by Joyce M. Tice 1998
|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"
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)
ALFRED A. DECKER age 80 of Keystone Manor, Sayre, died at the Robert Packer Hospital, September 28, 1991. Surviving are his wife, Lillian; children, Mrs. Alberta Lieberg of Joliet, IL, Howard Decker of Columbia Cross Rds., PA, Paul Decker of Towanda, Carl Decker of Athens, Alfred Decker Jr. of Durell and Ronald Decker of Horseheads; sister, Mrs. Ruth Ball of Wysox; 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral and committal services will be held Tuesday at 2 pm at the Lowery Funeral Home, Athens, PA. The Rev. Howard Hockenbury of Athens United Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will be held in Camptown Cemetery, Camptown, PA. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society in Mr. Decker’s memory. –Elmira Star-Gazette 10/1/1991
DECKER CATHERINE "KATIE"
Daily Review on 8/21/2007
Catherine "Katie" Decker Stephenson, 69, of RR 3, Rome, Pa., died Sunday evening, Aug. 19, 2007, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa., following a courageous battle with cancer. Born June 14, 1938 in Sayre, Pa., she was one of 14 children of the late Arthur and Lona M. Wells Decker. "Katie" as she was fondly called by her family and friends, was a graduate of Towanda High School, Class of 1958. She was employed by OSRAM Sylvania in Towanda for many years until her retirement in 1996. Katie's love for her family and dedication to the care of others was paramount in her life. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren, working in her flower gardens, baking and cooking. She will be deeply missed. Surviving are: her daughter, Wanda J. Carter and her husband Scott J. Carter of Towanda RR 5, Pa.; grandchildren, George Middaugh Jr. of Rome, Pa.; Brad Middaugh and Amanda Middaugh of Towanda RR 4, Pa.; Scott Carter Jr. and Christopher Carter of Towanda RR 5, Pa.; brother, Earl Decker and his wife Dorothy Decker of Monroeton, Pa.; sisters, Gladys Hendershot of Lebanon, Pa.; Patricia Vanderpool and her husband Gerald Vanderpool of Standing Stone, Pa.; Dorothy Hilliar and her husband Donald Hilliar of Berkshire, N.Y.; Ruth Cass of Rome, Pa.; Helen Brown of Rome, Pa.; Frieda Smith and her husband Ronald Smith of Towanda, Pa.; Shirley Blemle and her husband Paul Blemle of Luthers Mills, Pa.; Marian Seymour and her husband Robert Seymour of Wysox, Pa.; Peggy Kobbe and her husband James Kobbe of Monroeton, Pa.; sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Decker of Wysox, Pa.; Alberta Decker of Dover, Del.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Gordon and Sandra Stephenson of Towanda, Pa.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard A. Stephenson Sr. on Aug. 21, 1984, Her father, Arthur Decker Sr. on Jan. 16, 1965, Her mother, Lona M. Wells Decker on Dec. 4, 2001, brothers, Arthur Decker Jr. on Sept. 14, 2005, James Milton Decker on Feb. 28, 2004 and Howard "Jasper" Decker on Feb. 23, 1992. A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2007, at the First Presbyterian Church, on Court Street, in Towanda, Pa., with the Rev. Michael Hughes, pastor, officiating. There are no calling hours. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in the Camptown Cemetery, in Camptown, Pa. Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, in Towanda, Pa. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to the American Cancer Society, Bradford Unit, 1948 East Third St., Williamsport, Pa. 17701-3945, in Catherine Decker Stephenson's memory. Submitted by Carol Hoose Brotzman
Daily Review February 15, 2007
DECKER - Mrs. Edna F. (Decker) Robinson, age 95, of RR #2 Box 2207, Lacey St., Laceyville, Pa., formally of Jenningsville, Pa., died on Wednesday evening, Feb. 14, 2007 at the Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock, Pa. She was born on Spring Hill, Pa. on Aug. 24, 1911, the daughter of the late George and Clara Fowler Decker. She was the wife of the late William Robinson, who died in 1990. For over 25 years, Mrs. Robinson was employed at Bendix Corp., in South Montrose, Pa., from where she retired in 1974. She was a long time member of the Jenningsville United Methodist Church, and also it's United Methodist Women. In her spare time she enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and all kinds of crafts. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Clyde Decker and Frank Decker. Surviving are many nieces and nephews and their families. Funeral services will be held on Monday morning Feb. 19, 2007 at 11 a.m. at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville, Pa. with Rev. Charles Bishop, of Jenningsville, Pa. officiating. Interment will be in the Camptown Cemetery. Family and friends may call at the funeral home, on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial donations to the Jenningsville United Methodist Church. Submitted by Carol Hoose Brotzman
48 Dies at Laceyville. Employee of Vandervort's Mills at Laceyville for 23 years and Constable of Laceyville, died last Wednsday, Feb 9. - Laceyville, Feb 14.-- Very Largely attended funeral services for Edward J. Decker were held in the Braintrim Baptist Church here this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock in charge of his nephew, Rev. Eldon Winans of Illonois, and Rev. Fletcher Saunders, Pastor of the Braintrim Baptist Church. Interment was in the Camptown Cemetary. Mr. Decker passed away at his home here last Wednsday, Feb 9 at the age of 48 years. He had worked for Vandervort Mills for the past 23 years and was widely known. For the past 18 years he drove the gas and oil truck which served Wyoming and Susquehanna counties. He was constable of Laceyville borough for the past several years and assistant chief of the Good Will Fire Co. He was born in Silvara May 11,1895, the son of Allen and Ida Hendershot Decker. Mr.Decker died from pneumonia. The deceased is survived by his wife, Mrs. Belle LaRue; and the following sons, Gerald of Laceyville, Burgess of Laceyville, Sgt. Duane, stationed at the Las Vegas air base, Loren at home, George, and Arden; and a daughter, Mrs. Paul Zurn of Laceyville; his mother, Mrs.Ida Decker of Endicott, NY.; a sister, Mrs. Martha Winans of Endicott, and a brother, George Decker of Laceyville. Wyalusing Rocket-1944. Submitted By Bonny Sutton
JAMES MILTON DECKER, 73, of Rome RR3 died Saturday evening, Feb.
