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Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
Obituary & Clipping Section
Bradford County, Pennsylvania

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Bradford County PA

Chemung County NY

Tioga County PA

 

Bradford County Memorial Park, Burlington Township, Bradford County, PA
Obituaries 

 

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Do You Know that you can search just the Obituaries on the site by using the three County Specific Obituary selections in the Partitioned search engine at the bottom of the Current What's New Page? You can narrow your search by including a key word in the cemetery name or a township name in addition to the surname you search. Then select the Find All Words option. 
You'll also find obituary and other newspaper clippings using Clippings partition. Additional clippings can be found in the Birth, Marriage, and some other partitions. 

Reading a series of obituaries from a single cemetery, as they are presented here, is like reading the multi-generational history of a community. These people were the local populace at a particular time. The people buried here knew each other, were neighbors, relatives and school mates. They attended church together and engaged in "trade" or business. 

All people are listed in alphabetic order by surname at BIRTH. Women identified by a married alias only and  for whom a birth surname can not be identified, are listed on the last page for the cemetery's obituaries. Please send in typed obituaries for people buried in our local cemeteries. If possible include name of newspaper and date. Send typed in your email or in attached Word files. Send to Joyce M. Tice (JoyceTice@aol.com) 


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All people are listed by surname at birth rather than by surname at death


SNEDEKER –IVA MAE CRAGLE, 71, of Sally Piper Road, Endwell, NY, formerly of LeRaysville died at her home on Monday, March 13, 1989 following an illness. She was born on Sept. 24, 1917 in Carbondale, Pa., a daughter of Maurice and Elizabeth Davis) Snedeker. She was a former employee of the Red and White Store in LeRaysville. She enjoyed quilting, arts and crafts and was a member of the Berean Baptist Church in Endwell. Mrs. Cragle is survived by her husband of 53 years, Roff E. Cragle at home: her daughters, Mrs. Gordon (Jean) Miller of Binghamton and Mrs. James (Beatrice) Burginia of Wilkes-Barre: her brothers: Duane Snedeker, Newark Valley, NY, Allen Snedeker of Brackney, PA, Wilbur Snedeker of Windsor, NY; sister, Mrs. Andrew (Mildred) Condon, Little Meadows; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by a daughter, Nancy Crragle in 1962. The funeral will be held Thursday at noon at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel in Nichols with her pastor, the Rev. George D. Miller II officiating. Interment will be in Bradford County Memorial Park, Luthers Mills. The family will receive friends at 10 a.m. until the service at noon. Memorials in her memory may be directed to the hospice unit of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton, NY. –Towanda Daily Review

 

SNYDER - Edith M. Chaplin, 82, formerly of Towanda, Pa., died Monday Sept. 14, 2009 at the Bradford County Manor, West Burlington Twp., Pa.  Born Nov. 11, 1926 in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Laurence Synder and Florence SAWYER SYNDER JOHNSON.  In earlier years, Edith was employed by Eastman Kodak in Rochester, N.Y. and Corning Glass. Later, she was employed by Moretti's Restaurant and Helen Tolbert's Chicken Farm in Elmira, N.Y., and the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, until her retirement.  She was a member of SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Towanda.  Surviving are: her daughters, Sandralee Marie Warfle and her husband, LeRoy Warfle, of RR1 Ulster, Pa, Florence Angelina Chaplin of Elmira, N.Y.; her son, William Chaplin of Altoona, Pa; her grandchildren, LeRoy Warfle and his wife Cindy, William Warfle and his wife Arlene, Gloria Scheler, Vernon Warfle and his wife, Sue, Larramie Warfle and his wife, Princess, Cherokee Babcock and her husband, Rodney, Debbi Bump and her husband Leo; several great-grandchildren, a stepsister, Aline Bump of Towanda, Pa.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her mother, Florence Johnson; her father, Laurence Snyder; her stepfather, Orange Johnson; sisters, Jenny Mae Cochran and Edith Wheeler.  A graveside funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday Sept. 17, at the Bradford County Memorial Park, Luthers Mills, Pa.  There are no calling hours.  In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the Bumpville Church, P.O. Box 238, Rome, PA 18837, in Edith M. Chaplin's memory.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa.  16 Sept. 2009, Towanda Daily Review.

