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PACKARD –ADELINE M. PACKARD YOUNG, 92, widow of Kenneth Earl Young, formerly of 416 State St., Towanda, died Wednesday evening, May 24, 1995, at the LaPorte United Methodist Home, LaPorte. Born July 15, 1902, in Towanda, Pa., she was a daughter of the late Jerome K. and Olive Muriel MacDougal Packard. Her main interest throughout her life encompassed her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved to crochet and create many beautiful afghans for her loved ones with love in every stitch. She will also be remembered for her beautiful soprano voice and musical readings. Mrs. Young was the oldest member of the Towanda First United Methodist Church and was a member of the church choir for over 50 years; past matron and 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter No. 76, Towanda; 50-year member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Towanda Chapter; past noble grand of Rebekah Lodge No. 443, Wysox; charter member of the Towanda Garden Club; past member of the Shakespeare Club; and a member of the Towanda Area Senior Citizens. She is survived by her children: Dr. Jerome Kenneth and Doris Young of Naples, Fla., Olive June Williams of Ulster, Gwen E. Brecher of Towanda, William Packard and Marilyn Young of Springfield, Va., and Patricia Adeline and John Goodwin of Elmira; 13 grandchildren: Terry Young Beeson of Chesterfield, Mo., Jerome J. Young Jr. of Canton, Julie Beth Young of Houston, Texas, John Williams Schulze of Alfred, N.Y., Kenneth Harry Williams of Wysox, Carol Williams Richie of Herndon, Va., Debra Brecher Blaine of Granby, Conn., Capt. Joseph A. Brecher of Ft. Bragg, N.C., Daron Kenneth Young of Amissville, Va., John R. Goodwin of San Diego, Calif., Christopher P. Goodwin of San Diego, Calif., William J. Goodwin of Horseheads, N.Y. and James F. Goodwin of Horseheads, N.Y., Fourteen great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law: sisters-in-law and many nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Earl Young, on May 30, 1976, and by her sisters, Winifred Packard Mitchell and Olive Muriel Packard. The family will receive friends Friday, May 26, 1995, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. The funeral service will be held Saturday, May 27, 1995, at 2 p.m. at the Towanda First United Methodist Church with her pastor, the Rev. Allen Hulslander officiating. Interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda. The family suggests that memorials may be directed to: First United Methodist Church, 105 Main St., Towanda, Pa. or to the LaPorte United Methodist Home, LaPorte, Pa. in Adeline M. Packard Young’s memory. –Towanda Daily Review.
ARTHUR THOMAS PAINTER, 82, of West Warren, Pa., RR 2, Rome, died on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2003 at the Darway Nursing Home, Estella. He was born on May 30, 1920 in Estella, a son of the late Thomas R. and Gertrude M. (Lee) Painter. Art was a graduate of LeRaysville High School and served his country as a 1st Lieutenant Pilot with the Army Air Corp. in the South Pacific during World War II. He owned and operated a contracting and hardware business in West Warren. Art will be remembered for saying "Don't throw that away. . .I'll fix it for you." Art was a founding and dedicated member of the Warren Township Volunteer Fire Department for 50 years; former school director of Warren Township and Northeast Bradford School District; an active member of the Warren and Wappasening Grange for 60 years and also shared membership with the Pennsylvania State and National Grange. In addition, Art served for more than 15 years on the Northern Tier Planning Transportation Committee and was a life long member of the National Rifle Association. He enjoyed hunting, gardening, photography, and was an avid conversationalist. He was an exceptionally generous member of the community. Art is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Mary Jane (Warner) Painter; his sons and daughters-in-law, Alan and Christine Painter and their children, Lacey, Molly, and Jesse, of Troy, Pa.; Richard Painter and his wife Elizabeth Nordman of Colorado Springs, CO; David and Rene Painter and their children, Samantha and Danielle, of Vestal, N.Y.; his sister and brother-in-law, Gertrude and Leonard "Woody" Byers, of Castle Creek, N.Y.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was predeceased by his sister and brother-in-law, Pansy (Painter) and Elroy Runyon and his brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Andrea (Carr) Painter. Funeral services for Art will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2003 at 11 a.m. at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols, N.Y. with Pastor Larry D. Jennings, of the Warren Center Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, Jan. 28, from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral chapel. Flowers will be provided by the family and memorial contributions may be directed to the Warren Township Volunteer Fire Department, c/o Mr. Paul Moran, RR 2, Box 406, Rome, Pa. 18837, or the Windham Ambulance, c/o Mrs. Anna Bowen, Treasure, RR 2 Box 63 A., Rome, Pa. 18837 in loving memory of Arthur T. Painter. Contributed by Carol Brotzman. –Towanda Daily Review, January 26, 2003.
PARK Ralph S. Park II
68, of 12 5th St., Towanda, died Friday, July 27, 2012. Born June 29, 1944 in Towanda, he was the son of Ralph S. Park and Agnes Pitts Park of Monroeton. Ralph was a graduate of Towanda High School, class of 1962, and a graduate of Penn State Hazelton, class of 1965, with an associate degree in engineering electrical and electronic technology. He earned his professional engineer certificate in 1982. He was employed at Claverack Electric Company for 34 years as the director of the engineering department. Ralph was a member of the Towanda Water Board, a life member of the Towanda Gun club, a social member of the Towanda VFW, life member of Towanda Elks Lodge No. 2191, and Past Master of Evergreen Lodge No. 163, F. & A.M. of Pennsylvania. When he was younger, he earned his Eagle Scout award. His hobbies included computers, putting up his train display at Christmas, drinking coffee with his friends and especially ham radio (call sign K3LPP). A special friend James Cook visited him every Wednesday at dialysis and one of Ralph's favorite things was to go to Brass Pelican Restaurant for sourdough buckwheat pancakes. Ralph was married for 41 years to Cora Feissner Park, formerly of Freeland. His surviving children are Gail Catherine Park of Towanda and David Ralph Park and his wife Betsy Snyder Park of Irwin. He is also survived by two grandsons, Brandon David and Ryan Sidney Park of Irwin. Additional surviving relatives include a cousin Ronald Strong and wife Sue; brother-in-law Gerald Feissner and wife Mary; sister-in-law Cathy McGee; nephew Gerry Feissner; and neices Kate Feissner Totino (Donald), Kristin Feissner (friend Mark), Kelly McGee and Jennifer McGee. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph S. Park and Agnes Pitts Park, grandparents S. Berger and Jane Park, an uncle James Strong and an aunt, Jane Park Strong. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, July 30 and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda with the funeral service to immediately follow at 11 a.m. Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda. Contributions may be directed to the Guthrie Dialysis Center, 603 William St., Towanda PA 18848 in Ralph's memory. Towanda Daily Review – July 28, 2012
PARK –T. ELVIRA PARK NOBLE, 78 of Ulster RR 2, Ulster Township died early Friday morning, Sept. 1, 1995 at her home following a period of declining health. Born June 11, 1917 in Smithfield Township, Pa., she was a daughter of the late Owen and Roxie Wilcox Park. Elvira was formerly employed by Blue Swan in Sayre, Pa. for over 10 years and later employed by Osram-Sylvania in Towanda for 29 years until her retirement in June of 1982. Mrs. Park attended the East Smithfield Federated Church and she was a member of the Osram-Sylvania Women’s Club. Elvira’s main interest in life encompassed her home and family. She loved to travel and enjoyed the theater. She also enjoyed gardening and working among her flowers. Surviving are: a daughter and son-in-law, Lois Jean and Clifford Isbell, Ulster RR 2; her grandchildren, William and Deborah Ervin, Ulster, RR 2; Timothy and Becky Landmesser, Ulster RR 2; four great-grandchildren, Jeremy, Shane, Isriah and Keira; a sister, Beatrice Clark, Milan RR 1; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, John A. “Jack” Noble on Dec. 26, 1980, a grandson, John Isbell on April 16, 1982. The funeral service will be held Sunday, Sept. 3, 1995 at 3 p.m. AT THE Maryott-Bowen Funeral home, 217 York Ave., Towanda with the Rev. Richard R. McGuire, pastor of the East Smithfield Federated Church officiating. Interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda. The family will receive friends Saturday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. The family suggests that memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society, Bradford Unit, 413 S. Main St., Athens, Pa. in Mrs. Noble’s memory. –Towanda Daily Review
PARKS –MARIAN SCHWARTZ, 88, of 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, Pa., died at the Lancaster General Hospital, Lancaster, Pa., on Tuesday, March 25, 2003, following a short illness. She had been a resident of Elizabethtown since July 2002, and was formerly of Valleybrook Estates, July 2002, and was formerly of Valleybrook Estates, Lancaster and 109 Main St., Towanda. Born Feb. 11, 1915, in Rome, she was a daughter of the late Ray B. and Mary Allen Parks. She was the wife of the late Dr. Philip Herman Schwartz, who preceded her in death in January 1958. Mrs. Schwartz graduated from the Rome High School in 1934 and achieved a registered nurse’s degree in 1937 from the Robert Packer Scholl of Nursing in Sayre. She practiced as a registered nurse and office manager in her husband’s practice in Towanda from 1941 to 1958. She and her husband made hundreds of house calls to the rural areas of Bradford County during and after World War II, and delivered many babies at the Mills Hospital in Towanda and in rural homes. She returned to nursing at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre in 1968, and eventually assumed the role as head orthopedic nurse, until her retirement in 1978. Mrs. Schwartz was affiliated with the Christ Episcopal Church, in Towanda, until her relocation to Lancaster in 1986. She was an avid golfer from the 1940s through the 1970s. She also enjoyed horses. Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Philip John and Susan Klinedinst Schwartz of Lancaster; three grandchildren, Philip Michael, Stephen and Sarah Schwartz; and three sisters Ida Mae Conrad and her husband, George Conrad, of Rome, Jeanne Tierzev and her husband, Mark Tierzev, of Webster, N.Y. and Nina Helm of Quarryville, Pa. She was preceded in death by a brother, George Parks. The funeral service will be held Saturday, March 29, 2003, at 2 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda with the Rev. Maureen Hipple, rector of Christ Episcopal Church, Towanda, officiating. Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda. The family will receive friends Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home. -–owanda Daily Review.
