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Cook, Veronica B. "Vic"*
 Times Leader on 6/22/2007
Veronica Baran “Vic” Cook, 100, formerly of Dushore and Horseheads, N.Y., died on Wednesday, June 20, 2007.
Born January 23, 1907, in Kingston, she was a daughter of the late Adam and Mary (Fedor) Baran and was raised in Lopez, Pa.
She was a retired employee of the Harrington Company in Dushore, a member of Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran Church in Dushore and attended Our Saviour’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Horseheads, N.Y.  Veronica married her husband, Douglas B. Cook, in 1972.  She was preceded in death by her brothers and sisters. Mrs. Cook is survived by her daughter, Dorothy Van Kurin Thornton, of Horseheads, N.Y., sister-in-law, Pearl Scholls, of Kentucky; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of caring friends. Relatives and friends are invited to attend Mrs. Cook’s funeral services at 1 p.m. Monday in Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 116 Carpenter St., Dushore, with Pastor Randele Albers and Pastor L. Aljoe-Thurman, officiating. Interment will be in Zion Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Dushore. Arrangements are entrusted to the Lynch Funeral Home, 318 W. Broad St., Horseheads, N.Y.  The family will provide their own flowers. Those wishing may remember Mrs. Cook through memorials to Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 460-116 Carpenter St., Dushore, PA 18614.

Catherine BURNET - Troy woman celebrates 100 years
BY GRETCHEN BALSHUWEIT 07/09/2007 Daily Review
TROY -- A crowd of people came out to help celebrate the birthday of soon to be 100-year-old Catherine Burnett of Troy on Sunday afternoon at the First United Methodist Church in Troy.  According to her sister-in-law, Anna Mae Burnett of Troy, Catherine was born on July 10, 1907, in Delhi, N.Y., and will turn 100 years old on Tuesday.  Anna Mae explained that Catherine first moved to the Troy area back when she was about five years old, after her father died.  “She’s a well known little gal,” said Anna Mae.  Catherine taught so many people, she said. Students, church friends and family came out to celebrate Catherine’s 100th birthday with food and cake.  Although Catherine never married or had children, according to Anna Mae, she has a lot of relatives. “She taught in a one-room schoolhouse for two years,” said Anna Mae. The school she taught at still stands on Fallbrook Road in Troy, she added. She said that Catherine went on to teach at the East Troy Grade School. Now as she approaches her 100th birthday, Catherine does quite well living in an apartment on her own, and is still driving to church and to get her own groceries, Anna Mae explained.

Native celebrating 109th birthday
By LISA R. HOWELER Times Reporter
Ruth CAMPBELL "Summers"

Pictured is Valley native Ruth Summers, who celebrated her 109th birthday Monday.
Ruth Campbell Summers was born Aug. 21, 1897 in East Smithfield. With that year as her birth date, some might expect the next sentence to be “If she were alive today she would be -” but instead it's “she is now living in Florida and is 109, having celebrated her birthday this Monday.” Ruth's granddaughter Susan Faulkner Davis e-mailed the Morning Times recently to say Ruth would be having a 109th birthday party at her current home at Avante, a nursing home in Jacksonville Beach.

Ruth is fondly remembered in the Valley not only for having reached an age many never do, but for teaching school in Rome and Athens for 27 years and writing many articles in the Morning Times, when it was known as The Evening Times. Those articles were frequently about her father, a well-known doctor from East Smithfield, Dr. William Ransom Campbell. Ruth's mother was Cora Kinsman Campbell.
In 1999, when Ruth was 102, she lived in an apartment by herself at the Page Manor in Athens. She was surrounded in the house by memories of a century of life, including journals filled with stories of her father.
Her father could diagnose anything, she said at that time. She remembered a time when other doctors made the mistake of not trusting Dr. Campbell's diagnosis of a young girl with appendicitis. The girl almost died when her appendix burst and it was clear it wasn't a swollen fallopian tube as other doctors had surmised, Ruth said. Dr. Campbell's colleagues never doubted him again.Ruth wanted to be a doctor like her father, but he steered her away, letting her know she wasn't “husky enough,” she said in 1999.
Ruth had talents of her own, including writing and especially teaching. She attended Mansfield University when it was known as Mansfield Normal School, and also Penn State. She received a degree in teaching from Mansfield and one in natural studies from Penn State. She started teaching school in 1919 in East Smithfield.
According to her granddaughter, Ruth remains a member of the Tioga Point Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and was active in the Audubon Society, The Bradford County Library, and the Retired Schoolteachers Association. She also volunteered at the Guthrie Clinic. She lived in the Valley until 2003. Her granddaughter says Ruth would love to hear from family and friends in the Valley “who may wonder if she made it to her birthday this year - the answer is ‘yes'.” Ruth's address is Ruth Summers, Avante, 1504 Seabreeze Avenue in Jacksonville Beach, Florida 32250. [See also 2006 obituary]

???MINNIE CARPENTER (Own Surname not given here)
100 Years Old
Minnie Carpenter will observe her 100th birthday today. (Hand written on article July 6, 1984)  At noon, Mrs. Carpenter will help launch a 100 helium-filled balloons at a party at the Arnot-Ogden Memorial Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit, where she lives.  A Chemung County resident all her life, Mrs. Carpenter grew up on a farm on Dutch Hill and went to the old one-room school house on the corner of Dutch Hill and Clark Hollow.  Mrs. Carpenter worked at the Elmira Sales Book Company in the early 1900s, before her marriage to John Carpenter, who was an Elmira firefighter.  Is there a secret to living a long life?  Mrs. Carpenter doesn’t claim to know.  “Just live the best you know how,” she says.  “have fun.”  (Hand written on article Elmira Star Gazette) [ Buried Forest Lawn 1985]

CLYMER - Emma C. (Clymer) Kissinger, highly regarded by her family and friends as "Aunt Emma," 103, widow of Claude Kissinger, formerly of South Branch, Towanda RR 4, Pa., died Friday, Feb. 9, 2007, at The Highlands Care Center in LaPorte, Pa.
Born Aug. 25, 1903, on Dutch Mountain, Lopez, Sullivan County, Pa., she was the daughter of the late William Clymer and Ruth Trowbridge Clymer.  In early years, Emma was employed by various silk mills in Hancock, N.Y.; Towanda; and Elmira, N.Y. She was later employed by the York Textile Company in York, Pa., for 15 years until her retirement in 1970.  Surviving are: her sister-in-law, Peg Vaow, who is a resident of the Personal Care Home of Memorial Hospital in Towanda; her niece and caregiver of many years, Norma Vaow and family of Towanda RR 4; and several additional nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Kissinger, in 1981; three brothers, Charles Clymer, Francis Vaow and Fred Vaow; and three sisters, Arlene Jennings, Ann Adams and Prude Kester.  A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. Interment will be in the Forkston Cemetery at a later date.  The Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home of Towanda, Pa., is assisting Emma's family with arrangements.  Submitted by Carol Hoose Brotzman

Bernetta Annabel 101, formerly of Ithaca, New York, died at the Kingsway Arms Nursing Center in Schenectady, New York, on June 16, 2006. Mrs. Cronk was born on March 18, 1905 in Waverly, New York. She was the daughter of the late Attorney Charles C. Annabel and Flora Lang Annabel. She graduated from Waverly High School and received her nurse's training at the Arnot Ogden Hospital in Elmira, NY. Bernetta resided in Ithaca, New York, for 63 years until moving to Schenectady to be with her daughter and family. While living in Schenectady, NY, she was a member of the First Reformed Church of Schenectady. Mrs. Cronk was the Assistant Registrar of Cornell University for 28 years until her retirement in 1970. She was a 60-year member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Ithaca, New York, and a member of the United Methodist Women. She was a charter member of the Cornell Statler Club, a past president of the former Ithaca Business & Professional Women's Club, and a member of the International Federation of Business & Professional Women/New York. She was a member of the Tower Club at Ithaca College, and a member of the Ithaca Women's Club. In 1953, she was Worthy Matron of the former Forest City Chapter #436 Order of the Eastern Star in Ithaca. She was the District Deputy Grand Matron of the Cayuga Tompkins District, Order of the Eastern Star, State of New York in 1967. She was a member of the Trumansburg Star Chapter #479 Order of the Eastern Star. She was predeceased by her husband of 63 years, Floyd H. Cronk, who died in 1990. She was also predeceased by her brothers, Alton Annabel, and Milton Annabel; her sister-in-law, Martha Annabel; and her niece, Donna Annabel Tallman. Mrs. Cronk is survived by a daughter, Dorothy Davison (Malcolm) of Niskayuna, NY; a granddaughter, Barbara Kimmey (Michael) of Niskayuna, NY; two great-grandsons, Matthew Kimmey and Brian Kimmey; a sister-in-law, Evelyn Annabel of Ocala, FL; nieces and nephews, Bernita Annabel of South Waverly, PA, Doris Wilkinson (John) of Athens, PA, Sandra Burk (Ronald) of McClure, PA, Stuart Annabel (Gloria) of Sayre, PA, Beverly Moore (Duane) of Mansfield, PA, Clara Larrabee (Charles), and Charles Annabel (Dianne) of Waverly, NY, Marilyn Jungers (Nicholas) of Sayre, PA, Bonnie Martin (Stanley) of Pine Valley, NY, and Sherry Wilson of Lake Worth, FL. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the E.C. Wagner Funeral Home of Ithaca, 421 N. Aurora Street on Thursday, June 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. or preceding the service on Friday morning, June 23, from 10 to 11 a.m. Funeral services will begin at 11:00 a.m. (Friday) at the Wagner Funeral Home with members of the Trumansburg Eastern Star providing the Eastern Star Memorial Ritual, followed by a service with the Rev. Rebecca Dolch of St. Paul's United Methodist Church. Interment will be in the East Lawn Cemetery, Ithaca, NY. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220-3049.

Star Gazette, Elmira NY (written on article Feb. 3, 1990)
A Century of memories
100-year-old Gillett native mixed business ownership, varied work throughout 1900s
By Garth Wade
Horseheads - Ora Balmer Welch knows her first name is rare
 “Where I used to live, they had that name,” she said. “A hundred years ago, I suppose they named people that.”
 Welch was born in a Gillett farmhouse on Halloween Day 1889. The house was built by her grandfather William Balmer after he returned from the Civil War.
 Like most folks who are awed by being allowed to add a third digit to their age, Welch is a humble lady.
 “Happy? I think I should be. I have no complaints. People complain, complain, complain. People expect too much, too much for nothing.”
 She spends much of her day in an easy chair reading with a lighted magnifying glass.
 Her newspaper is required reading. It’s the same newspaper she subscribed to when she was a newlywed at the age of 19. But it has changed names three times, starting as the Star, then the Advertiser and now, the Star-Gazette.
 Welch hasn’t given up on some chores in the home she shares with her daughter Esther Enright in Horseheads. “I do some dusting and a little cleaning around. If you see any dirt, probably I left it.”
 She’d do more if arthritis hadn’t attacked her legs, especially the one she broke when she fell out of a haymow when she was 12.
 “My doctor said if I had two good legs, I could go dancing. What do you think about that? I’ve had him for 40 years, and he knows me.”
 Ora Balmer was 14 when her family moved to a farm in Pine City. Roy Welch, an Erie Railroad telegrapher, came courting on his bicycle fours years later, and the two were married a year after that. The date: Nov. 11, 1908.
 They first lived in Chemung but soon moved to Wellsburg, where they opened an ice cream parlor. Her husband gave up his railroad job to help out after Ora Welch took on the job of ticket agent for the streetcar line that ran between Waverly and Watkins Glen.
 She was also the local telephone operator, making the connection whenever a caller signaled “Central” night or day.
 That enterprise ended when much of the village was leveled in what was known as the “Great Wellsburg Fire.” Ora Welch believes it was around 1912 but couldn’t be sure.
 The next enterprise for the Welchs and their three daughters was a grocery store at Sullivan Street and East Avenue on Elmira’s Eastside.
 They had gathered a lifetime of memories by the time Roy Welch died in 1949. He left behind a fortune in credit he’d extended to people who didn’t pay during the Great Depression of the ‘30s.
 “My husband couldn’t turn anybody down. He felt sorry for people,” Ora Welch said.
 She chose not to remarry. “I had enough to get along with and I didn’t want to get mixed up and not be able to get along.”
 Her daughter Carrie Van Atta and her husband took over the store before Roy Welch died. Urban Renewal acquired the business after the flood of 1972.
 Also taken were several apartments owned by Ora Welch, and that still doesn’t sit well with her. “They made me pretty mad. It was my income.”
 Today, Welch looks forward to her weekly card games with daughter, Carrie, sister-in-law Ann Balmer and sister Ruth Myers.
 “When I lived in Elmira, I played bridge. After my husband died and two or three of my bridge partners moved away and got sick, then I went to playing pinochle.”

(3 daughters, 7 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-granddaughter when article was written.)

Agnes Beloved Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother Age 103, of Elmira, NY, died on Tuesday, June 27, 2006, at Elcor Health Services. She was born in Williamsport, PA on October 20, 1902 to the late William and Catherine (Belhoer) Blitz. Agnes was predeceased by her husband, George R. Smith Sr.' son, George R. Smith Jr.; sister, Mary Callahan; brothers, Joseph and Valentine Blitz; and grandson, Jamie Stormer. She is survived by her daughter, Kathleen Stormer of PA; cherished granddaughter, Elizabeth Silva of FL; daughter-in-law, Eileen Smith of FL; grandson, James Smith of FL; loving niece, Ruth Buchholz; great-nephew, Fred Buchholz Jr.; great-nieces, Candice Williams and Cheryl DeGraw; several great-grandchildren; along with many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Agnes, We love you and will miss you. Family and friends are invited to call on Monday, July 3rd, from 9 to 10 a.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:30 a.m. in Sts. Peter & Paul Church, with Reverend Walter Wainwright as Celebrant. Interment will take place in St. Boniface Cemetery in Williamsport, PA at the convenience of the family.
Andover, 101, died Tuesday, October 9, 2007, at Highland Healthcare Center following a brief illness. Mrs. Conde was born on September 11, 1906 in Montour Falls to Michael J. and Adeline (VanSice) Callahan. She was a 1924 graduate of Montour Falls Central School, a 1928 graduate of Keuka College, and received her Master's degree from Alfred University in 1930. In 1931, she married Murlyn Kenneth Conde, who predeceased her on December 4, 1951. Marco began her teaching career in 1931 at Cook Academy in Montour Falls, and then Horseheads Central School and Odessa Central School. In 1947, she moved to Andover with her husband and taught English at Andover Central School for the next 27 years until her retirement in 1973. Marco is survived by a son, David F. (Diane) Conde of Alfred Station; a daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Conde of Cleveland, Ohio; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by two sons, James C. Conde and Robert M. Conde; and a daughter, Jacquline Weigand. Marco had three primary joys in her life. First, she was very active in the Andover Presbyterian Church. Second, as a young widow and single mom, she provided a college education for her four children. And finally, as a caring teacher, she poured her life and energies into the lives of her students. There will be no prior visitation. There will be a memorial service at a date and time to be announced later. Memorials in Marco's name may be made to Andover Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 726, Andover, NY 14806 or Andover Presbyterian Church, E. Greenwood Street, Andover, NY 14806. Arrangements are under the direction of Baker-Swan Funeral Home, Andover.
Published in the Star-Gazette on 10/14/2007.
Sayre Morning Times April 18, 2006
CHAMBERLAIN, Marthabel C. (Chamberlain) Beach, (SRGP 81256) 99, died on Saturday, April 15, 2006 at her home in Sayre, where she had resided since June 16, 1916.
She was born Nov. 15, 1906 to Charles and Ella Chamberlain in Canton. Following the death of her parents a week apart in 1914, she and her nine brothers and sisters were cared for by their grandfather, John Spencer, who found homes for the 10 children. Marthabel was adopted by the late Arthur and Kitty Mae Folwer Warburton and brought to Sayre. A graduate of Sayre High School, she attended Beckley College in Harrisburg and worked a short time at Ingersoll-Rand in Athens. Marthabel married Louis G. Beach on Nov. 23, 1929. He predeceased her on Feb. 7, 1976. She is survived by their daughters, Barbara A. Brooks, with whom she resided, and Betty J. Pack, who lives next door. She was the grandmother of Kathy (Michael) Daniel of Lynchburg, Va., Mark Pack and Jennifer Hicks of Sayre and John (Missy) Brooks of Van Etten, N.Y.  Marthabel was affectionately known as Blue Gram to her great-grandchildren, Eric Sealander of Scotts Depot, W.Va., Maureen, Kristy and Katherine Hicks, and Jonathan, Nicole and Christopher Pack of Sayre. She was extended family and grandmother to Paul McCabe, Lonnie and Steven Hicks and Nick Lee and dear friends, Nancy Jo, Kim and Phyllis. Marthabel is also survived by a sister, Elizabeth Tracey and a brother, George Bulkley, both of Canton, and a sister-in-law, Minnie Shepard of Towanda. She also had many nieces and nephews of whom she was very fond and their visits held special memories for her. She was always comforted by the presence of John and Missy's dog, Dusty, and her cat, Poco. She was predeceased by: sisters, Margaret Wright and Verna LaMont; and brothers, Ernest, Maurice and Ralph Chamberlain, Robert Cole and Dean Shepard. Family and friends may call Wednesday, April 19 from 1-2 p.m. at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home, Inc., 225 S. Main St., Athens. Funeral services will follow Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with her pastor, the Rev. James Donahoo, of the Sayre Christian Church, where she was a baptized member since she was a young girl. Memorial donations may be directed to the Sayre Christian Church, 427 S. Keystone Ave., Sayre, PA 18840; or the Sayre High School Archives, in care of Kay Husick, 331 W. Lockhart St., Sayre, PA 18840.

