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Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
Obituaries by Cemetery Section
Tioga County, Pennsylvania

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Bradford County PA

Chemung County NY

Tioga County PA


Arbon Cemetery, Blossburg Borough, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 


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by Joyce M. Tice
April 2009
Arbon Cemetery Listing 2009













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

Reading a series of obituaries from a single cemetery, as they are presented here, is like reading the multi-generational history of a community. These people were the local populace at a particular time. The people buried here knew each other, were neighbors, relatives and school mates. They attended church together and engaged in "trade" or business.  All people are listed in alphabetic order by surname at BIRTH. Women identified by a married alias only and  for whom a birth surname can not be identified, are listed on the last page for the cemetery's obituaries.

70, (husband of Doris) of Blossburg, PA, passed Monday, February 23, 2009. Friends may call Thursday, 1-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. at Zwicharowski's, Blossburg with services following at 7 p.m. Burial in Arbon Cemetery at a later date with Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Tioga County Red Cross or Blossburg's First United Methodist Church.   Published in the Star-Gazette on 2/24/2009

SCHEERER -  Robert Scheerer, 70, of Blossburg, Pa diedfollowing a period of declining health on Monday morning, Feb. 23, 2009 at Soldiers & Sailors Hospital in Wellsboro. Born on March 29, 1938 in Carson, N.D., Robert Alvin was a son of the late Henry and Ruth (Traverse) Scheerer. As a young man, Bob enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving in the Pacific and Far East during the Vietnam War. Bob was proud of his 9-year military service and earned the rank of E-6 along with several medals before his discharge in 1966. He married Doris M. (Page) on Feb. 20, 1941. Bob was an electrician by trade. He enjoyed reading, tinkering around the house, fishing and camping, especially at Tanglewood Campgrounds. Bob also enjoyed being active in the community. He served as the area's Bloodmobile Coordinator for 12 years. He was a member and former trustee of Blossburg's First United Methodist Church. Other memberships and service in Blossburg included their Volunteer Fire Co., the first chief to be appointed for the Ambulance Association and a past commander of the American Legion Post 572. Bob also held life-memberships with the Blossburg V.F.W. Post 8730 and Wellsboro's Disabled American Veterans. Survived by his devoted wife of 41 years, Doris; three children, Robert Scheerer Jr. of Lock Haven, Mark Scheerer of Fla. and Bobbi Jo Scheerer of Texas; a son-in-law, Mark Lawson of Texas; step sons; Jim (Kim) Sampson of Covington and Randy Sampson of WA; nine grandchildren; six siblings, Elaine Duncan and Betty Nutter both of CA, Larry (Carol) Scheerer of AL, Don (Eileen) Scheerer of UT, Gary Scheerer of AZ and Norma (Paul) Owens of Texas; several nieces, nephews, cousins and his beloved pets. Friends may call Thursday, 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. at Zwicharowski's, 314 Granger St., Blossburg with services following at 7 p.m. Burial will be in Arbon Cemetery at a later date with military honors accorded. In lieu of flowers, consider a memorial to Tioga County Red Cross, 61 Main St., Wellsboro, PA 16901 or First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 17 Blossburg, PA 16912. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, Feb. 24, 2009

SCHEERER - Robert Scheerer, 70, of Blossburg, died following a period of declining health Monday, Feb. 23, 2009, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro. Robert Alvin was born March 29, 1938, in Carson, N.D., a son of Henry and Ruth Traverse Scheerer. Friends may call Thursday, Feb. 26, from 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. at Zwicharowski Funeral Home, 314 Granger St., Blossburg, with services following at 7 p.m. Burial will be held at a later date in the Arbon Cemetery, Blossburg, with military honors accorded. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Tioga County American Red Cross, 61 Main St., Wellsboro, Pa. 16901 or to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 17, Blossburg, Pa. 16912. - Mansfield Gazette, Feb. 25, 2009

SCHLAPPI –HELEN (SCHLAPPI) BOWER, (SRGP 69441)  81, Richfield, MN (formerly of Mansfield and Blossburg), diedApril 20, 2002 in Minnesota.  She was the daughter of the late Adolth, Sr. and Fanny (Merriam) Schlappi.  Surviving are her husband Robert; daughters, Sandra (Jim) Olson and Margaret “Peg” Bower; grandchildren, Krista and Kyle Olson.  She was predeceased by a son, Robert L. Bower, II and brothers, Adolth and Charles Schlappi.  A graveside service will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, April 25 at the Arbon Cemetery, Blossburg.  A memorial service will be held at the Hope Presbyterian Church, S. Richfield, MN, May 1st.  Memorials may be directed to the Hope Presbyterian Church, Portland Ave., So. Richfield, MN.  Local arrangements are under the care of the Zwicharowski Funeral Home, Blossburg.

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from The Wellsboro Gazette (SRGP 72745)
Alfred SCHULTZ Believed Victim of “Black Damp” at Mine
Alfred Schultz, 55, Blossburg mine operator, was found dead at last Wednesday evening (10/8/1947) in a mine hole near here.  Dr. Harry Williams, Tioga county coroner and Blossburg police chief Park Bateman are investigating the case today.  It is the belief of miners and others in the town that Schultz was a victim of “black damp,” a dangerous gas given off by coal.  Schultz had made arrangements to have the coal stripped on his East Hill property and had gone to the mine last evening to secure a sample of the coal before stripping operations began.  He had been warned, however, of the prevalence of “black damp.”  Alarmed at his failure to return, his wife (Maude E. Robbins)  sought aid from the neighbors, and Harold Colvin and Raymond Brague finally found the body in an eight-foot hole on the nine property.  Brague knew the exact location of the hole since he was to haul the coal when the stripping got underway.

Funeral services were held at the home last Saturday afternoon with Rev. Dwight Loder, Methodist pastor, officiating and burial in Arbon cemetery.  Survivors include his wife (Maude E. Robbins),  two daughters, Mrs. Marian Stradley, of Wellsboro: Mrs. Fred Miller of Endicott: two sons, Harold and Howard, of Elmira; two brothers Clarence, of Blossburg, and the Rev. Arthur Schultz, of Elmira: and five sisters, Mrs. Bertha Naylor and Mrs. Mabel Powell, of Corning: Mrs. Lena Brown, Rochester: Mrs. Edith Ballenberger, of Hamlet, N.C., and Miss Martha Schultz, of Canadaigua.

CHARLES SCHULTZ for may years a Blossburg coal operator died Wednesday, July 9, 1941 at the Blossburg State Hospital after an extended illness.  He was born in Germany and came to Blossburg when a young man.  The body is at the McCabe Funeral Home and will be removed to the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Boinski, where the funeral will be held Saturday at 2 p.m.  Burial in Arbon Cemetery.  Mr. Schultz is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Boinski of Blossburg, Mrs. Charles VanderKarr of Ithaca and Mrs. Gladys Schoenfelt of New York; two sons, Louis and Charles of Blossburg; a brother, Henry Schultz of Montour Falls.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 7/10/1941

Wellsboro Agitator (SRGP 72746)
Wednesday , June 9, 1937
Herman SCHULTZ, aged 72 years, well known Blossburg  coal operator, died Saturday (June 5) at his home on Granger street, after a long illness.  He was a native of Germany and came to this country when a young man and had been a resident of Blossburg for many years.  He is survived by his widow; five daughters, Mrs. Joseph Ballenger, of Averville, S.C., Mrs. Lee Brown, of Rochester; Miss Martha Schultz of Canandaiqua; Mrs. Alex Naylor and Miss Mabel Schultz of Blossburg; four sons Alfred, Clarence and George of Blossburg, and Arthur, of Wellsboro;  two brothers, Henry of Montour Falls, and Charles, of Blossburg.

