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REEVE HENRY AMMERMAN of Horseheads, NY passed away on Sunday morning, February 23, 2020 at the age of 91. Reeve was born on November 11, 1928 in Elmira, NY, son to the late Harold and Mina Taylor Ammerman. He is predeceased by his daughter Becky and brother, Daniel Ammerman. Reeve is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Yvonne Ammerman; children, Randy (Dawn) Ammerman, Jeffrey Ammerman, Laurie (Rob) Dominy, Wendy (Michael) Moses and Tracie Johnson; ten grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He retired after 32 years from Suburban Propane. He was member of the First United Methodist Church in Horseheads and a member of Barbershoppers SPEBSQSA for over 30 years. His hobbies were Monday night BINGO at the Elks, Casino trips and painting several hundred fire hydrants in Horseheads. Private family services will be held at a later date. Those wishing to remember Reeve please consider donations to American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK. A special thank you to Elcor Health Services, Hickory Knoll South for the care given to Reeve the last few weeks. -Elmira Star-Gazette 2/25/2020


LYNNWOOD HARRY AUSTIN, 90, of Comfort Hill Road in Wellsburg, NY passed away on Friday, February 14, 2020 at the Chemung County Nursing Center in Elmira, NY surrounded by his family. He was the loving husband of Anna May (Anderson) Austin. The couple married August 1, 1948 and had 71happy years together. Lynn was born on October 20, 1929 in Gillett, PA, son of the late Augustus E. and Bessie Mae (Chamberlain) Austin. He was a superintendent at Dalrymple Gravel & Contracting in Horseheads, NY. Lynn was United Methodist by faith, was a member of the Waverly Masonic Lodge, was a past Assistant Fire Chief at the Wellsburg Fire Department, and enjoyed stock car racing. Lynn is survived by his wife Anna May, his son Lynn R. "Buss" (Debra) Austin of Wellsburg, daughters Lynnette Austin of Social Circle, GA and Kathleen Austin Mann of North Port, FL, 6 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild, his brother Carroll Austin of Connecticut, his sisters: Barbara Mintz of Rochester, NY, Mary Rummings and Marcia Austin, both of Elmira, Maryland Jenkins of Bethany Village in Horseheads, NY, along with several nieces, nephews, and cousins and his beloved dog Boomer. He was preceded in death by his parents and several siblings. Services will be private and at the convenience of Lynn's family. The Roberts Funeral Home, Inc. 279 Main Street Wellsburg, NY has been trusted with the arrangements. -Elmira Star-Gazette 2/16/2020


CAROL LOUISE AYERS of Owego, N.Y., passed away peacefully on Feb. 5, 2020 at the home of her friend, advocate and best supporter Susan Harnett, at the age of 82. Carol was predeceased by her sister, Cathleen Ayers; brother, George Ayers; and parents Stanley and Clarissa (Ketchum) Ayers. Carol is survived by her nieces, Melody Simmons (Darryl) and Harmony Ayers-Friedlander (William), several great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many close friends and neighbors. Carol was a graduate of Tioga Central High School and later received a degree from Broome Community College. Starting as one of the first telephone operators in Owego, she worked for Bell Telephone and later for Verizon for her entire career. She was a member of the Pioneers, a telecom volunteer network across the U.S. and Canada, where she was recognized for her volunteerism and service to her community. Carol had a great sense of adventure and love of life. After saving up enough money from her first job, she traveled across the country with her friends Joan Bucek and Linnolee Carrier and traveled a bit further with Linnolee to Europe where they met Winifred Lever in England. The four remained dear friends throughout their lives. While Carol enjoyed seeing the world, she was happiest living on the farm and caring for her cows. One could say she is survived by Freckles, Nanny Cow, Dorthea, Forrest, Lucy and the other cows that she loved and cared for like her own children. She also loved gospel and country music. She played the piano, flute and accordion and sang in a community chorus. She enjoyed the stock market as well and combined these talents as the church treasurer and organist at Mountain Chapel for many years. Carol was an avid reader and loved history. She was also a staunch supporter of local youth sports, having played basketball in her youth. She delighted in local team victories especially her alma mater – Go Tigers! Family and friends are invited to visit at Richards Funeral Home, 3670 Waverly Road, Owego, N.Y., on Monday Feb. 10, 2020 from noon-1 p.m. A memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. with Pastor Curtis Carter officiating. Interment will be held at a later date at Halsey Valley Cemetery. Carol was a gardener and loved flowers, so please feel free to honor her life with them, as well as consider a donation to Tioga Central School Sports Programs in her name. -Sayre Morning Times 2/7//2020


HENRY MILTON "Milt” AYERS, 85, of Columbia Cross Roads, PA passed away on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, at his home while surrounded by his loving family. Born in Burlington on May 24, 1934, Henry Milton was a son of the late Merrill and Florence (Watson) Ayers. On Oct. 27, 1955 he married Phyllis “Phil” Barrett in Gillett. Milton and Phil were very active on their family dairy farm which they both operated from 1964 until the sale of the dairy cows in 1997. Aside from the family dairy, Milt was also employed by the Corning Glass Corporation for 38 years until his retirement in 1990. Those who knew Milt soon realized he was a hard worker. He was a very forgiving person that never held a grudge. He appreciated vintage cars and tractors. Watching car shows on television was a favorite pastime. Milton enjoyed tinkering on anything with an engine. He was a passionate outdoorsman and enthusiastic professional wrestling fan. Milt treasured his family most in life. He was a devoted husband to his wife, Phyllis as well as a very loving and dedicated father and grandfather. The family memories and their times spent together were held near and dear to his heart. Surviving Mr. Ayers, is a son, Michael (Kathleen) Ayers of Columbia Cross Roads; two daughters, Kathy McClelland of Mansfield, Janis (Mark) Wood of Columbia Cross Roads; 10 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Frances Barrett of Sugar Branch, June (Vern) Doan of Elmira, Jean Bennett of Gillett; a brother, Carl Ayers of Granville Summit; several nieces, nephews cousins, friends and neighbors. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his loving wife of 64 years, Phyllis Ayers on Feb. 9, 2019; brothers, Robert and Lawrence Ayers; an infant sister, Pearl; brothers-in-law, Wilber Barrett, Floyd Bennett and Harold Long; sisters-in-law, Donna Long, Sharon Tedesco and Rose Ayers; brothers, Floyd Bennett, Lawrence Ayers; and a niece Debbie Doan. Friends and family are invited to call from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Pepper Funeral Home and Cremation Facility, 578 Springbrook Drive, Canton. Pastor Patrick Kelly will officiate a memorial service to celebrate Milt’s life at 11 a.m. A private burial will be held at a later date. -Towanda Daily Review 2/11/2020


