Grover Cemetery, Canton Township,
Bradford County, PA
Formatted & Published by Joyce M. Tice
Also Called Turner Cemetery
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MACK EMERSON HAGAR, 86, of Roaring Branch RD 1, died Wednesday, May 23, 1990, at the Leader Nursing Home, Williamsport. Mr. Hagar was born May 19, 1904 in Union Township, Tioga County, a son of John Leonard and Goldie McNett Hagar. He retired in 1963, after being a dairy farmer for 35 years. He was employed four years by the Department of Forests and Waters in Gleason; was a very active member in North Union Church, served on the board of trustees, was an honorary elder; was a 59 year member of North Union Grange #784; a past committeeman for the former GLF; past member of the Tri-County School district, (now Canton Area School District), representing Union Township, and a member of the Board of Directors, Eastern Milk Producers. He is survived by his wife, the former Marguerite K. Kilbourn, with whom he celebrated 59 years of marriage on June 30, 1989; two daughters and sons-in-law, Marlene and Daniel Kohema, Glendale, AZ, and Janice and Edward Hicks, Williamsport; eight grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a daughter, Mrs. Lyle Rhone, Feb. 20, 1983. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, with the Rev. Edward C. Hicks, Mr. Hagar’s son-in-law, Rev. Edward C. Hicks, a Christian Church minister, officiating. Interment will be in Grover Cemetery. Calling hours will be from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Friday. Memorial donations may be directed to the Canton Ambulance Association or a charity of one’s choice. –Canton Independent Sentinel
HAGER –DAISY A. (HAGER) FETHERS, 96, Wellsboro, died February 14, 2000, at Broad Acres Nursing Home, Wellsboro. Born August 9, 1903 in Grover, she was the daughter of George and Ruby (Vermilya) Hager. She was a member of the Roseville United Methodist Church. Preceding her in death was her husband, Grant Fethers. Surviving are son and daughter-in-law, George and Dorothy Fethers, Mansfield; granddaughters, Deborah Vail, Williamsport and Linda Betts, Mechanicsburg; seven great-grandchildren. The funeral service was held February 18 from the Scureman Funeral Home, Mansfield, with the Rev. Howard Woodruff, pastor of the Roseville United Methodist Church officiating. Burial was in Grover Cemetery, Grover. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
George W. HAGER [SRGP 04312]
George W. Hager, 67, died Friday, May 8, 1936, at his home, R. D. 3, Mansfield, following an illness of three months. The son of Horace and Almira Hager, he was born at Bakerburg, August 3, 1868. June 7, 1893, he married Miss Ruby J. Vermilyea, of Grover. For many years he was a successful farmer in Sullivan township. He was a member of the Mainesburg Methodist Episcopal Church, in which he took an active interest. A man with a sincere religious nature, he was true to his religious beliefs in his dealings with others, and was highly respected for his true Christian life. Besides his widow he is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Grant Fethers, a grandson, George Samuel Fethers, of Sullivan; a sister, Mrs. Joh Shadduck, of Alba, and six brothers, Arthur, of Austinville; Homer, Rorace and Charles, of Mansfield; Hubert and Leonard, of Candor, N.Y. One daughter, Florence Ida, died at the age of eight months. Funeral services were conducted at the home Sunday at 1:30 p.m. by the Rev. S. H. Snyder. Interment was in the Turner Cemetery near Grover. Pall bearers were James A. Searles, Wells Ashley, Walter Shaw, of Mansfield; Charles Strange, Albert Jones, Merritt VanDyke, of Mainesburg.
Howard P. HAMM, age 62, of Roaring Branch RR 1, PA died Wednesday, March 12, 1997 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Born on May 6, 1934 in Towanda Township,, he was a son of Geraldine Hatch Parks and the late Arthur Clyde Hamm. He was a veteran of the Marine Corps in the Korean conflict and after his discharge, re-enlisted in the US Army until his discharge in 1964. He was employed by Masonite Corp .in Towanda until his retirement in 1987. He then worked as a veal farmer with the Sky-Top Farm until 1955. He was a member of Troy American Legion Post NO. 49. Surviving are his wife, the former Sharon Parker, at home; his mother, Geraldine Parks of Alba; eight children and 18 grandchildren; a great-grandson; sisters, Pauline Young of Knoxville, PA, Audrey Vanderhoff of Elmira, NY and Bonnie Lathrop of Alba; a brother, Arthur (Pete) Hamm of canton. Funeral services were held at the Pepper Funeral Home in canton of March 15 with the Rev. Mr. William Graham, deacon of st. Michael’s Catholic Church in Canton, officiating and interment to be in the Grover Cemetery with the Polish Legion of American Veterans, Adam Kowalski Post No. 1, Philadelphia, according full military honors. Memorials maybe directed to the American Diabetes Association, Kirby Health center, 63 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701-1311 in Mr. Hamm’s memory.
