Park Cemetery, Canton Borough, Bradford
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MACMAHAN –MRS. MARGARET ROCKWELL died Thursday at the family home in Canton, Pa., age seventy seven years. Mrs. Rockwell is survived by two sons, Harry of Canton, Pa., and Robert R. of Elmira; four daughters, Minnie and Clara at home, Mrs. Dale Wilsey of Elmira, Mrs. Ulysses Fanning of Leona, Pa., Mrs. John Wynne of Canton; two sisters, Mrs. Sylvester Sherman of Indianapolis, Ind., and Mrs. Sarah Pierce of Waverly; two brothers James MacMahon of Troy, Pa. and David MacMahan of Athens, Pa.; eight-grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The funeral will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church in Canton, Pa. –Canton Independent Sentinel. (Born 1 August 1848 and died Jan. 28, 1926. Buried Park Cemetery, Canton.)
ROBERT E. ‘BOB’ MADIGAN, 82, husband of Mildred Madigan of East Main Street, Canton, died Friday evening, Dec. 13, 1996 at the Troy Community Hospital following a period of declining health. Born on July 25, 1914, in Towanda, he was a son of the late Michael and Ellen Scully Madigan. As a young man, Bob grew up in the Grover area and resided in the Canton area for all of his life. On Dec. 31, 1935, he married the former Mildred Breese in Athens. Together the couple shared nearly 61 years of loving marriage. Bob was employed as superintendent of the former Swayze’s folding Box Factory, in Canton, for many years, retiring in 1989 at the age of 75. He took great pride in his job and will be remembered for his willingness to work hard. He was very handy and enjoyed fixing things, whatever the task. Throughout Bob’s life his main interest encompassed his home and family. He was a member of the St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church in Canton. Surviving are: his wife, Mildred, at home; sons and daughters-in-law; Robert and Janet of Houston, Texas, James and Cathy of Easton, Pa., Thomas and Teresa of Norfolk, Va., and William Madigan of Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; a daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Daniel Stroud of Towanda; 15 grandchildren; a sister, Kate Watson of Canton; a sister and brother-in-law, Josephine and James Meredith of Towanda; a sister-in-law, Marian Madigan of Canton; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by two brothers, Bill and Tom Madigan, and a sister, Cornelia Phinney. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, 1996, at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton, with the Rev. Jasper Smith, retired Methodist minister, officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday 7 to 9 p.m. and one hour prior to the funeral service from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will follow in the Park Cemetery, Canton, Pa. The family suggests that memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association, 1704 Warren Ave., Williamsport, Pa. in Mr. Madigan’s memory. –Towanda Daily Review.
MANDEVILLE –MRS. DOROTHY MEADE PORTER, 83, formerly of 93 W. Union St., Canton, Pa. died Friday, Dec. 17, 1982 at the Memorial Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit. Mrs. Porter was born July 27, 1899 in Canton a daughter of Eugene and Mary Jane Wightman Mandeville. She was a member of the Canton First Baptist Church, the Ladies of the Rebekahs, Canton Lodge and the Canton Senior Citizens. She is survived by one son, William Meade of Horseheads, N.Y.; two daughters, Mrs. Ralph (Mary) Dickinson and Mrs. Theodore (Loretta) Chapman, both of Horseheads; four stepsons, Wilford Porter of Ridgeway, S.C., Harold Porter of Raleigh, N.C., Robert Porter of Horseheads and Richard Porter of Canton; one daughter, Mrs. Brad (Phyllis) Allen of Lebanon; 22 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Mary Schaffenaker of Sayre; one brother, Albert Mandeville of Lufkin, Texas. Also surviving are four nieces, two nephews and cousins. Funeral and committal services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton with the Rev. Benjamin F. Husted, her pastor officiating. Interment will be in the Park Cemetery, Canton. Friends may call at the funeral home Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Memorial donations may be directed to the Canton Ambulance Association in Mrs. Porter’s memory. –Towanda Daily Review
SAMUEL MANDERVILLE died Feb. 19, 1953, at home in Canton, Pa. a sister Mrs. Nettie Chapman of Elmira and two brothers Ira of Elmira and Hendrick of Canton survive. Burial in Park Cemetery, Canton.
WILLIAM H. MASON, 76, of 15 N. Center St., Canton, died Thursday, June 16, 1977 at the Skilled Nursing Unit of the Memorial Hospital, Towanda. He was born in Canton July 31, 1900, a son of Joseph and Bertha Jungquist Mason. Mr. Mason was a retired postal clerk, having served at the Canton Post Office for 41 years. He also worked for the Troy Marble and Granite Works. He was a member of the Canton Church of Christ, Disciples, the Canton Lodge No. 415, F &AM, the Canton Independent Order of Odd Fellows; and the Canton Moose Lodge No. 429. He was a veteran of World War I, having served with the U.S. Army. His survivors include his wife, Dorothy; one son, Richard Mason of Stephenville, Texas; one daughter, Mrs. Robert (Barbara) Chaapel of Chagrin Falls, Ohio; one brother, Joseph Mason of Pleasanton, Calif. Funeral and committal services will be held Saturday afternoon at 2:30 at the Morse Funeral Home, 12 E. Main St., Canton. The Rev. Duane Taylor, pastor of the LeRoy Church of Christ, Disciples, will officiate. Interment will be in the Park Cemetery, Canton. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
MAURATH –AGNES E. VAN GORDER. Amidst preparation to bring our mother and grandmother, Agnes Elizabeth Van Gorder, 88, Canton, home from Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, after she suffered two strokes, the Lord had other plans and decided to take her to her heavenly home to be reunited with her husband, Norman. When one of the great-grandchildren awoke the morning of her great-grandmother’s death. She sadly said, “Grandma won’t be coming home, then?” We realized grandma had gone home. Agnes was born Feb. 9, 1910 in Newark, NJ., the daughter of the late Henry and Helen Maurath. She was a homemaker since her marriage at age 20. Agnes attended formal school through grade eight. She then received training in crocheting clothing and linens. Due to family necessity, she went to work and gave all of her income to the raising of her six siblings. Agnes married Norman Arthur Van Gorder on Aug. 9, 1930, at Blessed Sacrament Church, Newark, NJ. They met at Richard’s School of the Dance in New Jersey, as did her sister, Alice, and her future husband. This years Agnes and Norman celebrated 68 years of marriage together. The family had fond memories of them dancing together over the years at family gatherings at home. As the years progressed, they were unable to continue due to Norman’s weakening heart. The family is sure when Norman heard from heaven of his wife’s death, that he was standing at heaven’s gate asking once again “May I have this dance?” Agnes and Norman are the parents of three daughters, Romayne (Angelo) DiCullo of Emigrant, Mont., Constance Liddic of Canton and Peggy (Robert) Edelheit of Sanbornton, N.H., and a son, Norman W. Van Gorder of troy. The are also the grandparents of Cheryl Tymeson (William) Bardo, Bruce (Robin) Tymeson, Sean (Mindy) Tymenson and Julia Liddic, all of Canton; Christian Tymeson of Williamsport, Pa.; and Marc, Aaron and Jonathon Edelheit of Sanbornton, N.H. They had the privilege of being great-grandparents to 12 children, Jordan, Hannah, Josiah, Melyce and Olivia Bardo of Canton; Jase Tymeson of Vista, Calif.; Brandon and Jennelle Agpaoa and “Baby-to-be” Tymeson of Canton; and Brionna, Elizabeth and Gabrielle Tymeson of Canton. Agnes’ interests included; plating flowers and shrubs around their homes in New Jersey, Florida and Pennsylvania; sewing; playing the piano; nutrition; reading; current events; singing in the choir in her churches in New Jersey and Pennsylvania; and caring for each grandchild and great-grandchild. She traveled many times to “be there” as each grandchild was born, Agnes enjoyed home entertaining with family, cooking and baking. The holidays were important to her, and the family looked forward to her savory turkey, stuffing and sweet potatoes. Her home was always decorated for each holiday, and at Christmas the focal point was the nativity. Agnes would patiently prepare the ingredients for her homemade fruitcakes. Sundays were filled with Mass; picking up the Sunday paper, rolls and pastries for after church; a wonderful Sunday dinner; and either an afternoon at home, or a visit with family, as she and Norman believed that Sunday was a day of rest. Agnes was a member of Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, Westfield, N.J.; St. Bartholomew’s Roman Catholic Church, Scotch Pains, N.J.; St. Bernard’s Roman Catholic Church, Holmes Beach, Fla., and St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, in Canton She was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society at St. Bartholomew’s Roman Catholic Church, Scotch Plains. Agnes was a woman of strength to those who knew and loved her. She often told us how her own mother was a strong woman. She also frequently quoted Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” In the hospital she continued to express her love of God and music by singing, with strained speech after two strokes, various Christmas carols and an old favorite, “Let Me Call You Sweetheart,” and upon hearing of Billy Graham crusade altar call, she raised her weakening arm toward heaven. She will be deeply missed and forever loved and remembered. The family will receive friends, from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, 1998, at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton. A vigil prayer service will be held Tuesday evening at the funeral home. Transferal prayers will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home, followed by a funeral liturgy at 2 p.m. at the St. Michael’s Roman Catholic church in Canton with the very Rev. Bert S. Kozen serving as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Park Cemetery, Canton. –Towanda Daily Review.
McCAULEY - THE DAILY REVIEW, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 1996
William R. McCauley, 78
William R. "Bill" McCauley, 78, husband of Esther McCauley of Canton RR 1 (Leroy Twp.), died early Monday morning, Sept 2, 1996, at the Troy Community Hospital. Bill was a lifetime resident of Canton. He was born May 30, 1918, at his family’s home in Canton. He was the son of the late Raymond and Ina Jenkins McCauley. Mr. McCauley served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of the Canton VFW Post No. 714 and belonged to the Canton Ambulance Association. In earlier years Bill attended the Grover Church of Christ; he was a well-known drummer in a band he originated. Bill was also an avid bowler and for many years enjoyed umpiring for various area baseball leagues. He was employed by the former Swayze Factory in Canton for many years until his retirement. While at Swayze’s Bill served as president of the International Machinist Association (IMA) for several years. His main interest throughout life encompassed the love he shared for his home and family, especially his grandchildren. Surviving are his wife of 37 years, Esther, at home; four sons and daughters-in-law; Janford and Barbara McCauley of Blossburg, Pa., Linden and Roxie McCauley of Wellsboro, Pa., Keith and Tammy McCauley of Springville, Pa., and Ken and Linda McCauley of Troy; a daughter, Carla Terrel of Carlisle, Pa.; 13 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter, a nephew and several special cousins; and special friends and neighbors, Ed and Jane Moore. In addition to his parents, Bill was also predeceased by a sister, Hazel Ritter. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, 1996, at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton, with the Rev. Jasper Smith, retired Methodist minister, officiating. Interment will follow at the Park Cemetery, Canton, with the Canton V.F.W. Post No. 714 according full military honors. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. The family suggests that memorials may be directed to a charity of one’s choice in Mr. McCauley’s memory. Submitted by Wilma JOHNS Sakowsky
LYNDEN R. McCONNELL, 65 years old of 11 Montague St., Canton, died at the Troy Bowling Lanes in Troy on Monday evening, December 30, 1974. He was taken to the Troy community Hospital and later removed to the Morse Funeral Home. Mr. McConnell formerly operated the former Root and Newell Hardware Store in Canton before becoming an H & R Block and Strout Reality representative with offices in the Baldwin Hardware block, Canton. He served as secretary to the Canton School board for a number of years. He was a veteran of World War II and a member of Canton Post VFW, a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Loyal Order of the Moose; the Corey Creek Country Club of which he was a past resident; a life member of the Innes Hose Company. The deceased was an enthusiastic sportsman, interested in community recreation, Little League, the Canton Merchants teams, the Memorial Swimming pool, bowling and golf. He long had an interest in establishing a golf course for Canton and in recent years Mac’s Par 3 was built. During the winter months, Mr. McConnell would travel South and enjoy golfing on the many famous greens. Having suffered a heart seizure a few years ago, Mr. McConnell remained active and enjoyed bowling and golf. Surviving are his wife, the former Pauline Field; a daughter, Mrs. Charles Miller of Wilmington, Del.; sons, Thomas of Canton and David of Duncansville, a brother, Francis of Marcellus, Mich.; five grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. Funeral and committal services were held Thursday at the Morse Funeral Home at 12 E. Main St., Canton, with the Rev. Raymond Fravel officiating. Interment was in Park Cemetery, in Canton. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Canton Community Nursing Service. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
McCRANEY –MRS. BLANCHE MCCRANEY BAILEY, 70, widow of Orris Bailey, died at the Arnot Odgen Hospital, Elmira, N.Y. Saturday, July 21, 1956. Surviving are 3 daughters, Mrs. Charles Dailey, South Orange, N.J., Mrs. Harold Coe, Elmira, N.Y., Mrs. Carmelita Lee of Canton, Pa., on son, Maj. Ernest of San Antonio, Texas, 3 grandchildren. Funeral Monday at 2 p.m. Rev. Paul Fattaruso officiating. Burial in Park Cemetery, Canton.
McCRANEY –MRS. BLANCHE MCCRANEY BAILEY, 70, widow of Orris Bailey, died at the Arnot Ogden Hospital, Elmira, N.Y. Sat. July 21, 1956. Surviving are 3 daughters, Mrs. Charles Dailey, South Orange, N.J., Mrs. Harold Coe, Elmira, N.Y., Mrs. Carmelita Lee of Canton, Pa., one son Maj. Ernest of San Antonio, Texas, 3 grandchildren. Funeral Mon. at 2 p.m. with Rev. Paul Fattaruso officiating. Burial Park Cemetery. (Parents Samuel and Charlotte Masters McCraney)
McKENZIE –MRS. KATHRYN M. BEAM, 6 E. Union St., Canton, died Friday afternoon, Nov. 19, 1965, at the Arnot-Ogden Hospital, Elmira, following a long illness. She was the widow of T. H. Beam, who was an owner and operator of the Canton Pharmacy. Born in Houtzdale, Mrs. Beam was the daughter of William and Jane Wiseman McKenzie. She was a graduate of Wilson College, and did post-graduate work at Bucknell University, Lewisburg. She was a former principal of Ramey High School, Ramey, Pa., and taught languages in Canton High School for 18 years. She retired in 1949. A communicant of St. James Episcopal Church, Canton, she served as a church teacher from September 1919 until November 1960. She also served as acting superintendent for many years. Mrs. Beam was active in the women’s organizations of the church, being president at the time of her death. She also served on the board of the Green Free Library, having been one of its organizers. She was a member of the Canton Literary Club, having helped organize it in 1927. Mrs. Beam served in Girl Scouting in various capacities, and was a member of the Penn-York Council for many years. She was active in the Canton Music Club and served on the Board of Pennsylvania Federation of Music Clubs. She was a member and past secretary of the Canton Village Improvement Association, a past matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, and a member of the Delta Gamma International Teachers’ Society. Mrs. Beam is survived by two brothers, W. Raymond McKenzie, M.D., Baltimore, Md. And Robert A. McKenzie, Reg. Ph., Canton; four sisters, Mrs. H. C. Frank, Johnstown, Mrs. J. W. Wisner, Rockville, Md., Mrs. F. A. Pancoast, Folsom, Mrs. N. H. Pearson, Phillipsburg; fourteen nieces and nephews and many grandnieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., Monday at the Morse Funeral Home, Main St., Canton, with the Rev. William E. Davis, rector of the St. James Episcopal Church, officiating. Burial was in Park Cemetery, Canton. –Canton Independent Sentinel. (Born 1892)
McNEAL –MRS. EMMA MCNEAL BAXTER, 60, of 124 E. Main St., Canton, died at the Skilled Nursing Unit of the Memorial Hospital, Inc., of Towanda Sunday afternoon, Nov. 28, 1976. She was born March 3, 1916, in Canton, daughter of Edward and Linna Williams McNeal. She was the widow of Dale R. Baxter, who died in January of 1975. She was a member of the Canton Church of Christ, Disciples. Her survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Andrew (Donna) Stamp of Sidney, Mont. And Mrs. W. David (Faye) Jenkins of Grovetown, Ga.; five sons, Robert L. of Canton, Richard D. and Dave A. both of Seattle, Wash., Charles F. of New York City and James D. of Logan, W Va.; 22 grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Raymond (Eleanor) Krise of Osceola, Pa.; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral and committal services will be held at the Ralph T. Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center, St., Canton, Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. The Rev. Duane Taylor, interim pastor of the Canton Church of Christ, Disciples, will officiate. Burial will be in Park Cemetery, Canton. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
McNICOL - BOYD - Mrs. Elizabeth Hill, 86, of Canton, Pa. Friday, Mar. 6, 1953, at Troy, PA. Survived by daughters, Mrs. Gertrude Barrow and Mrs. Alvin Porter; sisters, Mrs. Euphemia Hill, Mrs. Mary Robertson and Mrs. Nettie Segur; brother, Robert Boyd, all of Canton; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. The body is at the Morse Funeral Home, Canton, where friends are invited to call and where funeral will be held Monday at 2 p.m. The Rev. Russell Camp, Park Cemetery, Canton. [Elizabeth Hill - birth name is actually McNicol. However, having said that…..her mother remarried shortly after the birth of her 2nd child by Mr. McNicol (he died in a mining accident in Fallbrook) and the family name was Boyd. According to other relatives that I have recently "met". The children knew only Peter Boyd as theire father and all through their lives the name was Boyd. She was always known as Elizabeth Boyd.]
MEAHL - MARKHAM, Emma G., age 83, of 761 Linden Place, former resident of Canton, Pa., at the El-Cor Nursing Home, Horseheads, N.Y., where she had been a patient for the past 18 months. Calling hours at the Morse Funeral Home, Canton, Wednesday 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home Thursday 2 p.m. Rev. William Hicks. Interment in Park Cemetery, Canton, Pa. Survived by one son, Henry Markham of Elmira, N.Y.,; one granddaughter; two great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Canton
MERRITT –EVELYN MERRITT WHELDEN of Canton Borough died Aug. 3, 2003 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Born in Canton on Jan. 11, 1917, she was the daughter of Dr. Lynne Merritt and Pauline (Brown) Merritt. Her formative years were spent in various east coast and mid-western towns as far flung as Rehoboth Beach, Del., Defuniac Springs, Fla., Detroit, Mich., where she trained in music and orthopedic teaching at Wayne State University, and Canton, Pa., which she always regarded as being her real home. Evelyn always said that her greatest pleasure lay in teaching and service to other human beings. From 1964 to 1996 she taught piano and organ to hundreds of students, both young and adult. Several went on to become professional musicians. Before the Second World War, she was a successful orthopedic teacher in Michigan. During the war, she volunteered as a Red Cross recreational worker and was sent to the South Pacific island of New Caledonia, where she provided aid and comfort to thousands of wounded servicemen. After the war, in 1947, she married a New England geologists, Roy Whelden Jr. Evelyn raised a family, two sons and a daughter, first in New Hampshire, and from 1961 on in Canton. Her daughter, Roxanne Pauline, was stricken with encephalitis at age nine, which left her permanently incapacitated. Evelyn devoted several decades to her care. During the last 13 years of her life, Evelyn eschewed the use of a car,. Walking became her primary means of transportation and her principle hobby. Despite difficulties with dementia in her final years, she retained the ability to set out on her walks with no clear course, no set goal, and no return date. She was 86 years old, and died of complications from a violent fall. Evelyn was predeceased by her brother, Dr. Lynne Merritt Jr., and daughter, Roxanne Pauline Whelden. She is survived by her brother, Dr. Claire Merritt and sons, Roy M. Whelden Jr. and Lynne M. Whelden. A graveside service and interment will be conducted Thursday at 3 p.m. at Park Cemetery in Canton will be conducted Thursday at 3 p.m. at Park Cemetery in Canton, with Pastor Dean Walrath, her pastor, officiating. Professional services have been entrusted to Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, Inc., 40 N. Center St., Canton. –Towanda Daily Review.
MERRITT Evelyn M. Whelden
Following a violent fall and a 52-day hospital stay, Evelyn Merritt Whelden, 86, went home to be with the Lord on August 3, 2003. Her smile and sense of humor were apparent to all to the very end. Born January 11, 1917 in Canton, she was the daughter of Dr. Lynne Lionel Merritt and Pauline Brown Merritt. Her youngest brother Emerson was born crippled, so she learned early on how to love and care for the handicapped and disadvantage. She parlayed this love into a career after graduating from Wayne State University as a music major and then obtaining a teaching certificate in special education. She taught handicapped children at school systems in Escanaba, and Muskeegan Heights, MI. When WWII forced itself on the United States, she responded by signing up the Red Cross. She was trained as a recreational worker and assigned to the 29th General Hospital based on the South Pacific Island of New Caledonia. She provided aid and comfort to thousands of wounded American GIs. After the war, her deep love for adventure and skiing led her to the White Mountains of New Hampshire. There she met outdoorsman and geologist named Roy Whelden, Jr. Marriage and three babies soon followed. Their daughter Roxanne became a bed-ridden invalid at the tender age of nine. For the next 34 years, Mrs. Wheldon selflessly devoted herself to caring for Roxanne’s two younger brothers Roy and Lynne helped as well. The final 42 years of her life were spent back in Canton; the town she always felt was her real home. She was a key figure on the musical scene, teaching piano and organ to hundreds of students. She organized neighborhood orchestra and bands, provided leadership in music clubs and directed barbership quartets. In 1982 the Canton Business & Professional Women awarded her with “Woman of the Year”. Mrs. Whelden was a familiar sight of the streets of Canton and its surrounding hills and creeks. She had a burning passion for walking, exploring new places and crawling hrough caves. She was a great swimmer, tennis and basketball player. She was a member of the Canton Ecumenical Parish but could be found worshipping in any of Canton’s many wonderful churches. And of course she played piano for family string trios, violin solos, or whatever else could use piano back up. She will be sorely missed. Surviving are her sons, Roy Whelden III and Lynne Whelden; brother, Dr. Clair Merritt. Brother Dr. Lynne Merritt Jr. and daughter, Roxanne P. Whelden, predeceased her. A graveside service will be held at Canton’s Park Cemetery at 3 pm Thursday, August 7. Arrangements are under the care of the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton.
