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Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
Bentley Creek Cemetery, Ridgebury Township, Bradford County, PA
Obituaries

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Bradford County PA

Chemung County NY

Tioga County PA

 

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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) 


INMAN Norris E. Age 92, of Bath VA Center, formerly of Bentley Creek, PA died Monday, September 4, 2006. Survived by several family and friends. Veteran, US Army, WWII. Family and friends may call at the Kalec Funeral Home, Saturday, September 9, from 10 to 11 a.m. followed immediately at 11 a.m. by his Funeral Service. Burial to follow in Bentley Creek, PA Cemetery.

NORRIS E. INMAN age 92, of Bath VA Center, formerly of Bentley Creek, Pa., died Monday, Sept. 4, 2006 at the Bath VA Medical Center.  Norris is survived by several nieces, nephews, including nephew Fred Wheaton, cousins and friends, including Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Latchford.  He was a Veteran of U.S. Army, World War II.  He was pre-deceased by his parents, Floyd & Edna Inman, a sister and two brothers.  Norris was a self-employed life-long farmer & welder in the Bentley Creek, Pa. area.  Family and friends may call at the Kalec Funeral Home, 705 E. Church St., Elmira, N.Y. Saturday, Sept. 9, from 10 to 11 a.m. followed immediately at 11 a.m. by his funeral service, with Pastor Andy Phillips officiating.  Burial to follow in Bentley Creek, Pa. Cemetery with military honors.  –Towanda Daily Review

WAYNE E. INMAN, 77, of Gillett RR2, PA died March 31, 1998 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.  He was born in Ridgebury Township November13, 1920, the son of the late Phillip and Gladys Smith Inman.  Wayne was a Bradford County farmer most of his life.  He is survived by his wife, Lucille Warner Inman; daughter Sara (Gregory) Field of Bentley Creek, PA; sons, Wayne Inman Jr. of Moultrie, GA, Larry (Rita) Inman of Gillett RR 1, Gary (Jeannie) Inman of Sayre RR 2, William Inman of Coryland, PA and James Inman, at home; sisters, Eleanor Woodard of Troy, PA, Marceil Abby of Painted Post, NY and Marjorie Woodard of Kerrville, TX; brother, Warren Inman of Gillett RR 1; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  Funeral services were held at the Roberts Funeral Home in Wellsburg, NY on April 2 with internment to be in Bentley Creek Cemetery, Bentley Creek, PA.  Friends may make contributions to help defray expenses.  –Troy Gazette-Register.

Wayne E. INMAN, 77, of Gillett RR 2, PA died March 31, 1998 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.  He was born in Ridgebury Township November 13, 1920, the son of the late Phillip and Gladys Smith Inman; daughter Sara (Gregory) Field of Bentley Creek, PA; sons, Wayne Inman Jr. of Moultrie, GA, Larry (Rita) Inman of Gillett RR 1, Gary (Jeannie) Inman of Sayre RR 2, William Inman of Coryland, PA and James Inman at home; sisters, Eleanor Woodard of Troy, PA,  Marceil Abby of Painted Post, NY and Marjorie Woodard of Kerrville, TX; brother, Warren Inman of Gillett RR 1; several grandchildren nieces and nephews.  Funeral services were held at the Roberts Funeral Home in Wellsburg, NY on April 2 with interment to be in Bentley Creek Cemetery, Bentley Creek, PA.  Friends may make contributions to help defray expenses.  “Troy Gazette-Register,” Troy, PA  Thursday  April 9, 1998

JELLIFF - YOUNG, Cleora Belle (Jelliff)
Age 89, of Gillett, PA passed into the arms of her Savior on Friday, May 7, 2010 at Sayre House. She was the daughter of the late Elton and Reva (Ward) Jelliff. She was born on December 31, 1920 and married her beloved husband Elmer R. Young on August 21, 1940. He predeceased her on December 10, 2001 after 61 years of marriage. Their happy home in Bentley Creek, PA was blessed by four daughters who survive: Elaine (Tom) Johnston of Gillett, PA, Janice (Gary) Cavanaugh of Gillett, Marilyn (David) Mullican of Laceyville, PA, and Linda (Nathan) Morgan of East Smithfield, PA. There are 8 grandchildren: Julie Johnston of Charlotte, NC, Brian Cavanaugh of Gillett, PA, Bruce (Karin) Cavanaugh of Gillett, PA, Michael (Deidri) Mullican of Camptown, PA, Jerry Mullican of Laceyville, PA, Lynn (Donnie) Evans of Laceyville, PA, David (Jeannie) Morgan of Old Bridge, NJ, and SSGT Pamela Morgan, USAF, Clovis, NM. Five great grandchildren: Elizabeth, Timothy and Madeline Mullican, and Christopher and Colin Cavanaugh. Cleora is also survived by her beloved sister Anne (Lee) Harkness of East Smithfield, PA, step-brother Corvin Burnham of North Carolina, brothers-in-law Harold Young of Camp Hill, PA, and Ernest Wilson of Maiden, NC, and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. Cleora is predeceased by an infant brother in 1918 and her beloved sister Carol Montanye and husband Deyo, of Houghton, NY and her step-parents Howard and Mildred Burnham of Bentley Creek, and brother -in-law Ansel Young of Elmira, NY in 2009, and sister-in-law Laura Wilson of Maiden, NC. Cleora was a 70 year member of the Bentley Creek Wesleyan Church and served the Lord in many ways: Sunday School teacher, Vacation Bible School teacher and Release Time teacher, Remembrance Committee and Manor visitation team, and played piano. Her greatest interest was in studying God's Word. She had read her Bible entirely through 50 years in a row. She was a graduate of Wellsburg High School, class of 1939 and was briefly employed as a telephone switchboard operator in Bentley Creek in the 1950's. But her greatest joy and calling was as a wife, mother, and homemaker for husband and four daughters. She will be remembered fondly for her homemade sugar cookies which she loved to give to family and friends or anyone needing a smile. She was an accomplished deer and bear hunter for many years and loved spending time in the outdoors with family and friends. Her sunny smile and helpful ways will be missed by many people. We entrust her into God's care. She greatly appreciated all the health care workers and friends who "kept her going" in her years of declining health. Family and friends are welcome to call from 6:00-8:00 PM on Monday, May 10, 2010 at the Roberts Funeral Home, Inc. 279 Main S. Wellsburg, NY. A viewing will also be held on Tuesday, May 11th from 10:00-11:00 AM at the Bentley Creek Wesleyan Church, 13255 Berwick Tpke in Bentley Creek, PA. The funeral service to honor Cleora's life will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday at the church with pastors Rev. Robert Wuethrich and Rev. Edward Crandall officiating. Burial will follow the service in Bentley Creek Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in Cleora's memory to the Bentley Creek Wesleyan Church, 13255 Berwick Tpke, Gillett, PA 16925. – Elmira Star Gazette, May 9, 2010

 

JELLIFF Glen L

On the evening of Feb. 1, 2011 Glen L. Jelliff died and went home to join his daughter and granddaughter in heaven with their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Glen was born Aug. 29, 1921, in Bentley Creek, son of the late Clinton and Edith (Fero) Jelliff. He attended area schools and owned and operated Glen's Garage in Bentley Creek until his retirement. He married the former Cora Lucile Wakley on July 2, 1941. Glen and Lucile enjoyed 69 years together.  He was a member of the Athens Wesleyan Church and past member of the Berrytown and Bentley Creek Wesleyan Churches. Glen was a charter member of the Ridgebury Fire Department. He loved to travel and was a member of the Mountain Laurel Camping Club. He and Lucile visited all lower 48 states in their motor home. Glen loved to sing and had a wonderful tenor voice.  Survivors include his wife, Lucille Jelliff of Gillett; children, Leland G. and Roberta Jelliff of Bentley Creek, Sharon L. and Reverend Dan Orshaw of Smyrna, Del., Karen E. and Lynn Warner of Bentley Creek; seven grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren, special nieces, Carolyn and Bonnie; best friends, Neal and Cathy Halstead of Ridgebury; son-in-law, Ernest Baker of Wellsburg; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Harold and Helen Wakley of E. Smithfield, Ruth Jelliff of W. Burlington, Mary Soper of Big Pond; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  Glen was predeceased by a daughter, Thelma Jean Baker; granddaughter, Michele Dunkerley; and his brother, Chester Jelliff.  Family and friends are invited to call from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, at the Roberts Funeral Home Inc., 279 Main Street, Wellsburg, N.Y., and again from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5, at the Athens Wesleyan Church, Wilawana Road, Sayre, Pa. His service will be held Saturday at the conclusion of calling hours at 11 a.m. with Pastor David Larson officiating. Interment will be in the spring in Bentley Creek Cemetery.  Memorials are directed to the Athens Wesleyan Church, Tri-Town Ambulance or to the Ridgebury Volunteer Fire Department.  Towanda Daily Review - February 3, 2011 

 

JELLIFF –THELMA S. BAKER, Employee, Leprino Foods, age 57 of Bentley Creek, PA, died Monday, August 30, 1999 at home after an extended illness.  She was born August 17, 1942 in Elmira, NY, the daughter of Glen and Lucille Wakely Jelliff.  She is survived by her husband, Ernest Baker; parents, Glen and Lucille Jelliff of Bentley Creek, PA; daughter, Michele (William) Dunkerley of Chemung, NY; son, David E. (Heidi) Baker of Bentley Creek, PA; granddaughter, Christina Dunkerley; sisters, Sharon (Dan) Orshaw of Syracuse, NY and Karen (Lynn) Warner of Bentley creek, PA; brother, Leland (Roberta) Jelliff also of Bentley Creek, PA.  Also several nieces and nephews.  Thelma was a member of the Berrytown Wesleyan Church, she was the church organist for over 30 years and was very active in her church.  She was an employee of Leprino Foods, Waverly, NY, a past Secretary and past Treasurer of the Sayre Professional Business Women’s Assn., former member of the Ridgebury Fire Co. Auxiliary, Bentley Creek, PA and was a certified Professional Secretary.  Friends may call at Roberts Funeral Home, Wellsburg, NY, Wednesday, Sept. 1, 1999 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM.  Funeral services there Thursday at 10:30 AM.  Rev. David Larson of the Athens Wesleyan Church officiating.  Interment in Bentley Creek Cemetery, Bentley Creek, PA.  In lieu of flowers friends may contribute to either the Athens Wesleyan Church Memorial fund, Sayre, PA or the Berrytown Wesleyan Church, RR 1, Gillett, PA. –Elmira Star Gazette.

CARL KELLEY, formerly of Binghamton, N.Y., died Friday, Dec. 10, 1993, at the Heritage Nursing Home, Athens, after an extended illness.  He is survived by his wife, Lila; daughters, Charlotte, Carol, Alice, Karen, Elizabeth Ann, Kathy, Mary Jane and Evelyn; sons, Gerald, Carl Jr. and George; and also several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Friends may call at Roberts Funeral Home, Wellsburg, N.Y., Monday from 2 to 3:30 p.m.  Funeral and committal services will be held there immediately following at 3:30 p.m. with the Rev. Craig Combs of the Bentley Creek First Baptist Church officiating.  Interment will be in the Bentley creek Cemetery, Bentley Creek, at the convenience of the family.  –Towanda Daily Review.

KELLY David Ross Age 67, of Gillett, PA, died on Thursday, June 23, 2005, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA, after a courageous battle with chronic lung disease. He was born on May 26, 1938 in Towanda, PA, the son of the late Donald and Elizabeth Kelly Sr. David worked at Kennedy Valve in Elmira, NY, as an electrician, was a very avid Nascar fan, a life member of Ridgebury Sportsman's Club, served 4 years in the United States Marine Corps, a life member of the Franklin Volunteer Fire Company of Towanda, PA. David truly loved spending time with his grandchildren. David is survived by his wife of 33 years, Diane Kelly; a daughter, Elizabeth "Janey" (Bob) Stowits of Athens, PA; sons, Michael L. Kelly of Wyalusing, PA, Christopher M. (Jenn) Kelly of Port St. Lucie, FL, Andrew H. "Sam" Kelly of Lockwood, NY, John D. Kelly of Wellsburg, NY; brother, Donald (Marion) Kelly of Sayre, PA, Jack (Mary) Kelly of Apalachin, NY; eight grandchildren. Family and friends are invited to call at the Roberts Funeral Home, Inc., 279 Main Street, Wellsburg, NY, on Monday, June 27, 2005, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The funeral and committal services will be held at the funeral home immediately following visitation at 3:00 p.m. with the Reverend Bradford Clark officiating. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Bentley Creek Cemetery.

KESSLER, Carl C., 67, of Park St., Benton died in the Bloomsburg Hospital Jan. 24, 1978. He was born in Jordan Township, Lycoming County, and his parents were the late Wilbur and Edith Charles Kessler. Mr. Kessler was self-employed as a trucker from 1937 to 1974 when he retired. He was the Mayor of Benton since Jan. 3, 1978.  He was a member of Benton Lodge 667F and AM, which held memorial services; the Caldwell Consistory, Bloomsburg; the Benton Park Commission, the Benton Fire Co. and the Mountain Laurel Winnies. He and his wife, the former Helen P. Long, celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary July 27, 1977.  Surviving, in addition to his wife, are three children, Mrs. John W. (Gladys) Funk, Mountain Home, V. Blaine Long, Benton, and Mrs. Larry (Ruth Ann) Beagle, Almedia. Seven grandchildren, three great grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Doyle (Helen) Puderbaugh, Picture Rocks; Mrs. Roy (Ruth) Green Benton; two brothers; Graden Pickiney, Michigan and Oden Whitmore, Lake Michigan.  Funeral services were held at the Dean W. Kriner, Inc., with the Rev. Edgar R. Baker pastor of the Muncy Valley United Methodist charge officiating. Burial was in Benton Cemetery.

