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VICKIE SUE AGAN left this world peacefully on Sunday, May 24, 2020, surrounded by her loving children, after a courageous battle with cancer. Vickie was born September 12, 1959 to the late James and Mary "Babe" Agan. She is survived by her children, James (Emily) Davis, Michael Davis, Mallory (Matthew) Leo, and Joseph Davis. Vickie referred to motherhood as "the best thing she ever did". Nonna was another title Vickie held proudly. She loved to smooch and spoil her three grandchildren Mason Alexander Davis, Poppy Ann Davis, and Benjamin Davis Leo. She is also survived by her siblings, Debbie (Dan) Donovan, Donna (Don) Bennett, James (Linda) Agan, Susan (Patrick) Ervin, Mimi (Dave) Clark, Terese (Jeff) Hofmann, Mark (Cathy) Agan, Linda (Harry) Schornstheimer, and James (Mary) Pirozzolo. Vickie treated all children like they were her own, including 77 nieces and nephews and countless children that she helped raise. Vickie was a lifelong friend to many, especially Mary Rose Cornacchio McDonald. Vickie was unapologetically unique which made people simply want to be around her. Her spirit was evident in her creative fashionista ways which always made her the best-dressed in any room. Vickie was a devout Catholic who truly practiced what was preached. She put others first and lived by the motto "Fully Rely on God" #FROG. Vickie's selfless generosity had a lasting ripple effect and in an effort to continue to pay it forward, we created the VSDA challenge. In lieu of flowers, do something nice for someone and share your experience with us at the following email We will rejoice and celebrate Vickie's life on her birthday, September 12, 2020. Details will be announced at a later date. -Elmira Star-Gazette 5/28/2020


DONALD C. ANDERSON age 79, of Watkins Rd. Horseheads passed away after a very brief illness on Thursday May 14, 2020. Born in Butler, PA to Carl and Mary (Graham) Anderson, he was one of five children. He is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Sharon (Grubb) Anderson, his children, Chris Anderson of Harrisburg, PA; Teresa (Mervin) Ribble of Painted Post; Kurt Anderson of Horseheads; his adored grandchildren Cheyenne, Wyatt and Reilly. Predeceased by his parents, sister Marian, daughter-in-law Sarah and grandchild Andrew. Don graduated from Thiel College and Elmira College with a Master degree, taught chemistry for many years at Southside High School and coached the Wrestling team. He was an avid tinkerer, skilled back-yard mechanic, fashion aficionado, and ski patroller, but his true love was flying. He was a lifelong pilot and flight instructor, logging more than 30,000 hours in his career. Don was also involved with an board member of ACTS-Area Christians Together in Service group. Most of all, Don was a devoted husband, father, brother, grandfather who loved time with his family, especially his grandkids. He was a kind and gentle man. If Don wasn't fixin' something he was flyin' something; logging many hours in 3264W. "Fly High with the Eagles Don". Services with the Barber Funeral Home in Horseheads will take place privately for Don. The family will be holding a Celebration of Life in September to honor him. -Elmira Star-Gazette 5/18/2020


ANNIBALE -MARY G. (Annibale) PAGNOZZI, 98, of Sayre, PA passed away on Friday, May 22, 2020 at Bethany Manor in Horseheads, NY. She was born on February 14, 1922 in Scranton, PA the daughter of the late Gerard and Carmella (Muraca) Annibale. Mary worked as a seamstress until her retirement. She served for many years as an Officer at the Sayre Senior Citizens and was a volunteer for the Meals on Wheels Program. She loved to sing and was a member of her church choir and belonged to many different singing groups. She is predeceased by her beloved husband of 36 years; Rocco Pagnozzi. Mary is survived by her daughters; L. Rita Herzfeld and Sylvia Cushman, five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. At Mary’s request, there will be no calling hours or services. The family is being assisted by Lowery-Urban Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Athens, PA. A private burial will take place in St. Catherine Cemetery, Moscow, PA. Memorial donations may be made in Mary’s name to: Sayre Senior Center, Meals on Wheels Program, 208 Desmond Street, Sayre, PA. -Sayre Morning Times 5/28/2020


JAMES L. “Jim” AREY, age 90, of Wyalusing, PA passed away on Monday evening,

 June 15, 2020 at the Skilled Nursing Unit at Guthrie Towanda Hospital. Jim was born on June 18, 1929 in Wyalusing, PA, the son of the late Fred J. and Rachel Manahan Arey. He attended the Camptown Schools. He married the former Miriam “Mimi” A. Dibble on Aug.7, 1948 and together they spent over 70 years together before her passing on May 1, 2019. Jim was employed with GTE Sylvania for over 35 years as a supervisor until his retirement in the mid 1980s. James enjoyed fishing, hunting, and was an avid sport enthusiast. He was the pitcher for many local modified softball teams and member of bowling leagues. He thoroughly enjoyed following the Wyalusing Wrestling Program and watching boxing. He also enjoyed to garden, mow his yard, and make maple syrup. Most of all he loved spending time with all of his family. Jim is survived by his children, Donna Ace and her husband, Brian, of Romulus, NY and Jim Arey Jr. and his wife, Joanne, of Harrisburg, PA; his son-in-law, Jan Brown, of Sugar Run, PA; his grandchildren, Wayne Felter, II, Jesse Brown, Jim Arey, III (Ginny), Josh Arey (Christina), Janet Hopta (Jon); his great-grandchildren, Braden Felter, Mitchell Felter, TJ Arey, Luke Arey, Declan Arey, Grant Hopta, and Natalie Hopta; his sisters, Ann Meas (Paul) of New Albany, PA and Kay Louise Stark of Dallas, PA; his sisters-in-law, Barbara Arey of Wyalusing, PA, Dorcas Arey of Tupper Lake, NY and Norma Dunklee of Roseville, MN; as well as many nieces and nephews. Besides his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Sally Brown (d. March 9, 2004) and siblings, Alice Armitage, Lynne Matlack, Paul Arey, Edward Arey, and Kenneth Arey. Abiding by Jim’s wishes there will be no services at this time. Instead he wished that everyone that loved him and knew him can raise a glass while remembering him. Jim’s family sincerely thanks the Skilled Nursing Unit at Guthrie Towanda Hospital for their care and love during his stay with them. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Jim’s name to Activities Fund at the Skilled Nursing Unit at Guthrie Towanda Hospital, 91 Hospital Drive, Towanda, PA or to the H.O.P.S. Ambulance Association, 6185 Herrickville Road, Wyalusing, PA. Arrangements are entrusted with the Sheldon Funeral Home, 155 Church St., Wyalusing, PA. -Towanda Daily Review 6/18/2020


BARBUR -VICKY LYNN KOWALSKI - “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” Phil. 1:21

Vicky Lynn (Barbur) Kowalski, age 61, of Erie and formerly of Towanda, PA passed away on Friday June 12, 2020, upon losing her battle against ovarian cancer. She was born on March 31, 1959 on a Naval Base in Millington, TN a daughter of the late Lawrence “Mel” Barbur and Donna (Whythe) Barbur. Vicky married her loving husband Mark G. Kowalski on May 25, 1991. In addition to her family one of her greatest joys was being the owner/operator of Peace of Mind Pet Sitting LLC. for may years. Prior to that Vicky graduated from Erie Business Center in 1979 and began working for various profit and non-profit business and accounting agencies. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one sister Lisa M. Barbur and brother-in-law Louis Vanderpool. In addition to her husband she is survived by her beloved children, Joseph “Jr.” (Katherine) Stalford of Long Island, NY, and Mathew “Matt” Kowalski of Erie and one brother, Bret B. (Julie) Vanderpool of Wysox, PA. Vicky had a deep love for her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She was a recent member of Grandview Alliance Church and a long-time former member of First Alliance Church. She also enjoyed working with C.A.R.T (County Animal Rescue Team). She was known as an “encourager.” She enjoyed pets, nature, wildlife, gardening, music and reading non-fictional Christian books. She hated injustices and always rooted for the underdog. A memorial service with be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Pavilion at Grandview Alliance Church, 1102 E. Gore Rd., Erie, PA with Pastors John Hall and Rick Pennington officiating. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, facial covering are required along with safe social distancing. Services are under the care of the Dusckas-Martin Funeral Home & Crematory Inc., 4216 Sterrettania Rd., Erie, PA. A special thank you to pastor David Miles, nurse Kristen Wendel for her hospice care and the Dan Miaczynski Landscaping Co. and family for their gift to Vicky’s home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family c/o the funeral home, the ANNA Shelter, 1555 East 10th St., Erie, PA or the Cancer Center, 2500 West 12th St., Erie, PA. -Towanda Daily Review 6/18/2020


BARRETT -PATRICIA A. MCCREIGHT age 84, of Big Flats, NY, passed away at home on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. She was born on October 7, 1935 in Elmira, NY to the late Theron and Elizabeth (Lewis) Barrett. Patricia was predeceased by her husband, James McCreight, sons, Curtis and Andy R. Wandell, brother, Robert Barrett and sister, Arlene Evenden. She is survived by her son, Jeff (Lynn) Wandell; daughters, Pam (Donnie Soldi) Pronti and Jackie (Harry) Radford; sister, Hazel Dew; brother, Douglas Barrett; grandchildren, Jessica Duer, April Fredericks, John (Melanie) Wandell, Mathew Wandell, Danna Renne, Jason Pronti, Elizabeth Radford, Aaron Radford, Jordan Radford and Damien (Ashley) Wandell; 20 great grandchildren; along with several nieces and nephews. Patricia retired from the Chemung County Transit as a bus driver after many years of service and was also a school bus driver. She was a strong proud woman and a true friend. A private graveside service will take place at the convenience of the family in Rural Home Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. -Elmira Star-Gazette 5/21/2020


BELL -IRENE B. WEATHERS, longtime resident of Gainesville, Ga., and most recently of Waverly, N.Y., passed away on May 20, 2020 at age 91 after a brief illness. Irene was born in Calhoun Falls, S.C., to Glenn and Annie Sue Bell. She attended Anderson College, S.C., where she graduated in 1947 with a secretarial diploma. Irene married the love of her life, Robert O. (“Bob”) Weathers, in 1952. Shortly thereafter, they moved to Gainesville, Ga., where they raised their three children. Bob and Irene started a bookkeeping firm, Weathers BSB Service, in the 1960’s. Irene continued operating the firm after Bob’s death in 1970, finally closing its doors in 1981, after which she worked for several Gainesville companies before retiring in 1994. Irene always kept busy, whether it was knitting, gardening, watching the birds at her feeder, or hiking with her many friends, and was a devoted member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Gainesville. Irene was predeceased by her parents and her beloved husband. She is survived by her children, Deborah Weathers Lombardi and husband Gerry D’Ambrosia of Bolivia, N.C.; Gary Weathers of Perry, Fla.; and Carolyn Weathers of Sayre, Pa., as well as her grandson Graham Lombardi and fiancée Maegan Becker of Atlanta, Ga. The family would like to thank the staff at Elderwood at Waverly for the loving care they gave Irene during the last two years of her life. A memorial service in Gainesville, Ga. will be held at a date to be announced later. The family is being assisted by Lowery-Urban Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Athens, Pa. -Sayre Morning Times 5/22/2020


BRUCE B. BENJAMIN age 80, of Elmira, NY, passed away at home on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. He was born in Washington D.C. on February 16, 1940 to the late Warren and Ruby (Childress) Benjamin. Bruce grew up in Silver Spring, MD and enlisted in the US Army in July of 1960 and was discharged in August of 1963. He then started working Electrical Construction in the Washington D.C. area but also for a few years in Florida. Bruce retired in 2002 and moved to the Elmira area in 2006. He is survived by his longtime companion, Gayle Temple of Elmira; daughter, Stacey Ann Boyd of NC and his grandsons, Kolin and Kameron Boyd both of NC. Bruce loved tools and to work with wood. He was a talented furniture builder and refinisher. Bruce also loved cars and trucks and taking them apart and rebuilding them until modern electronics came in. He was also an expert on old cars and trucks and could tell you the make, model and year on any of them. Services for Bruce will be held at a later date in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Bruce loved the Irish Blessing, "May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine upon your face. May the rain fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand. Amen ". Arrangements have been entrusted to the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. -Elmira Star-Gazette 6/5/2020


BENJAMIN -HELEN MARIE Benjamin LANDMESSER - “Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day.  Unseen, unheard, but always near, so loved, so missed, so very dear. —Anonymous” - Helen Marie Benjamin Landmesser passed away at Memorial Hospital on May 12, 2020. Although her death was not caused by COVID 19, the isolation caused by the pandemic had a great effect on her survival. She will be greatly missed by those who loved her. Helen was born on Jan. 1, 1928 in Towanda at the Mills Hospital, the daughter of Audley and Grace (Welliver) Benjamin. She grew up in Durell along with her six siblings. She graduated from Towanda High School in 1944 and went on to Robert Packer Hospital Nurses Training School and graduated in 1948 and was selected from her class to be the Spirit of Nursing, representing Florence Nightingale. While in training, she joined the U.S. Army Nurse Cadet Corps. She met the love of her life, Carl, who was one of her patients at the time, and they were married on Oct. 10, 1948. Carl and Helen had three children and raised them in Macedonia. Helen worked as a substitute school nurse in the Towanda School System, as an RN for Head Start, and the Bradford County Historical Society, where she later volunteered. She was active in many organizations including the United Methodist Women, the Lady Whittemore Reading Club, financial secretary for the French Asylum United Methodist Church, a member of the area square dance group and camping group.  She was the leader of the Methodist Youth Fellowship at French Asylum church for many years. She attended the Towanda High School alumni gatherings for nearly 75 years since she graduated. She attended and supported the Robert Packer School of Nursing Alumni for many years.  Helen and Carl traveled through their retirement, journeying to Europe three times as well as Alaska. She  loved gardening, watching and identifying birds and nature. She mowed her lawn weekly until around the age of 89. Helen especially enjoyed watching her beautiful grandchildren grow and was very active in their lives. She completed crossword puzzles daily and read around 300 books per year. She lived her life as the best person she could be with grace, compassion and generosity. Her family/extended family will deeply miss this last Benjamin matriarch. She was predeceased by her husband, parents, brothers Irvine, Eugene, Steven Dean, Kenneth and sisters, June and Janice. She is survived by her children, Keith (Cheryl) Landmesser, Lynne Landmesser and Connie Sharer, Karen (Gregory) Friedman; grandchildren, Jared (Wendy) Landmesser, Kristin Landmesser, Cortney Landmesser, Nicole Friedman (Martijn) Buning and Jennie Friedman; great-grandchildren, Brandon Chandler, Alexis Landmesser, Kensley Gnall, Ethan, Brayden and Addison Landmesser, Thijs Buning; ,brother-in-law, John (Bernice) Landmesser; sisters-in-law, Louise Benjamin and Barbara Benjamin. Helen had many nieces and nephews, whom she adored. She was also survived by her loving and supportive neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Irvine and Sandy Hollenback. The family wishes to thank Donna Benjamin and her staff at the Towanda Personal Care Home for all of their loving care during Helen’s time there. They would also like to thank the medical surgical staff at Memorial Hospital, especially Roberta, who cared for her Aunt Helen with love. A memorial celebration will be held at a later date to include Helen’s large network of family and friends. A graveside ceremony will be held at the convenience of the immediate family. Memorial contributions may be made in Helen’s name to one’s own charity, the French Asylum Church or the Bradford County Library.  -Towanda Daily Review 5/17/2020


DALE C. BOMBOY, 81, of Friendsville, PA passed away on Monday, June 1, 2020, at Geisinger CMC in Scranton, PA after an extended illness. He was born on March 7, 1939 in Vestal, NY to the late Clarence and Dorothy (Graham) Bomboy. Dale is survived by his wife of 28 years, Carol A. Bomboy; four children and their significant others, David Bomboy of Wysox, PA, Brigette (Mandi) Mason of Minnesota, Keith (Michelle) Mason of Jenningsville, PA and Karin (Matthew) Shadduck of Lawton, PA; four grandchildren, Karlee and Emily Mason, Tyler Bongiorno, and Kellen Wescott; sister, Fayne Smales of Springville, PA; brother, Galen “Pete” Bomboy of Tunkhannock, PA and several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his brother, Elden Bomboy, and sisters, Christine Jones, Joyce Fitzgerald, Sandra Prebula, and Marcia Szabo. Dale grew up in Rushville, PA and worked for 37 years at Masonite. He was a handy carpenter and an avid NASCAR and Mark Martin fan. His favorite hobbies after retirement was mowing the lawn and cutting hay. He loved spending time with his family and friends and extra time with his grandchildren. Immediate services for Dale will be held privately but a public memorial will be held at a later date. Burial will be in the St. Patrick’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Heart Association, 1617 JFK Blvd, Ste. 700, Philadelphia, PA or the charity of your choice. -Towanda Daily Review 6/4/2020


CHARLES RONALD BOSTWICK (aka Ron/Bubby), 69, of Waverly, NY, passed away on Thursday, June 4, 2020 at Elderwood Nursing Home in Waverly, NY. He was born on June 30, 1950 to the late Gail Bostwick and Doris Bloom Bostwick of Waverly, NY. Charles graduated from Waverly High School, Class of 1968. He enlisted in the United States Air Force on March 28, 1969 and was discharged July 16, 1973. Charles then owned and operated Bostwick Janitorial for 40-plus years. He was a member of the Waverly VFW Post 8104 and the Waverly American Legion. Charles is survived by Claire Allen and his children, Kimberly (Scott) Stermer of Waverly, Christopher Bostwick of Seneca, S.C., Michael (Elisabeth) Bostwick of Horseheads, N.Y., Nicole (Chuck) Bumbaugh of Havertown, Pa. and grandchildren Hallea Decker, Joey Stermer, Alexis Stermer, Julian Bostwick, Nolan Bostwick, Jacob Bumbaugh and Owen Bumbaugh. A memorial service will be held at later date. Memorial contributions can be made to the Waverly VFW Post 8104, PO Box 142, Waverly, NY or Elderwood Nursing Home, 37 N. Chemung St., Waverly, NY. The family would like to thank the nurses, caregivers and staff at Elderwood for their wonderful care. -Sayre Morning Times 6/6/2020


BURGER -Mrs. PHYLLIS JEAN (Burger) FRANCIS, 85, of Brightridge Drive, Bridgeport, W.V., passed away quietly at her residence on Sunday, May 17, 2020. She was born Sept. 11, 1934, the daughter of the late Elmer and Margaret (Bailey) Burger. She is survived by her husband, Ronald K. Francis, with whom she celebrated 64 years of a loyal and loving marriage. She is also survived by her three sons, Russell Francis and his wife, Linda of Bridgeport, WV, Timothy Francis and his wife Michelle of Atlanta, GA and Jeffrey Francis and his wife Donna of Norcross, GA; seven grandchildren, David Francis and his wife Hannah of Bridgeport, WV, Benjamin Francis and his wife Melissa of Charleston, WV, Ryan Francis of Virginia Beach, VA, Sara Francis of Columbia, SC, Matthew Francis of Atlanta, GA, Leanne Francis of Washington, DC and Jennifer Francis of Atlanta, GA and three great-granddaughters, Annabel, Audrey and Alexandra Francis of Bridgeport, WV. Phyllis is also survived by two sisters, Marilyn Howard of Lavallette, N.J. and Roberta Kiss and her husband Richard of Palm Coast, FL. She was preceded in death by her brother, Elmer Valence Burger Jr. Phyllis graduated from Alfred University in New York, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. While attending Alfred University, she was head drum majorette and worked as a carhop. Also, during her time in college, she met her soulmate and husband, Ron. Following the births of their children, she decided to become a full-time homemaker and stay-at-home mother. Phyllis had many interests and hobbies throughout her life. She enjoyed preparing half-time meals for her family while they were watching professional sports on television. She was an athlete and an avid golfer. She traveled the world with her husband, golfing all along the way. She eventually won four golf championships at their local country club. Following her husband's retirement, they spent the winter months in Grenelefe, FL and the rest of the year in Wellsboro. In 2016 they moved to Bridgeport, W.V. to be near family. She created a close-knit circle wherever she lived and those who knew her adored her. She took up quilting in 2006 and made quilts for any and every occasion. She also played piano. She loved all flowers, including the dandelions her great-granddaughters picked for her daily. Phyllis loved baking bread and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren treasured the fruits of her labor. Her kind heart was always thinking of others, which she showed by frequently sending greeting cards to her family and loved ones. The list of her hobbies and passions go on and on, but most of all, more than anything, she cherished her family. She decorated her home with photographs and photo albums of her family, which were the most precious blessings in her life. Her loving husband once described her personality traits as: sweet, silently competitive, tenacious, consistent, and caring; a true testament to their unbreakable, lifelong bond. Their love for one another only grew stronger as time went on and they still held hands everywhere they went. Phyllis attended and was a member of the Bridgeport United Methodist Church. A private service celebrating her life will be held at a later date. The Francis family has entrusted the care and arrangements to the Ford Funeral Home, 215 East Main Street, Bridgeport, WV. -Wellsboro Gazette 5/20/2020


