Alba Cemetery, Canton Township, Bradford
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KELLEY –MRS. PHOEBE (KELLEY) MCILWAIN, age 75 of Alba, Penna. Early Friday Morning, April 22, 1977, of the Arnot Ogden Hospital, Elmira, N.Y. Friends may call at the Ralph T. Kleese Funeral Home at 40 N. Center St., Canton, Pa. on Saturday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral there at the funeral home on Sunday, April 24, at 2:30 p.m. with Rev. Duane Taylor, her pastor, officiating. Burial in Alba Cemetery. Survived by four daughters, Mrs. Elwin (Lucy) Austin of Big Flats, N.Y., Mrs. John (Jane) Knapp of Virginia Beach, Vir., Mrs. Roger (Lois Smith of Liverpool, N.Y., and Mrs. Charles (Carol) VanRiper of Phoenix, Ariz.; three sons, Wayne McIlwain of Wellsburg, N.Y., Donald McIlwain, of Horseheads, N.Y., and Earl Jr. of Clyde, N.Y.; 27 grandchildren/ 23 great-grandchildren; a brother, Harry Kelley of LeRoy, Penna. She was born in Emporium, Penna. On July 26, 1901, a daughter of Edmund and Lucy Morse Kelley. She was a member of the Alba Christian Church and the widow of Earl C. McIlwain, Sr., who died in 1973. In the 1940’s she worked at the Eclipse Co. in Elmira. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
Frank KIFF, 91, of Canton, Wednesday, May 11, 1960. He as a member of Alba Church of Christ; Loyal Order of Moose. Survived by sisters, Mrs. Blanche Sheive of Sidney, Mrs. Ernest Besley of Bainbridge; several nieces. Body at Kleese Funeral Home, Canton. Funeral there Friday at 2 pm, the Rev. Wayne Warren. Alba Cemetery.
KINCH Joyce Chilson
On the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010, Joyce (Kinch) Chilson of Alba died
quietly at her residence after a brave battle with cancer. She was 76 years of age. Born Nov. 23, 1933, in Canton, she was the daughter of Raymond and Elizabeth (Leonard) Kinch. Joyce was working as a waitress at the former Canton Diner when one day a young man named Clark Chilson struck up a conversation with her. Although initially unimpressed, she was intrigued by his straightforwardness and eventually accepted his offer for an evening out. One thing led to another, and before long a romance was in bloom. Clark and Joyce were married Feb. 28, 1953. They made their home in Alba Borough, raising a daughter and sharing 49 years until Clark's passing May 8, 2002. Joyce had also been employed for 20 years as an inspector for Canton Manufacturing. She enjoyed cooking, especially for her family, sewing and woodworking, especially as it pertained to remodeling her house. She was also a great animal lover and enjoyed collecting cardinals and lighthouses. Joyce's world revolved around her daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter. She was a determined, self-reliant woman who made friends easily and maintained a positive outlook on life. Joyce is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Cami and Joseph Smith and granddaughter Cayla Smith, all of Alba; brother, Allen (Judy) Kinch of Rochester, N.Y.; sister, Joan Fields of Louden, Tenn., as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her late husband, she was preceded in death by two infant sons, Larry Raymond Chilson and Douglas Clark Chilson. A celebration of both Joyce's and Clark's lives will be held at 4 p.m. on Oct. 29 at the First Christian Church of Alba, with Rev. Charlotte Morse and Rev. Duane Taylor officiating. Internment will be in Alba Cemetery. The family will provide the flowers and suggests that memorial contributions be directed to the Animal Care Sanctuary, P.O. Box A, East Smithfield, PA 18817. Professional services have been entrusted to Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 94 N. Center St., Canton. - Towanda Daily Review, October 17, 2010
LEONARD - Sumner Leonard- (1923)-of Alba, a brother of Clarendon Leonard of Troy, died last Saturday at the Blossburg hospital, following two paralytic shocks, the first, last June or July. Mr. Leonard was 66, and a native of Leona. He is survived by his wife [Helen Ballard], 3 sons and two daughters—Allen of Millport, NY; Earl of Leolyn; Edward of Alba and Mrs. Osmer Watkins of Mansfield and Mrs. Chars Cole of Armenia. The funeral was held at the home in Alba, Tuesday afternoon. Rev. J. C. Bryan officiating and interment was in the Alba cemetery.
Hon. Leonard Lewis died at his home in Alba borough on Monday of last week, death resulting from a stroke of paralysis received on the preceding Thursday. He was born in Canton township March 4, 1830. All his life he followed farming and dairying. Mr. Lewis was a staunch member of the Grange. In 1890 he was elected to the state legislature and served with distinction. He and Mrs. Lewis were members of the Church of Christ and for over 40 years he was an elder of the church. Mr. Lewis also filled many of the township offices. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock. TGR 1904
LONG –MRS. WREAXAVILLE L. THOMAS, wife of W. Alonzo Thomas, died at her home in Troy Township on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 1908 from heart trouble, age 73 years. She had been in ill health for a year and a half and latterly a great sufferer. Deceased was a daughter of V. M. Long, deceased, and a half sister of the late Brewster A. Long, of Troy. She was twice married, her firs husband being Dr. Clarence Rockwell, of Try. To them was born one daughter, Wreaxaville, wife of the Rev. W. F. Bastin, a former pastor of the Troy Baptist church now of Mahopac Falls, N.Y., who was with her mother at the last. One son Allen Thomas, deceased, blessed her union with Mr. Thomas. Besides her husband, daughter and one sister, Mrs. Thomas McCabe, of Buffalo, she leaves two step-children, Mrs. Milton Fassett, of this place and Lilley Thomas, of Towanda. A step granddaughter, Miss Alice Harris has been for some years a member of the Thomas household. The memory of Mrs. Thomas’ self-effacing, Christian life, will ever be an inspiration to her host of friends. The funeral was held at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon from her later home on the Troy road. The internment was in the Alba Cemetery.
LUNN Adele Lunn SNYDER, 86, of Alba, PA was called home Wednesday, August 15, 2002 as she was convalescing at Allied Services Skilled Nursing Facility, Scranton, PA. Adele was born on March 21, 1916 in Philadelphia, PA, the daughter of William R. and Effie Marshall Lunn. Adele worked at various secretarial and clerical positions in such companies as DuPont in Philadelphia and more recently, with the community action agency, Trehab. She attended the Faith Baptist Church in Canton. She is survived by a brother, William R. Lunn of Hereford, PA; sister, Marianne Lunn at home; and cousins, Jean Snyder of Lancaster. She was predeceased by her husband of 42 years, Samuel Snyder, in 1982. A memorial service was to be held at Faith Baptist Church in Canton on August 21 (7 pm) with the Rev. Kurt Christofferson officiating and interment to be in Alba Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton.
MANLEY – Darius Manley -a prominent farmer of Canton Township, died Monday morning. He was 75 years old and had been in failing health for some time. His wife [Susanna] survives and two sons, Earl and J. N. Manley. The funeral and burial were at Alba on Wednesday.
