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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GERALD D. AVERY JR. 35, of RD #1 Canton Saturday July 3, 1971. Friends may call at the Morse Funeral Home, Canton, Tuesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral there Wed. 2 p.m... Rev. Mrs. Wilma Barker Hoose. Burial LeRoy Cemetery. Survived by wife Mrs. Theola Avery; sons Alan and Thomas Avery, both at home; parents Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Avery, Sr. of Grover, PA; brothers Floyd Avery and Alvah Avery, both of RD #1 Canton; Berton and Richard, both of Grover; sister Mrs. Eunice McFall of Galeton, PA; maternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Morgan, several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. He was employed at Westinghouse Corp., Horseheads. –Elmira Star Gazette.
BAILEY –ALMIRA. Mrs. Perley Morse, 66 of Canton, died at the Robert Packer Hospital, Friday afternoon, Jan. 12, 1953. She is survived by her husband, Perley; one son Earl Palmer of Canton RD 1 two sisters, Mrs. Eugene Holcombe of Canton and Mrs. Rhoda Buckley of Ashland, Va., two brothers Theodore and Ezra Bailey of Richmond, Va. Several grandchildren. The body is at Morse Funeral Home. Funeral will be Monday at 2 p.m. The Rev. Lyle Pepper of Leroy officiating. Burial is in Leroy Cemetery.
BAILEY –ELIZA D. HOLCOMB, 95, of Dallas, Pa., formerly of Canton and LeRoy, died Thursday, May 17, 1984, at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, Wilkes-Barre. Mrs. Holcomb was born Feb. 22, 1889, in Midlothian, Virginia, a daughter of Horace and Maud Holcomb Bailey. She was a member of the LeRoy Church of Christ for over 55 years. Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Ellen and Lloyd Williams of Dallas, Pa., and son and daughter-in-law, Howard and Frances Holcomb of Elmira, NY; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a brother, Ezra Bailey of Richmond, Va.; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband Eugene in 1956. Funeral and committal services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. from the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, with the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating. Interment will be in the LeRoy Cemetery. Friends may call at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home on Sunday from 1-2 p.m. Memorial donations may be directed to the LeRoy Church of Christ in Mrs. Holcomb’s memory. –Towanda Daily Review.
BAILEY - HOLCOMB, ELIZA D., Services for Eliza D. Holcomb, 95, of Dallas, Pa., formerly of Canton and Leroy, were held at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home on May 20 with Rev. Duane Taylor officiating. Interment was in Leroy Cemetery. Mrs. Holcomb died May 17, 1984 at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. She was born Feb. 22, 1889 in Midlothian, VA, daughter of Horace and Maud Holcomb Bailey. She was a member of Leroy Church of Christ for over 55 years. Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Ellen and Lloyd Williams, Dallas, Pa.,; son and daughter-in-law, Howard and Frances Holcomb of Elmira; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brother, Ezra Bailey, Richmond, VA; several nieces and nephews and cousins. (TGR May 24, 1984)
JACK S. BAILEY, 70, Mansfield RR 3, died August 9, 1994, at Troy Community Hospital. He was born May 18, 1924, in Powell, a son of Aaron W. and Ethel I. Stone Bailey. Mr. Bailey was a member of Jessie L. Cooley Lodge No. 966 F&AM of Elmira; the Valley of Corning Consistory and the American Legion Post No. 945; was a veteran of World War II and a 21-year employee of the PA Electric Co., retiring in 1984. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Elizabeth (Betty) Putterbuagh Bailey; a brother and sister-in-law Richard D. and Patricia Bailey, LeRoy; a sister and brother-in-law, Marjorie J. and Francis Douglas, Towanda; a nephew and three nieces; and a step-daughter and son-in-law; Jean and Robert Maiso, Wharton, NJ. Funeral arrangements will be at a later date, under the direction of C. Haines Scureman Funeral Home, Mansfield. Memorial donations may be made to the Mansfield Free Library, 71 N. Main St., Mansfield, PA, or to the Canoe Camp Church of Christ Disciples of Church, RR 3, Mansfield, PA. Buried Prospect Cemetery, Mansfield. (Actually buried in Leroy Cemetery, Leroy, Bradford Co., PA
BARTOW or BARTON - CHAAPEL, Mrs. Anna-78, widow of L C Chaapel, died April 5 (1949) at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William Hughson of Elmira. Services were held April 8 at the LeRoy Church of Christ and burial was in LeRoy cemetery. She is survived by 74 descendants; five sons and five daughters, 49 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
BAUMAN Duane W. Bauman
63, of 7582 Route 654 Highway, Williamsport, went to be with his Lord Thursday morning April 5, 2012 at his home. Born July 12, 1948 in Sayre. He was the son of Leamon M. Bauman and the former Gladys I. Wilcox. Duane is survived by his wife the former Julia M. Hill, they were united in marriage Dec. 13, 1997 in Linden. Duane was a graduate of the Canton High School and graduated from Tiffin University in Ohio with a B.A. in business administration. He was employed by United Concordia of Williamsport and was a member of the Lycoming Christian Church. During the Viet Nam War, Duane honorably served his country in the United States Army from July 18, 1968 until May 29, 1970. Also surviving are 4 grandchildren, 3 stepsons Robert L. Hill of Williamsport, Timothy M. Hill of Williamsport and Jeremy B. Hill of Williamsport. A visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday April 7, in the Frederick B. Welker Funeral Home 125 N. Main St., Jersey Shore. Private family burial services will be in the Leroy Cemetery, Leroy. Family will provide flowers and suggest memorial contributions be made in his name to the Susquehanna Home Care and Hospice, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport PA. 17701, or to the Lycoming Christian Church, 20 Chapel Hill Rd., Linden, PA 17744 or the American Indian Christian Mission, 924 Mission Lane No. 1, Show Low AZ 85901. Pastor Donald Dennis will officiate. Towanda Daily Review – April 6, 2012
LEAMON M. BAUMAN. On August 28, 2002 well-known former LeRoy resident Leamon Montgomery Bauman, 92, was called home to the Lord while at Valley View Nursing Center. Born in Steubenville, OH on August 2, 1910 he was the son of William and Jennie (Martin) Bauman. When Leamon was only five years old, his father died, leaving his mother to care for him as well as three brothers and a sister. At a very early age he learned the farming profession. When he was about 13 the family moved east to Bradford County, settling on a farm in Granville Twp. He and his brothers and sister attended the Bunyan Hill Schoolhouse, where it became his responsibility in the winter to arrive early and build a fire in the stove. Always considerate of others, he saw to it that a path was cleared through the deep snow from his home to the schoolhouse so that his little sister would have no difficulty in walking to school. He quit school at an early age in order to take on a bigger share of the responsibilities at home. The Baumans were the last family in Granville Township to own an automobile, a fact that sometimes caused young Leamon to feel embarrassed in front of his peers. But he truly was fond of the family’s old horse, which remained in service until its death in the early 1940s. In February of 1942 he volunteered for service to his country by joining the US Army. He served in the Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, Northern Apennines and Central Europe campaigns. A few years prior to the war, he met a local girl named Gladys Wilcox. Though their courtship was temporarily interrupted by the war, their relationship grew at a distance, by means of the letters that they exchanged. On Dec. 12, 1945, a scant 15 days after his discharge from active duty, he and Gladys were united in marriage. Together they set up housekeeping in the center of LeRoy where Gladys served as Postmaster. They were together for almost 34 years until Mrs. Bauman’s passing in September of 1979. For over 30 years the front room of the Bauman home served as the LeRoy Post Office. Leamon continued farming until 1955 when he went to work for Valvair Corporation in Canton, retiring in October of 1974. Mr. Bauman enjoyed hunting, reading and working in his flower garden, which itself was one of the more esthetic assets of the community. He enjoyed the company of friends and family, especially his beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He had a deep abiding faith in the Lord and walked in His Light all of his days. He had been a member of the former LeRoy Church of Christ and in more recent years attended the Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) in Canton. Shy and retiring, yet staunchly independent, he faced the world each day with a smile and a prayer of thanksgiving to his Heavenly Father. Surviving are his son, Duane (and Julia) Bauman, Williamsport; grandsons, Robert (and Denise) Hill, Timothy (and Shana) Hill and Jeremy Hill; great-grandchildren, Danyelle Haywood, Dustin Haywood, Noah Hill and Gabriel Hill, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife Gladys; brothers, Floyd, Lester, and Herbert Bauman and sister, Frances Porter. The funeral service was held August 31 from the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton with the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating. Interment was in the LeRoy Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to American Indian Christian Missions, 924 Mission Lane, Show Low, AZ. –Canton Independent Sentinel
ELOISE BELLOWS, 75, of Towanda died Jan. 7, 1988, at Memorial Hospital, Towanda. She was born June 17, 1912 in Wysox, a daughter of Kelsey and Maggie Chaapel Bellows. Miss Bellows worked in the Bell Knitting Co. and Sayre Lingerie for 31 years before retiring in 1974. Surviving are a brother, Dean Bellows of New Albany; two sisters, Clarabelle Smith of Canton and Mary Shafeldt of Redlands, CA. She was predeceased by brothers Lawrence, Kelsey and Conley Bellows and a sister, Isadora Shay. Funeral services were held in Towanda and Rev. Harry Ferguson officiating. Burial was in LeRoy Cemetery. –Towanda Daily Review.
BRENCHLEY –MRS. RITA PALMER GORDON, (SRGP 11979) 88, Orlando, FL, died July 23, 1996 at her daughter’s residence in Orlando. Born in Troy, and moved to Orlando in 1989 from DeBary, FL, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Brenchley, Troy and Canton. Survivors include: son and daughter-in-law, Thomas & Jeanne Palmer, DeLand, FL; daughters, Sally Baker, Orlando; daughters and sons-in-law, Janet & James Kelley, Fordland, MO; brother and Sister-in-law, Edward & Betty Brenchley, Canton; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren. Mrs. Gordon was preceded in death by her husbands Earl Palmer, Canton, in 1954 and Joseph Gordon, DeBary, FL in 1987. Memorial services will be held August 17, at the Leroy Cemetery, at 10:30 am. Arrangements were under the supervision of Allen-Summerhill Funeral Homes, DeLand, FL. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
BREWER –MILDRED E. PARKHURST, 86, died at the Wilson Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 1987. Mrs. Parkhurst was born in Rome Township, April 14, 1901, a daughter of Walter Brewer and Leafe (Boardman) Parkhurst. Mrs. Parkhurst was a member of the First Church of Christ Scientist, at Boston, Mass. And was a retiree of the Endicott Johnson Corporation. She was predeceased by her husband, Walter E. Parkhurst in 1985. She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law; Patricia and Jim Street of Sentinel, OK, and Sandra and Franklin Tidsdell of Johnson City, NY; also ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Calling hours will be at the Ernest H. Parsons Funeral home, 71 Main St., Binghamton, Thursday evening from 7-9 p.m. Burial will be at the LeRoy Cemetery in LeRoy, Pa., on Friday Oct. 9, at 2 p.m. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
On the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009, Canton resident Theodore Henry Brokaw, 90, died quietly at Troy Community Hospital after a brief illness. Known to everyone as Ted, he was born in Somerville, N.J., on May 10, 1919, the son of John and Jessie (STRENG) Brokaw. He was a graduate of Somerville High School. Ted proudly served our country during the Second World War as a member of the 83rd Bomber Squadron, U.S. Army Air Corps, serving in Burma and India. On June 14, 1947, he married the former Helen VLIET and together they raised six children and shared 62 years. Ted was employed as a milk pasteurizer for Raritan Valley Farms for many years. In 1967, the Brokaws left the Garden State for the mountains of Pennsylvania, settling in the Canton area. Ted worked for a brief time at the Liberty Dairy, and the following year took a position as custodian with the Canton Area School District, retiring in 1981. Ted became well-known and well-liked in his adopted community. He was always there for you, with his friendly smile and cheerful conversation. Not one to mince words, Ted would always tell it like it was. He was a life member of the Canton VFW Post No. 714 where he was a past commander, and a member of the Canton American Legion Post No. 303. He was active in the Canton Senior Citizens Club and volunteered at the senior center with the Meals on Wheels program. Ted was a family-oriented man who took great interest in the achievements of his children, always accompanying them whenever they showed livestock. Ted was also a man of great faith in the Lord, and was a faithful member of the Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) in Canton. He is survived by: his wife, Helen, at home; son Harry (and Barbara Rae) Brokaw of Grover; daughters Melinda (and James) Pulley of Richmond, Va., Sharon (and Phillip) Kithcart of Athens, Barbara Ruth (and William) Mills of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., Judy Brokaw and Kathy (and David) Reamer, all of Holton, Kan.; his sister Doris VandeVoort of Pella, Iowa; 17 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Jessie Brokaw, and son-in-law Steven R. Sheeley. Calling hours will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday with Rev. Bonnie Browning of the Church of Christ (Disciples) of Canton officiating, assisted by the Rev. David Morris. Interment will follow in LeRoy Cemetery. 30 September 2009, Towanda Daily Review.
BROOKS –EDITH B. PALLMER, 83, Canton RD 1, died June 14, 1990, at the Bradford County Manor. Mrs. Palmer was born April 23, 1897, in Canton, a daughter of Lee and Virginia (Hooper) Brooks. She was a member of the LeRoy Church of Christ, the LeRoy Grange, and a past member of the former Lady of Rebekah Lodge, LeRoy. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Virginia Morse, Canton RD 1; two sons and their wives, Charles A. and Ellen Palmer, Canton RD 11, and Dean W. and Delores Palmer, Williamsport RD 2; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins; and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Frances Brooks, Canton. She was recently predeceased by her husband, Paul D. Palmer, on June 9, 1990. The funeral service was held from the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, with the Rev. Ray Ackley, pastor of the First Baptist Church of LeRoy, officiating. Interment was in the LeRoy Cemetery. Memorials may be donated to a charity of one’s choice in Mrs. Palmer’s memory. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
BROWN –CATHERINE B. MORGAN, 64, Canton RD 2, resident of the Bradford County Manor since Feb. 15, 1990, died Dec. 27, 1990, at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre. Born April 20, 1926 in LeRoy Township, she was a daughter of Elmer and Catherine Hunsinger Brown. Mrs. Morgan was a homemaker and a member of the Windfall United Methodist Church and the Multiple Sclerosis Society. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Otto C. Morgan; two sons and daughters-in-law, Russell O. and Connie L. Morgan, Canton RD 1, and Bradley F. and Marla G. Morgan, Canton; one daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth S. and Frederick A. Metcalf, Canton RD 2; four grandchildren, Russell O. Morgan II, Christopher F. Metcalf, Mark D. Morgan and Nicholas L. Morgan; two sisters, Mrs. Bertha B. Chapman, San Pablo, Calif., and Mrs. Dena Allen, St. George, Utah; nieces, nephews and cousins. The funeral service will be held today at 2 p.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, with the Rev. Melvin Good and the Rev. David B. Morris officiating. Interment will be in LeRoy Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 1-2 p.m. today. The family will provide its own flowers. Donations in Mrs. Morgan’s memory can be made to the Endless Mountains Multiple Sclerosis Association, P.O. Box 114, Wysox, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review.
BROWN - CATHERINE MORGAN
Catherine B. Morgan, 64, Canton RD 2 and a resident of the Bradford County Manor since February 1990, died December 27, 1990 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre. Born April 20, 1926 in LeRoy Township, she was a daughter of Elmer and Catherine Hunsinger Brown. Mrs. Morgan was a homemaker and a member of the Windfall United Methodist Church and the Multiple Sclerosis Society. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Otto C. Morgan; sons and daughters-in-law, Russell O. and Connie L. Morgan, Canton RD 1 and Bradley F. and Marla G. Morgan, Canton; daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth S. and Frederick A. Metcalf, Canton RD 2; four grandchildren; sisters, Mrs. Bertha B. Chapman, San Pablo, CA and Mrs. Dena Allen, St. George, UT; nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services were held December 30 at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton with Rev. David B. Morris officiating and interment to be in LeRoy Cemetery. Donations in Mrs. Morgan's name can be made to the Endless Mountains Multiple Sclerosis Association, PO Box 114, Wysox, PA 18854. (TGR, Thursday, January 3, 1991)
BROWN –PAULINE B. WEED, 67, Hillcrest Apartments, Troy, died Sunday, May 14, 1989, in the Troy Community Hospital, Troy, following an extended illness. Mrs. Weed was born June 23, 1921, at Shunk, Sullivan County, Pa, a daughter of Elmer J. and Catherine A. Hunsinger Brown. She was a 1939 graduate of Canton High School, and a member of the Troy Church of Christ. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Jeanne Bond of Louisville, KY, Mrs. Winona Cooper of Canandaigua, NY; son, Nile Weed, of Louisville, KY; three sisters, Mrs. Bertha Chapman of El Cerrito, CA, Mrs. Dena Allen of St. George, UT, Mrs. Catherine Morgan of Canton RD 2; six grandsons; one great-granddaughter; nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. weed was predeceased by her husband, Ira Weed, in 1982; sisters, Ethel Brown, Hazel Wilcox, and Winifred Palmer; and a brother, Charles Brown. A memorial service was held Tuesday, from the Troy Church of Christ, troy, with the Rev. George Durie, her pastor, the Rev. David Morris, pastor of the Canton Church of Christ Disciples of Christ, and the Rev. David Weaver, a Mennonite minister, officiating. Interment was in LeRoy Cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to the Troy Church of Christ in Mrs. Weed’s memory. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
BUNN –MRS. CORA STONE died Tuesday afternoon at her home on Minnequa Avenue less than four hours after the death of her father, Jackson Bunn. She had not been well for some time, and her final illness started Sunday afternoon when she made a trip to her father’s home, and found home suffering with a heart attack. She was stricken with paralysis and never regained consciousness. Mrs. Stone was 56 years old, and an active member of the Presbyterian Church. She was the widow of the late Judson Stone, and is survived by a daughter, Beatrice Marvin of Philadelphia and two sons Lawrence and Arthur Marvin of Canton. The funeral will be held Friday at 2:30 p.m. from her late home and burial will be in Main Street Cemetery, Canton. Rev. W. J. Cartmell will be the officiating clergyman. –Canton Sentinel, June 8, 1939.
GEORGE W. ‘RED’ CAMPBELL, age 93, formerly of the Valley, died Thursday, May 18, 2000, in Winter Haven Hospital, Winter Haven, Fla. Born June 27, 1906, in east Smithfield, Pa., the son of Dr. William and Cora Kinsman Campbell. He was formerly employed as a supervisor for the Trayer Products. He moved to Florida in 1994 to live with his son, John. He is survived by sons, Wayne Campbell of Centerville, Pa., William Campbell of Woodsboro, Md., Kent Campbell of Athens, Pa., and dr. John Campbell of Winter Haven, Fla.; two daughters, Emma Jean Daniels of Daytona Beach, Fla., and Ann Johnson of Athens, Pa.; sister, Ruth Summers of Waverly, N.Y.; 25 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Emma Campbell; a son, Richard Campbell; and a grandson, Mike Campbell. A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 10, 2000, at 11 a.m. at the Lowery funeral Home, 225 S. Main St., Athens, Pa. The Rev. Walter Swetnam, pastor of the Athens Presbyterian Church will officiate. Burial will be in the Leroy Cemetery, Leroy, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review.
The Canton Sentinel 1932
Anson Carney died at the home of Eli Haxton on Troy Street. He was ninety years old. His military record is of historic interest. Mr. Carney served under General Patrick, Provost Marshal of the Army of the Potomac. Twice he was taken prisoner and twice he escaped. Another time he was shot and left by the side of the road to die. It was his privilege to obtain possession of a message written by Jefferson Davis to General Robert E. Lee, which he gave to General Patrick who in turn delivered it to General Meade. The contents of the letter stated that the Confederate President was unable to send any reinforcements to General Lee, and the information caused a change in plans at Gettysburg, which resulted in the ultimate victory for the Union. 1932
Edward CARTER, 71, a long-time resident of canton, PA, formerly of Morris Run, died Sunday, March 1, 1998 at the Bradford County Manor. Ed was born March 9, 1927 in Granville Township, the son of the late John Foster and Clara Warburton carter. Ed worked for various dairy farmers throughout the area. He later was involved with Capabilities in Sayre and the green Thumb program at the McCallum Manor in canton. Ed attended the faith Baptist Church in canton. Surviving are his wife Dorothy Wood Carter; several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; and special friend, Tom Collins. In addition to his parents, Ed was preceded in death by sisters, May Lewis, Marian Seitser and Helen Chaapel. Funeral services were held at the Pepper Funeral Home in canton on March 4 (2pm) with the Robert Prettyman, pastor of the Canton Faith Baptist Church , officiating and interment to be in LeRoy cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Bradford County Manor’s activities Fund, RR 3, Box 322, Troy, PA 16947 in Mr. Carter’s memory. “Troy Gazette-Register,” Troy, NY Thursday, March 5, 1998
BURR R. CHAAPEL, 89, of Grover, Pa., died Tuesday, April 3, 1984 at Troy Community Hospital, Troy. Born July 3, 1894, in Proctor, Lycoming County, he was the son of Lee and Mary Chaapel. Mr. Chaapel was a retired dairy farmer. He is survived by four sons; Stanley, with whom he lived, Raymond and Frederick, both of Grover and George of Sayre; two daughters; Marie Hoyles of Elmira, N.Y. and Pauline Finogle of Canton RD 1; two brothers, Clyde of Troy RD 3 and Harvey of Danville, Ill.; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Elizabeth Chaapel of Canton RD 1; 18 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Morse-Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, with the Rev. Robert Prettyman, pastor of the Canton Faith Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will be in LeRoy Cemetery. Friends may call from 7-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be forwarded to the family to assist them in their financial means. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
CHAAPPEL, BURR R., Services were held April 7 for Burr R. Chaapel, 89, Grover, at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, with Rev. Robert Prettyman officiating and interment in LeRoy Cemetery. Mr. Chaapel died at Troy Community Hospital on April 3, 1984. He was born July 3, 1984 in Proctor, Lycoming Co., son of Lee and Mary Chaapel. He was a retired dairy farmer. He is survived by sons, Stanley, with whom he lived, Raymond and Frederick, both of Grover, and George of Sayre; daughters, Marie Hoyles of Elmira and Pauline Finogle of Canton; brothers, Clyde of Troy and Harvey of Danville, IL; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Chaapel, Canton; 18 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. (TGR April 12, 1984)
CHARLES L. CHAAPEL, 80, life-time resident of LeRoy, Pennsylvania passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, November 30, 2021 at the Skilled Nursing unit of the Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital. Charles Lee was born February 11, 1941 in LeRoy the only child of the late Clyde and Ernestine (Morse) Chaapel. He was a graduate of Canton Area High School, class of 1959. On June 25, 1961, Charlie married the former Patricia Yost in the LeRoy Church of Christ. They made their home in LeRoy and were blessed with five children. Pat preceded Charlie in death on November 16, 2010 following 49 years of beloved marriage. In earlier years, Charlie work for various dairy farms throughout the area. Following high school, he was employed by Towanda Wholesale Company for many years until the middle 1980’s. Charlie then worked at the Shop-Vac Factory in Canton until his retirement. He was a member of the former LeRoy Open Hand Grange No. 153 and was baptized and member of the former LeRoy Church of Christ. Charlie loved doing many things, but his family always came first, especially his many grandchildren that lovingly referred to him as “Poppy”. He enjoyed camping at Sun Fish Pond near LeRoy and square dancing with his wife Pat. Charlie also liked to play cards and sometimes was known maybe to cheat, just a-little bit. He had a keen sense of humor and will be remembered as a jokester that could tell a good story or some might affectionately say, bull-crapper. He is survived by five children; Ronnie L. (Cindy) Chaapel, Vickie A. (Steve) Jennings all of Canton, Jeffrey Chaapel of Manheim, Susan Chaapel (Larry Johnston) of LeRoy and Sherry (Andy) Spencer of Canton, foster brother, Arthur (Dorothy) Frey of CA, grandchildren; Tawnya and Kristen Chaapel, Chad (Krista) Jennings, Alonna (Nick) Dillaough, Ashley Route, and Courtney (Eric) Riggs, Hunter Chaapel, Chelsie (Garth) Mahosky, Taylor (Talon) Curry, Joslyn and Jenna Spencer, four step-grandchildren,13 great grandchildren,12 step-great grandchildren and two step-great great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, cousins, dear friends and neighbors. Besides his parents and wife, Patricia, Charles was predeceased by his grandson, Brent Jennings, granddaughter Savanna Jennings Parker, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Joseph and Emma Yost, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; Raymond (Tillie) Yost, Carl (Terrie) Yost, Loraine (Pat) Patterson, Marion (Donald) Heimsoth, Shirley (Richard) Lutz and Ernie (Jean) Yost. Family and Friends may call 12 noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, December 4, 2021 at Pepper Funeral Home & Cremation Facility, 578 Springbrook Dr. in Canton. The funeral service to celebrate Charlie’s life will follow at 1 p.m. with Rev. Ronnie Bly officiating. While attending services the family suggests that you, consider wearing a mask and practice social distancing while in attendance. Burial will be in LeRoy Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Towanda Daily Review 12/2/2021
CLYDE CHAAPEL, 86, Troy RR 3, (West Burlington) died Thursday morning, Aug 17, 1995, at his home. He was born on Leroy Mountain in Leroy Township on Feb. 28, 1909, son of the late Lee and Mary Steinhelper Chaapel. Clyde lived all of his life in Leroy until 1982 when he moved to West Burlington. He worked in farming for 29 years on the Tracy Stone farm. In 1968 he went to work on the highway for PennDOT for six years, retiring in 1974. During his retirement he worked as night watchman for Swayze Folding Box until 1986. He was a member of the Leroy Church of Christ and the Leroy Grange. He was also very active in the Leroy Old Home Days July 4 celebrations. Clyde was known in the area for his woodworking. He loved to make carts, wagons, windmills and many varieties of bird feeders. He enjoyed working on his lawn and in his garden and enjoyed fishing. One of his great joys every summer was attending Leroy Old Home Day and the Old Timers Reunion in East Smithfield. Clyde is survived by his brother, Harvey Chaapel, Danville, Ill.; son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Pat Chaapel, Leroy; stepsons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Susan Allen, Canton; Alton and Margaret Allen of Jacksonville, Fla.; daughter and son-in-law, Jean and Ed Bronson, Troy; a daughter, Cynthia Warner, Berwick; grandchildren, Ronnie and Tina Chaapel, Leroy; Vicki and Steve Jennings, Canton; Jeff Chaapel, Manheim, Pa., Susan Chaapel, Leroy and Sherry Chaapel, Canton; step-grandchildren, Gilbert Allen and his wife, Estee Allen, North Carolina; Mary Hartford, Canton; Anthony Warner and Kelli of Quarryville; and Gerald O. Warner III, Providence R.I. He has 10 great-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his firs wife, Ernestine Morse Chaapel in 1981 and Mary Allen Chaapel in 1993 and brothers and sisters, Burr Chaapel, Herman Chaapel, Rush Chaapel, Frank Chaapel, Anna Chaapel Crandall and Grace Chaapel Sharer. Friends may call at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Inc., 40 North Center St., Canton, on Saturday, Aug. 19, 1995 from 7 to 9 p.m. The funeral will be held Sunday, Aug. 20, 1995, at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. David B. Morris, pastor of the Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ), officiating. Burial will be in Leroy Cemetery, Leroy. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society, S. Main St., Athens, Pa. or Guthrie Hospice, Towanda, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review.
Clyde CHAAPEL, 86, of RR 3, Troy, PA 9West Burlington), died Thursday, August 17, 1995 at his home. He was born on LeRoy Mountain in LeRoy Township on February 28, 1909, son of the late Lee and Mary Steinhelper Chaapel. Clyde lived all of his life in LeRoy until 1982 when he moved to West Burlington. Clyde worked in farming for 29 years on the Tracy Stone farm. He also worked for PennDOT and as a night watchman for Swayze Folding Box. He was very active in the LeRoy Old Home Days and was known in the area for his woodworking. Clyde is survived by his brother, Harvey Chaapel of Dansville, IL; son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Pat Chaapel, LeRoy; stepsons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Susan Allen of Canton, PA, Alton and Margaret Allen of Jacksonville, FL; daughter and son-in-law, Jean and Ed Bronson, Troy, PA; a daughter, Cynthia Warner, Berwick, PA; grandchildren, Ronnie and Tina Chaapel of LeRoy, Vicki and Steve Jennings of Canton, Jeff Chaapel of Manheim, PA, Susan Chaapel, LeRoy and Sherry Chaapel, Canton; step-grandchildren, Gilbert Allen and his wife, Estee Allen, NC, Mary Hartford of Canton, Anthony Warner and Kelli of Quarryville, PA, Gerald O. Warner, III, Providence, RI. He has 1- great-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife, Ernestine Morse Chaapel, in 1981 and Mary Allen Chaapel in 1993; brothers and sisters, Burr Chaapel, Herman Chaapel, Ruth Chaapel, Frank Chaapel, Anna Chaapel Crandall and Grace Chaapel Sharer. Funeral services were held at the Morse & Kleese Funeral Home in canton on August 20 with the Rev. David Morris officiating and burial to be in LeRoy Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society, 413 S. Main St., Athens, PA 18810 or Guthrie Hospice, RR 1, Box 154, Towanda, PA 18848. Troy Gazette-Register, Troy, PA Thursday, August 24, 1995
Two Killed In Car-Cycle Accident. DAVID CHAAPEL, 18, of Canton and Cynthia Daniels, 17, of Ralston met death Sunday at noon, Sept. 13, 1976, when the 1974 Suzukie motorcycle they were riding collided with a 1965 Oldsmobile being driven by Horace Spalding, 86, of Canton. The tragic accident occurred on Route 14, a half-mile south of Grover. State police of the Towanda detail, who investigated the crash, report that the Spalding care was going south on Route 14 and turned left into the path of the northbound motorcycle. The impact was so severe that David Chaapel, operator of the motorcycle, and his passenger, Cindy Daniels, were wedged under the car. They were pronounced death at the scene by County Coroner Gordon Farr of Ulster. Damage to the Spalding vehicle was estimated at $300. The motorcycle was demolished. It was valued at $1,000. Passengers in the Spalding car were Mrs. Madeline Spalding, 85, wife of the operator, and their son, John Spalding, 52, also of Canton. Mr. and Mrs. Spalding were taken to the Williamsport City Hospital by the Canton ambulance for treatment of shock. David Dean Chaapel of Canton, RD 1 was born at Sayre Nov. 2, 1957, the son of Dean T. Chaapel and Amber Morgan Chaapel. He was a student in the 12th grade at Canton High School and also attended Williamsport Tech. He was a member of the LeRoy Baptist Church. Surviving in addition to his parents are: a brother, Douglas, at home; a sister, Mrs. Diane Bellows of Canton RD 1; his maternal grandfather, Gordon Morgan, of Barton, N.Y.; paternal grandfather, Frank Chaapel, of LeRoy; a niece and a nephew; several aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral services will be held at the Ralph T. Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center Street, Canton, Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The Rev. Melvin Schultz, Pastor of the LeRoy Baptist Church, will officiate and burial will be in the LeRoy Cemetery. Cynthia (Cindy) Lee Daniels of Ralston was born in Williamsport Aug. 17, the daughter of Thomas R. and Shirley Lee Daniels. She was a senior at Canton High School and a member of the Ralston United Methodist Church. Surviving are: her father, Thomas R. Daniels, of Ralston; her mother, Mrs. Shirley Daniels, of South Williamsport; her stepmother, Mrs. Charlene Daniels of Ralston; two brothers, Keith, at home, and Thomas L. of Jacksonville, Fla.; a sister, Michel, at home; two stepbrothers, Charles and Randy Williams, at home, maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Lee, Sr., of Ralston; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Vern Daniels of Fairport, N.Y.; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral services will be held at the Ralph T. Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock. Pastor Thomas Finsterbush, minister of the Ralston United Methodist Church, will officiate and burial will be in the Grover Cemetery. The entire Canton community has been deeply shocked by the tragic death of David and Cindy. The had been close friends for two years, had high hopes for the future and were popular members of the Canton High School student body, the regard in which they were held being well deserved. –Towanda Daily Review.
DEAN T. CHAAPEL, 77 of LeRoy died at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre on Friday Afternoon, May 11, 2007. Dean Thomas Chaapel was born Feb. 27, 1930 in Arnot, PA. He was one of four children born to the late Frank and Emily (Thomas) Chaapel. As a young man Dean graduated from the Canton High School class of 1950. On Dec. 7, 1951 he married the former, Amber J. Morgan. They were blessed with three children and over 55 loving years together. Shortly following marriage, Dean and Amber acquired a dairy farm in LeRoy Township which they named the “Triple D.” Dean was a true farmer and possessed a strong work ethic. He enjoyed the outdoors and his favorite time of year was when working the fields for the spring planting season. Dean was a member of the LeRoy Independent Baptist Church, LeRoy Community Center and Heritage Museum. He also served on the LeRoy Cemetery Board and was a member of the former Open Hand Grange and the I.O.O.F. both of LeRoy. Dean was an avid card player and was a fan of NASCAR’s Bill Elliott and football’s Buffalo Bills. Dean will be best remembered by his family and many friends as being an honest, caring man who cherished his wife, children and grandchildren. Surviving are: his beloved wife, Amber; a daughter, Diane (Brian) Wrisley; a son, Doug (Tania) Chaapel all of LeRoy; grandchildren, Stacey Stedge, Jody Bellows (his fiancée, Brandy Kilmer) David, Daren, Daniel and Abigail Chaapel; step-grandchildren, Linsday Kielar, Justin Wrisley, Melinda and Ryan Casselbury; great-grandchildren, Michael, Shayla, Corrina, Wesley, Ethan and Scott; an aunt, Elsie Zurn of Towanda; brothers and a sister, Joe (Joann) Chaapel, Don (Marge) Chaapel and Alice Owen all of Canton; sisters-in-law, Alene (Bill) Boyd and Joyce (Fran) Landon all of Canton and Janet (Tom) Pepper of LeRoy, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors and dear friends. In addition to his parents, Dean was preceded in death by his son, David Chaapel in 1976; brother-in-law, Paul Owen and a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Audley and Lillian Morgan. The funeral service and celebration of Mr. Chaapel’s life was held Tuesday at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton with Pastor Ron Bly officiating. Interment will follow in the LeRoy Cemetery. The family suggests those who wish to make a memorial in Dean’s memory may do so with a charity of their choice. –Canton Independent Sentinel
Isaac CHAAPEL was born February 28, 1761 at Standisfield in Berkshire
county. He entered the American army at the age of 15 and served seven years.
From the battle of Bunker Hill, where he was in the ranks, till the close of
the war, it was his good fortune never to have been wounded, although he
endured many privations from exposure and hunger. He married Tamasin Wilcox,
with whom and their four children, he removed in March, 1800 to Towanda, where
he built a log house on the bank of the run near the site of the present
Episcopal church. Here he remained two years then located in LeRoy on what is
known as the Chauncey Chaapel farm, where he died May 1, 1817. In 1804 Mr.
Chaapel was commissioned a justice of the peace for Burlington and was a member
of the first grand jury (1813) in the county. He also filled various other
local offices. His wife, born April 2, 1764, died May 22, 1833. Both together
with many of their descendants are buried in the cemetery at LeRoy. Their children
Buckley, born February 10, 1784, married Betsey Bowman of Towanda, died September 1, 1837.
Laura married a Mr. Rockerfeller.
Parma married Emer Harris, a Mormon.
Tacy married Alvah Kellogg.
Harriet married Horace Spalding of Canton.
Chauncey married Lura (Crofut) Wooster and had children who married as follows:
Hannah C. to Addison Brigham; John R. to Ann Holcomb; Frank B. to Mahala Wheeland; Harriet to Anson B. Carney; Charles P. to Susie Claflin.
Ledyard married Celestia Holcomb and was the father of Laura, Jay, Hoyt, Helen and Burr.
John went to sea and was never afterwards heard of.
Isaac died unmarried in Wisconsin.
Fanny married Robert Claflin.
Mary married Harvey Kellogg.
Delight married Benjamin Holcomb
CHAAPEL –JEANNETTE M. HOYLES, 61, Elmira, NY died, July 31, 1999 at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Mrs. Hoyles was a member of the Independent Baptist Church, Elmira, and a homemaker. Surviving are a daughters and sons-in-law, Viola Chaapel, Elmira and Brenda and Bill DeVillanueva, Mary Hoyles, Tina Hoyles, all of Elmira; Deborah and Patrick Girardi, Harrisburg; brothers and sisters-in-law, Raymond and Paula Chaapel; Stanley and Ruth Chaapel, Canton; Frederick Chaapel and George Chaapel; sister, Pauline Finolge; dear friend, Steve Hoyles Sr., Elmira; 10 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Burr and Helen (Carter) Chaapel; son, Steve Hoyles; brother, Victor Chaapel and granddaughter, Tiffany Kelsey. A funeral service was held August 3 from the James D. Barrett Funeral Home, Elmira with Rev. Richard Hack officiating. Interment was in LeRoy Cemetery, LeRoy, PA at the convenience of the family. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
FREDERICK R. CHAAPEL - On the evening of Thursday, May 17th, 2018, former LeRoy resident, Frederick R. Chaapel, passed away quietly at Bradford County Manor following a courageous battle with cancer. He was 81 years of age. Born in LeRoy Township on June 16th, 1936, he was the son of Burr and Helen (Carter) Chaapel. Throughout his life Fred worked at many jobs, the most prominent one being that of a sawyer for L.L. Baumunk Lumber Co. in Shunk. Fred was a quiet, somewhat retiring kind and gentle soul who never had a lot to say, but to those who knew him closely he was a true and loyal friend. He endeared himself especially to the staff at Bradford County Manor during the past few years. Fred is survived by his brothers Stanley Chaapel and Raymond Chaapel and sister Pauline Finogle, all of Canton, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Burr and Helen Chaapel, brothers: George and Victor Chaapel and sister, Marie Hoyles. Viewing will be from noon to 1 PM Wednesday the 23rd at Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 94 N. Center St., Canton, Pa.. Funeral service will follow at 1 PM. Interment will be in LeRoy Cemetery.
HARLEY D. CHAAPEL, age 86 of Altamonte Springs, FL died Tuesday July 28, 1981 at the Florida Hospital in Orlando, FL. Mr. Chaapel was born May 4, 1895 in LeRoy, Bradford County, a son of Lurn and Anna Bartow Chaapel. Mr. Chaapel is a retired automobile mechanic and a World War I. Veteran having served with the US Army Air Corps in France. In 1962 he moved to Altamonte Springs, FL. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Masonic Lodge. He is survived by three sons: Robert Chaapel of Las Cruces, NM, William Chaapel of Wysox and Elmira and Richard (Ted) Chaapel of Glendale, CA; one daughter, Mrs. Phyllis Jolley of Orlando, FL; four sisters: Mrs. Mabel Hughson of Rochester, NY, Mrs. Hazel Ritter, Mrs. Edythe Daly and Mrs. Evelyn Coyle, all of Elmira: eight grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins. His wife, Nora predeceased him on July 9, 1973. Funeral services will be held at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton on Thursday Aug. 6 at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Duane Taylor, pastor of the Alba Christian Church officiating. The Canton VFW Post No. 714 will accord military honors. Interment will be in the LeRoy Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday Aug. 5 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. –Canton Independent-Sentinel 8/6/1981
RAY CHAAPEL, 53, of Grover, PA. passed away on January 18th, 2021 at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA. Ray was born on January 23, 1967 in Blossburg, PA, a son to the late Raymond H. Chaapel and the late Paula A. (Wooster) Chaapel. Ray was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing. He loved rock and roll music and would often make up lyrics to songs that would make people laugh. He had a passion for working on small engines and John Deere tractors. He also loved to ride motorcycles. He adored his little cock-a-poo Dudley who often was found by Ray’s side. As a young boy, Ray was always tinkering on things he built. Humorous memories include Ray constructing a small raft and using his sister and several select friends as test passengers to see if it would float. Kitrina remembers Ray conducting an experiment by shaving a teddy bear’s hair completely off to see if it would grow back. He said, “Don’t worry little sis, it will grow back”…which it did not! Ray pulled the “severed finger-in-a-box trick” on younger sister Kelli using ketchup as blood. To this day, Kelli will not use ketchup! Despite all of his childhood antics, Ray grew up to be an exceptional man. Though never having children of his own, he always cared for his nieces and nephew like they were his own. Ray would take them on trips to the “North Pole”, four-wheeling, hunting in the woods, frequent visits to his veal farm and spending quality time playing games together with Nana and Pop. During a brief 4-year move to North Carolina is where he met his loving partner, Stephanie. Shortly thereafter, they would move back to Ray’s childhood residence in Grover and call it home. Ray had a heart of gold and loved his family very much. He was a protective and fun-loving big brother, fun-loving uncle, a loving son and a loyal friend to many. The words Ray spoke he made sure they counted. Kelli remembers the many hours on the phone they would spend discussing just about everything. Ray always liked being a little naughty but had a big heart. Ray’s last message was through a zoom call just a few hours before he passed. He made it a point to share this message of love…”Do not let the small things stop you from embracing your loved ones and not to hold any grudges. Life is too short…” Ray is survived by his loving partner, Stephanie C. Bradley of Grover, PA., sisters Kitrina M. Chaapel and partner Christopher of Macungie, PA., Kelli L. Chaapel and partner Amy of Lehighton, PA., nieces Brianna N. Rivera, Eugene, OR., Brittany L. Chaapel, Altoona, PA., nephew Sebastian R. Rivera Macungie, PA., great nieces, Eliana and Lyra, a few beloved aunts and uncles and several loving cousins. Memorial services to be held at Grover Church of Christ, 498 Grover RD., Grover, PA., on Saturday February 6th. Visitation will be from 12:00 to 1:00 PM, with services at 1:00PM. Interment at Leroy cemetery will follow at a later date. -Funeral home obit
VICTOR P. CHAAPEL, SR., 48, of Canton RD 1, died Sunday, Feb. 21, 1982. He was born in LeRoy Twp., on March 4, 1933, son of Burr and the late Helen Carter Chaapel. Mr. Chaapel was a foreman for Schrader-Bellows in Canton, Pa. He was a member of the Canton Moose Lodge and a lifetime member of the Innes Hose Co. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, a member of VFW Post 714 in Canton and a member of Brooks-Flick American Legion Post 49. He is survived by six daughters, Mrs. LaMar (Loretta) Bull, of Canton RD 2, Miss Nancy Chaapel, Miss Bonnie Chaapel, Miss Donna Chaapel, Miss Cindy Chaapel and Miss Barbara Chaapel, all at home with their mother in Canton; two sons, Dale Chaapel, of Easton, Pa. and Victor Chaapel, Jr. of Canton RD 2; two grandchildren; his father Burr Chaapel, of Grover; two sisters, Mrs. Marie Hoyle, of Elmira, N.Y., and Mrs. Pauline Finogle, of Canton RD 1; four brothers, Raymond Stanley and Fred Chaapel, all of Grover, and George Chaapel, of Sayre, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Private funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton, with the Rev. Duane Taylor, former pastor of the Alba Christian Church, officiating. Burial will be in LeRoy Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
CHAMBERLAIN –EDITH MARGARET CHAMBERLAIN WRIGHT, 100 a lifelong resident of the Canton area and a very special angel died on September 17, 2002 peacefully at Dar-Way Nursing Home surrounded by her loving family. Born in Union Township, Tioga County on June 29, 1902 she was the oldest daughter in the family of Charles and Eleanor Spencer Chamberlain a family that included 11 children in all. At the age of 11 she lost both her parents. The children went to live with relatives, some being adopted by them. She was sent to live with an aunt and uncle, Ida and Harry Baldwin, East Canton. At the age of 17 she was united in marriage to a dashing young farmer named Curtis Wright. They shared 62 years together. She lived her life for others. She worked the farm at her husband’s side and still had time to prepare large meals for the family, including fresh-baked bread and pies and she was well known for her famous sugar cookies. Mrs. Wright was active in her community. She was a life member of the Open Hand Grange and later the Beech Flats Grange. She was always among the first to lend a hand when someone was in need. She was a woman with a deep abiding faith in the Lord. She entered the waters of baptism while attending the former LeRoy Church of Christ. Later she attended the Church of Christ (Disciples) in Canton and more recently had worshipped with the Truth Fellowship of Jesus Christ in Canton. Mrs. Wright was an avid reader and enjoyed sewing and crocheting. She was devoted to her family and enjoyed nothing more than their frequent visits and card games. She had lots of love and caring words for them, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be remembered for her beautiful smile and her kind and loving soul. Surviving are: son, Charles (and Barbara) Wright, Tunkhannock; grandchildren, Sandra (and Raymond) Bagley, Cheryl (and Richard) Pallman, Charles (and Sharon) Wright, Jr. and Elizabeth (and Brian) Johnson; great-grandchildren, John Bagley, Raychel (Ross) Bird, Eric Bagley, Bryan Pallman, Richard Pallman Jr., Melissa Schneeman, Katherine Wright, Mary Wright, Tara Johnson and Brianna Johnson; great-great-grandchildren, Wescot Bird (her little farmer boy) and Chloe Bird; sister Marthabel Beach, Sayre and Elizabeth Tracey, Canton; brother, George Bulkley, Canton; and life-long friend, Myra Whipple She was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis on April 10, 1981 and infant brother, in 1898; brothers, Ernest, Maurice, Ralph Chamberlain, Robert Cole and Dean Shepard; sister, Verna LaMont. The funeral service was held September 21 from the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton with Brother James Bird and former pastor Jasper Smith officiating. Interment was in LeRoy Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the North Union Cemetery Association in care of Janet Spencer, RR 1, Roaring Branch, PA. –Canton Independent Sentinel
John R. CHAPEL, who has been sick some time with heart trouble, died at his home on the mountain road, April 21st, aged 75 years. Funeral services were held Sunday, p.m., in the church of Christ, Rev. Delmont of Minnequa officiating, and were in charge of undertaker Morse. He is survived by a wife and seven children. Burial in LeRoy cemetery. TGR 1904
Charles COGANSPARGER, who formerly lived near this place some time ago, but lately of Overton, thought he hear someone in his barn a few nights ago. He go up, dressed himself took his revolver and went to the barn. In a short time the report of a gun was heard. As he did not return, the family became alarmed and began search for him. They found him lying on the barn floor, dead. He had been shot through the heart. How it happened, still remains a mystery. He leaves a wife and several children. The remains were brought to LeRoy for interment. TGR 1904
DAVID M. COLLINS, 54, of Granville Summit, Pa., husband of Pam Collins, passed away peacefully following a courageous battle with cancer on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. David Michael Collins was born on July 11, 1960, in Blossburg. He was the oldest son of Michael and Kay (VanNoy) Collins of Canton. Dave graduated from Canton High School with the class of 1978 and attended the WACC Vo-Tech Program. He later graduated with an Associates degree. On Oct. 17, 1981, he married the former Pamela Bailey in Canton's St. Michael's Catholic Church. Dave enjoyed his career as an electrician, most recently employed by Jr. Space Electric in Monroeton. In earlier years he worked for Mountain Lake Electric. Dave had many interests during his life. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing and trapping. He took devoted care of his pets and stock animals. He also was a western movie buff or any type movie with Clint Eastwood. Dave was a member of the Mountain Top Hunting Club near Sunfish Pond on South Mountain. Surviving are his wife of nearly 33 years, Pam; his parents, Mike and Kay Collins of Canton; a brother and sister-in-law, Doug and Tianne Collins of Sikesville, Md.; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Richard "Dick" and Pat Bailey of LeRoy; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Susan and Steve Scott of Leesburg, Fla.; an aunt, Susan (Danny) Nowak of Mansfield and uncle, Tom Collins of Canton; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Dave is now united with his beloved dog Buck and cat Magoo. Calling hours will be 1 to 2 p.m. followed by a memorial service honoring Dave's life on Saturday, Sept. 27. Rev. Thomas Blackall will officiate the service at Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Dr., Canton. Burial will be in LeRoy Cemetery. His family suggests your consideration of a memorial in Dave's name to Mtn. Top Hunting Club, c/o 2 Blodgett Rd., Granville Summit, PA or to Bradford County Manor, 15900 Rt. 6, Troy, PA, with notation in memo, David Collins Memorial Fund. –Towanda Daily Review 8/5/2014
COLTON –CHARLOTTE F. PEPPER, 72, of Canton RD 1, died Sunday at noon on Jan. 30, 1983 at the Towanda Memorial Hospital. She was born in LeRoy on April 26, 1910, a daughter of Ernest and Nina Morse Colton. Mrs. Pepper was a former proprietor and operated the general store in LeRoy for approximately 20 years. She was the widow of Kenneth Pepper who died in 1975. Mrs. Pepper was a member of the LeRoy Baptist Church. Survived by four daughters, Mrs. Fran (Katherine) Lepper of Canton RD 1, Mrs. Ernest (Pauline) Clark, Granville Summit RD 1, Mrs. Robert (Jeannette) May, LeRoy, Mrs. Coley (Paddy Ann) Sherman of Roseville; three sons Rancy K. Pepper of Troy RD 1, Paul D. Pepper of Troy RD 1, Roger W. Pepper of Canton RD 1; 24 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; a brother, Melvin Colton of LeRoy, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services were held at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, on Wednesday. Officiating was her pastor, the Rev. Ray Ackley. Burial was in the LeRoy Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
MELVIN W. COLTON, Towanda RR#1, formerly of LeRoy died June 18, 1995 at the home of his daughter and son-in-law Martha and Arley Sayman, where he has resided since November of 1991. Mr. Colton was born December 28, 1906 in LeRoy Township, the son of Ernest and Nina (Morse) Colton. He owned and operated the former Colton Red and White Store in LeRoy, starting the general store business as a partner to his father in 1927. In 1932 Mr. Colton married Marleta Wilcox, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Wilcox. She was his partner in the store until they retired in May 1965. He was a member of the LeRoy Church of Christ for over 50 years where he held many offices as long as his health permitted. Mr. Colton was predeceased by his loyal wife, Marletta W. Colton, Feb. 2, 1987 to whom he was married for 54 years. Surviving are: a son and daughter-in-law, Walter and Diane Colton, Wellsboro; daughter and son-in-law, Martha and Arley Sayman, Towanda; three grandchildren, Mrs. John (Anne) Goodreau, Green Lane, PA, William D. Colton, Wellsboro and Mrs. David (Nancy) Barron, Weston, WV. Also surviving are two great-grandchildren, Lauren and Sarah Goodreau of Green Lane, PA; several nieces and nephews and a special friend of the family, Connie Huckle, Troy, Melvin’s caretaker. The funeral service will be held June 22 at 11 a.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral home Inc., with the Rev. Duane Taylor, former pastor of the LeRoy Church of Christ officiating. Interment will be in the LeRoy Cemetery, LeRoy. The family suggests memorials may be directed to the LeRoy Community Center, c/0 Mrs. Robert Clark, RR 1, Canton, PA. –Canton Independent Sentinel
CORNELL –MRS. CLARISSA W. PERCIVAL, 70, of Canton RD 1, died on Sunday morning, May 18, 1980 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre after an extended illness. Mrs. Percival was born in Seligman, Missouri, on March 26, 1910, the daughter of Roy and Rosanna Skelton Cornell. She was a member of the LeRoy Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband, Paul Percival, to whom she was married 40 years; a son and daughter-in-law, John and Norma Percival of Canton RD 1; four grandchildren, John and Scott Percival, Jana, Jennifer and Casey Campbell; two sisters, Mrs. Leonard (Lorene) Wilks of Brownville, Texas and Mrs. Harold (Marcell) Merrick of Canton; one brother, Clinton Cornell of Canton; an aunt, Mrs. Cora Chaapel of LeRoy; an uncle, Leon Skelton of Seligman, Missouri and nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, with her pastor, the Rev. Ray Ackley officiating. Burial will be at the LeRoy Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. The family will provide the flowers and memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice. –Towanda Daily Review.
Isaac E. CROFUT - After weeks of untold agony Eugene Crofut died November 22nd, at his home. Death was due to Bright’s disease. He was about forty-five years of age, and is survived by a wife and four children. Deceased was a member of the Baptist church, and will be greatly missed, for he was a regular attendant at church and Sabbath School. Funeral services were held in the Baptist church Thursday afternoon, Rev. Murphy officiating. Burial in LeRoy cemetery, conducted by Undertaker Morse. TGR 1904
ELLIS –MRS. LURA C. ANDERSON age 76, 45 Sullivan St., Canton at the West Burlington infirmary, Thursday, July 14, 1966. Body at the Morse Funeral Home. Calling hours Friday 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral there Saturday at 11 a.m. Leroy Cemetery. Survived by one sister, Mrs. John Whitehead of Canton; one step-sister, Emma Bodine of West Burlington, Pa.; foster son, Charles Bowers of Elmira. –Elmira Star-Gazette 7/15/1966
EVERY –DOROTHY EVERY ROCKWELL, , 85, of 17 Center St., Sheffield, died at Warren Manor at 5:15 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, 1989. She was born in LeRoy, Pa., on May 10, 1904, daughter of the late Melvin and Pearl Every, and had lived in Sheffield area for 53 years, moving there from LeRoy. She had been employed as a clerk at the G.C. Murphy Store in Warren for a number of years. She attended Tiona United Methodist Church and was a member of the Sheffield Senior Citizens. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Rockwell; a son, Hugh K. Rockwell; two daughters, Marjorie R. Huckabone and Mildred Howarth; four brothers and three sisters. Surviving are three sons, Harold Rockwell of Cambridge, Md., Neil Rockwell of Tiona, and Dennis Rockwell of Sergeant, Pa.; 33 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Frances Westcott of Troutdale, Ore.; and several nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Borden-Vincent Funeral Home, Sheffield, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A funeral service will be conducted there at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday by the Rev. Ralph Romine, pastor of Sheffield First United Methodist Church. Burial will be in LeRoy Cemetery, LeRoy, Pa. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
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Fred R. Every, 70, of Troy, Pa., died Thursday, April 28, 1960. Survived by daughter, Miss Pauline Every of Troy; sisters, Mrs. Viola of Waverly, Mrs. Ethel Enderle of Tioga, Pa., Mrs. Eva Williams of Sayre and Mrs. Veva Every of Danville, Pa.; brothers, Clarence of Mansfield and Raymond of South Waverly. Funeral services were held at Vickery Funeral Home, Troy, Saturday at 2 pm, the Rev. Herbert Punchard officiated. Burial was in LeRoy Cemetery.
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Pauline D. Every, 80, of the Bradford County Manor, died Thursday, February 10, 1994. She was born January 28, 1914 in Pecksville, PA, the daughter of Fred and Hildred Every. She is survived by her family of friends at the Bradford County Manor, the Ruth and Charles Meador Nursing Home in Gillett RR 2 and the home of Coty and Walt Furman in Troy. Funeral services were held at the Vickery Funeral Home in Troy on February 15 with the Rev. James Barrett officiating and burial to be in the LeRoy Cemetery, LeRoy. (TGR, Thursday, February 17, 1994)
NED L. FAIRBANKS SR., 58 of 1499 Golden Glow Dr., Elmira, N.Y., formerly of Canton, died Sunday, Aug., 23, 1992, at his residence. Mr. Fairbanks was born Nov., 3, 1937 in Canton. He was a graduate of Canton Area High School and served with the U.S. Air Force. Surviving are a son, Ned L. Fairbanks Jr. of Windsor, Conn.; his mother, Marjorie T. Hart of Elmira; one brother, Benjamin C. Fairbanks Jr. of Wellsboro; two half-sisters, Betsy Corsie of Elmira and Pat Strauser of Massachusetts; one half-brother, David Battle of Elmira; nieces, nephews and cousins. Ned was predeceased by his father, Benjamin C. Fairbanks Sr. and a half-brother, John Evans. Funeral and committal service will be held Wednesday, Aug. 2, 1002, at 1:30 p.m. from the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton. Interment will be in the LeRoy Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 12:30-1:30 p.m. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
FELLOWS –MRS. LOUISE H. MAY, formerly of LeRoy, died early Monday evening, May 12, 1975, at the Dar-Way Nursing Home in Estella. She was born in LeRoy Township, daughter of Zackery and Phoebe Stone Fellows. She was a member of the Church of Christ Disciples in Canton. Surviving are one son, Thomas S. Jones of Canton RD 2; one sister, Mrs. Nellie Holcombe of LeRoy; several nieces and nephews. Funeral and committal services will be held at the Ralph T. Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, Thursday at 1:30 P.m. The Rev. Duane Taylor, pastor of the LeRoy Church of Christ, will officiate. Burial will be in the LeRoy Cemetery. There will be no visitation. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
FELLOWS –NELLIE S. HOLCOMBE, 94, of LeRoy, died Friday, Jan. 27, 1978 at the Troy Community Hospital. She was born Jan. 1, 1884 in LeRoy, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Zachary Fellows. Mrs. Holcombe was a member of the LeRoy Church of Christ for over 60 years. She is survived by one son, Edward Holcombe of Buxton, N.C. A son, Thomas S. Jones, preceded her in death. Funeral and committal services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. from the Morse Funeral Home, 12 E. Main St., Canton, with the Rev. Duane Taylor, pastor of the Alba Christian Church officiating. Interment will be in the LeRoy Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
GEE -CONNIE L. MORGAN, 69, of Canton, PA (Leroy Township), passed away unexpectedly at her residence on Sunday morning, August 15, 2021. Connie Lorraine was born in Sayre September 1, 1951, to the late Mace and Marlene (Segur) Gee. On June 14, 1969, Connie married Russell O. Morgan in the Canton Church of Christ. Together they shared 52 years of wedded bliss and raised two sons. Connie was employed by Endless Mountains Transportation Authority as a Bus Driver for 15 years; where she enjoyed working and assisting the elderly. She was a member of the Marine Corps League and Red Run Rod and Gun Club both of Ralston. Connie enjoyed traveling, especially the several cruises she shared with her husband Russ. She loved visiting the beach and feeling free as the ocean breeze. Connie had a passion for playing cards and was a very talented Euchre player. She was considered the family Matriarch. Connie’s number one priority was, “family always first”; especially her children and grandchildren. Surviving are; her devoted husband; Russell “Russ” Morgan, sons; Rusty II (Angela) Morgan of Elkton, MD and Mark (Amber) Morgan of Trout Run, a sister; Carol (Thomas) Miles of Williamsport, grandchildren; Melinda, Marissa, Caleb, Aubrey, Madalyn and Laurel as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors and dear friends. Besides her parents, Connie was predeceased by a brother; Marty Gee. Visitation will be from 1-2 P.M. on Monday, August 23, 2021 at Pepper Funeral Home and Cremation Facility, 578 Springbrook Drive in Canton; the funeral to celebrate Connie’s life will follow at 2 p.m. Burial will be in the Leroy Cemetery. Family will provide flowers, please consider a memorial donation in Connie L. Morgan’s name to St. Jude’s, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN. -Towanda Daily Review 8/20/2021
GIDNEY –GRACE E. SCHANBACHER, 91, widow of Howard L. Schanbacher, Colonial Towers, Towanda died November 3, 2003 at Memorial Hospital, Towanda. She was born August 5, 1912 in Orange, MA, the last surviving child of 10 children of the late Paul P. Gidney and Effie Davis Gidney. She was a graduate of Troy High School and assisted her husband Howard in the operation of their farm in Burlington Township for many years. Mrs. Schanbacher was the oldest member of the Franklindale Christian Church where she taught Sunday school and served as church clerk. She also taught the Bible Club Movement and Child Evangelism for over 51 years. Grace enjoyed teaching Bible studies. Surviving are her sister-in-law Ethel Gidney, Tenafly, NJ and 17 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard L. Schanbacher in 1977; brothers, Harry Gidney in infancy, Bill Alva Carle (Charles), Phil, Don and Jack Gidney; sisters, Rose Bud Gidney infancy, Alice Weller and Nancy Shults. The funeral and committal services were held November 6, 2003 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home with Pastor Lloyd Vaughn, Assistant Pastor of the Independent Baptist Church, Towanda officiating. Interment was in the LeRoy Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions be directed to Child Evangelism Fellowship, RR1 Box 143, Towanda, PA in Mrs. Schanbacher’s memory. –Canton Independent Sentinel
GRACE –MRS. MARTHA G. MORSE, 87, of Leroy, widow of Harry A. Morse died Friday, June 27, 1952. She was born Feb. 28, 1865, the daughter of Addison and Dimmis Knapp Grace of Springfield Township. After spending her early life in West Franklin she married and came to Leroy where she since resided. Mr. and Mrs. Morse were married 54 years. Survived by two daughters, Mrs. Dimmis Bailey of Leroy and Mrs. Grace Loyd of Canton, two sons, Stanley of Leroy and Burr of West Leroy, one sister, Mrs. Mark Chamberlain, Bentley Creek, several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. Services were held at the Morse Funeral Home Sunday afternoon at 2:30 with the Rev. H. Lois Hewitt officiating and burial in Leroy Cemetery.
GREENE –CARLYNDA G. SHANNON, 19, of Dania, Fla., died Tuesday, Feb. 9, 1982, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She was formerly of Canton. Carlynda was born Dec. 19, 1962 in Troy, Pa., a daughter of Robert and Donna Roby Greene. She was a member of the Grover Church of Christ. She is survived by her husband, Jerry of Canton; parents, Robert and Donna Roby Greene of Canton; two brothers, Timothy of Gibsonton, Fla. and Frederick of Canton. Two sisters, Suellen and Totie Greene, both of Canton; maternal grandmother, Mrs. Dorothy Roby of Canton; several aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends may call at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, Saturday evening from 7 to 9. Funeral and committal services will be held at the funeral home Sunday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Will Strunk, her pastor, officiating. Interment will be in the Leroy Cemetery. –Towanda Daily Review.
GREENE - During the early morning hours of Tuesday, July 31, 2007, well-known Canton resident Theodore Robert Greene died quietly at the Skilled Nursing Unit in Towanda. He was 80 years of age. Born in Towanda on Dec. 3, 1926, he was the son of Harry and Ella (Anderson) Greene. Known to family and friends as Bob, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during World War II, and served during the Korean War as well. He was married to the former Donna Roby, and together they raised two sons and four daughters. For 38 years Bob was employed as a machinist with Parker-Hannifin in Canton, retiring in 1992. During his latter days with the company Bob manufactured its air valve gaskets used on the space shuttle. In his spare time Bob enjoyed baseball, and was a die-hard Yankees fan. He was also an avid fan of Penn State's Nittany Lions. He was a 50-year member of the Canton Lodge 429 L.O.O.M, a member of the Machinist's Union and Post 303 American Legion, and a life member of Post 714 VFW as well as a life member of the Innes Hose Co. But his first priority was his beloved wife and family. Nothing could lift his spirits like a visit with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Bob was an all-around good guy whom everyone seemed to love. Bob is survived by his wife, Donna, at home; sons, Timothy C. Greene of Washington State and Fredrick Greene (and Kris Olsen) of Blaine, Minn.; daughters, Sue (and Alan) Carey of Royal Palm Beach, Fla., Totie and Aaron Justice of Canton, and Bethann D. Greene of West Palm Beach, Fla.; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and nieces Beverly Parmenter of Milan, Pa., and Joyce Walburn of Danville, Pa.; as well as several additional nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Carlynda Greene; his brothers, Fredrick and Richard Greene; and a sister, Emma Lathrop. Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, during which time the Canton Moose Lodge will conduct a memorial tribute to Bob. Services will be at 2 p.m. with Pastor Will Strunk officiating. VFW Post 714 will accord military honors. He will be laid to rest in LeRoy Cemetery. Published in the Daily Review on 8/1/2007
PAULINE HARRIS, area resident, 71, died quietly on January 7th, 1998 while residing at the Gold Star Nursing Home in Danville, PA. Born in LeRoy on July 8, 1926, she was one of seven children born to Persons and May (Smith) Harris. As a child she enjoyed the simple pleasures and pastimes which were shared with the other youngsters of her community. Sadly, at the age of 16, her life was forever changed when a tragic auto accident shattered her to the very core of her existence. Having never fully recovered she was left permanently incapacitated, while the world passed her by she resigned herself to a much more limited lifestyle. One of life’s pleasures, which she could continue to enjoy, was reading, and she occupied her days and nights in this manner until her passing. Surviving are: brothers Edward Harris, Elmira, NY, and Clifford Harris, Auburn, NY; sisters, Marion Webster, Muncy, Betty LaClair, Auburn, NY and Hazel Poole; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by a brother, Robert Harris in 1988 and a sister, Jeanette Walwrath in 1997. In accordance with the family’s wishes there were no public calling hours or services, and a private interment took place in the LeRoy Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to Morse and Kleese Funeral Home of Canton. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
ROBERT L. HARRIS, 58, 83 W. South Ave., Canton, died Sunday, Dec. 18, 1988 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Mr. Harris was born May 18, 1930 at Standing Stone, a son of Persons and Mae Harris. He was a farmer for over 30 years and for 29 years owned his own farm in Canton. He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict. Surviving are his wife, the former Frances Miller to whom he was married 35 years on May 16, 1988; two daughters, Mrs. Diane Dann of Canton RD 1 and Mrs. Beverly Andrus of Canton; three grandchildren; foster mother, Mrs. Emma Lathrop of Canton; two brothers, Edward Harris of Elmira and Clifford Harris of Syracuse; five sisters, Pauline Harris of Danville, Marion Webster of Muncy, Betty LaClaire of Syracuse, N.Y., Mrs. Hazel Poole of Chittenago, N.Y. and Mrs. Jeannette Walwarth of Chittenango, N.Y.; nieces, nephews and cousins. The funeral service will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton with the Rev. Richard M. Barner, pastor of Canton Ecumenical Parish, officiating. Interment will be in LeRoy Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 3-4 and 6-8 p.m. Memorial donations may be directed to the American Cancer Society in Mr. Harris’ memory. –Towanda Daily Review.
HICKOK Elizabeth Annalee - On the afternoon of July 13, 2010, the
Canton community was saddened by the loss of one of its more endearing
citizens. Elizabeth Annalee (Hickok) (Morse) Castle died
quietly at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. She was 88 years of age. Born Oct. 15, 1921, on her family's Porter Road farm in Troy Township, she was the daughter of Arthur and Annalee (Wheeler) Hickok. A 1939 graduate of Troy High School, Betty enlisted in the Women's Army Corps (WACS), serving meritoriously as a medical surgical technician. After returning home, she was courted by a young man named Bruce L. Morse, and in 1949 they were united in marriage. The young couple resided in LeRoy, raising three sons and four daughters, and shared 38 years until Bruce's passing in 1987. Two years later, Betty married James Castle of Canton, who was himself a widower with a grown family. With her sweet, charming demeanor, Betty immediately endeared herself to her new sons, daughters and grandchildren and loved them as her own, uniting the Morses and Castles into one harmonious family unit. In 1999 James died
, but Betty was strengthened by the love of her extended family. In 2005 her heart was won by yet another gentleman, Harmon Blow of Towanda, and they were wed. Harmon died
four years later, but not before Betty had spread her love to his children and their families. She was active in several area organizations, including the Open Hand Grange, the Canton Senior Citizens and the Canton Music Club. Her membership in the grange exceeded 50 years. Betty was also fond of playing cards and board games, especially Aggravation, sharing quality time with her children and grandchidlren. She truly was a "people person." Betty was also a great lover of music, and in her youth was proficient at playing the violin. She was also quite proud of being a descendant of the famous icon of the American West, Wild Bill Hickok. Betty had an enormous zest for life and a generous nature. She always put others before herself, often giving away gifts that she had received to others who needed them more. In more recent times, while residing at the Bradford County Manor, she could be found wheeling herself around the premises brightening the days of residents whom she deemed to be less fortunate than herself. But most important to Betty was her walk with Jesus, whom she came to know as a child while attending the First Baptist Church of Troy. At the age of 12 she put her life into His Hands and she was washed in the waters of baptism. She later transferred her membership to the Faith Baptist Church in Canton, and during the past few years also shared in the fellowship of Grace Baptist Church in Towanda. But the lessons she learned remained with her, and she walked in the Light of His Love until He called her Home. Betty is survived by: her sons Bruce Jr. (and Ann) Morse of Gillett, Martin (and Debbie) Morse of Canton and Albert (and Charlotte) Morse of Troy; daughters, RosaLee Johnson of Blackwood, N.J., Kathleen Hewitt of Apache Junction, Ariz., Pamela (and Cliff) Crane of Ulster, and Diane (and Robert) Jones of Granville Summit; her children by extension, James (and Millie) Castle, Roger (and Joyce) Castle, Ernest (and Penny) Castle, Paul (and Jane) Castle, Fay (and Larry) Dewert, all of Canton, Agnes Forrey of Lancaster, Mary (and George) Wilcox of Milan, Merle (and Cheryl) Blow of Oklahoma, Joy (and Dennis) Vosburg of Florida, and Wayne Blow of Troy; brothers Willis Hickok of Tucson, Ariz., and Raymond (and Muriel) Hickok of Troy; sisters Janet Williams of New Jersey and Ada (and Marion) Miller of Bechtelsville, Pa.; as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her husbands Bruce Morse Sr., James Castle and Harmon Blow; brother Frank Hickok; and sisters Marion Bly and Lucille Gernert. Calling hours will be from 3-5 p.m. Friday, July 16, at the Faith Baptist Church, Route 414, just east of Canton Borough. Services will be at 5 p.m. with Pastor John Latimer and Rev. Duane Taylor officiating. Interment will be in LeRoy Cemetery. The family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to either Faith Baptist Church of Canton or the Canton Music Club, c/o Florence Finogle, 246 Troy St., Canton, PA 17724. Professional services have been entrusted to Morse & Kleese Funeral Home of Canton. - Towanda Daily Review, July 15, 2010
HOAGLAND –LEUTHENA J. – Rev. H. J. Heineman was called to West Franklin on Friday of last week to officiate at the funeral of Mrs. Theodore Wilcox. She leaves a husband and four small children. She was only 35 years of age. The service was held in the … church at West Franklin. (Died April 26, 1893 and buried in Leroy Cemetery, Leroy, PA.)
HOLCOMB, Charles L-Canton, Feb 15 (1949) 87, of LeRoy died this morning. He is survived by one son, Laverne of West LeRoy at whose home is died. The body is at the Morse funeral home in Canton where the funeral will be held Thursday, Feb 17 at 2 pm. Rev. C E Rostofer will officiate with burial in LeRoy cemetery.
HOLCOMB, CHARLES L., Charles Lyle Holcomb, 72, of New Albany, RD2, died December 6, 1986 at the VA Hospital in Wilkes-Barre following a lingering illness. Born January 22, 1914 in LeRoy, he was a son of LaVerne and Maude Wooster Holcomb. He had been a farmer in his earlier days and retired in 1976 as a truck driver at the Rynveld Wreath Corp. in New Albany. Surviving are his wife, Olive Capwell at home; a son; two daughters; three step-daughters; 27 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; sister, Elaine Phillips of Troy. Funeral services were held December 10 at the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home in Dushore with interment to be in the LeRoy Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Bradford County Chapter of the American Cancer Society. (TGR Dec. 11, 1986)
CHARLES LYLE HOLCOMB, 72, of New Albany RD 2 died Saturday morning at the VA Hospital in Wilkes-Barre following a lingering illness. Born Jan. 22, 1914 in LeRoy, he was a son of LaVerne and Maude Wooster Holcomb. He had been a farmer in his earlier days, and retired in 1976 as truck driver at the Rynveld Wreath Corp of New Albany. He was a veteran of World War II having served with the U.S. Army in the Asiatic Theatre. Surviving is his wife, Olive Capwell Holcomb, at home; son, Robert of Florida; two daughters. Mrs. Ray (Betty) Jackson, Colo., Mrs. John (Patricia) Shaffer of Hornbrook; four step-sons, Raymond Capwell of Murphysboro, Tenn., William Capwell of Stevensville, John and Charles Capwell of New Albany; three step-daughters, Mrs. Duane (Shirley) Carpenter of New Albany, Mrs. DeWitt (Anna) Corey of Laceyville, Mrs. Richard (Angela) Bennett of Towanda; one sister, Elaine Phillips of Troy; 27 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. He was a member of the Monroeton Rod and Gun Club, and the Loyalsock Post #996 American Legion, and the Durell Veterans of Foreign Wars Post. Funeral and committal services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore, with the Rev. Robert W. Brown, of the Redeemer United Church of Christ, officiating. Interment will be in the LeRoy Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday from 10 a.m. to the beginning of the funeral. Military services will be conducted Wednesday at the funeral home by members of the VFW and the Loyalsock American Legion. Memorials may be directed to the Bradford County Chapter of the American Society. –Towanda Daily Review.
H. DEAN HOLCOMB, 82, long time resident of the Canton area, died May 17, 1997 at the Bradford County Manor. Born on November 11, 1914, in LeRoy, he was a son of the late Ray and Lena Whipple Holcomb. He graduated from Canton High School, Class of 1932. In 1942 he entered the US Army where he served his country during WW II. Following his honorable discharge from the Army, he came back to the Canton area where he worked as a self employed carpenter for many years until his retirement in the early 1980s. He was an active member of the Kingdom Hall of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, North Towanda. Surviving are: son and daughter-in-law, Joe Holcomb, Elmira and Trudy Holcomb, Canton; son, Jack Holcomb, Canton; step-daughter, Suzanne Schrader, Canton; step-son, Robert Long, Largo, FL; three granddaughters, Sheila, Sarah and Rebekah Holcomb; brother and sister-in-law, Raymond and Jean Holcomb, LeRoy; several step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, William Holcomb, in July 1977; sisters, Olive Ferguson, in September 1995; and Rosalie Holcomb, in 1975; brother, Newton Holcomb, in 1969. A memorial service was held May 21 at the Kingdom Hall of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, North Towanda, with David Malosh officiating. Interment will be held in the LeRoy Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Arrangements were under the direction of the Pepper Funeral Home, Canton. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Canton Ambulance Association, PO Box 38, Canton, PA in Mr. Holcomb’s memory. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
HOLCOMB - John "Jack" Holcomb, 62, of Canton, Pa., died
on April 18, 2010 at his home. John Paul, "Jack" to family and friends, was born in Troy, Pa. on April 17, 1948. He was a son of the late H. Dean and Clarabelle (VanSyckle) Holcomb. He graduated from Canton High School with the class of 1966 and served our country during the Vietnam War with the U.S. Air Force. Jack was employed by Canton Manufacturing for many years until retiring. Jack is survived by: a brother, Joe Holcomb of Elmira; a half-sister and half-brother, Suzanne (Tom) Schrader of Canton and Robert Long of Florida; his uncle, Raymond "Red" Holcomb of LeRoy; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, William Holcomb.
In keeping with Jack's wishes, there will be no public services. Burial will be in LeRoy Cemetery. Those who wish may direct memorials in Jack's name to a charity of one's choice. Pepper Funeral Home in Canton is in care of arrangements. – Towanda Daily Review, April 20, 2010
HOLCOMB Minnie - Mrs. Minnie-(1948) died at her home in LeRoy Township Tuesday morning at the age of 72. She was a daughter of Jasper and Rose McKee Holcomb. For many years she had been a devoted member of and worker in the Church of Christ, LeRoy; five nephews and four nieces. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Sept 9 at the home. Rev. C E Rostofer will officiate. Burial will be in LeRoy Cemetery.
HOLCOMB –PATRICIA A. HOLCOMB SHAFFER, 48, Towanda, RR 5, died July 5, 1996 at the LaPorte United Methodist Home, LaPorte, PA. Born October 22, 1947 in LeRoy, the daughter of the late Charles Lawrence and Nellie Watkins Holcomb. She was a graduate of Athens High School calls of 1968; was formerly employed by GTE Sylvania in Towanda; Bradford County Vo-tech and the Endless Mountains Transportation Authority; attended the Hornbrook United Methodist Church and enjoyed bowling in her leisure time. Surviving are her husband John D. Shaffer, who she married on August 15, 1970; three daughters, Tammy J. Shaffer, Hornbrook, Linda S. Shaffer, N. Rome, Christina A. Shaffer, at home; a grandson, Daniel B. Shaffer-Hall, Hornbrook; her stepmother, Olive Holcomb, New Albany; her sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Raymond Jackson, N. Glenn, CO; a sister-in-law, Elsie Holcomb, Florida; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by a brother, Robert L. Holcomb, Sr. The funeral and committal service was held July 8 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, Towanda, with the Rev. Sandy Foster, pastor of the Ulster United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment was in the LeRoy Cemetery, LeRoy, PA. The family suggests that memorials be directed to Guthrie Hospice RR 1, Box 154, Towanda, PA in Mrs. Shaffer’s memory. –Canton Independent Sentinel. (Charles Lawrence should read Charles Lyle Holcomb)
(Leroy) Adelbert Holcombe died at this home below town early Tuesday morning, March 7th, after a few days illness with pneumonia, aged 63 years. Besides his widow, he is survived by three children, Harry, Eugene and Winifred Bullock. Two sisters also survive, Mrs. Frank Bailey and Mrs. Susan West. The funeral was largely attended from the home Friday afternoon with burial in LeRoy Cemetery. TGR 1916
HOLCOMBE –ELAINE MARY (HOLCOMBE) PHILLIPS, 90, a lifelong resident of Bradford County, died quietly at her Granville Summit home after a long, brave fight with cancer. Born in Powell, August 16, 1906 she was the daughter of Laverne and Maude (Wooster) Holcombe. She was a graduate of Canton High School and studied to become a practical nurse, a profession which she practiced for many years at the Troy Community Hospital. She was married to Tracey Phillips and together they raised two daughters and a foster son. Mrs. Phillips was a member of the Maxwell Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star in Troy. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1971 and a brother Lyle Holcombe. Surviving are daughters, Marcella Freeman, Summerfield, FL and Mary Jenkins Cash of Wellsboro; foster son Donald Newton, Redondo, CA; seven grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins. The funeral was held at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home October 18 with the Rev. Mary Kisner, Pastor of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Troy officiating. Interment was in LeRoy Cemetery. The family suggests that memorials be directed to the American Cancer Society in Mrs. Phillip’s memory. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
HOLCOMBE –FLORENCE MAY. Mrs. Fred Palmer, of LeRoy Township
died in the Robert Packer hospital in Sayre at 2 o’clock Wednesday morning, Dec.
30, 1925, following an operation 10 days ago. She was 50 years of
age. The deceased is survived by her husband and two daughters, Gertrude
and Rose and one son, Leon. Her mother, Mrs. Rose Holcombe, two brothers,
James and Ray, and two sisters, Carrier and Minnie, all of LeRoy Township, also
survive. The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the
home and burial will be in the LeRoy cemetery. –Canton Independent