MERRITT - Evelyn Whelden Named Woman of the Year
The Canton Business and Professional Women honored their 1982 Woman of the Year. Evelyn Whelden, at a dinner meeting at the White Tavern, Alba, on Monday, Oct. 11. Helen Landon introduced Mrs. Whelden to the members of the club and presented a corsage to Mrs. Wheldon. Mrs. Landon then read a biography of the honored guest and Marge Reedy read a poem she had written for the occasion. Mrs. Landon’s biography’s began, “The person we are honoring this evening this evening had had a very interesting life. She was born in Canton and received part of her schooling here. She received an A.B. Degree in Music from Wayne University in Michigan. She then spent an additional year earning a Michigan Life Certificate in Special Education. Evelyn taught three years in Escanaba and one year at Muskegan Heights as an orthopedic teacher. She served as assistant director of a camp for crippled children in New York State on summer. In addition she served as a nurse’s aide in the Muskegan Hospital. “Her training as a musician, an orthopedic teacher, her outstanding personality and her high ideals of service enabled her to fulfill rigid qualifications for an appointment as a Red Cross Recreational Director for overseas duties. She received a three weeks training course in Washington plus training in a hospital in U.S. “I quote from her teaching experienced with the orthopedic children, “I held also a daily music class for the children in all of the special education classes. One of my special memories of those teaching years was the way I luckily was able to cope with the personality of a severely disabled cerebral palsied girl who had a violent temper that no teacher had ever been able to handle her and she constantly being kicked out of school. She had only one tantrum with me in three years. We loved each other very much. I was finally able to teach her to read at the age of sixteen. I have kept in touch with her mother occasionally over the years, who told me that the daughter, Mary Mae, finally had to be put in a nursing home a few years ago because her temper tantrums became completely unmanageable. “One of my special memories of the summer I was assistant director of the camp for crippled children in NY State was the joy I received from teaching the children how to swim, when some were so crippled they couldn’t navigate by themselves on land wheelchair chair, in other words. “After my overseas experience as a recreation worker in the army hospital, I decided to attend school at the University of Montana, partly for the experience of living in the mountains of the West, and also because I wanted to take courses in subjects I had become newly interest in, such as, for example, radio script writing. Then my interest in travel and in skiing took me to New England, where I took a job as teacher of fifth, and sixth grade, and also music teacher in the High School in Alton, New Hampshire. The next year I took a job as radio script writer and editor, for the Extension Department of the University of New Hampshire, while my husband finished his schooling at the university. The following year, my husband’s job took us to New Mexico, to Montana, and then to New Hampshire, where we settled. Then when my children began to arrive, I realized that this truly, was the greatest and best adventure of all.” “In recent years Evelyn has taught many children piano and organ. Some of her pupils have gone on in the field of music. One of her students, Allison Evans, has received a Doctorate in Music, and is an accomplished organist. Her first college recital was dedicated to her first teacher, Evelyn Whelden.” Mrs. Whelden thanked the club for the honor the members had bestowed on her. Special guests at the meeting were Mrs. Whelden’s son Lynne and Holly Mauk form Williamsport. Canton Sentinel Oct. 14, 1982
JOSEPH L. ‘JOE’ MEUSE, 60 of West Union Street, Canton died Wednesday Jan. 22, 1997 at the Williamsport Hospital as the result of complications to his heart. Born on Sept. 26, 1936 at home in Ralston, Pa., he was the son of the late Thomas and Ella Moser Meuse. On Feb. 16, 1957, Joe married the former Ruth Williams in the St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Ralston. Joe was a devoted worker and worked in construction most of his life. He was employed as a cement mason with master contractors in Williamsport until recent years when his health no longer permitted him to continue. Joe was a member of St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, Canton and served as a former fire chief in Ralston for many years. He loved the outdoors, especially while hunting or in earlier years, camping and cutting wood. Joe will be remembered for being very sociable. He could often be found over a hot cup of coffee telling stories amongst his friends or family. Joe loved his family dearly and held a special place in his heart for his grandchildren. Surviving are: his wife of 39 years, Ruth Meuse at home; a daughter, Myra Meuse of Mendham, N.J.; three daughters and sons-in-law, Tammy and Robert Hipple of Roaring Branch, Pa., Becky and Ray Saenz of Williamsport, Pa., Donna and Billy Marsh of Milano, Texas; seven grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Carol Meuse of Roaring Branch, Pa.; seven sisters, Eldora Holdren, Corrine O’Connor, both of Trout Run, Pa., Donna Emerick, Becky Moyer, Franny Ayrton, Rose Smith, all of Ralston, Betty Baker of Liberty, Pa.; three brothers, Lewis of Tennessee, Bill of Linden, Pa., and James of Trout Run, Pa.; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his son, Joseph Meuse II on June 6, 1987 and a brother, Thomas Miosi. It was Joe’s request that there be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Saturday Jan. 25, 1997 at St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, Canton with its pastor, Rev. Bert S. Kozen serving as celebrant. Interment will be held in the Park Cemetery, Canton. Arrangements are under the direction of the Pepper Funeral home, Springbrook Drive, Canton. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorials may be directed to American Heart Association, 1704 Warren Ave., Williamsport, Pa. in Mr. Meuse’s memory. –Towanda Daily Review
MILLER –ANNA E. RAHTJEN, age 79, of Kansas City, MO, formerly of Canton, died Saturday, July 17, 1982, in Liberty, MO. She was the widow of the Rev. Donald F. Rahtjen, a former pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Canton. Mrs. Rahtjen was born in Caledonia, NY, on Dec. 28, 1902, a daughter of Alexander and Ella Miller. She was a member of the Canton Ecumenical Parish and the Order of Easter Star, Wellsboro. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Phillip (Georgia) Couch, Glenshaw, PA; a son, Dr. Bruce D. Rahtjen, Kansas City, MO; five grandchildren; two sisters; and two brothers and several nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service was held at the Canton Ecumenical Parish on Monday, July 19, 1982, with the Rev. J. Carl Williams, superintendent of the Wellsboro District of the United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be at the Park Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton. Memorials may be sent to the Memorial Fund of the Canton Ecumenical Parish. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
MILLER –ANNE E RAHTJEN, age 79, of Kansas City, MO, formerly of Canton, died Saturday, July 17, 1982, in Liberty, MO. She was the widow of the Rev. Donald F. Rahtjen, a former pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Canton. Mrs. Rahtjen was born in Caledonia, NY, on Dec. 28, 1902, a daughter of Alexander and Ella Miller. She was a member of the Canton Ecumenical Parish and the Order of Eastern Star, Wellsboro. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Phillip (Georgia) Couch, Glenshaw, PA; a son, Dr. Bruce D. Rahtjen, Kansas City, MO; five grandchildren; two sisters; and two brothers; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service was held at the Canton Ecumenical Parish on Monday, July 19, 1982, with the rev. J. Carl Williams, superintendent of the Wellsboro District of the United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be at Park Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton. Memorials may be sent to the Memorial Fund of the Canton Ecumenica Parish. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
MILLER –MRS. GERALD (DELORES) SNELL, 44 of Williamsport Hospital, died Saturday morning, March 22, 1958. She is survived by her husband Gerald and her mother, Mrs. Alice Wilson, both of Williamsport and several cousins. Mrs. Snell is a former resident of Canton. The body was at the Morse Funeral Home. Services were Wednesday at 2 p.m. with Rev. Earl Muller officiating. Burial in Park Cemetery.
FITZHUGH L. MILLER, 70 OF 97 n. Center St., Canton, died Tuesday, May 31, 1977 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. He was born in Vandermere, N.C., Oct. 11, 1906, the son of the late John G. and Katie Adams Miller. He was a member of the Canton Moose Lodge No. 429 and the First Baptist Church of Vandermere, N.C. He was a foreman at the former Bendix Aviation Corporation in Elmira for 17 years. Mr. Miller was a merchant marine for 12 years and was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army. His survivors include his wife, the former Bessie Putnam; two daughters, Mrs. Betty Gray and Mrs. Paulette Rusk, both of Canton; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Lillian Yaggie and Mrs. Mariette Greenough, both of Canton; one stepson, William F. Blaney of Canton; three sisters, Mrs. Mary Bacon of Borien, Texas, Mrs. Peggy Abernathy of Fuguay Varina, N.C. and Miss Katie Miller of Washington, D.C.; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. The funeral service will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. from the Morse Funeral Home, 12 E. Main St., Canton with the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating. Interment will be in Park Cemetery, Canton. –Canton Independent Sentinel
MITCHELL –MRS. MARION MITCHELL NEWMAN a well known and highly regarded citizen of Canton since early girlhood died Wednesday evening Dec. 29, 1954 at the home of her daughter Mrs. Delos Northrup. Mrs. Newman who was 88 years of age was the widow of G. Ernest Newman who was a well known Canton druggist. She was one of the oldest members of the Canton Presbyterian Church and a past member of the Bradford County Board of Assistance which she served as an active worker for about 25 years. She was founder and first regent of Bradford Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution of Canton and its chaplain for many years and a charter member of the Canton Village Improvement Association. – Marker Dedication. Taking part in the dedication of a bronze DAR marker in the memory of their founding regent, Mrs. Marion M. Newman are Bradford Chapter members in the Park Cemetery, Canton. May 31, 1961 –Canton Independent Sentinel