W. NEIL BARTO, 77, of Hughesville, died Sunday, March 1, 2020 at UPMC Susquehanna, Williamsport. Born July 10, 1942 in Hughesville, he was a son of the late Clyde and Martha (Snyder) Barto. Neil served his country honorably in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He had a passion for farming and taking care of his land. He also enjoyed snowmobiling, listening to country music, and spending time with his family. Surviving are his wife, the former Louise M. (McClain) Barto; two daughters, Brenda M. (Dan) Dorman of Hughesville, and Marcie A. Edler of NC; a brother, Dale R. Barto of Hughesville; four grandchildren, Joshua D. Dorman, Jarett W. Dorman, Ethan R. Edler, and Coy R. Edler; and his faithful dog, Sandy. In addition to his parents, Neil was preceded in death by a brother, Doyle Barto and a sister, Marie Benscoter. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Friday, March 6, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Rev. Max L. Walters Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Hughesville. Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. -Funeral home obit 3/3/2020


BENTLEY -DORIS ARLINE MEEHAN, 95, passed away Feb. 9, 2020. She was the daughter of Arthur Bentley and Elnora VanHorn Bentley. She was born April 6, 1924 in Lopez. She graduated from Lopez High School in 1941 and Dushore High School in 1942. She held a variety of jobs throughout her life. She worked at Welden Sewing Factory, JCP, W.T. Grant, owned and operated the Pine Tavern in LaPorte, Meehan Co., The Card Shop in Towanda, and G.T.E. She is a member of the Mildred American Legion Auxiliary. She loved to spend time with family and friends. She and her husband Bob enjoyed camping and traveling and spending winters in Florida during their retirement years. She married Robert E. Meehan on June 12, 1947 and celebrated their 67th anniversary in 2014. Bob died Nov. 15, 2014. She and Bob had a very blessed marriage. She is survived by her two children, James Robert Meehan and wife, Ann of Ulster and daughter, Karen Regina Meehan Tomlinson and husband, Theodore of LeRoy; four grandchildren, Kelly Tomlinson (David Brann), Robert Tomlinson, Michael Meehan (Janet) and Jennifer Switzer; six great-grandchildren, Sophie Liddy, Dylan Tomlinson, Tabitha Tomlinson, Emma Switzer, Hannah Switzer, Shelby Switzer; nephews, Robert (Mary) Guglielmi, William (Trish) Guglielmi, Joe (Bonnie) Gulick and niece, Julie (Rory) Carlesco; and special friend, Lorriane Wisnieski. She resided at the PCH in Towanda where the staff were wonderful to her, along with Guthrie Hospice. She was preceded by her parents, Arthur and Elnora Bentley; her first husband of only 11 months, Thomas Cahill, who died during WWII in Anzio, Italy; her husband of 67 years, Robert Meehan; her sister, Eleanor Gulick; her sisters-in-law, Regina Guglielmi; Arlene Spence and brothers-in-law, John (Nicker) Guglielmi and Victor Gulick. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Trinity Methodist Church, Monroeton, with Pastor Kitty Keller presiding. Guests will be received 11 a.m. to noon. Memorial service will be at noon with lunch following in the church social room. Burial will be at Mt. Ash Cemetery in LaPorte. Donations may be made to the Monroeton Public Library or charity of your choice. Caring assistance is being provided by Cooley-Tioga Point Cremation & Burial Options Inc., 802 N. Main St., Athens, PA. -Towanda Daily Review 2/13/2020


BRUCE C. BOATMAN JR., 83, of Herrickville, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at his home. He was born Feb. 21, 1936 in Eagles Mere, Shrewsbury Township, to Bruce C. Boatman Sr. and Elsie Smith Boatman. Bruce grew up in Monroeton, and attended school in Monroeton and Towanda. He graduated from Towanda High School in 1954. During his high school years, he helped his father on his mail route. After graduation, Bruce joined and served for nearly 10 years in the U.S. Navy. On Aug. 5, 1956, he married Dorothy M. O’Connor of Herrickville. They were married for over 59 wonderful years until her passing in June of 2016. hroughout the years, Bruce worked at numerous places, including Servomation, Macke Vending, Amoco, Sordoni’s, St. Michael’s School, and Tunkhannock S.D., prior to owning and operating a small engine repair shop through the ‘70s, ‘80s, and into the ‘90s. He then worked as a security guard at Keystone Jr. College until his retirement. Bruce attended the Orwell Bible Church. He was a member of the Herrick Township Vol. Fire Co., where he served as assistant chief, and chief during the 60s. One of his ambitions, that he was proud to have succeeded at, was to have six sons. He enjoyed spending time with his family, bowling, playing in dance bands, gardening, hunting and fishing, mowing his lawn, telling stories, and showing off pictures that he had taken. He was predeceased by his parents, Bruce Sr. and Elsie; wife, Dorothy; granddaughter, Cassandra Boatman; daughter-in-law, Kristina Boatman; and brother-in-law, Frank Dibble. He is survived by his sons, Bruce III (Julia), Forrest (Gloria), Dyson (Marie), Matthew, Brady, and Jason (Tonya); grandchildren, Nathan (Amanda), Joshua (Tammara), Joseph, Amanda, Samantha, Randy, Zachary (Jade), and Gregory; great-grandchildren, Raina, Ezra, Kendra, and Meghan; his sister, Janet Dibble of Waverly, New York; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on March 14, 2020 at the Orwell Bible Church, 1749 Orwell Hill Road, Rome, PA with Pastor Richard Vieldhouse officiating. Military honors will be accorded by members of VFW Post 6824. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be directed to the Orwell Bible Church, or charity of one’s choice in Bruce’s memory. -Towanda Daily Review 2/26/2020


