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GEORGE DUANE ABRAMS, longtime resident of New Albany, Pennsylvania, passed away Dec. 16, 2017 at the Cadia Capitol Nursing Home in Dover, Delaware.  Duane was born Feb. 11, 1943, in Norwich, New York, the son of Leon and Evelyn Bouse Abrams. He graduated from Wyalusing Valley High School with the class of 1961. He served his country with the Air Force from 1961-1965. Duane drove tractor-trailer for many years and logged over a million miles behind the wheel. He was the owner/operator of Duane’s Small Engine Repair in New Albany until he moved to Delaware. Duane loved to take pictures especially of his family, loved to fish, took many trips on his motorcycle and enjoyed going to yard sales.
Duane is survived by a sister, Linda Palmer of Dushore, Pennsylvania; six children, Cathy, Jerry, Franny, Heather, Jaime, George Duane Jr.; a niece, Debbie and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, June 23, 2018 beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Hatch Hill Cemetery, followed by a time of sharing memories and a luncheon at the New Albany United Methodist Church. –Towanda Daily Review 6/11/2018

 

DONALD E. ABREY, age 77, of Wyalusing, PA died at home on March 1, 2018 following a two-year struggle with cancer. Don had a long and successful career as a community banker. In the 1970’s, he moved to the southern tier of New York state where he led a series of savings banks. In 1986, he crossed the border to the northern tier of Pennsylvania to join People's State Bank, where he served as President and Chairman of the Board for 30 years, retiring in 2007. Don brought both his business sense and a sense of humor to his work. He was well regarded throughout the wider banking community and served on multiple state boards, the American Bankers Association, and the Pennsylvania Bankers Association, where he was Chairman from 2005-06. Don took pleasure from investing time and energy in his community. While living in Corning, New York, he was an active member of the Harris Hill Soaring Club, the Rotary Club, and the Baron Steuben Coffee Club. In Wyalusing, he served as school board president and was active on the boards of several local businesses, including Guthrie Hospital and the TW Group of Companies.  Outside of work and community service, Don enjoyed wildlife, farming, and spending time with his family. A private pilot for more than 40 years, Don loved flying small planes all over the country. His family enjoyed spending time together in the Bahamas on a small barrier reef island called Elbow Cay. Don was born in Rochester, New York on February 3, 1941 to Florence (née Krauter) and George Abrey. He was the eldest of four siblings and was pre-deceased by his sister, Joan Marie. He is survived by a sister, Carol Lee of Eureka, California and a brother, Thomas Abrey of Rochester, New York. Don is also survived by his wife of 53 years, Joan (née Ranker) and three daughters: Lauren Abrey, MD of Basel, Switzerland, Caryn Abrey, PhD of Seattle, Washington, and Kate Abrey of Arlington, Virginia; his sons-in-law Stephen Oliver and Ashley Gum; and three grandchildren: Abrey and Olivia Oliver and Finn Wittouck. St. Mary's of the Assumption Church will hold a funeral mass in Don’s memory in on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 11:00 with Father Joseph Manarchuck officiating. Don's family will receive friends on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 from 9:00-10:30 AM at the Sheldon Funeral Home, 155 Church St., Wyalusing, PA. His family will host a festive memorial later in the month to celebrate Don with laughter, stories, and friendship. Donations in Don's honor can be made to: the Bradford County Humane Society, P.O. Box 179, Ulster, PA or the Wyalusing Public Library, 115 Church St. P.O. Box 98, Wyalusing, PA. –Towanda Daily Review

 

CHARLES DONALD ACKLEY SR., 87, of Burdett, passed away on Friday, October 27, 2017 at Schuyler Hospital. He was born on May 12, 1930, the son of the late Arley and Grace (Clark) Ackley. He married Lillian E. Litteer on December 2, 1950. She passed away on July 14, 2014. Charles retired from Cargill after 33 years of service. He loved to play music with his son Chuck. He enjoyed reading, fishing, hunting, and loved to take his daily walk to the H&E to see all of his friends. He is survived by his six children, Charlene (Albert) Root, Kathleen Leff, Darlene (Richard) Jaynes, Eileen (Rick) Dean, Charles (Jan) Ackley, and Marlene (William) McMinds; eleven grandchildren; several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews; brother-in-law, Donald Litteer; sisters-in-law, Avis Litteer and Sadie Wheeler. He was predeceased by his great grandson, Nathan Welch; son-in-law, William Leff; brothers in law, Andrew Barrett, Robert Litteer and Skip Litteer; and sisters in law, Emma Barrett and Virginia Litteer. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 from 12-2 p.m. at Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. Funeral services will begin at 2:00 p.m. followed by burial in Beaver Dams Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Burdett Fire Department. The family would also like to extend their gratitude to the staff at Schuyler Hospital for the care given to Charles. –Elmira Star-Gazette 10/29/2017

 

BENJAMIN GRANT ADAMS, age 27, of Tioga, PA, died Friday, September 29, 2017 at his home. He was born May 19, 1990 in Wellsboro, PA, a son of Kevin Hutt of VA, and Julie (Adams) Vanderpool of Wysox, PA. Benjamin was employed as a Water Transfer Manager of a gas company. He enjoyed riding dirt bikes and fishing. In addition to his parents, Benjamin is survived by his maternal grandparents, Louis and Connie Adams of Tioga, PA; a paternal grandfather, Thomas Hutt; a brother, Blake Hutt of VA; a step-sister, Skylar Cutchins; step-father, Bret Vanderpool of Wysox, PA; a step-mother, Amanda Hutt; former step-mother, Roxanne Colby; several cousins, aunts and uncles. He was predeceased by his paternal grandmother, Linda Hutt. Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday, October 5, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. Funeral services will be private. Memorial donations may be made in Benjamin's memory to the Bradford Recovery Center, 64 School St., Millerton, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 10/1/2017

 

LYLE ‘BARNEY’ ADAMS - A life well lived is a legacy, of joy and pride and pleasure, a living, lasting memory our grateful heart's will treasure. Lyle "Barney" Adams, 95, of Sayre, Pa., passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, May 5, 2018. He was born on March 26, 1923 in Canton, Pa., a son of the late Edith (Paul) and Edward Adams. Barney proudly served his country with the U.S. Army and on May 14, 1942 he married Katherine Desmond ~ together they celebrated 28 years of marriage until her passing in July 1969. Barney was a long-time employee for Dairylea Milk Cooperative. A talented carpenter he shared his love for making all kinds of wooden furniture and holiday decorations with his family and friends. He reflected that "he loved seeing the kids faces and smiles when he shared something he made for them." Barney was a lifetime member of the VFW; enjoyed dancing, listening to polka music and playing cards. He treasured the time spent with his children, grandchildren and friends ~ if love could have saved him, he would have lived forever. Barney will be greatly missed by his children: Betty Eldred of Greene, N.Y.; Penny Adams of Sayre, Pa.; Tom Adams of Sayre, Pa.; Lyle (Genise) Adams of Cumberland, Md.; Jack Adams of Sayre, Pa.; Bob (Kathy) Adams of E. Smithfield; Patty (Nick) Barry of Jacksonville, Fla.; Lyndon (Crystal) Ray of Litchfield, Pa.; and Tammy Whyard of Johnson City. His brother Donald Adams of Wytheville, Va. His special grandchildren: Mike, Deb, Wesley, Carol, Kimberly, Bobbie Jo, Annie, Thomas, Jasper, Kara, Jack Jr., Billy Jo, Brian, B.J., Jessie, Justin, Nichole, Stacey, Nick, Tina, April, Chris and Theresa. Many, many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife Katherine, daughter Kathleen Irons, and son-in-law Malvin Eldred. Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation on Saturday, May 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. A funeral service and celebration of Barney's life will follow at 1 p.m. with his granddaughter, Nichole Greene officiating. Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the Make A Wish Foundation, The Gulf Tower 707 Grant Street, 37th Floor Pittsburgh, PA. –Sayre Morning Times 5/8/2018

 

PATRICK E. AGAN of Thornton, CO - Patrick was born in Elmira, NY on March 6, 1943 and passed away on July 4, 2018. A son of the late Eugene F. and Marjorie Manley Agan. He is also predeceased by brother, V.Thomas Agan, brother and sister-in-law James F. and Mary S. Agan, brothers-in-law; Roy Savino and Robert Wagner. Patrick is survived by his beloved life partner of 39 years Dennis Dumont of Thornton, Colorado. Also survived by his siblings; Eugene F. (Marian) Agan, Susan E. Savino, Ann Marie Wagner, and sister-in-law Patricia Mailey (Thomas). Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. –Elmira Star-Gazette 7/29/2018

 

JAMES W. ‘JIM’ ALEXANDER, 66, of Monroeton, PA passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, December 23, 2017 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre following a brief illness. He was born April 2, 1951, in Blossburg, PA son of the late George and Barbara (Houghtaling) Alexander. Jim owned and operated a scrap yard at his home for over 20 years. He worked as a Truck Driver, for many years driving a logging truck. Up until the last few years, he was an avid roller skater. He was a man of many hobbies that he was passionate about, he enjoyed dancing, riding motorcycles, snowmobiling, camping, boating, ATV riding, and antiquing. One of his greatest pleasures in life was taking his children and grandchildren to all the different amusement parks. For the last 6 years, Jim loved traveling with his wife, Lisa, all over the United States. Prior to their 20th wedding anniversary, they had visited 48 states. For their anniversary, Jim took Lisa to Hawaii to celebrate, the only state they did not visit was Alaska. One of his prized possessions was his 2017 Corvette, promptly named as the "Batmobile" by his grandson. He really enjoyed taking part in the Towanda Halloween Parade dressed as "Batman" with his grandson sidekick, "Robin" in their "Batmobile." His outlook of embracing and enjoying life, was known to all and he will be missed by all who knew and loved him. He is predeceased by his brothers, Billy Alexander and George Alexander. James is survived by his wife of 20 years, Lisa at home, children, April and Larry Kithcart of Liberty Corners, PA, Jim, Jr. and Donna Alexander of Rome, PA, Jessica and Kyle Netherton of Rome, PA, Tiffany Alexander and fiancé, Jay Jaure of Rawlins, WY, and Poppy Hunsinger of Troy, PA, grandchildren, Danielle, Nicole, Amanda, Larry, Dustin, Hunter, Aubrey, Kyle, Lyric, and Dorian, and several great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Doug Beach of CT, brothers and sisters-in-law, Gary and Jeanette Alexander of New Albany, PA and Ben and Crystal Alexander of Wyalusing, PA, and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. A Celebration of Jim's Life will be held on Saturday, December 30, 2017 from11am-3pm at the Troy Fire Hall, 88 Firehouse Drive, Troy, PA. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family. –Towanda Daily Review 12/27/2017

 

LEE D. ALEXANDER, 76, of Asylum Township, PA passed away Thursday afternoon, June 14, 2018.
Lee was born at home in Franklin Township, Bradford County, PA the son of C. Durrand Alexander and Ella M. Cole Alexander. He was a graduate of Towanda High School with the class of 1959. Lee worked on the family dairy farm in Franklindale for many years. On October 19, 1968, he married the former Suzanne L. Temple at Trinity Lutheran Church in Towanda. Lee was formerly employed by Eastern Home Care in Troy, PA, Swayze Folding Box Company in Canton, PA and retired from Seals Lumber Company in Athens, PA. He was a member of the Iona Grange for many years. Lee was mechanically gifted and enjoyed small engine repair, working on projects, fixing things, and tinkering in his garage.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Suzanne L. Alexander, daughters and sons-in-law, Wendy and Rusty Johnson of Burnet, TX, Beth and Joseph VanDeMark Jr. of Rome, PA, his granddaughter, Khloey VanDeMark whom he greatly adored, brother and sister-in-law, Dean and Pat Alexander of Galion, OH as well as several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Lee was predeceased by his sister, Shirley and brothers, Lyle and Wayne. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. The family suggests that contributions may be directed to the American Diabetes Association, P. O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA in memory of Lee D. Alexander. The Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home of Towanda, PA is assisting the Alexander Family with arrangements. –Towanda Daily Review 6/16/2018

 

DAYTON ALGER - Born in North Orwell, on a dairy farm, on March 23, 1928, Dayton Alger of Conklin, New York, passed away to join his wife Helen August 10, 2017. He also was predeceased by his parents, Dorothy and Ferris Alger. He is survived by his sisters, Helen Tarreto and Gladys Stevenson; and many loving nieces and nephews. Dayton graduated from Penn State in 1951, majoring in finance and transportation. Later he graduated from Cortland State University in education. He taught school in Binghamton for 30 years. Upon retirement, he enjoyed golfing and had a hole-in-one at the En-Joie golf course in Endicott. He and Helen enjoyed many years bowling on teams. Dayton was an expert gardener, growing all his own plants. His home was a real show place in the summer for everyone to enjoy. He will be missed by his loving neighbors and all who knew him. –Towanda Daily Review 8/12/2017

 

ALLEN –DEBORA A. PACKER, age 64, of Blossburg, PA, passed away on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at the Green Home. She was born on July 18, 1953 in Westfield, PA, a daughter of Lawrence and Onalee (Taft) Allen. Debora was the wife of James Packer. She was employed at Broad Acres as an LPN. Debora enjoyed riding horses and crocheting. She is survived by her husband, James; a son, Timothy Frank Empson of Westfield, PA; a daughter, Peggy Sue and John Hoskins of OH; three grandchildren, Chace, Kaitlin and Megan; a brother, Frederick and Kimberly Blackman of OH; a sister, Susan Marling of OH. Debora was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Kenneth Allen; a sister, Kay Jeffers.

Honoring Debora's wishes there will be no services. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. –Funeral home obit

 

ALLEN –DONNA M. ALLEN MORNINGSTAR, 75, of Powell, Pennsylvania, passed away Friday evening, Dec. 22, 2017, at home following declining health. Donna was born on April 22, 1942, in Powell, Monroe Township, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Rex and Elsie Camp Allen. Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Paula Allen of Athens; daughter and son-in-law, Penny and Jack Isbell of Powell; sisters, Elsie Bailey of Durell, Kay stranger and husband Donald Stranger of Powell; as well as many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sisters, Agnes Mae Allen Northrup, Gladys Allen Johnson Derr, Betty Allen Dieffenbach; and brothers, Clyde, James Clifford, Howard and Richard Allen. Abiding with Donna’s request there will be no calling hours or services. The family requests that contributions may be directed to the Bradford County Humane Society, P.O. Box 179, Ulster, PA in Donna’s memory. –Towanda Daily Review 12/24/2017

 

ALLEN –DORIS ALLEN PETERSON, daughter of the late Aza and Bebe Allen died on August 7, 2017 Raleigh, NC. She was born on December 7, 1928 in New Albany, PA. She is survived by her husband Charles Peterson, daughter Diane, son Glenn, grandson Billy and sisters Ruth and June. She was preceded in death by brothers Charles and Barton, and sister Grace. She went to cosmetology school in Elmira NY, and had her own salon in Jeffersonville, NY where she met her future husband. She continued to do this in Raleigh. She volunteered at election polls for over 50 years. She was a charter member of Hudson Memorial Church. A memorial service will be held at Hudson Memorial Church on Six Forks Rd. at 4:00 PM, Thursday, August 10, 2017. The family will immediately receive friends following the memorial service. –The News & Observer 8/9/2017

(I would like to not her mother was Aza Flora Crawford and her father Beebe Chapman Allen all prominent local residents. –Carol Brotzman)

 

ARTHUR W. AMMERMAN, 91, of Waverly, passed away Friday Aug. 11, 2017 at his home with his family by his side. Born June 30, 1926 in Sayre, PA, the son of the late Sarah (Searfoss) and Leonard Ammerman, loving husband of the late Erma Mae Ammerman and father of the Late Larry Ammerman. Arthur was a lifelong resident of the Valley, he was a very proud Veteran of the U.S. Army serving as a Corporal during World War II. He married the love of his life Erma Mae (Wells) Ammerman on September 29, 1944. Arthur retired from The Ammeran Electric Company of Waverly that he founded and owned for many years. He was a loving husband, father, and Grandfather, who will be deeply missed. Surviving him are his daughter and son in law, Dianne (Charles) Annabel, of Waverly; his grandchildren, Mark (Beth) Annabel, Lockwood, N.Y., Charles (Annette) Annabel, Beaver Meadows, PA; great granddaughters, Marissa, Jade, and Catherine. Also surviving him are his brothers; Harold (Priscilla) Ammerman, Donnie (Loretta) Ammerman all of Litchfield, PA., and Bobbie (Doris) Ammerman of Vestal as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins and a special niece, Susan Vander. –Sayre Morning Times 8/14/2017

 

GERALD J. ANDREWS, age 78, of Mansfield, PA, passed away on Wednesday, August 2, 2017. He was born on June 11, 1939 in Blossburg, a son of Ernest "E.B" Andrews and Margaret (Sweet) Andrews. Gerald was the husband of Delphia (Hammock) Andrews. He was a US Veteran having served in the Army, 101ST Airborne. He enjoyed playing horseshoes. He is survived by his wife, Delphia; a son, Richard "Rick" (Kathy) Andrews of New Freedom, PA; three grandchildren, Christopher, James, Jennifer; five great grandchildren, Kaedin, Brycen, Austin, Aiden, Justin; two brothers, Gary (Sandy) Andrews, Steve Andrews both of Wellsboro; four sisters, Linda (Louie) Covert of Wellsboro, Debbie (Danny) Neal of NC, JoAnn (Gene) Andrews of Dayton, OH, Betsy (Larry) Tokarz of Mansfield. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Donald Andrews. A private graveside service will be held in Bath National Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

BRUCE A. ANDRIEN SR., devoted father, passed away peacefully at home on Dec. 25, 2017 in the evening. Bruce was born on April 11, 1935 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and lived for many years in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Bruce and his family moved to West Burlington, Pennsylvania, in December of 1977. Bruce was a well-known, self-employed contractor for all of his adult life. His mastery and passion for building showed through in his work, especially the stonework he took much pride in. Bruce joined his family in heaven, which included his wife of over 50 years, Loraine Hall Andrien; parents, Leonard and Rita Andrien; step-father, James (aka Big Jim) Andrien; in-laws, Victor and Josephine Hall; brother and sister-in-law, James (aka Jimmy) and Jill Andrien; step-brother, Jamie Andrien; and two nieces and two nephews. Bruce is survived by his siblings, Rita Cassidy of Atlantic City, New Jersey, Leonard Andrien of West Chester, Pennsylvania, and Vaune and Joe Bruno of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Bruce is also survived by his children, Denise and Lawrence (aka Sonny) Mays of West Burlington, Pennsylvania, Bruce Jr. and Leonora Andrien of Guilford, Connecticut, and Lorin and Lorrie (Baxter) Andrien of Canton, Pennsylvania. Bruce was an avid fisherman and totally enjoyed deer hunting. He delighted in spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Bruce always shared the hard candy in his pockets with any kids. Bruce was looking forward to playing with and spoiling his next great-grandson. No formal services will be planned in accordance to Bruce’s wishes; remembrance time will be held at a future date convenient to the family. –Funeral home obit

 

LOIS MARIE AREY, 95, of The Gardens at Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania, and formerly of Dushore, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. Lois was born Nov. 5, 1922, a daughter of the late John and Elsie Kneller Arey. She graduated from Dushore High School a member of the class of 1940. Lois was employed by the Endicott Johnson Shoe Manufacturing Company and by the Sull-Craft Manufacturing Company, formerly Sullivan Silk Company. She later worked as a clerk for the Ben Franklin Store in Dushore for 19 years. Lois was a former member of the Wilmot Grange and also a member of the Zion Chapel, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Dushore, Pennsylvania. Surviving are four nieces, Lois Papson, Emily Hoffman, Joan Rozen and Ilene Kille; three nephews, Marshall Downes, James Arey and David Hoffman; also several great-nieces and great-nephews. She was predeceased by her three brothers, Charles Elwood Arey, James Arey and Paul Arey; and by a sister, Laura Downes; and also by three nieces, Linda Charnitski, Arvilla Dotson and Elinor Filardo. Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until the start of the service at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, at the Zion Chapel, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Dushore, Pennsylvania. A funeral service will follow at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Phyllis A. Pellitier, her pastor, presiding. Interment will follow in the Old Zion Cemetery, Dushore, Pennsylvania. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Dushore Fire and Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 1, Dushore, PA in Lois M. Arey’s memory. –Towanda Daily Review 2/22/2018

 

CHARLES L. ‘CHARLIE’ ARNOLD, 93, of Sayre, PA was called home by his Lord on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 following a period of declining health at the Towanda Skilled Nursing Unit. He was born Nov. 20, 1924, in Sayre, PA, the son of Everett J. and Edna B. (Matthews) Arnold. Charles was a lifetime resident of Bradford County. He was a graduate of Sayre High School, but his grandmother had to accept his diploma due the his joining the military. Charles was a Veteran of the US Army, proudly serving during World War II. He was a medic during the war serving in Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe. During those campaigns, he was awarded the EAME Service Ribbon with a Silver Star. Upon returning home from the military, Charles went to work for W.T. Grant Company and Horn and Taylor, prior to beginning his 32-year career with Wolf Furniture as a Deliveryman, retiring in 1986. He married the love of his life, the former Ida Cole, on June 19, 1954, and they celebrated 63 years of marriage in 2017. He was a beloved husband and loving father and grandfather. Charles was a devout Christian man, serving the Lord in many capacities. A former member of the Sayre Pilgrim Holiness Church, he served as the Church Secretary, was the song leader and a member of the choir. He was presently a member of the Chemung Christian Fellowship in Chemung, N.Y. He was a Godly man whose kindness and caring mannerisms shall be missed by all those who knew and loved him. Many will remember Charles as their mentor and a man that was deeply respected. He is predeceased by his father, Everett J. Arnold; mother and step-father, Edna B. and Leon B. Palmer; infant brother, Jack Hoover Arnold; and sister, Laura Greeno. Charles is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Ida Cole at home, son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth E. and Beth Arnold of Castle Rock, CO; grandsons, Kory Arnold of Denver, CO and Kevin Bowler of San Diego, CA; granddaughter, Keri and Christian Stump of San Jose, CA; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Friends and family may call on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, PA. Funeral services will follow at the funeral home at 1 p.m. with the Rev. William Wells and Rev. Randy Stilson co-officiating. Burial will be in Nichols Cemetery, Nichols, N.Y. Memorial donations may be made in Charles' memory to a charity of one's choice. –Sayre Morning Times 2/5/2018

 

ROBERT W. ARNOLD, 86, of Ulster, Pennsylvania, Rome Township, passed away on Thursday, November 23, 2017 at his home holding the hand of his loving wife. Robert was born on June 5, 1931 in Litchfield, Pennsylvania, one of 12 children to Harry and Cora (Brenchley) Arnold. On July 15, 1950, he married Alfreda M. Snyder and together they have shared sixty-seven years of marriage. For over 30 years, Bob was employed by Nichols Agway as a truck driver. He enjoyed deer hunting, square dancing, cruising to Bermuda, New Zealand, and together with Alfreda they traveled to every state but North Dakota.

Bob will be greatly missed by his wife, Alfreda, at home; his children, Christine (Michael) Gowan, Gary Arnold (Linda Arnold), and Connie (John) Morgenstern, all of Athens; his sister, Hettie Rinker of Rome; sister-in-law, Vivian C. Arnold of Litchfield; his grandchildren, Linda (Ron) Smith, Jennifer (Rick) Chilson, Jason (Alicia) Arnold; great-grandchildren, Ryan Smith, Nicole Chilson, Matthew Chilson, Hannah Arnold Malacci Ham, Tucker Ham, and Zacceri Warner. Many nieces, nephews and their families also survive. Bob was predeceased by his parents; and his siblings, Claude Arnold, Walter Arnold, Wallace Arnold, Willis Arnold, Harry Arnold, Lloyd Arnold, Clyde Arnold, Alice Bellis, Doris Maslin and Mae French. Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral service for Bob at 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 27, at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols, with Pastor C. Kenneth Crain, officiating. Flowers will be provided by the family and they request that memorial contributions be directed to the Vigilante-Rome Fire Dept., 958 Main St., Rome, PA or the Bradford County Humane Society, P.O. Box 179, Ulster, PA in loving memory of Robert W. Arnold.-Towanda Daily Review

 

WILLIS B. ARNOLD, 87, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, at his home in Litchfield, Pennsylvania. His loving wife of 68 years, Vivian held his hand as he entered heaven's gates. "Willy," or "Papa," as he was lovingly and affectionately known by his family and friends, was born on Dec. 2, 1929, a triplet to Harry and Cora (Brenchley) Arnold. Willy and his 11 siblings grew up in Litchfield, Pennsylvania, and attended Vawter and Litchfield school. He proudly served his country with the US Air Force, then worked for Ingersoll Rand. He and his sons owned and operated Arnold's Automotive where they had a large salvage yard, garage and moved house trailers. Willy enjoyed bowling with the IR bowling league and had a keen eye for shooting. He attended the Bumpville Bible Church and the Southport Baptist Church. Those left to cherish is memory are his one and only wife, Vivian C. (Maslin) Arnold; his sons and daughters-in-law, Rev. Duane and Lisa Arnold of Lockwood, New York, Rick and Tammy Arnold of Litchfield; his grandchildren, Duane Jr. (Darcy) Arnold, Rev. Christopher (Janelle) Arnold, Jessica (Todd) Frutchey, Amanda Sutfin, Auriel (Eric) Patterson, Michael Arnold, Faith Arnold, Lilly Arnold, Rachel (Gerry) Sarnosky, Randy (Joy) Arnold and Jessica (Jonathan) Roberts; 26 great-grandchildren; his brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Alfreda Arnold; and sister, Hetty Rinker. Numerous nieces, nephews and their families also survive. Willy was predeceased by his son, Randy Willis Arnold; grandson, Carl Watkins; his siblings, Lloyd, Claude, Clyde, Alice, Doris, Harry, Lorena Mae, Wallace and Walter. Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation from 2 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at the Bumpville Bible Church. A memorial service and celebration of his life will follow at 3 p.m. with his son Rev. Duane Arnold, Rev. Christopher Arnold and Rev. Ben Miller officiating. Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the Bumpville Bible Church, Bumpville Hill Road, Rome, Pennsylvania, in loving memory of Willis "Willy" B. Arnold. –Towanda Daily Review 9/30/2017

 

RONALD G. ATKINSON, age 61, of Blossburg, PA, passed away on Sunday February 25, 2018 at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital. He was born on July 16, 1956 in Blossburg, PA, a son of Louis and Betty (Davis) Atkinson. Ronald was employed as a guard for Am-Guard in Pittsburgh, PA. He enjoyed hiking on the mountain, watching TV shows, and his cat. He is survived by two sons, Ronald Atkinson of Morris Run, PA, Adam (Katey) Breon of Mansfield, PA; two daughters, Spring (Joe) Kyle of Liberty, PA, Beth Smith of Mainesburg, PA; 10 grandchildren; four brothers, Lou (Roxy) Atkinson of Troy, PA, Gary Atkinson, Denny (Tina) Atkinson of Covington, PA, Larry Atkinson of Morris Run, PA; a sister, Sherry (Robert) Winter of Cogan Station, PA. Ronald was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Donald Atkinson. In honoring Ronald's wishes there will be no services. Memorial contributions may be made to Buckheit Funeral Chapel to assist with expenses. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. –Funeral Home obit

 

RONALD R. ATKINSON, age 76, of Lawrenceville, PA, passed away on Monday, December 18, 2017 at his home. He was born on July 26, 1941 in Camden, NJ, a son of Cyril and Helen (Doughtery) Atkinson. Ronald was the husband of Catherine "Cassie" (Innamorato) Atkinson and they shared 53 years of marriage. He was a machinist for Langston Company in Camden, NJ for 34 years. Ronald was a member of the Calvary United Methodist Church in Lawrenceville, PA. He enjoyed hunting, photography, and was a lifetime member of the NRA. Ronald is survived by his wife, Cassie; 3 sons, Ronald R. (Cheryl) Atkinson of Pinellas Park, FL, Michael J. Atkinson of Magnolia, NJ, William (Tara) Atkinson of Erial, NJ; 7 grandchildren, Robert J. "R.J" (Leann) and Steven N. Neidl, Emile S. Atkinson, Christian M. Atkinson, Jason A., Angelia N., and Brandon M. Atkinson; 3 great grandchildren, Hunter and Harmony Neidl, Kaleb Atkinson; 3 sisters, Helen E. Russo of Newark, DE, Carol J. (Robert) Dickson of Glassboro, NJ, Terry L. Paradise of Voorhees, NJ. Family and Friends are invited to call on Saturday, December 30, 2017 from 10 AM to Noon at the Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. A service will immediately follow at Noon with Rev. Tom Harmic officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Rifle Association of America, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA. –Funeral home obit

 

AUMICK –PATRICIA JOAN AUMICK BRADLEY of Gillett, Pa., went home into the arms of Jesus on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 79 years old.  She was born in Elmira, NY on February 9, 1939, the daughter of the late Merrill and Charlotte (Inscho) Aumick.  She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Barry Bradley, daughter Kelly (John) Mann, sons John "Mike" (Becky) Bradley, Brian Bradley, Trevor (Sage) Bradley, brother Merrill "Mike" (Susan) Aumick, thirteen grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was predeceased  by five sisters, Jeanett, Margaret, Donna, Kay and Marie "Ann".  Pat was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother home maker, and loved the Lord.  She was a gifted artist and loved camping, decorating and gardening. Family and friends are invited to calling hours on Sunday, February 18, 2018 1-2 pm at Victory Church, 645 E. Main St. Troy, PA. Funeral immediately following. –Elmira Star-Gazette 2/14/2018

 

LYLE A. AUSTIN SR. age 89 formerly of Millerton, PA, passed away peacefully at Elcor Health Services on Fri. November 17, 2017 at the age of 89. Born on March 28, 1928 in Pennsylvania, Lyle was the son of the late, Loyd & Margaret Hager Austin. In service to his country, Lyle served in the U.S. Air Force. Lyle was married to the love of his life, Lois Stevens who predeceased him. A handy man, Lyle enjoyed woodworking and he was self employed doing so for many years in Millerton, PA. He enjoyed time spent with his family camping at “County Bridge”, fishing, and enjoying the great outdoors. He loved to be surrounded by children. Lyle is survived by his loving family, children, Lyle Jr. “Sonny” (Clair) Austin, N. Chemung, NY; Joyce (Ralph) Christian, North Chemung, NY; Richard “Dick” (Joan) Austin, Millerton, PA; Margaret (Jim) Beatty, Millerton, PA; Robert “Bob” (Sheryl) Austin, Millerton, PA; sisters, Caroline Miller, Elmira; and Leona Sempler, Corning; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife, he was predeceased by his brothers, Richard and Dale Austin. All services will be handled privately at this family’s convenience. –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/22/2017

 

AVERY –FRANCES C. ‘FRAN’ BOLT, age 75, of Millerton, PA, died Saturday, July 14, 2018 at her home. She was born March 1, 1943 in Roseville, PA, a daughter of Merle and Caroline (Sherman) Avery. Fran was the wife of the late David F. Bolt who passed away in 1994. She was employed at Elmira College in the house keeping department before she retired. Fran was a member of the Gillett Baptist Church. She enjoyed sewing, geneology, cooking, flowers and quilting. Fran is survived by 3 sons and daughters-in-law, William and Michele Bolt, Roger Bolt and Douglas and Jarose Bolt, all of Millerton, PA; 2 daughters, Sarah Johns of Mansfield, PA, Lisa McClain of Millerton, PA; a sister and brother-in-law, Daisy and Kenneth Hicks of Mansfield, PA; 11 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, David, a sister, Genevieve Updike and a grandson, Jacob Johnson. A celebration of life with a dish-to-pass picnic in honor of Fran's life will be held on Sunday, July 22 at 1PM at the Mainesburg Community Center, Mainesburg, PA. Donations may be made to the funeral chapel to assist with expenses. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family. –Elmira Star-Gazette 7/17/2018

 

