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WALBORN –JENNIE WALBORN MEREDITH, 91 widow of Howard E. Meredith of Towanda died early Monday morning, Aug 14, 1989 at the Bradford County Manor. Born Jan. 25, 1898 in Towanda she was a daughter of the late Names and Lois Benninger Walborn. A life-long resident of Towanda she attended the Towanda Schools. She was married Jan. 1, 1918 to Howard E. Meredith in Binghamton, N.Y. Howard preceded her in death in October 1949. Mrs. Meredith was employed for many years as a practical nurse at the Jennings Home in Towanda. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Towanda since 1915. Surviving is her daughter, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Russell of 6950 Bayocean Rd., Tillamook, Ore.; two grandsons; James Russell of Portland, Ore. And Douglas Russell of Huntington, Calf.; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; a sister, Mrs. Marian Dean of St. Petersburg, Fla.; also nieces and nephews. A brother, Walter J. Walborn died May 15, 1982. A funeral service will be held Friday, Aug. 25 at 2 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. Interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda. Friends may call Friday afternoon, Aug. 25 at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. The family requests memorials be directed to the Towanda Public Library, 104 Main St., Towanda in Mrs. Jennie W. Meredith’s memory. –Towanda Daily Review
Age 74, of 16181 Berwick Turnpike, Gillett, PA, died Friday August 21, 2009, at home. Donald was born October 22, 1934 in Towanda, PA, son of the late Vernor L. and Alma M. (Smith) Walmsley. He was first employed as a milkman, delivering milk and later at the A&P Plant in the sanitation department. He also drove school bus for Chambers Bus Service serving the Athens School District. Donald was an avid NY Yankees fan, enjoyed bowling, painting and loved to play cards, especially "500". He was a devoted family man who also donated to the Christian Family Network sponsoring children in Somalia. Survivors include his sons, Dana (Gretchen) Walmsley of Caton, NY, Dale (Ellen) Walmsley of Centerville, PA; daughters, Rene' (Todd) Burley of Elmira, NY, Debbie Walker of Lowman, NY; brothers, George (Alice) Walmsley of Bentley Creek, PA, Vernor Walmsley of Centerville, PA; sisters, Alma Stroud of Columbia Cross Roads, PA, Laura (David) Cooley of LeRaysville, PA, Mary (Paul) Novotny of Centerville, PA, 13 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins. Donald was predeceased by his parents; a grandson, Benjamin Walmsley; and brother-in-law, Joseph Stroud. Family and friends are invited to call from 12 Noon to 1:00 p.m. Friday, August 28, 2009, at the Roberts Funeral Home, Inc., 279 Main Street, Wellsburg, NY. His funeral will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Andy Phillips of the Berrytown Wesleyan Church officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, PA. Memorials are directed to the Ridgebury Volunteer Fire Dept. or Ridgebury Ambulance, 16145 Berwick Turnpike, Gillett, PA 16925 or to your local volunteer fire department and ambulance. Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/24/2009
VERNOR L. WALMSLEY, 95, formerly of Gillett, Pa. died Thursday, Aug. 26, 2004 at Memorial Hospital, Towanda, Pa. Born Feb. 27, 1909 in Elmira, N.Y., he was a son of the late John and Laura McCerrick Walmsley. Vernor was employed with Switzer Aircraft of Elmira. He was a member of the Bentley Creek Wesleyan Church and a member of the Elmira Moose Club. He was an avid artist and enjoyed reading and fishing. Surviving are his wife of 77 years, Alma M. (Smith) Walmsley of W. Burlington Township, Pa.; sons, Vernor Walmsley, George (Alice) Walmsley and Donald Walmsley, all of Gillett, Pa.; daughters, Laura (David) Cooley of LeRaysville, Pa., Alma Stroud of Hornbrook, Pa.; and Mary (Paul) Novonty of Gillett; 27 grandchildren, and several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Besides his parents Vernor was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Susan Bates; grandson, Benjamin Walmsley, son-in-law, Joseph Stroud; bothers, Thomas and Philip Walmsley; and brother-in-law and his wife, John and Lois Smith. Family and friends are invited to call at the Roberts Funeral Home, Inc., 279 Mains St., Wellsburg, N.Y., on Sunday, Aug. 29, from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m. The funeral and committal service will be held Monday, Aug. 30, 2004, at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. James Cart officiating. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review.
ELIZABETH OVERTON WARD, 97, of Nashville, Tenn., died July 19, 2003. She was the daughter of Edward Overton Ward and Anne Jones McLaren Ward and was a descendant of George Clymer, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Miss Ward maintained a career in investment banking throughout most of her life, retiring as an officer of the Cherokee Securities Co. in 1968. She remained affiliated on a part-time basis until 1990. She traveled extensively at home and abroad with a special interest in literature, music and theater. Elizabeth was a communicant of Christ Episcopal Church for many years. She served local and state offices in the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, serving as regent of the Campbell Chapter from 1973 to 1977. She held memberships in the National Society of Colonial Dames, National Society of American Colonists, National Society of Founders and Patriots, National Society of Magna Charter Dames and the National Society of U.S. Daughters of 1812. She was a member of the Centennial Club, the English Speaking Union, the Ladies Hermitage Association, The Virginia Association and the Tennessee Historical Society. She is survived by devoted cousins. Friends may call on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2003, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. A graveside memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, with the Rev. Hazel Hunt of Christ Episcopal Church, Towanda, officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Nashville Humane Association, St. Luke's Community Center, or the charity or organization of one's choice in Miss Ward's memory. Contributed by Carol Brotzman. –Towanda Daily Review Sept. 25, 2003.
WARD RUTH WARD JENNINGS. Civic leader and
lifetime volunteer Ruth Ward Jennings, 85, died Friday, March 11, 1994, at the
Country Meadows Nursing Home in Bridgeville, Pa. She was the daughter of
George B. and Katherine Ward of Wilmington, Del. She married Edwin K.
Jennings of Towanda and they moved to Wellsboro in the late 1930’s. Both
she and her husband shared a strong commitment to their community. A
long-time resident of Wellsboro, Mrs. Jennings was a woman of faith, artistic
vision and community pride. She served her church and society in numerous
public capacities over many years. During World War II, she worked as a
Red Cross volunteer helping many people in the community. She served as
president of the Parent-Teachers Association and was a chairperson of numerous
committees that helped produce the Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival on
several occasions. Mrs. Jennings was the designer of the logo symbol for
the Citizens and Northern Bank, and was artistic decorator for consultant for
several civic organizations, among them the Penn Wells Hotel and the Soldiers
and Sailors Memorial Hospital. She was active in the Episcopal Church
locally, statewide and nationally as a member of the Vestry; and as a delegate
to the national Episcopal Women’s Triennial Meetings. Mrs. Jennings
served as president of the Wellsboro Auxiliary of Soldiers and Sailors Memorial
Hospital and she was the first female member of the board of directors of the
Penn Wells Hotel. An accomplished artist in oils. Mrs. Jennings
studied at the Art League of New York, and at one time, had a studio
overlooking Wellsboro’s Main Street. For 44 years she served as a
volunteer at the hospital carrying out many different duties, but the one she
was especially fond of was her long association with the snack bar, “The Lemon
Tree.” Mrs. Jennings oversaw its operations and the gift shop. She
is survived by; a son, Rev. W. Worth Jennings II of Garner, N.C.; a daughter,
Mrs. Thomas (Ruth) Bloss of Pittsburg; six grandchildren; and two
great-grandchildren. The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March
15, 1994, at Christ Episcopal Church, Main Street, Towanda with Revs. John and
Ruth Urban officiating. There will be no visitation and friends are asked
to donate to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Wellsboro, or to Christ Church,
Towanda. Burial will be at the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217
York Ave., Towanda. –Towanda Daily Review.
WARD Paris Suzanne Ward Chilson
20, of 11468 Route 187, Wyalusing, Terry Twp., Pa. died
Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011 as the result of an automobile accident in Asylum Twp.,
Pa. Paris was born in Baltimore, Md. on October 15, 1990 the daughter of
Colleen M. Lewis and Frank J. Ward. She was a graduate of Towanda Area High
School class of 2009 and as a student was active as a football and wrestling
cheerleader and was a member of the swim and track teams. Paris was most known
for her beautiful smile that would light up a room and for her zest for life.
