North Union Cemetery, Union Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania
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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.
FREEMAN WILLARD NEAL, 86, of Sullivanville Thursday, July 11, 1946. Survived by son, Warren of Sullivanville; daughters, Mrs. Albert Krise of Canton, Mrs. Jennie Hoffman of Sullivanville; brothers, Murry of Liberty, Pa., W. J. of Mansfield; sister, Mrs. Carrie Sheffer of Jersey Shore; seven grandchildren; several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Funeral at home of son Sunday 1 p.m., at North Union Church at 3. Burial at North Union Cemetery. The body is at Gustin Funeral Home, Horseheads and will be taken to son’s home Friday afternoon. –Elmira Star-Gazette 7/12/1946
John J. "Johnnie O" Of Canton, PA diedquietly, at his residence, Thursday, September 20th surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be held Monday the 24th, 10:00 AM at the Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton with Pastor Jasper Smith officiating. Interment will be in North Union Cemetery.
JOHN J. ‘JOHNNIE O’ OSIPOVITCH. On the evening of September 20, 2001, well known Canton resident John Joseph Osipovitch, 83, diedquietly at his residence, surrounded by his loving family. Born the son of a coal miner in Scranton, PA, November 17, 1917, he was one of six children in the family of Walter and Marianna (Schneider) Osopovitch. Known to his friends as “Johnnie O.” Mr. Osipovitch was blessed with a strong work ethic which would serve him well throughout his life. During the Great Depression, when his father was laid off from the mine, he enlisted in the newly formed Civilian Conservation corps (CCC) as a means of helping to provide for the family. Through the CCC he was engaged in various improvement projects, such as dam construction and reforestation, both in Pennsylvania and New York. During a recent inspection of several New York state dams, the one which he had helped construct at Mt. Morris was found to be as solid as the day it was built. He always believed in doing things the right the first time. Next, he was sent to the site of the former lumber town of Masten, PA, to assist in the reforesting of the timber-stripped mountains. The beautiful trees that are enjoyed today are a tribute to the efforts of Mr. Osipovitch and the other CCC workers. Being transferred to Masten was how he became familiar with his future home, Canton. During their off hours he had his co-workers would frequent the town. One day a mutual friend introduced him to a girl who had spotted him driving by, and was instantly smitten by his rugged good looks and impish smile. He asked her to join him for a picnic and a swim at Mountain Lake. Thus began his courtship of the love of his live, Leah Emma Machmer. They were united in marriage July 27, 1941, shortly before he traded his pick and shovel for one of Uncle Sam’s uniforms. He served his country in the European Theater with the 69th Replacement Battalion of the Third Army, and saw some of the heaviest action of the war. Including the Battle of Bulge. After the war he returned to Canton and settled into the life of a family man. He and Leah raised three daughters. He was a master automotive mechanic, and his first job was with the Henry Hallett Ford dealership in Canton. Later, he specialized in heavy equipment used in construction. For the next 35 years his main employers were S. J. Groves and Lane Construction in Rochester, N.Y. During this time he would be away from his home and family, coming home on weekends. It was difficult for him, but he was determined to provide financial security for his children, so that they might never experience the years of want through which he had lived. However, he was not all work and no play. He had a zest for life and could party with the best of them. He was a great lover of music, particularly Country & Western, and was very adept at playing the spoons. He performed in the old Canton minstrel shows and loved to Polka. He also enjoyed tinkering with stock car engines and farm equipment. Many a local farmer would call on his expertise to get out of a jam. Memberships included a 50 year member of Canton Lodge #415, F. & A.M., the Valley of Williamsport Consistory, a 50 year member of Canton Lodge #429 Loyal Order of Moose, Canton V.F.W. Post #714, a Life Member f the Canton Ambulance Association (Western Alliance) for whom he drove for eight years, a 35 year member of I.U.O.E. Local 832 of Rochester, the Wheel Inn Club and an honorary member of the PA Sheriffs Association. Surviving are his daughters, Judith (& Richard) Kelley, Morrisonville, N.Y., Mary Hamblin, Rochester, N.Y., Joan (& Walter) Scott, West Grove, IA; grandsons, Gregory (& Kristin) Kelley, Walter Scott III, Damon Scott; granddaughters Brenda (& Stephen) Willey, Julie Hamblin; great-grandsons Joshua & Nicholas Kelley; great-granddaughter, Justine Leah Wiley and Jessica Lynn Kelley; brothers Alex, Geneseo, N.Y., Walter, Sussex, N.J., Victor (& Rose), Rochester; sister Alice Bakewicz, Rochester; sister-in-law, Irene Osipovitch, Lancaster, PA; as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife of 53 years, Leah, and his brother George. A Masonic service and a Loyal Order of the Moose service were conducted September 23 at the Morse and Kleese Funeral home, Canton. Funeral services were September 24 at the funeral home with Pastor Jasper Smith, retire Methodist pastor, officiating. Interment was in North Union Cemetery, where the members of VFW Post #714 accorded military honors. Pallbearers included; Tom Ospovitch, David Osipovitch, Tony Bakewicz, Karry Bakewicz, Gregory Kelley, and Joshua Kelley. Memorial contributions in Mr. Ospovitch’s name may be directed to Guthrie Health Care Systems, Guthrie Hospice, c/o Stacey Covey, RR 1, Box 154, Towanda, PA, Western Alliance Emergency Services, PO Box 13, Troy, PA, or the American Rd Cross National Disaster Relief Fund, c/o Bradford-Sullivan Chapter, 5 Bridge St., Towanda, PA. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
PALMER –EDNA SIMPSON, a resident of the Bradford County Manor, formerly of Canton, Pa., diedon Sunday, Jan. 1, 1995. She was born June 2, 1909, in Gleason, Tioga County PA., the daughter of the late Harry E. and Edith Spencer Palmer. Mrs. Simpson was a member of the Canton Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) and belonged to the Canton Senior Citizens. She was employed by Canford Manufacturing, retiring in 1974. Surviving are three daughters; Mrs. David (Donna) Zimmer of Canton, Mrs. Michael (Marilyn) Ervin of Horseheads, N.Y., and Mrs. George (Janice) Rickard of Troy; two sisters, Martha Palmer of Troy and Gladys Griffin of Canton; a brother, Harry Walt Palmer of Amboy, Ill.; six grandchildren; Daren and Daniel Zimmer, Brian McConnell, Michael Ervin, Joseph Rickard and Jada Dellinger; five great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Edna was predeceased by her husband, Lawrence B. Simpson, who diedDec. 31, 1982. Visitation will be Tuesday, Jan. 3, 1995, at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, from 1-2 p.m. Services will be held at 2 p.m. with her pastor, Rev. David B. Morris of the Canton Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) officiating. Interment will be in the North Union Cemetery, Union Township, Tioga County, Pa. In memory of Mrs. Simpson, one may contribute to the charity of one’s choice. –Towanda Daily Review.