HOWARD P. HAMM, 62, Roaring Branch, RR 1, McNett Twp. died March 12, 1997 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre. Born May 6, 1934, in Towanda Township, he was a son of Geraldine Hatch Parks and the late Arthur Clyde Hamm. Mr. Hamm was a graduate of the New Albany High School; entered the US Marine Corps and served his country during the Korean conflict. In 1958 he received his honorable discharge from the Marines, obtaining the rank of sergeant. In 1961 he re-enlisted in the US Army until his honorable discharge in 1964. Following his military service, he was employed by the Masonite Corp., Towanda for 21 years until his retirement in 1987. He then worked as a veal farmer with the Sky-Top Farm until 1995. He was a member of the Troy American Legion Post #0049. Mr. Hamm was no stranger to hard work, but he always managed to find time for his family and grandchildren who were very dear to him. Surviving are his wife, whom he married on September 21, 1996, the former Sharon Parker, at home; his mother, Geraldine Parks, Alba; his children and their spouses, Phyllis and Robert Jones, Scranton, Howard M. and Christine Hamm, Scranton, Lisa Hamm and Von Castle, Roaring Branch, Tina and Robert Wilber, Canton, John and Dawn Raczkowski, Las Vegas, NV, Robin and Vincent Hammer, Philadelphia, Michael Hamm, Scranton, Kitty and Dale Ostrander, Canton; 18 grandchildren and a great-grandson; five sisters and their spouses, Pauline and Donald Young, Knoxville, PA, Eunice Bellows, Seward, AK, Barbara Chilson, Canton, Audrey and Larry Vanderhoff, Elmira, NY and Bonnie and Harold (Skeet) Lathrop, Alba; brother and wife, Arthur (Pete) and Mona Hamm, Canton; god-daughter, Julie Hamm, Canton; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Hamm was predeceased by his father, Arthur, 1947; brother, Harlon (Paul) Hamm and nephew, Richard Hamm; 1971; stepfather, Myron Parks, 1979; and a grandson, Brent Raczkowski, 1987. The funeral service was held March 15 at the Pepper Funeral Home, Canton with the Rev. Mr. William Graham, deacon of the St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, Canton officiating. Interment was in the Grover Cemetery with the Polish Legion of American Veterans Adam Kowalski Post No. 1, Philadelphia, according full military honors. Pallbearers were: John Raczkowski, Robert Jones, Von Castle, Robert Wilber, Howard M. Hamm, Mike Hamm, Vincent Hammer, Dale Ostrander and Pete Hamm. The family suggests memorials may be directed to the American Diabetes Association, Kirby Health Center, 63 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA in Mr. Hamm’s memory. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
HARRIS Edna Opal Calkins
On the morning of Monday, March 21, 2011, lifelong Canton resident Edna Opal (Harris) Calkins died quietly at Bradford County Manor. She was 93 years of age. Born in Auburn, N.Y. on Dec. 5, 1917 she was the daughter of Robert L. Harris and Blanche Harris (Dibble). Edna grew up in Canton, graduating from Canton High School with the Class of 1935. A few years later she married John E. "Donn" Calkins, and together they raised five sons and two daughters and shared 49 years until Donn's passing in 1988. Edna had been employed throughout most of her adult life. After graduating high school she worked at the former silk mill and the former Belmar Company in Canton, Remington-Rand Co. in Elmira and the Troy Craft Hosiery Mill in Troy. In 1968 she opened her own fabric shop on Troy Street in Canton which she ran for many years. In addition to her responsibilities at home and in the workforce Edna was active in her community. She was a member of the Village Improvement Association, holding many offices and chairing many committees over the years. In 2004 the V.I.A. honored her as Woman of The Year. She was also a charter member of Canton Chapter No. 981 Women of The Moose, the Canton Literary Club and the Wheel Inn Club. Edna was a woman with a strong, solid faith in the Lord, and had been a lifelong member of the former First Presbyterian Church of Canton, and its successor, the Canton Ecumenical Parish. The firm foundation of her convictions uplifted her and gave her strength during life's trials and tribulations. Edna enjoyed crocheting, quilting, traveling and spending time with her family. With a great zest for life, she strode through this world as the epitome of style, poise and grace. Edna is survived by sons, Richard (Dawn) Calkins of Ft. Pierce, Fla. and John E. (Norma) Calkins of Auburn, N.Y.; daughter, Dee Dee Brown (Tom McConnell) of Canton; 17 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; 20 great-great-grandchildren; daughters-in-law, Phyllis Calkins of Kingsport, Tenn. and Anne Calkins of Mansfield; sisters-in-law Betty Smith of Columbus, Ohio and Ellen Moore of Ashville, N.C.; and special niece Bonnie (Roger) Smalley of Alpine, N.Y. In addition to her husband, Donn; she was preceded in death by her sister, Frances Loveless; sons, Gail, Gerald and Roger Calkins; daughter, Marlene Vermilya; grandson, John Vermilya; sons-in-law, Glenford Vermilya and Gerald "Baldy" Brown; and brother-in-law, Faye Calkins. Visitation will be 10 a.m. Saturday, March 26 at the Canton Ecumenical Parish during which the members of the College of Regents Canton Chapter No. 981 W.O.T.M. will conduct a memorial service. A celebration of Edna's life will take place at 11 a.m. with Pastor Jerry Schmidt officiating. Interment will follow in Grover Cemetery. In keeping with Edna's expressed wishes memorial contributions may be directed to Canton Area Recreation Association, P.O. Box 4, Canton, PA 17724 to assist with daily operational expenses of the War Memorial Pool, or to the Green Free Library, 38 N. Center Street, Canton, Pa., 17724. Professional services have been entrusted to Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 94 N. Center St., Canton. Towanda Daily Review – March 23, 2011