28, 2004, at the Heritage Nursing Home in Athens, surrounded by his family.
Born Oct. 12, 1930 in Birchardville, Pa., he was a son of the late Arthur
Decker and Lona M. Wells Decker. James attended school in Herrickville,
and later served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He
was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 2191,
Towanda and Towanda American Legion Post No. 42. James enjoyed spending
time with his children and grandchildren, woodworking and country music.
Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Jean Patrick Pritchett of
Potomac Falls, Va., JoAnne and Dennis Simonds Sr. of Binghamton, N.Y.;
four grandchildren, Casey Brown and Justin Allen of Binghamton and Beau
and Allison Pritchett of Potomic Falls, Va.; two step-grandsons, Dennis
Simonds Jr. and Kyle Simonds; two brothers, Arthur Decker Jr. and his wife,
Elizabeth of Wysox and Earl Decker and his wife, Dorothy, of Monroeton;
10 sisters, Gladys Hendersot of Fort Pierce, Fla., Pat Vanderpool and her
husband, Gerald Vanderpool of Standing Stone, Dorothy Hilliard and her
husband, Don Hilliard of Berkshire, N.Y., Ruth Cass of Rome, Helen Brown
of Rome, Katie Stephenson of Rome, Frieda Smith and her husband, Ron Smith
of Towanda, Shirley Blemle and her husband, Paul Blemle of Towanda, Marian
Seymour and her husband, Bob Seymour of Wysox, and Peggy Kobbe and her
husband, Jim Kobbe of Monroeton, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins;
two stepdaughters and their husband, Treisha and William Krotzer and Linda
and John Justice, and several additional step-grandchildren. He was
preceded in death by his wife, Pauline Decker, on Oct. 25, 1988; two infant
daughters; and a brother; Howard “Jasper” Decker. The funeral service
will be held Wednesday, March 3, 2004 at 10 a.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral
Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, with the Rev. Ronald Troup, pastor of the
Monroeton United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be
in the Camptown Cemetery, Camptown, with Towanda American Legion Post No.
42 according full military honors. The family will receive friends
Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Towanda Elks
Lodge No. 2191 will hold a memorial service Tuesday in 6:45 p.m. at the
funeral home. The family suggests that memorial contributions may
be directed to the charity of or organization of one’s choice in Mr. Decker’s
memory. –Towanda Daily Review.
Daily Review on 10/24/2007
Thelma Decker Proof, age 92, of Wyalusing died on Monday, Oct. 22, 2007, at the Bradford County Manor in West Burlington. She was born on July 2, 1915, in Wysox, a daughter of the late Sylvester and Mildred Kissell Decker. Thelma is a 1933 graduate of Camptown High School. On Feb. 29, 1934, Thelma married Francis D. Proof. Her husband Francis preceded her in death on May 7, 1992, after 58 years of marriage. Mrs. Proof was an active member of the Hollenback United Methodist Church and the Hollenback United Methodist Women. She was a former member of Wyalusing Grange No. 1965, Pennsylvania State Grange, Pomona Grange, and the Wyalusing Senior Citizens. She worked for 23 years for Clayton Oliver, Robert Caswell, and Arey's Hardware. She is survived by her nephews and nieces, and by a foster son, Gene Franklin of Laceyville, Pa. Friends and family are invited to call from 10 a.m. until the time of funeral service on Friday, Oct. 26, 2007, at McHenry Funeral Home, 106 Church Street, Wyalusing. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday in the McHenry Funeral Home, with the Rev. Diane Prentice, her pastor of the Hollenback United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will follow in Camptown Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hollenback United Methodist Church, c/o P.O. Box 555, Wyalusing Pa., 18853, in memory of Mrs. Thelma D. Proof. Submitted by Carol Brotzman
DECKER - Vivian A. "Ruth" Decker Cass 75, of Wysox RR 2, Pa., formerly of Port Republic, Va. died Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. Born Sept. 18, 1933 in Herrick Twp., Pa. she was the daughter of the late Arthur Decker Sr. and Lona M. WELLS Decker. On Oct. 12, 1952 she married Montague "Mont" Cass. In early years Vivian was employed by Herman Rynveld Sons in Athens, Pa. and was later employed by Days Inn in Harrisonburg, Va. for a number of years. She loved caring for her dogs. Surviving are her sons and daughters-in-law: Randy and Wendy Cass of Grottoes, Va., Timothy and Debbie Cass of Grottoes, Va., and Gary and Kim Cass of Canton, Pa.; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sisters Gladys Hendershot of Lebanon, Pa., Patricia Vanderpool and her husband Gerald Vanderpool of Standing Stone, Pa.,Dorothy Hilliar and her husband Donald Hilliar of Berkshire, N.Y., Helen Brown of Rome, Pa., Frieda Smith and her husband Ronald Smith of Towanda, Pa., Shirley Blemle and her husband Paul Blemle of Luthers Mills, Pa., Marion Seymour and her husband Robert Seymour of Wysox, Pa., Peggy Kobbe and her husband James Kobbe of Monroeton, Pa.; sisters-in-law Elizabeth Decker of Wysox, Pa., Alberta Decker of Dover, Del., Dorothy Decker of Monroeton, Pa., Mary "May" Cook of Rome, Pa., Shirley Aikens of Athens, Pa.; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Carol and Eben Vought of Waverly, N.Y.; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Montague "Mont" Cass on June 26, 2003; son Robert O'Dell Cass on July 26, 1975; father Arthur Decker Sr. on Jan. 16, 1965; mother, Lona M. Wells Decker on Dec. 4, 2001; brothers Arthur Decker Jr. on Sept. 14, 2005, James Milton Decker on Feb. 28, 2004, Howard "Jasper" Decker on Feb. 23, 1992, Earl F. Decker Sr. on Jan. 28, 2009; and sister Catherine "Katie" Decker Stephenson on Aug. 19, 2007. Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. Interment will be in the Camptown Cemetery, Camptown, Pa. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the American Heart Association American Heart Association American Heart Association American Heart Association, 1704 Warren Ave., Williamsport, PA 17701 in Vivian's memory. The Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home of Towanda, Pa. is assisting Vivian's family with arrangements. RHW 18 August 2009, Towanda Daily Review.
DECKER - Accident victim dies - Published: August 22, 2009 Towanda Daily
A Wysox RR2 woman who was injured in a two-vehicle accident that closed down Route 220 in Athens Township Aug. 14 has died. Vivian A. "Ruth" Decker Cass 75, of Wysox RR 2, Pa., formerly of Port Republic, Va. died Sunday, Aug. 16, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa., according to her obituary. The accident occurred around 3:30 p.m. in the northbound lane of Route 220 in Greens Landing. In the crash, Cass, no age given, of Wysox, was driving a 2000 Ford Taurus, and Paul Roberts, no age given, of Ulster, was operating a 1992 Plymouth Acclaim. Both vehicles were reportedly traveling northbound. Athens Township Fire Chief Bill Kneebone said the Taurus hit a tree along the road with enough velocity that it went airborne and came down on top of the Acclaim. He said it struck the Acclaim's hood and front bumper. Cass was entrapped for at least 20 minutes, and she had to be extricated, he said. The Taurus came to final rest on its roof on the road. A dog in the Taurus died, Kneebone said.
DETRICK -MARY DETRICK DARON, 87, of Clearwater, Fla., died Saturday, Nov. 18, 1995, at the Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater. She was a former Camptown resident and well-known in the area. She was born in Berwick, Pa., and eventually moved to Camptown, where she served as postmaster. She and her husband, Steril E. Daron, later moved to the Philippines, where they lived about three years. They next moved to Plattsburg, then Buffalo, N.Y., where Mrs. Daron worked as an accountant for the Williamsville Lumber Co. Upon their retirement, the Darons returned to Camptown, where they lived at Totem Lake for three years. In 1972, the moved to Clearwater. The Darons were known in this area for their lectures and slide presentations on their trip around the world, which they took following their stay in the Philippines. Mrs. Daron as a charter member and past president of the Camptown Civic Club and past chairwoman of the Girl Scouts of America in Bradford County. She also was a volunteer and past board chairman of the American Red Cross. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star of Wyalusing, the Business and Professional Women’s club in Buffalo, and the United Methodist Church in Camptown. In Florida she held offices in the Clearwater Newcomers Club and was treasurer of the Suncoast Grads. Survivors include a son, Walter S. Daron of Vienna, Va.; a daughter, Marilyn D. Young of Springfield, Va., and Totem Lake; a foster daughter, Ruth Camp Olsen of Orem, Utah; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a brother, Harry E. Detrick of New Brighton, Pa.; and two sisters, Mrs. Clementine Fish of Berwick and Mrs. Josephine Blotcher of Canton. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her parents, Harry W. Detrick and Alice Hess Detrick, and a brother, Franklin Detrick. The funeral service was held in Clearwater on Wednesday. A memorial service will be held at Camptown United Methodist Church prior to interment in the Camptown Cemetery, at a date to be announced next summer. Memorials in Mary Detrick Daron’s name may be sent to the United Methodist Church, Camptown, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review.
Donald DeWITT 89
Donald Jacob DeWitt, age 89, well-known excavator and long-time resident of Camptown, died on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2003, at Memorial Hospital of Towanda. Don was born in Jenningsville, Pa., on Aug. 14, 1913, a son of the late John Jacob and Addie Mansfield DeWitt. He entered the U.S. Army and earned the rank of sergeant. He served from 1943 to 1946 during World War II. He married the former Bette Herman of Rushville on June 28, 1943. Donald specialized in the construction field his entire working career. From 1946 to 1960, he worked for the Giffin Construction Co. of Rushville. He then started his own excavating company. He was very well-known as a pond builder throughout the area, retiring in 1976. He was a member of the Camptown United Methodist Church and a member of the Wyalusing Post No. 534 American Legion. Surviving are his spouse, Bette A., at home; a son and daughter-in-law, Dennis A. and Peggy DeWitt of Stevensville; two daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy L. and Roy Preston of Herrickville and Sharon A. and Jim Jones of Lawton; a brother-in-law, Hollis "Pat" and wife Jean Herman of Evergreen; sisters-in-law Shirley and husband Art Hartman of Newark Valley, N.Y., and Marie Jenner of Wyalusing; six grandchildren, Brenda A. and Timothy Ferguson of Herrickville, Michelle A. DeWitt and her special friend, William Douglas, of Durham, N.C., Christopher A. and Shannon DeWitt of Naples, Fla., P. Scott and Christine Baldwin of Hartford, Pa., Shana L. and Frank Kamarauskas of Rushville, and Jason D. and Morgin Jones of Lawton, Pa.; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his beloved sister and husband, Catherine and Paul Deubler, and brothers-in-law and their wives Paul and Margaret Herman, Carlton and Mildred Herman and Clifford Herman. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 11 a.m. at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, with the Rev. Wade Clauser officiating. Interment will be in the Camptown Cemetery. Friends may call at the Homer Funeral Home on Friday, Feb. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 10:30 to the time of the service. Graveside military honors will be accorded by members of Wyalusing Post No. 534 American Legion. The family will provide the flowers and friends may direct memorials to the Wyalusing Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 787, Wyalusing, Pa. 18853.
DIBBLE –PATRICIA D. QUIGLEY, 67 of Hyatsville, Md. (formerly of Wyalusing, Pa.) died on Nov. 9, 1993. Born on Oct. 7, 1926 she was the daughter of the late Ralph and Gladys Dibble. She was the wife of the late Thomas p. Quigley. Mrs. Quigley was employed by the University of Maryland Library, as a secretary. She left surviving four children, Carol Q. Paul, Janet Q. Genovese, Thomas F. Quigley and Frank C. Quigley and 10 grandchildren – Bryan, Caitlin, Nicholas and Connor Quigley; Thomas, Stephanie and Christopher Paul; Brendan and Glenn Genovese and Alison Quigley. Also surviving are sisters, Joanne Grobelney of Ambler, Pa., Norma Dunklee of El Paso, Texas and Mimi Arey of Herrickville. The committal service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 13, 1993 at 3 p.m. in the Camptown Cemetery with Father Thomas J. McDermott of St. Mary’s of the Assumption Catholic Church as celebrant. Local arrangements were made under the direction of the Kerr-McHenry Funeral Home, 106 Church St., Wyalusing. –Towanda Daily Review
DODGE –DOROTHY DODGE PROOF, age 92, formerly of Wyalusing RR 2, died on Tuesday, June 8, 1999, in the Bradford County Manor in West Burlington, Pa. Born on November 9, 1906, in Sugar Run, Pa., she was a daughter of the late Myron and Bertha Page Dodge. Mrs. Proof was a lifetime resident of the Wyalusing area, and was a graduate of Mansfield Normal School, after which she was engaged in substitute teaching in the Bradford County area. On Feb. 25, 1992, she was preceded in death by her husband, the late George (Bill) Proof. Prior to his death they had spent more than 64 years of marriage together. She is survived by: two children, Robert Proof of Wyalusing, Pa., and Evelyn Kerschner of Endicott, N.Y.; nine grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two sons, Myron Proof and Donald Proof, and two sisters, Florence Neiley and Beatrice Seddon. A graveside funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 12, 1999, at 1 p.m. in Camptown Cemetery, Camptown, Pa. Mr. Wade Clauser, of the Hope Baptist Church in Herrickville, will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations or contributions may be made to the Wyalusing Public Library, 202 Church St., P.O. Box 98, Wyalusing, Pa. in Mrs. Proof’s memory. Arrangements have been entrusted to the McHenry Funeral Home, 106 Church St., Wyalusing, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review.
DODGE –FLORENCE DODGE NEILEY, 92, of Homets Ferry died Saturday afternoon, May 4, 1991, at the Laporte United Methodist Home, where she had resided since April 15, 1987. Florence was born in Wyalusing Township, Sept. 21, 1898, daughter of the late Myron and Bertha Page Dodge. She moved to Sugar Run shortly after birth and graduated from the Wyalusing Academy. She taught school in a one-room school house prior to her marriage to Allen Roy Neiley on Nov. 29, 1919. After her marriage she resided in Homets Ferry. On Sept. 27, 1990, Florence became a 50-year member of the Wyalusing Grange. Her life-long interests were her family and her garden. Surviving are sons and daughters-in-law, Allen Ross Neiley Jr. of Camptown, Richard and Betty Neiley of Homets Ferry, and James and Virginia Neiley of Myersburg; daughters and sons-in-law; Eleanor and William Brewster Sr. of Towanda, Doris and Robert Preston of Merryall and Marian and Laverne (Jim) Hatfield of Conklin, N.Y.; a sister, Mrs. Dorothy Proof of Burlington; 24 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Allen Roy Neiley Sr., on June 18, 1970, and by a sister, Beatrice Seddon in 1974. The funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, with the Rev. Dr. Stephen W. Starzer, pastor of the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church, officiating. Interment will be in the Camptown Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. The family will provide the flowers and memorials may be directed to the Wyalusing Library, P.O. Box 98, Wyalusing, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review.
"Largely Attended Funeral Services Held Saturday
Afternoon at His Late Home, with Burial in The Camptown Cemetery--
Stevensville, Aug. 12.---Frank E. EASTABROOK, a highly regarded citizen of this place and a resident of this community for more than sixty years, died at his home here about 7 o'clock last evening at the advanced age of 83 years. He had been in failing health for the past year. Born at Potterville, Bradford county on January 12, 1860, the son of the late Edward Jesse and Emeline (Potter) Eastabrook, he attended the public schools of that community and Warner's Commercial College at Elmira. At the age of 20 years he entered business for himself, taking up lumbering as his chosen vocation. In 1883 he came to Stevensville and purchased the lumbering interests and saw mill, owned and operated here at that time by James Grant. By close application to business and fair dealing, Mr. Eastabrook increased the business many fold until it became one of the leading industries of the Wyalusing Valley, specializing in all kinds of plain and dressed lumber for building and repair purposes. He continued the business until about twelve years ago when he retired, spending his winters at his home at North Miami, Florida, and the balance of the year at his home in Stevensville. Mr. Eastabrook was one of the founders of the Peoples State Bank of Wyalusing and served as president of the board of directors for more than twenty years, and was serving in that capacity at the time of his death. Mr. Eastabrook was married to Ella Stevens of Stevensville on January 19, 1885, a daughter of Jonathan and Sarah (Rockwell) Stevens. To them were born two children both of whom survive---Mrs. J. Andrew Morrow of Towanda and Victor S. Eastabrook of Lake Luzerne, N. Y. The deceased was a member of the Presbyterian church at Stevensville for many years, serving as teacher and superintendent of the Sunday school for more than fifty years. For his devotion and service to the Sunday School he was recently awarded a 50-Year Service Medal by the Pennsylvania State Sunday School Association. Largely attended funeral services were held at his late home here on Saturday afternoon, scores of his neighbors and friends turning out to pay their respects to the memory of one whom they had held in deep regard. The Rev. John F. Blewitt, pastor of the Wyalusing Valley Presbyterian churches, officiated and interment was made at the Camptown cemetery. The pallbearers were R. G. Grant of Rochester, N. Y.; Harvey Edwards of Stevensville; W. Ernest Brown of LeRaysville; William P. Wilson of Towanda; L. V. Murphy and Roy G. C. Jones of Wyalusing."
ELLIOTT –GERALDINE O. LANTZ, 91, of Box 402, Ulster RR 1, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1993, at the Robert Packer Hospital after an extended illness. Born July 30, 1902, in Rome Township, she was the daughter of Joseph and Berth Russell Elliott. She attended school in the Rome area. She worked at the Norden Bombsights of Elmira; Endicott-Johnson of Endicott, N.Y.; and Sylvania in Towanda. She was predeceased by her first husband, Daniel Coleman, on April 22, 1965, and by her second husband, Ellsworth Lantz Sr., on Nov. 29, 1987. She attended the Ghent Gospel Chapel. She is survived by stepchildren, Ellsworth Lantz Jr. of Ulster, Joseph Lantz of Middleburg, Pa., Mrs. Charles (Faith) Eschenburg of Athens, Mrs. Duane (Norlene) Hunter of Athens, Duane Thomas Lantz of Ulster, Nathan Lantz of Milford, Del., Sharon Stanton of Ulster, Emory Lantz of Ulster, Edgar Lantz of Milan, Allegra Peck of Ulster, Garth Lantz of Williamsport and Mrs. Douglas (Dephine) Bidwell of Ulster RR 1; 47 step-grandchildren; 45 step-great-grandchildren; two step-great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Lura Cole of Athens, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a stepson, George, and his wife, Carmeta Lantz, in 1989, and a stepdaughter, Gwendolyn Stanton, in 1974. Friends may call at the Lowery Funeral Home, 225 S. Main St., Athens, Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral and committal service will be held at the funeral home Friday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Edward Lecates of Endicott, N.Y., officiating. Assisting him will be the Rev. Billie Bidwell of Windsor, N.Y., and the Rev. Bobby Bidwell of Syracuse, N.Y. Burial will be in Camptown Cemetery. –Towanda Daily Review.
