Beech Flats Cemetery Listing
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CLIFFORD E. DARROW, 78, of Grover died peacefully Thursday, June 1, 2000, at his home. Born Aug. 31, 1921, in West Burlington township, Cliff was a son of the late Herman and Bertha Stanton Darrow. Cliff worked in various types of business throughout the area until his retirement. On June 6, 1998, he married Velma McIlwain Hickok in the Sylvania Presbyterian Church. Cliff will be remembered by his family and many friends for his love of horses. He enjoyed competing in horse and pony pulling contests throughout his life, until failing health no longer permitted him to continue. Mr. Darrow attended the Calvary Alliance Chapel in Canton and was a member of several horse-pulling associations. He is survived by his wife, Velma, at home; a sister, Jeanette Stowell of Unionville, Va.; four stepsons and their spouse, Roger and Carol Hickok of Canton, John and Heidi Hickok of Chestnut Ridge, N.Y., Randy and Pat Hickok of Sylvania, and Fred and Mary Hickok of Canton; several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and cousins. He is also survived by a special nephew, Donald Stroud of New Albany. Mr. Darrow was predeceased by his first wife, Geraldine Slater, and four brothers, Ralph, Robert, Riley and Lewis. It was Mr. Darrow’s wish there be no calling hours. A private graveside service will be held at the Beech Flats Cemetery, Canton Township, at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest that memorials may be directed to the Calvary Alliance Chapel, C/O R’R 2 Box 10, Canton, Pa. 17724 in Mr. Darrow’s memory. Arrangements are under the direction of Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton. –Towanda Daily Review.
Clifford E. DARROW, 78, of Grover, PA died at his home Thursday, June 1, 2000. Born August 31, 1921 in West Burlington Township, Cliff was a son of the late Herman and bertha Stanton Darrow. Cliff worked in various types of business throughout the area until his retirement. He completed in horse and pony pulling contests. He attended the Calvary Alliance Chapel in Canton and was a member of several horse-pulling associations. He is survived by his wife the former Velma McIlwain Hickok, who he married in the Sylvania Presbyterian Church June 6, 1998, at home; a sister, Jeanette Stowell of Unionville, VA; stepsons and their spouses, Roger and carol Hickok of Canton, PA, John and Heidi Hickok of Chestnut Ridge, NY, Randy and Pat Hickok of Sylvania, PA and Fred and Mary Hickok of Canton; several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and cousins; special nephew, Donald Stroud of New Albany, PA. Mr. Darrow is predeceased by his first wife, Geraldine Slater; and brothers, Ralph, Robert, Riley and Lewis. Graveside services were held at the Beech Flats Cemetery in Canton Township. Arrangements were under the direction of the Pepper Funeral Home in Canton. Memorials may be directed to the Calvary Alliance Chapel, c/o RR 2, Box 10, Canton, Pa 17724 in Mr. Darrow’s memory. Troy Gazette Register
DAVY James Roger
On Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, James Roger Davy of Roaring Branch died while at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia after a brave battle with a debilitating disease. He was 58 years of age. Born on the family farm in Roaring Branch on Oct. 9, 1952, he was a son of Ralph W. and Helen (Adams) Davy. Jim graduated Canton Area High School with the class of 1970 and went to work driving a coal truck, helping out at his dad's garage and working the family farm. In 1970 he began working at the former Parker-Hannifin Company, known locally as "the Valve," first as a machinist and later as a foreman, until the plant closed in 2009. At that point Jim took it upon himself to retrain in a new profession. He studied computer science at the Northern Tier Career Center, where he was asked to join the school's Occupational Advisory Committee. He remained there until forced by illness to retire. Jim was blessed with an analytical mind and had a knack for making things work. He was an expert mechanic, and if he lacked a particular tool needed for a project it was not unusual for him to manufacture one right on the spot. He was a big football and basketball fan, loyal to the Steelers and Penn State. He had served as president of the Canton Basketball Boosters and coached the Ogdensburg Little League team for many years. Jim also enjoyed hunting, and bowling and had been a member of the former East Canton league. He had a marvelous sense of humor and took pride in watching the sports achievements of his grandchildren. Most importantly, Jim was a man with an insurmountable faith in the Lord. He served many years as a deacon at Faith Baptist Church as well as a Sunday School teacher for the teen class. He strove to walk in the light of the Lord, and helped lead many young people in the same path. Jim is survived by his wife, the former Donna Gates, at home; sons Michael (and Colleen) Davy of Canton, Christopher (and April) Davy and Jeffrey (and Alisha) Davy, all of Roaring Branch, Jason (and Sonja) Davy of Charlotte, N.C.; brother Ralph W. (and Cathy) Davy Jr., of Roaring Branch; two special sisters-in-law, Virginia Piontek and Helen Kilmer; nieces and nephews Terry LaMont, Rodger Davy, Barbara Campbell, Brandy Bellows Megan Piontek, and Angela Piontek; and grandchildren Zachery, Dawson, Drew, Sarah and Reese Davy. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Helen Davy and niece Heather Kilmer. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, resuming at 6 until 9 p.m. at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 94 N. Center St., Canton. Services will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30 at Faith Baptist Church, Rt. 414 just east of Canton Borough. There will be a visitation from 1 to 2 p.m. on Friday at the church. Officiating clergy will be Pastors John Lattimer and Robert Prettyman. Interment will follow in Beech Flats Cemetery. The family will provide the flowers and suggests that memorial donations be directed to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a charity very near and dear to Jim's heart, as his grandson, Drew, suffers with this debilitating illness. The address for the foundation is 6931 Arlington Rd. 2nd floor, Bethesda, MD, 20814. Towanda Daily Review – September 27, 2011
RALPH W. DAVY SR.