CHARLES A. HAWKINS, age 45, of 9 Montague St., Canton died Wednesday, May 23, 1979 at Divine Providence Hospital, Williamsport, following an extended illness. He was born in Buffalo, N.Y. the son of James and Alice Nenninger Hawkins, Dec. 16, 1933. He was a graduate of Canton High School and prior to his disability was employed by Swayze Folding Box Co. of Canton. Mr. Hawkins was an avid sports fan and attended all the local football games and wrestling matches. He was very active in the Canton Church of Christ Disciples. He is survived by two daughters, Miss Nancy Ellen Hawkins of Troy and Mrs. Glen (Frances) Trick of Canton; two sons; Roger and James, both of Troy; his mother, of Canton; two grandchildren, several aunts, an uncle and cousins. Funeral services were held at Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton on Friday at 1:00 p.m. with the Rev. Robert A. Parker, his pastor and Rev. Duane Taylor pastor of Alba Christian Church officiating. Interment was in the Grover Cemetery. Donations may be made to the American Heart Fund or to the Kidney Foundation in memory of Mr. Hawkins. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
HAXTON –PATRICIA ANNE ‘PAT’ HAXTON SPENCER, 83, long-time resident of Granville Summit, Pa., passed away peacefully at home with family by her side on Monday evening, Aug. 15, 2016. Patricia Anne "Pat" Haxton Spencer was born in Canton, Pa., Sept. 23, 1932. She was a daughter of the late Willis and Marjorie (Davis) Haxton. Pat was a 1950 graduate of Canton High School and was instrumental in naming CHS's Yearbook, the Minnequan. She was married to Dan T. Spencer for 53 years before his passing on Nov. 25, 2003. Pat's life revolved around her devotion to family, home and friends. She possessed a great faith in the Lord. His teachings guided her days. She was a member of the Alba First Christian Church and attended Windfall's United Methodist Church. Pat was an active member of the United Methodist Women's Group. Other activities Pat enjoyed included square dancing with the Grand Paraders, organizing CHS Class of 1950 get togethers and a "birthday club" shared by several dear friends. Pat was the type who was happy to be busy with a project. She would often ask her family what they had accomplished that day. She also was a talented cook and baker and she loved to read. Surviving are her seven children, Sherry Zoller of Troy, Dan (Sharon) Spencer II of Granville Summit, Deb Stanton (Brian Selleck) of Burlington, Pat (Dave) Schucker of Columbia Cross Roads, Nan (John) Estep of Troy, Dennis (Becky) Spencer and Desiree (Doug) Rockwell, all of Granville Summit; 17 grandchildren, Bethany, Andrew, Allison, Scott, Brian, Amy, Christopher, Nicholas, Jeremey, Natalie, Travis, Tracy, Tyler, Nathan, Emily, Jordan and Lydia; four step-grandchildren, Courtney, Shane, Jessica and Randy; 22 great-grandchildren; three siblings, Jackie Spencer of Canton, Linda Hazelton of New Mexico and Lee (Sandy) Haxton of Chemung, N.Y.; two brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law, Dean Cole of Kendall, N.Y., Robert (Jane) Spencer of Trout Run, Viola McIlwain of Roaring Branch and Bonnie Spencer of Florida; as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins, close friends and neighbors. In addition to her husband Dan, Pat was predeceased by her grandson, Craig E. Stanton on Nov. 18, 2003; two sisters, Joan Cole and Sandy Hurlburt; and an infant brother, Willis Haxton. Pastor Josh Davinsizer will officiate a memorial service at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21 at the Windfall United Methodist Church, with calling hours prior from 2 to 3 p.m. Burial will be in Grover Cemetery at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, consider a memorial to the Windfall U.M. Church, P.O. Box 33 Granville Summit, PA or to the CHS Class of 1950, c/o Norman Jackson, 148 Jackson Rd., Roaring Branch, PA. Pepper Funeral Home in Canton is assisting her family with arrangements. –Towanda Daily Review –8/17/2016
HEATH –MERTLE HEATH KELLEY, 85, Gillett RD 2, died May 1, 1989 at the Troy Community Hospital. Mrs. Kelley was born Feb. 3, 1904, in Leolyn, PA, a daughter of Samuel Lee and Emma Jane Matson Heath. She is survived by daughters, Jessie Bryington, Canton, Betty Austin, Gillett; sons and daughters-in-law, Milan and Florence Kelley, Lowman, NY, Elmer and Dawn Kelley, Wellsburg, NY; Wayne and Jackie Kelley, Elmira; grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Thomas and Elaine Kelley, Gillett; niece, Mrs. Richard (Judy) Mickle, Elmira Heights, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Nettie Tiffany, Endicott, NY; Florence Smith, Gillett, and Adeline Gee, Gillett, Jessie McCann, Wellsburg, NY, Bertha Taylor, Elmira; brothers, Sam Heath, Gillett, Robert Heath, Long Island, NY, John Heath, Elmira, several nieces and nephews. Se was predeceased by her husband, Barney Kelley in 1963; son, Paul Kelley in 1947; sisters, Dorothy Felko in 1980, and Anna French in 1981. The funeral service was held at the Vickery Funeral Home, Troy, Wednesday, with the Rev. Donald D. Rockwell officiating. Burial was in Grover Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
HEMENWAY –MRS. PHOEBE M. MCNEAL, 84, of Canton died Friday, Mach 16, 1979, at the Troy Community Hospital, Troy following an extended illness. She was born in Yorktown, Lycoming County, on August 12, 1894, a daughter of James and Alvara Williams Hemenway. She was the widow of the later William McNeal. Mrs. McNeal was a member of Morris Run Mennonite Church in Morris run, Pa. She is survived by three sons; Lester of Jackson Summit, Pa., Willis of Towanda and Glen of Blossburg; three daughters, Mrs. Addison Porter and Mrs. Clarence Wilcox of Canton and Mrs. Thomas Owen of Millerton; three brothers, Herman Hemenway of Grover, Howard Hemenway of Canton and Hess Hemenway of Mansfield; one sister, Mrs. Herbert Barrett of Troy; 36 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral and committal services will be held on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Morse Funeral Home, Canton with the Rev. David Weaver, her pastor, officiating. Interment will be in the Grover Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
