Roaring Branch Cemetery List [partial 1970s]
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.
These are actually in the cemetery at Roaring Branch that is deeded as Griffin Cemetery. The Old Township or Roaring Branch Cemetery is much older and does not have recent burials
ARBOGAST –VIOLA CONN, 92. On Oct. 15, 1998, the Lord called home the soul of Viola Arbogast) Conn at her residence in Hampton, Va. She was 92 years of age. Mrs. Conn was born Aug. 21, 1906, in Snyder County, Pa., the daughter of Jacob E. and Edna (Allen) Arbogast. She attended school in Sunbury, Pa., until her parents relocated the family to a farm in Union Township, Tioga County. Along with her brothers and sisters Viola attended the old schoolhouse at Spencertown and later graduated from Canton High School. Viola met and married David Conn of Roaring Branch and together they raised a daughter, Marie. During this time Viola was a member of the Roaring Branch United Methodist Church. After her husband’s passing in 1947 she relocated to Virginia. Viola worked for many years as a seamstress for the prestigious firm of Sak’s Fifth Avenue. She was quite gifted at various types of craftwork and often filled her spare time making things for others. She was especially known for her decorative banners, the kind often seen displayed on the fronts of homes. Mrs. Conn is survived by: her daughter, Marie Portanova of Hampton, Va.; brother, Nathan Arbogast of West Burlington; sisters, Catherine Johnson of Williamsport and Bessie (husband Edwin) Hoffa of Canton; sister-in-law, Amy Arbogast of Canton; one granddaughter and two grandsons; and numerous nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be conducted Monday at 11 a.m. at the Roaring Branch Cemetery with the Rev. David Morris, pastor of the Canton Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) of Canton officiating. There are no public calling hours. Professional services have been entrusted to Morse and Kleese Funeral Home Inc., 40 N. Center St., Canton. –Towanda Daily Review.
ARBOGAST Viola CONN, 92, died October 15, 1998 at her residence in Hampton, VA. Mrs. Conn was born August 21, 1906 in Snyder County, PA, the daughter of Jacob E. and Edna (Allen) Arbogast. She was a graduate of Canton High School. After her husband’s passing in 1947 she relocated to Virginia where she was employed for many years for the firm of Sak’s Fifth Avenue as a seamstress. Mrs. Conn is survived by her daughter, Marie Portanova of Hampton, VA; brother, Nathan Arbogast of West Burlington, PA; sisters, Catherine Johnson of Williamsport and Bessie Hoffa of Canton; sisteri-law, Amy Arbogast of Canton; three grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Graveside services were held October 19 at the Roaring Branch Cemetery with the Rev. David Morris officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton. “Troy Gazette-Register,” Troy, PA Thursday October 22 , 1998
AUSTIN –FANNY. L. GOOD, 92, of Canton, formerly a long-time resident of Roaring Branch, Pa., diedearly Tuesday evening, Oct. 30, 2001, at the Troy Community Hospital. Born April 29, 1909, in Roaring Branch, she was a daughter of the late Leroy and Blanche Tebo Austin. Fanny was a graduate of Canton High School, Class of 1927. She continued her education at the former Mansfield Normal School, where she received a degree in teaching. In earlier years, Mrs. Good was employed as an elementary teacher at the one-room school houses of Roaring Branch and Ralston. She later was instrumental in the organization of the children’s Head Start program in the Canton area and served as coordinator until her retirement. On April 29, 1932, Fanny married the love of her life, Ralph A. Good in Harrisburg, Pa. Ralph preceded her in death on July 26, 1999, following 67 years of marriage. Mrs. Good was a member of the Roaring Branch United Methodist Church, the Ogdensburg Grange No. 293 and the Canton Lady Rebekah Lodge No. 362. She also enjoyed crocheting, reading and cooking. Fanny’s main interest in life was devoted to her family and church. She is survived by: her children and their spouses, Janet and Norm Williams of Canton, Lois Myers of Alba, Dean and Donna Good of Canton, and Dennis Good of Montoursville; 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; a sister, Ruth Thompson of Canton; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Burial will be held in the Roaring Branch Cemetery. The family invites friends to call from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight, Nov. 1, and one hour prior to the funeral service. The Lady Rebekah Lodge will hold a memorial service, at the funeral home, Thursday evening. Those who wish may direct memorials in Mrs. Good’s memory to the Roaring Branch United Methodist Church, Roaring Branch, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review.
BAKER Robert F. Baker Sr.
On the afternoon of Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, Robert Frederick Baker, Sr. of Roaring Branch died unexpectedly while enjoying the Loyalsock Antique Engine Show, with his loving family in attendance. He was 79 years of age. Born in Spring House, Pa. on Sept. 9, 1931, he was the son of Charles Pennington Baker, Sr. and Clara Mabel (Blessing) Baker. Bob was a member of the Ambler High School football team for four years, serving as captain in his senior year, and was a familiar figure as he rode about town on his Indian motorcycle. He graduated with the Class of 1950. Blessed with a strong work ethic, he worked after school and weekends caring for horses and working for a local blacksmith. Later, he was employed delivering milk for the former Witchwood Dairies in Montgomery County, a task he performed during the wee hours of the morning prior to going to class. Bob was also active in the Boy Scouts, and eventually achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. During the Korean War Bob served our country with the United States Air Force as a pilot. When he returned home he enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Finance, and after graduation he worked for Willys Motors, quickly rising to District Manager for Pennsylvania. In the spring of 1957, while calling on a local Jeep dealership, Bob was suffering from a toothache brought on by a lost filling. Patricia Rosser, the young lady at the desk said that she had a dental appointment that afternoon, and that she would ask her dentist to fit Bob in . Bob was so grateful, and so taken with the lady that he asked her out to dinner that evening. Four months later they were married. In the years that followed Bob would often remark that the purchase of the marriage license was "the best two dollars I ever spent." Bob and Patricia raised two sons and two daughters and would have celebrated 54 years this September 7th. The couple's first home was at Harvey's Lake, and later Upper Gwynned Township, Montgomery County. The Bakers moved to Massachusetts where Bob worked for Diebold Safe Co., and eventually became engaged in the banking profession. He worked as a loan officer for Middlesex Bank, (now Baybank -Middlesex) eventually rising to the position of Vice President in charge of Business Development. During his years with Baybank - Middlesex Bob secured loans for various companies including the optic firm, ITEK Corporation, to enable them to produce the precision lens used on the space probe, Viking I to photograph the surface of Mars. After retiring Bob moved his family to Roaring Branch, the birthplace of his wife. Not being entirely satisfied with retirement Bob sought employment, first as a salesman for the Gleckner Harness Co., and eventually as a loan officer with the First National Bank of Canton. Although a white collar professional for most of his career Bob enjoyed working with his hands, and was especially proficient at carpentry. But by far his true passion was the collection, restoration and operation of antique engines. He was a lifetime member of the Loyalsock Valley Antique Machinery Gas Engines Association as well as the Cool Spring Power Museum. He was a member of Rotary International and Lodge 308 F.& A.M. in Ft. Washington, Pa. Bob was also a man who knew his Lord, and was a member of the Church of the Messiah in Blue Bell, Pa. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Surviving is his wife Patricia, at home; children Lynette Ann Baker of Roaring Branch, Robert F. (and Wendy) Baker, Jr., of Stormstown, Pa., William D. (and Courtney) Baker of Roaring Branch and Terri L. (Michael) Skalecki of Worcester, Pa.; eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a brother Charles Pennington Baker, Jr., and sister Jeanette Baker Wickersham. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. pn Wednesday, Aug. 10 at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 94 N. Center Street, Canton. A service will follow at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating. There will be a private interment service for family only at Griffin Cemetery, Roaring Branch. The family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to Cool Spring Power Museum, attn.: Gail Lavender, P.O. Box 19, Cool Spring, PA 15730; Griffin Cemetery, P.O. Box 26, Roaring Branch, PA 17765; or Loyalsock Valley Antique Machinery Gas Engines, P.O. Box 24, Muncy, PA 17756. Towanda Daily Review – August 9, 2011
BENTLEY Miss Grace-75, of Roaring Branch died at the Greene Home Thursday evening, March 17, (1949). She is survived by a brother, James Bentley of Wellsburg, NY; several nieces and one nephew. The body is at the Soper and Vickery Funeral Home, Troy and will be taken to the Roaring Branch cemetery Sunday afternoon, where funeral services will be held. Rev. Ardell Gould officiating.
BERRY –LUCY MAE HOLMES. Services were held Wednesday at Canton for Mrs. Lucy Mae Holmes, 67, of Roaring Branch, who died Sunday, Oct. 13, 1968, at her home. Mrs. Holmes was a member of the Roaring Branch United Methodist Church, taught a class in the Sunday school for many years, was president of the Women’s Society of Christian Service, and chairman of the steward commission of the church. For 20 years she had been treasurer of the Lady Langdon Rebekah Lodge 528. Surviving are her husband, Willard L. Holmes, and a brother, L. E. Berry, of Tyrone. Burial was in Roaring Branch Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
ALLEN L. “OOPIE” CAMPBELL, 66, of Roaring Branch, Pa., diedSunday, dec. 20, 1998, at the Troy Community Hospital. He was a son of the late Elwood and Frances Route Campbell, born Jan. 6, 1932, in Ralston, Pa. Oopie, as he was referred to by his family and friends, was employed by Ward Foundry in Blossburg for 30 years until his retirement. He was a life member of the Red Run Rod and Gun Club, Ralston, and a social member of the Marine Corps League, Ralston. Oopie was of the Methodist faith. Surviving are a brother, Rodney Campbell of Roaring Branch; three nephews, George Campbell of Morris, Pa., John Campbell of Jersey Shore, Pa., Henry Campbell of Pittsburgh, Pa.; numerous cousins; a special friend, Anna Campbell of Morris Run, Pa. In addition to his parents, Oopie was preceded in death by a brother, Willard. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23, 1998, at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton. The funeral and committal service will be held at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with pastor, Phyllis Hunter, officiating. Interment will follow in the Roaring Branch cemetery. The family will provide their own flowers and suggest that memorials may be directed to the Canton Ambulance Association, Canton, Pa. in Mr. Campbell’s memory. –Towanda Daily Review.
CAMPBELL Rodney Clifford - Rodney
"Cubby" Campbell, 76, of Roaring Branch, Pa., died
at home on Friday morning, July 30, 2010. On April 4, 1934, Rodney Clifford Campbell, "Cubby" as he was known throughout the area, was born in Ralston. He was one of three sons in the family of the late Elwood and Frances (Route) Campbell. A Jack-of-all-trades, Cubby was a self-employed electrician for many years. He also was a talented wood worker and carpenter. He was a member of Roaring Branch's Wheel Inn Club, the Hillside Rod and Gun Club in Blossburg and a lifetime member of the Red Run Rod and Gun Club in Ralston. Cubby loved to play cards, he was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. Cubby will be missed but never forgotten for all the good times he shared with family and friends. Surviving are his companion of 23 years, Sharon Sweeney of Roaring Branch, five children, George Campbell of Morris, Greg Fulford of Orlando, Fla., Allison Nemcik of Elsie, Mich., Henry Campbell of Folsom, Calif., and John Campbell of Cape Coral, Fla., numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren;; two step-daughters, Shari Stankiewicz of Canton and Sheila Sweeney of Roaring Branch; and many dear friends. He was predeceased by a son, Rocky Campbell; two brothers, Willard "Pete" Campbell and Allen "Oop" Campbell. Friends may call 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, in Canton. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Roaring Branch-Griffin Cemetery. A luncheon and time of fellowship will follow at Red Run Rod and Gun Club. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, August 1, 2010
CHARLES R. ‘SAM’ COLE, 98, well known and respected resident of Cogan Station, formerly of Roaring Branch, Pa., was called home to his Savior on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 at Valley View Nursing Home in Montoursville. Charles Raymond was born on Sept. 21, 1917 in Roaring Branch, a son of the late Arthur S. and Florence M. (Buzzerd) Cole. He was a 1937 graduate of Canton High School. In 1940, Charles began a 22-year military career by enlisting in the U.S. Air Corp. and received his training in aircraft maintenance. Mr. Cole served five tours overseas: Australia, New Guinea, the Philippines, Japan and Korea. He received the Bronze Star Medal. He also was honored by being assigned crew chief, flight engineer and top turret gunner on "Miss Em" the personal B-17 plane of Lt. General Robert L. Eichelberger, the Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. 8th Army during the Philippine Campaign; Charles was the last living crew member. He received his private pilot's license and owned three different airplanes, enjoying many hours of personal flying. After retirement, Charles attended Williamsport Community College and received his electrical wiring license. He married his first wife, Clara D. (Jackson) Thompson Cole on June 26, 1971 in Ogdensburg. They shared 32 years together and raised a son before her passing in 2003.Charles was employed as a PennDOT Foreman. He was a former caretaker for the Green Home in Wellsboro and he wired several area homes and barns. Charles restored a 1952 Ford before donating it to the Hershey Automobile Museum. He also raised beef cattle, specialized in chicken capons and raised a good vegetable garden. Charles enjoyed many fishing trips to Canada with his family. On Aug. 18, 2008, he married Alice J. (Koskey) Horn Cole in Warrensville. Charles was a long-time active member of the Roaring Branch United Methodist Church where he served as a trustee, Sunday school teacher and in other church offices. He also enjoyed the Ogdensburg Grange No. 293 serving as Master and Secretary/Treasurer, Union Township's Historical Society and was a trustee of Roaring Branch's Griffin Cemetery Association. He is survived by his wife, Alice; a daughter-in-law, Lori Cole of Roaring Branch; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, cousins and many close friends. He was predeceased by his son, Raymond A.W. Cole and sister, Harriett Vi (Cole) Hatley. His family invites friends to call from 10-11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 16 at Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Drive, Canton. Pastor Ann Overmiller will officiate the funeral service at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Griffin Cemetery with full military honors accorded. It was Charles' request that those who wish direct memorials to the Roaring Branch United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 66, Ralston, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 11/14/2015
COLE Raymond A. W. Cole
On Tuesday, May 1, 2012, Raymond Arthur William Cole died quietly at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 59 years of age. Born June 29, 1952 in Tokyo, he was the son of Charles "Sam" Cole and the late Marjorie (Stephenson) Cole. Being the son of an airman, young Raymond had a natural affinity for flying, and with his father's assistance was piloting small aircraft at an early age. In more recent years, Raymond's thrill-seeking adventures centered around his Harleys, his 1965 GTO and off-roading with his Jeep. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing, and was a member of the Red Run Rod and Gun Club as well as the Arnot Sport Club. He was also a member of the Canton Sons of The Legion No. 303 and was a social member of the Canton V.F.W. Post No. 714. Known for his quick, scathing sense of humor, Raymond was a master at the art of "zinging" people. But he was equally known for his generous spirit and willingness to help those in need. Raymond is survived by his wife, Lori Cole, at home; his father and step-mother Charles "Sam" (and Alice) Cole of Roaring Branch; sons Raymond Jr. (and Jennifer) Cole of Canton, Grant Cole of Ralston and Kevin Cole of Delaware; daughters Tarina (and Anthony) Morton of Gloucester City, N.J., Malinda Eades of Montoursville and Ashley Cole of Waverly, N.Y.; step-daughter Kelly Rieger of Westville, N.J.; and grandchildren Alexis Golden, Taylor Cole, Tyler Cole, Bryce Cole, Madison Thomas, Ava Morton and Richard Good. He was preceded in death by his mother, Marjorie Cole. A graveside service will be conducted 1:30 p.m., Saturday, May 5, at Roaring Branch Cemetery with Pastor Connie Wahl of the Warrensville United Methodist Church officiating. Professional services have been entrusted to Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 94 N. Center Street, Canton. Towanda Daily Review – May 3, 2012
JOHN G. DAVIES – On the evening of July 5, 2001 longtime Roaring Branch area resident, John Garfield Davies diedquietly at Dar-Way Nursing Home in Estella, just two weeks shy of his 81st birthday. Born in Blossburg, PA, July 19, 1920 he was a man accustomed to hard work. After graduating from Wellsboro High School he enlisted in the US Navy, as the country was still in the throes of the Great Depression and jobs were few and far between. His hitch in the Navy would last eight years, right through V=J Day and beyond. During this time he was engaged in some of the bloodiest conflicts in the Pacific, resulting in his being awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart among other noteworthy citations. After the hostilities ceased, he returned to the Northern Tier and worked for a few years at the Ward Foundry in Blossburg. Later he was a self-employed construction laborer. Sometimes his war injuries impeded his abilities to work, but he was a striver and a survivor. Despite his difficulties he maintained a lively sense of humor, earning him the nickname, “Joey.” His penchant for practical jokes and skill at weaving humorous stories were well known to family and friends alike. He was also an avid fisherman and hunter, proud of his youthful prowess at rattlesnake hunting, was a member of the American Legion in South Williamsport and was a member of the Red Run Rod and Gun Club. Surviving are; his wife of 34 years, Georgia Woodward and four daughters. He was preceded in death by his son, John Junior. The funeral services were held on July 9 at the Morse & Kleese Funeral Home with the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating. Interment followed in Roaring Branch Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel
EVANS –MILDRED E. BURD, 86, of RD 1, Roaring Branch, Pa. diedMonday, May 11, 1987 in the Divine Providence Hospital, Williamsport, Pa. Mrs. Burd was born Feb. 6, 1901 at Roaring Branch, a daughter of Philip and Sarah Ann Clark Evans. She attended Williamsport Hospital School of Nursing and was a 22-year member of Roaring Branch United Methodist Church. Surviving are nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Ralph W. Burd, on Feb. 17, 1964. Friends may call at the Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, Pa. Tuesday, from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. Funeral and committal services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. from the funeral home. The Rev. Richard M. Barner, pastor of the Canton Ecumenical Parish, her former minister, will officiate. Interment will be in Roaring Branch Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
EVANS - ODESSA PROCTOR OF ROARING BRANCH DIES
Mrs. Odessa Evans Proctor of Roaring Branch died Monday evening, March 22, 1976, at the Troy Community Hospital following lengthy illness. She would have been 78 years old Tuesday. She was the widow of William E. Proctor. She was born in Roaring Branch on March 23, 1898, a daughter of Philip and Sarah Ann Clark Evans. A member of the Roaring Branch United Methodist Church, Mrs. Proctor was church organist for over 55 years. She taught several years at the English Hill School in Leolyn, Pa., and for over 30 years at the Roaring Branch Elementary School. She retired in June, 1957. She was a graduate of the Ralston High School and attended the former Muncy Normal School, Mansfield State Teachers College and Penn State University. She was a member of the Retired Teachers Association. Her survivors include one sister, Mrs. Mildred Burd of Roaring Branch; two brothers Joseph Evans and Philip Evans both of Williamsport; several nieces and nephews. Funeral and committal services will be held at the Ralph T. Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, Thursday at 2 p.m. Officiating will be her pastor, the Rev. Harry D. Krause. Burial will be in the Roaring Branch Cemetery.
