|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 here, 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 .|
BAILEY - Alphonse “Fonnie” C. Bailey, 87, of Patterson School Road, Grove City, formerly of Montoursville, died 2 p.m. March 5, 2008, at his residence. Born in Franklin on April 25, 1920, he was a son of Robert O. and Frances M. (Simons) Bailey. He was employed as a truck driver for Milk Transport Inc., Grave City, a bus driver for Continental Trailways, and a truck driver for the former Bowie Coal Co. Alphonse was a veteran of US Army WWII. He was a member of First Church of God, Grove City, as well as a member of Montoursville F&AM #335, and a member of Amalgamated Transit Union. He married Lois Jean (Rauschenbach) Bailey on Dec. 1, 1967. Surviving are two daughters, Marsha A. Howard of Grove City, Fonnie Lynn Womer and her companion, John Saltsman of Montoursville; one son, Robert A. Bailey and his wife, Lisa of New Castle; eight grandchildren, eight great grandchildren; one sister, Hannah J. Bowser and one brother, Richard O. Bailey, both of Grove City. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife on Aug. 11, 2007; one sister, Ann Rosner; three brothers, John A. Bailey, Frederick L. Bailey and James A. Bailey. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, March 10, at the Jamison Funeral Home, 117 N. Main St., Harrisville, with the Rev. G. Kenton Shaw, pastor of the Wayside Community Church, Mercer, officiating. Burial will be held in Prairie Cemetery, Harrisville. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, March 9. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 7 Mar 2008
BEACKER Harold Norman - 85, of Germania, PA, died Saturday, March 8, 2008, in Potter Brook. Born June 12, 1922, in Carter Camp, PA, he was the son of the late Carl and Margaret (Gerner) Beacker. Mr. Beacker was a Veteran, having served with the 872nd Airborne Engineers as a Staff Sergeant in World War II. After returning from the war, he owned and operated Beacker's Garage in Germania. He was married to the former Marion E. Menken who predeceased him in 2001. He was a member of St. Matthaeus Lutheran Church in Germania, a Life Member and the former Fire Chief of the Germania Fire Company for 41 years, a member of the Galeton Masons, a Life Member of the Galeton VFW and the Galeton Moose, and a former Forest Fire Warden for the state of PA. Surviving are: four daughters, Sharon (Ellis) McMahan of Arroyo Grande, CA, Debra (John) Traub of Germania, Cindy Lee (Robert) Paul of Germania, and Barbara (Herbert) Crossan of Germania; 11 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Vernon and Milton Beacker. In addition to his wife, Harold was predeceased by a sister, Mary Gross, and a brother, Charles Beacker. Friends may call at the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel in Galeton on Friday, March 14, 2008, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. and on Saturday, March 15, 2008, from 10:00-11:00 a.m. with a Funeral Service following. Family friend, Lowell Geiser, will be speaking. Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard. The family will also be holding a Graveside Memorial Service in the spring. Memorial contributions may be made to the Germania Fire Company or to a charity of the donor's choice. Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/11/2008.
BEBEE - Kenneth E. Beebe, age 86, of Dundee, NY died Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at Soldiers and Sailors Hospital, Penn Yan, NY. He was born October 17, 1921 in Cleveland, Ohio the son of Edward and Vola Jacobs Beebe. He was a World War II Army Veteran, a member of the Penn Yan V.F.W., Penn Yan Elks, Moose Club of Penn Yan and the Wayne American Legion. He is survived by his wife Marylou Crout Beebe of Dundee, NY, his daughter, Theresa Ann (Ramon) Coutinho of Allen Park, MI; four sons, Frederick (Elizabeth) Beebe of Taylor, MI, Edward Beebe of Allen Park, MI, Robert (Colleen) Beebe of Grand Rapids, MI and Thomas (Lori) Beebe of CA, 16 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren, his sister, Edna (Ralph) Brewer of Bath, NY, his brother, Ernest (Sylvia) Beebe of Elmira, NY and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son Robert Wayne Beebe in 1956, two sisters, Violet Gilbert and Ethel Bates Colvin and two brothers, Fred Beebe and Lester Beebe. Friends and family may call on Sunday February 25th from 2:00-5:00 pm at Fagan's Funeral Home in Bath, NY, funeral services will follow at 5:00 pm at the Funeral Home with Reverend Ed Spencer officiating. Graveside services with full military honors will be held on Monday February 25th at 11:00 am at the Bath National Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Kenneth’s name may be made to a charity of one's choice. - Corning Leader, 22 Feb. 2008
BOINSKE - Leonard Boinske, a long time resident of Orlando, Fla., died Monday, March 3, 2008 at Colonial Lake Health Care in Winter Garden, Fla. At the age of 82. He was born May 7, 1925 in Blossburg, the son of Leo and Eva Kalanda Boinske. He served in the United State Navy during World War II and the Korean Conflict. He is survived by a brother, Eugene [Tessie] Boinske of Dettford, NJ; three sisters, Leona Winder of Covington, Martha [Donald] Fish of Wellsboro, Rita [Seth] Chamberlain of Tioga; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Boinske of Moscow; several nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home in Orlando, Fla. Inurnment will be at Arlington National Cemetery. - Mansfield Gazette, 5 Mar 2008
BOTTORF - Ardell M. Bottorf, 88, of 63 Pine Creek Ave., Jersey Shore, formerly of 218 Cedar Lane, Mill Hall, died February 22, 2008 in the Jersey Shore Hospital. Ardell was born February 25, 1919 in Greenburr, Pa., the son of the late Ross and Lillian Walizer Bottorf. On November 4, 1939 he married the former Mary Jane Smith who died March 26, 1991. Mr. Bottorf was a graduate of the former Lock Haven High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII serving in the Cannon Co., 242nd Inf. 42 Division. Bottorf was awarded the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. He was a member of the Bald Eagle United Presbyterian Church, Mill Hall. He retired after 40 years services with Conrail as a brakeman. Ardell enjoyed fly-tying, hunting, fishing, and was an avid golf scoring a hole-in-one at Emporium. He is survived by one son, Wayne (Jonnie) Bottorf, Jersey Shore, three daughters; Judy (Richard) Turner, Etters, Vivian (James) Girton, Monongahela, and Ann (Tim) Harrington, Jersey Shore, and one brother, Thorald Bottorf, Mill Hall, three sisters; Bette Leggett, Southport, N.C., Sara (Fred) Cousins and Nancy (Robert) Ehrlich, both of Baltimore, Md., nine grandchildren; Jimmy (Cathy) Snow, Michael (Holly) Snow, Emily (Randy) DiPiazza, Tammie (Hoobie) Flowers, Carrie (Stephen) Walters, Jeremy and Travis Bottorf, Daniel Harrington and his fiancée, Randi Allison and Ben (Kim) Harrington and eleven great grandchildren. Ardell was preceded in death by two brothers, Donald and Ross Bottorf. Funeral services will be held at noon Tuesday, February 26, 2008 in the Dean K. Wetzler, Jr. Funeral Home, Mill Hall with Pastor Susan Champion of Bald Eagle United Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Mill Hall, with full military honors provided by the Korean War Veterans of Lycoming Co. A visitation will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday until the time of the service. Memorials may be made to the Bald Eagle Presbyterian Church or the Arcadia Unit of ManorCare Health Services, Jersey Shore, through the funeral home. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 25 Feb 2008
BURKE - Arthur J. Burke, 93, of 1731 Riverside Drive, South Williamsport, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008, at Williamsport Hospital. His wife, the former Martha E. Luppert, died on Oct. 7, 2004. Arthur served in the US Army during World War II. He retired from the State and Federal governments after 42 years of service. A native of South Williamsport, he was born Oct. 21, 1914 the son of John J. and Matilda Eachus Burke. A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Wildwood Cemetery with the Rev. Maurice C. Frontz III officiating. No Visitation. The family will provide flowers. Knight-Confer Funeral Home. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 20 Feb. 2008
CAPARULO James J.
85, formerly of 40 Collier St., Hornell, entered into rest peacefully in the presence of his loving family early Sunday evening (Feb. 10, 2008) in Canandaigua at the home of his daughter, Rose Caparulo, after a long illness. Born in Elmira on Jan. 23, 1923, he was a son of the late James and Mary Pisano Caparulo. On Nov. 22, 1947, he was married at St. Mary Our Mother Church in Horseheads to the former Mary Arlene Goodrich, who predeceased him on Oct. 1, 2004, after 57 years of marriage. Besides his parents and wife, he was also predeceased by his three brothers, John, Joseph and Francis Caparulo and his sister, Marie Ogden. A veteran of World War II, Jim served with the U.S. Army Air Corps and has resided in Hornell since 1964. He was a retired engineer for Conrail. His family includes his five children, Gary Caparulo of Hornell, Marie (Michael) Cilano of Hornell, Ruth (Carmine) Iorio of Honeoye, James (Sandra) Caparulo of Beaufort, SC and Rose Caparulo of Canandaigua; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; his brother, Robert Caparulo of Elmira; his two sisters, Helen Petty of Clearwater, FL and Margaret Donahue of Horseheads. Calling hours are from 1-3 and 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St., Hornell, where a funeral service, with Military Honors, will be held following calling hours at 7 p.m. Thursday with Deacon Robert McCormick officiating. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Town of Fremont. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in his memory to Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 E. Corning Rd., Corning, NY 14830. Envelopes for memorial contributions will be available at the funeral home. Published in the Star-Gazette on 2/13/2008.
