by Joyce M. Tice
|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"
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)
CARLSON –MARY ELLEN ELLIOTT, 53, wife of Charles R. Elliott, of Towanda RR 5, Sheshequin Township, died Friday morning, Oct. 15, 1993, at her home following an extended illness. Born March 15, 1940 in Huntington, N.Y., she was a daughter of the late Herbert and Dorothy Doyle Carlson. Mrs. Elliott was a graduate of Brentwood High School, Brentwood, N.Y. In earlier years, Mary played semi-professional softball and was an active member of several area bowling leagues. She had the major role in the operation of the family farm and loved to work outdoors, enjoying all the duties associated with the farm, especially caring for her cows. Mary was a well-known talented musician, and enjoyed playing the fiddle, guitar and mandolin as well as singing with her husband, Charles, for various organizations, churches and minstrel shows. Mrs. Elliott was a long-time member of the Immaculate Conception Church, Ulster, and Wesauking Grange No. 58. Her main interest throughout life encompassed her home and family. She enjoyed knitting and the company of good friends who were always welcome in her home. She was very well-known throughout the area and possessed many friends. Surviving are her husband, Charles, at home; two sons, Thomas M. “Tom-Tom” Elliott, at home; Robert C. “Bo” Elliott, at home; a sister and brother-in-law, Ruth Ann and Sam Scarborough of Hampton Bays, N.Y.; a brother and sister-in-law, Herbert and Gail Carlson of West Islip, N.Y.; an uncle and aunt, Charles and Bertha Doyle of Ballston Spa, N.Y.; an aunt, Ruth Apcenski of Hampton Bays, N.Y.; several nieces, nephews and cousins. The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, 1993, at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. A vigil Prayer Service will be held at 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 18, 1993, at the Immaculate Conception Church, Ulster, with Rev. Richard J. Loch as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Ulster. The family suggest that memorials may be directed to the Guthrie Hospice, Box 60-A, Towanda, Pa. in Mrs. Elliott’s memory. –Towanda Daily Review.
DANIEL C. HOMAN, 37, of RR 1 Box 186, Sayre, Pa., died Saturday, Oct. 10, 1998, at home. Born in Sayre, on Jan. 17, 1961, the son of Robert and Shirley VanHorn Homan, he was a 1978 graduate of Athens Area High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1981-1985. He was employed as a salesman at Eastern Penn Supply Co. in Athens, for 12 years. He was a member of the Catholic War Vets. No. 773 of Sayre and the Protection Hose Co. No. 1 of Athens. He is survived by his wife, Cindy at home, sons, Jacob Homan, Robert Homan and Keith Needels, all at home; his parents of Milan, Pa.; a sister, Karen Whyte of Athens, brothers, Donald Homan of Athens, Patrick Homan of Athens, and Jerry Homan of Chemung, N.Y.; grandparents, Peg and John Driesbaugh of Towanda, several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Family and friends may call at the Lowery Funeral Home, 225 South Main St., Athens, Pa. Wednesday from 9 to 11 a.m. Funeral services will follow there at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Joseph Sammons, pastor emeritus of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Athens officiating. Burial will be in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Ulster, Pa. Full military honors will be accorded by the Skiff Bower Post No. 1536 VFW of Sayre. Memorial donations may be made to the Citizens and Northern Bank for an education fund for the children. This may be mailed to 428 South Main St., Athens, PA. –Towanda Daily Review.
ISBELL - Alton H. Isbell, 86, of Ulster RR 2, Ulster Twp., Pa., died Monday, Feb. 18, 2008, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. Born Aug. 8, 1921 in Burlington Twp., Pa., he was the son of the late Leslie Isbell and Floy Hoffman Isbell. In early years, Alton attended the Luthers Mills School and later went to work on his father’s farm. On Nov. 12, 1941, he married the former Lucille E. Atwood. Alton owned and operated his dairy farm in Ulster Twp. for 57 years until his retirement. He was a member of the Luthers Mills United Methodist Church and the Northern Tier Tractor Association. Surviving are: his wife of 66 years, Lucille E. Isbell, at home; children, Barbara Bailey and her husband Russell Bailey of Towanda RR 3, Pa., Phyllis Otis and her husband Gary Otis of Wyalusing RR 1, Pa., Janet Astare and her husband Ed Astare of Monroeton, Pa., Sue Adams of Milan, Pa. and her friend Joe Regan, Richard Isbell and his wife Mary Isbell of Ulster RR 2, Pa.; 15 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren; brothers, Clifford Isbell of Ulster RR 2, Pa., Clarence Isbell and his wife Aileen of Columbia Cross Roads, Pa., Alfred Isbell and his wife Eleanor of Rome, Pa.; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and his faithful canine companion, Rudy. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by: sisters, Blanche Sheridan and Elizabeth Finnerty and by brothers, Floyd and James Isbell, son-in-law, Greg Adams, sisters-in-law, Bertha Isbell and Lois J. Isbell. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, 2008, at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa., with Mr. Brett Benjamin officiating. Interment will be in the Ulster Cemetery, Ulster, Pa. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday evening, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the Luthers Mills United Methodist Church, in care of Kathy Wolstenholme RR 1 Box 277 B, Towanda, Pa. 18848, or to the charity or organization of one’s choice in Alton’s memory. RKW Daily Review Towanda, PA
MAY - Richard E May, unexpectedly died on Feb. 20, 2008 at Albany Memorial Hospital in Albany N.Y. Richard (Ted) was born to Pauline Meeks and William F, May on November 5, 1922 in Reed Pa, (Whisky Run). The family moved to East Rochester when Richard (Ted) was a young child and his mother died there shortly after the move. His father, William then married Alice Smith May. Richard graduated from East Rochester High school in 1940. He went to Clarkson College for 2 years until he was called to service during World War II. He served in the European Theater with the Army Signal Core. When he returned home from serving he finished his undergraduate degree at Syracuse University and graduated in 1948. Richard went to work for General Electric with their Test Engineer course in September of his graduation year in Pittsfield, MA. While working he continued his post graduate studies in engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he graduated with a masters in 1961. He worked his entire career with GE in Schenectady, N.Y. primarily in the Product Service division until he retired in July 1984. He married Rita Homan May in Towanda, PA on Feb. 19, 1949 and they enjoyed 59 years of married life until his death this past week. He is survived by his wife Rita P May, and daughters Jeanette May of Guilderland, Suzanne (William) Osborn of St. John VI. And Barnstable Cape Cod, Lorraine May Friedman (David) of Milton, MA, Denise May Shukla (Ashwin) of Sarasota Fl; his sons William George May (Erin) of Sutton Mass, John Ellis-May (Darrin) of Alpharetta, Ga. and Richard Gerard May of Albany, NY; his grandchildren Audra Kilinski Harrington, Jamie Kilinski, Katherine Friedman, Samantha Friedman, Caitlyn May, Brenden May; and his first great grandchild Brady Chandler Harrington. He is also survived by several first Cousins in Athens Pa, and the Pittsburgh, Pa area, and dozens of nieces and nephews in Bradford County, PA. He was predeceased by his Parents and Step Mother. Richard was associated with the GE Elfund association and volunteered for their repair unit after retirement. He was a member of the St. Vincent DePaul Society at St. Madeleine Sophie parish in Guilderland, NY as well as the Plus 50 Club, and the Living Rosary in the same parish for several years. He was also involved with the Daunesburg Seniors. Calling hours will be held Friday from 4-7 p.m. at the DeMarco-Stone Funeral Home, 5216 Western Tpk. (Rt. 20) Guilderland. Funeral services will begin Saturday morning, 9:15 from the funeral home, followed at 10 am by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Madeleine-Sophie Church. Burial will be in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Ulster, Pa. The family requests no flowers be sent. In lieu of flowers any one with best wishes may donate to St. Madeleine Sophie's Building Fund, at 3500 Carmen Road, Schenectady, N.Y. 12303 in his honor; or to the St. Vincent DePaul Society at the same address. Published in the Towanda Daily Review on 2/22/2008.
McCARTY –TILLIE M. MCKEE, 80, of Main St., Ulster, died Monday morning, March 7, 1983, after a short illness. Born Dec. 26, 1902 in Ulster, she was the daughter of Charles and Tillie Richley McCarty. She was a graduate of Ulster High School and the Towanda Business Institute and retired in 1968 as assistant cashier of the First National Bank of Bradford County-Ulster office. Mrs. McKee held membership in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ulster. Surviving are her husband Thomas; one son, Thomas Jr. of Waverly; four grandchildren; two sisters, Miss Mary E. McCarty of Waverly and Miss Ethel McCarty of Ulster and two nieces. Predeceasing her were two brothers, Leonard McCarty in 1982 and Hugh McCarty in 1960 and a sister, Elizabeth Stephens in 1982. There will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at Mrs. McKee’s church. Burial will be made in the parish cemetery. Arrangements are by the Lowery Funeral Home, 22 S. Main St., Athens. –Towanda Daily Review.
THOMAS P. McKEE JR., 68, of Waverly, N.Y., died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2001, at home. He was born March 20, 1933, in Waverly, N.Y., the son of the late Thomas P. Sr. and Tillie McCarty McKee. He was a U.S. Navy veteran during the Korean War. He was a New York State teacher, having taught in Spencer and Waverly for 37 years. He retired as a special education teacher from Waverly Central Schools in 1996. He was recognized nationally in receiving the National American Legion Commission’s Education Program Award and the National Award for his educational program – Exemplary in Education and Rehabilitation for disabled students. Mr. McKee was a member of the Betowski-Van de Mark Post 492 American Legion, Waverly, for 35 years, having received a life membership. He was named Legionnaire of the Year in 1997. He was commander of the American Legion Post 492 from 1988 to 1989 and 1989 to 1990, Tioga County commander from 1999 to 20000 and also a Sixth District vice commander. Mr. McKee was the Oratorical Contest chairman for the Waverly Legion for 18 years and Boys State chairman of the Waverly Legion for eight years. He was Tioga County Oratorical chairman for six years and Tioga County Boys State chairman in 1997. The Waverly Village Flag Project was started by Mr. McKee in 1988. He made sure that 78 flags were placed throughout the Village of Waverly on national holidays. He was chairman of the Valley Memorial Day Program in 1990 and 1993. He received a life membership from the Waverly Post 8104, where he was the past junior vice commander from 1995 to 1996 and wrote the monthly newsletters for the VFW. He was also a member of the Waverly Ancient Order of Hibernians. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Sandra; children, Michael and Mary McKee of Waverly, N.Y., Annette and Robert Rycroft of Owasso, Okla., Robert and Wendy McKee of Ulster, and Gayle McKee and fiancé Scott Schulman of Rockville, Md.; grandchildren, Sean and Caitlin McKee, Lindsay, Andrea and Noah Rycroft and Kristen McKee; special friends, Ron Tracey and John Shabazian of Waverly, N.Y., and James Roddy of Syracuse, N.Y. He is also survived by several cousins. He was predeceased by a special cousin, Elizabeth (Betty) Cunningham. Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Church, 205 N. Main St., Athens, with the Rev. Vincent Langan, as celebrant. Interment will be in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Ulster. Those wishing may make contributions to the Thomas P. McKee Jr. Scholarship Memorial fund, in care of the Waverly Central School, 15 Frederick St., Waverly, N.Y. –Towanda Daily Review
MERRITT Beatrice Merritt Rafferty Schrader, 74, of 413 N. Hopkins St. Sayre, Pa., died Saturday evening, April 10, at her home following declining health. Beatrice was born March 25, 1936 in Philadelphia, Pa., the daughter of the late Charles Bruce Merritt and Berneice EAGLESON Merritt. She was a graduate of Haddon Heights High School, Haddon Heights, N.J. class of 1954. In early years, Beatrice was employed by the Blue Swan in Sayre, and was later employed by the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre for 8 years until her retirement. She enjoyed spending time with her family, camping at Pine Cradle Lake, knitting and crocheting. She is survived by her husband of 23 years, Robert E. Schrader, at home; son Harry V. RAFFERTY Jr. and his wife, Jane, of Windham, Pa.; stepchildren Thomas Schrader and his wife, Margaret “Peggy,” of Sayre, Steven Schrader and his wife, Ruth, of Sayre, Jean Lyons and her husband, Joseph, of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., John “Jack” Schrader of Sayre, Deborah Hubish and her husband, Tony, of Sayre, Cindy Burton and her husband, Phil, of Mechanicsburg, Pa., and Mary Kay Kirk and her husband, Peter, of Hull, Mass.; grandchildren Susan Perry and her husband, Eric, of Sayre, Michele Apker and her husband, Phil, of Waverly, N.Y., and Jill Rafferty of Rome, Pa.; seven great grandchildren; eleven step grandchildren; 15 step great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Harry V. RAFFERTY Sr., on November 4, 1983; daughter Teresa Lee Rafferty Gibbs on Nov. 19, 1996; and three sisters: Betty Bozian, Geraldine Vail and Delores Frank. The funeral service will be held Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 11 a.m. at the Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home 314 Desmond St. Sayre, Pa., with the Rev. James Donahoo, pastor of the Sayre Christian Church, officiating. Interment will follow in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Ulster The funeral service will be held Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 11 a.m. at the Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home 314 Desmond St. Sayre, Pa., with the Rev. James Donahoo, pastor of the Sayre Christian Church, officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral service Thursday morning at the funeral home. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the Stray Haven Humane Society, 194 Shepard Road, Waverly, NY 14892 in Beatrice Merritt Rafferty Schrader’s memory. April 12, 2010, Sayre Morning Times.
WILLIAM (LLOYD) SULLIVAN, 82, passed into eternal life on Dec. 20, 2014 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Lloyd was born at the Tioga General Hospital, Waverly, N.Y. on Jan. 6, 1932 and was the only child of William and Mary Homan Sullivan. As a child, Lloyd was tutored by his mom and learned to work on the family farm in Milan, Pa. After his father passed, his mom re-married to John "Jack" Vetter. His mother and step-father continued to help Lloyd to learn to live independently. Lloyd worked on various farms for family and friends until he moved to Athens in 1980. Lloyd became part of the Penn York Opportunities program, where he worked until he was 80 years old, finally retiring in the spring of 2012. Lloyd was an adopted member of Athens Borough and would often be seen walking to and from Penn York or on his way to Sam's Restaurant for breakfast. Lloyd was a dedicated worker and a faithful friend his entire life. He loved visiting family members for holidays and never forgot his leftovers. One of his favorite pastimes was going to dinner with Dan Walsh at local restaurants. Lloyd was a devoted member of the Catholic faith and was a loyal member of St. Joseph's/Epiphany Parish. Lloyd is survived by his cousins Margaret (Tom) Murphy, Alice Bustin, and Rita May, as well as many more beloved cousins and his best friend Dan Walsh. He was pre-deceased by his parents and step-father. The family would like to give a special thank-you to the staff at Penn York and all of the Elderwood staff. Their patience, kindness, and compassion toward Lloyd over the years never went unnoticed and was always greatly appreciated. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014 at the Church of the Epiphany, S. Elmer Avenue, Sayre. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the mass at the Church of the Epiphany. He will be laid to rest at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Ulster, Pa., immediately following the funeral service. The family will provide their own flowers and request memorial donations in Lloyd's name be directed to Penn York Opportunities, 101 S. Main St., Athens, PA. Arrangements are under the direction of the Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home, Sayre. –Towanda Daily Review 12/22/2014
WAYMAN –ALMA WAYMAN BUSTIN age 81 of Sayre, PA Thursday morning,
May 26, 1988 at the Troy Community Hospital. Friends are invited
to call at the Alteri Funeral Home, 313 Desmond St., Sayre on Sunday from
7 to 9 p.m. Recitation of the Rosary will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sunday
evening. Funeral service will be held Monday at 10 am at the funeral
home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 am at the Church of
the Epiphany in Sayre. Interment in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery,
Ulster, PA. She was predeceased by her husband, William J. Bustin
in 1981 and by her brother, Edmund Wayman in 1960. She is survived
by her daughter, Jean Bustin of Elmira; a brother and sister-in-law, Eugene
and Mary Wayman of Sayre; sister-in-law, Lee Wayman of Pottsdam, NY; nephew,
Frank Wayman of Lockwood, NY; a niece, Patricia Burnell of Lockwood, NY;
several other nieces, nephews and cousins. The family requests that
memorials be directed to the Animal Care Fund, Inc. East Smithfield, PA
or to the Southern Tier Hospice, Elmira, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette