by Joyce M. Tice
|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.|
HILL –MRS. ADA B. SPENCER, 83 of Bradford County Manor, formerly of Canton RD 1, diedat the Manor February 5, 1983. Mrs. Spencer was born in Ward Township, Tioga County, January 15, 1899 a daughter of Charles and Grace Segur Hill. She was a member of the Ward United Methodist Church. She is survived by a son, Howard Spencer of Ocala, Florida; two daughters, Mrs. Betty Wakley, Knoxville, Pa. and Mrs. Charles (Grace) Mott, Canton; 11 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Spencer was predeceased by her husband, Charles in June 1961 and a daughter Doris Irving in June 1971. Funeral and committal services will be held on Monday at 1 p.m. at the Morse-Kleese Funeral Home, 40 North Center Street, Canton with Rev. Duane Taylor officiating. Interment will be in the Spencertown Cemetery, Tioga County. Donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice in Mrs. Spencer’s memory. –Towanda Daily Review
JENKINS - Shirley Kilbourn,76, of Roaring Branch (Union Township)
diedpeacefully early Friday morning Sept. 12, 2008 at her home. Shirley Marie was born in Grover Nov. 11, 1931, a daughter of the late Myles and Goldie Drydale Jenkins.She was 1949 graduate of Canton High School and later married Lawrence Kilbourn in the Ogdensburg Church of Christ. They were blessed with 55 years together and raised three children. Shirley was a quite kindheated person who always had a smile. She enjoyed the outdoors especially when working in her garden or going for rides on the mountain. Her main interest throughout life was the love she shared for her family and home. Surviving are her husband Lawrence at home, children Kristi (Richard) Heess of Shunk, Garlord (Carol) Kilbourn of Roaring Branch and Stuart (Jennifer) Kilbourn of Hughesville, nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren, a sister Beverly Morrision of Granville Center, sister in law Helen Jenkins of Roseville, Frances Groover of Canton. In addition to her partents, Shirley wa predceased by a brother Robert Jenkins, a brother in law George Morrison and step father Gerald "Walt" Klibourn. The family invites friends to call 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept 17 at the Pepper Funeral Home, springbrook Dr., Canton. A memorial service in celebration of Shirley's will immediately following at 2 pm with Pastor Erick Ferguson, officiating. Burial will be in the Spencertown Cemetery.
BRENNAN ELI KILBOURN, 2, of Hugesville, died November 29, 2008 at the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. Born April 13, 2006, he was a son of Stuart L. and Jennifer A. Miller Kilbourn. Brennan enjoyed tagging along with his dad and helping out wherevere he could; keeping his favorite blue blanket close to his side. He had quite a fascination with tractors, trains and most ever thing mechanical. However, one of his greatest joys was watchin his favorite cartoon, Diego. Surviving in addition to his parents are siblings, Seth and Lyndsay both at home; paternal grandfather, Lawrence Kilbourn, Roaring Branch; maternal grandfather, Jake Wilson of Montoursville and maternal grandparents, Linda (Jim) Collins) of Alba. Brennan was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Shirley Kilbourn. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. December 5 at the Evangelical Friends Church, 137 S. Third St., Hughesville with Rev. Dan Cale officiating. Burial will be held in Spencer(town) Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the church. Flowers are welcome: however, memorial contributions to assist with medical expenses may be made to: Memorial to Brennan Eli Kilbourn, c/c Muncy Bank & Trust, P.O. Box 1, Hughesville, PA. Arrangements have been entrusted to the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Hughesville. –Canton Independent-Sentinel 12/4/2008
KILBOURN - Karen Lynne Kilbourn
Baby Karen Lynne Kilbourn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gaylord Kilbourn, Roaring Branch, RD 1 was dead at birth at the Willamsport Hospital,early Tuesday morning, April 28, 1981. The morther is the former Carol Balzer. Other survivors beside the partents, are maternal grandpartents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Balzer,Forkville RD1: material great grandmothers, Mrs. Clara Pardoe, Mrs. Eva Brown, both of Forkville RD1: paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrencer Kilbourn, Roaring Branch RD1: paternal great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Walton kilbourn: aunts, uncles, two nieces, one nephew, several cousins. Private funeral services and burial will be held at the convenience of the family, at the Spencertown Cemetery. Arrangements by Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton.
GERALD WALTON ‘WALT’ KILBOURN, 85, Canton died, April 20, 1996, at his home. Born May 10, 1910, in Roaring Branch, he was a son of the late Lloyd and Ida Williams Kilbourn. Mr. Kilbourn served his country in the US Army during World War II; was employed by Baumunk Lumber Co. in Forksville for 18 years until his retirement in 1972. He held lifetime memberships with the Canton VFW Post No. 714; the Marine Corps League and the Red Run Rod and Gun Club, both in Ralston, and the Hillside Rod and Gun Club, Blossburg. Surviving are his wife, the former Goldie Drysdale whom he married on October 13, 1966 in Exton; a son and daughter-in-law, Philip “Stub” and Helen Kilbourn, Roaring Branch; a son, Garry Kilbourn Granville Center; two daughters and sons-in-law, Connie and William Blaney, Canton and Joe Ann and Richard Brown, Canton; three stepchildren; Robert Jenkins, Shirley Kilbourn and Beverly Morrison; 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Lawrence Kilbourn, Roaring Branch; a sister and brother-in-law, Frances and Edwin Groover, Canton RR 2; two sisters; Marguerite Hager, Roaring Branch and Eleanor Elliott, Canton; nieces, nephews and cousins. A graveside service was held April 24, at the Spencertown Cemetery, Union Township, with the Rev. James Donahoo officiating. The Canton VFW Post No. 714 accorded full military honors at the cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of the Pepper Funeral Home, Canton. The family suggests memorials may be directed to the Canton Ambulance Association, PO Box 38, Canton, PA in Mr. Kilbourn’s memory. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
LLOYD C. KILBOURN, 76, of Roaring Branch RD 2, died at his home Monday, July 10, 1961, after an extended illness. A retired farmer, he was born Oct. 30, 1884, at Roaring Branch RD 2. He was a member of the Ogdensburg Grange. He was a member of the Ogdensburg Church of Christ, Disciples. Mr. Kilbourn and his wife observed their 57th wedding anniversary March 7, 1961. Surviving besides his wife, Ida Williams Kilbourn, are six daughters, Mrs. Lowell Woodward and Mrs. Max Hager, both of Roaring Branch RD; Mrs. Albert Stoddard of Sugar Run; Mrs. Lloyd Herman and Mrs. Edwin Groover, both of Canton RD, and Mrs. Robert Elliott, of Canton; two sons, Walton, of Grover, and Lawrence, at home; 26 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Mrs. Harriet Allen, Mrs. Jessie Coons and Mrs. Erastus Kinch, all of Canton and Mrs. Elsie Williams of Roaring Branch RD. The Rev. Wilma Barker Hoose will conduct the services. Services will be at Kleese’s, Center Street, Canton, 2 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be in Spencertown Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday afternoon and evening. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
EDWARD F. SAUNDERS, 76, Canton, PA diedDecember 1, 1999 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, following a brief illness. Born July 16, 1923, in Grover, he was one of six children born to the late Franklin and Lilly Bastion Saunders. As a young man, he grew up in the Grover area and attended school there. Mr. Saunders honorably serviced our country in the U.S. Army’s 308th Airdrome Squadron during World War II. He was a member of the Canton V.F.W. Post No. 714. He married the former Hazel Shedden Spencer on May 20, 1960, in Franklindale, PA. He was employed by the former Swayze Folding Box Co. in Canton for more than 40 years, retiring in March 1988. He will be remembered as a “jack of all trades” with skills he used often to help others in need. He also enjoyed gardening and working on his lawn. Mr. Saunders loved his family, especially his grandchildren, who affectionately referred to him as “Pop Pop”. Surviving by his wife of 39 years, Hazel; their children and their spouses, Laurie and Brian Krise, Canton, RR2; Barbara and William Troxell, Montoursville, PA; and Dale and Cheryl Saunders, Canton, RR2; two stepchildren and their spouses, David Spencer, Ogdensburg, PA; Phyllis and Cliff Welch, Covington, PA; five grandchildren, Linsey and Caitlin Troxell, Brian and Makayla Saunders; Wade Spencer; brothers and sisters-in-law, Gerald and Joyce Saunders, Canton; Calvin and Wilma Saunders, Columbia, PA; Wayne Saunders, Las Vegas, NV; sister and brother-in-law, Ada and Carl Woodward, Canton, several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Saunders was preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law, Jane and Dick Terry, and a sister-in-law, Shirley Saunders. The funeral service was held December 3, 1999 from the Pepper funeral home, Springbrook Drive, Canton, with the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating. Interment was in Spencertown Cemetery, Canton Township, with Canton V.F.W. Post 714 according full military honors. The family suggests memorials be directed to the American Cancer Society, Bradford Unit, Williamsport, PA in Mr. Saunders’ memory. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