BODEN -DORIS R. HORNE, 93, of Williamsport, died Saturday, February 15, 2020, at The Williamsport Home. Born June 23, 1926 in Shamokin, she was a daughter of the late William and Ruth Spatzer Boden. Doris was a 1944 graduate of Shamokin-Coal Township High School. She was a member of New Covenant United Church of Christ and the Newberry Lioness. Doris was active in her children's lives. She attended all of their sporting events and was a member of the PTA. Doris was an avid reader having read over 2,000 books and she enjoyed dancing, butterflies and angels. Doris is survived by her husband of 71 years, Russel J. Horne; children, Lonny J. Horne (Shelby Mulberger), of Trout Run, Tracy V. Horne (Karen), of Linden, and Darri R. Bailey (David), of Trout Run; six grandchildren, Kevin, Ryan and Meagan Horne, Tristin Bailey, Robbie (Jen) and Erica Mulberger (David Bohanick); a great-grandson, Carter Bohanick, and a great-granddaughter, Riley Mulberger. She was preceded in death by a son, Randy W. Horne, and three sisters, Grace Labowski, Fay Richie, and Joan Schaffer. A funeral service to honor the life of Doris will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, at New Covenant United Church of Christ, 202 E. Third St., Williamsport, with her pastor, Rev. Brad Walmer, officiating. There will be a viewing at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will be in Montoursville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Doris's name may be made to New Covenant United Church of Christ, 202 E. Third St., Williamsport, PA. Arrangements are entrusted to Sanders Mortuary. -Funeral home obit 2/17/2020


BOND -JEAN BOND PARK - On March 2, 2020 after living a full life, Jean Bond Park, 94, of Sayre, earned her angel wings and joined her husband in the arms of the Lord. Jean Bond Park was born Nov. 20, 1925 and was married to her high school sweetheart of 69 years, Raymond Myers Park until his passing in 2012. Jean was a lifelong resident of Sayre. In addition to her husband, she was also predeceased by her mother and father, Thomas and Mae Bond; her son, Raymond “Corky” Eugene Park; and sisters, Cleda Fassett and Lucille Ferris. Jean is survived by her brother, John Bond of Jacksonville, FL; daughter-in-law, Bonnie Park of Clearwater, FL; son, David Park and wife, Deborah of Sayre; and son, John Park and wife, Diane of St. Mary’s, GA. Jean is also survived by her grandchildren, Michael (Jami) Park, Matthew (Denise) Park, Laurie (Brian) Kelley, Keighley Park, Keenan Park, Melanie Papanau and Tom Park. Jean also had several great and great-great-grandchildren who warmed her heart. In her younger years, Jean worked as a manager at the former A&W restaurant in Athens, for several years. She then worked for the Sayre Area School District in the high school cafeteria for many years until her retirement. Jean was a lifelong member of the Athens United Methodist Church. She was also very active in the old Round Top Campers Club for many years and loved to go camping with family and friends almost every weekend. In retirement, along with her husband they spent winters in Florida for many years, but she always loved returning home to the valley in the spring. Jean was a very caring and loving lady who would sacrifice anything for her family and was always there for family and friends whenever they needed help or simply to lend a compassionate ear. At Jean’s request, there will not be a service, but we encourage anyone that had the privilege of knowing her to reflect on happy memories and joyous times, as it was truly a blessing to have known her. -Towanda Daily Review 3/4/2020


BOWEN -FLORENCE B. GUILES, 94, of the Valley, passed away on Feb. 20, 2020 while visiting her niece Lynn Bowen-Campbell in Olney, Md. She was born Dec. 3, 1925 in Bayonne, N.J., the daughter of Edward A. Bowen Sr. and Mae Parsons Bowen. The family moved to Sayre in March of 1935. Florence graduated from Sayre High School, Class of 1943, and continued her education in a nursing career at Bayonne Hospital, Bayonne, N.J. She was a member of the U.S. Cadet Nurses Corps from 1944 to 1947 and spent six months at the U.S. Marine Hospital in Staten Island, N.Y. After graduating from nursing school, she returned to the Valley and worked at Robert Packer Hospital, the Tioga General Hospital and the Arnot Ogden Hospital in Elmira. After moving to Syracuse, N.Y., she continued her nursing career at the Syracuse V.A. and became and OR nurse where she worked for over 25 years until she retired in 1988. On July 20, 1948, she married the love of her life, Robert E. Guiles of Waverly, at the Church of the Epiphany. They celebrated 64 years of marriage prior to his passing on Nov. 2, 2011. Florence as also predeceased by her parents, and brothers, Edward A. Bowen Jr. (Teddy) and Charles F. Bowen (Bud). She is survived by her oldest brother’s daughters, Diane Polinski (Peter), Dr. Karen Bowen (Bill) and Lynn Bowen-Campbell (Andy), sister-in-law Jackie Guiles and nieces and nephews from the Guiles family, Michael Guiles, Kevin Guiles, Susan Curran, Colleen Robertson (deceased), Laurie Marsh, Dixie Kautz, Stacy Roman, Robbie Guiles, John Guiles, Bob Kramer, Kathy Kramer, Jack Kramer, Tom Kramer, Chris Derleth, Sheila Carlen, Jody Ratzloff, Margie McCarthy and Danny McCarthy. A memorial service is being planned for the spring with a date to be announced at a later time. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the Bradford County Humane Society, U.S. Route 220, Ulster, PA. -Sayre Morning Times 3/7/2020


TERRY L. BROWN age 59 of Westfield passed away March 3, 2020. He was born March 6, 1960 in Blossburg the son of George and Roberta Bartholomew Brown. He is survived by a brother, Charles Brown, Shinglehouse and a sister Ruth Bennett, Louisiana. Private services will be held at the Kenyon Funeral Home, Westfield at the convenience of the family. -Funeral home obit


THOMAS HAROLD BUMBY, age 77, of Wyalusing, PA passed away surrounded by his loving family Feb. 17, 2020, at the Allied Services Health Systems, Scranton. Thomas was born on Nov. 27, 1942, in Jersey City, NJ the son of the late Harold Martin Bumby and Marie Meckel Bumby. He attended Bernardsville High School where he graduated in 1960. Thomas was a grocer at Ritter Foods in Newark, NJ and Shoprite, where he worked until retirement, in Stirling, New Jersey. He was a member of Elks and also belonged to the Jaycees. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He will be greatly missed. Thomas is survived by his wife, Anna “Christina” Hoyas; his children, Heather Rosencrance (Matt) of Wyalusing, Rae Carol Thomas (Donald) of Illinois, Tom Bumby of New Jersey, and Claudia Hoyas of New Jersey; his grandchildren, Matthew Rosencrance, Angela Soothill Rosencrance, Kimberly Rosencrance, Cole Rosencrance, Joey Rosencrance, and Donny Thomas; great-grandchildren, Cheyann Thomas and Chloe Thomas. He is also survived by his siblings and spouses, Dan Bumby (Gay) of Florida, Donna Soranno (Ron) of New Jersey, and Harold Bumby (Sara) of North Carolina; as well as many nieces and nephews, and very special friend, Sandi Schmidt. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on March 8, 2020 at the Calvary Chapel in Wyalusing. A celebration of life will also be held at the Meyersville Grange in Meyersville, NJ at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted with the Sheldon Funeral Home, 155 Church St., Wyalusing. -Towanda Daily Review 2/27/2020