She loved traveling with her mama all over the world and was a certified scuba
diver. On Sept. 11, 2010, she married the love of her life, Robb Henry Chilson
at the family cottage at Laurel Lake. Paris and Robb had a fairytale love story
that was blessed by their beautiful daughter whom they adored. She was very
proud and supportive that her husband served in the U.S .Marine Corps. Since
returning from Camp LeJeune in May, Paris was employed as a nursing assistant
at Towanda Memorial Hospital. She will be deeply missed by all the lives she
touched. She is survived by her husband, Robb H. Chilson; daughter,
Kyleigh Marie Chilson; mother, Colleen M. Lewis of Towanda; father, Frank J.
Ward and wife Elizabeth of West Virginia; brother and sister-in-law, Brandon D.
and Trisha Pratt and their children Braeden and Xander of Ulster; paternal
grandparents, Patrick and Janet Ward of Nicholson; maternal great grandmother,
Edna Lewis of Sayre; step grandmother, Lila Lewis of Athens; aunts, Maureen S.
Daniello and her children Joey and Tony of Towanda, Kathy Grushinski and
husband David of Nicholson and their children Chris and Laura, and Linda Fiorello
and husband Tony of South Carolina; mother-in-law and Father-in-law, Sandra and
Charles Chilson of Towanda, and brothers-in-law, Jason Chilson of Waverly and
Daniel Chilson of Towanda. She was preceded in death by her maternal
grandparents, Ray and Susie Lewis and maternal great grandfather, George E.
Lewis. The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday at
the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa. A mass of Christian
burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 26, 2011 at SS Peter &
Paul Catholic Church, Third Street., Towanda, Pa. Interment will follow in Oak
Hill Cemetery, Towanda, Pa. The family requests that memorial contributions be
directed to the Continuing Education Fund for Kyleigh Marie Chilson, in care of
Corporate America Federal Credit Union, 387-1 York Ave. Towanda, PA 18848 in
Paris's memory. Towanda Daily Review – August 23, 2011
WARD - Thomas C. Ward, a notice of whose death was given in a recent issue of the Review, was the young son of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Ward, for many years prominent residents of Towanda. Besides his wife, who was a daughter of the late N.C. Elsbree of this place, she leaves two children by a former marriage, and a sister, Mrs. R.A. Mercur of Towanda. Mrs. Ward's boyhood days were spent here and he had many friends among the older generation in Towanda. RHW. Towanda Daily Review 16 November 1923
WARNER Mrs. T. W. HOWARD, died at her home on Plank Road street Friday evening at 8:15. Funeral Services will be held this Monday afternoon at 2 O' clock, conducted by the Salvation Arny. Interment will be in the Oak Hill cemetery. NOTE: Her maiden name was Cornelia E. Warner. Called Nellie in the census(s). The obit appeared in the Daily Review Dec. 13, 1926. According to my notes Nellie would have been 65 years old. Reva Wagner.
John P. "Pat" WATKINS, 58, of 141 Roosevelt, St., Sayre, died Monday, Sept. 2, 2002 at home after an extended battle with cancer. Born Nov. 24, 1943, in Sayre, the son of Robert and Mary Whyte Watkins, he graduated from Athens High School in 1961. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1961-1964. Pat was employed in the R&D Department by E.I. Dupont in Towanda, for 30 years. He also owned and operated Sports Unlimited in Athens for six years. He was a member of the Skiff Bower Post #1536 V.F.W. of Sayre and a former member of the Loyal Order of the Moose in Owego, N.Y. He was predeceased by his parents, and his step-mother, Lucille Watkins. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Janet, at home; his son, Vincent Watkins of Sayre; and a daughter and son-in-law, Lorie Lynne and Stanley Kowalski of Tunkhannock, Pa.; a granddaughter, Kelsie Sarnosky of Tunkhannock, Pa. Also, by his brother, Michael and Cindy Watkins of Sayre; and sisters, Mary Faith Watkins of Hornbrook, Pa. and Melissa and David Smith of New Symnra Beach, Fla.; his special aunts, Betty Jenkins of Sayre and Sandra Whyte; and an uncle, George Whyte of Athens and Priscilla Rinebold of Maine; several nieces and nephews. Family and friends may call Thursday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the Lowery Funeral Home, 225 South Main St., Athens. Funeral services will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda. Memorial Donations may be made in his name to the Guthrie Hospice, RR1 Box 154, Towanda, Pa. 18848. ©Daily and Sunday Review 2002 submitted by Carol Brotzman
WATKINS - Daily Review
Stella Marie Decker, 80, of Towanda RR 4, Towanda Township, died Saturday evening, Nov. 8, 2003, at her home. Born Aug. 13, 1923, in Columbia Township, Bradford County, Stella was a daughter of the late Edgar F. and Anna Trask Watkins "Marie" was a graduate of Troy High School. On Dec. 22, 1944, she married Morgan L. Decker in Sayre. Marie was a "true-blue" wife, mother and sister, and a friend to each and every one who contact with her. Surviving are her son, Arnold P. Decker, at home; her brother William Watkins Sr., and his wife, Margo Watkins, of Columbia Cross Roads; her sisters Wanda Yanchuk and her husband, Bernie Yanchuk, of Troy, Elizabeth Newhart of Troy, Jean Fuller and her husband, Maurice Fuller, of Williamsport, Pa., and Muriel Shaylor and her husband, Bob Shaylor, of Troy; a sister-in-law, Edith Berry of Troy; a sister-in-law, and brother-in-law, Doris Elizabeth Knapp and Kenneth Knapp of Kingston, N.Y.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Morgan L. Decker, on Aug. 20, 2002; her daughter, Sharon Dawn Decker Tama, on Sept. 16, 1995; her sister Mary Belle Watkins; and her brothers Howard Watkins of Troy and James Watkins Sr. of Columbia Cross Roads. The funeral service will be held Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2003, at 2 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, with Pastor Murhl Howland, Pastor Brad Stuefen and Pastor Delmar Stockwell officiating. Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Tuesday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to Memorial Hospice, 1 Hospital Drive, Towanda, Pa. 18848, in Stella Marie Watkins Decker's memory. Submitted by Carol Brotzman
LAWRENCE A. WEAVER
Lawrence A. Weaver, 69, Wysox RR 2, PA, died Thursday, June 2, 1994 at his home following a brief illness. He was born December 14, 1924 in Towanda, the son of the late Ulysses and Carrie Mayo Weaver. He was employed by PennDOT and later by American Bridge Works in Elmira, NY. He was a World War II Navy veteran and a member of the Christ Episcopal Church in Towanda. He was co-captain of the Funeral and Honor Guard of Towanda American Legion Post No. 42. Surviving are his wife of 46 years, Marjorie Bull Weaver; daughters and sons-in-law, Loretta Ann and Dennis Grace of Endicott, NY, Bette and Jeffrey Stroud of Wysox, Evelyn and Clayton Aylesworth of Wysox; sons and daughters-in-law, Bruce and Debra Weaver of Wysox, Marty and Kathy Weaver of Wysox; 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; brothers, Harold and Ivan Weaver, both of Towanda RR 4 and Donald Weaver of Granville Summit, PA; a sister, Marian Heaps of Norristown, PA; nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services were held June 6 at Christ Episcopal Church in Towanda with the Rev. John Urban and the Rev. Ruth D. Urban officiating and interment to be in Oak Hill Cemetery with American Legion Post 42 according full military honors. Memorials may be directed to Christ Episcopal Church, 1 Main St., Towanda, PA 18848 or Towanda American Legion Post No. 42, 912 St., Towanda, PA 18848 or the charity or organization of one's choice in Lawrence A. Weaver's memory. (TGR, Thursday, June 9, 1994)
LAWRENCE A. WEAVER, 69, of Myersburg, Wysox RR 2, died Thursday evening, June 2, 1994, at his home following a brief illness. Born Dec. 15, 1924 in Towanda he was a son of the late Ulysses and Carrie Mayo Weaver. Lawrence attended the Towanda schools and later entered the U.S. Navy on Feb. 8, 1943, where he served during World War II until Feb. 8, 1946. Upon his return home from the Navy, he was employed by the Pa. department of Highways in Towanda and was later employed by American Bridge Works in Elmira, N.Y. On July 5, 1947, he married the former Marjorie Bull in the Wysox Presbyterian Church. Lawrence was a trucking transport operator for Associated Transport, Eastern Freightways, and Roadway Express for many years until his retirement in 1985. Lawrence was well known and possessed many friends throughout the area. He loved music and playing the bass guitar. Together Larry and his wife, Marjorie played in the Margy and the Country Folks Band for the benefit of many organizations in the area for a number of years. Lawrence was a member of Christ Episcopal Church, Towanda, and Towanda American Legion Post No. 42. He was the recipient of the European-African-Mideast Campaign Medical, the World War II Victory Medal, American Campaign Service Medal and the Navy Good Conduct Medal. He was one of the few Legion Post Commanders to have served two consecutive terms, Lawrence was elected and served two years as a deputy district commander 15tth district central section of Pennsylvania Department of the American Legion. He was invited into Voiture Locale No. 549, 40 HOMMES et 8 Chevaux, Towanda, the Honor Society of the American Legion for his outstanding service and performance as a Legionnaire. Larry served as co-captain of the Towanda Legion Post Funeral and Honor Guard. He was part of the element that folded and presented the American flag to families of deceased veterans. He led the Post Color Guard in community parades and activities around the county, served on a committee planning, organizing and implementing the June 1, 1991, Salute to the Troops parade in Towanda, and actively participated in Legion-sponsored Memorial Day and Veterans Day programs for a number of years. He was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 2191 Towanda and enjoyed participating in the Elk’s Minstrel programs. He was a life member of VFW Post No. 6824, Rome, Pa. Surviving are: his wife, Marjorie Bull Weaver; three daughters and sons-in-law; Loretta Ann and Dennis Grace of Endicott, N.Y., Bette and Jeffrey Stroud of Wysox, and Evelyn and Clayton Aylesworth of Wysox; two sons and daughters-in-law; Bruce and Debra Weaver of Wysox and Marty and Kathy Weaver of Wysox; 14 grandchildren; Jeff, Marj, Theresa, Kathy, Bobbie, Kristie, Brent, Tammy, Colleen, Robby, Clayton, Raymond, Kristina and Casey; five great-grandchildren; Zachary, Brandie, Laura, Harley and Jordan; three brothers; Harold and Ivan Weaver, both of Towanda RR 5, and Donald Weaver of Granville Summit; a sister; Marian Heaps of Norristown, Pa.; several nieces, nephews and cousins; very close friends, William and Evelyn Cavenaugh of Richlands, N.C. He was preceded in death by a sister, Janice Carter in 1978. The family will receive friends Sunday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. Towanda Elks Lodge No. 2191 will hold a memorial service Sunday evening at 6 at the funeral home. The funeral service will be held Monday, June 6, 1994, at 2 p.m. at the Christ Episcopal Church, Towanda, with the Rev. John T. Urban, rector, and the Rev. Ruth D. Urban, officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Hill cemetery, Towanda with Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 according full military honors. The family suggests that memorials may be directed to Christ Episcopal Church, 1 Main Street, Towanda, Pa. or to Towanda American Legion Post No. 42, 912 Main Street, Towanda, Pa. or to the charity or organization of one’s choice in Lawrence A. Weaver’s memory. –Towanda Daily Review
WELCH - KITCHEN-WELCH, TERESA, Teresa Welch-Kitchen, 38, of Windham Center died November 1, 1986 when fire destroyed the family home. Born June 18, 1948 in Sayre, she was the daughter of Frank and Pauline McNeal Welch. She was a graduate of Troy High in 1966 and in 1970 she married Alfred G. Kitchen Jr., in Towanda. She attended the Windham Center Community Church. Surviving are her husband, Alfred Kitchen Jr.; daughter, Teri Lynn Kitchen; son, Travis Lee Kitchen; her parents, Frank and Pauline Welch of Towanda RD3; a sister and three brothers; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Graveside services were held November 5 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Towanda with Rev. Andy Welikala officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home in Towanda. (TGR Nov. 6, 1986)
WELCH Teresa Welch Kitchen, 38, wife of Alfred G. Kitchen Jr., of RR 2 Rome (Windham Center) died early Saturday morning when a fire destoryed the family home. Born June 18, 1942 in Sayre, she was the daughter of Pauline McNeal Welch. She was a graduate of Troy High School 1966, and on March 14, 1976 she married Alfred Kitchen Jr. in Towanda. She attended the Windham Center Community Church. Surviving are her husband; daughter Terri Lynn, son Travis Kee Kitchen; her parents Frank and Pauline Welch of Towanda RD 3; sisters Mrs Scott Root of Towanda, three brothers, William Welch of Elmira, George Welch of Towanda RD 1, Kenneth Welch of Towanda RD 3; several Aunts and Uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Oak Hill cemetery Towanda with the Rev. Andy Welikala officiating. There are no calling hours. Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. 1986, Towanda Daily Review.
Addie WELLING Parks, 78, wife of Silas L. Parks of 312 William St., Towanda, died Saturday afternoon, May 24, 2003, at the Memorial Hospital of Towanda. Born Aug. 23, 1924, in Towanda, Addie was the only child of the late John Welling and Lucy Mildred Spencer Welling. Addie was a graduate of Towanda High School and during World War II was employed by Sylvania Electric in Towanda.
On Sept. 23, 1942, Addie married Silas L. Parks in Towanda. He was later employed by Jones Grocery and Jim Giffins Red & White Store in Towanda. Addie was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Towanda and formerly served as transport coordinator for the Towanda Ambulance Association. She enjoyed traveling and camping with her husband, Silas, and also enjoyed crocheting and cooking.
Surviving are her husband of 60 years, Silas L. Parks, at home; two sons and daughters-in-law, William L. Parks and Anna Parks of Benton, Pa., and Gary L. Parks and Charlotte Parks of Towanda; three grandchildren, William L. Parks II, Eugene Parks and Kristina Parks; and a great-grandson. The funeral service will be held Tuesday, May 27, 2003, at 11 a.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, with the Rev. Allen Hulslander, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, Towanda, officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, PA, The family will receive friends Tuesday morning from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions may be directed to the Skilled Nursing Unit of Memorial Hospital, 1 Hospital Drive, Towanda, Pa. 18848, in Mrs. Parks' memory.
WELLES - Newspaper unknown, handwritten note states, "November
Amelia W. Camphuis Of Towanda Dies
Amelia Welles Camphuis of 507 Second Street died Friday at the Troy Community Hospital, where she had been a patient since Monday, Nov. 2. Mrs. Camphuis was born in Towanda May 25, 1881, daughter of the late Charles Page Welles and Nellie Best Welles. She was graduated from Towanda High School in 1899 and from St. Margaret’s School in Buffalo. In 1907 she was married to Philip A. Hutchins of Boston, after which they lived in Chihuahua, Mexico, until the Pancho Villa revolution brought them back to the States. As Mrs. Hutchins she was active in the woman’s suffrage movement of Pennsylvania. The first meeting in this county was held in the home of her mother, also an active suffragist, at 16 York Avenue. Mrs. Hutchins and the late Mrs. Frank Hagerman organized every women’s suffrage unit in the county and the first one in Sullivan County. She was county chairman of Women’s Work, during the first World War, when women were replacing men who were in the war. In 1927 she married George A. Camphuis, a British mining engineer. There were no children of this marriage. Mrs. Camphuis was a member of Christ Episcopal Church and was a charter member of the Towanda Garden Club. Surviving Mrs. Camphuis are her daughter and son by her first marriage, Mrs. Mary Welles Pashkoff of Evansville, Ind., and Philip Welles, who changed his name legally from Philip Hutchins in 1938; a niece, Mrs. Virginia Page Martin of Glen Ridge, N.J.; two nephews, Frederick W. Page of Glen Ridge, N.J., and C. elles Little of Hagerstown, Md. Her adopted son, Schuyler Lawrence, died Sept. 19, 1959. Funeral services will be held at the Archer Funeral Home on Monday at 2 o’clock with the Rev. Robert H. Wellner officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill cemetery. Submitted by Wilma JOHNS Sakowsky
MISS GEORGIA WELLES – The death of Miss Georgia Wells, beloved daughter of George Hollenback and Laura Slat Welles took place at the home of Mr. Israel C. Pierson, Plainfield, N.J. Friday morning, October 4th, 1901 where she had been visiting her friend, Miss Pierson. She was first taken ill about three weeks ago and the insidious disease so rapidly completed its work that at no time was it possible to bring her to her home in this place. Her mother, sister and brothers were at her bedside and were recognized by the loved one and nearly up to the hour of the spirit’s flight she was conscious that those she loved were about her and were doing all that love and science could do to keep her from the arms of the Savior she loved and served to comfort them for years to come in this life. Miss Georgia was born on December 23, 1875 and was the youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. Welles. The remains were brought to her home in this place Saturday and placed in the north room of the old homestead where they were viewed by the friends she had gained during her life by universal courtesy and gentle kindness to all. The funeral services were held from the home on Monday at 12:30 Rev. W. E. Daw of Athens, assisted by Rev. Griffis of Plymouth, Rev. Berghaus of Waverly and Rev. George Hannah of Philadelphia officiating. The solemn but beautiful burial service of the Episcopal Church was used. There was an abundance of beautiful flora designs the gifts of loving friends. After the impressive funeral ceremony the remains followed by relatives and friends, took Lehigh Valley train No. 1 to Towanda where the interment was in the Oak Hill Cemetery.
WELLS –JENNIE W. CRAYTON, 83, of 14 Locust Ave., Towanda, died Saturday, Sept. 30, 1995 at the Skilled Nursing Unit, Memorial Hospital, Towanda. Born June 11, 1912, in New Era, she was a daughter of the late Llewelyn E. and Myrtle Huffman Wells. Jennie was a graduate of Towanda High School Class of 1931. In September 1932, she entered the nurses training school of the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, graduating in 1935. On Dec. 12, 1936, she married David P. Crayton. She was then associated with the Towanda Mills Hospital until 1950. In February 1950, Jennie and her husband moved to South Gate, Calif., to make their home. Following her husbands death on Oct. 12, 1977, Jennie returned to Towanda. She taught Red Cross home-care during World War II and received a 10-year service pin with the American Red Cross bloodmobile service. She was a member of the Towanda First United Methodist Church. Surviving are; a son and daughter-in-law, Jack W. and Norma Crayton of Towanda; a daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Tony Brant of Oregon City, Ore.; two granddaughters, Jennie Sue Vermillion of Oregon City and Carole Carrington of North Rome; a grandson Joel Stevens of Salem, Ore.; four great-grandsons, Paul Reison of Salem, Joel Stevens IV of Salem, and Adam and Alexander Carrington of North Rome; three great-granddaughters, Brittany Stevens of Salem, Christina Vermillion of Oregon City and Audrey Carrington of North Rome; three sisters, Ruth Arnold of Towanda RR 4, Mrs. Arch (Annabelle) Platt of San Mateo, Calif., and Mrs. Donald (Lila) Goodwin of Medina, NY; and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Thursday, Oct. 5, 1995, at 1 p.m. at 217 York Ave., Towanda, with the Rev. Allan Hulslander, pastor of the Towanda First United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. at the funeral home. The family will provide their own flowers and request that memorials may be directed to the Towanda First United Methodist Church, 105 Main St., Towanda, Pa. in Jennie W. Crayton’s memory. –Towanda Daily Review.
WEST Paul R. West Jr.
80, of 913 S. Main St., Towanda, Pa., died peacefully at his home early Friday morning, Jan. 27, 2012 with his devoted friends by his side following a period of declining health. Paul was born June 25, 1931 in Towanda, the son of the late Paul R. West Sr. and Leena Hackling West. After graduating from high school, Paul entered the U.S. Navy where he honorably served during the Korean War. On July 25, 1959, he married the former Kathryn Schley at Harvey's Lake, Pa. Paul was later employed by Osram Sylvania in Towanda where he worked as an operator, supervisor, and group leader for 37½ years. He was very involved in many local organizations. Paul was a life member of Towanda American Legion Post No. 42, Beirne-Webster VFW Post No. 1568 in Towanda, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 2191 Towanda, La Societe Des 40 Hommes et 8 Chevaux Voiture Locale No. 549 and the Shriner's Club. He loved traveling with his wife and truly enjoyed and cherished spending time with his many close and special friends whom he leaves behind. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his devoted, loving wife and soul-mate of 39 years, Kathryn, on March 20, 1998, his stepfather, Frank Shanenberger, his brother, Joseph H. West, and sister, Dorothy Louise. In honor of Paul's request there will be no services and private interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda at a later date. In honor of Paul's memory, contributions may be directed to Guthrie Hospice, 1 Guthrie Square, Sayre PA 18840, who supplied outstanding services and care for Paul during his final days or to the Bradford County Humane Society, P.O. BOX 179, Ulster, PA 18850, to commemorate his love for animals. Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa. Towanda Daily Review – January 28, 2012
WHEATON Evelyn Wheaton Hall
81, of Towanda, Pa., died Thursday morning, December 6, 2012 at the Sayre House, surrounded by her loving family. She was born Aug. 27, 1931, to Merton B. and Margaret Wheaton of Potterville, in what is believed to be the oldest frame house in Warren Township. Evelyn grew up on her parents’ farm and attended the Potterville grade school, Orwell High School and LeRaysville High School, where she graduated in 1949. She was a member of the Potterville Church. As a youngster, Evelyn was very much the tomboy, earning the nickname “Cowboy Joe” and always wearing jeans and a ball cap. Throughout her life, she never cared for frills or lace. She mowed yards around Potterville for 15 or 25 cents apiece, and also drove Gay Chaffee’s horses during haying season. Evelyn loved and became very good at baseball. Her father was a pitcher for the Potterville men’s baseball team and Evelyn inherited his pitching arm. Her wish for her 16th birthday was to get a new baseball glove — which she received. An avid fan of baseball star Ted Williams, she played softball in high school and even had the skills to build pitcher’s mounds and backboards on her own. During World War II, Evelyn showed her patriotism by writing to area servicemen. She also wrote “The Story of The Darling Cemetery,” which chronicled the cemetery’s history from 1804 to 1948. Members of Evelyn’s paternal grandmother’s family, the Beardslees, were buried in Darling Cemetery, and she often pedaled her bike from her home to the cemetery to do research. After graduation, Evelyn did a variety of things. She worked on the family farm and, after taking a correspondence art course, often lettered trucks and signs. She also printed and developed photos in her home. In 1951, Evelyn took a job at Ransom’s Insurance, in Towanda. Her co-worker Freda Hall introduced Evelyn to her brother, Dick Hall, and romance soon blossomed. While Dick was overseas in the service, Evelyn enjoyed passing the time by using the woodworking tools in the basement shop of her father-in-law, Fred Hall. Evelyn and Dick married after he returned from the service, on April 30, 1954, in the Towanda Methodist parsonage, with the Rev. Edgar Sabin officiating. Evelyn and Dick soon moved into the house at 202 William St., where they would raise their three wonderful children and live the rest of their lives. Evelyn, being artistic and having what she called a “straight eye,” designed renovations for the house, using every square inch. Over the years, she worked in many Towandaarea offices, as well as at Farm Credit and a temporary, one-year job at DuPont. In the 1960s, she colored about 4,400 photos with transparent oils for photographer Eugene Fazekas, until colored film took their place. She also did more sign lettering. Evelyn loved all her jobs but was especially fond of her role as secretary at Christ Episcopal Church, in Towanda, which she filled more than 20 years, working with three different priests. She was so pleased to have found her niche, even though she was good-naturedly teased about being a Presbyterian. Evelyn was a member of Towanda Presbyterian Church for more than 56 years, where she taught Sunday school for some time and she and Dick attended regularly. Never one for idleness, Evelyn kept herself busy. As if the job of being a mother and housekeeper weren’t enough, she constantly sought additional tasks and projects for the benefit of her family and others. Evelyn was an avid crafter, and many will remember the red and white felt three-dimensional, embroidered named Christmas stockings she made, still being used by many in the third generation. She made over 2,200 of these. She also made many neckties, as well as clothes for her family and did sewing for others. In her spare time, Evelyn was an avid bowler and enjoyed genealogy. In spite of her illness in later years, she was still able to help others through her church job and was loved by those who knew her. She would have enjoyed volunteering in her retirement years but ill health prevented her from doing so. Evelyn and Dick were a generous couple, often helping those in need. Evelyn will be remembered as a hard-working, caring and loving friend and family member. She is survived by her son and daughter-inlaw Steven R. and Teresa Hall of Towanda, Pa., and their children, Amber N. Conrad and husband Ian of West Jordan, Utah, Ashley E. De- Fazio and husband Chris of Kansas City, Mo., and Ethan S. Hall of Towanda, Pa.; her daughter, Sue Hall of Towanda; her son and daughterin law Scott F. Hall and Carli Yeager-Hall of Athens, Pa., and their children, Darius and Grace; her sisters and brother-in-law Betty and Albert Moore of Wilmington, Del., and Dorothy Keeney of Monroeton; her brother and sister-inlaw Fred M. and Donna Wheaton of Potterville; sisters-in-law Freda Hall Shipley of Bethlehem, Pa., and Jean Hall-Kafes of Towanda; several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and greatnephews, and cousins; her dear friends the Apple family of French Lick, Indiana, Randy and Karen Apple Emmons, Darrell and Shelly Apple, and Kristy Apple and their families; and her special “granddog,” Hans. Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband, Richard F. “Dick” Hall, on May 14, 1995; brothers in-law Wayne K. Keeney, Lloyd E. Hall, Dave Bechtold and Ben Shipley; a sister-in-law, Beatie Bechtold; her parents, Merton and Margaret Inman Wheaton; her mother-in-law and father in-law, Fred and Hattie S. Hall; and close friends Jean and Wayne Apple and their son, Jerry, and her beloved dog, Buffy. The funeral service will be held Monday, December 10, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the Maryott- Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa. Interment will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, Pa. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and one hour prior to the funeral service Monday morning at the funeral home. The family requests that contributions be directed to the charity or organization of one’s choice in Evelyn’s memory. Sayre Morning Times – December 7, 2012
WHEELER - Mrs. Lena W. Stroud, age 85 and widow of Charles Stroud, died suddenly Saturday afternoon at the home of her son, Howard, in Wysox, her death being due to a heart attack. Her passing came as a great shock to her family and many friends in this area. Mrs. Stroud was born June 8, 1879, in Towanda Township, the daughter of Chancey and Katherine Johnson Wheeler. Her husband died May 24, 1947, and since that time she has been making her home with her son and daughter-in-law, Mr.and Mrs. Howard Stroud of Wysox. In addition to Howard she is survived by a foster son, Theodore Johnson of Penn Yan, NY, a granddaughter, Mrs Theodore Smith, of Hornbrook; a great-grandson, George Smith. Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Maryott Funeral Home on York Avenue. The Rev H. Richard Welliver, pastor of First Methodist Church here, will officiate and burial will be in Oak Hill cemetery. RHW. Towanda Daily Review July 1964.
WHITE Catherine White Ward, 82, affectionally known as "Kate" and a widow of Francis N. Ward, formerly of ? Spruce St., Towanda, died late Saturday evening at the Skilled Nursing Unit, Memorial Hospital, where she was a guest since January 1981. Born June 30, 1901, she was the daughter of Fred and Etta HORTON White. After graduating from Towanda High School in 1919, she attended Skidmore College for two years and then taught at the Meeker's Business Institute in Elmira, NY for the next seven years. On October 16, 1928, she married Francis N. Ward. They lived for many years in Miami, Fl where Mr. Ward was employed. Upon their return to Towanda, Kate was employed as secretary with the Russell H. White Chevrolet Garage. In 1942 she began her employment with Patterson Screen Co. and in 1943, when DuPont obtained the company, she continued with DuPont Corp. until 1949. In October 1953, she was again associated with DuPont until her retirement on July 1, 1966. Kate attracted numerous friends with her constant graciousness, thoughtfulness and consideration of others. She was a member of the N. Towanda Methodist Church and Methodist Women's Organization, Towanda Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star #76 and Towanda Area Senior Citizens. Her husband preceded her in death on June 22, 1977. She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Martha VanNorman of Westfield, PA and Mrs. Eleanor W. Bullet of Brunswick, Maine; three neices and three nephews; two brothers, Russell H. White and Frederick B. White and a sister, Charlotte W. Holowiak preceded her in death. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. from the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home 217 York Ave., Towanda, with her pastor, Rev. Albert E. Cox of the N. Towanda Methodist Church officating. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda. The family will receive friends this evening from 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. The family requests that memorials may be directed to N. Towanda United Methodist Church or the Skilled Nursing Unit of Memorial Hospital, Towanda. RHW. Towanda Daily Review, August 1983.
WHITE - Jane White Maryott, 81, widow of Clayton M. Maryott of 502 Third St., Towanda, Pa., died Saturday evening, Aug. 30, 2008, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. Born Nov. 25, 1926, in Sayre, she was the daughter of the late Russell H. White and Ellen Rockwell White. Jane was a graduate of Towanda High School Class of 1944 and the Rochester Business Institute in 1945. She was employed by Sylvania Electric in Towanda from 1946 until her marriage to Clayton M. Maryott on April 19, 1952. Jane assisted her husband in the operation of the Maryott Funeral Home at 217 York Ave. in Towanda until Jan. 1, 1981, having contributed much to the operation of the four-generation, family-owned funeral service, possessing a warm and gracious personality. Jane was very active in community and civic affairs and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Towanda; Order of Eastern Star Chapter No. 76, Towanda; Quarry Glen Club; 20th Century Club; Wednesday Club; the Red Hat Society; and the Liberty Corners Grange. Jane was a member of the Towanda Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees, and the Board of Directors of the Bradford County United Way. She was a charter board member of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Bradford County. She was a past president of the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary; Towanda Country Club Auxiliary; and the Bradford County Council of Republican Women, where she also served as a director. Jane served as chairman of Bradford County Children and Youth Services and as chairman of the Bradford County Election Board. She formerly served as secretary for the Bradford County Republican Committee. Her main interest in life encompassed her home and family. Jane enjoyed playing golf, bowling and playing bridge with her friends. Surviving are: her daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and Ronald C. Hunt of Towanda RR 3; her granddaughter, Stacy C. Hunt of Towanda; her sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Marian and Albert Ingerick of Wysox; her sister-in-law, Evelyn M. Maryott of Towanda; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Clayton M. Maryott, on May 1, 2003; her mother, Ellen Rockwell White, on June 9, 1980; her father, Russell H. White, on Nov. 22, 1950; her sister, Marian F. White, on April 26, 1950; sisters-in-law Ellen Maryott, Marie Williams and Dorothy McCleary; and brother-in-law William J. Maryott. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. this (Monday) evening at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave. Towanda. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, at the funeral home with the Rev. Michael Hughes, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, Towanda, officiating. Interment will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to Memorial Hospital, 1 Hospital Drive, Towanda, Pa. 18848, or to the charity or organization of one's choice in Jane W. Maryott's memory. RKW. Towanda Daily Reviw.
WHITE - Raymond O. White, a native of Stevensville
and formerly of North Towanda, died
Sunday, May 21, at the Veterans Hospital in Batavia, NY, at the age of 71. An Army veteran of World War 1, he had been at the Batavia Veterans hospital since July 1957. Mr. White was born Feb. 24, 1890, at Stevensville, son of Sanford and Harriett ACKLEY White. While living in North Towanda he was a painter by trade. Surviving are a brother, Roy of Burlington, this county; a sister, Mrs. Della Crandall, of Elmira Heights, NY; a nephew and several neices. Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Maryott Funeral Home on York Avenue with Rev. Harry Bradford, Jr., pastor of the North Towanda Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill cemetery with Towanda Post No. 42 of the American Legion conducting military honors at the grave. RHW. May 23, 1961, Towanda Daily Review.
WILCOX George E. Wilcox taken by death.
Resident of Towanda 16 years; Funeral to be Friday Afternoon. Wilcox George E. Wilcox died at his home on North Main Street last evening at 6 o'clock. He is survived by one daughter Retah M. Wilcox; two sons, Fred T. Wilcox of Grandville, Mich., and Draper N. Wilcox of Cumberland, Md., also several nieces and nephews. Mr. Wilcox was a resident of Towanda the past 46 years. He was a son of Benjamin and Hannah Wilcox born in Albany Township in 1850. He was the last survivor of six children. The funeral will be held from the residence Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. Rev. Davis Johnson will officiate; interment at Oak Hill cemetery. Pall Bearers were: Fred Van Horn, Norman Brutzman, Bert Gay, Kent Breese, George Foster and Clinton Swank. Submitted by Reva Howard Wagner, Towanda Daily Review, Jan 29, 1930.
HENRY N. WILLIAMS. Found Dead in His Bed. The Towanda Review says: Henry N. Williams, one of the ablest lawyers of the Bradford County bar, died on Friday night last at his home on North Main Street, of heart disease, age 58 years. Mr. Williams had been confined to the house about ten days by heart trouble, but on Friday was down town nearly all day and retired that night apparently in good health. When called to breakfast next morning he did not respond, an investigation showed him to be lying on his side in the bed, having probably died in his sleep about 3 or 4 o’clock. Mr. Williams was born in Herkimer, N.Y., April 5th, 1833, and his boyhood days were spent in Woodhull, Steuben County. In 1859 he went to Wellsboro, Tioga County, Pa., where he taught the academy, and studied law in the office of W. H. Lowrie, afterwards chief justice of the state; Judge Williams of Tioga studied law in the office at the same time. In ’59 Mr. Williams removed to Canton and practiced law there until 1878, when he came to Towanda and established the firm of Williams & Angle; in ’84 he entered the firm of Elsbree, Williams & Elsbree, until the death of the junior member where the firm was changed to Williams, Elsbree & Williams. The deceased was married at Wellsboro in 1857, his wife dying April 1, 1889. Two sons survive him – Charles R. Williams, mail agent on the S. L. & S. railroad; and Robert H. Williams, junior member of the law firm of Williams, Elsbree & Williams. The funeral occurred Monday afternoon at 4 o’clock; interment at Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda. (Died in 1891.)
WILSON - Gaylord N. Wilson, 77, of 419 Second Street, Towanda, died Monday morning Nov. 10, 1986, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Mr. Wilson was well known in the Towanda area and possessed many friends. He was born August 12, 1909, in Columbia Cross Roads, the son of the late Tracy and Lucy DILLIN Wilson. Mr. Wilson was a graduate of Troy High School, the Class of 1929 and played professional basketball, first for the Elmira Colonels, which is now the Boston Celtics. In early years he was employed by the Pennsylvania Department of Highways and the Berlinger Silk Mill in Towanda. He entered the U.S. Army during World War II and, following his honorable discharge from the service, served as a Metropolitan Insurance agent in Towanda and also was the first State Farm Insurance agent in the area. He was later employed at several state stores in Bradford County from 1954 until his retirment in 1975. He was a member of the Union Masonic Lodge No. 108 F& AM Towanda; Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 and it's World War II last Man's Club; the Loyal Order of the Moose, Canton, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, No. 1367, Towanda. He was a active charter member of Towanda Elks Lodge No. 2191, the Towanda Gun Club, the Naiad-Linta Fire Co. and was a former member of the Quarry Glen Club. He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Meredith and Evelyn MILLER Wilson, of East Towanda; three sisters, Mrs Betty Hausman and Mrs. Frances Rynearson, both of Elmira, and Mrs Orville (Esther) Thomas, Tampa, FL; a brother, Dick Wilson of Omaha, Nebr., a very close friend, Ruth Brown of Orwell Hill, several neices, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife Esther MEREDITH Wilson on June 12, 1976. The funeral service will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, with the Rev. Harry L. Ferguson, pastor of the Wysox Presyterian Church officiating. Interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda with the Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 according military honors. The family will receive friends this evening from 6:30 to 9:30 at the funeral home. Union Masonic Lodge No. 106 F & AM will conduct Masonic services at the funeral Home this evening at 6:30. The Towanda Elks Lodge No. 2191 will hold a memory service at the funeral home tonight at 7 p.m.. The family will hold a memorial service at the funeral home tonight at 7 p.m. The family requests that memorials may be directed to the Wysox Prebyterian Church in care of Willis Jennings, Wysox, PA 18854 or to the American Cancer Society, Towanda Unit, 515 South Main Street, Athens 18810 in Mr. Wilson's memory. RHW. November 1986, Towanda Daily Review.
WILSON - Meredith G. “Bunky” Wilson, 67, well known area businessman of RR 6 Towanda, Pa. (Wysox Twp.) died Wednesday morning, Oct. 17, 2007, at Memorial Hospital, N. Towanda Twp., Pa. Born June 17, 1940, in Towanda, Pa., he was the son of the late Gaylord N. Wilson and Esther MEREDITH Wilson. “Bunky,” as he was known by his family and friends, was a graduate of Towanda High School Class of 1958. In earlier years, he owned and operated an excavating business in the Towanda area. He was a graduate of the Rupert School of Auctioneering in Indiana and operated his auctioneering business in the Bradford County area for many years. He also owned and operated a farm in East Towanda for a number of years. Bunky was a well known area cattle dealer and was recognized for his expertise in cattle pedigree, bringing locally bred dairy cattle to prominence. He also exported cattle to foreign countries. During the 1970s he operated his own mobile home sales business, and in the 1980s he operated his own used car sales business in the area. Bunky continued to actively maintain various business interests until his passing. He attended the Wysox Presbyterian Church, was a member of the Twin Tiers Antique Tractor and Machinery Association and was a former member of Towanda Elks Lodge No. 2191. He enjoyed the outdoors and deer hunting. Surviving are: his son, Mark M. WILSON of Monroeton RR 1; his granddaughter, Paige Meredith Wilson of Athens, Pa.; and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Gaylord N. Wilson on Nov. 10, 1986, and by his mother, Esther MEREDITH on June 12, 1976. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 22, 2007, at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa., with the Rev. Robert Martin, pastor of the Wysox Presbyterian church officiating. Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, Pa. The family will receive friends from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, at the funeral home.
WILSON –SHIRLEY ANNE WILSON MCGOWAN, 69, of Center Street, RR 4, Towanda, Pa., died Tuesday, June 20, 2006, at her home following declining health. Born April 17, 1937, in Philadelphia, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Harry and Lillian Dyer Wilson. Shirley was a beloved wife and mother. Through charitable organizations, Shirley sponsored children overseas. Surviving are her children, Theresa M. Bocachica and her husband, Jose Bocachica of Philadelphia, Pa., Jennie R. Bellows and her husband, Larry Bellows, of Round Mountain, Nev., Edward J. “Sonny” McGowan Jr. and his companion, Marlene Vanderpool, of Wyalusing, Pa., Kathaleen M. “Beanie” Johnson and her husband, Roy Johnson of Towanda RR 2, Jacqueline K. Riegner and her husband, David Riegner of Round Mountain, Marianne McGowan of Towanda and Beth L. Kisner of Wyalusing; 25 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Dorothy Popel of Bristol, Pa., Mary Shaffer of Doylestown, Pa., and Jean Ferrara of Louisiana; her sister-in-law, Jean McGowan of Wyalusing; her companion, E. J. Stewart of Towanda; her extended family, Sheila Conklin and Debbie Stewart, Tim and children, Kim Strope, Michael Strope, Chris Buchanan and Ellie Reeves and family; and friends Marcella and Kitten. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward J. McGowan Sr., on Nov. 10, 1980; a daughter, Joanne McGowan, on June 29, 1980; a son, John McGowan, on Aug. 26, 1990; her grandson, Lawrence “Buddy” Bellows, on Aug. 27, 1995; a brother, Harry Wilson; and two sisters, Lois Kringe, on Sept. 12, 2005, and Elva Shoinski, on Dec. 29, 1998. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 24, 2006, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ann Street, Towanda. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral service at the church. Interment will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda. –Towanda Daily Review
WILSON Roxanna Marie Wilson Maxson
66, of 52 Robin Circle Wysox, Pa., Standing Stone Twp., died Sunday evening, Dec. 8, 2013 at the Dar-Way Eldercare Center in Elkland Twp., Pa. Roxanna was born Jan. 23, 1947 in Eagles Mere, Pa., and was a graduate of Sullivan County High School. She was formerly employed by Shop Vac in Williamsport, Pa., and by Memorial Hospital in Towanda. Roxanna was a member of the American Red Cross and the Women of the Moose in Canton, Pa. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Thomas and Dawn Stump; grandsons Damien Claude Stump and Thomas Robert Stump; step-children Walter D. Maxson Jr., David and William Maxson, Jeri and John Mitchell; several step-grandchildren; brother Steve (Linda) Wilson; sisters Irene and Esther; foster sisters Doris Hartman and Gail Powell; foster brothers George and Ralph Dymond and her companion, Martin Borst. She was preceded in death by her husband Walter David Maxson on Aug. 20, 1995; foster parents George and Marguerite Thompson and brothers, James and Lloyd Wilson. The funeral service will be held Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 at 3 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa., with Rev. James Hollister, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, Towanda, officiating. Interment will be private in Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, Pa. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Towanda Daily Review – December 10, 2013
WILT Miss Esther Wilt
of 107 Chestnut Street, retired Towanda school teacher, died Friday morning at 12:30 o'clock at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre where she had been a patient since Dec. 26 last. She had been in deteriotating health since October of 1959. Miss Wilt was born in Towanda 73 years ago next April 19, a daughter of J. Andrew and Emma WELLMAN Wilt. She graduated from Towanda High School and West Chester State Teachers College and then started a distinguished career in teahing which was not concluded until her retirement five years ago this coming June. Her first school was Pine Grove in North Towanda Township. She also taught at Laquin and Silvara and for three years taught at Mount Holly, N.J.. She was best to be remembered here as thrid grade instructor, a post she filled very capably for a long period. At the time of her retirement, she was third grade teacher in the First Ward school. During the years the Susquehanna Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association was in operation, girls basketball was one of the league sports and Miss Wilt was coach of the Towanda High team. A number of her teams won championships and she always has been held in high regard by the members of her various teams. During her years in the teaching profession, she took special work during the summers at East Stroudsburg State Teachers College, Columbia University and Penn State. Miss Wilt was a member of the First Presbyterian church here and of Towanda Chapter No. 76 Order of the Eastern Star. She served as Worthy Matrone of the Chapter in 19**(51). Surviving are her sister-in-law, Mrs. Leo Wilt with whom she made her home; four nephews, William Wilt of Towanda, Richard Wilt of Ann Arbor, Mich., Thomas Wilt of New York City and George Wilt of Atlanta, GA; two sisters, the Misses Mary S. wilt and Clara Wilt. Funeral services will be held at the Archer Funeral Home, chestnut Street, Towanda tomorrow afternoon at 1 o'clock. The Rev. Harry Porter Farr willofficiate and interment will be in Oak HIll cemetery. 1961, Towanda Daily Review.
WINTER Mildred L. Winter, 86, of one-D Williamsburg Drive, Harrisburg, died Saturday afternoon at the Polyclinic Medical Center, Harrisburg. She was born on February 28, 1894 in Towanda, the daughter of George and Ella LINE Winter. She graduated from Towanda High School in 1912 and The Robert Packer School of Nursing in 1914. She did graduate work at the hospital until 1936, at which time she moved to Harrisburg to make her home with her sister and niece. She was a member of the Trinity United Presbyterian Church of Harrisburg and a member of the Robert Packer Hospital Alumni Association. Mildred often returned to Towanda to visit her family and friends and will be remembered for her graciousness and thoughtfulness of others. Surviving are her sister, Anna Winter Smith, Harrisburg; a niece, Sandra Smith Cowan, Harrisburg. Her brother William L. Winter predeceased her on August 29, 1975 and a sister Edna B. Winter, predeceased her in September 1968. Funeral and committal services will be held Tuesday afternoon at one o'clock at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home 217 York Ave., Towanda, with the Rev Kenneth J. Lynde officiating. Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. The family requested that memorials be directed to the Emphysema Foundation. RHW. Towanda Daily Review, Jan 26, 1981.
WOODBURN - Many beautiful tributes have been paid to the worth of the late Dr. S.M. Woodburn, but the best of all was the vast assemblage of people who wended their way to the Woodburn home Saturday afternoon and attended the last sad rites for the departed. The great throng of people, representing every walk of life, spoke volumes for the esteem and respect in which the departed was held by his neighbors and the people of the community in which he lived and labored so many years. Rev. John S. Stewart, D.D., for over 40 years the pastor of the departed, read the scripture and offered prayer. Rev. John F. Wolff, the new pastor of the First Presbyterian church of which the deceased was a member, made a **** remarks touching upon the life of the departed and recited Tennyson's beautiful poem. "Crossing the Bar." The floral designs were numerous and very beautiful. A magnificent flora robe completely covered the casket. The pallbearers were: General J. M. Califf, D.M. Turner, John N. Califf, George T. Ingham, Frank H. Ott, G. Ernest Frost and Walter F. Humphrey. The members of the medical profession were honorary pallbearers. Interment was made in the Oak Hill cemetery. An aged man in attendance at the funeral after looking over the large assemblage of people remarked with tears in his eyes; " After all, it is best to live quietly and simply, do your duty as a man and a citizen, and in passing leave behind you a good name." And so it has been with Dr. S.M. Woodburn. Note headstone reads: Skiles McKeehan Woodburn. Reva Wagner. Daily Review February 28, 1911.
Herbert S. YANOFSKY, 85, resident of Towanda, died at his home at Lake Wesauking on July 5, 2003. Born Oct. 28, 1917, in Towanda, he was the youngest of five children born to Charles and Sarah Atkin Yanofsky. He graduated from Towanda High School in 1935, and in January 1940 from Pennsylvania State University, with a degree in business and finance. Due to the death of his father, Herbert returned to Towanda in 1940 to manage his father's scrap-metal business. During World War II Herbert volunteered for military service by enlisting in the Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet. He was assigned as a first lieutenant to the 231st Air Force Unit at Dalhart, Texas. Later, in the Officer's Candidate program, he enrolled in Maintenance Engineering School at Yale University. Upon completion of his training at Yale, he was assigned to the Army Air Force's Flight Engineers School in Alamogordo, N.M., where he served as a training officer and flight engineer on the B-29 bomber. Following his honorable discharge, in January 1946, Mr. Yanofsky returned to Towanda and became involved in the family's clothing business, which he actively managed with his brother-in-law, the late Edward Hoffman. In 1961, Herbert married his wife of nearly 42 years, the former Barbara Goodwin. In 1972, Herbert and Barbara purchased the former Hoffman's Clothing business, which they substantially expanded to offer a diverse selection of men's and women's clothing. Mr. Yanofsky was a member of Congregation B'nai Israel of Elmira, N.Y. He was also active in various community organizations, serving various positions, which include: past president, director and pianist for the Towanda Rotary Club; past commander of Post 42 American Legion; past director of Towanda Chamber of Commerce; past director and driver, Towanda Ambulance Association; Union Lodge No. 108, Free and Accepted Masons; service volunteer for Meals on Wheels; charter member of Elks Lodge No. 2191, Towanda; past president, Bradford County Penn State Alumni Association; Wysox IOOF Lodge No. 1152; and the Towanda Retail Merchants Association. Mr. Yanofsky is survived by his wife, Barbara; his son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Benjamin and Angela Yanofsky, and his grandson, Brett Alexander, of Lake Wesauking and Woodbridge, N.J.; and his nephew, Robert M. Hoffman of Ruskin, Fla. He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Rose Hoffman, Mari Yanofsky and Frieda Rockman, and his brother, Barney Yanofsky. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, July 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. The funeral service will be held Wednesday, July 9, 2003, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Rabbi Miriam Biatch of Congregation B'nai Israel, Elmira, officiating. Interment will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, with Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 according military honors. The family requests that any donations or memorials may be directed to the Towanda Public Library, 104 Main St., Towanda, Pa. 18848, or the American Cancer Society, 1948 E. Third St., Williamsport, Pa. 17701, in Mr. Yanofsky's name. Submitted by Carol Hoose Brotzman
YAREMKO Stephen Arthur Yaremko
61, of Towanda, Pa., died Monday, July 8, 2013 at his home following a brief illness. Stephen was born in Towanda on May 15, 1952, a son of Stephen and Marjorie L. McVaugh Yaremko. He was a graduate of Towanda High School class of 1970. Stephen was employed by the Northern Tier Career Center in North Towanda for 32 years until his retirement on Sept. 28, 2012. He enjoyed reading, music and working on his computer. He was preceded in death by his father, Stephen in 1976, mother, Marjorie in 1989 and brother, Kim G. Yaremko in 2007. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at the Oak Hill Cemetery, Oak Street, Towanda, Pa. Contributions may be directed to the Towanda Public Library, 104 Main St. Towanda, PA 18848 in Stephen's memory. Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa. Towanda Daily Review – July 11, 2013
JOHN "JACK" YOUNG
John F. "Jack" Young, 60, Towanda, PA, died Thursday, December 5, 1996 at Memorial Hospital, Towanda. Born November 19, 1936 in Coal Township, Northumberland County, PA he was the son of the late John F. and Emma Williams Young. He was the head football coach at Towanda High School and a retired teacher there. He graduated from Bloomsburg State Teachers College after serving in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He taught and coached at Riverside, NJ, Mechanicsburg, PA and DuBois, PA before coming to Towanda in 1970. He taught English there and served at Cooperative Opportunity Coordinator for many years. During his coaching career, Jack accumulated over 180 wins, eight league championships and was selected Northern League Coach of the Year eight times. Four times he coached in the District 4 all-star game and in 199, was coach for the Pennsylvania Big 33 team which came from behind to victory over Maryland. He served as president of the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association and was inducted into the PFACA Hall of Fame in 1995. Mr. Young was active in many community activities. Surviving are his wife, Elaine Maurer Young, at home; his children and their spouses, Wendy and Jeff Davidson of Towanda; Kelly and Mark Madden of Towanda, Tracy and Steve Welty of Williamsport, PA and John "Jack" Young II and Pam Maynard of Nesquehoning, PA; grandchildren, Morgan and Taylor Madden, Aaron and Elizabeth Davidson, Amanda, Abigail and Gabriel Welty; sister and brother-in-law, Olive and Albert Repko of Mount Carmel, PA; several nieces, nephews, cousins. Funeral services were held at the Independent Baptist Church in Towanda with Pastors Donn Hauser and Darris Hauser officiating and interment to be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda. Arrangements were by the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home in Towanda. Memorials may be directed to Towanda Area High School Football in care of Donald Butler, High School Drive, Towanda, PA 18848 in Mr. Young's memory. (TGR Thursday, December 12, 1996)
