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Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
Obituary & Clipping Section
Bradford County, Pennsylvania

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Bradford County PA

Chemung County NY

Tioga County PA

 

Park Cemetery, Canton Borough, Bradford County, PA
Obituaries 

 

 

Joyce's Search Tip - January 2008 

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Do You Know that you can search just the Obituaries on the site by using the three County Specific Obituary selections in the Partitioned search engine at the bottom of the Current What's New Page? You can narrow your search by including a key word in the cemetery name or a township name in addition to the surname you search. Then select the Find All Words option. 
You'll also find obituary and other newspaper clippings using Clippings partition. Additional clippings can be found in the Birth, Marriage, and some other partitions. 

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

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

 

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RADER –E. JOYCE (RADER) (WESNESKI) (BRYINGTON) SULLIVAN -On the morning of Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, E. Joyce (Rader) (Wesneski) (Bryington) Sullivan of Canton passed away quietly at the home of her daughter, with her loving family at her side, after a courageous battle with illness. She was 82 years of age. She was born March 12, 1932 in East Point, Tioga County, Pa. Joyce was a woman well acquainted with hardships, but she managed to triumph over all of them. Although primarily a home maker, Joyce applied her ambitiousness to various tasks in order to support her family. She obtained a CDL and worked as a truck driver and school bus driver, she raised cattle and even drove in the Demolition Derby. Through it all, Joyce maintained a heart of gold, and as a devoted mother she taught her children the importance of family values and a strong work ethic. Surviving are her sons, Robert E. "Gene" (and Edwina) Wesneski, Wesley J, "Tink" (and Peg) Wesneski, and Richard L. Wesneski, all of Canton; and James L. (and Denise) Bryington of Enola, Pa.; daughters: Sharon "Polly" (and Burton) Robert of Gillett, Vickie R. (and Theodore) Reed of Hampton, Va., Sandy K. Bryington of Elmira and Sherrie L. Husted of Canton; and a brother Dean "Sonny" Kilborn of Canton, 20 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by daughter Karen L. Karge, as well as an infant daughter and granddaughter Amy Bryington. Calling hours will be 9 to 11 a.m., Thursday, at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 94 N. Center St., Canton. Funeral service will commence at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating. Interment will follow in Park Cemetery, Canton. The family will provide the flowers and suggests that memorial contributions be directed to Guthrie Hospice, 421 Tomahawk Drive, Towanda, PA or the Anerucab Cabcer Society, 1948 E. Third St., Williamsport, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review 11/9/2014

 

WILLIAM E. RIGGS (83) of Lancaster passed away following an extended illness on May 6, 2014 with his loving, devoted wife, Marie, by his side. Bill was born in Canton in August, 1930 and was the son of the late Donald and Frances Riggs. He graduated from Canton Jr-Sr High School in 1948 and spent many years of his life in Canton where he met and married Anne Marie Landon and raised his family. He owned and operated a communications service business for 25 years and in 1983 he sold the business and began a new career in Washington, DC working in the radio department for Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco). Upon retirement in 1998, Bill and Marie returned to Pennsylvania and settled in Lancaster. In addition to enjoying their retirement years, Bill returned to work in 2005-2014 for Lancaster County’s 911 Communications Center. Bill loved life to the fullest and remained active throughout his entire life. Outside of work Bill enjoyed, first and foremost, his family and spending time with his wife, Marie. They were blessed with 65 years of marriage and nine children. He enjoyed traveling and participating in numerous hobbies including gardening, carpentry and watching the Phillies. Bill was a self-taught man who enjoyed learning new things and remained current in his field of expertise throughout his entire life. Bill was a Ham Radio operator, obtained his first license in 1946, and held the Advanced Extra Class license. He also achieved his private pilot’s license in the early 1970’s and he and Marie made numerous flights throughout the region. He faced all of life’s challenges including his final days with a quiet, calm, resolve. He is predeceased by his father and mother and youngest son, Jimmy. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Marie and his children: Larry Riggs, Canton; Mary Ann (Rick) Gorman, Waverly, NY; Linda (Tom) Miller, Lock Haven, PA; Stephen (Jana) Riggs, Bowie, MD; John (Janie) Riggs, Canton; Christine (Gary) Andrewlavage, Elizabethtown, PA, William (Sheila) Riggs, Canton; Susan (Clint) Zohner, Lebanon, PA; his nineteen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren, and sister-in-law and husband, Sandra and Leon "Lynn" Love, Horseheads, NY. Funeral services were held on May 10, 2014 at 1:00 pm at The Groffs Family Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc., Lancaster, PA with the Reverend Donald LeMaster officiating.

Private family interment will be in Park Cemetery, Canton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Bill’s name to: Hospice & Community Care, 4075 Old Harrisburg Pike, Mount Joy, PA or to: ALS Association Philadelphia Chapter, 321 Norristown Road, Suite 260, Ambler, PA. –Canton Independent-Sentinel 4/16/2014

SCHANBACHER –MARGARET SCHANBACHER THOMAS, 88, of 62 N. Minnequa Ave., Canton died Monday, June 4, 1990 in the Troy Community Hospital.  Mrs. Thomas was born March 14, 1902 at East Point, Liberty Township, Tioga County, a daughter of David and Esther Doney Schanbacher.  She was employed by the Canton Area School District as a cafeteria worker.  Mrs. Thomas was a member of the Methodist Church in the Canton area since 1921 and was currently a member of the Ward United Methodist Church in Ward Township.  She was also a member of the Friendly Missionary Society in Canton.  She was a member and past president of the former LeRoy G. Clark American Legion Auxiliary, No. 303, Canton and she and her husband originated the Red Cross Bloodmobile in Canton in 1950.  Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, LaRene and Donald Ayres and Marie and Floyd Taylor Jr., all of Canton; one granddaughter and her husband, Alice and David Zupka of Woodbury, Conn.; several nieces and cousins; two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Lela McDonald of Elmira; and Myrtle Schanbacher of Montoursville.  She was predeceased by her husband, T. Merton Thomas on May 2, 1954; a brother, Clayton Schanbacher in 1944 and a sister, Myrtle Gleckner in 1973.  The funeral service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. from the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton with the Rev. Richard M. Barner, her pastor and the Rev. Jasper Smith, her former pastor officiating.  Interment will be in Park Cemetery, Canton.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 10-11 a.m.  Memorial donations in Mrs. Thomas’ memory may be directed to the Ward United Methodist Church or the Canton Community Nursing Service.  Pallbearers will be Glenn Raker, Wendell Bassett, William McNett, Francis Segur, Lanier Ayres and Tom Mears.  Honorary pallbearers are Olen Smith and Clem Crumm.  –Towanda Daily Review

CHARLES F. SCHLAPPI
Charles F. Schlappi, 81, of Canton, PA died Saturday, February 22, 1992 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. He was born July 17, 1910 in Clearfield, PA, the son of Dr. Adolph and Fannie M. Schlappi. Mr. Schlappi retired after 35 years of teaching in the Canton Area School District. Surviving are his wife, Marion Botsford Schlappi; son and daughter-in-law, John and Teresa Schlappi of Ralston; daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Robert Stackhouse of Troy; six grandchildren and one great-grandson; brother and sister-in-law, Adolph and Mildred Schlappi of Sylvania; sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Robert Bower of Minneapolis, MN; several nieces. Private funeral services at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton with the Rev. Richard M. Barner officiating and interment to be in Park Cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to the Canton Ambulance Association, Heart Defribrillator Fund, PO Box 38, Canton, PA in Mr. Schlappi's memory. (TGR, Thursday, February 27, 1992)

SCHRADER, DAISY B.,  Services for Daisy B. Schrader, 89,Canton, were held April 18 from Morse & Kleese Funeral Home with Rev. David B. Morris officiating and burial in Park Cemetery.  Miss Schrader died April 16, 1984 at Divine Providence Hospital, Williamsport.  She was born April 24, 1894 in Ward Twp., Tioga Cty., daughter of Frederick and Veronica Bauer Schrader.  She was a member of Canton Church of Christ Disciples.  She was retired after 32 years service at Belmar Mfg. Co.  Surviving is a sister, Miss Elizabeth L. Schrader, Hartford, CN.  (TGR April 26, 1984)

EDWIN J. SCOTT JR., on the afternoon of Saturday, Feb. 24, 2001 longtime Canton borough resident, Edwin Joel Scott died quietly at Memorial Hospital in Towanda.  He was 79 years of age.  Born January 11, 1922 in Williamsport he was the son of Edwin J. and Grace (Warburton) Scott.  While Ed was a youngster his family moved to Philadelphia, settling in the north central neighborhood of Logan.  Ed attended Cooke Junior High and Olney High School, graduating with the class of 1939.  He was a highly motivated student, drive to scholastic excellence, always striving for his personal best.  He often engaged in friendly scholastic rivalries with his classmates, one of whom was the now famous Federal Reserve chief, Alan Greenspan.  Ed had a frugal business savvy that even Mr. Greenspan could appreciate.  After graduating high school Ed was employed by Nabisco at their Northeast Philly Plant.  There he quickly rose to the position of fleet manager, taking courses in his free time in order to expand his scope and improve his business skills.  Ed left Nabisco and ventured off to Indiana, where he established himself as a building contractor and real estate developer.  In the Post War years he was responsible for the development of several suburban subdivisions.  But throughout the years he maintained a desire to one day return to the Northern Tier, and in the mid 1970’s it came to pass.  Continuing in the field of real estate, Ed purchased a parcel of land in Canton borough which he developed into what is now Little Street.  In recent years he was affiliated with the Real Estaters of Mansfield.  He was an active member of the Canton Ecumenical Parish, member of Canton Lodge #429, Loyal Order of Moose and was a familiar face among the members of Canton’s unique group of movers and shakers, the Coffee Shop gang.  Ed was a wizard at solving the most complicated crossword puzzles and enjoyed his long walks each day with his beloved Irish Setter, Princess.  Ed is survived by his wife, the former Jeanie Dixon, at home; sons Edwin J. Scott III of Georgia, Wynne L. (Sondra) Scott of Utah, Jay B. Scott of Virginia Beach; daughter, Misty J. (Joe) Theobald of Honesdale, Pa.; step-sons, Randy G. (Treva) Pruden and Jeffrey L. (Sharon) Pruden all of Indiana; 17 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.   He was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin Sr. and Grace and a sister Dorothy Strudwick.  Calling hours will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27 at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. center Street, Canton.  Funeral services will be conducted from the funeral home Wednesday at 11 a.m. with Pastor Nancy Lee Goff of the Canton Ecumenical Parish officiating.  Interment will follow in Park Cemetery.  –Towanda Daily Review

 

SEASHOLTZ Jane D. Billmeyer

On the evening of Thursday, June 30, 2011, former Canton resident Jane D. (Seasholtz) Billmeyer died quietly at Corning Hospital after a brief illness. She was 90 years of age.  Born May 15, 1921 in Sunbury, Pa., she was a daughter of Russell and Grace (Detrick) Seasholtz. Sadly, Jane lost her mother at birth and was sent to live with her maternal grandparents, John and Mabel Detrick, who raised her. Jane graduated from Sunbury High School with the class of 1938, and worked at clerical jobs for a few years. She was introduced to Harold Billmeyer, and their relationship developed during the early days of the Second World War. They were wed one Wednesday evening in 1943 after the midweek prayer meeting while Harold was on a 72-hour leave from the service. Together they raised a son and a daughter, and shared 41 years until Harold's passing in 1984.  Jane was soft-spoken and quiet; the type who was always ready to listen. However, her genteel demeanor in no way hindered her involvement in her church or community. She served for 25 years as financial secretary at her church, the Canton Ecumenical Parish, as well as other offices. Jane was always among the first to volunteer her services whenever needed. She was a member of the I.H.S. Adult Sunday School class and enjoyed studying and discussing the Scriptures. She had also been a member of Milton Chapter No. 77 O.E.S. Almost 10 years ago Jane moved to Horseheads, N.Y., but she kept in touch with her church family as well as other Canton friends. Jane is survived by her son, John Harold (and Rhonda) Billmeyer of Bath, N.Y.; daughter Sallie (and John) Wooster of Athens; grandchildren Shondra Lee (and Richard) Powell of Spring Water, N.Y. and Sean Harold (and Melissa) Wooster of Baltimore, Md.; great-grandchildren Alexsandra and Hailey Powell; sister June Hinish of Lewisburg; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband Harold, grandparents John and Mabel Detrick, infant son and sisters Norma Lee McIntosh and Ruth Jones.  Visitation will be noon to 1 p.m. Sunday, July 3 at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 94 N. Center St., Canton, with services at 1 p.m. Interment will follow in Park Cemetery.  Towanda Daily Review - July 2, 2011

 

WILLIAM C. SECHRIST died at his residence on Lycoming Street, Wednesday morning, December 14, 1921, aged 66 years.  Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at two o’clock, at the house, with interment in Park Cemetery.  William C. Sechrist was born January 27, 1856 in Liberty Township, Tioga County, and came to Canton in the winter of 1875 to attend school, and has been a resident of our town continuously since that date.  He graduated from our high school, read law with the late Captain James H. Shaw, was admitted to the bar in 1880 and immediately opened an office for the practice of law, at which profession he has been very successful, gaining a wide reputation for carefulness, uprightness and scrupulous honesty in the conduct of all business entrusted to him.  In May, 1882, he was married to Miss Ella Griffin, who survives him.  Other surviving relatives are an adopted son, Edwin Newman; a brother, Edward Sechrist, of Blossburg; sisters, Mrs. S. B. Hartsock and Mrs. George Cook of Kane and Mrs. F. A. Utley of Canton.  For many years he was a member of our school board and its secretary.  He was a close personal friend of the late Charles S. green, of Roaring Branch, an executor of the will of that eminent philanthropist, a trustee of the Green Free Library, at this place and of the Green Free Home, at Roaring Branch.  Whatever was for the good of the community or for humanity, there Mr. Sechrist was prominent and willingly devoting his time and means.  In his death our community had suffered an irreparable loss, and hundreds of our citizens a tried and true friend.

