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Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
Beech Flats Cemetery, Canton Township, Bradford County, PA
Obituaries 

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Bradford County PA

Chemung County NY

Tioga County PA

 

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Photo of Gravestone Art
by Joyce M. Tice

Beech Flats Cemetery Listing
Special thanks to Patricia MOTT Gobea
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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) 

JENKINS – LORETTA M. PACKARD age 83, of Lawrenceville, Pa., Wednesday Oct. 7, 1971, at the Blossburg State General Hospital, Blossburg, Pa.  Friends are invited to call at the Charles L. Kenyon Funeral Home, Elkland, Pa., Thursday, 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.  Funeral there Saturday at 1:30 p.m., Rev. Byron Berry.  Burial in Beech Flats Cemetery, E. Canton, Pa.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 10/9/1971

JOHNSON -BARBARA A. MIX, 50, Canton RD 1, died Sunday, July 13, 1986, at the Williamsport Hospital, Williamsport.  Mrs. Mix was born Nov. 25, 1935, in Union Township, Tioga County, the daughter of Alvin (Rass) and Catherine Arbogast Johnson.  She was a former clerk for 10 years at the Canton Sears and Roebuck catalogue store.  She was a member of the Canton Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ).  Surviving are her mother Catherine Johnson of Canton; husband, Ronald E. Mix; five daughters, Mrs. Ted (Cathy) Baldwin of Canton RD 1, Mrs. Scott (Cindy) Wheeler of Covington, GA, Mrs. Jeff (Carol) Detrick of Canton, Mrs. John (Chris) Lee of Ralston, Mrs. Robert (Connie) Zigman of Camp Hill; brother, James Johnson of Williamsport; eight grandchildren; her mother-in-law, Mrs. Christine Mix of Canton.  Also surviving are several aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was predeceased by her father, Alvin (Rass) Johnson on June 9, 1985, and by a granddaughter Trish Marie Wheeler on Feb. 11, 1983.  Barbara and Ronald Mix celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary on April 10 of this year.  The funeral service will be held today at 1:00 p.m. from the Morse-Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, with the Rev. Ed Ayers, Christian and Missionary Alliance minister, officiating.  Interment will be in Beech Flats Cemetery.  Memorial donations may be directed to the American Cancer Society, Canton Ambulance Association or a charity of one’s choice, in memory of Barbara Mix. –Towanda Daily Review.

CHATTMAN (CHAPPY) JOHNSON, 69, Birmingham, AL, died at his home, February 8, 2000.  Born on October 10, 1930, he was a son of William and Leeaner Horton Johnson.  He was a self-employed private investigator in Birmingham.  Mr. Johnson received a heart transplant in June 1988 and spent much of his time promoting organ donation and supporting other recipients and their families through the transplant process.  He was married to the former Mary Jane Boudeman, formerly of Canton.  Mrs. Johnson is a foster daughter of the late Herbert R. and Irma L. Bedford.  In addition to his wife, surviving are: sisters and a brother, Geraldine Dobynes, Leeaner Johnson, and Lonnie Johnson, all of Chicago, IL: sisters-in-law and spouses, Reva and Audry Gilbert and Janette and LaVerne Smith, all of Orlando, FL; brothers-in-law and spouses, Donald and Norma Bedford, Reynoldsville, PA and Ray and Mary Bedford, Chambersburg, PA; special aunt and uncle, Joyce and Gerald Saunders, Canton; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  A private family funeral service was held Feb. 12 at the Pepper Funeral Home, Canton, with Rev. Jasper Smith, officiating.  Interment followed in Beech Flats Cemetery.  A memorial service will be held Feb. 19 at the Interfaith Chapel of the University of Alabama Hospital, Birmingham.  The family suggests memorials be directed to the Alabama Coalition directed to the Alabama Coalition for Donation, Birmingham, AL in Mr. Johnson’s memory.

JOHNSTON -MARJORIE L. BEST, 69, of Canton, died Saturday morning, July 20, 2002, at Memorial Hospital, Towanda.  She was born Jan. 6, 1933, in Troy, a daughter of William and Helen McIlwain Johnston.   As a young woman, Marge grew up in the Troy area.  She graduated from Troy High School with the class of 1950.  She later married Robert Best and together, they made their home on Lake Hill Road in Canton Township.  Bob preceded hen in death Sept. 15, 1996, after 43 years of marriage.  Marge was employed by Canton Manufacturing for over 20 years until her retirement in 1995.  She was a member of the Women of the Moose Lodge No. 981, Canton, and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post No. 714, Canton.  She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Vickie and Grant Tracy of Bath, N.Y.; special grandson, Brock Kelley of Richmond, Va.: Step-grandchildren, Gregory Tracy of North Carolina and Julie (Wilby) Jackson of Bath, N.Y.; step-great-granddaughter, Taylor Jackson; four brothers, Earl (Phyllis) Johnston of Troy, Ernie (Colleen) Johnston of Mansfield, Wayne (Norma) Johnston of Troy, Ernie (Colleen) Johnston of Wellsboro and Richard Johnston of Fassett, aunt, Ruth Rathbun of East Troy; sisters-in-law, JoAnn Johnston of Michigan, Betty (Glen) Morgan of Canton, Janice Ward of Granville, Doris (Bill) Wright of Auburn, N.Y. and Donna Best of Troy; brothers-in-law, Paul (Lenore) Best of Roaring Branch and Dale (Kathy Best of Susquehanna, Pa.; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  In addition to her loving husband Bob, Marge was predeceased by her sister, Marie Blaney; brother, James Johnston; and brothers- and sisters-in-law.  The family invites friends to call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, July 22, at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton.  The VFW Women’s Auxiliary will hold services at 12:30 p.m.; the Women of the Moose, at 12:45 p.m.  The funeral service will immediately follow, with the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating.  Burial will be held in the Beech Flats Cemetery.  Those who wish may direct memorials to the Western Alliance EMS, P.O. Box 13, Troy, Pa. 16947 in Mrs. Best’s loving memory. –Canton Independent Sentinel.

JOHNSTON Marjorie L. BEST, 69, Canton, died on Saturday morning, July 20, 2002, at Memorial Hospital, Towanda.  She was born January 6, 1933, in Troy , a daughter of William and Helen McIIwain Johnston.  As a young woman, Marge grew up in the Troy area.  She graduated from Troy High School with the class of 1950.  She later married Robert Best and together, they made their home on Lake Hill Road in Canton Township.  Bob preceded her in death September 15, 1966, after 43 years of marriage.  Marge was employed by Canton Manufacturing for over 20 years until her retirement in 1995.  She was a member of the Women of the Moose Lodge No. 981, Canton, and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post No. 714, Canton.  She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Vickie and Grant Tracy of Bath, NY; special grandson, Brock Kelley of Richmond, VA; step-grandchildren, Gregory Tracy of NC; and Julie (Wilby) Jackson of Bath, NY; step-great-granddaughter , Taylor Jackson; brothers, Earl (Phyllis) Johnston of Troy, Ernie (Colleen) Johnston of Mansfield, Wayne (Norma) Johnston of Wellsboro and Richard Johnston of Fassett; aunt Ruth Rathbun of East Troy; sister-in-law, JoAnn Johnston of Michigan, Betty (Glen) Morgan of Canton, Janice Ward of Granville, Doris (Bill) Wright of Auburn, NY, and Donna Best of troy; brothers-in-law, Paul (Leonore) Best of Roaring Branch and Dale (Kathy) Best of Susquehanna, PA; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.  In addition to her loving husband, Bob, Marge was predeceased by her sister, Marie Branch; brother, James Johnston and brothers-and-sisters in-law.  The service was held on Monday, July 22, at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton, with the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating and burial to be in Beech Flats Cemetery.  Those who wish may direct memorials to the Western Alliance EMS, PO Box 13, Troy, PA 16947 in Mrs. Best’s loving memory.  Troy Gazette Register

JONES –MRS. CATHERINE MORSE, 77 of Canton, Pa., died at the home of her son, Willard Morse at Canton Saturday (Jan. 11, 1930) at 12:15 p.m.  She is survived by one son.  The funeral will be held Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at the residence, the Rev. George Gilbert officiating.  Burial in Beech Flats Cemetery.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/13/1930

JONES –HELEN J. SWINGLE, 95, of Canton, died December 2, 2004 at the Troy Community Hospital.  Born in Mansfield, Pa, July 29, 1909, she was the daughter of the late William and Mable (Brocious) Jones.  After graduating from Mansfield High School in 1927, she continued her education at the Mansfield Normal State Teacher’s College and in 191 received her teaching degree.  She taught Home Economics at the former Estella High School in Sullivan County.  On June 7, 1933 in Elmira, NY, she and the late John A. Swingle were married and blessed with 49 years together.  Her beloved John died on June 6, 1982.  Mrs. Swingle was a devoted and long-time member of the East Canton United Methodist Church.  She also enjoyed her membership in the Beech Flats Grange No. 338 for over 50 years and was active in the Canton Sr. Citizens Group.  Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Pauline J. Swingle, Canton, Kitty Swingle, Bonita Springs, FL; foster son and daughter-in-law, John and Pat Ribovich, Rockford, IL; granddaughters, Amber, Donna, Jane, Misty and Marie; grandsons, Ty, Robert and David; 16 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and many dear friends at Sherwood’s Personal Care Home, Canton.  In addition to her husband, Mrs. Swingle was predeceased by a son Edward who died in a tragic plane crash in 2002; a brother, Harold Jones, in 1965; a sister, Dortha Burtch, in 1988.  The funeral and committal services were held December 6th at the Pepper funeral home, Canton with Rev. Jay Morris and retired pastor Rev. Jasper Smith officiating.  Burial was in Beech Flats Cemetery.  The family suggest those who wish may direct memorials in Mrs. Swingle’s name to the East Canton United Methodist Church at RR 1 Box 73, or the Beech Flats Grange, c/o RR1 Box 294 both of Canton, PA 17724 or to the Guthrie Hospice at RR1 Box 154 Towanda, PA 18848. –Canton Independent Sentinel.

JONES Helen Swingle
Helen J. Swingle, 95 of Canton died
Thursday morning, Dec. 2, 2004, at the Troy Community Hospital. Her family invites friends to call 2 to 4 pm today and 10 to 11 am Monday at Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton. The funeral and committal services will follow on Monday, Dec. 6, with the Rev. Jay Morris and retired pastor Rev. Jasper Smith officiating. Burial will be in Beech Flats Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that those who wish may direct memorials in Mrs. Swingle's name to the East Canton United Methodist Church at RR1, Box 73, or the Beech Flats Grange c/o RR1, Box 294, both of Canton, Pa. 17724, or to Guthrie Hospice at RR1, Box 154, Towanda, Pa., 18848.

