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Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
St. Michael's Cemetery, Canton Township, Bradford County, PA
Obituaries

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Bradford County PA

Chemung County NY

Tioga County PA

 

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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) 


KAUTH GRETCHEN K. PACKARD, 70, of 98 W. Union St., Canton, died Tuesday, June 8, 1976, at the Troy Community Hospital.  She was born April 5, 1906, in Utica, N.Y., the daughter of William and Mary Smith Kauth.  She was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Canton and a former caseworker for the Pennsylvania Department of Welfare.  Her survivors include a son Kim of Hunting Beach, Calif.; two daughters, Leslie Ann Larcom of Canton and Barbara Harris of Troy; two brothers, William and Dine Kauth, both of Utica; three sisters, Katherine Kauth, Elizabeth Larry and Mary Kauth, all of Utica; eight grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  The Mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday morning at 10 o’clock at St. Michael’s Catholic Church.  Interment was in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Canton.  Scripture reading was held at the Morse Funeral Home, Canton, Wednesday evening at 8:30.  –Canton Independent Sentinel.

A. ELIZABETH ‘BETTY’ KING, 91, Canton, died February 25, 1994, at Memorial Hospital in Towanda.  She was born February 15, 1903 in Union Township, a daughter of Francis and Catherine McCarty King.  Her parents died when she was three and she was raised by Michael and Jo Ann Brann.  Miss King was a graduate of Canton High School and Jersey City Business School, Jersey City, NJ.  After graduation she worked in jersey City, finally returning to Canton where she was employed as a secretary by the former W. W. Gleckner & Sons of Canton for over 60 years.  She was a member of St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, Canton; St. Michael’s Altar and Rosary Society; and other community organizations in Canton.  Surviving are a nephew, Jack Callahan, with whom she resided; a niece, Joan Russin, Horseheads, NY; grandnieces and grandnephews and cousins.  Miss King was predeceased by her sister Florence Callahan in 1951 and her brother-in-law, T. C. Callahan, in 1986.  A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Michael’s Church on February 28 with Rev. Bert Kozen officiating.  Interment was in St. Michael’s Cemetery.  The family requests all expression of sympathy be directed to: St. Michael’s Catholic Church Building Fund, 25 N. Washington St., Canton, PA in Miss King’s memory.  –Canton Independent Sentinel.

A. ELIZABETH KING
 Miss A. Elizabeth "Betty" King, 91, of Canton RR 2, PA, died Friday, February 25, 1994 at Memorial Hospital in Towanda. Miss King was born at Union Township, Tioga County on February 15, 1994, a daughter of Francis and Catherine McCarty King. Her parents died when she was three and she was raised by Michael and Joann Brann. Betty was a graduate of Canton High School and Jersey City Business School in Jersey City, NJ. After graduation she worked in New Jersey and returned to Canton where she was employed by the former W.W. Gleckner and Sons of Canton as a secretary for over 60 years. Her memberships included St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church and the church Altar and Rosary Society as well as various community organizations all in Canton. Surviving are her nephew, Jack Callahan with whom she resided; a niece, Joan Russen of Horseheads, NY; grandnieces, nephews and cousins. Predeceasing her was her sister, Florence Callahan, in 1951 and her brother-in-law, T.C. Callahan in 1986. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Michael's Catholic Church with the Rev. Kozen officiating and interment to be in the cemetery there.  Arrangements were by the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton. Expressions of sympathy may be directed to St. Michael's Catholic Church Building Fund, 25 Washington St., Canton, in Miss King's memory. (TGR, Thursday, March 3, 1994)

JOHN (JACK) P. KING, 58, was found dead in his trailer in Roaring Branch early Sunday morning, April 4, 1976.  Born in Ogdensburg, April 28, 1917, he was the son of Matthew and Belvadere Stratton King.  He resided in the trailer home for the past year and a half.  Mr. King was a veteran of WWI seeing a year and nine months duty in European Theatre.  He is survived by one sister, Miss Eloise King of Mt. Alto, Pa., one brother, Joseph King of Cleveland, Ohio, several nieces, nephews and cousins.  Burial in St. Michael’s Cemetery.  –Canton Independent Sentinel.

JOHN W. KING, 81 of 364 W. Forth St., Tuesday, Dec. 30, 1952.  Mr. King was a communicant of St. Patrick’s Church.  Survived by wife, Mrs. Beatrice McNett King; brother, Edmund King of Brooklyn; sisters, Mrs. Harry Avery of Beaufort, N.C., Sister Xavaria of Congregation of the Sisters of the Poor of St. Francis of Cincinnati, Ohio.  The body is at the family home where prayer service will be held Friday at 8:30 a.m. followed by Requiem High Mass at 9 at St. Patrick’s Church.  St. Michael’s Cemetery, Canton, Pa.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 12/31/1952

MATTHIAS KING, a resident of Ogdensburg, was killed between six and sever o’clock Friday evening, Nov. 12, 1923 when his automobile ran off the bank near Roaring Branch.  He was fifty years old and is survived by his wife and three children.  The funeral was held Monday morning in St. Michael’s Church in Canton, and interment was made in the parish cemetery on Lycoming Street.  –Canton Independent Sentinel.

RONALD KING aged five, son of Elouise King of Carson Street, Canton was fatally injured Sunday evening Feb.24, 1952 at about 7 o’clock when he was struck by an automobile which was southbound on Route 14.  The accident occurred about 1 mile and one ‘half south of Canton at the intersection of Routes 14 and 414.  The youngster is reported to have run into the path of a 1949 Kaiser sedan operated by Harold L. McLaughlin of Roaring Branch.  Ronald had been spending the day with a relative, Mrs. Laura Smouther.  She had gone to a gas station nearby, taking the child with her and while they were returning he ran out in the approaching car’s path.  The youngster sustained fractures of the right leg and right arm as well as a sever concussion.  He was given first aid at the accident scene by Dr. Orlo G. McCoy of Canton and then hurried to the Blossburg hospital in an ambulance, dying shortly after being admitted to the hospital.  Survivors besides his mother are his grandmother, Mrs. Bevvie King of Ogdensburg; two uncles, Joseph King of the U.S. Army in Germany and John King of Ogdensburg.  Funeral services were held on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Morse Funeral Home in Canton with Rev. Lawrence Wenger officiating.  Burial was in St. Michael’s Cemetery.  State Troopers George Owezwarski and Stanley Nemetz of the Towanda detail were the investigating officers.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

FRANK KOSMER, 78, of Canastota RD 1, NY, died Sunday, July 21, 1985, at the Medical Center, Syracuse, NY.  Born March 4, 1907 in Elysburg, Northumberland County, he was the son of Martin and Rose Rice Kosmer.  He was employed at Textile Marking Machine, Syracuse.  He was a veteran of World War II and a member of the American Legion.  He was of the Catholic faith.  Mr. Kosmer is survived by two sisters, Helen Collins, Williamsport and Martha Kosmer, Rome, N.Y.; several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a brother Benny Kosmer.  Memorial services will be held Saturday, July 27, at 11 a.m. at the Morse-Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, with father Stephen McGough, pastor of St. Michael Roman Catholic Church, Canton officiating.  –Canton Independent Sentinel.  (Buried St. Michaels Cemetery)

FRANK KOVAL, 86, long-time resident of Canton, Pa., died peacefully on Tuesday evening, May 23, 2006, while surrounded by his family at the Troy Community Hospital.  Frank James Koval was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., on April 22, 1920, a son of the late John and Josephine (Czubka) Kova.  He proudly served during World War II as a rifle sharpshooter and heavy mortar crewman with Company 1 of the U.S. Army’s 41st Armored Infantry, 2nd Armored Division.  Mr. Koval was awarded the Purple Heart Medal, seven Bronze Stars and a Bronze Arrowhead for campaigns in North Africa, Italy, France, Central Europe and Germany.  Frank was employed as a trackman for Penn Central Railroad for more than 35 years until retiring in 1980.  He was a member of St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church in Canton and enjoyed being active in Canton’s American Legion Post No. 0303 and V.F.W. Lodge No. 714, where he served as a past commander.  Frank was a caring and supportive husband, father and grandfather.  He was known and loved for his sometimes teasing sense of humor.  He enjoyed doing many things outdoors, especially hunting, fishing, gardening, walking and home improvements. Frank will also be remembered as a great patriot, honored to serve his country and fellow veterans.  He is survived by his beloved wife of 29 years, Walburga “Wally” (Lenze) Koval, at home; children, JoAnn (David) Hickok of Canton, Stella Campbell of Canton and Peg Koval of Taylor, Pa.; stepchildren, Patricia Deeghan of Troy, Patrick (Brenda) Deeghan of Salamanca, N.Y., Mary Kay (Chris) Schmelzle of Roaring Branch and Steven (Michelle) Deeghan of Canton; five grandchildren, Ty and Bret Hickok, Jeff and Brian Koval and David Terry; seven step-grandchildren, JoAnn McKlveen, Jim Deeghan, Laurel David, Michelle Henry, Curtis Schmelzle, Tyler and Nathan Deeghan; 14 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, John Koval and Joseph (Jean) Koval, all of Wilkes-Barre; two sisters, Aggie Leskiw of Wilkes-Barre and Josephine Franchella of Plains, Pa.; several nieces and nephews; and many cousins, neighbors and dear friends.  Mr. Koval was predeceased by two sisters, Stella Krysa and his twin, Celia Terrace, and an infant grandson.   Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Friday May 26, at Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton.  The funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Canton’s St. Michael’s Catholic Church. Burial will be in St. Michael’s Cemetery with full military honors accorded.  In lieu of flowers, his family suggests your consideration of a memorial in Frank’s name to Troy Hospital’s Volunteer Auxiliary at 100 John St., Troy, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review

Donald J. "Don" KUTZ, 69
02/26/2002 Towanda Daily Review
Donald J. "Don" Kutz, 69, of Canton, died Monday morning, Feb. 25, 2002, at Memorial Hospital, Towanda. He was born Oct. 4, 1932, in Glen Lyon, Pa., a son of the late Joseph and Irene Adamovich Kutz.  Mr. Kutz served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War until his honorable discharge. Don married Winifred Machmer May 7, 1955, at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Canton. His beloved wife "Winnie" predeceased him July 1, 1982. Together, they shared 27 years of marriage and raised four children. Mr. Kutz was best known as the industrial arts teacher at Canton High School for over 27 years until his retirement in 1981. He was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church, Canton; Moose Lodge 429, Canton; and Knights of Columbus Council 12406, Dushore. Done loved the time he spent with his grandchildren. He was a skillful woodworker and enjoyed sports. Mr. Kutz is survived by his children and their spouses, Joann and Darl Ridall, Kay and Robert Patton, Michael and Brenda Kutz and Lawrence Kutz, all of Canton; seven grandchildren, Nick Patton, Mickel Bryan, Brandon and Ryan Kutz and Tyler, Maddy and Randi Kutz; and brother, John Kutz of New Jersey. In addition to his wife, Winnie, Mr. Kutz was predeceased by an infant daughter, Ann Marie. The family invites friends to call from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27 at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton. A vigil prayer service will be held at 8 p.m. Transferal prayers will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Canton, with the Very Rev. Bert S. Kozen as celebrant. Burial will be held in the Parish Cemetery, with military honors accorded. Those who wish may direct memorials in Mr. Kutz's memory to the American Heart Association, Bradford County Chapter, 1704 Warren Ave., Williamsport, Pa. 17701.