ZULICK Elizabeth Zulick Reuter
89, of Lake Wesauking, died peacefully with her children at her bedside, Saturday, March 2, 2013 at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Memorial Hospital, Towanda. Born in Pottsville on June 24, 1923, Elizabeth was the daughter of Arthur Lucian Zulick and Margaret Susan Starr Zulick. She was a graduate of Orwigsburg High School class of 1941 and continued her education at Sweet Briar College in Sweet Briar, Va.where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 1945. Following completion of college, Elizabeth was employed initially by the Curtis Publishing Company and later by the International Resistance Company for over two years both in Philadelphia. In October of 1948 she married Donald Reuter in Orwigsburg. The couple subsequently moved to Towanda where they resided for many years until their retirement when they moved to Lake Wesauking to make their home. Elizabeth was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. She enjoyed and nurtured all of these relationships with kindness and sincerity. In the community Elizabeth was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Towanda and an active supporter of the Towanda Public Library and the Bradford County Regional Arts Association. She loved music and enjoyed singing with her church choir as well as participating in school musical programs as a piano accompanist. She enjoyed traveling with her husband and socializing with family and friends. Elizabeth is survived by her children, Donald G. Reuter and wife Nancy of Wyomissing, Margaret Huber and husband Larry of Towanda, Mark C. Reuter and wife Kathleen of Montrose, N.Y. and J. Patterson Reuter and wife Lexa of McLean, Va.; 13 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; sisters, Isabel Rhoads of Orwigsburg and Margaret Morey of Painted Post, N.Y.; brother, John Zulick of Monroe Township, N.J.; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Donald on Feb. 24, 2011 and son, John Z. Reuter in October of 1957. A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the First Presbyterian Church, Towanda, with Rev. Rachel Stahle, pastor, officiating. Interment will be private in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the church. The family suggests that contributions may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church, 5 Court St., Towanda, PA 18848 or to the Towanda Oak Hill Cemetery Association in care of Jean Miller, Secretary-Treasurer, 602 S. Fourth St. Towanda, PA 18848 in Elizabeth's memory. Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. Towanda Daily Review – March 4, 2013
? Benjamin Mrs. R****. Funeral services for the late Mrs. **** Benjamin will be held this afternoon at 2 o'clock this afternoon from the South Towanda Chapel.
Interment will be in Oak Hill cemetery. Surviving are a husband and 4 children. RHW. Towanda Daily Review, Feb.22,1918. Note. This paper was badly worn.
? JENNINGS Mrs. Cortez Hicks –one of Towanda’s most highly regarded women and a resident here for the greater part of her life, died Sunday morning, Nov 2 (1946) at 3:15 pm at her home. (109Main St) Mrs. Jennings had been in failing health for some time but her spirit was so magnificent that she rallied on several occasions when hope for her recovery had all been abandoned. Early in October of 1946 she sustained a hip fracture and those close to her despaired for her life. She not only recovered but was able to walk without a limp. A few weeks ago, her strength failed badly and she was taken to the Jennings Nursing Home. She returned to her residence two weeks ago but steadily declined. Her girlhood was spent in Monroeton and after her marriage Sept 21, 1885 to the late Cortez H Jennings, she made her home in Lopez with her husband who had lumbering operations there. They resided in Lopez for 14 years and then for a period lived in a number of communities where Mr. Jennings had business interest. However, in 1906 they returned to Towanda to take up their permanent residence, their family home being in the dwelling at 102 Main St now occupied by Dr. T B Johnson. Mr. Jennings died Sept 16, 1920, being at the time one of Towanda’s leading citizens. During World War I, Mrs. Jennings served as chairman of the county women’s auxiliary affiliating with the National Defense Council.
? KNOX - Mrs. Tillie Knox, widow of Charles Knox, died at St. Joseph's Hospital, Elmira, Thursday. She has been a resident of Elmira for the past few years. Mr. and Mrs. Knox came to Towanda in 1924 and operated Knox Villa. Mr. Knox died in 1949. Before they came to Towanda they operated a grocery store in Elmira. Mrs. Knox is survivied by a sister, Mrs. Robert Isbell of Towanda RD 1, and four nephews, Charles Larnard of Towanda, Thomas B. Larnard , of North Towanda Robert Isbell of Towanda and William Burgess of Towanda RD 5. Funeral services will be held at the Maryott Funeral Home, Towanda, Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The Rev. H. Wellner officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill cemetery at the convenience of the family. 1961, Towanda Daily Review. NOTE: In the reading of the Oak Hill cemetery the headstone was found unreadable for Tillie's husband Charles and no stone was found for Tillie. Information on the site indicates that Charles died on a ranch near Reno, Nevada in 1949. Records from the Bradford County Veterans state that Charles was born 11, Jan, 1877 in Elmira, and died July 1, 1949 and is buried in the Oak Hill cemetery in Towanda. Reva Wagner. 1961 Towanda Daily Review.
? Mrs. Frank E. Morris. Funeral services for Mrs. Frank E. Morris were held yesterday morning at 9:00 o'clock at the home and at 9:20 o'clock at the SS. Peter and Paul Church, with the Rev. Father Nolan officiating. Both services were largely attended. The ballbearers were William Breen, Thomas Bride, T.J. Finn, J.B. Fitzgerald, Leon Stedge and Charles Foyle. Burial was in Oak Hill cemetery. RHW Towanda Daily Review. May 1931.
? SCOVELL Mrs. Rowena M. Scovell, 85, of Towanda died Sept. 2, 1964. She was the widow of J. Wayne Scovell. Funeral services will be held at the Miller Funeral Home 23 Main Street, Towanda, Thursday at 2 o'clock with burial in Oak Hill cemetery. RHW. Towanda Daily Review, 22, Sept., 1964.
? SKIFF - Ellen Skiff wife of Fred N. Skiff , the well known LVRR
conductor age 94, died early Tuesday morning at the Peoples Hospital, Sayre
where she was taken for treatment Feb. 5. She had been ailing nearly a
year, but was able to be about attending to her household duties until about 2
weeks ago. She was 58 years old at the time of her death. She is
survived by her husband and one son, Fred D. Skiff of Sayre. The funeral
service will be held at the home number 108 Lockhart Street, Sayre Thursday
afternoon at 1 o'clock, the Rev Mr. Weir of the churc of the Redeemer
officaiting. The body will be bought to Towanda for interment in Oak Hill
cemetery. Mrs. Skiff was a resident of Towanda for many uears until 4 years
ago when her husband became employed by the LVRR. ____ ___ removal to
Sayre. She is remembered here by many good neigbors and friends ____whose
kindness and help never ____. Her greatest pleasure was ___service and
her ___ ____genuine sorrow to many. RHW. Towanda Daily Review, Feb.