Park Cemetery, Canton Borough, Bradford
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DONALD E. (COWBOY) WALBORN, 58, Elmira died June 13, 1991 at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Mr. Walborn was born in Canton. He was a former employee of American LaFrance and currently employed by Arrow Delivery. He is survived by his wife, Susan; daughters, Crystal, April and Jaime, all of Elmira; brothers, Eugene, Pine City, Robert, Elmira, Douglas, Horseheads, Roger, Elmira, Jerry, Horseheads; sisters, Diane Spencer, Big Flats, Romona Dudgeon, Ocala, FL, Marin Edin, Horseheads, Bonnie Stevens, Elmira; mother-in-law, Carol Maricle, Horseheads; an aunt, Alice Austin, Canton; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. The funeral was held Sunday from the Barrett Funeral home with Rev. Alex Raducz officiating. Interment was in Park Cemetery, Canton at the convenience of the family. –Canton Independent Sentinel
WALBORN - EDKIN, Marion L.
Age 68, of Fairview Rd., Erin, NY, died Monday, April 16, 2007, at her home with her loving family by her side. Marion was born on February 2, 1939 in Roaring Branch, PA, daughter of the late Donald and Amber (Patterson) Walborn. Marion was a longtime attendee of the Breesport Baptist Church. She was a wonderful wife and a loving mother. She will be deeply missed. Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Freeman Edkin Sr.; sons, Freeman (Judy) Edkin Jr., Edward (Carrie) Edkin, John (Rogette) Edkin, David (Christy) Edkin and Mikeal (Shineanne) Edkin; brothers, Eugene (Jeanie) Walborn, Robert (Bonnie) Walborn, Jerry (Sylvia) Walborn, Douglas Walborn and Roger Walborn; sisters, Ramona (George) Dudgeon, Bonnie (Chip) Stevens and Diane (Skeet) Spencer; many grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and cousins. Marion was predeceased by her son, Raymond Edkin; sister, Carleita Walborn; brother, Donald Walborn. Family and friends are invited to call Friday, April 20, 2007, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 8 p.m. with Rev. Scott Snyder officiating. Interment will take place in Park Cemetery in Canton, PA, at the convenience of the family.
WALTON, SHIRLEY A. KRISE,79, during the early morning hours of Friday, March 11, 2005, former longtime Canton resident Shirley Ann (Walton) Krise died quietly at the Williamsport Home. She was 79 years of age. Born April 5, 1925 in Detroit, Mich., she was the daughter of Clifford and Grace (Abbott) Walton. After the death of her father, Shirley’s mother decided to move the family to the Northern Tier, to be closer to family. Always a person who was interested in the well-being of others, Shirley decided to pursue the nursing profession. After graduating from high school, she enlisted in the Emergency Nurse’s Training Program, with the understanding that she would be asked to serve as a military nurse if needed. However, the war ended before Shirley was ever called up. She worked at different hospitals for the next few years. It was while on a nursing assignment that she met a young man names Charles E. Krise, and a beautiful romance blossomed. In May of 1949 they were untied in marriage. The Krises made their home on a 25-acre spread in Canton Township and raised two sons and two daughters. Shirley’s nursing career took a back burner to her new role as a mother and homemaker. As the children grew older, Shirley assisted her husband in his various business interests, particularly the Ben Franklin Five and Ten in Canton. Although she was a diligent worker; Shirley did take time to enjoy her family, her flower garden and strawberry patch and the occasional game of bridge. She was also a woman of faith and a very active member of the Ward United Methodist Church. Shirley is survived by her husband of 55 years, Charles E. Krise of 1900 Ravine Road, Apartment 1000-C, Williamsport, Pa.; sons, William (and Theresa) Krise of Bozeman, Mont.; and Charles R. “Bob” (and Sandra) Krise of Williamsport; daughters, Lucinda Ann Krise and Susan G. Krise, both of Rochester, N.Y.; grandchildren, John (and Fiancée Emily) Krise, Joel (and Anne) Krise, Carolyn Krise, and Matthew (and Minta) Krise; great-grandchildren, Dylan and Myra Krise; as well as nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Clifford Walton and John D. Walton. In accordance with Shirley’s expressed wishes, there will be no viewing. A memorial service will be celebrated Monday, March 14, at 2 p.m. at the Ward United Methodist Church with Pastor Dean Walrath and Pastor Richard Waters of the First United Methodist Church of Williamsport officiating. A private interment will take place in Park Cemetery, Canton. Professional services have been entrusted to Morse & Kleese Funeral Home Inc.; 40 N. Center St., Canton. –Towanda Daily Review.
Stem, Mrs. Sue Walter– Canton, widow of Dr Harold L Stem, died at Williamsport Friday morning, December 6, 1946 at 7 o’clock. She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Nell Whitman, Canton, and Miss Katherine Walter, Binghamton; two brothers, Thad Walter, and John Walter, Elmira. Private funeral services were held Dec 9 at 2:30 pm. Burial was in Park Cemetery at Canton with Rev. J Lawrence Ware, Athens officiating.
