Wyalusing Cemetery, Wyalusing, Bradford
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HALL Dorothy Mae Hall Felter
died on June 2, 2013, at the age of 92. She was born on April 7, 1921 in Pleasant Run, N.J., to the late Norwood S. and Margaret Stevens Hall. After graduating from Clinton High School in New Jersey in the class of 1938, she went on to complete beauty school. She then married Edward E. Felter Jr. in 1940. After raising her family, she worked at local dress factories, did clerical work at the Wyalusing School Office, and did book keeping for Bradford County Action, retiring on her 79th birthday. Dorothy loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed bowling with the Ottaviani Contacts team for many years and was an auxiliary member of the American Legion Post No. 534. She is survived by her daughter Pat Luttinen of Wyalusing; sons Keith (Rosanne) Felter of Rome, Wayne Felter of Wyalusing and Glenn Felter and special friend Brenda Robinson of Wyalusing; sister Ethel (Walter) Graham of Lebanon N.J.; and a brother Willard (Jean) Hall of Libby, Mont.; grandchildren Kathy (Robert) Lantz, Susan (Rollie) Conner, Edward E Felter IV, Hayden (Lisa) Felter, Col. Keith (Hailley) Felter Jr., Elizabeth (Michael) Mooney, Chris (Bettina) Felter, Wayne Felter II, Nicole Heeman, Angela (Adam) Oliver; numerous step-grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and many step-great-grandchildren. Dorothy was predeceased by husband Edward in September of 2004; a son Edward Felter III in 1997; a grandson Aaron Felter in 2005; infant great-grandson Jacob Drew Heeman in 2006; brother Col. Robert Hall in 2006; and a son-in-law, Paul Luttinen in 2008. A funeral service will be held on at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 7, 2013, at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, Pa., with the Rev. Dr. Karen Ballard, pastor of the Rome Presbyterian Church, officiating. Interment will be in the Wyalusing Cemetery, Wyalusing, Pa. Friends may call at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home from 9:30 a.m. on Friday, June 7, 2013 until the time of the service. The family requests that donation be sent to the Memorial Hospice Home Health, One Hospital Drive, Towanda, PA 18848 or a charity of one's choice. Towanda Daily Review – June 4, 2013
HALL Warren J. Hall
75, of Brackney, PA, went home to be with the Lord on Dec. 22, 2012. He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara, of six-years. He was predeceased by his second wife, Evelyn in 2005 and a brother, Roscoe. Warren is survived by his children: George Bartlett, Carrie and John Whitney, Barbara Jean Zsigray, Tammy and Dan Boldon, C.J. and Jill Hall, Kevin Raymond and Susan Armitage, Shawn and Leslie Raymond, Michael and Jodi Raymond, Jim and Kerrilee Hall, Harold and Susan Hall, Nancy and Paul Taylor, Peggy and Mike Laursen. A brother, Ronald Hall; first wife, Donna; and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and extended family. Prior to his retirement, Warren was employed for the Wyalusing School District. He was an active member of Silver Lake Presbyterian Church, where he enjoyed teaching the adult Sunday school class. Warren had an unbelievable sense of humor and could always be found telling jokes. He enjoyed his life, loved the Lord, his family and friends. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 at the Silver Lake Presbyterian Church with Pastor Rick Rosenkrans. Inurnment will be made in the Wyalusing Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, Inc. Wyalusing Rocket Courier – December 28, 2012
HANZOK Robert B. Hanzok, age 61, of 621 Lime Hill, Wyalusing, Pa., died on Monday, Jan. 17, 2011 at the Robert Packer Hospital with his loving family at his side. Bob was born July 21, 1949 in Minersville, Pa., son of Anne M. Steponaitis Hanzok and the late John J. Hanzok. His family moved to New Albany when he was an infant and he attended St. Basil's Elementary School and graduated from the Wyalusing High School, a member of the class of 1968. He attended Mansfield University and was called to service with the U.S. Navy and was medically retired in Philadelphia. He married the former Priscilla Welles of Wyalusing on Aug. 16, 1969. He began working in the Medical Equipment and Supply business, eventually owning his own company in South Jersey. They moved back to Wyalusing in 2000. Surviving are: spouse, Priscilla of at home; three daughters, Monique (Howard) Fineman of East Orange, N.J., Manon Hanzok of Shamong, N.J., Marquel (Thuy Nguyen) Hanzok of Shamong, N.J.; mother, Anne Hanzok of Cherry Hill, N.J.; three brothers, Jack Hanzok of Fort Mill, S.C., Mark (Sandra) Hanzok of Cherry Hill, N.J., Kevin Hanzok of Cherry Hill, N.J.; five grandchildren, Griffin Bevere, Gavin Bevere, Bennett Fineman, Dorian Nguyen, Aubrey Nguyen. Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 21, 2011 at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, Pa. A private graveside service will be held on Saturday at the Wyalusing Cemetery, with the Rev. Joseph R. Hornick, presiding. The family will provide the flowers and request that Memorial Contributions be sent to the Wyalusing Public Library, P.O. Box 98, Wyalusing, PA. Towanda Daily Review – January 19, 2011
HARDING - Jessie Mary Douglas, 92, of Hollenback, died Thursday evening, July 23, 2009, at the Skilled Nursing Unit in Towanda, Pa. She was born on Dec. 14, 1916, a daughter of the late Lyle and Maude (NICHOLS) Harding. On June 24, 1939, Jessie married Jonathan "John" Douglas in Meshoppen, Pa. It was a loving and devoted marriage of over 61 years. Her husband preceded her in death on Nov. 5, 2000. Jessie was a loving mother and care giver. She enjoyed attending the Hollenback United Methodist Church. She and her husband enjoyed their time spent camping, and watching horse shows. She enjoyed tending her flower gardens, she especially loved playing dominoes, and found great pleasure in time spent with her family. Surviving are her children, Philip and Vernie Douglas, of Hanford, Calif., Ivan Douglas, of Hollenback, Pa., Sheila and Edmond Johnson, of Hollenback, Pa.; her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Warren Harding; a sister, Norma Finch; by an infant brother; and an infant grandson. Friends and family are invited to call from 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, July 26, at the McHenry Funeral Home, 106 Church St., Wyalusing, Pa., and from 10 a.m. until the time of funeral service on Monday, July 27. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 27, in the McHenry Funeral Home with the Rev. John Dabback, pastor of the Sugar Run Presbyterian Church, officiating. 25 July 2009, Towanda Daily Review.
HARRIS Jane E - Mrs. Jane E. Harris Welles, age 80, of
Wyalusing, Pa., died
on Tuesday, June 8, 2010, at the Wyalusing Personal Care Home, surrounded by her loving family. Jane was born on March 22, 1930 in Waverly, N.Y., a daughter of the late Duane and Frances Rowe Harris. She graduated from the Laceyville High School, Class of 1948, she then attended Elmira College. Jane married Lincoln Welles of Wyalusing, Pa., on May 22, 1949. They celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary this past May. Jane was a member of the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church, Wyalusing, Pa. Jane most valued her time spent with her family. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She was an avid golfer, a member of the Towanda Country Club, Towanda, Pa., and Gulf Harbor Country Club, Fort Myers, Fla. Jane loved music. She played and taught the piano for many years and accompanied many productions, including plays by Bill Keeler, and musical performances at the Gulf Harbor Country Club. Jane was a member of the Wyalusing Choraliers and the Wyalusing Musical Society. She was a past president of the Towanda Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. She was a Girl Scout leader as well as a Den Mother for the Cub Scouts. Surviving are: her spouse Lincoln Welles Sr., at home; son and daughter-in-law, Lincoln (Lynn) Welles Jr. of Wyalusing, Pa.; daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara Welles (Sven Ake) Nystrom of Stockholm, Sweden, Deborah (Lanny) Tethers of Wyalusing, Pa.; grandchildren, Loren Welles of Wyalusing, Pa., Julia Welles Nystrom of Stockholm, Sweden, Eric Welles Nystrom of New York City, N.Y., Stephanie Karin (Joseph) Joyce of Cumming, Ga., Melissa (Christopher) Tewksbury of Wyalusing, Pa., Emily Stethers and fiancé Bryan Hunter of Dayton, Ohio; great-grandchildren, Stephan Tewksbury of Wyalusing, Pa., Mackenzie Tewksbury of Wyalusing, Pa.; Trennen Tewksbury of Wyalusing, Pa., Mathew Joyce of Cumming, Ga.; Joshua Joyce of Cumming, Ga.; sister, Anne Schumacher of Houston, Texas; brother, James (Arleen) Harris and Warrenton, Va.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 13, at the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church, Wyalusing, Pa., with the Rev. Dr. Steve Starzer, her former pastor, and Rev. Barry Ballard officiating. Interment will be in the Wyalusing Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 12 at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, PA. Memorials are directed to the Jane Welles Musical Scholarship c/o Wyalusing Area Educational Foundation, attn: Joe Keblitsch, P.O. Box 157, Wyalusing, PA 18853. To send condolences or sign the e-guestbook, please go to homerfuneralhome.com Published in Daily Review from June 10 to June 11, 2010
HARRIS Jane E. - The funeral of Jane E. Welles of Wyalusing, PA was held on Sunday, June 13 from the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, at the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Dr. Stephen W. Starzer, Rev. Barry R. Ballard and the Rev. Helen H. Learn officiating. Interment was in the Wyalusing Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Lanny Stethers, Sven Ake Nystrom, Eric Welles Nystrom, Joseph Joyce, Christopher Tewksbury, Bryan Hunter and Stephan Tewksbury. – Wyalusing rocket Courier, June 17, 2010
MISS LEONA E. HARVEY, R.N. age 88 formerly of Wyalusing died on Thursday, April 3, 2003 at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Memorial Hospital, Towanda. Leona was born in Wyalusing on Jan. 26, 1915 a daughter of the late Henry and Lillian Vanderpoole Harvey. She graduated from the Wyalusing High School and later graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in Philadelphia in 1940. Leona was a private-duty nurse in Philadelphia for many years, moving back to Bradford County in 2002. She was a member of the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church. Surviving are nieces and nephews. Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family with interment in the Wyalusing Cemetery. –Towanda Daily Review
HINES William R. Hines
Funeral services for William R. Hines, formerly of Hightstown, who died Sunday, will be Friday at 2 p.m. at the Kerr Funeral Home in Wyalusing, Pa. Friends may call Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Mr. Hines lived at 102 Monticello Ave. He was born in Camptown, Pa. Also formerly of Endicott, N.Y., he retired from IBM in Dayton, N.J., after 38 years of service. He was a member of the Unity Daylight Lodge 1146 F&AM in Endicott. Mr. Hines is survived by his wife, Bess Vanderpool Hines; a son, James R. of Hightstown; a daughter, Mrs. Marita McCormick of Vashon, Wash.; two sisters, Mrs. Gertrude Strong of Wyalusing, Pa. and Mrs. Marion Shellenberger of West Palm Beach, Fla; and three grandchildren. Contributions may be made to the Deborah Heart and Lung Center, Browns Mills, N.J. Wyalusing Cemetery
HOFFMAN - Donald L. Hoffman, age 84, of Wyalusing, Pa., diedpeacefully on Thursday morning, Jan. 15, 2009, at home. Don was born in Terrytown, Pa., on April 20, 1924, the son of the late George and Anna Shaffer Hoffman. He attended Wyalusing High School. After school he joined the U.S. Army during WWII, during which he served in the Philippines. After the war he returned to Wyalusing, where he met and married the former Patricia Welles on Feb. 2, 1952. Soon after coming home, Don went to work for Serafini Construction Company. Then he worked at GTE Sylvania from which he retired in 1986 after 35 years of service. Don was a member of the American Legion Post 534, Wyalusing, Pa. He was a past member of the Wyalusing Borough Council. He was a jack of all trades. He enjoyed spending time with his family, and helping his children with various projects. Surviving are: spouse, Patricia, at home; children Gary and Pam Hoffman of Asylum Township, Pa., Gwen and Arlo McMicken of Wyalusing, Pa., and Gretchen and Francis (Pete) McClure Columbia Crossroads, Pa.; grandchildren Thomas Hoffman and Joel McMicken; step-grandchildren Jonathan McMicken, Shannon McMicken, Ben McClure, Donald Clark and Rob Clark; several great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and two special caregivers, Bunny MacDonald and Sandra Bates. He was predeceased by two sisters, Georgianna Cooley and Dora Kasmierski, and a step-grandson, Dee Jay McClure. Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009, at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, Pa., with the Rev. Barry R. Ballard, pastor of the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church, officiating. Interment will be in the Wyalusing Cemetery, Wyalusing, Pa. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the time of the service Tuesday morning at the Homer Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Wyalusing Public Library, PO Box 98, Wyalusing, Pa. 18853, or a charity of your choice. RHW. Daily Review.
HOWARD DONALD HOFFMAN, 85 beloved husband, father and grandfather of Standing Stone Township, Pa., and Hernando, Fla., formerly of New Albany, Pa., died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007, at the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio following complications from surgery. Born May 16, 1921, in Wyalusing, Pa., he was the son of the late Conry Joseph Hoffman and Edith May Crowl Hoffman. On July 14, 1942, Howard entered the U.S. Army Air Force, where he served with the 488th Base Unit Squadron D during World War II, until Feb. 22, 1946 when he received his honorable discharge. On Aug. 24, 1946, Howard married the former L. Carol McClintock in Waterford, Pa., and they returned to the New Albany area where they resided for many years. Howard was employed by E.I. DuPont in Towanda for 37 years until his retirement in January of 1983. He was a member of the New Albany Baptist Church and Parish and was an active member of the New Albany Town Council and New Albany Volunteer Fire Department for many years. Howard enjoyed gardening, fishing, old coins and old cars. Surviving are: his wife of 60 years, L. Carol McClintock Hoffman, at home; his daughter, Dr. Nancy E. Hoffman of Hartford, Conn.; his son, Bruce D. Hoffman, and his wife, Francy Neiley Hoffman, of Standing Stone, Pa.; his grandchildren, Melina Ann, Jonathan Devere and Kelly Margaret; and his brother, Jacob J. Hoffman of Fillmore, N.Y. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister, Eleanor Hoffman Shannon, and his sister-in-law, Marie Potter Hoffman. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa., with Pastor Daniel Jordan of the New Albany Parish officiating. Interment will be in the Wyalusing Cemetery, Wyalusing, Pa. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the New Albany Parish, PO Box 19, New Albany, Pa. in Howard Donald Hoffman's memory. -Towanda Daily Review 1/3/2007
HOGAN Philip L. “Lynn” Hogan
84, of 517 Hogan Rd., Sugar Run, PA (Sugar Hill) passed away late Thursday evening, Jan. 24, 2013. Lynn, also known as Pop, was born on Feb. 18, 1928 in Weehawken, NJ, the son of the late Philip Christopher and Gertrude Lynn Hogan. Lynn served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Pop drove school bus in the Wyalusing Valley School District for many years. He was also a chef. He was a member of the Wyalusing American Legion Post #534. Pop was most noted for his quick wit and good humor. Most of all, he loved his children and grandchildren. Lynn is survived by his sons, Michael L. Hogan of Sugar Run, Philip L. Hogan, Jr. (Danielle Bonavita) of South Montrose; his daughters, Dorothy L. Eastabrook (David) of Herrickville and Penny L. Hamilton (Terry) of Sugar Run; grandchildren Aaron, Jesse, Lucas (Katie), John, Miranda and Collin; his great-grandchildren Chasity, Matais, and Carlee Ann. Also surviving are special friends, Richard Davis and Walter Lohman and his faithful companion, Minnie. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Barbara Ann Hogan, who passed away on Dec. 25, 2009. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 11 a.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville, with Pastor Mike MacWhinnie of the Moxie Community Church and Rev. Richard Davis of Memorial Hospice officiating. Interment followed at the Wyalusing Cemetery with military services conducted by the members of the Wyalusing American Legion Post #534. Family and friends called at the funeral home on Tuesday, Jan. 29, from 6 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make memorial donations may do so in Lynn’s name to the Wyalusing Public Library, PO Box 98, Wyalusing, PA 18853; the Salvation Army, 218 Main St., Towanda, PA 18848, or Memorial Hospital Hospice, 1 Hospital Dr., Towanda, PA 18848. Wyalusing Rocket Courier – January 31, 2013
HOOVER, JAMES J. James Joseph Hoover, 46, of Towanda, died August 10, 1987 at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Towanda Memorial Hospital after a lingering illness. Born in Sayre on August 30, 1939 he was the son of the late Andrew R. Hoover and the former Emma Vanderpoel. Survivors include his former wife, Sharon Allan of Troy, PA; his daughter, Shannon of Troy; two sisters; nieces and nephews. A graveside memorial service was held August 13 at the Wyalusing Cemetery with Rev. Dr. Stephen Starzer officiating. Donations may be made in his memory and directed to the American Cancer Society, 515 S. Main St., Athens, PA 18810. (TGR Aug. 13, 1987)
NORMAN H. HUFFMAN, age 80 of Wyalusing, Pa., died on Sunday, March 16, 2003 at Memorial Hospital in Towanda. He was born on September 8, 1922 in Wilmot Township, Bradford County, Pa., a son of the late Fred and Georgia Meeks Huffman. Norman has been a lifetime resident of the Wyalusing area. He was a member of the Wyalusing United Methodist Church; the International Order of Odd Fellows, a 50-year member of Wyalusing Lodge No. 618 F.& A.M.; and he served on the Wyalusing Borough Council for 24 years. He was self-employed by Huffman Brothers in Wyalusing. He enjoyed spending time with his friends at Park Place. He leaves surviving his wife of 35 years, Peggy Huffman, at home; his children, April Huffman of Monroeton, Robin Huffman and special friend, Ken Lewis of Downingtown, PA, Michael Cantrell of Wyalusing, Susan and Jim Zrooman of Millerton, Pa.; his loving dog, KIZER; brothers and sisters-in-law: Raymond Huffman of Wyalusing, Lloyd and Katherine Huffman of Wyalusing; a sister, Marilyn and Larry Kneller of Merryall; sisters-in-law: Theresa Huffman of Wyalusing and Lena Huffman of Wyalusing; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Alfred, Levi, Melbourne, Andrew and a sister, Gladys. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 2 p.m. in the Wyalusing United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Russell Pierce, his pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Wyalusing Cemetery. Friends and family are invited to call on Tuesday evening, March 18, 2003 at the McHenry funeral Home from 5-9 p.m. A Masonic funeral service will be conducted on Tuesday evening, March 18, 2003 at the funeral home at 8 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the Wyalusing United Methodist Church, the Wyalusing Ambulance Association or the Park Place Senior Center’s activity fund in Mr. Huffman’s name. –Towanda Daily Review
JACKSON MARJORIE E. BURGESS, 84, of Gaylord Street, Wyalusing, died peacefully at her home on Jan. 3, 2004, with her family at her side. She is survived by her four children, Donald Jackson Burgess of Wyalusing, Kay Lynne Johnson of Wyalusing, Alice Jean Hillis of Phillipsburg, N.J., and David Allen Burgess of Wyalusing; two sons-in-law, William H. Hillis of Phillipsburg and Sheldon H. Johnson of Wyalusing; a daughter-in-law, Susan J. Burgess of Wyalusing; 10 grandchildren plus their spouses, Lori and Steve Wade of Colorado, Jamie and Tammy Burgess of Wyalusing, Ted and Ana Burgess of Wyalusing, Amy and Doug Eberlin of Wyalusing, Christopher Davis of Wyalusing, Jeffrey Hillis of Bangor, and Jason Hillis of Easton, Pa.; nine step-grandchildren plus their spouses, Pat and Phil Kelly, Cathie Elliott and Donald Bake, Tim Johnson, Telysa and Tony Tewksbury, Tami and Larry Potenzino, Dennis and Marie Girven, Marci and Jody Dake, and Tammy David; 19 great-grandchildren; 14 step-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Theodore R. Burgess; her parents, Frank and Alice Jackson; two brothers, Wardell and Gerald Jackson; a sister-in-law, Helen Jackson; and a daughter-in-law, Rebecca Burgess. She is also survived by her caretaker, Sally Turner, who spent many hours caring for her and became a trusted and valued friend. Marjorie was born at home on Sugar Hill on Nov. 21, 1919. She graduated from Wyalusing High School in 1937. She was married to Theodore R. Burgess on April 10, 1937. Marjorie and her husband, Theodore, owned Wyalusing farm and Home Hardware Store and the Farm and Home furniture Store, which they operated for years. She was a member of the Wyalusing United Methodist Women and the United Methodist Live Wires and a chartered member of the Yellow Rock Square Dancers. Marjorie loved to read, crochet, work crossword puzzles, decorate, play card and board games, and fish and also enjoyed plants, flowers and crafts. She will always be remembered for her great love of home and family. In the warmer weather, she often enjoyed family and friends gathering at the family pavilion. Marjorie was married for 63 years to her best friend and sweetheart, Theodore. The viewing will take place at the McHenry Funeral Home, church Street, Wyalusing, on Tuesday, Jan. 66. Friends and relatives may call between the hours of 6 and 9 p.m. Funeral services will be at the Wyalusing United Methodist Church, Church Street, on Wednesday, Jan. 7, at 10:30 a.m. with interment in the Wyalusing Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Wyalusing Untied Methodist Church, the Wyalusing Public Library and The American Heart Association. –Towanda Daily Review..
JOHNSON - Beatrice "Bea" Johnson Hoover Gillespie, 98, of
Wyalusing, Terrytown, Pa., died
Thursday, April 22, 2010 at Memorial Hospital, North Towanda Township, Pa. Beatrice was born Dec. 17, 1911, on Viallhill, Terrytown, Pa., the daughter of the late Esmond Johnson Sr. and Della VANDERPOOL Johnson. Beatrice worked several domestic jobs, Mills Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital, Mary's Restaurant and Rynveld's Wreath Company. She was employed by Sylvania Electric in Towanda during World War II. She retired in 1976. Bea loved being home working in her vegetable and flower gardens until she was 96 years old and decided she had to slow down. She was a hard-working woman and loving mother to her family. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Bea attended the Wysox Presbyterian Church until declining health no longer permitted her to continue. She is survived by: her children, Charles M. Hoover (Marie) of Wyalusing, Pa., Richard L. Hoover (Lieselot) of LaPlace, La., Mary Foster of Campo, Calif., Janet Price of Nunica, Mich., Lucretia Friery (Joseph) of Wyalusing, Pa., Juanita Tenasco (Raymond) of Wyalusing, Pa.; step-son, Phillip Gillespie (Edna) of Dover, Del.; 20 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; 22 great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Bernita Wright of Sayre, Pa., Bernetta Ellis of Elmira, N.Y., Gladys Merritt of Wyalusing, Pa., and Virginia Johnson of Sayre, Pa.; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; as well as special friends and care givers Penny Masters and her daughter Amanda. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by: her husband of 19 years, Eugene H. Hoover on Dec. 28, 1949; her husband of 25 years, Henry G. Gillespie on Sept. 12, 1991; brothers Carl, Cecil, Esmond Jr., Alfred and Sherman Johnson; sisters Ruth Johnson, Martha Johnson, Louise Mosier, Evelyn Hite, Arlene Vanderpool and Hazel Elliott; and sons-in-law Ted Foster and Russell Price. The funeral service will be held at noon Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa., with Pastor Dennis Fox of the Faith Baptist Church, Terrytown, Pa., officiating. Interment will follow in the Wyalusing Cemetery, Wyalusing, Pa. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be directed to the Faith Baptist Church, RR 2 Box 145 A, Wyalusing, PA 18853, or to the Bradford County Humane Society, P.O. Box 179, Ulster, PA 18850, in Beatrice Johnson Hoover Gillespie's memory. April 24, 2010, Towanda Daily Review. Picture found April 29, 2010, Wyalusing Rocket Courier.
RONALD LAVERNE JOHNSON SR., 68, well-known resident of Terrytown, died unexpectedly Thursday evening, Feb. 10, 2005, at Memorial Hospital of Towanda. Born Feb. 27, 1936, in Sayre, he was the son of the late Admiral Johnson and Florence Mosier Johnson. Ronald was a graduated of Towanda High School Class of 1955. On Dec. 31, 1955, he married the former Doris Louise Chilson in North Towanda. Following graduation from high school, Ronald became employed by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation in Towanda and remained there for his entire career of 40 years until his retirement in October of 1995. He was a member of the National Trappers Association, the National Rifle Association and the Robwood Mountain Gun Club. Ronald enjoyed attending local sporting activities and was an avid fan of local auto racing events. He greatly loved his grandchildren and spending time with them and enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, trapping, hunting and fishing. Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Doris Louise, at home; three daughters and sons-in-law, Pamela and Charlie, Linda and Bruce, and Carol and Henry; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Junior and Tammy, Randy, and Ricky and Anna; 10 grandchildren, Jamie, Brian, Bruce Jr., Scott, Windy, Julian, Kyle, April, Kelly and Katie; four great-grandchildren, Destiny, Breezie, Scott Jr. and Jordy; a brother, Billy; four sisters, Doris, Lucille, Janice and Sherry; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by two grandsons, Charlie Jr. and Luke; a son-in-law, Fred; a daughter-in-law, Paula; a brother, Marvin; a sister, Vonnie Ellen; and two nephews, Dean and Nate. A private funeral service will be held at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, Towanda, with Pastor Dennis fox of the Faith Baptist Church, Terrytown, officiating. Interment will be in the Wyalusing Cemetery, Wyalusing. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial contributions be directed to the North East Pennsylvania Lawnmower Association, in care of Pattie Tewksbury, RR #, Box 3217, Laceyville, Pa in Ronald LaVerne Johnson Sr.’s memory. –Towanda Daily Review.
JONES - Roy Wellington Jones, 90, of Wyalusing, PA, died on Thursday, March 20, 2008, at the family home on Taylor Avenue. Born in Wilkes-Barre, PA, on March 27, 1917, Roy was the son of Roy G. C. Jones and Virgilia Taylor Jones of Wyalusing, where he spent his early years. He was named in honor of his father, Roy G. C. Jones, who was a prominent Bradford County politician, and his grandfather, Alonzo Wellington Jones, who fought for Pennsylvania in the Civil War. His great-great grandfather, John A. Jones, fought in the American Revolution. These connections nurtured Roy’s life-long interest in his Jones and Taylor family heritage and continuing a family tradition of public service. After spending most of his professional career in Rochester, NY, Roy returned to the family home in Wyalusing for a very active retirement and leaves a remarkable legacy of community, state and national public service. He graduated from Wyalusing High School in 1934 as president of his class and from the Elmira Business Institute in 1936. He also attended the Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Buffalo. He joined the Kraft Cheese Company in 1936 and worked in New York (Elmira and Rochester) and Illinois (Peoria and Chicago) for six years. In 1942, he joined the Stromberg-Carlson Company in Rochester, which later became the Electronics Division of the General Dynamics Corporation. His assignments in support of U.S. national defense activities took him to plants in California, Oklahoma, Florida, New Jersey, Connecticut and New York. He served in many management positions, including Director of Operations, Director of Industrial Relations and Plant Manager in Rochester prior to his retirement in February 1979. Roy was a life-long Presbyterian and served as Deacon and Elder in Rochester’s Twelve Corners Presbyterian Church, Clerk of Session Emeritus of the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church and Vice-Moderator of the Presbytery of Lackawanna in Pennsylvania. He was also a life member of the Wyalusing Masonic Lodge #618, the Scottish Rite Consistory in Rochester and the Irem Temple Shrine in Wilkes-Barre. In Rochester, Roy was a life member of the Rochester Engineering Society; life member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers; member and a Committee Chairman of the Electronics Industry Association; life member of the Telephone Pioneers of America; ten-year member of the Board of Directors for Blue Shield; honorary life member, president and Director of the Rochester Rehabilitation Center; Chairman of the Industrial Management Council; member of the Antique Automobile Club of America and the Model A Ford Club of America; member of Governor Rockefeller’s New York-Florida Commission; member of the Rochester Civil Service Commission and listed in “Who’s Who in Commerce and Industry. In Wyalusing, he was elected the first Chairman of the Board of Directors of the People State Bank and Chairman of the Board of Peoples Ltd., a bank holding company in 1985; a director of the Wyalusing Industrial Development Commission; board member of the Wyalusing Valley Museum; Chairman of the Wyalusing Municipal Authority 1980-1985; Board of Directors of the Wyalusing Valley Improvement Project; member of the Community Development Advisory Committee of the Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission; retired as Chairman of Peoples State Bank and elected Chairman Emeritus in March 1992; established and endowed the Sarah E. Taylor Scholarship Award for the Wyalusing Elementary School in December 1983; Trustee of the Guthrie Healthcare System; Chairman of the Committee on Trustees and member of the Medical Policy Committee and member of the Board of Directors of the Long Term Care Division, Guthrie Healthcare System. He was recognized for his special contributions to the Guthrie Healthcare System by being named just the 11th Honorary Trustee in their history. Roy was predeceased by his beloved wife, Beverly Boone Jones, who died on Jan. 21, 2004 after 64 years of marriage. He was also predeceased by his sister, Sarah Jones, who died as in infant in 1920; a special aunt, Sarah Taylor, and two special cousins, Justus V. Taylor, III and Kenneth H. Taylor, Sr., all of Wyalusing. He is survived by his daughter, Pamela Jones Quentin of Wyalusing; son, David Wellington Jones and wife, Nancy of Wyalusing and Sanibel Island, FL; grandsons, Bradley Quentin and wife, Kimberly Boyce of Houston, TX, Daryl Quentin of Canton, OH and Roy Jones III of Reston, VA; granddaughter, Lisa Jones of London, England; great-granddaughter, Zada Jane Boyce-Quentin of Houston, TX; brother-in-law, Robert Boone and wife, Barbara of Rush, NY and numerous cousins and many dear friends. Family and friends called at the McHenry Funeral Home in Wyalusing on Tuesday, March 25, from 6 to 9 p.m. A Masonic funeral service was conducted by Wyalusing Lodge No. 618 F.&.A.M. at 6 p.m. There was also a viewing at the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, March 26 from 10 to 11 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. with Rev. Barry Ballard, his pastor, officiating. Interment in the Wyalusing Cemetery followed immediately. After the interment services, refreshments and fellowship in the church’s Social Room were hosted by the Presbyterian women. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church, Music and Choir Programs (Roy W. Jones), PO Box 25, Wyalusing, PA 18853. Submitted by Carol Hoose Brotzman
KEELER Barbara "Bobbi" Lord
Memorial Service January 31 for Wyalusing Mayor Bobbi Lord, 64 - 1/24/2008 Wyalusing Rocket
Wyalusing Mayor Barbara “Bobbi” (Keeler) Lord fell victim to cancer Monday evening, Jan. 21, 2008 at her home on Wyalusing’s Second Street. While she had been waging a battle with lung cancer since October 2006, her sudden death came unexpectedly and was a shock to her family and friends. Barbara Louise Keeler Lord was born on June 17, 1943, in Towanda, PA, a daughter of the late U.S. Air Force Colonel John Wells Keeler and Elinor Snyder Keeler. Bobbi spent the first 10 years of her life in Wyalusing, but later traveled with her parents to assignments at U.S. Air Force Bases around the world. The experience gave her a unique perspective on life and a special appreciation for the uniqueness of the small rural Pennsylvania community where she spent her early years. Bobbi lived in Arizona, Delaware, Virginia, the Philippines and Colorado as an “Air Force Brat.” She earned a journalism degree at Denver University, while her father was serving as public relations officer at the U.S. Air Force Academy, which is where she also met the young cadet who was to be her husband of 33 years, USAF Academy graduate Kenneth Lord. They were married at St. Mary’s Church in Wyalusing in November 1966. Bobbi and Ken enjoyed their life together at its fullest. They skied the mountains of Colorado and Utah and also became avid climbers. Bobbi found employment as head of public relations for the Stratosphere Casino in Las Vegas, while Ken, who reached the rank of major, continued his career as a USAF fighter pilot. Bobbi later worked as a real estate agent in Las Vegas. She was predeceased by Ken, who died in 1999. Bobbi returned to Wyalusing in 1998 and opened the Brewed Awakening Coffee and Gift Shop on Wyalusing’s Main Street with her sister, Sherri. They decorated the interior with old photos and other family memorabilia, and it became a popular morning meeting place as well as a lunch stop. Soon after her return to Wyalusing, Bobbi began writing for the Rocket-Courier, the local weekly newspaper which has been owned by five generations of her family. Her father was serving as publisher of the paper when he was killed in a plane crash in 1979. Bobbi was elected Mayor of Wyalusing in November 2005. She opened communications with state police in Towanda who agreed to increase patrols in Wyalusing where the local police force had been disbanded. She also pressed council to rejuvenate the local police department without success. Her final duty as mayor was to give the oath of office to new and re-elected members of the Wyalusing Borough Council on Jan. 7, 2008. She was gravely ill at the time. Bobbi was diagnosed with lung cancer in October 2006. When members of the community learned of this, they responded with a benefit for Bobbi the following January, which included a chicken dinner at the fire hall and an auction. Attendance was wonderful, thousands of dollars were raised, and Bobbi was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support. During her taxing struggle to overcome cancer, Bobbi maintained her sense of humor and continued to be active in the community. In an article appearing in the Rocket-Courier in November of 2007, announcing that she had been named honorary chairperson of Wyalusing’s 2008 Relay for Life, Bobbi told Wes Skillings: “Cancer has strengthened my faith. I’m not afraid of dying, but I’m in no hurry and have this inner feeling that God hasn’t finished with me yet on earth.” Along with serving as mayor, Bobbi also had served as President of the Greater Wyalusing Chamber of Commerce, secretary of the Wyalusing Rainbow Club, Wyalusing Valley Museum, WIDCO (Wyalusing Industrial Development Corporation) and Wyalusing Community Corps. She was recently named an elder at the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church. She leaves surviving her sister and brother in law, Sherida R. Keeler Schreier and Larry Schreier of Sugar Run, PA; her closest friend, Lorraine Murnane of Wyalusing, who was with Bobbi at her home when she died; a nephew, John Keeler; nieces, Hannah Vaughan and Margaret Keeler, all of Texas; a niece, Michele Gilbert Hughes of Albany, NY; a sister-in-law, Jeanette Keeler of Texas, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Along with her parents and former husband, Bobbi was predeceased by her brother, John Jay Keeler, who died in June 2005. A memorial service has been scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008, at 11 a.m. in the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Barry Ballard, her pastor, officiating. A fellowship luncheon will be held at the Wyalusing Area Chamber of Commerce Building immediately following. A private interment service will be held at the Wyalusing Cemetery at a later date. Flowers will be accepted. Memorials may be made in memory of Bobbi Keeler Lord to: Wyalusing Valley Museum Association, PO Box 301, Wyalusing, PA 18853; the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church, PO Box 25, Wyalusing, PA 18853; The Bobbi Lord Fund, c/o William Snyder, PO Box 355, Wyalusing, PA 18853; the American Cancer Society or to any Wyalusing area organization that serves the community.
Wyalusing Mayor Has 'Angels' on Her Side in Battle with Cancer - by Wes
Skillings - 11/29/2007 Wyalusing Rocket
“Cancer has strengthened my faith,” she says today. “I’m not afraid of dying, but I’m in no hurry and have this inner feeling that God hasn’t finished with me yet on earth.” Bobbi Lord
Bobbi Lord comes by her roots naturally. Although she has lived away from Wyalusing longer than she has been here, the first 10 years of her life and most of the last 10 have been right here in her hometown. Born Barbara Keeler in a community shaped by generations of her ancestors, including more than a century of family ownership of this newspaper, Bobbi is also the Mayor of Wyalusing, and not the only member of the family to hold that office. The latest honor bestowed upon her is bittersweet. She has been chosen as the Honorary Chair of the 2008 Wyalusing Relay for Life, and that will become official at a kickoff event for the cancer fundraiser on Wednesday, Dec. 12. That’s the sweet part, of course, and then there is the part about having cancer. She is both a survivor and a cancer patient, and the last year has been a mix of highs and lows. “Cancer has strengthened my faith,” she says today. “I’m not afraid of dying, but I’m in no hurry and have this inner feeling that God hasn’t finished with me yet on earth.” The past year, starting back in October 2006 when she was diagnosed with lung cancer, has been the most trying in her life, but she says it also helped her understand what “an amazing place” Wyalusing is. She has family and friends here and, in fact, her younger sister, Sherri, returned to Wyalusing first, back in 1995 following the death of their mother, Elinor, in 1994. Their father, a genuine military hero, died in a plane crash near Gettysburg in the summer of 1979 after returning to his hometown Wyalusing. “This was always home to us. I love this place so much.” She can say this now, though confessing that when she was younger, the thought of returning to Wyalusing to live wouldn’t have occurred to her. It seems their whole family has followed the lead of their parents. Older brother, Jay, returned to Wyalusing for a few years before moving back to Texas. Jay would become a casualty of cancer himself, passing away in June of 2005. With Bobbi and Jay being barely a year apart in age, losing him was even more personal for her, and little did she know cancer would intrude emphatically into her life literally months after mourning her brother’s death. It all started with a bad cold in the early fall of 2006. She couldn’t seem to shake it. It hung on well beyond the tenure of even the peskiest bronchial condition, and she had an ominous feeling something really bad was coming. Because of that dread, her initial diagnosis was actually welcomed. It was pneumonia, she was informed. But it wasn’t long before the truth came out with the diagnosis of lung cancer. Her year’s journey with cancer has been replete with ups and downs. It has included learning while she was still being treated for non-small cell lung cancer that there was cancer in her brain in the form of three small tumors. Month of treatments for first one, then the other, ended with a joyous pronouncement in September of this year that she was cancer free. However, some six weeks after that, from a follow-up MRI and CAT Scan, she was informed that several tumors were now in the liver. It was back to chemotherapy treatments, with some good news on the side that both the lungs and brain remained clear of cancer. She was to have her second “chemo” treatment for the liver cancer on Monday of this week, but the white cell count was a little low and that was postponed. “I have been healthy all of my life, until this cancer thing came along,” she says as if talking about catching a flu bug. “I learned that I have been blessed with a strong immune system.” The immune system that has served her so well has taken a beating, she concedes, and she sometimes worries whether it will hold up. However, her other trump card is the excellent and caring treatment she says she has received from Guthrie specialists, namely Dr. Jeffrey P. Allerton, who presides over her chemotherapy, and Dr. Gary Proulx, head of radiation oncology. “They make every patient feel like the most important person in the world,” she says of the staffs of both departments. Bobbi endured two rounds of radiation—back in mid-March when she went every day of the week for strategically applied doses of radiation to zap the lung cancer and, after the brain cancer diagnosis, when she endured 15 sessions. The treatments have done their job, but they have also taken something of a toll. One of the chemo cocktails has significantly robbed her of her hearing, requiring hearing aids equipped with mute buttons, which, she jokes, may come in handy for those she doesn’t want to listen to. The radiation treatments for the brain cancer appear to have made her hair loss permanent. That’s something no woman wants to hear, but she’s got the wigs to counter that. Lung cancer almost always starts in the lining of the bronchi, and it may take years to develop, with no symptoms or solid evidence, such as tumors, to betray its existence. After pre-cancerous becomes true cancer, that’s when blood vessels form to nourish cancer cells which form a tumor that eventually becomes large enough to detect on an x-ray. Then there is the element of metastasis, which is the process allowing cancer cells to break away and go to other parts of the body. Since lung cancer takes so long to detect, significant spreading may have taken place by the time it has been diagnosed. Non-small cell lung cancer, or NSCLC, is the most common type, and smoking is a major cause. For Bobbi, who quit a few months before she was diagnosed with lung cancer after smoking most of her adult life, it goes beyond the obvious regret of putting her health at risk. She admits feeling guilty and rather foolish for smoking despite all the evidence out there that it was shortening her life. One of the low points of her journey was awakening from surgery that was supposed to remove her lung cancer and being told that it had become too large for surgical removal. She says that if she hadn’t still been groggy from the drugs, she might not have taken the bad news so well. By the time she had returned home, however, the disappointment had taken its toll. “I broke down then when nobody could see me,” she says. The other low part was being told she had brain cancer and, upon receiving that word from her doctor’s office that this was the case, she was told that she needed to get there as soon as possible. “I was thinking that they must be expecting me to die at any time,” she recalled of that trip to Sayre. It turned out they just wanted to make certain she was properly informed before they proceeded with an amended course of treatment. She says that more than a year of dealing with cancer offers plenty of occasions to contemplate her mortality, especially when she is alone. Ironically, she is inspired every time she goes to the oncology department. A sign on one of the secretary’s computers proclaims: “If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.” It is a powerful reminder facing her every time she sits and awaits her next treatment. “I see that every time I go for chemo, and I think of it often in between. It’s true. He is getting me through it. I have lost a few battles during the year, but I sincerely feel like I’m going to win the war.” When you have faced three different cancer diagnoses in the course of a year, it could be easy to start feeling sorry for yourself. Indeed, Bobbi admits she has been her own guest of honor at an occasional pity party, but those periods of frustration and doubt are short-lived. She credits a lot of that to the special place she calls home. “Sometimes I have to be reminded that I am a walking miracle. I’ll be feeling sorry for myself because of aches and pains and then remember that a year ago I had a cancerous tumor that was too big to operate on. I thought that was a death sentence. “Instead, I found hundreds of people praying for me and taking care of me and today I’m walking around feeling pretty good. God sent me lots of angels to make a miracle.”
KEELER William Wells Keeler
Well known and widely respected Wyalusing publisher and community leader, died Friday evening at the Robert Packer Hospital following a lengthy illness. He was 57. Mr. Keeler, owner and publisher of the Wyalusing Rocket-Courier, was a native of Wyalusing and spent most of his life in that community. Born March 21, 1923, he was the son of the late J. George and Hazel WELLS Keeler, his father being the former postmaster of the community and his mother prominent in musical circles in the area. He graduated from Wyalusing High School in 1941 and was active in its alumni association. After graduation, he served in the United States Navy as a radioman and later as a musician in the Seventh Fleet Navy Band until 1945, seeing service in the northwest Pacific and Australia. He later graduated from Parson's School of Design, New York City in 1946. He returned to Wyalusing in 1947 to edit and publish the Wyalusing Rocket and Wyoming County Courier with his brother John W. Keeler. He became the sole editor and publisher in 1950 when John returned to military service during the Korean War. For a time he published The Wyoming County News at Tunkhannock which later he merged with the Rocket and Courier. He was known for his ability and fearless speaking out against conditions he considered wrong. The versatile publisher won many awards in art exhibitions, notably his landscape paintings. One on Mr. Keeler's painting is part of the permanent collection at the Everhard Museum in Scranton and another is part of the private collection of former Gov. William Scranton. Bill Keeler also played the Hammond organ professionally and composed several songs. Up to the time of his death, Mr. Keeler was writing a history of Wyalusing. Bill Keeler served two four year terms as mayor of Wyalusing, during which time he inaugurated many civic programs for the community, including the summer film festivals, the annual community clean-up days and weekly dances for the young people. He devoted much time to making the town aware of its appearance and potential. During the 1976 U.S. Bicentennial, Mr. Keeler served as community chairman of the Bicentennial Committee, on appointment of the Wyalusing Borough Council. As such, he directed various projects, including the Bicentennial Museum, the visitation of the Bicentennial Wagon Train, published a brochure concerning the town's history, arranged a special July 4th program on the post office mall at the time the new flag pole, which he had campaigned to acquire, was formerly dedicated. He also wrote portions, composed some of the words and music and helped direct and produce Wyalusing's Bicentennial pageant, "Free For All." During his lifetime, Bill made tape recordings of many area residents telling the history of this region, these tapes providing an interesting insight into the area's past. The tapes have been given to the Wyalusing Public Library for its archives. In 1977, Mr. Keeler was named the area's "Man of the Year," an honor he richly deserved. He was a member of the Wyalusing Valley Volunteer Fire Company and former chaplain in the American Legion Post 534; member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars; Wyalusing Rainbow Club; Wyalusing Lions Club member; and a member of the United Presbyterian Church; served as president for many years of the Wyalusing Public Library Board of Trustees; member of the Wyalusing Business People's Association; and a member of the Laceyville Rotary. Survivors include his wife, the former Virginia MILLER; two sons, Brain S and David, both of Sugar Creek; daughter-in-law, Andrea; two grandsons, Mark Andrew and William Shaw; a sister, Doris Snyder of York, PA. He was preceded in death by his daughter Kerry in 1964 and his two brothers, John in 1979 and G. Lindberg Keeler, 1954. The family of the late William W. Keeler has announced that a public memorial service for the deceased will be held at the United Presbyterian Church in Wyalusing on Sunday, May 18, at 2 p.m. Following the memorial service, interment is planned at the Wyalusing Cemetery. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made in Mr. Keeler's memory to the United Presbyterian Church, or to the newly formed Wyalusing Valley Museum Association. No viewing of the deceased is planned; however the family extends an invitation for friends of the family to gather at the Wyalusing Legion Home directly following the graveside service. Military honors will be accorded by the Wyalusing American Legion Post No. 534. Arrangements are under the direction of the Kenneth D. Kerr Funeral Home, Wyalusing. RHW. Towanda Daily Review May 12, 1980. NOTE: Large picture in paper of the deceased.
KEENEY –BEVERLY J. O’MARA, 63, of Sugar Run, Pa. died on Monday, July 7, 1997 at the Towanda Memorial Hospital. Bev was born on Sugar Hill, Wilmot Township, Bradford County, Pa. on Feb. 10, 1934, daughter of the late Rhea and Alice Secules Keeney. She graduated from the Wyalusing High School, a member of the Class of 1952. She married Hugh R. O’Mara of Wyalusing, Pa. on Nov. 19, 1955. After their marriage, Bev and Hugh moved to Sugar Run, Pa. The celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary last year. Bev worked part time for may years at the Wyalusing Rocket-Courier newspaper. She worked for the Tuscarora-Wayne Insurance Company of Wyalusing from Nov. 1973 to May 1989 when she retired. She enjoyed her family and friends and also her retirement. She particularly relished playing cards and the local Pitch tournaments. Bev was a member of St. Mary’s of the Assumption Catholic Church in Wyalusing, Pa. She was also an active member of Wyalusing Post No. 534 American Legion Auxiliary and a member of the Board of the Wyalusing Museum Association. Surviving are: her spouse, Hugh R. O’Mara, at home; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Valerie O’Mara; Seattle, Wash.; daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen A. and Gary Ferguson, Lime Hill, Pa.; brother, Charles Keeney, Wyalusing; sisters-in-law, Marie Keeney and Phoebe Keeney both of Wyalusing; five grandchildren, Molly Ferguson and Kerry Ferguson of Lime Hill, John Casey O’Mara, Caitlin Rose O’Mara and Keegan Daniel O’Mara of Seattle; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 10, 1997 at 9:30 a.m. from the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, Pa. and will be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, Wyalusing with the Rev. Thomas J. McDermott, her pastor officiating. Interment will be in the Wyalusing Cemetery. Friends may call on Wednesday, July 9, 1997 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home. Those who wish may direct memorials to the Wyalusing Valley Museum Association, PO Box 301, Wyalusing, PA. –Towanda Daily Review
CHARLES GRAYDEN KEENEY age 72 of Terrytown died on Monday, March 10, 2003 at the Memorial Hospital of Towanda. Charles was born in Terry Township on Nov. 2, 1930 a son of the late Ivan and Ruth Bailey Keeney. He graduated from the Wyalusing High School a member of the class of 1949. He worked in farming for several years and later drove a milk truck. He spent most of his life as a truck drive for Strickland Beverage of Towanda, where he worked for many years until retiring. After retiring he drove truck for a logging company. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed the outdoors. He was a member of the Towanda Rod & Gun Club. Surviving is a special friend; Ruth Marshall of Dushore; two sons and daughters-in-law, David C. and Cathleen Keeney of Wyalusing and Michael and Priscilla Keeney of Pine City, N.Y.; his nieces and nephews, David and Chris Smiley of Wyalusing, Ann Smiley of Wyalusing, Penny and William Farley of Towanda and Debbie and Tony Kolodziej of Wyalusing; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sister, Esther Jane Smiley Hope of Wyalusing on March 22, 2002. The funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 13 at 11 a.m. at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing with the Rev. Barry R. Ballard, pastor of the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. The family will provide the flowers and directs memorials to the Wyalusing Ambulance Association, PO Box 787, Wyalusing, Pa. Interment in Wyalusing Cemetery. –Towanda Daily Review
KEENEY - Esther Jane Smiley Hope
March 22, 2002
Esther Jane Smiley Hope, age 72, of Terry Township, PA, died on Friday, March 22, 2002 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Esther was born Nov. 7, 1929 at home in Terry Township, daughter of the late Ivan and Ruth Bailey Keeney. She attended the Terrytown School and married Rodney Smiley of Granville Summit in 1945. Rodney predeceased her April 10, 1978. Esther married James Hope of Lovelton on April 16, 1983. She worked for many years for the P&N Packing Company of Terrytown. She was a loving spouse and mother and very much enjoyed being with her grandchildren. Surviving are her spouse, James Hope, at home; a son and daughter-in-law, David and Chris Smiley, Terrytown; three daughters and sons-in-law, Ann Smiley, Terrytown, Penny and William Farley, Towanda, Debbie and Tony Kolodziej, Lime Hill; a brother, Charles Keeney, Spring Lake; six grandchildren, Nicholas Farley, Brenda Farley, Britney Kolodziej, Bryan Kolodziej, Samantha Smiley and Justin Smiley, several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held on Monday, March 25 at 2 p.m. at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, with the Rev. Kenneth M. Seegar, pastor of St. Mary’s of the Assumption Catholic Church, presiding. Interment was in the Wyalusing Cemetery. Friends called on Monday at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society, Bradford Unit, 1948 Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701 or Guthrie Hospice, RR1, Box 154, Towanda, PA 18848.
Harry Leroy KEENEY, 87
Harry Leroy Keeney, 87, of First Street, Wyalusing, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2002, at the Wyalusing Personal Care and Retirement Home, Wyalusing. Harry was born Jan. 7, 1914, in Colley, a son of Leroy B. and Ruth Bunnell Keeney. He spent his childhood on Sugar Hill and attended the Sugar Hill and Sugar Run elementary schools, and later, the Wyalusing High School. On March 1, 1940, he married Evelyn Potter of Sugar Hill and they moved to Wyalusing. The couple is well-known in the Wyalusing area, where Evelyn was a teacher and Harry worked driving truck for Robert Capwell. He also worked at the Wyalusing Planing Mill for Earl Gamble and at McCarty's Garage. In the wintertime, he cut ice at Mountain Springs. By the time of his marriage, Harry was working for Glen Arey Lumber in Wyalusing, and later, Wysox, from which he retired as a foreman after over 35 years of service. Harry's hobbies included fishing, hunting, baseball and bowling. He belonged to several fishing and hunting clubs, played baseball for the Sugar Hill traveling team, and was one of the first bowlers at Mountainside Lanes in Wyalusing when it opened. His memberships included the Wyalusing Methodist Church, the IOOF (Odd Fellows), and the Wyalusing Valley Fire Co., where he was honored last year as the 2001 Veteran of the Year. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn, at home; son, Robert Harry Keeney of Lewes, Del.; daughter, Barbara Heyman of Wyalusing; brothers, Norman Keeney of Sayre and Walter Keeney of Allentown; sister, Mrs. Mary Green of Orlando, Fla.; granddaughter, Christine Heyman of Baltimore; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2002, at P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, with the Rev. Beverly Davenport, his pastor, officiating. Interment will be in the Wyalusing Cemetery. Friends may call at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3. Memorials are directed to the Wyalusing United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 155, Wyalusing, Pa. 18853.
KEENEY –MRS. HELEN M. POTTER, age 84, of Sugar Run, Pa., died peacefully Sunday, April 2, 2006, with her family at her side, at the home of her daughter Melanie Adams of Stowell, Pa. Helen was born on Sugar Hill, Wilmot Township, on June 14, 1921, a daughter of the late Rhea and Alice Secules Keeney. She graduated from the Wyalusing High School, a member of the class of 1939. She married Ford W. Potter of Sugar Run, on Sept. 25, 1940. He predeceased her on July 19, 1984. Helen was engaged with her husband in farming most of her life. She also worked at the Wyalusing Rocks, Bendix Corp. in Montrose, Pa., and the American Meter Plant in Wyalusing, and also as an aide at the Wyalusing Elementary School. Helen served as a tax collector for Wilmot Township. Helen was an avid gardener. She loved to cook and bake, and especially enjoyed serving her friends and family at her home. Helen was a member of the Hollenback United Methodist Church and a member of WSCS. Surviving are three daughters and sons-in-law, Melanie and Gale Adams of Stowell, Sharon and Donald Pickett of Sugar Run, Pa., and Peggy and Philip Steier of Factoryville, Pa.; sister and brother-in-law, Mrs. Anne and Lawrence LaRue of Eat Rush, Pa.; a brother-in-law, Hugh O’Mara of Sugar Run; sisters-in-law, Marie Kenney of Wyalusing, Pa. and Phoebe Keeney of Wyalusing; and nine grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by brothers Burton Keeney, Dennis Keeney, James Keeney and Charles S. Keeney; a sister, Mrs. Beverly O’Mara; and a great-granddaughter, Amanda Fulmer. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, with the Rev. Diane E. Prentice, her pastor, officiating. Interment will be in the Wyalusing Cemetery. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. –Towanda Daily Review
KINNEY - Frank Dalton "Banky" Kinney, 76, of Wyalusing, died on Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, at his home. He was born on Sept. 4, 1932, in Towanda, Pa., a son of the late Frank and Catherine (Dalton) Kinney. He is a U.S. Navy and Marine Corps veteran who served as a medic. On Nov. 22, 1956, Frank married the former June Moyer Kinney in St. Mary's Church in Wyalusing, and the Kinney's recently celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary. Prior to his retirement in 1991, Frank was a supervisor in the Metallurgist Division at GTE, giving the company 36 years of service. He was a member of St. Mary's of the Assumption Catholic Church. His other memberships included: lifetime member of American Legion Post 534 of Wyalusing; Towanda V.F.W. Post 1568; the Towanda Gun Club; the Sylvania Men's Club; and Sylvania Quarter Century Club. Frank loved woodworking, hunting, and was an avid golfer. He enjoyed bowling and was a New York Yankee and Penn State fan. He coached little league and Jr. Legion Baseball. Frank especially found enjoyment in the time spent with his grandchildren. He leaves surviving: his wife, June Kinney, at home; daughter Barbara Woodruff of Wyalusing; sons Alan Kinney of Wyalusing, and Frank (Belinda) Kinney of Wyalusing; his five grandchildren, Bruce Woodruff, Becky (Derek) Ferris, Dustin Kinney, Kelley Green and Amber Marie Kinney; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by: a sister, Mary Werts; brothers Paul, James, and William Kinney; and his son-in-law, Philip Woodruff. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 9, 2009, in St. Mary's of the Assumption Church of Wyalusing, Pa., with the Rev. Joseph J. Monarchuck as celebrant. Full military honors will be accorded in Wyalusing Cemetery by American Legion Post 534. The family will receive friends and family from 5-8 p.m. Thursday evening, Jan. 8, 2009, in the McHenry Funeral Home, 106 Church St., Wyalusing, Pa. A military Pass and Review will be held at 7 p.m. Recitation of the Rosary will also be recited. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Guthrie Hospice, RR1, Box 154, Towanda, Pa. 18848, or a charity of one's choice in memory of Mr. Frank Kinney. Submitted by Carol Brotzman. Daily Review on 1/6/2009
KEENEY Mr. Ray E. Keeney Jr.
Mr. Ray E. Keeney Jr., 63, of P.O. Box 157, Nichols, N.Y., who resided at Mark's Valley View, Diner Road, Laceyville, Pa., died
from injuries sustained in an accident, on Friday morning, Dec. 3,2010 at Craftmaster Inc., Wysox Township, Pa. Ray was born on Oct. 28, 1947, a son of the late Ray E. and Jane Elinor Farr Keeney Sr. Ray was a graduate of Northeast Bradford High School. He would later enter the U.S. Army, where he served his country during the Vietnam Conflict, from Sept. 20, 1967 until being discharged on April 27, 1969. For the last few years, Ray was employed as a log truck driver, for Putnam Trucking, of Wyalusing, Pa. Surviving are: two sisters, Doris (John) Canfield, of Wyalusing, Pa. and Betty Jane Keeney of Wyalusing, Pa.; and two brothers, Wayne (Iris) Keeney, of DeSoto, Texas, and Lee Keeney, of Canton, Pa., as well as many nieces and nephews. Grave side memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec., 9, 2010 at the Wyalusing Cemetery, Wyalusing, Pa. with Rev. Penney Rahm, of the Spring Hill United Methodist Church, officiating. Grave side Military Services will be conducted by the members of the Wyalusing American Legion Post No. 534. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial donations to the Spring Hill United Methodist Church, c/o Mrs. Doris Sharer, 2550 Turkey Path Rd., Wyalusing, PA 18853, or to the charity of the donor's choice. Towanda Daily Review - December 6, 2010
Man dies in accident at Craftmaster. State police at Towanda have identified the 63-year-old truck driver who died in an accident Friday morning at CraftMaster Inc. on Leisure Drive in Wysox Township as Ray E. Keeney Jr. of Nichols, N.Y. Police said the death occurred at around 6 a.m. at the heavy truck entrance to the factory at the weigh scales area of Craftmaster Inc. According to police, the investigation revealed that Keeney was standing beside his tree-loaded semi-tractor and trailer awaiting entrance into the factory, and it appeared that he was adjusting the load straps while standing on the pavement by his trailer. At the same time, police said, a separate semi-tractor trailer vehicle was exiting the factory and had stopped after exiting the scale area. Police said Keeney fell back and landed under the trailer rear axle at the same time of the exiting semi-tractor and trailer. Police said his head became wedged under the tire of the exiting trailer's axle. Bradford County Coroner Tom Carman said Keeney was pronounced dead at 7:01 a.m. Neither person was an employee of CraftMaster, the coroner said. According to police, an autopsy is being conducted due to the incident being an industrial-related accident. State police said Keeney's death was accidental.
KINNEY Robert Ola Kinney, age 76, of
Wysox, died on Sunday afternoon, March 21, 2010, at the Wyalusing Valley
Retirement and Personal Care Home. Bob was born in Wyalusing Township, on
Jan. 30, 1934, a son of the late Ola Uriah Kinney and Eleanor ROOT Kinney. He
served in the Korean War and after being discharged he worked at Steele's
Garage in Wyalusing, Pa. He later was employed at GTE Sylvania from which he
retired. He married the former Deleora Ann Sitas of Laceyville, Pa. on Sept. 3,
1955. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2005 and his loving
wife Deleora died
on Feb. 11, 2006. Bob was a member of St. Mary's of the Assumption Catholic Church in Wyalusing, Pa. He was a dedicated husband and father and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He always had a large garden and shared its bounty with family and friends. Surviving are: daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Tracy McCarty, Carthage, N.Y.; two grandsons, Cory McCarty, Carthage, N.Y., Garret McCarty, Rochester, N.Y.; brother and sister-in-law, Rueben and Myrna Kinney, Herrickville, Pa.; two sisters, Nancy Terescavage, Homets Ferry, Pa., Winnie WOOD, Wyalusing, Pa.; And several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by sister, Marguerite FORSYTHE; and brothers-in-law, Joseph Terescavage and Henry Wood. Funeral services will be held at noon on Saturday, March 27, at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, Pa., with the Rev. Joseph J. Manarchuck, his pastor, presiding. Interment will be in the Wyalusing Cemetery. Friends may call from 10 a.m. to the time of the service Saturday, March 27. Graveside Military Services will be accorded by members of Post No. 42 American Legion, Towanda, Pa. March 22, 2010, Towanda Daily Review.
KINSLEY Theresa Kinsley Huffman
age 90, well-known Wyalusing resident, died on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012 at the Skilled Nursing Unit of the Memorial Hospital, Towanda, Pa. Theresa was born on the family farm in Wilmot Township, Pa., on Dec. 23, 1921, a daughter of Dominic and Katharine Cummiskey Kinsley. She attended the Sciotovale and Grant Hill schools before graduating from Wyalusing High School with honors. Following graduation, Theresa worked for the North Pennsylvania Power Company in Towanda. She then worked many years as a bookkeeper for the J.V. Taylor Company in Wyalusing. In 1972 Theresa became employed by the Taylor McCarty & Sons car dealership in Wyalusing as a bookkeeper and worked there until her retirement on Dec. 31, 1983. On Aug. 30, 1947 she married Melbourne Huffman and they made their home for many years in Sugar Run before building a new home on the outskirts of Wyalusing in 1971 where they enjoyed a view of the Susquehanna River and sitting together on the front porch until Melbourne's passing on January 13, 1994. In her retirement "Aunt Theresa," as she was affectionately known by many in the area, kept busy with daily activities at her church, sewing, crafting and attending to her flowers and vegetable garden. Theresa loved to travel and enjoyed many trips throughout the United States as well as Australia, Ireland and most recently the Holy Land. She enjoyed friendships with the various priests that served her parish over the years which continued for years after they left the area. She is survived by one sister, Anne and Vincent Antonich of Spring Lake, Mich.; and five brothers Gerald and Betty Kinsley of Orlando, Fla., Robert and Julyene Kinsley of Dunedin, Fla., Jack and Bonnie Kinsley of Newark, Del., William Kinsley of Richmond, Va. and Donald Kinsley of Bowie, Md.; sisters-in-law Mary Kinsley of Alexandria, Va., Marilyn and Larry Kneller and Peggy Huffman, all of Wyalusing; brother-in-law Lloyd and Kathryn Huffman of Wyalusing. She is also survived nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by brothers Joseph, J. Richard and Michael and sisters Katharine, Marguerite and Helen. A Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012 at St. Mary's of the Assumption Catholic Church, Wyalusing, Pa., with the Rev. Joseph J. Manarchuck, her pastor, as celebrant. Interment will be in the Wyalusing Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012 at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home. There will be a recitation of the Rosary at 3 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home. The family will provide the flowers and request that memorials can be directed to St. Anthony's Cemetery Association, c/o Wayne Hussong, 1543 SR 4002, Mehoopany, PA 18629. Towanda Daily Review – February 27, 2012
KINSMAN –PATRICIA ANN ‘PATTY’ REED, age 56, of Tipp City, Ohio, died on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2005, at her home following a lengthy illness. She was born on April 28, 1949, in Sayre, Pa., a daughter of Gerold and Arlene (Passmore) Kinsman. On Sept. 20, 1969, she married her husband, Edward M. Reed, in Towanda, Pa. Mrs. Reed was a member and lay pastor of the Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church of Tipp City. She leaves surviving her husband of 36 years, Edward M. Reed, at home; her mother, Arlene Kinsman of Towanda; her children, Edward M. and his wife, Becky Reed Jr., of Gahanna, Ohio, Ryan C. Reed of Miamisburg, Ohio, and Janna E. and her husband Mark Wilkinson, of Yellow Springs, Ohio; her brothers, Mike Kinsman of Portland, Ore., and Richard Kinsman of Sayre; a sister, Carol Rice of Minneapolis, Minn.; her mother-in-law, Edith Reed of Ocala, Fla.; and granddaughters Vivian Reed, Jaquiline Reed and Hope Ann Reed. She was preceded in death by her father, Gerold Kinsman, and by a sister, Janet Kinsman. Graveside funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, in the Wyalusing Cemetery, with the Rev. Lloyd Vaughn, pastor, officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to: Hospice of Miami County, 1100 Wayne Street, Suite No. 3400, P.O. Box 502, Troy, Ohio or the Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church, c/o New Path Outreach, 6759 South Country Road, 25 A, Tipp City, Ohio. Local arrangements have been entrusted to the McHenry Funeral Home, 106 Church St., Wyalusing. –Towanda Daily Review.
KINTNER –MRS. LOUISE INGHAM KINTNER WOZNICKI, age 80, of Taylor Avenue Wyalusing, died peacefully on Friday, July 30, 2004, at the Robert Packer Hospital after a brief illness. Louise was born Oct. 13, 1923, in Wyalusing, daughter of the late Moses S. and Lydia Ingham Kintner. She graduated from the Wyalusing High School, a member of the class of 1942. She married Frank of Plains, Pa., on Aug. 8, 1952. They resided in Wyalusing their entire lives. Frank predeceased her on Dec. 23, 1990. Louise was an active member of the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church and also a member of the Fidelis. She was an active volunteer with the Red Cross and recently receive a 20-year award. Earlier in her life she was involved with various civic organizations. Surviving are a sister and brother-in-law; Ruth and Robert Brown of Wyalusing; sisters-in-law and spouse; Betty Marshall of Wyalusing, Louise Wildrick of Wyalusing, Leona and Keith Dunklee of Laurel, Md., and Theresa Kintner of Towanda; a brother-in-law, Carl Woznicki of Athens, Tenn.; several nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews. She was predeceased by a son, Francis Woznicki III; and a sister and spouse, Jane and John Corbett of Wallingford, Pa., and a brother, E. Ingham Kintner of Wyalusing. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 3, at 2 p.m. at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Groverdale Lane, Wyalusing, with the Revs. Barry r. Ballard, pastor, and the Rev. Norman A. Robinson, retired pastor, officiating. Interment will be in the Wyalusing Cemetery. Friends may call at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, Wyalusing, on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. The family will provide the flowers and directs memorials to the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 25, Wyalusing, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review.
KITHCART Daniel W. Kithcart
age 93, of Laceyville, Pa.,died at his home on Saturday, March 3, 2012 with his loving family at his side. Daniel was born on Feb. 4, 1919 in Terrytown, Pa., a son of the late John C.M. & Sarah Gross Kithcart. He met and married Evelyn I. Woodruff on Aug. 12, 1939. They recently just celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary. Evelyn predeceased him on Aug. 30, 2011. Dan served in the Army in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations during World War II. After the sar he worked for the railroad in Laceyville for a few years. He moved to Browntown and began operating the family dairy farm on Canyon Road. He sold the farm in 1968 and went to work for PennDOT, from which he retired in 1985. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and making trips to Canada where he went moose hunting. He also made many trips to Pulaski, N.Y. where he fished for salmon. Surviving are his daughters and sons-in law Janet (Wayne) DeRemer of Laceyville, Pa., Donna Kithcart and Michael of Spring Hill, Pa., Pam (Karl) Santee of Wyalusing, Pa.; son Daniel C. Kithcart & Joyce Wilcox of Ulster, Pa.; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by sisters Anna Farr, Grace Goodwin, Gladys Heeman and Lena Kithcart, Edna Kithcart and brothers John Kithcart and Arthur Kithcart. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, Pa., with the Rev. Penney M. Rahm officiating. Interment to follow in Wyalusing Cemetery, Wyalusing, Pa. Friends may call at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Tuesday. In lieu of flowers donations can be sent to the Silvara Ladies Aid Society, c/o Jane Walton, 2531 Steam Mill Hollow Rd., Laceyville, PA 18623; or the Wyalusing United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 155, Wyalusing, PA 18853. Graveside military services will be accorded by members of Wyalusing Post No. 534 American Legion. Towanda Daily Review – March 4, 2012
KNOLLES - Evelyn Marie Hall, 63
Mrs. Evelyn Marie Hall, age 63, of Terry Township, died on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2004 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. Evelyn was born in Sayre on Feb. 1, 1941, a daughter of the late Carl Arthur Hibbard and Helen M. Carpenter Hibbard Knolles. She graduated from Athens High School, a member of the Class of 1959. Evelyn served with the U.S. Navy from 1959 to 1960 in Bainbridge, MD and Washington, DC. Evelyn married Warren J. (Jim) Hall of Terry Township on Nov. 27, 1970. Evelyn was a homemaker and a loving spouse, mother and grandmother. She really enjoyed making crafts, reading and cooking and spending time with her children and grandchildren. Evelyn was an active member of the Moxie Community Church and a member of the ladies’ study group. Surviving are her spouse, Jim at home; four sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Jody Raymond, of Wyalusing, Kevin Raymond and Susan Armitage of Stevensville, Shawn and Leslie Raymond of Wyalusing, Carl and Floy Hall of Wyalusing; two step-sons and spouses, Harold and Susan Hall of Nichols, NY, James and Carrielee Hall, of Apalachin, NY; two step-daughters and spouses, Peggy and Mike Laursen of Penn Yan, NY, Nancy and Paul Taylor of Geneva, NY; a brother and sister-in-law, Gordon and Denise Hibbard of, Athens, sister, Carla Hibbard of, Elmira, NY; twenty-three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Alton A. Hibbard in 1983. A Memorial Service was held on Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 1 p.m. at the Evergreen Christian Church, Evergreen, with Rev. Howard D. Carr, pastor of the Moxie Community Church, officiating. Interment was in the Wyalusing Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Friends called at the church on Wednesday from 12:30 p.m. until the time of the service. The family provided flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to the Moxie Community Church Building Fund, c/o Lamar Kipp, RR2, Box 35, Wyalusing, PA 18853.
Genevieve - Genevieve K. Steele, 101, of Mehoopany, Pa., died
on Sunday, June 13, 2010, at Skilled Nursing Unit in Towanda, Pa. She was born on Feb. 15, 1909, in Wilmot Township, a daughter of the late Thomas and Jane (Lemons) Knolles. On May 2, 1928, she married Cecil Steele at St. John's Lutheran Church in Wilmot, Pa. Her husband of 62 years died
in November 1990. She had opened a lunch room in the 1940's on Route 6, along with her husband's garage and gas station. Later she worked as a waitress at the Towanda Motel. In 1957, she started to work for the American Meter Company in Wyalusing, and worked for years until they closed. She worked a short time at Arrow United. They sold in Wyalusing, and moved to Lovelton in 1970. She retired in 1971. That same year she worked as a bar maid for Joe Byrns at the Lovelton Hotel. From 1972 - 1976, she worked for Joyce and Joni at Steele's Tavern. She loved making quilts and was an avid cross puzzler. Genevieve has been a resident of Skilled Nursing Unit for two years, and her family appreciates the wonderful care she has received. She is survived by a daughter, Marcia and her husband Ed Rathbun, of Georgia.; a daughter, Joyce Steele, of Lovelton; a son, Thomas Knolles, and wife Connie of North Carolina; an honorary daughter, Joni Sweeney and her husband Dan of Lovelton; five grandchildren, Julie Rathbun Vilar, Jan Rathbun Clement, Susan Rathbun Kern, Jay Rathbun, and Abby Knolles Walker; 14 great-grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews. Four brothers and three sisters also preceded her in death. In accordance to Genevieve's wishes a private graveside memorial service will held in the Wyalusing Cemetery at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to: Wyalusing Valley Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box, Wyalusing, PA 18853, in memory of Genevieve Steele. Arrangements were entrusted to the McHenry Funeral Home. - Towanda Daily Review, June 16, 2010
KREMLICK - Mary T. Grippo
March 20, 2002
Mrs. Mary T. Grippo, age 88, of RR2, Wyalusing, PA (New Era), went home to our Lord on Wednesday afternoon, March 20, 2002 at Memorial Hospital in Towanda. Mrs. Grippo was a resident of the Highlands Care Center in Laporte for the past two years. Born in Newark, NJ on Jan. 1, 1914, she was the daughter of the late Sebastian and Kathrine Kremlick. Mrs. Grippo was the wife of the late Allen P. (Pete) Grippo, who died in 1982. Mrs. Grippo was a housewife and homemaker for her family. She was a resident of Wyalusing since her retirement in 1977, having returned to the area from her hometown of Kenilworth, NJ. She was a loving mother of two sons, Allen E. Grippo, MD and Raleigh, NC and Anthony H. Grippo of Wyalusing; a daughter-in-law, Kathy D. Grippo of Morrison, CO; a sister, Mrs. Francis Wilson of Kenilworth, NJ; five grandchildren, Ms. Lisa Grippo of Washington, DC, Mrs. Joan Grippo Main (Steve) of Florida; Mr. Thomas Grippo (Debbie) of Towanda, Mrs. Toni McCarty (Ron) of Wyalusing and Mr. Ed Grippo (Adrienne) of Exeter; three step-grandchildren, Steven Livermore of Tucson, AZ, Roy Livermore of Denver, CO and Heidi Confer of Wyalusing; several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Beside her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Michael Kremlick, Sebastian Kremlick, Frank Kremlick and John Kremlick; two sisters, Johanna Reuter and Kate DeNizo and a great-grandson, Joseph Covert. Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 23 at 10 a.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville, with Rev. Barry Ballard of the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment was in the Wyalusing Cemetery. Family and friends called at the funeral home on Friday evening, March 22 from 7 to 9 and on Saturday morning from 9 a.m. until the time of the service
KUHN Raymond Walter Kuhn
79, of North Towanda, Pa., died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, at the Bradford County Manor in West Burlington Twp., Pa. Raymond was born Feb. 18, 1931 in Jersey City, N.J., the son of the late Walter and Dorothy Lawrence Kuhn. Raymond served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was employed by GTE Sylvania in Towanda until his retirement. Following his retirement, Raymond served as a contract computer programmer for the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Raymond enjoyed playing musical instruments and was a member of the Wyalusing Adult Band for many years. He is survived by: his wife, Rowena Elliott Kuhn at home; daughters, Marlene Hulsizer of Wyalusing, Pa., Dorry Newcomer and husband Philip of North Wales, Pa., grandchildren, Bethany Hulsizer, Wesley and Adrienne Newcomer. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by: a grandson, Matthew Hulsizer; and brothers, Robert and Harold Kuhn. A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa., with Pastor James Elliott officiating. The family will receive friends from 3-5 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Wyalusing Cemetery, Wyalusing, Pa. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the Wyalusing Adult Band in care of Maureen Downs, 1275 Lime Hill Road, Wyalusing, PA 18853 in Raymond's memory. Towanda Daily Review – February 1, 2011
KUNKLE - Lois Kunkle Rounsville
Jan. 22, 2002
Lois Kunkle Rounsville, 74, of 3232 Pricetown Rd., Alsace Township, PA, died on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2002 at her residence. Born in Towanda, PA, she was the daughter of Gertrude Arey Kunkle of Wyalusing and the late Robert M. Kunkle. She was married to Thomas Rounsville, who predeceased her. A graduate of Wyalusing High School and Mansfield University, she was a schoolteacher for the Oley Valley Elementary School for 35 years. She belonged to Salem Shalter’s Lutheran Church, Alsace Twp., and was very active in the church, serving as the organist, in the choir, church council and many other activities. She belonged to the Retired Teacher’ Association of Boyertown and Oley. Survivors include her mother, Gertrude Kunkle of Wyalusing; two sons, Thomas F. Rounsville, Sr. of Birdsboro and Timothy L. Rounsville of Reading; a sister, Rita Oliver of Wyalusing; two grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 26 from Salem Shalter’s Lutheran Church, 2032 Mt. Laurel Rd., Alsace Twp., with the Rev. Lesley J. Hand, pastor, officiating. Calling hours will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the church. Services will be held on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. at the Wyalusing United Methodist Church with the Rev. Beverly Davenport officiating. Interment will be in Wyalusing Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salem Shelter’s Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 2032 Mt. Laurel Rd., Fleetwood, PA 19522.
KUNKLE Norman Ray Kunkle
age 86, of Wyalusing, Pa., died peacefully on Thursday,
Feb. 3, 2011 at the Skilled Nursing Unit of the Memorial Hospital, Towanda,
Pa., with his loving family at his side. Norm was born in Sugar Run, Pa., on
June 15, 1924, a son of the late Raymond and Frances Turner Kunkle. He
graduated from the Wyalusing High School, a member of the class of 1942. He
entered the U.S. Navy in 1943 and served in the Asiatic Pacific and European
African theatres during World War II. He married Doris Dempsey of Mildred, Pa.,
on Feb. 9, 1948. She predeceased him on Aug. 9, 2009. Norm owned and
operated the Middendorf Hotel in Wyalusing for 22 years and then retired from
PennDOT where he worked for 17 years. Surviving are a daughter, Norma Lee
Farrell of Wyalusing, Pa.; two sons and daughter-in-law, Christopher (Theresa)
Kunkle of Sugar Run, Pa., Kevin and Barbara Kunkle of Sugar Run, Pa.; five
grandchildren, Scott (Anastasia) Farrell of Dushore, Pa., Malindia (Brad)
Fassett of Laceyville, Pa., Tiffany (Nolan) Robinson of Laceyville, Pa., Tony
(Melissa) Kunkle of Laceyville, Pa., Brett Wildoner of Meshoppen, Pa.; eight
great- grandchildren: Derek Farrell, Vinny Baumunk, Collin Fassett, Daphne
Fassett, Parker Robinson, Piper Robinson, twins Curtis and Chloe Kunkle;
brothers-in-law: Edward (Bud) Dempsey of Buffalo, N.Y., Gerald and Sylvia
Dempsey of Dover, Del.; sisters-in-law Isabel Fitzgerald Schlegal of Camp Hill,
Pa., Mary Finan of Dushore, Pa., Loretta Calaman of Martinsville, Va., Jane
Freiler of Dushore, Pa., and Rosina Dempsey of Palm Bay, Fla. A
Transferal Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 7, 2011 followed by
a Mass of Christian Burial, celebrated at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's of the
Assumption Church, Wyalusing, Pa., with the Rev. Joseph J. Manarchuck, his
pastor, presiding. Interment will be in the Wyalusing Cemetery.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 6 at the P. Dean Homer
Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, Pa. Graveside Military Services
will be accorded by member of Wyalusing Post No. 534 American Legion,
Wyalusing, Pa. Members are asked to assemble and pass in review at 7 p.m. on
Sunday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be sent
to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, 245 State St., Wyalusing, PA 18853 or
Skilled Nursing Unit, Activities Dept., One Hospital Drive, Towanda, PA
18848. Towanda Daily Review – February 4, 2011