Camptown Cemetery, Wyalusing, Bradford
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Robert N. “Bigger” SHAFFER, 61, of Wyalusing, PA, died unexpectedly at Towanda Memorial Hospital on Monday, March 15, 2004 as a result of knee surgery complications. He was born in Johnson City, NY on July 16, 1942, a son of Norma (Traver) Shaffer and the late Robert C. Shaffer. Robert was a graduate of Wyalusing High School, Class of 1962, and served with the United States Army in the Vietnam War. On April 10, 1970, he was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Betty Jane Camp. For the past 28 years, he drove concrete truck for Wysox Sand and Gravel. In his spare time, he met and kept close to his heart, many friends. He enjoyed playing cards, riding four wheeler, lawnmower races and going to elementary and high school sports, with his favorite always being wrestling. He especially enjoyed time spent with his grandchildren. He was a member of the American Legion Post #534 of Wyalusing and attended the Hope Baptist Church. He has gone to join his father, Robert C. Shaffer; a brother, Arnold K. Shaffer; mother-in-law, Ethel Camp; father-in-law, Harry E. Camp and son-in-law, Roger Moore. He leaves behind his loving wife of 33 years, Betty J. (Camp) Shaffer; his mother, Norma Shaffer of Wyalusing; one son, Robert N. Shaffer, Jr. of Meshoppen; daughters and their husbands, Tammy and Mike Darling of Montrose, Terry Moore and fiancé, Leo Hutchinson of Wyalusing, Lori and Daniel Barr of New Albany; grandchildren, whom loved their “Pop Pop,” Brian Michael and Kelly Ann Darling, Rachel Lee Moore, Snyder Edward Robert and Sheyann Elizabeth Jean Barr; sisters, Beverly Jayne of Texas, Helen Bastian of Elmira, NY, Ruth and James Philbrook of Vinalhaven, ME, Marilyn (Toot) and special brother-in-law, Douglas Walton of Silvara; sister-in-law, Brenda Stafford of Rochester, NY; in-laws whom he loved as his own family, Harry, Jr. and Maxine Camp, Glenn and Donna Camp, Roy and Connie Camp, Jerry and Judy Camp, Rosemary and Wally Stewart, Diana and special friend, Gary Bacorn and many special aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He will be remembered and greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 19 at 11 a.m., at the Hope Baptist Church, High Duke Road, Herrick Township, with the Pastor Wade Clauser officiating. Interment will follow in Camptown Cemetery. Full military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post #534. Friends and family are invited to call on Thursday evening, March 18 at the Hope Baptist Church from 5 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be directed to the Hope Baptist Church in Mr. Shaffer’s memory. Arrangements have been entrusted to the McHenry Funeral Home, 106 Church St., Wyalusing.
SHOEMAKER –PATRICIA A. KEENEY CROUCH, 61 of 137 Red Mill Road, Freeville, N.Y. went home to be with the Lord July 24, 2002 at Memorial Hospital, Cortland, N.Y. after a courageous battle with cancer. Pat was born Jan. 20, 1944 in Athens a daughter of the late Wesley and Gretchen M. Shoemaker. She was employed at Smith-Corona for 30 years and later at Cortland Care Center for two years. Pat was a loving mother and grandmother. She really enjoyed spending time with her family, quilting, collecting teapots and always had room for more loved ones in her life. She is survived by her husband Robert Crouch Sr.; children, Paul (Debra) Kenney of Bangor, Pa., John (Crystal) Kenney of Locke, N.Y., Carl (Caroline) Kenney of Dublin, Calif., and Diane (George) Price of Summerhill, N.Y.; stepchildren, Robert (Darlene) Crouch Jr. of Vero Beach, Fla., Steve (Charlotte) Crouch of Berkshire, N.Y. and Diana Crouch of Dryden, N.Y.; two brothers, Montel (Alberta) Shoemaker of McGraw, N.Y. and Wesley Shoemaker Jr. of California; several grandchildren, nieces, nephews and several good friends. Pat was predeceased by her first husband, James M. Keeney in 1996; daughter Regina in 1966; and sister, Alice M. Herrell in 2001. She will be sorely missed by all. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 27 at the Groton Assembly of God, Groton, N.Y. with the Rev. Robert N. Richardson officiating. Graveside committal services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday in Camptown Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Shurtleff Funeral Home, 103 Lincoln Ave., Groton or at the church from 1 p.m. until the time of the services Saturday. Contributions may be directed to the Groton Assembly of God or the American Cancer Society. –Towanda Daily Review
SHOOK –MARY S. HITCHCOCK, 54, of Wyalusing RD 1, died Sunday evening, May 20, 1990 at Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock. She was born in Wyalusing Township, Sept. 4, 1935 the daughter of the late Raymond and Lena Smith Shook. She was predeceased by her husband, Clair, on April 1989. A Wyalusing High School graduate, class of 1953, Mary spent most of her lifetime in the Wyalusing area. She was postmaster of the Camptown Post Office since 1974. Surviving are two daughters, Sheila Hitchcock at home and Mrs. Charles (Linda) Clawson of Clarksville, Tenn.; two brothers, Paul Shook of Wyalusing and Lee Shook of Birdsboro; four grandchildren, Jamie Hitchcock, Phaidra Caswell, Rosie and Harley Clawson; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 24, 1990, at the Kerr-McHenry Funeral Home, 106 Church St., Wyalusing, with the Rev. Philip T. Wanck, pastor of the Wyalusing Methodist Church, officiating. Friends may call from 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesday at the Kerr-McHenry Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Camptown Cemetery.
