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.
ALLEN Elbert G. Allen
86, of Elmira, formerly of Corning, died Sunday, May 6, 2012, at the home of his beloved step daughter, Tina Walrath-Potter in Corning. Elbert, "Red" was born in Spartanburg, SC on September 22, 1925, son of the late Clifford Frank and Ruth (Holiday) Allen. He was the husband of the late Mary Furney who predeceased him on November 4th, 2007. They were married in May of 1969. Elbert attended school in Spartanburg, SC then joined the US Navy and served from 1941 to 1945 during World War II, serving in the South Pacific. He is survived by his two daughters, Joyce Mesuch of Wellsburg, NY and Bonnie (Jim) Kelly of Horseheads, NY; son, Richard (Debbie) Allen of Pine City, NY; stepdaughter, Tina (Gregory) Walrath-Potter of Corning; stepdaughter, Lynda (Dick) Steve of Knoxville, TN; stepson, Myron (Libby) Prosser of Corning. Also surviving are several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by stepson, Terry Prosser; brothers, Francis and Nelson Allen; by sister, Conestee Waldorf; grandson, Scott Mesuch; stepdaughter, Bonnie Paulo and her husband Ermen. Friends may call at the Phillips Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney St., Corning on Wednesday, May 9th, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., services will follow at 3:00 p.m. with Pastor Beverly Welch of the Canisteo United Methodist Church officiating. Burial with Military Honors accorded by the Chemung County Honor guard will follow at Hope Cemetery in Corning. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, 388 Upper Oakwood Ave., Elmira, NY 14903-9701 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, 370 7th Ave., Suite 1802, New York, NY 10001. Star Gazette – May 8, 2012
ARNOLD Stephen H. Arnold
93 Beloved teacher, father and grandfather, Stephen H. Arnold, 93, formerly of Marathon, N.Y., died July 2 at the NYS Veteran’s Home in Oxford, N.Y. Left behind to cherish his memory are his son Kevin (Melanie) Arnold, grandchildren Ashley and Judson Arnold, and several great-nieces and nephews. Mr. Arnold was pre-deceased by his wife Betty (Bell) Arnold in 1995, his parents Judson and Lula Arnold; sister, Dorothy Van der Hoof, and niece Beverly Paul. Mr. Arnold graduated from Waverly High School in 1937 and Middlebury College in 1941 where he played football and baseball. After graduation, he served in the 8th Army Air Corp during World War II where he was a Tech Sergeant Engineer Gunner on the B-24 Liberator, “Witchcraft”. While flying 35 successful missions over Europe, he was awarded an Air Medal, Oka Leaf Cluster, and the Distinguished Flying Cross Medal for extraordinary achievement in aerial combat over Germany and enemy-occupied Europe. After WWII, Mr. Arnold received his Master of Science in education from Syracuse University and went on to teach school in Angola, N.Y. Shortly afterwards, he had to return back to this area to take care of his ailing father. In 1947 he started teaching Mathematics at Marathon Central School and after teaching there 33 years, he retired in 1980 in order to take care of his wife Betty. During his teaching career, he was awarded the National Science Foundation Scholarship and the NYS Regent War Services Scholarship, which allowed him to complete his graduate work from Clarkson and Cornell. Summer would find him doing carpentry or working at Marathon Metal all while attending summer school. Mr. Arnold was a lifetime member of the VFW, past president of the NYS Teachers Association, Board of Directors of the Marathon Athletic Hall of Fame, and in 2010 was elected to the Marathon Hall of Fame as a Contributor. He was an avid Syracuse University football and basketball fan, enjoyed fishing and hunting (at one time raising pheasants with other Marathon teachers) and was well-known for the several gardens he tended. Many of his vegetables took First Place at Marathon’s 1890 Union Fair. But the one thing he was most proud of were his grandchildren Ashley and Juddy. He could often be found cheering them on during horse shows and soccer games as well as revel in their academic achievements. In fact, Mr. Arnold advocated for ALL his students and their endeavors. Even as the years went by he could recall a former student’s name, small details, and more importantly, what kind of student they were. The family will receive friends on Monday, July 9, 4 to 7 p.m. at A.C. Baker Funeral Home in Marathon, followed by funeral services with military honors on Tuesday, July 10 at 11 a.m. at Marathon United Methodist Church. The Rev. Gene Jensen of Marathon First United Methodist Church officiating. A luncheon will immediately follow the service. Burial will be private and held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Stephen H. Arnold Memorial Scholarship, c/o Marathon Community Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 1, Marathon, NY, 13803. Sayre Morning Times – July 7, 2012
BETTS Robert W. "Bob"
Age 86, formerly of Montour Falls, NY died peacefully on Wed. May 9, 2012 at the Chemung County Nursing Facility. He is survived by his daughter, Kathy Rosenheck; and grandson, Jeffrey Rosenheck, both of Pine City; He was predeceased by his wife of 51 years, Barbara Eggersdorf Betts in 2002 and his son-in-law, Scott Rosenheck in 2009. Robert was also predeceased by his brothers, James and Ralph Betts, and sister, Francis B. Martz. Bob graduated from Cook Academy in Montour Falls and served in the US Army during WWII. He was employed by N.Y.S. Dept of Transportation in Watkins Glen before retiring in 1981. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport on Sat. May 12, 2012 between the hours of 1-3 p.m. Funeral services will follow the visitation at 3 p.m. with full military honors accorded in the Gardens following. Burial next to his beloved wife Barbara will take place in Montour Cemetery on Monday May 14, 2012 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation be made in Bob's memory to the charity of one's choice. The family would like to thank the entire staff at the Chemung County Nursing Facility for the wonderful care Bob received during his extended stay there.
Star Gazette – May 11, 2012
CALO George E. Calo
age 91, of Painted Post, died on Sunday, June 24, 2012 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Elmira. Born in Corning, he was the son of Thomas and Margaret (Bidwell) Calo. He was predeceased by his wife, Rose Pesegi in 2001. George served in the Navy during WWII and continued his military service in the Naval Reserves for over thirty years. He retired from Corning Glass Works after 46 years of service, and enjoyed having coffee with his golfing buddies at Wegmans. He is survived by three daughters: Bonnie (Dan) Donegan of Corning, Patty Sauve of Horseheads, and Joanne Humphrey of Corning; one son: Thomas Calo of Charlotte, NC; 10 grandchildren: Adam (Melissa) Donegan of Corning, Heather (Nick) Darcangelo of Corning, Stephen Reinheimer of CO, Conor Sauve of Albany, Alexandra Sauve of NC, Erin Calo of NC, Justin Calo of NC, Debbie Snyder of Elmira, David Holden of VA, and Sharon Roy of VA; great-grandchildren: Brady Darcangelo, Sara Constable, Kayleigh, Andrew, and Mattie Roy; two sisters: Anna Luffred of SC, and Mary Zarickney of OH; special nephew: Jim Luffred and Joe Luffred; sister-in-law: Teresa Anderson; and brother-in-law, John Anderson. He was predeceased by one sister, Evelyn Mizzoni. George will be entombed in St. Mary’s mausoleum next to his wife Rose. In keeping with his wishes, there will be no public services. Arrangements are with Carpenter’s Funeral Home LLC in Corning. Corning Leader – June 27, 2012
CAMPBELL LeRoy Raymond Campbell
85, died peacefully in Huntsville, Ala., on Friday, April 28 2012.His soul has joined that of his wife of 64 years, June Rose (Maynard) Campbell and his only son Carl Frederick Campbell, Sr. LeRoy was born in Blossburg on Jan. 20, 1927. He was the oldest son of Raymond Percy Campbell and Susie Emily (Pope) Campbell and was raised on the family farm in Wellsboro. He is survived by his two daughters, Christine Keel, Connie Bennett, both of Huntsville, Ala.; his brothers, Lyle Campbell, Dale Campbell; and his only sister, Mary Burfield. LeRoy is also survived by his eight grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. During World War II, LeRoy joined the U.S. Air Force and studied to become a pilot. He then began a 30 year career as an accountant with General Electric which took him and his family to numerous cities across the United States. LeRoy and June finally settled in Schenectady, N.Y. for a number of years and enjoyed their retirement in Okeechobee, Fla. LeRoy enjoyed gardening, fishing, camping and traveling in his motor home. Mostly he enjoyed playfully teasing his children and grandchildren. He was a wise, intelligent man who had a large heart and always took joy in helping others. Grandpa Poncho, LeRoy, Dad, you will be truly missed by each and every one of us. There will be a graveside service on May 14, at the Memory Gardens, Colonie, N.Y., at 11 a.m. Donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association in his memory. Wellsboro Gazette – May 6, 2012
CHEROCK John F. "Piggy" Cherock Sr.