MIX –D. LUCILLE TRANSUE – On the evening of Wednesday May 26, 1999, the Lord suddenly and unexpectedly called home the soul of D. Lucille (Mix) Transue while she was at Troy Community Hospital. She was 86 years of age. Lucille was a long-time resident of our area. Born June 13, 1913 in Canton she was the daughters of Chet and Martha Mix. She was educated in the Canton school system and a graduate of Canton High School. Soon after graduation she married Gerald F. Transue and shortly thereafter they relocated to Richmond, Va., where their first son was born. Lucille and young Jerry remained in Richmond while Gerald was serving in the Marine Corps during World War II. After the war the Transue family lived for a while in Arizona and Montana. But in the late 1950s they returned to the Northern Tier, settling in Roaring Branch. Lucille was a woman devoted to her family, church and community. She was an active participant in the Village Improvement Association and the Canton Senior Citizens. She was also a member of the Wheel Inn Club. Lucille was a devoted member of her church, the Canton Ecumenical Parish; ever present for worship and social events as well. She was a much cherished member of the HIS class. Lucille is survived by her sons, Gerald D. (and Jane) Transue of Canton, Norman Transue of Richmond, Va., Herbert (and Barbara) Transue of Spokane, Wash.; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Gerald Francis Transue and a daughter-in-law, Alice Transue. Calling hours will be Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and again from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral home Inc., 40 N. Center St., Canton. Services will be conducted from the funeral home on Monday, May 31 at 1 p.m. with her pastor, Nancy Lee Goff officiating. Interment will follow at Park Cemetery, Canton. –Towanda Daily Review
MIXON Jessie M. Hawthorne
90, former resident of Canton, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, at the home of her daughter, Myra Machmer, in Lanse, Pa. Jessie was born in Vienna, Ga., on July 3, 1923, a daughter of the late J.J. and Grace (Goodwyne) Mixon. She attended Lakeview High School in Winter Garden, Fla. On Oct. 17, 1945, Jessie married the love of her life, Robert "Bob" Hawthorne while he was stationed in the Army at Winter Garden. The Hawthornes made their home in Canton where Jessie worked at Swayze's Folding Box Co. until they started a family. Bob and Jessie shared 52 years of loving marriage until his passing in June 1998.Jessie enjoyed being a "stay at home" wife and mother. She loved to cook and was always ready to help at church dinners. She was one of the best cooks; her specialty being homemade bread and southern meals. Jessie cleaned many a sink and buckets full of freshly caught fish and she sure knew how to prepare them. The Hawthorne garden was her summer pastime along with all the canning of fruits and vegetables. Jessie loved babies and cared for them in her home. She was much appreciated for her help in raising her grandsons and visits with her great grandchildren. Also special to Jessie were times spent visiting with neighbors and fellowship with her church families. She was a member and attended church services faithfully at Canton's First Baptist Church and Faith Baptist Church. She also attended the Lanse Evangelical Free Church in Lanse, Pa. Surviving are her two daughters and a son-in-law, Mitzie and Terry Christine of Edenton, N.C., and Myra Machmer of Lanse; a son and daughter-in-law, Robert Curtis and Vonda Hawthorne of Rock Hill, S.C.; five grandchildren, Chris (Sharon) VanDyke of Asheville, N.C., Jasen (Jennifer) VanDyke of Duncan, S.C., Ryan Hawthorne, Evan Hawthorne and Adam Hawthorne all of Rock Hill; six great-grandchildren, Sayre VanDyke, Coleman VanDyke and Carter VanDyke all of Asheville and Lillianna VanDyke, Chloe VanDyke and Joshua VanDyke all of Duncan. She also leaves two nieces, eight nephews and their families. In addition to her beloved husband Bob, she was predeceased by two sisters; Jackie (Joe) Pitts and Mona (Ed) Hester; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Josephine Bailey and Dean Hawthorne. Family invites friends to call from 12–1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11, at Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Drive in Canton. The funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. with Pastor John Lattimer of the Faith Baptist Church officiating. Interment will follow in the Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, her family suggests memorials in Mrs. Hawthorne's name be made to Faith Baptist Church Building Fund, 2307 Southside Road, Canton, PA 17724; or to Clearfield Gideons, c/o Ashley Kline P.O. Box 93 Osceola Mill, PA 16666. Towanda Daily Review – October 9, 2013
Charles C. “Charlie” MORGAN, 82, of Canton, PA died Monday, May 19, 1997 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre following a brief illness. Born March 17, 1915 in Bradford, VT, he was a son of the late John and Maude Smith Morgan. He was a veteran of the US Navy and served in WW II. He was employed by Swayze’s Folding Box Company in canton until failing health no longer permitted him to continue. During semi-retirement Charlie was employed by the former Mint Chevrolet Co. in Sayre. He was a very active member of the Faith Baptist Church in Canton. Surviving are his wife, Hazel Ray Morgan of Roaring Branch; daughters and their spouses, Louise and Fred Mundrick of canton, Betty and Don Bohlayer of Sayre, PA, Sally castle of Troy and Lorraine and Tim Savoy of canton; nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; step-children and their spouses, Shirley and Frank Castle Pauline and Jim Horton, Lena Swain, Dorothy and Wade Graham, all of canton, Shelby and Larry Wilcox of Montoursville, Edith and Jim Sweeley of Mansfield, Jimmy, Jerry and Frank Winebarger, all of Canton, David Winebarger of Ulster; two brothers and two sisters. Charlie was preceded in death by an infant son; his first wife of 55 years, Virginia Haxton Morgan; a sister, Viola Beach and a grandson, Charles C. Spencer. Funeral services were held at the Pepper Funeral Home in canton on May 23 with the Rev. Robert Prettyman officiating and the Rev. Norman Pierce, pastor of the First Baptist Church, assisting. Interment was slated to follow in the Park Cemetery in Canton with full military honors accorded by the VFW Post No. 714. Memorials may be directed to the First Baptist Church Baptismal Fund , 49 East Main St., Canton, PA 17724 in Mr. Morgan’s memory.
CHARLES C. MORGAN, 82, Canton, went home to be with his Lord, May 19, 1997 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, following a brief illness. Born March 11, 1915 in Bradford, VT, he was the son of the late; John and Maude Smith Morgan. In 1944 Mr. Morgan entered the U.S. Navy and served his country during WWII until his honorable discharge in 1946. In earlier years he was employed by the former Swayze’s Folding Box Company in Canton until failing health no longer permitted him to continue. During semi-retirement, Mr. Morgan was employed by the former Mint Chevrolet Car Dealership in Sayre. His main interests in life encompassed his faith in God, home and family. He was a very active member of the Faith Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher. He was also a former member of the First Baptist Church in Canton, where he was baptized in the Holy Spirit in 1948. Surviving are: his wife, hazel Ray Morgan, Roaring Branch; four daughters and their spouses, Louise and Fred Mundrick, Canton; Betty and Don Bohlayer, Sayre; Sally Castle, Troy, and Loraine and Tim Savoy, Canton. Grandchildren: Deb Mays, Fred Mundrick, Jr., Donald Bohlayer, Jr., Trisha Malella, Star Murchake, Michael Spencer, Jr., David Mays, Jr., John Mays and Sarah Bohlayer. Ten great-grandchildren; step-children and their spouses, Shirley and Frank Castle, Pauline and Jim Horton, Lena Swain and Dorothy and Wade Graham, all of Canton, Shelby and Larry Wilcox, Montoursville, Edith and Jim Sweeley, Mansfield; Jimmy, Jerry, and Frank Winebarger all of Canton, David Winebarger, Ulster; 23 step grandchildren and 22 step great-grandchildren; two brothers, Nick Emerson, White Plains, NY; Forrest Brown, Lincolnville, ME; two sisters, Lillia Carson, Harwick, MA; Janet Crawford, Maine; a sister-in-law, Phyllis Beidlieman, Sayre. A sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Sally and John Santosouosso, New Jersey. Several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Morgan was preceded in death by an infant son, Charles D. Morgan; his first wife of 55 years, Virginia Haxton Morgan; sister, Viola Beach and a grandson, Charles C. Spencer. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 22, 1997 at Pepper Funeral home, Springbrook Drive, Canton. The funeral service will be held Friday May 23 at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Robert Prettyman, his pastor, officiating, and the Rev. Norman Pierce, Pastor of the First Baptist Church assisting. Interment will follow in the Park Cemetery, Canton with the Canton V.F.W. Post No. 714 according full military honors. Memorials may be directed to the First Baptist Church Baptismal Fund, 49 East Main Street, Canton, PA in Mr. Morgan’s memory. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
MORGAN –ENID M. INGERICK, 70, of DeLand, FL, died March 15, 1995, at University-East Hospital, DeLand, FL. She was born in Shunk in 1925, the daughter of Leon and Verna Morgan. She moved to Florida in 1960 from Corning, NY. In 1987 she retired as a bookkeeper; was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church; the Woman’s Circle; DeLand Business and Professional Woman’s Club; and was Woman of the Year in 1987 and a member of the American Business Woman’s Association. Mrs. Ingerick is survived by her husband of 52 years, Elwyn Layne Ingerick; a son, Eldyn Ingerick, San Antonio, TX; three daughters, Dayle Thorp, Knoxville, TN, Marsha Dowell, Middleburg, FL, Rosalie Seals, Nashville, TN; three brothers, Dean Morgan, Canton, Merrill Morgan, Wellsburg, NY, and LaVerne Morgan, Horseheads, NY; six grandchildren; six step grandchildren. Funeral services were held from the Allen-Summerhill Funeral Home, DeLand, FL. Memorial donations may be directed to the Trinity United Methodist Church, 306 W. Wisconsin Ave., DeLand, FL. –Canton Independent Sentinel. (Buried Park Cemetery, Canton, PA Aug. 6, 1996 at the same time as her husband’s burial.)