CHAPMAN Lloyd see DUNBAR
CHICOSKY - Mr. Joseph Chicosky, 85, of Wyalusing Township, PA, died on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. He was born April 14, 1922 in Home, PA, Indiana County, a son of the late Nicholas and Mary Ann Cholowski Chicosky. Joseph was employed as a welder with the Sun Ship Building Company prior to serving with the U.S. Army in WWII. Following his military duty, he served many years with the U.S. Coast Guard as an engineer. Upon his retirement in the early nineteen eighties, he retired to Wyalusing. He enjoyed reading and was an avid fisherman. Surviving are a son, Joseph N. Chicosky, Newark, DE; daughter, Janet Wetherill, Media; sisters, Helen Lundy of West Burlington and Estelle Smales of Wyalusing; brother, Harry Chicosky of Downingtown and several nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by three brothers, Leon, John and Anthony. There will be no calling hours. The funeral service will be private and held at the convenience of the family. The funeral arrangements are entrusted to the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing . - Wyalusing Rocket Courier, 28 Feb 2008
CHILDS - Mr. Thomas L. Childs, 96, South Williamsport native and long time resident of the 600 block of South Howard Street, South Williamsport, died Thursday, March 13, 2008 at Valley View Nursing Center, Montoursville. Mr. Childs was a United States Army Veteran of World War II. He was awarded an honorable discharge for his service to our country. He had been a member of the Royal P. Steinbacher Post #617, American Legion, at South Williamsport. Mr. Childs was also a member of the 40 et 8, Lycoming Voiture #382, at Williamsport. Mr. Childs was a member of the graduating Class of 1929 of the South Williamsport High School. He had also attended the former Williamsport Commercial College from 1929 thru 1931. Tom was a member of the B.P.O.E. Lodge #15 (Elks) at Silver Spring, Md., and was also a member of the National Institute of Standards Alumni Association. Tom had been employed by the United States National Bureau of Standards for 27 years at Washington, D.C. Mr. Childs was preceded in death by his late wife, the former Elvirta E. Morgret Childs on January 10, 1991. They were married on November 14, 1941 at Danville, and had observed 49 years of marriage at the time of the death of Mrs. Childs. Born March 19, 1911 at South Williamsport, Tom was the son of the late Harry W. and Elina R. Miller Childs. Surviving are his sister-in-law, Miss Rachael Morgret at Farrandsville, and his nephew, Russell Toner, address unknown. Graveside funeral services and committal services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, March 17, 2008 at Montoursville Cemetery, Montoursville. Father Thomas P. Reeder, Rector at Christ Episcopal Church, Williamsport, will officiate. There will be no visitation. Flowers will be provided. Arrangements are being direct by Charles M. Noll Funeral Home, 1 E. Central Ave., South Williamsport. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 15 Mar 2008
CLARK - Raymond L. Clark, 83, of 315 Stevenson St., Sayre, died on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre. Raymond was born on May 5, 1925 in Camptown, Pa., the son of the late Robert and Hazel Clark. Raymond served in the United States Navy in World War II from June 1943 to May of 1947. Raymond is survived by: his wife of 51 years, Betty J. Claypool Clark; sons, Red, Joe and family, Kevin, John and Scott. He was predeceased by: his parents, Robert and Hazel Clark; and a son, Gary. Honoring Raymond’s wishes there will be no calling hours or services. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad St., Waverly. - Sayre Morning Times, 25 Feb 2008
DIBBLE - Mr. Robert W. Dibble, age 91, of Browntown, Wyalusing Township, died on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008 at the Wyalusing Valley Retirement and Personal Care Home. Bob was born Dec. 7, 1916, son of the late Sloan Ross Dibble and Millie Almira Davis Dibble. He graduated from the Wyalusing High School a member of the class of 1935. After graduation Bob began working at a butcher shop, owned by his father and brother, Bruce. He then proceeded to drive a panel truck delivering meat and groceries to local residents at their homes. Eventually it progressed into Dibble's Market, located where Wyalusing Country market is currently. Bob served in the Army Air Corps in World War II where he was a radio operator for the B-24's. He married Harriette Jane Smith in Pueblo, Colo., on July 2, 1943. After the war he entered into a partnership with his father Sloan and brother Bruce Dibble, and brother-in-law Mick Honchell operating as Dibble's Market and later sold his partnership interest and continued working at the market until his retirement in 1977. Bob was an avid outdoorsman and loved to hunt and fish. He was renowned for his expertise with firearms and ammunition. He loved to travel, having gone to British Columbia and Alaska on big game hunts. He especially enjoyed fly fishing and tying his own flies. He was a member of the Wyalusing United Methodist Church, a past Commander of the Wyalusing American Legion Post No. 534, and a member of Wyalusing Masonic Lodge No. 618 F. & A.M. He was predeceased by a sister, Charlotte Honchell (1997) and a brother Bruce Dibble (1993). Surviving are his spouse, Harriette Dibble, of Wyalusing, Pa.; daughters and sons-in-law: Annette and Michael Merrow, State College, Pa.; Cathy and Dave Keeney, Wyalusing, Pa.; grandchildren, Betzi and Jason Dreibelbis, Bellefonte, Pa.; step-grandchildren: Mathew and Wendy Keeney; Wyalusing, Pa.; Miranda and John Clark of Wyalusing, Pa.; Colleen Keeney of Newport, Pa.; great-grandchildren: Jason Dreibelbis, Bellefonte, Pa.; Madison Dreibelbis, Bellefonte, Pa.; step great-grandchildren: Jasmine and Elizabeth Keeney, Wyalusing, Pa.; Bella Clark, Wyalusing, Pa.; special cousin: Kern Dibble, Meshoppen, Pa. He was also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. His wishes were that funeral services be private and at the convenience of the family. Memorial Contributions may be made in his memory to the Salvation Army, 218 Main St., Towanda, Pa. 18848 and or the Wyalusing Public Library, P.O. Box 98, Wyalusing, Pa. 18853. Arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, Pa. 18853. Published in the Towanda Daily Review 2/18/2008.
DRAPER - Fred Nelson Draper, Jr, age 85 of Painted Post, died on Friday, March 14, 2008 at the Bath VA Medical Center. He was born on October 7, 1922 in Chemung, NY, the son of the late Fred Nelson Draper and Bertha Draper. He married Edith Hessen on September 1, 1944 in New Haven, CT. She predeceased him on November 28, 1998. He was a veteran during World War II in the Army from 1942 to 1946, he was a Concrete Mixer Driver, employed by the Corning Building Company, and a life member of the Corning VFW. He was a loving father and grandfather, and a devoted husband. He was a hard worker, and very proud man. He is survived by his children Phylliss (Paul) Potter of Painted Post, Fred III (Doris) Draper of Corning, Gary (Beverly) Draper of West Haven, CT, Steve (Kathy) Draper of Bradenton, Fl, Laura (Ricky) Voorhis of Corning, Ellen (Daniel) Beiswenger of Dansville, NY, brother Floyd (Shirley) Draper of Corning, 12 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Along with his wife, he was predeceased by a grandson Nathan Beiswenger, and a great granddaughter Elizabeth Rose Thompson. Family and friends are invited to call at Carpenter’s Funeral Home, 14 E. Pulteney St. on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 pm. A funeral service will follow calling hours at 8:00 pm at Carpenter’s Funeral Home. Burial will take place at Coopers Plains Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Those wishing may make donations to the charity of one’s choice. - Corning Leader, 16 Mar 2008
DUNBAR Lloyd E.
Age 83, beloved son, brother, uncle and brother-in-law, died March 6, 2008. Lloyd was born June 14, 1924. He was predeceased by his father, Wilson E. Dunbar; mother, Lucy L. Wood; great-niece, Lauren C. Jones; and his brother-in-law, Jack Mitchell. He is survived by his sister, Phyllis J. Mitchell; a very special niece, Sharon Williams, niece, Karen L. Jones; and several cousins. Lloyd served his country in World War II in the Pacific area until January 1946. He then worked for the NY State Department of Corrections for 35 years in Elmira, NY where he resided until his retirement. After retirement he moved to Bellevieu, FL where he resided until 2006 when he moved to Savannah, GA to be near his family. He enjoyed bowling and was very active in the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He helped many people with genealogy. He will be sadly missed by his family and close friends. At his request there will be no visitation and burial will be private in Ocala, FL. The family would like to express their gratitude to Hospice Savannah. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Savannah.
Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/12/2008. "A note to me from Lloyd - I was born Lloyd CHAPMAN but was adopted by Willis DUNBAR when he married my mother, Lucy WOOD Chapman Dunbar and we developed a very close relationship." JMT
DUNKLEE - Gainora Dunklee Staley died on Feb. 5, 2008, at her daughter’s home in Avalon, PA (near Pittsburgh). She was the wife of the late Wayne Staley and was born in 1921 in Wyalusing to the late Elanson D. and Gladys Bahr Dunklee. Mrs. Staley graduated from Wyalusing High School, Lowell School of Business in Binghamton and Elizabeth General Hospital School of Nursing in Elizabeth, NJ. During World War II, she served in the Army Nurse Corp, attached to the Air Force. She was married in Oklahoma City, OK to Wayne Staley on Aug. 7, 1944 while they were both serving in the United States Army. After a long career as a Registered Nurse (1944-1982), and living and working in many cities in the states of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, she and her husband retired to Ocala, FL. They enjoyed trips North and South in their travel trailer and spent the summer months in Slippery Rock, visiting family and friends in the Pittsburgh area. After her husband died in 1990, Mrs. Staley continued to travel between Pennsylvania and Florida. Mrs. Staley enjoyed music throughout her lifetime, constantly playing pop tunes and hymns on her Lowery electronic organ. She was an avid line dancer and taught water aerobics. Survivors include her children, Richard Staley of Ocala, FL and Judith Staley Outly and her husband, David Outly of Pittsburgh; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Also surviving are three brothers, Keith Dunklee and wife, Leona of Laurel, MD, Dale Dunklee and wife, Florence of Sugar Run and Kirk Dunklee and wife, Jo Ellen of Palmyra, VA, and a sister-in-law, Norma Dunklee of El Paso, TX, wife of the late Malcolm Dunklee. Another brother, Donald Dunklee, predeceased her in 2000. - Wyalusing Rocket Courier, 13 Mar 2008
ELLIS - James E. Ellis, 81, of 2725 Turbot Ave., Watsontown, died Friday, March 14, 2008, at home. Born in Muncy on March 3, 1927, he was a son of the late Oscar and Pearl (Savidge) Ellis. He and his wife of 45 years, the former Isabel B. Marshall, were married July 21, 1962. Jim joined the U. S. Navy Seabees and was a veteran of World War II. He worked for the Watsontown Boro for 17 years and was also employed by Bell Telephone at their Muncy office. In 1989 he retired from Lewisburg CATV, where he was a technician for 21 years. After retirement, he went back to work for Frank Marquardt, an independent contractor for CATV. Their work group was known as the Over the Hill gang. Jim was a life member of the Clyde Mower American Legion Post 323, Watsontown and the Muffley-Huff Post 8206 V.F.W., Turbotville. In his spare time he enjoyed woodworking, bird watching and mowing his lawn, as well as spending time with his family and friends. In addition to his wife he is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, James E. Jr. and Faith Ellis of Watsontown; five daughters and sons-in-law, Bonnie and Randy Follmer of New Columbia, Rosemary and Pete Amiri of Leesburg, Va., Sandra and John Fisher of Elimsport, Tina and James Perruquet of Albany, Georgia, and Susan and Bud Hamilton of Elimsport; one brother and sister-in-law, Oscar “Bud” and Carmen Ellis of Muncy; four sisters and one brother-in-law, Anna and Ken Stiver of Port Ritchey, Florida, Wanda Baker of Picture Rocks, Betty Sones of Muncy and Rosemary Plotts of Augusta, Georgia; 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a brother, John “Jack” Ellis and a grandson, Lenny Yocum. The funeral will be held at noon on Tuesday, March 18, at Cronrath-Grenoble Funeral Home, 308 Main St., Watsontown, officiated by the Rev. David P. Culbertson, rector of St. James Episcopal Church, Muncy. Burial with full military honors will be in Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery. The family welcomes flowers; however, if desired, memorial contributions may be made to either Susquehanna Regional Home Health Services (Hospice), 1100 Grampian Boulevard, Williamsport, PA 17701 or the American Cancer Society, Lycoming Unit, 1948 E. Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 16 Mar 2008
In Loving Memory Of…
ELLISON Earl Boyce
80 years of age, 2100 Ellison Road, Corning, NY, died unexpectedly Thursday, February 14, 2008, at Corning Hospital. He was born September 26, 1927 in Thurston, NY, the son of the late Reginald Boyce and Lillie Coon Ellison. A lifetime resident of the area, attending Corning Free Academy. He was a Veteran of the United States Navy, serving during World War II. Earl and Katherine Maio were married October 26, 1946 in St. Mary's Church, Corning, NY. Earl was a renowned barber (of 55 years), owning his own business in several locations throughout the area. He owned and managed the Brewery Restaurant (on West Second St., Corning, NY) for 15 years. Later in life, Earl was employed as a Real Estate Salesman for "Town Crier" – Richard Winters Agency. Earl loved the country and especially his ancestral home. He was a member of All Saints Parish, attending St. Mary's Church, the American Legion John P. Eaton Post, Corning Lodge of Elks #1071, Corning VFW, past president of Marconi Lodge, past president of the United Barbers Union, past president of the Steuben County Liquor and Restaurant Association, and he served on the Steuben County of Supervisor (from 1976-1979). He was devoted to his family and had a loving marriage of 61 years with wife, Katie. He was very generous with time and money. He had a special relationship with his children and grandchildren. Earl liked history and quiet times of reading. He had always been an avid sports man, traveling to New York and Florida, supporting his favorite team, the NY Yankees. His sense of humor and quick wit was contagious to all and he will truly be missed by his family and numerous friends. Surviving are his wife, Katherine "Katie"; daughters, Nancy (George) Sproule of Branchport, NY, Bonita (Mo) Kent of Putleneyville, NY, Sharon (David) Miller of Painted Post, NY, and Deborah Button of Corning, NY; son, David (Elizabeth) Ellison of Mashpee, MA; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; sisters, Rhea (Richard) Smith of Tyrone, NY, Ann (Gary) Hemly of Painted Post, NY, and Linda (Richard) Lewis of Scotia, NY; brothers, Alan (Shirley) Ellison of Painted Post, NY, Edward (Candy) Clark of Campbell, NY, and Bill (Dorothy) Clark of Minosa, NY; also several nieces and nephews. Family and Friends are invited to call at the Haughey Funeral Home, 216 E. First St., Corning, NY, Monday, February, 18, 2008, from 4-6 p.m. A Lodge of Sorrow will be held by the Corning Lodge of Elks #1071 at 6:15 p.m. A Prayer Service will be offered at the Haughey Funeral Home, 216 E. First St., Corning, NY, Tuesday, February 19, 2008, at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, Corning, NY, with Rev. Bonafice Ewah, Celebrant. Committal Prayers with full Military Rites and Entombment will be at St. Mary's Mausoleum, Corning, NY. The family would appreciate Memorial Donations be given in Earl's name to All Saints Academy, 158 State St., Corning, NY.
Published in the Star-Gazette on 2/17/2008.
FIESTER - Harry A. Fiester, 86, of Muncy, died Thursday, March 6, 2008, at Sycamore Manor. Born October 2, 1921, in Muncy, he was a son of the late James and Eva Miller Fiester. His wife of 59 years, the former Frances M. Fry, preceded him in death on April 6, 2007. Harry was a WW II Veteran serving in the US Army. He was employed with the former Modecraft in Muncy for over 30 years and retired in 1987 from Young Industries, Muncy. Surviving are three sons, Burton Fiester of Milton, Edward Fiester of Hughesville and Jeffrey Fiester of Muncy; three daughters, Cathy Berry of Muncy, Connie Wommer of Muncy and Cindy Dangler of Loyalton; 15 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. In addition to his parents and wife, Harry was preceded in death by two sons, Allen and Dale Fiester; and a grandson, Shawn Fiester. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water St., Hughesville, with the Rev. Robert A. Lauver officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery with graveside military honors accorded by combined veteran’s organizations. Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. -Williamsport Sun Gazette, 8 Mar 2008
FRANKEL - Fred Nelson Draper, Jr, age 85 of Painted Post, died on Friday, March 14, 2008 at the Bath VA Medical Center. He was born on October 7, 1922 in Chemung, NY, the son of the late Fred Nelson Draper and Bertha Draper. He married Edith Hessen on September 1, 1944 in New Haven, CT. She predeceased him on November 28, 1998. He was a veteran during World War II in the Army from 1942 to 1946, he was a Concrete Mixer Driver, employed by the Corning Building Company, and a life member of the Corning VFW. He was a loving father and grandfather, and a devoted husband. He was a hard worker, and very proud man. He is survived by his children Phylliss (Paul) Potter of Painted Post, Fred III (Doris) Draper of Corning, Gary (Beverly) Draper of West Haven, CT, Steve (Kathy) Draper of Bradenton, Fl, Laura (Ricky) Voorhis of Corning, Ellen (Daniel) Beiswenger of Dansville, NY, brother Floyd (Shirley) Draper of Corning, 12 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Along with his wife, he was predeceased by a grandson Nathan Beiswenger, and a great granddaughter Elizabeth Rose Thompson. Family and friends are invited to call at Carpenter’s Funeral Home, 14 E. Pulteney St. on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 pm. A funeral service will follow calling hours at 8:00 pm at Carpenter’s Funeral Home. Burial will take place at Coopers Plains Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Those wishing may make donations to the charity of one’s choice. - Corning Leader, 16 Mar 2008
GATHMAN - David W. Gathman, 91, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, died at Manor Care Nursing Home in Williamsport shortly before noon on Tuesday, March 11, 2008. Until recently, he and his wife, Mildred, resided at 311 Arch Street, Montoursville. David was born in Paterson, NJ on November 22, 1916, the son of Martha Gosman Gathman and William Gathman, and grew up in Prospect Park, NJ. He graduated from Prospect Park Grammar School in 1931, Paterson Central High School in 1935, where he was class president and valedictorian, and from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ in 1939 with the degree of Mechanical Engineer. He was Editor of his college yearbook as well as a member of many honorary and social organizations. A member of the Bethlehem Steel Company’s 1939 elite Loop Course, David was assigned to the Williamsport Plant, where he served in various supervisory positions including Superintendent of the Splicing, Warehouse and Shipping Departments and as a field service engineer and consultant on wire rope and strand, both domestic and abroad. He was Chief Engineer of the Williamsport Plant at the time of his retirement in January 1979 with nearly 40 years of continuous service with Bethlehem Steel. He was Bethlehem Steel’s representative on the Wire Rope Technical Board and served as Chairman of the Engineering Committee. He was also a member of several industry technical committees that included sessions in Switzerland and The United Kingdom. David held four United States patents pertaining to wire rope. He was a Registered Professional Engineer and Life Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He was a charter member of the American Society of Senior Wire Rope Engineers. After retirement from Bethlehem Steel he worked as an independent consulting engineer on wire rope and strand for several years. He was an Eagle Scout and a former Boy Scout leader. David also served on the Advancement Committee of the former West Branch Council, Boy Scouts of America, and on the Eagle Scout Board of Review. He was a member of the National Eagle Scout Association. He was a World War II veteran and a Lieutenant, United States Naval Reserve (Retired) on active duty 1942-1945. During the war he served as a Naval Ordnance Officer on advance bases in the South Pacific from 1943-1945 and was awarded the American Area Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one battle star, and the World War II Victory medal. David was a charter member of New Covenant United Church of Christ, Williamsport. He was also a past President and past Secretary of the Church Council of the former St. John’s United Church of Christ in Williamsport, and had served both as an Elder and Deacon for many years. He was a thirty-second degree Mason and a member of the Masonic bodies, including being a member of John F. Laedlein Lodge No.707, F.& A.M. Scottish Rite, Valley of Williamsport, Lycoming Royal Arch Chapter No. 222, Baldwin II Commandery, No. 22 Knights Templar, The Howard Club of Knights Templar, National Sojourners, Inc. Lycoming Chapter No. 509, a member of Irem Temple Shrine, A.A.O.N.M.S., Wilkes Barre, and Williamsport Shrine Club. He was a member of the Appalachian Trail Conference. An outdoor enthusiast, he had hiked more than 400 miles of the Appalachian Trail in eight states, and climbed Mt. Katahdin in Maine and Mt. Washington in New Hampshire numerous times. He enjoyed back-packing, wilderness camping, and cross-country skiing, much of it on frequent trips to northern Maine. He was also a member of Turbot Hills Golf Course and a senior member of the United States Chess Federation. David is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mildred Diehl Gathman, Montoursville – they were looking forward to celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary together on April 24. He is preceded in death by his parents as well as his sister, Dorothy Djuren. Other survivors include his brother, Robert F., Paramus, NJ, and five children: Martha L. Horn (Gary), North Ridgeville, Ohio; David D. Gathman (Beatrice), Bryn Mawr, PA; Richard W. Gathman (Katharine), Lewisburg, PA, Randall R. Gathman (Bonnie), Matthews, NC, and Elizabeth G. Lewczyk (Lawrence), Burlington, KY. Also surviving are eleven grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, four step great grandchildren, two nieces, and two nephews. David’s first professional career assignment for Bethlehem Steel brought him from New Jersey to Williamsport, where he met and married “Milly” in 1943. They lived in Williamsport with their five children until 1975, when the couple moved to their Arch Street home in Montoursville. In October of 2007, they moved together to Elmcroft in Montoursville. A memorial service for family and friends will be held Saturday, March 15 at 12 noon at New Covenant United Church of Christ, 202 East Third Street, Williamsport. Calling hours at the church will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at noon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s UCC, Boy Scouts of America, or a charity of choice. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 13 Mar 2008
GEARHART - Jack A. Gearhart, 95, a lifelong resident of Berwick, died Friday, March 14, 2008, at the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. Born in Berwick on September 5, 1912, he was a son of the late Lester and Virginia (Frantz) Gearhart. He was widowed May 27, 2001 following the death of his wife, the former Dorothy LeVan. They were married nearly sixty-five years. Prior to World War II, Mr. Gearhart was in the National Guard serving in Company “M” at the Berwick Armory. He later served for two and a half years in the European Theatre of Operations during the war. He retired from Wise Potato Chips in 1975 following a forty-two year career where he worked as a Supervising Foreman. Jack was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time at his cabin in Sugarloaf Township near Benton. He was a Life Member of the Ranger Hose Company of Berwick. He also belonged to the Berwick V.F.W. and the Bloomsburg American Legion. He is survived by his son, Richard L. Gearhart of Unityville; granddaughter, Kristin N. Daugherty and husband, Kyle of Hughesville; and a sister, Joyce Thomas of Berwick. Along with his wife, he was preceded in death by his grandson, Shaun J. Gearhart who died September 23, 2005. Other preceded family members include his siblings: Harrison, Clyde, Donald and Harold Gearhart, and Hildreth Michaels. There will be no calling hours. A Graveside Memorial Service with military honors will be held Thursday, March 20 at 11 a.m. at Roselawn Cemetery, Berwick. Service arrangements are being directed by the Kelchner-McMichael Funeral Home, Inc., 119-121 East Third Street, Berwick. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Meals on Wheels, c/o Columbia/Montour Area Agency on Aging, 702 Sawmill Rd., Suite # 201, Bloomsburg, PA 17815. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 16 Mar 2008
GLOSSNER - Warren H. Glossner, 81, of 4 Daffodil Lane, Lock Haven, died March 5, 2008, in the Lock Haven Hospital. Born May 30, 1926, in Lock Haven, he was a son of the late Clyde and Etta Bierly Glossner. His wife, Norma S. Glossner, died April 24, 2001. Warren was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII, 1944-1946 in Pacific Theater. He was an LST Naval Association member, along with a member of the United Evangelical Lutheran Church. Surviving are two sons, Mark E. (Virginia) Glossner of Montoursville and Dale R. (Lori) Glossner of Bethel Park, along with two grandchildren. Funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Monday, March 10, at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, 231 High St., Flemington. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Internment in Rest Haven Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to the United Evangelical Lutheran Church. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 7 mar 2008
GOTTSCHALK - Raymond H. Gottschalk, age 83, of 4152 State Route
417, Woodhull, NY (town of Jasper), died
Tuesday, February 19, 2008 at Founders Pavilion, Corning, NY. Born in Norwich, CT, January 21, 1925, he was the son of H. Raymond and Doris Hall Gottschalk. He was a graduate of Norwich Free Academy of Norwich, CT. Raymond served in the United States Marine Corp. in World War II from December 1942 through November 1945, was a Marine Guard at the Norfolk Naval Base, and a search light operator in the Pacific Campaign. He held the World War II Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, and Sharpshooter Rifle Badge. After the war he went to engraving school in Philadelphia. He moved from Connecticut to New York state in 1952. He worked for the Corning Leader for 20 years and at the Ingersoll Rand Company for 15 years. He attended the Community Church of Woodhull. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Pauline Mayo Gottschalk. Also surviving are his daughter and son-in-law, Dori and Bill Gottschalk-Fielding of Lansing, NY; his grandchildren, Tasha & Alisha Gottschalk-Fielding; his sister and brother-in-law, Joan and Ernest (Ted) Jacobs of Painted Post; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Betty. Friends may call Friday, February, 22, 2008 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the H.P. Smith & Son, Inc. Funeral Home, 1607 Main Street, Woodhull, NY, where funeral services will be conducted Saturday, February 23, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. The Rev. Brian Diffenbacher will officiate. Burial will be in Woodhull Cemetery. Memorials will be received for the Jasper Ambulance Corp. or the Building Campaign at Founder’s Pavilion, 205 East 1st St., Corning, NY 14830.- Corning Leader, 20 Feb. 2008
GREEN - Clarence W. (Hank) Green, 83, of South Williamsport died at his home on February 23, 2008. Hank was very proud to be a Steelton High School football player. He enlisted in the Navy with fellow senior football players in 1942 and was called to serve in January 1943. He served in the invasions of the Aleutian Islands, Philippines, and New Guinea. He received his high school diploma while stationed on the Island of Attu. After the service Hank attended Wake Forest University for a year, but then transferred to Lock Haven University (Teacher’s College) where he received his B.S. in 1949. At Lock Haven Hank excelled in both football and wrestling. He later went on to earn his M.A. at Bucknell University. He started his teaching and coaching career in the South Williamsport Area District. Hank went on to teach and coach in the Williamsport Area School District for 40 years. He was best known as the head wrestling coach at Roosevelt Junior High School and earned the nickname the “Father of Junior High Wrestling” in the Williamsport area. He was the head wrestling coach at Williamsport High School for 3 seasons. Hank coached track at Roosevelt Junior High School, Williamsport Area High School, and Lycoming College. He was part of the coaching staff for Williamsport Area High School’s 1951 football team. He also served as the line coach for the Lycoming College football team for 17 years. As a coach his accolades included 18 consecutive undefeated wrestling seasons at Roosevelt Junior High School, membership into the Pennsylvania State Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame, District IV Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame, the West Branch Valley Chapter Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, and the Lock Haven University Wrestling Hall of Fame. He was a lifetime member of the VFW, DuBoistown, PA and American Legion 1, Williamsport, PA. He was a parishioner of St. Lawrence Church, South Williamsport. Hank was born June 27, 1924 in Steelton, PA the son of Neuma and Minnie Green. His wife Dorothy Heston Green with whom he would have celebrated a 60th wedding anniversary on May 8 survives him. He is also survived by his 4 children Michael Green (Patricia) of Williamsport, Linda Green Shump (Donald) of Media, PA, Colleen Green Cahill (Paul) of Virginia Beach, VA, Francis G. Green (Janet) of Kansas City, MO, his14 grandchildren, his sister Thelma Nagy of Steelton, PA, and his brother Neuma Green of Harrisburg, PA. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, sisters Evelyn Looker and Caroline Lubic, and his brother Edgar Green. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 800 West Central Ave. South Williamsport on Friday, February 29, 2008 at 10am with his pastor, Rev. Michael Zipay officiating. Friends may call at the Crouse Funeral Home 133 East Third St. Williamsport from 7 to 9 pm Thursday evening and Friday morning from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Montoursville. Memorial contributions may be made to LCCCS Children’s Development Center, 625 Edwin St. Williamsport, PA 17701 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 25 Feb 2008
HARLEY Charles F.
Age 82, of Austinville, PA, died Wednesday, February 13, 2008, at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. Charles was born July 10, 1925 in Philadelphia, PA, a son of John J. and Rose (Royle) Harley. He was a World War II US Army veteran, a member of the Knights of Columbus in NJ, served on the board of the Northern Tier Cultural Alliance, was a member of the Diahoga Path Community of Native Americans and Friends, and was an avid reader. He was employed for many years as a welder. Charles was a storyteller and a practical joker. Charles is survived by his wife of 28 years, Rose (Green) Harley; children and their spouses, Ruth Ann King of Philadelphia, PA, Charles Harley of New Jersey, Steven (Donna) Harley of West Grove, PA, Deborah (David) Fogleman of Wetumpka, AL, Sandra (Richard) Pilling of Rio Grande, NJ, Kenneth (Tracy) Haungs of Del Haven, NJ, Robert (Nicole) Harley of Jersey Shore, PA; 17 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Rita Moylan of Drexel Hill, PA, and Catherine McIvor of Booth Wyne, PA; several nieces and nephews. Charles was predeceased by brothers, Daniel, John, Thomas and James; and sisters, Elizabeth, Rose, Agnus, Cecelia and Anna. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday, February 16, 2008, at 1:00 p.m. at the Austinville Union Church with Rev. Kenneth Marple officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Charles' memory to the charity of one's choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Jacquelyn A. Buckeheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. Published in the Star-Gazette on 2/15/2008.
LAMEY - Glenn Calvin Lamey, 83, formerly of Prospect Avenue, Avis, died Thursday morning, March 6, 2008, at Manor Care, Jersey Shore. He was born May 9, 1924, in Vicksburg, a son of Ellis and Della Lamey. He graduated from the former Sugar Valley High School in Loganton and was a WWII U.S. Army Infantry Veteran. He was married Sept. 25, 1946 to the former I. Irene Wolfe, who survives. He helped operate the Old Lamey’s Service Station in Loganton and was employed by Piper Aircraft in Lock Haven for over 35 years. He was a life member of the Rote United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Ridge Runners Square Dance Club and the National Square Dance Association. He enjoyed camping and traveling. Besides his wife Irene, he is survived by three sons, Cornell L. Lamey (Rosalee) of Dryden, N.Y., Kim Lamey (Marylee) of Lampasas, Texas, and Keith J. Lamey (Amber) of Avis; one sister, Violet Helmrich of Williamsport; nine grandchildren, William, Christopher, Adam, Amanda, Allan, Megan, John, Shannon and Timothy; and four great grandchildren, Reyn, Ellen, Piper and Dominic. He was predeceased by two brothers, Howard and George, and one sister, Josephine. Glenn’s Life Celebration will begin with a visitation on Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Rearick-Carpenter Funeral Home, “A Life Celebration Home”, 1002 Allegheny St., Jersey Shore. Services will follow on Monday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, with Pastor Jeffrey Howell officiating. Interment will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery. His family suggests contributions be made to ManorCare Nursing Center, 100 Thompson St., Jersey Shore, PA 17740. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 7 Mar 2008
LOSIENIECKI - Robert J. Losieniecki, 82, of Cogan Station, died
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008 at Manor Care South following an extended illness.
Bob and his wife, the former Sandra E. Bastian celebrated their 42nd wedding
anniversary on June 27, 2007. He was a 1943 graduate of the Blossburg
High School. Having obtained training in criminology from Indiana University
of PA, Bob retired from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1983 as a State
Parole Agent after 29 years of service. After retiring he worked as a private
detective. Bob served in the U. S. Marine Corps during World War II in
the 5th Amphibious Corps 1st Provisional Recon Group. He was a machine
gunner and a survivor of the Battle of Iwo Jima. Although he did not speak
much about his war years, he remembered the events as if they were yesterday.
He was a lifetime member of the Marine Corps League, a retired member of
the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 33, Indiana, Pa., and the Milton American
Legion. Born March 16, 1925 in Tioga, he was the son of Walter (Waddy)
and Anne Matuszewski Losieniecki. Surviving in addition to his wife are
sons, Robert, Jr. of Caribou, ME, Daniel of Williamsport and Jon of Ft.
Lauderdale, Fla.; daughters, Andi Willott and Priscilla Hensler both of
Williamsport, Catherine Douglas of Milton and Elizabeth Wertz of White
Deer; nine grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. Bob was predeceased
by a sister Maryann Ferguson. At one time he had a pilots license and loved
to fly. He loved to travel, and would not think twice about driving to
places as far away as Arizona and Maine to visit family. He had a wonderful
zest for life. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at
Annunciation Catholic Church, Walnut and West Fourth streets, with Rev.
John K. Manno officiating. Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery. There will
be no visitation.
Knight-Confer Funeral Home. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 28 Feb 2008
LUCE - Grover J.
Grover J. Luce, 84, Montrose, Pa., died, February 14, 2008 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, Pa., as a result of injuries suffered in an automobile accident. Born November 19, 1923 in Towanda, Pa., he was the son of the late Fred and Effie (Hoover) Luce. His wife of 59 years, Betty Titus (Lott) Luce predeceased him. He retired from Bendix Corporation after 38 years of service. He was a member of South Montrose Community Church. Grover served in the U.S Army during WWII. He loved his family, enjoyed gardening, hunting, being outdoors and attending his WWII reunions. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Elaine Luce Fitzgerald-Roedell and Frank T. Roedell, Boca Raton, Fla.; a son and daughter-in-law, Robert H. and Mary Ellen Luce, Kirkwood, N.Y.; grandchildren, Robert H. and Dr. Natalie Luce, Brandon and Corey Luce, Maj. Scott W. Fitzgerald, stationed in Iraq, and wife, Dina Fitzgerald; three great-grandchildren, Mae Ellen Luce, Zack P. and Alexa Michelle Fitzgerald; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Louis Titus, New York, Howard and Hilda Titus, Niagra Falls, N.Y., Leonard Titus, Fullerton, Calif.; and a cousin, Aretta Hoover and his friend, Rose Very. Besides his parents and wife, he was predeceased by his faithful silky terrier, Mitzi. Services were held February 18, 2008, at Bartron-Myer Funeral Home, Montrose, with visitation two hours prior to the service. In lieu of of flowers memorial contributions may be made to South Montrose Community Church, PO Box 86, South Montrose, PA 18843 or the Montrose Minute Men, P.O Box 461, Montrose, PA 18801. Submitted by Carol Brotzman Susquehanna Independent 02/20/2008
LUNGER - Glenn S. Lunger, 94, formerly of Rural Avenue, Williamsport, died Saturday, February 23, 2008, at Messiah Village in Mechanicsburg, Pa. Born October 1, 1913, in Lungerville, he was the son of James S. and Pearl Reed Lunger. Mr. Lunger was a graduate of Hughesville High School, received a BS from West Chester University, and received an MS from Bucknell University. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a teacher and guidance counselor in the Williamsport Area School District for 31 years after teaching in Hughesville for seven years. He was a member of the Williamsport, PA and National Education Associations as well as the Retired Teachers Association. He was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. His wife of 66 years, the former Ruth H. Weiler, died January 7, 2006. A son, Robert G. Lunger of Mechanicsburg, died January 15, 2008. He was also predeceased by three siblings, Gordon Lunger of Montoursville, LaRue “Skip” Lunger of Bayonet Point, Fla., and Thelma Dietsch of West Simsbury, Conn. Surviving are two children, daughter Jeanne E., wife of Paul Hocrath of Las Vegas, Nev., and son William D. Lunger and wife Maryann of Bethlehem, Pa.; daughter-in-law, Sandy Lunger of Mechanicsburg; six grandchildren, Kristi O’Keefe, Kathy Shoaff, Jeffrey and Douglas Hocrath, and Matthew and Jonathan Lunger, and seven great-grandchildren. A private committal service will be held in Wildwood Cemetery, with a public memorial service scheduled for 11:45 a.m. Sunday in St. Mark’s Church, 142 Market St., with the Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin officiating. The family will provide the flowers and suggests memorials be given to the W.A.H.S. Guidance – Glenn S. Lunger Award, care of the Williamsport Area School District Educational Foundation, 201 W. Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 26 Feb 2008
Age 87, of Wellsboro, PA, died February 27, 2008 at The Green Home. He was the husband of Betty McMurtry Lytle, whom he married in 1983. Curtis was born May 1, 1920 in Selinsgrove, PA, the son of the late Howard Rockwell and Nellie Stover Lytle. He was owner/operator of Lytle Real Estate and was a self-employed broker and consulting forester. Curtis was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, a longtime member of the Tyoga Country Club, loved to golf, and was an accomplished violinist. He played first violin in Elmira Symphony for twenty years. He was an Army Air Corps Veteran serving during World War II. Surviving are his wife, Betty, Harrisburg, PA; son, David Lytle, Sabinsville, PA; daughter, Cathy DeLuca and her husband, Bryan, Stroudsburg, PA; one granddaughter, Jennifer DeLuca. He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, June Boggess Lytle; and two sons, Steve and Larry Lytle. Friends and family are invited to Curtis's Life Celebration on Saturday, March 1, 2008 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. at Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home ( A Life Celebration Home), 139 Main Street, Wellsboro, PA. Funeral to follow at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Peter DeVantier of the Trinity Lutheran Church officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church, West Avenue, Wellsboro, PA 16901; the American Chestnut Foundation, 469 Main Street, Suite 1, Benington, Vermont 05201; or a charity of your choice. Published in the Star-Gazette on 2/28/2008.
MCQUAY Audet W.
Of Baylor Circle died peacefully in the care of his loving family and Southern Tier Hospice Wednesday morning, March 5, 2008. Born on July 9 1923 in the Montgomery, PA area, Audet was the son of Lester & Irene Coats McQuay. He served his country in the US Army during WWII. After the war he returned home to marry Betty Edsell on August 14, 1953. He was employed by Artistic Greetings and retired from Flickengers. Surviving is his loving family, his loving wife of 54 years, Betty Edsell McQuay, Elmira; their children, a daughter and son-in-law, Brenda & Rodney May, Elmira; a son and daughter-in-law, Lynn & Audrey McQuay, Ten Mile, TN; three grandchildren, Jennifer McQuay, Michele Miles and Amanda Miles along with a great grandson, Nicholas Amentler, several sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and many family friends. In addition to his parents, Mr. McQuay was predeceased by his two brothers, Thomas and Maurice "Brother" and his three sisters, Kathleen, Jean and Wanda "Honey". In honoring his wishes there will be no services.
MILLER - William R. Miller, 86, formerly of the 3300 block of West Fourth Street, Williamsport, died Tuesday, February, 26, 2008 in the Williamsport Home. Born March 4, 1921 in Jersey Shore, he was the son of Bert and Susie Burkholder Miller. Bill was an Army veteran of World War II, serving with the 654th tank destroyer battalion and seeing action at Normandy, Northern France, the Rhineland, Ardennes and central Europe. He retired from Lycoming Avco with 33 and a half years of service. He was a member of Lycoming Presbyterian Church, the former Antler’s Country Club, Wheel Inn and the Republican Club. He was a life member of the Elks, VFW Post 7863, and the American Legion in Muncy. Bill also was a member of Masonic Lodge 106, Williamsport Consistory, Irem Temple, Chapter, Council and Commandery, and Zafar Grotto. Surviving are his wife, the former Pauline Lehman; three step children, Betty Kelly and Kevin Bosch of city, and William Bosch of Linden; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Bill was preceded in death by a son, Gordon R. Miller in 1967, and a sister, Ruby Fryer. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday from Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St., with the Rev. Richard W. Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Twin Hills Memorial Park. Friends may call at Sanders’ from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 28 Feb 2008
MURRAY - Margaret Murray George, 85, of Las Vegas, died Dec.
She was a former Valley resident, having resided in Towanda and Athens. She was a retired registered nurse and an alumna of the Robert Packer School of Nursing, class of 1943. During World War II she served in the U.S. Navy, holding the rank of ensign. She was predeceased by: her mother, Julia McDonald Murray, in 1951; father, Thomas Murray of Athens in 1971; her stepmother, Maude Bump Murray, in 1973; and her sister, Joan Murray Daly, in 2001. She is survived by: her husband of 61 years, David; daughter and son-in-law, Cristin and Mike Thompson; sons and daughers-in-law, David and Sara George and their children, Davey and Megan, of Los Gatos, Calif., and Richard and Cynde George of Algonquin, Ill.; her sister and brother-in-law, Elizabeth and Arthur Ericson, of Palm Desert, Calif.; and nephew, Michael Daly and his wife, Marsha, of Houston, Texas. She is survived locally by her sister, Ann Murray Keegan, and her niece and nephew, Jo Ann and Jim Daly, of Sayre. Memorial services were held Wednesday, Jan. 2 at Palm Mortuary, 7400 W. Cheyenne Ave., Las Vegas. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Nevada Kidney Foundation (NKF Serving Nevada), 2550 E. Desert Inn Rd., Ste. 444, Las Vegas, NV 89121-3611. - Sayre Morning Times, 29 January 2008
PICCOLO - Frank Piccolo Jr, 86, of Loyalsock Twp., died Sunday, March 2, 2008 at the Valley View Nursing Center, Montoursville. Frank was born on November 6, 1921 in the village of Tiadaghton, the son of Frank and Anna Crisci Piccolo. Frank is survived by his devoted and loving wife, the former Mary Silvagni. Frank and Mary celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary on February 18, 2008. Frank attended Williamsport schools. He was a member of the Civilian Conservation Corp before joining the Navy. He faithfully served his country in the U.S. Navy for 20 years and retired as Chief Petty Officer. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. Frank and his wife lived in California for over 50 years, where he enjoyed playing Senior Softball. Surviving besides his wife, is a brother, John, and sisters, Rose Girardi and Katherine Piccolo, and many nieces and nephews. Frank was preceded in death by brothers, Anthony, James and Joe, and sisters, Angelina Casale and Nettie Rossini. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Church of St. Ann, 1220 Northway Road, Williamsport, on Thursday morning at 11 a.m. His pastor, the Rev. Andrew Kurovsky, will officiate. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Montoursville. Memorial contributions may be made to Susquehanna Home Health and Hospice C/O Divine Providence Health System Foundation, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 4 Mar 2008
RAE - Arthur A. Rae, 82, of Pond Crest, Painted Post, died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008 at home. A World War II veteran, he was a music teacher in the area for 50 years, retiring from Horseheads High School. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; four daughters, Marilee Rae of Corning, Kathy Bowman of Lindley, Laurie Beth Zeck of Gainesville, Va., and April Lynn Rae of Owego; a son, Douglas Rae of Painted Post; and two sisters, Margaret Saunders of Waverly and Dorotha Edgeworth of Clearwater, Fla. Calling hours are from noon-4 p.m. Monday, March 3 at Oakwood United Methodist Church in Elmira Heights. Services will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at the church. Burial with military honors will be held at a later date at the family plot in Presho Cemetery. Arrangements are by Haughey Funeral Home in Corning. - Corning Leader, 29 Feb 2008
REESE Jack A.
Wellsboro Gazette, Tioga, PA -- Thursday, January 2, 1947, Pg 1
Jack A. Reese, son of J. Albert Reese, of Washington, DC and the late Elizabeth Landrus Reese, all formerly of Wellsboro, died at his home in Washington on Tuesday of spinal meningitis. He was born in Wellsboro about 36 years ago and had resided in Hagerstown, MD., where he went with his parents as a young lad, then in Alexandria, VA., and after his marriage he and his wife resided in Washington where they were both employed. He had an admirable war record, serving as an M. P. in Australia and other Pacific posts for three years after several years' service in the States. Apparently in good health except for a common cold, the young man had enjoyed the Christmas holiday and feast with the family. He took his uncle, George R. Mathers of Wellsboro to Rockville, MD., a distance of 20 miles on Saturday, complaining then only of a slight headache. Surviving are his wife, Margaret; his father, J. Albert Reese, of Washington; his sister, Mrs Molly Reese Herburth of Alexandria, VA. Mrs George R. Mathers and Harry J. Landrus of Wellsboro, are aunt and uncle of the deceased. Wellsboro friends extend their sympathy to the bereaved family. Mr and Mrs George R. Mathers left yesterday to attend the funeral. Burial will be made in Arlington Cemetery.
RICE - Milton Rice, age 91 of Addison, NY died early Thursday morning, March 13, 2008 at the Mitchell Rest Home in Nelson, PA. Milton was born on August 7, 1916 in Addison, NY, the son of the late Menzo and Margaret Librigan Rice. He married Gladys Lee on June 23, 1945 in England and pre-deceased Milton on February 19, 1975. He is also pre-deceased by his sisters, Lucille Lane, Agnes Spencer and Ethel Kilmer; brothers, Harold Rice and Walter Rice. Milton is survived by a step-son, John (Joan) Lee of Holland, NY; nephew, Ralph (Sandy) Rice of Addison, NY, with whom he lived with for many years; brother, Adrian Rice of Addison, NY; sisters, Edith Shelanskey of Corning, NY and Violet Andrews of Wayne, NY, and many nieces and nephews. Milton served his country with the US Army during WWII and was a 27 year retiree from General Motors in Buffalo, NY. He also was an avid hunter and fisherman but his specialty was mink and fox trapping. He spent a lot of his time after retirement attending local high school and youth wrestling matches and tournaments and spending time talking to his many friends. The family will welcome relatives and friends to Flint Funeral Home, 10 Wall Street, Addison, NY on Sunday March 16, 2008 from 2-3PM. Mr. Rice’s Funeral Service will be held immediately following with Rev. Sandra Olmstead. He will be laid to rest in Addison Rural Cemetery next to his wife at the convenience of the family. Memorial Donations in Milton’s memory may be directed the Tuscarora/ Addison Wrestling Club (TAWC) c/o Joe Fenner, 26 Front St., Addison, NY 14801 or charities of one’s choice. - Corning Leader, 15 Mar 2008
ROBINSON - Earl G. Robinson, 86, of 4039 Olmstead Road, Troupsburg, entered into rest early Saturday, March 8, at Corning Hospital. Earl was born on March 17, 1921 in Franklin, NY, the son of Clinton and Hazel Bennett Robinson. He attended Franklin High School. He entered the US Army Air Corps during World War II, serving in the Pacific Theater. On March 2, 1946 in Franklin, Earl and Arlouine R. Bertch were married. He and Arlouine purchased a dairy farm in Troupsburg and operated it until their retirement. Arlouine predeceased Earl on January 18, 1996. Earl was a past member of the Farm Bureau, past member of the former Troupsburg Grange and had attended the East Troupsburg Baptist Church. His brother Harry Robinson and his sister Evelyn Benedict also predeceased him. Surviving is his son and daughter in law, Gordon and Cathy Robinson of Troupsburg, daughters and sons in law, Sandra and Bill Schibler of Hornell, Judy and Ralph Newcomb of Wellsville and Annette and John Space of Troupsburg. Also 14 grandchildren, 39 great grandchildren his sister Marilyn Kelsey of Franklin and nieces and nephews survive. Friends may call on Monday evening from 7-9 PM at the H.P. Smith & Son, Inc. Funeral Home, 1607 Main St. Woodhull. Visitation will also be held on Tuesday from 10-11 AM there followed by funeral services 11 AM with Rev. Donald Hulbert officiating. Burial, with military honors, will be held in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Troupsburg. Memorials may be made to Mt. Hope Cemetery Assoc. in care of Lucille Austin, 2849 Cty. Rte. 84, Troupsburg, NY 14885. - Corning Leader, 9 Mar 2008
RYAN - John (“Jack”) E. Ryan, of Gwynedd, PA died on March 3, 2008 at the age of 83 and is now reunited in heaven with his loving wife, Barbara who died last year. Jack and Barbara were long-time Eagles Mere summer residents, as Barbara was the oldest daughter of Henry E. Kirk, Jr. As a devoted husband for 56 years, Jack was best known for his sense of humor, engaging smile and endless repertoire of stories. He was a loving father to his four children Jerry, Steve (daughter-in-law, Janney), Enid (son-in-law, Brett) and Chris (daughter-in-law, Amy), “Granna” to ten grandchildren and a friend to so many people he touched. A graduate of Waldron Academy, St. Joseph’s Prep and Duke University, Jack had a diverse career as a successful owner of the Jensen-Ryan Manufacturing Company, head of Public Relations for Industrial Valley Title Company, a Special Sales Assistant for the Philadelphia Seventy-Sixers and an independent distributor for several commercial laundry companies. He was an avid golfer at Philadelphia Cricket Club, where he was Entertainment Chairman for many years, the Commandant of the Eagles Mere Yacht Club and a very active member of the Maxwell Football Club and Broadcast Pioneers of America. He also proudly served in the U.S. Navy in World War II. His gift was his ability to connect with people of all ages and make them laugh. His corny jokes, light stories and unpredictable one-liners will surely be missed. A memorial mass celebrating Jack’s life will be held on March 29 at 11 a.m. at St. Denis Church, 2401 Saint Denis Lane (at Eagle Road), Havertown, PA 19083. Friends and everyone who knew Jack are invited to celebrate his life following the service at a Merion Golf Club, 450 Ardmore Avenue, Ardmore, PA. Contributions in Jack’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 625 West Ridge Pike, Conshohocken, PA 19428. - Wyalusing Rocket Courier, 13 Mar 2008
SAFFEL - Delbert C. Saffel, 84, a long time resident of the Huntersville area, died on Monday, March 11, 2008, at the Williamsport Hospital. He and his wife, the former Catherine R. Miller, would have been married 60 years this June. Delbert was born in Morgantown, West Virginia, on November 27, 1923, the son of the late Hollie and Blanche (DeWitt) Saffel. Delbert was a World War II veteran of the US Army, serving as a Staff Sergeant in both the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters. He was employed by the former Carey McFalls for over 40 years and also was employed as a Pennsylvania State Constable. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and belonged to the Huntersville and Picture Rocks Senior Citizens Clubs, the Huntersville United Methodist Church, as well as the American Legion Post 601, in Sonestown. He is survived by his wife Catherine, with whom he lived; two sons, Wayne D. (Cathy) Saffel of Baltimore, Md., Charles Delbert (Janice) Saffel of Williamsport; one sister, Mary Bryan of Oregon; four grandchildren, Dusteen Maggs of Lancaster, Michelle Saffel of Mechanicsburg, Chad Saffel of Williamsport, Brandy Saffel of Wilkes-Barre; and one great-great grandson, Alex Saffel of Mechanicsburg. He is predeceased by three brothers, James, Robert and William Saffel. The funeral will be Saturday 11 a.m. at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water St., Hughesville with his pastor, the Rev. Rob Ransom, officiating. Burial will be in Webster Cemetery, Huntersville. Friends will be received at the funeral home on Saturday, from 10-11 a.m. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 13 Mar 2008
Of Elmira, NY, Was born July 27, 1924 in Islin, PA, the son of the late Marco and Angela Salbego, died on Friday, February 22, 2008, unexpectedly at his home. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 62 years, Gloria (Shearer) Salbego; son, Gary (Rose Marie) Salbego of Watkins Glen, NY; daughters, Gale (Lynn) Housknecht of Mebane, NY, Dale Rukin (Rick French) of Keuka Park, NY; along with several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Archie was a proud Veteran, serving his country during WWII. He was a Master Plumber, belonging to the Local #267 Union. He loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. Mr. Salbego will be remembered as a very giving man and our best friend who will be greatly missed. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Those wishing to remember Archie may do so through donations to the SPCA Animal Shelter, Route #352, Elmira, NY 14903, or to a charity of your choice. Thank You. The Salbego family wishes to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., the policemen who stayed with us, the firemen and ambulance crews, and our friends and neighbors for their kindness and compassion. Published in the Star-Gazette on 2/27/2008.
SAUNDERS Frederick A. (Ted)
Age 87 of Montour Falls, died on Monday, March 3, 2008, at Schuyler Hospital. Born on October 24, 1920 in Montour Falls, NY, the son of the late Arthur and Ruth Babcock Saunders, he graduated from Cook Academy in Montour Falls in 1938. Ted was employed at Shepard Niles until 1942 when he enlisted in the Air Force. He married Evelyn Angus while in flight training in 1944 and graduated from Aviation Cadet Corps in June of 1944 and spent a total of 3 1/2 years in the service during World War II, including one year overseas in China, Burma and the India Theatre. At wars end he returned to Shepard Niles and later moved to International Salt Co. in Watkins Glen, NY. He retired from the Salt Co. in 1982 with 31 1/2 years of service. Ted was a life member and regular member of the Mechanics Club of Montour Falls and at various times had served as President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. His wife Evelyn, with whom he celebrated 64 years of marriage, survives Ted. He is also survived by his children, Patricia (Dan) Murray of Wellsville, NY, Peggy Saunders of Watkins Glen, NY, Pamela Saunders of Elmira, NY and Nancy (Dwayne) Aycock of Rochester, NY; sons, Richard (Carol) Saunders and David (Martha) Saunders, all of Montour Falls, NY; 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. The family will receive relatives and friends at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY, on Thursday, March 6, 2008, between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. His funeral and committal services will be held following visitation at 6:00 p.m. The Rev. George Norton and Rev. Elaine White will officiate. Interment in Montour Cemetery will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to remember Mr. Saunders may do so through memorials to either the Montour Falls Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 369, Montour Falls, NY 14865, Schuyler County Volunteer Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 2, Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or to a church of one's choice. Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/5/2008.
SEELY James Tylee
Age 82, of Hamilton Street, Schenectady, died suddenly Tuesday, February 26th, 2008. Born in Elmira, NY, to Tylee and Flossey Seely, Mr. Seely lived in Millerton, PA, until he enlisted in the US Navy during WWII. He served with distinction throughout the Pacific Theatre and upon honorable discharge, received a BA degree from Southwestern College in Winfield, KS. Mr. Seely was recalled to active duty during the Korean Conflict and upon completion of duty he came to Schenectady in 1952 and represented Lederle Laboratories as a medical salesman. He later spent several years as a counselor at ACSC Purcell House until his retirement. Survivors include wife, Shelly; and her children, Elouise and Behan. James is also survived by sons, James Seely of Center Harbor, NH, and Brad (Julee) Seely, MD of Roseburg, OR; and daughters, Linda (Joseph) Parillo of Niskayuna, Pam (Thomas) Palombo of Scotia, and Sue (John) Seely of Rosendale, NY. He is also survived by a brother, John Seely of Elmira, NY; as well as several nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/9/2008.
SHINNERS - Grace Shinners-Mock, 84, of Bath, died March 12, 2008 at Taylor Health Center. She served in the U.S. Army during World War II as an airplane mechanic. Survivors include her husband, William Mock, of Bath; and a daughter, Peggy Jo Smith of Corning. A memorial gathering will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 16 in the Wild Flower Community Center in Bath. Arrangements are by Seager-Jones Funeral Home. - Corning Leader, 14 Mar 2008
SMITH Delbert L.
Age 82, of Homosassa, died February 28, 2008. Funeral Service will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 4, 2008, at Lohman Funeral Home Ormond. Delbert was born in Jackson Township, PA. He was a Veteran of the United States Navy, having served his county during World War II. Mr. Smith retired from Halifax Hospital. Mr. Smith is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Patricia, also known as Pat; sons, David (Rita) of Daytona Beach, FL, Dennis (Darlin) of Chatsworth, GA, Tom (Debbie) of Lexington, TN, Dale of Fort Myers, FL; daughters, Donna Australia, Nancy (Ken) of Lake Helen, FL; sisters, Virginia Stephens (Emmett), Irene Burnham, Evelyn Baker (Harold); grandchildren, Robert, Scott, Joel, Nathan, Justin, Gregory, David, Kala, Benjamin, Stacey; great-grandchildren, Hannah, Bobby, Josh, Jaeda; many nieces and nephews and beloved friends; will be sadly missed by all who had him in their lives. Delbert was preceded in death by JoAnne, daughter; Rexford, his father; Helen, his mother. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hernando Pasco Hospice Care Center, 1114 Chatman Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34601. Funeral arrangements are carefully entrusted to Lohman Funeral Home Ormond.
SNYDER King R. M.D.
Aged 83, beloved husband of 65 years to Donna (Corson) Snyder, died peacefully after a brief illness on February 27, 2008. Dr. Snyder graduated in 1942 from Southside High School, Elmira, NY. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the Navy as a corpsman. He attended Bucknell University for his undergraduate degree and Temple University Medical School with a degree in medicine. He had a great love for the medical profession, knowing from a very young age that he wanted to be a doctor. He started his career in general practice and later received his license to practice Obstetrics and Gynecology. He enjoyed a wonderful career and was a prominent physician in the OB/GYN field, bringing many new lives into this world. He also served as city coroner in the 1950's. In addition he provided care for Planned Parenthood clinics around the state as well as the prenatal clinic at the Chemung County health department. Dr. Snyder was not just a physician, he was a pioneer, never ceasing to search for new techniques and surgical procedures to improve patient care. He had an insatiable passion for learning and for teaching. Throughout his career he volunteered his time to teach; he regularly lectured the student nurses at the Arnot Ogden School of Nursing and also invited them to observe at his office. He sought to convey knowledge to everyone he came into contact with. He had many hobbies and passions which included golf, flying, crosswords, card games, and handiwork as well as volunteering his time with a literacy organization. As many of his friends and family know, he had a spontaneous and witty sense of humor, always making everyone smile with good and sometimes not so good jokes. As he used to say, "My jokes may be bad, but they're quick." In addition to his wife, Donna; he is survived by their six daughters, Sherry Murrin, Judith Snyder, Catherine Snyder, Barbara Snyder, Tina Davis and husband, John, and Beth Spaziani and husband, Steve; seven grandchildren, David Murrin, Elizabeth Ward, Brian Karavish, Benjamin Davis, Jimmy Davis, Michelle Spaziani, and Alison Spaziani; two great-grandchildren, Riley Murrin and Hailey Murrin. He is also survived by his brother, Warren and his wife, Galina Snyder; sisters, Marilyn and husband, Roger Carlson, Laurel and husband, Charles LaLonde; as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. He is predeceased by his beloved parents, Percy and Gertrude Snyder; loving son-in-law, Smitty Murrin; and grandson, Aaron Karavish. The family would like to thank Dr. Robert Burke and the Arnot Ogden nursing staff and Hospice for their compassionate care and emotional support. To celebrate Dr. Snyder's life, friends and family may visit Olthof Funeral Home, 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira, NY, between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 1, 2008. Services will be held at First Baptist Church, 121 West Church Street, Elmira, NY, on Monday, March 3, 2008, at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Arnot Ogden Medical Center Foundation, designated to the Dr. King Snyder Fund for the continuing education of OB/GYN nurses. Published in the Star-Gazette on 2/29/2008.
SOWA George J.
Age 80 of Elmira Heights, died at the Arnot-Ogden Medical Center on Tuesday, February 26, 2008. He is survived by sons, Mark (Lisa) Sowa, Ohio, Richard (Debbie) Sowa, Elmira Heights, Kevin (Lisa) Sowa, Elmira Heights; daughters, Christine A. Sowa, Binghamton, Sandy and Michael Berry, Binghamton, Rose Salois (Ken Fleming), Buffalo; five granddaughters, one great-granddaughter; sisters, Mary Liberatore, Helen Decker, Rose Guerrara; brother, Joseph Sowa; sister-in-law, Phyllis Swartwood. Predeceased by parents, Felix and Antoinette Sowa; brothers, John and Andrew; sister, Anna; mother and father-in-law, Lewellyn and Lillian Monroe; several nieces and nephews. George was a member of St. Casimir's Church, Veteran of WWII, member of American Legion #154 and the White Eagles Club and retired from I D Booth and Elmira Heights Schools. Those wishing may make a memorial donation to the American Cancer Society in his memory (envelopes available at the funeral home). Relatives and friends may call at the Kalec Funeral Home Saturday, March 1 from 1-4 p.m. with Funeral Services immediately following at 4 p.m. Deacon William Dougherty officiating. George was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather and will be missed by all. Burial at the convenience of family in Bath National Cemetery. Published in the Star-Gazette on 2/28/2008.
SPITZ - Leonard Spitz, 95, of 1626 Majestic Drive, and formerly of 1512 Philadelphia Avenue, both of Chambersburg, PA, died at 7:50 a.m. Friday, September 21, 2007, in the Chambersburg Hospital. Born November 26, 1911, in New York m NY, he was a son of the late Samuel and Bertha Rosenthal Spitz. In the 1920s he played Minor League Professional Baseball in New York City. Leonard received a Bachelor’s Degree from the City College of New York, and during the 1930s, was employed as the Food Purchaser for the New Yorker Hotel, The Plaza Hotel, and the Waldorf Astoria, all in New York City. He was summoned to work as the Food Purchaser at the Pentagon during World War II. During his five years of employment at the Pentagon, he was also assigned the task of improving the procession and packing of C-rations for the soldiers. He was Owner and President of the former Antrim Cold Storage and the former Leonard Spitz, Inc. [manufacturer of frozen foods], both of Greencastle, PA, from the late 1940s until 1970. Leonard developed the machinery to create the crinkle cut potato [French fry] at his Greencastle business. His beloved wife, Peggy Haines Spitz, whom he married January 23, 1939, preceded him in death on February 5, 2000. Leonard is survived by six children: Lynn A. Spitz of Bellevue, WA, Raymond A. Spitz and wife, Josie, of Myrtle Beach, SC, Marilea A. Geyer and husband, Harold, of Chambersburg, Marian P. McNett [wife of the late David McNett] of Troy, PA, Donald N. Spitz and wife, Marilynn, of Lexington, KY, and Cheryl A. Pietsch and husband, Benjamin, of Chambersburg; seven grandchildren. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Harry and Edgar. A Memorial Service was held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 25, 2007, in the chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, 333 Falling Spring road, Chambersburg. The Rev. John E. Geyer officiated. Interment followed in Parklawns Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 3544 North Progress Avenue, Suite 205, Harrisburg, PA 17110, or to the American Heart Association, 1113 44th Avenue North, Suite 200, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577. - Troy Gazette-Register, 27 Sept 2007
STOCKING - Harold E. Stocking, 90, of County Route 89, died Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at the Taylor Health Center. He was born August 28, 1917 in Springfield, NY, the son of Arthur and Mabel Armstrong Stocking. Harold was a Navy Veteran of WWII and a retiree of Westinghouse of Fairmount, WV. Surviving are his wife, Velma Marteney Stocking; sons, Roy (Cindy) Stocking of Pulteney, Ronald (Jacky) Stocking of VA, and Richard (Marge) Stocking of KY; daughter, Norma Jean (Anthony) Fecori of WV; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son, David Stocking of Lowville, NY. Friends are invited to a Memorial service on Thursday, March 6, 2008 at 4:30 p.m. at the Hammondsport Methodist Church with the Rev. Paul J. Rowley officiating. Interment will be in Bath National Cemetery with Military Honors at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are by the LaMarche Funeral Home of Hammondsport. - Corning Leader, 4 Mar 2008
STURGILL - Dexter Sturgill, age 85, of College Avenue, Corning, NY died Monday, February 18, 2008 at the Bath V A Medical Center. Dexter was born in Exeter, VA on February 20, 1922, to James and Rosa (Hayes) Sturgill. Dexter served his country in the Air Force during World War II. He had been a self employed handyman. He enjoyed wood working, carpentry, gardening, and yard work. He is survived by his sister Arizona Miller of Corning; a brother, Henry Sturgill of Abingdon, VA; several nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, February 22, 2008 at 1:00pm at Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Corning. Burial will be in Bath National Cemetery.- Corning Leader, 19 Feb. 2008
THALER - Walter J. Thaler, 89, of Williamsport, died
on Monday March 10, 2008 in the Williamsport Hospital. He was born June 1, 1918, the son of the late Alois and Frances Thaler. He was preceded in death by his brother, Carl. Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Marjorie A. Thaler; four sons, Michael (Lynda), Stephen (Monica) and Thomas (Janice) of Williamsport and David (Holly) of Stroudsburg, Pa., and a sister Catherine Gramlich of Williamsport. There are eight grandchildren, Sean, Brett, Curry, Georgia, Claudia, Emily, Faith and Alecia. Walter was a Eucharistic Minister, Lector and life long parishioner of the St. Boniface Church. He was a long time volunteer for local nursing homes, the James V. Brown Library and numerous charitable organizations. Walter was a machinist by trade. He was retired after 36 years from Westvaco, the former C.A. Reed Company. He was a decorated veteran of World War II. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and working in his apple orchard. Walter was the longest duration member (62 years) of the Gesang Verin Harmonia. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday March 15, at St. Boniface Church, 326 Washington Blvd., Williamsport. Relatives and friends are invited to a visitation to be held at the Crouse Funeral Home, 133 E. Third St., Williamsport, on Friday, March 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the New Children’s Wing of the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., Williamsport. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 12 Mar 2008
UNDERWOOD - Kenneth C. Underwood, Sr. of Woodland Way, Tunkhannock, formerly of Meshoppen, PA, died at Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock shortly after admission on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008. He was born in Vestal, NY on May 27, 1925, son of the late Charley and Mary Eggleston Underwood. He was a Navy Veteran of WWII, serving in the South Pacific. Prior to his retirement, he was the owner of Underwood’s Wholesale and Retail Egg Business and was a member of the Mehoopany V.F.W., Meshoppen Rod and Gun Club and the Retta United Methodist Church. Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Doris Hampsey Underwood; son, Kenneth, Jr. of Tunkhannock; daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie and George Laird of Retta; daughter, Linda Harvey of South Auburn; 10 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Leslie Underwood; sisters, Loraine (Jean) Swackhammer and LaVerna (Belle) Briggs; son-in-law, Ronald D. Harvey, Sr. and a nephew, Kenneth E. Underwood. Funeral services will be held on Friday, Feb. 29 at 11 a.m. from the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, Inc., 73 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Interment will be in Jersey Hill Cemetery, Jersey Hill. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. - Wyalusing Rocket Courier, 28 Feb 2008
WATERMAN James D. Jr.
Age 86, of Horseheads, NY, died Sunday, March 9, 2008. He was born to James Durward Waterman and Grace Benedict Waterman of Lowman, NY, on October 16, 1921. Jim, Durward to many, graduated from Wellsburg High School and served as a Sergeant in France and Belgium during World War II. Immediately after the war he delivered mail in the North Chemung area. In 1947, Jim began work and his "love affair" with the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad. He continued working on the railroads as they merged and in 1981, after thirty-four years of service, he retired as Chief Train Dispatcher in Buffalo, NY. Jim was a member of the Wyoming County Sheriff's Passé while living in Alden, NY. He was a member of the American Legion and a Life Associate Member of the American Train Dispatchers Association. Jim was extremely proud to have lived sixty years as a Free and Accepted Mason, belonging to the Chemung Valley Waverly Lodge #0350. He was also a 32 degree mason and member of the Valley of Coudersport Consistory, Knights Templar, and a member of the Damascus Shiners. For most of his adult life, Jim owned a horse, and while living in Wellsboro, PA, he owned seven. When he could no longer care for them he turned to his great love of trains and, with help from friends, built his pride and joy, a one-inch live-steam railroad. One of his greatest pleasures in life was having many friends bring a dish-to-pass and play or work on his railroad all the live long day. Jim is survived by his wife, Sylvia of Horseheads, NY; son, Michael and wife, Barbara of Getzville, NY; four stepsons, Bradley Cole and wife, Joyce of Horseheads, NY, Bruce Cole and wife, Kathy of Winter Springs, FL, Gregory Cole and wife, Amy of Horseheads, NY, and Christopher Cole of Honolulu, HI; ten grandchildren; a brother, Vernon of Florida; sister, Virgelene Green of Elmira, NY; two sisters-in-law, Lorraine Waterman of Elmira, NY, and Marilyn Waterman of Dundee, Florida; several nieces and nephews, and a multitude of friends. Jim was predeceased by his son, James D. Waterman III; daughter, Joanne Waterman Hepp; and a brother, Donald B. Waterman. At Jim's request there will be no services. If you wish to remember Jim in some way, take a ride on a train or introduce a child to the joyous hobby of trains. Arrangements are with the Barber Funeral Home in Horseheads. Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/13/2008.