SICKLES ELLA MAY
Sayre Morning Times Thursday, November 8, 2007
Ella May Sickles Barton, 97, of Sayre, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007 at the Bradford County Manor after an extended illness. Ella was born on May 25, 1910, in Wilmot Township, Pa., the daughter of the late George and Sarah Coleman Sickles. She enjoyed reading books and she worked for the wreath factory for years. Ella also worked as a cook for the Kinney Hotel for awhile. She was predeceased by: her husband, Leslie; her son, Robert; and her sisters, Mable Hill and Addie Parks. Ella is survived by: her sister, Mary Strope of West Burlington, Pa.; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and her niece, Ruth Thompson of Sayre; along with numerous other nieces and nephews. Friends and family may call on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home, Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens. A funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Diane Bentley, of the Sayre Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Camptown Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in her memory to Father Flanagan's Girls and Boys Town, 300 Flanagan Blvd. P.O. Box 7000, Boys Town, NE 68010 or to Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28201. Submitted by Carol Hoose Brotzman
SICKLES - Mary M. Strope, 99, formerly of Sayre, PA died Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at Bradford County Manor. Mary was born on August 14, 1908 in Wilmot Township. She is predeceased by her first husband Cecil Barton and her second husband Herman Strope, her son George "Skip" Barton and her son-in-law Lawrence Henry. Mary is survived by her daughter Phyllis Henry of Sayre, PA, her grandchildren Larry Henry of Litchfield, PA, Paul Henry of Sayre, PA, John Henry of Sayre, PA and David Henry of New Mexico, numerous great grandchildren, great- great grandchildren and several nieces and cousins. Graveside services will be held at the Camptown cemetery on Saturday, June 7, 2008 at 11:00 AM with Rev. Linda Rogers officiating. Submitted by Carol Hoose Brotzman. Lowery Funeral Home notice June 7, 2008
HARRY J. SIMS SR., 80 of Wysox, PA died Sunday, December 30, 1984 at Memorial Hospital, Towanda. Born Jan. 31, 1904 in Skinners Eddy, Pa. he was the son of John and Esther Taylor Sims. Mr. Sims was formerly employed by Vandervort Mills in Wysox for nine years and later became the owner-operator of Sims Welding and Machine Repair in Wysox. He was a member of the Wysox Presbyterian Church and the Wysox Fire Co. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Lottie Rought; a son, Harry Sims Jr. of Wysox; three granddaughters, Mrs. Gary (Joyce) Marr of Frazier, Pa., Mrs. Earl (Cynthia) Andrews of Pottstown, Pa. and Mrs. Raymond (Barbara) Hill of Towanda; a grandson, Kyle Sims of Wysox; Three great-grandsons, Todd and Tedd Marr of Frazier, PA and Andrew Hill of Towanda and a half-brother, George Sims of Friendsville, Pa. The funeral and committal service will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda with his pastor the Rev. Harry L. Ferguson officiating. Interment will be in Camptown Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 at the funeral home. The family requests that memorials be directed to the Wysox Presbyterian Church or to the Wysox Fire Company in Mr. Sim’s memory. –Towanda Daily Review
Wyalusing Rocket November 21, 2007
Jean S. (Sipling) Chadwick, 78, of Shavertown, PA, died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007 in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. She was born in Lancaster County, a daughter of the late Irvin and Elva Myers Sipling. She was a loving mother and wife to her family, whom she adored. A member of the Shavertown United Methodist Church, she was in the choir for more than 30 years. She was also a member of the church couples club and the Women’s Society, member of the Wilkes-Barre Women’s Kiwanis for many years and volunteered with the Red Cross. She was preceded in death by her husband of more than 56 years, Everell V. Chadwick. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Job Coslett, Hunlock Creek; son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Debbie Chadwick, Phoenix, AZ; daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Edward Lee, Farmingdale, NJ; grandchildren, Nicholas and Christopher Coslett, Tyler Chadwick and Megan and Eric Lee; sisters, Ruth Becker, Rheems and Marion Raffensperger, Lancaster and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, James and Mary Lou Chadwick of Camptown. The funeral was held Friday, Nov. 16 at 10:30 a.m. from the Shavertown United Methodist Church, Pioneer Avenue, Shavertown. Interment was in Camptown Cemetery, Camptown. Friends called Friday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Arrangements were entrusted to the Harold C. Snowdon Funeral Home, Shavertown. Submitted by Carol Hoose Brotzman
SKILLINGS Loring Russell Skillings
90, died Thursday, April 28, 2011, at the Wyalusing Valley Personal Care Home, Wyalusing Township, Pa. Loring was born on Jan. 8, 1921, in Minneapolis, Minn., the son of the late Robert L. and Edith Bessie Blanchard Skillings. He was one of 13 siblings, three of whom died while children. After graduating from high school, he served with the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) engaged in public works projects in the state of Minnesota. He then enlisted with the United States Marines, serving during World War II as an airplane mechanic. While still serving in the Marines, he met his future wife, Beverly Sterling, while on leave with a friend in the Wyalusing area. Loring and Beverly were married on March 16, 1946, and celebrated their 66 years of marriage before Beverly died Jan. 13, 2010. Loring was a member of the Camptown Community Church, where he and Beverly worshipped for more than 50 years after moving to Camptown. He worked as an auto mechanic in the Wyalusing area after coming home from the war and was subsequently hired by GTE Sylvania in North Towanda, working there for about three decades before retiring as Supervisor of Plant Services in the mid-1980's. In February of 1986 he was honored by the Camptown Men's and Civics Clubs for his many contributions to the community and church, including his role in the inauguration of the Camptown Races in 1965. He loved music and sang for a number of years with the acclaimed Sylvania Men's Chorus. Loring was known as a man of boundless energy and enthusiasm and was once described as "the custodian of Camptown." He was always available to help out others, whether it was a widow with a leaking roof or volunteering for community and church endeavors. He is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Wesley and Mary Skillings, Wyalusing, Pa.; son and daughter-in-law, Clifford and Jean Skillings, Brockport, N.Y.; son, Donald Skillings, Wilseyville, N.Y.; and daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Jay Chadwick, Merryall, Pa. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Pamela Skillings, Anita Ricci, Jeremy Skillings, Brian Skillings, Timothy Skillings, James Chadwick, and Lauren Chadwick. He was also the great-grandfather to six, as well as the uncle of numerous nieces and nephews. Only three of his siblings survive, all of whom reside in Minnesota: sisters, Marian and Janet; and brother, Gordon. Funeral services and a celebration of his life will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 1 at the Camptown Community Church with the Rev. Bill Westbrook, his pastor, officiating. There will be a visitation at the church starting at 2 p.m., with family members present. Interment will be at the Camptown Cemetery following the service. Memorial contributions may directed to the Camptown United Methodist Church, PO Box 163, Camptown, PA 18853. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, Pa. Towanda Daily Review – April 29, 2011
C. AVERY SMITH, 73 of Camptown died at Endless Mountains Health Systems in Montrose, Pa. on Dec. 11, 2001 after a long period of declining health. He was born July 6, 1928 in Merryall, Wyalusing Township, the son of the late Raymond A. and Helen Stone Smith. Avery was a graduate of Camptown High School, class of 1946. He served two years in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and two years in the U.S. Reserves. He was an insurance agent for State Auto and Ohio Casualty Insurance for a number of years. He also owned and operated C.A. Smith TV-Appliance. In later years he worked for both Dean Bennett and Keith Bluhm as an electronic technician. Surviving are his wife of 43 years, the former Dorothy Warburton; his daughter and her husband, Raymonda and Douglas Barnhart of Apalachin, N.Y.; two sons, Avery D. Smith of Endicott, N.Y. and Dana W. Smith, also of Endicott; three grandsons whom he loved dearly, Aaron and Bryant Barnhart of Apalachin and Codi Smith of Johnson City, N.Y.; a sister, Genevieve Cronk of Washington, D.C.; three cousins, Mrs. Jack (Betsy) Reynolds of Fairdale, Pa., Edward Stone of Smithville Flats, N.Y. and Claudia Sommerlund of Cedar Falls, Iowa. It was Avery’s request that there be no viewing or funeral. A graveside service will be held for the family at their convenience. Memorials may be directed to the Camptown Methodist Church, or the charity of your choice. –Towanda Daily Review (Buried Camptown Cemetery)
SMITH –MARGARET S. STEVENS, 93 a long time resident of Newark Valley, died at her home early Sunday morning, April 8, 2001. Margaret is survived by her daughters, Marjorie S. Gehen and Jean M. Stevens from Newark Valley; her son, Donald C. Stevens from Arcadia, Fla., Neil B. Stevens, Polaski and Walter H. Stevens from Newark Valle; her sister, Helen Symons of Larksville, Pa.; 15 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, a great-great-grandson, several nieces, nephews and cousins. On Aug. 5, 1907, Margaret was born in Larksville, Pa. one of the seven children of Charles and Sarah (Crispell) Smith. She married Calvin H. Stevens on Aug. 18, 1926. They were married for 53 years until his passing in 1979. She was also preceded in death by her grandson Stephen Gehen and great-granddaughter, Nicole Stevens. Throughout her life, Margaret was devoted to caring for her family. Her canned and baked goods were enjoyed by all. She was an avid reader, enjoyed music, embroidering, crocheting, knitting and tending to her flowers. In earlier years, she was a Cub Scout den mother. Margaret was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Newark Valley. Funeral services will be held at a later date to be announced. Burial will follow in Camptown Cemetery, Camptown. The family will receive their friends this Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the MacPherson Funeral Home, Newark Valley. A prayer service will be held there at 8:30 p.m. with the Rev. James C. Valentine, her pastor officiating. Expressions of sympathy may be directed to the Friends of Hospice, P.O. Box 638, Owego, N.Y. in loving memory of Margaret Stevens. –Towanda Daily Review
MICHAEL M. SMITH, age 31, of Camptown died Monday, Oct. 25, 1993 at the Lakeland Regional Medical Center, Lakeland, Fla. Michael was born on Feb. 1, 1962, in Towanda, son of Maynard L. Smith and Peggy Lillie Smith Goff. He graduated from the Wyalusing High school, class of 1980. He worked for Taylor Packing Co. during high school and then entered the U.S. Army. He was stationed in Ft. Campbell, Ky., for three years and later participated in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm in 1990 and 1991. He earned several medals during his eight years of duty. He returned home and worked for Taylor Packing Co. and later Arrow United Corp. He loved racing cars and drag racing. He also enjoyed walking for miles a day, especially in the woods. Surviving are his father and step-mother, Maynard L. and Eleanor Dueber Smith of Camptown, Pa.; his step-father and mother, Ralph and Peggy Lillie Smith Goff of Mansfield, Pa., a sister, Karen M. Smith of Wysox; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his dear and special grandparents, Arthur and Dorothy Wells Smith and Robert and Pearl Wildrick Lillie, and several aunts and uncles. The funeral service will be held on Friday, Oct. 29, 19933, at 11 a.m. at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, with the Rev. Jane Pykus officiating. Interment will be in the Camptown Cemetery. Friends may call at the Homer Funeral Home on Thursday, Oct. 28, 1993, from 7 to 9 p.m. –Towanda Daily Review.
