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Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
French Asylum Cemetery, Asylum Township, Bradford County, PA 
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Reading a series of obituaries from a single cemetery, as they are presented here, is like reading the multi-generational history of a community. These people were the local populace at a particular time. The people buried here knew each other, were neighbors, relatives and school mates. They attended church together and engaged in "trade" or business. 

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BENJAMIN -  Cora Louise Benjamin Miller, 91, widow of Franklin H. Miller of Towanda RR 2, Asylum Township, Pa., died early Friday morning, Oct. 10, 2008, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa.  Born Oct. 28, 1916, in Asylum Township, she was the daughter of the late Nathan L. Benjamin Sr. and Maude Emery Benjamin.  Cora attended the Towanda Schools and on Aug. 2, 1935, she married Franklin H. Miller in Binghamton, N.Y.  She was employed by the former J.J. Newbury Store in Towanda for more than 20 years until her retirement in 1974.  Cora was a member of the French Asylum United Methodist Church. She loved nature, flowers and watching the birds that would come to visit at her home.  Cora will be deeply missed by her devoted family, who each in their own hearts lovingly remember her as their "Personal Best Friend" and as the finest example a person should be. Cora offered strength, words of wisdom, comfort in time of need, gentle kindness, generosity and unconditional love of her entire family. Hers was a life truly well-lived.  Surviving are: her daughters, Janice DENNIS of Towanda RR 2, Marion Irvine and her husband, Robert IRVINE, of Towanda RR 2, Betty JOHNSON and her fiancé, Ron CAMPBELL, of Canton, Pa., and Marlene BENJAMIN and her husband, Layton "Skip" BENJAMIN, of Towanda RR 2; her son, David F. MILLER and his wife, Susan MILLER, of Towanda RR 2; grandchildren Thomas DENNIS, Kathy GOD, Steven JOHNSON and his wife, Leslie JOHNSON, Sandy SHERWOOD and her husband, Robert SHERWOOD, Lisa BACON and her husband, Edward BACORN, Lori HORTON and her husband, Robert HORTON, Terrie SCHOONOVER and her husband, Ralph SCHOONOVER, Christopher MILLER and his wife, Cherie MILLER, Nicole HURLEY and her husband, Gary HURLEY, Toni PRONTI and Dustin WELLS; great-grandchildren Brett, Bryan, Cory, Rebecca, Hunter, Dillan, McKenna, Avery, Brooke, Larry (Jake), Seth, Mitchell, Dalton, Matthew, Amanda, Damian and Adian; great-great-grandchildren Ryan, Kyan and Casey; a sister, Doris VANDERPOEL of Towanda; sisters-in-law Viola ELLIOTT BENJAMIN of Towanda RR 4, Pauline OWEN of Athens, Pa., and Ethel MILLER of Towanda RR 4; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Franklin H. MILLER, on May 19, 1979; sisters Rita, Florence and Rachel BENJAMIN; her brother, Nathan L. "Nate" BENJAMIN Jr.; sons-in-law Laurence DENNIS and Murray JOHNSON; and brother-in-law Harold VANDERPOEL.  The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13, at the French Asylum United Methodist Church with Pastor Jean Montgomery officiating. Interment will follow in the French Asylum Cemetery, Asylum Township.  The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa.  RHW.  Towanda Daily Review.

BRAUND – Mrs. Ava P. Lane died April 5 at the home of her son, William E. Lane, in Towanda after a protracted illness in her 79th year. She was a daughter of William and Ann (Ellis) Braund and was born in Asylum October 15, 1841.  Her father was a native of Devonshire, England, who came to Asylum with his family in 1830.  He was one of the original abolitionists of the county and an extensive land owner and farmer.  Mrs. Lane had made Towanda her home for the past fifty years.  She was a woman of beautiful christian character and many endearing qualities.  She was the last of her father’s large family.  Her aged husband, Daniel Lane, and only son, William E. Lane, survive. Funeral services conducted by Dr. J. S. Stewart and largely attended were held from the home of her son yesterday afternoon.  The pallbearers, her nephews, were Edward D. Bride, Joseph Braund, John J. Lane, T. J. Lane, Benjamin P. Braund and Edwin Ellis.  The remains were taken to Frenchtown for interment.  At the grave services were conducted by Rev. Frederick Corey.  Bradford Star, 8 Apr 1920

BRAUND – Mrs. Ava P. Braund Lane died at the residence of her son, William E. Lane, yesterday morning.  She was 78 years old.  Mrs. Lane  was born in Asylum township and had resided in this borough for the past 50 years.  She was a woman of true Christian character who will be missed by a large circle of friends.  The funeral will be held at the home of her son on Wednesday after- noon at 1 o’clock, with interment in the Frenchtown cemetery. Towanda Daily Review,   7 Apr 1920

BRAUND  Ruth Braund Bly, 94, died March 11, 2001 at the Community Nursing Home of Potsdam, NY where she had resided since May, 1999. She was the daughter of the late Fred and Alice Jacoby Braund of Ellis Hill, Towanda, PA and the widow of Lewis E. Bly who died in March, 1999. Mrs. Bly graduated from Towanda High School in 1924.  She taught in local rural schools while she completed her Bachelors Degree in elementary education from Mansfield State Teachers College, now Mansfield University.  In 1956 she earned a masters degree in elementary education from SUNY at Cortland.  She taught for 26 years, retiring in 1968 from the Fayetteville-Manlius, NY school system. Mrs. Bly is survived by daughters, Patricia (Mrs. William Q.) Davis, Hannawa Falls, NY; Alice (Mrs. John) Gausch, Townshend, VT; Carol Weistart, Seattle, WA; and Sylvia (Mrs. Quentin) Ross, Stormville, NY.  Nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive. Memorial and committal services will be held at the French Asylum United Methodist Church, Towanda, PA under the direction of Rev. Michele Somerville at a later date. (TGR, Thursday, March 22, 2001)

Donald B. BROWN
Jan. 17, 2002
Wyalusing Rocket Courier
Donald B. Brown, 80, of French Asylum, Towanda RR2, PA, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2002 at Towanda Memorial Hospital.  Born Aug. 27, 1921 in Scottsville, PA, he was a son of the late William and Netta Trowbridge Brown. Donald was a graduate of Laceyville High School, Class of 1940. He was employed by the Kintner Milling Company in Mehoopany for 30 years and was a lifelong farmer, both in Scottsville and French Asylum.  On July 8, 1942 Donald married the former Beverly Janet Jagger in Retta.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing and horseback riding. In earlier years, he played baseball, coached little league and was a member of various bowling leagues.  He was a member of the Pennsylvania Farm Association. Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Marjorie and Charles Huffman of Wyalusing; a son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Lisa Brown of French Asylum; grandchildren, Judy and Matthew Cruver, Jill and Ted Hoffmann, Donnie and Keith Brown; great-grandchildren, Mark and Luke Cruver, Kerrigan and Caitlyn Hoffmann; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Beverly Janet Jagger Brown on March 20, 1996; an infant daughter, Shirley Brown and his sister, Midge Pierson in December of 2001.  The funeral service was held on Monday, Jan. 21 at 11 a.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, with Pastor A. Michele Somerville of the French Asylum United Methodist Church officiating.  Interment followed in the French Asylum Cemetery, Asylum Township.  The family received friends on Sunday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.  The family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to the Wysox Volunteer Emergency Medical Services, Box 302, Wysox, PA 18854 in Donald B. Brown’s memory.

 

BUTTS Frederick G. "Fred" Butts

96, formerly of Towanda RR 2, Asylum Twp., Pa., died Thursday, March 10, 2011 at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Memorial Hospital, North Towanda Township, Pa.  Fred was born Jan. 25, 1915 on Kerrick Hill, Asylum Twp., Pa., a son of the late Martin G. Butts and Ethel Layman Butts. His family moved to French Azilum in 1923 to the home where the family farm is still located. As a young lad, Fred attended the Kerrick Hill and Durell Schools, worked on the family farm and at Vandervort Feed Mills in Wysox for three years. On July 29, 1944 he married the former Alice Mae O'Connor in Herrickville, Pa. Fred farmed most of his life with a dairy herd of 48 cows until into the 1990s. He raised his own feed and most of his own food over the years. Fred was employed by the Pennsylvania Department of Highways in Towanda for many years until his retirement.  Like his father before him, Fred was an active member of the French Asylum United Methodist Church where he served as treasurer for 51 years and trustee for 54 years. He was also a member of the Wysox I.O.O.F. Lodge for over 50 years having served as treasurer for 26 years. He enjoyed assisting with the lodge barbecue, recycling and education programs and seldom missed a meeting.   Fred was a member of DHIA and formerly served as a member of the Towanda School Board for 17 years first in French Azilum and following years in Wysox, Standing Stone and Towanda.  In 1971, Fred won the Pennsylvania State Plowing Contest and then progressed to the National Plowing Contest in Minnesota where he was awarded fifth place and the Sportsmanship Award. Fred and Alice's home was always open to family and friends. Many good memories were created at the family farm where family gatherings were held and enjoyed by all. Fred enjoyed Tuesday morning breakfasts with friends from the Odd Fellows Lodge, playing cards, going to fairs to watch the horse pulls and looking over farm equipment. He also enjoyed helping his neighbors, cutting and stacking wood, picking fruits and vegetables, gardening and working on puzzles. Fred was very pleased to see his granddaughter happily married and was very grateful to all who shared a part of his life.  He is survived by: his son and daughter-in-law, Ron and Judi Butts of Towanda RR 2; grandchildren: Kristin Butts Wright and husband Mac of State College, Pa., Ryan Butts and Abby Butts both of Towanda RR 2; great-grandchildren: Avery and Dawson Olivia and James.  In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Alice O'Connor Butts, on November 3, 1997; his sister, Charlotte Urso; and brother, Robert Butts.  A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 13, at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave. Towanda, Pa., with the Rev. Jean Montgomery, pastor of the French Asylum United Methodist Church officiating.  Interment will be private in the French Asylum Cemetery, Asylum Twp., Pa.  The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.  Wysox I.O.O.F. Lodge No. 1152 will hold a service of remembrance at 1:45 p.m. Sunday, at the funeral home.  The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the French Asylum United Methodist Church in care of Jack Kilmer, RR 4 Box 202, Towanda, PA 18848 in Fred's memory.  Towanda Daily Review – March 11, 2011