HOWARD C. JONES, 85, life-long resident of the Canton area died peacefully on Sunday evening, Oct. 11, 2009 at Towanda Memorial Hospital’s Skilled Nursing Unit after suffering a stroke on Sept. 28.  Howard was born at the family home in Grover, Pa. on Sept. 12, 1924, a son of the late Ralph and Luva Bell (Allen) Jones.  He was a proud World War II veteran, serving in the Aleutian Islands as a Technician 5th grade with the Army’s Company C 18th Engineer Combat Battalion.  It was while in the service that Howard learned his life-long occupation as a heavy equipment operator.  He worked for many years as a member of the Rochester, NY Local Union 832 Operating Engineers. Fondly known as “Bubba,” Howard was the devoted husband of Katherine Jones.  They were blessed with 37 wonderful years together.  Howard was a life member of Canton’s V.F.W. Post No. 714, a 50 year plus member of the Canton Moose Lodge No. 429 and a member of the Red Run Rod & Gun Club in Roaring Branch.  A good-natured, quiet and gentle man, Howard loved horses all of his life and in his retirement raised Belgium Draft horses.  Surviving are his tow daughters, Rose Ann (Don) Black of Erie, Pa. and their children, Allen and Chris, Margaret (Leslie “Butch”) Michalski of Clymer, N.Y. and their children, Buddy, Fritz and Michelle; several great-grandchildren; stepchildren, Margaret Ann Nichols of Charlotte, Mich. And her children, James, Juli and Gregory and E. Jane (Dr. Donald) Stanton of Elk Rapids, Mich. And Lakewood Ranch, Fla.; a special cousin, Harriet Jones Smith (Larry); and dear friends, Dale and Vonnie Bradley and Harold “Bud” and Shirley Bentley.  In addition to his wife Katherine, who died
on Nov. 10, 2001, Howard was predeceased by a half-brother and sister-in-law, William and Mertie Lee.  Family invites friends to call from noon – 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15 at Pepper Funeral home, Springbrook Drive in Canton.  The funeral and committal services will follow at 2 p.m. with Rev. Duane Taylor officiating.  Burial will be private at Beech Flats Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, those who wish may consider a memorial in Mr. Jones’ name to Memorial Hospital’s Skilled Nursing Unit at 1 Memorial Drive, Towanda, PA or a charity of one’s choice.  –Towanda Daily Review 10/13/2009

KELLEY –FAVORITE LUELLA METZGER.  Bradford County Woman is Killed.  Mrs. H. F. Metzger, 38, of Beach Flats, Dies Instantly.  Husband and 13 year old son badly hurt when car strikes underpass at Elmira, N.Y.  Canton –Mrs. Henry Fred Metzger, 38, of Beech Flats, Canton Township, was killed and her husband and son, Walter, 13, were seriously injured at 10:30 o’clock Friday morning when their car hit a stone wall of a railroad underpass at Elmira, N. Y.  Mr. Metzger, who observed his 41st birthday anniversary the day of the tragedy, suffered a fractured leg and undetermined head injuries.  The son also received a broken leg.  They were reported in fair condition at the Arnot-Ogden Hospital, Elmira.  The exact cause of the accident was not learned.  After descending a steep hill, the car failed to negotiate a curve and struck the bulkhead with such force that it drove the engine back to the middle of the car.  Mrs. Metzger was killed instantly.  Regarded as a dangerous point on the highway, the underpass has been the scene of numerous accidents.  Mrs. Metzger, nee Favorite Kelley, leaves two other sons, aged 10 and 3 years, and her mother, Mrs. Martin Kelley.  Her body was removed to the Collins and Stull Funeral Home here.  The Metzgers were engaged in farming near here. (Born 1899, died April 25 1938, Buried Beech Flats Cemetery)

LYNN F. KELLOGG, 81, of Mill Street, LeRoy, died March 19, 1989 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, following a brief illness.  Mr. Kellogg was born April 7, 1907 in Smithfield Township, a son of Fountain E. and Mary J. Kelly Kellogg.  He was a former employee for the Pennsylvania State Game Commission and also at the Bradford County Manor, where he constructed picnic tables and painted.  Mr. Kellogg was member of the LeRoy Grange, the LeRoy Community Association, the Canton Senior Citizens, and Mr. Kellogg was a member of the LeRoy Church of Christ.  He was an avid gardener and enjoyed sharing his garden produce with his neighbors and enjoyed helping others.  Surviving are his wife, the former Eleanor Wright, a resident at the Bradford County Manor; three brothers, Kenneth, Riviera, AZ, Merle, Port St. John, FL; Merrill, Millport, NY; a sister-in-law, Margaret Wright, Canton; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  Mr. Kellogg was predeceased by three sisters, Helen Corneby, Letha McCarty, and Gladys Harris; four brothers, Basil, Lyle, (Lynn’s twin brother), Eustace and Clifford Kellogg.  Funeral services were held at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, Friday at 8 p.m. with the Rev. Daniel Colton, pastor of the LeRoy Church of Christ officiating.  Interment was in the Beech Flats Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel.

KERNAN –ELLEN KERNAN CALKINS, 91, Monroeton, PA (Franklin Twp.), formerly of Shohola Falls, PA, died January 1, 2003, at the Highlands Care Center in Laporte.  Born on February 26, 1911 in Harberth, PA, she was the daughter of the late John R. and Mary Cope Massey Kernan.  In earlier years, she was employed as an operator for the Bell Telephone Company.  In 1953, she and her first husband, the late George Ryman, started the Ryman’s Gun Dog Kennells in Shohola Falls.  With loving dedication the Ryman Type” became well known as one of the finest bloodlines for the English Setter breed and Mrs. Ryman Calkins became known as “Mrs. English Setter.”  On December 11, 1963, she married Carl W. Calkins in Milford, PA.  With Carl'’ assistance they continued the selective breeding of her beloved Ryman Setters until they retired in 1975.  For over 37 years, she hand-raised, fed, and helped train nearly 4,000 Pennsylvania Ryman Setter puppies.  Mrs. Calkins was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Milford, PA and received her confirmation on May 23, 1964.  Surviving are several nieces, nephews, and cousins.  In addition to her husbands George Ryman and Carl Calkins, two sisters, Anne and Helen, predeceased her.  In keeping with Mrs. Calkins’ request, there was no funeral service.  A graveside service will be announced at a later date.  Burial will be in Beech Flats Cemetery, Canton, PA.  Memorials in Mrs. Calkins’ name may be made to the Bradford County Humane Society at PO Box 179, Ulster, PA 18850.  Arrangements are in the care of the Pepper Funeral Home, Canton. –Canton Independent Sentinel.

KILMER -KATHERINE E. FITZWATER, 78.  On Thursday, Oct. 9, 1997 of Canton RR1, went home to be with the Lord after a brave bout with illness.  She was born May 12, 1918 in Wheelerville, Sullivan County, one of 14 children born to Jacob and Lena (Ayres) Kilmer.  Katherine was educated in the Sullivan Co. School system and was a graduate of the Estella High School.  She met her husband, Ervin Fitzwater, while she was babysitting at Ervin’s cousin’s farm.  They were united in Holly Matrimony April 16, 1938.  One humorous antidote associated with their wedding day concerned the bride and groom’s attempt at getting away from the crowds of well-wishers.  Ervin pulled their car into a barn and a low beam took the roof of the car off while they were inside the vehicle, an event which always brought a smile to Katherine’s face when remembered.  Katherine settled into her role as a farm wife, helping Ervin with the chores, canning, cooking and baking.  She was well-known for her bread, sticky buns and spice cookies.  Together, they raised two sons and seven daughters all of whom were provided with homemade clothing of Katherine’s design.  Her family and friends often received gifts of afghans and doilies.  During the years that her children attended the one-room school house across the road from their home, the school teacher would stay with the Fitzwater’s during winter snow storms.  This assured Katherine that her children’s education would not be short changed by school closings.  The Fitzwater’s had the first television in Beach Flats, and when President Eisenhower was inaugurated in 1953, the entire school was welcomed into the home to watch the event on the seven inch screen.  Katherine also worked outside the home for a number of years as a waitress at the Canton Diner and eventually as a cafeteria worker at Canton High School.  After her retirement, she volunteered for the Meals on Wheels program which she continued until her recent illness.  Katherine loved bowling, snowmobiling, outdoor and indoor gardening.  She was a member of the East Canton United Methodist Church, a life member of the Beech Flats Grange No. 335 where she served on the Pomona Degree Installation Team and a member of the Lady Canton Rebekah Lodge No. 362 and Canton Senior Citizens.   Katherine is survived by her husband Ervin at home: sons, Luther (Eva) Fitzwater of Canton and Daniel Fitzwater of Canton RR 1: daughters Iona (Andrew) Straka, Canton RR 2, Shirley (Stephen) Barnes, Canton RR 3, Carol (Larry) Brown, Canton RR 3, Diane (Thomas) Allen of Georgia, Debra Fitzwater Troy RR 1 and Karen (Gordon) Wesneski, Canton RR 1; brothers James (Freida) Kilmer, Willingboro, N. J., Neil (Laura) Kilmer, Beaver’s Dam, N.Y., Neil (Laura) Kilmer Beaver’s Dam, N.Y.  and Joseph (Geraldine) Kilmer, Cortland, N.Y.: sisters, Emma Caseman, Honeye, N.Y., Jean Smith, Troy, Pa., Faye (Harold) Smith of Wheelerville, Pa., and Phyllis (Gordon) Mitchell, Oregon: she is also survived by 28 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  Katherine was preceded by brothers, John, Charles and Bradley; sisters, Veronica, Ellen and Marie; daughter, Nancy Brackman and great-grandson, Dennis Moyer.  Calling hours will be held Monday at 7 p.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton.  Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the East Canton Methodist Church with the Rev. Joseph Smith, retired Methodist Minister, and Rev. Jonathan Stanley, pastor of Sylvania Presbyterian Church, officiating.  Interment will follow in the Beech Flats Cemetery.  The family will provide flowers.  Memorials in Katherine’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society. –Towanda Daily Review.

Ralph Thomas KLEESE, 82, of Canton, PA died Sunday, September 15, 2002 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA after a brief illness.  Born in Williamsport, PA on august 13, 1920 he was the son of Ralph A. and Esther Wilkinson Kleese.  He graduated from Williamsport High School in 1938 and the American Academy of Embalmings ad Mortuary Research in New York City in 1941.  Mr. Kleese served in the Air force during World War II.  He established the Kleese Funeral Home in Canton in 1953.  In recent years he was a winter resident of Winter Haven, FL.  He was a longtime member of the Masonic Lodge and was also a former member of the IOOF in Canton.  He was a charter member of the Canton Lions’Club, had been a member of the Troy Community Hospital Board of Directors, Minnequa Grange No. 754, a life member of the Canton Post No. 714 VFW and was a life member of the Innes Hose Co. in Canton.  He belonged to the Tri-County Funeral Directors Association and the Pennsylvania funeral Directors Association.  He is survived by his sons, Gary (and Judy) Kleese of Sayre, PA and John R. “Richie” (and Janice) Kleese of Fayetteville, NC; six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter; a special friend, Betty Johnson.  He was predeceased byhis wife of 51 years, Margaret McGinniss Kleese, in 1996; and a son, Max.  Funeral services will be held at the Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) in Canton on September 19 at 11 am with the Rev. David B. Morris officiating and interment to be in Beech Flats Cemetery with military honors. (Viewing at Morse and Kleese in Canton Sept. 18 from 7-9 pm.)  Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society, 1948 E. Third Street, Williamsport, PA 17701.

KNAPP -MARGARET K. KLUMP, 89.  On the evening of Feb. 13, 2000, former Canton-area resident Margaret Knapp Klump died quietly at Memorial Hospital in Towanda after a brave battle with cancer.  She was 89 years of age.  Born just outside of Mansfield on Jan. 6, 1911, she was the daughter of Erving and Dora (Boyce) Knapp.  Margaret lived much of her adult life in Canton.  She later resided in Tennessee for a few years and then returned to Bradford County, settling in Ulster. But wherever she made her home, Margaret always made it a point to beautify it with a lovely garden of flowers.  Gardening and the great outdoors were two her passions in life, along with the companionship of her family.  She was blessed with the skill of crocheting and made quilts for all of her grandchildren, heirlooms that are treasured by all who received them.  She also was gifted with many hours at this pastime.  Margaret was the widow of Fred J. Klump who died in October 1989.  In January, due to her failing health Margaret became a resident of the Highlands in Laporte.  Margaret was a lifelong Methodist, and whenever possible she fellowshipped at the East Smithfield United Methodist Church.  Margaret is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Edward and Joan Watkins of Monroeton; step-daughter, Doris (Charles) Reigle of Lock Haven; brother, Robert L. Knapp of Horseheads, N. Y.: sister, Esther Ferree of Lock Haven; grandchildren, Stephen Watkins of Towanda, Donald Watkins of Monroeton and Marcy Demangone of Reading; step-granddaughter, Pamela Grenninger of Yeagertown, Pa; five great-grandchildren; and step-daughter-in-law, Mabel Porter of Canton.  Aside from her husband, she was preceded in death by her stepson Arthur Porter and step-daughter Eloise Wood.  Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 1 p.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, with the Rev. Barb Troxell, pastor of the East Smithfield United Methodist Church, officiating.  Calling hours will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday.  Interment will be in Beech Flats Cemetery. –Towanda Daily Review.

KOHLER -MARY HELLRICH of Canton Succumbs.  Mrs. Mary K. Hellrich, 74, of 29 Elm St. Canton, died Friday, March 23, 1979 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, following an extended illness.  She was born in Lopez, Feb. 21, 19095, a daughter of Stephen and Christina Bennie Kohler.  Mrs. Hellrich was a member of the Canton First United Presbyterian Church.  She is survived by her husband, Louis, five sons, Martin Mott of Canton RD 2, Horace Mott of Douglas, Arizona, Harry Mott of Lebanon, N.J., Stephen Mott of Easton, and Arthur Hellrich of Glen Rock, N.JH.; four daughters, Mrs. Frank Tillotson of Canton RD 1, Mrs., William Hurley of Blossburg, and Mrs. Kleighton Louden of Endwell, N,.Y,.; one sister, Mrs. James MacBlaine of Morris Run; on brother, Stephen Kohler of Auburn, N.Y.; 26 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.  She was preceded in death by three children, Evelyn Newman, Joseph Mott, and Margaret Loomis.  The funeral will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at the Morse Funeral Home, Canton, with the Rev. Raymond D. Fravel, her pastor, officiating.  Burial will be in the Beech Flats Cemetery, Canton Township.  –Towanda Daily Review.