 

KITHCART Joan E. (Johnson) Mullaly

died suddenly after a brief illness at St. Joseph’s Hospital on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at the age of 71. She was born on April 17, 1940 in Wilkes Barre, Pa., to John and Merle Millard Kithcart.  She is survived by her loving husband of 20 years, John M. Mullaly; beloved children with spouses: Bobbi (Bill) Furnas of Elmira, N.Y.; Mike (Linda) Johnson of Harleysville, Pa.; Mark (Kathi) Johnson of Athens, Pa.; Toni (Paul) Abrahams of Ridgefield, Conn.; Steve (Mary Peckham) Johnson of Silver Spring, Md.; Joann (Brad) Watkins of Watsontown, Pa.; Daniel (Kandi) Mullaly of Richmond, Va.; Nancy (Todd) Adams of State College, Pa.; much loved grandchildren: Joshua, Rachel Furnas; Justin (Jordan), Sean Johnson; Brooks Johnson; Alex, Talia and Maya Abrahams; Gabriela, Annabele Johnson; Jack, Catherine Watkins; Kaila, Austin and Savannah Mullaly; adored great-granddaughter, Kaylee Johnson; aunt, Carole (Jack) Soper; uncle, Sheldon (Leah) Millard. Her grandson, Chase Johnson predeceased her in 2009.  Joan enjoyed many lifelong passions. When her five children were young, she was always active in her children’s various activities such as Girl Scouts as Troop Leader, the Athens Little League concession stand where many enjoyed her homemade food and was a constant presence doing volunteer work in the Athens schools system. Joan worked for many years as an office manager for Bill Ballenstead State Farm Insurance where she learned her love and skill for business. Later in life, her volunteering spirit led her to the Bradford County Humane Society in Ulster where she was able to serve her lifelong love of animals by tirelessly advocating for their protection. She dedicated endless hours fundraising for the shelter with the goal of making it a financially strong organization that will benefit the community for years to come. However, there was no role more important to Joan than her role as mother and grandmother. As a mother, her unconditional love and guidance helped her children pursue opportunities in their education and careers that were not available to her. This was a significant accomplishment in her life. In the loving words of her granddaughter Rachel: “She was full of life and love and leaves too soon behind an enormous legacy through her five loving children, eleven wonderful grandchildren and one beautiful great-granddaughter. We will all continue to grow and benefit from her guidance and memory.” Joan was ever present at all of her children and grandchildren’s activities especially the sporting events that her family enthusiastically participated in including football, basketball, wrestling, swimming, gymnastics, cross country and baseball. Her support of her daughters’ years of competitive swimming eventually led her to become a swimming official for the PIAA for many years. No memory of Joan is complete without mentioning her welcoming home, open arms and good home cooking. To her grandchildren, it was just “Grandma’s house on the hill,” the home she built with her loving husband John. It was a place everyone could go to put the outside world away for a weekend together or a holiday. Her grandchildren always knew what to expect…great food, big hugs, games, laughter, and a goodnight kiss as she waved them off down the hill.  Family and friends are invited to gather at the Olthof Funeral Home Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira/Southport, N.Y., on Sunday, March 18, 2012 from 3 to 5 p.m. Funeral services honoring her life will follow the visitation at 5 p.m. The Reverend Gary Chorpenning will celebrate her services. Interment will take place on Monday in the Bentley Creek Cemetery Gillett, Pa. The family will provide their own flowers. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be directed to the Bradford County Humane Society, P. O. Box 179, Route 220, Ulster, PA18850.    Sayre Morning Times – March 17, 2012

 

LEONARD - CHAMBERLAIN
Doris G. Bentley Creek Baptist Church member Age 90; formerly of Bentley  Creek, PA, died Tuesday, August 8, 2000 in Troy, PA. She was born September  19, 1909 in Big Pond, PA, the daughter of the late Bert and Myrtle Scott Leonard. Mrs. Chamberlain was a member of the Bentley Creek Baptist Church, Bentley  Creek, PA, and was predeceased by her husband, John, July 27, 1958. Friends may call at Roberts Funeral Home, Inc., Wellsburg, NY, Thursday, August 10, 2000, from 2 to 3 PM. Funeral and committal services there immediately following at 3 PM. Pastor Rick Wulf of the Bentley Creek Baptist Church officiating.  Interment in Bentley Creek Cemetery, Bentley Creek, PA at the convenience of the family. Mrs. Chamberlain is survived by her sons, Lynn (Doris) Chamberlain of  Bentley Creek, PA, and Zane (Mary Ellen) Chamberlain of East Smithfield, PA;  three grandsons; one granddaughter, and eight great-grandchildren.

LEONARD Doris G. CHAMBERLAIN, age 90, formerly of Bentley Creek, PA died Tuesday, August 8, 2000 in troy, PA.  She was born September 19, 1909 in Big Pond, PA the daughter of the late Bert and Myrtle Scott Leonard.  Mrs. Chamberlain was a member of the Bentley Creek Baptist Church and was predeceased by her husband, John in 1958.  Mrs. Chamberlain is survived by her sons; Lynn and Doris Chamberlain of Bentley Creek, PA and Zane and Mary Ellen Chamberlain of East Smithfield, PA; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.  Funeral services were held at the Roberts Funeral Home in Wellsburg, NY on August 10 with the Rev. Rick Wulf, pastor of the Bentley Creek Baptist Church officiating and interment to be in Bentley Creek Cemetery  TGR

DONALD R. LEONARD JR., 36, Centerville, Pa., died unexpectedly Tuesday, July 27, 1993.  He was born April 23, 1957, in Fort Carson, Colo., the son of Donald Leonard Sr. and the former Anna Mae Hurd.  Of Centerville; grandparents, Gerald and Elsie Hurd of Westfield, Pa., and King Leonard of Columbia Cross Roads RR 3; sisters and brothers-in-law, Anna Marie and Sam Dixon of Reading Center, N.Y., and Donna and Stanley Bennett of Columbia Cross Roads; brothers and sisters-in-law, Daniel and Linda Leonard and Darold and Krista Leonard, both of Centerville.  Several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews also survive.  Donald was a deacon and treasurer of the Bentley creek Baptist Church and employed by North Penn telephone Co.  He also owned and operated Leonard’s Clock Repair.  Friends may call at Roberts Funeral Home, Wellsburg, on Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.  The funeral and committal services will be held there immediately following at 9 p.m.  The Rev. Craig Combs of the Bentley Creek Baptist Church will officiate.  –Troy Gazette-Register.

GENE D. LEONARD, 70, Bentley Creek, PA died Friday June 13, 1997 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.  He was born June 28, 1925 in Big Pond, PA, the son of the late Dewey and Leone Bridgeman Leonard.  Gene was a member of the Bentley Creek Baptist Church was a World War II veteran and a retired employee of Kennedy Valve Manufacturing Company of Elmira.  He was a charter member and member of the Board of Directors of Ridgebury Volunteer Fire Co. in Bentley Creek and a Charter member of the Ridgebury Ambulance Division of the Tri-Township Ambulance Association.  He was a State Constable for over 30 years and was Ridgebury Township Chief of Police for 30 years.  He survived by his wife Evelyn; sons, Michael Leonard Sr. of Palm Beach, FL, Wesley (Linda) Leonard of Waller, TX, Larry (Star) Leonard of Bentley Creek, Glen (Gayle) Leonard also of Bentley Creek and Randy (Carol) Leonard of Horseheads, NY; sisters, Nina Wilkerson of Bentley Creek, twin sister Betty Freeman, also of Bentley Creek, Carleen Grover of Elmira, NY, Donna Phillips of Bentley Creek and adopted sister Bonnie Krause of Alaska; aunt, Blanche Teeter of East Smithfield, PA; 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.  Gene was predeceased by sisters Beverly Adams, Rita Warren and Lila Houseknecht.  Funeral services were held at the Robert Funeral Home in Wellsburg, NY on June 17 with the Rev. Rick Wulf of the Bentley Creek Baptist Church officiating and interment to be in Bentley Creek Cemetery.  Friends wishing may contribute to the Ridgebury Vo. Fire Co., RR 3, Gillett, PA in Gene’s memory.   –Towanda Daily Review.

Gene D. LEONARD, 70, Bentley Creek, PA died Friday, June 13, 1997 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.  He was born June 28, 1925 in Big Pond, PA, the son of the late Dewey and Leone Bridgeman Leonard.  Gene was a member of the Bentley creek Baptist Church, was a World War II veteran and a retirement employee of Kennedy Valve manufacturing Company of Elmira.  He was a charter member and member of the Board of Directors of Ridgebury Volunteer Fire Co. in Bentley Creek and a Charter member of the Ridgebury Ambulance Division of the Tri-Township Ambulance Association.  He was a State Constable for over 30 years and was Ridgebury Township Chief of Police for 30 years.  He is survived by his wife Evelyn; sons, Michael Leonard Sr. of Palm Beach, FL, Wesley (Linda) Leonard of Waller, TX, Larry (Star) Leonard of Bentley creek, Glen (Gayle) Leonard also of Bentley Creek and Randy (Carol) Leonard of Horseheads, NY; sisters, Nina Wilkerson of Bentley Creek, twin sister betty Freeman, also of Bentley Creek, Carleen Grover of Elmira, NY, Donna Phillips of Bentley Creek and adopted sister Bonnie Krause of Alaska; aunt, Blanche Tetter of East Smithfield, PA; 15 grandchildren and four great=grandchildren; several nieces nad nephews.  Gene was predeceased by sisters Beverly Adams, Rita Warren and Lila Houseknecht.  Funeral services were held at the Roberts Funeral Home in Wellsburg, NY on June 17 with the Rev. Rick Wulf of the Bentley Creek Baptist Church officiating and interment to be in Bentley creek Cemetery.  Friends wishing may contribute to the Ridgebury Vol. Fire Co., RR 3, Gillett, PA 6925 in Gene’s memory.  Troy Gazette Register

LEONARD -  WILKINSON, Nina
died Thursday, September 24, 2009 at the Bradford County Manor following an illness. Born on April 27, 1924 in Big Pond, PA. Nina was the daughter of the late, Dewey & Leone Bridgeman Leonard. Surviving is her loving family, son, David (Diane) Wilkinson of Bentley Creek, PA; grandson, Robert (Sherrie) Wilkinson, St. Louis, MO; granddaughters, Kristie (David) Kinney, Horseheads; and Cindi (Scott) Webster, Athens, PA; great grandchildren, Leia Wilkinson, Emily, John and Christopher Kinney, Travis Webster and Ayla Wilkinson; sister, Betty Freeman, Centerville, PA; Carleen (Frank) Grover, Elmira; Donna (Richard) Phillips, Centerville, PA; Bonnie (Steve) Krause, AK; sister-in-law, Evelyn Leonard, Bentley Creek, PA. In addition to her parents, Nina was predeceased by her husband William Wilkinson in 1993; brother, Gene Leonard; sisters, Beverly Adams, Rita Warren and Lila Houseknecht. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport, NY on Saturday, September 26, 2009 between the hours of 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Funeral services will follow the visitation at 1 p.m. with the Reverend Anne Mowery officiating. Graveside services will follow in the Bentley Creek Cemetery, Bentley Creek, PA.  Published in Star-Gazette on September 25, 2009

LEONARD RITA A.
WARREN, RITA LEONARD,   Rita A. Leonard Warren, 58, of Gillett, RD 3, died October 9, 1987.  Mrs. Warren attended the Bentley Creek Wesleyan Church.  Among her survivors is her husband, Edward; three sons and a daughter; seven grandchildren; sisters: Mrs. Beverly Adams of Gillett, PA, Mrs. Nina Wilkenson of Daytona Beach, Fl, Mrs. Betty Freeman of Gillett RD3, Mrs. Carleen Grover of Elmira, NY and Mrs. Donna Phillips of Gillett RD3; brother, Gene Leonard of Columbia Cross Roads, PA.  Funeral services were held at the Roberts Funeral Home in Wellsburg, NY on October 12, with Rev. Kelvin Jones officiating and burial to be in Bentley Creek Cemetery.  Friends wishing to contribute may do so to the Tri-Township Ambulance Fund, Gillett RD3, PA 16925.  (TGR Oct. 15, 1987)

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Age 104 of Gillett, PA, died Sunday, February 10, 2008. She was born December 4, 1903 in Ogunquit, Maine, daughter of the late Arthur G. and Cora F. Robertson Lewis. She retired after over 40 years of teaching in Cochecton, NY, Erwin, NY, Centerville, PA, Wellsburg and Elmira, NY. Anna dedicated herself to her family and community. She attended the Bentley Creek Baptist Church. Her husband, Stewart McKee, predeceased Anna on January 3, 1984. Survivors include her son, Roger and Christine Lenington of Pine City, NY; daughter, JoAnn and Jim Burr of Gillett, PA; six grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, and a lifetime of extended family and friends. Family and friends are invited to call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, February 15, 2008, at the Roberts Funeral Home, Inc., 279 Main Street, Wellsburg, NY. Anna's funeral will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, February 16, 2008, at the Bentley Creek Baptist Church with Reverend Paul Winkler officiating. Interment will be in the spring in Bentley Creek Cemetery. Memorials are directed to the Bentley Creek Baptist Church, Deacons Fund, 13545 Berwick Turnpike, Gillett, PA 16925.   Published in the Star-Gazette on 2/13/2008.