 

ALBERT H. CHILSON, 74, well-known area businessman of Towanda RR2, Asylum Township, died Saturday, April 16, 2005, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, following an extended illness.  Born Aug. 20, 1930 in French Asylum, he was the son of the late Max H. Chilson Sr. and Daisy Stevenson Chilson.  In early years Albert attended Towanda schools, and was a veteran of the Korean War, having served in the U.S. Army.  On Nov. 28, 1954, he married the former Elsie Ball in Asylum Township.  Albert owned and operated Chilson Brothers Paving Co. in the area for many years until his retirement.  He was a member of Towanda American Legion Post and Asylum Township Planning Commission.  Albert enjoyed hunting and fishing and was an avid outdoorsman.  He loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Surviving are his wife, Elsie Ball Chilson at home; his children, Wilma Lindsey and her husband, Frank Lindsey, of Towanda RR3, Albert H. Chilson Jr. and his fiancée, Patty Langer, of Towanda RR2, Vicki Yeddo of Towanda RR2, Janet Spencer and her husband, Kevin Spencer, of Towanda RR2, Larry Chilson and his wife, Pamela Chilson, of Jackson, Ga., Tammy Hobbs and her husband, Jerry Hobbs, of Richland, N.C., Douglas Chilson and his wife, Yolanda Chilson, of Philadelphia and Jeffrey Chilson and his wife, Gayle Chilson, of Jacksonville, N.C.; 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; five brothers, Clifford Chilson and his wife; Kay Chilson, of Towanda RR2, Max Chilson Jr. of Towanda RR2, Franklin Chilson of Towanda RR2, Wilmer Chilson and his wife, Margaret “Peggy” Chilson of Towanda RR2, and Tommy Chilson and his wife, Rosetta Chilson of Wyalusing RR2; his sister, Susie Woodruff and her husband, Ernest Woodruff, of Towanda RR5, and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.  He as preceded in death by an infant granddaughter; Jessica Yeddo; a brother; Paul Chilson; and a sister, Margaret Doane.  The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 20, 2005 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda with Pastor Donn Hauser of the Independent Baptist Church, Towanda officiating.  Interment will follow in the French Asylum Cemetery, Asylum Township, with Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 according full military honors.  The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.  The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society, Bradford Unit, 1948 E. Third St., Williamsport, Pa. in Albert H. Chilson’s memory.  -Towanda Daily Review.

 

GEORGE BURTON CHILSON, 91, of Towanda RR 2, French Asylum, died on Tuesday, May 6, 1997, at the Bradford County Manor, West Burlington Township.  Born Jan. 12, 1906, in Asylum Township, he was a son of the late Burton and Adeline Vanderpool Chilson.  George was employed by the Lehigh Valley Railroad and later by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for many years.  Mr. Chilson was a life member of the Towanda Gun Club and enjoyed fishing.  Surviving are: a foster son and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Debra Harbst of Towanda RR 2; two sisters, Pearl Vanderpool of Skilled Nursing Unit, Memorial Hospital Towanda, and Anna Eichenlaub of Williamsport, Pa.; three foster grandchildren, Shawn, Matthew and Brandi Harbst; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances R. Chilson on Aug. 7, 1976; a sister, Mabel Miller; and three brothers, Allen, Max and Cecil Chilson.  A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family.  Interment will be in the French Asylum Cemetery.  Asylum Township, Pa.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa.  There will be no calling hours. –Towanda Daily Review.

 

CHILSON Margaret A. Doane

Passed away Saturday morning February 17, 2001 at St. Joseph's Hospital following a brief illness at the age of 75. Born in Wysox, PA Margaret was the daughter of Max and Daisy Stevens Chilson. Throughout her life she had many interests, having been employed at the Blue Swan in Towanda, PA; Remington Rand in Elmira, NY; a poultry farm in Nichols, NY; and also owned and operated Peggy's Restaurant in Elmira. Margaret enjoyed the precious time spent with her grandchildren and great grandchildren and playing Bingo with her many friends. Surviving are her loving children, MaryAnn (Dino) Soultanis, Charles Wallace (Kathy) Doane, Sherry Lee (Henry James) Price, Allen William (Patricia) Sick, and Kathleen Ann (Dean Lyn) Springstead; brother's, Clifford (Kay) Chilson, Albert (Elsie) Chilson, Max Chilson, Franklin Chilson, Tommy (Rose) Chilson, Welmer (Peggy) Chilson; a sister, Susie (Ernest) Woodruff; 13 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, and dear friends. She was predeceased by her husband, Wallace Doane in 1963 after 22 years of marriage and by her longtime friend and companion, William A. Sick in 1990; her infant daughter, L. Marie; brother, Paul Chilson; and a half-sister, Eloise Malowski.  Margaret's family will receive friends at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway on Wednesday February 21, 2001 from 2-4 and 7-9PM. Funeral services will be held there on Thursday (10AM) with the Reverend John Bedzyk officiating. Interment will follow in French Asylum Cemetery, Durell, PA.   Chemung County - Miscellaneous Obituaries from Caywood's Funeral Home, Elmira

 

PAUL J. CHILSON, 54, of Canton RR 2 died at home Wednesday evening, Sept. 13, 2000, following a period of declining health.  Born Oct. 18, 1945, in Sayre, Paul was a son of the late Max B. and Daisy Stevenson Chilson.  Paul was employed for many years by the Sullivan Roofing Co. in Athens.  He enjoyed nature and outdoor activities, especially hunting and fishing.  He is survived by two sisters, Susan Woodruff of Texas and Margaret Sick of Elmira, N.Y.; six brothers, Thomas of Wyalusing, and Clifford, Albert, Max C., Franklin and Wilmer, all of Towanda; special friends, Ruth Johns and her son, Charlie Johns, both of Canton; an aunt; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  In maintaining with Mr. Chilson’s wishes, there are no calling hours.  Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.  Interment will be held in the French Asylum Cemetery.  The family requests that those wishing to do so may direct memorials to a charity of one’s choice.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Pepper Funeral Home, Sprinbrook Drive, Canton. –Towanda Daily Review.

CHILSON –PEARL CHILSON VANDERPOOL, 102, widow of Sherman Vanderpool, of 1151 Shannon Ave., Elmira, N.Y., formerly of French Asylum, died Sunday May 18, 1997, at the Skilled Nursing Unit, Memorial Hospital, Towanda.  Born Dec. 30, 1894, in Asylum Township, she was a daughter of the late Burton and Adeline Vanderpool Chilson.  Pearl’s main interest in live was in her home and family.  Surviving are six daughters, Leona VanNess of Athens, Ruth Johnson of Towanda, Betty Walker of Spencerport, N.Y., Mary Benjamin of Athens.  Helen Vanderpool of Elmira and Anna Hadlock of Ulster; a sister, Anna Eichenlaub of Williamsport, Pa.; and numerous grandchildren.  Great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Sherman Vanderpool, in 1964, two sons, Lawrence and Edward Vanderpool; a daughter, Josephine MacMorran; a sister, Mabel Miller; and four brothers, Allen, Max, Cecil and George Chilson.  The funeral service will be held Wednesday, May 21, 1997, at 2 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, with the Rev. Sandra Foster, pastor of the Ulster United Methodist Church, officiating.  Interment will be in the French Asylum Church, officiating.  Interment will be in the French Asylum Cemetery, Asylum Township.  The family will receive friends Wednesday, from noon to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.  The family suggests that memorials may be directed to: Skilled Nursing Unit, Memorial Hospital, Towanda, Pa. in Pearl Vanderpool’s memory.  –Towanda Daily Review.

RAY CRAWFORD, 80, well-known Towanda businessman of 321 William St., Towanda, formerly of French Asylum and Standing Stone, died early Saturday morning, Feb. 3, 1996, at his home following a period of declining health.  Born Nov. 1, 1915, in Sylvara, Pa., he was the son of the late Charles and Essie Carter Crawford.  Ray was a graduate of Towanda High School, class of 1934.  He entered the U.S. Army in 1941 and served during World War II in the European, African and Middle Eastern Theaters.  On March 31, 1942, he married the former Marjorie Ennis, who preceded him in death on March 17, 1990.  He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1945 with the rank of staff sergeant.  In early years, Ray operated the family farm in French Asylum.  He was employed by VanDusen’s Garage in Durell and by Wrisley and Kerrick in Towanda for several years.  He later received his real estate license and formed with Howard Kerr the Kerr & Crawford Real Estate Agency in Towanda.  Mr. Crawford subsequently formed the Bradford County Real Estate Agency in Towanda, which he operated for several years.  Following the sale of his real estate business to Sally Vaughn of Towanda in January of 1995, Ray remained active in the agency’s operation as a certified real estate appraiser.  Mr. Crawford was instrumental in creating the former Bradford County Board of Realtors.  Ray was well-known throughout the area and possessed many friends.  He was a member of the Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 and the National Rifle Association.  He enjoyed the outdoors and hunting, as he was an excellent marksman.  Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Charles E. and Jeanne Crawford of Wysox; a daughter, Martha Brennan of Sayre; three grandchildren, drew and Stephanie Crawford of Towanda and Amy Brennan of Sayre; and close friends, Sally and Craven Vaughn of Towanda.  He was also preceded in death by his son-in-law, John G. Brennan in December of 1992.  A service of remembrance will be held Tuesday, Feb. 6, 1996, at 1 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda.  Interment will follow in French Asylum Cemetery, Asylum Township with Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 according full military honors.  The family will receive friends Monday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.  The family suggests that memorials may be directed to the Ray Crawford Appraisal Education Fund in care of Sally Vaughn, Bradford County Real Estate, 12 Main St., Towanda, Pa. in Mr. Crawford’s memory.  –Towanda Daily Review.

