Grover Cemetery, Canton Township,
Bradford County, PA
Formatted & Published by Joyce M. Tice
Also Called Turner Cemetery
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INGERICK Nina May – Nina May Moore, 69, died at her home in Canton Monday evening, Oct. 2, [1950 is written on the obit]. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. [Elouise] LaRue Lundy of Canton and Mrs. [Marion] Clarence Swisher of Elmira; two sons, Lloyd and Carlyle of Canton; a sister, Mrs. Hiram Chase of Redwood, Calif.; one brother, Louis Ingerick of LeRoy; 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The body is at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lundy, and will be removed Thursday afternoon to the Morse Funeral Home where services will be held at 2 o'clock. Rev. Russell Camp will officiate and burial will be in Grover Cemetery. – Rice Scrapbook #3, p.50a
PAULINE O. INNES, 95 of Canton, died quietly from this world January 5, 2001 at the Green Home, Wellsboro. Born in Canton on February 9, 1905, the only child of Theodore and Mable Owen Innes who lived at 7 North Minnequa Ave. in Canton. After high school she attended Mansfield Normal School where she received her certificate in Elementary Education. She taught briefly in Rome, NY then moved to Glen Rock, NJ where she taught fourth, fifth and sixth grade in the Byrd Elementary School. She loved the students in her classes and truly enjoyed her years in education. After 35 years, Miss Innes retired to a new home she built on the Owen Farm, south of Canton. She resided there until 191. She had a wonderful retirement with many years of friendship and love from family and friends. She belonged to the former Presbyterian Church and the Canton Garden Club as well as the New Jersey Retired Teachers Association. She traveled, gardened and simply enjoyed the peace and quiet of her country home. She is fondly remembered by the many friends she made through years. Surviving are cousins, Paul and Alice Owen, Canton; Mr. and Mrs. James Innes, formerly of Canton; Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Innes, Painted Post, NY; Anna Lee Owen, Canton. Also surviving are many second cousins and their families. She was predeceased by her parents, her aunts and uncles and cousin Edward. Services were held January 10 at the Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, with the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating. Burial was in Grover Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Pauline to the North Union Church of Christ c/o Viola Metzger, RR2, Canton, PA or the Canton Rialto Theater, 5 E. Main St., Canton, PA. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
JACKSON –BETTY L. AMES, 75, of Troy died unexpectedly Tuesday evening, July 29, 2003, at her home. Born Nov. 26, 1927, in Blossburg, Pa., she was a daughter of the late Delbert and Ida Hazel Brown Jackson. Betty was a member of the Canton Seventh-day Adventist Church and an avid collector of dolls. Her main interest in life encompassed her home and family, especially her children and grandchildren. Surviving are her children, Frederick J. (Laura) Ames Jr. of Bethel, Pa., Hazel Ames of Troy, John (Terry) Ames of Sylvania, Andrew (Pam) Ames of Gillett, Pat Beals of Troy and Robert Ames of Troy; grandchildren, Andrew Ames Jr., Chrissa Ames, Kisha Buck, John Ames Jr., Frederick Ames and Elysia Ames; great-granddaughter, Gabrielle; brother, Charles Jackson of Troy; sisters, Marge Wagner of Sylvania and Doris Stage of Mansfield, Pa.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Besides her parents Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick J. Ames, on Nov. 20, 1975; an infant daughter, Penny Ames, on May 23, 1966; and a brother, Delbert Jackson. Family and friends are invited to call on Friday, Aug. 1, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Gerald W. Vickery Funeral Home Inc., 110 W. Main St., Troy. The funeral and committal service will be held there Saturday at 2 p.m. with Pastor Monterrey of the Canton Seventh-day Adventist Church officiating. Interment will be in Grover Cemetery, Grover. –Towanda Daily Review.
DAVID P. JACKSON, 90, Troy RD 3 died Oct. 4, 1990, at the Bradford County Manor. Mr. Jackson was born in Union Township, on May 25, 1900, the son of Frank L. and Anna Spencer Jackson. He was employed by the J.P. Ward Foundries in Blossburg, retiring in 1964. He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church were he was a past elder, deacon, and church treasurer. Mr. Jackson is survived by a son, Calvin Jackson, Fort Worth, TX; daughter, Laura Jackson, Alba; brother, Robert Jackson, Roaring Branch RD 1; one sister, Goldie Graham, Canton; three granddaughters, Yavonne Hartsock, Cheryl Fronick, and Bonnie Cox; four grandsons, Gordon Jackson, Gerald Jackson, David M. Jackson, and randy Jackson; 15 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his daughter, Mary Jane Jackson, in 1950 and his wife, Belle Brown Jackson, on August 27, 1980. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton. Funeral services were held on Sunday with the Rev. Donald F. Enhrlich of the Seventh Day Adventist Church officiating. Interment was in the Grover Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
JENKINS - WOOSTER, REBECCA, Services for Rebecca (Belle) Wooster,51, Roaring Branch, were held May 30, at First Christian Church of Alba, Rev. Max Doriani officiating. Burial was in Grover Cemetery. Vickery Funeral Home, Troy handled arrangements. Mrs.Wooster died May 26, 1984 at home. She was born April 3, 1933 in Grover, daughter of Evan and Lula Bastion Jenkins. She was a member of First Christian Church of Alba, formerly employed as a nurse at Troy Community Hospital. Surviving are her husband Edward Wooster, Roaring Branch; sons, Robert Rice Jr. of Canton and Scott Rice, Roaring Branch; daughter, Mrs.John (Joy) Winkler, Wellsboro; sisters, Mrs. Raymond (Toddy) Chrzan of Troy, Mrs. Vincent (Sarah) Ayers of Granville Summit and Mrs. Carol Finogle of Grover; brothers, Chuck Jenkins of Wysox and Van Jenkins of Elkton, MD; three grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. (TGR May 31, 1984)
RUSSELL J. JENNINGS SR.
Russell Joseph Jennings Sr., 66, of Columbia Cross Rds., RD 3, Springfield Township, died March 31, 1990 at Memorial Hospital, Towanda. He was born November 9, 1923 in Troy. Mr. Jennings was a veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict having served in the US Army. He was employed by the General Electric Company in Elmira and was later employed by Dura-Bilt Aluminum Products in Wellsburg, NY. For the past 15 years he assisted his wife in the raising and care of trotting horses at their home. He was a member of the DAV Crash Memorial No. 27 and was an avid outdoorsman. He is employed (survived) by his wife, Shirley Rote Jennings, at home; sons, Walter and Les, both of Columbia Cross Roads and Russell Jennings Jr. of Sylvania; daughters, Teresa Jennings of Columbia Cross Roads, Rosalyn Morse of Troy, Darlene Henson of Monroe, VA; Charlene Brown of Mineral Wells, TX and Nora Jerzak of Pine City, NY; numerous grandchildren; sisters, Charlotte Dodge of Columbia Cross Roads and Winifred Palmer of Portland, ME; brother, Robert Johnson of Troy; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Woods. A memorial service was to be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements were under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home in Towanda. Memorials may be directed to the Ridgebury Ambulance Association in care of Diane Husted, RD 3, Box 76, Gillett or to the American Cancer Society, Bradford Unit, 514 S. Main St., Athens, PA 18810 in Mr. Jennings' memory. (TGR, Thursday, April 5, 1990 & Thursday, April 12, 1990)
JOHNSTON MARIE K. BLANEY, 72, formerly of Pine Valley, died March 4, 2002, at the Carleton Senior Care Home, Wellsboro. Following an extended illness. Born July 25, 1927, in Canton Township, she was the daughter of the late William J. and Helen McIlwain Johnston. She was employed by the former Bendix Corp. in Elmira for many years until her retirement in the early 1970s. Mrs. Blaney was a member of the women of the Moose, Canton Lodge No. 981. Surviving are a son, Carlyle Johnston, Troy; granddaughter, Tammy Johnston, Troy; grandson, Vernon Johnston, Troy; sister, Marjorie Best, Canton; brothers, Earl Johnston. Landsdale, PA. Wayne Johnston, Wellsboro, Richard Johnston, Gillett, and Ernest Johnston, Mansfield; aunt Ruth Rathbun, East Troy, several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her first husband, Floyd (Junior) Blaney; second husband, Vernon Wilson; and brother, Jim Johnston. The funeral service was held March 6 from Pepper Funeral Home, with Rev. Duane Taylor, officiating. Interment was held in the Grover Cemetery.
JOHNSTON Marie K. BLANEY, 72, formerly of Pine Valley, NY died Saturday, March 4, 2000 at the Carleton Senior Care Home in Wellsboro, PA following an extended illness. She was born to the late William J. and Helen McIlwain Johnston on July 25, 1927 in Canton Township. Marie was employed by the former Bendix Corp. in Elmira for many years until her retirement in the early 1970s. She was a member of the Women of the Moose, Canton Lodge No. 981. Surviving are a son, Carlyle Johnston of Troy, PA; grandchildren, Tammy Johnson and Vernon Johnston, both of Troy; a sister, Marjorie Best of Canton; brothers, Earl of Landsdale, PA, Wayne of Wellsboro, Richard of Gillett and Earnest of Mansfield; an aunt, Ruth Rathbun of East Troy. Marie was predeceased by her first husband, Floyd (Junior) Blaney; her second husband, Vernon Wilson; and a brother, Jim Johnston. Funeral services were held at the Pepper Funeral Home in Canton on March 6 with Rev. Duane Taylor officiating and interment to be held in the Grover Cemetery. “Troy Gazette-Register,” Troy, PA Thursday, March , 2000
JONES, HARRY J., Harry J. Jones, 88, of the Bradford County Manor, formerly of Canton, died at the Manor November 29, 1986. Born September 3 1898 in Canton Township, he was the son of Theodore and Margaret Tubman Jones. He was a farmer and also an employee of the State Department of Transportation. Surviving are his wife of 56 years, the former Ruth Lundy; sons, Harry W. Jones of Canton RD2, Robert L. Jones of Troy and Carl B. Jones of Maggie Valley, NC; daughters, Irene Henne of Cogan Station and Harriett Smith of Canton RD2; 17 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two nephews and one niece. Funeral services were held at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton on December 2 with Rev. Will Shrunk officiating and burial to be in the Grover Cemetery. (TGR Dec. 4, 1986)
JONES Lillian Lee
95, of Ralston, Pa., died on Jan. 28, 2011, at her daughter's home in Linden. Born on July 12, 1915, in Red Run, Pa., Lillian was a daughter of the late Paul and Phobee (Kent) Jones and the widow of John A. Lee Jr. "Lil" and John established and operated Lee's Diner in Ralston for several years. She later worked at Rishel Furniture in Williamsport until its closure. Lil was one of two life members of the Ralston Volunteer Fire Company's Ladies Auxiliary and a member of Ralston United Methodist Church. She loved outings with family and friends, was an avid bingo player and enjoyed frequenting her favorite restaurant, The Midway in Roaring Branch. Surviving are her children, Paul (Carol) Lee of Granbury, Texas and Shirley (Art) Smith of Linden; 13 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and 18 great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Daisy Howard of Williamsport and Anna Harris of Orlando, Fla.; a daughter-in-law, Claudette Lee of Roaring Branch; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her husband, she was predeceased by two sons, John "Jack" Lee III and Bob Lee; a great-granddaughter, Cindy Daniels; great-great-granddaughter, Tatum Route; and five sisters and four brothers. Calling hours are 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 5, at Pepper Funeral Home in Canton. Services will follow at 12:00 p.m. with Rev. Ann Overmiller officiating. Burial will be in Grover Cemetery. Williamsport Sun Gazette – February 1, 2011
STEPHEN H. JONES, a lifelong resident of this vicinity died at a very early hour Sunday morning (1924) at his home near Grover after a brief illness of heart trouble. He was 78 years old and is survived by his daughter, Mrs. W. G. Taylor of Grover and a son, Clarence of Camden. His wife died about six months ago. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon from his late residence and interment was mad in the (Grover) Turner Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel
JONES, William H-aged 88, died at his home at 806 Cedar Street, Elmira Sunday afternoon, Oct 20. Besides his wife, Eva M Jones, he is survived by many nieces and nephews. Body was removed to the Soper Funeral Home in Troy and will be taken to the family home Monday afternoon where funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 23, at 2 pm. Burial will be at Grover Cemetery. Rev. John Bellville officiating.
JUNE Frank N. - Canton, Aug.3:- Frank N. June, 68, of Alba died suddenly following a heart attack this morning [Aug. 3, 1956] at his home. Mr. June was a retired farmer, born in Union Township, a son of Charles and Mary Newell June. He and his wife celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary last Jan. 27. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Eva June; two daughters, Mrs. Wesley Matson of Alba and Mrs. Floyd Vermilya of Grover; one son, Lawrence of Binghamton; two sisters, Mrs. Stella Rice and Mrs. Anna Wilston, both of Canton; one brother, Warren June of Elmira; 11 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. The body is at the Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, where services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Wilma Barker Hoose of Grover officiating. Burial will be in the Turner cemetery near Grover. Friends may call after 7 p.m. tonight until time of service. The family requests any tributes be given to the Bradford County Heart Association. - Rice Scrapbook, 1956 written on obit Note: Frank June m. Evelyn Percival; son of Charles & Mary Newell June; dau of David & Lillian Percival. m. 1/27/1909
JUNE - MRS. PHYLLIS J. MATSON
TROY--The funeral will be Saturday for Mrs. Phyllis J. (Posie) Matson, 67, of 403 Elmira Street, who died Wednesday, March 26, 1986, in the skilled nursing unit of Towanda Memorial Hospital. Her husband, Wesley Dean Matson, died Jan. 4, 1972. Born Nov. 16, 1918, at Leolyn, Tioga County, she was a daughter of Frank and Eva Percival June. Mrs. Matson was a member of First Christian Church, Alba, where she was an elder and a member of the choir and the Christian Women's Fellowship. She was a clerk at the Troy Ben Franklin store, and previously had worked at Hoover Hardware. Mrs. Matson was a member of Brooks-Flick American Legion Post 49 Auxiliary and the Ramblers Club. Surviving are two sons, Marsden and James, both of Canton RD 2; a daughter, Mrs. Shirley Ritz, of Troy RD 3, 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The funeral will be at 11 am Saturday at Morse and Kleese's, 40 North Center Street, Canton. Burial will be in Grover Cemetery. The Revs. Ed Graboski, her pastor, and David B. Morris, pastor of Canton Church of Christ, Disciples, will officiate. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 tonight.