LAKE –ANNA V. LEONARD, 86, Williamsport died at the home of her daughter, Williamsport, July 23, 1997.  Born in Morris Run, she was the daughter of August Lake and Mary Tomaski Lake.  She moved to Williamsport in 1948; was a nurses’ aide at both Divine Providence and Williamsport Hospitals before retiring in 1978.  Mrs. Leonard was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church; St. Ann’s Altar and Rosary Society; St. Ann’s Senior Citizens; ladies auxiliary of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge #145; and American Association of Retired Persons.  Surviving are a son William J. Leonard, Mechanicsburg; daughters, Helen Reed Canton, Martha Johnson, Cogan Station, Jean Funk, Jersey Shore, Marian Hisketts, Canyon County, CA, Marie Kriner, Williamsport, Marjorie Taynton, Moscow, PA, Shirley Maiolo, Williamsport, and Barbara Avery, Canton; 32 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.  She was predeceased by a son Max D. Leonard in 1955; two brothers and three sisters, and a grandson Ronald Welch, 1977.  A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Williamsport, July 25 with the Rev. Andrew Kurovsky officiating.  A graveside service was held in St. Michael’s Catholic Church Cemetery, Canton, following the Funeral Mass.  Arrangements were under the direction of the Crouse Funeral Home.  There was a Christian Wake Service at the funeral home.  –Canton Independent Sentinel.

LAKE, Frank, age 71 of Canton RD 2, Pa. Friday September 7, 1973. The body is at the Ralph T. Kleese Funeral Home. Calling hours Monday 1 to 2 p.m. Funeral there Monday at 2 p.m. The Rev. Paul M. Baier officiating. St. Michael’s Cemetery. Survived by four sisters, Mrs. Marion Wolfe, Alpine, RD 1, NY., Mrs. Victoria Hanmore of Wellsburg RD 2, NY., Miss Agnes Lake of Elmira, NY., Miss Anna Leonard, Williamsport, Pa.; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Lake was a farmer and was born in Morris Run, Pa. On July 24, 1902, a son of August B. and Mary Thomaski Lake. (He was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Canton, Pa.

LAPELL AMELIA LAPELL BRANN, 94, a former aerialist with Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus and widow of Francis Brann, died June 22, 1992, in Sarasota, Fla.  She had a fascinating life.  From the early 1920s until her retirement at age 80, “Mil” and her husband performed as France and LaPell and as Francisco and Dolores throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.  She performed at the top of a high bamboo pole, which he held.  They spent summers in Canton for many years at 88 E. Main St., until the death of Francis in 1988.  Mrs. Brann appeared in several motion pictures, including “Crime With out Passion,: with Claude Rains, and “Nigh Angel,” with Fredric March, and she made a French picture with Maurice Chevalier at the old Astoria Studios on Long Island.  She also appeared in “Jumbo,: Billy Rose’s Broadway hit.  She was a close friend of Gracie Allen when both were young Vaudeville performers and often went shopping with her in New York between shows.  Jimmy Durante was a friend of the Branns.  In the mid 1940s, during one of their performances at the old Commodore Theater in New York, Francis (Butch) slipped on some water on the stage as Mil was whirling on top of the pole and she crashed to the stage, being severely injured.  Durante, who was seated in the front row, leaped on stage and calmed the audience and sang to complete their seven-minute performance (so they would be paid).  Butch and Mil knew Big Crosby, Jack Benny, Andy Devine and Roy Rogers well before they became famous.  Paul Whiteman was a close friend.  For many years Butch and Mill performed with the Roy Rogers Circus.  She was born in Marseille, France, in 1897, and was brought to this country at age 11 to live with an aunt while her parents settled in Brazil.  The aunt died and Mil was shunted from orphanage to orphanage until she found a home with a Scottish woman in Denver.  She loved the Scottish lady, but the woman’s sister was cruel to Mil and she ran away with the Barnum and Bailey Circus in 1916 to become a trick rider with its Wild West Show.  When she stepped onto the circus lot in Denver to find employment, the first person she encountered was Francis Brann, who had run away from Canton to join the circus in 1910.  She asked to meet the man in charge of the horse show, and Butch took her to Sy Compton, who had been equestrian director of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.  She was an accomplished rider and quickly mastered such tricks as picking up a handkerchief with her mouth while riding at full gallop.  Buffalo Bill once visited the circus in Cheyenne to talk with Compton, and Mil was introduced to him.  Compton told Cody that Mil “is the best cow girl I ever had.”  She was given the two best horses in the show to ride, which made the other cow girls jealous.  One of her best tricks was to stand on a galloping horse’s shoulders and then turn around and ride backward in a standing position.  She moved to trapeze work and soon became a star aerialist.  Mil and Francis were married in a Baltimore cathedral in 1918.  He was an Army officer at the time.  She had just been offered a motion picture contract, and he told her that he would marry her if she did not go to California.  They had a daughter who died a “blue baby” in the late 1920s.  Today that would not be a serious medical problem, but doctors did not know how to deal with it then.  She was wardrobe mistress for the Orrin Davenport Shrine Circus after she retired from the pole act.  For many years she and her husband, Butch, lived in Sarasota during the winter and Canton in the summers.  Francisco and Delores appeared many times on television’s “Bib Top” and several times on the Ed Sullivan Show.  Francisco and Delores performed in London in 1953 during the coronation ceremonies for Queen Elizabeth.  A funeral Mass will be held at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Canton, on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Stephen D. McGough will officiate.  Internment will be in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Canton.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton.  –Towanda Daily Review.

LEAHY –ELIZABETH ‘BETTY’ L. LIVEZEY, 88, Canton, died July 18, 1996 at Troy Community Hospital.  A native of Canton, Betty was born March 18, 1908, the daughter of Edward A. and Elizabeth A. Leahy.  Betty graduated from Mansfield College and taught for three years in Laquin, PA.  She taught third grade at the Canton Elementary School until she married John P. Livezey in 1935.  They would have celebrated 61 years of marriage August 7th.  She was the mother of Mary and John, grandmother of John Paul and Amy Livezey, Amy Hagemeyer and Clare Livezey, great-grandmother of Daniel Hagemeyer and Hanna Livezey.  Several nieces and nephews also graced Betty’s survivors.  She was preceded in death by her father, mother, brothers, Ben, Frank, Edward and sister Margaret.  Betty was a devoted and very active member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church all of her life.  She belonged to numerous civic, social and educational clubs and organizations including membership in the Canton Village Improvement Association and recently spent much time in the Sr. Citizen’s Hospitality House, the Clothing Center, visiting nursing homes, and helping those in need.  Betty was an accomplished horsewoman and delighted in Equestrian activities, loved gardening, was an avid reader and great lover of classical music.  She dearly loved visiting her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sister’s family, her brother’s family, and Jack’s family.  She saw the best in sunrises, sunsets, flowers, birds, and beautiful skies.  Betty had the precious gift of seeing God in everyone.  We all saw it in Betty.  Her faith, love and devotion serves as a model for all of us.  The family received relatives and friends, July 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Inc., Canton, PA.  Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday at 10 a.m. all St. Michael’s Church, Canton with the Rev. Bert Kozen as celebrant.  Interment followed at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Canton.  Pallbearers were Steve Leahy, Martin Tracey, Cass Karnish, George Benson, Bob Christy, and John Reilly.  The family requests those wishing may contribute to the Save the Pool Fund, Canton, PA in memory of Mrs. Livezey.

LEAHY Stephen.  On Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010, Canton resident Stephen Leahy died
quietly at Robert Packer Hospital after a brief illness. He was 59 years of age.  Born in Canton on Oct. 11, 1950, he was the son of Francis P. and Doris Jane (BOLLER) Leahy. Steve was a graduate of Canton High School and the former Williamsport Community College (now Pennsylvania College of Technology). Throughout most of his working life Steve was an auto mechanic, having been employed at the Landon Tire Co. of Canton and more recently Pennsylvania Dept. of Transportation. Being a mechanic was a vocation for which he truly had a passion. Even in his spare time he could often be found repairing the engine of a friend's car or truck. Steve was blessed with a gift for helping others. He was a member of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. Steve was a quiet, soft-spoken, friendly man of gentle demeanor, who rarely raised his voice in anger. A devoted family man, he was a source of strength and inspiration to those around him. Of paramount importance in Steve's life was his commitment to his Lord. He was an active member of the Canton Mennonite Church and strove to live his life in accordance with the Scriptures. In all he did, Steve let the love of Jesus shine through.  He is survived by: his wife, the former Joan TERRY, at home; his mother Jane SLINGERLAND of Sycamore Manor, 1448 Sycamore Rd., Montoursville, PA 17754; son Jason Lee Leahy of Troy; daughter Lori Leahy of Canton; step-daughters Angela (and Matthew) Hess of Canton, and Chrystal (and Barry) Harp of Grove City, Ohio; brothers Charles (and Carolyn) Leahy of Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich., and Thomas (and Jennifer) Leahy of Boulder, Colo.; sister Patricia Leahy of Williamsport; as well as seven grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his father, Francis, and brother Richard.  Calling hours will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at the Canton Mennonite Church, North Center Street at Union Street, Canton, and will resume at 10 a.m. Saturday. Services will follow at 11 a.m. Saturday with Pastors Doug Graybill and Norman Pierce officiating. Interment will follow in St. Michael's Cemetery, Canton.  The family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to the American Cancer Society American Cancer Society American Cancer Society American Cancer Society , 1948 E. Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701; Guthrie Hospice, RR1, Box 154, Towanda, PA 18848; or the Canton Mennonite Church, P.O. Box 43, Canton, PA 17724.  Professional services have been entrusted to Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St. in Canton.  February 10, 2010, The Towanda Daily Review
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On the morning of Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008, John Paul Livezey of Canton, Pa., died peacefully at Bradford County Manor. He was 100 years of age.
Born in the Fox Chase section of Philadelphia on April 30, 1907, he was the son of Charles and Mary (Montgomery) Livezey. He attended the Fox Chase elementary school and Northeast High School.   He earned his bachelor of Arts and master's degrees from Penn State University. While at Penn State, Mr. Livezey earned five varsity letters, three in baseball and two in football. He was captain of the 1931 baseball team and was selected for the College All-Star Team in 1930 that went to Cuba to play the Cuban National Team. He also was a member of undergraduate and graduate social fraternities, honor societies and professional organizations.  Mr. Livezey came to Canton in 1931 as a teacher of mathematics and coach. His success as a teacher and coach was due to his sincere interest in the complete development of every girl and boy.  It was in Canton where he met the love of his life, Elizabeth "Betty" Leahy, who was a fellow teacher. They were united in marriage on Aug. 7, 1935. Together they raised a son and a daughter, and shared 61 years until Betty's passing in 1996.  In 1942, Mr. Livezey became the high school principal and in 1961 the supervising principal for the Canton Area School District. In 1966, he became assistant superintendent of schools for Bradford County, retiring in 1971.  During World War II in the midst of his teaching career, Mr. Livezey volunteered for service in the U.S. Army.  Mr. Livezey was one of Canton' most well-known, beloved and civic-minded citizens. He served for several years on Canton's zoning board and always maintained an interest in the affairs of the borough. He was always giving of himself, whether mowing a neighbor's lawn or tutoring youngsters in math after school, even well into his 90s. He was a familiar figure at virtually all home sporting events. He also belonged to several county and statewide organizations.  He enjoyed golf, fishing, reading and visits with his family. He maintained his athletic prowess well into his ninth decade by lifting weights and walking daily. Ever the optimist, no matter what the weather, he would always smile and exclaim, "It's a beautiful day!"  Most importantly, Mr. Livezey was a man with an unshakable faith in the Lord. He was a faithful communicant of St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church and lived according to his faith daily. His passing leaves a void in the Canton community, which will be difficult to fill.  He is survived by his daughter, Mary E. Livezey of Greenwich, Conn.; son. John (and Mary) Livezey of Redding, Conn.; grandchildren, John (and Amy), Amy, and Claire (and Diego); great-grandchildren, Daniel, Hannah and Sebastian; sister, Mary; brother-in-law, Bob, and sister-in-law, Jane; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Betty; his siblings and their spouses Charles and Eleanor, Joe and Mary, Jimmy and Johanna, Alice and Dave, and Fred and Dolly; and brother-in-law, Norman; other in-laws and their spouses, Ron and Helen, Margaret and Frank, and Frank and Jean.  Visitation will be from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the Nelle Black Westgate Auditorium of Canton Area High School, 139 E. Main St., Canton. A recitation of the Rosary will be conducted by Deacon Bill Graham at 9:30 p.m.  Transferal prayers will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church, 24 N. Washington St., Canton, with the Rev. John Chmil as chief celebrant. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery.  The family will provide the flowers and suggests that memorial contributions be directed to Save the Pool, c/o 40 N. Center St., Canton, or St. Michael's General Fund, 24 N. Washington St., Canton, Pa. 17724.

LYNCH –MARGARET – MRS. JAMES H. BRANN, 70 of Canton, Pa., Monday, Apr. 24, 1944 at an Elmira hospital.  Survived by husband; son, Lawrence of Elmira; daughters, Mrs. Leo Nailen of Canton, Marcella of Forest Hills; sisters, Misses Mary and Nellie Lynch of Forest Hills.  Funeral at St. Michael’s Church, Canton, Thursday, 10 a.m. Rev. John R. Burnett.  Burial in (St. Michael’s Cemetery) Canton.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 4/26/1944

MISS NELL B. LYNCH, formerly of Canton died at her home in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Friday, April 2, 1965.  Miss Lynch, who was born in Canton and attended school there was a teacher in the Brooklyn Public Schools until her recent retirement.  The deceased is survived by two nieces, Mrs. Helen B. Nailen, Forest Hills, N.Y., Mrs. James H. McCormick, West Nyack, N.Y.; one nephew, Laurence M. Brann of Elmira, N.Y.; one grandniece and two grandnephews.  A Requiem Mass was offered at Holy Cross Church in Brooklyn, April 5, with burial services at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Canton, April 6.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

MACHMER –WINIFRED M. KUTZ, 46, of 16 Fassett  St., Canton, died July 1, 1982 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre.  Mrs. Kutz was born May 7, 1936 in Ward Township, Tioga County, a daughter of Frederick and Mabel (Mason) Machmer.  She was a communicant of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Canton.  She is survived by her husband, Donald, to whom she was married 27 years, two sons, Michael and Lawrence both of Canton, two daughters, Mrs. Kames (Katherine) Pazzaglia of Columbia Cross Roads and Miss Joann Kutz of Canton; her mother, Mrs. Mabel Machmer of Canton RD 2, three brothers, Lawrence, Paul and Russell Machmer, all of Canton RD 2; three sisters, Mrs. Linnaeus (Katherine) Ervay of Horseheads, N.Y., Mrs. John (Leah) Osipovitch of Canton and Mrs. Irma Earley of Canton RD 2, and several nieces and nephews.  Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Canton, with the Rev. Stephen D. McGough her priest, officiating.  Interment will be in the St. Michael’s Cemetery in Canton.  Friends may call at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, on Friday from 7-9 p.m.  Memorial donations may be directed to the American Heart Association in Mrs. Kutz’s memory.  –Towanda Daily Review

WILLIAM L. MADIGAN, 78, of Canton died on Thursday, June 27, 1991, at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre.  Mr. Madigan was born in Towanda on November 25, 1912, the son of Michael and Ellen (Scully) Madigan.  He was retired after 31 ears from the Bendix Corporation, Elmira.  He was an active member of the St. Michael’s roman Catholic Church, Canton; an active member and former officer of the Loyal Order of the Moose No. 429 for over 40 years; and active volunteer in many community organizations and projects.  He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Marion Madigan, whom he married July 12, 1933; daughters, Mrs. C. William (Carol) Becker of Harrisburg, Pa., Mrs. Gerald (Joy) Brann of Canton, Mrs. Philip (Patti) Pessoni of Pound Ridge, N.J., and Mrs. Kathleen Berardi of Muncy Valley, Pa.; four grandsons, William Becker, Matthew Bran, David Brann and John Berardi; four granddaughters, Nancy (Becker) Ellis, Sara Brann, Anne Pessoni and Clare Pessoni; two sisters, Mrs. James Meredith of Towanda, and Mrs. Kathryn Watson of Canton; and a brother, Robert Madigan, Canton.  He was predeceased by his brother Thomas Madigan and his sister, Mrs. Cornelia Phinney.  The funeral will be held at the St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, corner and Union and Washington Streets on Monday, July 1, at 11 a.m. with the rev. Stephen D. McGough officiating.  Visitation will be held at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, on Sunday June 30, 1991, from 7-9 p.m.  Recitation of the Rosary will be at 8:30 p.m. Sunday.  Interment will be in St. Michael’s Cemetery.  The family will provide flowers.  Memorials may be directed to St. Michael’s Church, 24 N. Washington St., Canton, Pa. or the War Memorial Swimming Pool, Canton.

ANDREW MARGOSH, 81, on the morning of Wednesday, March 8, 2006, long-time Canton resident Andrew Margosh died while convalescing at the home of his grandson. He was 81 years of age.
Born in Coalport, Clearfield County, Pa., on Oct. 23, 1924, he was the son of Adam and Anna Margosh.
Being born in to a family of miners, it was only a natural that Andy should follow in the foot-steps of his fathers and brothers.  After several years on mining, Andy moved to the Canton area and helped out at his sister’s restaurant in Roaring Branch, Art & Mary’s.  Later he took a position with the Parker Pneumatic Division, retiring in 1987 after 20 years.  He was a member of Canton Lodge No. 429, Loyal Order of Moose, The Wheel Inn Club, The Red Run Rod & Gun Club, the Hillside Rod & Gun Club, Knights of Columbus, and was a social member of the Canton VFW. He was also a communicant of St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church in Canton.  Andy is survived by his sister, Mary Roberts, of Canton, and by step-children and grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Bessie, in 1996; father, Adam in 1954; mother, Anna in 1952; two infant siblings in 1918; brothers, John in 1977, Joseph in 2001 and Steve in 2002.  Visitation will be from 11 to 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, March 11 at the Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton.  Transferal prayers will be offered at 11:45 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian burial beginning at noon at St. Michael’s Church, with Father Ed Michelini and Deacon Bill Graham as celebrants. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel.

MATELSKI –ALMA M. RYAN.  During the early morning hours of March 4, 2004, Alma Matelski Ryan, 88, Canton, died quietly at Arnot-Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, NY.  Born in Plymouth, PA, on June 14, 1915, she was the daughter of Stanley and Katherine (Pyskaty) Matelski.  She was a graduate of Plymouth High School and Penn State University.  In the late 1930s she accepted a position at Canton High School as a teacher of Latin and French.  She was courted by a local gentleman named John F. Ryan and on August 16, 1949, they were married at the chapel of Notre Dame University.  The Ryans celebrated their 50th anniversary in August of 1989, almost a year before John’s passing.  Mrs. Ryan had a long-standing appreciation for music, and was for many years an active member of the Canton Music Club.  She was a woman of great faith, with a lifelong devotion to her Lord.  Since her arrival in Canton, Mrs. Ryan had been a communicant of St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church and was very active in the Altar & Rosary Society.  Though geographically separated from most members of her family she was very closely united to them in heart.  She found joy and took pride in the achievements and accomplishments of her nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.  And she shared these joyous moments and accompanying photographs with her many devoted friends in Canton. Surviving are her brother, Stanley Matelski, Jr., of Washington, D.C.; sister, Kathleen McDonough of Wilkes-Barre, PA; two nieces, five nephews one great-niece and six great-nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 51 years, John; as well as three sisters and two brothers.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated March 12 at St. Michael’s Church, with the Rev. Joseph Brozens, her nephew, as celebrant and the Rev. Peter J. O’Rourke and deacon William H. Graham assisting.  Interment will follow in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Canton.  Memorial contributions in Mrs. Ryan’s name may be directed to the St. Michael’s Building Fund, Canton, PA. –Canton Independent Sentinel.

MITCHELL –MATILDA C. BELAWSKE, 92, of Jersey Shore RD 2, formerly of 140 Lycoming St., Canton, died Saturday, Feb. 27, 1988, in the Leader Nursing home, Williamsport, Pa.  Mrs. Belawske was born March 1, 1895 at Hamilton Township, Tioga county, Pa. a daughter of Joseph and Francheeka Drabienski Mitchell.  She was a member of St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church and the Church’s Alta and Rosary Society in Canton.  Mrs. Belawske and her husband were the oldest married couple in the church.  She is survived by her husband Raymond, to whom she was married 67 years on Nov. 23, 1987; three sons: John of Canton, Edward of Canton RD 2 and Walter of Covington: three daughters: Mrs. Genevieve Shepard of Elmira, Mrs. Eleanor Mahosky of Williamsport RD 5 and Mrs. Mary Davis of Jersey Shore RD 2; 19 grandchildren: 30 great-grandchildren: one sister, Mrs. Minnie Novick of Elmira; one brother, Victor Mitchell of Wellsboro.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. from St. Michael'’ roman Catholic Church, corner of Union and Washington Streets, Canton with the Rev. Stephen D. McGough, her pastor, officiating.  Interment will be in St. Michael’s Cemetery in Canton.  Friends may call at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton,  tonight from 7-9.  The Recitation of the Rosary will be held at 8 p.m.  Memorial donations may be directed to St. Michael’s Catholic Church Building Fund in Mrs. Belawske’s memory.  –Towanda Daily Review.

 

MOTT Doris Hurley

82, of Blossburg, PA died at her home on May 18, 2012.  Doris Beverly was born on April 12, 1930 in Canton, PA, a daughter of the late Harry Grant and Mary May (Kohler) Mott. She was a 1948 Canton High School graduate. On June 30, 1951, she married William M. Hurley in St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Canton. Throughout life, her family’s welfare was most important to Doris. She was a fabulous cook and enjoyed reading and gardening. Doris also especially loved nature, which she instilled in her family. She will be remembered as a caring, supportive person. In earlier years, she enjoyed being active with the Amer. Cancer Society and their daffodil days. Surviving are two daughters, Melanie A. Hurley of Wellsboro and Dr. Margaret “Peggy” Hurley and husband Dr. Drew Black of Woodstown, NJ; nine grandchildren, Elliot Colegrove, Eric Colegrove, Emily (Matt) Nauman, Parker Hurley, Wyndham Hurley, Taylor Hurley, Amanda Black, Ciarra Black and Andrew Black; a great great grandson,Quinn Clark;  two sisters, Madeline (Frank) Tillotson of LeRoy and Alice Packard of Dansville, NY; dear friend, Jack Spade; neighbors, Martha and Bill; her devoted doctor of many years, Dr. William McClintic and nurse Karen, also the nurses and aides from hospice, several nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was predeceased by her husband of 45 years on Sept. 28, 1996; a sister and two brothers, Margaret Loomis, Stephen Mott and Harry Mott Jr.  Calling hours are 10:30 – 11:30 A.M. Monday, May 21, at Zwicharowski Funeral Home, 314 Granger St. in Blossburg. Private family services will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Blossburg’s Memorial Library, 307 Main St. or Blossburg’s Food Pantry, P.O. Box 17 both in Blossburg, PA 16912.  Star Gazette – May 19, 2012

 

EDWARD J. NAILEN, 79 of 133 Lycoming St., Canton died at the Troy Community Hospital Monday, May 10, 1976.  Mr. Nailen was admitted to the hospital as a medical patient on April 25.  He was born in Canton on Oct. 30, 1896 a son of John and Mary Wynne Nailen.  He was a lifelong resident of this area and was well known as a truck farmer in the Canton area.  He was a member of St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church.  Mr. Nailen is survived by one niece, Mrs. Lucille Shaffer of Sayre; two nephews, Andrew Nailen of Waverly and James Nailen, New York State; one sister-in-law, Mrs. Mark L. Nailen of Canton.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. Michael’s Church, with the Rev. Paul N. Baier officiating.  Burial will be in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Canton.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

MARK L. NAILEN, 69 of 71 Lycoming Street died Saturday afternoon, April 1, 1972 in the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre following a brief illness.  He was born Sept. 14, 1902 in Canton the son of John and Mary Wynne Nailen.  Mr. Nailen was a member of St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church.  He was a retired employee of Biddle’s Men’s Clothing Store.  Mr. and Mrs. Nailen observed their 37th wedding anniversary last fall.  Surviving are his wife, the former Pauline Bellows and a brother, Edward K. of Canton.  The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church.  Burial will be in St. Michael’s Cemetery.  The Rev. Paul M. Baier, his pastor will officiate.  Friends may call at Kleese’s, Canton from 7 to 9 tonight.  Recitation of the Rosary will be at 8.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

NOVITSKIYONKOSKI –MRS ANNA HARDY age 75 of 97 West Union Street Canton, died unexpectedly Aug. 12, 1966 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.  Mrs. Hardy was the wife of Raymond Hardy and was born in Union Township, Dec. 4, 1890, the daughter of Jon and Johanna Novitskiyonskoski.  She was a communicant of St. Michael’s Church in Canton and a past president of its Altar & Rosary Society and at one time was employed at Preston’s Inc. and Queen Quality Shoe Store in Canton.  In addition to her husband, Mrs. Hardy is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Raymond Dutchess, Miss Mary Hardy and Mrs. Walter Graham, all of Canton; five grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.  Requiem Mass will be celebrated Tuesday morning at 9:30 o’clock at St. Michael’s Church in Canton by its pastor, the Rev. Thomas Carlin.  Burial will be in St. Michael’s Cemetery.  –Towanda Daily Review

O’DONNELL –HELEN (O’DONNELL) BIDDLE.  On Jan. 23, 1999, Helen (O’Donnell) Biddle, a native of Canton Borough and formerly one of its most civic-minded citizens, died while residing in Warminster, Pa.  She was 92.  Mrs. Biddle, the daughter of George and Mary (Ronan) O’Donnell, was born in Canton on July 26, 1906.  Young Helen grew up on North Center Street, attended the Canton schools and graduated from Canton High School with the class of 1924.  During her childhood, Helen became acquainted with a lad name Laurence Biddle, and as time went by, their friendship blossomed into a lasting romance.  They were united in Holy Matrimony on Sept. 10, 1927 and shared 61 years together until Laurence’s passing in March 1989.  Helen was a devoted wife and mother, content with her role as homemaker.  However, her civic-minded nature and progressive spirit led her into endeavors outside of the home, which would be for the benefit of her community at large.  She worked for a while as a reporter with both the Towanda Daily Review and the Williamsport Sun and eventually produced a weekly column for The Review.  She served as the Bradford County inheritance tax appraiser.  Helen was a staunch Republican and was very active in the Bradford County Republican Women’s Club and in her beloved Republican Party in general.  She was a member of the Canton Music Club, the Nivin Club and the Literary Club and was an avid reader.  She was an active member of the Village Improvement Association (V.I.A.) during the time that the Canton War Memorial Pool was established.  She served as president of the V.I.A. and was chosen Woman of the Year in 1990.  Her love of the Lord was evident in her devotion and dedication to St. Michael’s Church where she served in the Altar and Rosary Society.  Mrs. Biddle is survived by a son, Laurence (and Kay) Biddle of Warminster, Pa.; a daughter, Joan (Carl) Lothjelm of Gaithersburg, Md.; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.  Calling hours will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Inc., 40 N. Center St., Canton, with Transferal Prayers being offered by the Rev. Father Bert S. Kozen, pastor of St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church.  Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m. at St. Michael’s Church with Father Kozen as celebrant.  Interment will follow in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Canton.  Memorials in Mrs. Biddle’s name may be directed to the Village Improvement Association, Canton, Pa. –Towanda Daily review.

WALTER PACKARD, 67, of 35 E. Second St., Canton,  died unexpectedly at his home Sunday morning, September 9, 1973.  He was the owner and operator of the Canton Frozen Food locker plant having retired recently.  He was a member of the Corey Creek County Club.  He is survived by his wife, Gretchen; two daughters, Mrs. Edward (Leslie Ann) Larcom of Canton; Mrs. Barbara Jill at home; a son, Kim of El Paso, Tex.; three sisters, Mrs. Agnes Morrissey of Rochester, N.Y.; Mrs. Helen Perry of Canton; Mrs. Harry Morse of Canton RD 1; two brothers, Jay Lewis Packard Sr. of Canton; Leslie A. Packard of Troy RD 1; seven grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.  Funeral services will be held Tuesday at the Morse Funeral Home, 12 E. Main St., Canton, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Paul Baier officiating.  Interment will be in St. Michael’s Cemetery.  –Canton Independent Sentinel.

PACKARD, Walter E. Age 67 of 35 E. Second St., Canton, Pa., at his home Sunday, September 9, 1973. Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Morse Funeral Home, 12 E. Main St., Canton, Pa. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday morning. Rev. Paul Baier. Interment St. Michael’s Cemetery, Canton, Pa. Contributions to the Heart Fund or the Canton Community Nursing Service would be appreciated. Survived by his wife, Gretchen; two daughters, Mrs. Edward (Leslie Ann) Larcom, Canton, Pa., Miss Barbara Jill Packard, at home; one son, Kim Packard, El Paso, Tex.; three sisters, Agnes Morrissey, Rochester, N.Y., Mrs. Helen Perry, Canton, Pa., Mrs. Harry Morse, Canton, Pa., RD1; two brothers, J. Lewis Packard Sr., Canton, Pa., Leslie A. Packard, Troy, Pa. RD 1; seven grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was a member of the Mansfield Corey Creek Country Club and he owned and operated a frozen food locker plant in Canton until his recent retirement.

PAULS Chester B. Pauls
92, of Whiting passed into eternal rest surrounded by his loving family at home Sunday November 21st. Born in Easthampton, MA., son of the late Wladyslawa and Walter Pawlikowski. Chester was a toolmaker and machinist and in the 1940’s president of Amalgamated Local #406 of the International Association of Electrical and Machine Workers Union of Elizabeth, NJ. With his surviving spouse Margaret, he was owner and operator of Pauls Maintenance Company, Linden, NJ. Other pursuits included insurance brokerage with the Clark Agency in Clark, NJ, lifetime member of Moose Lodge 913 of Linden, and Boy Scouts of America supporter as Scout Troop 188 Committee Chair, Linden Scout Government Day Committee Chair, and active member of the District Advancement Committee. Upon retiring from Pauls Maintenance in 1968, he and his spouse relocated to an 80-acre farm in Canton. There, for many years, they operated a catering business for various auctions and became members of both the Minnequa Grange and the Canton Poker Club. Following 27 years of happy farm life, he and his spouse returned to fully retire at Cedar Glen Lakes community in Whiting. Surviving are his wife Margaret of 70 years, daughter Marjorie Ann (Carl) Repmann; son Chester; brother Walter; grandchildren William (Karen) Repmann, Dennis (Joyce) Repmann, Susan (Paul) Vanscovich, Maureen Repmann, Stephen Pauls and Margaret Pauls and eight great grandchildren. Viewing is Tuesdaytand Wednesday at DeGraff Lakehurst Funeral Home, 119 Union Ave., Lakehurst. A fellowship memorial will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial and committal services will be held at St. Michael’s Cemetery in Canton, PA.  Canton Sentinel - December 4, 2010

PAWLIKOWSKI Chester B. Pauls
92, of Whiting passed into eternal rest surrounded by his loving family at home Sunday November 21st. Born in Easthampton, MA., son of the late Wladyslawa and Walter Pawlikowski. Chester was a toolmaker and machinist and in the 1940’s president of Amalgamated Local #406 of the International Association of Electrical and Machine Workers Union of Elizabeth, NJ. With his surviving spouse Margaret, he was owner and operator of Pauls Maintenance Company, Linden, NJ. Other pursuits included insurance brokerage with the Clark Agency in Clark, NJ, lifetime member of Moose Lodge 913 of Linden, and Boy Scouts of America supporter as Scout Troop 188 Committee Chair, Linden Scout Government Day Committee Chair, and active member of the District Advancement Committee. Upon retiring from Pauls Maintenance in 1968, he and his spouse relocated to an 80-acre farm in Canton. There, for many years, they operated a catering business for various auctions and became members of both the Minnequa Grange and the Canton Poker Club. Following 27 years of happy farm life, he and his spouse returned to fully retire at Cedar Glen Lakes community in Whiting. Surviving are his wife Margaret of 70 years, daughter Marjorie Ann (Carl) Repmann; son Chester; brother Walter; grandchildren William (Karen) Repmann, Dennis (Joyce) Repmann, Susan (Paul) Vanscovich, Maureen Repmann, Stephen Pauls and Margaret Pauls and eight great grandchildren. Viewing is Tuesdaytand Wednesday at DeGraff Lakehurst Funeral Home, 119 Union Ave., Lakehurst. A fellowship memorial will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial and committal services will be held at St. Michael’s Cemetery in Canton, PA. Canton Independent Sentinel - November 27, 2010

POWERS –ELLEN P. GREEN, 90, a resident of the Bradford County Manor, formerly of 12 W. Carson St., Canton, died July 19, 1987, at the manor.  Mrs. Green was born August 1, 1896 in Canton, a daughter of Thomas S. Sr. and Catherine O’Dea Powers.  She was a communicant of St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church.  Surviving is a son and daughter-in-law, A. Thomas and Siegi Green of Eemnes Holland; two grandsons, Patrick and Jan Green, also of Eemnes, Holland.  Mrs. Green was predeceased by her husband, Daniel T. Green on April 3, 1975.  A prayer service was held Wednesday, at the Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, Canton, with the Rev. Stephen McGough, her pastor officiating.  Interment was in St. Michael’s Cemetery.  –Canton Independent Sentinel.

POWERS –MRS. KATHRYN E. MCLAUGHLIN, 87, of 148 Troy St., Canton, died at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Elmira, Monday afternoon (Aug. 15, 1966).  She was the widow of Charles G. McLaughlin, and a lifelong resident of Canton, Mrs. McLaughlin was born Feb. 7, 1879, the daughter of John and Mary Ann Fennell Powers.  She was a member of St. Michael’s Church in Canton, and of the Altar and Rosary Society there.  Mrs. McLaughlin has no immediate survivors.  A Requiem Mass at St. Michael’s Church will be held Thursday morning at 9:30 with the Rev. Thomas Carlin as celebrant.  Recitation of the Rosary will be Wednesday evening at 8:30 at the Ralph T. Kleese Funeral Home in Canton.  Burial will be in St. Michael’s Cemetery.  –Canton Independent Sentinel.

POWERS –MRS. MARY J. PAYNE, of Upper Mountain Drive, Canton, Pa., Saturday, May 24, 1980.  Friends ay call at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, Monday 6:30 until 9 p.m.  Recitation of the Rosary Monday at 8 p.m.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 Tuesday at the St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Canton, with the Rev. Paul M. Baier officiating.  Interment will be in St. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Elmira.  She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Egbert Loomis of Canton; 2 sons Robert W. and Edward both of Canton; 1 brother, Thomas J. Powers of Canton; 4 sisters, Miss Catherine Powers, Miss Margaret Powers and Miss Agnes Powers all of Canton, Pa., and Mrs. Anna Hartnett; several nieces and nephews.  She is from Lombard, Ill.  She was a member of the St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Canton and the Altar and Rosary Society there.  Donations may be directed to the Canton Community Nursing Service.  –Canton Independent Sentinel.

 

POWERS Thomas Powers Sr.,

88 passed away at his home on Carson Street.  He was born in Ireland and came to Canton shortly before his 17th birthday.  With the exception of five years when he lived in Troy, Mr. Powers spent the remainder of his life in the same house on Carson Street.  He had been an employee of the Pennsylvania Railroad for 52 years and three months. Canton Independent -Sentinel   

 

POWERS William P. Powers

70, of 257 Troy St., Canton, died at his home Thursday afternoon, April 4, 1973. Mr. Powers was a retired Prudential Insurance agent. He was a member of the St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Canton, and was active in local civic affairs. Surviving are his wife, Mina; two sons, William J. Powers of St. Mary’s, W. Va.; Richard G. Powers of S. Pasadena, Calif.; two sisters, Mrs. Fred Barnes of Westfield, N.Y.; Sister Mary David of Erie, Pa.; one stepsister, Mrs. Josephine Olin of Coudersport, Pa.; stepbrother, James Maroney of Pittsburgh, Pa.; and three grandchildren. Funeral Mass will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at the St. Michael’s Church, Canton, with the Rev. Paul Baier as celebrant. Interment will be in St. Michael’s Cemetery.

