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Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
Ellenton Cemetery, McNett Township, Lycoming County PA
Obituaries

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Bradford County PA

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Ellenton Cemetery Listing 2003

 

 

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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.

ELLENTON CEMETERY

Ellenton, Lycoming Co., PA

ELIZABETH A. AVENT, 52 of Canton RD 3 (Shunk) diedSunday Nov. 13, 1988 at home. She was born April 11, 1936 at Philadelphia a daughter of James R. and Agnes Zawistowski Avent. Elizabeth was employed as a machine operator at the Canton Manufacturing Company, Canto for the past 10 years. She is survived by a brother Edmond Zawistowski of Philadelphia; and a sister and brother-in-law Dorothy and Stephen Hnosko of Philadelphia, also surviving are nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10 a.m. from St. Michaels Roman Catholic Church, corner of Washington and Union Streets, Canton. Interment will be in Ellenton Cemetery, McNett Township, Lycoming County. Friends may call at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 North Center Street, Canton Friday from 7- 9 p.m. A prayer service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. in the funeral home.

AVERY –EDYTH IRENE SWAIN, 79 widow of Philo Swain died at the Stopyra Nursing Home, Dushore Saturday March 25, 1961 after an extended illness. Mrs. Swain was born in Ellenton Oct. 24, 1881 daughter of Deward and Elsie Hill Avery. She was a member of the Ellenton Evangelical United Brethren Church. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Alfred Rusk of Grover, a son, Loren of Canton; 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Jennie Kilmer of Canton. Funeral services will be at the Ellenton E.U.B. Church Tuesday at 2 p.m. with Rev. Jason Hollopter officiating. Burial will be in Ellenton Cemetery.

ROBERT K. BAGLEY, 82 of Canton RD 3 (Ellenton) diedSunday Jan. 29, 1989 at Memorial Hospital, Towanda. Mr. Bagley was born Nov. 29, 1906 at Williamsport, Lycoming County a son of George and Bertha Brown Bagley. He was a retired farmer. He was an active member of the Republican National Committee. He was a self-taught musician and enjoyed playing musical instruments. In the mid-1930’s he composed "Moonlight in the Mountains" which he later had published. He was a former woods instructor for the Civil Conservation Corp. in Hillsgrove and was also a former school bus driver for Canton Area School District. Mr. Bagley is credited with winning most homes in Ellenton, bringing electricity to the area from the 1930’s through the 1970’s. He is survived by his daughter, Bertha Mae Bagley, Ellenton; four granddaughters; Mrs. Mohammed (Brenda) Rezvan of Arlington, Va., Miss Roberta Bagley serving with the U.S. Air Force in Washington, D.C., Mrs. Robert (Karen) Jennings of Pittsburg, Calif. and Miss Nancy Bagley of Aliquippa, Pa.; two great-granddaughters; two sisters, Mrs. Beatrice Sharrow of Pinedale, Wyo. and Mrs. Elmer (June) Jenkins of Shunk; two brothers; Raymond Bagley and Carlyle Bagley, both of Canton RD 1; nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his wife the former Elsie Dickerson in August of 1975 and be a brother, Walter Bagley in February 1979. The funeral service will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton with the Rev. Duane Taylor, pastor of the Canton First Baptist Church officiating. Interment will be in Ellenton Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. –Towanda Daily Review

BAUMUNK –MYRTLE I. MILLER, 77 of Shunk RD 1 died January 12, 1987 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Mrs. Miller was born March 3, 1909 in Elkland Township the daughter of Walter and Jessie Battin Baumunk. She was a member of the Shunk United Methodist Church, the Church Choir and Adult Bible Class. She is survived by her husband Edward to whom she was married 58 years on August 22, 1986; sons and wives, Donald and Rose Miller, Towanda RD 5, Ralph and Carol Miller, Shunk RD 1; daughters, Mrs. Carol Fleet, Gulfport, MI; daughters and sons-in-law, Phyllis and Vance Morgan, Shunk RD 1; four grandsons, Steven, Jeffrey, Ronald, Brian Miller; three granddaughters, Deborah Alexander, Janet Miller and Melinda Miller; sisters, Mrs. Annabelle Reibson, Forksville, Mrs. Alberta Bennett, Glade Springs, VA, Mrs. Marie Snell, Towanda; brother, Harlan Baumunk, Forksville; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by brothers, Dudley Baumunk and Milo Baumunk. The funeral will be held Friday at 2:00 p.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral home, Canton with Rev. Clair Boston, her pastor officiating. Interment will be in Ellenton Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association in Mrs. Miller’s memory. –Canton Independent Sentinel

SHANE M. BELLOWS, 20 of Gillett RR2, (Wells Township) diedsuddenly on Saturday, September 7, 1996 as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Shane was born November 13, 1975 in Troy. He was a son of Paul and Bonnie Bellows Crispell. Shane was a graduate of Troy High School class of 1994. He enjoyed football and played for the Troy Trojan football team. He was employed with the Borek Farm in Columbia Township for many years and later worked as an electrician with Jim Billingham Electrical Contractors, Roaring Branch. Shane was well-liked and possessed many friends. He was very easy-going and enjoyed living life to its fullest. Surviving are: his parents, Paul and Bonnie Crispell, Gillett and Tony R. Brown, Canton; a brother, Paul Crispell, Jr. at home; maternal grandparents Richard and Barbara Bellows, Canton; paternal grandparents, James and Margaret Crispell, Cayuta, NY; maternal great-grandmother, Marion Infantino, Troy; several aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends; and a special friend, Trisha Terry. He was preceded in death by an uncle and best friend, Shawn Bellows August 3, 1989. The funeral service was held September 10 at the Pepper Funeral home, Springbrook Drive, Canton, with the Rev. James P. Bellamy, pastor of the Mainesburg and Roseville United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment was in the Ellenton Cemetery. The family suggests that memorials may be directed to a charity of one’s choice in Shane’s memory. –Canton Independent Sentinel

SHAWN P. BELLOWS, 16 of 73 W. Union St., Canton, Pa. diedAug. 3, 1989 near his home. He was born Sept. 11, 1972 in Sayre the son of Richard G. Sr. and Barbara Swain Bellows. He would have been a ninth-grade student at the Canton High School. Shawn attended the First Baptist Church of Canton and enjoyed hunting, fishing and riding dirt bike, snowmobiling and listening to music. He worked part-time at Jeff’s Auto Body for his brother. He is survived by his parents, three sisters, Mrs. Paul (Bonnita) Crispell of Troy, RD; Mrs. Randy (Becky) May of Ellenton; Mrs. Gary (Cindy) Black of Cleveland, Ohio; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard G. Jr. and Marie Bellows of LeRoy; Jeffrey L. and Julie Bellows of Canton RD 2; maternal grandmother, Marian Infantino of Troy; step-maternal grandmother, Mrs. Evelyn swain of Ellenton; aunts, uncles, four nephews, five nieces and cousins, special friends, Jerry Chilson and John Stahl. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Morse and Kleese Funeral home, 40 N. Center St., Canton with the Rev. Norman Pierce, his pastor officiating. Interment will be in the Ellenton Cemetery. Friends may call from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be directed to the Canton First Baptist Church, Main Street, Canton, Pa. in Shawn’s memory. –Towanda Daily review

BIANCHI –CAROLINE C. BIANCHI SMITH, 66 of Box 521, Shunk diedSaturday, May 18, 1991 at Divine Providence Hospital, Williamsport. Born Sept. 1, 1924 in Laquin, Bradford County she was a daughter of Gasper and Dorothy Molyneaux Bianchi. She retired in 1988 after 15 years as a nurse’s aide for the Dar-Way Nursing Home in Estella. Mrs. Smith recently joined the family the God. She was a member of the Women of the Moose Chapter 981, Canton; the Sullivan Co. Fair Assoc. and the Canton Ambulance Association. She was an avid bingo player. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Arthur W. Smith Sr.; eight children, Arthur and Linda Smith, Jr. of Canton, David and Betty Phillips of Trout Run, Beverly Newcomer and Harold Woodward of Roaring Branch, Donald and Della Donato of Canton, Hal and Sharon Norton of Shunk, Robert and Debbie Smith of Canton, Deborah Williams of Ulster, Bill Smith of Shirley Spencer of Canton; 29 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Charles and Florence Laudenslager of Canton and Andrew and Louise Trautner of Shunk; one brother, Frank and Virginia Bianchi of Binghamton; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister, Mary Fontaine and brother, Joseph Bianchi. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 22, 1991 from the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton with the Rev. Herbert Eby officiating. Interment will be in Ellenton Cemetery. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Tuesday. The Women of the Moose will conduct a memorial service for their departed sister at 8:45 p.m. Memorials in Mrs. Smith’s memory may be made to the Endless Winds Fire Co. in care of Sharon Williams, Shunk, Pa. or the Canton Ambulance Assoc., P.O. Box, Canton, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review

BIANCHI –MRS. LOUISE TRAUTNER, 71, Pierce, FL formerly of Shunk, PA diedSeptember 2, 1993 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre.  Mrs. Trautner was born September 1, 1992 at LaPorte a daughter of Gasper and Dorothy Molyneaux Bianchi.  She was a homemaker, former member of the Women of the Moose No. 0891, Canton and Lady Rebekah Lodge, Williamsport.  Surviving are her husband, Andrew E. Trautner with whom she celebrated 15 years of marriage on Dec. 17, 1992, also a daughter, Mrs. Shirley Sullivan, Atlanta, GA; five stepchildren, Mrs. Sharon Cope, Harrisburg, Mrs. Donna Mundrick and David Trautner, Cogan Station, Mrs. Susan Packard and Bruce Trautner, Rose Valley; two granddaughters; 12 step-grandchildren; one great-grandson; a sister, Mrs. Florence Laudenslager, Canton; a brother, Frank Bianchi, Binghamton, nieces, nephews and cousins.  Predeceasing him were a brother, Joseph in 1935 and sisters, Mary Fontaine in 1987 and Caroline Smith in 1991.  The funeral service was held from the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton on September 5 with the Rev. Herbert Eby pastor of the Wheelerville Mennonite Church officiating.  Interment will be in Ellenton Cemetery.  Memorial donations may be directed to the Endless Winds Fire Department, Shunk, PA.  –Canton Independent Sentinel –MRS. LOUISE TRAUTNER, 71, Pierce, FL formerly of Shunk, PA diedSeptember 2, 1993 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre.  Mrs. Trautner was born September 1, 1992 at LaPorte a daughter of Gasper and Dorothy Molyneaux Bianchi.  She was a homemaker, former member of the Women of the Moose No. 0891, Canton and Lady Rebekah Lodge, Williamsport.  Surviving are her husband, Andrew E. Trautner with whom she celebrated 15 years of marriage on Dec. 17, 1992, also a daughter, Mrs. Shirley Sullivan, Atlanta, GA; five stepchildren, Mrs. Sharon Cope, Harrisburg, Mrs. Donna Mundrick and David Trautner, Cogan Station, Mrs. Susan Packard and Bruce Trautner, Rose Valley; two granddaughters; 12 step-grandchildren; one great-grandson; a sister, Mrs. Florence Laudenslager, Canton; a brother, Frank Bianchi, Binghamton, nieces, nephews and cousins.  Predeceasing him were a brother, Joseph in 1935 and sisters, Mary Fontaine in 1987 and Caroline Smith in 1991.  The funeral service was held from the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton on September 5 with the Rev. Herbert Eby pastor of the Wheelerville Mennonite Church officiating.  Interment will be in Ellenton Cemetery.  Memorial donations may be directed to the Endless Winds Fire Department, Shunk, PA.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

DANIEL A. BOND, 83 of Zephyrhills, FL formerly of Ellenton died Dec. 17, 1986 at the Dar-Way Nursing Home, Estella. Mr. Bond was born June 14, 1903 at Ellenton, Lycoming County a son of Harvey and Anna Whipple Bond. He was a retired farmer and also had been employed for the Pennsylvania Railroad. He was a member of the Ellenton United Methodist Church and the F. & A.M. Lodge No. 415, Canton. Surviving are his wife, the former Mary Gower; son, Robert Bond of Clark Summit; two daughters, Mrs. Roberta Holmes of Metuchen, NJ and Mrs. Stella Johnston of Hancock, ME; eight-grandchildren; a brother, Lyal Bond of Sayre; several nieces, nephews and cousins. The funeral service was held at the Ellenton Cemetery, Saturday with the Rev. Herbert Eby, pastor of the Wheelerville Mennonite Church officiating. Interment immediately followed the service. Memorial donations may be directed to the American Heart Association or a charity of one’s choice in Mr. Bond’s memory. Arrangements were under the direction of the Morse-Kleese Funeral Home, Canton. –Canton Independent Sentinel

 

BOTSFORD - Mary E. Bruno, 76, of Okeechobee, Fla., died peacefully on June 30, 2009 at Kindred Hospital, West Palm Beach, Fla.  Formerly of Ralston, Mary was born on Oct. 4, 1932, a daughter of Earl and Emily Botsford. On Dec. 24, 1950, she became the wife of John (Jack) Bruno, Jr.  Mary's early years were devoted to raising her family. In later years her greatest joy was quilting. All her family can attest to the beautiful quilts she so lovingly made. She also enjoyed bingo, crocheting and puzzles. In 1996, Mary and Jack retired to Florida.  Mary is survived by her husband, Jack; daughters, Elaine (Richard) Palmer, Jaki Parshall, Sue Bruno, Teresa (John) Schlappi, Dee (Larry) Route, and Chris Hurd; grandchildren, John & Daric Palmer, Lance & Brandon Ridall, Talia Rockwell & Tyrell Wheeler, Shana Bailey, Cass Pierce & Zackry Schlappi, Jessica Dymeck, Jason & Ben Route, Josh & Cara Hurd; and 13 great-grandchildren.  Mary is predeceased by a daughter, Janet (Kenny) Haines.  Mass will be held in Mary's honor at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Ralston, Pa. Interment will be in the Ellenton Cemetery, Ellenton, Pa.   07 July 2009, Towanda Daily Review.