ENNIS - Lillian M. Decker, 86
Lillian M. Decker, 86 of RR3 Troy, formerly of Keystone Manor, Sayre, died Monday, April 8, 1996. Born Jan. 15, 1910 in Standing Stone, she was the daughter of Burt and Charlotte Ennis. Mrs. Decker enjoyed playing cards with friends at the Keystone Manor. She was predeceased by her husband, Alfred A. Decker, on September 28, 1991 and a son, James, in 1966. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Alberta and Glen Yardley or Channahon, Ill; her sons and daughter-in-laws, Howard and Rose Decker of Columbia Cross Roads; Paul and Evelyn Decker of Towanda; Carl and Lovia Decker of Athens; Alfred and Ruth Decker of Towanda; and Ronald and Kathleen Decker of Elmira, NY; 15 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren; a sister Helen Powers of Towanda; her brothers and sister-in-laws: Frederick and Helen Ennis of Ocala, Fla.; Donald and Kathryn Ennis of Towanda; Leo and Connie Ennis of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; her brothers: Raymond Ennis of Elmira, NY and Burton Ennis of Wyalusing; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends may call at the Lowery Funeral Home, 225 South Main Street, Athens, on Thursday, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral and committal services will be held there on Friday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. David Wilkerson, paster of the Church on the Hill, Milan, Pa. officiating. Burial will be in the Camptown cemetery, Camptown. Memorial donations may be made to the Church on the Hill, Milan, Pa 18831. Submitted by Patty Shumway
FENTON - SCOUTEN, Mary L.
Age 92, a longtime resident of Silvara, PA, died at the Bradford Co. Manor in West Burlington, twp., Bradford Co., PA on Saturday morning, October 4, 2008. Mrs. Scouten also resided at the Wyalusing Personal Care Home, and also Park Place in Wyalusing. Mrs. Scouten was born in Wilmot twp., Bradford Co., PA on May 6, 1916, the daughter of the late Peter and Lucy Bates Fenton. She was the wife of the late Gerald E. Scouten, who died on October 27, 1996. Living in the Silvara area most of her adult life, she worked at the Endicott Johnson Shoe Factory, in Endicott, NY, and retired in 1978, from the C&M Sportswear in Meshoppen, PA, after working there for many years. Mrs. Scouten was very devoted to her family, with whom she loved to be surrounded by. While living in Silvara, she was a member of the Silvara United Methodist Church, and also the Silvara Ladies Aide Society. In her spare time she enjoyed sewing, cooking and baking. Besides her husband and her parents; she was preceded in death by her daughter, Iva Jean Stewart, who died in 2005, and five sisters and three brothers. She is survived by three grandchildren, Linda Parmelee (Martin Hammond) of Millport, NY, Diane Shores and her husband, Jerry of Laceyville, PA, and Michael Herrick (Diane Smith) of Cookstown, PA.; also three great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson and many nieces and nephews. Also surviving is the Ross Family of Hollenback, PA, who she thought of as her grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday October 7,2008, at 2:00 p.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville, PA, with Rev. Barry Ballard of the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church officiating. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. till the time of the service. Interment will be in the Camptown Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial donations to the Silvara United Methodist Church or to the Silvara Ladies Aide Society. Published in the Star-Gazette on 10/6/2008
Aldon K. Filkins, 92, of Endwell, died Wednesday, February 5, 2003. He was predeceased by his wife, Erma; and his son, Colin. He is survived by one son, Galen; his granddaughter and her husband, Erin and Allen Shaffer; also two twin great-grandchildren, Emily and Zachary. Aldon was a member of the Binghamton Symphony Orchestra for many years. A memorial service will be held Thursday, February 13, at 7 p.m., from the Twin Orchards Baptist Church, Old Vestal Rd., Vestal. The Rev. Paul Blasko will officiate. Burial will be at a later date in the Camptown Cemetery, Camptown, Pa. Arrangements are by the Coleman & Daniels Funeral Home, Endicott. Submitted by Carol Hoose Brotzman. Binghamton Press
FITCH –ERMA B. FITCH SEYMOUR, 98, formerly of Towanda RR2, died early Sunday morning, Dec. 20, 1992, at the LaPorte United Methodist Home. She was born June 9, 1894, in Terry Township, Pa. Erma was employed by the Blue Swan Mill in Sayre for several years and also assisted her husband, Leo B. Seymour, in the operation of their farm for many years. She was a charter member of the original Terrytown Baptist Church. Surviving are: two daughters and sons-in-law; Iva and Raymond Champluvier of Laceyville RR1 and Alice and Fred Campbell of Wyalusing RR1; a son and daughter-in-law, Allen and Marge Seymour of Wysox RR2; a half-brother; Galen Briggs of Ilion, N.Y.; 11 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by; her husband, Leo B. Seymour on May 29, 1979; and two sons, Nelson H. Seymour on May 11, 1981, and Clayton E. Seymour on Aug. 27, 1986. The funeral service will be held Tuesday, Dec. 22, 1992, at 1 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, with the Rev. Darris M. Hauser, pastor of the Independent Baptist Church, Towanda, officiating. Interment will follow in Camptown Cemetery, Camptown, Pa. The family will receive friends from 12 to 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon at the funeral home. –Towanda Daily Review.