LAMPHERE –CARRIE L. PETERS, 79, of Canton died October 24, 1992, at home.  She was born Feb. 2, 1913, in Wyalusing Township, Bradford County, the daughter of Ernest Lamphere and Mina Johnson Lamphere Cook.  Mrs. Peters was a homemaker.  Surviving are a brother, Earl S. Cook, Rome, Pa: four nephews and one grandnephew.  She was predeceased by her husband Howard Peters, on Jan. 24, 1984; two brothers, Paul Lamphere and Donald Cook; and a sister, Jennie Newman.  Memorial services were held Oct. 27, from the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, with the Rev. Jasper Smith, retired Methodist minister, officiating.  Interment was in Beech Flats Cemetery.

WILLIAM S. LANDON - On the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007 long-time Canton resident William Sumner Landon died quietly at Bradford County Manor.  He was 86 years of age.  Born in Waterloo, N.Y., on Sept. 10, 1921, he was the son of Sumner R. and Grace (Glenn) Landon. When William was a teenager the family moved to the Landon homestead in East Canton.  He graduated from Canton High School with the Class of 1941.  He served our country during the Second World War as part of the U.S. Army 209th Coast Artillery.  His journey began with a trip on the Queen Mary, converted to a troop carrier. He saw action in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, Alsace-Lorraine and Germany.  He received the Purple Heart as well as the Bronze Star.  In civilian life Bill was a machinist employed at Bendix Corp. in Elmira, N.Y., retiring in 1966.  He worked several more years at Landon's Welding in East Canton.  Bill was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fly fishing and was skilled at tying his own flies.  He also was a self-taught wood worker, spending many hours in his workshop.  In March of 1949 he married the former Shirley Guinter, and together they raised a son and daughter and shared 58 years.  Bill will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband and father and will be missed by all who knew him.  He is survived by his wife, Shirley, at home; son, William S. (and Deborah) Landon Jr.; daughter, Carol McCuen; granddaughter, Leah; great-grandchildren, Taylor Bellows; sister-in-law, Eileen Saginario; and niece, Jean Blazer.  He was preceded in death by his parents; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ray and Dorothy Guinter, who were both very dear to him.  Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home Inc., 40 N. Center St., Canton.  The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. with Pastor Jasper Smith officiating.  Interment will follow in Beech Flats Cemetery.  The family will provide the flowers.   –Towanda Daily Review 12/15/2007
 

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CHARLES M. LANINGER, 69, of Canton died at the Blossburg State Hospital Saturday night.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mabel Laninger of Elmira; four daughters, Mrs. Preston Raub of Troy, Mrs. Martin Mott, Mrs. Albert Allen and Miss Frances Laninger all of Canton; three brothers, Henry of Powell, Walter of Lawrenceville and Eldah of Canton; 11 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  The body is at the Morse Funeral Home, Canton, where friends may call and where funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 o’clock with the Rev. Paul Pattaruso officiating.  Burial will be in Beech Flats Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel. (Born July 1, 1889, died March 8, 1958)

 

LANINGER Dorothy Allen

On the afternoon of Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, well-known Canton resident Dorothy Virginia (Laninger) Allen died quietly at Bradford County Manor. She was 88 years of age.  Born in Laquin, Pa., on Oct. 16, 1924 she was a daughter of Charles and Mabel (Snell) Laninger. She met a gentleman named Albert "Bob" Allen, and the two were wed on Dec. 26, 1942.  The Allens settled on a farm in Canton Township where they raised their family. In 1972 they sold the farm and moved to a home just outside the borough limits of Canton. While Bob went to work for PennDOT, Dorothy took a job with Canton Manufacturing Company. With the family grown Dorothy and Bob had more time to share together. They enjoyed square dancing, camping with the Rolling Hills Camping Club and traveling. They enjoyed the Bloomsburg Fair as well as the Canton Firemen's Fair, at which Dorothy could always be found volunteering her services in the kitchen. For her continued dedication she was made an honorary life member of the Canton Fire Department. Dorothy was also an avid card and Bingo player.  The Allens became well known throughout the area for their elaborate Christmas display. Each year Dorothy and Bob would add an additional cast of characters to the repertoire. It was a labor of love. With each year the crowds became bigger as well, traveling with their children from as far as Williamsport and Elmira to take in the festive lights and animated decorations, and to sit on Santa's lap and receive a candy cane, all of which was graciously provided by Dorothy and Bob's generosity. They shared 59 years until Bob's passing in 2002. As the years caught up with her Dorothy had to scale back many of her activities, but she always enjoyed a friendly visit and cherished her moments with her beloved family.  Dorothy is survived by her son Tim (and Patricia) Allen of Canton; daughters Dottie (and Bob) Shedden of Canton and LouAnn (and Roy) Vargson of Troy; grandchildren Tina (and Jack), Gina (and Bill), Wendy, Mike (and Billie Jo), Sherry (and Ray), Shawn (and Shelley); step-grandchildren Ryan (and Beth), Kristi (and Steve), Carol, Bobbie Jo, Connie (and Jim), Lisa (and Harold), Candy (and Jeremy) and Sandy; great-grandchildren Josh, Mindy, Kyle, Kody, Brittany, Billy (and Breanne), Travis, Hunter, Sierra, Gabrielle, Chase, Zander, Ian, Gavin, Kody Miller; step-great-grandson Noah; great-great-grandchildren Hunter, Kolton, Klayton; four nieces and one nephew. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob; infant daughter Linda; her brother James; sisters Frances, Marie and Helen; son-in-law Grant Trick; daughter-in-law Dianne Allen and great-granddaughter Lexi Miller.   Calling hours will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12 at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 94 N. Center St., Canton, and will resume Tuesday at 11 a.m. Funeral service will be Tuesday at noon, followed by interment in Beech Flats Cemetery. The family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to the Innes Hose Co., P.O. Box 72, Canton Pa., 17724; or Western Alliance Emergency Services, P.O. Box 13, Troy, Pa., 16947.     Towanda Daily Review – August 11, 2013

 

FRANCES E. LANINGER, 91.  On the evening of Sunday, June 18, 2000, lifelong Canton resident Frances Ellen Laninger died quietly at Troy Community Hospital.  She was 91 years of age.  Born in Canton Township on May 21, 1909, she was the eldest of Mabel Snell Laninger’ five children.  Young Frances spent a good portion of her life in the household of her maternal grandparents, Frank and Laura Snell.  Frances was educated in the Canton area school system, graduating from the Canton High School with the Class of 1930,.  She was also a graduate of the Delkardar School of Beauty in Elmira.  She was a slight and slender woman, always attractively attired, who strode through life with dignity, poise and grace.  Frances worked for a while at the Belmar Manufacturing in Canton, and later was employed by the Canton Leroy Farmers Telephone Co.  There she served as a switchboard operator for many years until automatic dialing was implemented in Canton.  She spent the last 21 working years employed as a clerk at the A&P store in Canton, retiring in May 1974.  In the years after her retirement, Frances was free to pursue her hobbies and other interests.  She was an active member of Minnequa Grange No. 754 and a lifelong member of the Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) of Canton.  Despite her slight frame.  Frances was an accomplished bow hunter and had received many awards and honors.  She was attracted early on to the technology of photography and became well-known for her expertise with a camera.  Frances had a gift for oil painting.  She was a natural born artist having received no training whatsoever.  Her works of art on canvas have been treasured by family and friends alike.  Frances refused to sell her works no matter how much she was offered, but chose, rather, to give them as wedding gifts and the like.  A great passion of hers were covered bridges, and she was a charter member of the Pennsylvania Covered Bridge Society and several other such groups.  Being the free spirit that she was, it was not unusual for her to leave town on a moment’s notice and drive halfway across the country on an excursion to immortalize some remote covered bridge on canvas, or to collect pieces and artifacts from the remains of one that had been otherwise destroyed.  Frances is survived by her sister, Dorothy and Bob Allen of Canton RR 1; brother-in-law, J. Preston Raub of Troy; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her brother, James Laninger; and sisters Helen Raub and Marie Mott.  Calling hours will be held Wednesday from 7 to p p.m. at the Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, Canton.  Funeral services will be conducted Thursday June 22, at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. David B. Morris, pastor of the Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) of Canton, officiating.  Interment will follow in Beech Flats Cemetery –Towanda Daily Review.

Frances Ellen LANINGER, 91, a lifelong Canton, PA resident, died on Sunday, June 18, 2000 at Troy Community Hospital.  Born in canton Township on May 21, 1909 she was the eldest of Mable Snell Laninger’s five children.  Young Frances spent a good portion of her life in the home of her maternal grandparents, Frank and Laura Snell.  She was a 1930 graduate of Canton High School and also graduated from the Delkardar School of Beauty in Elmira, NY.  She worked for Belmar Manufacturing, was a switchboard operator for the Canton and Leroy Farmers Telephone Company for many years and clerked at the A&P for 21 years until her retirement in 1974.  She was an active member of Minnequa Grange No. 754 and a lifelong member of the Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) of Canton.  Among her interests were archery, photography and oil painting.  She had a special interest in covered bridges.  Frances is survived by her sister, Dorothy and Bob Allen of Canton RR 1, PA; brother-in-law, J. Preston Raub of Troy; and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her brother, James Laninger; and sisters, Helen Raub and Marie Mott.  Funeral services were conducted Thursday, June 22 (2 pm) at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton with the Rev. David B. Morris officiating and interment to follow in Beech Flats Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be directed to the charity of one’s choice.
 “Troy Gazette-Register,” Troy, PA  Thursday,   June 15, 2000

LANINGER –HELEN RAUB.  Mrs. Preston (Helen) Raub of Troy, died 3 June 1984 at home.  Mrs. Raub was born July 16, 1911 in Canton Township, a daughter of Charles and Mabel Snell Laninger.  Mrs. Raub was a retired school cafeteria member in Troy school.  She was a member of the Baptist Church of Troy, Columbia Grange and the Rebeka Lodge.  She and her husband, Preston Raub, raised their family on their dairy farm near Sylvania.   Survivors include her husband of 55 years as of Jan. 16, 1984, two sons, Jim Raub and Larry Raub, both of Troy; three daughters, Mrs. Harold (Irma) Morgan, Mrs. Robert (Edna) Jones, both of Troy and Mrs. Lou (Doris) Kingsley of East Smithfield; 22 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Frances Laninger, Mrs. Albert “Bob” Laninger, both of Canton and Mrs. Martin (Marie) Mott of Troy.  A brother, James preceded her in death.  Several nieces and nephews also survive her.  Friends may call at the Vickery Funeral Home, Troy, today, 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.  Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Baptist Church, Troy.  Interment will be in Beech Flats Cemetery. –Towanda Daily Review.

