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In the lower picture the school is pictured in 1928 with the old Brick School that had been the high school and the gym addition.. The  picture at left shows the old school in the right background with the new gym addition in front. The old school was eventually torn down. In its place now stands the larger part of the present High School. The gym addition remains as the auditorium. 

Mansfield High School Graduates

LISTINGS FROM THE 1938 MANSFIELD HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOK , "MANSCRIPT" Prior to 1913, not a pupil had graduated from a four year high school course in Mansfield. The course was narrow and only the few who wanted to go on to college stayed for the new high school course. The enrollment was sixty four for four years of high school in 1914. In 1913 a class of three graduated in a three year course and in 1914, a class of seven in a four year course. Not all of the following addresses were verified. A question mark has been added in cases of extreme doubt. In a few instances, no information was available.

This information was taken from the 1938 school year book. Joyce M. Tice has added supplemental information.

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BAKER Harold 1937 Mansfield, Pa. Attends College   Prospect Cemetery
BAKER William 1937 Mansfield, Pa.    
BENTLEY Donald 1937 R D 3, Mansfield, Pa.   [Margaret Welch]  03578 1919-1981 State Road Cemetery
BORDEN Dorothy 1937 Ulysses, Pa. Attends College  
BOYDEN Charles 1937 Mainesburg, Pa.   [Mary E. Lawrence]  19320 1919-1996 State Road Cemetery
BRACE Wanda 1937 Mansfield, Pa. Attends College  
CLARK Frances 1937 Mansfield, Pa. Attends College  
CLEVELAND Harvey 1937 Mansfield, Pa. Attends College  
COLE Luella 1937 Mansfield, Pa.    
COLES Margaret 1937 Mansfield, Pa. (College in Frederick, Md) Attends Hood College [Kees Bol]  21696
COOK Ina 1937 Millerton, Pa. Attends College [Darwin Neal]  10090 MSC 1971 1919-2012 Oakwood Cemetery
COX Francis 1937 R D., Mansfield, Pa.    
CRIPPEN Osmer 1937 Rutland, Pa.     72441 1919-
DANN Marie 1937 Mansfield, Pa. Attends College [John Cunningham]  79754 1920-2005 Blossburg
DOANE Jack 1937 Mansfield, Pa. Attends College  
DOANE Bill 1937 Mansfield, Pa. Attends College  
FURMAN Gilbert 1937 R D., Millerton, Pa.   [Kathryn Brown]  18683 1918-
HAMILTON Doris 1937 R D., Millerton, Pa.   [Shirley Grinnell]  42822 1920-
HARVEY Clarence 1937 R D., Mansfield, Pa.   Isabelle Sparling 60885 1919-1989 Oakwood Cemetery
HAYDEN Joseph 1937 Mansfield, Pa. Attends College [Doris Bailey]  34889 1919-2000 Prospect Cemetery
HUGHES Ruth 1937 Mansfield, Pa. Attends College [Jack Marsh]  65316 MSTC 1941 1919-1997 prospect Cemetery
INSCHO William 1937 R D 1, Mansfield, Pa. Attends College [Cleda Stone]  65831 1918-2000 Prospect Cemetery
KELLY Bernard 1937 R D 3, Mansfield, Pa. Attends College   83662 MSTC 1918-2007 Alabama
KENDRICK Wanda 1937 Mansfield, Pa.     82755
KIBBIE Dorothy 1937 Mansfield, Pa.    
LEONARD Wells 1937 Mansfield, Pa. Attends College   82753
LEWIS Reid 1937 R D., Mansfield, Pa.    
MATTESON Jean 1937 Mansfield, Pa.    
MEAKER Antoinette 1937 Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, Pa. Nurse Training  
MOORE Wayne 1937 c/o A.B.Winters, Crooked Creek, Pa.   [Kathryn Brewer]  08720 1919-
NEAL Darwin 1937 Mansfield, Pa. Owner/Opr. Chicken Farm [Ina Cook]  10093 1918-2008 Oakwood Cemetery
NICHOLAS Margaret 1937 R D., Mansfield, Pa Attends College.
NILES Mazie 1937 RD 3, Mansfield, Pa  . [Robert Johnson]  68541 1919-
PURVIS Eleanor 1937 Buffalo, NY Nurse Training [Charles Tremaine]  37715 1919-1995
RANDALL Arlene 1937 Elmira, NY Elmira Business Institute  
RANDALL Maxine 1937 Elmira, NY Elmira Business Institute  
RETAN Walter 1937 Mansfield, Pa. Attends College  
RIEPPEL James 1937 Mansfield, Pa. Attends College [Betty Bunn]  80302 1918-2010 Oakwood Cemetery
Schwab Doris
SCHWAB Ralph 1937 Mansfield, Pa. Attends College  
SHAW Alice 1937 Mansfield, Pa.   [Robert Scott]  20501 1920-2009
SMITH Louise 1937 R D, Mansfield, Pa. Attends College [Raymond Metzger]  08062 1919-
SMITH Alene 1937 R D, Mansfield, Pa. Attends College  [Charles Carpenter, Paul Carroll] 13076 1918-
Smith Gordon
SPARLING Isabelle 1937 R D, Mansfield, Pa.   Clarence Harvey 60892 1918-2013 Oakwood Cemetery
TAYLOR Kathleen 1937 Corning, NY    
TICKNER Bernita 1937 R D 2, Mansfield, Pa.   [Almon Kent]  42676 1918-1994 Forest Lawn
THOMPSON Casper 1937 Fort Monmouth, NJ Signal School   83351
VanDUSEN James 1937 Mansfield, Pa. Attends College  
WEBSTER Diantha 1937 R D 2, Covington, Pa.     13463 1918-2000 Mainesburg Cemetery
VanNORMAN Claire 1937 Mansfield, Pa. Attends College [Dillman]  MSTC 1919-2009 Oakwood Cemetery
WILSON Elinor 1937 Mansfield, Pa. Attends College   35766 1920-1980 Oakwood Cemetery
WILSON Robert 1937 Mansfield, Pa. Attends College [June Schenk]  54580 1920-1981 Oakwood Cemetery
WOODARD Marjorie 1937 Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, Pa. Nurse Training  
Harold Baker - World War Two Casualty Don Bentley 1919-1981
died in Plane Crash 
Lt. Harold Baker, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Baker, of Mansfield, was killed in an airplane accident at Fort Worth, Tex. He is the first war casualty from Mansfield. Inducted into the army Sept. 24, 1942, he received his commission Aug. 30 at Frederick, Okla. Surviving are his parents, three sisters, and two brothers. Services were held at the home, with military rites at Prospect Cemetery in charge of Austin-Cox [text torn] Legion.