 

DEVINE Winifred I. Sollick, 67, of Towanda RD 2 (Asylum Township) died Friday afternoon July 13, 1979, in Towanda.  She had been in failing health.  She was born Oct. 17, 1911, and was the daughter of Charles and Phoebe Devine of LeRaysville.  She spent her early years in LeRaysville and attended LeRaysville schools.  She married the late Lester Sollick of LeRaysville.  They farmed in the Towanda area.  She was a member of the French Asylum United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women Organization; Past President of the Wysox Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary; Asylum Grange, and the Lady Wittemore Club.  She will best be remembered for her untiring labors for the community and her many friends.  Her husband died in 1974.  Survivors are two sons, Charles Blaine Sollick of Asylum Township and William of Terry Township; two daughters, Mrs. Nelson (Catherine) Fletcher of Charlotte, NC and Mrs. Joseph (Joy) Johnston of Asylum Township; one sister, Mrs Ethel Bruster of Binghamton, NY; one brother, Charles Devine of Binghamton, NY; 10 grandchildren and one great grandson.  Suneral services wqill be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the French Asylum United Methodist Church with the Rev. Maurice Hart officiating.  Interment will be in the French Asylum Cemetery.  RHW.  Towanda Daily Review, July 16, 1979.

 

ELLIOTT –ZELMA ELLIOTT KILMER, 86, of Troy RD 3 – formerly of Liberty Corners, Sayre and Waverly – died Tuesday evening, April 9, 1991, at the Bradford County Manor.  Born Sept. 14, 1904, in Towanda, she was a daughter of the late Gilbert and Amy Goff Elliott.  On June 23, 1925, she married Myron W. Kilmer.  He preceded her in death on Dec. 16, 1989.  She was a member of the Waverly Order of Eastern Star Chapter No. 9 and the Women of the Moose, Waverly.  Surviving are a sister-in-law, Dorothy Elliott of Towanda RD 4; two nieces, Mrs. Mildred Kerrick of Towanda RD 4 and Mrs. Alberta Johnson of Towanda RD 2; three nephews; Elwood Ellis and Clair Kilmer, both of Towanda RD 2, and Jack Kilmer, Towanda RD 4; several great-nieces and great-nephews.  She was preceded in death by a brother, Francis Elliott, on Feb. 4, 1980.  The funeral service will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, with the Rev. Larry Lutz, pastor of the French Asylum United Methodist Church, officiating.  Interment will be in French Asylum Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 7-9 this evening at the funeral home.  –Towanda Daily Review.

 

ENNIS –MARJORIE ENNIS CRAWFORD, 70, wife of Ray Crawford of Standing Stone, Wysox RD 2 died unexpectedly Saturday morning March 17, 1990 at Memorial Hospital, Towanda being admitted there this past Thursday. Born September 28, 1919 in Standing Stone she was the daughter of Arthur and Flora Mingos Ennis. She was a graduate of Towanda High School, Class of 1937 and the Robert Packer Hospital School of Nursing in 1941 being awarded the Florence Nightingale Award “The Spirit of Nursing.” Marjorie continued on as an operating room nurse for the next six years. On March 31, 1942 she married Ray Crawford and assisted him in the operation of their farm in French Asylum. In 1972 they moved to the Ennis family farm in Standing Stone. Marjorie was highly regarded throughout the area, generous with her time and love for all who needed her. She was a devoted wife, mother and friend. She was a member of French Asylum Methodist Church and the UMW and was a former member of Towanda Chapter No. 76 OES. Surviving are her husband, Ray Crawford; a son and daughter-in-law, Charles E. and Jeanne Crawford of Wysox; a daughter and son-in-law, Martha and John Brennan of Sayre RD 2; three grandchildren; Drew and Stephanie Crawford and Amy Brennan. The funeral service will be held Tuesday March 20 at 11 a.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. Interment will be in French Asylum Cemetery. There will be no calling hours at the funeral home. –Towanda Daily Review

FULLER –IONE FULELR KISSELL, 97, formerly of the Senior Citizens Building, Towanda, and French Asylum, died Saturday evening, Jan. 17, 2004 at Memorial Hospital of Towanda.  Born March 7, 1906, in Herrick Township, she was a daughter of the late William Landon Fuller and Jennie Dodge Fuller.  Ione was a graduate of Camptown High School’s Class of 1923.  She later attended Mansfield Normal School and subsequently taught school in Rienze for a year.  Ione was a member of the French Asylum United Methodist Church and the Towanda Area Senior Citizens.  Ione’s dedication in life was to her family and home.  She was a loving mother to all her children and has crossed over to be in her heavenly home to still watch over her family for eternity.  Surviving are her children, Ralph Eugene “Gene” Kissell of French Asylum, Barbara Grace and her husband, Donald of Columbia Cross Roads RR 2, Raymond Kissell and his wife, Joan of Cowlesville, N.Y., JoAnn Fuller and her friend, Howard Acla of Towanda RR 5, Hallock Kissell and his wife, Gloria of French Asylum, Edward Kissell and his wife, Hilda of Williamsburg, Va. And David Kissell and his fiancée, Susy of Lakeland, Fla.; 18 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren; 22 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph William Kissell on Nov. 2, 1981; a daughter, Constance J. “Connie” Kissell, in January of 1951; two sons, Robert W. and Gordon F. Kissell; two grandchildren, Raymond Kissell Jr. and James Kissell; a brother, Raymond Fuller and a sister, Gertrude Crawford.  Calling hours were held on Monday evening at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda.  The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 11 a.m. at the French Asylum United Methodist Church with Pastor A. Michele Somerville officiating.  Interment will be in the French Asylum Cemetery, Asylum Township.  The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the French Asylum United Methodist Church in care of Jack Kilmer, RR 4, Box 202, Towanda, Pa in Iona Fuller Kissell’s memory.  –Towanda Daily Review.

RALDOLPH B. GRACE, 93, of 1819 Sunrise Drive, Holiday, Florida, a longtime resident of French Asylum and Macedonia, died early Saturday morning, Oct. 6, 1984, at the Community Hospital, Newport Richey, Florida.  Mr. Grace was held in high regard by his many friends in the area and was a dedicated member of the Towanda American Legion.  He was born February 7, 1891 in Smithfield Township, the son of Ellsworth and Mamie Brown Grace.  Mr. Grace was attending Mansfield State Teachers College when he entered the U.S. Army in September 1917.  He served as a private in the 314th Infantry in the Meuse-Argonne offensive.  It was there that he received shrapnel wounds in the leg and was placed in a base hospital near Bordeaux, France at the time the armistice was signed.  He subsequently returned to Fort Dix, N.J. where he was honorably discharged with the rank of corporal in June 1919.  He married the former Emma Frutchey on March 6, 1920 in Asylum Township.  In May 1920 he began his career as a rural mail carrier out of the Wysox Post Office where he continued until retiring on June 30, 1959.  Following his retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Grace moved to Florida to make their home and returned to this area for many years during the summer months.  Mr. Grace was a past commander of the Towanda American Legion Post 42 and in 1947 was elected commander of the 15th District of the American Legion in Pennsylvania.  He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Towanda, the World War I Last Man’s Club, the 314th Infantry Organization, the National Rural Letter Carriers Association, president of the Bradford-Sullivan Association of Rural Letter Carriers and also president of the 15th District comprising seven counties.  Survivors include his wife, Emma; a daughter and son-in-law, Winifred and Paul McCue; a granddaughter, Mrs. John (Kathryn) Walden, all of Holiday, Florida; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda with the Rev. Kenneth J. Lynde, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Towanda, officiating.  Interment will be in French Asylum Cemetery.  The Towanda American Legion Post 42 will accord military honors.  The family will receive friends Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.  –Towanda Daily Review

 

HEYER Hans R. -Hans R. Heyer, 92, of the Colonial Towers, North Towanda, Pa., formerly of Towanda RR 2, Asylum Twp., Pa., died
early Saturday morning, July 17, 2010 at Memorial Hospital in North Towanda, Pa.Hans was born April 24, 1918, in Danzig, Free City, Germany, the son of the late Frank and Amalie Bartch Heyer. He was formerly employed by Mrs. Paul Kitchens in Doylestown, Pa., Myers Food, Inc. in Plumsteadville, Pa., Long Acres Poultry in Franconia, Pa., U.S. Gauge in Sellersville, Pa., Bethlehem Steel in Bethlehem, Pa., Modern Concrete in Ottsville, Pa., and by Masonite Corporation in Wysox, Pa.Hans also worked on the Heyer Family Farm in Kintnersville, Pa., for many years. Hans enjoyed the outdoors and gardening.Surviving are: three sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas and Pat Heyer of Towanda RR2, James and Judy Heyer of Towanda RR2, Frank and Markita Heyer of Towanda RR2; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; his sister, Marion Wolf of Ottsville, Pa.; several step grandchildren; nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Sukop Heyer, on Dec. 30, 2007; his father, Frank Heyer, on Dec. 20, 1951; his mother, Amalie Heyer, on April 10, 1982; and by a sister, Kathy Heyer, on Dec. 18, 1953.The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 20, at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa.Interment will follow in the French Asylum Cemetery, Asylum Twp., Pa.The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday evening at the funeral home.The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the charity or organization of one's choice in Hans R. Heyer's memory. - Towanda Daily Review, July 18, 2010

HITE –WILMA JOHSON HITE EVANS, 76, formerly of Laceyville, Pa., died on Thursday evening, Feb. 1, 2007 at the Robert Packer Hospital of Sayre, Pa., following a lengthy illness.  Wilma was born on June 28, 1930 a daughter of Sheldon and Evelyn Johnson Hite of New Albany, Pa.  She retired from the Procter and Gamble plant in Mehoopany, Pa., in 1992 after 19 years.  She was a member of American Legion Post 42 of Towanda, Pa., and the V.F.W. Post 1536 of Sayre, Pa.  Wilma is survived by two sons, Dale Sluyter of Sayre and Donald Sluyter of Rome, Pa.; a daughter, Barbara Bailey of Towanda; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her grandparents, John and Ruie Hite and Esmond and Della Johnson; brother, Kenneth Hite; and a sister, Helen Hollister.  A graveside funeral service will be held on Monday morning, Feb. 5, in the French Asylum Cemetery in French Asylum Township.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association in Wilma's memory.  McHenry Funeral Home, Wyalusing, is in charge of arrangements.  –Towanda Daily Review 2/3/2007