MANLEY Emma M
(Local) Mrs. Emma M. Manley, a native of Troy township, died Dec. 31st, at the home in Elmira of her daughter, Mrs. Frank Knapp, aged 71 years, 4 months and 11 days. A son also survives, Arden S. Manley of Alba, and two brothers, Sylvester A. Manley and Gordon T. Manley, the last named of Troy. She was the oldest of eight children of Mr. and Mrs. A. S. Manley deceased, and the widow of R. D. Manley of Addison, N.Y., who died four years ago. Mrs. Manley had been an invalid for some time from paralysis. Funeral services were held at the Knapp home at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 2d and the remains were brought to Alba for interment the following day. The Rev. H. C. Cadwell of Canton Church of Christ officiating at the grave. TGR 1916
MANLEY- Ida M Packard- (1931) Aged 78 and widow of the late Fennimore C Packard, died at the home near Alba Wednesday morning, October 21st after some weeks of failing health. Mrs. Packard during her active years was prominent in all the affairs of the section in which she lived. Since Mr. Packard’s death, she has lived alone in the home at what is known as Packard’s Corners. The house sits on the site of a tavern of former days. The funeral will be held from the home Friday with burial in the Alba cemetery. She is survived by two sons, Arthur of Alba and Dolson of Canton. [d. of Darius MANLEY and Sophia Merwin]
LAURENCE E. MATSON, 77, a long time Canton barber, went home to be with the Lord after a period of declining health, September 20, 1997. He died quietly at his residence, surrounded by his loving family. Born February 11, 1920, on a farm in Leolyn, McNett Township, he was the son of Leon and Daisy Tubman Matson. He spent his youth in the town of Laquin and at the age of 13 began practicing the barber’s trade. He was a graduate of Canton High School, Class of 1938, having been Co-captain of the 1937 champion Warriors football team. Mr. Matson was also an accomplished tailor, scissors sharpener, shoe repairman, upholsterer and repairer of baseball gloves. He served his country during WWII as a sergeant in the Army Air Corps, he served in Normandy, Northern France, the Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe. He was involved in the liberation of Nazi concentration camps, his decorations included the Good Conduct Medal and the EAME Medal with six Bronze Stars. After the war, he returned to the Northern Tier, settling in Alba. He met and courted Johan A. Swartz and they were united in holy matrimony on February 20, 1949, at the home of her parents in Alba. Mr. Matson opened his barber shop on Troy Street in Canton, which he operated for 47 years. It served as a venue for his other skills as well. He also was involved in construction, having built the flood control levees in Elmira, as well as doing the occasional relocation of buildings, which he accomplished by means of a team of horses. Memberships include: Canton Lodge No. 429 Loyal Order of the Moose, a life member of the Canton VFW Post 714, and had been a charter member of the Canton Lions Club. He was also a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Alba, but in recent years regularly attended the Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) in Canton. Surviving are his wife Johan, at home, son, Dr. Bart Matson and wife, Darlene, Clarion, PA; daughter, Mary and husband Rev. David Morris, Canton; brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Irene Matson, Alba and John and Evelyn Matson, Canton, sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Charles Thomas, Ridley Park, PA; grandchildren, Matthew, Jared and Emily Morris and Sarah and Ian Matson; as well as several close cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Wesley (Todd) Matson, and sister-in-law, Phyllis (Posie) Matson. The funeral service was held September 23 at the Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) Canton, with the Rev. David Morris, pastor, and the Rev. Wayne Warren, former pastor of the first Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Alba, now pastor of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Hampton, VA, officiating. Full military honors were accorded Canton VFW Post No. 714. Interment was private. Arrangements were under the direction of the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton. Contributions in Mr. Matson’s name may be made to the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Canton or the American Heart Association. –Canton Independent Sentinel. (Buried Alba Cemetery.)
MATSON James Matson
James P. Matson, 70, of Canton Township, Pa., died on Saturday morning, April 16, 2011, while surrounded by his beloved family. James Phillip was born on May 15, 1940, in Endicott, N.Y. He was one of three children in the family of the late Wesley "Todd" and Phyllis "Posie" (June) Matson. Jim grew up in Alba, Pa., and graduated from Troy High School with the Class of 1958. He then served our country during the Vietnam War with the United States Air Force Police. While stationed at Hahn Air Force Base in West Germany, Jim met his future wife, the former Issy Gold. They were married on May 13, 1965, at the First Christian Church of Alba. Jim and Issy were blessed with three children and 46 wonderful years together. Always a man who enjoyed being busy and productive, Jim studied finance at Bucknell University and Elmira College while supporting his family. In early years, Jim began a career in the banking business and became a vice president of First National Bank of Troy, Pa. In 1974 he was instrumental in opening the bank's Canton branch. Jim then went on to be safety director for J&B Mining Company for many years and later, was the sales manager at McClure Motor Company in Troy. He and Issy also owned and operated Matson's Veal Farm for several years. Jim was very involved in the community. He served on Bradford County's Planning Commission, Troy Borough Council, Troy Community Hospital's Board of Directors and was a charter member of the Troy Jaycees. Jim was a past commander of Canton's American Legion Post 303, an honorary member of Canton's V.F.W. Post 714 and very active with their Military Honors Guard. He also was a member of the Alba First Christian Church, the Troy Rotary and Canton Lions Clubs. His family's welfare was always most important in Jim's life. Many good times were shared with family and friends; he was the ultimate host of grilling parties and a witty conversationalist of many discussions. Jim loved the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing and camping. Throughout the years, J.P. always held a special companionship for his many canine friends. James and his family would like to offer a special thank you to Alfred and Marilyn Route and Dr. John and Pat Kirkowski for their tireless efforts and devoted friendship, Their gratitude can never be expressed in words alone. Surviving are his wife, Issy; three children, Kirk (Lisa) Matson of Lebannon, Conn., Steven (Rhea) Matson of Suffolk, Va. and Monica (Mark) Rinaudo of Louisville, Ky.; four grandchildren, Amy, Luke, Amelia and Alexander; a brother and sister, Marsden (Donna) Matson of Canton and Shirley (Gary) Ritz of Troy; three aunts, Irene Matson, Evelyn Matson and Linda Thomas; several nieces, nephews, cousins and many close friends. Family invites friends to call 6 – 8 p.m. Tuesday at Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive in Canton. Services will be held with visitation from 10 – 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 20, at Alba First Christian Church, followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m. with Rev. David B. Morris officiating. Burial will be in Alba Cemetery with full military honors accorded. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may consider a memorial in Jim's name to Guthrie Hospice, RR 1 Box 154 Towanda, PA 18848 or to the First Christian Church of Alba, 74 Church St. Alba, PA 16910. Towanda Daily Review – April 18, 2011
ROBERT J. MATSON, 89. During the early morning hours of Friday, May 26, 2006, Robert James Matson of Alba died quietly at Troy Community Hospital. He was 89 years of age. Born March 18, 1917 in the Tioga County hamlet of Leolyn, he was the son of Leon and Daisy (Tubman) Matson. As a young man, Mr. Matson was introduced by friends to Irene Biddle of Canton. A beautiful romance developed and they were wed on Oct. 20, 1940. Together they raised a son and daughter and shared nearly 66 years. Mr. Matson answered our country’s call to arms by serving in the US Army. He served as a small boat operator with the 345th Harbor Craft Company in the Rhineland. After the war he was employed as a truck driver for GLF, and later Agway, retiring in the mid-1980s. Mr. Matson loved being busy. In addition to his truck driving job he operated a full-time poultry business, supplying eggs and fryers to markets in New York. He was well-liked by everyone who knew him and was always willing to lend a hand when needed. He was a member of the Canton VFW Post No. 714. He also was a man of great faith and was a member of the Alba Christian Church, where he served as deacon and trustee for more years than most people can remember. He had also served as treasurer of Alba Borough. Among the member of his family he will be remembered as a loving husband and father, a kind, quiet man with a wry sense of humor, who never raised his voice or his hand. Mr. Matson is survived by his wife, Irene, at home; his son, Gordon (and Cindy) Matson of Alba; daughter; Elaine Matson, at home; sister, Linda (and Charles) Thomas of Ridley Park, Pa; sisters-in-law, Johan Matson of Canton, Evelyn Matson of Canton RR 2 and Ida Smith of Gillett; six grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was pre ceded in death by his brothers, Wesley, John and Laurence Matson and a sister-in-law, Phyllis Matson. Calling hours will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, May 29, at Morse and Kleese Funeral Home Inc., 40 N. Center St., Canton. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Tom Blackall and the Rev. David B. Morris officiating. Interment will follow in Alba Cemetery. Canton VFW Post No. 714 will accord military honors. –Towanda Daily Review