GLENN S. SPENCER, 89 of 13 Clinton St., Canton, Pa. died at the Williamsport Hospital on Tuesday evening, April 6, 1982. Mr. Spencer was born in Union Township, Tioga County PA. on Dec. 5, 1892 a son of Sherman N. and Arminta Lilley Spencer. He was a retired automobile mechanic, having been employed for 37 years by local car dealerships in the Canton area. He was a member of the Minnequa Grange, No. 754 and also a member and deacon for many years in the Church of Christ, Disciples in Canton. He was predeceased by his first wife, the late Alice Palmer, who died in 1948. Mr. Spencer is survived by his wife, the former Viola Morris, whom he married in 1949; two daughters, Mrs. Laura Markham of Elmira, N.Y. and Mrs. William Louise Reynolds of Williamsport; five sons, John P. Spencer of Worcester, Mass., Glenn Sherman Spencer of Rock Stream, N.Y., James W. Spencer of Rochester, Mich., Gerald L. Spencer of Canton and Carl M. Spencer of Canton; a brother, Walter Spencer of Grover; a step-son, Harry Lammy of Canton; 15 grandchildren, 27 Great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral and committal services will be held on Saturday, April 10 at 11 a.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton with his pastor, the Rev. David B. Morris, officiating. Burial will be in the Spencertown Cemetery in Canton Township. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Memorial donations are requested to be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society in Elmira, N.Y. or a charity of one’s choice. –Towanda Daily Review
GLENN SHERMAN SPENCER, 84 of Pleasant Gap, PA died Sunday, November 30, 2003 at Mount Nittany Medical Center. Born January 10, 1919 in Canton, he was a son of the late Glenn Sherman and Alice Palmer Spencer Sr. On September 12, 1942 in Syracuse, NY, he married Charlotte E. Donovan, who survives. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the US Army. He was a mechanical engineer with Bendix Corporation in Elmira, NY from 1952 to 1973. He was a self-employed electrical contractor from 1973 until his retirement. He was a member of the Professional engineers Association. He was a Protestant. In addition to his wife he is survived by three daughters, Patricia Spencer Osborn, New York City, Margaret Young, Braintree, MA; and Janet Haner, State College; a son, Thomas Spencer, Peterhead, Scotland; tow sisters, Louise Reynolds of Williamsport and Laura Martelli of Canton; a brother, Gerald Spencer of Canton; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, John, James and Carl Spencer. There was no public visitation. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, December 4 at 11 a.m. at the Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ), East Union Street at North Minnequa Avenue, Canton, with the Rev. David B. Morris officiating. Burial will be in the Spencer(town) Cemetery, Union Township, Tioga County. Memorial contributions may be made to Mount Nittany Medical Center in memory of Glenn Sherman Spencer, 1800 E. Park Avenue, State College, PA or to State College Choral Society, PO Box 575, State College, PA. Arrangements are under the direction of Dean K. Wetzler Funeral Home, 201 Spring Street, Milesburg. –Canton Independent Sentinel
JOHN P. SPENCER, 76 of Bath, N.Y. formerly of Gillett RR 3 died Monday, June 8, 1992 at the VA Medical Center, Bath, N.Y. He was born June 19, 1915 in Canton, the son of Glenn S. and Alice Palmer Spencer. Mr. Spencer was a member of the Canton Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ), Canton. He served during World War II with the U.S. Army Engineers, obtaining the rank of master sergeant. He was employed in the parts department of Billings Auto Supply in Worcester, Mass. Until his retirement in 1985. Surviving are two sisters, Laura Markham, Canton and Louise Reynolds, Allenwood; three brothers, Glenn Sherman Spencer of South Carver, Mass., and Gerald Spencer and Carl M. Spencer, both of Canton; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a brother, James W. Spencer. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 16 at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton with the Rev. David B. Morris, his pastor officiating. Burial will be held in the Spencer(town) Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society, 413 S. Main St., Athens, PA in Mr. Spencer’s memory. –Towanda Daily Review
SPENCER –LAURA ARMINTA (SPENCER) WILCOX MARTELLI, 89, on the morning of Monday Feb. 6, 2006, Canton resident Laura Arminta (Spencer) Wilcox Martelli diedquietly at the Bradford County Manor. She was 89 years of age. Born in LeRoy on Aug. 24, 1916, she was the daughter of Glenn and Alice (Palmer) Spencer. She was the widow of the late Emerson B. Wilcox. Laura was a woman with a deep, abiding faith in the Lord, and was a member of the Church of Christ (Disciples) in Canton for many years. She had also been active in the Fassett Grange as well as the Canton Rebekahs. In recent years Laura resided at McCallum Manor, where she enjoyed bingo and playing cards with her fellow residents. Laura is survived by her son, Joseph (and Johanna) Wilcox f Canton; daughter, Beverly McDonald of Painted Post, N.Y.; brother, Gerald Spencer of Canton RR 1; sister, Louise Reynolds of Williamsport, Pa.; seven grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Sherman Wilcox; and Brothers Jack, Jim, Sherman and Carl Spencer. Visitation will be from1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at Morse and Kleese Funeral Home Inc., 40 N. Center St., Canton. Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. with Mr. Richard Pratt officiating. Interment will follow in the Spencer Cemetery (Should read Spencertown Cemetery). Memorial contributions may be directed to Western Alliance Emergency Services, P.O. Box 13, Troy, Pa.
LYSLE SPENCER, 67, of Troy, diedon July 2, 2008 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. A son of the late Samuel and Margaret (Welch) Spencer, Lysle Allen was born on March 23, 1941 in Sayre. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving as an U.S. Navy jet mechanic with the Top Hatter’s 14th Fighter Squadron on the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt aircraft carrier. Lysle loved his career as a truck driver. He worked over the road for many years for various freight companies until his health no longer permitted. Lysle will be remembered for his unique sense of humor and sharp with. He always liked a good chance to pick on someone. He enjoyed times spent visiting over coffee at Edgewood’s Restaurant in Troy. Surviving are his son and fiancée, Kelley Spencer and Shannon Plummer of Big Flats, NY; a brother and sister, Gary (Kay) Spencer of Sarver, PA and Leliah (rev. Scott) McNaney of Rochester, NY; grandchildren, Quinnlynn and Brennan Spencer, Anthony and Riley Plummer; several nieces, nephews and cousins; special friends, Shirley Leonard, Chuck Lee and Garry Zuber all of Troy. A private memorial service will be held at Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Dr. in Canton with the Rev. Garry Zuber officiating. Burial will be in Spencertown Cemetery at a later date. –Canton Independent Sentinel 7/10/2008
SAMUEL R. SPENCER, 59 of 73 East Main Street, Canton died suddenly at his home Saturday morning. (March 3, 1963) Mr. Spencer was employed for 19 years in the maintenance department of Remington-Rand at Elmira and was still so employed at the time of his death. He was a member of the Canton Lodge Loyal Order of the Moose. Survivors are his wife, Margaret Pierce Spencer; one daughter, Mrs. Scott McNaney of Elmira; two sons, Lyle of the U.S. Navy serving in the Mediterranean area and Gary of Washington, D.C.; one grandson; three sisters, Mrs. Alice Baylor of Elmira, Mrs. Helen Rockwell of LeRoy and Miss Florence Spencer of Troy; a brother, F. A. Spencer of Elmira. Funeral services were held at the Morse Funeral home in Canton, Tuesday afternoon. Rev. Marlin Bowers, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Canton officiated and burial was in Spencertown Cemetery, Canton Twp. –Canton Independent Sentinel (Note obituary in error it stated buried in Spencer Cemetery, but he is buried in the Spencertown Cemetery. These are two different cemeteries on the same road.)
THOMAS W. THOMAS
Thomas W. Thomas, 63, Canton RR 3, PA, diedunexpectedly Monday, August 15, 1994 at the Troy Community Hospital, Troy, PA. Mr. Thomas was born August 18, 1930 in Canton Township, Bradford County, PA, the son of William J. and Adell Spencer Thomas. He attended Canton area schools. He was a Korean conflict veteran, serving in the US Air Force. He was employed by Bellows Valvair in Canton, Remington Rand in Elmira, NY and from 1972 until his retirement in 1991 he was a heavy equipment operator for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. His memberships include the Grover Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) and the Brooks-Flick American Legion Post of Troy. Survivors include his wife of 40 years, the former Lila Harris; sons and daughters-in-law, Lyle and Sue Thomas of Canton RR 3 and Bradley J. Thomas of Troy; daughters and sons-in-law, Pam and Seven Fowler of Canton and Linda and Bill Pierce of Elmira; five grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law, Alice Kelly of Troy, Inez and Don Kieffer of Horseheads, Sadie and Dick Ross of Granville Summit, Carrie and Duane Wilcox of Canton RR 3 and Lela and Don Poust of Vero Beach, FL. Funeral services were held at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton on August 19 with the Rev. Will Strunk officiating and interment to be in Spencertown Cemetery, Canton Township. Memorial donations may be directed to the American Heart Association, 228 S. Russell St., Williamsport or the American Diabetes Society in Mr. Thomas' memory. (TGR, Thursday, August 25, 1994)
WILLIAM J. THOMAS aged 68 diedsuddenly at his home on Canton RD 1 last Wednesday afternoon, April 26, 1955 following a period of failing health. He was a retired employee of the Belmar Manufacturing Co. here, having been employed by that concern for 32 years. In addition to his wife, Adell S. Thomas, Mr. Thomas is survived by seven daughters, Mrs. Howard Gruver of Canton, Mrs. Martin Kelley of Troy RD1, Mrs. Harry Williams and Mrs. Duane Wilcox of Canton RD 1, Mrs. Donald Kieffer of Horseheads, N.Y., Mrs. Richard Ross of Granville Summit and Miss Lela at home; a son Thomas W. Thomas of Troy RD1; two sisters, Mrs. Sadie Davy of Canton RD2 and Mrs. Herbert McDonald of Elmira; 15 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Funeral services were held at the Kleese Funeral Home on Saturday afternoon. The Rev. Wilma Barker Hoose of the Grover Church of Christ officiated and interment was in the Spencertown) Cemetery, Union Township. –Canton Independent Sentinel
WELCH - SPENCER, MARGARET L. Services for Margaret L. Spencer, 78, Sherwood Home, Leroy, formerly of Canton, were held Jan. 4 at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home with Rev. Scott McNaney officiating. Interment was in Spencer Cemetery. Mrs. Spencer died Jan. 1, 1984 at Towanda Memorial Hospital. She was born Aug. 13, 1905 in Wilks-Barre, daughter of Frank and Dora Ripking Pierce Welch. She was employed by Swazye Folding Box Co. for over 50 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Canton where she held many church offices. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Scott (Leliah) McNaney of Rochester, N.Y.; sons, Lysle of Troy and Gary of Pittsburgh; five grandchildren; brother, Charles Pierce of Blossburg; sister, Jean Pierce of Canton; several nieces and nephews and cousins. (TGR 05 JAN 1984)
WELCH –MARGARET L. SPENCER, 78, a resident of Sherwood Home in Leroy, Pa., formerly of Canton, died Sunday, January 1, 1984 at Towanda Memorial Hospital. She was born August 13, 1905 in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.., a daughter of Frank and Dora Ripking Pierce Welch. She was employed by the Swayze Folding Box Company of Canton for over 50 years. Mrs. Spencer was a member of the First Baptist Church of Canton where she held many church offices. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Scott (Leliah) McNaney of Rochester, N.Y., formerly of Elmira; two sons, Lysle of Troy and Gary of Pittsburgh; five grandchildren; one brother, Charles Piece of Blossburg; sister, Jean Pierce of Canton; and nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends may call at the Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, Canton on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Scott McNaney, Mrs. Spencer’s son-in-law officiating. Interment will be in the Spencer Cemetery (Should read Spencertown Cemetery.) Memorial donations may be directed to the First Baptist Church of Canton, Pa. in her memory. –Towanda Daily Review