Mansfield PA and Richmond Township in Tioga County PA
Oakwood Cemetery, Mansfield Borough, Tioga County, PA
Photo by Joyce M. Tice August 2005
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.
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TAYLOR RALPH (SRGP 87095)
Mr. Taylor was a past president of the Corey Creek Golf Club and for many years was a member of the Mansfield Presbyterian Church and past president of the Board of Trustees. He also was a member of the Chamber of Commerce and the Mansfield Salvation Army Unit. The banker was instrumental in the building of the Mansfield bank from a half-million-dollar business in 1933, to an institution with resources of more than $5 million today (1962). Mr. Taylor was made executive vice president of the bank in January of 1954 and supervised the renovation and modernization of the bank. Mr. Taylor was named president of the bank in January 1961. Mr. Taylor was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of Zebulun Chapter, Royal Arch Masons and of the Williamsport Consistory. Mr. Taylor was also a member of Austin-Cox Post, American Legion of Mansfield. – Mansfield Advertiser, 16 May 1962, p.1
TAYLOR – Ralph Taylor, 67, of Mansfield, died Monday, May 14, 1962. He was president and director of the First National Bank of Mansfield for 29 years and a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Mansfield. Survived by wife, Mrs. Marie Carman Taylor; son, John C. of Waterloo; daughters, Miss Jane Taylor of Endwell and Miss Ann Taylor at home; 2 grandchildren; brother, Robert A. Taylor of Emporium, PA. Body at Shaw & Robena Funeral Home with calling hours on Wednesday after 4 PM. Funeral service in the First Presbyterian Church of Mansfield Thursday at 2 PM, the Rev. William McElwain officiating. Burial will be in Mansfield. (Oakwood Cemetery). – Mansfield Advertiser, 16 May 1962, p.5
GEORGE CYRUS TEMPLE age 88 of Mansfield RD 2, Thursday, July 3, 1975 in St. Francis Hospital in Monroe, La. Friends are invited to call at the Kuhl Funeral Home in Mansfield on Sunday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral will be Monday at 1 p.m. at the First Methodist Church in Mansfield. Rev. Richard Brenneman officiating. Burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Mansfield. He is survived by three sons, George W. and Ralph N. of Monroe, La., Roger W. of Austin, Texas; two sisters, Mrs. Lila Randall of Williamsville, Vt., Mrs. Grace Charlton of Staten Island, N.Y.; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. He was a member of the First Methodist Church of Mansfield and a veteran of World War I where he served in the chemical warfare division. He was a graduate of Wentworth Institute in electrical engineering. He pitched for Williamsville and Newfane, Vt. baseball teams. He was a member of the Blazing Star Lodge No. 23, Townsend, Vt. F.&A.M. The Temples moved to Mansfield in 1952 when he retired from the Kings County, Vt. F.&A.M., The Temples Lighting Co., Brooklyn, N.Y. Mrs. Temple died on May 2, 1973. He was born February 12, 1887 in Providence, R.I., the son of George and Florence Aldrich Temple. –Elmira Star-Gazette 7/7/1975
TEMPLE Ralph N.
Age 85, formerly of Mansfield, died Tuesday, August 25, 2009 in St. Francis Medical Center, Monroe, LA. He was born on June 24, 1924 in Wilmington, VT, a son of George Cyrus and Isabel Carson (Barnes) Temple. Ralph was a retired engineer for Columbia Coabon. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of WWII and was a Purple Heart Recipient. Ralph is survived by a brother, George W. Temple, of Monroe, LA. Family and friends are invited to attend a Graveside service with Military Honors on Friday, August 28, 2009 at 2 p.m. atOakwood Cemetery, Mansfield, PA. Services are under the direction of the Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield. Published in the Star-Gazette from 8/26/2009 - 8/27/2009
HAROLD E. TERRY (SRGP 79203)
.A memorial service will be announced at a later date at First United Methodist Church in Mansfield, with the Rev. Joyce Treas officiating. Burial will be made at Oakwood Cemetery, Mansfield. The family will provide flowers. Memorial donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Mansfield, 67 E. Wellsboro St., Mansfield, Pa. 16933. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Gary W. Wilston Funeral Home, Mansfield
HAROLD E. TERRY
Harold Elroy Terry, 96, of Mansfield, died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2001, atWellsboro. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 1, at 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Mansfield with the Revs. Rudolph J. van der Hiel and Teressa M. Sivers officiating. Burial will be made at Oakwood Cemetery, Mansfield. Family will provide flowers. Memorial donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Mansfield, 67 E. Wellsboro St., Mansfield, Pa. 16933. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Wilston Funeral Home, 18 N. Main St., Mansfield.