LAWRENCE JOHN ‘FATS’ HERMAN, 90, life-long resident of the Roaring Branch area (Union Township, Pa.) died peacefully at home, while surrounded by his family, on Sunday July 30, 2006. Lawrence John “Fats” Herman was born in Ralston, Pa., on April 13, 1916, and was one of six children born in the family of Harry Sr. and Bessie (Page) Herman. He was a 1935 graduate of Canton High School. On April 16, 1938, Fats married Ida Austin in Canton at the now Ecumenical Church. They were blessed with more than 52 years together and raised two children. He now joins his beloved Ida, who died on Aug. 12, 1990. Fats possessed a strong work ethic and enjoyed an active life style all his life. He worked for Remington Rand in Elmira, N.Y., and hauled coal from Hoagland Run in earlier years, but his passion was always farming. In 1944 he and Ida purchased the family’s dairy farm near Ogdensburg and took great pride in its operation for many years. He was a member of the Mountain Run Hunting Club of Gleason, a 65-year member of the Ogdensburg Grange No. 293, a life-time member of the Odd Fellows Lodge (Roaring Branch No. 655 and Canton No. 321) and a social member of the Deer Crossing Marine Detachment Club in Ralston. He also was a member of the Ogdensburg Church of Christ and participated in bowling leagues in Canton, Troy and Mansfield. Fats loved his family, and their well-being was most important in his life. He supported his community and was blessed with many friends. Fats felt honored when recognized as a Canton Warrior “Fan of the Year” and when inducted into the Bowler’s Hall of Fame. He enjoyed doing many things, but was happiest when sharing times with family, visiting with friends at Landons Cedar Ledge, bowling or hunting. He was a fan of all sports. Surviving are his children; a son, Larry (Mary) Herman, and a daughter, Helen (Stub) Kilbourn, all of Roaring Branch; five grandchildren, Teresa (Ryan) Allen, Larry (Angela) Kilbourn, all of Canton, and Scott (Taressa) Kilbourn of Coraopolis, Pa.; seven great-grandchildren, Jessica and Tanner Machmer, Mya and Austin Allen, Ashton Kilbourn, Kaden Herman and Derek and Kyle High; a sister, Betty Rahal of Elmira, N.Y.; special friend Stanley McNett of Roaring Branch; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, dear friends and neighbors. In addition to his wife, Ida, Mr. Herman was predeceased by four siblings, Stella Herman, Cleora “Tot” Thomas, Lloyd and Harry Jr. The family invites friends to call from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1 and from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Pepper Funeral Home, Canton. The funeral service follows at 2 p.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating. A private burial will be held in Grover Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, his family suggests your consideration of a memorial in Mr. Herman’s name to Guthrie Hospice, RR 1, Box 154, Towanda, Pa. or the Canton High School Mother’s Athletic Club, c/o Mrs. Watkins, 139 E. Main St. Canton, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review
HERTEL C. Richard "Rich" Hertel
On the morning of Monday, June 25, 2012, longtime Canton resident Charles Richard Hertel died quietly at Bradford County Manor. He was 82 years of age. Born at his family's farm in Ralston on Dec. 26, 1929, he was the son of Howard and Lottie (Ebersole) Hertel. Known to everyone as "Rich," he was a 1948 graduate of the former Ralston High School. Rich tended the family dairy farm for several years prior to his employment at Ward Manufacturing in Blossburg. Eventually he was hired by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation as an inspector, retiring twenty years ago. On June 28, 1969 Rich married Janice Sweeney, and together they shared 43 years. Rich enjoyed hunting and fishing as well as traveling. But first and foremost he loved people. During his many travels he would introduce himself to a complete stranger and within a few short minutes have that person's entire life history. He enjoyed reading the newspapers and was always well informed about current events. Rich had a particular love for animals, and his cats Missy and Miss Kitty held a special place in his heart. Following his retirement Rich and Janice shared many wonderful and exotic trips, one of which was a very educational journey to China. Rich was a very active member of Canton Lodge No. 415, Free & Accepted Masons, having served as Worshipful Master, and currently as treasurer. He also performed various other tasks around the lodge which may have gone unheralded, but were always greatly appreciated. In 2010 his lodge bestowed upon him the title, Mason of the Year for his efforts. He was a member of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Williamsport as well as the Bradford County Shrine Club, a life member of both the Red Run Rod & Gun Club as well as the Wheel Inn Club in Roaring Branch. Rich had also devoted many years to the Canton Moose Lodge No. 429 where he served in many capacities. He was a social member of Theodore Roosevelt Post No. 167 American Legion in Morris Run, and was president of the Lake Nephawin Association. Rich was also a man of great faith and was a member of the Canton Ecumenical Parish where, true to form, he could always be found serving in various capacities. In addition to his wife, Janice, at home, Rich is survived by his twin sister, Vivienne (and Charles) Bumpus of Holiday, Fla.; brothers David Hertel (and close friend Louise) of Canton, John Hertel (and close friend Betty) of Williamsport and Ted (and Mary Jo) Hertel of Elmira; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Frances Bennett. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend calling hours from noon until 2 p.m. on Friday, June 29 at the Canton Ecumenical Parish, 103 N. Center St., Canton. There will be a Masonic service at approximately 1:50 p.m., followed by funeral service at 2 p.m. with Pastor Jerry Schmidt officiating. Interment will follow in Grover Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to Canton Lodge No. 415, or the Canton Ecumenical Parish. Professional services have been entrusted to Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 94 N. Center St., Canton. Towanda Daily Review – June 26, 2012
GREGORY W. HICKS, 20, of 493 E. Main St., Troy died as the result of a car accident Saturday, May 31, 1980. He was born in Troy on Feb. 22, 1960, a son of Paul and Dawn Bassett Hicks. He was employed at the Eureka Corp. in Troy, Pa. He is survived by his wife, the former Connie Jenkins; three stepsons, Kevin, Keith and Kelly Fitzwater, all at home; his mother and step-father, Mr. and Mrs. William Miller, Sr., of Columbia Cross Roads; his father, Paul Hicks of Granville Summit; one sister, Miss Leslie An Hicks of Troy; two brothers, Michael R. Hicks of Fort Bragg, N.C. and Kevin S. Hicks of Columbia Cross Roads; a half-brother, William Miller, II, of Columbia Cross Roads; maternal grandmother, Mrs. James (Marletta) Bassett of Canton; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Emerson Randall of Granville Summit; maternal great-grandmother, Mrs. Harry (Viletta) Bassett of Canto; paternal great-grandfather, Archie Rhodes of Canton; several aunts, uncle, nephews and cousins. Funeral and committal services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, with the Rev. Wilma Hoose and the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating. Interment will be in the Grover Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
HICKS Mary M. CARL, 83, of Grover, PA, formerly of Roaring Branch, PA, died Monday, October 11, 1999 at the Haggerty Personal Care Home in Sayre, PA. Born March 6, 1916 in East Troy, PA, she was the only daughter of the late Howard and Fannie Lathrop Hicks. She was a member of the Grover Church of Christ and was very active in its organizations. She was a member of the Rolling Hills Camping Club. Surviving are her husband of 49 years, Leon; a daughter, Beverly Jackson of Ogdensburg, PA; five grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Catherine Hicks of Troy, PA; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. Carl was predeceased by a son, John Carl, 1990; three brothers, Charles Wilber and James Hicks. Funeral services were held at the Pepper Funeral Home in Canton on October 14 with the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating and William McNett assisting. Interment was to be in Grover Cemetery, Canton Township. Memorials may be directed to the Grover Church of Christ’s Building Fund, PO Box 83, Grover, PA 17735 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, Northeast Pennsylvania Chapter, Kirby Center, North Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701 in Mrs. Carl’s memory.
HICKS –MARY M. CARL, 83, Grover, formerly of Roaring Branch, died Monday evening, October 11, 1999 at the Haggerty Personal Care Home, Sayre. Born March 6, 1916 in East Troy, she was the only daughter of the late Howard and Fannie Lathrop Hicks. Mary married Leon Car on November 4, 1950 in Canton. Throughout Mary’s life her main interest was the love she shared with her family, especially her grandchildren. Mary possessed a strong faith and was a member of the Grover Church of Christ. She was very active in church functions and formerly served as a Sunday School teacher and as treasurer of the Church’s Building Fund. She was a member of the Rolling Hills Camping Club. The Carls enjoyed spending the winter months in Ft. Meade, FL, where they belonged to the Pennsylvania-Florida Group, a group of local friends who also spent winters in the Ft. Meade area. Mary had many talents, cooking and crocheting to name a few. She also enjoyed flowers and taking walks. Surviving are: her husband of 49 years, Leon Car; a daughter, Beverly Jackson, Ogdensburg; five grandchildren and their spouses; Suzanne (Robert) Hetzel, Chambersburg, Julie Jackson, Galeton, Lee (Angela) Jackson, Canton, Dina Ameigh and John Jason (Meghan) Carl, both of Glen Burnie, MD. Fifteen great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Mrs. Carl was predeceased by a son, John Carl, on July 23, 1990 and three brothers,. Charles, Wilber, and James Hicks. The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m., Thursday, October 14, 1999 at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton. The funeral service will immediately follow at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating, and William McNett assisting. Interment will be in the Grover Cemetery. The family suggests that memorials may be directed to the Grover Church of Christ Building fund, Grover, PA or to the Alzheimer’s Association, NE Pennsylvania Chapter, Kirby center, N. Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA in Mrs. Carl’s memory.
CARRIE LYNNE HIGH, 4 ½ months old, of Grover died Sunday, Dec. 18, 1988, at Troy Community Hospital, Troy. She had been ill since birth. Carrie Lynne was born Aug. 1, 1988, at Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pa., daughter of Kevin and Angela Baxter High. Surviving are her parents, of Grover; maternal grandparents, Dave and Sharon Myers, RD 1, Roaring Branch; paternal grandparents, Gerald and Virginia High of Grover; maternal great-grandparents, Glenn and Margaret Pratt of RD 1, Trout Run; paternal great-grandmother, Eugenia Mitstifer Brown of Towanda RD 3; also aunts, uncles and cousins. The funeral service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. from the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, with the Rev. Will Strunk, pastor of the Grover Church of Christ officiating. Interment will be in Grover Cemetery, Canton Township. Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. Memorial donations may be directed to the Spina-Bifida Association, Forty fort, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review.
