|Reading a series of obituaries from a single cemetery, as they are presented here, is like reading the multi-generational history of a community. These people were the local populace at a particular time. The people buried here knew each other, were neighbors, relatives and school mates. They attended church together and engaged in "trade" or business. All people are listed in alphabetic order by surname at BIRTH. Women identified by a married alias only and for whom a birth surname can not be identified, are listed on the last page for the cemetery's obituaries.|
|This page will include obituaries for military personnel who served during World War Two. Many obituaries are already included on the site in the Obituaries by Cemetery section of the site on the various individual cemetery pages. This is for obituaries of people who had some connection to this three county area such as born her, lived here, spouse from here. Those buried in a known local cemetery will continue to be included on the appropriate Obituary by Cemetery pages. As with all obituary pages on this site, women will be in order using their surname at birth rather than a married alias .|
Robert E. ATWATER, age 87, died in Melbourne, GL on February 10, 2000. He was a former resident of Elmira, NY, Gillett and Daggett, PA. Bob had many ties to this area, graduating form EFA in Elmira. He worked for the Fuller Brush Co. where he met and courted his wife, Ruth. They were married June 18, 1942 shortly before he joined the 93rd Seebees Battalion during WWII. For years he was a heavy equipment operator and owned East Coast Camper Center in Melbourne. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Dunning Atwater; stepdaughters, JoAnn McNett; daughters, Nancy Lipgens and Bonnie Wilson, Atlanta, GA; grandchildren, Diane Lipgens, Brenda Ives, Susan Carstens, Tom Bashore, Ruth Cicconi and Jason McNett. A memorial service was held February 14, 2000 in Melbourne, FL. “Troy Gazette-Register” Troy, PA Thursday, February 19, 2000
Jack Palmer Age 84, of Osceola, PA, died December 15, 2005 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, PA. He was the son of Samuel and Lula Baker of Westfield, PA. Jack retired after working for Ingersoll-Rand for 23 years. He traveled worldwide as a customer service rep. Jack served in WWII as a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Phyllis Croft Baker; sons and daughters-in-law, Tim and Marilyn Baker, Warwick, RI, Sam and Sandy Baker, Aydlett, NC; daughter and son-in-law, Sue and Jack Vogler, Wellsboro, PA; grandchildren, Todd, Alec, and Tim Baker, Ben and Mitch Marzo, Lauren and Natasha Vogler, Noah, Lane, and Seth Vogler, Wendy Baker and Rich Patenaude; seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Bonnie Schoonover. Private funeral services will be conducted at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Osceola Volunteer Fire Dept. in Jack's memory. Arrangements are in care of Kenyon Funeral Home Inc.
GERALD M. BOLT
Gerald M. Bolt, 68, of Covington, formerly of Watkins Glen, NY, died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 1991 in Aspen, Colo. Born July 16, 1923 in Tioga County, he was the son of Ernest M. and Ruth Austin Bolt. He served with the US Army on the Burma Trail during World War II. For more than 40 years, he had been an avid motorcyclist and participated in events throughout the country. His enthusiasm for the sport began during World War II while on the Burma Trail. He established the Elmira Harley Davidson Sales in Horseheads, NY, and became proprietor of the former Jerry's Boat-a-rama in Watkins Glen. More recently, he had been an automobile salesman and retired from Clute Motors. Preceding him in death was a sister, Ernestine Grinnell. Surviving are his children and their spouses, David and Nancy Bolt of Bartlett, Ill, Terry and Carolyn Bolt of Horseheads, NY, Penny Bolt, Jeffrey and Lisa Bolt, Wendy and Stewart Field, and Gregory Bolt, all of Watkins Glen; sister, Thelma Hilfiger of Troy; nine grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, and many friends who shared his love of boating and motorcycling. Friends called at the Barber Funeral Home, Horseheads, Friday, Sept. 6. Services were held at the funeral home on Saturday, Sept. 7, with the Rev. Clark N. McKinney officiating. Interment was at convenience of family. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice. (Wellsboro Gazette, Wellsboro, PA, Wednesday, September 11, 1991)
REED J. BOYCE (SRGP 73893)
Thursday –May 22, 1947
Reed J. Boyce, age 42 years, of South Williamsport died May 11 in the Williamsport Hospital. He was a former resident of Covington.He was an employee of the Atlantic Refining Company for the past 14 years. A veteran of World War II, he was a member of the Royal P. Steinbacher Post, American Legion Of the Elks, No. 173, and Lodge of Moose, No. 181 of Sunbury. Surviving are his wife, Florence, a son, Charles of Elmira, NY, a daughter, Caroline at home; his mother, Mrs. Lottie Boyce of Covington; two brothers, Glenn of Blossburg and Gordon of Covington; and a sister, Mrs. Hazel Olson, Spencerport, NY. Submitted by: George and Peg Boyce firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Ronald H. BRIAN is a repeat of June 8, 1995.) (SRGP
Ronald H. BRIAN, 80, of Troy rR 1, Columbia Twp., PA died Monday, May 29, 1995 at Troy Community Hospital, troy, PA following a brief illness. Mr. Brian was a veteran of World War II, having served in the US Army Engineer Corps in the South Pacific. He was employed by F.P. Case and Sons in Troy for many years until his retirement. . He was a member of VFW Post No. 8675, Troy and Troy American Legion Post No. 49. Surviving are his wife, Shirley Schucker Brian; a daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Stephen Miller of Troy RR 1; grandchildren, Tammy and James Philower of Eglin Air Force Base, FL, Teresa and Curtis Sterling Jr. of Gillett, PA, Tessie Miller of Horseheads, NY and Todd and Trudy Miller of Colorado Springs, CO; three great-granddaughters; sisters and brothers-in-laws, Helen and Harland Dean of Wellsboro, Pa, Ruth Morgan of Troy and Maude and John Wencile of Ashtabula, OH; brothers and sisters-in-law, Thomas and Mary Brian of Osceola, PA, Wade Brian of Roulette, PA and Ruthadele Vosick of Eldred, PA; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by sisters and brothers-in-law, Margaret and James Morris and Ann and Harry Wencile; brothers, George and John Brian; a brother and sister-in-law, Earl and Geraldine Brian. Funeral services were held at the Vickery Funeral Home in Troy on June 1 with the Rev. Kenneth Marple officiating. The family requests that memorials be directed to the Bradford Unit of the American Cancer Society, 413 South Main St., Athens, PA 18810 in Ronald H. Brian’s memory.
|A troop carrier Pilot, Second Lt. Glenn M. BUTLER, 22, has been
officially reported dead, his mother, Mrs. Julia Butler, 4 Alonzo St.,
has learned. He previously had been missing over Lae, New Guinea, since
June 27. Lt. Butler enlisted in August, 1942, won his wings in May, 1943,
at Dothan, Alabama. He had been overseas a little more than a month when
he was killed. He was a graduate of Wellsboro (PA.) High and a former employee
of the Rochester Telephone Company. He leaves besides his mother, his father,
Earl Butler, of Wellsboro, and four sisters, Gladys, Vivian, Betty, and
Virginia, all of the Alonzo Street address.
Here's a photo of Manila Memorial Park where those who
died in the Pacific are laid to rest and also for those lost at sea sent in by Gary Butler
CHAMBERLAIN Earl Scott (SRGP 80034) formerly of Ulysses, PA 80, died Thursday, August 11, 2005. Born June 23, 1925 in Mansfield, PA, he was the son of Earl J. and Gladys Scott Chamberlain. He served from 1943 to 1972 in US Marine Corps, the US Army Air Force, US Army Green Berets, and the US Army. He was a World War II, Korean, and Vietnam War Veteran. He received the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat. He was a member of the Carl E. Hyde American Legion Post #963 in Ulysses. Surviving are a son, John of Texas; a daughter, Jill of Texas; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a brother, James Chamberlain of Meadville, PA; a sister, Jane E. Hinman of Ulysses; nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home, Ulysses on Monday, August 15th from 10 - 11 a.m., with Funeral Services at 11:00 a.m. The Rev. Lowell Watkins will officiate. Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Ulysses Library, Ulysses, PA 16948.
CLEVELAND Milo E. "Sonny" Age 69, (SRGP 80305) died Thursday, September 29, 2005, in Zephyrhills, Florida, at home under the care of Hernando-Pasco Hospice. Milo was born in Elmira, NY where he grew up and later worked for Hardinge Brothers, Inc., for 35 years. After retiring, he and his devoted wife, Marsha, moved to Zephyrhills, FL, where they have resided for the past nine years. Milo and Marsha celebrated their 50th anniversary in April of this year. A cherished husband, father and grandfather, he will be greatly missed and always loved. Milo is survived by his loving wife, Marsha (Gee); son, William J. Cleveland of Mandeville, LA; daughter and son-in-law, Vickie and Mike Pfiffer of Palm Coast, FL; and grandchildren, Heather and Mike Oddo, Amanda, Megan and Jared Cleveland, Tiffany Cleveland, and Michael and Lindsey Pfiffer. He is also survived by sisters, Helen Forsythe of Elmira Heights, NY and Virginia Andrews of Dunnellon, FL; several nieces and nephews, and many special friends. Milo was predeceased by his father and mother, Milo and Gladys Cleveland; and sisters, Hazel Foster and Marjorie Cleveland. Milo, better known to many as "Sonny," was a veteran of the Air Force, a member of B.P.O.E. #2731 of Zephyrhills, and the American Legion Post #0154 of Elmira Heights, NY, and a member of St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church of Zephyrhills, FL. Interment was in the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church Memorial Fund, 5855 16th Street, Zephyrhills, FL 33540, or to Hernando-Pasco Hospice, 37445 Clinton Avenue, Dade City, FL 33525. A Memorial Service will take place in Elmira, NY, at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 380 Pennsylvania Avenue, on Sunday, November 6, 2005, at 3:00 p.m. for anyone who knew and loved him.
COON Donald Floyd Died February 1, 2006, in Bath, NY. Dr. Coon was born February 16, 1918 in Buffalo, New York, the only son of Floyd M. Coon and Ella Marie Bouquet. The family moved to Syracuse when Don was very young. He graduated "Summa Cum Laude" from Syracuse University Medical School in 1943. He completed his internship and residency at Highland Hospital in Rochester; while there, he was the physician in charge of the first administration of penicillin to a private citizen in New York State. He served in the U.S. army medical corps in the CBI Theater with the 73rd Evacuation Hospital on the Burma Road and was discharged as a Captain. He joined the medical staff of the Bath Hospital and was in practice with Dr. E.J. Stevens. They established the Keuka Lake Clinic in Hammondsport. He assumed the practice of Vroman Higby in 1955. He was the Director of Steuben Co. Heart Clinic from 1955-1966. When the Bath Hospital moved to its present location, Dr. Coon established the Placebo Realty Co. and constructed the Lakeview Medical Building, which was sold to the hospital in 1999. He served as President of Steuben Medical Society and of Ira Davenport's medical staff. He established the Intensive Care Unit at Ira Davenport and was its Director for 15 years. He also was school physician for 40 years. He was chairman of the building committee when the new Methodist Church and education building was built. He was honored with his name being given to the newly renovated Ira Davenport Emergency Room in July 1999. Don is survived by his wife of 16 years, Joanne McClure Coon; his daughter, Donna (Albert) Menner of Elmira, NY; his son, Steven (Elaine) of Middlebury, VT; his son, Geoffrey Coon of Charlotte, NC, and his son, Timothy Coon of Chicago, IL. He has six grandchildren, Stephanie and Michael (Kathi) Menner, Megan and Brian Coon and Devon (James) and Lindsay Coon and their mother, Marcia Meade Coon; and one great-granddaughter, Olivia Joanna Menner. Don was predeceased by his wife of 46 years, Betty Stevens of Syracuse, NY. A Memorial Service will be held at the Centenary United Methodist Church in Bath on March 4, 2006 at 1 p.m. The family would appreciate memorial donations be given in Don's name to the Keuka Health Care Foundation, 7571 State Route 54, Bath, New York 14810 and the Southern Tier Hospice and Palliative Care, 11751 East Corning Road, Corning, New York 14830.