BABCOCK –CHARLOTTE L. BABCOCK ELLIS age 74 of Daytona Beach, Florida, formerly of Elmira NY. Made her blessed entrance to heaven on October 2, 2017 with her family by her side. She was born May 26, 1943 in Sayre PA. Predeceased by her Mother, father & twin sister. She is survived by Husband Gary Ellis, her 3 Daughters & Son in Laws Tina & Jeff Moore, Laurie & Jim Douglas, Son in Laws Tina & Jeff Moore, Laurie & Jim Douglas, Nancy & Joe Fife. Her most cherished treasures of 10 grand & 20 great grand children. Sister Nancy Lester, Step Sister Rebecca Hoffman, several cousins, nieces & nephew's. Step children with their families. Bothers & Sister in laws along with her dear friend Dee Enos, Daytona Beach. Charlotte was a Hair dresser and waitress for many years before becoming a respected bus driver for Elmira Schools & Daytona Beach Fl until her retirement. Charlotte's daughters will be honoring their loving mother with a Celebration Of Life with Pastor Rob Russell officiating with prayer. Charlotte's daughters ask family and friends to join them to pay final respects to a woman who was known & loved by many. Saturday November 4th 2017 1pm-5pm at Elmira Heights Legion 236 Scottwood Ave., Elmira Heights, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/1/2017

 

BAILEY –BEVERLY A. (BAILEY) KAMINSKI, 78, of Great Bend, PA. went to be with the Lord and his Angels on Friday, April 13, 2018. She was born on May 31, 1939 in Gibson, PA to the late Keith S. and Margaret (Scarpowich) Bailey. Beverly is survived by her husband of 60 years, John Kaminski, Jr, daughter, Tammy M. Kaminski, D.C., son and daughter-in-law, Jeffrey J. and Rebecca E. Kaminski, two grandchildren, Brianna M. Kaminski and Gabriel J. Waldowski, sister, Dolores Henderson, brother-in-law, Jesse Adkins and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Robin L. Kaminski-Waldowski and her sister, Janet Adkins. Bev, as her friends and family called her, was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a wonderful homemaker bringing so much joy to her family. Bev was a master gardener and especially loved working in her flower beds, her beautiful garden creations were greatly admired. She loved her pets especially her special friend, Daisy May. Bev was a gifted cook and baker. She was very active in the Gibson community when she was younger. One of her favorite pastimes was traveling with her husband and family. Beverly was loving and made every holiday special. She will be dearly missed. Services for Beverly will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at the Daniel K. Regan Funeral Home, 232 S. Main St., Montrose, PA. Visitation will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. prior to the service. Interment will be in the Gibson Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to True Friends Animal Welfare Center, 16332 SR 706, Montrose, PA. –Funeral home obit

 

JOHN R. ‘JACK’ BAILEY, age 76, of Corning, NY and St. Petersburg, FL died Sunday, November 19, 2017 at home with his loving family at his side. John was born on September 11, 1941 in Sayre, PA to John and Bertha (Champion) Bailey. He was a graduate of Towanda High School, received his Bachelor's Degree from Albright College in Reading, PA and a Master's in Education from Elmira College. He taught chemistry, math, and coached golfing at Corning-Painted Post West High School after college, before joining Pfizer as a pharmaceutical sales person. John was an avid duplicate bridge player, tennis player, and golfer. He was a loyal Bills and Red Sox fan. He was also a member of the Lions Club and Corning Country Club. He enjoyed horse racing and owned race horses for several years. He is survived by his long-time companion, Clare Bavis; a daughter, Lenore (P.J.) O'Hanrahan of Buffalo, NY; brother, Larry (Merry) Bailey of Seminole, FL; grandchildren, Emily, Patrick, Cailey, and Ashley; stepdaughter, Lori Wade of Kentfield, CA; stepson, Jamie Burgess of Wyalusing, PA; several nieces and nephews; a grand puppy, Angel. Private memorial services will be held at the convenience of the family and burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Corning. Memorial donations may be made in John's name to the Southeast Steuben Public Library. John's family entrusted his care to Haughey Funeral Home, Inc. –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/21/2017

 

RACHEL I. BAILEY, 56, of 321 James Monroe Ave., Monroeton, Pennsylvania passed away Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pennsylvania. Rachel was born on June 3, 1961, in Towanda, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Ronald James Bailey and Marjorie Elizabeth Swackhammer Bailey. She attended the Towanda schools and later married Henry L. Bailey on June 6, 1977. Rachel was employed by Cargill in Wyalusing, Pennsylvania for over 10 years. She enjoyed caring for her flower gardens, crafts and crocheting. Her family includes her sons: Henry L. (Steffanie) Bailey Jr. of Ohio, Eric W. Bailey (Jessica Bleiler) of Monroeton; grandchildren: Stephanie, Stacey, Lyric Jude, Lydian, Isabelle and Justin Bailey, Laney and Lacey Beaghley; stepmother, Rose Bailey of Wysox; sibling: Ronnie (Laura) Bailey of Rochester, New York, Richard (Amy) Bailey of North Towanda, Lisa (Greg) Simons of Nichols, New York, Kathy (Mike) Miller of Windham, Clarice (James) Anderson of Chemung, New York; as well as several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Rachel was predeceased by her husband, Henry L. Bailey Sr. on Sept. 4, 2008; father, Ronald James Bailey; mother, Marjorie Elizabeth Swackhammer Jayne and stepfather, Frank Jayne. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. There no calling hours.The Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home of Towanda, Pennsylvania is assisting Rachel’s family with arrangements. –Towanda Daily Review 3/18/2018

RICHARD ‘DICK’ BAILEY, 84, long-time resident of LeRoy, PA passed away Wednesday evening, October 11, 2017 while surrounded by loved ones at Monroe Regional Hospital in Ocala, Florida. Richard, also known as “Dick” or “Chet” to family and friends, was born November 24, 1932 in Powell, PA, a son of the late Aaron W. and Ethel I. (Stone) Bailey.  He was a 1950 graduate of Towanda High School before serving our country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  On April 20, 1957 he married the former Patricia A. Morse in the East Canton United Methodist Church.   They shared over 60 wonderful years together and raised two children.  In early years, Dick worked at Canton’s Bellows Valvair.  He then was an agent with Prudential Insurance and Securities until retiring after 23 years.  After retiring, to keep busy he worked as a security guard for the DuPont Co. in Towanda. Dick was very active in his community and was blessed with many friends.  He served as LeRoy Twp. Constable for many years, was a life-member of Canton’s V.F.W Post 714 and the Wheel Inn Club in Roaring Branch.  Dick was a long-time member of Mountain Top Hunting Camp and a former director and president of Canton’s Rod & Gun Club.  He was active in the Canton F. & A.M. Lodge 415, the Scottish Rite in Towanda and the Williamsport Consistory. He was a former director of the Canton Area School Board, a Canton Moose Lodge 429 member for many years and a Mid-Florida Lakes Homeowners Association member in Leesburg, FL. Love for family was most important in Dick’s life.  Many happy times were shared with loved ones.  Dick was also an avid outdoorsman, especially hunting and fishing.  He would love to sit on his front porch in LeRoy and discuss all his knowledge and his adventures on his beloved Barclay Mountain with all that would stop by, as many did. He and his wife Pat enjoyed many winters in Florida, not only to be nearer the grandkids, but for the shuffle board playing, bike riding and golf cart driving which became enjoyable past times. In addition to his beloved wife Pat, surviving are two daughters; Pamela Collins of Granville Summit and Susan (Steven) Scott of Leesburg, FL, two granddaughters; Stephanie (John) Gardner and Stacey Scott (fiancé Danny Dorminy) all of Lady Lake, FL, a sister, Marjorie Douglas of Buffalo, NY, several nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors and friends.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his son-in-law, David M. Collins, a brother and sister-in-law; Jack S. and Betty Bailey and brother-in-law, Francis Douglas. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Drive in Canton. In lieu of flowers, consider a donation in Mr. Bailey’s name to the Canton V.F.W. 28 Troy St. Canton, PA or to a charity of one’s choice. –Funeral home obit

 

BAKER –BETTY JEAN SWINGLE 75, of Centermorland died Thursday July 27th 2017. She is survived by her companion Phil Culver. Betty was born on September 30, 1941 daughter of the late George and Beva Chamberlin Baker. She was a member of the American Legion Post 510 in Black Walnut. She was preceded in death by her husband’s Richard D. Spencer I, and Fredrick R. Swingle Sr., son, Brian D. Spencer, and brother, Robert, Gerald and Richard Baker. She is survived by her sons Richard D. Spencer II, of Laceyville, Duane Spencer, of LeRaysville, Jerry Spencer, of Binghamton, NY, daughters Cindy and Albert Hitchcock, of Laceyville, Dawn and Jim Belcher, of Stevensville, Kelly and Tim Shoemaker, of Shavertown, Brother George Baker, sisters MaryAnn Nye, and Yvonne Baker, seven Step Children and several grandchildren, great grandchildren and her Companions Family. Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 31st at 2:00 PM from the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, Inc. 73 West Tioga St. Tunkhannock, Pa. with Pastor Charles Bishop interment will be in Lacey Street Cemetery Laceyville. A viewing for friends and family will be held on Monday from 12 Noon until the time of the service. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

DR. RALPH STANLEY BAKER passed away at his cottage at Traceway Retirement Community on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. He was born Aug. 1, 1927, in LeRaysville, PA, to Charles Vann and Clara Davis Baker. He graduated from Le- Raysville High School, the University of Delaware and Purdue University where he received a PhD in plant physiology. His entire professional career was spent as an employee of Mississippi State University at the Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville, MS, conducting research on weed control in cotton. Following his retirement, he formed Weed Away, which serviced residential and commercial properties. While in Leland, he was an active member of the Leland United Methodist Church where he served in many capacities. He was a founding member of the first Board of Trustees of Leland Habitat for Humanity and actively participated in the construction of the first 23 houses built by that affiliate. He was a member of Leland Lions Club and served as president. In 2006, he and his wife, Mary Beth, moved to the Traceway Retirement Community in Tupelo. Their cottage provided a great place to meet new friends and enjoy community activities. He was an active member of Tupelo First United Methodist Church. He continued his service activities by delivering Meals on Wheels and working in the Helping Hands Food Pantry. Ralph was a quiet, humble man with a ready smile. His favorite activities involved piloting the several planes he owned in early years, jogging, hiking (especially the Appalachian Trail) and bicycle riding. He participated in numerous 10K races, several marathons, and twice completed triathlons. A particular joy was time spent with his children and grandchildren, especially around the dinner table. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary Beth Baker; two daughters, Nancy Anderson (Andy) of Okolona and Diane Schallock (Mike) of Webster, NC; four grandchildren, Van Anderson of Okolona, Jane Anderson of Winston-Salem, NC, Grant Schallock of San Antonio, Texas and Leslie Schallock of Staunton, VA, and one sister-in-law, Ruth Dickey of Marlton, NJ. The family appreciates the concern and support received from the staff at North Mississippi Medical Center, NMMC Hospice, Traceway Retirement Community, Visiting Angels and his attending physicians, especially Dr. Daryl Schroeder.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Holloman Covenant Sunday School of First United Methodist Church, Tupelo. Visitation was held from 9 a.m. until service time Saturday, March 31, at W.E. Pegues, Tupelo. A celebration of life was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 31 at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Fred Britton officiating. Interment followed in the First United Methodist Church Columbarium. If desired, memorials in Ralph’s memory may be made to Meals on Wheels of Mississippi Methodist Senior Services, 2800 West Main Street, Tupelo, MS. –Wyalusing Rocket  4/5/2018

 

BALDWIN –ELEANOR ‘JEAN’ BALDWIN DOWNER, 80, of Montrose, passed away on Friday, July 20, 2018, at the Bradford County Manor, Troy, Pa. after a long battle with Alzheimers.  She was born August 7, 1937, in Rush Township, Pennsylvania, the youngest child of the late Earl and Frances (Goodwin) Baldwin.  Jean was a graduate of Rush High School, class of 1955.  She worked for many years as a telephone operator for Commonwealth Telephone Company in Montrose until they moved operations to Dallas, Pa.  Later, she worked part-time at Mulligan’s Printing Company putting together their various publications. Jean enjoyed fishing, mowing, traveling to casinos and playing bingo.  She especially enjoyed the weekly card games with her sisters.  An avid bowler, she participated in women’s and mixed leagues, along with coaching and training the youth leagues. She was a member of the Montrose United Methodist Church where she served on the prayer call list and also acted as a collection usher. Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Gary Downer, three daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Joe Reynolds, Montrose, Lisa and Scot Conway, Palmyra, PA, and Lois and Frank Capalaces, Montrose; four grandchildren, Caleb and Alison Reynolds and Colby and Caitlin Conway; one sister Ethel Mae Ruhf, Lawton, Pa, and several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by an infant son, William Reuel Downer, three sisters, Eva Wilbur, Kathryn Douglas, Pauline McGovern, and three brothers, James, Paul and Horace Baldwin. Funeral services for Jean will be held on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 11am at the Daniel K. Regan Funeral Home, 232 S. Main St., Montrose and burial will follow at the Fairdale Cemetery. Visitation will be on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 from 6-8pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 57 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA. –Funeral home obit

 

BALDWIN –EVA WILBUR, 100, of LeRaysville, Pennsylvania, passed away Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017 at Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital Skilled Nursing. She was born Feb. 19, 1917, in Neath, Pennsylvania, to the late Earl and Frances [Goodwin] Baldwin. Eva was 1935 graduate of Rush High School and was employed as a clerk for many years at the Red & White and Village Markets. She served as the tax collector for Pike Township for 40 years. Eva enjoyed working in her yard, gardening and weed whacking. Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Arlyn and Arlene Wilbur of LeRaysville; daughter, Shirley Rockefeller of Rome; grandson, Randy and Sharon Rockefeller; granddaughter, Robin and William Huizinga; grandson, Jeffrey Wilbur; sisters, Ethel Mae Ruhf of Lawton, Jean and Gary Downer of Fairdale; seven great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Clayton A. Rockefeller; a daughter, Edna L. Marshall; a son-in-law, Richard Rockefeller; a granddaughter, Penny Rafferty; sisters, Kathryn Douglas and Pauline McGovern; and brothers, James Baldwin, Paul Baldwin, and Horace Baldwin. Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday at the Rushville Community Church in Rushville, Pennsylvania, with the Reverend Sharon Rockefeller officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at Bartron Myer Funeral Home, Montrose. Instead of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to H.O.P.S Ambulance, Attn.: Jim Speilar, 6185 Herrickville Road, Wyalusing, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 9/19/2017

GEORGE EVERETT BALLENTINE JR., 97, of Danville, passed away Aug. 12, 2017 in Hendricks Regional Health. Born Jan. 13, 1920 at home near East Smithfield, Pennsylvania, he was the son of Nelle Lampman and George E. Ballentine Sr. He married Phyllis Coffman on Jan. 9, 1944, in Sullivan, Indiana, and she survives. Mr. Ballentine was a U.S. Army Air Corp veteran, a member of Indiana Forestry and Woodland Owners and the Western Star Lodge No. 26 F & AM. He worked for Allison Transmission, a division of GM, for 40 years, starting as a mechanic and retiring as a mechanical engineer in August of 1982. Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Ballentine of Danville; sons, Wayne E. (Jane) Ballentine of Fort Wayne, Scott W. (Vicki) Ballentine of Jamestown; four grandsons and six great-grandchildren. His parents and a sister, Harriet Ascough McKenzie, preceded him in death. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017 in Danville United Methodist Church, of which he was a member, with burial to follow in Danville South Cemetery. Calling will be from 10 a.m. until the service time in the church. Baker Funeral Home, Danville, is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Danville United Methodist Church Building Fund, 820 W. Mill St., Danville, IN. –Towanda Daily Review 8/15/2017

 

ARPAD BALOGH, age 63 of Gillett, PA died Friday, October 6, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Rosemarie; daughter, Renee (Andrew) Husted; mother, Elvira Balogh; sister, Agnes O'Rourke; pre-deceased by his father, John Balogh. Arpad is a communicant of Blessed Sacrament Parish, retired from Belden in Horseheads, and a member of the Chemung Valley Regional Car Club being a Lincoln enthusiast. Those wishing may make a donation in his memory to the American Cancedr Society. The Family will receive relatives and friends at the Kalec Funeral Home Wednesday, October 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. followed immediately by his Funeral Service at 4 p.m. Rev. Richard Farrell, Officiating. Interment at the convenience of the family. –Elmira Star-Gazette 10/10/2017

 

BANTA –RUTH B. COOPER, age 94, of Millerton, PA passed away Thursday, August 24, 2017 at her home. She was born August 15, 1923 in Centerville, Iowa, a daughter of Vernon and Ruby (White) Banta. Ruth was married to Quentin Cooper who died in 1983. She worked for McKesson Chemical Manufacturing as a data processor before she retired. She was an avid bowler; was a member of the knitting guild; enjoyed spinning and weaving. Ruth is survived by 2 sons, James (Laurie) Cooper of Gardiner, NY, Scott Cooper of Millerton, PA; a daughter, Christine Casey of West Palm Beach, FL; 2 grandchildren, Steven Hoek and Amy Kubik; 7 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by a brother, Robert Banta and a sister, Gretchen Taylor. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family. Memorial donations may be made to the Mansfield Ambulance Association, 381 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. –Funeral home obit contritubed by Carol Brotzman

 

MICHELE A. BARATS, 57, of Canton, Pennsylvania, passed away at home while surrounded by family on Saturday, June 9, 2018, following a re-occurrence of cancer. Michele, “Shell” to family and friends, was born Sept. 2, 1960 in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. A member of Canton High School’s 1978 graduating class, she then received a Medical Assistant Associates degree from Elmira Business Institute.  Michele was a “jack of all trades” person.  Her working career included several medical positions; a highway escort flagger, traveling all over the east coast; and a U.S. mail carrier in Canton Borough. Most recently, Shell traveled to people’s homes for insurance exams as a para medical examiner. Michele was also an avid outdoorsman, she loved the beach and was a farmer at heart. Also an accomplished gardener, landscaper and stone mason, she always had a “green thumb” and helped establish the former LeMoore View Greenhouse in East Canton.  Michele will be lovingly remembered for her cheerful nature. She possessed a hard-working, positive attitude in life, even through several adversities. Protective of her loved ones, Shell cherished the many times shared with her grandchildren and adventures with Scott. Surviving is Scott Moore, her companion of more than 20 years; three children, Lacy Morgan, Tiffany Ostrander (Tony) and Wesley Moore (Chrissy), all of Canton; seven grandchildren, Kylia Taft, Hunter Ostrander, Marissa Ostrander, Yelena Morgan, Kate Ostrander, Owen Moore and Avery Moore; four siblings, Steve Barats (Bonnie) of Canton, Wynk Payne (Don) of Bellevue, Nebraska, Miriam Paskman of Maple Shade, New Jersey and Walter Woods of Canton;  too many special nieces, nephews and cousins to list; her beloved pets, Otis and Puff. Michele was predeceased by a son, Karl W. Morgan, Jr., “Buddy”; her father and special grandmother, Stephen C. Barats and Julia Dawicki.  Calling hours are 11 – 1 p.m., Wednesday, June 13, at Pepper Funeral Home & Cremation Facility, 578 Springbrook Dr., Canton, with a celebration of her live following at 1 p.m.  Burial will be private at a later date. Her family will provide flowers. –Towanda Daily Review 6/11/2018

 

BARBER –JEAN A. BAXTER a longtime resident of the Millerton, PA community passed away Sat. Mar. 31, 2018 after living a long and full life at the age of 97. Born on Nov. 18, 1920 in Warren, PA; Jean was the daughter of the late, Howard L. & Ann Rose Shute Barber. A hard worker, Jean was not only a homemaker but was also employed for many years at Elmira Stamping. She is remembered for her love of home and family. She was an excellent gardener, seamstress, and cook. Jean was a longtime member of the Millerton Wesleyan Church. Surviving is her loving family, children, James R. (Beatrice) Haight, Waxhaw, NC; Lois (Ron) Seymour, Fassett, PA; Richard (Rose) Haight, Green Cove Springs, FL; and Vicki (Mike) Werner, Auburn, NY; many grandchildren, several great grandchildren; a niece and a nephew. In addition to her parents, Jean was predeceased by her son, Donald Baxter; a grandson, Chris Seymour; and brother, Nyal (Naomi) Barber Sr. Family and friends will be received at the Millerton Wesleyan Church, 5174 Main St., Millerton, PA on Sat. Apr. 21, 2018 between 11a.m. - 12 (noon). Memorial services will follow at 12 (noon) with her pastor and friend, Pastor Luke Richards officiating. Memorials may be directed to the church in her memory. –Elmira Star-Gazette 4/8/2018

 

CHIRSTOPHER BARRETT, 55, of Lockwood passed away suddenly on Friday, April 20, 2018 at home.
He was predeceased by his parents, Anthony and Rita Barrett; brother, David Barrett; brother-in-law, Dale Millard. Chris is survived by his children, Ashlee Barrett of Lockwood, Andrew Barrett of CO; step-children, Tanya Negron of MD and Eric Sinsabaugh; siblings, Tony and Doris Barrett of AZ, Theresa Millard of FL, Janice and Tom Millage of Barton, Kathy and Ron Decker of Elmira, Jim... and Cindy Barrett of Waverly, Beth and Chuck Daniels of FL and Ann and Chris Robertson of Barton; three grandchildren; special friend, Jimmy Smith of Lockwood; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Chris enjoyed going to the casino and gambling, long hikes and walks and watching the NY Giants.
A time of calling will be held on Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 11 to 12 at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly. Memorial services will be held on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 12 at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly. Memorial donations may be made in Chris’s name to the American Cancer Society. –Sayre Morning Times 4/23/2018

 

BARTO –BEVERLY L. SHANER, 79, of Muncy, died Sunday, February 11, 2018 at her home.
Born April 7, 1938 in Penn Twp., she was a daughter of the late George H. and Anna Bell (Pentz) Barto. Her husband of 52 years, the late C. Lester Shaner, preceded her in death on March 22, 2008. Beverly graduated in 1955 from the first class in Hughesville High School. Prior to that she attended the Frantz School, Penn Twp. Beverly worked at GTE Sylvania for 12 years, was a private duty CNA, and was most recently employed as a cook at Tilburgs Personal Care Home. Beverly enjoyed bowling, word searches, Bocci Ball, family get togethers. She loved the Lord, and enjoyed attending the Friendship Baptist Church. She also made a trip to Israel, to visit the Holy Land in 2000. She is survived by three daughters, Sandy Shaner of Fort Hancock, TX, Ann Hartman of Muncy and Diane Brelsford of Mt. Joy; a brother, Rolland "Buzz" Barto of Hughesville; nine grandchildren, Christopher Hartman, Bradley Hartman, Stephanie Parsons, Melissa George, Darryl Fisher, Nickia Betts, Emily Kleinfelter, Zachary Kleinfelter, and Andrew Shaner, Jr.; 12 great grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two sons, Andrew and George Shaner; two sisters, Evelyn Fry, Violet Shaner; and four brothers, Kimber, Sonny, Lester, and Eugene Barto. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, February 16 at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville with Pastor Jason King officiating. Burial will follow in Twin Hills Memorial Park. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, February 15, at the funeral home. –Williamsport Sun-Gazette 2/13/2018

 

CLIFF BARTO, 61, of Hughesville, died Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at Williamsport Regional Medical Center.
Born February 21, 1957 in Muncy, he was a son of Dorothy (Rovenolt) and the late Eugene Barto.
Cliff graduated from Hughesville High School, Class of 1975. He worked at Anton Waldman until its closing. He then worked for PennDOT, and enjoyed working on a local farm. Cliff loved to hunt, fish, and play cards. In his earlier years, he showed horses and won the State 4H competition in the pleasure class. He was also in charge of the pony pulling contest at the Lycoming County Fair, which his grandfather started. He is survived by his mother, Dorothy Barto and her companion, Charles Eberhart; a brother, Douglas (Mildred) Barto of Hughesville; two nieces, Cassandra (Josh) Hall, and Michelle Barto both of Montgomery; two great nieces, Scarlett and Hazel; and a good friend, Brent Gray. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 10 at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Rev. Max L. Walters, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Hughesville. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, at the funeral home. –Funeral home obit

ELYNA JAYNE BASS, infant daughter of Jessica M. Bass and Christopher R. Bass of 2650 Laning Creek Road, Towanda, Wysox Township, Pennsylvania, passed away Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at the Arnot-Ogden Medical Center, Elmira, New York. Elyna was born March 31, 2018, at the Arnot-Ogden Medical Center in Elmira. Elyna is survived by her parents; sisters, Emma and Alyse Bass; grandparents, Robert and Joy Bass of Frostproof, Florida, Ray Hilts of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan; great-grandmother, MaryJo Wilson of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan; cousin, Bailey Hilts; her brand new cousin, Mack Arthur Jefferies IV, born just 10 days before her; aunts, Amanda Anton and Katie Hilts; several great-aunts, great-uncles, beloved family/friends, Veronica Conrad of Towanda, Deborah Scavone of Sayre, and Katie Disbrow of South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. She was preceded in death by her baby sister, Mary Geraldine Bass in 2005; brother, Christopher Lee Bass in 2011; her “Meme,” Jayne Wilson in 2015; great-aunt, Kathy Guarisco in 2016; uncle, Ben in 2016; and cousins, George Pifer and Chad Kanine. Elyna’s Family extends a “special thank you” to the NICU at Arnot-Ogden Medical Center whose nurses are truly a gift to the medical field.
Services for Elyna will be private. The Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home of Towanda, Pennsylvania is assisting Elyna’s family with arrangements. –Towanda Daily Review 4/6/2018

 

GENE L. BATTIN, 79, long-time resident of Shunk, PA, most recently of Susque-View Nursing Facility in Lock Haven passed away Thursday, January 18 2018, at the Gatehouse in Williamsport. Gene Lamar was born on the family farm in Elkland Twp. Sullivan County on November 26, 1938.  He was a son of the late E. Lamar and Meryl (Norton) Battin.  Gene and his brother Donald owned and operated the family’s dairy farm near Lincoln Falls until Don’s passing.  Blessed with a strong constitution, Gene continued to farm, hauled cattle, and remained dedicated to his beloved land.  On May 26, 1978, he married the former Charlotte M. Bradley who had been a milk tester in Sullivan County.  Together they shared over 30 wonderful years before her passing on Dec. 3, 2008.  Gene will be lovingly remembered as hard working and good hearted.  A big man with a strong handshake who never wore gloves; but also a giant teddy bear.  He was loved by many and especially his caretakers at Susque-View.  Gene was a member of the Lincoln Falls Wesleyan Church and the Sullivan County Fair Association.  He was a big fan of Allis Chalmers Tractors. Surviving are a sister and brothers-in-law; Aletha (Bob) Mann of Lock Haven, a special sister-in-love, Brenda (Durwood) Whiteley of Forksville, several nieces nephews and cousins.
In addition to his beloved wife Charlotte, he was predeceased by siblings; three infants Royce, Marie and Sheila also his brother, Donald in 1978. Calling hours are 10 – 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, at Lincoln Falls Wesleyan Church.  Pastor William Hargenrader will officiate a memorial service at 11.  Burial will be in Friends Cemetery, Shunk at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, consider a donation in Mr. Battin’s name to the church c/o 6575 Rt. 87 Forksville, PA.Pepper Funeral Home & Cremation Facility is assisting the family with arrangements.  –Canton Independent-Sentinel 1/25/2018

 

BEAN –MABEL ADELINE MANCHESTER, 89, of Rome, passed away peacefully at her home Wednesday evening, July 26, 2017. Mabel was born on May 31, 1928, at home in Nichols, New York, the daughter of Francis and Lillian Cole Bean. She was a graduate of Nichols High School with the class of 1946 and later, on Oct. 11, 1947, Mabel married Ernest "Jid" Manchester. Together, they operated a general store at their home. Mabel worked at the Nichols bank for over 20 years and then the Farmers National Bank in Rome until her retirement. She attended the Dille Parish United Church of Christ in Potterville, was a charter member of LeRaysville Chapter No. 498 Order of Eastern Star and a life member of the VFW Post No. 6824 Ladies Auxiliary. Mabel was active in politics - voting for 50 continuous years and supervised the Bradford County Republican headquarters office for a time. Mabel enjoyed sewing crazy quilts for the homeless, reading, gardening, doing word searches and crossword puzzles, and family vacations in Canada. Surviving are her children, Faye L. Young and husband Ronald of Towaco, New Jersey, Debra S. Young of Oak Hill, Virginia, Dennis D. Manchester and wife Deborah of Arlington, Texas, and Richard F. Manchester and wife Stephanie of Rome; grandchildren, Renee Sparrow and husband Ian, Chad Young, Kristin and Erik Larson, Matthew Manchester, Adam Young, Bradley Rockwell, Kelsey Manchester Morariu and husband Michael, Kayla Manchester and fiancé Davin Taylor, and Austin Manchester; great-grandchildren, Gunner Larson, Ethan Sparrow, Ali Sparrow, Kara Young, Brayden Young, and Harper Young; as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins and many good friends. In addition to her parents, Mabel was predeceased by her husband, Ernest Manchester, on March 18, 1991; sisters, Carolyn Donnelly and husband Nathan "Mickie" Donnelly, Bernadine Bushkirk and husband Sam, and Marjorie Cornell and husband Fred; brothers, Robert Bean and wife Lois, and Francis Bean and wife Pauline; brothers-in-law, Leslie Manchester and wife Lucille, and Leon Manchester and wife Muriel; and sisters-in-law, Madeline Allis and husband Paul and Nelsie Boardman and husband Donald. A private graveside service will be held at Bradford County Memorial Park, Burlington Township, at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, Towanda. There are no calling hours. The family suggests that contributions may be directed to the Ernest Manchester Scholarship Fund, Bradford County Conservation District, 200 Lake Road, Towanda, PA or to the H.O.P.S. Ambulance Association, in care of James W. Seipler, Secretary-Treasurer, 606 Ridge Road, Rome, PA in Mabel Adeline Manchester's memory. –Towanda Daily Review 7/30/2017

 

BEEMAN –BERNETA BEEMAN DIETRICH, 99, of Tunkhannock passed away Saturday, July 28, 2018. She was born Oct. 16, 1918 in Athens, PA. She was the daughter of the late Glenn Beeman and Minnie Harned and was married to the late George Dietrich. Berneta graduated from Laceyville High School and for several years worked as a waitress at the Prince Hotel. She enjoyed helping her loving husband maintain their beautiful country home and loved being outside and close to nature. She loved gardening and was an expert at growing and canning fruit and vegetables. She also enjoyed reading, embroidery and collecting animal figurines. She had a sharp mind, a sincere concern for others and great sense of humor. After being blessed for having her with us for so many years, Berneta will be very much missed by all who knew her. In addition to her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by her brothers Wayne, Bob and Ronald Beeman. Berneta is survived by her brother, Skip Beeman; her children, Sandra and late husband, Bill Jayne of Laceyville, Brenda and her husband, Mike Logozzo of Kennewick, WA, Linda and her husband, Paul Hackett of St. Petersburg, FL, Royce and his wife, Kathy Carter of Largo, FL; her stepchildren, Barbara and her husband, the late John Zeck of Tunkhannock, George, Jr. and his wife, Joanne Williams of Albuquerque, NM; Lavona and her husband, Bob Daniels of Tunkhannock and Laura Dietrich Kirk of Tunkhannock; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A visitation will be held Wednesday, Aug. 1, at 10 a.m. at the Harding Litwin Funeral Home, 123 W. Tioga Street, Tunkhannock. Funeral services will follow at 12 p.m. with Pastor Bill Clark officiating. Interment will follow at Sunnyside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send any donations to the Wyalusing Valley Personal Care Home, Inc., 43850 Rt. 6, Wyalusing, PA. –Rocket Courier 8/1/2018

 

JOEL F. BEEMAN, 70, of Athens, PA, while his beloved family surrounded him, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, December 8, 2017 following a long battle with Alzheimer's. He was born on February 24, 1947 in Sayre, PA, the son of Francis and Ella Mae (Drake) Beeman. Joel's passion and greatest love was his family. He was a beloved husband, dad, grandpa, and great-grandpa. He loved always being there for family, friends, and neighbors helping in any way he could no matter the circumstances. Serving during the Vietnam War in the US Army, Joel was a Purple Heart recipient. Joel was employed as a Maintenance Foreman with Craft-Master and Masonite, Towanda, PA, prior to retiring. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Joel loved doing woodworking and was an avid NASCAR fan, rooting for his favorite drivers, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Dale Earnhardt, Sr. in the past. While watching TV, he loved having his loving cat, Baxter, sitting on his lap. Joel will be missed by all those who knew and loved him. He is predeceased his father, Francis Beeman, step-mother, Ella Jean Beeman, step-father, Philip Pautz, brother Wayne Price, sister-in-law, Linda Mullen, dear friends Bill Johnson, Don Parks, and Delbert Vaow, and his faithful loyal companions, his dogs Powder and Pooh. Joel is survived by his beloved wife of 40 years, Shirley, at home, children, Elisa and Barry Craun of Port Orange, FL, Tammy Latham of Athens, PA, Doreen and Lance Fraley of Athens, PA, Kay Beeman of Waverly, NY, Joel F. Beeman II of Waverly, NY, and Tennille and Timothy Porter of Athens, PA, grandchildren, Tyler and Lauren Rought, Dylon Hawk, Ryan McCarty, Christopher McCarty, Morgan Rought, Felicia Guiles, Tanner Cantrell, Brandon Cantrell, Logan Cantrell, Alyssa Akins, Jewell Akins, Brendin Porter, Maki Fraley, and Larz Fraley, and great-grandchildren, Grady Wolcott and Aubrey Rought. He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Dorene and Craig Bleiler, sister, Frances "Fran" Beeman, Vicky and Ed Bidlack, Laurie and Ken Boll, Bonnie and Jim Morris, Karen and Art Brennan, April and Dave Walter, and Emory Goodrich, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, John and Edna Mullen, Marie and Ralph Towner, Ginny and Edgar Lantz, Paul and Shirley Mullen, Esther and Ken Park, Debbie and Terry Acla, sister-in-law, Brenda Park, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Family and friends may call on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 from 10am-12pm at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, PA. A Celebration of Life Service will follow at the funeral home at 12pm with the Rev. Linda Rogers officiating. The family will provide flowers, please make memorial donations in Joel's memory to: Guthrie Hospice, 421 Tomahawk Road, Towanda, PA to aid other families in their time of need, to receive excellent care and attention as their loved one was given during his illness. –Funeral home obit

 

BELCHER –JOYCE A. FIORE or Elmira age 79, passed away peacefully in Hornell NY on Saturday, July 21, 2018. Joyce was born in Elkland PA a daughter of the late Donald Belcher and Pauline Vanderpool Fields. She is also predeceased by stepfather Raymond Fields; husband Angelo Fiore; daughter Connie Jo Coykendall; grandson Jon Paul Degarmo; sister Donna Smith; twin, brother Harry Belcher and brother Kennth Belcher. Joyce is survived by daughter, Edwina Degarmo of Elmira; grandchildren, Melony Butler of Millerton PA, Jessica (Garet) Mosher of Tioga PA, Melissa (William) Cornell of Addison NY and Michelle (Aaron) Rapalee of Ovid NY; along with several great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. As a teenager Joyce moved from Elkland to Elmira where she later married and raised her family. She was a loving daughter and wife as well as a devoted mother and grandmother. Family was everything to Joyce. Family and friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, 502 W. Water Street, Elmira, on Friday, July 27, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. A funeral service will follow at 6:15 p.m. Elmira Star-Gazette 7/24/2018

 

LINDBERGH ZENA BELCHER (89) of Monroe Twp. passed away at the Tyler Memorial Hospital Aug. 15, 2017. He was born in NJ on Sept. 6, 1927 and he was the son of the late Zenas and Alma Belcher.  He was married to the former Alberta Harvey who passed away in 2012. Lindbergh enjoyed the outdoors and spending time hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed cooking, baking, and gardening. He was preceded in death by Brothers; Freeman, Ernie, William, and Donald. Sisters; Alma Sudek, Theresa Webb. He is survived by his children Linda Belcher of Monroe Twp., Kelly Harvey of Falls, and Rich and wife Christine Harvey of Mehoopany, sisters: Leona Saxon, Bertha Bedell, Shirley Drake, Mary Jane Faux, Carol Weed, Margret Rude, 8 Grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Services will be private at the convenience of the family. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

ELAYNA LOIS BENNETT was born sleeping with the angels on March 24, 2018 at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, PA. She was the daughter of Jacob W.H. Bennett and Kelsea (Todd) Chapman. Elayna is survived by her parents; a sister, Izabella Chapman; a maternal grandmother, Nicole Quintal of MA; paternal grandparents, William and Susan Bennett of Wellsboro, PA. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc. 637 S. Main St. Mansfield, PA is assisting the family.

 

BENNETT –MADONNA ‘GIGI’ OSWALT, 65, of Daytona Beach, Fla., formerly of Sayre, Pa., passed away at Halifax Hospice, Port Orange, Fla., after a brief illness, on July 27, 2018. Gigi was born June 14, 1953 in Sayre, daughter of the late Jay Neil Bennett and Laura (Malanoski) Downey and stepfather who raised her Charles L. Downey. Gigi worked at several bars in the Valley, Sayre Lingerie, IBM, Moreton Cleaners, Robert Packer Hospital and Ocean Waters Resort in Daytona Beach, Fla. She was a past member of Sons of Italy Roma Madre Lodge in Sayre, Pa., and Sayre VFW Post No. 1536. Gigi left this earth to join the love of her life - her husband Skid. Gigi is survived by sister Valerie Westbrook and Mike Mente of Lounsberry, N.Y.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Craig and Kris of North Bend, Wash., and Jay C. Bennett and Denise of Astor, Fla.; special nephew, Chris Bennett and wife Karen and their two daughters, Hannah and Megan of Sayre, Pa.; several nieces, nephews and cousins; aunt, Joyce Card of Waverly, N.Y.; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Ike and Jennifer Hill of Waverly, N.Y., and Bob and Eleanor Hill of Sayre, Pa.; a very best friend anyone could ask for, Brenda Rosh of Sayre, Pa.; and many, many friends throughout the Valley and Daytona Beach area. Gigi was so lucky to have such a loving family and so many caring friends. Gigi was predeceased by her husband, Jeffrey "Skid" Oswalt, on Aug. 28, 2005; and her parents. It was Gigi's request that there be no funeral service or calling hours. There will be a gathering to celebrate her life at the Sons of Italy, with the date to be announced. Cremation services provided by A1 Cremation of Holly Hill, Fla. –Sayre Morning Times 7/31/2018

 

BENNETT –MARIAN FRANCIS (BENNETT) SWAYZE, 95, of Waverly, N.Y., passed away peacefully on Sept. 11, 2017 at Elderwood of Waverly. She was the loving wife of the late Edward Kilmer Swayze, who passed away on Oct. 26, 2005. The couple married Feb. 21, 1942 and had 63 happy years together. Marian was born on Oct. 27, 1921 in Williamsport, Pa., the daughter of the late George A. and Alma L. (Harrison) Bennett. Throughout her life, Marian was a strong contributing church member, first at the First Baptist Church of Chemung where she played the organ and piano from the age of 17, even directing the choir. At the age of 84, she moved to Waverly, N.Y., and joined Crossroads Family Ministries in Sayre, Pa. She was a part-time piano teacher and then was employed as Ward Clerk of the Maternity Ward of Robert Packer Hospital for 14 years. She spent her final years living independently at Elizabeth Square Apartments in Waverly, N.Y., enjoying visits from family and sharing her newfound talent for telling jokes. She is survived by her three children, Edward B. Swayze of Ithaca, N.Y., Susan Swayze Robinson of Sayre, Pa., and Gary Z. Swayze of Spencer, N.Y., and her daughters and son-in-law, Sandra Lanterman Swayze, Marvin Robinson, and Nancy Lohmann Swayze. Marian was a proud grandmother of eight grandchildren Lisa Swayze of Ithaca, N.Y., Kathy Swayze of Washington, D.C., and Eddie Swayze of Rochester, N.Y., Mary Beth Robinson Diedrich of Gillett, Pa., Carol Robinson of Sayre, Pa., and Patrick Robinson of Altus, Okla., Melissa Swayze Chiusano of Spencer, N.Y., and David Swayze of Spencer, N.Y.; 11 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. Marian is predeceased by her parents, her husband Edward K. Swayze, and her four sisters. Family and friends are welcome to call from 1-2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 at the Roberts Funeral Home, Inc., 279 Main St., Wellsburg, N.Y. The funeral service to honor Marian's life will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15 at the funeral home with her pastor, the Rev. Tyson Wahl, officiating. Burial will be private, at the convenience of Marian's family. Memorial contributions may be made in Marian's memory to Crossroads Family Ministries, 200 W. Lockhart St., Sayre, PA. –Sayre Morning Times 9/13/2017

 

MARJORIE ANN BENNETT, 71, of Monroeton, Pennyslvania, passed away Saturday evening, Aug. 4, 2018, at the Bradford County Manor in West Burlington Township, Pennsylvania.  Marjorie was born in Sayre, Pennsylvania on Nov. 29, 1946, she was the daughter of Robert Allen Bennett and Rose Marie Scott Bennett. In early years, Marjorie was employed by the dietary services department at Memorial Hospital in Towanda and later provided custodial service for the Citizens & Northern Bank in Monroeton for 26 +/- years, as well as housekeeping services for area families. Marjorie was a member of a local bowling league for several years, she loved the outdoors, gardening, walking,  and maintaining her flowerbeds. 

Marjorie is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Kevin Lee Bennett and Tammy Isbell Bennett of North Towanda; daughter, Tammy Lynn Forrest of Monroeton; grandchildren, Tiffany South and husband Paul of Williamsport, Travis Forrest of Ulster, Casondra Marjorie Carter and husband Steven of North Towanda, Courtney Leanne Bennett of North Towanda; brothers, Gary Bennett of Monroeton, Eugene Bennett and wife Esther of Towanda, Ronald Bennett and wife Carol of New Albany; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  Marjorie was predeceased by her life partner, Alfred E. Dunn on March 11, 2007; father, Robert Allen Bennett on Aug. 2, 1970; mother, Rose Marie Scott Bennett on April 28, 2013; and sisters, Phyllis Rose Bennett on July 14, 1952, and Doris Marie Kelley on Nov. 10, 1987. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family.  There are no calling hours. The family suggests that contributions may be directed to the Bradford County Humane Society, P.O. Box 179, Ulster, PA in Marjorie’s memory.  The Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home of Towanda, Pensylvania is assisting the Bennett Family with arrangements.  –Towanda Daily Review 8/6/2018

 

ROY D. BENNETT, 56, of Forksville, passed away Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, at The Highlands Care Center, Laporte. Born March 22, 1961 in Troy, he was a son of Sandra L. (Higley) McCarty and the late Dale C. Bennett. Roy loved farming and dedicated his life to taking care of the family farm. He enjoyed making maple syrup and loved spending time with his family and friends. Surviving, in addition to his mother, are a son, Matthew D. Bennett of Forksville; two brothers, Terry L. (Julie) Bennett of Montoursville and Greg R. (Allyson) Bennett of Carlisle; a step-father, Ronald H. McCarty Sr.; and his good friend, J. Douglas Bomberger of Watsontown. Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Pat McCarty Memorial Benefit in memory of Roy. Arrangements have been entrusted to the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Dushore. Towanda Daily Review 9/8/2017

 

BENNETT –VIRGINIA ‘GINNY’ (BENNETT) BONNELL, age 80, of Gillett, was lifted up into the arms of Jesus and taken her eternal resting place. Ginny was born on July 1, 1937, at Troy Hospital, daughter of the late Henry Joseph and Josephine (Shedden) Bennett. Ginny was the wife of Harry Bonnell for 39 years, just three months shy of their 40th anniversary. She worked in the finishing department at American Silk Label until her retirement. Ginny was an avid bowler at Terrace Lanes and enjoyed playing bingo.

She is survived by her husband, Harry Bonnell, of Gillett; daughter and son-in-law, Patricia (Brent) May of Granville Summit; a son and daughter-in-law, David (Diane) Muszynski of Gillett; two step-sons, Harry Bonnell Jr. and Michael Bonnell; eight grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; a brother, Douglas Bennett, and a sister, Doris Gowin, both of Granville Summit; several nieces, nephews and cousins; as well as two cats and her canine companion, Toby. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her daughter, Teressa Ann in 1970; a brother, Floyd Richard; a niece, Michelle Ross; sister-in-law, Carol Bennett; and a brother-in-law, John Gowin. –Towanda Daily Review 10/30/2017

 

MARGARET E. ‘BECKY’ BENNINGER of Waverly passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at Elderwood Care of Waverly. She was predeceased by her parents, Daniel and Nellie Thompkins Benninger; siblings, Francis Benninger, Martha Crane and Phyllis Carpenter. Becky is survived by her nieces and nephews, Gerald (Joyce) Benninger, Cindy (Paul) Friedrichsen, Margaret (John) Crowley, John (Christine) Crane, Deborah (Bruce) Creighton and Sally (Ken) William; along with numerous great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews. Becky was a life member of the Waverly United Methodist Church who enjoyed crafting, sewing, tending her flower garden and sign language.  She was previously employed at the Blue Swan, Endicott Johnson Shoe Factory and retiring from A&P in Horseheads. A time of calling will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 1 to 2 PM at Waverly United Methodist Church, 158 Chemung Street, Waverly, NY.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Waverly, United Methodist Church, 158 Chemung Street, Waverly, NY with Rev. Cindy Schulte officiating.  Memorial donations may be made in Margaret’s name to Waverly United Methodist Church, 158 Chemung Street, Waverly, NY. –Funeral home obit 

 

EUGENE H. "BUCKY" BENSON, 86, passed away peacefully at home in Vero Beach, Fla., on Sept. 6, 2017. Born to Harry Eugene Benson and Ethel Russell Benson on April 23, 1931 in a cleaned and white-washed chicken coop on Wynkoop Creek Road, Chemung, N.Y., Bucky held fond memories of childhood friends and growing up in Wellsburg, N.Y. He graduated from Waverly (N.Y.) High School (1948), joined the Air Force (1951) and served at Kimpo, Korea, during the war. After discharge, Bucky worked his way into a Quality Engineer position at the newly-founded IBM Federal Systems (1957) in Owego, N.Y., and retired after 30 years to Vero Beach amongst a large group of wonderful and valued friends. He was a lifelong member of the VFW, Elks and Moose and was a Past Governor of L.O.O.M (Owego) Lodge No. 1595. He was predeceased by his wife Julie Hill Benson (1997), his sister, Mary Ella Williams (1996) and his brother, Raymond "Punky" Benson (2005). He is survived by brother Donald "Butch" Benson of Athens, Pa., son Kevin of Vero Beach, son Alan of Charleston, S.C., grandchildren Jason, Justin, Jessica, Aaron, Devin and Sara, great-granddaughter Reilly, Alan's brother Craig Benson, and longtime very special friend, Rose. Abiding by Bucky's wishes, no services will be held and his remains will be interred to his burial plot, beside his wife Julie, at Broadway Cemetery in Owego. –Sayre Morning Times 9/21/2017

 

RICHARD ‘LANCE’ BENTLEY, 66, of South Waverly, Pennsylvania, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, at home, while holding hands with his loving wife, Caroline. He was born on Dec. 27, 1950 in Waverly, New York, the son of the late Leo F. Bentley, Sr. and Jean (Garzia) Bentley. Lance lived his entire life in South Waverly Borough, where he remained an active leader for many years. He served on the South Waverly Borough Council from 1992 to 2009, holding positions on the council including vice-president and president. He was again president from 2010 until July 2017, when he resigned to be able to make lasting memories with his family and friends while battling his illness. Some of the many projects Lance dedicated his time to include: working with Habitat for Humanity to bring new homes to the borough; implementing numerous improvement projects to the borough municipal building; planning yearly road projects to help keep roads on a cycle to be maintained; and serving as a member of the South Waverly Borough Planning Commission for approximately 20 years. Lance was appointed as chairman of the South Waverly Municipal Authority to facilitate the sewer system. He implemented a borough manager position for the first time in 2016. In 2013, he helped implement safety and security upgrades in the borough hall. In 2015, he formed a committee to start grant work to put a play area on borough property, and in 2016 he helped with a new veteran's memorial. After his work shifts ended at GE Railcar, Lance enjoyed his memberships at the Elks Lodge in Sayre, as well as the Sons of Italy. He enjoyed hunting season with his son, Rob, and motorcycle rides over the years with his wife, Caroline. His most recent adventure took him to celebrate the Air Force retirement of his daughter Deena's husband, Eric Culver. One of Lance's favorite spots was he and Caroline's home, surrounded by his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sisters and brother, their spouses, and many nieces and nephews, enjoying the swimming pool and patio. He was preceded in death by father-in-law, Robert C. Bidlack Sr.; nephew, Matthew Barrett; and grand-niece, Adeline Rose Barrett. Lance is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Caroline; children, Deena (Eric) Bentley Culver, Robert (Michelle) Bentley, and Tracy Bentley Lynch (Michael Berryman); grandchildren, Tiffany (Matthew) Bentley Senese, Jessica (Bryan) Bentley Avery, Derrick Bentley, Taylor Culver (Torie Leinen), Darien Culver, Reagan Lynch, Katie Lynch, Kailey Bentley, and Emma Bentley; great-grandchildren, Zach Senese, Rylee Lantz, Aiden Avery, Elise Senese, Spencer Avery and McKenna Culver; brother, Leo (Lynette) Bentley Jr.; sisters, Carol (Harold) Wells, and Lorie (Rick) Douglas; brothers-in-law, Robert Bidlack (Linda Rossi), Edward (Vicky) Bidlack and James Bidlack; sisters-in-law, Jane (Michael) Bonning, Emily (Norm) Woodcock and Marilyn Bidlack; mother-in-law, Mary Alice Bidlack; many special nieces and nephews; and special extended-family-member, Christopher W. Lynch. Friends and family may call from noon to 2 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 225 South Main St., Athens, Pennsylvania. A memorial service will follow at the funeral home at 8 p.m. with Pastor Gary Culver of Emory Chapel officiating. Memorial donations may be made in Lance's memory to the South Waverly Playground Fund Club, c/o Valorie Huckabee, 2523 Pennsylvania Ave., South Waverly, PA or to Guthrie Hospice, 421 Tomahawk Road, Towanda, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 9/9/2017

 

RALPH KENNETH ‘KENNY’ BERNHARD JR., 74, of Towanda, formerly of Monroeton, Pennsylvania, passed away Monday, May 7, 2018, at Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital, Towanda, Pennsylvania. Ralph was born on Jan. 14, 1944, in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania, the only child of the late Ralph Kenneth Bernhard Sr. and Eleanor Louise Saul Bernhard. Ralph grew up in Center Point, Pennsylvania and was a graduate of Ambler (Wissahickon) High School in Ambler, Pennsylvania. In early years, “Kenny” was employed as a riding instructor at All Around Farms and Stables in Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania and at Markles Farms in Worcester, Pennsylvania. He was subsequently employed by Allan Myers Construction Company in Worcester, Pennsylvania and by the Kenlyn Farm in Harleysville, Pennsylvania, where he served as the riding instructor and also took charge of the boarding stables and raised veal calves. Kenny later moved to Monroeton, Pennsylvania where he operated a dairy farm for a number of years. Kenny was a 4-H leader and board member in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania for many years. He was a member of the Pennsylvania Horseman’s Association and was active in horse shows. He formerly served as Hunt Master for Highland Hunts in Ambler, Pennsylvania. Kenny enjoyed trail riding and was a member of the Towanda Rifle and Pistol Club and the NRA. Surviving are his daughters, Lynda J. (Daryl J.) Hendershot, Tara L. (George III) Banyai; grandsons, Kolten and Dalton Hendershot and Chase Banyai all of Sanatoga, Pennsylvania; his fiancée, Sharon Bacorn of Towanda and special cousins, Carol Coles and Janie Hill.
A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. The family suggests that contributions may be directed to the Bradford County Humane Society, P.O. Box 179, Ulster, PA in memory of Ralph Kenneth “Kenny” Bernhard. –Towanda Daily Review 5/8/2018

 

CHARLES ‘CHAS’ BIDDLE of Lowman, NY passed in peace on Sunday, July 8, 2018. He was born in Elmira, NY on March 11, 1952 to the late Darwin and Marie Boatman Biddle. Preceded in death by his son, Charles "Chucky" Jr.; brother, Robert Biddle and sister Mary Ellen Bradshaw. He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Lugene Strong Biddle; daughter, Tiffany Burns (Steve Barton) and her four children, Devon, Zoe, Brody and Zayden; son, Randy Biddle and his two daughters, Alyssa and Adriana and step-son Calvin; great grandchildren, Brayden, Braylynn, Brielle, Clementine and Taylor; sister Barbara Stermer; brother, Darwin (Sue) Biddle; son-in-law, Kyle Burns; and several nieces, nephews and extended family members. Charles' greatest joy and pride were his family. It was Charles' wishes that there be no services. –Elmira Star-Gazette 7/12/2018

 

BIDLACK –CHERYL SUSANNE BIDLACK WALKER, 71, of 366 Loder St., South Waverly, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully at home Saturday evening, June 30, 2018 following declining health. Cheryl was born in Sayre on Nov. 20, 1946, the daughter of Harold Guy Bidlack and Charlotte Walborn Bidlack. In early years, Cheryl was employed by May’s Clothing Store in Sayre. She was subsequently employed by Sayre House, Inc., where she first served as administrative assistant and later as office manager for a total of 39 years, until health issues forced her to discontinue working. Her dedication to the care of the elderly and providing assistance to families was paramount in her life. Possessing a magnetic and positive personality,  patience, kindness, professionalism, support and consideration of others, Cheryl impacted lives and was an inspiration to many. Her sense of humor, love of life, inner strength and love of family will always be remembered by those who knew and loved her. Cheryl will be deeply missed. She leaves behind her husband and “love of her life,” Ronald B. Walker, whom she married on April 28, 1995; son, Timothy VanDyke of Milan, daughter, Susan Hatch of LeRaysville; grandchildren, Lyndz Rae Hatch of Sayre, Lee Michael Hatch of LeRaysville, Tim (Ashlee) VanDyke of Nanticoke, Ian Anderson of LeRaysville and Lura Nadine Anderson of LeRaysville; great grandchildren, Cohen Daniel Thomas, Carter Michael Hatch, Charlotte Ann Marie VanDyke; brothers, Bruce P. Bidlack of Ulster, Arthur G. Bidlack of Athens, sister-in-law, Marge Bidlack of Saco, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Linda and Bernard Moon of Homets Ferry; very special sister-in-law and devoted friend, Myrna Walker of Towanda; special caregiver, Chris McMahon of Waverly; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. Cheryl was predeceased by her son, Michael Guy VanDyke on Sept. 19, 1984; father, Harold Guy Bidlack on Feb. 23, 1975; mother, Charlotte Walborn Bidlack McKinney on Feb. 13, 1999; step-father, Gerald R. McKinney on Oct. 7, 2002; brother, Benjamin Harold Bidlack on Jan. 4, 2017; nephew, David Robert Allen Bidlack on Sept. 5, 2016; brother-in-law, Michael Walker on Jan. 21, 2017 and sister-in-law, Dora M. Bidlack on July 27, 2010. Abiding with Cheryl’s request there will be no services.  The family suggests that contributions may be directed to Guthrie Home Health Care, 421 Tomahawk Road, Towanda, PA in memory of Cheryl. The Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home of Sayre, Pennsylvania is assisting the Walker Family with arrangements.  –Towanda Daily Review 7/2/2018

 

THERON L. BINFORD SR. 76, of Canton, PA. Born May 11, 1941 went home to be with the Lord on March 31, 2018.  In lieu of a funeral, there will be a private graveside service. JESUS IS LORD! –Pepper Funeral Home obit

 

JIM BIRNEY - Prominent Valley Farmer, Jim Birney, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 9, with his loving wife by his side. Born April 28, 1930 in Sayre, PA, Jim graduated from Waverly High School in 1948, where he participated in basketball ande was an avid trapper. A skill he learned from his father and grandfather. He trapped for the State of NY Conservation Department when there was a bounty on fox in the late 50's, and continued to trap into the early 70's. At the age of 23, Jim took over his father's 11 acre farm. He was a cancer survivor at the age of 31. In 1962, at the age of 32, Jim and Liz purchased the neighboring farm with 80 acres. They spent the next 50 years building a family business well known for its corn, potatoes, tomatoes, and strawberries. Jim is survived by his wife of nearly 64 years, Elizabeth (Keene) Birney, children, James and Maureen (Doty) Birney, Debra and William Chandler, Timothy and Nicole (Nausbaum) Birney. Grandchildren, Diane, Denise, and James Birney, William and Suzanne Chandler, Andrew Dutchess, Alexander and Emily Birney. 15 great grandchildren, 1 great grandson, and several nieces and nephews. Jim was predeceased by his father and mother, James T and Agnes (VanGaasbeck) Birney; sisters and their spouses, Rachel and Herman Theetge, Genevieve and Donald Rumsey, Margaret and Robert Inman. As per Jim's wishes, there will be no calling hours or services. The Family will have a celebration of his life on Sunday August 20, 2017 at the Birney Farm, on River Road in Waverly, starting at 1 p.m. –Sayre Morning Times 8/14/2017

 

BITTORF –CORINNE A. (CORKY) MEIKLE, 85, of Sayre, Pennsylvania, died on Oct. 30 at home. She was the wife of Charles E. Meikle MD. Born on May 16, 1932, in Evergreen Valley (Weatherly, Pennsylvania), she was the daughter of Fred and Dora (MacPherson) Bittorf. She attended the Buck Mountain (one room) School through fourth grade when her family moved to Waverly, New York.

She graduated from Waverly High School in 1949. Following graduation from Cortland State Teachers College in 1953, she taught elementary school in Warwick, New York, and Owego, New York.

Corky married Charlie Meikle on March 19, 1955 in the Waverly Presbyterian Church and, after his graduation from medical school in 1960, they settled in Sayre to raise their four children, George, Robert, Katie and Anne. She rarely missed one of her children’s sporting events and provided support to the local Sayre athletic teams long after her children had graduated. When the high school cross country team needed transportation, she provided the family van and volunteered as assistant coach. Last year the Sayre Redskins Club awarded her the “Joe Powell Award” for her contributions promoting athletics.

She applied her business talents as a realtor, travel agent and office manager for Charlie’s medical practice. Recognized for her service as a member of the Sayre Area School Board from 1979 to 1989, she was the first woman president of the board from 1983 to1986.  Corky had a lifelong love of learning and reading. She especially enjoyed poetry, and established a poetry scholarship for a Sayre sixth grade student in her mother, Dora’s, memory. Her love of travel took her around the world: from the British Isles to France and Italy, from Mexico to Nepal and Bhutan, from the Caribbean to Africa and nearly every state in this country, often with her favorite traveling companion, daughter, Anne. Curious about its origin, she explored the headwaters of the Susquehanna at age 80. When the kids were young, summers were spent at Lake Wesauking in shared cottages with the Ganleys. From 2000-2006 she and Charlie lived on their boat, the “Corky B,” while they cruised the coast of Maine and ventured across the Cabot Strait to Newfoundland. She was frequently joined by family and friends in her beloved Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, at the South Harbour schoolhouse, built on her Grandfather MacPherson’s property. She was predeceased by her parents, husband and sister, Doris Mae Bittorf. Corky is survived by two sons, George C. Meikle MD of Lake Wesauking and Robert W. Meikle MD of Sayre; two daughters, Catherine (Katie) E. Meikle MD of Smithfield, Maine, and her husband Donald L. Schassberger MD and their daughters, Lauren and Molly Schassberger, and Anne Meikle of Sayre. She will be dearly missed by many, many friends and family the world over, including the teachers and the boys. A celebration of her beautiful life is being planned for later this month. Corky was an avid gardener and if you are so inspired, please consider planting a tree in her memory. –Towanda Daily Review 11/2/2017

 

BIXBY –JEANSYLVIA (BIXBY) WIEGAND ANDERSON, age 80, of Blossburg, PA, died Friday, March 16, 2018 at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, PA. She was born on December 1, 1937 in St. Cloud, MN, a daughter of Paul W. and Ruth J. (Lowry) Bixby. Jeansylvia graduated from State College High School, PA in 1955 and lived in many US states and lived and studied in the Philippines from 1955-1956. Jeansylvia graduated from Penn State University in 1960. She married Robert W. Wiegand and later in life, married John Anderson. With a quick wit and engaging smile, she charmed all she met. She was an avid reader, prolific journal writer and a nature lover. If you want to honor her memory, love a neighbor, help a friend and pass it on. Habitat for Humanity was a favorite charity.  She is survived by her daughter, Cindy Graves of Hemet, CA; a son, Scott Weigand of Hemet CA; a brother, Mark P. (Angela) Bixby of Wellsboro, PA, and a sister, Mary B. Kisner (Bert) of Boalsburg, PA; 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. In honor of Jeansylvia's wishes there will be local no services. A memorial service will be held in California at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. –Funeral home obit

 

THOMAS R. BLACKMAN, 84, of Waverly, N.Y., passed away at Elderwood on January 8, 2018.
He was born January 14, 1933 in Sayre, Pa., to George and Ethel (Beckhorn) Blackman. Tom attended Sayre schools and finished up at Athens High School, where he excelled in football, before enlisting in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. He retired from Conrail/Lehigh Valley Railroad in 1995, after 40 years of service. Golf was his passion and he was a longtime member of the Nichols Country Club, where he won the President's Cup in 1988. Most notably, Tom recorded an extraordinary five hole-in-ones during the course of his playing career. Tom is survived by his sister Frances (Carlye "Skeet") Fox, and his children, the "twins" Robin (Jennifer) Blackman and Vicki (Bud) Riffle, sons Tracy Blackman, Jamie (Laurie) Blackman, and Randy Blackman, and daughter Dawn (Bill) McCabe. Also surviving are granddaughters Kari (Cody) Kraft Bass, Alexis Blackman, Brittany Blackman, Alisha (Michael) Blackman Good, Caitlin (Zak) Blackman, and grandsons Nickolas Blackman, Philip (Amanda) Blackman, Daniel Blackman, Kevin Blackman, and Brandon Blackman, great-grandson Maxwell Blackman, many nieces and nephews. Tom was predeceased by his loving wife of 54 years, Sandra, in 2008; his parents George and Ethel Blackman, his brothers Manley (Marianne) Blackman, Irl Blackman, Ivan Joseph (Kathy) Blackman, and sisters Ina (Ronald) Squires, Mary (Archie) Hatch, Edna (Ralph) Haner. He was also predeceased by his daughter-in-law Jane (Tracy) Blackman and granddaughter Amanda Blackman. A time for gathering with family and friends will be from 1 to 2 p.m. with a service from 2 to 3 p.m., on Saturday, Jan. 13 at the Waverly United Methodist Church, 158 Chemung St., Waverly, N.Y., with the Rev. Cindy Shulte honoring his memory. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the fourth floor staff at Elderwood for their compassionate care given to Tom during his time there. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of The Thomas Cremation and Funeral Service, 1297 Elmira St., Sayre, Pa. –Sayre Morning Times 1/11/2018

 

WILFRED ARTHUR BLAIS died at his home on Shady Lane in Rutland Township, PA, on June 8, 2018, with Ellen, his wife of almost 50 years, beside him. He was born in Providence, RI, on October 27, 1928 to Arthur J. and Lucy E. Blais. He attended St. Theresa's Grammar School and LaSalle Academy in Providence. In 1946 before completing his last year at LaSalle, with his parents' permission, Wil joined the U.S. Army and served in Japan for two years. He was honorably discharged in May of 1948 and after completing his GED, received his high school degree from LaSalle in June of 1948. Courtesy of the GI Bill, Wil continued his education at Boston University for two years and then finished his BA at Brown University, graduating in English with honors. After working briefly for a photograph-providing business in New York City, he continued his work in English at the University of Connecticut, earning an MA in 1956. He began his teaching career at Pembroke, a small Native American college in Lumberton, NC, and continued it at the University of Georgia's English Department in Athens, GA, from 1957 to 1964. While there, he developed his life-long interest in art, becoming an MFA candidate and taking many courses in painting, drawing and photography. In 1961, Wil married Nancy Barrett, and their daughter Robin was born in Athens. In 1964, Wil accepted a position in the English Department at then Mansfield State College in Mansfield, PA, and in 1965, his son Matthew was born. In 1968, after a year of doctoral work in American Literature at the University of Pittsburgh, Wil's marriage to Nancy ended in divorce, and he met his future wife, Ellen Williams, who had accepted a position at Mansfield in the fall of 1968. In 1969, Wil and Ellen had a son, Andrew, and in 1973, his family moved into a house Wil designed and had built in the country between Mansfield and Roseville. He lived there for the remainder of his life. Although a city boy, Wil learned to hunt and thoroughly enjoyed living close to the woods, where he created a series of walking paths, made ponds, and built a "teahouse" beside one of them where friends came for skating parties in the winter and summer parties as well. He enjoyed all his years here, including his final spring, and never lost his sense of the beauty of this part of rural Pennsylvania. During retirement, Wil learned to play golf, and for many years he worked at "perfecting the golf swing" on the greens and in the roughs of Corey Creek Golf Club. Later, he and Ellen bought a house in St Augustine, FL, where they wintered from 1992 until 2012. There they enjoyed walking on the beach, playing duplicate bridge, and enjoying the restaurants and "attractions" of that town. They made new friends there whom they missed when they returned full time to Pennsylvania. Here Wil continued to enjoy playing duplicate bridge with Ellen. And he continued writing poetry and painting and drawing as he had during his working life. Wil's younger brother Richard A. Blais died in 2016. Wil is survived by his wife Ellen (Williams); his daughter Robin Elizabeth Blais of Enumclaw, WA; his son Matthew Arthur (Lucretia Hatfield) of Portland, OR; his son Andrew Richard (Elana Borst) of West Orange, NJ; his grandson, Benjamin Hevner Blais of South Orange, NJ and his granddaughters, Violet Leah and Lucy Eden Blais, of West Orange, NJ; sisters-in-law Ruth Blais, of San Diego, Beth Williams (Kate Hyde), of Lindley, NY; and brothers-in-law Timothy Williams of Denver and John Williams (Jo-Anne Rankin) of Vernon, CT; nephew-in-law Todd Rankin Williams of Seattle; and nieces-in-law Claire Rankin Williams of Seattle, Helen Craig-Williams of Denver, Adrienne Craig-Williams (Chip Masters) of New York City, and O'rya Hyde-Keller (Tom Humphries) of Pawtucket, RI; cousins Sandra (Angelo) Marsella of Johnston, RI and Lee (Mary Lee) Chalifour of Port Charlotte, FL.