Ralph William Davy Sr., 67, of Canton, a resident of the Canton-Roaring Branch area his entire life, died August 3, 1992 at the Williamsport Hospital, Williamsport. He was born June 20, 1925 in Canton, the son of Burton and Helen R. Hawk Davy. He was self-employed. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Helen R. Adams Davy; two sons, both of Roaring Branch RR 1; seven grandchildren and two step-grandchildren; sisters and brothers; nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services were held Thursday, August 6 (2 pm) at the Faith Baptist Church in Canton with the Rev. Robert Prettyman officiating and burial to be in Beech Flats. Arrangements were by the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton. (TGR, Thursday, August 6, 1992)
RALPH WILLIAM DAVY SR., 67, of 75 Sullivan St., Canton, a resident of the Canton and Roaring Branch area his entire life, died Aug. 3, 1992, at the Williamsport Hospital. He was born June 20, 1925, in Canton, Bradford County, the son of Burton and Helen R. Hawk Davy. He was self-employed, having worked in road construction, farming, carpentry, and electrical work. He had retired as a truck owner/operator. Mr. Davy enjoyed music. He was an accomplished guitarist, having played gospel music on the radio and television for 10 years. He was a member of the Faith Baptist Church in Canton and the Twin Tiers Music Assoc. Local N. 314. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Helen R. Adams Davy; two sons, Ralph William Davy Jr. and James Roger Davy both of Roaring Branch RR 1; seven grandchildren, Terry LaMont, Rodger Davy, Barbara Campbell, Michael Davy, Christopher Davy, Jeffrey Davy and Jason Davy; two step-grandchildren, Nicole LaMont and Brian LaMont; three great-grandchildren, Jessica and Matthew LaMont and Tyler Campbell; one step-great-grandchild, Kristi Campbell; one brother, Harold Davy of Canton; two sisters, Mrs. Robert (Phyllis) Mundrick of Montoursville and Mrs. Donald (Lucille) Raymond of Roaring Branch; his mother-in-law, Mrs. Louise Adams; two brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Aldene and Phyllis Clegg and Walter and Sylva Adams; several nieces, nephews and cousins. The funeral service will be held Thursday, Aug. 6, 1992, at 2 p.m. at the Faith Baptist Church, Canton, with the Rev. Robert Prettyman, his pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Beach Flats Cemetery. Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton. Memorial donations may be directed to the Innes Hose Co., Canton. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
DENNIS J. DERR. An autopsy was being performed today in an effort to determine the cause of death of Dennis J. Derr, 30. Derr, of 6 Heshbon Road, was found dead at his home by a friend about 12:30 p.m. yesterday, September 29, 1980. State Police said they have found no evidence of foul play. Police said Derr was last seen early Sunday. He had been under a doctor’s care, police reported. Derr was born Nov. 30, 1940, in Norristown, a son of Ramond K. and Murl M. Derr. He was employed as manager of the Bourbon Street Night Club for the past five years. He was a 1967 graduated of Canton High School and a graduate of Williamsport Area Community College. Surviving besides his parents, of Canton RD 1, are three brothers, Stanley D. Shadduck, of Canton, Larry E. Derr, of Eatonville, Wash., and Gary R. Derr, of Canton RD 2. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Morse and Kleese’s, Canton, with the Rev. Ray Ackley, pastor of LeRoy Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Beech Flats Cemetery, Canton Twp. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.
GARY R. DERR, 46, Canton RD 1, died March 27, 1991, in Newburgh, NY. Mr. Derr was born September 21, 1944, in Muncy, a son of Ramond and Murl Shadduck Derr. He was a graduate of Canton High School, a truck driver for 20 years; a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Lodge No. 429, Canton; the Canton VFW Post No. 714; and American Legion Bentley Post No. 443, Elmira. He is survived by brothers and sisters-in-law, Larry and Grace Derr, Stanley and June Shadduck, Canton; sons, Gary Derr, Owensboro, KY; and Jefrey Derr, Fanford, FL; special friend, Jane McMurray, Canton RD 1. He was predeceased by his father, Raymond Derr, March 17, 1991; his mother, Murl Shadduck Derr, May 28 1981, and brother, Dennis Derr, September 29, 1980. The funeral service was held April 1 at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, with the Rev. Jasper Smith, a retired Methodist minister, officiating. Interment was in the Beech Flats Cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to the Canton Ambulance Association in Mr. Derr’s memory. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
RAMOND K. DERR, 74, Canton RD 1, died March 17, 1991, at the Troy Community Hospital. Mr. Derr was born on May 5, 1916, in Muncy, a son of Elmer Chester and Sarah Amelia Whitmoyer Derr. Mr. Derr was a 1934 graduate of Muncy High School. He retired in 1976 after 25 years as a dairy farmer. He was a member of the LeRoy Baptist Church and the Canton Loyal Order of Moose No. 429 and a past member of the former LeRoy IOOF. Surviving are two sons, Larry E., Canton and Gary R. Canton RD 1; four grandchildren: three sisters, Mrs. Irene Fulton, Camden, NJ, Mrs. Martha Pecharo, Norristown, PA, and Mrs. Emma Hilner, Montoursville; nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his wife, Murl Shadduck Derr, May 28, 1981, and one son, Dennis J. Derr, September 29, 1980. Funeral services were held March 20 at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, with the Rev. Jasper Smith, a retired Methodist minister officiating. Interment was in Beech Flats Cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to the Canton Ambulance Association in Mr. Derr’s memory. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
AARON DEWALT, 88, of Sylvania, Pa., passed away at home on Tuesday evening, Aug. 2, 2016.Aaron David was born on Feb. 15, 1928 in Belfast, Pa., in Northampton County. He was one of nine children of the late Robert and Anna (Kale) DeWalt. At a very young age, Aaron began a long career working for Bethlehem Steel and during that time he also served in the U.S. Air Force. In 1970, he and his wife, the former Dorothy Silsdorf, relocated to Bradford County where they ran a dairy for nine years before changing to beef. He retired from farming in 2003. He believed in an honest day's work and was blessed with a strong work ethic all his life. Aaron was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Towanda. He enjoyed being outdoors and was an avid hunter. Aaron also loved listening to bluegrass music and enjoyed going to concerts. Surviving is his wife of 59 years, Dorothy; four children, Kurt (Kathy) DeWalt of Millerton, Brenda Ebert of Wellsboro, David DeWalt of Reading and Susan (Scott) Ely of Fairview; six grandchildren, Joshua (Silvia) Ebert, Laura DeWalt, Todd Ebert, Jason Ebert, Bryan DeWalt and Nicholas Ely; five siblings, Sara Ridd of Brockport, N.Y., Janie Kale of Johnson City, N.Y., Harold (Merylene) DeWalt of Roseville, Ella Taylor of Macungie and Lucille (Albert) Metzger of Canton; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a sister and two brothers, Anna Bond, Charles DeWalt and Thurman DeWalt. In keeping with Mr. DeWalt's wishes, a private viewing and funeral service will be held at the Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Drive in Canton, with Pastor Jira Alberf officiating. Burial will follow in the Beech Flats Cemetery, Canton Township, Pa. In lieu of flowers, consider a memorial to the Trinity Lutheran Church, 908 S. Main St., Towanda, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 8/4/2016
FRANK DISBROW - On the evening of
Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, former Canton resident Frank Disbrow passed away
peacefully at the Highlands Care Center in Laporte with his beloved wife at
his side. He was 74 years of age. Born June 14, 1940 in North Bergen, N.J.,
he was one of 10 children born to Edward Albert and Mary Christine
(Jorgensen) Aymar. After graduating high school Frank studied in Maryland to
be an HVAC mechanic, as well as an electrician. For seven years he served
our country with the U.S. Army, including service in Vietnam. Frank was
proud of his service and remained a patriot throughout his life, supporting
as many veteran organizations as possible, and was often seen sporting a
military cap. He was an avid reader and enjoyed lively conversations on a
host of topics. Frank will always be remembered for his impish smile,
familiar to all who knew him. He also had a special fondness for his
"Vermilya relatives" in Canton and enjoyed many hours visiting with them.