MORRIS - On the afternoon of Tuesday, January 27, 2009, Adelia Frances (Morris) Bushik, 106, formerly of Roaring Branch and Ogdensburg, diedquietly at Rose View Center, Williamsport. Born in Roaring Branch on January 22, 1903, she was the daughter of Archie and Sarah Elizabeth (Rauscher)Morris.Throughout her working life, Adelia was a dairy farmer. Blessed with a strong work ethic and an equally strong faith in the Lord, Adelia faced life's challenges come what may. She is survived by her son, Charles (Vera) Bushik of Trout Run, granddaughters, Lisa (Dennis) Dean of Canton and Vicki (William) Henderson of Williamsport, and great-grandchildren, Kristen Stacy and Michelle Dean and Nathan, Noelle and Kayla Henderson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother Clyde Morris and sisters, Blanche, Mildred and Mary Morris. Viewing will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton. Service will be at 11 a.m., with Pastor Ann Overmiller officiating. Interment will follow in Park Cemetery. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, January 29, 2009
MILDRED E. MORRIS, 80 of Roaring Branch RD 1, PA died January 24, 1989 at the Divine Providence Hospital, Williamsport. Miss Morris was born March 21, 1908 at Williamsport the daughter of Archie and Sarah Rauscher Morris. She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Adelia Bushik, with whom she lived; a brother, Clyde Morris, Trout Run; one nephew, nieces and cousins. The funeral and committal service was held Saturday at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton with the Rev. Thomas L. Hilner, pastor of the Ogdensburg Church of Christ officiating. Interment was in Park Cemetery, Canton. Memorial donations can be directed to the Canton Ambulance Association in Miss Morris’ memory. –Canton Independent Sentinel
DR. BENJAMIN A. MOST, 38, of Iowa City died suddenly on Monday evening. (November 1986) He was born May 19, 1946 in Canton, the son of William R. H. and Elizabeth Wilie Most. He received his B.A. degree from Franklin and Marshall College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Indiana University. He taught at Brown University and in 1981 came to the University of Iowa where he was an associate professor of political science. He married Sandra Preston August 29, 1970 in Canton. He was a member of the Canton Ecumenical Parish. He was an Eagle Scout and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, American and Mid-West Political Science Associations and International Studies Association. He is survived by his wife; a son, Lee Matthew and a daughter, Megan, both at home; his mother, Elizabeth Most of Canton; two brothers, Dr. Robert K. Most of Mansfield and Dr. William J. Most of London, England. His father preceded him in death in 1985. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 at Old Brick. Visitation will begin at 2 at the George L. Gay Funeral Home in Iowa City. Memorial donations may be made to his children’s education fund. Friends may call at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton beginning at noon on Monday where a committal service will be held at 1 p.m. at the Park Cemetery in Canton. –Towanda Daily Review
MULNO –PEARL MARIE WILLIAMS, 77 Canton died quietly, January 6, 1996 at home. She was born Pearl Marie Mulno, May 19th, 1918 at Nordmont and lived in Canton for the past 57 years. Mrs. Williams was predeceased by her husband, Clifford Stanley Williams. Surviving are two son, Clifford S. Williams Jr., Barton, NY and James L. Williams, Canton; three daughters, Ruth Meuse and Betty DelJanovan, both of Canton and Phoebe Smith, Bodine, PA; two brothers, John Mulno Sr., Canton and Luther Mulno, Waverly, NY; twenty-eight grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. Funeral was held from the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton January 10 with Rev. Ronald J. Beistline, pastor of the Canton Ecumenical Parish and Ward United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be in Park Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel
MULNO Pearl Marie WILLIAMS - Pearl Marie Williams, 77, widow of the late Clifford Stanley Williams, of 15 N. Center St., Canton, died quietly at home on Saturday, Jan 6, 1996. Funeneral and committal services will be Wednesday, Jan 10, 1996, at 2 p.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, with Rev. Ronald J. Beistline, pastor of the Canton Ecumenical Parish and Ward United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be in Park Cemetery, Canton. RHW. Towanda Daily Review 10 Jan. 1996
NEWELL - Fred Newell, Sr., aged 67 years, owner and editor of the Canton Sentinel, Canton, PA, died at 6:30 last Tuesday evening. Deceased, who was a past president of the Pennsylvania Editorial Association, began his publishing career as owner and editor of the Sullivan County Review, of Dushore, which he published for thirty years. He was a member of the Odd Fellows and Masons and served as Justice of the Peace at Canton. Surviving Mr. Newell are his daughter, Miss Hattie Belle Newell; one son, Fred Newell, Jr.; one brother, Charles Newell, all of Canton, and one sister, Mrs. Anna Rundell, of Blossburg. - Wellsboro Agitator, March 13, 1929
MISS HATTIE B. NEWELL, 90, Canton, died at the Crowe Nursing Home in Canton Monday morning, May 6, 1974. She was born in Dushore April 4, 1884, daughter of the late Fred and Sallie Fairchild Newell. She was a graduate of Williamsport Dickinson Seminary. She worked with her father in the printing of the Sullivan Review, Dushore, until 1911 when they moved to Canton and purchased the Canton Sentinel, where she continued her duties as a reporter until they sold the barber in 1941. She was a member of the St. James Episcopal Church in Canton, the American Legion Auxiliary in Canton and the Order of the Eastern Star in Canton. She was also an honorary member of the Canton Music Club. She is survived by two cousins, Miss Marjorie Newell of Horseheads and Mrs. Donald Spencer of Canton. Funeral services will be held Thursday morning at 10 o’clock in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Troy. The Rev. Waldon Manley will officiate. Burial will be in the Park Cemetery in Canton. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
NEWMAN - PAULINE NORTHRUP
Pauline Northrup, 96, of Canton died June 7, 1990 at her home. Born December 3, 1893 in Canton, she was the daughter of G. Ernest and Marion Mitchell Newman. Mrs. Northrup was active in civic affairs throughout her lifetime. She joined the Canton-Troy Daughters of the American Revolution at the age of 18 and remained active for 76 years in the organization, which was founded by her mother. She also served it twice as regent. She was predeceased by her husband Delos R. Northrup who died in 1980. Mrs. Northrup is survived by a grandson, Peter Northrup; two great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Mrs. Mary Marie Northrup. All live in Dunedin, FL. She was also predeceased by her son Robert who died five years ago. Funeral services were held June 12 at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton with the Rev. Richard M. Barner officiating and burial to be in Park Cemetery, Canton. Donations in memory of Mrs. Northrup may be made to any charitable organization. (TGR, Thursday, June 14, 1990)
NORTHRUP, Robert – Robert Northrup, a carrier in the Canton post office, sustained injuries from which he died later and Dr. A.E. Dann was badly bruised Wednesday afternoon when the roadster in which they were riding was struck by a south bound through freight at the Troy street crossing of the Pennsylvania Railroad. They were driving northwards at about 3 o’clock. It was raining and with the mud splashed windshield they failed to see the danger signal set by the flagman nor did they see the approaching train until too late and the cow catcher of the engine caught the car, whirling it to one side where, badly battered, it fell in a heap, pinning Mr. Northrup in the wreck but throwing Dr. Dann clear of the car. The latter escaped with bad bruises but Mr. Northrup received a number of fractured ribs, an injured hip- and internal injuries. Mr. Northrup was twenty-six years old, and a member of the Masonic order. He served during the late war with the 64th Balloon Co., U.S.A., in California. Since3 his return from the war he took up his old position as city mail carrier at the Canton post office. He was a most popular young fellow, and the news of his death was a shock to the entire town. Wellsboro Agitator, 26 November 1919.
NORTON –MRS. HANNAH SNELL, Funeral services for the late Mrs. Hannah Snell were held from the home of her son Cowden Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 9th, in charge of the Rev. Howard Bacon of the Methodist Episcopal Church with internment in Park Cemetery. The decedent, who was 87 years of age was the widow of the late Jacob Snell and had been a resident of Canton the greater part of her life. She was respected greatly for her many virtues. She had enjoyed excellent health for one of her age. A few days ago she contracted a severe cold, which terminated in her death. The following children survive; Clarence of Pasadena, Cal.; Frank of Canton Township, Mrs. Jennie Sink of Norfolk, Va., and Cowden, with whom she resided.
NYE, FREDERICK O. REV. Services for Rev. Frederick O. Nye, 86, formerly of Canton, recently of Bradford County Manor, were held at the Morse & Kleese Funeral Home with Rev. Benjamin F. Husted officiating. Burial was in Park Cemetery. Rev. Nye died Jan. 3, 1984. He was born Oct. 17, 1897 in Oakham, MA, son of Frank and Nellie Bringham Nye. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Canton. He was a graduate of Phila. College of Bible and served in Eden, MD and Phila., PA., retiring in 1960. Preceded in death by his wife, the former Beatrice Foulkrod, he is survived by daughter Ellen Burn of Chesapeake City, MD.; six grandchildren; a great-grandson. (TGR Jan.12, 1984)
OGDEN –BEATRICE MAE BIRD, 78, of Town and Country Estates, Troy RR, formerly of the Williamsport area, died June 6, 1992 at home. She was born November 8, 1913 in Ogdensburg, Tioga Co., the daughter of Emmet and Maude Ogden. She retired as a machine operator from the West Company in Williamsport. She attended faithfully the Truth Fellowship of Jesus Christ, Canton. Surviving are four sons: John C. Bird of Williamsport, Richard W. Bird of Proctor, James L. Bird of Canton, Donald C. Bird of Troy; 21grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 9, at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 North Center St., Canton. Interment will be in Park Cemetery, Canton. Friends may call Monday from 7-9 p.m. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
PACKARD HELEN AILEEN (PACKARD) PERRY, 86, of the Bradford County Manor died on Saturday, Feb. 18, 1995, at her residence after a lengthy illness. She was born on Aug. 1, 1908, in Canton, Pa. the daughter of the late John A. and Maude C. (Jenkins) Packard. Mrs. Perry was a clerk at the McKenzies Pharmacy, Canton, for over 20 years. She was a member of the Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ), Canton. Helen is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Barbara Perry of Canton; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; two brothers. J. Lewis Packard of Canton and Leslie A. Packard of Lakeworth, Fla.; many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by one son, Joseph W. Perry in 1994; one grandson; James Perry, in 1991; two sisters, Agnes Morissey and Phyllis Morse in 1994; two brothers, Walter Packard in 1973; and Lester Packard in 1917. Friends are invited to call on Monday, Feb. 20, 1995, from 1 to 2 p.m. with services following at 2 p.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, with the Rev. David B. Morris officiating. Interment will be in Park Cemetery, Canton. Memorial contributions may be made to the Canton Ambulance Association, PO Box 38, Canton, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review.
LESLIE A. PACKARD, 78, Lake Worth, FL formerly of Canton and Troy died August 3, 1999, in West Palm Beach, FL. Born on February 8, 1921 in Canton, he was the son of John and Maude Jenkins Packard. He grew up in Canton and graduated with the class of 1939. Mr. Packard entered the Air Force in June of 1942, and served his country in World War II until 1945. He enjoyed hunting and all sports. He especially loved his winters at his Florida home. Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Emma Jo Hoodlett Packard, 36 Stacy Drive, Binghamton, NY; daughter and son-in-law, Vicki and Gary Latopolski, Binghamton, NY; granddaughters, Kara and Kelly Latopolski, sister-in-law, Marcella Packard, Canton, brother-in-law, Harry Morse, Canton; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Packard was predeceased by a daughter, Valerie Cronk, in 1976; three brothers and three sisters. A memorial service was held on October 16 at the Pepper Funeral Home, Canton, with Rev. Duane Taylor officiating. The family suggests memorial donations be directed to the Canton War Memorial Swimming Pool, c/o Canton Recreational Association, PO Box 174, Canton, PA in Mr. Packard’s memory. –Canton Independent Sentinel. (Buried Park Cemetery, Canton.)
Lewis “Lewie” PACKARD SR., 82, of Canton, PA, died unexpectedly Tuesday, March 3, 1998 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Lewie was born in canton on July 2, 1915, the son of John A. and Maude C. Jenkins Packard. As a youngster he was raised in Canton and graduated from Canton High in 1933. He was a veteran of WW II and served his country in the Army’s 23 infantry Company C. In earlier years he was employed by the former Grand Union Tea Company of Williamsport and for many years called upon his customers that he established throughout Bradford and surrounding counties. He was later employed by the Liquor Control Board and managed the Canton Liquor Store until his retirement in 1980. Mr. Packard was a member of the NRA and was an avid hunter. Throughout life he possessed many friends and will be remembered as being a great conversationalist. Surviving are his wife, Marcella whom he married on September 18, 1935, at home; daughters and sons-in-law, Sue and Harm Larrabee, Columbia cross Roads, PA and Marcy Lou and Bill Coble of Superior, WY; sons and daughters-in-law, Bradley E. and Arlene Packard of Fort Walton Beach, FL and Gary and Janet Packard of Millersburg, PA; 12 grandchildren and eight great-grand-children; brother and sister-in-law, Les and Jo Packard of Binghamton, NY; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a son, Lewis “Butch” Packard Jr. in June of 1995; two brothers and three sisters. The funeral services were held at the Pepper Funeral Home in Canton on March 7 with the Rev. Jasper Smith, retired Methodist minister, officiating and private interment. Memorials may be directed to the Canton Ambulance Association, PO Box 38, Canton, PA in Mr. Packard’s memory. –Canton Independent Sentinel. (Buried Park Cemetery, Canton. (Note: Full name is John Lewis Packard)
PACKARD –VALERIE C. PACKARD CRONK, 30 of Troy RD 1, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1976 at her home. She was born in Canton June 13, 1946, a daughter of Leslie and Jo Hoodlett Packard. She was a 1964 graduate of Canton High School and a member of the Canton Church of Christ, Disciples. Her survivors include her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Packard of /troy RD 1; one sister, Mrs. Gerald (Vicki) Latopolski of Binghamton; several aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral and committal services were held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Morse Funeral Home, 12 E. Main St., Canton. The Rev. Duane Taylor officiated. Interment was in Park Cemetery, Canton. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
PACKARD William L-aged 54, Granville Township, died in his home Saturday morning, November 6, 1947. He was a veteran of World War I and for many years, was a Rural Free delivery carrier out of Granville Summit post office. He retired some years ago due to ill health. He was well known and respected throughout the Granville area. He is survived by his wife; three daughters, Mrs. Fred Young, Danville, NY, Mrs. Donald Rockwell, Troy and Barbara, at home; a son, William, Danville, NY; two sisters, Mrs. Arthur Shoemaker, Canton and Mrs. Grace Trost, Elmira; two brothers, Ralph, Granville and Phillip, Roaring Springs, Pa. Three grandsons also survive. Funeral was held at the family home Tuesday, Nov 11, at 2 pm, with burial in Park Cemetery, Canton. Rev. Allen Barrett and Rev. James Gordon officiating. The late J K Packard of Towanda, well-known telephone man was a brother of the deceased.
PAGE Anson-81, died in Canton on Tuesday, February 10, 1948.Among the survivors are a son, Lyle, Troy, a sister, Mrs. Stella York, Troy and a brother, George, Troy. Funeral and burial will be held in Canton Friday.
PAGE –CARMAN (PAGE) KNIBIEHLY, 93, formerly of the Canton area, died at Crystal Springs Nursing Home, Commerce, GA, September 26, 2000. Born in March of 1907, she was the daughter of the late Anson and Maude Page, Canton. She spent her last years with her son Charles and Jeannie McCoy, Commerce, GA. Mrs. Knibiehly served most of her life in private nursing in different areas including New Jersey. She always was willing to give of her time to help others. Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Jeannie McCoy, Commerce, GA; three grandchildren, Cyndee Kaiser, Chicago, IL, Bruce and Julie McCoy of Florida and Kelley and Dianne McCoy, Georgia; five grandchildren, Katie McCoy, Ben and Molly McCoy, Ryan and Alex Kaiser; sister, Doris Stone, Canton. A private grave side memorial will be held at a later date in Park Cemetery, Canton. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
DONALD E. PAGE, 78, of 7 Fallbrook Road, Canton, died Sunday afternoon, May 28, 1995, at the Bradford County Manor following an extended illness. Born June 3, 1916, in East Canton, he was a son of the late Anson and Maude Wilhelm Page. Don served as a private first class in the U.S. Army during World War II. Following his honorable discharge in December of 1945, he married Blanche Bounds in New Jersey. She preceded him in death in 1977. In earlier years Don was employed in Essex County, N.J., as a security guard for Ciba Pharmaceutical and the General Motors Corp. for over 30 years. He later moved back home to Canton, where he was employed by the former Swayze Folding Box Co. until his retirement. Surviving are two sisters; Carmen Knibiehly of Commerce, Ga., and Evelyn Blaney of Schroon Lake, N.Y.; a sister and brother-in-law, Doris and Carl Stone of Canton RR 2, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his wife, Mr. Page was preceded in death by; three brothers; Edward, Theodore and Lyle; an infant brother, Dean; and three sisters; Lucille Spencer, Helen Wesneski and Dorothy Haxton. A private graveside service will be held at the Park Cemetery, Canton at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the direction of the Pepper Funeral home, Springbrook Drive, Rt. 14, Canton. There are no calling hours. The family suggests that memorials may be directed to the Guthrie Hospice, RR 1, Box 154, Towanda, Pa. in Mr. Page’s memory. –Towanda Daily Review.
PAGE –MRS. HELEN L. WESNESKI, 65 of 54 Montague St., Canton died on Saturday evening, April 10, 1976 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre. She was born in Canton on June 12, 1910 a daughter of Anson and Maude Wilhelm Page. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Canton and was the widow of Charles Wesneski. Her survivors are five daughters, Mrs. Stanley (Frances) Wilston of Williamsport, Mrs. Daniel (Louise) Woodward of Alba and Mrs. Donald (Jane) Ogden of Blossburg; Mrs. James (Shirley) Allen, Jr. of Canton RD 2 and Mrs. Larry (Mary Lou) Dunbar of Canton RD 2; four sons, Robert and Harold Wesneski of Canton RD 2, William of Blossburg and James of Alba; 38 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Mrs. Carmelita Knibiehly of Bloomfield, N.J., Mrs. Ray (Evelyn) Blaney of Canton, Mrs. Dorotha Haxton of Canton and Mrs. Carl (Doris) Stone of Canton RD2; three brothers, Lyle Page of Troy RD 1, Donald and Theodore Page of Canton. Funeral and committal services will be held at the Ralph T. Kleese Funeral Home, Canton on Tuesday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. S. Wade Stuwart, her pastor officiating. Burial will be in the Park Cemetery, Canton. –Canton Independent Sentinel
PAGE –ROBENA PAGE MOORE, 88, longtime resident of Canton and Ogdensburg, Pa., passed away peacefully on Good Friday, April 14, 2017, at Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital's Skilled Nursing Unit. Robena Mae was born Aug. 10, 1928 in Leolyn, Pa., a daughter of the late Paul Sr. and Dorothy (Hindmarsh) Roby. In earlier years, she was affectionately known as "Red" and later as "Bena." She was a member of the former First Baptist Church of Canton (Lighthouse of Faith). Robena's love for family and devoted care of her home were the most important things in her life. She will be remembered as a neighborly, friendly and social lady who was blessed with many friends. She also was very handy and could fix about anything, a talent she acquired from her father. Robena enjoyed many interests, but favorite hobbies included tending to her flower and vegetable gardens, riding bike and reading. Surviving are her children, Lisa (Ron) Neal of Ogdensburg and Robin (Roy) Thomas of Alba; a grandson, Kurtis (Kristen) Page; and great-grandson, Konnor Page; three siblings, Lucille Green of Troy, Donna Greene of Ogilvie, Min., and Dolores Jane Wilston of Towanda; sister-in-law, Harriett Roby of St. Mary's, Ga.; step-daughter-in-law, Julia Moore-Allen of Clinton, N.C.; step-grandchildren, Abby and Matt Thomas; many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. She was predeceased by her first husband of 19 years; Theodore "Toddy" Page in 1983; and her second husband, William J. "Bill" Moore, in 2011; a sister and two brothers, Henrietta (Clarence) Vermilya, John Roby and Paul Jr. (Cora) Roby; three brothers-in-law, Loren Green, Robert Greene and Jack Wilston; two stepsons, Leamon (Olean) Moore and Stanley Moore. Calling hours are 12 to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, at Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Drive, Canton. The Rev. Garry Zuber will officiate the funeral service at 1 p.m. Burial will follow in the Park Cemetery, Canton. Those who wish may consider a donation in Robena's memory to the Skilled Nursing Unit, c/o Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital, One Hospital Drive, Towanda, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 4/16/2017
THEODORE M. PAGE, age 62 of 73 Lycoming St., Canton, PA Friday, February 25, 1983. Friends may call at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, Sunday 2-3 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home Monday at 11 a.m., the Rev. Benjamin Husted officiating. Interment Park Cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to the charity of one’s choice. Survivors are his wife the former Robena Roby, two daughters, Lisa Marie and Robin Ann, both at home; three sisters Dorothy Haxton and Evelyn Blaney, of Canton, and Doris Stone of Canton RD 2, Mrs. Carman Kimbeihly of Commerce, GA; two brothers, Lyle of Troy and Donald of Canton. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. Mr. Page retired as a produce manager for the A&P Store after 33 years of service. He was a World War II Army veteran, a member of the Canton VFW, the Brooks-Flick American Legion Post of Tory, and the Canton Moose Lodge #429. The Canton Moose Lodge will conduct services Sunday at 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
PALMER Harriett J. (Palmer) Hoover
83, of Canton, PA, died
on Sunday, October 31, 2010 at the Fairways Nursing Center in State College, PA. She was the wife of the late Marvin D. Hoover who died
on May 12, 1997. The couple married in 1946 and had over 50 happy years together. Family and friends are welcome to call from 11:00 AM- 1:00 PM on Thursday, November 4, 2010 at the Gerald W. Vickery, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. 110 West Main Street Troy, PA. The funeral service to honor Harriett's life will be private and at the convenience of her family. Burial will also be private in Park Cemetery, Canton, PA. Harriett was born on November 16, 1926 in Canton, PA, daughter of the late Ben M. Palmer and Mabel O. (Crist) Richard. She was a Canton High School graduate, a member of the Alba Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) and also the Wheel Inn. She and Marvin opened the Hoover Hardware Store in 1963 and she continued working there until recently. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially at the holidays, working at the store, reading, and traveling. Two of her favorite destinations were Las Vegas and Atlantic City. She also liked sports and especially enjoyed the Bowl Game excursions with many local Penn State fans. Harriett is survived by her children, Sandi and Capt. Richard Sturge of New Smyrna Beach, FL, Greg and Kim Hoover of Syracuse, NY, Rick and Cheryl Hoover of Troy, PA, Laurie and Col. (ret.) David Heininger of State College, PA, and Crist and Diane Palmer of Canton, PA; her grandchildren, Leanne Hoover, Darien Hoover, Katie Heininger, Sarah Heininger, Nathan (Raelynne) Palmer, Nicholas Palmer, and Heather Palmer; her great-grandchildren, Madison and Reed Palmer, and three nephews. Harriett was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Marvin; her sister, Shirley Stage; and her brother, Allen "Shorty" Palmer. Memorial contributions may be made in Harriett's memory to the Allen F. Pierce Free Library 115 Center Street Troy, PA 16947 or the Green Free Library 14 North Center Street Canton, PA 17724. - Elmira Star Gazette, November 2, 2010
PALMER –MARJORIE PALMER REEDY, 92 a longtime resident of Canton died on Thursday, August 9, 2007 at Towanda Memorial Hospital’s Skilled Nursing Unit. Born in Canton on February 28, 1915, Marjorie was one of three daughters of the late Roy and Ethel Palmer and was a graduate of Canton High School. She was well known in this area for her abilities as an artist and singer and served as a soloist in several church choirs. Marjorie, along with her good friends, Helen Landon and the late, Marge Keltz and Eloise Stalker, established the singing group “The Late Bloomers”. Marjorie also was a key performer in numerous musical events in the region. In addition to her love of singing, Marjorie was an award winning artist. She worked in a variety of endeavors including oil painting, ceramics and crafts. Her work was displayed at shows and in shops throughout the area. Many remember Marjorie as the person who worked alongside her husband, Sanford to historically restore the magnificent home “Rockgrit”, also known as the “Marble Mansion”, located in the Minnequa Heights above the famous spring. This was Marjorie’s home for many years and she graciously gave tours of this historic landmark once occupied by Rev. Phillips Brooks who wrote “O Little Town of Bethlehem”. Marjorie traveled extensively and was a member of the Methodist Church, Eastern Star, The BPW, Endless Mountains Association, Canton’s Civic and Music Clubs and many other civic and professional organizations. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and John Ferguson of Wellsboro and her son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Robert and Kay Cummings of Tunkhannock. She was blessed with four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two cousins, Marie Loomis Walthrop of Canton, Elwin Loomis of Florida and a brother-in-law, Edward Holcombe of Bloomsburg. Marjorie was preceded in death by her beloved son, Clark, husbands, Ralph Cummings and Sanford Reedy; two sisters, Doris Palmer Holcombe and Virginia Palmer Storrs; an aunt, Mabel Looms and cousins, Phillip and Kenneth Loomis. According to Marjorie’s wishes there were no public services. Burial was private at Park Cemetery in Canton next to her son Clark and parents. Remembrances in Marjorie’s name may be made by a contribution to either the Canton Music Club or the Canton Village Improvement Association. Pepper Funeral home in Canton assisted her family with arrangements. –Canton Independent Sentinel