 

PUTNAM –BESSIE M. MARGOSH a life-long resident of Canton died quietly on August 31, 1996 at Towanda Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness.  She was born in Canton on June 9, 1910 to the late William Putnam and Minnie Watts.  During her lifetime she worked as an assembler for Remington Rand Corporation and the former Eclipse Manufacturing Company (Bendix) of Elmira, NY, Bausch & Lomb and Kodak of Rochester, NY, as well as being a homemaker.  She was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, WOTM #981 and VFW #714 Ladies Auxiliary.  Mrs. Margosh is survived by her husband, Andrew Margosh, son and daughter-in-law, William and Connie (Kilbourn) Blaney of Canton, daughters; Betty Gray, Lillian Yaggie and Marietta Greenough, all of Canton; daughter and son-in-law Paulett and Ruben Korte, Albuquerque, NM; sister-in-law Mary Roberts of Canton; brothers-in-law, Steve and Joseph Margosh of Coalport, PA; 12 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by a son, Dennis Lee Blaney in 1966 and brothers, William (1994) and Herbert Putnam (1956).  A viewing with vigil service was held at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home on Monday, September 2 and a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated September 33 at St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. Bert Kozen as celebrant.  Pallbearers were Gary Chilson, Daniel Chilson, Harold “Skeet” Lathrop, Brian Hartford, Robert Putnam and Jules Putnam.  Interment was in St. Michael’s Cemetery.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

 

REYNARD John Clifford

On the evening of Sunday, July 14, 2013, John Clifford Reynard of Canton died quietly at his residence, with his beloved family at his side, after a courageous battle with illness. He was 67 years of age.  Born in Canton on Jan. 31, 1946, he was the son of Max and Joanne (Bullock) Reynard. During John's school years the family resided in New York state, and John graduated from Ockowanick High School in Spencertown, N.Y., in 1963. After graduation John enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in West Germany where he met his future wife, Gisela Weber. John returned to his roots in Canton, bringing Gisela with him. They were wed in St. Michael's Church on Jan. 6, 1968. But the life of a professional soldier is one of constant changes, and soon John was deployed to Vietnam. For the next 20 years, John and Gisela called many different places around the world "home," but when he retired in 1984 they returned to his hometown, Canton. John was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing with his friends and family. He was a member of Canton Lodge #429 Loyal Order of Moose, Canton V.F.W. Post #716 and Canton American Legion Post #303. With a firm handshake and a friendly demeanor, John strode through life with the dignity befitting a man who served his country for so long.  He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Gisela, at home; his mother, Joanne, of West Burlington; son, John C. Reynard of Canton, daughter Sabrina Bourne of Troy, grandson Brady Bourne and granddaughter Brooklynn Bourne; sister, Helen Bush of Canton; brother, David Reynard, of Canton; aunt, Linda Van Ness of Canton; uncle, Dale (Joyce) Reynard of Sayre; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins; special longtime friends George Ginder and family of Philadelphia. He was preceded in death by his father, Max Reynard; brother-in-law, Terry Bush; and his beloved dogs, Brutus and Buddy.  A graveside service with military honors will be held 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, at St. Michael's Cemetery, Canton. Memorials in John's name may be directed to Guthrie Hospice, 421 Tomahawk Road, Towanda, PA 18848, or to the Bradford County Humane Society, Ulster, Pa.  Professional services have been entrusted to Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, Canton.  Towanda Daily Review – July 17, 2013

 

RIDALL - Darl Ridall of Canton, Pa., died peacefully at home while surrounded by his family on Tuesday evening, Dec. 29, 2009 following a courageous battle with cancer, he was 56.  Born in Troy, Pa., on March 4, 1953, Darl Allen was a son of the late Loren H. "Bud" and Beatrice A. (SUYLIFF) Ridall.  In 1971, Darl graduated from Canton High School where he excelled in Warrior sports. A devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother, Darl married the former Joann KUTZ on June 3, 2000 at the Ward United Methodist Church. He was employed by Shop Vac Corporation as Vice President in the Engineering Plastics Group.  Darl enjoyed working with youth sports programs and riding his Harley Davidson. He was active in Little League Baseball, Pee Wee Football and Canton Matmen Wrestling. The welfare of his family always came first in Darl's life and spending time with family and friends was most important to him. He also enjoyed being outdoors, hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Ward United Methodist Church.  Surviving are his wife, Joann; two sons, Lance (Cindy) Ridall of Troy and Brandon Ridall of Okeechobee, Fla.; a daughter, Mickel Bryan of Canton; three grandchildren, Calissa Ridall, Lauren Ridall and Clarissa Isbell, all of Troy; a brother and sister, Earl (Barbara) Ridall and Elaine Kilbourn, all of Canton; and several nieces and nephews.  Darl was predeceased by his parents, Loren in 1977; and Beatrice in 2004.  Family invites friends to call from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 3, at Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, in Canton. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with Rev. Sean Tymeson officiating. Burial will be in St. Michael's Cemetery. His family suggests those who wish make memorials in Darl's name to the Canton Matmen at P.O. Box 1, Canton, PA 17724.31 Dec. 2009, Towanda Daily Review.

RONAN –CATHERINE P. MORRELL, 81, of 59 E. Union St., Canton, died Thursday, Feb. 4, 1988, at her home.  Mrs. Morrell was born Aug. 17, 1906 at Canton, a daughter of Thomas H. and Mary Brann Ronan.  She retired in 1966, with 40 years of service as an accountant with Consolidated Edison, New York City.  She was a member of St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church and its Altar and Rosary Society.  Surviving are a nephew and niece, Thomas h. and Joan Cook, of Pittsburgh; cousins, Mrs. Louise Brann, Elmira, N.Y.; Mrs. Helen Biddle and Mrs. Jane Wheeler, both of Canton; and Mrs. John Davis of Harrisburg; one great-niece and three great-nephews.  She was predeceased by her late husband Raymond G. Morrell on June 11, 1971.  A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Monday, February 8, at St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, on the corner of Union and Washington Streets, canton with the Rev. Stephen McGough, her pastor, officiating.  Interment will be in St. Michael’s Cemetery.  Resuscitation of the Rosary will be at 4:30 p.m.  Those wishing may forward memorial contributions to the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Catherine’s memory. –Towanda Daily review.

RONAN –MRS. MARY R. COOK, 81, a resident of the Leader Nursing Home in Williamsport, and formerly of Canton, died Sept. 24, 1986 at Williamsport Hospital.  She was born on Dec. 23, 1904, in Canton, the daughter of Thomas and Mary Brann Ronan.  Mrs. Cook was employed as a sixth grade teacher by the Dobbs Ferry, NY School District for 21 years, retiring in 1969.  She was a member of St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church in Canton and also a member of the New York State Retired Teachers Association.  Surviving Mrs. Cook are: a son and daughter-in-law, Thomas H. and Joan Cook of Pittsburg; four grandchildren, Mary, Thomas Jr., Michael and John Cook, all of Pittsburgh; one sister, Mrs. Catherine Morrell of Canton; and several cousins.  A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Canton, with the Reverend Stephen McGough, her pastor, officiating.  Interment was in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Canton.  Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton.  Memorial donations should be made to Saint Michael’s Catholic Church in Mrs. Cook’s memory.  –Canton Independent Sentinel.

MARIA T. RYNKIEWICZ
 Maria T. Rynkiewicz, 38, of Canton, PA died on Tuesday, July 2, 1991 due to fatal injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident on Route 14 in Troy Township. Dr. Rynkiewiecz was born on March 29, 1953 in Philadelphia, the daughter of Andrew and Stella Zebrowski Rynkiewicz. Dr. Rynkiewiecz shared an optometry practice with her husband, Dr. James E. Grue, in both Troy and Canton. Maria was a 1971 graduate of Nazareth Academy, Philadelphia.  She received her B.S. in medical technology from Temple University and her doctorate from Penn College of Optometry, Philadelphia, in 1979. She was an active member in St. Michael's Catholic Church, past officer and on the board of directors for the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, member of the Pennsylvania Optometric Association, past officer and member of the Northern Optometric Society. She is survived by her husband, Dr. James Grue, with whom she celebrated 15 years of marriage on June 9, 1991; daughters, Jennifer and Ashley, at home; mother, Stella (Zebrowski) Rynkiewicz, Canton; sisters, Mrs. Barbara Tantala of Morrisville and Dr. Rosemarie  Rynkiewicz of Sayre; aunts, Mary McDonald of Philadelphia and Sister M. Ancilla of Ardsley. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Michael's Church in Canton on July 6 with the Rev. Stephen McGough officiating and interment to be in St. Michael's Cemetery.  Arrangements were by the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home. Memorials may be directed to St. Michael's Church, 24 N. Washington St., Canton, PA 17724. (TGR, Thursday, July 11, 1991)

SCHOONOVER George W. Sr. - On the evening of Wednesday, July 21, 2010, Canton resident George W. Schoonover died
quietly with his family at his side. He was 95 years of age. Born in Troy on July 20, 1915, he was the son of William H. and Lena E. (Whiting) Schoonover. He was educated in the Troy school system and at the height of the Great Depression joined the Civilian Conservation Corps. Later, he drove trucks for the former Swayze Folding Box Company in Canton. Taking a chance on a blind date, George met Margaret Greene, the love of his life. The two were united in marriage on July 1, 1939, and made their home in Canton. But with the U.S. entrance into World War II, George took a position as a welder in a Baltimore shipyard, and the young family moved to Maryland for the duration. After the war, the Schoonovers returned to Canton where George established Schoonover Plumbing and Heating, a firm which he headed from 1946 until his retirement in 1978. With his handsome looks, politeness of manner and outgoing personality, George was the epitome of what makes a gentleman, and he became a well-known figure in Canton. George and Margaret raised two sons and three daughters, and shared 59 years until Margaret's passing on Jan. 12, 1999. Throughout his many years as a Canton businessman, George gave back to his community 100-fold. He gave of his time and resources through his involvement with his church, the Innes Hose Company, Rotary Club and the Loyal Order of Moose, as well as being on the board of directors of the Canton Borough Authority and Canton Borough Council. Perhaps his most triumphant civic endeavor was the building of the Canton War Memorial Swimming Pool. He convinced others to join him in donating their time and energy to its construction, thus accomplishing the task at a fraction of the cost. Between running a successful business and serving his community, George managed to spend time doing the things he and Margaret enjoyed most, such as square dancing with the Grand Paraders, camping and travelling. After retiring, George and Margaret enjoyed winter vacations at Saddle Bag Lake Resort, Lake Wales, Fla. After Margaret's passing, as age and health issues took their toll, George eventually relocated to the Sherwood Retirement and Personal Care Home where he renewed old friendships with old Cantonian friends of the past. Ever optimistic and never one to complain, George helped brighten the days of Sherwood residents and employees alike. His broad smile and hearty handshake never seemed to diminish. Of paramount importance in his life was his close relationship with the Lord. He was a faithful communicant of St. Michael's Roman Catholic church, and did endeavor to walk in the light of Jesus' Countenance throughout all aspects of his life. He was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. The family would like to thank the Sherwoods for the kind, loving care and understanding that George received while residing there. George is survived by: his sons George W. (and Jean) Schoonover and Thomas (and Mary Beth) Schoonover; daughter Dorothy (and Wayne) Geisler, all of Canton, Mary Kay (and Larry) Herman of Roaring Branch, and Margaret (and Tink) Wesneski of Canton; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter; sister Irene Stone of Sayre; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife Margaret and sisters Lillian Watkins and Abbe Overrein. Calling hours will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday, July 23, at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 94 N. Center St., Canton, with a recitation of the Rosary at 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Michael's Church, Canton. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. The family will provide the flowers and suggests that memorials be directed to St. Michael's Building Fund, or the Canton War Memorial Pool.- Towanda Daily Review, July 23, 2010

