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.
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(West Burlington) Mr. Ambrose Bailey died Sunday morning. He has been in poor health a number of years. Funeral was held Tuesday at Wetona church. TGR 1916
(Local) Ambrose Bailey died last Saturday night at the home of Clinton Hicks on the Gordon Ballard farm, aged 74. He had been ill a long time. His wife had been dead several years. Three children survive – Greeley Bailey of Monroeton, Mrs. George Dickinson of West Burlington, and Mrs. Dick McKean of Russell, Kansas. Wallace Bailey of Wetona is a nephew. The funeral and interment were at Wetona on Tuesday. TGR 1916
BAILEY - Jemima B. (Mrs. Russell) Young -(1908) Mrs. Young dies at Ninety-Seven. Lacking less than three years of a hundred (she was born in March 1811) Mrs. Jemima B Young died on Monday at the home of her son, William R Young, in Leona. A native of Connecticut, she was married in that state in 1831 to Russell B Young and six years later came to Springfield where she had since resided, respected by all who knew her. Of her eleven children, eight survive—Mrs. Horace Brigham and Mrs. Augusta Wood, William R, John W, Asel B, Ezra B, Ralph B and Darius M Young. Funeral services were held Thursday from the old homestead.
BAILEY – Sophia Bailey Harkness - (1908) –the death of this very estimable Christian woman occurred on July 16, 1908, at her home in Leona, Pa. at 59 years of age. While not unexpected, the community was greatly disturbed and saddened. She had been ill for many months and a great sufferer, but she bore her pain with a sweet patience and Christian fortitude that was truly remarkable. She was born in Springfield Township, May 22, 1849 and was converted in February 1872, and joined the Methodist church immediately, of which she was a consistent Christian member until the day of her death. Sophia C. Bailey was married to Martin Harkness on August 21, 1866. There were born of this union three daughters, all of whom survive her and have families of their own. These daughters are: Mrs. John A. Creighton of Elmira, NY; Mrs. E. A .Reeser of Wetona, Pa. and Mrs. Ezra Sargeant of Wetona, Pa. Her husband, Martin Harkness, who survives her, is a well-known and very highly respected Christian gentleman. There also survives her mother, Mrs. Lydia Bailey, who is now 82 years of age, together with two brothers, A. G. Bailey of Powell, Pa and W. W. Bailey of Wetona; also one sister, Mrs. Martin Cooper of Tacoma, Washington. The funeral was held in the Leona M. E. Church on July 18th and was the most largely attended of any funeral held in this place in years. The pastor Rev. Darwin E. Stiles, had charge of the services. Rev. Mr. Hazleton of Springfield Centre was present and offered prayer. The Leona church choir sang several selections. The interment was at Wetona, Pa.
BAILEY – Wallace Bailey -(1923) last of the family of Aaron and Lydia Bailey, died last Friday at his home in Burlington. Mr. Bailey was born in Springfield 66 years ago last November 17th, and always lived there until three years ago when he moved to Burlington. He had been a member for forty years of the Springfield Lodge of Odd Fellows of which he was a Past Grand Master. For the last fifteen years of his life he was an active member and worker in the Methodist church which he served also in an official capacity. With his wife are left three children-Howard, Superintendent of the county home; Ella Mrs. Robert Young of Wetona, and Angeline Mrs. Roy Young of Burlington. Following a prayer service at the home conducted by the Rev. Carter the remains were taken on Sunday to Wetona where the funeral was held at 1:30 in the church, his pastor the Rev. Gardner of East Smithfield officiating. Interment was in the Wetona cemetery.
BEACH, PHYLLIS R. (BEACH) JACKSON, age 60, 0f Wetona, PA, died Sunday, July 30, 2000 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. She was born on August 30, 1939 in Sayre, PA, the daughter of the late Clarence and Henrietta (Swingle) Beach. Phyllis was a member of Wetona United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school and was a member of the United Methodist Women. Phyllis was formerly employed by Little Learners Nursery in Troy, PA. Phyllis is survived by her husband of 42 years, William Jackson of Wetona (Columbia Cross Roads RR2), PA; sons, LaVern M. (Tammy) Jackson of Wetona and James W. of Wetona; grandson, Zachary A. Jackson of Wetona; brothers, Richard (Grace) Beach of McAllisterville, PA and George (Kathy) Beach of Sayre, PA; a niece and several nephews. In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her son Michael T. Jackson, in 1968, a brother, Duane Beach, in 1985. Funeral services were held at the Wetona United Methodist Church Wednesday, August 2 at 12 p.m. (calling hours from 10:30-12) with the Reverend Dale I. Russell officiating and interment to be in Wetona Cemetery, Wetona, PA. Arrangements were under the direction of the Vickery Funeral Home in Troy. Memorial contributions may be sent to Wetona UMC Building Fund, RR 3, Box 402, Troy, PA. –Troy Gazette-Register.
BEACH Phyllis R. JACKSON, age 60 of Wetona, PA, died Sunday, July 30, 2000 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. She was born on August 30, 1939 in Sayre, PA, the daughter of the late Clarence and Henrietta (Swingle) Beach. Phyllis was a member of Wetona United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school and was a member of the United Methodist Women. Phyllis was formerly employed by Little Learners Nursery in Troy, PA. Phyllis is survived by her husband of 42 years, William Jackson of Wetona Columbia Cross Roads, RR 21, PA; sons, LaVern M. (Tammy) Jackson of Wetona and James W. of Wetona; grandson, Zachary A. Jackson of Wetona; brothers, Richard (Grace) Beach of McAllisterville, PA and George (Kathy) Beach of Sayre, PA; a niece and several nephews. In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her son, Michael T. Jackson, in 1968; a brother, Duane Beach in 1985. Funeral services were held at the Wetona United Methodist Church Wednesday, August 2 at 12 pm (calling hours from 10:300 12) with the Reverend Dale I. Russell officiating and interment to be in Wetona Cemetery, Wetona, PA. Arrangements were under the direction of the Vickery Funeral Home in Troy. Memorial contributions may be sent to Wetona UMC Building Fund, RR 3, Box 402, Troy, PA 16947. “Troy Gazette-Register,” Troy, PA Thursday, August 3, 2000
BRAUND Janet Brown
On the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, Janet (Braund) Brown of Monroeton died unexpectedly as the result of a motor vehicle accident. She was 79 years of age. Born in Sayre on April 9, 1933 and raised in the vicinity of Wetona, she was the daughter of J. Ward and Josephine (Hanscom) Braund. Throughout most of her life Janet was a dairy farmer as well as a homemaker. She was a great lover of animals, be they farm animals or house pets. She was also a thirty year member of the Troy Chapter of TOPS. Janet was a woman of great faith in the Lord and was a lifelong member of the Wetona United Methodist Church. Most of all her family was the nucleus of her universe. She enjoyed cooking and baking for them and took pride in their achievements. Janet is survived by her husband, Morris E. Brown, at home; sons Randy King (fiancé Sabrina Von Hagn) of Wetona, Chris King of Dublin, Thane King of Waverly N.Y., Eric (Tammy) King of Springfield and Kelly King and Cody King, both of Troy; daughters Mia (Rodney) Parks of West Burlington, Kyna (Brad) Hoose of Shermansdale and Shana (Chad) Spencer of Granville Summit; brother Elwood (Letrice) Braund of Wetona; grandchildren Derek Parks, Ryan King, Adam King, Melanie Morris, Ashley Inman, Devon King, Cassandra King, Jenna King, Skylar King, Alexa King, Courtland Hoose, Kate Hoose, Jack Hoose, Levi Hoose, Leah Hoose, Sullivan Spencer, Ridge Spencer, Savannah Spencer and Ty Spencer; and great-grandchildren Jayden King, Trinity King, Isabella King, Olivia Inman, William King, Michael King and Macy King. In addition to her parents, J. Ward and Josephine Braund, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Miles B King, brother Raymond Braund and grandson Daren Parks. Calling hours will be 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday Oct. 13, at First United Methodist Church, 205 Redington Ave., Troy. Funeral service will be at 2:30 p.m. with the Rev. Richard Noggle officiating. Interment will follow in the Wetona Cemetery. The family will provide the flowers and suggest that memorial contributions be directed to the Bradford County Humane Society, Rte. 220, Ulster, PA 18850. Towanda Daily Review – October 12, 2012
BROOKS - Hubbard, Mrs. Susie Brooks- The gloom of the “Valley of the Shadow” fell athwart the threshold of the home of ex-County Treasurer Finley N Hubbard in the very unexpected death on February 11, 1908, of his beloved wife, Mrs. Susie Brooks Hubbard. While Mrs. Hubbard has been seriously ill for some time with the grippe, she was believed to be, by physician and others, well on the road to recovery, when heart failure suddenly supervened and she died. Mrs. Hubbard was born in a Methodist parsonage November 10, 2854, her father being the Rev. Ralph Brooks, an honored and efficient minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Her mother, Amanda Chamberlain Brooks, who survives her at nearly 90 years of age, is a woman of great piety and exalted Christian character. Thus, reared in the atmosphere of a Christian home, as would be expected Mrs. Hubbard early evidenced the fruits of the Christian life. She was converted at twelve years of age, and ever afterwards, for over forty years, was a most faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. During the terms of Mr. Hubbard as County Treasurer, she with her husband, as well as at other times, made hosts of friends. She and Finley N Hubbard were married on January 25, 1882, and lived very happily together for over twenty-six years. The funeral was held at her late home in Wetona, February 14, 1908. Two former pastors, Revs. C D Smith and E F Stidd were present and made remarks. The funeral services were in charge of her pastor, Rev. Darwin E Stiles, who preached a very able, fitting and helpful sermon. The Wetona M E Church choir sang several selections. She leaves beside her husband, her mother, now Mrs. Amanda C Ackley, and two sons, Ralph and Merle. There also survives, two brothers, C F Ackley of Odebolt, Iowa and Frank Ackley of Wyalusing, Pa.; four sisters, Mrs. F H Becker of Gloversville, NY, Mrs. B O Moffitt of Binghamton, NY, Mrs. G S Ackley of Buffalo, NY and Mrs. F S Harding of Eaton, Pa. Burial was made in Wetona, Pa. (Wetona, Pa Feb 18, 1908)
COLEMAN Judith "Judy" Ann (Coleman) Sargeant
age 66, of Wetona, died on Thursday, May 24, 2012. Judy was born on July 13, 1945 in Mildred, the youngest daughter of J. Paul and Caroline (Papke) Coleman. She was a member of the last class to graduate from Turnpike High School. Judy was a graduate of Lycoming College, summa cum laude. On Oct. 2, 1968, Judy married the love of her life, Paul Sargeant, with whom she built a life and family in the beautiful village of Wetona. Judy taught second grade at Gladys Burnham School, was a lab technician ay Troy Hospital and then stayed home to raise her family and become a full-time farm wife. Her family will always remember fondly her famous Tuesday night family dinners. She was an excellent cook. In her early years, Judy was pianist for Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. She was a charter member of Mt. Pisgah Wesleyan Church, where she served as church treasurer from its beginning in 1994. Her church was a second family to her and she loved to serve her Lord within that congregation of believers. She always took charge of Mother's Day and Father's Day gifts for the church and performed tirelessly many other duties behind the scenes at Mt. Pisgah Wesleyan. Judy wrote the Wetona column for the Troy Gazette Register and Canton Independent-Sentinel for more than 20 years. She found much joy in planting and caring painstakingly for her annual flowers. Judy is survived by her loving husband of 43 years Paul Sargeant of Wetona; daughters Caroline (Adam) Hall of Troy, Heather (Steve) Moody of Wetona and Brenda (Mike) Merloe of Phoenix, Ariz.; and six grandchildren, whom she adored, Caytlyn and Lucas Nichols, Adaline Hall, and Gracie, Eli and Maya Moody. She is also survived by her brother, Luke (Pat) Coleman of Wichita Falls, Texas; two sisters, Ruth Rosenberry of Elmira, N.Y. and Lorraine (Edward) Harrington of Eldred. Judy was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Gene Coleman and brother-in-law, Ned Rosenberry. Family and friends are invited to call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at the Gerald W. Vickery Funeral Home Inc., 1093 Main St., Troy. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at the Mt. Pisgah Wesleyan Church with Reverend Lynn Ensign, her pastor and friend, officiating. Interment will follow in Wetona Cemetery. Memorials in Judy's memory may be made to the Mt. Pisgah Wesleyan Church, P.O. Box 10 East Smithfield, PA 18817. Towanda Daily Review – May 27, 2012
CRANE, Lucy J. - Mrs. Joseph Hicks.