Frank, and his wife and companion of many years, Diane Vermilya Disbrow,
celebrated their 18th anniversary on Oct. 5, 2014. Through times of physical
trials and struggles they always stuck together. Surviving are his wife,
Diane Vermilya Disbrow of Laporte; daughters, Jeanette Ann Disbrow Stauffer
(and husband Jack) and Ann Marie Disbrow Hopper (and Robert Hank); son,
Edward Albert Disbrow; sisters, Marie Kahn and Karen Brendlen; brothers,
Chicky, Bobby and George Aymar; sister-in-law, Cindy (David) English;
stepmother-in-law, Mary Vermilya; grandchildren, Cayla, Elizabeth,
Christopher, Joshua, Nicholas, Haley and Logan; as well as numerous nieces,
nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. In addition to his
parents, Frank was preceded in death by brothers, Ed, Carl, Roger and Johnny
Aymar, as well as his faithful feline companions, Cuddles, KeKe and
Buttercup. A graveside service will be held in April at Beech Flats
Cemetery, Canton Township, at a date to be determined by the family.
Professional services have been entrusted to Morse & Kleese Funeral Home of
Canton. –Towanda Daily Review 2/28/2015
FRANK DISBROW - On the evening of Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, former Canton resident Frank Disbrow passed away peacefully at the Highlands Care Center in Laporte with his beloved wife at his side. He was 74 years of age. Born June 14, 1940 in North Bergen, N.J., he was one of 10 children born to Edward Albert and Mary Christine (Jorgensen) Aymar. After graduating high school Frank studied in Maryland to be an HVAC mechanic, as well as an electrician. For seven years he served our country with the U.S. Army, including service in Vietnam. Frank was proud of his service and remained a patriot throughout his life, supporting as many veteran organizations as possible, and was often seen sporting a military cap. He was an avid reader and enjoyed lively conversations on a host of topics. Frank will always be remembered for his impish smile, familiar to all who knew him. He also had a special fondness for his "Vermilya relatives" in Canton and enjoyed many hours visiting with them. Frank, and his wife and companion of many years, Diane Vermilya Disbrow, celebrated their 18th anniversary on Oct. 5, 2014. Through times of physical trials and struggles they always stuck together. Surviving are his wife, Diane Vermilya Disbrow of Laporte; daughters, Jeanette Ann Disbrow Stauffer (and husband Jack) and Ann Marie Disbrow Hopper (and Robert Hank); son, Edward Albert Disbrow; sisters, Marie Kahn and Karen Brendlen; brothers, Chicky, Bobby and George Aymar; sister-in-law, Cindy (David) English; stepmother-in-law, Mary Vermilya; grandchildren, Cayla, Elizabeth, Christopher, Joshua, Nicholas, Haley and Logan; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, Frank was preceded in death by brothers, Ed, Carl, Roger and Johnny Aymar, as well as his faithful feline companions, Cuddles, KeKe and Buttercup. A graveside service will be held in April at Beech Flats Cemetery, Canton Township, at a date to be determined by the family. Professional services have been entrusted to Morse & Kleese Funeral Home of Canton. –Towanda Daily Review 2/28/2015
DRYSDALE -GOLDIE KILBOURN, 91, Canton, PA died at her home while surrounded by family, December 30, 2001. Born May 13, 1910 in LeRoy, PA. She was a daughter of the late Robert and Ruby Kitchen Drysdale. She was raised in LeRoy and attended school there. As a young woman she married Myles Jenkins; Mr. Jenkins preceded Goldie in death in 1952. Mrs. Kilbourn was a dedicated employee of the former Swayze Folding Box Co. in Canton where she worked for 27 years until her retirement in 1976. On October 13, 1966 Goldie married Gerald “Walt” Kilbourn in Exton, PA. Together they shared 30 years of marriage until his death in April of 1996. Memberships include the Canton V.F.W. Women’s Auxiliary, the Red Run Rod & Gun Club, Ralston, and she was a former member of the Canton Women of the Moose. Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Ellen Jenkins, Roseville, PA, daughters and sons-in-law, Shirley and Lawrence Kilbourn, Roaring Branch, RR 1 and Beverly and George Morrison, Granville Center, PA; 10 grandchildren; and several Great-grandchildren; step-children and their spouses Philip “Stub” and Helen Kilbourn, Roaring Branch, RR 1, Garry Kilbourn, Granville Center, PA, Connie and William Blaney, and Joeann and Richard Brown, all of Canton; several nieces, nephews and cousins; her dog and loving companion, Tammy. In addition to her husbands, she was also predeceased by a brother, Galen Drysdale in 1957, sisters Ina Williams in 1968, Grace Dunn in 1976 and four grandchildren. The family invites friends to attend a Memorial Service in celebration of her life at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 5, 2002 at the Pepper Funeral Home, Canton,. Rev. James Donahoo will officiate. A private graveside service will be held at the Beech Flats Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
LOREN M. DUNHAM, Sr., 81, Millerton, PA, died, September 14, 2001 at the Arnot Ogden Memorial Hospital in Elmira, NY. Born Sept. 2, 1920 in Galeton, PA, he was a son of the late Claude and Edith (Woolley) Dunham. He was a graduate of Galeton High School, class of 1940. Mr. Dunham was initially turned down from military service because of his polio related disability, but later received a medical clearance and enlisted in the US Army Air Cops in 1942. He honorably served his country as a radio operator with the 62nd Troop Carrier Squadron in Sicily and Italy. While serving in Europe, he attained the rank of Sargent and was honored with five Battle Stars for his acts of heroism. On June 9, 1951, he married the former Marie Campbell in Williamsport. Together they have shared 50 years of marriage. Mr. Dunham was employed as a tool and die maker for many years. In earlier years he worked for Remington Rand and later accepted a position at Facet Enterprises, until his retirement in 1983. He was a member of the Galeton Lodge No. 602 F&AM and the Garrett Miller Center for senior citizens in Millerton. His hobbies included working with his ham radio and fishing. Surviving are his wife Marie; son Loren, Jr., Taylor, PA; daughter Dr. Lynn Dunham, Hawaii; stepson Dr. Crawford Holmes, Canton, brothers, Charles, Ann Arbor, MI and James, High Point, NC, sister, Illa Carpenter of Florida; grandchildren, Timothy C. Holmes and Tamera and Gary Gleckner, Canton; great-grandchildren, Brooks, Brennen, Michia, and Josiah Gleckner, Canton; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Mr. Dunham was predeceased by a brother, Claude; half-sister, Mae Erway; and half-brother, Weldon Dunham. In maintaining with Mr. Dunham’s request, a private Memorial Service will be held at the convenience of the family with the Rev. Douglas Nodge officiating and full military honors accorded. A private burial will be held at Beech Flats Cemetery, Canton Township. Arrangements were under the direction of the Pepper funeral Home, Canton.