SEEDS –MARY MARIE (SEEDS) NORTHRUP, 76, a former Cantonian, quietly died in Dunedin, FL. Nov. 1996.  Born in Marion OH, she was the daughter of John and Maude (Stage) Seeds.  She grew up in the shadow of Armenia Mountain.  When her parents relocated the family to Canton, she graduated from Canton High School and it was there she met and married Robert (Bud) Northrup.  Together they raised a son.  In the 1960s, she and her husband moved to Florida and remained there together until his passing in 1985.  Surviving are her son and wife, Peter and Shan; grandchildren, Michelle and Mitchell, all of Florida; as well as numerous relatives in the Canton area.  A graveside service will be conducted November 13th, 1:30 p.m. at the Park Cemetery, Canton, with Peter Northrup officiating.  Arrangements were entrusted to Morse and Kleese Funeral home.  –Canton Independent Sentinel.

SEELEY –MRS. MARIAN SEELEY SEELYE, 74 of 10 S. Minnequa Ave., Canton died Wednesday, July 22, 1992 at Memorial Hospital, Towanda.  Mrs. Seelye was born Feb. 7, 1918 at Windfall, Bradford County, a daughter of Clarence and Anna Ayres Seeley.  She was a 1937 graduate of Canton High School.  She was employed as a nurses’ aide at the former Crowe Nursing Home, Canton and later she worked in the dietary department of the Troy Community Hospital, followed by employment at the former Canford Manufacturing Corp., Canton.  Mrs. Seelye was a member of the Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ), Canton and the Women of the Moose Lodge, No. 981, Canton since 1949.  Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Nona Gail and Glen Raga; granddaughter, Paula Ragan Neal and great-grandson, Travis Neal all of Canton RR 2; brother, C. Harold Seeley, address unknown and nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was predeceased by her first husband, John J. Keltz in 1967; her second husband, S. Charles Seelye in 1981 and a grandson, Michael Ragan in 1989.  The funeral service will be conducted Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral home, 40 North Center St., Canton.  The Rev. David B. Morris, her pastor will officiate.  Interment will be in Park Cemetery, Canton.  Visitation will be today from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorial donations can be directed to the Canton Ambulance Association, Canton in Mrs. Seeley’s memory.  –Towanda Daily Review

SEGUR - Francis Segur, 92 life-long resident of the Canton, PA., area died very peacefully on Friday morning, April 25, 2008, at his home.  Born on January 5, 1918, at the family dairy farm in Tioga County, Ward Township, Pa., Francis Vernet was one of six children in the family of Leon V. and Nettie (Boyd) Segur. At a young age he knew days of hard work on the farm and attending school at the Ward Elementary and Canton High schools.  On January 8, 1944, Francis married Janet Mae Watts in the Canton United Methodist Church Parsonage. They made their home on the farm and soon after acquired it from his father. Francis was a true steward of the land and over the years he continuously improved his dairy herd. He saw to the daily operations of the farm until retiring in 1977. Francis and Janet raised two sons on the homestead.  Francis was a member of the Ward United Methodist Church and the former North Union Grange No. 784. He was a life-time member of Western Alliance EMS and drove ambulance for 17 years. He was a 32nd Degree F&AM and held memberships in Canton's Lodge No. 415, the AASR Valley Lodge in Towanda and The Consistory of the Valley in Williamsport. He also belonged to the Armenia Mountain Snowmobile Club.  Francis was the type of man who was happiest staying busy, always working on his projects. He loved visiting with folks and offered his help freely. He was blessed with a healthy constitution and remained active throughout his years, enjoying his gardens, being outdoors and snowmobiling.  Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Janet; children, Gene and Bev Segur and Marty and Joan Segur, all of Canton; grandchildren, Jodi (Brian) Peterson, Stephanie (Luke Douvier, Brock Segur (and companion  Julie Bogart), Brandon Segur, Adam Segur (and companion Lauren McClure) and Curtis Segur; step-grandchildren, Tammy (Brad) Lyon, Nancy (Ron) Morgan and Jodie (Rich) Bardo; six great-grandchildren  and five step grand-children; three step-great-great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, dear friends and neighbors.  He was predeceased by his siblings, James Segur, Euphemia Andrus, Eloise Stalker, Florence McIlwain and Dorothy Williams. A time of visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 30, at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton. A memorial service in celebration of Francis' life will follow at 11 a.m. A private burial will be held in the North Union Cemetery.  His family will provide flowers and suggests memorials in Francis' name be directed to the Ward United Methodist church, P. O. Box 233, Canton, PA 17724 or Western Alliance EMS, P.O. Box 13, Troy, PA  16947
 

GEORGE R. SHAFFER, 80, of Alba, died Saturday, March 9, 1974, at the Bradford County Manor in Burlington.  He was a retired employee of the Belmar Manufacturing Co. in Canton, having worked for the firm for 52 years.  Mr. Shaffer was a member of the Church of Christ at Alba and of Canton Moose Lodge No. 429.  His wife preceded him in death.  Surviving are: four daughters, Mrs. Evelyn Sommers of Binghamton, Mrs. Joseph (Thelma) Dowling of Elmira, Mrs. Andrew (Elizabeth) Levandoski of Blossburg and Mrs. John (Leona) Tarntino of Elmira; two sons, William H. Shaffer Sr., of Alba and Kenneth Shaffer of Phoenix, Ariz.; 19 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held at the Vickery Funeral Home in Troy Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock.  The Rev. Brad Thurston, his pastor, will officiate and burial will be in the Park Cemetery at Canton.

SHERMAN Mariam - The Rev. G. M. Whiting was called Monday to officiate at the home of James Hagar in Canton at the funeral of Mrs. Edward O. Lewis, formerly of Troy, who died at Lansdale, Pa., near Philadelphia, on Friday. Mrs. Lewis was Mariam, daughter of Seth Sherman. Her husband survives and one brother, Dudley Sherman of LeRoy. TGR 1922

ARTHUR L. SHOEMAKER, 92 of Canton RD 1 died Sunday, May 7, 1989 at the Dar-Way Nursing Home, Estella.  Mrs. Shoemaker was born Dec. 12, 1896 at Troy a son of Charles and Blanche Welch Shoemaker.  He was a lifetime farmer, attended Ward United Methodist Church, was a member of Minnequa Grange for over 70 years and had served on the Park Cemetery Board of Directors.  Surviving are two granddaughters, Mrs. Dana Kepler of Gillett, Wyo.; and Mrs. Larry (Sheryl) Jennings of LeRoy; a grandson, Michael Shoemaker of Muncy; two sisters, Mrs. Lola Ayres of Granville Center and Mrs. Lucy May of Canton; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Lucille Shoemaker of Granville Summit; 10 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was predeceased by his wife, the former Nelle Packard in December 1980; two sons, William C. killed in action in England in October 1944 and Duane A., who died in June 1977; a grandson, William L. who died in September 1949; great-grandson, Samuel Zellers, who died in June 1978; two sisters, Maude Foust and Annabelle Greenough and a brother, Max Shoemaker.  Friends may call at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 North Center St., Canton on Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m.  The funeral service will be held there Wednesday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Larry Jennings Jr., a great-grandson of the deceased and an ordained Baptist minister and the Rev. Jasper Smith, retired Methodist minister officiating.  Interment will be in Park Cemetery, Canton.  Memorials may be directed to the Canton Ambulance, Canton Community Nursing Service or a charity of one’s choice.  –Towanda Daily Review

SHOEMAKER –PAULINE M. MCCONNELL, 77, 11 Montague Street, Canton died on May 25, 1987 at her home.  Mrs. McConnell was born on May 21, 1910 in Troy, the daughter of Porter and Helen Field Shoemaker.  She was a member of the Canton Ecumenical Parish and a former member of the Church Morning Circle and the Canton Area Senior Citizens Club.  She graduated from Canton High School and attended Mansfield Normal School, now Mansfield University.  On March 29, 1934 she married Lynden R. McConnell, who predeceased her on December 30, 1974.  She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Charles (Linda) Miller, Wilmington, DE; two sons, David L. McConnell, Duncansville, PA and Thomas McConnell, Canton; one sister, Mrs. Margaret Holes, Vestal, NY; six grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins.  Funeral services will be held Thursday at 7:00 p.m. from the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton with the Rev. David B. Morris, pastor of the Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ), Canton officiating.  Interment will be in Park Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday, 6:00-7:00 p.m.  Memorial donations may be directed to the Canton Community Nursing Service in Mrs. McConnell’s memory.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

SIMPSON –KATHARINE C. ROSS. On the morning of December 4th, 2004, longtime Canton resident Katharine Cecilia (Simpson) Ross, 90, died quietly at the Green Home in Wellsboro.  The daughter of Transplanted Cantonians, she was born in Philadelphia, May 20, 1914, and grew up in the suburb of Ambler, PA.  While in high school she decided to pursue a career of working with physically and mentally disabled adults.  She trained as a nurses’ aide, but eventually made the transition to a cook.  She served as a cook at institutions in New York City and Newark, NJ, before relocating to Rockland County, NY, where she worked many years at the Letchworth Village, a home for mentally challenged adults.  Katharine was married to Canton native Russell Ross for 31 years.  Both were employed at Letchworth and upon their retirement the Rosses moved to Canton to be near their families, Russell died in July of 1981.  In Canton, she was well-known for her civic involvement with such groups as the Village Improvement Association, the Canton Garden Club and the Canton Senior Citizens Association, where she served many years as treasurer.  Mrs. Ross was also a woman of faith, and an active member of the Canton Ecumenical Parish, where she could be counted on to provide a couple of lies for a church supper, or help out wherever needed.  She loved studying the Bible and could be found each Sunday among the members of the HIS Adult Sunday School Class.  Not long ago she made the decision to move to Country Terrace Assisted Living in Wellsboro, where she immediately made many new friends.  As her health deteriorated she was moved to the Green Home.  Surviving are her son, John S. Kearns, Sr. (and wife Ann), Mansfield; grandchildren, John S. Kearns, Jr. (and Tina), Myrtle Beach, SC; and Mary K. Kearns-Miller, Covington; great-granddaughters, Celeste Kearns and Deidra Miller, Covington; Rianna Kearns, Myrtle Beach; nephews, Alice Olford, Annandale, NJ; Liz Perez, Hillside, NJ; William (and Barbara) Stocker, Milledgeville, GA; Thomas and Lynn) Stocker, Malabar, FL; Edith (and Roger) Bellinger, Eatonton, GA.  She was preceded in death by her mother, Lillian Hanna and step-father Charles Hanna; her husband, Russell, and sisters Helen Eberson and Elma Stocker.  In accordance with her expressed wishes, there will be no calling hours.  A graveside service at the Park Cemetery, Canton, will be held at the convenience of the family with Pastor Dean Walrath officiating.  Memorial contributions in her name may be directed to the Canton Ecumenical Parish, 43 N. Center St., Canton, PA.  Professional services have been entrusted to Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton.  –Canton Independent Sentinel.