COPPOLA Saverio F. "Savey" Formerly of Chestnut St. Elmira, died Wednesday afternoon, August 3, 2005 at the Arnot-Ogden Medical Center following an illness. Savey was born in Messena, NY son of Frank & Mary Fagnano Coppola. He served in the United States Navy during WWII in the South Pacific. He was employed at his family's restaurant on S. Main St. for many years and also bartended at the Mark Twain Hotel. Savey later was employed by the Dept. of Public Works for the City of Elmira for 22 years until his retirement. He was a member of the VFW, American Legion and Catholic War Veterans. Surviving is his longtime special friend, Anna Wytrwa, Elmira; his brothers, Albert (Anna Mae) Coppola, Horseheads; and Ralph A. (Melissa) Coppola, Southport; several nieces and nephews; Savey was predeceased by his brothers, Francis Coppola in 1999 and John F. Coppola in 2000. A private funeral service will take place at his families convenience with the Reverend Donald W. Matthews officiating after which full military honors will be accorded Mr. Coppola in the Gardens at Caywood's.
COREY Robert E. Age 81, of Campbell, NY, died Sunday, July 24, 2005, at the Arnot Odgen Medical Center in Elmira, NY. Born in Corning, NY on September 13, 1923, he was the son of Joseph and Jane (Gibson) Corey. He was a veteran of World War II and served as a pilot in the Army Air Corps. He retired from Ingersoll Rand in 1985, and was a member of the Campbell United Methodist Church where he served as an usher and trustee. He was a member of the Robert N. Austin Post of the American Legion and a past member of Bath Elks, Campbell Lion's Club and Campbell Fire Department. Robert enjoyed basketball, bowling, and baseball. He also loved to read and travel. Robert is survived by his wife of 58 years, Shirley of Campbell; two daughters, Kathleen Denning of Rochester and Janet (William) Mishook of Bath; grandchildren, Kimberly Denning, Ryan Denning and fiancee, Seana Hughes of Rochester, Lyndsay (Bryan) Wolfe of Bath, Michael Mishook and fiancee, Tuesday Kastner of Painted Post; three great-grandsons, Matthew, Elijah and Zachary of Rochester; three brothers, Joseph (Margaret) Corey, Douglas Corey, and Jack (Eleanor) Corey; sisters-in-law, Evelyn Loomis and Janice Pruden; brothers-in-law, Raymond (Beverly) Pruden, Leonard (Lois) Pruden, Donald (Harriet) Pruden, Louis (Suzy) Pruden; 32 nieces and nephews; several great-nieces and nephews. Robert was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Barbara Corey; and brothers-in-law, Duane Loomis and Gerald Pruden. Calling hours will be held today, Tuesday July 26, 2005, from 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. at the Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney Street in Corning, where funeral services will be on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. with the Reverend Betty Bement officiating. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery in Campbell, NY. Memorials may be directed to the Campbell United Methodist Church, 8516 Main St., Campbell, NY 14821.
CRISTOFARO Alfred V. Age 89, died February 14, 2006 in Dayton, Ohio. He was born in Elmira, NY on April 5, 1916, son of the late Nickolas and Teresa (Cieri) Cristofaro. He attended schools in Elmira and served in the U.S. Air Force in Europe in WWII. He retired from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio. He is survived by his loving wife, Marjorie; sons, Michael and Martin; daughters, Teresa, Dolores, Mary and Nancy; brothers, Val (Betty) Cristofaro, Anthony (Sue Ellen) Cristofaro; sister-in-law, Nancy Cristofaro. Preceded in death by brothers, Joseph and Michael. Funeral arrangements were handled by Morris Sons Funeral Home in Kettering, Ohio on February 18, 2006. Rev. Jim Schutte officiated.
DAILEY Frank H. Age 79, of Horseheads, NY, died Saturday, September 17, 2005, very unexpectedly at home. Frank, son of the late Merritt and Lorena (Weber) Dailey, was born in Elkland, PA on January 30, 1926. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Carol Mills Dailey; daughter, Alice J. Dailey of Kapolei, HI; son and daughter-in-law, Frank G. and Marianne Dailey of Brockport, NY; son, Merritt L. Dailey of Horseheads with Virginia Abrunzo; sister and brother-in-law, Joette and Edward Milinksi of Houston, TX; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Frank was a US Marine Corps veteran serving with the 1st Marine Division in the Pacific during WWII. He was the owner and operator of the Ben Franklin Variety Store that was located on Hoffman St. in Elmira and the Dailey Variety Store on Hanover Square in Horseheads. Frank retired as the Assessor for the Town of Horseheads. He was a member of the Horseheads Town and Country Fire Department. Donations in his memory may be directed to the fire department at 130 Gardner Road, Horseheads, NY 14845. Services will be held at a later date to be announced. Arrangements by the McInerny Funeral Home.
DANDREA James V. of Galeton, PA Age 80, died Thursday, May 25, 2006. Born July 8, 1925, in Williamsport, PA, he was the son of Tony and Mildred Emick Dandrea. Mr. Dandrea was a U.S. Navy Veteran, serving in World War II in the Pacific Theatre and the Korean War. On June 7, 1958, in Buffalo, NY, he married the former Cynthia Cotton, who survives. He was employed by Snyder Tank in Galeton. He was a life member of the Raymond Richar VFW Post #6611 in Galeton, life member of the Loyal Order of the Moose in Galeton, 27-year member of American Legion Potter Post #192 in Coudersport, and member of the Gale Hose Ambulance. Surviving besides his wife are seven children, Beverly (John) Rogers of Syracuse, NY, Marcia Petrencsik of Galeton, John (Donna) Dandrea of Davis Station, PA, Charlene (Robert) Strykowski of Wellsboro, PA, Shelley Shearer of York, PA, Holly Boyce of York, PA, and Richard (Gwen) Dandrea of Philadelphia, PA; and nine grandchildren. He was predeceased by a sister, Mary Stamilio. A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 9th, at the Galeton VFW. Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard. Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, PA.
DENNISON Sterling F. US Marines Veteran Age 88, died peacefully on Friday, March 31, 2006, at the Chemung County Nursing Facility with his loving family by his side. He was born December 23, 1917 in Greenwood, NY, the son of the late John Sterling and Ella Mae (Rhinehart) Dennison. His son, Sterling "Jack"; brothers, Kenneth and Burt; and sister, Agnes, predeceased Sterling. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 59 years, Mary (Sielski) Dennison; beloved children and their spouses, Barb and Todd Weber of Beaver Dams, Richard and Jan of Pine City, Frank and Linda of Horseheads, Jim and Kathy of Elmira, John and Sina of Lake Elsinore, CA, Mary and Jim Ernest of Horseheads, and Pat and Bob Letson of Beaver Dams; daughter-in-law, Debbie Dennison of Rock Stream; sister, Marguerite Allen of Wellsville; along with many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Sterling proudly served in the United States Marine Corps with the 2nd Marine Division during WWII. He retired from the Local Carpenter's Union #281 in Elmira. In his earlier years, Sterling's hobbies included fishing, hunting and trapping and, later in life, he spent many hours tending to his beautiful flower and vegetable gardens. Subsequent to cremation at the Southport Crematorium, a Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, April 5, 2006, at the Community Wesleyan Church, 2095 Grand Central Ave., Horseheads, NY, with Reverend James Swanson celebrating Sterling's service at 1:00 p.m. A family burial will be held at a later date. The family would like to extend their deepest appreciation to the 6th floor staff of the Chemung County Nursing Facility for the wonderful care, kindness and consideration extended to Sterling and his family during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may direct memorial donations in Sterling's memory to the Chemung County Nursing Facility, c/o Activities Department, 103 Washington Street, Elmira, NY 14901.
DICHIARA Marino J. Age 84, died on Thursday, November 10, 2005, at Chemung County Nursing Facility. He was born in Frigento, Italy on February 19, 1921 to the late Pasquale and Maria (Capilati) DiChiara. Surviving Marino are his children, Patsy and Patty DiChiara of Elmira, NY, Michael and Donna DiChiara of Clark Summit, PA, Marie and Chris Hamlin of Farmingdale, LI; grandchildren, Melody and Ginger DiChiara, Denise and Christine DiChiara, Stephen DiChiara; sister, Faye Trinchetella; several nieces and nephews. Marino was retired from Grumman Aircraft Corp. with over 30 years of dedicated service. He was a veteran of WWII proudly serving in the US Army. He loved working in his yard and just being outside. Family and friends are invited to call at Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira, NY on Sunday, November 13, 2005, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. with funeral and committal there at 8:00 p.m. Interment in Holy Rood Cemetery in Westbury, LI.
DINNISON - Wellsboro Gazette, Thursday, January 11, 1945
Son of Former Liberty Couple Killed in India Area.
Captain Walter L. Dinnison , 27 year old son of Mr and Mrs Walter Dinnison, of Pierce, Idaho, former Liberty residents, was killed in action on December 7, some where near his base in India, according to a message recieved from the war department. He enlisted in January 1940 and was a bombardier on a E29, SD Perfortress, known as the " nightmare" He was with the 20th airforce. Besides his parents, he is survived by two sisters; two uncles, all of Idaho; his grandmother, Mrs Martha Pequignot and several aunts, uncles and cousins, of Liberty and vicinity. The young Bombardier was a grandson of the late Mr and Mrs William Dinnison, of Wellsboro.