CHARLES R. “DICK” EARLE, 82, of Canton. Formerly of Grover, Pa., died on Wednesday, May 12, 2004, at his home at Cedar Ridge Apartments. Born April 2, 1922, in Trout Run, Pa., he was one of six sons born to the late Walter and Mae (Carl) Earle. As a young man Dick grew up in the Grover area. In October of 1942, Mr. Earle joined the U.S. Army and earned the rank of sergeant prior to his honorable discharge in November of 1945. As an assistant rifle squad leader, Dick was responsible for the squad’s deployment in combat duty. While in Central Europe, he became a prisoner of war. Sergeant Earle received numerous decorations including two Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars for his brave service to our country. Dick was employed by the Grover Milk Plant for over 25 years. He later worked at Schrader-Bellows Valvair in Canton until his retirement in 1985. Dick was a quiet man who enjoyed the simple things in life. He was a talented woodworker and a handyman who could fix about anything. He especially liked poetry and found contentment in watching and feeding wild birds. Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law; Linda and Michael Marriner of Arnot, Pa., Barbara and Harry Brokaw of Grover, Pa., five grandchildren, Michael R. (Tammy) Marriner and Seth R. Marriner all of Arnot, Pa,. Tina (Scott) Teed of Grover, Pa.; two great-grandchildren; Brittany and Sierra Marriner; two brothers, Robert Earle and Walter (Phyllis) Earle Jr. all of Troy, Pa.; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Earle was predeceased by his wife; Rachel (Dean) Earle in 1970, his second wife; Pauline (Thomas) Earle in 1993, and three brothers, Kenneth, John and Bruce Earle. In keeping with Dick’s wishes, a private graveside service will be held in the Beech Flats Cemetery with Rev. Duane Taylor officiating and full military honors accorded. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorials in Mr. Earl’s name to a charity of ones choice. Arrangements are in the care of Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton. –Towanda Daily Review.
DONALD E. EARLE, 66 of 161 N. Center St. Canton died June 7, 1985 at Towanda Memorial Hospital. Mr. Earle was born Sept. 30, 1918, at McNett Township, Lycoming Co., Pa., the son of Hiram and Elsie Luckey Earle. He retired from the J. P. Ward Foundry in Blossburg. Surviving is a daughter, Miss Eva Earle of Grover; a son Williams Earle of Denver, Colo.; a step-daughter, Mrs. Mary Thiel of Tampa, Fla.; two stepsons, Donald Wolcott of Ariz. And Benny Wolcott of Texas; several grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Beatrice Gardner of Largo, Fla. and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, the former Bessie Rae in 1980. The funeral service will be held today at 2 p.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton with the Rev. John Hickok officiating. Interment will be in the Beech Flats Cemetery. Friends are invited to call at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. –Towanda Daily Review.
EVA L. EARLE, 43, of 47 Fassett St., Canton, died Friday, May 21, 1993, at home. She was born Aug. 23, 1949, in Elmira, the daughter of Donald and Bessie Rea Earle. She was formerly a nurse’s aid at the Bradford County Manor. She is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Paula Earle of Denver, Colo.; brothers, Donald Wolcott and Ben Wolcott; one sister Mary Thiel; special friends, Pat Bryington, Verna Baxter, Velma Hickok, Faye DeWert, Pat Overrein, Ruthie Overrein and Jo Malier; several nieces and nephews; and her favorite companion, her dog, Dominic. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 24, 1993, at the First United Methodist Church in Troy, with Rev. Guy Camp officiating. Burial will be in Beech Flats Cemetery, East Canton. Memorials may be directed to Guthrie Hospice, Towanda, Pa., 18848. There will be no calling hours.
ECONOMY –CONSTANCE MERRICK, 84, of Troy, Pa., died on Wednesday, May 11, 2005, at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira, N.Y. She was born on July 31, 1920 in Lancaster, Pa., the daughter of the late Leon and Esther (Nawnocki) Economy. Constance was a member of the Eastern Star, the Troy Auxiliary of the American Legion; she enjoyed crocheting, ceramics, gardening and bird watching. Connie especially loved to spend time with her youngest grandson. Zachary “Buddy,” her cat was a faithful companion for many years. Constance is survived by sons; Kenneth Montgomery of Ulster, Pa., Leon (Norma) Montgomery of Madisonville, Tenn.; daughter, Constance Becker of Cato, N.Y.; daughter-in-laws; Linda Montgomery of Winterport, Maine, Joanne Gusciora of Bridgewater, N.J.; grandchildren; Tamra Montgomery of Boca Raton, Fla., Toby Montgomery of Franklinport, Maine, Casey Montgomery of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Zackary Ryan Smith of Burlington, PA and special friends William, Wilma & Billy Brunelle of Granville Summit, Pa., and Elaine Gee of Troy, Pa. In addition to her parents, Constance is preceded in death by her husband Charles Merrick in 1990. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, 2005 at Beech Flats Cemetery, Canton, Pa. Memorial contributions in Constance’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association or a charity of ones choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Gerald Vickery Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., 110 West Main Street, Troy, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review.
ELLIOTT –MRS. BARBARA WILLIAMS, 76, Kenton, OH formerly of Canton died June 19, 1993 at home. Born July 16, 1918 in Canton she was the daughter of Robert and Mabel (Darling) Elliott. She was part owner of Canton Furniture Co., until its sale. Later she was employed as a secretary for Morse and Segur Furniture Stone, Canton. She was also a member of the Central Church of Christ, Kenton, OH. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Carol (Vicki) May, Kenton, OH; two granddaughters, two grandsons; step-mother, Eleanor Elliott, Canton. She was predeceased by her husband Raymond Williams in 1968; a brother and a twin sister. Interment will be held in Canton at a later date. Memorials may be made to Hardin Hospice Care, Kenton, OH. Arrangements were under the direction of Price Funeral Home, Kenton, OH. –Canton Independent Sentinel (Buried Beech Flats Cemetery, Canton Twp.)
DOUGLAS R. ELLIOTT, 68, of 1 Colonial Drive, Lebanon, Pa., died unexpectedly Saturday, Aug. 6, 1994, in Farmington Township, Tioga County, Pa. Born Dec. 24, 1925 in Leroy, Pa., he was the son of Darwin and Iva Lena Gee. He was a graduate of the Pennsylvania Hospital Nursing Program and he worked as a registered nurse for the Lebanon, Va. Hospital and retired in 1981. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of WW ** and a member of Wheel Inn, Roaring Branch, Pa. Mr. Elliott is survived by his wife, Marie; sons and daughters-in-law, Douglas ** and Annette of Boalsburg, Pa., and Scott and Gwen of Seattle, Wash.; one daughter, Linda Elliott of Wash.; one daughter, Linda Elliott of Chester, Pa.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Louis and Virginia of Horseheads, N.Y., and Delbert and Charlotte of Tevares, Fla.; sisters, Beatrice Patterson of Roseville, Pa., Jean and James Calderone of Trenton, N.J., and Doris Depew of Horseheads, N.Y.; a sister-in-law, Lucille Elliott of Tioga, Pa.; and three grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents, Lena and Darwin Elliott, and a brother, Harley. Family and friends are invited to call at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 1994, from 1 to 2 p.m., with the funeral there at 2 p.m. with the Rev. James Crupi officiating. Interment will be in Beech Flats Cemetery, Canton Twp. –Towanda Daily Review.
LEON D. ENGLISH, 71, Of 93 Minnequa Ave., Canton died Thursday, May 9, 1912 in Canton, a son of Leon D. and Mary Andrus English. Mr. English was a barber in Canton for 35 years. He was a member and past governor of the Canton Moose Lodge 429 and a life member of the Innes Hose Company and fire police. He was also a member of the Wheel Inn Inc. of Ralston and extremely instrumental in the organization of the Canton Ambulance Association. He was an avid gardener. Survivors include his wife, Catherine Brass, of 46 years as of June 7, 1983; one son, Leon D. English III of West Palm Beach, Fla.; two sisters, Mrs. Queenie Glenn of South River, Canada and Mrs. Katherine Tunning of Elmira, N.Y., a brother, Ira Andrus of Veverly, N.J., and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, Canton with the Rev. David B. Morris, pastor of the Canton Church of Christ, Disciples. Interment will be in Beech Flats Cemetery, Canton Twp. Friends may call at the funeral home today from 7 to 9 p.m. The Canton Moose Lodge 429 will conduct memorial services at 8:15 p.m. Friday at the funeral home for their departed brother. –Towanda Daily Review.
ENGLISH, LEON D., Services for Leon D. English, 71, Canton, were held May 19 at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home with Rev. David B. Morris officiating. Interment was in Beech Flats Cemetery. Mr. English died at Troy Community Hospital on May 17, 1984. He was born June 9, 1912 in Canton, son of Leon D. and Mary Andrus English. He was a barber in Canton for 35 years. He was a member and past governor of Canton Moose Lodge 429, life member of Innes Hose Co. and fire police, member of Wheel Inn Inc. and was instrumental of organizing Canton Ambulance Assn. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Catherine Brass; son, Leon D. English, West Palm Beach, FL; sisters, Mrs. Queenie Glenn of S. River, Canada and Katherine Tunning, Elmira; brother, Ira Andrus, Beverly, NJ; several aunts, uncles and cousins. (TGR May 24, 1984)
FAHS –MARY E. FAHS HICKOK MORGAN age 88, passed away Thursday, May 4, 2017, at Bethany Manor, Horseheads. Mary was born and raised in Elmira, a daughter of Charles J. and Frances (Mathew) Fahs. She is predeceased by her 1st husband Donald L. Hickok and her second husband LaVerne Morgan, daughter Diane Norton, sister Madeline C. Kelly, and brothers, Joseph and Charles "Eddie" Fahs. Mary is survived by her daughters and their families, Marilyn and Jay Quick of Madera CA with children, Stephen, Jayson (Luen) and Juliana; Janice and Patrick Kelly of Kintnersville PA with children, Megan and Trevor (Maryellen); son-in-law William Norton of Fairfax VA with children, Ryan (Carly), Ben and Tim; sister-in-law Marie Fahs of St. Louis MO; five great grandchildren; special niece Kathy (Gordon) Mosher of Horseheads; special nephew Art (Anne) Field of Big Flats; special neighbors Steve and Judy Lovell of Big Flats; many other beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Family and friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, 502 W. Water Street, Elmira, on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held for Mary on Thursday, May 11, 2017, 9:30 a.m., St. Mary's Church, Elmira. Interment, with committal prayers, will follow at Beech Flats Cemetery, Canton PA. Special thanks and blessings from Mary to Dr. Dayakar Reddy his nurse, Barb Walton; CareFirst and nurse, Beth Azzarelli. Mary's family extends their sincere thanks to Bethany Manor and CareFirst for the wonderful care Mary received these last several weeks. Those wishing may remember Mary with a donation to the Children's Miracle Network, 600 Roe Avenue, Elmira NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 5/7/2017
FITZWATER –AUDREY FITZWATER JOHNSON, age 73, a well-known resident of Canton, passed away peacefully with her precious family beside her on May 24, 2016. Mrs. Johnson was born April 27, 1943 in Beech Flats, Canton Township, Pa., to Kenneth and Josephine (Brown) Fitzwater, along with her twin brother, Alden. Audrey grew up on Lake Hill in the stone house that her father built, along with her cherished family. She was educated first in the one room schoolhouse in Beech Flats, and later Canton High School, graduating with the class of June 1961. Audrey was well loved by all who knew her. With her bright blue eyes and warm smile she was a great beauty and a classy lady. In June of 1963 Audrey married Noel E. Johnson, and soon after the couple relocated to Munich, Germany where Noel was stationed with the U.S. Army as part of the NATO peacekeeping forces. Some years later after returning home to Canton they settled into a comfortable life, and to their surprise and joy, welcomed their only child, daughter Noelle M. in 1974. Audrey was baptized in the East Canton United Methodist Church. She was a talented artist, and many sought her work through area clubs and organizations, such as the Canton Rotary Club and the Canton Area School District. She also was an active volunteer for the American Cancer Society.Mrs. Johnson was truly an appealing person and had many close friends and acquaintances. She always had coffee brewing for the many visitors who would drop by for her "table conversations." She took great pride in her home and had a talent for decorating, along with her "Fitzwater Green Thumb," keeping her flower beds pristine in spring and summer. She was well known for always keeping her back door open for the crowds of teenagers that frequented her home. She cherished the time spent with her daughter's friends and grew to love them all dearly. Mrs. Johnson is survived by her daughter, Noelle J. Schoonover and son-in-law, George W. Schoonover III, and her four beloved grandchildren, twins Nicholas and Nathan, Joel and her special granddaughter Isabel Julia, all of Canton; her twin brother, Alden (and Rosemary) Fitzwater of Canton; sister, Norma (and Ted) Schmelzle of Roaring Branch; brother, Donald (and Lynette) Fitzwater of Troy and Kermit Fitzwater of Syracuse, N.Y., sister-in-law, Betty Fitzwater of Canton; along with several special nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 34 years, Noel E. Johnson, parents, Kenneth and Josephine Fitzwater and brother, LaRue Fitzwater. Calling hours will be from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 28 at Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 94 N. Center St., Canton. The service will follow at 4 p.m. The family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to the Memory Lane Unit of Bradford County Manor, 15900 Route 6, Troy, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review 5/26/2016 (Buried Beech Flats Cemetery)
FITZWATER -CHRISTINE SMITH, 76, OF Granville Summit, died November 6, 2001. She is survived by four children, Earl (LouAnn) Smith of Roaring Branch, Eva (Charles) Bower of Muncy, Sidney Smith of Milton and Sally Smith Ault of Towanda and five grandchildren, Krissy and Shane Smith, Jason and Ariel Bower and Ashley Ault. She is predeceased by her husband, Sidney and brother, William. Friends may call 1 to 2:30 today at Pepper Funeral Home, Canton. The funeral will follow. Burial will be in Beech Flats Cemetery. Memorial may be made to the Grover Church of Christ, Grover, PA–Canton Independent Sentinel (Parents: Gordon R. and Ella Marguerite Nash Fitzwater)
FITZWATER -ELNOR M. KILBOURN, 57, of Grover, Pa., died Thursday, Nov. 13, 1975 at the Williamsport City Hospital. She was born Jan. 6, 1918 in Canton Township, the daughter of Maynard and Lula Sebring Fitzwater. Mrs. Kilbourn was a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church of Grover and Ogdensburg Grange. She was a former employee of the Ben Franklin Store in Canton and was currently employed by the Canford Manufacturing Corporation. She is survived by sons, Philip (Stub) Kilbourn of Canton RD 2 and Gary Kilbourn of Canton RD 2; daughters, Mrs. William Blaney of Canton RD 2 and Mrs. Richard Brown of Canton RD 2; brother Ervin Fitzwater of Canton RD 1: sister, Mrs. Bruce Wright of Canton RD 1; nine grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. The funeral will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. from the Morse Funeral Home, Canton with the Rev. Wilma Barker Hoose officiating. Interment will be in the Beech Flats Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
FITZWATER –EVELYN F. WRIGHT, 70, of Canton RD 1 died Sunday evening, Aug. 4, 1991, at her home. She was born Nov. 24, 1920, in Beech Flats, the daughter of Maynard and Lulu Fitzwater. She was a 1939 graduate of Canton High School. She was married Feb. 27, 1940, 6o Bruce E. Wright and farmed on the Berite Farm near East Canton. She was a member of the Canton Ecumenical Parish and attended the Ward United Methodist Church and its missionary circle. She was a member of the Beech Flats Grange and served as secretary for 25 years. She worked in the Canton Area School District cafeteria for 20 years, served as a 4-H leader, participated in quilting groups, the local camping club and volunteered for many Canton area community services. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Beverly Wright of Canton RD 1; one daughter, Phyllis Wright of Warren, Pa.; two grandsons; Jason and Jeffrey; one brother, Ervin Fitzwater of Canton RD 1; and several nieces and nephews. Se was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce E. Wright, on Dec. 8, 1989, and by a sister, Elnor Kilbourn. The funeral service will be held Tuesday, Aug. 6, at 10:30 a.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, with the Rev. Richard M. Barner, her pastor, and the Rev. Jasper Smith, her former pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Beech Flats Cemetery. The family will provide the flowers. Memorial donations may be directed to the American Cancer Society Cansurmont Program, the Ward Methodist Church, the Bradford County Farm Museum or a charity of one’s choice. –Towanda Daily Review.
ERVIN L. FITZWATER. On the morning of Monday, January 14th 2002, lifelong Canton area resident Ervin Luther Fitzwater, 86, died quietly at the Bradford County Manor. Born in LeRoy Township, June 30th, 1915, he was the son of Maynard and Lulu (Sebring) Fitzwater. He was a graduate of Canton High School where he excelled in basketball, helping to carry the school’s team to the championship. As a young man he met a Wheelerville girl named Katherine Kilmer, who was employed as a babysitter at his cousin’s farm and on April 16th, 1938, they were united in marriage. A humorous story associated with tier wedding day concerned the bride and groom’s attempt to get away from the crowd of well wishers after the ceremony. It happened that he drove the car into a barn and a low beam took off the car’s roof while the couple was still inside the vehicle. He took it all in stride. In the years that followed the remembrance of this event would bring a smile to his face. When it came to dealing with life’s folbes and mishaps he had an incredible sense of humor and a positive outlook. The Fitzwaters settled on a farm in Beech Flats and together they raised two sons and several daughters. They shared 59 years until Katherine’s passing in October of 1997. The Fitzwater farm was across the road from the Beech Flats School house and during the bad weather months the teacher often stayed with the family. Mr. Fitzwater had the first television in Beech Flats and in January of 1953 he invited the school children in to witness the inauguration of President Eisenhower on his set’s seven inch screen. He was truly a farmer’s farmer, engaging in farm work from the time he could walk up until he was well into his 80s. He also owned and operated a school bus for the Canton Area School District for 25 years. Mr. Fitzwater was a life member of the Beech Flats Grange #336; he enjoyed watching baseball and basketball, and playing cards with his family; he also was a big fan of Country and Western music. His walk with the Lord began at an early age. He was a lifelong member of the East Canton United Methodist Church beginning with the Cradle Roll. He had a deep abiding faith in the Father, and entrusted all things to his care. Surviving are: his sons Luther (Cindy) Fitzwater; Daniel L. Fitzwater, both of Troy RRI; daughters, Iona (Andrew) Straka, Canton RR2; Shirley (Stephen) Barnes, Canton, RR3; Carol (Larry Brown, Shunk; Diane (Frank) Alen, Orchard Hill, GA; Debra (Dan) Ward, Elmira, NY; Karen (Gordon) Wesneski; son-in-law, Paul Brackman, all of Canton RR1 as well as 32 grandchildren; 53 great-grandchildren; three brothers-in-law; four sisters-in-law and numerous nieces, nephews and occasions. He was preceded in death by his wife Katherine and daughter Nancy Brackman. Funeral services were held January 19 at the East Canton United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jay Morris and retired Methodist Pastor Jasper Smith, officiating. Interment followed in Beech Flats Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the East Canton United Methodist Church. Arrangements were under the direction of the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton St., Canton. -Canton Independent Sentinel.
KENNETH LARUE FITZWATER, 72, of Canton, Pa., passed away at Troy Community Hospital on Friday evening, March 7, 2014. Kenneth LaRue was born on May 12, 1941 at the family home in Beech Flats, Pa. He was a son of the late Kenneth and Josephine (Brown) Fitzwater. LaRue was a member of the Canton High School graduating class of 1959, where he excelled in Warrior football and basketball. He served our country in the U.S. Army. On November 25, 1971, LaRue married the former Betty Bailey in Canton. They shared over 42 wonderful and loving years together. In earlier years, LaRue was an owner/operator truck driver. He later was able to follow his life's dream of being a farmer and purchased the White Road Farm in Beech Flats where he raised veal, turkeys and pigs. LaRue appreciated his life's journey and enjoyed it to the fullest. He was always happiest when being outdoors and was an accomplished hunter and fisherman. He also enjoyed playing cards with family and friends, especially Euchre and Hearts. Surviving are his beloved wife, Betty; children Jason Corey Fitzwater of Baltimore and Kyle Kenneth Fitzwater of Canton, Sherri Lord of South Williamsport, Todd Fitzwater of North Carolina; two grandchildren; five siblings Norma Jean (Ted) Schmelzle of Ogdensburg, Audrey Johnson and Alden (Rosemary) Fitzwater all of Canton, Don (Lynette) Fitzwater of Troy and Kermit Fitzwater of Syracuse; a sister-in-law Brenda (John) Mott of Williamsport and a special brother-in-law Brad Bailey of Canton; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by an infant sister, Darla J. Fitzwater; a brother-in-law, Noel Johnson; and a nephew, Jordan Fitzwater. In keeping with LaRue's wishes, services to honor and celebrate his life will be private. In lieu of flowers, consider a memorial in his name to The American Heart Association, 1704 Warren Ave., Williamsport, PA, The American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 4383, Bethlehem, PA or to the Bradford County Humane Society, P.O. Box 179, Ulster, PA. Pepper Funeral Home in Canton is assisting his family with arrangements. –Towanda Daily Review 3/10/2014
STAFF SGT. GALEN D. FITZWATER (RET.), 46 of
Stafford, Va., died Wednesday, May 3, 2006, as the result of an automobile
accident. Galen leaves behind his wife, Renee; a daughter, Promise; and
two sons, Jason Fitzwater and the light of his life, 6-month-old Philip Galen
Fitzwater. After graduating from Canton High School in 1977 Galen entered
the U.S. Army, where he began his military career and retired in 1997. He was
honored to be a member of the Airborne Rangers and served during Desert
Storm. Trips home to visit family in Pennsylvania were always special to
Galen. A proud NRA member and accomplished outdoorsman, Galen enjoyed
fishing, hunting (including black powder), archery and motorcycles. Hunting
at special places like Williams Hollow in Canton Township and teaching his
nephews about respect for the land and wildlife were favorite times. He
also liked to cook, read and listen to music. In addition to his parents,
Phil and Loretta Fitzwater of Canton, Galen is survived by his beloved wife,
Renee Fitzwater of Stafford; three children, Jason Fitzwater and Promise
(William) Heady, all of Hopkinsville, Ky., and Philip Galen Fitzwater; five
grandchildren; two sisters, Kathy Fitzwater and Kellie (Kirk) Bedford, all of
Canton; grandparents Lawrence and Evelyn Higley of Forksville, Pa., and Anna
Bernard of Warren, Ohio; his father-in-law, Stephen T. Bernard of Stafford; a
brother-in-law, Stephen W. (Dorothy) Bernard of Duluth, Minn.; and several aunts,
uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
He was predeceased by his grandmother Jean Higley and three uncles, Kenneth, Carson and LaVerne Fitzwater. The family invites friends to call 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at St. John’s United Methodist church in Grover, Pa. The funeral service will follow at 12:30 p.m. with the Rev. James House officiating. Full military honors will be accorded at Beech Flats Cemetery, Canton Township, Pa. In lieu of flowers his family suggests your consideration of a memorial to benefit Mr. Fitzwater’s infant son’s future education c/o Philip Fitzwater, RR 1, Box 5540, Canton, Pa. Assisting the family with arrangements is Pepper Funeral Home of Canton. –Canton Independent Sentinel
FITZWATER Iona Marie Straka
On the evening of Friday, March 25, 2011, Iona Marie (Fitzwater) Straka of Canton died after a courageous battle with cancer. She was 72 years of age, and at the time of her passing was convalescing at the home of her daughter and son-in-law in Roaring Branch. Born in Canton on March 23, 1939, she was the daughter of Ervin and Katherine (Kilmer) Fitzwater. Growing up on the family farm in Beech Flats Iona developed a strong work ethic, a love for nature and a strength of character that would serve her well throughout her life. She was employed for many years at the former Canford Manufacturing Company in Canton as a quality control inspector, and later with the maintenance department at Canton Elementary School. She was the devoted wife of Andrew Straka and the mother of seven children. Iona was never one for pretentiousness. She was a straight-forward, stand up kind of woman, and you always knew where you stood with her. Her wry wit and keen sense of humor were well known to her family and friends. Iona was a master of good-natured "needling," and the well placed "zing." At the same time she had a heart full of love and compassion for those around her, and was usually the first to volunteer her services to those in need, be it the offering of sage wisdom and advice, or caring for the ill and injured, Iona was there giving it her all. She enjoyed traveling, and had been to Europe a few times, but her heart was here with her family. She enjoyed the simple pleasures of life; her flower garden, the lilting sounds of her wind chimes and watching the humming birds. Iona was devoted to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren with whom she spent many pleasant hours playing card games and Aggravation. She even changed with the times and learned to master some video games. She was a great fan of the "Survivor" television series, as well as "Dancing with the Stars," both of which she made sure of never missing. Iona was well known for her coleslaw and banana bread, items which she could be depended upon to provide for any potluck supper, picnic or family gathering. She was also skilled at crocheting afghans and doll clothing, which she gave as gifts to family members. Always putting others first, Iona was selfless and giving. Even during her protracted illness her thoughts were always focused on everyone but herself. Iona is survived by her loving husband, Andrew, at home; sons, Alan (Rhoda) Moyer and Scott Moyer, all of Canton, Kenneth LaRue (Sandra) Moyer Jr. of Texas; daughters, Cathy (Ralph) Davy of Roaring Branch, Candy (Anthony) Brown of Millerton, Tammy (David) Reichard of Wyalusing; brothers, Luther (Cindy) Fitzwater and Daniel Fitzwater, all of Troy; sisters, Carol Brown of Shunk, Diane (Frank) Allen of Experiment, Ga., Debra (Dan) Ward of East Smithfield, Karen (Gordon) Wesneski of Beech Flats; 22 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ervin and Katherine Fitzwater; sisters, Nancy Brackman and Shirley Barnes; daughter Bonita Brock; grandsons, Dennis Moyer and Ricky Brock Jr.; son-in-law, Ricky Brock Sr.; and brother-in-law, Larry Brown. Calling hours will be 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 94 N. Center St., Canton. A celebration of her life will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 30 at the East Canton Methodist Church with her son-in-law, Pastor David Reichard, officiating. There will be additional visitation time at the church one hour before the service. Interment will follow in Beech Flats Cemetery. Towanda Daily Review – March 28, 2011
FITZWATER –Mrs. JENNIE M. KELLY, of Canton, RD 1, died at the home of her grandson, Walter Metzger, early Thursday morning, November 17, 1968 at the age of 101. She was the widow of Martin Kelly. Mrs. Kelly’s death came unexpectedly. She had been in good health and on Tuesday was able to go to the polls and cast her ballot. She had never been seriously ill but fell a few years ago. She was a member of the East Canton Methodist Church and a member of the Beech Flats Grange. She was a former secretary of the Beech Flats Cemetery Association. Mrs. Kelly was born in LeRoy Township Aug. 25, 1867, the daughter of Daniel and Lucinda Hoagland Fitzwater. Last year for her 100th birthday, she received congratulations from President Johnson, Gov. Shafer, Senator Confair, Congressman McDade, the Methodist Church and State Medical Society, as well as hundreds of cards from her relatives and friends. Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Maude Wetherbee of Canton, who is 91 years old; three grandsons; five great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, and nephews. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at the Morse Funeral Home in Canton. The Rev. Francis Geiger, her pastor, and the Rev. Owen Barrett officiated. Burial was in the Beech Flats Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
FITZWATER –MAUDE F. WETHERBEE, 94, of 11 S. Minnequa Ave., Canton died at her home Thursday evening, Oct. 12, 1972. She was born in LeRoy Township Nov. 12, 1877, the daughter of Daniel and Lucinda Hoagland Fitzwater. She was the oldest member of the Canton United Methodist Church. Surviving are several nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Sunday at the Dean E. Morse Funeral Home, of 12 E. Main St., Canton with the Rev. C. David Jones officiating. Burial was in the Beech Flats Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
FITZWATER Merle Dean
Age 76, of 43 Williams Street, Apartment #211, Addison Place Apartments, Addison, NY, formerly of Westfield, PA, diedSunday, April 19, 2009, at the VA Medical Center, Bath, NY. He was born June 20, 1932 in Westfield, PA, the son of Raymond Fitzwater and Dortha Fitzwater Baker. Merle worked for many years at Bruce Gleason's Western Auto in Westfield, PA. He was also a life insurance agent for Prudential Insurance. Merle was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of Westfield Masonic Lodge #477, the Coudersport Consistory and the Brothers of the Scottish Rite, Chattanooga, TN. Survived by his son, Mike (Valerie) Fitzwater, Ulysses, PA; daughters, Sherry (Terry) Bruce, Westfield, PA, Judy (Walt) Blodgett, Painted Post, NY, Nancy Horton, Goose Creek, SC; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; brothers, Bill (Joanne) Fitzwater, and Kermit Fitzwater; sister, Betty (Fred) Kraft; aunt, Martha Vaughn; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by brother, Jack Fitzwater. Family and friends are invited to call at the Kenyon Funeral Home, Inc., 222 West Main St., Westfield, PA, Wednesday from 7-9:00 p.m. where funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Edward Collins officiating. Burial in Beach Flats Cemetery, Canton, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Westfield Masonic Lodge #477 and the VA Medical Center Hospice, Bath, NY.