age 90, of Watkins Glen, NY died on Friday, April 20th, 2012 at Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls, NY. John was born in Watkins Glen, NY on April 26th, 1921, the son of the late William and Rose Cherock. He served in the US Army during WWII. John was employed with the Glen Chevrolet, Sar & Aggies Resturant, and Central Asphalt. John was a member of the Watkins Glen Fire Dept., the Watkins Glen Elk's Lodge #1546, the Italian American Veterans Club, the VFW, and the Seneca Chiefs Drum and Bugle Corp. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and bocce ball. John is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Grace; his sons, John (Betty) Cherock Jr and David (Sandra) Cherock; grandchildren, Nicole Cherock-Kriner, Christy Cherock-Luna, and Jennifer Cherock-Hopper; six great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his daughter, Jean Marie and four brothers and one sister. Friends and family may call from 9am to 11am on Tuesday, April 24th at the Link at St. Mary's of the Lake Church, 905 Decatur St., Watkins Glen. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Church following at 11am. Interment with military honors will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 East Corning Rd., Corning, NY 14830. Star Gazette – April 22, 2012
COOPER Clayton T. Cooper
Clayton T. Coop Cooper, age 84 of Wellsboro, PA, died on Sunday, May 20, 2012 in Broad Acres Health and Rehabilitation Center, Wellsboro, PA. Born on August 3, 1927 in Wellsboro, PA, Clayton was the son of Thomas and Ella (Howey) Cooper. He and his wife, Mary E. (Wakley) Cooper celebrated 26 years of marriage on December 24, 2011. Prior to his retirement, Clayton was employed for 35 as a supervisor in the tin shop with Bordens, Wellsboro, PA. He was a US Navy veteran having served during WWII. In addition to his wife, Mary, Clayton is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Edward and Tami Delinski of Libery, PA, James and Mary Delinski of Mansfield, PA; three daughters and a son-in-law, Janice Cooper-Davis of Ocala, FL, Maurie and David Helper of Blossburg, PA, Beth Masser of Montoursville, PA; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Martha and Edward Chapman of Tyler, TX, Jeanne Baier of Elmira, NY, Clea Allen of Urbine, CA; 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Clayton was predeceased by a son, John Cooper on Jan. 10, 2002 and two infant brothers. A private memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 24, 2012 at Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc. with Rev. Darwin Tink Cranmer officiating. Memorial contributions may be made in Claytons name to the charity of one’s choice. Wellsboro Gazette – May 22, 2012
DOTTER Dr. Willard Edgar Dotter
of Weston, Mass., died peacefully on May 28, 2012, at the age of 89. Beloved husband of 62 years to Lois (Apgar), he was also the father of five daughters; Margaret and her husband Tom Miller of New Boston, N.H., Pat Dotter of Vernon Center, Minn., Pamela Dotter of Weston, Mass., Penny Walker of Highwood, Mont., and Polly and her husband Bob Meader of Rochester, N.H. He was grandfather to eight; Geri and Jennifer Stille, Quincy and Ben Walker, Christine, Kimberly, Elizabeth, and Heather Meader; and great-grandpa to Chayden Ross, Isaac Isham, and Olivia and Brody Sturm. He was Uncle Willard to Lee Dotter and his wife Mary Louise and Lori (Dotter) and her husband John Yanuzzi and great -uncle to James and Andrew Dotter and Christopher, Mary and Sara Yanuzzi. Willard was born on July 3, 1922 in Weisport, Pa., to Leon and Mary (Miller) Dotter. He attended Mercersburg Academy and went on to Medical School at the University of Pennsylvania. Upon his graduation, he went to the Robert Packer Hospital-Guthrie Clinic in Sayre, Pa., to do his internship. Willard served his country in the Navy from 1945- 1948; and then returned to Robert Packer Hospital-Guthrie Clinic to complete his three year residency in orthopedics. After completion, he was hired as a member of the orthopedic department. In 1953, Willard accepted a position with the Great Falls Clinic in Great Falls, Montana. In 1958, he left the Great Falls Clinic to join the Lahey Clinic Orthopedic staff, until his retirement on July 3, 1987. He was an orthopedic surgeon for 30 years at Lahey Clinic Medical Center. Willard was preceded in death by his parents Leon and Mary (Miller) Dotter, stepmother Ethel (Sewell) Dotter, and brother Herman Dotter. A service will be held Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 2 p.m. at the Wellesley Hills Congregational Church, 207 Washington Street, Wellesley Hills. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to The Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St, Watertown MA 02472 or to the Wellesley Hills Congregational Church, discretionary fund. Sayre Morning Times – June 2, 2012
DRISKELL Richard Driskell
Richard Driskell, age 90, of Wellsboro, PA, died on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 in Carleton Senior Care, Wellsboro, PA. He was born on December 28th 1921 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Richard was the son of Gilbert Driskell and Lula Gardner. He is survived by his wife Lucile Driskell of Wellsboro and sister, Kay Detar of Oregon. In addition to his wife and sister, Richard is survived by three sons, Douglas, Donald and David as well as daughter-in-law, Fay, and two grandchildren, Hannah and Amy Driskell. Richard graduated from Rose Hullman Tech. and was a veteran of World War II. He worked as an engineer for Convair and Humphrey Electronics in San Diego, California and AVCO in Cincinnati, Ohio. On retirement he worked in support of his wife's fine art business preparing models for casting and reproduction. The whole family will miss him. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 South Main Street, Mansfield, PA is assisting the family. Wellsboro Gazette – May 22, 2012
ERVINE Wayne Cecil Ervine
91, died Sunday, April 29, 2012 at the Veterans Hospital in Fresno, California. He was born Oct. 5, 1920 in Rummerfield, PA to Ray and Hazel Bennett Ervine. He was the second of thirteen children. He lived on a farm with dairy cows, chickens and crops. He always had a great love for Jersey cows, hunting and fishing. He graduated from Rush High School in 1938. He joined the Army in June 1942. In December 1942 he married Elizabeth Irene Miller. They moved to Fort Benning, GA where he went for airborne training. He then had training at Camp San Luis Obispo and Fort Irwin. During this time their first child was born. During World War II he served as a paratrooper and demolition specialist in Germany, France, and Italy and was in the Battle of the Bulge. After the war he decided to go back to farming where he had a Jersey dairy. He and Irene moved to California in 1951. They lived in Waterford, CA for five years before moving to Atascadero, CA in 1956. This is where they raised their six children. Wayne worked at the Atascadero State Hospital and then at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, CA. He also operated a gun store for many years in the Garden Farms area of Atascadero. During this time he taught hunter safety classes for about twenty years. In 1991 Wayne and Irene moved to Vale, OR. This is where he continued to live until he had his stroke three months ago. Irene died in November 1999. He is survived by his six children, including Mary Johnson, Paso Robles, CA,, Olin Ervine (Faunielle), Clovis, CA, Jay Ervine (Kate), Draper, UT, John Ervine (Thelma), Templeton, CA, Frank Ervine (Shirley), Atascadero, CA, Virginia Grueling (Lou), Monson, MA; one brother, Donald Sidney Ervine, Utah; three sisters, Kay Jean Ervine and Audrey Keefer, Pennsylvania and Joyce Jayne, Idaho; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren, and five great-greatgrandchildren. He also has many nieces and nephews that he was close to. He continued to be very active and busy in his retirement, going to gun shows, traveling and enjoying the times that his family would visit. For many years he went to the Palm Springs, CA annual reunions of the 517th Airborne. He belonged to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, Winchester Arms Collector Assoc., American Legion and the Retired Public Employees Assoc. A graveside service will be held Tuesday, May 8, at Santa Margarita, CA Cemetery at 11 a.m. with full military honors. Visitation will be at the Chapel of the Roses, Atascadero, CA on Monday, May 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday, May 8 from 9 to 10 a.m. Wyalusing Rocket Courier – May 10, 2012
FERRY Edwin E. Ferry
91, of Tinton Falls, N.J. peacefully past away at home on Monday, May 28, 2012. Funeral is at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 1 at the Rossi Funeral Home, 1937 Westfield Ave., Scotch Plains. Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, N.J. Visitation is from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 31 at the Funeral Home. Edwin was born in Kearny, N.J., and lived in Newark and the Union County area before retiring to Towanda in 1977. He settled to Tinton Falls, N.J. in 2002. While in the service, Edwin attended Rice University and then attended Newark College of Engineering. Edwin was a mechanical engineer for the Hyatt Roller Bearing Co. in Clark, N.J. for 32 years and retired in 1977. He was a member of the Rotary Club while living in Pennsylvania. Also, he was a mentor with the Junior Achievement program at Hyatt Roller Bearing. Edwin was a minature train and railroad enthusiast. He enjoyed playing golf, fishing, boating, the organ and piano. Edwin was in the U.S. Navy during World War II serving in the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters as a radio technician second class where he served under Lt. Commander John McCain on the submarine, Duntua. Edwin is predeceased by his brother, Stanley Ferry. He is survived by his loving wife, Lisa C.; his daughter Sharon Wieczerzak; two grandchildren, Kevin Sicola and Angel Dapkins; and five great grandchildren. Contributions and donations can be made to Sol Amor Hospice of Monmouth County. Towanda Daily Review – May 31, 2012
GALLOW Lawrence E
A heart of gold stopped beating, two willing hands at rest, God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best….. Our loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend, Lawrence E. Gallow, 93, of Bridge St., Smithboro passed away on Friday, April 27, 2012, at the Elderwood Health Care Facility in Waverly, N.Y. Larry, as he was lovingly known by his family and friends, was born on April 18, 1919, in Alpine, N.Y., a son of Fred H. and Celia Gallow. He was a graduate of Owego Free Academy class of 1938. In 1940, Larry entered into the US Army and proudly served his country during WWII. On September 28, 1942 he married Ella Louise House and together they celebrated nearly 69 years of marriage until her passing on April 30, 2011. Larry was a retired Production Control Coordinator for Westinghouse. He was a member of the Smithboro United Methodist Church, Oak Leaf Grange (50+ year member) and a founding member of the Tioga Center Fire Department. Larry enjoyed bowling although his greatest pleasure was being with his family. Larry is survived by his daughter: Deborah Hottle; his grandsons: Lynn R. and his wife Shawn Hottle; Lyle H. Hottle; great grandsons: Jacob, Joshua and Theron; his brothers, Fred L. Gallow; Nathan (Wilma) Gallow; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: John House, Carolyn (Bob) Mc- Carthy, Susan Carpenter, Betty (Pete) Plestis, Gladys Kucher; many nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. In addition to his wife and parents, Larry was predeceased by a sister at birth, Gladys Gallow, and a sister Vivian “Jane” Cardiff. A period of visitation and time of sharing memories will be held on Wednesday, May 2 at the Smithboro United Methodist Church from 10 until noon. Funeral services and a celebration of Larry’s life will follow at noon with Pastor Donna Martin, officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in the Smithboro Cemetery. Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the Smithboro United Methodist Church, PO Box 89, Smithboro, NY 13840 in loving memory of Lawrence E. Gallow. Caring assistance in being provided by the Cooley Family of the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. Sayre Morning Times – May 1, 2012
GIBBS Lafayette Ezekiel II "Zeke"
Died Saturday, May 19, 2012 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA after an extended illness, which followed his paralysis in an intentional auto mishap. He is survived by his parents Ezekiel & Olivia Gibbs, fiancée Candace Hill, sisters, Katrina (Charles) Brown, Moesha & Monique Carn, brothers, Anthony & James Gibbs, Saladin Carn & Gerald "Gary" Rainey. He was predeceased by brother Joseph "Ellis" Whetstone, Jr. He also leaves behind a host of friends and relatives. Family and friends are invited to attend his memorial service on Thursday, May 24th at 11am at Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira. Rev. James E. Jones will officiate. His ashes will be scattered at the family's convenience. Zeke lived hard, played hard, died young (29) and had a heart of gold. Star Gazette – May 23, 2012
GREENOUGH Paul E. Greenough
age 84, formerly of Chagrin Falls, OH. Beloved husband of Helen G. of Stow, OH; loving father of Gregg of Boston, MA; devoted brother of Donna Beechey of Sayre, PA, and the late C. Edward and Marjorie Clark; dear son of the late Paul and Ina Greenough of Fassett, PA; and cherished uncle of nine nieces and nephews. Paul was a graduate of Southside High School, Elmira, NY, class of 1945. He was a WWII paratrooper with occupation in Sapporo, Japan. After graduation from Houghton College, Paul worked as a chemist for 35 years at Lubrizol Corporation in Wickliffe, OH until his retirement in 1996. Paul was a member of The Chapel of Akron and served in various leadership positions. He also served for many years at The Cleveland City Mission. A Memorial service will be announced at a later date. Interment at Fowler's Mill Cemetery, Munson Twp, OH. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Paul's name may be made to the Cleveland City Mission, 5310 Carnegie Ave., Cleveland, OH 44103. Star Gazette – May 20, 2012
HARDER Charles R. Harder
age 86, of Gouverneur, died on April 9, 2012 at the United Helpers Maplewood Nursing Home in Canton where he had resided since July 2011. Charles was born on November 22, 1925 in Elmira, NY to the late Arthur A. and Elizabeth (McCann) Harder. He attended school at North Side High in Corning, NY then entered into the United States Navy on March 28, 1944 serving in WWII until his honorable discharge on September 13, 1946. He married Helen Greene on June 21, 1947 in Corning, NY with Rev. Elmer J. Stuart officiating. Mrs. Harder died on August 18, 2009. Charles worked on the family farm for several years and then worked as a bus driver for Corning Bus Lines. Mr. Harder then worked for two years at Corning Glass until going to work for NYS Electric and Gas as a Line Foreman working there for 34 years until his retirement on January 1, 1985. After his retirement he and his wife moved to Englewood, Fl where they lived for 22 years and moved to Gouverneur in 2005. He was a member of the American Legion and VFW, Past Master of Corning Lodge #1038 Masons, Past Royal Patron of the Amaranth Court 60 in Corning. He enjoyed traveling, sightseeing and photography. Surviving is a son, George G. Harder and his spouse, Todd Menard – Harder of Clayton; a daughter, Dr. Mary E. Harder of Punta Gorda, FL; 2 grandchildren and one great granddaughter. There will be no formal services for Charles. Arrangements are being handled by French Funeral Home, Gouverneur. Donations given in his memory may be made to the United Helpers Maplewood Campus, 205 State Street, Canton NY 13617. Corning Leader – April 11, 2012
HARRIS Robert E.
Age 88, of Odessa, NY, died on Friday, June 22, 2012, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Robert was born on September 13, 1923 in Elmira, NY the son of the late Earl and Myrtle Harris. Staff Sgt. Robert E. Harris served in the US Air Force from 01/1943-09/1945. He was a Waist Gunner on a B-24 Bomber named "Incendiary Sue" and flew 30 Missions over the Pacific. He received the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross with one Oak Leaf. Robert was a member of the Mechanics Club and enjoyed playing cards with his friends at Doane's Tavern. He was predeceased by his wife of 48 years, Verle V. Harris; brother, Earl (Herkie) Harris; and his first wife Arleen W. Storch. Robert is survived by his children, Jeffrey Harris of Alpine, NY, Beth (Mike) Rounds of Montour Falls, Bonnie Hayes of Elmira, Lynette (Ron) Ratliff of Churchill, TN, Terry Harris of Elmira, Jeannie (Fred) Rundle of Duluth, GA, Sandy Stillman of Montour Falls and Fred (Sharon) Fitch of Watkins Glen. There are 15 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Vedder and Scott, Inc. Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, from 6 to 8 p.m. and again on Wednesday, June 27th, from 12 Noon to 1 p.m. followed by his funeral service at 1 p.m. Burial to follow in Montour Cemetery with Full Military Honors. The Rev. George Norton will officiate. Star Gazette – June 25, 2012
HAULTON Robert G. Haulton
Robert is survived by his wife, Alice Campbell Haulton; children: Richard, Dawn, Robert, Harry, James; and step-children: Bill, Alice, Joanne, Robert, John, Victor. A veteran of the United States Navy, Robert served during World War II. He also worked as a truck driver throughout most of his life. A private service will be held at a later date at the family's discretion. Memorials may be made to one's favorite charity. Funeral arrangements made by the Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York. Sayre Morning Times – June 14, 2012
HOLECEK Kenneth Burton
age 85, died on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at Lake Mary Health and Rehab Center. He served in the Navy during World War II. He worked in the auto glass business prior to moving to Sanford, FL. He worked as the Master Starter and Ranger at Timacuan Golf & Country Club for 20 years. He is survived by his wife Wanda Warters Holecek, Sister Marjorie McDonald (William), Arlene Smith, and several nieces and nephews. Many thanks to: a special friend Charley Jameson, the Lake Mary Health & Rehab Center, and Hospice. He was preceded in death by mother & father, Edith & Burton Holecek and a sister Beatrice Holecek. A memorial service will be held in Elmira, N.Y. at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to DeGusipe Funeral Home & Crematory; 905 S. Laurel Ave. Sanford, Florida 32771. Funeral home obituary – June 24, 2012
HOOVER Wesley Ernest Hoover
age 92, formerly of Maple Hill, PA and Corning, NY, rose to glory on April 19th, 2012 at Absolut Care Three Rivers, Painted Post, NY. Wesley was born on March 18, 1920 in Harveys Lake, PA, a son of the late Richard and Della Mae (Hummel) Hoover. He was the husband of the late Grace (Merola-Tombasco). Wes retired from Corning, Inc. After 35 years of service. Wes was a WWII veteran serving in the Army while stationed in the Philippines. Wesley enjoyed farming, hunting, fishing, WWF wrestling, western movies and tinkering about his house. He is survived by his beloved family: a son and daughter-in-law, Ronald (Pauline), Keeneyville, PA; two daughters and sons-in-law, Bonita (John) Jankowski, Elmira, NY, Doreen (Gary) Burnside, Tioga, PA; two step-children, Angela (John) Fratercangelo, Corning, NY and Peter (Patti) Tombasco, Chicago, IL; 12 grandchildren, 47 great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Wesley was predeceased by brothers, Richard Harold Hoover, David Hoover, sisters Virginia Dissinger, Leona (Sally) Eichelburger and nephews Kirby Hoover and Gary Hoover. Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday, April 29, 2012 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM at Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main Street, Mansfield, PA. A memorial service will be held immediately following the calling hour at 3:00 PM with Pastor Deb Button officiating with full military honors. Interment will be in Newport Cemetery, Newport, PA. A dinner will follow at Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 6 Broad Street, Tioga, PA. Memorial contributions may be made in Wesleys name to the Corning VFW, Baker St., Corning, NY 14830. Funeral home obituary – April 21, 2012
JATKO Rev. George M. Jatko
This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it ... Our hearts are heavy with the passing of such a wonderful and caring man, Rev. George M. Jatko, 92, of Apalachin, died on Thursday, July 5, 2012 following a period of declining health. George is survived by his wife of 69 years, Helen; son Charles E. Jatko; grandson Chad E. and his wife Carlene Jatko; great grandchildren Corbin and Caleb; a brother Albert "Bill" Jatko; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Elmer and Harriett Storozow and Kenneth and Marion Storozow; and several nieces, nephews, and numerous friends. George was predeceased by his brothers Arnie and Elmer Jatko. George was born on April 14, 1920 in Apalachin, a son of the late Charles and Mary Jatko. He was a graduate of Orville High School. Following graduation he enlisted into the U.S. Navy and proudly served his country during World War II. On May 8, 1943, in Oakland, Calif., George married Helen and together they shared many wonderful years together. George was a long time employee of IBM Endioctt, although most will remember him for his love and devotion to the Lord as pastor of the South Warren Church and the Neath Welsh Congregational Church. George was a pilot and enjoyed spending time outdoors, downhill skiing and camping at Alpine Lake in Stevensville. His greatest pleasure was sharing his love for the Lord and visiting with people. Pastor George will be greatly missed by so many. Family and friends are invited to a period of visitation and time of sharing memories from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 8 at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. Funeral services and a celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 9 at the funeral chapel. The family will also receive friends from 1pm until the time of the service on Monday. Interment and prayers of committal will be held at the convenience of the family in the Vestal Hills Memorial Park. Flowers will be provided by the family and those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the South Warren Church, Doris Brown, 698 Main Street, LeRaysville, PA 18829 or the Neath Welsh Congregational Church, c/o Alan Coates, 359 Second Street, LeRaysville, PA 18829 in loving memory of Rev. George M. Jatko. Towanda Daily Review – July 7, 2012
KNOWLES Leland H.
VALOIS: 93, died July 1, 2012 at Seneca View Nursing Home, Montour Falls, NY. Leland was born in Thurston, NY on March 3, 1919, the son of Harry and Mina Knowles. He had been a resident of Hobe Sound, FL and Valois, NY; moving to Valois in 1983 from Vestal, NY, where he had a contracting business for 52 years. Leland was patriotic, a man who personified "The Greatest Generation." During WWII, he served in the Army-Air Force as a tail-gunner on a B-29 Bomber, and flew 19 missions. He insisted on Fourth of July celebrations every year because he felt lucky to be an American. Prior to his retirement, he owned and operated Lee Knowles, Inc. for 52 years. He served as president of the Southern Tier Home Builders Assoc. and was a member of several organizations, including, West Corners Firemen, Mechanics Club of Montour Falls, Elks of Stuart, FL, Red Men of Watkins Glen, V.F.W. of Hobe Sound, FL, 58th Bomb Wing Reunions, Endicott Rotary Club, Masonic Lodge and Odd Fellows of Union, NY, and American Legion Post 1700 of West Endicott, NY. He enjoyed sailing, boating and fishing at his favorite place, Seneca Lake. He also enjoyed carving wooden birds and inventing things. He is survived by his wife, Margaret (Evans) Knowles of 73 years; daughters, Fay (Patrick) Donovan, of Bluffton, SC, and Dona Monahan of Bristol, CT; grandchildren, Mark (Muriel) Donovan of Boynton Beach, FL (and step-great-grandson, Eric (Sherri) Ponsati and great-great granddaughter Madison of Oahu, Hawaii), Scott(Lisa) Donovan (and great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Bleu) of Charlotte, NC, Amy(Patrick) Blankenship (and great-grandson, Donovan) of Hilton Head, NC; brothers, Ernest Knowles of Painted Post, Harry Knowles of Spartanburg, SC, Stanley Knowles of Hardy, VA; and sister, and Mary Personius of Watkins Glen. The family will receive friends and family at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Friday, July 6, 2012 from 6-8pm. The funeral service will be held Saturday at 3:00pm at the Hector Presbyterian Church, followed by burial in Valois at Seneca Union Cemetery. Memorial donations in his memory may be made to the "New England Air Museum", ATTN: 58th Bomb Wing, 35 Perimenter Rd., Windsor Locks, CT 08096. Star Gazette – July 4, 2012
LAWTON Stephen J.
(89) On Tuesday, May 8, 2012, Steve Lawton passed peacefully with family by his side at Arnot-Ogden Hospital, Elmira, New York. Born October 24, 1922, he was the son of the late, G. Ransom and Madge B. Lawton of Watkins Glen, New York, the brother of the late Elizabeth Lawton Hall, and the husband of the late Jean B. Lawton. He is survived by his son, Jeff Lawton and his daughters Linda Greene (Russ) and Julie Lawton (Jenny Thomson). Additionally, he is survived by several nephews, nieces, and their spouses/partners: Fred Hall, Dale Vetuskey (Jim), Jackie Barton (Wayne), Chris Burnside (Karl Greene), Diane Murdock (Steve), Mike Burnside (Miriam) and many grand-nieces/nephews, second-cousins and their families. Steve was a graduate of Pennsylvania Military College. He served as an Army Medic during World War II until his discharge from Fort Leavenworth on February 14, 1946. He did graduate studies in Fisheries Biology at Cornell University. He was also a local contractor for five years. He then joined the D.E.C. and worked there until his retirement in 1977. Being an avid outdoorsman, Steve received numerous awards in trap and skeet shooting. He especially enjoyed hunting and fishing. Additionally, he loved boating and chopping wood. He was equally happy relaxing in his recliner by the fire. One of his favorite quotes was this: "When you cut your own wood, it warms you twice". A true testament to Dad's character and dedication to his family, friends and colleagues is best summarized by a quote from his D.E.C. supervisor, "You are a gentleman, a credit to the D.E.C. and a friend to your brother officers. You have my respect, my regard and my best wishes". Dad, "Poppa Bear", we will love and miss you for our remaining days! The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Arnot-Ogden Hospital - specifically the staffs of the I.C.U., Fourth floor A, and Southern Tier Hospice. The care and treatment that they provided our father was excellent. We are truly appreciative of the professionalism and kindness that was extended. A private memorial will be observed by the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association. Star Gazette – May 11, 2012
MILLER Paul Miller
World War II veteran, American history teacher and dedicated patriot Paul E. Miller died on July 4, 2012. He was four score and seven years old. Born and raised in Philadelphia, he spent most of his summers as a boy at Promised Land Lake in the Poconos. After graduating from high school in 1943, in the middle of World War II, he enlisted in the U. S. Army Air Force. Once the war was over, he got a BA degree in education from East Stroudsburg State Teacher’s College. While at East Stroudsburg, he met the love of his life, Mary Josephine Franco, and they were married in 1949. They just celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary. They have five children, Michael, Anne, Robert, Thomas and Paul Edward, all of whom survive him. A resident of Tunkhannock, PA for over 50 years, Paul was very active in the community. Some of his activities included: treasurer of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, president of the Tunkhannock Kiwanis Club, president of the Endless Mountains Barbershop Chorus, cofounder of the Wyoming County Historical Society, charter member of the Tunkhannock Ambulance Association, member of Tunkhannock American Legion (the Dennis Strong Post) and much more. Paul was recently recognized by the Governor of Pennsylvania for voting in every election for the past 50 years. Most of his career was as a history and social studies teacher at Elk Lake High School. “Mr. Miller,” as he was known to generations of Elk Lake students, was a teacher who made a difference. He inspired his students to aim high and to pursue their goals. He was a powerful advocate of American exceptionalism and taught passionately about what makes America great. He was a huge fan of Elk Lake’s basketball team. Paul died at Little Flower Manor in Wilkes-Barre after a short illness. There will be no viewing. A service of remembrance will be held at a later date. Wyalusing Rocket Courier – July 12, 2012
LYNE Paul Henry Lyne
was the last living of seven siblings born to Royal and Louise Klinges Lyne of Trucksville, PA on Feb. 28, 1924. He died on Saturday evening June 23, 2012 at the Meadow View Nursing Home in Montrose, PA. He attended Kingston Township High School. With the encouragement of his music-loving mentor, Major Edmund Camp, he became a member of St. Stevens Episcopal Church in Wilkes-Barre where he lent a strong alto voice to the boys’ choir. He also sang with the Lyric Boys’ Chorus led by Alfred Camp, doing guest performances in such places as St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York City and other local venues. In late years, he was a charter member of the Endless Mountain’s Barbershop Chorus in Tunkhannock where he also sang bass with a quartet called “The Neighborhood Boys” entertaining far and wide. Before his voice changed, The Lyric Boys’ Chorus camped upriver from Meshoppen, at Myo Beach several summers and later he also accompanied his mentor, Major Camp as they spent the summer months at the Hewitt Kintner cottage, also at Myo Beach. During these visits, he helped neighboring farmers at haying and harvesting time and ultimately became a Dairy Herd Improvement Tester in the area. Paul was drafted; received basic training at Camp Croft in South Carolina; shipped out along with some 14,999 others on the Queen Mary for Liverpool, England. He traveled by land and sea to LaHavre, France where his unit, the 78th Lightening Division headed on foot to Schmidt, Germany. From there, after encountering some serious fighting, they arrived at the Rhine River. Their unit was the first ordered to cross the river on the Remagen Bridge, which was under siege by the German Air Force. Most of the infantrymen made it across safely, but as they made their way north from the bridge, they again encountered fierce fighting. At one point he and several of his buddies took refuge in a very large old house, but were immediately besieged with German artillery fire resulting in several fatalities among the group, and Paul was wounded. After being treated at a field hospital, he returned to England and ultimately back home aboard the hospital ship, Milnes. He recovered after several surgeries and returned to Meshoppen where he received an appointment to the Postal Service and carried mail on Rt. #2 for 32 years, retiring on Nov. 15, 1980. During the 70’s and 80’s he installed carpet for Ken Mar Home Furnishing. Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Inez Roberts Lyne, with whom he just celebrated their anniversary on June 22. Together they raised on a little dairy farm in Auburn Township, three children, Larry S. Lyne and his wife, Peggy Darling Lyne of South Auburn, PA and sons, Derek of Lebanon and Benjamin and his wife, LeeAnna Roberts Lyne of Williamsport; Cris A. Wiswell and her husband, Charles Wiswell of Tunkhannock and daughters, Lisa of Arlington, VA and Sarah of Tunkhannock; Tim R. Lyne and his wife, Cathy Weiand Lyne of Mechanicsburg and sons, Daniel of Hummelstown and Ethan and his wife, Elisha and three children, Jehu, Hannah, and Jalon of Owensboro, KY. Paul was a sportsman, enjoying many popular television sporting programs. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, enjoying hunting trips out west and many years of annual fishing trips to Canada with a group of special friends. He and Bunny took their family on many camping/fishing trips in various states as well as Canada. He was a 4-H Horse and Pony Leader; he worked with Scoutmaster Whitie Craige and the Boy Scouts; he was a Past Master of Franklin Lodge #263 F&AM, The Valley of Bloomsburg Consistory and the Irem Shrine. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, Royal Lyne of Florida and Hedley Lyne, formerly of Florida and recently of Mehoopany and four sisters, Alberta Holcomb and Phyllis Powell, both of Florida, Ruth Hurley of Maryland and Dorothy Burns of Texas. Surviving besides his wife and three children and their families are Grace Mahler, sister-in-law of MA, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Paul’s quick wit and “hail fellow, well met” demeanor endeared him to everyone. He gained much pleasure from the company of his family and many friends. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, June 27 at 11 a.m. at the Meshoppen United Methodist Church, with Rev. Tom Mott of the church officiating. Interment was in the Vaughn Cemetery in Mehoopany. Graveside military services were conducted by the members of the Rought Hall Post #510 American Legion of Laceyville, the Dennis Strong Post #457 American Legion of Tunkhannock, and the Endless Mountains Post #3583 VFW of Mehoopany. Family and friends called at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Meshoppen, on Tuesday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. Masonic services were conducted at the funeral home on Tuesday evening at 8:30 p.m. by the members of the Franklin Lodge # 263 F&AM. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial donations to the Meshoppen United Methodist Church, PO Box 159, Church St., Meshoppen, PA 18630 or the Franklin Lodge #263, PO Box 86, Laceyville, PA 18623. Wyalusing Rocket Courier – June 28, 2012
MAGUIRE James J.
Elmira: Age 88, doed Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at St. Joseph's Hospital. Jim was born October 12, 1923, in Woodhaven, Queens, NY, the son of James J. and Anastasia (Malsky) Maguire. He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years Shirley Eddy Maguire; sons, with their families, Timothy J. and Kathleen Maguire of West Dennis MA and their son Daniel; Michael P. and Mary Lynn Maguire of Severna Park MD and their children, Kerry Ann (Anthony) Ezersky, Michael and Sean; great-grandchildren, Kylie Maguire, Michael P. Maguire III and Keegan Ezersky; sisters-in-law, Lucy Griswold of Canastota NY and Florence Eddy of Dorris FL. Jim was a U S Navy veteran serving his country during WWII. He earned his Bachelor and Master's Degrees from Notre Dame University. Working for NYS Division of Parole for 35 years, where he was an area supervisor, Jim retired in 1986. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. at the Dominican Monastery, 1310 W. Church St., Elmira NY 14905. Military honors will follow outside after the memorial mass. Private interment will take place at St. Mary's Cemetery in Corning. In lieu of flowers those wishing may remember Jim with a donation to the Dominican Monastery, 1310 W. Church Street, Elmira NY 14905. Star Gazette – May 23, 2012
MARVIN Justin C. "Mutt"
June 22, 1923 - November 10, 2011
U.S. Navy GM/1C July 1942 - March 1946
Please join us to honor the life and military service of Justin on Thursday, June 7th, 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Cemetery, Park Ave, Corning, NY. Following the service we will fellowship, share memories, pictures and food at Spencer's Restaurant, 359 E. Market St., Corning. Please omit flowers. Donations to Alzheimer's Association would be greatly appreciated. Ref: Norton Funeral Home, Sodus, NY. Star Gazette – May 28, 2012
MAYERS Floyd Henry Mayers
Sr., 89, of Mayers Hill Rd., Corning died Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Elmira, NY. He was born February 3, 1923, in Corning, NY the son of the late Thomas H. and Mamie (Ross) Mayers. Floyd married Bunny Reed Mayers on July 27, 1943, in North Carolina. He resided on Mayers Hill Road in Corning with his wife for over 60 years. Bunny predeceased him on November 29, 2008. They spent 65 wonderful years together. Floyd was a WWII Army Veteran. He enlisted in 1943. He went through Basic training in Vancouver, Washington and was then stationed in Charlotte, North Carolina. In September 1942, he was shipped to London England. In 1944, he was stationed in Paris, France as a technical Sergeant. January 1946, he was discharged and returned to the United States. Floyd received the E A M E Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the WWII Victory Medal. He was honored by his son and daughter-in-law as a World War II Honoree. He retired from Ingersoll Rand in Painted Post, NY. Floyd is survived by his son, Floyd H. “Sparky” Mayers, Jr and daughter-in-law, Marcine F. “Marty” Mayers of Corning; grandsons, John H. Mayers and Robert D. (Trisha) Francischelli; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister. He will be dearly missed by all those who knew him and loved him. He is now resting in peace with the Lord. The family will receive friends at Acly-Stover Funeral Home, Corning on Saturday, May 19, 2012, from 11-1 p.m. Funeral services will follow calling hours at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. James Ellis Officiating. Burial will be in Goodsell Cemetery, Hornby, NY with full Military Honors. Corning Leader – May 19, 2012
McCUTCHEON Guy Deloss McCutcheon
age 86, of Painted Post, NY died unexpectedly on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira. Guy was born in Chemung, NY on September 28, 1925, the son of the late Guy and Floy (Stanton) McCutcheon. He married Barbara Henty on April 23rd, 1949 in Avon, NY. She survives him. Guy graduated from Waverly High School and drafted immediately into the US Army where he served during World War II. He was stationed in the Philippines. He was employed by Ingersoll Rand Company, Painted Post, NY, where he was an inventory processor from 1958 to his retirement in 1984. Guy was a member of the Victory Highway Wesleyan Church and for many years, he was a tax preparer, working from his home. Guy enjoyed playing the violin, working in his garden and playing table games with his family. He is survived by his wife: Barbara; one daughter: Karen (Michael) Reed of Painted Post, NY; one son: Stephen McCutcheon of Arden, NC; granddaughters: Sara Everley, of Conesus, NY and Reba (Peter Glanville) McCutcheon, of Ithaca, NY; grandson: Kurt (Sarah) Reed of Grimesland, NC; great grandchildren Tori Everley, Flynn Glanville and Isabella Reed. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews. Guy was predeceased by two daughters, Sharon and Lorrie, and by sisters, Betty Garrison and Ramona Cooper. Friends are invited to call the Victory Highway Wesleyan Church, 150 Victory Highway, Painted Post on Monday from 12:00 noon to 2:00pm, services will follow at 2:00pm with Pastors Paul Piraino and Ted Roloson officiating. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery in Painted Post, NY. Memorials may be made to the Victory Highway Church, 150 Victory Highway, Painted Post, NY. Arrangements are under the direction of the Phillips Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney St., Corning, NY. Corning Leader – June 17, 2012
MILLER Leon H. Miller
Leon H. Miller, 86, Morris, Pa., a longtime resident of Plover and Almond, died Sunday, April 1, 2012, at his home. A graveside service will be held at a later date. Carleton Funeral Home Inc. of Wellsboro, Pa., assisted the family with arrangements. Mr. Miller was born April 16, 1925, in Pitman, Pa. He moved to Chicago, Ill., to work at Mars Candy Co. He was married to Irene Stroik. They moved to Wisconsin, where he worked for Galloway's and delivered propane. He also worked in Wautoma as a small engine mechanic. He opened his own small engine shop after buying a 60-acre farm in Plover. He was a member of the Moose Lodge, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Submarine Veterans of World War II. Survivors include two sisters, Ruby Rhoads and Elaine Dodd; and his longtime companion, Delores Strasser. Portage County Gazette - April 3, 2012
MILLIKEN Cornelius James Jr.
of Elmira, died Monday April 9, 2012. Connie was the son of the late Jean Sturges and Cornelius J. Milliken, Sr. Three siblings predeceased him. He is survived by his wife Jean Macdonell Milliken, daughters Mary Coleman (Victor, NY), Clare Milliken (Elmira), Ann Milliken (Saratoga Springs, NY), Eileen (Brian) Beiter (Fairport, NY), Jean Milliken (David) Sabol (Chagrin Falls, OH), sons Dr. Cornelius (Kathryn) Milliken (Elmira), John (Deborah) Milliken (Irvine, CA), Thomas (Ellen) Milliken (Elmira), 19 grandchildren and 10 siblings. Connie was a graduate of Elmira Catholic Schools and the College of the Holy Cross. He was a veteran of the US Army of Occupation in Japan. He was dedicated to community service all of his adult life, including the Chemung County Legislature for nearly 40 years; the past nine as Chairman, Director, Southern Tier Economic Growth, and Chairman , Chemung County Industrial Development Agency. He also served on the Clemens Center Board of Trustees, Arts of the Southern Finger Lakes, Elmira College Council, past Chair and Director Emeritus of Elmira Savings Bank, past President of the Chemung County Historical Society, past President, Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning, United Way, Corning Community College Board of Trustees, and was a charter member of the local chapters of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Italian American Veterans. Connie retired as Vice-President from Thatcher Glass Manufacturing and Director of External Affairs at Corning Community College. Thanks to Drs. Robert Lambert and Dayakar Reddy for their compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Clemens Center and Southern Tier Hospice. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, April 14, 2012 at Our Lady of Lourdes, Elmira, at 10:00 AM. Star Gazette – April 12, 2012
MONTGOMERY Edward W. Montgomery
87, of North Victory Dr., Painted Post, NY died Wednesday, April 17, 2012, at Corning Hospital. He was born January 7, 1925, in Knoxville, PA the son of John Montgomery and Francis Thorton. Edward enlisted in the U.S. Army on April 24, 1943. He received several Medals serving his Country during WWII in Germany and Italy with the Wildcat Tank Division. He was Honorably Discharged April 26, 1946. Edward had worked for Flanagan Drilling Company in Olean, NY and HUD. He also tended bar for the Corning VFW Post 524 and was a life member. He is survived by his sons, Terry Montgomery of Painted Post, Jim Montgomery of Painted Post, daughter, Phyllis Rose of TX; sister, Betty Bacalles of Horseheads; brothers Robert Montgomery of Campbell and Jack Montgomery of Seattle, WA; one grandchild. The family will receive friends at Acly-Stover Funeral Home, Corning today, April 19, 2012, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Funeral services will follow calling hours at 12:30 pm. Committal prayers and Interment will follow at Bath National Cemetery with full Military Honors. Corning Leader – April 19, 2012
MOSSO J. Blaine 'Pop" Mosso
94, of Lancaster, formerly of Shiremanstown and Wellsboro, died on Monday, July 2, 2012, at his home surrounded by his family. Born in Escota, N.C., he was the son of the late Orilla May (Wilcox) and William F. Mosso. He was married for 51 years to his beloved wife, Nancy (Nailor) Mosso who died on June 30, 2009. A veteran of World War II and the Korean War, Pop retired from the United States Navy as a Chief Warren Officer after 22 years of service from 1935-1958. He worked as a purchasing manager at Reeves-Hoffman Division from 1960-1980 until he retired. Pop was an avid golfer and played golf with his grandson until the age of 85. He enjoyed reading and the pursuit of knowledge and was well versed in current events. Pop was a volunteer as an in-class tutor at Buchanan Elementary School and Lancaster Country Day School. Surviving is a daughter, Ellen Coover Mosso Mowrer, wife of David C. of Lancaster; a grandson, Joseph B. Ginther of Lancaster; a brother-in-law, Edwin S. Nailor, Jr., husband of Betty of Ventura, Calif.; a son-in-law, Joseph J. Ginther of Landisville; and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., on Saturday, July 14, at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 3131 Columbia Ave., Lancaster, with Pastor Richard Jorgensen officiating. A private interment will be held at Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Mechanicsburg. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Hospice of Lancaster County, 685 Good Drive, Box 4125, Lancaster, Pa. 17604; Humane League of Lancaster County, 2195 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, Pa. 17602 or A Tail to Tell Rescue. Wellsboro Gazette – July 6, 2012
MOSHER Edward J. Mosher
ADDISON, NY | Edward J Mosher, 81, of 1320 Cnty Rte 85 died on Friday, March 1, 2002 at Founders Pavilion, Corning following an extended illness. He was born in Elkland, Pennsylvania on March 21, 1920 a son of Charles and Ethel Mulford Mosher. He married the former Rita M. Elliott on March 3, 1945 in Plymouth, England. She predeceased him on June 20, 1989. Ed was a Command Sergeant Major Retired, U.S. Army with 26 years’ service and was decorated several times while serving during World War II and Korea. He also, was a parts service clerk at J&J and Myers Automotive in Corning prior to retirement. He was a member of the Addison Eagles Aerie #3904, member and past commander of the Williams-Greengrass American Legion Post #730 an avid bowler in the Senior League at Crystal Lanes and was Episcopalian by faith. He is survived by a son, John V E. (Marjorie) Mosher of Addison: a daughter, Garnet Turner of Corning; four grandchildren, Edward Mosher of Utica, Mary Twist of Bath, Jordan and Joel Turner of Corning: great grandson, Peter Twist: longtime friend Laura Towner of Beaver Dams; several nieces and nephews, Predeceased by a brother, Maynard Mosher and step brother, Theodore Mosher. Friends may call Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the Flint Funeral Home, 10 Wall Street, Addison where family prayer services will be held Tuesday, Burial will be in Addison Rural Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Tuscarora Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
MOUSSEAU Genevieve (Suzy) Gestre
Born Christmas Day 1912 in Paris, France; died in Asheville May 18, 2012. She was predeceased by her parents, Louis and Julienne Mousseau; and her husband, Robert. Survivors include her daughter, Claudine Kurtz (Richard); granddaughter, Valerie Powell (Steven); two great-granddaughters, and one great-great-granddaughter. She is also survived by Anna (Rappoport) Etlinger, of Paris, France. The State of Israel awarded Suzy and Robert (posthumously) the Medal of the Righteous Among the Nations honoring them for taking into their home, at great personal risk, a Jewish man and his young daughter. They concealed the two from the Nazi forces from June 1942 until the liberation of France in August 1944. When asked why they risked their lives, her simple response was, "It was the right thing to do." This honor was also recognized by the governor of New York State. Suzy joined her daughter and son-in-law in 1964, later attaining U.S. citizenship. She will be missed by her family and many friends here and in France. A memorial service for her family and friends is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, May 27, at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, 801 Charlotte Highway, Fairview, NC 28730. Those who wish to honor her memory are asked to donate to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW, Washington, DC 20024 or to Abiding Savior Lutheran Church. Star Gazette – May 23, 2012
REEP Frederick E. Reep
age 84, of Painted Post, NY died quietly Monday, April 16, 2012 at home with his family by his side. Fred was born in Elmira on February 26, 1928, the son of the late Frederick and Lillian Gertrude (Bauman) Reep, Sr. He married Jean (Hill) Hart, on May 21st 1979 in Wellsboro, Pa. Fred attended school at Corning Free Academy and then entered the U.S. Air Force, Serving from 1946 to 1953 in both World War II and the Korean War. Fred received the Purple Heart, the Army of Occupational Medal with Japan clasp; World War II Victory Medal, the Korean Service Medal, UN Service Medal. Honorable Service lapel button WWII, the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. Fred was employed by Corning Glass Works, Corning, NY where he was a group leader in the Corning labor shop and recently received his 60 year service pin. He belonged to the Painted Post field and stream club and the Susquehanna Hiking Club. He enjoyed spending time outdoors hunting, fishing, camping and riding his motorcycle with family and friends. Surviving are his wife Jean and grandson, Gregory (Brenda) Reep of Painted Post, NY; grandaughter, Deborah (Mathew) Smith of Presho; three sons: Norman (Karen) Hart of Painted Post, NY; Kevin (Pamela) Hart of Merritt Island, FL, and David Reep of Painted Post, NY; two daughters: Debra Hart Caroselli of Binghamton, NY and Tracy Reep of Corning, NY, many grandchildren and great grandchildren. There will be no calling hours. A private memorial service will be held by the family at a future time. The family suggest memorials in Fred’s name be made to Southern Tier Hospice & Palliative Care, 11751 East Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830. Arrangements by Phillips Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney St., Corning, NY. Corning Leader – April 18, 2012
SAMCHISEN John G. Samchisen