A GARTH MAYNARD, 80, formerly of Shreve, OH, died May 8, 1998, at Smithville-Western Care Center where he had resided. Born September 23, 1917, in Bradford County, he was the son of Amasa Churchill and Helen Ann (Manley) Maynard. He had served as a pastor all of his life in the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, retiring from Shreve Christian Church, where he was also a member. He was also a member of District Six Clergy Association and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Surviving are children; Garth V. Maynard, Libum, GA; F. Keith Maynard, Orland Park, IL; George J., Gary E. and Greg A. Maynard, all of Wooster; Garl B. Maynard, Hesston, KS; John L. Maynard, Groton, MA; and Mrs. Roger (Beth) Chappelear, Aquasco, MD, foster daughter, June Brown, Harrison; and 19 grandchildren. His first wife, ruby (Baumgardener) Maynard died July 23, 1934. Brothers, Arthur W. Maynard and twins, Nelson A. and Theodore H. Maynard, also died previously. Services were held at Schreve Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, with the Rev., Priscilla E. Jackson officiating. Burial was in Alba Cemetery, Alba. Memorial Contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 251 E. Mill St., Akron, OH or to Lexington Theological Seminary, in care of Mary Cole, 631 S. Limestone St., Lexington, KY. Arrangements were under the direction of the Johnston, Schlabach Funeral Home, Shreve. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
MCGINNES –MRS. EVA J. BAILEY, 79, of 89 South Minnequa Avenue, died today, Oct. 30, 1971, at Robert Packer Memorial Hospital in Sayre. Mrs. Bailey was a member of the Canton Church of Christ (Disciples), the Women’s Missionary Society of the church, King’s Caravan Sunday School Class, the Canton Garden Club, and the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. Surviving age 2 daughters, Mrs. Frank J. Kosmer, of Syracuse, N.Y., and Miss Irene Bailey, of Lancaster: 2 sons, Donald H. of Elmira, N.Y., and Galen F. of Towanda RD 5; 7 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. Services will be held at the church at 2 p.m. Tuesday, with her pastor, the Rev. Ralph R. Knight, officiating. Burial will be in Alba Cemetery. Friends may call at the Kleese funeral home here on Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. The family will provided the flowers. –Canton Independent Sentinel. (Parents Charles and Frances D. Holcombe McGinnes)
EARL C. MCILWAIN SR. of Alba, Pa., Friday afternoon, Jan 26, 1973 at the Arnot Ogden Memorial Hospital. Private funeral services will be held at the Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, Pa. on Monday at 11 a.m. There will be no calling hours. Rev. William I. Hicks of the Alba Christian Church officiating. Burial will be in Alba Cemetery. Survivors are his wife, the former Phoebe Kelley; four daughters, Mrs. Elwin (Lucy) Austin of Big Flats, N.Y., Mrs. John (Jane) Knapp, Virginia Beach, Va., Mrs. Roger (Lois) Smith, Liverpool, N.Y., Mrs. Charles (Carol) Van Riper of Phoenix, Ariz.; three sons, Wayne McIlwain of Wellsburg, Don of Horseheads, Earl, Jr., of Clyde, N.Y.; 27 grandchildren; 19 grandchildren. He was born on Armenia Mountain November 21, 1885, a son of Milton and Pauline Boyce McIlwain. He was employed by Canton Plumbing and Heating Co. before his retirement. Buried in Alba Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel
PACKARD I. Dorothea Age 87, formerly of Cypress Street, Elmira, died peacefully in her sleep on April 15, 2006 at Bethany Manor. She was the beloved Aunt to her nieces and nephews who survive her. For many years she worked as a secretary at Remington Rand and American LaFrance here in Elmira. Dorothea was a member of Southside Baptist Church and Rebekah Lodge #243. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmira, NY, on Monday, April 17, 2006, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the conclusion of the calling hours at 1:00 p.m. Interment will take place in Alba Cemetery, Alba, PA, at the convenience of the family. Memorials can be made to the Southside Baptist Church, 601 Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmira, NY 14904, or the charity of one's choice in Dorothea's memory.
PACKARD –MRS. FERN P. VANNOY, 81 of 23 Minnequa Ave., Canton died May 3, 1985 at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Memorial Hospital, Towanda. Mrs. VanNoy was born Sept. 4, 1903 at Alba, Pa. the daughter of Claude and Alta Becker Packard. She was a graduate of the former Mansfield Normal School and former teacher in the Canton area. She was a member of the Canton Ecumenical Parish and the Lady Canton Rebekah Lodge No. 362. Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Kay and Michael Collins of Canton RD 2; two grandsons, David Collins of Granville Summit and Douglas Collins of Rockville, Md.; a sister, Miss Dorothea Packard of Elmira. The funeral will be held Monday, May 6 at 11 a.m. at the Morse-Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton with the Rev. John S. Mullen, her pastor officiating. Burial will be in the Alba Cemetery. Friends are invited to call at the funeral home Sunday from 2-4 p.m. Lady Canton Rebekah Lodge will hold a memorial service for their departed sister at 33:45 p.m. on Sunday. Those wishing may forward memorial donations to either the Canton Ambulance Association or the Green Free Library in Mrs. VanNoy’s memory. –Towanda Daily Review
PACKARD - LEGGETT, LORENA Lorena Leggett, 85, a resident of the Bradford County Manor for the past four years died May 16, 1987. She formerly resided in Orlando, FL. Born June 16, 1901 in Troy Township, she was a daughter of Randolph Arthur and Ora Wilson Packard. She graduated from Troy High School and Elmira College, where she majored in music. After graduation she taught private music lessons. She was a member of the Winter Park Christian Church in Winter Park, FL and sang in the church choir, the Winter Park Garden Club, a former member of Minnequa Grange and the Alba Christian Church. Surviving are a son, Francis Leggett of Canton; daughter-in-law, Mrs. Marjorie Leggett of Orlando; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two cousins, Marceil Griswold and Marjorie Aldridge. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles LaCelle Leggett in 1971, a son, Arthur Leggett in 1973 and a granddaughter, Diane. Funeral services were held on May 19, at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton with Rev. David Morris, pastor of Canton Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) officiating and interment to be in Alba Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Winter Park Christian Church, Winter Park, FL. 32789 (TGR May 21, 1987)
PACKARD –MARION I. FREEMAN, 98, a resident of the Green Home, Wellsboro, formerly of 52 East Main St., Canton, died Friday, Sept. 22, 1989, in the Green Home. She had resided there since July 17, 1986. Mrs. Freeman was born Oct. 19, 1890 at Alba, Bradford Co., a daughter of Winfield and Elma Felker Packard. She was a member of the Alba Christian Church, attended the Canton Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ and was a life-member of Minnequa Grange. Surviving are a granddaughter, Marie, of Corning, N.Y.; daughter-in-law, Thelma Freeman of Canton; step-grandson and his wife, Kenneth and Helga Irving of Columbia, S.C.; step-great-granddaughter and her husband, Gabriella and Larry Nysveen of Ladson, S.C.; step-great-great-grandson, Daniel Nysveen of Ladson, S.C.: nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband Daniel Freeman, on Sept. 12, 1975 and her son, Haldine Freeman on Oct. 3, 1980. Friends may call at the Morse and Kleese Funeral home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, Sunday from 7 until 9 p.m. Funeral and committal services will be held at the funeral home Monday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. David B. Morris officiating. Interment will be in the Alba Cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to the Canton Church of Christ memorial fund or the Canton Ambulance Association in Mrs. Freeman’s name. –Towanda Daily Review.