ELTON D. LEWIS
 Elton D. Lewis, 93, formerly of Columbia Cross Roads RD 3, died Sunday, April 14, 1991. He was born in Wellsboro March 19, 1898, son of Clarence E. and Mary Copp Lewis.  He was a member of Bentley Creek Baptist Church and was a World War I US Army veteran. He is survived by daughters, Mrs. Kenneth (Sarah Jean) Tomb of East Smithfield and Mrs. Warren (Barbara Ann) Gustin of Columbia Cross Roads; sons, Ethan Lewis of Gillett RD 3 and David Lewis of Sedalia, MO; sister, Laura Johnson of Blossburg; brothers, Charles Lewis of Petersburg, VA and Morris Gruver of Rochester, NY; 16 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held April 16 at the Roberts Funeral Home in Wellsburg with interment to be in Bentley Creek Cemetery. Friends may contribute to the Lord's work. (TGR, Thursday, April 18, 1991)

LIVENS,  Rozilla -Mrs. Jud Evans died at her home Friday morning, after a lingering illness. She is survived by her husband, two daughters and three sons, also one sister, Mrs. Aaron Seafuse of Wellsburg, and one brother in Elmira. The funeral was held from her late home Sunday, p.m. Interment in Bentley Creek cemetery, Rev. Showers of Wellsburg officiating.  TGR 1904

 

LOWE Louise E. (Lowe) Smith

age 91, of South Main Street, Athens, Pa., died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at the Robert Packer Hospital. Louise was born Oct. 8, 1921 in Elmira, N.Y., daughter of the late Harold L. and Marjorie B. (Geotcheous) Lowe. She was a graduate of Southside High School.  Louise and the late William D. Smith were married Nov. 5, 1944. She was a retiree of F.M. Howell in Elmira, N.Y., following many years of employment there. Louise was a member of the Bentley Creek Baptist Church and enjoyed playing bingo, word search puzzles and watching game shows and QVC on TV.  Surviving are a daughter Lucille A. McMillen of Ithaca, N.Y.; three sons, Mark W. Smith, Thomas L. and Diane F. Smith, and Dean E. and Linda A. Smith —all of Bentley Creek, Pa.; grandchildren: Phillip C. Rhoades II, Mitchell D. McMillen, Denise Ellis, Mark Smith, Jr., Danielle Smith, Brittany Smith, Renee Smith, Kristie Vosburgh, Tiffany Smith, and Zachary Smith; 15 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Louise was predeceased by her parents; husband William D. Smith on October 6, 2001; a brother Kenneth Lowe; and her sister Alice Lowe.  Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 from 2 - 4 p.m. and 6 - 8 p.m., at the Roberts Funeral Home Inc. 279 Main Street, Wellsburg, N.Y. Her funeral service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 8 p.m. Interment will be in Bentley Creek Cemetery when weather permits.  Memorials in her memory may be sent to the Bentley Creek Baptist Church, 13545 Berwick Turnpike, Gillett, PA 16925.  Sayre Morning Times – February 12, 2013   

 

LUTZ - BELLGRAPH
Ethel B. (Lutz) Age 83, of Elmira Heights, died on Tuesday, November 29, 2005, at home. Ethel was born July 22, 1922 in Detroit, MI, the daughter of the late George and Bessie Smith Montgomery. She was a member of the West Side Methodist Church, member and past president of the American Legion Auxiliary. Ethel loved teddy bears, angels and enjoyed everything about her family. She was predeceased by her first husband, George C. Lutz; second husband, Raymond Bellgraph; daughter, Rose Marie Lutz; and sister, Betty Storch. Surviving are her daughters, Marjorie L. (Rod) Struble of Lancaster, PA, Barbara J. (Edward) Green of Elmira, Carol A. (Michael) Paggio of Horseheads, Sandra J. Swartz (Barry McDonald) of Lancaster, PA; brother, Lelan (Norma) Montgomery of Elmira; sisters-in-law, Theo (Dick) Johnson, Joyce (Walter) Palmer; grandchildren, Eddie (Michele) Green, Denise (Dan) McCarthy, Tricia Paggio, Julie (Scott) Knowlden, Tamra Swartz, Dani (Nate) Myers; special niece, Judy Ramsey; along with several other nieces and nephews and she will be remembered as beloved "Bella" to her 10 great-grandchildren. Family and friends are invited to Ballard and Lindgren Funeral Home, 161 Oakwood Ave., Elmira Heights, on Friday, December 2, 2005, at 1:30 p.m. Burial will be at the convenience of the family at Bentley Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be directed to Southern Tier Hospice, 11751, East Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830.

ROSE MARIE LUTZ, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George C. Lutz of 307 McConnell Ave., Elmira Heights, Monday, May 10, 1954.  Survived by parents; sisters, Marjorie Lee, Barbara Jean, Carol Ann and Sandra Jo Lutz, all at home; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. George Montgomery; paternal grandparents, Mrs. And Mrs. George A. Lutz; great-grandmother, Mrs. Ora B. Covell, all of Elmira.  The body is at the Keefe Funeral Home, 436 Broadway, where prayer service will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. the Rev. Barnett S. Eby.  Bentley Creek (Pa.) Cemetery.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 5/11/1954

MASON - MAY Mary M. Age 89, of Bentley Creek, PA, died Tuesday, October 24, 2006, at The Bradford County Manor. Mary was born April 8, 1917 in Checkerville, PA, daughter of John and Emma Dunbar Mason. Her husband, Clifford; her parents; a sister, Hilda Furman; and brother, Jack Mason, predeceased her. She was graduated from Troy High School, Troy, PA, in 1933. Mary worked many years as manager of the Candy Counter at J.J. Newberry's in Elmira. She retired from the Athens Area School District. Mary was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who enjoyed camping, playing cards and traveling. Survivors include her four children, David and CoAnn May, Sally and Pete Wilkinson, Alvin and Phyllis May, Carol and Chip Hatch; 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; sisters, Louise VanVeghten, Margaret Woodard, Beverly Knights and Dorando Hoose; several nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to call from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, October 27, 2006, at the Roberts Funeral Home, Inc., 279 Main Street, Wellsburg, NY. Funeral and committal services will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, October 28, 2006, at the funeral home with Reverend Charles Root officiating. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Bentley Creek Cemetery. Those wishing may make a memorial contribution to Guthrie Hospice, RR #1 Box 154, Towanda, PA 18848. The family would like to thank the Staff at the Manor and Guthrie Hospice for the care and concern shown to Mary.

MAY – Alvin May a prominent resident, for many years, of Bentley Creek, expired Sunday afternoon, aged 59. His illness covered several weeks. His wife survives [Mary], one son and three daughters. Three brothers also are left, Judd of Waverly and Guy and Woodford of Bentley Creek. The funeral on Tuesday was largely attended.  [Note- 1849-1908]

CLIFFORD A. MAY
Clifford A. May, 75, of Bentley Creek, PA, died Sunday, June 23, 1991. He was born in Ridgebury Township March 9, 1916, son of Stephen and Nora Miller May. He was a member of the Bentley Crerk Baptist Church and the Big Pond Lions Club and a life member of the Ridgebury Vol. Fire Co.  He was also a retired Ridgebury Township supervisor and road foreman. He is survived by his wife, Mary; daughters and sons-in-law, Sally and Pete Wilkinson of Bentley Creek and Carol and Norman (Chip) Hatch of Wellsburg; sons and daughters-in-law, David and CoAnn May of Athens and Alvin and Phyllis May of Columbia Cross Roads; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral and commital services were held at the Roberts Funeral Home in Wellsburg on June 26 (11 am) with the Rev. Craig Combs officiating and interment to be in Bentley Creek Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Bentley Creek Baptist Church Memorial Fund or a charity of one's choice in Clifford's memory. (TGR, Thursday, June 27, 1991)

 

MAY Sally L. Wilkinson

Age 68 of 12978 Berwick Turnpike, Bentley Creek, PA died Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at home. Sally was born August 28, 1942 in Elmira, NY daughter of the later Clifford and Mary (Mason) May. She was a graduate of S.R.U. High School and was married to Llewellyn "Pete" Wilkinson on November 5, 1966 and celebrated 44 years together. Sally was employed by State Farm Insurance as an insurance representative for 28 years. She was member of the Bentley Creek Baptist Church, Women's Republican Association and a lifetime member of the Ridgebury Fire Department Auxiliary. Sally was Judge of Election and enjoyed visiting Casino's. She very much enjoyed the time that she spent with her family especially her loving grandchildren. Survivors include her loving husband Pete of Bentley Creek, PA, her daughter Jacqueline M. Prough of Sayre, PA, son and daughter-in-law, Jon & Trisha Wilkinson of Bentley Creek, four grandchildren, Scott Prough, Cortney Prough, Owen Wilkinson and Ella Wilkinson, her sister and brother-in-law, Carol & Chip Hatch of Wellsburg, NY, brothers and sisters-in-law, David & Coann May of Athens, PA, Alvin "Butch" & Phyllis May of TN, nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends. Family and friends are invited to call Monday, May 16, 2011 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM at the Roberts Funeral Home, Inc. 279 Main Street, Wellsburg, NY. Her funeral service will be held 1 PM Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at the funeral home with Reverend James S. Ellis of the Bentley Creek Baptist Church officiating. Interment will follow in Bentley Creek Cemetery. Memorials in Sally's memory are directed to the Falck Cancer Center, 600 Roe Avenue, Elmira, NY 14905 or to Guthrie Hospice, 421 Tomahawk Road, Towanda, PA 18848.  Star Gazette – May 14, 2011

 

McKEE, STEWART A., Services for Stewart A. McKee, 81, Bentley Creek, were held Jan. 6 at Roberts Funeral Home, Wellsboro, Rev. J. Sydney Kane and Rev. John Lattimer officiating. Interment was in Bentley Creek Cemetery. Me McKee died Jan. 3, 1984. He was born in Gillett, April 26, 1902, son of John and Minnie Stirton McKee. He attended Bentley Creek Baptist Church. He was a retired employee of the former Schuyler Lumber Co., Wellsburg. He was a life member of Ridgebury Fire Co., being treasurer for many years. He was secretary of Bentley Creek Cemetery Assn. He is survived by his wife Anna; daughter and son-in-law, JoAnn & James Burr, Gillett, and son and daughter-in-law, Roger & Christine Lennington of Wellsboro; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; several cousins.

 

MERRIAM - SELLECK
Elizabeth (Bettie MERRIAM) Age 73, of Gillett, PA, died on Monday, July 26, 2004, after an extended illness. She was born on December 7, 1929. She was president of Three Falls Trailer Court, Centerville, PA, and a member of Iona Grange, Mountain Lake. She was a United States Rural Carrier and took care of her beloved family and homestead. Mrs. Selleck was predeceased by her husband, Raymond, in 1996; her parents, Ralph and Mildred Merriam; and her uncle, Earl Burnham. She is survived by members of Raymond's family; and her second family, Sandy and Vinnie Micco, Nina and Fran Gordon, Bob and Denise Totoritis, Mark and Kathy Kinner; and Bettie's niece and nephews who she considered her grandchildren, Jason and Jamie Micco, and Heather (Micco) and Chris Paul and sons, Christopher and Matthew.
She made many friends during her earlier years of tending her chickens and having an egg route in Elmira and Gillett, and driving school bus for Elmira School District. Family and friends are invited to call at the Roberts Funeral Home, 279 Main Street, Wellsburg, NY, on Wednesday, July 28, 2004, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. with the funeral service immediately following. Interment will be in Bentley Creek Cemetery at the convenience of her loved ones. The family requests no flowers, but you may wish to make a contribution to the Bradford County Humane Society in Ulster, PA, or Hospice of your choice.

JOHN S. McMANN
 John S. McMann, 62, of Columbia Cross Roads RD 2, died August 15, 1990 as the result of an automobile accident. He was born December 24, 1927 in Brooklyn, NY, the son of John L. and Grace Northcote McMann. He was employed by Ingersoll-Rand in Athens before his retirement.  Mr. McMann was a veteran of World War II, having served with the US Navy.  He was a member of Troy American Legion Post No. 49 and was a member of the Canton Moose. He is survived by his wife, Jackie McMann; sons, John H. McMann of Gillett and his friend, Kathy Lasher of Binghamton; James L. McMann of Ithaca; daughter and son-in-law, Faith and Erie DePew of Troy and Rebecca and Greg Levanduski of Boston, MA; grandsons, Noah and Thad DePew. Memorial services were held at the Vickery Funeral Home in Troy on August 18 with the Rev. Garry Zuber officiating and burial to be in the Bentley Creek Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Troy Ambulance Building Fund, PO Box 13, Troy, PA 16947. (TGR, Thursday, August 23, 1990)

MILLER - BERENICE CRANDALL
 Berenice M. Crandall, 81, of Columbia Cross Roads RR 3, PA, died Saturday, November 30, 1996 at St. Joseph's Hospital, Elmira, NY. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Murrell Crandall; daughters, Jean Hludzinski of Nanuet, NY, Catherine Degatona of Maple Grove, MN and Nancy Versteeg (Gerret) of Elmira, NY; a son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Karen Crandall of Elmira; a daughter-in-law, Liz Benjamin of Arden, NC; sisters, Beulah Thompson of Columbia Cross Roads and Dorothy Johnson of Rome, NY; a brother, Lester Miller of Elmira, NY; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Crandall was predeceased by a son, Dean Crandall, in 1990 and a sister, Blanche Long. Memorial services were held at the family home on December 7 with the Rev. Vincent Cooper officiating.  Arrangements were by the Roberts Funeral Home in Wellsburg. Friends may contribute to St. Joseph Hospital Foundation, 555 E. Market St., Elmira, NY 14902. (TGR, Thursday, December 5, 1996)

MILLER –BEULAH M. MILLER THOMPSON, 93, Columbia Cross Roads, PA, died July 4, 2003, at Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira, NY.  Born in Miller’s Pond, PA, she was the daughter of Harry and Edith (Covell) Miller.  Beulah was a member of the Big Pond Methodist Church.  She was a loving mother and grandmother.  Surviving are her children David (Louise) Thompson, Norwich, CT; Wayne (Dianna) Thompson, Canton, PA; Alice (Jerry) Lenox, Zephyrhills, FL; Joyce (Robert) Fraley, Columbia Cross Roads, PA; 121 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Lester (Nelda) Miller, Elmira, NY; sister, Dorothy Johnson, Rome, NY.  A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.  Interment will be in Bentley Creek Cemetery.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Roberts Funeral Home, Inc., Wellsburg, NY.  –Canton Independent Sentinel.