 

ROLAND L. BROWN – On the evening of Thursday Jan. 18, 2001 Roland LaRue Brown diedsuddenly at Troy Community Hospital. He was 62 years of age. A lifelong resident of Fox Township, Sullivan County, he was born Oct. 15, 1938, one of five children in the home of Ellis and Agnes Brown. He was an alumnus of Loyalsock High School and worked all of his life as a logger and sawmill worker for various mills in the area. His last employer was L&H Lumber Co. and he retired about five years ago. Mr. Brown was a devoted family man and the father of five daughters. He is survived by his father, Ellis Brown; his wife, Neda Tillotson Brown; daughters and sons-in-law Debbie Brown, Rose and Chuck Groves, Tammie and Larry Ott, Rolanda and Scott Worthington and Robin Brown; brothers and sisters-in-law, Harry and Dianna Brown, Glenn Brown and friend Ina and Jerrod and Marilyn Brown; and sister and brother-in-law, Ethel and Albert Krise; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Agnes on July 9, 2000. Visitation for Mr. Brown will be Monday Jan. 22 from noon until 1 p.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral home Inc., 40 N. Center St., Canton. Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Herbert Eby officiating. Interment will follow in Ellenton Cemetery. –Towanda Daily Review

BRUNO –JANET LEE HAINES, 40 of Towncrest Road, Williamsport, Pa. formerly of Ralston diedFriday evening, Jan. 2, 1998 at home surrounded by her loving family.  Janet was born on Aug. 21, 1957 in Williamsport, Pa.  She was the daughter of John and Mary Botsford Bruno.  Janet graduated from Canton High School class of 1975.  On Aug. 19, 1980 she married Kenneth Haines in Cogan Station, Pa.  Janet was a loving and kind person, always willing to help others.  She will be remembered as being very special to her family and everyone’s life she touched.  Janet loved animals; she also enjoyed sewing and was an avid Bingo player.  Surviving are her husband of 17 years, Kenneth at home; her parents, John “Jack” and Mary Bruno of Lake Okeechobee, Fla.; six sisters and their spouses, Elaine and Richard Palmer of Williamsport, Jacki and Clifford Marshall of Sayre, Sue Bruno of Canton, Teresa and John Schlapp of Ralston, Dee and Larry Rouse of Liberty, Chris and Todd Hurd of Jupiter, Fla.; a father and mother-in-law, Robert and Isabel Lust of Cogan Station; a sister-in-law, Sharon Vogel of Loyalsock; seven nephews, five nieces, a great-niece, several aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.  In maintaining to Janet’s request there will be no calling hours.  A funeral liturgy will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, 1998 at the St. Aloysius Church in Ralston with its pastor Rev. Bert S. Kozen serving as celebrant.  A private interment will be held in the Ellenton Cemetery at the convenience of the family.  The family will provide their own flowers and suggests that memorials may be directed to the S.P.C.A., Reach Road, Williamsport, PA in Janet L. Haine’s memory.  –Towanda Daily Review

BULDON –MRS. AGNES AVENT, 70 of Canton RD 3 died July 22, 1986 at the Divine Providence Hospital in Williamsport. Mrs. Avent was born Jan. 2, 1907 in Krakow, Poland the daughter of Phillip and Frances Buldon. Surviving is one son, Edmund Zawistowski of Philadelphia; two daughters, Mrs. Stephen (Dorothy) Hnosko of Philadelphia and Miss Elizabeth Avent of Canton RD 3; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, James Avent Jan. 5, 1969. Funeral services were held Saturday at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton followed by a mass of Christian burial at St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, Canton with the Rev. Stephen McGough officiating. Interment was in Ellenton Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel

MILFORD L. CARPENTER SR., 70, longtime resident of Shunk, Pa. diedat Robert Packer Hospital while surrounded by his family on Dec. 23, 2007 following a courageous battle with pulmonary fibrosis.  A loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather, Milford now leaves these loved ones with his strong family values for guidance.  Milford was born on Sept. 19, 1937, in Wheelerville, Pa.  He lost his parents, Ralph Lynn and Agnes (Morgan) Carpenter, at a young age and was raised by his sister and brother-in-law, Alfreda and Richard Higley.  He was a graduate of Estella High School.  On April 27, 1957, Milford married the former Katherine "Katie" Little and they settled on the family homestead near Shunk.  The Carpenters were blessed with 50 wonderful years together and raised three children.  Milford was employed as an equipment operator for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for nearly 32 years until retiring in 2000.  He was a charter member of Shunk's Endless Winds Volunteer Fire Co. and a devoted member of Canton's Lodge No. 415 F & AM, The Troy Royal Arch Chapter No. 261, The Consistory Valley of Williamsport and The Irem Temple Shrine in Wilkes-Barre.  Other memberships included the Wheel Inn Club in Roaring Branch and The Country Club in Dallas, Pa. He was a former member of the Canton Moose Lodge 429, Ralston's Red Run Rod & Gun Club and the V.F.W. Post 714 in Canton.  His family meant the world to him. Milford loved family gatherings, supporting his grandchildren in all their activities and family vacations.  He also enjoyed fishing and hunting when able and times spent sitting on his porch watching wildlife.  Surviving are his wife, Katie, at home; three children, Lucinda (Thomas) Coyle of Canton, Pa., Regina (Daniel) Feldser of Hughesville, Pa., and Milford Jr. of Canton; four grandchildren, Mark Coyle, Jamie Coyle, Stephanie Feldser and Nakia Carpenter; sisters and brothers, Alfreda Higley of Estella, Pa., Phyllis Molyneux of Shunk and John Carpenter of Tunkhannock, Pa.; two sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law, Betty (Rudolph) Sharp of Pensacola, Fla., Raymond Hurst of Eagles Mere, Pa., and Sue Carpenter of Elmira, N.Y.,; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.  In addition to his parents, Milford was predeceased by a brother, Floyd; brothers-in-law Richard Higley Sr. and Dave Reichman; sisters-in-law Joan Carpenter, Helen Hurst and Leah Mae Reichman; and a nephew, Freddie Cushman.  In keeping with Mr. Carpenter's wishes, there will be no funeral service.  A graveside service at Ellenton Cemetery will be held at a later date.  His family suggests that those who wish direct a memorial in Milford's name to a charity of one's choice.  Pepper Funeral Home in Canton is assisting the family with arrangements.  –Towanda Daily Review 12/27/2007

CHAPIN –DORNA POTTER ROBBINS of Ellenton died Tuesday, Aug. 28, 1979 at Troy Community Hospital. She was the wife of Harold F. Robbins, who survives her. Her children are; Seran Potter of Ellenton and Martha McKee of Pittsburg. Her three grandchildren are LaDorna Pfaff, Leigh Susan Connors and James DePaul. Anna Christine Pfaff and Casey Connors are her great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her two step-children, Lydia Olrogge and Avery Robbins, both of Jupiter, Fla. Mrs. Robbins was born at Windfall, Pa. and moved to Ellenton in 1913. She married James Earl Potter in 1915 and after his death and the death of her friend, Margaret Robbins, she and Harold were married. Mrs. Robbins was the postmaster at Ellenton for 28 years until the office was closed. It was located in the general store which was owned by Margaret and Harold Robbins and later by Dorna and James Potter. Her affiliation with the little church at Ellenton began when the church was built in 1913. Funeral services will be held Friday at 3 p.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton with the Rev. Mrs. Wilma Barker Hoose officiating. Mrs. Robbins’ daughter, Martha will eulogize her mother. Interment will be in the Ellenton Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel

SAMUEL F. ‘TINK’ CONFER SR., 73, Ralston, PA diedon January 21, 2004 at Williamsport Hospital. Born on April 20, 1930 in Antes Fort, PA he was one of 12 children born to Samuel L. and Phobie M. (Tomb) Confer. Mr. Confer was a proud veteran of the Korean War; served with the U.S. Army and received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his heroism and bravery. On November 24, 1954 he and the former Helen Andrus were married in Elmira, NY. He was employed by PennDOT for 25 years until retiring in 1991 and was a member of Local AFSCME Union. In earlier years he was a talented softball and baseball player, also enjoyed the outdoors and loved hunting and fishing with his family. In the 1970s, he and Alfred Route were instrumental in starting "The Ralston Rattlers" Midget Football program. He was a member of the Red Run Rod and Gun Club in Ralston and the Korean War Veterans of Lycoming County. Surviving are his beloved wife of 49 years, Helen; 11 children and their spouses; Diane (Jerry) Brown, Benton, PA, Samuel (Deb) Confer, Jr., Cullman, AL, Terry (Patty) Confer, Newberry, PA, Larry (Deb) Confer, Bensalem, PA, Tammey (Fred) Salvatori, Newberry, PA, Ruth (Jim) Westcott, Vero Beach, FL, Cindy (Karlin) Early, Warrior, AL, Keith Confer, Joppa, LA, Penny Confer (Chip Eberlin) Sonestown, PA, Vicki (Mark) Roberts, Palm Coast, FL, Timothy (Erin) Confer, Cheyenne, WY; 24 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters and their spouses, Robert (Dorothy) Confer, Montgomery, PA, Helen McFarland, Clearfield, PA, Edith (Charles) Felmy, Fayetteville, NC, Edna (Frank) Morse, Newberry, PA, Guy (Rebecca) Confer, Mackeyville, PA, Jack (Edna) Confer, Linden, PA, Albert (Rosemarie) Confer and Bill (Linda) Confer all of Jersey Shore, PA, Dean (Lori) Confer, Roaring Branch and Ron (Joanne) Confer, Rocktown, PA; many nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors and dear friends. Besides his parents, Mr. Confer was preceded in death by his daughter, Martha Confer; a granddaughter, Stephanie Confer; and sister, Dora Getgen. The funeral and committal services were held January 24 at the Pepper Funeral Home, Canton with Darren Minthorn, family friend officiating. In honor of Mr. Confer’s service to his country, military honors were accorded at the funeral home. Burial was in Ellenton Cemetery. The family suggests that those who wish may direct memorials in Samuel Confer Sr.’s name to the Ralston Volunteer Fire Company, PO Box 1 or the Ralston United Methodist Church, c/o PO Box 35 both of Ralston, PA. –Canton Independent Sentinel

CRANMER –JESSIE I. LANINGER, 91 of Canton RR 3, formerly of Powell diedFriday Oct. 1, 1993 at home. She was born May 23, 1902 in Laquin, Bradford County a daughter of Newton and Emma Lenore Albro Cranmer. Jessie was a member of the Ellenton Methodist Church until its closing and a member of the Powell United Methodist Church. She had been a clerk in the country store in Laquin and later Richley’s Country Store in Powell. Jessie will be remembered for the abundance of giving, caring and kindness she had for all, family being her foremost passion in life. Surviving are two sons and a daughter-in-law, Gene Laninger of Canton RR 3 and Gerald and Jeanne Laninger of Athens; two daughters and a son-in-law, Lois and Robert Stone of Canton RR 3 and Louise Laninger of Canton RR 3; seven grandchildren and their spouses, Sharon Patton, Teresa and Vern Morgan, Ronald Stone, Kenneth and Cheryl Stone, Jeffrey and Leslie Laninger, Lee and Karen Stone and Barb and Lavern Spencer; 16 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Ellen Cranmer, Monroeton; a special lifelong friend, Pauline Jones of Monroeton RR; nieces, nephews and cousins. Jessie was predeceased by her husband, Henry in May 1971 as well as three brothers –Edward Cranmer in 1960, Gerald Cranmer in 1967 and Paul Cranmer in 1976; two sister, Mary Packard in 1967 and Margaret Cowan in 1988 and a grandson, Terry Miller in 1977. Visitation will be Monday, Oct. 4, 1993 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Herbert Eby officiating. Interment will be in Ellenton Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Mrs. Laninger’s memory may be directed to the American Heart Association, 153 W. Fourth St., P.O. Box 1685, Williamsport, PA or a charity of one’s choice. –Towanda Daily Review

ROY WARREN CROFUT, 82 a lifetime resident of Shunk died January 16, 2000 at the Dar-Way Nursing Home, Estella, PA. Born May 24, 1917 in Shunk he was the son of Fred and Ruby Warren Crofut. A graduate of Canton High School class of 1936, he was class salutatorian. After graduation he became a milk tester in Sullivan, Bradford and Columbia counties. He returned to the family farm in Shunk and with the fourth generation to farm it. He held various township offices through the years, including tax collector, assessor, supervisor and school director. He served as a director from 1969-1996 of the Rural Electric Co. he was an agent for Farmers and Mechanic’s Insurance Co. for many years, he held various offices in the Eastern Milk Producers. Memberships include Shunk United Methodist Church, the Endless Winds Fire Co., an active member of the Shunk and Ellenton Cemetery Associations and a member of the Canton Masonic Lodge No. 415. He was married to the former Elva Quail for 52 years. She predeceased him in 1994. Surviving are: a son and daughter-in-law, Darwin and Fay Crofut; daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and James Weightman, Shunk; six grandchildren; six great-grandsons, many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by sisters, Mrs. Harry (Alta) Smith, Mrs. Rudy (Bertha) Yost and Mrs. Frank (Thelma) Morgan. The funeral service was held January 18 at the Pepper Funeral Home, Canton. Funeral and committal service will be at the Shunk United Methodist Church with the Rev. James House officiating. A Masonic service was held January 18. Interment will be at Ellenton Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Endless Winds Volunteer Fire Co., PO Box 39, Shunk, PA. –Canton Independent Sentinel

