren and five step great-grandchildren. Friends may call 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3 at Curtis L. Swanson Funeral Home, Inc., corner of Routes 29 and 118, Pikes Creek. As per Lowell's request, there will be no funeral service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to be made to the charity of donor’s choice. –Towanda Daily Review 2/1/2017

 

PERRY L. PATTON, 66, of Monroe Township, passed away Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, at the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. Mr. Patton was born in Wilkes-Barre on Dec. 10, 1950, and was the son of the late Harvey and Leah Race Patton. The family owned and operated their farm, which was truly a passion he loved. He was born a farmer at heart, and worked on the family farm as a child alongside his mother and father until his father's retirement. Perry continued to own and live there even after his father's retirement. He also worked hard as a relief postal mail carrier, creating new campsites at Francis Slocum State Park, Profera's, and retired after 18 years of service as a operator for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation until his retirement. Perry's greatest gift of all, was the way he made everyone smile. He loved people, children and animals. His generosity, wit and humor made him an unforgettable person to everyone. Perry was a wonderful loving husband to his wife of 46 years, Marlene, and proud father of daughter Angela Yorina and her husband Carl; and son Chad Patton and his wife Diana; adoring grandfather of Kaylee and Cara Yorina and Alex and Madison Patton, who were his greatest joy; sisters: Charlotte Hopfer, Beverly Weiss and her husband John, and Delores Swantek and her husband Alan; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Perry was preceded in death by brother-in-law, David Hopfer. Funeral service will be private and there will be no calling hours. Arrangements are by the Curtis L. Swanson Funeral Home Inc., corner of Routes 29 and 118, Pikes Creek. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

PETROWSKI –EMILIE PETROWSKI CHERESNOWSKI, 89 years old of East Athens, PA, passed away following an extended illness on Saturday, February 25 at the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Emilie was born at home in Milltown, Sayre, Pa on January 30, 1928 to Anthony and Tekla Petrowski, who were fortunate to leave Poland and come to America to work and raise their family. Emilie lived in Sayre most of her life, graduating from Sayre High School. She married Stephen "Chasie" Cheresnowski who was the love of her life. Emilie worked at Remington Rand in Elmira for over 15 years after which, with her husband, they purchased a greenhouse growing vegetables and flowers. She is remembered most for the years she, along with her two sisters, owned and operated Covey's Soda Bar on Main Street in Athens. Local parents trusted that, while at the soda bar, their children would be in a safe and caring place eating delicious cheeseburgers and hot fudge sundaes. Many will remember the tight rein Emilie held. No one wanted to be on her "grounded list". Upon retiring, Emilie was a loving caregiver to her two sisters, Helen and Stephanie. Many remember the little truck with the three sisters driving throughout the Valley. Emilie's interests were many. She loved her huge vegetable garden and raspberry patch. Everyone knew she was picking berries when the pies started to arrive at homes. She was happiest in her garden clothes with dirt on her hands. The deer, bear and birds in her backyard gave her so much enjoyment. They knew they had refuge at her home. Emilie had a keen mind and loved to read and learn up until her passing. God and church were very important to her and she was a member of St. Joseph's and Epiphany Catholic Churches and the Ukrainian Church in Sayre. She attended mass daily and was always cooking for church functions. Emilie left behind many who loved her. Having no children, she was very much a part of her niece's and nephew's lives, spending many hours with them. Those closest to her were Stephen (Staci) Covey, John (Ruth) Cheresnowsky and Regina Callear and their children Stephen, Joseph and Christopher Covey, John Jr. (Amy) and Lisa Cheresnowsky and Mary (James) Callear Sourdiff. Emily also had great, great nieces and nephews that she enjoyed tremendously. Also remaining are brother-in-law Wesley (Cathy) Cheresnowsky of Oklahoma and Elizabeth Cheresnowsky of Virginia. Emilie was predeceased by her husband Stephen Cheresnowski in April of 1967 and sisters Stephanie Petrowski Covey and Helen Petrowski in 2005. Brothers-in-law Peter, John J and Anthony Cheresnowsky, sister-in-laws Mary Templer, Kathern Kohan, Sister Helen Cheresnowsky, SSMI and sister-in-law and best friend Ann Cheresnowsky Stys. Others Emilie left behind were her faithful coffee group Pauline McSparron, Rita Calveric, Marie Wheeler, Barbara Cocagne, Mary O'hara and Virginia Raftis as well as neighbor Pauline Brennan. Friends and family may call Tuesday, March 7, 2017 from 5-7 p.m. at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, PA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. at the Epiphany Church, 304 South Elmer Ave., Sayre, PA. Burial will be at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Athens Township Volunteer Fire Company, 211 Herrick Ave., Sayre, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 3/2/2017

PHILLIPS –VALERA V. (PHILLIPS) ROBERTS of Blakely Borough passed away unexpectedly Friday February 10, 2017 while traveling in Plains Township, PA. Born June 7, 1931 in Newton Township, Lackawanna County she was the daughter of the late Peter and late Mary Tranowicz (Filipkowski) Phillips. She was a graduate of the Newton High School, class of 1949. She was a retired seamstress and real estate investor. She was a member of St. Ann’s Church, Scranton, PA and regularly attended services as well as the annual Novena. She greatly enjoyed gardening at her home. She was known for her flower gardens and well cared for lawn. She adored her cats Binky, Rusty, Rocky and Cruiser. She loved traveling to casinos and spending time with friends there. She was known by her friends and family as Valerie. She was preceded in death by brothers Peter Jr., Stanley, Louis and Leonard; sisters Helen, Elizabeth and Leona. She is survived by her son Robert L. and wife Sherri A. Roberts of Tunkhannock; grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews. The family extends its sincere gratitude to the emergency room staff at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital and first responders for their efforts in caring for Valera. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, February 15 at 11:00 AM from the Church of Nativity BVM in Tunkhannock. Interment will be in Sunnyside Cemetery. A viewing for friends and family will be held on Wednesday Morning from 9:00 AM until the time of the Mass at the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, Inc. 73 West Tioga St. Tunkhannock, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

MILO FRANK PUTNAM, 66, of 851 Race Hill Road, Wyalusing, PA, Terry Township, passed away Saturday, February 18, 2017 at his home following an extended illness. Milo was born July 31, 1950 the son of Francis and Beatrice Tillotson Putnam. He was a self-employed truck driver and logger his entire life. Milo loved spending time with his family especially his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Finan Putnam, sons, Todd Robinson and friend, Jerri Tucker-Wight of Wyalusing, Jeremy Robinson and wife Kim of Towanda, Ronald Brookens of Wyalusing, grandchildren, Katie Goodwin and husband Nathan of Wyalusing, Heather Pierce (Jesse Signore) of New Albany, Kyle, Sawyer, Keira, and Saylor Robinson all of Towanda, Dallas Brookens of Standing Stone, Elizabeth Brookens and fiancé Colin Blemle of Wyalusing, great granddaughters, Kaylie Paige Goodwin and Gracie Isabelle Goodwin, sisters, Marlene Lamphere of Monroeton, Carol Carr and husband William of New Albany, Darlene Vaow and husband Terry of Towanda, Frances Flannigan and husband John of Towanda, brothers, Paul Brown and wife Sue of Laceyville, Dale Putnam and wife Kathy of Wyalusing as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. Milo was predeceased by his father, Francis Putnam, mother, Beatrice Tillotson Putnam Brown, step father, Leon Brown, sisters, Beverly Putnam, Diane McManus, Patricia McKernan, and Dawn Liddick, and brothers, Walter and Michael Putnam. Abiding with Milo’s request, there will be no services or calling hours. The family suggests that contributions may be directed to the American Lung Association of Northeast Pennsylvania, 2300 Adams Ave. Scranton, PA in Milo Frank Putnam’s memory. The Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home of Towanda, PA is assisting Milo’s Family with arrangements. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

JAMES E. REYNOLDS, 79, of Dushore, died Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, at the Highlands Care Center, Laporte. Born Oct. 8, 1937 in Philadelphia, he was a son of the late James J. Franks and Irene (Friedrich) Franks. He and his wife, the former Judith A. Thompson, would have celebrated 56 years of marriage on June 24, 2017. Jim retired in 1996 from Rohm & Haas Company after having worked there for 30 years. He was an outdoor enthusiast who enjoyed hunting, fishing, feeding the wild animals, and watching the blue birds. Jim also loved traveling, camping, and writing poetry. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and enjoyed volunteering and fundraising for various veterans organizations. He was a member of the Forty and Eight Voiture 549, Wyalusing, VFW Post 268, Towanda, and a Life Member of the American Legion Loyalsock Post 996. Jim was a dedicated Master Mason who held memberships in Evergreen Lodge No. 163, Monroeton, Rural Amity Lodge No. 70, Athens, Union Royal Arch Chapter No. 161, Towanda, Northern Council No. 24, Athens, AASR Valley of Towanda, and Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 76, Towanda. He was a former member of Irem Temple Shrine, Dallas, and Valley of Williamsport Scottish Rite Consistory. Surviving, in addition to his wife, is a son, James J. Reynolds of Hatboro, Pa.; a daughter, Jacqueline D. (Douglas) Beck of Horsham, Pa.; and four grandchildren, Rhiannon A. Reynolds, Nicole Ann Beck, Brian D. Beck, and Kyle J. Beck. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at Zion Lutheran Church, 116 Carpenter St., Dushore, with Rev. Phyllis A. Pelletier officiating. Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Members of the American Legion Loyalsock Post 996 will pass in review at 10:30 a.m., followed by a Masonic funeral service at 10:45 a.m. by the Evergreen Lodge No. 163 F. & A. M. Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31 in Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Newtown. The family will provide the flowers and suggest memorial contributions to Zion Lutheran Church, 116 Carpenter St., Dushore, PA 18614 or to Disabled American Veterans. Arrangements have been entrusted to the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore. –Towanda Daily Review 1/26/2017

RICE –JOYCE M. PHILLIPS, age 78, of Middlebury Center, PA, died Sunday, March 5, 2017, at the Green Home, Wellsboro, PA. She was born on September 9, 1938 in Pikeville, KY, a daughter of Ewell and Sadie (McCoy) Rice. She was the wife of the late Samuel Phillips who died in 1994. Prior to Joyce's retirement she was an RN at St. Johns Hospital in Detroit, MI. She was a member of the Church of God in Dearborn, MI. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Tony and Mary Jane Phillips of Washington; a daughter, Mary Ann Gee of McDough, GA; a former son-in-law, Gale Gee of Middlebury Center, PA; six grandchildren including granddaughter who Joyce helped raise, Daphne Phillips; five great grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Carol Rice of Arizona; a special niece, Sherry (Tony) Howell of Detroit, MI. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Samuel; a son, Samuel Phillips in 2012; a brother, Jerry Rice; a sister, Theresa Newton. In keeping with Joyce's wishes there will be no services. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main Street, Mansfield, PA. –Funeral home obituary 36/2017

 

ROBERTS –ALICE R. THURSTON of Dunedin, FL formerly of Tunkhannock, Pa. passed away on Jan. 12, 2017. She was born May 31 1913 and at 103 she was the matriarch of the family. Her husband William E. Thurston preceded her in death. She is survived by children, Kay Hilwig and husband Ronald of Tucson Arizona and Billie Henkel and husband Frank of Dunedin Fl. Her grandchildren are Becky Hunt and husband Eric, Cathy Johnson and husband John, Alice Ann Bonham and husband Robert, great grandchildren William, Matthew, Eric, Michelle, John, Gerald, Trevor, and great-great grandchildren Jeremy and Chatham. She is survived by her sister, Barbara Ellsworth. Her brothers: Robert and William and sister, Inez Lyne preceded her in death. She has many nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews. She was a member of the Eatonville Methodist Church for 25 years and will be sorely missed by her family and many devoted friends. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Buried Sunnyside Cemetery. Litwin Funeral Home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman
(Daughter of C. Bert Roberts and Betsy Anna Farr)

JAMES DEWEY “JIM” ROOF, 44, a life-long resident of Wysox, Pa., passed away Saturday afternoon, Feb. 11, 2017 at his home following a courageous battle against cancer. Jim was born on Oct. 2, 1972 in Towanda, Pa., the son of Betty Edsell Roof and Donald C. Roof. Jim was a graduate of Towanda Area High School class of 1991. He subsequently went into business for himself as Roof Contracting for several years and was later employed by Austin Excavation of Waverly, N.Y., and M.R. Dirt in Wysox until his health no longer permitted him to continue. Jim enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and "moving dirt," as he was regarded by many as a highly skilled operator of heavy equipment. Jim enjoyed going for rides on his side-by-side and was an avid fan of four-wheeler racing; a sport also enjoyed by his son Spencer, who he supported and followed as he participated in racing events across the country. Jim was a member of the Towanda Gun Club. Most of all, Jim was a beloved father and son and a great friend to all. He will be deeply missed. He is survived by his sons, Spencer D. Roof of Wysox and Garett T. McConnell and wife Melissa S. McConnell of Wysox; his parents, Betty and Don Roof of Wysox; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; the mother of his son, Amy Roof of Towanda; special friend, Velvet Beckwith of Luthers Mills; as well as many good friends. The family will receive friendsfrom noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017 with a celebration of life service to follow at 3 p.m., at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa. Following the service, a reception for family and friends will be held at the Towanda Gun Club in Asylum Township. The family requests that contributions be directed to the Jim Roof Memorial, in care of New East Extreme Dirt Track, P.O. Box 36, Trafford, PA in Jim's memory. –Towanda Daily Review 2/13/2017

ORVIA LIONEL ROOT passed away Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 7, 2017, in his home at (Rocky Point) Wagoner, Okla., at the age of 80 years. He was born May 21, 1936 in Halsey Valley, N.Y., to Orvia Lionel and Nellie (Shadduck) Root. He married Gloria Florence Walker on Jan. 22, 1955 in Waverly, N.Y. He had worked as a fork-lift operator for a power air tools manufacturer and also was a truck driver. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, an infant son, granddaughter Kandi-Jo Frisbie, grandson Kenneth Root, great-grandson Sebestian Shaver, great-granddaughter Peyton Pruegert, great-grandson Landon Pruegert and brother George Root. He is survived by his children, Lionel Root of Wagoner, Susan Root of Florida, Debra Gise of Wagoner, Linda Rudloff of Broken Arrow, Cindy Frisbie of Waverly, N.Y., and Phyllis Root of Wagoner; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. A private family service will be held at a later date. Arrangements and services are under the direction of Hersman-Nichols Funeral Home, Wagoner, Okla. –Sayre Morning Times 2/10/2017

 

ROSS –TERESA BEIRNE CAROLA passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Feb. 14, 2017, after a brief illness. She was born in New Albany, Pa., on Aug. 17, 1935. Teresa was a lifelong resident of Bradford County. Teresa graduated from St. Agnes High School in 1953 and College Misericodia in 1957. Teresa was an elementary school teacher in the Wyalusing and Athens school districts for many years. She married Robert J. Beirne on June 15, 1957, at Saint Peter and Paul Parish. They enjoyed 38 years together raising their family in Athens, Pa., making many happy memories. On April 24, 2004, she married Andrew Carola. They made their home in Sayre, Pa., with many more happy memories. Teresa was a member of the Alter and Rosary Society of St. Joseph's Church in Athens for many years, and most recently a parishioner at the Church of Epiphany, Sayre, Pa. She is a past board member of Penn York Opportunities. Teresa enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, traveling, card club, reading and bowling. She was predeceased by her parents, Francis and Mary Ross; her brother, Francis Ross Jr.; and her husband, Robert J. Beirne. Teresa is survived by her husband, Andrew Carola; her sister, Julia Devenny; her children and their spouses, Sean (Cheryl) Beirne, Maureen (Max Gannon) Beirne, Julia (Gray) Newman, Mary (Keith) Corbin, Robert (Gina) Beirne; her grandchildren, Brandon Beirne, J. Daniel McClellan, Robert McClellan, Perri Sincock, Robert M. Beirne, Jr., Olivia Corbin, Mark Gannon, Cyndie (Matt) Cooper; and great-grandchildren, Laylah, Abigayle, Alex, Ava, and Evan; and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by two step-daughters, Michele (Joyce Heflin) Sager and Mary (Joe) Gurinko, with their son Joshua. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, at Saint Peter and Paul Parish in Towanda, Pa. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are being handled by Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Epiphany School, 627 Stevenson St., Sayre, PA; Saint Agnes School, 102 Third St., Towanda, PA or a charity of your choice. –Towanda Daily Review 2/16/2017

 

SCHEELEY –LEONE S. KALTENBACH, 106, a lifetime resident of Wellsboro, passed away on Friday, February 24, 2017 at Broad Acres. She was the widow of Ralph W. Kaltenbach. Leone was born March 29, 1910, in Charleston Township; she was the daughter of the late Fred and Anna (Sampson) Scheeley. Leone was a member of First Baptist Church, Wellsboro. She was a 50 year former member of Mary Packer Rebekah Lodge and the Charleston Union Grange. Surviving is her son, Lee Kaltenbach, of Wellsboro; daughter, Luan (James) Aaron, Pinehurst, NC; grandson, Timothy (Chasity) Kaltenbach; 3 great-grandchildren, Timothy, Kaycee and Garrett; several nieces, nephews and cousins; her caregiver, Barbara Brought. In addition to her parents and husband, Leone was preceded in death by 3 sisters, Kathryn Apgar, Verna Lewis and Anna Schwab. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 11:00 AM with Rev. Eugene A. Charsky officiating, at Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, 139 Main St., Wellsboro, PA, visitation from 10-11 AM prior to the service. Memorials may be made in Leone’s name to Broad Acres Nursing Home, Activity Fund, 1883 Shumway Hill Road, Wellsboro, PA. –Funeral home obit 2/26/2017

 

SCHRADER –JOANNE E. (SCHRADER) OLMSTEAD - A heart of gold stopped beating, two willing hands at rest, God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best…. Our loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and dear friend Joanne E. (Schrader) Olmstead, 87, of Windham Center, Pa., passed away peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. Joanne was welcomed into heaven by her husband, William "Stub" Olmstead; her parents, Raymond and Pearl Schrader; her siblings, Patricia, Hilda, Clifford, and Lee; her brothers-in-law, Roger and James. She will be greatly missed by her daughter and son-in-law, Marcia and Rick Harris; her son, David and his fiancée IdaBelle; her grandchildren, Bill, Ed, Chris, Rich, Dylan, Darcie and Lexie; 11 great-grandchildren; brother, James Schrader; a brother-in-law, Tom Jenkins. She will also be missed by her extended family: Marian, who was like a second daughter to her; and Roger and Charlie Olmstead, who were like her sons. Numerous nieces, nephews and their families also survive. Joanne was born on Nov. 19, 1929 in Sayre, Pa., a daughter of the late Raymond and Pearl Schrader. She was a graduate from Rome High School and, on Sept. 19, 1948, she married William Olmstead. Together they made Windham Center their home. Joanne and Stub opened their home and hearts over the years caring for many children. Their home was always filled with love and laughter. Following Stub's passing on Feb. 17, 1998, Joanne enjoyed spending time with her family and especially enjoyed traveling throughout the United States; among her favorite spots was Hawaii, which she traveled to three times. If love could have saved you, Mom, you would have lived forever….until we meet again, may you find peace in heaven's hands, Mom. Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. A memorial service and celebration of her life will follow at noon with Pastor Kevin Rollo officiating.  Flowers will be provided by the family and memorial contributions are requested to be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC or to Stray Haven, 194 Shepard Road, Waverly, NY in loving memory of Joanne E. Olmstead. The family wishes to send a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Vestal Park Nursing Facility for the love and care given to Mom…you truly are angels here on earth. –Towanda Daily Review 1/25/2017

MERRITT L. ‘SKEET’ SEYMOUR, 78, of Odessa, passed away on Thursday, January 19, 2017. He was born in Big Flats on January 23, 1938, the son of Arthur and Elvira Seymour. He served with the US Navy from 1956-1959 on the USS Leyt. He retired from the Odessa-Montour Central Schools in 1993 after 23 years of service. Mr. Seymour was a member of the Cayutaville United Methodist Church, Odessa Volunteer Fire Department, Montour Moose Lodge #426, and was a member of the color guard at the Horseheads American Legion. Skeet enjoyed woodworking and macramé. He was predeceased by his parents and brothers, Frank and Howard Seymour. He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Ellen; children, Darryl Seymour (Betty Hayes) of Montour Falls, Wayne (Sandy) Eccleston of Newfield, Dennis Seymour (Cindy Schaner) of Phoenix, AZ, Scott (Karen) Eccleston of Palm Beach, FL., Peggy (Keith) Jelliff of Montour Falls, Bill (Lissa) Seymour of Alpine, and Terry (Lisa) Eccleston of Odessa; sisters, Rena Able of Knoxville, PA and Betty Benson of Millerton, PA; brothers, Art Seymour of Erin, and Al Seymour of Candor; 13 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. A celebration of his life will be held in the spring at a date and time to be announced. Contributions may be made in his memory to the Odessa Volunteer Fire Department or the Cayutaville United Methodist Church. –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/22/2017

 

VAUGHN A. SHERWOOD age 70, was born October 13, 1946 in Elmira, NY the son of the late Kenneth and Edna (Bierwiler) Sherwood passed away on Friday, February 24, 2017 at Elderwood at Waverly, NY. His brother, Robert "Bob" Sherwood preceded him in death. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 39 years, Elaine (Evans) Sherwood; son and daughter-in-law, Adam Vaughn and Lindy Sherwood; grandchildren, who he loved and adored, Alexis and Eleanor Sherwood and Kelsey Carapella; brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Joann Sherwood; along with several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his pride and joy, golden retriever, "Olyvia." Vaughn played football for Elmira Free Academy and went on to play at Cortland State College, class of 1968. His nickname on that football team was "Tank," he wore the number 66 and was actually being scouted by the New York Giants. He was a proud member of the Beta Phi Epsicon fraternal organization. Vaughn was a huge fan of the New York Giants and the New York Yankees. He never missed his 2 o'clock coffee at Light's Bakery where he would talk "business" with his friends. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. 1050 Pennsylvania Ave. Elmira/Southport, NY on Thursday, March 2, 2107 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. A Memorial Service will follow the visitation at 4 p.m. The Reverend John Cramer will officiate. Memorial donations may be directed to a charity of one’s choice. Thank You: The Sherwood family would like to express their gratitude and appreciation to the staff of Elderwood at Waverly for the outstanding love and care they unselfishly gave to Vaughn. –Elmira Star-Gazette 2/27/2017

 

SIMMONS –NORMA L. SIMMONS DUTTRY, 82, of Williamsport, died Saturday, March 4, 2017 at ManorCare Health Services, North. Born March 13, 1934 in Hughesville, she was a daughter of the late Fred L. and Beatrice L. (Johnson) Simmons. Her husband of nine years, the late Samuel J. Duttry, preceded her in death in July 1985. Norma was a graduate of Hughesville High School, Class of 1952. She attended the United Methodist Churches, where she sang in the choir. Norma loved life, she was in all kinds of sports, hunting, fishing, camping, painting, cooking, and shuffleboard. She is survived by two sons, Thomas Plank of Montgomery and John Plank of Cogan Station; a sister, Kathryn Stiger of Hughesville; a brother, Robert L. Simmons of Hughesville; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Debra A. Eichenlaub; two brothers, Harry and Richard Simmons; and a sister, Verna Strassner. Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

ARTHUR C. SIMONS, 91, of Lockwood, N.Y., joined his wife, Arline Felton Simons, on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. Art was born on Feb. 26, 1925, north of Waverly, N.Y., to Hugh H. and Florence Hagerman Simons. He is survived by his son, Arthur C. Simons Jr. and Terri Rogers Simons of Lockwood; daughter, Marcia Simons Jankowski and Floyd Jankowski of Horseheads; grandsons, Duane Simons and Tina Ford-Simons of Lowman, and Michael Simons and Melinda Lane-Simons of Lockwood; great-grandchildren, Eric and Destiny; and great-great-granddaughters, Isabella and Savannah. He was predeceased by his only sibling, Donald J. Simons. Art was very fortunate to spend his life doing the work he loved, dairy farming. The farm, being in the center of Lockwood, gave him another opportunity that was an enjoyment for him, milking time. It always brought the neighbors in the barn for milk and lots of conversation. Art's devotion to Lockwood helped bring about the Lockwood Volunteer Fire Department. When the possibility was being suggested, Art was right there pushing to get it done. As there wasn't money for a fire station, he donated a garage he owned for the fire station and the wood to keep it warm for the truck. Throughout the years, Art attended fires, directed traffic, attended every meeting he could and participated in all the trainings his health would allow. He was truly dedicated to keeping faster fire response to the area he so loved. A time of calling will be held on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017 from 2-4 p.m. at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad St., Waverly. Funeral services will be held immediately following at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017 at the funeral home with the Rev. Cindy Schulte officiating. Burial will be in Lockwood Cemetery in the spring. Memorial donations may be made in Art's name to the Lockwood Volunteer Fire Department, 34 Main St., Lockwood, NY or a charity of one's choice. –Sayre Morning Times 2/2/2017

GEORGE WALTER SMITH, age 73, passed away on Jan. 20, 2017 at his home in Sayre, Pa. He was born on Jan. 7, 1944 in Sayre, Pa., to the late George Warren Smith and Anne Hriso Smith. George grew up in Sayre, Pa., and attended Sayre High School. Following high school, he was employed by Conrail in Buffalo, N.Y., and later Stroehmann Bakery in Harrisburg, Pa., as a route salesman, where he worked for 23 years. George was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He had a passion for classic cars and enjoyed collecting coins and other memorabilia. George is survived by his son, George W. Smith Jr. and daughter-in-law Kathie Smith of Harrisburg, Pa.; his sisters Anne Smith and Evelyn Smith of Sayre, Pa.; his grandchildren Ami and Jim Sawyer of Etters, Pa., Tom and Heather Hand of Mechanicsburg, Pa.; his great-grandchildren Lacey, Cameron, Christian and Violet; and other relatives. Funeral services will be private at the request of family. Memorial donations in Mr. Smith's name should be made to Ducks Unlimited, 444 N. Capital St. NW #745, Washington, DC. Arrangements are under the direction of The Thomas Cremation and Funeral Service, 1297 Elmira St., Sayre, Pa. –Sayre Morning Times 1/24/2017

 

SMITH –PATRICIA L. ‘PATTI’ GULICH age 56 of Horseheads, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, January 25, 2017. Patti was born on December 25, 1960, in Elmira, NY, a daughter of John and Marie Vosburgh Smith. She married Ronald L. Gulich on February 23, 1991. A love that grew stronger every day over the last 40 years. She was the love of her husbands life and she will be forever missed. Patti was an extremely hard worker and worked for multiple business during her life including Casa of the Southern Tier, Fairway Spring Company and Anchor Glass. She was an avid reader, antique collector and had a passion and love for animals. She loved spending her time with family and friends at Seneca Lake and collecting lake glass along the shoreline. She is remembered as a wonderful daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, and friend. Surviving is her loving family, husband and companion of 25 years, Ronald Gulich; children, Ryan (Nicole) Gulich and Darek (Jessica Schuld) Gulich; grandchildren, Ryan Jr., Lauren and Madalynn; father, John Smith; sister, Veronica (Robert) Whitaker; brother, Scott (Beth) Smith; beloved nieces, nephews, and many friends. Patti was predeceased by her mother, Marie Vosburgh and brother, Keith Smith. Family and friends will be received at Higher Hope Church 356 Maple Street Big Flats, New York on Sunday, January 29, 2017 from 1-3PM. Her Funeral Services will be held immediately following with Pastor Paul Mattison officiating. Memorials may be directed to The Children's Craniofacial Association, SPCA or your charity of choice. –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/27/2017

 

WILLARD J. SMITH age 68 of Pine Valley, NY, passed away peacefully under hospice care at home on Thurs., Feb. 9, 2017. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Janet (Ward) Smith, their 5 children - Sarah (Dan) White, Nathan (Katrina) Smith, Ian (Suzanne) Smith, Jared (Sarah) Smith, Hannah Smith, and 13 grandchildren. A '67 grad of Southside High, he attended Zion Bible Institute (Providence, RI) and Corning Community College, where he helped start a flying club. In 1972 he founded Smith Well Drilling in Pine Valley and operated it for 30 years until ill health forced him to retire. His memorial service will be held at Elmira's Southside Alliance Church on Fri., Feb. 17 at 6 PM, with calling hours there 4-6 PM. –Elmira Star-Gazette 2/12/2017

 

SPITTEL –JACQUELYN L. ‘JACKIE PETERSON - A longtime resident of the Gillett, PA community, passed away, Mon. Jan. 23, 2017 at the Bradford County Manor, E. Troy, PA following declining health at the age of 74. Born on Dec. 30, 1942 in Elmira, Jackie was the daughter of the late, William H. & Susan M. Baker Spittel. She was a graduate of Southside High School. Jackie was predeceased by her beloved husband, Richard "Dick" Peterson in 2011 following 49 years of marriage; her daughter, Brenda Smith; and step-father, Kenneth Eden. Her main focus was family, her infectious laugh and amazing cooking skills brought joy to so many family gatherings. She also enjoyed crafts, gardening and painting. Surviving is her loving son, Kevin (Terra) Peterson, Painted Post; 7 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren; sister, Sandy Reynolds, NC; several nieces and nephews. In honor of her wishes all services will be private at the family's convenience. –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/29/2017

 

WILLIAM F. ‘BILL’ STEDGE, 67, of Lockwood, passed peacefully in his sleep on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017 at his home. Born on Oct. 21, 1949, he graduated high school from Waverly with the Class of 1967 and went on to graduate college from Potsdam University in 1972. He retired in 2013 after 41 years as an insurance field representative. He served many years as superintendent of the Youth Group at Niagara Presbyterian Church, directing numerous Christmas plays. He was the proud founder of The Heir Force Puppets, a puppet ministry performing all over New York State, as well as traveling to Jamaica twice. He was the recipient of the Niagara Falls Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellow Award as well as the Town of Niagara Lions Club William A. Henchbarger II Citizen of the Year Award. He is predeceased by his parents, Benjamin and Freda Stedge; brother, George Stedge; and his namesake, uncle William "Bill" Stedge. Bill is survived by his wife, Diana Rinehuls Stedge; brothers, Jim Stedge of Waverly and Donald (Winnie) Stedge of Unadilla; son, Timothy (Michelle) Stedge of Niagara Falls; daughter, Jennifer Kijowski of North Tonawanda; granddaughters, Crystal and Jocelyn Stedge and Autumn and Eva Kijowski; the mother of his children, Margaret Hillman of Lewiston, N.Y.; special aunt, Betty Stedge; niece, Jenna Stedge of Waverly; sister-in-law, Christina Stedge and Ann Marie Stedge of Waverly; stepchildren, Tiffany Daughdrill of Alabama, Danny Rollins of South Carolina, Bobby Edwards of Alabama and Christopher Edwards of Ransomville, N.Y.; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and 10 stepgrandchildren. At Bill's request, there will not be a funeral, viewing or memorial service. Services are being handled by Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad St., Waverly, N.Y. Memorial donations may be made in Bill's name to your local Humane Society. –Sayre Morning Times 2/1/2017

RONALD EUGENE STONE, 53, of Hallstead, Pa., formerly a long-time Canton resident, passed away April 15, 2017 at home with his wife and loving family members by his side after a long battle with cancer. He was born on Feb. 20, 1964 in Sayre, Pa., to the late Robert "Bob" and Lois (Laninger) Stone. He and his wife Sue married on May 21, 2016. Ron or "Stoney" to most was a fun-loving man who enjoyed music, playing Euchre, hunting (flintlock being his favorite season) and spending time with his wife at "Camp," a special, little place on Armenia Mountain where he could relax watching the campfire and enjoy the company of his wife and a special group of friends and family. Ron looked forward to a chicken barbecue held every year on Labor Day weekend when the small camp seemed huge with many friends and family. Stoney will be greatly missed by many including his pets, Ember and Shadow, a beautiful pair of pups that he and Sue adopted, as well as Bum their cat. Ron was a 1982 graduate of Canton Area High School. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post 303, and a social member of VFW Post 714, both of Canton, a social member of the Morris Run American Legion Post 167 and a member for many years of the Canton Moose Lodge No. 429. Ron worked at Canton Manufacturing until their closure when he and Sue moved to the Hallstead, Pa., area to continue working for the company in their Kirkwood facility, Felchar Manufacturing. In addition to his parents, Ron was predeceased by a brother, Terrance Miller, and a nephew, Terry Spencer. He is survived by his loving wife, Sue (Huntley) Stone of Hallstead; a daughter, Cassi Stone of Warsaw, N.Y.; sons, Jacob and Jordan Stone, both of Canton; step-children, Berta (Andy) Plew of McGraw, N.Y., Chistine Jennings of Athens, Michael (Allison) Parks of McGraw, N.Y., and Katie (John) Parks of Tunkhannock; brothers, Lee (Patricia) Stone of Ocala, Fla., Kenneth (Cherryl) Stone of Gillett; sisters, Barb (Laverne) Spencer of Canton, Sharon Patton of Ellenton and Teresa (Vern) Morgan of Shunk; as well as grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Drive, in Canton. The Rev. Herbert Eby will officiate a memorial service to honor Ron's life following calling hours at 1 p.m. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial in Ronald Stone's name to the True Friends Animal Shelter, c/o 16332 State Route 706, Montrose, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 4/18/2017

SULLIVAN –THERESE S. (SULLIVAN) CACCAVALE, 63, of Hopedale, formerly of Holliston, passed away Sunday, March 5, 2017, at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Newton. She was the wife of Frank S. Caccavale. For the past 38 years, Terry worked at the Holliston Public Schools both as the K-12 Foreign Language Coordinator and as a teacher of French. She took great pride in the success of her students. Terry was born July 9, 1953 in San Antonio, TX, the daughter of the late Robert E. and D. Jane (Whyland) Sullivan. She had been a resident of Elmira, NY and Holliston before moving to Hopedale in 1995. Terry was a graduate of Elmira Free Academy, Elmira, NY, Class of 1971 and Cortland State University, Cortland, NY, Class of 1975. She earned her M.A. degree in French from Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT. Mr. and Mrs. Caccavale celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary in June of 2016. Terry was named a Chevalier in the Order of the Palmes Academiques by the Prime Minister of the Republic of France in 1999, was a Past President of National Network for Early Language Learning (NNELL) , and was a member of the Massachusetts Foreign Language Assoc. (MaFLA). She was also a member of the Heritage Chorale of Framingham. Terry enjoyed playing the guitar, sewing, quilting and collecting antiques. She was proud of her flower garden and her Koi Pond. She enjoyed gathering with family and friends at Conesus Lake in NY. In addition to her husband, Frank, she is survived by three sons, Samuel J. and his wife Jennifer W. Caccavale of Weymouth, Brian A. and his wife Laura J. Caccavale of Jefferson, Peter G. and his wife Christina M. Caccavale of Norwood, two brothers, Michael P. Sullivan and Timothy E. Sullivan both of Elmira, NY, three sisters, Kathleen A. Sullivan of Geneseo, NY, Maureen R. Sullivan of Rutland, VT, Christine E. Welch of Chicago, IL, her granddaughter, Madelyn, and many nieces and nephews. Visiting hours will be Wed. March 8, 2017 from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM in the Buma Funeral Home, 101 No. Main St. (Rt. 122), Uxbridge. Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Vernon Cancer Center, c/o Newton-Wellesley Hospital Charitable foundation, 2014 Washington St. Newton, MA. –Elmira Star-Gazette 3/8/2017

 

SWARTWOOD –LURA M. FITCH, 97, of Falls, PA died Sunday January 15, 2017 at Golden Living Center in Tunkhannock. She was born on March 18, 1919 and is the daughter of the late Emerson and Anna Swartwood and foster parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.D. Switzer. She was a 1937 graduate of the Kingston High School, and a 1938 graduate of the Empire Beauty School. Lura was a member of the Tunkhannock United Methodist Church, the Methodist Women, and the Dorcas Sunday School Class. She was preceded in death by her husband, Glen and three sisters: Anna Rose Harris, Anna Miller, and Flora Dymond. She is survived by her son James M. and wife Nancy Fitch of Falls, daughter Kay Marie Cain, of Berwick, five grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday January 18th at 12:00 PM from the Tunkhannock United Methodist Church; with interment in Roberts Cemetery. A viewing for friends and family will be from 10:00 AM until the time of the service on Wednesday. Memorial contributions can be made to the Tunkhannock United Methodist Church, Warren St & Church St, Tunkhannock, PA or Hospice of the Scared Heart 600 Baltimore Drive Wilkes-Barre, PA. Arrangements are entrusted to Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, Inc. 73 West Tioga St., Tunkhannock. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

SWEET –MARGARET E. RICE, 98, of Wellsboro, passed away on January 29, 2017 at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital. She was the wife of Ralph E. Rice, who preceded her in death on March 17, 1983. Margaret was born October 18, 1918 in Wellsboro, the daughter of the late Leon and Mildred (Smith) Sweet. Margaret was a cook at the Moose Lodge. She belonged to the Ladies of the Moose and the VFW Auxiliary. In her spare time she enjoyed crocheting, embroidery and making crafts. She especially loved the time spent with her many grandchildren. Surviving are her sons, Gerald Andrews (Oveta), of Mansfield and Gary Andrews (Sandy) of Wellsboro; daughters, Linda Covert (Lewis) of Wellsboro and Debra Neal (Daniel) of Fuquay Varina, NC; nine grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren and several great great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Donald Andrews. A time of visitation will be held before the service from 2-3 PM, on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, 139 Main St., Wellsboro. Memorial service to follow at 3:00 PM with Pastor Kristi Webster officiating. –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/31/2017

 