HAROLD E. DUNBAR
Harold E. Dunbar, 81, of Erie, PA died Wednesday, December 19, 1990. Born in Troy, he was a son of Homer and Lizzie Hawthorne Dunbar. He served as a merchant seaman during World War II. At the time of his passing, Mr. Dunbar and his wife owned and operated the Herman Awning Co. in Erie. He is survived by his wife, Irene; son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Shirley Dunbar; stepdaughters, Vera and John Pate, Audrey and Charles Bayhurst, and Tom and Delores Hayes; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. All of Erie. He is also survived by his sisters, Eloise Shook and Margaret Billingsley, both of Troy; brother and sister-in-law, Lester and Christine Dunbar of Troy; and special, loyal friend, Rick Moore of Erie. He was predeceased by his parents, a daughter, Shirley Rainey, and brothers, Orrin and Amasa. Funeral services were held December 21 at the Burger Funeral Home in Erie. (TGR, Thursday, January 3, 1991)
EGLER Robert "Chum" of Galeton, PA Age 83, died Friday, July 15, 2005, at the home of his daughter, Karen Hall, in Wellsboro, PA. Born November 24, 1921 in Pittsburgh, PA, he was the son of Robert and Effie Goodall Egler. Mr. Egler was a World War II veteran, serving with the US Army in the European Theatre. In 1948 he married the former Ruth Evans, who predeceased him on December 27, 2003. Mr. Egler was employed by the US Postal Service, Galeton Production, Cowanesque Foundry, and the Galeton Foundry. He was a life member of the Raymond Richar VFW Post #6611 in Galeton and American Legion Potter Post #192 in Coudersport, PA. Surviving are two daughters, Karen (Ben) Hall of Wellsboro, and Cheryl Criswell of Honeybrook, PA; a son, Robert J. Egler of Galeton; two granddaughters, Kristen (Justin) Hauser of Wellsboro, and Stacy (Eric) Mendenhall of Narvon, PA; and three great-grandchildren, Austin Hauser, Aidan Hauser, and Paige Mendenhall. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to Laurel Hospice or the Valley C&MA Church, Wellsboro, PA 16901. Arrangements are entrusted to the Collins-Olney Funeral Home, Galeton.
FLYNN Frank Marion (SRGP 81250) Age 81, of County Route 25, Dundee, NY died Monday, May 8, 2006, peacefully at home. He was born in Ulysses, PA, April 7, 1925, the son of Hugh and Neva Thompson Flynn. Frank was a retired Pipe Fitter from U.A. Local 13, Rochester, NY. He was a World War II Army Veteran. Frank loved farming throughout his life, was an avid gardener and developed many loving friendships, over the years, by bring people into his home and giving them a warm meal and a bed. He was a Life member of the American Legion Post #94 in Ulysses, PA. He is survived by his wife, Helen Hilfiger Flynn with whom he celebrated 60 years of marriage on February 7th; five daughters, Mary (Ronald) Wesche of Watkins Glen, NY, Marcia (Pat) Ostrander of Coco, FL, Teresa Teeter of Melbourne, FL, Diane (Rich) Yeoman of Dundee, NY and Dawn (Mark) Novak of Watkins Glen, NY; two sons, Stanley Flynn of Dundee, NY and Dean (Vicki) Flynn of Hammondsport, NY; 21 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren; his sister, Audrey (Don) Kio of Ulysses, PA; and many nieces and nephews; and special friends, Betty and Viv Martin of Franklin Park, NJ. Frank was predeceased by five brothers, Carlton, Clyde, Claude, Rodney and Ralph Flynn; and three sisters, Doris Tormey, Madelyn Empson and Wilda Flynn. Friends may call today, May 10, 2006, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Fagan's Funeral Home, 31 West Morris St., Bath, NY. A Memorial Services will be held on Thursday, May 11, 2006, at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Reverend Donald Lawrence officiating. Memorial donations in Frank's name may be sent to the Ulysses Library, Ulysses, PA 16948, or the Schuyler Ambulance Corps or the Tyrone Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Expressing many thanks to all.
FORREST Donald E. Age 79, on Montour Falls, NY, died on Saturday, July 30, 2005. Don was born on August 5, 1925 in Elmira, NY, the son of the late Donald and Julia Carl Forrest. Don is survived by his wife of 49 years, Barbara Wood Forrest; children, Daniel (Carol) Webster, Paul Webster, Denise (Jeff) Witt, Debra (Richard) Rizzo and Pamela (Richard) Povero; 15 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren; cousin, Ross Forrest; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Shirley and Allen Gerdes. In addition to his parents, Don was predeceased by his son, Donald Karl Forrest. Donald served his country in the US Army during WWII. He was a member of the American Legion Post #676, Odessa, NY. Don was a life member of the Mechanics Club, Montour Falls, and the Elks Lodge #1546, Watkins Glen, NY. He was also a member of the Montour Falls Fire Department and the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #426, Montour Falls, NY. Don retired from Conrail as an inspector. The family will receive relatives and friends at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY, on Tuesday, August 2, 2005, between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. A graveside service will be held in Montour Cemetery on Wednesday, August 3, 2005, at 11:00 a.m. where full Military Honors will be accorded by the Cole-Hansonberger-Deland American Legion, Odessa, NY. Those wishing to remember Don may do so through memorials to a charity of one's choice
GETTER Dorothy Louise SHATTUCK, age 85, of Gillett, PA and formerly of Miamisburg, OH died on Tuesday, May 22, 2001 at her home. She was born April 22, 1916 in Amanda, OH to the late Reverend Dr. Herman C. Getter and Mabel Barr Getter. Dorothy was the eldest of five children. She graduated from high school in New Philadelphia. OH and from Wittenburg University, Springfield, OH; she also did graduate work at Ohio State. Dorothy taught high school in several Ohio schools. During WW II she served in the Women’s Reserve of the Coast Guard, the SPARS. Dorothy was stationed in New York City where she met and married Arthur Victor Shattuck with whom she celebrated over 44 years of marriage before his passing in 1989. After the war they made their home near Dayton, OH. She was a charter member of Beta Sigma Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma and transferred her membership to the Alpha Zeta Chapter in 197p8 after her family moved to Pennsylvania. Dorothy was a lifelong member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and was always active in all the churches she attended. She is survived by her sons; Robert Arthur Shattuck, Gillett, PA; sisters, Martha A. Smyth of Dana Point, Ca and Barbara Hanley of Orange, CA; sisters-in-law, Mariam Getter Rud of Toledo, OH and Nellie Brown of Owego, NY; 11 nieces and nephews and their children; and a number of cousins. Calling hours were held at the Vickery Funeral Home in Troy on May 24. It was Dorothy’s request that there be no funeral service. Memorial contributions in Dorothy’s name may be directed to the Berrytown Wesleyan Church, RR 1, Box 2840, Gillett, PA 16925, the Allen F. Free Library, 115 Center St., Troy, PA 16947 or to Guthrie Hospice, RR 1, Box 154, Towanda, PA 18848. “Troy Gazette-Register,” Troy, PA Thursday, May 31, 2001
GILLIS George Arthur Age 85, of Park Lane, Big Flats, died after a lengthy illness on August 20, 2005 in the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. George is survived by his wife of nearly 59 years, Rosella "Rennie" (Neralic) Gillis; sons and daughters-in-law, George and Marybeth Gillis of Breesport, NY, Scott Gillis of NY, NY, and Craig and Judy Gillis also of NY, NY; grandchildren, Emily and Eric Gillis; and sister-in-law, Frances Neralic of Wheatfield, NY. Mr. Gillis was a design engineer who retired from Niagara Mohawk in Syracuse after 35 years. A proud veteran of WWII, George also served in the Army's 19th Combat Engineer Regiment, and received 8 battle stars for campaigns in the Mediterranean and Europe. A member of the First United Methodist Church in Horseheads, George was a curious and artistic soul, who loved to invent, create and learn new things. His Memorial Service will be held in the First United Methodist Church, 1034 W. Broad St., Horseheads, on Thursday, August 25, 2005, at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. Robert Sherburne officiating. Those wishing may express their sympathy through memorials in George's name to the American Lung Association, Finger Lakes Region, Inc., 1595 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620. Arrangements by Barber Funeral Home, Horseheads
GLOSSNER Benton F. "Ben" Age 89 of Elmira, NY died on Saturday morning, September 10, 2005. There will be no calling hours. Funeral services will be private. Interment of Ben's ashes will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorials to Elmira College. Ben is survived by his loving wife, Ethel Glossner; son and daughter-in-law, George and Belonbell Glossner of Laurinbury, NC; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Ben was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in WWll and retired from Elmira College with over thirty years of service in the Maintenance Department.
Wayne E. GRAYBILL SR. age 84, of North Canton, OH died Thursday, August 24, 2000at Altercare Nursing Home following an extended illness. He was born in Massillon, OH to Herbert and Elizabeth (Davies) Graybill. He was a decorated veteran of the US Army having served during World War II. He retired as ass’t vice president of First Federal Savings and Loan of Canton. In the early days of North Canton his work contributed to the city’s growth and development, serving in many civic capacities. He was a member of Rotary and the American Legion and very active in the community. He was a longstanding member of the North Canton Community Christian Church. His family represented four generations of war veterans, school teachers, and civil servants. He is survived by his wife, Abderiene (Bentley) Graybill formerly of Troy, PA; daughters, Mrs. Bruce (Marjie) Pickens of Mount Vernon, OH and Jayne Sherman Graybill of North Canton, OH; daughter-in-law, Melanie Graybill and three grandchildren, Copley, OH; son-in-law, Bruce Pickens of Mount Vernon. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Cora Elizabeth and son, Wayne Graybill II; seven brothers and three sisters. Memorial serviced were arranged by Karlo and Sons Funeral Home, North Canton OH. “Troy Gazette Register,” Troy, PA Thursday, August 31, 2000
HENSHAW Robert Gary, Sr. WWII Veteran Was born August 19, 1925 in Fassett, PA, the son of the late Gary and Mary (Parks) Henshaw died on Monday, January 23, 2006, at the Robert Packer Hospital very unexpectedly at the age of 80. He served in the US Marines during WWII. After being honorably discharged from the Marines, he returned home to Elmira then to Oxford, NJ, and finally settled in Athens, PA, where he became employed as a heavy equipment mechanic. Robert was also a member of the National Rifleman Association and was an avid hunter. He was the beloved husband of Marie (McAfee); dear loving father of Robert Jr. of Athens, Earl (Linda) of Six Nations, Ronnie (Gayle) of Honesdale, Shirley (Phillip), Lisa (Frank), Susan (Alvie), Ken (Kathy), Louise (Bill) all of Six Flag Nations, Canada. Robert was also dear stepfather of Diane (Monte) of Texas, Lynn and Ann of New York; along with 26 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Family and friends are invited to call at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira, NY, on Wednesday, January 25, 2006, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a brief ceremony to be held following the visitation at 8 p.m. Funeral Services will be held there on Thursday, January 26th, at 11:00 a.m. celebrated by his son, Ken, immediately following the Chemung County Veteran's Honor Squad will accord Mr. Henshaw full military honors at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, Robert's family will accept memorial donations
Robert A. HOOSE of Benson, NC, formerly of Bentley Creek, PA died Saturday October 23, 1999 after a lingering illness. He was born in Athens on January 18, 1924, the son of Arthur and Laura Brown Hoose. He was a veteran of World War II and owner of R&H Roofing and Siding Co. for over 38 years. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, LaVera; sons, Richard of Benson, NC, Robert (Loretta) of Ridgebury, PA, Donald (Patty) of Dunn, NC and James (Dawn) of Canton, PA; daughters, Lynette (John) Zurn of Benson, NC and Linda Eiffert of Beaver Dams, NY; 15 grandchildren; a brother, Ted (Beatrice) Hoose of Bentley Creek; sister, Sunny Salter of Ruston, LA, Janet McDermott of Bentley Creek, Loretta (Paul) VanDyke of Athens and Alice (Burdge) Munro of Canton; and a sister-in-law, Florence Hoose of East Troy, PA. He was predeceased byhis parents, brother, Harold and sister Louise Stanton. Memorial services will be held here at a later date.
