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RICHARD DALE MOSHER, age 84, of North Port, Florida, passed away on October 1, 2017. He was born on March 11, 1933 in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania. He was a long time resident of Tioga, Pennsylvania prior to moving to North Port, Florida. Richard retired from Corning Glass Works as a Quality Control Inspector and was also a veteran of the United States Army. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Erika (Unger) Mosher, of North Port; a son, Randy Mosher of North Port and daughter, Heidi Lane of Bradford, New York. Richard also leaves behind two grandchildren Steven Lane and Katherine Lane of Bradford, NY. Richard loved to travel and spend time with family. Services and burial will be announced at a later date. Gary W. Wilston Funeral Home in Mansfield, PA and Farley Funeral Home in North Port are handling the arrangements. –Elmira Star-Gazette 10/8/2017

 

MOSIER –BARBARA C. MOSIER WALKER, 86, of Dushore, Pennsylvania, formerly of Herrick Township, Pennsylvania, passed away Sunday morning, June 10, 2018, at Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital, Towanda, Pennsylvania. Barbara was born on September 1, 1931, in Potterville, Pennsylvania, the daughter of James and Margaret Ross Mosier. On April 11, 1953, she married Jesse C. Walker in Camptown, Pennsylvania. Barbara was formerly employed by Taylor Packing Company in Wyalusing and E. I. DuPont in Towanda and assisted her son, Daniel, in his stone business for several years. She devoted her life to raising and caring for her family and will fondly be remembered for her strong work ethic as she was no stranger to hard work, baking, especially shoe-fly pie, and her special beet relish which was enjoyed by many. Barbara enjoyed working outdoors, landscaping, caring for her flower gardens which she loved, fishing and picking huckleberries on Barclay Mountain. She was an enthusiastic television follower of World Wrestling events and was a devoted fan of John Cena. Surviving are her children, Lela Sherwood and husband James of Dushore, Linda Maas and husband Raymond of Barton, New York, Charles Walker and wife Deborah of Laurel, Mississippi, John Walker of Dushore, Otto Walker and wife Virginia of Rome, Pennsylvania, Daniel Walker and wife Nanette of Herrick Township, Pennsylvania; 16 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Julia Acorn and husband Gilbert of Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, Norma Mickle and husband Robert of Herrick Township, Pennsylvania; brothers, Gordon Mosier of Herrick Township, Pennsylvania, and Stanley Mosier of Camptown, Pennsylvania; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Jesse, on Jan. 10, 2008 and brothers, Norman, James and Lloyd Mosier. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 14, 2018, with a funeral service to follow at 7 p.m., at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave. Towanda, Pennsylvania. Officiating will be Pastor Wade Clauser of the Hope Baptist Church, Wyalusing, Pennsylvania. –Towanda Daily Review 6/12/2018

 

MALCOLM CARTER MOSIER SR., 70, of Athens Township, formerly of North Rome, Pennsylvania, passed away Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania. Malcolm was born on Sept. 27, 1947, in Sayre, Pennsylvania, one of 11 children to Frank Edward Mosier Sr. and Esther Mae Gillmer Mosier. He grew up in North Rome and attended school at Athens and Northeast Bradford. Malcolm served in the U.S. Army in Germany. He worked in construction for many years and was later employed as a security guard. Malcolm retired from Cargill in Wyalusing, Pennsylvania. He will be remembered by many as a dedicated and hard worker. Malcolm loved spending time with his family, vacationing at the beach, the outdoors, hunting and fishing. He enjoyed playing games and fun times with his grandchildren, playing cards with family and friends, and going to the casino. Surviving are his wife, Peggy Ann Dunn Mosier; children, Tina Updyke (Justin Sr.) of Waverly, Wendy Jennings (Bart) of Friendsville, Clay Mosier of North Rome; grandchildren, Amber, Autumn, Justin Jr., Ashley, Abigail, Alyssa, Allison, Nicholas and Jayden; great-grandchildren, Chloie, Ryan and Adrian; sister, June R. Victory (Jim) of Rome; brothers, William D. Mosier (Diane) of Rome, Weston W. Mosier (Bobbi Jo) of Rome, Keith L. Mosier (Maryanne) of Rome Township, Dennis D. Mosier of Rome, Leon W. Mosier (Holli) of Rome Township; brothers-in-law, Everett Finch of Athens Township, Norm Morrell; sister-in-law, Michelle Mosier of Rome; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a son, Malcolm Carter Mosier Jr. on May 7, 1976; his father, Frank Edward Mosier Sr. on Sept. 22, 1988; mother, Esther Mae Gillmer Mosier on Oct. 17, 2006; brothers, Charles F. Mosier on Oct. 22, 2015, Frank Edward Mosier Jr. on Nov. 27, 2013; and sisters, Nancy Finch on Oct. 18, 2012 and Vivian Morrell on May 8, 2005. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. –Towanda Daily Review 4/28/2019

 

KENNETH W. MOTT, 74, of Columbia Cross Roads, passed away peacefully in his own home on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, surrounded by his family and close friends. Ken was born on Sept. 3, 1943, in Snedekerville, Pennsylvania, son of the late Franklin and Myrtle (Brackman) Mott. He was a graduate of Troy High School where he was active in FFA during his school years. Ken retired from Toshiba where he worked in the quality control department. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing. Ken also raised hens and sold eggs at his stand “Ken’s Hens.” He was a member and attended the Victory Church in Troy and loved the moments he spent with his family and friends. Surviving are his children, Beth Slaughter of Columbia Cross Roads, Michael Mott of Troy — whom gave exceptional care to their dad in his final years — and Kevin Mott of Neunan, Georgia; six grandchildren, Daryn, Alan, Brittany, Kevin Jr., Theressa and Erica; a brother and sister-in-law, William (Joanne) Mott of South Carolina; sister and brother-in-law, Doris (Harold) Sergeant of Converse, Texas and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Ken was predeceased by his parents. Family and friends are invited to call from 1 to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, at the Gerald W. Vickery, Jr. Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc. 1093 W. Main St., Troy, PA. His service will be held at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor John Wile of the Victory Church officiating. Memorials in Ken’s memory may be made to the Animal Care Sanctuary, 353 Sanctuary Hill Lane, East Smithfield, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 10/8/2017

 

MOULTON –MICHELLE LYNN (MOULTON) JOHNSON, age 37 passed away July 7, 2018, in Wellsboro, PA. She was born November 17, 1980, In Batavia, NY, a daughter of Guy Moulton and Darlene (Macauley) Hackett. She had been employed at Metamora and enjoyed music. She is survived by two sons Cale Johnson and Trey Johnson, both of Westfield, PA; and a daughter Tess Johnson also of Westfield, PA; mother Darlene of Westfield, PA; father of her children Murray Johnson of Westfield, PA; two brothers Dave Moulton of Elkland, PA and Larry (Leslie) Bishop of Ohio; two sisters Kimberly Bishop of LeRoy, NY and Lisa Moulton of Westfield, PA. She was preceded in death by her father, a son Garret Akers on April 3, 2018 and step father Jim Hackett. Family and friends are invited to call on Friday, July 13, 2018 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc. 637 S Main St Mansfield, PA. A funeral service will immediately follow at 7 p.m. with Pastor Larry O'Dell officiating. –Funeral home obit

 

MOYER –EVA MARIE FITZWATER (nee Moyer), 68, of Canton, Pennsylvania, passed away unexpectedly on April 11, 2018, at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre with family members at her bedside. She had recently begun treatment for hairy cell leukemia, a rare form of cancer that she had successfully battled 10 years ago. Eva is survived by her daughter, Heather Katona (Ken) and granddaughters, Evelyn, Nina and Adriane; as well as her siblings, Ellie Marsh of Athens, Shirleen Dorman (Tom) of Ocean Grove, New Jersey, and Miller H. Moyer, who resides in Canton; nieces and nephews include, Jennifer Vi Moody, Sarah Bradley, Leslie Sardinas, Leah Dorman, John Marsh and Kaylee Moyer; as well as several great-nieces and great-nephews. She was the daughter of the late Canton High School teacher and Pennsylvania Football Hall of Famer, Miller A. Moyer, and his wife Viola (nee Small). As such, Eva was a Warriors fan and had been an avid supporter of her granddaughters’ sports teams and all their school activities. Family always came first in Eva’s life. She will be lovingly remembered for her kindness and giving nature; she would do for others before herself. Before beginning her latest round of chemo, Eva had been looking forward to traveling to the spring softball competitions. Eva was born Jan. 5, 1950 in Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania, and in June 1960, the Moyer family moved to Canton. After graduating from Canton High School in 1968, she attended Williamsport Area Community College, where she earned her associate’s degree in secretarial science in 1971. Eva was initially employed with Tennessee Gas Pipeline in Troy and later with Canton Manufacturing. The family asks that friends consider recognizing all those battling cancer, either in thoughts and prayers, or by contributions to: Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers, with a notation of Voila Moyer, send to CHS, 509 E. Main St., Canton, PA. Attn: M. Jannone. In keeping with Eva’s wishes, there will be no public services. Pepper Funeral Home and Cremation Facility, 578 Springbrook Drive in Canton is assisting her family with arrangements. –Towanda Daily Review 4/13/2018

 

MOYER –MARY (MOYER) MURRAY, age 87, of Mansfield, PA, passed away on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born on December 11, 1930 in Schwenksville, PA, a daughter of John and Emma (Grubb) Moyer. Mary was the wife of the late Charles C. Murray who died on 2013. She was employed as a manager at the Sears Auto Center. Mary was an excellent seamstress. She enjoyed arts and crafts and making quilts. She was a member of the Covington United Methodist Church.

Mary is survived by three sons, David Murray of Newtown Square, PA, Timothy (Cathy) Murray of Mansfield, PA, Robert (Carrie) Murray of Douglasville, PA; a daughter, Diana (Ed Lehmann) Murray of Boyertown, PA; seven grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; three brothers, Charles (Mary) Moyer of Pottstown, PA, Kenneth Moyer of Schuylkill Haven, PA, George (Audrey) Frankenberg of Barto, PA; a sister, Gloria (Sonny) Craemer of Gilbertsville, PA; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, and a brother, John Moyer. 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. –Funeral home obit

 

MOYER –SUSAN ANN MOYER AUKER, age 63, of Columbia Cross Roads, PA, died on January 28, 2018 at her home. She was born on September 9, 1954 in Johnstown, PA, a daughter of Stephen and Thelma (Link) Moyer. Susan was the wife of Kenneth Auker and they shared 30 years together. She was a chef at Lambs Creek in Mansfield, PA and enjoyed cooking and baking. Susan was a member of Holy Child Catholic Church. She liked doing handy work such as plumbing, electrical, carpentry, refinishing furniture, stained glass, caned chairs. Susan is survived by her husband, Kenneth; a daughter, Heidi Ann Mathieson of State College, PA; two grandchildren, Wyatt Moyer, Anthony Mittelman; two brothers, Stephen (Debbie) Moyer of Portage, PA, Mark Moyer of Portage, PA; three sisters, Nancy (George) Bolvin of Elmira, NY, Bernadette Timmerman of NC, Patricia Voss of Portage, PA. She was preceded in death by a sister Sandra Coudriet and her parents.  Family and friends are invited to attend a mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated on Monday, February 5, 2018 at 11AM at Holy Child Catholic Church, 242 S Main St, Mansfield, PA, with Rev. Bryan Wright as celebrant. Memorial contribution may be made to the Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA to assist with expenses. –Funeral home obit

 

VICTORIA A. MOYER, 89, of 209 Charles St., Towanda, Pennsylvania, passed away Wednesday morning, June 6, 2018, at the Bradford County Manor in West Burlington Township, Pennsylvania.
Victoria was born on Nov. 18, 1928, in Mildred, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Raymond E. Moyer and Anna L. Klosowski Moyer. She was a graduate of St. Agnes High School, Towanda with the Class of 1949. Victoria was employed by the J. J. Newbury store in Towanda for 25 years and by the Dandy Mini Mart in Towanda for 17 years until her retirement. Victoria was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Towanda, the Towanda Area Senior Citizens and their activities including the Kitchen Band which Victoria greatly enjoyed. Victoria enjoyed crocheting and working crossword puzzles. She is survived by her siblings, June Moyer Kinney of Wyalusing, Raymond Moyer Jr. and wife Betty of Burlington Township, F. Joseph Moyer and wife Linda of Towanda, John E. Moyer and wife Angela of Merritt Island, Florida, Daniel D. Moyer and wife Susan of Mildred, Pennsylvania; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Paul J. Moyer Sr. on Aug. 18, 2005; infant sister, Mary Ann Moyer in 1938; and brother-in-law, Frank D. Kinney on Jan. 5, 2009.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. –Towanda Daily Review 6/9/2018

 

MUNRO –MARIAN JOYCE MUNRO LONG, 86, of Herr Street, Lock Haven, passed away peacefully after a short illness on Saturday, June 9, 2018, at the Susque-View Nursing Home. She was born on Jan. 15, 1932, in Kittanning, Pennsylvania, to Oscar G. and Alta Blanche Schroat Munro. Marian was a 1950 graduate of Lock Haven high school and attended Temple University School of Dental Hygiene from 1950 to 1951. She was a member of the Great Island Presbyterian Church. She had worked at the Sylvania Plant in Towanda for 14 years, Clinton County Country Club as a book keeper for eight years, and most recently worked at Fish Real Estate in Lock Haven doing general office work. Marian was passionate about cooking, she enjoyed gardening, cross stitch and other crafts. She was devoted to her dogs, Molly and Casey who predeceased her. She was involved with her high school alumni association. Marian enjoyed her family and looked forward to having her children visit and loved going out to dinner with them. Marian is survived by one son, James M (Michele) Long of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; three daughters, Deborah S.(Ron) Long Weaver of York, Pennsylvania, Carolyn L. (Bill) Hershberger of Bluffton, South Carolina, Judith A. Long of Endicott, New York; 10 grandchildren, Erica Roop of York, Pennsylvania, Damian Herring, Florida, William E. Hershberger III of Lakewood, Colorado, Sarah R. Hershberger of Bluffton, South Carolina, Matthew R. Hershberger of Odenton, Maryland, Christine Smith and John Brainard of Arizona, Jamie Brown of Columbia, Maryland, Katie and Jessica Long of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and 19 great-grandchildren. Funeral services for Marian Joyce Munro Long will be held at noon on Thursday, June 14, 201, at the Yost-Gedon Funeral Home and Cremations Services, LLC, 121 W. Main St., Lock Haven, Pennsylvania. Officiating will be Pastor Taylor Camerer of the Great Island Presbyterian Church. Family and friends will be received one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Marian’s name to Great Island Presbyterian Church, 12 W. Water St., Lock Haven, PA, Clinton County SPCA, 33 Mill Hill Road, Lock Haven, PA or a favorite charity of your choice. –Towanda Daily Review 6/12/2018

 

MURRAY –HELEN M. KNOTT passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family with the faithful support of Guthrie Hospice on Monday, October 2, 2017. She was born on July 17, 1922 in Sayre, PA the daughter of the late William and Anna (Sydoriak) Murray. Helen was a fiercely independent woman who loved her family, gardening, furry friends, and her backyard birds and flowers. She had a generous spirit, making sure you never left her home without the offer of something to take with you. She was known for her stove-top popcorn and Italian cookies, which she provided in abundance to her grateful family and friends. She was a 1941 graduate of Sayre High School. After graduation, she worked for Manoic and Eclipse. Helen then was employed with Westinghouse in Elmira, NY, retiring in 1977. Helen married George Knott on March 3rd, 1946 in Long Island, NY and they celebrated 53 years of marriage prior to his passing in 1999. For many years, Helen was a member of the Church of the Redeemer. She was preceded in death by her husband; George Knott, Sr., brothers; Michael Murray, Harry Murray and William Murray, Jr., sisters and brothers-in-law; Alice and Delos Dann, Sophie and Cecil Ennis, Mary and Lou Cardwell, and Rose and Harold Bender. Helen is survived by her son; George Knott, Jr. and his wife Jeannette of Endicott, NY and daughter; Carol Regan of Towanda, PA, grandchildren; Thomas Knott and wife Samantha of Fredericksburg, VA, Cheryl Capwell and husband David of Sugar Hill, GA, Jeremy Regan and wife Cara of West Friendship, MD, Josh Regan of Springfield, OR, and Jonathan Regan of Saylorsburg, MD, great-grandchildren; Larissa, Aaron, Ryan, Liam, Tiernan, Ashton and Meghan Knott of VA, Jarrett, Tevin, and Colby Capwell of GA, and Lilyana and Matthew Regan of MD, sister; Pauline Allen of Owego, NY and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends and family may call on Saturday, October 7, 2017, from 2:30pm – 4:30pm at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 225 South Main Street, Athens, PA. Funeral services will follow at 4:30pm at the funeral home with the Rev. William Wells officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent in her memory to: Guthrie Hospice, 421 Tomahawk Road, Towanda, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

MR. BRUNO BENJAMIN NAJAKA JR., age 88, of Dushore, Pennsylvania, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at his home with his loving family at his side. Bruno was born March 3, 1930, a son of the late Bruno B. and Josephine Kovaleski Najaka Sr. He graduated from the Newport Township High School, class of 1947, and received his bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and industrial arts from the Penn State University in 1952. He married the former Mary Louise Rule of Wanamie, Pennsylvania, on June 14, 1952. She graduated from the Penn State University in 1951. They moved to Dushore, Pennsylvania, in 1952, where Mary Lou taught kindergarten for 25 years until her retirement. She predeceased Bruno on Feb. 16, 1997. Bruno taught industrial arts, (wood shop) starting at Turnpike and later at the Sullivan County High School for 41 years until he retired. He was a member of St. Basil’s Church, Dushore, Pennsylvania, and a member Connell’s Pond Camp, a member of White Ash Land Association and was very active with the Sullivan County Soil and Water Conservation District, which he joined in 1969. In 2013, he became an Associate Director Emeritus reflecting 43 years of continuing service. He was also a member of the Polish Falcons of American, Nest 163, Mocanaqua, Pennsylvania. He was a loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing. He loved to teach and would enjoy visiting with his students. He also enjoyed traveling with his companions and attending sporting events, especially Penn State Football games. Surviving are his daughters, Sharon (Patrick) Sharkey of Glen Lyon, Pennsylvania, Joanne (Robert) Day of Dushore, Pennsylvania; sister, Charlotte Terry of Levittown, Pennsylvania; grandchildren, Bruno L. (Janelle) Day of Dushore, Pennsylvania, Holly E. (Kenneth) Levandowski of Mocanaqua, Pennsylvania, Michael G. (Mandy) Day of Dushore, Pennsylvania, Bruno B. (Jessica) Najaka of Lititz, Pennsylvania, Nicole R. (Doug) Wagner of Hunlock Creek, Pennsylvania; great-grandchildren, Bailey Gill, Layla Levandowski, Bruno Day and Makayla Day. He was predeceased by his son, Bruce Najaka, of Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 11, 2017; and a special friend, Sandra Jane Gulich, of Dushore, Pennsylvania, on July 20, 2016; and extended family, George Kovalich Sr., Joseph Poprazik Sr., Stanley Jaskewicz, and Stephen Hoodak. A transferal service will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, July 9, 2018, from the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, and followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Basil’s Church, Dushore, Pennsylvania, at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Richard Rojas, his pastor, presiding. Interment will be in St. Francis of Assisi Cemetery, Mildred, Pennsylvania. Friends and family may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 8, 2018, and from 9 a.m. until the time of the transferal, on Monday at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, Pennsylvania. Memorial contributions in his memory may be directed to the Sullivan County Scholarship Association, P.O. Box 277, Laporte, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 7/5/2018

 

RICHARD JOSPEH ‘DICK’ NEWELL of Lake Winola, born January 30, 1953, was welcomed by his Lord and Savior Monday May 28, 2018 in Allied Hospice Center Scranton, Pa. He’s survived by his longtime companion, Carol J. Hill, who lovingly and sacrificially stayed by his side through his extended illness. He is also survived by his son, Richard “Richie” Newell, of Feasterville, Pa; brothers Kenneth of Tunkhannock, Donald (Nancy) of Wyalusing, and sister Louise (Douglas) Stott of Loui...sville Kentucky.
He was an uncle to nieces Betty Ann, Penny, Jenny Lynn Stott and Heidi Newell. Nephews Kenneth Jr., Brad, Jason and Patrick Newell, along with several great nieces and nephews. He is preceded by his parents Herbert and Helen Bullock Newell. He was a loyal employee of Chasmar construction, Falls PA. Being A carpenter with his specialty in drywall. In the past couple years, he was part of the renovation of the barn that became the Barn at Glistening Pond. Dick loved God and his Lord and knew His Word well as he often quoted scripture. He was a member of Cross Creek Community Church in Trucksville being part in the Celebrate Recovery ministry for a few years. He previously attended the Mill City Assembly of God Church in Mill City. Richard is the youngest of his family, growing up in Tunkhannock, attending church, local schools and being a part of the 1972 graduating class. He enjoyed seeing his family and friends and was known to never refuse desserts, with apple ala mode and cookies and cream ice cream being his favorites.  A few of his hunting attempts resulted in him bagging a deer. He was an avid sports fan, following the Jets and Yankees.  A funeral service will be held on Thursday at 12noon from the Harding-Litwin Funeral Home 123 W. Tioga St. Tunkhannock. A viewing will be held from 10am until the time of the service. Interment will follow at the Sunnyside Cemetery, Tunkhannock. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the; Cross Creek Community Church (370 Carverton Rd, Trucksville, PA), Gideon’s Bible Association (P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN), or Blue Chip Animal Refuge (974 Lockville Rd, Dallas, PA).

 

NEWELL –SUSAN NEWELL COOLICAN of Horseheads, New York, passed away unexpectedly on the morning of August 15, 2017, two days shy of her 71st birthday. She was a caring and generous individual who constantly supported family and friends, all while giving back to the community and schools that she worked for as an educator. Susan was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on August 17, 1946 to Vivian and Robert Keith Newell. She and her family moved to Rome, New York where she graduated from Rome Free Academy. She received her B.S. degree from the State University of New York College at Buffalo and, after moving to the local area, an M.S. degree from Elmira College. Susan taught in the Elmira City School District for 37 years, served as part-time instructor at Elmira College for eight years, and continued to lead and teach workshops at many teaching centers and school districts in the local area. After she retired, she served on the Executive Board of the Family Reading Partnership of Chemung Valley and was Chairperson for the Bright Red Bookshelf at Wisner Park. Earlier this year, she was awarded the 2017 Woman of Achievement by the Alpha Rho Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, where she held many positions in the past and most recently served as Parliamentarian. After a career in helping so many local students become avid readers, The Sue Coolican Literacy Center at Broadway Elementary School is named after her. Susan is survived by her three sons: Sean, of San Diego, CA, Mark, of Dallas, TX, and Jeff, of Portland, ME; two siblings: Larry Newell, of Omaha, NE and Patty Cogswell of Columbus, OH; and many nieces, nephews, and other family members from both the Coolican and Newell families. She was predeceased by her sister, Sandra Marshburn in 2012; her mother, Vivian in 2002 and her father, Robert Keith in 2005. The family will receive friends on Monday August 21, 2017 from 4-7PM at the Lynch Funeral Home, 318 W. Broad St., Horseheads, NY. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday August 22, 2017 at 11AM. Susan will be profoundly missed by family, friends and all the others that she had a positive impact on throughout her life. In lieu of flowers, the family asks those to kindly consider making a donation in Susan's name to the Family Reading Partnership of Chemung Valley, P.O. Box 3493, Elmira, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 8/18/2017

 

NEWHART –MRS. PAULETTE G. BATES, age 66, of Leisure Lakes Road, Stevensville, Pennsylvania, passed away at her home on Saturday evening, Jan. 13, 2018, in Stevens Township, surrounded by her loving family. Paulette was born on Dec. 28, 1951, in Meshoppen, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Paul and Valerie Ruhf Newhart Sr. of Friendsville. Paulette was one of eight children of Paul and Valerie. Growing up in Susquehanna County, Paulette was a graduate of the Elk Lake High School, with the class of 1969.

On June 6, 1970, she married Gordon D. Bates. The business manager of the Bates family, Paulette was definitely the boss of the family; “whatever she said, it had better be done.” In her spare time, she loved working in her flower beds and garden. She also enjoyed painting ceramics, working on jigsaw puzzles, but especially enjoyed family gatherings and spending many enjoyable moments with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Besides her parents, Paulette is survived by her husband of 47 years, Gordon Dale Bates Sr., of Stevensville; her children, Gordon and Jill Bates Jr. of Towanda, and Nikki Bates (Joe LaRue) of Stevensville; three grandchildren, Austin Madill (Amanda Kesler) of Lawton, and Dylan Bates and Destiny Bates, both of Towanda; and two great-grandchildren, Savannah Powers and Lincoln Madill. She also is survived by her siblings, Ed and Doris Newhart of Kirkwood, New York, Diane and Ken Bates of Wyalusing, Emma and Tom Sobonski of Friendsville, Karen Newhart Fitch of Iowa, Elisha Newhart (Cindy Pellew) of Friendsville, and David and Debra Newhart of Friendsville; and her extended family, Joyce Bates of Pennsylvania and Ron and Evonne Bates of Wyalusing; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Paulette also leaves behind her faithful and favorite dog and companion, Molly. She was preceded in death by her brother, Paul Newhart Jr., on Oct. 13, 2013; and her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Mildred and Wilfred Bates. Being a very private person and abiding with Paulette’s wishes, there will be no calling hours or funeral services. Interment will be at the convenience of the Bates family.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial donations to the Guthrie Hospice, 1 Hospital Drive, Towanda, PA. Arrangements were made through the Sheldon Funeral Home, 155 Church St., Wyalusing, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 1/17/2018

 

U.S. VETERAN DANIEL GRANT NEWMAN age 78, of Chesapeake City, MD passed away Friday, September 15, 2017. Daniel was born on May 2, 1939, the son of the late Malcolm John Newman (d. May 24, 1973) and Bernetta Salsman Newman (d. May 27, 2003) of Laceyville, PA. He graduated from Wyalusing Valley High School with the class of 1958. He was President of the Class and instrumental in establishing a scholarship in honor of that class. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Mansfield University, a Master’s Degree in Counseling as well as a Doctorate in Educational Administration. Directly out of high school, Daniel was drafted by the Atlanta Braves Organization, then based in Milwaukee, and played eight years of professional baseball. He served in the United States Marine Corps and received the Dress Blue Award for his platoon. He retired from the military as a Lieutenant Colonel after 30 years of service with the Delaware Army National Guard. In 2005, Daniel was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, Luzerne County Chapter. For nearly five decades, Daniel helped to shape the character of young people as an educator, an administrator, a nationally certified counselor, a football, basketball and baseball coach, as well as serving as a private instructor in baseball/softball skills. The last 30 years of his educational career, he was a counselor at Elkton High School and Cecil County Vocational School in Maryland. During that time, he served on many committees to promote education and community resources. Daniel is survived by his loving family: wife of 51 years, Deanna Grace Ritchey Newman; daughter and son-in-law, Katharine Dee Newman and Stephen Paul Kremser (Pacific Palisades, CA); son and daughter-in-law, Grant Daniel Newman and Marianne Wan-Hay Chow Newman (New York, NY); grandchildren; Owen Grant Kremser, Olivia Kremser, Vivienne Kremser, and Lila Corinne Kremser (Pacific Palisades). He is also survived by one sister, Delores Jones, and seven nieces and nephews. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Donna Newman. A celebration of life will be held at 7 p.m., Friday, September 29, 2017 at Hicks Home For Funerals, 103 Stockton Street, Elkton, MD 21921, with a visitation beginning at 6 p.m. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Sheldon Funeral Homes, 459 Main Street, Laceyville, PA. Internment will follow at the North Flat Cemetery with a Military Honor Service conducted by the members of Rought Hall American Legion Post #510, Dennis Strong American Legion Post #457, and Endless Mountains V.F.W. Post #3583. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Daniel’s honor to the Wyalusing Valley High School Class of ‘58 Memorial Scholarship, c/o Community Bank, N.A., 406 Main Street, Laceyville, PA or to the Socrates Society, Cecil College Foundation, 1 Seahawk Dr., North East, MD. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

JOHN WILSON NEWTON age 90, was born November 3, 1926 in Elmira and died Monday, October 30, 2017 at the Chemung County Nursing Facility. His father, George Albert Newton; mother, Evelyn Ada Wilson; brothers, James Newton and George Newton; grandson, Benjamin Newton preceded him in death. John is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Flora Jane (Ernest); beloved children: daughter, Jennifer (Lester) Wolf; sons, John R. (Donna) Newton, Larry (Debi) Newton, Tim (Pam) Newton, Tom (Cheryl) Newton; 7 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. He was a Veteran of WW II and served with the Army Infantry in the European Theatre. After the service, he enrolled in the first class at Elmira College that accepted men. In 1950, John and Flora were married and started a family. In 1952 they bought an old farm house on Sagetown Road and he lived there for the rest of his life. After 32 years of dedicated service, John retired from Westinghouse as a supervisor. He was a leader in the community and was active in the following: Webb Mills Volunteer Fire Department, he coached baseball and basketball, was the President of the Southport Recreation Association and assisted with Boy Scouts. He hauled his boys and the neighborhood boys to ballgames, scouts and all activities. John loved vegetable gardening, was an avid golfer and was a lifelong New York Giants fan. He was a faithful member of the Millerton United Methodist Church, where his daughter was Pastor and was a proud chicken flipper every Memorial Day as well. Private services will be held at the convenience of his family. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be directed to the Millerton United Methodist Church Food Pantry or the church Building Fund 5443 Main Street, Millerton, PA. –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/1/2017

 

GARY L. NICHOLS - Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near, so loved, so missed, so very dear...Our hearts were broken on Monday, March 5, 2018 when our loving husband, dad, brother, grandpa, uncle and friend Gary L. Nichols, 75, of Nichols, N.Y., passed away. Gary was born on Dec. 3, 1942 in Waverly, N.Y., a son of the late Abram L. and Bertha (Stage) Nichols. He attended school at Tioga Central and at the age of 17 entered into the U.S. Army, where he proudly served his country from 1959 to 1962. For 22 years, Gary served as a Tioga Central school bus driver. He treasured the time spent with his family, enjoyed camping at Pine Cradle and Wanata Lake, hunting and fishing with his brothers. Gary was a member of the Owego Moose where he served as governor in 1979 and later served as state president from 1986 to 1987. He received the Pilgrim Degree of Merit Award on May 28, 1988. In addition, Gary was also a member of the Nichols American Legion, and a lifetime member of the Tioga Center Fire Department. Gary will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 35 years, Linda; his daughters and sons-in-law, Lenna and Dave Malone of Nichols, Joanne Ulrich and Elmer Stevens of Litchfield, Pa., Laurie and Jerry Kuntz of Springfield, Ore., Wendy and Ron McClure of Barton, N.Y., Tamara and Shane Stilwell of Nichols, Tonya and Timothy Johnson of Waverly, N.Y.; his special grandchildren, David (Valerie) Malone, Brent Malone, Gary Malone, Alan (Jeanne) Ulrich Jr., Stormi (Harley) Ulrich, Michael (Megan) Kuntz, Jerry (Kelly) Kuntz, Sarah Kuntz, Miranda Nichols, Destiny McClure, Christopher Johnson and Derek Johnson; 10 great-grandchildren; his siblings, Barbara and John Merrill, George and Virginia Nichols, Lois and Frank Wasielewski, Fred and Joan Nichols, Richard and Cooki Nichols, Dorothy Schopf; sister-in-law, Bonnie Nichols; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, James (Evelyn) Scott, Candor, N.Y., Martin (Pauline) Scott, Candor, N.Y., Edward Scott, Groton, N.Y.; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and their families also survive. Gary was predeceased by his parents, Abram and Bertha Nichols; his brother, Jack Nichols; sister, Joanne Nichols; nephew, Jack Nichols Jr., mother-in-law, Elma Scott; and a brother-in-law, Leslie Scott. Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation on Friday, March 9 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. A memorial service and celebration of his life will follow at 12 p.m. Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the Tioga Center Fire Dept., P.O. Box 185, Tioga Center, NY or Nichols Fire Dept., P.O. Box 334, Nichols, NY in loving memory of Gary L. Nichols. –Sayre Morning Times 3/7/2018

 