PACKARD – Maxwell A. only son of Arthur and Ora Packard, was born Nov. 7th, 1897, and departed this life March 29th, 1913, aged 15 years, 4 months and 22 days. For nine weeks he battled with the disease of which he fell a victim; so heroic were his efforts to vanquish the enemy that his friends believed they had some reason to hope for his ultimate recovery, but not so, a power higher than that which man wields decreed, "It is enough." Although but 15 years of age he was a man in deportment and the exercise of good judgement and by his manly bearing and gentle nature, won for himself the highest esteem of all who knew him. The writer joins the whole community in a common expression of sympathy for the bereaved family and friends of this good boy. Interment was made in the Alba cemetery. The floral offerings were numerous and very beautiful. tgr1913
BEN M. PALMER, 78, of Canton RD 2, died at the Troy Community Hospital on Sunday afternoon, March 28, 1982. Mr. Palmer was born on Armenia Mountain (Bradford County) on April 28, 1903 a son of Robert and Julia Allen Palmer. He was a retired farmer. Mr. Palmer was a member of the Canton Moose Lodge No. 429 and a member of the Red Run Rod and Gun Club of Lycoming County. He is survived by a son, Allen C. “Shorty” Palmer of Canton RD 2; two daughters, Mrs. Bernard “Pete” (Shirley) Stage of Alba and Mrs. Marvin (Harriett) Hoover of Canton RD 2; ten grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral and committal services will be held at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton on Tuesday, March 30, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. David B. Morris, pastor of the Canton Church of Christ Disciples, officiating. Burial will be in the Alba Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home today from 7 to 9 p.m. A memorial service will be held be Canton Moose Lodge No. 429 at 8 p.m. –Towanda Daily Review.
JOHN PETTES - who since he left Troy twelve years ago had conducted a 5 and 10 cent store at Canton was stricken with pneumonia on Thursday last and died on Sunday. He was 76 years old, and without near relatives save a niece, Mrs. Boyd Manley of Williamsport. Mr. Pettes will be recalled pleasantly by many Troy friends as a clerk for many years in the Cleaver & Green Bee Hive Store. His last Troy connection was with Handran Bros. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and much respected by the citizens of Canton. Funeral services were held at the Collins & Stull undertaking rooms on Wednesday, the Rev. Sanders officiating, and interment was at Alba by the side of his wife (a daughter of Edward) who died about thirteen years ago.
PORTER - Rev. W. H. Porter -until the infirmities of age forced his retirement prominent as the pastor of the Alba Baptist church and as a supply minister died on Monday at the home in Roaring Branch of his daughter. Mrs. Frank Reynolds. He was 71 and had failed quite rapidly the past year, Mr. Porter was widely known as universally respected. The remains were brought to Alba where the Rev. Cornish of the Canton conducted services and Alba churches. Two other daughters survive—Mrs. Belle Brasted of Redbank, NJ and Mrs. Grace Webb of Philadelphia.
PRESTON –MRS. EVA C. PACKARD, 88, former Canton resident, died on Sunday, Jan. 7, 1979 in Shore Memorial Hospital, Somers Point, N.J., after a long illness. Born in Union Township, Pa., she was the widow of Dolson M. Packard. She had been making her home with her daughter, Mrs. Scott Griswold, in Ocean City, N.J. since 1971. She spent most of her life in Canton and was an active member of the Canton Church of Christ. Mrs. Packard was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Preston. She received her education in local schools and was a graduate of Mansfield State Normal School. She had taught in public schools in Bradford County. Surviving are, two daughters, Mrs. Marceil Griswold of Ocean City and Mrs. Marjorie Aldredge of Charleston, W. Va.; two sisters, Mrs. Doris Burlingame of Green Valley, Ariz. And Mrs. Marjorie Baird of Jacksonville, Fla.; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in Alba Cemetery, Alba, Pa.
REYNOLDS Robert L. Reynolds
age 70, of Redington Avenue, Troy, Pa., died Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center Elmira, N.Y. Bob was born July 4, 1941 in Sayre, Pa., a son of the late Paul E. and Betty (Stewart) Reynolds. He was a graduate of Troy High School and was married to Patricia A. (Williams) Reynolds on February 23, 1962. Bob was the owner of Bob Reynolds Sanitation and worked as a sanitation engineer in the Troy area since 1979. He was a past chief and member of the Troy Volunteer Fire Department and a member of the U.S.T.A. since 1960. During his membership in the United States Trotting Association Bob raced at Pocono Downs, Monticello and Yonkers Raceway and the Pennsylvania and New York State Fairs for many years. He was also an avid bowler at the former Elmira Bowling Center and Troy Lanes. Bob loved life, his horses but the most dear to him was his family. Surviving are his loving wife Patricia "Pat" Reynolds of Troy; sons Robert L. Reynolds, Jr. of Inkerman, Pa. and Kevin L. (Barb) Reynolds of Schicksinny, Pa.; three grandchildren Kevin L. Reynolds Jr., Angela Reynolds and Alleysha Reynolds; several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. His parents and two brothers, Keith Reynolds and Richard Reynolds, predeceased Bob. Family and friends are invited to call from 3 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 24, 2011 at the First Baptist Church of Troy, 160 Canton Street. Bob's memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. with Reverend Garry Zuber officiating. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Alba Cemetery. Memorials are directed to the Troy Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 152, Troy, PA 16947. Towanda Daily Review – July 21, 2011
John Richmond died on Tuesday of this week at his home in Troy, of general debility, aged 88 years. Deceased was the father of Mrs. Benjamin Knights, of Troy. Funeral services will be held tomorrow, Friday at the church in Alba, conducted by Undertaker Bloom of Troy. TGR 1904
ROBINSON –THELMA L. FREEMAN, 83, of Canton, died peacefully, Tuesday morning, August 12, 2003 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, following a period of declining health this past year. Born on March 8, 1920 near the village of Sayles, Pa. (Granville Twp.), Thelma was the daughter of James W. and Etta V. (Boyce) Robinson. On Oct. 4, 1944, Thelma married Haldine Freeman in Fredericksburg, MD. Together they owned and operated the former Freeman’s Café in Canton for many years. Her beloved Haldine died on Oct. 3, 1980. Thelma was a member of the Alba First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She was a 53-year member of the Moose Lodge No. 981 and served in their college of Regents. She was also a member of Canton’s American Legion Post No. 303, and V.F.W. Post No. 714 Women Auxiliaries. Thelma was a friend and outgoing lady who lived her life to the fullest. She enjoyed the company of many dear friends and especially loved to play cards. Surviving are; her son Kenneth E. Irving, of South Carolina, step-daughter, Marie M. Freeman of Corning, N.Y., a granddaughter and great-grandson; Gabriele Nysveen and Daniel Nysveen both of Ladson, South Carolina; 4 brothers; Malcolm, Harold, Clifton, and Ellsworth Robinson all of Elmira, N.Y. In addition to Haldine, her husband of 36 years, Mrs. Freeman was predeceased by brothers; Frederick, Laverne and Ralph Robinson. Her family invited friends to call from 5-7 p.m. Friday August 15, at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Dr., Canton. The V.F.W. Women’s Auxiliary will honor Thelma with a memorial service Friday evening. The funeral service will follow at 7 p.m. with the Rev. David B. Morris officiating. A private burial will be held in the Alba Cemetery, Alba, Pa. The family will provide flowers, those who wish may make memorial donations in Mrs. Freeman’s name to a charity of one’s choice. –Towanda Daily Review
ROGERS –ERMA E. DELMOT, Prominent Canton Woman Succumbs. Erma E. Delmot, 82, 79 Lycoming St., Canton, died at the Robert Packer Hospital Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 25, 1977 after and extended illness. She was born in Estella on Feb. 26, 1894, a daughter of John P. and Jennie Bird Rogers. She was the widow of Frank L. Delmot, deceased in 1948. She was president of the Delmot Motor Express Inc. of Elmira, N.Y., and up until a year ago was active in the business. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Canton and its Morning Circle and the Edna Rowland’s Class. She was over a 40-year member and past grand of the Lady Canton Rebekah Lodge, No. 362, where she held many offices and served many years on the degree team. She was a member of the Canton Garden Club, the Order of Easter Star at Canton, the V.F.W. Auxiliary, and the Minnequa Grange No. 753. Her survivors are one daughter, Mrs. Clinton (Gene) Cornell, Canton; four grandchildren, Robert and Wayne Cornell of Canton RD 2, Mrs. Ralph (Lonna) Boyles and Frank Cornell, both of Canton; three great-grandchildren, Wendy, Helen and John Cornell, all of Canton RD 2; two sisters, Mrs. Charles (Hazel) Bedford of Canton RD 1, Mrs. Bernard (Leona) Shaffer, Dushore RD; and three brothers, dean, Nathan, and Clarence Rogers, the brothers predeceased her. Funeral services will be held at the Ralph T. Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, Pa., on Thursday, at 1:30 p.m. with Rev. Dr. Raymond Fravel, her pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Alba Cemetery. –Towanda Daily Review.
SEGUR - Beverly Aston, 70, life-long resident of Alba, Pa., died peacefully on Tuesday, April 1, 2008, at Towanda Memorial's Skilled Nursing Unit. A daughter of the late Albert T. and Laurissa J. (Woodward) Segur, Beverly Louise Segur was born on Oct. 9, 1937, at the family home in Alba. She attended grade school in Alba and Canton High School. In addition to caring for family and home, Bev was employed at the Ward Foundry in Blossburg for many years until retiring. On Dec. 31, 1971, she married the late William "Bill" Aston Jr. at her mother's home in Alba. Bev now joins her beloved Bill forever. She was a member of Troy's First Baptist Church and served for many years on the Alba Elections Board. Bev loved taking road trips with Bill. Their almost daily car rides took them throughout the local countryside, all the while enjoying each other's company and the beauty of God's creations. In earlier years, she enjoyed gardening and canning. Surviving are: her children, Helen (Stub) Wilston of Summerset, S.D., Evelyn Bristol of Troy and William (Judy) Aston III of Athens; 14 grandchildren, Brian (Tracey) Bauman, Wade (Megan) Wilston, Aaron, Justine, Jackie, Gavin and Scott Bristol, Jamie, T.J., Joshalyn, Courtney, MaKayleigh, Allison and Brooke Aston; a great-granddaughter, Gabrielle Bauman; a brother, Tracey Segur of W. Va.; step-daughters, Nancy Bullock, Deborah Faulkner and Christine Wilcox and their families; many special nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to Bill, her devoted husband of 35 years, Bev was predeceased by her daughter, Rose Ann Crawford; sisters and a brother, Harriet Mills, Phyllis Johnston, Marlene Jones and Elwyn Segur. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on June 14 in Alba Cemetery. Her pastor, Rev. Garry Zuber will officiate. Those who wish may consider a memorial to the First Baptist Church, 162 Canton St., Troy, Pa. 16947. Pepper Funeral Home in Canton is assisting the family with arrangements. - Published in the Towanda Daily Review 4/3/2008.
DEAN B. SHADDUCK
CANTON--Dean B. Shadduck, 96, of Canton RD 2, died Friday, June 21, 1985, in Troy Community Hospital. Born July 30, 1888, he was a son of John B. and Myra Holcombe Shadduck. Mr. Shadduck was a member of Alba Christian Church. He was a retired farmer. His wife, the former Marion Brooks, died in 1964. Surviving are a son, Lemuel, of Canton; a daughter, Mrs. Bernice Spencer, of Canton RD 2, four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. The funeral will be at 2 pm Monday at Morse and Kleese's, 40 North Center Street. Burial will be in Alba Cemetery. The Rev. David B. Morris, pastor of Canton Church of Christ, Disciples, will officiate. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 pm Sunday.
SHAFFER –ROSE ANN CRAWFORD, 40, died Saturday, Feb. 4, 1995, at her home at 731 Furnace Hill Pike, Lititz, Pa., after a lengthy illness. Born in Sayre, she was the daughter of William H. and Beverly Segur Shaffer of Alba. She lived her early life in Alba. She was married to Lawrence W. Crawford of 731 Furnace Hill Pike, Lititz. She attended Grace Fellowship Church of Ephrata, Pa. Mrs. Crawford is survived by one son, Brian R. Bauman of Ephrata; one granddaughter; a brother, William Aston of Waverly, N.Y.; two sisters and brothers-in-law, and Helen and Loren Wilston of Canton and Evelyn and Jack Bristol of Troy. She worked for Shreiber Brothers, in Lititz, for eight years. The funeral service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Richard H. Heisey Funeral Home, 216 S. Broad St., Lititz, Pa. Friends may call Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. or Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. –Towanda Daily Review. (Buried Alba Cemetery)
SHAFFER –ROSE ANN SHAFFER CRAWFORD, 40, died Feb. 4, 1995 at home in Lititz, following a lengthy illness. Born Jan. 17, 1955 in Sayre, she was the daughter of William H. and Beverly Segur Shaffer. She graduated with honors from Troy High School in 1972. She worked at American Silk Label in Troy attended Grace Fellowship Church in Ephrata. Surviving are her husband, Lawrence W. (Butch) Crawford of Lititz; son and special friend, Brian R. Bauman and Angie of Ephrata; a granddaughter, Gabrielle Rosalyn Bauman; parents, Beverly and William Aston II, Canton RD 2, and William and Betty Shaffer, Phoenix, AZ; sisters and brothers-in-law, Helen and Loren (Stub) Wilston, Troy RD 2, Evelyn and Jack Bristol, Troy RD 2, brother and special friend, William Aston III and Tammy, Waverly, NY; several nieces, nephews and friends. Burial will be in Alba Cemetery and a memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
SIMPSON –IRENE F. PALMER, 68, of Alba, Pa., died Saturday, June 25, 1988, at the Troy Community Hospital, Troy, Pa., after a four-year illness. Mrs. Palmer was born Dec. 29, 1919 at Leroy Township, Bradford County, the daughter of George and Etta Fairbanks Simpson. Mrs. Palmer was formerly the Alba Borough secretary for over 30 years. She was a member of the Bradford County Historical Society. Mrs. Palmer’s main interest in life encircled her home and family. Surviving is her husband, Grant (Jiggs), with whom she celebrated 47 years of marriage on April 7, 1988. Also surviving is a daughter, Mrs. Dennis (Judy) Beardslee, of Troy; two sons and daughters-in-law, Philip and Betty Palmer, of Windfall; Dale G. and Marilyn Palmer of Alba; six grandchildren; one brother, Lloyd Simpson of Canton, and a host of friends and neighbors. She was predeceased by a sister, Adeline Clark in 1935 and a brother Lawrence Simpson in 1982. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 28, 1988 at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, with the Rev. Jeffrey Patton, pastor of the East Canton United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be in the Alba Cemetery. Family and friends may call at the funeral home, Monday, from 7 to 9 p.m. In keeping with Irene’s wishes the family gratefully declines flowers, but suggests memorial contributions be forwarded to the American Cancer Society, 515 S. Main St., Athens, Pa. or the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 428, Sayre, Pa. in Irene’s memory. –Towanda Daily Review.
SIPPLE –MRS. ERMA G. FAY, 87, wife of Clarence E. Fay of 77 W. Union St., Canton, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 1975, at her home after a lengthy illness. She was born in St. Paul, Pa., Sept. 4, 1897, daughter of Oscar and Laura Engle Sipple. Mrs. Fay was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church of Canton and the Austin-Trippe Sunday School Class. She was also a member of the Lady Canton Rebekah Lodge No. 362 and the Canton Garden Club. Beside her husband, other survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Merrill (Betty Freeman of Canton; one grandson, William Freeman of Canton; one granddaughter, Mrs. Donald (Linda) Snyder of Canton RD; two great-grandchildren, Russell Freeman and Michelle Snyder; one sister, Mrs. Ruth Christianson of Westfield, Mass. Funeral services will be held at the Ralph T. Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, Wednesday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. Raymond Fravel, her pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Alba Cemetery. Memorial service will be conducted at the funeral home by the Lady Canton Rebekah Lodge No. 362 Tuesday at 7 p.m. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
SLADE – Maria Slade Wilson (Mrs. Volney M) - died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. E. E. VanDyne in Troy, Friday evening, Aug 6, 1909. Funeral took place at the Disciple church, Alba, Monday at 2. Mrs. Wilson was born in Somerset, Mass, Jan 22, 1830. She was one of seven children and the last of her generation. She was married to Volney M Wilson, October 23, 1849. She, with her husband united with the Disciple Church in Alba 55 years ago. She has been an active, consistent member during this more than half a century. She taught Sunday school for more than thirty years.
SWARTZ - Johan Amelia (Swartz) Matson, 85, 34 Troy Street, Canton, (formerly of Alba) died quietly at her home on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009. Johan was born on Aug. 6, 1924 in Alba to Floyd and Lillian (MILLER) Swartz. Johan attended the Alba School and the Canton High School. After graduating (Class of 1942), she went to Washington, D.C., to participate in the war effort as a secretary to a United States Army Major in the Pentagon. In 1945 she returned to Canton and was the personal secretary to Dr. Dorothy Dann Bullock, a state and national Music Club officer. In February of 1949, she married Laurence E. (Larry) Matson and they enjoyed forty eight years of married life until his death in 1997. Music in the church and in the community was a very important aspect of Johan's life. She began to play the piano and organ at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Alba at the age of 10 and was a member of a dance band that included her father on the drums. Over the years she accompanied individuals, groups, children's choirs, church choirs, community choirs, as well as district assemblies and regional assemblies of her church denomination. Her children and grandchildren were always first in her life. They and their friends affectionately called her "Nanny," "Nan," or "Nano," as she supported their many and varied church and school activities. While at the church in Alba, she served with 10 ministers and participated in the life of the congregation as a Sunday School teacher, Christian Women's Fellowship officer, church financial secretary, assistant church librarian. Johan was a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Alba and attended the Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) of Canton for the past 28 years to be with daughter, Mary, and son-in-law, David, and their family. Her survivors include: her daughter, Mary (David) Morris, Canton, Pa.; her son, Dr. Bart L. (Jonna) Matson, Clarion, Pa.; her six grandchildren, Matthew J. Morris, New York, N.Y., Jared A. Morris, Madison, Va., Emily N. Morris, Lancaster, Pa., Sarah E. Matson, Clarion, Pa., Ian B. Matson, Clarion, Pa., Grace K. Matson, Clarion, Pa. Also surviving are her three sisters-in-law, Irene Matson, Alba, Evelyn Matson, Canton, and Linda (Charles) Thomas, Ridley Park, Pa.; her cousin, Cynthia Peterson, Elmira, N.Y.; cousins-in-law, Mary Morse, Juneau, Alaska, William (Alice) McNett, Canton, and Naomi (John) Mosser, Canton; her nine nephews, nieces and their families; Gordon (Sidney) Matson, Alba, Elaine Matson, Alba, Marsden (Donna) Matson, Canton, James (Issy) Matson, Alba, Shirley (Gary) Ritz, Troy, John "Jack" Matson, Canton, Barbara Matson, Sante Fe, N.M., James Swartz Jr., Santa Cruz, California, and Sharon (Mark) Brown, Emory, Texas; special friends, Nancy Arias and Mary Jean Vermilya. Those who predeceased Johan include: her brother, James Swartz; her husband, Laurence Matson; her brothers-in-law, Robert Matson, Wesley "Todd" Matson, John Matson; her sisters-in-law, Phyllis "Posie" Matson, Joyce Swartz and Lois Swartz. Viewing/visitation has been scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 21, in the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 North Center Street, Canton, Pa. The Celebration of Life for Johan is to be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22 at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Alba with the burial following in the Alba Cemetery. If people wish, memorial donations/gifts are to be forwarded to the Memorial Funds of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Alba, Box 6, Alba, PA 16910, the Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) of Canton, Box 57, Canton, PA 17724, or a charity of one's choice. 21 August 2009, Towanda Daily Review.
ALVIN HAMILTON THOMAS – The death of A. Hamilton Thomas occured at his home on the Alba road Monday morning. He was seventy-nine years of age and for a long term of years was President of the Troy Agricultural Association. (Born September 9, 1829 Troy Twp., PA and died 15 March 1909. Buried Alba Cemetery) –Canton Independent-Sentinel 3/21/2019 (110 Years Ago 1909 Column)
CARLTON N. THOMAS of 204 Hillcrest Apartments, Troy, died Friday, Nov. 3, 1995, at the Robert Packer Hospital after a period of declining health. He was born July 24, 1912 to Alvin and Mary Newell Thomas on the Century Farm midway between Troy and Canton. He worked for many years as a messenger in the Capitol building in Harrisburg. He returned to Troy upon his retirement and spent his last years there. He was a dedicated walker and could be seen by his many friends around town. He was known for his friendly “hello,” and when asked “How are you?” he always replied, “Good, and you?” Carlton is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, W. Alonzo and Vadys R. Thomas; a nephew, Lowell Thomas, and his wife, Barbara, and their children; a nephew, Richard Thomas, and wife Virginia and their children; and a niece-in-law, Audrey Thomas and her children. He was predeceased by a nephew, Charles Thomas, who died June 29, 1992, and half-brothers and half-sisters, Frank and Harry Thomas, Ora Holcomb, Eva Richmond and Sara Chaapel. A private committal service will be held at the convenience of the family at Alba Cemetery with the Rev. Guy Camp officiating. Memorials may be directed to the Alba Cemetery Fund, in care of Virginia Thomas, secretary, RR 1, Troy, Pa. Arrangements are by the Vickery Funeral Home, Troy. –Towanda Daily Review.
Carlton N. THOMAS of Hillcrest Apartments, Troy, PA, died Friday, November 3, 1995 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre after a period of declining health. He was born July 24, 1912 to Alvin and Mary Newell Thomas on the Century Farm midway between troy and canton. He worked for many years as a messenger in the Capitol building in Harrisburg. He returned to troy upon his retirement and spent his last years there. He was a dedicated walker and could be seen by his many friends around town. He was known for his friendly “hello” and when asked “How are you?” he always replied “Good, and you?” Carlton is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, W. Alonzo and Vadys R. Thomas; a nephew, Lowell Thomas and his wife, Barbara and their children; a nephew, Richard Thomas and his wife, Virginia, and their children; and a niece-in-law, Audrey Thomas and her children. He was predeceased by a brother, Raymond Thomas, on January 23, 1988; a nephew Charles Thomas on June 29, 1992; and half brothers and half-sisters, Frank and Harry Thomas, Ora Holcomb, Eva Richmond and Sara Chaapel. Private committal services were to held at the convenience of the family at Alba Cemetery with the rev. Guy Camp officiating. Arrangements were by the Vickery Funeral Home in troy. Memorials may be directed to the Alba Cemetery Fund in care of Virginia Thomas, secretary, RR 1, troy, PA 16947. “Troy Gazette-Register,” Troy, PA Thursday, November 9, 1995
CHARLES R. THOMAS
Charles R. Thomas, 59, of Troy RR 1, died Monday, June 29, 1992 at the Troy Community Hospital. He was born July 3, 1932 in Troy, PA, the son of Raymond C. and Mildred Nenninger Thomas. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Alba where he was a former Sunday school superintendent. Mr. Thomas was a dairy and veal farmer for many years. He was a member of the Canton Moose Lodge and was a social member of the Marine Corps League. He was secretary of the Alba Cemetery Association, a former director of Troy Agway, a former member of the Pennsylvania Farmers Association and former delegate for Eastern Milk Producers. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Audrey Turner Thomas; daughters and sons-in-law, Denise and Paul Toth of Somerset, PA, Deanna and Randy E. May of Canton and Dessa and Brian Earle of Troy RR 3; sons and daughters-in-law, Dom and Monika Thomas of Germany and David Thomas of Troy RR 1; brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard and Virginia Thomas of Troy RR 1; nine grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Daryl Thomas, in 1967. Funeral services were held July 9 at the Vickery Funeral Home in Troy with the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating and burial to be in Alba Cemetery in Alba. Memorials may be directed to the Trojan Booster Club in care of Walt Dewey, 485 East Main Street, Troy, PA 16947. (TGR, Thursday, July 9, 1992)
WILLIAM ALONZO THOMAS died at the residence of his son-in-law, T. M. Fassett, East Main Street, Canton, Sunday afternoon, June 8, 1913. Funeral services were held at the Disciple church at Alba, Wednesday, June 14, the interment being in the Alba Cemetery. With the death of William Alonzo Thomas almost the last representative of the generation that made Bradford County has died. He was the son of Jacob and Susannah (Rowley) Thomas, who came from New Hampshire in 1808, and settled in what is now Troy township, on what later became known as the A. H. Thomas farm, about four miles south of troy. Twelve years later Jacob and Susannah Thomas moved a mile and a half farther south, to a new farm. Their children were Zurah, who married Samuel Case), Alvin W., Samuel, Hiram, Chester, Allen, Lucy, who married Dummer Lilley), and William Alonzo, the subject of this sketch, who was born June 6, 1824, and who resided on the old farm, just north of Alba, until five or six years ago, when advancing years caused him to seek a home with his daughter in this place. He married, first, Jane Lilley, herself the daughter of one of the pioneers, and a sister of Eben and Dummer Lilley, who are well known in the history of the county. This union was blessed with two children, Lilley A. Thomas, of Standing Stone Township, and Mrs. T. M. Fassett, of this place. His second marriage was to the widow of Dr. Rockwell, of Troy, and a daughter of the late B. A. Long. In 1859 Mr. Thomas was elected a commissioner of Bradford County, was re-elected in 1862, and in 1866 was elected prothonotary of Bradford County; serving in this office two terms, retiring in 1872. During his official life he had also carefully managed his large farm in Troy Township, and after his retirement from office returned to the soil with the enthusiasm of a born farmer. In his earlier days he was a mighty hunter, and it was not until advancing years made it impossible that he finally hung up his old fashioned deer rifle and retired from the chase. Pleasant, affable, intelligent, he was always a good comrade and in the generation in which his active life was spent he was very popular among his fellows. During his later years he has had the respect and veneration of all.
Daily Review, On the afternoon of Friday, Sept. 19, 2003, Canton Borough resident Hugh Leroy TILLOTSON, died quietly at the Bradford County Manor. He was 76 years old. Born June 12, 1927 on his family's Canton Township farm, he was the son of Oscar and Velma (Gee) Tillotson. As was often the case with many of his generation, Hugh left school after the eighth grade to help run the family farm. When he was 18 he answered our country's call by enlisting in the United States Marine Corps, where he served in the Pacific Theater of Operations. After the war, Hugh returned home to Canton and courted a young lady named Carrie L. Griffin. They were united in marriage on Nov. 17, 1948 and together they raised three sons and three daughters. Hugh was a diligent, hard working man who had a passion for farming and a deep devotion to his wife and children. Though never one for joining organizations, he was none-the-less a warm, friendly man who was always ready to lend a hand when needed. His life was centered on his family and even during the final stages of his infirmity a visit from one of his children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren could put a smile on his face and brighten his day. Hugh is survived by his devoted wife of almost 55 years, Carrie, at home; sons LeRoy Tillotson of Canton Borough and Tim and Ann Tillotson of Texarkana Ark.; daughters LaReta Sandler of Canton Borough, Patricia Roberts of Wyalusing and Linda Tillotson of Aston, Pa.; sisters Eva M. Chaapel of Canton Borough, Neda Brown of Shunk and Beverly Verts of M.D.; 13 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Velma Tillotson; a son, Larry Tillotson; brothers Fred, Niles, Stanley and Merle Tillotson; and sisters Arminda Dean, Barbara Stetler and Marian Mulno. Services will be conducted from the First Christian Church of Alba Saturday, Sept. 27, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Tom Blackall officiating. Interment will follow in the Alba Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to Guthrie Hospice, RR4 Box 154, Towanda, Pa., 18848. Professional services have been entrusted to Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, Inc., 40 N. Center Street, Canton. Submitted by Carol HOOSE Brotzman
LARRY D. TILLOTSON, 19 of Alba died Tuesday afternoon, June 3, 1976 in Canton. He is the son of Hugh and Carolyn Griffin Tillotson. He was an employee of the Canford Manufacturing Plant in Canton. He is survived by his wife, Clara of Orlando, Fla.; a daughter, Shawna; his parents in Alba; sisters, Mrs. Harold Roberts Jr. of Wyalusing, Mrs. Forrest Aeppli of Stevensville and Miss LeReta Tillotson of Alba; brothers, Leroy of Canton and Timothy of Alba; maternal grandmother, Mrs. Gladys Griffin of Canton; paternal grandfather, Oscar Tillotson of Canton, several nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the Morse Funeral Home in Canton, Rev. Brad Thurston officiating. –Towanda Daily Review
NILES (NUB) TILLOTSON, 49 of Okeechobee, FL died July 8, 1984 at his home. Nub was born April 30, 1935, the son of Oscar and the late Thelma G. Tillotson. Surviving, besides his father, are his wife, the former Jean Griffin; two sons, David of Campbell, NY and Niles Jr. of San Antonio, TX; daughters, Terry and Heasley of Gillett, Pennie Murrey of Elmira, Phyllis Tillotson of San Antonio, Mary Perry of Okeechobee and Jeanie at home; 10 grandchildren; brothers, Stanley of Troy, Hugh of Sylvania, Fred of Alba and Murle; sisters, Marion Mulo and Barb Settler, both of Canton, Eva Chaapel of Grover, Neta Brown of Shunk and Beverly Brots of Maryland. A memorial service was held July 17 in Canton with Pastor N. Glen Landis officiating. Interment was in the Alba Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel
GERALD LEE VAN BUREN, 39, of Alba, Pa., died Sunday, Jan. 26, 1986 at Troy Community Hospital following an apparent heart attack. Born July 29, 1946 in Elkland, Pa., he was the son of Henry J. and Mary L. Mosier Van Buren. He was formerly employed by Crampton’s Sign Company in Sylvania. Surviving are a daughter and son, Martha Jane Van Buren and Gerald Lee Van Buren, Jr., both of Alba; his mother, Mary L. Mosier of Alba; his father, Henry J. Van Buren of Athens; a sister, Mrs. Daniel (Linda) Wheeler of Elkland; maternal grandmother, Mrs. Gettie Ott of Alba; maternal grandfather, Robert L. Carr of Elkland; step-grandfather, Christopher Ott of Alba; several nieces, nephews and cousins, one uncle and two aunts. A memorial service will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the New Life Temple in Canton with the Rev. Glenn Landis officiating. Interment will be at a later date in Alba Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, Towanda. There will be no calling hours at the funeral home. –Towanda Daily Review.