HOIAAS - Harold Hoiaas Jr., 72, of 18 Packer Ave., Towanda, Pa., died Thursday evening, Dec. 10, 2009, at the Bradford County Manor in West Burlington Township, Pa. Harold was born in Delaware County, N.Y., on March 19, 1937, the only child of the late Harold Hoiaas Sr. and Betzy NILSEN Hoiaas. He was a graduate of Delaware Academy, Delhi, N.Y., Class of 1955, and later served in the U.S. Army.  Harold was employed by E.I. DuPont in Towanda from 1973 to 1993. He was later employed by the Bradford-Sullivan Penny Saver at The Daily Review in Towanda as distribution manager and later worked as a newspaper deliveryman for The Daily Review until declining health no longer permitted him to continue.  Harold was a member of Towanda American Legion Post No. 42, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 2191, Towanda, and the Monroeton Rod & Gun Club. Harold was an avid bowler and reader, and enjoyed hunting. He also enjoyed following the activities of his children and grandchildren and was a Penn State football fan.  He is survived by: his close companion and mother of his children, Donna Hoiaas of Monroeton, Pa.; daughters and sons-in-law Sonya and Tim Adams of Sugar Run RR 1, Pa., and Betsy and Sam Barnett of Towanda RR 1, Pa.; grandchildren Devon Adams and Aleesha Marcy; and special friends Bill Hibbert, and Jan and Carl Watkins.  The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday evening at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009, at the funeral home. Interment will be in the French Asylum Cemetery, Asylum Township, Pa.  The family requests that memorial contributions may be directed to the Bradford County Library, RR 3 Troy, PA 16947, in Harold's memory.  12 Dec. 2009 Towanda Daily Review.

 

HOOVER Hanora - Mrs. Hanora V. Johnson

Mrs. Hanora Vanderpool Johnson, formerly of Wyalusing, RD 3, died at her home, 69 Cleveland Avenue, Binghamton, at 6 a.m. Sunday last. She had been ill since April and was 82 years of age.  Mrs. Johnson is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Agnes Larrabee, of Binghamton; two sons, Thomas Vanderpool of Towanda RD and Richard Vanderpool of Wyalusing RD3; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; a brother George Hoover, of Wyalusing RD 3; a sister, Ruey Johnson, of Elmiral two half-sisters, Stella Vanderpool of Towanda and Mertie Johnson of Wyalusing RD 3; five half-brothers, Peasley Hoover, Martin Hoover, Elliger Hoover, Ferdinand Hoover, of Wyalusing RD 3, and Stephen Hoover.  Funeral services will be held Wednesday with prayer at her xxxxxx in Binghamton at 10 a.m. xxxx servers at the French xxxx church at 1 p.m. Burial xxxx the adjoining cemetery.   (I had to include the xxxx because the article was ripped, however, I know she is buried at the French Asylum church)

 

HOYT –MARY HOYT SITES KIPP, 89, of Rome RR 3, formerly of Towanda RR 1, died Friday morning, Oct. 15, 1999, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.  Born Jan. 29, 1910, in Spencer, N.Y., she was a daughter of the late Manley and Winifred Sabrins Hoyt.  Mary enjoyed volunteer work for the Rome United Methodist Church and the Ugly Quilt Club.  Surviving are: her children and their spouses; Frederick and Roseann Sites of Monroeton RR 1, Elizabeth and Harry Rought of Durell, Laura and Chris Bullock of Wyalusing, Eunice Heath of Towanda RR3, and James and Sarah Sites of Factoryville, Ark.; a stepson and his wife; John D. and Sherry Kipp of Rome; a stepdaughter; R. Elaine Shirk of New Albany RR 2; 31 grandchildren; 80 great-grandchildren; 48 great-great-grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; 10 step-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law; Marietta Hoyt of North Carolina; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her husbands; Charles E. Sites, on Jan. 8, 1981, and John L. Kipp, on Nov. 11, 1996.  The family will receive friends Sunday evening from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda.  The funeral service will be held Monday, Oct. 18, 1999 at 3 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Birney Kellogg, pastor of the Rome United Methodist Church, officiating.  Interment will be in French Asylum Cemetery, Asylum Township.  –Towanda Daily Review.

 

HULSIZER HEYER –KATHY HULSIZER HEYER CHILSON, 18, wife of Douglas S. Chilson of Towanda RD 2 (Asylum Township) died Sunday morning March 15, 1987 as a result of an automobile accident on Rt. 187 in Durrell. She was born June 17, 1968 in Doylestown, PA and was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Towanda. Surviving are her husband, Douglas and her infant daughter, Desiree Marie Chilson, both at home: parents, Suzanne and Thomas Heyer of Towanda RD 2, her father and step-mother, George and Barbara Hulsizer of Hellertown, PA; maternal grandparents, Betty and John Spinoso of Towanda; paternal Grandparents, Margaret and Hans Heyer of Towanda RD 2; paternal grandmother, June Hulsizer of Perkasic, PA; three sisters, Mrs. Gerald (Theresa) Curtis of Towanda and Valerie Hulsizer of Wyalusing, Christine Breslin of Hellertown; maternal great-grandmother, Mamie Sinoso of Yonkers, NY; six brothers, John Hulsizer of Hellertown, David and Matthew Heyer of Towanda, Thomas Heyer Jr. of Kintnersville, PA, Pat and Joel Breslin of Hellertown; three nieces and one nephew; a maternal aunt, Mrs. Harry (Joan) Bohlman of Pipersville, PA; paternal aunt, Linda Debus of Zionsville, PA; paternal uncles, Jim and Frank Heyer of Towanda. The family will receive friends this evening from 7-9 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. A private funeral service will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Maurice J. Hart, officiating. Interment will be in French Azylium Cemetery. –Towanda Daily Review

JOHNSON Raymond E. Johnson
74, of Sayre, Pa., died Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, at home following an extended illness. He was born April 17, 1936, in Sayre, Pa., the son of the late Mercur and Rheta Sollick. Ray served in the Army during the Korean War from 1953 to 1956. He was a machinist at Ingersoll-Rand for 42 years. Ray was a member of the Sayre VFW Skiff-Bower Post 1536, the American Legion and the Tioga Point hunting club. Ray was an avid reader and a loyal sports follower, especially football, baseball, high school and college wrestling and whatever his grandchildren were doing. Family would like to thank Mary Carroll, Kathryn Zurn, Ann Shay Cheatham along with Guthrie Hospice for their wonderful care this past year. He was predeceased by: his father Mercur Johnson; mother Rheta West; grandson Chase Johnson; and a special friend, Pat Shay. Ray is survived by: his children, Bobbi and Bill Furnas of Elmira, N.Y., Mike and Lina Johnson of Harleysville, Pa., Mark Johnson of Athens, Pa., Toni and Paul Abrahams of Ridgefield, Conn., and Steve and Mary Johnson of Silver Spring, Md.; grandchildren, Josh, Rachel, Justin (Jordan), Sean, Brooks, Alex, Maya, Talia and Gabriella; great-grandchild Kaylee; sisters and brother Donna and Jerry Robinson of Athens, Pa., Marlene Northrup of Waverly, N.Y., and Donald and Doris Johnson of Athens, Pa,; and aunts, Beatrice Johnson of Laceyville, Pa. and Madeleine Andrews of Williamstown, N.Y. Family and friends may call from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010 at the Lowery Life Appreciation Center LLC., 225 S. Main St., Athens, Pa. The memorial service will follow at 6:30 p.m. with Rev. Ann Bey Canfield of the Waverly United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in the French Asylum Cemetery.  Memorial donations may be made in Ray's memory to the Chase Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Ingersoll Rand Federal Credit Union, 101 N. Main St., Athens, PA 18810. - Towanda Daily Review, September 26, 2010

KERRICK –AILEEN M. ROMANO, of Boston, N.Y., died on Thursday, May 15, 2003.  Born Aileen Margaret Kerrick on March 21, 1951, in Towanda, she was the daughter of George and Dorothy Kerrick of Towanda.  She was a graduate of Towanda High School Class of 1969, Aileen attended Syracuse University and later graduated from the University of Buffalo in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.  She received her master’s in nursing administration from the University of Buffalo in 1996.  She performed a variety of nursing functions as a registered nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital, culminating in her appointment as vice president of Patient Care Services at St. Joseph’s Hospital.  She was a member of many civic and professional organizations.  Aileen actively pursued her interests in sewing and needlecraft, creating many cross-stitch works of art and many hand-crafted quilts.  She was a founding partner of the Needle Hive, a counted cross-stitch shop in East Aurora.  She also was formerly active in youth swimming as a director of the Star Swim Club.  Her primary passion in life outside of her family was providing care to her many patients, their families and her nursing staff that supported them.  She is survived by her parents, George and Dorothy Kerrick of Towanda; husband, Nicholas A. Romano; children, David (wife Helena) and Amy Margolis (husband Keith); grandson, Dominic Michael; and sisters, Edith Selleck and Sandra Kerrick.  The family will receive friends Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Orchard Park Chapel of the Joseph K. Quinn funeral Home Inc., 6170 W. Quaker St., Rote 20A, Orchard Park, N.Y.  Interment will be held on Tuesday at noon, at the French Asylum Church Cemetery.  Friends and relatives are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Monday at St. Bernadette’s Church at 12:30 p.m.  Please assemble at the church.  Flowers are gratefully declined.  Donations may be sent to the Center for Hospice, Palliative Care, 225 Como Park Boulevard, Cheektowaga, N.Y. –Towanda Daily Review.

 

KERRICK George Leslie Kerrick

93, a lifelong resident of French Asylum, died Thursday morning, April 26, 2012 at his home.  George was born at home on Aug. 15, 1918 the son of Sheldon H. and Mae Taylor Kerrick. He attended the French Asylum School and was a graduate of Towanda High School class of 1935.  On Dec. 15, 1945 George married the former Dorothy L. Beers of Monroeton at the Monroeton United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years on Dec. 31, 2009.  George started farming with his father and uncle, and later became sole owner and operator of Frenrick Farms. He was a member of the French Asylum Methodist Church and Wysox Lodge No. 1152 IOOF, served as trustee of the French Asylum Cemetery Association and was a past member of Asylum Grange, Bradford Sullivan Pomona Grange and National Grange. While dairy farming, George was a 40-year leader of Susqui 4-H Club and was active in the local and state Holstein Association. He was the recipient of the 1990 Bradford County Cooperator Award. He also served as trustee of the French Asylum Methodist Church, Wysox School Authority and the Towanda Valley Joint Authority. George enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing softball and gardening.  Surviving are his daughters, Edith (Robert) Selleck and Sandra Kerrick (Kathy Philo); a son-in-law, Nicholas (Dianne) Romano; four grandchildren, David (Helena) Romano, Amy (Keith) Margolis, Derek Selleck and Justin Selleck; five great-grandchildren, Dominic Romano, Gavin Romano, Tyler Margolis, Samanatha Margolis, and Ryan Margolis; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by a daughter, Aileen M. Kerrick Romano and brother and sister-in-law, Ralph and Mildred Kerrick.  The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 30, 2012 at the French Asylum Methodist Church with Rev. Jean Montgomery, pastor, officiating.  Interment will follow in the French Asylum Cemetery. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the French Asylum Cemetery Association in care of Jack Kilmer, 7048 Liberty Corners Road, Towanda, PA. 18848 or to the charity or organization of one's choice in George Leslie Kerrick's memory.   Towanda Daily Review – April 27, 2012

 

WILBUR ‘BILL’ KERRICK, 65, of Roaring Branch RD 1 died at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre on Saturday, April 21, 1979, after a lingering illness.  He was born in Asylum Township on January 12, 1914, a son of Gratton and Dora Scott Kerrick.  He was a retired self-employed farmer.  He also owned and operated apple orchards.  He was a member of the North Union Christian Church and the Union Center Grange No. 784.  He was a member of the Holstein Friesian Association and the Canton Rod and Gun Club.  He and his wife celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary last November.  He is survived by his wife Louise Landon; one daughter, Mrs. Romaine (Bett) Sechrist of Canton RD 1; one son, John Wilbur, of Roaring Branch RD 1; three sisters, Mrs. Mabel Kelly and Miss Helen Winifred Kerrick both of Towanda and Mrs. George (Jane) Hoppe of Mahwah, N.J.; two brothers, Kenneth of Towanda and Fred of Boston, Mass.; 10 grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  Private funeral services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at the Ralph T. Kleese Funeral Home, Canton with Rev. Paul Diehl, his pastor, officiating.  There will be no calling hours.  Burial will be French Asylum Cemetery.  –Canton Independent Sentinel.

KILMER Clair R. - Clair R. Kilmer, 86, formerly of Ellis Hill, Durell, Pa., died Wednesday morning, June 23, 2010, at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Memorial Hospital, North Towanda Twp., Pa. Clair was born in Standing Stone Twp., Pa., on June 27, 1923, the son of the late Lloyd W. Kilmer and Harriet Stevens Kilmer. He was a graduate of Towanda High School Class of 1941. Clair owned and operated his dairy farm in Asylum Twp. for many years. He was later employed by Asylum Twp. and by Bradford County in the maintenance department. Clair was a member of the French Asylum United Methodist Church, the Standing Stone Men's Group, Asylum Grange, Pomona Grange and the State Grange where he formerly served as a deputy, and he was a member Wysox Fire Company. Clair enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and hunting. He is survived by: his children, Paul A. Kilmer and his wife Karen of Louisburg, N.C., Lee H. Kilmer and his wife Lucille of Ames, Iowa, Betsy S. Shirk and her husband Bryan of San Diego, Calif., Joan M. Kitchen and her husband Timothy of Benton, Pa., Lori J. Kilmer and Mr. Gale Culbert of Poulsbo, Wash., and Ann L. Gary and her husband Richard of Montrose, Pa.; grandchildren, Carol Bennett, Amy Settle, Benjamin Shirk, Jason Kilmer, Stacy Deibert and Brandon Kitchen; great-grandchildren, Devin Settle, Regan Deibert, Lena Kilmer and Grace Bennett; brother and sister-in-law Jack and Leila Kilmer of Towanda RR 4; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and special friends Erma Bishop and family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law, Mildred and Ralph Kerrick. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 26, 2010, at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa., with the Rev. Jean Montgomery, pastor of the French Asylum United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be private in the French Asylum Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the French Asylum United Methodist Church in care of Jack Kilmer, Treasurer, RR 4 Box 202, Towanda, PA 18848, or to the Skilled Nursing Unit of Memorial Hospital, 1 Hospital Drive, Towanda, PA 18848, in Clair R. Kilmer's memory. - Towanda Daily Review, June 24, 2010

KILMER –MILDRED KILMER KERRICK, 75, widow of Ralph C. Kerrick, of Liberty Corners, Towanda RR 4, died late Friday evening, July 21, 1995 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.  Born Nov. 17, 1919 in Asylum Township, Pa., she was a daughter of the late Lloyd William and Harriet Irene Stevens Kilmer.  On December 17, 1940, she married Ralph C. Kerrick.  Mr. and Mrs. Kerrick owned and operated their farm in Liberty Corners for 50 years.  Mildred was a member of the Asa Stevens Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution.  Surviving are: her children; Evelyn and George Baker of East Towanda, Betty Christopher of Liberty Corners, Susan and Stephen Achromowicz of Yacaipa, Calif., Ralph F. and Joyce Kerrick of Liberty Corners; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Clair Kilmer of Towanda RR 2 and Jack Kilmer of Towanda RR 44; an aunt, Erma Stevens of the Senior Citizens Building, Towanda; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  The funeral service will be held Wednesday, July 26, 1995, at 2 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, with the Rev. Allen Hulslander, pastor of the Towanda First United Methodist Church, officiating.  Interment will be in French Asylum Cemetery, Asylum Township.  There are no calling hours.  The family will provide their own flowers and suggest that memorials may be directed to the French Asylum Cemetery Association in care of Jack Kilmer, RR 4, Box 202, Towanda, Pa. in Mildred Kilmer Kerrick’s memory.  –Towanda Daily Review.

MYRON W. KILMER, 86, of Troy RD 3, formerly of Liberty Corners, Sayre and Waverly, N.Y., died Saturday, Dec. 16, 1989 at the Bradford County Manor.  Born Feb. 19, 1903 at Ellis Hill, Towanda RD 2, he was a son of George B. and Cora Benjamin Kilmer.  On June 23, 1925 he married the former Zelma Elliott in Towanda.  Mr. Kilmer was employed by the Pennsylvania Electric Power Company for many years, retiring on Feb. 30, 1968.  He was a member of the Waverly Masonic Lodge #407 F & AM, the Loyal Order of the Moose #1490, Waverly, N.Y., and the Towanda Gun Club.  He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Zelma Elliott Kilmer, who is a guest at the Bradford County Manor; four nephews, Elwood Ellis, Towanda RD 2; Philip Ellis of Towanda; Clair Kilmer of Towanda RD 2; Jack Kilmer of Towanda RD 4; two nieces, Mrs. Ralph (Mildred) Kerrick of Towanda RD 4; Mrs. Alberta Johnson of Towanda RD 2; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Elliott of Towanda RD 4.  The funeral and committal service will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda with the Rev. Larry Lutz officiating.  Interment will be in the French Asylum Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.  –Towanda Daily review.

 

KINNEY Marion L. Shores Wolfe

Marion L. Shores Wolfe, 81, of 125 Colonial Drive, Towanda, Pa., died Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. Marion was born Dec. 17, 1929 in Springport, N.Y., a daughter of the late William and Maude Horton Kinney. In early years, she was employed by Herman Rynveld Sons Wreath Company in New Albany, Pa. Marion devoted her life to raising her nine children. She enjoyed music, cooking and baking. She was a member of VFW Post 6072 Ladies Auxiliary in Durell, Pa. Surviving are her children: Geraldine Lane and husband Dighton Sr. of Towanda, Susan Morris of Taylor, Pa., George Shores of Rome, Pa., Patricia Hinckley of Towanda, David Shores of Ulster, Michael Shores of Towanda, Mary Johnson and husband Oliver of Wysox, Thomas Shores and wife Penny of Canton; 18 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins; a special nephew, Howard Kinney of Chemung, N.Y.; very special friends, Martha Fayman of Towanda and Mary Hoover of Monroeton.  In addition to her parents she was predeceased by a son, James Robert Shores in 1979; and her sister and brother-in-law, Gladys and Marvin Ford. The funeral and committal service will be held at 5 p.m. on Monday, June 20, 2011 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa., with Pastor Lloyd Vaughn officiating. Interment will be in French Asylum Cemetery, Asylum Twp., Pa.  The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.  The family suggests that contributions may be directed to the American Lung Association of Northeast Pennsylvania, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18509, in Marion's memory.   Towanda Daily Review - June 17, 2011

 