PARKS - Ruth E. Prusack, 91, widow of Dr. Nicholas O. Prusack of 8 Huston St., Towanda, Pa., died early Monday morning, Jan. 4, 2010, at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Memorial Hospital, North Towanda Twp., Pa. Ruth was born Jan. 13, 1918, in East Towanda, Pa., the daughter of the late Perry Parks and M. Ordelia BULL Parks. She was a graduate of Towanda High School Class of 1936. She worked with her husband, Dr. Nicholas O. Prusack, as a dental assistant in his Towanda office for many years. Ruth served as a local weather observer and flood stage measurer for the Towanda area for a number of years. She recorded the highest flood stage in Towanda during Tropical Storm Agnes in 1972. Ruth was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Towanda where she assisted with baptisms and was a member of the Critchlow Sunday School Class. She served with great dedication as former vice president and as a member of the board of directors of the Towanda Oak Hill Cemetery Association for many years. Her extensive efforts in research, cataloging and converting information to computer technology were of tremendous benefit to the cemetery and area families. Ruth enjoyed the outdoors, playing golf, gardening and hunting. She was the very proud mother of her sons Jerry and Nick when they received their Eagle Scout Awards. She is survived by: her children, Susan E. Prusack of Coventry, Conn., Kathryn A. Prusack and her fiance Gary Johnson of Santa Fe, N.M., and Jerry Prusack and his wife Kathy of Springville, Pa.; grandsons Steven Matyi, Luke Matyi, Matthew Prusack, Andrew Prusack and Michael Prusack; a sister, Esther Trowbridge of Macedonia; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by: her husband, Dr. Nicholas O. Prusack in 1966; children Anna Marie Hall and Nicholas O. Prusack II; grandson Adrian Prusack; brothers Perry Parks and Edward Parks; and a sister, Mildred Green. The family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m. Friday at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa. The funeral and committal service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, at the First United Methodist Church, Main Street, Towanda, Pa., with the Rev. James Hollister, pastor, officiating. Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, Pa. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the First United Methodist Church, 105 Main St., Towanda, Pa., or to the Towanda Oak Hill Cemetery Association in care of Jean Miller, Secretary-Treasurer, 602 South Fourth St., Towanda, PA 18848, in Ruth E. Prusack's memory. 06 Jan. 2010, Towanda Daily Review.
PARSONS - Donald C. Parsons, 78, of 301 Pine St., Towanda, Pa. died early Saturday morning, Nov. 4, 2006, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa.. Donald was born Feb.20, 1928, in Sayre, one of 12 children of Harry Parsons Sr. and Louise Keyser Parsons. He attended the Towanda Area Schools and subsequently served in the U.S. Navy for 23 years. Upon completion of his military career, Donald attended and graduated from Mansfield University, Mansfield, Pa., where he received his bachelor of science degree in elementary education. Mr. Parsons served as a substitute teacher over the years for several area school districts. He was employed by the Bradford County Board of Assistance in Towanda for 14 years until his retirement. Donald was a member of American Legion Post. No. 42, Towanda. In early years, Donald enjoyed spending time fishing with his children. He enjoyed sports and was a devout fan of Towanda High School football, rarely if ever missing a game. Donald was also an avid Penn State football and boxing fan. He possessed great love for his grandchildren and looked forward to being with them whenever possible. Donald was very generously expressed his desire to be an organ donor. Evan with all the many gifts he gave throughout his life, Donald gave the greatest gift at the time of his death. The gift of life. He is survived by: Patricia A. Parsons; his children, Mark Thompson and his wife, Pam, of Towanda, Todd Parsons of Towanda, Donald Parsons and his wife, Missy, of Rome, and Heath Parsons and his wife, Tia, of Towanda; his grandchildren, Kara, Kodi and Kolton Thompson, Sara Jared, Joshua and Tristen Parsons, Mathew and Jessica Parsons and Brandon Mulchay, and Jayde and Ayden Parsons; great-grandchildren, Ryalee and Cameron; brothers, Phillip Parsons and his wife, MaryLou, of Canton, Pa., and Llewellyn Parsons and his wife, Genevieve, of Endicott, N.Y.; sisters, Marjorie Elicker of Dushore, Gloria Hubbard of Monroeton, and Jane Leavenworth and her husband, Donald, of Towanda; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Laura Hammond, and brothers, William, Lawrence, Edgar, Harry Jr. and Walter Parsons. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006, at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. The funeral service will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. The interment service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006, Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, with Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 according full military honors. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the Towanda Oak Hill Cemetery Association in care of Jean Miller 602 S. Fourth St. Towanda, PA 18848, in Donald C. Parsons' memory.
PARSONS Edward "Ash" - Well Known Towanda Man Passes Away - Ash Parsons, well-known Towanda man, died at his home at Towanda on July 28, 1952, following a long illness. Mr. Parsons was an employee of the Daily Review Newspaper for many years and was well-known for his various promotions throughout this area. He is survived by his wife, Hazel Armbruster of Mauch Chunk; a son, Edward Parsons Jr; two grandchildren, David and Venie Dianne; a brother, M. Morgan Parsons of Towanda; two sisters, Mrs. Davis Metschan of Towanda and Mrs. Antoinette McIntyre of North Philadelphia. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Maryott Funeral Home. The Rev. Thomas F. Luee, pastor of the Towanda Presbyterian Church, will officiate. [no date on news clipping]
EDWARD "ASH" PARSONS JR.
Edward "Ash" Parsons Jr., 75, of Towanda, died Friday, April 19, 1991 at Palm Hospital, South Pasedena, FL. He had suffered a stroke while spending the winter in Florida. Born April 7, 1916 in Towanda, he was the son of the late Edward Ashmun Parsons Sr. and Hazel Armbruster Parsons. He was known as "Ash" by his many friends. A 1934 graduate of Towanda High School, he began working at The Daily Review the same year. He retired from his career at The Daily Review and The Towanda Printing Company in 1981. He was an active member of the Bradford County Republican Party, was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Towanda and was involved in the Masonic Lodge and the Towanda Elks. He took a great interest in other community affairs. He is survived by his wife, the former Anne Crock; son and daughter-in-law, David and Marcia Parsons, Drexel Hill, PA; daughter and son-in-law, Venie and Raymond Mason of Randwick, Australia; three grandchildren. Funeral services were held April 24 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home in Towanda with the Rev. Kenneth J. Lynde officiating and burial to be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda. Full military honors were accorded by American Legion Post 42. Memorial donations may be directed to the Towanda First Presbyterian Church, 1 Court St., Towanda, PA 18848 or to the charity of one's choice in Mr. Parson's memory. (TGR, Thursday, May 2, 1991)
PATTEN - Beatrice "Bea" Patten, 100, of Carlsbad, Calif., died Friday, Aug. 14, 2009, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in LaJolla, Calif. "Bea," as she was known by her family and friends, was born the second oldest between two brothers on Oct. 30, 1908, in Providence, R.I., the daughter of Charles H. and Pearl Rhodes Patten. Bea had wonderful memories of spending summers at Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire and attending a large city school with 48 students in her grade. At the age of 12, Bea contracted pneumonia and the doctor told her parents that she was not expected to survive. After high school, Bea attended secretarial school where she learned skills that would afford her the opportunity to travel the world. Her first job was as a secretary at the Rhode Island Statehouse in the Children's Services Department. In her early 20s she worked for the Brinks Company, followed by a short stint as a hospital bookkeeper. Bea joined the U.S. Coast Guard during the war years of 1943 through 1945, although at 34 she was considered almost too old to join. After the war, Bea worked as a secretary for the Arabian American Oil Company or ARAMCO for 18 years in Saudi Arabia. Taking an early retirement, Bea thought she would spend a year on the Australian island of Tasmania, but ended up staying in Australia for 25 years breeding race horses. Bea loved traveling, collecting artwork from around the world and in early years performed in the movie "Guys and Dolls." In 1985 she returned to the United States where she made her home in Carlsbad, Calif. Bea is survived by: her sister-in-law Phyllis Reinhart Patten of Towanda, Pa.; a niece, Gail Patten-Osborne of Laguna Niguel, Calif.; and several cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers Stanley Hancock Patten on March 29, 1992, and Horace Patten on July 31, 1972. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009, at the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, Pa., with the Rev. Robert Martin, pastor of the Wysox Presbyterian Church, officiating. Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 will accord full military honors at the cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, Towanda, Pa. There are no calling hours. RHW, 21 August 2009, Towanda Daily Review.