ROBERT ROY PALMER, Canton RD 1, 82, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1976 at Memorial Hospital here. He was born on Armenia Mountain on Dec. 3, 1894 the son of Robert and Julia Allen Palmer. Mr. Palmer was a retired railroad worker and was a member of the United Methodist Church of Canto. He is survived by his wife, Ethel Benjamin Palmer; three daughters, Mrs. Sanford Reedy of Minnequa Heights, Mrs. Lynn Storrs of Charlestown, W. Va. And Mrs. Edward Holcombe of Canton RD 1; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a brother, Ben Palmer of Canton RD 2. Private funeral and committal services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. from the Morse Funeral Home, 12 E. Main St., Canton, with the Rev. Raymond D. Fravel officiating. Interment will be in the Park Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
PALMER - SHIRLEY M. STAGE
Mrs. Shirley M. Stage, 63, of Alba, PA died Saturday, April 16, 1994 at the Troy Community Hospital. She was born April 24, 1930 in Canton Township, a daughter of Benjamin and Mabel Crist Palmer. From 1962-1983 Shirley and her husband were co-owners of the White Tavern in Alba. From 1984 until the present she was employed at Hoover Hardware and Gift Shop in Troy. Memberships include the Women of the Moose No. 981, Canton where Shirley was currently Senior Regent; Brooks-Flick American Legion Post No. 49 Auxiliary, Troy, and the Canton VFW Post No. 714 Auxiliary. Surviving are her husband of 31 years, Bernard "Pete" Stage; her mother, Mrs. Mabel Rickard of Canton RR 2; stepson, Ronald Allyn Stage of Webster, NY; stepdaughter, Cheryl Lynn Struble of Elmira, NY; sister and brother-in-law, Harriett and Marvin Hoover and brother and sister-in-law, Allen "Shorty" and Nancy Palmer, all of Canton, RR 2; stepgrandchildren, Carolyn Stage, John and Jeffery Struble; nieces, nephews and cousins. Private funeral services were held at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton on April 18 with the Rev. David B. Morris officiating and interment to be in the Park Cemetery, Canton. (TGR, Thursday, April 21, 1994)
PARKER –DOROTHEA ‘DOT’ WILLIAMS, North Washington St., Canton died Tuesday morning, February 13, 1996 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre. Born in Altoona, PA she was the daughter of the late George W. and Gennie Kohler Parker. Dot, as she was known by her family and friends was a graduate of Liberty High School. She was employed for 17 years in quality control at the former Swayze Folding Box Company in Canton. She retired in 1981 following a total of 35 years of dedicated service. Dot loved to crochet. She also enjoyed camping and traveling. Surviving are: a daughter, Eloise Cole, Canton RR 2; a daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and William Bower, Covington; two sons and daughters-in-law, Duane and Carol Dibble, Canton RR 1, Reese and Jean Dibble, Missoula, MT; 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, cousins and many co-workers and friends. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Donald G. Williams on May 19, 1991; three brothers, Alton Parker on Feb. 13, 1991; George Parker on Feb. 26, 1989 and Philip Parker on Jan. 26, 1988; an infant daughter, Marqueen J. Dibble in 1940; and a son-in-law, Robert L. Cole Sr. on Dec. 30, 1995. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, February 15, 1996 at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton and one hour prior to the service. The funeral and committal service will be held Friday February 16, 1996 at noon at the funeral home with the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating. Interment will be held in the Park Cemetery, canton. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorials may be directed to the Canton War Memorial Swimming Pool, PO Box 174, Canton, PA in Mrs. Williams’ memory. –Canton Independent Sentinel
PHILIP ‘PHIL’ PARSONS, 81, of Canton, Pa., passed away unexpectedly on Friday evening, Aug. 5, 2016 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Philip Richard Parsons was born on Nov. 9, 1934 in Towanda. He was the youngest of 12 children born to the late John Harry and Louise (Keyser) Parsons. Mr. Parsons honorably served our country in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Shortly following his honorable discharge, he married the former Mary Lou Austin on Sept. 9, 1959 in Canton. She preceded him in death on May 26, 2013 following nearly 57 years of loving marriage. He was employed for several years with the former Parker Hannifin Corp. in Canton until retirement. Phil enjoyed staying busy and could often be found in his garage, tinkering on just about anything, especially his cars and lawn tractors. He was a very interesting man who liked to visit. He was well know by many for his jokes and story telling. Surviving are: his daughter and son-in-law, Cathy and Mike Rausher of Roaring Branch; two sisters, Marjorie Elicker of Dushore, and Gloria Hubbard of Monroeton; sister-in-law, Jane (the Rev. Donald) Rockwell of Pine City, N.Y.; brother-in-law, Dr. Fred Austin of California; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and his faithful pets, Missy and Smokie. In addition to his wife, Philip was predeceased by seven brothers, Edward, William, Lewellyn, Donald, Lawrence, Walter and John Harry Jr.; and two sisters, Jane Leavenworth and Laura Hammond. Philip's family invites friends to call 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, at the Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Drive, Canton. The funeral service to honor his life will follow at 11 a.m. with his brother in law, the Rev. Donald Rockwell officiating. Burial will be held in the Park Cemetery, Canton with military honors accorded. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Philip's name to the Animal Care Sanctuary, 353 Sanctuary Hill Lane, East Smithfield, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 8/8/2016
PATTERSON –AMBER O. WALBORN, 72 of Elmira, NY died March 18,1988 at St. Joseph’s Hospital. She is survived by her mother, Ellen Patterson of Elmira, NY; sons, Donald, Eugene, Robert, Douglas, Robert and Jerry Walborn all of Elmira; daughters, Diane Spencer, Marion Edkin and Bonnie Stevens all of Elmira, Ramona Dugeon of Ocala, FL; brother, Jim Patterson of Elmira; sister, Frances Edwards, Elmira;28 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Walborn was predeceased by her husband, Donald E. Walborn in 1981. Funeral services were held March 22 at the Barrett Funeral Home in Elmira with rev. Donald Rockwell officiating and burial to be in Park Cemetery, Canton, PA. –Canton Independent Sentinel
PATRICK, Frances A.
Died at home on Troy St., original home of parents, Sept. 2, 1947 - fell Sat. breaking a leg but fall thought to be caused by an embolism - would have been 92 on Sept. 28 - daughter of William J. and Lucinda Ward Patrick - Member Church of Christ - funeral at home - Park Cemetery - survivor: sister, Mrs. Dell Fitch, also living in original home.
(East Troy News) Wm. J. PATRICK was born on the old homestead near the Hilton cemetery, December 13th, 1828. He was the third child of the late but well remembered Mr. and Mrs. Simeon Patrick and lived in this vicinity until the year 1864 when he and his family moved to Canton, where he has resided ever since. In 1865, he joined the I.O.O.F., and was a faithful member, having held many offices in the order. His wife who was Mrs. Lucinda Ward Patrick, died four years ago last March. Since then Mr. Patrick’s health has been failing, but none thought the end was so near, as he had been able to be up and dressed, but Saturday evening, May 7th, he died just as he had lived, peacefully at his home in Canton. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Frances Patrick, Mrs. Dell Fitch; also two sisters, Mrs. C. A. Sherman and Mrs. Harriet Bodine and two brothers Chester Patrick of West Burlington and Jonathan of Iowa. There was a large congregation at the funeral and the casket was covered with beautiful flowers, that were sent by loving friends. The I.O.F. also sent a beautiful set piece with their emblem. Rev. C. C. Brady officiated. He was buried with the I.O.O.F. ritual. TGR 1904
HELEN PELTON, April 3, 1926 –Miss Helen Pelton of Canton, 20 years old, died at the Williamsport Hospital on Friday morning. The body was taken to Canton, where burial will be made in Park Cemetery following a funeral service to be held at the Disciples Church Monday morning at 11 o’clock
PHILLIPS –JENNIE AMEIGH, 95, formerly of Troy and Alba, went home to her Lord and Savior on Thursday evening, Dec. 1, 2016 from the Bradford County Manor. Born Sept. 4, 1921 in Alba, Pa., Jennie Elizabeth was the only child of the late Sarah Phillips. She was a graduate of Canton High School's class of 1941. On May 22, 1943, Jennie married Gerald M. Ameigh at her mother's home in Alba. They shared 55 years together before his passing on Dec. 1, 1998. Family came first in Jennie's life. She also enjoyed volunteering at the Alba Borough Election Board, Troy's Croman Elementary School, both gift shops of Troy Community Hospital and Bradford County Manor. She was a member of Bradford County Manor's Peer Group, enjoyed their Bible Study Club and stick weaving classes, reading and word-search books. Faith in the Lord was a great strength to Jennie; she read her Bible faithfully. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Troy for many years and also attended Alba's First Christian Church and Troy's Victory Church. Surviving are her six children, Daisy (Harry) Scouten and Amanda (Carlos) Herrera all of Troy, Donna (Victor) Vough of Athens, Connie Barrett of Columbia Cross Roads, Archie Ameigh and Mickey Ameigh both of Friendswood, Texas; 16 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, several great-grandchildren; as well as nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband Gerald, she was predeceased by a son-in-law, Lloyd Barrett. The Rev. Garry Zuber will officiate a memorial service to honor a beautiful life at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7 at the First Baptist Church, 579 Canton St., Troy. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Canton's Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, consider a memorial in Jennie's name to Bradford County Manor Activity Fund, 15900 Route 6, Troy, PA. Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Drive, in Canton is assisting her family with arrangements. –Towanda
Daily Review 12/4/2016
E. JEAN PIERCE, during the early morning hours of July 28, 2003, the Lord called home His beloved servant and native Cantonian Elizabeth Jean Pierce, 79, after a brief stay at Dar-Way Nursing Home. Born in Canton September 8, 1923 she was the daughter of Merton and Dora Ripking Pierce. She was a highly motivated, self-confident young woman with an independent nature. Immediately following her graduation from Canton High School she set off to make her own way in the world by accepting a position in New York State, much to the consternation of her parents. For the next four decades she was employed as a secretary, most recently with Hardinge Corp. in Elmira, NY, until failing health resulted in her early retirement. But despite her physical limitations, she remained true to her precept of independence. She continued to maintain her own home and with some assistance from friends and family, was able to participate in most any civic or social function she chose. For many years she was an active member of the Canton Historical Society. She was also a woman with a deep, abiding faith in the Lord, and was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Canton. She was also known for her unique sense of humor and kept those around her entertained with her wry wit. Surviving are her brother, Charles (and Dortha) Pierce, Blossburg, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Her parents and her sister, Margaret Spencer preceded her in death. In accordance with her wishes, there will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 31, at the First Baptist Church with the Rev. Norman C. Pierce her pastor and nephew officiating. Memorial contributions may be directed to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 49 E. Main Street, Canton, PA. Professional services have been entrusted to Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Inc. of Canton. Burial in Park Cemetery, Canton. –Canton Independent Sentinel