JUNE –PHYLLIS J. ‘POSIE’ MATSON, 67, of 403 Elmira St., Troy, formerly of Alba, died Wednesday, March 26, 1986 at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Memorial Hospital in Towanda. Mrs. Matson was born Nov. 16, 1918, in Leolyn, Tioga County, Pa. a daughter of Frank and Eva Percival June. She had been employed as a clerk at the Ben Franklin Store and previously at Hoover Hardware, both in Troy. She was a member and elder of the First Christian Church in Alba, the church CYF and also sang in the church choir. She was also a member of the Brooks-Flick American Legion Post #49 Auxiliary and the Ramblers Club. Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Marsden and Donna Matson and James and Issy Matson, all of Canton RD 2; a daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Gary Ritz of Troy RD 3; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three brothers-in-law, Robert Matson of Alba, Laurence Matson of Canton and John Matson of Canton RD 2; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Winifred June of Binghamton, NY; and a special friend, Louise White of Troy. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. She was predeceased by her husband, Wesley Dean Matson on Jan. 4, 1972. The funeral service will be held Saturday at 22 a.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton with the Rev. Ed. Graboski, her pastor and the Rev. David B. Morris, pastor of the Canton Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) officiating. Interment will be in the Grover Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Memorial donations may be directed to the First Christian Church, Alba, Pa. in Mrs. Matson’s memory. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
KAY –CATHERINE P. SUMMERS, 67, of 307 Riverbay Dr., Tampa, Fla., formerly of Canton, died Sunday, May 24, 1987, at the Tampa Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Summers was born Sept. 4, 1919, at Conshohocken, Pa., a daughter of William and Erma Pastella Kay. Surviving are: her husband, LaRue Summers of Tampa; four sons, John Cardamone of Lutz, Fla., Benjamin Cardamone of Elmira, N.Y., Stephen Cardamone of Horseheads, N.Y., and Robert Morrow of Tampa, Fla.; two sisters, eleven grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins. The funeral service will be held Thursday, May 28, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, at the corner of Washington and Union streets, Canton, with the Rev. Stephen McGough officiating. Interment will be in the Grover Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday, May 27, at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton from 7-8 p.m. Recitation of the rosary will be at 8 p.m. Those wishing may forward memorial donations to the charity of one’s choice. –Towanda Daily Review.
KELLEY –BETTY L. WILCOX. On the morning of February 15, 2005, lifelong Canton resident Betty Lorraine (Kelley) (Austin) Wilcox, 76, died quietly at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Born at Cedar Ledge, Canton Twp., September 11, 1928, she was the daughter of Barney and Myrtle (Heath) Kelley. Mrs. Wilcox enjoyed fishing, cooking, canning, playing cards and traveling. Well known for her generosity and hospitality, she was always among the first to lend a hand when the need arose, and she always enjoyed the company of family and friends. Betty had an abiding faith in the Lord and was an active member of Calvary Alliance Church in Canton. In her quiet, gentle way she touched the lives of many in her community. Surviving are her son, Barry (and Vanessa) Austin, Fassett; stepsons, Tom Wilcox, Roseville; Larry (and Shelby) Wilcox, Montgomery; stepdaughter, Sandra (and William) Mead, Jordan, NY; brother, Wayne Kelley, Elmira, NY; sister, Jessie Bryington, Canton; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Martin and Elsie Wilcox of Canton; niece, Beverly Wilcox of Roseville; special friends, Lucille Young, Horseheads, NY; Lynn and Ann Austin, Wellsburg, NY; grandchildren, Colleen and Donald Austin as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her two husbands, she was preceded in death by brothers Milan “Bud” Kelley, Paul Kelley, Elmer Kelley, and Gerald Kelley. Funeral services were held February 19th at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, canton, with her pastor, rev. David McIntire, officiating. Memorials may be sent to the Calvary Alliance Church, RR2, Canton, PA. Burial in Grover Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
KELLEY Jessie Bryington Terry
A lifelong resident of the Canton, PA community went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday morning, January 22, 2011 at the Bradford County Manor following declining health at the age of 87. Born on July 9, 1923 in Canton, PA, Jessie was the daughter of the late, Barney & Myrtie Heath Kelley. She was predeceased by her first husband, John E. Bryington in 1989 and her second husband, Francis Terry in 2010. A born again Christian, Jessie was attended the Lighthouse of Faith Church, Canton, PA and tried to set an example of deeds, not words. She was well known for her gift of writing poetry, was a correspondent for the Canton Independent Sentinel. She was active at the McCallum Manor where she resided and planned many trips and activities for the residents. Surviving is her loving family, children, Doris (Dale) Terry, Elmira Heights, NY; Paul (Carolyn) Bryington, Gillett, PA; John V. (Gail) Bryington, Roaring Branch, PA; Linda Johnson, Southport, NY; Donna (Joe) McIlwain, Killeen, TX; daughter-in-law, Patricia Bryington, Towanda, PA; son-in-law, Benny Thompson, Roaring Branch, PA; seventeen grandchildren, several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews; brother, Wayne Kelley, Elmira, NY; sisters-in-law, Gene Kelley, Elmira, NY; Rose (Darwin) Brooks, Sebring, FL; stepchildren and their families, Sharon (Rev. Norman) Pierce, Canton, PA; Joan Leahy, Canton, PA; Reba (Chip) Strickland, Springfiled, OH; Ruth (Jerald) Burrows, Mansfield, PA; step daughter-in-law, Laura Wilcox Terry, Mansfield, PA; In addition to her parents and former husbands, Jessie was predeceased by a daughter, Glenda Thompson in 2008; and a son, Daniel Bryington 2009 and five siblings. Family and friends will be received at the Lighthouse of Faith Church, 141 E. Main St. Canton, PA 17724, on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 between the hours of 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Funeral Services will follow the visitation at 2 p.m. with the Reverend Norman Pierce and Reverend Douglas Graybill officiating. Burial will take place at the family's convenience in the Grover Cemetery, Canton, PA where Jessie will be laid to rest beside her husband, John E. Bryington. Star Gazette – January 23, 2011
KELLEY –MYRTLE E. WILBER, 74, Canton RD 1, died Feb. 26, 1988, at her home. Born Oct. 13, 1916, in LeRoy Township, she was the daughter of Leslie and Ella Paul Kelley. Mrs. Wilber and her husband, Alfred J., celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary on Jan. 14. Surviving, besides her husband, are two daughters, Miss Phyllis Wilber, at home, Mrs. Donald (Velma) Spencer, Antrim, PA; two sons and daughters-in-law, Elwood and Barbara Wilber, Canton, and Lewayne and Marilyn Wilber, Canton RD 2; two sons, Cecil, Canton and Gary at home; 15 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one brother, Rodney Kelley, Canton. She was predeceased by a son Lewis, Feb. 23, 1977, and a daughter, Dorothy in 1949. The funeral and committal service were held Monday, at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, with the Rev. Melvin Good, pastor of the Wheelerville Mennonite Church, officiating. Those wishing may forward memorial donations to the Kidney Foundation in Mr. Wilber’s memory. –Canton Independent Sentinel. (Buried Grover Cemetery)
