East Canton Cemetery, Canton Township,
Bradford County, PA
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Age 67, of Canton, PA, died on February 14, 2009 at Robert Packer Hospital. Surviving are his wife, Sharon; children, Bret (Kelly) Alexander of DuPont, PA, and Sheila (Denley) Wesneski of Canton; four grandchildren; a sister, Darlene "Tootie" (Robert) Williams of Troy; several special in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Calling hours are Friday 6 - 8 p.m. and Saturday 10 - 12 Noon at Pepper Funeral Home in Canton. The funeral will be at noon on Saturday with burial following in East Canton Cemetery. The family will provide flowers and suggest your consideration of a donation to establish a college scholarship fund in Norm's memory to a Canton High senior football player. C/o Georgia Bassett, RR 1 Box 149-B, Granville Summit, PA 16926. Published in the Star-Gazette on 2/17/2009
Norm Alexander, 67, well-known Canton, Pa., resident, diedon Saturday, Feb.
14, 2009, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. Francis Lowell,
"Norm," to family and friends, was born on July 24, 1941, in Sayre,
the son of the late Lowell "Dude" and Kathryn (Burr) Alexander.
He graduated from Canton High School with the class of 1959, where he excelled
in Warrior Football. After graduation, he worked for Swayze's Folding Box
Co. in Canton until being drafted into the U.S. Army, where he honorably served
from 1964 to 1966. Norm married the former Sharon Edwards in 1966. On
Feb. 28, 2009, they would have celebrated their 43rd anniversary. Upon
returning to Canton, Norm was employed by S.E. Williams Construction Co., the Schoonover
Plumbing and Heating Co., and later by DuPont Corp. in Towanda until retiring
in 2004. He was a member of the Canton Moose Lodge 429 and Triple Beech
Hunting Club in Ogdensburg. Norm enjoyed living a simple life. He was an
avid hunter and loved the outdoors. Special times were taking his grandchildren
fishing and four-wheeling. Norm also supported high school sports and
especially enjoyed watching football and volleyball games. Norm was
blessed with many close friends and enjoyed times spent playing cards or just
drinking coffee and visiting with them. He had a great sense of humor and could
make you smile even in the worst of times. He touched the lives of many people
during his life and he will be sadly missed. Surviving are his wife,
Sharon; children, Bret (Kelly) Alexander of DuPont, Pa., and Sheila (Denley)
Wesneski of Canton; grandchildren, Harlow and Scarlet Alexander and Blayne and
Chayton Wesneski; a sister, Darlene "Tootie" (Robert) Williams of
Troy, Pa.; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Sheila (Steve) Fitch of Canton,
Georgia "Peachie" (Larry) Bassett of Granville Summit and Shelley
Holmes of Canton; a special cousin, Al Welch; and several nieces, nephews,
cousins and many dear friends. In addition to his parents, Norm was
predeceased by a sister, Sharon Holmes; a niece, Marcy Morseman; a nephew, Ryan
Atherton-Ely; and his mother-in-law and father-in-law; George and Jane Edwards.
His family invites friends to call 6–8 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. until noon Saturday at Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, in Canton. The funeral service and celebration of his life will follow at noon Saturday with the Rev. Bonnie Browning and Deacon William Graham officiating. Burial will be in East Canton Cemetery with military honors accorded. The family will provide flowers and suggests your consideration of a donation to help establish a college scholarship fund in Norm's memory. This scholarship would go to a Canton High senior football player. c/o Georgia Bassett, RR 1 Box 149-B, Granville Summit, Pa. 16926. RHW. Towanda Daily Review.
ALLEN –GERALDINE R. JENNINGS, 76, East Canton, went home to be with the Lord on April 19, 1995, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Elmira, NY, following an extended illness. She was born in Windfall, March 16, 1919, a daughter of the late James and Jennie Shedden Allen. She was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother, who loved her family and her home. In addition to her husband of 56 years, Donald R. Jennings, Sr., she is survived by son and daughter-in-law Donald Jr. and Barbara Jennings, Canton; daughters and sons-in-law, Patty and Joe Stout, Bentley Creek/ Marjorie and Gerald Dunbar, Troy; Mary Lou and Bill Anderson; Troy; Mary Lou and Bill Anderson, Troy; Edith and Tom Franklin, Towanda; and Jennie and John Cook, Rome, PA; brother and sister-in-law James Jr. and Shirley Allen, Canton; sister, Mrs. Pat Bellows, Canton; sisters and brothers-in-law, Ethel and Art Chamberlain, Burlington; and Martha and Ron Weeks, Elmira. There are 12 grandchildren; 8 step-grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by a loving granddaughter, Debbie Christley Wood. A family funeral service was held with the Rev. Jasper S. Smith, retired Methodist minister, officiating. Interment was in East Canton Cemetery. The family suggest that memorial contributions be made in her name to the American Heart Association, 912 W. 4th St., Williamsport, PA. Arrangements were under the direction of the Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, Inc., Canton. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
ALLEN Gertrude “Gert” Alene HOAGLAND of Hillcrest Apartments in Troy, formerly of Canton, died unexpectedly on Saturday, July 24, 1999 at Robert Packard Hospital following a brief illness. Born June 13, 1918, in Windfall, PA, she was a daughter of the late Lawrence and Nina Colton Allen. Gert was the loving wife of the late Edwin F. Hoagland Sr. He preceded her in death on June 18, 1977, following 39 years of marriage. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Canton and the Women of the Moose, Canton Lodge No. 981. Gert was an avid card player. She especailly enjoyed playing euchre with her friends and family. She is survived by her five children and and their spouses, Robert and Sharon Hoagland of Las Vegas, Nev.; Ella Mae and Steven Wielage of marion, Iowa, Diana and Ronald Burris of Garnerville, NY, Edwin and annita Hoagland of Mexico City and Nancy and Darl Brown of Troy, PA; 13 grandchildren, Michael and Jeff Hoagland, Chalet Carroll and Clayton Wielage, Ronald and Robert Burris, William, Jessica, Eddie and Stefan Hoagland, and Ryan Whitney and Tyler Brown; three great-grandchildren, Brandon Thomas Hoagland, Jody Marie Carroll and Tyler Christian Burris; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her husband, Gertrude was predeceased by a brother, Lawrence Allen, in 1922; two sisters, Dorothy Louise Bellows in December 1984 and Ruth May McNeal in March 1999. The family received friends on Monday, July 26, at Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton. The funeral was held at 10 am Tuesday at the funeral home with Mrs. Hoagland’s son Edwin Hoagland officiating. Interment followed in the East Canton cemetery. The family suggests that memorial donations may be directed to the American cancer Society, Bradford Chapter, 1948 E. Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701-3945, in Mrs. Hoagland’s memory.
JAMES ALLEN JR., 64. Suddenly and unexpectedly James Allen Jr., of Canton RR1 went home to be with the Lord on Friday, Jan. 31, 1997, while tending to his morning chores. He was 64 years of age. Known to friends and family as “Junior,” he was born Sept. 5, 1932, to James and Jennie (Shedden) Allen on the family farm in Windfall. He was a lifelong resident of Canton area, never moving too far away from his boyhood home on Bunyan Hill. Junior worked at various occupations during his life; farming, construction, factory work and truck driving. It was while employed at Swayze’s that he was smitten by a young lady named Shirley Wesneski. One day while working the air hammer, he looked up, glancing toward the Folding Department, and saw Miss Wesneski operating the cellophane machine. Their eyes met, and they could both sense the chemistry. So began a two-year courtship culminating in Holy Matrimony. Jim and Shirley had just celebrated their 28th anniversary on Jan. 9 of this year. Jim will probably be best remembered by his occupation of the last 29 years, that of being a driver for Vermilya’s Milk Hauling. He was a familiar face to nearly every dairy farmer in the tri-county area. Jim was also known for his passion for horses and ponies. He and his son kept a pair of ponies, which they entered in pulling contests at county fairs throughout the state. He was attending his beloved ponies at the time of his passing. Jim was a man well-known for his generosity, his kindheartedness and his helpfulness. No one knows this better than the family of his late brother-in-law, Max Bellows, Jim was ever present, doing the chores and lifting Max’s spirits. Besides his wife, Shirley, he is survived by his son, Jeffrey Allen, at home; daughter, Wendy Jo (Husband Miller H.) Moyer of Canton; sons, Bradley (Sharon) Allen of Canton and James (Carol) Allen of Sayre; daughters, Diana (Lew) Miosi, of Virginia, Connie (Larry) Bellows of Leroy, Cindy (Jim) Henson of Leroy and Vicky (Rusty) Schrader of Leroy; 16 grandchildren, including a special granddaughter, Karlee Jo; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Martha (and Ron) Weeks of Elmira and Medeline “Pat” Bellows of Canton; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and brother-in-law Max Bellows. Calling hours will be Sunday 2 to 4 p.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, with the service to follow at 4 p.m. with the Rev. Duane Taylor, pastor of the North Union Christian Church, officiating. A private interment will take place Monday at the East Canton cemetery. Contributions in Jim’s name may be made to the Heart Disease Research Foundation, 50 Court St., 306A, Brooklyn, N.Y. –Towanda Daily Review.
