Grover Cemetery, Canton Township,
Bradford County, PA
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" or business.
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MISS ANGELA JO SANDOR, age 14 of RD 1, Roaring Branch, Pa. Friday, Nov. 14, 1980 at the Robert Packer Hospital. Friends may call at the Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, Pa. Sunday 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Private funeral and committal services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. Rev. Duane Taylor officiating. Interment Grover Cemetery. Survived by parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Sandor; 3 sisters, Bonnie S., Carla R. and Denise K. all at home; paternal grandparents, Mr. John Sandor Sr. and Mrs. Betty Sandor both of Troy; maternal great-grandfather, Mr. Leslie Chapman of Towanda, Pa. Her grandfather, James Adams diedJune 28, 1980. Several aunts and cousins. She was a member of the 8th grade class in Canton High School Marching Warriors Band and Honor Students. –Elmira Sunday Telegram 11/16/1980
SAUNDERS – ADA WOODWARD – On Thursday morning, June 7, 2007 God called Ada Woodward home to reunite with her beloved husband (Carl) of 70 years. Born June 15, 1919 in Canton to Lily (Bastion) and Frank Saunders, she soon met her future husband. Carl Woodward on a blind date (she claims she didn’t like him!) Shortly after, he proposed to her by giving her the choice to finish high school or marry him (She told with a giggle). They had a double wedding with John Early and Virginia Rockwell at the home of Ada’s parents on December 12, 1936. In 1955 they moved to Florida where she and Carl established an air conditioning business while continuing to raise their son, Bradley. Through her charm and humor, Ada built lasting relationships which she greatly valued. She continued to return to Cedar Ledge with Carl during the summer months to enjoy those relationships with family, friends and nature’s beauty (Flowers and fall leaves). During her life, she showed her unselfish and giving spirit through helping others in need and being a Christian role model to those around her. She made others laugh with her “Ada-isms” (coined by her granddaughter) in which she had quick and witty sayings for life’s moments. She overcame many obstacles in life by making her inner “Dog” a “fighter” and “Feeding him bones” to keep going. Many would agree that she was a strong and positive woman who was also a dedicated wife, caring, protective mother, silly, playful, generous grandma and hilarious, cheerful “Grandma Great”. She was respected and special to all whom she met. Wonderful memories are being held in the hears of her surviving son and daughter-in-law, Bradley and Louise Woodward of Ft. Pierce, FL and step-grandson, Craig Butler; three grandchildren and spouses, David and LaGarie Woodword, Pembroke Pines, FL, Paul and Brenda Woodward, Port St. Lucie, FL, Daisy (Woodward) and Gary Vanzandt, Denver, CO and her five great-grandchildren, Victoria, Julia, Kimberly, Aaron Woodward and Kirra Vanzandt. To honor her wishes, her family will hold a Celebration of Life Party with laughs, stories, songs and snacks. It will be give at Ogdensburg Church of Christ on Saturday, July 7, 2007 at 3 p.m. Please come. Casual dress. –Canton Independent Sentinel (Buried Grover Cemetery, Canton Twp.)
SAUNDERS –ETHEL JANE TERRY, 60, wife of Richard K. Terry Sr. or RD 1 Canton died Friday April 18, 1986 as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident in Burlington Township. Mrs. Terry was born Dec. 23, 1925 in Canton Township a daughter of Frank E. and Lilly Bastion Saunders. She retired in January 1986 from Westinghouse Electronics, Elmira, where she had been employed for 30 years. She was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. She attended St. John’s United Methodist Church of Grover, she was also a member of the Canton VFW Post #714 Auxiliary, she served on the VFW Bradford County Council and also on the VFW chiefs-of-staff for District 14. Surviving are her mother-in-law, Mrs. Lucille Terry of the Bradford County Manor; son, Richard K. Terry Jr. of Ft. Hood, Tex.; daughter, Mrs. William (Ethel Jane) Burgess of RD 2 Canton; a sister, Mrs. Carl (Ada) Woodward of Fort Lauderdale; four brothers, Edward F. Saunders of Canton, Calvin C. Saunders of Columbia RD 1, Gerald Saunders of Canton, W. Wayne Saunders of Las Vegas; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton with the Rev. Richard Leonard and the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating. Interment will be in the Grover Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Monday from 3-4:30 p.m. and 6:30-9 p.m. Canton VFW Post #714 Auxiliary will hold a dedication service at the funeral home, Monday at 9 p.m. –Towanda Daily Review
JAMES H. SAUNDERS – During the early morning hours of Wednesday, July 24, 2002, James Harry Saunders of Dushore went home to the Lord after a prolonged stay at Robert Packer Hospital. He was 64 years of age. Born in Leolyn, Pa. on Oct. 6, 1937 he was one of five children in the family of Eugene and Laura Williams Saunders. Jim was a may who was familiar with hard work. In his early youth he labored at the heavy tasks of farming throughout the area. Upon reaching adulthood, Jim sought the adventure of life on the road with the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus. But after a few years he realized that the life of a carney was not for him. Jim found employment as a tractor-trailer driver, which gave him a better lifestyle without sacrificing the adventure of the open road. Jim still found time to work at odd jobs and do repairs for friends. One day while working in such a capacity he chanced to meet his friend’s widowed sister. Romance was in the air and in 1964 he married Christine Barnes Carson, opening his heart and establishing a home for her and her children in Dushore. Jim loved his newfound family, sharing in their joys and sorrows as any father would. He took a job driving a truck for a local rubbish disposal company, thereby enabling him to remain closer to home. Jim was a self-taught mechanic and enjoyed sharing this talent by repairing the cars of his children and grandchildren. He was also quite adept at painting auto bodies. He also enjoyed building model cars and collecting stamps and coins. Not all of Jim’s interests were mechanical in nature. He was an avid genealogist who spent countless hours researching his family tree. Jim also had a close walk with the Lord all of his life. As a youth he was baptized into the Seventh-day Adventist Church and through the years read the Scriptures daily. He knew his Lord on a personal basis and always tried to let the love of Christ shine through in all that he did. Jim is survived by his wife, Christine at home; stepsons, Adrian and Arthur Carson of Dushore; stepdaughter, Mildred Miller of Towanda; brothers, John Saunders of Canton RR 3 and Francis Dean (and Ruth Ann) Saunders of McDonald, Tenn.; sisters, Laura Jean (and George) Albinus of Cleveland, Tenn. and Phyllis Saunders of Canton RR 3; four grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Eugene in 1980 and his mother, Laura in 2000. Calling hours will be Monday, July 29 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Morse and Kleese Funeral Home Inc., 40 N. Center St., Canton. Services will follow at 11 a.m. with Elder Charles Jake Randall of the Canton Seventh-day Adventist Church officiating. Interment will follow in Grover Cemetery. –Towanda Daily Review
SCHANBACHER, Anne - During the early morning hours of Sunday, June 25th, 2017, Anne (Schanbacher) Lodge, a lifelong resident of Grover, passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus while at the Towanda Skilled Nursing Unit. She was 82 years of age. Born in Grover on August 17th, 1934 she was the daughter of Charles and Edith (Fields) Schanbacher. Anne was a retiree of the Paper Magic Co. in Troy where she had served as Customer Service manager. She was the widow of the late John Lodge with whom she raised a son and daughter. Her pride and joy were her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Upon graduation from high school each grandchild was taken by Anne on a trip anywhere in the world. She was also a woman with a deep, abiding faith in the Lord, and was a lifelong faithful member of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Grover. Over the years Anne was faced with various physical challenges and health issues, but she found strength to see them through in the words of Philippians 4:13, a Scripture verse by which she lived: “I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me.” Anne is survived by her son, John (& Carol) Lodge of Montrose, Pa., daughter Judy (& Jeff) Bouey of Frederick, MD, grandchildren Jason (& Jennifer) Lodge, Joshua (& Kaitlyn) Lodge, Jonathan (& Loren) Lodge, Lara (& Bryan) Northup and Michael (& Samantha) Bouey, great-grandchildren Carter Lodge, Grayson Lodge and Jackson Northup, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by parents Charles and Edith Schanbacher, husband John Lodge, and brothers Fred and Charles Schanbacher. Calling hours will be 6 to 8 PM Wednesday, June 28th, at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, Inc., 94 N. Center St., Canton. A celebration of Anne’s life will take place at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Grove Thursday the 29th at 11 AM. Interment will follow in Grover Cemetery. The family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to St. John’s United Methodist Church, Grover, Pa. 17735. – Williamsport Sun Gazette, 27 June 2017
SCHANBACHER –ANNE (SCHANBACHER) LODGE - During the early morning hours of Sunday, June 25, 2017, Anne (Schanbacher) Lodge, a lifelong resident of Grover and Canton, passed peacefully into the arms of her Lord and Savior while at the Towanda Skilled Nursing Unit. She was 82 years of age. Born in Grover on Aug. 17, 1934, she was the daughter of Charles and Edith (Fields) Schanbacher. Anne was a retiree of the Paper Magic Co. in Troy, where she had served as customer service manager. She was the widow of the late John Lodge, with whom she raised a son and daughter. Her pride and joy were her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Upon graduation from high school, each grandchild was taken by Anne on a trip anywhere in the world. She was also a woman with a deep, abiding faith in the Lord, and was a lifelong faithful member of St. John's United Methodist Church in Grover. Over the years Anne was faced with various physical challenges and health issues, but she found strength to see them through in the words of Philippians 4:13, a Scripture verse by which she lived: "I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me." Anne is survived by her son, John (and Carol) Lodge of Montrose, Pa.; daughter Judy (and Jeff) Bouey of Frederick, Md.; grandchildren Jason (and Jennifer) Lodge, Joshua (and Kaitlyn) Lodge, Jonathan (and Loren) Lodge, Lara (and Bryan) Northup and Michael (and Samantha) Bouey; great-grandchildren Carter Lodge, Grayson Lodge and Jackson Northup; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by parents Charles and Edith Shanbacher, husband John Lodge, and brothers Fred and Charles Schanbacher. Calling hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, Inc., 94 N. Center St., Canton. A celebration of Anne's life will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 29, at St. John's United Methodist Church in Grover. Interment will follow in Grover Cemetery. The family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to St. John's United Methodist Church, c/o Edoice Smith 1037 W. Union Street, Canton, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review 6/26/2017
Charles E. Age 56 of DryBrook Rd. Willseyville, NY died in Ithaca on Friday August 17, 2001 as results of a motor vehicle accident. Charles was born November 16, 1944 in Williamsport, PA to Charles and Edith Fields Schanbacher. He was a Bus Driver for TCAT Transit System of Ithaca. He was a member of the Cornell Railroad Historical Society and the National Warplane Museum. He was a member of the ST. John's United Methodist Church in Grover, PA. Charles was a generous, compassionate, reflective and sensitive man who thought the world of his immediate and extended family among whom he numbered his neighbors, co-workers and TCAT passengers. He was looking forward with great joy to his daughter Diana's wedding next year and had already bought his suit for the event. The suit would also, as he said, attend Christy's graduation from College. He was extremely proud of his son, Christy, and was deeply excited that Christy was able to attend the college of his choice in Kansas. Charles was really looking forward to riding on the train with his son the (future) railroad employee. His regret was that he had been unable to visit his daughter Donna and her family as much as he would have liked. He loved living in the country and enjoyed driving his tractor for haying, brush hogging and doing whatever chore or favor was needed. His strength and cooperativeness will be sorely missed. He'd kept buying farm equipment except that space to keep it in ran out. His love for and gentleness with animals was great. All respond in king by coming right to him and treating him with the same friendliness. Animal shelters, necessary as he realized they are, broke his heart. Oldtimers shows were always an attraction and along with his recent re-discovery of photography made these, air shows and train yards a tremendous attraction. Reading spy and historical novels was a passion along with acquiring dozens of Country/Western CDs. Charles never forgot his roots. He spoke often and fondly of his hometown of Grover, PA, its environs and the people he knew there. His wishes were always that they were well and his distress was great, immediate and genuine if he heard of any bad luck, illness or loss concerning them. Charlie is survived by his wife, Katherine Langerlan of Willseyville and his son, Christy Schanbacher presently of Kansas City, Kansas, and his two daughters, Donna (Andrew) Langerlan Wright of East Greenville, PA, and Diana Langerlan of Willseyville. He has four Grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Anne Lodge of Canton, PA, Mother-in-law, Elizabeth Moustakis of Willseyville and sister-in-law, Betty Schanbacher, of Canton, PA and many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins. The family will receive friends at The Candor Funeral Parlour, Inc. 137 Main St., Candor, NY on Tuesday, August 21, 2001 from 3-5:00 P.M. with Words of Comfort at 5:00 P.M. with Rev. Philip Jordan Officiating. The family will receive friends at the St. John's United Methodist Church, Grover, PA on Wednesday, August 22, 2001 from 12:00 noon - 1:00 P.M. with Funeral Services being held at 1:00 P.M. with Rev. James House officiating. Burial will be in Grover Cemetery, Grover, PA. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of one's choice.
CHARLES E. SCHANBACHER, 56, Willseyville, NY died Friday, August 17, 2001 in Ithaca, NY as a result of a motor vehicle accident. He was a bus driver for the Tompkins County Area Transit System. He was born November 16, 1944 in Williamsport and was the son of Charles and Edith Fields Schanbacher. He was a member of the Cornell Railroad Historical Society in Ithaca and the National Warplane Museum in Horseheads. Charles was a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Grover. He was a generous, compassionate, reflective and sensitive man who thought the world of his immediate and extended family, among whom he numbered his neighbors, co-workers and TCAT passengers. He was looking forward with great you to his daughter Diana’s wedding next year and had already bought his suit for the event. The suit also would be worn as he attended the college graduating of his son, Christy. He was extremely proud of Christy and was deeply excited that he was able to attend the college of his choice in Kansas. Mr. Schanbacher was looking forward to riding on the train with his son, the (future) railroad employee. His regret was that he was unable to visit his daughter, Donna and her family as much as he would have liked. He loved living in the country and enjoyed driving his tractor for haying, brush-hogging and doing whatever chore or favor was needed. His strength and cooperativeness will be sorely missed. He’d have kept buying farm equipment, but the space to keep it in had run out. His love for and gentleness with animals was great. Al responded in kind by coming right to him and treating him with the same friendliness. Animal shelters, necessary as he realized they are, broke his heart. Old timers shows were always an attraction. His recent rediscovery of photography made old timers shows, air shows and train yards a tremendous attraction. Reading spy and historical novels was a passion along with acquiring dozens of country-and western CDs. He never forgot his roots. He spoke often and fondly of his hometown of Grover, its environs and the people he knew there. His wishes were always that they were well and his distress was great-immediate and genuine if he heard of any bad luck, illness or loss concerning them. He is survived by his wife, Katherine Langerian of Willseyville; a son, Christy Schanbacher, Kansas City, KS; daughters, Donna (Andrew) Langerian Wright, East Greenville, PA and Diana Langerian of Willseyville; four grandchildren; sister, Anne Lodge, Canton; mother-in-law, Elizabeth Moustakis, Willseyville; sister-in-law, Betty Schanbacher, Canton and many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins. The family received friends of Tuesday, August 21 at the Candor Funeral Parlor, Inc., Candor, NY. Words of comfort were given with the Rev. Philip Jordan officiating. The funeral was held Wednesday August 22 at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Grover with the Rev. James House officiating. Burial will be in Grover Cemetery. Memorial donations may be sent to the humane society of one’s choice.
FRED SCHANBACHER, 63, of Canton RR 3 died after a lengthy illness on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 1995 at the Robert Packer hospital, Sayre. Born March 22, 1932 in Grover, he was a son of the late Charles and Edith (Fields) Schanbacher. Fred was employed as a truck driver by Vermilya Trucking. He was a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church, Grover. Surviving are his wife, Betty at home; two sons and daughters-in-law Mike and Kay Schanbacher, Orlando, Fla. and Tom and Kim Schanbacher of Liberty, Pa.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Rosallie and Willard Cease, Canton and Bonnie and Dave Smith, Elmira, N.Y.; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Kathy Schanbacher, Ithaca, N.Y.; and a sister Anne Lodge of Canton. Family and friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday evening, Oct. 12, 1995 at the Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, Inc., 40 N. Center St., Canton and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 13 at St. John’s United Methodist Church, Grover, Pa. Services will be at 11 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in the Grover Cemetery, Grover, Pa. Memorials in Mr. Schanbacher’s memory may be directed to St. John’s United Methodist Church, Grover. –Towanda Daily Review
SEELEY Wendell Seeley, 69, of Gillett, Pa., died
at the Elcor Nursing Home in Horseheads, N.Y., on Wednesday, March 3, 2010, after a relatively short illness. Wendell lived in the hills east of Gillett with Dean GRANGER, his good friend of over 40 years. Wendell Oliver Seeley was born on Sept. 3, 1940 at the family farm in Canton Township, Pa., near Windfall. He was one of ten children in the family of the late Clyde H. and Mildred (SMITH) Seeley. Wendell attended earlier grades at Troy Schools and graduated from Canton High School in 1958. He served in the U.S. Air Force, including a tour at a NATO Base in Turkey. A talented cook, Wendell loved preparing food; he owned and operated Elmira's "The Donut Shop" for several years. He also worked as an electrician, land surveyor and was a school bus driver for more than ten years. Wendell built his own house and barn, twice. As a young man, Wendell became especially fond of the draft horses that did much of the farm's hauling. This respect led him to a favorite hobby of raising draft horses in his later years. Wendell was a founder of the Endless Mountains Draft Horse Association. He helped organize the annual horse show at the Troy Fair for several years. Wendell and Dean's home has a wonderful view and became the site of the annual Seeley/Smith Reunion each Memorial Day. "Uncle Wendell" reveled in overseeing the preparation of delicious foods and hosting this event that drew dozens of relatives from across the country over a three-day period. In addition to Dean, surviving are his siblings, Clyde T. Seeley of Canton, Pa., James R. Seeley of Churchville, Va., Melissa (Powers) Coppola and Donna Seeley both of Elmira, N.Y. and Veronica Newell of Wellsburg, N.Y. Wendell loved his many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews as if they were his own children. Also surviving are many cousins, dear friends and neighbors. He was predeceased by four sisters, Evelyn (Seeley) Anderson, Madeline (Seeley) Maynard, Betty Seeley and Winnifred (Seeley) Smouther; a niece, Marge; two nephews, Steve and Dan; a sister-in-law, Joanne Seeley; and a brother-in-law, Herb Anderson. Calling hours are 1–3 p.m. Saturday, March 6, at Pepper Funeral Home in Canton. Burial will be in Grover Cemetery. Donations in Wendell's memory may be made to a charity of one's choice. March 05, 21010, Towanda Daily Review.
SEGUR –ELOISE J. STALKER, 77, Plant City, FL, formerly of Canton, died March 3, 1997 at the Brandon Medical Center, Brandon, FL. She was born, June 23, 1919 in Ward Township, PA. The daughter of the late Leon and Nettie Boyd Segur. A graduate of Canton High School, Class of 1937, she was employed at the former Belmar Manufacturing in Canton for several years and also worked at the First National Bank of Canton. On May 5, 1963 she married Marvin W. Stalker in Canton. Mr. and Mrs. Stalker moved to Florida in 1969 where they made their home in Valrico before establishing their current residence in Plant City. She was a very active and dedicated member of the First United Methodist Church of Brandon, FL; belonged to the Church’s Christian Social Involvement Circle and the United Methodist Women; and was a former member of the United Methodist Churches in Canton and Ward, PA. Mrs. Stalker loved and enjoyed the company of children, especially her great-grandchildren while in Florida, and earlier years in Canton, she enjoyed caring for little children and baby-sat well over 100 children. Surviving are: her husband of 33 years, Marvin W. Stalker, Plant City, FL; daughter and son-in-law, Shelva (Shelly) and Robert Kosmer, Canton; step-son and his wife, Paul R. and Cathy Stalker, Tioga, PA; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Francis and Janet Segur, Canton; two sisters, Euphemia (Famie) Andrus, Elmira, NY, and Dorothy Williams, Canton. Several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents Mrs. Stalker was preceded in death by her first husband, Charles Palmer; a son, Robert Charles Palmer; a daughter, Bonnie J. Toner; a brother, James Segur and a sister, Florence McIlwain. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday March 15, 1997 at 1:00 p.m. at Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton, with the Rev. Ronald Beistline, Pastor of the Canton Ecumenical Church, officiating. Funeral services were held in Florida at the Brandon First United Methodist Church, with the Pastor, Rev. Clinton Logan, officiating. A private interment was held in the Grover Cemetery at the convenience of the family. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to: The Ward United Methodist Church, or to a charity of one’s choice in Mrs. Stalker’s memory. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
SEGUR –MARLENE JONES of RR1, Roaring Branch, Pa. died on Friday afternoon, Oct. 29, 2004 at the Williamsport Hospital while in the loving presence of her family. Born in Canton, Marlene was a daughter of the late Albert and Laurissa (Woodward) Segur. For 17 years she was employed by the former Canford Manufacturing in Canton until accepting the steward position at the Troy V.F.W., where she retired in 1997. Marlene’s home and family were most important in her life. She especially loved times spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Marlene was a very compassionate woman who sincerely cared about people’s welfare. She was always willing to extend a helpful hand to those in need or less fortunate. Marlene was an excellent cook. She was also known for her green thumb and beautiful houseplants. In earlier years Marlene loved to dance. Her memberships included: The First Christian Church of Alba, Canton V.F.W. Auxiliary No. 714; Red Run Rod & Gun Club in Ralston, Wheel Inn Club in Roaring Branch and Canton Women of the Moose No. 981. She was a social member of the Deer X-ing Detachment in Ralston and a charter member of the Blossburg American Legion Auxiliary No. 572. Surviving are her beloved husband of seven years, William “Bill” Jones at home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Connie and Russell Morgan of Canton and Carol and Thomas Miles of Montoursville, Pa.; a son and daughter-in-law, Marty and Mary Beth Gee of Athens; a stepdaughter and her spouse, Karen and Ryan Schultz of Blossburg; her grandchildren, Russell Morgan II of Elkton, Md., Mark Morgan of Muncy, Alissa and Alana Miles, both of Montoursville and Jason, Stephanie, Brandon and Michael Gee, all of Athens; a step-grandson, Adam Schultz; great-grandchildren, Melinda and Marissa Morgan; a sister, Beverly (Segur) Aston of Alba and a brother, Tracey Segur of Buckhannon, W.Va. Besides her parents, Marlene was preceded in death by her husbands, Roland Osborne and Mike Kaznowski; two sisters, Harriet (Segur) Mills and Phyllis (Segur) Johnston and a brother Elwyn Segur. The family invites friends to call 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 4, 2004 with the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in the Grover Cemetery. Memorials in Marlene’s memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice. –Towanda Daily Review
SELLARD –MRS. MAY WILCOX, 79 of 12 N. Minnequa Ave., Canton died Friday, August 12, 1958. She was the daughter of John and Mary Sellard and a lifelong resident of Canton. She was a member of the Canton Church of Christ. Surviving are sons, Emerson, Arnold, Clarence and Lawrence all of Canton, John W. of Elmira, Sellard of Westfield and Martin of Gillett; sisters, Mrs. Martin Bockus of Canton and Mrs. William Husted of Himrod, N.Y.; brother, George Sellard of Canton RD 2; 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. The body was at the Kleese Funeral Home, Canton. The funeral was held there Sunday at 2:30 p.m. the Rev. Ralph Knight officiating. Burial was in Grover Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Glen Spencer, Herbert Bailey, Harry Hoffa, Liston Stone, Carl Spencer and Gerald Spencer. –Canton Independent Sentinel
SELTZER Grace SCHMELZLE, 98, of Canton RR 2r, PA; died December 17, 1997 while residing at the Green Home in Wellsboro, PA. Born in Balls Mills, PA on August 25, 1899, Grace was the daughter of Elias and Margaret Seltzer. Grace was married to Francis Schmelzle with whom she owned and operated a dairy farm in Canton until his passing in 1963. She was a member of the former Canton United Methodist Church and was active in the Friendly Missionary Society for many years. In recent years Grace was a member of the North Union Christian Church. She was a 25-year member of the Minnequa Grange and most recently, a member of the North Union grange. Grace was a past president of the Village improvement Association and a Past Noble Grand of the Canton Rebekah Lodge. She is survived by several nieces, nephews and friends. Aside from her husband, grace was predeceased by her three brothers, Chester, Grover and Bruce. Funeral services were held at the Morse & Kleese Funeral Home in canton on December 19 with the Rev. Jasper Smith officiating and interment to be in the Grover Cemetery. Contributions in Graces name may be directed to the North Union Christian Church, RD 1, Box 399, Canton, PA 17724.
Williams, Mrs. Claude-Canton, March 10-aged 56, died at her home in Beech Flats today. She is survived by her husband, Claude; two daughters, Mrs. Hall Esaias of Columbia Cross Rds and Mrs. Douglas Packard of Canton; two sons, Ola R Williams of Horseheads and Claude Williams Jr of Canton; three sisters, Mrs. Ralph Wilcox, and Mrs. Martin Bacchus of Canton and Mrs. William Husted of Himrod, NY; two brothers Ola R Sellard of Elmira and George Sellard of Canton; four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. The body is at the family home and will be removed Monday morning to the Morse Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 2 pm. Rev. William Woodman will officiate with interment in Grover Cemetery.
SERECSKO - Mrs. Olga Serecsko, 84, of Lopez, PA, diedon Friday, Jan., 19, 1996, at the Valley View Nursing Center, Montoursville, PA. A burial service will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 23,1986, at 9:30 a.m at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Church in Lopez with Rev. Hieromonk Michael Thier officiating. Interment will be held in St. Vladimir's Cemetery, Lopez. Friends may call on Monday, Jan. 22, 1996 at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore. There will be a Parastas service at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. RHW. Towanda Daily Review 23 Jan.1996.
SHADE –FLORENCE M. HUNTLEY, 88, formerly of Canton RD 1, died at 6 p.m., Saturday, November 22, 1980 at the Dar-Way Nursing Home, Forksville RD 2. Mrs. Huntley had been a guest at the nursing home for the past ten-and-a-half months. She was born in Hummelstown, Dauphin County, Pa., on May 28, 1892, a daughter of Frank and Maria Zarr Shade. Mrs. Huntley was one of the older members of the First Baptist Church in Canton, Pa., and prior to her illness as active in the organizations of the church. She was a former member of the Canton Senior Citizens. Survived by a grandson, Mr. John F. Huntley, Canton RD 1; three granddaughters, Tammy Sue, Tina Louise and Jayne Marie Huntley all at home. Also several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by a daughter, the late Mary H. Funderburg in October, 1979. Funeral and committal service will be held at the Morse-Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, Pa. on Tuesday, November 25, 1980 at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. Benjamin F. Husted, her pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Grover Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. –Towanda Daily Review.
ALFRED H. SHAW, 35 of East Corning, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 1954. He was a New York Central Railroad trainman; member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. Survived by wife, Mrs. Virginia Shaw; children, Gary, Pat, Lois and Stephen Shall, all at home; brothers, Freeman Shaw of Canisteo, Lyman of Fassett, Pa., Malcolm of Horseheads; sister, Mrs. Lillian Johnson of Dundee. Body at Carpenter Funeral Home, Corning, where friends may call today 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Saturday at 2 p.m. in Calvary Baptist Church, Gibson, the Rev. Anthony J. Pagley. Turner Cemetery, Grover, Pa. –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/26/1954
SHAW –LOIS K. CAMPBELL BELL age 71 of Elmira, NY passed away Saturday April 19, 2014 at home. She is survived by her husband David Bell; children, Pamela (Charles) Gunderman, Brandy (Eugene) Bell-Lewis, step-children, John, Jim and Kenneth Bell; grandchildren, Dustin Brown, Taylor and Hali Gunderman, and Morgan Lewis; great grandchildren, Cash & Brette Brown; sister, Patricia Shaw; brother, Stephen Shaw, several nieces and nephews; also best friend for over 60 years Nonie Kennedy. Predeceased by brother, Gary Shaw. She was a member of the Ladies of the Moose Lodge and retired from Trayer Products after many years of service. She was an avid gardener, she loved her flowers. Lois was always there to help anyone in need. It was Lois's request that there be no calling hours and a private graveside service will be held in Grover Cemetery, Grover, PA at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. –Elmira Star-Gazette 4/23/2014
SHEPARD Harold G. “Shep” Shepard
died on Thursday, December 27, 2012; three days before his 85th birthday, while at Elderwood Healthcare at Tioga, Waverly, N.Y. Born and raised in Canton, Pa., Shep is a former resident of Chemung, N.Y., where he will be deeply missed by his long-time significant other, Terry Salmi and her son, Roland Salmi, whom Shep helped to raise. During his long career Shep worked for Remington-Rand, Chemung County Transit, as well as the Star Gazette. Shep's hobbies included watching NASCAR, crossword puzzles, working in the lawn and cooking. He was predeceased by brother, Robert (Reba) Shepard of Roaring Branch, Pa. He is survived by long-time companion Terry and her son Roland of Chemung, N.Y.; sisters Wilma Belawski of Canton, Pa., and Lorraine (Let) Livermore of Trout Run, Pa.; and brother Bill (Marion) Shepard of Port Matilda, Pa. There will be a private memorial service to honor the memory of Harold “Shep” Shepard on Monday, December 31, 2012, at the Kleese Funeral Home in Canton, Pa., with burial to follow at the Grover Cemetery; as were his wishes upon his death. A special thanks is extended to the caring and loving staff of the Elderwood nursing facility for the excellent quality of life and care provided to Shep during his stay. Sayre Morning Times – December 29, 2012
Robert Gerald SHEPARD, 66, of McNett Township, PA, died Sunday, February 6, 2000 at home after a courageous battle with cancer. Born October 11, 1933 in Grover, he was a son of the late Harold G. and Florence E. McCracken Shepard. Mr. Shepard was employed by the former Anchor Darling Valve Co. in Williamsport for many years until his retirement in 1995. Surviving are his wife of 46 years, Reba; sons and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Robin Shepard of Roaring Branch, PA and Lamar Shepard of Linden, PA; his adopted grandson, Jordan Shepard, at home; daughters and sons-in-law, Karen Shepard of Canton, PA, Pamela Own of Canton, Julie and Michael Mott of Kennett Square, PA, Marsha and John Pepper of Granville Summit, PA and Melissa and Larry Dunbar of Canton; 21 grandchildren; a step-grandchild; two great-grandchildren; two brothers and two sisters; a special friend, Bill Hickok of Roaring Branch; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held February 8 at At. John’s Methodist Church in Grover with the rev. James House officiating and the Rev. Willard Strunk officiating. Interment was to be in the Grover Cemetery; arrangements were made by the Pepper Funeral Home in Canton. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society, Bradford Unit, 1948 E. Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701 or to a charity of one’s choice in Mr. Shepard’s memory. “Troy Gazette-Register,” Troy, PA Thursday, February 10, 2000
SMITH Alice Lorena - Canton, Feb. 17, 1954 - Mrs. Alice Lorena Hufford, 69, of Pine City, NY RD, passed away at the Arnot-Ogden Hospital in Elmira Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 16. She had been ill since October and hospitalized since Jan. 7. Mrs. Hufford was a member of the Northumberland, PA, Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Harry C. Hufford; three daughter, Mrs. Madison [Esther] Tebo of Tioga, PA; Mrs. Wilbur [Ina] Leister of Pine City, Mrs. Margaret Alexander of Elmira; two sons, Emerson of Pine City and Howard R., at home; three sisters, Mrs. May Stone and Mrs. Delos Williams, both of Canton, and Mrs. Bertha Trego of Sunbury; three brothers, T. Edwin Smith of Elmira, Frank Smith of Sunbury RD and George Smith of Ogdensburg; 14 grandchildren, one great grandchild and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at the Kleese Funeral Home here on Friday, Feb. 19, at 2 p.m. Rev. George Wood of the First Baptist Church of Canton will officiate and interment will be in Grover cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home at any time. - Rice Scrapbook, hand written date 1954
CHARLES J. SMITH died Thursday at 1:34 p.m. at the family home in Canton, Pa. He is survived by his widow, Eva Smith and the following step-children: Mrs. Daniel Birquist of Williamsport, Pa., Miss Ruth Finney, Ronald Finney, Althea Finney, at home, one grandchild, LaRue Bastian. The funeral will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the family home. The Rev. L. M. Sparks will officiate. Burial in Turner Cemetery near Canton, Pa. (Born September 1856 PA, died October 24, 1929)
SMITH –ELIZA M. HAGAR died March 22, 1922 at her home in Grover of heart disease. She was 78 years old and is survived by her husband, J.M. Hagar, five sons, three daughters, two sisters, two brothers, twenty-two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. The funeral was held Saturday afternoon from her late home and interment was made in Turner [Grover] Cemetery. –Canton Sentinel 3/30/1922
ELWIN SMITH - On the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007, Canton resident Elwin L. Smith died quietly at Sycamore Manor. He was 97 years of age. Born at his family's farm in Gleason (Union Township) Tioga County, he was the son of George and Josephine (Johnson) Smith. Elwin was blessed with a strong work ethic and a passion for dairy farming, which he actively pursued until age 75. He was a member of the Ogdensburg Grange No. 293. He also worked for the former Swayze Folding Box Co. in Canton until the age of 80. On Sept. 21, 1940, he was united in marriage to Mary Elizabeth Bastian. They had three children and shared almost 11 years until her passing on Feb. 11, 1951. On Aug. 17, 1958, Elwin took Jessie Brenchley as his wife, increasing the number of children in his household to eight. Elwin and Jessie shared 36 years until her passing on July 24, 1995. He was a soft-spoken, kind-hearted man, generous to a fault, who lived by the creed that a man's handshake was as good as his word. Eventually Elwin moved into Canton's McCallum Manor, where, well into his 90s, he busied himself with the running of errands and providing transportation for those less able-boded than himself. He was always happiest when doing something useful. Elwin is survived by his daughters, Hazel (and Robert) Brock of Wellsburg, N.Y., Deronda (and Dennis) Batkowski of Williamsport, Pa., June (and Joseph) Spencer of Roaring Branch, Pa., Evelyn (and William) Kreger of Williamsport, Glenda (and Steve) Spencer of Roaring Branch; sons, Frederick Dallas (and Jeannie) Smith of Stark, Fla., Wallace (and Sharon) Brenchley of New Providence, Pa., and Jack (and Kathy) Brenchley of Colorado Springs, Co.; 24 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his two wives, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Myrtle Page and Harriet Shea. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon on Thursday at Morse and Kleese Funeral Home Inc., 40 N. Center St., Canton. The funeral service will be at noon with the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating. Interment will follow in Grover Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Green Free Library, 14 N. Center St., Canton, Pa. -Towanda Daily Review 1/3/2007
SMITH –EMILY R. SWEENEY, 91 –On the morning of Saturday, Sept. 18, 2004 lifelong Cantonian, Emily Rebecca (Smith) Sweeney died quietly at Sylvan Ridge where she had resided for almost four years. She was 91 years of age. Born in Canton on March 15, 1913, she was the daughter of a local innkeeper, Edward “Chick” Smith and his wife, Mary “Maizie” (John) Smith. Emily came into this world at her parents’ hotel, the former Park (now Doc’s). As a youngster, she was a charming and familiar face to her father’s clientele. Emily was a studious child with a penchant for reading. She graduated from Canton High School with the class of 1932. She was courted by a gentleman from Troy, William G. Sweeney and on Nov. 190, 1935 they were united in marriage. The Sweeneys settled in Canton and raised two daughters. They shared 62 years until Willard’s passing in March of 1998. Mrs. Sweeney had good business sense and was a well known landlady in Canton borough for 65 years. But it was more than a business with her. She took the time to know her tenants as though they were part of her own family. She loved them and they loved her. She was a woman who would give you the shirt off her back if you needed it and was always straight-forward and to the point. Never one to mince words, she was known for telling it like it is. Mrs. Sweeney had been a member of the Canton Civic Club and was a lifelong member of the Canton Ecumenical Parish and its predecessor, the First Presbyterian church of Canton. She was always among the first to volunteer her services and for many years headed up rummage sales. She enjoyed worshipping in the Lord’s House and did so for as long as health permitted. In recent years, while at Sylvan Ridge, she enjoyed the Christian fellowship provided for the residents each Wednesday. Mrs. Sweeney is survived by her daughters, Janice (and Rich) Hertel of RR 3 Canton and Sharon (and Gary) Morral of Wellsboro; a sister, Katherine Hilfiger of Troy; two grandsons, Brian (and Sue) Faulkner and Aaron (and Tammy) Faulkner, and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willard on March 3, 1998. Visitation will be Wednesday, Sept. 22 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home Inc., 40 N. Center St., Canton. Funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. with her dear friend, Jim Robertson of the Bakersburg Church officiating. Interment will follow in Grover Cemetery. The family will provide the flowers. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Green Free Library, 14 N. Center St., Canton, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review
SMITH –KATHERINE HILFIGER, 95, of Horseheads, N.Y., formerly of Canton and Troy, Pa., passed away at home while surrounded by loved ones on Thursday, June 25, 2015. Born March 27, 1920 in Canton, Katherine Rose, "Kate" was a daughter of the late Edward "Chic" and Mazie (John) Smith. She was a 1938 graduate of Canton High School. In earlier years, Kate worked at Canton's Ben Franklin Store and Canford Manufacturing. She also was a telephone operator for Canton Telephone Co. On March 11, 1967, she married Gene Hilfiger. They shared 43 wonderful years together before his passing on Oct. 22, 2010. Kate's family was always very important in her life. She enjoyed reading and playing cards, especially Euchre and 500. Kate possessed a witty sense of humor and could keep up with the best of them and roll with the jokes. She was a former member of Canton's Order of the Eastern Star Lodge. Surviving are her children, Edward Day of Athens, Pa., Dennis (Lynda) Day of Smyrna, Ga., Les (Brenda) Hilfiger of Canton and Barb (Charles) Kraus of Millport, N.Y.; 11 grandchildren, Eric (Missy) Allen, Tina (Rob) Burtt, Justin Kraus, Jennifer Kraus (Bill), Mickel (Rancy) Pepper, Tim Hilfiger, Lisa Youmans, Lorne (Maria) Day, Robbie (Melody) Day, Elizabeth (Chen) Li and Michael (Christi) Day; 18 great-grandchildren and a great-great-granddaughter; a son-in-law, Clarence Hunt of Florida; several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her husband Gene, she was predeceased by a daughter, Eunice Hunt and two siblings, Daniel Smith and Emily Sweeney.Pastor Jodi Hilfiger will officiate a memorial service at 1 p.m. July 11 at Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Dr., Canton. Calling hours are 11 to 1 p.m. prior to the service. Burial will follow in Grover Cemetery. The family will provide flowers and suggests memorials in Kate's name to a hospice organization of one's choice. –Towanda Daily Review 6/27/2015
SMITH –LEAH PARKER of Canton was called to heaven on Sunday, March 14, 2004. Being the daughter of Myrtle (Adams) and Grant Smith, she was born on March 28, 1922, in Leolyn, Pa. She enjoyed her life, being a loving mother and grandmother, and will be dearly missed. Leah could be seen in the spring tending to her many flowers or on a hot summer day splashing in the creek in front of her house with her great-grandchildren and always having cookies waiting for them when they came out of the water. She enjoyed spending time at her daughter’s cottage in Horseheads, N.Y., and even helped in building the grandchildren a playhouse in the yard. Leah was also known to make her grandchildren laugh with the barnyard noises she so proficiently produced. She enjoyed going camping with her daughters and grandchildren, teaching them all about the good ole days and cooking over the open fire. She also loved teaching the grandchildren how to do the many crafts that she often spent her time working on. Leah recently became a NASCAR fan and watched it every week, cheering for Jeff Gordon. Last summer, she got a chance to go to a race at the Pocono Mountain Raceway. She could not get over how much faster the cars seemed to go in person compared with watching them on television. For years, Leah assisted her husband, Donald, skidding logs or cutting paper wood and caring for the pulling ponies. She also cleaned houses for many years and worked at Canton Area Elementary School cafeteria, where she enjoyed interacting with the children, who all referred to her as “Grandma.” She was also a member of Canton TOPS for 23 years. She has gone to join her husband, Donald Parker; daughter Donna (Parker) Hartford; three infant sons; brother, Harold Smith; son-in-law Howard Hamm; and two grandsons and one great-grandson. She leaves behind two daughters, Elizabeth “Betty Lou” Vonderchek of Horseheads, N.Y., and Sharon “Sherry” Ham of Roaring Branch, Pa. She will also be lovingly remembered by her seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Leah was loved by all who met her. She will continue to dance with us through every step in our lives. The family would like to express their deepest appreciation to Kevin, patty and Stephanie Porter for being very special neighbors, whom Leah loved as her own family. The family invites friends to call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 17, at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton. The funeral and committal services will immediately follow at 8 p.m., with the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating. Burial will be held in the Grover Cemetery at the convenience of the family. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
SMITH - MILDRED SEELEY
Mildred Seeley, 89, of Canton RD 2, died June 3, 1990 at her home following an extended illness. Mrs. Seeley was born August 10, 1900 at Muncy, a daughter of Thomas N. and Anna E. Margargle Smith. After raising a large family, she returned to teaching at the Troy Day Care Center, teaching mentally handicapped children for ten years. Her classes pioneered special education classes in this area. She was a long-time and very active member of the Alba Christian Church. Surviving are daughters, Betty Seeley of Gillett, Vernonica Newell of Canton RD 2 and Donna Seeley of Gillett; daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and Ralph Coppola of Pine City, NY; sons, Clyde T. of Canton RD 2, USN Capt. James R. (Ret.) of Herndon, VA and Wendell of Gillett; 21 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services were held June 5 at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton with the Rev. Jasper Smith officiating and interment to be in Grover Cemetery. (TGR, Thursday, June 7, 1990)
SMITH –MILDRED LUCILLE SMITH POWERS SEELEY, 89, Canton RD2, died June 3, 1990 at her home following an extended illness. Mrs. Seeley was born Aug. 10, 1900 in Muncy a daughter of Thomas N. and Anna E. Margargle Smith. She attended the former Muncy Normal School and also the former Mansfield Normal School. She taught in many country schools including Eight Square, Turkey Bottom, Chestnut Grove, Backbone and McIlwain Schools all in Lycoming County. After raising a large family, she returned to teaching at the Troy Day Care Center, teaching mentally retarded children for ten years. Her classes pioneered special education classes in this area. She did graduate work at the former Mansfield State College, the University of Pittsburgh, and Selinsgrove School for Mentally Retarded. A frequent visitor to her classroom was Dr. Chatterton, Pennsylvania Superintendent of Schools. He brought observers with him to her classroom to use her techniques as a model for teaching mentally handicapped. Professionally she belonged to the Pennsylvania Association for Retarded Children and the Pennsylvania Teachers Association. She was a member of the Minnequa Grange for over 50 years. She was a long-time and active member of the Alba Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) until her declining health prevented her from attending. While active, she was a Sunday School Superintendent, Sunday School Teacher, member of the CWF and played the piano. Surviving are three daughters, Betty Seeley, Gillett, Veronica Newell, Canton RD 2 and Donna Seeley, Gillett; daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and Ralph Coppola, Pine City, NY; three sons, Clyde T., Canton RD 2, U.S.N. Capt. James R. (Ret.), Herndon, VA and Wendell, Gillett; 21 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two great-great=grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her first husband, William D. Powers in 1931; and her husband for over 50 years, Clyde H. Seeley in 1984; three daughters, Evelyn Anderson, Madeline Maynard and Winifred Smouther, and a sister, Mrs. Pauline App. Funeral services were held from the Morse and Kleese Funeral home, Canton with the Rev. Jasper Smith, retired Methodist minister, officiating. Interment was in Grover Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel
SMITH –MRS. MYRTLE SMITH PAGE, 86 of Box 278, Canton RR 2 (Ogdensburg), Pa. died Saturday, June 25, 1994 in the Troy Community Hospital, Troy. Mrs. Page was born July 20, 1907 at Gleason, Tioga Co., Pa. a daughter of George F. and Josephine M. Johnson Smith. She attended grade school in Union Township and graduated from Canton High School in 1926. She was also a graduate of Mansfield State Teachers College, now Mansfield University. Myrtle taught in rural schools in Sheshequin Township for eight years and in Standing Stone Township for 18 years and concluded her career in the Canton Area School District, where she taught in the Ogdensburg School for 11 years. Myrtle was an active member of the Ogdensburg Church of Christ, where she was a Sunday school teacher in the primary department for several years. Reading and traveling via recreational vehicles to Florida and California where she and her husband wintered for many years after retiring in 1970 were some of her enjoyments. Survivors include her husband, Henry. They celebrated 54 years of marriage on May 2, 1994. She is also survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Harriet and John Shea of Carson City, Nev.; brother and sister-in-law, Elwin and Jessie Smith of Canton RR 2; and three nieces, one nephew and several cousins. Visitation will be held at the Morse and Kleese Funeral home, 40 North Center St., Canton on Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m. The funeral service will be conducted at the funeral home Tuesday at 11 a.m. The Rev. William Sheperd, her pastor will officiate. Interment will be in the Grover Cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to the Ogdensburg Church of Christ in Mrs. Page’s memory. –Towanda Daily Review
SMITH –REBA ELNORA SMITH SHEPARD, 85, of Roaring Branch, (McNett Twp., Pa.), went to her heavenly home, Saturday morning, July 15, 2017 from the Sayre's Robert Packer Hospital. Reba Elnora Smith was born Dec. 23, 1931 in Canton, one of five children of the late Lemuel M. and Myrtle M. (Bastian) Smith. She was a graduate of Canton High School and on Sept. 6, 1953 she married Robert G. Shepard at the Grover Church of Christ. Her beloved Robert preceded her in death on Feb. 6, 2000 following 46 years of marriage. Reba was a farmer at heart. She raised veal calves at the family's farm for over 20 years retiring in the early 1990s. Her main interests were the love of her Lord, home, family and she especially was devoted to all her grandchildren. She was a member of St. John's United Methodist Church in Grover where she and husband, Robert will be remembered for singing in the church's choir. More recently she attended the Grace Community Church in Columbia Cross Rds. Reba was also a member of Canton's Music Club and enjoyed her morning coffee, gardening, attending to her flower beds, jigsaw puzzles and playing scrabble. Reba is survived by: eight children, Kevin Shepard, adopted son, Jordon (and Christina) Shepard all of Roaring Branch, Lamar Shepard, Karen Shepard, Melissa (and Wayne) Cochran all of Montoursville, Pamela (and Allen) Owen of Canton, Julie (and Michael) Mott of Spring City, Pa., Marsha (and John) Pepper of Granville Summit; 24 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren, a great-great grandson; a brother, Larry (and Harriett) Smith of Canton; several nieces, nephews, cousins; a very special friend and neighbor, Bill Hickok of Roaring Branch and many dear friends. Besides her parent's and husband, she was predeceased by, three siblings, Leatrice Hill, George Smith and Lucille Terry. Rev. David Baxter and her grandson, Pastor Dylan Pepper will officiate the funeral service in celebration of Reba's life at noon on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Drive, Canton. The family invites friends to call 10 a.m. to noon Saturday prior to the funeral service. Burial will follow in the Grover Cemetery. –Towanda Daily Review 7/17/2017
Samantha Jo SMITH. Baby girl Samantha Jo Smith, infant daughter of Anthony and Jennifer Moore Smith of Canton, PA died Tuesday, September 12, 2000 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA. In addition to her parents Samantha is survived by a brother, Anthony J. Smith Jr.; a sister, Chelsee Mae Smith; maternal grandparents, Harry Moore of Canton, PA and Mary and Joe Walburn of Alba, Pa; her paternal grandmother, Beverly Smith of Canton; a special aunt, Wendy Moore of Canton; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Baby Samantha was predeceased by her paternal grandfather, Joseph Smith. Graveside services were held Thursday, September 14 at the Grover Cemetery with the Rev. James Donahoo officiating. Arrangements were under the care of the Pepper Funeral Home in Canton. “Troy Gazette-Register,” Troy, Pa Thursday, September 21, 2000
SNYDER –CECELIA M. HALL, 97 of Roaring Branch RR 1, Pa. died Sunday, April 23, 1994 at the Green Home, Wellsboro, Pa. She was born Aug. 12, 1896 in Sharpsburg, Pa. a daughter of Aloyusis and Anna Rentwich Snyder. She was a homemaker and a member of the Newelltown United Methodist Church. Surviving are her daughter, Virginia M. Derr of Roaring Branch RR 1; two sons, Warren W. Hall of Beaver, Pa. and John W. Hall of Brentwood, Tenn.; 13 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Warren W. Hall, who died June 14, 1965; a son-in-law, Wellington Graham and a granddaughter, Susan Hall. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 7 at the Newelltown United Methodist Church. The Rev. Charles Bailey and the Rev. Phyllis Hunter will officiate. Interment will be in the Grover Cemetery, Canton Township, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review
SNYDER - Edward. On the evening of Monday, Dec. 28, 2009, life-long Canton area resident Edward Albert Snyder died quietly at Bradford County Manor. He was 90 years of age. Born in Grover on May 4, 1919, he was the son of Talbert and Marion (ELLIS) Snyder. Mr. Snyder was a 1937 graduate of Canton High School and served as a cook with the United States Navy during the second World War. He was married to the former Lenora BROWN, and together they shared 54 years until her passing in 1995. Ed was a resident of Lycoming Street in Canton for many years, and more recently resided at the Sherwood Retirement and Personal Care Home. Throughout most of his adult life Ed was an independent truck driver, working for various firms in north central Pennsylvania. Blessed with a strong work ethic, he was still driving rigs at the age of 80, when he retired from Pelton's Trucking in West Franklin. He was never one for hobbies, as his family and his work were his life. He did enjoy country music and his annual trips with Lenora to Florida, where he enjoyed watching the rodeo. Ed was an easygoing man, friendly and independent, with a determined attitude. When he felt that he was right about something he firmly stood his ground. He enjoyed simple, leisurely Sunday drives through Bradford, Tioga and Lycoming counties and was a regular Sunday morning customer at the Midway. He is survived by a sister, Eleanor (George) Harkness of Canton; sisters-in-law Ida (Earl) Preston of Roaring Branch and Arlene Brown of Troy; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Lenora and sister Edna Heckman. Calling hours will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31 at Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton. Services will follow at 11 a.m. with Mr. Fred Wrisley officiating. Internment will be in Grover Cemetery. The family will provide the flowers, and suggests that memorial contributions be directed to the American Cancer Society American Cancer Society American Cancer Society American Cancer Society , 1938 E. Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701, or the Bradford County Manor, RR3 Box 322, Troy, PA 16947. 30 Dec 2009, Towanda Daily Review.
TALBERT R. SNYDER, 68, of 202 North Center St., Canton, died Wednesday morning, February 27, 1963 at the Crowe Nursing Home. He was a member of the Canton Methodist Church and a former employee of W. W. Gleckner and Son. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Harry Heckman, Raleigh, N.C. and Mrs. George Harness, Williamsport and one son, Edward of Canton; three sisters, Mrs. Julia Ayres, Mrs. Elizabeth Pierce, Mrs. Florence Henderson, all of Elmira, N.Y. The body is at the Morse Funeral Home where friends may call Thursday evening, 7:00-9:00, Friday, 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. Donald Rahtjen of the Canton Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will be in the Grover Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel
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Charles E SOPER
Charles E Soper aged 51 years, formerly of Tioga, died at his home in Elmira, April 9. He is survived by one son, Kenneth, at home; a sister, Mrs. Lewis Houghtailing of Elmira, also several nieces annd nephews. Mr. Soper was 32nd degree Mason, a member of Kalurah Shrine, Binghamton; Union Lodge, F&AM; and was treasurer of Quessn City Lodge, IOOF, for a number of years, and was a communicant of Centorary ME Church. He was an agent of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.
DAN T. SPENCER, 75 of Granville Summit died at home on Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 25, 2003 while surrounded by his loving family. He was born on Oct. 26, 1928 in Leolyn, Pa. a son of the late Theodore T. and Roberta Transue Spencer. Dan attended Canton High School and graduated with the class of 1947. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served our country during the Korean War. Following the war, Dan was employed by Westinghouse in Horseheads, N.Y. for 36 years until his retirement in 1986. Dan’s pride and joy was the love he shared with his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved learning about local history, especially the Pennsylvania Railroad and coal mining in Ralston. Dan was an avid outdoorsman, hunter and enjoyed raising beef cattle. He possessed a keen sense of humor, always ready to make you smile or tell a story. Mr. Spencer was a member of the Canton Moose Lodge No. 429 and the Troy American Legion Post No. 49. Surviving are his beloved wife of 53 years, Patricia “Pat” (Haxton) Spencer, children; Sherry Zoller of Troy, Dan (Sharon) Spencer II of Granville Summit, Deb Stanton (Brian Selleck) of Burlington, Pat (Dave) Schucker of Columbia Cross Roads, Nan (John) Estep of Granville Summit, Dennis (Becky May) Spencer of Albion, N.Y. and Desiree Spencer of Granville Summit, 14 grandchildren, Bethany, Andrew, Allison, Scott, Brian, Amy, Christopher, Nicholas, Jeremey, Natalie, Travis, Tracy, Tyler and Nathan, 4 great-grandchildren, Justin, Kali, Conner and Sadie; brother and sisters, Viola (Theron) McIlwain of Roaring Branch, Bonnie Spencer of Harrisburg, Ted (Jackie) Spencer of Canton, Robert (Jane) Spencer of Trout Run; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, John Dowling of Canton, Lee (Sandy) Haxton of Chemung, N.Y., Linda (Bill) Hazelton of Chaparrel, N.M., Dean Cole of Kendall, N.Y., Willis (Marge) Haxton of Alba, Joan Cole of Kendall, N.Y., Sandy Hurlburt of Mansfield, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors. In addition to his parents, Dan was preceded in death by a special grandson, Craig E. Stanton on Nov. 18, 2003 and a sister, Joyce Dowling on Jan. 16, 1997. His family invites friends to call from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28 at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in the Grover Cemetery. The family will provide flowers and ask that memorials be directed in Dan’s memory to either the Ralston Alumni Association, P.O. Box 5, Ralston, Pa. or the Guthrie Hospice, RR 1, Box 154, Towanda, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review
SPENCER - Donald Spencer, 80, longtime resident of the Canton, Pa. area diedpeacefully on Tuesday morning, May 12, 2009, at the Robert Packer Hospital. Born in East Canton, Pa. on June 27, 1928, Donald Dean "Don," to family and friends, was a son of the late Myron and Daisy (BASTION) Spencer. On Aug. 20, 1947, Don married the former Bertha FINOGLE in Maple Summit Pa. Don enjoyed staying busy and was blessed with a strong work ethic all his life. In earlier years, he was employed by several area businesses including Blossburg's Jones and Brague Mining Co. as a mechanic. Don also owned and operated his own auto repair shop and continued working until retiring in 2008. Don's family came first in his life and especially enjoyed family picnics and gatherings. He was a great fan of country music and Hank Williams Sr. was a favorite. He particularly loved traveling with The Bob McNett Country and Western Band. Surviving are his wife of over 61 years, Bertha; children, Donita (Harold) Sargeant of Alexandria, Va., Mary Lou Spencer (William DeGraw) of Sayre, Marcia (Kenneth Sr.) Willow and Bill Spencer all of Canton; grandchildren, Tina (Jamie) Lammy of Canton, Mike (Lisa) Walburn of Granville Summit, Kenneth Jr. (Regina) Willow of LeRoy, Aaron (Sherri) Willow and Glen Willow (Angela McFall) all of Canton; 14 great grandchildren; sister, Dorothy Pine of Wilmington, Del.; brothers, Norman Spencer of Horseheads, N.Y. and Seward (Doris) Spencer of Elmira Heights, N.Y.; an uncle, Dean Bastion; several nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends. He was predeceased by a brother, Leland Spencer and great-grandson Dalton Walburn. Friends may call from 2 - 4 p.m. Sunday, May 17, at Pepper Funeral Home in Canton. The funeral service and celebration of Don's life will be held 11 a.m., Monday, at the Funeral Home with Pastor Duane Taylor and Pastor Will Strunk officiating. Burial will follow in the Grover Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, his family suggests your consideration of a memorial to the American Heart Assoc., 1704 Warren Ave. or to the American Lung Association, 904 Campbell St. Suite 204, both in Williamsport, PA 17701. 13 May 2009 Daily Review.
SPENCER, JESSE L., Services for Jesse L. Spencer, 81, Canton, RD2 were held Tuesday, July 10, at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, with the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating. Interment was held in Grover Cemetery. Mr. Spencer died Sunday, July 8, 1984 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre. He was born in Union Township, Tioga, Pa., on Feb. 13, 1903, a son of Frank and Clara Randall Spencer. He was a retired farmer and a member of the Alba Christian Church and the Minnequa Grange, Surviving are his wife, the former Elizabeth Preston to whom he was married for 56 years; two sons, Dean, Canton RD1 and Richard, Mansfield, RD3; brother,Willard, Canton; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; several nieces. (TGR July 12, 1984)
SPENCER –JOYCE MARIE DOWLING, 65, Canton RR 3 died in her home January 16, 1997, following a lengthy illness. Born May 16, 1931 in Ralston she was a daughter of the late Theodore T. and Roberta F. Transue Spencer. As a young lady, she attended the Ralston Elementary Schools, later graduating from Canton High School class of 1949. Mrs. Dowling served in the US Air Force during the Korean Conflict. During that time she served as a medical technician which began her career in nursing that would span over the next 36 years. On March 17, 1959 she married a childhood friend, John Dowling Jr. The young couple were married in Manassas, VA and together shared 37 years of matrimony. She was a licensed practical nurse at the Divine Providence Hospital in Williamsport, retiring in 1991. In 1984 she acquired her nursing degree from the former Williamsport Area Community College, graduating high honors. While there she attained the dean’s list. She was a member of the Canton American Legion Post No. 303 and was an avid traveler and enjoyed visiting various places throughout the United States. Surviving are: her husband, at home; four sons and daughter-in-law, Timothy and Robin Dowling, Minot, ND, Patrick and David Dowling, both of Canton, Michael Dowling, Wendell, NC; two daughters and sons-in-law, Janice and Rich Kleese, Red Lion, and Michelle and Carl Isaacs, LeRoy; 14 grandchildren; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Daniel and Patricia Spencer, Granville Summit, Theodore Jr. and Jackie Spencer, Canton RR 2, Robert and Jane Spencer, Trout Run; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Viola and Theron McIlwain, Roaring Branch, Bonnie Spencer, Williamsport; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Dowling was predeceased by a son, John W. Dowling III in 1995. The funeral and committal service was held January 22 at the Pepper funeral Home with the Rev. James Donahoo, chaplain of the Guthrie Hospice officiating. Interment was in the Grover Cemetery. The family suggests that memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society, Bradford Unit, 413 South Main Street, Athens, PA in Mrs. Dowling’s memory. –Canton Independent Sentinel
SPENCER Lena E
Wellsboro Gazette – January 22, 1970
Mrs. Lena E. Boyce, 79, of Grover, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 1970, in the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre. She had been admitted six hours earlier after suffering a heart attack. Mrs. Boyce was a member of the Independent Church of Christ in Wellsboro. A native of Union Twp., Tioga County, she was born Sept 24, 1890, the daughter of William and Carrie Spencer Seward. She had lived in Wellsboro for 25 years before moving to Grover more than three years ago to live with a brother, Myron Spencer. Surviving are two other brothers, Jay R. Spencer, also of Grover, and Clifford Spencer, of California. The funeral was held Saturday at Kleese's in Canton. Burial was in the Grover Cemetery. The Rev. Fred Bryans, pastor of the Grover Church Of Christ, officiated.
SPENCER - Baby Olivia Raye Spencer was called home to the angels in heaven on Monday, May 11, 2009, from Towanda Memorial Hospital. Surviving are: her loving parents Robert Marshall Jr. and Faye Marie (Finogle) Spencer of Canton, Pa.; sisters and brother Carolann, Rebecca, Brent and Gabrielle Spencer; maternal grandparent Carol Kipp of Canton; paternal grandparents Robert Sr. and Sandra Spencer of Blossburg; aunts and uncles Hope (Frank) Amedeo and Ivan (Karen) Finogle, all of Canton, Bill (Shelly) Smith of Shunk, Amy Rabalbo of Troy, Eric Spencer, Susan Spencer, and Harry (Sarabeth) Walcott, all of Canton; and many cousins. Baby Olivia was predeceased by her maternal grandfather, Arthur Kipp. Private services will be held at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton, with Pastor Calvin Cutting officiating. Burial will follow in the Grover Cemetery. 13 May 2000, Daily Review.
SPENCER - MRS. TeDESCO LEONARD
Mrs. TeDesco Leonard, 83, of Troy RR 3 and formerly of Canton, died Tuesday, May 19, 1992 at the Bradford County Manor. Mrs. Leonard was born October 8, 1908 at Leolyn, Lycoming County, a daughter of Truman and Ida Mae Stull Spencer. She was a member of the Canton Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ). Surviving are son and daughter-in-law, Joseph L. and Linda Leonard of Gillett; daughter and son-in-law, Halilah and Greg Lutz of South Williamsport; grandson, Michael Lutz of Tucson, AZ; granddaughter, Mary Ann Sheets, Gillett; nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. Leonard was predeceased by her husband, Joseph E. Leonard, in 1979; three sisters and three brothers. Funeral services were held May 30 at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton with the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating and interment to be in Grover Cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to the Canton Community Nursing Service, PO Box 125, Canton, PA 17724 in Mrs. Leonard's memory. (TGR, Thursday, May 28, 1992)
SPENCER –MRS. TEDESCO SPENCER LEONARD, 83, of Troy RR 3, formerly of Canton, died Tuesday, May 19, 1992, at the Bradford County Manor. Mrs. Leonard was born Oct. 8, 1908 at Leolyn, Lycoming County a daughter of Truman and Ida Mae Stull Spencer. She was a member of the Canton Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) Canton. Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Joseph L. and Linda Leonard of Gillett; daughter and son-in-law, Halilah and Greg Lutz of South Williamsport; grandson, Michael Lutz of Tucson, Ariz.; granddaughter, Mary Ann Sheets of Gillett; nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. TeDesco was predeceased by her husband, Joseph E. Leonard on Feb. 3, 1979; three sisters, Bessie Both, Grace Spencer and Edyth Spencer; and three brothers; Frank Spencer, Theodore Spencer and Russell Spencer. The funeral service will be held at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, on Saturday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating. Interment will be in the Grover Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 10-11 a.m. at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be directed to the Canton Community Nursing Service, P.O. Box 125, Canton, Pa. in Mrs. Leonard’s memory. –Towanda Daily Review.
SPENCER Theodore Truman Jr.
On the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010, Theodore Truman Spencer Jr., of Canton, was unexpectedly called to his Heavenly home while at Hershey Medical Center. He was 77 years of age. Born in Ralston on June 16, 1933, he was the son of Theodore and Roberta (Transue) Spencer Sr. Known to family and friends as Ted, he grew up just a stone's throw from the Ralston railroad yard where the Pennsylvania Railroad and the Susquehanna and New York connected. His father worked as a conductor, and young Ted enjoyed riding the rails with him, dreaming of the day that he too would be a railroad man. But it was not to be. In his youth Ted worked with his father in the family's coal mining operation deep within the local mountainside. When old enough to drive, he drove the delivery truck and distributed coal to the customers. He was an alumnus of the former Ralston Grade School and a graduate of Canton High School. Throughout his life Ted proved himself to be a master of many tasks and professions, but the mining car on his front lawn and extensive collection of railroad memorabilia expressed a permanent tribute to the aspirations of his youth. Ted answered our country's call by enlisting in the U.S. Army, and after serving two tours of duty in Korea decided to make a career of it. He served with the Airborne, as a Drill Instructor and Operations NCO coordinating helicopter missions, to name but a few of his responsibilities. He retired as First Sergeant in November of 1975 following his second tour of duty in Vietnam. He had earned numerous honors including the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Bronze Star and Vietnam Cross of Gallantry. Ted was married to the former Jacquelyn Haxton and together they raised five sons and two daughters. When he returned to civilian life Ted continued to give of himself to his country and community. For several years he taught ROTC at the University of Scranton. He also helped establish the Vo-Tech school in Towanda, assisting in the actual construction himself. In his home community of Canton, Ted was active with the Boy Scouts and helped establish the local VFW and re-establish the local American Legion Post. He was also an accomplished historian and aspired to one day establish a museum dedicated to his community's unique history. When it came to friends, you could find none more true and loyal than Ted. Always ready to lend a hand, he never deemed it an inconvenience to go out of his way to help a friend or support a worthy cause. Like the hero of an old time Western, he walked through the world with quiet determination and resolve, and his deep, abiding faith in the Lord gave him the courage of his convictions. He was a beloved father, grandfather, uncle, patriot and friend who believed in God, his family and his country. Ted is survived by his wife, Jacquelyn, at home; sons, Michael Stevens (Brenda) Spencer of Fairbanks, Alaska, Eric Davis (Barbara) Spencer of New Holland, Pa., Timothy Willis (Jennifer) Spencer of Ft. Lewis, Wash., John Davis Spencer of Canton; daughters, Karen Roberta Clark of Canton and Marjorie Anne Spencer of Allentown; brother, Robert E. (Jane) Spencer of Rose Valley; sisters, Viola McIlwain of Roaring Branch and Bonnie Jean Spencer of Boise, Idaho; brother-in-law Lee Haxton; sisters-in-law Patricia Spencer and Linda Hazelton; grandchildren, Sierra Anita Swisher, Joshua Allyn Spencer, Gregory Stevens Spencer, Kaitlan Marissa Spencer, Emily Mae Spencer, Jacob Nathaniel Spencer, Benjamin Spencer, Gabrielle Spencer, Madison Grace Spencer, Megan Elizabeth Spencer, Melissa Mae Spencer and Michaela Spencer; and great-grandaughter, Kayliegh Michelle Swisher. He was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore and Roberta Spencer; his son, Theodore T. Spencer III; brother, Daniel Spencer; sister, Joyce Dowling; sisters-in-law Joan Cole and Sandy Hurlburt; brother-in-law John Dowling; and life-long friend John Faulkner. Visitation will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010 at the Canton Ecumenical Parish, 103 N. Center St., Canton. A celebration of his life will follow at 3 p.m. with Rev. Tom Blackall and Rev. Duane Taylor officiating. Internment will follow in Grover Cemetery with full military honors accorded by the United States Army. Memorials may be directed to the Ralston Alumni Association, c/o Florence Reese, P.O. Box 5, Ralston, PA 17763. Professional services have been entrusted to Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 94 N. Center St., Canton. - Towanda Daily Review, October 15, 2010
THEODORE T. SPENCER SR., 82 of RD 1 Roaring Branch, Pa. died Monday, November 5, 1984 at the Divine Providence Hospital, Williamsport. Mr. Spencer was born February 11, 1902 in Leolyn, Lycoming Co., Pa. a son of Truman and Ida Stull Spencer. Mrs. Spencer retired from the Penna. Railroad in 1972 after over 45 years of employment with the railroad. He operated coal mines in Ralston from 1938 to 1947 and until recently. Mr. Spencer enjoyed farming. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Engineers and Firemen and the Red Run Rod and Gun Club in Ralston. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Theron (Viola) McIlwain of Roaring Branch RD 1, Mrs. John (Joyce) Dowling of Canton RD 1, Mrs. Bonnie Renwick of Harrisburg, Pa.; Dan Spencer of Granville Summit, Theodore, Jr. of Canton RD 1 and Robert of Trout Run, Pa.; 36 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, four step-grandchildren; two sisters, Edith Spencer of Roaring Branch RD 1 and Mrs. Tedesco Leonard of Millerton, Pa.; a brother, Russell “Bill” Spencer of Roaring Branch RD 1 and nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends may call at the Morse-Kleese Funeral home, 40 N. Center Street, Canton on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Friday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating. Interment will be in Grover Cemetery. –Towanda Daily Review
SPENCER Theodore T. III On the evening of Sunday, July 9, 2006, Theodore T. Spencer III of Canton died quietly at home surrounded by his loving family after a brief illness. He was 49 years of age. Born in Blossburg on August 9, 1956, he was the son of Theodore T. Spencer Jr. and Jacquelyn (Haxton) Spencer. He was a graduate of Troy High School, a member of the Class of 1974, where he excelled at football. After high school he graduated from Williamsport Area Community College as a plumber. He also served for many years as a Little League coach in Ft. Stewart, GA, as well as in Canton, winning the championship in his last season. Known to his family as "Teddy Bear," he worked for Stroehmann's Bakeries for 25 years. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Alba, a ten year member of the Sons of the Legion, squadron #303, a 27-year member of the Loyal Order of Moose, a member of the National Rifle Association, and a lifetime member of the North American Hunting Club. His love of hunting and fishing recently led him to join his two brothers in Alaska, a lifelong dream which was cut short much too soon. He leaves behind his sister, Karen Clark (Sierra, Casey, and great-niece, Kayleigh); brother, Michael and Brenda Spencer (Megan Elizabeth); sister, Marjorie Spencer; and nephew, Joshua Spencer; brother, Eric and Barbara Spencer (Greg, Emily, Gabrielle and his Godchild, Benjamin); brother, Timothy and Jennifer Spencer (Katiebug, Jake and Madison); brother, John Spencer and Tasha Ward; as well as numerous wonderful aunts, uncles and cousins. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m., Sunday, July 16th, at the First Christian Church of Alba. A celebration of his life will follow at 2 p.m., with Rev. Tom Blackall, his pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Grover Cemetery. The family will provide the flowers, and suggest that memorial contributions be directed to the First Christian Church of Alba, PO Box #6, Alba, PA 16910. Professional services have been entrusted to Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, Canton.
W. Myron Spencer, 75, of Grover died at his home Friday afternoon, July 5, 1973, after an extended illness. He was born in Canton Township Dec. 31, 1897, a son of William Seward and Carrie Isabel Spencer. He was a member of the Grover Church of Christ and of the Ever-Ready Sunday School Class. A retired laborer, he retired in 1964 after working 46 years for Swayze Folding Box Co. in Canton. He and his wife observed their 49th wedding anniversary in October, 1972. He is survived by his wife, the former Daisy Bastion; a daughter, Mrs. James (Doothy) Pine of Wilmington, DE; four sons, Leland B. of Florence, MA; Donald D. of Grover; Norman E. of Horseheads; Seward G. of Beaver Dam, NY; a brother, Clifford I. Spencer of Santa Barbara, CA; 18 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services will be held at the Ralph T. Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, Monday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. C. Wayne Murphy, his pastor, officiating. Burial will be in theGrover Cemetery.
STONE –JANET L. (STONE) WAGNER - On the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, Janet L. (Stone) Wagner of Towanda went to be with her Jesus while at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. She was 66 years of age. Born Feb. 24, 1951 in Blossburg, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of Francis and Laura (Carl) Stone. Janet’s faith in God led her to become a pastor, which further enabled her to touch the lives of people in ways that they will never forget. Helping others brought her enormous joy and came naturally to her. She loved all animals, great and small, and would have given homes to all of them if she could. Her other passions included crafting, music, traveling anywhere and baking. Her specialties included holiday candy, fudge of any kind and her unsurpassed chocolate peanut butter sauce. Janet spent many happy hours playing cards and games at her two second homes. She brought joy and laughter to her niece, Mary Lou’s home and family. Her nephews, Stephen and Bill Morgan and family of Shunk, always cherished Janet’s visits. She is survived by brother, Clarence (and Barbara) Stone; sisters Evelyn (and Bob) Blow, Eleanor Hanna, Jean (and Ronie) Shaner and Linda (and Tom) Runkle; nieces and nephews Pam, David, Tom, Don, Debbie, Connie, Fred, Tim, Sherri, Greg, Eileen, Rodney, Marcellyn, Leslie, Joey and Kathy. Also surviving are great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and many friends whom she considered as family. She was preceded in death by husband, Lynn Wagner; sister and brother-in-law, Florence and Lyle Morgan; sisters Doris Stone, Mary Jane Stone, Edith Lucas; and brother-in-law, Dick Hanna; as well as a special friend, Stanley Rice, who passed away recently. Visitation will be at noon on Saturday, Nov. 4, at Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 94 N. Center St., Canton, with services at 1 p.m. officiated by Pastor Randy Route. Interment will follow in Grover Cemetery. Donations in Janet’s memory may be made to the Animal Care Sanctuary, 353 Sanctuary Hill Lane, East Smithfield, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 11/3/2017
Marcus STRANGE (SRGP 06944) was born in Freetown, Mass., April 20, 1832. When he was six years old the family moved to Sullivan, Tioga county, Pa. At 20 years of age he learned the carpenters’ trade and settled in Springfield. He was united in marriage to Sarah M. Johnson of Lapeer, N.Y., Nov. 30, 1854. To this union were born two children, Mina Strange McCarrick, who resides in Elmira, and Charles, who was with his father during the last year of his illness. He united with the Baptist church forty years ago and ever since maintained a strong faith in God, being a man of untarnished character, and having many friends. He lost his health and was obliged to give up work seven years before his death, and during all these years was a great sufferer. He departed this life in Springfield Feb. 7, 1902, aged 69 years, 9 months and 18 days. His wife, son and daughter survive him. His funeral was held from his late residence Feb. 11th at 2 o’clock, Rev. Philander Reynolds officiating. TGR 1902
EMERSON L. SULLIVAN SR., age 81 of Canton died at the Troy Community Hospital on Friday May 1, 1981 after an extended illness. Mr. Sullivan was born in Hillsgrove, Sullivan County on September 3, 1899, the son of Francis and Rosetta Hakes Sullivan. He had been an invalid for many years. During his working career he was employed as a lumberman in various lumbering communities in Sullivan, Lycoming and Bradford Counties. He is survived by his wife the former Louise Vargason to whom he was married for 55 years; three daughters, Mrs. George (Berneda) Cheesman in Texas, Mrs. Kenneth (Marlene) Brown of Grover and Mrs. Eugene (Geraldine) Heinze of Forksville.. Another daughter, the late Thelma Barnes died in 1966. He is also survived by four sons: Sheldon Sullivan of Canton RD 3, Emerson Sullivan Jr. of Canton, Alva Sullivan of Allentown and Larry Sullivan of Elmira, thirty-one grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and a sister, Jessie in Harrisburg, as well as a number of nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral and committal services were held at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 North Center St., Canton on Monday at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. John Bedzyk, Pastor of the Pentecostal Tabernacle Church in Elmira officiating. Burial was in the Grover Cemetery. –Canton Independent-Sentinel 5/7/1981
SWAIN - GLENDA MERLE RUSK
Glenda Merle (Swain) Rusk, 83, of Grover, PA died Tuesday, October 1, 1996 at Memorial Hospital in Towanda, PA. Glenda was born September 24, 1913 in New London, NY, the daughter of Philo and Edith (Avery) Swain. A graduate of Canton High School, Glenda was a member of the former Ellenton Evangelical United Brethren Church. She is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Jim and Sandie Rusk of Canton, PA, Tom and Lorraine Rusk of Canton RR 1 and Ted and Marty Rusk of Wellsboro RR 3, PA; daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia and Nils Berquis of Horseheads RR 1, NY, Joann and Melvin Deitrick of Canton, RR 1, Marilyn and John Terry of Rapid City, SD and Maryjo and Bill Calkins of Troy RR 3, PA; daughter-in-law, Clara Mae Rusk of Grover, PA; sisters-in-law, Evelyn "Shorty" Swain of Ellenton and Judy Rusk of Ironton, OH; 18 grandchildren; one step-grandchild; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephew; cousins. She was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Alfred, in 1991; a brother, Loren Swain; brother-in-law, Jim Rusk of Ironton, OH and most recently, her eldest son, William Rusk of Grover. Funeral services were held at the Morse & Kleese Funeral Home in Canton on October 5 with the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating and interment to be in the Grover Cemetery. Contributions may be made in Glenda's name to either the Canton Ambulance Association or the South Creek Ambulance Association. (TGR October 10, 1996)
Willard G. SWEENEY, 88, A well-known Cantonian, died Tuesday, March 3, 1998 while recuperating at Towanda Memorial Hospital, Towanda, PA. Born in Troy, PA December 19, 1909 he was the son of George and Elizabeth (Peters) Sweeney. Mr. Sweeney was employed for 28 years as a printer for the Troy Gazette. He then became produce manager for the former A&P in Canton, a position which he held for 12 years and then tended bar at Hickok’s Restaurant for another 12 years before retiring. He was a member of the Canton Ecumenical Parish and the former First Presbyterian Church of Canton. Mr. Sweeney played the fiddle and the banjo and played for several local bands. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Emily R. (Smith) Sweeney, at home; daughters, Janice (and Rich) Hertel of RR 3, canton and Sharon (and Gary) Morral of RR 6, Wellsboro; grandsons, Brian and Aaron Faulkner; six great-grandchildren; close friend, Andy Murray. He was predeceased by his sister, Katherine Fox Ballord. Funeral services were held at the Morse & Kleese Funeral Home in Canton on March 5 with the Rev. Nancy Lee Goff officiating and interment in follow to the Grover Cemetery. Memorials in Mr. Sweeney’s name may be directed to either the Canton Ecumenical Parish, 43 N. Center St. or the Canton Ambulance Association, PO Box 38, Canton, PA 17724.
SWEET- WILSTON Gladys L. "Ducky" During the early morning hours of Saturday, November 5th, 2005, Gladys L. (Sweet) Wilston, age 77, of Canton, went home peacefully to be with her Lord after a brief stay at Troy Hospital. At the time of her passing she was surrounded by her loving family. Born December 2nd, 1927 in Wilmot Township, Bradford County, she was the daughter of George and Lytta (Wheeler) Sweet. Known to many as "Ducky", she graduated from Troy High School with the Class of 1945. Three years later Gladys was united in marriage to Donald E. Wilston in a double wedding ceremony with Don's sister, Doris and her husband, Claude. Together Gladys and Don raised two sons and three daughters, and shared 57 years. Gladys had been employed as a secretary by the former S.E. Williams Construction Co. in Canton. Later she worked in the offices of the Penn-Troy Machine Co., retiring in 1996 after 20 years. In her free time she enjoyed crocheting and all manner of handcrafts, as well as cooking, baking, and tending her flower garden. But by far her major interests were centered around her family and her church. Gladys was a woman with a deep abiding faith in the Lord and was an active member of the Grover Church of Christ. Gladys walked through life with a smile on her face and Jesus in her heart. Gladys is survived by her husband, Donald, at home; sons, Darryl (and Michelle) Wilston of Walnutport, PA, and Dennis (and Jodie) Wilston of Chester, VA; daughters, Dawn (and Jerry) Monro of Troy, Debi (and Sheldon) Castle of Canton, and Nan (and Terry) Mansfield of Elmira; as well as ten grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; sister, Mary (and Robert) Bruce of Troy; brother-in-law, Stanley (and Fran) Wilston of Williamsport; sister-in-law, Pauline (and Donald) Cole of Fassett; nieces, nephews, cousins; and her canine companion, Bernie. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Lytta Sweet; a brother, Miles George Sweet; infant sister, Leona; sister, Pearl Sweet; nephew, Robert Roy Bruce, Jr.; infant son, Dale; and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Doris (and Claude) Williams. Calling hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, Inc., 40 N. Center St., Canton. Funeral service and celebration of her life will be conducted from the Grover Church of Christ on Wednesday at 11 a.m. with Pastor Will Strunk officiating. There will be an additional visitation time at the church one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in Grover Cemetery. The family will provide the flowers and suggests that memorial contributions be directed to the Grover Church of Christ Building Fund, c/o the Grover Church of Christ, Grover, PA 17735.
PEARL SWEET, On the morning of Thursday, July 8, 2004, the Lord called home the soul of Pearl Jane Sweet from her residence at The Highlands in Laporte. She was 78 years of age. Born Dec. 5, 1925, in Binghamton, N.Y., she was the daughter of George and Lytta (Wheeler) Sweet. As the result of an automobile accident during her childhood, young Pearl was stricken with certain infirmities, which prevented her from living life to the fullest. But her faith in God and the devotion of her loving family sustained her throughout her life. She enjoyed visiting with her nieces and nephews, taking pride in their accomplishments. Pearl loved to sing hymns of praise to her Savior and attended church services whenever possible. Despite her infirmities, Pearl let her light shine forth and she was a joy to all who knew her. Pearl is survived by sisters May (and Robert) Bruce of Troy and Gladys (and Donald) Wilston, of Grover; nieces and nephews Dawn (and Jerry) Monro of Troy, Debi (and Sheldon) Castle of Canton, Nan (and Terry) Mansfield of Elmira, Darryl (and Shelly) Wilston of Walnutport, Pa., Dennis (and Jodie) Wilston of Tunkhannock, and Gerald (and Sandra) Bruce of Lancaster; six great-nephews; 11 great-nieces; and one great-great-niece. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Lytta Sweet; brother Myles George Sweet; infant sister, Leona; and nephew Robert Roy Bruce Jr. Visitation will be Tuesday, July 13, from 2 to 3 p.m. at Morse and Kleese Funeral Home Inc., 40 N. Center St., Canton. The funeral service will follow with Pastor Will Strunk officiating. Interment will be in Grover Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Grover Church of Christ Building Fun, Grover, Pa. to the attention of Frank Campbell –Towanda Daily Review.
SWINGLE –MRS. JEAN B. PARKER, 64, of Box 156, Roaring Branch RR 1,
died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1993, in the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre. Jean
was born April 22, 1929, in Canton Township, Bradford County, Pa., a daughter
of Harold and Pauline Wright Swingle. She was a homemaker and also
waitressed for her mother and step-father, Clyde Rutty, at the former
Ogdensburg Hotel and for Lewis and Marie Seeley at the Milky Way. Jean
was a member of numerous organizations. Survivors include her husband,
Homer Sr. They celebrated 27 years of marriage March 4, 1993. Also
surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Valerie and Dennis Dunn of Towanda RR;
four sons and daughters-in-law, Timothy S. and Laurie Parker of Mansfield,
Scott A. and Julie Parker of Canton RR 2, Homer and Carol Parker Jr. of Canton
RR 1 and Craig and Laurie Parker of Canton, five-grandchildren, Richard
Phillips, Jeremy, Jill, Kent and Nicholas Parker; two brothers and
sisters-in-law, Donald and Trudy Swingle of Granville Summit RR 1 and Harold and
Marge Swingle of Canton RR 1; nieces, nephews and cousins. Predeceasing
her were a sister, Marie Vroman, and a brother, Garth Swingle. The
funeral service will be conducted Saturday at noon from the Morse and Kleese
Funeral Home, 40 North Center St., Canton. The Rev. Duane Taylor, pastor
of the North Union Christian Church, will officiate. Interment will be in
the Grover Cemetery, Canton Township. Visitation will be at the funeral
home Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Expressions of sympathy can be
directed to the Canton Ambulance Association, Canton, Pa. –Towanda Daily