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

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Bradford County PA

Chemung County NY

Tioga County PA

 

St. Peter & Paul Cemetery, North Towanda Township, Bradford County, PA
Obituaries 

 

 

Joyce's Search Tip - January 2008 

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

 

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

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

Formatted & Published by Joyce M. Tice 2004


 

ACE Howard L. Ace

84, of Towanda, died Monday morning, July 9, 2012 at home following declining health.  Born March 9, 1928 on Clapper Hill, Tuscarora Township, he was the son of the late Raymond and Genevieve LaFrance Ace.  Howard was a graduate of Meshoppen High School, Class of 1946. In earlier years he enjoyed playing baseball.  On July 17, 1948 he married the former Catherine C. "Kate" Webster at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Towanda. He was preceded in death by his wife on May 17, 2007.  In earlier years Howard owned and operated a farm with his father, Raymond Ace. He was subsequently employed by the Berlinger Silk Mill in Towanda and the Lehigh Valley Railroad in Odessa, N.Y. Howard and Kate returned to the Towanda area from Odessa to be employed by Osram Sylvania, retiring in 1993 after 34 years of service. Howard was a member of SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Towanda and the Sylvania Men's Club. He enjoyed wine and brandy making.  Surviving are his daughter, Ann T. Ace at home; a son, Jon J. Ace of Towanda; a grandson, Johnathon M. Ace of Moncks Corner, S.C.; a brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Lilia Ace of State College; sisters- in- law Margo Ace of Sayre and Regina Joan Webster of Towanda; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Nora and Robert Smith of Towanda; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, James and Mary Ann Webster of Florida; a brother-in-law, Edward Jerry Webster (Marge Benjamin) of Towanda; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Francis and Lloyd Ace, sisters-in-law, Rhea Ace, Sabina McLinko and Rosanna Webster and brother-in-law Daniel F. Webster Jr.  The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 13, 2012 at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Third Street Towanda. Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 will accord military honors at the church.  Interment will be at the convenience of the family in SS Peter & Paul Cemetery, North Towanda Twp.  The family suggests that contributions may be directed to SS Peter & Paul Church, 106 Third St., Towanda, or to St. Agnes School, 102 Third St., Towanda, in Howard's memory.   Towanda Daily Review – July 10, 2012


ACLA - Lynzy Madison Acla, beloved infant daughter of Adam R. Acla and Bridget Warfle Acla of RR 1 James Street, Towanda, Pa., died Sunday morning, May 4, 2008, at Memorial Hospital, North Towanda Township, Pa. She was born May 1, 2008, at Memorial Hospital, North Towanda Township, Pa. In addition to her parents, surviving are: two sisters, Aurora E. Acla and Cyrah-Ann Acla, at home; her paternal grandparents, Cecelia and Max Belawske of Burlington, Pa.; her maternal grandparents, Margaret and H. Richard Warfle of Towanda; her maternal great-grandmothers, Berneda S. Daly of Towanda and Marjorie M. Warfle of Wysox, Pa.; aunts, Danean Shanks and her husband, Jim Shanks Jr., Christie Belawske and Sharon Belawske; uncles, Brad Warfle and his wife, Maria Warfle, Mathew Warfle, Ryan Warfle and David Zeidler; and several cousins, great-aunts and great-uncles. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Friday, May 9, at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Third Street, Towanda, with the Rev. John Chmil, pastor, as celebrant. Interment will be in SS Peter and Paul Cemetery, North Towanda. There are no calling hours. Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, Towanda. - Towanda Daily Review, 6 May 2008

AMBS Agnes Bayait, 65
12/28/2001 Towanda Daily Review
Agnes Emma Ambs Bayait, 65, wife of Patrick J. Bayait of Towanda RR 2, Asylum Township, died Thursday morning, Dec. 27, 2001, at her home. Born Feb. 8, 1936, in Dushore, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Emma Bahl Ambs. "Aggie," as she was known by her family and friends, was a graduate of St. Basil's High School, Dushore, and Hoyt's School of Nursing, in Scranton. Aggie was then employed at Morristown Memorial Hospital in Morristown, N.J. On Sept. 24, 1955, she married Patrick J. Bayait. In 1971, Agnes and Patrick moved to Towanda and opened the P&A Restaurant in North Towanda. Aggie served at the Bradford County Manor as activity director and later at Towanda Memorial Hospital, Skilled Nursing Unit, also as activity director for a number of years. She later opened a private personal care home in Rome, which she operated until her retirement. Aggie was devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary. She was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, in Towanda. Surviving are her loving husband of 46 years, Pat Bayait, at home; seven children and their spouses, Pat and Pam Bayait of Waverly, N.Y., Joan and Ed Bennett of Towanda, Joe Bayait of Johnson City, N.Y., Ann and Phil Dickerson of Towanda, Karen Suprick of Nicholson, Pa., Mark and Bonnie Bayait of Binghamton, N.Y., and Theresa Bayait of Scranton; 16 grandchildren; two brothers, Bud Ambs of Dushore and Joe Ambs and his wife, Lucille, of New Jersey; two sisters, Sister Mary Frances of Binghamton, N.Y., and Mary Zeigler of Frackville, Pa.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001, at 10 a.m. at the SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Third Street, Towanda, with the Rev. Ronald Hughes as celebrant. Interment will be in the SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, North Towanda Township. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 106 Third St., Towanda, Pa. 18848, in Mrs. Bayait's memory.

LOUIS M. ‘LOU’ ARCESI, 85, formerly of 73 Lincoln Street, Waverly, N.Y., a resident there for approximately 53 years and most recently a resident of Elizabeth Square Apartments in Waverly, died Sunday, March 25, 2001, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, as the result of a recent automobile accident.  Born Feb. 12, 1916, in Sayre, he was the son of the late Antonio “Tony” and Mary Marchinne Arcesi and the husband of the late Margaret “Peggy” Schmieg Arcesi.  He was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Waverly.  He and his wife were the proprietors of Lou’s Auction House at 210 Broad St., Waverly, and retired after approximately 35 years.  He is survived by three sons; Joseph (Jessie) Arcesi, Athens, James Arcesi, Granbury, Texas, and Michael (Nancy) Arcesi, Waverly, N.Y.; one sister, Constance Albright, Chesapeake, Va.: 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was predeceased by two brothers; Ignaceous and John; two sisters; Loretta and Josephine; one son, Robert (Bob) Arcesi; and one granddaughter, Cathy.  Friends may call at the Luckner Funeral Home, 449 Park Ave., Waverly, on Tuesday evening from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church in Waverly with Father Thomas Watts, pastor of the church, as celebrant.  Interment will be in SS Peter and Paul Cemetery, Towanda.  Donations may be directed to the Elizabeth Square Christmas Party Fund.  Towanda Daily Review.

BABYAK –ELIZABETH BABYAK WEINMAN, 80, of Towanda RR5, formerly of Palmerton, Pa., died Monday morning, Dec. 19, 2005 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa.  Born Nov. 1, 1925 in Palmerton, Pa., she was the daughter of the late John and Susan Babyak.  Elizabeth attended Palmerton High School and in earlier years was employed by Western Electric in Allentown, Pa.  She was a member of SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Towanda, and the Altar and Rosary Society.  Surviving are: her children, Rita Tiller and her husband Sam of West Monroe, N.Y., Susan Weinman of Cherry Hill, N.J., Brenda Smith and her husband Al of New Hudson, Mich., Deborah Gaughan of Middletown, Del., John Weinman and his wife Susan of Athens, Pa., and Douglas Weinman and his wife Lenette of Liberty Corners, Pa.; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis A. Weinman, on June 2, 1985, and a son James Weinman on Sept. 9, 1987.  A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005 at 10 a.m. at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Third Street, Towanda, Pa.  Interment services will be private in SS Peter and Paul Cemetery, N. Towanda Township, Pa.  The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa.  Recitation of the Rosary will be held Wednesday evening at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to St. Agnes School, 106 Third St., Towanda, Pa. in Mrs. Weinman’s memory.  –Towanda Daily Review

MILDRED A. BAHL, 76, of 508 Mohawk St., Sayre, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 1990, at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, after an extended illness.  She was born in Dushore, Feb. 26, 1914, the daughter of Samuel and Libby Carner Hunsinger.  She was a resident of Towanda for many years before moving to the Valley 71 years ago.  She was a member of the Epiphany parish and its Altar and Rosary Society.  She is survived by her husband, Vincent, at home; three sons, Robert Bahl, Towanda, Earl Bahl, Enfield, Conn., and Edward Bahl, Hanover, Pa.; two daughters, Elizabeth Kane, Bethlehem, Pa.; and Kathleen Bishop, Lexington Park, Md.; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; on brother, Howard Hunsinger, Athens; two aunts.  Friends may call at the Jenkins Funeral Home, 111 South Main St., Athens on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.  A prayer service will be held at the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Epiphany Church, Sayre.  The rev. William Karle, pastor of Epiphany Catholic Church will be celebrant.  A recitation of the rosary will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.  A vigil service will be held there at 7 p.m. Wednesday.  Burial will be in SS. Peter and Paul cemetery, Towanda.  –Towanda Daily Review

BAILEY Andrew S. Bailey of Spring Lake died
Thursday afternoon following an illness of three years duration.  He was 40 years old.  Mr. Bailey was born in Towanda.  He was a veteran of World War 2, having served with the Army of Engineers for five years. For two years following the war he operated one of the Rockwell taxis here and them went to Port Clinton, Ohio, where he was boiler fireman at a U.S. ordinance establishment.  Mr. Bailey reside in Ohio for a number of years and when he became ill he was taken to the VA Hospital in Cleveland and then transferred to the VA Hospital in Wilkes-Barre.  He was a commumicant of SS Peter and Paul Church here; a member of the VFW Post at Genoa, Ohio, and of the Ohio National Guard.  Surviving are his wife, the former Mary MAHONEY; five children, Ronald, Sandra, Lynn, Deborah and John, all at home; three brothers, Lincoln of Towanda, Edwin of Fremont, Ohio, Glenn of New Castle, Dela.; two sisters, Mrs. Lydia Frisbie and Mrs Alva Gross, both of Columbia Cross Roads.  A ***** Mass will be celebrated at SS. Peter and Paul Church here Monday morning at 9:30 o'clock.  Burial will be in the SS. Peter and Paul cemetery, North Towanda.  Submitted by Reva Wagner. Towanda Daily Review, 1961.