STANLEY H. PATTEN
Stanley Hancock Patten, 69, of Towanda, died Sunday, March 29, 1992 at Memorial Hospital in Towanda, PA. Born May 11, 1992 in Providence, RI. he was a son of tha late Charles H. and Pearl Rhodes Patten. Mr. Patten was a research chemist at E.I. DuPont. He was very active in the Masonic Lodge and other organizations in the community. Surviving are his wife, Phyllis Reinhart Patten; sister, Miss Beatrice Patten of Carlsbad, CA; a niece and several cousins. Funeral services were held April 2 (2 p.m) at the Maryott Bowen Funeral Home in Towanda with the Rev. Harry L. Ferguson officiating and interment to be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Towanda. Friends who wish may direct memorials to the Radiology Department, Memorial Hospital Inc., Towanda, PA 18848 in Stanley H. Patten's memory. (TGR, Thursday, April 2, 1992)
PATTERSON James L. Patterson
82, of 2705 Old Plank Road, Towanda, Pa. died Thursday
evening, Sept. 29, 2011 at Memorial Hospital, Towanda, Pa., surrounded by his
family. Jim possessed unconditional love for his family. Despite his illness
and the hardship it brought him, he remained a devoted husband, father, and
grandfather. He found great joy in his beloved grandchildren. Jim was
born Sept. 4, 1929, a son of Charles Patterson and Elizabeth Cook Patterson.
Jim was a radar operator in the U.S. Army Artillery during the Korean War from
1951 to 1953. He married his high school sweetheart Juanita "Skeet"
Connor and the couple recently celebrated 61 years of marriage. Jim was a well
known area building contractor having built many homes in the area. He served
as construction superintendent for an addition at Memorial Hospital in Towanda
and for many additional banks, hospitals and credit unions in Pennsylvania and
New York State. Jim loved hunting and fishing with family and friends especially
with his grandson Eric. Jim and Juanita enjoyed Modern Western Square Dancing
and were charter members and twice presidents of the Grand Paraders of Troy.
The couple traveled extensively in their motor home to all 50 states and
additionally traveled to many foreign countries. Jim was a charter member of
the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 2191, Towanda and was a
member of Towanda American Legion Post No. 42. He will be greatly missed by all
who knew and loved him. In addition to his wife Juanita, he is survived
by daughters Deborah (Patrick) Smith of Waverly, N.Y. and their daughters
Gretchen and Andrea, Drs. Cynthia (Fred) Kephart of York, Pa. and their
children Amelia, James, and Christopher; his son Tim Patterson of Towanda and
his children Eric Patterson and Heather (Bill) Sproule; great-grandchildren
LilyAnn and Ben; twin brother John (Barbara) Patterson of Towanda; sisters
Thelma Diltz of Williamsport, Pa. and Rita Jane (Jim) Palcer of Temple,
Texas. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son,
James Connor Patterson. The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m.
on Sunday afternoon at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda,
Pa. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 3, 2011 at the
funeral home with Rev. James Hollister pastor of the First United Methodist
Church, Towanda, officiating. Interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda,
Pa., with Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 according full military
honors. The family suggests that contributions may be directed to the
First United Methodist Church, 105 Main St. Towanda, PA 18848 or to Memorial
Hospital Hospice, 1 Hospital Drive, Towanda, PA 18848 in James L. Patterson's
memory. Towanda Daily Review – October 1, 2011
PATTERSON John L. Patterson
84, of 1434 Laurel Hill Road, Towanda, Pa. died Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 at Memorial Hospital, Towanda, Pa.John was born in Sayre, Pa. on Sept. 4, 1929, the son of Charles W. Patterson and Elizabeth Cook Patterson. On May 6, 1950 he married the former Barbara Mahoney in Towanda. In early years, he was employed by the Erie Railroad and later worked as a self-employed carpenter. John was employed for over 30 years by Carpenters Local 514 of Williamsport, Pa., until his retirement in 1991. He was a life member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 2191 Towanda, and was a member of the Seminole Eagles Lodge No. 4147 in St. Petersburg, Fla., the Towanda Gun Club, Monroeton Rod & Gun Club and was a social member of Beirne-Webster VFW Post No. 1568, Towanda and Towanda American Legion Post No. 42. John enjoyed the outdoors especially hunting and fishing.He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Barbara Mahoney Patterson at home, children, Charles Patterson and wife Tina of Wyalusing, John F. "Jake" Patterson of Naples, FL, Jerry Lou VanDyne and husband David of Camdenton, Missouri, Michael Patterson and wife Stacey of Towanda, Joseph Patterson of Towanda, 10 grandchildren, 5 step-grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, 10 step-great-grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild, sisters, Thelma Diltz of Williamsport, Pa., Jane Palcer and husband Jim of Temple, Texas, sister-in-law, Juanita Patterson of Towanda, several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, James Patterson. A graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family at Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, Pa. Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, Towanda, Pa. There are no calling hours. Contributions may be directed the American Lung Association of Northeast PA, 2300 Adams Ave. Scranton, PA 18509 in John's memory. Towanda Daily Review – December 14, 2013
PATTERSON –MARY PATTERSON COBB died on Nov. 1, 2005 at her home in Portland, Ore. She was 85 years old. Born June 26, 1920 she was the daughter of Carl V. S. Patterson and Katherine Allen Patterson of Towanda, Pa. She graduated from Towanda Area High School in the class of 1938 and continued her education at Randolph Macon Women’s College in Virginia. On Feb. 28, 1942, Mary Patterson married Jack R. Cobb of Fox Chase Farms, Towanda at the First Presbyterian Church in Towanda. Preceded in death by her husband, Mary P. Cobb was a resident of Baltimore, Md. For more than 60 years before moving to Portland a year ago. Mary P. Cobb loved to travel abroad and to support the arts and community projects. She was a member of the John Hopkins Club, the Walters Art Gallery, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Baltimore Zoo and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. She was a needlepoint artist and an accomplished seamstress. Her home reflected her love of vibrant colors, her attention to detail and her integration of the old with the new. Surviving are her children, Frank Cobb of Santa Fe, N.M., Lucille Nurkse of Brooklyn, N.Y. and Katherine Cobb of Portland. Her grandchildren are Abraham Cobb, Sonia Nurkse and Ari Shillock. Other remaining family members are her nephew and three nieces. In addition to her husband, Mary P. Cobb was preceded in death by her mother, Katherine Allen Patterson in 1992; her father, Carl V. S. Patterson in 1965; her brother, John Frank Patterson in 1944; and her sister, Elizabeth (Bee) Forsyth in 2000. The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. A private graveside service will be held at the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mary P. Cobb may be made to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Philip Merrill Environmental Center, 6 Herndon Ave., Annapolis, Md. –Towanda Daily Review
PEASE Emma Naomi
On the morning of Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, Emma Naomi Pease of Canton went home to be with the Lord while at Bradford County Manor. She was 89 years of age. Born July 11, 1921 in Towanda, she was a daughter of Lawrence and Helen (Crandell) Pease. Know to family and friends as Naomi, she was sent along with her sister, Helen, to live with her aunt Clara Smiley on Tioga Street in Canton following the untimely death of her mother. Her brother, William, was sent to live with their paternal grandparents in LeRaysville. Young Naomi attended the Canton schools where she showed proficiency for music and languages. Upon graduating with honors from Canton High School in 1938, she enrolled in Mansfield State Teachers' College, now Mansfield University, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1942. For more than three decades, she applied her gift of language skills as a teacher of French, Latin and English, first at Towanda High School and later at Curtin Junior High School in Williamsport. Over the years, Naomi traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Europe with her sister Helen and many of her fellow teachers and friends. She was an avid reader and was a long-time member of the Canton Literary Club. She loved classical music, enjoyed playing the piano and was a member of the Canton Music Club. Proud of her heritage, she was an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and in keeping with her love of the community, was a member of the Village Improvement Association who honored her as Woman of the Year. She was by every standard a lady who carried herself through life with dignity and grace. Naomi was a woman with a deep abiding faith in the Lord, and was an active member of the Church of Christ (Disciples) of Canton for as long as her health would permit. Though her active life was somewhat curtailed in recent years, she still welcomed the company of family and friends, who in turn enjoyed her keen wit, sense of humor and kind disposition. Naomi is survived by her brother William (and Mary) Pease of Port Crane, N.Y.; her sister, Helen Landon, formerly of Canton and now of Jupiter, Fla., as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Calling hours will be from 9 to 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 16 at the Church of Christ (Disciples) of Canton, East Union Street at Minnequa Avenue, Canton. Services will be at 11 a.m. with Pastor Bonnie Browning and Rev. David B. Morris officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda. The family will provide the flowers and suggests that memorial contributions be directed to the Green Free Library, 38 N. Center St., Canton, PA 17724. Professional services have been entrusted to Morse & Kleese Funeral Home Inc., 94 N. Center St., Canton. Towanda Daily Review - November 15, 2010
RUDOLPH 'RUDY' PEDRO
Rudolph A. "Rudy" Pedro, 55, Towanda, died Monday, December 31, 1990 at his home following a heart attack. Born May 25, 1935 at Ringdale, Cherry Township, Sullivan County, he was the son of the late Albert Joseph and Olive Josbena Pedro. He owned and operated Rudy's Garage in Towanda. Surviving are his wife, Barbara Burgess Pedro, at home; daughter and son-in-law, JoL. and Roger Sollick of Towanda RD 2; sons, Jeffrey L. and Jon L. Pedro, both of Sarasota, FL; stepdaughter, Virginia L. Taylor of Troy, PA; stepson, Mark Hurlburt of Roseville, PA; sister, Mr. Alred (Loretta) Wood of Canton RD 2; brothers, Joseph of Hughesville, Anthony of New Albany and Albert of Nashville, TN; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; numerous nephews, nieces and cousins. Funeral services were held January 4 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home in Towanda with the Rev. Robert Prettyman officiating and interment to be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda. Memorials may be directed to the Paramedic Unit of Memorial Hospital, Towanda, PA 18848 in care of Richard Rozell, EMT/T or to the Towanda Ambulance Association at 605 Third Street in Towanda in Mr. Pedro's memory. (TGR, Thursday, January 10, 1991)
CHARLES F. PENNAY, 92 of Towanda Township died Sunday evening Sept. 30, 2001 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre. He was born April 19, 1909 in Pittston a son of the late Fred Albert and Edith Alice Snell Pennay. Charles was a veteran of World War II having served in the U.S. Army, Company C 816th Engineers Battalion in Normandy, Northern France, the Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe. He was the recipient of five bronze stars. On Nov. 8, 1945 he married the former Marguerite Millard who preceded him in death on Dec. 24, 1983. Charles was employed by the Ingersoll-Rand foundry in Athens for many years until his retirement in 1975. He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Edward C. and Mary Ellen Pennay of Towanda; daughter and son-in-law, Trudy and John Bull of Towanda RR 2; five grandchildren, David Pennay, Bonnie Pennay, Steven Pennay, Gordon Bull and Amy Michelle Bull; four great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brother, Edward I. Pennay on Nov. 27, 1990. A graveside memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday Oct. 5, 2001 at Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda with the Rev. Maureen Hipple, rector of Christ Episcopal Church, Towanda officiating. Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 will accord full military honors. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to Christ Episcopal Church Windows Fund, 1 Main Street, Towanda, PA in Mr. Pennay’s memory. Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, Towanda. –Towanda Daily Review
LESLIE C. PETERSON age 65 of 216 E. LaFrance St., Monday, April 4, 1977. Friends are invited to call at the Barrett Funeral Home Tuesday 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, Pa. Survived by wife, Mrs. Hazel Peterson; daughter, Mrs. Midge Hartman of Millport; two grandchildren. He was a retired employee of Golos Restaurant. –Elmira Star-Gazette 4/6/1977
SAMUEL MARK PETTA, 79, of 913 W. Lockhart St., Sayre, formerly of Hawes St., Towanda, died Saturday morning, May 1, 2004, at his home. Born July 27, 1924, in Moosic, Pa., he was a son of the late William and Jeanette Moriarity Petta. Samuel was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He participated in action as a scout with the 1st Marine Division against the enemy at Cape Gloucester, Guadalcanal, Pelechin Island and the Peleliu Islands. On June 22, 1949, he married the former Margaret Brennan in Elkton, Md. Samuel was employed by Painters Union 324, Elmira, N.Y., and Painters Union 218, Scranton, and later was a self-employed painter in the area. He enjoyed playing cards with his friends in Sayre and Towanda. Samuel was a member of Skiff-Bower VFW Post No. 1536, Sayre. Surviving are his wife, Margaret Petta, at home; two sons and daughters-in-law, S. Mark and Margaret Peters of Elmira and William J. and Patricia Petta of Elmira; a daughter, Deborah L. Turner of Elmira; eight grandchildren, Scott Rosenberger, Lynn Felton, Alicia Peters, William Petta, Mark Petta, Brian Petta, Michael Morse and Mark Morse; and a great-granddaughter, Rebecca Rosenberger. He was preceded in death by an infant brother, William Petta, and by a sister, Ann Ward, in 1985. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home, 314 Desmond St., Sayre. A graveside service will be held Wednesday, May 5, 2004, at 11 a.m. at the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, with the Rev. Maureen Hipple, rector of Christ Episcopal Church, Towanda, officiating. Skiff-Bower VFW Post, Sayre, will accord full military honors at the cemetery. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the American Heart Association, 1704 Warren Ave., Williamsport, Pa. 17701, in Samuel M. Petta's memory. Submitted by Carol Brotzman. –Towanda Daily Review.
PHELAN –DEBORA PHELAN ZIMMERMAN, 42, of Westlake Village, Calif., died on Feb. 9, 2005, in Thousand Oaks, Calif., following a brief illness. Her family, along with God and her guardian angel, were with her at her bedside. Debbie dearly loved both her grandmothers and spent many hours and days with each, caring for an encouraging each of them during the last years of their lived. Ironically, Debbie died 28 years later on the same date, Feb. 9, as her dearly beloved grandmother, Louise Turner Mitten. Debbie was born on March 2, 1962, in Corpus Christi, Texas. She, along with her brother, Scott, was raised and grew up in Westlake Village. She graduated from Agoura High School in 1980 and received her associated arts degree from Santa Barbara City College in 1983. After many years in the movie business she met and fell in love with David L. Zimmerman of Nashville, Tenn. They were married in 1995 and lived eight years in Nashville, Dallas and New York City. Finally, they came to Arcadia, Calif., and spent the last two years near her family. For the last year and a half Debbie found her perfect joy in the HR department of a packaging company, Marfred Industries. Always looking the role of the supermodel, Deb made an impact at Marfred both personally and professionally. Debbie is beloved and will always be missed by all those with whom she came in contact. Each of us knows that because of our Debbie we are better people, more caring and aware of the needs of others around us. We will always carry with us Debbie’s spirit of loved and caring for others. Her gift of helping those in greatest need is the gift she has given to each one of us and a gift we will always strive to use to the best of our ability. Debbie is survived by her husband, David L. Zimmerman; her two stepchildren, Amie and David III; her mother and stepfather, Polly Mitten and Mark Thomas Medcalf of Westlake Village; her brother and sister-in-law, Lisa and Scott Desmond Phelan, and their three children, Jack, Kelly and Casey Phelan, of La Canada, Calif.; and her father and stepmother, Karen and R. Desmond Phelan of Westlake Village. Debbie is also survived by her aunt and uncle, Dian and Paul Andrew Mitten Jr., and cousins Missy Holliday, Shelly Deardorf and Mark Mitten, all of Morrow, Ohio. Debbie was the granddaughter of Louise Turner and Paul Andrew Mitten. She was the great-granddaughter of Floy Lilley and Hulett MacAllister Turner, president and editor of The Daily Review until 1951, and Mary Morrow and Fred R. Mitten, both sheriffs of Bradford County until 1925, all of Towanda. Debbie was the great-great-granddaughter of Mary Louise Childs and Mial Eben Lilley, former congressman in the Theodore Rosevelt administration from 1906 to 1907, and also the great-great-granddaughter of Anna Cornelia Smith and David MacAllister Turner, founder and president of The Daily Review. Former President and Editor of The Daily Review David M. Turner and his wife, Marion Smith Turner, of Naples, Fl., are the great-aunt and great-uncle of Debbie and the strong inspiration of love for Towanda, Lake Wesauking and family that Debbie so loved. Surviving Turner second cousins and David Turner Jr. of Waleska, Ga., Alison Turner Eberly of Jacksonville, Fla., and Debbie Turner Shearer of Huntsville, N.C. The deceased sister and brother-in-law of David Turner and Louise Mitten, Anna Frances Turner and R. Adm. John Nevin Shaffer, were also the great-aunt and uncle of Debbie. The Shaffer second cousins are Floy (Shaffer) Lilley of Jacksonville; her brother, John Nevin Shaffer, Jr. of Gulf Breeze, Fla.; and Laurie Shaffer Bottoms Boysen, deceased and buried at Oak Hill Cemetery. A memorial service was held in Westlake Village on March 2, 2005, Debbie’s birthday. She was cremated and part of her ashes were spread out to sea in Newport Beach, Calif., to be near her other grandmother, Eileen Wenk Phelan, whom she loved so much. As a child Deb and her brother, Scott, spent many fun vacations with the Turners at Lake Wesauking. When her grandmother Louise was buried in 1987 she got the full history of all the Mitten and Turner family trees. She loved being part of history. The Towanda service is to bring part of Debbie to share the earth with her grandmother, Louise Turner Mitten, who needed Deb so in her last few months in California. A small family memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Oak Hill Cemetery at the Turner plot. In lieu of flowers any donation to the Oak Hill Cemetery in Debbie Zimmerman’s name would be welcome. –Towanda Daily Review.
Wendell Henry PHILLIPS
Feb. 14, 2002
Wendell Henry Phillips, died on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2002, surrounded by the love of his children, grandchildren, relatives and friends. Born on Aug. 30, 1915 in South Auburn, PA, he was raised by an uncle on a farm for the first 16 years of his life. He attended the Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL from 1932 to 1935 and the Bob Jones University, Cleveland, TN from 1935 to 1936, where he was the roommate of Evangelist Billy Graham. From 1937 to 1938, he attended Trinity Bible College in Florida. In 1938, he returned to Pennsylvania to marry and over the next ten years, devoted his life in the service of the Lord as a Baptist minister. After moving to Florida in 1944, he continued to minister. Through a twist of fate, his building career began by his need to remodel a church parsonage. He built many houses and commercial buildings all with honesty and integrity. In 1963, he moved to California, where he continued his building projects. Wendell enjoyed photography and traveling and took his family with him on many trips all over the United States and many foreign countries. His wife, Esther, died in Solvang, CA in 1996 after 58 years of marriage. Services were held on Feb. 16 at the Ballard Country Church and the Oak Hill Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, PO Box 779, Minneapolis, MN 55440-0779 in his memory. WRC
PIOLLET Sarah W. "Sally" Powers
89, of Hamilton, Ohio died Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at Hospice of Hamilton with family surrounding her. She was born Sept. 27, 1922, in Wysox, the daughter of Thomas and Cynthia (Osborne) Piollet. She graduated from Towanda High School in 1940, Penn State University in August 1943 and received a Master’s Degree in elementary education from Miami University, Oxford in August 1958. She married William H. "Bo" Powers on Feb. 5, 1944, at the Marine Corps Base at Quantico, Virginia. While at Penn State, Sally became a member of an educational honorary, Pi Lambda Theta, and was initiated into Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. Sally was a kindergarten teacher in the Hamilton City Schools at Van Buren for thirty years, retiring in 1984, and after retirement took a position at the Colonial Schools (at that time known as the Community Preparatory Pre-School at Westover) as assistant to the director. She moved to Berkeley Square Retirement Community in February 1992. She was a member of St. Peter in Chains Parish, having served on the Parish Council for a number of years. She participated at home in St. Peter's Ministry of Prayer until her death. She was a member of CRHP Group No. 7. She is survived by her beloved and devoted sons and wives, Tom and Ginger, Tim and Karen and grandsons, Doug (Tim and Karen's son) and his wife Jennifer and their three sons, William Timothy "Bo" (named after his great grandfather), Jonathan, and Christopher; grandson Josh (Tom and Ginger's son) and his wife, Jennifer and their children, Brennan and Marissa; grandson Nic (Tom and Ginger's son) and his children Callie and Elliott; her much-loved sisters, Joan Emilie Burroughs and Cynthia Sims; and loving nieces and nephews and their families. Sally was preceded in death by her beloved husband, "Bo," her parents, her sister, Joyce Merritt and an infant brother. Also preceding her in death was her much-loved brother-in-law, Harry Sims Jr., nephew-in-law, Kenny Mapes and first cousin, Mary Musette Park. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 30, 2012, at Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, with Rev. Edward Michelini, pastor of SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Towanda officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda. Memorial contributions may be directed to Hospice of Hamilton, 1010 Eaton Ave., Hamilton Ohio 45013 or to the Colonial Foundation. 620 Eaton Ave., Hamilton, Ohio 45013 for Colonial Schools Kindergarten at Berkeley Square Retirement Community. Towanda Daily Review – June 28, 2012
PITCHER Harriett King
THE OWEGO RECORD Tioga County News, April 5, 1900
THIS ESTIMABLE LADY DIED AT THE HOME OF HER DAUGHTER IN DULUTH. The Tonawanda review of Monday, April 2, 1900 contained the following obituary of a niece of D. M. PITCHER of this village, who was also a sister of the late Mrs. Maria T. TRUE, a missionary to Japan. "Towanda friends yesterday morning received the sad intelligence of the death in Duluth on Saturday March 31, 1900, of Mrs. Harriet K. MORROW of this place. Mrs. MORROW spent the winter at the home of her daughter. Mrs. James T. HALE, in Duluth and had been in ill health for several months but it was only during the past week that fears were entertained for her recovery. Mrs. MORROW'S maiden name was Harriet King PITCHER, and she was married in at Warren, this county, to the late Judge Paul D. MORROW in June 1857. Two children survive her - Mrs. James T. HALE and John P. MORROW and an adopted daughter, Mrs. Frank NIXON all of Duluth. Mrs. MORROW was a woman of great intellectual and social culture, kindly and sympathetic by nature, and a life long worker in the Presbyterian church, with which she united in October, 1857. For years she was foremost in every good work in the church. One who knew her intimately and well through many years said: She was a woman of almost perfect sense and judgment, and one who never created any antagonisms; a remarkable woman." Her body will be brought to Towanda on Wednesday, and the funeral services, notices of which will be given later, will be held at the Presbyterian church on Tuesday.
POKRASS - Harry Pokrass son of Mr. and Mrs. M. Pokrass of Towanda, died June 10  at the Sayre hospital, following an operation for appendicitis, ages 11 years. Funeral services were held from the home, Sunday afternoon; interment in Oak Hill cemetery. - Bradford Star, Thursday, June 15, 1916
POTTER ROBERT L.
Daily Review October 17, 2006
Robert L. "Bob" Potter, 83, formerly of the Senior Citizens Building, Towanda and Wysox Twp., Pa. died Sunday (October 15, 2006) evening at the Wyalusing Valley Retirement Home after an extended illness. Born May 28, 1923 in Towanda, Pa. he was the son of the late Frank and Ruth Hunsinger Potter. Bob was a graduate of Towanda High School, Class of 1940, and was a veteran of World War II having served in the US Army Air Corps, 877th Bomb Squadron, 499th Bomb Group in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre. On Aug. 15, 1955, Bob married the former Genevieve "Jean" Hochberg in Towanda. He was employed by the Ingersoll-Rand in Athens for 35 years until his retirement in 1986. He was a member of the North Towanda United Methodist Church and its Board of Directors and in early years served as a youth group leader. Bob served as a former Little League coach, Cub Scouts leader and was active in the Boy Scouts in the area. He enjoyed working outdoors on his property and woodworking. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Genevieve "Jean" Potter on December 20, 1999 and his sister, Beth. Surviving are: his son, John R. Potter, of Towanda RR 5; his sisters, Shirley Smith of Sayre, Pa., Joyce Kelly of Towanda, Pa., his brother, Richard Potter and his wife, Frances Potter of LeRaysville, Pa., several nieces, nephews and cousins. The funeral service will be held Wednesday Oct. 18 at 3 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa. with the Rev. Jean Montgomery, pastor of the North Towanda United Methodist Church officiating. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 2 to 3 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, Pa. with Towanda American Legion Post No. 42, according full military honors The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the North Towanda United Methodist Church in care of Jake Guffey, Treasurer, RR 1 Box 297, Towanda, Pa. 18848 in Robert L. Potter's memory. Contributed by Carol Brotzman
POWELL - Miss Orace Louise Powell who died Thursday
evening was largely attended yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock at her home 207
Pine Street. In the death of Miss Powell, Towanda loses one of its
noblest Christian women. She was interested in the community's good
causes and gave generously of her time and strenght to its betterment.
For many years she was a faithful and valued employee at the Commisoners'
office, where her capable and exacting work and friendliness made for her a
large circle of friends. But her greatest interest outside her home was
in the Missiah (Universalist) where she was an exemplary member, regular in her
devotions, , active and generous in every department of the churchs life and
work. In Sunday school she was also a teacher of ability. In the
Ladies Society and Mission Circle she gave her best and that was much.
Her passing away seems particulary sad as she was in the meridian of her
usefulness. Her two sisters, Miss Julia and Miss Helen have the sympathy
of a large circle of friends. Rev. J. D. Herrick, her pastor officiated
briefly but impressively. Edward Walker, Theodore McAfee, A. C. Wood,
George Rockwell, Lewis Frisbie and Walter Humphrey acted as pallbearers.
Interment was made in the family plot at Oak Hill. "Some other world
is glad to see Our Star nw gone away. The light whose going to make our
night. Makes some where else a day."
Contributed to the Daily Review Monday Oct. 27, 1924
PRUSAK - Dr. Nicholas O. Prusack, 63, of Zionsville, PA, died on Monday, Aug. 4, 2008. He was the husband of Janice (Sidey) Prusack and the observed their 33rd wedding anniversary in May. Born in Pittsburgh and raised in Towanda, he was a son of Ruth (Parks) Prusack of Towanda and the late Dr. Nicholas Prusack. He was an honors graduate of Towanda High School in 1963 where he lettered in three sports. He graduated from Susquehanna University in 1971 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. While at Susquehanna, he was the captain of its football team. He then graduated from and received his D.D.S. degree from Temple University School of Dentistry where he was a member of the dental fraternity. Dr. Prusack then served his oral surgery residency at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. He joined the Allentown Oral Surgery practice of Dr. Dominic Vetese in 1978 after practicing in Scranton for four years. He was on the hospital staff at Lehigh Valley Hospital for 27 years. A member of the American Dental Association and the American Association of Oral Maxillo-facial Surgeons, he was active in the Western Lehigh Exchange Club. He loved hunting, maintaining his horse farm near Macungie, sailing his sailboat with his wife and friends in the Caribbean and most of all, watching his son play sports. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of America and attended First Presbyterian Church of Allentown. Surviving besides his wife and mother, are his son, Matthew Nicholas; sisters, Kate of Santa Fe, NM, Susan of Coventry, CT; brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Kathy of Dimock; many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. He was predeceased by his father, Nicholas in 1967 and a sister, Anna Marie Hall in 2007. Services were held on Saturday, Aug. 9 at 11 a.m. at the Bachman, Kulik and Reinsmith Funeral Home, 17th and Hamilton Streets, Allentown. Calling hours were from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home. Interment was in Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda. Contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, First Methodist Church of Towanda or Lehigh Valley Hospital Neurosciences General Fund (In memory of Nick Prusack), c/o Terry O’Neill, Development Office at Lehigh Valley Hospital. Submitted by R.K.W. from The Wyalusing Rocket Courier.
PUTNAM –ANN PUTNAM MATTEWS of Rutherford, J.J. died Thursday, Aug. 25, 1988 at the General Hospital Center In Passaic, N.J. She was born in Towanda, Pa. living there for 20 years. She then lived in Passaic, N.J. for five years, Clifton, N.J. for four years and Rutherford, N.J. for the 44 years. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Rutherford and a former member of the First Presbyterian Church of Towanda. Prior to her retirement in 1967 she was an elementary school teacher for the Lodi, N.J. board of education for over 25 years. She is survived by sons, John of Lewisville, Texas and a daughter, Nancy of Greenbrae, Calif., and three grandchildren. Her husband, Golden Elwood Matthews, died in 1969. The funeral service will be held Monday at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Towanda. Funeral arrangements are through the Thomas J. Diffily Funeral Home, 41 Ames Avenue in Rutherford, N.J. –Towanda Daily Review.
ROBERT A. PUTNAM, 78, of 236 Poplar St., Towanda died Sunday morning, Oct. 2, 1988 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre following a long period of deteriorating health. Born April 1, 1910 in Towanda, he was the son of Orville and Mabel McGill Putnam. Mr. Putnam was a graduate of Towanda High School, Class of 1927 and later of Feb. 27, 1933 he married the former Neulah Norconk. Mr. Putnam was employed by the Daily Review in Towanda for over 47 years, retiring in 1975. He was a member of Towanda First Presbyterian Church, was an avid trout fisherman, enjoyed sports and participated in Towanda Little League. He was well-known and possessed many friends and enjoyed giving his leisure time to working with young people. Surviving are his wife, Neulah; a daughter, Mrs. Sally Jurnack of Cranberry, N.J.; a son, R. Larry Putnam of Towanda; four grandchildren; Mrs. Wayne (Joy Ann Jurnak) Dewell of Bronx, N.Y., David Jurnak of Groton, Conn., Jennifer Lyn and Robert Bryan Putnam, both of Towanda; three great-grandchildren, Emily Jane Dewell of Bronx, N.Y., Stephen David and Kathryn Elizabeth Jurnak, both of Groton, Conn.; several cousins. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. A private funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with his pastor, the Rev. Kenneth J. Lynde officiating. Interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda. The family will provide their own flowers and suggests that memorials may be directed to the Pulmonary Care Unit of Robert Packer Hospital, Guthrie Square, Sayre, Pa. in Mr. Putnam’s memory. –Towanda Daily Review
RANDALL Mrs. Jennie Martin, 99, formerly of New Albany Township, died Thursday evening at the Dar-Way Nursing Home, Estella following a lingering illness. Her husband the late George J. Martin preceded her in death by many years. She had spent most of her life in the Albany area. Funeral and committal services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. in the Russell P. McHenry Funeral home, 119 Carpenter Street, Dushore. Interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda. Friends may call at the funeral home Sunday evening after 7 p.m.. 1981. RHW. Towanda Daily Review. Note: Acorrding to marriage records on the site Jennie is the daughter of G.E. and Emily Randell of New Era. George and Jennie were married July 2, 1909. George was the son of R.L. and Hannah Martin.
RAUB - John W. Raub, aged 83, died at the home of his son, J. Preston Raub, Troy RD 1, on Friday July 7. Mr. Raub had lived with his son for the past five years. He had operated sawmills in Sullivan County and elsewhere for the greater part of his life. In addition to his son at whose home he died he is survivied by five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Sunday at the Morse Funeral Home in Canton. Rev. H. G. Punchard, pastor of the Troy Baptist Church, will officiate adn burial will be in Oak Hill cemetery, Towanda. RHW. July 1961, Towanda Daily Review. Note his wife Cora Edna died in 1930
GEORGE BRUCE REIDER, 78 of 217 Lombard St., Towanda died Monday evening, Nov. 13, 1995 at Memorial Hospital, Towanda. Born Feb. 8, 1917 in Shickshinny, Pa., he was a son of the late Bruce and Mabel Rheinehammer Reider. In early years George was employed by the Ingersoll-Rand in Athens and was later employed by GTE Sylvania in Towanda for 35 years until his retirement in 1980. Mr. Reider was a life member of the Towanda Gun Club and a member of the Sylvania Quarter Century Club. George enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Lucy Fenner Reider at home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Melva Jean and Kenneth May of Leroy and Shirley Ann and John Ball of Milan; a son and daughter-in-law, William B. and Doda Reider of Towanda; three sons, George L. Reider of three sons, George L. Reider of Towanda, Gerald A. Reider of Apopka, Fla.; and Ronald L. Reider of Towanda; 15 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Lorraine Reynolds of Endicott, N.Y., and Elda Wolfe of Shickshinny, Pa.; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Randy Lee Ball on Jan. 30, 1988. The funeral service will be held Friday, Nov. 17, 1995 at 1 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral home, 217 York Ave., Towanda with the Rev. Allen Hulslander, pastor of the Towanda First United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral service at the funeral home. –Towanda Daily Review
REIDER George Lewis Reider
71 of Monroeton, Pa., died early Wednesday morning, June 20, 2012 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. George was born in Towanda, Pa., on April 3, 1941, a son of George B. and Lucy Fenner Reider. He attended the Towanda schools and was formerly employed by the Endicott-Johnson Shoe Company, Roof's Beverage in Wysox and Rudy Pedro's Garage in Towanda until declining health no longer permitted him to continue. George enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and working on his vehicles. Surviving are his children Michael Reider and wife Kathleen of Wysox, Tammy Ely and husband Jim of Owego, N.Y., Cindy Cundy and husband Lance of Vanetten, N.Y.; grandchildren Cody and Kyle Reider, Rebecca Sible and husband Mickey, Amber Benscotter and Isaiha Ely; his mother Lucy Fenner Reider of Towanda; sisters Melva Jean May and husband Kenneth of Monroeton, Shirley Ann Ball of Towanda; brothers William Reider and wife Doda Jean of Towanda, Gerald Reider of Sorrento, Fla., Ronald Reider of Towanda; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy Jean Morris Reider on July 11, 1978; father George B. Reider on Nov. 13, 1995; brother-in-law John Ball and nephews Wayne May and Randy Ball. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, 2012 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa., with Rev. Thomas Geiger, pastor of the Assembly of God Church, Towanda, officiating. Interment will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, Pa. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. Towanda Daily Review – June 21, 2012
ALBERT O. REMSNYDER, 84, former chief clerk, register and recorder, and director of Veterans Affairs of Bradford County, well-known resident of 106 Thomas St., Towanda, died Thursday morning, March 18, 2004, at Memorial Hospital, Towanda. Born Nov. 30, 1919, in his family's home on Fourth Street in Towanda, he was a son of the late Seeley T. and Sara Leech Remsnyder. Mr. Remsnyder spent most of his life in Towanda, being away only for Army Air Corps service during World War II. He graduated from Towanda High School in 1939. Two years later, he entered the Army Air Corps, where he served for four years. During his last duty assignment, he held the rank of sergeant major in the Air Corps Rest and Recreation Center for the Pacific area, located in Hickam Field, Honolulu, Hawaii. On Oct. 12, 1946, he married the former Margaret "Peg" Gordon in Towanda. He was preceded in death by his wife on Jan. 30, 1987. Upon his return from war service, Mr. Remsnyder, known to his many friends in the community as "Al," obtained a clerical position with A.C. Smith Auto Parts Inc. in Towanda, and then in May of 1952 entered the employ of Bradford County, to begin his career in county service that extended 37 years until his retirement in 1989. His initial post was in the general accounting department of the commissioners' office, and he also served as director of Veterans Affairs and Veterans' Graves registrar. In addition to these duties, he was administrator of the Surplus Foods program and for 6 ½ years was Civil Defense director. In 1960, Mr. Remsnyder was hired as chief clerk for the commissioners and later served one term as register and recorder of Bradford County. Thus his knowledge of county administration and financing were extensive, obtained through actual detailed experience and practice. Civic duties occupied much of Mr. Remsnyder's time and talents. He became a member of Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 in 1946 and later became a life member, served as junior vice commander 1952-53; post adjutant 1954-55, 1975-77; post director 1956-57; and post commander 1957-58. He was a member of the post executive committee from 1959 to 1960 and was a former service officer of the post for many years. At the Legion District level, Al served as a member of the Civil Defense Committee of the 15th District, 1958-59, and 1961-63; deputy commander 15th District 1960-61, 1963-64; and 15th District commander 1975-77. He also served as post adjutant for the Central Judicial Section of the Legion's Department of Pennsylvania, 1960-61, being on the staff of the late George Miller of Wyalusing when Mr. Miller was Central Section Commander. For years, Mr. Remsnyder was very active in the former Towanda Ambulance Association, having served as secretary, director and an ambulance driver. In earlier years, Al also contributed tremendously to the popularity of the American Legion and Firemen's minstrels in Towanda in the role of "Twinkletoes," a dashing song and dance artist. Al was a member of the various Masonic bodies: Union Lodge No. 108 F.&A.M., Towanda; Royal Arch Chapter No. 161; Northern Council No. 24; Northern Commandery No. 16, Knights Templar; Scottish Rite Bodies of the Valley of Towanda 18th Degree; and Williamsport Consistory, 32nd Degree. Al was also a member of the Beirne-Webster VFW Post 1568, Towanda; the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 2191, Towanda; and Roma Madre Lodge No. 1342 Order Sons of Italy, Sayre. Surviving are two daughters, Ann Marie O'Conner and her husband, Gary O'Conner, of Monroeton RR 2 and Barbara "Barb" Davidson and her fiancé, Claude "Buster" May, of Ulster RR 2; his sister, Ruth Harrington of Moraga, Calif.; his sisters-in-law, Margie Remsnyder of San Jose, Calif., and Margaret Gordon of Wysox; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, John and Eleanor Gordon of East Towanda; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was also preceded in death by three brothers: Jack W. Remsnyder, on Jan. 20, 1989; Frank L. Remsnyder, on Oct. 17, 1989; and Robert I. Remsnyder, on April 14, 2001. The family will receive friends Sunday afternoon from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. Towanda Elks Lodge No. 2191 will hold a memorial service Sunday at 1:45 p.m. at the funeral home. The funeral service will be held Monday, March 22, 2004, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Richard Barner, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, Towanda, officiating. Interment will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, with Towanda American Legion Post 42 according full military honors. The family requests that memorial contributions be directed to Towanda American Legion Post No. 42, 912 Main St., Towanda, Pa., 18848, in Albert O. Remsnyder's memory. Submitted by Carol Brotzman
ROBERT I. REMSNYDER Albany, N.Y. Robert I. Remsnyder of Albany, a retired colonel in the U.S. Army and the former mayor of New Paltz, died Saturday, April 14, 2001, after a short stay at Albany Medical Center. He was 84. The son of the late Seeley T. and Sara Leech Remsnyder, he was born Oct. 17, 1916, in Towanda, Pa. Mr. Remsnyder was the widower of Gloria Curran Remsnyder of New Paltz. Mr. Remsnyder graduated from Towanda High School, Pennsylvania in 1934. He was an Eagle Scout and served as a reporter for his high school newspaper and the Towanda Daily Review. He won second place in a newspaper reporting contest sponsored by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers' Association. He later attended State Teacher's College, Mansfield, Pa. He worked for the Northern Pennsylvania Electric Company for 15 years, which included five years between stints in the U.S. Army. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942 in Wilkes Barre, Pa. During World War II, he served in General Eisenhower's Command of Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF). He also served in Korea during the Korean War and in the Dominican Republic during the crisis there. He received numerous medals and decorations during his military service, including the Bronze Star and the Legion of Merit Award (the fifth highest decoration awarded). Mr. Remsnyder's various positions while he was in the U.S. Army included serving as an administrative officer and assistant chief correspondent in Paris, France, and as an administrative officer at SHAEF in Paris and Weisbaden, Germany, during World War II. After World War II, his military service included serving as military personnel officer at the Pentagon in Washington, DC and serving as a personnel management officer and deputy assistant adjutant general at the Office of Army Attaché at the U.S. Embassy, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Additionally, Mr. Remsnyder was chief of the operations branch at Fort Benjamin, Harrison, Ind.; an adjutant general in the Dominican Republic; and director of administration at Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn, until he retired in 1969 with the rank of full colonel. Following his military service, Mr. Remsnyder was clerk treasurer of the Village of Highland Falls and was the management analyst with Orange County, Goshen. He went to work for the Village of New Paltz in 1974 as the clerk treasurer. He served as the village administrator of the Village of New Paltz and was elected to the village board. He was elected mayor of New Paltz in 1983. Mr. Remsnyder was a member of organizations such as the American Legion Post No. 42, Towanda, Pa.; the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 1568, Towanda, Pa.; and the Retired Officers Association. Survivors include one brother, Albert Remsnyder of Towanda, Pa.; one sister, Ruth Harrington of Moraga, Calif.; two sons, Robert Allen of Buffalo and Richard Remsnyder of New Paltz; one daughter, Janice Remsnyder of Cohoes; three grandsons, Ted B. Remsnyder of Newburgh, Bob Armstrong of Amherst and Jeffrey Allen of Buffalo; two granddaughters, Lisa Boeh of Erlangen, Germany and Rhonda Frederick of Eggertsville; two great-grandchildren, Corey Frederick of Eggertsville and Sara Armstrong of Amherst; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Jack Remsnyder of Towanda, Pa. and Frank Remsnyder of San Jose, Calif. Friends and relatives may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today, Tuesday, April 17, at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Avenue, Towanda, Pa. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 18, at the First Methodist Church, Towanda, Pa. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, Pa. A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at the Atria Residence, 345 Northern Boulevard, Albany. Funeral arrangements were made by Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, Towanda, Pa. Contributed by Carol Brotzman.
RETTBURG ANNA C.
Anna C. Rettburg Hettich, the wife of George Hettich, died Thru., April 4, 1912 following a three month illness of heart disease. Mrs. Hettich was the daughter of the late William and Charlotte Rettburg of New Albany, PA and came to this country from Germany when about 4 years of age. she was a lady of sterling Christian character and a kind and affectionate wife and mother. Her death is mourned by a large circle of friends who will be pained to learn of her demise. She is survived by her husband and one son Charles E. of East Towanda; also two sisters, Mrs. John Heller of Dushore and Mrs. Charles Smeckenbecker of New Albany. The funeral service which will be private will be held at the late home of Mrs. Hettich, Monday afternoon. Interment will be in the family plot in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda.