 

SNYDER –GRACE M. JOERG, 80, of Albany Township, New Albany RD 1 died Saturday morning July 13, 1989 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre following a lingering illness. She was born October 17, 1908 in Bethlehem, PA, daughter of the late Percy and Minerva Apgar Snyder. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Towanda. She was a past worthy advisor for the International Order of Rainbow for Girls in 1926 in Paterson, NJ. She was a graduate of the Paterson General Hospital School of Nursing and was employed there as a surgical nurse until World War II when she became a nurse for the Curtis-Wright Aircraft Co. during World War II. She then owned and operated the Little Brook Nursing Home in Califon, NJ until her retirement in 1972. She has been a resident of the New Albany area since that time and was a co-owner of the Old Blue House in Wysox where she was an instructor in needlework. Her husband, the late Frank C. Joerg died December 4, 1982. Surviving is one son, Frank A. Joerg of New Albany, one daughter, Mrs. Linda Wood of Albuguerque, NY; three grandsons and one granddaughter. The funeral service will be held Tuesday morning at 11 in Trinity Lutheran Church, Towanda with the Rev. Kurt E. Garbe, her pastor officiating. Burial will be in Bradford County Memorial Park. Luthers Mills. Friends may call at the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore on Monday evening from 7-9. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations or contributions may be directed to the Bradford County Chapter of the American Heart Fund. –Towanda Daily Review

SNYDER –MILDRED LOUISE MAHONEY, 74, of Monroeton, widow of Daniel L. Mahoney, died Monday evening, June 10, 1991, at her home.  Born Jan. 15, 1917, in Lawrenceville, Pa., she was a daughter of the late Jacob and Josephine Kennedy Snyder.  She was a graduate of Towanda High School and the Susquehanna Collegiate Institute of Business in Towanda.  In early years she was employed by the Berlinger Silk Mill in Towanda and was later employed for 20 years by the Ingersoll-Rand, Athens, until her retirement on April 30, 1973.  On May 26, 1939, she married Daniel Leo Mahoney at SS. Peter and Paul Church, Towanda.  He preceded her in death on Nov. 5, 1987.  She was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Church and its Altar and Rosary Society, Catholic Daughters of American and the I.R. Randelttes.  She also was an active member of the Monroe Hose Co. Auxiliary, where she served as treasurer for many years.  Mrs. Mahoney is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia L. and Charles Meier of Monroeton and Mary Jo and J. Edward Miller of Towanda, a son and daughter-in-law, Daniel L. and Carol Mahoney II of Berwick, Pa.; a sister and brother-in-law, Peg and Harold Skinner of Gretina, La.; five grandchildren, Theresa, Timothy, Katie, Ann and Marguerite Miller, all of Towanda; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was preceded in death by a sister, Edna Woodruff, and a brother, Robert Snyder.  The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 7-9 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda.  A Scripture service will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, June 13, at 9 a.m. at SS. Peter and Paul Church, Towanda.  Interment will be in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Bradford County Memorial Park.  Friends who wish may direct memorials to the Monroe Hose Co., Monroeton, Pa. in Mrs. Mahoney’s memory.  –Towanda Daily Review.

SOPER, Charles Leland- (SRGP 14681)  Services for Charles Leland Soper, 72 of Elmira were held Jan 31 (1968) at the Vickery Funeral Home, Troy, the Rev Glenn Dewey officiating. Mr. Soper, formerly of Troy, died at his home in Elmira on Jan 28, 1968. He was a member of the Austinville Methodist Church. He had been employed at the Eclipse Corp for some 27 years. Surviving are his wife: Lillian Ann: daughters, Mrs. Joseph Passeri, Columbia Cross Rds, Mrs. Phillip Wood, Elmira, Mrs. Bernard Koop, VanEtten, NY, Helen Soper, Washington DC and Connie Soper, at home; sons, Robert and Jack Soper of Bridgport, Conn, Leland of Tacoma, Wash; sisters Mrs. Fritz Shaylor, Troy, Mrs. Etta Gardner of Rochester: 14 grandchildren, one great-grandchild; several nieces and nephews.  Interment was in Bradford County Memorial Park. (Daily Review 1968)

HELEN L. (POLLY) SOPER, a memorial service for Helen L. (Polly) Soper of Rockville, MD, formerly of Troy will be held Saturday, May 17, at 10 a.m. at St. John’s Rectory in Troy.  Officiating will be Father Steven McGough.  Burial will be in Bradford County Memorial Park.  Miss Soper died Thursday, May 8, 1986 at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C. following a lengthy illness.  She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Lillian K. Soper of Alba; four sisters, Mrs. Philip (Sally) Wood of Alba, Mrs. Bernard (Jean) Koop of Van Etten, N.Y.; Mrs. Joseph (Jude) Passeri of Columbia Cross Roads and Connie Soper of Troy RD 2; two brothers, Boney Soper of Columbia Cross Roads and Jack Soper of Tucson, Arizona; several nieces and nephews.  Polly was an avid golfer and vice president of the De Sebour Associates, Inc. of Bethesda, MD.  –Towanda Daily Review

 

SOPER Sally A. Wood  

During the early morning hours of Wednesday, July 6, 2011, longtime Alba resident Sally A. (Soper) Wood died quietly at her residence after a brave battle with cancer. She was 73 years of age. Born Dec. 31, 1939 in Sayre, she was one of nine children in the family of Leland and Lillian (Crum) Soper.  Sally was raised on the family's farm in the vicinity of Troy where she developed a strong work ethic and an appreciation for a job well done. Though petite in frame and stature, Sally was the all around farm girl for whom no task was too great. This "can do" attitude would serve her well throughout her life. In her youth Sally was a majorette at Troy High School . She also raced stock cars, following in the footsteps of her mother, a Powder Puff Derby champion.  Sally was also known to be light on her feet on the dance floor, and one evening, across a crowded room, her eyes met those of a young man named Phil Wood. He asked her to dance and before long they were a steady couple. Phil and Sally would go on to win many dance contests. They were married Jan. 20, 1961 and shared 50 years together. In addition to her tasks as a homemaker Sally took a job at the post office in Alba. She was a member of the Ladies' Auxiliary of both Canton Post No. 714 VFW and Canton Post No. 303 American Legion. She was a very active member of Canton Chapter No. 71 Women of The Moose, where she served as part of the College of Regents. She also participated in the local blood drives at the Moose. And amid all of these activities outside of the home she still found time to be a devoted wife and mother. She enjoyed canning, baking and cooking holiday dinners for her extended family. Sally was also known for her quick dry wit and straight-off-the-cuff honesty. She told it like it was and didn't mince words but never in a rude way. Sally was always the personification of class. She could look you in the eye and read you like a book, but was always ready to give the benefit of the doubt. She was a great lover of animals, especially cats and dogs, many of which she rescued from abandonment over the years. Her kindness also extended to people who were down on their luck and in need of shelter. She turned no deserving person away. Sally was the quintessential family matriarch; the glue that held them all together. Even in her final moments her concerns were not for herself, but for her beloved family as she admonished them to care for one another.   Sally is survived by her husband of 50 years, Phillip, at home; daughters Connie Delrie of Alba and Cindy Delauro of Stuart, Fla.; stepdaughter Marcella Matthers of Canton; stepson David Wood of Williamsport; granddaughter Stacey Matthews of N.Y.; sisters Jean (and Bernard) Koop of VanEtten, N.Y., Connie Soper of N.D. and special devoted "son" Rob Parker. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leland and Lillian Soper; brothers Dick Soper, Robert Soper, Jack Soper and Leland Soper; and sisters Helen "Polly" Soper and Julia "Jude" Passeri.  Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 10, at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 94 N. Center Street, Canton, and will resume at 9 a.m. on Monday. Funeral service will be 10 a.m. followed by interment in Bradford County Memorial Park. The family will provide the flowers and suggests that Memorial contributions be directed to Guthrie Hospice, RR4 box 154, Towanda PA 18848.  Towanda Daily Review – July 7, 2011

 

SOURS - Evelyn M Dougherty, 76, wife of Robert E. Dougherty of Ulster RR 1, Sheshequin Township, diedFriday evening, Feb. 10, 1995, at her home.  Born July 23, 1918, in Troy, she was the daughter of the late Glen and Lenna HACKETT Sours.  Mrs. Daugherty was a member of the SS Peter & Paul Church, Towanda, and belonged to the Asylum Township V.F.W. Auxillary No. 6072.  Surviving are her husband, Robert E. Dougherty, at home: two sons: Robert Seymour of Rome and William Doughtery of Mehoopany, PA; a daughter and son-in-law, Evelyn and Durland Vosburg of San Bernadino, CA; a daughter Shirley Silvernail of Millerton, PA; three sisters: Elizabeth Vanhalstine of Floruda, Geraldine McNett of Columbia Cross Roads and Loretta French of Elmira, NY; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was preceded in death by a son, Donald Seymour of Athens.  A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday Feb. 15, 1995, at the SS Peter & Paul Church, towanda.  Interment will follow in the Bradford County Memorial Park Cemetery, Luthers Mills.  The family will receive friends Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bowen Farr Funeral Home, Ulster, PA.  A virgil prayer service will be held Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.  Feb 11, 1995, Towanda Daily Review.  Submitted by Reva Wagner.

SPAULDING
Albert A. Spaulding, age 66, of Alba, PA, early Tuesday, May 22, 1973, at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. Friends may call at the Ralph Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, PA. Wednesday 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral and committal there Thursday at 2 p.m., the Rev. William I. Hicks. Burial in Bradford County Memorial Park, Luthers Mills, PA. Survived by wife, Marion Carl Spaulding; two daughters, Mrs. Edward (Patricia) Merritt of Horseheads, Mrs. Russell (Phyllis) Crane of Troy, RD 2, eight grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Joseph Sullivan of Elmira, brother, Howard Spaulding of Pittsburg, PA; several nieces and nephews. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Alba, PA, and a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose No. 429, Canton, PA. He and Mrs. Spaulding owned and operated the Spaulding Store in Alba for 28 years, until 1969. The Loyal Order of the Moose will hold a memorial service at the funeral home Wednesday at 8 p.m.

LEO F. SPEER, 77, of 104 Kingsbury Ave., Towanda died Thursday afternoon, June 21, 1990.  Born Aug. 2, 1912 in Dushore, he was the son of Carl and Anna Cotter Speer.  Leo was employed by GTE Electric from July 1946 to Aug. 1974 when he retired, completing 28 years of service.  He was a veteran of WWII serving as a Fireman First Class in U.S. Navy.  Leo was an avid baseball and Little League fan.  He was a member of the Towanda American Legion Post #42 and the Sayre Skiff-Bower VFW Post.  Surviving are a grandson Gerald P. Wells Jr. of Monroeton RD 1; two granddaughters, Mrs. David (Linda) Moore of Williamsport and Mrs. Walter (Kathleen Davis of Monticello, NY; six great-grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Helen Bleab of Akron, N.Y.  He was predeceased by a daughter, Patricia Wells, on March 15, 1954 and his wife, Ida M. Speer on Nov. 26, 1984.  Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m., June 24, 1990 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda with the Rev. Harry L. Ferguson officiating.  Interment will be in the Bradford County Memorial Park with the Towanda American Legion Post #42 conducting military services.  Friends may call at the funeral home Saturday evening from 7-9.  Family requests that memorials be directed to the Towanda Little League in care of Mrs. Terry Perry, RD 1, Box 117, Monroeton, Pa.  –Towanda Daily Review

ALBERTA R. SPENCER
Alberta R. Spencer, 61, Burlington, PA died September 18, 1990 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. She was born April 2, 1929 in Towanda, PA, the daughter of Jay R. and Minnie Williams Spencer Sr. She was a member of the Burlington United Methodist Church and the Burlington Lady Lynn Rebekah Lodge. She was also a member of the Bradford County Republican Women and the Troy Fire Station No. 2 Ladies Auxiliary. She is survived by son, Allen Melody, Sayre; sisters, Mrs. Donald (Cleone) Burchill, Towanda, Mrs. Phil (Berneda) Daly, Towanda, Mrs. Russ (Janice) Bartlett, Aurora, CO, Mrs. Merle (Judy) Smith, Burlington; brothers, Jay R. Spencer Jr., Towanda and Elwood Spencer, Apopka, FL; several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews; two aunts and several cousins; very close friends, Darla and Duane Walker and family of East Walnut and Janice Causer and son Bobby of Sayre. Funeral services were held at the Vickery Funeral Home in Troy with the Rev. John C. Feaster officiating and burial to be in Bradford County Memorial Park. Memorials can be directed to the Burlington United Methodist Church in care of Mrs. Evelyn Lane, RD 2, Ulster, PA 18850. (TGR, Thursday, September 27, 1990) {Alberta used her own name rather than married alias. }

BILL SPENCER, 61 of Gillett, formerly of Troy died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 1985 at the Veterans’ Memorial Hospital Center in Wilkes-Barre.  He was born Dec. 8, 1924 in Long Island, New York and was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War.  He was a charter member of the East Smithfield VFW and was a former owner of the East Troy Diner.  He was formerly employed at American LaFrance in Elmira, New York.  He is survived by his wife Ellie Spencer; daughter, Jacqueline Weeks of Canton; son and daughter-in-law, Martin and Debbie Spencer of Troy; sons, David Spencer of Factoryville, Mike Spencer of Elmira, Ralph Spencer of Elmira; three grand-daughters; three grand-sons; nephews, Gerald Allen of Towanda RD 2; niece, Cherrie Bronson of Wysox; aunt, Alice Ross of Burlington; sister-in-law, Francis Kilgore of Burlington and mother-in-law, Elizabeth Dibble of Burlington.  Friends may call at the Vickery Funeral home in Troy on Friday from 6-9 p.m.  Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. with full military honors conducted with the Rev. Jasper Smith officiating.  Burial will be in Bradford County Memorial Park.  –Towanda Daily Review

SPENCER, Elwin S-born February 14, 1897 died April 7, 1982 Burial Sat April 10, 1982 Bradford County Memorial Park. (Funeral Card)

SPENCER –GRACE SPENCER ROOT, 76, widow of LaVern “Pop” Root of East Towanda (Towanda RD 5) died on Saturday morning, May 11, 1985 at the Skilled Nursing Unit, Memorial Hospital following a period of deteriorating health.  Born November 11, 1908 in Burlington Twp., she was a daughter of Thomas and Myrtle Borden Spencer.  After attending school in Franklindale Township, she moved to Elmira and then attended Elmira Free Academy.  On May 30, 1931, Grace married LaVern Root in Towanda.  She was employed by the Burlinger Silk Mill and later was an Avon representative for many years.  Following the death of her husband LeVern on June 12, 1982, Grace continued to be the local U.S. Weather observer, a service her husband began in 1961.  Her main interest in life was in her home and family.  She was a 50-year member of the Towanda Rebekah Lodge #352.  She is survived by a son, Quinn Root of Troy RD 3, a daughter, Mrs. Leon (Marcia) Field of Towanda RD 3; six grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Freda Fromm of Granville Summit RD 1; also nieces, nephews and cousins.  Private funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, Towanda with Rev. Vincent Langan of Sayre officiating.  Burial will be in Bradford County Memorial Park, Luthers Mills.  There will be no calling hours at the funeral home.  The family requests that memorials be directed to the Salvation Army, 314 S. Elmer Ave., Sayre, Pa. in Mrs. Root’s memory.  –Towanda Daily Review

SPENCER –GRACE SPENCER ROOT, 76, widow of LaVern “Pop” Root of East Towanda (Towanda RD 5) died on Saturday morning, May 11, 1985 at the Skilled Nursing Unit, Memorial Hospital following a period of deteriorating health.  Born November 11, 1908 in Burlington Twp., she was a daughter of Thomas and Myrtle Borden Spencer.  After attending school in Franklindale Township, she moved to Elmira and then attended Elmira Free Academy.  On May 30, 1931, Grace married LaVern Root in Towanda.  She was employed by the Burlinger Silk Mill and later was an Avon representative for many years.  Following the death of her husband LeVern on June 12, 1982, Grace continued to be the local U.S. Weather observer, a service her husband began in 1961.  Her main interest in life was in her home and family.  She was a 50-year member of the Towanda Rebekah Lodge #352.  She is survived by a son, Quinn Root of Troy RD 3, a daughter, Mrs. Leon (Marcia) Field of Towanda RD 3; six grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Freda Fromm of Granville Summit RD 1; also nieces, nephews and cousins.  Private funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, Towanda with Rev. Vincent Langan of Sayre officiating.  Burial will be in Bradford County Memorial Park, Luthers Mills.  There will be no calling hours at the funeral home.  The family requests that memorials be directed to the Salvation Army, 314 S. Elmer Ave., Sayre, Pa. in Mrs. Root’s memory.  –Towanda Daily Review

SPENCER - IDA MAE PALMER
 Ida Mae Palmer, 92, of Alba, PA, died Tuesday, September 22, 1992 at the Bradford County Manor where she had resided for the past 11 years. Mrs. Palmer was born October 26, 1899 in McNett Township, Lycoming County, PA, a daughter of Benjamin P. and Lillie Crofut Spencer. Ida Mae was proprietor of Palmer's Second Hand Store in Alba for many years. She was a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Alba and was a Gold Star mother. Surviving are son and daughter-in-law, Lawrence and Julia Palmer, Alba; brother, James Spencer, Sylvania, OH; several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Palmer was predeceased by her husband, Clyde L., in 1979 and a son, PFC Philip Palmer, who was killed in North Africa during World War II in 1944. Funeral and committal services were held September 25 at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton with the Rev. Jasper Smith officiating and interment to be in Bradford County Memorial Park in Luthers Mills. Memorial donations may be directed to the charity of one's choice in Mrs. Palmer's memory. (TGR, Thursday, October 1, 1992)

JAMES A. SPENCER, 87 formerly of New Albany died Friday evening, Nov. 7, 1997 at the Highlands, LaPorte.  Born Oct. 15, 1910 on Kerrick Hill, Bradford County, he was a son of the late Bayard and Anna Strong Spencer.  James was a 1929 graduate of Towanda High School.  On May 20, 1935, he married the former Jessie Louise Hoyt.  In early years, James worked in a bakery in Pottsville, Pa.  He later entered into farming and owned and operated his farm in New Albany on Dempsey Hill for most of his life.  His life encompassed his home and family, especially his grandchildren.  He enjoyed working on farm machinery, hunting, fishing, gardening and canning and freezing food.  Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Jessie Hoyt Spencer of LaPorte; a son, Guy Elbert Spencer of New Albany; four grandchildren, Kay Louise Nolan of Mildred, Tammy Lynn Spencer of Dushore, Rexford Shane Spencer of New Albany and Steven James Spencer of New Albany; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Beatrice Slocum of Towanda RR 3; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by a sister, Lucy Welling; and four brothers, William, Emmett, Charles and Franklin Spencer.  The funeral and committal service will be held Monday, Nov. 10, 1997 at 5 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda with the Rev. Henry Gable of the Highlands, LaPorte officiating.  Interment will be later in Bradford County Memorial Park, Luthers Mills.  There are no calling hours.  –Towanda Daily Review

MICHAEL W. SPENCER, age 45, of Troy died on Monday, May 2, 2005, at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, from a long-term illness, muscular dystrophy.  Michael was born on Mary 4, 1960, in Troy, a son of William W. and Eloise D. (Dibble) Spencer.  Michael was an assembler for the Paper Magic Corp. for seven years.  He enjoyed camping and bowling.  Michael received many certificates of completion in fire training, auto mechanics, plumbing and heating.  He had been a volunteer for the Southport Fire Department.  Michael is survived by a sister, Jacqueline M. Isaacson of Canton; three brothers, Martin Spencer of Troy, David Spencer of Mansfield and Ralph Spencer of Troy; several nieces and nephews; a special niece and special nephews, Bobby Spencer, and Stephen and Jennifer Martin; and a special cousin, Jerry Allen.  He was preceded in death by a brother, Vernon “Buzz” Spencer, in 1984; his mother Eloise D. Spencer, in 1999, and his father, William Spencer, in 1985.  Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation from 1:30 to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4, at the Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory and Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, Pa.  A memorial service will follow the visitation at 2 p.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home with the rev. Garry Zuber officiating.  Burial will be held at a later date at the Bradford County Memorial Park.

RICHARD D. ‘DICK’ SPENCER, 78, of Columbia Crossroads, Pa., passed away Saturday evening, April 12, 2014 at the Bradford County Manor in West Burlington Township, Pa. "Dick," as he was known by his family and friends, was born Jan. 10, 1936 at Mills Hospital in Towanda, Pa., the son of Emmett and Mable Wood Spencer. He attended school in East Smithfield and later on Jan. 10, 1958 Dick married the former Laura Benninger. Dick was employed by the Calvin Cole Construction Company for over 23 years until his retirement. He enjoyed tractor pulling with his grandson Randy, fishing and restoring old tractors. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Laura Spencer; children, Rickie Spencer and wife Carla of Easley, S.C., Julia Stigers of Virginia Beach, Va.; grandchildren, Jeremy Spencer and wife Nicole of Easley, S.C., Cady Chambers and husband Jason of Charleston, S.C., Randy Pruyne of Columbia Cross Roads, Pa., Sheryl Pruyne who is stationed with the U.S. Navy in Virginia Beach, Va.; a great grandson, Darrien Pruyne of Virginia Beach, Va.; brother, Henry Spencer of Milan, Pa.; brother and sister-in-law, Bernard and Lisa Spencer of Ulster, Pa., Mike and Donna Spencer of Ulster, Pa.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Irene and Jack Bishop of Ulster, Pa., Marion and George Jefferson of Milan, Pa., Joyce Benjamin of Columbia Crossroads, Pa.; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Carl and Terrisita Benninger of Orlando, Fla., Jack and Deb Benninger of Florida, Con and Betty Benninger of Canton, Pa., Harold Benninger of Bloomsburg, Pa., Dale and Mable Canfield of Wyalusing, Pa.; sisters-in-law, Dora Edwards of Candor, N.Y., Gail Clark of California; aunt, Hettie Johnson of Durell, Pa.; uncle, Wilbur Elliott of Liberty Corners, Pa.; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son Patrick R. Spencer in March of 1963, brother and sister-in-law Edward and Ann Spencer, mother-in-law and father-in-law Miner and Nancy Brewer Benninger, brothers-in-law Jerome Benjamin, Paul Edwards, William Benninger, Jim Clark, sisters-in-law Loretta Spencer, Nancy Rogers, Janice Covey and her daughter, Peggy Coolbaugh, aunts Helen, Marjorie, Nellie and John Titchen and Lucy and John Heath, and a nephew, Donald Bishop. Abiding with Dick's request there will be no calling hours or funeral service. Interment will be in Bradford County Memorial Park, Luthers Mills, Pa. The family suggests that contributions may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association, 57 North Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA in Richard D. Spencer's memory. The Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home of Towanda, PA is assisting Dick's family with arrangements. –Towanda Daily Review 4/14/2014

SPENCER MRS. RITA SPENCER WALBURN, 56 a former Canton resident, died August 7, 1989 at her home in Elmira, NY.  She is survived by her husband, Harold Walburn; children, David and Sandy Walburn at home, Sharon and Delbert Lewis, Williamsport, Dan and Sue Walburn, Pine City; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mazie and Lawrence Dibble, Ogdensburg, Pauline and Harry Morrison, Beaver Dams, Matilda and Charles Terry, Canton; brothers and sisters-in-law, Donald and Dorothy Spencer, Canton, William and Sylvina Spencer, Roaring Branch, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Spencer, Elmira; mother-in-law, Bessie Walburn, Elmira; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Mrs. Herbert Punchard, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Cady all of Elmira; several nieces and nephews.  Mrs. Walburn was predeceased by a sister, Elsie Shadduck.  Funeral and committal services were held August 9 from the Olthof Funeral Home in Elmira.  Interment was in Bradford County Memorial Park.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

STEVEN LEE ‘STEVIE’ SPENCER, 34 of Stevensville RR 1 died Friday, July 30, 1999at his home following a period of declining health.  Born April 16, 1965 in Sayre he was a son of Richard E. Spencer Sr. and Carrieann Fenton App.  “Stevie,” as he was known by his friends, was a graduate of Northeast Bradford High School class of 1986.  In 1988 he married the former Debra Rupert.  Steven was employed by Penn DOT in Allentown, Pa. as a truck driver until 1997.  He loved his family and friends.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, sports, boating and demolition derby.  He is survived by his wife, Debra Spencer of Allentown; his son, Matthew Spencer of Allentown; his father, Richard Spencer Sr. of Troy; his mother Carrrieann App of Stevensville and her fiancé, Warren Arnold of Stevensville; a sister and her friend, Penny Spencer and Mark Yaith of Allentown; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard and Eunice Spencer of Troy, Rodney and Ginger Spencer of Mainesburg, Jamie and Candy Spencer of Mainesburg and Shawn and Norma Spencer of Troy; his grandparents, Mildred and Donald Williams of Potterville; his grandfather and step-grandmother, Harrison and Marion Fenton of Rome; his mother-in-law, Karen Rupert of Allentown; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Scott and Vivian Rupert of Allentown; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Terry and Tom Balit of Allentown; 17 nieces and nephews and several aunts and uncles.  He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Anna Fenton; his stepfather, John App; and his father-in-law, Kenneth Rupert.  The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 3 at 2 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home at 217 York Ave. in Towanda with the Rev. Lowell Patton officiating.  Interment will be in the Bradford County Memorial Park in Luthers Mills.  The family will receive friends on Monday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.  The family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to the H.O.P.S. Ambulance Assoc., c/o James W. Speipler, RR 1, Box 289, Rome, Pa. or to Memorial Hospice, 1 Hospital Drive, Towanda, Pa. in Mr. Spencer’s memory.  –Towanda Daily Review

THOMAS ALBERT SPENCER age 53 died April 3, 1993 at a hospital in San Francisco, CA.  He was born January 10, 1940 the son of Walter and Geraldine Bailey Spencer.  Tom was a 1957 graduate of Canton High School where he was active in drama and the school newspaper.  He was an employee of Municipal Transportation in San Francisco, retiring recently due to ill health.  Survivors are his mother; four brothers, William, Robert, Joseph and Stephen; nieces and nephews; two aunts; several cousins in the area.  Memorial services will be conducted at the Grover Church of Christ, Friday, April 16 at 8:00 p.m.  His father predeceased him in 1988.  Burial in Bradford Co. Memorial Park, Luthers Mills. –Canton Independent Sentinel

SPENCER, VERNON   Services for Vernon (Buzz) Spencer, 31, Elmira, formerly of Troy, were held April 10 at the Vickery Funeral Home with Rev. William Barnes officiating and interment in Bradford Co. Memorial Park.  Mr. Spencer died at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Elmira.  He was born May 18, 1952 in Troy, son of Bill and Eloise Dibble Spencer.  He is survived by parents, Bill and Ellie Spencer, Elmira; sister, Jacqueline Weeks, Canton; brother and sister-in-law, Martin and Debbie Spencer, Troy; brothers, David of Canton and Mike and Ralph of Elmira; step-grandmother, Elizabeth Dibble, Burlington; aunts, Alice Ross and Frances Kilgore, both of Burlington; three nieces and three nephews.  (TGR April 12, 1984)

WALTER L. SPENCER 83, of 23 Fassett St., Canton, Pa. died Wednesday, Aug. 10, 1988 at the Bradford County Manor.  Born June 20, 1905 in Springfield, he was the son of Sherman N. and Aminta F. Lilley Spencer.  He was a retired mechanic employed at Rhodes & Palmer Implements and Bruce Morse Farm Equipment, retiring in 1975.  He was also employed as part time security guard at Swayze Folding Box Company.  Mr. Spencer attended St. John’s United Methodist Church in Grover.  He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Geraldine Bailey of Canton; five sons, William L. Spencer of RD 2 Canton; Robert A. Spencer of Greensboro, N.C.; Joseph E. Spencer of RD 1 Roaring Branch, Thomas A. Spencer of San Francisco, Calif.; Stephen A. Spencer of RD 1 Roaring branch; two sisters-in-law, Henrietta Bailey of Troy and Beatrice Bailey of Canton; step-mother-in-law, Ruth Bailey of Alba; 14 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  Friends may call at the Morse and Kleese Funeral home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, Friday from 7-9 p.m.  Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Richard M. Leonard, his pastor officiating.  Burial will be in Bradford County Memorial Park, Luthers Mills.  Memorials may be directed to the Canton Community Nursing Service.  –Towanda Daily Review
 

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