JOSEPH C. BALDWIN, 66, of Towanda RR 3, Franklin Township, died early Friday morning, Sept. 20, 1991, at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, following an extended illness.  Born May 4, 1925 in Chester Springs, Pa., he was a son of Bird T. and Frances Howe Baldwin.  He was a graduate of Lower Merion High School, Ardmore, Pa., in 1944, and later served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.  Mr. Baldwin was formerly employed by the Schrader Bellows Company of Canton and was later employed for 14 years by Bennett Brothers Tool and Dye Co. in Horseheads, N.Y., until his retirement in June of 1987.  He was a member of the SS. Peter and Paul Church, Towanda, and the American Legion.  Mr. Baldwin is survived by his wife of 40 years, Theresa Foley Baldwin, at home; a son, Joseph Baldwin, at home; a daughter, Lorraine Giffen of Towanda RR 3; three sisters, Mrs. Ruth Nichols and Mrs. Marion Rambo, both of Audubon, Pa.; and Mrs. Florence Kusy of Norristown; a brother, Cloyd Baldwin of West Chester.  Many nieces and nephews also survived.  A private funeral service will be held Monday, Sept. 23, at 2 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, with the Rev. Kevin P. Mulhern, pastor of the SS. Peter and Paul Church, Towanda, officiating.  Interment will be in the SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery.  There will be no calling hours at the funeral home. –Towanda Daily Review.

BALCK - Catherine "Kitty" Balck Palmer, 90, widow of Edward J. Palmer Sr. of Rome Township, Wysox RR 2, Pa., died early Thursday morning, April 3, 2008, at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Memorial Hospital, Towanda, Pa. "Kitty," as she was known by her family and friends, was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on May 14, 1917, the daughter of the late Gustave Balck and Barbara Schmittmeyer Balck. She was a graduate of East New York High School January Class of 1931 and was a graduate of Drake Business College in Brooklyn, N.Y. Catherine was later employed by Fashion Bakers on Avenue K in Brooklyn, where she met her future husband, Edward J. Palmer, who was also employed there. The couple married on July 22, 1939, in Brooklyn. In 1949 Catherine and Edward left Brooklyn, moving to a farm in Rome Township, Pa., where they made their home. Catherine was formerly employed by Herman Rynveld Sons in New Albany, Pa., and by the Towanda Corset Co. She was a member of SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church and the Altar & Rosary Society in Towanda. Catherine enjoyed reading, sewing, crocheting, and playing cards and pinochle. She was a devoted mother and grandmother and always went out of her way to make others feel at home. Catherine loved cooking and entertaining and was a wonderful hostess at gatherings for family and friends. She will be deeply missed. She is survived by: her daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and James Grimes of RR 2, Wysox RR 2 and Pamela and Arthur Badger of Dushore, Pa.; her son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Irene Palmer of Wysox; her daughter-in-law, Melanie Palmer of Talkeetna, Alaska; 15 grandchildren, Michael Grimes, Denise Gale, Alissa Steely, Patrick Grimes, Kevin Grimes, Jennifer Paul, Todd Palmer, Ami Mars, David Palmer, Ryan Palmer, Heather Frisbie, Catherine Badger, Arthur Badger Jr., Justin Badger and Benjamin Badger; 13 great-grandchildren; her sister, Marie Ellis of Palmer, Alaska; sisters-in-law, Mary Balck of Brooklyn, Helen Priam of Spotswood, N.J., and Magdalen Plominski of Port Washington, LI, N.Y.; brother-in-law, Walter Plominski and his wife, Marge Plominski, of Swoyersville, Pa.; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and her cat, Cali. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Joseph Palmer Sr., on Dec. 25, 1995; her son Edward Joseph Palmer Jr., on Jan. 20, 2005; her brother, Gustave Balck Jr.; and her sister Anna Lombardo. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, April 7, at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Third Street, Towanda, Pa. Interment will follow in SS Peter & Paul Cemetery, North Towanda Township, Pa. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 106 Third St., Towanda, Pa. 18848, or to the Towanda Public Library, 104 Main St., Towanda, Pa. 18848, in Catherine Balck Palmer's memory. - Published in the Towanda Daily Review on 4/4/2008.

BARDWELL - CAMPBELL, MADELINE B.,   Madeline Bardwell Campbell, 84, formerly of Towanda, died July 5, 1987 at the Heritage Nursing Home in Athens.  Born March 23, 1903 in Troy, she was the daughter of the late Harry Hiram and Susan McInerney Bardwell.  She was a graduate of Troy High School, class of 1920 and was employed for many years by the Bradford County Board of Assistance in Towanda.  She was a member of SS Peter and Paul Church, Towanda.  Surviving are three sisters; numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter J. Campbell in 1985.  A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated July 9 (10 am) at SS Peter and Paul Church in Towanda with interment to be in the Parish Cemetery. (TGR July 9, 1987)

 

BARRETT Ann Barrett Kerr

86, wife of Howard M. Kerr of 306 N. Fourth St., Towanda, Pa., died Saturday, June 30, 2012 at home surrounded by her family.  Ann was born Oct. 23, 1925 at home in Towanda, the fifth of Edward Joseph Barrett Sr. and Mary Dorsey Barrett's nine children. She was a graduate of Towanda High School class of 1941. Ann received her registered nurse training at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre and completed the Army Cadet Corps Program at Mansfield State College. She then worked in Atlantic City, N.J. caring for war wounded paraplegics and multiple amputees. Ann practiced nursing at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Memorial Hospital in Towanda and the Bradford County Manor in West Burlington. Ann married Howard, the love of her life, on Sept. 14, 1946 at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Towanda. They were blessed to be able to celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary with family and friends last September. Together they raised seven children.  Ann loved sewing, which she learned from her seamstress mother. She lovingly sewed many articles of clothing for her children. For a while, she worked with Edith Bonnell in Edith's fabric shop. In later years, Ann enjoyed collecting antique dolls and making her own dolls. She took great pleasure in making outfits for these dolls.  Ann is survived and will be missed by; her husband, Howard Kerr; daughters Kathy (Ed) Wiersma, Susan (Edwin) Robertson, Louise (Robert) Cleveland and Katrina Kerr Murray; sons Howard Daniel Kerr, Patrick Kerr (Sandy Stafferi) and Michael Kerr; six grandchildren Jay Mazieka, A.J. Murray, Julie (Levi) Larson, Jenny Caccese (Tim Lundy), Katrina and Matthew Kerr; two great-grandchildren Isabella and Lila Larson; brothers Charles (Kay) Barrett, Thomas Barrett, Andrew Joseph (Jean) Barrett; special sister-in-law Berneice Barrett along with numerous nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her siblings Robert Barrett, Margaret Hand, John Barrett, Teresa McDonald and Edward Barrett Jr.  The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Third Street, Towanda, Pa. Interment will be in SS Peter & Paul Cemetery, North Towanda, Pa., at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to St. Agnes School, 102 Third St., Towanda, PA 18848 or to Memorial Hospital Hospice, 1 Hospital Drive, Towanda, PA 18848 in Ann's memory.  Towanda Daily Review – July 2, 2012

 

BARRETT Bernard Richard Barrett Sr.

53, of Marshview, Towanda RR 4, Asylum Township, died Thursday, June 10, 2004, at his home following declining health.  Born Jan. 1, 1951, in Sayre, he was a son of the late Richard E. Barrett Jr. and Jenne Wolwood Barrett.  Bernard was a graduate of Towanda High School Class of 1968. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Bernard was formerly employed by Clark Furniture in Wysox and by Towanda Beverage. He also assisted in the operation of several area farms. He was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Towanda.  Surviving are two sons, Jeff M. Barrett and his wife, Heather M. Barrett, of Rome, and Bernard R. Barrett Jr. of Towanda; two grandchildren, Dakota J. and Taylor M. Barrett of Rome; his brother, John M. Barrett of Towanda RR 4; two nephews, Jacob and Jordan Barrett, and a niece, Jenna Barett of North Carolina.  The family will receive friends Sunday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, June 14, 2004, at 10 a.m. at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Third Street, Towanda, with the Rev. Ronald Hughes, pastor, as celebrant.  Interment will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, North Towanda Township, with Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 according full military honors.

BARRETT Edward Joseph Barrett Jr.
83, of 327 Cessna St., Sayre, Pa., well known former Towanda businessman, died Monday, Dec. 26, 2011 at the Bradford County Manor in West Burlington Twp., Pa.  Edward was born Oct. 9, 1928 in Towanda, Pa., the seventh child and twin son to Edward Joseph Barrett Sr. and Mary Dorsey Barrett.  He was a graduate of St. Agnes High School in Towanda, International Business Machine schools and attended Georgetown University. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was later employed by IBM for several years. In 1961, Edward returned to Towanda to operate his taxi, limousine, school bus, charter bus and trucking business which was located at 15 N. Fourth St. in Towanda. The property was later sold to the Towanda Area School System. Edward was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Towanda where he served as an usher and bell ringer. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Towanda Council No. 3915 3rd and 4th degree, Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 and the post's funeral detail, and served as a trustee for Towanda Elks Lodge No. 2191. Edward also served with the Bradford-Sullivan County Chapter of the American Red Cross as a disaster volunteer for many years. He proudly served his community as a Towanda Borough Third Ward Councilman for 17½ years and was presently serving as Jury Commissioner at the Bradford County Courthouse in Towanda.  He is survived by: his wife, Berneice Moon Brennan Barrett; sons, Edward J. Barrett III. and wife Pam of Dallas, Texas and Timothy Barrett and wife Robin of Franklin, Tenn.; four grandchildren; two great grandchildren; a sister, Ann Kerr and husband Howard of Towanda; a twin brother, Thomas Barrett of Towanda; brothers, Charles Barrett and wife Kay of Endicott, N.Y. and Joseph Barrett and wife Jean of Pinehurst, N.C.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Margaret Hand and Teresa McDonald, and brothers Robert and John Barrett.  The family will receive friends from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 30 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa. A Mass of Christian burial will follow at 11 a.m. at file:///C:/TC/~srgp/new/ww2obits19.htmSs. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Third Street, Towanda, Pa. Interment will be private in Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery, N. Towanda, Pa. at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to St. Agnes School, 102 Third St., Towanda, PA 18848 in Edward's memory.   Towanda Daily Review - December 28, 2011