Donald Reuter died peacefully on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011, with his wife and children nearby. He was born on Houston St. in Towanda on Oct. 10, 1918, a son of Frederick W. and Florence G. Reuter. He attended Towanda area schools and went on to graduate from Deerfield Academy in 1937 and Amherst College in 1941. Drafted into the U.S. Army October 1941, he graduated from OCS, Miami Beach, Fla., in 1942 and later discharged as a captain in 1946. Following military service he attended the law school of the University of Pennsylvania. In 1948 he was admitted to the Bradford County Bar Association, serving his clerkship with Judge William A. Rosenfield. He practiced law for 30 years with his brother-in-law Andrew B. Duval, Jr. In 1948, he married Elizabeth Zulick of Orwigsburg, Pa. Donald is survived by Elizabeth and their four children: Donald G. and wife Nancy of Wyomissing, Pa., Margaret and husband Larry Huber of Towanda, Pa., Mark and wife Kathleen of Montrose, N.Y., J. Patterson and wife Lexa of McLean, Va.; 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Donald was predeceased by his second son, John Z., and his older twin siblings, Jane Reuter Duvall of Towanda and Frederick W. of Cleveland, Ohio. During his life he was active in community affairs. He served on the Towanda School Board, Towanda Recreation Board, the Wysox Sewer Authority, and for 48 years the Board of Directors of The First National Bank of Towanda. He was a participating member of the Towanda Rotary Club for over 50 years, the Towanda Country Club and one of the oldest active members of South Mountain Hunting Club. Donald was an active skier, tennis player, golfer, pilot and traveler. He was a remarkable man - generous, fun loving, honest (to a fault!), and had many dear friends he loved. He lived his life to the fullest. A memorial service will be held at noon on Saturday, March 5, 2011 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa., with Rev. Robert Martin officiating. Interment will be private in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, Pa. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday at the funeral home. The family will provide flowers and suggests that any memorial contributions may be directed to the Bradford County Regional Arts Council, 601 Main St. Towanda, Pa., or to the Bradford County Historical Society, 109 Pine St. Towanda, PA 18848, or to a charitable organization of one's choice. Towanda Daily Review - February 27, 2011
BARNEY RHINEBOLD, 48, who recently retired after conducting a cigar store on Bridge Street for some time died unexpectedly Wednesday, Apr. 1, 1936 at the home of his sister, Mrs. Samuel Epley. Surviving are two sons, Daniel and Lawrence, both of Rummerfield; a daughter, Helen of Towanda; two sisters, Mrs. C. E. McCracken and Mrs. Samuel Epley, both of Towanda; two brothers, Elmer of Overton and Daniel of Dushore; three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. The funeral will be held at the home Saturday at 10 a.m., the Rev. J. D. Herrick officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda. –Elmira Star-Gazette 4/3/1936
ROBINSON - Joan Marie Robinson Walker, 64, of Towanda, Pa., formerly of Stevensville, Pa., died Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. Joan was born Dec. 14, 1945, in Cooperstown, N.Y., the daughter of Newell Yale Robinson and Mildred STERLING Robinson. She was a graduate of Wyalusing Valley High School, Wyalusing, Pa. Joan possessed great love for her country and was very patriotic. Her favorite colors were red, white and blue. She will be fondly remembered by her family and friends as a happy, joyful and fun-loving person and made others feel the same when they were with her. Joan enjoyed collecting angels and crosses. She is survived by: her husband Michael Walker of Wysox, Pa., whom she married in August of 1994; her brother and sister-in-law Ronald and Beryl Robinson of Birch Run, Mich.; a niece, Alicia Latchaw (Tom) of Flint Twp., Mich., and their children, Lynn-Marie, Alexander, Chelsea, Harrison and Wesleyanne; a nephew, Newell Robinson (Amy) and their children, Maddison, Isabella and MacKenzie Hill; and an uncle and aunt, Loring and Beverly Sterling Skillings; as well as many loved cousins and friends. The funeral and committal service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, 2009, at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa., with the Rev. Helen Learn, pastor of the Camptown United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, Pa. The family will receive friends from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society American Cancer Society American Cancer Society American Cancer Society , Bradford Unit, 1948 E. Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701-3945, in Joan's memory. 05 Jan 2009, Towanda Daily Review
ROCKWELL –MARJORIE L. BAKER, 80, widow of Francis W. Baker, formerly of the Senior Citizens Building, Towanda, Pa., died Wednesday evening, Oct. 22, 1997, at the Darway Nursing Home in Forksville RR, Elkland Twp., Pa. Born Dec. 30, 1916 in Towanda she was a daughter of the late Leonard and Kathryn Williams Rockwell. She was a member of the Towanda First United Methodist Church, Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 Auxiliary, and was a former member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 1367 Auxiliary, Towanda. Surviving are two daughters, Marian L. Thurston Vanderpool of North Towanda, Beverly A. Coddington of Towanda; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Donald L. McEntire of Towanda; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis W. Baker on May 16, 1997; a grandson, Robert Thurston in 1970; a sister, Katherine E. Rockwell McEntire on April 26, 1997; and an infant sister, Emma Rockwell. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. The funeral service will be held Saturday, Oct. 25, 1997, at the funeral home with the Rev. Allen Hulslander, pastor of the Towanda First United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda. –Towanda Daily Review.
Hale, Helen Rogers (Mrs. Benjamin T)-one of this community’s most highly regarded women, died at 3 pm yesterday afternoon at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Seth H Dayton 6 William St Towanda. She had been in declining health for years. Mrs. Hale was 89 years of age, having been born May 8, 1861. Her birthplace was the former Dr. Newton home at the southwest corner of Weston and River Streets, the present Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Rathbun residence. She was the daughter of Lyman B and Ann E Rogers, her given name being Helen. She received her formal education in the convent conducted here during her girlhood by the Sisters of Mercy, and in private schools here. On February 15, 1882, she married Benjamin Taylor Hale, who died Jan 11, 1938 and for nearly 50 years they resided in the former Hale homestead at 908 South Main St. Mrs. Hale was a very gracious, thoroughly charming woman and for years her home on South Main Street was known for its warm hospitality. She was a life-long member of Christ Episcopal Church and belonged to George Clymer Chapter of the DA R and various women’s organizations. Surviving are three daughters, Mary (Mrs. H D Crouch) of Aurora, NY, Miss Helen R Hale and Annie E (Mrs. Seth H Dayton) of Towanda; a son, Rodgers Hale of Athens; four grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. A second son B T Hale Jr. died in 1935. Funeral services will be held at Christ Episcopal Church Tuesday afternoon with interment in Oak Hill Cemetery-Towanda.
ROWE –GERTRUDE R. MCNEAL, 94, lifetime resident of 130 N. Main St., Towanda, died Tuesday morning, Sept. 26, 1995, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law Jean and Harold Weaver of Towanda RR5 following a period of declining health. Born April 5, 1901, in Towanda she was a daughter of the late Frank and Ida Alexander Rowe. In 1906 at the age of five years, she moved to 130 N. Main St., Towanda, with her parents maintaining her residence there throughout her life time. Gertrude and her late husband, Perley McNeal, eloped to Waverly, N.Y., on June 5, 1920, where they were married in the Methodist Church Parsonage. She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years on January 11, 1976. Gertrude was an active member of the Towanda First United Methodist Church and through the years was an active participant in the church’s Sunday school classes. She was one of the original founders of the North Main Street Birthday Club which has been active for 43 years. She was also a former member of the Towanda Rebekah Lodge. Gertrude possessed a great love for flowers, especially roses, and music, with her favorite being Lawrence Welk. Her main interest in life encompassed her home and family. Surviving are: two daughters and sons-in-law, Eleanor and Donald Marshall of Spencerport, N.Y., Jean and Harold Weaver of Towanda, RR5; a son and daughter-in-law, Francis and Frances McNeal of Port Charlotte, Fla.; four grandchildren, Joe Weaver of Lansdale, Pa., Steven McNeal of Punta Gorda, Fla., Joan Powell of Towanda, Karen Marshall of Spencerport, N.Y.; seven great-grandchildren, Mark and Dani Powell and Tom Powell of Wysox, Amy Powell of Towanda, Melissa, Todd and Nadeen Weaver all of Lansdale; a great-great-grandson, Kyle James Powell; a sister-in-law, Edna Card of Towanda; two nieces; two nephews and several cousins. In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by a son, Harold Paul McNeal in 1927, and a brother, Cecil Rowe in January 1950. The funeral service will be held Friday, Sept. 29, 1995, at 2 p.m. at the Towanda First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Allen Hulslander, officiating. Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. The family suggests that memorials may be directed to the Towanda Public Library, 104 Main St., Towanda, Pa. or to the Guthrie Hospice, RR1 Box 154, Towanda, Pa. in Gertrude McNeal’s memory. –Towanda Daily Review.
HOWARD W. RUNDELL, Chemung County Nursing Facility, Elmira, a guest there since August 1987, died Dec. 26, 1990. Mr. Rundell was born April 7, 1898 in Monroeton, a son of William and Julia VanGorder Rundell. He was a resident of Towanda for many years. He and his wife moved to Wellsburg, NY in 1973. Mrs. Rundell died on July 15, 1980 in Elmira. Mr. Rundell was employed by Berlinger Silk Mill in Towanda, the Lehigh Valley Shops in Sayre, and was associated with the Eclipse plant in Elmira. He was a devoted member of the North Towanda Methodist Church, serving as superintendent of the Sunday School and was a member of the church choir. Surviving are a son, Kenneth Rundell, Elmira Heights; two daughters, Mrs. J. Regis (Charlotte0 Barrett, Deltona, FL and Mrs. LeRoy (Marian) Chilson, Horseheads; a niece, Mrs. Floyd (Kathryn Griffin, Sayre, who made her home with Mr. and Mrs. Rundell; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a brother, Ralph Rundell, Port Richie, FL; two sisters, Mrs. Kennard (Ethel) Lewis, Port Richie, FL; and Mrs. Ella May, Canton; sister-in-law, Mrs. Reta Jackson, Towanda; also nieces and nephews; a very close friend, Adelaide Clarke, Wellsburg. He was predeceased by his wife the former Madge Jackson, a brother, Rodney Rundell, Elmira. The funeral service was held Friday at the Olthof Funeral Home, Elmira, with the Rev. Edward Lowmaster, officiating. Interment in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda.
RUNDELL – Howard W. Rundell, age 92, of Chemung County Nursing
Facility, formerly of Wellsburg and Towanda, PA, died Wednesday, December 26,
1990, at Chemung County Nursing Facility. He was predeceased by wife, Madge
Jackson Rundell, on July 15, 1980. He is survived by his son, Kenneth Rundell
of Elmira Heights, NY; daughters and sons-in-law, Charlotte and J. Regis
Barrett of Deltona, FL; Marian and LeRoy Chilson of Horseheads, NY; niece, Mrs.
Floyd (Kathryn) Griffith of Sayre, PA; 5 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren;
brother, Ralph Rundell of Florida; sister, Mrs. Kennard (Ethel) Lewis of
Florida, Mrs. Ella May of Canton, PA; very close friend, Adelaide Clarke of
Wellsburg, NY; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brother,
Rodney Rundell of Elmira, NY. Howard was a devoted member of the North Towanda
United Methodist Church and former Sunday School Superintendent and Choir
Member. Friends are invited to call at Olthof Funeral Home, 1050 Penna. Ave.,
Friday, 11-12, with Funeral Services there at 12 noon, Friday, Rev. Edward
Lowmaster officiating. Interment, Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, PA.