THOMPSON - C. Morris Thompson [SRGP 70432],
widely known Mansfield dairyman and businessman, died Saturday night, April 22,
1961. He was 66. Mr. Thompson, owner of the Morris Farms Dairy, was a
descendant of a pioneer Tioga County family. He was a member of St. James
Episcopal Church, Mansfield. A veteran of World War I, he was a member of the
American Legion. He was also a member of Friendship Lodge, F&AM, in
Mansfield. Surviving are his wife, Louise [Lyon]; two daughters, Mrs. Mary Swan
McElroy, Waco, Texas; Mrs. Louise T. Walker, Mansfield; two sons, Casper Morris
Jr., with the Air Force in Germany; Joseph, also of Mansfield; and 16
grandchildren. - Wellsboro Agitator, April 27, 1961
THOMAS Douglas E., Sr. [SRGP 78753]
Age 79, of Mansfield, PA, died on Sunday, March 1, 2009, with his loving wife at his side. He was born April 8, 1929 in Nelson, PA, a son of Clarence and Mary Thomas. Douglas was married to Ruth D. (Sargent) Thomas with whom he would have celebrated a 62nd anniversary on April 21st. He was owner of C & T Manufacturing. He was a member of the former Lambs Creek Bible Church. Douglas enjoyed hunting and spending time with his children and grandchildren. Douglas is survived by his wife, Ruth; his children, Terry Thomas of Mansfield, Michael Thomas of Mansfield, Dave (Pam) Thomas of Morris Run, Joy (Thomas R.) Cummings of Mansfield, Douglas (Jody) Thomas of Mansfield; eight grandchildren, Mike, Chris (Pam), Erick (Nicole), Chad (Erica), Laura, Josh (Amy), Erin, and Jake; five great-grandchildren, Alexus, Collin, Layne, Kendall and Joel; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Donald and Lorraine Thomas of Millville, PA, Lee Reed of Wyoming, Robert and Nancy Thomas of Mainesburg, PA, Clifford and Essie Thomas of Mansfield, PA; a sister and brother-in-law, Elaine and Wayne Strange of Mainesburg, PA; several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Irene Dunkleburger; and a brother, Arnold Thomas. Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, March 4, 2009, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, March 5, 2009, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2009, at 2:30 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Cal Jones officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Mansfield, PA. Memorial contributions may be made in Doug's memory to the Child Evangelism Fellowship of Tioga County, 16 Charleston St., Wellsboro, PA 16901. Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/2/2009
THOMAS – Mrs. Stella Thomas Pitts [SRGP 63965], widow of Wayne A. Pitts, formerly of Mansfield and Wellsboro, died at her home in Mechanicsburg, PA, Sept. 25 . She was well known in this vicinity, having spent many summers with her cousins, Mr. & Mrs. Bert White and other relatives. She was the eldest daughter of Ephriam and Colista Keeney Thomas and was born Nov. 24, 1872. Her early life was spent in Mansfield, where her father conducted a hotel for many years. She and her husband lived in York, PA, for a number of years until the death of Mr. Pitts 12 years ago when she moved to Mechanicsburg, where she lived until her death. She leaves one nephew, Lewis Munnell, of Camp Hill, PA; one uncle, H.S. Keeney, of Crookedcreek, and several cousins. Funeral serviced were held at Mechanicsburg Sept. 28; burial at Mansfield. – Wellsboro Agitator, October 3, 1945
THOMPSON - LOUISE T. WALKER [SRGP 70431]
Louise T. "Peep" Walker, 79, a life long resident of Mansfield who made her home at the "Wrens Nest," died Wednesday, March 6, 2002, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro. Born March 2, 1923, in Blossburg, "Peep" as she was affectionately known, was the daughter of Casper Morris and Emma Louise Lyon Thompson. She married Joseph Dewitt Walker on Aug. 20, 1942, and he died June 19, 1969. She was involved in local history, very proud of her families contribution to the Mansfield community, possessed a great love of her country and our flag. "Peep" had a special relationship with her home, "The Wrens Nest," the people that passed through it, the children that were raised in it, the friends that visited there, the endless accounts of history that occurred there, and even the animals that shared the property with her. "Peep" is now part of that proud history, she cherished at "The Wrens Nest." Preceding her in death were her brother, Casper Morris Thompson, and her sister, Mary Swan McElroy. Surviving are her loving children, sons and daughters-in-law, Major Allen LyonWalker USA (retired) and MaryAnn Walker of Rockledge, and Chief Joseph and Linda Walker of Hughesville; daughters and sons-in-law, Pam and Daniel Shipe of Wellsboro and Amy and Mark Murdough of Elmira, N.Y.; grandchildren, Heather Walker, Holly (Craig) Cline, Iain Walker, Alexandra Murdough; a brother, Joseph S. Thompson of Mansfield; along with several nieces, nephews and cousins, including a nephew, Major General Stephen M. McElroy USAF (retired) and a niece, Louise Thompson Cummings. Family and friends will be received at the Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory and Monuments P.C., 637 S. Main Street, Mansfield, on Saturday, March 9, from noon to 2 p.m. Funeral services will be held there following services at 2 p.m. and graveside committal services at Oakwood Cemetery, Mansfield. Memorial donations may be made to the Veterans Memorial Park Fund, c/o 102 West Wellsboro Street, Mansfield, PA 16933; or the Samaritan House, 3Morgan Terrace, Wellsboro, PA 16901. Services are under the direction of Caywood's Funeral Home and Gardens, Southport, N.Y
THORPE Betty J.