Wil was a quiet man, but in the silence of his absence, he will always be loved and remembered by his family and friends. Wil's family would like to thank Dr. George Dy of Laurel Health Mansfield and Drs. Louis Dubois and Venugopal Thirumurti of the Guthrie Clinic for their care and concern for him in his final years. We also thank the Mansfield Ambulance team and Jacquelyn Buckheit of Buckheit's Funeral Chapel for their care and compassion the night of Wil's death. There will be a Memorial Service for Wil at Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA, on Thursday June 14, from 1PM to 3PM. Memorial donations may be given in Wil's name to the English Department at Mansfield University, 31 S. Academy St., Mansfield, PA. 16933. Checks should be made payable to Mansfield University. Please write "English Scholarships" in the memo section to guarantee proper accounting.  –Funeral home obit

 

RICHARD ‘DICK’ BLASZ, 89, of Troy, PA passed away at home on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, while surrounded by loved ones. Born February 10, 1929 in Eden, NY, Richard was one of 12 children in the family of the late Stanley and Julia (Zombeck) Blasz.  On Oct. 1, 1949 he married the former Mary Weiss in Eden’s St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  Dick was always a hard worker and enjoyed his 38-year career with Tennessee Gas & Pipeline Company.  He started as a laborer and retired in 1989 as Plant Supervisor at the Troy, PA facility.  He was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Canton. Dick told it as he saw it.  Sometimes strong-willed, he also was blessed with a great sense of humor and wit, (i.e. "THE NYNOVUS"). Most of all, Dick will be lovingly remembered as a devoted family man.  He enjoyed many interests and talents including an appreciation of nature and being outdoors, gardening, woodworking and playing cards, especially Euchre. Surviving is Mary, his beloved wife of over 68 years; seven children, Mary (Kevin) Cummins of Tampa, FL and their children, Donovan and Julia; Joe (Ellen) Blasz of Troy, PA and their children, Joe and Melanie; Rick (Wilma) Blasz of Troy and their children, Misty, Ryan and Amanda; Tom (Darlene) Blasz of Granville Summit, PA and their children, Jason, Joshua and Tim; Ken (Deb) Blasz of Columbia X Roads, PA and their children, Michelle and Melissa; Bob (Dianna) Blasz of Lawrenceville, PA and their children Andy, Martin, Keana and Karlyle; Barbara (Stephen) Dziak of Hamburg, NY and their children, Clarice, Stephen, Stacy and Jennifer.  Also 30 great grandchildren, a sister, Adele Magilo of Florida, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; Rose Blasz, Millie Blasz, Arlene Weiss, Florence Weiss, Dorothy Weiss, Tony Weiss (Judy) and Steve Blasz all of Eden, many nieces, nephews and cousins. Dick was predeceased by siblings; Charlotte May, Vincent Blasz, Estelle Kobiolka, Stephen Blasz, Bernice Pfarner, infant Julia, Edward Blasz, Alfred Blasz, Genevieve Krycia and Felix Blasz.

Friends are invited to call 2 – 4 P.M. and 6 – 8 P.M. Friday, June 8, at Pepper Funeral Home and Cremation Facility, 578 Springbrook Dr., Canton.  Rev. Joseph Kutch will officiate the Mass of Christian Burial, 10 A.M. Saturday at St. Michael’s Church located on the corner of Union and Washington Streets in Canton.  The family will provide flowers and suggest those who wish consider a donation in Richard’s name to St. Michael’s Alter & Rosary Society at 106 N. Washington St. Canton, PA or to Guthrie Hospice, 421 Tomahawk Rd. Towanda, PA. –Funeral home obit

 

JOSHUA ROY BLOKZYL, 24, of Towanda, Pennsylvania, passed away Thursday, July 19, 2018. Joshua was born in Towanda on June 28, 1994, the son of Roy J. Blokzyl and Mary Kulsicavage Blokzyl. He was a graduate of Towanda High School and began working with Weis Markets in Dallas, Pennsylvania. He was subsequently employed by Brothers Painting in Dushore, Pennsylvania, and was employed by Metadyne Corporation in Towanda at the time of his death. Joshua enjoyed the outdoors, working in the vegetable garden, camping and fishing. Surviving are his son, Austin Sedrick Blokzyl of New Albany; mother, Mary Blokzyl and fiancé Rusty Campbell of Towanda; father and step mother, Roy and Tammy Blokzyl of Towanda; brother, Kyle Blokzyl of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; step sisters, Elizabeth Castro of Lansdale, Pennsylvania, Sierra Campbell of Towanda; step brother, Gordon Crawford II of Towanda; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Joshua was predeceased by his brother, Dustin “Houd” Middaugh in 2013; and step sister, Sarah Heasley in 2016. A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, at The Pathway Worship Campus, 81 Parsonage Road, North Towanda, Pennsylvania, with Pastor Damien Brooks officiating. The Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home of Towanda is assisting Joshua’s family with arrangements. –Towanda Daily Review 7/21/2018

 

BOATMAN –MARJORIE J. ‘MARGE’ HOUSEKNECHT, 91, of Muncy, died Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Highlands Care Center, Laporte. Marjorie was the wife of Lewis S. Houseknecht who preceded her in death on July 10, 1982. Born January 4, 1927 in Nordmont, she is the daughter of the late Rolland F. and Ethel (Phillips) Boatman. Marge was a graduate of Sonestown High School, and retired as a Supervisor at the former Carey-McFaul Window Fashions, Muncy. She was a member Muncy Valley Fire Company Auxiliary and the Sonestown American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, and the Benton VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed traveling, shopping, reading, and doing crafts. Surviving are two daughters, Martha J. Hartman of Stillwater, Dodie S. (William) Brown of Muncy; a son, Gary L. (Mary Jane) Houseknecht of Montoursville; two sisters, Carol J. Smith of Cogan Station, Mary J. Koch of Sonestown; seven grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son Richard Houseknecht; two sisters, Violet Mausteller, and Lorraine Phillips. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, February 22, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Pastor Max Walters officiating. Interment will be in Twin Hills Memorial Park, Muncy. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

 CALE JOHN BODINE, 46, of Interlaken, passed away suddenly at home on Sunday, February 18, 2018.
Cale is survived by his children, Isis Jade Barber, Sasha Renee Bodine and Delaney Camille Bodine all of Trumansburg; mother, Sharon (Michael) Dowd of Waverly; brothers, Scott (Connie) Bodine of Waverly and Eric Bodine of Waverly; sister, Camille (David) Corneby of Barton; nieces and nephews, Brittney Birks, Tricia Bodine, Heather Birks, Taylor Bodine, Hunter Bodine, Carlee Elizabeth Mattison and Nicholas Scott Mattison; several cousins; and two special dogs, Bodie Bo and Quinn. He was predeceased by his father, Earl (Ardena) Bodine; and grandmother, Marian “Mimi” Scott. Cale was a graduate of Waverly High School and went on to receive his Bachelor of Science in agriculture from Ohio State where he was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma. He worked for 84 Lumber in Ithaca for over 14 years. Cale was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and woodworking. A time of calling will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 1 p.m. at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, with the Rev. Cindy Schulte officiating. Burial will be in the spring in Glenwood Cemetery in Waverly. Memorial donations may be made in Cale’s name to a charity of one’s choice. –Sayre Morning Times 2/21/2018

 

STEVE A. BOGACZYK, age 62, of Wellsboro, PA, passed away on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Williamsport Hospital in Williamsport, PA. He was born on September 26, 1954 in Blossburg, PA, a son of Joseph E. and Margaret (Knowlton) Bogaczyk. He worked as a logger at Dake's Logging in Arnot, PA. Steve enjoyed watching football, particularly his favorite teams: the Nittany Lions and the Philadelphia Eagles. Steve is survived by three sons, Jason Cummings of Tioga, PA, Justin Cummings of Tioga, PA and Jeremy (Miranda) Peffer of Roaring Branch, PA; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews; two brothers, Todd (Barbara) Bogaczyk of Blossburg, PA and Kenneth Bogaczyk of Blossburg, PA; four sisters, Kathleen Krause of Charlottesville, PA, Brenda Bogaczyk of Blossburg, PA, LuAnne Walker of Blossburg, PA, and Cynthia Pollock of Blossburg, PA. He was preceded in death by his brother, Joseph Bogaczyk. Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from Noon to 1:00 PM at the Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. A memorial service will immediately follow at 1:00. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Buckheit Funeral Chapel to assist with expenses. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

JACOB TAYLOR BOLT - Sunday August 13, 2017, Jacob Taylor Bolt... our beloved son, brother, nephew, uncle and grandson passed away at the Robert Packer Hospital. Jake came in to this world on March 14, 1996 in the Corning Hospital. Jacob was a very special child. He was always full of excitement, wonder, curiosity and love. He grew into the most amazing man filled with generosity and kindness. Loved by many and known by more than he could have ever dreamed he would be when he was small, Jake returned the love people gave to him. Jacob loved being in the outdoors. He loved to hunt, fish, swim, go for hikes and ride four wheelers. Jacob was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Frederick and Elizabeth Hoppe Jones; paternal grandparents, Richard and Beverly Cashman Bolt. He leaves behind many broken hearts starting with his parents Robert and Rosemary Jones Bolt, and siblings Alan 'Duane' Shelman, Seth Bolt, and Elizabeth Bolt; his aunts and uncles; (paternal) Susan and John Wales, Daniel Bolt, Teresa VanZile, Terry Mac, Kevin Davis; (maternal) Harold and Corinne Burrell, Billy Gene and Carol Hoppe, Roy Jones, Myrtle Jones, Heather Jones, and Howard and Dawn Woodruff; as well as more cousins than one young man could count... or at least it seemed that way. Special childhood friends that became family members: Shannon Horton, Shawna Mader, Brandon Metcalf, Jessa Ward, and Dustin Anderson; a nephew Landon Mader and niece Saphira Anderson. Along with grandparents on his mother's side they 'adopted'; John and Faye DiGabriele Deptuch; step-grandmother on his father's side, Patricia Mac Bolt. Many friends are left behind with broken hearts as well. Jake loved us all and we loved him. This is a loss that will forever be felt. This tragedy leaves a hole no person or amount of time will ever fill. We love you dearly Jake. Fly high. Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday, August 20, 2017 from 5PM to 7PM at the Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. A service will immediately follow at 7PM with Pastor Harold Burrell officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Buckheit Funeral Chapel to assist with expenses. –Funeral home notice contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

ROBERT BOLT, age 52, of Millerton, PA, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. He was born on October 11, 1965 in Bristol, PA, a son of Richard and Beverly (Cashman) Bolt. Robert was the husband of Rosemary J. (Jones) Bolt. He enjoyed fishing, wood working, cooking, hiking, and collecting ginseng. Robert is survived by his wife, Rosemary; three sons, Seth Bolt of Millerton, PA, Alan "Duane" Bolt of Jacksonville, NC, Dustin Anderson of Covington, PA; two daughters, Elizabeth Bolt of Mansfield, PA, Shawna Mader of Mansfield, PA; three grandchildren, Saphira Rose, Landon William, Taylor Anne; three brothers, Daniel Bolt of Gillett, PA, Mark Owen of MI, Terry Mack of Troy, PA; two sisters, Susan (John) Wales of Millerton, PA, Theresa Owen of Addison, NY; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Jacob Taylor Bolt on August 13, 2017; paternal grandmother, Caroline Bolt; grandfather, Charles Henkiel; a nephew, Nathan Wales. Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 1PM to 2PM at the West Jackson Baptist Church, 1815 Alder Run Road, Millerton, PA. A memorial service will immediately follow at 2PM with Pastor Harold Burrell officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA.

 

WALTER BOLT, 83, of Troy, Pennsylvania, passed away on Sunday morning, Aug. 27, 2017, at the Bradford County Manor. Born on Jan. 26, 1934, Walter Guy Bolt was a son of the late Guy and Helen Bolt. After graduating from Troy High School and serving in the U.S. Military, he worked many years in the TV and electronics repair business in Troy. An easy-going person, Walter often kept to himself. He was a great story-teller and enjoyed helping people in need. Surviving are his children, Annette (Dean II) Johnson of Troy, Jerry Bolt of Florida and Dale (DeAnna) Bolt of Canton; eight grandchildren, Christopher E., Tricia, Laura, Brett, and Travis Bolt, Darius Martin, Jesse and Cassandra Johnson; and three great-grandchildren, Rose Bolt, Sadie Gardener and Ava Johnson. He was predeceased by his first wife, Patricia Bolt; and two sons, Christopher A. and Jeff Bolt. In keeping with Walter's wishes, there will be no public services. –Towanda Daily Review 8/29/2017

 

WESLEY ARLINGTON BOUCH, age 85, of Sigel, Pennsylvania, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, at the McKinley Health Center in Brookville. Wesley was born on April 10, 1932, in Harrisburg to the late Elmer and Elmedia May (Cooper) Bouch. He graduated from the Sigel High School with the last class to do so. Shortly after graduating, Wesley joined the United States Navy and served during the end of the Korean War. He served on the USS Steinaker Destroyer 863, which was stationed out of Norfolk, Virginia, as a Boatsman Mate, 3rd Class. The Navy took him to many places including England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain and the Mediterranean. After his honorable service, he moved to Toms River, New Jersey, to work for his brother who owned Bouch Excavating. On Aug. 1, 1958, Wesley married Ruth (Cochran) Bouch in Toms River. Ruth preceded him in passing on April 10, 2009. In 1962, Wesley and Ruth purchased their home in Sigel and he quickly became the road foreman for Eldred Township. His skills in operating heavy machinery helped him to secure work in many places including the VanSteenberg Lumber Company, Mauersberg Coal Company, Glacial Mineral, the REM Coal Company, Lineal Industries, and eventually returning to, and retiring from, working for Eldred Township. Throughout his entire working career, he worked on the family farm that he built. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather; to his posterity, he was known as "Paw." He loved being with all of his family. Wesley was a practical joker with a great and dry sense of humor. He enjoyed having bonfires that his family and friends could join and create memories; a hot dog tasted better over an open fire than it did from a grill. He stayed involved in his community, which was larger than just his neighborhood. Wesley would travel all over the county helping those in need, especially caring for the farms of those who took ill or came on hard times. Everybody who knew him, loved him. He gave all he could, found joy in the service to his fellow man, and expected nothing in return. He was a past member of the Sigel Volunteer Fire Company. He enjoyed old cowboy movies, especially John Wayne movies. He liked hunting, fishing and being outdoors. He took great pride in caring for his family, his livestock and his land. Wesley built a life he could be very proud of, and his legacy will go forward for many years to come. He is survived by two daughters, Cheryl D. Bouch of Sigel, and Karen E. (Chris) Gilhousen of Sigel; one son, Darl (Shelia L.) Bouch of Laceyville; one sister, Minnie Pearl Coon of Oregon; five grandchildren, Nicholas (Kelly) Gilhousen, Tiffany (Ian) Musgrave, Conan and Dane Gilhousen, and Renee Bouch; three step-grandchildren, Debra, Diane and Andrew Dexter; two great-grandchildren, Tyler and Nathanial Musgrave; four step-great-grandchildren, Keirsty Holland, Brianna and Trace Lane, and Garrett Dexter; and two step-great-great-grandchildren, Benjamin and Jonica Owen. In addition to his wife and parents, Wesley is preceded in death by four brothers, Chester Leroy, Elmer Joseph, William Harry, and Merle Edward Bouch; and two sisters, Virginia Bouch and Catherine Ruth Katinsky. A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017 at the Sigel United Methodist Church, 8666 PA-949, Sigel, PA officiated by the Rev. Ann Dixon. Interment will take place at the Coolspring Cemetery, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Sigel United Methodist Church; or to the Sigel Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 97, Sigel, PA. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the McKinney – d'Argy Funeral Home, ltd, 345 Main St., Brookville, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 8/9/2017

 

BOUSE –RETA BOUSE MANLEY age 64, of New Albany, PA passed away on January 1, 2018 at the Robert Packer Hospital with her family by her side. Reta was born on January 24, 1953 in Towanda, PA to the late George F. and Lola Franklin Bouse. She graduated from Wyalusing Valley High School with the class of 1970. Six weeks after graduation, Reta married her soul mate and best friend, W. David Manley, on July 25, 1970. Together they moved to Abilene, TX while Dave finished his service in the Air Force. After Dave’s duty was over, they returned to New Albany where she lived the rest of her life. She took great pride in her community. She made it a point brighten up her town by placing U.S. flags and banners, as well as planting flowers. Her influence in the community lead to her being named Mrs. New Albany in 1978, following in the footsteps of her beloved mother, Lola. Reta was employed at the Medicine Shoppe in Dushore prior to she and Dave starting a family. While Wade and Natalie were young, she babysat a generation of New Albany children in her home. She was later employed at Fine Line Homes in both their Towanda and Sayre locations. She rose to become the Office Manager and worked there more than 32 years before retiring on February 1, 2017. There was nothing she enjoyed more than participating in her children’s lives and watching them grow. She was the den mother for her son’s Cub Scout troop and was team mom for her son’s baseball teams and her daughter’s softball teams while Dave coached.  She was a member of St. Frances Xavier in Overton, PA and St. Basil’s Church in Dushore, PA. She was a woman of GREAT faith. She volunteered as a Sunday school teacher with Dave for many years. Reta was a former co-chair for the Bradford County Relay for Life with her late sister, Jan Stoddard. She served as the tax collector for the New Albany borough. She enjoyed reading, watching movies, tending her flower garden, camping, and especially tailgating at Penn State games. She had tons of fun when she traveled with her sister Jan, Jan’s husband Garn, and their great friends, Burf and Diane Broschart. There was nothing that she enjoyed more family gatherings at the Bouse House, “The Home of Unconditional Love.” She cherished the times she got to spend with her family and friends, especially her children and grandchildren. She was always most happy when her house was full. She never missed the grandchildren’s sporting events, piano recitals, or any other activities the kids were involved in. Reta is survived by her husband, Dave, of New Albany, PA; her children, Wade Manley and her Daughter-in-law, Jill, of Mechanicsburg, PA and Natalie Salsman and her Son-in-law, Todd of Wyalusing, PA; her grandchildren, Magdalen Marie Goodrich, Cooper Franklin Manley, Layla Helen Manley, Jordan Joseph Salsman, Danelle Marie Salsman, Nicholas David Salsman, and Connor Eugene Salsman; her siblings and spouses, Earl and Cindy Bailey Bouse of Cleveland, GA, Judi and Bill Looney of New Bloomfield, PA, Ike and Deb Bouse of Port Byron, NY, Lois and Ron Hugo of Laceyville, PA, Garn Lloyd Stoddard of Wyalusing, PA; her brother/sister-in-laws, Burt and Sheila Manley of New Albany, Bonnie and Mike Fox of New Albany, Joni and Brent Raupers of Florida, Dina and Neal Gallagher of Stroudsburg, PA; her blood sister Diane Broschart; her heart sisters, Susie Jackson, Wanda Cooley, Betty Jo Shults. Reta is also survived by her Uncle Roy Leon Franklin and Aunt Nancy Smith both of Norwich, NY; as well as her nieces and nephews, Lisa McNamara, Adam Bouse, Brian Keefe, Kevin Keefe, Melissa Keefe, Annie Looney, Stacy McBride, Marcy Higley, Todd O’Conner, Chris Woods, Jeremy Woods, Julie Betz, Justin Bouse, Jenna Arneson, Tricia Porten, Taylor Bouse, Taylor Hugo, Nikki Pedro, Kristin Vasey, Casey Townsend, Karly Jones, Kelsy Peterson, and Keegan Peterson; and many great nieces/nephews and great-great nieces/nephews. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her father and mother-in-law, Walt and Helen Manley, her sister, Jan Bouse-Stoddard, her nephew. Bret James Keefe, and her nieces Nicole Ferris Keefe and Janice Looney Baumer. A Mass of Christian Burial for Reta will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Basil’s Church in Dushore with Father Richard Rojos of the church officiating. Family and friends may call at the Sheldon Funeral Home, 155 Church St., Wyalusing, PA on Friday, January 5, 2018 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Bradford County Relay for Life, c/o Amy Huffman-PS Bank, P.O. Box 217, Wyalusing, PA or to the Bret J. Keefe Scholarship Fund (Fore 81), c/o Brian Keefe, 3299 Glase Road, Danielsville, PA.

 

BOWMAN –JOSEPHINE ELIZABETH (BOWMAN) SPRINGS born May 10, 1958, filled everyone she met with love and laughter. Known by many names - Josi, Jo, Mom, Grammy, and Big-Cup-of-Jo - she was an optimistic soul who taught her children and grandchildren that life was better with a bit of silly in it.
Josi shared her spirit through the things she loved best. She enjoyed the outdoors, from gardening, to camping, to beach bumming. Holidays were her favorite, creating beautiful handmade ornaments for Christmas and wacky, epic Halloween costumes. Josi saw the beauty in everyday objects, transforming them into eclectic works of art. But what she loved most of all was her family. She was the oldest of four siblings, Shubal Bowman, Beckie Austin, and Rachael Cain. She was a compassionate mother and grandmother to her son Brittan Springs and wife Jessica Toro-Springs with grandsons Oliver and Everett (Big Island, Va.); daughter Colby and husband Geoff Guanciale with grandson August (Elbridge, N.Y.); son Schuyler Springs and grandson Jaxson Bush (Cayuga, N.Y.); daughter Darynn VanWie and grandpets Zoey, Echo, Figaro, Nala, Pearl, and Oliver (Weedsport, N.Y.); and despite his pain in the butt moments, her beloved dog, Bailey. Josi touched the lives of many people, from Sayre, Pa., where she was raised, to Auburn and Weedsport, N.Y., where she raised her four children, to her final home in Norfolk, Va. She filled everyone she met with love and laughter. Unfortunately, she had only a limited supply of love, and on the morning of Jan. 27, 2018, her heart simply ran out of love to give. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you pay it forward in a way that makes you think of Josi. Make a donation to a charity, volunteer for a good cause, or just help someone in need. When you do, please share your story with the family to celebrate the life of a unique, loving, wonderful woman. Services will be held Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Norfolk Chapel, 1501 Colonial Ave., Norfolk, Va. –Sayre Morning Times 2/3/2018

 

MR. THOMAS RICHARD BOYD SR., age 50, of Elkland Township, Sullivan County, PA, passed away on Thursday, December 14, 2017. Tom was born in Bristol PA, on March 25th 1967 a son of Joseph Boyd and Patricia Ainsworth. Thomas Boyd Sr., and the late Bridget Lynn Biegenwald Boyd. Tom graduated in 1985 from Harry S Truman High School. Shortly after he pursued a career as an electrician. He married Bridget Biegenwald September, 1st 1990, and they made their home in Bucks County until 2002, when they moved up to Sullivan County with their children. His favorite football team was the Philadelphia Eagles.  Thomas enjoyed many things, but one thing he enjoyed most was making other people laugh, even when he was dealing with so much of his own pain inside with the loss of his wife and his son, the late Thomas Boyd Jr. Even though he only lived a short 50 years, he has changed many lives. Nothing mattered more to him than his own family and anyone who actually knew him, was aware of that. His favorite football team was the Philadelphia Eagles. Surviving are: his only daughter: Jessica Lynn Boyd, his sister: Patricia Carpenter of Bristol, PA, his brother: Robert Boyd of Burlington, NJ, his brother In-Law: Rodney (Mindy) Biegenwald of Bristol, PA, his father and mother In-law: Rodney and Carol Biegenwald of Williston, FL, his grandchildren: Lilly Boyd, Hailey Boyd, and Callee Winiavski. Tom was predeceased by his wife, Bridget Lynn Biegenwald Boyd on July 7, 2014 and his son, Thomas Richard Boyd Jr. on August 20, 2016. There will be a Memorial Service in his honor on Friday, December 22, 2017 at 11:00 A.M., at the Forksville United Methodist Church, Forksville, PA with Pastor Linda Renninger, officiating. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA. –Funeral home obit

 

BOYLES –ADA L. BROWN, 97, of Muncy Valley, died Monday, May 14, 2018 at UPMC Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Muncy. Born May 23, 1920 in Lansdale, she was a daughter of the late Joshua J. and Lillian M. (Rittenhouse) Boyles. Her husband of 50years, Walter E. Brown Sr., preceded her in death July 17, 1993.  Surviving are three sons, Lawrence D. Brown of Lebanon, Rodger H. Brown of Emmaus, and Richard L. Brown of Muncy Valley; a great-grandson, David A. Morgan of Boise, Idaho, whom she raised; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
 In addition to her parents and husband, Ada was preceded in death by a son, Walter E. Brown Jr.; a daughter, Cheryl A. Morgan; three brothers; and four sisters. A graveside funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Hillcrest Cemetery, Sonestown with Rev. James W. Bechtel officiating.
 Arrangements have been entrusted to the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Hughesville. –Towanda Daily Review 5/15/2018

 

JOHN H. BRADSHAW, age 67, of Tioga, PA, died Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira, NY. He was born June 8, 1950 in Elmira, NY, a son of Leon James and June (Bentley) Bradshaw. John was the husband of Janice (Meyer) Bradshaw. He worked for G.F.S. until he retired, and was a hotshot driver, yardman, janitor for Williamson Jr. Sr. High School, and over the road truck driver. John owned the Bradshaw pit in Tioga. He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, Elkland, PA; Tioga American Legion, serving as their commander two terms, Mansfield V.F.W., F&AM Lodge #373 in Tioga. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. John was an Army veteran having serviced during the Vietnam War. John is survived by his wife, Janice; 2 sons and daughters-in-law, William "Billy" and Alaina Bradshaw of Tioga, PA, Leon II and Holly Bradshaw of Tioga, PA; a step-son, Richard (Autumn) Fenstermacher of Sabinsville, PA; 4 brothers and sisters-in-law, Fred Bradshaw of Westfield, PA, George (Kimberly) Donald of OH, Bill (Lori) Donald of Mansfield, PA, Michael (Teri) Donald of Mansfield; 2 sisters and brothers-in-law, Elsie (Larry) Axtell of Addison, NY, Roberta (Jeff) Grant of Elmira, NY; 7 grandchildren, Tasha, Savannah, Santana, Hunter, Bradyn, Parker and Willow; 4 great grandchildren, Candon, Averie, Brysen and Skylar. John was predeceased by 3 brothers, James Bradshaw, Donald Donald and Andy Donald; an infant step-son, Donald Porter. Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. A memorial service will follow at 7:00 P.M. at the funeral chapel with Pastor Tom Howe officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Herbert Lee Webster American Legion Post # 235, 18536 Route 287, Tioga, PA or to the Mansfield V.F.W, 1208 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. –Funeral home obit

 

WILLIAM CASE BRADSHAW passed away on September 6, 2017 at Wellsboro Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital surrounded by loved ones. Bill earned a B. S. in Education from the then Mansfield State Teacher’s College and Dartmouth College, and subsequently a Masters of Education Degree from Mansfield University. He served four years in the U. S. Navy as an officer candidate in Flight Training and Aviation Ordnance. Bill spent his early career in the construction industry, and in a 20-year period designed, planned and built numerous facilities in Mansfield and the surrounding area. He worked for 25 years as a faculty member and administrator at the Penn College of Technology (formerly Williamsport Area Community College), where he designed several innovative educational programs. Bill was the Mansfield Chamber’s Max Colegrove Citizen of the Year in 2007 for his service to his community, including the Mansfield Lions Club, the Mansfield Hose Company & Ambulance Association, Mansfield Borough Council and Planning Commission, the Red Cross, United Way, the Parent Teachers Association and other civic organizations. Bill was a member of the Lions Club for 69 years, and was awarded the 2016-2017 Pennsylvania Counsellor’s Distinguished Award for Community Leadership and Service. As a member of the Lions Club, Bill was co-chair of the Eyeglass Committee and initiated numerous fundraising efforts for a variety of community projects. He was a Lions Club board member for 20 years, zone chairman for four years and served two years as Deputy Governor of District 14-G. Bill served as president of the Cooperative Education Association of Pennsylvania, and was a Vice-president of the Pennsylvania Vocational Cooperative Education Association. He was a life member of the Mansfield Hose Company and a charter member of the Mansfield Ambulance Association. Bill chaired the 4th of July Antique/Vintage Auto Show. He served on the Vestry of St. James Episcopal Church. Bill directed the Tioga County Sports Hall of Fame and was inducted there in 2016. Bill was member of the Sports Car Club of America and the Glen Region Sports Car Club for nearly 60 years. He held many positions in these two clubs including Assistant Regional Director, Rally Master, Chief Grid Steward, and Divisional Safety Administrator. He received divisional and national recognition over the years in the form of several awards. The 1st William Bradshaw Award for the SCCA Pro Rally series was established in 2004. Bill enjoyed hunting and fishing in the Pine Creek area, and loved to explore the wonders of nature with friends and family. He loved telling stories, dancing, and feeding the birds. Bill was predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Pauline Schanbacher Bradshaw, in 2003. He is survived by his three children and their spouses, four grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in William Case Bradshaw’s name to the St. James Episcopal Church, 18 W. Wellsboro St., Mansfield, PA; the American Cancer Society, 1948 E. Third St., Williamsport, PA and to the Red Cross, 320 E. 3rd St., Williamsport, PA - specifically for hurricane victims. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. at St. James Episcopal Church, E. Wellsboro St., Mansfield, PA with Rev. Rowena Gibbons officiating. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family. –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/13/2017