GLENN WILLIAM ‘BILL’ THETGA, 64, passed away Jan. 26, 2017, after a brief illness. His wife of 18 years, Trish, and children, Angel Jenner, Melissa Pelton, Kate (Kyle) Coe, and Mike Melella will miss their big-hearted 'gentle giant.' Bill was born and raised in Windham, Pa., growing up on the family dairy farm. His father Glenn passed away in 1985 and his mother Betty passed in 2007. Step-father Daryl Parks passed away in 2016. Bill's siblings are Dale Thetga (deceased), Ray (Joanne) Thetga, and Carol Hosmer. Among the stories Bill would tell about his childhood are about when he would go coon hunting on Osborn Mountain, stopping at Ma Leonard's for a warm breakfast and hot cocoa. Graduating from Northeast Bradford High School, Bill's career included driving truck for several companies, especially Agway for whom he worked for over 20 years. Bill had a tough, rugged exterior, but he had the kindest of hearts. He loved doing hayrides for kids, and enjoyed teaching young people hunting. An avid outdoorsman, Bill enjoyed fishing and hunting. How he enjoyed feeding his deer! He also enjoyed following NASCAR and watching high school football. A great supporter of the Tioga Tigers football team, one of Bill's greatest joys was watching the Tigers win! Bill, who also went by "Big Foot" and "Bibs," loved to kid, but it was always an expression of the big heart he had for his family and many loyal friends. He was surrounded by and touched by his many friends who meant the world to him. He was a member of the Skiff-Bower VFW in Sayre, Pa. But, not all of Bill's friends were human! Through the years, he had many pets, but it was a lab named Coco that really stole his heart. Bill's grandchildren are Bryan, Snowy, Devin, Madisyn, Dolan, Kolbe, and Kolten (deceased). In addition, he had several nieces and nephews, and a longtime friend who is considered "family," Nancy Brown. Friends may share their memories of Bill and sympathy with the family from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4 at Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 South Main Street, in Nichols. The family is providing flowers and you are invited to make a donation to the Tioga Varsity Football Program, c/o Mr. Nick Aiello, at Tioga Central School, P.O. Box 241, Tioga Center, NY. –Towanda Daily Review 2/1/2017

IVOR E. THOMAS - Loving husband, father and grandfather Age 80, was born May 7, 1936 in Wilkes-Barre, PA the son of the late Ivor A. and Gertrude (Wheeler) Thomas, passed away peacefully on Saturday, 28, 2017 at the Corning Center surrounded by his loving family. His grandsons, Alex "Oakie" Scott and Jacob "Jaker" Thomas also preceded him in death. Ivor is survived by his loving wife of 59 years: Elsie M. (Swanson) Thomas; sons: Michael (Pamela Wyant) Thomas of Waterloo, NY; Patrick (Joanie Gannon) Thomas of Germany; daughters: Cindi Thomas Scott of Elmira, NY; Marjorie (Robert) Macdonald of Chantilly, VA; grandchildren: Benjamin Thomas, Emily Scott, Patrick G. Thomas, Jonathon Thomas and Andrew Thomas; brothers: William R. Thomas of Nashua, NH; Rev. Frank L. Thomas of Kirkville, NY; along with several nieces and nephews. Ivor was a retired teamster with Local # 529. He was a life member of the Golden Glow Volunteer Fire Department, a 32 degree Master Mason Old Oak Lodge # 253 F & AM raised April 9, 1977. From 1968 to 1980 he was very active with the Boy Scouts of America Pack & Troop # 14 Golden Glow. He has been an avid Buffalo Bills fan since 1959. Ivor loved fishing in the 1000 Islands and camping on the Seneca Cayuga Canal (Waterloo, NY). At his request there will be no prior calling hours. Family and friends are invited to gather at the family home, 25 Hazelwood Ave. Elmira, NY, for Ivor's Celebration of Life. His brother, Reverend Frank Thomas will officiate. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. 1050 Pennsylvania Ave. Elmira/Southport, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/30/2017

 

WILLIAM IVOR THOMAS, 97, of Montrose, PA passed away, Saturday, February 11, 2017. Born November 5, 1919 in Peckville, PA, he was the son of the late William and Lena [Bohner] Thomas. He was a graduate from Montrose High School in 1940. William [Bill] married Mae D. Saar, a girl he met at the Banner Slipper Company where they both worked. Bill and Mae were together for 68 years until her death in 2009. His sisters Estelle Lewis, Millicent Holdsworth, Phyllis Batzel and brother, Thomas Charles predeceased him. He is survived by many nieces and nephews. Bill was originally employed by the Montrose firm banner Slipper Co.. Banner Slipper became Untied Shoe Machinery and later Black and Decker. With his experience at the shoe companies be became an expert in making all kinds of shoes, repairing shoe machines and training employees on the use. Bill has repaired and refurnished many sewing machines for the people of Montrose and surrounding areas. Bill was an expert craftsman, an artist and fine musician. He could repair furniture, create “fun” things like turtle stools, butterflies and horses [for kids] many of which he donated to friends, relatives and “Ronald McDonalds”. He always had his harmonica ready to play the tunes he loved especially his favorite hymn, “How Great Thou Art”. Bill took pride in his 1957 Chevy which was restored to its original condition and won a National Award for best car. It was common to see him in his cream and turquoise four door driving in a local parade and at car shows parked in the National Winners area. This was his Pride and Joy Bill had many friends and indeed the people of Montrose will miss him. Services: 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at Bartron-Myer Funeral Home, Inc., Montrose, PA. Visitation: 1:00 p.m. Wednesday until time of services. Instead of flowers: memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

THORP –ROBERTA FERN ‘BOBBIE’ (THORP) FERRIS, 80, of Waverly, NY passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2017 after living with Alzheimer's for the past year. She was born on July 13, 1936 in Sayre, PA, the daughter of the late Charles G. and Fern E. (Harshbarger) Thorp. Bobbie was a 1954 graduate of Athens High School. After graduation, she worked at IBM where she met her husband, Herbert V. Schneidau, and they moved to California. Three children and nine years later, the family returned to reside in Athens, PA. Bobbie graduated from Nursing School in Binghamton, NY. She began her LPN nursing career at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Bobbie also worked many years at St. Joseph Hospital in Elmira, NY. She met and married James L. Ferris, Sr., and in 1990 Bobbie and Jim began their business in Athens, Ferris Motor Sales. They operated their business together, which included a Messenger/Notary Service for 29 years. Roberta's greatest joy in life was her children. Always actively involved with their sports, scouts, music, and all of their interests. Bobbie was also extremely talented in knitting. She is predeceased by her youngest child, Charles W. Schneidau. She is survived by her beloved husband James "Jim" L. Ferris, Sr. of Waverly, NY, son and daughter-in-law, William H. and LouAnn Schneidau of Lantana, FL, daughter, Terry L. Schneidau of Binghamton, NY, brothers and sisters-in-law, Thomas and Viola Thorp of Phoenix, AZ and Leon and Carol Thorp of Sayre, PA. She is also survived by a niece, a nephew, 8 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Flowers and condolences may be sent to James Ferris, Sr., 201 William Street, Waverly, NY. Memorial donations may be made in Roberta's memory to: St. Jude's Childrens Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN or a charity of one's choice.

 

GERALD L. TRACY, 59, of Waverly, NY, passed away on February 4, 2017 with his family by his side at Robert Packer Hospital. He was born on July 15, 1957 in Sayre, PA, the son of the late John and Mary E. (VanDyke) Tracy. Gerald loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He enjoyed shooting pool and darts. He also enjoyed spending time at the Casinos and card games. He loved having his faithful companion, Berry, by his side at all times. He is survived by his life partner and fiancé of 43 years Joy Pike of Waverly, NY, son and daughter-in-law James and Nancy Tracy of Selinsgrove, PA, son Kirk Tracy of Waverly, NY, grandchildren Alexander Tracy of Waverly, NY, Riley Tracy of Waverly, NY, Amber Tracy of Cheyenne, WY, Alyssa Tracy of San Diego, CA, Angela Sobczyk of Selinsgrove, PA, Brandon Bump of Ft. Hood, TX, and Christopher Cunningham of Selinsgrove, PA, brother John (Bonnie Randall) Tracy of Athens, PA, sister Marjorie "Margie" (Ed Brown) Tracy of Sayre, PA, 2 nieces Angela Randall of Athens, PA and Ashley Randall of Elmira, NY, great niece Breanna Forrest and several aunts, uncles, and many cousins. A Memorial Service will be scheduled at a later date by family and will be announced. The family is being assisted by Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Athens, PA. Memorial donations may be made in Gerald's name to: Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, PA to help offset the funeral expenses. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

TUTTLE –DORIS A. MAJOR, 75, a resident of the Golden Living Center in Tunkhannock, passed away Monday morning, Jan. 23, 2017, at Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock. Her husband was the late Charles Major who died in 2014. Born in New York, she was a daughter of the late Cecile Tuttle and the late Milton and Ann Masgula Woodruff. Doris was employed for many years as a seamstress for Irene Sportswear in Nicholson. She came from a large family of six brothers and seven sisters. Surviving is her son Paul L. Cosner, Clarks Summit; two daughters: Lucrezia Bonifanti and her husband Joe, Tunkhannock, and Christine Robinson and her husband Joe, Tunkhannock; a stepson Charles Major, Scranton; a stepdaughter, Anessa Major, Greely; nine grandchildren: Brian and Kevin Woodruff, Matt Karhnak, Lucrezia Holgate, Heather Guzzon, Kristy Loney, Rachel, Zach and Hayley Cosner; nine great-grandchildren; and four step-grandchildren. Friends may call on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home, 418 S. State, Clarks Summit. Private interment will take place at the convenience of the family in Sunnyside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations would be welcome to the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Rd., So. Abington Township, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