FURMANMARY GLADYS FURMAN LANDON.  Mary Landon, longtime resident of Everett, WA, died June 3, 2006 at age 108.  Born September 3, 1897 to Thomas Paul and Hulda Abigail Furman, she was raised on a farm in Canton.  She attended grade school and was the part of the last class to graduate from the original Canton High School before a new one was built.  She and her fellow senior classmates celebrated graduation with a trip to Washington, DC, where they shook hands with President Wilson (she found his handshake cold and limp), toured the Smithsonian, the Mint and the other sights of the Capital.  Mary met her future husband, Cliff, when they were both about age five, during a game of chase.  She stole his new stocking cap and threw it down the outhouse toilet.  Somehow all was forgiven and they married in 1916 in Williamsport.  Early in their marriage, Cliff used his skills as a taxidermist to make what he thought would be a fine gift for her, a beautiful rattlesnake skin belt.  She opened the gift, screamed and dropped it.  Little did Cliff know that she hated snakes.  For the next 18 years, the family lived and worked in Pennsylvania, Florida, California and Washington.  They made their final move to Everett where they lived for 63 years.  Now settled in the community, her civic life blossomed and she was a member of many different community societies.  She even made sandwiches for returning WW II pilots at Paine Field and organized the “Gull’s Nest” club for teenagers during WW II.  After her husband retired and the children had grown up, she pursued her love of teaching and became certified to teach adult education classes at Everett Community College.  She and her husband shared many loves. As rock hounds (and members of the Everett Rock Club), they traveled all of the western states and Canada in their camper, often following the back roads, usually without a plan or destination.  Their basement was a treasure trove of fascinating things.  She continued to volunteer and enjoyed playing Pinochle, Bridge and 500.  But Cribbage was the most fun, especially when skunking her husband.  Spunky and quick to laugh, she loved public television.  When a friend asked her at age 100 what was the most important accomplishment in her lifetime, she though for a moment and answered “women’s rights”, not the automobile, nor the airplane, not the computer and not the moon walk.  At the time of the death of her husband, Cliff, the two had been married for 81 years.  Surviving are her cherished children: Mary Elizabeth Landon Burns=Haley, Renton, WA; Francis Ella Landon Black, Bellevue, WA; and Thomas Edward Landon (Joyce) Ocean Shores, WA; as well as devoted grandchildren; great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; great nieces, Ruth Warren Ward, Canton, Marlea Warren, Minneapolis and Katherine Furman, Sayre; great nephew, David Warren, Big Flats.  –Canton Independent Sentinel  (Note:  Clifford Landon was born to Ashabel Eugene and Florence Landon Cranmer and adopted by his grandparents Victor and Abbie Stull Landon.)

Erdine A. A longtime resident of Chemung died at the age of 107 at the Chemung County Nursing Facility on Saturday, October 7, 2006. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter; parents, Walter and Daisy Graham; and three brothers and a sister. Erdine is survived by daughters, Jean Reinbold, Denver, CO, and Janis (William) Halaiko of Chemung; grandchildren, Randall (Nancy) Graves, Santa Barbara, CA, Paula Reinbold, Rush, CO, and Kate Halaiko, San Mateo, CA; two great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. Erdine's care at CCNF was outstanding and was truly appreciated by her family. A private memorial service will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., Elmira, NY.

Email from Burt Beers forwarded by Mike Tuccinardi--:

Erdine's husband Walter worked for roughly 20 years as a delivery truck driver for the Chemung Spring Water company and then took a job as the manager of the parts department for Clute Motors in Elmira. A very nice fellow; always good to me whenever I saw him around the water plant. His one distinguishing character was the pipe that he seemed always to have clenched in his teeth. He had a favorite one that had become so worn that he taped the stem together with friction tape.

Erdine was the most shy, retiring, or whatever person in Chemung's history. I don't ever recall seeing her in the front yard or ever having the chance to speak to her. Since I played with Barbara Lovell, house was directly across the street from the Gundermans, I sometimes saw her moving around inside her house. Later, after Aunt Marion and Uncle Pete moved into the house directly behind the Gundermans, I saw Erdine working in her garden. But she never seemed to get for church, go tpo the store, or such. Even so, Walt and she raised two outgoing, personable daughters, one of whom--Jean moved to CA where she married and perhaps still lives (she would be well into her 80s if still alive). The other daughter Jan still lives in Chemung County--Elmira, I think--with her husband. She is a good ten years younger than her sister.

Erdine, Joan told me, continued to sustain herself quite in her home in Chemung until she was close to 100. Then Jan and  her husband tried--but Jan said without much success--to care for her for two or three years before transferring her to a nursing home. I think that Chemung still has one person--Elsie Thomas--who has made the 100 mark, and, according to Joan who sees her quite frequently, is still doing quite well.

HANFORD Dorothy H. Tubbs
100 year old woman died - Dorothy H. (Hanford) Tubbs died on Saturday, January 5, 2008 at the Good Shepherd Home in Fostoria, Ohio. She was a long time resident of the Waverly, New York area. She was born October 29, 1907 to Fred C. and Eliza (Lida) Herrick Hanford both deceased. On June 19, 1930 she married Percy Tubbs at the Walker Hill farm in Waverly, New York. He died January 4, 1991. A brother George C. Hanford predeceased her. A daughter Mrs. Robert (Marcia) Harper of Ohio; a son Philip Tubbs of Vermont and grandsons Robert and Brian Harper of Texas and Bradley Tubbs and granddaughter Christine Commo of Vermont survive her. A great grandson and great granddaughter, a brother, Albert Hanford of Elmira, NY and her niece, Beverly Brauer of Waverly, NY also survive her. She was employed by the Waverly School District. She was a member of Grace Episcopal Church, Waverly, NY. She was past Chairman of the Flower Fund, a member of the Altar Guild and Episcopal Church Woman. Dorothy was also a member of the Larkin Club and the Home Bureau. A time for gathering with family and friends will be announced by the Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York at a future date in the Morning Times. For up-to-date information check back here at under obituaries. Burial will be in the Forest Home Cemetery, Waverly, NY. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Grace Episcopal Church, 439 Park Ave., Waverly, NY or to one's favorite charity.  Submitted by Carol Brotzman

Sayre Morning Times November 8, 2006
Kathryn HANLON Hall, 102, of Cady Ave., Nichols, died peacefully on Tuesday morning, November 7, 2006. She was born on October 20, 1904 in Ridgebury, a daughter of the late James Frederick and Lula (Halstead) Hanlon. She was a graduate of the Elmira Free Academy class of 1921 and in 1926 received her teaching certificate from Mansfield Normal School. Katie shared her love for knowledge by teaching in Binghamton at the Sight Saving School and for many years taught in a one-room schoolhouse in Friendsville, Pa. In 1926 she married Irving Hale Hall, who preceded her in death on January 1, 1991. Together they owned and operated Hallwares Wholesale in Nichols. She was a member of the Nichols United Methodist Church and Friends of Cady Library and an active supporter of the Kirby Band, wherein each year they present the Irving Hall Award to an active participant.

HOLMES -Newman, Mary Jane
Age 100, of Horseheads, died on Tues., Sept. 25, 2007, at Elcor Health Center. Mary Jane was born in Spencerport, NY, to the late Arthur and Lulu Holmes. She was predeceased by her husband, George in 1962; recently her daughter, Jacqueline Eskeli; and granddaughter, Cheryl Eskeli, both in 2007; and sister, Madeline Sheiffer. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Lyle and Charlotte Newman of Plattsburgh, NY; grandchildren, Lynn (Bill) Bennett, Cindy (Robert) Decker, Keith (Michelle) Eskeli, James (Kim) Newman, Kim Manor, Jenifer Martin; 14 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Mary and her husband were longtime proprietors of the Raspberry Patch on Rt. 14 in Horseheads. Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 So. Main St., Horseheads, on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2007, from 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. her service will follow there at 1:00 p.m. with burial service to follow in Hope Cemetery in Corning, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorials would be graciously accepted in her memory to Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 East Corning Rd., Corning, NY 14830.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 9/26/2007

NEWMAN, Mary Jane
Age 100, of Horseheads, died on Tues., Sept. 25, 2007, at Elcor Health Center. Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 So. Main St., Horseheads, on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2007, from 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. her service will follow there at 1:00 p.m. with burial service to follow in Hope Cemetery in Corning, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorials would be graciously accepted in her memory to Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 East Corning Rd., Corning, NY 14830.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 9/27/2007.

KRAUS Clara - Age 103, formerly of Rochester, NY, died peacefully on Saturday, May 19, 2007 at St. Joseph's Hospital, 5th floor, Skilled Nursing Facility. Clara was born in Eriskirsch, Germany to Carolyn and Emil Jakob. She was the last surviving of 10 siblings. Clara came to Elkton, MD in 1923 as a nanny to a wealthy family. It was here that she met her husband, Franz. After marriage they moved to New York City and then to Rochester, where they were blessed with 2 children, Louise and Franz. Clara is survived by her 2 children, with their spouses, Louise and Howard Lapple of Elmira; and Franz and Maria Kraus of Rochester; grandchildren, Susan (Lenny) Hunt with children, Eric, Kyle, Kalla and Christy; Christine (Bo) Manuel with children, Patrick, Zachary and Caley; James Lapple; Barbara Kraus; Linda (Jeff) Guche; Robert (Wendy) Kraus with children, Meagan and Steven; and Richard (Cheryl) Kraus, with son, Hunter. Friends are invited to a Memorial Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, June 2, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Elmira. Interment will take place in Holy Sepluchre Cemetery in Rochester. Donations in Clara's memory may be directed to St. Joseph's Hospital SNF Activities Fund, 555 E. Market Street, Elmira NY 14901 or to a charity of one's choice. Arrangements by McInerny Funeral Home. Clara's family wishes to express sincere thanks to Dr. James Freeman and the entire staff of St. Joseph's Hospital, 5th Floor, for their devoted care of Clara during the past 7 years.

LONG - Mabel M. Bray (SRGP-82375), 100, formerly of the Presbyterian Home, Williamsport, died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007 at Sycamore Manor. Born June 21, 1906 in Liberty, she was a daughter of Joseph and Elma Smith Long. She worked as a licensed practical nurse at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro from 1942 to 1967. Mabel was a member of the Lycoming Presbyterian church; former member of the Eastern Star in Wellsboro; and the Eliza S. Barnes Chapter of the Eastern Star. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Russell McConnell in 1973; Russell's son, Donald; and a grandson. Surviving in the McConnell family are a step-daughter, Bernice Corey; step-daughter-in-law, Betty McConnell, both of Massachusetts; three grandchildren; one great granddaughter; and one great great-granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her second husband, Lawrence Bray in 1990; and Lawrence's daughter, Alma Bauman. Surviving in the Bray family are a step-daughter, Wilda [Joseph] Bruce of Erie; eight grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and two great great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by three sisters, Sue Morrison, Lydia Ritter, Mary Weaver; and three brothers, George Long, Dr. Sam Long Bruce Long; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 4. Funeral services were held Monday, March 5 at 10:30 a.m. at Sanders Mortuary, Williamsport with the Rev. Richard W. Miller, Jr., her pastor officiating. Burial was made in Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery [Lycoming County]. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Lycoming Presbyterian Church, 825 Arch St., Williamsport or to The Presbyterian Home, 810 Louisa St., Williamsport, PA 17701. - Mansfield Gazette, 7 March 2007  Green Lane Memorial Park, Montgomery, Lycoming Co., PA

MADISON, Lyle Dexter, 100, of Mesa died July 20, 2004, in Mesa. Arizona Cremation and Funeral Services handled arrangements. (480) 610-9800.
Published in the East Valley Tribune on 7/22/2004.
Name of Deceased: Lyle Dexter Madison
Age at Death: 100
Birth Date: 6 Jun 1904  Athens, PA son of Hardy Reuben Madison and Amy Bacon
Death Date: Jul/20/2004
Newspaper Title: East Valley & Scottsdale Tribune, Mesa, AZ, US
Obituary Publication Date: Jul/23/2004
Locations Mentioned in Obituary: East Valley; AZ; Worcester, MA; Mesa; England; MADISON; Halifax
Other Persons Mentioned in Obituary: Bess Ballard; Mary; Donna; Robert Maier; Bob; Constance (Connie) Maier; Bess Grieg; Constance Culpan; Lyle Dexter; Tweed Culpan; Maier; Don Ballard

LUTHER H. MARTIN—Luther H. Martin, 102, died Tuesday, March 7, 1995, at the C.A.R.E. Home for the Elderly in Mainesburg.  Born March 1, 1893, in Milton, he was the son of Edward and May Murphy Martin.  A lifelong resident of the Towanda-Athens area, he also resided at the Green Home, Wellsboro.  He was involved in the building industry and was a 50-year member of Towanda Masonic Lodge.  Surviving are two daughters, Eleanor Snyder of Allentown and Evelyn Rawlings of Bradentown, Fla.; two sons, D. Luther Martin of Corvallis, Ore., and Earl Martin of Dandridge, Tenn.; one sister, Louise Hassenplug of Milton; one brother, Harold Martin of Turbotville; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren.  Memorial services will be held in Athens at a time to be announced at a later date.  Memorial donations may be made to Guthrie Hospice, RR 4, Towanda, Pa. 18848.  Arrangements are being handled by the Vickery Funeral Home, Troy.

Margaret A. of Galeton, PA Age 101, formerly of Sunderlinville, died Sunday, October 15, 2006. Born May 25, 1905 in Sunderlinville, she was the daughter of William G. and Eva Lena Williamson Mays. She attended the country school in Sunderlinville and graduated from Westfield High School in 1923. On April 12, 1941 in Galeton, she married Warren D. Kenyon, who predeceased her in 1973. She operated Mays' General Store in Sunderlinville with her parents, was employed by Ken Baker's Grocery in Westfield, and operated Kenyon's General Store in Sunderlinville with her husband. She was a member of the Pine Creek Valley United Methodist Church in Gaines, the Gaines Kitchen Band, and the Gaines Thimble Club. Mrs. Kenyon served on the Hector and Galeton school boards and as Hector Township tax collector. Surviving are: a son, James W. (Yuriko) Kenyon of Las Vegas, NV; five grandchildren, Brian, Sonja, Audrey, Sarah, and Todd, all of Colorado; five great-grandchildren; longtime friend and caregiver, Rick Jones of Galeton; and nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a son, Gary B. Kenyon of Colorado in 1995; and three half sisters. Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, PA, on Thursday, October 19th from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m., with Funeral Services at 2:00 p.m. The Rev. David K. Shultz will officiate. Burial will be in West Hill Cemetery, Galeton. Memorials may be made to the Pine Creek Valley United Methodist Church, Gaines, PA 16921.

November 5, 2007 Sayre Morning Times
John L. Miller, 101, formerly of Waverly died Oct. 30, 2007 at MM Ewing Continuing Care Center in Canandaigua. He is survived by: his sister, Dorothea Compton of Canandaigua; niece, Bonnie (Jerry) Diver of Canandaigua; nephew, John (Joyce) Compton of Perry, Ga.; many grandnieces and grandnephews. He was predeceased by his wife Helen (Maloney) Miller in 1996.  Mr. Miller was born and raised in Sayre. He lived in Waverly since 1922. He formerly owned and operated Froehlich's Bakery in Waverly. Mr. Miller also worked at the Post Office in Waverly for many years. He was a former member of the Church of the Redeemer in Sayre. He was a former member of the Waverly Masonic Lodge, Moose Club and Elks Club. Mr. Miller enjoyed golfing and bowling.  A graveside service will be held at Glenwood Cemetery in Waverly at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to Masonic Medical Research Laboratory, 2150 Bleecker St., Utica NY 13501-1787. Arrangements are by John C. Johnson Funeral Home Inc., 47 N. Main St., Canandaigua. Submitted by Carol Hoose Brotzman

JUSTUS ALLEN RECORD  was born 25 Dec 1815 in Nine Partners, Dutchess County, New York.  He married SUSAN M. JONES.  She was born 1816, and died 1885.

Anonymous.  "Justus A. Record attains 100 years.  Given a great ovation in celebrating his centenary, Christmas."  Towanda, PA:  Bradford Star, Thursday, 30 December 1915.

Towandians have had many joyous Christmases but the one most memorable was that of 1915 when the populace, full of the gladsome spirit, surrounded Justus A. Record, the village patriarch, to honor and bestow their blessings in appreciation of his attainment of 100 years of useful life.  For months a wish was expressed by all that "the grand old man" (ever with abiding faith that he would be a centenarian) might be with us on Christmas, his 100th anniversary.  Universal anxiety gave way to rejoicing, when the glad tidings were heralded over the town Saturday morning, that Mr. Record arose at his usual hour, 5:30 o'clock, dressed himself, ate a hearty breakfast and would join in the festivities of the day.

Mr. Record who resides with his daughter, Mrs. Almeda A. Terry on State street spent the morning in receiving relatives and friends and sitting for pictures, alone and in combination with five generations of the family.  By one o'clock he was ready for the splendid dinner (see below) which had been so perfectly prepared and arranged by his gracious daughter.  Sitting at the head of the table, surrounded by four generations, other relatives and old time friends, he was pleased and animated, ate with a hearty relish and bade us all 'to take hold' with the same earnestness.  The feast over, his thoughts turned to the reception which was to follow at the rooms of the Historical Society and he was ready at the minute.


At the Historical rooms, the post of honor, the big easy chair, entwined and topped with the national colors, had been reserved for the venerable member.  As the hour approached young and old soon filled the rooms.  When Sheriff Albert McCraney, who kindly conveyed Mr. Record and his daughter in his car, blew his horn, announcing his arrival, there was a quick lining up for the salutation within.  As the centenarian entered the door sweet and impressive music fell upon his ear, Miss Eleanor Mitten singing and Miss Frederica Schmauch with violin rendering most beautifully, "A Hundred Years To Come."  The audience arose and remained standing until the music was concluded and the centenarian had taken his seat, where he was supported by his daughter, aged 77 years, on his right and veteran C.L. Stewart on his left.  It was the great pleasure of President Wm. T. Horton to introduce the remarkable patriarch.  Following, Librarian C.F. Heverly advanced and grasping hands with the centenarian, said:  "My good friend and brother in extending congratulations a very pleasant task has been assigned me in remembering you our beloved member who has attained the remarkable age of 100 years.  We can scarcely realize what has transpired within the period of your long life. Your span of years marks the most marvelous epoch in our history and the history of the world.  You were born at the close of the second war for Independence under the fourth President of the United States.  Our country was then in its infancy and the United States literally a great wilderness with a population of 8 1/3 millions now multiplied to 100 millions, but five states had been added to the original union and no state had been formed west of the Mississippi.  When you first saw the light almost everything was in a primitive state.  Only two of the great inventions, the cotton-gin and steamboat, had been made.  Since then the inventive genius, the master minds and wizards of science have literally transformed and amazed the world by their wonderful discoveries and inventions, in which the very elements of nature have been harnessed and utilized for the profit of man.  In no other age has there been so many and such wonderful changes, nor such spilling of human blood, raging as is today across the waters, the most terrible war the world has ever known.  You are one in 800,000 who has lived through this wonder, history-making period and enjoys the signal honor of attaining 100 years.  You are also the 18th person who has ever lived in Bradford county to reach this distinction.  And now as a climax to your glorious attainment, allow me to bedeck you with a badge of honor and distinction, expressive of the love and esteem of the Bradford County Historical Society, with the further wish than many more happy years are before you and that you will distance Noah Roby who died at 129 years."  The beautiful gold mounted badge placed upon Mr. Record's breast bears this inscription:

Justus A. Record,
December 25, 1915.
B. C. H. S.

Then, as one of the speakers facetiously put it, followed an old fashioned Methodist love feast.  D.C. DeWitt, Esq., who is very fond of his venerable neighbor, was very happy in his remarks, contributing to the joy of the centenarian.  John C. Ingham, Esq., Judge Wm. Maxwell, Hon. A.C. Fanning and the venerable J. Washington Ingham all paid beautiful tribute to the patriarch, reciting incidents of his life and the wondrous changes within his memory.  Mr. Record heard almost every word and his heart overflowed with gladness and appreciation in the consideration shown him.  A the conclusion of the addresses, the audience formed in line and every person in turn shook hands with the centenarian, expressing his personal regards and extending Christmas greetings.  The aged gentleman was very apt in recognizing friends, in acknowledging honors shown and had a kind word for every one.  After 200 people had bestowed their blessings, the beautiful exercises which had been arranged by Mrs. E.L. Smith, C.L. Stewart and C.F. Heverly were brought to a close and the centenarian conveyed to his home.  Mr. Record was but little wearied by the strain of the afternoon.  He ate a good supper, retired at 6 o'clock and slept without interruption during the night.  Commenting upon what transpired Christmas he says, "life is worth while and his crowning joy was extended him on his 100th anniversary."

The Centenerian
        Justus Allen Record, the son of James and Huldah (Allen) Record, was born December 25, 1815 at Nine Partners, Dutchess county, N.Y.  His ancestors on both sides were of English descent and among the early settlers of New England.  In his boyhood, Justus obtained a good common school education and learned the cooper's trade with his father.  This vocation he followed until he became of age.  In the fall of 1835, he saddled a horse and started out from Grafton, where the family had moved, on a prospecting tour.  Drifting into Bradford county he found in Terry township a desirable timber tract and a sawmill which he purchased.  Returning to Grafton on the 27th of April, 1835, he was united in marriage with Miss Susan M. Jones.  Soon after, he loaded his effects and young wife in a two-horse lumber wagon and left for their home in the new country, being nearly a week on the road.  In getting a start they passed through the struggles incident to pioneer life, but with true courage overcome every obstacle and succeeded.  Mr. Record gave his attention to lumbering, clearing and improving land until 1845 when he sold his interests in Terry and came to Towanda.  He engaged in farming in Towanda flats four years, then sold and purchased another farm in Wysox where he remained until 1854 when he came to Towanda and for 16 years engaged in the mercantile business.  Since 1870 Mr Record has given attention to his farm on the flats and looking after his other properties in Towanda.  In all his business transactions he has been very prudent and successful.  He has always taken an active interest in public affairs.  He cast his first vote for Martin VanBuren in 1836 and has voted at every presidential election since.  He espoused the Baptist faith and was baptized in the Susquehanna river in 1849.  In 1861 he became a member of Bradford Lodge No. 167 I.O.O.F., has filled all the chairs and is still an active member.  Mr. Record is a student.  He has read the Bible through many times and can quote the Scriptures readily.  He watches political movements very closely and for years has been a strong advocate of equal suffrage.  Of late Mr. Record's physical powers have been giving way but his mentality and reasoning are as accurate as ever.  He is indeed a remarkable man.
        Is there any key to unlock the secret of his long life?  He has not been a teetotaler, using liquor, however, only judiciously or for medicinal purposes.  He both smoked and chewed tobacco until he was 80 years old when he quit the habit.  He has observed no special hygienic rule or food preparation.  In his active years he got up early and quit only when the task was done, sometimes early and sometimes very late at night.  He has been a good liver, always insisting on three meals a day of wholesome food, well cooked, without any fancy trimmings,  Mr. Record has never been a fretter.  He has taken things as they have come and been content.  He does not pretend to know what special thing has contributed to his long life.  His father died at the age of 79 years, his mother at 52.  Of his brothers and sisters, only one reached the age of 65 years.
        Mr. Record is the father of four children, Almeda A. (Mrs. Terry), Almon, Dr. Henry A. and Rosetta L.  The lst named died at the age of 14, the others are living,  Mrs. Terry, the eldest, being in her 78th year.  Mr. Record has besides 6 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.  He has been a widower since 1885 when his wife died at the age of 69 years.

        The dinner so carefully arranged by Mrs. Terry was certainly a feast to suit the king.  With turkey and all the good things prepared with the toothsomeness of our mothers and grandmothers, it was enough to make everyone feel young, even the centenarian at the head of the table, before whom had been spread ancient linen and dined with fork and from plate 150 years old.  These pieces which had been provided by D.C. DeWitt, while older, did not in the least impair the appetite of his venerable host.  At the happy festive board with Mr. Record on his left, was his daughter, Mrs. Terry, on his right his granddaughter, Mrs. R. N. Merrill, the others making up the circle being Mrs. Nancy Stoneman, Mr. and Mrs. D.C. DeWitt, Veterans John R. Allen and Henry H. Bentley, Mrs. M.E. Rosenfield, Sheriff and Mrs. A.B. McCraney, Editor C.F. Heverly and Mr. and Mrs. John A. Biles.  At the second sitting were Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Decker, Warren Decker, Mildred H. Terry, Alberta Allen, Mrs. Ruth Bennett and Clinton DeWitt, Jr.  Mrs. Terry was assisted in the arrangement of the dinner by Mrs. Ruth Bennett and Mrs. John A. Biles.  The waiters were Mrs. Helen Decker, Misses Alberta Allen and Mildred Terry and Clinton DeWitt, Jr.

        Mr. Record was the recipient of many beautiful gifts from far and near, letters of congratulation, post-cards and a multitude of things that would contribute to the comfort and enjoyment of one so aged.  Fred and Willard Record, grandsons, residing in Chicago, sent 10 beautiful roses.  In the morning Mr. Record had pictured with him by artist F.H. Ott, his daughter, Mrs. Almeda A. Terry, aged 77; granddaughter, Mrs. Kate Merrill, aged 47, great-granddaughter, Mrs. Helen Decker, aged 23; and great-great-grandson, Warren Decker, aged 4, making a remarkable group of five generations.  Great praise is due Mrs. Terry for the loving care and every attention given her aged father and the kindly consideration shown friends.  We doubt not that such true kindness of heart will win for her also the crowning glory of an hundred years.

Elsie REICHARD "Layser"
Elsie Layser to celebrate 100th birthday Jan. 14

Elsie M. Layser, a former Cedar Run resident now living at The Laurels in Wellsboro, will be honored on her 100th birthday. Friends are invited to an open house celebration on Sunday Jan. 14, 2007, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at The Laurels at 39 Central Avenue.

Elsie and Earl Layser owned and operated the Canyon Turkey Farm, a Pine Creek landmark.  Before that she had a thriving beauty shop business in Lebanon.

Elsie was born on Jan. 14, 1907, at Wiconisco, Pennsylvania (near Lykens), in the gritty coal region, to Charles and Minerva Reichard.  She was a twin, but her sibling died soon after birth from influenza; Elsie survived. She quit school early in order to work in a box factory for a few dollars a week.  Elsie loved music and her mother took in wash to pay for music lessons.  In the 1930s, while playing piano accordion at a speak-easy near Reading, Elsie met Earle, the love of her life.

 In 1947, the couple bought a property near Cedar Run and began a business together raising turkeys.  Elsie was the organist at the Cedar Run church for over 30 years.  Earle and Elsie enjoyed frequent road trips across the U.S. When Earle died in 1987, Elsie continued to live by herself at the Cedar Run farm.  In the 1990s, she got an apartment at Pinnacle Towers in Wellsboro, but continued to independently drive back and forth to her home on Pine Creek. Three years ago, family arranged for her to move into The Laurels, an assisted living facility.

Elsie has two children, four grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.  She is an active almost 100-year-old and enjoys shopping, playing cards, TV news, going to Pine Creek, and visiting with friends and family.

Emma P., Age 100, formerly of Elmira, NY, died on Sunday, September 23, 2007, in Fairfield Bay, AR. She was born on February 17, 1907 in Richardton, ND, to the late Theodore and Anna (Phillips) Rothchild. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Erwin and Sharon Collson; daughter, Darlene Richter; brother-in-law, Earl Collson; five grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Services were held privately and were at the convenience of the family. Arrangements were entrusted to the James D. Barrett Funeral Home.

RYAN -  Teresa O'Brien (100)
Matriarch, Teacher
Teresa (Tess) Ryan O'Brien, 100, of Waverly, NY, died on November 19, 2007 at the Tioga Nursing Facility, where she was a resident since August 2005. Mrs. O'Brien was born March 3, 1907 in Big Flats, NY, to Timothy and May Ryan. She graduated from Elmira College in 1928 with a double major in History and French. While teaching high school in Minoa, NY, she studied library science at Geneseo State Teachers College, nearly earning her Master's Degree. In 1932, she moved to Waverly, NY, where she taught until her marriage to J. Edwin O'Brien, who later co-founded the nationally known O'Brien's Inn on Waverly Hill. They were married on Easter Monday, April 22, 1935. After raising their six children, she returned to teaching at Muldoon Junior High School, Waverly, from 1957 until her retirement in 1972. Mrs. O'Brien approached her classes enthusiastically, appreciated the camaraderie with her colleagues, and is remembered by her former students for giving them extra attention and well-timed words of encouragement. Earlier in her life, she was an accomplished seamstress, sewing the latest fashions for herself and her sister, the late Aileen Crichton. For several decades, she enjoyed playing the piano. She particularly liked to recount the pleasure of dancing with her husband, Ed, at Sayre dances in the 1930's and later to Guy Lombardo's Band in New York City. She continued her lifelong love of music by following the televised Lawrence Welk Shows and other musical programs. Between her retirement and the mid-1980's, she and her husband vacationed at what became their favorite destinations: The Amish Countryside of Lancaster, PA, and The Polynesian Village in Orlando, FL. After the death of her husband, Mrs. O'Brien cherished the numerous visits and phone calls from her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and friends at her home on Waverly Hill. Mrs. O'Brien was a member of St. James Catholic Church, Waverly, for nearly 75 years. She had a devotion to the Blessed Mary and the Rosary. She was predeceased by her husband, Ed in 1994; and her son, Jim O'Brien, of Waverly, in 1998. She is survived by sons, Timothy O'Brien, Bart O'Brien, both of Waverly, and J. Edwin O'Brien, Jr. and his wife, Beverly of Painted Post, NY; daughters, Tess McDade of Falls Church, VA, and Ann O'Brien of Alexandria, VA; granddaughter, Aileen McEvoy and her husband, Peter of Waverly; daughter-in-law, Julie (Jim) O'Brien of Waverly; sister-in-law, Mary (Paul) O'Brien of Elmira; 20 other grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and many caring friends. Friends and family are invited to call at the Luckner Funeral Home, 449 Park Avenue, Waverly, NY, on Friday, November 23, from 4-7 p.m. with Rosary and prayers at 6:45, and again on Saturday, November 24, from 9-10 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, November 24, at 10:30 at St. James Catholic Church, Chemung, and Clark Streets, Waverly, NY. Celebrants will be Fr. Thomas O'Brien, nephew of the deceased and Parochial Vicar, Elmira, and Fr. Richard Farrell, Pastor, St. Mary's Church, Elmira. Interment will follow at St. James Cemetery, Waverly, NY. Friends and family are cordially invited to gather at a reception in St. James Church Hall immediately after Mass or the burial.
Published in the Star-Gazette on 11/21/2007.