MILLER Richard Sr.
Age 56, of Pine City, NY, died on Wednesday, March 19, 2008, at John Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD. Richard was predeceased by his father, Roy H. Miller, August 1997. He is survived by his loving wife, Connie; his son, Richard Jr.; mother, Lorraine Miller; loving uncle, Robert Miller; brothers and sisters-in-law, Dennis (Linda) Miller, David Miller, Donald (Holly) Miller, Terry (Bonnie) Miller, Chip Miller; stepchildren, Monique Kisner, Kayne Worthington; four grandchildren; aunt and uncle, Ruth and Bob Lambert; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; his close companion, "Rascal". He was a loving and caring son, husband, father, grandfather and brother who would help anyone at anytime. Richard was the Owner and Operator of C&R Pizza in Pine City, NY for several years. For over 6 years he was employed at Capabilities Inc., and prior to that he worked for over 12 years in Virginia. He was a drummer in the Miller family band and in several rock bands for many years. Richard was a craftsman and artist; he worked in leather design and designing jewelry. In his spare time he enjoyed being out in nature, camping and fishing. Family and friends are invited to call at Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., on Sunday, March 23, 2008, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. A private graveside service will be held in Bentley Creek Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Those wishing may make memorials to the vascular research group at John Hopkins Hospital, 601 North Wolfe St., Baltimore, Maryland 21287, in Richard's memory.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/22/2008.

DEO L. MONTANYE age 86 of Chemung, N.Y., Wednesday, Jan. 19, 1972.  Friends may call at the Page-Jamieson Funeral Home, Wellsburg, Friday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.  Funeral and committal services there Saturday at 10:30 a.m., the Rev. Edward Crandall of the Bentley Creek Wesleyan Church officiating.  Burial Bentley Creek Cemetery.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/21/1972

MONTAYNE  (Baker? ) MILDRED
Rawald, Mrs. Mildred-aged 41, died at her home at Big Pond early Wednesday morning, February 18, 1948. Besides her husband, Paul, she is survived by her father, Deyo Montanye, Sr., Chemung; two sisters, Mrs. Coral McAuliff and Mrs. Alice Young, Bentley Creek; three brothers, Ernest Montanye, Ellenville, NY: LaRue and Deyo Montanye Jr, Bentley Creek; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at the Big Pond Methodist Church Saturday at 3:30 pm with Rev. Owen Barrett officiating. Burial will be in the Bentley Creek Cemetery. {Surname may be Baker with Montayne as step father rather than birth father.)

NERO - SMITH, Linda J.
Age 62, of Centerville Road, Gillett, PA, diedFriday, February 6, 2009, at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, February 10, 2009, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Roberts Funeral Home, Inc., 279 Main Street, Wellsburg, New York. Linda's service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 7 p.m. with Reverend Andy Phillips officiating. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Bentley Creek Cemetery. Linda was born January 6, 1947 in Elmira, NY, daughter of the late Kenneth and Florence Teeter Nero. Her greatest joy in life was the time that she spent with her family, especially her grandchildren. Linda was an Avon Sales Representative for many years and also enjoyed shopping on QVC. Survivors include her children, Lisa Tice and her fiance, Clyde Clark of Gillett, PA, Ken Smith and his companion, Florence Benson of Gillett, PA; her fiance, David Lane of Gillett, PA; grandchildren, Heather Clark and Hunter Smith; many "special grandchildren" from the Gillett area; two sisters, Elizabeth and Alvin Coats of Gillett, PA, and Sandra and Donald Shores of Wellsburg, NY; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Linda was predeceased by her parents; and two brothers, Kenneth Nero and William Nero.

NERO - Linda J. Smith, 62 , Avon Sales representative for many years.  Linda J. Smith, 62 of Centerville Road, Gillett, Pa. diedFriday, Feb. 6, 2009 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, Pa.  Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, Feb.10, 2009 form 6 to 7 p.m. at the Roberts Funeral Home, Inc. 279 Main Street Wellsburg, N.Y. Linda’s service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 7 p.m. with the Reverend Andy Phillips officiating. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Bentley Creek Cemetery.  Linda was born Jan. 6, 1947 in Elmira, N.Y. daughter of the late Kenneth and Florence Teeter Nero. Her greatest joy in life was the time that she spent with her family especially her grandchildren.  Linda was an Avon Sales Representative for many years and also enjoyed shopping on QVC.  Survivors include her children, Lisa Tice and her fiancée Clyde Clark of Gillett, Pa., Ken Smith and his companion Florence Benson of Gillett, Pa., her fiancée David Lane of Gillett, Pa.; grandchildren, Heather Clark and Hunter Smith and many other “special grandchildren” from the Gillett area; two sisters, Elizabeth and Alvin Coats of Gillett, Pa. and Sandra and Donald Shores of Wellsburg, N.Y., several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  Linda was predeceased by her parents and two brothers Kenneth Nero and William Nero.  RHW.  Sayre Morning Times.

 

NERO Sandra Nero Shores

Longtime resident of Wellsburg died Fri. Aug. 3, 2012 at the age of 55 following a battle with cancer. Born on Sept. 5, 1956, daughter of the late Kenneth & Florence Teeter Nero. She married Donald Shores on July 23, 1988. Also surviving are her children and step-children, Joseph (Trina) Brennan, KS; Thomas (Alison) Brennan, Southport; Kristopher Shores, Elmira Heights; Lucinda (Joe) Austin, Breesport; Venus (Kenneth Watts, Gillett, PA; Kimberly McLaughlin, Elmira; sisters, Elizabeth (Alvin) Coats, Gillett, PA; and Lisa (Clyde Clark) Tice, Gillett, PA; several grandchildren, 1 great grandchild; nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Sandy was predeceased by her siblings, Butch Nero, William Nero and Linda Smith. She was formerly employed by Mega Tool along with various other jobs in her life. Sandy is remembered as the glue that held her family together. She enjoyed her children, grandchildren and caring for her home. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport on Mon. Aug. 6, 2012 between the hours of 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will take place at Caywood's on Tues. at 10 a.m. with burial in Bentley Creek Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Southern Tier Hospice in her memory. Special thanks to Kate Hembrooke for her dedicated care to the Shores family.   Star Gazette – August 5, 2012

 

NORTON Dale E. Norton

86, of 1001 Pennsylvania Ave., Sayre, Pa, died Tuesday morning, Aug. 23, 2011 at the Skilled Nursing Unit, Memorial Hospital, Towanda, Pa., after a courageous battle with dementia surrounded by his loving devoted family. Dale was born Aug. 24, 1924 to Eugene and Francis White Norton. He attended the Burlington School and started working with his father in construction. Shortly thereafter, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in the 17th Airborne overseas from 1943 to 1946 during World War II. in the European Theatre. In 1946 he returned to civilian life and worked for local Operating Engineer 832 for a number of large construction companies in New York State. He retired after 40 years of continued service. Upon his retirement, he had many hobbies which he dearly loved, traveling, playing cards, and antiquing. Dale was a charter member of the Ridgebury Sportsman's Club. His passion was his love of country, nature, trees, birds, hunting, and walking with his dog "Rusty". He is survived by his wife, Marguerite O'Connor Norton; children Gary Norton, Gene and Shari Norton, Randy and Bettie Norton and Ben and Kathleen Hillyard; grandchildren Melissa Elliott, Samantha Luce, Travis Norton, Sgt. Eugene and Jessie Norton, Tamara Norton, Jessie and Becky Norton and Jeremy and Brenda Norton, 15 great-grandchildren, sisters-in-Law Mary O'Conner and Ruth Norton Dale, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Vera Mae Myers Norton, sister, Alma Norton Selleck, brother-in-law, Robert Selleck, brother, Stuart Norton, sister-in-law, Phyllis Norton, brothers-in-law Robert O'Connor, William O'Connor, and Richard O'Connor, and sister-in-law, Janet O'Connor. The family will receive friends Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011 at the funeral home with Pastor Mark Burlingame officiating. Interment will follow in Bentley Creek Cemetery with full military honors accorded. The family suggests that contributions may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association Northeast Pennsylvania Chapter, Kirby Health Center, 71 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701 or to Disabled American Veterans Chapter 37, 742 Bridge St., Towanda, PA 18848 in Dales E. Norton's memory.  Towanda Daily Review – August 24, 2011   

 

NORTON Robert Leo Age 71, of Gillett (Bentley Creek) PA, died on July 21, 2005 following a courageous battle with Leukemia. Family and friends may call Monday, July 25, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home, Inc., 225 S. Main St., Athens, PA 18810. Funeral service will follow at the funeral home at 3:00 p.m. with Rev. Rob Wuethrich officiating. Burial will be in the Bentley Creek Cemetery.

ROBERT LEO NORTON, 71 of Gillett (Bentley Creek) died on July 21, 2005 at the Robert Packer Hospital following a courageous battle with leukemia.  Born Jan. 30, 1934 in Wysox, he was the son of Ward and Blanche Belles Norton.  Leo was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps who faithfully served his country in the Korean War.  He was predeceased by his mother, Blanche; brother, John Norton; father-in-law, Frank Dickerson and mother-in-law, Rosella Dickerson.  He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Dorothy; his father, Ward Norton, 103 of Ridgebury; brothers, Ed and Wayne Norton of Ridgebury and Perry Norton of Rome; his sister, Carol Talada of Ridgebury; several sisters and brothers-in-law; a special niece, Tina Singerhoff of Lockwood, N.Y. and a special nephew, Vernon Austin of Gillett; several other nieces and nephews and many more loving family members.  Family and friends may call from 1 to 3 p.m. on Monday, July 25 at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral home Inc., 225 S. Main St., Athens, Pa.  Funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Rob Wuethrich, pastor of the Bentley Creek Wesleyan Church officiating.  Burial will be in the Bentley Creek Cemetery.  –Towanda Daily Review

NORTON, Vera Mae, age 48 of RD 2 Wellsburg, New York, Thursday, November 15, 1973. Friends may call at the Roberts Funeral Home, Wellsburg, Saturday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral service will be held at the Funeral Home, Sunday 2 p.m. Rev. Burdett Mason officiating. Private interment Bentley Creek Cemetery. Survived by husband, Dale; sons, Gary Norton of Wellsburg, Gene and Randy of RD 2 Wellsburg; mother, Orga Meyers of Lexington, North Carolina; three sisters, Mrs. Frances Parmely of Huntsville, Alabama, Mrs. Gail Beck and Brenda Sowers, both of Lexington, North Carolina; brothers, Steven, William and Donaly Meyers all of Lexington, North Carolina; one grandchild, Jeremy Norton of Wellsburg; several nieces and nephews.

Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: C:\TC\~srgp\new\100.gifNORTON Ward
A long time resident of the Sayre community died at his home with his family at his side, Wednesday evening, June 27, 2007 at the age of 105. Born in Wheelerville, PA; Ward was the son of Perry & Rachel Chilson Norton. He was married to Blanch Belles for over 50 years until her passing in 1994. He was a devoted and loving father to his four children, Edward & Connie Norton, Sayre, PA; Perry Norton, Rome, PA; Wayne & Cora Norton, Sayre, PA; Carol Talada, Sayre, PA; daughters-in-law, Dorothy Norton, Gillett, PA; Betty Norton, Sayre, PA; many grandchildren, including Robin (Robert) Carriker who provided him wonderful care, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and his wife, Ward was predeceased by his sons, John and Robert Leo Norton, and a brother, Harvey Norton. Ward is remembered as a hard working father who labored as a logger in the mountains of Pennsylvania. He was a loving husband and father who found great joy in caring for his family. Ward was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed the sport of hunting. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport on Sunday, July 1, 2007 between the hours of 2-4 p.m. Funeral services will follow the visitation at 4:15 p.m. Graveside services will take place in Bentley Creek Cemetery, where Ward will be laid to rest next to his wife Blanch Norton, Monday morning at 10 a.m.