NICHOLS –MARY A. BOSTWICK, 80, of Athens Township, Pa., passed away Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017 at the Sayre Personal Care Center, following an extended illness. She was born on Aug. 7, 1937 in Athens Township, PA the daughter of the late Sidney and Jeannie Nichols. Mary loved spending time with her family, especially hunting and fishing. She loved to play bingo and visit the casinos. She was very involved in the community and was a member of the Sons of Italy Roma Madre Lodge No. 1342. Almost every morning until her health declined, Mary could be seen having breakfast at Reese's Restaurant in South Waverly or Chacona's Restaurant in Sayre. She is predeceased by her husband of 45 years Gilbert Sr., son Gilbert Jr., and her missing daughter, Mary Lou, whom she always continued to search for every day and sisters: Roberta Ellis and Shirley Talada. Mary is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Melvin Sr. and Lori Bostwick and Thomas and Lorrie Bostwick, daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Jack Hagadorn, 18 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, sisters Jeannie Cotton and Joan Wilson and special sister-in-law, Linda Bostwick. At Mary's request, the family will hold a private memorial service at a later date. The family is being assisted by Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Athens, Pa. –Sayre Morning Times 10/11/2017

 

CURTISS "BUD" NIECE, 83, of Ulster, Pennsylvania, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 at his home. Born Sept. 18, 1934 in Milford, New Jersey, Bud lived there most of his life. He moved to Ulster, Bradford County, Pennsylvania, in 1978 after building his home there. Bud served in the U.S. Navey during the Korean Conflict. He worked for Eastern Blasting in Pipersville, Pennylvania for 28 years. Bud enjoyed auctions, reading and gardening. Son of the late Dory and Marion (Moehn) Niece, Bud is survived by his daughter, Lisa Boss of Ulster, Pennsylvania; his three sons, Barry Wagner of Los Angeles, California, James Niece of Sayre, Pennsylvania, and Thomas Niece of Milford, New Jersey; his 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Evelyn May (Wagner) Niece in 2011, and his son, Kevin Edward Niece. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017 at the Johnson-Walton Funeral Home, 24 Church Road, Holland Township, New Jersey. Interment will follow at the Milford Union Cemetery. Visitation will also be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday morning, prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Guthrie Hospice, 421 Tomahawk Road, Towanda, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 9/28/2017

 

THOMAS G. NORCONK, 69, of Ridgebury Township, passed away Saturday, April 28, 2018 at home.
He is survived by his wife Sandra K (Ervay) Norconk, with whom he celebrated 42 years of marriage this past December 24th. Tom was born in Waverly, N.Y., to Gerald Norconk and Rosmary (Chandler) Norconk. After graduating from Waverly High School, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served in the Vietnam War. In 1970 Tom became a union laborer and member of Laborers Local #1358. From 2001 to 2010 when he retired he was the business manager/ business agent for local #1358/#785. He was a life member of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter # 803, the NRA and Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania. Tom enjoyed spending time with his family hunting, fishing and racing any thing from asphalt mods to karts at local short tracks. Tom is survived by his wife, Sandy; his mother, Rosmary; his son, Jerry; his grandson, Christopher; his sister Brenda Parish of Dushore, Pa., and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Gerald. A celebration of Tom's life will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to any local animal shelter or veterans organization.
The Roberts Funeral Home Inc., 279 Main Street Wellsburg, N.Y., has been trusted with the arrangements. –Sayre Morning Times 5/4/2018

 

WILLIAM W. O’CONNERS, age 70, of Wellsboro, PA, passed away on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at his home. He was born on February 29, 1948 in Roaring Branch, PA, a son of John and Helen O'Conners. William was the husband of Susan (Strong) O' Conners. Prior to his retirement he was employed with Ward Manufacturing as a supervisor. He enjoyed working with wood, flowers, and fishing. He is survived by a son, William (Connie) O' Conners of Towanda, PA; five daughters, Wendy (Larry) O'Conner of Middlebury Ctr., PA, Peggy (Steve) Adams of Wellsboro, PA, Wendy Dempsey of Roaring Branch, PA, Tiffany (Dan) Bryington of Canton, PA, Janice O'Conners of Herndon, VA; 14 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; four brothers, Douglas O'Conners of Blossburg, PA, Carl (Karen) O'Conners of Shunk, PA, Gerald (Pat) O'Conners of Liberty, PA, David (Jean) O'Conners of Roaring Branch, PA; a sister, Tammy (Mark) Shedden of Canton, PA; two sisters-in-law, Janice (Jim) Bowen of Wellsboro, PA, Linda Cramer of Middlebury Ctr., PA; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and sister-in-law, John and Cook O'Conners; a sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Sy Hubler; a sister-in-law, Shelia O'Conners. Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 from 7PM to 8PM at the Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. A memorial service will immediately follow at 8PM. Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1948 E 3rd St, Williamsport, PA. –Funeral home obit

 

ODELL –JEANNE O. STRAYER, 90, formerly of Hughesville, died Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at Valley View Nursing Center, Montoursville. Her husband of 46 years, Frank D. Strayer died May 26, 2011. Born December 1, 1926 in Hughesville, she is the daughter of the late Robert R. and Grace E. (Jones) Odell. Jeanne was Valedictorian of the Hughesville High School Class of 1944, and an alumnus of Dickinson Seminary, now Lycoming College, Class of 1945. She was employed as a Computer Programmer for the Department of the Navy in Washington, DC. After her retirement, Jeanne and her husband purchased a farm in Round Hill, VA. In 1993 they moved back to Hughesville to be with family. With her husband, they enjoyed traveling extensively. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Hughesville, and enjoyed reading, sewing, and crossword puzzles. She is survived by three nieces, Christie O. (James) Foresman of Hughesville, Karyn S. Yagel of S. Williamsport, and Lynne O. (Dennis) Snyder of Montoursville, PA. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by brothers: Robert R. Odell, Jr., and William O. Odell. Services will be private at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made in Jeanne’s name to Trinity Lutheran Church, 120 S. Main Street, Hughesville, PA. Arrangements are entrusted to McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Hughesville. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

JOHN DAWSON ‘JACK’ O’DELL, 85, of Valley Township, PA and formerly of West Chester, PA, passed away peacefully on November 27, 2017, surrounded by family. Born in Wellsboro, PA, in 1931, he was the son of the late Alvin and Genevieve (nee Reed) O'Dell. Nothing brought Jack more happiness than his family. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He was happiest in the kitchen, cooking for his family, listening to the Phillies in the background. Jack graduated from Temple University, with a B.S. in Mathematics. He honorably served in the U.S. Army from 1954-1956. He studied German at the language school in Monterey, California, and then was stationed in Stuttgart, Germany. After being honorably discharged from the Army, Jack accepted a sales position at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals {now Pfizer}. He enjoyed a long and successful career at Wyeth for 45 years and retired as the Senior Director of Contracting and Sales. Jack was the beloved husband of Mary Catherine (nee Conway) O'Dell; loving father of Michael O'Dell (Kristen), Jesse O'Dell (Megan), and Julie O'Dell; devoted grandfather of Grace and Gavin O'Dell; dear brother of Donna Merrill (Howard), and Jerome O'Dell (Louise). Jack was predeceased by his son, Jeffery McKinley O'Dell, in 1982, and his siblings, Mary Turrell, Robert O'Dell (Louise), and Patricia Muessig (Robert). Family and friends are invited to his Visitation on Saturday, December 16, 2017, at 9:00 a.m at The Donohue Funeral Home, 1627 West Chester Pike, West Chester PA, followed by a Mass in Celebration of His Life at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 233 W. Gay Street, West Chester, PA at 11:00 a.m. Interment immediately following at St. Agnes Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The American Heart Association, 5455 N. High Street, Columbus, OH. –Elmira Star-Gazette 12/12/2017

 

ROBERT WILLSON OLIVER, SR., age 80, of Wyalusing, PA passed away Sunday evening, January 28, 2018 at his home with his children by his side. Robert was born on February 24, 1937 in Wyalusing, PA the son of the late Claude C. (d. November, 1968) and Beatrice Willson Oliver (d. December 1975). He was a graduate of Wyalusing High School with the class of 1955. He married the former Rose McMahon on November 12, 1960 and together they raised three children. Robert and Rose were married for 46+ years before she passed away on September 4, 2007. Robert was employed as an Auto Body Technician for numerous years. He owned Oliver’s Body Shop and also worked for Karsner/Eaton Ford Dealership, Taylor/McCarty Body Shop and Steele’s Body Shop. He was a gifted technician and his specialty was restoring muscle and antique cars. He was a member of the St. Mary of the Assumption Church and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, the Wyalusing American Legion Post #534, the National Wild Turkey Federation, and the Grover Hunting Club. He thoroughly enjoyed following the New York Yankees, the NY Giants, and the NY Knicks. He was an avid hunter, especially in the spring for gobblers. Robert enjoyed and excelled playing softball in his earlier years. He also like to golf. Most of all he loved to spend time with his family. Robert is survived by his children, Gary Oliver and his wife Michele of Muncy, PA, Mary Oliver of Randolph, NJ, and Robert Oliver, Jr. of Lancaster, PA; his grandchildren, Kasie Oliver of Muncy, PA, Abbie Oliver of Durham, NC, Carly Oliver of Muncy, PA, Zachary Fitzgerald of Randolph, NJ, Zayne Fitzgerald of Randolph, NJ, Joshua Fitzgerald of Randolph, NJ, Jordan Oliver of Lancaster, PA and Danielle Hoffman of Lancaster, PA; his sister-in-law, Irene McMahon of New Albany, PA; his special niece, Barb Arey of Wyalusing, PA; as well as many other nieces and nephews. Besides his wife and parents he was preceded in death by his siblings, Claude Oliver, Jr., Harriet Mahoney, and Betty Allen.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 11:00 AM from the St. Mary of the Assumption Church with Father Joseph Manarchuck officiating. Interment will follow at the St. Basil Cemetery with Graveside Military Honors conducted by the members of the Wyalusing American Legion Post # 534. Family and friends may call at the Sheldon Funeral Home, 155 Church Street, Wyalusing, PA on Saturday from 9:00 until 10:30 AM. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Bradford County Relay for Life, c/o of Amy Huffman-PS Bank, PO Box 217, Wyalusing, PA or to the American Lung Association on their website www.lung.org.

 

OSTRANDER –GEORGIANA SHEEHE of Tucson and Willcox, Arizona died July 8, 2017 at the age of 74. She was born May 5, 1943 in Bradford County, Pennsylvania to Ralph and Minnie (Vose) Ostrander. Georgianna taught school in New York, like to travel, was an exceptional roller skater and bowler. She was an avid lover of animals such as dogs and cats. Georgianna was a friend to all animals. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. On February 8, 1969 in New York State she married Patrick Sheehe who survives her. Georgianna is also survived by her sons Brian (Denise) Sheehe of Findlay, Ohio and Dennis (Kate Kendrick) Sheehe of Beverly Hills, California, grandsons Jack and Joseph and her special loving dog Heather. Preceding her in death were her parents. A Rosary will be offered 7:00 p.m. Thursday, July 13, 2017 at Westlawn Chapel, with Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 14, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment of her cremains will follow in Sunset Cemetery. Contributions may be made in her name to either Harbor Lights Hospice, 4703 N. 1st Ave, Tucson, Arizona or Charles Wm Leighton Jr. Hospice, P.O. Box 115, Willcox, Arizona. Services entrusted to Westlawn Chapel, Mortuary & Crematory of Willcox, Arizona. –Towanda Daily Review 7/19/2017

STEVE H. OTIS, 65, of Wyalusing, Pennsylvania passed away Friday morning, November 24, 2017, at his home following a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on September 22, 1952 in Meshoppen, Pennsylvania, the son of the late Adelbert H. Otis, who passed away on December 19, 2012 and late Martha Eva (Wells) Otis, who passed away on August 29, 1999. He attended Wyalusing Valley High School. Steve possessed great love for his family and close friends, doing anything for anyone that needed it. One of his greatest pleasures was spending time at his camper with family and friends. While living in Hollenback he enjoyed working on his farm. He was a member of the Wyalusing Valley Volunteer Fire Department. He also, enjoyed going to auctions, fishing, playing the lottery, detailing his vehicles, organizing his workshop and time spent with his beloved dachshund, Dixie. He retired in September of 2016 from P & N Packing where he had been a dedicated worker for 38 years. He was highly regarded by the bosses, secretaries and other workers and hardly ever missed a day of work. He also was a social member of the Wyalusing Legion Post 534. The Legion organized a benefit for Steve after his cancer diagnosis and raised money to help with his medical expenses. The community gave generously and showed Steve what a deserving person he was. Surviving are his children: Jason and Janet Otis of Wyalusing, Mindy Merritt of Laceyville, Betsy Ball of Wyalusing, Valarie Mosier of Nanticoke, Steve and Gyla Ball of Evergreen, Randy and Hannah Deacon of Towanda, Kayla Otis of Standing Stone, 11 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Also surviving are his sisters and their spouses’: Irma and Dave Green of Zephyrhills, FL, Shirley and Clifford Woodruff of Laceyville, JoAnne Treadwell of Melbourne FL., Dianna Cresho of Wyalusing, Janet Chaffee of Laceyville. Steve was preceded most recently in death by a brother-in-law, Paul Cresho, who passed away on March 2, 2015. Funeral services for Steve will be held on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 2:00 PM from the Sheldon Funeral Home, 155 Church Street, Wyalusing, PA with Lay Minister Vickie Ellis of the Beaver Meadows United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be held at North Flat Cemetery. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 12:00 noon until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made in Steve’s name to the Wyalusing American Legion Post 534, PO Box 71, Wyalusing, PA. –Funeral home obit

 

CHARLES OTTO, 76, of Standing Stone Township, PA, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017 at his home following declining health. He was born in Philadelphia on May 3, 1941. In early years, Charles worked in construction and was later employed by the General Binding Company in Philadelphia for many years. Charles loved spending time with his family and enjoyed traveling, going to casinos, the outdoors and hunting. He will be fondly remembered for his great sense of humor and wit. Surviving are his children, Joanne Kane and husband, Joseph of Delran, NJ, Charles Otto and wife, Carrie of Delaware, Edward Otto and wife, Lela of Delaware, Edward Plitt, Sr. and wife, Maureen of Rushville, PA, and Robert Otto and wife, Joan of Philadelphia; 15 grandchildren; six greatgrandchildren; sister and brother in-law, Lillian and Butch Parsons of Philadelphia; sisters-inlaw, Carla Otto of Philadelphia and Frances Convill of New Jersey; several nieces and nephews and his canine companion, Lilly. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Mary Lou Convill Otto on June 4, 2017; brother, Joseph Otto and sister-in-law, Ruth Schada Zietz. A funeral service will be held Saturday, Aug. 12 at 1 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Avenue, Towanda with Rev. Edward Michelini, pastor of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Towanda officiating. The family suggests that contributions may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis, TN or to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL in Charles Otto’s memory. –Wyoming County Examiner 8/16/2017

 

OWEN –SAMANTHA LYN ‘SAM’ CARLIN, age 22, of Mehoopany, PA passed away unexpectedly on Monday afternoon at her home in Mehoopany twp., Wyoming Co., PA. Sam was born in Towanda, PA on September 19, 1994 the daughter of Carl L. and Maxine L. Ralph Owen of Laceyville, PA. Growing up in and around the Laceyville area, Sam attended the Wyalusing Valley High School, a member of the class of 2014. She also attended the Bradford County Vo-Tech, enrolled in the Cosmetology Program. While in school, Sam enjoyed music, and was a member of the school choir, she also enjoyed art, especially drawing and sketching. On December 27, 2013, Sam married, Caleb Elijah Carlin, of South Auburn, PA, and together they had two children, their daughter, Gracelynn Elizabeth-Rayne Carlin, age 2 years; and their son Garrett Ian Carlin, age 2 months. Sam loved her family dearly and cherished her children. In her spare time she enjoyed reading and was a collector of many Stephen King novels. Sam also loved being surrounded by her extended family. Besides her own children, she loved the time that she got to spend with other children, to hold and spoil them. Besides her husband, children and parents, she is survived by her siblings, Ashley Owen, of Mehoopany, PA; Kyle Owen of Sayre, PA; Alicia McKitrick, of Endicott, NY and Cameron Owen, of Laceyville, PA, and several nieces and nephews. Sam is also survived by her Paternal Grandmother, Jennie Marie Owen of Laceyville, PA; mother in law and father in law, Tina and Gerald Carlin of Meshoppen, PA, and sisters in law, Lydia Carlin, of Tunkhannock, PA; Ashley (James) Gesek, of Factoryville, PA; and Deanna Carlin, of Scranton, PA; also many aunts, uncles and cousins. Memorial services will be held on Saturday September 2, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the New Hope Ministries, West Auburn, PA, with Pastor Tim Barnett, of the church officiating. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family. Family and friends may call at the church from 10:00 AM until the time of the service. Arrangements are entrusted with Sheldon Funeral Homes, Main St., Laceyville, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

JOHN BRYCE OWLETT, age 86, of Mansfield, PA, passed away on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at his home. He was born on September 30, 1931 in Blossburg, PA, a son of John and Eva (Matteson) Owlett. John married Coralee (Justin) Owlett; they shared 62 years of marriage.John was a veteran of the U.S. Air force,serving in the Korean War.After his military service, he was commissioned as a National Bank Examiner for the US Treasury Department. John, a member of the Canoe Camp Church of Christ Disciples, served as a deacon,elder, and treasurer. John belonged to the Mansfield Masonic lodge and later the Blossburg Masonic Lodge for over 60 years. He received his initial license as an amateur radio operator over 67 years ago. Later his license became upgraded to W3VEG. He served on the planning commission for Richmond Township. John is survived by his wife, Coralee; a daughter, Kristi Owlett; a son, J. Brent Owlett and was preceded in death by a daughter Amy Fuller. John had four grandchildren, Stephanie (Kevin Erdner) Coley, Carrie (Jonathan) Williams, Amber Fuller, Jessica (Jesse) Zirkle; five great grandchildren, Natalie Pointer, Aidan Petta, Jesse Zirkle, Jamie Zirkle, Liam Rachel. In keeping with the family's wishes, there will be no services. Arrangements have been entrusted to Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. –Funeral home obit

 

ANTHONY PACIFICO JR., 36, of Wyalusing passed away. He was born on Oct. 24, 1980 in Towanda and he was the son of the late Eleanor Smith and the late Anthony Pacifico Sr. He was a 1999 graduate of the Wyalusing High School. Anthony was a member of the Saint Mary's Choir, and he attended Keystone College and Mansfield University where he studied mathematics. In addition to his mother and father, Anthony is preceded in death by his sister, Laurie Pacifico, and brother, Mike Smith. He is survived by a sister, Lisa Powers and husband Jacob; a step-sister, Karen Smith and fiancé Brett Ruhf; four aunts, Ann (Late Ben) Szachewicz of Stony Point, New York, Margaret Livingston of Sarasota, Florida, Helen (Tom) Romanino of Cape May, New Jersey, Elizabeth (Frank) Anzalone of Mobile, Alabama; an uncle, Herb (Elizabeth Kelly) Dueber of Monroe, New York; an aunt, Else (late Eric) Dueber of Owego, New York; nieces, Selena Chilson, Alyssa Powers and Samantha Powers; also many cousins. A blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Harding-Litwin Funeral Home, 123 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock with Father Joseph J. Manarchuck officiating. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Anthony and his mother, Eleanor's services will be combined. –Towanda Daily Review 9/1/2017

 

PARKER –EDNA E. SHANER, 96, of Hughesville, died Monday, April 9, 2018 at the Gate House of Divine Providence Hospital. Her husband of 66 years, Clarence A. Shaner, preceded her in death on July 12, 2004. Born November 1, 1921 in Hughesville, she is the daughter of the late Edward and Amanda (Snyder) Parker. Edna was a member of the Hughesville Fireman's auxiliary, North Central Sight Services of Williamsport, and the Bethany Women of Bethany Church, now The Beacon, a United Methodist Church. She was a wonderful cook, baker, and seamstress. Edna was known for her Christmas and Easter candy. She was known as “Nan” to everyone that knew her. Edna was a loving mother and grandmother and made everyone feel like family. Surviving is a daughter, Carol (Roger) Royce of Hughesville; four grandchildren, Peggy Gunter, Susan Gunter, Angie (J.C.) Miller, Lori (Corey) Twigg; four great-grandchildren, Megan (Andrew) Kerstetter, Trey (Jonna) Miller, Lakenna Twigg, Cienna Twigg, and a great-great granddaughter, Kinsley Kerstetter. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Janet Little; an infant son; and eight siblings. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. on Monday, April 16 at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, PA with Rev. Bethany Wood officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Hughesville. Visitation will be Monday, April 16, one hour prior to funeral services. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to North Central Sight Services, 2121 Reach Road, Williamsport, PA. –Funeral home obit

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PARKS –ESTHER P. TROWBRIDBE, formerly Esther Capwell, a longtime resident of the Towanda area, passed to her final comfort on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, at the age of 101. She was a lifetime member of the First United Methodist Church, Towanda, serving as the church secretary for many years. Esther worked at several establishments over the years, retiring after 23 years from DuPont. She is survived by her sons, John C. (Kandis) Capwell, of Lewisburg and Gerald K. (Chris) Capwell, of Alta Loma, California; and one step-daughter, Kathy Browning, of New Concord, Ohio. She also left behind two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by her mother, Ordelia Parks; and husbands, Guthrie Capwell and James Trowbridge. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16 at the First United Methodist Church, 105 Main St., Towanda, PA. Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted by the First United Methodist Church, 105 Main St., Towanda, PA or to a charity of one’s choice. The family is being assisted by Cronrath-Grenoble Funeral Home, S. Second and St. Louis Streets, Lewisburg. –Towanda Daily Review 8/31/2017

 

RAYMOND L. ‘SKIP’ PARKS, 73, of Wysox, Pennsylvania passed away peacefully Thursday morning, June 21, 2018 at Guthrie Memorial Hospital in Towanda. He was in the company of his son, David. Raymond was born in Sayre, on Feb. 17, 1945 the son of Carl and Helen Agnes Parks. He attended Towanda High School and was a veteran of the Vietnam War having served in the U.S. Army. Skip was employed by Osram Sylvania in Towanda for 33 years as a millwright until his retirement in 2004. Skip was a life member of the Towanda Gun Club and a past member of Asylum VFW Post No. 6072 and Towanda American Legion Post No. 42. In his early years he enjoyed hunting and fishing and also enjoyed playing cards with friends. He is survived by his son, David Parks; and his brother, Richard Parks. Skip was predeceased by his loving wife of 48 years, L. Barbara Schrimp Parks on Oct. 8, 2016. Abiding with Skip’s request, there will be no calling hours or funeral service. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home of Towanda. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to the American Heart Association, 1704 Warren Ave., Williamsport, PA in memory of Raymond L. Parks. –Towanda Daily Review 6/22/2018 (More on e-mail

 

DONALD L. ‘DON’ PARMALEE, 67, of Waverly, NY, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loved ones on Thursday, August 30, 2017. He was born on July 18, 1950 in Johnson City, NY, the son of late Frederick and Beulah (Ruland) Parmalee. Don graduated from Harpersville High School. After graduation, he served in the US Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, doing two tours of duty. He was employed as a Supervisor for 23 years with Bart Rich Enterprises "Burger King", prior to retiring. Don loved spending time with family and friends, and liked to go hunting and fishing. He was an Elvis fanatic, and enjoyed watching Fox News and classic shows on ME TV. Donald was a devout Roman Catholic. Donald is survived by his wife of 13 years, Deborah Parmalee at home, children, Donald L. and Lynn Parmalee of Ulster, PA, Amy L. Austin and Daniel Derrig of Edwardsville, PA, Joshua O. and Jessica Ward of Leicester, NC, Leanna M. and Joshua Hartjen of Owego, NY, Kevin M. Ward and Nicki Boockoff of Waverly, NY, and Makayla D. Pitcher of Candor, NY, grandchildren, Richard, Donald III, Tiffany, Dustin, Tonya, Alexsandra, Mihkayla, Sammantha, Lakota, Mykenzi, Owen, Molly, Travis, and Bear, and many beautiful great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings and their spouses, Lewis and Mari Parmelee of Wellsburg, NY, James and Cheryl Parmalee of Norwich, NY, Pearl and Don Campbell of Batavia, NY, Carol and Will McQuerry of GA, Marshall and Alice Barney of Deland, FL, and Dawn Gilmore of LasVegas, NV, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins, and special "Mom" Lois Capolupo. Friends and family may call on Saturday, September 2, 2017 from 5pm-7pm at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, PA. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Sunday, September 3, 2017 at 1pm with the Rev. Anthony Amato from St. James Catholic Church officiating. Burial will be in St. James Cemetery, Elm Street, Waverly, NY on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 11a.m. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

RICHARD JOHN ‘RICK’ PARSONS, age 56, of New Albany, PA passed away May 30, 2018 at home after a short battle with cancer. He was the husband of Danielle Cartwright Parsons. They were married July 7, 2007. Rick was born on May 28, 1962 at the Towanda Memorial Hospital, the son of the late Donald (d. 1983) and Donna (Teeter) Parsons (d. 2013). He was a graduate of Wyalusing High School with the class of 1980. After graduation he served his country in the US Navy. Rick was a self-employed contractor and worked numerous jobs. He enjoyed woodworking and the outdoors. In addition to his wife, Danielle, he is survived by his step-son, Lance Corporal Justin Hunsinger of Cherry Point, NC; his brothers, Marc Teeter and his wife Pat of New Albany, PA, Dan Parsons of New Albany, PA, Bill Parsons of New Albany, PA and his twin brother, Ralph Parsons of New Port Richey, FL; his sister, Tracey Parsons of Athens, PA; his niece, Breanna Parsons; his nephews, Devon (Brandy) Teeter and Thomas James Parsons; as well as his in-laws Harry and Kathy Vanderpool of Towanda, PA and Carol Lord of Phelps, NY. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by and infant son, Dylan (d. 2004); his maternal grandparents, Frank and Rita Teeter; his paternal grandmother, Erma Porter; his paternal grandfather, Ralph Parsons; and his father-in-law, Thomas Cartwright. There will be a private family burial at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Richard’s name to the Guthrie Hospice, 421 Tomahawk Road, Towanda, PA. Arrangements were entrusted with Sheldon Funeral Homes, 155 Church Street, Wyalusing, PA. –Funeral home obit

 

PAUL PASTUSIC, age 96, of Mildred, PA, passed away on Friday morning, February 23, 2018, at UPMC Susquehanna Medical Center in Williamsport, PA. Paul was born on Sugar Hill, PA, on July 4, 1921, son of the late Peter and Sophia Say Pastusic.  He attended local schools and began working in area coal mines.  He enlisted in the US Army in 1942 and served with distinction until 1945 with the rank of Sergeant.  He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and served in the infantry in Algeria-French Morocco, Tunisia, Sicily, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, Northern Appenines, and Central Europe. Returning from the War, he married the former Emma Morris of Powell in Mildred, PA on April 15, 1947.  They celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary, before her death on July 9, 2010. Paul worked for over 52 years in the coal mines, with the Bernice Coal Co., in Mildred, and also in Shamokin and in the Pocono’s. He was also an accomplished truck and tractor mechanic. Paul was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church, in Mildred, PA, and a member of McDermott Post #452 American Legion, Mildred, PA.
Surviving are daughter, Kathy (Michael) Lacobe of Belleview, FL, two sisters: Helen Bohlayer and Elizabeth Carpenter of Elmira, NY, two sisters-in-law: Frances Pastusic and  Alberta Pastusic of             Mildred, PA, five grandsons:John Pastusic, Jason Higley, Darrick Higley, Dustin Higley and Peter Pastusic,
6 great-grandchildren: Nathan Higley, Kayla Higley, Trey Higley, Summer Higley, Sydney Higley and Pilar Pastusic and numerous nieces and nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his wife:  Emma Morris Pastusic on July 9, 2010; a son:  Peter (Corkey) Pastusic on Nov. 9, 1999; a daughter Toni K. Cobb on Sept. 14, 2003; a grandson, Paul J. Pastusic on April 29, 1989; a sister, Mary Moyer, and six brothers: infant Peter Pastusic, Joseph Pastusic, Michael Pastusic, Stanley Pastusic and John Pastusic and Francis Pastusic. A Graveside Service will be held on Wednesday, February 28th, 2018, at 10:00 A.M. at St. Francis of Assisi Cemetery, Mildred, PA with the Rev. Richard Rojas, presiding. Graveside Military Honors will be accorded by members of McDermott Post #452 American Legion, Mildred, and by the US Army Honor’s Detail. Funeral are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore,  PA. –Funeral home obit

 

PEDRO –ANGELA M. THOMAS lost her battle with melanoma on Dec. 5, 2017 at The Gatehouse in Williamsport, one that she acknowledges she did not fight alone. Born Aug. 30, 1967, in Towanda, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of the Beverly Steinruck Pedro and the late Thomas John Pedro. On Oct. 2, 1999, she married her best friend Jody L. Thomas and together they were raising a daughter, Chandra, and a son, Jalen.  Angela graduated from Sullivan County High School in 1985. She went on to obtain an associate degree in arts with a major in human services from Keystone Junior College with honors cum laude in 1996. She went on to earn a bachelor of science degree in science with a major in psychology in 1998. She also earned a post bachelor certificate in elementary teaching in 2010.