GERALD W. HIGH, 74, Grover, well-known area dairy farmer, died unexpectedly, February 17, 2000. Born October 16, 1925 in Leolyn, PA, he was a son of the late Charles W. and Julia A. Boyce High. On June 25, 1950, he married the former Virginia Mitstifer in the LeRoy Church of Christ. She preceded him in death on March 13, 1996, after 45 years of loving marriage. Mr. High, along with his son, Kevin, owned and operated their family’s dairy farm in Grover in addition to farming, he was employed by the former Bellows Valvair, Canton for 15 years until retiring to full-time farming in 1970. He also served as a local sales representative for the Pioneer Hybrid Seed Co. in Indiana for 40 years. Memberships include Grover Church of Christ, Beech Flats Grange No. 336, and the Wheel Inn Club, Roaring Branch. He possessed a strong work ethic, and until the time of his death, assisted with the daily operations of the farm. He was a devoted father and grandfather and will be missed by all whose life he touched. Surviving are son, Kevin E. High, Grover; daughters and a son-in-law, Kathleen A. and Gene Helms and Lucinda K. High, all of Virginia; nine grandchildren, Jennifer, Gene Ellis and Kristen Helms, Chris and Lori Battin, Katie and Chelle Dorn and Derek and Kyle High; brother, Russell High, Roaring Branch RR 1, several nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition ho his wife, he was predeceased by granddaughters, Carrie and Sheila High, and brother, Laverne. The funeral and committal service was held February 21 form the Pepper Funeral Home, Canton, with Rev. Duane Taylor, officiating. Interment followed in the Grover Cemetery. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Western alliance EMS, Troy, PA in Mr. High’s memory. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
RUSSELL E. HIGH, 79, Roaring Branch, died September 30, 2002, at the Williamsport Hospital. Born on February 12, 1923 in Grover, he was the son of the late Charles W. and Julia A. (Boyce) High. He was graduated from Canton High School and honorably served his country in the Philippines with the U.S. Army during WW II. On March 15, 1952, he and Gladys Preston were married in the Ogdensburg Church. He was a man with a strong work ethic. In earlier years he worked for the Palmer and Rhodes Garage and the Snell Auto-Dealership both of Canton. He owned and operated a dairy farm for several years. He then worked as a mechanic for Bruielly Dodge in Mansfield for over 20 years until his retirement in 1988. Throughout life he was a talented carpenter and handyman, always busy remodeling around his home and farm. Mr. High was a member of the Ogdensburg Church of Christ and a 50-year member of the Ogdensburg Grange No. 293. He loved his family and their well being was most important in his life. He enjoyed gardening and traveling. Surviving are his loving wife of 50 years, Gladys; son, Charles (Patricia) High, Middletown, PA; daughter, Carole (Chet) Harer, Rehoboth Beach, DE; step-children; Connie (Steve) Smith, Roaring Branch, Mary Ellis, Appalachian, NY, Clarence (Mary Jane) Watkins, Roaring Branch, Harold (Betty) Watkins, Apalachin, NY, Glen (Marie) Watkins, Rushville, PA, Stanley Watkins, Canton, Roger Watkins, Washington, DC, John (Jeanette) Watkins, Lakeland, FL; several grandchildren; great-grandchildren; brother, Lawayne High, Wellsburg, PA; many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Mr. High was predeceased by his first wife, Charlotte “Clara” in 1948; brothers, Laverne and Gerald High; stepson Stewart Watkins; and brother-in-law, Malcolm Ellis. The family invites friends to call from 7-9 p.m., October 3, at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton. The funeral and committal services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, with Pastors Bill Shepherd and Duane Taylor officiating. Burial will be held in the Grover Cemetery. Memorials in Mr. High's name may be directed to the Ogdensburg Church of Christ at RR1, Roaring Branch, PA. –Towanda Daily Review.
SHEILA MARIE HIGH, six day old, of Grover, died Nov. 11, 1989, in the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA. Sheila Marie was born Nov. 6, 1989, at Williamsport, a daughter of Kevin E. and Angela Baxter High. She is survived, besides her parents, maternal grandparents, Dave and Sharon Myers, Roaring Branch RD 1; paternal grandparents, Gerald and Virginia High of Grover; maternal great-grandparents, Glenn and Margaret Pratt, Trout Run, RD 1; paternal great-grandmother, Eugenia Mitstifer Brown, Troy, RD 3; aunt, uncles and cousins. She was predeceased by a sister, Carrie Lynn High, Dec. 18, 1988. Family graveside services were held Monday in the Grover Cemetery, with Rev. Will Strunk, pastor of the Grover Church of Christ, officiating. Interment followed. Memorial donations may be directed to the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
HILGIFER Eugene Hilfiger
87, of Horseheads, NY (Appleridge Apartments C-415, 168 Miller St.) died
on Friday, October 22, 2010, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Elmira. Eugene Claude, "Gene", Hilfiger was born on April 7, 1923 in Mainesburg, PA, a son of the late Maude Hilfiger Lawrence. After graduating from Mansfield High School, Gene proudly served our country in the Asiatic Pacific campaign during WWII with the U.S. Army's 675th Field Artillery Battalion 11th Airborne Division. He spent time in the Canton, PA area, frequenting sporting events and hanging out with the Davis & Leggett Garage gang. He married the love of his life, the former Katherine "Kate" Smith on March 11, 1967. For many years, Gene and Kate lived in Jeanette, PA. He was employed by the Pittsburgh Electrician's Union Local No. 5 until retiring. They then lived in Troy, PA for several years, enjoying wonderful times shared with family and friends. Gene's family was most important in his life. He cherished his grandchildren. A true "people person," Gene enjoyed his life. He loved playing a good game of cards and will be remembered as quite the character at times. He was well known around Troy, along with his red scooter, especially at the bowling alley's coffee shop. After his stroke in 1992, Gene kept his kindness and dignity, never complaining about surviving with his difficulties and falls. The family would like to thank the staffs of St. Joseph's Hospital and Appleridge, also Dr. Devlin for all their support and compassion. Surviving are his wife of 43 years, Kate; four children, Barb (Charles) Kraus of Millport, NY, Les (Brenda) Hilfiger of Canton, PA, Edward Day of Athens, PA and Dennis (Linda) Day of Smyrna, GA; a son-in-law, Clarence Hunt of Florida; 11 grandchildren, Eric (Missy) Allen, Tina (Rob) Burtt, Justin (Nicole) Kraus, Jennifer Kraus, Mickel (Rancy) Pepper, Tim Hilfiger, Lisa Youmans, Lorne (Maria) Day, Robbie (Melody) Day, Elizabeth (Chen) Li and Michael (Christie) Day; 17 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Betty Boyden of Mainesburg, Shirley (Dick) Kenyon of Troy and Joan (Gene) Jackson of Mainesburg; many nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his mother, Gene was predeceased by his step father, Edson; a daughter, Eunice Hunt; brothers, Richard, Jerry, Robert and Jack Lawrence; a sister, Jeanne Crawford and uncles, Fred, Neil and Dick Hilfiger. Calling hours are 11 - 1 p.m. Saturday, October 30, at Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Drive, in Canton. A memorial service and celebration of Gene's life will follow at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be in Grover Cemetery with military honors accorded. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a memorial gift to a charity of one's choice. - Elmira Star Gazette, October 24, 2010
HIPPLE –MAE M. CASE, 81, of Canton RD 2, died Monday, Jan. 20, 1986 at her home. Mrs. Case was born Jan. 7, 1905 at Cascade Township, Lycoming County, Pa., a daughter of Clarence and Martha Guisewhite Hipple. She was employed as a cook for 25 years at the former Canton Diner. She was a member of the Women of the Moose Post No. 429 and a former member of the Innes Hose Co. Auxiliary. Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Stanley (Rosa) Packard of Gillett RD 2, Mrs. Vera Mahar of Millerton, Mrs. Beverly Allen of Canton, Mrs. Sheldon (Lucy Sullivan of Shunk and Mrs. Edward (Jane) Moore of Canton RD 1; two sons, Roscoe Rutty of Denver, Colorado and Emerson Rutty of Canton; a son and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Shirley Rutty of Roseville, Michigan; a brother, Archie Hipple of Elmira; two sisters, Mrs. Leon (Bonnlyn) Kujawa and Mrs. Frances Watle, both of Port Orange, Florida; 44 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive; also, close friends, Harriet Roupp of Canton RD 2 and Agnes Powers of Canton. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Marcella Rutty, in 1935. The funeral service will be held Thursday, Jan. 23 at 11 a.m. at the Morse-Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, with the Rev. with the Rev. Jasper Smith, pastor of the Ward United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Grover Cemetery. Friends and family are invited to call Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Those wishing may forward memorial donations to the Canton Ambulance Association in Mae Case’s memory. –Towanda Daily Review.
WILLARD EDWARD HIPPLE, 53, of Roaring Branch, RD 1, died May 23, 1988, at his home following an apparent coronary seizure. Mr. Hipple was born May 7, 1935, at Yorktown, Lycoming County, a son of Brady and Lela Campbell Hipple. He was a private bus contractor for the Canton Area School district and a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church, Grover. He is survived by his wife, the former Janet I. Fields. They celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary on April 19, 1988. Also surviving are two daughters, Ms. Rebecca Lee Baker, Roaring Branch RD 1 and Miss Katherine I. Hipple, at home; three sons, Willard A. Hipple, Sr. and his wife Lorie, Canton RD 1; Robert E. Hipple and his wife Sharon, Elmira and Lonnie E. Hipple at home; one brother, Brady L. Hipple, Roaring Branch RD 1; three grandchildren; one step-grandson; three uncles, Raymond, Allen and Robert Hipple, all of Williamsport; also nieces, nephews and cousins. The funeral service will be held Friday at 1:00 p.m. from the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, with the Rev. Will Strunk, pastor of the Grover Church of Christ, officiating. Interment will be in the Grover Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday from 2-4 and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. –Canton Independent Sentinel
HOLMES –GRACE B. RAUSCHER, age 104, died March 13, 1995, at the Leader Nursing Home North, Williamsport, where she had been a resident since April 1982. She was born October 7, 1890, in Langton, PA, a daughter of the late John J. and Bertie (Camp) Holmes. Mrs. Rauscher was the oldest living member of the Roaring Branch United Methodist Church of which she was a steward and had been a member for 80 years; was a past member of the YCW Sunday School Class and past member of the WSCS; was employed as a clerk at the Roaring Branch Post Office for over 30 years. Mrs. Rauscher was the widow of William Rauscher who preceded her in death. Survivors include several cousins and a very dear friend Luella Route. Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 16, at 2:00 p.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home with Pastor Phyllis Hunter officiating. Interment will be in the Grover Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Roaring Branch United Methodist Church Memorial fund, Roaring Branch, PA. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
HOSKINS Harriet McNett, 80, of Canton, Pa., peacefully diedon Monday morning, March 23, 2009 at The Williamsport Home. Born in Elmira, N.Y. on March 29, 1928, Harriet was the only daughter in the family of the late Raymond and Jeanette (BATES) Hoskins. On Sept. 8, 1945, she married the love of her life, Woods "Woody" McNett, in Elmira. They were blessed with 50 years together before his passing on Aug. 6, 1995. Most important in Harriet's life was her family's wellbeing. She will be lovingly remembered as a supportive and caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. In addition to keeping her home and family running smoothly, Harriet enjoyed working at Canton's Canford Manufacturing for over 26 years before retiring in 1990. She enjoyed doing many things in life and was an avid bingo player. Surviving are her children: Wayne (Jane) McNett of Elmira, N.Y., Charlotte (Charles) Hayes of Leitchfield, Ky. and Janet (Stephen) Davis of Cogan Station, Pa.; a daughter in law: Connie McNett of Selah, Wash.; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; two brothers: Dwight Hoskins of Virginia and Milton Hoskins of Fla.; several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her husband Woods, she was predeceased by a son, Stephen McNett, and three brothers: Bart, David and Bruce Hoskins. A memorial celebration of the lives of both Harriet and her beloved Woody will be held 11 a.m. March 28th, at the Pepper Funeral Home in Canton. Harriet's grandson Pastor Ken Moss will officiate. A private grave side service will be held at Grover Cemetery at the convenience of the family. RHW 24 March 2009 Towanda Daily Reviw.
HUNTER –HILDA C. STREETER, 60 formerly of 402 Harrison St., Sayre died Monday night (1974) at the Bradford County Manor following an extended illness. Born in Laquin she was the daughter of Mrs. Daisy Seipler Hunter of Athens and the late Justin Hunter. She resided in the Valley for 40 years and worked at the Robert Packer Hospital in the dietary kitchen for 15 years until she resigned seven years ago due to ill health. Besides her mother she is survived by three sons, Cecil of Gaithersburg, N.Y., Charles and James of Athens; one daughter, Mrs. Francis (Patricia) Williams of Athens; a sister, Mrs. Gertrude Ford of Athens; four brothers, Austin Hunter of Sayre, Eugene Hunter of Las Vegas, Nev., Alvin Hunter of Renova, Pa and Elwood of Sayre; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral and committal services will be held Thursday morning at 11 o’clock at the Jenkins Funeral Home, 111 S. Main St., Athens with Rev. E. H. Rutherford, pastor of the Wesleyan Church officiating. Burial will be at the Grover Cemetery, Grover, PA.
JOHN F. HUNTLEY, 59, husband of Val Huntley, Canton RR3, died January 8, 1996, at the Troy Community Hospital. He was born August 15, 1936, in Canton. Mr. Huntley graduated from Canton High School, Class of 1954, and later graduated from Mansfield University in 1959 with a bachelor’s degree in history. In earlier years, Mr. Huntley was employed by Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., in Albany, NY; and was employed with Swan and Sons-Morss Insurance Agency, Elmira, for many years until his death. He was a member of the Canton Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge No. 429, Canton Lions Club, and the Corey Creek Country Club in Mansfield. Mr. Huntley enjoyed golfing and was an avid snowmobile enthusiast and belonged to many area snowmobile clubs. Surviving are his wife of 37 years, Val Huntley, at home; three daughters and sons-in-law, Sue and Lyle Thomas, Canton, Christina and Kevin Johnson, Virginia Beach, VA, Jayne and Kenneth Rockwell, Canton; seven grandchildren. The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. January 11 at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Rt. 14, Canton. The Canton Moose Lodge No. 329 will conduct a memorial service at 11:45 a.m. at the funeral home. The funeral and committal service will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, at the funeral home with Rev. Duane Taylor, pastor of the North Union Christian Church, officiating. A private interment will be held in the Grover Cemetery at the convenience of the family. The family suggests that memorials may be directed to the Canton Ambulance Association, Canton, PA in Mr. Huntley’s memory. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
HUNTLEY John F. Huntley, 59, husband of Val Huntley, of Canton RR3, (Canton Twp.), diedMonday evening, Jan. 8, 1996, at the Troy Community Hospital. John was born August 15, 1936, in Canton. He was a graduate of Canton High School, Class of 1954, and later graduated from Mansfield University in 1959 with a bachelor's degree in History. In earlier years, Mr Huntley was employed by Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. in Albany, NY. He was later employed with Swan & Sons-Morss Insurance Agency in Emira, NY for many years until his death. He was a member of the Canton Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge No. 429, Canton Lions and the Corey Creek Country Club in Mansfield. John enjoyed golfing. He was an avid snowmobbile enthusiast and belonged to many area snowmobile clubs. Surviving are his wife of 37 years, Val Huntley, at home; three daughters and sons-in-law, Sue and Lyle Thomas of Canton, christinea and Kevin Johnson of Virginia Beach, Jayne and Kenneth Rockwell of Canton; seven grandchildren. The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with Rev Duane Taylor, pastor of the N. Union Christian Church, officiating. A private interment will be held in the Grover Cemetery at the convenience of the family. The family suggest that memorials may be directed to the Canton Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 38, Canton, PA 17724 in Mr. Huntley's memory. RHW. Towanda Daily Review 10 Jan 1996.
HUZEY –JUNE E. DAVIS, 70, Arnot, PA formerly a long-time resident of Ralston, died October 27, 1999 at the Williamsport Hospital following a period of declining health. Born August 5, 1929, in Barbours, PA, she was the daughter of the late Lee and Beatrice Barbours Huzey. She graduated from the Ralston schools and shortly following graduation married Edwin Lloyd Davis, who preceded her in death on Feb. 6, 1985. Mrs. Davis was employed by GTE Sylvania in Montoursville until her retirement in 1973. She was a member of the Ralston United Methodist Church. Her main interest in life was her love she shared with her family, especially her grandchildren. She was also a talented homemaker and enjoyed baking and cooking. Surviving are two daughters and a son-in-law, Linda Lynch of Florida and Avie and Walt Thompson, Roaring Branch; three sons and daughters-in-law, Daniel and Cindy Davis, Arnot, John and Betsy Davis, Lititz, PA, and Steve and Janet Davis, Roaring Branch, seven grandchildren, Tim Davis, North Carolina, Kristine Hall, Elmira, John Davis, Jr., Lancaster; Joe Fairchild Rising Sun, MD, Jason Davis, Canton and Michelle Ward and Melissa Nuhard, both of Roaring Branch; seven great-grandchildren, Manley and Johnny Hall, Kierstin Davis, Anthony Macaluso, Kayla and Brooke Ward and Blaine Nuhard; several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by two brothers, William and Jack Huzey. The funeral was held October 30 at the Pepper Funeral Home, Canton; with the Rev. Tom Thomas, officiating. Interment was in the Grover Cemetery. The family suggests memorials may be directed to the Arthritis Foundation, 17 S. Nineteenth St., Camp Hill, PA in Mrs. Davis memory. –Canton Independent Sentinel.