Glen E. NURSE, 75, of Gillett, PA died Thursday, March 25, 1999 at the Bradford County Manor.  He was born June 22, 1923 in Elmira, NY, the son of the late Eugene and Nellie Morris Nurse.  Glen was a member of the Bentley Creek Baptist Church and was a musician, enjoying playing the harmonica for functions.  He is survived by his wife, Emily; daughter, Barbara Mille of Andover, NJ; sons, Peter Michaels (Linda) of New Hampshire and Philip Michaels (Cynthia), also of New Hampshire; sisters, Evelyn Bonner of California, Kay Deming of Hammondsport, NY and June Smith of Troy, PA; brother, Robert Nurse; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  Services were held March 28 at the Roberts Funeral Home in Wellsburg, NY with the rev. Rick Wulf officiating and interment to be in Bentley Creek Cemetery, Bentley Creek, PA.  “Troy Gazette-Register,” Troy, PA  Thursday April 1, 1999

OWEN - HALSTEAD, HAZEL O., Services for Hazel O. Halstead, 86, Gillett (Centerville) are being held Jan. 19 at Roberts Funeral Home, Wellsburg with Rev. John Lattimer officiating. Interment will be in Bentley Creek Cemetery. Mrs. Halstead died Jan. 16, 1984. She was born in Ridgebury, Nov. 20, 1897,daughter of Minta Hanlon and John Owen. She attended Bentley Creek Baptist Church and was a charter member of Ridgebury Volunteer Fire Co. Auxiliary. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Richard (Mary) Wood and son Bernard, both of Centerville; brothers Guy and Elmo Owen, both of Centerville; eight grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; seven great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. (TGR Jan 19, 1984)

GUY WILLIAM (ANDY) OWEN, age 56, of Cross Junction, Va., died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2004, at the Winchester Medical Center. Mr. Owen was born March 20, 1948, in Elmira, N.Y., the son of Olga Rusczak Owen and the late Guy W. Owen. He graduated from SRU High School in East Smithfield in 1966. He served with the Army's elite Green Berets and the 173rd Airborne from 1967 until 1969. He received his bachelor of science degree with high honors from Mansfield State College in 1974 and a master's of science degree, with honors, from Elmira College in 1974. Mr. Owen became a licensed teacher in three states (New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia) and dedicated 19 years of service to education. Fifteen of those years were in Winchester, when he taught reading at Frederick Douglas Elementary School. In 1988 Deputy Guy Owen joined the Frederick County Sheriff's Department Reserves, and became a certified deputy sheriff in 1990, faithfully serving his community. He was a Blue Lodge Master Mason, Scottish Rite, 32nd degree in the Masonic Lodge and held a second degree black belt in Ishinryu Karate. He was a firearms and defensive tactics instructor for the local police academy. He was a veteran skirmisher with the North South Skirmish Association for over 30 years. Surviving him are his loving wife, Susan, and his three sons, Benjamin, Jonathan and Daniel, whom he loved so much. Also surviving are his mother, Olga Owen, and a brother, John Owen, of Gillett and Florida; as well as two aunts, Ann Schwab of Elmira and Regina Rusczak, also of Elmira; and many cousins, their spouses, and children. A memorial service was held on Sunday, Dec. 5 at the Omps Funeral Home, Amherst Chapel, in Winchester, with military honors afforded by VFW Post 2123. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Frederick County Sheriff's Department. Upon the family's return to Pennsylvania, a memorial service and Mass will be held at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Bentley Creek on Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 10 a.m. There will be no calling hours. Committal services will be officiated by the Rev. Thomas Major of St. Ann's Church in the Bentley Creek Cemetery, immediately following the memorial service. A Masonic service will follow. Full military honors will be accorded by the Valley Color Guard Unit. A time of fellowship and a celebration of Guy's life will be held at St. Ann's hall upon return from the cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Reynolds Store Fire and Rescue Department, 9381 North Frederick Pike, P.O. Box 235, Cross Junction, VA 22625 or to the charity of one's choice. Contributed by Carol Brotzman.  –Elmira Star Gazette.

PARRISH   Earl Gordon Age 84, of Sayre, PA, died on Saturday, September 15, 2001 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. He was born on September 4, 1917, in Eldredsville, PA, a son of the late Harvey T. and Clara (Coats) Parrish. On December 31, 1938, Earl married Alberta L. Snell, with whom he celebrated 63 years of marriage. He served during World War II as a Corporal in the Pacific Campaign, stationed in the Philippines. Earl was employed by C.F. Jelliff & Son in Bentley Creek, PA, and was a road foreman and supervisor for Ridgebury Twp. Earl retired from Gene's Auto Paint Supply in Elmira, NY in 1994. He was a loving father, grandfather, and father-in-law. In addition to his wife, Earl is survived by his son, Maynard (Pat) Parrish of Sayre, PA; daughters, Mina E. Parrish (James) Allen of Sayre, PA, and Patricia Timm of Sayre, PA; grandchildren, James E. Allen, Jr., Sandra L. Owen, Barbara L. Koser, Brenda L. Plouse, Jessee Parrish, Tabitha Parrish, Tina Wade, Trudy Stone, Linda Timm, Lonnie Timm, Billy Timm, Donna Burbank, Travis VanDyke, Richard VanDyke, and Raymond VanDyke; 39 great grandchildren; 11 great great grandchildren. He is predeceased by his daughter, Etta Marie Parrish VanDyke; grandson, Billy Timm; brothers, Elmer, Elery and Lloyd Parrish; sisters, Mildred Foulkrod and Cora Parrish. Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, September 19, 2001 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Roberts Funeral Home, 279 Main Street, Wellsbrug, NY. The funeral and committal service will immediately follow at the funeral home with the Reverend Don Rockwell officiating. Interment will be in Bentley Creek Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

 

PHILLIPS Richard K.

Age 83, of Gillett, PA, died Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. Richard was born July 7, 1929 in Decatur, IL, son of the late Lewis and Olive Mae (Bailey) Phillips. Before retirement he was employed by American LaFrance, Kennedy Valve, Bendix and lastly Remington Rand. Richard enjoyed the moments spent with his family. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting until this past hunting season. He also loved to ride Harley Davidson Motorcycles. Survivors include his loving wife, Donna J. (Leonard) Phillips of Gillett, PA; sons and daughters-in-law, Lawrence & Suzette Phillips, Chris & Mona Phillips, all of Wellsburg, NY; two grandchildren, Lawrence R. Phillips of Wellsburg, NY and Amber & Andrew Petrezelli of Elmira, NY; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Richard was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Victor Phillips. Family and friends are invited to call from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 16, 2013, at the Roberts Funeral Home Inc., 279 Main Street, Wellsburg, NY. His funeral and committal service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 3 p.m. with Pastor Jim Ellis of the Bentley Creek Baptist Church officiating. Interment will be in Bentley Creek Cemetery when weather permits.  Star Gazette – March 17, 2013

 

ROBERT A. PHILLIPS, age 85, born May 16, 1914, died on June 3, 1999.  He is survived by Leone Phillips, his loving wife of 52 years; a brother, Edward (Betty) Phillips of Pine City; a sister, Marge Lovell; sons and daughters-in-law, Lee (Beverly) Phillips of Gillett, PA, Allen (Rose) Phillips of Lyndonville, NY, Harold (Sue) Phillips of Holly, NY; son, Russell Phillips of Harrisburg, PA; daughters and sons-in-law, Roberta LeLand) Jelliff of Bentley Creek, Wanetta (Don) Warner of Bentley Creek, Laura (Lester) McClelland of Spencerport, NY, Thea (Dean) Horton of Port Crane, NY; and daughter, Helena Fuller of Elmira, NY; 20 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.  Bob was a member of Berrytown Wesleyan Church and enjoyed gardening, flower arranging, playing banjo, and singing.  He also did volunteer hospital work.  Flowers will be provided by the family.  Memorials may be sent to: Berrytown Wesleyan Church, RR #1, Box 2840, Gillett, PA or Chambers Wesleyan Church Camp, c/o Mrs. Sherry Cortright, 434 Hillview Drive, Elmira, NY.  Friends may call at the Roberts Funeral Home Inc., 279 Main St., Wellsburg, NY, Sunday, June 6, 19999 from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.  Funeral services Monday, June 7, at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. with the Reverends Ted Roloson and David Larson officiating.  Interment in Bentley Creek Cemetery, Bentley Creek, PA.  –Elmira Star Gazette.

RAYNOR, Robert J. "Rip"
Age 77, of 210 Cross Creek Road, Bentley Creek, PA, died Friday, June 15, 2007, at Phyl-Carlo Retirement Center, Gillett, PA. Bob was born August 1, 1929, son of the late LeRoy and Helen Seymour Raynor. He was married to the late Lois W. Bird Raynor, who predeceased Bob on October 6, 1992. He was a veteran of the Korean War serving his country with the US Army. Bob retired from Westinghouse in 1988 where he was employed as an Inspector and previously worked in the Cathode Ray Department. His memberships include the Bentley Creek Baptist Church and the Elmira Heights American Legion Clarence Oliver Post #154. Bob's many joys included his family who loved him dearly. He could often be found working in his yard of the home that he enjoyed so much. Survivors include his daughter, Debra Grimes of Knoxville, TN; sons and daughters-in-law, David L. and Marlene Raynor of Bentley Creek, Douglas and Diana Raynor of Raleigh, NC; nine grandchildren, Jon, Jessie, Mike Grimes, Justin, Jamie, Meg, Dougan, Jon and Emily Raynor; several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Family and friends are invited to call Tuesday, June 19, 2007, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Roberts Funeral Home, Inc., 279 Main Street, Wellsburg, NY. Funeral services will be held at the conclusion of calling hours with Rev. Charles R. Root officiating. Bob will be laid to rest next to his wife at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, 2007, in Bentley Creek Cemetery. Memorials are directed to the Guthrie Hospice, RR #1 Box 154, Towanda, PA 18848.

REED –SHIRLEY M. SWAN age 86 of Bentley Creek, Pa. died Saturday, July 29, 2000 in Troy, Pa.  Shirley was born Sept. 13, 1913 in Muncie, Ind.  She was the daughter of the late Harvey and Mary Harris Reed.  She was a former employee of Remington Rand Corp. of Elmira, N.Y. and a member of the Pentecostal church.  She loved sewing and was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  Shirley was predeceased by her husband, Ear Swan in 1962.  She is survived by her daughter, Nila Jane Crandall of Bentley Creek, Pa.; sons, Harry and Phyllis Swan of Horseheads, N.Y. and Michael and Cindy Swan of Warwick, R.I.; special former son-in-law, Fred Crandall of Gillett, Pa.; grandchildren, Cindy Johnson, Todd Crandall, Judy Crop, Annette Heinze and Stephanie Heinze; great-grandchildren, Ryan Swan, Alexis Swan, Elizabeth May Johnson, Alyssa Swan, Jessica Corp, Matthew Johnson, Randall Corp and Cameron Talada; several nieces, nephews and cousins; also a special pet named “Monkey.”  Shirley was predeceased by her husband, Earl Swan in 1962; a daughter, Roberta; sisters, Doris, Roberta and Ellen; brother, Charles Garnet; and grandsons, Rodney Swan and Jerry Dean Heinze.  There are no prior calling hours.  A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family.  Friends may contribute to the Arctic League, P.O. Box 113, Elmira, N.Y., St. Jude Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, Tenn. or any of the Shriners Hospitals in Shirley’s memory.  Arrangements are by Roberts Funeral Home Inc., Wellsburg, N.Y.  –Towanda Daily Review (Buried Bentley Creek Cemetery)

REESER Ruth D. Jelliff

Age 93 formerly of Berwick Turnpike, Bentley Creek, PA died Monday, February 28, 2011 at the Bradford County Manor. Ruth was born October 14, 1917 in Berrytown, PA daughter of the late Archie & Ada (Roesner) Reeser. She was a graduate of area schools and married the late Chester F. Jelliff, Sr. Ruth worked on the family farm for 40 years and also at Westinghouse with 26 years of service. She was a former member of the Berrytown Wesleyan Church and enjoyed knitting, crocheting and collecting antiques. She loved her family deeply and enjoyed the times she spent with all her grandchildren. Ruth will be missed by all of her family and many friends. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Chester & Judy Jelliff, Jr. of Hammondsport, NY, a daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl & James Davis of Bentley Creek, PA, five grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, a sister-in-law, Lucille Jelliff of Gillett, PA, several nieces, nephews and cousins. Ruth was predeceased by her husband Chester Jelliff, Sr., two sisters and brothers-in-law, Vadys & Alonzo Thomas, Thais & Arthur Dunbar and a brother-in-law, Glenn Jelliff. Family and friends are invited to call Friday, March 4, 2011 from 6 to 8 PM at the Roberts Funeral Home, Inc, 279 Main Street, Wellsburg, NY. Her service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 8 PM with Reverend James Crupi officiating. Interment will be held in the spring in Bentley Creek Cemetery. Memorials are directed to the Christian Faith Fellowship Church, P.O. Box 4212, Elmira, NY 14904 or to the Bentley Creek Wesleyan Church, 13255 Berwick Turnpike, Gillett, PA 16925.  Star Gazette – March 2, 2011

 

RHOADES Richard V. "Dick"

Age 82 of Columbia Cross Roads, PA; died Sat. Nov. 23, 2013 in Elmira under the care of his loving family following declining health. Born on Oct. 18, 1931 in Venango County, PA; Dick was the son of the late, Edson & Maude Karns Rhoades. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. Dick married June Lewis in 1955. He was employed for many years by Westinghouse. His interests included caring for his farm, hunting, fishing, and time spent with his cherished family who survive; loving wife and companion, June Lewis Rhoades, Columbia Cross Roads, PA; daughters, Deborah (Patrick Sullivan) Vincent, Towanda, PA; Mary Lou (George) Lewis, Elmira; several grandchildren, Jason (Brandy) Vincent, Krista (Steve) Gyurik, Richard (Julie) Lewis and Judy Lewis; great grandchildren, Ashley, Ryan, Jenna, Logan, Paige, Skylar, Richard Jr., and Nicholas; sisters-in-law, Merele Mullin and Marie Rhoades; several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Dick was predeceased by his siblings, Lawrence and Ellis Rhoades, and Dorothea Dick. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport/Elmira on Tues. Nov. 26, 2013 between the hours of 5-7 p.m. Funeral services will follow the visitation at 7:15 p.m. Burial will take place in Bentley Creek Cemetery, Bentley Creek, PA at the family's convenience where full military honors will be accorded Mr. Rhoades. Star Gazette – November 25, 2013 

 

RIPLEY –VIVA I. LEWIS, 84, of Bentley Creek died February 11, 1988.  She was born in Wellsboro November 17, 1903, the daughter of Dennis and Emma Haner Ripley.  She was a member of the Bentley Creek Baptist Church and Lincoln Grange.  She is survived by her husband, Elton D. Lewis; daughters, Mrs. Kenneth (Sarah Jean) Tomb of E. Smithfield, Mrs. Warren (Barbara Ann) Gustin of Springfield; sons, Ethan Lewis of Gillett RD3 and David Lewis, Sedalia, MO; sister, Mrs. Teressa Moyer of Tucson, AZ; 16 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.  Funeral and committal services were held at the Roberts Funeral Home in Wellsburg, NY on February 15 with Rev. John Lattimer officiating and burial to be in Bentley Creek Cemetery.  Friends who wish may contribute to a church of their choice in Mrs. Lewis’ memory.  –Troy Gazette-Register.

ROBBINS –MILDRED G. NICHOLS, 85, of East Smithfield died Monday, Oct. 26, 1987.  Born in Columbia Cross Roads, Pa., she was the daughter of Abijak Robbins and Martha Warburton.  She was a very active, long-time member of The Bentley Creek Wesleyan Church and a member of the Bradford County Retired Teachers Association.  She was involved in elementary education, having taught in Big Pond and Ridgebury for 22 years.  She retired from teaching as the principal of the Gladys Burnham Elementary School in Ridgebury.  Mrs. Nichols was predeceased by her husbands, Elton Jelliff in May of 1943; Howard Burnham in August of 1977 and Donald C. Nichols in December of 1982.  Mrs. Nichols was survived by daughters and sons-in-law Cleora and Elmer Young of Bentley Creek, Pa.; Carol and Deyo Montanye, Houghton, NY and Anne and Lee Harkness of East Smithfield.  Also surviving her are step-son and daughter-in-law, Corvin and Kathy Burnham of West End, N.C.; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  Friends may call at Roberts Funeral Home, Wellsburg on Wednesday from 7-9 p.m.  Funeral and committal services will be held at the Bentley Creek Wesleyan Church, Thursday at 11 a.m.  The Rev. Calvin Jones and the Rev. Nolan Harkness will be officiating at the ceremony.  Interment will be at Bentley Creek Cemetery at the convenience of the family.  Memorials should be sent to the Bentley Creek Wesleyan Church Memorial Fund, RD 3, Gillett, Pa.  –Towanda Daily Review

LELAND C. (LEE) ROBINSON, 59 of Gillett RD3 died suddenly on Feb. 14, 1989.  Born Sept. 27, 1929 in East Smithfield he was the son of Leslie Robinson and Florence Wright.  Mr. Robinson was a past Master of the Chemung Valley Lodge #350 F&AM and was a member of the Cashmere Grotto Club of Elmira.  A former equipment operator for the Dalrymple Construction Co., he was employed by Lewis Mail service, Wellsburg, NY at the time of his death.  Mr. Robinson is survived by his wife, Vivian; two daughters, Rhonda Robinson of Elmira and Melisa Robinson of Bentley Creek; two sons and daughters-in-law, Randy and Karen Robinson of Bentley Creek and Dale and Theresa Robinson of East Smithfield; his mother, Mrs. Florence Ayers of Athens; a sister, June Nichols of East Smithfield; a half-sisters, Carolyn Butler of Deland, Fla.; five half-brothers, Stephen and Rodney Robinson of Wellsburg, NY, Lawrence Robinson of Pine City, NY, Russell Robinson of Gillett RD3, Dale Robinson of Valireco, Fla. and Charles Robinson of Seffner, Fla.; grandchildren, Branden and Curtis Robinson of Bentley Creek, Chris Weldy and Kyle Robinson of East Smithfield and Matthew Robinson of Bentley Creek; several nieces and nephews.  Masonic services will be on Thurs. at 6:15 p.m.  Private funeral and committal services will be held at the convenience of the family with the Rev. John Lattimer of Bentley Creek Baptist Church officiating.  Interment will be in the Bentley Creek Cemetery at the convenience of the family.  Friends may call at Roberts Funeral Home, 120 Main St., Wellsburg, NY on Thurs. from 7-8:30 p.m.  Memorials are to be directed to the Tri-Township Ambulance Fund, RD3 Gillett, Pa.  –Towanda Daily Review

 

ROSS Helen Ross Sturdevant

89, formerly of Bentley Creek and Athens, died Saturday evening, Sept. 8, 2012 at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Memorial Hospital in Towanda. Helen was born in Wilkes-Barre, on Jan. 6, 1923 the daughter of Wellington Ross and Mae Sutliff Ross. She spent her early years growing up in Camptown, and was a graduate of Camptown High School class of 1939. She moved with her parents to Bridgeport, Conn. during World War II and attended business school there. Helen later moved back to Camptown and was employed at the Bradford County Court House.  On March 12 1949, she married Leigh Sturdevant and they made their home on a dairy farm in the Centerville-Bentley Creek area for many years. She was preceded in death by her husband on October 8, 1985. Helen later moved to Athens to make her home.  Surviving are her children Janet (Clifford) Gigee of Sayre, Richard (Gayle) Sturdevant of Gillett and Judith (Allen) Seering of Nashville, Ill.; grandsons Grant and Ross (Tiffany Robbins) Gigee and Alex and Austin Seering; granddaughter, Chelsey Sturdevant; step grandchildren, Rebecca Hamilton and Brent (Shelley) Hamilton; great grandsons, Cyril, Celeus and Alaric Gigee; several step great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Janice (John) MacMorran; a cousin, Lewis (Helen) Ross of Arlington Heights, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by a sister, Catherine Kadel.  A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept.23, 2012 at the Bentley Creek Baptist Church with Pastor Jim Ellis officiating. Interment will be in the Bentley Creek Cemetery, Ridgebury Township. Helen enjoyed reading and her family requests that contributions be directed to the Spalding Memorial Library, 724 S. Main St. Athens, PA 18810 or to the Bradford County Library, 16093 Route 6, Troy, PA 16947 in her memory. Arrangements are under the direction of the Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home, 314 Desmond St., Sayre.  Towanda Daily Review– September 10, 2012

 

RUSCZAK - OWEN, Olga Helen Rusczak
87, of Ridgebury, PA, died in her sleep on April 15, 2010 after a courageous battle for life. She was cared for by her loving family. She was the daughter of Frances and Michael Rusczak and was born in Elmira NY on January 12, 1923. After graduating from Elmira Free Academy, she worked at the Holding Point in Horseheads, Remington Rand in Elmira, and retired from the Arnot Ogden Hospital after 30 years of service as a nurse's aide. She was married to Guy William Owen on October 27, 1945. They made their home on their farm in Ridgebury, PA. Olga was a member of St. Ann's Church in Ridgebury until its closing and then transferred her membership to Epiphany Church in Sayre. She was an avid bingo player. Olga is survived by one son, John D. Owen, who cared for her in their family home; three grandsons: Ben Owen of Leesburg, VA, Jonathan (Joe) and William Owen of McLean, VA, and Lt. Daniel Owen of the US Coast Guard, presently serving in the Republic of Georgia; a daughter-in-law, Susan Owen of Whitacre, VA; a sister, Ann Schwab of Elmira, NY; nieces and nephews: Jack and special niece, Ruth Owen and family, Francis and Pat Owen and family, Ann Carrigan, Jim and Trudy Owen and family, Bob Owen and family, Bill Owen, Thomas and Sally Owen and family, Mary Owen, Ron Owen and family, Beth and Dick Oldroyd and family, Jan Schwab and family, Steven Schwab; and Olga's 'special' family of Scott and Ellen Molnar and daughters Elizabeth, Kirstie, and Leanne, Mark Molnar and Chris Robbins and family. She was predeceased by her parents; husband, Guy William Owen, who died when he, too, was 87, on December 8, 1987; a son, Guy (Andy) Owen on December 4, 2004; and brothers: Charles, Joseph, and Nicholas Rusczak. Friends are invited to share in a time to remember Olga at Robert's Funeral Home in Wellsburg NY on Monday, April 19th, at 10:00 a.m. The funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at the Bentley Creek Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to either Guthrie Hospice or the charity of one's choice. – Elmira Star Gazette, April 16, 2010

 

SCOTT James A. Sr.

Age 81 of Big Flats, NY died Aug. 6, 2012. He was born in Nicaragua on April 17, 1931 to the late Rev. Charles and Lola Scott. He is survived by his wife Bonnie (Smeal) Scott; sons, James (Carol) Scott Jr. of Horseheads, NY, Robert Scott of Big Flats, NY; grandchildren, Christopher Scott, Lori (Brian) Kelsall; great grandchildren, Michael Scott and Allison and Brianna Kelsall; and several nieces and nephews. He was also predeceased by his son, Daniel Scott in 1989; daughter, Elizabeth Susan Scott in 1980 as well as his brothers, John, Charles and Thomas Scott. James was a graduate of Houghton College and Elmira College. He was a veteran of the US Army having served in the Signal Corps at the White House. He was a retired Technical Writer with Westinghouse in Horseheads for over 32 years. James was also a longtime member, Trustee, Sunday school teacher, and treasurer for 20 years of the Community Wesleyan Church in Horseheads. James was also a member of the Elmira Men's Chorus and Toastmasters. He was also an avid Ham Radio operator W2CMY and faithful volunteer at Bethany Village. Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 S. Main St. Horseheads, NY on Thurs August 9, 2012 from 4-7:00 pm. His service will be celebrated on Friday at 10:00 am in the Community Wesleyan Church, 2095 Grand Central Ave. Horseheads. Burial service with military honors to follow in Bentley Creek Cemetery. Those wishing may also remember James with memorials to Community Wesleyan Church, 2095 Grand Central Ave., Horseheads, NY 14845.  Star Gazette – August 8, 2012

 

RAYMOND SELLECK
Raymond Selleck, 68, of Gillett, PA died at home Saturday, July 27, 1996 after an extended illness. He was born April 14, 1928 in Mountain Lake, PA. He was president of Three Falls Trailer Court, Centerville, PA and a member of Iona Grange, Mountain Lake. He was a distributor for heavy construction equipment in Kent, NY. Mr. Selleck is survived by his wife, Elizabeth M. Selleck at home; a brother, Robert (Alma) Selleck and a sister, Doris (Merle) Bacon, both of Mountain Lake; an uncle, Mahlon Smith of Conklin, NY; several nieces and nephews; and many good friends and neighbors. He was predeceased by his parents, Martin and Myrtle Selleck. Memorial services were held at the Roberts Funeral Home in Wellsburg, NY on July 30 with the Rev. Robert Martin officiating and interment to be in the Bentley Creek Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Contributions may be sent to the Guthrie Hospice, RR 1, Box 154, Towanda, PA 18848 or to the Patient Care Management, St. Joseph's Hospital, Elmira, NY 14901. (TGR August 1, 1996)

SEVERENCE -  Mrs. Mary Ann Severence May (1930) died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mark Abbey, in Springfield Saturday evening. She was 76 years old. She is survived besides Mrs. Abbey by the following children: Stephen of Bentley, Mrs. Ben Inman of Troy, Mrs. Raymond Stevens of Bentley Creek; one brother, Clarence Severance of Granville; one sister, Mrs. Clara Burt at home; fifteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren. The funeral will be Tuesday at 2 o’clock at the Abbey residence. Burial will be in Bentley Creek cemetery with Rev. James Carter officiating.

SMITH Roy E.

Age 86, of Fernwood Avenue, Elmira, NY, died peacefully Wednesday, January 25, 2006, at the Bath Veterans Administration Hospital following a lengthy illness. He was born August 22, 1919 in Elmira, NY, son of the late William E. and Lora Bennett Smith. Roy attended area schools and was married November 20, 1942 to the former Wilma Alice Fay who survives. He served his country during WWII and came ashore D-Day June 6, 1944 on Omaha Beach. Roy fought in the Battle for St. Lo was part of the Liberation of Paris and the Battle of the Bulge, he was later awarded the Bronze Star. Prior to retirement, Roy was employed as a machinist for Myers Automotive in Elmira. He was a Lifetime Member and Past Assistant Chief of the Golden Glow Fire Department and in 1976 was awarded the Ed Kelly Life Saving Award from the Elmira Firefighters Association for saving the life of another. Survivors include his wife, Wilma A. Smith of Elmira; a son, Charles (Marie Fullerton) Smith of Pine Valley, NY; three daughters and sons-in-law, Faye and Rodney Kerr of Corning, NY, Jackie and Richard Smith of Erin, NY, Julie and Art Kerr of Pine City, NY; a sister, Theodora "Teddy" Zepp of Athens, PA; several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. Family and friends are invited to call Saturday, January 28, 2006, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Roberts Funeral Home, Inc., 279 Main Street, Wellsburg, NY. Funeral services will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 4 p.m. with Rev. Chris Curry of the Elmira First Church of the Nazarene officiating. Interment with Full Military Honors will be held in the spring on the family plot in Bentley Creek Cemetery. Memorials are directed to the Golden Glow Fire Department, Alvord Street Elmira, NY 14905, or to the American Diabetes Association, 356 North Midler Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13206.