88, of Lancaster and formerly of Elmira, NY, died Sunday, July 1, 2012 at Fairmount Homes. Born in Elmira, NY he was the son of the late Samuel and Eva (Hilschanska) Samchisen. He was married to Lorraine (Dombroski) Samchisen for more than 65 years. John retired from NY State Electric and Gas Company after over 40 years of service as a supervisor. He proudly served as a radio man in the US Navy during WWII. His ship, the USS Mannert L. Abele, was destroyed by Japanese kamikaze rockets in April 1945. John was an avid golfer, and enjoyed bowling and spending time with his family. He was of the Catholic faith. In addition to his loving wife he is survived by his children, Maryann Bechtel, wife of Peter, of Millersville, Edward Samchisen, husband of Brenda, of Horseheads, NY, Susan Price, wife of David, of Dunn Loring, VA, and 5 grandchildren. Also surviving are his siblings, Steven Samchisen, Dorothy Samchisen, Julia Siglin, all of Elmira, NY, and Anna Snyder, of Corning, NY. He was preceded in death by one sister, and two brothers. A Christian Prayer Service will be at 3PM on Friday, July 6, 2012 at the Charles F. Snyder, Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz, PA with Fr. Mark E. Weiss officiating. Interment will be private and held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Fairmount Homes, Sharing Fund, 333 Wheat Ridge Drive, Ephrata, PA 17522. Star Gazette – July 4, 2012
SAVINO Daniel Joseph (D.J.) Savino
A loving father, grandfather, brother and friend to many. Dad was born and raised in Elmira, New York on June 22, 1922 and died April 4, 2012 in Boise, Idaho, a few short weeks before his 90th birthday. The son of Mary and Frank Savino, an Italian immigrant from Bari, Italy, Dad was known as "Danny" or "D.J." and enjoyed bowling, playing golf and following the NY Yankees and The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame football. In 1942, while serving in the Army, Dad was severely wounded in Luzon, Philippines and received the Purple Heart, among other medals and accommodations. For 30 years in New York, Dad worked in the Elmira Post Office then moved and retired to Honolulu, Hawaii in 1973. In 2008 Corinne, Dad and family moved to Idaho to be with his family. As a life member of the American Legion Post #0154, life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1540, life member of the Elks Post #2297 and lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans, Dad cherished his lifetime membership with Tour Partners, a charitable arm of the PGA. Dad was a devoted member of the Catholic Church, putting his life and faith above all else with unwavering love of God and family. He is survived by his youngest brother, Tom (Jan); son, Danny (Charlotte); grandkids, Christianna, and D.J.; daughter, Corinne (Roy) Westlake; grandson, Roy Jr.; daughter, Roxanne (Paul) Steward; grandkids, Joanne and Michael; as well as 8 great-grandkids and 6 great- great grandkids. Daniel was preceded in death by our loving mom and his wife, Loretta, his partner for 58 years; his oldest brother, Mike; sister, Angela and some of his cousins, nephews, aunts and uncles. A Catholic Mass and Remembrance was held Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Holy Apostles Catholic Church in Meridian, ID. Star Gazette – April 10, 2012
SMITH Charles “Reis” Smith
92, died early Sunday evening (April 8, 2012) at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira. Reis was born July 9, 1919 in Hornell, the son of Charles S. and Minnie (Nichols) Smith. He resided in Hornell for a few years and for the majority of his life he lived in Corning. Reis enjoyed summering at Loon Lake during his early years and in 1980 he moved there permanently. His winters were spent in Florida for the past 33 years. Reis and Irene Drummond were married April 12, 1947 in Brooklyn and together celebrated over 50 years of marriage. His employment career was mostly spent at the Erie/Lackawanna (Conrail) Railroad retiring as a clerk after over 30 years on the railroad. Reis served his country during World War II in the United States Army from Oct. 16, 1940 until his honorable discharge Oct. 25, 1946. During his tour, he saw combat during the European Theatre and the Rhineland. Reis was pre-deceased by his wife, Irene in 1999; a daughter, Emma Jane Lawson in 2004; and a granddaughter, Kirsti Philip in 1977. He is survived by his daughter, Irma Philip of Grand Rapids, Mich., and his son, Walter (Bonnie) Smith of Painted Post; his son-in-law, Dorsey Lawson of Loon Lake; his grandchildren, David Lawson, Danon (Kate) Lawson, Michael (Erika) Philip, Matthew Philip, Josiah (Jessica) Smith and Abraham Smith; his great-grandchildren, Isaac, Tizita and Eyerusalem Philip. Reis’s family and friends are invited to attend his memorial service at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Springwater Church of the Nazarene. Reverend Dennis Swart will officiate and military honors will also take place. Memorial contributions in Charles “Reis” Smith’s memory may be made to the Springwater Church of the Nazarene, Springwater/Wayland Road, Springwater, N.Y. 14560 or to the Silver Lake Church, P.O. Box 895307, Leesburg, Fla. 34789. Reis and his family have been assisted by the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 West Naples St., Wayland. Corning Leader – April 14, 2012
STONE Gerald Dean Stone
a veteran of WWII and a professional engineer, died on February 29, 2012. He was 90 years old. He was originally from Canton, the son of Hazel and Dillon Stone. He graduated from Canton High School in 1939. Gerald is survived by three daughters, five grandchildren and a sister, Dolores Mae Stone, Ormond Beach, FL. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, April 15th, 1 pm at the Canton Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) at 170 North Minnequa Avenue. Canton Independent Sentinel – April 15, 2012
THOMAS Leon Ulysses Thomas
84 years old, passed away peacefully on April 27, 2012 A pillar of the community, Leon was elected Tioga County’s first legislator in 1972. He held that position for 29 years until retirement as an honorable representative of the people whose tireless work and compassion affected many constituents in a heartfelt and positive way. His efforts to enhance the southern tier were held in high regard. He worked closely with State Senator Tom Libous, Congressmen Maurice Hinchey and Matt Mchugh as well as U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton. Mr. Thomas’s work directly resulted in bringing jobs, benefits and opportunities to all of the people of Tioga County but were mainly focused in his district of the village of Waverly and the Town of Barton. His lifelong dedication to service did not begin as a local politician. He served his country as well joining the United States Navy at the age of 17 in 1944 during the Second World War. A member of the greatest generation, Leon Thomas retired from the U.S. Navy after 20 years of service which spanned the time of World War II, The Korean War and Vietnam. During his 20 year military career he worked mostly as a deep sea diver in a mine disposal unit (UDT). (The precursor to The Navy Seals). He served hazardous duty as a diver at a time when divers used helmets and diving suits to reach depths of over 200 feet. His duties included demolition, disposal of ordinance such as mines and torpedos, he also was involved with recovery of lost planes, vessels and personnel. During his time in the Navy, Leon traveled the entire world and sailed every ocean. He served on the USS Helena, USS Dixie, USS Calhoun County and USS Implicit. He retired with the rank of Chief Boatswaina’s Mate in 1964. He also served as a stunt double for actor Tyrone Power in the movie An American G.I. in The Phillipines.Leon Thomas’s career also included tenure at IBM Owego. He began his work at entry level "on the line" worked his way through the ranks and retired after 24 years as a project manager supervising the entire third shift. He is a past commander of the American Legion in Waverly and a member of the Masonic Lodge Council Chapter Consistory of Binghamton reaching the highest degree. Leon was also member of the Last Man’s Club, The Waverly Fire Department, The Waverly Sports Hall Of Fame, Moose Club, Elks Club, VFW. But one of Leon’s favorite membership was to the R.O.M.E.O.’s (Retired Old Men Eating Out) which met every morning at Becky’s/Tammy’s Diner in Waverly. He is well-known for his creativity in celebrating each member’s birthdays with his many costumes and pranks. Mr. Thomas also had a very special hobby in celebrating the Christmas holiday which included hand painting Santa Clauses. They were displayed during the holidays throughout the Valley and in the county offices. He also was passionate for gardening and displaying numerous flags to reflect his fervent patriotism. Leon Thomas’s dedication to his country, community and family are well known and his numerous contributions to that endeavor are both unknown and too many to mention. Leon is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Charlotte. His blended family includes his daughters, Michelle Kopper and husband Steve, Jody D’Aloisio, sons Patrick Thomas and wife Kathy, John Thomas and wife Jamie. Charlotte’s children; Laurie Cocco, John Johnson and wife Jackie, Charlee Garcia and husband Val, Kimberly Johnson , Scott Johnson and wife Tracy. His loving grandchildren include Stephanie Falls and husband Mike, Adam Kopper,Ryan Kopper,Nick D’Aloisio, Tia D’Aloisio,Justin Thomas,Trevor Thomas,Reagan Trayner, Thomas Cocco,Jon-Bryan Seuss. Also Leon had three great grandchildren, Padraig Falls, Nick and Ryan Cocco. He is survived by one brother, John Thomas of California. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews who knew him as "Uncle Leaky." Leon was predeceased by his sisters Louise Brewer ,Elizabeth Sullivan, Peggy Champion. A time of gathering with family and friends will be from 3-6 p.m., Wednesday, May 2, 2012, at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York. The celebration of Leon's life will be 10 a.m. Thursday, May 3, 2012 at St. James Church Blessed Trinity Parish, Waverly, New York. The Rev. Vincent Langdon will be honoring his memory. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to one’s favorite charity. Burial will be in St. James Cemetery, Waverly, New York. Sayre Morning Times – May 1, 2012