JOHN G. SINK, age 72, died at his home Troy St., Canton, Wednesday, January 19, 1949.  He is survived by his wife Jennie; one sister, Mrs. Thomas Wright at Luzerne County, Pa. and one brother William of Kingston, Pa.  The body is at the Morse Funeral Home, Canton, Pa. and will be removed to the First Baptist Church on Saturday, Jan. 22 where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m.  Pastor Russell R. Camp will officiate. –Canton Independent Sentinel.

SLADE –JANE WILCOX, 67 of 79 N. Center St., Canton died Tuesday, September 24, 1985 at the Skilled Nursing Unit of the Towanda Memorial Hospital.  Born May 25, 1918 in Canton, she was the daughter of Frank and Mabel Benedict Slade.  She retired from the Swayze Folding Box Company and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Canton.  She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Judy Lancee of Omaha, Neb., Mrs. Barbara Sheesley of Watkins Glen, Miss Kathleen Wilcox of Canton and six grandchildren.  Memorial services will be held Sunday, Sept. 29 at 2:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Canton with the Rev. Benjamin Hustead, her pastor officiating.  The family will accept callers at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, Thursday, September 26, 1985 from 7-9 p.m.  –Towanda Daily Review   (Buried Park Cemetery, Canton)

P. FRANK SLADE, 89, of Canton, Pa., died at the Troy Community Hospital early Sunday morning, Oct. 10, 1982.  He was a former guest at the Bradford County Manor for the past four and half years.  Mr. Slade was born in Sylvania, Pa., on Dec. 30, 1892, the son of Phillip Amos and Tessie Griffin Slade.  Prior to 1978, he resided in Fort Lauderdale and St. Cloud, Florida, for a period of thirty years.  He was a retired maintenance supervisor of the Gate City Sash and Door Co. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  After retirement, he moved to St. Cloud, Florida, where he was a member of the First Baptist Church.  Mr. Slade was an artist and had attended an art school in Florida.  In 1981, he transferred his church membership to First Baptist Church of Canton.  He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Jane Wilcox of Canton; three granddaughters, six great-grandchildren and two nephews.  He was predeceased by his wife, Mabel Benedict Slade, who died in 1972.  At the time of her death, they were married 56 years.  He was also predeceased by a son, Franklin B. Slade, who lost his life in World War II and a daughter, Barbara L. Slade, who died in the 1930’s.  Funeral and committal services will be held at the Morse-Kleese Funeral Home, 40 North Center Street, Canton on Wednesday, October 13, at 11 a.m.  Officiating will be in the Park Cemetery in Canton.  There will be no calling hours.  Donations may be directed to the Canton Community Nursing Service, the Canton Ambulance Association, or a charity of one’s choice in memory of Mr. Slade.  –Towanda Daily Review.

ALLEN W. SMILEY, 88 of Elmira, N.Y. died March 22, 1992.  He is survived by a niece, Mrs. Ivan (Marcia) Allis of Pine City, N.Y.; two nephews, Robert S. Lent of State College and Richard A. Lent of Harbor Spring, Mich.; several cousins.  He was former vice president of Marine Midland Bank, Elmira and a member of its Quarter Century Club.  He was past president of the Elmira Heights Rotary; a member of the Canton Lodge No. 415, F&AM; the Chemung County Historical Society and Park Congregational Church.  A memorial service will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Park Congregational Church in Elmira.  The Pastor John Dixon, elder will officiate.  Interment will be in Park Cemetery, Canton.  Arrangements are by the Ballard and Lindgren Funeral Home, Elmira Heights, N.Y.  –Towanda Daily Review

CLARA S. SMILEY, 93 of East Canton died Sunday, July 13, 1986 at the Memorial Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit, Towanda.  She was born Jan. 1, 1893 a daughter of J. Merton and Cora Haight Smiley.  A graduate of Canton High School and Mansfield University Normal School, Miss Smiley taught school at East Rochester and Sayre and was also employed by the Bradford County Public Assistance Office and Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Co.  In 1943 Miss Smiley returned to teaching at CHS where she taught geography and Pennsylvania history.  She retired in June 1958.  Upon her retirement, the CHS Yearbook was dedicated to her and an excerpt from the yearbook dedication is an illustration of the admiration and esteem in which she was held by the students, faculty and parents: “To you, Miss Smiley, we dedicate this yearbook and extend our appreciation and gratitude for the untiring efforts, personal interest and enthusiasm shown the students at CHS.  We will treasure the happy memories we have shared with you, not only as our teacher, but also as an endeared friend, advisor and counselor.  Your impression on our lives will be with us always as we face the task of life.”  Miss Smiley continued to be interested in her former students and their lives.  She shared their joys and their sorrows.  She remembered them when they got married and had children and always enjoyed having them visit her.  Each Christmas saw her sent out and receive many cards to and from her former students.  She stood for good citizenship, not only as evidence by her teaching but by her support of the constructive things in her community and church.  Miss Smiley is survived by one brother, Allen W. Smiley of Elmira; one niece and her husband, Marcia and Ivan Allis, Southport, NY; two nephews and their wives, Robert S. and Gayle Lent of Towanda and Richard and Jane Lent of Harbor Springs, MI; two grand-nephews and five grand-nieces.  Miss Smiley was predeceased by a sister, Mrs. Emma Smiley Lent on July 28, 1980.  Services were held Wednesday from the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton with the Rev. Jasper Smith, retired Methodist minister and the Rev. Jeffrey Patton her pastor officiating.  Interment was in the Park Cemetery, Canton.  Memorial donations may be directed to the East Canton United Methodist Church, the Green Free Library or the Canton Community Nursing Service in Miss Smiley’s memory.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

J. Merton SMILEY, for many years merchant at East Canton, died in his home there last Saturday morning at the age of 73. Rev. Owen Barrett officiated at the funeral on Monday and burial was in Park Cemetery, Canton. (handwritten on article 1936)

Charles A. SMITH, 76, of Canton, PA died Monday, November 8, 1999 at the Bradford County Manor, Burlington, PA.  Born July 20, 1923 in Dunstown, PA, Charles was the only child born to the late Foster and Mable Augustine Smith.  Mr. Smith moved with his family to Windfall, PA and operated a dairy farm for several years.  Following the sale of the farm, Mr. Smith accepted a position with Hilliard Corp, in Elmira, NY, retiring from there in 1988.  He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Fay Wolfe Smith, at home; daughters and sons-in-law, Donna and Butch Holmes of Canton and Katherine and Mike Bradway of Venice, FL; son, Richard “Dick” Smith of Beaver Falls, NY; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  Funeral services were held November 11 at the Pepper Funeral Home in canton with the Rev. Jasper Smith officiating and interment to be in Park Cemetery in Canton with Military honors accorded.  Memorials may be directed to the Western Alliance Emergency Services, 17 Washington St., Canton, PA 17724 in Mr. Smith’s memory.   “Troy Gazette-Register,” Troy, NY  November 18, 1999

CHARLES A. SMITH, 76, Canton, died Monday afternoon, November 8, 1999 at the Bradford County Manor.  Born July 20, 1923 in Dunstown, PA, Charles was the only child born to the Foster and Mable Augustine Smith.  Mr. Smith honorably served our country in the US Army during WWII.  On August 23, 1941, Charles married the former Fay Wolfe at her parents’ home in Avis, PA.  Mr. & Mrs. Smith eventually would move to the Windfall area and operate a dairy farm for several years.  Following the sale of the farm, Mr. Smith accepted a position with the Hilliard Corporation in Elmira, NY.  He was employed there for many years and retired as a first class welder in 1988.  He was an avid outdoorsman and a talented woodworker.  In his earlier years, he enjoyed the daily farm life in Windfall and was active in the Windfall United Methodist Church.  Mr. Smith was a member of the Corning VFW Post 532 and the Corning Masonic Lodge No. 1038 F&AM.  He is survived b y his wife, Fay at home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Donna & Butch Holmes, Canton and Katherine & Mike Bradway, Venice, FL; a son, Richard “Dick” Smith, Beaver Dams, NY; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 11, 1999 at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton.  The funeral service will immediately follow at 12:30 p.m. with the Rev. Jasper Smith officiating.  Interment will be in the Park Cemetery, Canton with military honors accorded.  The family suggests that memorials may be directed to the Western Alliance Emergency Services, 17 S. Washington St., Canton, PA in Mr. Smith’s memory.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

CHARLES L. SMITH, 83, late of Ward, Pa., died Saturday (March 24, 1934) at the home of his daughter, Mrs. George Wilkins at Mainesburg.  He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Wilkins, Mrs. Ettie Decker of Granville Summit and Mrs. Wilmer J. Wilson of Ithaca; a son, Charles L. Smith of Elmira; 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.  A prayer service will be conducted at the Wilkins home Tuesday at 10:30 A.m. by the Rev. D. J. Griffiths of Mansfield ant the Rev. Glenn Dewey of Sullivan.  The funeral will be at the Canton Methodist Church at 1 p.m., the Rev. Albert Trickett officiating.  Burial will be in Park Cemetery, Canton.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 3/26/1934

SMITH Elizabeth -  Mrs. T.W. Watts, a highly respected resident of Canton, died at the family home in that place yesterday morning at 1 o'clock.  Besides her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Miss Lulu Watts at home, and Mrs. Emma Strait of Elmira.  The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Canton M. F. Church.  April 1912, Towanda Paper.   NOTE:    Buried in the Park cemetery is T. Wilson Watts July 21, 1853- April 30, 1947 on the same stone as his wife Elizabeth; Apr 7, 1860 April 11, 1912.  In delayed birth records 3 through 16 there is the birth record of Lulu Ellen Watts born 7/29/1890 to Thomas Wilson and Elizabeth Smith Watts of Granville Township.  Book 16, page 483.

SMITH - MRS. FLORENCE BROWN (SRGP 10828)
 Mrs. Florence Brown, 80, died Apr. 3, 1951, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jennie King, at Groton, NY. A daughter of William and Rosina Smith, she was born in Sullivan Township September 20, 1870, and spent her early life in this vicinity. Surviving are daughters, Mrs. Jennie King, of Groten, and Mrs. Edna Moffett, of Ramsey, NJ.; sons, Walter Brown, of Reading, Pa.; the Rev. Lynn Brown, of Schnevenus, NY and Harold, of Groton; brother, Orrin W. Smith, of Mansfield; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Funeral was held Friday at 1 pm at Groton.  Burial in the Cemetery at Canton, PA.

SMITH –MRS. HARRIET SMITH WILLIAMS, 75 of 10 Clinton Street, Canton were held at the Ralph Kleese Funeral Home, Canton April 9 the Rev. Willard D. Crunkilton officiating.  Interment was in Park Cemetery, Canton.  Mrs. Williams died April 6, 1968 at the Memorial Hospital, Towanda after a lingering illness.  She was born in Union Township, Tioga County.  Mrs. Williams was a member of the Christian Missionary Alliance Church, a member of Beech Flats Grange.  Surviving are a son, LaVerne Williams, Rome, Pa.; a nephew, Ralph Johnson of Chester, Pa.; four grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. –Canton Independent Sentinel

SMITH –MRS. NELLIE M. SCOTT, 65, of Big Flats died Sun. Aug. 18, 1957.  She was the widow of Guy Scott and a former member of First Baptist Church, Canton, Pa.  She is survived by 3 daughters, Mrs. Mary S. Canavan and Mrs. Grace Easton, both of Big Flats, Mrs. Neva Sandstrom of Fredonia, Wis., 1 son Merritt of Canton.  11 grandchildren.  Funeral services were held Wed. at 2 p.m. at the Hilton Funeral Home, Big Flats, with the Rev. Paul Zellinska officiating.  Burial was in Park Cemetery, Canton. (Parents Jasper R. and Charlotte Heron Smith)

SMITS –MRS. JEANNE ‘QUEEN MAB’ WEIS.  Actress ‘Queen Mab’ Weis, Former Canton Resident, Dies.  Mrs. Jeanne “Queen Mab” Weis, 89 retired show business personality who lived at Canton RD 2 for several years, died Sunday at the Masonic Home in Elizabeth, Pa Jan. 23, 1973.  Mrs. Weis, widow of Casper Weis had been a guest at the home for a number of years.  She was born in Paris, France August 31, 1883 a daughter of Jean G. and Octavia Smits.

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 At an early age she attracted the attention of the Great Barnum & Bailey Circus and toured Europe with the show as the “Smallest midget actress in the world.”  She was 38 inches tall and weighed 45 pounds.  She played before many crown heads of State in Europe and made appearances in South Africa and British Columbia.  Mrs. Weis came to America in 1903 with the Barnum & Bailey Greatest Show on Earth.  She was billed as “Queen Mab” and became a popular entertainer in comedy shows.  In 1906, she and Casper Weis were married in New York City.  He was a leader of a midget band and she was the star of “Lilliputians.” After their marriage they appeared together in such shows as “Original Lilliputian Co.,” “Hans, Fritz & Co.,” “Katzenjammer Kids Co.,” “Mutt & Jeff in Panama,” “Soldier Girl,” “Midget Follies” and the “Keith & Orpheum Circuits.  Thinking of retirement, they purchased the “Hillside,” formerly Fanny Davenport’s mansion one mile north of Canton in 1913.  They renamed the home “Midget Villa” and resided there until it was destroyed by fire in 1951. 
After the fire, which destroyed all their midget furniture and souvenirs, they resided in the Elliott Apartment until Mr. Weis died in 1965 at the age of 92.  He was four feet tall.  She was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church in Canton and is survived by one nephew, Charles Patterson of Portland, Oregon.  In the Canton area her friends fondly called her “Queen Mab”.  Funeral services will be held at the Ralph T. Kleese Funeral home, 40 North Center Street, Canton Wednesday at 2 p.m. with Rev. C. David Jones her pastor officiating.  Burial will be in Park Cemetery in Canton.  –Towanda Daily Review  (Note:  There were two seats reserved for the Weis’s at the Rialto Theater in Canton for them and you moved when they came in.)

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SNELL –MRS. CORA JEANETT GOFF, 91, died at her Troy St., Canton home Saturday, January 26, 1957.  She is survived by four sons, John, George, Lawrence and Lewis all of Canton; a granddaughter living in Rochester; a grandson with the U.S. Army in Germany, a sister Mrs. Jennie Sink.  She was the oldest living member of the First Baptist Church, of Canton, not only in years but in age as well.  She walked to the church twice a Sunday for services until about fours years ago.  She was a devoted member of the church as to her family.  Buried Park Cemetery, Canton.

SNELL –MRS. JENNIE SINK, 84 widow of John Sink of Canton, Pa. died at the Troy Community Hospital, Troy, Pa. Thursday, March 20, 1958 following a short illness.  Mr. and Mrs. Sink operated a grocery store on Troy St. for a number of years.  She is survived by a niece Mrs. Dorothy Howell of Dover, N.J., 5 nephews, George Snell of Luzerne, Lewis, John, George and Lawrence Goff all of Canton where funeral services at 2:00 with the Rev. Earl Muller officiated.  Burial in Park Cemetery.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

KEITH B. (PREACH) SNELL, 73 of 240 Troy St., Canton died at his home Monday, Dec. 29, 1980.  He was born May 19, 1907 in Altoona, Pa. a son of John and Grace Brown Snell.  He was a retired employee of Swayze Folding Box Co. of Canton.  Mr. Snell was a member of the Canton Moose Lodge No. 429.  He is survived by one son, Kevin of Huntington Woods, Mich.; and two grandchildren.  The funeral and committal services will be held Thursday, Jan. 1, 1981 at 11 a.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton with the Rev. Wilma Barker Hoose officiating.  Interment will be in the Park Cemetery, Canton.  Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday from 7 until 9 p.m.  The Canton Moose Lodge will conduct memorial services at the funeral home Wednesday evening at 8 o’clock.  –Towanda Daily Review   (Buried in Park Cemetery, Canton)

SNYDER Josephine "Jo" Bardo
79, of Alba, Pa., died
on Sunday morning, Oct. 17, 2010, at the Memorial Hospital in Towanda. Josephine Mary Snyder was born on Feb. 17, 1931, at the family home in Limestoneville, Pa. "Jo" to family and friends, was the ninth of ten children of the late Harold and Maude (Miller) Snyder. She grew up near Muncy Hills and Exchange, Pa., and attended Warrior Run High School. On Sept. 15, 1956, Jo married Robert E. "Bob" Bardo in Jersey Shore, Pa. They were blessed with three sons and 54 years of marriage.  A supportive wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend; she was the glue of the Bardo family. Firm but always kind, Jo's special wisdom and insight will be forever missed by all who knew and loved her. She and Bob attended several area churches and eateries. She enjoyed getting out to see all the local happenings; driving her red Camaro convertible with her favorite country music playing. Jo was the biggest fan of her grandchildren's activities. She also was a wonderful cook and baker, well-known for her homemade chocolate Easter eggs, apple pies and cakes. Jo was honored with many awards from apple pie contests she entered. She and Bob loved their trips to Lancaster for wedding anniversaries and winters spent in Starke, Fla. Surviving are her devoted husband, Bob; children, William (Cheryl) Bardo, Fred (Lisa) Bardo and Rich (Jodie) Bardo, all of Canton; 11 grandchildren, LCPL Jordan, Hannah, Josiah, Melyce, Olivia, Madelyn, Ron, Robbie, Gemma, Abbie (Travis) and Taylore; a great-grandson, Kayden Michael and a baby to be born in April; a sister, Inez Neidig of Williamsport and many special nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by eight siblings, Harvey, Jessie, Grace, Rosie, Emily, Russell, Walt and Roy. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at Pepper Funeral Home in Canton. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Oct. 21 with Rev. Tom Blackall officiating. Burial will follow in Park Cemetery.

SPARKS –MRS. ANNA WATTS died suddenly on Sunday evening (February 1930) at her home on the lake road.  She was 54 years old and is survived by her husband Richard Watts and one son.  The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon from the Methodist Church, Rev. J. W. Faust officiating.  Interment was made in Park Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel

SNELL –MARJORIE (MRS. HAROLD GRANTIER) 60 of 206 Troy St. died Sat., Feb. 15, 1958 at the St. Joseph’s Hospital, Elmira, N.Y.  She is survived by her husband, Harold, 1 sister, Mrs. James Howell of Dover, N.J., 1 brother George Snell of Luzerne, Pa., aunts, Mrs. Jennie Sink and Mrs. Maude Page of Canton.  The body was at the Morse Funeral Home where services were held Tuesday at 2:00 with the Rev. Lyle Pepper officiating.  Burial in Park Cemetery.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

SPAULDING –MRS. MARY KELTZ, widow of John Keltz, died at the home of her son, Eugene Keltz, in Canton early Friday morning, May 4, 1917, after a lingering illness, aged seventy-six years.  She is survived by a son, Eugene of Canton; five grandchildren, Paul, John, Lillian and Volney all of Canton and Barbara Keltz Smith of Elmira; also a brother, Volney H. Spaulding, of Elmira; two sisters, Mrs. Eli McNett, of Elmira and Mrs. I. V. Wilcox of Poughkeepsie.  The funeral was held at the home of her son in Canton Monday at 2 p.m.  Burial was in Main Street Cemetery, Canton.  –Canton Independent Sentinel.

Charles C. Spencer, two-week-old infant son of Michael and Sally Morgan Spencer, died at his home at 439 E. Main St., Troy, Monday morning, Jan. 3. 1972. Besides his parents, he is survived by a brother, Michael; one sister, Virginia Starr; maternal grandparents, Mr. And Mrs. Charles Morgan of Sayre; paternal grandparents, Mrs. And Mrs. Harold Lathrop of Elmira; maternal great grandmother, Mrs. Dorothy Haxton of Canton; paternal great grandfather, Edward Lathrop of Granville Summit; paternal great grandmother, Bessie Miller of Canton and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends may call Wednesday from 2 to 4 and from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Morse Funeral Home, 12 E. Main St., Canton, where funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock with Rev. Donald Green, pastor of the Keystone Baptist Church in South Waverly, officiating. Burial will be in the Park Cemetery in Canton.

CLARENCE N. SPENCER, 82 of Grover died at the Leader Nursing Home in Jersey Shore Friday morning (Oct. 8, 1976) at 3:25 o’clock following an extended illness.  Mr. Spencer was born in Union Township, Tioga County, Pa. on Aug. 18, 1894, a son of Frank and Clara Randall Spencer.  He was a retired farmer, having operated a farm in the Canton area all of his adult life.  He was also a former school board member having served for 26 years on the board of the Canton Area School District.  He was a member of the Canton Church of Christ, Disciples.  He and his wife, the former Maude Phipps were married 47 years.  Surviving in addition to his wife are: four sons, Philip Spencer of Troy, Steven B. Spencer of State College, Pa., Wesley Spencer of Tunkhannock and Stanley Spencer of Racine, Wis.; three daughters, Mrs. Paul (Margaret) Mulford of Conklin, N.Y., Mrs. Ellen Powell of Jersey Shore and Mrs. John (Evelyn) Lightfoote of Stanley, N.Y.; 20 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren four brothers, Elwin Spencer of Troy, Jesse Spencer of Canton RD 2 , Douglas Spencer of Columbia Cross Roads and Willard Spencer of Roaring Branch RD 2; a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.  Funeral and committal services will be held at the Ralph T. Kleese Funeral Home, 40 North Center Street, Canton, Sunday afternoon at 1:330 o’clock.  The Rev. Duane Taylor, pastor of the LeRoy Church of Christ will officiate and burial will be in the Park Cemetery at Canton.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

SPENCER -   CLARK Mrs. Ida G-Canton, Aug 13- aged 79, a lifetime resident of Canton, died at her Center Street home on Tuesday night after several months of failing health. She was a widow of H Lee Clark and had been prominent in social affairs at Canton. She was a member of the Church of Christ, of the D A R, Eastern Star and the American Legion Auxillary. Surviving are a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Bertha Clark of Towanda; three grandchildren, Bryon L, Frances and Alice, all of Towanda, and two great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at the home on Friday at 2 pm. Burial will be in Park Cemetery, Canton with Rev. D W Griffiths of Mansfield officiating.

STAGE Bernard L. "Pete"
Of Alba, PA, died peacefully at his home on Sunday afternoon, October 14, 2007, following a period of declining health and a fifteen month battle against cancer. Born in Elmira, NY, he was the son of the late Arthur and Beatrice (French) Stage. Pete was a veteran of WWII having served his country as a paratrooper with the 82nd "Screaming Eagles" Airborne and the 163rd Airborne AA Battalion of the U.S. Army. Pete and his wife, Shirley (Palmer), who predeceased him in April of 1994, are best remembered as the owners and operators of the "White Tavern", a popular eatery in Alba, for more than twenty years until it was destroyed by fire in November, 1983. Following his retirement with the demise of the "White Tavern", Pete employed his experience and expertise by serving two separate stints as club manager at the Moose Lodge in Canton, PA as well as the V.F.W./American Legion in Troy, PA. The New York Yankee baseball family lost one of its most avid, lifelong fans when Pete died. He was not only a Yankee fan but a baseball history buff. Pete was a life member of Troy's V.F.W. Post 8675, a life member of the Captain Clarence R. Oliver American Legion Post 154 in Elmira Heights, NY and a member of Canton's Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 429. Surviving are his wife, Patricia (VanNoy); two children, Ronald Stage of Escondido, CA and Sheryl Lynn Struble of Tucson, AZ; the mother of his children, Marjorie Hafflett of Elmira, NY; three grandchildren, Carrie S. Birosh of Dallas, TX, John (Kim) Struble of Jacksonville, FL, and Jeffery Struble of Binghamton, NY. Pete is also survived by several nieces and nephews who affectionately knew him as "Uncle Pete". Family will receive friends from 10 – 12 Noon Wednesday, October 17, at Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Dr., Canton. The funeral service will be held at Noon with Rev. David B. Morris officiating. Interment will follow at Park Cemetery in Canton with Military Honors accorded. In lieu of flowers, his family suggests contributions in Pete's memory may be made to a charity of one's choice. Published in the Star-Gazette on 10/16/2007.