SAWYER, Mary Elizabeth
Finch, Mrs. Amasa Sawyer -Waverly, Jan 24 (1946) 106 years and four months old of 495 Cayuta Ave, Waverly, oldest known resident of the Southern Tier, died at her home shortly before 6 am Friday. Last May, Mrs. Finch fell in her home and fractured a hip and since that time has been confined to her bed. Up to the time of her accident, she was active in her home, dressed herself and assisted in light tasks around her home and kept up with the times through her radio. She was born Sept 28, 1840 on Taimadge Hill about two miles north of Waverly, the daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth Johnson Sawyer. The family moved to Waverly and settled in what is now Milltown, apart of the borough of Sayre, Mrs. Finch had lived for 78 years in the home built by her husband the year following their marriage. She and her daughter, Miss Mary Finch, lived alone in the large home, Mr. Finch having died in 1916. During her span of life she saw five major wars and was deeply interested in hearing the broadcast of the Japanese surrender on August 14, 1945.  She was the oldest member of the First Presbyterian Church in points of age and membership having belonged to the local church for over 80 years. [See 103rd birthday announcement]

SEASONS,Grady    [Out of area, but a good obit]
Grady Seasons, 101, of Baywood Park died of boredom Friday, Aug. 26, 2006. Grady was a child Vaudeville star in the 1910s, known for his feats of athleticism and daring animal acts. He retired in 1933 after 14 years hawking moonshine down in Dixie, working the Corinth, Miss./Memphis,Tenn. state line. Weren't for prohibition, I wouldn't have been able to sit around these last 70 years. Grady survived the Great Depression by working as a trapeze artist for several family circuses. Many compared Grady to the greatest flyer of all time, Alfredo Codona of Mexico, who set standards of skill and style in the 1920s that many aspire to and few achieve. Grady might have surpassed Codona's talents were his career not cut short. Grady, master of the flying trapeze, slipped through the hands of his "catcher" and plummeted 150 feet, breaking practically every bone in his body. When Grady was finally released from the body cast that held him prisoner for two years, he tracked down his catcher and bludgeoned him to death with a mannequin he took from his sister's apartment. Grady did ten years hard time at Parchman for his crime. The only thing he ever said about his time in prison was that "if I had a dime for every hick I had to pummel for calling me an acrobat instead of an athlete, I'd be even richer than I am today." Grady drifted for the next fifty years. He spent the 1960s in the Spanish desert region of Almeria, where he was a stunt man in more than 30 "Spaghetti Westerns." His heart broken after losing a lead role in the 1966 "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," Grady moved to San Francisco, where he met Timothy Leary and, according to his memoirs, "turned on, tuned in and dropped out." Grady spent the next ten years traveling with the Grateful Dead; he then moved to New York City where in the 1970s he became a fixture at Studio 54. Grady entered the Betty Ford Clinic at an age when most elderly people go on permanent booze cruises. Grady emerged from rehab with a renewed vigor for life, and moved to Hollywood where he would give acting another shot. Grady achieved immediate success, landing a role as Wilfrid Brimley's double/stuntman in the 1985 hit "Cocoon." He was also a stuntman in Rodney Dangerfield's 1986 "Back to School." If you watch closely, you can see that it's Grady, not Rodney, doing a triple gainer from the high dive. After Hollywood, Grady came on home to the Central Coast, where he enjoyed an eight-year reign as world Bingo Champion, achieving international acclaim. However, a life-time of smoking unfiltered Lucky Strike cigarettes left his vocal chords so severely damaged that he was no longer able to shout "Bingo" with the baritone needed to be a world-class Bingo competitor. Up until a few days ago, Grady could be seen walking his cat, Jeff, out in Baywood Park or sipping boilermakers from his favorite stool at the "Merrymaker." Greco, 86, whom he played golf with every Tuesday morning at the Laguna Lake pitch and putt, said Grady acted a little different this week. Greco said the last thing he heard Grady say was that "I'm bored. Life is like eating green peas off a butter knife." Grady is survived by his cat, Jeff. He had no wives or no offspring. Per his request, he would like us all to hum a bar of George Leybourne's "The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze," tip a Bushmills in his memory and play a round at Laguna Lake Municipal Golf Course. Grady wished for donations to be made to the Mike "Clem" Foundation at McCarthy's Irish Pub, 1019 Court Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 544-0268.
Published in the San Luis Obispo Tribune on 8/26/2006.

1918 Agitator birthday anniversary
STANTON - Mrs. Samantha S. Nellis
Celebrated 108th birthday.  Penn Yan, Jan. 5--To-day Mrs. Samantha S. Nellis of Naples, near here, is celebrating her 108th birthday at the home of her granddaughter, with whom she lives.  Mrs. Nellis is the daughter of Elijah Stanton, a Revolutionary war soldier, who was a body guard of General George Washington, is one of the few real D. A. R.’s in America to-day and as a result her picture has been placed in the D. A. R. Hall in Washington, D.C.  Mrs. Nellis was born in Herkimer county, Jan. 5, 1810, and in 1839 married John D. Nellis and then moved to this section, living in the western part of Yates county many years, until her husband died.  Since then she has made her home in Naples.  Although she is said to be the oldest woman in the state, she can read and write without the aid of glasses, enjoys conversing about topics of the day, especially the war, and when the weather permits she enjoys taking short walks.  (Wednesday, January 9, 1918, The Agitator, Tioga Co, Pa.)

TROUB –ISABEL TROUB LORD, 101, Honey Brook, PA went to meet her Lord September 3, 2001 from the Dar-Way Nursing Home, Estella, PA.  This was her moving up day.  Born January 10, 1900 in Honey Brook, PA, Chester County she was the only child of William and Lilly (Buchanan) Troub.  She graduated from West Chester Normal School and earned a degree from the University of Delaware.  Mrs. Lord taught English for many years in the junior high school, Coatesville, PA.  In later years she enjoyed substitute teaching in all grades at Twin Valley Schools, Morgantown, PA.  She married John Kenworthy Lord on Thanksgiving Day 1930.  He preceded her in death on June 3, 1952.  Mr. Lord owned and operated the Dependable Motor Co. of Honey Brook for 25 years and was a Commander in the US Navy during WW II.  Mrs. Lord was an active member of the Honey Brook Presbyterian Church.  She worked in many church programs such as teaching Sunday school, managing the Parish Cemetery for many years, assisting the Missionary Society, and always helping out wherever needed.  She made several trips to the Kentucky Mountain Mission Center when it was still a rugged outpost.  She was very community minded and served on many committees during her life time.  She was also an active member of the Honey Brook American Legion Post.  Mrs. Lord was a well-traveled lady; having made trips to Europe, Japan, Hawaii, Alaska, The Holy Lands and many Scandinavian Countries.  Many times she would say she had enjoyed a full and wonderful life and would quote “The Lord takes care of Mrs. Lord and He will take care of you too if you let him.”  She always had a testimony to tell others.  Mrs. Lord received loving care at the Dar-Way Nursing Home.  Surviving are her only child, Jean Lord Spencer, Monroeton, PA; grandchildren, April Davis, Allentown, Roger Spencer, New Holland, Kenworthy Spencer and Timothy Spencer, both of Monroeton; six great-grandchildren; Spencer and Jeremy David, Ashley and TK Spencer and Dustin and Emily Spencer all of whom she was very proud; many nieces, nephews and cousins.  A memorial service will be held at the Honey Brook Presbyterian Church, Saturday, September 8 at 11 a.m.  All friends are cordially invited to attend this celebration of her life.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that those wishing to may direct memorials to the Honey Brook Presbyterian Church, Attn. Building Fund, Honey Brook, PA in Mrs. Lord’s memory.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

VAN KOUGHNET, Elsie Mae Watrous Age 99, of Elmira, NY, formerly of Syracuse, NY, died on Saturday, May 27, 2006, at Chemung County Nursing Facility. Elsie was born on June 1, 1906, the daughter of the late Frank and Elizabeth Hoar Watrous. Her husband, Earl Lester Van Koughnet; sister, Pearl Docksteader; brothers, Raymond, Howard and Glenn Watrous; and niece, Louise Stimmerman, also predeceased her. She is survived by a great-niece, Sharon Lowe; great-nephews, Douglas and William Stimmerman; niece, Elizabeth "Dot" Watrous. Elsie was a member of the First Church of Christ Scientist of Syracuse, NY, and Boston. Arrangements are entrusted to Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. and Services will be held privately. Burial will take place in White Chapel Memorial Gardens in De Witt, NY.

Lillian Mary Age 103 of Miami Shores, Florida formerly of Corning, NY died on Sunday August 13, 2006. Mrs. Greene was born May 10, 1903 in Corning, NY the daughter of the late Robert J. and Mary Frances Collins Weigand. She married her husband, Harold J. Greene, who pre-deceased her on December 11, 1988. Mrs. Greene is survived by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews including members of the Weigand, Collins, Crowley, and Kerwan Families. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Gravesite Committal Service on Monday August 21, 2006 at St. Mary's Cemetery in Corning, NY. The Rev. Gerald T. O'Connor will officiate. Arrangements are entrusted to the Lynch Funeral Home 318 West Broad Street Horseheads, NY. Obituaries for 08/19/06

Joyce:  I'd like to call to your attention the fact that Mrs. Frances KINNAN Griffin, currently a resident of Country Terrace Assisted Living Center in Wellsboro, celebrated her 104th Birthday on October 11, 2006. She was born in 1902 in Holiday (Tioga County) and was a school teacher in Antrim and other locations in PA and NY. She has been a resident of Country Terrace since 2002.  Please let me know if you require addition info for her to be listed in your 100+ web site.
Thank You.
Fred LaVancher
Died 2007 Middlebury Cemetery

[Surname at birth not given]  ENSHER, Virginia
Virginia Ensher of West Bridgewater, Mass. and Binghamton, N.Y.
A woman of compassion, courage, creativity and joy, Virginia Essayan Ensher, 105, passed on peacefully Wednesday, June 20, 2007, at Good Shepherd Fairview Home. She was predeceased by her husband, Napoleon Joseph Ensher. She is survived by four children: daughter, Phyllis Ensher-Peters, Reading, Pa., daughter, Beverly Ensher-Albaugh, Bridgewater, Mass., daughter, Adrienne Ensher-Kachadourian and husband, Dr. Aristakes Kachadourian, Binghamton, N.Y., and son, Clive Ensher-Havertown, Pa. She was a proud grandmother of six granddaughters, Dr. Ariana Peters, Talene Kachadourian, Dr. Anise Kachadourian and husband, George Boudoughian, Karni Kachadourian-Griffin and husband, Kevin Griffin, Alicia Kachadourian, and Lorig Kachadourian; and three great-grandchildren, Karnic Boudoughian, Ardem and Lea Griffin. She was born in Smyrna (Izmir), Turkey and attended Roberts College in Izmir. She was a survivor of the Armenian Genocide of 1915 and member of the Eastern Star and White Shrine. She lived most of her life in West Bridgewater, Mass. A renaissance woman of her time, she embodied many talents such as painting, music, cooking, needle working, quilting, crocheting, sewing and gardening. As a lifelong learner she enhanced her knowledge in five languages, science and history, particularly in Armenian culture, language and music. Her faith was shown through her belief in the power of prayer. Her strength and compassion came from the love she had for her family and friends.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 23, 2007, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church, 12 Corbett Ave., Binghamton, N.Y. 13903. Reverend Father Carnig Hallajian will officiate. Arrangements were entrusted to Savage Funeral Service 338-344 Conklin Ave., Binghamton. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in her memory may be made to Tri-Cities Opera, 315 Clinton St., Binghamton, N.Y. 13905; and to St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church.

1874 Tioga County Agitator
Mrs. Caroline Schultz [Surname at birth not determined]
Last Sunday, the 4th instant, a lady named Mrs. Caroline Schultz, living in Mr. Schimp’s family, about two miles from this village, completed her 100th year.  The venerable dame, who is nearly two years older than the Republic, is still hale and hearty, and appears to be good for 20 more years of this life.  During the past summer she has spun 25 pounds of wool, and last week she made herself a dress--a thing which many a woman, one quarter of her age cannot do, we venture to say.  Twenty-five years ago her eyesight failed somewhat; but she has since recovered it again, and now sees to read and work without spectacles about as well as ever.  Her teeth are still good, and she eats as heartily and as rapidly as anybody should.  Mrs. Schultz is a German by birth, and came to the United States 20 years ago when she was quite a young lady, being then only 80 years old.  She was a widow at that time, the husband of her younger days having died 40 years ago.  The venerable woman takes a little snuff once in a while, but never uses tobacco in any other form.--She has no pain or any physical infirmity except that she can not ride or use a rocking chair, the motion producing dizziness.  (Tuesday, October 6, 1874, The Wellsboro Agitator, Wellsboro, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Celebrates 102nd!  [newspaper picture]
Ralph Kaltenbach of Wellsboro, celebrated his 102nd birthday on Monday, Dec. 3. He is living at Broad Acres and would enjoy cards and visits. His wife Leone, is 98 and lives in their home. - Mansfield Gazette, 5 December 2007 Obituary March 2008

Celebrates 100th birthday [newspaper picture]
Vivian THOMAS "Grant", a resident of the Laurels assisted living in Wellsboro, celebrated her 100th birthday in December. She was joined by residents of the facility and sons Dale Grant and Daniel Grant and his wife, Beatrice Grant. - Mansfield Gazette, 9 January 2008
Obituary 2010

Madeline McCUNE Vogel to Celebrate 100th birthday [newspaper picture of Madeline and Ansonia Hotel]
Caption under pictures - Madeline Vogel will be celebrating her 100th birthday at Broad Acres Health and Rehabilitation Center on Sept. 15. On the right is a picture of the Ansonia Hotel that she and her husband had owned.

 The former owner of the Ansonia Hotel will be celebrating her 100th birthday on Sept. 15 at Broad Acres Health and Rehabilitation Center in Wellsboro from 2 to 4 p.m. Friends and family are invited to drop by.
 Madeline was born Sept 14, 1907 in Windber to John Joseph McCune and Mary Jane Clapper. She was the fourth of six children. Her siblings were Charles, Zita, Gertrude, Thomas and Genevieve. Madeline graduated from Windber High School in 1925. On Aug. 16, 1927 she married Richard Clair “Dick” Vogel. They had one son, Jack. Madeline has two grandsons, two great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren.
 After they married, Madeline and Dick moved to Dubois where they owned a tavern. With a love of the outdoors, they built a camp on the First Fork of the Sinnemahoning Creek. In the early 1950s the state took their camp from them to build Sinnemahoning State Park. Then Madeline and Dick moved to Tioga County and bought the Ansonia Hotel which they owned until 1970 when the state took it from them to rebuild Route 6 and the bridge over Marsh Creek. Madeline often says that the state did it to them twice.
 Madeline was the ideal sportsman’s wife. She accompanied her husband on many hunting and fishing trips. Every year they’d go to Canada to fly fish for Atlantic salmon. She was a good fly fisherwoman. Her picture with a large salmon she caught appeared in a local newspaper.
 Madeline has a way with birds. One of her nicknames is “The Bird Lady”. She had a wild duck coming to call when they lived at the Ansonia Hotel. The duck had been stuck with an arrow and couldn’t fly. A story about Madeline and her duck appeared in the Pennsylvania Game News magazine. Madeline was also good at taming other birds, especially chickadees. She taught them to land on her head and hand for a snack.
 Madeline was also a good cook. Local fishermen brought their fish to the Ansonia Hotel for big fish fries. During deer season the hotel would fill with hunters and Madeline would not only cook an early breakfast and a late dinner for their guests, but made each of them a lunch to take with them into the woods.
 All her life Madeline has hummed a merry tune while cooking, doing dishes, etc., but only when she reached her 90s were her singing talents discovered. She has sung “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” at several Altoona Curve semi-pro baseball games. She continues to entertain as a resident of Broad Acres. Known for her sunny personality and her wit, Madeline’s remarks often have staff laughing and shaking their heads.
Submitted by her grandson, James A. Vogel - Mansfield Gazette, 29 August 2007

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