TUCKER Edward Tucker
86, died Sunday, April 15, 2012. Ed was born June 16, 1925 in Brooklyn, NY. He served our country with the US Marine Corps in the Pacific Theater, Guam and Okinawa during World War II. He retired from Ingersoll Rand after 30 years of service. Ed loved to write and kept a journal for many years. He also wrote a column in the Watkins Review & Express for 25 years and always kept up with people in the community, and visited when he was able. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Horseheads, NY, and his faith in God and praying for others was the most important part of his life. Ed was also a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge # 426 of Montour Falls. He loved history and could recall all the details, and was involved in politics. His quiet smile, glistening blue eyes and Words of Wisdom will be missed. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Adele on April 13, 2003. Survivors include his children, Fred Tucker and partner, Josanne Callahan, Patricia LoSecco and husband Anthony, Margaret Frantz and husband Robert, Russell Tucker and wife Kitty, Jim Tucker and partner Brenda Carl; 11 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren. Family will receive friends and relatives on Friday (April 20th) at the Reading Community Church in Reading Center from 9:00am-10:00am; followed by a memorial service at 10:00am. In lieu of flowers, to remember Ed, please consider a memorial donation to Southern Tier Hospice, or the First Baptist Church of Horseheads; or plant a Norway Spruce in his memory. Star Gazette – April 16, 2012
VANDERPOOL Lawrence William Vanderpool
92, of Maryville, TN, died peacefully with family Thursday, April 5, 2012. Lawrence was a WWII veteran. After one year’s enlistment in Civil Conservation Corp (CCC) at LaQuin, PA, he enlisted, active duty, in July 1939. He departed August 1939 for the Panama Canal Zone and served from 1939 until February 1942. He was reassigned to the 65th Infantry Regiment, Camp Shelby, MS, as an Infantry Instructor. He participated in the Battle for Germany from February 1942 to the end of the war. For his service to his country, he was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, a Bronze Star and several other awards. He was a member of the Fairview Methodist Church. He was also a member of Wyalusing American Legion Post #534. He was preceded in death by his parents, Anna (God) and Samuel Vanderpool; sisters, Beverly and Catherine; brother, Theodore and grandson, Nathan Vanderpool. Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Victoria (Rutledge) Vanderpool; a daughter, Sondra V. Waggoner; a son and daughter-in-law, Barry and Doris Vanderpool; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Graveside services were conducted Wednesday, April 11, at 2 p.m., at Sherwood Chapel & Memorial Gardens with Dr. Jerry Russell officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Lawrence’s name to the following: Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Wyalusing Rocket Courier – April 12, 2012
Van ORDER Howard W. Van Order
90, of Wyalusing, died May 30, 2012 at the Bradford County Manor, West Burlington. He was born on Feb. 17, 1922 a son of the late William and Pearl Van Order in Brant. He served his country in World War II and married Kathryn Wigam on March 28, 1942 in Waldon, N.Y. Howard retired from IBM, Endicott in 1980 after 37 years. Howard enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He also enjoyed hunting and woodworking. Howard was predeceased by his parents: William and Pearl Van Order. Sisters: Marion Smith and Eloise Carroll. Howard is survived by his wife, Kathryn; a son, Craig (Nancy) Van Order of Wyalusing; a daughter, Virginia Boylan of Charlottsville Va.; grandsons Kelly Boylan and Ed Van Order; three great grandsons; and many, nieces, nephews, and special friends. At Howard's request, all services will be private. However, those who wish may kindly consider a memorial donation to the Herrickville Volunteer Fire Department, 6149 Herrickville Rd., Wyalusing, PA 18853, in loving memory of Howard W. Van Order. Caring assistance is being provided by the Cooley-Tioga Point Cremation and Burial Options, Inc., 802 N. Main St., Athens, PA 18810. Towanda Daily Review – May 31, 2012
VAUGHAN William K. Vaughan
formerly of Horseheads, and son of the late William and Anna Vaughan, died at a VA hospice in St. Petersburg, FL on March 27, 2012 at the age of 89. For over 30 years beginning in 1956, he worked as a civil and professional engineer in the Greater Columbus, Ohio area, contributing to the design and construction of hundreds of public and private structures and infrastructure projects. He was a graduate of Horseheads High School (1938) and the US Military Academy (West Point class of 1945) and a Pearl Harbor survivor. He is survived by a son, William Vaughan Jr.; daughter-in-law Joan; three grandchildren; a sister, Frances Daley, of Castile, NY; and numerous nieces and nephews in the Elmira area. Star Gazette – April 10, 2012
On Sunday, June 3, 2012, former Gaines area resident, Sam White died at age 92, to join his wife, Edith Aliene White, who predeceased him. Sam and Aliene had been regular visitors to the area, and had bought a house in the Gaines area at the Potter/Tioga county line before he retired there in 1985, following his 30-year career as a tool and die maker for Fisher and Porter of Hattboro (now Fisher Scientific). Before that he had worked as a tool and die maker for various companies, some so small that he recalled having to break the ice on the water barrels in winter to wash his hands. Some were true signs of the exciting manufacturing of the late 40s, such as the printing press manufacturing plant or the autogyro manufacturer where he also worked. Earlier, he had served with the 36th Combat Engineer Regiment from 1942-1945, participating in Landings at Oran in North Africa, Sicilly, Anzio, and the South of France, then fighting inland to help liberate Rome and after fighting through the Brenner Pass, to help liberate Dachau. Despite his having to remove massive concrete beach obstacles, booby traps, mines, and lay bridges, all while under fire, he was not wounded, though he saw many of his comrades die before his eyes. Despite these experiences he maintained his abiding faith, and men of his company would often ask him, "Sam, lead us in some prayers, you know how to pray." Sam enjoyed hunting, nature, gardening and household repairs, as well as square dancing with his wife. A former elder in two Hattboro area churches, they also attended churches in the Sabinsville/Westfield area. After his Aliene's mobility became a challenge they moved to the Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community where he lived until his death. He continued ice skating until he was 89, and cross country skied until he was 90. His three sisters predeceased him. He is survived by his three children, Mark White of Ambler, Evalyn Harris of Ephrata, Beverly White Munsing of Wyomissing; five grandchildren, and two great-granddaughters. A service will be held at the Quarryville Retirement Community Friday June 8, at 11 a.m., with memorial following lunch. A man of good humor, he is best remembered for his sincere religiosity, true humility, and a great and genuine goodness, that admitted of no sarcasm or the easy put-downs so common in today's conversation. He was a blessing to all who met him. Wellsboro Gazette – June 7, 2012
YANNEY Walter Bruce Yanney
85, of Dushore, Pa., died at his home on Monday, June 4, 2012. Bruce was born on Oct. 29, 1926, a son of the late Walter Benjamin and Harriet Yaw Yanney in Dushore. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving during World War II in the Asiatic and European Theaters until his discharge in 1946. Bruce began working construction in Alaska in 1952, returning to Dushore for the winters, and later worked year round until his retirement in 1977. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing. Bruce continued to travel to Alaska to visit his brother Ronald until his retirement in 1988. Bruce is survived by a brother Ronald Yanney of Wysox, Pa.; and many nieces, nephews and friends. Although Bruce was never married he found wonderful love and companionship with Vesta Minnier for many years until her passing in April 2011. He is preceded in death by his parents; three sisters Onalee, Betty, and Margaret; and a brother Joseph. In accordance with Bruce's wishes there will be a private service held at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be directed to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675, in Bruce's memory. Towanda Daily Review – June 13, 2012