HOUCK Wellington "Wally" Age 82, formerly of 210 Mary St., Elmira, died Saturday, October 22, 2005, at Chemung County Nursing Facility. Wellington was born August 28, 1923, one of nine children to the late Jacob and Clara Houck. Wally is survived by his loving wife, Myrtle; daughter, Rebecca Hoffman of Elmira; stepdaughters, Charlotte (Gary) Ellis of Daytona and Nancy Lester of Electic, AL; brother, Lauren (Vivian) Houck of Bradford; sisters-in-law, Ramona Houck of Bath and Jean Houck of Bradford; grandchildren, Sherry Wells, Tammy Hoffman, Tina Tetter, Laurie Douglas, Nancy Fife, Michelle Thomas, Tracy Lester and Travis Shick; as well as 21 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews. Wally served his country in WWI in the Army 14th Armored Division and was a member of the American Legion Post 154 as well as a Mason with the Elmira Heights Masonic Lodge #913 for many years, and he fully retired from Elmira Floral Products in 1986. Friends and family are invited to call Monday, October 24, 2005, from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 7 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home where funeral services will immediately follow at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Sidney Aldridge officiating. Interment will be on Tuesday at Tyrone Union Cemetery, Tyrone, NY, at the convenience of the family.
HOUSEL William A. formerly of Ulysses, PA 82, formerly of Ulysses and Whitehouse, NJ, died Monday, October 3, 2005. Born September 14, 1923 in Somerville, NJ, he was the son of William V. and Irene Force Housel. He was a World War II veteran, serving with the U.S. Army in the European Theatre. He was employed by Meadowbrook Inventions in Bernardsville, NJ. Surviving locally are a sister-in-law, Bessie (Jim) McPherson of Ulysses. Services will be private. Burial will be in Ringoes, NJ. Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home, Ulysses, PA.
HOYT Richard E., Sr. Age 75, of 2089 Mobiland Dr. Melbourne, FL, formerly of Millport and Elmira, NY, died November 19, 2005 at William Childs Hospice House. He is survived by his loving wife, Elinor (Beardslee); his children, Katherine Hoyt, Nina (Chuck) Blackshear, Sheila (Rick) Hetrick, Bonnie Hoyt, Richard (Gertrude) Hoyt, Jr.; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; his brothers, sisters, family and friends. Dick was a World War II and Korean veteran of the U.S. Navy and will be buried in Florida National Cemetery. Per his request, there will be no calling hours.
ISAF Thomas F. Age 83, passed from this life on July 17, 2006 at home with his family at his bedside. Thomas F. Isaf, II was born on June 21, 1923 in Cortland NY. He was the son of Lebanese immigrants, Salime and Fred T. Isaf (Zbeidi). After graduating from St. Mary's Catholic High School in Cortland, he enrolled in St. Bonaventure University, but interrupted his studies to enlist in the Marine Corps after the bombing at Pearl Harbor and eventually graduated from Franklin and Marshall University. After WWII, Tom married Rowanda Maloof of Copperhill, Tennessee, and enrolled in the University of Buffalo law school. His studies were again interrupted when he was called back to the Corps for service in the Korean War. Leaving active duty following the Korean War, Tom settled in the Elmira, New York, area where he raised his family and was very active in church, school, community and civic organizations and where he built a successful real estate business. In 1972, while he was serving as president-elect of the New York State Home Builders' Association, the devastating effects of Hurricane Agnes in New York's Southern Tier once again caused him to change course and he joined his sons in moving to Atlanta. Tom was fluent in the Arabic language which he took advantage of in a six year stint as a vice president of Heery and Heery, architects and engineers, promoting that company's business development efforts in the Middle East and heading its offices in Amman, Jordan, where he and Rowanda lived and worked for four years. Tom and Rowanda returned to their home in Indian Hills in East Cobb County where he was living at the time of his death. Tom was a 4th degree Knight of Columbus and a member of the Maronite Catholic Order of St. Sharbel. His loved ones remember his sense of humor, his loyalty to family and friends, his generosity, tireless energy, passion, enthusiasm and pride that he brought to every relationship and encounter. Above all, he loved, and was loved by, his family. Tom is survived by Rowanda Maloof Isaf, his loving wife of 57 years; his children, Fred and wife, June, of Atlanta, Lou and wife, Robin, of Atlanta, Jim and wife, Ailene, of Seattle, Washington, and Steve and wife, Cynthia, of Atlanta; 12 grandchildren, Julie, Thomas, Nassir, Justin, Christa, Haley, Jessica, Lindsey, Robert, Katherine, Nicholas, and Michael; his two sisters, Helen Hobbib of Holland, Pennsylvania, and Yvonne Lawless of Syracuse, New York; his mother-in-law, Adeline Maloof of Copperhill, Tennessee; and numerous brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends at H.M. Patterson Oglethorpe Hill Chapel, 4550 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30319, on July 18, 2006, from 6 until 8 in the evening. The rosary service will begin at 7:30 p.m. The Funeral Mass, in accordance with the Maronite Catholic Rite, will be held at 1:30 p.m., July 19, 2006 at St. Jude's Catholic Church, 7171 Glenridge Dr. N.E., Atlanta, Georgia. After the burial in Arlington Memorial Park, 201 Mt. Vernon Road, Sandy Springs, Georgia, a reception will be held in St. Jude's parish hall. Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph's Maronite Catholic Church, 502 Seminole Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia, 30307, in memory of Thomas Isaf. Please post tributes on line at www.mem.com. Funeral arrangements are being made by H.M. Patterson Oglethorpe Hill Chapel, 4550 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, Georgia.
John H. KEFOVER John H. Kefover, 37 River St, Galeton, Pa died Tuesday Feb. 15, 1977 at the age of 68, while in Orlando, Fla on vacation. He had lived in Galeton for many years, owned and operated a shoe store, and before his retirement was a bookkeeper for the New York State Natural Gas Co. Kefover was born in Uniontown, Pa. on Sept 6, 1909, a son of Robert and Hannah Hosteller Kefover. He was married to Donzella Gill, who survives. He was a member of the Galeton Presbyterian Church, Galeton Masonic Lodge, coudersport Consistory, and past commander of the American Legion. A veteran, Kefover was a sergeant in the United States Army during World War II. Survivors include: wife, Donzella; daughter, Mrs. Richard (Edna) Schimizzi, Greensburg, Pa; two granchildren, brothers Robert Kefover of Uniontown, Pa, and Russell Kefover of Brownfield, Pa.; sisters Mrs. Elizabeth Selazek, Uniontown, Pa; Mrs. Sarah Dietzman, San Antonio, Tex.; and Mrs. Helen Bickerton, Youngstown, Pa. Funeral services were held Saturday a 2 p.m. at the Collins Funeral Home, Galeton, with the Rev Don Austin officiating. Burial was in West Hill Cemetery, Galeton. Submitted by Marlene MILES Andes August 6, 1998
KEFOVER - John Kefover John H. Kefover, 68, of Galeton, died Tuesday (Feb. 15 1977) in Orlando, Fla., while on vacation. He was born on Sept. 6, 1909, at Uniontown, a son of Robert and Hannah Hosteller Kefover. He married the former Donzella Gill who survives. Mr. Kefover owned and operated a shoe store for many years and prior to his retirement, he was a bookkeeper for the New York Natural Gas Company. He was a member of Galeton Presbyterian Church, Galeton Masonic Lodge, Coudersport Consistory, and past commander of the American Legion. He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the Army. In additon to his widow, he is surviced by a daughter, Mrs. Richar (Edna) Schimizzi, Greensburg; two grandchildren; two brothers, Robert Kefover, Uniontown, and Russell Kefover, Brownfield; and three sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Selazek, Uniontown, Mrs. Helen Bickeron, Youngstown, and Mrs. Sarah Dietzman, San Antonio, Texas. A funeral service was conducted Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in the Collins Funeral Home, Galeton, with the Rev. Don Austin, officiating. Burial was in West Hill Cemetery, Galeton. Submitted by Marlene MILES Andes August 6, 1998
FLOYD L. KENDALL, JR.
Floyd L. Kendall Jr., 83, of Williamsport, PA was pronounced dead at the Williamsport Hospital on Friday, April 6, 2001 after being stricken at home. Born November 5, 1917 in Canton, PA, he was a son of Floyd L. Sr. and Hattie Carney Kendall. He was a member of the South Williamsport Church of Christ and enjoyed ham radio. An army veteran of World War II, he received a Purple Heart for wounds sustained in the Battle of the Bulge. He is survived by his wife, the former Helen Askey; daughters, Nancy M. Beck and Linda J. Binkley, both of Cogan Station, PA; brother, Robert of Troy, PA; sisters, Pauline Watts, Canton, PA and Margaret Ameigh, Gillett, PA; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. (TGR, Thursday, April 12, 2001)
KIKLOWICZ - FROST
Helen K. Age 88, of Burdett, NY, died Sat., August 13, 2005, at her home. Helen was born in Yonkers, NY on April 2, 1917, the daughter of the late Peter and Anna (Jasinski) Kiklowicz. Her family moved to a farm near Bradford, NY, when she was a young girl, where she graduated from Bradford High School. She became a nurse and served as a flight nurse in the Army Air Corps during WWII, aiding patients being flown from France to England after D-Day. She was awarded the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster for her service. She returned to active duty during the Korean War, reaching the rank of Captain. Later, she worked as a school nurse for Watkins Glen Central Schools for many years, before becoming a nursing instructor, first at Alfred University, then Tompkins-Cortland Community College. She retired from teaching in 1982 from St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing in Elmira, NY. She was a communicant of St. Mary's of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen, NY. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Walter and Peter Kiklowicz; and sisters, Theresa Stenson and Ann Fernan. She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Charles L. Frost; daughters, Anne Marie (Carl) Dalecki of Burdett, NY, Kathleen (Daniel) Loven of Alpine, NY; and son, Michael of Norfolk, VA; six grandchildren, Jessica and Rebecca Barrett, Sarah Loven, Emily, Erik and Luke Dalecki; and three great-grandchildren, Albany, Sherridian and Montana Barrett. Friends may call at the Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, 119-5th Street, Watkins Glen on Monday from 3 to 7 p.m. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary's of the Lake Church on Tuesday with Burial at Bath National Cemetery.
KIRK Terrell P., Jr. Age 82, of Elmria, died Friday, July 29, 2005 at St. Joseph's Hospital. Terrell was born December 25, 1922, the son of Terrell P. and Hazel Raines Kirk. Terrell is survived by his loving wife of 56 years Gloria VanDorpe Kirk; sons, with their families, Jason R. and Debra Kirk of Elmira with children Neiko, Dustin and Haleigh, and Tanner G. and Sherry Kirk of Big Flats with children Wesley and Alexis; along with good friends Robert and Sally Dorough of Bethel, PA. Terrell was a pilot with the U.S. Navy during WWII, attaining the rank of Lieutenant J.G. From 1956-1983 he was a test pilot/engineer with Gruman Aircraft, based at Schweizer Aircraft. Terrell's hobby was being with his family. There will be no services. Donations in Terrell's memory may be directed to Chemung County Humane Society and SPCA, Route 352, Elmira, New York 14905. Arrangements by McInerny Funeral Home.
Charles Robert 79 years of Corning, NY, died Tuesday, August 16, 2005, at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. He was a retired employee of the New York Telephone Company and Veteran of the U.S. Navy Seabees during World War II and the Korean Conflict. Surviving is his daughter, Pamela A. (James P. Bennett) Landis of Elmira, NY; special friend, Joyce Clark of Coopers Plains, NY; also several nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Haughey Funeral Home, 216 East First St., Corning, NY, Friday, August 19, 2005, from 4-7 p.m. Funeral and Committal Services will follow at 7 p.m. Interment will be held in the family plot at St. Mary's Cemetery, Corning, NY.
GUY L. LANDIS
Guy L. Landis, 64, of Liberty, died Tuesday, March 21, 1972. A neighbor discovered Mr. Landis beneath his automobile, which apparently coasted down a ramp while he was working on the vehicle. Dr. Harry Williams, Tioga County coroner, said Mr. Landis died of a crushed chest. An army veteran of World War II, he served in the Pacific. He was a member of American Legion Post 167, Morris Run. He was employed as a township highway worker. Mr. Landis was a member of Beuters United Methodist Church, Liberty RD. Born April 30, 1907, in Liberty, he was the son of Alvin O. and Esther J. Bastian Landis. Surviving are one brother, Walter, of Liberty, and four sisters, Mrs. Ethel Roupp, of Elmira, Mrs. Lulu Porter, of Florida, Mrs. Myrtle Schanbacher, of Canton, and Mrs. Ida Lind, of Binghamton, NY.
MANNING, Richard Floyd, formerly of Elmira Heights, died Thursday, October 5, 1933 at 9 p.m. in the Bath Hospital. Mr. Manning had suffered an extended illness due to gassing while with the American Forces in the World War in France. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Helen Manning of Elmira; three daughters, Constance, Rachel and Shirley; two sons, Robert and Harry; the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Manning of 204 W. 17th St., Elmira Heights. The body is at the Ballard Funeral Home in Elmira Heights and will be removed to the home of the parents tonight. The funeral will be held at that address Saturday at 2 p.m. and will be private. Friends may call until Saturday noon. The Rev. E. A. MATHEWS will officiate. Burial in Evergreen Cemetery at Spencer. Submitted by Gwen MECUM Hunt <email@example.com>
Laurence E. MATSON, 77, Canton, PA died September 20, 1997 at home after a period of declining health. Larry was born February 11, 1920 on a farm in Leolyn, McNett Township, Lycoming County, the son of Leon and Daisy Tubman Matson. He served in the World War II as a sergeant in the Army Air Corps. He owned a barber shop on Troy street in Canton for 47 years. It served as a venue for his other skills. He was involved in construction, having built the flood control levers in Elmira, NY as well as doing the occasional relocation of buildings which he accomplished by means of a team of horses. He was a member of the Canton Lodge No. 429 Loyal Order of the Moose, a life member of Canton VFW Post No. 714 and had been a charter member of the Canton Lions Club. He attended the Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) in Canton. Larry is survived by his wife of 48 years, the former Johan Swartz, at home; his son, Dr. Bart I. Matson and his wife, Darlene, of Clarion, PA, his daughter, Mary M. Morris and her husband, the Rev. David Morris; grandchildren, Matthew, Jared and Emily Morris and Sarah and Ian Matson; two brothers and a sister, several close cousins, nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held September 23 at the Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) in Canton with the Rev. David Morris, pastor and the Rev. Wayne Warren, former pastor of the First Christian Church of Alba, now pastor of the First Christian Church of Hampton, VA officiating. Private interment was held with the Canton VFW according full military honors. Arrangements were by the Morse & Kleese Funeral Home in Canton. Contributions in Larry’s name may be made to the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Alba, the Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) in Canton or the American Heart Association. Troy Gazette Register
Robert E. MAWYER, 87, of Warrington, PA, died Tuesday, January 18, 2000 at the Medical College Hospital of Philadelphia. Born in Virginia, he had been a resident of Warrington since 1958 and was previously a resident of Bensalem. He was a veteran of 20 years of service in the U.S. Navy and a member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors. Prior to his retirement in 1978 he had been employed for 22 years with the Eureka Stone Quarry. He is survived by a son, Lee S. Mawyer of Havre De Grace, MD; a sister, Elizabeth Romaine of Troy, PA; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Arrangements were under the direction of the Shelly Funeral Home in Warrington. He was predeceased by his wife, Katherine Pickard Mawyer. Memorials in his name may be sent to the National World War II Memorial, 2300 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201. “Troy Gazette-Register,” Troy, PA Thursday, January 27, 2000
McHENRY John A. Age 84, of Davenport, FL, formerly of Lower Maple Avenue, Elmira, NY, died August 2, 2005. Preceded in death by his wife, Duella on August 2, 2004. He is survived by daughter, Judy (Lawrence) Borden, FL; son, Charles (Carrie) McHenry, TN; sister, Hattie (McHenry) Margeson; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was a mail handler for the U.S. Post Office in Elmira, NY. He was a veteran of WWII and the Korean War, and he was a 32 Degree Mason in New York. Arrangements by Oakridge Funeral, Haines City, FL.
BENJAMIN B. MITCHELL III
Benjamin B. "Ben" Mitchell III, 78, Sarasota, FL died February 6, 1991. He was born March 1, 1912 in Troy, PA, the son of Mr. and Mrs. B.B. Mitchell II. He was a rural mail carrier for 26 years and was Postmaster of the Troy Post Office ten years. He was an army veteran of World War II, a charter member and past commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wads, past member of the Masonic Lodge, both in Troy and was District Governor of the Lions Club when he was a member of the Picture Rocks Lions Club in Lycoming County. He was a member of the Faith Presbyterian Church in Sarasota. Survivors include his wife, Marietta ("Betty"); sons, Daniel B., Oak Harbor, WA and Richard J., Snyder, NY; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Esther Mitchell, Troy, PA. A memorial service was held at the Faith Presbyterian Church on February 10. Donations in his memory may be sent to the Sarasota Lions Club, 120 South Tuttle Street, Sarasota, FL 34236. (TGR, Thursday, February 21, 1991)
BENJAMIN B. MITCHELL
Benjamin B. Mitchell III, 78, of 1318 Glendale Circle West, Sarasota, FL and a former resident of Troy, PA and Hughesville in Lycoming County, died Wednesday, February 6, 1991 in the East Manor Nursing Home, Sarasota. Mr. Mitchell was born in Troy on March 3, 1912, a son of Benjamin B. Mitchell II and Jennette Pomeroy Mitchell. He was a retired postmaster of Troy and had also been a rural mail carrier for 26 years in the Troy area. Mr. Mitchell was a US Army veteran of World War II and served in the South Pacific. He was active in various Lions Clubs, including those in Troy, Picture Rocks and in Sarasota. Mr. Mitchell was former district governor of the Lions. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 49 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars 8675, both of Troy. He was also a member and past master of Trojan Lodge 306 F and AM of Troy and was a member of the Williamsport Scottish Rite Consistory. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, the former Marietta E "Betty" Boyer; sons, Daniel B. of Oak Harbor, WA and Richard J. of Snyder, NY; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. A graveside interment service was held May 21 in Muncy Cemetery with the Rev. Arthur E. Gladfelter, pastor of the Christ United Methodist Church, Hughesville, officiating. (TGR, Thursday, May 23, 1991)
C. WILLARD ODELL
C. Willard Odell, 81, of Elcor Nursing Facility, formerly of Tioga, died Friday, April 25, 1997. Born June 24, 1915, in Tioga, he was the son of Verne B. and Lulu Adamy Odell. He was a World War II veteran of the Army Air Force. He also worked as a gourmet chef in Hartford, Conn., and Long Island, NY. Preceding him in death were two brothers, Harold A. Odell and Malcolm J. Odell; and a sister, Lelah Mercer. Surviving are a brother and sister-in-law, Robert N. and Joan O'Dell of Horseheads, NY; a sister-in-law, Dorothy T. Odell of Savannah, Ga.; three nieces, Lucinda O. Bealin of N. Caldwell, NJ, Colleen Thompkins of East Syracuse, and Kelly Forsyth of Erin; several grand-nieces. Graveside funeral services were held Monday, April 28, at Woodlawn National Cemetery, with the Rev. Jeffrey Bell officiating.
William C. PACKARD died unexpectedly on Thursday, January 9, 1997 at Noyes Memorial hospital in Dansville, NY. Bill was born in Granville Summit on September 28, 1924, the son of the late William and Lois Meeker Packard. He graduated from Troy High School and was married to the former Mary Alice Mott in Canton, Pa. Prior to his retirement in 1886, he had owned and operated the Dansville Chrysler-Plymouth and Dansville Dodge Dealerships. Mr. Packard was a WW II Army Corps of Engineers veteran and a member of the VFW. Among other civic organizations, he was a member, past elder and trustee of the Dansville Presbyterian Church. Mr. Packard was very involved in the Boy Scouts of America where he had served on the Five Rivers Council. He had been a director of the Clara Barton Chapter of the American Red Cross, a member of the Dansville Planning Board and a school board member. In addition to his wife Alice he is survived by a son, Dr. William M. (Shari) of Scottsbluff, NB; a daughter, Candace (Graham) Frazer of Dansville; five grandchildren and two step-grandsons; a sister, Elowene (Fred) Young of Clearwater, FL; several nieces and nephews. Bill was predeceased by sisters, Gertrude Scott and Barbara Packard. Funeral services were held January 13 at the Dansville Presbyterian Church with the Reverends M. Dayle Dickey and Carl Vanderburg officiating and burial to be in Greenmount Cemetery, Dansville. Arrangements were by the Chamberlain Funeral Home in Dansville. Donations may be made to the Dansville Presbyterian Church, Boy Scouts of America Five Rivers Council, Dansville Ambulance or Noyes Memorial Hospital.
ALLEN M. RATHBURN
Allen M. Rathburn, age 48 of Arlington, Va., died on January 17, 1974 at George Washington Memorial Hospital following open heart surgery. For many years he resided at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Derbyshire in Wellsboro. He attended Wellsboro School and for four years during World War II he was a member of the US Navy during which time he was recipient of the Purple Heart. He was a member of the Masonic Order in Alexandria. He is survived by his wife, Fay Rathburn of Alexandria, Va.; one son, Sgt. Ian Rathburn now stationed with the US Air Force at Traverse Air Force Base in California; mother, Mrs. Isodore Cameron of Ulysses, Pa.; three sisters, Gladys Cellini of Williamsport; Mrs. Gail Brandt of Woodbridge, Va.; Miss Leda Gardner of Cleveland, Ohio. Memorial services were held on Saturday, January 19th at the Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home. The family has requested that donations be made to the Heart Fund.