The death of Mrs. Hicks of Leona, occurred December 9th at 8 p.m. She had been ill with what seemed to be the grippe for ten days, and was thought to be recovering till near the last. The funeral was held at the Wetona Methodist church. It was largely attended by her many friends and relatives who deeply mourn her loss. Deceased was born in Smithfield, Pa., October 9th, 1850. She was a daughter of Stephen and Lorinda Crane. She had one sister living, Mrs. Ella Northrup of Smithfield, and four brothers, Chas. Crane of Lansing, Mich., Lewis of Elmira, Harlo of Minneapolis, Minn., Cornell of Buffalo. She married 24 years ago to Joseph Hicks. Her one child Lewis Clinton, died at the age of three and a half years TGR 1903
LOUIS DECKER, 67, of 603 ½ John St. (Died 23 Jun 1957 Elmira). Body at Vickery Funeral Home, Troy, where friends may call. Funeral today at Wetona, Pa., Methodist Church at 2 p.m., the Rev. Charles Root. Wetona Cemetery. –Elmira Advertiser 6/26/1957
DICKERSON Lois D. Youngs, who was reported sick, died at her home on Pisgah last Wednesday morning at 8:30, December 2nd. Interment in the cemetery at Wetona. She leaves to mourn her loss five sons and two daughters and her husband, who will miss the loving companionship of a wife and mother. Undertaker Beaman had charge of the funeral. Rev. M. H. Loller officiating. TGR 1903 ( Lois Sarah Dickerson Young wife of Asahel B. Young, daughter of Alexander & Clarey Dickerson.)
DICKINSON Rubie L. Dickinson Ross
Mrs. R. E. Ross died at her home in Troy township Thursday morning, January 7th, after a short illness since the Saturday preceding, of congestion of the heart. Funeral services were held from the late home on Saturday morning, at 10 o’clock, in charge of undertaker Beaman, and conducted by Rev. A. E. Hall of the Methodist church. Deceased was born in Springfield on June 18th, 1849, a daughter of Alexander and Clarissa Dickinson. She resided there with her parents until her marriage on March 15th, 1879, to R. E. Ross, also of Springfield. Mr. and Mrs. Ross resided in Springfield two years, afterwards moving to Burlington, where they remained five years, at which time they came to Troy, and ever since lived in troy township, near the foot of Armenia Mountain. Mrs. Ross’ death was a particularly sad one, as she had been in good health to within a short time preceding her death, and had evidenced no symptoms of the disease which proved her last. She is survived by three children beside her husband, Dean and Daisy, twins, and Olen. Decease had been for many years a member of the Methodist church and was highly regarded by all who knew her. Interment of the remains was made in the Wetona cemetery. TGR 1904
DUDLEY - Death of Robert Dudley.
Ithaca, Dec. 18.-Robert Dudley, a retired farmer, aged 67 years, who came to Ithaca from Troy, Pa., about two years ago, and resided since that time with his daughter, Mrs. John Spires, at No. 406 North Albany street, was attending a meeting of the Christian Alliance in the Limberman block on South Aurora street Sunday. While prayer was being offered Mr. Dudley fell from his chair to the floor dying almost instantly. Coroner Brown was notified and gave instructions for the remains to be moved to the residence of Mrs. Spires. The coroner decided that death was due to heart disease, and he was informed that Mr. Dudley had been ailing with it for a year or more. The remains were taken, after a brief funeral service, to Wetona, Pa., for interment. TGR 1900 Mr. Dudley is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Spires above named Mrs. L. M. Ahart of Spencer, and Mrs. John Morey of VanEtten.-Elmira Gazette.
Rev. George William DURIE, 80, of Wetona, PA, died on Monday, October 18, 1999. He was born in Hillsdale, NJ on January 11, 1919. After dairy farming for some time, he and his family went to Chicago, IL where George graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 1960; he was ordained at the Moody memorial Church in Chicago and served there as visitation pastor until 1967. He served other pastorates including Manhattan, NY and Jersey City, NJ. In 1973 he and his wife, the former Wanda Tufts, moved to Bradford County. Following some years as members of the Wetona Methodist Church, George was called to minister as pastor to the congregation at the Church of Christ (D9sciples) in Troy, PA. After 16 years of ministry in Troy, George retired and he and his wife later became members of the Springfield Baptist Church. George Durie is survived by his wife of 60 years, Wanda; children and their mates, Ronald and Ruth Durie, Ruth and John Madsen, Wanda and Roy Rezac and Mark and Juanita Durie; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Burial was October 22 in Wetona Cemetery. A memorial service for Rev. Durie was held on October 24th at the Springfield Baptist Church. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Bill Gross Handicap-Van Fund and sent to the Springfield Baptist Church at RR 2, Box 96, Columbia Cross Roads, PA 16914.
David G. FANNING (SRGP 29124). A Pioneer Settler of Springfield
Township Passes Away at Age of 92 Years. Incidents in the Life and
History of one of Bradford County’s Well Known and Highly Honored Citizens.
David Grace Fanning was born at Springfield, Mass., February 15, 1811, and died at Wetona, Pa. March 15, 1903, aged ninety two years and one month. His ancestors who were of Irish descent, came to this country in 1653 and were prominently identified with the formative period of our history. One, Edmund Fanning was a navigator and explore, making numerous voyages to different parts of the world and named several islands of the Pacific, south of the Hawaiian group, among them Fanning’s Island. His grandfather, Elisha Fanning, Sr., and his maternal grandfather, Joseph Grace, Sr., and two brothers, were all revolutionary soldiers, and participated in the battle of Bunker Hill, the first named dying from the effects of wounds received in the service. His maternal grandmother, Maria Sargeant Grace, who witnessed the battle of Bunker Hill, was one of the first on the field to care for the wounded.
The subject of this sketch when one year of age, removed with his parents and others from Springfield, Mass., to Springfield, PA., (the Journey being made with ox teams) and located on the farm now owned by James W. Kennedy where his father lived for eleven years, and then moved to that part of Leonard Hollow where H. H. Griffith at present resides. At the age of three years he was bereft by death of a mother’s care, and during his childhood days his lot, in the then almost unbroken wilderness, was one filled with indescribable hardships and privations.
The morning of the day he was twenty one years of age, almost penniless having only his axe, a yoke of oxen and a cow, he came into the wilderness, made a small clearing, and shortly after erected a log house on the site of the present homestead where he continued to reside until his death, a period of seventy one years. By incessant toil and unbroken forest was transferred into the well-tilled productive fields that comprise the present homestead farm. His was a life of hardship, privation and unceasing toil. Owing to a failure of title he was compelled to pay for a portion of his lands twice.
He was a man of untiring energy, the possessor of a strong constitution and indomitable will, never yielding to discouragement. Old age did not quench his ambition to be active, and he was always doing work of some kind about the farm until a few months prior to his death.
On March 14, 1833 he was married to Antis B. Canedy, daughter of Alexander and Catherine Brown Canedy. To them were born six children, Betsey who died at the age of three years, Mrs. N. W. Smith of Wellsburg, N. Y., Mrs. J. C. Leonard of Chambers, Neb., Ira S. Fanning, Melvin D. Fanning of Wetona, Pa., and A. C. Fanning of Towanda, Pa. His wife, who had faithfully shared with him the privations of pioneer life, died Sept. 11, 1870.
He was an active and consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal church for seventy six years, having united with that organization at Leona, Pa., when sixteen years of age. In 1841 a class of eleven members formed at Pleasant Valley, now Wetona, following a sweeping revival at Leona conducted by Ira Smith, Father Mansfield and Elder Pearsall. David Fanning was made class leader, which position he filled with great effectiveness for fifty-seven years. With his death the last survivor of that class has died. He was intensely interested in the building of the Methodist church at Wetona in 1857, giving the enterprise great financial aid; he was elected one of the trustees of the church when it was built and held that office until his death.
He was fearless in the discharge of duty, an uncompromising enemy of evil, a great worker in the church, earnest, enthusiastic and effective; his influence being felt not only in his own neighborhood, but at camp-meetings, quarterly-meetings and religious gatherings in other and distant communities, and his counsel in church matters was frequently sought.
In politics he was a Whig, and later upon its organization identified himself with the Republican party of which he was always an ardent supporter, being particularly active in war-times.
In his last illness he was, as always, considerate of others, his mind strong and vigorous and mental faculties unimpaired to the last moment. He died in the triumphs of a living faith, and frequently expressed his unfaltering trust in God. In his last hours he referred to the hosts of co-workers who had preceded him to the other side, sent messages of encouragement to friends and often spoke of the church whose welfare had always been the burden of his prayer.
A. C. Fanning, of Towanda, Pa., spent the last week at his father’s bed-side and all of the children except Mrs. Leonard of Nebraska were also with him to the end with loving hearts and willing hands ministering to his comfort. His sons Melvin D. Fanning has always resided at the homestead and with tender solictitude cared for the aged father and with his wife comforted and cheered him in his declining years.
At the conclusion of the services March 18th conducted by Rev. L. L. Wilcox pastor in charge assisted by Rev. Dr. E. J. Rosengrant of Towanda his sons and grand-sons tenderly bore him from the old home and to his last resting place.
David Fanning, who for nearly a century walked the hills and valleys of Springfield, and was known in every home has gone to his reward but his influence in the community and in hearts and lives will live on and be felt through un-numbered years and many on the last day will rise and call him blessed. TGR 1903
DeWitt, Mrs. Florence Fanning-wife of the late John W DeWitt, died suddenly early Sunday morning, April 11, 1948 at the age of 75. Mrs. DeWitt was born n the Fanning homestead in Wetona and taught until her retirement on pension. She was a member of the Methodist church. She is survived by one brother, Lloyd Fanning, Wetona; a half-brother, Earl Fanning, Rosalyn, Pa; two stepsons, Ray DeWitt of Williamsport and Claude W DeWitt of Troy, several nieces and nephews. The body is at the Soper & Vickery Funeral Home in Troy where services will be held Wednesday at 2 pm. Burial in Wetona Cemetery with Rev. Arthur Morey officiating.
LLOYD M. FANNING, 73, of Troy RD, Pa. Unexpectedly Friday, July 31, 1953. Survived by son, Leland Fanning of East Aurora; half-brother, Earl Fanning of Roslyn, Pa.; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. The body is at the Soper & Vickery Funeral Home, Troy and will be removed to the Wetona (Pa.) Methodist Church for funeral service Monday at 2 p.m. The Rev. Owen Barrett. Wetona Cemetery. –Elmira Star-Gazette 8/1/1953
FULLER Edith Mae RICE, Arnot-Ogden Hospital retiree, 103, formerly of Villa Serene, Horseheads, NY and Springfield, PA, died on Saturday, December 2, 2000 at the Chemung County Nursing Facility. Mrs. Rice was born September 18, 1897 in Springfield, PA, the daughter of the late Cornelius and Alida Wilder Fuller. Edith had worked at the Glad tidings Church in Horseheads, The Retreads at Arnot-Ogden Hospital, RSVP, AAKP, The Cootie Club, Chemung Valley Senior Citizens Club, Elmira Heights Legion Auxiliary, Elmira Women of the Moose and was an avid bowler from many years. Mrs. Rice is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, US Army Major Retired Walter and Helen Rice of Pine Valley, NY and Jane Rice of Gillett, PA; daughters and son-in-law, Freda Dalia of Horseheads, NY and Doris E. and John Homberg of Chandler, AZ; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Bailey Rice, March 8, 1973; brothers, Don, Roy, Jim and Guy Fuller; sister, Clara Burnham; son-in-law, George Dalia; her son, Gerald Rice in 1998. Funeral services were held December 5 at the VanBuskirk-Lynch Funeral Home in Horseheads, NY with the rev. Dr. Robert O. Sherburne officiating and interment to be in Wetona Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
GRACE Amos Mansfield Grace.
Amos Mansfield Grace, who died Oct. 6th at the family home in Lowman, was born May 20, 1838, in Springfield. He married Rachel Leslie Dickinson of that township, who survives him. Of the three children born to them two survive - Daniel of Lowman and Mrs. J. W. Wolfe of Middleport, Ohio. Clark S. Grace of Berrytown is a brother, and Mrs. Charity Shaylor of Wetona, a sister. His funeral was held in the Wetona M. E. church and was largely attended. TGR 1919
GRACE Ansil-One of Wetona’s oldest and best known men, died in his home last Tuesday morning, January 14, 1948, at the age of 90. He was a life long resident of Wetona, the Grace farm commanding a wonderful view of that pleasant community. He was a member of the Wesleyan Methodist Church, Berrytown and was active in its affairs during his younger years. He is survived by his wife, Lora Harkness Grace, several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held from his late home Thursday at 2 pm. Rev. Owen Barrett and Rev. Edward Howe officiating with burial in Wetona Cemetery.
GRACE Ansil G-90, of Wetona, Pa. died at his home early Tuesday morning. (1948) He is survived by his wife, Lora Harkness Grace, and many nieces and nephews. The body is at the Soper funeral home in Troy and will be taken to the family home Wednesday morning where services will be held Thursday at 2:00 pm. Burial will be in the Wetona Cemetery with Rev. Edward Howe officiating. Mr. Grace was a member of the Wesleyan Church in Berrytown and a lifelong resident of Wetona.
GRACE - 1921. Funeral services for Clark Grace were held at his home in Berrytown, Sunday, September 4. Interment in Wetona cemetery. He is survived by his widow; two sons, Edward of Rochester and Newton of Berrytown; and two daughters, Mrs. C.S. Storch of Wetona and Mrs. John Lawless. (Handwritten note--Died Aug. 31, 1921)
GRACE – Lydia Bailey - (Nov, 1910) widow of Aaron Bailey died at the home of her son in Wetona Tuesday night aged 85 years.
GRACE -Mrs. Sophia Grace Bailey died Oct. 7, 1911. She was the widow of the late Daniel R. Bailey whom she survived thirty years. She is survived by two brothers, A. M. Grace of Lowman, Clark Grace of Wetona, and one sister, Mrs. Charity Shaylor of Springfield. She leaves to mourn her loss one son, Richmond Bailey of Wetona, two daughters, Mrs. C. W. Dickinson of Hays, Kansas, and Mrs. L. P. Drake of Troy. Her grandchildren are Mrs. Walter Young of Wetona, Mrs. J. C. Blackwell of Troy, Mrs. Harry L. Kent of Manhattan, Kan., Mrs. H. J. Fanning of Tunkhannock, D. R. Bailey of Wetona, and Miss Sophia Dickinson of Hays, Kan. She was a member of the M. E. Church in Wetona which she joined early in life. Of deeply religious sentiments, she lived an unassuming, consistent, exemplary christian life. Having been born in the same neighborhood she lived her whole life and died in the pleasant valley of Wetona, a much esteemed neighbor and a dearly loved mother. TGR 1911
WALLACE J. GRACE
Services for Wallace J. Grace, 72, of Gillett (formerly of Columbia Cross Roads) were held April 21 at the Vickery Funeral Home, Troy, the Rev. Ann Palmer officiating. Burial was in Wetona Cemetery. Mr. Grace died on April 18, 1978, at the Arnot Ogden Hospital in Elmira. He was born on June 17, 1905, in Greens Landing, the son of Wilson and Hattie Darrow Grace. He was a member of the Columbia Cross Roads United Methodist Church. He had been an insurance agent in Troy for many years. Surviving are his wife, Eleanor Sargeant Grace; daughters, Mrs. Dean (Harriette) Rumsey of Gillett and Mrs. Willis (Marilyn) Bennett of Williamsport; sister, Mrs. Gladys Smith of Canton; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
GRAHAM –MARY ZWING, age 77, Troy RD 3 died Thursday April 2, 1981 at Towanda Memorial Hospital. She was born November 18, 1903 in Philadelphia. Mrs. Zwing was a member of the Wetona United Methodist Church and the Troy Senior Citizens Club. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer J. on January 6, 1978. Survivors include one son, E. James Zwing of Troy RD 3, one brother, John Graham of Philadelphia, three grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Monday at 2:00 p.m. at the conclusion of calling hours at Vickery Funeral Home, Troy with the Rev. Frank Monroe officiating. Burial was in Wetona Cemetery. –Canton Independent-Sentinel 4/9/1981
GRITZMAKER –DOROTHY E. WOODARD, 91 of Troy, Pa. died Monday, April 25, 1988 at the Bradford County Manor. She was born Jan. 9, 1897 in Holloway, Mich., the daughter of Charles and Bertha Schultz Gritzmaker. Mrs. Woodard was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church, Troy. She is survived by a son, Watson Williams of Troy; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Frances Porter of Dunnellon, Fla.; brothers, Carl Gritzmaker of Holloway, Mich. and Norbert Gritzmaker of Bedford, Pa., several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, J. Earl Woodard on March 11, 1984. Friends may call at the Vickery Funeral Home, Troy on Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. The funeral will be Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church, Troy with Father Stephen McGough officiating. Burial will be in Wetona Cemetery. –Towanda Daily Review
GUSTIN Cynthia SARGEANT, age 91, of Columbia Cross Roads RR 2, PA died May 3, 1997 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. She was born May 8, 1906 in Luthers Mills, PA, the daughter of Guy and Rhoda (Spencer) Gustin. She attended Luthers Mills and west Burlington schools. She was a member of the Wetona United Methodist Church and the troy Senior Citizens. She was an avid reader and had many friends. She is survived by a brother Jud Gustin of Hilton Head, SC; cousins, Pearl Kaylor of North Towanda, PA; several nieces and nephews including a special niece, Betty Moyer of Towanda RR 1, PA. She was predeceased by her husband, Donald Sargeant; and brothers, Seth Gustin and John Gustin. Funeral services were held at the Wetona United Methodist Church on May 9 with the Rev. John Thompson officiating and burial to be in Wetona Cemetery. Pallbearers were to be Ernest Scott Jr., Ben Jackson, John W. Gustin, Dan Reynolds and John Low. Arrangements were by the Vickery Funeral Home in Troy. Memorials in Mrs. Sargeant’s memory may be directed to the Wetona United Methodist Church, RR 2, Box 256, Columbia Cross Roads, PA 16914.
HARKNESS Audrey O’CONNOR, of 151 sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca, NY died at Cayuga Medical Center in December 19, 1999 at the age of 85. Born on March 2, 1914 in Wetona, PA, she was the daughter of Ernest and Nettie (Surges) Harkness. Audrey grew up on a small farm on Oak Hill in Moravia, NY. She graduated from Cornell University in 1935 and worked there for 40 years, first as an illustrator and from 1958 to retirement in 1980 as editor of the Cornell Plantations magazine. She was instrumental in developing the Robison York State Herb Garden at the Plantations. In 1989 Cornell Plantations established the Audrey Harkness O’Connor Lectures to perpetuate her great interest in all aspects of plants. She is survived by her children, Joel Sturges O’Connor of St. James, NY, Denise O’Connor Teeter of Burdett, NY Kim Harkness O’Connor of Freeville, NY and Christopher J. O’Connor of Ithaca; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law , Mary O’Connor Bovar of Memphis, NY and Mabel (Mrs. Bernard) Harkness of Geneva, NY. She also had relatives and friends in the Wetona/Troy area. She was predeceased by her husband, Donald J. O’Conner, in 1980; and a sister, Marguerite in 1913 (buried in the Wetona Cemetery). A memorial service will be held for Audrey Harkness O’Connor June 17 at 10 am at sage Chapel, Cornell University, Ithaca, followed by a gathering at the Cornell Plantations. Memorial donations may be made to the cornell Plantations O’Connor Lecture. Cornell Plantations, One Planations Road, Ithaca, NY 14850, Attention: Dorothy Reddington. “Troy Gazette-Register,” Troy, PA Thursday, February 3, 2000
MARTIN HARKNESS, 95 year old Wetona Civil War veteran, died at his daughters home there Monday morning. He was born Sept. 12, 1828, and lived last year on Canton Street in Troy, but returned to the farm with his daughter, Mrs. Eva Sargent, last spring. He is survived by three daughters; Mrs. Sargent, Mrs. John Crayton of Barton and Mrs. Ernest Reeser of Snedekerville; also nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. The funeral was held from his home in Wetona today at 11 a.m. Burial was in the Wetona Cemetery. Services were conducted by the Rev. O. F. Stevenson of East Smithfield, Pa. –Troy Gazette-Register. (Died May 5, 1932)
Mrs. Max Young Succumbs to Pneumonia.
Mrs. Alma Hicks Young, wife of Max Young, died at their home at Wetona last Saturday, Nov. 30th. She had been ill about a week with pneumonia. She was the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. L. Hicks, and was born in Springfield 33 years ago. Mrs. Young had been a member of the Methodist church from girlhood, and leaves a large circle of friends. Her husband survives, eight children, the oldest 16, the youngest a son of three weeks, her parents, one brother, William Hicks of Springfield and a sister, Mrs. Belva Eiffert of Berrytown. The funeral was held at the home on Tuesday, the Rev. Sears officiating, and interment was in the Wetona cemetery.TGR
HICKS –FLORENCE M. HICKS BREESE, 78, formerly of Canton, died on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2000, at Bradford County Manor, Troy. She was born on Nov. 2, 1921 in Canton, a daughter of the late Roy and Lottie Beach Hicks. Florence was the former owner and operator of a restaurant in Troy for two years in the 1950s and later was employed by Canton Manufacturing, Canton, from where she retired. She was a member of the Canton Moose Lodge 429, Canton, and the Canton VFW Post 714 Auxiliary. Florence loved her family, and enjoyed her crafts, plants and playing cards. She is survived by her daughter, Mary J. Slater of Troy; sons and daughters-in-law, Delbert C. Breese Jr. and Helen Breese of Troy, David C. “Spike” and Mary E. Breese of Canton, and Donald C. and Emma Breese of Mansfield; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Florence was predeceased by her husband, Delbert C. Breese; sisters, Jennie Ethel and Faith; and brothers, Dallas, James, Pete and Wesley. Friends are invited to call at the Gerald W. Vickery Jr. Funeral Home, 110 W. Main St., Troy on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2000, from 1 to 2 p.m. The funeral service will immediately follow at the funeral home at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Garry Zuber officiating. Interment will be in Wetona Cemetery. –Towanda Daily Review
HICKS Florence Mae Hicks BREESE, 78, formerly of Canton, PA died on Saturday, August 26, 2000 at Bradford County Manor , Troy RR 3, PA. She was born on November 2, 1921 in Canton PA, the daughter of the late Roy and Lattie Beach Hicks. Florence was the former owner and operator of a restaurant in Troy for two years in the 1950’s and later was employed by Canton Manufacturing, Canton, from where she retired. She was a member of the Canton Moose Lodge 429, Canton and the Canton VFW Post 714 Auxiliary. She is survived by her daughter, Mary J. Slater of Troy, PA; sons and Daughters-in-law, Delbert C. Breese Jr. and Helen Breese of Troy, David C. “Spike” and Mary E. Breese of Canton and Donald C. and Emma Breese of Mansfield, PA; several grandchildren and great=grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Florence was predeceased by her husband, Delbert C. Breese; sisters, Jennie Ethel and Faith; and brothers, Dallas, James, Pete and Wesley. Funeral services were held August 31 (2 pm calling hours 1-2) at the Vickery Funeral Home in Troy with the rev. Garry Zuber officiating and interment to be in Wetona Cemetery, Springfield Township. “Troy Gazette Register,” Troy, PA Thursday, August 31, 2000
HICKS - (Local News) G. L. Hicks, Tax Collector of Springfield township, died Monday evening at 6:30 at his home at Wetona, of acute indigestion. He was ill only a short time. He was 62 years old and is survived by his wife, one daughter, Mrs. Francis Eiffert of Big Pond, and a son, Will Hicks of Bentley Creek. The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at the M. E. Church in Wetona and interment will be in Wetona. Mr. Hicks was a brother of Mrs. W. W. Bailey of Burlington, and Mrs. John N. Rice of Smithfield. He had been Collector and Constable of Springfield for fifteen years. TGR 1922
Mr. G. L. Hicks died Feb. 13th, 1922, at his home at Wetona. He had sawed wood the greater part of the day. At 3:30 he came to the house, complaining of pain in the stomach. He was up and about until 6, when a physician was summoned, but at 6:30 he died, from neuralgia of the stomach. He was 61 last December and had always lived at Wetona. He had been a member and trustee of the Methodist church for many years. He had been constable and Tax Collector of Springfield township for thirteen years and enjoyed to an unusual degree the confidence and good will of his neighbors. He is survived by his wife and two children—William at Bentley Creek, and Mrs. Belva Eiffert of Big Pond, another daughter—Mrs. Alma Young, died in 1918. The funeral was held at the Wetona M. E. church, the Rev. Lyons of Bentley Creek, officiating. Interment was in Wetona cemetery. TGR 1922 George L. Hicks
HICKS - DICKERSON
Genevieve E. "Jennie" Of Elmira, NY. Age 64 died Sunday, July 30, 2000 at her home. Surviving are: her sons, Burton (Carole) Rought of Addison, NY, Edward (Janet) Rought of Rena, NV, Glen E. Little, Jr. of Elmira, NY; 4 grandchildren; a sister, Florence Breese of Troy, PA, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Jennie was a housemother at the Martha Lloyd School in Troy, PA for many years. Family and friends are invited to call Wednesday, August 2, 2000 from 2 to 4 PM at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. 1050 Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmira. A graveside service will be held Thursday at 10 AM at Wetona Cemetery, Wetona, PA. . (Parents: Roy and Lottie Fields Hicks)
HICKS James Ulysses-Funeral services for James U Hicks were held on Thursday, Jan 17 at 2 pm at the Soper Funeral Chapel at Troy with Rev. Owen Barrett, the Wetona pastor, officiating. A prayer service followed at the Wetona cemetery where the deceased was laid to rest beside his wife. Mr. Hicks had been in failing health for several years. He was born on Oct. 11, 1866, in Wetona, Springfield Twp, and was a life-long resident of that community, being 79 years, three months, and three days of age at his death. He died at the home of his son, Perlee C Hicks in Wetona on Monday, Jan 14 (1945) at 10 am. On April 19, 1888, he was married to Miss Ida D Bilby of Reyburn, Pa who preceded him in death by nine years, having died on Dec. 1, 1936. To them were born ten children of whom nine survive, Mrs. Harold S Sargeant of Wetona, Howard E of Canton, Perlee C of Wetona, Mrs. James S McMorran of Saco, Mrs. Culver B Cook of Birchardville, Pa., Mrs. Richard V McMorran of East Towanda and Ivan W at home. Mr. Hicks was one of three sons and three daughters born to Joseph R and Nancy Hess Hicks, all of whom preceded him in death. His two brothers were Burton and Ernest; his three sisters, Carrie, Fannie and Ida. All died young with the exception of Ernest who was adopted at the age of three months by an aunt and uncle-in-law, James and Weltha McKean of Granville, after the mother died. Ernest McKean died at his home in Elmira a few years ago. His widow, Edna Spauldning McKean, survives. There are 25 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren who survive James U Hicks.
(Wetona News) Joseph R. Hicks died quite suddenly Tuesday morning at his home in Wetona of heart failure. Since the death of his wife, which occurred only one month ago, December 9th, Mr. Hicks has been very much depressed in spirits and at the advanced age of nearly 76 years it was a severe shock, from which he could not recover. He had been a resident of this place for many years, and one of the prominent, substantial members of the M. E. church, whose doctrines he dearly loved and in which he was faithful and untiring worker, and the death struggle was brief. TGR 1904
LELAND G. HICKS, 69, Elmira, NY, formerly of Troy, PA, died June 13, 1989 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Elmira. He was born August 25, 1919 in Troy, a son of Roy and Lottie Fields Hicks. He was a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church in Elmira. Mr. Hicks was a member of the AARP and was a truck driver for many years. He is survived by sons, Lyle Hicks of Elmira, Kenneth Hicks of Roseville, PA and Maxwell Hicks of Watkins Glen, NY; sisters, Florence Breese of Canton, Jenny Dickerson of Elmira; brother, Dallas Hicks of Binghamton, NY; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held June 16 at the Vickery Funeral Home in Troy with the Rev. Robert Eskridge officiating and burial to be in the Wetona Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Lyle Hicks, 427 Broadway, Elmira, NY. –Troy Gazette-Register.
HICKS – Roy L. Hicks, age 75, of Troy, PA, died Monday, Aug. 1, 1966, at Troy Community Hospital. Friends may call at Vickery Funeral Home, Troy, Wednesday, 2-4 and 7-9 PM. Funeral there Thursday at 2 PM, the Rev. C.E. DePew. Wetona Cemetery. Survived by daughters, Mrs. Delbert Breese of Troy, Mrs. Glenn Little of Elmira; sons, Dallas of Binghamton, Leland of Elmira, Lawrence of Mansfield; sisters, Mrs. William Lindore of Elmira, Mrs. Laura Houpt of Corning; brother, Clarence Hicks of Montrose; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was a retired woodsman.
HICKS—S. A. HICKS, a veteran of the Civil War, for many years a resident of Wetona, died last Friday evening at his home in Monroeton, aged 73. Mr. Hicks leaves a widow and three children, C. E. HICKS of West Burlington; Mrs. Mary E. SAUNDERS of Canton; and Frank N. HICKS of Sprague, Wisconsin. Interment was at Wetona. TGR 1913
HORAN - SMITH Mrs. Anna L-aged 74 of Big Pond died Monday evening, Sept 15,1947. She is survived by her husband, Howard Smith; one son, Bert Smith, Columbia Cross Rds; two daughters, Mrs. Saville Grace and Mrs. Howard Fay, both of Wellsburg, NY; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren; one niece and one nephew. Funeral services will be held at the Big Pond Methodist Church at 11 am Thursday. Burial in Wetona, Rev. Owen Barrett officiating.
Llewellyn "L. P." JACKSON
Llewellyn "L. P." Jackson, 87, of Troy RR 3, PA died Wednesday, May 3, 1995 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. He was born April 17, 1908, the son of William and Edith Shaylor Jackson. He was called the mayor of Wetona. He was a member of the Wetona United Methodist Church for 72 years and was currently a member of the Mt. Pisgah Wesleyan Church. He served as treasurer of the Wetona Cemetery Association. He became a charter member of the Troy Sales and Athens sales until 1939 and had been trucking at the Troy Sales and Athens sales until his retirement in 1991. Mr. Jackson was a dairy farmer and member of the Union Grange. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Lillian Jackson; daughter and son-in-law, Leatrice and Elwood Braund of Troy RR 3; son and daughter-in-law, William and Phyllis Jackson of Troy RR 3; grandsons and wives, Gary and Eunice Braund of Troy RR 3, LaVern and Tammy Jackson of Troy RR 3 and Jim Jackson; granddaughters and husbands, Gail and David Walrath of Milan RR 1 and Trudy and Paul Sheeley of Troy RR 3; and eight great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a grandson, Michael Jackson and brothers, Scott Jackson and Leon Jackson. Private funeral services were to be held at the convenience of the family with the Rev. Robert F. Finch officiating and burial to be in Wetona Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Vickery Funeral Home in Troy. Memorials may be directed to the Mt. Pisgah Wesleyan Church in care of Leatrice Braund, RR 3, Box 365, Troy, PA 16947 (TGR May 11, 1995)
Miles B. KING, 76, Wetona
Miles B. King, 76, of Wetona, Troy RR 3, Springfield Township, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2002, at the Sycamore Manor Nursing Home in Loyalsock Township, Pa. Born Oct. 4, 1925, at Lake Wesauking, Wysox Township, he was a son of the late George W. and Beatrice Braund King. Miles was a graduate of Towanda High School and in early years was employed by the Wysox Creamery. Miles later served in the U.S. Army in Germany during the Korean War. On Nov. 14, 1952, he married the former Janet Braund in East Smithfield. Miles owned and operated the farm at Wetona for many years until his retirement. He also served as a salesman for the Seneca Hybrid Seed Co. for many years.
He was a member of the Faith Community United Methodist Church in Wetona. Mr. King enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, and hunting. Surviving are: his wife of 49 years, Janet B. King, at home; his children and their spouses, Mia L. and Rodney B. Parks of West Burlington, Randy and Diane King of Wetona, Chris King of Dublin, Pa., Thane King of Troy, Eric and Tammy King of Columbia Cross Roads, Kelly King of Troy, Kyna and Bradley Hoose of Shermansdale, Pa., Shana and Chad Spencer of Williamsport, Pa., and Cody King of Troy; and 14 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, George W. King, on March 4, 1960; his mother, Beatrice Brand King, on March 1, 1990; a grandson, Daren James Parks, on April 21, 2001; and his brother, Wilbur G. King, on Feb. 1, 2001. The funeral service will be held Saturday, Jan. 12, 2002, at 2 p.m. at the Faith Community United Methodist Church, Wetona, with the Rev. Dale Russell, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in the Wetona Cemetery, Wetona. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, Towanda.
M.B. (MICK) LEIBY
M.B. (Mick) Leiby, 81, of Wetona, PA, died Saturday, April 2, 1994 at home. He was a member of the Wetona United Methodist Church and Past Member of the Valley Grange. He was a farmer and was also retired from PennDOT. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Sarah Young Leiby; children, Patricia and Robert Leiby of Wetona, PA and Bill and Karen Leiby of Wetona, PA; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; sister, Mrs. George (Martha) Hogendobler of Reading, PA; brother-in-law, Charles and Shirley Young of East Smithfield, PA; sister-in-law, Nathalie and Denzel Stroud of Lititz, PA; several nieces and nephews; special friend, Helen Ober. He was predeceased by brother, John Leiby; sisters, Lula Creasey and Helen Leiby. Funeral services were held at the Vickery Funeral Home in Troy on April 5 with the Rev. Maxine Mills officiating and burial to be in Wetona Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association, PO Box 428, Sayre, PA 18840. (TGR, Thursday, April 7, 1994)
LONG Robert E. Long
79, of Binghamton, N.Y., formerly of Troy, Pa., and DeLand, Fla., died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011 at his home. Robert was born Aug. 20, 1931 in Towanda, Pa., the son of the late Eugene E. and Lola Bailey Long. He attended the Powell School and was a graduate of Towanda High School Class of 1948 and Mansfield State Teachers College Class of 1953. Robert served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during the Korean War. Following completion of his military service, Robert taught school in New Jersey, Elmira, N.Y., and Troy, Pa., where he taught English and directed the Drama Introductions Theatre from acting to directing which was a life-long interest. He was subsequently employed by the Florida Dept. of Health Social and Economic Services in Daytona Beach, Fla., as a district administrator for a number of years and by North Penn Health Services covering the Towanda and Dushore, Pa., areas until his retirement. He is survived by: his longtime companion, Gerald D. Swan of Binghamton, N.Y.; sisters, Phyllis Rockwell of Granville Summit, Pa., Janet Bacon of Towanda RR 3, Pa.; brother, Edward Long of Monroeton, Pa.; several nieces, nephews and cousins; special cousins, Colleen Thayer of Binghamton, N.Y., Marjorie Douglas of Towanda, Pa.; special friends, James and Louise Miller and Family of Cayuta, N.Y., Ken and Barbara Machmer of Canton, Pa., Russell Eiffert of New Jersey, Eric Hughes of Mount Tremper, N.Y. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by: sister-in-law, Kathy Jo Long; brothers-in-law, Robert Rockwell and Gerald Bacon. The family will receive friends from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa. Following the period of visitation at the funeral home, Mr. Long will be transported to the First United Methodist Church in Troy, Pa., where a funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon with the Rev. Richard Naugle officiating. Interment will be at a later date in the Wetona Cemetery, Springfield Twp., Pa. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Mansfield University 1953 Scholarship Fund, 31 S. Academy St., Mansfield, PA 16933; or to the First United Methodist Church, 205 Redington Ave., Troy, PA 16947; or to the Bradford County Humane Society, P.O. Box 179, Ulster, PA 18850 in Robert E. Long's memory. Towanda Daily Review – February 24, 2011
HICKS Mrs. Hannah A-age 89, Big Pond, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Belva Eiffert, at 9 o’clock Wednesday morning, May 5, 1948. In addition to her daughter, she is survived by one son, Will Hicks, Bentley Creek; 11 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. A prayer service will be held Friday in the home of Mrs. Eiffert at 2 pm. Funeral services will be held at the Big Pond Methodist Church at 2:30 with Rev. Edward Howe officiating. Burial will be in Wetona cemetery.
MCKAY Mahlon J-75, died at his home in Columbia Cross Rds Monday at
7:20 am. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mae Rice McKay; three daughters,
Mrs.Bertha Hall of Columbia Cross Rds, Mrs. Ruth Thompson of Ludlowville, NY,
and Mrs. Loretta Fay
of Athens;17 grandchildren; and 8 great grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Mary Conklin of Elmira. The body is at the Soper Funeral home in Troy where services will be held Thursday at 1 pm. Burial will be in Wetona. Rev. Orey Crippen will officiate.
REVEREND FRANK O. MONROE, 74, of Springfield Township, Bradford
County, Pa., died
on Monday, Nov. 23, 2009 at his residence. He was the loving husband of Hildegard (Brandner) Monroe. The couple married on Dec. 21, 1959 and had 49 wonderful years together. Family and friends are welcome to gather from 10-11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 27 at the First United Methodist Church of Troy, 205 Redington Ave., Troy, Pa. The funeral service to honor Rev. Monroe's life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27 at the church with his pastor and friend, Rev Richard Noggle, officiating with Pastor Lavern Jackson assisting. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in Wetona Cemetery. The Gerald W. Vickery, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. 110 West Main Street, Troy, Pa., has been entrusted with the arrangements. Pastor Frank was born on Sept. 8, 1935, in Southdale, Pa., the son of the late Seymour and Merle (Goodman) Monroe. He was a graduate of Huntington Mills High School and attended Mansfield University and Corning Community College, and graduated from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C. Pastor Monroe was a U.S. Army veteran, serving his country in the Military Police. Frank had a true passion and dedication for his God and his ministry with the United Methodist Church. He pastored the Talmar Charge in Columbia County for three years, the Bid Pond, Leona, and Wetona Churches in Bradford County for fifteen years, the Lewistown Charge of Grove Memorial and Glenwood Churches for ten years and the Chambersburg Charge of Park Avenue Church for three years until his retirement in 1998. After his retirement, he and Hildegard returned to the Bradford County area helping in the churches he previously pastored. He was a life-long member of the National Rifle Association. Reverend Monroe is survived by his wife, Hildegard, his sons, Frank D. (Darla) Monroe of Spring Mills, Pa. and Mark J. (Deanna) Monroe of Lewistown, Pa.; his daughters, L. Sue (Mark) Bullock of Apalachin, N.Y., Linda (Thomas) Kerek of Kane, Pa. and Heidi M. Monroe of Pittsburgh, Pa.; his grandchildren, Michelle Bullock, Nathan Monroe, Andrew Bullock, Alison Bullock, Nicholas Monroe, Emelie Kerek, Alex Monroe, Addison Monroe, Grace Monroe, and Genevieve Monroe-Gribble; his brother, Abraham (Janice) Monroe of Southdale, Pa.; and his sister Ruth Monroe of Harrisburg, Pa.; along with several nieces and nephews. Pastor Frank was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Vernon, Arthur, Jack, and Bill Monroe; and his sister Violet Hidlay. Contributions may be made in Rev. Monroe's memory to the Wetona United Methodist Church building fund, 205 Redington Ave., Troy, PA or to the charity of one's own choosing. –Canton Independent-Sentinel/Troy Gazette-Register 12/3/2009
OCKERMAN, KATIE Miss Katie Ockerman, 90, of Smithfield Township died April 13, 1987 at the Searfas Boarding Home. She was born September 6, 1896 in Wetona, PA, the daughter of Frank and Minnie Tracey Ockerman. She and her brother Hugh operated a dairy farm for many years in Smithfield Township. She was a member of the Wetona United Methodist Church for over 75 years. She was also a member of the Wetona WC-TU and a former member of the Wetona Valley Grange. She had resided at the Searfas Boarding Home for the past 12 years. Survivors include two nieces, Mrs. Alice Olive of Corpus Christi, TX and Mrs. Don (Barbara) Decker of RD1 Milan, PA; two nephews, Francis Storch of Manchester, NH and Harold Storch of Amarillo, TX. She was preceded in death by her brother, Hugh, and two sisters, Bessie Gates and Neva Storch. Memorial services will be held Thursday, April 16 at 2:00 p.m. at the Wetona United Methodist Church with Rev. Michael Trimmer officiating and burial to be in Wetona Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Wetona United Methodist Church, c/o Rev. Michael Trimmer, RD2, Columbia Cross Roads, PA 16914. (TGR April 16, 1987)
PARMENTER - James M. Parmenter, -a native and life long respected resident of Springfield, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Allen, at 3 o’clock Wednesday morning. He was 81 years old. His wife survives, one daughter, Mrs. Allen and two sons-Floyd of Elkland and Brenton of Columbia Cross Rds.. The funeral will be held at the Allen home at 2 Friday afternoon, the Rev. N Johnstone of Troy officiating. Interment was in the Wetona cemetery.
Cora B. PIERCE, 96, Elmira, NY died July 2, 1995 at Elcor Health Services, Horseheads, NY where she had resided for the past four years. She was born in Springfield Township, PA on December 13, 1898. She had been a devoted member of Lake Street Presbyterian Church since 1943 and a member of the Philathea Class. She is survived by a sister, Anna French, Wellsboro, PA and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by brothers, Israel and Harry Pierce and sisters, Jenny Gage and Louise Harkness. Funeral services were held at the Barrett Funeral Home on July 5 with the Rev. John B. McLaren officiating and burial to be in Wetona Cemetery, Bradford County, PA. Memorials may be sent to the Lake Street Presbyterian Church, 300 Lake Street, Elmira, NY 14901.
PIERCE - JENNY LIND GAGE
Jenny Lind Gage died October 11, 1991. She worked many years at Schanaker's Diner in Elmira and was a long time member of the Lake Street Presbyterian Church. She is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Howard and Eloise Gage of Reading Center, NY and daughter-in-law, Louis Gage of Penfield; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; sisters, Cora Pierce of Elmira and Anna French of Gillett; nieces and nephews. Private funeral services were held at the Olthof Funeral Home in Elmira on October 14 with the Rev. John McLaren officiating and interment to be at the Wetona Cemetery in Bradford County, PA. Donations may be made to the Lake Street Presbyterian Church of the charity of one's choice in her memory. (TGR, Thursday, October 24, 1991) daughter of George and Dorcas (Phillips) Pierce.
PIERCE – Lawrence R. Pierce - the New Year brought sorrow to Mr. and Mrs. George W Pierce of Springfield, in the death of their little son, Lawrence R, from diabetes., aged two years and four months. The funeral Sunday from the home was largely attended. Interment in Wetona.
REESER - (Local News) Elwood M. Reeser, the Wetona merchant whose illness has been noted in these columns, died last Friday March 5th, from Bright’s disease. With is wife are left two daughters, Misses Mystic and Alta Reeser. A brother and sister also survive, Adelbert Reeser of Scranton and Mrs. Embros Grace of Chemung. Mr. Reeser was a Civil War survivor of the 141st Pennsylvania Volunteers. The funeral on Tuesday at the Wetona church was largely attended. The committal service in Wetona cemetery was in charge of the Patriotic Sons of America. TGR 1915
ERNEST REESER prominent farmer of the Wolfe Hollow section of Columbia Township died in the Robert Packer hospital Sunday evening, May 19, 1935 of pneumonia following scarlet fever. He is survived by his wife and five children. Funeral services were held from the church in Wetona Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock, Rev. Glenn Dewey officiating and burial was in the Wetona Cemetery.
REESER –GENEVIEVE (REESER) YOUNG, age 97, of Columbia Cross Roads, died on Monday, Sept. 2, 2002 at her home. She was born in Springfield Township on March 4, 1905, the daughter of the late Ernest Reeser and Mattie (Harkness) Reeser. Genevieve was a teacher for Bradford County. She attended the Wetona United Methodist Church for several years and also taught Sunday School there. Genevieve also attended the Springfield Baptist Church. She is survived by her sons, Ernest R. (Wilma) Young of Columbia Cross Roads, Tom C. (Shirley) Young of Troy; daughter, Alma Hartman of Elmira, N.Y.; brother, John Reeser of Gillett; sister, Martha, Durnin of Beaver Dams, N.Y.; 16 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren and several great-great- grandchildren. She was predeceased in death by her husband, Richard M. Young; brother, Carl Reeser; sisters, Gladys Reeser, Louise Reeser; grandson, Cary J. Hartman; son-in-law, Harold Hartman. Friends and family are invited to call at the Vickery Funeral Home, 110 W. Main Street, Troy, on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2002 from 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, Sept. 6, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. James Crupi of the Christian Faith Fellowship Church in Elmira, N.Y. officiating. Interment will be in the Wetona Cemetery, Wetona. In lieu of flowers, family requests that memorials may be made to the Bible Lighthouse Inc., 198 Bradford Street, Sayre, Pa. 18840 or the Guthrie Hospice, RR #1 Box 154, Towanda, Pa. 18848. Contributed by Carol Brotzman.
REESER Genevieve (Reeser) YOUNG, age 97, of Columbia Cross roads, PA died on Monday, September 2, 2002 at her home. She was born in Springfield Township, PA on March 4, 1905, the daughter of the late Ernest Reeser and Mattie (Harkness) Reeser. Genevieve was a teacher in Bradford County. She attended the Wetona United Methodist Church for several years and also attended Springfield Baptist Church. She is survived by her sons, Ernest R. (Wilma) Young of Columbia Cross roads, PA, Tom C. (Shirley) Young of Troy, PA; a daughter, Alma Hartman of Elmira, NY; brother, John Reeser of Gillett, PA; sister, Martha Durnin of Beaver Dams, NY; 16 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Richard M. Young; brother, Carl Reeser; sisters, Gladys Reeser, Louise Reeser; grandson, Cary J. Hartman; son-in-law, Harold Hartman. Calling hours will be held at Vickery Funeral Home in Troy on Thursday, September 4 from 7 to 9 pm. Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 6 at 11 am with the Rev. James Crupi of the Christian Faith Fellowship Church in Elmira, NY officiating and interment to be in the Wetona Cemetery, Wetona, PA. Memorials may be made to the Bible Lighthouse, 198 Bradford St., Sayre, PA 18840 or the Guthrie Hospice, RR 1, Box 154, Towanda, PA 18848. TGR
(Wetona News) John N. Reeser, aged 68 years died at the home of his son, Archie, in Rochester, Oct. 31st, after a long illness. He leaves a widow, one daughter, Mrs. Florence Burdick, of Rochester, two sons, M. W. and Archie, living in Wetona, four granddaughters and three grandsons. The funeral was held Thursday afternoon at his late home, burial in Wetona cemetery. The I.O.O.F. of Springfield, of which he was a member, was well represented at the funeral and had charge of the burial. The floral offerings were very beautiful. TGR 1911
ROBINSON Robert E. Robinson "Bob," "Pop Pop"
age 84, of Wetona, died on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012 at the Troy Community Hospital. Born in Morris Plains, N.J. to Grace Kay and Freeman Erdman Robinson in 1928, Bob was the middle child of five siblings; June Fancher (deceased), Betty Silvain, Lyda Crocco (deceased) and Paul Robinson (deceased). Bob graduated from Morristown High School in 1945. He was the superintendant of Parks and Roads in Morris Plains for 22 years. Bob enjoyed playing baseball for the Brookside Bombers, was a great lover of marching band music and had a love for farming which led to the family moving to Pennsylvania to start a dairy farm in 1968. Bob is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Nancy (Parsons) Robinson; their five children; Christine Avery (Garth deceased), Peggy (Richard) Rockwell, Patty (Duane) Cole, Robbie (Diane) Robinson and Jennifer Servedio; grandchildren Sarah Avery, Natalie Avery, Tara Rockwell, Jeffrey (Rebecca) Rockwell, Erin (Lenny) Reed, Cassi (Jamie) Brown, Sara Cole (deceased), Trevor Robinson, Matthew Robinson, Hannah Robinson, Lorenzo Servedio and Maria Servedio; and great grandchildren Lydia Rockwell, Lenny Reed, Sara Reed, Lauren Reed, Logan Brown and Parker Brown. Family and friends are invited to call from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24 at the Olthof Funeral Home Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira/Southport, N.Y. with the Memorial Service to follow the visitation at 2 p.m. Michael Rothstein will celebrate Bob's service. Interment will take place in the Wetona Cemetery at the convenience of his family. Memorial donations may be directed to the Bradford County Humane Society, PO Box 179, Ulster, PA 18850Towanda Daily Review – November 21, 2012
ROSS Revillo E
Committed Suicide. Revillo E. Ross Suddenly Ends His Life. Revillo E. Ross of Troy township ended his live on Saturday morning, by swallowing a teaspoonful of aconite. He had been in a despondent mood for some time past on account of ill health, and was troubled with great nervousness. The deed was committed about 5 o’clock in the morning, and Mr. Ross was able to speak a few parting words with his two sons who resided with him before passing into unconsciousness. Mr. Ross was born October 1, 1854 in Springfield township. He had always followed the occupation of a farmer and moved in 1883 to a farm on Pisgah and in 1888 to the Delos Rockwell farm in Farmer’s Valley near Troy. In the spring of 1903 he again moved to the Fowler Case farm on the Armenia road, the place of his death. It will be remembered that Mrs. Ross died on January 7th of the present year from the effects of heart trouble. Mr. Ross is survived by two sons, Olen and Dean, residing at home, one daughter Mrs. Lee Knights of Alba, and one brother George Ross of Burlington, and one sister, Mrs. Ed Shaylor of Austinville. Funeral services were held on Monday morning at 10 o’clock, at the late home of deceased, conducted by Rev. A. E. Hall and Undertaker J. W. Beaman. TGR 1904
Granville Summit News) Mr. Dudley Sargeant died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. C. H. Dunbar last Tuesday morning. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at Wetona his former home. TGR 1918
SARGEANT, GERALD H.
Age 69 of Troy RD 3 Wednesday, February 9, 1983. Friends may call at the Vickery Funeral Home Troy, Pa. Friday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. Funeral there Saturday at 11 am with the Rev. Frank Monroe. Burial in Wetona Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Wetona United Methodist Church Building Fund. Survived by wife Mara Sargeant, one daughter Mrs. Andrew (Virginia) Bayiates of Dedham, MA; Sons Paul E. Sargeant and Alan T. Sargeant both of RD 3 Troy. Sisters Mrs. Henry (Jennie) Andrus RD 2 Ulster, Mrs. Harold (Leora) Wilston of Wellsboro, PA. One brother Harold Sargeant of San Antonio, TX; 9 grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins, several aunts and one uncle. He was a member of the Wetona United Methodist Church, the Big Pond Lions Club, Valley Grange #1319, Springfield Twsp. Supervisor and retired dairy farmer.
HAROLD S. SARGEANT, 58, of Wetona, Pa., Sunday, Sept. 3, 1950 following and extended illness. Survived by wife, Mrs. Leona Hicks Sargeant; daughters, Mrs. Henry Andrus of East Smithfield, Pa., Mrs. Harold Wilston of Wetona; sons, Gerold of Wetona, Harold at home; sister, Mrs. Wallace Grace of Columbia Cross Roads; three grandchildren; two nieces. The body is at the family home, where prayer service will be held Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. Funeral at 2 p.m. at the Wetona Methodist Church. The Revs. Owen Barrett and Edward Howe. Wetona Cemetery. –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/5/1950
SARGEANT John-age 90, died in Burlington on Friday morning, April 23, 1948. He was a resident of Wetona for many years. He is survived by one step-daughter, Mrs. Mary Shaylor, Towanda, 11 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. Funeral services were held in the Soper & Vickery Funeral Home on Monday. Rev. Owen Barrett, with burial in Wetona Cemetery.
Charles E. SHAYLOR, 86, (SRGP 42185) of Austinville, Pa., Saturday morning, Oct. 9, 1948. Survived by wife, Belle Moore Shaylor; two daughters, Mrs. R. M. Woodward of Elmira and Mrs. Myrtle Haven of Columbia Crossroads; sons, Fritz of Austinville and Carl of Troy; brother M. E. Shaylor of Towanda; sister, Mrs. Stanley Beach of Wetona, Pa.; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. The body is in the Soper & Vickery Funeral Home. Funeral there Tuesday at 2 p.m. Rev. Glenn Dewey. Wetona Cemetery.
SHAYLOR - Young, Floy Shaylor- (SRGP 79728) Esteemed Wetona Woman Dies. Mrs. Floy Young, 90 of Troy (Wetona) died at the Troy Community Hospital, Monday December 18, 1968. Mrs. Young was a member of the Wetona Methodist Church where she served as organist and Sunday School teacher for several years. She was a member of the Wetona WSCS. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. L P (Lillian) Jackson of Wetona; a son Russell Young of Wetona; three sisters, Mrs. Agnes Fanning of Troy, Mrs. Myrtle Havens of Columbia Cross Rds and Mrs. Lorena Woodard of Sylvania, two brothers, Fritz Shaylor of Austinville and Carl Shaylor of Troy, seven grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Funeral and committal services will be held at the Vickery Funeral Home, Troy, Wednesday at 2:30 pm with the Rev Ruth McDannell and Rev Owen Barrett officiating. Burial will be in the Wetona Cemetery. (Daily Review 1968)
STACY - Mrs. Minnie Ockerman-Passes away at her home in East Smithfield at 12:45 on Wednesday, Oct 1, aged 69 years. She is survived by her husband, Frank Ockerman; three daughters, Mrs. Bessie Gates of East Smithfield, Mrs. John Storch of Endicott, Kate Ockerman, at home; also one son, Hugh Ockerman at home; also five grandsons and two granddaughters. Two sisters and two brothers also survive her; Mrs. Bailey of Wetona, Mrs. Howard Woodruff of Troy, J. D. Stacy of Wetona. Funeral services will be held at the home on Saturday, October 6, at 11 am with burial in the Wetona cemetery. The Rev. W. W. Strite will officiate.
STORCH Charles S- aged 78, of Towanda, formerly of Wetona, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E J Young, Towanda early last evening. He had spent the greater part of his life in the Wetona community and had many friends. Survivors other than Mrs. Young are a daughter, Mrs. C J Squires, Elmira; a son, Rexford Storch, Wetona; six grandchildren, three great grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Carrie Dickinson, East Smithfield, a brother, Albert Storch, Wetona and several nieces and nephews. The body was removed to the Soper Funeral Home where services will be held Friday afternoon July 12, at 2:30 o’clock. Rev. Lewis Bachman will officiate and interment will be in the Wetona cemetery.
STURGIS – William Sturgis, a well known Wetona resident expired Wednesday morning at his home, following a short illness. Mr. Sturgis was about 74 years old and universally respected. His wife has been dead many years. The survivors of his family are a son Colton Sturgis of Chicago, and two daughters, Mrs. Ernest HARKNESS and Mrs. Lloyd FANNING. Funeral services will be held at the home at 2 Friday afternoon. TGR 1913
THOMAS - William Alonzo "Lonnie" Thomas, 97, long-time resident of Troy, Pa., died on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008, at the Twin Oaks Personal Care Home. He was the husband of Vadys (Reeser) Thomas. The couple married on June 1, 1935, and had 72 years together. Family and friends are welcome to call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 6, and again from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday, March 7, at the Gerald W. Vickery Jr. Funeral Home Inc., 110 W. Main St., Troy. A tribute service to honor Lonnie's life will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home with the Rev. Jasper Smith, retired United Methodist minister, officiating. Burial will follow the service in Wetona Cemetery. Lonnie was born on Sept. 12, 1910, in Alba, Pa. He was the son of the late Alvin and Mary (Newell) Thomas. Lonnie was a 1929 graduate of Troy High School and went on to attend Meeker Business Institute. Afterward, Lonnie worked as a farmer, ran a Troy gas station, served as Troy Township supervisor and drove a school bus. Lonnie was active in the Troy Lions Club; he helped the club start both youth basketball and baseball teams. He was instrumental in getting the Troy and Canton "Old Shoe" football game and the Troy All-Sports Banquet started, and was named grand marshal of Troy High's 1997 homecoming parade. Most of all, Lonnie is known for devotion to the Troy Fair, The Troy Farm Museum and Alparon Park. He worked on the park grounds, served on the park executive board, was president of the Troy Fair for around 20 years until retiring in 1994, and was one of the founders of the Troy Farm Museum. Lonnie served as 1964 Bradford County Heart Fund chairman. That same year the county raised $9,385.26, $3,000 more than the previous fund drive. He got a national award from the American Heart Association and a service pin from the North Central Pennsylvania Heart Association. Lonnie is survived by his wife, Vadys of Troy; his son, Lowell A. (Barbara) Thomas Sr. of Hamburg, Pa.; his grandchildren, Lowell A. Thomas Jr. of Troy, Lara A. Thomas of Leesport, Pa., Christopher W. (Crystal) Thomas of Shillington, Pa., and Zachary W. Thomas; and great grandchildren Kimberly Thomas, Micah Thomas and Bronwin Thomas. Lonnie was preceded in death by his parents; and his brothers, Raymond and Carlton Thomas. Contributions may be made in Lonnie's memory to the Bradford County Heritage Association and Farm Museum, PO Box 265, Troy, Pa. 16947. - Published in the Towanda Daily Review 3/2/2008.
TRACY H. Mara Sergeant (Tracy) Wolfe
Age 94, of Springfield Township, PA, died Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at home with her loving family at her side. Mara was born March 28, 1918 in Smithfield, PA daughter of the late Harry U. and Altheda (Rice) Tracy. She attended Smithfield High School through 11th grade and graduated from Troy High School Class of 1936. Mara was predeceased by her two husbands, Gerald H. Sargeant and Maurice D. Wolfe. Mara worked at Rite Aid Pharmacy in Sayre, PA, but she found great joy in being a farm wife, mother and grandmother. Her memberships included the Faith Community (Wetona) United Methodist Church where she served as Treasurer for many years and sang in the choir. In recent years she played the harmonica for the church offertory and played the violin. She was also a member of the Wetona United Methodist Women and the Valley Grange #1319. Her interests also included reading, her large personal library, gardening, flowers, sewing, knitting, crocheting and embroidery. Survivors include her children, Paul E. & Judith Sargeant of Troy, PA, Virginia M. and Andrew Bayiates of Dedham, MA, Alan T. and Sharon Sargeant of Troy, PA; nine grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren; special niece, Carol Moser; and twelve other nieces and nephews. Mara was predeceased by her parents, two husbands; sisters, Josephine (Tracy) Moser and Ida Jeanne (Tracy) Ford; half-sisters, Elsie (Fuller) Nichols and Loretta (Fuller) Fay. Family and friends are invited to call Friday, April 13, 2012, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Gerald W. Vickery, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., 1093 West Main Street, Troy, PA. Mara's funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, April 14, 2012 ,at the Faith Community (Wetona) United Methodist Church with Reverend Richard Noggle officiating. Interment will be in Wetona Cemetery. Memorials in her memory may be sent to Faith Community (Wetona) United Methodist Church, 1204 Redington Avenue, Troy, PA 16947. Star Gazette – April 12, 2012
VOSBURG JESSIE L
Sargeant, Mrs. Jessie L-died at her home Wednesday evening, Feb 23, 1949. Surviving are her husband, William Sargeant; one son, Robert of Troy; a sister, Mrs. Harvey Jones, Milan; a brother, James Vosburg, Milan and two grandchildren. Services were held Saturday at 2 pm from the Soper and Vickery Funeral Home. Rev. Edward H Howe officiating with burial in Wetona cemetery.
WILLIAMS Hannah - Mrs. William McKay, who has been ill with typhoid fever, died Friday night. The funeral, which was attended by Odd Fellows and Rebeccas of Springfield and Burlington was held Sunday. TGR 1912
WOODARD, J. EARL Services for J. Earl Woodard, 91, Troy, were held at Vickery Funeral Home with Rev. Michael Trimmer officiating. Burial was in Wetona Cemetery, March 13. Mr. Woodard died March 11, 1984 at Troy Community Hospital. He was born April 29, 1892 in Naples, NY, son of Edward and Addie Lewis Woodard. He was a member of Wetona United Methodist Church, a member of the Grange for 61 years, presently of Wetona Grange, 60 year member of Honeoye, NY Eagle Masonic Lodge No. 619 F & AM, member of Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Rochester, NY and member of Troy Senior Citizens. He was a schoolteacher in Naples, NY area for 18 years and superintendent of Canandaigua, NY County Home Farm for 8 years. He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Dorothy Gritzmaker Woodard of Troy; several nieces and nephews who reside in New York State. (TGR March 15, 1984)
YOUNG - Charles D. Young, 90 formerly of East Smithfield, Pa., diedWednesday, Feb. 18, 2009, at the Bradford County Manor. Family and friends are invited to call from 1-2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, at the Gerald W. Vickery Jr. Funeral Home Inc., 110 W. Main St., Troy, Pa. Charles' service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 2 p.m. with Rev. Frank Monroe, former pastor of the Wetona United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Wetona Cemetery. Charles was born May 12, 1918, son of the late Elisha and Maude (Storch) Young. He served his country during WWII with the U.S. Army in Italy and Northern Apennines. Charles and the former Shirley L. Garrison were married Dec. 31, 1946. Charles worked as a milkman for Fox Chase Farms, then drove Bulk Tank Truck for East Smithfield Farms. He later worked construction for many years prior to his retirement. Charles was a member of the Wetona United Methodist Church, VFW and American Legion Posts in Troy, Pa. He enjoyed fishing, camping, dancing and playing Santa Claus during the holiday season. Survivors include: his loving wife of 62 years, Shirley L. Young of Troy, Pa.; son and daughter-in-law Doug and JaNell Young of Burlington, Pa.; daughter and son-in-law Bonnie and John Avery of Troy, Pa.; sisters Sara Leiby of Troy, Pa., and Nathalie Stroud of Lititz, Pa,; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. His parents, brother Clifton Young, and his son Dale Young predeceased Charles. RHW. Towanda Daily Review.
Dale G. Age 57, of Main Street, Millport, NY, died very unexpectedly Tuesday, November 28, 2006, at home. He was born November 11, 1949 in Troy, PA, son of Charles and Shirley (Garrison) Young. Dale attended Troy Area High School and was a graduate of SRU. He served his country with the Unites States Army during the Vietnam War from 1970 to 1972 and was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in battle. Dale was a member of the VFW in East Smithfield, PA. He was employed as an electrician with the New York State Department of Corrections, Elmira Correctional Facility. His dedication at work showed and he devoted many hours working on the recently installed Correctional Officers Memorial at Elmira Correctional Facility. Survivors include his parents, Charles and Shirley Young of East Smithfield, PA; his daughters, Paula Young of Millport, NY, Erica Roop of York, PA; a sister, Bonnie and John Avery of Troy, PA; a brother, Douglas and JaNell Young of Burlington, PA; the mother of his daughter Paula, Laura Beach of Erin, NY; three grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins. Family and friends are invited to call Sunday, December 3, 2006, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Roberts Funeral Home, Inc., 279 Main Street, Wellsburg, NY. Funeral and committal service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 3 p.m. with Reverend James Carr officiating. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Wetona Cemetery, Wetona, PA. Memorials are directed to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7378, Burlington Road, East Smithfield, PA 18817.
YOUNG - Douglass J. Young -While Douglass J Young was unloading hay with a horse fork on the Sargeant farm in Wetona, about 4 o’clock Monday afternoon a pulley block dropped from the peak of the barn and struck him on the head, causing almost instant death. News of the fatality was everywhere received with expressions of the keenest sorrow and regret for the decedent was held in the highest esteem, and justly so. He was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Elisha Young and leaves besides his wife, who was Carrie Brooks, four sons and two daughters—Harry of State College; Roy, E J and Brooks, Dorothy and Ruth. His mother also is living and three sisters. He was active in the church and the Grange.
YOUNG Ernest R.
Age 76, of Springfield Township, PA, died at home Tuesday, December 22, 2009. Ernie was born December 4, 1933 in Wetona, PA, son of the late Richard and Genevieve (Reeser) Young. He was a graduate of Troy High School and was married to the former Wilma Kittle on November 22, 1951. Ernie was a retired Dairy Farmer and was a lifelong steward of the land. His memberships included the Wetona Methodist Church and past member of the Pennsylvania Holstein Association, Holstein Association of America and for many years was the Dairy Cattle Superintendent at the Troy Fair. He enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports, working with the area youth in the Kids Club in Wetona and 4H. Survivors include his loving wife, Wilma K. Young of Wetona; three sons, Kenneth (Violet) Young of Wetona, Rodney (Darlene) Young of Blossburg, Jerry Young of Wetona; four daughters, Vicki Haight of Harrisburg, Cynthia (Dr. Richard) Husband of Granville Summit, Judi (Stephen) Brunelle of Springfield, Kristin (Todd) Seeley of Springfield; a brother, Thomas (Shirley) Young of Troy; sister, Alma Hartman of Elmira, NY; aunt, Marie Bennett of Canandaigua, NY; 18 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; six brothers-in-law, W. Duane, Donald, Leland "Skip", Willis, Gary and Harry Kittle; several nieces, nephews and cousins. His parents and a brother-in-law, Harold Hartman, predeceased Ernie. Family and friends are invited to call from 12 to 2 p.m. Sunday, December 27, 2009, at the Gerald W. Vickery, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., 110 West Main Street, Troy, PA. His funeral service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 2 p.m. with Rev. Rich Noggle, Rev. Jim Crupi and Rev. Charlotte Morse officiating. Interment will follow in Wetona Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are directed to the Wetona Methodist Church Building Fund, 205 Redington Avenue, Troy, PA 16947 or to Bradford County 4H, c/o Bradford County Extension Office, 401 South 4th Street, Towanda, PA 18848. Published in Star-Gazette December 24, 2009
YOUNG G. LEWIS
(Local News) G. Lewis Young, infant son of Max and the late Alma Hicks Young, died last Sunday in Wetona, aged 4 weeks. Funeral services were held at the home at 3 Monday afternoon and interment was in the Wetona cemetery. TGR 1918
YOUNG—After a long and painful illness at her home in Wetona, Mrs. John W. Young died on Nov. 7, aged 73 years. Mrs. Young was Miss Jerusha Young. She was a consistent Chrtistian and faithful attendant of church and Sunday school, until prevented by illness. She was a charter member of the Mite Society, which was later called the L. A. S. She is survived by her husband, an adopted son, Robert S. and a sister, Mrs. L. W. GRAHAM of Waverly. The funeral was held Monday, Nov. 10 at the home, interment being in the Wetona cemetery. TGR 1913 (Apparenlty both own surname and married alias were Young)
YOUNG –LILLIAN JACKSON. On September 5, 1998, the Lord called home the soul of His servant, Lillian B. (Young) Jackson, after a brief stay at Robert Packer Hospital. She was a lifelong resident of Wetona, PA, having been born there November 12, 1910 the daughter of Walter and Floy (Bailey) Young. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother. Well-known for her crocheting skills as well as her cooking, her macaroni and cheese was the favorite of church supper patrons for many years. Lillian led a very active life, serving her Lord and cherishing her family. She was the organist at the Wetona United Methodist Church for 39 years, a Sunday School teacher for 28 years and past president of the Ladies Aid Society. She was charter member of the Mt. Pisgah Wesleyan Church, founded in 1994. Her Christian walk has been a testimony to everyone. Her loving husband, L. P. Jackson, died May 3, 1995, after 66 years of Holy Matrimony. Lillian is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Leatrice and Elwood Braud, Wetona; son and daughter-in-law, William and Phyllis Jackson, Wetona; five grand-children; Gary Braud and wife Eunice, Wetona; Gail Walrath and husband David, East Smithfield; Trudy Sheeley and husband Paul, Wetona; Lavern Jackson and wife Tammy, Wetona; and James Jackson, Wetona; eight great-grandchildren; Jay Braud and wife Jennifer, Harrisburg; Jeremy and Greta Braud, Wetona; Scott and Melissa Walrath, East Smithfield; Jill, Aaron, and Craig Sheeley, Wetona; one great-great-grandson, Ben Braud, Harrisburg; several nieces and nephews. Aside from her late husband she was preceded in death by brothers Russell B. and Frederick Young and grandson Michael Jackson. Funeral services were held September 8 at the Vickery funeral Home, Troy with the Rev. Lynn Ensign and the Rev. Robert Finch officiating. Interment will be in Wetona Cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to the Mt. Pisgah Wesleyan Church, c/o Judy Sargeant; PO Box 10, East Smithfield, PA or the Wetona United Methodist Church, c/o Mara Sargeant, RR 3, Troy, PA. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
YOUNG Lillian B. JACKSON, 87, of Wetona, PA died September 5, 1998 after a brief stay at the Robert Packer Hospital. Lillian was a lifelong resident of Wetona having been born there November 12, 1910, the daughter of Walter and Floy (Bailey) Young. Lillian lived a very active life. She was organist at the Wetona United Methodist Church for 39 years, a Sunday school teacher for 28 years and past president of the Ladies Aid Society. She was a charter member of the Mt. Pisgah Wesleyan Church, founded in 1994. Lillian is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Leatrice and Elwood Braund of Wetona, a son and daughter-in-law, William and Phyllis Jackson of Wetona; grandchildren, Gary Braund and his wife Eunice of Wetona, Gail Walrath and husband David of East Smithfield, Trudy Sheeley and husband Paul of Wetona, Lavern and wife Tammy of Wetona and James Jackson of Wetona; great-grandchildren, Jay Braund and his wife Jennifer of Harrisburg, Jeremy Braund and Greta Braund of Wetona, Scott Walrath and Melissa Walrath of East Smithfield, Jill Aaron and Craig Sheeley of Wetona; great-great-grandson, Ben Braund of Harrisburg; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, L.P. Jackson in 1995; brothers, Russel B. and Frederick Young; grandson, Michael Jackson. Funeral services were held at the Vickery Funeral Home in Troy on September 8 with the Rev. Lynn Ensign and Rev. Robert Finch officiating and interment to be in the Wetona Cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to the Mt. Pisgah Wesleyan Church, c/o Judy Sargeant, PO Box 10, East Smithfield, PA 18817 or the Wetona United Methodist Church c/o Mara Sargeant RR 3, Troy, PA 16947. TGR
RICHARD M. YOUNG, 75 of Columbia Cross Roads RD 2, died Wednesday,
Sept. 11, 1985. Born April 2, 1910 in Wetona, Pa. a son of Max and Alma
Hicks Young. He was a life-long resident of Wetona and was an active
member of the Wetona United Methodist Church for over 60 years. He was a
retired farmer and member of Wetona Valley Grange No. 1319. He is
survived by his wife of 56 years, Genevieve Reeser Young; sons and
daughters-in-law; Ernest and Wilma Young of Troy RD 1 and Tom and Shirley Young
of Troy RD 11; a daughter, Mrs. Harold (Alma) Hartman of Elmira, NY; a sister,
Mrs. Marie Bennett of Florida; 16 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren;
several nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Vickery Funeral home
in Troy on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9. The funeral service will be held
Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Michael Trimmer and the Rev. George
Durie officiating. Burial will be in Wetona Cemetery, Wetona, Pa.
Memorial may be directed to WPEL, Montrose, Pa. or the Bible Lighthouse, Sayre,