Angela was an active member of the community who helped with Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, youth basketball, softball and baseball. She was past president of Sullivan County P.T.O. and then president of the Sullivan County High School Booster Club until her health forced her to resign. She was an active member of Sullivan County Kiwanis and the Sullivan County Fair Association. She enjoyed making memories with her family and friends: decorating for Halloween, big camping trips with family and friends, having family and friends gather at her home, campfires, ice skating parties, Sunday dinners with family and anyone else that would stop, long conversations over tea, Griffin sports, school P.T.O. and Booster Club, helping others, making sure her children and others had nutritional food available to them. She loved the treatment and care she got a St. Luke’s Hospital in Allentown. Until the last few months of her life, she never missed an event her children took part in. She always put her children’s needs ahead of her own and would have never changed that.  She was employed by the Sullivan County commissioners from 1986 to 1994 working in the commissioners’ office. She also worked for Northern Tier Counseling after graduating from Mansfield University. She worked for Cherry and Elkland townships as an auditor.  Her most recent job was as a substitute elementary teacher with Sullivan County School District. She is survived by her mother; brother, Ricky Pedro (Dee Ann); brother-in-law, Jerry Thomas (Julie); nephews, Mitchell Pedro, Lake Thomas, Luke Thomas; niece, Kara Pedro; and mother-in-law, Ruth Thomas; uncles, Bud Pedro (Shirley), Jerome Pedro (Becky), Richard Pedro, Mickey Pedro (Debbie), Todd Steinruck (Chris); aunts, Alberta Pastusic, Debbie Hill (Dennis), Toots Masteller, Sharon Pedro, Cathy Pedro, and Debbie Steinruck; numerous cousins, with special mention to BFFs Terry Lewis and Joan Masteller. She is predeceased by an infant brother, Thomas Pedro Jr.; uncles, Wayne Pedro, Eddie Pedro, Dick Steinruck, Pete Steinruck and father-in-law, Ronald Thomas; aunts, Eleanor Fowler and Margaret Pastusic. She had a passion for wanting to start a benefit for helping others seek help while are going through cancer treatment. She loved the treatment and care she got at St. Luke’s Hospital in Allentown. Honor Angie’s memory by making memories with your family. Have family dinners together, invite others to your home for Sunday dinners, and spend time with your children. Be involved in their school, their sports, sit with them and do homework, go on family vacations, have movie and game night, curl up on the couch together. Angie would say it’s all about making memories.  She loved the treatment and care she got a St. Luke’s Hospital in Allentown. Angie wanted everyone to be aware of melanoma. It was because of her that the Sullivan County Health Fair offers free skin cancer screenings at this annual event. Please honor her memory by having a skin cancer screening annually with your doctor or at the health fair. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in her memory be made to the Sullivan County Kiwanis, P.O. Box 14, Hillsgrove, PA. A celebration of life for friends and family will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017 at Saint Francis Hall , Mildred, Pennsylvania. –Funeral home obit

 

PEET –JANET L. GEIGER, 79, of Sayre, PA, passed away peacefully with her family and friends by her side at home on Sunday, February 18, 2018 following a brief illness. She was born on October 15, 1938 in Towanda, PA, the daughter of the late Lawrence William and Velma (Barnes) Peet. Janet was a graduate of Meshoppen High School, in 1954. Following high school, she attended the Robert Packer Hospital Surgical Technology School. She became a Certified Surgical Technologist and was employed with Robert Packer Hospital from 1972 until she retired in 1993. During those years she enjoyed working in both the Emergency Department and Operating Room. Janet was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was married to Richard Geiger, the love of her life for 37 years. After retiring, they both decided it was time to live and love life to the fullest, so they began traveling throughout the United States, visiting many Western States and Hawaii. They took many trips to "their vacation hotspots", which meant they were headed to the casinos. They also enjoyed square dancing together. Janet was an avid knitter and reader. She enjoyed gardening, feeding, and watching birds, especially the hummingbirds, and she loved cats, her most recent stray is Priscilla. She is predeceased by her daughter; Laura McCarthy in May of 2011, and step-daughter Lynn (Geiger) Gans in May of 2015. Janet is survived by her beloved husband; Richard at home, her children; Larry Millard and Vicky Girardi of Athens, PA, Mona and Matthew Marshall of Waverly, NY, and Russell Millard of Colorado Springs, CO; step-son Allen and Rosanna Geiger of Las Cruces, NM ; step-daughter Tamara and Michael McGinnitty of Apache Junction, AZ.; son-in-law; Dennis McCarthy of Sayre, PA; step-son-in-law Tom Gans of Doylestown, PA; grandchildren; Joseph and Kim (#1) McCarthy of Tucson, AZ, Joshua and Kim (#2) McCarthy of Sayre, PA, Kierstin and Richard Gardner of Athens, PA, Sarah and Jeffrey Rae of Anderson, SC, Genevieve Millard of Apalachin, NY, Matthew Millard, serving in the US Air Force at McGuire AFB in NJ, Caitlin and Justin Kinsley of Sayre, PA, Nathan Marshall of Greece, NY, and Casey Jo Millard of Atlanta, GA. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren; Kaylee, Ella, Colton, Jordan, Ahren, Porter, Raven, Ashton, Hudson, Madelyn, Hannah, Jacob, Dennis, Kristina, Katie and Roy; brother and sister-in-law; Robert and Donna Peet of Dunedin, FL, and many nieces and nephews. Family and friends may call on Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 1pm-3pm at 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 3pm with the Rev. William Wells officiating. To honor Janet's memory the family requests that you go to one of the local 'Vacation Hotspots" (Casino) and enjoy your vacation by having dinner and spending time with someone you love or donations may be made in her memory to: Stray Haven Humane Society, 194 Shephard Road, Waverly, NY. –Towanda Daily Review 2/22/2018

 

DALE W. PEPPER, 73, of Pennsdale, died Friday, March 2, 2018 at Williamsport Regional Medical Center. Born January 2, 1945 in Alba, he was a son of the late LaRue H. and Adelia (Fitch) Pepper. He married the former Barbara A. Rupert, and together they celebrated 43 years of marriage. Dale served his country honorably in the U.S. Navy. He then worked as a brick layer, where he enjoyed his work tremendously. Dale enjoyed antique collecting, hunting, fishing, and above all spending time with family, especially his grandchildren. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Ranae (Craig) Woods of Alexandria, VA; a son, Toby (Jennifer) Pepper of Montoursville; two sisters, Marjorie Pepper of Williamsport, and Nancy Patil of Montoursville; ten grandchildren, Zack Woods, Blake Woods, Elainah Pepper, Sierra Barnes, Sam Pepper, Jack Pepper, Paul Pepper, Tyler Barnes, Rocco Pepper, and Bella Barnes; and five nephews In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, David Pepper. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, March 10 at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Rev. Cinda J. Brucker officiating. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at www.stjude.org/give the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate, or a charity of your choice. –Canton Independent-Sentinel 3/8/2018

 

PEPPERMAN –TRUDY L. SHERWOOD, 56, of Galeton, PA, formerly of Ulysses, died Sunday, September 24, 2017 in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA. Born January 3, 1961, in Blossburg, PA, she was the daughter of Lester and Cora Haxton Pepperman. On December 30, 1976, in Ulysses, she married Kevin L. Sherwood, who predeceased her on March 12, 2009. Surviving are: a daughter, Devin (Caryl Bentley) Sherwood of Coudersport; two sons, Alan (Ashley) Sherwood and Dylan (Diana) Sherwood, both of Ulysses; six grandchildren, Zeke Barber, Jaiden Bentley, Raeleigh Sherwood, Alice Sherwood, Kevin Sherwood, and Harper Sherwood; three brothers, Lester Pepperman, Jr. of Mt. Jackson, VA, Thomas Pepperman of Woodstock, VA, and Scott (Melissa) Pepperman of Spring Grove, PA; four sisters, Peggy (Ernie) Kuratomi of Rochelle, VA, Shirley (Rev. Scott) Ogden of Coudersport, Nancy Burch of Mt. Jackson, VA, and Bonnie Lampman of Galeton, PA; a brother-in-law, Donald Hilfiger of Ulysses; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by two sisters, Kathy Hickerson and Betty Hilfiger. There will be no public visitation or service. Private burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. –Olney Funeral Home obit 9/26/2017

 

PENNAY –MILDRED JOSEPHINE GOODWIN age 86, of Laceyville, PA, known as Millie Jo to her friends and loved ones, passed from this earth on Thursday morning, February 15, 2018, at Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital surrounded by her loving family. Millie was born in Stevens Township on November 9, 1931. She was the daughter of the late Doris M. (Warner) Pennay (d. April 14, 1996) and Cecil H. Pennay (d. December 31, 1963).  Millie married Jesse B. Goodwin, of Laceyville, on August 16, 1947. They were married for 70 years and raised a family of six. Their children are as follows: Bonnie (James) Manahan of Warrenton, VA; Gary (Kathie) Goodwin of East Smithfield, PA; Mark (Barbara) Goodwin of Gloucester, VA; Teri (Jim) Burgess of Dillsburg, PA; Tim (Dianna) Goodwin of Wyalusing, PA; and Todd (Lynelle) Goodwin of Wyalusing, PA. In addition to her husband, Jake, Millie is survived by her brother, Harold Pennay. Millie is predeceased by her parents, as well as her brothers and sisters, Eugene Pennay, Clarence Pennay, Ruth Downing, Eula Dalo, and Clara Halstead. Millie was a mother and homemaker first and foremost; but she also worked as a waitress, a Studio Girl consultant, and for many years maintained the offices of Dr. Karl Peterson. Millie also worked at the Laceyville Sewing Factory as well as Service America within the Proctor and Gamble Plant in Mehoopany, PA. She was also known at one time for the beautiful wedding cakes she made and delivered for her customers. She also enjoyed ceramics, reading, and her Kindle. Most of all Millie loved and enjoyed her family, particularly her 25 grandchildren (including spouses) and 21 great grandchildren. A memorial service for Millie will be held on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 1:00 PM at the Sheldon Funeral Home, 459 Main Street, Laceyville, PA with Reverend Lloyd Vaughn of the Independent Baptist Church, Towanda, PA officiating. Family and friends may call at the funeral home from 11:00 AM until the time of the service. The family would like to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to the nursing staff and aides at Guthrie Towanda Hospital and Skilled Nursing Unit who have provided care and comfort for our wife and mother over the last 5 years. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Laceyville Public Library, PO Box 68, Laceyville, PA in Millie’s name. –Towanda Daily Review 2/17/2018

 

JOHN FINDON PERRY I, 74, of South Waverly, PA, passed away surrounded by his beloved family at Robert Packer Hospital on Thursday, December 7, 2017 following a brief illness. He was born on August 3, 1943 in Sayre, PA, the son of the late Norman and Esther (Page) Perry. John was a Veteran of the US Navy. He was employed with IR, Athens for many years. John loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. John enjoyed camping, hunting, and fishing. Because of his love for fishing, he taught each of his children, grandchildren, and anyone that wanted to learn the art of fishing. He was an avid NY Yankees and Redskins fan. One of his enjoyments in life, was his daily rides in his dream car, "His Purple Dodge Charger" with his devoted companion, his dog, Rambo, cruising to his favorite tunes by Elvis. John was a member of the Skiff-Bower VFW Post #1593, Sayre and Post #283 American Legion, Sayre. He is predeceased by his brother William Perry, and his faithful companion, his dog, Poncho.

John is survived by his wife of 50 years, Ethel, at home, children Coreena and James Stanton of Athens, PA, Kellie and Greg Ficarro of South Waverly, PA, Eric and Susan Perry of Athens, PA, and Kristi and Ronald Walker of Lemoore, CA, step-children, Cindy and Ronald Lerche of Waverly, NY, Bonnie and Joe Manzari of Elmira, NY, Robert Frisbie of Waverly, NY, and John Frisbie of Waverly, NY, grandchildren, Amber and John, Dustin, Timothy, John F. II and Jenna, Seth, Ashley, Taylor, Shara, Halleigh, Nicholas, Rylie, Cady and Mike, Michael, Alex, Zachary, Bradley, Joshua, Anna and Ken, Christopher and Shannon, Melissa and AJ, Robert, Scott, Amanda, David and Brandon, and 18 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Carol Cole of Athens, Pa, brother Theodore Perry of Athens, PA, sister Lorraine Stack of Canandaigua, NY, brother and sister-in-law, Thomas and Rhea Perry of Athens, PA, sister Patricia Erb of Athens, PA, several nieces, nephews, cousins, and his constant faithful companion, his dog, Rambo.

Family and friends may call on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 from 4pm-6pm at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, PA. A Memorial Service will follow at the funeral home at 6pm with Pastor Jonathan Lerche officiating.  Memorial donations may be made in John's memory to the: Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, PA to help offset the funeral expenses. –Funeral home obit

 

WESLEY I. PERRY - The social butterfly we all knew and loved, took his final flight on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. Wesley I. Perry grew from the Great Depression, born May 30, 1933 to Percy "Pete" and Margaret Perry in Spencer, N.Y. His life revolved around people - from his job with the Pennsylvania Job Center as an Employer Relationship Representative, helping employers, potential employees and disadvantaged youth, to being active in the Penn York Bowling League and member of the New York State Bowling Hall of Fame, Valley golfing leagues, recreational softball leagues (coaching and playing), Boy Scouts, and many more while living in Florida; to helping and giving back to people - as a member and Commander of both the VFW Skiff-Bower Post 1536 and local American Legion, and member of the Catholic War Vets, Sons of Italy and Fleet Reservist Association; to serving people and his country - retiring after 23 years in the U.S. Navy, E6 Meteorologist; to being a father of five daughters and innumerable "adopted" children.
Every father wishes for sons. Wes Perry did one better. He taught his daughters to be strong, independent, athletic and frugal and often presented them with challenges to improve themselves socially, economically and civically. The oldest of 13 siblings, Wes was predeceased by his parents, Percy and Margaret Perry, and brothers, Norman, Gerald, Robert and Charles Perry. He is survived by brothers, Richard (Cynthia), William (Gayle), Clifford, and John and sisters, Betty (Skip) Searfoss, Bea Hyatt, Jean (Gary) Rockwell, and Cheryl Zorn. Wes is survived by his wife of 47 years, Diane (Bydairk) and daughters Patricia Emi (Willard) Oshiro, Tina (Ken) Acla, Shannon (James) Moore, Clara (Doug) Cherry, and Karliane Perry, nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and nieces, nephews and cousins too many to count.
There will be a celebration of life at the convenience of the family. –Sayre Morning Times 2/3/2018

 

BRIAN LEE PETERS JR., born January 2, 1976 in Waverly, NY, passed away very unexpectedly on Friday, August 11, 2017 at his home in Gillett, PA. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Dean and Wanda Peters; younger brother, Daryl; close friends, Chris Harrington and Daren "Broogy" Parks and Cliffy. Brion is survived by his mother, Margaret (Tersegno) Merrill; father, Brion Lee Peters Sr.; loving and devoted wife, Kim; beloved children: daughter, Tia (Kip) Thomas; son, Jayden Elia; daughter, Brandi (Christopher) Heasley; adored grandchildren: Everlee Thomas; Aubrey Elia; Jazmin, Logunn and Creedence Heasley; maternal grandmother, Teresa Tersegno; siblings: sister, Yvonne Gugino; brother, Phillip Pries; his close friend, father figure, hunting and fishing pal, Tom Grant; along with several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Brion enjoyed and loved the outdoors and especially spending time with his grandkids. Family and friends are invited to celebrate Brion's life on Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm at the South Creek Lions Club, Route 14 South, Gillett, PA; a dish to pass would be appreciated. –Elmira Star-Gazette 8/15/2017

 

GERALD L. "JERRY" PETERSON, 68, of Waverly, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, September 1, 2017 at home. He was predeceased by his parents, Delos and Phyllis Chandler Peterson; brother, Frederick Peterson; and sister, Ruthie Peterson. Jerry is survived by his loving wife of 21 years, Denise Peterson; children, Matthew (Vera) Peterson of Spencer, Amy (Shanon) Fenton of Laceyville, Pa., Aaron (Katrina) Peterson of Lockwood, Tina Cole of Waverly, and Lisa (William) McCarthy of Waverly; sisters, Sandra Peterson of Waverly, and Lori Robinson of North Carolina; 19 grandchildren, one great-grandson; along with several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and numerous friends. Jerry loved his family, and always made sure his family got together. Jerry would often be found in his garage making memories with family and friends. He was always willing to help anyone in need and was a very honest man who wasn't afraid to tell it like it was. He had a passion for cars which led to his employment at State Line Auto Auction as a mechanic for over 21 years, plus working at Searles Garage and Moores Auto Parts. He enjoyed camping, fishing, NASCAR and building cars with his sons. Jerry was proud of his military service, serving in the Vietnam Conflict for the U.S. Army. A time of calling will be held on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, with Pastor Bruce Vanderpool officiating and where full military honors will be accorded at the conclusion of the services. –Sayre Morning Times 9/2/2017

 

RAYMOND L. PETERSON, 78, of Towanda, Pennsylvania, passed away on Thursday, April 5, 2018, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pennsylvania, while surrounded by love. Ray was born on Jan. 27, 1940, in Chemung, New York and was one of 11 children born to Clair and Muriel Brown Peterson.
Ray was a 1957 graduate of Waverly High School, and proudly served his country in the USAF from 1958-1962. Ray worked as a supervisor for GTE/Sylvania, Towanda, Pennsylvania for 34 years, retiring in 1993.
In addition to his parents, Ray was predeceased by brothers: Clair Peterson Jr., Clayton Peterson, Richard (Dick) Peterson, Donald Peterson, Terry (Topper) Peterson and Charles Peterson, and a sister: Patricia Peterson. He is survived by his wife of 34 years and best friend, Elizabeth Roof Peterson; and children: David (Cris) Peterson of Hammondsport, New York, Greggory (Sharon) Roof of Towanda, Pennsylvania, Toni (George) Ballenstedt of Sayre, Pennsylvania, Jeffrey Roof of Towanda, Pennsylvania, William (Cindy) Peterson of Sussex, Wisconsin, Michael Peterson of Hammondsport, New York, Chris (Becky) Roof of Towanda, Pennsylvania; sisters, Joyce Nichols of Sayre, Pennsylvania and Ellen (Bud) Depew of Boca Raton, Florida also survive, as well as a brother, Jack Peterson of Murfeesboro, Tennessee; sisters-in-law, Donna Peterson of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Toni Jo Peterson of Clearwater, Florida, Cris Peterson of Chemung, New York, and Grace Peterson of Lockwood, New York; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Alyse and Earl Dunker of Denver, Colorado, and brother-in-law, Jerry Caverly of Dunnellen, Florida.
Also surviving are 14 grandchildren: Jessica (Mike), Amanda, Matthew, Corey (Sharae), Dakota, Kenzie, Anthony (Kasey), Brittany (Geoff), Jeffrey, Brittany, Chloe, Carly, Nathan and Annie. In addition, Ray is survived by seven great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Ray was a lifetime member of the Loyal Order of the Moose and was an avid swimmer, bowler, golfer, card player, and walker. He strove to get 10,000 steps daily on his Fitbit.
A celebration of Ray’s life will be held from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, 2018, with a memorial service to follow at 3:30 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pennsylvania. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Bradford County Special Olympics, 17 Main Street, Towanda, PA or consider honoring Ray’s life by modeling the way he lived: with kindness, compassion, friendliness, calmness, humor, love and optimism. –Towanda Daily Review 4/8/2018

 

PETTET –JUNE SENNERT, 95, of Canton, Pennsylvania, formerly of Toms River, New Jersey, passed away on Thursday morning, April 5, 2018, at home. June Evelyn was born June 1, 1922 in Jersey City, New Jersey, a daughter of the late Fred and Bessie (Youman) Pettet. She was married to Daniel Sennert for 63 years before his passing on Dec. 29, 2003. June will be remembered for her many interests and talents.
She was a caring, kind and sensitive person who enjoyed a great sense of humor and was a guiding light to her family. June had an artist’s soul and was drawn to photography, drawing, painting and music all her life. As a young woman, June photographed the Hindenburg Airship going down in flames in 1937. Most importantly June loved her family, especially her great-great grandchildren. She also enjoyed sewing, quilting, knitting and crocheting. She was of the Baptist faith. Surviving are her daughters, June Seluchins of Manahawkin, New Jersey, and Carol Donahay of Canton; 10 grandchildren, Richard (Lisa) Seluchins and David (Christine) Seluchins all of Toms River, New Jersey, Robert Donahay of Canton, Stephen (Kelly) Donahay of Vancouver, Washington, Susan (Mark) Hall of Troy, Tommie (Jimmy) Moyer of Canton, Amie (Dean) Pequignot of Covington, Betsy Lewis of Milton, Amanda Sennert of Washington, D.C., and Sarah Sennert of Pottsville; 16 great-grandchildren, Chloe and Paige Seluchins, Allie and Cricket Ragan, Brittany, Bentley and Daniel Donahay, Ashley (Mark) Matthews, Kara and Mikayla Matson, Emma Moyer, Riley Lewis, Patrick Donahay, Heather, Michael and Austin Pequignot; four great-great-grandchildren, Kaydence and Kinsley Matthews, Liam Matson and Lilly Cavanaugh; several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her husband, Dan, she was predeceased by her son, Robert Daniel Sennert; siblings, Fred, Marie, Florence, Ida and Harry; also her son-in-law, Andrew Seluchins.
A private family graveside service will be held at a later date. Pepper Funeral Home and Cremation Facility, 578 Springbrook Drive in Canton is assisting the family with arrangements. –Towanda Daily Review 4/7/2018

 

PATRICK A. PFEIFER, age 71, of Mansfield, PA, passed away on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at his home. He was born on March 8, 1946 in Big Creek, KS, a son of Aloysius A. and Katherine (Horning) Pfeifer. Patrick was the husband of Eva "Sandy" (Tomlinson) Pfeifer and they shared 5 ½ years of marriage together. He was employed by Sullivan Trails Construction Company in Elmira, NY. Patrick was a member of the Holy Child Catholic Church in Mansfield, PA. He enjoyed bowling on Sunday nights.  Patrick is survived by his wife, Sandy; a daughter, Jennifer (Vito) Cataldo of West Chicago, IL; step children , Jennifer German of Sulphur Springs, TX, Patty Tomlinson of Elmira, NY, Brian Tomlinson of Scranton, PA, Ruth (Art) Cordova of CO, Donna (Art) Kline of Mansfield, PA, Rosemary (Ray) Barnes of Mansfield, PA, Cliff (Bonnie) Cross of Mainesburg, PA, Roy (Dolly) Cross, Sr., of Mainesburg, PA; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday, February 25, 2018 from 1PM to 3PM at the Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc,. 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. A funeral service will be celebrated at 3PM with Rev. Bryan Wright officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1948 E. Third St., Williamsport, PA. –Elmira Star-Gazette 2/22/2018

 

MICHAEL J. ‘MIKE’ PHELAN, 71, of Waverly, NY, surrounded by his beloved family passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, December 28, 2017. He was born on May 24, 1946 in Philadelphia, PA, the son of the late John Lewis and Virginia Mary (Powelson) Phelan. Mike worked as a Registered Nurse at the Robert Packer Hospital until his health declined.  Michael’s greatest love and priority was spending time with his family.  He was the focal point of all family events, including Sunday dinners, family gatherings, playing cards, and doting on each grandchild he was blessed to have. He is predeceased by his first wife, Phyllis in 2003, daughter, Colleen Ann Phelan, and brothers, John P. Phelan, Frederick W. Phelan, and James H. Phelan.  Michael is survived by his beloved wife of 11 years, Dee, at home. Children: Little Michael and Tammy Phelan of Springville, PA, Kathleen “Kathy” and Mark DeLauro of Troy, PA, and Jennifer and Pernell Trollman of Athens, PA. Step-children: Tony Talada of Waverly, NY, Billie Jo and Donald Wayman of Wasilla, AK, and Jack “JJ” and Sherry Talada of Rome, PA. Grandchildren: Meagan, Melody, Danyel, David James “DJ”, Casey, Emily, Brittany, Alicia, Jacob, Megan, Morgan, Miranda, and Kane. Great-grandchildren: Parker, Caiden, Chloe, Lily, Tristan, Khali. He is also survived by his brother, Frank L. Phelan, brother and sister-in-law,Thomas J. and Barbara Phelan, sister and brother-in-law, Mary-Margaret and Leonard Bujak, as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins. At Michael’s request this will be a private family service. Memorial donations may be made in Michael’s memory to a Charity of one’s choice. –Funeral home obit

 

PHILIPPI –MRS. JOAN R. HEATH, age 83, of Mildred, Pennsylvania, passed away on Wednesday evening, May 16, 2018, at her home with her loving family at her side. Joan was born on Sept. 25, 1934, in Moxie, at her grandparents’ home. She was a daughter of the late Carl and Thelma Carpenter Philippi. She graduated from Wyalusing Valley High School a member of the class of 1952. She married George Franklin Heath on June 25, 1955, and they enjoyed almost 55 years of marriage before his passing on May 13, 2010. She worked at the Endicott Johnson Shoe Mfg. Co., in Mildred, Pennsylvania, for several years before becoming a stay-at-home mom and house wife. She also helped run the family business, Heath Refuse and Recycling Service alongside her husband and children for 40-plus years. She enjoyed flowers and birds, especially hummingbirds. She also enjoyed spending time with her family. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, and will be missed by all who knew her. Surviving are her son, George C. Heath of Mildred, Pennsylvania; five daughters, Roxanne Heath and partner Francis Colegrove of Wilmot, Pennsylvania, Lynne (Stephen) Lewis of Mildred, Pennsylvania, Beth Burt of Mildred, Pennsylvania, Pamela (Chuck) Lewis of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Colleen (John) McBride of Mildred, Pennsylvania; sisters, Patricia (Jim) Byers of Southampton, Pennsylvania, Sally Matlock (Tony Grippo) of Zephyrhills, Florida and New Albany, Pennsylvania; seven grandchildren, Jessica and Matt Petersen, Nikki and Will Marchant, Allen and Robyn McBride, Brandy McBride and Justin Stoothoff, James McBride, Daniel Lewis, Matthew Colegrove; five great-grandchildren, Harper Petersen, Calvin Petersen, Kaiah McBride, Baylor McBride, Payton McBride; and sister-in-law, Elizabeth Heath of Colley, Pennsylvania.

Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a sister, Hazel Strope; sister-in-law, Jeanie Heath; and a brother-in-law, John Heath. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 21, 2018, at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, Pennsylvania, with her pastor, the Rev. Phyllis A. Pelletier, officiating. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Dushore, Pennsylvania.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, 2018, at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, Pennsylvania. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Guthrie Hospice, 421 Tomahawk Road, Towanda, PA or the Mildred Fire and Ambulance Co., P.O. Box 74, Mildred, PA.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, Pennsylvania. –Towanda Daily Review 5/18/2018

 

PHINNEY –SHARON PHINNEY ZEUNEN, 71, of Tunkhannock died Thursday December 14, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband Butch Zeunen. Sharon was born on November 3, 1946 in Luzerne County PA. She was the daughter of the late Walter and Neva Santee Phinney. She was a graduate of the Tunkhannock Area High School and was a trained cosmetologist. She spent most of her years with her late husband Butch traveling and at their cabin. She is survived by her son Lenn and wife Melanie, of Tunkhannock, and grandchildren Mary and Jack. A graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family. The family requests memorial contributions made to the Humane Society or the ASPCA because of her love for animals. Arrangements by Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, Inc. 73 West Tioga St. Tunkhannock, PA. –Funeral home obit

 

PIERCE –DEBORAH L. CONRAD, 62, of Troy, Pennsylvania, passed away on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at home. She was the loving wife of Randy Conrad. The couple married July 15, 2017 and shared many happy years together prior to getting married. Deborah was born on April 13, 1955 in Morris, Pennsylvania, daughter of the late Francis and Della (Judson) Pierce. Deborah is survived by her husband, Randy; her sons, Christopher (Jodi) Rolls of Canton, Jeremy (Ashley May) Rolls of Jobs Corners; daughter, Karen (Harvey Miller) Rolls of Columbia Cross Roads; step-son, LaWayne “Chip” Rolls of Troy; step-daughters, Jarralee (Scott) Bennett of Liberty, Tia (Keith Vargson) Mueller of Troy; sisters, Rose (Charlie) Kauffman of North Carolina, Patricia Kirk of Texas, Marian Deutcher of New York; a brother, Jerry (Bonnie) Pierce of Pennsylvania; several grandchildren; one great-grandchild; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Leda Brown, Minnie Kulago, Donna Roy; and a brother, Dale Pierce. Family and friends are welcome to attend her memorial service starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at the Bradley Hall in Columbia Cross Roads, Pennsylvania.
There has been a GoFundMe page created for anyone wanting to make memorial contributions.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Thomas Cremation and Funeral Service, 1297 Elmira St., Sayre, Pennsylvania. –Towanda Daily Review 3/31/2018

 

DR. FRED R. PLACE, 64, of 91 Smokerise Lane, Lake Wesauking, Pennsylvania, passed away Tuesday morning, June 5, 2018, at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital, Towanda, Pennsylvania. He was born Oct. 10, 1953 in Sayre, Pensylvania, a son of Fred and Florence (Satterly) Place. Fred graduated from Towanda High School Class of 1971 and then graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, being commissioned as an Artillery Officer. His active duty and National Guard/Reserve service totaled 33 years. Throughout his service he served as the Commander of five different Army units, some artillery and some dental, and served overseas missions on 12 different occasions. For a number of years, his dental unit provided care at embassies abroad and participated in numerous humanitarian missions. In addition, his unit participated in many Philadelphia “Stand Downs” in which dental care was provided to veterans, many homeless. Dr. Place attained the rank of Colonel and was awarded the Army’s Legion of Merit upon his retirement. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dentistry, he was in private dental practice for almost 30 years. The vast majority of this time he practiced in Wysox and Canton and in partnership with his brother, Dr. Robert A. Place. Dr. Fred’s dedication to patients, warm personality, and dental skill will always be remembered. Himself an Eagle Scout, Dr. Place restarted the scouting program chartered by the First Presbyterian Church of Towanda after it had been inactive for a considerable time. He served as Cub and then Scoutmaster for Troop 6 for many years. In addition, he provided a ballfield for the Towanda Little League and always prided himself in being the “head groundskeeper.” This field has been enjoyed by probably hundreds of primarily instructional league players and their families since it was established in 2004. Fred enjoyed all sports, especially college football, with Pitt and Army being his favorite teams. For a number of years, he was the notorious Tooth Fairy, authoring “The Pitt Newsletter.” His father once quipped that there would be hundreds of Penn State fans at his funeral to ensure that he was really dead. Dr. Place enjoyed spending time hunting, fishing, swimming and hiking at his Monroeton cabin, camping at Sunfish Pond, and traveling which he did extensively. He and his wife Diane hosted an annual pig roast at their Monroeton cabin which was enjoyed by many. Dr. Place was a lifetime member of the First Presbyterian Church of Towanda where he had served as a Sunday school teacher. He was a member of the VFW, the American and Pennsylvania Dental Societies and the Valley Dental Society, for which he served as a past president.
He is survived by his son, Freddie of Spring Lake; stepsons, Mike (Mellissa) and Mark Cantellops of Towanda; step granddaughters, Katalina and Quinn Cantellops of Towanda; brother, Dr. Robert (Jody) Place; and nephews, Nick of Lake Wesauking, Zach of Syracuse, New York; and numerous cousins.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Diane, on March 1, 2015; his mother, Florence; and father, Fred.
Abiding by Dr. Place’s wishes there will be no services. In lieu of flowers contributions may be directed to a charity of one’s choice in memory of Dr. Fred R. Place. The Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home of Towanda, Pennsylvania is assisting the Place family with arrangements. –Towanda Daily Review 6/7/2018

MICHAEL A. "MIKE" PLATT, 53, of East Smithfield, Pennsylvania, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, following a brief illness. He was born on Jan. 23, 1964, in Sayre, the son of the late Joseph and Margaret (Forrest) Platt. Mike was a graduate of Sayre High School. He loved spending time with family and friends. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Mike was a compassionate man who cared about everyone, and will be remembered for his infectious smile and laugh. He is predeceased by his wife, Ellen Platt, and brother, Daniel Platt. Michael is survived by his children, Amanda Gallagher and Wayne Tunnicliff of Sayre, Michael J. Platt of Milan, Pennsylvania, and Megan Platt of Milan; grandchildren, Emily Frisbie, Konnor Gallagher, and Wayne Tunnicliff; sister-in-law, Kim Platt (Bob Young) of Milan; niece, Stephanie (Brandon) Miller and their children Aiden and Mia of East Smithfield; nephew, Dustin Platt of Milan; and several cousins. At Michael's request, a private family gathering will be held at a later date. The family is being assisted by Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Athens. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to the: Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 225 S. Main St., Athens, PA to help offset the funeral expenses. –Towanda Daily Review 9/12/2017

 

MR. WILLIAM P. POPLIN, age 60, of Mildred, Pennsylvania, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 at his home. Bill was born Feb. 3, 1957, in Germany, son of Clarice Striney Poplin and the late William L. Poplin. He graduated from Sullivan County High School, a member of the class of 1975. He served in the U.S. Army and worked as a cook at different restaurants in Sullivan County. Bill was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church, Mildred, Pennsylvania. Surviving are his mother, Clarice of Mildred, Pennsylvania; two daughters, Ashley Poplin, Riann Poplin; two brothers, Randal Poplin and fiancée Robin Eastabrook of Towanda, Pennsylvania, and David (Kristi) Poplin of Grand Rapids, Michigan; sister, Monica Litzelman of Northfield, Vermont; and several nieces and nephews. A transferal service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, Pennsylvania and will be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Mildred, Pennsylvania, with the Rev. Michael S. Drevitch, assistant pastor, Epiphany Parish, Sayre, presiding. Interment will be in St. Francis Cemetery, Mildred, Pennsylvania. Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until the start of the transferal service at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, Oct. 28, 2017, at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, Pennsylvania. The family will provide the flowers and requests that memorial contributions be directed to the IHM Parish, P.O. Box 307, Dushore, PA or the Mildred Fire and Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 74, Mildred, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 10/27/2017

 

PORTER –LOIS M. BALANDER, 85, of Spencer, died Sunday, October 22, 2017 at Athens Health & Rehabilitation Center. She was born on November 25, 1931 in Waverly, N.Y., the daughter of Herman and Ellen (Pepperard) Porter. She was predeceased by husband Leo V. Balander and brothers Ellsworth and George Porter. Lois is survived by daughter Marie Balander and her friend John Wilcox; sisters Marion (Robert) Wild, Sayre and Winifred Hetherton, Elmira; brother-in-law Robert Balander, Albany; several nieces and nephews. Lois graduated from Robert Packer School of Nursing and Cortland State Teachers College. She was a school nurse teacher for Spencer and Candor schools. She was a member of Christ The King Fellowship Presbyterian, Finger Lakes Finns and very active in the Eastern Star. Lois was an avid bowler and enjoyed golf, cards especially bridge, gardening and walking. For many years Lois and Leo enjoyed the football dinners with friends. They traveled to many states and countries after retirement. Funeral services will be Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Allen-Manzer Funeral Home in Spencer. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. before the service. Interment will be in the Lockwood Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Finger Lakes Finns, C/O Richard Winkky, 819 Veteran Hill Road, Horseheads, NY. –Sayre Morning Times 10/24/2017

 

HERBERT S. ‘HERB’ POTTER, 95, of Port Allegany, PA, formerly of Potter Brook, died November 11, 2017. Born November 10, 1922, in Westfield, he was the son of Orville and Alice Patton Potter. A 1941 graduate of Westfield High School, he served honorably in World War II with the Third Armored Division, US Army in the European Theatre. On February 6, 1942, in Harrison Valley, he married the former Elberta L. Truax, who predeceased him on March 31, 2017. Herb owned and operated the State Farm Agency in Westfield and was a rural mail carrier for many years. He was a 60-year member of Westfield Masonic Lodge #477, F&AM, life member of Howard S. Lines VFW Post #6753 in Knoxville, Frank Burt American Legion Post #258 in Port Allegany, and the Rural Letter Carrier's Association. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Surviving are: two children, Betty Lou (James) Frost of Wilmington, NC and William (Merilee) Potter of Port Allegany; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by five brothers: Earl Potter, Merle Potter, Elwin Potter, Homer O. "Pete" Potter and Charles "Buck" King. Friends may call at Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses on Wednesday, November 15th, from 12:00-2:00 PM, with Funeral Services at 2:00 PM. Rev. Robert Walters will officiate. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Potter Brook. Military Rites will be accorded in the funeral home by members of the Potter County Honor Guard. Memorials may be made to LEEK Hunting & Mountain Preserve (for wounded/disabled Veterans) at www.leekpreserve.org or a charity of the donor’s choice. –Elmira Star-Gazette 11.13.2017

 

DAVID H. POWELL, age 98, of West Newton, PA (formerly Laceyville, PA), passed away on Friday evening, March 2, 2018 at his home with his family by his side. David was born on September 15, 1919 in LeRaysville, PA the son of the late David and Cora Crawford Powell. He graduated from LeRaysville High School with the class of 1937. He married the former Elizabeth “Betty” Noone on March 25, 1950 and together they raised four daughters, Claire Ann, Mary Ellen, Marcia Jeanne, and Barbara Jane. He owned and operated Powell’s Service Station in Skinners Eddy, PA. He was a member of Sewickley Grange and Laceyville Rotary Club. David enjoyed traveling to Canada with friends and family. He was also very fond of hunting and fishing. David is survived by his daughters, Claire Ann Pore (Jack) of West Newton, PA, Mary Ellen Waples (Frank) of Mifflintown, PA, Marcia Jeanne Merlino (Paul) of West Newton, PA, and Barbara Jane Powell of Towanda, PA; his grandchildren, Alana Buljat (Mike), Erin Watkins (Brian), Brianne Olaso (Aedan), Patricia Waples (Mark), Angela Concannon (Alex), David Merlino (Aly), John Merlino, Elizabeth Corey (Sam), Theresa Merlino, Joe Merlino, Sarah Darling (Jason), and Julie Whetzel (Kevin); his great-grandchildren, Addison, Brycen, Callie, Luke, Mia, Elle, Max, Beatrix, Cady, Jacob, Tyler, and Ian; his sister, Erdine Toft , of Owego, NY; as well as many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth “Betty” Noone Powell (d. July 14, 1978); his grandson, Alex V Merlino (d. 2005); his siblings, Inez Williams, Gerald Powell, and Wilma Powell; and his half siblings, John Personius, Margaret Personius, and Thomas Powell. A memorial visitation will be held on Sunday, March 11, 2018 from 3:00-5:00 PM at the Sheldon Funeral Home, 459 Main St., Laceyville, PA. Interment will take place at the Lacey Street Cemetery at the convenience of the family. –Funeral home obit

 

DAVID JOSEPH POWELL, 70, of Westminster, Md., died Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017 at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Born April 20, 1947 in Sayre, Pa., he was the son of the late Joseph John Powell and Alberta E. Bukas Powell. He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Jacalyn Lewis Powell. Before retiring, he was a teacher for 29 years at East Middle School in Westminster, Md. He loved the outdoors and hiking at Hashawha and on the Appalachian Trail. He was a dedicated percussionist with the Sounds of Spirit music group at the Samara Healing & Retreat Center in Taneytown, Md. He was also an avid cyclist. David served in the Air Force and is a veteran of the Vietnam War. Besides his wife, he is survived by his daughter Davalyn Powell of Madison, Wis., and his sisters Roberta Mason and husband Jack of Severna Park, Jean Marie Hasey of Boardman, Ohio, Elaine Price and husband Randy of Greer, S.C., and brother Glenn Powell and wife Suzi of White Stone, Va. A celebration of life service will be held at a later date in the spring. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Audubon Society of Central Maryland, P.O. Box 660, Mt. Airy, MD or The Nature Conservancy, 4245 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA. –Sayre Morning Times 12/29/2917

 

JAMES M. POWERS, 81, of Mildred, died Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 at The Gatehouse. Born May 25, 1936 in Mildred, he was a son of the late Manley and Margaret (Meehan) Powers. Jim served his country honorably in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Following his military service, Jim was employed as a logistic engineer for over 30 years and served as a deputy sheriff for Sullivan County for a brief time. He enjoyed the outdoors and loved hunting and fishing. Surviving are a daughter, Tina M. Powers of Ohio; a sister, Irene Lachemayer of New Jersey; a sister-in- law, Barbara Powers of Forksville; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by a son, Michael Powers; two brothers, Richard Powers Sr. and Jack Powers; and two sisters, Martha Kirkman and Marie Cilvick. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 23, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore with Pastor Ron Dyer officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery with graveside military honors accorded by combined veterans' organizations. Friends may call from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home. Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

 DUANE RICHARD ‘BARBY FOOT’ POZZI, 46, of Rome, Pennsylvania, died Sunday, July 1, 2018, at Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital, Towanda, Pennsylvania. Duane was born on Jan. 11, 1972 in Corning, New York, the son of Ernest George Pozzi and Marie Evelyn Eddy Pozzi. Duane was very artistic and loved doing tattoos. He loved spending time with his family, and enjoyed the outdoors, swimming and fishing. He is survived by his brother, Ernest and Hope Pozzi of Caton, New York; sister, Donna Pozzi of Rome, Pennsylvania; daughters, Corina Pozzi of Corning, New York, Hannah Buchanon of Corning, New York; niece, Mandi Pozzi of Rome, Pennsylvania; and nephews, Ernest Pozzi of Towanda, Pennsylvania, Darryl Partridge of Corning, New York, Christopher Pozzi of Caton, New York and Lee Aumick of Rome, Pennsylvania; as well as several great nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 6, 2018, at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pennsylvania. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests to those who desire to be of assistance, to direct contributions to the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, in memory of Duane Richard Pozzi. –Towanda Daily Review 7/3/2018

 

CASSIUS E. PRESTON, age 101, of Lawrenceville, PA, died Saturday, July 14, 2018 at his home. He was born December 17, 1916 in Lawrenceville, PA, a son of James and Lucinda (Deats) Preston. Cassius was the widow of Rita (Konkolski) who died in 1983. He worked as a tool maker at Remington Rand before he retired. Cassius enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching WWE wrestling. He was aWWII Army veteran in the 80th Infantry Division and served in the Battle of the Bulge. Cassius is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Frederick and Nancy Preston of Texas; a step-son, Richard (Martha) Gee of Lawrenceville, PA; a daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Walter Fisher of Lawrenceville, PA; 2 step daughters, Barbara Ball of Lawrenceville, PA, Cindy Frye of Cincinnati, OH; a step-daughter-in-law, Sally Gee of Lawrenceville, PA; 2 sisters-in-law, Marie Preston of Tioga, PA, Elvira Preston of NJ; several grandchildren, a special grandson, Ron (Stacy) Rice, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. In addition to his wives, Rita Preston in 1983 and Madge Preston in 2004, he was predeceased by 2 sons, Ronald in 1962, Thomas in 1984; a grandson, Michael Rice in 2007, 3 brothers, Howard, Fred and Earl, a sister, Katheryn Button. Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. at Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. A memorial service will follow at 2:00 P.M. at the funeral chapel with Pastor Doug Hodge officiating. Military honors will be presented by the Tioga County Honor Guard. Memorial donations may be made to the Tioga County Honor Guard, P O Box 504, Tioga, PA. –Elmira Star-Gazette 7/16/2018

 

MR. HAROLD “BUCK” PRICHARD, age 86, lifelong resident of Sugar Hill, PA, passed away peacefully Friday morning, October 13, 2017, at the Highlands Care Center, Laporte, PA, with his loving family at his side. Buck was born on July 15, 1931, in Sugar Hill, PA, a son of the late Paul and Sarah Kunkle Prichard. He attended and graduated from Wyalusing High School in 1949. He met and married the former Mildred “Mil” Hope of Lovelton, PA on August 2, 1958 and they enjoyed 59 years marriage. He worked on the family dairy farm on Sugar Hill. He helped other farmers with their milking and also sold them life insurance. It was said that he would be cleaning stalls and at the same time selling insurance to the farmer. In 1968, he began selling insurance for PA Farmer Insurance Co. which transitioned into Harvest Insurance. Buck sold life, accident, and health insurance while “Mil” sold property and casualty insurance. Buck retired as the regional manager for Harvest Insurance. He enjoyed hunting and checking his game camera and sharing those pictures with his family. He also enjoyed raising beef cattle and also looked forward to brush hogging with his tractor. He and “Mil” traveled the world over twice with other colleagues in the insurance business. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. He enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his grandchildren, especially talking about baseball, with his favorite team being the St. Louis Cardinals. He also played softball when he was younger and later managed and sponsored softball teams under “Prichard Insurance” for many years. Surviving are his wife, Mildred “Mil” Prichard at home, two sons: Bob Prichard of Sugar Run, PA and Bill (Kathy Prichard of Sugar Run, PA, daughter, Holly (John) Spotts of Leesport, PA: grandchildren: Katie Prichard, Kyle Spotts and Luke Spotts: three brothers-in-law: Lewis (Jean) Hope of Dushore, PA, William (Georgette) Hope of Lovelton, PA and Tom Comstock of Laceyville, PA: two sisters-in-law: Helen Souto of Rome, PA and Kathryn (Donald) Sedlak of Rome, PA. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Besides his parents he was predeceased by a brother Robert Prichard, and two sisters Anna Prichard and Helen Dieffenbach. Private Funeral Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Stowell, PA. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Highlands Care Center Employee Fund, PO Box 10, Laporte, PA. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

ERNEST STEPHEN ‘STEVE’ PROBST - During the early morning hours of Friday, June 22nd, 2018, Ernest Stephen Probst of Canton passed away quietly at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Known to family and friends as Steve, he was 73 years of age. Born in Lock Haven on October 1st, 1944, he was the son of Woodrow and Ruth Probst. Later, he lived in Johnstown where he met his first wife, the former Rosemary Hulslander. In the mid 1960s Steve and Rosemary moved to the Granville area where they raised their son and daughter. Steve answered our country’s call during the Vietnam War and served with the U. S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Roosevelt. He was employed for many years at Masonite in Towanda. His wife, Rosemary, passed away in 1992 and two years later he married the former Ruth Sterling, with whom he shared the next 24 years. Upon marrying Ruth he was blessed with five stepchildren. Steve served the Canton community for many years as part of the Fire Police. He was also a member of Canton Post #303, American Legion and Canton Post #714 VFW. In his free time Steve enjoyed drawing and painting, and was considered quite the accomplished artist. He had a soft-spoken, yet outgoing and friendly demeanor, the kind of person who easily made friends with strangers. Steve is survived by his wife, Ruth, at home, son Jeff (& Michelle) Probst of Richmond, VA., daughter, Penny Probst of Gillett, sister, Jean Tressler of Grier, SC., Numerous grandchildren, step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Woodrow and Ruth Probst, and first wife Rosemary. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 AM Monday, June 25th, at the Canton Fire Department Social Building located on Rt. 14 adjacent to the fair grounds at Hickok Field. A celebration of Steve’s life will take place at 11 AM. –Funeral home obit

 

JULIUS E. PUTNAM, 85, of Sayre, formerly of Troy, PA passed away with his beloved wife, Barbara and his step-son, Jim, by his side on Saturday, May 05, 2018 at his home following an extended illness.

He was born on January 5, 1933 in Canton, PA, the son of the late William and Gertrude Wood Putnam.

Julius was a graduate of Troy High School. While in school, he was a member of the Troy Drum and Bugle Corps. He was employed with Hall Motor Company Dealership and Paper Magic at one time. Most of his life he was a farmer in the Troy area for various family owned farms. Julius was a man who loved being outdoors, enjoying nature and that is why farming was the job he enjoyed most. He loved spending time with his family and friends. He especially enjoyed their coffee hour at the home once a week where everyone would sit around drinking coffee and solving the problems of the world. Julius enjoyed traveling, puzzle books, and going to the casinos. He was a member of the Church of Christ in Troy. He is predeceased by his daughter, Vicki Dudwitt, brother, Dale Putnam, brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Larene Putnam, sister-in-law, Joan Cole, and brothers-in-law, Clarence Baxter and John VanNoy.

Julius is survived by his beloved wife of 29 years, Barbara Cole Putnam at home, daughters and sons-in-law, Donna and Bob Szczech of Gillett, PA, Dawn and Rusty Dibble of Columbia Crossroads, PA, Diane and Rick Steinke of Columbia Crossroads, PA, and Sue and Rick Cordingly of Troy, PA, daughter, Tayna Putnam of Troy, PA, sons, Ed Putnam of Troy, PA and Arthur Putnam of DE, stepson and step-daughter-in-law, James and Jeanne Sjoblom of Waverly, NY, son-in-law, Chris Dudwitt of Lewis, DE, several grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, 5 step-grandchildren, 3 step-great-grandchildren, brother, Leon Putnam of Troy, PA, brothers-in-law, Dean Cole of Kendall, NY, sister-in-law, Betty Baxter of Wellsboro, PA, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bill and Kathy Cole of Troy, PA, sister-in-law, Virginia VanNoy of Niles, OH, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Following Julius' wishes there will be no calling hours or services. –Towanda Daily Review 5/7/2018

 

JOSEPH M. “JOE” QUINN, 67, of Athens, PA, passed away on Thursday, August 24, 2017 at his home. He was born on May 4, 1950 in Sayre, PA, the son of the late Joseph James and Gertrude (Smith) Quinn. Joe was a lifelong resident of Athens and was a 1969 graduate of Athens High. He was a U.S. Veteran, serving in the Army during the Vietnam War.  He was a Welder at GE Rail for over 35 years before retiring. Joe loved driving around in his red truck to different areas, collecting scrap metal with his faithful companion, KK.  While collecting his scrap, Joe became a familiar face to many throughout the Valley.  He will be missed by all those who knew him.  Joe took wonderful care of his mother and father, and was the kind of man that would give the shirt off his back and the last dollar in his pocket to anyone in need.  He was an avid NASCAR fan, and enjoyed watching wrestling on TV. He was predeceased by his daughter, Amy Marie, sisters, Nancy and Ruth, and grandparents, Ike and Ruth Smith. Joseph is survived by sons, Joseph Quinn of Waverly, NY, and Tony Talada, daughters, Nikki VanDyke, Shannon Nobles, Kimberly Deprimo, and Bernadette VanDyke, seven grandchildren, including his special buddy, Tobias Quinn, brothers, James (Barb) Quinn of Waverly, NY, John Quinn of Wilmington, NC, Jeff (Sandy) Quinn of Waverly, NY, sister, Sandra Smith of Athens, PA, and 12 nieces and nephews. Friends and family may call August 28, 2017 from 10am-11am 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 11am with Rev. Linda Rogers officiating. At the family’s request in honor of Joe, please attend in casual dress. –Sayre Morning Times August 25, 2017

 

RAE –MARY ALICE BIDLACK, 88, of Monroeton, passed away peacefully with her loved ones by her side on Saturday, January 6, 2018, at the Troy Community Hospital. She was born on March 2, 1929 in Athens, PA the daughter of the late Stewart, Sr., and Emily (Griffith) Rae. Mary Alice’s priority in life was her family and spending time with them. She enjoyed fishing, blueberry picking, rattlesnake hunting, and swimming with her husband. Mary Alice also spent time knitting, watching movies, bird watching, and making hook rugs. She is predeceased by her loving husband, Robert C. Bidlack, Sr., son-in-law, Lance Bentley, brothers, Paul Rae, Sr. and Stewart Rae, Jr., and sister, Vivian Ammerman. Mary Alice is survived by her children, Robert C. Bidlack, Jr. and Linda Rossi, Caroline Bentley, Ed and Vicky Bidlack, Jane and Mike Bonning, Emily and Norm Woodcock, Marilyn Bidlack and David Cole, and Jim and Becky Bidlack, grandchildren, Deena, Robbie, Tracy, Eppie Jo, Matthew, Shawn, Amy, Raymond B., Jerimy, Jason, Josh, Jackie, Hollie, Raymond, Tammy, Eric, Charlie, Mariah, Daniel, Deseree and James Michael, and many great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Charlie Rae, sister, June Haynes, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and her faithful companion, Peanut. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday, January 12, 2018 at 6pm at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

CLIFFORD ELTON RANDALL, age 89, was born March 12, 1929 in Sayre, Pa., son of Charles E. and Myrtle E. Randall of Waverly, N.Y.; died April 20, 2018 in Lecanto, Fla. He was a member of the United States Marine Corps and a Disabled American Veteran. He graduated cum laude from New York State College at Oswego with a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Arts and received a Master's Degree from Syracuse University. Clifford taught Industrial Arts at Cattaraugus and Arkport, N.Y., and was a supervisor of student teachers at the State University College for Teachers at Buffalo. He was the transmission electron microscope teacher and technician at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, and operated one of the world's then most powerful electron microscopes. He also taught microscopy and was a recognized expert in sample preparation and petrography, inventing methods of examining sol-gel glass structure, and other nanostructures of materials from the 1960s through the 1980s.
A passionate teacher, Clifford was nominated for, and included in, Who's Who in American Colleges. He was loved by all of his students. Clifford also taught adult classes for the United States Power Squadron, as well as classes in Electronics at the Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES). Electronics and boating, along with CB radio, were his hobbies. Clifford was also an active member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and taught adult religious education. He was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Freemason. When he moved to Florida in 1992 he became a member of the Rainbow River Club. He was Treasurer and Vice President of the Cinnamon Ridge Community Association. He is survived by his wife Dorothy; daughter, Audrey (Robert Whiting); son, James (Norma Ratliff); son, John (Teresa Murphy); son, Michael (Sara Elder); eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friends of Homosassa Wildlife Park (www.friendshswp.org) and Hospice House of Lecanto (www.hospiceofcitrus.org). Arrangements are under the direction of the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, Fla. –Sayre Morning Times 4/24/2018

 

RANDALL –DORIS J. BROWN - A mother holds her children’s hands for a little while and their hearts forever…..Surrounded by her family, Doris J. Brown formerly of Cheektowaga passed away on Friday, April 27, 2018. Doris was born on October 4, 1924 in Sayre, Pa a daughter of the late Milo and Della Randall. A devoted wife, mother and grandmother Doris treasured the time spent with her family. She also enjoyed gardening and tending to her flowers. Doris will be greatly missed by her children: Sandra Mullis, Rhonda and Robert Bartlett, Gary Slusser, and Ronnie Brown. Her grandchildren: Kim (Mark) Munto, Karl (Leslie) Gerwitz, Kelly Lowrance, Brian (Ashley) Brown, Scott (Katy) Brown, Todd Slusser, Stacy (David) BeLue, Cory (Brittany) Bartlett, Keith Bartlett; fifteen great grandchildren, and a great great granddaughter; a niece Beverly Brown and her family; many nieces and nephews also survive. She was predeceased by her husband Walter C. Brown in 2003; her grandsons: Kevin Gerwitz, Toby Slusser and her feline companion Princess. Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation on Wednesday, May 2nd 2018 from 11 to 1 p.m. at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. A funeral service and celebration of a life well lived for Doris will follow at 1 pm. Interment and prayers of committal will follow in the Jillson Cemetery. –Towanda Daily Review 4/29/2018

 

RANIEWICZ –SUZANNE M. (RANIEWICZ) MCKEE age 72, of Rochester, NY, passed away peacefully on August 20, 2017 at her daughters home where she was lovingly cared for during the last three months by her children. She was born November 12, 1944 in Elmira, NY. She was predeceased by her parents Peter and Mary Raniewicz and brother Peter Paul Raniewicz. She is survived by children: Larry Jr, Bruce, Christine Cooper (Dave), and Carolyn Prokopenko (Leon); grandchildren Paul and Peter Prokopenko; all of Rochester, NY; Larry McKee a huge source of comfort and strength; sisters: Connie Rempe, Betty Clauss, Chris Lynch (Jim), Mary Ann Girardi (TJ); many nieces nephews and cousins. Sue graduated from Notre Dame high school in 1962. She was a dedicated and very hard worker starting as a teenager at Carr's Cozy Corner through her years at Wegmans, Kodak, and as a restaurant manager in Florida. She was also a pianist/organist starting again in her teenage years and throughout her life at Catholic churches in Elmira and Rochester and most recently at a Lutheran Church in Rochester. She seemed to gain the most pleasure in life from her music, the Sunday dinners she always cooked for her family and up until her illness, her Saturday's devoted to having her grandchildren come and spend the day . They were equally devoted to her. Her last 10 years were spent as a dedicated caregiver to the elderly, always going above and beyond until three months ago when she could physically do no more and was diagnosed with brain cancer. She was a giver all of her life and she will be immensely missed by many. We would appreciate if those who knew her would enter a fond memory in the guest book. Services will be Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 3 PM at Transfiguration Lutheran Church 3760 Culver Rd. Rochester, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 8/25/2017

 

RANSOM –ETHEL K. (RANSOM) BENTLEY, 81, of Sayre, Pa., passed away at the Robert Packer Hospital on Thursday, July 20, 2017. Born on July 21, 1935 in Vails Gate, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Earl and Maude Ransom. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Laurence "Bunny" Bentley Sr.; brothers, Robert Davis and Franklin Ransom; sister, Ellie New and sons-in-law, John Carney Jr. and Kenneth Traver. She is survived by five daughters, Ann Carney of Pine Bush, N.Y., Debra Jaycox and husband Wayne Jaycox Sr. of St. Albans, Vt., Karen Trosclair and husband Edgar Trosclair Sr. of Newburgh, N.Y., Cindy Traver of Newburgh, N.Y., Nancy Parmenter and husband Timothy Parmenter of Ulster, Pa. and her sons, Laurence Bentley Jr. of Berkshire, N.Y. and Ernest Bentley with fiancée Lori Belles of Sayre, Pa. Also surviving are 19 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and very special cousin, Dorothy Woodruff of Sayre, Pa. Ethel will be greatly missed by all her family and friends. Abiding with Ethel's request, there will be no services. Interment will be private in St. James Cemetery, Waverly, N.Y. As Ethel always said, "If they can't come see me alive, they don't need to come see me when I'm dead!" –Towanda Daily Review 7/22/2017

 

LARRY J. RAPLEE - On Friday, September 29, 2017, I held the hand of my husband, my best friend, Larry J. Raplee, 67, of Roanoke, Va., as he released his last breath to pass to a place of peace, a place I can visit only in my dreams. He was surrounded by his loving children, family and friends. He died after a prolonged battle with Lewy Body Dementia. Larry was born in Elmira, N.Y. and graduated in 1968 from Horseheads High School and continued his education focusing on Engineering from Corning Community College where he graduated in 1970 and went on to earn his B.S. in Math and Physics in 1976 from Elmira College. He was a calm and loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. Larry loved wood working, golf, fishing and tennis, and has lived in Roanoke since 1979. He embraced his career with Alcatel Fiber Optic Division enjoying the international travel and the diversity of people and cultures that he encountered during his travels until his retirement. His wonderful smile and sense of humor will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Larry was preceded in death by his father, Francis Raplee; his mother, Bernice Dietzel Raplee; his brother, Scott Raplee; his nephew, Lance Patchadlo; and his sister-in-law, Cindy Fisk. Surviving to cherish his memory is his wife of 48 wonderful years, Glendora (Dody) Fisk Raplee; daughters, Tamie Marie Marshall and her husband, John Marshall, Patricia Lynn Kinney and her husband, Scott Kinney, and Rebecca Raplee Eads and her husband, Brian Eads; grandchildren, John Patrick Marshall, Madison Kinney, Meghan Kinney, Hayden Eads, Zoe Kinney and Christian Kinney; brothers, Durwood Raplee and his wife, Diana Raplee and David Raplee and his wife, Patty Raplee; sister, Kathleen Kanaley; nieces and nephews, Christopher, Matthew, Lindsay, Brenda, Karen, Brian, Gretchen, jonathan, Jimmy, Peter, Steven, Joshua and Jessie; sisters-in-law, Donna Raplee, and Roberta Fisk Rock and her husband, Ed Rock; and brother-in-law, Robert Fisk Jr. and his wife, Grace Fisk. Many thanks to his care givers, Beth Schiflitte, Meghan, Melinda, Bob Baker, Annette Pettengill, Good Shepherd Hospice and Nexus Home Care. Friends may call from 4 until 6 p.m. on Sunday, October 1, 2017, at Oakey's South Chapel, 4257 Brambleton Ave., SW, Roanoke, VA 24018. Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Monday, October 2, 2017, at the Unity Church of Roanoke Valley, 3300 Green Ridge Road, Roanoke with the Rev. Linda Taylor officiating. Interment will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park. –Elmira Star-Gazette 10/1/2017

 

DAVID RAUB, 86, of Kingsley died Monday August 21, 2017 at home. His wife, the former Betty O’Fallon, died in 2007. Born in Lenoxville, son of the late Sylvenus and Ruth Gamaer Raub, he was a machinist and toolmaker at Ideal Tool in Great Bend before retirement. He was a member of the Acre Lake Baptist Church and a member of the Hallstead American Legion Post 0375, having served in the Air Force during the Korean War. He also served in the Army and National Guard. Surviving are two daughters, Cathy Pryor and Carol Ann Everitt; three sons, William, Charles and Christopher; four brothers, John, Boyd, Louis and Phil; two sisters, Beverly Raker and Ann Lippolis; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be Friday at 11 a.m. in the Acre Lake Baptist Church, with services by Pastor Sherman L. Skeens and Rev. Jonathan D. Pryor. Interment will take place in the Tower Cemetery with military honors by Hallstead American Legion Post 0357. A viewing will be held Friday one hour before service time. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

REED –LYDIA L. ROUPP, 99, of Williamsport, died Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at UPMC – Susquehanna Williamsport, surrounded by her family and just two weeks shy of celebrating her 100th Birthday. Born March 30, 1918 in Roaring Branch, she was a daughter of Frederick and Ida (Antes) Reed. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years Grant O. Roupp, Jr. in 1996, a son Gary A. Roupp on Dec. 9, 2017, and 16 siblings. She was a 1936 graduate of Liberty High School and retired from Bailey Control Company. Lydia was a member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, where she belonged to the Helping Hands Sunday School Class, and helped with many activities of the church. She enjoyed baking especially pies for everyone. Lydia enjoyed puzzles, playing cards, and reading. Her greatest love was being with her family.  Surviving are three children Faye Cortright (Ron), Debra Shilling (Steve), and Dennis Roupp (Tammy) all of Cogan Station, a daughter-in-law Nancy R. Roupp of Williamsport, nine grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, and seven great great grandchildren, a sister Betty Reibson of Forksville, and two brothers James and Dan Reed both of Linden. A funeral service to honor the life of Lydia will be held 11 a.m. Monday, March 19 at Sanders Mortuary 821 Diamond St. Williamsport. Burial will follow in Green Lawn  Memorial Park, Montgomery. Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. Monday at Sanders Mortuary. The family will provide the flowers and suggest memorial contributions be made in Lydia’s name to a charity of one’s choice. –Williamsport Sun-Gazett 3/15/2018

 

REESE –LOIS M. KEPNER, 79, of Hughesville, passed away Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Muncy. Born May 8, 1938 in Hughesville, she was a daughter of the late Hervey and Helen (Warburton) Reese. Her husband of 55 years, the late Oscar A. Kepner, preceded her in death on May 22, 2011. Lois enjoyed travelling, and above all spending time with her family.

She is survived by three daughters, Donna K. (Steven) Sherwood of Muncy, Cheryl L. Charles of Muncy, and Susan D. (Michael) Kessler of Unityville; three sons, Brian A.(Melinda Bower) Kepner, Todd A. Kepner, and Timothy D.(Lori) Kepner, all of Hughesville; two sisters, Nancy (Gene) Shaner and Sherry Budman both of Hughesville; 15 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Avery Sherwood; and a son-in-law, Marvin E. Charles, Jr.; and a sister, Shirley Reese Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, November 16 at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Rev. Max L. Walters, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Zion Cemetery, Hughesville. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, c/o Arlene Barto, 1056 Beaver Lake Rd., Hughesville, PA or Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, at https://www.susquehannahealth.org/giving-back/donate.  –Funeral home obit

 

BRIAN FITZGERALD REGN, 56, of Nazareth, gracefully took his last flight home, Monday, Dec. 25, 2017. He was the loving husband of Suzanne Regn for 22 wonderful years. Brian was born Sept. 22, 1961 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He was the beloved son of Mary Ellen Regn of Nazareth and Henry Regn of New Albany, Pennsylvania. Brian graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, of Prescott, Arizona, with a degree in aeronautical science. He attained his lifelong dream of becoming a pilot; but unfortunately, due to his illness, he was forced to end his career as a captain for Delta Airlines, which he was so proud to work for. Following the Sept. 11 attacks, Brian became an armed Federal Flight Deck Officer to defend the cockpit from any potential threats. Brian became involved in Nazareth Borough government in 2012 and was appointed to Nazareth Council in 2014. Brian was the “voice of reason” on council where he chose his words wisely, with the commitment of a devoted elected official. Most importantly, he brought integrity and dedication to his distinguished council career while gaining the admiration of all who served with him. Besides his wife and parents, Brian will be greatly missed by his son, Connor Regn, at home; brothers, Todd Regn of Nazareth, Matthew Regn and wife, Betsy, of Havertown, and by his sister, Elizabeth Taylor and husband, Robert, of Bloomsbury, New Jersey. He will be missed by his many nieces and nephews. Brian will be reunited with his predeceased brother, Andrew Regn. As an avid hunter and outdoorsman, Brian will be sorely missed by his Longview Lodge Gang, where he spent many hunting seasons. Brian’s love of adventure and motorcycles led him to meet some meaningful friends he considered his brothers. Together they traveled locally and the country to various motorcycle rallies, building comradeship and forever memories along the way. The many social clubs where he was a member of will greatly miss his infectious personality. As his many dear friends would attest, Brian had the rare ability to make anyone he encountered feel welcomed with his quick wit, incredible humor and open kind soul. He will be remembered for his remarkable talent, he was a jack of all trades. He would do anything for anyone in need. Being a lifelong New York Giants fan, Brian jokingly requested that players from the team act as pallbearers to “let him down” one last time. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, in the Joseph F. Reichel Funeral Home Inc., of Nazareth, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in Holy Family Catholic Church, of Nazareth. Burial will be in the Holy Family Cemetery of Nazareth. Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Brian’s memory to Wreaths Across America, P.O. Box 249, Columbia Falls, ME or in c/o the funeral home. –Towanda Daily Review 1/1/2018

 

TIMOTHY L. REPARD, 52, of Liberty Hill, (Austin) Texas passed away unexpectedly, Friday September 1, 2017 in Austin Texas. He was born August 18, 1965 in Wellsboro Pennsylvania, the son of the late Kenneth E. Repard and Dixie L (Perry) McCarthy. Tim was married to Brenda J. (Zender) Repard. Tim was the third of the Repard brothers. He was employed by Dell of Round Rock Texas for nearly 20 years. He was a past member of the Liberty Volunteer Fire Department. Growing up he attended the Liberty Lutheran Church. He graduated from Liberty High School. Tim enjoyed spending time with his family in Pennsylvania. He enjoyed time at the lake house. He also enjoyed UT football and the Pittsburgh Steelers. He loved riding his Harley and enjoyed helping people. He was always there when you needed something. Surviving are his wife, children K. Raelyn and J Dawson Jordan, mother Dixie L. (Perry) McCarthy of Wellsboro Pa, Brothers Perry Repard of Liberty PA, Robert (Linnea) Repard of Wellsboro PA, Troy (Amy) Repard of Liberty PA. Nieces and nephews, Heath (Shannon) Repard of Australia, Tinecia (Adam) Repard of Hughesville PA, Brett (Breanna) Repard of Liberty PA, Natasha Repard of Tamaqua PA, Broc (Victoria) Repard of Williamsport PA. Taynton Repard of Wellsboro PA, and Chelsea and Tyler Repard of Liberty PA. Great nieces and nephew Easton and Willow Repard of Liberty PA and Olivia Repard of Williamsport PA. Family and friends are invited to a memorial at the Liberty Lutheran Church, Liberty PA from 5 to 7 p.m. with a service immediately following on Tuesday September 19, 2017. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a charity of your choice to benefit the hurricane Harvey victims in Texas. Arrangements are entrusted to Freeberg Funeral Home, 120 North Williamson Road, Blossburg, PA. –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/17/2017

 