LANINGER - RAUB, HELEN L.,  Services for Helen L. Raub, 72, Troy, will be held June 7 at Troy Baptist Church with Rev. Garry Zuber officiating.  Burial will be in Beech Flats Cemetery, E. Canton.  The Vickery Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.  Mrs. Raub died June 3, 1984 at home.  She was born July 16, 1911 in Canton Twp., daughter of Charles and Mabel Snell Laninger.  She was a member of Troy Baptist Church and Sylvania Rebekah Lodge No 374.  She was secretary of Columbia Grange No. 83 and member of Covered Bridge Society and worked for the election board in Columbia Twp.  She was a retires cafeteria worker at Croman Elementary School.  She is survived by her husband of 55 years, J. Preston; daughters, Mrs. Harold (Irma) Morgan and Mrs. Robert (Edna) Jones of Troy and Mrs. Louis (Doris) Kingsley of East Smithfield; sons and daughters-in-law, James and Marilyn Raub of Troy and Larry and Harriett Raub of Austinville.; sisters, Frances Laninger and Mrs. Albert (Dorothy) Allen of Canton and Mrs. Martin (Marie) Mott of Alba; 22 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; six nieces and nephews; several cousins.  (TGR May 31, 1984)

JAMES LANINGER aged 21, died suddenly of a heart attack (1940).  He was an employee of the Belmar Factory.  His death was a severe shock to his many friends as well as his family.  He leaves to mourn his loss his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Laninger; four sisters, Mrs. Preston Raub of Saxonville, Massachusetts; Mrs. Martin Mott, Frances and Dorothy Laninger of Canton; two grandmothers, Mrs. Laura Snell of Canton and Mrs. James Laninger of Ellenton; also other relatives.  His funeral was held at his late home on Southern Avenue, Sunday at 2 p.m. and burial was made in Beech Flats Cemetery, Rev. L. A. Guiles was the officiating clergyman.  Those from out of town to attend the funeral were; Mrs. Harry Diltz and son, Harry of Rochester, N.Y.; Misses Margaret Fennell and Lillian Kennedy of Detroit; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bostwick, Mrs. George White of Elmira, N.Y.; Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Japhet of Newark Valley, N.Y.; Mrs. Brittie Holmes, Willard Holmes, Dick Camp and Mr. and Mrs. William Rauscher of Roaring Branch; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Laninger of Powell; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Laninger of Beech Flats.  –Canton Independent Sentinel
 

LANINGER -MARIE  MOTT, 85, of the Hillcrest Apartments in Troy died peacefully on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 1999, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.  Born on July 11, 1914. In Canton, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Mabel Adell Snell Laninger.  Marie attended the Columbia Cross Roads United Methodist Church.  She was a member of the Troy VFW Auxiliary and was a charter member of the Canton Women of the Moose Lodge No. 981.  Some of Marie’s pastimes were playing cards and working on word puzzles.  In earlier years, she enjoyed embroidering and bowling.  Mrs. Mott was employed by Canfords—Canton Manufacturing—for many years until her retirement.  She is survived by three daughters and two sons-in-law, Janet and Clifford Davis, Jr. of Troy, Johann and Arthur Dickerson of Troy and Patricia Gobea of Gillett:  10 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Dorothy and Bob Allen of Canton and Frances Laninger of Canton; a special companion, Walter Wolfe of Troy; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  In addition to her parents, Mrs. Mott was predeceased by her husband, Martin G. Mott, on Aug. 1, 1992: a son, Arthur Mott; a sister, Helen Raub; and a brother, James Laninger.  Interment will be in the Beech Flats Cemetery.  The family suggests that memorial donations be directed to the Endless Mountains Mission Center, Troy, Pa. 16947, in Mrs. Mott’s memory. –Towanda Daily Review.

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LANINGER Marie MOTT, 85, of the Hillcrest Apts., Troy, PA died on Tuesday, October 5, 1999 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA.  Born on July 11, 1914 in Canton, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Mabel Adell Snell Laninger.  Marie attended the Columbia Cross Roads, United Methodist Church.  She was a member of the Troy VFW Auxiliary and was a charter member of the Canton Women of the Moose Lodge No. 981.  Mrs. Mott was employed by Canford’s now Canton Manufacturing, for many years until her retirement.  She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Janet and Clifford Davis Jr. of Troy, Johann and Arthur Dickerson of Troy, PA and Patricia Gobea of Gillett, PA; 10 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; sisters and a brother-in-law, Dorothy and Bob Allen of Canton and Frances Laninger of Canton; special companion, Walter Wolfe of Troy; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  In addition to her parents, Mrs. Mott was predeceased by her husband, martin G. Mott, 1992; a son, Arthur Mott; a sister, Helen Raub; and a brother, James Laninger.  Funeral services were held October 8 at the Pepper Funeral Home in Canton with the Rev. Mark Bower officiating and interment to be in the Beech Flats Cemetery.  Memorial donations may be directed to the Endless Mts. Mission Center, c/o RR 3, Box 339, Troy, PA in Mrs. Mott’s memory. Troy Gazette-Register, Troy, PA  Thursday, October

CARL F. LATHROP,  Age 85, of Canton (Beech Flats) died July 10, 2003 at Troy Hospital.  Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Edna; a son, Max of Gillett; three daughters, Carol Ann Carey, Laura Phelps, both of Canton and Linda Kreger of Tioga; many grandchildren; two sisters, Ina Jackson of Mainesburg, and Erma Warner of Gillett; a brother, Harold of Wellsburg.  He was predeceased by a granddaughter, Amber Rose Kreger and a brother, Lawrence.  Friends may call 10 to 12 p.m., Saturday, July 12th, at Pepper Funeral Home, Canton.  The funeral will immediately follow at noon with the Rev. Jasper Smith, officiating.  Burial will be in Beech Flats Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Western Alliance E.M.S., P.O. Box 13, Troy, Pa. 16947. –Towanda Daily Review.

R. MARK LOGAN, 35, of Canton RR1, died August 20, 2000 in Canton Township.  Born in Blossburg, October 26, 1964 he was a son of Janice Roupp Brown and the late Robert Logan.  He was a 1983 graduate of Canton High School and throughout school enjoyed wrestling.  Mr. Logan was no stranger to hard work.  He was a self-employed veal farmer for many years and at the time of his death, was also employed by c.a.f. Inc. in Canton.  An avid outdoorsman, he especially enjoyed hunting and riding snowmobile.  His main interest in life was the love he shared with his sons, Dustin and Cody.  Surviving are his sons, Dustin and Cody, their mother Kenya, all of Canton; parents, Janice and Milton Brown, Canton; maternal grandparents, VanDyne and Grace Roupp, of Florida; paternal grandmother, Mabell Avery, Grover; sisters and brother-in-law, Lisa and Greg Castle, Theresa Brown; brother and sister-n-law, Scott and Irma Brown; nieces, Becca, Trisha, Lacey and Shannon; half-brothers, Donald Brown, Canton and Marty Brown, Tennessee; several aunts, uncles, cousins and good friends, Jeff Sechrist and Randy Castle both of Canton.  The funeral service was held August 23 at the Pepper Funeral Home, Canton, with the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating.  Interment was held in Beech Flats Cemetery, Canton Twp.  –Canton Independent Sentinel.

R. Mark LOGAN, 35, of canton RR 1, PA died Sunday, August 20, 2000 in Canton Township, Pa.  Mark was born in Blossburg, PA on October 26, 1964, the son of Janice Roupp Brown and the late Robert Logan.  He was a 1983 graduate of Canton High School and enjoyed wrestling throughout school.  He was a self-employed veal farmer for many years; at the time of his death he was employed by c.a.f. Inc. in Canton.  He is survived by his sons and their mother, Dustin and Cody Logan and Kenya Logan, all of Canton; his parents, Janice and Milton Brown of Canton; maternal grandparents, Vandyne and Grace Roupp of Florida; paternal grandmother, Mabell Avery of Grover; sisters and brother-in-law, Lisa and Greg Castle of Canton and Theresa Brown of Canton; a brother and sister-in-law, Scott and Kim Brown of Canton; three nieces and two half-brothers; aunts uncles and cousins.  Funeral services were held August 22 at the Pepper Funeral Home in Canton with the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating and interment to be in Beech Flats Cemetery, Canton Township, PA.  Memorials may be directed to a trust fund to benefit the Logan children c/o First Citizens National Bank, 29 W. Main St., Canton, PA 17724 in their father’s memory.  Troy Gazette Register

EDWARD W. LOOMIS
 Edward W. Loomis, 88, resident of the Bradford County Manor since Oct 25, 1989 and formerly of Canton, died January 9, 1990. He was born June 27, 1901 at Big Run, Jefferson County, PA, a son of Myron and Rose Rockwell Loomis.  He was retired from Remington Rand in Elmira, NY. Surviving are sons, Elwin L. of Middleburg, FL and Philip E. Loomis of Harrisburg; daughter, Mrs. Howard (Rose Marie) Waldrip of Canton; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his wife, the former Mabel Benjamin, in 1980 and a son, Kenneth, in 1983. Funeral services were held January 13 at the Morse and Kleeese Funeral Home in Canton with the Rev. David B. Morris officiating and interment to be in Beech Flats Cemetery. (TGR, Thursday, January 18, 1989)

LOOMIS –MRS. ADELINE L. WRIGHT, 79 of Cayuta Rd., Newfield, formerly of East Canton, Pa., Thursday, Oct. 21, 1954, following a long illness.  She was a member of the East Canton Methodist Church.  Survived by daughters, Mrs. Earl Cornelius of Groton and Mrs. J. F. Wheat of Canandaigua; sons, Leland and Dean Wright of Newfield and Glenn of Casper, Wyo.; sisters, Mrs. Martha Vroman of Elmira and Mrs. Eva Smith of Kent, N.Y.; seven grandchildren.  The body is at the Allen Funeral Chapel, Newfield, where friends may call.  Funeral there Saturday at 11 a.m., the Rev. Edward L. Hanna of Newfield.  Beech Flats Cemetery, East Canton.  –Elmira Star-Gazette -22/10/1954

EDWARD W. LOOMIS, 88, resident of the Bradford County Manor since Oct. 25, 1989, died at the manor Tuesday, Jan. 9, 1990.  Mr. Loomis previously resided at 143 W. South Ave., Canton.  He was born June 27, 1901 at Big Run, Jefferson County, Pa., a son of Myron and Rose Rockwell Loomis.  Edward retired in 1963 from Remington Rand, Elmira, N.Y., where he was employed as a millwright.  He was a member of the Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ), Canton; an army veteran of World War I: and a member of Canton V.F.W. #714.  Surviving are two sons, Elwin I. Loomis of Middleburg, Fla., and Philip E. Loomis of Harrisburg; a daughter, Mrs. Howard (Rose Marie) Waldrip of Canton; eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was predeceased by his wife, the former Mabel Benjamin, on Nov. 2, 1980 and a son, Kenneth Loomis, on March 3, 1983.  Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. from the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton with the Rev. David B. Morris, his pastor, officiating.  Interment will be at the Beech Flats Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home Friday from 2 until 4 p.m. and from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. –Towanda Daily Review.

MATTISON - On the evening of Saturday May 1, 2010, former LeRoy resident Lila Mae (Mattison) Bellows died quietly at Bradford County Manor.  She was 78 years of age. Born in Blossburg on Aug. 6, 1931, she was the only child of Marion and Leone (DAVIS) Mattison. On June 17, 1950, she married Lewis E. Bellows, a well-known LeRoy dairy farmer. Together they raised three sons and two daughters, and shared 34 years until his passing in 1984. Lila was a warm, friendly person who enjoyed caring for her home and family. Her cheerful smile and keen sense of humor endeared her to all who knew her. After retiring from the family farm Lila resided at Cedar Ridge Apartments in Canton. She was often seen around the grounds with her companion, her beloved Schnauzer, Hans. Over the years she had been active with the Women of the Moose in Canton, the VFW Auxilliary in Troy and the Open Hand Grange in LeRoy. She enjoyed traveling and watching pro football and golf. Lila was a woman of great faith, embracing Roman Catholicism, and uniting with St. Michael's Church in Canton. Her faith was an ever present source of strength and comfort during life's trials. Lila was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her passing leaves a void in the hearts of those who knew her best.  Lila is survived by her sons, Paul (Norma) Bellows of Canton, and Dale (Cindy) Bellows of Troy; daughter, Naomi Jean Austin (Edward Schultz) of Moscow, Pa.; grandchildren, John Lewis Bellows, Luther (Becky) Bellows, Corey (Bobbie) Bellows, Adelle (Jim) Williams, Amanda (Matt) Caldwell, Melinda (Chad) Bortle, Samantha Austin, Stacey Austin, Ethan Austin, Jacob Schultz and Emily Schultz; and eight great-grandchildren. Also surviving is an aunt, Ruth Marsh; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis; daughter, Jane Ellen Bellows and son Lewis "Jake" Bellows. In accordance with Lila's wishes, her viewing and service will be private, by invitation of the family. Viewing will be noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 94 N. Center St., Canton. Service will be at 1 p.m. Interment will follow in Beech Flats Cemetery.  May 03, 2010, Towanda Daily Review

 

McDONALD Kenneth McDonald

74, of Canton, Pa., died on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012 at home.  Born one of 13 children on Oct. 1, 1937 in Brooklyn, N.Y., Ken was a son of the late Daniel and Helen (Gablonski) McDonald. Kenneth received his nursing degree in New Jersey and most recently was employed by the VA Hospital in Bath N.Y. as a Licensed Practical Nurse for several years until retirement. On May 5, 2006 he married the former Virginia (Stone) Avery in the Grover Church of Christ.  Ken enjoyed playing cards and a favorite was "hand & foot."   Besides his wife Virginia, Kenneth is survived by step-children Lou Ann Smith of Wheelerville, Ronald Swimley of Gillett; step-grandchildren Kristine Victory of Wyalusing and Shane Smith of Canton; four step-great-grandchildren; siblings Dorothy of Brooklyn, Joan of Fla., Walter of Long Island, Patricia of New Jersey; many nieces, nephews and cousins.  The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 20, at the Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Dr., in Canton. The funeral and committal service will follow at 2 p.m. with his pastor Will Strunk officiating. Burial will be in the Beech Flats Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials may be made to the Grover Church of Christ, P.O. Box 83, Grover, PA 17735 in Kenneth's memory.   Towanda Daily Review – August 18, 2012