 

CHRISTOPHER D. BREESE, 51, of Elmira, NY, passed away on Friday, March 16, 2018 at his home. Chris was born on January 21, 1967 in Midwest City, OK, son of Jeanne E. Martin of Wellsburg, NY, and Rodger D. Breese of The Villages, FL. Chris was a fun-loving hell raiser who was an avid NASCAR enthusiast, enjoyed engine repair work, and was a creative artist. He also enjoyed wood working and remodeling homes. Chris is survived by his fiancé Colleen Austin of Elmira, his mother Jeanne E. Martin of Wellsburg, his father Rodger D. Breese and companion Mary Litvin of The Villages, sister Susana Breese and husband Jamie Owens, step-sister Linda (Dan) Ortiz, aunt and uncle Joyce and Don Weston, and cousins: Donnie & Michelle Weston, Scott and Colleen Weston, Melanie Weston, and David Windhousen, special friends: John Gillette, Debbie Coglan-Fitch, Mickey Couse, Rebecca Coakley Breese, Ann and Milford Doland, Carol Doland. Chris is preceded in death by his stepfather Al Martin, grandparents Ralph and Mary Mattison, Leona Breese, along with aunt and uncle Fran & Dottie Jelliff. Family and friends may call from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at the Roberts Funeral Home, Inc. 279 Main Street Wellsburg, NY. The memorial service to honor Chris's life will be held at the conclusion of the visitation at 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home on March 21st with Rev. Micky Cavanaugh of the Gillett Baptist Church officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Stray Haven Humane Society and SPCA 194 Shepard Road Waverly, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 3/21/2018

 

JOSEPH L. BREWER, age 66, formerly of Bentley Creek and Ridgebury, Pa., passed away Thursday, August 10, 2017 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira, N.Y. Joe was born March 24, 1951 in Elmira, N.Y., the son of the late Joseph and Alice (Andrews) Brewer. Joe attended SRU High School and was employed by DuraBuilt for 35 years. He enjoyed hunting and had previously run demolition derby cars and raced stockcars at Chemung Raceway. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Kandi Jo (Jason) Kellogg of Athens, step-daughter, Lori (John Glisson) VanNess of Milan, his sister Rose Mary Seeley of Pine City, two grandsons, Dalton Freeman and Curtis Kellogg both of Athens, two brother-in-laws, Larry O'Brien of Horseheads, N.Y., Glen Frank of Millerton, several nieces and nephews also survive. He was predeceased by his parents, three sisters, Agnes O'Brien, Judy Brewer, Erma Frank and a brother-in-law, Jonas Seeley. Funeral arrangements are private and under the direction of the Roberts Funeral Home Inc. 279 Main Street, Wellsburg, N.Y. –Sayre Morning Times 8/12/2017

 

SHERRIE D. BREWSTER, 42, of Milan, PA passed away on Monday, March 26, 2018 at the Sayre Health Care Center following a brief illness. She was born on June 22, 1975 in Troy, PA the daughter of Dale R. and Beverly D. (Kisner) Brewster. In her younger years, Sherrie worked for P&C and SERVE, Inc. She loved to bake and cook. She also enjoyed adult coloring books and plastic canvassing. She loved all animals, especially “Fuzzy” her cat.  She is predeceased by her maternal grandmother; Eleanor Kisner, paternal grandparents; Eleanor and William Brewster, and paternal uncle; Ed McGuire. Sherrie is survived by her loving parents; Dale and Beverly Brewster of Milan, PA, maternal grandfather; Robert Kisner, Sr., maternal uncles and aunts: Robert and Linda Kisner of Ulster, PA Bruce and Judy Kisner of Wyalusing, PA, maternal aunt and uncle; Denise and Francis Shaffer of Towanda, PA, paternal uncle and aunt; William and Darlene Brewster, Jr. of PA, paternal aunt; Elizabeth McGuire of Rome, PA paternal aunt and uncle; Nancy and Al Beeman of Wysox, PA, and several cousins. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 1pm at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, PA with Lay Pastor LaVern Jackson officiating. Memorial donations may be made in Sherrie’s memory to help the animals she loved to the Bradford County Humane Society, P.O. Box 179, Route 220, Ulster, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 3/27/2018

 

RODNEY FRED (TOM) BRIGGS, 90, of Sayre, Pennsylvania passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at home surrounded by his family. He was the loving husband of the late Marie Farley Briggs, who passed away on November 17, 1997. Tom and Marie were married on April 18, 1953 and raised five children on Hopkins Street in Sayre. Tom was born on April 28, 1927 in Sayre to Myron and Margaret Middaugh Briggs. He grew up to be a hard-working man who, at the age of 15, left school after his father passed to financially support his mother and siblings. In 1945, he was drafted into the army and was deployed to Udine, Italy. When he returned, he continued working for the railroad and raised his family until he retired. He served on the VFW color guard for 40 years and was best known for playing Santa Claus for over thirty years. He received his honorary diploma from Sayre Area High School in 2010. He loved spending time with his family, reading western novels, going to yard sales, and taking very long walks around the valley. Tom is survived by children, John Briggs of Waverly, New York, Diane Briggs Sindoni and husband Andy of Athens, Pa., Teresa Briggs Draper and husband Mike of Lockwood, N.Y., Kathy Briggs Crews of Sayre, Pa., and Patricia Briggs deClercq of Johnson City, N. Y.; grandchildren, David and wife Michelle Briggs, Dawn Briggs Nietopski, Erica Briggs, Neil and wife Alyssa Briggs, Nicole Briggs Gardner and husband Jeremy, Thomas Briggs and wife Heather, Elizabeth Crews, and Matthew Crews; great-grandchildren, David Michael Briggs, Joseph Nietopski, Nicholas Briggs, Madyson Briggs, Bryce Campbell, Emma Briggs, Riley Campbell, Landon Briggs, and Maddox Briggs. He is also survived by other close relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Marie Farley Briggs; siblings, Leon Briggs and wife Rose of Reading, Pa., John Briggs of Reading, Pa., Glen Briggs of Texas, Howard Briggs and wife Ruth from Sayre, Pa., Ray Briggs and wife Nellie of Sayre, Pa., Margaret (Peg) Briggs Cannivano and husband Mike of Sayre, Pa., Betty Briggs Sherman and husband Ed of Barton, N.Y., and Helen Briggs Pedini and husband Louis of Florida; and daughter-in-law Linda Briggs of Waverly, NY. A time of calling will be held on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 from 11 to 1 PM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly. Full military honors will be accorded Tom at 1 PM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly by the Valley Color Guard. A graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorials can be made on Tom’s name to the Guthrie Veteran Patient Assistance and Wounded Warriors. –Sayre Morning Times 4/23/2018

 

GORDON E. BRINTHAUP passed away peacefully the early evening of Jan. 4, 2018 at his home in Gillett, Pennsylvania, attended by family. He was born April 30, 1918, in Elmira, New York, the son of Gordon E. Brinthaupt Sr. of Elmira and Ethel (Fish) Brinthaupt of Blackwell, Pennsylvania. He is survived by his wife, Lula Mae (Love) Brinthaupt, his wife of 75 years. He is also survived by: a son, Gordon E. Brinthaupt III and his wife Patricia (Freakley) of Nassau, New York; a grandson, Russell Brinthaupt also of Nassau; a daughter, Suzanne (Brinthaupt) Niver and her husband Frank of Gillett; a brother-in-law, Orson Love and wife Catherine of Oregon Hill; plus many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in 1972 by one sister, Jeanne (Brinthaupt) Kocourek. In 1942, Gordon married Lula Mae Love of Oregon Hill, Pennsylvania. The couple lived in Elmira, and Gordon worked first at International Harvester, and then for the Pennsylvania Railroad beginning in 1941. After the onset of World War II, he joined the 718th Railway Operating Battalion, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Railroad. Basic army training occurred at Indiantown Gap, then on to Camp Claybourne, Louisiana, for military railroad training. During the war, he served in the 718th R.O.B. in the capacity of locomotive specialist, general mechanic, winch operator, shop engineer railroad and brake inspector, earning a T-4 grade. He was stationed in Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and central Europe before and after the liberation of these war-torn regions. After the war, Gordon and Lula again lived in Elmira where he resumed working for the Pennsylvania Railroad’s Southport Yard. He was proud of his membership with the Transport Workers Union. Gordon was a union grievance officer, helping his fellow workers with their declined claims, resulting in his attendance at claims conferences with the labor relations officer of the company. In 1953 the family moved to Pennsylvania where Gordon built a house and lived in Ridgebury Township for the remainder of his life. His war experience and invaluable knowledge from service in the 718th Railroad Operating Battalion was applied to his Pennsylvania Railroad career in the car department. He became qualified as a wreck derrick engineer on the wreck train that was stationed at the PRR Southport Yard until 1968. The 1972 Agnes Flood changed the old world order forever. Gordon worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad, Penn Central and Conrail, retiring in 1978 with 37 years. However his railroad career wasn’t over. He was instrumental working (volunteering) with the owners of the Owego and Harford Railroad and the I.D.A. to rehabilitate the line in order to run gas trains. All total, he accumulated 57 years of railroading. A special place always to him was Oregon Hill and Blackwell where family members still reside.Special thanks are given to the Ridgebury Ambulance Association, Arnot Ogden Hospital, Strong Memorial Hospital, Guthrie Home Health Care, and especially the Bath VA. A memorial service will be held later in the year. Local arrangements are under the direction of the Roberts Funeral Home, Inc., 279 Main Street, Wellsburg, New York. One of the Greatest Generation. –Towanda Daily Review 1/14/2018

 

BROUGHTON –MARJORIE L. CLOSE, age 97, of Troy, formerly of Morris, PA, died on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at Broad Acres. She was born on August 3, 1920 in Rushville, NY, a daughter, of Fred and Mabel (Kohler) Broughton. Marjorie was the wife of the late John C. Close, Jr., who died on March 25, 2000. She was member of the Morris United Methodist Church. Marjorie ran the school cafeteria in Gillett, PA, was a cook at the Tioga Co. Jail, and worked at Clarence Baxter's Bakery. She enjoyed gardening. Marjorie is survived by a son, Jack Close of Penn Yan, NY; a daughter, Constance Putnam of Troy, PA; eleven grandchildren; eighteen great grandchildren; four great great grandchild; two brothers, Donald (Sharon) Broughton of Lawrenceville, PA, Kenneth (Paula) Broughton of Gillett, WY. She was preceded in death by her husband, John; a son, George Close; a daughter, Jeanne Butler; five brothers and sisters, Jen, Vernon, Jim, Chuck, and Fred. In keeping with Marjorie's wishes there will be no services. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation, 57 N Franklin St, Wilkes-Barre, PA or Charity of one's choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 1/11/2018

 

ARLENE M. BROWN, 88, of Old Kennedy Road, Nedrow, New York, passed away on Jan. 5, 2018, at her home, after a brief illness with her sister at her side. She was born Aug. 27, 1929 in Sayre, Pennsylvania, daughter of Laurence Eugene and Irene Naomi Carman Brown. Arlene graduated from Troy High School. She was a talented softball pitcher and at one time played for an Elmira team. Arlene made her living as a woodcarving artist. She enjoyed swimming in her pool and feeding wild birds. Arlene was a great bowler and had bowled in several leagues and tournaments into her 80’s. She loved to go bass fishing and feed the ducks at Webster Pond. She was predeceased by her parents; her brothers, Kenneth and Zelda Brown, Donald Brown; and a brother-in-law Durland Shumway. Arlene is survived by her sister Sara Shumway of Towanda; her brother, Duane and Shirley Brown of Ankeny, Iowa; her sister-in-law, Mabel Brown of Ulster; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. A private graveside service will be held at a later date. –Towanda Daily Review 1/12/2018

 

GLENN A. BROWN, 76, of Sugar Run, PA, passed away in the early morning hours of Feb. 10, 2018 with whom he referred to as the love of his life, Ina M. Capwell, at his side. He was born on Aug. 10, 1941 in Shunk, PA, and was a 1960 graduate of Loyalsock High School in Estella, PA. Glenn was the son of the late Ellis and Agnes Brown of Shunk. Those that knew Glenn knew he had a love for woodworking, the outdoors, deer hunting, John Deere tractors, twangy old country music and the New York Giants, but most remember Glenn for the love of his whistling. No matter where he was or what he was doing, Glenn was always whistling a tune. One thing many did not know, however, is Glenn had a love for carnations with baby’s breath, which he would often pick for Ina. Surviving are his two sons and Ina’s two daughters, whom Glenn considered his own, Timothy (Bobbi Jo) Brown of Lopez, PA; grandsons, Kassidy and Noah Brown; Robert (Lisa) Brown of Muncy Valley PA; granddaughter, Carrie Fenstermacher; Bobbi Capwell (Joel Toomey) of Meshoppen; granddaughter, Brittany Gregory; Mary (Russell) Michaud of Williamsport, PA; grandson, Russell Michaud; granddaughter, Stephanie Michaud; grandsons, Adam, David and Austen Brown of Arkansas Also surviving are siblings, Harry (Diana) Brown of Shunk and Jerry (Marilyn) Brown of Shunk, Ethel (Albert Krise) of LeRoy, PA and many nieces, nephews and special friends. He was predeceased by a brother, Roland Brown of Shunk. As per Glenn’s request, there will be no services. In remembrance of Glenn, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society. –Wyalusing Rocket 2/15/2018

 

JOSEPH W. BROWN, age 77, of Troy, PA, passed away on Monday, May 21, 2018 at his home. He was born on May 12, 1941 in Philadelphia, PA, a son of William and Lillian (Kilgallen) Brown. Joseph was the husband of Donna (Lee) Brown. He was employed with the City of Philadelphia as a Police Officer. Joseph was a US veteran having served in the Navy. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and was a member of the FOP Lodge #5 in Philadelphia. Joseph is survived by his wife, Donna; three daughters, Barbara (Richard) Krumins of Chalfont, PA, Joanne Upcavage of Levittown, PA, Jeannie Brown of Troy, PA; a son, Joseph (Veronica) Brown of Philadelphia, PA; twelve grandchildren; three great grandchildren; a brother, Kenneth (Alice) Brown of Philadelphia, PA; two sisters, Nancy (Steve) Martin of Norriton, PA, Diane Szombathy of  Cinnaminson, NJ. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Patricia Brown; grandson, Joseph W. Brown III. Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 1PM to 2PM at the Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. A memorial service will immediately follow at 2PM with Pastor Harry Colegrove officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

BROWN –HELEN L. LEARN REYNOLDS, age 87, passed away Tuesday afternoon, July 10, 2018 at the Wyalusing Personal Care Home where she has been living since September 2017. Helen was formally of Laceyville and Tunkhannock. Helen was born on July 23, 1930 in Stevensville, PA the daughter of the late Claude and Julia Cannan Brown.  She was a graduate of the Camptown High School with the class of 1947.  She was employed with Tyler Memorial Hospital.  She was a member of the Osterhout Bible Church and taught Sunday School.  She was a former member of the Braintrim Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School, sang in the choir, and assisted with the Awana Club.  Helen was a member of the Edinger Hill Ladies Aide Society.  She also enjoyed volunteering at the Tyler Memorial Hospital and CEF in Tunkhannock. Helen is survived by her children, Randy Learn of Edgewater, NJ, David Learn and his wife Sallie of Colorado Springs, CO, Mark Learn and his wife Brenda of Hanford, CA, and Daniel Learn and his wife Holiday of Sugar Run, PA; her grandchildren, Brian Learn, Alicia Johnson, Amy Learn, Axel Learn, and Jolene Davis; four great-grandchildren; her sisters, Frances Potter of LeRaysville, PA, Doris Howatt of Kentucky, and Irma Krohn of Manalpan, NJ; as well as several nieces and nephews.  Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband James B. Learn (d. May 9, 1995), her second husband John W. Reynolds (d. July 14, 2013), her daughters: Frances M. Learn Sawicki (d. May 4, 1985) and Jennifer Dawn Learn (d. April 30, 1990), as well as numerous brothers and sisters. Funeral services for Helen will be held on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 11:00 AM from the Sheldon Funeral Home, 459 Main St., Laceyville, PA.  Interment will follow at the Lacey Street Cemetery.  Family and friends may call at the Sheldon Funeral Home on Friday evening, July 13, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 PM. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Helen’s name to the Osterhout Bible Church, 467 Lane Hill Road, Tunkhannock, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

HERBERT W. BROWN II, 69, of Ulster, passed away on Friday, July 6, 2018 at the Robert Packer Hospital following a period of declining health.  He was born on March 9, 1949 in Sayre, PA, the son of the late Ira Albert and LuCelia E. (Ford) Brown. Herbert was a truck driver for many years until his health prevented him from continuing that job. He loved farm work and was always willing to help-out on many locally owned farms. He loved animals of any kind. Herbert was an avid hunter, fisherman, and reader. He especially enjoyed books by Stephen King, and in the past few years read many different religious books of all kinds. He is predeceased by his daughter, Norma Jean Brown; an infant brother, and sister, JoAnn Lewis. Herbert is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Herbert Brown III and Rebecca Socha-Brown of Towanda; daughter, Lynn and Steve Castle of Canton, PA; grandchildren, Gabriel "Gabe" Sakers of Canton, Macy Castle of Tunkhannock, and Quinnley Socha-Brown of Towanda. He is also survived by his brother, Ira Brown, Jr. of Milan, PA; brother and sister-in-law, Philip and Sharon Brown of Gillett, PA; sisters and brothers-in-law, Janet and Guy Schmeckenbecker of Englewood, FL and Phyllis and Douglas Shipman of Fayetteville, PA; sister, Iris May of Lancaster, TX; many aunts and uncles, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, PA with the Rev. Gary Smith. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Herbert's memory to the: Pennsylvania Association for the Blind, 555 Gettysburg Pike, Suite A300, Mechanicsburg, PA, Happy Tails No Kill Shelter, 500 Cemetery Road, Towanda, PA or the Mather Library, 23866 U.S. 220, Ulster, PA. –Sayre Morning Times 7/10/2018

 

JEFFREY ALLEN BROWN, 49, of Meshoppen, PA, died tragically on Jan. 28, 2018 in an automobile accident near Vernal, Utah. He moved out to Utah in the summer of 2014 and resided in Randlett Valley where he was able to pursue his passion for ranching while working on the Pumpkin Creek Ranch. While residing in Utah, he was given the opportunity to work in North Dakota for the oilfield. Jeff attended Elk Lake School. During most of his life, he drove truck for various companies in PA, including S. McClain Stone and Bell Trucking where he teamed with his good friend, Eric Stoothoff. He has worked on various local farms, was a mechanic for several companies, built houses for Borel Builders and had a personal auto detailing shop in Meshoppen. Jeff loved automobiles and was restoring a 1971 El Camino with his two sons Cody and Darren. He enjoyed taking his children to the rodeo and truck shows as well as camping and trips on the tractor trailer. He enjoyed making his sons’ Halloween floats and had received first place for a tractor trailer float in the Meshoppen Halloween Parade. He enjoyed time spent with his daughter, Brittany and was her biggest inspiration. Jeff also enjoyed detailing tractor trailers with his uncle Timmy Brown. He loved hunting and had hunted wildlife while in Utah and made homemade jerky to send back home to his children. He had moved out west in pursuit of a different life and had kept in contact with his children through letters and phone calls. He was an extraordinary man who will not be forgotten by many people who had come to know him. Jeff was born on June 28, 1968. His three children are Brittany Lynn Brown (and Johnathan Ronald Prevost), Cody Allen Brown and Darren Jeffery Brown (and Amber Lynn Milliron) as well as two grandchildren, Jenna Lynn Brown and Erik Jeffery Brown. He is also survived by uncles Alden, Timmy and Denny; aunts, Connie, Karen, Becky, Diane, Lauralee and Marylou; many cousins; sister, Bridgette Ann Brown; nieces, Ashlie Louise, Aleece Bridgette and Madison Erica; nephew, Nicholas Allen Floyd; greatnieces, Justice, Destiny and GraceLynn and great-nephews, Nathaniel, Trityn and Jeremiah. He is also missed by his beloved dog, Leroy. He is preceded in death by his father, Gary Floyd Brown; grandparents, Floyd, Jr. and Doris Brown and uncle Wilbert Brown. A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, March 3 at 6 p.m. at the Meshoppen Rod and Gun Club. In honor of Jeff’s love for animals, anyone that wishes to make contributions may donate to True Friends Animal Welfare Center, 16332 SR 706, Montrose, PA. –Funeral home obit

 

JOSEPH V. BROWN JR. age 70 of Blossburg, PA died Thursday, January 25, 2018 at his home in Blossburg, PA. Joseph was born on March 29, 1947 in Delaware Co., PA the son of Joseph Brown Sr. and Ann (Hoffman) Brown. He was the husband of the late Andrea (Hart) Brown who died on January 23, 2015. Joseph owned and operated Joe's Automotive Repair Shop for 30 years in Delaware Co. He was a US Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. Joseph is survived by two sons and daughters–in-law Victor Joseph (Shannon) Brown of Westfield, PA, William Hart (Theresa Wilson) Brown of Taneytown, MD, five grandchildren Elizabeth, Joey, Dominick, Amber, William, Victor and Mauirsa Brown, one great grandchild Aiden Brown and a sister Joann (Harry) Gerhard of North Carolina. It was Joseph's request that there be no service. The Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc. 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family. –Funeral home obit

 

BROWN –MARJORIE B. ‘MARGE’ COOK of Tunkhannock died Friday September 8/ 2017 in the Jewish Home in Scranton. She was born in Scranton on July 30, 1927 daughter of the late Harry and Lottie Dawson Brown. Prior to her retirement she was employed in the Housekeeping Department of the Clarks Summit State Hospital. She was an active member of the Church of the Nativity B.V.M in Tunkhannock. She was preceded in death by her husband Patrick J. Cook, Brothers Harry, Jerman, Dick, Ronnie, Bob and Sam Cook, sisters: twin sister Grace, Romaine, Charlotte. Surviving are sons and spouses Robert and Virginia Cook, Point Pleasant, NJ, Thomas and Kathie Cook, Seattle, Washington, sisters Joyce Dietrich of Scranton, Joan Devbin of Olyphant; grandchildren Julie and Patrick Cook, NJ, Kathie and Sam Cook, Ca. A funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, September 13 at the Church of the Nativity BVM in Tunkhannock.  Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery, Lake Winola. Family will receive friends at the church from 9 am until the time of service. Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

BROWN –MARTHA WINIFRED ‘WINNIE ‘ WOOD, 95, formerly of Troy and Towanda, Pennsylvania, passed away Wednesday evening, Sept. 27, 2017 at Guthrie Troy Community Hospital while surrounded by loved ones. Born Feb. 10, 1922 in Overton, Pennsylvania, she was a daughter of the late W. Earl and Edna Rose (Voorhis) Brown. Love for family and friends always came first in Winnie's life. Her thoughtfulness will be missed by many as she especially loved giving and receiving cards. She also appreciated all types of flowers. Surviving are four children, Thomas E. Jennings of West Franklindale, Janet M. Jennings Messenger of Troy, Ronald D. (Madge) Jennings of New Hampshire and Deb (Rod) Manley of Troy; a special friend and companion, James VanNess of Monroeton; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; two daughters-in-law, Cindy Jennings of Texas and Peggy Jennings of Ohio; also, dear friend, Pastor George Ogden of Sylvania; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by two sons, Robert E. Jennings and Gary L. Jennings; several siblings; a daughter-in-law, Marlene Jennings; and son-in-law, Everett L. Messenger; and the father of her children, Thomas E. Jennings Sr. In keeping with Winifred's wishes, a private family memorial service and burial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may consider a donation in her name to the Bradford County Manor, 15900 Route 6, Troy, PA. Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Drive, Canton, is assisting her family with arrangements. –Towanda Daily Review 9/29/2017

 

PHILIP A. BROWN age 74, of Elmira, NY, passed away on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Elcor Health Services. He was born in Elmira, NY to the late John and Geraldine (Bergan) Brown Jr. He was predeceased by his brother, Gerald Brown and sisters, Ann Cox, Frances Janeski and Karen VanHouten. Philip is survived by his brother, Jack Brown; along with several nieces and nephews. All services will be held privately and at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. –Elmira Star-Gazette 10/2/2017

 

BROWN –SHEILA JEAN BROWN CRITTENDEN, North Fort Myers, FL, age 82, went to be with her beloved Savior Jesus Christ, on April 30, 2018, who she accepted at age six. Born May 26, 1935, in the new Blossburg Hospital, Tioga County, PA, the only daughter of Hamilton W. Brown and Josephine Nash Brown. Resided in Mansfield, PA, until moving to Florida in 2004. Survived by childhood sweetheart, Richard "Dick" David Crittenden, married 64 years on March 27th. Four daughters and spouses: Joy and Gary Christian (Northumberland, PA), Drs. Elizabeth "Betsy" and Mircea Grigoriu (Ithaca, NY), Marianne and Muray Kent (Dunnellon, FL), Lois and Charles "Chuck" Rupar (Cape Coral, FL). Also, grandchildren: Trapper (Viky) Wyman; Levi, Marcus, Nicholas (Jackie) Kent; Jenny (Kevin) Shroyer, Emily (Shadoe) Daniels; Chad, Blake, Abby Rupar. Great grandchildren Octavian and Victoriana Wyman; Teagan Shroyer. Predeceased by parents and only brother, Rev. Badon Brown. Sheila graduated from Mansfield High School, Class of 1953. She was crowned Miss Mansfield that year to represent the town at the Pennsylvania Laurel Festival. She was a freelance decorator, dedicated homemaker, taught many enrichment classes for adults and was an elementary school volunteer. She founded the Green Thumb Garden Club in Mansfield. Sheila enjoyed collecting antiques, gardening, painting, sewing and writing. Bible study and prayer groups were an important part of her life. Sheila's faith sustained her through several bouts with breast cancer. Her husband and family were her delight always. Member of First Assembly of God, Fort Myers, FL. Memorial service to be held May 12th at First Assembly of God in Fort Myers, FL. In lieu of flowers, Sheila has requested donations be given to One Way Out Ministries (onewayout.org), a non-profit dear to her heart. A memorial service is being planned in Mansfield, PA, later this summer. –Elmira Star-Gazette 5/10/ 2018

 

TYRONE J. BROWN, 48, of Wysox, Pennsylvania, passed away on March 30, 2018, at the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pennsylvania. Tyrone was born on June 3, 1969, in Towanda, Pennsylvania, to his parents Kenneth E. Brown and Connie L. Green. He graduated from Wyalusing High School. He loved to fish, play darts and listen to music. He was a football fan of the Detroit Lions and Ohio State University.
He is survived by his fiancée, Linda (Mama) Taber; and his mother, Connie; and his children, Gregory, Amber and Kristen. He also is survived by his grandchildren, Vayla, Phoenix, Zova, Arie, Allison and Andrew; and his sister, Carla; and brother, Shane. He is survived by several nieces and nephews including Bonnie Brown. He is predeceased by his grandfathers, Carl Brown and Donald Shump; grandmother, Marion Miller; father, Kenneth E. Brown; and son-in-law, Mike Vanderpool. Honoring Mr. Brown’s wishes, there will be no calling hours or services. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Thomas Cremation and Funeral Service, 1297 Elmira St., Sayre, Pennsylvania. –Towanda Daily Review 4/3/2018

 

BROWNLEE –DORIS L. SWEELEY, 89, of Williamsport, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Saturday,  March 24, 2018 at The Williamsport Home surrounded by her loving family. Born January 6, 1929 in Harrisburg, she was a daughter of Russell and Martha (Bastian) Brownlee. She married Thomas E. Sweeley on Dec. 16, 1950 and together they celebrated 67 years of marriage. Doris was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church, where she was the choir director for many years, and singing and organizing the ladies quartet. Her love for music started at an early age as she was a professional singer with her family, the Brownlee Sisters, who at one time sang with Tommy Dorsey. Her love for music continued throughout her life. Doris enjoyed her flower garden, and was a homemaker, but her greatest passion in life was loving and caring for her family. Surviving in addition to her husband are five children; Thomas E. Sweeley, II (Wendy) of Williamsport, David M. Sweeley (Karen) of Williamsport, Stephen D. Sweeley (Jane) of Dushore, Timothy J. (Lesa) of Montoursville, and Denise L. (John) VanDeLinde of Williamsport, 16 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; two sisters Phyllis Witmer and Frances Satalucia both of Williamsport. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a sister, Delores Fisher and two brothers, Russell and Robert Brownlee. A funeral service to honor the life of Doris will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 27 at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 911 West Third St. Williamsport. Burial will follow in Wildwood Cemetery. A viewing will be held from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday at Church. Memorial contributions may be made in Doris’s name to Tabernacle Baptist Church, 911 West Third St. Williamsport, PA. –Williamsport Sun-Gazette 3/26/2018

 

WILLIAM B. “BILL” BRYSON JR., 72, of Muncy, passed away Sunday, October 29, 2017 at his home.