KURT RICHARD REXER, age 21, of Dushore, Pennsylvania, passed away on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 as a result of an automobile accident. Kurt was born April 23, 1996, a son of Richard J. and Candice M. Woodhead Rexer. He graduated from the Sullivan County High School a member of the class of 2015. Kurt was a hard-working young man. His most recent job was with staff management at Proctor & Gamble. Much of the community got to interact and know Kurt while he worked at the Pump and Pantry and the Harrington Hotel. He also occasionally worked with his family’s business. As a Boy Scout, Kurt enjoyed camping, hiking, and traveling. He was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout on Nov. 8, 2014. In addition to scouting, Kurt enjoyed socializing with family and friends as well as online gaming. He was a member of St. Basil’s Church, Dushore, where he was an altar boy throughout his high school years. Surviving are his parents, Rick and Candy Rexer of Dushore; brother, Gavin (Candice) Rexer of Oval, Pennsylvania; sister, Angela Rexer of Dushore; special friend, Morgan Skidgel of Towanda; paternal grandfather, Joseph Rexer of Halifax; paternal grandmother, Barbara Rexer of Seneca Falls, New York; maternal grandmother, Joan Woodhead of Forksville; uncles, Gerald Rexer of Englewood, Florida, Christopher (Marianne) Rexer of Scottsdale, Arizona, Robert Woodhead II of Forksville, Mark (Connie) Woodhead of Muncy, Pennsylvania; Jay Woodhead of Forksville; aunts, Laura (Steve) Paulauskas of Halifax, Jacqueline (Larry) Fassett of Overton, Holly (Scott) Wise of Laporte, Marsha (Matthew) Romburger of Sayre; and numerous cousins. A transferal service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, from the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore and will be followed by a Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. at St. Basil’s Church, Dushore, with the Rev. Bert Kozen, pastor of Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M., Williamsport, as celebrant and the Rev. Richard Rojas, pastor, con-celebrant. Interment will be in St. Basil’s Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, and from 9 a.m. until the time of the transferal Friday. Five River Scouts will assemble and pass in review at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions in Kurt’s memory may be sent to the Sullivan County Kiwanis Club, P.O. Box 116, Forksville, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 10/18/2017

 

STANLEY E. RICE - If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. ... Our loving son, brother, uncle, cousin and friend Stanley E. Rice, 63, of Towanda, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. Stan was born on May 22, 1954 in Sayre, a son of Marjorie and the late Leland E. Rice. He enjoyed bird watching, playing board games and shopping at Tractor Supply, although his greatest enjoyment was when he was surrounded by his family. Those left to cherish Stan's memory are: his mother, Marjorie M. Rice of Orwell Hill, Rome; his siblings, Marie Chubbuck of Montrose, John and Linda Rice of Avon, New York, Marlene and Robert Hammerly of Sayre, Marian and Bill Cherry of Johnson City, New York, Cindy and Gregory VanDunk of Wyalusing, Becky Wood of Fresno, California, Theresa and Jeffery Field of Rome, Christine and Bernard Jones of Beach Island, South Carolina, Michael Rice of Rome, Lee and Sonya Rice of Bogart, Georgia; a special friend, Janet Wagner of Towanda. Several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, great-nieces and nephews, and three great-great-nieces and nephews also survive. Stan was welcomed into heaven by his grandparents: EC and Eunice Rice; his father, Leland E. Rice (January 2015); brothers, Wendell "Dutch" W. Noble (April 1999), Lloyd Rice (February  2003) Stuart Rice (August 1957); nephew, Scott Moore (October 1997); brother-in-law, Lynn Chubbuck (January 1995); brother-in-law, Michael "Woody" Wood (September  2004). Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 24 at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. A funeral service and celebration of Stan's life will follow at 1 p.m. with Pastor Richard Vieldhouse, officiating. Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the Missionary Fund at the Orwell Bible Church, 1749 Orwell Hill, Rome, PA or the Family Life Network, P.O. Box 506, Bath, N.Y. in loving memory of Stanley E. Rice. Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near, so loved, so missed, so very dear ~ we love you Stanley ~ always and forever. –Towanda Daily Review 8/22/2017

 

ARTHUR R. ‘ART’ RICHARDS, 82, of 504 Fourth St., Towanda, Pennsylvania, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, from the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Arthur was born on March 20, 1935, in Wilmington, Delaware, the only child of the late Arthur R. Richards and Florence Marie Shackleton Richards. He was a graduate of Wilmington High School Class of 1953 where he played high school baseball and later semi-pro baseball. He continued his education at Wesley Junior College in Dover, Delaware, and was a graduate of Wilkes College in Wilkes-Barre in 1958, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in business, minoring in accounting. On Dec. 27, 1958, Arthur married the former Margaret J. “Peggy” Stevens in Towanda. Arthur served with the U.S. Army as a chaplain’s assistant at Fort Meade, Maryland, during the late 1950s and early 1960s. In 1964, Arthur began his career with the Sears Company and continued for 30 years, working in seven different stores. He was later employed by the Bible Lighthouse Book Stores in Wilmington, Delaware and Sayre, and subsequently by the Sears Store in Wysox until his retirement. Art will be remembered by many for his devotion to the Lord and his kind and helpful personality. Art was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Towanda where he served as an elder. He was a member of Gideons International and in early years served as assistant chaplain for the Wilmington Blue Rocks. Art was a life-long fan of the Phillies and Eagles. Most of all, Art was grateful for family and the many cherished friends and neighbors that God placed in his life. His family includes his loving wife of 58 years, Peggy S. Richards; son and daughter-in-law, David and Maggie Richards of Oxford, Pennsylvania; daughter, Sharon Richards of Towanda; grandchildren, Noah and Naomi Richards of Oxford; step grandchildren, Sarah, Erin, Hannah, Collin and Ian Chambers of Oxford; and his cousin, Janice Kepner, who is a resident of the Personal Care Home of Memorial Hospital in Towanda. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, followed by a memorial service at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, Towanda, with Pastor Rachel Stahle officiating. The family suggests that contributions may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church, 5 Court St., Towanda, PA in memory of Arthur R. Richards. The Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home of Towanda is assisting the Richards family with arrangements. –Towanda Daily Review 10/29/2017

 

JOHN M. RICHLIN SR., age 78, of Forks Township, Sullivan County, Pennsylvania, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, at the Robert Packer Hospital after a brief illness. John was born on Feb. 11, 1939, at the Mills Hospital in Towanda, Pennsylvania, a son of the late Martin J. and Helen Shilkoskie Richlin. He grew up on the family farm and graduated from St. Basil’s High School, a member of the class of 1956, and later attended Mansfield College. He served in the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1961, and began working at Muncy Valley Industries and later at the Kennedy Valve in Elmira, New York. He retired from GTE Sylvania in Towanda, Pennsylvania, after 31 years of service. John married the former Elaine Andrews of Eagles Mere on Nov. 26, 1966. They recently celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary.  John was a loving husband and father. He was an active member of St. Basil’s Church, Dushore, Pennsylvania. He helped with the church picnics at Penn’s Grove, Overton, and St. Basil’s, and also helped count the collections. He was a life member of the Loyalsock Post No. 996 American Legion, Dushore, Pennsylvania, and of the A.J. Bird Memorial Post No. 386 V.F.W. in New Albany, Pennsylvania, and a member of the Monroeton Rod and Gun Club. John enjoyed hunting snowshoe rabbits and spending time with his beagles. Surviving are his spouse, Elaine at home; two sons, John M. (Tina) Richlin Jr. of Muncy Valley, Pennsylvania, Christopher Richlin of Towanda, Pennsylvania; four sisters, Betty Miller of Elmira, New York, Peggy (Bernard) Fedroff of Montoursville, Pennsylvania, Maxine Weaver of Dushore, Pennsylvania, Sylvia Richlin (Marvin Boyd) of Roseville, California; three brothers-in-law, Alfred Place of Elmira, New York, Robert Andrews of Eagles Mere, Pennsylvania, Donald (Linda) Andrews of Eagles Mere, Pennsylvania; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by an infant son, James Richlin in 1970; a sister, Barbara Place of Meshoppen, Pennsylvania; and two brothers-in-law, Ellery Weaver Jr. of Dushore, Pennsylvania, and David Miller of Elmira, New York; and a sister-in-law, Carol Jordan of Eagles Mere, Pennsylvania. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, at St. Basil’s Church, Dushore, Pennsylvania, with the Rev. Edward J. Michelini, pastor of Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Towanda, Pennsylvania, presiding. Interment will follow in St. Basil’s Cemetery. The family will provide the flowers and directs any memorial contributions to the charity of one’s choice. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, Pennsylvania. –Funeral home obit

 

GEORGE RICHTER, age 88. He was born May 15, 1929 in Roaring Branch, PA to Charles and Nellie Richter. George was a long time resident of Chemung, NY, before recently residing in the Sayre House in Sayre, PA where he passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 29, 2018. George was predeceased by his parents, his wife Betty and his son Howard. He is survived by his sister Marion Thompson Kuser, daughter Marilyn Richter in Silver Spring MD, son George (Sue) Richter in Lockwood, son Duane (Terri) Richter in Lockwood and son Lynn (Dorothy) Richter in Nichols. Also surviving are many grandchildren and great grandchildren. George made his living for many years in the logging industry. He greatly enjoyed his many draft horses that he had over the course of his life. It was in these pursuits that George made so many of his life-long friendships and associations. There will be a time of gathering for family and friends on Saturday May 5, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM with a memorial service immediately following at the Roberts Funeral Home, Inc. 279 Main Street Wellsburg, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 5/1/2018

 

LINCOLN EDWARD RIDDLE passed away to his eternal home shortly before he was born on Wednesday, August 16, 2017. Lincoln is survived by his parents, Dan and Laura Shelmire Riddle of Wellsboro, PA; a brother, Jamison Grayson Riddle at home; maternal grandparents, Jim and Gloria Shelmire of Wellsboro, PA; several aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

NAYLAND D. RINKER - On the evening of Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018 Nayland Douglas Rinker of Gillett passed away quietly at Robert Packer Hospital.  He was 86 years of age.  Born January 7th, 1932 in Laureldale, Berks County, Pa., he was the son of Harold John Lincoln Rinker and Dorothy Graybill Rinker.  Nayland was a graduate of Oley Valley High School and served our country in the United States Army attached to the 66th Armor Division.  Throughout most of his working life Nayland was a truck driver for a construction firm.   In 1981 he relocated to Bradford County.  However, he continued to work up until the age of 80.  He loved his pets, enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling, gardening and basically anything associated with outdoor activities.  He loved the beauty of his adopted community and the close relationship with his family.  He was the kind of person who made friends easily and was well known for his great sense of humor.  Nayland is survived by his sons Jeff (& Tess) Rinker of Fleetwood Pa., Randall (& Gloria) Rinker of Pottsville,  daughters Monica Hess of Reading and Sherry McNamee of Trout Run, sister Nancy Toms of Troy, 8 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Dorothy Rinker.  In keeping with Nayland’s expressed wishes there will be no calling hours.  All services are private. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

JOHN NEIL RIPLE was born on Oct. 22, 1952 in Waverly, N.Y., the son of the late Willard E. and Grace E. (Lee) Ripley. John was a 1971 graduate of Waverly High School. Following graduation, he entered the U.S. Air Force. Upon returning, John attended Corning Community College, majoring in Forensics. He enjoyed watching all sports and listening to music, especially Bob Dylan. He had a great love for all animals. He is predeceased by his stepfather, George Pike Jr. John is survived by his son, Brian Ripley of Buffalo, N.Y., sister and brother-in-law, Lynn and Duane Klinko of Waverly, N.Y., brothers and sisters-in-law, Lee Ripley and Eloise F. Congdon of Sayre, Pa., and Stephen and Jacquelyn Ripley of Rockledge, Fla., and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Following John's wishes, there will be no calling hours or services. The family will hold a private burial at their convenience. The family is being assisted by Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Athens, Pa. Burial will be in Tioga Point Cemetery, Athens, at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made in John's memory, to help the animals he loved, to Stray Haven, 194 Shepard Road, Waverly, NY. The family extends their gratitude and thanks to Dr. Eller and the staff of the Sayre VA Clinic for the excellent care given to John throughout his illness. –Sayre Morning Times 5/31/2018

 

BURTON LYLE (RED) ROBERT, 69, of Gillett, Pennsylvania, passed away on April 19, 2018. He was born Sept. 12, 1948 the son of Geraldine (Clayton) Crout. He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Sharon Robert (Polly), of 48 years in 2017. He is survived by his children, Cindy Horton (Williamsport), Tim Robert (Gillett), Scott (Carrie) Robert of Horseheads New York; grandchildren, Nathan Horton, Ian Burnett, Chase Robert, Autumn, Matthew, Lukus, Zachary, Sammual and Maria Robert. He was the brother of Bonnie (Harry) Crawford of Canton and Beverly Burton. He was the brother-in-law of Robert (Gene) and Eduina Wesneski, Wesley (Tink) and Peg Wesneski, Vicky and Ted Reed, Sandy Bryington, Richard Wesneski and Sherrie Husted; the late James (Denise) Bryington, Karen Karge, and mother-in-law, Joyce Sullivan. Burton had a love of the outdoors; he enjoyed to hunt, trap and fish. He was retired from Cummings Lumber and he had served in the U.S. Army. Per Burton and the family there will be no services. –Towanda Daily Review 4/24/2018

 

ROBERTS –ANN M. PETERSON, 80, of Waverly passed away on Sunday, July 23, 2017 at the Robert Packer Hospital after a three-year courageous battle with cancer. She was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Marie Griffin Roberts; her husband of 61 years, Donald Peterson; sisters, Mary Ellen Sharpsteen and Lorrain Lowrey; and son-in-law, Dana Ivester. Ann is survived by her children, Tina Ivester of Waverly, Susan (Gerald Holton) Bombacie of Waverly, Duane (Ginger) Peterson of FL, Kevin Peterson of Waverly, Daniel Peterson of Waverly, Karen (Larry Richards) Peterson of Lockwood, and Lori (Martin Mallory) Peterson of Waverly; brother, Joseph (Polly) Roberts of Florida; sister, Joan (Chuck) Lane of South Carolina; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; along with numerous nieces and nephews. Don and Ann owned and operated Peterson's Greenhouse for over 20 years. She enjoyed carving and was a master carver who was a member of the Audubon Society and TOPS in Waverly. She enjoyed fishing, camping and going yearly to the Watkins Glen Race Track. Ann was very talented and could do anything she put her mind to. A time for calling will be held on Thursday, July 27, 2017 from 10-11 a.m. at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad St., Waverly. A memorial service will be held immediately following at 11 a.m. at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad St., Waverly, with Pastor Bruce Vanderpool officiating. Memorial donations may be in Ann's name to National Audubon Society, 225 Varick St., 7th Fl., New York, NY or American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK. –Sayre Morning Times 7/25/2017

 

ERWIN E. ‘ROBBIE’ ROBINSON, age 71, of Covington, PA, passed away on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at the Green Home. He was born on March 7, 1946 in Corning, NY, a son of Samuel and Louise Robinson. Robbie was the husband of Shirley (Frost) Robinson. He was employed at Lowes as an assembler. Erwin was a US Veteran having served in the Army during the Vietnam Era. Robbie is survived by his wife, Shirley; two daughters and sons-in-law, Kate and Gary Larson of Australia, Charmarie and Michael Wright of Mansfield, PA; four grandchildren, LaKota Cummings, Maelee Robinson, Jack Larson, Poppy Larson. He was preceded in death by his parents. In keeping with Robbie'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 contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

GORDON W. ROBINSON, 88, of Sayre, Pa., entered his heavenly home on Nov. 25, 2017. Gordon is survived by his wife, Bernice (Templeton) Robinson; brother, Don Robinson; children, Mark W. and Kathy Robinson, Richard and Debbie Robinson, Barry and Elaine Kinney, and Char and Bob Taft; grandchildren, Stephen, Kelly, Matthew, Patrick, Timothy, Rachel, Robyn, and Karen; and five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his brother, Roger Robinson, and sister, Noreen Connor.
advertisement He was born on Sept. 5, 1929 in Endicott, N.Y., the son of the late Fred W. and Marion (Ellis) Robinson. Gordon was a graduate of Union-Endicott High School and Cortland State College, and was in R.O.T.C. at West Virginia University. He was employed with Singer-Link Corporation as an inspector, retiring in 1989. Gordie loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He especially enjoyed traveling and going on camping trips. He was an avid golfer and loved Syracuse football. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 225 South Main St., Athens, Pa., with the Rev. Linda Rogers officiating. The funeral home is asking that all enter by way of Maple Street to the back of the funeral home, as Main Street in the front will be closed that day to all traffic. Sayre Morning Times 7/18/2018

 

ROCK –VIRGINIA G. MINARD, 89, of Myerstown, formerly of Stevensville, died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 at her son’s residence. She was the wife of Clifton R. Minard, who died Dec. 2, 2013. Born in Burlington, Vermont, on Dec. 3, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Gladys Rock. Virginia was employed as a service representative at AT&T, Baltimore, Maryland, for over 30 years. She is survived by a son, Allan, husband of Janet Minard, of Myerstown; four grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Harry Rock. She was preceded in death by sons, Stephen and Glenn Minard. A viewing will be held Friday, March 2, 2018 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Grose Funeral Home Inc., 358 W. Washington Ave., Myerstown. Interrnment will be private at the convenience of the family. –Towanda Daily Review 2/26/2018

 

DARLA JEAN ‘DART’ ROCKWELL, 62, of Canton, PA passed away unexpectedly Monday, November 27, 2017. Darla Jean, “Dart” to family and friends, was born June 30, 1955, in Sayre, PA, a daughter of the late Maxwell Harry and Eleanor Marie (Davidson) Rockwell.  She was employed by Canton’s V.F.W. Post 714 and the Dollar General Store.  Dart was a member of Canton’s WOTM 981, V.F.W. 714 Auxiliary and Red Run in Roaring Branch.  She enjoyed doing many things in life, but special times were spent with her children and grandchildren.  Dart was the glue of her family; hardworking, honest and true to her own self.   She saw the good in everyone and was blessed with many special friends.  She also enjoyed her privacy, loved listening to all kinds of music, gardening, caring for her house plants and playing tickets.
She is survived by three children; Kelby Rockwell (Rosie Short) of Trout Run, Jessica Rockwell Phelps and Tiffany Rockwell (Randy Baker) all of Canton, five grandchildren who were the light of her life; Audrey, Coldelia, Mallory, Rayden and Gauge, her sister; Pam (Pat) Dowling of Canton, several nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother and sister; Darrell Rockwell on Oct. 15, 2004 and Dawn Crandall on Apr. 13, 2009. Calling hours are noon – 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Dr., Canton.  Mr. Dennis Vermilya will officiate a memorial service to celebrate Dart’s life at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, consider a memorial to the American Cancer Society, 1948 E. Third St. Williamsport, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 11/20/2017

 

DARLA JEAN ‘DART’ ROCKWELL, 62, of Canton, PA passed away unexpectedly Monday, November 27, 2017. Darla Jean, “Dart” to family and friends, was born June 30, 1955, in Sayre, PA, a daughter of the late Maxwell Harry and Eleanor Marie (Davidson) Rockwell. She was employed by Canton’s V.F.W. Post 714 and the Dollar General Store. Dart was a member of Canton’s WOTM 981, V.F.W. 714 Auxiliary and Red Run in Roaring Branch. She enjoyed doing many things in life, but special times were spent with her children and grandchildren. Dart was the glue of her family; hardworking, honest and true to her own self. She saw the good in everyone and was blessed with many special friends. She also enjoyed her privacy, loved listening to all kinds of music, gardening, caring for her house plants and playing tickets.
She is survived by three children; Kelby Rockwell (Rosie Short) of Trout Run, Jessica Rockwell Phelps and Tiffany Rockwell (Randy Baker) all of Canton, five grandchildren who were the light of her life; Audrey, Coldelia, Mallory, Rayden and Gauge, her sister; Pam (Pat) Dowling of Canton, several nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother and sister; Darrell Rockwell on Oct. 15, 2004 and Dawn Crandall on Apr. 13, 2009. Calling hours are noon – 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Dr., Canton. Mr. Dennis Vermilya will officiate a memorial service to celebrate Dart’s life at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, consider a memorial to the American Cancer Society, 1948 E. Third St. Williamsport, PA. –Funeral home obit

 

ROGERS –JUANITA M. ALLIS - Softly in the morning, you heard a gentle call, you took the hand God offered you and quietly left us all.....Juanita M. Allis, 88, of Nichols passed away on Thursday, April 19, 2018, her 72nd wedding anniversary. Juanita was born on May 4, 1929, in Sayre, Pa., a daughter of the late Grover and Ora (Marsh) Rogers. A devoted wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend, Juanita treasured the time spent with her family. For many years, she assisted her husband with their family dairy farm. Juanita loved crocheting, square dancing, and playing cards. Juanita is survived by her loving husband, Harold Allis; her sons, Fred Allis of Nichols, N.Y., Dean (Kelli) Allis of Vestal, N.Y., and Brian (Kathy) Allis of Ithaca, N.Y.; several grandchildren, among them Kyle and Chelci Allis; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Juanita was predeceased by her son Roger; daughter-in-law Carol Allis; and siblings Irene (Merle) Stout, Art Rogers, Leona (Al) Bennett, Florence (Percy) Pipher, Lester (Dolly) Rogers, Roberta (Raymond) Platt, Avis (Chuck) Gorsline, and Mary (Jim) Strauf. Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation on Monday, April 23 from 10 a.m.-noon at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. A celebration of Juanita's life will follow at noon with Pastor Mary Jane Simonin and Steven Lawrence officiating. Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the Nichols United Methodist Church, 59 Main St., Suite 1, Nichols, NY or the Nichols Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 332, Nichols, NY in loving memory of Juanita M. Allis. –Sayre Morning Times 4/20/2018

 

GEORGE W. ROLSTON, 87 years young, of 1733 Coburn Hill Road, Warren Center, Pennsylvania, died on Nov. 7, 2017, at the Robert Packer Hospital. He was born on Nov. 3, 1930, in Binghamton, New York. He is predeceased by his parents, Stanley and Bertha Rolston, and his wife Elizabeth Ann Rolston. He was also predeceased by his siblings, Lisa, Ruth, Beverly, Gertrude, Shirley and Max. He was a veteran of the Korean War and he was a diesel mechanic for Mayflower Trucking. He loved doing wood work as a hobby. He is survived by daughter, Vickie Nizialek and son-in-law Richard Nizialek; daughter, Lee Thomas; son, James Space and wife Martha Betty Reynolds, and David Space and Harold Space. Surviving siblings are Jean, Robert, Patricia and  Raymond. He also had several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces. He also loved his dog Dolly who is missing him badly. He was a very loved man. He was special to us all. Services for George will be at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10 at the Warren Center Baptist Church, on Coburn Hill Road. There will be a gathering afterwards downstairs at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Thomas Cremation and Funeral Service, 1297 Elmira St., Sayre, PA. –Funeral home obit

 

ROOT –ALICE MAY ROOT BITLER, age 87, of Meshoppen, PA, passed away on Tuesday evening, October 24, 2017 at The Gardens of Tunkhannock. Alice was born on July 24, 1930 at home in Mehoopany, PA, the daughter of the late Reuben and Florence Crispell Root. She grew up as a member of the Mehoopany Baptist Church and was part of the youth group. She graduated from Mehoopany High School with the Class of 1948. She worked as a janitor at the Tunkhannock Middle School for 25 years. She also worked as a seamstress from home, as she would mend and make clothes for many people. On July 30, 1948, she married Albert E. Bitler and the couple was married for 50 years until his passing on June 7, 1999. Alice was a member of the Mehoopany United Methodist Church and while a member she taught Sunday school and helped in the nursery for 25 years. She was president of the Women’s Society of Christian Service and the United Methodist Women. She and her husband served as youth leaders for years, and they would take the youth group camping in the 1960’s at World’s End State Park. Alice would cook the food while Albert worked on the fire. She loved to fish ever since she was a little girl. Since she was 11 she knew how to sew and she made her own clothes and dresses for dances. She loved to crotchet, knit, and tat as well as square dancing. Alice was a very helpful person and it could be seen in many aspects of her life especially since she would make wedding dresses for young brides. She also made hundred of shawls for the Mehoopany United Methodist Church. She cleaned houses and took in laundry for the elderly. Her house was always open for people in need. Alice had a great outlook on life and always looked to be the good in a person’s life. She will be truly missed by her family and friends. Surviving is her son, Reverend Kenneth Bitler of Meshoppen, PA; grandchildren Aaron Bitler of Philadelphia, PA; Sarah Reilley and her husband John of King of Prussia, PA; Barbara Bitler Lantz and her husband Charlie of Laceyville, PA; great-grandchildren Erich Bitler, Rosaleen Reilley; and Kayleen Reilley. Also surviving is her caregiver and friend Sara Brown of Meshoppen, PA as well as several nieces and nephews. Besides her husband and parents she was preceded is death by her son Edward Bitler; sister Helen Franko; and brother-in-law George Bitler. Funeral services for Alice will be held on Friday, October 27, 2017 at 10:00 AM from the Mehoopany United Methodist Church with her son Reverend Kenneth Bitler and Pastor Joshua Yorks of the church officiating. Interment will follow at the Vaughn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the Mehoopany United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 4635 SR 87, Mehoopany, PA. Arrangements were entrusted with Sheldon Funeral Homes, 8206 SR 6, Meshoppen, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

LAWRENCE J. ‘LARRY’ ROSENCRANCE, age 62, of Towanda, PA passed away unexpectedly at his home on December 3, 2017. Larry was born on March 30, 1955 in Scranton, PA the son of Sally Bartron Rosencrance of Laceyville and the late Dale E. Rosencrance, Sr. (d. September 19, 1985). He was a graduate of Wyalusing High School with the class 1972. He was employed as a Press Operator for Jeld-Wen (formerly Masonite and Craftmaster) in Towanda, PA for over 43 years before retiring last year.

Larry was highly involved in sports. He enjoyed playing basketball, softball, and volleyball. He liked to watch football, especially the Philadelphia Eagles. He took great pleasure in taking joy rides in his motorcycle or jeep. Larry listened to all kinds of music although his favorite was Bob Dylan. He loved to spend time with his family. He looked forward to visiting his mother every Sunday and playing with his grandchildren. Larry is survived by his children, Jeremy Rosencrance and his wife Sam of Towanda, PA and Becky Leach and her husband Blake of Seattle, WA; his grandchildren, Alainah and Sydney Rosencrance of Towanda, PA; his mother Sally Bartron Rosencrance of Laceyville, PA; his siblings Matt Rosencrance (Heather) of Wyalusing, PA, Patrick Rosencrance (Julie Dennis) of Laceyville, PA, Mabel Hotaling (Les) of Wyalusing, PA, Eilene Sullivan (John) of Chula Vista, CA, Annie Rosencrance (Brian Sands) of Laceyville, PA and Mary Robinson (Jason) of Laceyville, PA; his aunts and uncles Billie and LeRoy Chilson of Towanda, PA, Barry and Peggy Rosencrance of North Carolina, and John Bartron of Tunkhannock, PA; his special niece, Amelia Hotaling; as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles. Besides his father his was preceded in death by his brother, Dale “Pete” E. Rosencrance (d. June 23, 1992). A memorial service for Larry will be held on Friday, December 8, 2017 at 2:00 PM from the Sheldon Funeral Home, 155 Church St., Wyalusing, PA with Father Joseph Manarchuck of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish officiating. Interment will follow at the St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Stowell, PA. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Friday for 12:00 noon until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Larry’s name to the St. Anthony’s Cemetery Association, c/o Pete Hatton, 194 Crow Hill Road, Wyalusing, PA. –Funeral home obit

 

ROSENGRANT –ADALINE ROSENGRANT FASSETT, 103, of Factoryville, died Thursday July 5, 2018 at her home. Her husband is the late Howard Fassett died Nov. 9, 1986. She was born in Factoryville on July 1, 1915; she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Lena Pickering Rosengrant. She was a 1934 graduate of Factoryville High School. A member of the Factoryville United Methodist Church. She was a contributor to the book her late daughter Allean wrote “The Hollow in Beech Woods," a history of ...Factoryville Borough. She was also preceded in death by a daughter Allean Fassett Derr, a great-grandson, Brian Bisch, a sister Ruth Drake and son-in-law Clyde Watts. She is survived by two daughters, Gloria Watts of Factoryville; and Julia Vogler and her husband Larry of Albrightsville; son-in-law Harry F. Derr Jr of Factoryville, seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and five great-great- grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in Evergreen-Woodlawn Cemetery, Factoryville. Arrangements by Anthony P. Litwin Jr. Funeral Homes Inc., 33 Reynolds St. Factoryville. Memorial contributions to the Factoryville United Methodist Church 162 College Ave, Factoryville, PA or to Traditional Home Health and Hospice 113 West Drinker Street Dunmore, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

ROSS –MARY MAGDALENE MAY, 96, of Hughesville, died Thursday, January 25, at Muncy Valley Hospital. Her husband of 45 years, Clayton M. May, preceded her in death on August 21, 1988. Born June 13, 1921, in Wake County, NC, she is the daughter of the late James B. and Ruth (Curry) Ross. Prior to her retirement, Mary was employed as a Nurses Aid at the former Lysock View, now Valley View Nursing Home, and retired from Muncy Valley Hospital. She was a member of The Beacon: a United Methodist Church, formerly Bethany United Methodist Church, Hughesville. Mary enjoyed spending time with her family, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was an active member of the PA Ridge Runners, traveling to nearly every state including Alaska. Surviving is a daughter, Beverly S. (Larry) Rupert of Muncy; two sons, Larry G. (Gloria) May of Hughesville, Dorrance R. (Susan) May of Hughesville, seven grandchildren, Charlene Sheets, Brett May, Dana Rupert, Alicia Bergey, Allison Gray, Ashley May, Dakota May; nine great grandchildren; and a sister, Dorothy L. May of Hughesville. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother A.E. Ross, buried in France during WWII; sisters, Judith Ross Sanders, Rebecca Ross Greene, Bobbi Ross Kelly. Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hughesville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mary's name to Janet Weis Children’s Hospital, 100 N. Academy Avenue, Danville, PA. –Funeral home obit

 

HAROLD DONALD ‘DONNIE’ ROUGHT, 70 of Centermorland, went to be with his Lord on February 8, 2018 after a brief illness. He was born on August 28, 1938 to Harold and Lois Race Rought. He grew up in Mill City and was a 1956 graduate of Tunkhannock High School. He worked for Allied Bendix Co. in South Montrose for a time and for Diamond Manufacturing in West Wyoming were he retired in 2000. Donnie was an active member of the Centermoreland United Methodist Church acting as head of trustees for many years. He also enjoyed helping with his son’s Boy Scout troop in his early years. Once retired, Donnie and his wife enjoyed traveling with his brother in law George Schoonover and his wife Ola Mae whom he is now reunited with. He enjoyed trips to Lancaster with his grandchildren and to Buffalo to visit family. Donnie’s favorite place was at home enjoying cookouts and get together gatherings with family and friends, too numerous to mention. Donnie’s favorite times were with his wife of almost 59 years the love of his life, Gloria Schoonover Rought, who passed away on June 29, 2016. Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his brother Kenneth Rought, son Timothy Rought, infant son Tommy Andrew and infant granddaughter Meggie Rought. Surviving is his brother, William and wife Helen Rought, sister, Gail and husband Floyd Quick, sister-in-law Harriet Rought; son David and wife Tammy Rought, daughter Donna Westfield, daughter, Nancy Jones and husband Doug, his son, Ken Baker and wife Sandra and his daughter-in-law, Cindy Rought.  Popie will be greatly missed by his grandchildren Tommy, Janelle, and Justine Rought, Erik, Mark, Levi, Noah and Emalyn Westfield, Seth, Paige, Faith and Hope Jones, Connor, Ashley and John Baker, Katelyn Mandigo, Clair Colwell and great grandson Landon Rought.  Donnie would always find time to brag about his grandchildren, even to his nurses during his last hospital stay.  Being “Popie” was very important to him.  He is also leaving behind his faithful companion, his loyal dog, Corky. A memorial service will be held on Saturday February 17, 2018 at 12 noon in the Centermoreland United Methodist Church. Family will receive friends at the church from 10:30 am until the time of service. Those wishing may memorial contributions to Centermoreland United Methodist Church, 1244 SR 292 E., Tunkhannock, Pa. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