TYLER –CAROL LEONARD, 72, of Columbia Cross Roads, PA passed away peacefully on February 3, 2017, at Guthrie Troy Community Hospital. Born June 7, 1944 in Elmira, NY, Carol Joanne Tyler Leonard was a daughter of Ardena (Seymour) Tyler and the late Herbert Tyler. She was a 1961 graduate of Troy High School and received an associate’s degree in Elmira. Carol’s love for family and home was most important in her life. She cherished her grandchildren and was blessed with a close extended family. Carol worked as a waitress for many years. She was always concerned about people and tried to give them a better day. Carol especially enjoyed visiting with friends, scratch-off tickets and playing bingo. In addition to her mother, Ardena Tyler of Columbia Cross Roads, surviving are four children; Dianne Mountjoy of Ohio, Deborah DiMauro, Jeffery Leonard and Brian Leonard all of New York, nine grandchildren, five siblings; Lorraine (Del) Resmer, Dale (Kate) Tyler, Wayne (Vickie) Tyler, Paul Tyler and Floyd (Arlene) Tyler, several nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends. She was predeceased by her father and a brother, David Tyler. As per Carol’s wishes, there are no public services at this time. A private family celebration of her life will be held at a later date. In lieu of Flowers, consider a memorial to a charity of one’s choice. Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Dr. in Canton is assisting her family with arrangements. –Towanda Daily Review 2/7/2017

ERNEST R. ‘ERNIE’ VANDERPOOL - On February 18, 2017 Ernie went home to be with the Lord while surrounded by his loving family at the Guthrie Memorial Hospital, Towanda. Born in Towanda on July 8, 1941, Ernest R. “Ernie” Vanderpool had a spirit for the outdoors and a quest to make people laugh. He and his brother Harry learned to hunt the Long Valley Mountain as teenagers and that is where Ernie loved to hunt. He could often be seen in hunting season walking the Long Valley rocks and admiring the scenery. He harvested many deer from that mountain and stalked the elusive black bear. When hunting season was over he could often be found fishing through the ice on the mighty Susquehanna River for Walleye and Musky. He caught many muskies to which he earned the nickname “Musky Man”. When the ice was gone, he could be found fishing from shore or boat just as long as he was getting line in the water. In his later years, he loved to fish with his best fishing buddy, Bobby Irvine. He loved to pick blueberries on Barclay Mountain. If you were one of the lucky ones, you got the chance to hear him play his banjo and sing. He loved to sing to his daughter Penny. When he wasn’t enjoying his hobbies he was working. He started his working career early in life and as a teenager and would make the approximate 4 mile hike to Monroeton to work in the feed mill. He then spent a few years at Rice’s Apple Orchard before moving on to the Erie Lackawanna Railroad (which later became Conrail) where he worked his way to a Supervisor position and spent the next 35 years working until retirement. He married Charlotte Vanderpool (Vanderpool) however after 18 years they parted ways. He is survived by three children Randy Vanderpool from Towanda, Penny Zatkos (son-in-law, Walt Zatkos) from Monroeton and Lee Vanderpool (Daughter in Law Stacey Vanderpool) from West Franklin. Six grandchildren Josh and Jessica Parker, Destiny and Tyler Vanderpool and Randi Lee and Leigh Ann Vanderpool from Rome and three great grandchildren Kaylee, Chasity and Hunter. His survived by his siblings Harry (Sonny) Vanderpool (Sister in law Margie), Theresa Johnson (brother in law Jim), Darlene Jones (brother in law TJ). He was predeceased by his mother Debbie Crawn (Ackley, Vanderpool), father Harry Vanderpool, step father Leon Crawn, and siblings Margaret Vanderpool, Charles Vanderpool, Evelyn Daughtery and Mary Lou Place. A funeral service will be held Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 12 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home 217 York Ave. Towanda, PA with Rev. Thomas Geiger pastor of the Assembly of God Church, Towanda officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. –Towanda Daily Review 2/21/2017

PAUL L. VAN HORN, 86, of Hughesville died Monday, February 13, 2017 at the Gate House. Born July 29, 1930 in Hughesville, he was a son of the late Ralph C. and Hazel Edna (Burkhart) Van Horn. His wife of 62 years, the former Helen Hubler, preceded him in death on January 28, 2017. Paul served his country honorably in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, and during his time was stationed in Africa. He was a lifetime member the 40 et 8, Highland Lake Manor, the American Legion, and the VFW. Surviving are two daughters, Paula (Jerome) Moser of Hughesville, and Candace (Richard) Nearhoof of Muncy; a sister, Leota O'Connor of Hughesville; a brother, Chalmer Van Horn of Muncy; two grandchildren, Brooke (George) Walters of Muncy and Brock Nearhoof of Loyalsock; and five great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Roland Van Horn. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, February 18, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Pastor Jerry Uppling officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hughesville. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Gatehouse Hospice, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA or the Mapleton Community Center, 2350 Highland Lake Rd., Hughesville, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

VANTINE –SHARON LOUISE (VANTINE) HART - Sharon entered this world on March 11, 1939, the daughter of John and W. Fern Vantine. On October 1, 1960, she wed the love of her life Edward M. Hart. During their 36 years of marriage, they had eight children. Sharon will be greatly missed by her children: Thomas (Veronica) Hart, Horseheads, Barbara Hart, Robert (Alicia) Hart, Bonnie Hart (Tim Paul), Janine (John) Ross, Patricia Pierson (Paul Coleman), Elizabeth Hart (David Carpenter), Laura (Lance) Reed all of Elmira, NY (and the 7th sister Kathy Seymour; if you called her Mom, Mother Hart or Madre you were one of "her kids too"!).Her grandchildren will cherish every memory they have of her. They are: Paul Bauman and family, Amy Bauman, Joseph (Hannah) Hart, Anthony (Candice) Hart, Katie Wendela (Dennis), Keith Brian Wendela (Rhiannon), Kyle (Meaghan) Wendela, Nicholas Hart (Kristine), Matthew (Kaitlyn) Hart, Dana Paul, Jodie Paul, Jenna Ross, Madisyn Ross, McKenna Ross, Taylor Pierson (J.T.), Logan Pierson, James Ducot, Alyxx Ducot (Zach), Joseph Ducot, William Ducot, Jaylyn Ducot, Brihanna Pecka, Chloe Reed, and Cayla Reed. She has 18 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her In-Laws, Nieces and Nephews: Jean Vantine, Lorie (Nick) Howley, Sue (Jerry) Broska, Patricia (Tony) Cuomo, John Nunnery, Harold (Marion) Hart, Betty Hart, Sema Hart, Eren Hart, and Jason Hart along with their families and her cousin and lifelong friend June (Larry) Van Wormer and Family. Sharon attended Elmira Heights Schools graduating from Thomas A. Edison in June 1956. She enjoyed meeting with her TAE classmates on a regular basis throughout her life. Sharon graduated from Arnot Ogden School of Nursing June 1959. She was employed by Arnot Ogden Medical Center for over fifty years retiring in 2004. The majority of her years were on the 11 p.m. - 7 a.m. shift as a Certified Neonatal Registered Nurse. She loved caring for the tiniest of souls and loved her Arnot Neonatology family and friends. She was gifted with creativity. Her hands were always busy with sewing quilts, knitting, crocheting and/or needlepoint/cross-stitch. She shared much of her talents with her family and friends. Sharon found peace and solace in reading and watching movies/television. She enjoyed camping in earlier years and especially enjoyed the Vantine family reunion camping trips and Park Station camping and day trips. She loved all of her vacations to the ocean with extended family. She also liked to color, paint, go to Lancaster to shop with Mrs. Cooney, go out for meals with a multitude of friends and family, birthday parties, holidays, etc. Sharon had great friends on Fairway Avenue and the Hart children would like to express their thanks to Cindy and Scott Cartwright, Russ Gay, Stan and Linda Burnham, Tom, Judy and Katie Gush and Marilyn Amerhein for being great neighbors and looking out for her and our home over the years! She was pre-deceased by her husband Edward M. Hart, her parents John and W. Fern Vantine, her siblings John Vantine and Helen (John) Nunnery, In Laws Harold and Genevieve Hart, William F. Hart, special friends Barbara Barkley, Dawn Townsend, Val Gay and many 4-legged friends (cats, dogs, and horses) who will be there to greet her in her heaven. Her children would also like to thank Dr. S. Dauphin and employees of Falck Cancer Center, Dr. Carl Charnetski's Office and Arnot Ogden Hospital Employees for giving her wonderful care over the years and the Blue Team of Care First. It is not what you have in life but whom! Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, February 8th from 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow there at 7 p.m. Those wishing may make donations in her memory to Children's Miracle Network for Staff Education or Elmira Animal Shelter or the National Wildlife Federation. –Elmira Star-Gazette 2/5/2017

 

VILK –NITA COHEN, 86, of Wysox, Pa., passed away Sunday afternoon, Jan. 22, 2017 at the Bradford County Manor in West Burlington Township, Pa. Nita was born on Jan. 28, 1930 in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of Norman and Mildred Shantzer-Vilk. Nita will be remembered by her family and friends as an accomplished musician, editor, research assistant, and fountain of knowledge. Her family includes her husband of 60 years, Dr. Daniel Cohen; daughter, Dr. Nancy Iankowitz and husband Eitan of Holmes, N.Y.; son, Steven M. Cohen, Esq. and wife Pamela of Williamsville, N.Y. and grandchildren, Michelle, Jessica, Scott and Marc. The family suggests that contributions may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 142, Memphis, TN or to a charity of your choice in Nita Cohen's memory. –Towanda Daily Review 1/24/2017

 