WARD, Janet S. - Janet S. Terry, 94, of Canton, PA, widow of Carl, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday morning, January 17, 2018. Janet Stella Ward was born in West Burlington, PA March 2, 1923, one of five children of the late James Warren and Bertha Elizabeth (Herda) Ward. After graduating from Troy High School, Janet worked as a grocery store clerk while waiting for her sweetheart’s return from WWII. On Sept. 18, 1945, she married Carl Duane Terry in Canton. They were blessed with nearly 65 devoted years of marriage and raised two daughters before his passing in 2010. Janet attended the East Canton United Methodist Church and was a member of Canton’s V.F.W Auxiliary 714. Caring for family and home was most important in Janet’s life. She was usually busy with a project or interest and especially enjoyed being an avid gardener for many years, reading and cooking. Surviving are her daughters, Mary Miller Jones (Bill) of Canton and Janet (Lee) Ordway of Apple Valley, CA; three grandsons, Carl (Melissa) Shultz of Hershey, Sean (Olga) Ordway and Lance Ordway all of Apple Valley; great granddaughter, Madison Shultz; many nieces, nephews and cousins; also, special caregiver, Julie Barnes. In addition to her husband Carl, she was predeceased by four siblings; Dorothy Allie Driesbaugh, Betty Carlson, Clifford and Paul “Dick” Ward; a son-in-law, Joseph R. Miller and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. Calling hours are 11 – 12 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at Pepper Funeral Home & Cremation Facility, 578 Springbrook Dr, Canton. Rev. Dr. Dianne Bentley will officiate the funeral and committal services after visitation with Jasper Smith assisting. Burial will follow in Park Cemetery. Those who wish may consider a memorial in Mrs. Terry’s name to East Canton U.M. Church at 5791 Rt. 414 Canton, PA 17724. – Williamsport Sun Gazette, 18 January 2018
ROBERT GUY WARD, 65, Canton DR 2, formerly of Beaver Dams, NY died Oct. 30, 1989 at Troy Community Hospital. He was born Nov. 1, 1923 in Canton, the son of Ralph and L. Ruth Preston Ward. Mr. Ward retired as a fabricator for Schweizer Aircraft in Big Flats, NY following 34 years of employment. He was a U.S. Coast Guard veteran and of World War II, having served on the C.G.C. Ingham in the Mediterranean and Pacific War Zones. After World War II he went on a Good Will Tour of China. He was a member of the Ward United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, the former Ruth Warren; three sons, George G. of Warren, VT, Thomas C. New Baltimore, MI and John R. with the U.S. Navy in Bermuda; two daughters, Mrs. Paul (Judith L.) Souders, Waynesboro, PA and Mrs. Douglas (Mary J.) Nichols, Branchport, NY; 13 grandchildren; two brothers, Ralph P. Ward, Beaver Dams, NY and W. James Ward, Bowie, TX; five sisters, Mrs. Raymond (Lillian) Watson, Bowie, TX, Mrs. James (Wilma) Brown, Lakeside, CA, Mrs. Neil (Laura) Kilmer, Mrs. Carl (Sandra) Ribble and Mrs. Frederick (Barbara) Ribble all of Beaver Dams, NY; his mother-in-law, Mrs. Doris Warren, Canton RD 2. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 4 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ward United Methodist Church with the Rev. Richard M. Barner, his pastor officiating. Interment will be in the Park Cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to the American Cancer Society, 145 Lockhart St., Sayre, PA. The family will provide the flowers. The funeral is under the direction of the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton. –Canton Independent Sentinel
WARD –JANET S. TERRY, 94, of Canton, PA, widow of Carl, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday morning, January 17, 2018. Janet Stella Ward was born in West Burlington, PA March 2, 1923, one of five children of the late James Warren and Bertha Elizabeth (Herda) Ward. After graduating from Troy High School, Janet worked as a grocery store clerk while waiting for her sweetheart’s return from WWII. On Sept. 18, 1945, she married Carl Duane Terry in Canton. They were blessed with nearly 65 devoted years of marriage and raised two daughters before his passing in 2010. Janet attended the East Canton United Methodist Church and was a member of Canton’s V.F.W Auxiliary 714. Caring for family and home was most important in Janet’s life. She was usually busy with a project or interest and especially enjoyed being an avid gardener for many years, reading and cooking. Surviving are her daughters, Mary Miller Jones (Bill) of Canton and Janet (Lee) Ordway of Apple Valley, CA; three grandsons, Carl (Melissa) Shultz of Hershey, Sean (Olga) Ordway and Lance Ordway all of Apple Valley; great granddaughter, Madison Shultz; many nieces, nephews and cousins; also, special caregiver, Julie Barnes. In addition to her husband Carl, she was predeceased by four siblings; Dorothy Allie Driesbaugh, Betty Carlson, Clifford and Paul “Dick” Ward; a son-in-law, Joseph R. Miller and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. Calling hours are 11 – 12 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at Pepper Funeral Home & Cremation Facility, 578 Springbrook Dr, Canton. Rev. Dr. Dianne Bentley will officiate the funeral and committal services after visitation with Jasper Smith assisting. Burial will follow in Park Cemetery. Those who wish may consider a memorial in Mrs. Terry’s name to East Canton U.M. Church at 5791 Rt. 414 Canton, PA. –Canton Independent-Sentinel 1/25/2018
WARNER - PRUDENCE FOULKROD
Prudence L. Foulkrod, 76, of Gillett RR 2, died Sunday, December 8, 1991 at home. She was born September 30, 1915 in Troy, the daughter of Arthur and Helen Stanton Warner. She was a member of the Fassett Baptist Church for 25 years. She was formerly employed in the Elmira area at Remington Rand and Youngstown Steel Door. Mrs. Foulkrod is survived by her husband of 58 years, Edward P. Foulkrod; sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas and Beverly Foulkrod of Cedarville, Ohio and Robert and Sheila Foulkrod of Troy RR 1; a daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and LaRue Garrison of Millerton, PA; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sisters, Achsah May of Troy and Mildred Lammy of Bethesda, MD; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at the Vickery Funeral Home in Troy December 10 (11 am) with the Rev. Donald Rockwell officiating and burial to be in Park Cemetery, Canton. Memorials may be made to the Fassett Baptist Church. (TGR, Thursday, December 12, 1991)