HOWARD THOMAS ‘TOM’ ROUGHT - No farewell words were spoken, no time to say goodbye, you were gone before we knew it and only God knows why. ... Howard Thomas “Tom” Rought, 73, of North Orwell, Pennsylvania, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Saturday, July 28, 2018. Tom, as he was affectionately known by his family and friends was born on Jan. 2, 1945, in Waverly, New York. He was a graduate of Tioga Central High School Class of 1963 where he lettered in football, baseball, basketball and track. A hardworking and dedicated man, Tom was employed following high school at Harris Foodlines. He later was employed at Endicott Johnson and Agway. Always wanting to provide the best for his family, Tom would often work two jobs — whether it was hauling hay or sawdust and would often barter along the way — sometimes coming home with a calf, a lamb, or a dog. For many years, he was employed at Robert Packer Hospital in the Environmental Services and Northeast Bradford School District where he served as a custodian. Although his greatest love was being his own boss and owning Stompin’ Tom’s Pallets. Tom was an avid San Francisco Giants Fan, enjoyed the Green Bay Packers and watching Syracuse basketball. A passionate bowler, Tom bowled in Towanda, Owego and Waverly and had bowled two 300 games! His greatest pleasure was being surrounded by his family and attending races with them. ... It broke our hearts to lose you, but you didn’t go alone for part of us went with you the day God called you home. Tom will be greatly missed by his wife, Cathy; his children, Howard Thomas “Jake” Rought Jr. and his wife Lisa; Todd and his wife Donnettte Rought; Tamara and her husband John Beckwith; his grandchildren, Andrew (Brittany) Rought, Bryan (Lindsey) Rought, Kyla Beckwith, Thomas Rought, Ashlynn Beckwith, Victoria Rought; his great-grandchildren, Christopher and soon to arrive Henry. His brother and sister-in-law, Theodore “Ted” and Ilona Rought; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Albert and Betty Moore; a sister-in-law, Shirley Snyder; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins; and his canine companions, Riley and Chin. Tom was predeceased by his father, Howard Rought; his maternal grandmother, Maxine Olmstead; aunt and uncle, Aubrey and Margaret Nichols; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Lloyd and Ruth Moore; and brother-in-law, William Snyder Sr. Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 2 at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 3 at the chapel. A funeral service and celebration of his life will follow at 11 a.m. Flowers will be provided by the family and they ask that memorial contributions be directed to the North Orwell Hall in care of Olney Bullock, 1342 Lovett Hill Road, Rome PA or Stray Haven, 194 Shepard Road, Waverly, NY 14892, in loving memory of Tom. –Towanda Daily Review 7/31/2018

 

ROUGHT –MICHELE MARIE ACKLEY, 60, of Sayre, Pa., peacefully crossed over to heavenly home on Saturday, July 21, 2018. Michele was born on June 12, 1958 in Waverly, N.Y., a daughter of Willard Rought and Marie Blitz. Michele spent her early childhood in Nichols before moving to the family farm on Dry Brook Road in Waverly. This is where Michele's love of horses began. Her first horse, Cheyenne was a bay mare whom she rode often, even participating in horse shows at the Maddy Corral as a teenager. Michele was a graduate of Waverly High School class of 1976. Michele held numerous jobs in her life, but her love of horses and animals led her to a 20-year career as a veterinarian technician at the Athens Animal Hospital in Athens, Pa. She loved her job as a vet tech, not only because she was able to help animals, but also because she made so many lifelong friends that shared the same passion. These are the same friends that held a benefit in her honor in 2008 when she was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Dr. Corbett and his amazing team worked tirelessly putting together the benefit which was a huge success. Not only benefiting Michele but for raising awareness of ovarian cancer. Their immense support is just one example of how much she was loved. Michele was diagnosed with Stage IV ovarian cancer in February 2008. Despite this grim diagnosis Michele was determined to prove otherwise, with perseverance unparalleled, and work ethic like none other. She fought with a stouthearted attitude and sense of humor even on the worst of days. She was an inspiration to everyone she encountered. Amongst the many things she loved in life, Michele had an affection for old Hollywood movies and anything vintage or antique. She cherished old and forgotten pieces, the broken and tattered things that have gotten left behind. Michele valued the connection between herself and all other living things, right down to the pebble in her shoe and leaf in her hair. She lived for the journey of stumbling upon it all... On September 10, 1986, Michele married the love of her life Christopher J. Ackley. Chris proved to be a devoted husband everyday of their marriage. They enjoyed life together, always. Together they treasured spending summer vacations in Fair Haven, New York, and fishing on Lake Ontario, baseball games in Pittsburgh watching the Pirates play and of course, happily babysitting their grandkids. If Michele wasn't horseback riding, she was most likely enjoying one of these activities with him. In addition to Chris, Michele will be greatly missed by her adoring daughter, Kristin and son-in-law Luke Dumas. Together Kristin and Michele shared a love for horseback riding, flea market scouring, and all things antique and vintage. From jewelry making to late night talks at the kitchen table, Kristin was not only her daughter but her best friend. Kristin also gave Michele one of her most cherished gifs in life, her grandchildren; Simone, Seamus, Lucian, Wilhelmina and Ezra whom were the life of Michele's life. Michele was predeceased by her loving father Willard Rought. She is survived by her loving parents: Jim and Marie Blitz. Her siblings and their spouses: Mitch and Jan Rought, Mike Rought and Krista Mann, Melanie and Scott Roberts, Kelly and Ken Sanford, Colleen and Rick Bowers. Her nieces and nephews: Zach and Kelly Roberts, Nate Roberts and Sylwia Smusz, Isabella Roberts, Rochelle and Jeremie Stack, Derek and Jennifer Rought, Kayla and Devan Witman, Tyler and Lauren Rought, Morgan Rought, Taylor Bowman, Reagan and Bryce Rought, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and close friends, too numerous to mention. Abiding with Michele's wishes there will be no services. Michele had a great love for all animals and their wellbeing, the family requests that donations be made to Athens Animal Hospital, c/o Dr. Corbett, 475 Riverside Drive, Athens, PA 18810 -- the monies collected will help them continue their free rabies clinic and the care of stray and injured animals. Caring assistance is being provided by Cooley Tioga Point Cremation & Burial Options, 802 N. Main St., Athens, Pa. –Sayre Morning Times 7/24/2018

 

JOEL EDWARD ROYER, age 64, of Millerton, PA passed away on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at home surrounded by his loving family. Joel was the husband of Patricia (Stanley) Royer. Joel was born on January 29, 1953 in Massillon, OH a son of William and Charlotte (Wenger) Royer. Joel is survived by his wife, Patricia; a daughter and son-in-law Emily and Kris Skelly of Hadley, NY; three grandchildren, Jessica, Megan and Kasey Skelly. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, John Royer.

Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, January 31, 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. Memorial contributions may be made to the Millerton Food Pantry, c/o Millerton United Methodist Church, Route 328, Millerton, PA.

 

RUBERT –CINDY J. RUBERT BARTO, 60, of 277 Church Hill Drive, Towanda, Pennsylvania, passed away Monday, March 19, 2018, at her home following declining health. Cindy was born Dec. 25, 1957 in Towanda, the daughter of Charles A. “Chuck” Rubert and Millyne Nickeson Rubert. Cindy grew up in Hornbrook, Pennsylvania, and attended Athens Area High School. She was a graduate of the Arnot-Ogden School of Nursing in Elmira, New York, and was employed as a registered nurse with Guthrie Hospice, Memorial Hospital in Towanda and in Johnson City, New York, until becoming disabled in 2010. Cindy was an active supporter of Little League. She enjoyed traveling, camping, crafts, making quilts and clothing, cross stitch and stained-glass projects. Her family includes her husband, Larry Barto whom she married on July 27, 2002 in North Towanda, Pennsylvania; daughters, Tonia Irish (Michael) of Elmira, New York, Stephanie Harris (Brian) of Newport News, Virginia; step daughter, Marcy Arnold (Marcel) of Newburn, North Carolina; eight grandchildren, Hallie Webster, Ryan Webster, JewLeigha Harris, Talen Irish, Teagin Irish, Tymbur Irish, Taryn Irish, and Ava Arnold; a great-grandson, Lucas Kai Jackson; brother, Kevin Rubert (Amanda) of Towanda; nephews, Nicholas, Adam and Ben Rubert; uncle, Larry Rubert of Sayre; and a special cousin, Lynn Nickeson of Hornbrook. Cindy was predeceased by her father, Charles A. “Chuck” Rubert on Feb. 28, 2018; mother, Millyne Rubert on January 5, 2009; brother, Chuckie Rubert who was lost in a tragic horseback accident on March 27, 1970; uncle, Kenneth Rubert; and aunt, Shirley Goodenow. The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 22, 2018, with a funeral service to follow at 6 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pennsylvania, with Rev. Philip Wanck officiating. The family suggests that contributions may be directed to the Geisinger Oncology Dept., 100 North Academy Drive, Danville, PA in Cindy’s memory. –Towanda Daily Review 3/21/2018

 

XANADU R. RUMSEY, 15, of Ulysses, PA, died Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. She was born December 10, 2002, in Sayre, PA. Xanadu was entering her sophomore year in the Northern Potter School District. She was a very helpful girl and touched many lives. The impact of her life will remain in the hearts of those who loved her. Surviving are: her mother, Shannon Lane of Ulysses; her father, Seth Rumsey, Jr. of Chemung, N.Y.; siblings, Alyssa Rumsey, Ann Marie Rumsey, Brooklynn Rumsey, and Charee Brundege; step-parents, Danielle Johnson and Mike Brundege of Chemung, N.Y.; maternal grandmother, Debra (Glenn) Smith of Coudersport; maternal great-grandparents, Ron and Donna Wandell of Troy; paternal grandparents, Seth Rumsey, Sr. of Barton, N.Y. and Darlene Rumsey of Chemung, N.Y.; extended family, Carletta Stone of Coudersport; aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was predeceased by a brother, Seth E. Rumsey, III. Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Monday, July 23, 2018 from 12 - 2 p.m., with a Memorial Service following at 2 p.m. The Rev. Jason Reed will officiate. Memorials may be made to the family. –Sayre Morning Times 7/23/2018

 

GEORGE CLARK RUMSEY, 69, of Reading Center, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, April 23, 2018 at home. He was born in Westfield, PA on March 7, 1949, the son of George Harvey Rumsey and Thelma Clark Rumsey. He graduated from Cowanesque Valley Junior Senior High School in PA. On March 15, 1969, he married the former Patricia Ann Coons in Middlebury Center, PA. George worked for the Pennsylvania State Highway Department for ten years and then at US Salt for 22 years. He attended St. Mary's of the Lake Church as well as several other churches over the years in Northern PA and New York. George enjoyed hunting, farming (Gentleman Farmer) and spending time with family and friends. He was a member of the American Legion and the Loyal Order of Moose. Surviving are his beloved wife of 49 years, Patricia Ann Rumsey; three sons, Clark (Beth) Rumsey of Rock Stream, Mark (Anne) Rumsey of Kettering, OH and Kevin (Jamie) Rumsey of Watkins Glen; two sisters, Joyce (Bruce) Broadbent of York, PA and Joan (Ken) Bubb of Mecklenburg, PA; sister-in-law, Janet Rumsey of Westfield, PA; six grandchildren, Megan, Logan, Niamh, Aoife, Isaac and Owen; two great grandchildren, Caden and Hallie (Garrett); several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and many friends, neighbors in the community. He was predeceased by his mother in 2003, his father in 2007, and a brother, Harvey Rumsey in 2017. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, May 6, 2018 from 2-3 pm at the Watkins Glen Fire Department, 201 N. Perry St., Watkins Glen. A memorial service will begin at 3:00 pm followed by a reception at the fire department. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Disabled Veterans, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, Kentucky, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN or the Watkins Glen Fire Department, 201 N. Perry St., Watkins Glen, NY. Arrangements are under the direction of Vedder and Scott Funeral Home in Montour Falls. –Elmira Star-Gazette 4/29/2018

 

HARVEY A. RUMSEY, age 79 of Westfield passed away on Friday, September 29, 2017 at his home. Born November 10, 1937 in Westfield in the family home, he was the son of the late George H. and Thelma (Clark) Rumsey. Harve served his country in the US Air Force and Army Reserves and was a retired truck driver and welder. Harve was a member of the Westfield Masonic Lodge #477; he enjoyed watching RFD-TV, dancing in his younger years, John Deere tractors and country music. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Janet (Mertsock) Rumsey; four sons, Harvey Adam (Wanda) of Covington, PA, Gerald at home with parents, Dennis (Mary Lou) of Port St. Lucia, FL and Greg (Peg) of Casper, WY; grandchildren, Taryn, Tyler (Kelsey), Janice Joy (Brandon), Kevin (Michelle) and Holly June; great grandchildren, Audrey, Alton, Addie, Mason, Brendon, Morgan and Gwendolyn; a brother, George (Pat) of Reading Center, NY; two sisters, Joyce (Bruce) Broadbent of York, PA and Joan (Ken) Bubb of Camp Hill, PA and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Brian. Family will received friends at the Kenyon Funeral Home, 222 W. Main St, Westfield on Saturday, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM. A funeral service will be held immediately following at 1:00 PM with Pastor Ed Collins officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Crary Hose Fire Company, 429 Main St., Westfield, PA or to the Sabinsville Ambulance Association, 1021 Locust St., Sabinsville, PA. –Funeral home obit 10/2/2017

 

RUSH –LOIS A. VANHORN, 86, of Dalton, PA. Died Sunday July 22nd at Geisinger CMC in Scranton. She was born on November 13, 1931 daughter of the late Herman and Mary A. Plossil Rush. She is survived by her husband of 65 years Milton VanHorn. She graduated from Belvidere High School, and Easton Hospital School of Nursing, and later went on to receive her Masters in Nursing. She then worked in New Jersey and then came to Pennsylvania where she was the Head of the Wayne Memorial Home Health. Louis and her husband Milton owned and operated The Prince Hotel in Tunkhannock for many years until retirement. She was preceded in death by her son Craig VanHorn and grandson Brian Deighton. She is survived by her son Keith, of Dalton, daughter Coralee Deighton, of Carbondale, sister Marie Rush Sweet, 6 Grandchildren, 5 Great Grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Thursday July 26th at 1:00 PM from the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, Inc. 73 West Tioga Street Tunkhannock, Pa 18657. Interment will be in Sunnyside Cemetery Tunkhannock. A viewing will be held on Thursday from 12:00 PM until the time of the service. Memorial donations can be made to the Order of the Eastern Star 126 South Street Masonic Hall, Waymart, PA. –Funeral home obit

 

RUSSELL –LAVONNE M. VROMAN On the evening of Monday, November 6th, 2017, Lavonne Marie (Russell) Vroman  of Ralston passed away quietly at her residence. She was 83 years of age.  Born July 12th, 1934 in Lewis Township, Lycoming County, Pa., she was the daughter of John and Mildred (Stryker) Russell.   Lavonne was an avid New England Patriots fan, having followed the team since its beginning.  She had been an accomplished bowler in previous years and was part of a championship team in the early 1970’s.   Lavonne enjoyed singing along with the radio or phonograph, especially while working around the house and she loved to cook and bake for her family. She was also fond of Polka dancing.   Lavonne was a loving and devoted mother who enjoyed spending time in the outdoors.  There she taught her children to swim and to appreciate nature.  She loved the changing of the seasons, especially fall and spring, and from her home nestled among the trees on the hillside she enjoyed a front row view of God’s creative beauty.  Lavonne is survived by her sons, James Vroman of Ark., Archie (& Cindy) Vroman of Canton, Terry Vroman of Trout Run, Douglas Vroman of Ralston, Wayne Vroman of Ark. and Michael (& Jeanette) Vroman of IL., daughters Cheryl Staton of Williamsport and Hazel (& Thomas) Wilger of IL,  sister, Peg Forer of Liberty, 11 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Archie W. Vroman, as well as several brothers and sisters. –Canton Independent-Sentinel 11/9/2017

 

RUSSELL –RUTH MAE BURDICK, 73, of Ulster, Pennsylvania, passed away on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, Pennsylvania. She was predeceased by her parents, Kenneth and Frances Russell; husband, William Burdick Sr.; stepson, Harry Burdick Crockett; stepson-in-law, Peter Huber; a daughter, Nancy Burdick; sisters, Beverly Russell and Nancy Haberstroh. Ruth is survived by her longtime companion, John Decker; sons, Kenneth and Kelly Burdick, Harold Burdick, William and Jennifer Burdick Jr., David Burdick; daughters, Ruth Ann and Ronald Sands, Peggy and Ronald Smith, Margaret and Tim Teribury, Donna and Philip Anderson, Bobbie Jo Sharts, Laura and Michael (Shea) Burdick; stepdaughter, Cathy Huber; her sisters, Bernice Russell and Dorothy Gansarski; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and special nieces and nephews, Lorenz, Mary and Dawn Haberstroh. Ruth was known to everyone who knew her as “Ma.” She loved every person she ever met and was always smiling. She held many odd jobs over the years, but her favorite job was being a mother and a grandmother and great-grandmother. A funeral service will be held at noon on Friday, April 20, 2018, at the Hennessey’s Funeral Home, 747 Jackson Ave., Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, with Pastor Alex Vosburgh officiating. Burial will be held at the Scott Valley Cemetery, Montdale, Pennsylvania. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday at the Hennessey’s Funeral Home. The family would like to thank the staff of the Robert Packer Hospital ICU department for the exceptional care and support during the last few days. –Towanda Daily Review 4/20/2018

 

RYDER –DORIS E. WHITMOYER, 78, of Glen Mawr, died Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, at her home. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Myron E. Whitmoyer. They were married on June 28, 1958.
Born August 20, 1939, in Moreland Twp., she is the daughter of the late Oliver Clarence and Ocie Leota (Minnier) Ryder. Doris was a graduate of Hughesville High School, Class of 1957. She was a loving wife and mother who enjoyed reading, knitting, crocheting, needlepoint and baking, especially for her grandchildren. Surviving, in addition to her husband, are a daughter, Tammy L. Andrews, of Hughesville; three sons, Edgar H. (Deborah) Whitmoyer, of Hughesville, David O. (Brenda) Whitmoyer, of Muncy, and Daniel R. Whitmoyer, of Muncy; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Harold O. Ryder, of Muncy. In addition to her parents, Doris was preceded in death by a sister, Anna Mae Shoemaker. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, February 9, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water St., Hughesville. Burial will follow in Twin Hills Memorial Park, Muncy. Visitation will be on Friday, one hour prior to the funeral. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Doris' name to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

SABOL –VERONICA KILMER, 68, of Canton, PA passed away at home while surrounded by loved ones on Wednesday morning, November 1, 2017. Veronica Louise, “Roni” to family and friends, was born September 24, 1949 in Philipsburg, PA, one of 11 children of the late Veronica and Michael Sabol. On May 10, 1997, Roni married Phillip Kilmer in South Port, NY.  In earlier years, she worked as a waitress and bartender at several area restaurants and clubs.  Roni later got her CDL license and drove truck with Phil.  She enjoyed traveling much of the country while working for Barr Nunn Transportation out of Granger, Iowa.   She was a member of Canton’s American Legion 303, V.F.W. Lodge 714 and WOTM Lodge 981.  Roni always held a special appreciation and connection with nature and being outdoors.  She loved to camp and take rides through the countryside.  She also was a great cook.  Most of all, Roni loved spending time and socializing with her family and friends. In addition to her husband Phil, surviving are two sons; Dennis L. Jr. (Monica) Gower of Canton and Michael L. (Billie Jo) Gower of Wellsboro, five grandchildren; Heathe R. Gower, Cody L. Gower, Joshua M. Gower, Jesse L. Gower and Timothy W. Humpal, seven brothers and sisters; Marilyn Sabol of Clearfield, Michael Sabol of Beccaria, Joseph (Nancy) Sabol of Hawk Run, John Sabol of Tyrone, Gary (Wendy) Sabol of Morrisdale, Mark (Linda) Sabol of South Carolina and Cazimer (Patsy) Sabol of Houtzdale, many dear friends, nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by three siblings; George Sabol, Steve Sabol and Joanne Sabol Shields. In keeping with Roni’s wishes, there will be no services. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.  Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Dr., Canton is assisting her family. –Canton Independent Sentinel 11/9/2017

 

SALSMAN –KAREN JOYCE BENJAMIN was born April 6, 1945 in Ithaca, N.Y., and passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 in Waverly, N.Y. She was the daughter of Irene Eastman and Gus Salsman. She is survived by her daughter, Kelly Stout and son, Michael Stout; stepdaughter, Brenda Hutchins; stepson, Robert L. Benjamin Jr. (Brandy); grandchildren, Steven (Ashley), Heather (Dan), Craig (Kayla), Dakota, Pauly (Brittany), Michelle (Brian), Joey, Sage, Michael, Addison, Nicole, John, Bobby, Carter, Kiana, Makayla, Brittni; great-grandchildren; brothers, Hayes (Cheryl), John, Bob; and sisters, Pat and Anita (Mark). Karen was predeceased by her mother, Irene Eastman; father, Gus Salsman; husband, Robert L. Benjamin Sr.; and son, Edward J. Stout. Karen worked hard at NCR, and raised three children. She was an amazing knitter and crocheter, and enjoyed starting new projects before finishing the last. She enjoyed vacationing at the New Jersey beach, reading, playing games, watching the races at the casino, and spending time with the family. One of her greatest passions was helping the ones she loved and they will forever be grateful. She will be missed by many. A time of calling will be held on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad St., Waverly. Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 12 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Bruce Vanderpool officiating and burial to follow in Barton Cemetery. –Sayre Morning Times 4/20/2018

 

SANDERS –ALEXANDER (SANDERS) ZILL-BEEBE, 36, of Matamoras, Pa., passed away on Nov. 30, at Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis, N.Y. She graduated from Wallenpaupack Area High School, in Hawley, Pa., and Keystone College, in LaPlume, Pa. Born Sept. 3, 1981, in Newton, she was the daughter of Robert and Grace (Gregovich) Sanders. On May 31, 2015, she married her best friend and greatest confidante, Matthew Beebe, in a ceremony overlooking the Endless Mountains in Rome, Pa.
Alexandra's legacy continues through her husband, Matthew; son, Evan "Reed" Beebe; father, Robert and brother, Ryan Sanders, of Greeley, Pa.; her father and mother-in-law, Robert and Mary Beebe, of Rome, Pa.; and her extended family and closest friends. She was predeceased by her mother, Grace. Though short, she lived a full life, cultivating many passions and talents, to include exploring the outdoors, hunting for fossils, crafting of all kinds, creating gourmet meals, decorating for every occasion, enjoying music and reading everything she could. While she found joy in many things, her greatest pleasures came from family.
Known to friends and family as Alex, Al or Lexi, it was the more recent monikers of Mrs., wife and ma-ma-ma that meant the most to her. Those who had the opportunity to know her, loved her. Her family will receive friends at Stroyan Funeral Home, 405 W. Harford St., Milford, Pa, on Saturday Dec. 9, at 11 a.m., with the memorial service at noon. –Towanda Daily Review 12/6/2017

ROBERT L. (BOB) SANDOR, age 68, of Sandor Road, Laceyville, Pennsylvania, passed away Friday morning, July 28, 2017, peacefully at his home. Bob was born on July 13, 1949 in Beaver Meadows, the son of the late Michael Sandor and Ellen Slater Sandor of Towanda. He was a graduate of the Wyalusing High School with the class of 1967. He was employed with PennDot for 32 years before his retirement in 2005. Bob was dedicated to his job and loved working for PennDOT. He was know as Bradford "56." Bob was a member of the Rought Hall American Legion Post No. 510 in Black Walnut, and the Towanda VFW. Post No. 1568. Bob will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Bob was a big man who was always large and in charge. He would say: "It was either Bob's way or the highway," and anyone who ever worked for Bob knew it. In 1971, Bob survived a car accident on the Towanda Flats when an airplane hit his car, but it never slowed him down or stopped him from living a full life. After retirement he loved to go fishing with his wife, "Little Pigeon," on the St. Lawrence River in Clayton, New York. He was an avid hunter and loved to be in Sandor Valley, the place where he was most happy. Especially after his health declined, Bob just wanted to be with his spouse Beverly, and his beloved cat "Buggy." Bob is survived by his wife, Beverly J. Sandor, to whom he was married on July 5, 1996; his daughters, Tina Parker and her husband Kade of Midway, Texas, Tammy Sandoval and her husband Romeo of La Porte, Texas, and Michelle Sandor and her fiancé Josh Coe of Towanda; his step-children, Teresa Fulmer and her husband Brett of Wysox, Anthony Bennett and his wife Kim of Wyalusing, Kevin Johnson of Laceyville, and Angela Oliver and her husband David of Towanda; his mother, Ellen Slater Sandor of Towanda; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers and their wives, Ronald and Mary Sandor, Thomas and Kim Sandor, and Michael and Rhetha Sandor; his sisters, Florence and Kenny Fasset, and Barbara Kay; as well as many nieces and nephews. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his father-in-law Thomas A. Johnson, and many aunts and uncles. It was Bob's wishes not to have any services at this time and a private memorial service in the Sandor Valley. Funeral arrangements were entrusted with Sheldon Funeral Homes, 155 Church St., Wyalusing, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review 7/31/2017

 

EARL P. SAVAGE of Elmira - Age 66 of Elmira, 11/18/1951 to 7/29/2018. He is survived by his sisters, Ann Mustico, Judy Hunter, Jeane (Michael Freeman) Strock; brothers, Bill & Frank Savage; sons, Chris Dunivan, Michael Savage, & Jamie Savage; several nieces, nephews and cousins including, Lisa Diaz; predeceased by his parents, Anna Hummel & Christopher Savage; brother, Kenneth Strock on 3/13/2018. Earl was employed by his dear friends Don (Melissa) Kalec Jr. and his family at the Kalec Funeral Home for over 10 years. He will be dearly missed & remembered by those he touched. The family will receive relatives and friends at the Kalec Funeral Home, Sunday, August 5th @ 5 p.m. for his Funeral Service. Interment at the convenience of the family in Woodlawn Cemetery. –Elmira Star-Gazette 8/4/2018

 

JESS EARL SAVERCOOL, 46, of Sayre, PA passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, June , 2018 at his home. He was born on February 25, 1972 in Sayre, PA, the son of Richard and Mary (Savercool) Matthews.  Jess loved spending time with his children. He was employed as a Chef in various restaurants in the Valley area. He enjoyed cooking and camping. Jess had a collection of movies on DVD, and he could be seen spending his spare time watching any type of movies on TV. He is predeceased by maternal grandparents, Mary Josephine, and William Herald Savercool, maternal uncle, James Earl Savercool, maternal aunt, Carol Mae Greene and family friend, Thomas James. He is survived by his children, Kali Jo Jacquelyn Savercool and William Charles Grove of Sayre, PA, Marina Renee Savercool of Sayre, PA, Kattie Mae Winge of Sayre, PA, Brady Thomas Savercool of Sayre, PA, Christopher David John Naylor of Sayre, PA, and Jesse James Earl Savercool of Sugar Run, PA, parents, Mary Jane (Savercool) and Richard Matthews of Sayre, PA, siblings and their spouses, William and Lisa Matthews of Sayre, PA, Chris and Sandy Pruyne of Laceyville, PA, Richard and Maureen Matthews of Sayre, PA, and Jason and Melinda Matthews of Sayre, PA, brother, Andrew Matthews of Powell, PA, and sister, Maryann Engle of Elmira, NY. He is also survived by his maternal aunts and uncles, Catherine and Richard Kithcart of Sayre, PA, Tom and Patty Savercool of Sayre, PA, Pat and Dodi Savercool, Don and Mary Savercool, William and Shirley Savercool of Waverly, NY, Margaret Savercool of Waverly, NY, Maureen and Charles Comstock of Milltown, PA, and Penny Young of Sayre, PA and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. A Memorial Service will be held on June 25, 2018 at 1pm at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, PA with the Rev. Bruce Vanderpool officiating. Memorial donations may be made in Jess's memory to: Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, PA to help his children offset the funeral expenses. –Funeral home obit

 

SAVEY –JOANA EVERLY, 56, of Elmira, N.Y., passed away peacefully at home on April 8, 2018, surrounded by her family. Joana was born to Raymond Savey and Jerre Starke on Oct. 12, 1961 at the Arnot Ogden in Elmira, N.Y. Joana enjoyed many things, including kayaking with her pup Delilah, crocheting, watching her Philadelphia Eagles, supercross, dancing, and spending time with her daughters and grandbabies. Joana is survived by her daughter Allison Casselbury of Waverly, her daughter Katlin Allen and boyfriend Josh Cady of Sayre, her boyfriend Chris Simonds of Athens, her two grandbabies Joslyn Chandler and Cooper Cady of Sayre, mothers-in-law Lois Allen and Gail Casselbury of Waverly. Sisters Rhonda Lee of Waverly, Kelly Kraus of Big Flats, Debbie Clark of Florida, her nieces Crystal Lee of Center Hall and Mckenna Comfort of Gillett, her Aunt Lorraine and Uncle Fred, and also her close friends, including her "Masco family." She is predeceased by her brother Ray "Moe" Savey Jr., father-in-law Jerry Allen, nephew Joshua Savey and her good friend Tommy Simonds. There will be a celebration of Joana's life hosted by Mickey's Pub in Waverly, N.Y., on Sunday, April 15 from 2-6 p.m. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of The Thomas Cremation and Funeral Service, 1297 Elmira St., Sayre, Pa. –Sayre Morning Times 4/13/2018

 

SAWYER –GAIL ANN (SAWYER) CHASE, 68, of Trinity, N.C., and formerly of Nichols, N.Y., passed away on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at Kindred Hospital in Greensboro. Gail was born Jan. 5, 1950, in Sayre, Pa., the daughter of the late Howard Earl and Hilda (Kresge) Sawyer. Gail received her bachelor's degree from Russell Sage College in Troy, N.Y., and her master's degree from Elmira College in Elmira, N.Y., and retired from Tioga Central Middle School, where she touched many lives. She is survived by her husband, Ronald J. "Ron" Chase, whom she married on June 30, 1973; three children, Christopher Chase and his wife, Candace, of Davidson, N.C., Nicholas Chase and his wife, Ashley, of Endicott, N.Y. and Abigail Chase and her fiancé, Michael Johnston, of High Point; two grandchildren, Hayden and Addison Chase; three stepgrandchildren, Cade Lewis, Clark Hudson and Ruby Johnston; one niece, Marcy Hill and her husband, Steve, and one nephew, Mike Sawyer, both of Nichols, N.Y.; and a sister-in-law, Lois Chase Heiple, and her husband, Tom, of High Point. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Jack Sawyer. Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. A memorial service and celebration of Gail's life will be held on Wednesday, April 25 at 11 a.m. at the Nichols United Methodist Church, Main Street, Nichols, with Pastor Mary Jean Simonin and Pastor Brown Naik officiating.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Victory Junction Gang Camp, 4500 Adam's Way, Randleman, NC in loving memory of Gaily Ann (Sawyer) Chase. Caring assistance is being provided by the Cooley Family of the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. –Sayre Morning Times 4/18/2018

 

SCANLIN –MRS. MARY THERESA GLEOCKLER, age 90, of Dushore, Pennsylvania, passed away on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at the UPMC Susquehanna: Williamsport Hospital, with her loving family at her side. Theresa was born on Oct. 14, 1927, a daughter of the late Daniel and Beatrice Madonna Miner Scanlin. She graduated from St. Basil’s High School, a member of the class of 1945. She married Charles E. “Chet” Gleockler on June 4, 1949, and they enjoyed 51 years of marriage before his passing on Oct. 25, 2000. She and her husband owned and operated the Green Swan Hotel in Dushore. Theresa also worked in the office of Meehan Company of Dushore and also at the Sullivan County Courthouse in the Assessor’s office. Theresa was a member of St. Basil’s Church, Dushore, Pennsylvania, and a member of its Altar and Rosary Society. She was a loving spouse, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She enjoyed reading, doing puzzles, socializing, playing bingo, listening to music and dancing. Surviving are sons, Gerald L. (Norma) Gleockler of Dushore, Pennsylvania, and James M. (Joann) Gleockler also of Dushore, Pennsylvania; daughters, Patricia (Jon) Renshaw of Dushore, Pennsylvania, and Sandra (Mike) Richmond of Hillsgrove, Pennsylvania; two sisters-in-law, Rita D. Tubach of Forksville, Pennsylvania, Shirley P. and Kenneth Bonnell of Montoursville, Pennsylvania; 12 grandchildren, Natalie (Matt) McDonald, Jay (Amber) Renshaw, Joshua (Scharri) Richmond, Justin (Alison) Richmond, Kyle Gleockler, Shayna Gleockler, Carla (Michael) Clark, Casey (Kristina) Gleockler, John Mullican, Jen (Dino Manero) Barto, Shelly (Wilbur) McCarty, and Shannon (Tammy Dickerson) Elchler; 20 great-grandchildren, Triston Richmond, Beaux Richmond, Sierra McDonald, Hudson McDonald, Maven Renshaw, Juniper Renshaw, Michael Clark, Travis Clark, Kayla Clark, Brian Barto, Lauryn Barto, Brice (Morgan) Barto, Tierni Barto, Colby Gleockler, Cayden Gleockler, Kaylee Gleockler, Kyla Gleockler, Winter McCarty, Scarlet McCarty, and Hunter Dickerson. Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a son, Robert C. Gleockler, on Aug. 28, 1976; brother and sister-in-law, Daniel and Margaret Scanlin; brothers-in-law, Richard C. Gleockler, Leon C. Gleockler, and Earl Tubach. A transferal service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, 2018, at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, Pennsylvania, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at St. Basil’s Church, Dushore, Pennsylvania, with the Rev. Michael McCormick, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes, Montoursville, Pennsylvania, presiding. Internment will follow in an adjoining parish cemetery. Family and friends my call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 20, 2018, at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, Pennsylvania, and from 9:30 a.m. to the time of the service on Saturday. Theresa wanted to express her sincere admiration and thanks to Lew Hope, for all of his care for her over the years, and asks that memorial contributions be sent to the Dushore Fire and Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 1, Dushore, PA 18614, in her memory.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, Pennsylvania. –Towanda Daily Review 7/20/2018

 

MARY JEAN SCHANBACHER, 77, of Waverly and formerly of Spencer, N.Y., died Sunday, April 29, 2018 in Rochester, N.Y. Born in Liberty, Pa., a daughter of Harold and Anna Schanbacher, she was a graduate of Liberty Joint High School, Mansfield State Teachers College and Elmira College. In addition to her parents, Mary was predeceased by siblings: Margaret (Robert) Pross, William Schanbacher and Martha (James) Norwood. She is survived by siblings: Thomas (Mary) of Waverly, John (Thomas Cortright) of Van Etten, Jane (Michael) Weaver of Muenster, Texas, Ellen (Ronald) Reed of Liberty, Pa., and sister-in-law, Jean Schanbacher of Van Etten; 19 nieces and nephews. Mary was a teacher, toy maker, quilter and avid reader. She was a strong supporter of the Community Food Cupboard in Spencer and many foundations/organizations that seek to promote balance in nature and preserve our natural habitats, especially the National Wildlife Federation. Per her wishes, there will be no funeral service, but a family and friends gathering will be planned for a future date. –Sayre Morning Times 5/2/2018

 

SCHMID –CAROLYN A. WEILER, age 80, passed away on March 26, 2018. She was born in Arusha, Tanzania. She was the daughter of Ferdinand A.F. Schmid and Corinne W. Marks Schmid.  Carolyn’s father managed the family coffee plantation.  The coffee brand was Narok and was sold in Switzerland. After WWII, her parents sent Carolyn, her two brothers, and sister to USA for an American education. They lived with her grandparents in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. Carolyn met her husband, Norman Weiler when he was stationed in Roanoke Rapids, NC.  He was one of the first airmen to come to start up the new Air Force Radar Station.  After getting married, they lived in many places within the country – Roanoke Rapids, NC; Biloxi, MS; Cape Cod, MA; Yuma, AZ; Point Arena, CA.  Afterwards, it was off to Wurzburg, Germany for three years.  Upon returning to the states, the family lived in Bucks Harbor, ME and subsequently settled in Dushore, PA when Norman was stationed at Red Rock Radar Station.  When the Air Force stationed Norman in Alaska for a year, Carolyn and the children remained in Dushore, PA so the children could finish their schooling.  She loved the area and decided to put down roots except for the five years she lived in Lumberton, NC. Carolyn enjoyed many kinds of handiwork such as knitting, crochet, embroidery, plus drawing.  She also enjoyed camping with the family.  She loved hiking, looking for wild flowers, and bird watching.  Though she did not get to do it often, target shooting was another favorite sport she liked to do. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother Alwin F. Schmid. Carolyn is survived by: four sons, Charles L. Weiler and his wife Alice; Alwin F. Weiler and his wife Marcene; Mark A. Weiler and his wife Joyce; and Steven W. Weiler and his partner Steven Montes; and a daughter; Corinne A.  Rice and her partner Ralph Vassallo, Jr; two grandsons, Dane and Troy Weiler; two grand-daughters Corissa and Christie Rice; brother, Frederic H. Schmid and his wife Suzanne; sister, Corinne F. Waters; nephews, niece, cousins, and her beloved cat Moshi.  The family would like to extend their gratitude to the community for the many years of support and kindness given to Carolyn.  Per Carolyn’s wishes, there will be no services. Memorial Contributions in her memory may be directed to the Dushore Fire Co. and Ambulance Association, PO Box 1, Dushore, PA. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA.