MIKE WALKER, 65, of Towanda, Pa., passed away Sunday morning, Jan. 22, 2017 following a heart attack. Mike was born June 6, 1951 in Endicott, N.Y., the son of Charles W. Walker and Harriet Spencer Walker. Mike grew up in Ulster, Pa., and was a graduate of Athens Area High School, class of 1969. He was employed by the Arey Lumber Company in Wysox for 25 years, the Strickland Beverage Company in Towanda for several years and by GTE Sylvania in Towanda for over 25 years, until retirement. Mike was a social member of Beirne-Webster VFW Post in Towanda. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Mike will be remembered as an avid New York Yankees and Green Bay Packers fan. He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing and building car models. His family includes his wife, Myrna Hibbard Walker, who he married on May 29, 1982 in Ulster; twin daughters, Calista L. and Cassandra L. Walker; son, Michael S. Walker (Lauren); grandsons, Shane and Jaxon Walker; brother and sister-in-law, Ronald B. and Cheryl Walker of Sayre; sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Bernard Moon of Wyalusing; his mother-in-law, Dora Hibbard of Monroeton; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Myra and Ralph McNeal of Towanda; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Gordon and Janet Hibbard of Missouri, and Phil and Bonnie Hibbard of Madisonville, Pa., as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mike was predeceased by his father, Charles W. Walker on Oct. 5, 1982; mother, Harriet Spencer Walker Babcock on March 16, 1996 and step-father, Louis Babcock Sr. on Jan. 20, 1993. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday evening, Jan. 25, 2017 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa. The family suggests that contributions be directed to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL in Mike's memory. –Towanda Daily Review 1/24/2017

 

WELCH –LOUISE M. DAVIS, 92, of Springville, PA, passed away at the Gardens at Tunkhannock, on Saturday, February 25, 2017, after an extended illness. She was born on August 16, 1924 in Hallstead, PA, to the late Frederick D. and Ethel (Hobbs) Welch. Surviving are her four children and their spouses, Patricia Rinker, Montrose, PA, Carlton and Rosarita Mogridge, Hunlock Creek, PA, Betty J. and David Goble, Kingsley, PA, Darlene and Kevin Bishop, Springville, PA, 13 grandchildren, Mark Rinker, Brian (Jaime) Rinker, Jason Rinker, Chad (Kathy) Mogridge, Shareena (Barry) Bernstein, Marcus (Renee) Floro, Amy (Matthew) Kerr, Christin Goble, Jason Goble, Melissa (Thomas) Donlick, Melissa (Frank) Bennett, Nicole (Jay) Schake, Justin (Hillary) Bishop, 23 great grandchildren, brother-in-law, Ike Armstrong, FL, numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son-in-law, Donnie Rinker, grandson, Michael Rinker, great granddaughter, Jaycie Schake. Louise was the last of the 16 children for Fred and Ethel. She enjoyed country music, dancing, traveling, board games, cards, and bingo. She loved strawberries, and was famous for her rice pudding. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary for the American Legion in Hallstead, also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary for the Springville Vol. Fire Co. Louise was also the last of the “Golden Girls”. A Funeral Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at the Daniel K. Regan Funeral home, with Rev. Terry Hughes of the Springville United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be in the Lynn Cemetery. Friends may call on the family an hour prior to the service. Donations in Louise’s name can be made to the Springville Volunteer Fire Co. P.O. Box 107, Springville, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

ROBERT A. WELLS, 71 of Athens, PA passed away on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at home after a long illness. He is predeceased by parents, Frank and Frances Northrup Wells; sisters, Dee Wells and Joan Swift and brother, Sonny Wells. Bob is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Denise Cohen Wells; daughter, Tina Hirthler of Binghamton; son, Robert (Theresa) Wells Jr of Nebraska; daughter, Kiesha Wells of CA; brothers, Frank (Linda) Wells of Binghamton, and William Wells of Binghamton; sisters, Toni Courtney of Binghamton, Sandy Oakley of Binghamton; brother-in-law, Scott Cohen of Waverly; sister-in-law, Debbie (Jim) Johnston of Sayre; eight grandchildren; four great grandchildren; best friend and mother-in-law, Dee Cohen; best friends, Kim and Randy Fuller; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and friends from California and Las Vegas. Bob was a carpenter who loved to build things and work on his crafts. He enjoyed fishing, camping and gambling. Bob was quite the people person and was always flirting with the ladies. A memorial service will be held on Monday, February 13, 2017 at 1:00 PM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly with Rev. Phil Jordan officiating. A time for fellowship and refreshments will be held immediately following at Beeman’s Restaurant, 1356 Elmira Street, Sayre, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

WESTBROOK –RITA GRACE WESTBROOK KENNEDY, 61 of East Smithfield, Pa., passed away unexpectedly, surrounded by her loving family, at her residence in Clearwater, Fla., on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 following a courageous battle with cancer. Rita was born July 22, 1955 in Sayre, Pa., the daughter of the late Franklin "Pete" and Anna (McCloe) Westbrook, where she attended Sayre High School. Rita is survived by her beloved husband of 37 years, Bruce; her son, Jamie (Heather) Westbrook; her daughter, Susan (Andrew) Wilcox; her step son, Jay (Liza) Kennedy; her step daughter, Amy (Eric) Rancourt; her grandchildren, Morgan, Aric, Aidan, Kennedy, Addison, Ethan, Isaac, Olivia, Mitchell, Mackenzie, Zane, Jordan, Searah, Kolan, Dominic, and Kaden; siblings, Gary, Patricia, Vicki, Brenda, Terry "Jake," Rhonda, Joette; many friends and extended family. Rita was co-owner of Kennedy's Country Heating Inc. for 20 years. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, bowling, outdoors, traveling, and adventures with her grandkids. Rita also enjoyed spending time at the pond, chili cookoffs, ice skating, playing cards, entertaining and gathering with friends and family. She was a member of TOPS - Towanda Chapter. She is predeceased by her brother, Randy and sister, Susan. A calling hour will be at 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017 and the memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., both at East Smithfield Federated Church, 591 Main St., East Smithfield, PA, a fellowship dinner will follow. In lieu of flowers and in the spirit of her unending generosity please perform a random act of kindness or pay it forward in her memory. –Towanda Daily Review 2/16/2017

 

WHEELER –SHIRLEY M. DECKER born June 3, 1943, passed away peacefully on March 4, 2017 at the Robert Packer Hospital. She was predeceased in death by her mother Ethel M. Wheeler and father John Wheeler, two brothers: Albert Allen Jr. and Edward Allen. She was also predeceased by her husband of 42 years, Edward Merrill Decker Jr., on January 17, 2004 and a granddaughter, Jennifer Crystal Marie Waldo, on October 31, 2010. Shirley is survived by her four children and spouses son Edward and Pracilla Decker of Wassilla, Alaska, daughter Jody and Jeff Caforio of Binghamton, New York, daughter Suky and Thomas Schuster of Towanda, PA, and son John and Jennifer Decker of Athens, PA. She has 11 grandchildren, Kira, Michael, Heather, Ashley and husband Shaun, Robert and wife Jennifer, Mark Jr. and wife Whitney, Brandon and wife Maria, Rhys, John Michael, Stephen, and James. She had 16 great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and finally her companion of the last 13 years David E. Glose. In her earlier years, Shirley loved to crochet, tend her flowers and was an avid animal lover. She loved her grandchildren and her family was precident. A memorial service will be held at a later date at the convience of the family. Any memorial donations may be directed to the care of the Animal Care Sanctuary in East Smithfield, PA. –Sayre Morning Times 3/6/2017

 

JAMES J. WILBER, age 73 of Elmira, NY. He was born November 17, 1943 in Elmira, son of the late Walter and Genevieve (Colouch) Wilber and passed away Friday, January 27, 2017 unexpectedly at home. He was predeceased by his wife Jane (Woodruff) Wilber on November 22, 2013. He is survived by his sister Barbara Jovanelly of Horseheads; nieces Karen and Randy VanNess of Pine City and Kimberly Williamson of Elmira; great nephews Skyelar and Devon Williamson; special friend Charlotte Hugg of Elmira. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Thursday, February 2nd from 5 to 7 p.m. –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/29/2017

 

RICHARD C. WILCOX, 99, of Pinellas Park, FL passed peacefully on 2/5/2017. Formerly of Bush Avenue, Horseheads, he is survived by his daughter, Debra Wilcox and son-in-law, James Carr of Clearwater, FL and several neices and nephews. He was born on 8/15/1917 in Wellsboro, PA, and moved to Horseheads, NY in 1956. He was a bookkeeer for Southern Oil Company, Horseheads, NY for many years as well as a veteran of WWII. Dick was an avid golfer well into his 90's and remained independent throughout his life. There will be a celebration of life on Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Clubhouse 4 in the Mainlands, Pinellas Park, FL. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the charity of your choice. –Elmira Star-Gazette 2/12/2017

 

WILLIAMS –NORMA W. SEARLES, 96, of Ellis Creek Rd., Waverly, NY died peacefully at her home on Thursday, January 26, 2017. Norma was born on July 29, 1920 in the Town of Barton a daughter of the late Ward and Gertrude (Cornell) Williams. She was a graduate of Spencer High School and attended Ridley Business School. For many years, Norma was a bookkeeper for Universal Credit in Binghamton and the Walker Motor Sales in Waverly. On June 27, 1942 in Lockwood, she married Earl C. Searles together they shared 65 years of marriage until his death on December 18, 2007. A devoted member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Norma shared her love of scripture at Bible lessons. She and Earl enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and until the age of 90 had a garden at her home. Norma is survived by her son and daughter-in-law: Dale E. and Babs Searles; her daughter and son-in-law: Dawn L. and John Fay; all of Waverly; her grandchildren: Cory (Tammy) Searles, John (Suzann) Fay, Kevin (Katie) Searles, Sheila Fay; her great grandchildren: Abby, Devin and Aidan. She is also survived by her siblings: Nancy Eberlin and Lawrence Williams. Norma was predeceased by her parents, her husband Earl and brother Howard Williams. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday, February 4th at 1 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 22 Circle Dr., Waverly, NY with Elder Devin Teeter, officiating. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