Bentley, Donald Earl
Age 61 of Mainesburg, RD 1, Wed., January 7, 1981 at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro.  Friends are invited to call at the Kuhl Funeral Home in Mansfield Friday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9.  Funeral there Saturday 1 p.m.  Rev. Philip Shear officiating.  Burial State Road Cemetery, Mainesburg.  Survived by wife, Margaret Welch Bentley; one daughter, Mrs. Richard (Donna) Davey of RD3 Mansfield; three sons, Richard and Diane Bentley of Mansfield RD 2, Duane of Kremmling, Colo., Donald Dean at home; two brothers, Maurice Bentley of Redlands, Calif., Harold Bentley Sr. of Austinville, Pa; 6 grandchildren.  He was an active member of the State Road Baptist Church, World War II Army Veteran and served in the Pacific Islands, former Sullivan Twp tax collector; family will furnish flowers.  Those who wish may make donations to the State Road Baptist Church in his memory.  He was born Feb. 3, 1919 son of Ralph and Louise Odell Bentley.

Ina Cook
COOK Ina Neal
age 92, of Mansfield, PA, died Monday, January 23, 2012 at Broad Acres Health and Rehabilitation Center, Wellsboro, PA. Ina was born August 21, 1919 in Rutland Twp., a daughter of Charles H. and Ruby (Hoag) Cook. She was married for 68 years to Darwin L. "Shiner" Neal who died January 25, 2008. She was librarian at Mansfield Junior-Senior High School from 1971, when she graduated with honors from Mansfield State College, until she retired in 1984. She had graduated from Mansfield High School, class of 1937. Ina had been a member of the Mansfield First Presbyterian Church since 1948, where she variously served as an Elder, Clerk of the Session, was a member and officer of the Presbyterian Women's Circle, and member of the Council of the Northumberland Presbytery. Ina was also a 50+ year member and past Worthy Matron of the Twilight (Mary Wells) Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star; 50+ year member and past Regent of the Wellsboro Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution; and member of the American Library Association, Pennsylvania State Library Association, Pi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, National Education Association, Pennsylvania State Education Association, Pennsylvania State Association of Retirees, Mansfield Free Public Library Board, and Tioga County Historical Society. Ina is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Eleanor Neal of Mansfield; three daughters and a son-in-law, Darwina Neal of Washington, DC, Marynel Somogy of Elmira, NY, Dawn and Larry Shellenberger of Philadelphia, PA; four grandchildren, Stephen (Michele) Somogy of Everett, WA, Jennifer (Paul) Somogy Salvaggio of Wayne, PA, Matthew (Johna) Neal, Ryan (Alanda) Neal, both of Mansfield, PA; six great grandchildren, Stephen, Matilda, and Lucas Somogy, Macy, Jaylynn and Jayc Neal; two step-grandchildren, Penny Starks and Paul (Joanna) Evans, both of Mansfield, PA; six step-great grandchildren, Serena Starks, Ashley, Tyler, Kasey, Austyn and Jacob Evans; one great- great grandson, Clayton; and a brother, Carlyle Cook of Home, PA. Ina was predeceased by her husband, Darwin; and two sisters, Nelda Holton and Fern Cook. Family and friends are invited to call on Friday, January 27, 2012 from 11:00 A.M. to 12:00 Noon with funeral services to follow at the Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Mansfield, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, E. Wellsboro St., Mansfield, PA 16933.  Star Gazette – January 25, 2012
Marie Dann 1920-2005

Marie E. of Mansfield, PA Age 84, died on Thursday, April 21, 2005, in Conyers, GA. She was born on July 14, 1920, to Ralph and Hildred Ford Dann. She was the widow of John W. Cunningham, Sr. She was a graduate of Mansfield High School, Class of 1937, and an alumnus of Mansfield State Teachers College. She married Mr. Cunningham in 1941, and they became parents of nine children. Marie was a member of the Holy Child Catholic Church of Mansfield, a member of the Ladies Guild, and Good Neighbors Club. She enjoyed needlework, knitting, sewing, and reading. Marie is survived by her children and their spouses, John and Marjorie of Merrimack, NH, Michael and Susan of Ebensburg, PA, Marie and Wallace Blanchard of Marrietta, GA, Catherine and Juergen Seefeldt of Mifflinburg, PA, Timothy and Carolynn of Carrsville, VA, Martin of Conyers, GA, and Daniel, of North Richland Hills, TX. Also surviving are 14 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, two sons, Patrick and Stephen, preceded her in death. Family and friends are invited to call at the Scureman Funeral Home on Friday, April 29, 2005, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. A recitation of the Rosary will be at 10:50 a.m. at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at the Holy Child Church of Mansfield at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 29, 2005, with the Father Albert Leonard as celebrant. Interment will be at St. Andrews Cemetery in Blossburg, PA. Memorials in Marie's name may be made to the Holy Child Ladies Guild, 237 South Main Street, Mansfield, PA 16933. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Scureman Funeral Home Inc., 130 South Main Street, Mansfield, PA 16933.

Gilbert Furman 1918-2006
FURMAN - R. Gilbert Age 88, of Roseville, PA, died July 17, 2006 at Snyder Memorial Healthcare, Marienville, PA. He was born March 19, 1918 in Bemus Point, NY, the son of Orrin and Olive Russ Furman. Gilbert was a retired farmer and a member of the Daggett United Methodist Church. He is survived by two sons, Bruce of Roseville, PA, Edward of Ocala, FL; two daughters and sons-in-law, Judith and David Ryland of Grove City, PA, Janet and Larry Wenck of Big Flats, NY; three grandsons, Darren and Russ Ryland, and Gregory Wenck. Gilbert was predeceased by his wife, Kathryn in 2003. Friends are invited to call at the Gary W. Wilston Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 130 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA, Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. Funeral services will follow there Saturday at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Kevin Brophy officiating. Burial in Roseville Cemetery. - Wellsboro Gazette, July 19, 2006
Clarence Harvey
Joe Hayden
Rugh Hughes

HARVEY - Clarence D. [Butt] Harvey, 69, of RD1, Mansfield, died Wednesday, Dec. 13, 1989 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre. Born Dec. 24, 1919 in Morris Run, he was the son of Isaac and Elvira Woodard Harvey. He was a retired owner of Farm Machinery Sales at Canoe Camp. He was a member of the Canoe Camp Church of Christ Disciples, the Wellsboro Moose Lodge, Covington Sportsmen Club; the Mill Run Hunting Camp and Fur, Fin & Feather of Elmira, NY. Surviving are his wife, the former Isabelle Sparling; one daughter and son-in-law, Mr. & Mrs. Harvey [Sally] Duffee, Austin; five grandchildren; and six great grandchildren. Calling hours were held at the Wilston Funeral Home, 18 N. Main St., Mansfield on Thursday, Dec. 14, from 7-9 p.m. Services were held Friday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. The Rev. Deborah Casey officiated. Burial was made at the Oakwood Cemetery, Mansfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his honor to the Mansfield Ambulance Association or the Canoe Camp Church of Christ Disciples. - Wellsboro Gazette, December 20, 1989

HAYDEN - Joseph L. Hayden III, 80, of Panton [Vermont], formerly of Wellsboro, died Wednesday, March 15, 2000, in Denver, Colo. Born Nov. 3, 1919, in New York City, he was the son of Joseph L. Jr. and Mildred Colegrove Hayden. He was a World War II U.S. Air Force veteran. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1951 with a degree in horticulture and landscape architecture. He was employed as city arborist in the Philadelphia area for several years and served as president of the Penn-Dell Chapter of the American Shade Tree Conference. He also was an extension specialist for Penn State Extension Service. After retirement, he moved to Vermont and managed his Christmas tree plantation at Wind in the Willow Farm in Panton. Surviving are his wife, Doris; one son, Joseph Hayden IV of Radcliff, KY; three daughters, Cheryl Hayden of Shirley, Mass., Lucinda Luckenbill of Wellsboro and Anita Hayden of Tucson, Ariz.; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; one brother, Edward Hayden of Savannah, Ga.; and two nieces and a nephew. Services were held at the Vergennes Congregational Church. Memorial donations may be made to the Vermont Library for the Blind, Berlin, Vt. 05602. - Wellsboro Gazette, April 5, 2000

Hughes, Ruth Marsh
Ruth H. Marsh, 78, of Mansfield died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 1997, at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre. Born April 27, 1919, in Lambs Creek, she was the daughter of Wells S. and Jennie M Harer Hughes. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Mansfield. She was a 1941 graduate of the former Mansfield State College with a bachelor's degree and received her master's degree from Columbia University. She taught in Shinglehouse and Seattle, Wash. She returned to teach at the campus school. At her retirement, she was a supervisor of student teachers at Mansfield State College. She was a member if the Retired Teachers of Tioga County and Pennsylvania, Life member of Pennsylvania State Education Association and past member of Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter 475. Preceding her in death was her husband, Jack Marsh, in 1982. Surviving are one sister, Marian Robertson, of Wellsboro, two brothers, Charles Hughes if Palmetto, Fla., and Willard Hughes of Watertown, SD, two nephews, Kenneth Robertson of Hilton, NY, and Charles F M Hughes of Waldorf, MD, three nieces, Carol Robertson, of Watkins Glen, NY, Kay Schultz of Wellsboro and Paula Hughes of Watertown, SD; six great nieces and four great nephews, two great great nieces and three great great nephews. Calling hours were held Saturday Oct. 18 at Scureman Funeral Home, Mansfield. Services were held there with her pastor the Rev. John Whitfield, officiating. Burial was made at Prospect Cemetery, Mansfield. Memorial donations may be made to the Mansfield Free Public Library.

William Inscho
Bernard Kelly

INSCHO - William D. Inscho [SRGP 65831], 82, died Thursday, Aug. 17, 2000, at the Green Home, Wellsboro. Born July 15, 1918, in Blossburg, he was the son of Jesse and Mary Inscho. He lived out his years on the Century Old River Red Farm of Tioga County. He was the husband of Cleda Inscho, whom he married in 1943. He has had many accomplishments as a community leader. He was Richmond Township committeeman of the Democratic Party for eight years; director and charter member of Tioga and Potter counties chapters of the Pennsylvania Farmer’s Association. He served as state and local dairy committee delegate; charter member, director and president of the Tioga County Agricultural Authority; director and president of the Tioga County Fair Association; and director of the Northeast Breeder’s Association of Tunkhannock. He was a member of the Canoe Camp Church of Christ; the Odd Fellows and a life member of the Holstein-Friesian Association of America. He attended Mansfield University and Penn State University. He owned and operated River Road Farm, and sold and developed real estate at Real Estaters of Mansfield. Preceding him in death were two sisters, Erdene Besanceney and Mary Mae Evey. Surviving are his wife, Cleda Inscho of Mansfield; one son, Donald of Etters; one daughter, Sylvia of Lebanon; three grandchildren, Christy, Eric and Jennifer; three great-grandchildren, Trinica, Cole and Logan; and one brother-in-law, Theodore Besanceney. Calling hours were held Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Scureman Funeral Home, Mansfield. Funeral services were held there Sunday, Aug. 20, with the Rev. Kirk Smethers officiating. Burial was made at Prospect Cemetery, Mansfield. - Wellsboro Gazette, August 23, 2000

KELLY - Bernard V. Kelly, 89, died Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007. Born in Elmira, NY, Bernie was raised by his grandparents at the family home in Mansfield. He attended Mansfield University before joining the United States Air Force where he was commissioned as a B25 pilot and flight instructor. Following military service he obtained a degree in aeronautical engineering from Spartan Aeronautics Institute and a bachelor of arts degree in business from Sanford. During his career in aeronautics and missiles he and his family lived in Okinawa, Italy, Louisiana, Florida, Ohio, Washington State, Colorado and Alabama. Bernie was an avid sportsman. He was inducted in the Tioga County Sports Hall of Fame in 1991 for playing basketball, soccer, and baseball in high school and college; for playing AA pro baseball; and for coaching Little League baseball for many years. He was the Alabama State Veterans Trapp Shooting Champion in 1986 and the Singles Champion D in 1990. He enjoyed boating, woodworking and was a Girl Scout volunteer for many years. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Carol Kelly; son, Michael and wife, Sandra of Melbourne, Fla.; three grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. Visitation was from 3 - 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14 at Laughlin Service Funeral Home. A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. on Monday at Huntsville Memory Gardens [Alabama]. Paul Van Manen officiated the service. Memorial may be made to the Girl Scouts of North Alabama. - Mansfield Gazette, October 17, 2007

Darwin Neal 1918-2008
NEAL, Darwin L.
89, of Mansfield, PA, died January 25, 2008 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, PA. He was born August 31, 1918 in Mansfield, PA. Shiner was the last surviving child of Dr. Leonard and Estella Husted Neal. He was a retired poultry and dairy farmer. By the age of 19 he was a champion poultry farmer and was named 1937 Poultry Boy of the Year. In 1939, he was awarded the degree of American Farmer by Future Farmers of America. Shiner was the owner of Neal's Poultry and Neal's Ice. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Mansfield. Shiner is survived by his beloved wife of nearly 68 years, the former Ina Cooke; three daughters, Darwina Neal of Washington, DC, Marynel Somogy of Elmira, NY, Dawn (Larry) Shellenberger of Philadelphia, PA; a son, Charles (Eleanor) Neal of Mansfield, PA; four grandchildren, Stephen (Michele) Somogy of Everett, WA, Jennifer Somogy of Devon, PA, Matthew (Johna) Neal, and Ryan Jay Neal, both of Mansfield, PA; three great-grandchildren, Stephen, Matilda, and Lucas Somogy; two step grandchildren, Penny Starks and Paul (Joanna) Evans, both of Mansfield, PA; six step great-grandchildren, Serena Starks, Ashley, Tyler, Kasey, Austyn, and Jacob Evans. He was predeceased by brothers, Homer, Byron, and William; and sisters, Elizabeth and Miriam. 
Friends are invited to call at the Gary W. Wilston Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 130 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA, Monday, 6-8 p.m. and Tuesday, 11 a.m. - noon. Funeral services will follow there Tuesday at noon. Burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Mansfield, PA. Family will provide the flowers. Memorial contributions in Darwin's memory may be made to Laurel Hospice, 24 Walnut St., Wellsboro, PA 16901, or the National Audubon Society, 700 Broadway, NY, NY 10003.

NILES, Mazie (SRGP 68541)- JOHNSON MRS. MAZIE 32, of Lambs Creek, dies at 3 a.m. today, Wednesday, January 9,1952. Survived by her husband, Robert Johnson, son, Robert Joseph, and daughter, Linda Mary, both at home; parents Mr. and Mrs. Russell Niles, Lambs Creek; sisters, Rosa,Rarcille, Regina, and Reva, at home, and Mrs Kenneth Nealy of Cornig; nephew Russell Nealy. Body is at the Shaw & Robena Funeral Home, where friends may call, and where the funeral will be held Friday at 2 p.m. the Rev. Everette Ousterout, of Covington, officiating. Burial in Oakwood Cemetery.

NILES JOHNSON, MAZIE 32, died January 9, 1952 at her home in Lambs Creek, following an extended kidney ailment.  She was born in Lambs Creek, Pa., June 17, 1919, the daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Russell Niles. She attended Mansfield schools, graduating from the high school with the class of 1937.  She was married January 2, 1942, at her home in Lambs Creek to Robert Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Johnson of Tioga Pa. They had two children, Robert Joseph Johnson and Linda Marie Johnson. Besides her husband and children, she is survived by her parents. Mr and Mrs Russell Niles, five sisters. Rosa, Marcile, Regina and Reva Niles- all of Lambs Creek, Mrs Kenneth Neally of Addison, and a nephew, Russell Neally of Addison. She was an ardent church worker, being a member of the Lambs Creek Bible Church; president of the Ladies Aid, and a Sunday school teacher. Her friendliness and willingness to help others made her a host of friends, witnessed by her many floral offerings and large funeral. The funeral was held Friday, January11, at 2p.m. at eh Shaw & Robena Funeral Home, the Rev. Everall Osterhout officiating. Burial was at Oakwood Cemetery.

James Rieppel

For man, 90, key to long life is staying busy - James Rieppel of Mansfield
Garth Wade • January 19, 2009
Elmira Star-Gazette

One of John and Ethel Rieppel's seven kids, Jim was 11 when the family moved to Mansfield, where his dad opened Rieppel's Welding Shop in 1928. The skills learned from his dad guided his life, a life enriched by the petite lady he married 63 years ago. Jim calls her Mary. Everybody else calls her Betty.

Betty Bunn was working at her uncle Howard Vosburg's Restaurant in Mansfield when Jim stopped in for a strawberry sundae in 1939. The spark between them endured for six years until he came home from World War II. Later, after Betty's uncle Howard died, Jim was appointed to Howard's seat on the Southern Tioga School Board.

No one is more self- sufficient than a kid raised during the Depression of the 1930s. Jim, 17, couldn't afford a canoe so he built one. He dated Betty in that canoe, paddling on Mountain Lake nourished by Betty's picnic lunch. The canoe, still new, hangs in his garage today.

The dates ceased in August 1942, when he was drafted into the Army Air Forces. Assigned to the 907th Signal Company, the skills he learned during six years in his father's shop earned Jim a "fix- anything" reputation. When broken generators piled up for lack of a part, Jim made the part. "Before the captain knew what I was doing, I had generators going out the door one after the other," he said.

Jim was awarded a Legion of Merit medal for his skills. His company's war began in Africa, then moved to Sicily and Italy. It wasn't all work and danger. Jim attended midnight Mass celebrated by Pope Pius XII in Vatican City. The pope blessed him and his picture of Betty. Other events weren't pretty. Partisans executed Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and his mistress, Clara Pettaci, in April 1945, then hanged their bodies by the feet in Milan. Jim saw that grisly scene.

He came home from war on Thanksgiving 1945, married Betty two weeks later and moved into a house he'd bought earlier for $1,700. It got too big 10 years ago, so they downsized to a neat ranch they built in what used to be their backyard.

Jim and Betty have three daughters, Adele, Rosemary and Marsha. Marsha is named for a swamp Jim transformed into a pretty 25-acre pond near Little Marsh. He worked for a month of Sundays clearing and burning. Then he built a cottage with a fireplace he made from stones hauled in by his family.

Jim is very proud of his 20 years on the school board. His best memory is his success in bargaining with property owners for land needed to build Mansfield's Warren Miller Elementary School. Meanwhile, his work at Rieppel Welding kept his family fed and kept him busy, 12 hours a day, seven days a week. His can-do-anything talents led to everything from frozen water pipes to numerous demolition jobs in the county, including the old Mill Creek bridge on former Route 15.

He moved a house. He moved First Citizens National Bank safety deposit boxes from the old bank to the new. "He was never home," Betty said. "We did everything that needed to be done," Jim said. When a project got tough, he'd visualize his father on the job, telling him what to do, Jim said. "He was a good man." Rieppel's Welding was sold in 1972, but Jim stayed on for four years to help the new owner.

Early family rec time included a lot of fishing. Betty landed a 20-pound Lake Ontario salmon that's half as tall as she. "I had to hang onto her to keep her in the boat," Jim said. The fish was mounted, so she's got proof. Jim's later years have been filled with woodworking projects including cupboards for his kids. He also takes care of the lawn and grows a garden. Busy is the key, he said. "They don't want me to do anything. If I don't do something, I'll die anyhow." 

RIEPPEL, James H.- James H. Rieppel, age 91, of Mansfield, PA, died
July 30, 2010 at Carleton Senior Care, Wellsboro, PA. He was born October 20, 1918 in Cowanesque, PA, the son of John and Ethel Skinner Rieppel. Jim was the retired owner of Rieppel & Crumb Welding, Mansfield. He was a WWII Army Air Force Veteran serving in the Africa, Sicily & Italy Campaigns, a member of the Mansfield American Legion, a charter member of the Canoe Camp VFW, and a recipient of the Legion of Merit Award. Jim served for 20 years on the Board of Southern Tioga Schools. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, & gardener. Jim is survived by his wife of 64 years, the former Mary "Betty" Bunn; 3 daughters and sons-in-law, Rosemary and Sam Schappelle of Gaithersburg, MD, Adele and Richard Rieppel-Kies of Painted Post, NY, Marsha and Ken King of Caton, NY; eight grandchildren, James (Zeile), Ken (Seema), and David (Laura) Schappelle, Michael (Lisa) and Jeff (Kamie) Saurbaugh, Shana (Brian) Jones, Meggan (Joe) Driscoll, and Aaron Colegrove; 15 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers, Perry and Paul; and sisters, Edna Locke, Anna Rieppel, Edith West and Arlene Strailey. Friends are invited to call at the Gary Wilston Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 130 S. Main St, Mansfield, PA, Monday 6-8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Child Catholic Church, with Fr. Joseph Hornick, celebrant. Burial with military honors will follow in Oakwood Cemetery, Mansfield, PA. Family will provide the flowers. Memorial contributions in Jim's memory may be made to the Canoe Camp VFW at PO Box 73, Mansfield, PA 16933. - Elmira Star Gazette, August 1, 2010

SHAW - SCOTT, Alice Regina (Shaw) [SRGP 20501] 
Alice Regina (Shaw) Scott, 89, of Troy, PA, died on Sunday, September 13, 2009 at her home surrounded by her family. She was the loving wife of the late Robert Hayes Scott, who died on July 30, 1965. The couple married February 3, 1938 and had 27 happy years together. Family and friends are  welcome to gather from 4:00-5:00 PM on Friday, September 18, 2009 at the Gerald W. Vickery Funeral Home, Inc. 100 West Main Street Troy, PA. The memorial service to honor Alice's life will be held at 5:00 PM on Friday, September 18th with Deacon William Graham officiating.  Alice was born on February 2, 1920 in Mansfield, PA, daughter of the late Earl W. and Daisy (Brace) Shaw. She was a Mansfield High School graduate and attended Mansfield University
. She retired from Miniers Grocery Store where she was a checkout clerk. Alice was a member of St. Johns Catholic Church in Troy, PA. She enjoyed card playing,  traveling, doing crossword puzzles, was an avid vegetable gardener, enjoyed flowers, and the color purple. Alice enjoyed many good times with her family and friends.  Alice is survived by her children: Marcia A. Roca of Monroe, NC and her former husband Hector Roca, Jeanne Duart of Troy, PA, Adrianne VanNoy of Troy, PA, Roseanne (Donald) Brady of Charleston, WV, Gail (Darrell) Justice of Hamilton, VA, Barbara Morris of Troy, PA, and Robert Paul (Cynthia) Scott of Mesquite, TX, 21 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandson, her brothers: Robert Shaw of Mansfield, PA, Richard (Pauli) Shaw of Dallas, TX,  Earl (Margaret) Shaw of Damascus, MD, Byron (Barbara) Shaw of Painted Post, NY, Harold (Elaine) Shaw of Mansfield, PA, and Gayle (Barbara) Shaw of Horseheads, NY, her sister Marilyn Lee of Bolivar, NY, numerous nieces and nephews, special daughter Barbara Scott, and special card playing friend Alice Schucker.  Alice is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Robert, 3 grandchildren, brothers: Daryl and Leland Shaw, and sisters: Leree Coates, Roberta Vaughan, and Virginia Erway.  Memorial contributions may be made in Alice's memory to the American Heart Association, 1019 Mumma Road, Wormleysburg, PA 17041.
Isabelle Sparling
SPARLING Isabelle N. Harvey
94, formerly of Mansfield and Winter Haven, Fla., died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport. She
was born Dec. 10, 1918, in Mansfield, she was the daughter of Ward and Bertha Johnson Sparling.  Isabelle is survived by a daughter,
Sally Duffee of Austin; a sister, Ella Mae Bailey of Mansfield; five grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by
her husband, Clarence "Butt" Harvey in 1989, as well as three brothers and a sister.  Funeral services will be private with burial in
Oakwood Cemetery, Mansfield. Memorial contributions in Isabelle's memory may be made to the Potter County Hospice 1001 E. 2nd
St. Coudersport, Pa. 16915.   Wellsboro Gazette – January 22, 2013
Bernita Tickner

TICKNER - Bernita H. Kent, 75, of 95 Cornell St., Elmira, NY, died Tuesday, Aug. 23, 1994, at Ira Davenport Hospital, Bath, NY. She was born Nov. 3, 1918, in Jobs Corners. She worked closely with her husband in remodeling homes and real estate. Preceding her in death was her husband, Almon C. Kent, and one grandchild, Justin Kent. Surviving are three sons, Gary Kent of Millport, NY, Paul Kent of Titusville, Fla., and Ron Kent of Cocoa, Fla.; two daughter, Donna Noteware of Hammondsport, NY, and Janet Langley of Coolin, Idaho; one brother, Louis Tickner of Mansfield; two sisters, Mary Sterling of Pine City, NY, and Erma McCormick of Williamsport; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Friends called at the Olthof Funeral Home, Elmira, on Thursday, Aug. 25. Services were held Friday, Aug. 26, at the Oakwood United Methodist Church, Elmira Heights, NY, with the Rev. Stephen Parr officiating. Burial was made at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be made to the Southern Tier Hospice Inc., 244 W. Water St., Elmira, NY 14901. - Wellsboro Gazette, August 31, 1994

Claire VanNorman
Danny Webster

Wellsboro Agitator, January 7, 1942
Joins School Faculty
Miss Claire VanNorman has resigned her position at the National Savings & Trust Company, Washington, to teach in Bethesda, MD. Miss VanNorman is a graduate of the Mansfield Senior High School and State Teachers College. She is the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. K.F. VanNorman of Mansfield.

Age 89, longtime resident of Wellsboro and formerly of Mansfield, PA, died peacefully 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

WEBSTER       Diantha Ellen Retiree US Postal Service Age 81, a resident of Broad Acres Nursing Home died Wednesday, May 31, 2000 at home. She was born on  August 28, 1918 in Sullivan Township, Tioga Co. PA, a daughter of Charles and Edna Ashley Webster. Diantha taught school for the former State Road and the  English Center schools. She retired from the US Postal service in 1985 after 25years as postmaster for Mainesburg. She was a member of the State Road Baptist Church and had received her silver certificate from the East Sullivan Grange as a 25 year member. Diantha is survived by a niece, Gayle (Jon) Clark of  Mansfield; 2 nephews, Charles (Donna) Fogelsonger of Springhill FL, Jeff (Betsy  Gurley) Fogelsonger of Lawrenceville PA; 3 grand nieces, 2 grand nephews, and  2 great nieces. She was preceded in death by a brother Robert Webster and a  sister Dorotha Fogelsonger.
Friends are invited to call on Saturday, June 3, 2000  from 6 to 7 PM at the Scureman Funeral Home, Inc., 130 S. Main Street,  Mansfield PA. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, immediately following  the viewing at 7 PM at the funeral home with the Rev. David E. Blowers officiating.   Burial will be in Mainesburg cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to  the State Road Baptist Church c/o Diane Seymour, 486 Rumsey Hill Rd., Mainesburg PA 16946. (Elmira Star-Gazette)

Eleanor Wilson
WILSON, Eleanor - Eleanor W. Clarke, age 60, of San Anselmo, California, died Tuesday, April 1, 1980 at the University of California Hospital at San Francisco, California. She was born February 29, 1920, in Mansfield, the daughter of Ervin and Dora McConnell Wilson. She graduated from Mansfield High School and the Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh. She is survived by her husband, Maison C. Clarke of New York City; 2 daughters, Mrs. Scott [Sharon] Robinson of Petaluma, Calif., and Mrs. Keith [Debbie] Knowles of LaFayette, Ill.; one son, Maison C. Clarke II of Mansfield; 2 grandsons, Melvin Robinson of Petaluma, Calif., and Aaron Clarke of Mansfield; sister, Mrs. Chester [Elsie] Case of Mansfield; 2 brothers, James W. Wilson and Harold W. Wilson, both of Mansfield. Memorials may be made to the Heart Fund. A memorial service was held in San Anselmo on Monday, April 7, 1980. Memorial services will be held Friday, April 11, for family and close friends at the Clarke home, 42 Newtown Hill Road, Mansfield. - Wellsboro Gazette, April 9, 1980, p.12
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