PAUL H. FLEMING, 71, of Camptown went home to be with the Lord on Saturday evening, Jan. 22, 1994, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Paul was born on Sept. 12, 1922, in Camptown, the son of the late Howard William and Beatrice Swackhammer Fleming. He graduated from the Camptown High School, Class of 1942. He served with the U.S. Army in the Pacific during World War II. Upon returning from the war, he married the former Nellie Mae Kirby of Savannah, Ga., on Feb. 23, 1946. Last years they celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary. After the war, Paul continued operating the family farm until he began working for A.C. Smith Auto Shop in Towanda. He retired in 1991 after 37 years of service. Mr. Fleming was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a member of the Camptown Presbyterian Church in Camptown and also was a former member of the Camptown I.O.O.F. and was currently a member of the Wysox Lodge No. 1152 I.O.O.F. He was a former member of Wyalusing Post No. 534 American Legion, Wyalusing. He is survived by his spouse, Nellie Mae, at home; a daughter, Mrs. George (Carolyn) Ellis of Towanda; grandsons; Hudson Paul Ellis of Wysox and Kirby Michael Ellis of Towanda; one niece and two nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Karl, in 1989. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, 1994 at 11 a.m. at the Camptown Community Church with the Rev. Joyce K. Warner, his pastor officiating. Interment will be in the Camptown Cemetery. Friends may call at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, from 7-9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24, 1994. Wysox Lodge No. 1152 I.O.O.F. will conduct funeral services at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. –Towanda Daily Review.
FORD Otto J
Otto J. Ford, aged 25 years, of Vestal, N.Y., fell asleep in Jesus at the Johnson City hospital, Tuesday morning, Sept.25, from internal injuries sustained in an automobile accident. A prayer service was held at home in the evening by Rev.Wm. Watson. The funeral was held Thursday at 2 PM at the M.E.Church at Camptown, conducted by Rev.D.G.Christman of Endicott, who delivered a comforting sermon from I Thessalonians 4:18. Interment was in the Camptown cemetary. Mr.Ford was born in New York City March 3, 1892, and was united in marriage to Miss Sadie M. Place of Hollenback, Nov.24, 1914. At four months of age he was consecrated to the Lord by his parents, being baptized by the Rev. James R. Day, now Chancellor of Syracuse University. At the age of 16 he found Jesus and accepted him as his personal Savior,and became a member of the Cold Creek Church, transferring his membership to Boulevard M.E. church of Binghamton upon his removal to Johnson City two years ago, where he remained a loyal and faithful member up to his demise. He was an exemplary young man and was held in high esteem by all who knew him. While his sudden departure is greatly deplored by his family and friends, yet they have the consolation of knowing that he lived not in vain, and "sorrow not as others having no hope." Besides his wife, he is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. F. F. Ford, of Rome, a sister, Blanche, and three brothers, Rev. Paul D. Ford of Lexington, N.Y., Franklin F. Ford jr., and Herman A.Ford of Rome. Submitted by Carol Brotzman I would like to note he was the son of Franklin Fayette Ford and his wife Madeline Carolyne Frances VonRoden.