Ashley Crystalyn SEELEY, 12, a resident of Canton, PA, died on November 17, 1999 at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA.  She was born in Sayre, PA on January 17, 1987 to Doug and Dottie (Gottschall) Seely.  Ashley had been afflicted with cystic fibrosis since her birth.  Ashley is survived by her parents, Doug and Dottie Seeley and brothers, Ronald and Jeremy Seeley all of Canton; paternal grandmother and step-grandfather, Betty and Al Heasley of California; grandfather, Harold Seeley of Florida; maternal grandmother, Mary Gottschall of Morris, PA; five aunts and/or uncles; special friends and her constant companion, her dog Snowball.  Services were held at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in canton with the Revs. Will Strunk and David Morris officiating.  Prayers were offered by the Rev. gather Bert S. Kozen with interment to follow in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Canton.  Memorial contributions in Ashley’s name may be directed to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road, Bethesda, MD 10814.   “Troy Gazette-Register,” Troy, PA  Thursday, November 25, 1999

 

SEELEY Ronald D. "Ron" Seeley

On the afternoon of Wednesday, May 11, 2011, lifelong Canton area resident Ronald Douglas Seeley died unexpectedly at his residence.  Born in Blossburg on Jan. 15, he was the son of Douglas Seeley and Dottie (Gottschall) Seeley. Even as a youth Ron seemed destined to a life of service and helping others. He worked after school and weekends on the Harris farm just down the road from his home. However in his free time Ron served his community as a junior cadet police officer. He used to assist in finding missing persons. He seemed to have a sixth sense and often was successful where others had failed.  Ron had a special respect for his father, a police chief, as well as the other members of the family who served as volunteers to the community. He possessed an awareness for the importance of fulfilling one's duties. Following his graduation from Canton High School Ron entered the construction trade, and one of the first venues where he practiced his trade was Mt. Pisgah State Park. He was proud of his many improvements to the park's infrastructure and landscape. Still set on serving others, Ron volunteered as an ambulance driver for Western Alliance Emergency Services and joined the Canton Fire Department, rising to the rank of assistant chief.  He also qualified to become a fire warden, Ron was never one to shrink in the face of danger, always willing to engage the inferno head on. He was selected Fire Fighter of the Year for his efforts in rescuing a young child and an elderly man. He always said that what mattered to him most was the saving of a human life. He still found time for four-wheeling and fishing, and enjoyed the time spent with his children. He was a devoted father and a true and loyal friend to all who knew him.  Ron is survived by his loving wife Joyce (Motz) Seeley; father Doug Seeley; mother Dottie Seeley; grandmother Mary Gottschall; son Damien Seeley, age 2, of Roaring Branch; daughters Angel Seeley, age 10, of Roaring Branch, Hailey Seeley, age 6, of Roaring Branch, Samantha Seeley, age 18, of Florida; brother Jeremy Seeley of Texas; niece Ashley Seeley and several other nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Ashley Seeley, age 12; grandfather Floyd W. Gottschall; uncle Robert "Bob" Gotschall; niece Tracy Gotschall; great-grandparents Leon and Marion Kriner; brother-in-law Michael Motz; great-grandparents Clarence and Anna Seeley; grandfather Harold Seeley; and grandmother Betty Benedict Seeley Heasley.   Memorial contributions may be directed to Ron Seeley Children's Fund, in care of First Citizens Bank, 29 W. Main St., Canton, PA 17724.  Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 14 at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 94 N. Center St., Canton, and from noon to 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 15. Service will be at 1 p.m. Sunday with Rev. Duane Taylor officiating. Interment will follow in St. Michael's Cemetery.  Towanda Daily Review - May 13, 2011

 

SHANLEY, Matthew J., 67, of Roaring Branch RD 1, Monday, April 15, 1963. He was a retired farmer; a member of Odgensburg Grange and St. Michael's Church, Canton. Survived by daughter, Miss Frances C. SHANLEY at home; sons, Robert L. at home, Lawrence D. of Roaring Branch RD 1, Alvin M. of Canton; one granddaughter. Body at Kleese Funeral Home, Canton. Requiem High Mass in St. Michael's Church Thursday at 10 a.m., the Rev. Thomas J. CARLIN. St Michael's Cemetery. Recitation of the Rosary Wednesday at 8 p.m. Submitted by Patricia Warren

SHULTZ - WOODARD, Marie Shultz
Of Elmira passed to her heavenly reward, after a brief illness, on Wednesday, March 3, 2010. Marie was born February 24, 1917, daughter of Margaret K. (Churchill) and William W. Shultz. She is predeceased by her husband of 59 years, James C. Woodard. Marie is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Jean and John Oshetski of Erin; grandchildren, John Oshetski, Jr., of Erin, Marabeth Oshetski, with daughter Adah Kathryn, of Elmira; Dr. James (Julie) Oshetski of Freeport, ME, with children, Andrew Quinn and Ella Ruby; Michael (Janelle) Oshetski of Horseheads; niece Judy (Stan) Goble of Bradenton, FL; and special pet cat "Swiffer". Marie was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was an especially caring person always ready to lend an ear or a helping hand. She loved to crochet and donated many layette sets to St. Joseph's Hospital Auxiliary. There will be no calling hours. Friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, March 6, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Ss. Peter & Paul Church. Interment will take place at St. Michael's Cemetery, Canton, PA, at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember Marie with a donation to St. Joseph's Hospital Auxiliary, 555 St. Joseph's Boulevard, Elmira, NY 14901. Arrangements by McInerny Funeral Home. - Elmira Star Gazette, Mar.5.2010

SILL –MARION SILL MADIGAN, 87, long-time resident of Canton, died April 10, 1998, at the Muncy Valley Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit.  Born June 23, 1910 in Towanda, Pa, she was a daughter of the late William R. and Ruth Miller Sill.  She was a graduate of Canton High School, Class of 1928; was a member of the Canton Ecumenical member of the Canton Ecumenical Parish and the church’s Friendly Missionary Society; also belonged to the DAR and was an avid reader.  Mrs. Madigan’s main interest throughout life encompassed her home and the love she shared with her family.  Surviving are: daughters and their spouses, Carol Ann and C. William Becker, Harrisburg, Joy and Gerald Brann, Canton, Patti and Phil Pessoni, Pound Ridge, NY, Kathleen Berardi, Muncy Valley; eight grandchildren, William Becker, Nancy “Becker” Ellis, Matthew, David and Sara Brann, Anne and Clare Pessoni, and John Berardi; great-grandchildren, Blair and Alexa Ellis.  In addition to her parents, Mrs. Madigan was preceded in death by her husband, William, “Bill” Madigan, June 27, 1991; brothers, Clyde and Harry Sill; sister, Lida Lund; son-in-law, Chris Berardi.  The funeral service was held April 14 from the Pepper Funeral Home, Canton, with, Pastor Nancy Goff, of the Ecumenical Parish, officiating and Rev. David B. Morris, pastor of the Canton Church of Christ, assisting.  Pallbearers were; Gerald, Matthew and David Brann, John Berardi, Bill and C. William Becker, and Phil Pessoni.  Interment was in St. Michael’s Cemetery.  The family suggests memorials be directed to the Canton Ecumenical Parish, 43 No. Center St., Canton, PA, the Green Free Library, 14 N. Center St., Canton, PA or the Canton Rialto Theater, 5 East Main Street, Canton, PA in Mrs. Marion Madigan’s memory.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

DR. Lee Elwood SINGERLAND, (SRGP 80779) Canton, PA, 88 , died quietly February 5, 1997 in Venice, FL.  He was born in Mansfield, PA, on May 14, 1908 to Lynn and Florence (Miller) Slingerland.  Early in his childhood the family relocated to Troy where he attended Troy schools.  He was a 1927 graduate of troy High and was also a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.  He began his practice in Elkland and a few years later moved to Canton.  He worked with Dr. Harold stem for a time before establishing his own practice in the old Whitman house.  Eventually he opened an office at 5 troy street where he remained for 40 years.  DR. Singerland closed his office in December of 1976 completely retiring in 1978.  He is survived by his wife of 30 years, the former Jane Leahy; son and daughter-in-law, Stuart and Suzanne Provo, UT; brother and sister-in-law, Leo and Mary, Troy; four stepchildren; seven grandchildren and seven step-grandchildren; two nieces; a great-niece and a great-nephew.  He was predeceased by his first wife, Doris.  Memorial services were held February 19 at the Morse and Kleese funeral Home in canton with The Rev. Bert Kozen, pastor of St. Michael’s Roman catholic Church officiating.  Contributions in his name may be made to the save the Pool Fund, the Green free Library or a charity of one’s choice.

DR. LEE ELWOOD SLINGERLAND, Canton, a man who dedicated his life to medicine for 48 years died quietly in Venice, FL, February 5, 1997 at the age of 88.  He was born in Mansfield, PA on May 14, 1908 to Lynn and Florence (Miller) Slingerland.  Early in his childhood the family relocated to Troy where he attended Troy schools.  He was a 1927 graduate of Troy High and a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.  He began his practice in Elkland and a few years later moved to Canton.  He worked with Dr. Harold L. Stem for a time before establishing his own practice in the old Whitman house.  Eventually he opened an office at 5 Troy Street where he remained for 40 years. Dr. Slingerland had a busy practice which kept him busy making house calls night and day.  It was frequently necessary for him to sit up all night with pneumonia patients in the days before “wonder drugs.”  Sometimes fees were paid in various kinds of produce and on one occasion a lady gave him a bag of chicken feet.  He also operated the local maternity clinic and had the joy of ushering into the world many a Cantonian including three sets of twins in one year.  Dr. Slingerland closed his office in December of 1976 completely retiring in 1978.  He was a member of Canton Lodge #415 F&AM, achieving the office of Worshipful Master in 1953, as well as being elevated to the 33rd degree.  Dr. Slingerland was a member of the Wheel Inn.  Predeceasing him was his first wife, Doris.  On July 22, 1968 he was united in Holy Matrimony to Jane Leahy.  After his retirement the Slingerlands enjoyed traveling and spent much time at their home in Florida.  Surviving besides his wife, Jane are a son and daughter-in-law, Stuart and Suzanne Provo, UT; brother and sister-in-law, Leo and Mary, Troy; stepdaughter, Patricia Leahy, Williamsport; stepsons and their wives, Charles and Judy Leahy, Grosse Point Farms, MI, Stephen and Joan Leahy, Canton, RR 2 and Tom Leah, Lafayette, CO; seven grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren; two nieces; a great-niece and a great-nephew.  Friends may call Tuesday, February 18, 7-9 p.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center Street, Canton.  Masonic services will be conducted at 8:45 p.m.  A memorial services were held February 19 at 1 p.m. the funeral home with Rev. Bert Kozen, pastor of St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church officiating.  Contributions in his name may be made to the save the Pool Fund, the Green free Library or a charity of one’s choice.  Buried St. Michael’s Cemetery, Canton, PA.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

KATHLEEN SPENCER, 16, Ralston, was dead on arrival at Williamsport Hospital after she and her 13 year old sister, Cynthia were hit crossing Route 14 in Ralston at 9:15 p.m. Friday by a car driven by Robert Alan Kerwin, 22, Cogan’s Station according to an informed source.  Miss Spencer was born Aug. 15, 1961, at Halloman Air Force Base, Alamogordo, N.M., a daughter of William L. and Bonita Acresti Spencer Sr.  She was a student in the 11th grade at Canton High School and was attending the cosmetology class at the Empire Beauty School associated with Williamsport Area Community College.  She was on the staff of the Crimson Echo, school newspaper.  She was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church and Sunday school at Ralston.  Survivors are her parents, of Ralston and three sisters, Cynthia, 13, Elizabeth 15 and Ramona, nine all at home; two brothers, William (Monty) Jr., 18, and David, 12 also at home; maternal grandparents, Mrs. Margaret Acresti of Canton and Anthony Acresti of Elmira, N.Y.; paternal grandparents, Walter L. and Gerry L. Spencer of Grover; and a paternal great-grandmother, Mrs. Ruth Bailey of E. Troy.  Several cousins, aunts and uncles also survive.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Michael’s Church in Canton, Tuesday at 10 a.m. with Rev. Joseph Saltry of St. Aloysius Church officiating along with Rev. Paul M. Baier of St. Michael’s also acting as a celebrant.  Burial will be in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Canton.  –Towanda Daily Review