MARTHA M. PALMER, 81, formerly of Troy, diedMay 16, 2001, following a brief stay at the Bradford County Manor. Born in Union Township, PA, November 16, 1919 she was a daughter of the late Harry E. and Edith (Spencer) Palmer. She was a graduate of Canton High School, class of 1938; a devoted mother and grandmother; and especially enjoyed cooking and baking for her family and dear friends. Miss Palmer was employed as a secretary by Troy Dental Clinic for many years until her retirement in 1984. She enjoyed her work very much, and following her retirement worked part time at the dental office until her health no longer permitted. Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Michael Miller, Towanda; son and daughter-in-law, Brad and sue Palmer, Malvern, PA; grandchildren, Michael Miller Jr. and his fiancée, Mary Billman, Greensburg, PA, Maurita Miller, Holly Springs, NC, Kathleen Miller, Arlington, VA, Christopher B. Miller, Towanda, Andrea, Drew and Dough Palmer, Melvern, PA; brother Harry W. Palmer, Anboy, Ill.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by three brothers; Vance, John and Grant Palmer; three sisters, Edna Simpson, Charlotte Cindley, and Gladys Griffin; and an infant brother, Stephen. The funeral service was held at the Pepper Funeral Home, Canton, May 19, with Rev. David B. Morris, officiating. Interment followed in the North Union Cemetery, Union Township, PA. Memorials may be directed to Save the Children, Attn; Donor Services, 54 Wilton Road, West Point, CT in Miss Palmer’s name. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
NATHAN W. PALMER, 94, diedMarch 9, 2005, after a short illness. He was the son of Frances and Laura Palmer and was married to Winifred E. Brown of Canton, PA. Formerly of Canton, he lived in Manchester, NY, for the past 45 years. Mr. Palmer worked on the Mt. Morris Dam and retired as a crane operator from Baughman Construction in 1974. He was a member of Local 832 of the International Union of Crane Operators in Rochester, NY and Moose Club 429 in Canton; and also a devout member of the First Baptist Church of Manchester, NY. Surviving are four granddaughters, Valorie (Lee J.) Howard, Karen (Michel) Masseau, Susan Daszula, Cindy (Mike) Russom, all of Georgia; and five great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife Winifred Palmer; and son, David Palmer. Contributions in Mr. Palmer’s memory may be made to the First Baptist Church, 54 S. Main St., Manchester, NY. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
PETERS –MRS. FRANCES A. SPENCER, 58, Roaring Branch RD 2, wife of Clark McNett Spencer died unexpectedly Saturday afternoon, March 15, 1975 at the Williamsport Hospital after being admitted a few hours earlier. She was born in West Burlington Township on Dec. 19, 1916 a daughter of Solomon Lee and Elizabeth Ballard Peters. She was a graduate of Canton High School. Mrs. Spencer was a member of the St. John’s United Methodist Church in Grover, where she served as clerk for the church and Sunday school. She was also Sunday school treasurer and personal secretary to the minister. Mrs. Spencer was a lay delegate of the church conference. She was also a member of the Keystone Bible Class. Her survivors, besides her husband, are three daughters; Mrs. William (June) Kemmerer of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., Mrs. Duane (JanNeita) Taylor, wife of the Rev. Duane Taylor of Canton RD 1 and Mrs. Joseph (Helen) Beumi of Binghamton, N.Y.; three grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Ivan (Mildred) Osgood of Troy; one brother, Robert Peters of Troy; two half-sisters, Mrs. Elwin (Beulah) Roberts of Canton and Mrs. Roy (Audrey) Porter of Montoursville, Pa.; one step-sister, Mrs. Sarah Navarini of Newton Hamilton, Pa. and one step-brother, Aaron Boyce of Rome, N.Y.; one niece and several nephews. The funeral was held at the Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, Wednesday, March 19 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Duane Taylor, pastor of the LeRoy Church of Christ and the Rev. Wilma Barker Hoose, her pastor officiating. Burial will be in North Union Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to St. John’s United Methodist Church Building Fund, Grover. Pallbearers included: Harrison Campbell, Robert Spencer, Erich Rosner, Weibe Jelsma, Elwin Hoose and Alva Dean Rathbun. –Canton Independent Sentinel
PIERCE Myrtle Harvey
Myrtle Harvey, 65, Canton, widow of Zell Harvey died at 6:45 a.m. Thursday June 8, 1961, at the Blossburg State Hospital, following an extended illness. Born at Chase Mills, she was the daughter of John and Mary Comfort Pierce. She was a member of the Canton Moose Auxiliary No. 981. Surviving are her mother of Canton; a son, James Lazell, Blossburg; three sisters, Mrs. Violet Lewis, Blossburg; Mrs. Lee Purvis, Mrs. William Foulkrod, both of Canton; 22 grandchildren. Private services were held at Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, Sunday, with the Rev. Charles Ramp, pastor of the Blossburg Methodist Church, officiating. Burial was in North Union Cemetery.
GORDON PRESTON, 63, of Canton, Pa., and Summerfield, Fla., dies suddenly at home on Nov. 7, 2005. Born in Sodus Point, N.Y., on July 12, 1942, Gordon was the son of Frank and the late Evelyn Esaias) Preston. He was a graduate of Mansfield State University, Penn State University and the University of Southern California. He served with the U.S. Air Force as a meteorologist. Gordon retired from the E.I. DuPont Company after 23 years of employment and was currently working for Verizon Communications as a project manager. Gordon was an Eagle Scout and an avid golfer and sportsman. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of West Chester, Pa., the Kenneth Square Masonic Lodge and a long-time member of the Financial Redistribution Group of Wilmington, Del. In addition to his father Frank, Gordon is survived by his wife Kathryn Landon Preston; a son and daughter-in-law, David and Amy (Mason) Preston; a daughter, Anne Preston Giroso; four grandchildren, Adam and Owen Preston and Vinnie and Victoria Giroso; a sister, Ethel (Peter) Sanden; a brother, Ronald (Nancy) Preston; his father-in-law, Roy Landon; brother-in-law, Allyn (Betty) Landon; sister-in-law, Betty Landon; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his mother Evelyn, Gordon was predeceased by his mother-in-law, Lorene. Family and friends are invited to call from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton. The funeral service will follow with the Rev. David B. Morris officiating. Interment will be in the North Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, his family suggests those who wish direct memorials in Gordon’s name to the Green Free Library, 14 N. Center St., Canton, Pa. or to West Chester’s First Presbyterian Church, 130 W. Miner St., West Chester, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review.
PRESTON –MRS. SARAH ALICE GRAY of Canton, Pa., died Thursday afternoon, Feb. 4, 1926 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Leigh Borden, 606 DuBois Street aged seventy-one years. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Claude McCarrick, Mrs. Leigh Borden and Mrs. Julia Hovencamp all of Elmira; three grandchildren, Mary Louise McCarrick, Alonzo McCarrick and Eva Jane Hovencamp; five brothers, M. C. Preston of Pasadena, Cal., J. H. Preston of Troy, Pa., A. D. Preston of Blossburg, Pa., D. L. Preston of Canton and J. J. Preston of Canton and a sister, Mrs. Joseph Jaquish of Mansfield, Pa.; a sister-in-law, Dr. Mary Preston of Elmira. A prayer service will be held at the home, 606 Dubois Street, Saturday night at 7:30 o’clock. The funeral will be held in the Gray family home at Canton Sunday at 1 p.m. Burial in the Canton cemetery. (Buried N. Union Cemetery, Union Twp., Tioga Co., PA) –Canton Independent Sentinel
Charles Randall, 90, of Union Township, Tioga County, Roaring Branch, RD2 diedat the home of his son, Edgar Randall, early Thursday afternoon June 27, 1957, after an extended illness. He was a retried farmer and life long resident of Union Township. He was born on Feb. 26, 1867 a son of Charles & Marjorie Hurlburt Randall. He was a member of North Union Christian Church. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Lloyd Landon of Canton, Mrs. Lewis Wilcox of Pine Valley, N.Y; three sons, Edgar, Robert, Wilson all of Roaring Branch RD2; 12 grandchildren; 33 great grandchildren. The body was at Kleese Funeral Home, Center Street, Canton, where services were held Sunday, June 30th at 2 p.m. The Rev. Donald L. Gardner, pastor of North Union Christian Church officiated. Burial was in North Union Cemetery. Pallbearers were all grandsons; Jack Randall, Stewart Mason, Louis Landon, Paul Landon, Harold Landon, James Landon.
RANDALL Florence Landon
Florence Landon, 75, of Canton died Thursday afternoon April 27, 1967 after a prolonged illness. She was born in Union Township, on Dec. 12, 1891, the daughter of Charles and Belle Huffman Randall. Mrs. Landon was a member of the North Union Church of Christ; she was also a 50 years member of the Union Center Grange # 784. Mr. and Mrs. Landon celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1963. Her survivors include her husband, Lloyd; two daughters, Mrs. Wilbur (Louise) Kerrick of Roaring Branch, Mrs. Carl (Ruth Ann) McCoy of St. Paul Minn.; four sons: James B. of Roaring Branch RD2; Louis of Canton RD1; Paul of Tunkhannock; Harold of Canton; 20 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Louise Wilcox of Millport, N.Y.; several nieces and nephews. Private funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2p.m. at the Ralph T. Kleese Funeral Home, North Center St., Canton with the Rev Ralph R. Knight officiating. Burial was in the North Union Cemetery.
RANDALL –MRS. GERTRUDE J. LANDON, 92, of 18 N. Center St., Canton diedat her home Friday morning, May 25, 1979, after an extended illness. She was born in Union Township, Tioga County on July 2, 1886, a daughter of Daniel W. and Kathryn Mackenzie Randall. Mrs. Landon was a faithful member of the Canton Church of Christ and also a member of the Loyal Bereans Sunday school Class. She was a member of the Union Center Grange. She was the widow of B. D. Landon who died in 1950. Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Roy D. and Lorene Landon of Canton RD; daughters and sons-in-law, Mae and Robert L. Fitch of Canton RD; Myrtle and Davis VanDyke of Canton RD; and another daughter, Mrs. Duane (Charlotte) Shoemaker of Canton; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services will be held on Monday at 2 p.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton with the Rev. Robert D. Parker, her pastor, officiating. Burial will be in N. Union Cemetery. –Towanda Daily Review.
78, lifelong resident of Roaring Branch, PA (Union Twp.), diedon Friday evening, November 30, 2007, at the Troy Community Hospital. Jack was the son of the late C. Edgar and Lola (Good) Randall and the husband of Marcia "Marcy" (Whipple) Randall. He was a farmer and lived his entire life (other than two years of service with the U.S. Army) on the Randall's Century Farm purchased in 1864 by his great-grandfather. Jack's family will treasure the lifetime of memories they shared with him. He enjoyed his many trips to Canton for coffee with Nick and Casey. He was a member of the North Union Christian Church and several other organizations. Jack is survived by his wife, Marcy; his son, Michael Sakers; a daughter-in-law, LuAnn Sakers; a sister, Jean (Clyde) Marshall; three grandsons, Benjamin, Jack and Nicholas Sakers; his mother-in-law, Myra Whipple; two great-grandsons and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, David Scott Sakers on April 5, 2007. His family will receive friends from 6 – 8 p.m., Tuesday and 12 – 1 p.m., Wednesday at Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Dr., Canton. The memorial service will follow at 1 p.m. on December 5 with Rev. Duane Taylor officiating. Interment will be private in North Union Cemetery at a later date. Family will provide flowers and suggest memorials in Jack's name to the North Union Christian Church, c/o 353 Soper Hill Rd., or the Green Free Library, 14 N. Center St., both in Canton, PA 17724. Published in the Star-Gazette on 12/2/2007.
RANDALL –MRS. JOSIE B. (RANDALL) GOOD age 89 of 801 Holdridge St., Saturday, May 12, 1973 at the Arnot Ogden Memorial Hospital. Friends are invited to call at the Olthof Funeral Home Monday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services there Tuesday at 2 p.m. The Rev. Ronald parker officiating. Burial in Union Cemetery, Cedar Ledge, PA. (North Union Cemetery, Union Twp., PA) The family requests that donations be made to the Central Christian Church of Elmira. Survived by her sons, Walter R. Good of Horseheads, Dr. Robert E. Good of Elmira and Jack L. Good of Villa Park, Ill.; sister, Mrs. Gertrude Landon of Canton, Pa.; brother, Ollie Randall also of Canton; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She was a lifelong member of the Central Christian Church and the widow of the late Walter M. Good. –Elmira Star-Gazette 5/14/1973
PHILLIP L. ‘PHIL’ RANDALL, 73, Forksville RR 1 diedpeacefully at his brother’s home in Estella January 25, 2002. Born on July 29, 1928 in North Union (Tioga County PA.) he was one of five sons of LaVerne and Mamie (Brown) Randall. When he was 12 the Randall family moved to the Forksville area where he graduated from the former Loyalsock Joint High School located in Estella. He was a self employed logger all of his life, retiring in 1995. It was an occupation that truly suited him as he was able to work in the woods that he loved so much. He also was known throughout the area for his water witching abilities and making maple syrup. Mr. Randall was a member of the National Rifle Assoc., the Loyalsock Watershed Association and the Canton Rod & Gun Club. He was proud to have been awarded the Pennsylvania State Game Commission’s Triple Trophy for bagging a bear, deer and turkey in a single season. He was a very knowledgeable and well read man. He was an avid woodsman and outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, trapshooting, fishing, trapping and horses. Surviving are daughter, Brenda Decker, Forty Fort, PA; brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard “Rit” Randall of Forksville, Lee and Lana Randall of Olean, NY and Ronald and Mary Ann Randall of Forksville, several loving nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, Mr. Randall was predeceased by a brother, James. The family invites friends to attend a memorial service 11 a.m. Saturday, February 9, 2002 at the Lincoln Falls Wesleyan Church with the Rev. Matthew Pickering, pastor emeritus officiating. A private burial will be held in the North Union Cemetery, Union Township, PA. The family suggests memorials be directed in Mr. Randall’s charity of one’s choice. Arrangements were in the care of Pepper Funeral Home, Canton. –Canton Independent Sentinel
RANDALL Wilson J.
Wilson J. Randall, 71, of Roaring Branch RD2 diedAug. 25, 1965 Wednesday morning at the Blossburg State Hospital after a protracted illness. He was born in Union Township, Tioga County on Aug. 25, 1894 and was a son of Charles and Belle Hoffman Randall. He was a member and deacon of the North Union Christian Church and a 52 year member of Union Center Grange No. 784. He was a veteran of World War 1. Surviving are: his wife, the former Florence Landon; two daughters, Mrs. Wayne (Jane) Lovejoy of Earlville, N.Y., and Mrs. Earl (Ina) Krotzer of York; nine grandchildren; four great grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Lloyd Landon of Canton, RD2; Mrs. Lewis Wilcox of Millport, N.Y.; several nieces and nephews. The funeral servicers were held at the Kleese Funeral Home on Saturday, Aug 28, with his pastor, Rev. Ralph R. Knight officiating. Burial was in North Union Cemetery.
SECHRIST –MRS. SUSIE LANDON SEELEY, 91 of Canton R.D. 2 died Thursday, Nov. 6, 1969 at the Troy Community Hospital. A life-long resident of the Canton area, she was a member of the Church of Christ, Disciples at Canton and the Minnequa Grange there. Surviving are two sons, Lawrence L., of Los Angeles, and Burdette L. of Downey, Calif.; three daughters, Miss Lillian L. at home; Mrs. Florence Randall of Canton and Mrs. Letha Pealer of North Miami Beach, Fla.; a stepson, Dean K. Seeley of Canton; a step-daughter, Mrs. C. E. Dunbar of Orlando, Fla.; 13 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and 9 great-great-grandchildren. Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at the Kleese funeral home at Canton. Her pastor, the rev. Ralph R. Knight will officiate. Burial will be in North Union Cemetery in Tioga Co., Pa. –Canton Independent Sentinel
SEGUR - Francis Segur, 92
April 25, 2008
Francis Segur, 92 life-long resident of the Canton, PA., area diedvery peacefully on Friday morning, April 25, 2008, at his home. Born on January 5, 1918, at the family dairy farm in Tioga County, Ward Township, Pa., Francis Vernet was one of six children in the family of Leon V. and Nettie (Boyd) Segur. At a young age he knew days of hard work on the farm and attending school at the Ward Elementary and Canton High schools. On January 8, 1944, Francis married Janet Mae Watts in the Canton United Methodist Church Parsonage. They made their home on the farm and soon after acquired it from his father. Francis was a true steward of the land and over the years he continuously improved his dairy herd. He saw to the daily operations of the farm until retiring in 1977. Francis and Janet raised two sons on the homestead. Francis was a member of the Ward United Methodist Church and the former North Union Grange No. 784. He was a life-time member of Western Alliance EMS and drove ambulance for 17 years. He was a 32nd Degree F&AM and held memberships in Canton's Lodge No. 415, the AASR Valley Lodge in Towanda and The Consistory of the Valley in Williamsport. He also belonged to the Armenia Mountain Snowmobile Club. Francis was the type of man who was happiest staying busy, always working on his projects. He loved visiting with folks and offered his help freely. He was blessed with a healthy constitution and remained active throughout his years, enjoying his gardens, being outdoors and snowmobiling. Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Janet; children, Gene and Bev Segur and Marty and Joan Segur, all of Canton; grandchildren, Jodi (Brian) Peterson, Stephanie (Luke Douvier, Brock Segur (and companion Julie Bogart), Brandon Segur, Adam Segur (and companion Lauren McClure) and Curtis Segur; step-grandchildren, Tammy (Brad) Lyon, Nancy (Ron) Morgan and Jodie (Rich) Bardo; six great-grandchildren and five step grand-children; three step-great-great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, dear friends and neighbors. He was predeceased by his siblings, James Segur, Euphemia Andrus, Eloise Stalker, Florence McIlwain and Dorothy Williams. A time of visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 30, at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton. A memorial service in celebration of Francis' life will follow at 11 a.m. A private burial will be held in the North Union Cemetery. His family will provide flowers and suggests memorials in Francis' name be directed to the Ward United Methodist church, P. O. Box 233, Canton, PA 17724 or Western Alliance EMS, P.O. Box 13, Troy, PA 16947
BABY BOY SHEDDEN died Jan. 31, 1991 at the Troy Hospital. The infant was born Jan. 31, 1991 in Canton a son of Howard and Sue Ann Shedden of Canton. He is survived by one brother, Paul R. J. Shedden; paternal grandparents, Bryce and Mabel Shedden Sr.; maternal grandparents, Robert and Janet Spencer, Roaring Branch; maternal great-grandparents, Lloyd and Gladys Spencer, Roaring Branch; maternal great-grandparents, Harry and Marjorie Burlingame, Ithaca; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. The funeral service was held Saturday at the North Union Cemetery, Tioga County with Rev. Duane Taylor, pastor of the North Union Christian Church officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of the Morse and Kleese Funeral home, Canton. –Canton Independent Sentinel
SHEPARD - Cora Mason, 89, of RR2 Troy, died Tuesday July 23,1963, she was born in Fall Brook. She was the widow of Ambrose Mason, she is survived by three daughthers, Florence Cowan, of Elmira and Mrs Morris Wilcox of Mansfield, four sons, John of Watkins Glen, Silas of Troy, Ambrose of Covington and James of Breesport, N.Y. , a brother Albert of Shortville, N.Y. 27 grandchildren and 5 great- great grandchildren. Funeral servives will be held at the Vickey Funeral Home, Troy, Thursday at 2 p.m. with Rev. Ann Palmer officiating . Burial in North Union Cemetery.