MISS EDNA ALTHEA WARREN, 65 a resident of the South Mountain Restoration Center in South Mountain, Pa. died there Monday, June 16. 1986. Miss Warren was born Oct. 27, 1920 at Canton, Bradford County, Pa. a daughter of Norman and Edna H. Lovejoy Warren. Surviving are a sister, Mrs. William (Joyce) Brown of Johnsville, Ohio; two aunts, Mrs. Jenny Lovejoy of Ellenton and Mrs. Herbert Springer of Bozeman, Montana; also surviving are nieces, nephews and cousins. Graveside services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Park Cemetery, Canton with the Rev. Jasper Smith, retired Methodist minister officiating. Interment will follow. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Morse-Kleese Funeral Home, Canton. –Towanda Daily Review
NORMAN E. WARREN, 77 Canton RD 2 died at the Veterans Hospital, Buffalo, N.Y. early Saturday morning Nov. 30, 1974. He was born in Canton Township on Feb. 24, 1897 a son of Clyde and Nellie Holford Warren. Mr. Warren attended the Canton schools and before his retirement, was road supervisor for Canton Township for over 25 years. He was a member of the Alba Christian Church. He and Mrs. Warren celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary in September. Mr. Warren was a member of the Minnequa Grange N. 754 where he held all offices through the years of his membership. He was also a member of the Pomona Grange and state and national granges. He was a veteran, serving in the U.S. Infantry during World War I. Surviving are his wife the former Hazel Lovejoy; two daughters, Mrs. William (Joyce) Brown of Johnsville, Ohio, Miss Althea Warren of Clark Summit; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Herbert Springer of Norris, Mont.; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral and committal services will be held at the Ralph T. Kleese Funeral Home, Canton on Tuesday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Brad Thurston, his pastor officiating. Interment will be in Park Cemetery, Canton.
LIZZIE WASHINGTON. During the Civil War, Major Benjamin Dart, along with others from this area served on the Interior Front and participated in Sherman’s march through Georgia. Someplace along the way Lizzie Washington, a former slave became attached to the army and did laundry for the officers. She had, as a slave, been sold away from her husband and children. These officers, after the war, brought her back to Troy and later to Canton. She apparently worked as a domestic in the Dart family. The Dart home was the one located next to the Church of Christ parking lot that burned a few years back. Lizzie had as a home a small shack down along the Mill Creek somewhat below where Floyd Taylor now resides. In her later years she would help out at social occasions as her health allowed. She was forced to depend upon the generosity of her friends, of whom she many for her subsistence. She was known as an “enthusiastic Christian” and a devoted member of the Canton Baptist Church. In fact, she was attending a prayer meeting at the Baptist Church when she suffered a severe stroke. Friends carried her to her modest home and member of her church faithfully cared for her during a ten day period that ended in her death on 17 July 1892. Her Pastor, Rev. Francis Sherer, conducted the funeral and was laid to rest on the hill in Park Cemetery. If you take the center West-East road in the cemetery and go to the East end of the cemetery and turn to the right and go down the hill, about halfway down on the left you will find her gravestone close to the road. Lizzie should not be forgotten. –Canton Independent Sentinel
CHARLES WATTS, 78, of Canton, Pa., Tuesday, Feb. 27, 1945. Survived by wife, Jennie; sons, Blythe and Ernest of Cleveland, Ohio; LeGrand of Westfield, N.J., Perry of Canton; daughter, Clara Apker of Trout Run, Pa.; brother, C. A. Watts of Canton. Funeral at Morse Home, Canton at 10:30 a.m. Friday. Rev. L. A. Guiles. Burial in Park Cemetery, Canton. –Elmira Star-Gazette 3/1/1945
WATTS –MRS. MINNIE PUTNAM died Wednesday, March 13, 1945 in the Packer Hospital from blood poisoning resulting from the bite of a dong. She was 58 years old and is survived by her husband, William H. Putnam, two sons, William H. and Herbert, one daughter, Mrs. Perry Blaney and a sister, Mrs. Edward Schaffenaker, all of Canton. The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at three o’clock from her late home and interment will be in Park Cemetery. Rev. George Gilbert will be the officiating clergyman. –Canton Independent Sentinel
PERRY V. WATTS, 89 of 169 West South Ave., Canton died Saturday March 5, 1983 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Janet Segur. Mr. Watts was born June 10, 1893 in Canton Township, Bradford County a son of Charles and Jennie Hunter Watts. He was a member of the Grover Church of Christ, Disciples and the North Union Grange. Mr. Watts retired from farming in 1962 and was active in the Canton area for a number of years as a part-time carpenter. Mr. Watts is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Francis Segur of Canton; two sons, Bruce of Canton and Stuart of Elmira, N.Y.; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and one brother, Bly of Shreve Port, La. He was predeceased by his wife, the former Dena Ameigh on April 27, 1974. Funeral and committal services will be held today at 1 p.m. at the Morse-Kleese Funeral Home, Canton with the Rev. Jasper Smith, pastor of the Ward United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be in the Park Cemetery, Canton. Memorials may be directed to the Canton Ambulance Association or the Canton Community Nursing Service in Mr. Watts’ memory. –Towanda Daily Review
ROBERT BRUCE WATTS, 85, longtime resident of South Minnequa Avenue, Canton, Pa. died peacefully on Saturday morning, April 14, 2007, from the Dar-Way Nursing Home in Estella. Bruce was born on May 17, 1921 in Leolyn, Pa., a son of the late Perry and Dena (Ameigh) Watts. After graduating from Canton High School, Bruce entered the Army Air Force and earned the rank of Staff Sergeant. Throughout life he was very proud of his service during W.W.II in the Panama Canal Zone. As a young man Bruce enjoyed working in the woods as a logger. He also worked for the Grover Farms Milk Plant for a time, but the majority of his working years were spent traveling to many parts of the world as an inspector/trouble shooter with the Blaw-Knox Chemical Company of Buffalo, N.Y. Bruce was a member of the Grover Church of Christ and a life-time member of the Canton Moose. He was gifted with a great ability to design and build furniture, especially beautiful gun cabinets and clocks for family and friends. Bruce loved the outdoors; fishing, hunting and just sitting with friends around a campfire at Sun Fish Pond were always favorite times. Although he was a single man, Bruce was never lonely. He enjoyed entertaining and looked forward to visits from family and friends. His intellect was such that many years after retiring, Blaw-Knox personnel would call upon Bruce to request his expertise. Surviving is his sister, Janet (Francis) Segur of Canton; a niece, Janet (Robert) Spencer of Roaring Branch; two nephews, Gene (Bev) Segur and Marty (Joan) Segur all of Canton; special longtime friends, Bob (Ellen) McGovern of Canton, Bob (Janet) Chilson and Don (Linda) Chilson all of LeRoy and many friends and neighbors. He was predeceased by his brother, Stuart Watts. In keeping with Bruce's wishes, there will be no public services. Interment will be in Park Cemetery, Canton. His family suggests those who wish consider a memorial in Bruce's name to Western Alliance E.M.S. at P.O. Box 13 Troy, Pa. Pepper Funeral Home in Canton is assisting the family with arrangements. –Towanda Daily Review 4/15/2007
STUART H. WATTS, 66 of 117 Partridge St., Elmira, N.Y. died Sunday Nov. 12, 1989 at the Arnot-Ogden Memorial Hospital, Elmira, N.Y. after an extended illness. He was born Dec. 16, 1922 in Canton a son of Perry and Dena Ameigh Watts. He was a member of the Grover Church of Christ. Mr. Watts was retired from the former Remington Rand. He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Robert Spencer of Roaring Branch; two grandchildren, Mrs. Sue Ann Shedden of Canton, Ronald Spencer of Roaring Branch; one great-grandson, Paul Shedden of Canton; a sister and brother-in-law, Janet and Francis Segur of Canton, a brother, Bruce Watts of Canton; an aunt, Gertrude Morse of Horseheads, N.Y.; a special friend, Julia Knapp of Elmira, N.Y.; nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Don Kalec Funeral Home, 705 East Church St., Elmira, N.Y. Funeral and committal services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Duane Taylor, pastor of the North Union Christian Church in Canton officiating. Burial will be in Park Cemetery, Canton. Memorial donations may be directed to the American Lung Association in his memory. –Towanda Daily Review
WEBSTER –LAU WANDA CLARK, 80, a lifelong resident of the Canton area, died August 16, 1997, at her home in Canton Township. Born June 2, 1917, she was the only child of the late Lesley O. and Mary Fitzwater Webster. She married Herbert Clark in 1937, and he preceded her in death in 1974. Mrs. Clark enjoyed life as a loving mother and a busy farm wife. She loved being outdoors and was her husband’s right-hand man, from driving farm equipment and trimming brush to caring for their family. She also worked outside the home for many years with an area meat processing business and at the former Swayze’s Folding Box Co., Canton. She was a member of the Minnequa Grange No. 754 and will be remembered and sadly missed for her kind words and ready smile for her family and many friends. She gave a helping hand to all in need. Surviving are: daughter and son-in-law, Barbara C. and Robert Baker, Gillett, son, Robert W. Clark, Canton; special daughter-in-law, Lynn Harris; five grandchildren, Jill Be Leonard, Bentley Creek, Gary R. Baker, Montoursville, PA, Vicki Howell, Gillett, and Darla Clark and David Clark, both of Blossburg, PA; six great-grandchildren, Shawna, Laura and Stacey Leonard, and Megan, Zachary and Kaylee Baker; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; two special and loyal companions, Buddy” and “Little Gray.” In addition to her husband, Herbert, she was predeceased by a special grandson-in-law, Donald R. Leonard in 1993. The funeral and committal service was held August 19, at the Pepper Funeral Home, Canton, with Rev. Jasper Smith, retired Methodist minister, officiating. Interment was in the Park Cemetery, Canton. The family suggests memorials may be directed to the Minnequa Grange No. 754, c/o Doris Seeley, RR 2, Canton, PA. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
CASPER H. WEIS passes away, Canton’s famed midget had colorful career. Funeral services will be held today (Thursday) for Casper H. Weis who died on Tuesday, February 9, 1965. Mr. Weis would have been 93 years this April 19. He has been in failing health for some time. Known as Canton’s famous little watchmaker he stopped growing when he was 42 inches tall and in his prime topped the scales at 59 pounds. Born in Morcheningen Dutchy of Luxembourg. His parents were of normal sizes as were six of their eight children. A sister Martha was also a midget. Mr. Weis learned the watch making trade and was an outstanding craftsman. He practiced his trade until the excitement of show companies beckoned into the traveling theater. He joined a tour which took him into Austria, Poland and St. Petersburg and Moscow. Here the Czar of Russia presented the little watchmaker with an emerald ring. After performing before the crowns of Europe, Mr. Weis arrived in America in 1895 for the first of several visits. He later joined the Coney Island Midget Village where he led a band and played a small violin. It was here he met Queen Mab, a tiny little French girl named Jeanne Douvain of Paris. She was a performer in the Great Barnum and Bailey Circus and billed at the “smallest midget actress in the world”. Queen Mab is but two inches longer than a yardstick. In 1906 Queen Mab and Casper were married. The tiny couple again traveled all over the world. In July 1911, Mr. and Mrs. Weis purchased Hillside on Minnequa Road, the 15 room mansion of Fanny Davenport. They planned to come to Canton for their retirement. Here Mr. Weis had many friends and could practice watch making.
Customers came from great distances to seek his aid as he was a “master watchmaker.” Tragedy struck on Sunday, October 14, 1951, when the Hillside was destroyed by fire. Within the old mansion, furnished for its midget owners, were all the treasures of those early years, gifts and cherished mementos, plus Mr. Weis’ watch making tools and parts. Since the fire, the Weis’ have lived in a pleasant apartment provided by Robert Elliott, near the Hillside land. Here he resided until his death on Tuesday. He is survived by his wife; a sister, Victorrine, West Germany; a niece, Mrs. Wyatt Shepard of Castro Valley, Calif., several nieces and nephews in Europe. Mr. Weis was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Canton and was a member of the Richard Vaux Lodge No. 384, F&AM and the Jerusalem Royal Arch Chapter No. 3 of Philadelphia, Pa. He was a 60 year member of the Lulu Temple Shrine 4687 of Philadelphia and a social member of the Canton Loyal Order of Moose. The body is at the Kleese Funeral Home, 40 Center Street, Canton where services will be conducted at two o’clock today. The Rev. Robert H. Cauffman will officiate. Burial will be in Park cemetery. Pallbearers were: the Rev. Reynold Jones, Lewis Esasis, Wilford Porter, H. Athel Benson. –Canton Independent Sentinel See More Articles about Caspar Weis and Queen Mab
CHARLES H. WERLINE, 68, died Friday morning, November 16, 1945 at
6:30 o’clock at his home, 243 North Main St., Jersey Shore, following a long
period of ill health. He was born May 24, 1877 at Liberty and has been a
resident of Jersey Shore twenty years. Survivors are his wife, the former
Frances Patchen; three daughters: Mrs. Arthur Neff of Rochester,
NY; Dr. Belle Palmer of Charlotte, NC; and Mrs. Louise Sweeley of
Laurensburg, NC; 12 grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Charles Frick
of Jersey Shore. The funeral service will be held at 125 North Main St.,
Jersey Shore, Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock. The Rev. Jacob Gamble,
pastor of the Baptist Church will officiate and burial will be in Canton (Park
Cemetery). Friends may call at the funeral home Sunday evening from 7 to
9 o’clock. Williamsport Gazette and Bulletin - November 17,
1945 Submitted by: George and Peg Boyce
Williamsport Grit - January 22, 1929
DAVID R WERLINE died on Wednesday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. C.W. Frick, at Jersey Shore, PA. His funeral took place on Friday at Canton, with military honors paid by Ingham Post GAR of Canton. He was 85 years old. Surviving are his wife, daughter, and one son, Charles Werline. He was the last surviving member of the Repass Band. He played in the Band while he was in military service during the Civil War. He played the base drum. Burial was in Park Cemetery, Canton. Submitted by Peg Boyce - email@example.com
DAVID R. WERLINE
Williamsport Sun Gazette - January 18, 1922
DAVID R. WERLINE, the last surviving member of the Repasz Band of Civil War days, died at 2 o’clock this morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. C.W. Frick, at Jersey Shore, at the age of almost eighty-five years. Mr. Werline played the bass drum when the local musical organization left the city to do its part in the Union Army and served with the band during its entire career in the Rebellion. He was a Canton man but lived in Williamsport for a time in the 60’s. For forty years thereafter, Canton was his home, but three years ago, advanced age and failing health necessitated his removal to the home of his relatives at Jersey Shore. He leaves his wife, a son, Charles Werline, and the one daughter, Mrs. Frick. The body will be taken to Canton and funeral services will be held Friday afternoon. Upon the arrival of the 4:25 p.m. train, Ingham Post GAR, of which Mr. Werline was a member, will attend the services in a body.
MISS EDNA M. WHEAT, 84 formerly of McCallum Manor in Canton died early Saturday evening, February 16, 1980 at the Bradford County Manor following an extended illness. She was born in Canton on Aug. 7, 1895 a daughter of Theodore and Marion Williams Wheat. She worked as a messenger and telephone operator for the former Pennsylvania Railroad in Canton and later in Elmira, N.Y. from 1919 until 1929. She then transferred to the Lehigh Valley Railroad in Elmira, retiring in the late 1940’s. She was a member of the brotherhood of railroad employees. She was a member of the Canton Church of Christ, Disciples. Her survivors include a sister; Mrs. Ruth Merritt of Gillett; a niece, Mrs. Neil Teribury of Gillett; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Frank Wheat of Ithaca, N.Y.; two great-nieces, one great-nephew and several cousins. Funeral and committal services will be held on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton. Officiating will be her pastor, the Rev. Robert D. Parker. Burial will be in Park Cemetery in Canton. Friends may call at the funeral home from noon on Tuesday until the time of the service. –Towanda Daily Review
TRISH MARIE WHEELER, eight months old of Canton, Pa. died Friday, Feb. 11, 1983 at the Arnot-Ogden Hospital, Elmira. Trish was born June 20, 1982 in Sayre, Pa. the daughter of Scott and Cynthia Mix Wheeler. Surviving besides her parents is a stepbrother, Master Shaun Wheeler of Troy; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Mix of Canton RD 1; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Scott Wheeler of Canton; maternal great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Johnson of Canton RD 2 and maternal great-grandmother, Mrs. Christine Mix of Canton. Also surviving are several aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral and committal services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Morse-Kleese Funeral Home, Canton with Rev. Edward Ayers, pastor of the Canton Missionary Alliance Church and the Rev. David Morris, pastor of Canton Church of Christ, Disciples officiating. Interment will be in the Park Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. –Towanda Daily Review
ROXANNE PAULINE WHELDEN; 43, of Canton died at home on July 18, 1992. She was born in Butte, MT, on Feb. 24, 1949, the daughter of Roy M. and Evelyn Merritt Whelden Jr. Surviving are her mother Evelyn Merritt Whelden, with whom she lived; her father, Roy Weldon, Jr., Farmingham, NH; two brothers, Roy Whelden III, Canton and Lynne Whelden, Williamsport; aunts, uncles and cousins. Graveside services and interment were held July 21, at 11 a.m. at the Park Cemetery, Canton, the Rev. Douglas Graybill officiated. Arrangements were under the direction of the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
GILBERT C. WHITMOYER, 71 of Canton RD 2 died Saturday, Nov. 26, 1988 at Troy Community Hospital. Mr. Whitmoyer was born Aug. 5, 1917 at Unityville, Lycoming County, Pa. a son of Thomas and Minnie Sweeney Whitmoyer. He retired in 1979 as a lineman for Penelec. He was currently employed part-time at Raushers Service Center, Canton. He was a member of Canton Loyal Order of the Moose #429; a life member of Canton Fire Department and a social member of the Sonestown American Legion. Surviving are two daughters; Mrs. Carol Paquette of Somerset, Pa. and Mrs. Robert (Susan) Allen of Canton RD 2; seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Susanna Snyder of Turbotville, Pa.; also surviving are nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his wife, Edna D. Whitmoyer in 1972. Friends may call at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home on Monday from 2-4 and 7-8:30 p.m. The funeral service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. from the funeral home with the Rev. Jasper Smith, retired Methodist minister officiating. Interment will be in Park Cemetery in Canton. Memorial donations may be directed to the Canton Ambulance Association in Mr. Whitmoyer’s memory. –Towanda Daily Review
WICKS Adelia Ellen “Della” Griswold – Mrs. Della Griswold, for many years a much respected citizen of Canton, Pa., died at her Minnequa avenue home in that borough Christmas afternoon, following a number of months of failing health. She was the widow of the late Oscar Griswold and previous to moving to Canton she resided on a farm near the old Fair Grounds, says a correspondent. Surviving her are the following children: Ray, of Cherry valley, Oregon, Merton, of Maplewood, N.J., Herman H. Griswold, of Wellsboro, Harry of Montreal, Canada, Scott of Montclair, N.J. and Floyd and Lena of Canton. Wellsboro Agitator 31 Dec. 1919.
WILCOX - GRISWOLD, NETTIE W., Services for Nettie W. Griswold, 95, formerly of Canton, were held April 14 at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home with Rev. David B. Morris officiating. Interment was in Park Cemetery. Mrs. Griswold died April 9, 1984 at Hanover General Hospital, Hanover, Pa. She was born Nov. 2, 1888, in Ward Twp., Tioga Cty., daughter of Henry and Frances Mandeville Wilcox. She was a graduate of Canton High School and attended Syracuse University and taught in Canton school for a period of time. She was a member, organist and choir director at Canton Church of Christ Disciples for many years. She taught piano and pipe organ and was active in local musical organizations. She is survived by sons; Robert H. of Grantham, Pa and Scott W.of Ocala, Fl.; sisters, Gertrude Hill of Hornbrook and Laurie Wilcox of Canton; brother, Lester of Ohio; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. (TGR April 19, 1984)
WILCOX –RUTH W. BIDDLE, age 83 of Dar-way Nursing Home, Estella, PA formerly of Elmira, NY, Sunday, May 9, 1982. No visitation. Family funeral and committal service will be held Monday, May 10 at 1:30 p.m. at the Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, Rev. David B. Morris officiating. Interment Park Cemetery. Survivors, daughter, Mrs. Manley (Anne) Preston of Canton; son, Craig Biddle of Orlando, FL; brother, John L. Wilcox of Elmira, NY; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Her husband, Robert E. Biddle, predeceased her in 1968. Donations may be directed to the North Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, Elmira, NY in Mrs. Biddle’s memory. (Parents: Clark & Ida Denmark Wilcox)
CLIFFORD S. WILLIAMS SR., 81 of 15 N. Center St., Canton, a Canton resident for 81 years, died May 31, 1991 at the Bradford County Manor. He was born June 2, 1909 in Canton the son of Thomas Earl Williams and Frances Watts Williams Belknap. He retired in 1984 as a maintenance man for Belmar Manufacturing in Canton where he had worked for 20 years. Previously he had bee a radio and TV repairman for the Western Auto for 21 years. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Pearl M. Mulno Williams; two sons, Clifford S. Williams Jr., Barton, NY and James L. Williams, Canton; three daughters, Ruth Meuse, Canton, Betty Deljanovan, Trout Run and Phoebe Smith, Bodine; 28 grandchildren and 53 great-grandchildren; one sister Dolly Wrenn, Waterbury, CT and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a daughter, Betty Jean Williams in 1937 and a grandson, Joseph L. Meuse II in 1967. Funeral services were held Monday at the Morse and Kleese Funeral home, Canton with the Rev. Richard Barner, pastor of the Canton Ecumenical Parish officiating. Interment was in the Park Cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Foundation in Mr. Williams’ memory. –Canton Independent Sentinel
WILLIAMS Donald G.
Donald G. Williams, 72 of 11 N. Washington St., Canton, died
Thursday, May 9, 1991, at the Troy Community Hospital. Mr. Williams was born April 20, 1919, at Canton, a son of Harry and Edna Foust Williams. Donald was employed at the former J.P. Ward Foundry, Blossburg. He retired in May 1980. He had worked there for 20 years. Prior to working at the foundry he was an insurance agent for Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. and also as a self-employed carpenter. Mr. Williams was a World War II Army veteran. He was an avid camper. Survivors include his wife, the former Dorathea Parker. They celebrated 25 years of marriage on July 9, 1990. Also surviving are two daughters and one son-in-law, Sharon and Willard Herbert of Pittston and Diane Williams, Sylvania; grandchildren, Billy Joe Herbert of Pittston, Cindy Davis of Rome, NY, and Susan Crane, Pittston; great-grandchildren, David Crane of Pittston, Jeremy Davis and Ashley Davis, Rome, NY; brother and sister-in-law, Lester and Doris Groover, Ogdensburg; nephew, Robert Groover, Southampton, Conn.; two stepsons, Duane Dibble, Canton, Reese Dibble, Montana; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Eloise Cole, Canton RR2, and Mrs. Brenda Bower, Blossburg; 10 step-grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and many dear friends. He was predeceased by a sister, Muriel Groover, on Sept. 18, 1980. The funeral and committal services will be conducted at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 North Center St., Canton, on Sunday at 2 pm. The Rev. Duane Taylor, pastor of the North Union Christian Church, will officiate. Interment will be in the Park Cemetery. Visitation will be held Sunday from noon until 2 pm at the funeral home.
DONALD G. WILLIAMS
Donald G. Williams, 72, of Canton died Thursday, May 9, 1991 at Troy Community Hospital. Mr. Williams was born April 20, 1919 at Canton, a son of Harry and Edna Foust Williams. Donald was employed at the former J.P. Ward Foundry, Blossburg, and retired in 1980 after twenty years of service. Mr. Williams was a World War II Army veteran and an avid camper. Survivors include his wife of 25 years, the former Dorathea Parker; daughters and son-in-law, Sharon and Willard Herbert of Pittston and Diane Williams, Sylvania; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; four step-children; ten step-grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren; many friends. Services were held May 12 at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton with the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating and interment to be in the Park Cemetery. (TGR, Thursday, May 16, 1991)
WILLIAMS - Mrs. Frances E. Williams Belknap, aged 85, of Canton died at the Robert Packer Hospital Jan 31, 1961. Mrs. Belknap is survivied by a daughter, Mrs William Wrenn of Waterville, Conn.; three sons, Harold of Orlando, Fla., James of Brookville, Pa., and Clifford of Canton; a sister, Mrs. (Belle?) Stowell of White Sulphur Springs, Montana; 22 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Morse Funeral Home here. Elder Harold Toms will officate and burial will be in Park cemetery, Canton. Submitted by Reva Wagner. Feb. 1961, Towanda Daily Review.
WILLIAMS LINNA – MRS. TED MCNEAL of 1 W. Second St., Canton, Pa. Body at Kleese Funeral Home, Canton. Funeral there today at 2 p.m. Burial Park Cemetery. –Elmira Sunday Telegram 12/29/1957
SAMUEL E. WILLIAMS, 61 of Canton RD 2 died Monday, May 11, 1981, at the Troy Community Hospital. Mr. Williams was born May 26, 1919 in Muncy, Pa. the son of Samuel and Ella Egli Williams. He was owner of the S. E. Williams Co., Inc., of Canton, a construction company for 30 years. Mr. Williams was a member of the Canton Ecumenical Parish, a Navy veteran of World War II and for many years was chairman of the fund-raising for the General Sullivan Boy Scout Council. S.E. Williams also donated material, equipment and time for the construction to the Canton Little League baseball field and was presently sponsoring a Little League team. He was a member of the Canton Rod and Gun Club, the Wheel Inn Club, Inc. of Roaring Branch, Canton Masonic Lodge No. 415, the Canton Moose Lodge No. 159, the Towanda Elks Lodge No. 2191 and the Troy American Legion. Funeral and committal services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. from the Morse-Kleese Funeral home, 40 N. Center St., Canton with the Rev. Charles J. Redmond, pastor officiating. Interment will be in the Park Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home tonight from 7 until 9 o’clock. The family will provide the flowers. Memorial donations may be directed to the Canton Community Nursing Service, the American Cancer Society or a charity of one’s choice in Mr. Williams’ memory. –Towanda Daily Review
WILSON Manning-Aged 74, of Canton, died Sunday afternoon, Nov 3, 1946. The body was moved to the Soper Funeral Home where services were held Wednesday, Nov 6 at 10 am. Burial was at the Park cemetery, Canton. Rev. L A Gules officiated.
WOLF - Towanda Daily Review, January 30, 1919 Canton -- The funeral of Thaddeus W. Wolf was held from the home Monday afternoon in charge of Rev. Mr. Soper of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The deceased, a native of Troy, resided in Elmira before taking up his residence here. His health had steadily declined for the past few years, his death occuring Saturday. He was 76 years old and is survived by a widow and one daughter Elizabeth, two brothers, Horace of Montour Falls, NY and Howard of Scranton, PA Submitted by Carlton Wolfe
The funeral of Thaddeus W. WOLF was held from the home Monday afternoon in charge of Rev. Mr.Soper of the Methodist Episcopal church. The deceased , a native of Troy, resided in Elmira before taking up his residence here. His health had steadily declined for the past few years his death occurring Saturday. He was 76 years old and is survived by a widow and one daughter Elizabeth, two brothers Horace of Montour Falls, N.Y. and Howard of Scranton (Canton newspaper obituary)
WOLFE –FAY (WOLFE) SMITH, 82 of Canton died Wednesday morning, Sept. 15, 2004 at the Bradford County Manor. Fay Mary was born on Feb. 10, 1922 in Jersey Shore, Pa. the daughter of the late William J. and Verna (Klinfelter) Wolfe. She was a graduate of Avis High School. On Aug. 23, 1941 she married the late Charles A. Smith at her parents’ home in Avis. Later the Smith family moved to the Windfall area where they were dairy farmers for many years. In addition to being a busy homemaker, Fay was a devoted wife and mother. She also took great pleasure in spending time with her grandchildren. She enjoyed working in the earth and had beautiful flower and vegetable gardens. Fay will also be remembered as a wonderful story teller. Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Donna and Butch Holmes of Canton and Katherine and Mike Bradway of Port Charlotte, Fla.; a son, Richard “Dick” Smith of Beaver Dams, N.Y.; seven grandchildren, Mooch and Janet Holmes, William C. Holmes all of Canton; Chris and Larissa Smith, Heather and Rick Collier all of Gainesville, Fla.; Kim and Joe Glosenger, Jamie Smith and Richard Smith all of Beaver Dams, N.Y. She is also survived by six great-grandchildren, Ty and Cale Holmes, Brittany and Joey Glosenger, Cody and Ricky Smith; a brother, James Wolfe of Camp Hill, Pa. and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Charley, her beloved husband of 58 years predeceased her on Nov. 8, 1999, as did a sister, Grace Charles in 1993. Fay’s family invites friends to call from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 19 at Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton. The funeral service will follow with Rev. George Ogden officiating. Burial will be in Park Cemetery, Canton. Those who wish may direct memorials in Fay’s name to the Guthrie Hospice, RR1 Box 154, Towanda, Pa. or to the American Cancer Society, Bradford County Unit at 1948 E. Third St., Williamsport, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review
IVAN LEE WOODWARD, 58 of 8780 McKellips, Scottsdale, Arizona died Sunday, May 15, 1989 at his home. He was born March 15, 1931 at Ward Township, Tioga County the son of Morrisville and Dortham Segur Woodward. Mr. Woodward was a retired operating engineer with the Del Webb Realty Management Company. He was an army veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the Sipe-Peterson American Legion Post No. 44, Scottsdale, Arizona. Surviving are Marie Woodward of Scottsdale; a son, Sgt. Vincent E. Woodward of Fort Sam Houston, Texas; a daughter, Miss Ivanna Woodward of Mesa, Arizona; one grandson, Levi Chiles, also of Mesa; one brother, Marvin Woodward of Alba; one sister, Mrs. Mildred (Robert) Bastion of Canton, nieces, nephews and cousins. The funeral service will be held Saturday, May 21 at 10 a.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton with the Rev. Richard M. Barner, pastor of the Canton Ecumenical Church officiating. Interment will be in Park Cemetery, Canton. Friends may call at the funeral home Friday from 7-9 p.m. –Towanda Daily Review
ZIELNIK -MARIA ZIELNIK KNIFFIN, 96, of Canton passed away on Feb. 19 at Twin Oaks Personal Care Home. Maria was born on Feb. 2, 1924 and grew up in Lesquielles St., Germain, a village in northern France. She attended the village school and later a boarding school, and was certified as a teacher upon completing her education. World War II was already well underway, and Maria was in Germany in May 1945 where she had been hired to make lists of foreign workers repatriated by the Americans. There she met a soldier from Canton, Nelson Kniffin. They kept in touch after she returned to France and were married in her hometown in December of that year. In July 1946, Maria rejoined Nelson in Germany, where he was a civilian employee with the American Military Government. They returned to Canton in May 1948 with their year-old daughter, Mary-Ann. Their son Alan was born that year in September. After Nelson graduated from Penn State in 1952, he was hired by Union Carbide and the family, now including daughter Josette moved to West Virginia. In 1955 Nelson was transferred to New York City and the family moved to Long Island where three more daughters were born (Jacqueline, Anneliese, and Nicole). In 1980 they moved to Carmel, New York. During the years she lived in Carmel, Maria was a volunteer at the Putnam Hospital Center, working first as a patient escort and then in the hospital gift shop. Following Nelson’s sudden death in May 1984, Maria moved to Canton in 1986 and resided on North Minnequa Avenue for 32 years. Maria was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Canton and devoted much of her time to volunteer work with the Canton Senior Center and the Village Improvement Association (VIA) where she was named Woman of the Year in 2007. She moved to Twin Oaks in 2018 where, following a brief illness, she passed away peacefully on Feb. 19. Maria is survived by her six children, Mary-Ann Reese, Alan (Cheryl), Josette Bender (Harry), Jacqueline Zangari (Thomas), Anneliese Savchak (Michael), and Nicole Billington (Jamie); as well as 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; and was preceded in death by a granddaughter and a great-grandson. She also maintained a 70-year-long correspondence with her godson in France, Serge Fontaine. She will be remembered for her generous spirit, and as a loving mother and meticulous homemaker. Maria took pride in her appearance and was always stylishly dressed and accessorized. True to her French heritage, she was a gifted cook and baker who served her family traditional French dishes and home-baked breads and pastries. She was a talented knitter and seamstress, a voracious reader, spoke three languages, enjoyed gardening, and cared for a series of stray cats over many years. There will be a visitation from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at Morse-Kleese Funeral Home in Canton followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Michael’s Church in Canton. Maria will repose alongside her beloved Nelson at Park Cemetery in Canton. Maria’s family would like to extend our deepest thanks to the staff of Twin Oaks, Guthrie Hospice, and the many friends who visited and provided comfort to her in her last weeks. Donations may be made to the Animal Care Sanctuary of East Smithfield (353 Sanctuary Hill Lane, East Smithfield, PA); the Damian Dutton Leprosy Aid Society (616 Bedford Avenue, Bellmore, NY) or Guthrie Hospice (421 Tomahawk Road, Towanda, PA). -Towanda Daily Review 2/22/2020
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