ALLEN –MARGARET ELIZABETH (ALLEN) SHAFFER - On the evening of Saturday, Nov. 25, 2006 long-time Canton resident Margaret Elizabeth (Allen) Shaffer died at Memorial Hospital in Towanda. She was 92 years of age. Born at Mountain Lake on March 27, 1914, she was the daughter of Roy M. and Edith (Shepard) Allen. Margaret grew up in Canton and at an early age displayed natural talent in all things artistic. While attending Canton High School she was selected as the Pennsylvania State Poetry champion. Margaret graduated with the class of 1932, and enrolled at Mansfield State Teachers College, graduating in 1936, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in education. She taught at the LeRoy School from 1936 to 1942, when she was accepted to the Cooper Union in New York City. There she had hoped to further develop her artistic skills. However, she had to forgo continuing her education as she was needed back in Canton to help run the family store. This change of plans had a bright side, for it was while tending the store that Margaret met Martin L. Shaffer. They were united in marriage in August of 1951, and together they raised two sons and shared 40 years until Martin's passing in 1991. Although a homemaker for the remainder of her years, Margaret never gave up her quest for knowledge. She was an avid reader, and was as likely to be found reading a chemistry textbook as she would a book of poetry. She was gifted at painting and skilled in the art of Origami. Margaret was an expert floral designer and was a long-time member of the Canton Garden Club as well as the Minnequa Grange No. 754. Growing up in the mountains of Pennsylvania gave Margaret a deep appreciation for the serene beauty of the forests. She also enjoyed the gentle lap of the ocean waves and the graceful soaring of the seagulls during her many trips to Cedar Key, Fla. In addition to her artistic prowess she was well-known locally as a journalist. She produced two columns for the Canton Independent-Sentinel: Garden Shoes, published under the name of Merry Potter, as well as An Occasional Column, published under her own name. Margaret knew just how to make her point in a convincing, yet disarming and lighthearted manner. She was well-known for her keen sense of humor, especially puns. Her love of children and devotion to the Lord served her well as she taught Sunday school for many years at the former Canton Methodist Church. Most of all, people will remember Margaret as being a patriot. She truly loved her country, even when she disagreed with certain of its leaders and their policies. Margaret maintained a respect for the office, regardless of who held it, and always strove for the greater good of the nation. Margaret is survived by her sons, John (and Lois) Shaffer of Canton and Michael Shaffer and Heidi Wefers Shaffer of York, Maine; grandchildren, Heather Seaton of Clifton Park, N.Y., Amber (and Thomas) House of Brownville, N.Y., Jennifer (and Christopher) Jackson of Catlett, Va., David Shaffer, a student at Mansfield University, and Kathryn Shaffer and Greta Shaffer, both of York; great-granddaughter, Reagan House; brother, James (and Bette) Allen; nieces and nephews, Terry (and Dick) Spencer, James Jr. (and Pam) Allen, Kellie Allen, Penny Allen, and Missy (and Dave) Ardinger; former daughter-in-law, Emily Bellows Shaffer and her son, Charlie; as well as several other nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Edith Allen, and husband, Martin L. Shaffer. Calling hours will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home Inc., 40 N. Center St., Canton. Services will follow at 1 p.m. with Pastor John Lattimer of Faith Baptist Church officiating. Interment will follow in East Canton Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Green Free Library, 14 N. Center St., Canton, or the Canton Recreation Association War Memorial Pool Fund, 65 E. Union St., Canton, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review
ROY M. ALLEN, 95, OF Canton RD1, died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 1977 at his home. He was born Nov. 27, 1882, at Mountain Lake, the son of Martin and Isabelle Swartwood Allen. Mr. Allen was a retired bookkeeper for H. Rockwell and Sons of Canton. His survivors include one son, James R. Allen of Canton; on daughter, Mrs. Margaret Shaffer of Canton; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral and committal services were held last Friday morning at 10 o’clock from the Morse Funeral Home, 12 E. Main St., Canton. The Rev. Raymond D. Fravel, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Canton officiated. Interment was in the East Canton Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
AMES –MARTHA A. WILLAMEE, 94, formerly of this borough, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 1998, in Penn Yan, N.Y., Nursing Home. Her husband of 65 years, John Tilden Willamee died in 1991. She graduated from Bercaria Joint High School in 1921 and Indiana State Teachers College, now university, in 1924. She was employed as a music teacher at the elementary school and high school here. She taught piano lessons out of her home. She was a member of Canton United Methodist Church and was organist and choir director for 32 years. She was a member of the Mendelssohn and Beethoven Music clubs. Born April 15, 1903, in Irvona, she was a daughter of Stephen and Ella Hirsch Ames Kimbol. Surviving are a son, John T. III of Melbourne, Fla.; a daughter Margaret Del Bono of Penn Yan, N.Y.; a brother, Earl Ames of Jacksonville, Ore.; two sisters, Eileen Dickerson of Yalesville, Conn., and Genevieve Spade of Philipsburg: five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by two brothers, Kim and John Ames. A memorial service will be announced. Arrangements are being handled by Morse & Kleese’s 40 N. Center St. Burial E. Canton Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
AMES –MARTHA A. WILLIAMMEE –On Jan. 24, 1998 Martha A. (Kimbol) Williammee, a well-known and loved former Cantonian was called to her Heavenly Home while residing at the Penn Yan Nursing Home, she was 94. Born April 15, 1903 in Irvona, Pa. she was the daughter of Stephen and Ella Hirsch Ames Kimbol. Mrs. Williammee was a graduate of the Bercaria Joint High School class of 1921 and the Indian State Teachers College (now Indiana University) class of 1924. As young Martha embarked upon her teaching career, she was courted by her childhood sweetheart, John Tilden Williammee, who was himself a school teacher. This was the era of the unmarried ‘school marm,” when the rule was that if a lady teacher opted for wedding bells, she had to forfeit the schoolhouse bell. Martha was dedicated to her calling as an educator of young minds, but in the end, true love found a way. She and John eloped, lived apart and kept their respective careers intact. Every weekend she would board a train to Lewistown to be with her beloved John. This practice continued until the ban on married women teachers was lifted. In 1942 the Williammees relocated to Canton, where John had accepted the position of high school principal. Martha taught music at the elementary as well as the high school level, and taught piano lessons from her home. Mrs. Williammee was a member of the Canton United Methodist Church (Canton Ecumenical Parish) where she served as organist and choir director for 32 years. She was also a member of the Mendelssohn and Beethoven music clubs in Canton. Martha was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Mrs. Williammee is survived by her son, John T. Williammee III (and wife Nancy) of Melbourne Beach, Fla.; daughter, Margaret (Robert C.) DelBono of Penn Yan, N.Y.; brother, Earl Ames of Jacksonville, Ore.; sisters, Eileen Dickenson of Yatesville, Conn. and Genevive Spade of Phillipsburg, Pa.; grandchildren, John T. Williammee IV of Denver, Colo., David Scott (Julie) Williammee of Campbell, Calif., Elizabeth Williammee Yount of Annadale, Va., Susan (Gregory) DelBono Hellbeck of Monroe, N.Y. and John David (Wendy) Del Bono of Rochester, N.Y.; and great-grandchildren, Kelsey and Kyle Williammee of Campbell, Calif. and Gregory John and William Ames Hellbeck of Monroe, N.Y. She was predeceased by her husband of 65 years, John T. Williammee in 1991 as well as brothers Kim Ames and John Ames. A memorial service will be conducted at a later date. Those wishing to honor Mrs. Williammee’s memory may do so by directing their gifts to the Canton Ecumenical Parish, 43 N. Center St., Canton, Clinton Crest Manor, 411 Clinton St., Penn Yan, N.Y. or the Penn Yan Nursing Home Inc., 655 N. Liberty St., Penn Yan, N.Y. Arrangements are under the guidance and direction of Morse and Kleese of Canton. –Towanda Daily Review (Buried East Canton Cemetery, Canton Twp.) Note: Corrections on spelling of names made, listed as Willammee. I personally new and had both John and Martha in school, Pat Mott Gobea.