SNYDER –MRS. MILDRED FERRANTI age 76, of Stevensville, PA., died peacefully on Wednesday, May 31, 2006, at her home. Mildred was born in Pittston, Pa., on Oct. 26, 1929, a daughter of the late Edward and Stella Sweitzer Snyder. She met and married her husband, John Ferranti, in 1969. He predeceased her on Dec. 13, 1981. They moved to Rushboro in 1972, and in 1978 moved to Stevensville and purchased the Locust Inn, which Mildred ran until 1989. Mildred loved spending time with family, friends and her cats. She also enjoyed search-a-words, and collecting Teddy bears and toy Indians. Surviving are her daughters and sons-in-law, Susan Gillingham of Sayre, Pa., Joe-Anne and Sam Remington of Terrytown, Pa., and Ann and Wayne Vanderpool of Spring Lake, Pa.; son, Carl Ferranti of Luzerne, Pa.; and grandchildren, Leah Gillingham, Shawna Gillingham, Kym Creeley and Delana Vanderpool. She was predeceased by her husband, and her brother, Edward Snyder. The funeral service will be held at 4pm, on Sunday, June, 4 at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, with Rev. Helen Learn, pastor of the Camptown Methodist Church, Camptown, Pa., officiating. Internment will be in the Camptown Cemetery. Friends may call from that 1 p.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Wyalusing Lions Club, Wyalusing, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review
ANDREW SPENCER, infant son of Lucas and Heather Johnson Spencer of Terrytown, PA, died on Monday, May 9, 2005 at the Arnot Ogden Hospital in Elmira, NY. He was born on May 4, 2005 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Surviving are his parents, Lucas and Heather Spencer, at home; a brother, Mitchell, at home; his maternal grandparents, Felicia and Bob Goodenough; paternal grandparents, James and Phyllis Spencer; maternal grandfather, Keith Johnson; two uncles, John Johnson and Eric Johnson and an aunt, Missy Spencer. Private funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 12 at the McHenry Funeral Home, 106 Church St., Wyalusing, with the Rev. Dennis Fox, pastor of the Terrytown Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will be in Camptown Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, 1275 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605. Contributed by Carol Brotzman. –Wyalusing Rocket May 19, 2005.
SQUIRES Kate - Mrs.Kate Hillis of Herrick twp died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. O.H. Marsh at Landsdowne, Pa., on Tuesday, May 21,1946. Born in Herrick twp, Mrs. Hillis was the youngest daughter of the late Pembroke and Harriett (Lafferty) Squires. Her husband, the late R. Stewart Hillis, preceded her in death twenty-five years ago. Mrs. Hillis suffered a stroke on January 3 last and had declined in health since.She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Guy Smith and Mrs. O.H. Marsh of Landsdowne, Pa.; Mrs. C.O. Chaney of Johnson City, and one son, W. Charles Hillis of Herrickville; a sister Mrs. Jennie Mahoney of San Diego, Cal, nine grandchildren and one great-grandaughter also survive her. The funeral services were held on Friday afternoon at the home of her son , at Herrickville. Rev. John A. Sensenig of the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church officiating. The pall bearers were Messrs. M.H. Durand, M.G. Elliott, E.B. Hillis, T.D. Reinhart, Leon Taylor and William Taylor. Burial was made at the Camptown Cemetary. Those from a distance who attended the services were, Mrs. Emma Stevens, Binghamton. Mrs. Herman Perella, Mrs. Ira Thomas, Mr. and Mrs.Charles Garrison and Mr. and Mrs.Mark Verbryc of Johnson City; Mr. and Mrs. Erwin Jennings, Mrs. Jaquish and Mrs. Amy Harding of Tunhannock and Dana Felton of New York City. Submitted By Bonny Sutton. Wyalusing Rocket~1946
STEPHENS - Effie M. Welch, 83, 252 N. Elmira St., Sayre, died on Saturday, April 20, 1985 at the Bradford County Manor following an extended illness. Born in Herrickville, she ws the daughter of Thayer G. and Ella Grabb Stephens. Mrs. Welch had resided in the valley since 1943 and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Athens. Surviving are two sons: Donald Comstock of Champaign, IL and Bernard Comstock of Sayre; daughter Marie Comstock of Sayre; 11 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; brother Thayer Stephens of Johnson City, NY and several nieces. A son Harry, predeceased her in 1976. Friends may call at the Jenkins Funeral Home, 111 S. Main St, Athens, Tuesday from 7 -9 p.m. Prayer services will be held there at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at her church at 10 a.m. The Rev. Joseph Conboy, Pastor, will be the celebrants. Memorails may be directed to the Valley Ambulance Corps. Burial was in the Camptown Cemetery on April 24, 1985 This obituary appeared in The Evening Times April 21, 1985.
STERLING - Beverly Grace Skillings, 84, died Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010, at her home in Camptown, Pa., with her family by her side. Her death followed a brief illness following hip surgery and she had recently returned home after about three weeks of hospitalization. Beverly Grace Sterling was born Sept. 30, 1925, in Port Crane, N.Y., the daughter of the late John and Mae DUNNING Sterling. She grew up in Camptown and graduated third in her class from the Camptown High School. A few years later, she met her future husband, Loring Skillings, who was in the U.S. Marine Corps at the time. They were married on March 16, 1946, and would have celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary this March. Beverly was a member of the Camptown United Methodist Church, where she served many years as the church treasurer and as a member of the choir. She was also an active member of the United Methodist Women (formerly Women's Society for Christian Service). Beverly will be remembered for her giving and selfless nature. She was committed to her family and, in addition to being a loving wife, mother and grandmother, tirelessly served her church and community. Surviving are: her spouse, Loring Skillings, at home; sons and daughters-in-law Wesley and Mary Skillings of Wyalusing, Pa., Clifford and Jean Skillings of Brockport, N.Y., and Donald Skillings of Willseyville, N.Y.; daughter and son-in-law Barbara and Jay Chadwick of Merryall, Pa.; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews and their respective families. Beverly was predeceased by two sisters: Leola Burgess and Mildred Robinson. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 15, hosted by the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home at 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at the Camptown United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Helen Learn, her pastor, officiating. Interment will be at the Camptown Cemetery. Memorial contributions are directed to the Camptown United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 163, Camptown, PA 18853. January 12, 2010, Towanda Daily Review.
