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Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
Obituary & Clipping Section
Bradford County, Pennsylvania

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Bradford County PA

Chemung County NY

Tioga County PA

 

Grover Cemetery, Canton Township, Bradford County, PA
Obituaries 

 

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by Joyce M. Tice

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Also Called Turner Cemetery

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Joyce's Search Tip - January 2008

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Do You Know that you can search just the Obituaries on the site by using the three County Specific Obituary selections in the Partitioned search engine at the bottom of the Current What's New Page? You can narrow your search by including a key word in the cemetery name or a township name in addition to the surname you search. Then select the Find All Words option. 
You'll also find obituary and other newspaper clippings using Clippings partition. Additional clippings can be found in the Birth, Marriage, and some other partitions. 

Reading a series of obituaries from a single cemetery, as they are presented here, is like reading the multi-generational history of a community. These people were the local populace at a particular time. The people buried here knew each other, were neighbors, relatives and school mates. They attended church together and engaged in "trade" or business. 

All people are listed in alphabetic order by surname at BIRTH. Women identified by a married alias only and  for whom a birth surname can not be identified, are listed on the last page for the cemetery's obituaries. Please send in typed obituaries for people buried in our local cemeteries. If possible include name of newspaper and date. Send typed in your email or in attached Word files. Send to Joyce M. Tice (JoyceTice@aol.com) 



ROLAND H. OSBORNE, 59, of Canton RD 2, died Tuesday afternoon, March 7, 1978 at the Divine Providence Hospital in Williamsport after a three-month illness.  He was born in the Catskills, N.Y., Aug. 15, 1918, a son of Roland R. and Alida Sarah Pelham Osborne.  He was a member of the Canton VFW Post No. 714 and the Dutch Reform Church in the Catskills.  At the time of his death, he was employed as a salesman for the United Life Insurance Company, and also drove a school bus for the Canton Area School District.  He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the U.S. Army.  He also served during the Korean Conflict.  His survivors include his wife, the former Marlene Segur; one son, Roland Osborne of California; two daughters, Sherry Herring of California and Miss Wendi Osborne of Elmira; three stepchildren, Mrs. Russell (Connie) Morgan of Canton and Carol and Martin Gee, both at home; five grandchildren; one brother, Louise Osborne of Saugerties, N.Y.; two sisters, Mrs. Ronald (Lorraine) Delmel of Basking Ridge, N.J., and Mrs. Robert (Elaine) Teetsel of Tannersville, N.Y.  The funeral service will be held a t the Ralph T. Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, Friday morning at 11 o’clock.  The Rev. Duane Taylor and the Rev. Larry Thoren will officiate.  Burial will be in Grover Cemetery.  The Canton VFW Post will hold memorial services at 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, and full military services will be held the day of the funeral.  –Canton Independent Sentinel.

OVERREIN –MARY LOU PARKER, 26 of Roaring Branch RD 1, died Saturday April 18, 1981, as the result of a car accident.  She was born, December 24, 1954 in Troy, a daughter of James and Charlotte Dunbar Overrein.  Mary Lou was a member of the Canton Women of the Moose, No. 429.  She is survived by her husband, Homer Parker Jr.; mother, Mrs. Charlotte Sjoblom of Alba; father, James Overrein of Horseheads, N.Y.; two brothers, Roger Overrein of Alba and James Overrein of Troy; three sisters, Mrs. Gary (Connie) Bryington of Troy, Mrs. Linda Hicks and Miss Lisa Overrein, both of Alba, aunts and uncles.  Funeral services for her and her son will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, with the Rev. Douglas Graybill, pastor of the Wheelerville Mennonite Church officiating.  Interment will be in the Grover Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m.  –Towanda Daily Review.

EDWARD OWEN, 76, lifetime resident of Canton RD 1 died peacefully February 1997 at the home while surrounded by family.  Ed was born on December 6, 1920 in the house he resided in at the time of his death.  He was one of two sons of the late Paul Sr. and Nellie Lane Owen.  Ed was a respected and well-known area dairy framer.  His grandfather started their family’s farm shortly after his service in the Civil War.  As the years passed, so did the family’s tradition of farming, with Ed and his brother Paul acting as third-generation farmers.  Mr. Owen enlisted in the U.S. Army and served his country during World War II, receiving an honorable discharge in October 1944.  Following his discharge, he returned to the family farm, where he continued to work until his semi-retirement in the early 1980’s when his nephews continued the operation of the family’s Century Farm.  In earlier years Mr. Owen was an enthusiastic bowler and most recently enjoyed his mornings spent visiting friends at the Canton Coffee Shop.  He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Canton Lodge No. 429, the Canton VFW No. 714 and the North Union Grange No. 784.  Surviving are his wife of 22 years, Dianne Seymour Owen, daughters and their spouses;  Nellie Jean Owen, Canton; Cheryl and Dale Neitz, Canton; and Linda and Denny Jackson, Roaring Branch; four stepchildren and their spouses, George Beck, Jr. Tobyhanna, PA; Theron and Stephanie Beck, San Antonio, TX; Scott and Becky Best, at home: 11 grandchildren:  Kay Kerns, Tessa Page, Corina Saxon, John Woodward Jr., Shawn, Christine and Stacy Neitz, and Tracy, Kim, Lori and April Jackson; seven step-grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; a brother an sister-in-law, Paul A. and Alice Owen Jr. of Canton; three nephews, one niece, several cousins and a special little boy, Casey M. Innes.  Funeral services were held at the Pepper Funeral Home, Canton, February 25, with the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating.  Following the funeral service Jon Groover and Cliff McMurray represented the Canton Moose Lodge No. 429 and presented the family with a bible.  The Canton VFW No. 714 accorded military honors at the funeral home; the flag was folded and presented to the family by Bill McNett and Ted Spencer.  Interment was in Grover Cemetery.  Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society, 413 S. Main St., Athens, PA; the Canton Ambulance Association, Canton, PA or the Memorial Hospital Home Health/ Hospice, Towanda, PA.  –Towanda Daily Review.

PAUL ALLEN OWEN, 86, of Canton, peacefully passed on Nov. 29, 2005 at the Green Home in Wellsboro, Pa.  Born in Canton on Jan. 27, 1919, Paul was the son of Nelle Lane Owen and Paul Allen Owen, Sr.  On May 27, 1949, Paul married the former Alice Chaapel of Leroy.  They were blessed with 56 years of marriage.  Paul was an avid outdoorsman.  In his younger years he loved hunting, trapping and fishing.  He continued to enjoy hunting on the family farm with his sons and grandchildren late into his 70s.  Paul was known to his contemporaries as one of the best marksmen and trapper of the area.  He and his brother, Edward Owen, had the honor of owning and managing one of Pennsylvania’s Century Farms.  The Owen family had operated the dairy farm located just south of Canton since 1873.  Paul’s sons, Allen and Ted, continue this heritage.  Even after retirement, Paul stayed active on the farm.  At 78 years of age, a medical emergency forced him to stop.  Paul is survived by; his wife, Alice Chaapel Owen, Canton RR1; daughter and son-in-law, Allen and Pam Shepard Owen, Canton RR1 and Ted and Teresa Crawford Owen, Canton RR1.  He is also survived by seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several cousins, nieces and nephews.  Paul was predeceased by his parents and brother, Edward.  Friends and family are invited to a memorial service at 7 p.m. on Dec. 1 at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton, Pa.  The family will provide flowers.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Paul’s name may be directed to the charity of one’s choice.  –Towanda Daily Review.  (Paul was cremated and his family will hold burial in Grover Cemetery in the Spring.)

PAUL A. OWEN, SR., 90, of Canton RD 1, died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 1977 at Memorial Hospital, Towanda.  He was born Jan. 10, 1887 in Canton Township, the son of Allen and Emma Wheat Owen.  Mr. Owen was a retired farmer and a member of the N. Union Grange.  He was a life member of the Innes Hose Co. of Canton.  He is survived by his wife, Nelle, two sons, Paul A. Owen, Jr. and Edward Owen, both of Canton RD 1; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a niece, Pauline Innes of Canton.  Private funeral and committal services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. from the Morse Funeral Home, 12 E. Main St., Canton, with the Rev. Raymond D. Fravel officiating.  Interment will be in the Grover Cemetery.  –Canton Independent Sentinel.

THOMAS J. PACKARD, 82, of Monroe Township (Towanda RD 4) formerly of Powell died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. James Hughes, early Friday morning, March 29, 1957.  Born Oct. 30, 1874, in Canton Township, the son of Jefferson and Lucy Barnes Packard.  He was employed for years by the Barclay Chemical Co. in Laquin.  Mrs. Packard preceded him in death June 14, 1949.  His only brother Joseph P. of Lawrenceville died on March 14, 1957.  Besides his daughter at whose home he died, he is survived by 2 sons, Ralph of Endicott and Charles of Cleveland, 5 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.  Funeral services at Maryott Funeral Home, Towanda, Sunday at 2:00 Rev. Eugene Callahan of Monroeton officiating.  Burial in Turner Cemetery.  (Grover Cemetery)

PAGE –DOROTHY L. HAXTON, 88, of 10 S. Minnequa Ave., Canton, died on August 2, 1990, at the home of her granddaughter, Louise Mundrick, Canton.  Mrs. Haxton was born January 2, 1902 in Beech Flats, the daughter of Anson and Maude Wilhelm Page in Canton.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Canton.  Surviving are three daughters; Mrs. Charles (Virginia) Morgan, Canton; Mrs. Nathan (Phyllis) Beidleman, Sayre; Mrs. John (Sally) Fantosuosso, East Windsor, NJ; a brother, Donald Page, Canton; sisters, Carmen Kneibley, Commerce, GA; Evelyn Blaney and Doris Stone, both of Canton; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  Mrs. Haxton was predeceased by her husband, Milton Haxton on Dec. 9, 1963; her son, Llewelyn (Bud) Haxton, October 11, 1986; brothers, sisters, grandson and a great-grandson.  Funeral service was held August 5 at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, with Rev. Robert Prettyman and Rev. Norman Pierce officiating.  Interment was in the Grover Cemetery, Grover.  Memorial donations may be directed to the First Baptist Church, Canton, in Dorothy and Milton Hazton’s memory.  –Canton Independent Sentinel.

HENRY W. PAGE.  On the evening of May 11, 2000, Henry William Page of Ogdensburg, Tioga Co., Pa., died at his residence.  He was 91 years of age.  Born in Roaring Branch on Dec. 18, 1908, he was the son of William and Minerva Page Spaulding.  Henry spent the greater part of his working life as a self-employed laborer in the construction industry and trucking.  In 1950 Henry met a young school teacher by the name of Myrtle Smith and their courtship lasted several years due to the school district’s ban on married women teaching school.  Eventually they were married in April 1941, sometime after the ban had been lifted.  After her retirement from teaching, Henry retired from his various enterprises and he and Myrtle spent much of their time traveling to Florida, California and everywhere in between.  Henry was an avid hunter and fisherman, especially enjoying the fishing in Canada and upstate New York.  He was also a great lover of cats, tending not only to his own, but adopting many of his neighbors’ cats as well sought him out as an easy touch.  Henry was a lifelong member of the Ogdensburg Church of Christ.  He is survived by several nieces and nephews and a brother-in-law, Elwyn Smith of Canton.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Myrtle, in 1994.  Calling hours will be Monday, May 15, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton.  Services will follow at 11 a.m. with the Rev. William Shepard, pastor of the Ogdensburg Church of Christ officiating.  Interment will follow in the Grover Cemetery.  –Towanda Daily Review.

VANCE S. ‘SAM’ PALMER, 82, Canton RD 1, died Dec. 10, 1989, at his home.  Mr. Palmer was born Nov. 13, 1907 in Gleason, the son of Harry and Edith Spencer Palmer.  He retired in 1972 as co-owner of Rhodes and Palmer Garage in Canton, in which he was associated for over 30 years.  He was a member of Beach Flats Grange No. 336.  Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Marcella Rhodes Palmer; three daughters, Katherine and Foster Boyce, Tunkhannock, Phyllis and Dale Metzger, Canton RD 1, and Sharon and Gary Merrick, Columbia Cross Roads; one son, Robert E. and Ruth Palmer, Canton RD 2; three foster children, Francis Vanderpool, Canton, Harry Vanderpool, Towanda, and Fred Vanderpool, McLean, N.Y.; grandchildren, Dennis and Cheryl Boyce Sands, Steven Boyce, Lorin and Colleen Metzger, Aaron and Sandra Metzger, Zann and Angela Merrick, Sammy, Kimberly, Ronnie and Bobbie Jean Palmer; great-grandchildren, Sean and Erick Sands, Joshua, Tosca and Lorin Jr., Metzger, Melissa and Luke Hutto; two brothers, John, Elkhart, IN, and Harry Walter, Amboy, IL; three sisters, Mrs. Edna Simpson, Canton, Ms. Martha Palmer, Troy, RD 1, and Mrs. Gladys Griffin, Canton; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; nieces, nephews, and cousins, and a host of friends.  The funeral service was held Wednesday at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, wit the Rev. Jasper Smith officiating.  Interment was in Grover Cemetery.  –Canton Independent Sentinel.

DAVID J. PARKER, 9, of Roaring Branch RD 1, died Saturday, April 18, 1981 as the result of a car accident.  He was born Feb. 8, 1972 in Sayre, Pa., the son of David and Mary Lou Overrein Mattocks.  David was a third grade student at the Canton Elementary School and attended the Canton Wesleyan Church.  He was a member of the Canton Little League and the Canton Midget Wrestling Team.  Surviving are: his father, Homer Parker, Jr., maternal grandmother, Charlotte Sjoblom of Alba; maternal grandfather, James Overrein of Horseheads; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Homer Parker Sr. of Granville Summit RD 1 and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lodge of Port Charlotte, Fla.; also surviving are aunts and uncles.  Funeral services for he and his mother will be held at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, Wednesday, April 22, 1981 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Douglas Graybill, pastor of the Wheelerville Mennonite Church, officiating.  Interment will be in the Grover Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m.  –Towanda Daily Review.

DONALD E. PARKER, 56, of Roaring Branch RD 2, died at Robert Packer Hospital Thursday, June 17, 1976, following a lengthy illness.  He was born in Canton Twp. on July 1, 1919, a son of Edward S. and Alma Kinney Parker.  He was an employee of the Penn-Troy Machine Shop until three years ago, when he became disabled.  He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the U.S. Army in the S. Pacific.  Mr. Parker was a great lover of horses and raced his horses up to last summer and had won many first prizes.  He belonged to the Moose Lodge No. 214 of Jersey Shore and he was also a member of the Robert F. Snyder VFW Post, Liberty.  Mr. Parker is survived by his wife, the former Leah Smith; two daughters, Mrs. James (Betty Lou) Vondercheck of Horseheads, N.Y.  and Mrs. John (Sharon) Raczkowski of Elmira, N.Y.  One daughter, Mrs. Donna Hartford, died in 1970.  Eight grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. Harrison (Eleanor) Campbell of Roaring Branch RD 2; two brothers, Ronald Parker of Canton RD 11 and Homer Parker of Roaring Branch and several nieces and nephews also survive.  Funeral and committal services will be held at the Ralph T. Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, Saturday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Duane Taylor, pastor of the LeRoy Church of Christ, officiating.  Burial will be in the Grover Cemetery.  –Canton Independent Sentinel.

PARKER –ELEANOR E. CAMPBELL, 66, of RD 1 Roaring Branch, Pa. died Tuesday, May 3, 1983 at her home.  Born May 5, 1916 in Granville Township, Bradford County, Pa., Mrs. Campbell was the daughter of Edward and Alma Kinney Parker.  She was a very active member of the Grover United Methodist Church where she was the present secretary-treasurer.  She was also a former Canton Area School Board director and former secretary-treasurer for McNett Township.  Surviving are a foster daughter, Daisy Myrick, at home; two brothers, Ronald Parker Sr. of Canton RD 1 and Homer Parker, Sr. of Granville Summit, RD 1 and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Harrison A. Campbell, on November 7, 1976 and a brother, Donald Parker, on June 17, 1976.  Funeral services will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at the Grover United Methodist Church with the rev. Wilma Barker Hoose, her pastor, officiating.  Interment will be in the Grover Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Morse-Kleese funeral Home at 40 N. Center St., Canton, Pa. on Thursday from 2-4 p.m. and from 7-9 p.m. –Towanda Daily Review.

PARKER –ERMA IRENE BRYINTON.  On February 18, 2003 Erma Irene Parker Bryington, 73, Roaring Branch, died peacefully at her residence.  Born September 8, 1929, she was one of six children in the family of George Henry Parker and Louise Mae Kelley Parker.  She spent most of her life on Parson’s Hill.  In her youth she attended the Parson’s Hill Schoolhouse and helped work the family farm.  She was courted by a local young man named Ernest Bryington and in July of 1952 they were united in marriage.  Together they raised two daughters and shared 19 years of marriage until his passing in 1971.  Mrs. Bryington was the consummate mother, who enjoyed baking brads and cookies for her family.  She was also a skilled seamstress, making most of the clothes worn by her daughters.  In recent years and wrote the Parson’s Hill column for The Canton Sentinel.  She was well acquainted with the Lord’s Word.  Although no a member of any specific fellowship she was a woman with a deep abiding faith.  IN her spare time she could often be found diligently studying her Bible or carrying on in-depth discussions with others who were well versed in the Scriptures.  And her faith was unshakable.  Mrs. Bryington was often among the first to lend a hand when anyone was in need.  She was the kind of person who would give her last cent to someone who needed it.  She was devoted to her loving family, enjoying the simple pleasure of their company.  When the Lord called her home her beloved family was at her side.  Surviving are daughters Ella Mae (and Joe) O’Donnell, Eva Jane (and Albert) Talada, and Wanda McNeal, who has been like a daughter since 1967 and a companion to the end, all of Roaring Branch; grandchildren Jennet and (Matt) Barker, Quarryville, PA; Michelle (and Brian) Jennings, Granville Summit; Church (and Kristy) Talada, Canton; Debbie (and Ronnie) Croft, Troy; and Kendra Talada, Roaring Branch; great-grandchildren, Trena Mae McIlwain, Damon Kane Barker, Wyatt John Barker, Nicholas Joe Morgan, KaLee Louise Jennings, Ryan Louis Croft, Taylor Elaine Talada; sisters Jean Hartzig, Canton; and Viola Walcheski, West Burlington; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; special friends and neighbors George and Dot Smith; and her loyal cat, “Tylap”.  She was preceded in death be a sister, Mary Parker; brothers, Jim and Eugene Parker; and a great-granddaughter, Martha Lyn Jennings.  Funeral services were conducted February 22nd at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Inc., 40 N. Center St., Canton, with the Rev. J. Herbert Eby officiating.  Interment followed in Grover Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel.

PARKER Homer L., Sr. Age 71, of Landisville, PA, formerly a longtime Canton area resident, died on July 15, 2005 in Lancaster, PA. Born in Beech Flats, PA, on Sept. 13, 1933, Homer was a son of Edward and Elma (Kinney) Parker and attended the school in Grover. Homer possessed a strong work ethic all his life. In earlier years, he enjoyed working in the woods with his father who instilled in him a great love of the land. He proudly passed that respect and knowledge onto his children and grandchildren. Mr. Parker was employed for nearly 30 years at the Penn Troy Co. in Troy, PA. In 1984, he and his sons established the Parker Machine and Fabricating Company, Canton Twp., where he continued working until retiring in 1990. Homer was a member of Blossburg's Hillside Rod and Gun Club, the Hamilton Club, and the American Legion Post No. 572. Other memberships included the Wheel Inn Club in Roaring Branch, the Deer Crossing Marine Corps. Detachment and Red Run Rod and Gun Club, both of Ralston, Montoursville's V.F.W., Columbia Elks Club, the North American Hunting Club, and the 4-County Pony Pullers Assoc. Homer enjoyed life to its fullest and was happiest when in the presence of his family and friends, especially his grandchildren. Whether he was busy hosting a pig roast or you were just stopping by to say hello, Homer always made everyone feel welcome. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing, camping, and gardening. Surviving are his wife, Nancy; four sons, Scott (Julie) Parker, Homer, Jr. (Carole) Parker, Craig (Laurie) Parker, Tim (Helen) Parker, all of Canton; seven grandchildren, Kent, Nicholas, Angela, Anthony, Jeremy, Jill, and Kayla; six great-grandchildren. Mr. Parker was predeceased by a wife, Jean Swingle Parker; a sister, Eleanor Campbell; and two brothers, Donald and Ronald Parker. Friends may call 6-9 p.m., Tuesday and 1-2 p.m. Wednesday at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Dr., Canton. The funeral service will follow on Wednesday, July 20, with Rev. Duane Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Grover Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, his family suggets that those who wish make donations in Homer's name to the American Heart Association, 1704 Warren Ave., Williamsport, PA 17701.

RONALD S. PARKER, SR., 75, Canton, PA died peacefully December 1, 1999 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre.  Born October 7, 1924, in Burlington, PA, Mr. Parker was a son of the late Edward and Elma Kinney Parker.  He was employed by the Ward Foundry, Blossburg, PA for many years until his retirement.  On March 23, 1964, he married Helen S. Frisbee in Grover.  Together they celebrated 33 years of marriage.  She preceded him in death on June 27, 1997.  In earlier years he was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, camping and working in his garden.  Surviving are daughters, Carolyn Eisworth, Williamsport; Carol Richardson, Troy, PA; and Mary Ann Gregg, Lancaster, PA; sons, Ronald S. Parker, Jr., Arizona; David A. Parker, Canton, PA; step-daughters, Carol Johnston, Cederville, AZ; Theresa Wheaton, Pottstown, PA; and Donna Adams, Big Flats, NY; stepsons, Robert Robertson, AZ and Gerald Wheaton, Downingtown, PA; 15 grandchildren; a brother, Homer Parker, Landsville, PA; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  The funeral service was held at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton, with the Rev. Jasper Smith officiating.  A private family interment was held in Grover Cemetery.  The family suggests memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association, 1704 Warren Ave., Williamsport, PA in Mr. Parker’s memory.  –Canton Independent Sentinel.

PARKER -  HAMM Sharon "Sherry" Hamm 61, of Canton, formerly of Parsons Hill Roaring Branch, Pa. died December 19, 2008. She was a widow of Howard Hamm.  Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, at Pepper Funeral Home, Canton.   Services will follow at 11 a.m. at Pepper's. Burial will be in Grover Cemetery.

PARKER -  HAMM Sharon
61, of Canton, PA died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on December 19, 2008, at Troy Hospital. Surviving are her children, Tina (Bob) Wilber, Robin Hammer all of Canton, John (Dawn) Raczkowski of NJ, and Kitty (Jason) Davis of Roaring Branch; 19 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Elizabeth "Betty Lou" Vonderchek of Horseheads. She was predeceased by her husband, Howard; a sister, Donna; grandsons, Brent and Ricky; and a nephew, Donnie. Calling hours are 6 – 8 p.m. Monday, December 22, and 10 – 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Pepper Funeral Home, Canton. The funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be in Grover Cemetery. Those who wish may consider a memorial in Sherry's name to Patsy Baxter, 13 First St., Canton, PA 17724. Donations will be used for care package mailings in support our troops overseas.   Published in the Star-Gazette on 12/21/2008

HAROLD CLARK PARMENTER, 83, West Franklin, Canton RR 1, died November 28, 2002, at the Highlands Care Center in LaPorte.  Born August 21, 1919, in Bradford County, he was the son of the late Roy C. and Ella Clark Parmenter.  He was formerly employed by Fox Chase Farms in Towanda, for many years.  Mr. Parmenter enjoyed the outdoors and working in the garden.  There are no known surviving relatives.  The funeral service will be held December 5 at 10 a.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, with the Rev. Richard Martin officiating.  Interment will be in the Grover Hill Cemetery, Springfield Twp.  There are no calling hours.  –Towanda Daily Review

HAROLD CLARK PARMENTER, 83, of West Franklin, Canton RR 1, died Thursday, Nov. 28, 2002, at the Highlands Care Center in Laporte.  Born Aug. 21, 1919, in Bradford County, he was the son of the late Roy C. and Ella Clark Parmenter. Harold was formerly employed by Fox Chase Farms in Towanda, for many years. Harold enjoyed the outdoors and working in his garden. There are no known surviving relatives. The funeral service will be held Thursday, Dec. 5, 2002, at 10 a.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, with the Rev. Richard Martin officiating. Interment will be in the Grover Hill Cemetery, Springfield Township. There are no calling hours. Contributed in his memory to continue on by all since he leaves no survivors, by Carol Brotzman.  –Towanda Daily Review.

 

PATTERSON Pauline M. McIlwain

On the evening of Tuesday, May 31st, 2011, longtime Canton resident Pauline May (Patterson) McIlwain died quietly at Rose View Center in Williamsport. She was 84 years of age. Born May 17th, 1927 on her family's farm in Armenia Township, Bradford County , she was the daughter of Raymond and Mary (Benjamin) Patterson. She was married to Andrew O. McIlwain, whom she met at a school dance. Together they raised two children and shared 39 years until Andrew's passing in 1986. Later, Pauline relocated to Williamsport. She will always be remembered as being a kind, loving, caring mother. She was a lover of animals, especially cats and dogs, and considered them as part of her family. She was an uncomplicated woman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and her soap operas. She also enjoyed reading, especially the Bible, from which she gained her strength during life's trials.  Pauline is survived by her children, Lenore M. (& Paul) Best of Roaring Branch and Floyd (& Wendy) McIlwain of Williamsport, grandchildren Tammy (& Tim) Stettler of Roaring Branch, Jeremy Best of Troy, Chayce A. McIlwain of Williamsport. Other grandchildren include: James H. Gibson II and C. Nicholas (& Nichole) Gibson all of Williamsport, great-granddaughter Malina A. Gibson of Williamsport as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her husband Andrew, she was preceded in death by her mother Mary Patterson Rutty, sister Florence Shedden and sister-in-law Ruth Rathbun.  Services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 4th, at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 94 N. Center St., Canton. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Interment will be in Grover Cemetery.  Towanda Daily Review  - June 2, 2011

 

ROBERT ‘BOB’ PAYNE, 91, life-long resident of Canton, Pa., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 9, at the Green Home in Wellsboro. Robert William, "Bob" to family and friends, was born in Canton on April 28, 1923, one of three children of the late Arthur and Mary (Powers) Payne. After attending Canton schools, he served our country in the U.S. Army during WWII. Bob worked as a machinist for Zwayze Folding Box Co. in Canton for over 30 years until retiring. He was a member of Canton's St. Michael's Catholic Church and a life-member of the V.F.W. Post 714 in Canton. Bob was an avid outdoorsman enjoying hunting and fishing, especially during his many fishing trips to Canada. He also loved gardening.  Surviving are his brother, Edward Payne of Canton; and three cousins, James Hartnatt, Jackie Repard both of Florida and Marie Powers of Elmira. In addition to his beloved wife, the former Elsie Bohart, who passed away on Mar. 19, 2007, Bob was predeceased by his sister, Anna Loomis on Feb. 15, 2009. Calling hours are from 10 to 11 a.m., Monday, July 14, at Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Dr. in Canton followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Canton's St. Michael's Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Grover Cemetery. –Towanda Daily Review 7/11/2014

 

PEALER –GLADYS KELLEY, 104 lifetime resident of Canton died quietly, January 4, 2007 at Bradford County Manor.  Born January 21, 1902 in the lumber town of Ricketts, PA she was the daughter of Martin and Jennie (Wilcox) Pealer.  The family moved to Monroeton and eventually to Canton.  On July 29, 1925 she was united in marriage to Rodney L. Kelley.  Together they raised a daughter and shared 64 years until his passing in November of 1989.  Gladys was blessed with a gift for music.  She found her first real employment at the Rialto Theater, playing the piano for the silent movies.  She also had been employed as a switchboard operator for the Canton Telephone Company.  But it was her musical prowess that delighted audiences for decades to come.  For 32 years she served as pianist for the Lady Canton Rebekahs and had fond recollections of the times when she played for the organization’s president during two Rebekah Assemblies.  She also was a member of the Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) in Canton and sang with the choir for thirty years.  Even after she moved into the Bradford County Manor and had celebrated her 1006h birthday, Gladys continued to share her gift with the other residents until arthritis in her fingers forced her to cease.  She also enjoyed pro football and was a die hard New York Giants fan.  Her philosophy of life could be summed up by a little verse she once wrote, “Trust many, love few, and paddle your own canoe.”  Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Vivian & Norm Lungstrom, grandchildren, Tom & Mary Wallace, Rochester, NY; Donna & Tom Earley, Sayre; Renee Torrence, Pine City, NY, Kay & Gus Warner, Sayre, Anne Rinker & George Ryan, Elmira and Debra & Steve M. Cauley, Elmira; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Rodney Kelley in 1989 and grandson, Scott Wallace in 1992.  In accordance with her wishes a memorial service was held at the Morse & Kleese Funeral Home Inc., January 6 with the Rev. David B. Morris officiating.  Interment was at the convenience of the family.  –Canton Independent Sentinel (Buried Grover Cemetery, Canton Twp.) See Also Birthday Story

PEALER –GLADYS KELLEY - On the morning of Thursday, Jan. 4, 2007, lifetime Canton resident Gladys Kelley died quietly at Bradford County Manor.  She was 104 years old.  Gladys is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Vivian and Norm Lungstrom; grandchildren, Tom and Mary Wallace of Rochester, N.Y., Donna and Tom Early of Sayre, Pa., Renee Torrence of Pine City, N.Y., Kay and Gus Warner of Sayre, Anne Rinker and George Ryan of Elmira, N.Y., and Debra and Steve M. Cauley of Elmira; and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Rodney Kelley, in 1989, and grandson Scott Wallace in 1992.  In accordance with her wishes, a memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, with the Rev. David B. Morris officiating. There will be no visitation prior to the service.  Interment will be at the convenience of the family.  –Towanda Daily Review 1/5/2007 (Buried Grover Cemetery, Canton Twp., PA)

JAMES E. PERRY
 James E. Perry. 36, of RD 1, Canton died Tuesday, September 10, 1991 in Fox Township, Sullivan County. He was born in Blossburg, Tioga County, the son of the late James E. Brown and Joseph W. and Barbara Bassett Perry. Jim was a 1974 graduate of Canton High School and employed as a machinist at Schrader Bellows in Canton.  He was a member of the International Association of machinists and Aerospace Workers.  He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Surviving are his wife of 13 years, the former Dawn L. Morgan; son, Gregory M. Perry, at home; his parents, Joseph and Barbara Perry, Canton; sisters, Mrs. Joseph (Debra) Coyle, Canton RD 1and Mrs. Randy (Kay) Morse, Canton RD 1; brothers, Chris W. of Ralston and Jay L. of Granville Summit RD 1; maternal grandmother, Mrs. Geraldine Perry of Canton; maternal great-grandmother, Viletta Bassett of Troy RD 3; father and mother-in-law, Melvin and Joyce Morgan of Shunk RD 1; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. Funeral services were held at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton on September 14 with the Rev. Richard M. Barner officiating and interment to be in Grover Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one's choice in Jim's memory. (TGR, Thursday, September 12, 1991)

JAMES E. PERRY. Age 36, of RD#1 Box 267, Canton, PA, died Tuesday, September 10, 1991 in Fox Township, Sullivan County, PA.  He was born in Blossburg, Tioga County, PA, the son of the late James E. Brown and Joseph W. and Barbara Bassett Perry.  Jim was a 1974 graduate of Canton High School and employed as a machinist at Schrader Bellows in Canton.  He was member of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.  He was an avid hunter and fisherman.  Surviving are his wife, the former Dawn L. Morgan, they celebrated 13 years of marriage, October 15, 1990; one son, Gregory M. Perry, at home; his parents, Joseph & Barbara Perry, Canton; two sisters, Mrs. Joseph (Debra) Coyle, RD #1, Canton, and Mrs. Randy (Kay) Morse, RD#1, Canton; two brothers, Chris W. Perry, Ralston, and Jay L. Perry, RD#1, Granville Summit; maternal grandmother, Mrs. Geraldine Perry, RD#2 Canton, paternal grandmother, Mrs. Helen Perry, Canton; maternal great-grandmother, Mrs. Viletta Bassett, RD#3, Troy, PA; father and mother-in-law, Melvin and Joyce Morgan RD#1, Shunk; aunts; uncles; nieces; nephews; cousins; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.  Funeral services will be held Saturday September 14, 1991 at 11 AM from the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center Street, Canton, PA, with the Rev. Richard M. Barner, pastor of the Canton Ecumenical Parish, officiating.  Interment will be in Grover Cemetery.  Elmira Star Gazette.

JAMES E. PERRY
James E. Perry, 36, of RD 1, Canton, died Tuesday, Sept. 10, 1991 in Fox Township, Sullivan County. Born in Blossburg, he was the son of the late James E. Brown and Joseph W. and Barbara Bassett Perry. He was a 1974 graduate of Canton High School. He was employed as a machinist at Schrader Bellows in Canton. He was a member of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Surviving, besides his parents of Canton, are his wife, Dawn L. Morgan Perry, with whom he celebrated 13 years of marriage Oct. 15, one son, Gregory M. Perry, at home, two sisters and brothers-in-law, Joseph and Debra Coyle of Canton, and Randy and Kay Morse of Canton, two brothers, Chris W. Perry of Ralston and Jay L. Perry of Granville Summit, maternal grandmother, Geraldine Perry of Canton, paternal grandmother, Helen Perry of Canton, maternal great-grandmother, Viletta Bassett of Troy, father and mother-in-law, Melvin and Joyce Morgan of Shunk, and aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and sisters-in-law. Friends and family may call from 6 pm to 8:30 pm Friday, Sept. 13, at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton. Funeral services will be held there Saturday, Sept. 14, at 11 am with the Rev. Richard M. Barner, pastor of the Canton Ecumenical Parish, officiating. Burial will be made at Grover Cemetery. The family suggests memorial donations be made to a charity of one's choice.  (Wellsboro Gazette, Wellsboro, PA, Wednesday, September 11, 1991)

JOSEPH W. PERRY
 Joseph W. Perry, 61, of Canton, PA, died Tuesday, April 19, 1994 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Mr. Perry was born September 12, 1932 in Canton, a son of Ernest W. "Short" and Helen Packard Perry. Joe was a 1950 graduate of Canton High School.  He served with the US Army form 1953 to 1955. From 1960 to 1972 Joe and his father were co-owners of Perry's Lanes in Canton.  He was a rural mail carrier from the US Postal Service, Canton, from 1971 to his retirement in January 1993.  Memberships included the L.O.O.M. No. 429, Canton; Brooks-Flick American Legion Post No. 49; and the National Rifle Association.  He was an avid bowler and sports fan and enjoyed woodworking. Surviving are his mother, Helen Perry of Troy RR 3; his wife of 35 years, the former Barbara Bassett; daughters and sons-in-law, Debra and Joseph Coyle and Kay and Randy Morse, all of Canton RR 1; sons and daughters-in-law, Chris and Jen Perry of Ralston and Jay and Gladys Perry of Granville Summit RR 1; a daughter-in-law, Dawn Perry of Canton; 11 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter; brother and sister-in-law, Dennis and Barb Perry of Canton; his stepmother, Geraldine Perry of Canton; sisters-in-law and their husbands, Joanne and George Gilliland of Troy RR 3 and Patti and Sam Mott of Doylestown; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; and special friends, Steve and Lois Ribovich of Ralston. Predeceasing Joe was a son, James Perry, in 1991 and his father, "Short" Perry in 1976. Funeral services were held at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton on April 23 with interment to be in Grover Cemetery, Canton Township. Expressions of sympathy may be directed to the Canton Weightlifting Program in care of Miller A. Moyer, 43 Fassett St., Canton, PA 17724. (TGR, Thursday, April 28, 1994)

CLAYTON D. PLATT.  The funeral will be Saturday for Clayton Dwight Platt, 95, formerly of Troy Street, who die Wednesday, Jan. 7, 1998, at Bradford County Manor.  He and his wife, the former Aileen Boyd, observed their 44th wedding anniversary May 22.  He retired in 1972 from the former Swayze Folding Box Co. after 19 years and had worked for Towanda Wholesale as a truck driver for 13 years.  He was a member of the Orwell grange and Minnequa Grange 754; a volunteer at the Canton Clothing Center, and a former member of the National Rifle Association.  He was a member and deacon of Canton Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ).  Platt attended Myersburg School and Union School, Gilletts Bridge.  He enjoyed gardening, hunting and fishing.  Born Jan. 1, 1903, in Myersburg, he was a son of Erwin and Inez Amanda Plaughman Platt.  Surviving, besides his wife, are several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by four sisters, Frances Conner, Hazel Nichols, Alice Lent and Pauline Mathews; two brothers, Brooks and Donald, and two half-brothers, John and Lynn.  The service will be at 11 a.m. at Pepper’s, Springbrook Drive, with the Rev. David Morris, his pastor, officiating.  Interment will be in Grover Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday.  A private family visitation will be tonight.  –Williams Sun-Gazette.

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