SPENCER - On Feb. 15, 2008, former Canton resident William L. "Monty" Spencer II died quietly at his residence in Canal, Winchester, Ohio, after a courageous battle with leukemia. He was 47 years of age, and son of William and Bonita Spencer. Monty was employed at VCT Flooring in Columbus, Ohio. He especially enjoyed playing the guitar and spending time with his wife, his family and his friends. Monty is survived by his wife, Teresa; daughters, Erin and Jana Spencer; stepchildren Tim Brake and Jessika Bretz, future grandson Aiden Michael, granddaughters Ava and Adyson Brake, grandmother Margaret Acresti, parents William and Bonita Spencer, sisters Elizabeth (and Jeffrey) Cole, Cynthia (and Archie) Vroman and Ramona Parker; brother David (and Maxine) Spencer; mother-in-law Anne Brake; brothers-in-law Joe (and Debby) Brake and Jim (and Pam) Brake; sister-in-law Tina Brake and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and wonderful friends. He was preceded in death by his sister, Kathleen Spencer, grandparents, Walter and Geraldine Spencer and Anthony Acresti; and father-in-law, Robert Brake. Family and friends are welcome to gather from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center Street, Canton, resuming at 10 a.m. Friday. Transferal prayers will be offered at 10:30 Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church, 24 N. Washington St., Canton. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery. Those unable to attend services may send condolences to Mrs. Teresa Spencer, 7159 Basil Western Rd., Canal Winchester, Ohio, 43110. Published in the  Towanda Daily Review on 2/18/2008.

Sigmund STANKIEWICZ, former Granville, PA resident age 75, died at his home in Casa Grande, AZ after a battle with cancer.  Known by his boyhood name of “Ziggy”, Mr. Stankiewicz was born in Philadelphia, PA on February 2, 1923, the son of Teofol and Bernice Stankiewicz.  He was World War II veteran and worked at the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office.  In 1970 he retired to Granville township.  He moved to Arizona in the early 1990’s but made frequent trips back to this area.  While a resident of Bradford County he was an active member of St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church.  Mr. Stankiewicz is survived by his brother, Edward (and Nancy) Stankiewicz of Canton; sisters, Irene  (and Edward) Potok and Viola Jurkiewicz, both of Philadelphia; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  A memorial Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Michael’s Church in Canton with Rev. Bert S. Kozen as celebrant on December 16 at 10 am.  Interment will follow in St. Michael’s Cemetery.  Those wishing to remember Mr. Stankiewicz may do so by contributing to St. Michael’s Building Fund, 24 N. Washington St., Canton, PA 177i24 or to the charity of one’s choice.

STUART – LORETTA E. GOVANG.  During the early morning hours of November 17, 2003 former Canton resident Loretta Elizabeth (Stuart) Govang, 90, died quietly at the Dar-Way Nursing Home in Estella.  Born in New Haven, CT, on March 28, 1913, she was the daughter of Alexander and Mary Ellen (Smith) Stuart.  She graduated from New Haven’s Commercial High School with the Class of June 1931.  For the next several years she worked at various clerical jobs in the New Haven area.  One day, she agreed to a blind date with a young man named Doss Govang.  He took her ice-skating and a beautiful romance blossomed.  In January of 1941 Mr. Govang entered the U.S. Army and was stationed at Ft. Devens, MA and she saw him when she could.  Prior to his being shipped out overseas, he asked for her hand.  They were united in marriage January 16th, 1942.  While her husband was serving in the armed forces, she worked in the Atlantic City at the hospital for seriously wounded servicemen.  No doubt the care and compassion that she shared with these men helped to bridge the gap of distance between her and her own beloved soldier.  After the war Mr. and Mrs. Govang resided in New Haven, raising a son and two daughters.  In the 1960’s the Govang family moved to Canton when Mr. Govang accepted a position superintendent of the Swayze Folding Box Co.  After arriving in Canton, Mrs. Govang became a communicant of St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church where she was very active in the Altar and Rosary Society.  She was also active in the Village Improvement Association as well as the Friends of the Library.  In her leisure time she enjoyed raising flowers, demonstrating a natural knack for cultivating African Violets.  She also enjoyed playing the piano, a gift that she continued to share with other residents at Dar-Way for as long as her health would permit.  Mrs. Govang was a woman who was devoted to her Lord, her family and her friends and her community.  Surviving are her son, James, New Haven, CT; daughter, Rita Nearhood, Kingston, PA; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her husband of forty-six years, Doss Govang; sister, Marion Stuart and daughter Mary Harrison.  Calling hours will be Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Inc., 40 N. Center St., Canton and will resume Thursday 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. after which Transferal Prayers will be recited.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated with the Rev. Peter J. O’Rourke.  Interment will follow in St. Michael’s Cemetery.  Contributions in Mrs. Govang name may be directed to St. Michael’s Church Building Fund or to a charity of one’s choice. –Canton Independent Sentinel.

JAMES THOMPSON of Roaring Branch drowned in Lycoming Creek on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 1918.  He and Alex Chopic of Roaring Branch had stopped to aide Thomas Stull of Stull Hill who had an accident when his horse spooked.  James was turning his carriage around to take Thomas back to Ralston when it plunged down a twenty-foot bank, caring the horse and occupants of the carriage and pinning them down in such a way that they could not extricate themselves and Chopic was unable to aid them alone.  He drove to Ralston and got assistance, but both men were drowned, their heads having been held under about a foot of water.  The horse was uninjured.  Mr. Thompson was about thirty years old and is survived by his mother.  His funeral was held on Friday morning and interment was made in St. Michael’s Cemetery in Canton.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

 

THOMPSON, James

STULL – THOMPSON  A most distressing fatality occurred last week Tuesday evening near Ralston, when two well-known resident of Union township, Tioga county, lost their lives by drowning when the wagon in which they were driving was precipitated into Lycoming creek down a steep embankment from the main road.  Thomas Stull and James Thompson, an employee of Fremont Stull, were the victims.  The former had spent the day in Ralston and in the early evening had started home driving a buggy with one horse attached to it.  Just what happened will probably never be known as he was alone, but shortly afterwards Mr. Thompson and another man, driving along the road, found Mr. Stull in the road where he had fallen from the buggy in a seriously injured condition, bleeding copiously from the nose and mouth and unconscious.  The two men loaded the injured man in their wagon, determined to take him to Ralston for medical help, but in turning the horse around the wagon was backed off into the creek and the two men were pinned under the wagon with the hose on top of them, and before help could be summoned both had drowned, although the water was said to be not over two feet deep at this point.  The bodies were recovered and taken to their homes.  Mr. Stull is survived by a widow, five children and his mother, Mrs. Julia Stull, of Canton.  Mr. Thompson is survived by a brother with the A. E. F. in France, one brother and a sister. Wellsboro Agitator, 1 Jan 1919

TILLOTSON –WENDY TILLOTSON REINHARD, 22 of 13 W. South Ave., Canton died Saturday, Dec. 9, 1989 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.  Wendy was born April 17, 1967 at Reading, Berks County, Pa., a daughter of Paul and Darlene Bellows Tillotson.  She was a 1985 graduate of Columbia Central High School, Bloomsburg, Pa.  She was a hobbyist and enjoyed making home crafts.  Surviving are her husband, Timothy E. Reinhard, to whom she would have celebrated four years of marriage on Feb. 22, 1990; two daughters, Lindsey Rae and Lanie Rene, both at home; parents; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Tillotson, Canton RD 2; six brothers: Stephen of Pequea, Pa., Richard of Columbia, Pa., Jeffrey of Manheim, Pa., Bradley of Canton RD 2, Brian of Strasburg, Pa., and Paul Jr. of Canton RD 2; two sisters: Michelle Griffin and Sharon Segur, both of Canton RD 1; maternal grandfather and step-grandmother, Willis (Bill) and Helen Bellows of Troy; paternal grandfather and step-grandmother, Leon and Vivian Tillotson of Roaring Branch RD 1; paternal grandmother, Eleanor Rockwell of Canton; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.  The funeral service will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. from St. Michael’s Catholic Church, corner of Union and Washington Streets, Canton, with the Rev. Stephen D. McGough and the Rev. Richard Leonard officiating.  Interment will be in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Canton.  Friends may call at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.  Memorial donations may be directed to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Box 5076, New York, N.Y. or the Canton Ambulance Association, Canton, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review.

JOHN J. TUBERTY of 423 Broadway Wednesday, Apr. 18, 1951.  Survived by wife, Mrs. Mary Kennedy Tuberty; daughters, Sister Agnes Gonzaga, Order of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester, the Misses Charlotte and Winifred Tuberty, both at home.  Mr. Tuberty was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church.  The body is at the Keefe Funeral Home and will be removed to the family home Thursday at 6 p.m. where funeral will be held Saturday at 8 a.m. Followed by Requiem Mass at 9 in St. Mary’s Church.  St. Michael’s Cemetery, Canton, Pa.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 4/19/1951

FRANCIS G. ‘FRANK’ TUFFNER, 65 of Gillett and formerly of Canton died unexpectedly Saturday morning, Aug. 4, 2001 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Elmira, N.Y.  Born on June 25, 1936 in Philadelphia he was a son of Adella Augis Tuffner and the late Frank Tuffner.  Following his graduation from Northeast Catholic High School in Philadelphia, Frank served with the U.S. Navy for four years.  Mr. Tuffner then worked with the Birbeck Housing and Siding Co. of Hatboro, Pa. until the 1980s, when he moved to the Canton area and accepted a buildings maintenance position with the Canton School District.  On May 7, 1988, Frank marred Barbara Terry in the St. Michael’s Catholic Church of Canton.  After retiring from the Canton Schools in 2000 he and Barb moved to their new home in Gillett.  Mr. Tuffner was a member of the St. Michael’s Catholic Church.  He was an avid hunter and enjoyed nature and the outdoors.  Most precious in Frank’s life was his family and especially his grandchildren.  He cherished the many wonderful times they spent together.  In addition to his mother, Adelle, Frank is survived by his wife, Barbara at home; three daughters and a son-in-law, Debra and Steve Gorman of Perkiomenville, Pa., Robin Soliday of Harleysville, Pa. and Donna Tuffner of Rochester, N.Y.; three stepchildren and their spouses, Kevin and Trisha Fleet Sr. of Port St. Lucy, Fla., Ruth and Steve Bozich of Beaver Dams, N.Y. and Robert and Jennifer Fleet Jr. of Canton; 14 grandchildren, Amanda Soliday, Kristin, Jeffrey, Tyler and Shawn Gorman, Chrystal, Thomas and Kevin (Jr.) Fleet, Katie, Brittni and Steve Bozich and Heather, Caleb and Dylan Fleet; two brothers and their spouses, Kenneth M. and Betty Tuffner of Sheridan, Wyo. And Stephen and Kathy Tuffner of Nanteno, Ill., two aunts, Margaret Tuffner and Elsie Bodner, both of Philadelphia; four sisters-in-law and three brothers-in-law and their spouses, Dolores and Jake Emrick and Patricia Terry all of Canton, Linda and Larry Sullivan of Gillett, Cathy and Carl Eckman of Corona, Calif., Eugene and Alfreda Terry of Hinderson, Nev., James and Ruth Terry of Canton and John and Marilyn Terry of Rapid City, S.D. and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  Besides his father, Mr. Tuffner was predeceased by his mother-in-law, Kathleen Terry and a special granddaughter, Nicole Bozich.  The family invites friends to call from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7 at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton.  A vigil prayer service will be conducted at 8:30 p.m. by Deacon William Graham.  Transferal prayers will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.  A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m. at the St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Canton with Father Richard Fox officiating.  Burial will be held in St. Michael’s Cemetery.  The family suggests memorials may be directed to the St. Michael’s Building fund, 24 N. Washington St., Canton, Pa. in Mr. Tuffner’s memory.  –Towanda Daily Review