CHERYL A. CARTER, formerly of Gillett, Pennsylvania and Oneonta, New York, age 63, passed away unexpectedly on Sat. Jan. 25, 2020. Cheryl was born on Mar. 15, 1956 in Elmira, New York to the late, Clarence and Dorothy Deats Carter. She was employed by various department stores including Rosenbaum’s and Harold’s Army & Navy. Family was always of the utmost importance to her. She enjoyed gambling, reading, “Bonfires with Bourbon,” and her feline companions. Cheryl is survived by her two brothers, Ricky (Cheryl Marie) Carter Sr. and Stephen (Sheila) Carter, both of Gillett; step-children, Robert (Lisa) Lipari, Joseph (Brook) Lipari, Lindsay (Mark) Maynard, Katee (Jared) Shue Lipari; five step-grandchildren; step-siblings, Gary (Lori) Hawk, Lee Hawk, Raymond (Andrea) Hawk; nieces and nephews, Amanda and Christine, Nicole and Jason, Kristen and Patrick, Rickey Jr., Crystal, Raymond, Rand and Ryan. In addition to her parents, Cheryl was predeceased by two companions, Michael S. Lipari and Peter Mulinari; step-father, Malcolm Bull; and step-sister, Bonnie Reese.  Guests will be received at Caywood’s Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Elmira on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020 between the hours of 1-3 p.m. A memorial service will follow at 3:15 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the Animal Care Sanctuary, 353 Sanctuary Hill, East Smithfield, PA in her memory. -Towanda Daily Review 2/9/2020


THEODORE P. “Ted” CHRISTINI, age 76, of Dushore, PA passed away peacefully on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA after a brief illness. Ted was born Aug. 16, 1943 in Sayre, PA a son of James V. and Mary L. Hubiak Christini of Mildred, PA. He graduated from Turnpike High School in Mildred, a member of the class of 1961. He received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Metallurgy from Penn State University. He married Kathleen R. Touschner, of Sugar Hill, PA Dec. 30, 1967. They celebrated 51 years of marriage. Katie predeceased him on March 12, 2019. After college, Ted began working for EI DuPont in Delaware, and then at the Towanda plant, which later became DuPont Sterling, where he was a research scientist. He retired after 31 years of service. Ted was elected to the Sullivan County School Board in the early 1980s. Ted was an avid Penn State football and wrestling fan. He and his brothers Jim, and Roy, attended many national wrestling championships to support Penn State. He coached his Little League team the Red Caps. In retirement Ted was a very active golfer at the Eagles Mere Country Club where he was a board member, and chairman of the buildings and grounds committee. He was in charge of the clubhouse expansion, where he used his research skills to provide a written contractor’s report almost every day of the project. For the past 15 years he looked forward to his Friday night pitch game. Ted was an active member of St. Basil’s Church of Dushore. He was a member of St. John Neumann Council, Knights of Columbus and would help with their breakfasts and dinners. He was a loving spouse, father, grandfather and brother, and will be missed by his many friends in the community. He especially loved to operate his farm, landscaping, gardening and spending time with his grandchildren and his best friend rescue pup, Sammy. Surviving family are son and daughter-in-law, Tony Christini and Katy Ryan of Morgantown, WV; daughter and son-in-law, Tara Christini and William Weychert of Lansdale, PA; brother and sister-in-law, Roy and Joyce Christini of State College, PA; sister-in-law, Lucille Christini of Towanda, PA, Jane Johndrow, of Lancaster, PA; aunt, Irene Gattuso of Alexandria, VA; uncle, John Hubiak of Carrollton, TX; grandchildren, Justin and Elena Weychert, Vincent Christini Ryan; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his brother, James N. Christini of Towanda, PA and a brother-in-law, Francis R. Johndrow of Roanoke, VA. A private graveside service was held at St. Basil’s Cemetery, Dushore, PA with the Rev. Thomas J. Major, his pastor, presiding. A celebration of his life will be held in the summer and will be announced. Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Basil’s Storm Damage Fund, P.O. Box 307, Dushore, PA. Arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA. -Towanda Daily Review 2/8/2020


COLE -ARLENE MARIE COLE LANTZ, 73, of 605 Second St., Towanda, PA passed away peacefully at home Saturday evening, Feb. 15, 2020, following an extended illness. Arlene was born at Mills Hospital in Towanda on Nov. 19, 1946, the daughter of Harold and Betty Yates Cole. Arlene was employed in the cafeteria of Sylvania Electric in Towanda for 20 years. She baked cakes for all occasions from her home for many years and was known locally as the “Cake Lady.” In early years, Arlene was an avid bowler, participating in the Towanda area bowling leagues.  She enjoyed gardening and playing bingo. Arlene is survived by her husband, William T. Lantz; children, Linda J. (Brian) Kobbe of Monroeton, Tracy W. (Tim) Lantz of State College, PA, Brian W. (Jessica) Lantz of Towanda; grandchildren, Leslie (Ronnie) Burlingame, Nick Lantz, Joshua Thiem, Jessica Benson, Zachery Lantz, Jared Lantz and Megan Lantz; six great-grandchildren; brother, Harold (Mary) Cole Jr. of Clarks Summit, PA; sister, Barbara (Bill) Gerould of Stevensville, PA as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, Arlene was predeceased by her sister, Linda Cranmer. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. -Towanda Daily Review 2/17/2020


COLE -Mrs. NA0MI CAROL COLE D’ONOFRIO, age 87, of Overton Township, PA passed away peacefully on Monday morning, March 2, 2020, at the Guthrie Towanda Skilled Nursing. Naomi was born on Sept. 11, 1932, in Greensboro, NC a daughter of the late Edward Howard and Hester Savannah Conner Cole. She graduated from the Jacksonville High School, a member of the class of 1950. At 19 years old she married 21-year-old Silvio Anthony “Joe” D’Onofrio of Montgomery County, PA on Dec. 29, 1951. They had met each other at a record shop months earlier. They enjoyed 67 years of marriage before his passing on Aug. 25, 2019. She worked with Silvio at his engraving shop. She was a member of Redeemer Bible Church, Dushore, PA. In 1999 Naomi and her husband Joe retired and moved to the beautiful hills of Overton Township in Bradford County, where they were able to fully enjoy the great outdoors. Naomi enjoyed playing the piano, oil painting, gardening, and watching her birds at her backyard feeder. She and her husband also enjoyed going on bus tours. She was a great supporter and charter member of the National World War II Memorial Society in Washington, D.C. Surviving are her son, Phillip A. D’Onofrio of Souderton, PA; daughter and son-in-law, Julie M. and Arthur R. Hayden of Cape May, NJ; grandchildren, Jennifer (Justin) D’Onofrio, Brad Hayden, Stephanie (Geoff) Hayden, Robert Hayden; great-grandchildren, Mya, Geoffrey, Hayden, Myles, Penelope; sister-in-law, Marie Rose Milardo of Warminster, Pennsylvania. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at First Church of the Brethren, 8707 West Cheltenham Ave., Wyndmoor, PA with her pastor, Rev. Ronald Dyer officiating. Interment will follow in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 3301 W Cheltenham Ave., Philadelphia, PA. Friends and family may call from 10:30 a.m. until the start of the service at 11 a.m. on Tuesday morning, March 10, 2020, at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN in loving memory of Naomi D’Onofrio. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA. -Towanda Daily Review 3/6/2020