Born June 24, 1945 in Watsontown, he was a son of the late William B. and Sarah M. (Phillips) Bryson, Sr.. He married the former Linda L. Middaugh, and together they celebrated 52 years of marriage. Bill enjoyed playing pool, and having his friends and family over to his home. Above all he loved spending time with his grandsons, especially building legos with them. Bill was also a charter member of the Muncy Valley Moose Lodge, Chapter #2222. In addition to his wife, he is survived by five sisters, Jean Sellers of Muncy, Mary Shoemaker of Turbotville, Connie (Ronald) Moser of Montgomery, Carol Shoemaker of South Williamsport, and Ann (Ronald) Wommer; three brothers, Harry (Winifred) Bryson of Montgomery, Larry (Jeanie) Bryson of Montgomery, and Robert (Charlene) Bryson of Muncy; a daughter-in-law, Tina Bryson of Shallotte, NC; brother-in-law, Bruce (Charmaine) Middaugh of Muncy; two grandsons, Donald Bassett of Baltimore, MD and Sean (Amanda Campbell) Bassett of Hughesville; and two great-grandsons, Damian and Ethan Bassett. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Greg Bryson; and a sister, Barbara Shoemaker. Funeral services will be held 11a.m. Friday, November 3 at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville with Rev. James R. Pentz officiating. Burial will follow in Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Lycoming County SPCA, at http://lycomingspca.org/you-can-help/ways-to-help/. –Funeral home obit

 

JEFFREY C. BUCHANAN, 62, of Sayre, Pa., passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at home. Born in Elmira on July 26, 1955, he was the son of Clair Buchanan and Mary Jane Doolittle and was a graduate of Odessa-Montour High School. Jeff  retired from Robert Packer Hospital where he worked for over 40 years. He loved to fish, and enjoyed gardening and music. He was predeceased by his father, and by a stepsister, Debbie Rice. Surviving are his mother, Mary Jane Doolittle of Deltona, Fla.; brothers, Michael Buchanan of Odessa, David Buchanan of Deltona, Fla., Christopher (Roe) Buchanan of Montour Falls, and Nathan Buchanan of Merritt Island, Fla.; stepsiblings, Gary Doolittle of Bath, Terry (Tom) Vine of Big Flats, and Thomas Doolittle of Montour Falls; best friend, Gary (Karen) Eltringham of Sayre, Pa.; and by several nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to call on Monday, June 18, 2018 from 12-2 p.m. at Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, N.Y. Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m., followed by burial at Lakeview Cemetery in Watkins Glen. –Sayre Morning Times 6/15/2018

 

BEN BULKLEY, 79, went to be with our Lord on Saturday January 13, 2018 after a brief battle with leukemia. Ben was born September 28, 1938 in Canton to the late George Bulkley and Helen Crain Bulkley. He was raised on his family’s farm in East Canton and attended Canton School graduating in 1956. After graduation he worked at farming with his parents. On May 14, 1960, he married Peggy Kelly of Williamsport and together they took up residence on a farm on Windfall Road in Granville. It was here that they spent over 57 years of marriage, raising their 7 children in a home filled with love, hard work and Ben’s favorite Westerns on the television. Ben worked at Larimer and Norton in Troy for over 30 years making Louisville Slugger baseball bats. He was known far and wide for keeping countless people warm by delivering firewood to hundreds people over the years. He enjoyed making maple syrup, setting off fireworks, taking trips to Cape May with his family and was always ready to go when one of his grandchildren had an activity. He was an active member of St. Michael’s Church in Canton. Ben kept himself very busy. There was always lawn to be mowed, wood to be split or something that needed fixed. He never sat still long. He was always willing to lend a hand to anyone who needed help, especially his children. He would do anything for his family. No matter how many jobs and activities kept him busy what he loved most was spending time with his family. “The pond” was his labor of love with its swimming pond, waterslide, waterfall, fishing lake, and pavilions for all to enjoy. There was nothing he liked more, than seeing his family and friends enjoying his creation. He is survived by his loving wife, Peggy, his children Mike (Kim) Bulkley, Mark (Faith) Bulkley, Helen (John) Donato, Joe (Lori) Bulkley, Andy (Lauri) Bulkley, Angela (David) Kopetan, his son-in-law John Drury, his grandchildren Emma and Claire Bulkley, Jay and Dan Drury, Tanner, Matthew and Marissa Bulkley, David and Tyler Fetterolf, Fran, Elena, Nick and Michael Donato, Elizabeth and Ariana Bulkley, Isaac, Jessica and Seth Bulkley and Robert and Benjamin Kopetan, great-granddaughter Addison Fetterolf, his sisters Marie (Gene) Kennedy and Juanita (Brian) Earle, his cousin Roger (Suellen) Tracey and his sister-in-law Dona Beers and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter Karen Drury and his grandchildren Lauren, Keegan, Luke and Quinn. As per Ben’s wishes there will be no calling hours. There will be a funeral mass on Saturday, January 20th at 11 am at St Michael’s Church in Canton. Arrangements are under the direction of the Gerald W. Vickery, Jr., Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc. 1093 West Main Street, Troy, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 1/15/2018

 

BULLOCK –JOANNE REYNARD, life-long resident of Canton, Pennsylvania, passed away quietly on Sunday morning, Nov. 5, 2017, at the Bradford County Manor in Troy. She was 89 years of age. Born Jan. 11, 1928, in Canton, she was a daughter of the late Howard and Elnora (Griffin) Bullock. Joanne was a very loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She worked hard to provide for her family and for many years worked at Canton Manufacturing and GTE Sylvania. She is survived by her daughter, Helen Bush; son, David Reynard; daughter-in-law, Gisela Reynard; grandson, John Reynard, all of Canton; granddaughters, Sabrina Bourne of Troy, Lori (Jason) Rahn and Angela (Bob) Mundy, all of Canton; great-grandson, Brady Bourne; great-granddaughters, Brooke Bourne and Addisen Mundy; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Max in 2004; her son, John Reynard, in 2013; son-in-law, Terry Bush, in 2004; and her four siblings, Harriet, Mary, Eleanor and Howard. In accordance with Joanne’s wishes, there will be no calling hours or public services. A private service will be held at the convenience of her family. Those who wish may consider a memorial to the Bradford County Humane Society, P.O. Box 179, Ulster, PA. Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Drive, in Canton is assisting the family with arrangements. –Towanda Daily Review 11/7/2017

 

BURKE –MARY RITA BURKE SMITH, age 85, of Eagles Mere, Pennsylvania, and St. Petersburg, Florida, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, at Bayfront Medical Center, St. Petersburg, Florida, with her loving family at her side. Rita was born on March 26, 1932 in New York, New York, a daughter of the late Thomas Michael and Margarita Dunne Burke. She was raised by her father and step-mother, Bridget Agnes Burke, on a dairy farm in Sugar Ridge. She graduated from St. Basil's High School, Dushore, Pennsylvania, a member of the class of 1949. She then went on to graduate from Marywood University, Scranton, Pennsylvania, with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education. She devoted her life to the care and well-being of her nine children. She worked outside the home as a social worker for Sullivan County Children and Youth Services in her earlier years and later as a teacher. She was a member of the Sonestown American Legion Post 601. She was a member of St. Basil's Church, Dushore, Pennsylvania. She enjoyed traveling, spending time with her family, and helping others. She also enjoyed discussing current events. She is survived by her spouse, Robert O. Smith, currently a resident of St. Petersburg, Florida, and a former resident of Eagles Mere, Pennsylvania. Also surviving are three sons, Thomas Smith of Laporte, Pennsylvania, Robert Smith of Jonestown, Pennsylvania, Daniel (Jan) Smith of Overton, Pennsylvania; five daughters, Patricia (Paul) Boswell of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, Dr. Mary Rita (Dan) Weller of Wernersville, Pennsylvania, Kathleen Smith of St. Petersburg, Florida, Rose Marie (Louis) Gansell of Unityville, Pennsylvania, and Maureen Smith of St. Petersburg, Pennsylvania. She is also survived by seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her parents she was predeceased by a son, John Dennis Smith on Oct. 30, 2015; a sister, Kathleen Mary Burke Cullen on Jan. 7, 1989; a daughter-in-law, Barbara Michen on Nov. 24, 2015; and a nephew, Francis Edward Cullen on July 31, 1977. A transferal service will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017 at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, Pennsylvania, and will be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Basil's Church, Dushore, Pennsylvania, with the Rev. Richard Rojas, pastor, presiding. Entombment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Wyoming, Pennsylvania. Friends and family may call from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017 at the funeral home. –Towanda Daily Review 8/19/2017

 

ROBERT J. BURKE, 90, of Towanda, Pennsylvania, passed away Saturday, March 31, 2018, at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital, Towanda, Pennsylvania. Robert was born on Oct. 16, 1927, in Sullivan County, Pennsylvania, the son of Charles and Gertrude Burke. He grew up in Mildred, Pennsylvania, and while attending high school, was active in baseball and basketball. He later moved to New Albany, Pennsylvania, and subsequently Towanda, Pennsylvania. Robert served in the U.S. Army and was a member of American Legion Post No. 452 in Mildred. In early years, he was employed by the Endicott-Johnson Shoe Company in Mildred, Dushore Sewing factory, served as a deliveryman for Weeds Beer Distributorship and worked at Masonite Corporation in Wysox. He retired from the Wyalusing School District in the 1980s. Robert loved sports and was a devoted fan of University of Notre Dame football, Philadelphia Phillies and Boston Red Sox baseball. He enjoyed NASCAR racing and was a dedicated follower of Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Robert was a member of the Bradford and Sullivan County Dart Leagues and was honored over the years with numerous awards for his accomplishments and skill as one of the best dart players in the area. Robert enjoyed the outdoors, caring for his property, gardening and cook outs with his special group of friends. He is survived by his son, Christopher Dunham of Towanda; sister, Florence Fedulchak of Westland, Michigan; cousin, Lorraine Wanagitis of Mildred; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his sister, Juane Burke, brother, William Burke, and two brothers in infancy.
A celebration of life service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to the Skilled Nursing Unit of Guthrie Memorial Hospital Resident Activities Fund, 91 Hospital Drive, Towanda, PA or to the Bradford County Humane Society, P.O. Box 179, Ulster, PA in memory of Robert J. Burke. –Towanda Daily Review 4/3/3018

 

BURKE –WILMA J. BURKE BAILEY, 68, of 301 East Vanderbilt St., Athens, Pennsylvania  passed away Thursday morning, May 10, 2018, at the Sayre Health Care Center in Athens Township, Pennsylvania. Wilma was born on Dec. 8, 1949, in Montour Falls, New York, the daughter of Sherman William Burke and Martha Tuttle Burke. Wilma enjoyed knitting, crocheting and caring for her cats. She loved country music, especially songs by Hank Williams, and was known by her friends at the Sayre Health Care Center as “Honky Tonk.” Surviving are her husband, John P. Bailey; mother, Martha Burke of Durell; daughters, Sheila (Chris) McDonald of Wysox, Patricia (Terry) Hill of Rome; grandchildren, Angie (Rick) Roof, Joshua (Danielle) Maines, Mark Maines and fiancée, Hillary, Jenelle Maines; numerous great-grandchildren; brother, William (Judy) Burke of Monroeton; sisters, Margaret Lattimer of Sayre, Connie (Mike) Streeter of Towanda, Sally Burke of Florida; brothers-in-law, Albin Gratkowski of Sayre, David Bailey of Towanda, Benny Bailey of Oklahoma; sister-in-law, Dorothy Brown of Towanda; special aunts, Shirley Burke Lehmann and Margaret Carey. Wilma was predeceased by her father, Sherman Burke, in 2007; sisters, Coralee Ann Gratkowski in 2008, Nina Louise Stevens in 2015 and her husband John Stevens in 2012; brother-in-law, Sammy Bailey in 2005; and sisters-in-law, Charlotte Ackley in 2015 and Rose Bump in 2016. The family will receive friends from 5 to 6 p.m., with a memorial service to follow at 6 p.m., on Thursday, May 17, 2018, at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pennsylvania. –Towanda Daily Review 5/12/2018

 

JOSIE LYNN BURNET, age 32, passed away on Monday, January 29, 2018, as a result of a tragic automobile accident on Route 220, in Albany Township, Bradford County, PA. Josie was born June 17, 1985, in Klamath Falls, Oregon a daughter of John L. Burnet and the late Julie Ann Farrell.  She graduated from the Sullivan County High School, a member of the class of 2003.  She later received her Licensed Practical Nurse degree from the Northern Tier Nursing Program. She was employed as an LPN with home health care.         

 Delilah gave her a message on Mother’s Day:  “I love you Mom because you clean all the time.  I look like you. You should cut my hair.  Why do you call me “bug”?  I love you because you cook good dinners and you put me to bed, you really are a super mom.  I like to pick flowers with you.  Happy Mother’s Day.  Your daughter, Delilha Bacorn.”

Surviving: Daughter: Delilha Bacorn of Dushore, PA: Father: John L. Burnet of Dushore, PA: Sister:

Genine Burnet of Franklinville, NJ: Aunts: Donna Castagna of Bellmawr, NJ and Trish Burnet of          Glendora, NJ and several cousins.  She was predeceased by her mother: Julie Ann Farrell on June 16, 1998; and an Uncle John Farrell, and maternal grandparents, Leo and Kathryn (Billie) Farrell. Funeral Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.  Arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA. –Funeral home obit

 

CURTIS JOE BURROWS, age 32, of Mansfield, PA, died Monday, March 6, 2018 in Chemung Co., NY. He was born September 6, 1985 in Wellsboro, PA a son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Smith) Burrows. Curtis was married to Jaime (Shorthouse) Burrows. He was employed by Goodwill Industries in Mansfield.

Curtis is survived by his wife, Jaime; his father, Joseph Burrows of Osceola, PA; his mother, Elizabeth Bowers of Corning, NY; a daughter, Bailey Blodwen Burrows of Mansfield; a step-son, River Preston of Mansfield, PA; brothers, Justin (Dawn) Burrows of Bath, NY, Bryan (Amy) Smith of PA; a sister, Charity Rose of Lawrenceville, PA; paternal grandmother, Noreen Burrows of Wellsboro, PA. Services will be private at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Educational Fund for daughter, Bailey at First Heritage Federal Credit Union, 1550 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family. –Funeral home obit

 

JOHN WAYNE ‘JOHNNY’ BURROWS, age 37, of Blossburg, PA, died Thursday, January 11, 2018 at his home. He was born March 7, 1980 in San Francisco, CA, a son of David and Norma (Hurlbert) Burrows. Johnny enjoyed attending concerts, cooking, camping, hockey, fishing, rock 'n' roll t-shirts, tattoos, and spending time with his children. Johnny was a very loving father, son, brother, uncle and partner. Johnny is survived by his soul mate, Andrea Butler; his mother, Norma Burrows of Blossburg, PA; a son, Jake Austin Burrows; 2 daughters, Brooke Lee and Olivia Ruth Burrows all of Blossburg, PA; a brother, Brion Hulbert of Lawrenceville, PA; a niece, Madison Hulbert of Ogdensburg, PA; his father, David Burrows of Tioga, PA. Also survived by Andrea's parents, Christina Butler and Dennis Butler, both of Wellsboro; sisters, Nicole Butler of Wellsboro, PA, Denice Butler of Bradford, PA, Megan Robinson of Wellsboro, PA; several neices and nephews. Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M. at Buckheit Funeral Chapel And Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. Funeral services will follow at 3:00 P.M. at the funeral chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral chapel to assist with expenses. –Funeral home obit

 

BUSH –SHIRLEY ANN HOFFMAN (FRY), 68 of Canton, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully on Jan. 11, 2018, surrounded by her loving sons. Shirley was born on Oct. 27, 1949, in Allanuchy Township, New Jersey, to the late Charles and Dorothy Bush. She worked as a housekeeper for many years for the prominent Attorney Mark Minotti of Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania. Her love for gardening and flowers helped to pass her spare time. She was especially fond of her dog, Molly, who preceded her in death. Shirley is survived by her loving children: five sons, Edward Miller and his wife Jennifer of Canton, Roland Miller of Boynton Beach, Florida, Joseph Miller and his wife Barbra of Sugarloaf, Pennsylvania, Walter Miller of Easton, and Charles Miller and his wife Marty of Stroudsburg; and a stepdaughter, Lisa Petz (Fry) of Tennessee; and her caring and loving sister, Charleen and Jimmy Pels of Montana. She also leaves behind numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, whom she treasured much so. She is preceded in death by her loving husband, the late John Fry; brothers, Edward Mohr, Joseph Bush and George Mohr; and sister, Louis Spangenberg. In keeping with Shirley’s wishes, Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton was entrusted with her cremation. Private services will be held. –Towanda Daily Review 1/16/2018

 

RONALD H. BUTCHER, age 70, formerly of Granville Summit, Pennsylvania passed away on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017 at the Steuben Center in Bath, New York. He was born in Troy to the late Harry and Margaret (Scofield) Butcher. He is survived by his loving family: wife, Bea of 39 years; children, Jennifer Butcher-Bednar, Darcie (Donald) Elms, Ronald (Carrie) Randolph; grandchildren, Kyle, Russell and Randy; siblings, Virginia Ward, Gary (Esther) Butcher and Dale (Ida); and sister-in-law, Beatrice Butcher. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he is also predeceased by his brother, James and nephews, James and Wade and a great-nephew, Joshua. He graduated from Troy High School in 1965. Afterwards he went on to join the Army and served his country in the Vietnam War as a Military Policeman. He enjoyed playing golf and traveling, including making trips to the casino. He retired from Select Sires in Pennsylvania in 2010. He was also a proud member of the American Legion and the Elks Club. Family and friends are invited to call from 3 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8 at the Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 2872 Westinghouse Road, Horseheads, New York, with military honors and a memorial service to immediately follow. There will be a luncheon afterward at the church. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, or a charity of one’s choice. –Towanda Daily Review 10/4/2017

 

JOHN W. BUTTERS SR., 75, of Bentley Creek, PA passed away unexpectedly on Friday, February 9, 2018 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira, NY. He was born on October 4, 1942 in Sayre, PA, the son of the late Wesley and Genevieve (Mulchay) Butters. John was employed with Camron Manufacturing as a Welder and various businesses, prior to retiring. He was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather. He enjoyed hunting and flying in the planes and gliders at Harris Hill. John was well known in the area and enjoyed visiting with and helping people. John is survived by his beloved wife of 24 years; Regina at home, son; John Butters, Jr. of Bentley Creek, PA, sons and daughters-in-law; Jamie and Rita Butters of Bentley Creek, PA, Jeffrey and Sheila Butters of Pageland, SC, and Jacob and Amy Butters of Pageland, SC, daughter and son-in-law; Patricia and Randy McKinney of Roxboro, NC, grandchildren; Caleb and Sabrina Butters, Cedric Waddell, Zaria Waddell, and Zoe McKinney, and his great-granddaughter: Carter Butters. He is also survived by his sister; Margaret Soper of Waverly, NY, brother and sister-in-law; Everett and Millie Butters of Bentley Creek, PA, brother; Thomas Butters of East Smithfield, PA, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. A Time of Visitation in Remembrance of John will be held on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 from 5pm-7pm in the at the Bentley Creek Wesleyan Church Hall, 13255 Berwick Turnpike, Gillett, PA in the sanctuary. The family is being assisted by Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Athens, PA. –Towanda Daily Review

 

CALDWELL –LOTTIE C. MANLEY, 95, of Hughesville, passed away Saturday, July 28, 2018 at AristaCare at Loyalsock. Born February 7, 1923 in Lock Haven, she was the daughter of the late Thomas H. and Mable (Leisher) Caldwell. She married William C. Manley, who preceded her in death on October 1, 1965. Lottie served our country honorably in the U.S. Coast Guard. She enjoyed coloring, puzzles, reading, animals, and flea markets. She is survived by a daughter, Michal (Monte) Trexler of Hughesville; a son, Raymond T. (Ruth) Reynolds of Black Hawk, SD; two grandchildren, Jennifer (David) Thunen of Summerset, SD and William Trexler of Hughesville; two step grandsons, Ryan Trexler of Lock Haven, and Alan Trexler of Silver Spring, MD; and two great-grandchildren, Jakob and Ashleigh Thunen A visitation with be held will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, August 1, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street Hughesville. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family in Montoursville Cemetery. –Funeral home obit

 

DAVID ALAN CALLEAR, 57, of Athens, PA, passed away unexpectedly at home on Monday, October 2, 2017. He was born on September 20, 1960 in Sayre, PA, the son of Donald A. and Phylis (Whipple) Callear. David attended Athens Area High School. He enjoyed watching football and baseball, and was an avid Minnesota Vikings and Yankees fan.  David was also a lover of NASCAR, his favorite driver being Terry Labonte. He loved “The Doors” and other music of that era. His favorite book was the first biography written about, “The Doors”, lead singer, Jim Morrison, called “No One Here Gets Out Alive” by Jerry Hopkins and Danny Sugarman. David also enjoyed camping and playing horseshoes. He was predeceased by his sister, Terry Donlin. David is survived by his parents, Donald and Phylis Callear, children James Callear, Hashly Callear, and Craig Callear, grandchildren, Skyler Callear, Ashley Callear, and Hannah Callear, and brother Michael (Nancy) Callear, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Friends and family may call on Sunday, October 8, 2017, from 2:00pm – 4:00pm at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 225 South Main Street, Athens, PA. A memorial service will follow at 4:00pm at the funeral home with the Rev. Linda Rogers officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made in David’s memory to: Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, PA, to help offset the funeral expenses. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

CAMP –ROSEMARY J. MCDONALD, 72, of 370 Front St., New Albany, Pennsylvania, passed away Monday, March 26, 2018 at Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital, Towanda, Pennsylvania. Rosemary was born on Dec. 24, 1945, in Towanda, Pennsylvania. She was a graduate of Towanda High School and continued her education at the Bradford County Vocational Institute where she received her certification as a licensed practical nurse. Rosemary began her nursing career with the Bradford County Manor in West Burlington, Pennsylvania, and continued with Sunrise Rehabilitation and Care in Nebo, North Carolina, until her retirement. Rosemary enjoyed cross stitch, knitting and crocheting. Surviving are her children, Edward Stevens of New Albany, Kathleen Stevens of New Albany, Michael McDonald of Litchfield, Joseph McDonald of Forest City, Pennsylvania; 12 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at the New Albany Baptist Church, with Pastor Terry VanHorn officiating. A luncheon will be held at the church following the service. The family will be appreciative of those who would bring a dish to pass to the luncheon. –Towanda Daily Review 3/29/2018

 

CAMPBELL –AMY M. MORTIMER, 38, of Ulster, Pennsylvania, passed away on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at her home. She was born on Jan. 21, 1980, in Elmira, New York, daughter of the late Omer “Chip” Mortimer, Jr. and Marlane R. (Cavanaugh) Campbell of Ridgebury, Pennsylvania. Amy was a 1998 Athens High School graduate and earned a veterinarian technician degree shortly after. She worked as a home health care giver, with Age-N-Place Home Health Care. Having a passion for horses and riding, Amy was a member of the Pennsylvania High School Rodeo Association and Bradford County 4H. She loved all animals, spending time with her family and friends, and going camping. Amy attended the Bentley Creek Wesleyan Church and Gillett Baptist Church. Amy is survived by her mother, Marlane; son, Gavin Lee Bradley of Athens; brother, Daniel L. (Pamela) Maurey of Savona, New York; sister, Diane R. Campbell of Trumansburg, New York; nephew, Cameron Whitmarsh and niece, Angelina Capalongo; along with several aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father, Chip; daughter, Leah M. Bradley and her step father, Dennis “Mike” Campbell. Family and friends are welcome to call from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at the Roberts Funeral Home Inc., 279 Main St., Wellsburg, New York. The funeral service to honor Amy’s life will be held at the conclusion of the visitation at 6 p.m. on July 24, at the funeral home with her cousin, Rev. Micky Cavanaugh, of Gillett Baptist Church, officiating. Memorial contributions may be made in Amy’s memory to the Bradford County Humane Society, Route 220, Ulster, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 7/20/2018

 

SCOTT H. CAMPBELL - During the early morning of Thursday, March 28th, 2018, longtime Troy resident Scott H. Campbell passed away at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.  He was 59 years of age.  Born in Morocco, North Africa, on May 24th, 1958, he was the son of Richard M. and Rae L. (Chapman) Campbell.  The family relocated to Puget Sound, Washington,  where Scott resided until enlisting in the U. S. Army.  It was while stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC, that he met Constance Mayers, who was also a soldier,  and in time the two were united in marriage, sharing 32 years and raising a daughter and son.   Scott enjoyed spending time with his children.  He was a fan of hockey, football and NASCAR, and was fond of fishing and camping. He was a man with  a quick sense of humor and friendly demeanor, always laid back and nothing seemed to phase him. Scott is survived by his wife, Connie, at home, daughter Christina Lynn Campbell of Orlando, FL, son,  Jacob S. Campbell of Canton, brother, Douglas Campbell of the Philippines, nephews: Colin, Shane and Sean Campbell.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Rae Campbell and sister, Linda Campbell. In keeping with Scott’s expressed wishes there will be no public visitation or services.   Professional services were entrusted to Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, Inc. of Canton. –Funeral home obit

 

TODD KENT CAMPBELL, 53, of 615 S. Main St., Athens, Pa., passed away Wednesday evening, October 11, 2017 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. Todd was born in Towanda, Pa., on October 30, 1963. He was a graduate of SRU High School with the class of 1982 and later served with the U.S. Navy during the Persian Gulf War. Following completion of his military service, he was employed on commercial construction projects in Toronto, Canada. For a number of years, Todd operated his own stone quarry and trucking business in Pennsylvania and New York state. He currently owned and operated a commercial snow removal business in the Valley area and a water transfer site for the natural gas industry in Athens Township. Todd was a social member of Roma Madre Lodge No. 1342 Order Sons & Daughters of Italy in Sayre. He served as a town councilman for Athens Borough beginning on Jan. 1, 2008, was appointed to the president of the Athens Borough Council on June 9, 2008, and resigned on Sept. 1, 2010. His family includes his wife of 29 years, Gemma Mendoza Cruz Campbell, mother, Sandra Campbell of Athens, biological mother, Kay Johnson of Fort Mill, South Carolina, Mother in law Rosie Mendoza, children, Jeff G. Campbell and wife Tara, Dionnace J. Campbell, and Tyler T. Campbell, all of Athens, grandchildren, Zaine and Paxton Campbell, sisters, Tammy Soprano and husband John, Luann Meza and husband Miguel all of Fort Mill, S.C., half-brother, Jude Johnson of Indian Trail, N.C., as well as several nieces-Jessica Shay Kochuyt, Alyssa Soprano, Miranda Soprano Holland, Julia Soprano, and nephew Ryan Shay. His famous quote was "I will forget more than you will ever know!" He was predeceased by his father, George "Kent" Campbell on June 12, 2006. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home, 314 Desmond St., Sayre, Pa. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. at the Church of the Epiphany, South Elmer Avenue in Sayre. The Valley Color Guard will accord full military honors at the church. Interment will be private. The family suggests that contributions may be directed to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142,  Memphis, TN in memory of Todd Kent Campbell. –Sayre Morning Times 10/15/2017

 

CANFIELD –BEATRICE L. ‘BEA’ CANFIELD WALLACE, age 65, of South Auburn, PA, passed away on Sunday morning, July 15, 2018 at the Regional Hospital of Scranton. Bea was born on December 9, 1952 in Dover, New Jersey the daughter of the late William Canfield, who passed away in 1998 and Elizabeth Harris Canfield, who passed away in 2000. Bea was one of 11 children. On August 25, 2013, she married Curt Wallace. Bea loved to paint and color. She liked to help her husband in the garden. She also loved her animals and loved spending time with her family. Bea traveled a rough road the past 13 years due to renal failure. Her support systems were her husband Curt and her sister Barbara J. Hoag of Oxford, NJ. Her suffering and long journey has ended. She is now with her siblings, who have passed, and her parents. She will be greatly missed. Bea is survived by her husband, Curt Wallace, of South Auburn, PA; her sons, John Michas of New York, NY, Spiro Michas and his wife Janeen of Allentown, PA, and Taki Michas of New York, NY; one granddaughter; two brothers and five sisters. She is also survived by her mother-in-law, Bonnie Wallace of Laceyville, PA as well as many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her sister, Betty Jane Martin; her brother, Barry Edward Canfield; her brother, William Canfield; and her father-in-law, Curtis G. Wallace. Adhering to Bea and her family’s wishes there will be no services at this time. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made in Bea’s name to the National Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave. Floor 17 Chicago, IL. Arrangements were entrusted with Sheldon Funeral Homes, 459 Main Street, Laceyville, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 7/17/2019

 

CANNON –THERESA M. FOGEL, 85, of Hughesville, died Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at the Williamsport Home. Born November 18, 1931 in Tuscarora, she was a daughter of the late Hugh F. and Julia C. (Bell) Cannon. Her husband of 59 years, the late, Theodore O. "Ted" Fogel, Jr. preceded her in death on February 4, 2009. Theresa was a fantastic cook and took great joy in cooking and baking for her family. She was a skilled seamstress, enjoyed gardening, and crafts of all kinds. Dedicated to her church, Theresa was a loyal and active member of the Women's Organization of the Church of the Resurrection. She volunteered at Muncy Valley Hospital, visiting the sick and taking communion to those unable to attend church. By far, her greatest pride and joy was her family and she was blessed to have a close, loving relationship with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Words cannot express our gratitude to the staff of Wolf Run Village for providing compassionate and loving care to our Mother for five years. Also, we are grateful to the staff at the Williamsport Home, for the gentle care they provided to Theresa and her family. She is survived by three daughters, Linda (Gary) Rinker of Cogan Station, Patricia (Dayl) McClintock of Hughesville, and Kathleen (John) Seese of Hughesville; a sister, Anna Miranda of Dothan, AL; grandchildren, Andrew (Smitha) Piedilato, Amy (Tom) Whiteside, Anna (Josh) Kelley, Scott Rinker, Kristen Rinker, Michael Rinker, Kate (Ben) Meckbach, Matthew (Colleen) McClintock, Brian McClintock, Patrick Fogel, and Nigel Webster; and great-grandchildren, Asha Piedilato, Sophia Whiteside, Maria and Copper Kelley, Dylan and Natalie Sander, Wade and Madeline Rinker, Hudson and Finley Meckbach, and one more great-grandchild due in September. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Hugh, Francis, Joseph, and Edward Cannon, and three sisters, Helen Berger, Mary Cannon, and Patricia Miranda. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11a.m. Monday, August 21 at the Church of the Resurrection, 75 Musser Lane, Muncy, PA with Rev. Glenn McCreary officiating. Burial will follow in Muncy Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville.In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Church of the Resurrection, 75 Musser Lane, Muncy, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

RICHARD J. CARLONAS, 72, of Troy, PA, passed away on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA.  He was the loving husband of Cheryl (Bitcola) Carlonas. The couple married August 17, 1968 and had 49 happy years together. Rich was born on July 6, 1945 in Newark, NJ, son of the late Walter and Irene (Stravinsky) Carlonas.  He was a 1963 Scranton Central High School graduate and was a 1967 graduate of the University of Scranton. For many years Rich was the Spanish teacher for the Troy Area High School, and was also the girls’ softball and boys’ basketball coach.  He was also a PIAA Softball Umpire and Basketball Referee.  Rich served his community in the Troy Lions Club and was a member of the Corey Creek Golf Course. Rich is survived by his wife Cheryl, his son, Brian Carlonas of Houston, TX, his daughter, Richelle (Kevin) Gwin of Cincinnati, OH, his beloved grandchildren: Connor, McCartney and Kennedy Gwin, his brother Ronald (Marilyn) Carlonas of Scranton, PA, his sister, Diane (Andrew) Voinski of Clarks Green, PA, his sisters-in-law, Cynthia (Augie) Grant and Barbara (Tom) Rudzinski, along with several nieces and nephews. Family and friends are welcome to call from 4:00-6:00 pm on Monday, January 22, 2018 at the Gerald W. Vickery, Jr. Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc. 1093 West Main Street Troy, PA and again from 10:00-11:00 am on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 107 North Washington Street, Canton, PA.  The Mass of Christian Burial to honor Rich’s life will be held at the conclusion of the visitation at 11:00 am on Tuesday, January 23rd at the church with Rev. Fr. Joseph Kutch officiating. Memorial contributions may be made in Rich’s memory to the Trojan Booster Club P.O. Box 164, Troy, PA or to St. Michael’s Parish, 106 North Washington Street, Canton, PA. –Canton Independent-Sentinel 1/25/2018  

 

DALE A. CASTINE, age 50, of LeRaysville, PA, passed away on October 16, 2017 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA. Dale was born on February 18, 1967, in Muskego, WI, the son of Grover “Butch” and Carol Castine, both of Muskego, WI. He graduated from Muskego High School with the Class of 1985. Dale proudly served his country with the United States Army. He was part of the 78th Engineers and they were stationed in Germany. Dale was a custom cabinet-maker for his own company, DC Custom Cabinets. He loved riding motorcycles and would ride everywhere he could. He was a member of the American Legion Riders Post #996 of Dushore, PA. He was also a member of the Rought Hall American Legion Post #510 in Black Walnut, PA. Dale loved to entertain his family and friends by having cookouts and grilling. Family and friends have said that Dale could make friends with anyone. Dale loved his family and friends very much as well as his dog, Milo. Besides his parents, Dale is survived by his son Zachary Castine of Kenosha, WI; daughter Kirsten Castine of Racine, WI; and he also had a granddaughter on the way. Also surviving is his brother Donald Castine of Sherman Oaks, CA; sister Debbie Lewis (David) of Waterford, WI; aunt Doris Harding of Fort Atkinson, WI; several nieces and nephews; and many friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Sandy Decker Castine, who passed away on January 27, 2002. Funeral services for Dale will be held on Friday, October 20, 2017 at 2:00 PM from the Sheldon Funeral Home, 155 Church Street, Wyalusing, PA with Reverend Scott Ryan of the Meshoppen United Methodist Church officiating. Military honors will be conducted prior to the funeral service and will be conducted by the members of the Rought Hall Post #510 American Legion, the Dennis Strong Post #457 American Legion, and the Endless Mountains Post #3583 V.F.W. Interment will be held at a later date at St. Joseph Cemetery in Waukesha, WI. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to National League of POW/MIA Families 5673 Columbia Pike, Suite 100, Falls Church, VA or donations may be made for a trust fund for Dale’s children and grandchildren to Grover Castine, W183 S 8461 Racine Ave., Muskego, WI. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

CASTLE –TABATHA BEARDSLEE age 43, of Elmira, NY passed away unexpectedly on Monday, August 21, 2017 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira. Tabatha was born in Elmira on December 20, 1973, daughter of Leah Fisher and Timothy Castle. Tabatha is survived by her husband of 25 years, Dennis; daughters, Jessica (Brendan) Beardslee-Bassler and Kristen Beardslee; grandchildren, Mayson-Lee, Ellianna and Travis; mother, Leah (William) Fisher; sisters, Holly (Shawn) Hathaway and Georgianna (Ernie) Brennan; maternal grandfather, Donald (Jean) Peterson; mother-in-law, Grace Dewert; brother-in-law, Chad Lane; many nieces and nephews; lifelong friend, Brandi Bretz; special friend, Aunt Olive. Tabatha was very dedicated to her family and will be dearly missed by those that knew her. Family and friends are invited to call Friday, August 25th from 2 to 4 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 4 p.m. –Elmira Star-Gazette 8/24/2017

 

CATLIN –SANDRA L. BERRY BENNETT - God saw you were getting tired, and a cure was not to be, so he put his arms around you and whispered, “Come to me”… Sandra L. Berry Bennett, 79, of Owego, New York and formerly of Nichols, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at her home. Sandy was born on July 9, 1938, in Waverly, New York, a daughter of the late David and Alice (Newman) Catlin. Sandy was a graduate of Tioga Central High School class of 1956. She retired from Amphenol following 22 years of service. Sandy enjoyed traveling, reading, playing cards, was an avid Yankee fan, although her greatest pleasure was being surrounded by her family. She was a devoted member of the West Warren Congregational Church and was currently attending the Tioga Center Baptist Church. In addition she was also a member of the Nichols American Legion Auxiliary and the Owego Moose. Sandy will be greatly missed by her children, Scott (Linda) Berry of Rome, Pennsylvania, Vicki (Elliot) Niman of Chenango Forks, New York, James (Linda) Berry of LeRaysville, Pennsylvania; son-in-law, Donald Holubik of Florida; her sister, Mary Jane Chapman of Nichols; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Betty and Bob Quick of Nichols; her grandchildren, Amanda Berry, Nicole (Brandon) Dodge, Brian (Cody) Wurst, Jessica (Jeremy) Cole, Matthew Harman, Angela Gaston, Alyssa (Matthew) Dallas, Alexander Niman, Emily Niman; her great-grandchildren Gracie, Mollie, Hudson, Jocelyn, Dagen, and Pierce; her step-children, Rebecca (Sean) Gorman of Waverly, Alan (Jan) Bennett of Nichols, Dale (Becky) Bennett of Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, Randy (Dee) Bennett of Nichols, Scott (Barbarann) Bennett of Athens, Pennsylvania, and their families; a nephew, David (Darcy) Chapman; and special friends, Gerry, Becky, and friends at the apartment building. Sandy was welcomed into heaven by her husbands, William Berry, Richard “Dick” Bennett; her daughter, Valerie Harman; and a nephew, Dick Nichols. Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation from 10 to noon on Monday, June 25 at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. A memorial service and celebration of Sandy’s life will follow at noon with Pastor Steve McElwain, of the Tioga Center Baptist Church officiating. Interment will follow in the Nichols Cemetery. Those who wish, may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the National Kidney Foundation, 1344 University Ave., Suite 270, Rochester, NY in loving memory of Sandra L. Bennett. –Towanda Daily Review 6/23/2018

 

THOMAS DALE CAULWELL, 75, of Standing Stone Township, Pennsylvania, went to be with the Lord on Monday, March 26, 2018. Thomas was born Nov. 14, 1942, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A U.S. Navy veteran during the Vietnam War, Thomas also completed his Master of Education, taught at Lower Merion High School and served as a policeman with East Whiteland Township, Pennsylvania. He spent his last years in civil service with Bradford County, Pennsylvania. He was a loving son, brother, husband, father and grandfather. Thomas was an avid fisherman and had a great love for the outdoors, gardening and wildlife. There was no greater love in his life than his family. He was predeceased by his father, Paul Leroy Caulwell; mother, Hazel Wanda (Perry) Caulwell; and wife, Sandra (Myers) Caulwell. Thomas is survived by his brother, John Caulwell; five children: Paul, Terri (Caulwell) Miller, Vickie (Caulwell) Hash, John and Joseph; and six grandchildren. Thomas was a good man with a greater love for God and those he loved. His life and memory will be cherished. He will be laid to rest in Penryn Cemetery, Penryn, Pennsylvania. May he rest in peace. –Towanda Daily Review 4/2/2018

 

LAVERNE E. CHANDLER age 73 of Wellsboro, PA died Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, PA. LaVerne was born on March 1, 1945 in Elmira, NY. He had been a crane operator during his employment.  LaVerne is survived by his daughter Christina Hand of Blossburg, PA; six grandchildren John, Tyler, Rachel, Zach, Nick and Matthew. He was preceded in death by a daughter Cindy Jennings in 2014.  Honoring LaVerne's wishes there will be no services. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc. 637 S. Main St. Mansfield, PA has been entrusted with the arrangements. –Funeral home obit

 

LELAND E. ‘LEE’ CHANDLER JR., 72 of Orange Park, Florida, passed away Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. Mr. Chandler was born on Dec. 20, 1945 in Sayre, Pennsylvania, and spent his early years growing up in Rome, Pennsylvania. He moved to Orange Park in 2008 from Towanda, Pennsylvania, where he retired after 35 years from GTE Osram Sylvania. Lee was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Navy Reserve for 12 years and was a member of the American Legion Post 250 and VFW Post 8255 both in Middleburg, Florida. While living in Pennsylvania he was a member of the Penn York Highlanders Bagpipe Band and was a past member of the Clay County Association Pipe Band. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren who called him “Lee Lee.” Mr. Chandler was a devoted husband, father and good friend. Mr. Chandler was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Noelle, and is survived by his wife of 50 years, Judy Chandler; children, Nicol (John) Wachter, Neil (Allison) Chandler and Nathan (Leslie) Chandler; five grandchildren, Eve, John, Myles, Aidan and Ryan. Memorial services will be held at noon, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at the American Legion Post 250 in Middleburg, Florida, with Chaplain Robert Lucas officiating and military honors by the U.S. Navy. Memorials may be made to Judy Chandler, c/o Russell Haven of Rest Funeral Home, for Judy to distribute donations to Lee’s favorite charities.
Arrangements are under the care of Russell Haven of Rest Cemetery, Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 2335 Sandridge Road, Green Cove Springs, FL. –Towanda Daily Review 1/28/2018

 

WILLIAM A. CHANDLER passed away July 13, 2018 peacefully at home in Pinellas Park, Fla. He was born Feb. 11, 1932 in Sayre, Pa., to the late Allen B. Chandler and Ernestine J. (Meckel) Chandler. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Vivian; son Randy Chandler (Ryllis) of Pinellas Park, Fla.; daughter Margene Doloresco (Randy Bennett) of Ulster, Pa.; grandchildren Aaron Doloresco, Joel Doloresco (Jenny), Ashley Doloresco (Jake Martell), Ben Chandler, Sarah Chandler, Christopher Bellinski (Caitlin) and seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by sisters, Joan Shoemaker and Barbara Walters of Waverly, Pa., Ellen Fravel of Montgomery, Texas; brother-in-law Vernon Vanderpool and his wife Pearl of Sayre, Pa.; sister-in-law Clarice Chandler and husband David of Shunk, Pa.; sister-in-law Lois Chamberlain of Cranberry Township, Pa., Sharon Vanderpool, wife of brother-in-law Douglas Vanderpool (deceased); and many nieces and nephews. William graduated from Athens High School in 1950. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1955 on the USS Wisconsin during the Korean War. He then went to work for the Ingersoll Rand Company for 43 years as a Senior Systems Analyst. William was a member of the United Methodist Church for 65 years and was very active in the choir and still attended weekly practice with his son. Memorial Service will be held at Memorial Park Funeral Home & Cemetery, 5750 49th St., St. Petersburg, Fla., on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 10 a.m. –Sayre Morning Times 7/17/2018

 

CHARLES –RUTH M. ROBBINS, 92, of Hughesville, died Monday, August 14, 2017 at Williamsport Regional Medical Center. Born September 11, 1924 in Unityville, she was a daughter of the late Oscar E. and Katy May (Mott) Charles. She married the late, Leland M. Robbins, who preceded her in death on August 23, 2009. Ruth enjoyed crocheting, was a fabulous baker and cook, and above all she loved entertaining her family. She is survived by numerous great nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held 11a.m. Thursday, August 17 at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with CLM Michael W. Istre, Sr. officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hughesville. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, at the funeral home. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

EUGENE ARTHUR CHARSKY, 84, of Wellsboro, a devoted servant of the Lord’s ministry for over 58 years, finished his work here and was called home by the Lord on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center: Williamsport. He was the husband of Marion (Bowles) Charsky of Wellsboro, they shared 54 years of marriage together. Gene was born in Utica, NY on September 25, 1933, the son of the late Arthur Otto and Mildred (Barfield) Charsky. After high school, he served four years in the United States Navy during the Korean War and received an honorable discharge as a PN2. He attended Dennison University of Ohio, where he obtained his BA in Philosophy. Continuing his education, Gene attended the Colgate Divinity School of Rochester, where he acquired his Masters of Divinity. In 1963, he was ordained through American Baptist Churches. Gene pastored churches in Ohio, Rhode Island, New York and Pennsylvania. He served from 1977-1978 as a chaplain to the VA hospital in Batavia, NY. In addition to his prestigious degrees, in 1979 he completed his Pastoral Care Education residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. In 1981 he was awarded Board Certified Chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains. Gene and family moved to Wellsboro in October of 1979 as he pursued a career as the Director of Pastoral Care at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, retiring in 1995. Though he retired from Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, he continued serving the Lord with zeal and joy! He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Wellsboro for over 38 years. During that time, he served as Chaplain for Laurel Health/Susquehanna Hospice for 27 years. He also served as Chaplain at the Green Home in Wellsboro for 38 years, a position he held until his recent passing. He was actively employed as an associate and pastor at Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, Ltd. since 1999. Gene enjoyed many hobbies including woodworking, model railroading, hunting, camping and hiking with his family. He also served as conductor on the Tioga Central Railroad. Although he had many hobbies and interests, he always put serving the Lord above all other personal desires. Gene will be remembered by family and friends for his contagious smile and wonderful sense of humor. Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Marion Charsky of Wellsboro; three sons and daughters-in-law, Kevin (Bethanne) Charsky of Lyons, PA, Brett (Colleen) Charsky of Pulaski, NY and Bruce (Tracy) Charsky of Mountain Top, PA; seven grandchildren, Jacob, Ben, Justin, Micah, Lexi, Katie and Aaron. In addition to his parents, Gene was preceded in death by his sister, Phyllis Griffith and his stepmother, Norma Charsky. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Gene’s name to either Family Life Ministries, 7634 County Route 14, Bath, NY or Friends of Colegio Moriah Ministries, Attn: Craig Bean, 13 Alfred St., Houlton, ME. Gene’s memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 3:00 PM at the First Baptist Church of Wellsboro, 25 Central Avenue, Wellsboro, PA. Rev. Dr. Jeffrey McCleary will be officiating with military honors to follow. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects for two hours prior to service, from 1-3 PM at the church. Local arrangements are entrusted to Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, Ltd., Wellsboro. –Canton Independent –Sentinel 1/25/2018

 

MAJOR ERMEL ALCIDES ARIAS ‘MIKE’ CHAVEZ of Canton, PA, died peacefully on February 7, 2018, at Troy Community Hospital after a long illness. The son of Victor Arias Cox and Etelvina Chavez de Arias, Ermel was born in Quito, Ecuador, on December 16, 1933. Ermel had to leave school after tenth grade to help support his family. To complete his secondary education, he attended the Abraham Lincoln Night School in Quito and worked during the day at the Department of Defense, where he learned to type and do clerical work. Education was always very important to Ermel. After graduating from high school, he attended the National Military Academy of Ecuador for four years and graduated in 1955 as Second Lieutenant. Ermel was stationed in the Amazonian jungle for several years to protect the border with Peru and then taught at the Military Academy. He was a member of the Ecuadorean Cavalry, where he excelled in Equestrian Competitions. The highlight of his career was being selected to represent Ecuador at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. Ermel retired as Major in 1968. Ermel met Nancy Coons from Canton, Pa., in 1958 when she moved to Quito to teach English. They were married in 1960 and raised three children. He and his family moved to the United States in 1968. Ermel attended WACC (now Pennsylvania College of Technology) in Williamsport to learn and hone his English skills. His dream of graduating from an American university was realized when he graduated in 1978 from Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Technology Engineering. He always admired the latest technology and enthusiastically embraced the newest gadgets. His professional career took him to Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, El Salvador, Venezuela, Guatemala, South Korea, and Japan. Ermel became an American citizen in 1993 and retired from General Electric in 1995. Ermel is survived by his wife of 57 years, Nancy, his children Dr. James Jeffrey (Melanie) Arias of Milledgeville, GA, Cynthia (Pablo) Delgadillo of Silver Spring, MD, Jolene (Thomas) Smyth of Troy, PA, and Fernando (Patricia) of Quito, Ecuador. He was blessed and really enjoyed spending time with his ten grandchildren, Sophia, Blake, Gabriel, Raquel, Alex, Ian, Ariana (Ben), Karen, Nicole, Fernando, and three great-grandchildren, Elijah, Toril, and Jessica. Siblings are Orlando Arias of New York City, NY, Martha (Michel) Habets of Liege, Belgium, and Victor Hugo (Sonia) Arias of Quito, Ecuador, several nieces and nephews, and special neighbors and friends, Marcus and Shanna Ditzel and family. He was pre-deceased by his father and mother. Ermel was a strong and proud man who was always striving to better his lot in life. He will be fondly remembered for his keen intelligence, sense of humor, and endless determination. He attended the Canton Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to all the people who have provided care for Ermel in the last few years. Those interested may donate to the Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ,170 N. Minnequa Avenue, Canton, PA, in his memory. Calling hours will be held at the Canton Church of Christ in Canton, PA on Saturday, February 17, 2018, from 1pm to 3pm, followed by a service to honor his life at 3pm officiated by Pastor Nancy Beahm. Morse and Kleese Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. –Towanda Daily Review

 

GEORGE CHEESMAN SR., 85, of Shunk, PA passed away at home on Friday morning, February 16, 2018. George August Cheesman was born August 30, 1932 in Camden, NJ, the youngest child of the late George and Freida Cheesman.  After graduating in 1951 from Haddon Heights, NY High School, George worked at the Sun Ship Yards in Chester, PA, retiring in 1982 as the ship yard’s superintendent.  He also was a talented carpenter and helped build several homes.  On September 24, 1976, George married the former Berneda Ellen “Peggy” Sullivan in Magnolia, NJ. An avid sportsman, George appreciated all nature’s beauty.  In earlier years he loved fishing in the ocean and hunting in the mountains.  He always worked a large vegetable garden and tended beautiful flowerbeds. George also enjoyed just watching the wildlife from his porch with a favorite beverage.  Surviving is Peggy, his beloved wife of 41 years, eight children; George Jr. (Sue) Cheesman of Franklinville, NJ, Barbara (Mike) Elliott of Florida, Laurie (Larry) Wesneski and Shirley (Gary) Stone all of Canton, Sandy (Denny) Bennett of Hop Bottom, Levi (Meg) May of Delaware and Rich (Connie) May of Ithaca, NY, several grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, two siblings; Ray Cheesman of New York state and Mable of New Jersey, many nieces, nephews and cousins. George was predeceased by a daughter, Nancy Cassario in 2011 and grandson, Davin Ward in 2001. Family invites friends to call from 12 -  1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, at Pepper Funeral Home and Cremation Facility, 578 Springbrook Dr., Canton.  Rev. Herbert Eby will officiate the funeral service at 1 p.m.  Interment will be private. –Towanda Daily Review 2/18/2018

 

CHEEVERS –MARY FAITH HUNSINGER - A mother holds her child's hand for a little while and their hearts forever... Mary Faith Hunsinger, 83, of Nichols and formerly of Athens, Pa., passed away peacefully on Monday afternoon, October 9, 2017 following a period of declining health. Mary was born on June 11, 1934 in Endicott, a daughter of the late Edward Carrol and Monica Dolores (Dwyer) Cheevers. On April 2, 1955 she married Dean M. Hunsinger and together they celebrated 39 years of marriage until his passing on April 9, 1994. For many years, Mary and Dean owned and operated Hunsinger's Strawberry and Vegetable Farm. Mary treasured her family and enjoyed visiting with friends and family. She will be greatly missed by her daughters and sons-in-law: Alice and Brett Rogers of Sayre; Cheryl (Ernie) Hamilton of Slatterville, N.Y.; daughter-in-law: Karen Hunsinger of Nichols; her sister: Cathy Ondreyko of Saratoga Springs; sisters-in-law: Geri Cheevers and Barbara Hunsinger; her special grandchildren: Peggy Settel, Barbara Settel (Juan); Monica (Ben) Swoyer; Korey Hunsinger; Katie Hunsinger; Brian (Liz) VanPatten; Andrew (Becky) VanPatten; Robert (Danielle) VanPatten; Darrell VanPatten; Emily Bartschi; Rebecca (Rick) Connor; Amanda (Justin) Davailus and Dean Hunsinger; 16 great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and their families also survive. She will be greatly missed by her daughters and sons-in-law: Alice and Brett Rogers of Sayre; Cheryl (Ernie) Hamilton of Slatterville, N.Y.; daughter-in-law: Karen Hunsinger of Nichols; her sister: Cathy Ondreyko of Saratoga Springs; sisters-in-law: Geri Cheevers and Barbara Hunsinger; her special grandchildren: Peggy Settel, Barbara Settel (Juan); Monica (Ben) Swoyer; Korey Hunsinger; Katie Hunsinger; Brian (Liz) VanPatten; Andrew (Becky) VanPatten; Robert (Danielle) VanPatten; Darrell VanPatten; Emily Bartschi; Rebecca (Rick) Connor; Amanda (Justin) Davailus and Dean Hunsinger; 16 great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and their families also survive. Mary was predeceased by her husband Dean; son Kevin; daughter Margaret Mary; brother and sister-in-law: Jack (Nadeen) Cheevers; brothers-in-law: Tom Ondreyko; Richard Hunsinger: brother-in-law and sister-in-law: Duane (Jane) Hunsinger. Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. A funeral service and celebration of her life will follow with Deacon Michael Donovan and Pastor Jon Austin. Interment will follow in the Nichols Cemetery. –Sayre Morning Times 10/11/2017

 

GARY L. CHILSON, 74, of Unityville, passed away Thursday, October 26, 2017 at the Gatehouse.

Born February 6, 1943 in Williamsport, he was a son of the late Melvin C. and Eleanor G. (Barlett) Chilson. He married the former Betty L. George, and together they celebrated 38 years of marriage.

Gary served his country honorably in the U. S. Marine Corps. He was a member of the Millville American Legion for over 35 years. Gary enjoyed hunting, fishing, and above all spending time with family. In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Patti Ann (Philip) Fagnano of Williamsport, Melissa Lynn (Jeff) Feger of Lock Haven, and Rebecca L. Scharler of South Williamsport; a sister, Kathy (John) Hurlbutt of Debary, FL; two brothers, Melvin (Bobbie) Chilson of Panama City, FL and Denny (Deb) Chilson of Shrewsbury, VT; a sister-in-law, Rita Chilson; and seven grandchildren, Jacob Fagnano, Jared Fagnano, Joseph Fagnano, Ryan Feger, Casey Scharler, Emilee Scharler, and Katelyn Scharler.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, James M. Chilson. A memorial service will be held 11:30 am Tuesday, October 31 at the Lairdsville Volunteer Fire Company, 143 School Ln., Lairdsville, PA with Kathy Burkhart, CLM officiating, with a luncheon to follow. A visitation for friends and family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, October 30, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water St., Hughesville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Gary’s name to the Wounded Warrior Project, at support.woundedwarriorproject.org. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

HOWARD B. CHILSON, 74, a resident of Montgomery, Pennsylvania, entered into rest on Monday, June 25, 2018 in the Williamsport Regional Medical Center. Born Saturday, March 25, 1944, in Sayre, Bradford County, Pennsylvania, he was a son of the late Cecil and Pauline (Walters) Chilson. He and his wife, the former Deborah A. Ryan, would have celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary on July 18. Howard was a 1963 graduate of Towanda Area High School. He honorably served his country with the U.S. Army while stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War. He retired from Jarrett’s Lost Brook Farm after a career of almost 50 years as a dairy farmer. Howard was a member of the French Asylum United Methodist Church at Durrell, Pennsylvania. He was also a member of Muncy American Legion Post 268 and Satteson’s Thursday Night Card Club. Howard enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Cindy L. Propst and companion John Propst of Allenwood, Pennsylvania, Casey L. and husband John Craver of Montgomery, Pennsylvania; two siblings, Duane and wife Joan Chilson of St. Edward, Nebraska; Virginia Pruyne of Ulster, Pennsylvania; two grandchildren, Alicia M. Propst of White Deer, Pennsylvania and Jacob Thomas of Montgomery, Pennsylvania. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 29, 2018, from the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 108 N. Main St., Muncy, Pennsylvania, with Max W. Furman, pastor of the Antes Forte and Oriole United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be in the Green Lawn Memorial Park. Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home. Graveside military honors will be accorded by the joint veterans organizations. The family will provide the flowers. If desired memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. –Williamsport Sun-Gazette 6/27/2018

 

MICHALE L. CHILSON, age 64, of Watkins Glen, N.Y., passed away at home on Monday, May 28, 2018. Mike was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish. He also loved playing horseshoes with family and friends. He was a Mason Tender No. 589 Union of Ithaca. The family will receive friends at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Friday, June 1 from 5-7 p.m., followed by a funeral service at 7 p.m. Michael was born in Towanda, Pa., the son of James and Anna Mae Chilson.
He was predeceased by his parents; and brothers William, Donald, James and David Chilson; mother-in-law, Ida Ameigh; brothers-in-law, Kenneth Hartford, Joseph Ameigh; grandson, Rylee Brion-Chilson and niece Carey Ellis-Carins. He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Linda (Ameigh) Chilson; children, Robert Chilson (Katie Brion) of Athens, Pa., Josh Chilson, and Megan Chilson, both of Watkins Glen and Merranda Chilson of Elmira; father-in-law, Lynn Ameigh Jr.; siblings, Paul (Beverly) Chilson of Monroeton, Pa., and Harold Chilson of Sayre, and Anna Mae Ellis of Summerfield, Fla.; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Kathleen Hartford of North Carolina, Jim Ameigh of Beaver Dams, Susan Farr of Hector and Marian Ameigh of Watkins Glen; 12 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren and special buddy, dog Taz. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one's choice. –Sayre Morning Times 5/31/2018

 

SAMUEL FRED CHILSON SR., 78, residing in Dunedin, FL, died May 11,2018 died unexpectedly while recovering from an unexpected illness. He was born March 10, 1940 to Sam and Marjorie Chilson in Covington, Pennsylvania. He was married to Virginia Morse in 1960. She preceded him on January 6, 2004. He is survived by his 3 Children, Joey Chilson and his wife Judith in Buffalo, NY, Samuel Chilson and his husband Todd in Orlando, FL and Belinda Greis and her husband Andrew in Gainesville, VA. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by brothers Roger, Richard, Lawrence, and Bruce and Nora Walter, Dora Tice, Linda McDonald and Leota McClure. Commonly known as "Sam", he first deployed in the army during the Korean  War. Upon receiving an honorable discharge, he and his family would move to Corning, NY where he would begin a 34 year Career at Corning Community College. In his spare time, he was a dedicated firemam  with the North Corning Vol. Fire Dept, he was an active board member of the SERVU Credit Union in Painted Post, an avid hunter, very active in the Boy Scout organization, including being a Scoutmaster in Troop 61 and enjoyed league bowling. Much of his family life concentrated on camping as they would frequently travel in their camper all around the United States. He was also known as a fundraiser for many causes for many non-profit organizations. He was respected and admired by many in the community for his numerous ways of helping others. Memorial services will be May 28 from 11 AM at the Canoe Camp Creek Church in Covington, PA. A short get together will follow with refreshments served. At 3:00 PM, a military burial ceremony will commence at the Fairview Cemetery located in Lindley, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 5/18/2018

 

CHRISTIAN –FRANCES L. (CHRISTIAN) SHAFFER BLEILER - A mother holds her children’s hands for a little while and their hearts forever. Our loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend Frances L. (Christian) Shaffer Bleiler, 87, of Athens and formerly of New Albany, Pennsylvania, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre. Frances was born on Dec. 29, 1930, in New Albany, Pennsylvania, one of 12 children to Charlie and Maude (Hardenstine) Christian. Fran treasured the time spent with her family and enjoyed completing puzzles, playing cards and could always find something useful at a flea market. She will be greatly missed by her children: Marie (Frank) West of Athens, Richard (Linda) Shaffer of Wyalusing, Clifford (Bonnie) Shaffer of Reedsville, Pennsylvania, Linda Woodruff of Sayre, Sally (Steve) Woodruff of Waverly, Walter (Hilda) Shaffer of Worcester, New York, Yvonne Bleiler, Carl (Gayle) Bleiler, Phyllis Young, Shirley Stevens, Craig (Doreen) Bleiler; her brother, Max Christian of Pensacola, Florida; 34 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and their families also survive. Frances was predeceased by her first husband, Donald H. Shaffer; her second husband, Arthur L. Bleiler; her siblings, Inez Lake, Emma Pervet, Johon Christian, her twin brother Frank, Bert Christian, Alberta Mayberry, Kathryn Pervet, Merlin Christian, Carl “CJ” Christian and Betty Christian; her grandchildren, Tony, Joseph and Wanda. Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at the Nichols Masonic Lodge, 150 S. Main St., Nichols. A memorial service and time of sharing will follow at 1 p.m. followed with a luncheon and period of fellowship. –Towanda Daily Review 2/28/2018

 

KURT P. CHRISTOFFERSON, age 64, of Mainesburg, Pennsylvania, died Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 at the Gatehouse, Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Kurt was born Feb. 10, 1953 in Cortland, New York, a son of Virgil and Mildred (Shockey) Christofferson. He was married to Ann (DeMond) Christofferson. Kurt was a former pastor at the Faith Baptist Church in Canton, Pennsylvania, and a dairy farmer. He enjoyed training and showing Paso Fino horses. Kurt is survived by his wife, Ann; a daughter and son-in-law, Aleah and Doug Babcock of Sayre, Pennsylvania; a brother and sister-in-law, Terry and Diana Christofferson of Apex, North Carolina; mother-in-law, Helen Major of Shamokin, Pennsylvania; two grandchildren, Adam and Teddy Babcock. He was predeceased by a sister, Lana VanNest in 2016. A graveside service will be held at a later date at the West Groton Cemetery, Groton, New York. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, Pennsylvania, is assisting the family. –Towanda Daily Review 11/18/2017

 

CICHOWSKI –MARY ELIZABETH CICHOWSKI THOMAS, 78, of Towanda, Pennsylvania, passed away Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pensylvania. Mary was born on Dec. 3, 1938 in the Panama Canal Zone where her father served in the U.S. Military, the daughter of Felix and Lois Marcy Cichowski. Mary was a graduate of Delhaas High School in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with the class of 1956. In early years, Mary was employed by the Frankford Arsenal in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She resided in Bucks County until 1974 when she relocated to Bradford County, Pennsylvania. In 1978, Mary became employed by the First National Bank of Bradford County in Towanda where she served as the only female vice president and trust officer for many years. In 2004, Mary retired to Arizona where she resided until 2016 when she returned to Bradford County to be near her family. Mary was an active volunteer for the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce where she received several presidential citations for her dedicated volunteer service. In the Towanda area, Mary was a member of the Business and Professional Women's Organization, was instrumental as an organizer of the annual Bradford County Veterans Picnic and participated in the Towanda Elks Lodge Holiday Melodies programs over the years. Surviving are her daughters, Denise Rought and husband John of Wysox, Maria Oriolo of Wysox; twin sons, Charles Oriolo of Phoenix, Arizona, Dominic Oriolo of Wysox; grandchildren, Charles Wiernicki of Towanda, Taylor Hadix and husband Victor of Rome; a great-granddaughter, Isabella Hadix; brother, Michael Cichowski and wife Sharon of Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania; sister, Lois Lentine and husband Richard of Doylestown, Pennsylvania; two nieces; a nephew; and several cousins. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, LaVerne Henry Thomas, in February of 2007. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. The family suggests that contributions may be directed to the Bradford County Humane Society, P.O. Box 179, Ulster, PA in Mary's memory. The Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home of Towanda, Pennsylvania is assisting Mary's family with arrangements. –Towanda Daily Review 8/11/2017

 

CLARK –ALYCE JOY ‘JOY’ CLARK BOURNE to family and friends, was born Nov. 4, 1932 in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Her parents were Clifford Louie and Hazel Theodora Fessenden Clark, both rural school teachers. A sister, Myrna, was added to the family in 1934. During the Depression years, the family lived in South Dakota, sometimes in a tent, while Clifford became a salesman to provide for his family. Later in Joy’s childhood, with Clifford’s job with the Jewel Tea Company requiring that they relocate, the family moved eastward to Onalaska, Wisconsin, to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and then to Liverpool, New York. In Liverpool, as a teen in the church choir directed by her mother Hazel, Joy met her future husband, Clyfton Warren Bourne. Clyf had moved to the Syracuse area from his home in Massachusetts to accept a job at General Electric. Joy attended one year of college before she and Clyf married on her 19th birthday, Nov. 4, 1951. Joy and Clyf bought a small hobby farm on Avery Road in Lysander, New York, then began their family when Wendy Louise was born in 1953. Clyfton Warren Jr. (“Skip”) arrived in 1956, while Clyf was working in Turkey at a military installation for GE. Later, Clyf was sent to Trinidad, and the little family joined him for a few years. After their return to Avery Road, Janet Elizabeth (“Beth”), Clark Nelson, and Thomas (“Tom”) Goodell arrived in 1961, 1963, and 1965. Joy and Clyf raised their family in the church, sowing the seeds of their Christian faith. Joy was musically gifted and instilled that gift in her children and community. She directed the Lysander United Methodist church choir, and the children sang from an early age. When they became old enough to play instruments, a family-and-friends summer band was started at their home. Joy also began substitute teaching at Cato-Meridian High School. This led to her returning to college, and she earned first her bachelor’s degree and then her master’s in mathematics in 1967 from the State University of New York at Oswego. She began teaching high school math full time, and later taught computer science as the new field of study opened. During her time in college, she became interested in geology and the fossil record. Many family vacations centered around searching out locations to unearth fossils and minerals. Joy managed also to find time to use her many artistic and homemaking talents, including cake decorating, sewing her family’s clothing, knitting and tatting, gardening, canning and preserving, baking, and painting. In 1975, Clyf retired from GE and the family moved to Towanda, Pennsylvania, to become proprietors of Crystal Springs Motel, previously owned by Joy’s parents. Joy taught middle school and high school math in Towanda for several years, then eventually began teaching extension classes for Mansfield University and Penn State. As the children moved out, Joy and Clyf were able to further their interest in rocks and minerals, and were active in the local rock club, Che-Hanna, serving and teaching. They also became involved in the Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies, where they both held various posts, Joy serving as president in 2000. They enjoyed attending conventions and workshops. Joy and Clyf became interested in cutting and faceting gem stones and making jewelry. In 2003, they sold the motel, but continued to live in their home in Towanda. In December 2008, Clyf passed away quietly at home after bringing Joy safely home from a convention. Joy continued on at their home in Towanda alone for some months until her health failed to the point that she needed to be near family. She moved to live eventually with son, Clark at 98 Colby Road in Danville, New Hampshire. In 2015, Joy moved to assisted living, and then six months later to the Meadows memory care unit at Edgewood, North Andover, Massachusetts, where she resided until her passing on June 29, 2018. Joy was preceded in death by her parents, Clifford and Hazel Clark; her sister, Myrna (Richard) Southard; her husband, Clyfton; and her granddaughter, Beth Anne Hughes Russo. She is survived by her daughter, Wendy Bourne (Dave) Hughes; son Clyf (Cindy) Bourne; daughter, Beth Bourne (Bill) Taylor; son, Clark Bourne; and son, Thomas Bourne (Tom Agostino). She is also survived by her grandchildren, Jon (Maeghan) Hughes, Katy Bourne (Dave) Daiell, Becky Hughes (Bill) McGowan, Sam (Jacy) Bourne, Tyler (Amber) Bourne, Hillary Bourne (Kent) Pigeon, Kara Taylor (Eric) Foley, and Kaleigh Taylor (Cole) Fuchs; as well as 16 great-grandchildren. A memorial service and celebration of Joy’s life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Danville Baptist Church at 226 Main St., Danville, NH. A light luncheon at the church will follow, with opportunities to visit and reminisce. Please join the family in rejoicing Joy’s salvation, restoration, and reunion. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Che-Hanna Rock and Mineral Club, c/o Patrica Benish, 9516 North Rome Road, Athens PA. Alternatively, memorials may be given to the Danville Baptist Church, 226 Main St., Danville, NH. –Towanda Daily Review 7/24/2018