ROBERT B. ‘BOB’ WOODHEAD, 87, of Elkland Township, died Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 at Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital. He was the husband of Joan M. (Magee) Woodhead and would have celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary this month. Born March 30, 1929 in Elkland Township, he was the son of the late Francis I. and Lavinna B. (Caseman) Woodhead. Bob owned and operated his family's dairy farm, a Century Farm, on Millview Mountain in Sullivan County. He made maple syrup and was a noted area carpenter, building his own house and helping anyone who needed a carpenter. He was involved with the Sullivan County Fair Association. In 1973, Bob was a founding member of the Northern Tier Solid Waste Authority and served on its board until his death. Bob was an Elkland Township Supervisor for many years, he tested dairy milk, and was a board member of the Soil Conservation District in Sullivan County, where he was recognized as Farmer of the Year in 1985. Bob enjoyed the outdoors, cutting firewood, and especially giving tours of his farm on his ATV. He loved to fish and enjoyed many trips to Canada. Surviving, in addition to his wife, Joan, are four daughters, Jacqueline R. (Larry) Fassett of Overton, Holly S. (Scott) Wise of Laporte, Candice M. (Richard) Rexer of Dushore, and Marsha H. (Matthew) Romberger of Sayre; three sons, Robert B. (Peggy Trautman) Woodhead II of Forksville, Mark B. (Connie) Woodhead of Muncy, and Jay D. Woodhead of Forksville; a brother, R. Lee (Peggy) Woodhead of Montoursville; 22 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Sam Valenza of Moorpark, Calif.; and a sister-in-law, Louise Woodhead of Forksville. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Cynthia Woodhead; two sisters, Myrna Valenza and Sylvia Bedford; and two brothers, Alpheus Kilmer and Leslie Woodhead. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore, with Mr. James Magee, Robert's brother-in-law, officiating. Interment will be in Bethel Cemetery, Elkland Township. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16 at the funeral home. –Towanda Daily Review 2/14/2017

 

RANDY J. ‘WOODY’ WOODRUFF, 47, of Tunkhannock passed away Wednesday February 1, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family. Born October 11, 1969. He is the son of Clifford Woodruff Jr. of Laceyville and Barbara Harvey of Michigan. He enjoyed playing golf, hunting, and especially spending time with his family. He was a member of the Moose Lodge 1276, American Legion Black Walnut Post 510, and the Wyoming County Dart League. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather Clifford Woodruff Sr. Surviving are, Daughters; Miranda Woodruff of Tunkhannock, and Paige Witter of Missouri. Companion of 4 years; Kelly Adams of Tunkhannock, brothers; Clifford III and Cindy Woodruff of Maryland, and Daniel of Michigan. Sister; Kristie Harvey and Fiancé Brent Francis of Michigan. Paternal Grandmother; Janice Woodruff of Wyalusing. Maternal Grandparents; Robert and Ruth Brown of Wyalusing. Niece and Nephews; Collin, Heather and Logan (godson) Woodruff of Maryland. Several Aunts and Uncles. Friends and family may call the funeral home on Friday February 3, 2017 from 2-4PM and 7-9PM, with Military Honors at 8PM. Burial will be private in Pieta Cemetery. Those of you wishing to make memorial contributions can donate to the American Cancer Society, 712 S Keyser Ave, Taylor, PA. Funeral Service are entrusted in to Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home Inc. 73 W. Tioga St. Tunkhannock, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman


R. CURTIS ‘CURTIE’ YINGLING JR., 23, went to be with the Lord on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017 at the Altoona Hospital, Altoona, Pa. He was born on Aug. 27, 1993 in Clearfield, Pa., the son of Richard C. Yingling Sr. and Jenny (Brown) Wick. Curtie attended Athens Area School District. During his time there, he was an outstanding wrestler and formed many special relationships with his coaches and teammates. He loved hunting, target shooting, hiking, kayaking and especially jeeping. He was a member of the IBEW 126, Houtzdale. He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Yingling Sr., and paternal grandparents, George and Betty Yingling. Curtie is survived by his best friend and partner, Jannell Foster of Morrisdale, and their faithful companion, Nismo; mother, Jenny (Durvin) Wick; stepfather, Tim (Stephanie) Robinson of Athens, Pa.; step-sisters, Michelle (Andrew) Watkins, of Athens, Pa. and Tricia (Jonathon) Campbell of Athens, Pa.; step-brother, Jamie (Macy) Robinson of Sayre, Pa.; nieces, Mackenzie and Maci Campbell, Lilley Watkins and Layla Robinson; maternal grandmother, Mary Rassmussen of Clearfield, Pa.; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. He also leaves behind many other family members and close friends who loved him dearly. Friends and family may call from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 225 South Main St., Athens, Pa. A memorial service will follow at 3 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Linda Rogers officiating. Memorial donations may be made to: Athens Wrestling Club, 220 Washington St., Sayre, PA in Curtie Yingling's memory. –Towanda Daily Review 2/2/2017

ZACHARIAS –HILDA G. TRAVER, 89, of Beaumont, passed away Saturday in the Celtic Healthcare Inpatient Hospice Unit of Geisinger, South Wilkes-Barre. Born in Beaumont, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Elizabeth Kresge Zacharias. She was educated in the Beaumont schools. Prior to her retirement she was employed as a licensed practical nurse at Carpenter Care Center Nursing Home of Tunkhannock and also did private duty nursing for many years. She was a member of the Alderson United Methodist Church, Harveys Lake. Preceding her in death was her husband Thomas Traver Sr. and five sisters. Surviving are children: Jeanne Thomas and her husband Ken of Beaumont, and Thomas Traver Jr. and his wife Marilyn of Beaumont; grandchildren: Ken Thomas Jr. and his wife Lori, Kathi Dembowski and her husband Dan, Thomas Traver III and his wife Kristen, and Jeffrey Traver and his companion Robin Margellina; 11 great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren; brother Harry Zacharias; and nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the Nulton-Kopcza Funeral Home, 5749 SR 3090, (Beaumont) Monroe Twp., with Rev. Val M. Rommel of the Alderson United Methodist Church, Harveys Lake, officiating. Interment in the Lakeview Cemetery, Harveys Lake. Friends may call Tuesday from 10am until time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Celtic Hospice, 601 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, PA. –Wyoming Co. Examiner 3/1/2017

 

 

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?. –LORETTA I. BURGETT, age 73, of Horseheads, NY, left her earthly home to be with her heavenly Father on February 26, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer. She is survived by her loving husband, Stephen T. Burgett of 31 years, her sisters, Barb Burlew and Harriet Mathews, son Dale Smith with wife Carol Erdman and their children Kayla, Don, and Cori, son Ken Smith with wife Beth and their son Kalton, daughter, Stephanie Wells with husband Jeff and their children Brett and Ryan, and son, Dwight Burgett and his daughter Ashley and his grand-daughter Emma, and many nieces, nephews, and close friends. Family was extremely important to Loretta. She and Stephen had a great marriage, enjoying life's adventures by each other's side. Stephen feels greatly blessed to have her as a wife for 31 years. She was extremely close with her sisters: Barb and Harriett. They were always there for each other. She had a great relationship with all her family, and she loved them all. She was known for her hugging. She also loved her dogs Cassie Marie and Molly B. Loretta was the queen of yard sales. She and Stephen loved to organize and hold one of the area's largest rummage sales that many looked forward to twice every year. Loretta loved traveling to numerous places, including a tough hike to the top of Delicate Arch in Utah at age 71, Alaska and Bahama cruises, and Bar harbor, to name a few. She carefully cataloged all her pictures and memories. Loretta had many hobbies including golfing, bowling, landscaping, creating wonderful flower gardens, cake decorating, and eating M&Ms. Loretta had great empathy and compassion and was always there to help anyone in need, and did not hesitate to get her hands dirty or help with hard labor. She also dependably helped with the North Chemung Food Pantry. Loretta met all of life's challenges head on with joy and optimism. Anyone wishing to help her spread that joy may do so with donations to the North Chemung Food Pantry. Those wishing to celebrate her life may attend her memorial service on Saturday March 11 at 11:00 a.m. at the North Chemung United Methodist Church, 677 Breesport Rd, Lowman, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 3/1/2017

 

?. –A. JEAN RODABAUGH age 93, of Elmira, NY on Monday, February 20, 2017. A Memorial Service will be held at New Beginnings United Methodist Church, 300 E. Miller St. on Thursday February 23rd at 3:00pm. The family will greet friends at the church immediately following the service. Survived by daughter and son-in-law, Sue and Greg Zahorian; grandchildren, Toni and Mike Zahorian. Predeceased by husband, Lewis F. Rodabaugh (49yrs.) in 1998. Jean was a graduate of EFA and Arnot Ogden School of Nursing. She also attended Syracuse University. Jean was an US Navy Reserve Veteran during WWII, former YWCA board member, AO Alumni member, and Thursday Morning Musicals member. Jean was a member of New Beginnings United Methodist Church: past financial secretary, past member and chairman of the Board of Trustees, past president of Women's Society, and an Alto in the Choir for many years. Jean was a RN at the Arnot Ogden Memorial Hospital before joining her husband Lew at Personius-Warne Studio for over 30 years. Jean was honored by the Professional Photography Society of NY with the PPA National Award in 1991 and was named Honorary Member of PPSNY in 1996. Thank you to Woodbrook Assisted Living and CCNY for their excellent care and compassion. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorials to New Beginnings United Methodist Church Memorial Fund. Arrangements by Baker Family Funeral Home. –Elmira Star-Gazette 2/22/2017

 


 
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