Wellsboro Agitator
September 15, 1920
Herman Schultz, a well known coal operater of Blossburg, met with a distressing accident in his coal mine at Blossburg Labor Day.  There being no work Mr. Schultz went in the mines alone and in doing some work a huge rock became loosened and crushed him to the ground, where he was unable to free himself.  When  he did not return home at the usual hour his family became alarmed and men were sent to the mines, where Mr. Schultz was found pinned by the rock, badly hurt.  He was at once removed  to the Blossburg State Hospital. 

Louis C. Schultz, 79, of Hannibal Street, Blossburg, died Friday, Nov. 24, 2000, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro. Born July 3, 1921, in Blossburg, he was the son of Louis E. and Winifred Cambers Schultz. He was a graduate of Covington High School and later served the country during World War II in the U.S. Army. He served as the Blossburg postmaster for 20 years until his retirement in 1978. He was a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Mansfield, the Corey Creek Golf Club, the Hamilton Club, the Blossburg VFW Post No. 8730 Supreme Sacrifice, the Blossburg American Legion William B. Wilson Post No. 572, the Wheel Inn (where he served as past secretary) and was a charter member of the board of directors for the Tioga County Sports Hall of Fame.  He was also a member and past secretary of the Blossburg Lodge No. 350 F.& A.M., the Williamsport Consistory, Irem Temple Shrine and the Tioga County Shriner's Club. He was an avid Penn State fan.  Preceding him in death were two brothers, Alan and William. Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Ruth; three children, Pamela Bair of Rebersburg, Louis Schultz Jr. of Mechanicsburg and Joseph Schultz of Pittsburgh; and four grandchildren.  Calling hours were held Monday, Nov. 27, at the Zwicharowski Funeral Home, Blossburg, where a Masonic service was also held. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 28, at the St. James Episcopal  Church, Mansfield, with its rector, the Rev. Canon Rudolph van der Hiel, officiating. Burial was made at the Arbon Cemetery, Blossburg. Memorial donations may be made to the St. James Episcopal Church, 117 S. Main St., Mansfield, Pa. 16933.


SCOTT Isabelle Berguson

95, of Blossburg, died Wed. Aug. 24, 2011, at the Green Home, Wellsboro.  Born in Blossburg Feb. 23, 1916, she was the daughter of Winfield Scott and Anna Marie Gibson Berguson. Isabelle was preceded in death by her husband Robert A. Berguson whom she married on Jan. 15, 1936.  She was a member of The First United Methodist Church in Blossburg for 68 years, and for many years she was a member of United Methodist Women.  Isabelle was a walking Blossburg historian. She especially liked to talk about early coal mining days in the area. She was known for her story telling and contagious laugh,  She was an icon in Blossburg area riding around in her red mustang with her red hair.  Surviving Isabelle are her children, Ann (William) Winn, Lyndhurst, Ohio, and Robert J. (Marjorie) Berguson, Pelham, Ala..; grandchildren Ben (Clara) Berguson and Cody (Leslie) Berguson; great-grandchildren; Brayden Berguson, Landen Berguson, Anna Kate Berguson, Luke Berguson, and Drew Berguson; and dear friend and care giver Linda Farrer.  Friends will be received at the First United Methodist Church, North Williamson Rd. Blossburg, Monday Aug. 29, 2011; from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. with Rev. Michele Somerville officiating. Burial will follow at Arbon Cemetery, Blossburg.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Freeberg Funeral Home, Blossburg.  Williamsport Sun  Gazette – August 27, 2011


SECHRIST Edward - Blossburg- Edward Sechrist, a resident of this place for many years, died unexpectedly Saturday at Blossburg State Hospital shortly after being admitted. Mr. Sechrist had been in ill health for several years following an accident suffered while at work at Morris Run. Born at Liberty, he was the son of the late John Sechrist. As a child he moved with his parents to Blossburg, where he has since resided. He is survived by his widow, the former Miss Mary Lindie; a daughter, Laura, at home; two sons, LeRoy, of Blossburg, and William, of Wellsboro; a sister, Mrs. Laura Utley, of Canton and Florida. The funeral was held at the family home with the Rev. Owen C. Barrett, pastor of the M. E. church, officiating; burial in Arbon cemetery. Submitted by Barbara Conrad

ELLIS SECHRIST, The funeral of Ellis Sechrist, late baggage master on the Blossburg and Hoytville train, occurred on Saturday afternoon (July 1901) last from his father’s home in the southern portion of the borough and was very largely attended by the people of Blossburg, Arnot, Landrus, Morris Run, Liberty, Union, Elmira, Corning and along the line of the Tioga branch of the Erie.  The deceased was a man who had made many friends; kind, obliging, good neighbor and a good citizen and was highly respected.  A special train was furnished gratis by the Erie road to Chemung Lodge No. 229, Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, of Elmira.  Charles Ferris, Master, J. S. Kilmen, Secretary and about 49 members and their wives and friends, who attended the funeral of the deceased, he being an honored member of that order.  The brotherhood, with Fred. W. Kraiss, undertaker, took charge and direction of the funeral.  The ceremonies at the house consisted of scriptive reading and prayer, by Rev. H. S. Southall.  At the grave in Odd Fellows’ Cemetery, prayer, by Rev. H. S. Southall, where the solemn and beautiful ritual of the Brotherhood, was rendered by the officers in charge.  Benediction by Rev. Southall.  The pallbearers were Patrick J. Donahoe and Ben. Sindlinger, of Blossburg, and four of the brotherhood, from Elmira.  The special train was in charge of Frank Hebe, engineer; Michael Maloney fireman; Samuel Trull, conductor; Mick Nichols and Thos. Moore, brakemen.

JOHN SECHRIST. The death of this worthy and respected citizen, occurred at his home in the southern portion of this Boro, on Friday morning, August 14th, 1903, after an illness of four weeks.  Mr. Sechrist was born in Union township, 77 years ago and followed the occupation of farmer and stone mason.  During his long and well spent life he was a resident of this vicinity, excepting for four years, which he spent in Iowa.  In early live he married Miss Mary Miller of Liberty.  Their children were Ellis, deceased, William, Anna deceased, wife of D. C. Sheib, Harry, Sarah, deceased, Sophia, Mrs. Hartsock, Mary, wife of George Cook, Luther, Edward and Laura.  Several years after the death of his first wife he was united in marriage to Mrs. Rilla Stewart, who survives him.  His funeral was held Sunday at 2 o’clock at his late home.  Rev. E. Sutton Mace, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church officiating.  His remains were buried in Odd Fellows Cemetery.


SECHRIST Laura A. Sechrist

a resident of Williamsport Home, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012.  She was born Jan. 18, 1913, in Blossburg, the daughter of Edward and Mary (Lindie) Sechrist.  Laura was a graduate of Dickinson Junior College, now Lycoming College. She was employed for 35 years by GTE Sylvania in Montoursville. Laura was a member of the Covenant Central Presbyterian Church.  She was predeceased by two brothers.  In keeping with Laura's wishes there will be no services and interment will be in Arbon Cemetery, Blossburg, at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are being handled by the James C. Maneval Funeral Home, Ltd., "A Life Celebration Home," 500 W. Fourth St., Williamsport.   Wellsboro Gazette – November 16, 2012


SARAH SECHRIST.  IN a notice of the death of Miss Sarah Sechrist, the Blossburg Advertiser says.  Miss Sechrist was an amiable and accomplished young woman, and was a general favorite.  She was a successful teacher, having taught in the public schools of Blossburg and Canton.  She was the daughter of John Sechrist and was born in Union Township 33 years ago.  Besides her aged father she leaves five brothers, Ellis and Edward, of Blossburg; William C. of Canton; Luther, of Oklahoma, and Harry, of Kane.  Also four sisters, Mrs. Sophia Hartsock and Mrs. D. C. Sheid, of Elmira; Mrs. George Cook, of Kane, and Miss Laura, of Canton.  Her funeral was held at 1 o’clock on Wednesday from the residence of her father.  Rev. Mr. Southall of the M. E. church officiating.  The interment was in Odd Fellows Cemetery.  The pallbearers were: H. F. Jones, B. L. Davis, James Blair, Arthur Smith, Allie Vaughn and Edward Coggshall.