 

STEVENS Ruth S. Foust

93, of Canton, Pa., died Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at the Twin Oaks Personal Care Home in Granville Summit while surrounded by her family. She was born June 19, 1920 to Leroy and Dora (Hulslander) Stevens in Addison, N.Y. In her teen years her family moved to Troy, Pa., where she helped them in the Market Basket Grocery store that they owned there. Ruth graduated from Troy High School, class of 1938. After her marriage they moved to Falls Church, Va. where she worked in Washington DC for the U.S. Navy Department, Bureau of Ships, during World War II. In 1945, they moved back to Canton to the house where she continued to live until failing health caused her to move to Twin Oaks Personal Care Home in 2010. Ruth was employed by Cummings Lumber Company for 10 years, and for Gleckner's, and Canton Independent Sentinel. She also enjoyed taxiing people to various appointments and outings. Ruth was a member of the former Canton Methodist Church, continuing her membership in the Ward United Methodist Church. As long as she was able, she was active in their Friendly Missionary Society and other church ministries. She was a great homemaker and excelled in cooking, baking, sewing, knitting, and crocheting. She loved attending her grandchildren and great-grandchildren's school programs and sporting events. Ruth also loved flowers and feeding and watching her birds. She is survived by her daughters Dana Kepler of Gillette, Wy., and Sherry (Larry) Jennings of Canton, a son, Michael (Jan) Shoemaker of Muncy, 10 grandchildren Debbe (Vern) Zellers of Jersey Shore, Shelley Glass of Gillette, Wy., Kevin (Bonnie) Perry of Rock Springs, Wy., Brenda (Tim) Dennis of Gillette, Wy., Mark (Janet) Shoemaker of Williamsport, Brett Shoemaker of Mountain Top, Larry Jr. (Annette) Jennings of Warren Center, Randy Jennings (Lourie) of Granville Summit, Scott (Nicole) Jennings of Canton, and Jim (Michelle) Jennings of Canton. She is also survived by 25 great-grandchildren and 17 great-great grandchildren. Two more great-great grandchildren are expected in January! Ruth is also survived by a niece, Melba Campbell of Coryland and a special "like a son" friend, Rick (Sandra) Segur of Canton. She was predeceased by her husband Raymond (Bud) Foust in 1976 and is survived by his children, Dennis (Debbe) Foust and Cheryl (Bob) Merrill and their families. Besides Ruth's parents and husband, she was predeceased by her son William "Billy" Leroy Shoemaker (1949 from polio); a sister Ora Campbell (1994); great-grandson Samuel Zellers (1978), great-great granddaughter Lilly Mae Harris (2012), and nephew Donald Campbell (2003).Services will be held at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive in Canton on Monday, Dec. 16 at noon. The family will receive friends at 11 a.m. and continue until start of service. Her grandson, Larry Jennings Jr., and her pastor Jerry Schmidt will officiate the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to the Ward United Methodist Church, 474 Furman Rd., Canton, PA 17724 or Twin Oaks Activity Fund at 1100 Cowley Road, Granville Summit, PA 16926. The family cannot express their gratitude enough to Marsha and the care givers at Twin Oaks for the wonderful care our loved one has received over the past four years.  Towanda Daily Review – December 13, 2013    

 

STEVENS Ruth Foust

93, died December 11, 2013 at Twin Oaks Personal Care Home in Granville Summit, Pa. A comprehensive obituary will appear in Friday's newspaper. Calling hours will be 11 to noon on Monday, Dec. 16, at Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Dr., Canton with the funeral service held at noon. Burial will follow in Park Cemetery. Those who wish may consider a memorial in Mrs. Foust's name to the Ward United Methodist Church, c/o 474 Furman Rd., Canton, PA 17724 or to Twin Oaks Activity Fund, RR1 Box 182T Granville Smt., PA 16926.  Towanda Daily Review – December 12, 2013

 

TEARS Annetta

(Local News) Mrs. E. Herrick Thomas, who was born in Troy 77 years ago and in 1867 moved to Canton, died at her home in that place last Thursday afternoon. Two years ago Mrs. Thomas suffered an apoplectic shock from which she only partially rallied. Mr. Thomas survives and three children—Mrs. P. A. Rising of Evanston, Illinois; Delos H. and Lynn G. Thomas of Canton. Funeral services were held from the home Sunday afternoon, her pastor, the Rev. John Sanders of the Presbyterian Church, officiating. TGR 1922  

 

STERLING –JULIA STERLING RICKARD, 74 of 19 East South Ave., Canton, died Saturday, March 1, 1986 in the Lakeland Medical Center, Lakeland, Fla.  She was born Jan. 11, 1912 in Canton, a daughter of Frederick and Mae Williams Sterling.  She was a member of the Canton Ecumenical Parish and the Canton Senior Citizens.  Surviving are her husband, Joseph, tow whom she was married 48 years; a son, George of Glen Rock, Pa.; one daughter, Sarah Jane Moul of Hanover; five grandchildren.  Friends may call at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, Tuesday from 7-9 p.m.  Funeral services will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the funeral home, with the Rev. Richard Barner, her pastor, officiating.  Interment will be in the Park Cemetery, Canton.  –Canton Independent Sentinel.

STEVENS - ORA M. CAMPBELL
 Ora M. Campbell, 84, of Troy, PA died Tuesday, October 4, 1994 at the Blue Ridge Haven West Nursing Home in Camp Hill, PA. She was born January 18, 1910 in Ridgeway, NY, the daughter of Roy and Dora Hulslander Stevens. She was retired in 1975 from Eureka, now known as Paper Magic, Troy. She was formerly employed at the Edgewood Family Restaurant in Troy. Ora received the Community Volunteer Recognition Award in 1989 and was nominated by her county commissioners on the basis of outstanding service to the community.  She was a volunteer of long standing with the senior citizens program. She had 15 years of active service to the Troy Hospitality House.  Ora was one of the initial starters of the troy Food Bank which was in her home. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Don and Melba Campbell of Gillett RR 2; daughter, Susan Campbell adopted daughter, Phyllis Nelson; grandchildren and spouses, Terry LeRoy (Jill) Campbell, Trudy Dianne (Frank) Salatino and Douglas Devoe (Linda) Campbell; ten great-grandchildren; a sister, Ruth Foust of Canton; nieces, Dana Kepler and Sheryl Jennings; and nephews, Michael Shoemaker. She was predeceased by her mother, Dora Stevens, in 1960; her father, Roy Stevens, in 1966; and a nephew, Billy Shoemaker. Funeral services were held at the First United Methodist Church in Troy on October 7 with the Rev. Guy Camp and the Rev. Garry Zuber officiating with burial to be in the Park Cemetery, Canton.  Arrangements were by the Vickery Funeral Home in Troy. Memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Church of Toy, 205 Redington Ave., Troy, PA 16947. (TGR, Thursday, October 13, 1994)

STILTNER Rev. Theodore H. "Ted" Stiltner
Rev. Theodore Stiltner, 61, of Canton, Pa., went home to his Lord and Savior on Friday, Nov. 5, 2010 from his home. Theodore Hubert "Ted" Stiltner was born on Dec. 18, 1948 in Richlands, Va. He was one of four children, a son of Shirley Jean (Shelton) Stiltner of Richlands the late Gratho L. Stiltner. After graduating from Richlands High School, Ted became an Ordained Minister at the Pine Crest Bible College in Salisbury, N.Y., and later earned his doctorate degree in counseling. On June 9, 1973, Ted married the former Donna Marie Kuhn in Salisbury, N.Y. They served as missionaries in Mexico and Costa Rica for several years. Pastor Ted also ministered at several churches in the United States. Ted's love for Jesus led him to help and comfort countless people. Most recently, he was very active with the Fellowship Bible Church in Troy and their senior group. He also enjoyed teaching young people in Sunday school for many years. He cherished his family, especially his grandchildren. Ted was an avid gardener and reader. In addition to his mother; surviving are: his children, David (Wensday) Stiltner of Wilmington, Mass., Joy (Allen) Williams and Miriam (Jeremey) Wilcox all of Canton; six grandchildren, Jordyn, Kayla, Jillian, Katie, Abigail and Molly; a sister, Patricia Stiltner of Richlands; several nieces, nephews, cousins; and his beloved dog and companion, Noel. In addition to his wife, Donna, who died
on Oct. 7, 2006, Ted was predeceased by his father; a sister and brother, Nancy Costello and Larry Stiltner. Calling hours will be 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, at The Fellowship Bible Church on Mudcreek Road and Route 14 south of Troy. The funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. with Rev. Calvin Cutting and Rev. James Shay officiating. Burial will be in Park Cemetery. Those who wish may direct memorials in Rev. Ted's name to the , 1948 E. Third St. Williamsport, PA 17701. Pepper Funeral Home in Canton is assisting his family with arrangements. Towanda Daily Review - November 7, 2010

LARUE ROY STORRS.  During the early afternoon of Tuesday, July 29, 2003, Canton native LaRue Roy Storrs died quietly at Troy Community Hospital.  He was 91 years of age.  Born on his family’s farm just outside Canton Borough on West Union Street, March 29, 1912, he was a son of Roy and Lydia Battin Storrs.  Known to his friends as Larry, he was very athletic in his youth, excelling in baseball, football and other sports at Canton High School.  As was the case with many young men of his generation, Larry left school to assist his parents on the farm.  While in his early 20s he courted a young Canton lady named Regina “Jean” Griswold, and on Sept. 13, 1933, they were united in Marriage.  They set up housekeeping in Canton and together they raised a son.  Larry had a knack for things mechanical and soon was offered a position as auto mechanic with the former Hallett’s Ford dealership in Canton.  A few years later Larry accepted a position with another company, which resulted in his moving the family to Scranton.  When the U.S. entered World War II, Larry took a job in a munitions factory in the Washington, D.C., vicinity and once again the Storrs family relocated.  In the mid 1950s Larry moved the family back to Pennsylvania, settling in Hawley for 34 years.  He added carpentry to his list of mastered skills and worked on numerous building projects.  In 1989 Larry and Jean returned to Canton to be nearer to other family members.  Larry was the strong, silent type, with never a lot to say, but always enough to get his point across.  He was a great lover of the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman.  Larry is survived by his wife of nearly 70 years, Jean, at home; son, Richard (and Betty) Storrs of El Cajon, Calif.; brother Lynn Storrs of Leesburg, Fla.; sister Irene Bassett of Canton; three grandchildren; six nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Lydia Storrs; brothers Niles Storrs and Owen Storrs; twin brother, Lamar Storrs; and sister, Marian Williams.  In accordance with Larry’s wishes, there will be no calling hours.  A memorial service will be held at the Canton Ecumenical Parish, Wednesday, Aug. 6, at 1 p.m. with Pastor Dean Walrath officiating.  Professional services have been entrusted to Morse and Kleese Funeral Home Inc., 40 N. Center St., Canton.  –Towanda Daily Review.  (Buried Park Cemetery)

GORDON B. STOVER, 76, 16 South Minnequa Ave., Canton, died Saturday Nov. 23, 1974 at the Williamsport City Hospital.  He was born August 11, 1898 at East Point in Tioga County, the son of Harry and Olive Harer Stover.  He was a retired saddler at Gleckner and Sons, having worked there for over 60 years.  He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Canton and the IOOF of Canton where he was a fifty-year member.  He is survived by his wife, the former Eva Brown, and a sister, Mrs. C. R. Norton of Williamsport.  Funeral and committal services will be held at the Morse Funeral Home in Canton today at 2 p.m.  The Rev. Raymond D. Fravel will officiate.  Burial will be in the Park Cemetery in Canton.  –Canton Independent Sentinel.