ROGERS Louis R. Age 81, of 736 Beardsley Hollow Road, Alpine, New York, and formerly of Ithaca, died February 3, 2006 at the Arnot Ogden Memorial Hospital. He was the son of the late Roland and Grace Rogers and widow of Virginia H. Rogers (January 13, 2006). Lou was a veteran of WWII with the Army and the Army Air Corps. He was a member of the American Legion of Trumansburg. He had worked for the City of Ithaca and also the N.C.R. Survivors include his sons, Daniel Rogers of Homer, James (Barbara) Rogers of Ithaca; daughters, Judy (Edwin) Brown of Ithaca and Terry Thorpe of Alpine, NY; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and son-in-law, Barry Smith; five sisters and several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents and wife, he was predeceased by a daughter, Bonnie Smith (2004); and son-in-law, William Thorpe, Jr. (2005). A celebration of his life will be held Wednesday, February 8, 2006, at 6:00 p.m. at Bangs Funeral Home with Rev. Earl Andrews officiating. Friends may call from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of one's choice. A private burial for Virginia and Louis will be delayed until the spring
SEELEY - HARRY A. SEELEY Harry A. Seeley, 58, of Galeton RD, died Saturday, Jan 4, 1975 in the Soldiers and Sailors Hospital, Wellsboro, where he had been a patient for a week. He was a veteran of World War II. Born Apr. 21, 1916 at Galeton, RD he was the son of Wallace and Anna Thompson Seeley. He was married to the former Mary Herter. Mr. Seeley was an employee of the Department of Environmental Resources. Surviving with his wife are two sons, James Chalmers of Galeton, RD, Albert Seeley at home; three daughters, Mrs. Fred (Linda) Milliron of Galeton; Dolores and Donna, at home, and several cousins. Funeral was held Tuesday at 2 pm at the Brown Funeral Home with the Rev. Charles Graham of the Galeton United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial was in West Branch Cemetery, Galeton RD. Marlene MILES Andes - August 6, 1998
SHATTUCK ARTHUR VICTOR JR.
Age 79 of RD 1, Gillett, PA, Thursday, September 28, 1989. He was employed as an electrical designer with the NCR Corporation in Dayton, OH. He served during WW II with the US Coast Guard from July 1942 to September 1945. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Dorothy Getter Shattuck; sons, Robert Arthur Shattuck of RD 1, Gillett, PA; sister, Mrs. Nellie Brown of Owego, NY; several nieces and nephews. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements by the Vickery Funeral Home, Troy, PA.
SIMIELE William P. "Capt. Bill"
William P. "Capt. Bill" Age 77, of 800 Magee St., Watkins Glen, NY, died Thursday, March 30, 2006, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Elmira. Friends and relatives may call at the Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, 119 Fifth St., Watkins Glen on Sunday, April 2, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary's of the Lake Catholic Church on Monday, April 3, at 9 a.m., with Father Paul Bonacci Celebrant, burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, in Watkins Glen. Memorials may be made in his name to the Schuyler County Volunteer Ambulance Association, Inc., P.O. Box 2, Watkins Glen, NY 14891, or the Charity of one's choice. Bill was born April 11, 1928 in Montour Falls, NY, to the late Philip and Rose Iuliano Simiele. He has served in the U.S. Marine Corp, during WWII and the Korean Conflict. Bill was a well-known businessman in the Watkins Glen area, the President of Wine and Glass Tour, Inc. (Captain Bill's Seneca Lake Cruises and Seneca Harbor Station), a former real estate agent, school bus driver, cub scout leader, Village Trustee, and Mayor of the Village of Watkins Glen. He was a member of St. Mary's of the Lake Catholic Church. He had been a member of the Elks Lodge, VFW, American Legion and the Watkins Glen Fire Dept. "Capt. Bill" is survived by his wife, Julia; son, Mark Simiele; daughter, Gina Simiele; grandchildren, Jacqueline (Nenno), William Simiele, and Antonia Simiele; great-granddaughter, Athena Nenno; sister, Rosemary (Fred) DePew; sisters-in-law, Carmela Simiele and Jane Simiele; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his siblings, Jenny (Leo) Martine, Lucy (Nicholas) Paradiso, Lt. Colonel Frank (Helen) Simiele, Stella (Phil) Hollenbeck, Tony Simiele, Medio Simiele and Betty Green.
Paul SMITH, 72, of Columbia cross Roads, PA, formerly of Poughkeepsie, NY, died unexpectedly on Thursday, January 29, 1998 in Cocoa Beach, FL. Smith was born in Olean, NY. He retired from IBM in 1985 to the Elmira Area. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Margaret Belig Smith of Columbia Cross Roads; daughters and sons-in-law, Emily and Michael Reed of Horseheads, NY, Deborah and Thomas Dyal Jr. of Poughkeepsie, NY; brother and sister-in-law, Albert E. and Ruth Smith of Cocoa Beach, FL; grandchildren, Jason and Ellen Reed; Rebecca Michelle and Thomas Dyal II; several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held in Elmira at the Convenience of the family. “Troy Gazette-Register,” Troy, PA Thursday February 5, 1998
STAYER J. Harold "Pappy" Born August 29, 1918 in Curryville,
PA, the oldest son of Charles Urbanna and Mary M. Brumbaugh Stayer. He
June 23, 2006 at 10:55 a.m. at the Chase Center in Logansport. He graduated from Martinsburg High School, Martinsburg, PA, where he met the love of his life, Mary Elizabeth Humberd. They were married on April 9, 1939 by her father, the Reverend R. I. Humberd. After 62 years of marriage she preceded him in death May 13, 2000. Growing up in the mountains he enjoyed hunting, fishing, hiking, trapping, camping and anything outdoors. He worked for the Zenith Radio Corporation in Chicago where he worked on developing guidance systems for the U.S. Military machinery. In 1945 he proudly enlisted in the U.S. Army Special Forces and served in the Pacific Theater. After returning from the war he continued working at Zenith developing tuners for the first color television sets. In 1952 he moved his family to Flora, Indiana. While in Flora he owned and operated Hal's Television Service. He also worked for the Cutler Telephone Company. He retired from the phone company, then known as Alltel, in1981. Having no sons of his own he started working with the Boy Scouts of America in 1957. He was Troop Leader for Troop 160 from 1957 to 1972, Troop 140 from 1972 to 1982, Troop 144 from 1982 to 1989. He was an assistant Troop Leader from 1989 until the time of his death. He worked at the Boy Scout summer camp for over 25 years. He received several honors and awards from the Boy Scouts, including the Brotherhood award in 1968, the Ordeal award in 1967, the Vigil award in 1971, and the Woodbadge Course in 1974. He also received the Order of the Arrow award and the Silver Beaver award. It was an honor for him to lead over 40 young men in achieving the status of Eagle. He hiked the Appalachian Trail two times, he went to Phil Mont two times and climbed Mount Baldi three times. In 1974 Pappy, along with 10 other men from the Grace Brethren Church, started a boys youth group called the Grace Brethren Boys, and modeled it after the Boy Scouts with a Christian foundation. In 2003 he received The Award for Selfless Service to his Nation as a Christian Father. For the last 6 years he enjoyed assisting Mary Simpson with Mother's Day Out. He was lovingly known as "Uncle Harold" to every child. He is survived by two daughters, Patricia Azbell and her husband, Charles, Rochester, and Joyce Taylor, Warsaw; eight grandchildren, Loni Taylor and Debi Sisk, Holland, Michigan, Doug Azbell and his wife, Lori, Greensboro NC, Sheryl Pease and her husband, Ken, Logansport, Jeff Azbell, Lodi, WI, John Taylor, Rochester, JeNelle Gilliam, Napanee, Don Taylor, Warsaw; special niece, Mary Simpson, her husband, Ray, and children, Matt and Monica, Bringhurst; ten great-grandchildren; three step great-grandchildren; one sister, Rhoda Blank of Corning, NY; three sisters-in-law, Jane Stayer, Concord, PA, Anna Stayer, Altoona, PA, and Louise Stayer, Big Flats, NY; numerous nieces and nephews also survive. Preceding him in death were his parents; three brothers, Aaron Otha Stayer, Charles E. Stayer, and Virgil Stayer; and one brother-in-law, Robert Blank. Visitation will be Monday evening, 4-8 p.m. at Reinke Funeral Home in Flora. Services will be Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m., with visitation from 9 to 10 a.m., at the Bringhurst United Methodist Church, with Pastor Larry DeVos officiating. Burial will follow at the Maple Lawn Cemetery in Flora. Memorial contributions may be made to the Boy Scouts of America Troop 144, Flora, or the Grace Brethren Boys.
STEIN Jean E- 50 died Sept 11, 1978 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. Born in Ashland on Sept 27, 1922, she was the daughter of Dr John R Stein and Harriet Haas Stein. She taught in the Troy Area Schools from 1951 to 1978. She received a master’s degree from Temple University. During World War II she served as a first sergeant with the Women’s Army Corps. A member of Troy United Methodist Church she was also an active member of the Troy Order of Eastern Star, Maxwell Chapter No 233, and served as past worthy matron and past district deputy grand matron. Miss Stein was a lifelong member of the National Education Association, Pennsylvania State Education Association and Troy Area Educational Association. She is survived by her sister Margaret Stein Drum of Troy. (Daily Review 1978) (Unknown where buried)
Kenneth H. STONE, (SRGP 06965) 78, of North Richland Hills, TX died Tuesday, December 24, 1996 at Columbia North Hills Hospital in Fort Worth. He was born January 17, 1918 in Austinville, PA. He served in the US Army during World War II and worked as a machinist for Bell Helicopter, retiring after approximately 25 years of service. Survivors include sons, John M. Stone of Fort Worth, TX and Kenneth C. Stone, Elmira; a sister, one grandchild and three great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Viola Loia Stone, in 1992. Funeral services were held December 27th at Shady Oaks Baptist Church followed by burial in Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park. Arrangements were by Mount Olivet Funeral Home in Fort Worth.
ROBERT HARVEY STRANGE
Robert Harvey Strange, 64, of 5513 North Ocean Boulevard, Apartment 1 South, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, died Monday, May 10, in a Florence, South Carolina hospital. Born in Mainesburg, he was a son of the late Marcus and Ruby Harvey Strange. He had made his home in Myrtle Beach for the past four years and owned and operated Pleasure Craft Inc. at Surfside Beach, SC. He was a World War II US Army veteran and a member of the Myrtlewood Golf Club. Surviving are: his wife, Mrs. Margaret Rohrey Strange of Myrtle Beach, SC; two sons, Michael Robert Strange of State College, and Matthew Robert Strange of Mansfield one daughter, Mrs. Margaret Decker of Rochester, NY; three brothers, Russell Strange, Arthur Strange and Wayne Strange, all of Mansfield; two sisters, Mrs. Vivian Andrews of St. Petersburg, Florida, and Mrs. Barbara Baker of Centerville, Florida; four grandchildren; two step-grandchildren, and one step-great grandchild. The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society. A memorial service will be held this Thursday, May 13 at the Bullard Funeral Home chapel, Myrtle Beach, SC.
John TABER JR. On February 26, 1998 John Taber, 71, of
Granville Township, Bradford County, PA died quietly at the Robert Packer
Hospital in Sayre. Born May 21, 1916 in Philadelphia, John was the
son of John (Ivan) Taber and his wife Katrina, immigrants from Russia.
The Tabers eventually moved to Ottsville, Bucks County where John helped
to operate the family’s dairy farm. John served his country during
World War II in the US Air Corps and after the war enlisted in the newly
formed Air Force. Unfortunately during his military career John suffered
from a debilitating physical ailment which would eventually render him
disabled. He returned home to the family farm and continued working
for as long as his health would permit. He is survived by his wife
of 40 years, Genevive, at home; son Ivan (Patricia) Taber of Canton; daughters,
Lisa (Dave) Winebarger of Ulster, Catherine (Randy) Murrell of Florida,
Diane Taber at home, Linda (Jay) Parks of West Burlington, PA; stepson,
Ronald Mulhollen of New Albany, Pa; stepdaughter, Laura Coughlin of Colorado;
brothers, Robert Taber of Arizona and George Taber of Ottsville, PA; 17
grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by
a daughter, Susan Clemons, in 1995. In accordance with his wishes
there will be no calling hours or public services with interment to be
at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are entrusted to the
Vickery Funeral Home in Troy. “Troy Gazette-Register,” Troy, NY
Thursday, March 5, 1998
|TAYLOR Lorenzo Alvin “Al”
Brother of Westfield Woman
Killed in France - Mrs. Lena Mae Zapf, of Westfield, has received a telegram from the War Department informing her that her brother, Lorenzo A. Taylor, was killed in action, June 8, in France. Pfc Taylor entered the service Oct. 23, 1942, and was first stationed at Fort Blanding, Florida. He was sent to Fort Benning, GA., where he was graduated and received his wings and was transferred to Camp MacKall, NC where he took advanced training before going overseas the first of the year. A member of a parachute infantry unit, he was a graduate of the Elmira Free Academy and an employee of the American La France Foamite Corporation in Elmira before entering the service. Handwritten on article July 12, 1944
TAYLOR Lorenzo Alvin “Al”
TAYLOR Lorenzo Alvin “Al”
Wellsboro Gazette – July 20, 1944
Brother of Westfield Woman Killed in France
Mrs. Lena Mae Zapf, of Westfield, has received a telegram from the Adjutant General of the War Department , Washington, D.C., informing her that her brother, Pvt. First Class Lorenzo A. Taylor, was killed in action, June 8 in France. A member of the parachute infantry unit he was a graduate of the Elmira Free Academy and an employee of the American LaFrance Foamite Corporation in Elmira, before entering the service.
ARNOLD R. THOMAS (SRGP 80727)
Arnold R. Thomas, 50, of Columbia, S.C. died Sunday, May 31, 1965. Mr. Thomas was born in Nelson, Pa., a son of Clarence E. Thomas and the late Mrs. Iva Leonard Thomas. He had lived in Columbia for the past 30 years. He was a member of the Arsenal Hill Presbyterian Church, a veteran of World War II and an agent of the United Insurance Co. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mary Cunningham Thomas; two daughters, Mary Constance and Mrs. Carolyn Allen, both of Columbia; four sons, Arnold R. Jr. of Lubbock Texas, Donald, James and David, at home; father, Clarence Thomas of Mansfield; two sisters, Mrs. Irene Dunkleberger of Roseville and Mrs. Elaine Strange of Mainesburg; five brothers, Donald, Douglas, Richard, Robert and Clifford, all of Mansfield. Messrs. Douglas, Donald and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Thomas and Mr. Clarence Thomas attended the funeral and burial, which was held Tuesday in Columbia.
VAWTER Frank J. Age 84, of Rochester, formerly of Horseheads…Our Lord came for him on May 6, 2006. He was predeceased by his brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Patricia. Survived by his loving and devoted wife of 54 years, Catherine (Sullivan). He will be deeply missed by his children, Michael, Mary Lou of California, Larry (Linda) of Maryland, Carol (Ed) DiCesare, and Patti; grandchildren, Emily, Patrick and Natalie DiCesare. Also surviving are brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Mary Ellen (Arnold) Mitchell, Ed Carpenter, Eileen Curns; cousin, Mary McNeil; and many loving nieces and nephews. Mr. Vawter was veteran of WWII, serving in the Pacific. Friends may attend a Memorial Mass on Saturday, June 3, 2006 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, Elmira. Contributions, in Frank's memory, may be made to Our Mother of Sorrows Renovation Fund, 5000 Mt. Read Blvd., Rochester, NY 14612
WALSH - BAUER
Mary Rita Walsh Age 86, of Leesburg, FL, died Tuesday, August 23, 2005. Mrs. Bauer was born in Elmira, NY. She moved to Leesburg from Damascus, MD in 1987. Mrs. Bauer was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church. She was a retired secretarial college teacher and an Air Traffic Controller in the Navy during WWII. She and her husband traveled all over the world and moved 39 times. She was an avid reader and enjoyed the theater. She taught literacy to children and adults. Mrs. Bauer also taught civics to foreign born to get their US citizenships. She was a Navy Veteran of WWII. Survivors include her daughter, Kathy E. Bauer, Leesburg, FL; son, Richard R. Bauer, Battle Creek, MI. She was predeceased by her husband, Lawrence Richard Bauer, USN, Ret. A Mass of Christian Burial for Mary Rita Walsh Bauer will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, August 29, 2005, at St. Paul's Catholic Church with Father Kent Walker, Celebrant, officiating. Interment will be at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Lake & Sumter County, 12300 Lane Park Rd., Tavares, FL 32778.
WEAVER Rev. Paul L. 84, Pastor of Avoca Assembly of God Church, died July 7, 2005. He was a WWII veteran, boxer undefeated in the US Army and worked at the Big Flats Corning Glass for 35 years. Pre-deceased by his parents, Charles and Josephine Weaver; his first wife, Leona M. Webb; his brother and sister, Charles and Pearl Weaver, Survived by his son, David E. and daughter, Laurie J. Weaver; his second wife, Miriam; brothers, Russel and Arthur Weaver; and sisters, Evelyn Johnston, Florence Warner, Josephine Cook and Mary Weaver; five grandchildren; one great-grandson; Uncle Wayne; and five generations of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Marshall M. WEBSTER, age 59 of Newark Valley, N.Y., formerly of Mansfield, Sunday, May 29, 1977. Friends are invited to call MacPherson Funeral Home, Newark Valley, N.Y. Tuesday 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be in Newark Valley Baptist Church Wednesday 2 p.m. Burial in Bradford City, Pa. Survived by his wife Kathleen Radebaugh Webster; two daughters Sherry and Kathy; one son James; one brother Dewey of Campbell, N.Y.; father Dr. Myron Webster of Mansfield; five grandchildren. He was a member of the Newark Valley Baptist Church; World War II Air Corps Veteran; retired teacher from Newark Valley schools; graduate of Mansfield State College and Penn State University. He was born May 20, 1918 in Sullivan Twp., Pa. son of Myron and Jennie Dewey Webster.
WELLS Franklin E. Age 80 of Wells Hill Road, Lewis, NY, died at his home on July 27, 2005. He was born November 22, 1924. He served in the US Army from 1943-1945. He was a prisoner of war at Zittau, Poland. He was employed by the Lane Construction Corp of Meriden, Conn. and NYSDOT. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mae; daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Andy VanEtten of The Villages, FL; daughter and son-in-law, Sheila and Ed Jennings of Elizabethtown, NY; son and daughter-in-law, Neil and Denise Wells of Rochester, NY; grandchildren, Thomas and Joanne VanEtten, Andrea and Randy Jacobs, Eric Gough and Kyle Wells; great-grandchildren, T.J., Alexis, Shawna and Andy VanEtten and Cody Jacobs; one brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Phyllis Wells of Horseheads, NY. He was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Clara Wells; two sisters and two brothers. Donations may be made to the Elizabethtown Lewis Emergency Squad or Lewis Fire Company. Calling hours will be at Marvin's Funeral Home, Elizabethtown on July 30, 2005 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. Memorial service at 8 p.m. Signed, John Deere.
Sayre Morning Times October 19, 2005
Body of Sayre man found on lost World War II sub
SAYRE - The Wisconsin Maritime Museum is searching for information on the family of John Leslie WILLIAMS of Sayre who died in a lost United States submarine only a few weeks before the end of World War II. Anyone who knew Williams is asked to contact the Morning Times at (570) 888-9643 and speak with reporter Lisa R. Howeler. Eighty-six seamen perished in May of 1945 when the USS Lagarto disappeared in enemy territory. Naval officials told family members that the USS Lagarto and the USS Baya had made plans to attack an enemy convoy in the Gulf of Siam. “The Baya proceeded on ahead of the Lagarto about fifteen miles and was driven off by alert radar-equipped escorts. The Baya had no further contacts with the Lagarto,” Secretary James Forrestal, then secretary of the Navy told Margaret Mabin, the wife of crew member SM1 William T. Mabin. “In view of the strong probability that the submarine sank during action in enemy controlled waters . . . I am reluctantly forced to the conclusion that he is deceased.” Forrestal's letter was the last correspondence most families received on the fate of the Lagarto crew. This year, in May, the USS Lagarto was found by commercial divers in the Gulf of Thailand. The boat was sitting upright in 225 feet of water, according to the Wisconsin Maritime Museum. The divers, who were British, conducted an assessment of the boat's condition and found it had a large rupture in the portside bow, which appeared to have been made by a depth charge. An open torpedo tube revealed that a torpedo had been fired. It is believed the Lagarto did “go down fighting.” Twenty-nine families of the 86 crew members have been found, but now the museum and other veteran's organizations hope to notify the other families where their relative rests. A memorial service in honor of the seamen will be held in May at the museum.
Sayre Morning Times October 19, 2005
Body of Sayre man found on lost World War II sub
SAYRE - The Wisconsin Maritime Museum is searching for information on the family of John Leslie Williams of Sayre who died in a lost United States submarine only a few weeks before the end of World War II.
Anyone who knew Williams is asked to contact the Morning Times at (570) 888-9643 and speak with reporter Lisa R. Howeler.
Eighty-six seamen perished in May of 1945 when the USS Lagarto disappeared in enemy territory. Naval officials told family members that the USS Lagarto and the USS Baya had made plans to attack an enemy convoy in the Gulf of Siam.
“The Baya proceeded on ahead of the Lagarto about fifteen miles and was driven off by alert radar-equipped escorts. The Baya had no further contacts with the Lagarto,” Secretary James Forrestal, then secretary of the Navy told Margaret Mabin, the wife of crew member SM1 William T. Mabin. “In view of the strong probability that the submarine sank during action in enemy controlled waters . . . I am reluctantly forced to the conclusion that he is deceased.”