BUTTERS -MARGARET H. 'Peg” SOPER, 79, of Waverly, passed away on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at Elderwood at Waverly. She was predeceased by her parents, Wesley and Genevieve McNamara Butters; her loving husband, Dale Soper; her daughter, Diane Hurd; and brother, John Butters. Peg is survived by her daughters, Linda (Michael) Cochi of Sayre, Susan (Michael) Rinebold of Gillett, PA, Judy (David) Curtis of Lockwood and Sandy (Bruce) Amentler of Elmira; son-in-law, Leslie Hurd of Waverly; brothers, Everett (Millie) Butters of Pennsylvania and Tom Butters of Pennsylvania; 13 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Peg worked at Sayre Lingerie for many years and Robert Packer Hospital as an aide and enjoyed sewing. She was a former Girl Scout Leader and 4H leader. Peg could often be found patrolling the streets of Waverly around the Elizabeth Square Apartment Building doing her neighborhood watch duties. She was famous for her homemade potato bread. Private funeral services will be held at the Christian Life Church in Waverly with burial to follow at Glenwood Cemetery in Waverly. Memorial donations may be made in Margaret’s name to Christian Life Church, 207 Broad St., Waverly, NY. The family is being assisted by the Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad St., Waverly, NY. -Towanda Daily Review 5/29/2020


BYERLY -ANDRE’ JEAN STONE, 77, of New Holland, died Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at Hospice & Community Care, Mt. Joy, PA. Born in Honey Brook Twp., Chester County, she was the daughter of the late Clair S. Byerly and Dorothy A. (Souders) Walstead. Jean worked tirelessly on the farm she loved in Bradford County, PA and at her home in Polk City, FL. She was the bookkeeper for Susquehanna Valley Farms. She will be remembered for her love of animals, her tough exterior and giving spirit. She is surely singing and dancing with the angels. She is survived by two children: Kathy, married to Jeff Upton, New Holland and Michael, married to Bonita Stone, New Holland; and three grandchildren, Lea Eberly, married to Ben Eberly, Nicholas and Michaela Stone; and a great-granddaughter, Laine Eberly; her significant other, Nelson A. Welles II; and five siblings: Janet Byerly, Doris Wiles, Betty Clouser, Lottie Miller and Nelson Walstead. Services will be held at the convenience of the family.  The Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland is in charge of arrangements. Towanda Daily Review 6/7/20220


CAMPBELL -AUDREY J. KUROSKY, 90, of Montrose passed away on Sunday, May 17, 2020 at Bradford County Manor, after a brief illness. She was born on Oct. 30, 1929 in Sullivanville, NY ,to the late Oscar L. and Mary J. (Axtell) Campbell. Her husband, Paul J. Kurosky, predeceased her in 2014. Surviving are her children and their spouses, Lynda (Claire) Williams, Perry Maddox, Larry Maddox, Beth (Paul) Allen, Beverly Moon, Clifford Maddox, Rex Barbur and stepdaughter, Cheryl Kurosky; many grand- and great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews’ special friends, RoseAnn and John Clough and special feline friend, “Pansy.” She was predeceased by her daughter, Darlene Bunnell; grandson, Tyler Bunnell and three sisters, June Weatherbee, Maxine Brown and Ruth Johnson. Audrey was a member of the Penn York Country Music Club, Towanda. She was a hard worker, having worked in several dress factories, as a grocery clerk and at Taylor Meat Packing. She was an experienced weaver and she crocheted rugs. Audrey enjoyed crossword puzzles and jigsaw puzzles. A private service will be held at the discretion of the family. Interment will be in the Holy Name of Mary Cemetery. Arrangements were through the Daniel K. Regan Funeral Home. -Wyalusing Rocket-Courier 5/20/2020


CAMPBELL -DERONDA ELIZABETH BIERI, age 82, of Lawrenceville, PA, passed away on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at her home. She was born on July 23, 1937 in Grover, PA, a daughter of Charles Richard and Nedra (Hickok) Campbell. Deronda and her husband, Robert, would have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on December 25, 2020. She worked as an LPN at Bath VA Medical Center. Deronda enjoyed baking and cooking. Deronda is survived by her husband; a son, Lloyd Bieri of Millerton; two daughters, Julie Bieri of Moundridge, KS, and Janice Marie Satterlee of Lawrenceville; seven grandchildren; several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; and three sisters, Joyce Jones of Daggett, PA, Daphna ("Tex") Watkins of FL, and Audrey Watkins of Tioga, PA. She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Dale Campbell. Friends and family are invited to call on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 from 4:00-5:00pm at the Daggett United Methodist Church. A memorial service will follow immediately after with Pastor Ed Siddle officiating. A dinner will be provided after. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc. 637 S. Main St. Mansfield, PA is assisting the family. -Funeral home obit


CARDI -MARY L. ALEXANDER, 93, of Sayre, Pa. went to be with her heavenly Father surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, June 4, 2020. She was born on January 21, 1927, the daughter of John Cardi and Grace Wolfe (deceased) of Waverly, N.Y. Mary was preceded by her beloved husband, Orlando J. Alexander, brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Connie Cardi, Joseph Cardi, Reva Cardi, sisters and brothers-in-law, Francis and Robert Friant, Lena and John Morley, Rose and Michael Antonetti, brother-in-law, Donald McCutcheon, and son-in-law Philip J Bowman. She is survived by her loving children and their spouses, James J. Alexander (Sharon Alexander), Jeanine M. Bowman, John A. Alexander (Tina Alexander), Joel F. Alexander (Laura Alexander), Jacqueline M. Abbott (Jason Abbott), several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. One of Mary’s first jobs was a clerk at the A&P Store in Waverly, N.Y. She retired from Paxar. Mary lived life to the fullest, enjoying golf, bocce ball, playing cards, gambling and spending quality time with her friends at the Sons & Daughters of Italy and The Elks Lodge. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. at The Church of Epiphany, Sayre, PA with burial immediately to follow at Tioga Point Cemetery. Due to Covid-19 regulations, only 80 persons will be allowed in the church with all wearing masks. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of The Thomas Cremation and Funeral Service, 1297 Elmira St., Sayre, Pa. -Sayre Morning Times 6/6/2020


CARL -DOROTHY VIOLA HEAVNER, 96, of Mechanicsburg, PA, transitioned into eternal life on May 23, 2020. She was born in Newport, PA the daughter of James and Hazel Carl. She lived the majority of her life in Sayre, PA before moving at the age of 90 to VibraLife in Mechanicsburg to be closer to her family. At the time of her death, she resided at the West Shore Harmony. She was preceded in death by her husband James (Bud) Heavner, son-in-law Roy Keeney, and brother and sister-in-law Kenneth and Louise Carl. She is survived by her daughter Barbara Keeney of Mechanicsburg, two granddaughters Debby Boarman (Dan) of Enola and Marcie Yakscoe (Shawn) of Mount Joy, four great-grandsons, two great-granddaughters and two nephews James and Robert Carl. She was a 1941 graduate of Sayre High School. After graduating from Elmira Business Institute in 1943 she began her 30 year career in the Shipping Department of the Ingersoll Rand Company, Athens, Pa. Dorothy loved shopping, chocolate candy and spending time with her family. She survived several major health challenges, facing them head on, never letting them slow her down. She will be fondly remembered for her generous spirit and loving nature. Those wishing to celebrate her life with a memorable contribution may do so to the Athens United Methodist Church South Main Street, Athens, PA or the American Cancer Society East Central Division, PO Box 498 Hershey, PA. The family wishes to express their deepest appreciation to the staff of Harmony and VibraLife for their loving care and compassion during Dorothy’s residency. The family is eternally grateful to the Grane Hospice Care Team for their guidance, support, and exceptional care. A private service will be scheduled at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by Neill Funeral Home, Inc. Camp Hill, Pa. -Sayre Morning Times 5/28/2020


ELAM BERNARD CARRIGAN, 92, of Columbia Cross Roads, Pa. passed away peacefully, of natural causes, on June 5th, 2020, at Oak Leaf Manor (skilled care) in Lancaster Pa. He was born January 2, 1928 to Elam and Abigail (Frye) Carrigan of Unionville, Pa. Chester County. He was a graduate of Unionville High School in 1946. After four years in the Army he decided to pursue farming and carpentry. His vast carpentry skills turned into a lifelong career with Streeter Associates of Elmira N.Y. Elam and his wife (previously deceased) Frances Maureen (Sheller) moved to Bradford County, Pa. where they settled to raise their family. Elam is survived by his children Susan Sexton of Oxford, Pa., Beverly Dubbs of Lancaster Pa. and Dianne & Jesse Moffatt of Eden Vermont. Sisters Dorothy Manley, Emily Manley, and Jane McManama all of Chester County Pa. several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Waiting at the gates of Heaven along with his wife Frances, was his sister Anna and brother John "Bud" Carrigan. Elam's wishes were to not have any services, but to be cremated and ashes interred peacefully. Condolences to family can be made directly to them. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to -Elmira Star-Gazette 6/11/2020


CASTLE -JEAN (Castle) HUFFMAN, 94, of Canton, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully at the Bradford County Manor on Tuesday evening, May 26, 2020. Jean was born in Dilliner, PA on Sept. 19, 1925 to the late Benjamin (B.H.) and Virginia (McNeil) Castle. The family moved to the farm in Williams Hollow near East Canton in 1929. She started school in the one room schoolhouse in East Canton and graduated from Canton High School in 1942. On Nov. 29, 1946 she married the love of her life, Jack Huffman. They were married in the log cabin that her father built for her near the family farm. As a young woman, Jean was employed as bookkeeper in the office of Rockwell’s Feed Mill in Canton. Shortly following marriage, Jack and Jean acquired the East Canton General Store and saw to its daily operations for nearly 25 years. When her husband, Jack, was elected as District Magistrate, Jean went to work for Bradford County as Judge Huffman’s secretary. She served by her husband’s side in the Troy office for 16 years until her retirement in June of 1988. Jean was a woman of quiet faith and was a member the East Canton United Methodist Church. She was one who truly enjoyed the outdoors. From gardening, hunting and fishing, she was happiest outside taking in nature’s beauty and all it had to offer. Jean always had the most beautiful flower gardens that were admired by many. Horses were something she adored but she loved all of God’s animals. Jean was a very tender-hearted woman and sometimes was known to speak what was on her mind. In earlier years, she took pleasure in bowling and square dancing where she and Jack were members of the “Grand Paraders.” Never one to sit still for long, Jean always had a project to work on, sewing, painting, gem hunting or starting another garden. After retirement, Jean and Jack spent their winters in Inverness, Florida. They took time to travel throughout the United States whenever the opportunity arose and were blessed with having visited all but four states. Besides her parents, Jean was predeceased by a brother, Charles E. Castle and a sister, Alma Duda, surviving Jean is her beloved husband of 73 years, Jack; daughter, Connie (Carmen) Venezia of Towanda; sons, Dale (Deborah) Huffman of Canton, David (Nellierae) Huffman of Tavares, FL; her sister, Dorothy Schanbacher of East Point; eight grandchildren, Cathy (Ryan) Napp of Towanda, Andrew (Julie) Venezia of Dickson City, PA, Denise (Cory) Shrader of York, PA, Brian (Jamie) Huffman of Canton, Emily Huffman of Canton, David B. Huffman of Stewartville, New Jersey, Korena (Doug Miner) Monoski of Eustis, Florida, and Dr. Aimee (Tim) Raup of Rockledge, FL; 15 great-grandchildren, as well as several beloved nieces and nephews and cousins. A celebration of Jean’s life will be held and announced at a later date. A private family viewing and graveside service will be held at the family’s convenience, with her pastor, Michele Somerville, officiating. Pepper Funeral Home and Cremation Facility, 578 Springbrook Drive, Canton, PA is assisting Mrs. Huffman’s family with arrangements. -Towanda Daily Review 5/29/2020


ROBERT E. CAVANAUGH, 49, of Plunketts Creek Township, died in a tragic accident while cutting firewood on the family farm, on April 4, 2020. He was born September 6, 1970, in Williamsport, a son of Cloyd R. “Dick” and Nancy (Hocker) Cavanaugh. Bob had worked for George Logue and was employed as a heavy equipment operator for Glenn O. Hawbaker.  He was a graduate of Montoursville Area High School.  He was a member of the Life is Beautiful Project, 40 et 8 Highland Lake Club, and a life member of PA Trial Riders.  He enjoyed riding motorcycles, traveling the country, hunting, skiing, and hanging out with family and friends. He is survived by his parents, of Cogan Station; wife, the former Jennifer L. Chamberlain; step grandmother, Mildred Cavanaugh; children, Kortnie and Aidan Chamberlain; two step children, Kaylee and Conner Gray; a sister, Tammy (Clayton) Koser, of Cogan Station; niece and nephew, Kaelyn and Logan Koser; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. A memorial service will be announced at later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Real Men Wear Pink, American Cancer Society, 1948 E. Third Street, Williamsport, PA. Arrangements are being handled by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville. -Funeral home obit


DALE CHANDLER, 71 of Elmira, N.Y., passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Dale was born in 1948 at Tioga General, in Waverly, N.Y. He was the son of Alva Lloyd and Louisa Lattimer Chandler, and one of 15 children. In 1968, he graduated from Southside High School and joined the Air Force. During his time in the Air Force, he was stationed in England. Dale always had a love for England and its rich history. He always loved sharing stories of the time he spent there with his family. After leaving the Air Force, Dale fell in love with his childhood friend and wife of 47 years, Leona VanDuzer. They settled down in Wellsburg, N.Y. and quickly had their first daughter, Melanie. Three years later Jennifer arrived. Dale and Leona moved to Elmira in 1979 and raised their two children there. Dale retired from Hardinge Brothers in Horseheads and spent his time babysitting his grandchildren, gardening and enjoying retirement during the winter in Florida. Dale loved his family and was always the parent on the sidelines, watching his daughters in their athletic events and later watching them raise their families. He also became a substitute Dad to Melanie and Jennifer’s friends DJ, Nicole and Heather. Dale was a proud Grandpa to Abigail, Elisha and Alayna. He was a member of the American Veteran’s Association and a proud veteran of the US Air Force. Dale is survived by his wife, Leona Marie; his daughters, Melanie Chandler Kreydatus (James), Jennifer Meyers (Dave); and grandchildren, Abigail Hauber, Elisha Hauber and Alayna Meyers. His brother, Bob (Lila) Chandler; sisters, Delores (Ora) Whipple, Mary Foster and Helen Cole; sisters-in-law, Diana (Jack) Weber, Bonnie VanDuzer, Shirley VanDuzer (Bob Strachan) and Paula VanDuzer; brothers-in-law, Daniel Bargesser, Raymond (Peggy) Fraboni and Harold Langeland. Dale also has numerous nieces and nephews. Dale is predeceased by his parents, Alva Lloyd and Louisa Chandler. His sisters Joyce Janowski, Florence Langeland, Betty (Kenny) Bubacz, Anna (Guy) Waltman and Sarah Bargesser. His brothers Alva Chandler, Arthur Cole, Jr., Asa Chandler, Albert Chandler and Norman Chandler. Due to the current large gathering restrictions, a memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home. -Sayre Morning Times 5/22/2020


JOHN DALE CONKLIN, age 84, lifetime resident of Elmira, passed away on June 16th, 2020. John was born in Elmira on December 21, 1935, a son of the late John and Freida Conklin. John, better known as Dale, was a master woodworker and enjoyed talking to customers at area craft shows. He enjoyed creating unique pieces and his work is scattered around the globe. His love of woodcraft and artistry led him to donate his woodshop equipment to the Elmira City School District. Dale worked at General Crushed Stone in Horseheads as a supervisor and was proud of the safety he instilled in his team. In the 60's, Dale and co-worker Eugene Coon poured the entire A&P plant in Horseheads with a portable concrete plant. He also had a love of history, pride in his family and loved sharing personal stories. Dale is survived by his wife of 55 years, Margaret "Peggy" Eggersdorf Conklin; his children, preceded in death by son Bruce H. Conklin, surviving children include: Robert (MaryAnn) Conklin of Elmira, Craig (Cindy) Conklin of Florida, Tracy (Mike) Masur of Florida and Shelley (John) Evans of Waterloo; a daughter in law, Victoria Conklin of Minnesota; grandchildren, Russell, Bradley, Jordan, Michael, Brandon, Ryan and Jordan and numerous great grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by siblings Norma, William, Marion and Floretta. He was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather-his love and humor will be dearly missed. Our sincere appreciation to the overnight emergency department staff, led by Dr. Sinclair at Geneva General Hospital, your compassion is something this family will always hold dear. The family will host a time of sharing and reflection at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street in Ovid, at 11:00am on Saturday, June 27, 2020. Burial will be held privately at Montour Falls Cemetery. Kindly consider a donation to the Chemung County SPCA or the Beverly Animal Shelter in Dale's memory. -Elmira Star-Gazette 6/18/2020


COPP -NORMA E. (Copp) TUBBS, 84 of Middlebury Center, passed away early Thursday, May 14, 2020 at Broad Acres Nursing Home. Born July 30, 1935 in Blossburg, to Stuart and Eleanor (Buss) Copp, Norma grew up and went to school in Wellsboro, graduating in the class of 1953. On May 8, 1955 she married Robert Lewis Tubbs with whom she shared 31 years of marriage. Norma was a homemaker and devoted to her family. She especially loved her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She had attended the Free Methodist Church, enjoyed animals, especially watching the squirrels and birds, and loved music, from George Jones to Herb Alpert to Andre Bocelli, but what really brightened her day was her favorite dog, Baby Girl. Norma is survived by two sons, David Tubbs (Deborah) of Morris and John Tubbs of Middlebury Center; two daughters, Cheryl Fuller (Brian) of Middlebury Center and Caren McDonald (William) of Ormand Beach, Fla.; two grandchildren, Damien Tubbs and Damara Fuhrer; six great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; three brothers, John, Stuart and Harlan Copp and a sister, Barbara Hamilton. The family will hold a memorial service at a later date, and have entrusted her arrangements to the Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home 139 Main St., Wellsboro. Anyone wishing to make a donation in Norma's memory is encouraged to remember the Second Chance Animal Sanctuary 725 Gee Road Tioga, PA or Guthrie Hospice 421 Tomahawk Rd, Towanda, PA. -Wellsboro gazette 5/18/2020


CRANE -CATHERINE R. CORBY, 71, of Northmoreland Township passed away May 16, 2020 at Geisinger Wyoming Valley. She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph Corby in 2005. Born in Nanticoke on August 28, 1948. She was the daughter of the late Vernon and Dorothy Robbins Crane. Catherine was very active in the Adult Center, Tunkhannock. She is survived by her sons, Joseph Jr. and wife Mary, Daniel and wife Vicky, and Kevin; daughters, Kimberly and husband Craig and Michelle and husband Stephen; brother, William Crane; sisters, Daisy Thomas and Jeannette Warfle; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren with a fourth one due in June. In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her brothers, Vernon and Sherwood Crane; sister, Iris Whitmire; grandson, Stephen Klinges. Due to the current restrictions a private family funeral will take place with interment in Memorial Shrine Cemetery. Those of you who may wish to attend Catherine’s funeral service can join the family online for a live streamed service at 12pm on Wednesday May 20, 2020 at under Catherine R. Corby’s tribute page. A public celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Arrangements and care entrusted to Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, Inc., 73 W Tioga St Tunkhannock, PA. -Funeral home obit


CURTIS -MARJORIE ARLENE COLEGROVE, of 4339 Battle Creek Road, Ulster, PA passed away at her home with her family on June 15, 2020. Marjorie was born on May 2, 1933 in Durrell, PA. Her parents were George and Rena Curtis. Marjorie loved to bake with her grandchildren, she loved to go fishing, loved to play marbles, loved to do word searches and read her books. She liked to go to the Tioga Downs with her daughter Linda DeHaven. She was a member at the V.F.W in Durrell, Amvets, and American Legion. She was loved by all her family and she had so many friends. Marjorie is survived by her brother, Jerry Curtis (Terry, children: Jennifer and Elizabeth); her daughter, Linda DeHaven (children: Dan Vogel, Sherri Benjamin, and Steve Vogel, Bill and Debbie Kepner, and Amber McCarthy, Ceil Colegrove and children Dee and Jeff Valentine, Tayna Everly and Art Everly); Marjorie’s daughter-in-law, Sue Kepner (children: Donnie and Lori Kepner, Jessie Kepner and Joe Taylor) and Bill Connelly. She is also survived by many great-grandchildren, Clorissa-Arlene Bartholomew, Timmy Benjamin and Ashely Sutton, Kassandra Benjamin, Steven, Anthony, and Kaleigh Vogel, Sabastian Schult and Kaitlin Brink, Austin Bishop, Lorin Kepner, Mckenzie Taylor, Macy, London, Maddie, Austin, Nathiel, Isaiah, Brandon, Chrissy, Alyssa and several others; also several great-great-grandchildren, Natalie, Camdyn, Ivory, and several others. Marjorie is predeceased by her parents, George and Rena Curtis; brothers, Charles and Donald Wandell; sister, Gladys Everly (Ackley); son, Donald Kepner; daughter, Diane Weber; and grandson Bill Kepner Jr. (Bub); and Robert DeHaven. A celebration of Marjorie’s life will be held on from 2 to 4 p.m. July 5, 2020 at the V.F.W. in Durrell, PA. The family would appreciate a dish to pass. Please make donations to Linda DeHaven in lieu of funeral costs. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Thomas Cremation and Funeral Service, 1297 Elmira St., Sayre, PA. -Towanda Daily Review 6/18/2020