November 15, 2001 - Wyalusing Rocket Courier
Mr. Lewis M. Sterling, age 85, of RR1, Box 207, Sterling Hill Rd., Wyalusing, PA (Browntown) died on Thursday evening, Nov. 15, 2001 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Born in Wyalusing on Dec. 19, 1915, he was the son of the late Martin and Ethel Rutan Sterling. Mr. Sterling married the former Dorothy Lindstrom in 1935 at the family home in Merryall. Mr. Sterling attended the Camptown High School, after which he made his living as a dairy farmer on his farm on Sterling Hill Rd. in Browntown. He was also employed by Sylvania in Towanda for 21 years, retiring in 1982 after which he continued to operate his farm until his death. He was a member of the Camptown Community Church, a 50 year member of the Wyalusing Grange #1965, a member of the Wysox Odd Fellows Lodge. While he was farming, he was a member of the Wyalusing Dairymen’s League and later the Wyalusing Dairylea. He was also a Wyalusing Township Supervisor for 18 years and a past Bradford County Deputy Game Warden. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting on his farm and also enjoyed watching and caring for his many animals. Surviving are his wife of 66 years, Dorothy Lindstrom Sterling, at home; a daughter and son-in-law, Alita and Rod Millard of Wyalusing; a son and daughter-in-law, Mason and Andrea Sterling of Laceyville; a son, Dr. Scott Sterling, D.O. of Wyalusing; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Jennie Lindstrom Comstock of South Montrose and a brother-in-law and niece, Wayne Campbell and Denise Campbell, both of Lawton; eight grandchildren, Valerie Millard of Wyalusing, Mrs. Michael (Beth) Shaw of Sayre, Christa Millard of Wyalusing, Stephanie Millard of Honesdale, Mrs. Randy (Rhaegan) Hugo of Wyalusing, Shey Sterling of Laceyville and Brandon and Zachary Sterling of Parkesburg; five reat-grandchildren, Adrielle and Colin Blemle of Wyalusing, John and Michael Shaw of Sayre and Jhaeden Hugo of Wyalusing. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Sterling Allis and her husband, Vernon Allis; a sister, Lucille Sterling Campbell; a grandson, Mitchell Jay Millard and a stepfather-in-law, Mr. Paul Coleman. Funeral services were held on Monday, Nov. 19 at 11 a.m. from the Camptown Community Church with Rev. Helen Learn and Rev. Joyce Warner of the Camptown Community Church and a close family friend, Rev. James Valentine of the Newark Valley United Methodist Church officiating. Interment was in the Camptown Cemetery. Family and friends called at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville on Sunday, Nov. 18 from 3 to 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial donations to the Camptown Community Church, c/o Mrs. Beverly Skillings, RR3, Wyalusing, PA 18853.
STERLING –RUTH STERLING ALLIS, 75 of Wyalusing died on Monday, March 28, 1994 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Born on Oct. 4, 1918 in Wyalusing, she was the daughter of the late Martin and Ethel Rutan Sterling. Ruth was a graduate of Camptown High School. On Oct. 4, 1940 she married F. Vernon Allis. Mrs. Allis was a member of the Camptown Community Church; the United Methodist Women and the Camptown Civic Club. She left surviving her loving husband of 53 years; F. Vernon Allis at home; a son; Larry Allis of New Albany; a daughter; Roberta Lutz of Camptown; one brother; Lewis Sterling of Wyalusing RR; one sister, Lucy Campbell of Lawton, Pa.; seven grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Allis was preceded in death by a son, Robert Allis in 1988. Funeral and committal services will be held on Wednesday, April 6, 1994 at 11 a.m. in the Camptown Community Church with the Rev. Jane Pykus and Rev. Joyce Warner, pastors officiating. Interment will be in the Camptown Cemetery. –Towanda Daily Review
STERLING Willard Kent Sterling
Scranton, PA died Sunday, March 18, 2012 at University of New Jersey Hospital following an illness. His wife is the former Janice Jenkins. The couple celebrated their 40th anniversary on June 19, 2011. He was born in Moosic and was the son of the late Frank and Sara Elizabeth Willard Sterling. He was a graduate of Pittston Township High School and attended St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Scranton. Willard was a motor coach operator for 30 years with the Martz Bus Co. He received the Pennsylvania Bus Association Driver of Distinction Award in 1999. He was an avid photographer and enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S., almost getting to all 50 states. He was a devoted grandfather and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. Also surviving are a daughter, Melissa Kelleher and her husband, Chris of Clarks Summit; a son, Willard Kent Sterling, Jr. and his wife, Allison of Superior, CO; five grandsons, Brandon, Matthew and Christopher Kelleher and Charles and Bennett Sterling; a sister, Nancy Poremba of West Pittston; nieces and a nephew. The funeral will be Thursday, March 22 at 10 a.m. from the Jacob Davis Funeral Home, 422 S. Main St., Taylor, with services by the Rev. Lester Stephenson, pastor of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church. Interment will be at the Camptown Cemetery. Visitation was held Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 150 Monument Road, Suite 100, Philadelphia, PA 19004. Wyalusing Rocket Courier – March 22, 2012
STETHERS Francis C. Age 94, of Horseheads, NY, formerly of Camptown, PA, beloved brother and uncle. Francis was born September 14, 1911 in Rummerfield, PA, son of the late Joseph H. Stethers and Margaret (Fuller) Stethers, and died on December 20, 2005 in his family's Horseheads home. He was predeceased by his brother (sister-in-law), Kenneth (Helen) Stethers; brother, Donald; and sister, Ruth Russick. Francis is survived by his niece and nephew (and their spouses), Cindy (Ron) Moore of Elmira, and Francis H. (Rachel) Stethers of Big Flats; great-niece, Christen Stethers-Shaw (Joe Shaw) of Elmira; and great-nephews, Mark Stethers of Elmira, and Jason (Barbara) Burczynski of Tucson, AZ; great-grand nieces and nephew, Riley and Joey Shaw, Jr. of Elmira and Magda Burczynski of AZ; and several loving cousins in the Camptown and Wyalusing, PA and Geneva, NY areas. Several local family friends will also miss Francis, as well as long-time family friend, Reed Pridgen from the Philadelphia area. Mr. Stethers was a long-time communicant of North Presbyterian Church. He was self-employed as the proprietor of his own business in Philadelphia until retiring to Elmira in 1972, where he lived the remainder of his life with his brother, Kenneth and sister-in-law, Helen. Francis was an active investor late into his life and enjoyed following the business events. He also enjoyed long walks with the family's dog, Aspen and her devotion and loyal companionship to Francis was steadfast - they were inseparable. Francis was a World War II veteran serving in the European Theatre of Operations, where he received many campaign medals and awards. Francis witnessed first-hand the monumental changes that occurred during his lifetime. He shared valuable lessons learned from the Great Depression and other troubled times that he and others had experienced. He was admired for his knowledge and experiences that he shared, and loved for his kindness and his down to earth nature. Francis was the last of his generation, and will be missed by everyone who knew him. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira, on Thursday, December 22, 2005, from the hours of 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. at North Presbyterian Church, 921 College Ave., Elmira.Rev. Gary Chorpenning will officiate. Committal Prayers and Interment will follow in Camptown Cemetery, Camptown, PA. In lieu of flowers, Francis may be remembered through donations to Southern Tier Hospice and Palliative Care, 11751 E. Corning Rd., Corning, NY 14830.
STEVENS -Ella May [Stevens] EastabrookMay 1933"Widely Known
Woman is Taken"
"--Mrs. F. E. Eastabrook Dies at Her Home in Stevensville-- Mrs. F. E. Eastabrook, native of Stevensville and a lifelong resident there, died at her home at 3:30 Saturday afternoon after a short illness from pneumonia and complications. She was 68 years old, having been the only daughter of Jonathan B. and Sarah Rockwell Stevens. For years she has been one of the best known residents of the southeastern part of the county. She is survived by her husband; two children, Victor of Binghamton (N.Y.) and Mrs. J. Andrew Morrow of Towanda; and four grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the home in Stevensville. Burial will be at Camptown."
Daily Review 4/25/2009
Robert E. Stevens, 87, formerly of Camptown, Pa., diedApril 23, 2009, at the Wyalusing Personal Care Home. Robert was the son of Violet Nina French and Robert Neiley Stevens. He was preceded in death by: his mother, in February 1979; his father, in September 1963; and his sister, Jean S. Cochrane, in November 1984. Bob graduated from Wyalusing Valley High School in 1939 and went to work for his father hauling mine props to Wilkes-Barre and returning with loads of coal for the Wyalusing area. In April 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was sent to Camp Chaffee, Ark. with the 6th Armored Division. In September 1943, he was transferred to the Amphibious Forces at Ft. Ord, Calif. After completing the amphibious training, his unit was attached to the 4th Marine Division for the Pacific Island Campaign. His unit landed on Saipan, Tinian, Okinawa and eventually Japan. He was honorably discharged from active duty with the U.S. Army in November 1945, but remained active in the U.S. Army Reserves. Following his discharge from active duty, Bob established his own trucking business for several years before selling it and going to work for his father at the Middendorf Hotel. At the hotel, he met the future Mrs. Stevens. In February 1950, he married the former Elizabeth Jane (Betty) Adam, of West Chester, Pa. In October 1950, Bob was recalled to active duty to serve in Korea. He was assigned to the 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division until he was honorably discharged in 1952. Bob and Betty purchased the former Town Tavern bar and restaurant in Wyalusing, and renamed it "Betty & Bob's Restaurant. They sold the business in 1967, and Bob went to work for Masonite Corporation until retiring in April 1982. During his retirement, Bob served as a Wyalusing Township Supervisor from 1982 to 1994. Bob was a member of numerous organizations during his lifetime: the Wyalusing American Legion Post 534 for 60 years, a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars 1568, life member of the Korean War Veterans Association, Amphibian Forces Association, and a life member of the 17th Infantry Regiment Association. He was also a member of the Camptown Presbyterian Church, and served as an Elder and Treasurer for many years. Bob's hobbies were hunting, fishing, and woodworking. He was affectionately