Age 59, of 209 Gulick St., Blossburg, died Tuesday, May 8, 2007, at her residence. Sheila was born October 20, 1947 in Canton, the daughter of Clarence E. and Marvella Pruyne Sechrist. Sheila married Douglas A. O'Conners June 12, 1965. She was a member of Hillside Rod and Gun Club and William B. Wilson American Legion Post #572, Blossburg. Sheila is survived by her husband, Douglas; children, Douglas L. (Danielle) O'Conners, Kimberly A. (Karl) Wickman, and James E. O'Conners; sisters, Marvella (Jess) Ellison, Carolyn (Dave) Taylor, Patricia (Larry) Warren, and Verna L. Sechrist. Also by her special grandchildren, Susan A. Wickman and Karl A. Wickman. Other survivors include John (Cook) O'Conners, Barb Hubler, Carl (Karen) O'Conners, William (Sue) O'Conners, Gerald (Pat) O'Conners, Tammy (Mark) Shedden; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Family and friends are invited to call at the Freeberg Funeral Home, Blossburg, Friday, May 11, 2007, from 6-9 p.m. Interment will be at Arbon Cemetery, Blossburg. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Laurel Home Health Hospice, 24 Walnut St., Wellsboro, PA

SECHRIST –THELMA W. MASE age 82, of Pine City, NY, born November 5, 1922 - died October 9, 2005. Thelma lost a courageous battle to cancer with grace, dignity, and a strong spirit. She was the foundation and the heart of the family. Her smiles, open arms, wisdom, and generosity welcomed you at her doorstep, with no judgment and with unconditional love. She was predeceased by husband, Milton "Jack" Mase; brothers, Barney and Duke Sechrist; and Heather Mase, Emily Stalis, and Richard J. Stalis. She graduated from Liberty H.S. in 1939 with highest honors. Survived by sons, James W. (Rena) Mase of Pine City, Milton Joseph (Mary) Mase of Pine City, John C. (Janet) Mase of Pine City, Jerome L. (Donna) Mase of Southport, Jeffrey L. (Brenda) Mase of Pine City; daughters, Jacalyn R. (Bucky) Peel of Painted Post, Jennifer N. Edwards of Painted Post, and Joy L. (Ermen) Paulo of Elmira Heights; brothers, Don (Shirley) Sechrist of Williamsport, PA, Robert (Virginia) Sechrist of Williamsport, PA; and sister, Mildred Brown of PA. She has 28 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-great-grandchildren. She will be missed by all. Friends are invited to call at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira, NY on Wednesday, October 12, 2005, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. A Funeral Service will be conducted there Thursday at 10 a.m. by Pastor Richard Hack. Burial in Arbon Cemetery in Blossburg, PA, will be at the convenience of the family. Donations may be made in memory of Thelma to St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation, 555 E. Market St., Elmira, NY.  –Elmira Star Gazette.

SHAW Barbara- Mrs. Barbara Logan, widow of Mr. Robert Logan, died at her home in Blossburg on the 23d ultimo (1895), after a long sickness. She was 73 years of age. She was the mother of eight sons and six daughters, ten of the children surviving her. Mrs. Logan was a woman of lovely character and great intelligence. The funeral was held last week Tuesday, the service being conducted by Rev. Mr. Bond, assisted by Rev. Mr. Matthew’s, of Blossburg, and Rev. Mr. Woodward, of Covington. The six sons tenderly bore the remains of their honored mother to the grave. - Wellsboro Agitator, 3 April 1895, pg. 3  (Note from Georgia Evans - buried in Arbon Cemetery)

Francis J. 86, formerly of 357 South Williamson Rd., Blossburg, died March 2, 2007 at Broad Acres Nursing Home, Wellsboro. Francis was born December 17, 1920 in Akron, Ohio, the son of Jesse Calvin and Anna Richardson Howland Shelley. He was a WWII veteran having served with the US Navy from 1942-1945. On January 7, 1945 he married Edna; they had celebrated 61 years of marriage. Edna preceded Francis in death on November, 3, 2006. Francis was retired from J.P. Ward Foundry. He was Methodist by faith; he was a member of the Blossburg Masonic Lodge No. 350, where he was a devoted Masonic instructor, William B. Wilson American Legion Post 572, Blossburg, American Red Cross blood donor for several years. Frank enjoyed fly-fishing and hunting in his free time and was a devoted sports fan. Survivors include his sisters, Ella Rhea Shelley Wood, Spencer, NY, Marion Shelley Keck, Coudersport, and Katherine Shelley Meacham, Cottonwood, AZ; a brother, Jesse (Judy) Shelley, Mandeville, LA; several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents and wife, Edna, were brothers, Ransford Shelley and George Shelley. A dual memorial service for both Francis and Edna along with Masonic and military services will be held on Sunday, March 25, 2007, at 2 p.m. at the Freeberg Funeral Home, Blossburg, with Pastor Jason Guillaume officiating, burial will be at Arbon Cemetery, Blossburg. Donations may be made in memory of Francis and Edna to the Blossburg Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 2, Blossburg, PA 16912, or Broad Acres Nursing Home, 1883 Shumway Hill Rd., Wellsboro, PA 16901.

SHEPARD – Mrs. Ada HUGHES age 95 of Elmira, N.Y. died at the home of her daughter Mrs. Frank DICKINSON Saturday evening following an extended illness.Born in Nauvoo, on May 5, 1874 she was the daughter of Frank K. and Sarah WELTY SHEPARD.  She was the widow of the late Joseph HUGHES.Her survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Alice LAZENBY and Mrs. DICKINSON, both of Elmira; one son Howard HUGHES, of Elmira; four grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.  Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Auld Funeral Home.  Rev. Kenneth BURKET, pastor of the Methodist Church officiated.  Burial was in Arbon Cemetery at Blossburg.  1970 April 9th, Wellsboro Agitator

SHEPHERD –MRS. KATE SHEPHERD HUTCHESON of N. Williamson Rd., Blossburg.  Body is at the home of Sister, Mrs. Joseph Hughes, Hospital Rd. where funeral will be held Wednesday 2 p.m. Rev. Wayne Archer.  Arbon Cemetery, Blossburg.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 3/30/1948


SMITH, Christina Waldron – Mrs. Henry Waldron, of Arnot, died Wednesday, aged 60 years.  The funeral was held Saturday, conducted by Rev. T.M. Hurst, pastor of the Presbyterian church, interment in Arbon cemetery, Blossburg.  Besides her husband she is survived by four sons and a daughter: George, of Chicago; Harry, James and Albert, of Arnot, and Mrs. Charles Radcliffe of Cleveland, O.  Four brothers and four sisters also survive:  James Smith of Coalport; F.D. Smith of Phillipsburg, Pa., Harry and Alexander Smith, both of Marietta, Wash.; Mrs. Margaret Gwyn West of Brownsville, Pa., Mrs. Henry Boger, of Clearfield, Pa.; Mrs. William Martin of Emeigh Run, Pa., and Mrs. W.H. Ellis of Homer City, Pa.   Wellsboro Agitator, 23 April 1919.


SMITH, Christina Waldron – Arnot, April 21.  Mrs. Henry Waldron died at her home last week, aged 60 years, after a long illness of cancer of the stomach. The funeral was held from her son James’ home on Saturday at 2 o’clock and was conducted by Rev. T.M. Hurst, pastor of the Presbyterian church; interment in Arbon cemetery, Blossburg.  Besides her husband she is survived by four sons, George, of Chicago; James, Harry and Albert, of Arnot, and one daughter, Anna Mae, of Cleveland, Ohio.   Wellsboro Agitator, 23 April 1919.


Franklin Smith, 63, of Blossburg, died Friday, April 20, 1973, in the Williamsport Hospital. He was born in Blossburg on Jan. 28, 1910, a son of Mrs. Almina Sechrist Smith and the late Benjamin Smith. Mr. Smith was a member of the Blossburg Seventh-day Adventist Church. He was formerly employed for 42 years as a male nurse at the Blossburg State Hospital. Surviving are his wife, the former Helen Tanner; two daughters, Mrs. Phyllis Williams, of Blossburg, and Mrs. Dorothy Frank, of Newbury Park, Calif; a son, Donald, of Blossburg his mother, of Blossburg; three sisters, Mrs. Mable Hazelwood, of Blossburg, Mrs. Anna Smith, of Arlington, Va., and Miss Margaret Smith, of South Lancaster, Mass; four brothers, Harry, of Takoma Park, Md., Ernest, of Blossburg, Robert, of Covington, and Kenneth, of Stoneham, Mass., and nine grandchildren. The funeral was held on Monday, at Adam's, 303 Main St., with burial in Arbon Cemetery. The Rev. Robert A. Hoffman, his pastor, officiated.

Franklin SMITH, age 63, of 341 N. Williamson Rd., Blossburg, PA. Friday, April 20, 1973, at the Williamsport General Hospital. Friends are invited to call at the Adams Funeral Home, Blossburg Sunday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral there Monday at 2 p.m. Pastor Robert Hoffman. Burial in Arbon Cemetery, Blossburg. Survived by wife, Helen Tanner Smith; daughters, Mrs. Phillis Williams, Blossburg, Mrs. Dorothy Frank of Newbury Park, CA; sons, Donald of Blossburg; mother, Mrs. Almina Smith of Blossburg; sisters, Mrs. Mabel Hazelwood of Blossburg, Miss Anna Smith, Arlington, VA, Miss Margaret Smith, S. Lancaster, MA; brothers, Harry of Tecoma Park, MD, Ernest of Blossburg, PA, Robert of Covington RD, Kenneth of Stoneham, MA; nine grandchildren. Mr. Smith was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Blossburg. He was a former employee of the Blossburg General Hospital for 43 years.

Franklin Smith, 63, of Blossburg died Friday, April 20, 1973 in the Williamsport, NY. He was born in Blossburg on Jan. 28,1910, a son of Mrs Almina Sechrist Smith and the late Benjamin Smith.  Mr Smith was a member of the Blossburg Seventh-Day Adventist Church. He was formerly employed for 42 years as a male nurse at the Blossburg State Hospital.  Surviving are his wife, the former Helen Tanner, two daughters, Mrs Phyllis Williams of Blossburg and Mrs Dorothy Frank of Newbury Park, CA, son Donald of Blossburg, his mother of Blossburg; three sisters, Mrs. Mabel Hazelwood of Blossburg, Mrs Anna Smith of Arlington, VA and Miss Margaret Smith of South Lancaster, Mass.; four brothers, Harry of Takoma Park, MD, Ernest of Blossburg, Robert of Covington and Kenneth of Stoneham, MA and nine grandchildren.  The funeral was held on Monday at Adam’s 303 Main St. with burial in Arbon Cemetery. The Rev. Robert A. Hoffman, his pastor officiated.

SMITH - Blossburg - Franklin SMITH, 63, of 341 North Williamson Road died Friday, April 20, 1973, in the Williamsport Hospital. He was born in Blossburg on Jan. 28, 1910, a son of Mrs. Almina SECHRIST SMITH and the late Benjamin SMITH. Mr. SMITH was a member of the Blossburg Seventh-day Adventist Church. He was formerly employed for 42 years as a male nurse at the Blossburg State Hospital. Surviving are his wife, the former Helen TANNER; two daughters, Mrs. Phyllis WILLIAMS, of Blossburg, and Mrs. Dorothy FRANK, of Newbury Park, Calif.; a son, Donald, of Blossburg; his mother, of Blossburg; three sisters, Mrs. Mable HAZELWOOD, of Blossburg, Mrs. Anna SMITH, of Arlington, Va., and Miss Margaret SMITH, of South Lancaster, Mass.; four brothers, Harry, of Takoma Park, Md., Ernest, of Blossburg, Robert, of Covington RD, and Kenneth, of Stoneham, Mass., and nine grandchildren. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday, at Adam's, 303 Main Street, with burial in Arbon Cemetery. The Rev. Robert A. HOFFMAN, his pastor, will officiate. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Submitted by Patricia Warren

Mrs. Mabel Hazelwood, 73, of Riverside Park, Blossburg, died Wednesday, Sept. 28, 1977, in Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, after a brief illness. A registered nurse, Mrs. Hazelwood had served as night supervisory at the former Blossburg State Hospital for many years. She was a graduate of Washington Sanitarium Hospital, Tacoma Park, Md., and had also worked at the Lafayette, Ind., Hospital. Mrs. Hazelwood was born Nov. 1, 1903, in Blossburg, a daughter of Benjamin F. and Mary Sechrist Smith. She was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Blossburg. Surviving are two sisters, Miss Anna Smith, of Arlington, Va., and Miss Margaret Smith, of South Lancaster, Mass., and four brothers, Harry Smith, of Tacoma park, Ernest Smith, of Blossburg, Robert Smith, of Covington, and Kenneth Smith, of Berrien Springs, Mich. The funeral was held Sunday at the Adams Funeral Home, Blossburg, with burial in Arbon Cemetery. Pastor Wayne Owens, her pastor, officiated,

SMITH –MARGARET SMITH LLEWELLYN, 88, formerly of Blossburg, diedOctober 31, 1994.  She was born January 16, 1906, in Clearfield County, PA, the daughter of the late William B. and Lyle (Taylor) Smith.  She was a loving mother and homemaker to her family.  She is survived by two sons Richard Llewellyn, Blossburg and Robert Llewellyn of Peru, NY; four daughters, Joyce Smith, Faye Kenyon, Bonnie Haddow, all of Blossburg and Mary Lou Machmer, Canton; brother, William D. Smith, Wellsboro; two sisters, Marie Welty, Apple Valley, CA and Lillian Smith, Gang Mills, NY; 19 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband Paul, August 3, 1990 and a son Beryl Llewellyn.  Private services were held at the Drinkwine Morse Funeral Home, Blossburg, with the Rev. R. Wayne Hogue, pastor of the Blossburg United Methodist Church, officiating.  Interment was in Arbon Cemetery, Blossburg, PA.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Blossburg Memorial Hospital, 307 Main Street, Blossburg, PA.  –Canton Independent Sentinel.

SMITH – Mrs. Jane E. HUGHES, Blossburg 93, one of Tioga County’s oldest residents died Tuesday.  A hip fracture suffered several weeks ago in a fall at her home hastened death.  A native of Nova Scotia, Mrs. HUGHES came with her parents when a child to Tioga County.  She had been a resident of Blossburg for more than sixty years. Mrs. HUGHES was an active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  For nine years she was president of the Ladies Aid Society, active in the work of the Woman’s Home Missionary Society.  She was also a member of the Blossburg Reading Club.  Her husband, Josiah HUGHES died many years ago She is survived by five daughters.  Dr. Alice HUGHES, Williamport; Mrs. Dale E. BROWN, Boston, Mass; Winifred HUGHES, Newton, Mass.; and the Misses Eva and Nellie HUGHES of Blossburg; three sons, Chief of Police Joseph HUGHES of Wellsboro; Attorney Frank S. HUGHES, Blossburg; Edward HUGHES, Altoona; a sister, Mrs. Julia LEE, Bluefield, W.Va., a brother Chas. SMITH, Danville; also seven grandchildren. Mar. 3rd, 1937 Wellsboro Agitator
**another obituary the same as above but after the funeral says:  The funeral was held Friday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Owen C. BARRETT, a pastor of the Methodist Church; burial in Arbon Cemetery at Blossburg.
**on the same page is an obituary on Jane’s sister – Mrs. Maria LEE aged 89 years, widow of George LEE. Died at her home in Bluefield, W. Va., March 7, 1937.  The family, former residents of Arnot, moved to West Virginia many years ago.  She is survived by several sons and daughters, and was a sister of Mrs. Jane HUGHES, of Blossburg, recently deceased.


SMITH Thomas L. Smith

60, of Morris Run, died Thursday, March 1, 2012, at The Green Home, Wellsboro.   He was born Nov. 6, 1951, in Blossburg, a son of Robert and Beatrice (Leonard) Smith, Sr.  Thomas worked in the pallet business, was a commercial fisherman, and a tree trimmer. He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Blossburg. Thomas enjoyed hunting and fishing.  Thomas is survived by his wife, Cindy Jo (Smith) Smith of Morris Run; a son, Joshua Smith of Cut Off, La.; step-son, William (Lori) Smith of Blossburg; two daughters, Brandi Ribble of Wellsboro, Genna Rice of South Dakota; a step-daughter, Angela Short of Morris Run; 16 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter, Adaline; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Bill and Barbara Smith of Hamburg, Jim and Marie Smith of Blossburg, Bob and Linda Smith, Jr. of Morris Run, Dean and Doreen Smith of Ooleha, Tenn.; five sisters and brothers-in-law, Cora and Jim Roupp of Blossburg, Mary and Neal Calhoun of Salem, W.Va., Joan and Bill Clodfelter of Blossburg, Linda and Homer Strong of Mainesburg, Tina Fink of Auburn.  Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday, March 11, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Blossburg Seventh Day Adventist Church, 116 N. Williamson Rd., Blossburg. A memorial service will follow at 4 p.m., at the church with Pastor Michael Bernard officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Laurel Health Hospice, 24 Walnut St., Wellsboro, Pa. 16901. Burial will be in Arbon Cemetery, Blossburg. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, is assisting the family.  Star Gazette – March 3, 2012


SOMERVILLE Rachel M. Adrian

40, of St. Albans WV, formerly of Covington, PA went home to her Lord and Savior on December 22, 2013 in St. Albans, WV. Rachel Marie was born on October 16, 1973 in Bethesda, MD.  She was a daughter of Scott Adrian and A. Michele (Marcellino) Somerville. Rachel enjoyed attending the Covington United Methodist Church.   Surviving are her mother and stepfather, Rev. Michele and Roger Somerville of Blossburg; her father and stepmother, Scott and Sharon Adrian of Fremont, MI; a brother and sister, Jason (Chelsea) Adrian of Seattle, WA and Nichole Adrian-Dye (Jeffery Dye) of Sanford, FL; a stepbrother and stepsister, Erik (Mandy) Somerville of Indiana, PA and Deidre Somerville of Kansas City, MO; her grandmother, Trudy Adrian of Orlando, FL, a special aunt, Marla Maddox Adrian of Longwood, FL., two uncles and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  Her family will receive friends 2 – 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, at the Covington United Methodist Church.  Rev. Alan Hulslander will officiate a memorial service at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 30, at the church.  Burial will follow in Arbon Cemetery, Blossburg.  In lieu of flowers, consider a memorial in Rachel’s name to Tioga County Homeless Shelter at 1873 Shumway Hill Rd. Wellsboro, PA 16901, The Matthew 25 Food Pantry or the Covington United Methodist Church’s General Fund both are c/o 303 S. Williamson Rd. Blossburg, PA 16912.  Funeral home obituary – December 26, 2013


BLOSSBURG-Frank Soper, 79, of Granger Street, died this morning, Tuesday, March 13,1962,in the Blossburg State Hospital, following an extended illness. Born in Sullivan Twp., May 9, 1882,, he was the son of Jerome and Sophronia Purvis Soper. A retired showman, he has traveled with the Marks Shows for many years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Margaret Cork, of Albion, N.Y., a sister,Mrs. Cora Miller, of Blossburg; three grandchildren. The Rev. Maurice Entwistle will conduct the services. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Adams, Main Street. Burial will be in Arbon Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home tonight from 7 to 9 and Wednesday from  2 to and 7 to 9 p.m.

An article about Frank Soper  21 JUN 1904 - On Tuesday afternoon, while at work in M. Perls’ steam laundry, Frank Soper had a narrow escape from a horrible death.  He was engaged in wiping off a shafting preparatory to putting on a new pulley, when his glove and the sleeve of his shirt were caught in the belt and he was drawn toward the rapidly revolving shafting which was only a few inches from the roof.  Fortunately his shirt sleeve gave way and he was able to extricate himself.  His right arm was broken in two places and his back badly sprained.  He was taken to his home and Dr. Crandall attended him.  Later he was removed to the Cottage Hospital.  This is the first accident that has occurred at the laundry.

On Monday morning, March 26, about 5 o'clock when his wife went to his bedside to call him,it was found that Jerome Soper had died. The deceased had been sick with grip for several weeks,though confined to his bed but two days. Sunday he appeared to be much better than at any time since taken ill and his sudden death was a terrible shock to his family. The deceased was born in Hartford, Conn., on the 19th of June 1832. He had enlisted at Fort Snelling, Minnesota, at the beginning of the Civil War, and served 4 years, 6 months and 17 days. At the close of the war he came to  Mainesburg and in 1867 was married to Miss Sophronia Purvis,who survives him. Besides his widow he leaves 5 children three sons Frederick,Freeman and Frank and two daughters Mrs. Burr Steele and Miss Cora Soper, to mourn his loss. He also leaves five brothers and two sisters. The funeral which was in charge of Thomas W. Brown, of Brown Post G.A.R., occured on Wednesday from the Baptist church, the pastor Rev. Mr. Brown officiating. The pall bearers were Lyman Jennings, Louis Belsa, Casper  Leinhardt, Thomas McEntee, Ben Williams, Thomas Evans. Besides the immediate family the relatives present were his three brothers, Allen and Amos Soper of Blossburg, and Columbus Soper, of Elmira; Aaron Wood and wife, of Bernice, Sullivan county: Edward and Willard Dewey, Wm. Purvis and George Purvis, of Sullivan Township. (March 26, 1900)

Monday morning about 5 o'clock, Mrs. Jerome Soper went to the door of her husband's room to call him. She received no answer, and an examination soon revealed the fact that he was dead. From the coldness of the corpse it is supposed that he had diedearly in the night, and the healthy  appearance of Mr. Soper on the night previous made it a most unpleasant  surprise. The deceased was quite an old man and an old soldier, a member of Brown post, G. A. R., of this place. He enlisted in the Union army early in the struggle, and remained to the last. Many years he has resided in Blossburg. the funeral occurred Wednesday at 2 p.m., from the house. Interment was at Odd Fellows cemetery. The following are the pallbearers, some of whom are brother members of the G. A. R.: Messrs, Caspar Lienhardt, Louis Belsea, Thomas Evans, Lyman Jennings, Benjamin Williams and Thomas McEntee.

SOPER – Mrs. Lottie Soper Bailey (SRGP 12287), wife of Perley Bailey (SRGP 12290), of Covington, died Saturday afternoon at the Blossburg Hospital. Mrs. Bailey was born in Covington where she had spent her life. She is survived by her husband; a daughter, Viola, and a son, Leon; her parents, Mr. & Mrs. William Soper of Covington, and three sisters. The funeral was held yesterday afternoon at Covington; interment in Arbon Cemetery at Blossburg. – Wellsboro Agitator, 5 August 1931

SOPER - July 2, 1951
Mrs. Mary Jane SOPER Steele, 80, of Blossburg, widow of Warren Burr Steele (W.B. Steele), died unexpectedly Monday afternoon, July 2, 1951, at home.  A native of Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Mrs. Steele was the daughter of the late Jerome and Sophronie [Sophronia, Sephrona] Soper.  She was a member of the Faith Rebekah Lodge, the Oruba Class and Baptist Church of Blossburg.  Survived by daughter, Mrs. E. R. Packard of Syracuse; son, Fred Steele of Binghamton: sister,  Mrs. Cora (Soper) Miller, and brother, Frank Soper, both of Blossburg; five granchildren; eight great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.  The body is at the Ellis Funeral Hone, Blossburg, and late today will be removed to the family home where friends may call and where the funeral will be held Thursday at 2 p.m.  The Rev. Maurice Entwistle.  Arbon Cemetery, Blossburg.

SPENCER, Viola L. - Viola L. Strong McIlwain, 90, of Roaring Branch, PA and long-time resident of Newelltown was peacefully called home to Heaven on Tuesday evening, January 24, 2017, at the Bradford County Manor, Troy, PA. Viola Louise, “Bo” to family and friends, was born August 28, 1926 in Ralston, PA, one of six children of the late Theodore and Roberta (Transue) Spencer. She was a member of Canton High School’s graduating class of 1945.  On Aug. 27, 1971, she married Theron McIlwain in the Newelltown United Methodist Church.  With blended families, they made their home on the Leolyn Valley Farm. Viola was a great help to Theron in seeing to the daily operations of the dairy and they received the recognition of Dairy of Distinction. A woman guided by her love for the Lord, Viola was an active member of the Newelltown United Methodist Church for many years. Most recently she enjoyed attending the Ward United Methodist Church and supported their Comfort Quilters group.  Viola also was very involved with the Grover Cemetery in Canton Twp. for many years and was a member of the former Carpenter Grange No. 454. Family meant everything in Voila’s life.  She was the matriarch of the family and the glue that kept it all together.  Always loving and supportive, she was the biggest fan of her grandchildren and great grandchildren’s activities and she prayed all her loved ones would know God.  Christmas was her favorite time of year; putting other people first and making sure everyone in the family received a gift.  Viola was a wonderful cook and baker.  Their door was always open to anyone for assistance, a cup of coffee or a sweet treat.  In earlier years Viola was an avid hunter and fisherman. Surviving are her children; Jean (David) O’Conners of Roaring Branch, Stanley (Sue) Strong of Canton,   Antoinette “Tonie” (Mike) Hall of Blossburg, Johanne (Phil) Rockwell of Canton, Greg (Jana) Strong of Roaring Branch, William F. “Bill” McIlwain of Cogan House and Sheila (Ron) Clementoni of Hughesville.   24 grandchildren, step grandchildren and their spouses; Kim (Bob) Petrowski, Larry “Chip” (JoAnne) Tarbox, Shane (Tasha) Tarbox, Shawn (Shannon) O’Conners, Mandy Foust, Gabriel (Stacy) Strong, Miranda (Mark) Wiehagen, Teri (Mike) Bailey, Phillip Boinske, Damon (Lindy) Boinske, Bart (Lisa) Clementoni, Leslie (Chris) Lordi, Teresa (John) Brackman, Trisha McIlwain, Jordy McIlwain, April (Matt) Bispeck, Shannon Seitzer, Sarah Rockwell, Luke (Sarah Rose) Rockwell, Cotie (Hillary) Strong, Leah Strong (Jeremy Lake), Aaron (Holly) Lineberry, Nicki (Kirk) Lefelhoc and Shannon Hall. Numerous great grandchildren which included four sets of twins, step great grandchildren, eight great-great grandchildren.   A brother and sister; Robert E. (Jane) Spencer of Trout Run and Bonnie Spencer of Florida, sisters-in-law; Dorothy Jane Wevodau of Harrisburg, Jackie Spencer of Alba, Iris Berguson of Mansfield and Eleanor Wooster of Roaring Branch, many nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her husbands; Stanley D. “Chick” “Dee Dee” Strong on Aug. 8, 1960 and Theron O. McIlwain on July 1, 2004, she was predeceased by three siblings, Daniel (Patricia) Spencer, Theodore Spencer, Joyce (John) Dowling.  Two sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law; Sally Ward, Althea Williams and Carlton “Carty” Wooster.   Also a special friend, Janet Segur. Calling hours are 2 – 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, at Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Dr., Canton. Mr. Dennis Vermilya will officiate the funeral service at 4 p.m.  Burial will be Monday in Arbon Cemetery, Blossburg, PA at the convenience of the family. In Lieu of flowers, those who wish may consider a memorial in Mrs. McIlwain’s name to Comfort Quilters c/o 474 Furman Rd. Canton, PA 17724 – Pepper Funeral Home obituary

STANTON - Gloria Manwaring, 67, of Blossburg, died at her residence Sunday May 18, 2008. Born April 28, 1941 she was the daughter of Raymond R. and Marian Boinski Stanton. Gloria was employed at the Dipsy Doodle, she helped in the running of Ray's Place, now the Brick Tavern; where she met her best friend, Donna Cole, and was a cashier at the Bloss Holiday Market. Gloria enjoyed playing cards and bingo with the other residents of Riverside Park. Gloria was Catholic in faith. Survivors include children, Steven Allen Manwaring and his wife Martha Siegel of Georgia, Jean Marguerite Stocum of California, and Michelle Renee McIntosh and her husband Mike of Covington, sisters; Patricia Borrelli of New York, Diane Parker of Blossburg; brother, Raymond Stanton of Florida; grandchildren; Justin, Amanda, Auroia, Laci, Lindsay, Tyler and Megan; also several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. A brother Richard Stanton preceded Gloria in death. Family and friends may call at the Freeberg Funeral Home, Blossburg, on Thursday May 22 from 10 until 11 a.m. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at the Arbon Cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to Laurel Hospice, 24 Walnut St., Wellsboro, Pa 16901 or to the American Cancer Society, Tioga Unit, 1948 E. Third St, Williamsport, Pa. 17701. - Mansfield Gazette, 21 May 2008

Frederick STEELE, 66, of 158 Henry Street, Binghamton, N.Y.,died at his home Friday, Feb. 26, 1960, at 10 p.m.  Mr. Steele was born in Blossburg, the son of the late Warren Burr Steele and Mary Jane (Soper) Steele.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Binghamton.  Surviving are his wife, Eleanor; three sons, Robert, of Kirkwood, N.Y., and Fred and Powell, both of Binghamton;  two daughters, Mrs. Jane Fiato, of Binghamton, and Mrs. Margaret Gerbitz, of Red Hook, N.J.;  one sister, Mrs. Lillian Packard, of Syracuse, N.Y., and nine grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held Monday, at 2 p.m., at the Adams funeral home at Blossburg.  The Rev. Maurice Entwistle, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Blossburg, will officiate.  Burial will be in Arbon Cemetery, at Blossburg.  Friends may call today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

October 4, 1935
Blossburg - W. Burr STEELE, 70, injured two weeks ago when he fell from a ladder while working at the Baptist Church, died Friday at the Blossburg Hospital.  He had suffered a fractured sternum and other chest injuries.  A carpenter, Mr. Steele had resided in Blossburg more than 50 years.  Last May he and Mrs. Steele observed the golden anniversary of their marriage.  He was a member of the Baptist Church and Arbon Lodge, IOOF.  Surviving are his wife, a daughter in California and a son, Frederick, and five grandchildren in Endicott.  The funeral will be conducted at the home Monday at 2p.m. by the Rev. David J Griffiths of the Mansfield Baptist Church.  Burial will be in Arbon Cemetery.

Obit 2 for W. Burr STEELE
Blossburg - Funeral services for W. Burr Steele, 69, who died following a recent fall, will be conducted at the home Wednesday, October 9, 1935 at 2 p.m.  The Rev. David J. Griffiths  of Mansfield, assisted by the Rev. Thomas Tervor, will officiate.   He is survived by a daughter in Sacramento, Calif., and a son, Frederick, of Binghamton;  also two brothers, Samuel of Cortland, N. Y., and Andrew of Salem, Oreg.;  one sister, Mrs. Ada Therpe, of Daggett, Pa., and two grandchildren. Arbon Cemetery

July 18, 1933
Former Blossburg Boy Dies Suddenly - Word was received here Tuesday of the sudden death of  William STEELE at Pitssburg.  Mr. Steele was the sone of Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Steele, of this place, (Blossburg) who survive him.  He is also survived by his wife, one brother, Fred, of Blossburg, and one sister, Leila, of California.  The body was broought to Blossburg today.  Funeral arrangements are not completed.

The Wellsboro Agitator 1933-07-26
William STEELE
William Steele, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Steele, of Blossburg, died July 18, in Pittsburg, whee he had made his home for several years.  He was born in Blossburg, 32 years ago, attended the public schools and lived there untill early manhood.  He formerly was employed by a railroad company with headquarters at Pittsburg.  Despondent because of lack of employment, he ended his own life.  He is survived by his widow, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Burr Steele, of Blossburg; also a sister and several nephews and nieces.  Burial in Arbon cemetery at Blossburg.

JOHN W. STEMPECK age 87 died on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 at HRC Manor Care, Williamsport, formerly of Blake Road, Blossburg.  John was born in Arnot on February 21, 1920 the son of the late Anthony and Francis (Baran) Stempeck.  He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Fanny Lou (Lietka) Stempeck; sons and daughters-in-law, Richard F. and Marilyn Stempeck of Knox, Pa., John W. and Shelia M. Stempeck of Reading, Mass.; daughter and son-in-law, Shirley A. and Dave Terrill of Salladasburg; son, James A. Stempeck of Monument, Colo.; stepchildren, Jan Ella and Ernie Waltz of Mansfield, Carolyn S. and Terry Smith of Jersey Shore; 17 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.  John is preceded in death by 1 sister, Stephanie and 2 brothers, Charles and Joseph.  John attended the Covington Baptist Church. He was a coal miner, owned and operated the Stempeck Coal Company for many years, receiving the Miners Foreman Certification paper. A member of the Blossburg #350 F& AM Masonic Lodge, National Rifleman’s Association and the TCCCC. He was a supervisor for Hamilton Township.  John enjoyed the outdoors, being an avid hunter and fisherman as well as raising golden retrievers.  Family and friends are invited to call at Freeburg Funeral Home, 120 N. Williamson Road, Blossburg, on Friday, March 16 from 7-9 p.m. Masonic services by Blossburg Lodge #350 will be held at the funeral home at 8 p.m. on Friday. Friends will be received at the Covington Baptist Church, Covington, on Saturday, March 17 at 12 noon until 2 p.m. Funeral services will follow at the church at 2 p.m. with Pastor Teddy Rood officiating. Burial will be in Arbon Cemetery, Blossburg.  Donations in lieu of flowers would be appreciated to the Golden Retriever Foundation, P.O. Box 628, Elkhorn, NE.  –Williamsport Sun-Gazette

STOCKTON, William - William "Bill" Stockton, Sr., 84, of Morris Run, and formerly of Collingswood, N.J., passed away Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, at Broad Acres in Wellsboro.William Samuel was born Dec. 1, 1931, in Audubon, N.J., the son of the late William M. and Hannah Reba (Myers) Stockton. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the United States Navy. On June 5, 1954, Bill married the former Eva Kerbaugh in West Collingswood, N.J. They shared 48 years together and raised four children. Bill was employed as a linesman for Bell Telephone Company. He later worked as a custodian at Blossburg Schools for several years until retirement. Bill was a member of the Hillside Rod and Gun Club in Blossburg, Morris Run's American Legion Post 167 and served on the Morris Run Water Board. He enjoyed woodworking, crossword puzzles, cryptograms and Sunday breakfasts at Eddie's Restaurant.Surviving are his children, Linda E. Mannino of Morris Run, Darlene K. (Joseph) Naimoli of Blossburg, Bill (Judy) Stockton of Morris Run, Sandra "Sandy" L. (Rob) Skolny of Blossburg; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Eva on May 5, 2002. Calling hours are 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Dec. 1, at Zwicharowski Funeral Home, 314 Granger St., Blossburg. The committal service will immediately follow at the Arbon Cemetery with military honors accorded. Those who wish may make a memorial to a charity of one's choice -  Mansfield Gazette, 30 November 2016


ESTHER STOKES, 96, Union Township resident and retired school teacher, diedquietly at the Broad Acres Nursing Home Wellsboro, May 26.  Born in her family’s log house at Morris Run, December 16, 1900, she was one of five children born to George and Mary (Knothe) Stokes.  Young Miss Stokes, a coal miner’s daughter, was destined to follow the teaching profession where she would enlighten young minds and help build young characters.  She graduated from Mansfield State Teachers College (now Mansfield University) in 1924 and taught in the one room schoolhouses throughout Union Township.  Miss Stokes was especially well known in the schools at Gleason, Morris Run, English Hill, Joe Hill, Spencertown and Ogdensburg.  She was a good friend whose main concern was for the children.  She would often join her class at recess in a game of baseball, or whatever the game of the day might be.  During snowy weather she was reluctant to drive her Model T Ford, so she would walk the three miles to school, arriving at least an hour to school, arriving at least an hour before class, to fire up the potbelly stove so that the children would be warm.  When the schools of Union Township were consolidated and the one room schoolhouse became a thing of the past, Miss Stokes taught third grade in the Canton Elementary School.  She retired in 1963 after four decades of enriching young lives.  Miss Stokes was inducted into the Pi Gamma MU Education Honor Society, was a member of the Canton Chapter #71 Order of the eastern Star where she was Past Matron and Past District Deputy, was a member of the PA State Education Association.  She was also a Brownie Scout leader for many years, and was a member of the Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges.  Her faith in the Lord was of paramount importance in her life and she was a member of the Church of Christ, (Disciples of Christ) in Canton, taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and was Sunday School Superintendent.  She was very adept with hand crafts and was known as a master quilter.  Like her parents before her, Miss Stokes was an avid gardener of both flowers and vegetables.  She was well traveled touring the continental United States and Canada for over 40 years until her health no longer permitted it.  Her first journeys were made in her Model T.  By the 1970s she was organizing bus trips for the Canton Senior Citizens.  Surviving are her niece Laura (husband Charles) Husted, Canton RR 2; great nieces Katharine Husted, Minneapolis, MN and Caroline (husband Robert) Prevette, South Bend, IN; as well as three great-great-nephews; Stephen, Robert and Gregory Prevette and very special friend Frances Laninger, Canton.  Funeral services were held May 30 at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, with rev. David Morris, her pastor, officiating.  Interment was in the Arbon Cemetery, Blossburg.  Memorials in Miss Stokes’ name may be made to the Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ, Canton, PA or to the Green Free Library, Canton. –Canton Independent Sentinel.


STOKES, George O. – The funeral of George O. Stokes who died Sept. 29, was held from his late home in Morris Run, Rev. Geo. Lees officiating and was in charge of Bloss Lodge No. 350, F. & A.M.  Burial was in Arbon cemetery, Blossburg.  Mr. Stokes was born at West Union, Iowa in 1855, and came to Morris Run when a young man, where he had since resided except for a couple years in Chicago.  On August 5, 1884, he married Miss Mary E. Knothe of Chicago, who survives him.  Three daughters, Mrs. William Evans of Morris Run, Mrs. George Myers of Mansfield, and Miss Esther Stokes at home; two sons, Arthur J. Stokes of Washington D.C. and Orville K. Stokes of Buffalo, also survive him.  Mr. Stokes was the last of the charter members of Lake View Lodge No. 774, A. F. & A.M. of Chicago.  The following acted as pall bearers:  Robert McBlane, Samuel McBlane, William MacLaughlan, James Martin, John Jenkins, and James Woodhouse.   Wellsboro Agitator 15 October 1919.


STRATTON - Augustus Stratton, 70, former Blossburg resident, died Friday morning, July 30, 1954, at his home in Hyattsville, MD, following an extended illness. Born in Blossburg, he was the son of Frank and Maria Bowen Stratton. He was a member of the Hyattsville Episcopal Church and the Blossburg Lodge, F&AM. He was an electric welder for the New York Central Railroad until his retirement several years ago. Surviving are one daughter, Miss Marian Stratton, Hyattsville; two sisters, Mrs. Foster Nickerson and Miss Agnes Stratton, Blossburg, and an uncle, Ray Stratton, Blossburg Postmaster. Funeral was Monday with the Rev. Stover officiating. Burial was in Arbon Cemetery, Blossburg. - Wellsboro Agitator, August 5, 1954

STRATTON Myron H – Dashed to Death, Engineer STRATTON, of Blossburg, Killed and His Fireman Badly Injured.
Last Thursday afternoon a terrible accident occurred o the Tim Gray’s Run railroad, which extends from Trout Run into the lumber district, by which Engineer Myron H. STRATTON was killed and Fireman George HORNING was seriously injured.  It appears that as the locomotive was starting from the top of the incline, the engineer lost control of his train by the brake gearing becoming out of order.  The train ran down the hill at a rapid rate, and at a point about one half of a mile above the company’s store, the engine left the track and landed in a ditch alongside the track.  Engineer STRATTON was caught beneath the engine, and life was almost instantly crushed out of him.  When found he had one hand on the throttle and the other on the brake lever.  Fireman HORNING was thrown to the opposite side of the engine from STRATTON, and was seriously injured.  He was also badly scalded. Engineer STRATTON was 64 years old and was a resident of Blossburg.  He leaves a wife and four children.  The remains were taken to Blossburg on Friday and the funeral was held last Saturday.  Fireman HORNING is 27 years of age, and his home is in Blossburg, where his widowed mother resides.  The engine was badly wrecked. This is the second accident which has occurred at this point within six months.  While Engineer STRATTON was employed by the Fall Brook road several years ago an engine he was running ran away and was sunk in Seneca Lake at Watkins.  1892 Sept.1st, Wellsboro Gazette

STRATTON –MRS. NINA STRATTON NICKERSON of N. Williamson Road, Blossburg.  Body at Adams Funeral Home, Blossburg.  Calling hours today and Friday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.  Funeral there Saturday at 2 p.m. the Rev. Morris Entwhistle.  Arbon Cemetery, O.E.S. service Friday (April 19, 1963) at 8 p.m.  –Elmira Star-Gazette-4/18/1963

 Leslie John Streeter, 53, of Addison, NY, formerly of Blossburg, died Monday, Nov. 5, 1973, in the Corning Hospital, Corning, NY, following an extended illness. Mr. Streeter was a retired employe of the Corning Glass Works with 27 years of service. He was a member of the Flint Glassworkers Union. Mr. Streeter was a veteran of World War II. Surviving is a sister, Mrs. Jennie Buckley of Erin, NY. The funeral was held Thursday at the Olthof Funeral Home, Elmira, NY. Burial was in Arbon Cemetery, Blossburg.

SUMMERS, Caroline -  MRS. CARRIE SIMERSON of 755 E. Fifth St.  Services today at 1 at the Charles F. Hughes & Son Funeral Home, the Rev. Robert Gray.  Pallbearers:  Thomas Barwick, Charles Brown, Francis Norman, Louis Clayton, Richard Summers and Robert Besanceney.  Arbon Cemetery, Blossburg, Pa.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 12/15/1954 [Caroline Summers, daughter of George and Ann Summers]

 Anna R. Ritter, 70, of RD#1, Mansfield, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 1987, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital in Wellsboro. Born at Morris Run, April 23, 1917, she was the daughter of Swan August and Hannah Carlson Swanson. She was a member of Siloa Lutheran Church in Morris Run and a member of Elizabeth Rebekah Lodge #2191. She retired in 1979 after working many years as a teacher at Warren L. Miller Elementary School in Mansfield. Her first husband, Stephen Somogy, died in July, 1954.  Her second husband, George Ritter, died in June.  She is also predeceased by three sisters, Elin Diher, Edythe Repard and Hildur Isaacson. She is survived by two sons, Ronald S. Somogy of Troy, and Stephen Gary Somogy of Atlanta, Ga.; two grandchildren; three brothers, Albin Swanson and John Swanson, both of Blossburg, and Tom Swanson of Westminster, Md.; and two sisters, Mrs. Eva Clarkson of Covington and Mrs. Freda Preston of Elmira, NY. Funeral services were held today (Sept. 2) at the Scureman Funeral Home, Mansfield, at 1 pm.  The Rev. George E. Doran officiated. Burial was made in Arbon Cemetery in Blossburg.

SWANSON - RITTER, ANNA SOMOGY,    Anna R. Somogy Ritter, 70, of RD1, Mansfield, died August 30, 1987 at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital in Wellsboro.  She was born April 23, 1917 in Morris Run, PA to Swan August and Hannah Carlson Swanson.  She retired from teaching in 1979.  She was predeceased by husband, George Ritter in June 1987 and husband, Stephen Somogy in July, 1954.  She is survived by sons, Ronald S. Somogy of Troy and Stephen Gary Somogy of Atlanta, GA; two grandchildren; three brothers and two sisters.  Funeral services were held at the Scureman Funeral Home in Mansfield on Sept. 2(1 p.m.) with Rev. George E.Doran officiating and burial to be in Arbon Cemetery, Blossburg, PA.  (TGR Sept.3 1987)

 Charles A. Swanson, age 89, of Morris Run, Pa. died Thursday, July 5, 1973 at St. Joseph's Hospital, Elmira, NY. Funeral service was Sunday 1:30 pm at the Siloa Lutheran Church, Morris Run, with Rev. Glen Sullivan officiating.  Burial was in Arbon Cemetery, Blossburg.  He is survived by sisters, Mrs. Emma Hartwell of Everett, Mass. and Mrs. Vera Patterson of Johnson City, NY; several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Millicent Harding of 206 North Williamson Road, Blossburg died at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital in Wellsboro Sunday evening, September 30th. She was 83. The widow of Walter Harding, she was born in Kane, Pa. on July 5th, 1890 the daughter of Peter and Clara Renier Swanson. Surviving are  Mrs. George Evans, of Blossburg, Mrs. John Larrison and Mrs. Ambrose Bogaczyk; four Sons, Clarence of Covington, Frederick of Horseheads, Louis of Arnot, and Charles of Blossburg; a sister, Mrs. Paul Schanf of Erie; three brothers, Charles and Paul Swanson, both of Kane, and Martin Swanson of South America; twenty-two grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held October 3rd at Adam’s Funeral Home, Blossburg. Rev. Robert A. Hoffman, pastor of the Seventh Day Adventist Church of which she was a member, officiated. Burial was in Arbon Cemetery.


SWARTOUT - Mr. Ebenezer Swartout, aged 62, died at his home on South Main Street in Blossburg on February 15th, after a long illness. His widow, whose maiden name was Lydia Jenkins, and four children, Mrs. Edward Allen, Mr. Bruce Swartout, Mr. Charles Swartout and Miss Maude Swartout, survive him. The deceased was held in highest esteem by all his acquaintances. He always took an active interest in public affairs and was serving his second term as Justice of the Peace at the time of his death. Funeral services were held on February 18th at 2 p.m., Rev. A.W. Green and Rev. D.T. Williams officiating. Burial in the Odd Fellows cemetery, Blossburg. - Wellsboro Agitator, 28 February 1906


SWEETEM Wesley W. -  Wesley W. Smeetem, aged 27 years, died at the Blossburg hospital on Dec. 20.  He was employed at the Morrow plant at Elmira and not feeling well, returned to his home in Arnot, where it was found that he had a light attack of influenza, which was followed by an attack of Bright’s disease.  He was removed to the hospital Thursday evening, where he died Friday.  Besides his widow he is survived by two children and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Smeetem, of Arnot.  Funeral services were held Dec. 23, Rev. T. M. Hurt officiating; burial in Arbon cemetery, Blossburg. Wellsboro Agitator, 1 Jan 1919.


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