EDWARD D. COLLINS, age 82, of Westfield, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Born June 12, 1937 in Wellsville, he was the son of the late Charles (Frank) and Dortha Robbins Collins. On Oct. 13, 1956 in Brookfield, he married the former Beverly Simmons, who survives. He was a 1956 graduate of Westfield High School. Ed was employed at Ingersol-Rand/Dresser-Rand in Painted Post almost 42 years and was a pastor at Harrison Valley Federated Church for 23 years. He loved to hunt, loved the outdoors and visiting with friends and family. He was a wonderful son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, friend and pastor. Surviving, besides his wife, Bev, are two sons, Rick (Sis) Collins of Elkland and Shawn Collins (Danielle) of Brookfield; two daughters, Susan (William) Cole of Elmer and Dawn Collins of Westfield; grandchildren, Shannon Collins, William (Danielle) Cole Jr., Angela (Nick) Green, Derek (Jessica) Collins, Riley (Rachel) Collins, Cole Collins (Savannah), MacKenzie Collins, Jayce Collins and Faith Brandt; several great grandchildren; a sister, Linda (David) Odle; sister in law, Jeannie Simmons and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded by a brother in law, Darrow Simmons. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 15, 11 a.m. at the Harrison Valley Federated Church with Ed Heyler officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the Harrison Valley Federated Church, 201 Second St., Harrison Valley, PA. Arrangements are in care of Kenyon Funeral Home. -Wellsboro Gazette 2/15/2020


CONFER -TAMMEY R. SALVATORI, 60, of Williamsport, passed away surrounded by family Sunday, February 16, 2020 at the Gatehouse of Divine Providence Hospital. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 37 years, Fred G. Salvatori, Sr. on November 14, 2016. Born October 11, 1959 in Blossburg, she was a daughter of Helen M. (Andrus) Confer of Ralston and the late Samuel F. Confer, Sr. Tammey was a graduate of Canton High School and attended St. Joseph the Worker Parish. She worked as a cook at Humdinger for 19 years and later a waitress at Donna’s Restaurant. Tammey enjoyed doing latch-hook, baking and decorating cakes for birthdays, and anything that had to do with Wonder Woman and her grandkids. Some could say Tammey’s personality was much like Wonder Woman’s where she could triumph over evil with the power of love. She battled her cancer diagnosis with great strength, and her warm, friendly, and generous personality will certainly be missed. Surviving are four children; Trish A. Rider (Jim) of Vienna, VA, Traci H. Salvatori, Fred G. Salvatori, Jr. (Rebecca Ross), and Samantha R. Salvatori, all of Williamsport; nine grandchildren, Aiden, John, Madelyn, Jasper, Conan, Natalya, Sebastian, Hunter, and Mark; ten siblings, Diane Brown, Samuel Confer, Jr., Terry Confer, Larry Confer, Ruth Dillon, Cindy Early, Keith Confer, Penny Eberlin, Vicki Roberts, and T. Michael Confer; an adopted son, Daniel Tice; several nieces, nephews and extended family members and friends. Tammey’s family will be forever grateful for the compassionate care provided by her sister-in-law Mel. A memorial service to honor the life of Tammey will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, February 22 at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond Street, Williamsport. A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until time of service on Saturday at Sanders. -Funeral home obit 2/18/2020


WILBER ALLAN CORNISH JR. of Cleveland, TN went home Feb. 27, 2020 with his loving wife, Nancy Ann Cornish (Lemons) of 26 years holding his hand. He was born Dec. 13, 1942 in Chemung, NY to the late Wilbur Floyd Cornish Sr. and Carrie Mae (Thomas) Cornish of Waverly, NY. Wilbur proudly trucked for 44 years accident free, many years running team with his sons Tim and Allan. Wilbur was preceded in death by his brothers: Micheal, Joseph (Carol), Marvin (Rebecca), Julius (Violet), Patrick (Tammy), Floyd “Abe” (Carol); and special uncle Charles Thomas. He is survived by brother, Thomas (Linda); sisters Marguerite (Bob) Franks, Marylee (Jim) Woodcock, Linda (Gordon) Thomas, Cindy (Mitch) Foster. Children Tim (Cindy) Cornish, Allan (Robin) Cornish, Alicia (Nick) Calia, Junior Walden, Jeff Walden. Grandchildren Britni Stinnett, Tiffani Brown, Kayla Cornish, Drew Walden, Riley Hicks, Rylan Hicks, Izzy Calia. Great-grandkids Cadence Womac, Colby Womac, Skylar McNeely, Gaia Finely. -Sayre Morning Times 2/29/2020


CORSON -BERNICE L. CORSON BURNETT, 92, of Towanda, passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, Feb. 5, 2020 at her home. Bernice was born in Laddsburg, on Aug. 16, 1927 the daughter of Paul Corson and Pauline Eilenberger Corson. Following graduation from New Albany High School, Bernice attended the Robert Packer Hospital School of Nursing. On Jan. 25, 1949 Bernice married Elmer B. Burnett in Summit, NJ and dedicated her life to raising her family. Bernice was an accomplished pianist and taught piano students locally for many years. She is survived by her daughters, Barbara (Tom) Schrader of Cape Canaveral, FL Sheryn Hollenback of Towanda, Janet Morrison of LaBelle, FL Kelly (Mike) Pansini of Phoenix, AA Michelle Burnett (Bill Strope) of Towanda; grandchildren, Ryan Lasco, Myles Lasco, Erin Stroud, Erica Chilson, Dominic Pansini, Adrian Pansini, Colette Pansini, and Mindy Butts; eight great-grandchildren; special friend, Lola Kunkle who was one of her first music students; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, Bernice was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Elmer B. Burnett; her son, Brian Paul Burnett; sons-in-law, Philip Stroud, Gary Hollenback and George Morrison; and sister, Mary Hill. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. The family suggests that contributions may be directed to the Towanda Public Library, 104 Main St., Towanda, PA or to the Bradford County Library, 16093, Route 6, Troy, PA in memory of Bernice L. Corson Burnett. -Towanda Daily Review 2/7/2019