May 19, 2010 at the Green Home, Inc., Wellsboro, PA. She was born October 1, 1934 in Sylvania, PA, the daughter of Frederick and Ruby Ripley Thorpe. Betty is survived by sisters, Jeanette Beardslee of Troy, PA, Thelma Baker of Lawrenceville; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister, Caroline Padgett; brothers, Frederick Thorpe and William Thorpe; and close friend, Ross Mudge. Friends are invited to call at the Gary Wilston Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 130 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA, Friday 6-7 p.m. Funeral services will follow there Friday at 7:00 p.m. with Rev. Laurie Greenlaw officiating. Burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Mansfield, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Betty's memory may be made to the Millerton Wesleyan Church, 5174 Main St., Millerton, PA 16936. – Elmira Star Gazette, May 20, 2010
TOMLINSON - Clifford Tomlinson [Red] [SRGP 84909]- Age 79 of 56 First St., Mansfield, Monday, February 4, 1980 at his home. Friends are invited to call at the Kuhl Funeral Home, Mansfield, Wednesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Thursday 11 a.m. at the funeral home; Rev. David L. Weaver officiating. Burial Oakwood Cemetery. Survived by wife, Reva McCaslin Tomlinson; five sons, George and Donald of Mansfield, Eugene of Gillett, Gordon of Mansfield, Jack of Utah; two daughters, Mrs. Glenn [Barbara] Chamberlain of Elmira, NY, Mrs. Donald [Dolores] Vaughn of Wellsboro; two brothers, Russell and Howard of Mansfield; one sister, Mrs. Helen Howell of Johnson city, NY; 23 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. He was an Army veteran of WW I. Born Oct. 3, 1900 the son of Fred and Bertha Coveney Tomlinson. - [scrapbook clipping]
TOMLINSON - Eugene W. Tomlinson [SRGP 68872], 54, of Onancock, VA, a native of Mansfield, died Tuesday, April 26, 1988. A veteran of the US Army, he was a former schoolteacher and was presently employed as a night manager of a hotel in Ocean City, MD. Surviving are his wife, Loretta Marcile Frost Tomlinson; five children, David of Orangepark, Fla., Eric of Stockton, MD, William of Milford, DE, Juliana Tomlinson and Lisa Floyd, both of Onancock, VA; four brothers, George and Gordon, both of Mansfield; Donald of Canoe Camp and Jack of Utah; two sisters, Barbara Chamberlain of Elmira, NY and Delores Vaughn of Wellsboro; and five grandchildren. A graveside service was held Friday, April 29, at the Oakwood Cemetery, Mansfield. The Rev. James T. Dawes officiated. Arrangements were made by the B.D. Holland Funeral Home, Nassawadox, VA. - Wellsboro Gazette, April 4, 1988
TOMLINSON - Funeral Services Held on Monday for Ivan Wm. Tomlinson - The funeral was held on Monday for Ivan William Tomlinson, 25, of 56 First Street, Mansfield, who was killed in Blossburg while working on a sewer line project. Dr. Harry Williams, Elkland, Tioga County coroner, ruled death accidental from a fractured skull. The victim died instantly when he attempted to release a load of earth from a dump truck he was driving and the truck bed dropped on his head. Mr. Tomlinson, a 1962 graduate of Mansfield High School, was employed by the Mele Construction Co. of Dunmore. He was born June 15, 1944, in Mansfield, the son of Clifford and Reva McCaslin Tomlinson. Surviving, besides his parents, are five brothers, George, Donald, Gordon, and Jack, all of Mansfield, and Eugene, of Blossburg; and two sisters, Mrs. Delores Vaughn, Wellsboro, and Mrs. Barbara Chamberlain, Elmira, N.Y. The funeral was held at Shaw and Robena's, 18 North Main Street. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery. Wellsboro Agitator 24 JUL 1969
TOMLINSON - Michael Eugene Tomlinson, 4-month-old son of Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Tomlinson of Mansfield, died Wednesday, April 2, 1958 at the Robert Packer Hospital. Surviving in addition to his parents are maternal grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Leonard Frost of Covington and paternal grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Clifford Tomlinson of Mansfield. The body is at the Shaw & Robena Funeral Home where private services will be held Friday at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Donald D. Cronk, officiating. Burial in Oakwood Cemetery. - Mansfield Advertiser, April 1958
MANSFIELD – Toby L. Tomlinson, 24, of this borough died Wednesday, April 23, 1997, in Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre. He was employed by Ward Manufacturing, Blossburg. He was a member of First United Methodist Church. Born Feb. 14, 1973 in Wellsboro, he was a son of Donald and Beverly Ogden Tomlinson. Surviving, besides his father of Mansfield, are two brothers, Terry and Todd, and two sisters, Traci Trantham and Tina Tomlinson, all of Mansfield; three nieces; two nephews. Friends may call at Wilston’s, 18 N. Main St., from 7 to 9 tonight. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.