WALCHESKI , VINCENT  Vincent Walcheski, 79, a resident of the Bradford County Manor and formerly of Canton, RD1, died August 13, 1987 at the Manor.  He was born April 2, 1908 at Foley, MN, the son of John and Anna Kutz Walcheski.  He was a self-employed lumberman for many years.  Surviving are sisters, Mrs. Herman H. (Rose) Seeley of Canton, RD2, Mrs. George (Bertha) Elsbree of Troy RD1 and Miss Clara Walcheski of Towanda; a brother, Frank Walcheski of Canton RD2; four nephews and two nieces.  He was predeceased by two brothers, Theodore Walcheski in 1926 and John Walcheski in 1985.  Funeral services were held at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton with Rev. Stephen McGough officiating and interment to be in St. Michael’s Cemetery in Canton.  Those wishing may forward memorial donations to the Canton Ambulance Association or a charity of one’s choice in Vincent’s memory.  (TGR Aug 20, 1987)

Harold “Pete” William WHEELER died at Montogomery Hospital in Norristown, PA on March 21, 1999.  He was 78 years of age.  He was born in Canton on August 26, 1922, the son of Fred and Frances (Miller) Wheeler.  Pete attended the Canton schools, graduating in 1940.  He served in the merchant Marine during World War II and held the distinction of being the first serviceman from this area to engage the enemy and survived having three different ships torpedoed from under him.  Pete worked for many years as an industrial appraiser until ill health caused his to retire in the early 1970’s.  Pete is survived byhis wife of 53 years, the former Jane Crist, at home; son, Curt Wheeler of Ralston; daughters, Cheryl Wheeler of Norristown and Nora Wheeler of Dunkirk, NY; brothers, Scotty (and Mary Lou) Wheeler of Canton and Fred (and Barbara) Wheeler and Bobby  (and Joyce) Wheeler, all of Elmira, NY; sisters, Mary McBlane of Elmira and Irene (and Bob) Kendall of Troy; and grand children, Talia, Tyrell and Declan Wheeler.  A Mass of Christian Burial was held March 26 at St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church in Canton with the rev. Father Bert Kozen as celebrant and interment to follow in St. Michael’s Cemetery.  Arrangements were under the direction of the Morse and Kleese funeral Home in Canton.   “Troy Gazette-Register,” Troy, PA  Thursday April 1, 1999

DANIEL P. WYNNE, 85 of 10 East Carson St., Canton died Saturday, Feb. 28, 1987 at the Robert Packer Hospital.  Born Oct. 9, 1901 at Union Township, Tioga County, Pa., he was the son of James and Elizabeth Gorman Wynne.  He was employed as a street commissioner of Canton Borough from 1949 until his retirement.  He was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church.  He and his wife, the former Myrtle Groover celebrated their 50th anniversary on Nov. 25, 1986.  Surviving is one daughter, Mrs. Paul (Florence) Deolme of Reading; three grandchildren, Cathleen Reeder of Philadelphia, Robert Reeder and Lauren Reeder of Bloomsburg; brother, Joseph Wynne of Gleason, Pa.; sister, Mrs. Wilson (Mary) Brann of Canton; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  Funeral services will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. at St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. Stephen McGough officiating.  Interment will be in the parish cemetery.  Friends may call this evening from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral home, 40 North Center St., Canton.  Recitation of the Rosary will be at 7:30 p.m.  –Towanda Daily Review

JOSEPH J. WYNNE, 86, Canton RR 2 died January 11, 1995 at the Troy Community Hospital, Troy, PA.  He was born in Gleason, May 26, 1908 son of the late James A. and Elizabeth A. (Gorman) Wynne.  Mr. Wynne was a communicant of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Canton, belonged to the following organizations; Mr. Run Hunting Club, Ogdensburg Grange #293 and the Union Township Historical Association.  He was well known in the area as proprietor of Wynne’s Garage in Gleason for 41 years and a bus contractor and driver for the Canton Area School District for 20 years.  Surviving are his wife Adell (Campbell) Wynne, with whom he celebrated 58 years of marriage on June 24, 1994.  Other survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Jerome and June Wynne, Canton; daughters and sons-in-law, Ann and Rudy Mallare, Elmira Heights, NY and Marie and Richard Merker, Canton.  Grandchildren, Scott and Theresa Mallare Palmer, Gary and Tina Mallare Pike, Tim Mallare and Tom Mallare, Joseph, Jefferey and Jeannine Wynne, Todd and Angie Wooster Sargent and Missy Merker.  Three great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Mary Brann, Canton; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Richard and Nedra Campbell, Daggett, PA and several nieces and nephews.  A Mass of Christian burial was held January 14 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Canton with Father Bert Kozen officiating.  Interment was in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Canton.  The family of Mr. Wynne would like to suggest that memorial contributions be made to St. Michael’s Church Building Fund, 24 N. Washington St., Canton, PA or the Canton Ambulance Association, PO Box 38, Canton, PA.  Arrangements were under the direction of the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

WYNNE –MARY ELIZABETH SPACEK, 85.  On the afternoon on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2000, the Canton community was saddened by the passing of one of its native daughters, Mary Elizabeth Wynne Spacek, at her home in McCallum Manor.  She was 85 years of age.  Born in Canton Borough on March 10, 1915, she was the daughter of James T. and Mary Rockwell Wynne.  Known to all as Betty, Mrs. Spacek was educated in the Canton School, and later was employed by Ward LaFrance of Elmira, N.Y., until 1950.  At that time Betty moved to Tucson, Ariz., and was employed with Hughes Aircraft Corp.  In 1960 Betty returned to Canton to be close to her mother, who was in a state of declining health.  She worked as a waitress in Elmira as well as serving as principal caregiver at home.  During this time she met a local carpenter named Herman Spacek, and on Oct. 1, 1963, they were united in the sacrament of holy matrimony at St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church.  They shared more than 16 years until Herman’s passing in January 1980.  Betty was a woman who strode through life with the poise and dignity of a fashion model, and yet maintained a down-to-earth character and wholesomeness.  She enjoyed crocheting and reading, was an avid bingo player and enjoyed cooking, especially fudge making.  Her peanut butter fudge was a much sought-after item, and people came from miles around to purchase some at the annual St. Michael’s Summerfest.  Betty was deeply devoted to her faith and served for many years as a member of the Altar and Rosary Society.  For the past several years she also wrote a column for the Canton Independent-Sentinel containing the news of what was happening at McCallum Manor.  Betty is survived by a brother, James A. and June Wynne of Dubois, Pa.; a sister, Margaret Williams of Albuquerque, N.M.; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  In addition to her husband; Herman, Betty was preceded in death by her brothers, John M. Wynne and Francis Wynne.  Calling hours will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, at the Morse & Kleese Funeral Home Inc., 40 N. Center St., Canton, with a vigil prayer service and recitation of the Rosary being offered at 8:30 p.m. by the Rev. Deacon William Graham.  On Monday at 9:30 a.m. transferal prayers will be offered by the Very Rev. Bert S. Kozen, pastor of St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. at the church with Kozen as celebrant.  Interment will follow in St. Michael’s Cemetery.  Contributions in Betty’s name may be directed to St. Michael’s Building Fund, 24 N. Washington St., Canton, Pa. or to the charity of one’s choice.  –Towanda Daily Review

WYNNE –MARY WYNNE BRANN, 88 who taught nearly 1,000 Canton area residents how to read in 30 years of teaching elementary school died March 5, 2000 at her home in Canton.  She was the last survivor of the family of James A. Wynne and Elizabeth Gorman of Gleason and was the granddaughter of Patrick Wynne an immigrant from Ireland, who carved the family farm out of the North Union wilderness.  A graduate of Canton High School and Mansfield State College (1931), she taught in North Union, LeRoy, Grover and Canton schools from the early thirties until her retirement in the mid-seventies.  Her first teaching job was in North Union one-room school with six grades in attendance.  Mrs. Brann was married to the late Wilson Brann for 56 years until his death in 1989.  In addition to her professional career, she was a dedicated mother and grandmother.  Following her retirement, she continued to work several years as a substitute teacher at the Canton Elementary School.  She was a member of the Canton Village Improvement Association, St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church and its Altar and Rosary Society, the Business and Professional Women and the Bradford County Retired Teachers Association.  Mrs. Brann was well-known to most Canton residents.  Many of her former students watched over her and cared for her well in her declining years.  Her family is immensely grateful for the attention and care shown by Canton area residents during her last years.  Surviving are four children; Catherine Corea, Binghamton, NY, James Brann, Tiverton, RI, Paul W. Brann, Lewisburg and Thomas Brann, Canton; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  All of her children spent some part of their careers in teaching.  The funeral was held from the Pepper Funeral Home, Canton March 8 with transferal prayers at the funeral prior to a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Canton with the Very Rev. Bert S. Kozen serving as celebrant.  Interment was in the St. Michael’s Cemetery, Canton.  The family requests memorial donations be directed to the Guthrie Hospice, RR 1, Box 154, Towanda, PA in Mrs. Brann’s memory.  –Towanda Daily Review

THEODORE W. WYNNE SR. age 61, of 44 1 West Ave., Rochester, formerly of Elmira, Sunday, May 29, 1966.  Friends may call at Olthof Funeral Home Tuesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.  Prayer service there Wednesday at 8:15 a.m. followed by Requiem High Mass at 9 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church.  St. Michael’s Cemetery, Canton, Pa.  Survived by wife, Mrs. Helena Decker Wynne of Elmira; daughters, Mrs. Ponah (???) Cole, Mrs. Richard (Peg) Rowland, both of Elmira; sons, Theodore Jr. of Ossining, N.Y., Robert of Elmira; sisters, Sister Mary Leonard of Latham, N.Y., Mrs. Wilson Brann of Canton; brothers, Daniel and Joseph, both of Canton; eight grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 5/30/1966


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?  SMITH  Mrs. Catherine B-aged 74, died in the home of her son, Leon R Smith, Friday, April 25, 1947. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. W J Cronin, Elmira and Mrs. William Trudeau, Williamsport; three sons, John, Williamsport, Paul, Elmira and Leon, Troy. Funeral was held Monday from the St Michael’s Church, Canton and burial was in the parish cemetery there.


(King) Mrs. Johanna King, one of the oldest and most revered residents of Union Township, Tioga, died at the home of her son, John King, last Friday morning in the 97th year of her life. Death came to her suddenly as a result of old age and she passed from the scenes of many years to the great hereafter as she had often fallen into a refreshing sleep. Mrs. King was a remarkable woman and few whose early years were spent in constant struggle to secure for herself and family a home have been rewarded with such a long and interesting life. Her husband (Francis) died in Ireland and left her with family of three sons and two daughters with whom she sailed for America about forty-five years ago. With her family of little ones she began an earnest battle to secure a home in this country and forty years ago located in Union Township. There she lived for forty years and there she died on Friday last at a ripe old age. Her sons Patrick, Michael and John King are well-known Union Township citizens. Her daughter Mary is the wife of Patrick Wynne, Esq. of Union township and her other daughter, Mrs. Anthony Dwyer, resides at Renovo, Clinton County. Mrs. King was the first of her family to pass into the other world. All of her children survive her, and she numbered among her relatives fifty-two grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Her funeral occurred on Monday morning and was largely attended by relatives and friends from this neighborhood and elsewhere throughout Pennsylvania and New York. A High Mass of Requiem was celebrated by Rev. T. J. Comerford of St. Michael's Catholic Church and interment was made at St. Michael's Cemetery. Six grandchildren acted as pallbearers. (Canton Sentinel, April 28, 1892, Page 5, Column 4)
Submitted by Patrick J. King, gg-grandson, pking@hereintown.net
 

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