CRONE -CLARICE JOYCE CRONE JONES ASHLEY went home to be with her Lord Jesus Christ and family on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. Clarice was predeceased by her husband and best friend Lewis D. Ashley. Clarice is survived by three sisters, Nancy (Charles) Thompson, Esther (Mel) Kepner and Frances (Bill) Taylor, all in North Port, Fla.; one beloved brother, Clarence Ronald (Bonnie) Crone of Pittsburgh, Pa.; a beloved niece, Doris (Ed) Miraglia of Wildwood, Fla.; three loving sons and daughters-in-law, Stephen L. and Dawn Jones of Olean, N.Y., Alan J. and Sherry Jones of Galivants, S.C., and Daniel B. and Karen Jones of Sugar Hill, Ga.; one granddaughter, Holley Jo Sabia of Jacksonville, Fla.; two great-grandsons, Justin Sabia and Jacob Heaton; one great-granddaughter, Olivia Heaton; one very special daughter-in-law from Myrtle Beach, Judy Jones, who loved Clarice like a mom. Clarice was born in Sayre, Pa., on March 29, 1933 to Clarence and Carrie Ervin Crone. Clarice was the oldest of their family. Clarice graduated from Athens High School in 1951. She participated in all the extracurricular activities she was eligible for. Clarice and Lewis were married for 34 exciting and memorable years in the Big Flats Wesleyan Church, Big Flats, N.Y. Clarice was a loyal member for 21 years at Englewood Good Shepherd Church in Englewood, Fla. Clarice will be laid to rest alongside Lewis D. Ashley in the Sarasota Veterans Memorial Cemetery. -Sayre Morning Times 2/18/2020


JOHN T. DAVIS of Blossburg, passed away on Feb. 20, 2020 in Ocala, FL at the age of 72 surrounded by his beloved wife and children. Born Nov. 9, 1947, in Wellsboro, his parents were Robert J. and Bernice K. (King) Davis, who both preceded him in death.
John was a former Chief of Police of Blossburg and retired in 2010 as the Tioga County District Attorney Detective. John was an avid golfer who enjoyed hunting and fishing. One of his favorite past times was watching his grandchildren playing football, basketball and baseball. He also looked forward to vacationing with his family at Keuka Lake and with friends in Florida each year. John and his devoted wife, Sandy, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 8, 2019. Besides his wife, John is survived by three children and their spouses, daughters Cheryl (Joe) Bubacz of Blossburg, Karen (Bryan) Kreger of Bellefonte, and his son, Robert (Melissa) Davis of Liberty. Also surviving are his six grandchildren, Brianna (Zachary) Bogaczyk, Victoria Bubacz, Tyler and Nicholas Kreger and Kyle and Alex Davis and a great-grandson Ross. A visitation will be held at the Freeberg Funeral Home, Blossburg, on Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 4 to 7 p.m. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 10 a.m. at Freeberg Funeral Home. Flowers will be provided by the family, in lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association or a charity of one's choice. -Wellsboro Gazette 2/25/2020


DEATS -NICOL "Nicki" VROMAN (Deats), age 63 passed away peacefully on February 24, 2020 at her home surrounded by her loving family after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. Nicol was born on August 15, 1956 in Elmira to the late James J. and Mary H. Deats. Nicol dedicated her life to being a stay at home mother while working various odd jobs until finding her true calling caring for the elderly, disabled and terminally ill for over 25 years until her retirement. Nicol was an avid reader and enjoyed many hobbies including being on both bowling and baseball leagues in her younger years however her most beloved pastime was spending time with her family. Along with her parents Nicol was predeceased by her grandparents: Clarence B. and Dorothy H. Whipple as well as her sisters: Holly Deats and Terry Mattison. Nicol is survived by her love, Paul Nardi Sr.; her children Amber (Timothy) Donnell of Catlin, Selina (Nathan Cornish) Nardi of Pine City, Gina (Rick Cool) Nardi of Emporium, John Nardi of Elimra, and Paul Nardi Jr. of Elmira; grandchildren Jayden Cornish, Emily Donnell and Erin Donnell; sister Sherri Mattison as well as many beloved Aunts, nieces, nephews and lifelong friends. Nicol's family will announce a celebration of life at a later date. -Walter J. Kent Funeral Home obit 3/1/2020


JAMES B. DECKER, 65, of Sayre passed away on Dec. 10, 2019 at the Bradford County Manor, Troy. Jim was born on Oct. 3, 1954 a son of Yoanne and Roy Chamberlain. Jim loved to travel and did often with his family and friends. Jim was formerly employed at Rynone Industries and Hancor and Valley Taxi. Jim enjoyed woodworking and wood crafting. Camping, fishing hunting with James Jr., along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends of his children. Jim was predeceased by mother, Yoanne Chamberlain, Roy Chamberlain and Brownel Peake and father-in-law, Nelson Frisbie Sept. 27, 2019. Jim is survived by his wife, Becky (Frisbie) of Milan; son James Jr. and wife, Courtney Smales and much loved little buddy, grandson, Barkley; daughter, Melissa of Milan son, Jordan of Milan; sisters, Je’anine and husband, Don Ellingwood of Waverly, Tylene and husband, Roy Rogers of Nichols; brothers, Mike and wife Lisa (Frisbie) Peake of Sayre, Fred Peake of Sayre; longtime friend, Elizabeth Umber of Waverly; and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service and celebration of Jim’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at the Greater Valley Assembly of God Church, 104 S. Main St., Athens, PA with Pastor Chris Gray officiating. Caring assistance is being provided by Cooley-Tioga Point Cremation & Burial Options, Inc. 802 N. Main St., Athens, PA. -Towanda Daily Review 2/22/2020