ANDERSON –HAZEL ROUSSOS – On the morning of May 29th, 2009, Hazel
Margaret (Anderson) Roussos, 79, LeRoy died
quietly at her residence after a lengthy illness. Born in Newark, NJ on November 19, 1929, she was the daughter of William and Mildred Anderson. She was a retired employee of Edison Electronics in New Jersey. In 1961 she married Satamaatios “Sam” Roussos and a few years ago they purchased a farm in LeRoy. Hazel was a country person at heart. She loved old westerns and re-runs of “Little House on the Prairie,” so the prospect of rural life suited her well. She enjoyed raising ducks and chickens and was an avid doll collector. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Surviving are her husband, Sam, at home; sons, Donald (and Del) Anderson, Belvedere, NJ and Constantine Roussos, Tannersville, PA as well as three grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. A private visitation was held Saturday evening at Morse and Kleese Funeral home. Graveside service was conducted at East Canton Cemetery Monday morning with assistant pastor Brian Myfelt of the Tri-County Parish officiating. –Canton Independent-Sentinel/Troy Gazette-Register 6/4/2009
JAMES C. ARNOLD, 79, well-known and respected resident of Canton, died Monday afternoon, May 19, 2003, at the Troy Community Hospital. Jim was born on December 8, 1923 in Hughesville, PA. He was the son of the late Guy and Ruth (Croman) Arnold. Jim was 16 when he graduated from Hughesville High School and then attended Lycoming Seminary, the forerunner of Lycoming College. Mr. Arnold continued his education at Pennsylvania State University and graduated in 1943 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. In 1950 he earned his teaching degree from Bloomsburg State Teachers College, and in 1956 he received his Masters in Education from Bucknell University. Jim was drafted into the US Navy and became a Naval Corpsman at Bethesda Naval Hospital where he served until the end of WWII. He often joked that Maryland was never bombed while he was stationed there. After the war, Jim moved to Cumberland, Maryland, and was employed as a chemical engineer for the Celanese Corp. In 1947 he married the former Elaine Vetter of Muncy. Together they shared 58 years and raised two children. Mr. Arnold started his teaching career in 1951 with the Tri-County Area School District (Bradford, Lycoming and Tioga Counties). He was an educator in the Tri-County and Canton Area districts for over 37 years. During that time he served as a chemistry and physics teacher, coach for basketball and football, an assistant high school principal and twice served as the acting superintendent of schools. Mr. Arnold retired in 1989 after serving as the Canton Area Elementary School Principal. Jim was the Athletic Director for the district for 45 years and also was the only secretary of the Northern Tier League from 1972 until the present. He was a respected PIAA official for baseball, basketball and football. Mr. Arnold was very active in his community and was known to “wear many hats.” He was a former Mayor of Canton Borough. He served as master of ceremonies for numerous events and was well known for his quick wit and “gift of gab.” Jim was involved in restoring the War Memorial Pool and served as pool and recreation manager for many years. He was the “Golden Voice” of the Merchants/Can-Tro Twins Semi-Professional Baseball Team and organized the annual Canton Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt. He was the only club recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellow Award, the highest honor bestowed to a Lion member. He was honored as Citizen of the Year in 1989 by the Canton Lions and Rotary Clubs. Jim also was a member of the Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) of Canton and many organizations, including: Canton VFW Post #714; Canton American Legion Post #303; Canton Lodge No. 415 F. & A.M., both Williamsport and Towanda Consistory A.A.S.R.F.; Canton Moose Lodge #429; and the Wheel Inn Club of Roaring Branch. He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, James R. and Roberta Arnold of Canton; a daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Edward “Ike” Bowers of Windfall; four grandchildren; Stacy Reed, Rocklin, CA; Christopher Arnold, Boiling Spring, PA; Jamie Read, Canton; and Erica Arnold, Rockville, MD; a brother-in-law, Robert Vetter, Muncy; and many dear friends. His beloved Elaine preceded him in death in November of last year. The family invites friends to call from 1 to 3 pm and 5 to 9 pm on Thursday, May 22, at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton. Funeral services will be held at 11 am on Friday, May 23, with the Rev. David B. Morris officiating. Burial will be held in the East Canton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers his family suggests that those who wish may make memorials to the Canton Lions Club, Canton, PA to establish a scholarship fund in Mr. Arnold’s name. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
CARL G. BAHR. On the afternoon of Tuesday March 25, 2003, longtime LeRoy Township resident Carl Gordon Bahr died quietly at Valley View Nursing Center. He was 82 years of age. He was a native of Sullivan County and was married to the former Lorena Kneller of Dushore. Viewing hours will be from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, at the Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, Inc., 40 N. Center Street, Canton, with services following at 3:00 p.m. Interment will be in East Canton Cemetery.
CARL G. BAHR – On the afternoon of Tuesday, March 25, 2003, longtime LeRoy Township resided Carl Gordon Bahr died quietly at Valley View Nursing Center. He was 82 years of age. Born on the family farm in Cherry Township, Sullivan County, Feb. 6, 1921, he was the son of Oliver H. and Mary L. Shrimp Bahr. Carl attended Sullivan County High School in Dushore where he was very active with the Future Farmers of America. During his teens Carl enjoyed raising chickens and vegetable gardening. His garden produce, especially his potatoes, won numerous prizes at both the Sullivan County Fair and the Pennsylvania State Farm Show. After high school he was employed for a number of years with the Sullivan County Highway Department. Throughout his youth, Carl was somewhat acquainted with a local girl named Lorena Kneller. But one day, with the gift of a box of chocolates he turned the acquaintanceship into courtship and in June of 1948 they were united in marriage. The Bahrs bought a chicken farm in LeRoy Township and for the next 45 years Carl was self-employed. Eventually he bought a secondhand backhoe and began his excavating business. He expanded his business to include the sale of coal, having bought the necessary equipment from the Percival Coal Co. of LeRoy. Carl was a devoted husband and father. He and Lorena shared over 54 years together and raised five daughters and two sons. His strong work ethic and desire to provide the best for his family left him with little free time for hobbies. But he did continue to maintain a vegetable garden for as long as his health would permit, finding solace amidst its lush greenery. Carl was a man with a deep, abiding faith in the Lord and was a deacon at the LeRoy Independent Baptist Church. Carl is survived by his wife, Lorena at home; daughters, Carlene (and David) Detwiler and Karen (and Austin) Fuelling, all of Virginia Beach, Va., Luann (and James) Washington of Hayes, Va., Linda Bahr of Vancouver, Wash. and Amy Bahr of Trout Run; sons, Loren (and Lori) Bahr of Williamsport and Ernest Bahr at home; brothers, Raymond (and Betty) Bahr and Alfred Bahr, all of Dushore; grandchildren, Nathan Canfield, Steven Fowler, Lisa Fowler, Kim Fowler, Jerad Fuelling, Garrett Bahr and McKenna Bahr; great-granddaughter, Alyssa; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. The viewing will be Saturday, March 29 from 2 to 3 p.m. at Morse and Kleese Funeral home Inc., 40 N. Center St., Canton. Funeral services will follow at 3 p.m. with Pastor Tim Morrison officiating. Interment will be in the East Canton Cemetery. –Towanda Daily Review
ERNEST M. BAILEY, 89, retired army lieutenant colonel and well-known resident of Canton, died peacefully Wednesday morning, Sept. 25, 1996 at the Troy Community Hospital. Mr. Bailey was born Sept. 13, 1907 at his family’s home in Canton. He was the only son of the late Orris and Blanche McCraney Bailey. On April 1, 1942 he married the former Marion Eroh; together they enjoyed 47 years of marriage. She preceded him in death on June 29, 1989. He was a graduate of Canton High School and East Stroudsburg State College with a B.S. degree in teaching health and physical education. After graduation from college, he returned to Canton where he worked at various jobs until he became the town’s first World War II draftee. Mr. Bailey’s first military assignment was medical training, followed by medical teaching in Fort Lee, VA. In 1943, he was chosen to attend officer training corp. there he was trained as a medical administrative officer and was attached to all army medical units. Following the war in 1945, Ernie was relieved from military duty. He then took a job with a school in Florida as director of physical education. There he coached football, basketball and baseball. In 1947, he was recalled to active service and for 15 years served as an army medical officer. In 1953 he was sent to Germany, where he served as the chief of reconditioning patients in Europe. In 1955, Mr. Bailey attended Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, specializing in hospital administration. He also toured the far west when he was sent to Tokyo Medical Center in Japan. His final three years of service was in the Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C. where he was the chief of reconditioning. He was also assigned to an alcoholic research team and became involved with the care of mental patients. During this service at the capital, Mr. Bailey received the promotion of Lieutenant Colonel. In 1963 he retired from the U.S. Army following over 20 years of service. He hen returned to Canton and worked as a corrective therapist at the VA Medical Hospital in Lebanon, PA retiring in 1973. Mr. Bailey’s talents and time were spent for the town of Canton. Community involvement and memberships included: Canton Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ), Canton Rescue Squad, Canton Ambulance Association where he served as an EMT, past president of the Canton Community Nursing Service, a life-time member of Canton V.F.W. Post No. 714, Masonic Lodge No. 142 F. and A.M., Parker, FL, and the Zembo Shrine Temple of Harrisburg, Hamilton Club, Morris Run, and was an active member of the East Stroudsburg University Alumni. He was a former board member of the North Penn Health Center and the State Board of Primary Health Centers. Mr. Bailey loved to take pictures. In earlier years he was a free lance photographer for the Canton Independent Sentinel, weddings and other special events. On Sept. 13, 1996 Mr. Bailey was honored for his 89th birthday at his home. Surviving are: two nieces, Pat Kniffin, Maplewood, NJ, Donna Austin, Cressona, PA; a grand nieces, Grand nephew, and numerous cousins; a brother-in-law, Harold Coe, Elmira, NY; and very special friends, Betty, Larry, Rob and Christian Thoren, Karen Thoren Shedden, Gretchen Thoren Shaffer and their families. In addition to his wife, Mr. Bailey was preceded in death by three sisters, Carmelita Lee, Edith Coe and Charlotte Dailey. The funeral service was held Sept. 29 at the Pepper Funeral Home with the Rev. David B. Morris, his pastor, officiating and Chaplain Bill D. Brown, retired chaplain of the Lebanon VA Medical Center assisting. Following the funeral service the Canton Masonic Lodge No. 415 conducted services. Interment was in the East Canton Cemetery, Canton Twp., PA with the Canton VGFW Post No. 714 according full military honors, members of the Color Guard were: Egbert Loomis, Luther Campbell, Jack McNett, Ralph Wilcox. Members of the firing squad were: Merrell Freeman, Orin Finogle and Frank Koval. The flag was folded and presented to the family by Ted Spencer and John Mosser. Bugler was Neil Shuman, member of the Canton High School Band. Pallbearers were: Larry, Christian, and Rob Thoren, Willis Gray, Francis Segur, and Gerald Saunders. The family suggests that memorials may be directed to the Canton Ambulance Association, Canton, PA in Mr. Bailey’s memory. –Canton Independent Sentinel
BAILEY - NORMA J. PORTER
Norma J. Porter, 70, of Canton RR 1, PA, died at home on Monday, July 25, 1994. She was born June 19, 1924 in Elmira, NY, a daughter of Glen and Leah Sherman Bailey. Norma was a homemaker and attended the Canton Mennonite Church. Surviving are her husband of 52 years, Wilburn E. "Jiggs" Porter; sons, Eugene C., Nashville, TN and James G. Kendall, FL; daughters, Judith A. Lepper of Leroy, Pamela K. O'Brien of Winter Springs, FL and Tina M. Chaapel, Leroy; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sisters, Freda Bailey of Troy, Virginia June of Canton, Loraine Warner of East Troy, Nancy Passeri of Canton RR 1, Joyce Bailey of Canton and Jacqueline Wesneski of Gleason; a brother, Glen Bailey, Alba; and nieces, nephews and cousins. Norma was predeceased by a brother, Mark Bailey; sisters, JoAnn Bailey and Kathleen Terry; and half-sister, Anna Miller. Funeral services were held on July 27 at the Canton Mennonite Church with the Rev. Doug Graybill officiating and interment to be in East Canton Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton. Memorial contributions may be made to the Canton Mennonite Church, Box 43, Canton, PA 17724 or the Guthrie Hospice or Guthrie Home Care, RR 4, Box 60A, Towanda, PA 18848. (TGR, Thursday, August 4, 1994)
Donald Harry BALDWIN died at his home in canton Township, Pa at the age of 73. A lifelong area resident, Don was born on the family farm in Leroy Township on September 23, 1926, the only child of C. Elwin and Pauline (Watts) Baldwin. Following graduation from Penn State he worked in the extension service and eventually returned to Bradford County and diary farming. He retired from that in 1964 and purchased Baldwin’s Hardware Store in Canton which he operated until 1984. He and his wife June established an antique business, Tater Hollow Antiques. Baldwin was very active in community affairs. Mr. Baldwin is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Donald E. “Deb” and Cathy Baldwin of Canton RR 1, Ted M. Baldwin of Terrell, NC and Gregory R. and Susan Baldwin of Canton RR 1; six grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife of 41 years, the former N. June Blaney, in 1992. Funeral services were held at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton on December 31 with the Rev. Jasper Smith officiating and interment to be in the East Canton Cemetery. Contributions in Mr. Baldwin’s name may be directed to the Guthrie Hospice Program, RR 1, Box 154, Towanda, PA 18848.
LYNN R. BALLARD, Canton Man, 61, Dies at Hospital. Canton, Nov. 29- Lynn R. Ballard, 61, of Canton RD 3, died this evening, Nov. 29, 1969, in the Troy Community Hospital. Former owner of the Packard Hotel in Canton, he was the eastern representative of the Federal Cartridge Corporation. At the time of his death, he was employed at the Bradford County jail. A navy veteran of the Second World War, he was a member of the Williamsport Lodge No. 173, B.P.O.E.; the Wheel Inn Club, of Roaring Branch, and the Canton Lodge, Loyal Order of the Moose. Surviving are three sons, Harry (Mick), of Pittsburgh; Malcolm, of Monroeton, and Robert, of Wheeling, W. Va.; one sister, Mrs. Thomas Madigan, of Elmira, N.Y., and three grandsons. Services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Morse funeral home in Canton, with the Rev. Donald Winstead officiating. Burial will be in the East Canton Cemetery at Canton.
BARRETT -MRS. EUNICE A. BURGUESS, 83, formerly of Blossburg, died Wednesday, April 5, 1989 in the Bradford County Manor, West Burlington, Pa. She was born in Troy, Pa., a daughter of Daniel and Amy Rennells Barrett. She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Gertrude Benson of Troy, Mrs. Ellen Sargeant of Mainesburg, Mrs. Ralph (Zelma) Leonard of Horseheads, Mrs. Lonnie (Rosalita) Jones of Mansfield, Pa.; 25 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. She was predeceased by her husband of 65 years, Truman J. Burguess, on Aug. 29, 1967. Friends are invited to call at the Brinkwine Funeral home, Blossburg, Pa., on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. the funeral service will be held there on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The Rev. George Carnwright, a Methodist minister in East Bend, N.C. will officiate. –Towanda Daily Review.