CROFUT –THELMA CROFUT MORGAN

77 of Wheelerville, PA (Fox Twp.,) died peacefully, Monday evening Feb. 24, 1997 at her home. Thelma was born on June 3, 1919 in Fox Twp., Sullivan County. She was the daughter of the late Fed and Ruby Warren Crofut. As a young lady Thelma attended the Fox Twp. schools through the tenth grade, there upon she transferred to Canton High School where she graduated as salutatorian of her class. Thelma later graduated from Penn State University with a teaching degree and served as a teacher in Avis, PA and Corsica High School in Jefferson County, PA. While in Jefferson County she managed a Canning Unit for the Federal Government during the school’s summer recess. On June 15, 1944 Thelma married Frank L. Morgan in Junction City, Kansas. The young couple made their home for the next 2 years in Ithaca, NY before moving back to Sullivan County. Mr. and Mrs. Morgan operated a cattle raising enterprise near Ellenton for several years. Thelma was a wife, mother, companion, teacher and always maintained a willingness to help others wherever needed. She later earned her retirement from Canton Manufacturing Co. where she was employed as a plastics machinist. Mrs. Morgan’s hobbies included: quilt making, gardening and working with flowers. Surviving are: her husband of 52 years, Frank Morgan at home; her children; Ross of Lancaster, Calif., Lynn of Troy and Lauris of Carlisle; a daughter, Linda M. Allen of Canton RR 1; a brother, Roy Crofut of Shunk, several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased in death by a son, Louis in 1977 and two sisters. Family and friends attended the funeral service at the Pepper Funeral Home in Canton with the Rev. Herbert Eby, pastor of the Wheelerville Mennonite Church officiating.  Interment was in the Ellenton Cemetery, Ellenton. –Canton Independent Sentinel

ARTHUR W. DEBLANDER, 78, Ellenton Mt. Rd. (McNett Twp.) and formerly of Essington, PA die July 6, 2001 at the Troy Community Hospital. Born March 31, 1923 in Primrose, PA he was the only son of the late Alphonse and Daisy (Horseman) DeBlander. Mr. DeBlander was employed as a welder for Boeing Vertol in Ridley, PA for many years until his retirement in 1979. He was a hard worker and was very proud to be involved with the first spacecraft that traveled to the moon. He enjoyed this rural area and together with his wife Shirley was able to make their home in the Ellenton area in 1992. He was a member of the Wheelerville Mennonite Church. His hobbies included boating, fishing and visiting casinos. Art was happiest when surrounded by family and friends. He had a keen sense of humor and especially enjoyed making people laugh. Surviving are: his wife of 35 years, Shirley at home; a daughter and son-in-law; Dawn and Barry Corman, Belfonte, PA; son, David DeBlander, Eddystone, PA; 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandsons. Mr. DeBlander was predeceased by a step-daughter, Mildred Satterfield and three step-sons, Thomas Frankie and Jeffrey Wheeler. The funeral service was held July 9 at the Pepper Funeral Home with the Rev. Herbert Eby officiating. Burial was in the Ellenton Cemetery. Those who wish to may direct memorials in Mr. DeBlander’s name to Guthrie Hospice at RR 1 Box 154 Towanda, PA. –Canton Independent Sentinel

DEIGHTON –AUDREY D. WILLIAMS, 94 formerly of Linesville, PA diedMarch 15, 2003 at Rolling Fields Nursing Home, Conneautville, PA. Born in Canton Township on October 26, 1908 she was the daughter of Edward and Lillian Burkhardt Deighton. She married Laurayne (Larry) W. Williams May 20, 1940 and he preceded her in death June 5, 1993. She worked as a bookkeeper at the Canton Bank for over 25 years and also worked at Conneaut Lake Park, Conneaut Lake, PA and as Office Manager of Goodwill Industries in Canton, OH. Mrs. Williams was a member of the Linesville United Methodist Church and a former member of the Canton Eastern Star. She enjoyed reading, her cats and trips to Florida with her husband. Survivors include a step-son, Edward O. Williams and his wife JoAnn, Lock Haven; step-daughter, Ellen Castle and her husband, Joe of Canton; a daughter-in-law, Dorothy Williams, Linesville; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by a step-son, Douglas L. Williams. A graveside service for the family will be held Friday, March 21st at Ellenton Cemetery, Ellenton, PA. Arrangements are under the direction of the Harold W. Coleman Jr. Funeral Home, 6028 US Hwy. 6, Linesville, PA. –Canton Independent Sentinel

DENT –OLIVE D. LEIGHTON, 81 of Box 562 Canton RR 3 diedJune 2, 1994 at the home of her granddaughter, Shelia Minnick of Canton. Mrs. Leighton was born July 30, 1911 at Galeton, Potter County, a daughter of Miles and Emily Cruikshank Dent. She was a homemaker and also operated a dairy farm with her husband, Leon in Fox Township since their marriage on April 25, 1931. he predeceased her on Oct. 25, 1986. She was Methodist by faith. Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and Melvin Morgan of Shunk RR 1; stepson, Arthur Leighton of Prairie, Miss., five brothers, Lester Dent of Daytona Beach, Fla., Lawrence, Duane and Herbert Dent of Bradford and Warren Dent of Altoona; sister, Hattie Ferguson of DuBois; 10 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren. Olive was predeceased by her husband; sisters, Madeline Fairbanks and Gertrude Jordan; brothers, Merle and Thomas Dent and a grandson, Lee Morgan. Visitation will be held at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton on Friday from 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted at the funeral home on Saturday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Duane Taylor, pastor of the North Union Christian Church officiating. Interment will be in the Ellenton Cemetery. Pallbearers will be grandsons; Gary, Kent, David, Vern and Dewey Morgan and grandson-in-law Carl O’Connors. –Towanda Daily Review

DICKERSON –MRS. ELSIE IRENE BAGLEY, 65 of Ellenton, Lycoming County died at her home early Saturday morning Aug. 16, 1975 after an extended illness. She was born in Wheelerville, Sullivan County Feb. 6, 1910 daughter of Orlando and Bertha Avery Dickerson. She was a member of the Ellenton United Methodist Church where she was the church organist and taught a Sunday school class for the past 40 years. She was the secretary of the Ellenton Cemetery Association for many years. Mr. and Mrs. Bagley celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary Aug. 8. Her survivors include her husband, Robert Bagley; one daughter, Bertha Mae of Washington, D.C.; four granddaughters; one sister, Mrs. Kenneth (Marie) Owens of Westfield, Pa.; one brother, Harold Dickerson of Ellenton; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services will be held at the Ralph T. Kleese Funeral home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, Tuesday at 11 a.m. The Rev. Wilma Barker Hoose, pastor of St. John’s United Methodist Church of Grover will officiate. Burial will be in the Ellenton Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel

HAROLD G. ‘THUMPER’ DICKERSON, 70, of Canton RR 3, diedSunday, October 20, 1991 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre following an extended illness. Mr. Dickerson was born November 10, 1920 at Ellenton, Lycoming County, a son of Orlando and Bertha Avery Dickerson. He was employed at Schrader-Bellows, Canton as a machine operator, retiring in 1986. Surviving include his wife of 45 years, the former Helen Hendershot; daughter and son-in-law, Teresa and Dennis Rosbach, Hillsgrove; son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Joan Dickerson, Ellenton; three stepchildren; six grandchildren and 12 step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a sister, sisters-in-law, Mrs. Nellie Dickerson of Troy and Mrs. Gertrude Champluvier, Wyalusing; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church, Canton on October 23 (11 am) with the Rev. Norman Pierce officiating.  Interment will be in Ellenton Cemetery, Lycoming County with the Rev. Herbert Eby conducting the committal service.  Arrangements were by the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton. –Troy Gazette-Register

DICKERSON –TERESA DICKERSON ROSBACH, 55, Williamsport and formerly of the Canton area diedat her home November 10, 2003.  Born on January 26, 1948 in Elmira, NY she was the daughter of Helen (Hendershot) Dickerson and the late Harold G. Dickerson.  She was a graduate of Canton High School, class of 1966.  Teresa, also known as Terry by her family and friends, formerly worked for K-Mart and Norm Hicks Auto World.  Most recently she was employed as a Controller with the Fairfield Auto Group for over 15 years, being honored with Toyota’s Controller Award several times.  She served as a Notary Public for Sullivan and Lycoming Counties and was a member of the former Ellenton United Methodist church.  Terry cherished her family and times spent with them.  She enjoyed watching Phillies baseball, traveling, shopping, darts and bingo.  In addition to her mother, Helen of Ellenton, she is survived by daughters; Sherri Higley (Mark) Pawlowski, Canton, LeeAnn (James) Snauffer, Williamsport, Shannon Liddic (Paul Long) and Desierre (Darrick) Higley, all of Hernando, FL; grandchildren, Sasha Higley, Autumn Pawloski, Tara and Nichole Snauffer, Jescie Kinley, Cody and Zachary Long and Nathan Higley; great-grandchildren; Blaze, Destiny and Kadin Breese; sisters and brothers, Nancy Frey, Sayre, Ann Migliacco, Holmes, PA, Bob Finney, Bath, NY and Gary Dickerson, Ellenton, PA; several nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.  She was predeceased by her father, Harold Dickerson October 20, 1991 and her niece, Susan Plossl, July 12, 2002.  Her family invites friends to call from 12 to 2 p.m., Saturday, November 15th at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton.  The funeral service will follow with Rev. Herbert Eby officiating.  Burial will be held in the Ellenton Cemetery.  Those who wish may direct memorials in Teresa’s name to the Ellenton Old Home Association c/o Pastor Eby at RR 3, Box 332, Canton, PA.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

EASTMAN –EVELYN G. ‘SHORTY’ SWAIN, Shunk RR 1, fox Twp. diedJuly 13, 1998 at the Troy Community Hospital following a period of declining health. Born in East Branch, PA she was a daughter of the late Pearl DeDille and Myrtle Carpenter Eastman. She graduated from Canton High School class of 1940. Following graduation she attended Corning Community College and Elmira Women’s College majoring in premed. Mrs. Swain accepted employment with the Sun Oil Company as a sales representative being the first woman to acquire the position. She traveled throughout the United States to various bulk oil plants until her retirement in the 1950s. She especially loved the outdoors and living on the mountain near Ellenton. Surviving are step-children and their spouses; Norma and Dwayne Buchanan and Barbara and Richard Bellows all of Canton; Mary Thomas, Mansfield and Charles and Nannett Swain, Rochester, NY; numerous step-grandchildren; special son and daughter, Kent Morgan, Shunk and Connie Winebold, Pine City, NY. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Loren A. Swain in 1984 and nephew, W. Mike Stroman. The family will receive friends at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton from 7-9 July 15. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday July 16 at the funeral home with Rev. Duane Taylor officiating. Interment will follow in the Ellenton Cemetery. The family suggests memorials be directed to the American Cancer Society, 1948 E. Third Street, Williamsport, PA in Mrs. Swain’s memory. –Canton Independent Sentinel

PEARL (JACK) EASTMAN, 74 of Canton RD 1 died Thursday morning, April 25, 1974 at the Troy Community Hospital.  Mr. Eastman was born in Spartansburg, Pa., June 27, 1899 son of Ace and Etta Lombard Eastman.  Prior to his retirement he was a lumberman in the Ellenton-Laquin area and a fireman for Packard’s at Lawrenceville.  Surviving are; two daughters, Mrs. Loren (Evelyn Swain of Elmira and Mrs. Rosetta English of Albuquerque, New Mexico; a son, Billie E. Eastman, Sr. of Elmira; seven grandchildren; a brother, Fay Eastman of Corry, Pa.  Funeral and committal services were held at the Ralph T. Kleese Funeral Home, 40 North Center Street, Canton Sunday afternoon.  The Rev. Thomas N. Logston, pastor of the Canton Church of Christ, Disciples officiated and burial was in the Ellenton Cemetery.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

 

FERRELL Lois C. Bond

Lois C. Bond, 74, died on April 23rd surrounded by her loving family at her side in The Hospice Center of Lancaster. She was born in Dushore, Pennsylvania in 1936.   Lois was a 1954 graduate of Loyalsock High School, Estella, PA.  She continued her education at the Jean Summers Business School in Elmira, NY and later worked at the Visiting Nurses Association in Elmira.  On April 8, 1961 Lois Ferrell married Robert E. Bond of Ellenton, Pennsylvania at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Overton, Pennsylvania. Lois and Robert later raised their family in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, and grandmother and will be dearly missed.  Her parents’ Mary Catherine Everling and Eugene Chuck Ferrell precede her in death. She is survived by her husband, Robert E. Bond, Shunk, PA, and her sister, Jean Ann Plotts, Lock Haven, PA.  Robert and Lois had three children. Son, Robert Bond Jr. and his wife Julie and their two daughters, Danielle and Catherine who reside in Lebanon, PA. Daughter, Mary Lawhead and her husband, Rip, and their three children, Mike, Megan, and Madison who reside in Lancaster, PA. Daughter, Jennifer Winters and her husband, Cliff, and their two children, Evan and Kendall who reside in Lancaster, Pa.  Lois was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Canton, PA and often attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Lancaster. In recent days she was very grateful for the prayer requests and support she received by the Alter and Rosary societies.  Lois enjoyed her summers in Shunk, PA and winters with friends in Lake Wales, FL. More recently, Lois and Robert resided near family in Lancaster where in recent days celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary while being treated by the Lancaster Cancer Center under the tender care of Dr. Peter DeGreene.  The family will receive friends 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Friday April 29th, at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton with transferal prayers at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.  A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:30 a.m. at the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Canton with Rev. Michael McCormic serving as celebrant.  Burial will be in the Ellenton Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to The Lancaster Cancer Center, 1858 Charter Lane, Lancaster, PA 17601 or The Hospice of Lancaster County, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.   Funeral home obituary – April 26, 2011

 

GOWER MARY (GOWER) BOND age 91 diedSaturday, March 18, 1995 at Dar-Way Nursing Home, Forksville, PA. She was a life long resident of Ellenton, PA having spent the last few years in Zephyrhills, FL. She was a member of the former Ellenton United Methodist Church. Mrs. Bond was born in Kettle Creek, Sullivan County, PA May 28, 1904 a daughter of Charles and Laura Wilson Gower. She is survived by a son Robert Bond, Clark Summit, PA and two daughters, Mrs. Stella Johnston of Hancock, MA and Mrs. Roberta Holmes, Ellenton, PA and Summerland, FL; eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. There will be no visitation and a graveyard service will be held Thursday, March 23 at 11:30 a.m. in the Ellenton Cemetery, Lycoming County, PA with Herbert Eby of the Wheelerville Mennonite Church officiating. The family will provide the flowers. Memorial donations may be sent to the Endless Winds Fire Co., Shunk, PA in Mrs. Bond’s memory. Arrangements are handled by the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton. –Canton Independent Sentinel