 

GARY G. SCHOCK, 68, of Waverly, passed away peacefully at home with his loving family by his side on Monday, February 5, 2018 after a very courageous battle with cancer. He was predeceased by his parents, Gilbert M. Schock and Helen Irene Newbury; sister, Sherrie Sullivan; and uncle, Lynn Schock.
Gary is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Julie Schock; children, Nichole Smith of Cortland, and Eric (Desiree) Schock of Waverly; sisters, Rhoda Jo (Christopher) DeSanto of Elmira, and Nadine (Mathew) Herrala of Barton; brothers, Daniel (Sharon) Newbury of South Waverly and Steve (Diane) Newbury of Waverly; sisters-in-law, Rosie Perry of Ithaca and Bonnie English of Waverly; grandchildren, Jesse Schock-McCarthy and Kai Smith. Gary was very proud of 21 years of sobriety. He loved to watch NASCAR, football and WWE wrestling. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and bowling. Most of all he loved his family. A time of calling will be held on Friday, February 9, 2018 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, where we will conclude the calling hours with full military honors by the Valley Color Guard. Burial will be in Barton Cemetery in the spring. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one's choice in Gary's name. –Sayre Morning Times 2/7/2018

JAMES E. SCHRADER, SR., 91 - Softly in the morning, you heard a gentle call, you took the hand God offered you and quietly left us all ... James E. Schrader, Sr., 91, of Windham, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre. Jim was born on April 6, 1927 in Monroeton, Pennsylvania, a son of the late Raymond and Pearl (Walburn) Schrader.  He was a graduate of Rome High School and on Aug. 9, 1947 in Tioga Center he married Lula J. Thornton. Together they shared 47 years of marriage until her passing on Feb. 16, 2012. For over 40 years, Jim was employed at General Electric in Elmira and Lynn, Massachusetts and at one time served as president and chief steward of the union. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling and watching college basketball. He will be greatly missed by his family ~ Dad until we meet again, find peace in heaven’s hands. Jim will be greatly missed by his children and their spouses:  Beverly Buchmann of Windham; Melvin and Ann Schrader of Nichols; Dana Schrader of Windham Center; Tracy and Margarida Schrader of Windham Center; a daughter-in-law, Betty Schrader of Windham; and a brother-in-law, Thomas Jenkins of Rome. Ten grandchildren, several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Many nieces, nephews and their families also survive. Jim was welcomed into heaven by his parents Raymond and Pearl Schrader, his wife Lula J. Schrader, his son James E. Schrader, Jr., son-in-law William R. Buchmann, and his siblings, Hilda Blair, Lee Schrader, Clifford Schrader, Joanne Olmstead and Patricia Jenkins. Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10 at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. A celebration of his life will follow at 1 p.m. with Pastor C. Kenneth Crain, officiating. Interment will follow in the Nichols Cemetery. Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to Stray Haven, 194 Shephard Rd., Waverly, NY in loving memory of James Edward Schrader, Sr.  Dad, you will always be in our thoughts and forever in our hearts. –Towanda Daily Review 7/9/2018

 

ALLEN R. SCOTT, 75, of Bern Township, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, in Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center. He was the beloved husband of Louise (Urbanovich) Scott, who he married Feb. 19, 1966. Born in Gloucester, Mass., he was the son of the late Rev. Lyle and Charlotte (Jayne) Scott. Allen was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during the Bay of Pigs. He was employed as an electrician with IBEW #163, working through many contractors until his retirement in 1999. Allen was a loving husband, unbelievable father and a devoted grandfather. In addition to his wife Louise, Allen is also survived by two children: John Henry J., husband of Keana C. Scott of Gaithersburg, Md., and Susan C., wife of Don Lynam of Leesport; two siblings: Judith, wife of Rev. Ladd Harris, and John Whitney, husband of Diane Scott; and two grandchildren: Megan and Jack Lynam. Services private at the convenience of the family. Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home Inc., West Reading, is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Department 142, Memphis, TN. –Wyoming Couty Examiner 9/13/3027

 

SCOTT –GAIL BERNADETTE SCOTT JUSTICE born Dec. 10, 1944, and passed away on Friday, July 6, 2018. She was the daughter of the late Robert and Alice Shaw Scott. She was pre-deceased by her 18-day-old son, Blake, in 1968; nine brothers-in-law; one sister-in-law; and dear friend Donna Johnson. She was the most loving wife to Kenneth Darrell Justice; a wonderful mother and mother-in-law to son, Kenneth Darrell Justice Jr. and his wife Susan; daughter, Jennifer Burton and husband Rob; grandmother to her charming grandchildren, Blake, Bailey, and Brooke Burton, as well as Abbey and Rachel Justice. She, truly, was a loving and fun sister to her five sisters and one brother, Marcia, Jeanne, Adrianne, Roseanne, Babs and Bob; and a most loyal friend to all who may be scattered around our country but close to her in spirit. She loved traveling and was a true Scott — she loved playing cards. She loved cardinals, and whenever her family and friends see a cardinal, it will bring Gail right back to us. She was a graduate of Troy High School in Pennsylvania and started working as a Government Clerk with the U.S. Navy department, in Washington D.C. She ended her working career as an executive assistant in government relations for Verizon. She was under the care of Capital Caring Hospice, and received their loving and dedicated attention, and her family cannot say enough about this wonderful organization. Those who may wish, may make a memorial contribution to St. Jude. The family will receive friends from 10 to noon on Friday, July 13, 2018, at Hall Funeral Home with services immediately following at noon with Pastor Fred Vann officiating. A celebration of her life will be held at Coach’s Corner following the service. –Towanda Daily Review 7/12/2018

 

LEO NEAL SEARFOSS SR., 93, passed on peacefully in the company of family on October 11, 2017 at Park Center in Cortland. Mr. Searfoss is a World War II veteran with medals, having served a lengthy deployment in Manila. Mr. Searfoss, originally of Sayre, Pa., married beautiful Juanita Ernestine Bruce of Denton, Texas, in 1944. He now joins his bride (2005) in the hereafter. He proudly served the Lehigh Valley Railroad for 40 years. After retirement, he continued to work in Cortland at The Dark Horse until age 90. Mr. Searfoss's children are Rocky (Fayann) and Ernest "Sparky" of Cortland, and Karen (Michael) Sheridan of Morrisville. He also is survived by siblings Clyde, Skip and Tillie. His grandchildren are Lisa (Bill Crane) of Cortland, Ann Angle (George) of South Carolina, Michael J. of Albany, Katherine E. (Tim) of Maryland, Jeffrey (Katie) of Philadelphia, and Melissa of New Jersey. Mr. Searfoss leaves five great-grandchildren. They are Sheridan and Chancey (Crane), and Brooks, Katie and new baby Leo (Angle). Mr. Searfoss was a friend to all, a great man, and a wonderful husband and father. Calling hours are Saturday, October 12, 2017 from 3 to 4:45 p.m. at Wright-Beard Funeral Home, Lincoln Ave., with a memorial service at 5 p.m. –Sayre Morning Times 10/15/2017

 

JAMES F. SECHRIST, 51, of Little Meadows, PA passed away on Sunday, July 29, 2018 at Wilson Hospital in Johnson City, NY.  He was born on May 11, 1967 in Endicott, NY to Donald J. and Donna M. (Starring) Sechrist. James is also survived by his longtime companion, Michelle L. Branning; a daughter, Kristen Sechrist; a son, Cody Sechrist; six siblings and their spouses, Robert (Kristina) Staudt, Barbara (Mark) Wansor, Karen (Scott) Yager, Chrissy (Richie) Harder, Jason (Rebecca) Sechrist and Jonathan (Morgan) Sechrist and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. James was an avid NASCAR fan and he enjoyed hunting, camping and playing horseshoes.  He especially enjoyed his annual camping trip to Knoebels Amusement Park.  He worked for Diaz Stone & Pallet. Calling hours will be from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m., August 12, 2018 at the Daniel K. Regan Funeral Home in Montrose, PA. Donations in his memory can be sent to Vets on Track Foundation, PO Box 186, Garrisonville, VA. –Funeral obit

 

SEESE –MARY E. PARDOE, 82, of Muncy, died Sunday, December 31, 2017, at her home. Born March 28, 1935 in Danville, she was a daughter of the late Harold L. and Helen M. (Hagerman) Seese. She and her husband, Preston E. Pardoe, would have celebrated 63 years of marriage on May 28, 2018. Mary was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She was a graduate of North-Mont High School, Class of 1953 and retired in 1997 from Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, after having worked there for 19 years. Mary was a member of the Women of the Moose and the former Bethany United Methodist Church, Hughesville, now The Beacon: a United Methodist Church. She also loved animals, bowling, reading and cooking. Surviving, in addition to her husband, are two daughters, Sandra E. (Terry) Little, and Penny L. Pardoe, both of Hughesville; a son, Preston E. (Kathleen) Pardoe II of Hughesville; three grandchildren, Jennifer M. (Brad) Whitmoyer, Erica L. (Eric) Stroup, and Kelly J. (Timothy) DeHart; and six great-grandchildren, Chylee A. Stroup, Sara A. Stroup, Lauren E. Stroup, Dylan B. Whitmoyer, Brett D. Whitmoyer, and Austin H. Allman. In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald L. Seese. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, January 5, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville with Rev. Jane L. O'Borski officiating. Burial will be held privately in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hughesville. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. The family will provide the flowers and suggest memorial contributions to the Lycoming County S.P.C. A., 2805 Reach Rd., Williamsport, PA. –Funeral home obit

 

MS. JANE “TOBY” SELINGER passed away peacefully on Oct. 25, 2017 at Troy Community Hospital surrounded by family. Toby was born April 4, 1937 in Lenox Hills, New York, to the late Mortimer and Nanette Selinger. In 1944, at the age of 6 years old, Toby moved to Troy, Pennsylvania and became a life-long resident of Martha Lloyd Community Services, where she spent 74 happy years. Those who knew Toby would describe her as sweet and loving with a touch of spunk and mischief. Toby always made sure to let those she cared about know that she “loved them to pieces.” She enjoyed spending her free time stringing beads and buttons, coloring and “shopping.” Toby also enjoyed music and singing for others when asked. Toby touched many lives over the past 74 years at Martha Lloyd, and she will be deeply missed by all who were lucky enough to have known her. She is survived by her nephew, David Selinger, as well as her friends and family at Martha Lloyd. Toby was preceded in death by her parents, Mortimer and Nanette Selinger, her brother, Andrew Selinger and her special friend Maggie Smith. A celebration of Toby’s life will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 at Martha Lloyd Community Services in the gymnasium. –Towanda Daily Review 10/27/2017

 

AMO SERAFINI - It was some time late during the morning of Aug. 25, 2017, when Arno Serafini took his last breath on earth and his first breath in heaven. Arno was born March 1 1933, the youngest child of Eugenio Serafini and Suzie Mattioli Serafini …Wait. … I don't know how to write my father's obituary. I'm stunned to say the least that this is my issue for tonight. My dad is dead, and I'm writing a partial story of his life. I feel numb. I don't want it to be true, but it is. This can't be a regular obituary. I can't type up his details like I'm not broken to bits… I am. I am not the writer that other members of my family are. I don't even know the proper way to write an obituary. I write out of my heart and now my heart is breaking for our family. Arno, dad, was born in Mildred along with twin sister Anita. He went to school in Mildred and, after graduation, he enlisted in the Army. He was a member of the Mildred Legion and White Ash Land Association. He enjoyed berry-picking, hunting, picking mushrooms and almost anything in the woods. As he was growing up, he played basketball for Cherry Township and worked at the Acme Market. He married my mom, Diane, on Oct. 23, 1954, at St. Francis of Assisi in Mildred. After he returned from the Army, he worked at Endicott Johnson Shoe Factory in Mildred until it closed. He then worked for Charnitski's Store as a butcher until it closed. These details tell nothing of the man he was here on planet Earth. But as a father, husband, son, grandfather, friend and neighbor, he was a man among men. He cooked, cleaned, baked, sewed, gardened, babysat. … He had the soft heart of his Italian mother and the strong backbone of his Italian father, working to provide for his family. His family - and I don't mean just his kids - all of his family meant the world to him. In 2012, when my mother got sick, he took care of her, keeping her home and making sure she was not just well cared for, but well cared for by him. As I think of dad, I want to suck in every picture, every video hearing his voice. If I could speak to him again, I would say, "It was time for you to go back from where you came. We will see you again." Arno is survived by his children, including: Debra Ryan and her husband Rick, Mondi Serafini and his wife Mona, Bobbi Jo Brown and her husband Tim; grandchildren, including: Kim Williams, Brittany Zachariah and her husband Zac, Daniel Ryan and his wife Kelly Ann, Cameron Serafini, Kassidy Brown and Noah Brown; great-grandchildren, Evelyn Zachariah and John Ryan. Arno is predeceased by Diane on April 8, 2014; and Kim, his daughter, on Aug. 30 1979; as well as seven siblings: Rose Gardner, Josephine Barnatovich, Anna Decker, Mundy Serafini, infant sister Enez, John Serafini and Anita Sysock (his twin sister). Arno, Dad, is the end of a whole generation on this planet. We will not let his life pass unacknowledged. There will be no service, but a remembrance luncheon for dad, as well as mom, at noon on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, at the Mildred Legion. Family and friends are cordially invited. Caring assistance is provided by Cooley Tioga Point Cremation & Burial Options in Athens. –Towanda Daily Review 8/27/2017

 

CHRIS E. SEYMOUR age 54 passed away unexpectedly of natural causes in Cumberland, MD on Wed. July 19, 2017. Chris was born in Elmira, NY on Mar. 5, 1963. He graduated from Troy High School and continued his education at Lycoming College. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Science and Biology, graduating Suma Cum Laude. Chris worked away from home for over 35 years as a subcontractor to the Army Corp. of Engineers. He specialized in hazardous waste removal and demolition in many states. Chris had many interests; enjoyed skiing, was a certified scuba diver and avid hunter, loved riding his motorcycle, and ran many miles daily most of his life. He cherished his family who survive; daughter, Rachel (Theo Jimenze) Seymour, Scottsdale, AZ; paretns, Ron & Lois Seymour, Gillett, PA; sister, Sheili (Andy) Ripic, Towanda, PA; niece, Alexis Ripic, Rawleigh, NC; nephew, Zack Ripic, soon to be of Boone, NC; loving companion, Gloria Vitiello, Endicott, NY along with their canine companion, Bear. Chris is also survivied by his grandmother, Jean Baxter, Millerton, PA; several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Chris' friendly smile and easy manner will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Private services will be held at the convience of the family. –Elmira Star-Gazette 7/26/2017

 

SHADDUCK –KATHLEEN A. ‘KATHY’ KENNEDY of Elmira, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at the age 62. Born April 16, 1955 in Waverly, NY, daughter of the late Arthur H. and Anna Joslyn Shadduck. Kathy was also predeceased by brother, Cliff Shadduck. She is survived by her loving devoted husband and best friend of 20 years Robert Kennedy of Elmira, NY and their children, Christian (Liz) Haralson of Elmira Heights, NY; step children, Jennifer (Jason) Embree and Scott Kennedy; grandchildren, Olivia Scouten, Anna and Rebecca Haralson, and Alec Embree; sisters, Bonnie (Steve) Butts; brother, Al (Hazel) Shadduck, Duane Shadduck (Nancy Arnold); sister-in-law; Ann Shadduck; and several extended family members. Kathy was employed by Winchester Optical for over 35 years and will be lovingly remembered for the care of her family and her four legged companions. She also loved her grandchildren, her aquarium, biking with her Yorkie, shooting and was a kind, caring, fair, and humble lady. The family will welcome relatives and friends at the Horseheads Community Wesleyan Church, 2095 Grand Central Ave., Horseheads, NY on Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 10AM-12PM with her Funeral Service to follow. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to a charity of onhe’s choice. –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/5/2017

 

SHAFFER –MARLENE F. HOTTENSTEIN, 90, of New Albany, died Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017 at Robert Packer Hospital. Born Sept. 30, 1926 in Forksville, she was a daughter of the late Donald G. and Valma P. (Fetherbay) Shaffer. Her husband of 56 years, William V. Hottenstein, preceded her in death on Sept. 17, 2001. Marlene attended one-room school houses in Forksville and Estella, graduating in 1943. After graduating she worked summers at the Sweet Shop in Eagles Mere and later at GTE Sylvania in Towanda. Following her marriage to Bill, she then focused on raising her family and operating the Hottenstein General Store for many years. Marlene was a member of St. Paul's Church of Overton, where she was active in the consistory, Lady's Guild and choir. She loved gardening, tending to her plants and knitting. Marlene also enjoyed camping and going to Florida during the winter months with her husband. Surviving are two daughters, Fay M. (Darwin) Crofut of Shunk and Dawn R. Kilgus of Dushore; three sons, Dennis W. (Marie) Hottenstein of New Albany, David E. (June) Hottenstein of New Albany and Donald L. (Betty) Hottenstein of Mildred; three sisters, Joyce McCarty of Forksville, Connie Smith of New Albany and Gail Henneman of Terri Houte, Indiana; 14 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, Marlene was preceded in death by her brother, Donald Shaffer. Funeral services were held privately on Thursday, Sept. 7, at St. Paul's Church of Overton, with Pastor Ron Dyer officiating. Burial followed in Greenwood Cemetery, Forksville. Arrangements have been entrusted to the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Dushore. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Marlene to the Alzheimer’is Association. –Towanda Daily Review 9/9/2017

THOMAS A. ‘TO-KEY’ SHAFFER, 76, of Waverly, NY passed away on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at home following an extended illness. He was born on July 28, 1941 in Sayre, PA, the son of the late Thomas and Euleta (McCloe) Shaffer. To-Key was a Veteran of the US Army, serving from 1959-1962. He was employed with Ingersoll Rand, Athens for 34 years, prior to retiring. To-key loved spending time with his family, especially with his grandchildren. He enjoyed just taking rides with his “Sweet Pea”, Mandy. One of the highlights of his life was socializing with his friends and hanging out with the “Gang” at the Hofbrau and Boody’s. He was an avid Yankees and Giants fan. To-Key was proud of his time in the service and was one who was always willing to help any Veteran organization in need. He was a member of the American Legion Post #283 and Sayre VFW Post #1536. He was a Lifetime Member of the J.E. Wheelock Hose Company, Sayre and a past member of the Sons of Italy. He is predeceased by his brother and sister-in-law; Douglas and Nancy Shaffer, sister; Cindy Shaffer, and brother-in-law; Joe DeSisti. Thomas “To-Key” is survived by the love of his life and companion, Amanda “Mandy” Johnson of Towanda, PA, son and daughter-in-law; Thomas “Tom” and Amy Shaffer of Lockwood, NY, daughters and sons-in-law; Rhonda and Kevin Liddick of Towanda, PA and Christel and Pete Snyder of Sayre, PA, grandchildren; Jamie, Christian, Lexus, Ashley, Russell, Paul, Aleisha, and Casey, great-grandchildren; Kaleb, Jackson, Ellie Mae, and Raevyn. He is also survived by his sisters; Roberta “Bobby” DeSisti of Sayre, PA and Betty “Sis” Gable of Waverly, NY, brothers and sisters-in-law; James “Jimmy” and June Shaffer of So. Waverly, PA, Les and Kathy Shaffer of Waverly, NY, and William “Cubby” and Cindy Shaffer of Sayre, PA, sisters and brothers-in-law; Marlene and Tom Quattrini of Sayre, PA, Grace and Paul Gardner of Salem, SC, and Shelley and Tyler Fraley of Athens, PA, brother; Dean Shaffer of Waverly, NY, uncle and aunt; Jim and Helen McCloe of Waverly, NY, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Friends and family may call on Friday, March 16, 2018 from 4pm-6pm 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 6pm with Fire Chaplain Linda Rogers officiating. Burial will be in St. James Cemetery, Waverly, NY at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made in Thomas’ memory to: Sayre VFW Post #1536, 932 West Lockhart Street, Sayre, PA, any Veterans Organization, or J.E. Wheelock Hose Company, 217 Frank Street, Sayre, PA. –Funeral home obit

 

WELDON F. ‘JAKE’ SHAFFER, 79, of Canton, PA passed away at his home on May 22, 2018.  It is impossible to summarize his life and his legacy in a few, short paragraphs.  His was a life that impacted innumerable people, students and athletes during his 40 years of teaching and coaching at Canton Junior-Senior High School.  Born in Williamsport, PA on February 4, 1939, Jake was a standout athlete, starring in football, baseball and track.  He was scouted and pursued by the MLB as a left-handed power hitting catcher, won All-State honors in football in 1956, and set the former PA state record for the shot-put that stood until the mid-70’s.  He played college football at North Carolina State University, starting on both the offensive and defensive lines for the Wolfpack. When Jake graduated from NC State in 1962, he won the hand of the love of his life, his wife of 56 years, Patricia (Sampson) and they moved to Canton, PA to make a life together.  Jake was a much-loved and respected teacher and a legendary coach. While at CHS, Jake coached football, wrestling, baseball, and softball.  He was the coach of numerous championship teams and coached the CHS girls’ softball team to the 2000 PIAA state championship. Jake won numerous awards, most significantly being named to the West Branch of the PA Sports Hall of Fame in 2002 and to the inaugural class of the Canton Hall of Fame in 2011. His skill in motivating both athletes and students to achieve success beyond even their own expectations is unparalleled in Canton’s history. Truly his legacy is matched by few and exceeded by none.  In his later years, Jake was best known as “Pap,” a remarkable grandfather, coach and fan to his grandchildren.  His passing leaves a void that cannot be filled. In the last few days of his life Jake was surrounded by his immediate family; his wife of 56 years, Patsy, his firstborn son Jake and his wife Beth, their children Zeke, Caleigh, Amelia, and Connor; his second-born son Dan and his wife Kim, their children George and Andrew, and his youngest son Nick and his wife Gretchen, their children Sam, Jake, John, Cami, and Gabe; also, special friends Jill Sechrist, Jim Reed and his beloved cat Pouncey.  A private man despite his public stature, at Jake’s request, there will be no memorial service.  His family will receive friends 6 – 9 P.M. Friday, May 25, at Pepper Funeral Home & Cremation Facility, 578 Springbrook Dr., Canton. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in the name of Weldon "Jake" Shaffer to the Community Foundation of the Twin Tiers (CFTT).  Checks payable to "CFTT" may be mailed to Mr. Mark Jannone, Canton Area School District Business Manager, at 509 E. Main Street, Canton PA. –Towanda Daily Review 5/24/2018

 

WILLIAM B. SHAFFER, 90, died June 14, 2018, at his home in Forks Twp. near Forksville, PA. He was born in Sayre, PA, on June 9, 1928, the son of Bernard J. Shaffer and Leona Rogers Shaffer. He lived his entire life in Sullivan County, most of it on the farm which has been in his family for over 200 years.
He farmed and worked at the Sullivan County REA. Later he ran the Shaffer Lumber Company with his sons until he retired in 1996. He was a lifelong hunter who shot his last deer when he was 88. He is survived by Mary Lou Willouer Shaffer, his wife of 66 years; children Mary Kay (Mark) Herzog of Bel Air, MD, Carol S. Dugan and fiancé Dr. John Spangler of Rapid City, SD, William B. (Janet) Shaffer, Jr., RD Dushore, PA, Jesse R. (Julie) Shaffer, Forksville, PA, and Kelly S. (David) Pakes, RD Rome, PA; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be private. –Towanda Daily Review 6/18/2018

 

SHANER –ARLENA A. STACKHOUSE, 88, of Unityville, died Sunday, December 10, 2017 at The Gardens at Millville. Born October 21, 1929 in Hughesville, she was a daughter of the late Harry and Ethel (Woodside) Shaner. On July 7, 1947 she married the late, Guy R. Stackhouse, who preceded her in death on November 6, 1994.  Arlena enjoyed being outside doing yardwork, and she also enjoyed her dogs. She is survived by two sons, Richard W. Stackhouse of Muncy, and Guy L. (Nancy) Stackhouse of Benton; five grandchildren; and four great-granchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Larry E. Stackhouse; a sister, Helen Taylor; and a brother, LeRoy Shaner. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. on Wednesday, December 13 at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, PA with Rev. Thomas Brokaw officiating. Burial will follow in Twin Hills Memorial Park. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home. –Williamsport Sun-Gazette 12/2017

 

SHANER –JACKIE L. WOODSIDE, 85, of Hughesville, passed away Sunday, April 15, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. She was born September 8, 1932, in Penn Township, Lycoming County, a daughter of the late Arthur and Emma (Clark) Shaner. Jackie loved watching her grandsons wrestling matches when they were in school. She always enjoyed going to the Angus Inn and serving coffee and talking with the patrons and the gas workers. She also enjoyed attending her great grandson’s baseball games, but most of all, she loved being with her family and friends. Jackie was employed at several local supermarkets and retired from Giant Market in Williamsport. She is survived by four daughters, Carol Woodside of Hughesville, Jane (Doug) Welsh of Guys Mills, Bonnie Gordner, and Diane Mead both of Unityville; a son, Donald Woodside of Hughesville and fiancé Jammie of Benton; 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Donna Miller of Hughesville; and a brother, Gerald (Glenna) Shaner of Hughesville. In addition to her parents, Jackie was preceded in death by three sisters, Eleanor Fry, Zelda Barto, and Sylvia Fry; four brothers, Mike, Lyle, Grant, and Earl Shaner; a granddaughter, Randie Sue Gordner; a great-granddaughter, Teresa Watts; and a son-in-law, Earl Gordner Sr. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Friday at the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water St., 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. Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Jackie’s memory to the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery Association, c/o Reba Fry, 149 Frymire Hollow Rd., Hughesville, PA. –Funeral home obit from Carol Brotzman

 

LEE R. SHARROW, age 74, of Mildred, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, at the Highlands Care Center, where he had been a resident for the past three years, with his loving family by his side. Lee was born on Jan. 8, 1943, to the late Ralph and Harriet Snyder Sharrow, of Nordmont, Pennsylvania. He married the former Marie Collins on July 16, 1966, in St. Francis of Assisi Church in Mildred. Marie predeceased him on Dec. 25, 2013. They were married 47 years. He attended Sullivan Highland School in Sonestown, a member of the graduating class of 1962. Lee worked for Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for a short time, and at Dolly Madison Creamery in Dushore, until it closed in 1972. He then began working for Masonite Corporation in Towanda, until he was struck with illness and forced to retire. He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Mildred. He was also very active in the Mildred Volunteer Fire Company from 1966, holding offices and being very active in numerous fundraising events, until his illnesses forced him to step down. He was also a former member of White Ash Land Association. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Lee thoroughly enjoyed family gatherings and especially spending time with his two grandsons. He is survived by his son, Michael Sharrow, Mildred; daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Emery Smith, Dushore; grandsons, Ryan and Evan Smith, Dushore; brother, Wayne (June) Sharrow, Rochester, New York; sisters-in-law, Rosalind Sharrow of Hughesville, Sherrill Collins of Lowman, New York; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Besides his parents and wife, Lee was predeceased by sisters, Shirley Sharrow and Lois Booth; brother, Dale Sharrow; brothers-in-law, Vernon Booth and James “Bonzo” Collins; and two infant grandsons.

