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

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

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

COLE –DOROTHY ELIZABETH COLE TOWNER, 79, a lifetime resident of Towner Hill and North Rome, Ulster RD 1 died early Monday morning, Sept. 29, 1986 at Memorial Hospital, Towanda. Born Nov. 13, 1906 in Athens, Pa., she was a daughter of Fred and Lettie Steriger Cole. Mrs. Towner was a graduate of the Lowell Business School in Binghamton and in earlier years was employed by A.E. Woodruff and Sons in Wysox. On Nov. 12, 1926 she married Howard W. Towner Sr. They operated the family’s century farm on Towner Hill for over 32 years. In 1961 the Towners moved to North Rome where they owned and operated the North Rome General Store until their retirement in 1972. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard W. Towner Sr. on Dec. 22, 1973. Mrs. Towner enjoyed music and played the organ at the former North Rome Pilgrim Holiness Church for a time. She is survived by five sons: Howard W. Towner Jr. of Towanda RD 5, Alvin L. Towner of North Rome, Bill E. Towner of Towner Hill, Ralph P. Towner of Sorrento, Fla. And Fred D. Towner of Durell; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Emmett Cole of Goshen, NY; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was also preceded in death by an infant daughter, Willa Irene Towner. The funeral service will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda with Rev. Carroll Brentlinger officiating.  Interment will be in Towner Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. –Towanda Daily Review

GROHOL - Joseph B. Grohol Sr., 63, husband of Dawn Louise (Smith) Grohol of Ulster RR 1, Rome Township, Pa., died Thursday afternoon, Aug. 28, 2008, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa.  Born March 31, 1945, in Hazleton, Pa., he was a son of the late Michael P. and Mary M. (Breznicky) Grohol.  Joseph was employed by Georgia Pacific for 17 years prior to his retirement. Joseph was a member and vice-president of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge in Bethlehem, Pa. He was also a member of P.A.C.E. and the International Electrical Union.  Surviving are: his wife, Dawn Louise Smith Grohol, with whom he celebrated 44 years of marriage in July 2008; his children, Joseph and Stephanie Grohol Jr. of Ulster, Matthew and Tracy Grohol of Goose Creek, S.C., and Sheila and Thomas Hawley of Ulster; two grandchildren, Samantha and Abby Hawley; his brother and his wife, Michael and Marion Grohol of Bangor, Pa.; his sister and her husband, Julie and Rodney Nace of Easton, Pa.; his sister, Mary Rosser of Houston, Texas; his aunt and uncle, Margaret and Joseph Verano of Hazleton, Pa.; and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Grohol, in 2001.  The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa.  The funeral and committal service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the funeral home with Pastor Kenneth Crain of the Windham Summit Bible Church officiating. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in the Towner Hill Cemetery, Rome Township, Pa.  The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society, Bradford Unit, 1948 E. Third St., Williamsport, Pa. 17701-3945, in Joseph B. Grohol Sr.'s memory. RHW  Published in the Daily Review on 9/1/2008

JOSEPH GEORGE KIPLING, age 79 of 17 Kingsbury Ave., Towanda died, Wednesday morning June 16, 1999, at Memorial Hospital, Towanda, Pa.  Born July 8, 1919 in Elmira, N.Y., he was a son of the late Joseph George and Mary Kelly Kipling.  Joseph was a 1938 graduated of the Towanda High School.  In early years he was employed by Campbell’s Soup Co., in New Jersey.  On May 30, 1963 he married the former Thelma Dunn at the Wysox Presbyterian Church, Joseph was later employed by Sylvania in Towanda for 42 years until his retirement in 1981.  Mr. Kipling was a 60 year member of the First Presbyterian Church, Towanda, other memberships include, Loyal Order of Moose No. 1490, Waverly, N.Y., Bridge Street Hill rod and Gun Club, and he was a former member of Sylvania’s Men’s Club.  Joseph enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, hiking in the woods and woodworking in his shop.  Surviving are: his wife, Thelma Dunn Kipling at home; two sons; Michael D. Kipling of Tampa, Fla.; Richard S. Kipling of Highland, Texas; a son and daughter-in-law; Stephen and Penny Kipling of Wysox; two daughters; Julia Finnegan of Sayre; Alice Derby of Sweet Valley, Pa.; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by; a son, Thomas W. Kipling in 1973 and a sister, Ella Kipling.  The funeral service will be held Saturday, June 19, 1999 at 2 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda with the Rev. H. Chase Page, pastor of the Towanda First Presbyterian Church, officiating.  Internment will be in the Towner Hill cemetery, Rome Township, Pa.  The family will receive friends Friday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.  The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the Rose Smith Scholarship fund, First Presbyterian Church, 105 Court St., Towanda, Pa. in Mr. Kipling’s memory.  –Towanda Daily Review