DECKER -SHARYL M. AUSTIN, age 56, of Millerton, PA, passed away on Monday, May 18, 2020 at her home. She was born on June 7, 1963 in Blossburg, PA, a daughter of Morgan and Bertha (Carson) Decker. Sharyl was the wife of Robert Austin, Sr. They would have celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary on June 20, 2020. She worked as a caregiver for Woodbrook in Elmira, NY. Sharyl enjoyed camping, crafts, her grandchildren, and her dogs, Frog, Duck, and Kiro. Sharyl is survived by her husband; a son, Robert (Valene) Austin, Jr. of Millerton; a daughter, Crystal Deats of Millerton; a son in law, Mike Deats of Cameron, NY; nine grandchildren, Zack Deats, Trai Deats, Robert Austin III, Haley Deats, Hunter Austin, Ayden Deats, Coltin Austin, Rihanna Deats, and Mackenzie Austin; and a sister, Linda ("Buddy") Fleming of Iowa. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Morgan Jr.; and a sister, Sharon. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made to the Falck Cancer Center 600 Roe Avenue Elmira, NY. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc. 637 S. Main St. Mansfield, PA is assisting the family. -Funeral home obit


LOUIS F. DEMOTT JR., 76, of Norwich, NY passed away on May 19, 2020. Lou was born to Caroline Antuzzi and Louis F. DeMott Sr. in Elmira, NY on Valentine's Day 1944. In January of 1950 Caroline passed away and Lou and his older siblings, Felix and Dolores lived with relatives for the next 1 ½ years. In June of 1951 Lou's father remarried to Ursuline Spohn Ponzi. In addition to his new mother Lou also acquired a new brother, Philip Ponzi. Over the next 8 years 5 more siblings would arrive. Lou attended St. Anthony's Elementary School and then later graduated from Elmira Free Academy in 1962. After high school Lou attended the University of Scranton and once he decided upon education as a major, he transferred to SUNY Courtland. In 1966 he graduated from SUNY Cortland and obtained his first teaching position in Fleischmanns, NY, where he taught all Social Studies classes in grades 9-12. In 1968 Lou was hired to teach in Norwich, NY where he taught for the next 35 years, retiring in 2003. In 1969 Lou Married Toni Barkman and had 2 Children David and Kristin. In August of 1999, Lou married the love of his life Elizabeth Moubray. Over the years Lou was raised as a master mason in Oxford Lodge #175 F&AM where he was a Past Master. He was a Companion in Royal Arch Masons Chapter 240. Lou was also a Shriner, belonging to the Kalurah Shriners in Binghamton, NY. He also served as Secretary and Treasurer of the Chenango Valley Shrine Club. Lou was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and severed numerous times as Patron of Lafayette Chapter #340 and Chenango Chapter #135. Twice he served as District Grand Lecturer for the Broome/Chenango District of OES. After retiring from teaching high school Lou obtained his HAM radio operations license. In the same year he became an Adjunct Instructor of History at the Norwich Campus of Morrisville State College. In 2013 Lou was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. He retired from Morrisville in 2014. In 2015 Lou and Betty purchased a home and began spending winters in South Ft. Myers Florida. Here he could continue to play golf twice a week until his Fibrosis worsened in April of 2019. Unfortunately, his health problems brought an end to his love of Bow hunting that began in 1980. Lou is survived by his wife Betty, her children Darcie Moore (Matt) and Justin St. Onge (Mandy Francisco). He is also survived by his own children David DeMott (Kim) and Kristin Harrington (Buddy). Also surviving are 7 grandchildren Alton, Charlotte, Hartley, Isabella, Keenan, Lilah, and Madisyn. Also surviving Lou are his siblings, Philp Ponzi, Thomas DeMott (Laura), Mary Jane Dale (Neil), Anne DeMott, Michael DeMott (Martha) and Richard DeMott (Billie) and his sister in law Josephine DeMott. Lou was predeceased by his parents, his sister in law Ann Ponzi and two siblings Felix and Dolores DeMott. Memorial contributions may be made to Shriner's Hospital for Children, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Behe Funeral Home Inc. A celebration of life will be announced later. -Elmira Star-Gazette 5/22/2020


DEWEY -MARJORIE A. PERSING, 96, of Gaines, passed away on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at her home. Born Sept. 2, 1923 in Marshlands, she was a daughter of the late J. Arthur and Hazel (Deisroth) Dewey. On Dec. 25, 1942, she married Burl Persing, who preceded her death in 1992. Marjorie was the Postmaster at the Gaines Post office for many years. She was also a member of the Pine Creek Valley United Methodist Church, the Gaines Thimble Club, and the Marshlands Grange. She enjoyed her scrap-booking, crocheting, and collecting stamps and coins. Her greatest joy was her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Marjorie is survived by a son, Larry (Peggy) Persing, West Grove; three daughters, Carole Lee Stultz, Elgin, Ill., Jackie Bosek and Wendy Sykora, both of Galeton; nine grandchildren, Steve (Teresa) Stultz, Andy Stultz, Tom (Candice) Stultz, Brian (LeeAnne) Persing, Kim (Mark) Roark, Tracy (Chuck) Young, Brandi Lindner, Kevin (Valerie) Sykora and Janelle Sykora; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. In addition to her parents and husband, Marjorie was predeceased by her siblings, Robert Dewey and Marian Scott and two sons-in-law, Pete Stultz and Teddy Sykora. The family is grateful to the caretakers who provided such love and care to our Mom during the last years of her life. Friends may call at the Pine Creek Valley United Methodist Church, Gaines, on Monday, June 15, from 10-12 p.m.. A Funeral Service will follow at 12 p.m. with the Rev. Nate Reeve officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pine Creek Valley United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 2, Galeton, PA or to the Elk Run Cemetery, 85 Germania St., Galeton, PA. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Galeton. -Wellsboro gazette 6/13/2020


LAWRENCE O. EGLI, 92, of Hughesville, died Friday, June 12, 2020 at ManorCare North, Williamsport. Born September 2, 1927 in Montoursville, he was a son of the late Frederick O. and Rachel I. (Kline) Egli. His wife of 53 years, the former Mary Alma Nickles, preceded him in death on December 11, 2000. Surviving are several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife and parents, Lawrence was preceded in death by a son, Charles M. Egli Sr.; two granddaughters; one great-grandson; and 12 brothers and sisters. A graveside service will be held at noon on Friday, June 19, at Muncy Cemetery, 204 East Penn St., Muncy, with Pastor Doug W. Mellott officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Hughesville. -Funeral Home obit


ELLINGWOOD -LORETTA JEAN (Ellingwood) BELLOWS age 62, lost her battle with cancer on Thursday, June 11, 2020. Loretta is survived by her son, Billy Bellows (Liz) and three grandchildren, Calex, Logan and A’llexis of Millerton, Pa. She was close to a wide group of extended family members and friends as well. Many knew her simply as Aunt Loretta. She was well known for having a huge heart, welcoming any and all into her life. She would often express her creativity through crafts and homemade gifts. She enjoyed crochet, sewing, gardening, baking, and going to yard sales. Anyone who visited her home knew she was an avid collector of anything to do with peacocks and her collection was constantly expanding. The family is grateful to the staff and Loretta’s many new friends at Elcor for helping support her in her final days. In keeping with her wishes, the family will hold a pizza party and play some good music at a later date. Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, Elmira, NY is assisting the family. -Sayre Morning Times 6/17/2020


LEON R. ENDERLE JR. age 47, of Elmira, NY, passed away on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira. Leon was born in Wellsboro, PA, son of the late Leon Sr. and Corrine (Fuller) Enderle. Leon was also predeceased by his grandson, Caleb. Leon's grandchildren meant the world to him. He will be missed dearly by his family. Leon is survived by his wife of 21 years, Tina; daughter, Christina (Cullen) Appleby; sons, Daniel (Amber) Strong and Michael (Tayia Janowsky) Howe; grandchildren, Jayydon, Bentley, Alexander and Avery; sister, Jaime Enderle; father and mother-in-law, Jerry and Sherrill Strong; sister-in-law, Yvonne Riker; several nieces and nephews. Leon's wish was for no services to be held. Arrangements are with the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. -Elmira Star-Gazette 5/28/2020


GERALD EDWARD “Butch” EMIG, 75, of Williamsport passed away Saturday June 13, 2020 at the Gatehouse of Divine Providence Hospital. Surviving is his loving wife, Deborah D. (Godfrey) Emig. Born November 5, 1944 in Williamsport he was a son of the late Daryl Albert, Sr. and Mary E. (Comfort) Emig. Butch was a 1962 graduate of Williamsport High School and proudly served his country in the United States Navy Reserves.  He worked for Rishel/Hon and was currently employed as the plant purchasing manager at John Savoy and Sons where he started in 1997. He was a life member and past officer of the Republican League, 2nd degree, 50 year member and past officer of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #214, a member of the Red Run Rod & Gun Club, and the Newberry Independent Club. Always the organizer, Butch was a charter member of the Ridgerunners Hunting Club of Arnot, PA. and served as President/Secretary/Treasurer. He assisted with gathering 24 men to hunt bear in Folyet, Canada for three years. An avid sportsman he held a pheasant shoot at Martz’s Gap View Hunting preserve for 19 years, assembling 22 men each of those years for the hunt. Butch was the ringleader of Butch and Bob’s Trout Shoot each April officially for 20 years, at Bob’s cabin on Pine Creek, where it continues un-officially each April marking 35 years of tradition. Butch was Bob’s skeet shooting partner for nearly 50 years. In 2011 his grandson Jack turned 12 and continued on the legacy shooting skeet with Pap, soon he had a better gun and that is the way it should be. When he wasn’t showing unconditional love to his family, working at Savoy or giving 150% to anything and everything he did; he was an avid fisherman, golfer, and reader. He enjoyed reading on his kindle gathering and sharing knowledge on anything he read. Butch and Debbie were married on June 18, 1966, he discovered early it was all about her and did whatever he could just to see her smile. He really relished the role of being the wind beneath her wings for the past 54 years. A proud and amazing father, “Life was all about Paula until Jack and Olivia joined us.” Deb, Paula, Pat, Jack and Olivia could not ask for anything that their beloved Husband, Dad and Pap couldn’t deliver on. As OP would agree “Pap has everything in his garage.” They enjoyed many family trips to Cape May and Rehoboth Beach. He was constantly found in the stands as a proud supporter for baseball, softball, soccer, swim meets, basketball, football, track and field, band concerts, marching band, and the soap box derby.  Pap enjoyed spending many hours collecting Little League World Series Pins, OM Trips, reading, playing cards, and sorting through coins with Jack and Olivia doing whatever they needed or wanted, Pap was always there.  Surviving in addition to his wife is a daughter, Paula Diane Holmes (Patrick L. ), of Cogan Station; two grandchildren, Jack T. Holmes and Olivia P. “OP” Holmes; siblings, Daryl A. Emig, Jr. (Darlis), of Addison NY, Larry “Chick” Emig (Barb), of Williamsport, Dennis Emig (Jill), of South Williamsport, and Jackie Schultz (Dennis), of Montoursville. Butch was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Dixie Mitchell, a brother, Ron Emig and two sisters-in-law, Betty Ann Emig and Beth Emig.  A graveside service will be held 3 p.m. Friday June 19, at Twin Hills Memorial Park, 3332 Lycoming Mall Dr, Montoursville, PA. -Sanders Funeral Home obit


PATRICIA D. FARRELL passed away peacefully at age 85 on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at Parkhouse Providence Pointe in Royersford, Pa. Born April 25, 1935 in Williamsport, Pa. she was the daughter of the late Patrick and Inez Farrell (Crandall) of Sayre, Pa. Patti graduated from Sayre Area High School in 1953 and moved to Rochester, NY. She continued her education at Rochester Business Institute. One of her greatest passions was theatre and she was part of many theatre companies including the BlackFriars and Catholic Theatre. Patti married Mark Finn in 1967 and returned back to her maiden name upon their divorce. 1980 brought her back to Pennsylvania where she worked for the American Baptist Churches and retired in 2000. She is survived by her daughter Rebekah (Bill) Tornetta of Audubon and her two grandchildren Alexis and Billy, sisters Judy White, Graceanne (Steve) Engler and a brother Terry (Nancy) Farrell and sisters-in-law Dawn Farrell and Sandy Farrell. Patti was preceded in death by her brother Robert (Bob) Farrell and Maurice (Maury) Farrell. The funeral will be private. -Sayre Morning Times 6/16/2020


FERMAN -CAROL JANE CORDNER, age 77, of Troy, PA, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 28, 2020 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born on September 25, 1942 in Smethport, PA, a daughter of Carl and Roma Jane (Rifle) Ferman. Carol was the wife of Larry Cordner. She enjoyed painting, flowers, and bird watching. Carol is survived by her husband; a daughter, Deanna (Mark) Blewett of Pittsburgh, PA; one grandchild; Sydney Blewett; two brothers, Daniel (Anne) Ferman of Sugar Grove, PA, and Bradley (Sue) Ferman of Smethport, PA; and three half sisters, Donna (Barry) Austin of Smethport, PA, Kathleen Pearson of Smethport, PA; and Sherry Vossler of Smethport, PA. She was preceded in death by her parents. In honoring Carol's wishes, there will be no services. Memorial contributions can be made to Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America, 355 Lexington Avenue, 15th Floor New York, New York. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc. 637 S. Main St. Mansfield, PA is assisting the family. -Funeral home obit


FINAN -Mrs. DOROTHY REGINA STODDARD, 87, of Sugar Run (Sciotavale) went to be with her Lord and Savior on May 28, 2020, at home with her loved ones at her side. Dorothy was born Nov. 23, 1932 in New Albany, a daughter of the late James X. Finan (July 29, 1960) and Blanche (O’Neill) Finan Adams (Jan. 4, 1996). She graduated from Dushore High School as a member of the Class of 1950. She worked many years on the farm with her husband, as a nurse’s aide at the old Tyler Memorial Hospital in Meshoppen and also cleaned homes in the Dushore area. In addition, she worked many years as a cook for a catering business and worked for the Wyalusing Area School District in the cafeteria. On Sept. 30, 1950, she married Martin Joseph Stoddard, who predeceased her on July 17, 1988. Dorothy was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish (St. Mary’s) in Wyalusing. She was a devout Catholic. She also loved watching EWTN every day while praying her rosary and watching the daily Mass. She enjoyed collecting teapots, putting puzzles together, collecting praying hands, playing Aggravation, cards and Scrabble. Her greatest joy was her family, and she cherished the hours spent with them. In her earlier years, she loved to travel and crochet. Dorothy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. All who knew her will miss her. Surviving are a daughter, Leona C. (James) Fitzgerald of Sugar Run; a son, Steven H. Stoddard of Sugar Run; a daughter, Marilyn M. (Larry) Burke of Sugar Run; sister, Theresa (Brian) Tourscher of Mechanicsburg, PA; sister-in law, Hila Hunsinger of Elmira, NY; seven grandchildren, Angela (Robert) Smyser of Mechanicsburg, Eric Fitzgerald of New Cumberland, PA, Shanda (Benjamin) Elicker of Dushore, Lyndeana Stoddard (Pat Klein) of Dushore, John (Angeline) Burke of Tunkhannock, Kelly (Brandon) Everhardt of Toronto, Canada and Matthew Burke (Sarah Ehrmentraut) of Greenland, NH; 10 great-grandchildren, Ben and Noah Smyser, Emily, Miranda and Kendall Klein, Sophie, Jack and Ian Burke, Luke and Sarah Everhardt. Dorothy is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her mother and father-in-law, Gertrude (Vose) Stoddard (1959) and Hiram Stoddard (May 13, 1963); a three-day-old infant daughter, Janet Mary Stoddard (Oct. 13, 1966); a brother, Robert E. (Bob) Finan (March 29, 2014); a sister, Darleen Stoddard (Aug. 11, 1984); three brothers-in law, Lahman L. Stoddard (March 21, 2018), Roy William Stoddard (May 14, 2017) and Richard G. Hunsinger (April 21, 2005); two sisters-in-law, Betty R. Finan (May 18, 1998) and Rita Ann Stoddard (Sept. 12, 2011). A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, June 2 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, with Rev. Peter Tran and Rev. Philip S. Rayappan concelebrating. Interment will follow in St. Basil’s Cemetery, Dushore. Family and friends are invited to a drive-by visitation on Tuesday morning, June 2 from 8 until 9 a.m. at the Homer Funeral Home, Wyalusing. Guests are asked to remain in their vehicles as they pay respects to Dorothy’s family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, 245 State Street, Wyalusing, PA or Helping Hands Food Pantry, PO Box 233, Wyalusing PA in memory of Dorothy Stoddard. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Homer Funeral Home, 83 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing. -Wyalusing Rocket 5/30/2020


ROGER D. FISHER, age 70, of Lawrenceville, PA, passed away on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at his daughters home surrounded by his family after a long battle with cancer. He was born on September 28, 1949 in Blossburg, PA, a son of Alan and Donna (Hunter) Fisher. Roger and his wife, Ida Mae (Tillinghast) Fisher, were married on July 6, 1968 at Kingdom Hall in Lawrenceville. He was self employed and loved his work including carpentry, cabinet work, electrical, plumbing, and custom work. Roger enjoyed trout fishing streams with his children and grandchildren, tower climbing with his highest climb at 200 feet, putting towers up and dismantling them, spending time with his grandchildren, and amateur radio. His number one love was Jehovah God and wanting to live by his word. He was baptized in the spring of 1968. Roger was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, the radio club in Westfield, and AARL. Roger is survived by his wife; six children, Patrick Fisher of Louisville, KY, Rogina Bonomo of Elmira, NY, Josh (Mary) Fisher of Hazleton, PA, Jody (Annie) Fisher of Lawrenceville, PA, Heather (Charles) Sorge of Tioga, PA, and Gregory Fisher of Lawrenceville, PA; fourteen grandchildren, Cheyanne Hurlburt, Jasmine (Tyler) Morris, Brittany Bonomo, Brandon Bonomo, Jake (Britteny) Fisher, Jordon (Katie) Fisher, Juliana Stocker, Kasey Fisher, Destiny Sorge, Gage Sorge, Aidan Sorge, Ryan Fisher, Austin Fisher, and Kaziah Anthony; thirteen great grandchildren; four brothers, Eugene Fisher, Donald Fisher, Rodney Fisher, and Randy Fisher; two sisters, Dawn Wendelin, and Debbie Fisher; ten aunts; and two uncles. He was preceded in death by his parents. A memorial service will be held at his daughter, Heather Sorge's home in Tioga and will be announced at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made to Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses 39 Kingdom Lane, Mansfield, PA. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc. 637 S. Main St. Mansfield, PA is assisting the family. -Funeral home obit


KENNETH M. “Ken” FLORENTINE, 84, of Lincoln Falls, PA passed away on Saturday, June 13, 2020 at UPMC Williamsport Hospital, surrounded by family. Kenneth Maurice Florentine was born September 30, 1935 to the late Maurice and Anita (Brown) Florentine in Vineland, NJ.  He graduated from Vineland High School and went on to receive his master’s degree in early education from Glassboro State College.  He taught in the Penns Grove, NJ school district until 1965 when he accepted a position as school principal in the Haddonfield, NJ school district.  Ken served in Haddonfield as an elementary school principal for 35 years.  In addition to being a dedicated educator, he also worked various part-time jobs of interest to him.  He worked as a haberdasher, a scientific equipment salesman and a bread baker. In 1996, Ken and his wife Linda Faye (Morgan) moved to Lincoln Falls and renovated Morgan Century Farm Bed & Breakfast.  In his chef’s jacket and toque, Ken served as B&B chef for 24 years and loved to create new recipes for their countless guests.  Many of these guests return to the B&B every year and Ken considered them his “mountain family”. Ken enjoyed many interests and hobbies, including oil painting, music, ventriloquism, boating, wood working, and experimenting with food.  He loved to read and discuss current topics and ideas.  He was an avid car collector and was proud to drive and show his cars at local events and car shows.  He enjoyed performing ventriloquism with his lovable “figures” for local charities and events.  He was an active member of the Northern PA Bed & Breakfast Association where he served in various leadership roles.  Ken was also proud to serve as Membership Chairman for the Susquehannock Region, Antique Automobile Club of America. Ken is survived by his wife, Linda Faye, his daughters, Kim and Kristin and their spouses, Jeffrey and Joe.  Ken was a proud grandfather to Albert and Anita and is also survived by his brothers, Albert and Robert Florentine and their spouses, Judi and Georgette.  He will be dearly missed. A funeral service to celebrate Ken’s life will be held at the Lincoln Falls Wesleyan Church in Elkland Township on Friday, June 19, 2020 at 1:00 P.M. The Rev. Herbert Eby will be officiating with Pastor Bill Hargenrader assisting. Please abide by all social distancing policies and wearing masks when attending.  Burial will follow in the Elkland Friends Cemetery. Pepper Funeral Home and Cremation Facility, 578 Springbrook Dr., Canton is assisting Mr. Florentine’s family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation in Ken’s name to the Dushore Library, 206 Center St, Dushore, PA or the Bradford County Humane Society, Route 220, P.O. Box 179, Ulster, PA.  -Funeral home obit