ALVIN JAMES PORTER of Dallas, Texas died on September 1, 1981. Mr. Porter was 89 years of age. He was born Dec. 13, 1891 in Union Township, Tioga County, Pa., a son of Ezra and Etta Kniffin Porter. He was a former resident of Canton and retired foreman for the Swayze Folding Box Company in Canton. He and his late wife Harriett A. Porter moved to Texas in the early 1960s. She died in Dallas Oct. 24, 1962. His survivors include a daughter, Doris E. Porter of Dallas; sisters, Mrs. Dean (Lorrin) Taylor of Canton and Mrs. James (Beatrice) Vail of Winter Haven, Fla.; several nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 5 at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton. Officiating will be a nephew, the Rev. Duane Taylor of Grover, Pa. a former pastor of the Alba Christian Church. Burial will be in Park Cemetery in Canton. Friends may call at the funeral home Friday from 7 until 9 p.m. –Towanda Daily Review
HAROLD M. PORTER
Harold "Smoke" M. Porter, 70, Canton, PA, died Friday, September 16, 1994 in the Bradford County Manor, Troy, PA. Mr. Porter was born November 12, 1923 at Shunk, Sullivan County, a son of Rozell and Ruth Bolt Porter. Harold was a 1941 graduate of Canton High School. He served 12 years with the US Marine Corps during World War II and the Korean Conflict. Porter was a retired truck driver, owning and operating his own rig. He was a member and trustee of the Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) Canton; the Canton VFW Post No. 714; and the Wheen Inn Inc., Roaring Branch. Surviving are his wife, Shirley Rockwell Porter; a daughter, Mrs. Pam Irion of Yorba Linda, CA; a son, Larry H. Porter of Raleigh, NC; two step-daughters, Mrs. Christopher Morton of Watkins Glen, NY and Ms. Stephanie Davies of Ford Hood, TX; seven grandchildren; brothers, Wilfred Porter of Cander, SC, Robert Porter of Horseheads, NY and Richard Porter of Canton; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services were held September 19 at the Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) in Canton with the Rev. David B. Morris officiating and interment to be in the Park Cemetery, Canton. Arrangements were by the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton. Expressions of sympathy may be directed to the Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ Memorial Fund, Canton, PA 17724. (TGR, Thursday, September 22, 1994)
CANTON — Rozell Porter, 80, of 93 West Union Street died Sunday, Sept. 7, 1980, in Troy Community Hospital. A retired businessman, Mr. Porter also had served several years on Canton Borough Council. He had owned and operated the Canton Western Auto Associ-ates Store for more than 35 years. Born Dec. 26, 1899, in Fox Twp., Sullivan County, Mr. Por-ter was a son of Orwell and Eva Brown Porter. He was a member and former trustee of Canton First Baptist Church. Mr. Porter was a member of Canton Lodge 415, F&AM, for more than 25 years. He also was a member of the Old Possessions Hunting Club, Tioga County, and the Peabody Shuffleboard Club, Daytona Beach, Fla. Mr. Porter and his wife, the former Dorothy Maneval, were married 23 years. Surviving, besides his wife, are four sons, Wilford (Bill), of Ormond Beach, Fla., Harold, of Yorba Linda, Calif., Robert, of Horseheads, N.Y., and Richard, of Canton; a daughter, Mrs. Bradley Allen, of Lebanon: a stepson, William Meade, of Horseheads; three brothers, Addison and Gleason (Deak), both of Canton, and Wilburn (Jiggs), of Homestead, Fla.; two sisters, Mrs. Golda Hartford, of Canton, and Mrs. Margaretta Griffith, of Shunk, 23 grand-children and 16 great-grand-children. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the church, 49 East Main Street. Burial will be in Park cemetery. The Rev, Benjamin P. Husted, his pastor, will officiate. Friends may call at Morse and Kleese’s, 40 North Center Street, from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Age 80 of 93 W. Union St., Canton, PA on Sunday, Sep¬tember 7, 1980. Friends may call at the Morse-Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, PA .Tuesday 7 to 9. Funeral services will be held at the First Baptist Church, Canton, Wed. 2 p.m. with Rev. Benjamin F. Husted officiating. Interment will be in Park Cemetery. Survived by his wife, Dorothy; four sons, Wilford (BiIl) of Ormond Beach, FL, Harold of Yorba Linda, Cal., Robert of Horseheads, NY, Richard of Canton, PA; one daughter, Mrs. Phyllis Allen of Lebanon, PA; one stepson, William Meade of Horseheads, NY; two step-daughters Mrs. Mary Dickinson and Mrs. Loretta Chapman, both of Horseheads. three brothers, Addison and Gleason (Deak), both of Canton, Wilburn (Jiggs) of Homestead, FL; two sisters, Mrs. Golda Hartsford of Can¬ton, Mrs. Margaretta Griffith of Shunk, PA; 23 grand¬children; 16 great-grandchildren. He was a member and former trustee of the Can¬ton First Baptist Church; he owned and operated the Can¬ton Western Auto Assoc, Store for over 35 years. He was a member of Canton Masonic Lodge 415 for over 25 years; Old Possessions Hunting Club and Peabody Shuffleboard Club, Daytona Beach, FL and a former member of the Canton Borough Council.
PRESTON - L. Manley Preston, 82, lifelong native of Canton, Pa., died on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2008, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. The son of the late Lee Michael and Elaine Elizabeth (Manley) Preston, Lee Manley Preston was born on June 19, 1925, in Canton. After graduating from Canton High School with the Class of 1943, Manley earned a degree in Industrial Engineering from Penn State University. On Sept. 22, 1951, he and the former Anne Biddle were married at the North Presbyterian Church in Elmira, N.Y. Anne and Manley shared over 56 wonderful years together and were blessed with three children — Sandy, David and Nancy (Douglas Lockwood). Mr. Preston was the president and chief executive officer of the First National Bank of Canton for many years. He was also past president of the (PBA) Pennsylvania Bankers Association, a member of the Old Possessions Hunting Club on Armenia Mountain and was involved in numerous area organizations. Members of Manley's extended family include: grandchildren Matthew Most (wife Laureen and children, Kayleigh and Bret), Megan Most, Dan Preston, Lee Preston, Jay Preston, Charlie Preston-Townsend; sister-in-law, Mary Lou Preston, niece Jane Preston Riggs (John), brother-in-law Craig Biddle (and his family). Special family friends include: Lauren Schoonover, Joe Swetz, Noell Haldeman, Geoff McNett, Norm Townsend and Janet Digregorio. Manley was predeceased by his brother, Philip Preston and son-in-law, Benjamin Most. His family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Pepper Funeral Home in Canton. A private family graveside service will be held in Canton's Park Cemetery with Rev. David B. Morris officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be directed to a charity of one's choice in Mr. Preston's memory. -Towanda Daily Review 2/12/2008.
LEE M. PRESTON, 84 of 75 East Union St., Canton, died at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Buffalo on Saturday, Sept. 17, 1977. He was born March 19, 1893 in Canton, the son of Michael and Neoma Wilcox Preston. Mr. Preston owned and operated the Preston Department Store and Feed Mill for over 60 years. He was a member of the Canton United Methodist Church, was a member of the Masonic Lodge F. and A.M. of Canton for over 50 years and was a charter member of the Canton Rotary Club. He was a member of the board of directors of the First National Bank of Canton, a past member of the Canton School Board and Canton Borough Authority and a member of the Corey Creek Golf Club. Also, he was a member of the Canton I.O.O.F Lodge, the V.F.W Lodge and the Old Possessions’ Hunting Club. Mr. Preston served with the A.E.F. in France as a second lieutenant during World War I. He is survived by sons, L. Manley Preston and Phillip S. Preston, both of Canton; a brother, Lewis Preston of Pasedena, Calif.; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; several nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. from the Morse Funeral Home, 12 E. Main St., Canton with the Rev. Dr. Raymond D. Fravel officiating. Interment will be in the Park Cemetery, Canton. –Canton Independent Sentinel
PHILLIP STUART PRESTON on the evening of Wednesday, June 1, 2004, lifelong Canton resident, Phillip Stuart Preston, died quietly at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre surrounded by his loving family. He was 77 years of age. Born at home in Canton on May 4, 1927, he was the son of Lee Michael Preston and Elaine Elizabeth (Manley) Preston. Mr. Preston attended Canton High School where he excelled in basketball, baseball and football. Placing duty to country above personal ambition, upon graduating with the class of 1945 Phil promptly enlisted in the United States Navy. He served in the Pacific Theater at Saipan, as well as on destroyer escorts. After the hostilities ceased, he returned home and attended Mansfield State Teachers' College (now M.U.), later transferring to Penn State, where he earned a B.S. in chemistry and physics. He was also a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and played on the winning intramural fraternity swimming and basketball teams. After college Mr. Preston became an integral part of the Canton business community. He owned and operated the Preston Feed Mill on W. Union Street, and later filled his father's position managing Preston's Department Store, Inc. until its closing in the late 1970's. Daily and Sunday Review On June 2, 1954, he was united in marriage to Mary Louise Johnson and together they raised a daughter. His passing came just one day before the couple would have celebrated 50 years of marriage. In earlier times, Mr. Preston enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, reading and bowling. He also had a love for Samoyed dogs, owning three in his lifetime. Mr. Preston served with the Canton Borough Water Authority and the Canton Borough Planning Commission, serving as secretary for both. He had also been president and coordinator of Canton Development as well as corresponding secretary for a group called Save Our Railroad. Other memberships included the Wheel Inn, Inc., Park Cemetery Association, serving as Vice President for many years, and the Old Possessions Hunting Club, where he served for many years as treasurer. Mr. Preston was a quiet, easygoing man who avoided the spotlight while shouldering innumerable tasks and responsibilities on behalf of his family and community. Surviving are: his wife, Mary Lou, at home; a daughter and son-in-law, Jane Elizabeth (Preston) Riggs and John Riggs; brother and sister-in-law, Lee Manley (and Anne) Preston; grandchildren, Amy Elizabeth Riggs and Eric John Riggs, all of Canton; nieces, Sandra Preston Most and Nancy Elaine Preston, both of Ithaca, N.Y., and Noelle Johnson Schoonover of Canton; nephew David Biddle Preston; mother-in-law, Esther Biddle; and sister-in-law, Audrey Fitzwater Johnson, all of Canton. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Noel Johnson, in 1997. Calling hours will be Saturday, June 5, 2004, from 1 to 4 p.m., at Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Inc., 40 N. Center St., Canton. The family will provide flowers. A private service will be held at a later date. Contributions in Mr. Preston's memory may be directed to Western Alliance Emergency Services, P.O. Box 13, Troy Pa. 16947. Submitted by Carol Brotzman. –Towanda Daily Review. (Buried Park Cemetery, Canton.)