A transferal service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, from the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, and will be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in St. Francis of Assisi Church, Mildred, with his pastor, the Rev. Richard Rojas, presiding. Interment will be in St. Francis of Assisi Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov 16, 2017 at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mildred Volunteer Fire Company/Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 74, Mildred, PA in memory of Lee. –Towanda Daily Review 11/15/2017

 

SHAW –VICKI LEE HARDING, 70, of Waverly, N.Y., passed away peacefully on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 at Elderwood at Waverly. She was born on July 21, 1947 in Alma, Mich., the daughter of the late Keith and Jean (Clark) Shaw. Vicki was a social butterfly at Elderwood at Waverly, where she loved visiting with all those around her. She was very fond of the staff on the 4th floor where she resided. Vicki enjoyed spending time playing bingo, attending the music concerts, and being a part of any activity that was taking place.
She is predeceased by her husband, William M. Harding; brother, Philip Shaw; and brother-in-law, Patrick Tank. Vicki Lee is survived by her sisters and brothers-in-law, Carol and Ralph Meyer of South Waverly, Pa., Patricia and Kenneth Burkey of Missoula, Mont., Suzanne and James DeVries of Little Rock, Ark., and Nancy and David Beery of Louisville, Colo.; sister-in-law, Paula Shaw of Saginaw, Mich.; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. A private family graveside service will be held at a later date.
Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Alma, Mich. Memorial donations may be made in Vicki's memory to Elderwood at Waverly, 4th Floor Activities Fund, 37 N. Chemung St., Waverly, NY. The family wishes to thank all the staff for the exceptional care given to Vicki during her time there. –Sayre Morning Times 1/18/2018

 

LEONARD GEORGE SHAY - It is with great sadness to report the passing of Leonard George Shay on July 4, 2018, who has gone on to be with his beloved Beverly for eternity. A devoted husband, family man, and Korean War veteran, Leonard lived a full and happy life, taking most pride in meticulously prepping his garden every planting season. He is survived by loving granddaughter Melinda (and husband, Adam) Williams; great-grandchildren, Skylar and Dylan; daughter, Cristal (and husband, Dale) Sluyter; son, Brian (and wife, Carol) Shay; dear family friends, Barbi and Sam Sloat; as well as countless friends, acquaintances, and extended family members whose lives he touched throughout the years. Special thanks to Leonard's wonderful friends at Value Energy, Becky's Diner, and Valley Bowling Center for their generosity, kindness, and love. A private service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to DAV Charitable Service Trust, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY or Operation Homefront, 1355 Central Parkway S, Ste. 100, San Antonio, TX. Arrangements are under the direction of The Thomas Cremation and Funeral Service, 1297 Elmira St., Sayre, Pa. –Sayre Morning Times 7/7/2018

 

SHAY –MARGARET S. ‘MARGI’ BOHN - On Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, Margaret S. "Margi" Bohn of Peters Township, died peacefully with her family by her side. She was the beloved wife for 12 years to James Bohn; loving mother to Sara, Joel (Kristen) and Michael Levy; first husband Jay Levy; grandmother of Avery, Noah and Matthew; sister of Mary Shay, Dorothy (John) Sauro, Maureen (Greg) Holler, Julie Bump (husband Wally deceased), Chris Shay, Joe (Susie) Shay, John (Joan) Calabucci and the late Sandy French (husband John survives); daughter of the late William and Betty Shay; niece of the late special aunt Dort and special uncle Bob, and survived by her companion "Heidi dog". She was a graduate of both Temple University and the University of Pittsburgh. Margi was passionate and loved her job helping special education children. She enjoyed traveling, doting on her grandchildren, running and planning her family's annual Outer Banks vacation. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday at Beinhauer Funeral Homes, 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, where services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday. Interment will be in Forest Lawn Gardens Cemetery. Memorial donations in her memory may be made to American Cancer Society, Family Hospice & Palliative Care or Colon Cancer Alliance. –Towanda Daily Review 9/29/2017

 

SHEEHAN –LINDA S. DUNBAR, 77, of Columbia Cross Roads, Pennsylvania, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, in the loving arms of her husband in the intensive care unit at the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital. She was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Marie Flagle Sheehan; and brother-in-law, David Sturzen. Linda is survived by her loving husband of 25 years, Lloyd Dunbar, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Linda had a passion for her animals. She and Lloyd ran a hobby farm where they raised llamas, miniature horses and a donkey, along with her dogs and cats. At Linda’s request there will be no services. The family is being assisted by Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad St., Waverly, New York. –Towanda Daily Review 2/21/2018

 

ORRIN SHERMAN, age 75, of Columbia Cross Roads, PA, died Thursday, April 26, 2018 at Towanda Skilled Nursing in Towanda, PA. Orrin was born September 21, 1942 in Rutland Twp., a son of Colie G. Sr. and Celia (Wood) Sherman. Orrin was retired from the former Kaminski Lumber Co., Inc., in Tioga, PA. In keeping with Orrin's wishes, there will be no services. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family. –Funeral home obit

 

C. EDWARD SHIFFERT  - Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near, so loved, so missed, so very dear. ... C. Edward Shiffert, 78, of Warren Center, Pennsylvania, passed away on Jan. 15, 2018, at the Robert Packer Hospital following a period of declining health. Ed, as he was affectionately known as by his family and friends was born on Dec. 26, 1939 in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Ed was a graduate of Whitehall High School and attended Williamson Trade School where he mastered the art of painting. A well-known and respected painter, he owned Ed Shiffert Painting and Paper Hanging. Ed was a member of the Warren Center Senior Citizens and a former member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber of Commerce and Kiwanis Club all of Lehigh County. An avid motorcycle enthusiast, Ed belonged to the Zinc City and Gold Wing Road Riders. Ed was an avid hunter and enjoyed fishing in Canada. He loved the beauty of country living and enjoyed sharing his home with his companion, Gert. Ed will be greatly missed by his children: his daughter, Jennifer (Frederick) Albert; a son, Dean (Lisa) Shiffert; his long-time companion, Gert Rockefeller; his special grandchildren, Elija and Brady Albert, Amy (Jeremy) Lucas, Jonathan (Hallie) Shiffert; great-grandchildren, Keenan, Brinkley, Lexi, Jackson and Grant; his sisters, Regina Young and Margaret Shiffert. Ed was predeceased by his father, Ernest Shiffert; his mother and step father, Dorothy and Ralph Remali. Abiding with his wishes cremation services will take place. A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to their local chapter of the American Heart Association in loving memory of C. Edward Shiffert. –Towanda Daily Review 1/25/2018

 

BEVERLY M. SHILLING, 64, of Waverly passed away on Friday, July 13, 2018 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Born March 13, 1954 to Gilbert and Esther Andrus Shilling in Elmira, both predeceased her. Beverly graduated from Waverly High School in 1972. Her very first job was at the Mcdonalds in South Waverly, next was Rite Aid in Sayre and finally Borg Warner in Ithaca until her retirement after 39 years. Beverly is survived by her daughters, Patricia Carol (Bruce) Parshall and Kimberly (Kevin) Dutcher; special grandson, Ronald Chandler III; grandchildren, Heather, Lucy, Tony Mooney, Nathaniel and Kaleb Dutcher; several great grandchildren; her siblings, Gail (David) Williams, Marjorie (William) Sellers, Deborah (Jeff) Northrup, Janet (Donnie) Grippin, Rodney Shilling, Rosemary (George) Myers and Donald Shilling; along with several nieces and nephews. A private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Elmira. –Sayre Morning Times 7/16/2018

 

SHINK –BARBARA SYLVIA HILFIGER, age 62, of Liberty, PA, died Saturday, March 24, 2018 in Williamsport, PA. She was born May 26, 1955 in Blossburg, PA, a daughter of John and Katherine (Noczko) Shink. Barbara is survived by her husband, Dale Steven Hilfiger. She was employed as a caregiver for P.S.A. Home Health Care in Williamsport, PA. Barbara enjoyed riding 4 wheelers on Denton Hill, yard sales and reading. In addition to her husband, Barbara is survived by a son, David (Kim) Thompson of Liberty, PA; step-son, Christopher Hilfiger of Covington, PA; step-daughter, Jennifer Hilfiger of Sabinsville, PA; a sister, Catherine Diane Shink of Mansfield, PA; a brother, John Shink, Jr. of Mansfield, PA; brothers-in-law, Denny Hilfiger of NJ, Doug (Debbie) Hilfiger of Williamsport, PA; sister-in-law, Diane (Gary) Messner of Roaring Branch, PA; 9 grandchildren, Taylor and Brandon Thompson, Evan and Katelyn Barry, Damion Hilfiger, Larry, Josh and Mattison Vandermark, and Blake Brown; several nieces and nephews. Barbara was predeceased by her parents, brothers, Ronald Shink and Hank Noczko; sister, Sylvia Shink; infant twin sisters; a sister-in-law, Dawn Walters; a brother-in-law, David Hilfiger. Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday, March 29, 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. with Pastor Art Evens officiating. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

DR. THOMAS W. H. ‘DOC’ SHOEMAKER JR., V.M.D., passed away on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at his home, surrounded by the love of his family. Doc served Sullivan County and nearby areas as veterinarian for nearly 70 years, and was Publisher Emeritus and the guiding force behind the Sullivan Review newspaper since 1966. He was born in Wilkes-Barre on Nov. 1, 1921, the second of three children to Thomas W. H. and Eleanor Nixon Shoemaker. He was married for nearly 67 years to Stefana H. “Stevie” Shoemaker, who predeceased him on Feb. 6, 2012. A 1939 graduate of West Pittston High School, he attended the Pennsylvania State University and graduated in December 1942 with a degree in Bacteriology. While at Penn State, he played the piccolo in the famed Blue Band, when the football field was located adjacent to Rec Hall; in 1960, it was moved to its present location and enlarged to a capacity of 46,000. Doc met Stevie in Binghamton, NY, where they both worked for Ansco Film, a major supplier of photographic film to the War Department. They were married on June 9, 1945 at Washington Memorial Chapel in Valley Forge, PA. He was drafted into the U.S. Navy on Sept. 11, 1944 and was undergoing basic training at Bainbridge, MD, when he responded to a call for chemists. He was transferred to the Naval Research Lab, where he was assigned to the Philadelphia Navy Yard. As a Specialist (X) Third Class, he worked on thermal diffusion of uranium isotopes for the top-secret Manhattan Project, which developed the world’s first atomic weapons. He was discharged on March 21, 1946 and then attended veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania utilizing the GI Bill, graduating in 1950. The Shoemakers lived in Luzerne County after Doc completed veterinary school. They came to Sullivan County in 1952, primarily to doctor herds of the farmers who supplied the Dolly Madison ice cream plant in Dushore. Back in the 1950s everyone had at least a few cows. As the family farms disappeared, he began treating cats and dogs as well—with a specialization in pulling porcupine quills. He and Stevie raised their family of six children—Tom, Mike, Steve, John, Jim and Sally—at 120 Headley Avenue, actively participating in school and community activities. Doc was District Veterinarian for the PA Department of Agriculture in 1960 and 1962. As district vet, he primarily tested dairy herds for TB and Brucellosis (Bang’s disease). He also taught Biology and Chemistry at Cherry Twp. (Turnpike) High School in Mildred and then at the Sullivan County High School in Laporte for six years. In 1966, the Towanda Printing Company was going to shut down the struggling Sullivan Review, which had been published since 1878. Doc and Stevie thought Sullivan County should have its own newspaper, and they were supported in this by local business leaders, especially Bob and Catherine Lambert of Fitzpatrick & Lambert Ford, who have had an ad in every issue since. Doc was the lead writer, photographer, salesman, idea man and overall promoter of Sullivan County. His formula was lots of local photos and reports exclusively on Sullivan County. His biggest idea was the Tourist Guide, first published in 1967. He was very active in the community and helped in the formation of the PA Bowhunters Festival, re-establishment of the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce, and inception of the Sullivan County Medical Center in Laporte along with Dr. Frederic Barth.  He was a Sullivan County Commissioner from 1980 to 1984, and worked with Bob Getz, Bob Lambert, and Father Eugene Carr in the purchase of the land from the Diocese of Scranton for Sullivan Terrace in Dushore. As commissioner, he was involved with NY-PENN Health to build the Laporte United Methodist Home (now Highlands Care Center). He later was the facilitator that brought the Guthrie Clinic to the burned-out lot in Dushore Borough. He also served on Dushore Borough Council. Doc was a 60-year member, former director, and past president of the Dushore Lions Club; a member of the Eagles Mere Country Club; a lifetime member of the Sullivan County Fair Association; a lifetime member of Loyalsock Post #996 American Legion; a member of the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association; a member of the Pennsylvania Newsmedia Association; an integral part of the June Dairy Festival, especially the milking contest and more recently involved in organizing Founders’ Day activities in Dushore Borough. Doc is survived by six children and their spouses, Capt. Thomas W. Shoemaker (Janice) of Muncy Valley, Dr. Michael E. Shoemaker (Debby) of North Rose, NY, Dr. Stephen N. Shoemaker (Lizanne) of Sugarloaf, John A. Shoemaker (Christine) of Dushore, James S. Shoemaker (Anne) of Houston, TX, and Sarah Shoemaker Jensen (Richard) of Dushore; 14 grandchildren, Tom, Peter, Meghan, Zach, Nichole, Stephen, Ian, Evan, Christian, John, Katie, Emily, Susannah and Mark; three great-grandsons, Cameron, Tyler and Thomas V. Quintin; three great-granddaughters, Rowan, Lucy and Abby;  brother, John (Natalie) Shoemaker of Wyoming; niece, Judy (James) Smith of Washington, DC and of Swiftwater Cottage, Falls; nephews, Jack Shoemaker of Greensboro, NC, Jim Shoemaker of Wyoming and Josh Shoemaker of Kingston; numerous cousins and his white boxer, Layla. In addition to his beloved wife, Stevie, Doc was predeceased by a sister and her spouse, Martha (Jackson) Terry of Falls, and a sister-in-law and her spouse, Olga (Elton) Beavan of St. Simon’s Island, GA. A private funeral service will be held Saturday, May 12 at P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water Street, Dushore, with his cousin, Rev. Laura Jervis, officiating. A private graveside service at Zion Lutheran Cemetery will be held following the service with military honors accorded by members of Loyalsock Post 996 American Legion and U.S. Navy Honors Detail, and Rev. Richard Rojas offering the committal. Legion members are asked to assemble and pass-in-review at 5 p.m. on Friday afternoon, May 11 at the funeral home. Friends may call on Friday, May 11 from 1 to 6 p.m. at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water Street, Dushore. Please send any memorial contributions in Doc’s name to the Dushore Fire and Ambulance Association, PO Box 1, Dushore, PA or to Friends of the Sullivan County Library, PO Box 485, Dushore, PA. The family will provide flowers. –Wylausing Rocket 5/5/2018

 

H. LAVERN SHORES - Softly in the morning, you heard a gentle call, you took the hand God offered you and quietly left us all…..H. LaVern Shores, 91, of Nichols went home to be with his Lord on Sunday morning, March 4, 2018. Vern as he was affectionally known by his family and friends was born on January 8, 1927 in Towanda, Pa the second son of Walter and Louise (Robinson) Shores. He attended grade school at the two room school in Black, Pa and graduated from Towanda High School in 1944. Following graduation Vern became a self-employed painter in the area. In 1960, he went to IBM and retired in 1991 following thirty-one years of service. Vern proudly served his country as a Sergeant with the US Army. He was a member in good standing of the Chemung Valley-Waverly Masonic Lodge #350 F. & A.M.; a member in good standing of the Lodge Council Chapter Consistory Scottish Rite Bodies in the Valley of Binghamton. Vern enjoyed playing golf, visiting with friends, dinner out with his Helen and riding his antique tractor in the Nichols Old Home Day parades. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 22 years, Helen Mills Shores; step daughter: Judy Vergason who faithfully cared for him for the past several years; his step son Tim Mills; half-brother David (Theresa) Shores; sister-in-law: Margarie Shores and Glenda Shores; several nieces, nephews and their families also survive. Vern was predeceased by his wives, Geraldine Miller Shores, Mary Davis Shores; brothers Llewellyn Shores, Edward Shores; Norman Shores and sister Frances Shores Lewis. Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation on Thursday, March 8th from 11 to 1 pm at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. A funeral service and celebration of Vern’s life will follow at 1pm with Masonic Services being conducted at the start of his service. Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the American Heart Association, 2 S Clinton St #305, Syracuse, NY or Diabetes Research Institute, Northeast Region, Manhattan Office, 259 West 30th Street, Suite 402, New York, NY in loving memory of H. LaVern Shores. –Funeral home obit

 

SHORT –MAVIS J. ‘SKIP’ MCDUFFEE, 84, of Waverly, New York, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, at the Robert Packer Hospital with her loving family by her side. She was born on Dec. 15, 1932 in Apalachin, New York, the daughter of the late Uriah John and Viola (Titus) Short. Skip was employed as an operator with Bell Telephone in Owego for many years. During the Apalachin Mob Raids in the '50s, she was the only operator allowed to be present in the room to run the switchboard, fielding all calls for the G-men during the operation. Skip left her job with the phone company to become a stay-at-home wife and mom. She was a dedicated wife and mother who cherished her children above all else, and made many sacrifices to ensure that their lives were made easier. She lived her life by example and always placed everyone else above herself. She was a loving grandmother who always followed and encouraged her grandchildren in all of their events and activities. She was commissioner of the family football pool, monitoring all to be sure everyone had their picks in on time. Skip loved bird watching, puzzle books and latch-hooking. She was a coupon clipper and enjoyed watching the fireworks next door. A woman who lived during the Depression and times of war, she still always kept a positive outlook about life and people. When her brother, Ray, was killed in the Korean War, it was one of the lowest points of her life but she still remained positive, sweet, kind and caring to all those around her. She always looked for and believed in the best in people and never had a harsh word for anyone. She was predeceased by her husband, Jack; and brothers, Mick, Mel, Phil and Ray. Mavis is survived by her beloved children, Chris and Karla McDuffee, Brock and Robin McDuffee, and Kyle and Terri McDuffee; grandchildren, Taylor, Meghan, Chad, Amber, Kobie and Ashlyn; great-granddaughter, Hailey; siblings, Ollie Short, Vonnie Pollard and Dale Short; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. A private service will be held at the convenience of the family. The family is being assisted by Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Athens, PA. Donations may be made in Mavis' memory to the Waverly Baseball Club, c/o Kyle McDuffee, 22 Lyman Ave., Waverly, NY or any no-kill animal shelter of your choice. –Towanda Daily Review 8/25/2017

 

OLIVER E. ‘OLLIE’ ‘SHORTY’ SHORT, 73, of Chemung, N.Y., joined the angels on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. Ollie was predeceased by his parents, Uriah and Viola (Tennant) Short, siblings, Raymond, Melvin, Mavis, Duane, and Phillip, mother- and father-in-law, Dorothy (Howe) and Watkins Stables, and brother-in-law Daniel Stables. He is survived by his wife and best friend of 54 years, Betty Stables Short, beloved children and their spouses, Kelly (John) McGowan of Elmira, N.Y., Gary (Kim) Short of Waverly, N.Y., and Laura (Marlon) Martin of Texas, grandchildren, Erinne (Rory) Gibson, Matthew and Mitchell McGowan, Michael and Jesse Short, and Danielle and Dayna Martin, great-grandchildren, Felix, Vincent, and Maxwell Gibson. Ollie is also survived by sister, Yvonne Pollard, brother, Dale Short, brothers-in-law, John, Jerald (Maureen) Stables, sister-in-law, Bonita Greco, and several nieces and nephews. Ollie worked for almost 30 years for the Elmira Star-Gazette. He was also an avid woodworker in his spare time, making hundreds of hand-carved clocks. A time of visitation will be held on Sunday, November 19, 2017 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens. A memorial service will follow at 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Linda Rogers officiating. There will be a gathering of friends and family immediately following the service at the Chemung Volunteer Fire Department on Main Street, Chemung, N.Y. Burial will be held on Monday at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ollie's memory to: the Chemung Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 138, Chemung, NY. –Sayre Morning Times 11/17/2017

 

SHULTZ –ALICE ELIZABETH SHULTZ LEWIS born in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, passed away at the age of 91, on Feb. 8, 2018, at Asbury Place, Maryville, Tennessee. During her early working years, Mrs. Lewis was a teacher at a Singer sewing store and a home service representative for East Ohio Gas Company and later Illinois Power. While working full-time and raising a family, she served as a Girl Scout leader. Her dedication to volunteerism was reflected in her later occupations as Director of Public Relations and Volunteers for the Knoxville Chapter of the American Red Cross and Director of Volunteer Services at Blount Memorial Hospital in Maryville. While working at the American Red Cross, she was certified as a National Instructor for authorized organization training. She was a member of the American Society of Volunteer Services of the American Hospital Association and served as President of the Tennessee Society of Directors of Volunteers. Mrs. Lewis’s volunteer work continued after her retirement when she and her husband served as campground hosts at Indian Boundary in the Cherokee National Forest. A long-time member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, she shared her love of music by singing in the choir. She also served as the first female president of the church council. She was preceded in death by her husband, Miles William Lewis. Immediate survivors include her daughters, Elizabeth (Rick) Anger, Marty Lewis, and Molly (Joe) Manning; grandchildren, Matthew (Elizabeth) Manning, and Melissa (Mike) Pfaff; great-grandchildren, Alice and Edith Manning and Kip Pfaff and brother, Dyson Shultz. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church or Blount Memorial Hospice Service. Visitation will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Maryville, Tennessee, followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m. –Towanda Daily Review 2/15/2018

 

DAVID G. SHULTZ, 67, of Laporte, died Sunday, May 13, 2018 at his home. Born April 28, 1951 in Muncy, he was a son of the late Duane G. and Helen F. (Houseknecht) Shultz. He and his wife, the former Kathy I. Fleming, celebrated 41 years of marriage on February 26, 2018.  Dave was a graduate of Sullivan County High School, Class of 1969. Immediately following graduation he joined the U.S. Navy and helped defend his country during the Vietnam War and served with the prestigious Blue Angels. Following his honorable discharge from the Navy on March 1, 1973, Dave returned home and attended Bloomsburg University, graduating in 1977. Dave worked in business management during his younger years, but his favorite jobs came after retirement; driving people in his limousine, working at the Eagles Mere Air Museum, and currently serving as Mayor of Laporte, which was a lifelong dream. Giving back to the community that he so loved was very important to Dave. He served on the Sesquicentennial committee, Laporte banner committee for both issues, Carpenter Cruise committee for 17 years, Laporte holiday lighting committee, the advisory committee for the Area Agency on Aging, as a founding member and former chairperson of the Laporte Enhancement Committee, and a former Laporte Borough Council member. Dave was also a member of the Laporte United Methodist Church, Laporte Fire Company, Eagles Mere / Laporte Lions Club, American Legion Post 601, Sonestown, and served as treasurer of the Mokoma Conservancy.  In his free time Dave enjoyed riding his motorcycle, gardening, traveling with his wife to visit their children and grandchildren, volunteering with groups and activities that benefited the community and working on his vintage postal Jeep. Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a daughter, Jessica E. (Adam) Shultz-Sibley of East Fallowfield; a son, Adam C. (Alaena) Shultz of Chambersburg; four sisters, Barbara (Thomas) Guzy of Hummelstown, Cindy (Charles) Schumacher of Laporte, Tracy (David) York of Big Flats, NY and Patsy Houghtaling of Stafford, VA; three brothers, Jeffrey Shultz, Charles (Karen) Shultz, and Terry (Gloria) Shultz all of Laporte; and three grandchildren, Alexa Shultz, Liam Sibley, and Greyson Shultz. A memorial service will be held 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, at Laporte United Methodist Church, 723 Main St., Laporte, with Pastor Cheryl A. Houser and Rev. Robert W. Brown co-officiating. Burial will be held privately in Mountain Ash Cemetery, Laporte. Friends may call from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Dave's name to the Laporte Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 31, Laporte, PA.

 

SICKLER –HELEN AGNES SICKLER SQUIER went home to be with the Lord on Aug. 9, 2017. She was the youngest child of Pauline Marie (Decker) Sickler. Helen celebrated her 91st birthday on April 25. On Oct. 13, 2016, she celebrated her 65th wedding anniversary with her husband Jesse H. Squier who resides at Spring Oaks Assisted Living Facility in Spring Hill, Fla. Helen was an alumni member of Elim Bible Institute. She was the valedictorian of her 1943 graduating class. She went on to pastor a church in Endwell, N.Y., for seven years before meeting and marrying her husband. While raising four children she also did work at the Nicholson blouse factory, sold Avon, and worked beside her husband on their dairy farm. She served as substitute pastor for pastors of the Fairdale United Methodist Charge during the 1970s and 1980s and was a musician for the Fairdale Church until she and Jesse retired to Bushnell, Fla., in 1986. Helen's children are Dorell (Mrs. Frank) Orzolek of Bloomsburg, Elizabeth A. Smith of Brooksville, Fla., Jesse J. Squier of Spring Hill, Fla., and Jared J. Squier of Montrose. Helen had 12 grandchildren who in turn blessed Helen with several great and great-great grandchildren. Helen will be remembered at a Memorial Service to be held on Sunday, Sept. 3, at 2 p.m. at the West Nicholson United Metodist Church with Jay McCracken officiating and light refreshments to follow. The church address is 135 SR 1011, West Nicholson, PA. Family and friends are invited to come with happy and loving memories to share with one another as they celebrate Helen's well lived life. –Wyoming County Examiner 8/16/2017

 

CHARLES E. SIEGEL, 86, of Rome, Pennsylvania, passed away Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, at Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital, Towanda. Born in Forty Fort, he was the son of the late Clarence E. and Mary Brader Siegel. Charles was a graduate of Forty Fort High School, class of 1949, where he was a member of the Forty Fort High School wrestling team. His love of wrestling continued throughout his life and led him to helping found the Dallas High School Wrestling Booster Club. Charles loved to rap about grappling. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving during the Korean War. Charles retired from Proctor and Gamble after more than 20 years with the company. He was an avid hunter and played various stringed instruments primarily the ukulele. Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, was his wife, the former Daurine Doran; sons, George P. Siegel and Charles J. Siegel; and granddaughter, Stephanie Siegel. Surviving are his daughters, Elizabeth Spaciano and husband, Mark, Trucksville; Patricia Gobble and husband, Steve, Wysox; grandchildren, Samantha and Alexandra Spaciano, Gretchen and Coy Gobble, Charles Siegel; daughter-in-law, Irene Siegel, Shavertown. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 in Memorial Shrine Park, Carverton. Friends may call from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 14, at the Harold C. Snowdon Funeral Home, Inc., 140 N. Main St., Shavertown. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Pennsylvania high school wrestling program of the donor's choice. –Towanda Daily Review 8/12/2017

 

SIMMONS –GLADYS MARIE DOUGLAS, 78, of Athens, PA, passed away peacefully with her loved ones by her side on Wednesday, August 09, 2017 at Sayre Health Care Center. She was born on February 18,1939 in Hector, NY, the daughter of the late Lynn H. and Cecil M. (Swick) Simmons. She is predeceased by her husband, LeRoy J. Douglas, great-granddaughter, Maleah Thurston, and brother, Robert Simmons. Gladys was employed as a Nurses' Aide for many years and went on to work in Quality Control in various manufacturing plants, prior to her retirement. She enjoyed traveling from town to town with her husband while he played his music. She was a member of the Senior Center at the Athens United Methodist Church. Gladys is survived by her children, Diane Carpenter and husband, Philip Schloss, Sr. of Burdette, NY and Sandy and Michael Thurston of Athens, PA, grandchildren, Nicholas and Jennifer Dwello, Chad Thurston, and Philip Schloss, Jr., great-grandchildren, Harley Thurston, McKenzi Thurston, and Cole Dwello, brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Tina Simmons of Endicott, NY, brother, David Simmons of Minersville, PA, and sister and brother-in-law, Grace and Wilber Shaup of Minersville, PA, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. At Glady's request, there will be no calling hours or services. The family is being assisted by Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Athens, PA. Burial will be in Ovid, NY at the convenience of the family. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

SIMONETTI –ROSEMARIE ANN WHEELER, age 86 of Lawrenceville passed away on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at home with her family by her side. Born December 18, 1930 in Elkland she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Jennie (Lorello) Simonetti. RoseMarie was a longtime member of the St. Thomas Catholic Church, enjoyed bowling and loved her family. She is survived by her daughter, Linda (Gary) Gerow of Lawrenceville, grandchildren, Melinda (Anthony) Southard of Lawrenceville, Tom (Jan) Gerow of Christiansburg, VA, Danielle Furmanek of Elmira, NY and Chad Wheeler of Elkland; great grandchildren, Denton and Lorelei Gerow, Brittany Wheeler, Sonya Abramson and Michael Wheeler; two great great grandchildren; daughter in law, Linda Wheeler of Elkland; sister in law, Evelyn (Don) Miles and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur; daughter, Joyce and sons, Danny and Thomas. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are in care of Kenyon Funeral Home. –Funeral home obit 8/28/2917

 

GEORGE W. SIMS JR., 77, of Rome, PA passed away, Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Bradford County Manor, Troy, PA.  Born May 15, 1940 in Wayne County, he was the son of the late George W. Sr. and Pauline E. [Austin] Sims. He was employed by the former Endicott-Johnson Corp. Survivors include sisters and brothers-in-law, Helen Osborn, of Rome, PA, Betty [Joseph] Kovalick, of Chuckey, TN, Barbara [Joseph] Fredette, of Manchester, PA, and Janice[William] Osborn, Greeneville, TN a brother, Eric Sims of Rome, PA and many nieces and nephewsIn addition to his parents, his brothers, Jack and John Sims predeceased him.  Services:  11:00 am Wednesday, April 25th, at Rush Center Cemetery.  Located along SR 3023 also known as the East Rush to Elk Lake Road. –Towanda Daily Review 4/20/2018

 

CARL ALAN SINDLINGER SR. Of Wellsburg, NY passed away on Sunday morning, July 15, 2018 at the age of 63. Carl was born on March 20, 1955 in Troy, PA, a son of the late Howard and Helen Cole Sindlinger. He was pre-deceased by his brother Eric. Carl is survived by his son, Carl (Mary) Sindlinger Jr.; grandchildren, MayAnna and CarLynn Sindlinger; long time companion Joyce Tillotson; siblings, Beverly (Ken) Ellis, Linda (Ray) Fischer, Mary (Steve) White, Myra (Glenn) Schaffer and Joni (Mike) Moskovitz; sister-in-law, Debra Sindlinger and several extended family members. He was employed by Simmons-Rockwell as an automotive technician for the last 10 years. The prior 30 years were also spent as a technician, therefore providing leadership and knowledge, to others, for over 40 years. Carl was a car enthusiast, a Second Amendment advocate, member of the Chemung County Rod and Gun Club, an extremely humorous co-worker, and a good friend to many people. A celebration of Carl's life will be held at a later date. –Elmira Star-Gazette 7/22/2018

 

JON F. "JACK" SISSON, 52, of Millerton, Pa., passed away on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, at home. He was predeceased by his father, Dale Sisson; grandmother, Ruth Sisson; grandparents, Francis and Eva Swartwood. Jon is survived by his mother, Elizabeth (Pat) Sisson of Waverly; children, Jon C. Sisson of Sayre, Alicia (Austin Hatch) Sisson of Athens, and Lacey Sisson of Millerton; sister, Terri Sisson of Waverly; Lacey's mom, Hayley Sisson of Millerton; three grandchildren; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Jon was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, racing, card playing and bowling. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad St., Waverly with the Rev. James Donahoo officiating. –Sayre Morning Times 8/25/2017

 

SITZER –DORIS A. BELLES - A mother holds her child's hand for a little while and their hearts forever.....Our loving Ma and Gram Doris A. Belles, 79, of Barton, N.Y., passed away on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, following a period of declining health. Doris was born on March 22, 1938 in Sayre, Pa., a daughter of the late Leon Sitzer and Louise (Raymond) Simcoe. A loving Ma and Gram, Doris treasured the time spent with her family. A talented cook, she enjoyed having her family over for family dinner and game nights. Many will remember Doris, as she was employed by various restaurants in the Valley. Summers were spent with family picnics and evenings were spent playing cards. Visits from Todd, Austin, Paige and Cooper filled her heart with love and lasting memories. It broke our hearts to lose you Gram, but you didn't go alone, for part of us went with you the day God called you home. Those left to cherish her memory are her children: Bill and Jackie Bellis, Robin and Chuck Johnson, Shawn and Jamie Belles, Kevin and Lisa Belles, Jon and Kesha Belles and Amy Jo and Bill Slack, with whom she resided. Her sisters: Sylvia Moe and Linda Kraft. Affectionately known as Gram by Alica, Jennifer, Mike, Jessica, Ann, BK, Chad, JD, Courtney, Brandy, Todd, Tyler, Mandy, Brian, Megan, Dustin, Cassandra, Kendall Connor, Paige, Austin and Cooper. Numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, among them a special nieces Cindy Woods and Kristy Sitzer Shady. Special friends Butch and Denise Griffin. Doris was predeceased by her parents Leon Sitzer and Louise Simcoe, her son Brian K. Belles Sr., brothers Gary and Dale, and sisters Donna and Pat. Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation and time of sharing memories on Thursday, Feb. 15 from 6-8 p.m. at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. A funeral service and celebration of her life will be held on Friday, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. at the funeral chapel. –Sayre Morning Times 2/13/2018

 

SLATER –NANCY (SLATER) COXHEAD, 60, of Troy, Pennsylvania passed away on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Towanda Memorial Hospital. She was the loving wife of the late Harry F. Coxhead, who passed away June 13, 2018. The couple married June 20, 1983 and had 35 happy years together. Nancy was born on Sept. 21, 1957 in Troy, daughter of the late George and Marian (Ross) Slater. She was a graduate of SRU East Smithfield and after was a nurse’s aide and housekeeper, ending her career at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. Nancy was a homemaker most of all and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Nancy is survived by her sisters, Karen (Charles) Masteller Jr. and Kathy Assumpcao of Ulster, Pennsylvania; sister-in-law Cindy Slater. also of Ulster; step children: John (Shari) Coxhead of Troy, Fred (Ruth) Coxhead of Gillett, Jason Johnston of Tucson, Arizona; daughter, Sherrie (Glenn) Westerfer of Millerton; several step grandchildren and great-grandchildren, along with several nieces and nephews. Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Harry, her brother Gerald Slater, and her brother-in-law, Fred Selleck. Family and friends are welcome to call from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at the Gerald W. Vickery, Jr. Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc. 1093 West Main Street Troy, PA. The funeral to honor Nancy’s life will be held at the conclusion of the visitation at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 14 at the funeral home. Burial will be private in Hilton Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in Nancy’s memory to the Bradford County Humane Society, Route 220, Ulster, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 7/10/2018


 
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