Forrestal's letter was the last correspondence most families received on the fate of the Lagarto crew. This year, in May, the USS Lagarto was found by commercial divers in the Gulf of Thailand. The boat was sitting upright in 225 feet of water, according to the Wisconsin Maritime Museum. The divers, who were British, conducted an assessment of the boat's condition and found it had a large rupture in the portside bow, which appeared to have been made by a depth charge. An open torpedo tube revealed that a torpedo had been fired. It is believed the Lagarto did “go down fighting.”
Twenty-nine families of the 86 crew members have been found, but now the museum and other veteran's organizations hope to notify the other families where their relative rests. A memorial service in honor of the seamen will be held in May at the museum.
Location of Sayre seaman's family is still unknown Morning Times October 24, 2005
By LISA R. HOWELER-Times Reporter
SAYRE - If members of John Leslie Williams' family still exist, Nancy Kenney of Traverse City, Wisconsin wants to invite them to celebrate the solving of a 60-year-old mystery. If he had lived Williams would be 79 years old today. But, as a crew member of the USS Lagarto, John Williams didn't live past the age of 19. He, along with 86 other seamen died in the submarine on May 4, 1945, at the hands of the enemy, according to the United States Navy. For 60 years the Navy and the seamens' families alike were at a loss as to what had exactly happened to the boat. Kenney is among those who wondered and pondered the disappearance of the Lagarto. She wondered because her father had been on the submarine. She was two when her father disappeared and she never had the chance to get to know him. She at least wanted to know what happened to him.
Though the United States Navy won't officially confirm it, camera footage from a British dive team is enough for family members to be certain the wreckage of the Lagarto has been found off the coast of Thailand, said Kenney this week speaking from her home in Wisconsin. Kenney hopes the Navy will eventually send an expert to the site to confirm that the boat discovered this spring belongs to the United States. The Lagarto was the only submarine reported missing in that area. And it is in the exact area another United States boat said it lost contact with it, said Kenney.
“If by some strange, horrible, quirk of fate they determine it isn't the Lagarto, then my question is, what the heck is it? We (the families) all know it is (the Lagarto).”
Kenney and Karen Duvalle of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum have the names of the seamen who were on the ship and have begun to contact family members still living to tell them of the discovery. The Wisconsin Museum has adopted the Lagarto. Twenty-nine families of the 86 crew members have been found, but now the museum and other veteran's organizations hope to notify the other families about where their relative rests.
A memorial service in honor of the seamen will be held in May at the museum.
John L. Williams is on the list of crew members and if family members can be found they will be notified as soon as possible, said Kenney. From what information the museum has Williams was not married. His father was Leslie Oliver Williams. An article in the June 28, 1945 Evening Times confirms much of this information. Williams' parents were notified shortly after their son disappeared that he had been declared missing in action, the article reads. Williams would have been 20 in August of 1945. He enlisted in August of 1943, right after he graduated, and after training in Newport, Rhode Island and New London, Conn. He was sent to Key West, Fla. after training and then overseas in 1944. Williams was a Times carrier and had a brother Pvt. Robert Williams. Classmates believe he also had a sister. Williams' brother-in-law Bernard MacNeal is listed in the article. MacNeal's niece reports the grandchildren of the sister and brother-in-law are now somewhere in Mass. The submarines during the war were known to have flaws and speculation was that one of the flaws had sunk the Lagarto. If it was a flaw then the crew members may have sat at the bottom of the ocean, simply waiting to die. It was a fear Kenney lived with most of her life. “I used to have waking nightmares of him dying slowly, suffocating to death,” she says of her father.
The Navy was sure in Dec. of 1945 that the men on the USS Lagarto had not suffocated, or at least it was what it told family members. Once the war had ended John Williams' parents received a letter from Captain C.O. Triebel, Commander of the Submarine Division 101 for the US Navy. He told them their son had died fighting. Triebel had not been able to tell the family the true story of what had happened until the war had ended. In the letter, he told the family the Lagarto had sailed from Subic Bay, in the Philippines, patrolling an area in the South China Sea on May 2, 1945. Both ships “had contact with a Japanese convoy consisting of two large merchant ships and two modern, radar equipped escort type vessels. On the night of the May 2, the Lagarto engaged in aggressive surface attacks on this convoy and the Japanese countered with strong, but poorly-directed gunfire.”
The two submarines joined again the next day, heading out to meet the enemy, but the other submarine, the U.S.S. Baya, was unable to make contact with the Lagarto later in the day, said Triebel. That same day the Baya saw a Japanese float plane flying overhead and from there the Navy established that the Lagarto was attacked by surface and air escorts and had sunk after being damaged. When the dive team found the submarine this May it found a rupture on the starboard side and evidence that a torpedo had been fired, said Kenney. It was further evidence that the submarine had been in the midst of a battle when it sunk and evidence it went down fast and the seamen were probably too busy trying to bring it back up to know what hit them.
“They went down fighting,” Kenney said. “They died in battle.”
Learning this information allowed her to say to herself, “At least he didn't suffocate.”
Kenney was reading about another mystery when she learned of the Lagarto's discovery. The true “Deep Throat” had just been revealed and while she was interested in the revelation she desired her own personal mystery to be solved. A half an hour later her phone rang. Her son asked her if she was sitting down. She was. Her son had been on the Internet and had read something he knew she would want to know.
“The Lagarto has been found,” he told her. She wanted to confirm what he had read and called the museum. She asked the volunteer who answered if it was true.
“Yes, isn't it wonderful?” the woman said.
Kenney burst into tears - tears of joy, tears long pushed down inside and buried by grief. “Never in my life time did I ever think they would find it,” she said. Never in her lifetime did she think she would be searching for other family members to share in the happy news either. Lisa R. Howeler can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHEET Francis W
Francis W. A longtime resident of Batavia St. Southport died on Monday, March 13, 2006 at Arnot-Ogden Medical Center following an illness at the age of 78. Fran was predeceased by his parents, Francis & Lydia Davies Wheet along with his granddaughters, Tara and Stephanie Wheet. Surviving is his loving family who survive and cherish his memory, His wife and companion of 23 years, Evesta Wheet; children, Gary (Susan) Wheet, Mark (Sarah) Wheet and Thomas (Irene) Wheet; sisters, Lois Stocum, Ruth Reinbold, Norma Kakritz and a brother, Dean Wheet, six grandchildren, five great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Fran was employed with the United States Post Office in Elmira and retired after 26 years of dedicated service. A WWII and Korean War Veteran, he was a past commander and lifetime member of the American Legion Post # 154. When not enjoying quiet times with his wife at his camp during the summertime, Francis would be out playing golf and was a distinguished member of the Hole-in-one Club. Frans wishes were to be cremated with no viewing and have a private memorial service held at his families convenience. Memorial donations may be directed to the Stephanie Wheet Scholarship Fund c/o Peru Central School, PO Box 68 Peru, NY 12972 or Southern Tier Hospice, 11851 East Corning Rd. Corning, NY 14830.
WHITE - RICHARD WHITE DEAD AT 54 Woodhull--Richard L. White, 54 of Woodhull, RD1 formerly of Troupsburg and Rochester, died at his home Wednesday, January 2nd just five weeks after his retirement on disability. Born in Troupsburg, June 3, 1919, he was the son of George and Christina Lewis White. A former farmer in the town of Troupsburg, he had been a foreman of Frankel Brothers of Rochester, a textile business. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army at World War II and had attended Troupsburg High School. He married the former Alice Tombs who survives. Also surviving are two daughters; Mrs. Ralph (Evelyn) Trumbul of Woodhull, RD1; Mrs. James (Delbertdeen) Williams of Addison, RD1; two brothers Geoge W. White of Jasper and Frederick I. White of Beaver Dams, NY; seven sisters; Mrs. Mildred Hendrickson of Rexville, Mrs. Marian Costly of Knoxville, Mrs. Myrtle Kapp of Savona, Mrs. Madeline Hadley of Addison, Mrs Maxine Lapiana of Mt Morris, Margaret White of Jasper, and Mrs. Bernice Tombs of Westfield and six grandchildren. The body was taken to the H.P. Smith and Son Funeral Home in Woodhull where funeral services were conducted Saturday at 2 o'clock. Rev Michael B. Cremean, pastor of the Woodhull United Methodist Church officiated and burial was in Woodhull Cemetery.
WILLIAMS Bruce K. Of Westfield/Hornell Age 87, of 250 Race St., died Friday, October 21, 2005, at his home. Born in Brooklyn, March 13, 1918, the son of Alan and Harriet Lawrence Williams, he had resided in Westfield, PA for the past couple of years. Bruce had served his country during World War II in the US Coast Guard Merchant Marines, and was a graduate of New York University. Bruce was a teacher in Jasper and Hornell schools, as well as a private teacher for the blind and disabled homebound children. He had also worked for Nichols Dept. Store, and had driven bus for the Elderberry Express. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Stephens-Williams; one daughter, Carrie Berman; stepdaughter, Nella (Charles) Stephens-Williams; five sons, Mark (Kathy) Williams, Duncan (Diane) Williams, Jim (Vicki) Williams, Craig (Mary) Williams, Geoffrey (Pat) Williams; two stepsons, William (Louise) Spicer, Leon (Lorraine) Spicer; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; special friends, Joanne and Mildred Wells. The family would like to say a special thanks to Amy Williams for everything. To send a remembrance visit www.brownandpowersfuneralhomes.com. A memorial service will be held at the Bender-Brown & Powers Funeral Home, 354 Canisteo St., Hornell, Monday night with an hour of visitation from 6-7, followed by the Memorial Service at 7 p.m. with Rev. Michael Childs officiating. Burial will be at Stephen Mills Cemetery, Fremont. Those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to consider Faith in Action, 28 Church St., Hornell, NY 14843.
ELWYN G. WRISLEY
Elwyn G. Wrisley, age 78, of Wellsboro, PA died on Wednesday, April 11, 2001 at the Green Home in Wellsboro. He was born on September 8, 1922 in Troy, PA, the son of the late Perley C. and Helen (Teribury) Wrisley. Elwyn attended the Fassett Baptist Church and was a former member of the Coryland Lions Club. He was a US Army World War II veteran. Elwyn was employed by the former General Electric Plant in Elmira, NY for 36 years. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Helen W. (Woleslagle) Wrisley, at home (28 Austin St., Wellsboro); sons, Lt. Col. Dale E. (Linda) Wrisley of Hurlburg, FL and David A. (Debbie) Wrisley of Graham, TX; daughters, Mary Jane (Donald) Grabowski of Tioga, PA and Geraldine (Barry) Saunders of Canton, PA; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; brother, Robert Wrisley of New Hampshire; sisters, Doris McCollum of Corona, CA, Jane French of Carlisle, PA and Martha Powers of Hershey, PA. Memorial services were held April 13 at the Fassett Baptist Church with the Rev. Donald Rockwell and the Rev. Duane Johnson officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of the Scureman Funeral Home in Mansfield. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Fassett Baptist Church, Box 92, Gillett, PA 16925. (TGR, Thursday, April 19, 2001)