KISSELL Ralph Eugene "Gene" Kissell

86, of 2659 Kerrick Hill Road, Towanda, a life-long and well-known resident of Asylum Township, died Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.  "Gene," as he was known by his family and many friends, was born June 15, 1926 in Asylum Township the son of Ralph William Kissell and Ione Fuller Kissell. He was a graduate of Towanda High School class of 1944 and operated the family farm his entire life. On June 16, 1950, he married the former Janice Ione Smith. Gene was formerly employed by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation in Towanda and by the Dairylea Creamery in Wyalusing. Gene drove a milk truck and served as an Asylum Township Supervisor for a number of years and also drove school bus for the Towanda Area School District for 26 years. He was a member of the French Asylum Methodist Church. Gene loved spending time with his grandchildren and farming. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing.  Surviving are his daughters, Sharon J. (Conrad) Winter of Towanda, Sheila M. (Ray) Howe of Athens and Sandra A. (Carl) Curtis III of Towanda; sons Richard L. (Sandra) Kissell of Swindon, England and Russell E. Kissell of Wellsboro; grandchildren Amanda Howe, Jeremy (Janelle) Howe, Cassandra Curtis, Carlina Curtis, Jessica Kissell, Ryan Kissell and Alecia Kissell; great grandchildren, Jacob, Austyn and Allyson; sisters Barbara (Donald) Grace of Columbia Cross Roads and JoAnn Fuller (Howard Acla) of Towanda; brothers Raymond (Joan) Kissell of Cowlesville, N.Y., Hallock (Gloria) Kissell of French Asylum, Edward (Hilda) Kissell of Williamsburg, Va. and David (Susy) Kissell of Lakeland, Fla.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Janice, on July 26, 1998, father, Ralph William Kissell on Nov. 2, 1981, mother, Ione Fuller Kissell on Jan. 17, 2004, infant son, Ralph Edward Kissell in 1952, sister, Constance "Connie" J. Kissell in January of 1951 and brothers, Robert W. and Gordon F. Kissell.  A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 23, 2012 at the French Asylum Methodist Church with Rev. James Hollister officiating, Interment will follow in the French Asylum Cemetery.  Contributions may be directed to the Nancy Quatrini Cancer Fund in care of the Guthrie Clinic, Guthriie Square, Sayre, PA 18840 or to Wysox Volunteer EMS, Box 302, Wysox, PA 18854 or to the French Asylum Methodist Church in care of Jack Kilmer, 7048 Liberty Corners Road, Towanda, PA 18848 in Gene's memory.    Towanda Daily Review – July 20, 2012

 

CARL EDWARD LANDMESSER, 73 of Macedonia, RR 2, Towanda went home to be with the Lord Wednesday morning March 26, 1997 at the Sayre House, Sayre, Pa.  Born Jan. 28, 1924 in Powell, Pa. he was a son of the late Clarence Lewis and Ella Mae Northup Landmesser.  He attended the Powell School for eight years and was a graduate of Towanda High School class of 1941.  He then attended NYA School in Monroeton and was a locomotive mechanic apprentice for the Lehigh Valley Railroad in Sayre.  He entered the U.S. Army on March 8, 1943 and was honorably discharged from Co. A, 755th Railway Operating Battalion on Dec. 13, 1945.  He received a good conduct medal, European-African, Middle-Eastern Campaign Medal with four bronze stars and the WWII Victory Medal.  Carl attained the rank of technician 5th grade and served in combat in Northern France, the Rhine and Central Europe and Ardennes.  Carl entered the employ of Sylvania Electric Products in Towanda in May 1946 and worked as a supervisor and later as senior technician in the T.V. Phosphors Dept. until his retirement in Jan. 1986.  He was a member of the French Asylum United Methodist Church for 47 years and very active in church affairs.  Carl was an excellent and competent carpenter and made many improvements in their home in Macedonia where they resided for 47 years.  He loved his family, home, the outdoors, camping, hiking, gardening and traveling.  On Oct. 10, 1948 he married the former Helen Benjamin at the French Asylum Methodist Church.  Carl was a former member of the American Chemical Society, Asylum Grange and the National Campers and Hikers Assoc.  Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Helen Landmesser at home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Keith and Cheryl R. Landmesser of North Rome, Lynne and Carol Landmesser of Rome; a daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Gregory Friedman of Sayre; four grandchildren, Jared Lynne Landmesser, Kristin Nicole Landmesser, Cortney Mrie Landmesser, Jennie Friedman, step-grandchildren, Heidi and Mike Wooster, Nicole Priedman; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Jean Landmesser of Powell, John Eldon and Bernice Landmesser of Monroeton RR 1; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his father, Clarence L. Landmesser on Sept. 20, 1955, his mother, Ella Mae Landmesser on Feb. 23, 1995 and a brother, Clarence L. “Buddy” Landmesser in April of 1926.  The funeral service will be held Saturday, March 29, 1997 at 2 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa. with Pastor Michele Sommerville of the French Asylum United Methodist Church officiating.  The family will receive friends Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.  Interment will be in the French Asylum Cemetery, French Asylum, Pa. with Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 according full military honors.  The family suggests that memorials may be directed to the Wysox Volunteer Fire Co., Box 2, Wysox, Pa. or to the French Asylum Methodist Church in care of Jack Kilmer, RR 4, Box 202, Towanda, Pa. or to the charity or organization of one’s own choice in Mr. Landmesser’s memory.  –Towanda Daily Review

LANDON –MRS. M. LOUISE KERRICK, 69, of Roaring Branch RD 1, Pa. died Monday, Jan. 26, in Troy Community Hospital, Troy.  Mrs. Kerrick was born Sept. 26, 1917, at Union Township, Tioga County, Pa., the daughter of Lloyd and Florence Randall Landon.  She was formerly employed as a cafeteria worker at the Canton Area School District and also as a clerk at the former Landon’s Food Market in Canton.  She was a member of the North Union Christian Church and of the Church Missionary Society.  She was also a member of North Union Grange No. 784 and of the Canton Monday Bowling League.  Surviving is a daughter, Mrs. Romain (Betty) Sechrist, of Canton RD 1; a son and daughter-in-law, John and Janet Kerrick of Roaring Branch RD 1; three brothers, Louis Landon, of Canton RD 1, Paul Landon of Tunkhannock and Harold Landon of Roaring Branch RD 1; one sister, Mrs. Carl (Ruth Ann) McCoy of Portland, Ore.  There are ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, and an aunt, Mrs. Margaret Mason, of Millport, N.Y.  Mrs. Kerrick was predeceased by her husband, Wilbur (Bill) Kerrick, on April 21, 1979.  At the request of the family there will be no visitation of funeral service.  Private committal services will held in the French Asylum Cemetery, Asylum Township, Pa., at the convenience of the family.  Those wishing may forward memorial donations to the Canton Community Nursing service or the American Cancer Society in Mrs. Kerrick’s memory.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton.  –Towanda Daily Review.

LANE – Wm. E. Lane Dies After Relapse - Prominent Banker Ill Long Time, Had Seemed Better Until Week Ago - TOWANDA, May 21 – William E. Lane, prominent banker and well known throughout this section diedat his home this morning about 10:45 o’clock, after a long illness.  He was stricken in March, but at one time seemed to rally.  A relapse made his condition critical again about a week ago. Mr. Lane was a native of Asylum township, but had spent the greater part of his life in Towanda.  He was 68 years of age.  He received his early education in the public schools, and then attended the S. C. I. in Towanda, from which he graduated in 1881.  Four years later he graduated from Lafayette college at Easton. He was for a time in the law office of Rodney A. Mercur of Towanda, being admitted to the Bradford county bar in 1887.  He was at various times connected with Towanda borough in an official capacity, being at one time borough secretary and later borough solicitor. He was also interested in educational affairs, being a member of the school board at one time, and had been for many years active in the Bradford County Agricultural Society.  He was a devout member of the SS. Peter and Paul’s church at Towanda, having been active in the Holy Name Society and one time president of that organization. During his banking career, which made him regarded as one of the most competent men in this section, he was associated at one time with the Citizens National Bank of Towanda as a director.  He was named cashier of the First National bank in 1911.  He had continued in this capacity until his death. Mr. Lane is survived by his wife (Katherine Duggan Lane); a son, Daniel, and two step-daughters, Mrs. D. J. MacNulty and Mrs. Gwin Johnson of Towanda.  Funeral arrangements had not been completed today.  Sayre Evening Times, 21 May 1930.  (The Evening Times on May 24, 1930 reported that the burial was at the Frenchtown cemetery and the funeral was one of the largest in Towanda in years.)

LYON –MARJORIE LYON VITE, 83, widow of Glenn P. Vite, formerly of 300 William St., Towanda, died Tuesday evening, Oct. 18, 1994, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Elmira, N.Y.  Born Oct. 15, 1911, in Elmira, N.Y., she was a daughter of the late Edward A. and Helen Clark Lyon.  Marjorie was a graduate of Elmira Free Academy and attended Cortland Normal School.  On Oct. 25, 1930, she married Glenn P. Vite in Elmira, N.Y.  He preceded her in death on June 15, 1983.  Marjorie was employed as a dental assistant for the late Dr. Robert MacLaren in Towanda for many years.  Mrs. Vite was an active member of the Towanda First United Methodist Church the United Methodist Women and the church’s Bible Study Group and the Critchlow Class.  She was also a former member of the Penny Promenaders Square Dance Club of Athens for many years.  Surviving are; a daughter, Phyllis Walsh of Northampton, Pa.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Betty Kilmer and Gene Gerould of Towanda RR 2 and Peggy and James Mumaw of Newtown, Pa.; a daughter-in-law, Alma Vite Clark of New Paltz, N.Y.; 15 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; a sister, Dorothy Hoyt of Horseheads, N.Y.; two brothers, C. Edward Lyon of Elmira, N.Y., and Stuart Lyon of Penn Yan, N.Y.; several nieces, nephews and cousins and a very special friend, Paul Olsen of Waverly, N.Y.  She was also preceded in death by a son, Robert Vite, in July 1981.  The funeral service will be held Saturday, Oct. 22, 1994, at 1 p.m. at the Towanda First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Allen Hulslander officiating.  Interment will be in the French Asylum Cemetery, Asylum Township.  The family will receive friends 7 to 9 p.m. Friday evening at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda.  The family suggests that memorials may be directed to the Towanda First United Methodist Church, 105 Main St., Towanda, Pa. in Marjorie Vite’s memory.  –Towanda Daily Review.
 
 

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MORROW Blanche M. Kissell, 91 - 3/16/2006
Blanche M. Kissell, 91, formerly of the Colonial Towers, and French Asylum, PA, died on Friday evening, March 10, 2006 at the Bradford County Manor in West Burlington Township.  Born on Feb. 23, 1915 in Wilmot Township, she was a daughter of the late Frank C. and Nellie E. Wheeler Morrow.  Blanche was a graduate of Wyalusing High School, Class of 1932.  In earlier years, she was employed by the W.T. Grant Store in Towanda and was later employed by the Towanda School District at the Wysox Elementary School as a teacher’s aide.  Blanche was a member of the French Asylum United Methodist Church.