LAWRENCE B. SIMPSON, 77 of 108 N. Minnequa Ave., Canton, Pa. died at the Troy Community Hospital on Friday evening, Dec. 31, 1982 at 9:45 p.m. He had been in ill health for some time. Mr. Simpson was born in West Franklin, Bradford County on Dec. 30, 1905 a son of George and Etta Fairbanks Simpson. He was a retired employee of H. Rockwell and Son Feed Mill where he worked for 28 years. Previously he worked at W.W. Gleckner and Son and the former Delmar Manufacturing Co., all in Canton. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Canton, a life-time member of the Innes Hose Co. in canton, charter member of the Troy Traildusters and was an avid horseman participating in many parades throughout the Canton area over the years. Survivors include his wife, the former Edna Palmer, to whom he was married for 53 years; daughters, Mrs. David L. (Donna) Zimmer, Jr. of Canton, Robert and Marilyn McConnell of Elmira, N.Y., Mrs. George A. (Janice) Rickard of Canton; grandchildren; Daran and Daniel Zimmer, Brian McConnell, Joseph and Jada Rickard; a brother, Lloyd Simpson of Canton; a sister, Mrs. Grant (Irene) Palmer of Alba, Pa.; one aunt, several nieces, nephews and cousins. The funeral service will be held at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton today at 11 a.m. His pastor, the Rev. Benjamin F. Husted will officiate. Interment will be in North Union Cemetery, Tioga County PA. It is the family’s wish that memorial contributions be made to the First Baptist Church of Canton or to the Canton Ambulance Association. –Towanda Daily Review
SMITH - Joyce Ives, 79, of Canton, Pa. (Union Twp.), diedon Thursday morning, March 6, 2008, at the Bradford County Manor. Joyce Maxine Smith was born on Feb. 26, 1929 in Elmira, N.Y.; a daughter of the late Leidy and Gladys (Grace) Smith. She married Floyd Ives on May 7, 1948 in the former Canton Methodist Church. Joyce and Floyd were blessed with over 60 years together and raised three children. She was an active member of the North Union Christian Church for many years. Joyce's devoted care of family brought her happiness in life. Their well being shown through in everything she did. Joyce was the queen of the kitchen, always making sure all were well fed; the caretaker and harvester of the vegetable gardens and the green thumb behind the beautiful flower gardens. She loved her pets and always opened her heart to strays. Joyce liked to stay busy and enjoyed crocheting, needlework, and canning. She also grew wonderful strawberries, raised just how her mother taught her. In addition to her beloved husband Floyd, surviving are: her children, Gary (Maura) Ives of Texas, Cathy (Deb) Baldwin of Westfield, Pa. and Penny (Dave) Stroup of Plattsburg, N.Y., seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by a sister and brother, Barbara Larabee and Leidy "Sonny" Smith. Friends may call noon until 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Pepper Funeral Home in Canton. The funeral and committal services will follow with her pastor, Rev. Duane Taylor officiating. Burial will be in North Union Cemetery. - Published in the Towanda Daily Review 3/8/2008.
SMITH Marion A. Stone
of Canton died at the Blossburg State Hospital on Sunday Jan. 18,1959, following an extended illness. she was the widow of William Henry Stone, She was a member of of the First Baptist Church of Canton. Survivors are: two sisters Mrs. Bertha Trego of Sunburg and Mrs. Delos Williams of Canton; two brothers; T.E. Smith of Canton RD, and Frank Smith of Sunbury; three grandchildren, James & Merl Woodward, and Mrs. Jack Crosby of Va., seven great grandchildren. The body was at the Morse Funeral Home, Canton, and was removed to the North Union Church Wednesday where services were held at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Earl Miller, officiating. Burial was in the North Union Cemetery.
SMITH Orlo J.
Orlo J. Smith, 91, of Monroeton RR1, died Thursday, May 11, 1961. He was a member of the Towanda Valley Grange. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Ethel Smith, who is seriously ill in the Robert Packard Hospital; two daughters, Mrs. Arthur Hill of Canton RR2, Mrs. William Bache, Jr. of Wellsboro; 2 sons, Harry of Wysox, RR1, and Ira of Athens; brother, Harvey of Wilkes-Barre; 13 grandchildren; several great-great grandchildren. Funeral services were held the Morse Funeral Home Canton, Sunday, with the Rev Richard Tillapaugh officiating. Burial in the North Union Cemetery
SMITH T. Edwin
T. Edwin Smith,74 of Roaring Branch diedat the Blossburg State Hospital Friday afternoon, April 23, 1965 after a extended illness. He was born in Union Township, Tioga County on April 23, 1891, the son of George Joseph and Florella Hagar Smith. He was a retired foreman of Remington Rand in Elmira. He was a active member and elder of the North Union Christian Church. He was a member of the union Center Grange No.784 and also a member of Union Lodge No. 95 of F&AM of Elmira. Mr. Smith is survived by his wife the former Agnes Wilcox; two daughters. Mrs. Stanley Swatsworth of Gillett, and Mrs. Robert Miller of Blytheville,Ark.; one son, Francis Smith of Big Flats, N.Y.; seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Delos Williams of Canton; a brother, Frank Smith of Sunbury and serveral nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at the Ralph T. Kleese Funeral Home Center St. Canton, Tuesday morning April 27 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Ralph Knights, his pastor officiating. Burial was in North Union Cemetery.
SNYDER - Kay "Vonnie" Wesneski, 70, of Canton, Pa. (Union Township), diedpeacefully on Friday evening, March 20, 2009, at the Bradford County Manor. Kay Lyvonne, "Vonnie" to family and friends, was born on May 22, 1938, in Milton, Pa. She was the daughter of the late William James and Thelma Isabelle (Gearhart) Snyder. Vonnie married the late Harold "Tiny" Wesneski on Jan. 23, 1958. They shared 35 years together and were blessed with three sons. Vonnie now joins her beloved Tiny forever. A loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, Vonnie's life revolved around her exceptional care of family and home. In her husband's last years, Vonnie saw to his every need. Later she enjoyed her work as a caretaker to several people in the area. Vonnie loved her grandchildren dearly and happy days were spent taking care of them. She also enjoyed sewing, needlepoint, crafts and scrap booking. In earlier years Vonnie loved being outdoors, especially tending her vegetable gardens and flower beds. Surviving are her children, Denley (Sheila) Wesneski of Canton, and Doug (Joanne) Wesneski and Mike Wesneski, all of Roaring Branch, Pa.; nine grandchildren, Blayne and Chayton Wesneski, Dana (Wayne) McClure, Justin, Ryan and Nathan Wesneski, and Chelsey, Amanda and Trevor Wesneski; two great-grandchildren, Maycee McClure and Brayden Wesneski; a brother, Barry Snyder of Muskegon, Mich.; and numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her beloved husband, who diedon April 2, 1993, Vonnie was predeceased by her sister-in-law, Lela Snyder. Friends are invited to call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive in Canton. The funeral service and celebration of Vonnie's life will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 25, at the funeral home with the Rev. Bonnie Browning officiating. Burial will follow in North Union Cemetery. The family suggests that those who wish consider a memorial in Vonnie's name to the American Diabetes Association, 65 E. Elizabeth Ave., Suite 502, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18018.
ALBERT D. SPENCER, 81, of Roaring Branch RD 2 died at his home Wednesday, March 21, 1962 after several months of illness. A retired farmer, he was born in Union Twp., Tioga County, Nov. 25, 1880 the son of John and Martha Avery Spencer. An elder of the North Union Christian Church for 23 years, he had also served as church treasurer for many years. He was a member of the Union Center Grange. On March 11 Mr. Spencer and his wife observed their 54th wedding anniversary. Surviving are his wife, the former Edna Landon, a daughter, Mrs. William Tracy of Canton; a son, Floyd B. of Roaring Branch RD 2; one sister, Mrs. Edith Palmer of Canton; five grandchildren; his stepmother, Mrs. May Spencer, 98 years old; two stepsisters, Miss Isabelle Ayres and Mrs. Ethel Brooks all of Zephyrhills. The Rev. Ralph R. Knight will conduct the services. Services will be at Kleese’s, Center Street, Canton Saturday at 2 p.m. Burial will be in North Union Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Friday from 2-4 and 7 to 9 p.m. –Canton Independent Sentinel
BABY BOY SPENCER
Baby Boy Spencer died at birth on Wednesday May 21, 1980. He is survived by his parent, Robert L. and Janet Watts Spencer of RD Roaring Branch,one sister Sue Ann and one brother Ronald L. Spencer both at home. paternal grandparents Lloyd and Gladys Spencer of Roaring Branch. and maternal grandfather, Stuart Watta of Elmira N.Y. maternal great grandfather, Perry Watts of Canton A graveside service will be held Saturday at 11 am at the North Union Cemetery with Rev. Paul Diehl of the N. Union church. Submitted by Janet Spencer.
CLARK M. SPENCER – On the afternoon of Sunday, June 24, 2001 the Lord called home his servant, lifelong Canton area resident, Clark McNett Spencer after a brief stay at Troy Community Hospital. He was 89 years of age. Born April 14, 1912 on a farm in Spencertown, Union Township, he was the oldest of two sons in the family of Chester A. and Myrtle (McNett) Spencer. As a boy, Clark attended the Spencertown schoolhouse and later graduated from Canton High School. An industrious, hard-working lad, he handled the chores of the family farm as well as becoming an expert mechanic. Throughout the years Clark worked for Van Noy’s Garage, Valve-Air and the Swayze Folding Box Co., all in Canton. With a twinkle in his eye and a great sense of humor, he strode through life with a positive attitude. Clark courted a girl named Frances Anna Peters and they were united in marriage Oct. 31, 1938. They assumed the responsibilities of the family farm and raised three daughters. They were together 36 years until Frances’ passing in March of 1975. Clark was a man of faith and was a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Grover, where he served many years as custodian and caretaker of the grounds. He also looked after the Stull and Spencertown cemeteries. In his spare time Clark enjoyed reading, especially western novels. Clark is survived by his daughters, June (and William) Kemmerer of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. and JanNeita (and Duane) Taylor of Canton RR 1 as well as three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife, Frances, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Helen Buemi in 1997 and brother, Willis J. Spencer in January of this year. Calling hours will be held Thursday, June 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton. Funeral services will be conducted from the funeral home at 2 p.m. Friday, June 29 with the Rev. James House, pastor of St. John’s United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will follow in North Union Cemetery. –Towanda Daily Review
SPENCER Edith Palmer
Edith Palmer, 81, of 17 North Minnequa Ave., died Wednesday evening May 3, 1967 at her home. Mrs. Palmer was born in Union Township Feb. 27, 1886, the daughter of John and Martha Avery Spencer. She was a member of the Alba Church of Christ. Surviving are four daughters: Mrs. Lawrence Simpson, Mrs. Kenneth Griffin, and Mrs. Sheldon Lindley all of Canton, Miss Martha Palmer of Troy. Four sons: Vance Palmer of Canton, John Palmer of Ind., Grant Palmer of Alba, Harry Palmer, of Ind., 27 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, two step-sisters, Mrs. Ethel Brooks, and Miss Isabelle Ayres both of Fla.; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Funeral services were held at the Morse Funeral Home in Canton, Saturday afternoon, Rev. Marlin Bowes, Pastor of the First Baptist Church officiated. Burial was in North Union Cemetery.
SPENCER Eleanor (Ella) Chamberlain
Sadder circumstance could scarcely be imagined than those surrounding the death on Tuesday morning of Eleanor (Ella) Chamberlain a much respected woman of Gillett. Last week her husband, Charles Chamberlain, died after lying four weeks with a broken back, an injury he received when his horse ran away. The funeral was held Saturday; the remains being brought here from Packer hospital where his death occurred. Ella was born Jan. 23, 1872 the daughter of John T. and Martha Avery Spencer. Her death leaves ten orphaned children, the youngest a day old, the eldest only 14. One child died a number of years ago, eleven children having been born to them. She is survived by her father John Spencer, of this place and three brothers, Chester and Albert of Roaring Branch, Lewis out in the west. The funeral was held on Thursday from the North Union Church, Rev. W.H. Patterson, officiating. Interment in the North Union Cemetery. Ella was an estimable woman who did her best to care for her rapidly growing family, and overtaxed her strength in caring for so many children.
Lewis Spencer died Oct.18, 1918 at Devel's Lake D.N. of Spanish influenza. He was born, May 10,1875, the son of John and Martha Avery Spencer. He was 43 yeard old. The remains were brought to the home of his father and the funeral was held Friday afternoon. Interment was made in the North Union Cemetery.
LLOYD B. SPENCER, 84, of Roaring Branch RR 1, Union Township, diedearly Friday morning, July 14, 1995, at his home. Mr. Spencer was born May 10, 1911, in Union Township, Tioga County PA. He was the son of the late Albert and Edna Landon Spencer. Lloyd attended elementary school in Spencertown, Union Township, and later graduated from Canton High School. He owned and operated his family farm in Union Township for many years until his retirement in 1972. On June 6, 1936, he married the former Gladys Miller in Elmira. She preceded him in death on July 26, 1991, following 55 years of marriage. Mr. Spencer was an active member of the North Union Christian Church where he had served as deacon and trustee. He belonged to the North Union Grange No. 784 for 60 years and served as treasurer of the North Union Cemetery Association for many years. Lloyd possessed many friends throughout the area and will be remembered for his willingness to help others. Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Robert L. and Janet R. Spencer of Roaring Branch RR 1; three daughters and sons-in-law, Jean and Kenneth Chilson of Millersburg, Pa.; Doris A. and Earl Rutty of Canton, Dorothy and Victor Mason of Hilton, N.Y.; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; a sister, Elizabeth Tracey of Canton, several nieces, nephews and cousins. The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Sunday evening at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Route 14, Canton. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 17, 1995, at the funeral home with the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating. Interment will be held in the North Union Cemetery, Union Township, Pa. The family suggests that memorials may be directed to the North Union Christian Church in care of Mrs. Bruce Metzger, Box 312, RR 2, Canton, Pa. or the Canton Ambulance Association in care of Lois Johnson, P.O. Box 38, Canton, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review.
SPENCER - McNett, Myrtle Spencer
53 yrs died suddenly Thursday at her home in Union Township death caused by heart trouble. She is survived by her husband Chester Spencer; two sons, William and Clark at home; four sisters, Mrs. Burk Thomas, Miss Edna McNett of Williamsport, Mrs. Cora English of Leolyn, Miss.; Blanche McNett, of Elmira; and
her mother, Mrs. Eliza McNett of Leolyn; a brother, Bly McNett of Leolyn. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon in the North Union Church and burial was made in North Union Cemetery. Year died 1937.
WILLIS JOHN SPENCER – During the early morning hours of Saturday, Jan. 20, 2001 Willis John Spencer, a lifelong resident of Union Township, Tioga County diedquietly at his residence. He was 85 years of age. Born on his parents’ farm in the area known as Spencertown, he was one of two sons in the family of Chester and Myrtle McNett Spencer. Known to his friends as Bill, he was a man well acquainted with the hard work of unmechanized farming. As a young lad, he learned how to split wood, milk cows, plow behind a team and do the other cumbersome chores of the day. He attended the Spencertown schoolhouse and later Canton High School graduating with the class of 1933. At the age of 13, Bill professed his faith and love in the Lord when he entered the waters of baptism at the North Union Christian Church. His walk with Jesus would lead him to new experiences and responsibilities, such as being a church elder, treasurer and Sunday school teacher, leading young lives to the Lord. In later years he became a member of the Grover Church of Christ. On May 4, 1947, Bill married his longtime sweetheart, Irene McNett and together they bought a farm just a little beyond Bill’s birthplace. Irene was the perfect life partner for Bill and the two were inseparable. He was a loving and devoted husband. Though they never had children of their own, their big hearts and kind, gentle ways attracted many who considered them to be a second set of parents. In spite of the time-consuming rigors of farm life, Bill managed to find time for others interests, such as fishing, reading, collecting old phonograph records, stamp collecting, photography, antique collecting and collecting historically significant news clippings in scrapbooks. Over the years Bill had several side jobs, such as working with the Highway Department and Landon’s Orchards. He also dug graves by hand for many of the local cemeteries. But farming was his passion. His crops were many and varied. Over the years he kept dairy cows, honeybees and chickens; produced maple syrup and kept an extensive selection of berry bushes and fruit trees. Bill was an expert at the art of tree grafting. He served for 43 years on the Union Township Elections Board, 25 of which he served as judge of elections. If there was one thing Bill enjoyed as much as farming it was history. He was known as a walking encyclopedia of local historical data. He had been a member of the Canton Historical Society. His love of history and tradition extended over into his farming. Each year he would include among his crops an old-fashioned variety of corn and an old style of potatoes, both of which were descended from crops brought here from New England by his great-grandfather. Bill was an example of the pioneer spirit, the kind of independent, honest, hard-working farmer who made this country great. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Irene at home; brother, Clark Spencer of Gillett; nieces and their spouses, JaNeita and Duane Taylor of Grover and June and William Kemmerer of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Stanley and LaVonne McNett of Roaring Branch; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Lenora and Lester Stackhouse of Antes Forts, Pa. and Deloris and Norman Myer of West Webster, N.Y.; as well as numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his niece, Helen Buemi. Calling hours will be Wednesday, Jan. 24 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home Inc., 40 N. Center St., Canton. The funeral service will be conducted Thursday, Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Duane Taylor, pastor of the North Union Christian Church officiating. Interment will follow in the North Union Cemetery. Memorials in Bill’s name may be directed to the Dustin J. McNett Scholarship Fund in care of Canton Area High School, 139 E. Main St., Canton, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review
STONE - Tammy Lynn
Tammy Lynn Stone, the three day old daughter of Mr. and Mrs.Gary Duane Stone of 5 East Union Street, Canton, diedearly Monday Morning, Feb. 2,1970 at the Troy Community Hospital. She was born at the same hospital on Friday. Her mother is the former Shirley May, Shunk. Besides her parents she is survived by maternal grandpartents, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard May of Shunk. maternal great-grandpartents Mr. and Mrs Emerson Sullivan, of Canton. paternal grandpartents, Mr. and Mrs. Cael Stone,of RR2 Canton. Serveral Aunt, Uncles, and Cousins. Funeral services were held at the Morse Funeral Home in Canton, Saturday afternoon with Rev. Marlin Bowes, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Canton. Burial was in the North Union Cemetery.
CLARENCE STRECK JR. - On the evening of Monday, Nov. 27, 2006 Clarence Streck Jr., formerly of Canton Township died quietly at the Green Home in Wellsboro, Pa. He was 66 years of age. Born in Lock Haven on April 29, 1940, he was the son of Clarence Sr. and Nona (Yaggie) Streck. Known to everyone as "Pete," he was a graduate of Canton Area High School and had worked as a machine operator for Belmar Manufacturing and later Swayze Folding Box Co. He took an early retirement in the late 1970s due to disability. Pete was a man of varied interests. He was as much at home tending his vegetable garden as he was tinkering with old radios and bringing them back to life. Pete was also known for his beautiful poetry. He was a man of faith who found the Lord early in life, and he enjoyed the fellowship of the Ogdensburg Church of Christ for as long as his health would allow him to attend. Pete is survived by four brothers, Charles (and Susie) Streck of California, Harry (and Connie) Streck of Barton, N.Y., Gary Streck, and Richard (and Linda) Streck of Virginia; a sister, Ann Streck of Canton; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, Pete was preceded in death by a brother, Eugene Streck, and a sister, Ida Spencer. In accordance with his wishes, there will be no public visitation. A graveside memorial service will be announced in the spring. The family suggests that memorials in Pete's name be directed to the Green Home, 37 Central Ave., Wellsboro, Pa. Professional services have been entrusted to Morse & Kleese Funeral Home Inc., 40 N. Center St., Canton. –Towanda Daily Review
TAYLOR –EMRA (TAYLOR) METZGER, 89 lifetime resident of the Canton area was called to her heavenly home while surrounded by her loving family early Tuesday morning, Nov. 26, 1996 at the home her son and daughter-in-law, Bruce and Viola Metzger. Mrs. Metzger was born on Sept. 28, 1907 in Grover, Pa. She was a daughter of the late Myron and Ella Jonas Taylor. Erma was raised in Grover and attended school there. Throughout her younger years she assisted her late brother with the every day chores of the Taylor farm. In Nov. 1928 she married Clarence M. Metzger in the Alba Parsonage. Following their marriage the young couple moved to the Metzger’s family farm in Union Township, where she shared in the operation of the farm for many years. Clarence preceded her in death in 1974 following 46 years of devoted marriage. Throughout life, Erma’s main interest encompassed her home, family and church along with her involvement in Grange. She was a prominent member of the North Union Christian Church for 68 years and was a very active and dedicated member of the North union Grange No. 784, Mrs. Metzger also was a former member of the Canton O.E.S. No. 71. She also took great pride in volunteering for the community clothing center in Canton and received a plaque for 20 years of service. Erma was known for her homemade bread that she distributed to her friends and neighbors in times of need. She will always be remembered throughout the area for her compassion and willingness to help and care for others. Surviving are: a son and daughter-in-law, Bruce and Viola Metzger of Canton, RR 2; daughters and their spouses, Audrey and Charles Brackman of Granville Summit, Marie and Arthur Harkness, Jr. of Canton RR 1, Linda and Carlyle (Bud) Pepper of Monroeton, Norma Nichols of East Smithfield; 16 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and a great-great-granddaughter; several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by twin infant sons, a sister, Edna Taylor and a brother and sister-in-law, Dean and Lorrin Taylor. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 29 at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton. The funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. with her pastor and nephew, Rev. Duane Taylor officiating. Interment will be in the North Union Cemetery, North Union, Pa. The family suggests that memorials may be directed to the North Union Christian Church, RR 1, Box 190 Roaring Brach, Pa. or the Guthrie Hospice, RR 1, Box 54, Towanda, Pa. in Mrs. Metzger’s memory. –Towanda Daily Review
ANDREW M. THOMAS – On October 23, 1999 Andrew Morris Thomas, 85 formerly of Williamsport and the Canton area diedquietly at Sycamore Manor in Montoursville. Born in Pine City, NY on August 19, 1914 he was the son of Burk and Jennie (McNett) Thomas. As a young man, Mr. Thomas went to work for Lycoming Engines (AVCO) manufacturing engines for aircraft. He retired in 1979, but kept his hand in, so to speak, by working on auto engines in his free time. He was married to the late Elizabeth G. Mulberger Thomas. Together they raised three daughters. Surviving are daughters; Beverly Day, Nashville, TN, Karen Anstadt, Williamsport and Cheryl Herlocher, Jersey Shore; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by sister, Doris Holdren. The funeral was held October 27 from the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton with the Rev. Derrick Neill, pastor of Lycoming Valley Baptist Church officiating. Interment was in North Union Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel
THOMAS – Bion Landon Thomas, 80, of Troy RD1, died Thursday, May 31, 1962. He was a 1902 graduate of Mansfield Normal School, and was a member of Alba Christian Church, Alba, PA. Survived by wife, Mrs. Louise Knight Thomas; daughters, Mrs. Harvey R. Ohm of Canton RD1, Mrs. Carlyle Bagley of Canton RD2; son, Robert F. of Elmira; sisters, Mrs. Edwin Smith of Roaring Branch RD2, Miss Mildred Wilcox of Brandenton Castle, FL; 12 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren. Funeral was held at the Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, Sunday at 2:30 PM, the Rev. Wayne Warren officiating. Burial was in North Union Cemetery. – Mansfield Advertiser, 6 June 1962, p.4
THOMAS Burk E.
Burk E. Thomas 73, of Canton Star Route died Saturday March 1, 1958 at his home. Mr. and Mrs. were former residents of Williamsport for about 37 years. Born March 14,18, 1884, in Union Township he was the son of Clinton E. and Ella Landon Thomas. He was a member of the Grover Evangelical United Church. Survivors his wife the former Jennie Mc Nett, one son, and Andrew Thomas of WillIamsport; Eight grandchildren; a brother, Bion Thomas of Alba; two sisters Mrs. T.E. Smith of RR Roaring Branch, Miss Mildred Wilcox of Bradenton, Fla.; also a Step Father, Arnold Wilcox of Bradenton. Funeral Services were held at 2p.m. Tuesday at the Ralph T. Kleese Funeral Home, Canton with the Rev. Richard Hoover of Grover. Burial was in the North Union cemetery. Pall bearers were; Lloyd Spencer,Willis Spencer, Nate Arbogast, Mack Hagar, Jack Huzey, and William Huzey.
TRACEY Jr. William F.
William F. Tracey Jr., 55, 201 Troy Street,Canton. A custodian at the First National Bank of Canton, died suddenly at his home Friday morning after a brief illness. He had been employed at the bank for 23 years. He was a Army Veteran of World War ii and had served as a corporal for 3 1/2 years in the South Pacific. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Canton. He was treasurer of the Men,s Bible Study and a deacon of the church. He was a member of the Canton Veterans of foreign wars. He was native of Canandaigua, N.Y., born Sept.21,1914, son of William F. and Minnie Knisle Tracey. He is survived by his wife, the former Elizabeth Spencer; a son, Roger at home and his mother of Canton. Funeral services were held at the Ralph T. Kleese Funeral Home, 40 North Center St. Canton Monday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Leonard Bergman officiating. Burial in North Union Cemetery with Military Rites.
WESSNER Carlene S. Reinhard, 57, of Greenwich Township, died Monday, April 16, 2012 in her residence. She was the wife of Thomas C. Reinhard. They were married July 26, 1975. Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of Carl J. and Katherine A. (Piger) Wessner, Kutztown. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Kutztown. Mrs. Reinhard was a 1972 graduate of Kutztown Area High School. She was a self-employed housekeeper in the Kutztown and surrounding area. Carlene loved gardening and the outdoors. She enjoyed spending time at her parent’s farm and with her family. She is survived by Husband, Parents, Daughter, Jenni L. Reinhard, at home; Son, Jeremy S., husband of Laura B. (Leiby) Reinhard, Covington, Tioga County; Brothers, Daniel J., husband of Cynthia D. (Bond) Wessner, Krumsville, Bruce C., husband of Louise E. (Rhode) Wessner, Kutztown, Dale W., husband of Sheila J. (Rauch) Wessner, Kempton, and Roy A., husband of Elizabeth R. (Sanders) Wessner, Kutztown; and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her four-legged companions, Tawny, Willie and Laina. Memorial Services are Friday, April 20, 2012 at 10:30 AM in St. John’s Lutheran Church, 201 East Main Street, Kutztown, 19530. Inurnment will be private at the convenience of the family. Friends may call Friday from 9:30 to 10:30 AM in the church. Flowers may be sent or contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, 498 Bellevue Avenue, Reading, PA 19606 or Heartland Hospice, 4 Park Plaza, N. Park Road, Suite 105A, Wyomissing, PA 19610. Arrangements are by the Ludwick Funeral Home, Kutztown, PA. - Allentown Morning Call, April 18, 2012
[Memorial service was held April 28, 2012 at North Union Cemetery with Rev. Duane Taylor officiating.]
HAROLD L. (TINY) WESNESKI, 58 of Canton RR 2 diedFriday, April 2, 1993 at home following an extended illness. Mr. Wesneski was born at Gleason, Tioga County on Nov. 8, 1934 a son of Charles William and Helen Louise Page Wesneski. He was a self-employed logger for 27 years until 1979 when his failing health forced him to retire. “Tiny” is survived by his wife, the former Kay Lyvonne (Vonnie) Snyder. They celebrated 35 years of marriage on Jan. 23, 1993. Also surviving are three sons and their wives, Denley of Columbia, Douglas and Joanne and Michael and Cheryl, all of Roaring Branch RR 1; five grandchildren, Dana, Justin, Ryan, Nathan and Chelsey, all of Roaring Branch RR 1; two brothers and their wives, William and Dolores of Blossburg, James E. and Sharon of Alba; five sisters and their husbands, Louise and Daniel Woodward of Troy; Frances and Stanley Wilston of Williamsport, Jane and Donald Odgen of Blossburg, Mary Lou and Larry Dunbar of Canton RR 2 and Shirley and James Allen of Canton; stepmother-in-law, Dorothy Snyder of Roaring Branch RR 1; brother-in-law and his wife, Barry and Lela Snyder of Muskegon, Mich.; sister-in-law, Mrs. Jacqueline Wesneski of Canton RR 2; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a brother, Robert L. Wesneski on July 14, 1990. Visitation will be held at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 North Center St., Canton on Sunday from 2-5 p.m. The funeral services will be conducted from the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home Monday at 1 p.m. The Rev. Duane Taylor, pastor of the North Union Christian Church will officiate. Interment will be in the North Union Cemetery, Union Township, Tioga Co., Pa. The family will provide the flowers. Memorial donations may be directed to the Robert Packer Hospital Dialysis Unit, Guthrie Square, Sayre, Pa. in Harold’s memory. –Towanda Daily Review
Miss Mildred Wilcox, 70, of 25 Seminole Drive, Manatee, Fla.; formerly of Grover and North Union, died April 25, 1965 at the Veteran's Memorial Hospital at Bradenton, Fla. The body was taken to the Griffith and Cline Funeral Home in Bradenton for cremation. Burial will be in the North Union Cemetery at a later date. She was born in Union township in Tioga County, the daughter of J. Arnold and Ella Landon Wilcox. She was a member of the Grover Church of Christ. Surviving are a sister, Mrs. T. Edwin (Agnes) Smith of Roaring Branch and several nieces and nephews.
CARLYLE G. WILLIAMS, 66 a lifelong resident of Canton diedJuly 2, 1997 at his home as the result of a heart attack. Born March 29, 1931 in Union Twp., he was a son of the late Mortimer and Fannie Gorton Williams. He attended the Canton High School, was a veteran of the Korean conflict, serving as an airman second class in the US Air Force, received his honorable discharge in September 1954. In earlier years he was a representative for the DeLaval Separator Co. and sold milking equipment throughout the area. Mrs. Williams was a member of the Morris Run American Legion Post No. 167 and the Canton VFW Post No. 714. Surviving are: a son and daughter-in-law, Curtis and Donna Williams, Canton; son, Mark Williams, Canton; daughter, Gloria Colton, Coudersport, PA; daughter and son-in-law, LaVonna and Henry Jenkins, Paterson, NJ; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; three sisters; Lorene Landon, Canton, Eva Jenkins, Troy and Geraldine Wanck, Towanda; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a brother, Clair Williams in April 1996. The funeral and committal service was July 5 at the Pepper Funeral Home, Canton with the Rev. David Morris officiating. The Canton VFW Post No. 714 accorded military honors at the funeral home. The flag was folded and presented to the family by Jack McNett and Jack Callahan. Interment was in the North Union Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to a charity of one’s choice in Mr. Williams’ memory. –Canton Independent Sentinel
WILLIAMS - JENKINS, Eva Adele (Williams)
Daughter of the late Mortimer and Fannie (Gorton) Williams was born on May 4, 1914 in Union Township, Bradford County, PA. On December 6, 1933, she married John Edgar Jenkins and together they shared 73 years of marriage. Eva was called to be with her loving husband, John in Heaven the morning of February 26, 2008. Eva was cared for by her loving staff at the Phyl Carlo Retirement Center and the Bradford County Manor. Eva graduated from the Canton High School, Class of 1931. Eva was an active member of the Troy First United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star for forty years, serving as Worthy Matron from 1970-1971. Eva served as an advisor for the International Order of Rainbow Girls. Eva was a former leader of the Troy Brownies and Girl Scouts, Troy 4-H Club, and a camp counselor. She was a member of the Troy Historical Society, Troy Genealogy Group, and the Thursday Study Club. Eva was a twenty-five year member of the Troy Grange. Eva, along with her husband, John, hosted many international students and couples in their home. Eva was a wonderful seamstress. She will be remembered for the beautiful cloths and textiles she made through out her life. Eva's past times were spent sewing, cooking, walking, and spending time with grandchildren and dear friends. Eva was predeceased by her parents; her husband, John E. Jenkins; brothers, Clair and Carlyle Williams; sisters, Lorene Landon and Geraldine Wanck; sister-in-law, Betty Williams; brother-in-law, Mahlon Wanck. Eva is survived by her daughters, Phyllis (Maurice) Kendall of Lake Wales, FL, and Sheila (John) Wilcox of Troy, PA; brother-in-law, Roy Landon of Canton, PA; her grandchildren, Cindy (Joe) Castle, Laurie (David) Baud, Melissa Wilcox, Jonathan (Mary) Wilcox, Peter (Amy) Wilcox, Jason (Stacey) Wilcox, Jennifer (Jason) Allen, and Brian Wilcox. Eva is also survived by thirteen great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter; and special friend, Leora Williams. Family and friends are welcome to call from 1:00-2:00 p.m. on Monday, March 3, 2008, at the Gerald W. Vickery, Jr. Funeral Home Inc., 110 West Main Street, Troy, PA. The funeral service to honor Eva's life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, March 3rd, at the funeral home with her Pastor, Rev. Richard Noggle, officiating. Burial will be in North Union Cemetery at the convenience of the family. The family has requested that memorial contributions be made in Eva's name to the First United Methodist Church of Troy, 205 Redington Ave., Troy, PA 16947; or to the Allen F. Pierce Library, 115 Center St., Troy, PA 16947; or one's charity of choice. Published in the Star-Gazette on 2/29/2008.