 

BARRETT Kevin B. Barrett

56, of Asylum Township, died Nov. 27, 2012. He was born Dec 27, 1955 the son of Patrick J. Barrett Jr. and Helen Elizabeth Barrett. He graduated from Towanda High School in 1973 and joined his father in the family farm. In 1982, he married Catherine Mattocks of Towanda. Together they had two wonderful daughters, Samantha who is a congressional staffer and Abigail who is a teacher. Both daughters had their wedding receptions at the farm. He was a dairy farmer, a township supervisor, and served on many civic and agricultural organizations.  He is survived by his wife Catherine; their daughters and their husbands, Samantha and John McDonald of Cheverly, Md. and Abigail and John Fitzpatrick of Scranton; his mother, Helen Elizabeth Barrett; his brothers and their wives, Patrick III and Diane Barrett of Canton and Daniel and Janice Barrett of Athens; his sister and her husband, Jennifer and Lawrence Gallagher of Scranton, and their families; and his wife's parents, Joseph and Joanne Mattocks of Towanda, and their children Debbie Ferguson, Joel Mattocks, Jeff Mattocks, Jodie Grimes, and their families.  He enjoyed his work as a farmer especially the many years he farmed with his late father, Patrick J. Barrett Jr. He served on a number of cooperative agriculture groups including the Dairy Farmers of America, Eastern Milk Producer Board, Bradford County Conservation Extension, and Agway Board. He was elected to serve on the board of supervisors of Asylum Township for the past 23 years and served as chairman. In 2005, he was elected to the board of directors of the Claverack Rural Electric Cooperative, and was very active in the organization. He also served with distinction on the following boards: Wellsboro Electric Board, Pennsylvania Rural Electric Association (where he was recently elected as Chairman), and Federated Insurance Board. He was very involved in dealing with natural gas development, as a township supervisor and landowner. Specifically he also handled natural gas development as president for the Green Hills Farm in Liberty Corners, which holds the land of his mother's extended Beirne family. Kevin's charm and sincerity won him friends in all the facets of his life. He was a willing volunteer in many civic activities, and frequently selected for leadership roles. He was a very active member in the Towanda Lions Club for 25 years. He also served on Towanda Area Education Foundation Board. Kevin found particular delight in his favorite pastime, which was hunting. He regularly hosted friends and family on the farm to hunt. Benny, his family's beloved Brittney Spaniel, was his companion for all but the most formal activities. Kevin had many interests. Throughout his life he continued his education with many courses directed at his work and other interests, which included everything from piloting, to pesticides, to the Penn State course for cooperative directors. He enjoyed opportunities to travel and visited Poland, Argentina, Alaska, and other places. In recent years, he made business trips to many parts of the country.  The family will receive friends from 3 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 3 where he worshipped all his life, at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Third Street, Towanda. Interment will follow in Ss. Peter & Paul Cemetery, N. Towanda. In his youth, Kevin was very active in the 4-H programs for rural youth, as a member and adult volunteer. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be directed to Bradford County 4-H, 200 Main St. Ste 3, Towanda, PA 18848 in Kevin's memory.    Towanda Daily Review – November 30, 2012

 

BARRETT Patrick J. Barrett Jr.

of Marshview died Nov. 24, 2012 at Memorial Hospital in Towanda, Pa.  He was born Oct. 8, 1920, the eldest of five sons of Patrick J. and Jane Anderson Barrett of Marshview. In 1949, he married Helen Elizabeth "Betty" Beirne of Towanda. Both graduated from Towanda High School in the class of 1938. They had four children and nine grandchildren.  Pat was a dairy farmer all his life, and enjoyed innovating and expanding the farm operation. He participated in many cooperative boards and conservative programs. His son Kevin joined him in 1973 and eventually took over the farm. With time on their own, the Barretts enjoyed traveling to Alaska, the Panama Canal, Ireland and other places. Pat was a member of the Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic parish in Towanda. He served on the Towanda School Board. In 2010, he was recognized for never having failed to vote — and he voted in 2011 and 2012. Pat had a lifelong interest in the outdoors and hunting, pursuits that went well with the location and seasons of his farming. He shared the interest with his family and friends. The onset of the hunting seasons for duck, bear and deer were major events at the farm.  Pat shot rifles competitively with the Towanda Rifle and Pistol Club, enjoyed hunting dogs all his life and spent many years as president of the Beagle Club. In his later years he and friends shared a cabin near Pulaski, N.Y. where they hunted snowshoe hares with beagles through the late winter. He also hunted in Maine, Alaska, Idaho and Colorado. Always a reader, Pat had many interests and greatly enjoyed his family, visitors to the farm, his hunting dogs, and intently followed the farming, gas drilling activity and other events at the farm.  He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Betty; their four children; nine grandchildren and a large extended family.  He is survived by his son Patrick J. Barrett III of Canton and his wife Diane and their daughter Amanda.  He is also survived by his son Daniel J. Barrett of Athens his wife Janice and their children and spouses Catherine and Zachary Gima, Emily and Matthew Zahand, and Laura Barrett and fiancé Gary Marosy.  He is also survived by his son Kevin Barrett of Towanda, his wife Catherine and their daughters and spouses Samantha and John McDonald and Abigail and John Fitzpatrick.  He is also survived by his daughter Jennifer Gallagher, her husband Lawrence and their children Lawrence Gallagher, Elizabeth Gallagher, and John Gallagher.  In addition to his parents he was predeceased by brothers Joseph, George, Eugene and Anthony.  The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral, Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Third Street, Towanda, Pa. Interment will follow in Ss. Peter & Paul Cemetery, North Towanda, Pa. Contributions may be directed to St. Agnes School, 102 Third St., Towanda, PA 18848 in Patrick J. Barrett Jr.'s memory.  Towanda Daily Review – November 26, 2012

 

BARRETT Thomas Arthur "Tom" Barrett

85, of the Colonial Towers, Towanda, Pa., formerly of 311 Third St., Towanda, died Friday morning, Dec. 6, 2013 at Memorial Hospital, Towanda.Thomas Arthur Barrett, born Oct. 9, 1928, was the eighth of nine children born to Edward J. Barrett and Mary (Dorsey) Barrett of Towanda, Pa. He was raised in Towanda and was a graduate of Towanda High School. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War from 1950 to 1952. He retired from GTE Sylvania in 1992. His memberships included Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Towanda, Pa., Towanda American Legion Post 42, Father Michael J. McGinnis Guild of New Haven, Conn., GTE Sylvania Men's Club, Global Tungsten Quality Century Club, Knights of Columbus No. 3915. Tom, a past Grand Knight of No. 3915, attained the honor and distinction of Faithful Navigator, Fourth Degree, No. 0797 Assembly.In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Roberta Louise (Bennett) Barrett; son David Edward Barrett; sisters Margaret (Barrett) Hand, Teresa (Barrett) McDonald, Ann (Barrett) Kerr, and his brothers, Robert, John, and twin brother, Edward.He is survived by his three daughters Mary Louise (Barrett) Pettit and husband Raymond of Muscatine, Iowa, Andrea Celeste (Barrett) Rackley and husband Kenneth of Lucama, N.C. and Christine Ellen (Barrett) Steves and husband Everett of Painted Post, N.Y.; his brother Charles and wife Kay of Endwell, N.Y.; his brother Joseph and wife Jean of Pinehurst, N.C.; brother-in-law Howard Kerr of Towanda; sister-in-law Berneice Barrett of Sayre and grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews, nieces, Godchildren, and many special friends including Sharon Wilson and John Engle. A memorial mass of Christian burial will be held Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Third St., Towanda, Pa., with Rev. Edward Michelini, pastor as celebrant. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery, North Towanda, Pa. There are no calling hours. Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa. Contributions may be directed to Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 106 Third St., Towanda, PA 18848 In Tom's memory. Towanda Daily Review – December 8, 2013

 

BAYAIT Patrick J. "Pat" Bayait

76, former North Towanda businessman of Asylum Twp., Pa., died Friday, April 1, 2011 at his home following declining health.  Pat was born in Morristown, N.J., on April 9, 1934, a son of the late Albert A. Bayait and Sarah McShane Bayait. He was a graduate of Morristown High School Class of 1952 and in early years was employed as a cook at the Morristown Hospital. On Sept. 24, 1955 Pat married the former Agnes "Aggie" Emma Ambs. Pat and Aggie owned and operated the Candy Kitchen Restaurant and bowling lanes in Sommerville, N.J., for a number of years. In 1971, the couple moved to Towanda and opened the P & A Restaurant on Route 6 in North Towanda which they operated for many years. They subsequently operated a private personal care home in Rome, Pa., until their retirement. He was preceded in death by his wife on Dec. 27, 2001.  Pat was a devoted communicant of SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Towanda.  He is survived by: his children: Pat and Pam Bayait of Waverly, N.Y., Joan and Ed Bennett of Plattsburg, Mo., Joe Bayait of Johnson City, N.Y., Ann and Philip Dickerson of Towanda, Mark and Bonnie Bayait of Binghamton, N.Y., Theresa Bayait of Scranton, Pa.; 12 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; brothers: Arthur Bayait and wife Teresa of Morristown, N.J., Francis Bayait and wife Diane of Succasunna, N.J.; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Karen Suprick; a granddaughter, Gisella Suprick; sister, Mary Fackino; and brother, Albert Bayait.  The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa., where Recitation of the Rosary will be held.  A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, April 8, at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Third Street, Towanda, Pa. Interment will be in SS Peter & Paul Cemetery, North Towanda Township, Pa.,  The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 106 Third St., Towanda, PA 18848 in Patrick's memory.  Towanda Daily Review - April 3, 2011

 

BECKER - Dr. Stephen Ernest Becker, 55, highly regarded area physician of Towanda RR 4, Towanda Twp., Pa. died early Monday morning, July 6, 2009 at Memorial Hospital, N. Towanda Twp., Pa. after a courageous two-year battle with colon cancer.  Stephen was born October 4, 1953 in Baltimore, MD the son of the late Charles Ernest Becker and Rosemary M. HUEGELMEYER Becker. He was a graduate of Archbishop Curley High School in Baltimore, MD class of 1971 and continued his education at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County where he graduated in 1975. On Jan. 24, 1976 he married Katharine Gregory at St. Jude's Catholic Church in Rockville, MD. He was a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1981. Dr. Becker served his residency with Allegheny Family Physicians in Altoona, Pa., and worked at Holidaysburg Family Practice, Hollidaysburg, Pa. from 1984 to 1992. In 1992, Dr. Becker moved to Towanda, Pa. to become affiliated with Physician Care in the practice of family medicine where he continued until the time of his death. He was a devoted husband, father and physician, dedicating his life to the care of others.  Dr. Becker was a member of SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Towanda and the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and caring for his animals, especially his hunting dogs Belle and Odette.  He is survived by: his wife of 33 years, Katharine ANDREWS (GREGORY) Becker at home; children, Charles Ernest "Chuck" Becker and his wife Evangeline Becker of Deltona, Fla., Dr. Sarah Marie Eakin and her husband Marc Eakin of Winston-Salem, N.C., Rose Elizabeth Becker of Philadelphia, Pa., Amy Jean Becker-Recktenwald and her husband Brian Recktenwald of San Francisco, Calif. and Josef Andrews Becker at home; grandchildren, Corbyn Ernest Becker and Amelia Rose Eakin; sisters, Carol Lynn Becker of Baltimore, Md., Catherine J. Kirby of Glen Rock, Pa., Sandra A. Hollins and her husband Mike Hollins of Freeland, Md.; special nephews, Justin Rowe of Baltimore, Md. and John Kirby of Glen Rock, Pa.; his godson; uncle, Rev. Charles Huegelmyer M.M. of Maryknoll, N.Y.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, William "Bill" Kirby.  The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. and from 6-9 p.m. Thursday at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave. Towanda, Pa. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 10 at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Third Street, Towanda, Pa. Interment will be private.  The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to Memorial Hospital Hospice, 1 Hospital Drive, Towanda PA 18848 or to St. Agnes School, 102 Third St., Towanda PA 18848 in Dr. Stephen E. Becker's memory.   8 July 2009 Towanda Daily Review.

VIRGINIA MARIE BEIRNE of Liberty Corners, RR 4 Towanda, died Sunday, July 17, 2005 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA, The daughter of Col. John F A and Bessie Kelly Beirne, she was born December 9, 1923 in Jersey City, N.J. The family moved to Towanda where Virginia obtained her schooling, graduating from the Towanda High School in 1941. She attended Mansfield State Teachers College, studying Home Economics, then transferred to Penn State where she received a B.A. in Home Economics. Later, she obtained a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. She worked as a home economist for the Pennsylvania Electric Company in Towanda, developing the "Readdi Kilowatt Program" for the children. She continued her home economics work with the Sears and Roebuck and McCall's Magazine in New York City and Westinghouse Corporation in Philadelphia, PA. as a tester and demonstrator of new appliances. Moving to San Francisco, California.  Virginia served as the director for the Cling Peach Advisory Board and worked n the Martha Crittendon Home. In 1966, Virginia moved to Anchorage, Alaska. There, Virginia worked for several years as an analyst at Langdon Psychiatric Clinic. She then opened her own psychiatric social clinic, the Cabin Fever Clinic, which proved to be successful for 30 years. Her retirement years were spent wintering in Palm Desert Springs, California and summering in Liberty Corners, PA. Virginia was a most interesting and intriguing individual. Her interests were wide and encompassing, but she was best known for her creative talents. She published a book of poetry, "Cracks in the Ice", and is a world known artist. She was active in many art associations, enjoyed raising, showing and training her beloved dogs and nurturing her many flower gardens and fruit trees. She enjoyed life to the fullest. Her nieces and nephews will enjoy tales from and about her for years to come. Virginia is survived by her siblings, Helen Elizabeth (Patrick) Barrett of Marshview Drive, Towanda, Dr. Michael Beirne of Anchorage, Alaska, Dr. Daniel (Shirley) Beirne, Indian Harbor Beach, Florida, Patrick (Carol) Beirne of Towanda RD#4, Teresa (Andy) Carola of Sayre, PA, and numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, dear friends and her companion, Australian Sheep Dog, Spirit. In addition to her parents Virginia was preceded by her brothers, Lt. John Beirne, Q Thomas Beirne, and Attorney Robert J Beirne. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, July 21, 2005 at 10.a.m. at the S.S. Peter and Paul Church, Third Street Towanda, PA. Internment will follow at the S.S. Peter and Paul Cemetery, North Towanda, PA. The family will receive friends Wednesday, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home217 York Ave., Towanda, PA. A Vigil Prayer Service will be held Wednesday evening at the Funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Bradford County Regional Arts Council 610 Main Street Towanda, PA 18848, or the Bradford County humane Society, Box 179, Ulster, PA. 18850 in Virginia Marie Beirne's memory. Contributed by Carol Brotzman.  –Towanda Daily Review July 18, 2005.

VIRGINIA MARIE BEIRNE, 81, of Liberty Corners, RR 4, Towanda, Pa., died Sunday, July 17, 2005 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, Pa.  The daughter of Col. John F.A. and Bessie Kelly Beirne, she was born Dec. 9, 1923 in Jersey City, N.J.  The family moved to Towanda where Virginia obtained her schooling, graduating from Towanda High School in 1941.  She attended Mansfield State Teachers College, studying Home Economics, then transferred to Penn State where she received her B.A. in Home Economics.  Later, she obtained a Masters Degree in Social Work form the University of Pennsylvania.  She worked as a home economist for the Pennsylvania Electric Company in Towanda, developing the “Reddi Kilowatt Program” for children.  She continued her home economic work with Sears and Roebuck and McCalls Magazine in New York City and Westinghouse Corporation in Philadelphia, Pa., as a tester and demonstrator of new appliances.  Moving to San Francisco, Calif., Virginia served as a director of the Cling Peach Advisory Board and worked at the Martha Crittendon Home.  In 1966, Virginia moved to Anchorage, Alaska.  There, Virginia worked for several years as an analyst at Langdon Psychiatric Clinic.  She then opened her own Psychiatric social clinic, the Cabin Fever Clinic, which proved to be successful for 30 years.  Her retirement years were spent wintering in Palm Desert, Calif., and summering in Liberty Corners, Towanda.  Virginia was a most interesting and intriguing individual.  Her interests were wide and encompassing, but she was best known for her creative talents.  She published a book of poetry, “Cracks In the Ice,” and is a world-renown in artist.  She was active in many art associations, enjoying raising, training, and showing her beloved dogs over the years and nurturing her many flower gardens and fruit trees.  She enjoyed life to the fullest.  Her nieces and nephews will enjoy tales from and about her for years to come.  Virginia is survived by her siblings; Helen Elizabeth (Patrick) Barrett of Marshview, Towanda, Dr. Michael Beirne of Anchorage, Alaska, Dr. Daniel (Shirley) Beirne, Indian Harbor Beach, Fla., Patrick (Carol) Beirne of Towanda RR 4, Teresa (Andy) Carola, of Sayre, Pa., and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, dear friends and her companion, Australian sheep dog, Spirit.  In addition to her parents, Virginia was predeceased by her brothers, Lt. John Beirne, Q. Thomas Beirne, and Attorney Robert J. Beirne.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, July 21, 2005 at 10 a.m. at the SS. Peter and Paul Church, Third Street, Towanda, Pa.  Interment will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, North Towanda,  Pa.  The family will receive friends Wednesday, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa.  A vigil Prayer Service will be held Wednesday evening at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Bradford County Regional Arts Council, 610 Main Street, Towanda, Pa. or the Bradford County Human Society, Box 179, Ulster, Pa. in Virginia Marie Beirne’s memory.  –Towanda Daily Review.

 

BERDA John J. Berda

90, of Towanda, formerly of Ulster, Pa., died early Sunday morning, Jan. 9, 2011 at Memorial Hospital, North Towanda Township, Pa., after a brief illness.   John was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., on May 29, 1920 the son of Michael Berda and Rose Spernoga Berda. He was a veteran of World War II. having served in the U.S. Army as a Motor Pool Sergeant in Burma during the war. Following completion of his military service, John returned home to be employed by the A&P Tea Company for 35 years until his retirement in 1982. During his retirement years, John was employed by the Towanda Taxi Company and by Rockwell's Florist in Ulster. He was a communicant of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ulster for many years.  He is survived by: his wife of 60 years, Evelyn Cotter Berda; daughter and son-in-law, Virginia and Joseph Whelpley; son and daughter-in-law, Pat and MaryBeth Berda; grandsons, Michael Berda and Erik Berda and his wife Dana; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, at S.S. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Third Street, Towanda, Pa. Private interment will follow in S.S. Peter & Paul Cemetery, North Towanda Township, Pa.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral mass Friday morning at the church. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to St. Agnes School, 102 Third St., Towanda, PA 18848 in John J. Berda's memory. Service arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa.  Towanda Daily Review – January 11, 2011

 

LT. EDWARD J. BLOOMER, 82, retired Pennsylvania State Police officer, of 311 Poplar St., Towanda, Pa. died peacefully Thursday morning, June 23, 2005 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa.  Born Feb. 23, 1923 in Simpson, Pa., he was the son of the late John and Mary Vargo Bloomer.  Ed was a graduate of Fell Township High School, Class of 1942.  Upon graduating he entered the U.S. Navy, where he served in both the European and Pacific Theaters during World War II.  Lt. Bloomer was a graduate of the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in August of 1947.  He served until 1980, most of that time was spent assigned to the North Towanda barracks.  After his retirement from the State Police, he owned and operated Saf-Gard Security from 1980 until 1992.  On Sept. 16, 1950 he married the former Theresa Jackovitz in Passaic, N.J.  He was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Church in Towanda, former Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Towanda Council; past president of the P.T.G. of St. Agnes School, member of American Legion Post 42, Towanda; Beirne-Webster V.F.W. Post No. 1568, Towanda; World War II Last Man’s Club, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks No. 2191, Towanda; and the Fraternal Order of Police.  He served as a referee for high school basketball games and umpire for baseball and softball games.  Most of all he was a wonderful father, grandfather, and pitch player.  He is survived by his wife, Theresa Bloomer, at home; his children, Diane Allis and her husband Carl Allis of Crawfordsville, Ind., Edward Bloomer and his wife Tracy Bloomer of Marietta, Ga., Donna Vales and her husband Keith Vales of Summersville, S.C., Patrick Bloomer of Folly Beach, S.C.; eight grandchildren, Carl, Ryan and Hayley Allis, Anna and Collin Bloomer, Kalee, Keith and Kraig Vales; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Esther Bloomer of Rhode Island and Donald and Marilyn Bloomer of Balwinsville, N.Y.; three sisters-in-law, Diane Bloomer of Carbondale, Pa., Ruby Bloomer of Washington, D.C., Elsie Bloomer of New York; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by her brothers, Bernard, John, Joseph, Timothy and William Bloomer; his sisters, Rose Cuccia and Delores Rapkin.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, June 27, 2005 at 10 a.m. at SS. Peter and Paul Church, Third Street, Towanda.  Interment will be in the SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery in North Towanda Township with Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 according full military honors.  The family will receive friends Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral home at 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa.  The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the St. Agnes School, 106 Third St., Towanda in Edward J. Bloomer’s memory.  –Towanda Daily Review.

 

BORICK Stephen M. Borick

89, of Wysox, Pa., died Sunday evening, July 8, 2012 at Memorial Hospital, Towanda, Pa. Stephen was born in Lopez, Pa., on June 1, 1923, a son of Michael and Anna Gulich Borick. A proud World War II veteran, he served in the U.S. Army Battery B 72nd Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion in the European, African and Middle Eastern Theatres. On Oct. 11, 1952 he married the former Dorothy Mingos at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Towanda. He was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years on Oct. 29, 2000. In early years, Stephen was employed by Thatcher Glass and Remington Rand in Elmira, N.Y. and was later employed Penelec in Towanda for many years retiring as line chief in July 1986. His memberships include SS Peter & Paul Church, Towanda Elks Lodge No. 2191, Towanda Gun Club, Beirne-Webster VFW Post No. 1568, and American Legion Post No. 42 in Towanda.  Surviving are his best friend/son and daughter-in-law Robert and Sandra Strickland Borick; grandchildren Scott (Josie) Borick, Jason (Christa) Borick, Eric (Erin) Borick, Christy (Don) McLinko, Mary (Mitch) Philippi, Renae (Ryan) Chamberlain and Sara Strickland; great-grandchildren Molly and Wyatt Borick, Hunter, Parker and Tristan Riddle, Brandon and Cearra McLinko, Macaria Benjamin and Cooper Chamberlain; sisters Eva Schneider and Mildred Black; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by siblings, Nick, Mike, Frank, John, Daniel, Annie, Helen, Mary and Katherine "Babe."  The family will receive friends from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 14, 2012 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa. A mass of Christian burial will follow at 10 a.m. at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Third Street, Towanda, Pa. Interment will be in SS Peter & Paul Cemetery, North Towanda, with Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 according full military honors. Contributions may be directed to American Legion Post No. 42, 912 Main St., Towanda, PA 18848 in Stephen M. Borick's memory. Towanda Daily Review – July 11, 2012

 

BOUSE - Bessie Webster, 97, of Macedonia
Bessie Una Myrtle Bouse Webster of Macedonia, Asylum Township, died peacefully in her sleep, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2003, at the Bradford County Manor. She was 97 years of age. Bessie was born on Kerrick Hill, Terry Township, Oct. 30, 1905, the youngest of five children of Frederick E. and Charlotte Powers Bouse. She grew up on the family farm at Spring Lake. Bessie ran away to school at age 4, and school remained a dominant element in her life thereafter. After attending     Kerrick Hill School she went to Towanda High School. Because Towanda was too distant for daily commutes, she had to work her way through high school, working for room and board at the Tidd House (Hotel) her freshman year, for the McCracken family her sophomore year, and for the Horton family on River Street her junior and senior years. She graduated in 1924 and borrowed money to attend Mansfield State Normal School for a year. In 1925 Bessie returned to Kerrick Hill School to teach, but after a year had to leave teaching to care for her father, who died in 1926. Unable to maintain the farm, she and her ailing mother sold it and moved into the Bowen house in Towanda.  In January 1927 she married James J. Webster, and during the late 1920s and into the mid-1930s she worked at the Grand Union, J.J. Newberry's and the silk mill on Plank Road. Work was scarce and intermittent during the Great Depression, but Mrs. Webster said two years ago, "We never considered it to be a hardship; it was just living. We took life as it came."  That life included five children, beginning in 1935. Her first child, Beverly, died shortly after birth. In 1938, after nursing her uncle, Samuel Bouse, Mrs. Webster inherited his Macedonia farm, where she raised her family and resided until the last year of her life. She occasionally served as a substitute teacher at the Macedonia School until 1952, when she was appointed manager of the Wysox School cafeteria. There for 20 years she melded her love for cooking, management and children. She frequently entertained the pupils with special menus, such as "ground hog" sandwiches (pork patties) on Ground Hog Day. At home and senior citizen dinners she was famous for her baked pies. She enjoyed bowling (for which she won a trophy or two), sewing, crocheting and gardening (especially strawberries and asparagus) and processing her bounty. She was a woman of strong character, proven values and a calm courage. She was very caring and generous toward her family and neighbors. She was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church for over three-quarters of a century, and was active in the Wysox and Towanda PTAs. Her husband of 68 years, James J. Webster, predeceased her in 1995.  She is survived by four children, Donald L. Webster of West Oneonta, N.Y., and Zephyrhills, Fla., Dr. Richard J. Webster of West Chester, Pa., Dr. Harold J. Webster of DuBois, Pa., and Carol Ann Watkins of Towanda; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. Recitation of the Rosary will be held Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2003, at 10 a.m. at S.S. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Third Street, Towanda, with the Rev. Ronald Hughes, pastor, as celebrant. Interment will be in S.S. Peter & Paul Cemetery, North Towanda Township. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the Wysox Volunteer Emergency Medical Service, Box 302 Wysox, Pa. 18854, in Mrs. Webster's memory.

BRENNAN - Bradford Star, 10 Feb 1916 James Brennan - Long a highly esteemed resident of Pratt avenue, died February 3 after an illness of two weeks of pneumonia, aged 69 years. Deceased was a native of Tipperary, Ireland, and came to this country when a child. Nearly his whole life had been spent in railroading in various capacities. He was very successful in his business affairs. A wide circle of friends, besides five sons and two daughters deplore his sudden demise. Funeral services were held from the Church of SS Peter and Paul, Monday morning; the last rites were very impressive, 60 priests participating in the obsequies; interment to the Catholic cemetery, North Towanda. Submitted by Beth A. Williams, bawill@sprynet.com

MARTIN P. BRENNAN JR., 85, of 200 Chestnut St., Towanda, died Friday evening, Dec. 14, 1990 at Memorial Hospital, Towanda.  Born Feb. 22, 1905, in Standing Stone Township, he was the youngest and last surviving of 11 children of Martin P. and Margaret Grace Brennan Sr.  He was a graduate of St. Agnes High School and attended the University of Pennsylvania.  Mr. Brennan was employed by the First National Bank in Towanda for over 15 years and in 1942 entered the employ of Sylvania Electric in Towanda, where he served as director of the Employee Beneficial Suggestion Program.  He also developed several unique accounting systems for Sylvania.  He was an active member of SS. Peter and Paul Church, past president of the Towanda Country Club, first president of the Towanda Little League, and a member of the Towanda Elks Lodge No. 2191 and the Sylvania Men’s Club.  Mr. Brennan is survived by two sons, Robert B. Brennan of Chesapeake, Va., and Charles M. Brennan of Bloomsburg; six grandchildren; a great-grandson; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Rheta Boyce Brennan on Dec. 3, 1990.  The family will receive friends Tuesday morning from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda.  A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Tuesday at noon at SS. Peter and Paul Church, Towanda.  Interment will be in the parish cemetery.  The family will provide its own flowers and requests that memorials be directed to the Towanda Ambulance Association, 605 Third St., Towanda. Pa. in Mr. Brennan’s memory.  –Towanda Daily Review.

Thomas Bernard BRENNAN Sr., 79
02/22/2002 Towanda Daily Review
Thomas Bernard Brennan Sr., 79, of 214 Olive St. Sayre, Pa., died Friday Feb. 21, 2002 at the Robert Packer Hospital following an extended illness.  He was born Sept. 19, 1922, in Towanda, the son of Martin and Mary Agnes Valentine Brennan. He was raised in Towanda, and baptized in the SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Towanda.
He retired from the Lehigh Valley Railroad after many years of service. He was a member of the Epiphany Church of Sayre. His family was the love of his life. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Rita, at home; 10 children and their spouses, Jeanette and David Potter of Lisle, N.Y., Thomas Jr. and Maryann Brennan of Erie, Martin and Katie Brennan of Athens, Mary Theresa and Randy Davis of Albany, Ga., Patricia and Pat Brennan of Rochester, N.Y., Maureen and Thomas Grace of Rochester, N.Y., and Joseph and Sylvia Brennan of Athens, Ellen Brennan of Sayre, Cathleen Brennan of Sayre and Henry Brennan of Rochester, N.Y.; 12 grandchildren, Shawn Patrick Brennan (and his fiancee, Justine Sventeck), Jamie Marie Davis, Kyle Davis, Scott Chambers, Brian Mullen, Margaret Brennan, Jennifer Brennan, Brenna McGory, Erin McGory, Beth Grace, Denise Grace and Maranda Brennan; three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Margaret and Sam Brennan Petta of Sayre, Pa. and a sister-in-law, Bernice Brennan of Athens, Pa. several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his brothers, Henry and John Brennan, and sisters, Mary Mosher and Catherine Brennan. Family and friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Lowery Funeral Home, 225 S. Main St., Athens, Pa. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Church of the Epiphany of Sayre at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, with Rev. William Karle officiating. Burial will be in SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Towanda.

FRED L. BRINK, 77, of 8 College Ave., Towanda, died Friday morning, Oct. 9, 1992.  Born Aug. 10, 1915, in Rummerfield, he was the son of Robert L. and Cloie Cole Brink.  After attending the Towanda High School, he was employed by Towanda Borough and later by the Northern Penn Power Co.  On July 26, 1943, Fred started his service with G.T.E. Sylvania in the plant maintenance department.  After 36 years he retired in 1979.  From 1980-1982, Fred did janitorial service at the St. Agnes School.  On May 14, 1938, he married the former Mary Fonsetto in New York City.  He entered the U.S. Navy during World War II on July 2, 1945 and was discharged on Aug. 1, 1945.  Fred played baseball during his younger years with the Toytown Team.  His family always came first and was willing to help other people.  He is a member of SS. Peter and Paul Church and its Holy Name Society.  Surviving are his wife, Mary; two daughters and sons-in-law, Clie and Gary Welch of Lake Wesauking; and Hilda and Edward Kissell of Williamsburg, Va.; a son, Warren R. Brink of Towanda; four sisters, Thelma Fonsetto of New Milford, N.J.; Mrs. Jerry (Betty) Libonati of Towanda; Phyllis Brink of Towanda; JoAnn Brink of Towanda; two brothers, Robert Brink Jr. of Ulster; Manley Brink of Towanda; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; also five nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a sister, Millie Brink Libonati in 1970.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 12, 1992 at the SS. Peter and Paul Church with the Rev. Richard J. Loch as celebrant.  Interment will be in the SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, with Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 conducting military honors.  The family will receive friends at the Maryott-Bowen funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda from 7-9 p.m. Sunday. Oct. 11, 1992.  –Towanda Daily Review.

Mrs. Genevieve BRENNAN Clancy of 10 State St. Towanda, died early Thursday evening, May 7 1982, in the Skilled Nursing Unit of Memorial Hospital where she had been a patient following a hear attack last February. Mrs. Clancy was the widow of Robert Clancy, a Towanda business man who died Oct. 22 1963. She was highly regarded throughout the community and from the time she was first taken ill with pneumonia late last autumn there were constant inquiries from concerned friends about her condition. It is believed that the pneumonia attack she suffered late in the fall led to the heart ailment that eventually caused her death. Mrs. Clancy was born June 14, 1903 in Standing Stone Township, the daughter of Martin and Margaret Grace Brennan. She was one of a family of 13 children, there now being but one survivor—Martin Jr., the youngest. Genevieve attended the Chestnut Grove School in Standing Stone Township and after completing the eight grades there enrolled in the Towanda Business College conducted by Prof. Mortimer S. Cronk. She became very proficient in typing and shorthand and not long after graduation from the business college obtained employment as a legal secretary in the law office of Lilley and Wilson, located in the old Mercur Block at the corner of Main and Park Streets. After her marriage to Robert Clancy, Genevieve gave up her legal secretary post to devote her time to her family. However, upon her husband’s death 20 years ago, she took employment as a secretary in the Bradford County Agriculture Extension office located in the courthouse. This continued until 1975 when she retired though returning in emergency situations a number of occasions after that. Throughout her employment in the Lilley and Wilson law office and in the agriculture extension office, Genevieve Clancy’s work was marked by a high degree of competence, co-operation and loyalty. She was no stranger to work and her associates were aware that she took pride in a job well done. She also possessed a deep sense of humor and many will long recall her graciousness, her kindness and her merry laughter. She was a member of the SS Peter and Paul Church in Towanda and its Altar and Rosary Society and a member of Court St. Agnes Catholic Daughters of America, of which she once served as grand regent. She was also a member of the Towanda Area Senior Citizens Club almost since its inception, attending its luncheon meetings regularly until her illness last autumn. Her chocolate pie at these meetings was always a great hit. Surviving are three sons. Robert A. Clancy of Port Washington, PA. Thomas F. Clancy of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and John A. Clancy of Randolph, N.J., six grand-children, a brother, Martin Brennan Jr. of Towanda, several nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the SS Peter and Paul Church Monday morning, May 10, at 10 o’clock with interment in the SS Peter and Paul Cemetery in North Towanda. Friends may call at the Archer-Miller-McCloskey Funeral Home, 23 Main Street Sunday from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.. The family will receive friends there Sunday from 2 o’clock until 4 and in the evening from 7 to 9. A Scripture Service will be conducted at the funeral home Sunday evening at 8 o’clock.
North Towanda, Bradford Co., PA

 

BRIDE Beverly A. (Becky) Bride

Beverly A. Bride (Becky), 71, of Willow Grove, Pa., died on May 25, 2011 at Holy Redeemer's In-Patient Hospice Unit, Meadowbrook, Pa., after a courageous battle with cancer.  Becky was born on June 11, 1939, daughter of the late Anna R. Bride. She was raised in Towanda Pa., and graduated from St. Agnes High School. She attended College Misericordia, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education and later received a Masters in Education from Elmira College. She was a classroom teacher in Flushing, N.Y., Lykens, Pa., Milton, Pa., and Harrisburg, Pa., and then returned to Towanda as the Supervisor of Reading/Federal Program Coordinator. In 1978 Becky moved to the Willow Grove area and continued her education career as the Supervisor of Reading, Supervisor of Language Arts and Director of Elementary Education Services in the Upper Moreland School District. She continued her education at the University of Pennsylvania having earned her Superintendents Certification in 1985. Becky retired from the district in 2000 as the Director of Education Services. Becky was passionate about teaching students as well as other teachers. She left an immeasurable impression on the lives she encountered in her education career.  Becky was involved in numerous organizations, including the American Educational Research Association, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Past President of the Montgomery County Reading Council and the American Association of University Women, to name a few. Becky was also involved in many ways at her parish, St. David's Church.   Becky is survived by an aunt, Beatrice A. Shadduck of Athens, Pa., and numerous cousins, whom she loved so much and who adored and admired her. She also has been blessed with wonderful friends. Becky enjoyed traveling, shopping, and the arts, with her family and friends. She had many interests including, photography, music and gardening. Her home was beautifully landscaped with all her favorite flowers. Becky's homemade peanut butter fudge was a special treat for many. Becky will be missed by so many people.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on June 1, 2011 at St. David's Church, 316 N. Easton Road, Willow Grove PA. Public visitation will take place from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on June 1, 2011 at the John J. Bryers Funeral Home, 406 Easton Road, Willow Grove, Pa. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at SS. Peter and Paul Church in Towanda, Pa. at a future date. Burial will be in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Towanda, Pa., at the convenience of the family.  Becky's family will be providing the flowers. Contributions may be made in Becky's memory to the Holy Redeemer Hospice, 12265 Townsend Road, Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA. 19154 or to a charity of one's choice. "You can shed tears that she is gone or you can smile because she has lived…"   Towanda Daily Review  - May 29, 2011

 

BUFFINGTON –MARGUEIRTE BUFFINGTON WICOX, 78, widow of Herbert N. Wilcox of 12 Glencove Court, Liverpool, N.Y. formerly of Horseheads, N.Y. and Towanda, Pa. died Thursday, May 29, 1997 at her home.  Born Oct. 26, 1917 in Endicott, N.Y. she was a daughter of the late Charles A. and Blanche Brennan Buffington.  Marguerite was a graduate of St. Agnes High School in Towanda.  On Oct. 11, 1947 she married Herbert N. Wilcox of Towanda.  In early years, Marguerite was employed by the Eclipse in Elmira Heights, N.Y. and was later employed by Grisworld’s Florist in Horseheads, N.Y. for many years until her retirement.  Surviving are a daughter, Karen Wilcox with whom she resided of Liverpool, N.Y.; a granddaughter, Kathryn Riley of Syracuse, N.Y.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Bernard and Carolyn Buffington of Elmira Heights, N.Y., Donald and Lucille Buffington of Towanda, Pa.; a sister, Helen Wright of Endicott, N.Y.; sisters-in-law, Catherine Buffington, Joyce Buffington and Beverly Buffington all of Towanda; a brother-in-law, Joseph Soprano of Waverly, N.Y.; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert N. Wilcox on April 17, 1993; two sons, Larry Wilcox in Dec. of 1951 and Daniel Wilcox in Oct. of 1959; brothers, Charles, Eugene, William and Walter Buffington; sisters, Elizabeth Robble and Mary Theresa Soprano.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, June 2, 1997 at SS. Peter and Paul Church, Towanda with the Rev. Ronald Hughes as celebrant.  The family will receive friends Sunday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa.  Interment will be in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, N. Towanda Twp., Pa.  The family suggests that memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association, 919 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Ill in Mrs. Wilcox’s memory.  –Towanda Daily Review

 

BURCHILL Ann Marie Burchill

73, of Towanda, Pa., died on Tuesday evening, June 4, 2013, after waging a courageous battle with cancer.  Ann was born on July 18, 1939 at Towanda Memorial Hospital to Alice Marie Byrne and Thomas Joseph Burchill who predeceased her, as well as her brother William. Following graduating from St. Agnes School in 1957, Ann began her career in the business world and concluded her successful career of many years, by working for FEMA during several disasters. Enjoying her work, Ann enjoyed her life and being in the work force, loved being independent and loved being organized. Her middle name she always said was "organized" and she was! But more than her skill at work, Ann loved her family, and travel; loved to be in the car and go. It did not make any difference where she was sitting, front seat or back seat — she always was in charge of the traffic and directions. She made several cross country trips always taking the less traveled road, and making several of those trips with her mom, who also loved to travel. Her most favorite state to head to was California, home of a favorite aunt and uncle, Bill and Marvel Byrne, and their daughter Erin. Surviving Ann is her family, Mary Alice Demangone (John) of Towanda, Elizabeth Hofmann (James) of Hanover, Pa., Ellen Aherne (Michael) of Kingsley, Pa., Karen Burchill (Phillip) of Livittown and Thomas Burchill (Susan) of Endicott; and a longtime family friend Joan Patrie of Flagler Beach, Fla. Also surviving are several nieces, nephews, as well as great-nieces and great-nephews, all who knew and loved their Aunt Ann.  A memorial mass for Ann will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Third Street, Towanda, with Rev. Edward Michelini as celebrant. There are no calling hours. Interment will be at Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery, North Towanda Township, Pa.  The family requests that memorials be made to St. Agnes School, 102 Third Street, Towanda, PA 18848 or the Towanda Public Library, Towanda Memorial Hospice or a charity of one's choice. The Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa. is assisting Ann's family with arrangements.   Towanda Daily Review – June 6, 2013

 

DONALD J. BURCHILL, 87, of Elliott St., Towanda died Saturday, May 31, 2003 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre.  Born April 20, 1916 in Towanda he was a son of the late John and Margaret O’Sullivan Burchill.  Donald was a graduate of the St. Agnes High School, Towanda class of 1933.  On Jan. 5, 1943 he married the former Cleone M. Spencer in Scranton, Pa. who preceded him in death on Feb. 28, 1992.  Donald was employed as a lineman for the Lehigh Valley Railroad for several years and later worked as a surveyor for Shep Shaylor until his retirement.  He was a member of the SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Towanda; the National Rifle Association and the Bridge Street Hill Rod and Gun Club.  Donald enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing and he especially enjoyed archery.  He was a loving and devoted husband and father.  Surviving are five daughters, Judy Smith and her husband, Merle Smith of Burlington, Donna Sponheimer and her husband, Michael Sponheimer of GlenBurnie, Md., Dorothy Dodge and her husband, Donald Dodge of Towanda, Barbara Shortall and her husband, Stephen Shortall of Croydon, Pa. and Berneda Dawson of Croydon; 10 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and three nieces.  In addition to his wife, Donald was preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law, Rita Mahoney and Francis “Kenny” Mahoney.  The funeral service will be held Monday, June 2, 2003 at 10 a.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda.  Interment will be in the SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, North Towanda Township.  The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. this evening (Sunday) at the funeral home.  –Towanda Daily Review

BURKE - John F. Burke.  Funeral services for John F. Burke, 2 Lombard Street, towanda were held Monday morning with a Solemn High Mass of Requiem at SS Peter & Paul Church.  Rev Joseph T. Shaughnessy, was celebrant: Rev. William Purcell, pastor of St. Mary's Church, Wyalusing, was decon: Rev. John B. Kemp, assistant pastor of SS Peter & Paul was subdeacon; Rev. Edward Zenkel, assistant pstor of St. James Church, Waverly, NY was seated in the sanctuary.  Interment was in SS Peter & Paul Church cemertey, North Towanda.  Pallbearers were: Gene Barrett, Patrick Barrett, Gene Benjamin, Frank Bride, Willaim Bride and Bernard Wolfe.  December 1986, Towanda Daily Review.

BUSTIN Ellen E. Bustin
91, highly regarded area educator, of 217 North Main Street, Towanda, Pa., died
Friday evening, Dec. 3, 2010, at the home of her niece in Athens, Pa. Ellen was born Sept. 15, 1919, in Sheshequin Twp., Pa., one of 12 children of the late John L. Bustin and Mary Vallilee Bustin. She was a 1936 graduate of Ulster High School where she was honored as valedictorian of her graduating class. Ellen attended Mansfield State Teachers College and earned a bachelor's of science degree in elementary education. Later, she attended Pennsylvania State University where she received her master's degree in elementary education and a Principal's Certificate. Miss Bustin's professional experience began as a substitute teacher at the North Ghent School in Sheshequin Township in 1939. She then obtained a position teaching in a one-room schoolhouse on Hanlon Hill in Ridgebury Township in 1939-1940. Miss Bustin moved on to the Black School in Sheshequin Township for six years. She proceeded to the East Smithfield High School as a teacher of English and Latin. Miss Bustin then taught at East Smithfield Elementary School, a combination of fifth and sixth grades, for four years. In 1963, after teaching sixth grade for twelve years, she became principal of Harriet Child Elementary School, while also remaining a sixth grade teacher. She went to Athens Area Elementary School as a Title I reading teacher in 1966. A year later, Miss Bustin became the Assistant Director of Elementary Education. In 1971, she became Director of Elementary Education and held that position until her retirement. She was also named the principal at Audrielle Lynch Elementary School in 1983. Miss Bustin retired from a period of dedicated service to the Athens Area School District in October of 1985. Throughout her career, Miss Bustin instilled lifelong knowledge in her students. She was instrumental in organizing programs, such as fourth grade drown proofing and fifth grade Conservation Day at Round Top Park in Athens Township. Students still enjoy these programs today. Miss Bustin's perseverance in the enhancement of student's lives was rewarded by honoring her in the dedication ceremony of the Audrielle Lynch Ellen Bustin Elementary School in Athens, Pa., on Sept. 15, 2002. Ellen was a communicant of S.S. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Towanda. She was a member of the retired Teachers Association, Bradford County Historical Society, Towanda Area Senior Citizens, Mansfield University Alumni Association and the Penn State University Alumni Association. She enjoyed spending time with her family, cooking, reading and gardening. She is survived by: her sister-in-law, Alice Bustin of Milan, Pa.; cousins, Rita and Mary Bustin of Towanda, Pa., Robert Bustin of Syracuse, N.Y.; nieces and nephews, Margaret (Dale) Young of Canton, Pa., Ann (Fred) Maynard of Monroeton, Pa., Mary Lou (Michael) Allen of Athens, Pa., P. Michael (Sheryl) Bustin of Litiz, Pa., Nancy Bustin (Rick Callear) of Monroeton, Pa., Patricia (Robert) Drake of Big Flats, N.Y., Mary (Joseph) Sturzen of Athens, Pa., Susan Giordano of Ulster, Pa., Mary O'Hara of Athens, Pa., William (Rita) O'Hara of Sayre, Pa., Ellen (Scott) Molnar of Athens, Pa., Annette (Donald) Beaumont of Towanda, Pa., Robert (Kay) Grenell of Richmond, Va., numerous great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by: five sisters, Pauline Shaffer, Mary T. O'Hara, Rosalie Cassetta, Sarah Bustin and Patricia Grenell; six brothers, John, Arthur William, Thomas, Ambrose, Paul and Joseph Bustin. The family will receive friends from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, at S.S. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Third Street, Towanda, Pa. Interment will follow in S.S. Peter & Paul Cemetery, North Towanda Township, Pa. The family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to the Ellen Bustin Graduation Award, in care of the Athens Area High School, 401 W. Frederick St., Athens, PA 18810 or to the Lynch Bustin Library, in care of the Audrielle Lynch Ellen Bustin Elementary School, Pennsylvania Ave., Athens, PA 18810, in Ellen E. Bustin's memory.  Towanda Daily Review - December 5, 2010

 

BYRNE Alice M. Burchill

96, life-long resident of Bradford County, Pa., died Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Memorial Hospital, Towanda, with her family at her side. Alice was born Dec. 31, 1914 to William J. and Helen Ford Byrne of Rummerfield and resided there until her marriage to Thomas Joseph Burchill on June 30, 1937. Alice and Thomas shared 47 years of marriage and were the parents of seven children. Alice attended the one-room Fisher School in Standing Stone from grades one through eight. For her ninth and 10th grade studies she attended Wyalusing High School and completed her high school education at Towanda High, graduating in 1932. Prior to her marriage, she was employed as an office secretary by the Pennsylvania Power and Light Company. Alice was a life-long member of SS Peter & Paul Parish. She was a former member of the Altar and Rosary Society and the Catholic Daughters of America. She cherished her Irish heritage as her father and several uncles were born in Ireland. Alice loved her kitchen and delighted in baking breads, pies, cookies and cakes. There was always room for someone extra at the kitchen or dining room table for breakfast, lunch or dinner. In Alice's younger years, Sunday breakfasts would go on for hours with many of her children's friends stopping by for her generous servings of hospitality. She will be remembered for many things: her key lime pies, her buckeyes, her sharp wit, her spelling abilities, her many crocheted items, especially her 500 plus scarves, and many afghans which will pass from generation to generation in the homes of her children and grandchildren. In her later years, when her children were raised, Alice enjoyed traveling throughout the country with several of her children. She treasured her trips to Long Beach, Calif., to visit her brother Bill and his wife Marvel and their daughter Erin; her many visits to her son, Bill in McLean and her daughter Ann in Arlington, Va. Her visits to her children and grandchildren in Kingsley, Hanover, Endicott and South Fifth Street in Towanda provided precious memories for Alice and her families.  Her survivors include her daughters, Mary Alice (John) Demangone of Towanda, Ann of Towanda, Elizabeth A. (James) Hofmann of Hanover, Pa., Ellen (Michael) Aherne of Kingsley, Pa., Karen Burchill (Phil O'Donnell) of Langhorne, Pa.; son, Thomas J. (Susan) Burchill of Endicott, N.Y.; sister-in-law, Marvel Petersen Byrne of Artesia, Calif.; 31 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Alice was predeceased by her husband, Thomas J. Burchill in 1984; by her son, William E. Burchill in 2000; her brother, William J. Byrne in 2000; her sisters-in-law, Mary Teresa Burchill, and Elizabeth M. Burchill; brothers-in-law, John, Richard and Joseph Burchill and Monsignor William E. Burchill.  The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa., where Recitation of the Rosary will be held at 8 p.m. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 19, at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Third Street, Towanda, Pa., with the Rev. Martin Boylan, pastor, as celebrant. Interment will follow in SS Peter & Paul Cemetery, North Towanda Township, Pa.  The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the charity of one's choice or to St. Agnes School, 102 Third St. Towanda, PA 18848; or to the Activities Fund of the Skilled Nursing Unit of Memorial Hospital, 1 Hospital Drive, Towanda, PA 18848 in Alice M. Burchill's memory.  Towanda Daily Review - March 17, 2011 

 

JOHN ‘JACK’ L. CALKINS, 73, of Bridge Street, Towanda, formerly of 525 Second St., died Monday afternoon, May 2, 1994, at the Towanda Memorial Hospital.  Born Nov. 17, 1920, in Towanda, he was a son of the late Leo and Mary O’Hern Calkins.  Jack attended the St. Agnes School in Towanda and in earlier years was employed by the Berlinger Silk Mill in Towanda, American Silk and Label in Troy and later by the Sulcraft Co. in Dushore.  He also served as manager of the Fontain Weaving Co. in Towanda.  In his leisure time, Mr. Calkins enjoyed fishing.  He was a member of the SS. Peter and Paul Church, Towanda.  Surviving are his companion, Gertrude Vough of Towanda; two sisters and brother-in-law, Helen and Dean Place of Elmira, N.Y., and Mary and Tony Kozdemba of Elmira, N.Y.; also several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by; two brothers, Joseph Calkins and Leo “Juney” Calkins; two sisters, Patricia Ann Murphy and Rita Crawford; and a very close friend, Robert Weiss of Monroeton.  The funeral service will be held Thursday, May 5, 1994, at 10 a.m., at the Maryott-Bowen funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, with the Rev. Richard J. Loch, pastor of the SS. Peter and Paul Church, Towanda, officiating.  Interment will be in the SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, North Towanda Township.  The family will receive friends Thursday, one hour prior to the funeral service, at the funeral home. –Towanda Daily Review.

MISS HELEN M. CARROLL of 208 Third Street, Towanda, a retired teacher held in the highest regard by many died at Memorial Hospital on Monday (1981) at the age of 84.  She had been in the hospital for about a month following a fall and her health steadily deteriorated.  Helen Carroll was born in Towanda, the daughter of Michael Carroll and Bridget Reidy Carroll.  She graduated from St. Agnes High School in 191 and from West Chester Normal School, now West Chester State College in 1916.  Following her graduation for West Chester she started her teaching career at Liberty Corners and from there went to the school at Laquin.  In 1926 she joined the elementary grades faculty of the Towanda school system being the fifth grade teacher in the Second Ward School.  It is understood that he specialty was the teaching of English and many of her former pupils still recall her fine instruction in that subject.  All of her teaching in the Towanda system was in the fifth grade, principally at the Second Ward School.  She retired in 1961.  Thus a teaching career that covered about 45 years that saw her spending 34 years in the Towanda system.  During her teaching years in Towanda, Miss Carroll made her home with John E. Griffin and his wife, Mary on Poplar Street, Mrs. Griffin being a first cousin, she helped raise their children, John and Mary Ellen and left a deep imprint for good on their lives.  She was a member of the St. Peter and Paul Church in Towanda and of its Altar and Rosary Society and was also a member of the Bradford County Retired Teachers’ Association.  Those who knew Helen Carroll have the fondest memories of her and this includes her associates in the teaching profession as well as former pupils.  She was always kindly and gracious, helpful and considerate in every way and her passing will bring a deep sense of loss to many in this community.  In her profession she is remembered as outstanding and there are those in Towanda who still refer to Helen Carroll as “my Favorite teacher.”  Surviving are a first cousin, Mrs. John E. (Mary) Griffin, now residing in Sayre; Attorney John J. Griffin of Myersburg, Mrs. Robert (Mary Ellen) Landy of Sayre and Miss Elizabeth Ann Carroll of New York City.  She was preceded in death by two brothers, Arthur J. Carroll and Thomas P. Carroll and a sister, Margaret Carroll.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the St. Peter and Paul Church Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock.  Interment will be in the St. Peter and Paul Cemetery in North Towanda.  Friends may call at the Archer-Miller-McCloskey Funeral home, 23 Main Street this Tuesday from 2 p.m. until 9.  The family will receive friends there from 2 o’clock until 4 this afternoon and 7 to 9 this evening.  Recitation of the Rosary will take place at the funeral home this evening at 8 o’clock.  Memorials may be directed to the St. Agnes School in memory of Miss Carroll.  –Towanda Daily Review

FLORENCE CHAFFEE, 87, OF State Street, Millville, Pa., died Thursday morning, March 2, 2000, at the Millville Health Care Center, where she had been a resident for the last four years.  She was born Sept. 19, 1912, in Towanda, daughter of the late Fred and Mary Marie Daly Chaffee.  Her early life was spent in Towanda, and most of her adult life was spent in Danville, Pa.  She is survived by a brother, Fred Chaffee of New field, N.Y., and a sister, Sara Neal of Trumansburg, N.Y.  She was preceded in death by four brothers, Francis, Paul, John and James Chaffee, and one sister, Winifred McClean.  Graveside services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Towanda, with Father Ron Hughes officiating.  Poust-Bunnell Funeral Home, Main Street, Millville, is in charge of arrangements. -–Towanda Daily Review.

COAKLEY Helen M. Cox, 91, widow of A. R. Cox, Bof Monroeton RD 1 Franklin Township, died Sunday night at Lititz, Pa, where she was spending Christmas season with her family.  Born Nov. 02, 1895, she was the daughter of Thomas A and Bridget KENNEDY Coakley.  She attended the Franklindale School.  She was employed at Burlinger Silk Mill and was also a practical nurse and homemaker.  On August 23, 1928, she married A. B. Cox.  The wedding took place in the rectory of SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Towanda.  He predeceased her on October 25, 1983.  She was a member of  SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church and its Altar and Rosary Society.  Surviving are a son Thomas J. Cox of Detroit, Michigan; two daughters, Mary Dern of Wilmington, Delaware, and Mrs. Robert (Paricia) Shoemaker of Wilmington, Delaware; 14 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren. Interment will be in the parish cemetery.  The family will receive friends Thursday 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home 217 York Ave., Towanda.  The Rosary will be recited a 7 p.m. Thursday.  RHW Dec 1986, Towanda Daily Review.

 

COTTER Evelyn V. Berda

83, of Towanda formerly of Ulster, Pa., died Thursday, December 20, 2012 at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Memorial Hospital, Towanda following an extended illness.  Evelyn was born in Wysox, Pa., on October 21, 1929 to Joseph P. and Virginia Johnson Cotter.  Upon graduating from Ulster High School in 1947, she attended West Chester University, majoring in music. After one year at West Chester, she transferred to College Misericordia in Dallas, Pa., to continue her music education.  Evelyn discontinued her college education entirely after one year there. She was then married to her husband, the late John J. Berda for 60 years. In addition to being a devoted wife, homemaker and mother, Evelyn worked a variety of jobs throughout her life. She was employed in a sewing factory, as a waitress and receptionist at the Towanda Motel, a production line worker at the Ann Page Packaging Plant in Horseheads, N.Y., and finally as a caseworker for the Bradford County Department of Child Welfare until her retirement in 1992.  She is survived by her: brother and sister in-law, Thomas and Albertine Cotter; daughter and son-in-law, Virginia and Joseph Whelpley; son and daughter-inlaw, Pat and MaryBeth Berda; grandsons, Michael Berda and Erik Berda and his wife Dana; sisters-in-Law, Romayne Cotter and Mary Lou Cotter; brother-in-law, Howard Acla; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, John J. Berda on January 9, 2011, brothers, John, Joseph, Paul and Willis Cotter and sisters, Eleanor Gwinn, Josephine Eicher, Katherine Davidson and Theresa Acla.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, December 28, 2012, at 11 a.m. at S.S. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Third St., Towanda, Pa. Private interment will follow in S.S. Peter & Paul Cemetery, N. Towanda Twp., Pa.  The family will receive friends from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday morning at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa.  The family suggests that contributions may be directed to St. Agnes School, 102 Third St. Towanda, PA 18848 in Evelyn Berda’s memory.   Sayre Morning Times – December 21, 2012

 

COVENEY Robert M. "Bob" Coveney

60, of 31 Third St., Towanda, died Thursday morning, Dec. 27, 2012 at his home following an extended illness.  Robert was born Jan. 23, 1952 in Towanda the son of the late Andrew and Eleanor Kirwin Coveney. He was a graduate of Towanda High School class of 1970 and later on June 19, 1971 he married the former Betsy Bump in Towanda. Bob and Betsy moved to Syracuse, N.Y. when Bob accepted employment with the W.T. Grant store there. They resided in Syracuse for a brief time and returned to Towanda when Bob became employed by GTE Sylvania.   Bob was employed by GTE Sylvania for 32 years until declining health no longer permitted him to continue. He was a member of Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Towanda and the Sylvania Quarter Century Club. He loved spending time with his family and his dog, Patches, driving for Moore's Auto in Wysox and racing go-carts locally for which he received many awards and made numerous friends who will fondly remember him for his sense of humor.  He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Betsy Coveney at home; children Tammy McAdoo of Towanda, Michael Coveney of Wayne and Charles (Tiffany) Coveney of Boiling Springs, S.C.; grandchildren Ashley and Jennifer McAdoo; and a sister, Sandra Coveney of Paoli.  The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31, 2012 at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Third Street, Towanda. Interment will be in Ss. Peter & Paul Cemetery, N. Towanda Twp. The family suggests that contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society , Bradford Unit, 1948 East Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701-3945 in Robert M. Coveney's memory.   Towanda Daily Review – December 29, 2012

 

COX James M. "Jimmy" Cox

90, a life-long resident of Towanda, Pa., died Thursday morning, Sept. 5, 2013 at the Bradford County Manor in West Burlington Township, Pa."Jimmy" as he was known by his family and friends, was born April 5, 1923, in Towanda the son of the late Isham and Margaret Brennan Cox. He graduated from St. Agnes High School and initially worked in his father's tire recapping business, where for many years he enjoyed driving the back roads of Bradford County picking up and delivering tires and making friends. Later, he was elected Justice of the Peace where he served for four years before being elected District Magistrate Judge where he served for 18 years. Jimmy inherited a progressive nerve disorder disease which ultimately required that he use crutches and then a wheel chair, though the disease never altered Jimmy's bright outlook on life. In the past several years, after his retirement, Jimmy could be seen almost daily in Towanda riding in his beloved electric cart.Jimmy is survived by his sister, Margaret "Marguerite" Cox, a resident of the Bradford County Manor; his sister, Dorothy Cox Johns of San Diego Calif.; his niece, Margaret Ann Jancowski Hennig of El Cerrito, Calif.; and three cousins, Ambrose Brennan and Thomas Cox both of Towanda, and John Clancy of Denville N.J. He was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Louise Jancowski of California.A memorial mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Third Street, Towanda, Pa., with Rev. Edward Michelini, pastor, as celebrant. Interment will follow in SS Peter & Paul Cemetery, North Towanda Twp., Pa.Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa.   Towanda Daily Review – October 15, 2013

 

CRIMMINS, NORA  Nora Crimmins, 86, of Towanda, died April 22, 1987 at the Bradford County Manor where she had been a guest since May, 1986.  She was born May 27, 1900 in Towanda and was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Church in Towanda.  Earlier in her life she taught music at the Durrell school.  Surviving are several cousins, among them Mrs. John (Marjorie) Hulslander, West Burlington.  Funeral services were held at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home in Towanda on April 25 with Rev. Thomas J. sokolowski officiating and burial to be in the SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Towanda.  (TGR April 30, 1987)
 

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