PHILLIP LEE “PJ” FOOTE, JR., 36, a lifelong resident of the Valley, passed away unexpectedly on May 26, 2020 at his residence in Ulster, Pa. He was born on April 4, 1984, in Sayre, Pa., the son of Phillip Lee Foote, Sr. and Tina M. Kurtz. As a young boy, PJ loved his cars and trucks. He enjoyed fishing and getting bait for his mom and dad. PJ loved going to visit his grandparents and playing his video games, but mostly he loved teasing his little sister, Shannon. At 18 years of age, he got married and entered the US Army. Upon returning home, he and Michelle had four children. He is predeceased by his grandfathers Herbert F. Kurtz and Gilbert Murphy. Phillip is survived by his mother Tina M. Kurtz, father and stepmother, Phillip L., Sr. and Kristi L. Foote, sister Shannon Foote, former spouse Michelle Paxon, children Alyssa, Isaiah, Bella, and Christopher Foote, stepchildren Michael, Brittany, and Heather Krise, and Nick Medovich. He is also survived by his grandparents Robert and Sylvia Huber and Kenny and Donna Beers, and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. There will be no calling hours or services at this time. The family is being cared for by Lowery-Urban Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Athens, Pa. -Sayre Morning Times 5/29/2020


FUHRMAN -FLORENCE PETERSON - A Valley business woman passed at age 89. Florence “Flo” Peterson, born in March of 1931, went to be with the Lord after an extended illness on June 5, 2020. She was born in Ringtown, PA to Charles and Sophie Fuhrman. After graduating from high school in 1949 she moved to Washington, D.C. She met her husband Gerald J. Peterson (a lifelong Valleyite) who had been in the service there. In 1955, a company by the name of Douglas Brothers Paving was established. After the death of her husband she continued the business along with her son Jerry. She enjoyed dancing, especially Polka, as well as being with her family and friends. Florence is survived by her son, Jerry and daughter-in-law Karen Peterson; granddaughters, Stephanie (Justin) Shepherd, Jeri-Lynn Peterson; two great-granddaughters, Brianna and Olivia Shepherd; sisters, Ann (James) Kehley, Alice (Paul) Gee, brother Roy (Marion) Fuhrman; nieces, Bonnie Verso, Melodee Tannler; nephews Roger Fuhrman, Tim and Mark Gee. Predeceased are her husband, Gerald J. and son, Charles R. Peterson; father and mother, Charles and Sophie Fuhrman; brother, John J Fuhrman; as well as her very dear friend, Ernie Langdon. Private services were held on Monday, June 8, 2020 at her home. Pallbearers were Bill Douglas, JE Kehley, Bob Petruschak, Sean Beirne, Larry Hurley, and Ty Reynard. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society and/or St. John’s Lutheran Church, Sayre, PA. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Thomas Cremation and Funeral Service, 1297 Elmira St., Sayre, PA. -Towanda Daily Review 6/9/2020


JOHN H. GANGAWAY, 87, formerly of Wyalusing, Bradford County, PA, passed away at 4:45 p.m. on June 1, 2020 in the Skilled Nursing Unit of the Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital, Towanda, PA where he has resided since February 2020. Born in Brecknock Township, Lancaster County, he was the son of the late William and Edith (Myers) Gangaway. His wife, Grace, of 69 years, died Aug. 31, 2018. John worked at bridge building for Mesa Construction, and paving for A.G. Kurtz until his retirement. He enjoyed family outings at Knoebels Amusement Park, visits from his great-grandchildren, playing Bingo and going out to eat with his best friend/caregiver Billy Kolbeck. Surviving are two daughters, Carol J. Berwick (Gangaway), wife of David J. Berwick, Stevensville, PA and Cynthia G. Fritz (Gangaway), wife of Curtis L. Fritz, Denver, PA; three grandsons and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters. He has one remaining sister, Mary Miller, residing at Ephrata Manor, Ephrata, Pennsylvania. Cremation Society of Pennsylvania, Inc., Harrisburg, is in charge of the cremation. Services will be private. John’s final resting place will be in Muddy Creek Cemetery, Denver. -Towanda Daily Review 6/5/2020


JOSEPH E. GEFFERT, age 90, son of Paul P. and Kathryn Wasylewicz Geffert, born July 12, 1929 in Sayre, PA, died on May 15, 2020 at Barclay Friends in West Chester, PA. Joe worked as a carman for the Lehigh Valley and Conrail. After forty two years of service, he retired in 1990. Joe was a veteran of the Korean War where he served eighteen months. He was a member of the American Legion, and a member of the Church of the Epiphany. His favorite pastime was fishing for small mouth bass. Surviving are his daughter and son-in-law, Mary Kay and William Campbell of Media, PA, a son and daughter-in-law, Paul Geffert and Teresa Wolfe of Camp Hill, PA and son and daughter-in-law, Peter and Kathy Geffert of Albrightsville, PA and beloved grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. Joe was preceded in death by his wife, Mary H. Geffert, his brothers John, Frank, Peter, Carl, Anthony, and Michael and his sisters Mary, Anne, Kathryn, Lena, Helen, and Pauline. Funeral services are pending. Memorial gifts may be made to The Caring Fund at Barclay Friends, 700 North Franklin Street, West Chester, PA. Arrangements The Donohue Funeral Home, 8401 West Chester Pike, Upper Darby, PA . -Sayre Morning Times 5/19/2020


GOLDBACH -Mrs. HELEN ANNA BURKE, age 90, of Wilmot Township, Bradford County, PA passed away on Sunday morning, June 14, 2020, at the UC Health West Chester Hospital, in West Chester, OH. Helen was born Aug. 4, 1929, in Oceanside, Nassau County, NY. She was the daughter of the late William Henry and Irene Saxton Goldbach. She grew up in Rockville Centre, NY and moved to Terry Township, Bradford County, PA in 1935. She married Harold John Burke, a lifelong farmer, of Wilmot Township, Bradford County, on June 18, 1946. He predeceased her on Sept. 13, 1988, after 42 years of marriage. Helen and Harold operated the family farm. After she retired, Helen worked for LD Wood Design in Dushore, PA. Helen was an active member of St. Basil’s Church, Dushore, and attended mass at its mission, St. Francis of Assisi Church in Cummiskey, until its closure. Helen enjoyed gardening. Like many farm families in the area, she had a large garden every year. She enjoyed fresh vegetables and produce from her garden, and would can and freeze for the rest of the year. Helen also enjoyed baking and made a little extra money baking cakes for parties, birthdays, and weddings for friends and neighbors. Puzzles intrigued her and she usually had a card table with a jigsaw puzzle she was working on set up. When watching TV, she always had a book of crossword or seek-a-word puzzles nearby. Helen also enjoyed movies. Over the years she collected over a thousand movie videos. It wasn’t unusual to see her dozing off as the final credits rolled on the screen. Helen was fascinated by elephants so she decorated her home with elephant figurines and often wore a brooch with elephants. She enjoyed seeing new places, whether it was going out shopping, running the local roads, taking a road trip with her girls to the Midwest, or visiting them wherever they would move. Family was the most important thing to her. Nothing made her face light up like a family gathering, especially when there were new little ones. Surviving are four daughters, Kathleen (Donald) Salsman of West Chester Township, OH, Maureen (Grant) House of Jenningsville, PA, Barbara (Kevin) Kunkle of Sugar Run, PA, Susan (Thomas) Burns of Seabrook, TX; seven grandchildren, Jennifer Salsman Bayshore, Ann Salsman (Dr. Jon) Cohron, Linda Mapes (Igor Tyurekov), Diane Mapes Lantz (Randy Coolbaugh), Kenneth (Lisa) Mapes, Kimberly Burns (Jason) James and Lizabeth Burns (Justin) Meinhardt; 11 great-grandchildren, Samantha Shiner, Joshua Cohron, Jacie Whinnery, Jordan Whinnery, Alex Lantz, Mckenna Mapes, Kenneth Mapes, Riley James, Gabriel James, Patrick Meinhardt and Gwenyth Meinhardt. A transferal service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 26, 2020, from the Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA and will be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at St. Basil’s Church, Dushore, PA with the Rev. Thomas J. Major, her pastor, presiding. Interment will follow in St. Francis of Assisi Cemetery, Cummiskey, PA. Friends and family may call from 4 until 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, 2020, at the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of the Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA. -Towanda Daily Review 6/16/2020


GREGORY -SARA FEY KINGSLEY, age 36, of Pine City, NY, passed away on Sunday, June 7, 2020. She was born on October 4, 1983 in Elmira, NY, a daughter of Shawn and Ginger (DeGeus) Gregory. Sara was a member of His Tabernacle in Horseheads, NY. She enjoyed singing, poetry, being a mom, and butterflies. Sara is now free of the binding ties of addiction. Fly high Sissy… God loves you! Sara is survived by her husband, Thomas Kingsley Elmira Heights; a son, Shawn Kingsley of Elmira Heights; two daughters, Maya Kingsley of Elmira Heights, and Callie Kingsley of Elmira Heights; her parents, Shawn and Ginger Gregory of Pine City; a sister and brother in law, Rebecca (Christopher) Boyle of Pine City and their children, Emma June, Malachi, and Alexis Larkin; a brother and sister in law, Joshua (Samantha) Wood of Avon and their children, Maxwell and Zackary; and many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins. A private memorial service will be held at the family's convenience. Memorial contributions can be made to Vibrant Emotional Health, Attn: Development, 50 Broadway, FL 19, New York, NY or Addiction Awareness SAMHSA. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc. 637 S. Main St. Mansfield, PA is assisting the family. -Funeral home obit


HACKETT -CATHERINE M. HACKETT HUNTER, age 69 of Westfield passed away suddenly on May 15, 2020 with her family by her side at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. She was born May 9, 1951 in Brookfield Twp., Pa. the daughter of Charles "Chip" and Joyce Butler Hackett. She was a home health caregiver, member of the Eastern Star, loved to go for rides with Jeff, animals and doing crafts. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and her family. She is survived by her husband, Jeff VanDusen, Westfield, daughters, Carley Marsiglio (Foster Cosby), Port Alleghany, PA, Patricia Hunter (Cecil Lowe), Nelson, PA, grandchildren, Brelynn Marsiglio (Seth Bigley), Renee Marsiglio, Rebecca Marsiglio, Torin Marsiglio, Brock Marsiglio, sisters, Sandra (Leon) Parker, Bradford, NY., Melanie (John) Kenyon, Elkland, Lori (David) Tomb, Westfield, Deann (Alan) Haines, Virginia Beach, VA, brother in law, Paul Truax, Lawrenceville, sister in law and brother in law, Kathi Jo (Monte) Pratt, Apollo Beach, FL, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and all her adopted children. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Joyce Truax and Virginia Hackett, brother Randy Hackett. Friends may call Tuesday from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 6:00 to 8:00 pm. at the Kenyon Funeral Home, Westfield. ( All Covid 19 Precautions will apply, including face masks and 25 person limit) Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Rev. Dorothy Densmore, officiating. Burial will be in Woodhull Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Second Chance Animal Sanctuaries, 725 Gee Rd., Tioga, PA. -Elmira Star-Gazette 5/17/2020


CHESTER A. HARBACH - Our Dad is now singing in the heavenly choir. Taken from “The Sound of Music”, “my heart wants to sing every song it heart will be blessed by the sound of music and I’ll sing once more.” And so he is! Chester A. Harbach, 87, of Williamsport went to be with the Lord whom he served, Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020 surrounded by his family. Born August 12, 1932 in Williamsport, he was the son of Chester A. and Bertha A. (Repard) Harbach. He married his wife, Barbara (Webster) Harbach on October 18, 1953. Chester was a 1950 graduate of Williamsport High School and attended Lycoming College. He was a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran of the Korean War. Chet retired after 40 years at Grit Publishing Company where he was a compositor and computer operator. His passion for Jesus, his family, family gatherings, music, soccer, and Penn State Football, showed in all he did. His eyes always lit up and his infectious smile appeared whenever his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were in his presence. He dedicated his life to his family and his church through his gift of singing by performing in the choir, solos, duets, and quartets. He also sang at many weddings, funerals, and special events. Chet was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church. He served his Lord by singing in different choirs for almost 80 years, leading the Trustees, and chairing the Building Committee for the Christian Life Center where many lives have been touched and changed by Jesus. He was a dedicated lifelong member of the Loyalsock Volunteer Fire Company and the Williamsport Detachment Marine Corps League, Inc. Surviving, in addition to his wife Barbara of 66 years, are three children, Kathleen H. Choate (Kevin) of Williamsport, Richard A. Harbach (Marnie) of Abingdon MD, and Charles E. Harbach (Cindy) of Winsted CT, seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren with a 4th on the way in August. He was preceded in death by three siblings, Howard O. Harbach, Bernice H. Kackenmeister and Max E. Harbach. A public celebration of life service to honor Chet will be announced at a later date.  The family will provide flowers and suggest memorial contributions in Chet’s name be made to First Church, 604 Market Street, Williamsport, PA. -Saunders Mortuary obit


BONNIE MARIE HOWE, 69, born in October of 1950; raised in Waverly, N.Y. and Owego, N.Y., but who lived most of her adult life in Waverly, N.Y., died peacefully in hospice care Friday, May 29, 2020. She will be greatly missed by her son John Howe of Waverly, N.Y., three grandchildren and her large family of brothers Charles L. Howe and Michael Howe of Owego, N.Y.; Roger T. Howe of Binghamton, N.Y.; sisters Terry Vanderpool of Sayre, Pa.; and Pamela Gallagher, Rosa Ellis and Kathy M. Howe of Waverly, N.Y.; Linda Finch of Whitney Point, N.Y., April E. Howe of Norwich, N.Y. and many nephews, nieces an cousins. Bonnie was predeceased by her parents Charles L. Howe and Kathleen Howe of Owego, N.Y., her ex-husbands William Tobbey and Charles Simonds and her brother Jerry Howe. Bonnie was fond of walking and shopping. She would be recognized by most people of Waverly. She also enjoyed trying her luck on lottery tickets. A celebration of her life event is being planned for her family, friends and acquaintances at a later date. -Sayre Morning Times 6/2/2020


DAVID ALAN HUBBARD - On Wednesday, May 20, 2020, David Alan Hubbard, loving husband and father of two, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 70. David was born on June 3rd, 1949, in Sayre, Pa., to Everett Arthur Hubbard, and Esther Louise (Drake) Hubbard. David was a 1967 graduate of Athens High School in Athens, Pa. In 1971, he received his undergraduate degree from the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at Penn State; he received his Master’s degree in Mineral Economics from the same institution in 1975. He worked for the federal government from 1975 until he retired in 2003. On July 14th, 1973, he married Susan Ruth O’Malley. They raised one son, Jonathan, and one daughter, Jennifer. David was passionate about golf and bowling. He golfed as often as possible, and also bowled in a league at work, gaining notoriety for his acumen in the lane. He was also passionate about his motorcycles, always riding, reading, and customizing. He was kind, clever, self-deprecating, as quick to laugh at his own foibles as anyone else’s. David is preceded in death by his father, Everett, his mother, Esther, and his brother, Merle. He is survived by his sister, Marilyn, his wife, Susan, his son, Jonathan, and his daughter, Jennifer, as well as three grandchildren, Emma, Samuel, and Victoria. A funeral service will be held at Palm Boulder Highway Mortuary on Wednesday, May 27th, 2020, at 11 a.m. Because of social distancing, attendees are limited to 40 persons, though the service may be attended virtually by visiting the mortuary’s Facebook page and clicking on the link for the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Wounded Warriors. -Sayre Morning Times 5/26/2020


JOHN EDWARD HULL, age 67, of Leola, PA, passed in peace in the arms of his loving wife on Monday, May 25, 2020 at his second home in Forks Township, Sullivan County.
John was born in Providence, RI, on April 4, 1953, a son of the late Lloyd Allen & Mary Jean Chymczuk Hull.  John was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Lewis Hull, in 1987.  He grew up in Ephrata, PA, attending OMPH, and graduated in 1971 from Lancaster Catholic High School. He married the love of his life and high school sweetheart, Louise Smith Hull in 1982, with whom he shared 52 years of love, 38 years of marriage. They continued their life together in their “starter home” in Leola, raising 3 wonderful kids John, Nick, and Jess. His usual greeting when family dropped by to visit was, “Come on in!” In the end, Louise and John fulfilled all of their hopes and dreams together. Many will remember John and Louise as having a love story that people aspire to have. John left a legacy to all his children - not of wealth, but of example. John had a love of music. He always cranked up the car radio when some good old rock and roll came on. Many visits with his son John Lloyd included conversations about different artists in the genre of music, which filled John with much joy. Not only did John work on cars most of his life, but he was an inspiration to his son Nick, teaching him numerous automotive lessons in the backyard garage to show him the tricks of the trade. To his little girl, Jessica, the apple of his eye, he modeled what family life was all about - devotion, patience, care, concern and contentment. He left her and Cory with a love of what a ‘real family’ exemplifies as they built their young family. Above all else, John believed that loyalty and kindness were the most important traits to having a good life with friends and family. John loved his four granddaughters. Bella will remember him as being "warm as toast," Nina by him always tickling her, and Leni always sharing a loving smile and the TV remote. He had only just met Lucy, but thankfully was able to hold her in his arms. He was employed in the auto body business, and was known for his expertise in body work and painting. John remained self-employed for many years while contributing to his family “holding down the fort” as a devoted stay at home dad. In his days, John collected and restored many awesome antique cars. He courted his high school sweetheart, Louise, in his ‘56 Chevy, a few ‘70 Corvettes, ‘68 Lincoln Continental, ‘54 Ford, and a ‘64 Thunderbird. Hippy vans, station wagons, and a die-hard VW took John and Louise across the state and country. These were great times together. John enjoyed weight lifting, walking hundreds of miles on their local country roads and hiking the mountain trails in Penn’s woods. He enjoyed watching the Philadelphia Phillies win and lose throughout his life with his uncles, pop, and family. On hot days and starry nights you could find John outside on the deck of the backyard pool he maintained for 35 years. From his own children to his grandchildren many backyard memories were shared and will always be remembered. John was a cat lover. He was lovingly referred to as St. Francis by his wife because of his kindness to care for all animals. During his married life he sheltered, fed, cared for, and adopted dozens of homeless felines. You could be sure to see him relaxing every day with his furry friends. He often joked that his best friends had four legs! John found happiness casting his rod in the Loyalsock or just floating down the stream. He loved the quiet life sitting on his front porch and back deck with a cold beer and a good smoke, in the company of his forest friends. John was a gentle soul. He was kind and loving. He will be dearly missed and never forgotten for his kindness and one-liners that brought smiles and chuckles to friendly conversations. He will be forever in our hearts. John is survived by the love of his life, Louise of Leola, PA, his children: John Lloyd Hull and the mother to 2 grandchildren, Natalie Jones, of Leola, PA, and son Nicholas Alan Hull, also of Leola, PA, one daughter: Jessica Weidman and son-in-law, Cory Weidman of Millersville, PA, sisters: Maryann (Terry) Ansell of New Windsor, MD and Suzanne (Eugene) Bradley of Dushore, PA. In addition, four granddaughters: Isabella Jones, Celina Maria Hull, Leni Rose Weidman and Lucy Louise Weidman. John was a cousin and an uncle to many nieces and nephews. A simple service and celebration of life will be held in June. Further details can be obtained by contacting any family member via FB messenger or phone. Please honor John by coming with a personal memory and in your most relaxed attire. Arrangements are under the direction of the Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA. -Funeral home obit


WIEBE JELSMA, 98, of Turbotville, PA (formerly of Roaring Branch) passed away peacefully on June 13, 2020 at UPMC Muncy Place. He was born on January 13, 1922 in Den Helder, North Holland, Netherlands. He was the son of Harm Jelsma and Fokeltje (Nauta) Jelsma. He received his accounting degree in the Netherlands before immigrating to the United States in 1950. He was a Prudential Agent for many years, then worked for the Bradford County Housing and Redevelopment Authority in Blossburg, PA until his retirement in 1984. He and two friends founded the Sheshequin Trail Campground in Marsh Hill in the 70’s, where he enjoyed spending time with many new friends he made there. He was a founding member of the Roaring Branch Water Works and the First United Methodist Church in Muncy, PA. He was married to the late Waldtraut E. (Grossgebauer) Jelsma on March 15, 1952 and shared 59 wonderful years of marriage. They enjoyed traveling to see their families in the Netherlands and Germany as well as around the United States and Canada. They spent most of their married life in Roaring Branch, where Wiebe always had a huge vegetable and flower garden. He loved to give away the potatoes and shallots that he grew and was so proud of the dinner plate dahlias he had in his garden. He was a loving husband, father, and Opa (grandfather in Dutch) and cherished his family time. In addition to his love of gardening, he enjoyed reading non-fiction books, many magazines, and the daily newspaper, as well as playing cards, traveling, singing and listening to music, going to dramas and musicals, eating out, camping, and being in nature. Surviving Wiebe is his daughter, Barbara and her husband Mitch Morgan, granddaughter Juliana and her husband Dan Mingle, and grandson Crispin Morgan, sister Dieuwke van de Velde and brother Bernard and his wife Coby Jelsma. Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife Wally (September 1, 2011), stillborn son Paul, and brothers Jurjen Jelsma and Jelle Jelsma. Due to the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, a private family funeral is being held at Pepper Funeral Home and Cremation Facility, Inc., 578 Springbrook Dr., Canton, PA.,  Thursday, June 18, 2020. There will be a celebration of life memorial service that will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Roaring Branch Water Works, PO Box 58, Roaring Branch, PA. -Funeral home obit


RYKER MILES JOHNSON, age 1 ½ years, beloved son of Natalie and Brad Johnson of North Towanda Township, PA passed away unexpectedly Thursday, May 28, 2020 at Guthrie Memorial Hospital, Towanda. Ryker was a very loving, innocent, and most intelligent little boy who easily touched, warmed, and won the hearts of all he met with his positive energy and enthusiastic spirit. His unique facial expressions and the “rolling of his eyes” provided a glimpse into his soft, ”always happy,” and at times mischievous personality. Ryker gave life meaning and purpose. His love for his family was pure and abundant and the love of his family for him, immeasurable! Ryker loved being outdoors and playing with his friends and family, Big Trucks, fireworks and especially music with favorite songs that he would dance to. Born in Sayre, PA on November 9, 2018, his time here was brief, yet Ryker leaves behind a lifetime of cherished and comforting memories. Ryker’s family includes his mother and father, Natalie and Brad Johnson; siblings, Noah, Taylor, Madison, Carson, Garrett and Kohen; maternal grandmother, Ronda Lee Forrest Johnson; maternal great-grandmothers, Roberta Johnson and Genevieve Pierce; paternal grandmother, Grace Gustin Johnson; as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins. Ryker was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, Darin Lynn Johnson; maternal grandmother, Hila Pierce; paternal grandfather, Henry Johnson; maternal great-grandfathers, Dyton “Dyke” Pierce and Admiral “Bill” Johnson. A funeral service will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, PAS, with Pastor Kitty Keller of the Ulster United Methodist Church officiating. The family will receive friends from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. -Towanda Daily Review 6/2/2020


JOHNSTON -BRENDA ANN KIPFERL age 57 of Millerton, PA passed away on Sunday, May 31, 2020 surrounded by her loving family. Brenda was born July 14, 1962 in Troy, PA the daughter of Wayne Johnston and Frances Chrzan Johnston-Chopak. She was a ticket agent for American Airlines/Piedmont Airline in Elmira, NY. Brenda was a member of The Central Assembly of God Church in Horseheads, NY. She was very active in her church. She loved traveling and motorcycles. Brenda loved her family and friends and treasured the time she spent with them. Brenda is survived by her Husband Kevin L. Kipferl; her Children: Shante' Tranchant and her fiance' (James Perry) of Horseheads, NY, Brittany Berbary of Elmira, NY, Michelle (Glenn) Earle, Lisa (Robert) Ross, and Brandy (Thomas) Bower; grandchildren: Malakahi Johnston, Brayden Berbary, Mayzie Berbary, Arielle (Shane) Jacobs, Dylan Platon, Jordan Ross, Leanna Ross, Kaleb Bower, and Alivia Bower; several great grandchildren; mother: Frances Chopak of Troy, PA; sister: Doreen Wandell (Bob Jamieson) of Elmira Heights, NY ; brothers and Sisters-in-law: David (Judy) Johnston of Columbia Crossroads, A and Brian (Heather) Johnston of Gillett, PA; Kevin's brothers and sister. Brenda had several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of caring friends. A Celebration of Brenda's Life will be held at The Central Assembly of God Church, 1 Brenway Drive in Horseheads, NY on Sunday, June 7th from 2-5 PM. Arrangements are entrusted to the Lynch Funeral Home, 318 W. Broad St., Horseheads, NY. -Elmira Star-Gazette 6/4/2020


ALICIANA MARIE JONES and Baby Arnez Dianté Jabbar Jones of Elmira, NY were carried away by angels on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. Aliciana was born on April 18, 2000 in Elmira, the daughter of Kathleen Cratsley and the late Curtis Jabbar Jones. She was predeceased by her loving brother Arnez Nater (Mariah, Ahmariana, Mae’anna); survived by her grandparents, Gene and Annmarie McMurray; brothers, Dianté Jones, Caleb Jones, Quincey Jones; sister, Gy’anna Davis; cousins, Adriana (Ahlana, Dre’amour), Elliandra (Adonis, Lay’leannah) and Sophia ( Kamrin, God-daughter Nalani, Maelia); along with several other cousins, aunts, uncles, family members and friends. Leaving to mourn are special friends, Gabriel Ceeley (family), and LaTasha Blaney (family). There was never a dull moment … Aliciana was always putting a smile on someone’s face. The moment she found out about baby Arnez she was beyond ecstatic, making sure she told everyone and anyone. She loved music, fishing, riding, and above all her loved ones. Private services were held. -Towanda Daily Review 517/2020


LAWRENCE GLENN KEEFER, 60, of Montrose, Pa. went to be with the Lord on June 15, 2020 from a non COVID death. He is the son of the late Clair and Fedora Keefer. Larry is survived by four siblings, Andrew and Mary Theresa Keefer, Sharon and Joe Torres, Michelle and Donnie Duncan, Clair “Buzzy” and Susan Keefer; and numerous nieces and nephews. Larry was a proud veteran with service in the United States Navy. He put effort into making a Facebook group to connect the family and keep them communicating with each other. He enjoyed restoring vehicles, his walks to McDonalds and the Post Office, and was a proud citizen of the USA. At his request, there will be no public services. Arrangements are under the direction of the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, Inc., Hallstead, Pa. Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to your local V.F.W. or American Legion to support our veterans. -Sayre Morning Times 6/16/2020


JAMES L. KELLY age 79, of Elmira, NY, passed away on Thursday, June 11th 2020 at the Chemung County Nursing Facility in Elmira. James was born in Towanda, PA on January 3, 1941, son of the late Earl and Dorothy (Dunn) Kelly. He was also predeceased by his sister Barbara. James is survived by his sisters, Shirley Boston, Linda Bradley and Betty Nichols; brother, Thomas (Shannon) Kelly; many nieces and nephews. James requested that no services be held for him. Arrangements are with the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. -Elmira Star-Gazette 6/13/2020


KIRK -CONNIE R. COOK, age 73 of Depot St., Nelson passed away on Thursday May 21, 2020 at her home. Born April 21, 1947 in Nelson, she was the daughter of the late Wheeler Kirk and Loretta Edwards Mains. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. Connie is survived by sons, Brian (Pamela) Cook and Michael (Lisa) Cook both of Elkland, PA; a daughter, Deanna (Chad) Farman of Knoxville, PA; 11 grandchildren, Jeremy (Laeken) Cook, Jennifer Cook, Lisa (Casey) Pavlick, Sarah (Michael) Getgen, Todd (Jackie) Cook, Jamie (Gabby Citriniti) Cook, Katie (Dylan McDonald) Cook, Renee (Will) Shantz, Sammantha Cook, Jessica (Jamie Colvin) Farman and Amber Farman; 15 great grandchildren; a brother, Gary Kirk and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude; a son, Todd and two brothers, Bob and Allen Kirk. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are in care of Kenyon Funeral Home, Elkland. -Elmira Star-Gazette 5/23/2020


KISSEL -MARY ELISABETH KISSEL KLINE SHAY passed away peacefully at her home on May 7, 2020. She was surrounded by her loving family, Mary fought a courageous two year battle with cancer. Mary was born August 10, 1936 to Ernest and Helen Bramhall Kissel. She was the 6th of seven daughters. Mary grew up in South Waverly, Pa. and graduated in 1954 from Waverly High School. She was a lifelong member of the Waverly United Methodist Church. She worked for the Guthrie Clinic for seventeen years and owned her own Bookkeeping and Tax Preparation Business for forty years. She also worked at the Abuse, Rape and Crisis Center for eight years. She served as State Treasurer for the Pennsylvania Society of Medical Assistants. She was also a member of the Business and Professional Women Association. Family was the most important thing in Mary’s life. Throughout her life she created a large blended family with 3 children, 4 step-children, 27 grandchildren, 46 great grandchildren and 19 great- great grandchildren. She was loved by her family and will be missed. She also enjoyed: sewing, quilting, baking and animals. She left behind her well loved cats , Mandy and Tash, her companions for the last seven years. Mary was predeceased by her parents, Ernest and Helen Kissel, her sisters: Elsie (Myron) Rosh, Floy (Richard Reynolds), Donna (William) Northrup, Roberta (Roger) Zeliff, Patricia (Steve) Haner Debski. She was also predeceased by her great grandson, Jonathan Northrup and son-in-law Donald Kuykendall. Finally, she was predeased by her husband, Richard Kline and her husband, Carl Shay. Mary is survived by her sister, Nancy(Don) Webster. She is also survived by her children: Suzzanne Kuykendall, Charles (Holly) Kline, Deborah ( Eddie) Smith, and step-children Austin(Maria) Lord, Steve(Deb) Shay, Ann (Lionel) Cheatham and Mike(Pam) Shay. She is survived also by her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. She also had many nieces, nephews and friends. A celebration of Mary’s life will be held at a later date, due to the current pandemic. Those wishing to memorialize Mary may send donations in her name to: Sayre Public Library, Sayre Historical Society or Stray Haven Animal Shelter. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Thomas Cremation and Funeral Service, 1297 Elmira St., Sayre, Pa. Those wishing to leave a sympathy message for Mary’s family may do so. -Sayre Morning Times 5/15/2020


KITHCART -BETTY JUNE JOHNSON, age 72, of Wyalusing, PA passed away on Friday afternoon, May 22, 2020 at her home with her loving family by her side. She was born on June 24, 1947 in Sayre, PA the daughter of the late Charles Kithcart (d. June 15, 1988) and Pearl Hughes Kithcart (d. June 28, 1995). Growing up around the Wyalusing area, Betty was a graduate of the Wyalusing High School with the class of 1965. Betty recently celebrated her 49th wedding anniversary with her husband, Robert Johnson Sr., whom she married on Jan. 14, 1971. Betty loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. She attended her grandchildren’s sporting events whenever it was possible. Betty also had a fondness for gambling, taking care of her flower beds, and watching birds. She was also a member of Rought Hall Post #510 Auxiliary. She is survived by her husband, Robert Johnson Sr. of Wyalusing; daughters, Kelly Johnson (John O’Mara) of Wyalusing, Kim (Tony) Bennett of Wyalusing and Sharon Myers of Towanda, PA; a son, Robert Johnson Jr. (Mindy Otis) of Laceyville, PA; grandsons, James Robert (Becca) Belcher of Wyalusing, Tony Lynn (Maria) Belcher Jr. of Wyalusing and Camden Anthony Bennett of LeRaysville, PA; a granddaughter, Callie June Bennett of Wyalusing; great-granddaughters, Kinley Rae Belcher of Wyalusing and one due this coming November; great-grandson, Landon Robert Belcher of Wyalusing; a special nephew, Martin Smiley of Los Angeles, CA and a special niece, Tonyha Book of Williamsport, PA; and her beloved dog, Fi-Fi. In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her sisters, Theresa Kithcart (d. May 15, 1994) and Carol Maracle (d. September 25, 2001). A private funeral service for Betty will be held at Sheldon Funeral Home on Church Street in Wyalusing at the convenience of the family.  The service will be officiated by Rev. Vicki Ellis of the Beaver Meadows Methodist Church. Interment will be in the Lime Hill Cemetery, near her home. For those wishing to attend, a memorial dinner will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at the home of Kim and Tony Bennett on 3657 Old Stage Coach Rd., Wyalusing, PA. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial donations in Betty’s name to the Guthrie Hospice, 421 Tomahawk Rd., Towanda, PA or to the Humane Society of the donor’s choice. Arrangements were made through Sheldon Funeral Home, Church St., Wyalusing, PA. -Towanda Daily Review 5/24/2020


KLINE -TONI E. SCHAEFFER, 62, of Loyalsock Township, passed away on May 23, 2020, at her residence. She was born on February 9, 1958, the daughter of the late George and Lois (Johnson) Kline. Toni was a housewife and member of L.O.O.M. #866, FOE #970, and the American Legion Post 1. She enjoyed crocheting, gardening, yard work, singing karaoke, and was even a guest singer in many bands. She was preceded in death by her parents, and brother, James Kline. She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Russell; son, William J. (Heidi) Kosmer, of Loyalsock Township; brother, Mark Kline, of Bradenton, FL and sister, Carol Leung, of Bradenton, FL. There will be private family services at the convenience of the family. Requesting donations be made to Russ Schaeffer, 2230 Warrensville Rd., Montoursville, PA to help defray medical and funeral expenses. Arrangements are being handled by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville. -Funeral home obit


KOHLER -EVELYN “Evie” Kohler VOUGHT, 95 of Aikens, SC, died peacefully Tuesday, May 26, 2020, following a brief illness. Born in Scranton, PA. She was a daughter of the late Walter W. and Jean Butler Kohler. Evie was the first of three, with two younger sisters, the late Sally (Neil) Williams, Beaufort, SC and Jane (Richard) Coleman of North Canton, OH. Evie received her BS in Art Education at Penn State University. She was a devoted wife of 63 years to the late Edward Ingham Vought. Evie enjoyed art activities, tennis and was a docent at the Aiken County Historical Museum. She was one of the founding members of the Aiken Artist Guild and an early member of The Aiken Symphony Guild, League of Women Voters, AAUW and NSDAR. In addition to her sister, she is survived by her children, Edward Terry (the late Lynn Szabo) Vought and Susan Louise Vought both of Aiken; grandchildren, Anne Butler Vought Ellis, North Augusta, SC, Emma Chaffee (Jarrod Werts) Vought, Charleston, SC three great-grandchildren, Katherine Kohler Ellis, Benjamin Edward Ellis, Lucy Anne Ellis; nieces, Charlotte Williams, Cynthia Rosen, Penny Maxheimer, nephews, David Williams and Scott Coleman. A memorial service will be held at a later date and at her request donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 224 Barnwell Ave., NW, Aiken, SC or The Community Medical Clinic of Aiken County, 244 Greenville St., NW, Aiken, SC. The family would like to thank her wonderful caregiver of the last seven years, Latonya Hicks, all the staff at Trinity on Laurens and the nurses of Regency Hospice. Shellhouse Funeral Home, Inc., 924 Hayne Ave., Aiken, SC. -Towanda Daily Review 6/4/2020


KRAKOWSKI -MARIE E. KNECHT, 84, of Williamsport fought a courageous battle with cancer before passing away surrounded by family Thursday, May 14, 2020 at her home. Surviving is her loving husband of 63 years, William “Bill” Knecht. Born January 20, 1936 in Williamsport, she was the daughter of the late Peter and Victoria (Batkowski) Krakowski. Marie was a 1953 graduate of Williamsport High School. She was an Assistant Vice President at Merrill Lynch for 19 years. Marie participated actively in the community through volunteer efforts of the American Cancer Society, president of the Divine Providence Hospital auxiliary and also past president of the Duboistown Garden Club. She was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish.  Through the years, she and her husband traveled extensively in Europe creating memories, but her most admired trips were to Happy Valley cheering on Penn State and tailgating with family and friends. Marie’s sassy, sophisticated and strong willed personality made her fun to be around, especially as a Grammy to her grandchildren whom she adored.  Surviving in addition to her husband are her children, Edward Knecht (Irene), of Tuscan, AZ. Vicki Synoracki (Bernie), of Williamsport, and John Knecht (Kim), of Chandler, AZ; six grandchildren, Perfilia Vigil, Veronica Knecht, Brent Synoracki, Logan Synoracki, Trisha Hribar, and Jenny Fredo; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her daughters, Mary Ann Knecht and Anne B. Starner, a son-in-law, Anthony R. Starner, Jr. and a grandson, Michael A. Starner. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations in Marie’s name be made to the American Cancer Society, 1948 E. Third Street, Williamsport PA or Penn College Foundation c/o William G. and Marie E. Knecht Scholarship, One College Avenue, Williamsport PA contributing towards the scholarships that Bill and Marie have created.  A public graveside service to honor the life of Marie will be held 11:30 AM Monday, May 18 at Wildwood Cemetery. (Please meet at Wildwood Cemetery Office). -Funeral home obit


KUHNLE -DONNA MARIE KUHNLE MADIGAN, 78, of Towanda Township, PA passed away Saturday evening, June 13, 2020, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA. Donna was born at home in Towanda Township, PA on Jan. 31, 1942, the daughter of Frederick Kuhnle and Florence Kirkendall Kuhnle. Donna was a graduate of Towanda High School with the Class of 1959. On Aug. 5, 1962, Donna married Charles Rodney Madigan at the Mountain Lake United Methodist Church. In early years, Donna was employed by the ASCS office, Ames Department Store, Bradco Supply, and the Jewelry Box in Towanda. She was later employed by Claverac Rural Electric in Wysox for 19 years until retirement. Donna enjoyed working outdoors at home, mowing, gardening, sewing, and working puzzles. She was a member of the Burlington United Methodist Church. Donna’s family includes her sons, Stephen Madigan and wife Laurie of Towanda Township, Brian Madigan and wife Dr. Eunhee “Crystal” Choi-Madigan of Philadelphia, Michael Madigan and fiancée Suzanne Ferris of Towanda Township; granddaughter, Kyrstin Madigan; grandsons, Tyrel Madigan and Matthew Madigan; sister, Edith Darrow, who is a resident of the Bradford County Manor; brother-in-law, Duane Pepper of Monroeton; sisters-in-law, Janice Kennedy of Troy, Genevieve Corwin of Montrose; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, Donna was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Charles, on Nov. 18, 2018; sister, Naomi Pepper; and sister and brother-in-law, Elizabeth and Oliver Lutz. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. The Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home of Towanda, PA is assisting the Madigan family with arrangements. The family suggests that contributions may be directed to the Burlington United Methodist Church in care of Eileen Sherman, P.O. Box 7, Burlington, PA in memory of Donna Marie Kuhnle Madigan.  -Towanda Daily Review 6/16/2020


JAMES W. LANE SR., 79, of Sayre passed away peacefully on Monday May 18, 2020 surrounded by his loving family. He was born at home in Powell, Pa. on November 5, 1940 to Dighton Sr. and Mary Lane. James worked for many years at Chemung Heating before retirement. He loved everything about life, especially his family and friends. He enjoyed watching Nascar, hanging out in the garage with his friends and family, and riding bicycles. James was predeceased by his parents, Mary and Dighton Lane Sr. along with his siblings Dighton Lane Jr., William Lane, Oscar Lane, John Lane, Richard Lane, Tom Lane, Florence “Polly” Tyler, Mary Lena Slocume, and Darlene M. Beherns. James is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sharon Lane. His siblings Dorothy Ann Woodruff, Sherry Lane, Carol Lee, and Daniel Lane. His children James Jr. (Karen Raupers), Lorrie Lane Johnson (Tom Johnson), Shawn Lane, Scott Lane (Melissa Lane). His grandchildren Thomas Johnson Jr., Janelle Johnson, James “Pat” Lane (Megan Crumlish), Jonathan Lane, Camry Lane, Matthew Lane, Kierstin Lane, Gage Carnrike, and Blaine Carnrike. His great-grandchildren Tanner Johnson, Jake Johnson, and Jace Johnson. He also had several special nieces and nephews. No services will be held to honor the wishes of James. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be sent to the LeRoy Heritage Museum, the Sayre Public Library, and Guthrie Hospice. The family would like to give a special thank you to Karen Raupers — for all your care and devotion to our dad. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of The Thomas Cremation and Funeral Service, 1297 Elmira St., Sayre, PA. -Sayre Morning Times 6/6/2020


JOHN F. LEE of Bradenton, FL formerly of Wysox, PA and Montoursville, PA died Wednesday, June 10, 2020 after a brief illness. John was born Nov. 5, 1953 in Towanda, PA, son of Robert E. and Eleanor Woodruff Lee. John graduated from Towanda Area High School in 1971 and continued his career in business management at Williamsport School of Commerce. He was business manager at West Middleton, Canton Area, Montoursville, S. Williamsport and Octorara school districts. John possessed a generous and loving personality, a sense of humor and was a friend to everyone he met. He especially loved his faith in our Lord and his family. He enjoyed playing golf and was a coach and referee for high school soccer. He was host to several members of the Crosscutters Baseball Team for several years. He also hosted a foreign exchange student from Norway while with the Montoursville School District, and traveled to Norway to meet his family. John enjoyed travel and visited several countries, the most important to him being Italy, where he attended mass with Pope John Paul II. He was a member of Saint Ann Catholic Church in Williamsport, PA and an “Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion” at “Our Lady of Angels” Catholic Church in Bradenton. He is survived by his brothers, William C. (Dottie Jane) Lee of Clarksville, NH, Thomas B. Lee of Tawas City, MI; his sister, Helen L. Wilcox of North Port, FL, his twin sister, Mary Secules of Zellwood, FL and his sister-in-law, Linda J. Lee of Valrico, FL. He also leaves behind special nieces and nephews, whom he truly loved and treated as his own children, giving them advice when asked as well as tough love when needed. He was predeceased in death by his parents; his brother, Robert L. Lee; his sister-in-law, Janette M. Lee; his brothers-in-law, William Secules and Michael J. Wilcox. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 29, 2020 at St. Joseph the Worker Parish, W. Edwin Street in Williamsport, PA. John’s final resting place will be in Wildwood Cemetery in Williamsport. -Towanda Daily Review 6/19/2020


LEWIS -DEBORAH A. RINKER, 62, of Wolf Township, died May 15, 2020, at her residence. She was born September 23, 1957, in Williamsport, a daughter of Robert and Priscilla Lewis. Deborah retired from UPMC Susquehanna, loved her swimming pool and loved shopping, especially for shoes. Preceding her in death was her father and sister, Diane Buzalewski. Surviving her is her husband of 42 years, Jack L. Rinker; her mother, of Muncy; two sons, Rob Rinker, of Hughesville and Jesse (Crystal) Rinker, of Selinsgrove; a daughter, Melinda (Jake) Roberts, of Muncy; and five grandchildren. A  graveside service will be held 12 noon, Wednesday, May 20, at Barbours Cemetery, with Rev. Linda J. Renninger officiating. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 1948 E. Third Street, Williamsport, PA. Arrangements are being handled by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville. -Funeral home obit


LINDSTADT -LENORE LINDSTADT WALDMEYER - On the morning of May 23, 2020, Lenore Lindstadt Waldmeyer, 95, passed away peacefully at home with her daughters by her side. Lenore was born on Dec. 3, 1924, in New Brunswick, NJ. She was the only child of Richard and Clara Teitscheid Lindstadt. At her graduation from New Brunswick High School in 1942, dozens of chairs were draped with American flags for her classmates who had already gone to serve our country in World War II. A cradle Episcopalian, she was serving as organist at Saint James Episcopal Church in Edison, NJ, when on Palm Sunday,1945, the choir director, Elsie Schweitzer Waldmeyer, introduced Lenore to her son, Ernest, who had just returned home after being wounded in Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge. Lenore and Ernest were engaged on Palm Sunday the following year, and married that June. They shared 55 years of marriage before his passing in 2001. A lifelong bookkeeper who relished accounting and ledger sheets, she also had a flair for art and architectural design. A classic only child, Lenore always felt free to offer her expert opinion on any subject, whether it was solicited or not. Lenore and Ernest raised their family in Edison, NJ and in 1985 retired to Ogdensburg, PA, an area they had fallen in love with when they first visited in 1971. Lenore devoted herself to her church and her family, serving as organist, vestryman, and treasurer at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in Troy, until her health no longer permitted her to be active. She loved nothing more than making the hills come alive with the sound of music when her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren visited Grandpa’s Mountain. Lenore is survived by daughters: Claire of Ogdensburg, Edye (and Hess Wilcox) of Ogdensburg; son Ernie of Nashville, Tennessee; granddaughters: Amy Waldmeyer Lutes (and Brien) of Nashville, Tennessee, Ashley Waldmeyer Tello (and Walter) of Pucallpa, Peru, Alyssa Waldmeyer Campbell (and Matthew) of Elgin, SC; and great-grandchildren Megan and Caleb Lutes, Ian and Benji Tello, and Leyla, Fiona, Abram, and Isla Campbell. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her parents, Richard and Clara Lindstadt, her parents-in-law, Ernest A. and Elsie Waldmeyer, and her great-granddaughter, Genesis Aria Lutes. Those who wish may make a donation in her name to Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, 130 Elmira St., Troy, PA. Her daughters, Claire and Edye, will welcome visitors from 4 until 7 p.m. on Friday, May 29 at Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 94 N. Center Street, Canton. -Towanda Daily Review 5/26/2020


LUNDRIGAN -BEATRICE C. MCNEILL, 83, formerly of Barton, NY passed away Wednesday evening, May 20, 2020 at the home of her daughter and son-in law, Kathleen and James Higgins in Athens, PA. following a courageous battle with cancer. Beatrice was born in Brooklyn, NY on July 23, 1936, the daughter of Patrick and Beatrice Lundrigan. She was a graduate of Prospect Heights High School, Brooklyn, NY. Beatrice was employed by the U.S. Postal Service in Godeffroy, NY and also with the Elmira Postal Sectional Center for many years until retirement. Beatrice loved spending time with her family, traveling, knitting and quilting. Her family includes children; Kathleen Higgins (James) of Athens, Patricia Palanza (Robert) of Waverly; Charles McNeill (Bonnie) of Seneca Falls, NY; twins; Maureen Nelson (Richard) of Plattekill, NY; Eileen Payne (Steven) of Horseheads, NY; 17 grandchildren; and 29 great grand-children. In addition to her parents, Beatrice was predeceased by her loving husband of 50 years, Charles Francis McNeill on May 28, 2007, infant son, Michael McNeill in 1967 and grand-daughters, Maureen Higgins in 2003 and Kerry Higgins Banik in 2014. A private funeral service will be held at the Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home 314 Desmond St. Sayre, PA. Interment will be in the Barton Cemetery, Barton, NY. The family suggests that contributions be directed to (an organization dedicated to her two grand-daughters and their courageous battles with cancer) in memory of Beatrice C. McNeill. -Sayre Morning Times 5/22/2020


GERALD “Butch” MASI, of Laceyville, PA,  passed away on Sunday evening, June 7, 2020 at Geisinger East in Wilkes-Barre, PA. He was born on December 2, 1942 in Wilkes-Barre, PA, the son of the late Generino Masi and Doris Whipple Masi.  Growing up in the Wilkes-Barre Heights area, he attended GAR and graduated in 1961.  Immediately after graduation, Gerald joined the Marine Corps and served his country during the Vietnam War.  Butch was employed for many years as a professional truck driver for Over the Road Interstate Dress Carriers and would later retire from Consolidated Cigar. Butch was a member of the Rought Hall Post #510 American Legion. While driving truck he was a member of the Teamsters Union Local 401.  For over 15 years, Butch owned and operated Riverside Bait and Tackle in The Old Mill in Laceyville, PA.  On September 18, 1993, he married Rose M. Stankowsky. Gerald loved being in the outdoors.  He enjoyed fishing in the Susquehanna River, local ponds and rivers, as well as taking trips to Oswego to fish for Salmon and loved visiting and camping on Oneida Lake in New York State.  Gerald spent many hours in the woods pursuing deer, turkey, and small game.  It has been said of Butch that “When he was outside, he was happy”.  When he wasn’t outdoors, he loved being surrounded by his family and many friends. He is survived by his wife, Rose M. Stankowsky of Laceyville, PA; sons, Joseph Kurzini (Kathy) of Laceyville, PA and Vincent Kurzini of Spotswood, NJ; grandchildren, Vincent James Kurzini and Alex Kurzini; brother, Joseph Masi of Wilkes-Barre, PA; sister, Antonette Lewis of Dorrance, PA and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Gerald was preceded in death by his brother, David Masi; sister, Marlen Masi; and his best friend, Frank Tonart. As per his wishes, there will be no services held for Gerald at this time. Military Services will be conducted at a later date by the members of the Rought Hall Post # 510 American Legion. -Sheldon Funeral Home obit


CAREY MICKELSON, age 60, of Summerville, SC, passed away on Friday, June 12, 2020 at his home. He was born on April 10, 1960 in Compton, CA, a son of Veryl and Dorothy (Hill) Mickelson. Carey was a veteran of the United States Air Force, and he worked on computers. Carey is survived by his brother, Tracy Mickelson of Elmira, NY. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Douglas Mickelson. In honoring Carey's wishes, there will be no services. Burial will take place in Oakwood Cemetery. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc. 637 S. Main St. Mansfield, PA is assisting the family. -Funeral home obit


MILLER -CAROL A. HALL, 77 of Elmira, NY went to Heaven on May 21, 2020. Carol was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grand-mother. She was born in Elmira on December 28, 1942 and worked at Remington Rand, American La France, and St. Joseph Hospital and Home Health Care. She Loved her dogs, NASCAR, bowling and was a lifetime ceramic artist. Carol was pre-deceased by her parents Robert G. and Aprilla D. (Burris) Miller, her brother Robert Miller and her daughter Laurie. Left to cherish her memory is John her loving husband of 43 years, brother Richard Kintz, son Bill (Barb) Maynard, daughters Penny (Jeff) Pelton, Robyn (David) Waltrip, grandchildren Tanya, Amy (Jon), She1by, James (Heather), Nicole, Sarah, Troy, Audrey, 7 great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and a ton of loving friends.
A celebration of Life will be at a later date. The Roberts Funeral Home, Inc. 279 Main Street Wellsburg, NY has been entrusted with the arrangements. -Elmira Star-Gazette 5/22/2020


MILLER -NANCY J. (Miller) ANSPACH, 80, of Shunk, PA., formerly of Lititz, PA., passed away on Monday, June 8, 2020 at UPMC Williamsport Hospital. Nancy Jeanne was born April 30, 1940 in Lititz, PA a daughter of the late Carl and Dorothy (Martin) Miller. Nancy was a very kind, loving individual. Her family was always her main focus in life, relishing anytime that she was able to spend with them. She was very well known for her cooking. You never left her house hungry. Nancy was an avid bowler and was on a bowling league for many years. She had a passion for word and jigsaw puzzles, many times ordering them by the dozens. Nancy was also a woman of faith and attended St. Peter’s Community Bible Fellowship in Forksville, PA. Besides her parents, Nancy was predeceased by a brother; Carl Miller Jr., sisters; Thelma Jones and Beverly Rockefeller, daughter; Carol Ann Anspach and a son; Daniel Anspach. Surviving Nancy is her companion; Larry Derr of Shunk, a brother; Thomas (Chris) Miller of Lititz, sister; Sharon (Bruce) Leese of Florida, sons; Doug (Doris) Anspach of Elizabethtown, PA and David (Kim) Anspach of Strasburg, PA granddaughter; Ashley Eisenbeis of Etters, PA, grandson; Brian (Malia) Anspach and great-grandson Makani all of California as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. A celebration of Nancy’s life will be held at the convenience of the family. Pepper Funeral Home and Cremation Facility, Inc., 578 Springbrook Dr., Canton, PA is assisting the family with arrangements. Those who wish may make a memorial donation in Nancy’s name to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, PO Box 678572, Dallas, TX. -Funeral home obit


MINNIER -DOROTHY A. "Dot" HEESS, 71, of Jersey Shore, passed away at The Gatehouse on Saturday, June 6, 2020. Dot was born Oct. 19, 1948 in Sayre, a daughter of Ellery J. Minnier and Ann L. (Crowder) MinnierJohnston, and raised in Dushore. She was a graduate of Sullivan County High School and earned an associate degree in nursing from the former WACC, now Penn College. Dot worked as an LPN at Williamsport Hospital, Divine Providence and Jersey Shore Hospital. She will be remembered for her enjoyment of bird watching, reading, flowers, chocolate and cooking, but most of all her love for her family. Dot and her husband, Robert C. "Bob" Hess Jr., celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on April 11, 2020. In addition, she is survived by her daughter, Brandy Hess of Montoursville; her sister, Ann (John) Marquardt of Hughesville, and their daughter, Amber; and brother-in-law, Tim Hess of Williamsport. In addition to her parents she is predeceased by her brother, Dan. The family will receive family and friends at Crouse Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 133 E. Third St., Williamsport, on Saturday, June 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. A Committal service will be held at Wildwood Cemetery on Tuesday, June 16, at 11 a.m. -Funeral home obit


MOORE -BARBARA ANNE (Moore) BACON, 84, of Elk Mills, Maryland, passed away on May 16, 2020, of COVID-19 complications. Barbara was born to the late Herbert William Moore and Catherine May (Drake) Moore in Elmira, NY, on December 6, 1935. She was a 1948 graduate of Carr's Corners School and a 1952 graduate of Elmira Free Academy. She received her Master's Degree in Mathematics in 1957 from SUNY-Albany (then called the NY State College for Teachers - Albany), and moved to Los Alamos, NM, in 1958 to join Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory (now Los Alamos National Laboratory) as a FORTRAN computer programmer. She retired from LANL in 1991. Barbara met her future husband, Edgar A. "Al" Bacon, Jr., in the singles Young Adult Group at First United Methodist Church in Los Alamos. They married in 1960 and raised their daughter, Deborah, in Los Alamos. In 1995 they moved to Albuquerque, NM, and in 2013 they moved to Elk Mills, MD, to be closer to Deborah's family. Although Barbara suffered complications from a spinal stenosis surgery in 1994 that left her unable to walk well, she did not let this slow her down. She loved to travel and visited all 50 states as well as many foreign countries. She enjoyed crafts and needlework of all kinds but was especially passionate about knitting. She was a TKGA Master Knitter, as well as serving as a judge on the Master Knitter committee, and won many ribbons for her beautiful sweaters and shawls at fairs. Barbara volunteered for many years in Girl Scouts and enjoyed attending classical music concerts. She was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Los Alamos, St. John's UMC in Albuquerque, and most recently Elkton UMC in Elkton, MD. Barbara is survived by her husband of 59 years, Al, of Elk Mills, MD; her daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and Brian Ingram, and grandsons Benjamin and Joseph of Landenberg, PA; her niece JoAnn Baker & family of Watkins Glen, NY; and her nephew Pete Kasprzyk & family of Beaver Dams, NY. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Robert Moore; and her sister, Betty Kasprzyk. Private interment will occur at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to a local community choir, orchestra, or band of your choice. -Elmira Star-Gazette 5/21/2020


MOSHER -LOIS MAE (Mosher) HOFFMAN, age 93, passed away peacefully at her Odessa, NY home surrounded by family on June 13, 2020. She was born on January 25, 1927 to Charles H. and Ruth Eaton Mosher in Horseheads, NY. She was married to Walter D. Hoffman for 51 years and raised their family in Odessa, NY. He predeceased her in 1999. She is survived by her children James J. Hoffman (Jane) of Cuyahoga Falls, OH & their children Jennifer and Rebecca; Diana Hurston (August) of Port Charlotte, FL & her children Nicholas and Lauren; Ronald Hoffman (Carmella) of Odessa, NY & their children Nicole Turnmyre (Adrian), Christina Hoyt (Randy), Valerie Kimmerly (Marc), Jeremy J. Hoffman (Jess); Patricia Borra (Frank) of Port Charlotte, FL & their children Robert, Charles (Kara), Christina (Jamie), and James (Sara). Her legacy is passed on to her ten Great-Grandchildren (predeceased by Macelyn M. Hoyt), one Great-Great-Granddaughter; several nieces and nephews, her special friend, companion and dance partner of 19 years, John Mace, Jr. of Alpine, NY and their faithful dogs Mindy and Molly. Lois grew up on a farm on the Ridge Road in Horseheads and graduated from Horseheads High School in 1944. She was a long-time member of and past President of the Schuyler County Volunteer Ambulance Association and was an advanced EMT. She was an Election Inspector, acted as Church Treasurer of Catharine Methodist Church, was a member of the Catharine Mothers Club, and was a regular volunteer at Schuyler Hospital and member of Women of The Moose Chapter 1401, 4-H leader, and was involved in many other community organizations. She also actively participated in the operation of the Dairy Farm at The Four Corners of Catharine (Hoffman Farm & Dairy) for many years. Lois was a kind person who loved life and her family. She was widely known as a hard worker in her community, a selfless friend, and compassionate person with a quiet sense of humor to her neighbors in Schuyler County. An accomplished dancer, she was a member of the Gingham Square Dance Club, but she would happily dance to any music playing. As an expert seamstress, quilter and artist, Lois loved to make her own dresses, constructing various quilts and adorning her home with many of her works of arts and crafts. She loved tending to her flower garden and filled it with many roses and purple flowers as this was her favorite color. Lois also had a passion for traveling, visiting nearly every U.S. state and spending her winters in Florida, where she enjoyed the sunshine and warm climate. Lois' vitality and love of hiking and walking lasted her whole life. She took great pride in her well-kept home throughout her entire adult life and welcomed many guests. She was a loving Matriarch, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, and Great-Great-Grandmother to a large family, and she will be deeply missed. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, June 17 at 12:30 PM in Highland Cemetery, Montour Falls, N.Y. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Odessa Fire Department in Lois' memory. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Vedder-Scott & Zinger Funeral Home, Montour Falls. -Elmira Star-Gazette 6/15/2020


RONALD J. MOSS, 84, passed away Friday, May 22, 2020 at the Bath VA Medical Center, Bath, NY. Ronald was born on August 2, 1935 in Vian, OK, the son of the late Wendell J. and June A. (Siffing) Moss. He married the former Jacqueline LaPoint on May 29, 1965 and they would have celebrated their 55th wedding this anniversary this coming Friday. Ronald was a veteran of the US Navy; he graduated from Elmira South Side High School and retired from Mergenthaler Lineotype Company, Wellsboro, in 1982 after 26 years of service as a Mechanical Engineer and in electronics. Ronald was an avid fisherman, enjoyed hunting, boating, sail boating and horses. He was a member and past president of the following; the Wellsboro Horse Club, the Horse Club of Catlin Hollow, the Cowanesque Riding Club and the Mansfield Riding Club. In addition to his wife, Jacqueline, Ronald is survived by six children; Amber Stevens of Wellsboro; Richard (Hedy) Housel of Sisterville, WV; Steven (Beverly) Moss of Wellsboro; Thomas Housel of Covington; Lori (Michael) Brown of Snoqualmie, WA; and Jeffrey (Kimberly) Moss of Palmer, AK; a brother, Vernon Moss of Wellsboro; a sister, Sandra Wood of Arlington, TX; 16 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.  Memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home 139 Main Street Wellsboro, PA. -Elmira Star-Gazette 5/27/2020


OEHRLI -SALLIE L. MCQUAY, 84, of Sayre, Pa. passed away on Monday, June 8, 2020 at the Sayre Health Care Center. She was born June 6, 1936 in Williamsport, Pa., the daughter of the late Dale P. and Mable (Agnus) Oehrli. Sallie was a receptionist in the Hematology Lab at Guthrie Healthcare Systems, retiring after 20 years of service. She was one of the most caring people you would ever meet and would always help anyone in need. She loved to sew and do pottery. Sallie was a long-time member of the Church of the Epiphany and a member of the Red Hatters Club. She is predeceased by her husband George McQuay, Jr. Sallie is survived children Stephen McQuay of Athens, Pa., Michael and Betty McQuay of Sayre, Pa., Patrick and Carla McQuay of Athens, Pa., and Timothy McQuay of Milford, Pa., grandchildren Lilian and Chad Foust of Troy, Pa., Stephanie and Chad Gable of Waverly, N.Y., Crystal McQuay of Sayre, Pa., Scott and Stacie McQuay of Athens, Pa., and Kristopher McQuay and fiancé Amanda of Wilmington, De., great-grandchildren Alex McQuay and Emily McQuay, and her companion Peter Marino of Williamsport, Pa. Graveside services will be held on Friday, June 12, 2020 at 1 p.m. at Tioga Point Cemetery, 803 North Main Street, Athens, Pa. The family is being assisted by Lowery-Urban Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Athens, Pa. Burial will follow at Tioga Point Cemetery, Athens, Pa. Memorial donations may be made in Sallie’s name to: Epiphany School, 627 Stevenson Street, Sayre, PA. -Sayre Morning Times 6/10/2020


WILLIAM D. OLIVER, 85, of Lemon Township passed away June 15, 2020 at his home. Born in Meshoppen on Aug. 10, 1934, he was the son of the late Thomas J. and Belle Grow Oliver. He was a 1952 graduate of Springville High School and a 1956 graduate of Penn State’s Agricultural Department. Willie served his country in the United States Army. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by Penelec Electrical. Willie was a member of Nativity BVM Church and Moose Lodge, both in Tunkhannock, Black Walnut American Legion Post 510 and a proud retired active member of Triton Hose Company in Tunkhannock. He is survived by several cousins and his good friend, Michael DiStadio. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Oliver, in 1973. Family and friends are invited to attend Willie’s Mass of Christian Burial which will be held on Friday, June 19 at 10 a.m. from the Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 99 E. Tioga Street, Tunkhannock, to be celebrated by Reverend Patrick Albert, pastor. Interment will follow in St. Bonaventure Cemetery, Meshoppen, with full military honors. A viewing will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday from the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, Inc., 73 W. Tioga Street, Tunkhannock. Due to the ongoing pandemic, restrictions have been put in place by the CDC and the PA Department of Health. Please read the following: At the funeral home, we will be limiting the number of guests to 40 people at a time. At the church, we will be limiting the number of guests to 50 people. Please use your discretion. -Wyalusing Rocket-Courier 6/17/2020


H. WAYNE PACKARD, 87, of Montoursville, died Sunday, May 24, 2020, at AristaCare at Loyalsock. He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Helen L. Packard, on Dec. 5, 2017. Born Nov. 23, 1932, in Williamsport, he was a son of the late Eldric H. and Ruth L. (Seidel) Packard. Wayne was a 1950 graduate of Williamsport High School. Following graduation he proudly served in the United States Navy during the Korean War. During his service in the military he had the honor to play with the Navy Band in Arlington Cemetery. After his honorable discharge Wayne graduated from Lock Haven University and earned his doctorate degree from Bucknell University in elementary education. Wayne retired from Hepburn Lycoming in 1993 as an elementary school teacher for 34 years. Wayne was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church. He was a talented musician, enjoyed playing the saxophone in the Nicolosi Band and later started the band Wayne Packard Quintet which he was a member of for more than 10 years. He also enjoyed watching sports. Surviving are a son, Timothy W. Packard (Connie), of Montoursville and a granddaughter, Lindsey J. Packard. In addition to his wife and parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Richard L. Packard. A memorial service to honor the life of Wayne will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 2, at Trinity Episcopal Church 844 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, with the Rev. Kenneth E. Wagner-Pizza and the Rev. Jeffrey A. Packard officiating. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of service at Trinity Episcopal Church where we will follow social distancing and COVID-19 guidelines. We ask everyone paying respects to please follow the directions of the funeral and church attendants for the health and safety of all. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Wayne’s name to Trinity Episcopal Church, 844 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, PA. -Knights-Confer Funeral Home obit


THOMAS MICHAEL PALUMBO, 60, of Waverly, N.Y. passed away Monday, June 1, 2020 at his home following declining health. Tom was born in Wellsboro, Pa. on September 19, 1959, the oldest son of the late Thomas and Marlene Seeley Palumbo. Tom was a graduate of Waverly High School with the Class of 1977 and served honorably for 13 years with the U.S. Army including the Army Reserve as a Behavioral Sciences Specialist SP-5. He continued his education at BOCES/School of Practical Nursing where he received his diploma in 1987 and earned a Bachelor of Business degree in Healthcare Administration from Trinity College & University in 2001. Tom was a highly skilled Licensed Practical Nurse in a variety of clinical settings and was a quality control and risk management specialist. His last place of employment was with the Elmira Psychiatric Center in Elmira, N.Y. Tom was a lifetime advocate for veterans and as “a voice for the voiceless” on issues of social justice. He received appointment to the National Selective Services Board and was elected to the National Board of Veterans for Peace. Tom mobilized relief efforts for hurricane and disaster recovery, including three times to New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Tom is survived by three brothers, John (Mary Kay), Greg (Lorraine) all of Waverly and Jeff Palumbo of New York City, his partner, Ann Williams of Virginia Beach, Va., niece, Danielle Palumbo, and nephews, Kyle and Chris Palumbo all of Waverly, beloved aunts, Marylou Duffy of Marietta, Ga., Virginia (Andy) Schliecker of Waverly, also Mark (Pat) Seeley and Helen Pratt all of Knoxville, Pa. as well as several loving cousins. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date. Donations in Tom’s honor may be directed to Norfolk Catholic Worker c/o Kim Williams, 1321 W. 38th St., Norfolk, VA or to Veterans for Peace, c/o Michael McPherson, Executive Director, 1304 N. Broadway, St. Louis, MO. The Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home of Sayre, Pa. is assisting the Palumbo Family with arrangements. -Sayre Morning Times 6/10/2020


PETERSON -VERNA BALDWIN age 83 of Elmira passed away on May 28th, 2020 at Guthrie Corning Hospital, Corning, NY. Her journey began on September 26, 1936 in Reagantown, PA, daughter of Melva and Ernest Peterson. She married her best friend, Edward, on September 28, 1954, two days after turning 18. Together, they raised four children. Verna was known for making homemade jams, bread and rolls among other treats that she shared with her neighborhood and family. She loved any reason to have a family get together from Easter egg drop contests to crazy Halloween dinners. Her handmade quilts, crocheted blankets and knitted sweaters were always a hit with anyone who was lucky enough to receive one. Her greatest accomplishment and her biggest joy was being a Gramma. Her heart was larger than life, donating countless hours at the local food pantry. Verna was predeceased by her husband, Edward in 2014 with whom she shared almost 60 years of marriage, their son Edward Baldwin Jr. (Skip) in 1992, daughter-in-law, Betty Baldwin in 2017, and grandson Gregory Klub in 2013. She was also predeceased by her parents, and brothers; Kenneth Peterson, Wayne Peterson and Glenn Peterson (Butch). She is survived by her children; Jeffrey Baldwin of Puyallup, WA, Dennis (JoAnn) Baldwin of Bald Knob, AR, Tammi (David) Loper of Elmira, NY, daughter-in-law Linda (David) Vinsett of Beebe, AR, grandchildren; Brian (Faith) Baldwin, Jeremy Baldwin, Amy (Cody) Stiles, Jamie (Bart) Williams, Abbi (Billy Keefe) Loper, Alex Loper, Melissa (Sandy) Brainard, Matthew (Kayla) Baldwin, McKenzie (Thomas) Baldwin, adopted granddaughter Monica (Ryan) Coghlan, great-grandchildren; Dakota, Jason, Adrian, Kypton, Kendall, Brayden, Jude, Lucy, Gemma, and Reill,. sisters; Marjorie VanAlstine, Irene (Molly McClintock) Peterson, and Judy (Richard) Hurley, sisters-in-law; Barb Peterson, Marlene Peterson and Barbara Peterson, special friend Carol Johnson-White. And canine companion, KoJac, numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends near and far. Special thank you to the staff of Guthrie Corning Hospital ICU and Dr. Lobo for the compassionate care they gave Verna in her final days. Also, to the caring staff of Elcor Nursing Facility including, Nikole, Justin, Brandi, Ashley and Aubrey who treated "Gram" as their own family member and went above and beyond to make her time spent there as pleasant as possible. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, 388 Upper Oakwood Avenue, Elmira, NY. Due to the current pandemic a private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.
"A limb has fallen from the family tree that says grieve not for me. Remember the best times, the laughter, the song, the good life I lived while I was strong." -Elmira Star-Gazette 5/30/2020


WENDELL RAYMOND QUEAL, age 61, of Mainesburg, PA passed away at his home on Friday, June 5, 2020. He was born on November 5, 1958 in Pensacola, FL., a son of Ronald Queal and Norma Jean (Smith) Mattison. Wendell was an Army veteran and worked at Walmart. He was an avid collector and liked to fix clocks. Wendell is survived by his wife Michelle Queal of New York; son Jonathan Queal of Mainesburg, PA; son Kyle (Rob McCune) Queal of New York; son Zachary Queal of Mainesburg, PA; brother William "Bill" (Kelly) Queal of Pensacola, FL; brother Steven Queal of Lake City, FL; sister Ronalyn (Jerri) Seipler; sister Catherine Queal of Mansfield; stepbrother Tony Snyder of FL; and several nieces and nephews. In accordance with Wendell's wishes, there will be no services. Arrangements have been entrusted to Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. -Funeral home obit


REIDY -HELEN REIDY MCINERNEY died at the home of her daughter in Oak Ridge TN on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. She was born in Elmira, NY on November 13, 1923, and lived in Elmira all her life except for the last 11 years. She was predeceased by her son, John Christopher McInerney in 1961, and her husband John E. McInerney in 1996. She was the first female president of the Elmira Country Club, and chaired the Quest 82 fundraising program for St. Joseph's Hospital. She leaves to cherish her memory her daughter and son-in-law Maureen and Ken Fricke of Oak Ridge, Tn, her granddaughter and grandson-in-law Mary and Tavo Zavala and great-grandson Nico Zavala. She is also survived by her brother Harry Reidy, brother Dick Reidy and wife Teresa, of Elmira and sister Wini Widman of Greensboro, NC, sister in-law Fay McInerney Burke of Elmira and numerous nieces and nephews. Services will be held at a later date in Elmira due to the corona virus pandemic. -Elmira Star-Gazette 6/18/2020


REYNOLDS -SUZANNE REYNOLDS FUDGE, 86, of Belfast, ME died peacefully May 14, 2020. Born December 24, 1933 in Elmira, NY, she was the daughter of Mary Pauline Drinkwater and Justice Walter B. Reynolds. She married Ralph Truman Fudge in Elmira, November 11, 1955. Suzanne attended Elmira public schools, The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania and Elmira College. She was a member of Saint Margaret's Episcopal Church in Belfast, ME. With her family she lived in Elmira, NY, New Haven, CT and Westerly, RI before moving to Belfast, ME early in January 1974. Predeceased by her parents, her husband Ralph Truman Fudge, her sister Mary Virginia McLane, and a nephew, Randall Reynolds McLane, she is survived by her two daughters, Mary Virginia Fudge and her partner, John McDonald, of Montville, ME; Susan Elizabeth Fudge and her husband Alexander Leddy of Portland, ME; six grandchildren, Carie Elizabeth Woodrow; Daniel K. Woodrow, Jr. and his fiance, Amanda Peaslee; Sara Elise Drinkwater and her partner, Adam Clark; Madison Alexander Leddy; Truman Henry Leddy; and Jack Ellsworth Leddy; five great grandchildren; Bailey Cole Woodrow; Jazmin Skylar Woodrow; Oliver Myles Correy; twins, Adara Rayne Woodrow and Kira Jade Woodrow; and a special dear cousin, Barbara Reynolds Lucas of Latham, NY. Also surviving is her nephew, Paul Lawrence McLane and his family of Clover, SC and two nieces, Mary Cheryl Niver and Susan Camille Pirozzolo and their families of Pine City, NY and sister-in-law Sally Fudge Grayson and family, of Cherry, Hill, NJ. A Memorial Eucharist will be celebrated at a later date at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church on Court in Belfast. If desired, memorial gifts may be made to St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, 95 Court St., Belfast, ME; Waldo County General Hospital, 118 Northport Avenue, Belfast, ME or to Gosnell House, 11 Hunnewell Rd., Scarborough, ME. Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 9 Mountain St, Camden, ME. -Elmira Star-Gazette 5/21/2020


RICE -LILLIAN FRANCES BRUEILLY, 88, wife of the late Edward Brueilly, entered into rest Monday, May 18, 2020. Lillian was born in 1931, the youngest of seven children to Wilbert and Lena Rice in Columbia Cross Roads. She worked hard to help support her family both as a young adult and after her marriage to the love of her life, Edward, supporting all his business ventures. Lillian was an active member of Bakerburg Community Church and served her Lord and community well. She was a proud mother and loved her family, each one of them, very much. Lillian is survived by a son, Kevin Brueilly (Jennifer) of Evans, Ga.; daughter, Debbi Minnick (Tracy) of Cardwell, Australia; grandchildren, Alex and Madison Brueilly of Evans, Ga., David, Andrew, Daniel, and Sarah Minnick of Greenville, S.C.; and seven great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband Edward; she was preceded in death by her daughters, Lois and Carol Brueilly and a son, Scott Brueilly. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 22 at 9 a.m. at Westover Memorial Park with Pastor Robert Lehn officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. -Wellsboro Gazette 5/22/2020


NORMAN  P. RICE, age 82, of Gillett, PA passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, June 11, 2020. Norman was born Jan. 24, 1938 in Treichlers, PA, son of the late Gilbert and Elsie (Fogle) Rice. He and the former Karen E. Roberts were married on July 1, 1961 and would have celebrated 59 years together next month. Norman was employed by Frank Horwith Trucking and retired in 1999 after 40 years of dedicated service in the trucking business. He was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge No. 637 Northampton Lodge, past member of the Lehigh Township Fire Company and enjoyed hunting and sitting on his porch watching his wildlife. Surviving are his loving wife, Karen E. Rice of Gillett, PA; a son, Ronald Rice of Triechlers, PA; two daughters, Patsy (Mike) Vedder, Connie (Roy) Plouse all of Sayre, PA; five grandchildren, Joshua Strohl, Jessica Dunn, Ashley Plouse, Cody Plouse, Shelby Plouse; his three great-granddaughters, Aryanna Hayes, Layla Keele, Payton Plouse; a sister, Nancy Waltz of Schneckville, PA and two nieces. Family and friends are invited to call from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 14, 2020, at the Gerald W. Vickery Jr. Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc., 1093 West Main St., Troy, PA 16947. Please follow all social distancing policies along with wearing masks when attending calling hours. A graveside service will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 in Indianland Cemetery, 765 Almond Road, Waluntport, PA. -Towanda Daily Review 6/13/2020


RICE -ROXANNE R, VANZILE, age 66, of Westfield, PA, passed away on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at Troy Community Hospital. She was born on August 9, 1953 in Blossburg, PA, a daughter of Robert and Marian (Gill) Rice. Roxanne was the wife of Paul M. VanZile. She enjoyed spending time with her family. Roxanne is survived by her husband; a son, Robert Heck of Mansfield; two daughters, Tammy Heck of Morris Run, and Bennitta (Joe Croft) Heck of Millerton; ten grandchildren; five great grandchildren; a brother, Todd Rice, Sr. of Mansfield; and two sisters, Dorothy Rice of Shamokin Dam, and Vicki Clark of Middlebury Center. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Penny Bacon, and Robin Jenkins; and a brother, Donnie Rice. In honoring Roxanne's wishes, there will be no services. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc. 637 S. Main St. Mansfield, PA is assisting the family. -Funeral home obit


GALEN T. RYDER, 83, of Muncy, passed away on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at The Gatehouse. Galen was born on Thursday, February 25, 1937 in Hughesville and was the son of the late Thomas O. and Bessie Mae (Flick) Ryder. He was the husband of Mary Lee Dirk with whom he married on April 14, 1962 and shared 58 years of marriage. Galen served his country honorably in the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of the Moreland Baptist Church for over 60 years and retired from Agway as a HVAC Technician retiring in 1999 after 35 years. He is survived by his wife: Mary Lee (Dirk) Ryder, three sons: Jeffrey S. (Judy) Ryder of Muncy, Darryl L. (Cheryl) Ryder of Telford, Michael E. (Susan) Ryder of New Cumberland, a sister: Florence Neuhard of Muncy and by seven grandchildren. Galen was predeceased by three sisters: Pauline Binder, Mamie Summers, Marcella Evelhair, two brothers: Clifton and Lewis Ryder. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, June 5th, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Pastor Lucy Temple officiating. Burial will follow in Twin Hills Memorial Park, Muncy. Friends may call from noon-1 on Friday at the funeral home. In Galen’s memory, memorial contributions may be sent to the Moreland Baptist Church 118 Moreland Baptist Rd. Muncy, PA. -Funeral home obit


PAUL O. SHAPIRO was born on Jan. 14, 1934 in Brooklyn, NY, second child to Gus and William Shapiro. He attended the University of Rochester, NY and graduated from Lycoming College, Williamsport, PA, where he was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity. On his first night there he met his wife to be, Virginia Shepard of Canton, PA. They shared 62 years together. Paul’s graduate studies in bio-chemistry were interrupted by being drafted into the U.S. Army. He served with the Big Red One in Germany. Upon discharge he began a chemistry career in quality control, working for Warner Lambert, Carter Wallace, Whatman, Wyeth and Revlon, among others. He was a member of the American Chemical Society and American Society of Testing and Materials. He was proud of being an Eagle Scout and member of the Order of the Arrow. Other service memberships were Jaycees and Order of Odd Fellows. For many years he was extremely active in youth soccer, receiving awards for promoting, coaching, and refereeing the sport in Morris County, New Jersey, and beyond. In 1999 he retired to Bradford County, PA, where he found great joy in volunteering at the local food pantry. For 60 years he was a dedicated devoted Unitarian Universalist. He served in many capacities and represented several congregations, in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He delighted in leading worship services and was thrilled to be a delegate at the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Pennsylvania Universalist Convention. In 2018 Paul and Ginny relocated to Texas to be near family and quickly joined the U.U. church of San Antonio. Paul lived his life according to the first U.U. principle, believing strongly in “the inherent worth and dignity of every person.” A virtual memorial service was held March 21 in San Antonio. There was an outpouring of love and gratitude expressed. Paul is survived by his life partner, Virginia of San Antonio; children, David and Pamela of Grove City, OH, Roger and Lynda of Ewing, NJ, William of Las Vegas, NV and Nathan and Jennifer of San Antonio, TX. Surviving grandchildren are Leslie and Travis and daughter Emma Davenport of Live Oak, TX, Sean and Christina and daughter Evangeline Shapiro, The Colony, TX, Meghan and Gary Kapilevich of Midland Park, NJ, Kelsey and Daniel Leeb of St. John, IN, Eric Shapiro of Moapa, NV, Allison E. and Allison M. Reese-Shapiro of Chicago, IL, Alexandria Shapiro of Pensacola, FL, Tyler Shapiro of Atlanta, GA Gene Barclay of Greenville, NC and Joshua, Matthew, and Nicole Shapiro of San Antonio, TX. Others mourning his passing are brothers, Samuel of Pinecrest, Florida, and Robert of Wellfleet, MA and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Towanda Daily Review 5/22/2020


SHEARE -WILLIAMETTE AVERY, 88, of Lake Winola passed away June 6, 2020 at Allied Hospice Center, Scranton. She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Henry Avery, on January 24, 2009. Born in Tunkhannock on July 20, 1931. She was the daughter of the late Morris and Florence Mitchell Sheare. Williamette worked as a seamstress for many years until her retirement. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Factoryville, loved her family and was a devoted mother and grandmother. She enjoyed watching baseball games and Nascar races. Her favorite hobbies included coin collecting, puzzles, and sewing. She is survived by her sons, Louis and wife Christina and James and wife JoAnne; sister, Edith St Clair; five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Due to the current restrictions a private family graveside service will take place with interment in Fairview Cemetery, Lake Winola. Those of you who may wish to attend Williamette’s funeral service can join the family online for a live streamed service with Pastor Debra Lossey of the First Baptist Church of Factoryville at 10 am on Tuesday June 9, 2020 at under Williamette Avery’s tribute page. Arrangements and care entrusted to Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, Inc., 73 W Tioga St Tunkhannock, PA. -Funeral home obit


SHERMAN -LINDA LEE SHERMAN-BOSTWICK age 72, of Waverly, N.Y. was relieved of all her earthly pain and suffering on Saturday May 16, 2020 and is now smiling down on her family peacefully while she continues to watch over them. Linda was the daughter of Edward Sherman & Betty Briggs-Sherman. She was predeceased by her parents; siblings Lewis Sherman, Edward Sherman Jr., & Floyd Sherman; along with her husband of 37 years Stephen W. Bostwick. Her family takes comfort in knowing that many other family members, including brother in-laws; sister in-laws; nieces & nephews were waiting for her with open arms. Linda was the mother of Brenda Wells (Ralph A Wells Sr.); grandmother of Kreg Padilla, Aaron Padilla & Ralph Wells Jr., great-grandmother to Kai Padilla, Patricia Padilla & Emeric Padilla. Linda’s spent many years working in various Sewing Factories as a seamstress when employment in that industry was thriving in the Valley. Early retirement was a blessing since she had no problem being the best caregiver her grandsons could have asked for every summer when school was out. Linda was well known for her straightforward, tell it like it is attitude in life and left her mark on many. Especially her special friend Robert and all her social media friends. The family has asked Sutfin Funeral Chapel in Nichols to care for Linda and will not be holding a service at this time. When family can gather, they will be laying Linda’s ashes to rest with her husband Steve at the Nichols Cemetery and will make sure anyone wishing to pay their respect, is informed ahead of time of the date and time. -Sayre Morning Times 5/19/2020


SHOEMAKER -KANDI L. GREGORY age 43, of Tunkhannock, PA passed away on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. She was born on January 23, 1977 in Tunkhannock, PA, the daughter of Donna Harvey Shoemaker of Tunkhannock, PA and the late Carl Shoemaker (d. February 16, 2004). Kandi enjoyed many hobbies including, crafting, gardening, and wood working. She loved watching sunsets and taking pictures. Kandi was also an avid rider of four wheelers and motorcycles. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family and absolutely adored her granddaughter, Nevaeh Warfle. She is survived by her daughters, Destiny Warfle of Montrose, PA and Searra Warfle (Samanntha Poole) of Montrose, PA; her granddaughter, Nevaeh Warfle of Montrose, PA; her mother, Donna Harvey Shoemaker of Tunkhannock, PA; her fiancé, Rodney Smith of Tunkhannock, PA; her sister, Paula Shoemaker of Factoryville, PA; brother, Ronald Shoemaker of Scranton, PA; as well as many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. A memorial service will be held for Kandi on Friday, June 5, 2020 at 1:00 PM from the Sheldon Funeral Home, 155 Church Street, Wyalusing, PA with Reverend Gary Myers of the Meshoppen Biblical Baptist Church officiating. Family and friends may call at the funeral home Friday, June 5, 2020 from 12:00 PM until the time of the service. -Sheldon Funeral Home obit


Mr. WILLIAM C. SHOEMAKER SR., age 66, of Laceyville, PA, passed away on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at the Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock, PA. William was born in Tunkhannock, PA on April 8, 1954, the son of the late Kenneth L. (d. 1986) and Eleanor Ayers Shoemaker (d. 2019). William kept very busy throughout his life time doing many various and interesting activities. His most enjoyable time was the time that he spent with his family and many friends. He is survived by his son, William Shoemaker Jr. (Lisa Ramey), of Tunkhannock, PA, his daughter, Courtney Shoemaker, of Tunkhannock, PA and two grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, Rick Shoemaker, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Besides his parents, William was also preceded in death by a brother Butch Shoemaker. Memorial services will be conducted at a later date at the convenience of his family. Interment will be in the Overfield Cemetery in Meshoppen, PA. -Sheldon Funeral Home obit


BRANDON A. SMITH, age 35 of Pine City, NY passed away on Monday, June 8, 2020. He was predeceased by his grandparents, Claude and Marna Smith; and George and Shirley Snowburg; aunt, Ethel Jean Schrader and uncle, Andrew Smith. Brandon is survived by his loving parents, Earl and Kathy Smith; aunts and uncles, Mark and Karna O'Herron, Keith and Mary Stewart, Steve and Pat Scott; several cousins; best friend, Eric Fawcett; and many friends. Brandon was a graduate of Corning Community College. He went on to work at Sikorsky Aircraft, Unisite Design (Maryland), and lastly at Corning Inc. He loved baseball and was a faithful Boston Red Sox fan. He umpired for the NYS Baseball Umpire Association for several years. Brandon loved the family farm where he got to use his antique tractors and farm machinery. He was a devoted collector and loved going to auctions. A graveside service celebrating Brandon's life will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 1 pm in Elmwood Cemetery, Caton, NY. -Elmira Star-Gazette 6/10/2020


SPENCER -BEVERLY J. BLEILER, 78, of Athens, PA passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. She was born on January 20, 1942, in Sayre, PA, the daughter of the late William and Nellie (Dull) Spencer. Beverly was a Co-Trustee of the Dr. Arthur B. King Scholarship Fund. She served the citizens of Athens Borough first as a Secretary and retiring as the Borough Manager with 40-plus years of service. Beverly was a kind, caring and knowledgeable woman who always was willing to help-out her family, friends, and perfect strangers. She enjoyed her yearly trips to visit with her Calif. family. She is predeceased by her sister, Carol Daniels. Beverly is survived by her beloved husband of 26 years; Ronald E. Bleiler at home, daughter and son-in-law; Lori and Rick Shay of Sayre, PA; son and daughter-in-law, Ronald C. and Kristi Walker of Lemoore, CA, stepson; Eric Bleiler of Waverly, N.Y., grandchildren; Alex, Zachary, and Bradley Walker and Trevor Smith, sister Lois Hand of Ft. Meyers, FL, and several nieces and nephews. At Beverly’s request, there will be no calling hours or services. The family is being assisted by Lowery-Urban Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Athens, PA. -Sayre Morning Times 6/4/2020


STUHFAULTH -FRANCES.S. KELLY passed away peacefully of natural causes at Riverwoods in Exeter, New Hampshire on May 17, 2020, at the age of 99.  Frances was born in Columbus, OH on April 21, 1921, to John Stuhlfauth and Frances Mary Kiely. Frances enjoyed a happy childhood with her sister, Joanne despite the tragic death of two brothers at the age of 2 & 4 due to vaccination complications. She attended St. John's Elementary School and Rosary High School in Columbus, OH. She visited the 48 states and most national parks on childhood family excursions. Frances matriculated at Ohio State University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics. A life-long enthusiastic Buckeye fan, she loved her Alma Mater and its song. Frances earned a Master of Science degree in Bacteriology from the University of Illinois Champagne-Urbana. She was fond of saying that more important than attaining her M.S. was her Mrs.; Fran met Phil, a law student on campus. Claiming to have tried each recipe that Fran had broadcast from the University Radio Station; he mailed in suggestions on how they might be improved. Fran was married to Philip John Kelly Jr. on February 26, 1949, in Columbus, OH. They welcomed 6 children into their lives between December 1949 and July 1963. Fran and Phil moved from Baltimore to White Plains to Elmira and then to Eastchester, NY where they made their permanent home at 28 Lee Avenue. She felt her neighbors were neighbors of the best possible sort. In the close-knit neighborhood, they bonded together in backyards and on front porches. The kids took risks and had fun. The adults looked forward to the monthly Saturday night card club. Fran, an active parishioner at IHM Church, Scarsdale for over 60 years, was a member of the Legion of Mary and the St Veronicas Guild; she was a Eucharistic Minister and participated in adoration, a weekly Marian prayer group, and the social ministry committee. She brought meals to and visited homebound HIV patients and volunteered at Rosary Hill Home. When Phil died suddenly at age 54, Fran continued to be the mainstay in her children’s lives. She returned to the workforce and in keeping up with the times became proficient in Wang computers. Before computer technology was the thing, Fran was often instructing young people on how to operate their computers. She worked for Union Carbide until retiring at the age 72. Fran summered in Eagles Mere, PA where she made many long-lasting friendships on the mountain top. She saw 5 generations ride the Hardly Able and walk the Laurel Path. Her favorite pastimes were hiking, birding, and bridge. She felt her almost daily swims in the lake through the age of 98 kept her going strong. She continued to see her sister Joanne on an annual basis in Chillicothe, Pensacola, and Eagles Mere. She traveled to Thailand, Australia, Alaska, Israel, Medjugorje, Italy, Spain and Germany. After 56 years of living in the 28 Lee Avenue home, Fran relocated to an independent living facility in New Hampshire close to her daughter Jean. Fran embraced her new surroundings at Riverwoods and was active in much of what Riverwoods had to offer. She especially looked forward to playing bridge, poker, and reading poetry. She remained fiercely independent and drove herself to St Michael’s Church for mass until the age of 95 and attended adoration until the age of 98. Each grandchild held a special place in Fran’s heart. She carefully got to know each one of them as an individual with great potential, enriching their lives with her secret handshakes. Gaga, as her great-grandchildren knew her, was ageless and expected to join in whatever they were doing. Gaga played right along. Fran attributes her longevity to a profound faith in God, a positive attitude despite adversity, loyal friendships, and the love of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Fran was preceded in death by her husband, Phil, her son, Jack Kelly and her grandson, John Cleaver Kelly. She is survived by her sister Joanne Corcoran, her son Stephen Kelly (Janet), her daughters Martha Kelly (Bogie), Mary Pollack (John), Jean Fremont-Smith (Maurice), Alice Kelly-Enright (Tom) and Jack’s wife, Ann Kelly. She is survived by her grandchildren Marisa, Kate, Maury, Philip, Cindy, Natalie, Virginia, Philip, Henry, Megan, and Sean, and by her great-grandchildren Olivia, Liam, Alec, and Nathaniel, James, Anna, Zoey and Corina. A private prayer service will be conducted at Stockbridge Funeral Home, 141 Epping Road, Exeter NH. The Mass of the Christian Burial (private due to Covid-19) with be streamed from St Michael’s Church on Wednesday, May 20th at 10 a.m. Frances will be interred in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, NY with her beloved husband Phil on May 21st. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St Michael’s Church, 9 Lincoln Street, Exeter NH. -P. Dean Homer funeral home obit


STULL -DONNA DAVIS died peacefully at the age of 77 on Saturday morning June 6, 2020 in her home surrounded by her close family. Born Donna Lee Stull, she was born on the second story of her parents’ home on Golden Hill in Mehoopany on April 19, 1943. She is preceded in death by a brother Harold Leon Stull, her father Harold Adam Stull, and her mother Gertrude Pennay. Always the caretaker, her early years were characterized by her love and devotion to her younger brothers Harold Leon Stull, and Christopher Pennay. After Harold’s passing in 1949, her father — a veteran of WWII — moved to Alaska to prospect for gold. Donna and her mother moved to Sayre, Pennsylvania, where her mother remarried. Donna’s life was characterized by her independent-mindedness and strong will as a fierce protector of her family. Donna attended Sayre Area High School and graduated in 1963, but not before she would meet the love of her life. At the age of 14 she snuck out of the house to attend a social gathering and met a boy that would become her husband 18 years later. They two would spend the next 42 years together completely devoted to each other, their three children, and seven grandchildren. During her high school years, she worked as a candy striper and a short order cook in the kitchen at Robert Packer Hospital where she saved enough money to buy a car in anticipation of life after graduation. At the age of 15 and without her parent’s consent, she decided to be baptized in the Methodist church so that she could be closer to God. She loved the study of genealogy and avidly researched local history. She loved ghost stories, and tales of the supernatural. Throughout her life she loved to ride bikes and spend time with her cousins and best friends. And she loved her dogs Brandy, Toby, and Max. She was a devoted sister, mother, and friend. She was who you called or visited to find comfort and a loving ear. Donna dedicated her life to being a loving sister, raising her children, and spending time with her grandchildren. She loved them all to the moon and back again. She is survived by her loving husband Ed; her children, David (Mary Katherine) Whitmire of Raleigh, NC, Tammy (Ken) Vaow of Mehoopany, PA, and Jennifer (James) Saylor of Springville, PA; her grandchildren, Alexander and Grant Whitmire, Andrew Davis, Nicolas Chupela, Maddie Saylor, Conner and Cooper Vaow. She is also survived by her brother, Chris (Linda Krukowski) Pennay of Laceyville, PA, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 12, 2020 from the Sheldon Funeral Home, 459 Main St., Laceyville, PA with Pastor Vickie Ellis of the Beaver Meadows Methodist Church officiating. Interment with a funeral procession to the burial site at Vaughn Cemetery in Mehoopany, PA. Family and friends may call from 11 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday at the funeral home. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Wyoming County Historical Society, P.O. Box 309, Tunkhannock, PA. -Towanda Daily Review 6/9/2020


TEMPLE -GERALDINE L. SWISHER, 88, of Unityville, died Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. Born August 27, 1931 in Muncy, she was a daughter of the late Archie E. and Alberta S. (Magargle) Temple. She and her husband, Cloyd G. Swisher, would have celebrated 66 years of marriage on October 2, 2020. Geraldine was a dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother who enjoyed cooking, baking, canning and embroidery. Surviving, in addition to her husband, are two daughters, Elaine L. (Dale) Stugart of Unityville, and Joan M. (Shawn) Ayers of Wyoming, MI; two sons, Scott E. (Sue) Swisher of Unityville and Randy E. Swisher of Benton; a sister, Pauline (Ken) Bogart of Turbotville; two brothers, Glen (Lucy) Temple of Muncy and Vernon (Susie) Temple of Muncy; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter. In addition to her parents, Geraldine was preceded in death by two sons, Barry L. Swisher and Steven C. Swisher; two brothers, Max Temple and Richard Temple; a sister, Ruth VanHorn; a granddaughter, Claudia Davison; and a great-granddaughter, Memphis Hearn. Funeral services will be held privately at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Hughesville. -Funeral home obit


ULMER -SHARON E. BROWN, 79 of Trout Run, died Sunday May 17, 2020 at her home. Born April 25, 1941 in Williamsport she was a daughter of the late Harold E. and Minnie M. (Waltz) Ulmer. Sharon was a graduate of Williamsport High School. She worked as a Customer Service Representative with ICT, was a supervisor at Trimtex for 20 years and also was employed at Shop VAC. Sharon enjoyed traveling, NASCAR and living life in the country surrounded by the beauty of the outdoors. She was a loving, caring, and strong willed mother who put others before herself and will be truly missed. Surviving are two sons, Kevin Robinson of Trout Run and Matthew Robinson (Beth) of Loganton; a granddaughter Alishia Robinson and a great-granddaughter Candice Bates; a sister Gail Ulmer, of Salladasburg; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents Sharon was preceded in death by a son Chris Robinson; and a brother Richard Ulmer.  A graveside service to honor the life of Sharon will be held 1 p.m. Thursday,  May 21 at State Road Cemetery, Cogan Station. -Sheldon Mortuary obit


VANAUKEN -ADA B. AUSTIN age 96, of Bethany Manor in Horseheads, NY went to be with her Lord on Friday, May 15, 2020. Ada was born in Rome, PA on July 29, 1923, daughter of the late Robert and Nila (Rought) VanAuken. Ada is survived by her loving children, Melvina (Max) Dill of Port Richey, FL, Carl (Dorothy) Christian of Pine Valley, NY, Marie Stage of Elmira, NY, Brenda (Sheldon) VonRapacki of Millport, NY, David (Valerie) Austin of Hudson, FL and Charley Christian of Montour Falls, NY. Ada also leaves behind many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Ada was predeceased by her daughter, Elizabeth Biddle, brothers, Robert and Larry VanAuken of the Cortland, NY area. husbands, Jesse Christian and Raymond Austin, grandchildren, Matthew Christian, William Stage and Dawn Peters. A celebration of Ada's life will be planned at a later date. Arrangements are with the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. -Elmira Star-Gazette 5/17/2020


ANTHONY MICHAEL (Tony) WALDRON, age 75, of Williamsport, PA, passed away on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at the Highland Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Laporte, PA. Tony was born, March 27, 1945, a son of the late Martin Joseph & Catherine Bernatavitz Waldron.  He was a member of St. Basil’s High School, class of 1963.  After school he worked for his cousin, Thomas Bernatavitz’s dental business which was called Valley Dental Lab in Sayre, PA. He then began working at the Endicott Johnson Shoe Mfg. Co. of Mildred, PA and then became one of the first employees at the Dushore Super Duper when George Radencic was the owner. He moved to Williamsport in 1978 but he always considered Dushore home, where he enjoyed returning to spend time with family and friends. During his frequent trips back home, he could be found traveling with friends, playing bingo, and never missing a social function. His main talent was decorating, especially for Christmas. He was proud to decorate the Tiadaghton Inn in Jersey Shore, PA, where people would travel just to see his artistic work. While living in Williamsport, he was employed at various convenience stores in the city. Most recently he worked at the Quick-Mart on Northway Road. He was family to many of his customers. He was known to be always joking, laughing, and teasing with them that he sold them the winning lottery ticket. He loved traveling with friends to the casinos and enjoying the different restaurants. Tony was a great uncle to his nephews. He always supported them in all of their activities, and teaching them all the “fun uncle things”. He treasured any time he could spend with them. Surviving: sister and brother-in-law: Martina & Phillip Denmon of Dushore, PA, brother and sister-in-law: Martin & Carolu Waldron of Shallotte, NC: nephews: Darrin Denmon of Honolulu, Hawaii, Dane (Amber) Denmon of Dushore, PA, Dustin Denmon of Dushore, PA, great nephew: Augustus Denmon of Dushore, PA: special long time friends: Bob Sherwood of Coudersport, PA, Lilly Seese  of Williamsport, PA and Kerry Meehan of Dushore, PA. His boss and friend, Sonny. He is also survived by numerous cousins. A Celebration of life will be held at a later date. Private interment will be held in St. Basil’s Cemetery, Dushore, PA. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Lycoming County SPCA, 2805 Reach Road, Williamsport, PA. Arrangements are under the direction of the Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA. -Funeral home obit


WALTER -MARY H. GEFFERT, 85, daughter of Rev. Glen B. Walter and Helen M. Walter, died May 2, 2020 at Barclay Friends in West Chester, Pa. Mary, a retired elementary school teacher, began her teaching career in 1958 with the Sayre Area School District. She received her B.S. degree from the University of Delaware and her Master’s degree from Elmira College. After teaching twenty-five years, she retired in 1991. A longtime member of the Church of the Redeemer in Sayre, Mary sang in the choir for fifty-five years and served as coordinator for the Evangelion and Renewal Committee for ten years. She acted as secretary of the Sayre Education Association and was an active member of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees. She liked to fish, bake, and travel, but most of all, spend time with friends and family. She was a devoted mother and grandmother. Survivors are: Husband, Joseph E. Geffert; a daughter and son-in-law, Mary Kay and Bill Campbell of Media, Pa.; son and daughter-in-law, Paul Geffert and Teresa Wolfe of Camp Hill, Pa.; son and daughter-in-law, Peter and Kathy Geffert of Albrightsville, Pa.; and beloved grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Rev. Glen B. and Helen Walter; brothers, Glen Jr. and Harvey P. Walter; sisters, Kathryn Fedorka and Virginia Mast. The funeral service is pending. Memorial gifts may be made to the Building Maintenance Fund of the Church of the Redeemer, 201 S Wilbur Avenue Sayre, PA 18840 or to The Caring Fund at Barclay Friends, 700 N. Franklin Street, West Chester, PA. Arrangements The Donohue Funeral Home, 8401 West Chester Pike, Upper Darby, PA. -Sayre Morning Times 5/19/2020


MERLE R. “Stub” WATSON, 85, of Columbia Cross Roads, PA passed away on Friday, June 5, 2020 at the Troy Community Hospital, Troy, PA. He was the loving husband of the late Beverly J. (Crippen) Watson who passed away April 4, 2008. The couple married Aug. 17, 1955 and had 52 happy years together. Stub was born on March 6, 1935 in Gillett, PA son of the late Ivan J. and Ruth (Kimball) Watson. He was a 1953 graduate of Troy High School and was a lifelong farmer. Stub enjoyed hunting, watching professional sports, and spending time with family and friends. Stub is survived by his children, Diane (Steve) Bernardi of Vista, CA, R. Gavin (Karen) Watson and Carmel Watson, both of Columbia Cross Roads; his grandchildren, Travis (Jessica) Watson, Zane Watson, Tristine Prieto, Ashley (Joshua) Hollar, and Braden Boone; his great-grandchildren, Elaina Prieto, Isabella Prieto, Haidyn Watson, Hunter Watson, Olivia Prieto, Lilliana Hollar, and Elijah McAlister; his brother, Roy Watson of Troy, PA; his sisters, Velma Roy-Beach of Troy, Eleanor (James) Boor of Troy, Dorothy Terry of Bath, NY, and Linda (Luther) Wrisley of Columbia Cross Roads; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Clifford “Spike” Townley and Jack Kanach. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Beverly, his daughter Kathy Watson, and his brother Harold “Dutch” Watson. Arrangements are private and under the direction of the Gerald W. Vickery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 1093 West Main St., Troy, PA. Memorial contributions may be made in Stub’s memory to the American Heart Association, 727 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX or to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA or Guthrie Hospice, 421 Tomahawk Road, Towanda, PA. The family also asks everyone to thank a farmer when they think of Stub. -Towanda Daily Review 6/9/2020


LEONARD WURST SR. - Surrounded by his family, Leonard Wurst Sr., 80, of LeRaysville, PA passed away peacefully at his home on June 6, 2020. Leonard was born on Jan. 5, 1940, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. He was the son of the late Charles and Anna (Carr) Wurst. A hard and dedicated worker, Leonard was previously employed by the Northeast Bradford School District and retired in 1995. Leonard was a devoted father and husband. He was a spiritual man and enjoyed woodworking, playing guitar, and watching western movies and football. Mr. Wurst is survived by his wife of 61 years, Dolores J. Wurst; his children, Linda and James Berry, Leonard and Kathleen Wurst, Sharon and Bruce Goble all of LeRaysville, PA; his special grandchildren, Jessica (Jeremy) Cole, Brian (Cody) Wurst, Amy (Matt) Gray, Randy (Jessica) Wurst, Amber Testen, Ashley Testen Sherman (Joe), Emily Goble, Hannah Goble, Abigail Goble; his great-grandchildren: Brayden, Jocelyn, Lily, Lucas, Logan, Peyton, Blake, Alex, Ambrosia, Brooke, Natalie, Jack and Rachel. During this challenging time for our country and community, services will be held at a later date. Friends and family can also send a video message to the family by visiting the link:,-Sr. Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to Guthrie Hospice for the loving care they provided to Leonard during these last few weeks. Their caring ways and gentle touches will be forever with us in our hearts. Caring assistance is being provided by the Cooley family of the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. -Towanda Daily Review 6/9/2020