 

URBEN T. GRIFFITH, 79, 15 Lake Hill Road, Canton formerly of Shunk, died Sunday, Aug. 5, 1990 in the Williamsport Hospital, Williamsport. Mr. Griffith was born March 17, 1911 at Ellenton, Lycoming County, a son of George and Nellie Walker Griffith. He was employed by the L. L. Baumunk Company of Shunk for 27 years as a log skidder and lumberman. Surviving are his wife of 54 years the former Margaretta Porter; two sons and their wives, George and Linda Griffith of Towanda and U. Glen and Dorothy Griffith, Canton; six grandchildren, Lee, Dale, David and Dawn Griffith all of Towanda and Rebecca Wilcox and Barbara Machmer, Canton; four great-grandchildren. The funeral will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. from the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 North Center St., Canton with the Rev. Richard M. Barner, pastor of the Canton Ecumenical Parish officiating. Interment will be in Ellenton Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. –Towanda Daily Review

 

ELDAH LANINGER age 79 of Canton RD 3 diedat the Divine Providence Hospital in Williamsport Monday evening July 18, 1983 following an extended illness. Mr. Laninger was born in McNett Township, Lycoming County on July 7, 1904 the son of James and Mattie Stratton Laninger. Mr. Laninger was a lumberman and was self-employed and worked for various logging operations in northern Lycoming and Sullivan Counties. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He is survived by a sister-in-law, Mrs. Jessie Laninger of Canton RD 3; a close nephew, Gene Laninger and a niece, Louise Laninger, both of Canton RD 3; also other nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services were held at the Morse-Kleese Funeral Home, Canton on Friday July 22, 1983 at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Clair Boston from Picture Rocks officiating. Burial was in the Ellenton Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel

GENE NEWTON ‘NEWT’ LANINGER, 68 Canton RR 3 diedMarch 25, 1995 at his residence. He was born October 18, 1926 in Williamsport a son of the late Henry A. and Jessie I. (Cranmer) Laninger. Mr. Laninger was a machinist and raised Black Angus cattle. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Surviving are a brother, Gerald H. Laninger, Athens; two sisters, Lois Stone and Louise Laninger both of Canton; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a special nephew, Terry Miller in 1977. Funeral was held from the Morse and Kleese Funeral home, Canton March 27 with the Rev. Herbert Eby officiating. Interment was in Ellenton Cemetery, McNett Township. Memorial contributions may be made to either, the Canton Ambulance Association, PO Box 38, Canton, PA or the Guthrie Hospice, RR 1, Box 154, Towanda, PA. –Canton Independent Sentinel

LOUISE MAY LANINGER, 66 of Ellenton Mountain Road diedThursday, June 29, 2000 at the Dar-Way Nursing Home in Estella. Born Oct. 1, 1933 in Monroe Township she was a daughter of the late Henry A. and Jessie I. Cranmer Laninger. Miss Laninger was a member of the former Ellenton Methodist Church and in earlier years attended the Powell Methodist Church. Louise was a special woman, she loved the time she spent with her nieces and nephews and always remembered family birthdays and special occasions. She loved the outdoors and nature and appreciated beautiful flowers, she especially enjoyed arranging them. Louise also enjoyed drawing and the company of her dear companions "Peppy" and "Taffy." She is survived by: her twin sister and brother-in-law, Lois and Robert Stone of Ellenton, Pa.; a brother and sister-in-law, Gerald and Jeanne Laninger of Athens; several nieces, nephews and cousins; a special nieces and nephew, Abby and Benn Patton of Ellenton. In addition to her parents, Louise was preceded in death by a brother, Gene Laninger in 1993 and a nephew, Terry Miller in 1977. The family will receive friends 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton. The funeral service will immediately follow at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Herbert Eby, pastor of the Wheelerville Mennonite Church officiating. Interment will be held in the Ellenton Cemetery. The family suggests that memorials may be directed to a charity of one’s choice in Miss Laninger’s memory. –Towanda Daily Review

LEIGHTON –JOYCE O. MORGAN, 65 of Shunk RR 3 diedunexpectedly following a brief illness Saturday evening Nov. 1, 1997 at the Robert Packer Hospital while surrounded by her loving family. Joyce was born April 4, 1932 in Ypsilanti, Mich. She was the daughter of the late Leon and Olive Dent Leighton. In earlier years Joyce attended the Shunk Area Schools. For over 22 years she was employed by the Sullivan County School District as a driver and during the summers served as cook for the sports camp at Camp Maple Lake in Estella, Pa. She served on the Women’s Democratic Committee for Fox Two., Sullivan County for several years. Joyce enjoyed nature and feeding the wildlife around her home. Her many interest throughout life encompassed the love she shared with her family especially her grandchildren. Surviving are her husband, Melvin B. Morgan of Shunk; five daughters and their spouses, Sheila Minnick of Canton, Karen and Carl O’Conners of Shunk, Dawn Perry of Canton, Cindy and Grant Gustin of Springfield, Pa. and Jolene and Eddy Pedro of Dushore; five sons and their spouses, Gary and Sue Morgan of New Albany, Kent and Patricia Morgan of Shunk, David and Carol Morgan of Roaring Branch RR 1, Vern and Teresa Morgan of Shunk and Dewey and Kathy Morgan of Muncy Valley, Pa.; 17 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Arthur Leighton of Prairie, Miss.; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Morgan was preceded in death by an infant son, Lee Morgan and a son-in-law, Jim Perry on Sept. 10, 1991. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, 1997 at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton. The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Duane Taylor, pastor of the North Union Christian Church officiating. Interment will follow in the Ellenton Cemetery. The family suggests that memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society, Bradford Unit, 413 S. Main St., Athens, Pa. in Mrs. Morgan’s memory. –Towanda Daily Review

LEON G. LEIGHTON, 83 of Canton RD 3 died Saturday, Oct. 25, 1986 at the Troy Community Hospital.  He was born Aug. 12, 1903 at Proctor, the son of George and Della Foulkrod Leighton.  He retired in 1977 as a self-employed farmer, an avid sportsman.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing.  Mr. Leighton and his wife, the former Olive Dent, celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary April 25.  Surviving is a daughter, Joyce Morgan of Shunk RD 1; son, Arthur Leighton of Prairie, Miss.; daughter, Phyllis Egli of Roaring Branch RD; 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; a brother, Norman Leighton of Michigan and a sister, Sally Chapman of Shunk RD.  Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral home, 40 North Center St., Canton with the Rev. Duane Taylor and the Rev. Herbert Eby officiating.  Burial will be in the Ellenton Cemetery, Lycoming County.  Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday 7-9 p.m.  –Towanda Daily Review

EVERT W. LETTS, 90, life-long resident of Shunk diedFebruary 29, 2004 at the Troy Community Hospital. Born on July 21, 1913 he was a son of the late Daniel and Bessie (Whipple) Letts. After completing Shunk High School, he graduated from Red Lion High School near York, PA. On December 22, 1936 he married the former Alfreda Morgan in East Canton. Mrs. Letts preceded him in death on January 11, 1996 following 59 years of marriage. Mr. Letts was a hard worker and enjoyed being busy all his life. In earlier years he ran his grandmother’s general store in Shunk for several years. He also was a caretaker for PennDOT serving the Shunk and Fox Township areas. Later Mr. Letts was employed by the former Bellows Valvair in Canton for over 20 years until his retirement in 1976. Mr. Letts was a member of the Shunk United Methodist Church. He loved his family dearly, always cherishing their Sunday visits and "get-togethers". An avid reader, he especially liked westerns. He also enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, lawn work and woodworking. Surviving are his children and spouses; Barbara (David) Rundell, Mansfield, Ada (Allyn) Leonard, Roaring Branch, PA; Althea (Paul) McBride, Williamsport, Dale (Mary Ann) Letts, Canton; nine grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his beloved Alfreda, Mr. Letts was preceded in death by his brother, Reo Letts and his stepfather, Rev. Ira Fuhrman. The funeral service was held March 3 at the Pepper Funeral Home with Rev. Herbert Eby officiating. Burial was in Ellenton Cemetery. His family suggests that memorials in his name be directed to the Shunk United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 70, Shunk, PA or the American Cancer Society, 1948 E. Third St., Williamsport, PA. –Canton Independent Sentinel

LOWRY –SARAH I. SMITH. During the afternoon of Sunday May 7, 2006, Sarah Isabell (Lowry) Smith, 71, of Canton, diedquietly at her residence surrounded by her loving family. Born in Blossburg on June 17, 1934, she was the daughter of Campbell and Nellie (Moline) Lowry. She was raised in Morris Run and in 1953 was united in marriage to Clinton Leroy Smith. Together they raised five sons and four daughters, and shared 40 years until Clinton’s passing in 1944. In addition to her responsibilities as a wife and mother she manage to find time for community involvement through the Women of The Moose, the American Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary and as a volunteer with the Bradford-Tioga Head Start. She also was a woman of faith, and fellowshipped with the Grover Church of Christ. Surviving are sons: James and (Donna) Smith, Harrisburg, Willard Kenneth Smith, Sydney, NY, Michael (and Iris) Smith, Canton, Robert Smith, Sunbury; daughters, Wanita (and John) Frey and Rose (and Tim) Zeigler of Canton, Linda (and Donald) Koons, Williamsport; sisters, Louise Billheim, Northumberland, Marion Reed, Blossburg, Betty (and Leonard) Costley, Antrim, PA, June (and Tom) Sowl, Nebraska; brothers Bud (and Betty) Holley and Tom (and Margaret) Holley, of Morris Run, John Lowry Sr., Shunk, Harold (and Dee) Lowry, Gillett, Roger (and Cindy) Lowry of Waverly, NY; 19 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins, and very special friends Demmer and Kathy Sullivan. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clinton L. Smith, daughter, Kathryn Smith, son Rodney Smith, brother Robert Lowry and sister Ida Mae Aumick. The funeral service was held at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Inc., Canton on May 10 with Pastor Willard Strunk of Grover Church of Christ officiating. Interment followed in Ellenton Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel

MANN –EDITH M. SHAUB, 85 of Landisville died Saturday September 30, 2006 at her home. She was the wife of Andrew H. Shaub and was preceded in death by her first husband Ivan H. Gochnauer. Born February 24, 1921 in Manor Township, she was the daughter of the late Ira and Annie (Kendig) Mann. Mrs. Shaub was a member of the Rohrestown Mennonite Church. An avid gardener, she also enjoyed quilting and crafts. She was a volunteer at the Mount Joy Gift and Thrift. Along with her first husband, Edith was instrumental in starting the Wheelerville Mennonite Church. Surviving in addition to her husband, are two sons; Karl, husband of Cindy Gochnauer of Mountville, Kenneth, husband of Ferne Gochnauer of Wrightsville; two daughters, Doris, wife of Glenn Bange of Hanover, Nancy, wife of Allen Jones of Oxford, North Carolina; one stepson; Jay, husband of Marilyn Shaub of Lititz; three stepdaughters; Joyce, wife of Roy Musser of Pottsville, Charlotte, wife of Marquel Ortiz of Bernville and R. Elaine, wife of John Todd of Cross Junction, Virginia; five sisters; Helen, wife of Christian Herr, Anna Mann, Cora Hoover, Martha, wife of Landis Sangrey, Kathryn, wife of Lamar Stauffer. Mrs. Shaub is also survived by six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; thirteen step-grandchildren and nine step-great-grandchildren. Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the Rohrerstown Mennonite Church, 601 Rohrerstown Road, Lancaster. Viewing will be from 9 a.m. to the time of the service. Burial is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, October 5 in Ellenton Cemetery at Ellenton, PA. Memorial contributions may be made to the Rohrerstown Mennonite Church. Arrangements by the Gundel Funeral Home, Lancaster/Conestoga. –Canton Independent Sentinel

MANNING –SHIRLEY ANN (MANNING) DEBLANDER, 66 of Ellenton Mountain Road, McNett Twp.), formerly of Essington, PA was called home to her Lord August 9, 2002 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre. She was born January 5, 1936 in Taylor Bridge, DE. Mrs. DeBlander was a member of the Wheelerville Mennonite Church. She was an avid bingo player and NASCAR fan. He loved to travel but her happiest times were spent with family and friends whom she dearly treasured. Surviving are a daughter, Dawn DeBlander-Corman, Ellenton; Sons, Franklin Thomas and Jeffrey Wheeler all of Smyrna-Clayton, DE; step-son, David DeBlander, Eddystone, PA; 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; and her dear friends, Rosanne, Fran and Ann. Mrs. DeBlander was predeceased by her loving husband of 35 years; Arthur DeBlander; her parents, Irvin "Buck" Manning and Mildred "Mille" Aurillo; stepfather, Michael Aurillo; daughter, Mildred "Millie" Wheeler-Satterfield,; brother Irving Manning. The funeral service was held at the Pepper Funeral Home with her long-time friend, the Rev. Roseann Goldberg officiating. Burial was in Ellenton Cemetery. Her family suggests memorial donations in Mrs. DeBlander’s name be directed to the Wheeler Mennonite Church c/o Pastor M. Gaiotti, RR 3, Canton, PA. –Canton Independent Sentinel

DENNIS RICHARD MAY, infant son of Randy A. and Becky Bellows May of RD 3 Canton died Tuesday, July 9, 1985 at the Arnot-Ogden Hospital, Elmira where he had been a patient since shortly after his birth.  The baby was one of two twins born three months premature at the May’s rural home on Feb. 4.  He reportedly weight only three ounces at birth.  His twin brother, Randy Loren weight 7 ounces at birth.  The twins were taken to the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre after their birth and were later transferred to the Elmira facility.  In addition to his brother and parents, he is survived by a sister, Jessica Lyn; a paternal grandmother, Mrs. Patsy C. May; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bellows; paternal great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell May; maternal great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. George Crain all of which are from Canton and several aunts and uncles.  Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. at the Ellenton Cemetery with Pastor Herbert Eby of the Wheelerville Mennonite Church officiating.  There will be no visitation.  Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home.  –Towanda Daily Review

MICHAEL LYNN MAY, Watertown, NY was stillborn Sunday, May 13, 1990 in the Home of the Good Samaritan, Watertown, NY.  Michael was the son of Lynn and Jacklyn Hall May.  Surviving besides his parents are: his maternal grandparents, Jack J. Hall and Linda Hall, both of Philadelphia; paternal grandparents, Aaron and Joann Brown, Canton RD 3; paternal great-grandmother, Mrs. Ethel Miller, Morris Run, PA.  Aunt, uncles and cousins also survive.  A graveside service was held Friday at Ellenton Cemetery with the Rev. Stephen McGough, pastor of St. Michael’s Church, Canton officiating.  Arrangements were under the direction of the Morse and Kleese Funeral home, Canton.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

JOSEPH L. ‘JOE’ MCILWAIN, 77 Ellenton, PA (McNett Twp.) diedNovember 10, 2002 at the Dar-Way Nursing Home, Estella. Born on February 22, 1925 in Norristown, PA he grew up in the Ellenton community and attended Canton High School. He was the son of the late Leon and Julia (Earl) McIlwain. At a young age his father died and it was his stepfather, W.L. Tomkins who raised him. Mr. McIlwain was proud to have served his country in the European Theatre during WW II. Soon after returning home he married his long time schoolmate, Eunice Lovejoy on March 3, 1946. He was employed as a mechanic for many years and worked for various Canton area garages. He also drove school bus for Canton Area Schools for over 30 years. Mrs. McIlwain was a member of the Shunk United Methodist Church, the North Union Grange No. 784 and was a life-member of the Canton VFW Post No. 714. He also served as a lay-pastor at the West Franklin Methodist Church. His family was most important to him. He enjoyed reading traveling. Throughout his life, he marveled at trains, especially the old steam engines. Surviving are: his wife of over 56 years, Eunice; daughters; Linnett (Tom) Konkle, Williamsport, Lucy Gibbs, Williamsport and Connie (John) Hess, Nescopeck, PA; sons: Leon (Diane) McIlwain, Glenville, GA, Joseph (Donna) McIlwain, Killeen, TX and Keith (Karen) McIlwain, Great Falls, MT; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The family invites friends to call from 12:30 t0 2:00 Thursday November 14 at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton. The funeral service will follow with Pastors Herbert Eby and James House officiating. Burial will be private in the Ellenton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, his family suggests that those who wish may make memorials in Joe’s name to the Dar-Way Nursing Home, RR 1, Box 1116, Forksville, PA or to the Ellenton Chapel in care of Herbert Eby, RR 3, Box 332, Canton, PA. –Canton Independent Sentinel

CHARLES E. MILLER, 91, of Shunk RR 1, Pa. diedThursday, May 21, 1992 at the Dar-Way Nursing Home, Estella. He was born on May 18, 1901 in Ellenton, the son of Elmer and Jessie Potter Miller. Mr. Miller worked for the S&NY Railroad for 16 years, then began dairy farming in 1937. He retired from farming in 1978. Mr. Miller had attended the Ellenton and Maple Summit churches. Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Phyllis and Kenneth Quail, Shunk; a daughter, Mrs. Carol Fleet, Gulfport, Miss.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Donald and Rose Miller, Towanda and Ralph and Carol Miller, Shunk; seven grandchildren; Deborah Alexander and Steve, Jeff, Ron, Brian, Janet and Melinda Miller; three great-grandchildren; two step-grandsons; three step-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his wife, Myrtle Miller on Jan. 12, 1987 and a sister, Mrs. Verna Morgan. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 23, 1992 at 2 p.m. from the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center Street, Canton, with the Rev. Richard Leonard, Pastor of the Shunk United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Ellenton Cemetery. Visitations will be from 1-2 p.m. Saturday. The family suggests memorials in Charles’ memory may be directed to Endless Winds Fire Co., c/o Mrs. Carol Miller, RR 1, Box 376, Shunk, Pa. or the Canton Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 38, Canton, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review

TERRENCE C. MILLER – Funeral arrangements have been completed for Terrence C. (Terry) Miller, 19 of 152 N. Center St., Canton, who died Thursday May 26, 1977 of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident near Grover Thursday evening. He was born May 30, 1957 in Sayre the son of Pratt and Lois Laninger Miller. He is a 1975 graduate of the Canton High School where he was active in football and Boy Scouts. He attended Williamsport Area Community College and was presently employed at Masonite Corp. He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stone of Canton; two sisters, Miss Sharon Miller of Ellenton and Mrs. Teresa Morgan of Canton; three step-brothers, Lee Stone, who is with the U.S. Army in Greece, Ronald and Kenneth Stone, both at home; a stepsister,, Mrs. Barbara Spencer also of Canton; maternal grandmother, Mrs. Henry Laninger of Canton; paternal grandmother, Mrs. Mabel Miller of Towanda; paternal step-grandmother, Mrs. Dana Stone also of Canton; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. from the Morse Funeral Home, 12 E. Main St., Canton with the Rev. Mrs. Wilma Barker Hoose officiating. Interment will be in Ellenton Cemetery. –Towanda Daily Review

MITCHLEY –MRS. MILDRED MAE LANINGER age 68 of Lawrenceville, Pa. a native of Elimsport, died Monday September 24, 1979 at the St. Joseph's Hospital in Elmira. She was the widow of Walter Laninger. She was born June 14, 1911 in Elimsport, Pa, the daughter of William & Esther Martz Mitchley.   Surviving are two sons, Raymond of Lawrenceville and Glenn of Lowman; three daughters, Mrs. Raymond (Jessie) Evans of RD2 Ulster, Mrs. Arthur (Elsie) Tyler of Horseheads, Mrs. Redford (Ruth) Covey of Elmira., 20 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.  The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Kuhl’s, 18 North Main Street, Mansfield with the Rev. Mr. Wicker, pastor of Country Bible Church, Hornby, N.Y. officiating. Burial will be in Ellenton Cemetery, Ellenton. Friends are invited to call at the Kuhl Funeral Home in Mansfield, Pa.  Wednesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9.

JOHN ALAN MOORE, 78, of South Montrose, Pa., diedat Robert Packer Hospital Thursday, Jan. 11, 2007.  He was the son of the late Clarence and Anna (Campbell) Moore, formerly of East Athens.  John was a graduate of Athens High School and Penn State University, where he was a member of the Blue Band.  He was employed at IR in Athens and Bendix Corp. in South Montrose as a senior design engineer, retiring in 1990. His avocations were model aircraft, bee-keeping, gardening and hunting.  He maintained a second home in Ellenton, where he took friends and their sons and daughters for hunting seasons and opened it to family for vacations.  His devotion to his widely extended family was a constant in his life. He was a member of the South Montrose Community Church for 42 years, where he served as a board president and Sunday school superintendent from time to time and sang in the choir for over 30 years.  He served on the Montrose Area School Board and the old Susquehanna County School Board.  As past master of Warren Lodge No. 240, F. & A.M. he enjoyed his association with it's appendant orders and in turn headed Nazarene Commandery No. 99, Royal Arch Masons No. 180, Select Council No. 47, York Rite College No. 102, and Gallicantue LXXV.  He was also a member of Scranton Consistory, Red Cross of Constantine, Penn Priory No. 6 and Allied Masonic Degrees.  He held state offices in Grand Holy Royal Arch Chapters of Pa. and was a district deputy of District 6 and Chaplin for the Grand Council of Pa.  John is survived by: his wife of 54 years, Lois M. (Tompkins) Moore; two sons, John Ivan Moore and wife Barbara, West Pittston, Pa., and Martin Van Buren Moore and wife Sally of Dimock, Pa.; two daughters, Barbara E. Houtz and husband Dorsey, Gaithersburg, Md. and Susan A. Bennett and husband William, Wellsboro, Pa.; nine grandchildren, Peter and Paul Moore, Nathan, Colleen and Russell Houtz, Jacob and Rachael Bennett and John and Bradley Moore; sister and brother-in-law, Margaret and Warren Wood, Montrose; and 34 nieces and nephews and their spouses.   He was predeceased by his sister, Julia Kramer.  A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 15, 2007 at the South Montrose Community Church with the Rev. Margaret M. McCarty officiating.  Interment will be held in the Ellenton Cemetery. Visitations will be on Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Daniel K. Regan Funeral Home.  A Masonic service will be held at 3 p.m. and an Eastern Star Service at 5:30 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, donations, in John's name, can be made to the South Montrose Community Church, P.O. Box 86, South Montrose, PA, or to the Montrose Minutemen, P.O. Box 461, Montrose, PA.

MORGAN –ALFREDA M. LETTS, 78 of Canton RR 3 (Fox Township), Sullivan County, diedThursday afternoon, Jan. 11, 1996 at her home following an extended illness. Born Dec. 31, 1917 in Ellenton, Pa., she was a daughter of the late Floyd E. and Ada B. Williams Morgan and her stepmother, Dorothy Smith Morgan. Mrs. Letts was a graduate of Canton High School, Class of 1936. In Dec. 22, 1936 she married Evert W. Letts in East Canton. Together they celebrated 59 years of devoted marriage. Mrs. Letts was a member of the Shunk United Methodist Church and belonged to the church’s Ladies Aid. She worked for many years at the Sullivan County Fair in the Exhibit Building. Alfreda was a talented quilter and enjoyed working with crafts. Her main interest throughout life encompassed her home and family. Surviving are: her husband Evert at home; three daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and David Rundell of Mansfield, Ada and Allyn Leonard of Roaring Branch, Althea and Paul D. McBride of Williamsport, Pa.; a son and daughter-in-law, Dale and Mary Ann Letts of Canton; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; three sisters and brothers-in-law; Lois and Archie Norton of Estella, Pa., Ethlyn and Russell Machmer of Canton, Audrey and Carl Bedford of Mehoopany, Pa.; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Donald and Elaine Morgan of Pine City, N.Y., Claude and Carol Morgan of Canton, Darwin and Donna Morgan of Candon, N.Y.; a sister-in-law, Rosanne Morgan of Canton; a brother-in-law, Gerald Avery of Grover, Pa.; several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was also predeceased by three sisters, Lucille Bond, Lenora Mae Avery, Myrtie Lee and two brothers, Desmond and Roland Morgan. The family will receive friends 7 to 9 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 14, 1996 at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Rt. 14 Canton. The funeral and committal service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Shunk United Methodist Church, with Rev. David B. Morris and Rev. James Weibley officiating. Interment will be held in the Ellenton Cemetery, McNett Twp., Lycoming Co. The family will provide flowers and suggests that memorials may be directed to: the Shunk United Methodist Church, c/o Jack Moody, RR 3, Box 564, Canton, Pa., The endless Winds Fire Co., P.O. Box 9, Shunk, Pa., The Canton Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 38 Canton, Pa. or to the Guthrie Hospice, RR 1, Box 154, Towanda, Pa. in Mrs. Letts’ memory. –Towanda Daily Review

FRANK MORGAN. On the morning of Sunday, Aug. 20, 2006, well known Canton resident, Frank Morgan, diedat Troy Community Hospital after a brief illness. He was 88 years of age. Born in Wheelerville on Nov. 22, 1917, he was one of 15 children in the family of William and Belle (Brown) Morgan. He came to know the Lord at an early age while attending the Wheelerville Church. While attending the Shunk School House, he met his future wife, Thelma Crofut. Frank was a graduate of Estella High School, class of 1935. He served his country during World War II as a sergeant in the United States Army. It was while home on leave that his beloved Thelma traveled with him to Junction City Kansas where they were united in marriage. After the war, Frank furthered his education by attending Penn State and Cornell Universities where he studied veterinary medicine. The Morgans lived between Ellenton and Shunk, operating a dairy farm. Together, Frank and Thelma raised four sons and one daughter and shared 53 years before her passing in 1997. In later years, Frank worked for the state highway department. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing his violin. Frank was also a licensed auctioneer as well as a licensed ham radio operator. He was a man who was very devoted to his family, taking pride in their achievements and enjoying their company. He is survived by: his sons, Ross L. (and Myrna) Morgan, of Palmdale, Calif., Larry Morgan of Newport, Pa., Lynn (and Delinda) Morgan, of Troy; daughter, Linda (and Rufus) Allen, of Canton; grandchildren, Anthony Morgan, Daniel Morgan, Desiree Hockenbury, Crystal and Ruby Morgan, and Paul and Lynn Morgan; brothers, Lyle (and Florence) Morgan , of Shunk, Glen (and Betty) Morgan, of Canton, Dale (and Dorothy) Morgan, of Alabama and John (and Beverly) Morgan, of Ulster; sisters, Josephine Lewis, of Hillsgrove and Norma Lodge of Canton; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Frank was preceded in death by: his parents; his wife; brothers, Melvin, Martin, Vance and Stanley Morgan; sisters Dorothy Kipp, Doris Rathbun, Madeline Kilmer, Esther Clisso; son Louis Morgan; and great-grandson Tyler Swartz. Calling hours will be Thursday, Aug. 24, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, Inc., 40 N. Center St. Canton. Service will be at 2 p.m. Interment will immediately follow in Ellenton Cemetery. –Towanda Daily Review

 

Stanley K. MORGAN, 68, of Ellenton, PA died Saturday, July 8, 2000 at his home.  Born April 27, 1932 in Wheelerville, PA, he was a son of the late William F. and Belle Brown Morgan.  Stanley was a graduate of the former Estella High school, class of 1950, and received a bachelor of science in agriculture from Penn State.  In earlier years he was employed as a meat inspector in Chicago, IL.  He came back to this area and was employed by Schrader-Bellows in Canton and later the Purina Feed Plant in Elmira, NY.  In 1997 Mr. Morgan retired as a self-employed farmer.  He is survived by sisters, Doris Rathbun of Canton, PA, Josephine Lewis of Hillsgrove, PA and Norma Lodge of Arcadia, FL; brothers, Frank Morgan of the Bradford County Manor, Mevin and Lyle, both of Shunk, PA, Dale of Prattville, AL, Glen of Canton, PA and John Morgan of Ulster, PA; stepmother, Anna Morgan of Shunk, PA; stepsisters, Sheryl Bogart of Williamsport, PA and Dorothy Rexer of Estella, PA; stepbrother, Vernon Bogart of Estella; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  In addition to his parents, Mr. Morgan was preceded in death by brothers, Martin and Vance Morgan and sisters, Dorothy Kipp, Maddelene Kilmer and Esther Clisso.  Funeral services were held July 11 at the Pepper Funeral Home in Canton with the rev. Jasper Smith Officiating and interment to be in Ellenton Cemetery.  Memorials may be directed to a charity of one’s choice in Mr. Morgan’s memory.   –Towanda Daily Review

 

VANCE IRVIN MORGAN, 60 of Shunk RD 1 died Tuesday, Feb. 21 at Divine Providence Hospital in Williamsport after sustaining a fall at the home of his father. He was born Aug. 27, 1928 the son of William F. and Belle Brown Morgan in Wheelerville (Sullivan County). He was a self-employed logger. Surviving are his wife, the former Phyllis Miller; his father, William Morgan and step-mother Anna Morgan of Shunk; eight brothers; Frank of Canton, Melvin of Shunk, Martin of Clifton Springs, N.Y., Lyle of Shunk, Dale, Glen and Stanley all of Canton and John of Ulster; four sisters; Mrs. Doris Rathbun and Mrs. Madeline Kilmer, both of Canton, Mrs. Josephine Lewis of Hillsgrove and Mrs. Norma Lodge of Arcadia, Fla.; one step-brother, Vernon Bogart of Forksville; two step-sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Rexer of Forksville and Sherrill Bogart of Williamsport along with numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother and sisters, Dorothy Kipp and Esther Clisso. The funeral service will be held Saturday, Feb. 25 at 11 a.m. at the Morse and Kleese, 40 N. Center St. in Canton with the Rev. Richard Leonard officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 7-9 p.m. Interment will be in the Ellenton Cemetery. The family requests that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society, Box 243, Dushore, Pa. or the Shunk Methodist Church, c/o Jack Moody, treasurer, RD 3, Canton, PA. –Towanda Daily Review

MULNO –DORTHY L. WEBSTER, 78 of Canton RD 3, Shunk died Tuesday, May 29, 1979 at the Dar-Way Nursing home in Estella. She was born May 15, 1901 a daughter of Wallace and Florence Rhinehart Mulno. She is survived by her husband Alfred; four daughters, Mrs. Mary Fontaine of Shunk; Mrs. Florence Laudenslager of Gleason, Pa., Mrs. Louise Trautner of Cogan Station, Pa. and Mrs. Caroline Smith of Shunk; one son, Frank Bianchi of Binghamton, N.Y.; two brothers, Luther Mulno of Owego, N.Y. and John Mulno of Leroy; five sisters, Marian Brougon of Arnot, Pa.; Dolly Haffer, Emma Chapman, Pearl Williams and Lillian Heeman all of Canton; 32 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren. Funeral and committal services will be held Thursday 11 p.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton with the Rev. Bernard Roof officiating. Interment will be in the Ellenton Cemetery. –Towanda Daily Review

PORTER –MRS. GOLDA E. HARTFORD - Canton - Mrs. Golda Elizabeth Hartford, 76, of Canton RD  2 died Monday  morning, June 7, 1982, in Troy Community Hospital, where she had been admitted about two weeks ago as a medical patient. Her husband, Reed L. Hartford died in 1969. Born Oct. 25, 1905 in Fox twp., Sullivan County, she was a daughter of Orwell l. and Lydia M. Norton Porter. She and her husband had operated a farm in the Shunk area of many years. Mrs. Harford was a member of the auxiliary of Innes Hose Co. Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Urban Griffith, of Shunk, and three brothers, Gleason Porter, of Canton RD 1, Addison Porter, of Canton RD 2, and Wilburn Porter, of Homestead, Fla. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Morse and Kleese’s, 40 North Center Street. Burial will be in Ellenton Cemetery, McNett Twp., Lycoming County. The Rev. David B. Morris, pastor of Canton Church of Christ, Disciples, will officiate. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

PORTER –MARGARETTA ‘MARK’ GRIFFITH – On the evening of Friday, Oct. 21, 2005, long-time Canton resident Margaretta (Porter) Griffith diedquietly at her residence.  She was 87 years of age.  Known to many by her nickname, “Mark,” she was born in Shunk, Pa. on March 25, 1918, the daughter of Orwell and Lydia (Norton) Porter.  On Nov. 25, 1935 she was united in marriage to Urben T. Griffith and together they raised two sons and shared nearly 55 years until his passing in 1990.  The Griffiths moved from Shunk to Canton, where Mark worked for several years as a sales clerk at the former Ben Franklin Store.  She was a woman with a deep0, abiding faith, having been a member of the Shunk United Methodist Church and later the Canton Ecumenical Parish.  It was a joy for her to enter the house of the Lord each Sunday and she did so for as long as her health would permit.  Mark walked through life with a positive attitude, bolstered by a keen sense of humor.  Even in her infirmity she could always be counted on for a cheerful smile and a big hug.  Most of all, she was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who lived for her family, taking pride in their achievements.  Mark is survived by her sons, George (and Linda) Griffith of Towanda RR 4 and Glen (and Dorothy) Griffith of Canton RR 2; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a brother, Wilburn “Jiggs” Porter of Canton; special friend, Vivian Kie; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Urben T. Griffith; brothers, Rozelle, Addison and Gleason Porter; her sisters, Golda Hartford and Canneressa Moore and an infant brother, Dolson Porter.  Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Morse and Kleese Funeral home Inc., 40 N. Center St., Canton.  A celebration of her life will follow at 2 p.m. with Assistant Pastor Mike Wilson of the Canton Ecumenical Parish officiating.  Interment will be in Ellenton Cemetery.  The family will provide the flowers and suggests that memorial contributions be directed to Western Alliance Emergency Services, P.O. Box 13, Troy, Pa.  –Towanda Daily Review

JAMES SERAN POTTER, 84 longtime resident of Ellenton, Pa., diedat his home on Tuesday morning, November 21, 2006. Born on May 8, 1922 in Ellenton, Seran was the son of the late James and LaDorna (Chappel) (Should read LaDorna Chapin) Potter and the beloved husband of Ruth (Faust) Potter. Seran graduated from Canton High School in 1940. He then attended the Williamsport Vo-Tech College where he studied in the construction fields. In 1942 he was called to military service. Mr. Potter attained the rank of Staff Sergeant with the U.S. Army 475th Battalion's Artillery Battery D and saw action in Guadalcanal, The Philippines and New Guinea during WWII. Mr. Potter worked for the Rudy Springman Construction Company of Williamsport for nearly 14 years. His father's death in 1954 required his return home to help his mother operate the Ellenton General Store and Post Office. Seran was married to his neighborhood sweetheart, the former Ruth Faust. They were blessed with 44 wonderful years of marriage. Seran was a member of Canton's F.&A.M. Lodge No. 415 for over 50 years and also belonged to the Scottish Rite of Williamsport and the Towanda Consistory. Other memberships included the Troy American Legion and the Canton V.F.W. as a life-member. He was of the Methodist Faith. Seran was happiest when busy working. An accomplished tradesman, he could fabricate or fix most anything and there was no end to his generosity. He sincerely cared about the welfare of others and was respected by many. Seran will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Surviving are: his loving wife Ruth; step-daughter, Fay Ann of Reading, Pa.; special nieces and a nephew, LaDorna (Gary) of Virginia, Leigh Susan (Dan) of Ohio and James DePaul of Philadelphia brother-in-law, William Schaefer of Florida; many wonderful friends, neighbors and an especially dear friend, Gary (Kathy) Baumunk of Canton. Mr. Potter was predeceased by his sister, Martha Potter Schaefer in 2005. In accordance with Seran's wishes there will be no visitation. A private burial will be held at Ellenton Cemetery with his friend and neighbor, Rev. Herbert Eby officiating. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may consider a memorial in Seran's name to the Canton Volunteer Fire Co., P.O. Box 72 or the V.F.W. Post 714, P.O. Box 74 both in Canton, Pa. Arrangements are under the care of the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton. –Canton Independent Sentinel

PORTER –MARGARETTA ‘MARK’ GRIFFITH – On the evening of Friday, Oct. 21, 2005, long-time Canton resident Margaretta (Porter) Griffith diedquietly at her residence.  She was 87 years of age.  Known to many by her nickname, “Mark,” she was born in Shunk, Pa. on March 25, 1918, the daughter of Orwell and Lydia (Norton) Porter.  On Nov. 25, 1935 she was united in marriage to Urben T. Griffith and together they raised two sons and shared nearly 55 years until his passing in 1990.  The Griffiths moved from Shunk to Canton, where Mark worked for several years as a sales clerk at the former Ben Franklin Store.  She was a woman with a deep0, abiding faith, having been a member of the Shunk United Methodist Church and later the Canton Ecumenical Parish.  It was a joy for her to enter the house of the Lord each Sunday and she did so for as long as her health would permit.  Mark walked through life with a positive attitude, bolstered by a keen sense of humor.  Even in her infirmity she could always be counted on for a cheerful smile and a big hug.  Most of all, she was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who lived for her family, taking pride in their achievements.  Mark is survived by her sons, George (and Linda) Griffith of Towanda RR 4 and Glen (and Dorothy) Griffith of Canton RR 2; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a brother, Wilburn “Jiggs” Porter of Canton; special friend, Vivian Kie; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Urben T. Griffith; brothers, Rozelle, Addison and Gleason Porter; her sisters, Golda Hartford and Canneressa Moore and an infant brother, Dolson Porter.  Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Morse and Kleese Funeral home Inc., 40 N. Center St., Canton.  A celebration of her life will follow at 2 p.m. with Assistant Pastor Mike Wilson of the Canton Ecumenical Parish officiating.  Interment will be in Ellenton Cemetery.  The family will provide the flowers and suggests that memorial contributions be directed to Western Alliance Emergency Services, P.O. Box 13, Troy, Pa.  –Towanda Daily Review

JOHN PRESTON TOMKINS – A memorial will be held in Ellenton Cemetery at 3:00 p.m. on July 23, 2005 for John Preston Tomkins (1918-2004) who was born in nearby Ellenton and graduated from Canton High School in 1936.  John served in the Army Corps of Engineers in World War II and studied at Penn State and Cornell University, earning a Ph. D from Cornell in 1950.  He was a professor of Pomology at Cornell, specializing in strawberries, grapes and other small fruits.  John is survived by his wife, Gladys and children, Jim Carole and Nancy.  The memorial will be held following the annual Tomkins Family Reunion.  In the event of rain the memorial will be held at the Ellenton Church.  Canton Independent Sentinel

QUAIL –ELVA M. CROFUT, 73 RR 3 Canton diedAugust 28, 1994 in the Divine Providence Hospital, Williamsport. Mrs. Crofut was born May 18, 1921 at Shunk, PA a daughter of Jesse and Mary Anna McCool Quail. She and her husband operated a dairy farm in Fox Township for 41 years. Mrs. Crofut was a very active member of the Shunk United Methodist Church where she served on the Church’s social committee for many years; for 37 years she was secretary-treasurer of the Shunk Ladies Aid; member of the Endless Winds Fire Department in Shunk and solicited memberships for the Canton Ambulance Association for many years. Surviving are her husband, Roy, they celebrated 52 years of marriage; son and daughter-in-law, Darwin and Fay Crofut, daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and James Weightman all of Shunk, sisters, Ruth Conrad, Estella and Vera Bailey, New Albany; half-brothers, Kenneth and Wayne Quail both of Shunk; half-sisters, Pauline Hiliker, Dann, NY, Beverly Morgan, Milton, Judith Ferguson of Colorado and Edith Brown, Canton; step-mother, Velda Quail, West Burlington; step-brothers, Delbert Bailey, Boonville, NY and Lloyd Bailey, Rochester, NY; step-sister, Sylvia Teeter, Milton; four granddaughters, two grandsons and three great-grandsons; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services were conducted from the Shunk United Methodist Church Aug 30 with Rev. Richard Leonard, her pastor officiating. Interment was in Ellenton Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be directed to Guthrie Hospice, RR 4, Box 60A, Towanda, PA in Mrs. Crofut’s memory. Arrangements were under the direction of the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton. –Canton Independent Sentinel

RATHBUN Harold R. "Boney" Sr. During the early morning hours of Monday, March 12, 2007, Harold R. Rathbun Sr. of Elmira, NY diedquietly at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA. He was 73 years of age. Born in Sayre on June 29, 1933, he was the son of Leon Cook Rathbun and Eva Walker Rathbun. Known to his friends as "Boney", Mr. Rathbun worked for many years as a foundry worker at Ward Manufacturing in Blossburg. He served with the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. On June 25, 1974, he was united in marriage to Mary L. Aber. He enjoyed bowling, hunting and fishing and was a member of Horseheads LOOM #1476. In his younger days Boney raced stock cars at Chemung Speedway. More recently, he enjoyed watching NASCAR. He was a skilled woodworker and produced many beautiful lawn ornaments. Most of all he focused on his family, and enjoyed the time he spent with his loved ones. Mr. Rathbun is survived by his wife, Mary, at home; sons, Harold Rathbun, Jr. and Stephen Rathbun, both of Okechobee, FL, Michael (and Christina) Rathbun of Turbotville, PA, Bradley (and Marcie) Rathbun of Okechobee, FL, and Jason (and Lisa) Rathbun of Lucie, FL; daughters, Sally (and Raymond) Walker of Gillett, PA, Gloria (and Charles) O'Donnell of Watsontown, PA; stepsons, Joey (and Penny) Crawford of Elmira, NY and Timothy (and Tina) Crawford of Troy, PA; 25 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leon and Eva Rathbun; brothers, Alva Dean Rathbun, Max Rathbun, Mahlon Rathbun; sister, Marion Rathbun; and daughter, Lois Ann Rathbun. Visitation will be Saturday, March 17, from 9 - 11 a.m. at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Ken Marple officiating, with full Military Honors from Canton VFW. Burial will be in Ellenton Cemetery, Lycoming County.

ROBBINS Jasper L. Robbins
Jasper L. Robbins, 62, of Canton, brother of Mrs. Helen Brachbill, this city, died at his home early today, Dec 5, 1946.  He had been ill for approximately eight months.  Mr. Robbins leaves his wife, Myra, and the following sons and daughters, Shirley and Mary Jane at home; Bernard and Emmett, of Hillsgrove; Mrs. Laura Koernig and Mrs. Marjorie Dougherty, of Philadelphia; Mrs. Letha Crawley and Theron, of Canton. He also leaves his mother, Mrs. Laura Robbins, of Hepburnville: and these brother and sisters, Mrs. Gladys Neuhard, of Hepburnville; Mrs. Fanny Swanke, of Philadelphia; Mrs. Ruth See, of Youngsville; Clyde Robbins, of Trout Run; Fred Robbins, of Bloomsburg; and Mrs. Brachbill, this city.  Funeral services will be held at the Canton home at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon. Burial will be at Ellenton.

WILBUR G. ROCKWELL, 63. On Tuesday, Jane 25, Canton resident Wilbur G. Rockwell diedquietly at his residence. He was 63 years of age. Born in Troy on Oct. 5, 1941, he was the son of Harold and Marie (Dickerson) Rockwell. Wilbur was a graduate of Troy High School and a veteran of the U.S. Army having served in West Germany during the early 1960’s. In civilian life he worked for many years as part of the staff at home for troubled youth. Wilbur was a quiet, unassuming gentleman who enjoyed the company of his family and close friends. He was an avid reader and was well known at Canton’s Green Free Library. His main interests were history, genealogy and electronics. He was also a champion checkers player and thanks to the Internet engaged in competitions with people throughout the world. Wilbur is survived by his sons, Mark (and Laurel) Rockwell of Newark, N.Y.; David (and Karen) Rockwell of Orwell, Vt.; as well as grandchildren, Douglas, Jenna and Andrew Rockwell; and many cousins, including, Bertha Mae Bagley and Janice (and Ken) Scheive and Robert Rockwell and special aunt, Nellie Dickerson. He was preceded in death by his father, Harold Rockwell; stepfather, Kenneth Owens; and mother, Marie Owens. Visitation will be from 9-10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29 at Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Inc., 40 No. Center St., Canton, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review

ROHRBAUGH –ANN R. REIGNER, 71 of Ellenton formerly of Flourtown, PA diedSaturday morning, October 28, 2006 at Towanda Memorial’s Skilled Nursing Unit. Annie was born on November 25, 1934 in Baltimore, Md. She was a daughter of Helen (Dalton) Rohrbaugh and the late Charles Rohrbaugh. In addition to her mother Helen, she is survived by her husband of 51 years, Bob at home; three sons, Robert Jr. of Crystal River, Fl., Ronald of Jeffersonville, PA and Richard of Philadelphia; two daughters, Theresa Mandell of Ambler, PA and Lisa Wallace of North Wales, PA and seven grandchildren. She was predeceased by her father and a brother, John Allen Rohrbaugh. Annie’s main interest in life encompassed her family and home. She was of the Catholic faith and enjoyed family get-togethers, dancing and yard sales. A memorial Mass to celebrate Ann’s life will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 4 at St. Genevieve Catholic Church, 1225 Bethlehem Pike in Flourtown, PA. A private burial will be held in the Ellenton Cemetery. The Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive in Canton is assisting Mrs. Reigner’s family with arrangements. –Canton Independent Sentinel

SARGENT - Royal Joshua Sargent - (1931) Died at the family home near Shunk [Sullivan County], Tuesday, April 21, 1931, after a brief illness. He was born in Springfield Township on the 16th of August 1848. He moved to Shunk when but a small boy and where that part of the country was only a wilderness. They had to hoe their grain in and cut it with syckles. He is survived by his wife, one brother, Amos of Roseville and a number of nieces and nephews. The funeral largely attended was Friday in the Maple Grove Church near Wheelerville. Interment was in the Ellenton cemetery [Lycoming County]

CLARENCE A. SCOTT SR., 67 of Troy RR 1, PA died Friday, October 7, 1994 at Towanda Memorial Hospital. He was born to John H. and Helen Rogers Scott on August 29, 1927 in Sylvania, PA. He was the youngest of seven children. He graduated with honors from Troy High School agricultural program. He was a member of the Disciples of Christ Church, Sylvania, starting out in the Cradle Roll. He was a dairy farmer, a tree surgeon and worked for Cummings Lumber Co. and in the mines for the Jones & Bragg Mining Co. He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Doris Lamb Scott; son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Clarence and Becky Scott Jr. of Troy; daughters and sons-in-law, Robin and Steve Coyle of Troy, Vickie and Wayne Tyler of Elmira, NY and Pamela and Ralph Huffstetler of Riverside, CA; nine grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law, Fred and Evelyn Scott, Russell and Gladys Scott, Elmer and Alberta Scott, George and Doris Scott, Ernest and Violet Scott and Mark and Louise Scott all of Troy, and several nieces and nephews. Memorial services were held October 11 at the Family Health Center with the Rev. Ken Marple officiating. Memorials may be directed to the Clarence A. Scott Sr. Memorial foundation, PO Box 23, Troy, PA. Buried Ellenton Cemetery –Troy Gazette-Register

ARTHUR W. SMITH, SR., 79 a longtime resident of Shunk diedFebruary 24, 2002 at the Williamsport Hospital. Born October 30, 1922 in Wallace Run, PA, he was a son of the late Samuel and Hazel (Leighton) Smith. He honorably served his country in the Army during WWII. Mr. Smith was employed for many years as a truck driver with the L.L. Baumunk and Son Lumber Company in Shunk. He also was a supervisor for Fox Township, Sullivan County. Mr. Smith’s memberships included the Canton V.F.W. Post No. 714, American Legion Post No. 303, Canton Moose Lodge No. 429, the Endless Winds Volunteer Fire Co., Western Alliance EMS, Red Run Rod and Gun Club, the Sullivan County Fair Association and the Pony Pullers Association. A friendly and well-known man, he dearly loved times spent with his family and many friends. He enjoyed nature and liked to hunt, fish, camp, travel and tend to his garden. He especially enjoyed his winter home in Florida. His pulling ponies brought him much pleasure and he was very proud of a first place trophy he won in 1997 at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show in Harrisburg. Surviving are his children and their spouses: Arthur Jr. and Linda Smith of North Carolina; Beverly and Heckle Newcomer, Roaring Branch, Betty and Dave Phillips, Milton, PA, Della Donato, Williamsport, Sharon and Hal Norton, Shunk, Robert and Debbie Smith, Canton, Bill and Shelly Smith, Shunk; 30 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; sister, Ora Hartford, Roaring Branch; brother and sister-in-law, James and Delores Henry of Michigan; very special friend, Anna Patterson, Shunk, PA; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and his beloved pets, Shorty, Peanuts and his ponies. Mr. Smith was predeceased by his wife, Caroline Smith in 1991; a daughter Deborah Smith Williams on February 7, 2002; son-in-law, Donald Donato; sister, Ellen Henry; brothers, Kenneth, Clinton and Arnold Smith and Miles Henry. The family invites friends to call on Thursday, February 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Pepper Funeral home, Springbrook Drive, Canton. The funeral service for Mr. Smith and a memorial service for his daughter, Deborah Williams will be held together on Friday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Herbert Eby officiating. Burial will be held in the Ellenton Cemetery with full military honors accorded. Those who wish may direct memorials in Mr. Smith’s name to the Endless Winds Volunteer Fire Co. at P.O. Box 39, Shunk, PA or the Shunk United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 70, Shunk, PA. –Canton Independent Sentinel

BRIAN JAMES SMITH, five week old son of Joseph and Esther Laudenslager Smith of Ellenton, died June 14, 1985 at the Arnot-Ogden Hospital, Elmira. Brian was born on May 9, 1985 in Sayre. Surviving besides his parents are: two brothers, Joseph Michael Jr. and Steven LaRue, both of Ellenton; maternal grandparents, Charles and Florence Laudenslager of Canton RD 2; paternal grandparents, Kenneth and Kathleen Smith of Shunk RD 1 and several aunts and uncles and cousins. Graveside memorial services were held in the Ellenton Cemetery, Ellenton with Pastor Herbert Eby officiating. Interment followed the service. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Morse and Kleese Funeral home, Canton. –Canton Independent Sentinel

CLINTON LEROY SMITH, 74 Canton, died May 19, 1994 in the Williamsport Hospital and Medical Center. Born April 28, 1923 in Masten, he was a son of Samuel and Hazel Leighton Smith. Mr. Smith has been employed by several area sawmills and at the Heiny Tire Co. and recently with the Green Thumb Co. in Canton. He was a member of the Red Run Rod and Gun Club of Ralston and the American Legion Post No. 167 at Morris Run. Mr. Smith was a veteran of the US Army during World War II. He and his wife, the former Sara Isabelle Lowry observed their 40th wedding anniversary on September 14, 1993. In addition to his wife, he is survived by four sons; James L. Sr. and Michael D., both of Canton, Willard K., LeRaysville and Robert L. Smith, Orlando, FL; three daughters; Mrs. Waneta Frey, Mrs. Rose Zeigler and Mrs. Linda Zeigler all of Canton; three brothers; Arthur and Kenneth, both of Shunk and James H. Smith, Milan, MI; one sister, Mrs. Ora Hartford, Roaring Branch; 19 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A memorial service was held May 22 at the Mennonite Church of Canton with the Rev. Herbert J. Eby officiating. Interment was in the Ellenton Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Arrangements were under the direction of the Gedon Funeral Home, Williamsport. –Canton Independent Sentinel

SMITH –DEBORAH CARLEEN WILLIAMS, 44, Williamsport, PA diedwhile surrounded by her loving family, February 7, 2002 at her home following a courageous battle with cancer. Born on March 30, 1957 in Williamsport, she was one of eight children of Arthur Smith Sr. and the late Caroline Bianchi Smith. Mrs. Williams was formerly employed by the Weis Markets as the floral department’s supervisor. She loved to play cards, especially the game "500 where you bid", and also enjoyed bingo outings, flowers and plants. Her main interest in life was the time spent with her family and many dear friends. In addition to her father, Arthur Smith of Shunk, she is survived by her husband, Dwayne LeValley, Williamsport; children, Gwen Williams and Robert Williams, both of Williamsport; three grandchildren, Skyler, Alex and Jesse Williams; four sisters, Betty (Dave) Phillips, Milton, PA, Beverly (Heckle) Newcomber, Roaring Branch, Della Donato, Williamsport and Hal and Sharon Norton, Shunk; three brothers, Art Jr. (Linda) Smith, North Carolina, Robert (Debbie) Smith, Canton and Bill (Shelly) Smith, Shunk; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her mother, she was predeceased by a brother-in-law, Donald Donato. A celebration of her life was held at the convenience of the family at a later date. A private burial was held in the Ellenton Cemetery. Donations in Mrs. Williams’ name may be directed to the National Institute of Mental Health, 6001 Executive Blvd., Bethesda, MD, the American Cancer Society, 198 E. Third St., Williamsport, PA or a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements were in the care of Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive. Canton. –Canton Independent Sentinel

KENNETH L. SMITH, Wheelerville, diedquietly at home on June 3, 1996 after a lengthy and heroic battle with cancer. He was six days away from his 75th birthday. A lifelong resident of Sullivan County, Mr. Smith was born June 9, 1921 to the late Samuel and Hazel (Leighton) Smith. After serving as a Medical Aide Man in the US Army, he returned to Sullivan County and settled in Wheelerville. He married

The former Kathleen Turner and raised four sons and three daughters. They were married 43 years prior to her passing in 1990. Mr. Smith worked for many years as a heavy equipment operator for PennDOT, retiring in 1983. He was a member of the Red Run Rod & Gun Club, American Legion Post #167, Morris Run and the Marine Corps League, Ralston. Besides his wife, he also was predeceased by one son, Kenneth G. Smith; daughter, Susan Smith and brother Clinton Smith. He is survived by sons, Samuel of Shunk, Joseph of Canton, Duncan of Canton; daughters, June Smith, Myerstown, Annette Smith, Reading; brothers Arthur of Shunk and James of Malan, Michigan; sister Ora Hartford, Roaring Branch; 12 grandchildren, one great-grandchild and many nieces and nephews. A well-attended viewing was held. Interment was in Ellenton Cemetery. Professional services were entrusted to Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, Canton. –Canton Independent Sentinel

MICHAEL STROMAN, 30 of 46 North Minnequa Street, Canton died Friday, March 11, 1977. Mr. Stroman drowned after a tree he cut down fell into the Susquehanna River instead of on shore. Mr. Stroman was retrieving a rope around the tree when the tree slipped further into the river pulling him off his feet. He was self-employed as the owner of Michael Stroman’s Tree Works. Mr. Stroman was a member of Canton Church of Christ, VFW Post 174 and Moose Lodge 429. Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Rosetta English of Albuquerque, N. Mex.; three foster sisters, Mrs. Dwayne Buchanan of Canton RD 1, Mrs. Richard Bellow of Canton and Mrs. Mary Thompson of Buffalo and a foster brother, Charles Swain of LeRoy. Services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Kleese Funeral Home, Canton with the Rev. Robert Parker, his pastor officiating. Burial will be in Ellenton Cemetery, Shunk. Friends may call at the funeral home Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. –Williamsport Grit

DAVID ERWIN TOMKINS, 84, formerly of Canton, died November 10, 2001 at his residence in Bryan, TX. Born November 21, 1916 in Ellenton, PA he graduated from Canton High School in 1933 and received his BS degree in Mineral Industries from Pennsylvania State University in 1937. While a student at the University, he researched the commercial possibilities of developing native clay deposits found in Lycoming and Sullivan Counties. One of his ancestors built the first brick manufactory in Sullivan County at Estella. Mr. Tomkins was a registered professional engineer in both Pennsylvania and Texas and had been employed by New Castle Refractories, New Castle, PA, Shenango China in New Castle, PA, AJ Wahl Inc, Portland, NY, and was owner of Nacodoches Lumber, Etoile TX, and founded Ceramic Southern of Bryan, TX. He also worked for International Executive Services Corporation, developing ceramic industries in Burma, Malaysia, Mexico, and Paraguay. He held numerous patents for his inventions. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Carol Bird Tomkins, Bryan, TX and four sons, David, Pflugerville, TX, Edward, Portland, OR, Dwight, College Station, TX and Roger, Orlando, FL; eleven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, John of San Luis Obispo, CA; sisters, Ruth Yost, Bellefonte; Miriam White, Los Altos, CA; Martha Bohlayer, New Holland, PA and Lois More, South Montrose, PA and 25 nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Paul; sisters, Mary Fuchs, Esther Tomkins, Eunice Bohlayer and a nephew, William Yost. A brief memorial service will be held at the Ellenton Cemetery on July 6, 2002 at 3 p.m. –Canton Independent Sentinel (corrections by Edward Tomkins 12-22-09)

TOMKINS –LOIS M. MOORE, 79, South Montrose, PA diedunexpectedly March 9, 2007 at the Endless Mountains Health System, Montrose, PA.  Born in Ellenton, PA she was the daughter of the late Lawrence C. and Violet M. (Nissley) Tomkins.  She graduated from Canton High School in 1946 and the Robert Packer Hospital School of Nursing in 1950 with an advanced degree in Anesthesiology.  She worked in Robert Packer Hospital, the Montrose General and finally the Montrose Area School District.  She was a member of the South Montrose Community Church for 42 years, the Montrose Chapter #151 Order of the Eastern Star and the Red Hat Society.  Surviving are her two sons and daughters-in-law, John I. and Barbara Moore, West Pittston, PA and Martin V.B. and Sally Moore, Dimock, PA; daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Dorsey Houtz, Gaithersburg, MD, Susan and William Bennett, Wellsboro, PA; grandchildren, Peter and Paul Moore, Nathan, Collen and Russell Houtz, Jacob and Rachel Bennett, John and Bradley Moore; sisters and brothers-in-law, Martha and Duane Bohlayer, New Holland, PA, Miriam and John White, Los Altos, CA; sisters-in-law, Carol B. Tomkins of Bryan, TX and Gladys Tompkins of San Luis Obispo, CA, many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her husband, John A. Moore in January of this year, four sisters, Esther Tomkins, Mary Fuchs, Ruth Yost and Eunice Bohlayer and three brothers, David E. Tomkins, John Tomkins and Paul Tomkins.  A funeral service was held March 12 at the South Montrose Community Church with Rev. Margaret M. McCarty officiating.  Interment was in the Ellenton Cemetery.  An Eastern Star service was also held during visitation.  Memorial contributions in her name can be made to the Susquehanna County Library, 2 Monument Square, Montrose, PA or the South Montrose Community Church, P.O. Box 86, South Montrose, PA.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

PAUL NISSLEY TOMKINS, 71, Horseheads, NY died May 4, 1992 in Tucson, AZ. Mr. Tomkins was born April 6, 1921 in Ellenton, the son of Lawrence C. and Violet Nissley Tomkins. He joined the army and was one of the last members to be trained in the horse drawn artillery serving 21 years; he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps and the U.S. Air Force, was a member of Bentley-Trumble American Legion Post 442, was decorated by Congressman Amory Houghton for his heroics and was chosen as the only enlisted person on the Supply evaluation Team and served during the Korean War. After his retirement he went to Arizona to build missile sites and complete his education, becoming a draftsman, Mr. Tomkins worked at the Ann Page Plant, Elmira before becoming a shop teacher at Painted Post Junior High School. He was a communicant of St. Mary Our Mother Church, Horseheads; and built an altar for Fr. O’Brien’s Retirement Home. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Joanne and Jack Mays, Lewisburg; sons and daughters-in-law, Paul F. and Karen J. Tomkins, Horseheads, and Ivan and Karen L. Tomkins, Tucson, AZ; several grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law, David and Carol Tomkins, John and Gladys Tomkins; sisters and brothers-in-law, Barbara Holley and Kathleen and Kenneth Howden; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his wife of 42 years, Mildred Lowe Tomkins in Dec. 1991. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the VanBuskirk-Lynch Funeral Home, Horseheads. Burial was in Ellenton Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel

 

TURNER –KATHLEEN SMITH, 62 of Shunk RD 1 died Feb. 6, 1990 at the Troy Community Hospital.  She was born Aug. 19, 1927 in Richmond, Va.  Mrs. Smith is survived by her husband, Kenneth L. Smith, Shunk, RD 1; two daughters, Annette E. Smith and June M. Hartford, both of Shunk; three sons, Samuel S. Smith of Elmira, Duncan L. Smith of Elkland and Joseph M. Smith of Shunk; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; several nieces and nephews.  Mrs. Smith was predeceased by a son, Kenneth Smith Jr. and daughter, Susan Smith.  Friends may call at the Morse and Kleese Funeral home, 40 North Center St., Canton on Friday, Feb. 9 from noon to 2 p.m.  The funeral service will be held immediately afterwards at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Jasper Smith officiating.  Burial will be in the Ellenton Cemetery.  –Towanda Daily Review

WALKER - ROBBINS, Almira Age 79, Bradford County Manor, Burlington, Penna., Thursday, Sept. 28, 1972. Friends may call at the Morse Funeral Home, Canton, Penna., Saturday 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held there Sunday at 2 p.m., Rev C. David Jones. Interment, Ellenton Cemetery, Ellenton, Penna. Survived by daughters, Mrs. Letha Tallman of West Covina, California, Mrs. Mary Jane Sax of Dayton, Ohio, Mrs. Laura Margaret Koernig of Philadelphia, Penna., Mrs. Shirley Sullivan of Ithaca, N.Y., Mrs. Marjorie Cott of Williamsport, Penna.; sons, Bernard, Emmet and Thoron, all of Hillsgrove, Penna.; 25 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren.

WALKER Alymra Robbins
Mrs. Almyra Robbins, 79, formerly of Canton, died at the Bradford County Manor Thursday evening, Sept. 28, 1972. Mrs. Robbins was a member of the Canton First Presbyterian Church. Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Letha Tomlin of West Covina, Calif., Mrs. Mary Jane Saxe of Dayton, Ohio; Mrs. Laura Margaret Koerning of Philadelphia; Mrs. Shirley Sullivan of Ithaca; Mrs. Marjorie Cott of Williamsport; three sons, Bernard, Emmett, Theron on of Hillsgrove; 25 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sunday at the Morse Funeral Home, 12 East Main St., Canton with the Rev. C. David Jones officiating. Burial was in the Ellenton Cemetery, Ellenton.  (NOTE:  name is spelled Almira on her tombstone)

WEIGHTMAN - James Paul Weightman of Shunk gave up his heroic battle with cancer on Sept. 15, 2007. He was 65 years of age. Born Jan. 15, 1942, in Newberry, he was the only child of William and Mary (McClure) Weightman. At the age of 6 he moved to Forksville. Jim graduated from Loyalsock Joint High School with the class of 1960. He was employed as a sawyer for L.L. Baumunk and Son for 42 years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and shared his enthusiasm with his grandsons. A member of Canton Lodge No. 415 F&AM, he was proud to serve as worshipful master in 1992 and again in 2001. He enjoyed the work and the conferring of degrees. He was a member of the Troy Royal Arch Chapter No. 261, serving as high priest in 1995. He also was a member of the AASR Valley of Towanda and the Consistory of the Valley of Williamsport. He was a member of the Irem Temple A.A.O.N.M. in Dallas, Pa. Jim served as Fox Township (Sullivan County) supervisor for 13 years. He was a member of the NRA and Canton Lodge No. 429 L.O.O.M. and was overwhelmed by their generous benefit dinner given on his behalf earlier this year. He was a member of St. Peter's Church in Elkland Township, where he enjoyed the Christian fellowship. Jim was a member of the Endless Winds Volunteer Fire Company and served as chief for many years. He recognized the importance of having certified first responders, and was instrumental in obtaining the necessary classes for his fellow members. Jim is survived by his wife, the former Carolyn Crofut. They would have been married 46 years on Sept. 16. Also surviving are daughters Lou Ann (Walter) Tubach of Forksville, Kelly (John) Weaver of Shunk and Loraine (Ronald) Snell of Montoursville; four grandsons, Adam (Amber) Weightman, Matthew and Jordon Tubach and Samuel Snell; one great-granddaughter, Addison; and two nephews and one niece. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at St. Peter's Church in Elkland Township. Services will follow at 1 p.m. with Pastor Darcy Miller officiating. Interment will be in Ellenton Cemetery. The family will provide flowers and suggests that memorial contributions in Jim's name be directed to the Shriner's Hospital for Children, 8400 Roosevelt Boulevard, Philadelphia, Pa. Professional services are entrusted to Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, Canton. - Towanda Daily Review, 17 Sept 2007

JOSEPH CONRAD WETTLAUFER, 55, a lifelong resident of McNett Township, Lycoming County diedunexpectedly at his home near Ellenton on July 27, 1998.  He was born in Williamsport Hospital on March 19, 1943 to Conrad and Hazel (Shires) Wettlaufer.  Wettlaufer was raised in the sylvan beauty of McNett Township where his father worked as a logger, the profession that Joe would one day chose to follow.  He acquired the skills of hunting and fishing with the expertise that only a boy from the mountains could have and he enjoyed these pastimes throughout his life.  As Wettlaufer grew older he found employment as a logger for various mills in the area, such as L.L. Baumunk of Shunk and Dwight Lewis of Hillsgrove.  On November 2, 1963 he married Lila Dunbar and together they shared 34 years of Holy Matrimony.  Together they started a firewood business which continues to the present.  Wettlaufer was skilled at restoring antique furniture.  He also loved to simply communicate with nature.  While volunteering to look after a friend’s cabin during the off season, he struck up acquaintanceship with a variety of the local animals, including deer and bear.  Upon returning, his friend was amazed at the tame nature that the creatures had acquired.  In recent years Joe and Lila concentrated on their firewood business and it was while harvesting timber that Joe was suddenly called home.  Wettlaufer is survived by his beloved wife, Lila at home.  He was predeceased by his father in 1977 and his mother in 1981.  Calling hours will be Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Morse & Kleese Funeral Home 40 N. Center Street, Canton.  Services will be conducted at the funeral home Thursday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Herbert Eby of Wheelerville Mennonite Church officiating.  Interment will be in the Ellenton Cemetery.  –Towanda Daily Review

WHIPPLE –MRS. BESSIE LETTS FUHRMAN age 80 of Shunk, Pa., Sunday, Feb. 23, 1964.  She was the widow of Ira C. Fuhrman, member of Grover Evangelical United Brethren Church.  Survived by son, Evert Letts of Shunk; sister, Mrs. Ida Williams of Masillion, Ohio; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.  Body at Kleese Funeral Home, Canton.  Calling hours Tuesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.  Funeral at Shunk EUB Church Wednesday at 2 p.m., the Rev. Jason Hollopeter.  Ellenton Cemetery.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 2/24/1964

LAURAYNE W. (LARRY) WILLIAMS age 89 of Linesville, PA died June 5, 1993 at the Rolling Fields Nursing Home after an extended illness. He was born in Wheelerville on May 17, 1904 a son of Edwin M. Williams and Ida Whipple Williams. He married Audrey M. Deighton May 20, 1940. He was an elementary teacher in Lycoming and Sullivan Counties for 20 years and later was employed at Robert J. Mathews Co., Canton, OH for 15 years. He was a member of the Linesville United Methodist Church, a graduate of Mansfield State Teachers College, a member of Canton Lodge 415 F&AM since 1937 and various York Rite Bodies in Meadville. Survivors include; his wife, Audrey M. Williams, Linesville; a daughter, Mrs. Joe (Ellen) Castle, Canton; a son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Edward O. (JoAnne) Williams, Lock Haven, PA; a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Dorothy Williams, Linesville, PA; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Douglas L. Williams in 1977. Funeral services were held at the Harold W. Coleman Jr. Funeral Home, Linesville Tuesday with burial in Ellenton Cemetery Wednesday. –Canton Independent Sentinel

WINTERBAUER –ANNA MARGARET POTTER, 85, Needham, MA diedOctober 24, 1996 at her home. Born in Brooklyn, NY on May 12, 1911, she was the daughter of the Louis and Maria Viehmann Winterbauer. She was married to J. Robert Potter, Ellenton and resided in New York City for many years later in Needham, MA. They returned to Sullivan County almost every Memorial Day. Mrs. Potter was a member of the Christ Episcopal Church in Needham, MA, was a life member of Wisteria Chapter OES and also a member in the New Century Club, The Crittendon League and the Garden Club. Surviving are a sister-in-law, Mrs. Mary Ellen Potter Porrazzo, Hicksville, NY; a cousin, J. Seran Potter, Ellenton; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband in 1968. A memorial service was held November 6 at the Ellenton Cemetery with Herbert Eby officiating. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society, Sullivan County Unit, PO Box 243, Dushore, PA. Arrangements were under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, Dushore, PA. –Canton Independent Sentinel


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79, formerly of Canton, died at the Bradford County Manor Thursday evening, Sept. 28, 1972. Mrs. Robbins was a member of the Canton First Presbyterian Church. Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Letha Tomlin of West Covina, Calif., Mrs. Mary Jane Saxe of Dayton, Ohio; Mrs. Laura Margaret Koerning of Philadelphia; Mrs. Shirley Sullivan of Ithaca; Mrs. Marjorie Cott of Williamsport; three sons, Bernard, Emmett, Theron on of Hillsgrove; 25 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sunday at the Morse Funeral Home, 12 East Main St., Canton with the Rev. C. David Jones officiating. Burial was in the Ellenton Cemetery, Ellenton.



 

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