VAN NOY, R. CARROLL, R. Carroll VanNoy, 80, Canton, died Oct. 26, 1984 at Troy Community Hospital. Services were held at Morse and Kleese Funeral Home Oct. 29 with Rev. John S. Mullen officiating. Burial in Alba Cemetery. He was born Sept. 9, 1904 in Granville Twp., son of Milton and Harriet Spencer VanNoy. He operated VanNoy Implement Co. for over 30 years. He was a member of E. Granville Baptist Church, Canton F & AM Lodge # 415, AASR of Williamsport and life member of Canton Fire Dept.; also former member of Canton Boro Authority. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Fern Packard; daughter and son-in-law, Kay and Michael Collins, Canton; two grandsons; brother, Earl VanNoy, Wellsboro; several nieces and nephews. (TGR Nov. 8, 1984)
WARBURTON –LOUISE KNIGHTS THOMAS, 102 a resident of the Bradford County Manor died Monday, Feb. 3, 1986 at the home. Mrs. Thomas was a lifelong resident of Bradford County, having lived in Alba continuously from 1900 to 1976. She was born Aug. 25, 1883 in West LeRoy, the daughter of John B. and Nancy Warburton. She was predeceased by nine brothers and sisters. She was a charter member of the area chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Surviving are three grand-nieces, Mrs. Marjorie Sutton of Glendale, Arizona, Mrs. Dorothy Strudurick of New Smyrna Beach, Fla. and Mrs. Mildred Johnson of Apalachin, N.Y.; one grand-nephew, Edwin J. Scott of Canton. There will be no calling hours. A private interment service will be held in Alba Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the direction of the Morse-Kleese Funeral Home, Canton. –Towanda Daily Review
Eliphalet WARD came from Connecticut to upper Sugar Creek in or before 1812. He was a son of a patriot of the Revolution and himself a soldier in the War of 1812. He settled near Alba and engaged in farming until his death, 1865, in his 76th year. His wife was Polly Case, born in Vermont. She died, 1876, in her 84th year. In his will, Mr. Ward provided for his wife and surviving children: Orrin P. (a member of F., 11th P. V. Cavalry, Civil War), Samuel C., Jane Scott, Lydia Boyce, Lucinda Patrick and Nancy Tuttle.
WELCH - Palmer, Mrs. Maude Welch- 80, of Troy, died at Canton at 12:45 am Monday. She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. John Ruggles of Troy and Mrs. Bess W Rockwell of West Burlington; a brother, Frank Welch of Canton; several nieces and nephews. The body is at the Soper funeral home in Troy where services will be held Wednesday at 2 pm. Rev. O D Young officiating. Burial will be in Alba Cemetery.
JAMES EDWARD WESNESKI - On Thursday, March 26, 2015, James Edward Wesneski of Troy passed away quietly at his residence, surrounded by his loving family, after a lengthy illness. He was 69 years of age. Known to family and friends as "Edgie," he was born on Sept. 10, 1945 in Blossburg and was the son of Charles and Helen (Page) Wesneski. He was raised in Gleason (Union Twp.), and attended Canton Area High School. One night while attending Messner's barn dance in Liberty he was introduced by a mutual friend to Sharon Day, herself a student at Canton High. They had passed in the hallway at school many times, never regarding one another. But this night they saw each other in a different light, and before long a romance blossomed. Edgie and Sharon were married July 23, 1966. Together they shared almost 49 years. Edgie was a man well acquainted with hard work. He had been employed as a foundry worker and coal miner. But his real passion was construction, especially bridges. In fact, examples of his craftsmanship can be seen all along the I-180 beltway. He was gifted as a natural born mechanic and refurbisher of furniture as well. He was also quite meticulous and orderly, and avidly kept his vehicles and equipment immaculately clean. He was always happiest when he was busy, and remained active until multiple health issues curtailed his activities. Edgie was a most congenial man with a heart of gold and was always willing to lend a hand. But he was a man without pretense who called things as he saw them. You always knew, in no uncertain terms, where you stood with him. The most important facets of his life revolved around his loving wife and family, and they were at his side as he departed this life. Edgie is survived by his wife, Sharon, at home, son James E. Wesneski Jr. (and Tiffanie) of Canton; daughters: Brenda (and Randy) Sokoly of Blossburg, Norma (and Stephen) Mattocks of Alba; stepdaughter Connie (and Skip) Rogers of Roaring Branch; sisters: Frances Wilson of Williamsport, Jane Ogden of Blossburg, Louise (and Dan) Woodward of Troy, Shirley Allen of Canton; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and special nephew Bobby Wesneski. He was preceded in death by son, Daryl Wesneski and sister, Mary Lou Dunbar. Calling hours will be 10 a.m. until noon on Monday, March 30 at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 94 N. Center St., Canton, Pa. Service will follow at noon with Pastor Tom Blackall officiating. Interment will be in the Alba Cemetery. –Towanda Daily Review 3/29/2015
WHITE –DELLA M. CRANDALL, 101, formerly of 118 Ward Ave., Towanda died Sunday afternoon Jan. 21, 1990 at the Bradford County Manor. Born July 13, 1888 in Stevensville, she was a daughter of Sanford and Harriet Ackley White. Mrs. Crandall was formerly employed by Woolworth’s in Rochester, NY. On Jan. 5, 1925 she married Timothy Crandall in Elmira, NY. He preceded her in death in 1948. Mrs. Crandall owned and operated the Elm Lodge Tourist Home on East Water St. in Elmira for many years and was also employed by Mark’s Cut Rite Pharmacy in Elmira Heights, NY for many years. She is survived by a niece, Mrs. Robert (Eleanor) Travis of Towanda RD 1; three grand nieces: Mrs. Charles (Shirley) Walker of Towanda, Mrs. Isedora Walker of Towanda RD 5 and Mrs. Robert (Alma) Selleck of Towanda RD 3; two nephews: Donald Vincent of Millerton RD 2 and Harold Vincent of Towanda RD 2; two grand nephews: Dale Norton of Wellsburg, NY and Stewart Norton of Ulster RD 2: several great-grandnieces, grand nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by a sister, Callie White Edward and by three brothers: LeRoy, Scott and Raymond White. A private funeral and committal service will be held at the convenience of the family with the Rev. Harry L. Ferguson, pastor of the Wysox Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment will be in Alba Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home in Towanda. There will be no calling hours. –Towanda Daily Review
WOOD-- Mrs. Arthur S. MASON, who died suddenly last Friday morning at the family home on the Canton road, was a native of Smithfield Township, where she was born in 1857. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson WOOD. In girlhood she joined the Disciple church of Alba of which she had been a consistent member for more than 40 years. With her husband she became a member of Troy Grange a number of years ago, and they were probably the only members of that organization who had both taken all of the degrees, local, State and National. Mrs. Mason had been an invalid for many years. She was greatly loved and respected. Her husband survives and an adopted son, Edward Mason. The funeral was held at 1 o’clock Monday afternoon at the home, the Rev. Bryan of Alba, officiating. Interment was in the Alba Cemetery. TGR1913
Pauline A. WRIGHT was born in Springfield January 25th, 1844, was married to O. P. Ward April 1st, 1866 died May 4th, 1901, after an illness of four days of typhoid pneumonia. Her funeral was held from her late residence on May 76h at 2 p.m., and was attended by a large number of relatives, neighbors, and friends. The services were conducted by Rev. W. H. Porter assisted by Revs. Weston Burrell and ---. Interment in Alba cemetery. Mrs. Ward is survived by her aged mother, husband, two daughters, one son and three grandchildren, five sisters and one brother.TGR 1901
? HAFLETT Lydia E. wife of A.L. HAFLETT 1869 – 1915 (cemetery reading)
Mrs. Lydia Hofflett - Alba News) Mrs. Lydia Hofflett died at her home in Trenton, N. J., Friday. The remains were brought here for burial Monday night. The funeral was held in the Baptist church, Tuesday at 2 p.m. Rev. W. H. Porter, assisted by H. C. Houston, officiated, burial in Alba Cemetery. Mr. Hofflett and family have the sympathy of the entire community in their sad bereavement, it being doubly sad as Mrs. Hofflet’s mother preceded her in a little less than two months. TGR 1915
? Mrs. John RICHMOND
(Alba News) Mrs. John Richmond died Saturday night at her daughter’s, Mrs. Emily Peters of this place. She was 88 years old. Her husband who is six months younger, still is in good health. She was buried at the Alba cemetery. TGR 1903