FIELDS –LUELLA H. (BEATY) ROUTE, 89, formerly of Roaring Branch died Saturday July 8, 2006 in the Williamsport Hospital. Her husband, Anson Route died October 14, 1995. Born April 6, 1917 in Grover she was the daughter of Fred and Mary King Fields. She was a 1935 graduate of Williamsport High School. She retired from the Post Office as a clerk in 1980. She was a member of Roaring Branch United Methodist Church and had been a secretary for 18 years. While living in Williamsport she attended Pine Street United Methodist Church. Beady was past District and Deputy President of Assembly of Rebecca of Penna. Surviving are a daughter, Patricia (Wayne) Scaife with whom she lived; three step-grandchildren, Vince (Sara) Scaife, Stephan Scaife, Michelle Scaife; one step-great-granddaughter, Sierra Scaife. She was predeceased by three brothers, Lavern, James and Robert Fields; three sisters, Helen Saxton, Eleanor Fields, Alberta Newcomer. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday July 12, 2006 at Roaring Branch United Methodist Church with the Reverend Ann Overmiller and nephew Reverend Fred Fields. Burial will be private in the Roaring Branch Cemetery. There will be no visitation. The family will provide the flowers. The family suggests that memorial contributions in Luella’s name be made to a charity of one’s choice. Kaufman funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. –Canton Independent Sentinel
GARDNER – Lola G. Rounsville, 58, of RD1 Morris, died Monday, Jan. 19, 1981, as the result of injuries she sustained in an automobile accident. She was born Jan. 6, 1923 in Roaring Branch, Lycoming County, a daughter of Roy Dan and Melissa Rout Gardner. She was a housewife. Surviving are her husband, Donald of RD1 Morris; son Calvin Campbell of Mansfield; sister, Mrs. Arthur (Gladys) Snyder of Johnson City, NY; several aunts and uncles, and one niece and one nephew. Funeral services will be held at the Roaring Branch United Methodist Church Thursday, Jan. 22 at 2 PM with the Reverend Richard Barner officiating. Burial will be in the Roaring Branch Cemetery. Friends may call at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 North Center Street, Canton, Wednesday, Jan 21 from 7-9 PM. – Wellsboro Gazette, 21 Jan. 1981, p.12
Woman, Dog die in Accident
Lola GARDNER Rounsville, 58, of RD1, Morris and her pet dog died in a 1:25 PM accident that occurred on Monday, January 19, seven miles south of Wellsboro on Route 287, Delmar Township in what is known as the "Betsy Ross" area. Mrs. Rounsville was pronounced dead at the scene by Tioga County Deputy Coroner Jon Vogler, who listed the cause of death as massive head and body injuries. Driving a 1980 Pontiac Bonneville south on Routs 287, Mrs. Rounsville traveled onto the partially snow covered west berm. In attempting to regain the highway, her vehicle slid sideways across both lanes of travel colliding with the left front of a northbound 1977 GMC fully loaded log truck driven by Norman M. Hilfiger, 40 of RD1 Covington. Hilfiger was not injured. The entire left side of the Rounsville car was ripped open and the roof torn off by the impact. Her car was listed as demolished and the log truck as severely damaged by Mansfield State Police. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Wellsboro Branch was called to the scene to provide aid to Mrs. Rounsville’s dog which died later that day. Morris and Wellsboro firefighters assisted at the scene using the Jaws of Life, Hurst Power Rescue Tool to remove Mrs. Rounsville’s body from the wreckage. Her body was then taken to the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital morgue. – Wellsboro Gazette, 21 January 1981, p.1
ROY D. GARDNER: Roy D. Gardner, 77, of Morris RD 1, died at 9 a.m. Saturday May 5, 1973, in the North Penn Health Center. He was born at Bradford, N.Y., on March 18, 1896, a son of Ervin and Ella Butters Gardner. Mr. Gardner was a member of Roaring Branch Odd Fellows Lodge. He was a veteran of World War I. Surviving are his wife, the former Melissa Route; two daughters, Mrs. Lola Rounsville, of Morris RD 1, and Mrs. Gladys Snyder, of Johnson City, N.Y.; a brother, Earl, of Bodines, and three grandchildren. The funeral was held on Tuesday at the Roaring Branch United Methodist Church. Burial was in Roaring Branch Cemetery. The Rev. Harry Crouse, pastor, officiated.
RALPH A. GOOD, 99, OF Canton, formerly a long-time resident of Roaring Branch, PA, diedJuly 26, 1999 at the Bradford county Manor. Mr. Good was two months from his 100th birthday. Born September 21, 1899 in Roaring Branch, he was a son of the late Joseph and Sadie Smith Good. As a young man he worked as a fireman for the Pennsylvania railroad until 1928. He then became employed by H. Rockwell and Son Feed Mill in Canton where he worked for 38 years until his retirement in 1966. On April 29, 1932 he married the former Fanny Austin in Harrisburg, PA. Together Ralph and Fanny celebrated 67 years of loving marriage. Mr. Good was a member of the Roaring Branch United Methodist Church and the I.O.O.F. Canton Lodge No. 321. He was a fifty year member of the Ogdensburg Grange No. 293 and served as a former secretary for the Griffin Cemetery in Roaring Branch. He enjoyed and loved his family. In earlier years he was an avid gardener and will be remembered for his large gardens where he would raise produce and often share with his many friends, neighbors, and family. Following retirement from the feed mill, Mr. Good enjoyed traveling. Surviving are: his wife, Fanny, Canton; daughters and a son-in-law, Janet and Norm Williams, Canton and Lois Myers, Alba; sons and a daughter-in-law, Dean and Donna Good, Canton; Dennis Good, Montoursville; sister, Phyllis Deal, Roaring Branch; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. Good was preceded in death by three sisters, two brothers and a son-in-law, Donald Myers, Sr., 1995. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, July 28 at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton. The funeral will be held 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Francis Montgomery, Pastor of the Roaring Branch United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will follow in Griffin Cemetery, Roaring Branch. The family suggests Memorials be directed to the Western Alliance E.M.S., 17 South Washington St., Canton, PA or to the Roaring Branch United Methodist Church, c/o P.O. Box 72, Roaring Branch, PA in Mr. Good’s memory. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
KENNETH ‘DUTCH’ GRAHAM, 78, long-time resident of Roaring Branch, diedon December 27, 2005 at the Valley View Nursing Home in Montoursville. Born on August 24, 1927 in Roaring Branch, he was a son of the late James and Viola (Loper) Graham and the devoted husband of the late Doris (Love) Graham. Dutch enlisted in the US Army and served our country during World War II. Upon returning home he worked for a time with the Pennsylvania Railroad and then for Penn DOT. He was later employed as a custodian at the Canton Area School District for many years until his retirement. Ken was a member of the Roaring Branch United Methodist Church where formerly he served as a trustee. He was very active and held several offices in the Ogdensburg Grange No. 293 for over 29 years. Dutch was also a board member of the Roaring Branch Cemetery. He loved being outdoors and enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and was a talented woodworker. Surviving are: his two brothers, Robert (Joanne) Graham of Roaring Branch, Philip Graham of Morris Run; two nieces Nancy Hennigan of Roaring Branch and Gloria Jones of Morris Run; two nephews, Scott Graham and Jeff Barber, both of Roaring Branch; six great-nephews; Philip and James Graham, Justin and Jordan Hennigan, William and Jeoffrey Jones; special cousins, Harold and Lilian Sechrist of Elmira; and dear friend, Sally Metzger of Cogan Station. He was predeceased by Doris, his beloved wife of 54 years on April 14, 2005; and a nephew, James Graham. The funeral service was held on Saturday, December 31, 2005 at Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton with Pastor Ann Overmiller officiating. Burial will be held in the Roaring Branch Cemetery. Memorials in Mr. Graham’s name may be made to the Roaring Branch United Methodist Church, PO Box 72, Roaring Branch, PA. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
HAND - MRS. PHILLIP L. EVANS
Mrs. Sarah Hand Evans, wife of Phillip L. Evans, died at her home in Roaring Branch September 23, aged 64 years. Besides her husband, she is survived by the following children; Mildred and Odessa, at home; William Joseph and Philip, of Williamsport, and Bert, of Canton; also by three sisters, Mrs. George Seeley, of Delaware; Mrs. Thomas Dalton, of Sheffield, and Mrs. Mary Hawthorne, of Pittsburgh. Funeral services were held from the home to-day, R.W. Sholl, pastor of the Calvary Methodist church, officiating; burial in the Roaring Branch cemetery. (The Agitator: Wellsboro, PA, Wednesday, September 28, 1927)
WILLARD L. HOLMES, 83, of Roaring Branch, died at 7:20 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, 1972, in the Williamsport Hospital following a protracted illness. He was born in Langdon, Nov. 10, 1888, a son of John J. and Brittie Camp Holmes. Mr. Holmes had served over 42 years as postmaster at Roaring Branch at the time of his retirement at age 70. He was also a merchant, operating a store in Roaring Branch for 43 years. He was a member of the Griffin Odd Fellows Lodge, Roaring Branch, for over 50 years. Surviving is a sister, Mrs. Grace Rauscher, with whom he resided. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Kleese’s, 40 North Center Street, Canton, with the Rev. Harry D. Krause, pastor of the Roaring Branch United Methodist Charge, officiating. Burial will be in Roaring Branch Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday. –Williamsport Sun-Gazette.
LOVE –DORIS (LOVE) GRAHAM, 79, of Roaring Branch, Pa. went home to her Lord and Savior on Thursday, April 14, 2005 from the Valley View Home in Montoursville, Pa. Doris Lou Love was born on Aug. 18, 1925, near Williamsport in Bottle Run, Pa. She was a daughter of the Late Harry and Josephine (Spiker) Love. Doris was the postmaster in Roaring Branch for more than 25 years until retiring in 1985. She was an active member of the Roaring Branch United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday School and served as church treasurer. She was a member of the Ogdensburg Grange No. 293, formerly holding the position of lecturer. Doris also was a member of the Postmaster’s Union. Mrs. Graham’s strong faith in the Lord guided her throughout life. Reading Scripture from the Bible gave her encouragement and strength. She was known and loved for being a kind woman who lived by the Golden Rule, putting other people’s feelings first. Doris loved flowers, being outdoors, crocheting and word puzzles. She especially enjoyed attending get-togethers with her many postmaster friends. Surviving are her beloved husband of over 54 years, Kenneth “Dutch” at home; two brothers-in-law and a sister-in-law, Robert (Joanne) Graham of Roaring Branch and Philip Graham of Morris Run; a cousin, Clair (Bonnie) Carr of Williamsport, Pa.; a special friend for over 60 years, Sally Metzger of Linden and many friends and neighbors. Mrs. Graham was predeceased by a sister, Helen Love and two sisters-in-law, Myrtle and Mary Graham. The family invites friends to call from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton. The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Monday, April 18 at Pepper[s with her pastor and friend the Rev. Ann Overmiller officiating. Burial will be held in Roaring Branch Cemetery. Those who wish may consider a memorial in Mrs. Graham’s name to the Roaring Branch United Methodist Church at P.O. Box 72, Roaring Branch, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review.
ELMER J. RICE, 85, formerly of Redburn, Pa. and Second Street Towanda died Tuesday evening April 9, 1991 at the LaPorte United Methodist Home. Born Oct. 24, 1905 in Redburn, he was a son of the late Edmund and Frances Beals Rice. He was a graduate of Canton High School, class of 1922 and was a veteran of World War II having served in the U.S. Army in the European Theater. He was employed as parts manager for the Ross Beatty Ford Garage in Towanda for over 25 years until his retirement in 1970. Elmer was a member of Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 and the Beirne-Webster VFW Post No. 1568, Towanda. He was also a former member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge, Towanda. He is survived by a sister, Mrs. Dorothy Austin of Towanda with whom he resided for 40 years; two nieces, Mrs. Ralph (Doris) Langford of Athens and Mrs. Bruce (Carole Rice) Smith of Palmyra, N.Y.; two great-nephews, Shawn and Jeff Langford of Athens. He was preceded in death by a brother, Ivan Rice of Athens in 1973. The funeral and committal service will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda with the Rev. George Nesbitt, pastor of the Towanda United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be in Griffin Cemetery in Roaring Branch, Pa. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral service Friday afternoon at the funeral home. Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 will accord military honors at the funeral home. –Towanda Daily Review
JAMIE (JIM) F. RICHARDS, 65 Roaring Branch, Pa. died February 13, 1998 at Roseview Manor, Williamsport where he had been a resident for a short time. Born in Larrysville, PA Dec. 26, 1932 he was the son of Jacob A. and Rose Ann Heilin Richards. He was an Army veteran, with over 20 years of service having served in Korea and Vietnam. He also received a Bronze Star. Surviving are his wife, Marian (Whiting) Richards; daughter and son-in-law, Patricia & John Mesko, Canton; daughter, Noreen Richards, Alexandria, VA; step-sons and daughters-in-law, Alfred and Marilyn Route and Ernest and Sally Route, Canton; Ricky and Denise Route, Williamsport; stepdaughters and sons-in-law, Jane and Ron Slocum, Linda and David Rockwell and Brenda and Jim Colton all of Canton;; Susan and Gordon Collister, Roaring Branch; brother and sisters-in-law, Jacob and Shirley Richards, Roaring Branch; sister and brother-in-law, Margaret and Glen Pratt, Marsh Hill; sister, Patricia Harer, Roaring Branch; two grandchildren; 17 step-grandchildren; 14 step-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. The family suggests those who wish may make memorial contributions in Mr. Richards’ name to the Ralston Volunteer Fire Dept. and Ambulance Association, Main Street, Ralston, PA. Arrangements were under the direction of the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton. –Buried Roaring Branch Cemetery
ANSON H. ROUTE, 83 of Roaring Branch RR 1 (Union Township) diedunexpectedly early Saturday morning, Oct. 14, 1995 at his home. Born Sept. 30, 1912 in Roaring Branch he was a son of the late Alfred and Ann Route. Mr. Route was employed by the former J.P. Ward Foundry in Blossburg as a machine operator for 29 years, until his retirement in 19744. Mr. Route was a member and trustee of the Roaring Branch United Methodist church. He served as trustee for the Roaring Branch Cemetery and was a member of the Canton Senior Citizens and an associate member of the Ralston Senior Citizens. He was a life member of the Red Run Rod and Gun Club, Ralston and the Roaring Branch Hunting Club. Anson was an avid hunter and enjoyed the outdoors. Surviving are his wife, Luella (Beady) Route, with whom he celebrated 57 years of marriage on Aug. 4, 1995; a daughter and son-in-law, Pat A. and Wayne Scaife of Roaring Branch RR 1; a brother, Ernest “Ernie” Route of Williamsport; a sister, Frances “Frank” Campbell of Roaring Branch; several nieces, nephews cousins and many friends. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. this evening, Oct. 15, 1995 at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Route 14, Canton. The funeral and committal service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home with his pastor, Phyllis A. Hunter officiating. Interment will be held in the Roaring Branch Cemetery, Roaring Branch. The family will provide flowers and suggests that memorials may be directed to the Roaring Branch United Methodist Church Memorial fund in care of Mrs. Doris Graham, RR 1, Box 16, Roaring Branch, Pa. in Mr. Route’s memory. –Towanda Daily Review
Ernest “Ernie” E. ROUTE, 44, Canton RR 2, PA diedunexpectedly Monday, May 25, 1998 as the result of a heart attack. Ernie was born in Blossburg on December 27, 1953, the son of Marian Whiting Route Richards and the late Alfred (Stub) Route Sr. He graduated from canton High school, Class of 1971. Ernie was a self employed trucker which he started nearly 20 years ago after purchasing his first tractor and trailer. He was a member of the New Life Church in Canton Twp. Ernie was a sports enthusiast and coached the Ralston Rattlers pee wee football team in his earlier years; he was instrumental in the organization of and was president of the Canton Matmen Youth Wrestling. Surviving are his wife of 27 years, Sally Machmer Route, at home; sons and a daughter-in-law, Craig E. and Tanya Route, Jeremy J. Route, Curt Route, all of Canton; daughter, Angela Route, at home; three grandsons; his mother, Marian Richards of Roaring Branch, PA; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary Jane and Ron Slocum of Canton, Susan and Gordie Collister of Roaring Branch, Brenda and Jim Colton, Canton, Linda and Dave Rockwell, Canton; brothers and sisters-in-law, Alfred Jr. and Marilynn Route of Canton and Rick and Denise Route of Williamsport, PA; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Paul and Emma Machmer of Canton; sisters-in-law and spouses, Emily and Arden Paulhamus of Williamsport, Julie and Scott Parker of Canton, Kim and Milton VanNoy of Granville Summit, Susie and Joe Landers of Westfield, PA, Betsy and Mark Smith of Williamsport; brothers-in-law and their spouses, Paul and Linda Machmer, Curt and Jana Muchmer, Brian and Kim Machmer, Mark Machmer, all of Canton, Mike and Kathy Machmer of Troy, PA; several aunts, uncles and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to Ernie’s father, Alfred Sr., he was predeceased by his stepfather, Jim Richards in 1998. Funeral services were held at the Pepper Funeral Home in Canton may 28 with the Rev. Glen Landis officiating and the rev. Arlen Landis assisting. Interment is to be in the Roaring Branch Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the First Citizens National Bank, 29 West Main St., Canton, PA 17724 for a trust fund to establish as athletic award at the Canton High School in Ernie’s memory. “Troy Gazette-Register,” Troy, PA Thursday June 4, 1998
ROUTE –FRANCES C. ‘FRANK’ CAMPBELL, 86, Roaring Branch, PA diedDecember 28, 1996, at her home. She was born one of 10 children, June 7, 1910, in Ogdensburg, a daughter of the late Alfred and Ann Route. “Frank” as she was fondly referred to by her family and friends, was a devoted mother and grandmother. She was of the Methodist faith and was a talented crocheter and enjoyed playing cards, especially 500 Rummy. Surviving are two sons, Allen Campbell, at home and Rodney Campbell, roaring Branch; six grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; a brother, Ernest Route, Williamsport; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. The funeral and committal service was held December 31, at the Pepper Funeral Home, with Pastor Phyllis Hunter, officiating. Interment was in the Roaring Branch Cemetery. The family suggests that memorials may be directed to the Canton Ambulance, Canton, PA or to the North Penn Home Health/Hospice, Blossburg, PA in Mrs. Campbell’s memory. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
Tatum Lee ROUTE
Daily Review, Tatum Lee Route, 16, a junior at the North Penn High School, Blossburg, diedSunday, Aug. 3, 2003, as the result of a tragic automobile accident near Ralston. She was born in Williamsport on Oct. 10, 1986. She was an outgoing young woman, well-liked by her fellow students and friends. She was active in Panther volleyball and enjoyed four-wheeler riding. Tatum was happiest when able to spend times just hanging out with her many friends. Surviving are her loving parents, Jeanie (Lee) Miller of Ralston and Kevin and Wendy Route of Canton; two brothers and a sister, Brennan, Kaleb and Makenzy; her grandparents, Dorothy “Becky” Moyer of Ralston and Alfred and Marilynn Route of Canton; great-grandparents, Lillian Lee, Charles Moyer and Jane Soper, all of Ralston; three uncles, Denny Route of Canton, Bob (Shelly) Lee of Blossburg and Richard Moyer of North Carolina; special cousins, Lindsay, Kristin and Cito; and numerous great-aunts, great-uncles and cousins. Tatum was predeceased by her grandparents, Robert E. Lee and Richard “Dick” Moyer; and great-grandparents, Alfred “Stub” Route, Marian (Route) Richards, Gerald Soper and Edna Moyer. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Pepper Funeral Home, Canton. The funeral will be held 11 a.m. Friday at the New Life Church on Route 14 two miles north of Canton on McMurray Road. Burial will be in the Roaring Branch Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Ralston Fire Co., P.O. Box 1, Ralston, PA 17763.
MARCELLA MARIE STICKLER - On the afternoon of Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007, Marcella Marie Stickler of Roaring Branch, Pa. diedquietly at the Green Home in Wellsboro, Pa. She was 97 years of age. Born in Roaring Branch on June 30, 1909, she was the daughter of Ray and Nina Bunn Stickler. She graduated from Canton High School with the Class of 1927. While attending Mansfield College, Marcella was employed as a teacher at the Joe Hill School, as well as other area schools. She operated nursery schools at both Mansfield, Pa., and Williamsport, Pa., and later was a professor of elementary education at Bloomsburg University as well as Lock Haven University. During the summer of 1955, Miss Stickler was the manager of a park at Estes Park, Colo. She retired from Lock Haven University with an associate doctorate degree in the early 1970s. For many years, Marcella would travel during the winter. She enjoyed visiting Spain, Greece, Hawaii and Florida. Marcella had a summer home at Lake Ondawa in Big Pond. Of great importance to Marcella was her teaching and enjoying the company of children. Marcella is survived by a sister, Marguerite Leonard of Roaring Branch, Pa.; nephews, Allyn (and Ada) Leonard of Roaring Branch, Byron (and Sylvia) Leonard of Wellsboro, Tom (and Sue) Leonard of Columbia Cross Roads, Pa., and Ray Stickler of Milwaukee, Wis.; a niece, June (and David) Hottenstein, of New Albany, Pa.; 16 great-nieces and nephews; and 20 great-great nieces and nephews. Marcella was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Byron Stickler and her sister Margaret (who diedwhen she was 8 years old). Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 18, at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton. Services will be conducted at 3 p.m. with the Rev. David B. Morris officiating. Interment will be in Roaring Branch Cemetery. -Towanda Daily Review 2/17/2007
CARL W. STINER, 47, of Roaring Branch RD 1 died Thursday, Aug 5, 1986 as a result of a motor vehicle accident on Rt. 15 near Lawrenceville. Born May 27, 1939 in South Williamsport, he was the son of Leo F. and Marie A. Gephart Stiner. He was employed as a public relations representative with the Blossburg Beverage Company. He was a member of the F. & A.M. Lodge #397 Williamsport, the Wiliamsport Consistery; the Irem Temple, Wilkes-Barre and the Williamsport Shrine Club. He was the recipient of the Solomon Two Builders award and the Braided Fez. He was a member of the B.P.O.E. Lodge #2151 Towanda, the Hillside Rod and Gun Club, the Blossburg American Legion Post; the Red Run Rod and Gun Club of Ralston; the Deep Hollow Hunting Club; the Roaring Branch Hunting Club; the AAHA Club in Pennsylvania. He also was organizer, charter member, life member and president of the Deer Xing Detachment of the Marine Corps League of Ralston. Surviving his wife of 28 years, the former Patricia Route; five brothers and sisters-in-law, Leo and Joan Stiner of Trout Run, Charles and Fay Stiner of Benson, Ariz., Jack and Beth Stiner of Canton, Jan and Donna Stiner of Roaring Branch, Kim and Kathy Stiner of Canton; father and mother-in-law, Anson and Beatrice Route of Roaring Branch; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceding him in death were four brothers, Edward, Ronald, James and Steve. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Aug. 9 at 1 p.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 North Center St. Canton, with the rev. Charles Bailey, of the Roaring Branch United Methodist Church and the Rev. Richard Barner, of the Canton Ecumenical Parish, officiating. Interment will be in the Roaring Branch Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Friday from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. The Williamsport Masonic Lodge #397 will hold a memorial service at the funeral home, Friday at 8:30 p.m. Those wishing may make memorial donations to the Deer Xing Detachment of the Marine Corps League, Toys for Tots Fund, Ralston, Pa.
STULL –MRS. NETTIE HOWARD, 79, died Sunday morning, July 27, 1941 at her home at Roaring Branch. She was the widow of Oliver Howard. She leaves a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Maude Howard. The Rev. James Farrar of Ralston will conduct funeral services Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the home. Burial in Roaring Branch Cemetery. –Elmira Star-Gazette 7/28/1941
TERIBURY - IRENE L. ROUTE
Irene L. Route, 89, of Ralston, PA diedWednesday, February 19, 1992 at Lysock View in Montoursville, PA. She was born on July 13, 1902 in Troy, the daughter of Elra and Bertha Guthrie Teribury. Surviving are a daughter, Anna May Vroman of Ralston; sons, James H. Route Sr., Liberty RR 1, Paul Roy Route, Ralston and Gordon L. Route Sr., Roaring Branch; 21 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; brother, Carl Teribury of Gillett; sisters, Helen Wrisley, Troy, Dorotha Andrus, Elmira, Aleda Mays, Addison, NY and Nina Vroman, Addison, NY; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Alfred H. Route in 1964; a daughter, Betty Jane Route in 1924; and a son, Alfred E. Route in 1979. Funeral services were held February 22 at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton with the Rev. Daniel Milheim officiating and interment to be in Roaring Branch Cemetery. (TGR, Thursday, February 27, 1992)
TREAT –HELEN B. RICHARDS age 67, Manhattan, KS died July 15, 1991 at Saint Mary Hospital, Manhattan, KS. She was born in Bodines June 17, 1923 a daughter of John and Marjorie VanDyke Treat. Mrs. Richards was a graduate of Canton High School. She retired from the registrar’s office of Mansfield University in 1979 after 18 years. She served as site manager at the Tonganoxie Nutrition Site. She was employed as a receptionist for the Riley County Senior’s Service Center prior to joining the staff of R.S.V.P. She is survived by two children, Linda Henry and Daniel Richards of Manhattan, KS; an adopted daughter, Heather Richards, Manhattan; two grandchildren, Mitchell and Matthew Henry, both of Manhattan; and one brother, Philip Treat, Westfield, PA. A memorial service was held July 21 at the Roaring Branch United Methodist Church. Interment was in Roaring Branch Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established for either Riley County Senior’s Service Center of for R.S.P.V. Contributions may be sent to the Yorgensen-Meloan Funeral Home, Manhattan, KS. Local funeral arrangements were under the direction of Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton. –Canton Independent Sentinel
FRANK E. TWIST, 76 of Ralston diedMonday April 10, 1989 at home following an extended Illness. Mr. Twist was born Nov. 21, 1912 at Roaring Branch, Tioga County PA. a son of William E. and Lulu Buzzard Twist. He was an Army veteran of World War II and was a recipient of the Purple Heart. In 1974 he retired from the former Cumming Lumber Co. in Ralston where he was employed for 25 years. Surviving are his wife, the former Irene Vroman with whom he celebrated 35 years of marriage on Feb. 23, 1989; two sons, Frank E. Jr. and Dale E. both of Ralston; a daughter, Mrs. Dennis (Kathy) Austin of Ralston; a sister, Mrs. Eloise Porter of Horseheads, N.Y.; four grandchildren; Amanda and Jushua Austin and Paul and Neil Twist. A memorial service will be held at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton Wednesday at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Jasper Smith, retired United Methodist minister officiating. Interment will be in Roaring Branch (Griffin) Cemetery. There will be no visitation. The family will provide flowers. –Towanda Daily Review
KEVIN ALAN VROMAN, age 50, of Blossburg, Pa., died Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, Pa. Kevin was born June 9, 1965 in Blossburg, Pa., a son of Daniel Vroman and Shirley (Krise) Rabold. He was employed by J.P. Ward Manufacturing in Blossburg, Pa. Kevin was a member of the Arnot Sportsmans Club, Canton American Legion, Morris Run American Legion and enjoyed golfing, enjoyed barbecuing chicken with the Sleezy chicken crew, shooting pool, fishing and going for rides. Kevin is survived by two sons, Derek Thorpe of Covington, Pa., Trevor Vroman of Arnot, Pa.; a brother, Daniel Vroman Jr. of Gillett, Pa.; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Lisa (Thomas Dunn) Mead of Monroeton, Pa., Sheila and Matt Wiemeyer of Roaring Branch, Pa., Bobbie Klick of Canton, Pa.; his girlfriend, Gayle Kreger of Arnot, Pa. He was predeceased by his parents and a sister, Debbie Mead. Family and friends are invited to call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015 at Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, Pa. A memorial service will follow at 7 p.m. at the funeral chapel with his brother-in-law, Matt Wiemeyer, officiating. Family will provide the flowers. In lieu of flowers, contributions for an educational fund for Trevor Vroman may be sent to Derek Thorpe, 957 East Hill Rd., Covington, PA. Burial will be in Griffen Cemetery, Roaring Branch, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review 8/7/2015
WHITING –MARIAN A. ROUTE RICHARDS, 71 longtime resident of Roaring Branch diedat home Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 5, 2001 while surrounded by her loving family. Born Aug. 31, 1930 in Gaines, N.Y., she was a daughter of the late Elmer and Alzora Walrath Whiting. Marian was raised in the Ralston area and attended school there. In earlier years, she was employed by Welden’s Sewing until its closure, then by Glamorise Sewing, both in Williamsport. She later accepted a cooking position at the North Penn Health Center in Blossburg where she worked for many years until her retirement. She was a member of the Roaring Branch Methodist Church. Marian’s family was most precious to her; bring her so much pride and joy. She loved the days spent shopping and having lunch with her daughters, the family gatherings at Old Possessions Hunting Camp and being one of the best sport fans her family could ever ask for. She is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Alfred Jr. and Marilynn Route of Canton, Rick and Denise Route of Williamsport, and Sally Route of Canton; daughters and sons-in-law; Mary Jane and Ron Slocum of Canton, Susan and Gordie Collister of Roaring Branch, Brenda and Jim Colton and Linda and Dave Rockwell all of Canton; 17 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; brother, Newell Whiting of Rochester, N.Y.; sister, Grace Norman of Liberty; and many nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and cousins. Marian was predeceased by her first husband, Alfred Route Sr., Oct. 8, 1978; second husband, Jamie Richards, Feb. 13, 1998; son, Ernest Route, May 25, 1998; sister, Pauline Dodge and brother, Wellington Whiting. The family will receive friends today from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Pepper Funeral home, Springbrook Drive, Canton. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Glen Landis officiating. Burial will follow in the Roaring Branch Cemetery. The family will provide flowers and suggests that memorials may be directed in Marian’s memory to the Ernest E. Route Athletic Scholarship, c/o First Citizens National Bank, 29 W. Main St., Canton, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review
WOODWARD –GEORGIA M. DAVIES – On December 15, 2003, Ralston native, Georgia Marie (Woodward) Davies, 77 diedquietly at Dar-Way Nursing Home in Estella. Born in Ralston on June 13, 1926 she was the daughter of Harry J. and Blanche (Campbell) Woodward. She was educated in the Ralston school system and had a natural gift for music. With several members of her family being accomplished musicians, it was logical that she should follow in their footsteps. She taught herself how to play the guitar and for many years she could be found entertaining at various local clubs and venues. She caught the eye of Blossburg man named John “Jokey” Davies and soon they were wed. She enjoyed the company of her family and friends. Along with her husband, she was a member of the American Legion Post at Morris Run and was a familiar face for many years at the Red Run Rod and Gun Club. She was an avid bingo player. As the years ensued and their health declined both Georgia and John became residents of Dar-Way. John diedJuly 5, 2001. Surviving are her brother, Harold “Heckle” Woodward (and his wife, Beverly), Roaring Branch; sisters, Vivian (and Leon) Tillotson, Roaring Branch and Frances (and Vernon) Morgan, Elmira, NY as well as nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her husband, John she was preceded in death by her stepson, John Davies, Jr. and nephew Harold “Hecky” Newcomer. Calling hours will be Thursday, December 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Inc., 40 N. Center St., Canton and will resume Friday morning from 10 to 11 a.m. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on December 19 with the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating. Interment will follow in the Roaring Branch Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel
? – Carolyn “Tink” Hoffman, 48, of Roaring Branch, died peacefully at home while surrounded by her loving family, on Wednesday Aug. 22, 2007. Calling hours were 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25, at Pepper Funeral Home in Canton. The funeral followed at 1:30 p.m. with her pastors Rev. Ann Overmiller and Rev. David Eggers officiating. Burial was made in the Roaring Branch Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Tink’s name may be sent to a charity of one’s choice. – Mansfield Gazette, 29 Aug. 2007