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Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, Bradford County, PA
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Do You Know that you can search just the Obituaries on the site by using the three County Specific Obituary selections in the Partitioned search engine at the bottom of the Current What's New Page? You can narrow your search by including a key word in the cemetery name or a township name in addition to the surname you search. Then select the Find All Words option. 


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

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



 

SALSMAN –MILDRED C. SALSMAN SHAFFER, 97, widow of Anson W. Shaffer formerly of Towanda RR5, Sheshequin Twp., died Wednesday morning, Aug. 6, 2003 at the Bradford County Manor, West Burlington Twp.  Born July 15, 1906 in Bradford County, she was a daughter of the late George and Hannah McNeal Salsman. In early years Mildred was employed by the Berlinger Silk Mill in Towanda. Mildred enjoyed the outdoors, gardening and being a good neighbor. Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Margaret A. "Peggy" Craver and Gene Craver of Binghamton, N.Y.; a granddaughter and her husband, Cynthia Bilsky and Mark Bilsky of Johnson City, N.Y.; a grandson, Scott Craver of Port Crane, N.Y.; and great grandchildren, Meredith Bilsky, Alexis Craver and Scott Craver. She was predeceased by her husband Anson W. Shaffer on March 17, 1991. A memorial service will be held Friday Aug. 29, at 2 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave. Towanda, Pa. with Rev. Richard Stackhouse, pastor of the Hornbrook United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the memorial service at the funeral home. The family requests that memorial contributions may be directed to the Towanda Public Library, 104 Main St. Towanda, Pa. 18848 or to the Hornbrook United Methodist Church, in care of Mrs. Virginia Pruyne, Secretary, RR1 Box 166, Ulster, Pa. 18850, in Mildred C. Shaffer's memory. Submitted by Carol Brotzman.  –Towanda Daily Review Aug. 20, 2003.

SCHMECKENBECHER –MARLENE MAYNARD, 57, RR5 Towanda, Wysox Twp., died Tuesday evening, May 6, 2003, at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre.  Born August 20, 1945 in Sayre, the daughter of the late Charles K. and Hilda Monahan Schmeckenbecher.  Marlene was a graduate of Towanda High School Class of 1963.  She was employed at GTE Sylvania in Towanda for over 25 years until her retirement.  Marlene was a member of Towanda American Legion Auxiliary, Sylvania Women’s Club, and the Monroeton Rod and Gun Club.  She enjoyed traveling, fishing and loved animals.  Surviving are: two daughters and sons-in-law, Michelle and J. B. Martin, of Rome, Wendy and Brian Elliott, of Towanda; a son, Robert K. Maynard and his friend, Trina Benjamin, of Towanda; seven grandchildren, Brandon Elliott, Christopher Maynard, Zach Martin, Joshua Martin, Bradlee Elliott, Dustin Maynard, Courtney Martin; a sister and brother-in-law, Sandra and David McFarlane of Phoenix, AZ; a brother, Charles W. “Bill” Schmeckenbecher, of Towanda; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; her fiancé of 15 years, John “Jack” Goss, of Towanda.  She was preceded in death by: her father, Charles K. Schmeckenbecher, in December of 1968, her mother, Hilda M. Schmeckenbecker, in October of 2002; a granddaughter, Bridget Martin in March of 1996.  A memorial service will be held Monday, May 12, 2003, at 6 p.m. at the Oak Hill Cemetery Mausoleum, Towanda, with the Rev. Thomas Geiger, pastor of the Assembly of God Church, Towanda, officiating.  There are no calling hours.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Memorial Hospice, One Hospital drive, Towanda, Pa. in Marlene Maynard’s memory.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa.  –Towanda Daily Review.
 

 

SECOR Gordon S. Secor

85, of Rome, Pa., died on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011.  Gordon was born on April 4, 1926 in Towanda, Pa., a son of the late Clare and Mary Elizabeth (Stoddard) Secor. After graduating from Towanda High School, Gordon heard the call of his country serving in the Army Air Corp as a Flight Engineer. He trained on the B24, B17 and B29 bombers during World War II. After the military Gordon returned to school attending Mansfield College receiving a BS in Science Education in 1949. On May 25, 1949 he married the love of his life Barbara Dimon in the Rome Methodist Church. Gordon furthered his education by taking graduate courses at Penn State University, Shippensburg University, Union College and Clarkson Institute of Technology.  Gordon had a long career working at Sylvania, Boy Scouts of America as an assistant executive, as a chemistry as a general science teacher for the Northeast Bradford School District, general manager for Martin Oil Co. a HVAC engineer for Stroud's Supply Co. finally retiring in 1991.  Gordon was a member of the Masons, Lions, Elks, MENSA, Intertel, and was a Scout Master for many years. He also enjoyed spending winters in Florida and loved his many cats.  Gordon was preceded in death by his parents, Clare and Mary Elizabeth Secor and a brother, Albert Secor.  Gordon is survived by his wife Barbara (Dimon) Secor at home, children: David (Tawnya) Secor of Chambersburg, Pa., Eric "Rick" (Doreen) Secor of Towanda, Pa., Alan (Christine) Secor of Candor, N.Y.; a brother: Harold (Shirley) Secor of Texas; grandchildren: Kristin Secor, Brian Secor, Courtney Fogal, Kendyll Secor, Tifani (Bobby) Starr, John Secor; and great grandchildren Carter Fogal and Jackson Starr.  Services for Gordon will be private in the Oak Hill Cemetery Towanda, Pa. at the convenience of the family.  Memories and condolences for the family may be shared by visiting tiogapointcremation.com. Donations may be directed to the Bradford County Humane Society, Rt. 220, Ulster, PA 18850 or the Bradford County Historical Society, 109 Pine Street, Towanda, PA 18848. Assistance to the family was provided by Cooley Tioga Point Cremation & Burial Options, Athens, Pa.  Towanda Daily Review – September 4, 2011
 

 

SHAFFER –LAURIE SHAFFER BOTTONS born Laurie Louise Shaffer, a 20-year lymphoma survivor who had a bone marrow transplant in 1989, died Nov. 19, 1999 in Los Angeles.  She was 60.  Her death was caused by complications of pneumonia and bacterial meningitis.  Ms. Bottoms was born in Towanda, Pa. on March 4, 1939 in Mills Hospital.  Her mother ins Anna Frances Turner Shaffer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hulett M. Turner, then editor and publisher of The Daily Review.  Laurie’s father, then Ensign John Nevin Shaffer was serving aboard the USS West Virginia at sea.  Fran and Nev had been married in 1937 in Christ Church Episcopal on Main Street.  Laurie and her baby sister, Floy Frances, lived with David Turner and his son, Davey for more than a year.  Their brother, J. Nevin Shaffer Jr. was born in 1948.  For Laurie, Floy and Nevie, Towanda because of repeated visits over the years, represented the best of memories. Lake Wesauking summers at the Turner cottage and a recent reunion at the Forsyth lake property are cherished by each.  Laurie’s grandfather would have been pleased to know that Laurie had recently taken up golf.  The senior Shaffers relocated to Austin, Texas in 1989.  The Austin gathering now includes their daughter, Floy Lilley, who is program manager of the Murchison Chair of Free Enterprises at the University of Texas; their son, J. Nevi Shaffer Jr. is head of the intellectual property law firm, Shaffer and Culbertson; his wife, Norma and their children, Ellen and Nevie.  Laurie Shaffer Bottoms wrote the following for her mother, Anna Frances Turner Shaffer:

The Wedding Dress
  How is rose from its long, narrow box
 Whispering out of a tissue paper bed
 into my mother’s hands
 then floated in air lifted into the light again.
 How it raised itself up gracefully
 stretched out once more
 its full length, from pearl button collar
 to organdy silk and satin train.
 A simple dress she said.
 She and her mother had drive
 all the way from Towanda to Wilkes-Barre
 One green spring afternoon
 Her mother not yet too ill to shop.
 It looks like you dear she must have said.
 How I recognize it despite yellowing years.
 From photographs after the ceremony
 She, gathering in her arms the long train
 Of organdy, lifting a cascade of flowers.
 How we appliquéd the small moth holes
 With lace, from her mother’s collar, measured
 and made a new, silk underskirt, together found
 a fabric shop to choose a second bridal veil.

 How I had hoped putting on your gown
 To put into myself your gestures, habits
 turns of mind, your way of balancing even
 the lift of your voice-the way fingers tap
 together when you are lost in thought.
 How I have sought and lost and sought again
 To be made manifest in your image while most
 Would say we should be separate and most
 are wrong. Dear lovely woman
 how neither on that day nor after have I told you this,
 though you have known.

Ms. Bottoms received a Bachelor’s degree in 1960 from the College of William and Mary.  She earned a Master’s in English from Fordham University in 1973, a Doctorate in English from Fordham in 1979 and school district administrator certification in 1980 from Columbia University.  Ms. Bottoms was assistant head of Milken Community High School in charge of curriculum and faculty in Los Angeles; founding executive director of the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning in Lexington, Ky. And Department of English chair at three independent schools.  In addition to the Austin family, Laurie Bottoms is survived by her husband, Thomas C. Boysen, of Santa Monica and their children, Suzanne Bottoms of New York City, Anne Marie Boysen of Irvine, Calif., Thomas C. Boysen Jr. of Bellvue, Wash. and Sarah Bottoms and her husband, Marc Magnus-Sharpe and their son, John David of Asheville, N.C.  All family members will be gathering in California for a Mass celebrating Laurie’s life.  In accordance with her will, Laurie’s cremated remains will be returned to Towanda in the future.  –Towanda Daily Review  (Buried Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, PA)

SHORES - Marjorie Shores Coolbaugh, 86, wife of Fred J. Coolbaugh of North Towanda, Pa., died Thursday evening, April 10, 2008, at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Memorial Hospital, Towanda, Pa. Marjorie was born Nov. 11, 1921, the daughter of the late Evan Ellsworth Shores and Mary Driscoll Shores. She was a graduate of Towanda High School Class of 1938. On Oct. 11, 1941, Marjorie married Fred J. Coolbaugh at the First Presbyterian Church in Towanda, Pa. Marjorie was employed by state and federal agricultural lending institutions located in Bradford County, Pa., Plattsburg, N.Y., Grand Rapids, Alma and Traverse City Michigan during her business career. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Towanda and the Bradford County Arts Council. She was a long time member of the Towanda Musical Society having served as president from 1998 to 2000 and co-vice president from 2005 to present. Marjorie was a gifted musician playing both the organ and clavinova and volunteered her time and talent for many years and hundreds of hours entertaining residents at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Memorial Hospital in Towanda. She was the only member of the society to receive a special certificate of commendation from the National Federation of Music Clubs for hundreds of hours of musical outreach. Marjorie was also well known in the area for her artistic accomplishments and many beautiful paintings. Surviving are: her husband of 66 years, Fred J. Coolbaugh, at home; son and daughter-in-law, David and Marilyn Coolbaugh of Towanda; daughter-in-law, Sue Beck of York, Pa.; grandchildren, David Scott Coolbaugh of Towanda, Tamara Patterson and her husband Tim of Towanda, Tom and Janelle Coolbaugh, and Jason Coolbaugh, all of York, Pa.; great grandchildren, Anika Coolbaugh, Taylor and Zack Coolbaugh, Alison and Alaina Wickwire; brother-in-law, Jim Coolbaugh of Millersville, Md.; several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her son, Richard Coolbaugh on Aug. 2, 1991 and by her sister, Doris Hobson in 1992. A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, 2008, at the First Presbyterian Church, Court Street, Towanda, Pa., with the Rev. Michael Hughes, pastor officiating. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, Pa. Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa. There are no calling hours. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the Skilled Nursing Unit of Memorial Hospital, 1 Hospital Drive, Towanda, Pa. 18848, in Marjorie's memory. - Towanda Daily Review, 12 April 2008

SHULTS - James W. Shults.  Funeral services for James W. Shults of Monroeton were held Saturday morning at 11 o'clock at the Maryott Funeral Home on York Avenue.  The Rev. William J. Marvin, rector of Christ Espicopal church, officiated and burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were Lee Gilbert, Vaughn Shults, Frank Shults, Robert Shults, Leon Ohart and Charles Beers.  Dec. 1968, Towanda Daily Review.

SILL –LIDA S. LUND, 90. On Feb. 21, 1997, the Lord called Lida (Sill) Lund of Canton to her heavenly home.  She was 90 years of age.  Born in Towanda, Pa., on Nov. 28, 1906.  Lida was the daughter of William r. and Ruth (Miller) Sill.  As a youngster, she enjoyed to popular Bradford County pastimes of fishing and picnicking.  But young Lida was destined to pursue a more serious calling, one in which she would enlighten young minds and mold young lives.  She graduated from the state Normal School and began her teaching career at the Covert School in Armenia Twp., typical of the one and two room schoolhouses which she would serve for many years to come.  This was the era of the unmarried “School marm,” when the rule was if a lady teacher opted for wedding bells she would have to relinquish her school bell.  The rules were eventually changed, fortunately for scores of young people she had yet to touch.  During the summer months when school was out, Lida would seek employment at one of the elegant resorts at Eagles Mere or Chautauqua, N.Y.  It was while working at Chautauqua that she caught the eye of one of the guests, Harry Lund.  He was so smitten by her beauty that he began courting her on the spot.  They were united in Holy Matrimony in 1929, a union which would span nearly four decades until Harry’s passing in December of 1967.  Lida continued her ministry of education for a total of 41 years, serving in such places as the Pratt School, the East Canton School, the Pond Hill School (Lake Hill) and the Grover School, until all were consolidated into the Canton Elementary School.  When the state raised the requirements for teaching, Lida enrolled in Mansfield State Teachers College (Mansfield University), graduating after completing her four-year course.  Truly, teaching was her life.  She often stayed after school hours in order to tutor those students having difficulty with the work.  Her responsibilities during her schoolhouse tenure involved custodial and light maintenance duties as well.  It was she who stoked the fire an hour or more before the children arrived on a cold morning.  It was she who swept the floor and dusted the desks.  Not having to do these things when she was transferred to Canton Elementary must have come as a culture shock to her.  Throughout the years there was one consistent fact in her teaching life: she never had any bad children in her classes.  In retrospect, she spoke of them in the most glowing terms.  After retirement Lida enjoyed traveling and reading, as she was an avid historian.  Lida was a member of the Canton Ecumenical Parish, the Canton V.I.A., the Friendly Missionary Society, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Wheel Inn Club, the Bradford County Retired Teachers Association and the O.E.S. Chapter No. 71 of Canton.  She is survived by her son, Edmund, at home; brother, Clyde Sill of Tunkhannock; a sister, Marion S. Madigan of Canton; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.  Aside from her husband, Harry, Lida was predeceased by her brother, Harry L. Sill of Wysox.  Friends may call Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Morse and Kleese funeral Home 40 N. Center St., Canton.  Funeral services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Ronald Beistline, pastor of the Canton Ecumenical Parish, officiating.  Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda.  Memorials in Lida’s name may be directed to the Green Free Library of Canton, or to the charity of one’s choice. –Towanda Daily Review.

SILL Lida LUND 90, Canton, PA died February 21, 1997.  Born in Towanda, PA on November 28, 1906 she was the daughter of William R. and Ruth (Miller) Sill.  She graduated from the state Normal School and began her teaching career at the Covert School in Armenia Twp., typical of the one and two room schoolhouses which she ould serve for many years to come.  She taught for 41 years and graduated from Mansfield Teachers’ College when the state raised its requirements for teaching.  She was a member of the canton Ecumenical Parish, the Canton VIA, the Friendly Missionary Society, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Wheel Inn Club, the Bradford County Retired Teachers Association and OES Chapter No. 71 of Canton.  She is survived by her son Edmund at home; brother, Clyde Sill of Tunkhannock; a sister, Marion S. Madigan of Canton; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her husband of 38 years, Harry Lund, who died in 1967 and a brother, Harry L. Sill of Wysox.   Funeral services were held at the Morse & Kleese funeral Home in canton on February 24 with the Rev. Ronald Beistline, pastor of the Canton Ecumenical Parish, officiating and interment to be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda.  Memorials in Lida’s name may be directed to the Green Free Library in Canton or the charity of one’s choice.  “Troy Gazette-Register,” Troy, NY  Thursday,  February 27, 1997

WILLIAM R. SILL, AGE 58, died Saturday March 1939 after a prolonged illness of a complication of diseases.  He was a native of Towanda, but for many years had resided in Canton, where he was employed as a mechanic, and later was engaged in a welding business of his own.  Surviving are his wife, two sons, Harry, of New York, and Clyde, of Canton; two daughters, Mrs. Harry e. Lund and Mrs. William Madigan of Canton; a sister, Mrs. Marion McCabe, of Towanda; also five grandchildren.  The funeral was held this afternoon in the Methodist Church in Canton and burial was made in Oak Hill Cemetery in Towanda.  The Rev. L. A. Guiles officiated.

 

SILVARA  Mrs. Cora Edna Raub, age 74 years, widow of the late Benjamin J. Raub. died Friday morning at her home in Wheelerville.  Mrs Raub was formerly a resident of Towanda and is survived by 2 sons: Amon of Ohio, John of Wheelerville and 1 daughter, Mrs. Desse Daner of New Jersey.  Prayer service will be held Monday morning at 11:30 o'clock at the Oak Hill cemetery.  Submitted by Reva Howard Wagner.  Towanda Daily Review, Jan. 11, 1930.  NOTE:  Cora's last name was found in The History of Bradford County by H.C. Bradsley 1891.  Cora Edna, married to BP Raub, a steam sawmill owner, of Emporium, Pennsylvania". Her parents were A.J and Margaret E. Taylor Silvara.


 SIMONS Anna M. Simons Roberts

80, of North Towanda, Pa., died Sunday, July 3, 2011 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa., after a brief illness.  Anna was born in North Towanda on April 21, 1931 to Burton L. and Anna Beatrice Clark Simons. After attending Pine Grove School, she went on to Towanda High School, graduating in 1948. Following graduation, she enrolled in Ridley's Secretarial School in Binghamton, N.Y. After completing school there, Anna became employed by Sylvania Electric in Towanda (now GTP) in 1949 and spent her entire working career there. She married Glenn H. Roberts of Milan on Sept. 6, 1952 at the North Towanda United Methodist Church with Rev. Lewis Bachman officiating.  Anna was active in the North Towanda Fire and Rescue Volunteer Fire Company and received the member of the year award in 1987. She served as Treasurer of the North Towanda Firemen's Relief Association for several years. Anna was a member of the North Towanda United Methodist Church serving as Assistant Treasurer and was also a member and Treasurer of the United Methodist Church Women. She served on the reunion committee of the Towanda High School Class of 1948 and was responsible for sending out invitations for class get-togethers and keeping an active list of classmates addresses. Additional memberships include Towanda Chapter No. 76 Order of Eastern Star and the GTP Women's Club.  She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Glenn H. Roberts and daughter Nancy A. Roberts; both at home; sister-in-law Ina Simons of North Towanda; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Kenneth and Alona Roberts of Kirkwood, Pa.; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her mother, Anna, in 1965; father, Burton, in 1967; half-brother, Thomas, in 1971; brothers Donald in 2000 and Clark in 2011.   The funeral and committal service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 11 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa., with Rev. Jean Montgomery, her pastor, officiating.  Interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, Pa.  The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.  The family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to the North Towanda United Methodist Church in care of Jake Guffey, Treasurer, 3377 Sugar Creek Road, Towanda, PA 18848 or to the North Towanda Fire and Rescue Volunteer Fire Department, 40 Hillcrest Drive, Towanda, PA 18848 in Anna's memory.    Towanda Daily Review – July 5, 2011
 

 

SIMONS -  Sarah Simons Bailey -wife of Howard L Bailey, Sheriff of Bradford County, died in the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, last Monday evening, April 10th, following illness induced by an operation of some days ago. She was 47 years old, the daughter of Allen and Louise Simons, a native of North Towanda Township, was married to Mr. Bailey on February 24, 1906 and was one of the most widely known woman in Western Bradford through her years as Matron of the Bradford County Home where her husband was Superintendent. Mrs. Bailey’s sympathetic understanding of the people and the problems of our County Home won the love and respect of an unusually large circle of friends not only in Burlington, where she was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church and its Aid Society, but throughout the county. Since Mr. Bailey became Sheriff in January, 1932, Mrs. Bailey has given to her part of the management of the County Jail the same care that endeared her to those in the County Home. She is survived by her husband and one daughter, Louise, at home; five sisters, Mrs. Homer Davis of Milan, Mrs. J T Elwood of Andes, NY, Mrs. Charles Wheeler of North Towanda, Mrs. W J Manning and Mrs. Edward W Quinn of Buffalo, NY; and two brothers, Francis Simons of Smithfield and Clarence Simons of North Towanda. The funeral was held from her late home, Pine Street, Towanda, this Thursday.  Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda.

SLATER - BEATRICE McGOVERN
 Beatrice Slater McGovern, 80, Towanda, PA, died Monday, September 7, 1992 at the Towanda Memorial Hospital. Born February 15, 1912 at Big Pond, she was the daughter of the late Wallace William and Laura Pruyne Slater. Beatrice graduated from Towanda High School in 1931 and for many years was employed by the Berlinger Silk Mill. Surviving are her husband, John R. "Jack" McGovern, Towanda; son, John R. McGovern Jr., Nokomiss, FL; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister, Elizabeth Slater Stalford Dibble and brothers, Ebenezer C., Royal D. and John C. Slater. Graveside services were held September 9 at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Towanda with the Rev. Jack Feaster officiating.  Arrangements were by the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home in Towanda. (TGR, Thursday, September 17, 1992)

SLATER –BERTHA SLATER ISBELL, 92, formerly of RR 1, Towanda, Pa., North Towanda Township, Pa., died Thursday evening, Oct. 12, 2006, at the Twin Oaks Personal Care Home in Granville Township, Pa.  Born Oct. 10, 1914, at home on Kendall Hill in Burlington Township, Pa., she was the daughter of the late George and Arabelle Granger Slater.  Bertha was a graduate of Towanda High School, Class of 1931, and the Mansfield Normal School, Mansfield, Pa., Class of 1933.  She began her teaching career at the Pine Grove one-room school in North Towanda Township, where she remained for four years.  On Feb. 27, 1937, she married Floyd L. Isbell and together they owned and operated their dairy farm in North Towanda Township for many years.  She was preceded in death by her husband on February 3, 1986.  From June of 1944 until June of 1945, Bertha was employed by Sylvania Electric in Towanda.  In 1945 and 1946 Bertha taught at the Saco one-room school and during 1946 and 1947 she returned to teaching at the Pine Grove School. From 1956 to 1980 Bertha taught at the McDuffee and Main elementary schools in the Athens School system until her retirement.  She was member of the Luthers Mills United Methodist Church and the Pennsylvania State Education Association, and was a former member of the Towanda Area Senior Citizens.  Bertha loved music especially playing the piano at her church and home.  Surviving are: two sons, Fred Isbell and his wife, Cindy Isbell, of Ulster, Pa., and Fay Isbell of Sulphur Springs, Texas; two daughters, Mary Sherman and her husband, Walter Sherman, of Mansfield and Roberta Ayers and her husband, Richard Ayers, of RR 2 Troy, Pa.; her daughter-in-law, Marguerite Isbell of Sylvania, Pa.; 19 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, James Finnerty of Columbia Cross Roads, Pa., Alton and Lucille Isbell of Ulster, Pa., Alfred and Eleanor Isbell of Rome, Pa., Clarence and Aileen Isbell of Columbia Cross Roads, and Clifford and Lois Isbell of Ulster; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and her friends at the Twin Oaks Personal Care Home.  In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by: her son, Kenneth "Phi" Isbell, on Jan. 7, 1995; her sister, Gertrude Carman; and her brothers, Earl, Clark and Henry Slater.  The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa.  The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, at the funeral home.  Interment will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda.  The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the Twin Oaks Personal Care Home, P.O. Box 63, Granville Summit, Pa. or to Guthrie Hospice, RR 1, Box 154, Towanda, Pa. in Bertha Slater Isbell's memory.  –Towanda Daily Review

 

SLATER Darleen "Nursie" Slater Hillyard, RN, 84, well-known resident of Smithfield Township, Pa., died Tuesday morning, Aug. 6, 2013, at her home following declining health. Darleen was born in Towanda, Pa., on Feb. 11, 1929, the daughter of Royal D. "Jack" Slater and Marguerite Young Slater. She grew up in Towanda where she attended the Third Ward School and graduated from Towanda High School with the class of 1946. Darleen graduated from the Robert Packer Hospital School of Nursing in 1950 and was employed by the Shriner's Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa., for a brief time before serving as a general and private duty registered nurse at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre from 1951 to 1958. On Aug. 29, 1952, she married Harry William Hillyard. In August of 1970, Darleen received her school nursing degree from Mansfield University and state certification permit having continued her education evenings, weekends and summer months for a number of years completing courses at Elmira College, Penn State University, East Stroudsburg University and Mansfield University. From September of 1958 until her retirement in June of 1990, Darleen had served as an Athens Area School District nurse for the East Smithfield, SRU, Ridgebury, Greenes Landing, Ulster, East Athens and Litchfield schools. In addition to nursing she enjoyed high school sports, having formerly served as an athletic director and as bookkeeper for soccer, wrestling and track for many years even after her retirement. She was a member of the East Smithfield Methodist Church, the Robert Packer Hospital Alumni Association, Bradford-Sullivan Retired Teachers Association, PSERS, PASR and was a life member of the School Nurses Section of PSEA and NEA-PSEA. Surviving are her sons and daughters-in-law, William and Roxann Hillyard, Benjamin and Kathleen Hillyard; grandchildren, Melissa and Joann Martin, Samantha Luce and Jim Boring, Timothy and Sarah Hillyard, Katherine Hillyard, Joseph Hillyard; great-grandchildren, Ryan Elliott, Matthew Elliott, Portia Howard, Abigail Hillyard and Meredith Boring; brother and sister-in-law, William and Mary Slater; nephew, Daniel and Karen Slater; niece, Debra and George Warden; and many special and close friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Harry William Hillyard on Oct. 16, 1979; mother, Marguerite Slater Shultz on Oct. 11, 1979; and father, Royal D. Slater on July 19, 1962.The family will receive friends from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 12, 2013 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, at the East Smithfield Methodist Church with Rev. LaVern Jackson officiating. Interment will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, Pa. The family suggests that contributions be directed to the Darleen "Nursie" Hillyard Memorial Nursing Scholarship Fund in care of (Principal) Athens Area High School, 401 West Frederick St., Athens, PA 18810, in her memory.  Towanda Daily Review – August 8, 2013

 

SLATER - ELIZABETH DIBBLE
Elizabeth Slater Stalford Dibble, 88, of Burlington, died Monday, May 4, 1992. She was born August 26, 1903 at Mountain Lake, Burlington Township.  She was a daughter of the late Wallace William and Laura Fry Pruyne Slater. Her main interests in life encompassed her home and family.  She was a member of the Burlington United Methodist Church. Surviving are a daughter, Lorraine Stalford and son, Scott Stalford, both of Burlington; step-daughters, Frances Kilgore of Ulster RR 2 and Eloise Spencer of Gillett; several grandchildren; a sister, Beatrice McGovern of Towanda; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services were held May 6 (2 pm) at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home in Towanda with the Jack Feaster officiating and interment to be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda. (TGR, Thursday, May 7, 1992)

SLATER –ELIZABETH SLATER STALFORD DIBBLE, 88, of Burlington, died Monday, May 4, 1992.  She was born Aug. 26, 1903, at Mountain Lake, Burlington Township.  She was a daughter of the late Wallace William and Laura Fry Pruyne Slater.  Her main interests in life encompassed her home and family.  She was a member of the Burlington United Methodist Church.  Surviving are a daughter, Lorraine Stalford and son, Scott Stalford, both of Burlington; two step-daughters, Frances Kilgore of Ulster RR 2 and Eloise Spencer of Gillett; several step-grandchildren; a sister, Beatrice McGovern of Towanda; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her husbands, Lawrence Stalford and Ralph Dibble; three brothers, Ebenezer C. Slater, Royal D. Slater and John C. Slater.  The family will receive friends this evening from 7 to 9 o’clock at the Maryott-Bowen funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda.  The funeral and committal service will be held Wednesday, May 6, at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Jack Feaster, pastor of the Burlington United Methodist Church officiating.  Interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda.  –Towanda Daily Review.

SLATER   George C. Slater taken by death.  Prominent Burlington Township Farmer for some years, George C. Slater, prominent Burlington township farmer, diedThursday morning at his hime.  Mr. Slater was born May 31, 1870, at Forksville, PA, and for the past 50 years in Burlington township, where he was highly regarded, being a  successful farmer and a fine citizen.  He married Arabelle GRANGER of North Towanda 50 years ago had he lived until Christmas Day would have observed their Golden Wedding anniversary.  He was a  member of the Mayflower Grange at Luthers Mills and is survived by his wife; five children, Mrs. Ralph Carman of  Burlington, Mrs. Floyd Isbell of North Towanda, Henry Slater of Elmira, Earl and Clark Slater, both of Burlington; 18 grandchildren, five great grandchildren; two brothers, Roa Slater of North Towanda and Daniel Slater of  Athens.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.  The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 at the home.  RHW 17, Dec. 1943 Towanda Dailey Review.

June Louise SLATER Stroud,
Wyalusing Rocket February 3, 2005, June Louise Slater Stroud, 73, widow of Robert E. Stroud of Towanda RR4, Monroe Township, PA, died on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2004 at her home. Born June 19, 1931 in Towanda, she was the daughter of the late Clark A. Slater and Edith V. McNeal Slater. June was a homemaker, who enjoyed spending time with her family. Surviving are five sons and daughters-in-law, Dale R. and Doris Stroud, Towanda RR4, Donald D. Stroud of New Albany, Rexford J. Stroud, Towanda RR4, Ronald E. and Beverly Stroud, East Smithfield, David F. Stroud and friend, Jennifer Burlingame of Wysox; four daughters and sons-in-law, Diane and Kenneth Ackley of Macedonia, Pamela R. and Francis Kinner, Monroeton RR1, Patricia Stroud of Wyalusing, Marilyn K. Stroud of Towanda; 27 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Daniel Slater of Texas, Dick and Joan Slater of Almond, NY; sisters-in-law, Pauline Northrup of Towanda, Ethel Thetga and husband, Ted Thetga of Towanda; many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. Stroud on Nov. 27, 1998; a daughter, Cindy June Stroud; two infant grandsons; a grandson, Dustin Stroud in 2003 and a sister, Geraldine Darrow. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, Towanda. There are no calling hours. Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, Bradford Unit, 1948 East Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701-3945 in June Louise Slater Stroud’s memory.

SMITH - Alma M. Walmsley, 98, of 16201 Berwick Turnpike, Gillett, Pa., died at home Saturday, June 30, 2007. Alma was born June 12, 1909, in Towanda, Pa., daughter of the late Harry and Phoebe Vanderpool Smith. She attended area schools and was married to the late Vernor L. Walmsley, who died Aug. 26, 2004. Alma was a member of the Bentley Creek Wesleyan Church and was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Survivors include her children, Vernor J. Walmsley and Donald M. Walmsley, both of Centerville, Pa., George and Alice Walmsley of Bentley Creek, Pa., Mary and Paul Novotny of Centerville, Laura and David Cooley of LeRaysville, Pa., and Alma Stroud of Hornbrook, Pa.; 26 grandchildren; and many great- and great-great-grandchildren. Her husband, Vernor L.; a brother and sister-in-law, John and Lois Smith; a granddaughter, Susan Bates; and a great-grandson, Benjamin Walmsley, predeceased her. Family and friends are invited to call from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, at the Roberts Funeral Home Inc., 279 Main St., Wellsburg, N.Y. Funeral and committal services will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 8 p.m. Alma will be laid to rest next to her husband in Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, Pa.  Published in the Daily Review on 7/2/2007.

SMITH –ANN SMITH SNELL, 72 widow of George F. Snell of 212 N. Main St., Towanda, Pa. died early Thursday morning, Dec. 25, 1997 at the Sayre House in Sayre, Pa.  Born Sept. 1, 1925 in Burgettstown, Pa. she was the only child of the late Sanford W. and Jean Ackleson Smith.  Ann was a graduate of the Robert Packer Hospital School of Nursing in Sayre and was later employed by GTE Sylvania in Towanda for 27 ½ years until her retirement in 1979.  Mrs. Snell was an active member of the Towanda First United Methodist Church where she had formerly served as chairman of the Administrative Board.  Ann also served as a volunteer at Memorial Hospital in Towanda, the Towanda Ambulance Association and the American Red Cross Bloodmobile.  Ann will be remembered by her many friends for her kind and caring personality and for her willingness to help others.  Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Jean and James Wygrala of Towanda RR 5, Elsie and Michael Fraboni of Waverly, N.Y.; grandchildren, Shannon and Randy Chilson, Shawna and Jamie Wygrala, Lucia, Michael and Andrea Fraboni.  She was preceded in death by her husband, George F. Snell on Oct. 31, 1985 and her mother Jean Ackleson Smith on April 4, 1987.  The family will receive friends Saturday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa.  The funeral service will be held Sunday, Dec. 28, 1997 at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Allen Hulslander, pastor of the Towanda First United Methodist Church officiating.  Interment will be in Oak Hill cemetery, Towanda, Pa.  The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the First United Methodist Church, Main St., Towanda, Pa.  or to the Towanda Public Library, 104 Main St., Towanda, Pa. in Mrs. Snell’s memory.  –Towanda Daily Review

DAVID R. ‘D.R.’ SMITH JR., 85, of Towanda died peacefully Friday, July 22, 2005 at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Towanda Memorial Hospital.  Born Sept. 11, 1919 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. he was the son of David Rahm Smith and Anna Eilenberger Smith.  He graduated from Towanda High School, Class of 1937.  Following high school, Dave attended Valley Forge Military Academy for one year before enrolling at Lehigh University where he graduated in 1942 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering.  On Sept. 1, 1942 Dave was called to serve his country in World War II.  As a First Lieutenant, he was assigned to a Quartermaster Corps in the China-Burma-India theater from January 1942 to April 1945.  He was honorably discharged in November 1945 at the rank of Captain.  Dave married the former Frances Rice of Monroeton on Aug. 18, 1945.  They settled in Monroeton where they raised their family.  He began employment with Northern Pennsylvania Power Company in December 1945 and continued his employment with the company and its successor, Penelec, until his retirement in 1974.  He served as Penelec’s Northern Tier Division Manager from 1966-1974.  Dave served as a member and was a past president of the Towanda Rotary Club, the Towanda Rifle and Pistol Club, the South Mountain Hunting Club and the Bradford County Historical Society.  He was a member of Elks Lodge No. 2191 Towanda and the Monroeton Rod and Gun Club, the Quarry Glen Club, the Naiad Linta Fire Company, the Monroe Hose Company and V.F.W. Beirne-Webster Post No. 1568, member of the American Legion Post 42 of Towanda, and a member of the Society of Cinncinnatus.  David chaired the Towanda Valley Joint High School Building Authority, overseeing the construction of the Towanda High School which opened in 1960.  He served many years as a Director and Director Emeritus of Citizens and Northern Bank.  A long time supporter of the Boy Scouts of America, Dave was an Eagle Scout, a member of the General Sullivan Council Executive Board and a recipient of scouting’s highest award for adults, the Silver Beaver Award.  Nothing pleased him more, however, than the fact that the three of his sons became Eagle Scouts and each attended a National Jamboree.  An avid hunter and sportsman, Dave devoted many hours to turkey hunting and trout fishing.  A renowned marksman, while at Lehigh University he was the National Individual Inter-Collegiate Rifle Champion in 1940 and a three time All American.  He was most proud, however, of his membership on the 1954 Towanda Rifle and Pistol Club team which placed fourth nationally among civilian teams.  Surviving are his wife, Frances, of Towanda, children, Kirk Smith of Towanda, Scott Smith and wife Donna of Monroeton, Jeffrey A. Smith and wife Ann of Monroeton, a sister Margaret Jane Ross, of Elkhart, Indiana; a daughter-in-law; Eleanor Harden Smith of Monroeton; a brother-in-law, Gordon P. Davis of Monroeton; a sister-in-law, Sue Smith of Montrose; grandchildren; Joshua, Erica, Nick, Allison, Schuyler, Simon and David all of Monroeton and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his brother, James Edward Smith and a son David R. Smith III.  There will be no calling hours, and all services will be private.  Interment will be at Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda.  The family requests that in lieu of flowers, that memorial contributions be made to either the Boy Scouts of America, Five Rivers Council or the Monroeton Public Library.  –Towanda Daily Review.

SMITH Jean - Jean Phyllis Harris, 84, of Grantsville, Md., formerly of Towanda, Pa., died
Wednesday afternoon, May 26, 2010 at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center in Cumberland, Md. Jean was born June 10, 1925 in Towanda, Pa., the daughter of the late Harold and Sarah Box Smith. She was a graduate of Towanda High School class of 1943 and was subsequently employed by Sylvania Electric in Towanda from 1943 to 1951. She is survived by: her daughter and son-in-law, Dr. Sue Harris Bredel and Dr. Patrick Bredel of Oakland, Md.; a daughter, Linda Harris of Grantsville, Md.; sister, Helen Koontz of Standing Stone, Pa.; Several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by: brothers and sisters-in-law, Lester and Iola Smith, Harold "Bud" and Ruby Smith and Rosseel and Lois Smith; sister, Esther Smith; brother-in-law, Joe Koontz; and nephews Alan and Steven Koontz. A private funeral and committal service will be held at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa. There are no calling hours. Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, Pa. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Towanda Public Library, 104 Main St. Towanda, PA 18848, the Salvation Army, 314 S. Elmer Ave. Sayre, PA 18840 or to the North Rome Christian School, RR 1 Box 190 A, Ulster, PA 18850 in Jean's memory. – Towanda Daily Review, May 28, 2010

SMITH Lena Mae DYER, 86, Towanda, Pa, died Wednesday, June 7, 1995 at the Skilled nursing Unit,,  Memorial Hospital in Towanda.  Born August 16, 1908 in troy, PA, she was the daughter of the late Porter and Effie Alexander Smith.  Surviving are daughters, Anna Johnson of Towanda, Mildred Dyer of Myersburg, PA and Marie Peters of Sayre, PA; grandsons, Harry Vanderpool of Towanda and Robert Vanderpool of Sayre; granddaughters, Angie Vanderpool of Barton, NY and Bonnie Vanderpool of Sayre.  She was preceded in death by her husband, John M. Dyer, in 1962; sons, Edward and Ralph Dyer and a daughter, Bertha Dyer.  Funeral services were to be held at the convenience of the family with interment to be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda.  Arrangements were by the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home in Towanda.

 

SMITH Marletta Wood (Smith) Edsell 

When I come to the end of the road and the sun has set for me, remember the love that we have shared, and that will comfort thee….Our loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother Marletta Smith Wood Edsell, 88, of North Orwell died with her family at her side Wednesday morning, Dec. 19, 2012 at the Bradford County Manor where she has resided for the last several years.  Marletta was born on Dec. 9, 1924 in Granville Center, a daughter of the late Howard and Eleanor Smith. She was a graduate of the Troy High School class of 1941 and a graduate of the Elmira Business Institute in 1942. On June 15, 1949 she married George Wood and together they lived in Towanda until his passing on April 18, 1973. On July 14, 1979 she married A. Bryce Edsell and together they celebrated eighteen years of marriage until his passing on March 8, 1997.  Marletta was a member of the North Orwell Union Church where she participated in the church choir and Women's Auxillary. While living in Towanda, she was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, its woman's association, choir and formerly served as deacon. She was also a member of the Nichols Senior Citizens and the Northeast Neighbors. She was a retired employee of the Bradford County Court House, Towanda Area School District and E.I. DuPont. Marletta treasured the time spent with her family, tending to her yard and flower gardens. Her gentle and caring ways of making others smile will always be remembered. Marletta is survived by her son and daughter-in-law: Gregory and Marie E. Wood of Rome; step children Preston (Naomi) Edsell of Troy, Gary (Eileen) Edsell of Elysburg, Joyce (Charles) Fassett, of Laceyville, Carol (Brian) Canfield of Springfield, Beverly (Earl) Packard of Hornell, N.Y. and Debra (Michael) Bolton of Rome; a brother and sister-in-law Howard and Olynda J. Smith of West Burlington; sister-in-law Joan Edsell of Wyalusing; brother-in-law Kent (Cathy) Edsell of Rome; her grandchildren, Chandra (Matthew) Andrews and Ian Wood; great grandchildren Ella, Nolan, and Grace; several step grandchildren and step great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and their families also survive.  Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation and a time of sharing memories this evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. Funeral services and a celebration of Marletta's life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 22 at the North Orwell Union Church with her pastor, Rev. Jackie Lynn Condon, officiating. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda. Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the North Orwell Union Church, c/o Pastor Jackie Lynn Condon, 986 Main St., Rome, PA 18837 in loving memory of Marletta Smith Wood Edsell.   Towanda Daily Review – December 21, 2012

 

SMITH Sarah Cook Smith Sheffey
age 97, of Lancaster, Pa., and formerly of Towanda, Pa., died Aug. 7, 2011 at The Gln at Willow Valley. Born in Connellsville, Pa. on Dec. 22, 1913, Sally was the daughter of the late Bela Buck and Sallie Cook Smith. She was the wife of the late Edwin Garman Sheffey, who died in 1986.  A lifelong learner, Sally was a 1931 graduate of Connellsville High School, and a 1935 graduate of Swarthmore College. With a heart for youth, she taught English and Latin at Towanda Valley High School, operated a preschool in her home, and also served as a Probation Officer for Women and Juveniles in Bradford County. A loyal member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Sally was a descendant of Col. Edward Cook, a 1775 delegate to the Provincial Conference, as well as a Westmoreland County delegate at the 1776 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.  Known for her keen intellect, quick wit, and many kindnesses, Sally served as a Trustee of Towanda Public Library, volunteered at Towanda Community Hospital, initiated Meals on Wheels in Towanda, founded the area's first Alzheimer's support group, and served as a Deacon, Elder and Trustee of First Presbyterian Church. After moving to Lancaster in 1987, Sally was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Lancaster, Pa.  Survivors include her daughters, Susan S. Gatliff, wife of William, of Byron, Ga., and Rebecca S. Bumsted, wife of Joseph, of Willow Street, Pa.; three grandchildren, Edwin Jay Gatliff, husband of Debbie, of Byron, Ga., William Gregory Gatliff of Byron, Ga., and Sarah Allison Gatliff of Warner Robins, Ga.; three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Her parents, husband, and siblings, Violette S. Hickerson, Joseph H. Smith and Mabel S. Kinne, predeceased her.  The family wishes to express their deep appreciation to staff at The Glen at Willow Valley for their years of outstanding care and unfaltering devotion to Sally. A memorial service will be scheduled in Towanda, Pa. at a future date. Interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, Pa. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 140 East Orange St., Lancaster, PA 17602; Mathias J. Brunner Nursing Education Fund, 211 Willow Valley Square, Lancaster, PA 17602; or Towanda Public Library, 104 Main St., Towanda, PA 18848.  Towanda Daily Review - August 8, 2011

SMITH - William H. Smith of Towanda died at his home on York avenue yesterday morning at 5:20 o'clock.  Funeral services will be held at the home on Sunday at 2;30 o'clock.  Burial will be in Oak Hill cemetery.  RHW.  Towanda Daily Review 16 January 1923.

GEORGE F. SNELL, 64, retired Towanda Borough Manager, of 212 N. Main St., Towanda died early Thursday morning, Oct. 31, 1985 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre following an extended illness.  Born Feb. 27, 1921 in Towanda, he was the son of Fay M. and Elsie Coleman Snell.  A graduate of Towanda High School class of 1940, he will be remembered for his fighting spirit on the undefeated 1939 Towanda football team.  George served during World War II in the Army in North Africa where he was injured and taken captive and later became a prisoner of war in Germany for 27 months.  During this time he escaped and was recaptured six times.  Following his honorable discharged from the service in 1945, he returned to Towanda to be employed by the Pennsylvania State Highway Department as a construction foreman.  In 1947 Mr. Snell went to work for the Towanda Borough as public works foreman, and ten years later was officially named borough manager.  George tended to the managerial needs of Towanda for 35 years until his retirement on March 1, 1983, as the town’s overseer of the Water and Waste Systems Office and Street Maintenance Programs.  While borough manager he was paid high tribute in the magazine “Pennsylvania” for his excellent managerial qualities in handling the various responsibilities that accompanied his position.  The residents of Towanda Borough have been the recipients of George Snell’s superior dedication to the work that made Towanda a better community in which to live and he will be deeply missed.  He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Towanda, Union Masonic Lodge #108 F&AM; Union Chapter 161, Royal Arch Masons, Northern Commandery #16, Knights Templar, Bradford County Shrine Club and Irem Temple Shrine Club of Dallas.  He was past commander of the VFW Post 1568, Towanda and was a member of the Towanda American Legion Post #42 and the World War II’s Last Man club.  He was also a past president of the Pennsylvania Municipal Managers Association, 1977-78 and served on the executive committee of the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs.  His other memberships include the Northern Tier Solid Waste Authority, Towanda Elks Lodge #2191, Towanda Gun Club and the Disable American Veterans.  Survivors include his wife, the former Ann Smith; two daughters and sons-in-law, Jean and James Wygrala of Towanda RD 5, Elsie and Michael Fraboni of Waverly; grandchildren; Shannon, Shawna and Jamie Wygrala of Towanda RD 5; and Lucia, Michael and Andrea Fraboni of Waverly; two sisters, Janice R. Snell of York and Elsie “Dolly” E. Snell of Towanda; his mother-in-law, Mrs. Jean A. Smith of Towanda; two nephews; several aunts, uncles and cousins.  The funeral service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda with the Rev. William H. Wassell, pastor of the Towanda First United Methodist Church, officiating.  Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda with Towanda American Legion Post #42 according full military honors.  The family will receive friends this evening from 6-9 p.m. at the funeral home.  Union Masonic Lodge #108 F&AM will conduct Masonic services at the funeral home this evening at 7:00.  It is the family’s request that memorials be directed to the Towanda First United Methodist Church in Mr. Snell’s memory.  –Towanda Daily Review

JANIS R. SNELL, 83, died on Wednesday, July 13, 2005, at the Manor Care Health Services-North.  Born April 15, 1922, in Towanda, she was the daughter of the late Fay M. and Elsie (Coleman) Snell.  Miss Snell retired in 1990 as the head of the Mathematics Department of the York Suburban School District.  She started her employment with the York Suburban School District upon its inception in 1958.  Her career in teaching mathematics spanned 46 years with previous employment in Carlisle, Pa. and Meshoppen, Pa.  She was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church and a member of the Choir.  Miss Snell was a 1940 graduate of Towanda High School.  She received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and social studies in 1944 from Mansfield University and her master’s from Bucknell University in 1949.  She was a member and past president of the Quota Club.  Miss Snell is survived by a sister, Elsie E. Snell of Towanda, and two nieces, Jean Wygrata of Towanda and Elsie Fay Fraboni of Waverly, N.Y.  A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 18, at Asbury United Methodist Church, 340 East Market St., York.  The Rev. Dr. Paul E. Stambaugh will officiate.  A private burial will be in Oak Hill cemetery, Towanda.  The viewing will be 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday at the church Etzweiler Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1111 E. Market St., York, is in charge of arrangements.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Asbury United Methodist Memorial Fund, 340 E. Market St., York, Pa. or to the Salvation Army General Fund, 50 e. King St., York, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review.

 

SNELL Richard E. "Dick" Snell

86, former mayor of Towanda Borough and Towanda postmaster, died Saturday evening, May 26, 2012 at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Memorial Hospital in North Towanda, Pa. "Dick" as he was known by his family and many friends, was born in Towanda on Sept. 21, 1925, the youngest of four children of Paul and Daisy Sill Snell. He grew up in Towanda's First Ward, served as quarterback for the Towanda football team, and as student council president and junior class vice president. He graduated from Towanda High School in 1943 and subsequently joined the U.S. Army where he served first in the Army Specialized Training Program. In 1945, he shipped to Austria where he served as a radioman in K Company, 431st Infantry, 86th Division and later served in the Philippines at the end of World War II. Dick was the recipient of the Bronze Star Medal for bravery.  Following completion of his military service in April of 1946, Dick returned home to Towanda and was employed for two years at his father's store Lazarus Electric. In June of 1948, Dick started work part time at the Towanda Post Office as a clerk/carrier and served as city carrier for 10 years. On Nov. 26, 1948 he married the former Catherine Hoffman. On June 28, 1958, he began serving as Towanda Postmaster and continued for over 29 years until his retirement in September of 1987. Dick served for one year on Towanda Borough Council as vice president and also chaired the Recreation Board and served on the Finance and Administration Committees. He was elected Mayor of Towanda in 1989 holding the office for 20 years until his retirement in 2009.  Dick was always active in community affairs and during the 1950s was instrumental in establishing the Towanda Ambulance Association. He served as the association's first president, for 16 years as an ambulance board member and many years as a volunteer/driver. He was the recipient of the Ambulance Association's Meritorious Award in 1975 and was recognized for making 500 trips with the ambulance. Dick served as a Trustee of Memorial Hospital, Towanda for 30 years (1959-1989), holding positions of Secretary (1959-1982) and Treasurer (1982-1985). He served three terms as National President of the Postmasters Credit Union, vice president for two years and chairman of the promotion and education committee for three years.   Dick served as president of the Tri-County Postmaster Association (Bradford, Sullivan and Wyoming counties) for two years. He served the Pennsylvania Chapter of NAPUS as county director for three years, as regional director for three years, and as Pennsylvania chapter secretary treasurer for three years. Dick assisted in forming the local Bradford-Sullivan counties AARP Chapter and served as chapter treasurer.  He was a past commander and post adjutant of Towanda American Legion Post No. 42, past president of the WW II Last Man's Club, member and past director of the Towanda Country Club, charter member of Towanda Elks Lodge No. 2191, and was a member of Beirne-Webster VFW Post No. 1568, Towanda, Quarry Glen Club, Bridge Street Hill Rod and Gun Club, Towanda Gun Club and the Industrial Management Council.  Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Catherine "Kate" Snell at home; children John R. Snell and wife Michele of Towanda, Linda K. Watkins and husband Stephen of Athens, Joseph A. Snell and wife Sacha of Towanda, James P. Snell of Towanda; eight grandchildren Emily Baer, Helen Santiago, Carrie Watkins-Smith, Casey Watkins, Jacob, Dustin, Haydan and Nadyah Snell; five great-grandchildren Mila Santiago, Brady Smith, Carson Smith, Griffin Smith and Ryan Watkins; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother and sister-in-law, David and Marie Snell; sisters and brothers-in-law, Gladys and Russell Scott and Pauline and Lester Hawbaker. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral, Home 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at the funeral home with Rev. Edward Michelini, pastor of SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Towanda, officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, Pa., with Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 according full military honors.  The family will provide their own flowers and requests that contributions be directed to Memorial Emergency Medical Services, 1 Hospital Drive, Towanda, PA 18848 in Richard E. Snell's memory.   Towanda Daily Review – May 28, 2012

 

SNYDER Ethel Snyder VanDerMark

90, widow of Willard VanDeMark of Towanda, RR 5, Sheshequin Township, died Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 23, 2001, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Born April 23, 1910, in Hollenback, Wilmont Township, she was a daughter of the late George and Lottie VANNESS SNYDER Sr..  In early years Ethel was employed by Fontaine Weaving in Towanda until its closure.  She was later employed by E.I. DuPont in Towanda until her retirement in 1984.  Surviving are her daughter-in-law, Janet VanDerMark of Macedonia; grandsons, Jerry VanDeMark of Huntington Beach, Calif., Terry VanDe Mark of Philadelphia, Kurt VanDeMark and his wife, Debbie of Rome, Kirby VanDeMark and his wife Tammy of Rome, and Jeffery VanDeMark and his wife Shelly of Hornbrook, PA; five great grandchildren; two sisters, Helen SYNDER FENTON of Towanda and Bessie HUGHEY of Walkins Glenn, NY; several nieces and nephews and cousins; and a special friend, Carol BAILEY of Towanda.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Willard VANDEMARK, in 1960; her son, Earl VANDEMARK, in 1991; sisters Julia Snyder BLEILER and Maretta Snyder BAKER; and her brothers Theodore SNYDER and George SNYDER Jr.  The funeral and committal service will be held Friday, Jan. 26, 2001, at 5 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, with Pastor Wade CLAUSER of the Hope Baptist Church, Herrickville, officiating.  Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, on Saturday.  The family will receive friends on Friday from 4 to 5 p.m. at the funeral home

 

SOCHA Crossifixio "Cross" Rhodes Socha

Crossifixio "Cross" Rhodes Socha, 17 months, beloved infant son of Stephen E. Socha and Sharmaine Harvey Socha of 1480 Race Hill Road, Wyalusing, Terry Township, passed away Monday, November 19, 2012 at the Arnot-Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, N.Y. "Cross" was born at the Arnot-Ogden Medical Center in Elmira on June 7, 2011.  In addition to his parents he is survived by his; brother, Gatlin R. Socha and sister, Lillianna R. Bride, maternal grandmother, Charlene Fellows of Elmira, paternal grandfather, Frank Socha of Towanda, maternal great grandmother, Nancy Belanger of Horseheads, God parents, Marlena and Thomas Giammichele of Elmira and several aunts uncles and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Rachel Socha in 2011 and maternal great great grandmother, Rita "Meme" Belanger.  The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday evening. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Third St. Towanda. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda.  The family suggests contributions be directed to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester, NY, 333 Westmoreland Drive, Rochester, NY 14620 in Crossifixio Rhodes Socha's memory.  Mommy and Daddy's Little Angel -  I held him for a little while, made plans to watch him grow. We played each waking moment so he'd know I loved him so. I cherish all the tiny things that went unnoticed then. A special bond between us grew my little one, my friend. A place of honor he will have in my heart and in my home. It gives me strength and peace to know that he is not alone. I know that Jesus holds him close and tends his every need. Our child is safe in heaven; he holds a noble place indeed.  — Author Unknown  Towanda Daily Review – November 25, 2012

 

Orrin A. SOPER died Dec. 15, 1908 at his home in Towanda, after a long illness of gangrene, in his 76th year.  Deceased was a native of Burlington, where he was born March 28, 1833.  When the civil war broke out he was residing in Ulster from which town he enlisted in Company B, 141st Pa V abd served three years.  Up until that command was mustered out of service.  He was promoted from private to corporal and in every way an excellent soldier.  At the battle of the Wilderness he had a peculiar experience.  Mr. Soper wore long chin whiskers.  A bullet fired by the enemy came close to his chin, and as it *biled through his beard, it gathered  a coil about in and tore the hair from his face, ruining his appendage and making a trace as clean as a razor.  The ordeal was a painful one and Mr. Soper remarked that he " thought his head was cut off."  In the same battle he was wounded in the leg.  His wife, five sons, and one daughter survive him.  Funeral services were held at his home on Mechanic street Sunday afternoon, six members of his regiment; Geo II GRANGER, Jao II CHAFFEE, Jno N. CALIFF, D. J. SWEET, Clarence W. COLE and Elisha COLE acting as pall bearers.  Interment was in soldiers' plot Oak Hill cemetery.   The best things in life aren't things.

CHARLES H. SPACE SR., 78, of the Colonial Towers, Towanda, Pa., formerly of Wysox, died Monday, March 28, 2005 at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Memorial Hospital in North Towanda Township, Pa.  Born April 20, 1926, in Towanda, Pa., he was the son of the late Charles H. and Ida Naugle Space.  Charles attended Towanda High School and in early years was employed by the Lehigh Valley Railroad. He later entered the U.S. Army where he served in the European Theatre during World War Two.  Charles was employed by C.M. Thompson of Wysox, which later became the Martin Oil Company, for over 40 years until his retirement in 1988.  He was a member of the Union Corners United Methodist Church, Towanda, American Legion Post No. 42 and was a lifetime member of Franklin Steam Engine Co. No 1, Towanda.  He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Sheila Pierce and Thomas Pierce of Salisbury, N.C., Lisa Garinger and Kenneth Garinger of Dallas, Pa.; three sons and daughters-in-law, Charles H. Space Jr. and Sandra Space of Towanda RR 5, Pa., Andrew B. Space and Marleah Space of Towanda RR 5, Pa.; 12 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; a half-sister, Flossie Troutwine of Ulster, Pa.; four half-brothers, David Estelle of Monroeton, Pa., Foster Royce Estelle of Coleville, Washington, Gene Lewis of Durrell, Pa., and Robert Lewis of Sayre, Pa.; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Leah Ilene Space, on July 20, 1989.  A memorial service will be held Thursday, March 31, 2005 at noon at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa., with Pastor Rick Stackhouse of the Union Corners United Methodist Church, officiating.  Towanda American Legion Post 42 will accord military honors at the funeral home.  The family will receive friends on Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the funeral home.  The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to a charity or organization of one’s choice in Charles H. Space Sr.’s memory. Contributed by Carol Brotzman.  –Towanda Daily Review 29 March 2005.  (Buried Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda.)

 

SPACE Scott H. Space

Scott H. Space, 20, of 712 Second St., Towanda, died Tuesday evening, April 24, 2012, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Scott was born July 25, 1991 in Sayre, Pa. the son of Paul H. and Lela Springer Space. He attended the Towanda schools and was formerly employed by Warren Trucking in Ulster. Scott was employed by CSI Inspection at the time of his passing. Scott loved spending time with his daughter, family and friends. He enjoyed mechanics, especially working on cars, trucks and lawn mowers.  Surviving are his daughter, Maleah Marie Space at home; parents Paul H. and Lela Space of Towanda; brother Michael (Amber) Bennett of Towanda; sister Tiffany Space of Towanda; maternal grandfather, Andrew Springer of Wysox; niece Shaleah; nephews, Malachi, Deagan, Dominic and Cordell; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Elsie Springer and paternal grandparents, Charles and Leah Space. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday evening at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda.  Contributions may be directed to the Maleah Marie Space Continuing Education Fund in care of Lela Space, 712 Second St. Towanda, Pa. 18848 in memory of Scott H. Space. Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda.  Towanda Daily Review – April 27, 2012

 

SPENCER –BEATRICE A. SLOCUM, 80, widow of Elmer H. Slocum former of RR 3 Towanda died Sunday, April 29, 2001 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre.  Born July 19, 1920 on Spring Hill, Terry Twp., Pa. she was a daughter of the late Bayard and Anna Spencer.  Beatrice was a graduate of New Alban High School class of 1939.  She assisted her husband Elmer in the operation of their farm in Towanda Twp. for many years.  Beatrice loved family, the outdoors, animals and farming.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Slocum in 1990.  Surviving are 3 sons and daughters-in-law, Ronald and Carol Leljedal of Norwich, Conn., David and Irene Slocum of Mainesburg, Pa., Edward and Barbara Slocum of Towanda; 4 grandchildren, Donna Meronek, Edward Slocum Jr., Cheryl Slocum, Laura Slocum; a sister-in-law, Louise Spencer of the Highlands, LaPorte; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  The funeral service will be held Wednesday, May 2, 2001 at 11 a.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda with the Rev. Dr. Walter Swetnam, pastor of the Athens First Presbyterian Church officiating.  Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda.  The family will receive friends Wednesday morning from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.  The family suggests that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed to the Towanda Public Library, 104 Main St., Towanda, Pa. or to the Bradford County Humane Society, P.O. Box 178, Ulster, Pa. in Mrs. Slocum’s memory.  –Towanda Daily Review

RONALD K. SPENCER, 48 of Sullivan Terrace, Dushore, formerly of Wyalusing RR2, PA, died Thursday, April 26, 2007 at his home.  Born Oct. 26, 1958 in Sayre, he was the son of the late Franklin M. Spencer, Sr. and Sarah Beers Spencer.  Ronald was a graduate of Wyalusing Area High School, Class of 1979 and was formerly employed by several area farms.  Surviving are his brothers, Lawrence A. Spencer and his wife, Cindy of Towanda RR4, David A. Spencer of Wyalusing RR2, Francis R. Spencer of Monroeton; several nieces, nephews and cousins and his special friend, Dorothy Gowin of Dushore.  He was preceded in death by his father, Franklin M. Spencer, Sr. in 1988; his mother, Sarah Beers Spencer in 1979; sister, Charlotte Wilsey in 1995; brother, Franklin M. Spencer, Jr. in 1951 and twin brother, Donald J. Spencer in 1998.  A graveside memorial service was held Wednesday, May 2 at 2 p.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda.  Arrangements were under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home 217 York Ave., Towanda.  There were no calling hours.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be directed to the Dushore Ambulance Association, Box F, Dushore, PA in Ronald K. Spencer’s memory.  –Wyalusing Rocket

SPENTZAS Constantine John "Gus" Spentzas, 79, former resident of Elliott St., Towanda, Pa., died Wednesday, April 21, at the Ashton Health Care Center in Athens, Pa.   "Gus" as he was known by his family and friends, was born Jan. 19, 1931, in Sayre, Pa., the son of the late John Constantine Spentzas and Mary VROUZI Spentzas. He was a graduate of Towanda High School class of 1948 and following graduation attended Lackawanna Junior College from 1949-1950. He subsequently served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. Gus continued his education at Bloomsburg University from 1955 to 1958 where he received his bachelor's of science degree in Education. While a student at Bloomsburg University, he was named to Who's Who in American Universities and was the recipient of the College Recognition Award.  Gus later received his Master's Degree at Temple University in 1963 and completed work at Penn State University, Mansfield University and Elmira College. Gus taught business courses in the Reading, Pa., Area Schools from 1958 to 1966 and social studies courses at Towanda High School from 1968 to 1978.  Gus was a very dedicated member of the Bradford County Democratic Party and served as Bradford County Auditor from 1984 to 1990. He also served on the Towanda Borough Council for three years as chairman of the borough recreation committee. Gus was honored as Elks Citizen of the Year in 1982-1983.  Gus was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Towanda, Union Lodge No. 108 F. & A.M., Towanda, and Friends of the Towanda Public Library.   He is survived by: his sister-in-law, Irene Spentzas of Towanda; several nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Theodore Spentzas.  A Eucharistic Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 29, at Christ Episcopal Church, Main Street, Towanda, Pa., with the Rev. Maureen Hipple, Rector as celebrant.  Interment will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, with Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 according full military honors.  There are no calling hours.  Service arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa.  Memorial contributions may be directed to Christ Episcopal Church, 1 Main St., Towanda, PA 18848 in Constantine John "Gus" Spentzas memory. April 25, 2010, Towanda Daily Review.

SCOTT W. STALFORD, 71 of Ulster RR 1, Sheshequin Township died Friday, June 21, 2002 at his home.  Born June 18, 1931 in Towanda, he was a son of the late Lawrence LaRue and Elizabeth May Slater Stalford.  Scott was a graduate of Troy High School class of 1949.  He was a veteran of the Korean War, having served in the U.S. Marine Corps.  Scot was employed by the Stromberg-Carlson Telecommunications Co. throughout the United States for many years until his retirement.  He was a member of the American Association of Retired Persons.  Surviving are: his stepchildren, Kathy Warner Lattimer and her husband, Warren Lattimer, Richard G. Warner and his wife, Victoria Warner and Thomas J. Warner, all of Sheshequin and Joseph Rick and Christine of Manheim, Pa.; his step-grandchildren, Laura Finch, Terry Warner II, Shawn Lattimer, Stephanie Warner, R. Todd Warner, Heather Warner, Tyler Warner, Christopher Rick and Christina Rick; his step-great-grandchildren, Morgan Finch, Terry Warner III and Justin Warner; his sister, Lorraine L. Stalford of Burlington and several cousins.  He was preceded in death by his wives; Beverly Geary Stalford on June 12, 1985 and Lillian “Billy” Warner-Stalford on Sept. 19, 2001.  The funeral service will be held Monday, June 24, 2002 at 1 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda with Rev. William Lusk, pastor of the Burlington United Methodist Church officiating.  The family will receive friends on Monday, from noon until 1 p.m. at the funeral home.  Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, with Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 according full military honors.  The family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to a charity of one’s choice in Mr. Stalford’s memory.  –Towanda Daily Review

STERLING – Mrs. Lelah Sterling Doane, wife of Dr. Joseph Chapman Doane of Philadelphia, died at their home in Germantown, PA, last Wednesday morning (11 April 1962). Mrs. Doane was born April 30, 1886, in Brooklyn, Susquehanna County, PA, the daughter of William L. and Emmeline Brown Sterling. She received her education in the public school of Brooklyn, Mansfield State Normal School and Indiana State Normal School. She was a teacher in public school music before her marriage. Mrs. Doane had many friends. She possessed a rare personal charm and a loving and generous disposition, which endeared her to all with whom she came in contact.  She is survived by her husband; her sister, Mrs. Leon J. Russell of Towanda, and several nieces and nephews. The funeral was held at the home Friday with interment Saturday in Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda. The Rev. Edgar W. Sabin, pastor of the First Methodist Church of Towanda, officiated. Mrs. Doane was a sister-in-law of the Misses Alice and Stella Doane of S. Academy Street and of Dr. John Doane of Dallas, PA. – Mansfield Advertiser, 18 April 1962, p.2

 

STEVENS Ruth Stevens Moscrip

95, widow of Attorney Andrew S. Moscrip, formerly of Monroeton and Towanda, died Thursday morning, Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, 2012 at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Memorial Hospital in North Towanda, Pa.  Ruth was born in Franklin Township, Pa., on April 30, 1917, a daughter of Harry L. and Lulu Mott Stevens. She was a graduate of Towanda High School, Class of 1934 and Mansfield State Teachers College. Ruth taught the primary grades at the Powell Elementary School for several years. On Nov. 26, 1941 she married Andrew S. Moscrip, a prominent Towanda attorney and five-term member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in Harrisburg. Ruth's main interest in life was in her home and family. Mr. and Mrs. Moscrip resided in the areas of Myersburg and Orwell Township for a number of years.  She is survived by several nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Andrew S. Moscrip, on Jan. 18, 1978; three sons Robert F. Moscrip on Nov. 12, 1990, Fred W. Moscrip on March 1, 1998 and George A. Moscrip on April 19, 2006; brother C. Edwin Stevens on Nov. 27, 1996 and sisters Mary Stevens on Dec. 2, 1978 and Sara H. Stevens Ritter on Dec. 14, 2006.  A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa., with Rev. Diane Bentley, pastor of the East Canton United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be private in Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, Pa. There are no calling hours. Contributions may be directed to the charity of one's choice in Ruth's memory.   Towanda Daily Review – November 24, 2012

 

STEWART EMMA
Putnam, Emma Stewart (Mrs. Herbert S)-one of this community’s highly esteemed women, died yesterday morning at her home in the Gordon apartments, Second St Towanda. She had been in failing health since suffering a severe heart attack two years ago last May. However, she had been able to get about, visit friends, do her household duties and her sudden passing early Wednesday (1949) came as a great shock. Mrs. Putnam had spent her lifetime in Towanda, having been born Sept 12,1870, the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Charles Stevens Stewart, her father having been pastor of the First Presbyterian Church here for 40 years. Her given name was Emma and her birthplace was the home at 506 Second St from which she moved to the Gordon Apartments a few years ago. On Dec. 10,1898, she was married to Herbert S Putnam, who later became county superintendent of schools. He died in 1916. Mrs. Putnam is survived by a daughter, Ann, who is Mrs. Gordon Matthews of Rutherford, NJ; a son, John, of Detroit; three grandchildren, Mary Lee Matthews and John Putnam Matthews of Rutherford, NJ and Mary Gay Putnam of Fremont, Neb. A son, Herbert, died in 1943 and a daughter, Miss Grace in 1945. Mrs. Putnam was a member of the First Presbyterian Church from her early girlhood and very active in its affairs until failing health made it no longer possible. She was a charter member of the Women’s Missionary Society of the church for many years its president. Funeral services will be held in the Presbyterian chapel with Rev. Thomas F Luce officiating. Interment will be in Oak Hill cemetery-Towanda.

ROBERT E. STROUD, 71 of Towanda RR 4 died Friday evening Nov. 27, 1998 at Memorial Hospital, Towanda following a lingering illness.  Born March 26, 1927 in Towanda, he was the son of the late Fred and Lena Benjamin Stroud.  In earlier years Robert was employed by Dannenman’s Service Station and the Box Factory in East Towanda for several years.  Later he was employed by the Agway Fertilizer Plant in North Towanda for 18 years retiring on June 1, 1991.  After his retirement he enjoyed working part-time in his own garage at home.  Robert enjoyed spending time with his family and a very special cat.  Robert was a member of the V.F.W. Beirne-Webster Post No. 1568, Towanda and the former Eagles Club, Towanda.  Surviving are: his wife, June Slater Stroud at home; five sons, Dale R. and his wife, Doris Stroud, of Towanda RR 4, Donald D. Stroud of New Albany, Rexford L. Stroud of Towanda RR 4, Ronald E. and his wife, Beverly Stroud of East Smithfield, David F. Stroud and friend Jennifer Burlingame; four daughters, Diane Landmesser and friend Kenneth Ackley of Macedonia, Pamela R. and her husband, Francis Kinner of Monroeton RR 1, Patricia Stroud and friend Alan Tuttle of Wyalusing, Marilyn K. Stroud of Towanda; two sisters, Pauline Northrup of Liberty Corners and Ethel and her husband, Ted Thetga of Towanda; a half-sister, Edna Titchen of Johnson City, N.Y.; 27 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by a daughter, Cindy June Stroud; a half-brother, Leon Stroud; a brother, Joe Stroud and two infant grandsons.  Private funeral and committal services will be held at the convenience of the family.  There are no calling hours.  Interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda.  The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society, Bradford Unit, 1948 E. Third St., Williamsport, Pa. in Mr. Stroud’s memory.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral home, 217 York Ave., Towanda.  –Towanda Daily Review

SULLIVAN   William "Bill" Thomas Sullivan, 77, of RR 2, Towanda, Pa., died Monday evening, Aug. 7, 2006, at his home.  Bill was born on Nov. 1, 1928, in Sayre, Pa. He was the son of the late John L. Sullivan and Alice F. Homan Sullivan.  Bill spent his entire life in Macedonia in Asylum Township. He graduated from Towanda High School in the class of 1946. On Oct. 6, 1951, he married the former Anne Johnston. During his high school years he played shortstop for the Towanda High School baseball team. After high school he was a member of the Wysox Owls.  Upon graduation Bill and his brother Francis took over the family dairy farm. He always took great pride in his animals and his farmland. Bill was the founder of the famous Sullivan Sweet Corn Stand. He was a devoted baseball fan and an avid Boston Red Sox Fan. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, gardening and playing cards. He loved family gatherings so that he could show off his storytelling abilities. Bill will be remembered by family and many friends for his congenial personality and sense of humor.  Before his declining health in 1980 he was active in the community and served as an Asylum Township supervisor. Bill was a member of S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Towanda, its Holy Name Society and the Knights of Columbus. He was also active in the Wysox Fire Company and Wysox Ambulance Association and was a life member of the Towanda Gun Club.  Surviving are his wife, Anne, at home; daughters, Kathy Barrett and her husband, Tom Barrett, of Athens RR 1, Mary Alice Sullivan of Towanda RR 2; grandchildren, Kelly and Kerry Barrett of Athens; his sister and brother-in-law, Margaret and Tom Murphy of Geneva, N.Y.; his brother-in-law, Thomas Cowling of Towanda; and his sister-in-law, Rhea Johnston of Towanda. He had many special nieces and nephews, especially Jim, Ray, John and Walt Sullivan and Anne Cowling and his favorite canine friend, Maggie.  In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers, Francis and Jack Sullivan, and sisters, Mary Helen Thomas, Florence Reagan, and Loretta Perry.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Aug. 12, at the S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Third Street, Towanda, with the Rev. John Chmil, pastor, as celebrant. The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. Recitation of the Rosary will be held Friday evening at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda.  The family suggests memorial contributions be directed to the Wysox Volunteer Emergency Medical Service, Box 302 Wysox, Pa. 18854, or Wysox Fire Company, Box 2, Wysox, Pa. 18854, or to the charity or organization of one's choice, in William Thomas "Bill" Sullivan's memory.

SULLIVAN - William "Lee" Sullivan, 63, well-known resident of Towanda RR 2, Towanda Twp., Pa., died Sunday, October 18, 2009 at Memorial Hospital, N. Towanda Twp., Pa.  "Lee" as he was known by his family and friends was born June 28, 1946 in Towanda, Pa., the son of the late James J. Sullivan and Vivian A. KLOCK Sullivan. He was a graduate of Towanda Area High School class of 1964 where he enjoyed participating in sports. Lee served in the U.S. Army from Sept. 2, 1964 to Sept. 1, 1967 during the Vietnam war and during this time received training as a surveyor. Following completion of his military service, Lee returned home to become employed as a surveyor with the late Shep Shaylor. On April 12, 1969, Lee married the former Suzanne MCHALE at S.S. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Towanda. Lee later joined the Pennsylvania State Police and served most of his 25 years of duty at the North Towanda barracks. He retired from the State Police in 1991 having attained the rank of corporal.  Following his retirement, Lee served as a supervisor for Towanda Township for 15 years until the time of his death and also drove school bus for the Towanda Area School District.  He was a member of S.S. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Towanda, Towanda American Legion Post No. 42, Beirne-Webster VFW Post No. 1568, Towanda, Retired State Police Association of Pennsylvania and served as a driver for the Towanda Ambulance Association for a number of years. Lee enjoyed playing golf with his son, Craig, watching sports and fishing.  He is survived by: his wife of 40 years, Suzanne MCHALE Sullivan at home; his son, Craig L. Sullivan at home; sisters, Sharon A. Wilson of Towanda, Patricia J. McCracken and her husband Jack McCracken of Forest Hill, Md., Marilyn E. Bonatti and her husband Dr. William Bonatti of Vero Beach, Fla., Wilma L. Sullivan of Towanda; stepsister, Sharyl White and her husband Al Ewing of Garfield Heights, Ohio; special grandchildren, Jenna N. Kulick and Ethan E. Kulick; several nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews and cousins; his mother-in-law, Carmenia McHale of Towanda; special cousins, Ed and Suzanne Kulick, Kim F. Kulick, Edward R. Kulick Jr. and Jon D. Kulick; special friends, Frank and Wilma Lindsey and many good friends.  He was preceded in death by his father, James J. Sullivan, in 1962, mother, Vivian Sullivan White in 2005, stepfather, James White and father-in-law, Alvin "Ike" McHale.  The funeral and committal service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave. Towanda, Pa., with the Rev. John Chmil officiating.  Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, Pa.  The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.  The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the Memorial and Honor Program of St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942 in William Lee Sullivan's memory.  19 October 2009, Towanda Daily Review.

Towanda Township Supervisor Lee Sullivan dies
Lee Sullivan, who served for the past 15 years as a township supervisor in Towanda Township and who had served many years as a well-liked school bus driver after retiring from the state police, died Sunday at Memorial Hospital in Towanda.  He was 63 years old.  At the time of his death, Sullivan was serving as vice-chairman of the township supervisors, as the township's emergency management coordinator, and the township representative to the Towanda Fire Board, said Towanda Township Supervisor Charlotte Sullivan.  Sullivan "did an excellent, excellent job" as a township supervisor, said Frank Lindsey, chairman of the Towanda Township supervisors. "It will be so hard to replace him," he said.  "He was always johnny-on-the-spot when we asked him to do something," Lindsey said. And when he performed the task, he always did it "100 percent," Lindsey said.  "He always knew what was going on" regarding matters related to the township, he said.  "He was a very, very capable person," said Charlotte Sullivan.  He was "very well liked" by the children on his school bus route for the Towanda Area School District, Charlotte Sullivan said.  While serving as the township emergency management coordinator, Lee Sullivan put together the township plans to prepare for emergencies such as floods, and he made sure those plans were up-to-date, Charlotte Sullivan said. "That's why we were always the first township to get its emergency plans completed," she said.  Lee Sullivan also put together the township's plans for the 911 re-addressing project, she said.  Lindsey said that Lee Sullivan "was like my best friend."  As a person, "they don't make them any better than him," Lindsey said.  He was a "people person" who "got along with everybody," Lindsey said.  As a township supervisor, he "wanted to know all the ins and outs" before he made a decision, Lindsey said.  Jim Petti, a retired state police corporal who worked with Sullivan when he was a state trooper at the Towanda barracks, said that Sullivan was "very honest."  Lee Sullivan was "very dedicated and very conscientious ... and very fair" as a trooper, Petti said.  "He had impeccable integrity," Petti said. "He was just first class."  After serving as a state trooper, Lee Sullivan was promoted to a corporal with the state police and re-assigned to the state police barracks that existed at the time in Dushore.  Sullivan retired from the state police in January 1991.  "Lee Sullivan was a wonderful person," said Doreen Secor, business manager of the Towanda Area School District. "He did a tremendous job as a bus driver" on his route for the Towanda School District, she said.  The two remaining Towanda Township supervisors will need to appoint someone to replace Lee Sullivan as township supervisor, said Marie Zbyszinski, Bradford County elections director. It is too late to place the supervisor position on the Nov. 3 ballot, she said.  The person who is appointed supervisor will serve in that position until December 31, 2011, she said.  If the appointee wishes to continue to serve after that, he or she will need to run for election in 2011, she said.  Article by James Loewenstein.  Towanda Daily Review.

SUTTON  Susan D. 'Sue' Sutton, 39, of 311 N. Main St., Towanda, died Wednesday morning, Dec. 13, 2000, at home.  Born October 19, 1961, in Towanda, she was the daughter of Robert M. 'Bob" and the late Margaret 'Peggy' SUTTON.  Sue was a graduate of Towanda High School, Class of 1979.  She received her bachelor's degree in 1983 and her mater's degree, both in special education from Mansfield University.  In her early career, Susan taught special education in Marlboro, NY, and subsequently served as director of special services for the Darlington County School District in Darlington, SC, where she also coached basketball and volleyball.  She later served as director of special education services in Athens Area and Towanda Area School districts.  She was a member of the Mansfield University Alumni Association. Surviving are her father; Bob SUTTON of Towanda; her sister and brother-in-law: Leigh and Donald SPENCER of Towanda; two nephews; Dawson Morgan SPENCER and Logan Robert SPENCER; a niece, Catelyn Elizabeth SPENCER; her paternal grandmother; Janet SUTTON of Wyalusing; several aunts uncles and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her mother Peggy Sutton, on July 24, 2000.  A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family.  Interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home ,Towanda.  There are no calling hours.  The family suggest that memorial contributions may be made to the Mansfield University Alumni Association, Mansfield, PA 16933, in Susan D. Sutton's memory.

SWINGLE John W-Funeral services will be held Friday morning at the SS Peter and Paul Church. (1949)
  

 

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