FOSTER -MRS. IRENE M. RHODES, 70, OF Canton RD 1 died Friday, April 13, 1979, at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre following a brief illness. She was born in Cliffton Springs, N.Y., on Sept. 14, 1908, the daughter of William M. and Cora Parrish Foster. She was a member of the Canton First United Methodist Church, Beech Flats Grange, Rebekah Lodge No. 362 and the Canton V.F.W. Post No. 714. She was a retired secretary for the former Rhodes & Palmer Garage, Canton. Survived by her husband Hoard; two daughters, Ms. Joyce Rhodes of Newark Valley, N.Y. and Mrs. Alexander (Sheila) Changnon, Jr. of Canton; two brothers, Earl Foster of Newark Valley, N.Y. and W. Vaughn of Canton; three sisters, Mrs. Christine Mix of Canton, Mrs. Leo Lewis and Mrs. Paul Faust of Troy RD; four grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Monday at 10:30 a.m. at the Morse Funeral Home, Canton with the Rev. Bradley Smith of the Faith Baptist Church, Canton officiating. Interment in the Beech Flats Cemetery –Towanda Daily Review.
GARY F. FREEMAN, 56, Canton RR, died unexpectedly June 11, 1995 at the Troy Community Hospital. Born March 3, 1939, in Towanda. He was the son of Rose Schmeig Fulkerson and the late Russell Freeman. He attended elementary school at St. Agnes in Towanda, and later as a graduate of the Canton Area High School, Class of 1957. He proudly serve his country for three years in the US Army. On Jan. 26, 1963, he married the former Alberta L. Ramsell in San Antonio, FL. In 1965 he received a degree from the former Williamsport Area Community College where he studied Diesel mechanics. He was employed by Caterpillar Heavy Equipment for 30 years, and at the time of his death, served as shop supervisor for Giles and Ransom (a division of caterpillar) in Bensalem. Mr. Freeman loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman, enjoyed working around his home and took great pride in his home and family. He was a member of the Canton VFW Post No. 714 and the Beech Flats Grange No. 336. Surviving are his wife of 32 years; his mother and stepfather, Rose and John Fulkerson, Canton; a stepdaughter, Deborah Montgomery, Florida; and two step-grandchildren Jason and Rebecca. The funeral service was held June 13, with the Rev. Jasper Smith, a former Methodist minister, officiating. Interment was in the Beech Flats Cemetery, Canton Township. Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association in Mr. Freeman’s memory.
JOHN FULKERSON, 77. John William Fulkerson, 77, husband of Rose Schmieg Fulkerson, long time resident of Brann St., Canton died Sunday afternoon, April 12, 1998, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. John was born Oct. 9, 1920 in Canton, Pa. He was a son of the late Calvin and Lara Herts Fulkerson. John served his country during WW II in the U.S. Army. He later was employed by the U.S. Postal Service and carried mail throughout the Canton area for over 25 years until his retirement. John possessed a kind heart, always willing to help others. He enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, and working with his wife, Rose, in the beautiful flower beds that surrounded their home. John was a member of the Canton Ecumenical Parish. He also held membership in the Canton VFW Post No. 714, Canton Lodge No. 414 F&AM and was a former member of the IOOF Canton Lodge No. 321. Surviving are his wife Rose, at home; a sister, Mary Burr of Canton; a daughter-in-law, Alberta Freeman, of Canton; several nieces, nephews and cousins. John was preceded in death by his son, Gary Freeman, on June 3, 1995, and two sisters. Kathryn Williams and Helen Holmes. In maintaining to John’s request there will be no calling hours or funeral service. A private graveside service will be held at the Beech Flats Cemetery, Canton Twp., at the convenience of the family, with the Rev. Jasper Smith, retired Methodist minister, officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Pepper Funeral Home, Canton. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial may be directed to the Canton Ambulance Association , Canton, The Canton Volunteer Fire Department or the American Cancer Society in Mr. Fulkerson’s memory. –Towanda Daily Review.
FULKROD - Franklin “Frank” Delano Fulkrod - On the morning of
Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008, well-known Canton resident Franklin Delano Fulkrod died
unexpectedly while on the job. He was 74 years of age. Born in Mifflin
Township, Lycoming County, on Aug. 10, 1933, he was the son of Charles D.
Harman and Cleda Fulkrod. He and his wife, Mary, were married on April 13, 1984.
Frank was a man well acquainted with hard work. He was not afraid to try his
hand at just about any form of manual labor. He was a familiar figure to many
local farmers who knew him to be a very dependable helper. Along with Mary,
Frank was also well known to Canton Borough residents for their diligent snow
removal from business fronts and churches, as well as their lawn care services
throughout the town. In his spare time, Frank was an avid fisherman, and had a
knack for knowing all of the best places to cast a line. At other times he
would hold court on the walk in the front of his home, engaging in conversation
with all who passed by. Part homespun philosopher, part "good ol'
boy," Frank added a certain ambiance to the Canton community which will be
greatly missed. Frank is survived by his wife, Mary, at home, son James
"B.J." Fulkrod, stepchildren Charlotte Root, Georgia Ward,
granddaughters Hannah and Emily Sue Ward, sisters Phyllis Watkins and June
Fulkrod, sisters-in-law Arlene Ward, Irene Wood, Dorothy Carter, uncles Joe and
Dick Fulkrod, cousins, the Porters: Mable, Cheryl Shelia, Georgianna, Jenel,
Rich (and Donna) and Little Rich, nieces, nephews and cousins, and special
friends Gerald and Marjorie Pratt, Pat Davison, Barb Montgomery, Jim and Carol
Fitch, Sylvia and Mark from the antique store, Frank and Joe at the NAPA store,
Jim and Carol Rockwell, and Elsie Wilcox. He was preceded in death by
stepdaughters Karen Scott and Tammy Ward. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 12
noon on Monday, Jan. 7, at Morse and Kleese Funeral Home Inc., 40 N. Center
St., Canton. Services will be at 12 noon with the Rev. Doug Graybill and Pastor
Will Strunk officiating. Interment will follow in Beech Flats Cemetery.
Published in the Daily Review on 1/4/2008.