 

McGINNISS –MARGARET MCGINNISS KLEESE, 75, a lady who strode through life with dignity and grace, was called home by the Father on Nov. 27, 1996, after an illness of eight months, at the Williamsport Hospital.  Born in Williamsport on September 26, 1921, Margaret was one of 11 children in the family of George L. and Mabel (Calvin) McGinniss.  She came to know the Lord at an early age through the Church of Christ in Williamsport, formerly located at Packer and Bennett Streets.  She was a graduate of South Williamsport High School, Class of 1939, and upon graduation found employment with the Bank of South Williamsport.  Her business skills and her good head for figures soon caught the attention of management, and she was promoted to assistant head cashier.   During World War II the bank’s president enlisted in the Navy and entrusted the operations of the bank to her.  Her banking career ceased when she became the bride of a young Williamsport Funeral director named Ralph Kleese.  They were married at the Church of Christ on August 18, 1945.  In 1953 Margaret and Ralph moved to Canton and opened the Kleese Funeral Home on North Center Street, which was to be their residence for the next 24 years.  Though she was city born and raised, she soon won the hearts of the town’s people and became a true Cantonian.  Her husband credits her as being a major reason for the business’ success.  Margaret had a knack for making friends and keeping them.  She also demonstrated a natural gift for the funeral profession and worked side by side with Ralph or sometimes in his stead.  Margaret and Ralph had three sons, one of whom died in childhood.  But despite this sadness and her serious health problems that plagued her in later years.  Margaret maintained her dignity, her grace and her unshakable faith in God.  To paraphrase a favorite hymn, it was well with her soul.  She was a member of the Church of Christ, Disciples, in Canton, and between this church and her former church she served 40 years as Sunday School Teacher for the Cradle Roll and Beginners’ classes.  She was also a member of the Christian Women’s Fellowship and the Bethany Class; Canton Senior Citizens; Minnequa Grange No. 754; and the Lady Canton Rebekahs No. 362, where she was a past noble grand.  Surviving are her husband, Ralph at home; son, Gary and wife, Judy, Athens; son, John R. “Richie” Kleese and wife Janice, Red Lion, Pa; brother Raymond C. McGinniss, Montoursville, Thomas W. McGinniss, South Williamsport, and James L. McGinniss, Williamsport; sisters, Mabel Ward, Sandford, FL, Helen Rohm, Muncy, Pa; Lila Carnevate, Chantilley, VA, and Ruth Stahl, Port Bolivar, TX; grandsons; Matthew Kleese, Erie, and Jason and Joshua Kleese, red Lion; Granddaughters, Angela Whipple, Sayre, and Tricia Kleese, Sayre; Jessica Kleese, Red Lion; great-granddaughter, Ashley Renne Whipple, Sayre; and numerous nieces, nephews, and good friends.  Mrs. Kleese was predeceased by a son, Max Stuart Kleese, who died in 1957; a younger brother David McGinniss; a sister, Mildred Shaffer; and older brother George L. McGinniss, Jr.   The Lady Canton Rebekahs No. 362 conducted a service on November 29 at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton.  All services were conducted at the Church of Christ, Disciples, Canton, with the Rev. David Morris, pastor officiating.  Pallbearers included Charles Rockwell, Willis Gray, Dr. Ralph Palmer, John Matson, David McGinniss, Ronald McGinniss.  Interment was in Beech Flats Cemetery.  The family request that memorials be directed to the Church of Christ, the American Cancer Society or the Heart fund. –Canton Independent Sentinel.

McILWAIN -VERNA M. BAXTER, 69, OF 65-7 s. Center St., Canton, went home to be with her Lord, early Thursday, Jan. 4, 1996, at the Robert Packer Hospital, in Sayre, following a brief illness.  Born June 3, 1926, in Grover, Pa., she was a daughter of the late Clarence E. and Myrtle Williams McIlwain.  On Oct. 7, 1967, she married Roger W. Baxter in the East Troy United Methodist Church Parsonage.  Mrs. Baxter was a devoted wife, a loving mother and grandmother, and a good friend to many.  Surviving are her husband, Roger, at home; a son Gary L. Bryington of Arkport, N.Y.; two daughters, Patricia A. Bryington of Canton and Cathy Taliaferro of Delaware; two daughters and sons-in-law, Connie R. and Jack Shedden of Rome and JoAnn M. and Jim Wenner of Drums, Pa.; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Velma M. Hickok of Grover, Pa; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  In addition to her parents she was predeceased by her first husband, Joseph Bryington on Jan. 12, 1961.  The funeral service will be held Saturday, Jan. 6, 1996, at 1 p.m. at the Calvary Alliance Chapel, Route 14, Canton. With Rev. John C. Hickok, Mrs. Baxter’s nephew, and pastor of the Port Crane Alliance Church, officiating.  There are no calling hours.  Interment will be held in the Beech Flats Cemetery, Canton Twp.  The family suggests that memorials may be directed to the Calvary Alliance Chapel, c/o Pastor William Romig, RR 2, Box 21A, Canton, PA 17724, in Mrs. Baxter’s memory.  Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton. –Towanda Daily Review.

 

McNETT Naomi R. Mosser 

On the morning of Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, well-known Canton resident Naomi R. (McNett) Mosser died while at her residence with her beloved family at her side. She was 78 years of age.  Born April 10, 1934 on her family's farm in Leolyn, she was a daughter of Samuel A. and Julia M. (Tubman) McNett. As a child, she attended the McIlwain one-room school. She graduated from Canton High School with the Class of 1952, and the Robert Packer School of Nursing in 1955. On June 7 of the same year she married John (Jack) Mosser, and together for 21 years traveled the world with their children while John served in the U.S. Army. Their foreign duty assignments included France, Germany, Okinawa and Thailand. While in Thailand Naomi taught English at Tamasat University in Bangkok. Naomi was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed helping others throughout her career as a Registered Nurse. Upon returning to Canton she was employed at Troy Community Hospital, and in 1976 was hired as the office nurse for Dr. John Kirkowski, retiring 15 years later. Most of all, she enjoyed singing and teaching Sunday School, writing and directing many plays and productions, including the Cricket County Christmas series, at her lifelong home church, the Grover Church of Christ.  In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughter Rebecca (and Les) Guillaume; sons Steven (and Lisa) and John (and Angela); grandchildren Jill (and William) Bailey, Daniel Doty and Natalie and Nicole Siedhof; great-grandchildren Malachi Washington and Madison Graham; brother William T. (and Alice) McNett, all of Canton; and sister Mary Moore of Juneau, Alaska; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  Friends and family will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 94 N. Center St., Canton. Visitation will resume at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Grover Church of Christ. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. with Pastor Will Strunk officiating. Interment will follow in Beech Flats Cemetery. The family will provide the flowers, and suggests that memorial contributions will be directed to the Grover Church of Christ, 12 Main St., Grover, or the Canton Foundation.  Towanda Daily Review – December 2, 2012

 

CHARLES E. MERRICK
 Charles E. Merrick, 78, of Troy died February 4, 1990 at Arnot Ogden Hospital in Elmira. He was born February 26, 1911 in Maston, PA, son of the late Hiram and Vernie Wilcox Merrick. He was a member of the Harmony Masonic Lodge No. 8, F and AM in New Jersey for 37 years and was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge No. 429 in Canton for 41 years. Mr. Merrick is survived by his wife of 18 years, Constance P. Merrick; daughters and sons-in-law, Doris Marie and Karl Schnauber of Weedsport, NY and Alice and Henry Kretchman of NC; sisters, Mrs. Marian Williams of Mainesburg and Mrs. Edith Hatherill of Middlebury Center, Mrs. Ruth Ross of Elkland, PA; brother, Lester Merrick of Troy; brothers and sisters-in-law, Harold and Marcelle Merrick of Canton; Carlyle and Norma Merrick of Wysox; stepsons and daughters-in-law, Leon and Norma Montgomery of Mashpee, MA and Kenneth and Joann Montgomery of Bridgewater, NJ; eight grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren and four great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held February 8 (2 pm) at the Vickery Funeral Home in Troy with the Rev. Jasper Smith officiating and burial to be in Beech Flats Cemetery in Canton Township.  The Trojan Masonic Lodge No. 306 Fand AM held a memorial service at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the Troy Ambulance Association, PO Box 13, Troy, PA  16947 in Mr. Merrick's memory. (TGR, Thursday, February 8, 1990)

CHARLES E. MERRICK, 78, of 165 Chestnut St., troy, Pa., died Sunday, Feb. 4, 1990 at Arnot-Ogden Hospital, Elmira.  He was born Feb. 26, 1911 in Maston, Pa., son of the late Hiram and Vernie Wilcox Merrick.  He was a member of the Harmony Masonic Lodge No. 8, F and AM, in New Jersey for 37 years and was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge No. 429 in Canton for 41 years.  Mr. Merrick is survived by his wife of 18 years, Constance P. Merrick; daughters and sons-in-law, Doris Marie and Karl Schnauber of Weedsport, N.Y. and Alice and Henry Kretchman of North Carolina; sisters, Mrs. Marian Williams of Mainesburg and Mrs. Edith Hatherill of Middlebury Center, Pa.; Mrs. Ruth Ross of Elkland, Pa; brother, Lester Merrick of Troy; brothers and sisters-in-law, Harold and Marcelle Merrick of Canton, Carlyle and Norma Merrick of Wysox; stepsons and daughters-in-law, Leon and Norma Montgomery of Mashpee, Mass.; Kenneth R. and Joann Montgomery of Bridgewater, N.J.; eight grandchildren; five step-grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  Many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews also survive.  Mr. Merrick was preceded in death by a son, Dean Merrick in 1933; brothers, Luther Merrick in 1972 and Leon Merrick in 1980; sisters, Ellen Heater in 1944 and Minnie Hurlburt in 1973.  Friends may call at the Vickery Funeral Home on Wednesday from 7-9 p.m.  The funeral service will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Jasper Smith officiating.  Burial was in Beech Flats Cemetery, Canton Township.  The Trojan Masonic Lodge No. 306 F and AM will hold a memorial service for Charles Merrick at the funeral home on Wednesday at 8 p.m.  Memorials may be directed to the Troy Ambulance Association in Mr. Merck’s memory.  –Towanda Daily Review.

 

MERRICK Edith Merrick Hatherill

97, died peacefully Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, at her home.  Edith worked at the A&P Bakery in Syracuse, N.Y., for 10 years, before she owned and operated Hatherill's Restaurant in Middlebury Center, for 22 years.  She loved cooking for her family, gardening and quilting with the "Chatham Area Quilters." She was a strong, hard-working, good woman, who took care of not only her family, but anyone in need. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.  Edith was predeceased by her husband, Lewis, in 1965; her daughters, Peggy Guadagno in 1993, Beverly Rubado in 2008; and grandsons, Patrick Smyth and Donnie Rubado in 1957. She is survived by her son, Richard (Beverly); her daughter, Janet (Patrick) Smyth; son-in-law, Jerry (Linda) Guadagno; 16 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and 22 great-great-grandchildren.   A private family service will be held Monday at Hollis Funeral Home 1105 W. Genesee Street, Syracuse, N.Y. Graveside Services: Beech Flats Cemetery in Canton, Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 1 p.m.   Contributions may be made to: Hospice of CNY, 990 Seventh North St., Liverpool, N.Y. 13088.   Wellsboro Gazette – October 16, 2011

 

MERRICK, Luther J., age 71, of Canton, Pa. RD, Wednesday, June 7, 1972 at the Troy Community Hospital. Friends may call at the Morse Funeral Home, Canton, Thursday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral there Friday at 2 p.m., the Rev. Raymond Valimont. Burial Beech Flats Cemetery. Survived by daughters, Mrs. Harry (Blanche) Jackson of Dillwyn, Va., Mrs. James (Leah) Hardin of Wellsboro, Pa., Mrs. Carroll (Verna) Maynard of Gouverneur, N.Y., Mrs. Edward (Edith) Wood of Spring Valley, N.Y., Mrs. Elmer (Minnie) Snell of Duboistown, Pa.; sons, Lewellyn Merrick of Canton, Pa., George Merrick of WilkesBarre, Pa.; sisters, Mrs. Harry Hurlburt of Troy, Pa., RD, Mrs. Ruth Ross of Campbell, N.Y., Mrs. Marian Williams of Canton, Pa., Mrs. Edith Hatherill of Wellsboro, Pa.; brothers, Charles Merrick of Ranchville, N.J., Lester Merrick of Sparta, N.J., Leon Merrick of Canastota, N.Y., Harold Merrick of Canton, Pa., Carlisle Merrick of Ulster, Pa.; 28 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was a member of the Canton Conservative Baptist Church; owned and operated a shoe repair store in Canton for 18 years.