WILLIAMS - LORENE LANDON
Lorene Williams Landon, 76, lifelong resident of Canton RR 2, Union Township, diedon Friday morning, March 2, 2001, at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, NY. She was born on October 26, 1924, a daughter of the late Mortimer and Fannie Gorton Williams. Lorene attended Canton High School and graduated with the class of 1942. Mrs. Landon was a faithful member of the Canton Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) and was active in the church's Sunday school. She was also a member of the North Union Grange No. 784, and the Canton Chapter No. 71 Order of the Eastern Star. Surviving are husband, Roy, at home; son and daughter-in-law, Allyn and Betty Landon of Canton; daughters and a son-in-law, Betty Landon of Newark, DE, and Kathy and Gordon Preston of Kennett Square, PA; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; sisters, Eve Jenkins of Troy and Geraldine Wanck of Towanda; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. Landon was preceded in death by two brothers, Clair and Carlyle Williams. Because of weather conditions, memorial services were delayed. Roy and his family would like to extend an invitation to all family and friends to attend a service held March 18 at 2 pm at the Canton Church of Christ with his pastor, the Rev. David Morris, officiating. Calling hours will be from 1-2 prior to the service. Arrangements were in charge of the Pepper Funeral Home. Interment will be in North Union Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Canton Church of Christ, PO Box 57, Canton, PA 17724, in Mrs. Landon's memory. (TGR, Thursday, March 28, 2001)
MORTIMER C. (CLAIR) WILLIAMS, 77, Huntingdon RR 1 died May 1, 1996 at his home due to accidental monoxide poisoning. Born December 21, 1918 in Canton he was the son of Mort and Fannie (Gorton) Williams. Mr. Williams was a member of McConnellstown United Methodist Church, was a WW II veteran who served in the African and European Theatres; served with the 35th Infantry (Red Bull Division), received two purple hearts while in Africa and two purple heart citations while in N. Italy, was also awarded a silver star. He was a dealer representative for the DeLaval Corp. for 30 years until his retirement in 1979. His wife Sarah Elizabeth (Betty) Hilling Williams also died in the same accident. They were united in marriage July 27, 1946. Surviving are his children; Mrs. William (Cheryl) Kirchner, Pittsburgh, Betsy Williams, Minneapolis, MN, Stephen Clair Williams, Wheaton, IL and Mrs. Samuel (Susan) Runk, Jr., Bellefonte, PA; 10 grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Mrs. Eva Jenkins, Troy, Mrs. Geraldine Wanck, Ulster, Mrs. Lorene Landon and Carlyle Williams, both of Canton. Funeral services were held May 5 from the McConnellstown United Methodist Church, Huntingdon, PA. Interment was in North Union Cemetery, Canton. (Union Twp., Tioga Co., PA) Arrangements were under the direction of the Robert E. Peters Funeral Home, Huntingdon, PA. –Canton Independent Sentinel
HOMER N. WOODWARD age 84 of Sayre, died at the Robert Packer Hospital Wednesday, June 3, 1981. Mr. Woodward was born in Ward Township, Tioga County, Oct. 1, 1896 a son of Nathan and Emma Jane Comfort Woodward. He is a retired closer for the Bethlehem Steel Co. in Williamsport. He is survived by four sons, James H. Woodward of Sayre and Merle Woodward of Apple Valley, Cal., Murray Kent, Troy, and Walter Kent, Millerton; a sister, Mrs. Jack Crosby of Cobina, Calif.; a brother, Thornton Woodward, Warren, Mich.; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews in the Canton area. Funeral services were held Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral home, 40 N. Center St., Canton with the Rev. Duane Taylor, pastor of the Alba Christian Church officiating. Interment was in the North Union Cemetery. Donations may be directed to the American Heart Association, PO Box 1685, Williamsport in Mr. Woodward’s memory. –Canton Independent Sentinel
HOMER N. WOODWARD
Services for Homer N. Woodward, 84, of Sayre, were held June 6 at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, with the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating. Interment was in N. Union Cemetery. Mr. Woodward died at Robert Packer Hospital on June 3, 1981. He was born in Ward Twp., Tioga Co., Oct 2, 1896, a son of Nathan and Emma Jane Comfort Woodward. He was retired from the Bethlehem Steel Co. in Williamsport. Surviving are two sons, James H. of Sayre and Merle of Apple Valley, CA; sister Mrs. Jack Crosby of Cobina, CA; brother Thornton Woodward of Warren, Mich.; two stepsons, Murray Kent of Troy and Walter Kent of Millerton; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. (TGR, Thursday, June 11, 1981)
Miss Nellie Woodward, 87, Sylvania, died Thursday June 22, 1950, at Sayre. She is survived by her father, Arthur Woodward; brothers, Clayton and Willard Woodward all from Sylvania; Harmon Woodward of Troy, RD1; sister, Mrs. Douglas
Cook, of Sylvania; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. at the Soper and Vickery Funeral Home, Troy. Burial in North Union Cemetery.
YAGGIE Adam C. JR.
Adam J. Yaggie Jr. 54, of Liberty a native of Jersey Shore, died Dec. 3, 1978, at his home after being stricken with an apparent heart attack. Mr. Yaggie owned and operated a Sunco Service Station at Trout Run RD. He also drove a bus for the Southern Tioga School District. Mr. Yaggie formerly had been Liberty Borough Policeman for nine years. Born Feb. 3, 1924 he was a son of Adam and Ida Hane Yaggie. A veteran of World War II, he served in the European theater as an Army Infantry Corporal. Surviving are his wife, the former Thelma Jane Russell; a daughter Miss Marie Justin; a son, Richard Adam both at home; three sisters, Mrs. Edwin Harer of East Point; Mrs. Delmar Harer of New Holland, and Mrs. Audley Organ of Okeechobee, Fla.; three brothers, Charles H. and Andrew both of Roaring Branch RD1, and Kenneth of Canton RD2; another sister, Mrs. Nona Streck died Nov. 20,1978. The funeral will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Kleese Funeral Home 40 North Center St. Canton, with a lay minister Cortland Bigelow of Williamsport officiating. Burial will be in the North Union Cemetery.
YAGGIE –MRS. NONA YAGGIE STRECK, 60, wife of Clarence L. Streck of Canton RD died Monday, Nov. 20, 1978 at her home. She was a native of Jersey Shore. Born Jan. 5, 1918, she was a daughter of Adam C. and Ida Hane Yaggie. Surviving, besides her husband, are two daughters, Miss Ann, at home, and Miss Ida, of Scranton; five sons, Clarence Jr., at home, Charles, serving with the Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton, Calif., Gary, of Owego, NY. Harry, of Nichols, NY, and Richard, serving with the Marine Corps at Camp Jejune, NC, three sisters, Mrs. Edwin Harer, of East Point, Tioga County, Mrs. Delmar Harer, of New Holland and Mrs. Audley Morgan, of Okeechobee, Fla.; four brothers. Charles H. and Andrew Yaggie, both of Roaring Branch, Adam Yaggie Jr. of Liberty and Kenneth Yaggie of Canton RD 2, six grandchildren. Burial will be in North Union Cemetery, Canton RD. –Canton Independent Sentinel
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? Ethel SMITH
Ethel Smith, 92, of Locke, N.Y., died at the Boughton Nursing Home in Moravia, N.Y., on July 9, 1963. She was the widow of O.J. Smith, a former resident of Monroeton. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Elva Mc Kane of Locke, RR2 & Mrs. Bert Breed, Locke. Funeral services were held at the Morse Funeral Home in Canton Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. with burial in North Union Cemetery.