JEAN MARIE FORKER age 55, of Gillett RR 1 died in the early morning of Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004 at her home. Jean had resided in Gillett for eight years. She was a member of Our Lady of the Lourdes Catholic Church in Elmira. She especially enjoyed music and the friendships that she made. She is survived by her brother, Roy J. Forker Jr. of Gillett; an aunt, Isabel Forker of Port Jervis, N.Y.; cousins, Ernestine Cronk of Port Jarvis, Glenda Felton of Stevensville; nieces, Sandy Hudak of Herrickville, Judy Kueh of Endicott, N.Y.; a nephew; Don Fisher of Newfield, N.Y. and several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sisters and brothers, Thelma Forker, Lena Sayman Cooper, Clarence Forker, Maize Fisher Garvin, John Forker and Robert Forker Sr. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Mary’s of the Assumption Catholic Church, Wyalusing with the Rev. Kenneth Seegar as celebrant. Interment will follow in Camptown Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday evening, Oct. 26 at the McHenry Funeral home, 106 Church St., Wyalusing, from 6 to 8 p.m. –Towanda Daily Review
ROY JOHN FORKER JR., 63, Gillett died unexpectedly December 2006 at his home. Born on February 11, 1943 in Endicott, NY he was the son of the late Roy John Forker, Sr. and Mildred York Forker. Prior to his retirement he was a high school Latin and Mathematics teacher in Fairport High School, Fairport, NY. Mr. Forker has lived in Gillett for the past ten years. He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Elmira, NY and Knights of Columbus Council No. 229 of Elmira, NY. He loved to volunteer and assist helping many local civic organizations, enjoyed his time spent volunteering at Arnot Ogden Hospital in Elmira, NY, the Elmira Soup Kitchen, Helping Hands and Catholic Charities. Surviving are his nieces and nephews, Judy Kuehl, Endicott, NY, Donald Fisher, Newfield, NY, Sandra Hudak, Herrickville, PA, Glenda Felton, Stevensville, PA and by his many great nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his sisters and brothers, Thelma Forker, Lena Sayman Cooper, Clarence Forker, Maize Fisher Garvin, Robert Forker, Sr., John Forker and Jean Marie Forker. A memorial mass was held December 14 in St. Mary’s of the Assumption Catholic Church in Wyalusing with the Rev. Philip Rayapan as celebrant. Interment followed in Camptown Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Catholic Charities. Arrangements were entrusted to the McHenry Funeral Home in Wyalusing, PA. –Canton Independent Sentinel Dec. 14, 2006.
FRY –LOUISE FRY INGHAM, 97, of Wyalusing RR1 died on Thursday, June 13, 2002, at the Carpenter Care Home in Tunkhannock, Pa., where she had been a resident for six years. She was born on Oct. 12, 1904 in Rush, Pa., a daughter of the late Dr. Harvey Morrell Fry and Blanche Richard Rosenkrans Fry. She was a graduate of Montrose High School. In April of 1925, Louise became the bride of Charles Ellicott Ingham, and they had celebrated 58 years of marriage. Her husband preceded her in death on Aug. 3, 1983. She was a member of the Camptown Community Church and was a member of the United Methodist Women. Mrs. Ingham enjoyed time spent painting, reading and playing bingo. She left surviving a sister, Jean Brink of Binghamton, N.Y.; her grandchildren; Charles Ingham of Camptown, John Ingham of Williamsport, Pa., and Jeanne DeRemer of Laceyville; and her great-grandchildren; Echo, Elise, Jakub, Christopher, Aaron, Darris and Nicholas. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, John Harvey Ingham, on Oct. 16, 1962, and a sister, Kathryn Fry Marraaccini, on June 26, 1989. A funeral service will be held on Sunday, June 16, 2002, at 2 p.m. in the Camptown Community Church, with the Rev. Joyce Warner and the Rev. Helen Learn officiating. Interment will follow in the Camptown Cemetery. Friends and family are invited to call on Sunday afternoon, June 16, 2002, at the Camptown Community Church, from 1 p.m. until the time of the funeral service. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Camptown Community Church in Mrs. Ingham’s memory. –Towanda Daily Review.
FURMAN –ETHEL P. BRINK, 77, of Wyalusing RR1, Herrick Township,
died on Saturday, Jan. 2, 1993, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre,
following a lingering illness. Born on Golden Hill, Windham Township,
Wyoming County, on March 26, 1915, she was the daughter of the late Crayton
J. and Grace Milheim Furman. In November 1974, she was preceded in
death by her husband, the late Leland F. Brink. She had been a resident
of Herrick Township for the last 60 years. Mrs. Brink was employed
by several local dress manufacturers prior to her employment at Arrow United
Industries of Wyalusing. After her retirement from Arrow Industries
in 1976, she had done upholstery work from her home. Her memberships
included; the Camptown United Methodist Church, the Ladies Auxiliary of
American Legion Post No. 534 of Wyalusing, American Association of Retired
Persons and Local No. 550 Sheetmetal Union. She left surviving three
sons; Lyall Brink Sr. of Camptown, Raymond Brink Sr. of Camptown and Glenn
Brink of Camptown; two daughters; Mary Ann Karpovich of Dushore and Joyce
Stephens of Camptown; Mrs. John (Amy) Jasielonis of Nichols, N.Y.; one
brother, Graydon Furman of Green, N.Y.; 15 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren;
numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and parents,
she was preceded in death by brothers Karl, Leo, Lloyd and H. Maxwell.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 1993, at 1:30 p.m.
in the Kerr-McHenry Funeral Home, 106 Church Street, Wyalusing. Interment
will be in the Camptown Cemetery. Friends and family are invited
to call on Tuesday evening at the Kerr-McHenry Funeral Home, Wyalusing,
from 7-9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations
or contributions be made to the HOPS Ambulance Association. –Towanda