STREETER - Stuart B. Streeter of 25 S. Minnequa Ave., Canton, husband of Baroness Gisela VonPriem/Streeter, died after a long and courageous battle with MD-ALS.  Born in 1942, Stu was raised in Canton, Pa., by his parents Charles Lloyd and Alice Streeter. He was a member of the Ecumenical Parish and sang in the church choir for more than 25 years. Stu was a member of the Canton Boy Scouts, having achieved the life rank and the God and Country Award. Mr. Streeter attended Canton elementary and high schools. He was a long-time member of the band. Stu also served four years in the U.S. Navy, working as an IC electrician. Upon discharge, he worked at various radio, TV, and cable stations in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey area.  Stu helped launch Canton's first radio station, WKAD/Stereo 100, serving as newsman and DJ. Stu was best known as the Canton school's AV/TV director of programming TV10 Canton, having served for 35 years. He also videotaped many of the football games, concerts, activities going on at the school, and graduations. He was on the zoning board for many years and helped with many town activities. He was a life active member of the Innes Hose Company.  Surviving relatives are: his wife, Gisela; five step-children, Nancy Fazler of Williamsport, Diana Kroftcheck of Gaithersburg, Md., Raymond and David Miller, both of Canton, and Christiana Brown of North Carolina; 12 grandchildren; former adopted son Ricky Streeter of Allentown; sister Margo Streeter-Kotulak of Littleton, Colo., and nephew Andy Kotulak, nieces Emily and Katie Kotulak, all of Littleton, Colo.; sister-in-law Kathy Streeter of Pittsburg with nephew Luke and niece Kelly Streeter of Ohio; aunt Mary Ellen Kamper of West Caldwell, N.J.; cousins David Schaffer of Ohio, Ted Schaffer of Pittsburg, Lynn Ferguson, George and Eddy Kamper, all of New Jersey; and second cousins Max, Katie and Carolyn of New Jersey.  Stu was preceded in death by: his parents Charles Lloyd and Alice Streeter of Canton; brother Chuck Streeter of Pittsburg; and uncle Edward O Kamper of New Jersey.  Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center Street, Canton, resuming 1-3 p.m. Friday. The funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Jerry Schmidt, his pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in the Park Cemetery.  The family will provide the flowers. Contributions in Stu's memory can be made to either the ALS Foundation at 321 Norristown Rd., Suite 260, Ambler, PA 19002-2755, or MDA at 2040 Linglestown Rd., No. 201, Harrisburg, PA 17110.   04 Oct. 2009, Towanda Daily Review.

STULL –MRYTLE MAE “MONNIE” LARRISON, 66, Hornby, NY, died March 26, 1991 at the Corning Hospital.  Mrs. Larrison was born February 10, 1925 in Canton, a daughter of Roderick H. and Mae Bastion Stull.  “Monnie” graduated from Canton High School and retired as a tax collector for the Corning-Painted Post School District in 1985.  Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Larry (Sally) Orr, Lindley, NY; sons, Robert, Dallas, TX; Timothy, Lawrenceville and Daniel, East Corning, NY; sister, Thelma S. Bullock, Canton; brother, Allen L. Stull, Canton; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one nephew and a host of friends.  Funeral and committal services were held March 28 at the Carpenter Funeral home, Corning, NY and burial was in the Park Cemetery, Canton.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

ALDEN E. SWAYZE, age 85, of Elyria, Ohio, died Friday, May 28, 2004, at the EMH Regional Medical Center, Elyria, Ohio.  He was born Nov. 6, 1918 in Canton, Pa. where he lived until moving to Florida in 1966.  He lived in Florida from 1966 until becoming a resident at the Elyria United Methodist Village in 2002.  He graduated from Canton High School, Canton, Pa. in 1936.  He served with the 5th Army during World War II in North Africa and Italy, including Anzio Beach, and participated in the liberation of Rome. He was involved in the family business in Canton, Swayze Folding Box Company, and was also a truck driver.  He was a former member of First Presbyterian Church, Canton, and Central Baptist Church, Dayton, Fla.   Surviving are: his wife of 31 years, Ethel E. Nell; daughter, Marilyn S. Ellis of Mechanicsburg, Virginia; son John A. Swayze of Towanda, Pa.; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by a sister, Jean S. Porter in 1970, his father, Leon A. Swayze in 1946, and his mother Anna M. Swayze in 1978.  A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 4, at 11:30 a.m. at the Chapel of the Elyria United Methodist Village, 807 West Ave. Elryia, Ohio. Burial will be in the Park Cemetery, Canton, Pa.  Submitted by Carol Brotzman.  –Towanda Daily Review.

SWAYZE, Leon Alden-Canton, Sept 26- 52, president of the Swayze Folding Box Co for 21 years, died at the Robert Packer Hospital early this morning after an illness of several years. He was a member of the Masonic lodges of Canton and Troy, a director of the Packer hospital and of Devitt’s tubercular sanitarium of Allenwood, Pa. He was a member of the First Presbyterian church of Canton. Surviving are his wife, Anna Banks Swayze; son, Alden E; a daughter, Jean Swayze Porter; a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Krise; his mother, Mrs. Jennie F Swayze; and two grandchildren, all of Canton. Funeral services will be held Sunday, Sept 29 at 3 pm. at the family home. Dr Don Tullis, Mr. Swayze’s pastor at Daytona Beach, Fla, assisted by Rev. William Woodman of Canton will officiate. Burial will be in Park Cemetery. (Canton)

SWAYZE –LILLIAN JANE, Mrs. Floyd Knerr died Friday afternoon (1938) in the Williamsport hospital at the age of 48.  Her death, which followed a very brief illness was a great shock to the entire community, where she was known and respected by hundreds of people.   Mrs. Knerr was a member of the Presbyterian Church, Bradford Chapter, D.A.R. and other organizations, but her chief interest was in her devotion to her home and family.  The fact that she had just started improvements and redecoration in her beloved home makes her sudden death more pathetic.  Surviving are: her husband and one son Frederick; her mother, Mrs. Alden Swayze; one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Krise and one brother, Leon Swayze.  The funeral was held Monday afternoon from her late home and interment was made in Park Cemetery.  Rev. W. J. Cartmell was the officiating clergyman.

JAMES H. TAYLOR, 69 OF 222 North Center St., Canton died Friday July 20, 1985 after being stricken at home.  Mr. Taylor was born Nov. 2, 1915 in Cleveland, Ohio the son of Floyd and Maude Brown Taylor.  A graduate of Canton High School, he attended Bethany College and George School in Bucks County where he became very well acquainted with noted author, James A. Michener.  Mr. Taylor entered the insurance business in 1939 as an associate to his father, Floyd D. Taylor Sr., he later continued the insurance agency along with his wife Fredarica.  On September 1, 1949 Mr. Taylor was confirmed Post Master of Canton by the U.S. Senate.  He served in that capacity until June 30, 1973 at which time he retired.  Following his retirement, Mr. Taylor worked part-time at the Morse and Segur Furniture Store and the former Morse Funeral Home, both of Canton.  He was an Army veteran of World War II, a member and past commander of Canton VFW Post 714, Post VFW District Commander, and a member of the Brooks-Flick American Legion Post 49 in Troy and former member of 40-eight organization.  Mr. Taylor was a past member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees and had been an active member of the National Association of Postmasters, United States, having served on many committees and holding several offices in the five-county association.  He was also vice-president in the Pennsylvania State Association of Postmasters.  He was a life member and past secretary treasurer for 25 years of the Innis Hose Co. in Canton.  He was a past director and secretary treasurer for Park Cemetery Association for 25 years.  An organizer of the Canton War Memorial Swimming Pool Committee, he was also a former treasurer of the Canton Boy Scout Association and past president of the Board of Trustees and treasurer for the former First Presbyterian Church in Canton for many years.  He was an avid sportsman and was a member of the Old Possessions Hunting Club in Tioga County and a life member of the Canton I.O.O.F. Lodge #321 where he was past Noble Grand and past president.  He was also a member of the Canton L.O.O.M. Lodge 429 and a former member of Canton Business Association where he served on the board of directors.  He also handled the duties of treasurer for the Canton Community Nursing Center for several years.  He was an active member and past president of the Pennsylvania Association for Retarded Children and for many years served on the Advisory Board of Bradford/Sullivan and Tioga Counties Mental Health Association.  He is survived by his wife, the former Fredarika Johnonnis, to whom he was married 48 years on Feb. 19, 1985; two sons; J. Hollis Taylor Jr. of Winfield, Pa. and Robert L. Taylor of Sayre; daughter, Ms. Cynthia J. Taylor of Plattsburg, N.Y.; a brother, Floyd Taylor Jr. of Canton; four grandchildren; a mother-in-law, Mrs. Ethel Johonnis of Canton; one niece, two nephews, several cousins.  Funeral and committal services will be held today at 11 a.m. from the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton with Rev. Richard Barner, pastor of the Canton Ecumenical Parish, officiating.  Interment will be in Park Cemetery.  Memorial donations may be directed to the Association of Retarded Citizens or the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 428, Sayre, PA or the Canton Community Nursing Association, Canton.  –Towanda Daily Review

ROBERT LEWIS TAYLOR - On the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, Robert Lewis Taylor, formerly of Sylvania, passed away quietly at Bradford County Manor where he had resided recently. He was 61 years of age. Born Oct. 25, 1953 in Sayre, he was the son of James H. and Fredarica A. (Johonnis) Taylor. From the age of 5 Bob resided at the Selinsgrove Center and later at similar residences in Sayre, Athens and Sylvania. He was employed at various sheltered workshops over the years, his last place of employment being The Copper Tree in Troy. Bob enjoyed listening to music, dancing and partying. He spent many enjoyable summer vacations, along with his brother, at their sister's home in New York state. Bob is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, J. Hollis and Linda Taylor Jr.; sister, Cynthia Taylor; nieces, Deborah A. Taylor and Margaret E. Taylor; nephew, James H. Taylor III; great-nephew, Devin Taylor; great-niece, Kirin Taylor; aunt, Marie (Mrs. Floyd D.) Taylor Jr. and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and nephew, Davison T. Taylor. A time of visitation and remembrance will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24 at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 94 N. Center St., Canton. Interment in Park Cemetery will be private at a later date. –Towanda Daily Review 1/22/2015

WILLIAM P. ‘WIMPIT’ TEMPLE, 47, Canton RR 1 (Leroy Twp.) died unexpectedly, April 7, 1997 at his home.  He was born October 18, 1949 in Berwick, PA the only son of Paul Temple and the late Ruth Gearinger Temple.  Mr. Temple was a graduate of Towanda High School, class of 1968.  Shortly following graduation he entered the United State Army and served his country during the Vietnam conflict receiving his honorable discharge in May of 1975.  He was a devoted employee for 28 years at the E. I. Dupont Plant in Towanda.  On July 2, 1991 he married the former Carol Frey at the Holmes’ Cottage on Lake Hill, Canton Township.  Mr. Temple was a lifetime member of the Canton V.F.W. Post 714, the Wheel Inn Club, Roaring Branch, PA and the Canton Loyal order of the Moose No. 429.  Wimpit which was short for William P. Temple, was an easy going and friendly man possessing many friends.  He was a handyman, jack of all trades, and enjoyed fixing and tinkering around the house.  He loved the outdoors, especially fishing, hunting and camping, was an enthusiastic NASCAR follower and devoted fan of the “Intimidator” Dale Earnhart.  Surviving are: his wife of six years, Carol Ann; daughter, Bridget Temple; son, William Temple, Jr. both of Dillsburg, PA.  Stepson, Jeffery Lynn Temple at home; father, Paul “Gus” Temple, Muncy, PA; sister and brother-in-law, Susan and Lee Alexander, Towanda, PA; sister and her fiance, Debbie Temple and Ed Callahan both of Beaver, PA; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ronald and Dorothy Frey, Shunk, PA; brother-in-law and spouse, Martin and Lisa Frey, Shunk; sister-in-law and spouse, Tammy and Dog Brown, Watkins Glen, NY; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth in February of 1996.  The family will receive friends Wednesday, April 9 from 6-9 p.m. at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton.  The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 10 at the funeral home with Rev. Jasper Smith, retired Methodist Minister, officiating.  Interment will follow in Park Cemetery, Canton, with the Canton V.F.W. Post No. 714 according full military honors.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials may be directed to the VA Hospice Program, Dallas, PA in Mr. Temple’s name. –Canton Independent Sentinel.

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Wellsboro Agitator - Wednesday, March 10, 1920
Mrs. Archie Ameigh died Feb. 25, at her home in Canton. Mrs.Ameigh was a popular young lady and was before her marriage Miss Daisy Terry, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. B. Terry, of Ogdensburg, a sister of Mrs. R. G. Rauscher, formerly of Roaring Branch, now of Ralston. The deceased is survived by her husband, two children, her parents, one sister, Cora, and one brother, Fred.

PAUL K. TERRY, 68 of 7 Little St., Canton died Sunday, Jan. 9, 1977 at Robert Packer Hospital.  He was born in Canton Township, Sept. 21, 1908, the son of William and March Carl Terry.  He was a retired farmer.  He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Bessie Bernard of Elmira, M.Y. and Mrs. Eloise Kennedy of Troy; two brothers, Charles Terry of Morris and Carl D. Terry of Canton RD 1; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Kathleen Terry of Canton; several nieces and nephews.  Funeral and committal services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. from the Morse Funeral Home, 12 E. Main St., Canton with the Rev. S. Wade Stewart officiating.  Burial will be in Park Cemetery, Canton.  –Towanda Daily Review

BELLE THOMAS, 78 of South Minnequa Ave., Canton died May 31, 1987 at her home.  She was born April 6, 1909 in Canton a daughter of Lynn G. and Fannie Brown Thomas.  Prior to her retirement, Miss Thomas took care of elderly citizens and infants.  She was a member of the Canton Ecumenical Parish.  Miss Thomas is survived by a brother, Phillip B. Thomas, a resident of the Bradford County Manor.  Memorial services will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, Canton with the Rev. Richard M. Barner, her pastor officiating.  Interment will be in Park Cemetery, Canton.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

THOMAS –ELMA THOMAS LEHR, King George, VA died April 13, 1995 at a King George Hospital.  She was the daughter of the late Leon and Maude Kniffin Thomas.  Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Gerald and Helen Lehr, King George, VA; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She was predeceased by her husband, Henry Lehr; mother, Maude Kniffin and brother, Gerald Thomas.  Services were held recently with burial in Park Cemetery.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

HENRY THOMAS died suddenly on Monday afternoon Jan. 7, 1935 of heart trouble.  He was 78 years old and is survived by two brothers, Alvin and Meade Thomas of Alba.  The funeral was held Thursday afternoon at two o’clock from the home of his niece, Mrs. John McKee at Beech Flats with Rev. G. W. Gilbert officiating.  Interment was made in Park Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel

MISS J. EVELYN THOMAS, 73 of 50 Front St. (Garden Village West), Binghamton, N.Y. formerly of Canton died Monday, Sept. 7, 1981 at the Binghamton General Hospital.  Miss Thomas was born April 10, 1908 a daughter of Marshall (Dee) and Harriet Fields Thomas in Clearfield, Pa.  She was a retired physical education teacher.  Miss Thomas is survived by one sister, Mrs. Carl (Isabelle) Krotzer of Canton; two brothers, Edward Thomas of Tyrone, Pa. and Bruce Thomas of Alma, N.Y.; nieces and nephews also survive.  The funeral and committal services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton with the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating.  Interment will be in Park Cemetery, Canton.  Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday from 7 until 9 p.m.  –Towanda Daily Review

THOMAS LaRene Ayres
THOMAS –LARENE (THOMAS) AYRES - On the evening of Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010, LaRene (Thomas) Ayres of Canton died
unexpectedly at Troy Community Hospital with her family at her side. She was 88 years of age. Born in Canton on Feb. 1, 1922, she was the daughter of T. Merton and Margaret (Schanbacher) Thomas. LaRene graduated Canton High School with the class of 1940 and Mansfield State Teachers' College in 1943. In 1952 she married Donald L. Ayres and in 1961 she earned her masters degree in education. LaRene began her teaching career in Smethport, Pa., McKean County. She taught for a while in Elmira and later in Canton as a kindergarten teacher. LaRene loved to teach and to enlighten the minds of children as well as adults. She belonged to the Ward United Methodist Church where she taught the adult Sunday School class and served as church organist. LaRene was a member and past president of the Bradford-Sullivan County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Honorary Educators' Organization as well as the Elmira chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. She was a lover of poetry, an avid reader and was a member and benefactor of the Friends of the Green Free Library in Canton. LaRene and Don enjoyed traveling and had been to Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, Alaska and Hawaii. They enjoyed fishing in Canada, a friendly game of Bridge and the theater. They shared 53 years until Don's passing in 2005. A woman of strong convictions and fortitude, self-reliant and independent, she was an inspiration to all who knew her. She is survived by: her sister Marie (and Floyd) Taylor of Canton; sister-in-law Helen Ayres of Canton; several nieces and nephews and cousins, including Alice Kinnear of South Carolina, Gary (and Theresa) Parker of Montrose, Patricia (and James) Kuhns of Williamsport; Carrie Ellen (and Duane) Wilcox of LeRoy, Lila Thomas of Canton Township, Lela Poust of Florida, Inez Kieffer of Horseheads, N.Y., James Hollis (and Linda) Taylor Jr. of Lewisburg, Cynthia Taylor of Indian Lake, N.Y., Robert Taylor of Sylvania, Kay (and Dick) Porter and Ann (and Thomas) Carl, all of Canton, Connie (and Bill) Spencer of Granville Summit, Sue (and Dan) Bastion of Armenia Township, and Lanier "Bud" (and Dorothy) Ayres of Canton. Preceding her in death were: her husband, Donald; and brothers-in-law Lanier Ayres and James H. Taylor. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at the Canton Ecumenical Parish, 103 N. Center St., Canton. Service will follow at 11 a.m. with Pastor Jerry Schmidt officiating. Interment will be in Park Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Green Free Library, 38 N. Center St., Canton, or Ward United Methodist Church, c/o Maxine Shedden, 474 Farmer Rd., Canton, PA. Professional services have been entrusted to Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, Canton. –Towanda Daily Review 12/8/2010

THOMAS –MRS. SADIE A. DAVY, 78, of Canton, RD 2, died Wednesday evening, April 26, 1961, at the home of her grandson Ralph Davy, of Roaring Branch, RD 2.  Mrs. Davy was born at Chase’s Mill, July 2, 1882, the daughter of Thomas and Alice Gough Thomas.  She was the widow of Oliver C. Davy and was a retired employee of the Belmar Manufacturing Co., in Canton.  Mrs. Davy was a member of the Ward Methodist Church and the Ward Grange.  Surviving are two sons, Berton Davy of Roaring Branch RD 2 and Thomas Davy of Canton RD 2; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. H. C. McDonald of Elmira.  Funeral services were held on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the Kleese Funeral Home, Center St., Canton, with the Rev. Richard L. Tillapaugh, pastor of the Canton Methodist Church officiating.  Burial was in Park cemetery, Canton. –Canton Independent Sentinel.

WILBUR H. TILLOTSON, 63 of Binghamton, N.Y. died unexpectedly Feb. 1, 1964 at his home.  A resident of Canton until he moved to Binghamton some years ago, he was a member of Local 304, Upholsters International Union and the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge, No. 429, Canton.  Surviving are his wife, Blanch Allen; his mother, Mrs. Rose Tillotson of Canton; one brother, Ward of Binghamton and two sisters, Lucille Dunn, Binghamton and Mrs. Iva Hitchenn of Mansfield.  Funeral services were held Tuesday with the Rev. Wilton J. Dubrick of Fairview Methodist Church officiating.  Burial will be in Park Cemetery, Canton at the convenience of the family.

GERALD F. TRANSUE, 73 of Roaring Branch RD 1 died Saturday April 19, 19881 in the Williamsport Hospital.  He was a Marine veteran of World War II and had been baptized a Morman in the Morman Tabernacle, Salt Lake City, Utah.  Surviving are his wife of 50 years, the former Lucille Mix: three sons; Gerald D. of Canton, Norman M. of Richmond, Va., and Herbert C. of Spokane, Wash.; a brother, William M. of Marsh Hill; four grandchildren and a great-grandson.  Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton with the Rev. Clark J. Redmond, pastor of the Canton Ecumenical Parish officiating.  Interment will be in the Park Cemetery, canton.  Friends may call at the funeral home Monday from 7 to 9 p.m.  –Towanda Daily Review

TRAPP - Catherine Jane (Trapp) Benson, 98, passed into the presence of her savior, Monday, Jan. 31, 2005. Catherine was a resident of Sycamore Manor Health Center in Montoursville, Pa. Catherine was born Jan. 29, 1907 in Atlantic City, N.J., to the late George Henry Trapp of Mundsley, England, and the late Mildred (Drake) Trapp of West Leroy, Pa. In 1908, the family moved to Canton, Pa., which became Catherine’s lifelong home until she went to Sycamore Manner in the late 1990’s.  Catherine was a graduate of Canton High School, Valedictorian of the Class of 1925. Realizing her potential, Mrs. Helen Rockwell, member of a prosperous Canton family, provided for Catherine to attend Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pa., where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in Foreign Language. She returned to Canton and taught Latin and French at Canton High School. She also worked for Krise Motor Company of Canton; was active at the Green Free Library and active in the then Canton Presbyterian Church. She was also a member of the Wilson College Alumni Association and the Canton Ecumenical Parrish. Catherine was the widow of the late H. Athel Benson of Canton, Pa. Together they owned and operated H.A. Benson Plumbing and Heating at 33 Troy Street and later at 49 Lycoming Street until Athel’s death. In addition to her husband, Catherine was preceded in death by her brother George Homer Trapp in 1999, and by her great nephew George Harold Trapp in 1971. She is survived by her brother James E. Trapp, 93, of Weston, W.Va.; her nephew George H. Trapp and his wife, Jan. of Dillsburg, Pa.; her nephew Peter F. Trapp and his wife, Pam, of Manassas, Va.; great nieces Cindee L. Trapp of Mechanicsburg, Pa., Stacee M. Houck and her husband, Dan; great-great nephew, Eliah Z. Houck of New Cumberland, Pa.; and great nephew Raymond “Brad” Trapp of Lemoyne, Pa. Visitation will be from noon until 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, at Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Inc., at 40 N. Center Street, Canton. The service will be at 1 p.m. with Pastor Dean Walrath officiating. Interment will follow in the Park Ecumenical Parish, 43 N. Center St., or the Green Free Library, 14 N. Center St., Canton, Pa. 17724.

TRICK - On the morning of Saturday, May 16, 2009, Rose Ella (Trick) Bacon diedquietly at Robert Packer Hospital. She was 69 years of age.  Born in Cherry Township, Sullivan County, on Oct. 16, 1939, she was the daughter of Preston and Margaret (Weisbrod) Trick. While Rose was still a young girl, the family moved to Hughesville, where she attended school. After the passing of Rose's father, the family relocated to Williamsport, and eventually Canton.  Rose enjoyed crocheting blankets and doing all sorts of craft work. For as long as her health permitted, she and her husband Clifford were familiar figures on the streets of Canton. When she became wheelchair-bound, her husband faithfully wheeled her all around town each day so she could be with family and friends.  Rose is survived by: her husband Clifford, at home; son Billy Lee Bacon of Canton; daughter Carol Lee Randall (and David Calado) of Athens; brothers Glenn Trick of Canton and Robert Trick of Williamsport; sisters Ruth (and Fred) Boeschen of Lawton, Okla., Mary (and Ronald) Rockwell of West Burlington, and Edna (and Murray) Moyer of Montoursville; as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by: her parents Preston and Margaret Trick; brothers Bruce, Albert, Henry and Grant Trick; sister Marie Mutschler; and infant daughter Gail.  Calling will be 9-11 a.m. Thursday, May 21, at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, Canton. The funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Park Cemetery. The family will provide the flowers and would appreciate donations to help with expenses.  19 May 2009, Daily Review.

TRIPP –MARION TRIPP ECTOR, 90, formerly of Elmira, NY, peacefully died at the Robert Packer Hospital, May 25, 2004.  Born on February 2, 1914 in Canton, she was the daughter of the late DeVille and Bessie (Grantier) Tripp.  She graduated from Canton High School in 1932 and attended the Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) Canton.  Through most of her life she was a homemaker.  She lived in the Elmira area for many years until her health required her to enter the Tioga Nursing Care Facility in Waverly, NY.  There she enjoyed activities and received wonderful care.  Surviving are two daughters, Suzanna Kline and Constance “Connie” & William White, Monroeton, PA; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; a twin sister, Marjorie Tripp Hart, Elmira, NY; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was predeceased by twin siblings, Dorothy McFadden and Donald Tripp, and an infant sister, Louise Tripp.  A private graveside service will be held at the Park Cemetery, Canton.  Arrangements are in the care of the Pepper funeral Home. –Canton Independent Sentinel.

TRIPP - HART, Marjorie (Tripp)
95, diedpeacefully at Elcor Health Services on February 4, 2009. Born February 2, 1914 in Canton, PA to the late Deville and Bessie Tripp. She was preceded by her identical twin sister, Marion Ector and her older twin siblings, Donald Tripp and Dorothy McFadden; also her sons, John Evans and Ned Fairbanks. Surviving are her children, Ben Fairbanks with wife Claudette, Wellesboro, PA, Betsy Corsi with husband Anthony of Elmira, David Battle with wife Kris of Horseheads, Pat Strausser of Florida; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Marjorie lived for her family through the tragedies of losing two children and surviving four bouts of cancer. She never lost her faith in God. She was an avid animal lover and her pets gave her great companionship and comfort through the years. She will be greatly missed but never forgotten. Services will be held Saturday, February 7 at 11 a.m. at Pepper Funeral Home, Route 14 South in Canton, PA with burial following in Canton's Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 E. Corning Rd., Corning, NY or to a local SPCA.  Published in the Star-Gazette from 2/6/2009 - 2/7/2009

MR. J. HENRY TRIPPE (Died September 30, 1885 Canton)  The limitations of an obituary notice do not allow of as lengthy an article as is due to such a man as Mr. Trippe, but we willingly pay even a brief tribute to his memory.  Mr. Trippe came to Canton, more than fifteen years ago, a strong, healthy man, with a frame of iron, destined apparently to a long life.  He scarcely knew what sickness or pain were; he gloried in his strength, and greatly enjoyed life.  But the day that shocked the nation by the shooting of the lamented Garfield, brought also ….. to this strong man.  Then ….. disease and the death of his eldest son, -an accumulation of calamities, so distressed him in body and mind that his life was despaired of.  He slowly recovered from his sickness and from the shock of bereavement, with a broken constitution, to bear about with him the sentence of death continually.  These trials and the result, weakness and constant suffering were to him as a voice from heaven saying, “Set thy house in order for than shalt die and not live.”  He heeded that voice so well that mourning friends have great consolation in the thought of the four years added to his life.  He did set his house in order by arranging his business for any sudden change and by preparing his family for taking up his business more skillfully when it should fall from his hands.  So that we may say in the retrospect, the last four years were the most important of his life.  As a business man Mr. Trippe was one of the best.  In his knowledge of men and in adapting himself to their needs; in forming friendships and in retaining friends he had rare power.  As a citizen he sought the moral and spiritual welfare of the community.  He had the wisdom to see that whatever promoted these interests caused the town and its homes to prosper.  As a Christian he had cheered the hearts of his brethren by his earnest and wise words, his ardent prayers and hopeful spirit by bearing disagreeable duties and by filling places of trust with credit to himself and great good to the church of which he was for ten years a member.  In their deep sorrow, the afflicted family have the hearty sympathy of the whole community.  Buried Park Cemetery, Canton, PA.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

TYLER - Evelyn Henrietta Tyler
Evelyn Henrietta Tyler, the subject of this obituary, was born in Northville, Wayne county, Michigan, in 1841 and died in the city of Williamsport, Pa., March 5, 1918.  For near four years she had suffered from paralysis of her lower limbs, and was a patient in the Williamsport hospital.   She died at the residence of her nurse, Miss Elizabeth Schwarz.   Her brother, James D. Tyler of Washington, D. C., arrived in Williamsport one hour before her death, and on Wednesday, March 6th accompanied her remains to Canton, Pa., where after a touchingly beautiful service in the M. E. Church, she was interred in Park cemetery.   “Eva” as she was familiarly known had been a teacher in the M. E. Sunday school for more than fifty years and was beloved by all who knew her.   A large number of her old friends and former Sunday school scholars attended the services at the church and cemetery.   She was a daughter of the late Joseph C. Tyler, who was the first agent of the Northern Central railroad in Canton and held that position for 25 years.   She is survived by a brother, James D. Tyler of Washington, D. C., and her nieces, Mrs. Jean MacDonald, wife of Colonel Donald MacDonald, U. S. A.; Mrs. C. A. Weymonth of Philadelphia; Miss Catherine M. Tyler of Omaha, Neb.; Miss Helen Ada Tyler of Council Bluff, Iowa, and one nephew, Thomas VanDyke Tyler of Tacoma, Wash.

NORMAN A. VAN GORDER, In the early morning hours of October 31, 1998, Norman Arthur Van Gorder, 94, Canton, PA went home to be with his Lord, at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, surrounded by his loving family.  Norman was born September 9, 1904 in Scranton, PA, the son of the late Arthur Delmar and Julia (Gill) Van Gorder.  He worked for Thomas Edison as a research chemist in his storage battery division shortly after his marriage.  He later worked for Celanese Corporation of American and attended Newark College of Engineering attaining a B.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering, while married and raising a family.  He later worked for Celanese in Summit, NJ, until his retirement in January 1965.  As a young man, Norman worked as a surveyor on Treasure Island, St. Petersburg, FL.  Norman’s education also included post-graduate studies at Princeton and Columbia Universities.  As an engineer at Celanese, Norman developed many scientific breakthroughs; and his family now cherishes his collections of patents.  Norman married Agnes Maurath on August 9, 1930 at Blessed Sacrament Church, Newark, NJ.  This years they celebrated 68 years of marriage together.  Norman and Agnes are the parents of:  Romayne (Angelos) DiCuollo, Emigrant, MT; Constance Liddic, Canton, PA; Peggy (Robert) Edelheit, Sanborton, NH and Norman W. Van Gorder, Troy, PA.  They are also the grandparents of Cheryl Tymeson (William) Bardo; Bruce (Robin) Tymeson; Sean (Mindy) Tymeson and Julia Liddic, all of Canton, Christian Tymeson, Williamsport, PA; Marc, Aaron and Jonathon Edelheit, Sanborton, NH.  They had the privilege of being great-grandparents to twelve children; Jordan, Hannah, Josiah, Melyce and Olivia Bardo, Canton, PA; Jase Tymeson, Vista, CA; Brandon and Jenelle Agpaca and “baby-to-be” Tymeson, Canton, PA; Brionna, Elizabeth and Gabrielle Tymeson, Canton, PA.  Norman’s interests included: gardening (hydroponics), reading, computers, (programming), composing poetry, sailing, photography, classical music, chemistry, inventing, nutrition, genealogy, coin collection, his insatiable desire to learn, the study of religion, and most of all his Godly role as patriarch of his loving family.  He was a member of the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, Westfield, NJ; St. Bartholomew’s Roman Catholic Church, Scotch Plains, NJ; St. Bernard’s Roman Catholic Church, Holmes Beach, FL and St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church in Canton.  He was a member of the Holy Name Society and Knights of Columbus (Third Degree).  In addition to his parents, Norman was preceded in death by his sister, Romayne Van Gorder.  Even with his vast knowledge and a lifetime of extraordinary accomplishments, Norman remained a very humble man to those who knew and loved him.  The family received friends Monday, November 2 at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton.  A vigil service was held at the funeral home with rev. Mr. William Graham of The St. Michael’s Church officiating.  Transferal prayers were held November 3 at the funeral home, followed by a funeral liturgy at 10 a.m. at the St. Michael’s roman Catholic Church in Canton with his pastor, Very Rev. Bert S. Kozen serving as celebrant.  Organist and soloist was Mary Ann George.  Interment was in the Park Cemetery, Canton, PA.  Pallbearers were: Sean, Christian and Bruce Tymerson, Jr.; William and Jordan Bardo, Norman Van Gorder, Jr., Gary Isaacs, Marc and Aaron Edelheit.  The family suggest memorials be directed to Norman’s wife, Agnes, E. Union St., Canton PA in her husband’s memory. –Canton Independent Sentinel.

VANTASSEL –ALICE V. HATHERILL.  On Thursday, November 25, 2004, former Canton resident Alice Rebecca (VanTassel) Hatherill died quietly at the Lock Haven Hospital Extended Care Unit.  She was 86 years of age.  Born November 9, 1918 in Glenwillard, PA, she was the daughter of Harlow and Elizabeth (Mounsey) VanTassel.  She was married to the late Ross Hatherill and had been a resident of Fassett Street for many years in August of 2002 Mrs. Hatherill moved to Blanchard, PA, where she resided with her daughter and son-inn-law.  Alice was a woman who knew her Lord.  Never one for formalities, she proclaimed herself, simply, as being Presbyterian by faith.  She was a quiet and uncomplicated woman who enjoyed the simple things in life, especially family gatherings where she always outdid herself in food preparation.  Mrs. Hatherill is survived by her daughters, Donna (and Franklin) Courter of Blanchard; and Marilyn (and Steven) Wright of Bath, NY; a son, Bradley (and Anne) Hatherill of Lowman, NY; two grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two brothers and two sisters.  Funeral services were held on November 29 at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, Inc., Canton, with Pastor Dean Walrath officiating.  Interment was held in Park Cemetery, Canton. –Canton Independent Sentinel.

VARNEY-VIOLET V. ROCKWELL, 98, of Troy St., Canton, died Friday, June 22, 1990, in the Laporte United Methodist Home where she was a resident for the past 3 ½ years.  Mrs. Rockwell was born on Sept. 2, 1891, in Franklin Township, near West Franklin, Bradford County.  She was a daughter of Ogden and Agnes Mason Varney.  Mrs. Rockwell was a member and past president of the Village Improvement Association and a member and past president of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union.  She was very active in the Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) and taught Sunday school for many years.  Mrs. Rockwell was active on many Girl Scout committees and in later years was very interested in Community affairs.  Surviving are a daughter-in-law, Helen S. Rockwell, Pittsburgh; daughter, Jane R. and husband, Saxon Palmeter, of Metuchen, N.J.; two sons, Charles H. and wife, Carol, and James H. and wife, Carol, both of Canton; 13 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren.  Nieces also survive.  She was predeceased by her husband, Martin L. Rockwell in 1967 and also by her son, Martin V. Rockwell in 1952.  The funeral service will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 North Center St., Canton, Pa.  The Rev. David B. Morris will officiate.  Internment will be in the Park Cemetery, Canton.  Friends may call at the funeral home Monday from noon to 2 p.m.  Memorial donations can be directed to the Church of Christ or a charity of one’s choice.  –Towanda Daily Review.

VEIL –MARTHA LOUISE - Our community was saddened Saturday by the news of the sudden death of Mrs. W. W. Gleckner, which occurred on Friday (1895) at about midnight.  She had been at work about her house as usual that day and in the afternoon started down town.  On her way she became suddenly ill and was obliged to stop at the home of a neighbor.  After a few explanatory words, she became unconscious and in that condition she was carried to her home.  She never regained consciousness and death is believed to have resulted from Bright’s disease, from which she has suffered for years.  Her maiden name was Louise Veil and she was a native of Johnstown, this state.  She was married to W. W. Gleckner June 22, 1871 and has been a resident of this place since that time.  She was a lady of Christian attainments and devoted to the interest of her family.  Beside her husband she leaves five children – Charles, Will, Byron, Robert and Laura, the latter a child of about 8 years to mourn the loss of one whose highest ambition was to make home the dearest place on earth to them.  She is also survived by three brothers and three sisters, Chars., of Wellsboro, Henry of Williamsport, John of Scalp Level; Mrs. Angie Linck of Williamsport, Mrs. Anna Levergood of Johnstown and Mrs. Mary Miller of Stovtestown.  The funeral was held yesterday afternoon at the Methodist Episcopal church of which she was a member, Rev. Charles L’V. Haynes officiating.  Mrs. Gleckner was 47 years of age.  Buried Park Cemetery.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

VROMAN - Vroman, Grant-Canton, Jan 8-aged 85, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Oscar Hancock in Sayre Saturday morning. Mr. Vroman was the son of William and Arminda Sayles Vroman, was born in Granville Township, and spent practically all of his life there.  Surviving are three children, Mrs. Hancock of Sayre, Charles of Wellsburg and Howard of Sayre; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted at the Morse Funeral Home in Canton Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Rev. Jesse Porter of Lock Haven will officiate with interment in Park Cemetery.


 

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