MERRICK –MARIAN A. WILLIAMS.  In the early morning hours of January 17, 2000, Marian Alice (Merrick) Williams, 92, died quietly at Broad Acres Nursing Home, just outside of Wellsboro, where she had resided for the past few years.  Born June 5, 1907, in the village of Cold Springs, Pa, she was the daughter of Hiram and Vernie (Wilcox) Merrick.  She was the proverbial coal miner’s daughter, growing up in a company “patch” town with few creature comforts and an ever present fear that one day Daddy might not return from the mine shaft.  She attended the school house at Laquin, graduating at the end of the eighth grade.  One day she met a young lad named Boyd Williams and they were united in marriage June 5, 1926, on her 19th birthday.  Together they raised two sons and a daughter.  Boyd worked as a farm hand, a coal mine mule driver, and a freight wagon teamster while she kept the hearth glowing and reared for the children.  Eventually their hard work and thrift paid off and the family was able to afford a home of their own in Canton Borough.  Both Marian and Boyd found employment with the Swayze Folding Box Company, where she would remain employed for nearly three decades, retiring in 1969.  However, her time with her beloved Boyd was cut short by his passing in 1954.  She was quite skilled with yarn and a pair of knitting needles.  Her scarves, mittens, afghans, and quilts are treasured by all who received them as gifts.  She also enjoyed refinishing and restoring antique furniture and steamer trunks.  Most of her life was devoted to her family and she was very much at ease with role as wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother.  When her time to leave this world arrived her loving family was by her side.  Surviving are her daughter, Pauline Valimont, Mansfield; son, Joseph E. (Carol) Williams, Canton, 14 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.  In addition to her husband Boyd, she was predeceased by her son Robert.  Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m., January 20 at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, with the Rev. Jasper Smith, officiating.  Interment will follow in Beech Flats Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel.

HENRY FREDERICK METZGER, 89, of Millport, PA, formerly of Canton RD 1, died Feb. 8, 1987, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Altoona.  Mr. Metzger was born April 22, 1897, in Morris Run, a son of William and Velnette Mason Metzger.  He was a retired farmer, a Navy Veteran of World War I and a member of the North Union Church of Christ in Union Township, Tioga County.  Surviving are three sons, Walter, Canton RD 1, Glenn, West Burlington and Dale, Canton RD 1; five grandchildren, Mrs. Priscilla Porter, Nashville, TN, W. Albert Metzger, Canton RD 1, Frederick Metzger, Rising Sun, MD, Loren Metzger, Canton RD 2 and Aaron Metzger, Windsor, CT; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson.  He was predeceased by his wife Favorite Kelly Metzger, on April 22, 1938.  Funeral services were held Wednesday from the Morse-Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, with the Rev. Jasper Smith, retired Methodist minister, officiating.  Interment was in Beech Flats Cemetery.  –Canton Independent Sentinel.

METZGER –MRS. PRISCILLA M. PORTER, 49, of 704 Watson Court, Mt. Juliet, Tenn., died Sunday, March 27, 1993 at home.  Mrs. Porter was born Aug. 2, 1943 in Canton, the daughter of Walter and Shirley Castle Metzger.  She was a 1961 graduate of Canton High School.  Priscilla was a member of the Hillcrest United Methodist Church in Nashville and was a homemaker.  Survivors include her husband, Gene.  They celebrated 31 years of marriage Dec. 23, 1992.  Also surviving are her parents, Walter and Shirley Metzger of Canton RR 1; three sons and daughters-in-law, Keith and Paula Porter of Carthage, Tenn., and Michael and Amy Porter and Chris and Jean Porter, all of Nashville; seven grandchildren, Jonathan, Kristy, Andrea Leigh, Heather, Justin, Katelyn and C.J.; two brothers, Albert and Lucy Metzger of Canton RR 1 and Fred and Charlene Metzger of Rising Sun, Md.; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Wilburn (Jiggs) and Norma Porter of Canton; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.  Visitations will be held at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton on Tuesday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.  The funeral service will be conducted at the funeral home Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. with the Rev. Jeffrey Patton, pastor of the East Canton United Methodist Church, officiating.  Interment will be in Beech Flats Cemetery, Canton Township.  Memorial donations may be directed to the American Cancer Society in Priscilla Porter’s memory.  –Towanda Daily Review.

METZGER -  Walter Metzger, 84, life-long resident of Beech Flats, Pa. (Canton Township), died on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009, at the Crouse Irving Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y.  Walter was born on Aug. 26, 1924, at the Kelly family farm in Beech Flats and was the oldest of three sons born in the family of the late Henry Fred and Favorite Luella (Kelly) Metzger. He was the grandson of Martin and Jenny (Fitzwater) Kelly. His grandma Kelly raised Walter, 13, and his brothers due to his mother's fatal automobile accident. On Sept. 12, 1942, he married the former Shirley Castle in the East Canton United Methodist Church. Walter and Shirley shared more than 61 years together until her passing on Nov. 30, 2003. Walter now joins his beloved Shirley in Heaven.  He was very active in the East Canton United Methodist Church and Beech Flats Grange. He was a former director and secretary/treasurer of the Beech Flats Cemetery Association. Walter was honored with an award in agriculture from the Bradford County Conservation District in 1966. For two years, he was a member of the Canton Area School Board and drove a bus for the Bradford County Day Care for two years.  Walter was proud to be a dairy farmer all his life. He enjoyed studying new agricultural practices to improve his herd of Jersey Cattle. He also worked hard to make the Kelly family farm, where he grew up, into a modern dairy and affectionately named it Gravel Knoll Farm. Due to health reasons in 1971, Walter retired from farming and worked as a sales representative for Towanda Motors until retiring in 1977. He then enjoyed woodworking in his basement. Walter loved visiting and socializing with his friends and neighbors. After Shirley's passing, he attended the Canton Senior Center daily and enjoyed the companionship. In earlier years, Walter enjoyed hunting and fishing.  Surviving are: two sons, Albert (Lucy) Metzger of Canton and Fred (Charlene) Metzger of Rising Sun, Md.; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; a brother, Dale (Phyllis) Metzger of Canton; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors.  In addition to his wife Shirley, he was predeceased by his daughter, Priscilla Metzger Porter, and a brother, Glenn Metzger.  The family invites friends to call from 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, in Canton, and from 10–11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 7, at the East Canton United Methodist Church. The funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. with Rev. Laura King officiating. Burial will be in Beech Flats Cemetery. The family will provide flowers and suggest those who wish consider a memorial in Walter's name to either the Canton Senior Center at 6 E. Tioga St., or to the East Canton United Methodist Church, RR 1 Box 1396 both in Canton, PA 17724.   Published in the Daily Review on 8/4/2009

MILLER Carol R. Hickok
65, of Canton, Pa., died
unexpectedly at home on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010.  Carol Ruth Miller was born on June 30, 1945 in Lock Haven, Pa., the oldest daughter of 10 children in the family of Freda L. (Hovan) Miller of Beech Creek, Pa., and the late Donald L. Miller. Carol was a member of the 1963 graduating class of Bald Eagle Nittany High School. On May 9, 1964, she married Roger C. Hickok in Grover's St. John's United Methodist Church. In addition to caring for family and home, Carol was instrumental in assisting with the daily operations of their veal business, Auburn Hills Farm near Grover. She was an active member of St. John's United Methodist Church, where she served as a Sunday school teacher and treasurer for many years. Carol's life was guided by her incredible faith in God, which was evident to all who knew and loved her. She gave unconditional love and devotion to her family and friends.  Carol loved the outdoors, especially hunting, camping, walking, bird watching and tending to her flowers. She also enjoyed reading, working on family photo albums\scrapbooks and spending winters in Crystal River, Fla., with her husband and step-son. In addition to her mother, surviving are her husband, Roger; her children, Sherry (John) Emiliani, William "Bill" Hickok and Vicky Gardner, all of Canton; a step-son, Charles Hickok of Canton; five grandchildren, Shawna (Kyle) Johnson, Nicole Castle, Jessica Gardner, Emma Emiliani and Ethan Emiliani; two stepgrandchildren, Brock Gardner and Melissa Gardner; two great-grandchildren, Madison Draper and Bailey Gardner; nine siblings, Bruce (Donna) Miller, John (Sandy) Miller, Stephen (Pat) Miller, Daniel Miller, Patricia (Dave) Peters, Linda (Gary) Packer, Cathy Kline, Sally (Rod) Kline, and Susan (Bruce) Killinger, all of Beech Creek. The family invites friends to call from 6 – 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19 at Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, in Canton and also from 10 – 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 20, at St. John's United Methodist Church in Grover. The funeral service will follow at the church with Mr. David Baxter and Rev. Jerry Schmidt officiating. Burial will follow in Beech Flats Cemetery, Canton Township. Those who wish may consider memorials in Carol's name to: Inner Circle Ministries c/o Chemung Canal Bank, 5 W. Main St. Canton, PA 17724. - Towanda Daily Review, September 18, 2010

LEXI RAE MILLER was called to Heaven to be with the angels on Sunday, November 1, 2009.  She leaves a loving family: parents; Raymond and Sherry (Trick) Miller of Canton, two special brothers, Kody Ray Miller of El Campo, TX and Chase Walmsley of Canton, maternal grandparents; LouAnn and Roy Vargson of Troy, paternal grandmother, Gisela Streeter of Canton, maternal great-grandmother, Dorothy Allen of Canton, aunts and uncles; Shawn and Shelley Trick of Windfall, Nancy and Bill Frazier of Williamsport, Diana and Bob Krofcheck of Gaithersburg, MD, David and Melanie Miller of Canton and Christina Brown (Rich Botts) of North Carolina.  Also several great-aunts, great-uncles and cousins.  Baby Lexi was predeceased by grandfathers, Grant Trick and Stuart Streeter, David L. Miller and several great aunts and great uncles.  A time of visitation will be held on Thursday, November 5 from 5 – 7 p.m. at Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive in Canton.  The funeral service will follow at 7:00 with Rev. Duane Taylor officiating.  A private burial will be held in the Beech Flats Cemetery in Canton Township.  –Canton Independent-Sentinel/Troy Gazette-Register 11/5/2009

MILLER –OLLIE M. GREENE, 91, formerly of Franklindale, Pa. died peacefully on Wednesday afternoon, June 7, 2006 at the Bradford County Manor.  Ollie Miller Greene was born on October 19, 1914 in Boone N.C. (Watauga County).  She was a daughter of the late Willie and Nellie (Norris) Miller.  Ollie married Ralph H. Greene in Mountain City, Tenn. on October 14, 1936.  They were blessed with 67 years together and raised three daughters. She now joins her beloved Ralph, who died on March 14, 2004.  In 1939 the Greene family moved to the Canton area. Ralph and Ollie were dairy farmers for many years and owned several farms in Bradford County.  Ollie was a devoted wife and mother. Her family’s well-being was most important in her life.  She was an excellent homemaker and enjoyed sewing, garden work and canning. Ollie was well known for raising chickens and selling eggs.  She also worked outside the home for several years as a nurses’ aide at the former Crowe Nursing Home in Canton. Her faith in the Lord guided her life and she was a member of several churches in the area.  Surviving are her children; Carolyn (Donald) Bixby of East Smithfield, Anna Lee (Leonard) Jordan of Sayre, Jane (Francis) McDonald of Towanda; a sister; Ruby Bodenheimer of Boone, N.C., 7 grandchildren; Ronald Kelley of Colorado, Michael (Eileen) Jordan of Georgia, Jackie Jordan of New York, Jeff (Carla) Jordan of Florida, Kirk (Kim) Eddy of Wysox, Dennis (Kim) Eddy of Arkansas and Denise Passeri of Elmira, a brother-in-law; John (Flavia) Greene and two sisters-in-law; Blanch Shoemaker and Edith Miller, all of Boone, N.C. as well as numerous great-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors.  In addition to her husband, Ralph, Mrs. Greene was predeceased by a granddaughter, Rhonda Gene Kelley in 1981, a brother, Clint and four sisters, Ruth, Lula, Blanch and Lois.  The family invites friends to call 1 – 3 p.m. Saturday, June 10 at Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton. The funeral service will follow with Rev. Jasper Smith officiating.  Burial will be in Beech Flats Cemetery.  Her family will provide flowers and suggests your consideration of a memorial in Ollie’s name to Bradford County Manor’s Activity Fund, RR 3 Box 322 Troy, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review

JOHN A. MOODY, 71, OF Canton RD 1, died Tuesday, August 11, 1981 at 6:45 p.m. at his home after a lingering illness.  Mr. Moody was born in Ithaca, N.Y., on September 14, 1909, a son of G. Harold Moody and Millie May Krum Moody.  He was a retired farmer and also worked as a clerk in various business establishments in the Canton area.  He was a veteran of World War II and served in the Navy.  He was a member of the Canton Ecumenical Parish and served on the official church board.  He held memberships in the Bradford County Historical Society, Beech Flats Grange, Canton VFW No. 714, and the Canton Rod and Gun Club.  He is survived by two sons, David G. Moody of Meadville, Pa., and John A. Moody, of Canton RD 3; three daughters, Mrs. Allen (Joan) Jenkins of Mansfield RD 1, Mrs. Kenneth (Ruth) Long of Centre Hall RD 2 and Mrs. Daryl (Rita) Woellmer of Troy; six grandsons and two granddaughters; one brother, the Rev. Donald L. Moody of Tully, N.Y.; nieces, nephews and cousins.  His late wife, Edna L. Moody, died on November 9, 1967.  Funeral services will be held at the Canton Ecumenical Parish on Friday Aug. 14, 1981, at 11 a.m.  Officiating will be his pastor, the Rev. Clarke J. Redmond.  Burial will be in Beech Flats Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton on Thursday evening from 7 to 9.  The family will provide the flowers.  Contributions in memory of the late John A. Moody may be made to the American Cancer Society. –Towanda Daily Review.

 

MOTT Harry Mott

83, of Canton, Pa., died unexpectedly at home on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011.  Born on Aug. 27, 1928, in LeRoy, Pa., Harry Grant Mott was a son of the late Harry Sr. and Mary (Kohler) Mott. He graduated from Canton High School with the class of 1946 and attended Penn State University. Harry then served our country during the Korean War with the U.S. Army and graduated from their Officer Candidate School at Fort Sill, Okla.   He worked for over 20 years with Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. While working in Boston, Harry attended MIT's Executive School of Management and Northeastern University. He later was employed as Senior Vice-President of Crum & Forster Insurance Co. After retiring in 1988, Harry and Pauline moved back to Canton. He was a member of New Jersey's Professional Engineers Association, Corey Creek Golf Club in Mansfield, V.F.W. Post 714, Lake Hill Association and former member of the Moose Lodge 429, all of Canton.  Most important to Harry was his family's welfare and he always looked forward to their visits. He enjoyed doing many things in life, especially carving duck decoys, painting, golfing and fishing. Harry never forgot his hometown of Canton and often spoke of his childhood years and Canton's colorful "characters" of that time. His family and friends will cherish those "tales of yore."   Surviving is his wife of 53 years, Pauline; two daughters, Monica (Karl) Schmid of Phillipsburg, N.J. and Lisa Mott of Seattle, Wash.; three sisters, Madeline (Frank) Tillotson of LeRoy, Alice Packard of Dansville, N.Y. and Doris Hurley of Blossburg; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was predeceased by a sister and brother, Margaret and Stephen Mott; two brothers-in-law, William Packard and William Hurley; a half-sister and three half-brothers.  In keeping with Harry's wishes, a private funeral service will be held at Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive in Canton. Burial will follow in Beech Flats Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may consider a memorial to the Green Free Library, 38 N. Center St. Canton, PA 17724.    Towanda Daily Review – December 23, 2011

 

GARY MORETZ, 65, of Horseheads, NY, died at home while surrounded by his loving family on Thursday afternoon, July 29, 2010.  Gary William Moretz was born on September 6, 1944 in Akron, Ohio, a son of Marion (Campbell) Moretz of Wellsboro and the late Wade Moretz.  He graduated from Canton High School in 1963.  Gary married the former Madeline Belawske on November 16, 1974 in LeRoy. He was employed in the maintenance department by the Sam's Club Store in Elmira.  A supportive husband, father and grandfather, Gary’s life revolved around his family.  He enjoyed doing many things, but favorite times were spent with loved ones.  He also enjoyed NASCAR, especially the fords, WWII planes and antique John Deere Tractors.  In addition to his mother Marion, surviving are his wife of 35 years, Madeline; three children, Sue (Bob) Northrup of Sayre, Sherri (Stacey) Hartford of Shunk, and Angie Moretz of Towanda; two grandchildren, Jill Patrick and John Northrup; a sister, Betty (David) Spencer of Ogdensburg; his mother-in-law, Mabel Wightman of Horseheads, several brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins.  Besides his father, Gary was predeceased by his father-in-law, John Belawske.  Visitation was held Sunday at Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Dr., Canton. The funeral service was Monday, August 2, with Rev. Duane Taylor officiating.  Burial followed in Beech Flats Cemetery. –Canton Independent-Sentinel/Troy Gazette-Register 8/5/2010

THOMAS MORGAN, 47, On the evening of Friday, April 20, 2001, lifelong Canton resident Thomas Morgan died quietly at Robert Packer Hospital after a brave and lengthy battle with debilitating health problems.  He was 47 years of age.  Born March 4, 1954 in Blossburg, he was the son of Roland and Roseanne (Faulkner) Morgan.  Tom grew up in a close knit, loving family, sharing with his brother and sisters the recreational pastimes and innocent pranks of youth.  He graduated from Canton High school with the class of 1972, and was employed for 14 years as a milk separator of the former milk plant in Grover.  Later, he drove a tanker for Vermilya’s Milk Hauling, until he was set upon by illness.  During high school, Tom met the love of his life, Nettie Laudenslager.  On June 30, 1979 they were untied in marriage at the Canton Ecumenical Parish.  Their life together was blessed with four wonderful children.  Tom was a well-known, well admired member of Canton Lodge #429 Loyal Order of Moose.  He was an avid golfer and enjoyed camping with his family in Canada.  He also enjoyed watching NASCAR racing and was a great Dale Earnhardt fan.  Tom was very comfortable with position as eldest son, readily assuming the role of defender of his brother and sisters whenever necessary.  His stature and imposing countenance were reassuring during times of impending school yard scuffles.  Tom had a long-term, abiding faith in the Lord, from his earlier days when he toured with the local gospel group, The Messengers.  In fact, during his illness, Tom’s faith grew stronger than ever, and he would spend his time praying for others rather than being concerned for his own situation.  Tom always greeted life with a smile and a sense of humor that just wouldn’t quit.  Even in the face of his physical limitations, his gentile smile and upbeat manner would uplift his stress-weary family.  Giving love and support to his beloved family was always of paramount importance to Tom, and when he passed from this life, he was surrounded by those he loved so dearly.  Tom is survived by his wife, Nettie, at home; his mother Roseanne Morgan of Canton RR 1; children, Melissa Sue, Rhonda Marie and Brian James Morgan, all at home, and son Thomas Caleb (Heidi) Morgan of Leola, Pa.; brother, Mitchell (Barbara) Morgan of Turbotville; sisters, Pamela Morgan of Canton RR 1, and Leila (William Barry) Snyder of Cadillac, Mich.; grandson Kyle Thomas Morgan, and step-granddaughter Eden Maxwell; brothers-in-law.  Charles (Helen) Laudenslager, Stanley, Arthur, and Paul Laudenslager; sisters-in-law, Mary (LaRue) Havens, Sue (William) Meuse, Barbara (Robert) Slingerland, Rose (Donald) Shadduck, Ruth Laudenslager and Esther Smith; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, and a host of friends.  He was preceded in death by his father, Roland.  Calling hours will be Saturday, April 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Canton Ecumenical Parish, Canton.  Funeral services will be conducted from the church at 1 p.m., with Pastor Lee Goff and the Rev. David B. Morris officiating.  Interment will follow at Beech Flats Cemetery. –Towanda Daily Review.

MORETZ Gary
Age 65, of Horseheads, NY, died
at home while surrounded by his loving family on Thursday afternoon, July 29, 2010. Gary William Moretz was born on September 6, 1944 in Akron, Ohio, a son of Marion (Campbell) Moretz of Wellsboro and the late Wade Moretz. In 1963, he graduated High School from Canton, PA. Gary married the former Madeline Belawske on November 16, 1974 in LeRoy, PA. He was employed in the maintenance department by the Sams Club Store in Elmira. A supportive husband, father and grandfather, Gary's life revolved around his family. He enjoyed doing many things, but favorite times were spent with loved ones. He also enjoyed NASCAR, especially the fords, WWII planes and antique John Deere Tractors. In addition to his mother Marion, surviving are his wife of 35 years, Madeline; three children, Sue (Bob) Northrup of Sayre, Sherri (Stacey) Hartford of Shunk, and Angie Moretz of Towanda; two grandchildren, Jill Patrick and John Northrup; a sister, Betty (David) Spencer of Ogdensburg; his mother-in-law, Mabel Wightman of Horseheads, several brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his father, Gary was predeceased by his father-in-law, John Belawske. Visitation will be from 2 – 4 p.m. Sunday at Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Dr., Canton. The funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 2, with Rev. Duane Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in Beech Flats Cemetery.- Elmira Star Gazette, July 31, 2010

MORSE – MARY M. DEPEW, 75, of 107 Carriage Estate, Elmira, N.Y., died Friday, January 24, 1986, at the Arnot-Ogden Hospital, Elmira.  Born November 14, 1910, in Canton, she was the daughter of Willard and Lena Williams Morse.  She retired as an employee from the former Bendix Corporation in Elmira.  Her memberships included the Elmira Women of the Moose and the Elmira VFW Auxiliary.  She is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Wilbur and Marge Morse of Canton RD 1; a sister, Winifred Morse of Canton; three nieces, one nephews and several cousins.  Funeral and committal service Sunday at 3 p.m. from the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, with Rev. David B. Morris, pastor of Canton Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) officiating.  Interment in Beech Flats Cemetery, Canton Township.  Friends may call at the funeral home Sunday 1:30-3 p.m. –Towanda Daily Review.

MORTON - LOUISE S. STOWELL
 Mrs. Louise S. Stowell, 73, of Canton, PA, died Monday, May 30, 1994 in Memorial Hospital, Towanda, PA. Mrs. Stowell was born January 6, 1921 at Brooklyn, NY, a daughter of Glenn and Kathryn Knight Morton. Survivors include her husband of 28 years, Max L. Stowell; daughters, Barbara Hite of Sheshequin and Ms. Cindy West of Canton; sons, George Claypool of Canton, Jim Henson of West LeRoy, Tim Henson of Mansfield and Robert Patton Jr. of Canton; a stepson, Kenneth Stowell of Troy; a sister, Mrs. Mildred Chamberlain of Sayre; 23 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Wilson Cole of South Waverly; and nieces, nephews and cousins. Predeceasing her were her sisters, Catherine Ellis and Ethel Cole and a stepdaughter, Maxine Wyatt. Funeral services were held at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton on June 2 with the Rev. Jasper Smith officiating and interment to be in Beech Flats Cemetery, Canton Township.  Pallbearers were Elwyn Kie, Randy Porter, Orwell "Bud" Potter, Charles Dunbar, Grant Trick and Rich Packard. Expressions of sympathy may be directed to the Canton Ambulance Association in Mrs. Stowell's memory. (TGR, Thursday, June 9, 1994)

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MOTT -EVELYN NEWMAN of Troy RD 1 Succumbs.  Mrs. Evelyn Newman, 64, of Troy RD 1, died at the Troy Community Hospital following an extended illness.  She was born in LeRoy on Oct. 14, 1911, the daughter of Harry and Charlotte Martin Mott.  Mrs. Newman was a member of the Church of Christ Disciples, Canton, and the Bradford County DAR.  She owned and operated a ceramic shop and gave instructions in ceramic art.  Her survivors include her stepmother; Mary Hellrich of Canton, sisters, Mrs. Elwin (Peg) Loomis of Canton, Mrs. Franklin (Madeline) Tillotson of Granville Summit, Mrs. William (Alice) Packard of Dansville, N.Y., Mrs. William (Doris) Hurley of Mansfield; brothers, Martin Mott of Troy RD 1, Joseph of Oak Hurst, N.J., Horace of Douglas, Arizona, Harry of Medfield, Mass., and Stephen of Easton; several nieces and nephews.  Funeral and committal services will be held today at 2 p.m. at the Morse Funeral Home, 12 E. Main St., Canton.  The Rev. Thomas Logston will officiate.  Interment will be in the Beech Flats Cemetery.  -Canton Independent Sentinel.

 

MOTT Madeline Tillotson

87, longtime resident of LeRoy, died on Tuesday, March 19 from Towanda Memorial Hospital.  Madeline Mae was born in Laquin on Oct. 13, 1925. She was a daughter of the late Harry Sr. and Mary (Kohler) Mott and a graduate of Canton High School's class of 1943. On Nov. 4, 1946, she married Frank Tillotson in Canton.  Madeline's life revolved around caring for her family and home. Her faith in the Lord was her guide through life. She was happiest when keeping busy and will be remembered as a talented cook and a great help on the family dairy farm in LeRoy Township. Madeline was a member of the Independent Baptist Church in Towanda and taught Sunday School for many years. She also was active with the Child Evangelism Fellowship Organization.  Surviving are her beloved husband of 66 years, Frank; two daughters and a son-in-law, Karen Gilbert and Linda (Wayne) Millard all of LeRoy; seven grandchildren, Dave (Jen) Gilbert, Timothy (Crystal) Millard, Jesse (Amy) Millard, Joe (Bonnie) Millard, Sarah (Steve) Beers, Maggie (Randy) Gilliland and Anna Warnick; 16 great grandchildren; a sister, Alice Packard of Dansville, N.Y.; two sisters-in-law, Pauline Mott of Canton and Shirley Mott of Easton; several nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors and friends.   She was predeceased by eight siblings, Evelyn Newman, Margaret Loomis, Doris Hurley, Martin, Joseph, Horace, Stephen and Harry Mott; a son-in-law, William "Bill" Gilbert; three great grandchildren and a special aunt, Helen McBlane.  Calling hours are 6 – 8 p.m. Friday at Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Dr. in Canton. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 24, with Rev. Don Hauser officiating. Burial will follow in Beech Flats Cemetery. Those who wish may consider a memorial in Madeline's name to the Child Evangelism Fellowship at 532 Old Mills Rd. Towanda, PA 18848.  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8    Towanda Daily Review – March 21, 2013

MOTT -MARGARET M. LOOMIS.  Mrs. Margaret M. Loomis, 53, wife of Elwin Loomis, of 1909 Troy Street, Canton, died Saturday, July 2, 1977, in Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre.  Mrs.,. Loomis, born Oct. 15, 1923, at Laquin, Bradford County, was the daughter of Harry and Mary Kohler Mott.  She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Canton, and a former employee of Belmar Manufacturing Company, Canton.  Surviving, besides her husband, are a son Elwin Lee, Jr., at home, two daughters, Misses Mary Ann and Doris, both at home; her stepfather and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Hellrich, of Canton; four brothers, Harry G. Mott, of Klebanon, N.J., Stephen Mott, of Easton, Martin Mott, of Alba, and Horace Mott, of Douglas, Ariz.; three sisters, Mrs. Frank Tillotson, of Granville Summit, Mrs. William Packard, of Dansville, N.Y., and Mrs. William Hurley, of Blossburg, and an aunt, Mrs. James MacBlane, of Morris Run.  Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2:00 p.m., at the Morse Funeral Home, Canton, with the Rev. Dr. Raymond Fravel officiating.  Burial was in Beech Flats Cemetery. -Canton Independent Sentinel.
 

MARTIN GRANT MOTT
 Martin Grant Mott, 82, of Troy, a resident of the Bradford County Manor for the past 4 1/2 years, died Saturday, August 1, 1992 at the Manor. Mr. Mott was born at LeRoy on July 1, 1910, a son of Harry Grant and Charlotte Eleanor Martin Mott. He retired from the former W.W. Gleckner and Sons, Canton, where he was employed for 50 years.  He was the last harness maker to work there. Mr. Mott served in the Navy during the Nicaraguan campaign (1917-1921).  He was a life member of the Canton VFW Post 714. Surviving are his wife of 58 years, the former Marie Laninger; daughters, Mrs. Clifford (Janet) Davis Jr. and Mrs. Arthur (Johann) Dickerson, both of Troy, Ms. Patricia Gobea of Troy RR 1; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; half-brothers, Harry Mott of Canton RR 1 and Stephen Mott of Easton; half-sisters, Mrs. Frank (Madeline) Tillotson of Canton RR 1, Mrs. William (Alice) Packard of Dansville, NY and Mrs. William (Doris) Hurley of Blossburg; nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Mott was predeceased by a son, Arthur, in 1936; two brothers and two sisters. Funeral services were held August 4 at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton with the Rev. George Mauk officiating and interment to be in Beech Flats Cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to the charity of one's choice in Mr. Mott's memory. (TGR, Thursday, August 6, 1992)

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DENNIS M. MOYER
 Dennis Michael Moyer, 14, Mansfield Village Apt. C-16, Mansfield, PA, died Wednesday, November 4, 1992 at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro. Denny was born March 7, 1978 at Williamsport, PA, a son of Candy Jo Moyer. He was an outstanding academic eighth-grade student at Mansfield Jr.-Sr. High School.  He attended Croman Elementary School in Troy until fourth grade and was well-liked by his fellow students. He was a participant on the Jerry Lewis Telethon at WNEP Channel 16 for the past six years and attended many muscular dystrophy camps.  In 1988 the Make a Wish Foundation made it possible for him and his family to take a trip to Disney World. Surviving are his mother and stepfather, Candy Moyer and Theodore Johnson Sr. with whom he lived; brother and sister, Theodore Jr. and Amanda, both at home; maternal grandmother and stepgrandfather, Iona Fitzwater and Andrew Straker, Canton RR 2; maternal grandfather and step-grandmother, Kenneth and Arla Moyer, Canton; paternal step-grandparents, Beverly and Rubin Barrett Jr. and Robert Johnson Sr., all of Troy; great-grandparents, Ervin and Katherine Kilmer Fitzwater, Canton RR 1; and William and Eloise Howell, Troy RR 2; several aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral services were held November 7 at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton with the Rev. Garry Zuber officiating and interment to be in Beech Flats Cemetery. (TGR, Thursday, November 12, 1992)

MUSZYNSKI Christina Cole, 29, of Canton, Pa., died
on Friday, April 16, 2010.  Christina RaNae, "Chrissy" to family and friends, was born on March 29, 1981 in Honolulu, Hawaii. She was the daughter of Diane Lynne (TUNNICLIFF) Muszynski and Billy Trent Cole. She was a 1999 graduate of Troy High School and attended Lackawanna Junior College. Chrissy worked for Eckerds Pharmacy in Wysox. Her love for her two young boys gave her strength in life. She will be lovingly remembered as a beautiful young woman who was outgoing and energetic, but also very easy-going. Chrissy was kind to all and loved being around people. Her mother was her best friend and her dad always called her "sunshine". She collected and enjoyed all kinds of heart shapes.  Surviving are: her children, Jay Ashton ALBRIGHT and Justin SPENCER; parents, Diane Muszynski of Canton and Billy T. COLE of Viroqua, Wis.; maternal grandmother, Virginia Collins of Granville Summit; paternal grandparents, Bill and Kathy Cole of Armenia Mtn. and Shirley and Bill Hawkins of East Troy; brothers and sisters, Billy J. Cole of Towanda, Jesse Cole of Rome, LeAnn Cole of Canton, Tyler Cole and Lavonna Cole both of Granville Summit; special friend, Adam Merkel of Canton; as well as numerous extended family and many friends.  Chrissy was predeceased by her maternal grandfather, Joseph Tunnicliff, and a cousin, Danielle (BOLT) Vanderveer.  A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, April 24, at Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive in Canton, with Deacon William Graham officiating. A private burial will be in Beech Flats Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, her family requests that those who wish may contribute to establish a fund to benefit her sons: Chrissy's Children, c/o 196 Beech Flats Road, Canton, PA 17724.
 

ERNEST NEWMAN.  Ernest Newman, aged 69, of Troy RD 1, died Wednesday, April 28, 1971, at the Williamsport General Hospital following a long illness.  Prior to his retirement, Mr. Newman was employed at the W. W. Gleckner & Sons Co. harness establishment in Canton.  He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Canton.  Surviving are: his wife, Evelyn; a brother, Edwin S. Newman of Washington, D. C., and several nieces and nephews.  Funeral and committal services were held at the Morse Funeral Home, 12 East Main St., Canton May 1.  Rev. Herman Humke, former pastor of the Canton Presbyterian Church but now retired officiated and burial was in the Beach Flats Cemetery.  -Canton Independent Sentinel

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NORMAN Millie Ethel - On June 20, 2010, Millie Ethel Norman Bassett, 92, of Canton, Pa., left her earthly home to join her beloved husband Wendell in their heavenly home. "Millie," as she was known to her family and friends, was born on May 18, 1918, in Blossburg, Pa., a daughter of Philip and Ethel (Davis) Norman. She attended Blossburg High School and Mansfield College. Millie married Wendell Bassett on Sept., 16, 1936. Together they raised three daughters; Donna Good of Canton, Judy (Jack) Pepper of LeRoy and Terry (Vance) Seeley of Towanda. Millie was a homemaker and enjoyed playing cards, sewing, cooking and baking. She was well-known for her sugar cookies. Millie was a member of the Canton Ecumenical Parish and the I.H.S. Class. In addition to her children; surviving are eight grandchildren, Lynn (Eddie) Holmes, Laurie (Craig) Parker, LeAnn (David) Black, Jana (Glen) Kauffman, John (Marsha) Pepper, Jeff (Aimee) Pepper, Jennifer (Chuck) Nork and Jeriah (Audrey) Ameigh; 25 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Wendell; her sister, Dorotha Pierce; an infant brother, Phillip; a son-in-law, Dean Good; and her great-grandson, Ryan Holmes. Calling hours will be 10 – 11 a.m. Thursday, June 24, at Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive in Canton. The funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. with Rev. Gerald Schmidt officiating. Burial will be in Beech Flats Cemetery. Those who wish may direct memorials to Canton's Ecumenical Church, 43 N. Center St., Canton, PA 17724 or to a charity of one's choice. – Towanda Daily Review, June 22, 2010

HARVEY R. OHM, 80, a long time Canton area resident, died quietly at Bradford County Manor on September 20, 1996.  Born in Northwestern Oneida County, New York, June 18, 1916 he was one of seven children born to Fred and Belle (Hughes) Ohm.  The rural life of upstate New York instilled in him a sense of independence and ingenuity.  In 1942 he answered his country’s call and was inducted into the U.S. Army.  He fought his way through Normandy, Ardennes and the Rhineland receiving five Bronze Stars and one Arrowhead.  In the years following Word War II Mr. Ohm relocated to a farm in Grover.  One day while purchasing a watermelon at Landon’s in Cedar Ledge he met Marie Thomas, a local girl whose brother managed the gas station.  Shortly thereafter he was called upon to assist with his tractor in pulling Miss Thomas’s car out of the ditch.  They began a courtship which lasted three weeks, resulting in a marriage which lasted 43 years.  In 1965 the Ohms sold the farm and moved into their present home on Whitman Place, Canton.  There Harvey and Marie operated an upholstery shop for many years until ill health caused him to slow down.  He was a true renaissance man, dabbling with inventions and the arts.  As a farmer he often devised new ways to make chores easier, and if he needed a certain piece of equipment he might sooner build one than buy one.  He was also an excellent woodcarver, creating beautiful wildlife scenes of leftover scraps of wood.  Harvey also had a knack for creating interesting sculptures from old machine parts, electric insulators, bedframes and the like.  Besides his wife, Marie, he is survived by his son, Thomas Harvey Ohm, Ulster; daughter, Lisa Marie Ohm, Berkley Springs, W. Va.; four grandchildren; sisters-in-law Eloise Bagley, Canton and Agnes Ohm, Boonville, NY; several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his three brothers and three sisters.  Interment will be in Beech Flats Cemetery.  The family suggest that contributions may be made in Mr. Ohm’s name to the charity of one’s choice.  Professional services entrusted to Mores and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
 

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