 She enjoyed reading and playing cards.  Surviving are her children and their spouses, Nancy K. and Lee Allyn of French Asylum, Greg F. and Debra Kissell of Montrose RR4; four grandchildren, Kelly McGee and her friend, Dennis Peachey of Lake Wesauking, Stacy Johnson and her husband, Bruce Johnson of French Asylum, Charles Allyn and his wife, Patti Allyn of French Asylum, Jordan Kissell of Montrose RR4; five great-grandchildren, Austen McGee, Brady and Jesse Johnson, Peyton and Parker Allyn; a brother and sister-in-law, Wayne and Mabel Morrow of Sugar Run; two sisters, Edith M. Reed of Ocala, FL and Ruth Brown Smith of Savannah, GA, several nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles F. Kissell on Dec. 23, 1959 and a half-brother, Charles T. Morrow.  A well-attended memorial service for Blanche was held on Monday, March 13 at 11 a.m. at the French Asylum United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Jean Montgomery, pastor, officiating. Organist was Lola Kunkle. Readings were offered by her great-grandsons, Austen McGee and Brady Johnson. Reflections upon her life were offered by her granddaughter, Stacy Johnson; her brother, Wayne Morrow and by friends, Esther McCarty, Bernice Lewis, Donna Kerrick and Angie Funk. Interment will be later in the French Asylum Cemetery.  Following the memorial service, a luncheon and time of sharing memories were provided by the United Methodist Women of the church at the home of Mrs. Kissell’s daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Lee Allyn for family and friends. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the French Asylum United Methodist Church, in care of Jack Kilmer, RR4, Box 202, Towanda, PA 18848 or to the Bradford County Library, RR3, Troy, PA 16947 in Blanche M. Kissell’s memory.  Submitted by  Austen A. McGee

NORCONK –SADIE ALBERTHA ‘PEG’ DRIESBAUGH, 92, formerly of the Wyalusing Valley Personal Care Home and RR4 Towanda, Asylum Twp., Pa. died Tuesday Feb. 6, 2007 at the Bradford County Manor, West Burlington Twp., Pa., following a period of declining health.  Born Sept. 6, 1914 in Towanda, Pa. she was the daughter of the late Alfred W. and Sadie Ackley Norconk and the stepdaughter of the late Charles A. Frutchey of French Asylum.  In earlier years, Peg was employed by the W.T. Grant store in Towanda for a short period, and later was employed by GTE Sylvania in Towanda in the wire drawing department retiring after 29 years of service.  Peg loved horses and traveling but her main interest in life encompassed her home and family. She enjoyed stock car racing and watching her grandsons Randy and David race at several tracks.  Peg was a member of the French Asylum United Methodist Church.   Surviving are: Her son, Charles "Bud" VanHorn of Canton, Pa.; her daughters, Shirley Homan (Robert) of Milan, Pa., Peggy Thomas of RR4 Towanda, Pa.; her sister, Angelique F. Allen; her son-in-law, Warren "Mac" Davenport of Wysox, Pa., her grandchildren, Gerald (Connie) Homan, Patrick Homan, Donald Homan, Karen (Vince) Whyte, Randy (Judy) Davenport, Kay (David) Calaman, Mike (Sherry) VanHorn, Mark VanHorn, Amy (Darren) Zimmer, and Tammy Thomas; 19 Grandchildren including, Stefiny Thomas, who brought her much joy and love; and several great-great-grandchildren; two cousins, Edna Storch Reese and Phyllis Storch,   She was preceded in death by her husband, John Henry Driesbaugh on June 28, 2000, a daughter Margaret "Vonnie" Davenport on November 15, 2006, two grandsons, James "Jim" Thomas on July 7, 1984, Daniel Homan in 1998, and a daughter in law Barbara "Barb" VanHorn in 2004.   The funeral service will be held Friday, Feb 9, 2007 at 11 a.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa. with the Rev. Jean Montgomery, pastor of the French Asylum United Methodist Church, officiating.  Interment will be in the French Asylum Cemetery, Asylum Township., Pa.  The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday morning from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.  The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the Bradford County Humane Society, P.O. Box 176 Ulster, Pa. in Sadie "Peg" Driesbaugh's memory. –Towanda Daily Review 2/7/2007

H. D. ‘DICK’ SHULTZ, 86 of Towanda RD 2 (Asylum Township) died early Wednesday morning, May 24, 1989 at the Memorial Hospital in Towanda.  Born Oct. 3, 1902 in Huntingdon Mills, Pa., “Dick” as he was known by his many friends came to this area in 1920.  He was employed by the Towanda Wholesale Company, the Pinkerton Tobacco Company and the Voorhis Wholesale Company.  On Nov. 11, 1926 he married the former Helen Putnam in Williamsport.  She preceded him in death on Aug. 4, 1966.  Mr. and Mrs. Shultz operated the Shultz-Putnam General Store in Durell for many years until his retirement.  His main interests in life were his home and family.  “Dick” was an avid gardener and also enjoyed hunting and fishing.  He was a member of the French Asylum United Methodist Church, the Evergreen Masonic Lodge #163 in Monroeton, Union Chapter #161, Royal Arch Mason, Northern Commandery #16 Knights Templer and the Irem Temple Shrine Club of Dallas, Pa.  Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Miles (Alice) Lewis of Maryville, Tenn., Mrs. Harold (Sara) Gary of Montrose and Mrs. Ralph (Cynthia) Wyckoff of Seymour, Tenn.; a son, Dyson P. Shultz of Greenfield, Mass.; 15 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Sally Stevens of Wysox RD 2; a very dear friend, Mrs. Cora Miller of Towanda RD 2; also several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his sister, Mrs. Katheryn (Lane) of Towanda on Nov. 3, 1975.  The funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda with the Rev. Larry Lutz officiating.  Interment will be in the French Asylum Cemetery.  The family will receive Friends today from 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home.  Evergreen Masonic Lodge #163 will hold services at 7:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.  –Towanda Daily Review

SOLLICK –RHETA SOLLICK WEST, 91, of Waverly, N.Y., died Sunday, July 17, 2005 at the Tioga Nursing Facility, Waverly, N.Y. where she had been a resident since 1999.  Born Sept. 25, 1913, on Kerrick Hill in Asylum Twp., Pa., she was the daughter of the late James and Maude Bouse Sollick.  Rheta was a graduate of Towanda High School Class of 1931.  She was formerly employed by the Blue Swan in Sayre, Pa. for 16 years.  Rheta was a member of the French Asylum United Methodist Church.  Her life encompassed her home and family.  Rheta loved spending time with her family, flower gardening, sewing and hand craft work.  Surviving are her daughters, Donna Robinson and her husband, Jerry Robinson, of Athens, Pa., Marlene Northrup, with whom she formerly resided in Waverly, N.Y.; her sons, Donald Johnson and his wife Doris Johnson of Milan, Pa., Raymond Johnson and his friend Pat Shay of Sayre, Pa., 19 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne West in October of 1985; two sisters, Myrtle Prymer and Emma Whitehead; two brothers, Lester and Carlton Sollick, and a son-in-law, James Sassman.  The funeral service will be held Tuesday, July 19, 2005 at 1 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa. with the Rev. Anne Canfield, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, Waverly, N.Y., officiating.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral service on Tuesday at the funeral home.  Interment will be in the French Asylum Cemetery, Asylum Township, Pa.  The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to Lourdes Hospice, 169 Riverside Drive. Binghamton, N.Y. in her memory.  –Towanda Daily Review.

SUKOP - Margaret Sukop Heyer, 85, wife of Hans R. Heyer, formerly of Towanda RR 2, Asylum Township, Pa., died Sunday evening Dec. 30, 2007, at the skilled nursing unit of Memorial Hospital, N. Towanda Twp., Pa. Born June 9, 1922 in Philadelphia, Pa., she was a daughter of the late Frank and Elizabeth Schauder Sukop. Margaret was employed as a book keeper for modern concrete in Ottsville. Pa. for 17 years and also worked on the Heyer family farm in Kintnersville, Pa. for many years. She enjoyed baking, making wedding cakes, and was an accomplished seamstress. Margaret was dedicated to her family and home and will be remembered for her strong work ethic. Surviving are: Her husband, Hans R. Heyer at home; three sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas and Pat Heyer of Towanda RR 2; James and Judy Heyer of Towanda RR 2; Frank and Markita Heyer of Towanda RR 2; six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and several step grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Catherine Dukay on April 24, 2007.  The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, January 3, at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa., with the Rev. John Chmil, pastor of SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Towanda, officiating. Interment will be in the French Asylum Cemetery, Asylum Township, Pa. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday evening at the funeral home. The family suggests that memorial contributions may directed to the Alzheimer’s Association of Northeastern Pa., Kirby Health Center, 71 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, Pa. 18701, in Margaret Sukop Heyer's memory.  Published in the Daily Review on 1/1/2008.

THOMAS –MARY T. MILLER, 96, formerly of the Memorial Personal Care Home, French Asylum, and Towanda, died Wednesday, Joy 20, 2005, at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Memorial Hospital, North Towanda Township.  Born July 29, 1908 in Hazleton, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Theodore and Mary Hellner Thomas.  Mary was a graduate of Hazleton High School and received her teacher’s certificate from Bloomsburg State Teachers College.  In 1929 she moved to the Durell area where she accepted a teaching position at the Durell School.  Her teaching positions include schools in Hazleton and Durell, Wysox Elementary School and J. Andrew Morrow Elementary School in Towanda.  She retired in 1971.  On June 3, 1933 she married Peter M. Miller in Hazleton.  He preceded her in death on Dec. 26, 1975.  Mary was a member of the French Asylum United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women, Order of Easter Star, Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority, the Lady Whittemore Reading Club and 20th Century Club.  She was a former member of the Grange.  Surviving are three sons, Gary T. Miller and his wife, Jean Miller, of North Topsail Beach, N.C., Lynn A. Miller and his wife, Bonnie Miller of French Asylum and Dr. P. Morey Miller of West Granby, Conn.; five grandchildren, Pamela Can and her husband, Stephen Can, Barbara Belicic and her husband, Brian Belicic, Melinda Moore and her husband, John Moore, Emily Dechow and her husband, Joseph Dechow and Ashley Miller; eight great-grandchildren; Connor Belicic, Eli Can, Marilyn Can, Brianna Belicic, Allyson Belicic, Ryan Moore, Sarah Moore and Kayla Dechow; and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by two brothers, William Thomas and Fred Thomas and two sisters, Ruth Jacobs and Darthy Girard.  The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 23, at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda with the Rev. Daniel Jordan officiating.  Interment will be in the French Asylum Cemetery, Asylum Township.  The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Sunday at the funeral home.  The family requests that memorial contributions may be directed to the French Asylum United Methodist Church, RR4, Box 202, Towanda, Pa. in Mary T. Miller’s memory.  –Towanda Daily Review.

 

HARRY W. VARGASON, 82 of Wyalusing RD2 died Sunday, June 23, 1991 at Towanda Memorial Hospital following a lingering illness.  He was born in Terry Township, Bradford County on July 18, 1908 the son of the late Wallace and Elizabeth Robinson Vargason.  Harry was a lifetime resident of Terry Township and was a dairy farmer.  He also owned and operated his own school bus for the Wyalusing School System for many years retiring in 1974.  He is survived by his wife, the former Clara Marcy Vargason at home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Ernest and Harriet Vargason of Towanda RD and Gerald and Libby Vargason of Wyalusing RD; a daughter and son-in-law, Eileen and Alois Aver of Wyalusing RD; 12 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  Harry was preceded in death by four sisters and a brother; Edna, Saide, Susie, Madge and George.  Funeral and committal services will be held on Wednesday June 26 at 2 p.m. in the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore with the Rev. William Lewis, pastor of the Evergreen Christian Church officiating.  Burial will be in the French Asylum Cemetery, Asylum Township at the convenience of the family.  Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, Dushore on Tuesday June 25 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.  –Towanda Daily Review

 

VANDERPOEL Helen May Vanderpoel

86, formerly of Carriage Estates, Elmira, NY, died Saturday, November 9, 2013, at the Chemung County Nursing Facility in Elmira. Helen was born in Towanda, PA on September 4, 1927, the daughter of Sherman and Pearl Chilson Vanderpoel. She was a graduate of Towanda High School Class of 1946. In early years, Helen was employed by Remington Rand and was later employed by Thatcher Glass for many years until her retirement. She enjoyed knitting. Surviving are her sisters, Leona VanNess and Ruth Johnson, both of Towanda; special friend and caregiver, Susan Edger of Horseheads, NY; special friends, Louella Pronti and Mary Nickerson, both of Elmira; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers, Lawrence and Edward Vanderpoel and sisters, Josephine MacMorran, Anna L. Hadlock, Betty Walker, and Mary Benjamin. The family extends their greatest appreciation to the second floor staff of the Chemung County Nursing Facility for their excellent care. A graveside service will be held Tuesday, November 12, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the French Asylum Cemetery, Asylum Township, PA. Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, PA. There are no calling hours. Contributions in Helen's memory may be directed to the Bradford County Humane Society, PO Box 179, Ulster, PA 18850.  Star Gazette – November 10, 2013

 

VARGASON –MRS. EILEEN M. AUER, age 84, of New Albany, Pa., passed away on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, at her home.Eileen was born Feb. 20, 1930, a daughter of the late Harry and Clara Marcie (should read Marcy) Vargason. She graduated from the Wyalusing High School a member of the class of 1949. She worked at Sullcraft Mfg. Co. in Dushore and married Alois E. Auer on March 1, 1969. She continued to work for a short time and then was a fulltime homemaker and mother.She was a loving spouse, mother and grandmother and enjoyed traveling with Alois and visiting friends and relatives. She especially enjoyed sewing and crafts.Surviving are her spouse, Alois, at home; two sons, Alois "Ally" Auer of New Albany, Pa., Harry (Heather) Auer of New Albany, Pa.; step-children, Rose (James) Shepherd of Linville, Iowa, Joseph Auer of California; two brothers, Gerald (Libby) Vargason of New Albany, Pa., Ernest (Harriett) Vargason of Liberty Corners, Pa.; five grandchildren, Cody, Luke, Ashlee, Carroyl and Nicole; three great-grandchildren, Kirsten, Alice and Elijah; special friends, Tanya Chilson and family, and Rich Brewster and his mom, Pat; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, PA with the Rev. Dr. Stephen W. Starzer officiating. Interment will be in the French Asylum Cemetery, Durrell, Pa. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, at the Homer Funeral Home. –Towanda Daily Review 10/5/2014

 

 

CLARENCE A. WHITEHEAD, 83, of Page Manor, Athens passed away at the Robert Packer Hospital on June 22, 1987 after a brief illness. Born in West Burlington Township March 8, 1904 he was the son of Andrew and Florence Kellogg Whitehead.  He had attended school in West Burlington Township. After graduating, he worked on various farms in southern Bradford County. In 1943 he purchased a farm in Litchfield Township. Clarence operated the farm from 1943-1953. Then he was employed at the Ingersall-Rand in Athens from 1955 through 1969. In 1969 he retired from his position as a machinist. Mr. Whitehead was the first resident of the Page Manor in January 1974. He was a former member of IOOF No. 165 of Athens and was a current member of the Sayre United Methodist Church. Surviving are three daughters: Mrs. Duane (Doris) Parks of North Orwell, Mrs. John (Gladys) Knowles of Sayre and Mrs. Dale (Helen) Petty of LeRoy; son, Carl Whitehead of LeRaysville; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a brother, Willis Hall of Wilkes-Barre; several nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Lowery Funeral Home, Athens on Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held there Thursday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Earl Roberts officiating.  Burial will be in the Frenchtown Cemetery with the Rev. Michael Hughes officiating at the grave site. Memorial donations may be made to the organ fund of the Sayre United Methodist Church. –Towanda Daily Review

 

Byron 'Bob' WILBUR, 96, Spring Hill
11/29/2001 Towanda Daily Review
Byron W. "Bob" Wilbur, 96, of Spring Hill, Wyalusing RR 1, formerly of Towanda, died of declining health Wednesday Nov. 28, 2001, at the Skilled Nursing Unit, Memorial Hospital, Towanda, while under the care of staff of whom he had grown so fond over the years. Born in Burlington Township, on May 10, 1905, he was the son of Howard and Nellie Spencer Wilbur. In 1926 he married Eleanor Kerrick, who later died in 1972. Bob and Eleanor has four children, Marjorie, Janice, Richard and Ginny. In 1974, Bob married Pauline Bride, who died in 1999. When his health began to fail, Bob moved to the home of Ginny and Dan Mathis of Spring Hill and enjoyed participating in community activities. Mr. Wilbur spent most of his life in the automotive industry. The last 30 years of his employment were spent as service manager for Perry Motor Co., later to become Ferrario's.  These years brought to him a host of friends and acquaintances. He loved to tell stories of his experiences to the family, which were actually a depiction of the development of the automotive industry, as well as the Towanda-Wysox area. Spending most of his early years on the Burlington farm of A.C. Spencer, his grandfather, Mr. Wilbur maintained an avid interest in farming all of his life. Until the age of 91, Bob enjoyed a large garden. Jigsaw puzzles were a favorite pastime and his completed, framed puzzles decorated his room in Skilled Nursing. The staff members throughout the facility would run in to put a piece in or to admire the newest completed puzzle. He enjoyed this interaction very much. Surviving are: his children, Marjorie Tompkins of Hampton, Fla., Janice and Michael Soloway of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Ginny and Dan Mathis of Spring Hill, and Richard Wilbur of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Ruth Young of Towanda; and a special friend, Connie Wilson of Laceyville. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Leonard Wilbur.  The family will receive friends Friday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. A recitation of the Rosary will be held Friday evening at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, Dec. 1, 2001, at 11 a.m. at the SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Third Street, Towanda, with the Rev. Ronald Hughes as celebrant. Interment will be in the French Asylum Cemetery, Asylum Township. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to Skilled Nursing Unit, Memorial Hospital, 1 Hospital Dr., Towanda, Pa. 18848, in Mr. Wilbur's memory.

WOODBURN - Marie E. Harbst, 91, formerly of Athens died on Monday, Oct. 13, 2008 at Sayre House, Inc. surrounded by her loving family.  She was born on Jan. 6, 1917 in Rome, Pa. the daughter of the late Boyd Bagley and Kathryn Woodburn.  Marie was a member of the Athens American Legion Auxiliary Post 246, the Sayre Skiff-Bower V.F.W. Auxiliary Post 1536 and was a longtime member of the Woman of the Moose 195. She enjoyed crocheting and crossword puzzles. Her family and friends were her life.  She is predeceased by her husband, Paul E. Harbst and her daughters, Marion Henry, Mary Kathryn Krause, Jean Reynolds and Alice Platt.  Marie is survived by her children, Thomas Harbst of Sayre, Pa., Paul E. and Grace Harbst of Athens, Pa., Nancy and Larry Yost of Sayre, Pa., Daniel and Sheila Harbst of Athens, Pa., John and Donna Harbst of Athens, Pa., Margaret and Wilmer Chilson of Towanda, Pa., Charles and Judy Harbst of Waverly, N.Y., Joe and Vivian Harbst of Chemung, N.Y. and Jim and Mary Ann Harbst of Sayre, Pa.; 53 grandchildren; 94 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great grandchildren; her brother, William Bagley of Indianapolis, IN; her sister-in-law, Geraldine Coolbaugh and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008 at 11 a.m. at the Athens First Presbyterian Church, 622 1?2 South Main Street, Athens, Pa. with the Rev. Nelson Kopatz officiating. Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home, Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, PA has been entrusted with the arrangements. Burial will be in Frenchtown Cemetery in Durrell, Pa. at the convenience of the family.  RHW.  The Sayre Morning Times.

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