TROUT Stephen A. "Steve" Trout [SRGP 70968]
74, of Mansfield, died on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, surrounded by his loving family in the Williamsport Regional Medical Center, Williamsport. Born on Feb. 25, 1938, in Philadelphia, he was the son of William and Catherine (Dowling) Trout. Steve is survived by his wife of 52 years, Barbara (Staufenberg) Trout. Steve was a United States Navy veteran serving in peacetime. Prior to his retirement, Steve was employed as a plumber in Philadelphia then after moving to Mansfield was a counselor in the diagnostic unit of North Penn Comprehensive Health Services. He attended the Bakerburg Community Church. Steve loved his family and lived his life to honor the Lord. He was an avid gardener and loved hunting. He enjoyed sports, especially his favorite teams, the Phillies and the Eagles. In addition to his wife, Barbara, Steve is survived by his children and their spouses, Deborah and Charles Murphy of Mansfield, Dawn Trout of Mansfield, Stephen and Susan Trout, Jr. of Philadelphia, Suzanne and Frank Ameigh of Mansfield, Rebekah and Dave Redell of Mansfield; two brothers, Robert Trout of Philadelphia, Bernard Trout of Maryland; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Mildred and Larry Fite of Philadelphia, Marge Macartney of Newport, Ruth Blair of Newport; 13 grandchildren, Ryan, Casey, Whitney, Jordyn, Matt, Zachery, Jesse, Danny, Alyssa, Madison, Mackenzie, Emerson, Lexi and four great-grandchildren, Isabel, Ella, Jameson and Easton. Steve was predeceased by four brothers, William, James, Thomas and Frank Trout and three sisters, Helen, Catherine and Mary. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service for Steve on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 4 p.m., at the Bakerburg Church with Pastor Dave Dressler officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bakerburg Church, 197 Gray Valley Road, Mainesburg, Pa. 16932. A private burial will be held in the Oakwood Cemetery, Mansfield. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 South Main St., Mansfield, is assisting the family. Wellsboro Gazette – December 11, 2012
TURNER, Ruth M. [SRGP 89482] - Mrs. Ruth M. Adriance, 36, of Tioga RD2, died Monday, March 30, 1959. She was a member of Methodist Church of Tioga Junction. She is survived by husband, Harry Adriance Jr.; daughters, Sheila, Judy, Nancy, Linda and Cathy Jo; son Timothy, all at home; half-sister, Mrs. Frances Lugar of Kanona, NY; aunt, Mrs. Mabel Swan of Galeton, with whom she resided before marriage. Prayer service at family home today at 1, funeral services at 2 at Tioga Methodist church, the Rev. Albert Schott officiating. Burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Mansfield. - Wellsboro Agitator, April 2, 1959
USETED - ERMA U. TAMERIS
Erma (Useted) Tameris, 78, of Mansfield died Sunday, Nov. 19, 2000, at home. Born Dec. 22, 1921, in North Castle, N.Y., she was the daughter of Charles and Nellie W. (Farrington) Useted. She was married to Richard Dirk Tameris on Jan. 12, 1940, with whom she would have celebrated her 60th wedding anniversary with this year. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Middlebury Center. Preceding her in death were her husband, Richard; her parents; one sister, Vera Murray; and one brother, Jay Useted. Surviving are four sons and daughters-in-law, Richard L. and Ann Tameris of Fort Washington, Md., Charles C. and Gayle Tameris of Wellsboro, Robert A. and Linda Tameris of Port Orange, Fla., and Matthew P. and Susan Tameris of Virginia Beach, Va.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Marie N. and Dick Clark of Williamsport and Vernie L. and Robert Swingle of Mansfield; 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; and one brother, Charles Useted of Goldens Bridge, N.Y. Calling hours will be held Tuesday, Nov. 21, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Scureman Funeral Home, 130 S. Main St., Mansfield. Graveside funeral services will be held Wednesday, Nov. 22, at 11 a.m. with the Bishop John Wheeler officiating, at the Oakwood Cemetery, Mansfield. Memorial donations may be made to the Mansfield Firemans Ambulance Association, 381 S. Main Street, Mansfield, Pa. 16933.
ROBERT L. UTEGG age 56 of Mansfield, PA September 8, 1994 in Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, PA. Friends may call at the Wilston Funeral Home, 18 N. Main St., Mansfield, PA Friday 7-9 PM. Funeral services will be held there Saturday at 11 AM with Rev. Keith Paris officiating. Burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Mansfield, PA. He is survived by a daughter: Vicki Warren of Cohocton, NY; 2 sons: Robert Jr. & David, and a daughter Lorei Utegg, address unknown; 4 grandchildren; his father: Herman Utegg Jr. of Westfield, NY; his mother: Bernice McGerl of Mansfield, PA; 3 sisters: Joyce Coleson of Jamestown, NY, Judith Woodward of Harrisburg, PA, Marlene Parthemer of Mansfield, PA; a brother: Richard of Mansfield, PA. He was predeceased by his wife, the former Irene Hill. Mr. Utegg was born December 18, 1937 in Ripley, NY. He was a 16-year employee of Mansfield University. –McKay Scrapbook
VANCE – FRANK VANCE, 75, of 16 Brooklyn St., Mansfield, died Saturday, Feb. 9, 1963. Survived by niece, Mrs. Gladys Ghehard of Rochester. Body at Scureman Funeral Home, Mansfield. Funeral there today at 2 pm. Oakwood Cemetery, Mansfield.
VANCE - Rhinaldo Vance (#18392) died at his home at Lambs Creek Saturday (Aug. 19, 1939). He was born in Rutland, December 14, 1857, son of Mr. & Mrs. Brewster Vance. He is survived by his wife (Flora Cooley), two sons, Frank of Lambs Creek, and Ray of Rochester, and two grandchildren. The funeral was held Monday; burial was in Oakwood Cemetery at Mansfield. - Wellsboro Agitator, Aug. 23, 1939, p.1
VanHORN - BROWN, EMMA C. VanHorn
Emma C. Brown, wife of Samuel D. Brown, died at the home on Elmira street, Sunday morning, November 1, at 4 o’clock, following an illness of several months. She was the daughter of Henry and Rose Benson VanHorn, and was born in Lycoming county fifty-six years ago. In 1890 she was united in marriage to Samuel D. Brown, of Rutland, and they resided there for several years, later moving to Mansfield. She is survived by her husband, three daughters, Eva, Mrs. Ray Bailey, of Buffalo; Bessie, Mrs. Deyo Walker, and Lila, Mrs. S. Watkins, of Mansfield, and one son, Guy of Mansfield; also several grandchildren. She was a member of the Methodist church. The funeral was held from the home Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock, Reverend F. P. Simmons, officiating. Interment in Oakwood cemetery.
VanNESS, HENRY P. (SRGP 03782)
Henry P. VanNess passed to the great beyond Thursday evening, December 4, 1930. Henry, as he was familiarly and affectionately called by young and old, was a life-long resident of Mansfield and vicinity. He was the son of Peter V. And Celia Reynolds VanNess, and was born in a log house on the VanNess homestead in Rutland, June 6, 1850. He married Wrexie E. Sweet, of Mardin, Pa., April 5, 1876. To this union five children were born, four sons, Peter V. Of Johnson city, N.Y.; Victor H. of Springfield; Clay H., who died in infancy and Preston O. Of Lebanon and one daughter, Celia E. (Mrs. Wells A. Shaw), of Johnson City, N.Y. He was a farmer and lumberman by occupation and for many years lived on a farm at Upper Lambs Creek. About thirty years ago he moved to Mansfield and engaged in various kinds of mercantile business, for the last number of years, on account of advancing age, he retired from active business. He was endowed with remarkable ambition and energy, always taking great pride in his splendid garden. His daughter often called him”The Man With the Hoe.” He was loved by children and held in the highest esteem by all who knew him, which was attested to by the beautiful floral tributes and large attendance at the funeral service, which was held in the M. E. Church, Sunday at 3:00 of which church he was a faithful member for many years; he was also a member of the Brotherhood Class. Besides his wife and his four children, he is survived by one brother, George VanNess of Troy, and four grandchilden and many nephews and nieces. As the scriptures say: “His children can indeed rise up and call him blessed.” The following relatives from out of town were present at the funeral: Mr. and Mrs. Peter VanNess of Johnson City; Mr. and Mrs. Victor H. VanNess, of Springfield; Lester VanNess, of Springfield; Mr. and Mrs. Preston VanNess, of Lebanon; Mr. and Mrs. Wells A. Shaw, of Johnson City; Mr. and Mrs. George Slingerland, of Waverly, N.Y.; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph VanKeuren, of Troy; Miss Emma VanNess of Troy; Mr. and Mrs. Harold Bohlayer, of Troy; Mr. and Mrs. Drummer Sweet, of Troy; Mr. and Mrs. Mark Loveless of Tioga; Harry Loveless, of Tioga; Fred Loveless of Tioga; Mr. and Mrs. Brown, of Holiday; Glen Sweet of Elmira; Ed Sweet, of Elmira; Mrs. Fidelia Yale of Johnson City; Vial Coveney, of Mardin; Mark Covency, of Mardin; Mrs. Thu VanNess, of Elmira; Mr. and Mrs. Cyril Gibson of Elmira; Mr. and Mrs. Bert Richmond of Limestone, N.Y.
HENRY P. VAN NESS (SRGP 03782)
Henry P. Van Ness passed to the great beyond Thursday evening, December 4, 1930. Henry, as he was familiarly and affectionately called by young and old, was a life-long resident of Mansfield and vicinity. He was the son of Peter V. and Celia Reynolds Van Ness, and was born in a log house on the Van Ness homestead in Rutland, June 6, 1850. He married Wrexie E. Sweet, of Mardin, Pa., April 5, 1876. To this union five children were born, four sons, Peter V. of Johnson City, N.Y., Victor H. of Springfield, Clay H. who died in infancy and Preston O. of Lebanon, and one daughter Celia E. (Mrs. Wells A. Shaw), of Johnson City, N.Y. He was a farmer and lumberman by occupation and for many years lived on a farm at Upper Lambs Creek. About thirty years ago he moved to Mansfield and engaged in various kinds of mercantile business for the last number of years, on account of advancing age, he retired from active business. He was endowed with remarkable ambition and energy, always taking great pride in his splendid garden. His daughter often called him "The Man with the Hoe." He was loved by children and held in the highest esteem by all who knew him, which was attested to by the beautiful floral tributes and large attendance at the funeral service, which was held in the M. E. Church, Sunday at 3:00 of which church he was a faithful member for many years; he was also a member of the Brotherhood Class. Besides his wife and his four children, he is survived by one brother, George Van Ness, of Troy, and four grandchildren, and many nephews and nieces.
As the scriptures say: "His children can indeed rise
up and call him blessed."
Some say his life’s work’s ended,
Some say his race is run,
But the beauty of high endeavor
Of lives well-lived, live on.
Celia Van Ness Shaw
VanNESS - Mr. John R. VanNess, aged 50 died on
February 19th at his home in Mansfield, after a long illness. He was the third
son of Peter V. and Celia Reynolds VanNess and was born in Rutland Township on
February 22, 1856. He resided for some time in Illinois, afterwards, in 1886,
settling on a quarter section of Government land near Bismarck, North Dakota.
In March 1892, he married Adeline Field, of Armenia, Bradford County, who
survived him with their 11-year-old daughter, Fidelia. He had resided in
Mansfield since 1894. He was a member of the Methodist church and was one of
Mansfield's most esteemed and respected citizens, honest, fair minded and
progressive of excellent character and sound judgment. Besides his wife,
daughter and aged father, three brothers and two sisters survive - George, Henry
and Thu VanNess, Mrs. C.O. Loveless and Mrs. F.E. VanKenten. Funeral services
were held last Wednesday at 2 o'clock. - Wellsboro Agitator, 28 February 1906
VAN NESS - GIBSON, Mrs. Lenna M. [SRGP 08687]
Mrs. Lenna M. Gibson, 146 South Main St., died Christmas morning, December 25, 1974 at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital. She was the daughter of Thu and Sarah Edna Davies VanNess. Surviving is her husband, Cyril J. Gibson, at home. She was a member of St. James Episcopal Church. Funeral arrangements were made by Kuhl's Funeral Home. Services were held Friday, December 27, 1974 at 10:00 am at the St. James Episcopal Church. The Reverend George Booth officiated. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be made to the St. James Church building fund.