KOLESTAR Kaylynn Marie "Roo" Kolesar
22, of Wysox RR 2, Wysox Twp., Pa., died Friday afternoon, Oct. 15, 2010 following a motor vehicle accident in Wyalusing Twp., Pa. Kaylynn was born in Fort Knox, Ky., on Sept. 29, 1988, the daughter of Joseph L. Kolesar and Helen K. Kolesar. She attended Towanda Area High School and following high school was employed by Papa V's Restaurant, Hurley's Supermarket and The Daily Review in Towanda. She was later employed by Walmart in St. Marys and Sayre, Pa., Futures Inc. in Towanda and at the time of her passing was working with Adecco at E.I. DuPont in Towanda. Kaylynn was a volunteer with the Family Center in Towanda. "Roo" as she was known by her family and friends loved people, music, driving and spending time with her Aunt April. She is survived by: her beloved son, Gavin Lee Kolesar; mother, Helen K. Kolesar of Towanda; father, Joseph L. Kolesar and his fiancé Leah Shefcyk of St. Marys, Pa.; sisters, Jessica L. Kolesar of St. Marys, Pa., Gabrielle D. Casselbury of Towanda; brothers, Tyler T. Kolesar and Skeeter M. Kolesar both of Towanda; paternal great-grandmother, Victoria Kolesar of Duryea, Pa.; step-grandfather, Bruce Thall of New Albany, Pa.; great aunt, Beverly Lamphere, of Monroeton, Pa.; numerous aunts; uncles; nieces; nephews; cousins; and many friends. She was recently preceded in death by her paternal grandmother, Doris M. Kolesar on Oct. 14, 2010; paternal grandfather, John Kolesar on Sept. 3, 1998; maternal grandparents, James Barr in 1971 and Margaret Lamphere in 1988; and Uncle, John Kolesar Jr. in 1990.  The funeral and committal service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 20, at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa., with the Rev. Linda Rogers officiating. Interment will be private in the Towner Hill Cemetery, Rome Twp., Pa. The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday evening and from 10-11 a.m. on Wednesday morning at the funeral home.  The family requests that memorial contributions be directed to the Gavin Lee Kolesar Continuing Education Fund in care of M&T Bank, RR1 Towanda, PA 18848 in Kaylynn's memory. - Towanda Daily Review, October 17, 2010

KOLESTAR Kaylynn M
WYALUSING TWP. - A 22-year-old Wysox woman was killed in a one-vehicle accident at 1:32 p.m. Friday on Route 6 in Wyalusing Township, said state police at Towanda. Police said Kaylynn M. Kolesar, 22, of Wysox, the driver of a 1998 Ford Explorer, was killed. A male passenger from Wysox, who was in a child safety seat, had a minor injury, police said. The accident occurred near the Lime Hill marker. According to police, Kolesar was traveling east on the right eastbound travel lane on Route 6, and she took her vehicle from the lane to avoid striking a tractor and trailer, which was also traveling east on the lane. Her vehicle crossed over the center lines of Route 6 onto the westbound lane, continued traveling onto the westbound berm, and rolled over numerous times heading east on the westbound berm, police said. Police said the vehicle came to rest facing southwest on its roof. Wyalusing Fire Chief Adam Dietz said a landing zone was set up, and the child was taken by medical helicopter to Geisinger Hospital in Danville. He said Memorial Ambulance took the woman, but he didn't know where she was taken. A witness to the accident, Jennifer O'Dell of Wyalusing, who was in her vehicle behind Kolesar's vehicle at the time of the accident, said the woman had been ejected and lay on the ground about 10 feet away from the vehicle. When asked for comment, state police confirmed that Kolesar had been ejected. O'Dell said another driver, who was traveling toward Towanda and stopped to offer assistance, took the child out of the vehicle. She said the child was still in his carseat. O'Dell said the driver gave the child to her grandmother, who, in turn, gave him to her. O'Dell said the child, who she thought was a little over a year old, had a gash on his head, and said she put a towel on it in an effort to stop the bleeding, and cleaned him up. Firefighters later took him. "It was awful," she said of the crash. Wyalusing Valley Volunteer Fire Department, Towanda Memorial EMS and R&P Recovery assisted, police said, Towanda Daily Review, October 17, 2010

MIDDAUGH –SARA MIDDAUGH MARSHALL, 82, of the Towanda-Monroeton Road, Towanda RD 4, died Saturday, Jan. 3, 1987 at her home.  Born March 8, 1904 in Towanda, she was the daughter of Miles and Almeda Haight Middaugh.  She was a member of the Towanda Methodist Church.  Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Raymond (Joan) Kissell of Cowlesville, N.Y., Mrs. Eugene (Almeda) Jennings of Charlotte, N.C.; six grandchildren, Gregory Earl Jennings, Gary Eugene Jennings, Karen Jean Edwards, all of charlotte, James William Kissell of Marilla, N.Y., William Marsha Kissell of Cowlesville and Mrs. David (Debra) Kissell Nyne of Virginia; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Elaine M. Perkins of Owego; two nieces and two nephews; her dearest friend Reed Wood of Towanda RD 4.  She was predeceased by her husband, Burton J. Marshall in 1971 and by a grandson, Raymond Kissell, Jr. in 1971.   The funeral will be held today at 2 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, with the Rev. Al Jayne officiating.  Interment will be at a later date in Towner Hill Cemetery.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  The family requests that friends give a flower to their loved one today in memory of Sara.  –Towanda Daily Review

 

MORGENSTERN Danyelle J. Morgenstern

35, of Stowe, Pa., died Saturday evening, Aug. 10, 2013, at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa., following an extended illness. Danyelle was born Oct. 5, 1977, in Sayre, Pa. She was a graduate of Southern Regional High School in South Jersey class of 1995. Danyelle was formerly employed as a dental assistant in Pottstown, Pa., and was employed for the past seven years by TS Technology in Wyomissing, Pa. Danyelle enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her niece and nephews, photography and caring for her pet Guinea pig, Hope. Danyelle will be deeply missed. She is survived by her mother, Rose Thomas Randall of Towanda; father, Ronald Morgenstern Jr. of Binghamton, N.Y.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ronald Howard and Melinda Morgenstern of Spring City, Pa., Patrick and Megan Randall of Rome, Pa.; niece, Livia; nephews, Warren, Oskar and Izaiah; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa., with the Rev. Robert Martin officiating. Interment will be in the Towner Hill Cemetery, Rome Township, Pa. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Towanda Daily Review – August 13, 2013

 

PARKS - Manville N. Parks Sr., 66, of Windham Summit, Rome RR 2, Pa., died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa.  Manville was born Aug. 28, 1943, in Towanda, Pa., the son of Ethel WILBUR Parks and the late Clarence "Joby" Parks. He was a graduate of Northeast Bradford High School and later served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. After completing his military service, Manville was employed by GTE Sylvania in Towanda and later worked on construction projects in the area. Manville enjoyed spending time with his family, hunting and taking fishing trips to Canada.  He is survived by: his wife, Dorothy KINTNER Parks, at home; his mother Ethel Wilbur Parks of the Colonial Terrace, Towanda, Pa.; four children, Manville Parks Jr. and his wife Brenda of Page, Ariz., Terry Parks and his wife Lorrie of Arlington, Va., Laura Shaffer and her husband Donald of Herrickville, Pa., and Michael Parks and his wife Jennifer of LeRaysville, Pa.; a step-son, Donald Cook and his wife Melissa of Rome, Pa.; 14 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two brothers, Will Parks and his wife Linda of Hartford, Conn., and Edward Parks and Carol Dimon of North Rome, Pa.; two sisters, Cindy Yoder of Rome, Pa., and Michelle Parks and her husband Jerry Smith of North Rome, Pa.; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his father, Clarence "Joby" Parks.  A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, at the Rome Presbyterian Church with his son, Pastor Manny Parks, officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the memorial service at the church. Interment will be at a later date in the Towner Hill Cemetery, Rome Township, Pa.  The family suggests that contributions may be directed to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, Box A, 710 W. 168th St., New York, NY 10032, in Manville N. Parks Sr.'s memory.  The Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home of Towanda, Pa., is assisting Manville's family with service arrangements.  January 15, 2010, Towanda Daily Review.

SAMPSON - Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us everyday. Unseen, unheard, but always near, so loved, so missed, so very dear .... Our loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend Alma L. Smith, 77, of Athens, Pa., diedon Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009.  Alma was born on March 26, 1931, in Sayre, Pa., a daughter of Carl M. and Anna (Escott) Sampson. She was a graduate of Rome High School and on Sept. 1, 1950, she married Richard A. Smith. Together they have celebrated nearly 59 years of happiness. A devoted wife and mother, Alma treasured the time spent with her family. She enjoyed playing the organ, singing, needlepoint and traveling.  Alma is survived by: her husband Richard "Dick" Smith at home; her children, Dale and Marla Smith of Sarasota, Fla., Daryl and Nancy Smith of Ulster, Pa, Donna and Bill Repsher of LeRaysville, Pa., and Duane and Kimberly Smith of Ulster, Pa.; her sister Madeline (Jack) Shay of Nichols; brothers-in-law and sister-in-law Howard Towner of Towanda, Pa, Gene Kissell of French Asylum, and Walter (Lucille) Smith of Towanda, Pa; her grandchildren, Tim Smith, Laura Dolgas, Melissa Smith, Monica Russell, April Russell, Bill Repsher Jr., Kristin Repsher, David Smith, Shawna Smith, Walter Smith, and Marcus Smith; great-grandchildren Leah, Dilan, Kayla, Meg Russell, Josh and Stephanie Smith, Nicholas and Samantha Smith, Cody, Tyler, and Luke Russell, and Kloey Repsher. Several nieces, nephews and many friends also survive. Alma was predeceased by: her parents; sisters Doris (Elmer) Moore and Margaret Towner; brothers Donald Sampson and Warren Sampson; and grandchildren Jonathan Smith, Paul Smith and Angela Smith.  A time of remembering the special gift Alma was to all of us will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 South Main St., Nichols, with Pastor C. Kenneth Crain officiating. Interment will be in the Towner Hill Cemetery at the convenience of the family. A period of visitation and time of sharing memories will be held from 3 p.m. until the time of the service at 4 p.m. Thursday.  RHW.  Towanda Daily Review  3 March, 2009.

BILL E. TOWNER, 53, of Towner Hill, Ulster RD 1, Rome Township died Sunday morning, Jan. 14, 1990 at his home. Born June 8, 1936 on Towner Hill, Rome Township he was a son of Howard W. and Dorothy E. Cole Towner Sr. Bill was a graduate of Rome High School and assumed the operation of the Township Family Century Farm from his father in 1962 which he operated until 1987. In early years Bill enjoyed playing baseball and he also enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting. He is survived by a daughter, Brenda (Susan) Marrero of East Brunswick, NJ; three sons: Duane (Nick) Towner of Towner Hill, Edward (Ed) Towner of Redondo Beach, Calif. and William (Tiger) Towner of Towner Hill; three grandchildren: Paul and Katrina Marrero and Eric Towner ; four brothers: Howard W. Towner Jr. of Thowanda RD 2 (Macedonia), Alvin L. Towner of North Rome, Ralph P. Towner of Sorrento, Fla. And Fred D. Towner of Durrell; several nieces, nephews and cousins and an uncle, Emmett Cole of Goshen, NY. He was peceded in death by his father Howard W. Towner Sr. on Dec. 22, 1973, by his mother, Dorothy Elizabeth Cole Towner on Sept. 29, 1986 and by an infant sister,, Willa Irene Towner. The funeral and committal service will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda with the Rev. Darris M. Hauser, pastor of the Towanda Independent Baptist Church officiating. Interment will be in Towner Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. –Towanda Daily Review.

TOWNER Howard W. Towner
82, of Towanda RR5, Wysox Twp., Pa., went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010 from the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. Howard was born May 10, 1928 in Mehoopany, Pa., the son of the late Howard W. Towner Sr. and Dorothy Cole Towner. He was a graduate of Rome High School, Rome, Pa., Class of 1946. Howard owned and operated his dairy farm in Rome Township for many years until his retirement. Following his retirement, he enjoyed spending the winter months in Florida. Howard served as caretaker of the Towner Hill Cemetery for over 35 years. He was a member of the Independent Baptist Church in Towanda, Pa. Surviving are: three children, Larry Towner and his wife Karen of Wysox, Pa., James Towner and his wife Kathy of Colorado Springs, Colo., Rebecca Shores and her husband Mark of Towanda RR5, Pa., 10 grandchildren, Stephen and Tosca, Michael and Sonya, Brian, Andrew "Andy" and Pattie, Aaron and Amanda, Adam and Tiffany, Amber and Dustin, Autumn and Teon, Robert "Rob", and Glenna; eight great-grandchildren; three brothers, Ralph Towner and his wife Marie of Florida, Fred Towner and his wife Faith of Towanda RR 2, Pa., Alvin Towner of Ulster RR1, Pa.; several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wives, Marilyn J. "Lynn" Ayers Towner on July 10, 1985, Margaret Sampson Towner on Dec. 13, 2007; brother, William Towner and infant sister, Willa Irene Towner.  The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13, at the Independent Baptist Church, Cherry Street, Towanda, Pa., with Pastor Donn Hauser officiating.  Interment will follow in the Towner Hill Cemetery, Rome Twp., Pa. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at the church. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the Independent Baptist Church, 109 Cherry St., Towanda, PA 18848 in Howard W. Towner's memory. Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa. - Towanda Daily Review, September 10, 2010

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