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Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, Bradford County, PA

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Bradford County PA

Chemung County NY

Tioga County PA


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by Joyce M. Tice

Formatted & Published by Joyce M. Tice

Oak Hill Cemetery Listing

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Do You Knowthat 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. 

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TEACHMAN - Daily Review August 19, 2003 Velma M. Boyle, 91, widow of George Herbert Boyle of 506 Fourth St., Towanda, Pa., died Monday, Aug. 18, 2003 at Memorial Hospital, Towanda. Born June 25, 1912 in Elkland Township, Tioga County, Pa., she was a daughter of the late Walter A. and Eva Seaman Teachman. Velma was a graduate of the Elkland High School, Class of 1930, and a graduate of the Addison Teachers Training School, the following year. On April 6, 1931, she married George Herbert Boyle in Buffalo, N.Y. After selling their Boyle's store in Addison, N.Y. in 1933, Mr. and Mrs. Boyle came to Towanda and purchased his father's book store. He and Velma operated the successful business for many years until fire destroyed their location on Jan. 1, 1964. Velma was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Towanda, for over 50 years, where she was circle chairman several times and also a deacon for two terms. Velma served as the longest chairman of the worship committee. She was a charter member of the Towanda Woman's Club the Junior Federated Club, past president of the 20th Century Club, and was an active charter member of the Senior Citizens. She was active in the Bradford County Republican Party, and served on the First Ward Election Board for over 30 years. Velma was an avid bridge player, belonging to various clubs in the area. Her life encompassed her home and family. Velma will be remembered by her many friends for her kind, gracious and welcoming personality, her generosity and love of people. Surviving are a daughter and son in law, Barbara and Thomas Leggat of Lincoln, Mass.; a son, George H. Boyle III of Middleborough, Mass.; four granddaughters, Anne Irza-Leggat and her husband Stephen Irza of Concord, Mass., Martha Leggat and her husband Dr. Stephen Barr of North Yarmouth, Me., Holly Leggat of Lincoln, Mass., Margaret "Peggy" Leggat of Brooklyn, N.Y.; four great-grandchildren, Katherine and Elias Leggat-Barr, James and Charles Irza-Leggat; a brother, John Douglas Teachman of Osceola, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Herbert Boyle, on Feb. 11, 1985, three sisters, Ida Howe, Eula Hobin and Isabelle Hess. The funeral service will be held Saturday, Aug. 23, 2003 at 2 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, with the Rev. Michael Hughes, her pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral service at the funeral home. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church, 5 Court St., Towanda, Pa., 18848, or to the charity or organization of one's choice in Mrs. Boyle's memory. Contributed by Carol Brotzman

Robert S. Thomson, Jr.
March 8, 2002
Robert S. Thomson, Jr., 71, highly regarded dairy farmer and agricultural advocate of Wyalusing RR4, Standing Stone Township, PA, died on Friday, March 8, 2002 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.  Born Oct. 9, 1930 in Troy, NY, he was a son of the late Robert S., Sr. and Margaret Davidson Thomson. He was a graduate of Cornell University in Ithaca, NY where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Dairy Science. He served as a First Lieutenant with the U. S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division during the Korean Conflict. On Feb. 2, 1952 Robert married the former Olive Cochran in Bethlehem. In 1955, Robert and Olive purchased their dairy farm now known as the Tor Tamarack Farm in Standing Stone Township and were later joined in partnership by their son, Keith.  Mr. Thomson served as a board member of the Eastern Milk Producers, 1988-1993; Milk Marketing, Inc., 1994-1997; Dairy Farmers of America, 1998-2001. He served for 25 years as a delegate for Eastern Milk Producers; six years on the state board of the Pennsylvania Council Cooperative Extension Association; 10 years on the State Board Pennsylvania Council of Farm Cooperatives and 12 years on the Bradford County Extension Board. Robert was board chairman of Eastern Lab Service, a subsidiary of the Dairy Farmers of America/Northeast Council. He also served as representative for the Dairy Farmers of America for the Pennsylvania Council of Farm Organizations, the Environmental Policy Committee of the National Council of Farm Cooperatives and the Livestock Committee of the National Council of Farm Cooperatives. He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church, Towanda, the Penn State Ag Council and the Northeast Council of Dairy Farmers of America. Robert was a 40-year member of the Towanda Lions Club and was a past president and honored recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award.  Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Olive Cochran Thomson, at home; four sons and daughters-in-law, Robert S., III and Jo-Ellen Thomson, Hellertown, Keith M. and Traci Thomson of Wysox RR2, Clay C. and Andrea Thomson of Newark, DE, Nelson H. and Mary Thomson of Hillsboro, NJ; 12 grandchildren, Anita, Eric, Amy, Robert, IV, Sean, Chase, Nathan, Caroline, Jacqueline, Alexandra, Owen and Emily; his brother and sister-in-law, Parker D. and Vann Thomson of Coral Gables, FL; several nieces, nephews, cousins and many good friends.  The family received friends on Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. at the home of Robert and Olive Thomson in Standing Stone Township.  A memorial service was held on Monday, March 11 at 11 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, Main St., Towanda, with the Rev. Maureen Hipple, rector, officiating.  Interment was in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda.  The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Towanda Public Library, 104 Main St., Towanda, PA 18848 or to the charity of one’s choice in Mr. Thomson’s memory. [WRC]

TRACEY - Burr Tracey.  Funeral services for the late Burr Tracey will be held at the Christ Church on Friday morning at 10:30 o'clock with the Rev. Frank Allen officiating.  Burial will be in Oak Hill cemetery, Towanda.  RHW.  Towanda Daily Review, 19, Oct., 1923.

TRESTER Beatrice E. - Beatrice E. "Bea" Smith, 90, of Powell, Pa., formerly of Burlington Twp., Towanda RR3, Pa., died Saturday evening, June 5, 2010, at the home of her son, Kenneth Lamphere, in Powell following declining health. Beatrice was born in Sullivan County, Pa., on April 23, 1920, the daughter of the late Mitchum and Ester Trester. Beatrice provided the service of hanging wallpaper and painting in the Towanda area and was an active member of the Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 Auxiliary for many years. She enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, hunting, working in her flower gardens and refinishing and upholstering furniture. She is survived by: her sons, Rodney Lamphere of New Albany, Pa., Kenneth Lamphere of Powell, Pa.; several grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harold E. Smith, on June 7, 1996; daughters, Margaret "Peggy" Grenier and Leona McNeal; and sons, Robert and Walter Lamphere. In honor of Beatrice's request, there are no calling hours or funeral services. Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, Pa. Memorial contributions may be directed to American Legion Post No. 42, 912 Main St., Towanda, PA 18848 in Beatrice E. Smith's memory.– Towanda Daily Review, June 7, 2010

TRINE - Melvin D. Trine, 54, of Monroeton RR#1 (Powell) died Friday Jan. 19, 1996, as a result of accidental drowning when flood waters swept through Old Lycoming Township, Lycoming County, PA.  Born Jan. 27, 1941, in Oxford, NY, he was a son of Rena MEAD and the late Melvin N. TRINE.  Melvin was a 1960 graduate of Towanda High School and later served in the U.S. Air Force.  On July 8, 1967, he married the former Elizabeth BLISS at the Towanda First Methodist Church,  Mr. Trine was formerly employed as purchasing agent for Memorial Hospital in Towanda for several years.  He was well-known throughout Bradford County as a hearing aid consultant for the Bennett Hearing Aid Company in Williamsport, for a number of years.  Fro the past 10 years Melvin was employed as mamager for Shrin's Auto Mart in Williamsport.  Melvin attended the Independent Baptist Church in Towanda.  Mr. Trine was an industrious and skillful individual who pursued many interests in life.  He was an avid sports enthusiast and especially loved football.  He possessed great love for his family and many friends, who will fondly remember him for his terrific, kind and outgoing personality.  Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth Bliss Trine at home; his mother and her husband, Rena Mead Trine HOWELL and Robert Howell Of Port Byron, NY; a borther and sister-in-law, Gerald and Linda Trine of Webster, NY; two sisters and brothers-in-law  Carolyn and Ray Browder of North Palm Beach, FL, and Peggy and Dale Horning of Towanda: his mother-in-law, Betty Bliss of New Albany; and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his father Melvin N. Trine, in June of 1982.  The funeral and committal service will be held Thursday, Jan 25, 1996, at 2 p.m. at the Independant Baptist Church, Towanda, with Pastor Emeritus Darris Hauser and Pastor Donn Hauser officiating.  Interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery Towanda, PA.  The family will recieve friends Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home,, 217 York Ave., Towanda, and one hour prior to the service Thursday afternoon at the church.  The family suggests that memorials may be directed to the Independent Baptist Church, 109 Cherry St. Towanda, PA 18848, in Melvin D. Trine's memory.  RHW.  Towanda Daily Review 26 Jan. 1996.  There is a picture of Mr. trine with the obit.



Drowned in the River. Son of Postmaster Turner Met Death by Capsizing of a Boat.  David Turner, the 12 years old son of Postmaster and Mrs. D. M. Turner of Towanda, met his death a few minutes after 1 o’clock on Saturday afternoon by drowning. The news was received by the townspeople with horror and increduality, but the report proved too true.  The Turner lad and Ashmun Parsons, Jr., about the same age, were in a boat at the railroad bridge on the West side of the river. In coming down through the swift water just below the bridge the boat was capsized. Young Parsons could swim but his companion could not and was carried down the stream. The agonized screams of the boys soon brought help, and Fred Skiff, who saw the accident from his house, telephoned for help. An active search for the Turner boy’s body was begun, but it was about half an hour before it was discovered lying in the deep water opposite the upper end of Riverside cemetery by J. R. Palmer. As two boats reached the spot the body came to the surface and was taken into a boat and quickly brought to shore. Physicians used every known means to bring back respiration, but their skill was unavailing. David Turner was an only child, a bright and manly boy, and his parents have the deepest sympathy of the whole town in their heartbreaking loss. –Towanda Review.  tgr 1900 


TURNER - Mrs. Frances Turner Stevens, widow of George Stevens, died at her home, 14 State Street, Tthursday morning at 3 o'clock following a protracted illness.  Her  age was 89.  Mrs. Turner was born in Towanda April 12, 1872, the daughter of Dudley and Letitia BREED Turner.  She was a member of the first four-year graduating class of Towanda High School, that of 1890.  On June 28, 1899, she married George Stevens, who for years was in the grocery business here, their home being 207 York Avenue, the present Edward Hoffman residence.  soon after her husband's death in December of 1918, Mrs. Stevens with her son and daughter, moved to New York City where she resided until 1949 when she returned to Towanda, and had made her home here since that time.  During the 58 years of her life that she spent in Towanda, Mrs. Stevens won the high regard and deep affection of the community.  Her graciousness and generosity were boundless and she was always considerate of and very kind to all with whom she came in contact.  She was a devout member of Christ Espicopal Church and as long as her health permitted was active in its various functions.  Her faith was one of the outstanding elements of her character, that and the patience, courage, and selflessness with which she was greatly endowed.  The blessing of life she enjoyed, wholeheartedly adding much through her own gayety to the pleasures of others about her; the adversities she faced with remarkable fortitude.  Surviving Mrs. Stevens are a daughter, Mary, who is Mrs. Arthur Kaufmann of Forest Hill, NY, and a son, George, of Upper Montclair, NJ; 11 nieces and nephews.  The late Hulett M. Turner of Towanda and the late Dr. Dudley B. Turner of Williamsport were brothers.  Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock at Christ Espicopal Church.  The rector, Rev. Robert H. Wellner will officiate and burial will be in Oak Hill cemetery.  Reva Wagner May 1961, Towanda Daily Review.


TURRELL G. Henry Turrell Jr.

age 95, well known Wyalusing resident died on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012 at the Wyalusing Personal Care Home, in Wyalusing, Pa.  Henry was born Dec. 25, 1916, in Wilkes Barre, Pa., a son of the late George Henry and Margaret Clark Turrell Sr. He graduated from Wyoming Seminary in the class of 1934, and then went on to Cornell University for engineering. He married the former Ellen E. Murphy of Wyalusing in the fall of 1967, she predeceased him in 2004. Henry assumed responsibility for running his family's dairy farm in Sugar Run after the passing of his father. He took great pride in the fact that his herd was made up of registered Holsteins. He was very active in the Republican Party, supporting candidates at the local, state, and national levels.  Henry was a member and a deacon at the Kingston Presbyterian Church, Kingston, Pa., then transferring to the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church after getting married. He was a life member of the Pennsylvania Society, served as the Bradford County Republican Committee Person representing Wyalusing Borough, a member of the Westmoreland Club, a member of the Guthrie Health Care System Board of Trustees, and the Dairyman's League. He was a founding member of the Wyalusing Municipal Authority, and a past director of Peoples State Bank. Henry was a 60-year member of the Kingston Lodge No. 395 F.&A.M.; and a 50-year past master having served in 1961, a member of Shekinah Royal Arch Chapter No. 182, Wilkes Barre, Pa.; a member of Dieu Le Veut Commandery No. 45 Knights Templar, Wilkes Barre, Pa. He was also a member of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, 32nd Degree, Valley of Bloomsburg, Bloomsburg; and Irem Temple Shrine, Dallas, Pa.  He is survived by nephews Richard H. Turrell Jr. of Hillsborough, N.J. and David Turrell of Tequesta, Fla.; and caregivers Chris Turrell of Tunkhannock, Pa. and Richard Robinson of New Albany, Pa. He was predeceased by three brothers R. Clark Turrell in 1937, Richard Turrell in 2007, and Edwin (Ted) Turrell in 2008.  Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, Pa., with the Rev. Dr. Barry R. Ballard, pastor of the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church, officiating. Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, Pa.  Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, at the funeral home.  The family will provide the flowers and direct memorials to the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 25, Wyalusing, PA 18853.  Towanda Daily Review – February 4, 2012


TUTTLE –JEAN M. ACKLEY, 77 of Ulster RR 2, (Smithfield Township), Pa., died Sunday, April 15, 2007, at Memorial Hospital, North Towanda Township, Pa.  Born Feb. 17, 1930, in Towanda, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Myron Tuttle and Helena Bailey Tuttle Wheeler.  She was married to George M. Ackley, who died on Dec. 1, 1979.  After George's death Jean was employed by the Bradford County Manor in West Burlington, Pa., and later by Guthrie Home Health Care.  Jean was a volunteer at the Manor for many years. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting and ceramics.  Surviving are: her children, Susan Finnerty and her husband, Galen Finnerty, of Ulster, Pa., Paul Ackley and his wife, Bethea Ackley, of Ulster, Ronald Ackley and his wife, Patty Ackley, of Ulster, Richard Ackley and his wife, Mandy Ackley, of Richmond, Va., and Tammy Morgan and her husband, Brian Morgan, of Troy, Pa.; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; her sisters, Marguerite Eldred of Gillett, Pa., and Martha Burke and her husband, Sherman Burke, of Towanda; and her brother, Richard Tuttle and his wife, Laura Tuttle, of Trumansburg, N.Y.  In addition to her husband, George M. Ackley, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Edith Mitchell and Patricia Darby and her brother Donald Tuttle.  Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.  Interment will be private.  There are no calling hours.  In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the Activities Department at the Manor, RR3, Box 322, Troy, Pa. in Jean M. Ackley's memory.  Assisting the family with arrangements is the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda.  –Towanda Daily Review 4/17/2007 (Buried Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda)


ULMER Clara (Ulmer) Hauser

85, died quietly into her Savior's presence on Oct. 31, 2013.She was born on June 11, 1928, to Watson and Mary Alice (Getz) Ulmer on the family homestead farm in Anthony Township near Williamsport, Pa. Her entire life was one of loving service to her family, church and community. On July 6, 1949, she married Darris ("Doc") Hauser and became a devoted pastor's wife in Hunt's Corners, N.Y., and 43 years in Towanda, Pa., at the Independent Baptist Church. She loved to knit, crochet, embroider, sew, cook and entertain. Many brides, newborns and numerous others have been the recipients of her loving talent. The correspondence needs of many missionaries were cared for because of her dependable efforts in preparing and mailing their letters. She served for almost 50 years as treasurer of the Ladies Missionary Fellowship and at least 40 years as a Sunday school teacher. The Towanda chapter of the American Red Cross saw faithful years of volunteering with blood drives and the military hot line. Through her involvement with the Towanda Women's club, she showed her love for her community. She was predeceased by her husband, Darris Metzger Hauser in 2003; her daughter-in-law, Cynthia Fink Hauser in 2013; and an infant grandson in 1977; as well as all of her siblings, Paul, Glenn, Dale, Leon, Kathryn and Carl. She is survived by her three sons, Kevin, Leland (Rebecca), Donn (Lynnette); seven grandchildren, Michael (Jasmine), Amanda (Sean), Elizabeth (Joshua), Darren, Rachel, Scott (Rachel), Stacey; and five great grandchildren, Brendan, Adara, Genevieve, Abigail, Evangeline. She also loved her extended family dearly. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, at the Independent Baptist Church, Cherry St., Towanda, Pa., officiated by her son, Rev. Donn Hauser. Interment will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, Pa. The family will receive friends from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa., and also from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday at the Independent Baptist Church. The family requests that contributions be directed to the Independent Baptist Church, 109 Cherry St., Towanda, PA 18848; in Clara's memory.  Towanda Daily Review – November 2, 2013


Daily Review
William E. UNDERWOOD Jr., age 94, of Towanda died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2003. He was born in 1908 in Caiberrian, Cuba, the son of a United States Army officer. Bill lived in numerous locations, including Panama, and graduated from Dallas High School, Dallas, Texas, in 1927. Following high school, he worked for a period of time at a cotton gin and then for Acme Brick in the Dallas area. He went to work for the Southwestern Life Insurance Co., Dallas, Texas, in 1938. Rising to the position of vice president of data processing, he retired in 1972 after spending nearly 35 years in the electronic data processing area. During his employment with the Southwestern Life Insurance Co., Bill acquired a lasting friendship over the years with fellow employee Ross Perot. He enjoyed retirement, living in Oak Cliff and Grand Prairie, Texas, until 1979, when he and his late wife Dixie, daughter of James and Clara Fox Dixon of Towanda, relocated to Gallatin, Texas. In 1985, they relocated to Towanda, where he resided ever since. Following the loss of Dixie in 1997, Bill was blessed to remarry in 1999 to the former Alice Mikus of Towanda. He happily spent the remainder of his life under her loving care. Surviving are his wife, Alice, at home; his daughter-in-law, LaWana Underwood of Austin, Texas; a grandson, Lt. Col. William E. Underwood IV, USMC, his wife, Maxine, and two great-grandsons, William E. Underwood V. and Trevor Michael Underwood of Fort Worth, Texas; a granddaughter, Judith Louise Ritchie, and her husband, Steven, of Thorndale, Texas; his stepdaughters and their spouses, Mary Therese Higgins and S. Guy Higgins of Cyprus, Calif., Elizabeth A. Borresen and Chares W. Borresen of Apple Valley, Minn., Rita M. Loughman of Scranton, Pa., and Monica M. Berger and Ray E. Berger of Moon Township, Pa.; nine step-grandchildren; one step-great-grandchild; his sisters-in-law, Florine Underwood of Dallas, Texas, and Ruth Boyle of Milan; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Bill was preceded in death by Dixie, how died on Oct. 23, 1997, after a lengthy illness; his son Col. William E. Underwood III, USAF (retired); and his brother, Charles Underwood. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, Feb. 15, 2003, at 2 p.m. at SS. Peter and Paul Church, Third Street, Towanda, with the Rev. Ronald Hughes as celebrant. Interment will be later in Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda. The family will receive friends Friday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 106 Third St., Towanda, Pa. 18848, in Mr. Underwood's memory. Submitted by Carol Brotzman

EARL W. VANDERMARK, 56, of Hornbrook, Towanda RR 5, died Tuesday, May 21, 1991, at his home.  Born Sept. 10, 1934, in Sayre, he was the only son of Ethel Snyder VanDerMark and the late Willard S. VanDerMark.  He was a graduate of Towanda High School, class of 1955.  Earl was employed by Benson Olds Buick Garage in Wysox for 19 years and was later employed by E.I.DuPont in Towanda for 16 years until his retirement in August 1989.  Earl possessed a great interest in automobiles, car racing and antique cars.  He is survived by five sons, Jerry of Huntington Beach, Calif., Terry of Pittsburgh, Jurt and Kirby, both of Rome, and Jeff of Macedonia; two granddaughters; his mother Ethel S. VanDerMark of Hornbrook; a very close friend Barbara Peterson of Hornbrook three aunts, Maretta Baker of Troy, N.Y., Bessie Hughey of Watkins Glen, N.Y., and Helen Fenton of Towanda; and several cousins.  Private funeral services will be held Friday, May 24, at noon at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, Towanda, with the Rev. Kenneth Crain, pastor of the Windham Summit Bible Church, officiating.  Interment will be in Oak Hill cemetery, Towanda.  There will be no calling hours.  Friends who wish may direct memorials to the charity or organization of one’s choice in Mr. VanDerMark’s memory.

VANDERPOOL –SHIRLEY A. FINNERTY, 72, wife of Martin Finnerty of Towanda RR 2, died suddenly on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2001 at the Arnot Ogden Hospital, Elmira, N.Y., of natural causes.  Born Nov. 5, 1928 in Towanda, she was a daughter of the late Cleveland and Bertha Payne Vanderpool Sr.  Shirley was a graduate of Towanda High School, class of 1946.  On June 25, 1946, she married Martin Finnerty in Towanda.  In earlier years, Shirley was employed by the Jennings Nursing Home, and other care homes in Towanda and later was employed by GTE-Sylvania for 23 years.  Until the time of her death she was the caring nurse for David Lenington.  She was a member of the Towanda Universalist Church, and the Sylvania Women’s Club.  Shirley enjoyed playing cards and traveling, having made trips to Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.  Her last days were extremely happy, while on vacation with her daughter, Barbara, on their trip to Australia and New Zealand.  Surviving are; her husband, Martin Finnerty, at home; a daughter, Barbara F. Loushay of Marlton, N.J.; a brother and sister-in-law, Howard and Dorothy Vanderpool of Towanda RR 2; a sister-in-law, Josephine Vanderpool of Towanda RR 2; a brother-in-law, Richard Foster of Norwalk, Ohio; several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by a son, Alan M. Finnerty; a sister, Winifred Foster; and three brothers, Cleveland Vanderpool Jr., Perry Vanderpool and Ralph Vanderpool.  The family will receive friends this (Thursday) evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda.  For those who wish to remain there will be a brief service at 9 p.m.  The family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to the Towanda High School Booster Club, 1 Towanda High School drive, Towanda, Pa. in Mrs. Finnerty’s memory.  –Towanda Daily Review.

VANDERPOOL –WINIFRED ELLEN FOSTER, 66, wife of Richard Foster of Norwalk, Ohio, formerly of Towanda, died Thursday evening, Sept. 3, 1998, at the Mid Central Hospital in Mansfield, Ohio.  Born Sept. 25, 1941, in Towanda, she was the daughter of Cleveland A. and Bertha Payne Vanderpool Sr.   Winifred attended elementary school in Towanda and was a graduate of Norwalk High School, class of 1948.  She was employed by the Fanny Farmer Candy Co. in Norwalk for 26 years until her retirement.  Surviving are: her husband, Richard Foster; brother and sister-in-law, Howard and Dorothy Vanderpool of Towanda; sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Martin Finnerty of Towanda; a half-brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Sandy Vanderpool of Towanda; stepsisters and brothers-in-law, Margaret and Richard “Dick” McCracken of Towanda and Cleone and Freeman “Dick” Dixon of Wysox RR 2; stepbrothers and sisters-in-law; Robert and Janet Benjamin of Towanda and William and Laura Benjamin of Towanda; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was preceded in death by; three brothers, Ralph Vanderpool on Feb. 20, 1945, Cleveland Vanderpool Jr., on March 28, 1976 and Perry Vanderpool on Jan. 18, 1987; and a stepsister; Merial Ann Brannen Overpeck on Nov. 26, 1989.  A graveside service will be held Tuesday, Sept. 8, 1998 at 1 p.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, with the Rev. Lowell Patton of the Universalist Church, Towanda officiating.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda.  There are no calling hours.  The family suggests that memorials be directed to the Bradford Unit of the American Cancer Society, 413 S. Main St., Athens, Pa. in Mrs. Foster’s memory. –Towanda Daily Review.

CLAUDE W. VAN NESS, lifelong native of Towanda, died at the Highlands Care Center in Laporte, Pa., on Friday, Sept. 12, 2003, after a long illness.  Nicknamed “Hacker” by his golfing friends, he was born in North Towanda on Sept. 29, 1914, to Ceylon J. Van Ness and Grace M. Parks Van Ness.  He graduated from Towanda High School in 1934 and married Anne Fairchild in 1937.  They were married 59 years and spent their entire life in Towanda.  Claude was employed by Towanda Box Company from 1934 to 1940 where he served an apprenticeship as a printer and pressman.  He joined Patterson Screen Company in 1940.  Patterson was acquired by E. I. DuPont in 1943 and Claude worked his way up through several levels to area supervisor responsible for four departments.  He retired from DuPont in 1976.  Claude was a very active sportsman and golfer, belonging to Towanda Country Club for over 50 years.  He was club champion for several years, and served as director for three years.  Claude was also a lifetime member of the Elks Lodge and Towanda Gun Club.  He is survived by his sons and daughter-in-law, Carl R. (Dick) Van Ness and Angie Van Ness of Henrietta, N.Y., a granddaughter Roseann and her husband Timothy Bruner, a grandson, William J. Van Ness and two great-grandsons, Daniel J. Van Ness and Nicholas A. Bruner; a nephew, Robert Simpson and his family.  Many of his wife’s family survive him also.  Claude was predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Anne Fairchild Van Ness in 1996; an infant son, Charles R. Van Ness in 1941; a brother Carl H. Van Ness in 1930, and a sister, Gwen Simpson in 1973, as well as his parents, Ceylon and Grace Van Ness.  The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. followed by a Memorial Service at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home on Saturday, Sept. 20.  A private burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery at the convenience of the family.  –Towanda Daily Review.

VAUGHN  Lloyd Irving Vaughn
85, of Towanda, Pa., died
and Savior Christ Jesus on Nov. 24, 2010 at the Bradford County Manor. Mr. Vaughn, born on June 23, 1925 on Long Island, N.Y. was the son of Reverend John Raymond and Marie Grace Vaughn. Following graduation from Pierson High School in Sag Harbor, N.Y., he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in both the Pacific and European theaters during World War II. Following the war, Lloyd married Betty Jane Ballard of Whitney Point, N.Y., and moved to Towanda and raised six children. Lloyd was dedicated to his family, church and community. As the manager of AC Smith's Auto Parts, Mr. Vaughn was responsible for stores in Towanda, Canton, Wellsboro, South Waverly and Tunkhannock. As a resident of Towanda since 1948, Lloyd Vaughn was an involved member of the community. He served on the borough council as a representative for the Third Ward for many years. He also served the county as emergency coordinator. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Towanda since 1951. He served as a deacon and elder and later was an active participant of a weekly prayer group. In retirement, Lloyd volunteered as a reading tutor for the Towanda School District. He often attended school board meetings and cared about the future of our community. Lloyd is survived by: his wife of 62 years Betty; his children, Linda and Jim Walsh, Lloyd and Sue Vaughn, Pam and Jim Meyer, Mark and Cheryl Vaughn, Laurie and Terry Taylor all of Towanda, and Beth and Val Fokin of Attleboro, Mass; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law from the Whitney Point area. A celebration of Lloyd's life will be held on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010, at the First Presbyterian Church in Towanda. Calling hours will be from 9-11 a.m. with a remembrance service at 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, Pa., with Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 according full military honors. Memorial donations may be made in Lloyd's name to the First Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, 5 Court St., Towanda, PA 18848.

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Published On Tri-Counties Site On 03 SEP 2007
By Joyce M. Tice
Email: Joyce M. Tice

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