VanNORMAN - DILLMAN, Claire V.
Age 89, longtime resident of Wellsboro and formerly of Mansfield, PA, diedpeacefully with her family at her side Sunday, May 24, 2009, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital. She was the wife of the late R. Kelts Dillman. Claire was born August 20, 1919, the daughter of Karl and Marian Greener VanNorman. She was a graduate of Mansfield State Teacher's College and was a supervisor of Music in the Rockville Maryland School District during WWII. She also substituted in neighboring Tioga County school districts and later worked as a Secretary for the Community Mental Health Center in Wellsboro until retirement. She was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church where she taught Sunday school and sang in the choir. Claire was active for many years as a member of the Wednesday Morning Musicales. She loved music and playing the piano and often spoke of the Greener Piano Factory in Elmira, NY. Jacob Greener, her great-grandfather, became well known as the maker of the "Greener Piano" and for his invention of the soft pedal. Claire was equally proud of her father, Karl, who was honored for his participation and contribution to Mansfield University's football program. Claire loved her family and was very active and supportive in the lives of her children and grandchildren's lives. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Surviving are daughter, Deborah Dillman Kear (David Marsh, fiance), Mechanicsburg, PA; son, Gary Kelts Dillman, Wellsboro, PA; daughter-in-law, Patty Huck Dillman, Wellsboro, PA; granddaughters, Jennifer Anne Kear, New Cumberland, PA, Terra Lee Dillman (Stephen) Tokarz, Antrim, PA, Maegan Kelts Dillman, Killington, VT; grandson, James Michael Kear, New Cumberland, PA; great-granddaughter, Anna Kathryn Tokarz; sister, Pauline VanNorman Rice, Still Pond, MD. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; and sister, Rosalind VanNorman Jerabek. Friends and family are invited to Claire's Life Celebration on Thursday, May 28, 2009, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, a "Life Celebration Home", 139 Main Street, Wellsboro, PA. Funeral Friday, May 29, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, with Rev. Cannon Gregory R. Hinton officiating. Burial in Oakwood Cemetery. If desired, memorials may be made in her memory to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Pearl Street, Wellsboro, PA. Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/27/2009
Wesley VANORDEN, AGE 51, OF Mansfield died suddenly early Thursday morning, March 16, 1972, at Blossburg State Hospital after becoming suddenly ill at his home. Mr. VanOrden was an employee at Merganthaler Linotype Co., and had also worked with the Mansfield police department for the past 14 years. He was a member of the Northern Tier Lodge 60 of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was a past secretary and treasurer of the Mansfield Hose Co. and was captain of the drivers for the Mansfield Firemen’s Ambulance Association. He was a member of the Friendship A and M Lodge 247 of Mansfield and the local Veterans of Foreign Wars. Funeral services were held Sunday at the First Methodist Church, Rev. R. Brenneman officiating. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery, Mansfield. Survived by wife, Louise VanOrden; sons, William and Terrance; brothers James, Warren; four sisters, Mrs. Vivian Kutch, Mrs. Violet Rufus, and Mrs. Elizabeth Masker, all of Honedale, Pa. And Ethel Tezzano of Baltimore.
VanZILE Genevieve Elizabeth Betty Sumner [SRGP 06973]
age 85, of Mansfield, PA, died Saturday, October 6, 2012 at The Green Home, Wellsboro, PA. Betty was born December 1, 1926 in Blossburg, PA, a daughter of George Fred and Edith VanZile. She married Omer R. Sumner on September 21, 1947 and celebrated their 65th anniversary this year. Betty dedicated her life to the care of family and friends. She enjoyed her garden, flowers, bird watching, family gatherings and dinners. Betty is survived by her husband, Omer; a son, Gary Sumner of Wellsboro, PA; a daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Warren Meaker of Palmyra, NY; former daughter-in-law, Gwen Freeman; a niece, Marie Cummings of Wellsboro, PA; special niece, Joyce (Dale) Howey of Wellsboro, PA; a granddaughter, Laura Elizabeth (Sumner) (Abdel) (Marcus) Oueddir; two great grandchildren, Lillyana and Ayman; several other nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by 2 brothers; Fred and Arthur VanZile; a niece, Anna Howey; 4 brothers-in-law, Dick Frank, Ralph, Ray and Bob Sumner; 4 sisters-in-law, Ruth Thomas, Bernice Cleveland, Ethel Verbanic and Dorothy Sumner. Family and friends are invited to call Tuesday, October 9, 2012 from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. at Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. at the funeral home with Rev. David E. Blowers, officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Mansfield, PA. Wellsboro Gazette - October 8, 2012
VARGASON Viola V. Simerson (Mattison) [SRGP 89992]
age 88, of Wellsboro, PA, died Thursday, June 14, 2012 at the Green Home, Wellsboro, PA. Viola was born June 2, 1924 in Ovid, NY, a daughter of Francis and Esther Bell (Davis) Vargason. She was the widow of Lloyd Simerson. Viola worked at Westinghouse before she retired. She enjoyed rides in the car with her son. Viola is survived by a son, Wayne F. Mattison of Corning, NY; a daughter, Esther Whalen of Colorado Springs, CO; 3 grandchildren, Michael Whalen, April Breeden and Nichelle Whalen; 1 great grandson, John Thomas Breeden; many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by 2 brothers, Jessie and Albert, and 2 sisters, Josephine and Eva. In keeping with Viola wishes, there will be no services. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family. Funeral home obituary – June 15, 2012 Oakwood Cemetery
VAYANSKY Michael E. [SRGP 83051]
66, of Mansfield, PA, died September 16, 2009. He was born October 29, 1942 in Monongahela, PA, the son of Michael and Helen Muia Vayansky. Michael graduated from California (PA) State Teacher's College and Kent State University and did post-graduate work at Penn State University. In 1966 he married the former Ann Harvey and began teaching Physics and Astronomy at Mansfield State College; his teaching career continued through last Tuesday. He was a member of Holy Child Parish. Surviving in addition to his mother of Donora, PA are his wife of 43 years, Ann; two daughters, Delia Vayansky of Princeton, NJ, Kate Vayansky of Elizabethtown, PA; a daughter-in-law, son and grandchildren, Karen, Mike, Sophia, Sarah and Adam Vayansky of Elkland, PA; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Tom and Lois Vayansky of Donora, PA, Ron and Sally Vayansky of West Newton, PA; brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Bob Harvey, John and Kathy Harvey, all of Donora, PA, Harry Harvey of Elizabethtown, PA; and several nephews, a niece, aunts, an uncle and a whole mess of cousins. Friends are invited to call at the Gary W. Wilston Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 130 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA, Friday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. A rosary service will be held there at 7:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Child Catholic Church with Rev. John Kita, celebrant. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery, Mansfield, PA. Flowers will be provided by the family. Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to the Mansfield University Planetarium Fund, directed to MU Foundation, 6 Beecher St., Mansfield, PA 16933. Published in Star-Gazette on September 18, 2009
VAYANSKY - MU mourns passing of longtime astronomy prof
Published: Wednesday, September 16, 2009 3:34 PM CDT
The Mansfield University community learned today that Associate Professor Mike Vayansky would not be returning to work. In a campus-wide message, Provost Peter Keller remembered Vayansky’s career. “An associate professor of chemistry and physics, Mike was the most senior member of the Mansfield University faculty and was in his 43rd year of teaching,” Keller wrote. “Whenever anyone inquired about his retirement plans, Mike would usually respond that he intended to teach another 40 years. “In addition to the courses he taught in physics and astronomy, many children and adults across the region will recall his informative presentations to community and school groups in our planetarium.
VOSBURG - Ernest K. Vosburg, 77, [SRGP 02130] of 87 West
Elmira Street, Mansfield died Sunday, Feb. 3, 1985 at the Soldiers &
Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro. He was born May 9, 1907 in Middletown,
PA, a [adopted] son of Howard and Harriet Bunn Vosburg. He was a member of St.
James Episcopal Church, Mansfield and of the Mansfield Hose Company. An Army
veteran of World War II, he had served as Mayor of Mansfield for 16 years.
Surviving are: his wife, Frances Brace Vosburg; one daughter, Mrs. Thomas
[Karen] Bennett of Newtown, Connecticut; one brother, Edward Tanner of Nelson,
PA; and three grandchildren. Friends are invited to call at the Kuhl Funeral
Home, Mansfield this Thursday, Feb. 7, 1985 from 7 to 9 p.m. The Mansfield Hose
Company will have a memorial service at 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
The funeral will be held Friday, Feb. 8 at 10 a.m. at St. James Episcopal
Church, Mansfield with The Rev. Linda D. Leibhart, his pastor, and The Rev. Rudolph
J. Van der Hiel of Mansfield, officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.
The family will furnish the flowers. Those who wish may make donations to the
Memorial Fund at St. James Episcopal Church, St. James Street, Mansfield, PA
16933 - Wellsboro Gazette, February 6, 1985 [Mansfield High School Class of