SNELL –ALBERTA L. PARRISH, age 80, died on March 27, 2003 at the Bradford County Manor, Burlington, PA.  Alberta was born in Hillsgrove, PA on January 20, 1922, the daughter of the late Burr and Mina (Hubbard) Snell.  She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who shared her love of cooking, baking and gardening with her family. Alberta is survived by her son, Maynard (Pat) Parrish of Sayre, PA; daughters, Mina (Jim) Allen Sr. and Pat Timm, both of Sayre, PA; 15 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great grandchildren; brothers, Ralph (Agnes) Snell of Williamsport, PA, Maynard Snell of Sayre, PA, Edson (Martha) Snell of Proctor, PA; sister, Kathrine Parrish of Sayre, PA; and step-sister, Betty Lawrenson of Muncy, PA.  Alberta is predeceased by her parents, her husband of 64 years, Earl Parrish, and her sister, Etta VanDyke.  Friends are invited to call on Monday, March 31, 2003, at the Roberts Funeral Home, Inc., 279 Main St., Wellsburg, NY from 1 to 2 p.m.  The funeral and committal service will immediately follow at 3 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Donald Rockwell officiating.  Interment will be in Bentley Creek Cemetery at the convenience of the family.  (Etta was a daughter, not sister of Alberta’s)  Elmira Star Gazette.

STEDGE - Daren Jay Stedge, 32, of the Valley diedon Sunday, January 18, 2009.  He was born on June 13, 1976 in Sayre, PA to Dale L. and Gail L. BAIR Stedge.  Daren enjoyed hunting, four-wheeling, drawing characters, and model cars.  He was an avid wood-worker and was currently employed as a mechanic with Steve Shannon Tire.  He enjoyed spending time with his children, family, and friends. He was an avid wolf collector.  He is predeceased by his grandparents John and Winnifred Stedge and Merle and Delores Bair.  Daren is survived by his wife of 14 years Jamie CAMPBELL Stedge and their five children Michaela, Macie, Nikita, Sully, and Gauge Stedge, Towanda, PA; parents Dale L. and Gail L. Bair Stedge, Lowman, NY; siblings Dale and Jennie Stedge, Canton, PA, Jennifer Stedge and Brian Campbell, Ulster, PA; Adam Stedge and Erma Barnes, Ridgebury, PA; grandmother Florence Whitmire, Athens, PA; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Friends and family may call on Wednesday, January 21, 2009 from 11:00am-1:00pm at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home, Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, PA.  Funeral Services will follow at 1:00pm at the funeral home with Chaplain Gary Stedge officiating.  Burial will be in the Bentley Creek Cemetery, Bentley Creek, PA. RHW The Lowery Funeral Home, Athens obit

STURDEVANT - McDONALD, Bernice Sturdevant (Bunny)
Housewife and Mother
Age 73 of Big Pond, PA died July 24, 2000 at the Bradford County Manor, Troy, PA.  She was born in Centerville, PA on October 1, 1926, the daughter of the late Earl and Myrtle Evans Sturdevant.  Bunny was an employee of Moore Business Forms of Elmira, NY before become a housewife and mother.  She had been a resident of Bradford County Manor for may years.  She was predeceased by her husband of 45 years, George McDonald and her brother, Leigh Sturdevant.  She is survived by daughter, Star (Larry) Leonard of Bentley Creek, PA; son, Keith (Cindy) McDonald of Elmira Heights, NY; sister, Carrie Walker of Elmira, NY; brother, Louis (Janice) Sturdevant of Milan Pa; sister-in-law, Helen Sturdevant and their families; grandchildren, Shawn and Nicole McDonald and Sherry Burgandy and Brian Leonard; several nieces and nephews.  Friends may call at Roberts Funeral Home, Wellsburg, NY, Friday from 3 to 6 PM.  Funeral and committal services there immediately following at 6 PM.  Pastor Rick Wulf of the Bentley Creek Baptist Church officiating.  Private burial in Bentley Creek cemetery, Bentley Creek, PA.

STURDEVANT Bernice “Bunny” MCDONALD, 73, of Big Pond, PA died July 24, 2000 at the Bradford County Manor, Troy, PA.  She was born in Centerville, PA on October 1, 1926, the daughter of the late Earl and Myrtle Evans Sturdevant.  Benny was an employee of Moore Business Forms of Elmira, NY before becoming a housewife and mother.  She had been a resident of Bradford County Manor for many years.  She is survived by a daughter, Star (Larry) Leonard of Bentley Creek, PA; son, Keith (Cindy) McDonald of Elmira Heights, NY; sister, Carrie Louis (Janice) Sturdevant of Milan, PA; sister-in-law, Helen Sturdevant and their families; five grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her husband of 45 years, George McDonald and her brother, Leigh Sturdevant.  Funeral services were held July 28 at the Roberts Funeral Home in Wellsburg with Pastor Rick Wulf of the Bentley Creek Baptist Church officiating and burial to be in Bentley Creek Cemetery.  “Troy Gazette-Register,” Troy, PA  Thursday, August 3, 2000

 

STURDEVANT Carrie S. Walker

Was born August 7, 1922 in Ridgebury Township, PA the daughter of the late Earl and Myrtle (Evans) Sturdevant died on Wednesday, May 13, 2011 at St. Joseph's Hospital at the age 88. Her loving husband, Robert N. Walker preceded her in death December 13, 1998. Her brothers, Leigh and Louis Sturdevant; sister, Bernice McDonald; brother-in-law, George McDonald also predeceased her. She is survived by her beloved sons and daughter-in-laws, John and Susan Walker of Pine City, NY; Joe and Colleen Walker of Elmira, NY; granddaughters, Jenifer Walker (Peter) Gingrich of North Syracuse, NY; Laura and Erica Walker of Elmira, NY; great grandsons, Aidan, Brody and Peter; sister-in-laws, Janice MacMorran of Towanda, PA; Helen Sturdevant; along with several nieces and nephews and many feline friends. Carrie was formerly employed by Berger and Sherin Silk Mill in Elmira as a payroll clerk for several dedicated years. Family and friends are invited to attend Graveside Services on Friday, May 28, 2011 at 11:00 AM in the Bentley Creek Cemetery (Berwick Turnpike). The Reverend Lynn Ensign will officiate. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be directed to the Chemung County Animal Shelter and SPCA Route # 352 Elmira, NY 14903. Arrangements have been entrusted to Olthof Funeral Home Inc.  Star Gazette – May 25, 2011

STURDEVANT, LEIGH W.,    Leigh W. Surdevant, 67 of Centerville, PA, died October 8, 1986.  He was born in Ashland Township, NY on January 27, 1919, the son of Earl and Myrtle Evans Sturdevant.  Mr.Sturdevant was a past state director of the Pennsylvania Holstein Association and director of the Bradford County Holstein Association for 33 years.  He was a 4-H leader for many years and a lifelong farmer in Centerville.  He is survived by his wife, Helen; daughters, Mrs. Clifford (Janet) Gigee of Sayre and Judy Sturdevant at home; son, Richard at home; his mother, Mrs. Myrtle Sturdevant of East Smithfield; sisters, Mrs. Robert Walker of Elmira and Mrs. George McDonald of Big Pond; brother, Louis Sturdevant of East Smithfield; two grandsons ; several nieces and nephews.  Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family with arrangements by the Roberts Funeral Home in Wellsburg.  Friends wishing may contribute to Ridgebury Ambulance Association, Gillett RD3 in Mr. Sturdevant’s memory. (TGR Oct. 16, 1986)

THOMPSON - Mrs. Bertha E. Furman
Age 96 of Bentley Creek, PA. Friday, December 7, 1990. Friends may call at Roberts Funeral Home, Wellsburg, Sunday, 2 to 4 pm. Funeral & Committal Services there immediately following calling hours at 4 pm. Rev Kelvin Jones, of Bentley Creek Wesleyan Church, officiating. Interment, Bentley Creek Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Survived by daughter, Mrs. Mary Harkness of RD 1, Gillett, PA; son & daughter-in-law, Gordon & Shirley Furman of Athens, PA; 8 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren, also several nieces & nephews.

THOMPSON CHARLES
Charles Thompson Dead - The death of Charles Thompson occurred at his home on Orange street Saturday morning at 9 o’clock.  Mr. Thompson had been suffering from heart trouble, and on Saturday morning sunk into a stupor from which he never rallied.  Mr. Thompson was 75 years of age.  He is survived by his widow and two daughters, Miss Verna Thompson and Mrs. Ray Herrington of Waverly.  John Thompson of Wellsburg, George Thompson of Pine City and Samuel Thompson of Gillett are brothers and Mrs. Rhoda Hill of Gillett is a sister.  The funeral was held on Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock from the residence, the Rev. J.E. Miles officiating and the body was taken to Bentley Creek for interment.  The pallbearers were members of the W.C. Hall post G.A.R.

J. S. THOMPSON
Prominent Resident of Bentley Creek died Saturday.
Jed S. Thompson, a well known resident of Bentley Creek, died last Saturday afternoon at 4 o'clock, aged 38 years. Death was caused by nervous prostration. Mr. Thompson was a general agent for the McCormick division of the International Harvester Machine Company. Previous to his acceptance of that position he was a member of the firm of Craig & Thompson, conducting a large general store at Bentley Creek. He was a large, robust man and a frequent visitor in Elmira. Last Tuesday afternoon Mr. Thompson went to his home, but his condition was not considered serious. Toward the last week he failed rapidly. The deceased is survived by a widow, two children MacKay and Bertha; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Thompson of Bentley Creek, and two sisters, Mrs. Ray Herrington of Waverly and Verna, who resides at home. The funeral was held at the Baptist church in Bentley Creek at 2:30 Tuesday afternoon, Rev. C. E. Drake officiating. Jed Thompson was possessed of a cheerful disposition and made friends wherever he went. He was kindhearted and generous and always found great pleasure in his home. He was public spirited and held several offices in the town of Ridgebury. - Elmira Advertiser.

WARNER –LUCILLE F. WARNER INMAN, 73, widow of Wayne Inman of Gillett RR 2, died Thursday, July 14, 2005, at The Manor in West Burlington Township.  Born March 28, 1932 in Pike Township, Bradford County, she was the daughter of the late Hiram Warner Sr. and Ethel Sorber Warner.  Lucille’s life revolved around her home and family.  She loved the outdoors and taking walks.  Surviving are two sons, William and Jamie Inman of Gillett RR 2, several grandchildren; two sisters, Norma Merrick and Shirley Warner, both of Wysox RR 2; a brother and sister-in-law, Wayne and Reba Warner of Stevensville; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her husband Wayne; a son, Phillip; and three brothers, Hiram Warner Jr., Charles Warner and Gail Warner.  The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda.  Interment will be in the Bentley Creek Cemetery, Ridgebury Township.  The family will receive friends from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.  –Towanda Daily Review.

WEED –ANNA B. LEWIS, 79 of Bentley Creek, PA died on November 119, 2001 at home following and extended illness.  She was born on September 12, 1922, one of 12 children of the late Earl and Helen Weed.  Anna was retired from Ann Page in Horseheads, NY and was a member of the Bentley Creek Baptist Church.  Anna is survived by her husband of 58 years, Ethan H. Lewis of Bentley creek, PA; daughters, Sharon (John) Whitford of Bentley Creek, PA, Dolores (Thomas) Ewing of Jackson, NJ and Jacalyn (David) Powell of Westminster, MD; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild; sisters, Elsie Crane of East Smithfield, PA and Mildred Burns of Elmira Heights, NY.  Funeral services were held November21 at Roberts Funeral Home in Wellsburg, NY with the Rev. Rick Wulf, pastor of the Bentley Creek Baptist Church, officiating and graveside services in Bentley Creek Cemetery on November 23.  –Troy Gazette-Register

 

WHITE John C. White

John C. White, 66, of Centerville, died accidentally on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012 at his home. John was born on Dec. 21, 1945 in Elmira, N.Y., the son of the late Clarence and Florence (Douglas) White. He was a machinist for Trayer Products for 45 years and retired from there earlier this year. John enjoyed NASCAR and woodworking. John is survived by his sisters, Marilyn White of Centerville and Joanne White of West Burlington; his uncles Ray and Wesley Douglas; and his aunt Joyce Colwell; along with several cousins and many friends.   His parents, and his brothers Robert and Donald White preceded John in death.  Family and friends are welcome to call from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012 at the Roberts Funeral Home, Inc. 279 Main Street Wellsburg, N.Y. The funeral service to honor John's life will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at the funeral home with Pastor Rob Wuethrich of the Bentley Creek Wesleyan Church officiating. Burial will be private and at the convenience of John's family in Bentley Creek Cemetery.  Towanda Daily Times– November 16, 2012

 

WOLCOTT –GERALDINE WOLCOTT NERO, 71, went home to be with her Lord October 15, 2004, at the Elcor Nursing Facility, Horseheads, NY.  Born September 18, 1933, in Sayre, PA, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Sarah Wolcott.  She was a member of the Bentley Creek Wesleyan Church in Bentley Creek, PA where she was very active.  Surviving are her sons, Steven R. Nero, Gillett, PA, David L. Nero, Troy, PA, Gary L. Nero, Florida; daughters, Cathy A. Owens, Horseheads, NY, Jewel I. Bohrer, Crystal River, FL; 13 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Gary Wolcott, NY, Gerald Wolcott, Tennessee; Terrance Wolcott, Elmira, NY; sister, Bernadine N. Beardsley, Willett, NY.  In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Donald Nero; brother and sister-in-law, Ronald and Elizabeth Wolcott.  Funeral and committal services were held October 19 at the Elmira Wesleyan Church, South Side, Elmira, NY with her former Pastors Edward Crandle and Harry Barrigar co-officiating.  Burial was at the convenience of the family at Bentley Creek Cemetery.  –Canton Independent Sentinel.

H. E. WOOD, 71 died at the home of his son, Merton Wood in Wilawana at 7 p.m. Sunday, Apr. 2, 1939.  He leaves his son, a daughter, Mrs. Alta Cummings of Elmira; a brother, Asa Wood of Wellsburg R.D.; sister, Mrs. Edith Andrus of Gillett and eight grandchildren.  The body is in the Page Funeral Home, Wellsburg where the funeral will be held Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. The Rev. L. A. Guiles of Canton, Pa. will officiate.  Burial will be in Bentley Creek Cemetery.  –Elmira paper 4/3/1939

WOOD Richard L. "Dick" Age 88, of Gillett, PA, died Friday, February 25, 2005, at the Bradford County Manor where he resided for the past four months. Born March 19, 1916 in Elmira, NY, the son of Ray and Frances Cooper Wood. He was a devoted husband to his wife, the love of his life for 52 years, Mary Halstead Wood, who predeceased him October 8, 1991; and also predeceased by a brother-in-law, Bernard Halstead. Survived by his daughters, Constance and Russell Garrity, Vero Beach, FL, Linda and Gerald Corbin, Sayre, PA; sons, Gary L. and Deborah Wood, Bentley Creek, PA, Galen and Jo Wood, Fleetwood, PA; sister, Mary and Richard Conklin. Friends and family may call Saturday, March 5, 2005, at the First Baptist Church of Bentley Creek from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. with a Memorial service at Noon with Rev. William Bardo and Rev. Charles Root co-officiating. Burial will be in the Bentley Creek Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the direction of the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home, Inc. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent to the First Baptist Church of Bentley Creek, RR3 Box 133, Gillett, PA 16925.

HAROLD C. WOODARD, 74 of Bentley Creek (Gillett RD 3) Saturday Jan. 26, 1985.  He was born January 14, 1911 in Ridgebury Township, the son of Charles and Edith Robbins Woodard.  He was a member of Berrytown Wesleyan Church a lifelong farmer of Ridgebury Township, a Bradford County Commissioner from 1968-76; life member of Ridgebury Volunteer Fire Co., and a member of the Big Pond Lions Club.  He is survived by his wife, Mary; a daughter, Mrs. Charlotte Carpenter of Houghton, N.Y.; three sons, Victor of Bentley Creek, Melvin of Indiana, Pa. and Dean of Syracuse, N.Y.; ten grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.  Friends may call at the Roberts Funeral home, 120 Main St., Wellsburg, N.Y., Monday 7-9 and Tuesday 2-3:30 and 7-9 p.m.  Funeral and committal services will be held at the funeral home Wednesday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. David Larson, Berrytown Wesleyan Church officiating.  Interment will be in Bentley Creek Cemetery at the convenience of the family.  Friends wishing may contribute to the Berrytown Wesleyan Church Memorial Fund, the Gideons Memorial Bible Fund or the American Cancer Society for Research.  –Towanda Daily Review

MASON –MARGARET MASON WOODARD age 94 of Bentley Creek, Pennsylvania, died on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at The Homestead in Penn Yan, NY, where she had resided for two years. She was born on April 15, 1920 in Troy, PA, the daughter of the late John and Emma Mason. Margaret was predeceased by her husband of 65 years, Ronald G. Woodard, and her daughter Darla Lowery. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, R. Dennis and Evelyn Woodard of Penn Yan, daughter and son-in-law Penny and Zane Palmer of Fort Myers Beach, FL, and son-in-law Hubert "Spike" Lowery of Mesquite, NV; her sisters, Beverly Knights and Dorando Hoose, both of Troy, PA; grandchildren, Amy (Todd) Freyman, Laurie (Tom) Morrell, Zane (Alexis) Palmer, Jeff (Stephanie) Lowery, and Brett (Amy) Lowery, 11 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She was a dedicated member of the Bentley Creek Wesleyan Church. She retired from Westinghouse after 20 years of service. Margaret loved to play cards and bowl, and enjoyed quilting with Ronald. Funeral services will be held at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmira, NY, on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 11 a.m. Interment will take place privately and at the convenience of the family at the Bentley Creek Cemetery, Bentley Creek, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the Bentley Creek Wesleyan Church, Bentley Creek, PA. –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/8/2015

WOODARD - Daily Review
Ronald G. Woodard, 85, formerly of Bentley Creek, Pa., died on Tuesday, February 10, 2004 at the Sayre House in Sayre, Pa. where he had been residing. He was born Oct. 14, 1918 in Ridgebury Township, Pa., the son of the late Charles and Edith (Robbins) Woodard. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Margaret; son and daughter-in-law, R. Dennis and Evelyn Woodard of Penn Yan, N.Y.; daughters and son-in-laws; Darla and Spike Lowery of Poulsbo, Wa.; Penny and Zane Palmer of Elmira Heights, N.Y.; grandchildren, Jeff Lowery of Floyds Knobs, Ind.; Brett (Amy) Lowery of Bakersfield, Calif.; Amy (Todd) Freyman of Littleton, Mass; Laurie (Tom) Morrell of Elmira, N.Y.; Zane (Alexis) Palmer of Williamsville, N.Y.; along with seven great-grandchildren, five sister-in-laws, several nieces and nephews. Ronald was a former president of the South Creek school board and was a member of the following: the Gillett Odd Fellows, Checkerville Grange and the Big Pond Lyons. He was also a dedicated member of the Bentley Creek Wesleyan Church. He retired from the A & P Plant after several years of faithful service. Ronald immensely enjoyed woodworking. Family and friends are invited to call at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. 1050 Pennsylvania Ave. Elmira, N.Y. on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held there on Friday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Eric Ferguson to officiate. Interment will take place privately and at the convenience of the family in the Bentley Creek Cemetery, Bentley Creek Pa. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be directed to the Bentley Creek Wesleyan Church or to the Salvation Army Citadel. Envelopes will be provided at the Funeral Home. Submitted by Carol Hoose Brotzman

YOUNG Ansel W.
Age 88, of Oneida Road, Elmira, NY, went to his Heavenly home on Monday, September 14, 2009, at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. Ansel was born February 15, 1921 in Bells Landing, PA, son of the late Elbridge and Marion (Crainey) Young. He graduated from the Wellsburg High School and entered the U.S. Army where he achieved the rank of Second Lieutenant. He served in the European Theater of Operations during WWII and was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries received in battle. Prior to his retirement he worked at Westinghouse in Horseheads, NY, where he was Head of Security. Ansel's spiritual life was very important to him. He attended the Bumpville Baptist Church and enjoyed spending time with his family. He also enjoyed building; he constructed his own home, his daughter Jane's home and at least four other homes along with assisting with several other construction projects. Survivors include his wife, Helen Young; daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Ray Johnston of Bentley Creek; a brother, Harold Young of Chambersburg, PA; four grandchildren, Stacy and Derek Harkness, Jason and Hope Johnston, Tim Johnston, Alissa Johnston; two great-grandchildren, Ashlyn Harkness and Mallory Johnston. Ansel was predeceased by his wives, Alice (Montanye) Young, Lucille (Merrill) Young; a sister, Laura Wilson; a brother, Elmer Young; and niece, Barbara Young. Family and friends are invited to call Thursday, September 17, 2009, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Roberts Funeral Home, Inc., 279 Main Street, Wellsburg, NY. His service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 8 p.m. Graveside committal services will be held 10 a.m. Friday, September 18, 2009, in Bentley Creek Cemetery. I will say of the Lord,
He is my fortress, my God: in him will I trust.  PSALM 91.  Published in Star-Gazette on September 16, 2009

Elmer R. YOUNG, 83, of Gillett
12/12/2001 Towanda Daily Review
Elmer R. Young, 83, of Gillett and the Bradford County Manor, died on Monday, Dec. 10, 2001.  He was born on June 9, 1918, in Bells Landing, Clearfield County, Pa., the son of the late Elbridge and Marion (Crainey) Young.  He is survived by his loving wife, Cleora B. (Jelliff) Young, with whom he celebrated 61 years of marriage on Aug. 21, 2001.  Elmer retired from General Electric in Elmira, N.Y., in 1980 after 38 years as a laboratory technician. He was previously employed by Cotton-Hanlon Lumber Co. in Cayuta, N.Y.  Elmer was a lifelong resident of Bentley Creek. He was a member of the Bentley Creek Wesleyan Church for 72 years, and was a trustee and board member of the church for many years. Elmer was involved in the construction of the church, parsonage and fellowship center. He served for many years on the School Board of the SRU Joint High School in East Smithfield and was on the building committee for the Gladys Burnham Elementary School. Elmer was also the recipient of Bradford County's 50-year voter award.  He will be remembered for his love for the Lord and for his lifelong commitment to helping his family and friends. Elmer was an avid hunter who loved to have his wife, daughters, grandchildren and extended family hunting with him. He had a great appreciation for the natural beauty of Pennsylvania and all of God's creation. In addition to his wife, Cleora, Elmer is survived by his daughters, Elaine (Thomas) Johnston of Gillett, Janice (Gary) Cavanaugh of Gillett, Marilyn (David) Mullican of Wyalusing and Linda (Nathan) Morgan of Ulster; grandchildren, Julie Johnston, Brian Cavanaugh, Bruce Cavanaugh, Michael (Deidri) Mullican, Jerry Mullican, Lynn Mullican, David Morgan and Pamela Morgan; great-grandchildren, Elizabeth and Timothy Mullican; brothers, Ansel (Helen) Young of Elmira and Harold (Charlotte) Young of Camp Hill, Pa.; brother-in-law, Ernest Wilson of Maiden, N.C.; sisters-in-law, Carol (Deyo) Montanye of Houghton, N.Y., and Anne (Lee) Harkness of East Smithfield; cousins, Gerald (Joyce) Crainey of Cayuta, N.Y., Gladys (Mert) Beebe of Odessa, N.Y., Ray Potts of Clearfield, Pa., and Marlene (Clovis) McCamy of Buena Park, Calif.; several nieces, nephews and many friends.  He was predeceased by his sister, Laura Wilson; niece, Barbara Young; and sisters-in-law, Alice Young and Lucille Young. Friends are invited to call at Roberts Funeral Home Inc., 279 Main St., Wellsburg, N.Y., on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2001, from 6 to 8 p.m., and on Friday, Dec. 14, 2001, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Bentley Creek Wesleyan Church. The funeral service will immediately follow at 2 p.m. at the church with the Rev. Edward Crandall and the Rev. Harry Barrigar officiating.  Interment will be in the Bentley Creek Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be directed to the Bentley Creek Wesleyan Church, RR 3, Gillett, Pa. 16925. 


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? HALSTEAD, Pearle L
Age 85 of 1251 W. 2nd Street, Elmira, NY. on Thursday afternoon July 4, 2002.  There will be no calling hours.  Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.  Interment will take place in Bentley Creek Cemetery.  Father Donald W. Matthews officiating.  In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorials to Grace Episcopal Church, 375 W Church St. Elmira, NY. 14901.  Pearle is survived by a daughter Marlene Schuld of Elmira.  Grandchildren Michael and Cathy Schuld; Brenda and Kelley Schuld; Samantha and Christian Pelchar.  Great grandchildren, Michelle Schuld and Jessica Schuld.  Sisters, Florence Allen of Ct.; Doris Baker of Towanda, PA and many nieces, nephews.  Pearle was retired from Dura-Bilt Products Inc. of Centerville, PA., and a member of American Legion Clarence Oliver Post 154 Auxiliary and a great of love of her life was playing the organs for many occasions and for family.  She was predeceased by her husband Merrill Halstead in 1988 and her son-in-law Charles H. Schuld in 1997.

? NURSE, Emily I.
88, of Andover Township, New Jersey, died Saturday, September 20, 2008. Born in London, England, Mrs. Nurse came to the U.S. in 1945, and settled in New York City.  She lived in Gillett, Pennsylvania, for 20 years before moving to Andover Township four years ago. She was a former member of the First Baptist Church in Bentley Creek, Pennsylvania, where she was active in the choir and Bible studies. Mrs. Nurse was predeceased by her first husband, Leonard Michaels in 1979; and her second husband, Glenn Nurse in 1998. She is survived by two sons, Peter J. Michaels of Milford, New Hampshire, and Philip J. Michaels of Georgia; one daughter, Barbara Miller of the Cranberry Lake section of Byram Township, New Jersey; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Interment will be held 12 noon on Wednesday at the Bentley Creek Cemetery in Gillett. Memorial donations may be made in her name to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Foundation, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28201. Arrangements are under the direction of the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High Street, Newton, New Jersey.   Published in the Star-Gazette on 9/23/2008

? ROBINSON, Vivian C.
Family and friends are invited to graveside services for Vivian that will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2007, at 2:00 p.m. in Bentley Creek Cemetery, Bentley Creek, PA. Arrangements are under the direction of Roberts Funeral Home, Inc., 279 Main Street, Wellsburg, NY.
 

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