known as "Snuff" to his friends and family. Bob was a family man and loved his family. He is survived by: his wife of 59 years, Elizabeth Adam Stevens, of Wyalusing; stepmother Adella S. Stevens, of Wyalusing; sister Karen Jane Bundle and husband Tom, of Kirkwood, N.Y.; son Robert L. Stevens and wife Joan of Towanda; and three grandsons: CPT Robert B. Stevens and wife Bridget of Scranton; 1st Lt. Daniel L. Stevens; and 1st Lt. Kyle A. Stevens of San Antonio, Texas; daughter: Jill Fecker, and husband George, of Sunbury; and grandson: Dr. Jesse A. Fecker, of Boston, Mass.; and granddaughter: Kristy E. Fecker of Wellsboro; daughter Abbie E. Stevens, of Sugar Run; and grandson: Nathan Adams of Pittston; and granddaughter Maria Alvarez and husband Mario and great-granddaughter Sophia, of Sugar Run; and son Richard J. Stevens and wife Anne; and grandsons R. Tyler, Zachary A. and Mitchell A. of Leesburg, Va.; and several nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 20, in the Camptown Community Church, with the Rev. David Dewing and Rev. Helen Learn, officiating. Graveside services will follow in Camptown Cemetery, with full military honors being accorded. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: American Legion Military Honors Group, c/o Howard Patton, RR 1, Wyalusing, PA 18853; or the Camptown Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 163, Camptown, PA 18815. Submitted by Carol Brotzman
STRONG Paul W. Strong Sr., 94, of RR 3 Wyalusing (Herrick
Township) Pa., died
Friday morning Feb. 12, 2010 at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Sally and Fred Ross, in Herrick Twp., Pa. Born May 8, 1915 on Norway Ridge, Terry Township, Pa., he was the son of the late John Gray Strong and Sadie Mae ROGERS Strong. Paul attended school at Norway Ridge and Wyalusing Valley High School. In earlier years, he was employed by Penchot in Herrick Township and by the Pennsylvania Department of Highways as Bridge Superintendent in Towanda. He was later employed by Loomis Bridge Construction in Montrose, Pa. and by Wright Giffin Bridge Construction in LeRaysville, Pa. until his retirement in 1980. On Oct. 15, 1932, he married the former Gertrude HINES in Montrose, Pa., who preceded him in death on Aug. 30, 1986. Paul was a member of the Herrickville United Methodist Church, the H.O.P.S. Ambulance Association and was a charter member of the Herrick Township Fire Company. He was also a member of Wyalusing Lodge No. 618 F&AM and the Scottish Rite Bodies Valley of Williamsport 32nd degree for over 60 years. Surviving are: his daughters, Sally Ross and her husband, Fred Ross of Wyalusing RR 3, Patricia Edwards of Fenwick Island, Del., Joyce Frisbie and her husband, Nelson Frisbie of Athens RR 1; his sons, Paul W. Strong Jr. and his wife, Marjorie, of Rome, Pa.; John I. Strong and his wife, Beverly, of Wyalusing RR 3; 15 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and 23 great-great-grandchildren; his sister, Shirley Jackson of Towanda, Pa.; several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his wife, Gertrude Hines Strong, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Ivan and Jim Strong; his sisters, Nellie, Ruth, Alice and Veda; twin grandchildren, Timothy and Tammy Ross; and his companion, Evelyn Fisk. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 15, 2010 at Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa., with the Rev. Ann Canfield officiating. Interment will be in the Camptown Cemetery, Camptown, Pa. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home Sunday. Wyalusing Lodge No. 618 F&AM will hold a memorial service at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the Herrickville United Methodist Church, in care of Janice Sutton, RR 3, Box 309, Wyalusing, PA. 18853; or to the Herrick Township Fire Company, RR 3 Box 269A, Wyalusing, PA 18853; or to the H.O.P.S. Ambulance Association, in care of James W. Seipler, RR 1 Box 280 Rome, PA 18837, in Paul W. Strong Sr.'s memory. February 14, 2010, Towanda Daily Review.
DEAN B. STURDEVANT, 34, died unexpectedly on Friday, Oct. 24, 2003. Born Feb. 7, 1969 in Buffalo, N.Y., he was the son of Dale and Patsy Brown Sturdevant. He graduated from Wyalusing High School in 1987. Dean was an owner/operator and drove tractor trailer, hauling pipes for Hancor and metal products for Vulcraft. He enjoyed fishing and his truck and loved his children very much. Dean is survived by: his wife of three years, Billie Jo Zurn, at home; his children, Kaitlyn and Cassandra Sturdevant, his brother, David Sturdevant, his father and mother, Dale and Patsy Sturdevant, all of Herrickville, Pa.; his grandfather, Dayton Brown of Herrickville; a niece, Tasha Sturdevant of Herrickville; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bill and Colleen Zurn of Athens; his mother-in-law who lived with him, Deborah Estes; a special friend, Jay Harrison; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by three of his grandparents. Family and friends may call Wednesday, Oct. 29 from 6-9 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 30 from 1-2 p.m. at the Lowery Funeral Home, 225 S. Main St., Athens. Funeral and committal services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Helen Learn, pastor of the Herrickville United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Camptown Cemetery, Camptown, Pa. Memorials may be directed to Bradford County Daycare, 220 Main St., Towanda, PA 18848. Submitted by Carol Brotzman. –Evening Times.
SUMNER –E. GENEVIEVE FULLER, 99, formerly of Camptown, died on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 1999, in the Geneva General Hospital. She was born on March 27, 1899, in Stevensville, Pa., a daughter of the late George Gilbert and Bertha Rockwell Sumner. She graduated from the Camptown High School in 1918, after which she taught for two years in the rural Ford Street School in Bradford County before marrying R. Howard Fuller in 1920. She lived on the old Fuller homestead for 68 years, and at the age of 88 she moved to an apartment in Camptown. In 1992, at the age of 93, she moved to Geneva, N.Y. to live with her daughter. Genevieve was a member of the Camptown Community Church and in earlier days was active in Sunday School and also in Vacation Bible School. She was a member of the Camptown Civic Club. Surviving are her daughters, Margene Achilles of Geneva, N.Y., and Janet (Robert) Love of Alfred, N.Y.; nine grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; sister, Blendina Magee of Alfred, N.Y.; cousin, Ruth Rockwell of Sun City, Ariz.; two nephews, Francis and Kenneth Stethers of Horseheads, N.Y. She was predeceased by her husband. Howard in 1973; a brother, Benton; a sister, Gilberta and a grandson, Thomas Andrew Achilles. Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday morning, Jan. 9, 1999, from 10 a.m. to noon in the McHenry funeral Home, 106 Church St., Wyalusing, Pa. A private committal service will be held in the Camptown Cemetery. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 9, 1999, at 2:30 p.m. in the Camptown Community Church with Rev. Joyce Warner, her pastor officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Camptown Presbyterian Church, c/o Robert Stevens, treasurer, RR 1 Box 40, Wyalusing, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review.
Fred G. SUTTON, 53, Camptown
12/10/2001 Towanda Daily Review
Fred G. Sutton, 53, of Camptown, Wyalusing Township, died Saturday evening, Dec. 8, 2001, at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre. He was born Sept. 30, 1949, in Sayre, a son of the late Frederick and Cora Kithcart Sutton. He has been a resident of Camptown for 13 years. Prior to that, lived in the New Era area. His employment included J.R. Mortan Chevrolet of LeRaysville, Rought's of LeRaysville and Jones Garage of Rome. He was last employed by U.S. Seal of West Wyoming as a truck driver, until his illness wouldn't allow him to continue. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post No. 534, Wyalusing. He enjoyed NASCAR and was an Earnhardt fan. He also enjoyed time spent playing darts and pool. He is survived by his wife, Wanda Kobbe Sutton of Wyalusing; children, Denise Sutton of Burlington, Betsy (Tom) Armitage Jr. of Wyalusing, Cory (Cassie) Sutton of Stevensville; grandchildren, Eric Sutton of Towanda, Cody and Kyle Sutton of Germany, Jordan, Taylor and Kelsy Armitage of Wyalusing, Tyler, Kayleen and Morgan Sutton of Stevensville; mother, Cora Sutton of Wyalusing; sister, Beverly Sutton and her friend, Kerry Detrick, of Sugar Run; sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Bruce Williams of Warren Center; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Frederick Sutton, in 1986, and son, Kevin Sutton in 1997. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at the McHenry Funeral Home, 106 Church St., Wyalusing, with the Rev. Larry Thomas, of New Milford, officiating. Interment will follow in Camptown Cemetery. Friends and family are invited to call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the McHenry Funeral Home, Wyalusing.
KEVIN SUTTON, 29, formerly of Camptown died as a result of an auto accident in Lawton, Okla., on Sunday, Feb. 16, 1997, at the age of 29. Born on Feb. 28, 1967, the son of Fred and Wanda Kobbe Sutton in Towanda, Pa., he was a 1985 graduate of Wyalusing High School and a veteran of the U.S. Army. Kevin worked as a heavy equipment operator for a construction company in Oklahoma. He was an avid fan of NASCAR racing, especially the Black No. 3 car, and enjoyed country music. Kevin is survived by: three sons, Eric, LaRue Sutton of Wysox, Cody Frederick Sutton, Kyle Gordon Sutton, both of Lawton; his parents, Fred and Wanda (Kobbe) Sutton of Camptown; two sisters, Denise of Burlington, Pa., and Betsy of Camptown; a brother and sister-in-law, Corey and Cassie Sutton of Stevensville, Pa.; grandmothers, Gertrude Kobbe of New Albany, Cora Sutton and friend, Ellis Wilder of Camptown; a nephew, Tyler; and nieces, Jordan, Kaylean and Morgan, several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Fred Sutton Sr. in 1986, and LaRue Kobbe in 1984. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Feb. 20, 1997, at 1 p.m. in the Kerr-McHenry Funeral Home 106 Church St., Wyalusing, Pa., with the Rev. Lawrance Thomas officiating. Interment will follow in the Camptown Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to call at the Kerr-McHenry funeral Home on Wednesday evening from 7 to 9. In lieu of flowers the family would graciously accept personal contributions towards. Expenses. –Towanda Daily review.
Kevin SUTTON, formerly of Camptown, PA, died as a result of an auto
accident in Lawton, OK on Sunday, February, 1997 at the age of 29. Born
on February 28, 1967, the son of Fred and Wanda Kobbe Sutton in Towanda,
PA. He was a 1985 graduate of Wyalusing High school and a veteran of the
US Army. Kevin worked as a heavy equipment operator for a construction
company in Oklahoma. Kevin is survived by sons, Eric LaRue Sutton of
Wysox, Cody Frederick Sutton and Kyle Gordon Sutton, both of Lawton; his
parents, Camptown; a brother and sister-in-law, Corey and Cassie Sutton of
Stevensville, PA; grandmothers, Gertrude Kobbe of New Albany, Cora Sutton and
friend Ellis Wilder of Camptown; a nephew and nieces; several aunts, uncles and
cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Fred Sutton Sr.,
in 1986 and LaRue Kobbe in 1984. Funeral services were held at the Kerr-McHenry
Funeral Home in Wyalusing with the rev. Lawrance Thomas officiating and
interment to be in the Camptown Cemetery. “Troy Gazette-Register,” Troy,
NY Thursday, February 27, 1997