 

DAVID W. CLARK  - David was born to Samuel and Elizabeth (Greene) Clark on Jan. 27, 1929 in Atlantic City, N.J. He graduated from Nichols High School in 1947. On June 1, 1963, he married Patricia J. Grosklos. Dave is survived by his daughter Chery (Andy) Lin; son Samuel Clark; daughter Leona Visscher. His grandchildren Sara (Jason) Poole; Jenna Visscher; Cole Duffek. His great-grandchildren Aaralynn and Jaydon Poole. His siblings Susan Healy and Ruth Crain. As well as several nieces and nephews and their families. Dave is predeceased by his parents Samuel and Elizabeth (Greene) Clark; his wife Patricia J. Clark; his brothers: Samuel J. Clark and Paul Clark; his son-in-law H. William Visscher. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service and celebration of his life on July 14 at Windham Summit Bible Church at 1 p.m. A luncheon and time of sharing will be held after the service at the church. Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to North Rome Christian School, 3376 N. Rome Road, Rome, PA in loving memory of David W. Clark. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of The Thomas Cremation and Funeral Service, 1297 Elmira St., Sayre, Pa. –Sayre Morning Times 6/22/2018

 

MICHAEL KEITH CLARK, 33, of Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, formerly of Herrickville, Pennsylvania, passed away Friday, May 4, 2018. Michael was born on April 15, 1985, in Towanda, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Herrickville. He was a graduate of the Wyalusing Valley High School and as a student played basketball and soccer. Michael was employed by Agri Basics in Elizabethtown and by Grilled Cheese Plus in Middletown, Pennsylvania, which he greatly enjoyed. Michael loved food, the outdoors, camping, hunting and fishing. He is survived by his son, Liam Michael Clark of Wrightsville, Pennsylvania; companion, Crystal Risberg and her daughter, Janae Matson of Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania; his father, Keith (Michelle) Clark of Herrickville; mother, Linda (Kurt) Andreas of Evanston, Wyoming; sisters, Michelle Garcia of Walton Beach, Florida, Sylvia Danielle Clark of Herrickville; brother, Aaron Saxon of Muncy, Pennsylvania; maternal grandparents, Donna (David) Maynard of Towanda, Robert (Mary) Neiley of Standing Stone; aunt, Brenda (Terry) Schoonover of Wysox; uncles, Dale (Susan) Clark of Herrickville, John (Tammy) Neiley of Warren Center; nephews, Seth and Elijah Garcia; and his feline companions, Jimmysteve, Lily, Milo and Bell. Michael was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Claude “Dick” and Sarah Clark. A celebration of life service will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at the Standing Stone United Methodist Church, with Rev. William Westbrook officiating. In honor of Michel’s lifestyle, casual attire is appropriate. The family suggests that contributions may be directed to the Animal Care Sanctuary, P.O. Box A, East Smithfield, PA in memory of Michael Keith Clark. –Towanda Daily Review 5/8/2018

 

NANCY A. CLARK, 86, of Sayre passed away suddenly on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 at home. She was born in Peckville, Pa., on Nov. 11, 1931 to Charles and Louise (Bass) Clark, who predeceased her. She was also predeceased by her siblings, Helen Rogers, infant brother Francis Clark, Marian Walters and Jean Albrecht.
Nancy is survived by her nieces and nephews, Carole Bell of Athens, Ben (Linda) Albrecht of Florida, Nancy Velasquez of Nevada, Mark (Vicki) Walters of Athens, Martin (Stacey) Albrecht of Florida, Clark (Gayle) Rogers of Sayre and Lorraine (George III) Pfeister of Rock Hill, N.Y.; brother-in-law, Theron Rogers of Towanda; as well as numerous great- and great-great nieces and nephews. Nancy was known as Aunt Nance to all her family and friends, who she loved dearly. She was known for her great sense of humor and loved to knit baby afghans for family and friends. She was proud that she had lived in the same house since the 4th grade. Nancy was an avid bowler for many years, and in 1978 was inducted into the women's bowling league hall of fame. She was a member of the Lioness, the Waverly United Methodist Church and volunteered for the Valley Food Pantry. Nancy followed NASCAR with her favorite driver Harry Gant. She enjoyed traveling and was known to be adventurous and fiercely independent. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at 1 p.m. at Waverly United Methodist Church, 158 Chemung St., Waverly, with the Rev. Cindy Schulte officiating. The family is being assisted by Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad St., Waverly. Memorial donations may be made in Nancy's name to the Valley Food Pantry or a charity of one's choice. –Sayre Morning Times 2/14/2018

 

JAMES J. CLARKE, 89, of 105 Tracy Road, Waverly, passed away on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at Sayre Health and Rehab in Sayre, Pa. Born on July 15, 1928 in Pittston, Pa., James was the son of the late James A. and Mary Joyce. He was raised by his nana, Elizabeth Hughes, from the age of two months for 18 years until her death in 1946. Jim was a graduate of Sayre High School, Class of 1946. He was employed by Ingersoll-Rand in Athens for 39 years. On July 21, 1951 he married the former Donna P. Schanbacher in Waverly. Jim was a loner and did not belong to any social organizations. After his retirement in 1985, he was active for over 10 years as a volunteer for the Valley Chapter of the Red Cross in the Blood Services Dept. He also was a volunteer for many years as a driver for the Meals on Wheels Program in the Valley. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening and lawn care. For years he was a devoted caregiver for his wife, who suffered for 18 years from Parkinson's disease. He was predeceased by her in 2004. James is survived by his daughters, Kathleen Clarke of Waverly and Mary Jo Paul of Laceyville, Pa.; granddaughter and spouse, Sarah and Chris Yoder; great-grandchildren, Kia, Eric and Aleena Yoder of Laceyville, Pa.; special friend, Alice Geiling of Vermont; and his faithful companion cat, Ella. At James' request, there will be no calling hours and private funeral services will be at the convenience of the family. The family is being assisted by Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad St., Waverly, N.Y. –Sayre Morning Times 5/22/2018

 

WILLIAM B. CLUGSTON, 90, of Towanda, formerly of North Wales, passed away Saturday, June 9, 2018, at St. Luke’s Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Edna L. (Farr) Clugston with whom he celebrated 68 years of marriage with on April 3. Born in Upper Gwynedd, he was the son of the late Dick Bartholomew and Alma Clugston. William was a truck driver for the Teamster Union and served his Country in the United States Army. He was an avid hunter and fisherman in Towanda where he retired. He enjoyed carpentry and wood crafting. Surviving along with his wife are his children, William B. Clugston Jr. and wife, Vicki of Red Hill, Kris Clugston of Philadelphia and Elizabeth, wife of David Straka of North Wales; five grandchildren, Jamie, Mark, Jodi, Melissa and Jared; and four great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his children, Maryanne and Todd Clugston; and a grandson, Todd (TJ) Clugston, Jr. Services will be private at the convenience of the family. Cremation services are entrusted to Mann-Slonaker Funeral Home, 222 Washington St., East Greenville, Pennsylvania. –Towanda Daily Review 6/12/2018

 

COBB –HOLLY KATHALEEN VANDERPOOL, age 56, of Towanda, PA, passed away on Thursday evening, February 15, 2018, at the Highlands Care Center, Laporte, PA. Holly was born in Meshoppen, PA, on April 17, 1961, a daughter of Laurel Sutton Cobb and the late Richard Cobb. She graduated from the Elk Lake High School a member of the class of 1979. She worked at the Meshoppen Dress Factory and later the Towanda Memorial Hospital. Holly enjoyed walking with her dog, Mimi, which she dearly loved, and watching TV. Surviving are her mother, Laurell Cobb Dushore, PA, special friend, James Johnson of Towanda, PA, sister, Marguerite Shafer Athens, PA, nieces and nephews: Elaine (Sean) Whipple, Larry (Stefani) Whipple, Amy (Joe) Lewis, Monica Lewis and Keith Brown. She is also survived by several, Aunts and Uncles, Great nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her father, Richard Cobb on September 4, 2005 and by her twin sister, Hope Eileen Brown on August 27, 2014. Private Funeral Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in the Beaver Meadows Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Bradford Co. Unit, 1948 E. 3rd St., Williamsport, PA. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA. (Her husband was Tom Vanderpool) –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

MELVIN COBB, 57, of Eynon and formerly of West Scranton, died Saturday afternoon in the VNA Hospice Inpatient Unit of Geisinger Community Medical Center, Scranton, following an extended battle against lung cancer. Born in Scranton, son of the late Renny Monroe and Ruby Ruth Thomas Cobb, he was a graduate of West Scranton High School. Mel was employed by TSE Inc. of Scranton as a fitter of gas/water lines. A resident of West Scranton for most of his life, he lived in Eynon for the past eight years. Melvin loved doing carpentry work on the side, watching the Pittsburgh Steelers and Penn State Nittany Lions, and spending time with his family, friends and dog, Pudge. Surviving are two daughters, Cherie Cobb Peoples and companion, Eric, of Factoryville; and Alison Cortazar and husband, Lou, of Throop; a stepdaughter, Jessica Walker, Scranton; two brothers, Robert Cobb, Meshoppen; and Lester Cobb, Wilkes-Barre; two sisters, Linda Purinton, Falls; and Mary Paiva, Scranton; 10 grandchildren, Louis, Madisyn, Cheyenne, Camiryn, Victoria, Daniella, James, Ciera, Asia and Layla; his companion with whom he resided in Eynon, Tina Cahee; aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Renny Cobb. A memorial service is scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Victor M. Ferri Funeral Home, Robert J. Gillette, funeral director, 522 Fallon St., Old Forge, to be officiated by the Rev. Kurt Bricker, pastor of the Eaton Baptist Church, Tunkhannock. Interment will be held privately at a later date in Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. The family will receive relatives and friends Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 712 S. Keyser Ave., Taylor, PA. –Scranton Times 12/17/2013

 

COBB –PENNY C. ARMITAGE, RR1 Box 70, Sugar Run, passed away Thursday afternoon, May 13, 2010. She was born May 30, 1943, at Mills Hospital, Towanda, Bradford County. Penny Graduated from Wyalusing High School in 1961. She later was employed at GTE-Sylvania, Towanda for 23 years. Penny was predeceased by her father, Chester Cobb; and her mother, Ella Marie Manning Cobb Jackson; and brother, Donald Cobb. She is survived be her husband, Martin (Gene) Armitage, with whom she was married 34 years. Also surviving are two daughters, Kim Conner of Wyalusing and Betty Ann Hochingavong of Charlotte, N.C.; two sons, Shawn and daughter-in-law Jill Johnson of Monroeton, and Todd Johnson and his partner Mark Harmon of Belfast, Maine; a special friend, like a daughter, Julie Richter of Lovelton; along with three brothers-in-law, Melt and wife Gail Armitage of Laceyville, Joe Armitage of Spring Lake, and John and wife Ellen Armitage of Laceyville; and a sister-in-Law, Rita Cobb of Canada. Penny also had eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. A small private service will be held for family only. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The American Cancer Society, Bradford Sullivan Unit, 1948 E. Third St., Williamsport, PA in Memory of Penny Armitage. –Towanda Daily Review 5/15/2010

 

ARTHUR EDWARD COLE, 87, of Sayre, PA passed away on Monday, March 26, 2018 at the Athens Health and Rehabilitation Center following an extended illness. He was born on October 9, 1930 in Coalwood, WV, the son of the late Stanley and Edith (Castle) Cole. Arthur was a 1948 graduate of Athens High School. He was a Veteran of the US Army. Arthur was employed with IBM in both Endicott and Owego in the Production Control Department for many years, prior to his retirement. In the past, he served on the Penn York Opportunities Board. He is predeceased by his brothers; James Cole, Jay Cole, and Dayton Cole, brother and sister-in-law; Elwood and Patricia Cole, sister and brother-in-law; Willa and Bill Wilson, sisters-in-law; Lynda Cole, and brother-in-law; Edward Molyneaux. Arthur is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years; Marolyn at home, sons and daughters-in-law; Kevin and Jenny Cole of San Diego, CA and Brian and Kelly Cole of Tioga Center, NY, daughter; Amy Cole of Canton, PA, grandchildren; Andrew and Lauren Cole, Alex Cole, Daniel Cole, and Erin Cole. He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law; Lester and Annie Cole of AL, sister; Emma Jean Molyneaux of Apalachin, NY, brother; Roland Cole of Maine, NY, brothers and sisters-in-law; Vernon and Cindy Cole of Sayre, PA and Sidney and Carolyn Cole of Candor, NY, and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service for family and friends will be announced at a later date. The family is being assisted by Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Athens, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 4/25/2018

ELWOOD EARL COLE, 88, of Waverly, N.Y. passed away Saturday afternoon, July 22, 2017 at Elderwood Health Care in Waverly. Elwood was born on Nov. 26, 1928, at the Peoples Hospital in Sayre, Pa., the son of T. Earl Cole and Marie Johnson Cole. Elwood served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and following completion of his military service returned home to work in his family's grocery, Coles Red and White Store in Waverly until his father passed away in 1964. He continued his career in the meat departments at Acme Markets, Grand Union Supermarkets, the Super Duper in Horseheads, N.Y. and the Great American Stores in Owego and Nichols, N.Y. until his retirement. Elwood attended the North Waverly Chapel for many years and was a current member of the Athens Wesleyan Church. Elwood enjoyed spending the winter months in Florida, gardening, woodworking, along with watching the Yankees and Syracuse University sports. He is survived by his devoted wife of 62 years, Naomi Garrison Cole whom he married on Jan. 1, 1955; sons and daughters-in-law, David and Sherrie Cole of Waverly, Ronald and Dianne Cole of Sayre; grandchildren, Patrick Cole and wife Kathryn of North Carolina, Meredith Cole Stepka and husband Ross of Corning, Andrew Cole and fiancée Bridget of Endicott, N.Y., Molly Cole Bespartochnyy and husband Roman of Sayre; step-grandchildren, Charity Payne of Waverly, Charles Havens, of Waverly and John Havens, U.S. Military; four step-great grandchildren; his sister, Jean Marie Cole of Waverly; brother, Eugene Nathan "Buzz" Cole and wife Joan of Waverly as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, Elwood was predeceased by a grandson, Matthew Cole in 2001, and brothers, Wayne Carl Cole and Kenneth Cole.The family will receive relatives and friends from 4 to 5 p.m. on Monday, July 24, 2017, at the Athens Wesleyan Church followed by a memorial service at 5 p.m. with Rev. Joshua Householder officiating. Interment will be private in the Glenwood Cemetery, Waverly, N.Y. The family suggests that contributions may be directed to the Athens Wesleyan Church, 3903 Wilawana Road, Sayre, PA in Elwood Cole's memory. Arrangements are under the direction of the Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home, Sayre, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review 7/23/2017

 

COLE –MARGARET COONEY passed away peacefully in her sleep a few hours after being taken from her home to the hospital on Thursday, March 22, 2018. Affectionately known as “Peggy”, she was born on October 31, 1926 to David and Genevieve (Edkin) Cole in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. She was proud of the fact that she was born on Halloween as it was not only a day to dress up and be creative, but it also had the spiritual connection of All Saints Day. For many years, friends and family members dressed in costumes and masks when attending a party at her home. Pumpkin carving was included in the celebration and would add a true sparkle to her birthday. Her birthday was one that everyone enjoyed helping her celebrate. The perfect title for Peggy was “The lady with so many talents and gifts”. She boasted about her love of doing upholstery and interior decorating in her home. She was an accomplished seamstress, an artist who hand painted toleware and loved the craft of hand-built pottery making. She enjoyed gardening, creative cookery and she simply adored animals. An inspiration and mentor to her daughter, Linda, Margaret was also an inspiration to those who knew her. She was a lady possessed with great determination, which was an inherited trait from her beloved mother. She had the ability to accomplish whatever she wanted to do.  Peggy was truly a people person. She loved meeting people and had a magnetic charm in attracting and gaining friends. Many of the friends she had were life long and were from all “walks of life”. Peggy was a born conversationalist. A lifelong member of Messiah Lutheran Church in South Williamsport, PA. Margaret was steadfast in her faith and was deeply spiritual. Friends would often call her and ask her to offer a prayer because when she had done so, they felt that their prayers were answered. At church she had served on various committees and was a hospital ambassador. A graduate of Williamsport High School Class of 1926, she attended class reunions regularly. A former member of the Pa. Guild of Craftsmen (Williamsport Chapter) and Bald Eagle Art League were some other affiliations. She had worked on projects for the Red Cross in previous years. Her survivors include her daughter, Linda, and son-in-law, Fritz Wasser of Corning, N.Y. and several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband, James F. Cooney (former Williamsport Finance Director & C.P.A.), her parents and two sisters, Elizabeth A. Mittell and Beverly M. Booth and their husbands. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Williamsport Hospital Emergency Room for their professionalism, but especially for their genuine compassion. Family and friends are invited to a visitation that will be held from 12:00pm to 1:00pm on Tuesday, March 27 followed by a funeral service. Interment will be at Twin Hills Memorial Park, Montoursville. Arrangements have been entrusted to Maneval Allen Redmond Cremation & Funeral Home, 500 West Fourth Street, Williamsport. In lieu of flowers the family asks that contributions in Peggy's name be meade to either Messiah Lutheran Church 324 South Howard Street South Williamsport, PA or the Lycoming County SPCA 2805 Reach Road Williamsport, PA. –Williamsport Sun-Gazette 3/26/2018

 

COLE –REBECCA ANN CICCONI, age 36, of Mansfield, PA, died Thursday, February 8, 2018 in Mifflintown, PA. She was born April 20, 1981 in Mansfield, PA the daughter of John and Lenda Cole. Rev. Chuck and Patty Baldwin were her legal guardians whom she called them "Mommy" and "Daddy"; Kirsi Symons, her "Sissy"; "Gramma" Miles and many others. Becky loved her family, extended family, and enjoyed the many times traveling to Maine and having fun. She was a loving big sister to her three brothers; enjoyed sharing things about them. Becky's favorite pastime was shopping. She spent hours coloring beautiful pictures, doing puzzles and crafts; Becky was a jokester; her giggle was the best and so contagious, just like her mother, Lenda. Her face just glowed with her sparkly smile, and her beautiful eyes! Becky grew up loving life and having a good time. She loved Sunday School and choosing her favorite songs; she was part of Partners In Progress for 10 years beginning on April 30th, 2007. Becky is survived by her maternal grandmother, Joyce Hunter Peterson of Gray, ME; grandfather, Rev. Leslie "Liz" Cole of Beaver City, NE; brothers, Johnny Cicconi of Knox, PA, Steven Cicconi of Biddeford, ME, Pete (Claire) Cicconi of Westbrook, ME; her Aunt Lisa (Robbie) Rodrique of Portland ME; uncles, Lynn Cole of Parkman, ME; Larry (Jen) Cole of Windham, ME, Chuck and Patty Baldwin of Mansfield, PA; many cousins; nieces, Savannah and Maria. Becky was predeceased by her parents. Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. at the Evangelical Wesleyan Church, 933 Smith Road, Mansfield, PA. Services will follow at the church with Rev. Charles Baldwin officiating and Pastor Delbert Howard assisting. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Evangelical Wesleyan Church in memory of Becky. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family. –Funeral home obit

 

JAMES R. COLLINS, commonly known as "Red," passed away on March 14, 2018 at the Assisted Living Facility in Towanda, Pa., following a brief illness. Born April 5, 1922 to John and Lillian Collins in Baltimore, Md. He was the only survivor of 10 siblings. Jim was trained as a lineman in his late teens and entered the U.S. Navy as a Seabee in April of 1942. James was first stationed in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, but was then shipped to the South Pacific to work on directional antennas and electric poles in the Pacific Islands. After the war, Jim enjoyed a 34-year career with the Pennsylvania Electric Company. Jim took great pride in his work and would often point out the electric poles throughout the Valley, Towanda and Troy that he helped install as a lineman. In his spare time, he could be found in his workshop enjoying his favorite hobby, building grandfather clocks. Jim was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Phyllis Meadows Collins, in 2001. James is survived by his son Jim and daughter-in-law Judy Collins of Chemung, N.Y.; his granddaughter Dr. Kathy Collins of North Kingstown, R.I.; and his grandson Dr. Michael Collins, wife Jackie, and great-granddaughter Ciara Collins of Chandler, Ariz. The family will have a private celebration of life at a future date. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of The Thomas Cremation and Funeral Service, 1297 Elmira St. Sayre, Pa. –Sayre Morning Times 3/16/2018

 

LYNN L. (SHORTY) COMFORT JR. age 79 of Corryton, Tennessee passed away Dec. 24, 2017. Lynn was born on March 20, 1938, in Elmira, New York. Lynn worked for WardLaFrance, building fire trucks, for 25 years before moving to Knoxville, Tennessee.  He worked as a school bus driver for 18 years and mowed lawns before retirement. Shorty loved people and never met a stranger. He loved music and dancing.  He is preceded in death by his parents Alverta and Lynn Comfort, and brother Phillip.He is survived by his wife, Grace, of 60 years. Daughters are: Lynda (Dan) Homet from Granville Summit, Pennsylvania and Sandra (Kendall) Marine of Knoxville, Tennessee. Sons are: Steven Comfort from Gillett, Pennsylvania and Thomas Comfort from Knoxville, Tennessee. Grandchildren are: Joshua (Becky) Homet, Jordan (Raelyn) Homet, Brittany (Ethan) Jandreau, Alyssa (Lucas) Anthony, Krista (Tim) Baker, McKenna Comfort, Alex Dailey and Adam Marine, and five great grandchildren. His surviving brothers are Alan (Lillian) Comfort and Ronald Comfort, Elmira, New York. Sisters-in-law: Pauline Burgess of Burlington, Pennsylvania, Faye Rathbun, Fort Meyers, Florida, Mertie (Dale) Shedden, Troy, Pennsylvania and Peggy Comfort, Pine City, New York. Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 29, at Lynnhurst Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please donate to UT hospice. –Towanda Daily Review 12/28/2017

 

COMFORT –PATRICIA A. ‘PATTY’ RANKIN, of Horseheads, NY went to her heavenly home peacefully on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at the age of 74. Patty was born January 17, 1943 in Elmira, NY, a daughter of the late Ayerie and Helen Spencer Comfort. Besides her parents she is pre-deceased by infant siblings. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Stewart D. Rankin; sons, Thomas D. (Caroline) Rankin, James E. (Kathleen) Rankin; grandchildren, Justin, Amanda, Joshua, and Cameron; great grandchildren, Baylee and Charliee; brother, Duane E. Comfort; sisters, Nina L. Miller and Mary Jane Austin and other extended family members. Patty was blessed with 56 years of marriage and will be lovingly remembered for her care and thoughtfulness. She is already missed by all that knew and loved her. She was also an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Horseheads and the Breesport United Methodist Church. The family will welcome relatives and friends to Sullivan's Funeral Home 365. E. Franklin St. at Rt. 13, Horseheads, NY on Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 2PM-5PM with her Memorial Service to follow. Those wishing to remember Patricia please consider memorial contributions to Chemung County Nursing Facility, 103 Washington St., Elmira, NY in her memory. –Elmira Star-Gazette 7/23/2017

 

PHILLIP W. COMFORT age 76, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Monday, August 21, 2017 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. Phillip left behind his loving wife of 56 years, Margaret (Jenkins) Comfort. He also left behind his two children: son, Michael Comfort; daughter, Shellie (Tyler) Easton; grandchildren: Mallorie Gublo, Hillarie (Chucky) Green, Callie and Trey; great grandchildren: Alex and Hallie; brothers: Lynn (Grace) Comfort, Alan (Lillian) Comfort and Ronald Comfort; special sister-in-laws, Kay Ackerman and Theresa Jenkins; good friend, Dick Bovaird; along with several nieces, nephews and cousins. Phillip retired early from the Purolator Company to become a "nanny" to his granddaughters that were his world. Phillip was an avid outdoorsman and longtime member of the AA Community. Recently preceded in death by his niece, Kelly Hollister. In accordance with Phil's wishes there will be no prior calling hours. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Jenkins family cemetery (behind Bradley farms) on Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 1:00 pm. Reverend Joy Storch will officiate. –Elmira Star-Gazette 8/23/2017

 

BOBBY R. (BOB) COMSTOCK, 42, of Portland, Oregon, formerly of East Smithfield, Pennsylvania, passed on Friday, July 13, 2018 after a long illness. Caitlyn, his daughter, along with her mother, Vicki, and his girlfriend, Lisa, were by his side. Bob is the son of MaryLou Comstock of Gillett, Pennsylvania and Ray Comstock of Ulster, Pennsylvania and brother of Michelle (Jeff) Berdine of Pine City, New York.

Private services will be held in Portland. –Towanda Daily Review 7/17/2018

 

CARL IRA COMSTOCK of Bradenton, Fla., passed away June 17, 2018. He was 80 years young.
Carl was born on Oct. 9, 1937 in Sayre, Pa., to Carl Russell and Elizabeth Winifred Comstock. He graduated from Sayre High School in 1956. He was divorced but lifetime friends with Joan Rupert; together they raised three children, Thomas (Wanda) Comstock of Sayre, Pa., Mike Comstock of Glendale, Ariz., and Kimlyn (Terry) Wilson of Bradenton, Fla.; four grandchildren, Brittany Wilson, Brianne Wilson, Heather (Jacob) Ring, and Todd Comstock. He had four siblings, Donna (Donald) Webb, Linda (Larry) Ericksen, Larry (Paula) Comstock, Garry (Deborah) Comstock; one sister-in-law, Jean Jolley; stepmother-in-law, Elfriede Liddiard and her son Ralf Weiss of Nurnberg, Germany; and many nieces and nephews.
Carl was a loving father who enjoyed spending time with his family. His hobbies were fishing, bird watching and wine making. He served honorably in the Navy from 1957-1961. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Douglas T. Jacobson State Veterans Home, 21281 Grayton Terrace, Port Charlotte, FL, Attn: To residents on Charlie One; or the Sayre High School, 331 W. Lockhart St., Sayre, PA, Attn: Football Team. A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, July 12 at 6 p.m. at the Sayre Christian Church, 427 South Keystone Ave., Sayre, Pa. –Sayre Morning Times 6/30/2018

 

WILLIAM JUDSON COMSTOCK, the oldest of 8 children born to Luther and Mary H. Comstock. He married Miss Addie Palmer. They have one daughter Mrs. F. H. Brown. He leaves a widow, his parents, a daughter, brothers, and sisters behind. Burial was in the Lacey Street Cemetery. Tunkhannock New Age 1/7/1909
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William "Judson" Comstock was born in July 1853 to Luther K. and Mary Hunt Comstock. He married Addie S Palmer in 1875. They had one child during their marriage. He died on January 2, 1909  -Submitted by Carol Brotzmn

 

LESTER FAYETTE CONGDON age 86, of Millerton, PA, died Friday, February 9, 2018 at his home. He was born March 19, 1931 in Elmira, NY, a son of Edgar Fayette and Leone (Pellor) Congdon. Lester and his wife, Darlene (Rumsey) Congdon would have celebrated 66 years of marriage on April 13th. He worked as a maintenance man for Westinghouse before he retired. Lester enjoyed doing lawn work, gardening and loved his family. Lester is survived by his wife, Darlene; a daughter and son-in-law, Regina and Raymond Miller of Tioga, PA; a brother and sister-in-law, Karl and Connie Congdon of FL; a sister, Donna Morkrazmyski of FL; a granddaughter, Jaclynn (Nathan) Martin. Lester was predeceased by a brother, Robert Congdon, and his parents. Family and friends are invited to attend a gathering at Lester's daughter's home at 148 Lake St., Tioga, PA on Saturday, February 17th, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family. –Williamsport Sun-Gazette 2/10/2018

 

CONFER –ROSA C. BUCK, age 81, of Lawrenceville, PA, passed away on Tuesday August 7, 2017 at her home. She was born on December 6, 1935 in Shippen Twp., a daughter of John and Eva (Schoonover) Confer. Rosa was the wife of the late Edward S. Buck who died in 1988. She was employed as a Teacher's Aide for the Northern Tioga School District. Rosa enjoyed sewing, playing solitaire on the computer, gardening, painting, and wallpapering. She is survived by five sons, James Buck of FL, David Buck of Corning, NY, John (Darlene) Buck of Lawrenceville, PA, Timothy (Roxann) Buck of Millerton, Mark Buck of Lawrenceville, PA; a daughter, Trixie (Jeffrey) Blass of Galeton, PA; 13 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; a brother, Jim Confer of Ansonia, PA; two sisters, Betty Dickinson of PA, Peg Blackwell of Wellsboro, PA. Rosa was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Edward, and a son Scott Buck. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. –Elmira Star-Gazette 8/10/2017

 

KAMRON E. CONKLIN, 20, of 65 Crispell Lane, Rome, Pennsylvania, Windham Township, died Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, following an automobile accident on Route 187 in Wysox Township, Pennsylvania. Kamron was born on Oct. 31, 1997 in Towanda, Pennsylvania, the son of Timothy M. Conklin and Kimberly Dildine Conklin. He attended Towanda area schools and was previously employed by LeRoy’s Restaurant in North Towanda and by Best Buy in Nichols, New York. He was presently employed by the Dandy Mini Mart in LeRaysville, Pennsylvania. Kamron loved his family, friends, music and video gaming. He is survived by his parents, Kimberly and Timothy Conklin of Ocala, Florida; brother, Timothy Conklin and fiancée Felicia of Towanda; sister, Randi Tucker of Missouri; his fiancée, “Coda” Nero of Rome, Pennsylvania; grandparents, Eugene and Shelba Conklin of Pine City, New York, Ed and Betsy Clair of Florida; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins; and without saying, life-long buddies. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pennsylvania. –Towanda Daily Review 2/2/2018

 

ALIAH ROSE COOK, infant daughter of Andrea M. Steele and Curtis J. Cook of Wysox, Pennsylvania, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. Aliah was born on June 6, 2017 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pennsylvania. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her brothers, Seth Cook, Daniel Schrimp and Ely Cook; grandparents, Michael Steele Sr., Dighton Lane Sr. and wife Geri Lane; uncles, Michael Steele Jr., Dighton Lane Jr. and fiancée, Carrie; aunts, Alexandrea Steele, Alexis Steele, Amber Jo Steele, Aianna Steele, Ava Steele, Dora Johnson and fiancé Dan Abadie, Jackie Tankersley and husband Kenny; numerous great-uncles, great-aunts and cousins. Aliah was predeceased by her grandmother, Rose Lane; and great-grandmother, Jackie Lane. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 22,2017 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pennsylvania. –Towanda Daily Review 8/18/2017

 

COOK –HATTIE R. BOWMAN, 89, of Susquehanna, PA, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, September 30, 2017. She was born on March 3, 1928 in Blue Bell, PA to the late Edward R. and H. Ruth (Walton) Cook. Hattie is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie and Dennis Landis, Susquehanna, PA, son and daughter-in-law, James and Patricia Bowman, Richlandtown, PA, seven grandchildren, Twenty great grandchildren, sister, Mabel Werst, Myerstown PA, and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband, James Bowman, and son, James Edward Bowman. Hattie was an organist and choir director for the Trinity United Methodist Church, Allentown, PA for over 40 years; she was very involved in church. She was also a piano teacher and volunteered for various organizations. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 4, 2017, at East Swamp Church, Quakertown, PA. Interment will be at the Cedar Hill Memorial Park in Allentown, PA. Memorial contributions may be made in her honor to the Sacred Heart Hospice, 600 Baltimore Dr., Wilkes Barre, PA or The Loft Ministries, 154 Rock Hill Rd, Susquehanna, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman


 
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