BASSETT –JOANNE LYON GILLILAND, 64, of Canton, formerly of Granville, died Saturday, March 18, 2000, at her home while surrounded by her loving family. Born April 10, 1935, in Canton, she was a daughter of Geraldine Black Bassett Perry and the late Larue R. Bassett. Joanne was employed by Canton Manufacturing for 30 years until failing health no longer permitted her to work. Joanne was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Joanne was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed reading; knitting; and most of all, spending time with her grandchildren. She is survived by her mother, Geraldine “Jerry” Perry of Canton; her husband, George Gilliland of Canton; three sons and their spouses, Gary and Charlotte Lyon of Canton, Brad and Tammy Lyon of Troy, and Mark and Susie Lyon of Oakdale, Calif.; a daughter, Kathy Stiner of Canton; eight grandchildren, Chad, Kasey, Nicole, Jenelle and Amanda Lyon, Doug and Jordan Stiner, and Angie Helmick; a great-grandchild, Bailey Helmick; two sisters, Barb Perry (who cared for Joanne throughout her illness) of Canton and Patricia Mott of Doylestown, Pa.; two aunts; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her father, Joanne was predeceased by a son, Bob Lyon, on July 3, 1976. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, March 21, at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook drive, Canton. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Jasper Smith, retired Methodist minister, officiating. Interment will follow in the East Canton Cemetery. The family suggests that memorial donations may be directed to Green Free Library, N. Center St., Canton, Pa. in Mrs. Gilliland’s memory. –Towanda Daily Review.
BASSETT Joanne Lyon GILLILAND, age 6i4, of Canton, PA, formerly of Granville, died at her home March 18, 2000. Born April 10, 1935 in Canton, she was a daughter of Geraldine Black Bassett Perry and the late Larue R. Bassett. Joanne was employed by Canton manufacturing for 30 years until failing health no longer permitted her to work. She is survived by her mother Geraldine “Jerry” Perry of Canton; HER HUSBAND George Gilliland of Canton; sons and their spouses, Gary and Charlotte Lyon of Canton, Brad and Tammy Lyon of Troy and Mark and Susie Lyon of Oakdale, CA; a daughter, Kathy Stiner of Canton; eight grandchildren and a great-grandchild; sisters Barb Perry (who cared for Joanne throughout her illness). Canton and Patricia Mott of Dolestown, PA; several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her father Joanne was predeceased by a son, Bob Lyon in 1976. Services were held March 21 at the Pepper funeral Home in Canton with the Rev. Jasper Smith, retired Methodist minister, officiating and interment to be in East Canton Cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to Green Free Library, 14 N. Center St., Canton, PA 17724 in Mrs. Gilliland’s memory. “Troy Gazette-Register,” Troy, PA Thursday, mrch 23, 2000
KENNETH CARSON BASSETT, of Canton died January 3, 1989, at his home. Born July 9, 1909, in Beech Flats, Canton RD 1, he was the son of Martin and Sarah Olinger Bassett. Mr. Bassett and his brothers and sisters were raised by their stepmother, Mrs. Daisy White Bassett. Mr. Bassett was employed for 43 years a milk tester for the Canton Creamery, from which he retired in 1974. He is survived by his wife of 55 years Irene Storrs Bassett; two daughters and sons-in-law, Elaine and Scott Shedden, Canton RD1 and Myrna and Myles Anderson, Walla Walla, WA; grandchildren, Bryan and Michelle Shedden, Mark and Tammy Shedden and Miss Meagan Anderson; three great-grandchildren, Joshua, Sarah and Lance Shedden; one brother, Wendell E. Bassett, Canton; one sister, Mrs. Alice Storrs, Canton; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Gertrude Best, and a brother Niles E. Bassett. Funeral services will be held on Friday Jan 6, 1989 at 11 a.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, with the Rev. David Morris officiating. Interment will be in the East Canton Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Memorials may be forwarded to the Canton Ambulance Association or the Canton Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
BATES –MRS. EFFIE E. CLARK, 73, wife of Earle W. Clark of Canton RD 1, died early Wednesday morning, Dec. 18, 1974, in the Troy Community Hospital. Mrs. Clark was a member of the East Canton United Methodist Church. She was a member of Minnequa Grange No. 754, the Pomona state and national grange and also the Canton Senior Citizens. Born in East Canton on March 17, 1901, she was a daughter of Fred and Bertha Bellows Bates. Mr. and Mrs. Clark observed their 55th wedding anniversary on November 27. Surviving besides her husband are four daughters, Mrs. Donald (Elaine) Morgan of Horseheads, Mrs. Prentice (Marjorie) Baumunk of Canton RD 1, Mrs. John (Charlene) Scholtz of Wellsboro and Mrs. Harriet Hicks of Virginia; 12 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Maude Rauscher of Canton RD 1. Funeral services were held Friday at 2 p.m. at the Ralph T. Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St.,. Canton. Burial was in the East Canton Cemetery. The pastor, and the Rev. Owen Barrett of Troy, a retired Methodist minister, officiated. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
WILLARD T. BAXTER
Willard Thomas "Tom" Baxter, 69, of Canton, PA died Wednesday, June 5, 2002 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA following an illness. Tom was born May 2, 1933 in Granville Center, PA, a son of the late Laurence Baxter and Margaret (Rogers) Baxter Wheeler. Tom was drafted into the US Army while working at General Motors in Rochester, NY. He served during the Korean Conflict and received several medals of honor. After his discharge from the service he returned to employment at General Motors. He then moved to Goshen, NY where he owned and operated a bakery business for several years. Tom also lived in Tampa, FL and worked in the construction business, helping to build the Tampa Stadium. After retirement, Mr. Baxter returned to Canton to make his home. He was a member of the Granville Center Church of Christ, the Canton American Legion and the Troy VFW Post No. 8675. He is survived by his fiancee Jean Hartzig of Canton; extended family Cindy and Donnie Preston and their children, Allen, Marshall and Donnie Jr., all of Canton; great-granddaughter Bristal Preston; special nephews, Jordan Preston and his daughter Whitney, both of Franklindale, PA; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was predeceased by a son, Bobbie and seven brothers. Services were held June 8 at the Pepper Funeral Home in Canton with Pastor Melvin Good officiating and burial to be in the East Canton Cemetery. Memorials in Mr. Baxter's memory may be directed to a charity of one's choice. (TGR, Thursday, June 13, 2002)
CHARLES H. BEDFORD, 85, of Canton RD 1 (E. Canton) died Thursday, Aug. 23, 1984 at the Dar-Way Nursing Home, Estella, Sullivan County, Pa. Mr. Bedford was born Dec. 7, 1896 in Forksville, Sullivan County, Pa., a son of U. Grant and Sara Brackman Bedford. He retired from diary farming in 1956 and in 1963 retired from teaching after 40 years in the profession. He taught for the Towanda Area School District and the Monroe-Franklin Elementary School in Powell. Mr. Bedford was a member of the E. Canton United Methodist Church and taught Sunday school there for many years. He was a 4-H leader for 35 years. He was a former treasurer and member of the Rural Brotherhood and organized many talent shows in the area, with the proceeds being donated to needy individuals. He is survived by his wife, the former Hazel Rogers, whom he married on June 22, 1926: also two daughters, Mrs. Frank (Joey) Herman, Jr. of Canton RD 2 and Mrs. Morris (Erdean) Brown of Towanda RD 4; two sons, Dean Bedford of Canton RD 1 (twin of Erdean) and John H. (Jack) Bedford of Canton RD 1: 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Two brothers, Mark Bedford, a resident of the Dar-way Nursing Home and Fred Bedford of Sun City, Arizona. He was preceded in death by two granddaughters, Darla Bedford, on April 10, 1977 and Barbara Brown in 1983. Friends may call at the Morse-Kleese Funeral Home Saturday from 7-9 p.m. The funeral and committal service will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. from the funeral home with the Rev. Mercy Kasambira, his pastor, officiating. Interment will be in the E. Canton Cemetery. Donations may be directed to the Canton Community Nursing Service of the E. Canton United Methodist Church memorial fund in Mr. Bedford’s memory. –Towanda Daily Review.
BEERS –HAZEL S. WHITE age 57 of RD 1, Granville Summit, PA Tuesday, September 13, 1988. Friends may call at the Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, PA, Thursday 7 to 9 pm. Funeral services will be conducted from the funeral home Friday at 2 pm. Interment, East Canton Cemetery. She is survived by her husband, Robert C. White; 4 daughters, Dorene White, Sgt. Shirley E. White, Roberta White and Linda Carruth; son, Raymond White; step-daughters, Terry Preddice and Nita Riggi; step-son, Guy White; brother and sister-in-law, James R. and Donna Beers; 2 grandchildren; step-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was employed at the A.S.L., Troy, PA. She was a member of the VFW Post #8675 Auxiliary, Troy, PA. –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/15/1988
BELLOWS –CLARIBEL B. SMITH, 91, a resident of the Bradford County Manor for a year, formerly of LeRoy, died Thursday, July 14, 1994, at Towanda Memorial Hospital. She was born on Dec. 21, 1902, in LeRoy Township, Bradford County, a daughter of Kelsey and Maggie Chaapel Bellows. Mrs. Smith was a homemaker. She was a member of the LeRoy Baptist Church, former member of the Open Hand Grange, LeRoy, and former Lady of Rebekah White Dove Lodge, LeRoy. Surviving are four children and their spouses: Edna and James Tomlinson, LeRoy, Edward and Pearl Smith, Elmira, Phyllis and Carl Dieffenbach, Towanda, and Mrs. Harriet Henley, Waverly; nine grandchildren: 18 great-grandchildren: a brother, Dean Bellows, Towanda; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 16, 1994, at 2 p.m. from the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center Street, Canton with the Rev. Jasper Smith, retired Methodist minister, officiating. Interment will be in East Canton Cemetery, Canton Township. A private visitation will be held at 1 p.m. The family suggests memorial contributions may be directed to the LeRoy Community Association, C/0 Mrs. Russell Schrader, Canton RD 1, PA in Mrs. Smith’s memory. –Towanda Daily Review.
BIDDLE –LAURA F. MOSIER, 81, of Canton died Sunday, Oct. 15, 1995, at her home. She was the wife of Keith T. Mosier. Mrs. Mosier was born on Jan. 19, 1914, in Canton, a daughter of the late Claude F. and Jennie M. (Jennings) Biddle. She was a librarian for 21 years at the Green Free Library, Canton, retiring in 1978. Mrs. Mosier was a member of the Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ), a former Sunday school teacher, a past matron of (E. S. Canton Chapter No. 71, a member of Canton DAR, a member of the Music Club and the Literary Club, a former member of the Village Improvement Association and the first person in Canton to be given a testimonial dinner by the Friends of the Library. Mrs. Mosier is survived by her husband; two daughters and sons-in-law: Constance Ann and William Waugh of Marsh Hill, Pa. and Dr. Mary Patricia Mosier and Alberto Pasquale of Houston, Texas; two granddaughters: Margery Schammel of Baltimore, MD, and Julie Fernsler of Marsh Hill, Pa.; and two great-granddaughters. Friends are invited to call at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Inc., 40 N. Center St., Canton on Monday, Oct. 16, 1995, from 7 to 9 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 1995, at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with her pastor, the Rev. David B. Morris, officiating. Interment will be in the East Canton Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Green Free Library, 14 N. center St., Canton, Pa. Cards are available at the funeral home. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
BIDDLE Laura F. MOSIER, 81, of Canton, PA died Sunday, October 15, 1995 at her home. Mrs. Mosier was born on January 19, 1914, in Canton, the daughter of the late Claude F. and Jennie M. (Jennings) Biddle. She was a librarian for 21 years for the green free Library in canton, retiring in 1978. Mrs. Mosier was a member of the Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) in Canton, a former Sunday school teacher there, a past matron of O.E.S. Canton Chapter No. 71, a member of Canton DAR, a member of the Music Club and the Literary Club, a former member of the Village Improvement Association and the first person in Canton to be given a testimonial dinner by the Friends of the Library. Mrs. Mosier is survived by her husband, Keith T. Moser; daughters and sons-in-law, Constance Ann and “William Waugh of Marsh Hill, PA and DR. Mary Patricia Mosier and Albert Pasquale of Houston, TX; granddaughters, Margery Schammel of Baltimore, MD and Julie Fernsler of Marsh Hill, PA and two great-granddaughters. Funeral services were held at the Morse & Kleese Funeral Home in canton on October 17 with the rev. David B. Morris officiating and interment to be in the east Canton Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the green Free Library, 14 N. Center St., Canton, PA 17724.
BINFORD Theron L. "Ben" Binford
90, of Troy, PA, died April 2, 2011 at Towanda Hospital. Born on January 15, 1921, in Haviland, Kansas, Theron LaVerne Binford, “Ben” to family and friends, was a son of the late Grace Gritsmaker. He was the husband of the former Ida Ruth Tuning and together they were blessed with four children. Ben worked for many years at the former Bendix Corp. in Elmira Heights, NY as a machine operator until retirement. He enjoyed life and loved to do many things. Ben was quite a handyman and talented carpenter who could tinker or fix about anything. He enjoyed times shared with his family and visiting with everyone at his favorite eatery, Julie’s Restaurant near Troy. Ben also loved anything to do with his cherry red Cadillac. In earlier years he was an avid outdoorsman and hunter. Surviving are his children, Theron LaRue (Sally) Binford of Canton, Charles (Helen) Binford of Troy, Alexis (Gary) Monro of Troy and Virginia (Lyle) Wells of Wyalusing; 11 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren; a step sister, Joyce Bailey of Waverly, NY and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his wife Ida in April, 1986, and two brothers, Adrian and Melvin Binford. Family invites friends to call 10 – 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 5, at Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive in Canton. The funeral service to honor his life will follow at 11:00 with Rev. Josh Payne officiating. Burial will be in East Canton Cemetery. Funeral home obituary
BLACK LOIS MAY SHOTT, 75, a former Canton Resident, died Tuesday morning, July 22, 1980, at the Chenango Bridge Nursing Home, Chenango Bridge, N.Y., where she had been a guest since May of 1967. Mrs. Shott was the widow of Thomas S. Shott, who died in November 1965. Born in Canton Aug. 21, 1904, a daughter of Charles and May Bristol Black, she was a graduate of Canton High School and the former Mansfield Normal Teacher’s College. Prior to her marriage, she taught school for several years. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Paul (Jo May) Ives, Conklin, N.Y. RD 1; a son James T. Shott, Rochester, N.Y.; four grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral and committal services were held at 2:00 p.m. Friday at the Morse-Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, with the Rev. Robert D. Parker, pastor of the Canton Church of Christ, Disciples, officiating. Burial will be in East Canton Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
BLANEY - N. JUNE BALDWIN, 61
N. June Baldwin, 61, of Canton RR 1 died Sunday, May 17, 1992, at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre. She was born April 20, 1931, in Canton, the daughter of Ray and Evelyn Page Blaney. June had been co-owner with her husband of Baldwin's Hardware until 1984 and was presently co-owner of Tater Hollow Antiques. She was a dedicated homemaker. She attended LeRoy Baptist Church. Surviving are her husband of 41 years, Donald H. Baldwin; sons and daughters-in-law, Donald E. and Cathy Baldwin, Mill Hall, Ted M. Baldwin, Canton RR1, and Gregory R. and April Baldwin, Keeneyville; five grandchildren; Brent, Bryan, Rebecca, Danielle and Misty Baldwin; two sisters, Emma Jane Kramer, Schroon Lake, NY, and Linda Blaney, Philadelphia; two brothers, Harold "Chuck" Blaney, Duncannon, and Gary Blaney, Canton RR2; one uncle; two aunts; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by a sister, Beverly Toro, on March 17, 1992. Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 20, 1992, at 2 pm., at Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, with the Rev. Jasper Smith, retired Methodist minister, officiating. Interment will be in East Canton Cemetery. Memorial donations in June's memory may be directed to the American Lung Association of N.E. Pa., PO Box 115, Scranton, PA 18504-0115. (TGR, Thursday, May 21, 1992)
BOLT –HELEN L. BLAISDELL, 83 of Dade City, FL died Sunday, September 1, 2002 at the Hospice House, Clinton Ave., Dade City, FL. She had resided at the Edwinola Assisted Living Center in Dade City, FL for the past three years and was a resident of Zephyrhills, FL for 16 years. Born in Great Bend, PA she was the daughter of Ray H. Bolt and Florence Williams. She was Editor of The Canton Independent Sentinel for many years. She was a former member of the Canton Methodist Church and was a member of the Eastern Star. She was the widow of Laurence Blaisdell with whom she shared 16 years of marriage and was also the widow of Donald Thomas with whom she shared 41years of marriage. Surviving are three sons, Roger Thomas, North Rose, NY; David R. Thomas, Kenneth Square, PA; Brian Thomas, Middletown, MD; 13 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren. A daughter Karen Thomas formerly of Winter Garden, FL preceded her in death. A graveside service will be held September 30, 2002 at the East Canton Cemetery at 2 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice House, 37441 Clinton Ave., Dade City, FL. Arrangements are under the direction of Kenneth Robertson of Morse and Kleese Funeral home, 40 North Center St., Canton, PA. –Canton Independent Sentinel
BROWN –MRS. BLANCHE LEONARD, about 70 years of age was fatally stricken near the entrance of the Canton and Leroy Telephone Company building on Main Street, Tuesday afternoon about two o’clock. Mrs. Vic Davis, an employee of the telephone company saw Mrs. Leonard reach for the door and then slump over and fall on the sidewalk. Mrs. Leonard resided at 20-1 West Main Street. Dr. Donald Stanton was called and after examining the victim, pronounced her dead. The body was removed to the Kleese Funeral home. The widow of Richard Leonard the deceased at one time operated a small grocery at Pine Valley, N.Y. She was born in Sullivan County, the daughter of Lorenzo and Jenny Kline Brown. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Herman J. Brown of Laporte; a grandson, Dan Brown; several nieces and nephews. Viewing hours on Thursday 2:00-4:000 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Kleese Funeral home, Center St., Friday at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. John Plant, pastor of the Laporte Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in the East Canton Cemetery. –Canton Independent-Sentinel 10/6/1960
BROWN Donald Lee
On the morning of Friday, April 8, 2011, Donald Lee Brown of East Canton died unexpectedly at his residence, one day before his 43rd birthday. Born April 9, 1968 in Towanda, he was the son of Milton and Ruth (Morse) Brown. Blessed with a strong work ethic Don was industrious and ambitious, and was willing to take on any task. He worked for several years on the Sechrist farm in Canton Township, and in recent years he was employed by B.S. Haulers serving the gas well drilling industry. In his free time Don enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed working on, and riding, his motorcycle. Don was also known for his keen wit and sense of humor and could bring a smile to your face when you least expected it. He was a devoted father to his children and a true and loyal friend to those who knew him. Don is survived by his beloved companion of many years, Tammy Bailey, at home; father, Milton (Janice) Brown of Beech Flats; mother, Ruth Taylor of Canton; wife, Nikka Brown of Williamsport; son, Victor and daughter Shannon Brown, at home; paternal grandmother, Mabell Avery of Grover; brothers, Zach Taylor of Alba, Martin (Crystal) Brown of Puryear, Tenn. and Scott Brown of Canton; sisters, Lisa (Greg) Castle and Theresa Brown (Vic), all of Canton; uncles, Charles Mosher and David (Linda) Morse; aunt, Esther "Mitze" McIlwain; special friends, Jeff and Angie Sechrist; as well as several special nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a brother, R. Mark Logan; maternal grandparents, Esther and Victor Morse; paternal grandfather, Gerald Avery and aunt Yolanda Mosher. Calling hours will be noon to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, April 14, at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 94 N. Center St., Canton. Services will follow at 1:30 p.m. Interment will be in the East Canton Cemetery. Towanda Daily Review – April 11, 2011
FRED BOWMAN of LeRoy Township died Tuesday night at 9:30 after several weeks’ illness. He was 59 years old and is survived by one sister, Mrs. George Burchard, who kept house for him, and one brother, Maylan of Windfall. Funeral service will be held Friday afternoon at 1:30. Burial will be in East Canton Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel. (Died January 5, 1926)
KEITH E. BROWN
Keith E. Brown, 54, of Canton RD 1, PA died Tuesday, September 18, 1990 as a result of a motor vehicle accident in Sullivan County. Mr. Brown was born August 29, 1936 in Waylusing, Bradford County, the son of Thomas and Marguerite Hines Brown. Keith was employed as a mobile home transportation driver for the past 23 years and was currently employed for Lifestyle Mobile Homes in Berwick, PA. He served in the US Air Force. He was a member of the Red Run Rod and Gun Club in Ralston, the Wheel Inn Inc., Roaring Branch and a social member of Canton VFW Post No. 713. Survivors include his wife of 31 years, the former Joyce Bump; sons, Keith A. of West Leroy, Michael D. of Granville Summit RD 1 and Todd P. of West Leroy; daughter, Mrs. Tamra Raza of West Leroy; grandchildren, Aarika Jade Brown and Cody Michael Raza; sisters, Mrs. Laverne (Martha) Covey of Gillett and Mrs. Richard (Ruth) Brown of Canton; brothers, Gerald (Baldy) Brown of Canton and William R. Brown of St. Petersburg; half-sisters, Mrs. Gerald (Frances) Potter of Johnson City, NY and Mrs. Leo (Mary) Kayian of Daytona, FL; half-brother, Thomas Brown of Montour Falls, NY; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents and brothers, Calvin, James, Robert and Alfred. There were no funeral services and burial is to be in East Canton Cemetery. Arrangements were by Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton. (TGR, Thursday, September 27, 1990)
BROWN –MAE I. WILCOX, 58 of RR 1, Box 85, Canton (Leroy Township) died Sunday, March 27, 1994 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Mrs. Wilcox was born Jan 4, 1936 in Bucks County, Pa. a daughter of Raymond J. and Mabel M. Brown Minninger. She was a homemaker, beloved mother and grandmother who was also known for her cooking and baking skills. She was a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church of Grover, Pa. Surviving are her husband of 39 years, James; two sons, Bryan Wilcox (at Home) and Kirk Wilcox of Mattoon, Ill.; a daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Ed Seeley of Whitneyville; three grandchildren, Shawn David Wilcox of Roseville and Alexander Dean and Spencer James Seeley of Whitneyville; four brothers, Richard Brown of Canton, Paul Brown of Quakertown, Willard Brown of Cogan Station and Gerald Brown of Williamsport; two sisters, Marion Albert of Calvert, Pa. and Evelyn Whitesell also of Calvert; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Earl Brown of Florida in 1993. Visitation will be held at the Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. The funeral and committal service will be held at the funeral home Wednesday at 2 p.m. The Rev. Richard Leonard, her pastor will officiate. Interment will be in the East Canton Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be directed to the American Heart Assoc. or the American Diabetes Assoc. The family will provide the flowers. –Towanda Daily Review
BROWN, TERRY Y., A private funeral service for Terry Y. Brown, 75, of Columbia Cross Roads, was held at the Vickery Funeral Home in Troy on Saturday, October 27 with Rev. John Valiant officiating. Burial will be in the East Canton Cemetery. Mr. Brown died on Oct. 24, 1984 at the Troy Community Hospital. He was born Sept. 6, 1909 in Sullivan Co., PA., the son of Austin and Grace Hogal Brown. He was a member and past master of the Trojan Masonic Lodge No. 306 F and A.M. and a member and past high priest of the Troy Royal Arch Chapter No. 261. At the time of his retirement in 1974 he was a foreman at Larimer and Norton and Co., in Troy. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Nellie Brown; daughter, Mrs. Roy (Betty) Mosteller of Endicott; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Jane Shaffer of Davenport, IA.; half-brother, Tom VanMater of Fresno, CA and three nephews. A memorial service for Mr. Brown was held by the Trojan Masonic Lodge No. 306, F and A.M. on the evening of Oct. 26 at the Vickery Funeral Home. Memorials may be directed to the Lodge in care of Shriners Children’s Hospitals. (TGR Nov. 1, 1984)
James E. Buckley, 88, Granville Township, PA died December 29, 2000 at his residence. Born September 3, 1912 in Towanda, PA he was the son of Edward and Bessie Howe Buckley. James worked as a farm hand and eventually had his own farm near New Albany. He is survived by his children James (Carolyn) Buckley of Troy, PA, William (Barbara) Buckley of Central Islip, Long Island, NY, Robert (Barbara) Buckley of Wyalusing, PA, Annabell Shedden of Owego, NY, Shirley Campbell of Granville Summit, PA and Betty Schweter of Largo, FL; a sister, Florence Mathews of Horseheads, NY as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife of 35 years, Elsie Mac Lee Buckley, in 1981. Arrangements were by the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton and interment was to be in the East Canton Cemetery.
Amber Jean Burguess, 6, of Box 26, Grover, PA, died June 15, 1994 as the result of fatal injuries sustained when a tractor trailer struck her home. Miss Burguess was born February 5, 1988 at Sayre, a daughter of Truman J. and Ruth J. Bastion Burguess III. Amber was a kindergarten student in Mrs. Packard's class at the Canton Elementary School. Surviving are her mother, the former Ruth Bastion; her father, Truman J. Burguess III of Edinboro; brothers, David Eberlin of Sonestown and Timothy and Nick Eberlin at home; paternal grandparents, Truman and Jeanette Burguess Jr. of Granville Summit RR 1; paternal great-grandmother, Mrs. Florence Stonebreaker of Williamsport; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins, including special cousins, Hope Lee, Ivan Finogle and Fave Ward. She was the granddaughter of the late Lester and Phyllis Emery Bastion and a niece of the late Evan and Lula Jenkins, who raised her mother. Funeral and committal services were held at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton on June 18 with the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating and interment to be in the East Canton Cemetery. (TGR, Thursday, June 23, 1994)
TRUMAN J. BURGUESS SR. (SRGP 80739)
Truman J. Burguess Sr., 90, of Gulick St., Blossburg, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 1987, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital in Wellsboro. Born in Mainesburg, June 24, 1897, he was the son of John and Gertrude Bixby Burguess. He was a retired employee of J.P. Ward Foundries in Blossburg and also a former employee of the Blossburg Boro and Water Authority. Surviving are his wife of 65 years, the former Eunice Barrett; four daughters, Mrs. Gertrude Benson of Troy, Mrs. Ellen Sargeant of Blossburg, Mrs. Velma Leonard of Horseheads, NY and Mrs. Rosalita Jones of Mansfield; a son, Truman Jr. of Granville Summit; 25 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; special friend, Romain Pequignot; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held today (Sept. 2) at 2 pm at the Drinkwine Funeral Home in Blossburg. The Rev. Gary Zuber, pastor of the East Troy Baptist Church, officiated. Burial was made in East Canton Cemetery, Bradford County.
BURGUESS, TRUMAN J. (SRGP 80739) , Truman J. Burguess, 90, of Blossburg, PA died August 29, 1987 at Soldiers and Sailors Hospital in Wellsboro,PA. He was born on Armenia Mountain on June 24, 1897, the son of John Ira and Gertrudge Burguess. Mrs. Burguess retired from the former J. P. Ward Foundries in Blossburg in 1964 and had also been employed by the Blossburg Boro and Water Authority from 1964 to 1969. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Eunice Burguess, to whom he married for 65 years; daughters, Mrs. Gertrude Benson of Troy, PA, Mrs. Ellen Sargeant of Blossburg, PA, Mrs. Velma Leonard of Horseheads, NY and Mrs. Rosalita Jones of Mansfield, PA; son, Truman Jr. of Granville Summitt,PA; 25 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; special friend, Romain Pequignot; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at the Drinkwine Funeral Home, 120 North Williamson Road, in Blossburg on Sept. 2 (2 p.m.) with Rev. Garry Zuber, pastor of the East Troy Baptist Church officiating. Burial is to be in East Canton Cemetery. (TGR Sept. 3, 1987)
BURGUESS Truman [SRGP 84822]
On the afternoon of Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009, Truman James Burguess Jr., 76, of Auburn died quietly at Kingston Hospital. Born in West Burlington, Pa., he was the son of Truman J. and Eunice (BARRETT) Burguess Sr. Truman spent most of his life in Bradford County, Pa., and had been employed as a mill operator with House & Son Lumber of Blossburg, Pa., for many years. He was married to the former Jeannette STONEBREAKER and together they shared 56 years and raised three sons and three daughters. Truman was a long-time member of the Canton Loyal Order of Moose No. 429. He was an avid hunter and a well-known champion pool player in Auburn. He is survived by: his wife, Jeannette, at home; sons Truman J. III (and Laurel) Burguess of Dubois, Pa., Col. Wayne (and Elizabeth) Burguess of York, Pa., currently on detail in Iraq, and Wesley (and Theresa) Burguess of Dalton, Pa.; daughters Janice (and Tyler) Burguess-Homet of Versailles, Mo., Barbara (and James) Burguess-Witezak of Bangor, Pa., and Laurie (and Greg) Hypes of Auburn; sister Rosalita (and Lonnie) Jones of Troy, Pa.; niece Clara Butler of Palo, Mich.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by: sisters Gertrude Benson, Velma Leonard and Ellen Sergeant; two brothers; and granddaughter Amber Burguess. Visitation will be from 2-3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton. The service will be at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Garry Zuber officiating. Interment will follow in East Canton Cemetery. 30 September 2009, Towanda Daily Review. Submitted by Reva Wagner.
BURLINGAME –IRENE B. GLECKNER, 74, of Canton, RD 1, died June 3, 1987, at the Troy Community Hospital, Troy. Mrs. Gleckner was born Nov. 7, 1912, at Canton, Bradford County, a daughter of Jesse T. and Cora Phillips Burlingame. She was a member of the Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ), Canton, and a former member and officer of the Order of Eastern Star-Canton. She is survived by her husband, Elwyn V. Gleckner. They were married 53 years, Nov. 11, 1986. Other survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Robert V. and Ida Gleckner, Canton RD 1; a son, Ronald W. of Tucson, AZ; three grandsons and three granddaughters; a niece and cousins. Funeral services were held Saturday from the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton. The Rev. David B. Morris, her pastor, officiated. Interment was in the East Canton Cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to the Canton Ambulance Association in Mrs. Gleckner’s memory. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
BUTTERS –MRS. MADA L. PRESTON, 88 of 78 Lycoming St., Canton died early Sunday morning, Dec. 26, 1976 at the Arnot-Ogden Hospital, Elmira where she had been admitted on Dec. 21. Mrs. Preston was the widow of Niles E. Preston who died in November 1952. She was born in Morris Township, Tioga County on June 5, 1888, the daughter of David W. and Lovina Hart Butters. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Canton and was a Past-Grand and member of the Lady Canton Rebekah Lodge No. 362. She held many offices in the lodge and was active for many years on the Degree team. She was also a member of the Canton Garden Club. Survivors include tow sisters, Mrs. Nellie B. Axtell of Lowville, N.Y. and Mrs. Pansy Pequignot of Covington, Pa.; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral and committal services were held at the Ralph T. Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton on Tuesday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Dr. Raymond Fravel, her pastor officiating. Burial was in the East Canton Cemetery. A memorial service was conducted for the deceased at the funeral home, Monday evening by the Lady Canton Rebekah Lodge No. 362 at 8:00. –Canton Independent Sentinel