KENNEDY - WILLIAMS, ELIZABETH M., Elizabeth M. Williams, 75, formerly of Canton and a resident of the Chemung County Nursing Facility in Elmira, NY died October 3, 1986. Born March 28, 1911 in Elmira, she was a daughter of John and Grace Lucky Kennedy, Surviving are daughters; Mrs. Richard (Mary Lou) Hackett of Everett, WA, Mrs. Norman (Clara) Bellinger of Horseheads; son, Rodney Harris of Horseheads; two stepdaughters, Mary Esaias Of Troy, Mrs. Douglas (Cynthia) Packard of Breesport, NY; stepson, Ola Williams of Horseheads; a brother; two sisters; 20 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband Claude Williams in 1981, a stepson and a sister. Funeral and committal services were held October 6 at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton with Rev. Jasper Smith, retired Methodist minister officiating, and interment to be in Grover Cemetery. (TGR Oct. 9, 1986)
RODNEY L. KELLEY age 83 of 36 Minnequa Ave., Canton, PA, Tuesday, November 14, 1989. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, 2 pm from the Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, PA. Rev. Allen Hulslander officiating. Interment, Grover Cemetery. Surviving are his wife, Gladys; daughter Vivian Lungstrom of S. Waverly, PA; 6 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews & cousins. Mr. Kelley retired in 1972 from the Swayze Folding Box Company. He was a life member of the Innes Hose Co., Canton I.O.O.F. Lodge #321 and was an Ambulance Driver for over 20 years and Ambulance Dispatcher for 3 years. Memorial donations may be directed to the Canton Ambulance Association. –Elmira Star-Gazette 2/15/1989
GERALD T. ‘JERRY’ KEPLER, 68, former area resident, died on Thursday, July 19, 2007 at the VA Medical Center in Sheridan, Wyo. He was born Aug. 3, 1938, in Elmira, N.Y., to Jesse A. and Beatrice Mollie (Bassett) Kepler. Jerry lived in Bradford County through his teenage years; he attended schools in Leroy and Canton until his enlistment in the United States Navy. He served his country from October 1955 through March 1963. After his military service, he lived in Connecticut and worked for the railroad. He then returned to Williamsport and worked for many years as a heating and air conditioning technician. Jerry moved to Moorcroft, Wyo., and was employed by the Wyoming Highway Department as a heavy equipment operator, retiring in 2000. Jerry enjoyed bowling and spending time with family and friends. Jerry is survived by two daughters, Mary (Lonnie) Hartford of Alba, Pamela (Mike) Denoy of Wilkes-Barre; two brothers, Ronald Kepler of Montgomery and Stanley Kepler of Trout Run; two sisters, Harriet (Jack) Kiessling of McEwansville and Deborah (Gene) Nicholas of Loganton; seven grandchildren, Teashia Hartford, Kyle Hartford, Tara Mahalak, Brittane Kepler, Chrystal Denoy, Amanda Denoy and Katlian Denoy. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Paul Kepler; two sisters, Joyce Martone and Sandra Kepler; a granddaughter, Tanya Mahalak. Committal service will be held graveside at the Grover Cemetery on Sunday, Aug. 5, 4:30 p.m. Services will be officiated by Pastor David Morris. A celebration of Jerry’s life reception/reunion will follow the service at the Church of Christ social room, 40 N. Minnequa Ave., Canton. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Morse & Kleese of Canton is assisting with the arrangements. –Williamsport Sun-Gazette 8/1/2007
KILBOURN - HARRIETT K. WOODWARD (SRGP 79319)
Mrs. Harriet Kilbourn Woodward, age 66 of Mainesburg, died Wednesday, April 19, 1972 at the Blossburg State General Hospital. Funeral service was at the Ralph T. Kleese Funeral Home Saturday, April 22, 1972 at 2 pm. The Rev. Wilma Barker Hoose, Minister of St. John's United Methodist Church of Grover officiated. Burial was in the Grover Cemetery. She is survived by her husband, Lowell W. Woodward at home; three daughters, Mrs. Morgan Cook and Mrs. Wesley Hemenway, both of Mainesburg, Pa. and Mrs. Gene Conrad, of Mansfield; two sons, Ernest C. Woodward, of Mainesburg and Paul G. Woodward of Trumansburg, NY; 18 grandchildren; five sisters, Mrs. Albert Stoddard of Sugar Run, Pa., Mrs. Mack Hager of Roaring Branch, RD 2, Mrs. Lloyd Herman of Canton RD 1, Mrs. Edith Groover and Mrs. Robert Elliott both of Roaring Branch RD 2; one aunt, Mrs. Lena Morse of Canton; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was born in Leolyn, Pa. January 22, 1906, the daughter of Lloyd and Ida Williams Kilbourn. Mr. and Mrs. Woodward celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary last September and have resided in Mainesburg for the past nine years.
KILBOURN –MARGUERITE K. HAGAR, 86, of Roaring Branch RR 1 (Union Township, Pa.) died Tuesday Oct. 6, 1998, at her home while surrounded by her loving family. Marguerite was born June 3, 1912, in Leolyn, Pa. She was a daughter of the late Lloyd and Ida Williams Kilbourn. Marguerite was a very active member of the North Union Christian Church and served as the church’s clerk for 25 years. She was also active in the grange and won several awards in grange competitions. Marguerite held an honorary membership to the North Union Grange No. 783 and was a seventh degree member of the National Grange. She was a former member of the DAR. Marguerite enjoyed sewing and served as a volunteer at the Canton Clothing Center for 10 years. Surviving are: two daughters and sons-in-law, Marlene and Dan Kohena of Glendale, Ariz., Janice and Ed Hicks of Roaring Branch RR 1; a brother and sister-in-law, Lawrence and Shirley Kilbourn of Roaring Branch RR1; a sister and brother-in-law, Frances and Edwin Groover of Canton; a sister, Eleanor Elliott of Canton; eight grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Marguerite was preceded in death by her loving husband, Mack Hagar on May 23, 1990; a daughter, Lyle Rhone on Feb. 20, 1983; a brother, Gerald “Walt” Kilbourn; three sisters, Elizabeth Stoddard, Irene Woodward and Aileen Herman. It was Mrs. Hagar’s request there be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the direction of the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton. In memory of Mrs. Hagar, memorials may be directed to the Canton Ambulance Association, 17 S. Washington St., Canton. Pa. –Towanda Daily Review. (Buried Grover Cemetery)
KILMER - Richard A. Kilmer, 61, of Dillsburg, Pa., formerly of Jersey Shore and Canton, Pa., diedat his daughter's home while surrounded by his family on Thursday evening, May 7, 2009. Richard Allen "Rich" Kilmer was born in Canton, Pa., on May 10, 1947, a son of Neal and Laura (Ward) Kilmer. At the age of 5, Rich and his family moved to Beaver Dams, N.Y., where he graduated in 1965 from Corning-Painted Post West High School. Rich's calling in life was a love for his work as an over-the-road truck driver. He was employed by Barr Nunn Transportation of Granger, Iowa, for many years. Rich was recognized with numerous years of safe driving and performance awards and was honored as a 1 million-plus-mile safe driver. He was a member the East Canton United Methodist Church and in earlier years attended the Ward United Methodist Church. Rich loved doing many things in life but always most important were times spent with family, especially his grandchildren. He also enjoyed picnics, cooking, football games, NASCAR and playing guitar, "pick'n & grin'n." In addition to his parents of Beaver Dams, surviving are his daughters, Missy (Pete) Loudenslager of Williamsport, Pa., Becky (Jeff) Metzler of Dillsburg; grandchildren, Abagail Elizabeth and Jake Loudenslager and Madalynn May Metzler; four siblings, Philip (Veronica) Kilmer of Canton, and Joy (Mike) Stanton, Kenneth Kilmer and Mike Kilmer, all of Beaver Dams; a special aunt, Ruth Ward of Canton; several nieces, nephews and cousins; his friend and the mother of his children, Barb Boyd Kilmer of Williamsport; and many dear friends. His best friend and brother-in-law, Jake Boyd, and his mother-in-law, Betty Boyd, preceded him in death. His family invites friends to call 6–8 p.m. Friday and 10–11 a.m. Saturday, May 16, at Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, in Canton. The funeral service and celebration of Rich's life will follow on Saturday with Pastor Jeff Patton officiating. Burial will follow in Grover Cemetery. Those who wish may consider donations in his name to the Hospice of Central PA at P.O. Box 266, Enola, PA 17025. 10 May 2009 Daily Review.
KING –SARAH C. MORGAN, 82, of Page Manor, Athens formerly of Canton, died February 1, 1994, at the Memorial Hospital, Towanda. Born April 21, 1911, in Knoxville, she was the daughter of Jessie and Mary West King. She was a homemaker. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Aldeen Gernert, Athens and Mrs. Jacqueline Moss, Wellsboro; one stepson, Audley Morgan, Okeechobee, FL; four stepdaughters, Mrs. Amer Chaapel, LeRoy, Mrs. Alene Boyd, Canton, Mrs. Janet Pepper, LeRoy and Mrs. Joyce Landon, Canton; one sister, Mrs. Luva Taylor, Osceola; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. Mrs. Morgan was predeceased by her husband Gordon, August 7, 1990. Funeral services were held February 4 from the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton with Rev. Burdette Mason, minister at large; officiating. Burial was in the Grover Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
KNECHT Kenneth Knecht Sr.
longtime resident of Roaring Branch died very peacefully on Wednesday morning, Oct. 31, 2012 at Williamsport Hospital. He was 83 years old. Born Sept. 16, 1929 in the village of Leolyn, McNett Twp., Kenny was the son of Wilson H. and Goldie (Jackson) Knecht. On Sept. 5, 1946, Kenny married his wife, Gladys V. Leonard and they raised 10 children. His beloved Gladys preceded him on Jan. 17, 2004. Kenny possessed a strong work ethic, he was a lumberman most of his life and retired from Cummings Lumber Company in Troy. Always devoted to his family's benefit, Kenny's life revolved around his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. As a boy, Kenny worked hard with his father making hay using horse-drawn wagons. He loved the outdoors, ponies and horses. Kenny could play the harmonica and any stringed instrument. He played in a band known as "The Roaring Berg Four" for many years. He was a lifetime member of the Roaring Branch Hunting Club. Surviving are his children, Kenneth Jr. (Barb) Knecht of Williamsport, Roger (Deanna) Knecht of Liberty, David (Paulette) Knecht, Cindy (John) Edkin, Debbie Knecht Brown, Mary (Danny) Route, Lori (Dean) Confer, and Michelle Knecht Castle all of Roaring Branch; two sons-in-law, Earl Moretz Jr. of Millerton and Paul Hoffman of Roaring Branch; 21 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; several great great-grandchildren; two siblings, Wilson (Helen) Knecht of Canton and Mary Ann (John) Mesko of Wilmington, Del.; a sister-in-law, Audrey Jennelle of Canton; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. He was predeceased by Gladys, his wife of 57 years, and two daughters; Carolyn Sue "Tink" Hoffman on Aug. 22, 2007 and Sandra Lee Moretz on Jan. 30, 2008. Family invites friends to call 1 – 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Dr. in Canton. Rev. David Egger will officiate the funeral service following at 3 p.m. Interment will be private in Grover Cemetery. Those who wish may consider a memorial in Kenny's name to the American Cancer Society, 1948 E. Third St. Williamsport, PA 17701. Towanda Daily Review – November 2, 2012
CLARENCE M. KOHLER, 90, a resident of the Bradford County Manor, formerly of Canton, died Thursday, Aug. 18, 1983 at Troy Community Hospital, Troy, Pa. He was born April 6, 1893 in Salladasburg, Lycoming County, Pa., a son of David and Genevieve Reed Kohler. Mr. Kohler is a former laborer for the Pennsylvania State Forestry Department. He is survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral and committal services will be held tonight at 8 o’clock at the Morse-Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, with the Rev. Benjamin F. Husted, pastor of the Canton First Baptist Church officiating. Interment will be in Grover Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home tonight from 7 until 8 o’clock. –Towanda Daily Review.
ELMER J. KOHLER, 69, of 201 Buffalo Street, Elkland died Thursday morning, April 25, 1974 following a long illness. He was taken to the Troy Community Hospital and pronounced dead upon arrival there. Mr. Kohler was born in Roaring Branch May 22, 1904 a son of David J. and Genevieve Reed Kohler. He was a retired log man and farmer. He and his wife, the former Leatha Woodward observed their 42nd wedding anniversary last September. Surviving in addition to his wife are: three daughters, Mrs. Kenneth (Dortha) Mattison of Gillett, Mrs. Doris Campbell of Lindley, N.Y. and Mrs. Elsie Brown of Newark, N.J.; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Clarence Kohler of Canton and Benjamin F. Kohler of Elmira. Funeral and committal services were held at the Ralph T. Kleese Funeral Home, 40 North Center Street, Canton, Saturday afternoon. Burial was in Grover Cemetery. The Rev. C. David Jones, pastor of the Canton United Methodist Church officiated. –Canton Independent Sentinel
GEORGE E. LAMB, 45, of 320 Troy St., Canton, died unexpectedly of a heart attack Friday evening, May 5, 1977 in Elkhart, Ind. He had gone there on a visit three weeks ago, when he had a heart attack and was admitted to the hospital. He was discharged one hour prior to his death on Friday. Mrs. Lamb was born on Lamb’s Lookout, Armenia Mountain, Canton, on May 11, 1932, a son of William E. and Fannie Lamb. He was a member of the Springbrook Tractor Pullers and also a member of the Canton Church of Christ Disciples. He drove a tractor-trailer for 23 years. Mr. and Mrs. Lamb celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary on April 22. He was a veteran of 10 years in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Lamb is survived by his wife, the former Antoinette Moroneso; four daughters, Mrs. Kevin (Pauline) Buck of Canton RD 2, Dianna Marino of Jamaica, Long Island, Mrs. Vincent (Harriett) Bucca of Temple, Pa. and Mrs. William (Cheyenne) Schultz of Elmira; one brother, Michael Marino of Elmira; two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Hickey of Lindley, N.Y. and Linda Lamb of Elmira; two brothers, Bob and Jerry Lamb, both of Elmira; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; his stepmother, Martha Colobine of Elmira; several aunts, uncles and cousins. The funeral service will be held at the Ralph T. Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center Street, Canton on Wednesday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Grover Cemetery. –Towanda Daily Review.
LAMENT John Sr. Age 95, of Elmira died on Tuesday, January 29 at the Ogden Medical Facility. John was born on July 7, 1906 the son of John and Elsie LaMent of Elmira. He served in the United States Army during World War II. John owned and operated LaMents Grocery on Route 352 in Elmira for many years. Surviving John is his son, Stephen of Elmira as well as several grandchildren, nieces and nephews. John was predeceased by his wife, Elsie Richmond LaMent in 1977, a son John LaMent Jr., a brother Neil LaMent, and a sister Julia Brundage. Calling hours will be at Hills Funeral Home, 69 Main St., Big Flats, on Friday, February 1, from 2-4 and 7-8:30pm. A funeral service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours (8:30pm) with Rev. Larry Parker officiating. Interment at Grover Cemetery, Grover, PA.
LAMONT –MRS. STELLA M. LOOMIS, 99, a resident of the Bradford County Manor, previously of Grover, died Monday, Feb. 17, 1986 at the Manor. She would have celebrated her 100th birthday on March 18. Born March 18, 1886 at Granville Township, Bradford County, she was the daughter of Volney and Alice Andrus LaMont. Mrs. Loomis was the oldest living member of the Grover Church of Christ. Surviving are a son, Egbert Loomis of Canton; two grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews also survive. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur L. Loomis, who died on March 6, 1952; also by a daughter, Nellie Soper, in 1977 and a granddaughter, Barbara, who also died in 1977. The funeral service will be held Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 1 p.m. at the Morse-Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, with the Rev. Will Strunk, her pastor officiating. Interment will be in the Grover Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to call at the funeral home today from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Those wishing may forward memorial donations to the Grover Church of Christ building fund in Mrs. Loomis’ memory. –Towanda Daily Review.
LANE –MRS. NELLIE M. OWEN, 91, of RD 1, Canton died Sunday, March 20, 1983 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre. Mrs. Owen was born Nov. 19, 1891 in Grover, Bradford County, Pa., the daughter of H.S. and Lucy Lane. She was a member of the Canton Garden Club and a former member of the former Canton Presbyterian Church. She attended the N. Union Church of Christ. Surviving are two sons, Paul A. Jr. and Edward, both of Canton RD 1; six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; one cousin, Miss Pauline Innes of RD 1, Canton. Her husband, Paul O. Owen, Jr. predeceased her on Sept. 6, 1977. Funeral and committal services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. from the Morse-Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton with the Rev. Paul E. Diehl, pastor of the N. Union Church of Christ officiating. Interment will be in the Grover Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. Memorial donations may be directed to the Canton Green Free Library or to a charity of one’s choice in memory of Mrs. Owen. –Towanda Daily Review.
LEONARD –MRS. BLANCE L. BULL, 63, wife of Harold L. Bull of 9 Clinton St., Canton died Thursday evening, May 24, 1979, at the Troy Community Hospital. She was born in Leolyn, Pa. on July 23, 1915, the daughter of Earl and Eliza Freeman Leonard. Mrs. Bull was a member of the Grover Church of Christ and worked for ten years as a clerk at the former Preston Department Store in Canton. Surviving are her husband, Harold and her mother Mrs. Eliza Leonard of Canton; one son, Earl W. Bull of Canton RD 2; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral and committal services will be held at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton on Sunday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Wilma Barker Hoose, pastor of St. Johns United Methodist Church of Grover, officiating. Burial will be in the Grover Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
LEONARD –MRS. FRANCES CLINTON, 67, Canton, a Ralston native, died June 3, 1989, in Tioga General Hospital, Waverly, NY. Mrs. Clinton was born Nov. 22, 1921 a daughter of Joseph J. and Cora Graham Leonard. She was a member of the Canton Senior Citizens and Women of the Moose Lodge 429, both at Canton, a member of the ladies auxiliaries of Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Theodore Roosevelt Post 167, American Legion, Morris Run. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Bernice Foust, Canton, Mrs. Jean Reynolds, Apopka, Fl, Mrs. Mary Ann Townsand, Chemung, NY; two sons, Jack, Wilton, NH and Kenneth, Hilham, TN; 28 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren. The funeral was held Monday at Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, with the Rev. Jasper Smith, a retired United Methodist minister, officiating. Burial was in Grover Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
LEONARD –GERTRUDE BLANCHE MCILWAIN, 86, of California, died September 6, 1986, at the Julia Convalescent Hospital, in Mountain View, CA. Mrs. McIlwain, a native of Leolyn, was born August 1, 1900, the daughter of Frank and Mary Saxon Leonard. After attending normal school in Mansfield, she taught school, drove school bus and was very active in the church and community activities. In 1944, she moved to California. Mrs. McIlwain was an active member of the First Congregational Church of Redwood City, CA, and a lifetime member of the Carpenter Grange of Newelltown. Her husband, Lawrence W. McIlwain, died in 1968. She is survived by two sons, LaMar McIlwain of LeMoore, CA, and LaRue McIlwain of San Luis Obispo, CA; a daughter, Janice “Anita” rush of San Jose, CA; two brothers, Nyles Leonard and Leslie Leonard of Roaring Branch; a sister, Mabel Rumsey of Canton; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a brother, Norvin Leonard in 1976. A memorial service was held September 13, at the First Congregational Church, Redwood City, CA. A memorial service at Newelltown Methodist Church, will be announced at a later date. Interment will be in Grover Cemetery, Grover. Memorials may be directed in Mrs. McIlwain’s memory to either a church or a charity of one’s choice. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
LEONARD –GLADYS V. ‘SKIPPY’ KNECHT, 71, long-time resident of Roaring Branch, Pa., peacefully went home to her Lord and Savior on Saturday, January 17, 2004 at her home. Born June 6, 1932, in the small community of Leolyn, Pa., she was a daughter of the late Mark D. and Ethel Pearl (Dudley) Leonard. Mrs. Knecht was a devoted member of the Canton Seventh-Day Adventist Church and was active with the Friday night Bible study. Gladys was a wonderful homemaker and enjoyed canning, cooking and baking. Her main interest in life was spending time with her loving family. She also enjoyed nature’s beauty and loved camping and working in her garden. One of Gladys’ favorite pass times was listening to country music. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Kenneth, Sr.; seven daughters and sons-in-law, Sandy and Earl Moretz of Millerton, Pa.; Cindy and John Edkin, Debbie and Kenny Brown, Mary and Danny Route, Carolyn “Tink” and Paul Hoffman, Lori and Dean Confer, and Michelle Castle all of Roaring Branch, Pa.; three sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth and Barb Knecht of Williamsport, Pa.; Roger and Deanna Knecht of Liberty, David and Paulette Knecht of Roaring Branch, Pa.; 21 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, a great-great-grandchild, two sisters, and brother-in-law, Grace Mancusso of Horseheads, N.Y.; Audrey and Floyd Jenelle of Canton, Pa.; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. Besides her parents, Gladys was preceded in death by sisters, Beatrice Smith, Wanda English, Doris Campbell, Virginia House, Norma Leonard, Margaret Meade and Florence Ragowski; and by brothers, Richard, Arthur, Crawford and Lawrence Leonard. The family will receive friends Tuesday, Jan. 20, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton, Pa. The funeral and committal will follow at 2 p.m. with her pastor, Rev. Preston Monterrey, officiating. Burial will be held in the Grover Cemetery. –Towanda Daily Review.
Dropped Dead in Hotel. Guy Leonard, who has been employed by the Swayze Advertising Company since spring dropped over in a dying condition in the office of the Canton House on Friday evening, and expired almost instantly from heart failure. He had been in his usual good health and had been chatting with friends during the evening and had no warning of the fatal attack. The funeral services were held at the Church of Christ in Grover in charge of the Rev. Mr. Patterson. He is survived by a mother, Mrs. Melvin Stevens, who resides in Canton. TGR 1915
JOSEPH E. LEONARD, 65, of 216 E. Acre St., Plantation, Fla., and formerly of Canton RD 1, died early Saturday morning, February 3, 1979 in the Plantation General Hospital after an extended illness. Mr. Leonard was born in Elmira, a son of Joseph J. and Cora Graham Leonard. He had owned and operated a chicken farm in the Canton area for many years. He was also a former truck driver for the Swayze Folding Box Company in Canton. He was a member and trustee of the Parkway Christian Church in Plantation, Fla. He was a former member of the Innes Hose Company, the Veterans of Foreign Wars. No. 714, and the Masonic Lodge No. 415 F & AM of Canton, and the Williamsport Consistory. He was a veteran of WWII. He spent four years in the U.S. Navy and served in the U.S.S. Bainbridge. He is survived by his wife, the former TeDesco Spencer; a daughter, Mrs. Gregory (Halilah) Lutz, of Williamsport; a son, Joseph L. Leonard of Gillett; a sister, Mrs. Charles (Frances) Clinton, of Orlando, Fla.; two grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service was held on Sunday afternoon, February 4, at the Parkway Christian Church in Plantation, Fla. A further memorial service will be held at a later date. Burial will be in the Grover Cemetery at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions to the American Cancer Society. Funeral arrangements provided by the Ralph T. Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review.
LEONARD –MRS. LUELLA BEBBLE, 67, wife of Ben E. Bebble of Roaring Branch, died at 8:40 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, 1977, in the Williamsport Hospital, where she had been admitted earlier in the day. She was born at Leolyn on Nov. 22, 1909, a daughter of Joseph J. and Cora Graham Leonard. Mr. and Mrs. Bebble, who observed their 50th wedding anniversary last October, owned and operated a general store in Roaring Branch for many years. Mrs. Bebble was a member of the Grover Church of Christ. Surviving besides, her husband are three daughters, Mrs. Frank (Marjorie) Killian of Williamsport, Mrs. Eugene (Mary) Kelly of Roaring Branch and Mrs. Arthur (Jane) May of Grover; on son, Benny L. Bebble of Roaring Branch; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Charles (Frances) Clinton of Orlando, Fla.; a brother, Joseph E. Leonard of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services will be held at the Ralph T. Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton on Sunday at 2:30 P.m. with the Rev. Larry Clark, pastor of the E. Canton United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Grover Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
LEONARD –MABEL E. RUMSEY, 98, lifetime resident of the Canton area, died peacefully July 14, 2001, in Montoursville at the home of her daughter, Marilyn. Born in Newelltown, PA, May 15, 1903, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Mary Saxon Leonard. As a youngster, she was raised on her family’s farm on Shanty Hill Road in Union Township and attended the nearby McIlwain and Spencertown one-room school houses. On August 8, 1924, she married the love of her life, Lynn H. Rumsey in Towanda. Shortly following marriage, the young couple acquired a dairy farm near Newelltown, where they made their home and raised five children. Mrs. Rumsey was on stranger to hard work. In addition to being a devoted homemaker and mother, she also assisted her husband with the daily operation of the family’s farm. In 1952, the Rumseys retired from farming and moved to Canton. She remained active and helped provide for her family during difficult times by working for the Packard Hotel, and later Kate Crowe’s Nursing Home, both in Canton. Her husband Lynn preceded her in death on May 28, 1980, following 56 years of marriage. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren, and will be remembered for her bountiful vegetable gardens and fresh baked bread and bisques. Later in life, she enjoyed crocheting, working on patchwork quilts and passing the time on word puzzles. She was a former member of the Newelltown Methodist Church and was a member of the Canton Women of the Moose. Surviving are her children, Leonard (Jeanette) Rumsey, Land O’Lakes, FL; Emily Costanza, Rochester, N.Y., Shirley Fiester, Elbridge, N.Y., Marilyn Rumsey, Montoursville, May Lou Sechler, Huntley, MT; 17 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and 16 great-great-grandchildren; brother, Nyles Leonard, Roaring Branch; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her infant daughter, Lorraine, in 1930; sister, Gertrude McIlwain, and two brothers, Norvin and Leslie Leonard. The funeral service was held July 18 from the Pepper Funeral Home, Canton, with the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating. Interment was in the Grover Cemetery. Those who wish may direct memorials in Mrs. Rumsey’s name to Susquehanna Home Hospice, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA or to a charity of one’s choice. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
NORVIN E. LEONARD
Norvin E. Leonard, 66, of Roaring Branch RD 2, died at 1:40 am Friday, May 28, 1976, in Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro. A retired farmer, he was a member of Carpenter's Grange 454, Newelltown. Mr. Leonard was a member of Newelltown United Methodist Church. Born August 14, 1909, at Roaring Branch, he was a son of Frank and Mary Saxon Leonard. Surviving are two brothers, Leslie and Nyles, both of Roaring Branch RD 2, and two sisters, Mrs. Lynn Rumsey of Canton, and Mrs. Gertrude McIlwain, of Redwood City, California. The funeral was held at the Kleese Funeral Home in Canton on Sunday. Burial was in Grover Cemetery, Canton RD 1. The Rev. Duane A. Taylor, interim pastor of Canton Church of Christ, Disciples, officiated. (Wellsboro Gazette, Wellsboro, PA, Wed. June 2, 1976)
NYLES C. LEONARD, 84, lifetime resident of Roaring Branch RR 1, died May 31, 2002, at his home. Born in his parents’ home, located near Newelltown, PA, on August 20, 1917, he was a son of the late Frank and Mary Saxon Leonard. As a young man, he grew up on his family’s farm on Shaney Hill Road in Union Township and attended the nearby Spencertown one-room school house and later Canton High School. He was a hard worker and acquired the farm from his father, making it a third-generation dairy farm. He saw to its daily operations for many years until his retirement in the late 1980s. Mr. Leonard was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Canton Lodge No. 429 and the Red Run Rod and Gun Club, Ralston. He loved the outdoors, especially enjoyed gardening and cutting wood. Surviving are son, Frank Leonard, Roaring Branch; step-children, George Hall, Wallkill, NY, Jack Hall Palmyra, PA and Linda Drummond, Camp Hill, PA; 11 grandchildren; sister-in-law, Marguerite Leonard, Roaring Branch; special friends, Earl and LouAnn Smith, Roaring Branch and Stanley McNett, Roaring Branch; many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Mr. Leonard was predeceased by his first wife, Ellen Leonard, second wife, Odessa Hall; sisters, Gertrude McIlwain and Mabel Rumsey, brothers, Norvin and Leslie Leonard. The funeral and committal services were held June 3 from the Pepper Funeral Home, Canton with Rev. Duane Taylor and Rev. James Donahoo officiating. Burial was in Grover Cemetery. The family requests those who wish may direct memorials to the Guthrie Hospice, RR 1, Box 154, Towanda, PA in Mr. Leonard’s memory. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
RICHARD WILLIAM LEONARD, 80, Elmira, NY, died on October 12, 1993 at home. Mr. Leonard was a former Canton resident. Richard was born February 23, 1913, at Leolyn, Lycoming County, PA, a son of Mark and Ethel Pearl Dudley Leonard. He was a retiree from Corning Glass Works, Corning, NY, where he was a glass blower and also worked in the stock room and cafeteria. He was a Catholic by faith. Surviving are: his brother, Crawford Leonard, Williamsport; seven daughters, Martha Jane Johnson, Cogan Station, Jean M. funk, Jersey Shore; Marian Hiskett, Canyon County, CA, Marie J. Kriner, Williamsport, Marjorie Taynton, Moscow, PA, Shirley Ann Maiolo, Williamsport, Barbara A. Avery, Grover; six sisters, Florence Rogowski, Kenmore, NY; Beatrice Smith, Covington, Gladys Mancruso, Elmira, Gladys Knecht, Roaring Branch; Audrey Jenelle, Canton and Wanda English, Williamsport; 29 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins. Friends may call at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, October 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be conducted from the funeral home October 15 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Bert Kozen, pastor of St. Michael’s Church, Canton, officiating. Interment will be in the Grover Cemetery, Canton Township. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
(Local News) Reuben Letts, who has been in failing health for several years, expired at his home in this place last Friday. He was 66 years old and is survived by his wife, three daughters, Mrs. Helen Bolt of Troy, Mrs. Laura Clark of Elkland, Mrs. Alpha Bolt of Stanley, N.Y., and one son, Harold Letts. The funeral was held at the home on Sunday morning and interment was in Grover. TGR 1922
LODGE –BARBARA K. VOLLMER, 48, of Troy, died Oct. 20, 1985, at the Troy Community Hospital. She was born Feb. 17, 1937, in Grover, the daughter of Russell and Dorothy Leah McCracken Lodge. She was a member of the Grover Church of Christ and for 28 years was employed with the Troy Community Hospital and the Troy Medical Center. She was a charter member of the International Medical Technologist. Mrs. Vollmer was a graduate of Canton High School, Class of 1955. She is survived by her husband, Gerald Vollmer of Troy; son, John Jay Vollmer, at home; mother, Leah Maroney of Troy; mother-in-law, Anna Vollmer of Troy; brothers, Richard Lodge of Arcadia, FL, Jack Lodge of Canton and Edward Lodge of Ogdensburg; several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. The funeral was held Wednesday at the Vickery Funeral Home, Troy, with the Rev. Willard Strunk and Father Stephen McGough, officiating. Burial was in Grover Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Grover Church of Christ building fund or St. John’s Catholic Church building fund, Troy. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
LODGE, JOHN H. (JACK) John H. (Jack) Lodge, 56, of Canton, died unexpectedly September 29, 1987 at the Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Rockville, MD. He was born February 2, 1931 in Canton Township, a son of Russell and Leah McCracken Lodge. Jack was involved with the dairy industry for 36 years, most recently being employed for 14 years for Eastern Milk Producers as a dairy inspector. He was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving in France and attended St. Joseph’s Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, the former Anne Schanbacher; a daughter, Mrs. Jeffery (Judy) Bouey of Gaithersburg, MD, with whom he was visiting at the time of his death; son and daughter-in-law, John S. and Carol Lodge of Montrose; his mother, Leah Lodge of Troy; two brothers, Edward Lodge of Ogdensburg and Richard Lodge of Arcadia, Fl; four grandchildren; aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews and cousins. Preceding him in death were his father, Russell in 1965, his sister, Barbara Vollmer in 1987 and infant sister, Edna Mae in 1934. Funeral services were held at St. John United Methodist Church in Grover on October 2. Rev. Richard Leonard officiating, interment was to be in Grover Cemetery and arrangements were by the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton. The family suggests memorial contributions be forwarded to the building fund of either the St. John United Methodist Church or the Grover Church of Christ. (TGR Oct. 8, 1987)
LODGE –LUANN YOUMANS, 42 of South Williamson Road, Blossburg, Pa. died Saturday morning, Aug. 5, 2000 at her home. Born Dec. 17, 1957 in Troy, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Janice Dibble Lodge. Luann graduated from Canton High School, class of 1975. She was very active in the Blossburg American Legion and tended bar there for many years. For a brief time, Luann drove school bus for the Southern Tioga School District. She was a member of the Blossburg American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 572; the Blossburg V.F.W. Auxiliary Post No. 8730 and the Hillside Rod and Gun Club, also in Blossburg. Luann served on the Blossburg Coal Festival Committee as treasurer. Luann enjoyed motorcycling. She is survived by a daughter, Melissa Youmans of Blossburg; a son, Derek Youmans of Blossburg; a grandson, Tyler Evans; a sister and brother-in-law, Mariann and Kevin Kehres of Liberty, Pa.; a brother and sister-in-law, Rusty and April Lodge of Liberty, Pa.; a special friend, Kathy Seeley of Canton and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday at the W.M. Zwicharowski Funeral Home, 314 Granger St., Blossburg. The funeral service will immediately follow at noon with the Rev. Allen Hulslander officiating. Interment will be held in the Grover Cemetery, Canton Township. The family suggests that memorial donations may be directed to the William B. Wilson American Legion, P.O. Box 121, Blossburg, Pa. in Luann Youmans’ loving memory. –Towanda Daily Review
RICHARD ‘DICK’ LODGE, 68, Arcadia, FL, formerly a resident of Canton, died, February 26, 1998, in Port Charlotte, Fl following a brief illness. Born July 5, 1929 in Grover, he was a son of the late Russell Lodge and D. Leah McCracken Lodge Maroney. He was a graduate of Canton High School. He was employed by the former Remington Rand, Elmira, for 25 years until it closed then moved to Florida where he worked as a self-employed aluminum contractor until his death. Mr. Lodge was a member of the Arcadia Moose and was a former member of the Canton Moose Lodge No. 429. He was a hard worker and will be dearly missed by his loving family and friends. Surviving are his wife of 33 years, Norma Morgan Lodge, at home, daughter, Susan Jennings, Largo, FL; daughter and son-in-law, Tanya and Rick Parish, Arcadia, FL; step-sons and their spouses, Scott and Julie Parker, Homer and Carole Parker, Craig and Laurie Parker, all of Canton; eight grandchildren; a great-granddaughter, brother, Edward Lodge, Canton, brother-in-law, Jerry Vollmer, sister-in-law, Ann Lodge, several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by infant sister Edna Lodge, brother, John “Jack” Lodge and sister, Barbara Vollmer. The funeral and committal services were held March 3 at the Pepper funeral Home, Canton, with the Rev. Willard Strunk, pastor of the Grover Church of Christ, officiating. Interment was held in Grover Cemetery, Canton Twp. Memorials may be directed to the Grover Church of Christ Memorial fund, PO Box 83, Grover, PA in Mr. Lodge’s memory. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
Richard “Dick” LODGE, 68, of Arcadia, FL, formerly a resident of Canton, Pa died Thursday, February 26, 1998 in Port Charlotte, FL following a brief illness. Dick was born July 5, 1929 in Grover, PA, a son of the late Russell Lodge and D. Lea McCraken Lodge Maroney. Dick was a 1947 Canton High graduate and was employed by the former Remington Rand in Elmira for 25 years until its closure. Dick then moved to Arcadia, FL where he worked as a self-employed aluminum contractor until his death. Surviving are his wife of 33 years. Norma Morgan Lodge, at home; daughter, Susan Jennings of Largo, FL; daughter and son-in-law, Tanya and Rick Parrish of Arcadia, FL, three stepsons and their spouses, Scott and Julie Parker, Homer and Carole Parker and Craig and Laurie Parker, all of Canton; eight grandchildren and a great=granddaughter; a brother, Edward Lodge of Canton; a brother-in-law, Jerry Vollmer; a sister-in-law, Ann Lodge; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services were held at the Pepper funeral Home in Canton on March 3 with the rev. Willard Strunk pastor of the Grover Church of Christ, officiating and interment to be in Grover Cemetery, Canton Township. Memorials may be directed to the Grover Church of Christ’s Memorial fund, PO Box 83, Grover, PA 17735 in Mr. Lodge’s memory. “Troy Gazette-Register,” Troy, NY Thursday, March 5, 1998
LUNDY –RUTH A. JONES, 86, a resident of Pautz Personal Care Home Gillett RR 1, formerly of Canton, died January 26, 1993, at the home. She had resided there since August 1992. Mrs. Jones was born June 11, 1906, at Eldred Township, Lycoming County, a daughter of Joseph W. and Emma Jane Reeser Lundy. She was a homemaker and attended the Grover Church of Christ. Surviving are three sons, Harry W., Troy RR 3, Robert L., Troy; and Carl B., Inman, SC; two daughters, Mrs. Irene Hanne, Cogan Station; and Mrs. Harriet Smith, Canton RR 2; 17 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Eloise Lundy, Canton; nieces, nephews, and cousins. Ruth was predeceased by her husband, Harry L. Jones, November 29, 1986. Visitation will be held January 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 North Center St., Canton. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home January 29 at 11 a.m. The Rev. Will Strunk, pastor of the Grover Church of Christ, will officiate. Interment will be in the Grover Cemetery, Canton Township. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
LYMAN –JESSIE R. SMITH, 73 of Canton RR 2, Union Twp. died Monday evening, July 24, 1995 at her home. Born Aug. 17, 1921 in Castleton, VT, she was a daughter of the late Chester R. and Mary Wheeler Lyman. Mrs. Smith was a member of the North Union Christian Church for many years and belonged to the Ogdensburg Grange No. 293. On August 17, 1958 Jessie married Elwin L. Smith at the First Baptist Church in Canton. Surviving are: her husband of 36 years, Elwin at home; five daughters and sons-in-law, Hazel and Robert Broock, Wellsburg, NY, Deronda and Dennis Batkowski, Williamsport, June and Joseph Spencer, Roaring Branch, Evelyn and William Kreger, Williamsport, Glenda and Steve Spencer, Roaring Branch; three sons and daughters-in-law, Frederick and Jeannie Smith, Roaring Branch, Wallace and Sharon Brenchley, New Providence, PA, Jack and Kathy Brenchley, Colorado Springs, CO; 24 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Marion Moen, Irene Wade, Mary Ross, all of New York and Olive Tracy of Florida; two brothers, Albert Lyman of New York and James Lyman of Florida. She was preceded in death by her first husband Glenn Brenchley in 1956. The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Rt. 14, Canton. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 27 at the funeral home with her pastor, Rev. Duane Taylor officiating. Interment will be in the Grover Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel