by Joyce M. Tice
Formatted & Published by Joyce M. Tice
Also Called Turner Cemetery
|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"
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)
Addison C. Porter, 74, of Canton RD2, died at the Towanda Memorial Hospital Friday, Sept. 24, 1982, following an extended illness. Mr. Porter was born in Fox Township in Sullivan County on January 14, 1908, a son of Orwell L. and Lydia M. Norton Porter. Mr. Porter was a retired employee and worked for the Bloss Foundry for 18 years. He is survived by his wife of forty-two years. the former Etta McNeal; six daughters: Mrs. Allen (Mabel) Roupp of Canton, Mrs. Robert (Rosemarie) Benedict of Canton, Miss Pauline Porter of Canton, Mrs. Kenneth (Connie) Stowell of Troy, Mrs. Harry (Mary) Moore of Canton, and Miss Ruth Ellen Porter of Canton; seven sons; Charles E. Porter of Canton, Dolson (Doggie) Porter of Canton, Willis (Butch) Porter of Granville Summit, Addison Dean Porter of Canton, Randy Porter of Canton, Gary Porter of Canton, Tom Porter of Canton; 34 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. Michael Dean Porter, a son predeceased Mr. Porter in 1951. Additional survivors include a sister, Mrs. Urben (Margaretta)Griffith of Shunk; two brothers, Gleason (Deak) Porter of Canton RD1, and Wilburn (Jiggs) Porter of Homestead, Florida; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Porter was predeceased by a brother, Rozell Porter, in 1980 and two sisters, Canarisa R. Moore in 1975 and Golda E. Hartford in June 1982. Funeral and committal services were held at the New Life Temple Church, Canton, on Monday, September 27, at 2:00 p.m. The Rev. Glen Landis, assisted by Rev. David Weaver from the Morris Run Mennonite Church officiated. Burial was in the Grover Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were by the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton.
PORTER –MRS. CANARISSA R. MOORE, 64, Canton RD 1, wife of Carlyle Moore, died at the Troy Community Hospital Monday afternoon, June 2, 1975 after an extended illness. She was born in Shunk, April 13, 1911, a daughter of Orville and Lydia Bedford Porter. She attended Canton Methodist Church and was a member of the Beech Flats Grange. Survivors besides her husband include: a daughter, Mrs. Arwood (Joyce) Parrish, Monroeton RD 1; three sons, Edward Moore, Jack Moore and Duane Moore, all of Canton RD 1; eight grandchildren, Scott, Sandra, Becky, Angela, and Jack Jr. Moore and Debbie, Kevin and Susan Parrish. Tow sisters, Mrs. Goldie Hartford, Canton RD 2, and Mrs. Urben (Margaretta) Griffith, Shunk; four brothers, Rozell Porter of Canton, Addison Porter of Canton RD 2; Gleason Porter of Canton RD 1, and Wilburn (Jiggs) Porter of Homestead, Fla., several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. The funeral will be held at the Ralph T. Kleese Funeral Home in Canton Friday at 2 p.m. with Rev. Bryans pastor of the Grover Church of Christ, officiating. Burial will be in Grover Cemetery. –Towanda Daily Review.
POWERS –MELISSA POWERS COPPOLA age 86, of Southport, passed away at home in her sleep, Thur. Sept. 29, 2016. Born on Mar. 20, 1930 to the late, William D. & Mildred Smith Powers of Canton, PA. Melissa was well known in our community and was the Vice President of Dev-Mar Vending & Coffee for more than 40 years. Surviving is her husband of 56 years, Ralph A. Coppola; their sons, Marcus and Devin Coppola; daughter, Jane Ashby; step children Ralph Coppola Jr. and Luann Coppola Simkulak; siblings, Clyde and James Seeley, Veronica Newell and Donna Seeley; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport/Elmira on Tues. Oct. 4, 2016 between the hours of 10 a.m. - 12 (noon). Funeral services will follow at 12:15 p.m. Interment will follow in the Grover Cemetery, Canton PA. Memorials may be directed to the charity of one’s choice in her memory. –Elmira Star-Gazette 10/2/2016
ALLEN DUANE PRESTON, 57 of Grover (Canton Township) died early Monday morning Dec. 7, 1998 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre following a period of declining health. Allen was a son of the late John Edwin and Mildred Rutty Preston, born Oct. 15, 1941 in Sayre, Pa. Allen graduated from Canton High School in 1959. For many years Allen was employed as an area dairy farmer. He was a member of the Grover Church of Christ, Sons of the American Legion, Canton Lodge No. 0303 and a social member of Marine Corp. League in Ralston. Allen enjoyed the outdoors. He especially liked to hunt and take his grandchildren fishing. Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, John and Nancy Preston of Grover; three grandchildren, Angie, Abigail and Allen Preston; two step-grandchildren, Tonya and Daniel Dodge; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Mable de Bruin of Canton, Ida and Buzz Parker of Liberty; a brother and sister-in-law, Earl and Ida Preston of Canton; three step-daughters, Barbara Deljanovan of Calvert, Pa., Martha Saltsman of Canton, Mary Miller of Williamsport; several nieces, nephews and cousins. There are no calling hours. The family invites friends to attend a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, 1998 at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton with the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorials may be directed to the Guthrie Hospice, RR 1, Box 154, Towanda, Pa. in Mr. Preston’s memory. –Towanda Daily Review
PRESTON - ELIZABETH M. SPENCER
Elizabeth "Beth" M. Spencer, 97, former Canton, PA resident, died June 14, 2002 at Broad Acres Nursing Home in Wellsboro, PA. Born December 6, 1904 in Union Township, Tioga County, she was the daughter of Arthur and Lillian Richard Preston. In the earlly 1940s Bess and her husband Jesse L. Spencer moved to the Rockwell homestead just north of Canton borough and worked the farm for the next 40 years. After her husband's passing in 1984 Bess moved to McCallum Manor. She had been a member of the Alba Christian Church for 50 years. Bess is survived by her son Richard W. (and Mary) Spencer of Mansfield, PA; brother, Frank (and Evelyn) Preston of Canton, PA; sister, Gladys (and Russell) High of Ogdensburg; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and her husband Jesse, she was predeceased by a son, F. Dean Spencer in 1996. Funeral and committal services were held June 17 at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton with interment to be in Grover Cemetery. Contributions in Bess' memory may be directed to the Alba Christian Church. (TGR, Thursday, June 20, 2002)
PRESTON –ELIZABETH M. BESS SPENCER. During the early morning hours of Friday, June 14, 2002 former Canton area resident Elizabeth M. “Bess” Preston Spencer died at Broad Acres Nursing Home, Wellsboro. She was 97 years of age. Born Dec. 6, 1904 in Union Township, Tioga County, she was the daughter of Arthur and Lillian Richards Preston. As a young woman, Bess was courted by a local farmer names Jesse L. Spencer and they were united in marriage Nov. 16, 1927. Together they raised two sons. In the early 1940s the Spencers moved to the Rockwell homestead just north of Canton Borough working the farm for the next 40 years. Bess was the quintessential farmer’s wife, as adept at the chores of the barn as she was in keeping her immaculate home. She was skilled at crocheting, enjoyed gardening and loved to prepare great festive meals for her family. After her husband’s passing in 1984. Bess moved into McCallum Manor in Canton. Always a “people person” she was a prominent participant in the various social functions and activities there. Bess was a woman of deep abiding faith in the Lord and was a member of the Alba Christian Church for over 50 years. She had been a familiar and dependable fixture around the church kitchen whenever a supper was being prepared. Whether peeling potatoes for hours at a time or baking her delicious pies for the dessert table, she could always be counted on to do her part, and then some. Bess is survived by her son, Richard W. (and Mary) Spencer of Mansfield; brother, Frank (and Evelyn) Preston of Canton; sister, Gladys (and Russell) High of Ogdensburg; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse in 1984 and a son, F. Dean Spencer in 1996. Visitation will be Monday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home Inc., 40 N. Center St., Canton. The funeral service and committal will follow at 2 p.m. Internment will be in Grover Cemetery. Contributions in Bess’ memory may be directed to the Alba Christian Church. –Towanda Daily Review
PRESTON –FLORENCE H. WILSON, 98, of North Carolina, formerly a long-time resident of the Canton area died Oct. 7, 1999 at the Alexander Community Hospital in Taylorsville, N.C. Born Jan. 6, 1901 in Fallbrook, Pa., she was a daughter of the late Arthur and Lillian Richards Preston. On May 18, 1929 Florence married Chester L. Wilson in Buffalo, N.Y. He preceded her in death on Nov. 7, 1970 following 41 years of marriage. Mrs. Wilson was active in the Grange and was a seventh-degree member of the national grange. In earlier years Florence attended the Newelltown Methodist Church and the Ogdensburg Church of Christ. Florence was a talented crocheter and also enjoyed knitting. Surviving are a son, Arthur Leighton of Parie, Ms.; seven grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter; two sisters, Gladys High and Bess Spencer, both of Canton; a brother, Frank Preston of Canton and many nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Wilson was predeceased by two daughters, Phyllis E. Egli in 1995 and Nellie Wilson in 1927. The family will receive friends at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton, Sunday, October 10, 1999 from 1 to 2 p.m. The funeral and committal service will immediately follow at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating. Interment will be held in the Grover Cemetery, Canton Township. The family suggests that memorials may be directed to a charity of one’s choice in Mrs. Wilson’s memory. –Towanda Daily Review
FRANK PRESTON, 90, of Canton, Pa., died Wednesday, March 8, 2006 at the Williamsport Hospital. Surviving are his children: Ethel (Peter) Sanden of Mechanicsburg, Pa.; Ron (Nancy) Preston of Ithaca, N.Y.; a daughter-in-law, Kathryn Preston of Canton; nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; a sister, Gladys High of Ogdensburg, Pa. In addition to his wife Evelyn, Mr. Preston was preceded in death by a son, Gordon Preston. Frank was born in Ward Township on June 3, 1915, the son of the late Arthur and Lillian (Richards) Preston. He and the former Evelyn Esaias were married 67 years before her passing on Nov. 19, 2004. In earlier years, Frank was employed by Avco Co. in Williamsport and Sweitzer Co. of Elmira. He later worked for Collins Valve and Swayze Folding Box Co. both in Canton. He was a member of the Canton Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ). Family always came first in Frank’s life. Special to him were times spent at the family cabin on the Tioga River, being outdoors and hunting. His family invites friends to call from11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton. The funeral service will follow with Rev. David B. Morris officiating. Burial will be in Grover Cemetery. –Towanda Daily Review.
PRESTON - Gladys High, 95, of Roaring Branch, Pa. (Union Township), died on Tuesday, July 1, 2008, at the Community Hospital in Troy. Gladys was born in Ward Township (Tioga County), Pa., on March 4, 1913, and was the last surviving child of 13 born to Arthur and Lillian (Richards) Preston. On March 15, 1952, Gladys married Russell High in the Ogdensburg Church. They were married 50 years until his passing on Sept. 30, 2002. Gladys was an active member of the Ogdensburg Church of Christ, a 50-plus-year member of the former Ogdensburg Grange No. 293 and enjoyed quilting groups for many years. Gladys's life was devoted to her family and home. In addition to being a great help on the family farm she was a talented cook and baker. She also enjoyed being outdoors, busy in her gardens and lawn mowing. Surviving are her children, Roger Watkins of Washington D.C., Stanley Watkins of Pickford, Mich., Glen (Marie) Watkins of Rushville, Pa., Harold (Betty) Watkins of Apalachin, N.Y., Clarence Watkins of Roaring Branch, Mary Ellis of Apalachin, Connie (Steve) Smith of Roaring Branch, Carole (Chet) Harer of Rehoboth Beach, Del., and Charles (Patricia) High of Middletown, Pa.; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews; and two daughters-in-law, Jeanette Watkins and Marlene Boyce. She was predeceased by her first husband, Royal Watkins; her second husband, Russell High; children John and Stewart Watkins, and Foster and Robert Boyce; a son-in-law, Mick Ellis; and a daughter-in-law, Mary Jane Watkins. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 4, at Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, in Canton. The funeral and committal services will be at the Ogdensburg Church of Christ at 11 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. William Shepard officiating. Burial will follow in Grover Cemetery. Those who wish may direct memorials in Gladys' name to the Ogdensburg Church of Christ, 13065 Route 414, Roaring Branch, Pa. 17765. Submitted by RKW. Taken from Towanda Daily Review.
J. EARL PRESTON, 92, of Roaring Branch, Pa., Union Twp., passed away Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 at Troy Community Hospital. Born April 16, 1922 at his parents' farm in Union Twp., Earl was one of four children of the late John Edwin and Mildred (Rutty) Preston. He married the former Ida Brown on Feb. 3, 1945 in Alba. They shared 55 years together before her passing on May 16, 2010. Earl began his life-long career in dairy farming as a young man. He and Ida purchased the Preston View Farm, which adjoined his parents' land. With devoted attention and hard work over the years, Earl with Ida by his side, made many improvements. He was blessed with a strong constitution and remained active until retiring in the mid 1990s. Earl was a member of the Grover Church of Christ. He enjoyed times spent hunting and bowling but tending to his dairy and land were always his passions. Earl also was always willing to help others. He often used his combine equipment to help harvest neighbors' oat crops and would haul their fertilizer. Surviving are his children, Dale Preston of Roaring Branch and Mary Ellen (Ray) Gordner of Canton; two grandchildren, Ashley (Jordan) Andrus and Chad Gordner all of Canton; a great-granddaughter, Charlotte Rose Andrus; and step-great-granddaughter, Katelyn Andrus; his sister, Mable DeBruin of Canton; and sister-in-law, Arlene Brown of Troy; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his beloved wife Ida, Earl was predeceased by two siblings, Ida Mae Parker and Allen Preston. Calling hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Dr., Canton. Pastor Will Strunk will officiate the funeral and committal services at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 28. Burial will follow in Grover Cemetery. Those who wish may consider a memorial in Mr. Preston's name to the Grover Church of Christ, P.O. Box 139, Grover, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 1/25/2015
JOHN EDWIN PRESTON, 90 of Grover, Pa. died Friday, October 5, 1984 at the Bradford County Manor where he had been a resident for the past month. He was born August 30, 1894 in Fallbrook, Tioga County, Pennsylvania a son of Arthur and Lillian Richards Preston. Mr. Preston was a dairy farmer for over 62 years. He held membership in the former Newelltown Grange for over 50 years, a member of the North Union Grange, the Grover Church of Christ and the Canton VFW Post No. 714. Mr. Preston was an Army veteran of World War I. Surviving are his wife of 63 years, the former Mary Mildred Rutty Preston; two sons, J. Earl Preston of Roaring Branch RD 1 and Allen D. Preston of Grover; two daughters, Mrs. Alyn (Ida Mae) Sturgis of Homestead, Fla. and Mrs. Marinus (Mable) DeBruin of Canton RD 1; three sisters, Mrs. Bessie Spencer pf Canton RD 2, Mrs. Russell (Gladys) High of Roaring Branch RD 1 and Mrs. Florence Wilson of Roaring Branch RD 1; two brothers, Frank Preston of Venice, Florida and Robert Preston of Roaring Branch RD 1; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by two brothers, William A. Preston and Albert R. Preston and four sisters, Esther Sweithelm, Clara High, Ruth Ward and Nellie Cole. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Wilma Barker Hoose officiating at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton. Military honors will be accorded by Canton VFW Post 714. Interment will be in Grover Cemetery. Friends may call today from 2 to 4 p.m. and in the evening from 7 to 9 p.m. –Towanda Daily Review
PRESTON –MABLE NELLIE DEBRUIN, 87, of Canton, Pa. passed away on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 at the Troy Community Hospital. Mable was born May 31, 1927 in Grover. She was the last surviving of four children of the late John Edwin and Mildred (Rutty) Preston. Even though she often had strong opinions and told it as she saw it, Mable was a loving, kind person and a devoted friend to many. She would volunteer her help to anyone in need. Mable was a member of the Grover Church of Christ and a life-member of the Minnequa Grange No. 754. Other memberships included Bradford/Sullivan Pomona Grange No. 23, Canton's V.F.W. No. 714 Auxiliary and the Roaring Branch Marine Corps League's Deer X-ing Detachment. Mable enjoyed times shared with friends, especially while playing bingo and cards, usually Euchre. She also adored her cats and loved to read. Surviving are her nieces and nephews, Dale Preston of Canton, Linda (Ronald) Bates of Painted Post, N.Y., Mary (Ray) Gordner of Canton and John (Jan) Preston of Grover, and many special friends. She was predeceased by her siblings, Ida Mae Sturgis Parker, Allen Preston and J. Earl Preston. Calling hours are 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, at Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Dr., Canton. Rev. Duane Taylor will officiate the funeral and committal services at 12:30 p.m. Burial will follow in Grover Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, consider a memorial in her name to the Minnequa Grange No. 754, c/o 3507 Minnequa Main, Alba, PA or the V.F.W. No. 714 Auxiliary, 28 Troy St., Canton, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 2/10/2015
ROBERT C. PRESTON
Robert C. Preston, 84, of RD#1, Roaring Branch, died Friday, Oct. 16, 1987, in the emergency room of Williamsport Hospital after he was attacked by a bull at a family farm. Mr. Preston was a self-employed farmer. Born Oct.26, 1902, at Fallbrook, he was a son of’ Arthur and Lillian Richards Preston. Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Florence Wilson and Mrs. Gladys High, both of’ RD#1, Roaring Branch, and Mrs. Bess Spenser, of Canton, and a brother, Frank, of Venice, Fla. The funeral was held Tuesday at the Morse and Keese Funeral Home, Canton. Burial was in Grover Cemetery. Gerald Holmes, minister of Ogdensburg Church of Christ, officiated.
BRENT S. RACZKOWSKI, five moths old, Roaring Branch, RD 1 died May 23, 1987 at the Arnot-Ogden Hospital, Elmira, NY. Brent was born Dec. 15, 1986 at Elmira, NY the son of Robin Rackowski and Dean Bauman. Surviving besides his mother of Roaring Branch, RD 1 and his father of Elmira, NY are; maternal grandparents, Sharon and Howard Hamm, Roaring Branch, RD 1 and John and Carol Raczkowski, Phoenix, AZ; paternal grandparents, Frank and Violet Bauman, Elmira, NY; maternal great-grandmothers, Leah Parker, Canton RD 2, Kathleen Raczkowski, Elmira, NY and Geraldine Parks, Alba. Aunts, uncles and cousins also survive. Funeral and committal services were held Wednesday at St. Michael’s Church, Canton with the Rev. Stephen McGough officiating. Interment was in Grover Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton. Those wishing may forward memorial donations to the Neonatal Unit of the Arnot-Ogden Hospital, Elmira. –Canton Independent Sentinel
RANDALL –BEVERLY LOU (RANDALL) TURNER former Canton area resident Beverly Lou (Randall) Turner went home to be with the Lord. She was 69 years old. At the time of her passing she was at her residence in Aberdeen, N.C. Born in Troy on Feb. 20, 1934, she was the daughter of Murry and Ida (Haxton) Randall. Beverly was married to the late Calvin Turner, and together they raised three sons and seven daughters. Calvin died in March of 1995. Beverly was an avid reader and enjoyed anything that had to do with horses. She was well known for her volunteer work in the community, often transporting her elderly neighbors to and from their doctor appointments. Beverly's concern and devotion to her friends and neighbors was a testimony to her deep, abiding faith in the Lord, a factor that guided her throughout her life. Beverly is survived by: her sons, Kevin Turner of Winter Garden, Fla., and Darrell Davis of Southern Pines, N.C.; Six daughters, Charlene Bibley of Southern Pines, Marilyn Rand of Chester, Mass, Carolyn Miller of Johnstown, Pa., Colleen Parr of Aderdeen, N.C., Cheryl Stenman of Jacksonville, Fla., Arlene Wallace of Yacca Valley, Calif.; A brother, Junior Randall of Muncy; A sister, Shirley Bailey of Mansfield, Twelve grandchildren; Five great grandchildren; And several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her husband, Calvin, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Marlene Turner, her son, Chester Turner and brother Donald Randall. Calling hours will be Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center Street, Canton. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 2 p.m., with an additional hour of visitation before. Pastor Dean Walrath will officiate. Interment will follow in Grover Cemetery. Contributed by Carol Brotzman. –Towanda Daily Review.
MURRAY M. RANDALL SR., 93 of 606 Cherry St., Williamsport, Pa. a former Canton resident died Sunday, April 13, 1986 at the Divine Providence Hospital, Williamsport. He was born June 6, 1892 in Tioga, Pa. a son of Ralph and Georgiana Spencer Randall. Mr. Randall was retired as a laborer for the former Belmar Manufacturing Company in Canton. He was also a farmer and was a former Canton policeman. Mr. Randall is survived by his wife, the former Ruth McDonald. They celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary on May 12, 1985. He is also survived by three daughters, Mrs. Gordon (Shirley) Bailey of Mansfield; Mrs. Calvin (Beverly) Turner of Pine Hills, Fla. and Miss Carol Randall of Williamsport; two sons, Donald L. Randall of Wellsboro and Murray M. Randall Jr. of Williamsport; 11 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren. The funeral service will be held Wednesday, April 16 for the Morse-Kleese Funeral home, 40 N. Center St., Canton with the Rev. Jasper Smith, pastor of the Ward United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be in the Grover Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. –Towanda Daily Review
RATHBUN, ALVA DEAN, Services were held May 14 for Alva Dean Rathbun, 67, Canton, at the Morse & Kleese Funeral Home with Rev. Richard Leonard officiating. Interment was in Grover Cemetery. Mr. Rathbun died May 11, 1984 at Divine Providence Hospital, Williamsport. He was born Jan. 18, 1917 in McNett, Lycoming Co., son of Leon and Eva Walker Rathbun. He was a diary farmer and member of Grover United Methodist Church. He was an Army veteran of WWII. Survivingis his wife of 42 years, Doris Morgan Rathbun; daughters, Mrs. Lawrence (Joyce) Knuutila of Ithaca, NY and Mrs. Dean (Marilyn) Smiley of Granville Summit; sons, Leon and Ralph of Granville Summit and Robert of Canton; brother Harold of Troy; 14 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and cousins. (TGR May 17, 1984 )
ALVA DEAN RATHBUN, 67, of Canton RD 1, died May 11, 1984 at the Divine Providence Hospital, Williamsport. Mr. Rathbun was born on January 18, 1917 in McNett Twp., Lycoming County, a son of Leon and Eva Walker Rathbun. He was a dairy farmer and a member of the Grover United Methodist Church. Mr. Rathbun was an Army veteran of World War II and also an avid hunter. Surviving is his wife, Doris Morgan Rathbun to whom he was married for 42 years on June 9, 1983; two daughters, Mrs. Laurence (Joyce) Knuutila of Ithaca, NY and Mrs. Dean (Marilyn) Smiley of Granville Summit, three sons, Leon of Granville Summit, Robert of Canton RD 1 and Ralph of Granville Summit; a brother, Harold Rathbun of Troy RD 1; fourteen grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a brother, Max in 1974. Funeral services were held Monday at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton with the Rev. Richard Leonard, his pastor officiating. Interment was in the Grover Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel
WILLIAM L. RAUSCHER, 76, of Roaring Branch, Lycoming County, died at the Williamsport Hospital Thursday morning, February 11 1965, after an extended illness. Mr. Rauscher was born in Roaring Branch July 12, 1888, the son of Henry and Elizabeth King Rauscher. He was a retired carpenter. He was a 52-year member of Griffin Odd fellows Lodge No. 655 and belonged to the Canton Encampment of the Lodge. Mr. Rauscher is survived by his wife, the former Grace Holmes; and one sister, Mrs. Laura Harzinski of Spencerport, N.Y.; two brothers, Clarence Rauscher of East Canton and Floyd Rauscher of Roaring Branch RD 1; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at the Ralph T. Kleese Funeral Home, Center St., Canton Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock with the Rev. Reynold Jones, pastor of the roaring Branch Methodist Church, officiating. Burial was in Grover Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
REED –EDITH M. ‘EDIE’ VERMILYA, 73 of West South Avenue, Canton
died Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2001 at Troy Community Hospital. Born Oct. 12,
1927 in Johnstown, she was a daughter of the late Lester and Eva Boyer
Reed. As a young woman, Edie met her lifelong love, Elmo Vermilya
and they were married March 9, 1946 in Troy. In addition to being
a devoted mother and homemaker, Mrs. Vermilya was employed for 12 years
with the Canton Elementary School and high school as a teacher’s aide.
Edie was a member of the former St. James Episcopal Church in Canton.
Edie’s enjoyment in life was her family and home. She was so very
proud of all of her children’s lives. She also enjoyed traveling
and visiting her grandchildren and family. She is survived by; her
husband of 54 years, Elmo at home; seven sons and five daughters-in-law,
Joseph C. and Helen Vermilya of Williamsport, William S. and Wendy Vermilya
of Williamsport, James M. Vermilya of Easton, Christopher W. and Kathy
Vermilya of Pittsburg, Eric T. Vermilya of Pittsburg, Eric T. Vermilya
of Pittsburgh, Randy A. and Denise Vermilya of Cleveland, Oh., Jeffrey
L. and Paula Vermilya of Kennsaw, Ga.; two daughters and a son-in-law,
Cynthia A. Vermilya of Easton, Nanette and Charles Swain of Rochester,
N.Y.; 19 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews
and cousins. Mrs. Vermilya was preceded in death by; a daughter,
Linda Jane Vermilya Chestnut in May of 1997; a son, Terry Lee Vermilya
in August of 1958 and several brothers and sisters. The funeral and
committal services will be held at 1 p.m. today at the Pepper Funeral Home
with the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating. Interment will be held in
the Grover Cemetery, Canton Township with her children acting as pallbearers.
The family suggests that those who wish to may direct memorials in Mrs.
Vermilya’s memory to the Western Alliance E.M.S. at P.O. Box 13, Troy,
PA. –Towanda Daily Review
REYNOLDS - Calvin C. "Pappy" Reynolds, 83, of 140 Bittner Park Road, Trout Run, died Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at the home of his daughter, Viola, following an extended illness. Calvin's wife, the former Virginia M. Lowmiller, died on April 9, 1994. Calvin was an Army veteran of World War II, an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed playing bingo. Calvin ran heavy equipment during the construction of the Little League International Field Complex, later to become grounds keeper for the same, retiring after 27 years of service. Born April 28, 1925 in Renovo, he was the son of Leroy and Mary Crossley Reynolds. Surviving are sons, Allen Lee (Margaret) of Williamsport and C.J. (Ellen) of South Williamsport; daughter, Viola K. (Gary) Solomon with whom he lived; brother, Lewis in Florida; sister, Mamie Phillips of Marsh Hill; sister-in-law, Louise Reynolds of Williamsport; six grandchildren; several great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Calvin was predeceased by a son, James Robert Reynolds; brothers, Harry, Richard, William and Earl and a sister, Grace Ayers. Memorial services and burial will be at the convenience of the family in the spring at Grover Cemetery, Bradford Co. The family suggests memorial contributions may be made in Calvin's name to the Susquehanna Hospice, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701 or to the Ralston Volunteer Fire Company, 10970 Route 14 Highway, Ralston, PA 17763. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, Feb. 12, 2009
REYNOLDS –GRACE A. AYERS, 81, of Trout Run HC 64 died Friday, July 30, 1999, at Valley View Nursing Center where she lived for the past two months. Her husband William Transue died in 1995. She retired in 1983 from the former Pennsylvania Wire Rope Co. Born Oct. 16, 1917 in Renovo, she was a daughter of Leroy and Mary Krieger Reynolds. A son, David, predeceased her. Surviving are four brothers, William Reynolds and Earl Reynolds, both of this city; Lewis Reynolds of Tarpon Springs, Fla., and Calvin Reynolds of Trout Run; and a sister, Mame Phillips of this city. There will be no service and no visitation. Burial will be in Grover Cemetery at the convenience of the family. The family will provide the flowers. Arrangements are being handled by Knight-Confer’s, 1914 Memorial Ave. –Williamsport Sun-Gazette.
ARCHIE H. RHODES, 96 of Canton RD 1 died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 1983 at his home. Mr. Rhodes was born Oct. 2, 1886 in Canton Township, Bradford County a son of Henry J. and Maude Wilcox Rhodes. Archie was a retired farmer and a member of the Beech Flats Grange for over 60 years. Surviving are his son, Howard Rhodes; two daughters; Mrs. Marcella Palmer and Mrs. Marleta Bassett all of Canton RD 1; nine grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Henry P. Rhodes of Towanda; several nieces and nephews. Also surviving are several foster children. Friends may call at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton this evening from 7 to 9. The funeral service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. from the funeral home with the Rev. Jasper Smith, pastor of the Ward United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be in Grover Cemetery, Canton Township.
RHODES –MARCELLA PALMER, 93, during the evening of Sunday, July 17, 2005, lifelong Canton Township resident Marcella (Rhodes) Palmer died quietly at her residence on Lake Hill. She was 93 years of age. Born at her grandparents’ farm in East Canton of Sept. 16, 1911, she was the daughter of Archie and Jessie (Griffin) Rhodes. While in her teens she met a young man named Vance “Sam” Palmer, and on March 30, 1929, they were untied in marriage. Together they shared 60 years and raised three daughters, a son and two foster sons. In addition to fulfilling the task of homemaker, Marcella worked for many years outside of the home, usually in a secretarial capacity. During World War II she was employed at Eclipse in Elmira, N.Y., and over the course of the years worked for Belmar in Canton as well as a family business, Rhodes and Palmer Garage. She even assisted Canton’s Dr. McCallum with the delivery of babies. Mrs. Palmer was a member of the Beech Flats Grange for most of her adult life. She also served during the war as a Red Cross volunteer. Mrs. Palmer was well-known as a breeder of show ponies and had several she hired out to various carnivals, as well as Elmira’s Eldridge Park. Ever the outdoorswoman, Mrs. Palmer was well-acclimated to the rigorous chores of farming and wood chopping. She enjoyed hunting and fishing and was an avid motorcycle enthusiast. She was known as one who always gave a helping hand to those in need. Her husband, children and extended family were of paramount importance in her life. She touched many lives in this community and will be greatly missed. Marcella is survived by her son, Robert (and Ruth) Palmer of Canton; daughters, Katherine Boyce of Tunkhannock, Phyllis (and Dale) Metzger of Canton, and Sharon (and Gary) Merrick of Elkton, Md.; foster sons, Francis Vanderpool of Canton and Frederick Vanderpool of Ithaca, N.Y.; grandchildren, Cheryl (and Denny) Sands, Steve (and Sheliann) Boyce, Lorin (and Colleen) Metzger, Aaron (and Sandy) Metzger, Zann (and Jessica) Merrick, Angie (and Rusty) Morgan, Robert V. (and Penny) Palmer, Kim (and Scott) Brown, Ron (and Linda) Palmer, and Bobbie Jean Palmer; great-grandchildren, Sean (and Patricia) Sands, Eric (and Doris) Sands, Amelia, Josh (and Sonya) Metzger, Tosca Metzger, Lorin Metzger Jr., Luke Huto, Melissa (and Robert) Kinner, Collin and Dylan Metzger, Angel Stahle, Richard Stahle, Thomas Huslander, Samantha Palmer, Hunter Palmer, Rebecca Brown, Trisha Brown, José Castille, Maria Palmer, Melissa Palmer, Marianna Palmer, Melinda Morgan, Marissa Morgan, Cierra Merrick and Elaine Merrick; great-great-grandchildren, Siarra Hartford, Tabitha Metzger, Taylor Rae Kinner, Tyler Metzger and Gabriella Sands; special caregivers Judy Sandor, Denise Sandor, Donna Shedden, Amanda Ragan, Bonnie Ragan, Melissa Kinner and Tosca Metzger; and many close nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Archie and Jessie Rhodes; husband, “Sam” Palmer; sister, Marietta Bassett; brother, Howard Rhodes; infant granddaughter, Vicki Lynne Boyce and Dalynn Metzger; and son-in-law, Foster Boyce, as well as several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. Calling hours will be 7-9 p.m. Thursday, July 21, at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home Inc., 40 N. Center St., Canton, and will resume 1-2 p.m. Friday. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday with Pastor Jasper Smith officiating. Interment will follow in Grover Cemetery. The family will provide the flowers and suggests that memorial contributions be directed to Guthrie Hospice, RR 1, Box 154, Towanda, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review.
RHODES Marieta (Rhodes) Bassett
Marieta (Rhodes) Bassett, 88, longtime resident of Canton RR #3, peacefully died
, July 13, 2004 at her home. Born in Ithaca, NY on June 30, 1916, she was a daughter of the late Archie and Jessie (Griffin) Rhodes. Her devotion and love for her family was her guide throughout life. She also enjoyed a nature’s beauty and her heart went out to all animals. In addition to caring for her family and home she worked in Williamsport for many years and retired from the Avco Company in 1979. She was married to James Ardell Bassett for over 42 years until his passing in 1979. Surviving are her three children: Larry and Georgia “Peachie” Bassett, Granville Summit, PA; Garry Bassett, Muncy, PA; and Dawn Miller, Columbia Crossroads, PA; 10 grandchildren, Todd (Corrie) Bassett, Canton; David (Patty) Bassett, Pine City, NY; Leslie (Bill) Ellsworth, Troy; Michael (Candyce) Hicks, Oneonti, AL; Kevin (Brenda) Hicks, Columbia Crossroads; William II (Treena) Miller, Towanda; Sherrie (Dale) Chaapel, Canton; Michael (Rhonda) Bassett, Dixon, TN; Lynn (Cherie) Bassett, Rome, PA; and Jamie (Diana) Bassett, Mansfield; three step-grandchildren, Jodi (Chris) Kelley, Harrisburg, PA; Tara (Robert) Vybiral, Pittsburgh, PA; and David (Niki) Atherton-Ely, Canton; 32 great-grandchildren; eight step-great grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren; sister, Marcella Palmer, Canton; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to her beloved husband, Mrs. Bassett was predeceased by a son, Michael; grandchildren, Greg Hicks and Cathy Lynn Hicks; step-grandson, Ryan Atherton-Ely; and brother, Howard Rhodes. The family invites friends to call 6-8 pm Thursday, July 15 at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton. The funeral service will be held at 1 pm July 16, with Rev. Jasper Smith officiating. Burial will following in the Grover Cemetery. Those who wish may direct memorials in Mrs. Bassett’s name to the Guthrie Hospice, RR #1, Box 154, Towanda, PA 18848
HAROLD E. RHONE, 73 of 66 Fisher Drive, Cogan Station, died Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2006 at the Gatehouse Hospice Unit following a brief illness. He and his wife, the former Hazel I. Garman would have observed their 9th wedding anniversary on Jan. 31, 2007. Harold was a Navy veteran serving aboard the USS Champlain and the USS Hornet. He and his late wife, the former Lyle M. Hagar, who died on Feb. 20, 1983, founded Rhone’s Travel Trailers in 1967. Harold retired in 1996. He attended the Faith Christian Church, was a member of American Legion Post 251, Montgomery, Moose Lodge 2311, Palm Bay, Fla. and Lodge 106, F. & A. M., Williamsport, was a former member of the Hepburn Township Vol. Fire Co., enjoyed fishing and traveling with his wife Hazel, and their two dogs. Born in Allenwood on March 13, 1933, he was the son of William and Ella Jones Rhone. Surviving in addition to his wife, is a son, Bradley H. (Lori) of Cogan Station; daughters, JoAnn L. (Bud) Moore of Watsontown, Sherry L. (Michael H.) Engel of Cogan Station; sister, Nancy (Ken) Decker of Montgomery; grandchildren, Tyler and Cassandra Rhone, Adam Moore, Codie, Colton, Elijah and Michael Engel, three stepsons, one stepdaughter and nine step grandchildren. Harold was predeceased by brothers, Stanley and Lawrence (Short) and a sister, Jenny Foust. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Knight-Confer’s, 1914 Memorial Ave. with Pastor Tommy Denney officiating. There will be a visitation from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Grover Cemetery, Bradford County. The family will provide the flowers and suggests contributions be made to the Gatehouse Hospice Unit, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA. –Williamsport Sun-Gazette
STEPHEN RIBOVICH, 79, of Canton RD2 died August 8, 1989 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre. He was born Feb. 8, 1910 in Homestead, Allegheny County, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Stefan Ribovich. He was a construction laborer for the Darlymple Gravel and Contracting Co., Elmira, N.Y., having retired in 1956. He was a veteran of World War II, was a member of the Canton VFW Post No. 714, and the Canton Loyal Order of Moose No. 429. He is survived by three sons, Stephen and Lois Ribovich , Ralston, James of Okeechobee, Fla., and John and Pat of Alba; four daughters, Wilma Derr of Pottstown, Anna Balthaser of Audobon, Pa., Ginger Ribovich of Canton RD2, Leslie and Dale Kennedy of LeRoy; 14 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; on brother and sister-in-law, John and Sue Ribovich of West Mifflin, Pa.; two sisters, Anna Wollet of Camp Hill and Marie Vigilotti of Homestead, Pa. He was predeceased by his wife Geraldine of Mary 14, 1973 and a brother, Michael, in March 1988. Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton. The Rev. Richard M. Barner will officiate. Interment will be in the Grover Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 until 9 p.m. Thursday. VFW Post No. 714 will conduct a memorial service at 8:45 p.m. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
STEPHEN RIBOVICH, 80, well-known Ralston, PA resident, passed away peacefully Friday evening, June 9, 2017 at Hershey Medical Center. Born November 16, 1936 in Canton, PA, Stephen Leslie, also known as “Ribo” to many, was a son of the late Stephen and Geraldine (Turner) Ribovich. He graduated from Canton High School with the class of 1955. Steve then served in the U.S. Marine Corps for five years and earned the rank of Sergeant. He was stationed in Japan for a time and did a Mediterranean Tour. On Nov. 30, 1957, he married the former Lois Wilson who passed away on Sept. 13, 2015. Steve worked at Lonza in Williamsport for 45 years until retiring. A very patriotic man and proud Marine, Steve was an active member of Ralston’s Deer X-ing Detachment of the Marine Corps League where he participated in many funeral honor details and parades. He also served as their adjunct paymaster for over 32 years and belonged to the Military Order of Devil Dogs. Other memberships included Canton’s American Legion Post 303 and V.F.W. Post 714, Red Run in Roaring Branch, Arnot’s Sportsman Club and the Canton Moose Lodge 429. Love for family came first in Steve’s life. His hobbies included bowling, golfing and socializing--and he always had a good time, his presence would always brighten up a room. Steve often said “life is what you make it” and "just call me Mr. Wonderful". Surviving are his sons, Stephen Ribovich Jr. (Debora Bell) both of Williamsport and Tod E. Ribovich (fiancée, Jessica) of Duncannon; five grandchildren, Dawn (Bobby) Grant of Eielson A.F.B. Alaska, Anthony (Kelly) Ribovich of Halifax, Matt (Krystal) Ribovich of Johnston, CO, Erika (Tim) Witmer of Halifax and Brandon (Alayna) Ribovich of Hagerstown, MD; nine great grandchildren, Bobby, Caitlin and Aiden Grant, Sarah and Hannah Ribovich, TJ, Gabriella and Hunter Witmer and Victoria Ribovich; six siblings, Wilma Derr of New Providence, RI, Ann Balthsar of Royersford, Jim Ribovich of Winter Haven, FL, John Ribovich of Rockford, IL, Leslie Kennedy of Williamsport and Ginger Ribovich of Canton; a sister-in-law, Carol Evans of Ogdensburg, many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. In addition to his beloved Lois, wife of 57 years, he was predeceased by his son, Robert F. Ribovich in 1960. Calling hours are 10 – 12 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Dr. Canton. Pastor Ann Overmiller will officiate the funeral service at noon followed by burial in Grover Cemetery with military honors accorded. The family suggests your consideration of a memorial to the Marine Corps League’s Toys For Kids, P.O. Box 154 Ralston, PA. –Canton Independent-Sentinel 6/15/2017
LAWRENCE B. RICE, 74 of Canton RD 2 died early Saturday morning, Sept. 2, 1978 at his home following an extended illness. He was the brother of Elmer Rice of Williamsport. Born Sept. 27, 1903 at Fallbrook, Tioga County he was the son of Eugene and Janet Walker Rice. Mr. Rice had worked for more than 10 years as a mechanic-machinist for the Swayze Folding Box Co., Canton before retiring in 1953. He was a member of Ward Methodist Church, Ward, Tioga County. He was a former member of the Ward Grange. Mr. and Mrs. Rice would have celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary on Sept. 15. Surviving, besides his brother, are his wife, the former Louise Boyd; a daughter, Mrs. Richard Warren of Minneapolis, Minn.; a son, Robert Rice Sr., of Canton RD 2; another brother, Elwin of Canton RD 2; a sister, Mrs. Grace Twist, of Canton RD; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The funeral was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Kleese’s, 40 North Center Street, Canton with Rev. Jasper Smith, his pastor officiating. Burial was in Grover Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel
RITCH –MRS. RUTH A. MEAD, 75, of Roaring Branch RD 1, died Sunday, Sept. 22, 1985 at her home. Mrs. Mead was born Feb. 13, 1910 in Greenwich, Connecticut, the daughter of Lockwood and Margaret Shackelton Ritch. Her hobbies included painting. She primarily used watercolors. Her works were commissioned to be included in numerous art shows and were also purchased and exhibited locally. She was an industrial artist for the Washington Irving High School in New York City. She was also a shoe designer in New York City. Mrs. Mead designed and painted the Baptistery in the Grover Church of Christ. She was the logo artist with the Canton Area School District, Channel 10. She was a musician and also teacher of the piano. Mrs. Mead was a member of the Eastern Star Chapter No. 410 in Island City, N.Y. Surviving are her husband of 53 years, William Mead; two sons and daughters-in-law, William L. and Sandra of Jordan, N.Y. and Lynn H. and Nancy of Fayetteville, N.C.; grandson, Timothy, also of Fayetteville. The funeral service will be held Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, with the Rev. Will Strunk, pastor of the Grover Church of Christ officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home tonight from 7 to 9 o’clock. –Towanda Daily Review. (Buried Grover Cemetery, Canton Twp.)
LYNN ROCKWELL of Wellsburg RD 1, 81, died Friday, March 7, 1975, at the Bradford County Manor. He was born Sept. 26, 1893, son of Elisha and Malisa Kennedy Rockwell. Mr. Rockwell was a retired electrician and was a former resident of Canton. Survivors include a daughter, Virginia Early of Wellsburg; one sister, Laura Tarbox of Canton; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Funeral and committal services will be held Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Morse Funeral Home, Canton, with the Rev. Donald Rockwell officiating. Interment will be in the Grover Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
John ROLISON of Union, Tioga county, suffered a stroke of paralysis last week Thursday, resulting in his death Saturday. A. L. and H. C. Rolison, brother of the deceased, attended the funeral Tuesday. TGR 1902
ROUGHT –MRS. BESSIE LAMONT, 69 of Canton, Pa. Sunday, Nov. 4, 1956 at the home of son, Neil LaMont of Olean, N.Y., where she had been visiting. Survived by daughter, Mrs. Richard Brundage of Batavia; sons, Neil of Olean and John LaMont Jr. of Elmira; brother, Stephen Rought of Fassett, Pa.; half-sisters, Mrs. Martinia Newman of Sayre, Pa., Mrs. Glenn Thayer of Potterville, Pa. and Mrs. Robert VanHaken of Tully, N.Y.; half-brother, Eften Rought of Canton; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. The body is at the Morse Funeral Home, Canton where friends may call after 2 p.m. Tuesday. Funeral there Wednesday at 2 p.m., the Rev. Paul Fattaruso of the Canton Methodist Church. Buried Grover Cemetery, Grover, Pa. –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/5/1956
EPHTON ‘BAKER’ S. ROUGHT, 79, of 34 Fassett St., Canton died Jan. 1, 1987 at the Bradford County Manor. He was born Oct. 13, 1907 in Rusville, Bradford County, the son of Martin and Amanda Titus Rought. He was the former owner of the Rought’s Bakery for many years in Canton and was a former employee at the Canton Creamery for ten years. He was a member of the Canton Loyal Order of Moose, No. 429. Survivors include one son, Marvin Rought of Arizona; eight-grandchildren including Mrs. Thomas (Penne) Watkins of Canton RD 2; four great-grandchildren; on sister, Mrs. Nila VanAuken of Homer, N.Y.; nieces nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his wife, Ida, on Nov. 3, 1985 and a daughter, Joyce Trace in 1975. Friends may call at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton on Saturday from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Interment will be in the Grover Cemetery. At Mr. Rought’s request, there will be no funeral service. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
ROUPP –DORIS L. CRAWLEY. On August 6, 1999 Doris Louise (Roupp) Crawley, 60 died quietly at her home in Roaring Branch surrounded by her loving family after a brave and lengthy battle with illness. Known to her friends as Dory, she was born June 13, 1939 in Williamsport to Welford and Martha (Botsford) Roupp. She lived most of her life in the vicinity of Roaring Branch and attended Canton High School, graduating with the class of 1957. On June 12, 1959 she was united in Holy Matrimony to George Crawley and together they raised two daughters and a son. During her years as a homemaker and mother she worked off and on at various secretarial and clerical jobs for such employers as Canton High School and the Ralston Branch of Citizens and Northern Bank. She was also employed by the Midway Truck Stop as a cook. Mrs. Crawley was active in the Women’s Auxiliary of the Ralston Fire Company and was a member of the Roaring Branch United Methodist Church. She also frequently attended the Church of Christ, (Disciples of Christ) in Canton. Surviving are her husband of 40 years, George Crawley at home; son, David Crawley, Bodines; daughter, Carrie (Kirk) Sallada, Roaring Branch and Kelly Crawley, South Williamsport; three grandchildren, Kristen, Keane and Kyle Sallada; brothers, Graydon (Dorothy) Roupp, Ralston, Earl (Carol) Roupp, Roaring Branch, Arlene (Max) Schaefer, Ralston, Shirley (Jacob) Richards, Roaring Branch and Jane (Gerald) Transue, Canton as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. A graveside service was held August 9 at the Grover Cemetery with the Rev. David B. Morris officiating. Pallbearers included Randy Roan, Ron Roan, Buck Richards, Mark Richards, Roger Vermilya and Kirk Sallada. A memorial service will be conducted Saturday, August 14th at the Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ), East Union St. and Minnequa Ave., Canton at 7 p.m. The family suggests memorials in Mrs. Crawley’s name be directed to the Divine Providence Cancer Treatment Unit, 1205 Grampian Ave., Williamsport, PA. –Canton Independent Sentinel
ELMER ROUPP died Wednesday morning, January 19, 1937 in the Williamsport hospital, where he had undergone a surgical operation. He was 64 years old and is survived by his widow and a daughter, Florence; also the following brothers and sisters; Samuel and Aaron of Liberty, Warren of Canton, Mrs. Murray Neal, Mrs. Charles Brown, Mrs. Ida Miller and Mrs. Clarence Beck of Liberty. The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock from his home on Lycoming Street and interment will be in Turner Cemetery (Grover Cemetery). –Canton Independent Sentinel
FLORENCE J. ROUPP, 75 OF 82 Lycoming St., Canton died Wednesday, Aug. 17, 1983 at Troy Community Hospital. Miss Roupp was born July 1, 1908 in Canton Township, Bradford County, Pa. the daughter of Elmer and Jennie Beals Roupp. She was a 1928 graduate of Canton High School. Miss Roupp also graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees from Columbia University Teachers College in New York City. While pursuing a nursing career she also began a sideline career as a ghost writer in 1938. Miss Roupp had a few magazine articles published in the “Health and Education.” She also wrote for radio and television and occasionally appeared on both of these media. In 1953 she published a book entitled, “Rebirth of a Citizen,” for which she receive the International Mark Twain Society honorary award. Florence retired in 1971. She was a member of the American Association of University Professors, the American Association of University Women, the National League for Nursing and the American Nurses Association. Surviving are one aunt, Mrs. James Mitchell of Bath, N.Y. and three cousins, Mrs. Harriet Ballard, Elmira; Mrs. Raymond Brague, Canton and Mrs. Anne Benjamin, Clemens, N.C. Visitation and funeral services were held Thursday night at the Morse-Kleese Funeral home, Canton with the Rev. Benjamin F. Husted, pastor of the Canton First Baptist Church officiating. Interment was in the Grover Cemetery. –Towanda Daily Review
Welford J. ROUPP, 73, of Roaring Branch, brother of Mrs. Estella Campbell, of this city, died, Saturday, Sept. 22, 1973, in the Troy Community Hospital.He was born in Liberty on Jan. 10, 1900 a son of Jacob and Emma Morris Roupp.Surviving, besides his sister, are four daughters, Mrs. Max Scaefer, of Ralston, Mrs. George Crawley and Mrs. Jacob Richards, both of Roaring Branch, and Mrs. Gerald Transue, of Canton; two sons, Earl, of Roaring Branch, and Graydon, of Ralston, and 15 grandchildren. Burial will be in Grover Cemetery.
Alfred Rusk, 81, of Grover, PA died Thursday, March 14, 1991 at the Bradford County Manor, West Burlington. Alfred was born December 26, 1909 in Philadelphia, a son of Henry and Elizabeth Rusk. Alfred was an inspector for 28 years for the former J. P. Ward Foundry, Blossburg, retiring in 1974. He was a veteran of the US Marines. Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Glenda Swain Rusk; sons, William P. of Grover, James F. of Canton, Thomas H. of Grover and Ted E. of Wellsboro, RD 1; daughters, Mrs. Patricia Bergquist of Horseheads, Mrs. JoAnn Deitrick of Canton, Mrs. Marilyn Terry of Plattsmouth, NE and Mrs. Mary Jo Calkins of Troy, PA; 16 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services were held March 25 at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton with Rev. Duane Taylor, pastor of the North Union Christian Church, officiating and interment to be in the Grover Cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to the American Cancer Society, Bradford Unit, 515 S. Main St., Athens, PA 18810 in Mr. Rusk's memory. (TGR, Thursday, March 21, 1991)
CLYDE RUTTY, 85 of Roaring Branch RD 1 died Monday, May 23, 1988 at the Bradford County Manor where he was a resident for the past few months. Mr. Rutty was born April 25, 1903 at Union Township, Tioga County, Pa. a son of Jackson and Ida Mae Canis Rutty. He was past owner of the former Ogdensburg Hotel for 18 years, retiring in 1966. He was later employed by PennDOT. He was a member of the Canton Moose Lodge No. 429 for over 50 years and also a member of the Wheel Inn Inc., Ralston. Surviving are his wife, the former Pauline Wright to whom he was married July 22, 1936; five sons; Roscoe Rutty of Denver, Colo., Emerson Rutty of Canton RD 1, Daniel Rutty of Roseville, Mich., Donald Swingle of Granville Summit RD 1 and Harold (Toppy) Swingle of Canton RD 1; five daughters; Vera Mahar of Millerton, Beverly Allen of Canton, Lucy Sullivan of Shunk, Jean Parker of Canton RD 1 and Rosie Packard of Coryland; two sisters, Kaoka Grantier of Wellsboro and Leona Wilson of liberty RD 1; two brothers, Donald Rutty of Canton RD 1 and Murray Rutty of Cherry Flats, Pa.; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by two children; Marie Vroman in September 1959 and Garth Swingle, January 1960; also the following brothers and sisters; Elsie Van Syckel, Harry Rutty, Elwin Rutty, Libby McNett, Fred Rutty and Mildred Preston. The funeral service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. from the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton with the Rev. Richard M. Barner, pastor of the Canton Ecumenical Parish officiating. Interment will be in Grover Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Canton Moose Lodge will conduct a memorial service for their departed brother at the funeral home Wednesday at 8 p.m. –Towanda Daily Review
DONALD J. ‘DONNIE’ RUTTY, 92, LeRoy Twp., RR 1, Canton died September 18, 1999 at the home of his niece, Ruth Hunsinger. Ruth and her husband, Ronald had been caring for Mr. Rutty for the past five years. Born on the family farm, April 14, 1907, he was the eighth child of 11 of the late Jackson and Ida Mae Canis Rutty. Mr. Rutty was their last surviving child. Mr. Rutty took over his father’s farm in Union Twp. after his father was unable to work due to poor health. Mr. Rutty retired from farming in 1972. He met Mary Benjamin Patterson at a square dance at the Spencertown Grange Hall and married her on September 7, 1944. He had a gentle nature and welcomed people into his home and into his heart. He enjoyed the daily chores of farming and always pitched in to help the neighboring farmers when they needed an extra hand. Surviving are a stepdaughter, Pauline Patterson McIlwain, Canton; five step=grandchildren, Leonore McIlwain Best, Ralston, Floyd McIlwain, Canton, Earl “Gene” Rutty, Canton, Steven Rutty, North Carolina and Julius “Vern” Rutty, Ithaca, NY; several step-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Rutty was predeceased by his wife, Mary, August 13, 1980; stepdaughter, Florence Patterson Rutty Shedden in 1978; five sisters, Elsie Van Syckel, 1958; Libby McNett, 1982; Mildred Preston, 1985; Kaoka Grantier, 1992; and Leona Wilson, 1996 and five brothers; Harry, 1985, Freddie, 1970, Clyde, 1980, Elwin, 1970 and Murray, 1998. The funeral service will be September 20 from the Pepper Funeral Home, Canton with Rev. Melvin Good officiating. Interment was in the Grover Cemetery. The family suggests that memorials may be directed to the Memorial Home Health Agency, 1 Hospital Drive, Towanda, PA in Mr. Rutty’s memory. –Canton Independent Sentinel
EMERSON RUTTY SR., 79 of Canton died
on Wednesday afternoon, October 21, 2009 at the Robert Packer Hospital the result of an automobile accident. His family extends a heartfelt thank you to the Western Alliance Ambulance crew and especially to Ben Phills, Brian Wilbert and Jim Cook for their professional assistance and concern at the time of Emerson’s accident. Emerson “Emmy” to family and friends was born in Canton on October 19, 1930, one of eight children born in the family of the late Clyde and Mae (Case) Rutty. He was blessed with a strong work ethic all his life. In earlier years, he was employed by Seneca Concrete in Elmira and later retired from Thatcher Glass Company in Horseheads. He enjoyed doing many things in life but special times to him were spent at family outings. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to fish, hunt, tend his gardens and pick apples. Surviving are children; Charli E.M. Rutty, Tallahassee, FL, Stormy Shirley, Cobleskill, NY, Jackie (Bob) Torrence, Elmira, Marcy Wells, Macon, NC, Janie Rutty, Rome, NY, Linda (Kevin Barron, Blossburg, Charlie Rutty of New Jersey, and Rich (Laura) Rutty of Elmira, five sisters; Rosa Packard of Coryland, Vera Mahar of Millerton, Beverly Allen of Canton, Lucy Sullivan of Shunk and Jane (Ed) Moore, East Canton, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; special niece; Cindy (Jim) Henson, Canton, several nieces, nephews and cousins. Also, his devoted dog and companion, Bubba. He was predeceased by a son, Emerson Rutty Jr., granddaughters, Christine and Mackenzie and brothers, Danny and Rocky Rutty. A memorial service and celebration of Emerson’s life was held Oct. 27 at Pepper Funeral Home, Canton with Church Elder Jeannine Gardner officiating. Burial will be at Grover Cemetery. His family suggests your consideration of a memorial to Western Alliance E.M.S. at P.O. Box 13, Troy, Pa. –Canton Independent-Sentinel/Troy Gazette-Register 10/29/2009 –NOTE: Mae Case’s maiden name was Hipple, Case was her first marriage.
RUTTY Emerson, Sr.
79, of Canton, died October 21, 2009. A memorial will be 1:00 p.m. Tuesday at Pepper Funeral Home in Canton. Burial will be at Grover Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Western Alliance E.M.S. at P.O. Box 13 Troy, PA 16947. Published in Star-Gazette on October 23, 2009
RUTTY –MARY MILDRED PRESTON, 84 a resident of the Bradford County Manor, formerly of Grover, Pa. died Friday, Feb. 22, 1985 at the Troy Community Hospital. Mrs. Preston was born Feb. 5, 1901 in Liberty, Tioga County, Pa., a daughter of Jackson and Ida Mae Canis Rutty. She was a member of the former Newelltown Grange for over 50 years. She was also a member of the N. Union Grange and the Grover Church of Christ. Surviving are two sons, J. Earl Preston of Roaring Branch rD1 and Allen D. Preston of Grover; two daughters, Mrs. Alyn (Ida May) Sturgis of Homestead, Fla. and Mrs. Marinus (Mabel) DeBruin of Canton RD 1; three brothers; Clyde Rutty and Donald Rutty, both of Canton RD 2; Murray Rutty of Mansfield RD; two sisters, Leona Wilson of Liberty RD and Kaoka Grantier of Wellsboro RD 3; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband, John E. Preston Oct. 5, 1984. The funeral service will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. from the Morse-Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton. Interment will be in Grover Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. –Towanda Daily Review
RUTTY –VERA B. MAHAR of Millerton, PA passed away surrounded by her loving family on Monday, November 28, 2016 at the age of 90. She was born on July 29, 1926 in Laquin, PA, a daughter of the late Clyde Rutty and Mae Case. Vera is predeceased by her husbands, David R. Austin and Ralph C. Mahar; sons, Dennis H. Austin, and William 'Bill" R. Austin; brothers, Rocky, Danny, Emmy and sister, Marcella. She is survived by her children, Gerald L. Austin, Sharon A. Smith, Vernon "Butch" (Shirley) Austin, Charlene M. (John) Ketter; grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; sisters, Rosie Packard, Beverly Allen, Lucy Sullivan and Jane (Ed) Moore; and many extended family members. She enjoyed time spent with her family around the holidays and loved her flower garden, cooking and canning. It was Vera's wishes that all services be held at convenience of the family at the Grover Cemetery in Grover, PA. Those wishing to remember Vera please consider making a contribution to a charity of your choice in her name. A heartfelt thank you to the staff at Bethany Manor Skilled 2. –Towanda Daily Review 12/1/2016