DERSTINE -EILEEN D. MOYER, 81, of Overton, died Saturday, February 8, 2020 at her home. Born March 1, 1938 in Souderton, she was a daughter of the late Paul N. and Florence (Moyer) Derstine. She and her husband, Garwood B. Moyer, would have celebrated 64 years of marriage on July 14, 2020. Eileen graduated from the former Souderton High School, Class of 1956. She and her husband owned and operated Moyer's Farm, Overton for 43 years, and she would then retire from the Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital as a CNA in 2009. Eileen was a dedicated wife and mother who enjoyed spending time with her family. Surviving, in addition to her husband, are a daughter, Coleen M. (Dion) Spencer of New Albany; a son, Brent (Tina) Moyer of New Albany; two sisters, Shirley Musselman of Telford, and Dorothy Grable of Lewisburg; a brother, Ronald (Pat) Derstine of Florida; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held privately at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Dushore. -Funeral home obit 2/10/2020


ALEXANDER WILLIAM DOCKTOR JR. - On Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, Alexander William Docktor Jr., loving husband and father of seven children, passed away one month shy of 90 years old. Alex was born April 6, 1930 in Quakertown, Pa., to Alexander Sr. and Jeanette Docktor. Alex was raised to be a hard worker on the family farm. Alex had a dairy farm in Ghent, Pa. On Nov. 28, 1968, Alex married Anne Casselbury. They raised two sons, Curtis Docktor and Joseph (Horton), and five daughters, Dawn (Luchaco), Brenda (Clark), Samantha (Boothby), Alexa (Boothby), and Patricia (Weiss). They settled in Quakertown, Pa., for a few years, where Alex started long-distance truck driving. Then circumstances took them to Sayre, Pa., where they lived for 17 years and had the Susquehanna Valley Paso Fino Horse Farm. Alex retired as truck driver hauling lumber for Double Aught Lumber Co. in 1995 and subsequently moved to Edgewater, Fla. Alex loved to work on his property and could fix anything anywhere. He loved his John Deere tractors and working with heavy equipment. He was known for being willing to help anyone in need and for his kind spirit. Alex was preceded in death by his father, Alexander Sr., and his mother, Jeanette, and his brother, Rudy. He is survived by his wife Anne, his seven children Curtis, Joseph, Dawn, Brenda, Samantha, Alexa, and Patricia, his sister Jeanette Shurow, his brothers Willard and Robert, several nieces and nephews, and nine grandchildren. -Sayre Morning Times 3/7/2020


DEREK K. DOWLING, 36, of Mansfield, PA formerly long-time resident of Roaring Branch, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020 following a courageous battle with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and addiction. Derek Keith was born Aug. 24, 1983 in Whiteman A.B., MO to Timothy and Robin (Route) Dowling. He attended Canton Schools and was a graduate of the class of 2001. After graduation he enlisted with the U.S. Navy for 11 years proudly serving during Iraq and the Global War on Terrorism, receiving his honorable discharge in 2012. In 2019 Derek married the love of his life, Beth Swain in Mansfield. Together they raised Beth’s son, Sheldyn Mirra and their two-month-old daughter, Kassandra Joyce Dowling. Derek had a love of the outdoors and enjoyed spending time hunting and fishing. Gaming was another interest that he avidly partook in when he had the chance. He was a member of the Canton VFW, Post 714. Derek possessed a CDL license and took pleasure in driving truck, but most important was time spent with his family, which he truly cherished every moment and memory made. Derek was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Joyce and John Dowling; a brother-in-law, Christopher Swain; an uncle, John Dowling III and an aunt, Diana Route. In addition to his parents, Tim and Robin Dowling, surviving is his wife, Beth (Swain) Dowling; daughter, Kassandra Dowling; step-son, Sheldyn Mirra; brother, Dane (Kelsey) Dowling of Watkins Glen, New York; grandparents, Gordon (Dawn) Route, Sharon Sweeney all of Roaring Branch; aunts and uncles, Pat (Pam) Dowling of Canton, Dave Dowling, Mike Dowling, Michelle Isaac all of North Carolina, Janice (Rich) Kleese of St. Thomas, Gordy Jr. (Missy) Route of Washington State, Judson Route of Duncannon, Lorena (John) Wesneski of Leroy and Sherry Stankiewicz of Canton; as well as numerous cousins. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 at Pepper Funeral Home and Cremation Facility, 578 Springbrook Dr., Canton. The funeral service will follow at 4 p.m., with military honors accorded afterwards. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Derek’s loving memory to a charity of one’s choice for helping with the local drug addiction epidemic. -Towanda Daily Review 2/5/2020


JAMES HENRY DRISCOLL (“Jim”) passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 at his home in McAlpin, FL. He was 81 years old. Jim was born Nov. 17, 1938 in Towanda, PA where he spent his childhood. He joined the Army in 1958 and served our country in HQ Company 28th — Infantry Division in Baumholder, Germany. He was honorably discharged in 1963. Jim owned several successful businesses in his life. He had a partnership in a photography studio “Dimensions” and owned a Gulf station and auto mechanic business in Miami, FL. His last business, which he co-founded with his wife Linda, was Driscoll’s Auto Service, a towing business located in Fernandina Beach, FL. Driscoll’s Auto Service received multiple awards and recognition for excellence in service. In 1997, AAA named Driscoll’s Auto Service the number one towing business in the Southeast region of the United States. In 1998, they received a four-star rating from American Towman, the highest honor nationally for the towing industry. Jim was a leader in his businesses and in the communities where he lived. He mentored many young people, employees, associates and friends. Jim was the “go to guy” for everyone. Many have said Jim was the Perfect Man — the rare combination of secure quiet strength and loving sensitivity. Jim was a member of the Florida Chapter of Free Masons. He was a skilled pilot and he loved flying. He retired to Little River, a fly-in community in McAlpin, Florida where his favorite past time was flying and working on his property with his beloved dog Sparky. Jim’s witty personality had him find humor in the everyday occurrences of life — he was always the first to tell a joke and lighten up any situation. Jim is survived by his wife of 32 years, Linda Driscoll; his sister, Marilyn Lukens and her husband Art; his sisters, Nancy Kelly and Kathy Driscoll; his daughters, Wendy Flowers and Suzanne Driscoll; his grandson, Joey Diaz; and his step-children, Michelle Johnson, Ray Johnson, Kay Mago and April Surprenant; his grandchildren, Morgan Mago, Hannah Johnson, Skylar Surprenant and Abigail Johnson. He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Mary Driscoll, and his sister Linda Hitt. Jim will be dearly missed. His memory will live on fondly in the hearts of his family and friends. A celebration of life will be held on April 25, 2020 at the Little River Clubhouse in McAlpin, FL. For details about the service, please contact Michelle Johnson at (407) 724-1789. -Towanda Daily Review 2/25/2020


RICHARD "Rick" EARLE, 55, of Blossburg, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, surrounded by his loving family at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. He was married to Rhonda Earle, who survives. He was born on March 25, 1964 in Coudersport, the son of the late Richard Earle and Diane Dynda. Dick was a dedicated man, whether he was performing duties as the Health, Safety and Environment Director for Principle Enterprises, or proudly coaching football and softball for North Penn and Mansfield High Schools. More importantly, he was dedicated to his family and loved spending time with them, especially his cherished grandchildren. Rick would often escape to his family camp on Lake Chautauqua to enjoy some camping and fishing with family and friends. Along with coaching North Penn Football for 21 years, he also had a passion for archery and teaching his children to shoot competitively. Rick's love for life and great sense of humor will be dearly missed by family and friends. Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Rhonda Earle, of Blossburg; children, Colton (Whitney) Earle, of Mansfield, Lindsey (Jim) Myers, of Mt. Joy, Justin (Megan) Earle, of Millerton, Shelby (John) Davis, of Sebring, Derek Corwin, of Blossburg, Noah (Kryslynne) Corwin, of Blossburg, and Alyssa (Cody) Corwin, of Blossburg; grandchildren, Jameson, Hadley, Serenity, Max, Oaklynn, Kaisley, and Copelan; father, Bob Gross, of Texas; many brothers and sisters; several nieces, nephews and dear friends. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Sam and Bobby. Rick's family has requested that any memorial contributions be made to Madeline, an 11-year-old who is very important to Rick's family, as she is currently battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. For more on her courageous story or to donate, visit Family and friends are invited to pay their respects on Wednesday, Feb. 5, from 4–7 p.m., at Wilston Funeral Home, 130 S. Main Street, Mansfield. Rick's funeral will immediately follow visitation at 7 p.m., with Pastor Todd Lamer officiating. -Wellsboro Gazette 2/5/2020


JUDY A. EDDY, known by many as “Ma,” 63, of 2756 Austinville Road, Troy, Columbia Township, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 at her home. Judy was born in Blossburg, on March 5, 1956, the daughter of Donald E. Eddy and Esther A. Wood Eddy. She attended Troy High School and was subsequently employed by the Martha Lloyd School in Troy. Judy was employed by the Bradford County Manor in West Burlington Township for many years. She will be remembered for her loving and giving spirit. Judy enjoyed music, the outdoors, being near water and fishing. Surviving are her children, Kenneth John Withey of Austinville, Julie Ann Rogers and husband, Glen of Okeene, OK, Karen Lynn Shadduck and husband, David of Troy; six grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law, Gary and Donna Eddy, Donald and Carol Eddy; brother, Duane Johnson all of Austinville; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to her parents, Judy was predeceased by brothers, Dean and Gerald Johnson. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. -Towanda Daily Review 2/22/2020


RALPH EUGENE EDKIN JR., age 54, of Lopez, PA, died on Sunday, February 23, 2020 at the Guthrie Memorial Hospital in Towanda, PA. Ralph was born September 22, 1965 in Williamsport, PA a son of the late Ralph & Alice Shoemaker Edkin.  He attended the Sullivan County High School in Laporte, PA.  He worked as a contractor in the construction field in Tennessee and in Sullivan County. He married Mary Sones in 2005. He loved his animals, especially goats and horses and enjoyed fishing. Surviving: spouse: Mary Edkin of Lopez, PA; son: James Edkin of Laceyville, PA; sister: Mary Alice Edkin Vanderpool of Towanda, PA; aunts: Mary Shoemaker Fiester of Muncy Valley, PA and Lenna Bruch of Muncy, PA, Betsy Edkin Little of Muncy Valley, PA; uncle:  Harold Shoemaker of Mildred, PA and Frank L. Shoemaker Jr. of Muncy Valley, PA. Five nieces and 11 great nieces and nephews. Special friend: Randy Johnson of Dushore, PA. He was predeceased by: former spouse, Ronda Phillips Edkin; maternal grandmother, Edna Grimm; grandfather: Frank L. Shoemaker Sr.; maternal aunt, Christine Shoemaker; cousin, Keith Carl Shoemaker. Funeral arrangements will be private and are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA. -Towanda Daily Review 2/28/2020


BRUCE R. EMMICK - It is with great sadness that the family of Bruce Emmick announces his passing on Sunday, March 1, 2020 at Robert Packer Hospital, as a result of declining health. Bruce was born in Elmira on May 24, 1948, to Roland and Eleanor (Alba) Emmick, who predeceased him. He was a graduate of Elmira Southside High School, Bryant & Stratton in Buffalo and Tri-State University in Indiana. He was employed by Morse Chain/Emerson Electric in Ithaca and retired from Corning Incorporated. He will be lovingly remembered by his son, Brad (Denise) Emmick, brothers Gary (Dorothy) Emmick, James (Sharon) Emmick, sister Carolyn (Benjamin) Connelly, grandchildren Ashlee (Tommy) Gould, Conner Hunt, great grandchild Hayden Gould, and feline companion, Felix. Bruce was a lifelong sports enthusiast. In high school he was a three sport athlete playing football, basketball and baseball. In later years he was an avid bowler and followed professional sports, especially his beloved Buffalo Bills! He loved being outdoors and traveling, driving cross country several times throughout his life. Bruce was a friend to all and loved by so many. Calling hours will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at McInerny Funeral Home, 502 W. Water Street, Elmira. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date at the discretion of Bruce's family. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to an animal shelter of your choice in memory of Bruce. -Elmira Star-Gazette 3/4/2020


JOSEPH FREDERICK EVANCO, 80, of Endicott, NY, passed away on Feb. 17, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer at Lourdes Hospital with his family beside him.  Joe was born on Oct. 1, 1939 in Sayre, Pennsylvania, the son of the late Joseph and Rita (Boyle) Evanco Platt, and the late Nicholas Evanco. He attended Towanda Area Schools and Saint Agnes High School. He was a past member of Saint Peter & Paul in Towanda, and was a member of Saint Ambrose, Endicott.  After school, Joe joined the U.S. Air Force, and when he was discharged, he moved to Endicott. He worked at Cadre, IBM and Fuller Brush Sales. Joe then decided to do various business ventures. He had a Bottle Club on the North Side of Endicott. Joe was also an actor, in the most noted films in 1991, JFK with Kevin Costner, 1991 Liebestraum with Kim Novak and 1993 Hard Target with Jean-Claude Van Damme, and various other roles. Joe also repaired cars with his sons and his last Evanco Construction with his son Christopher. He loved to cook, fish, dance and race cars at Shangri-La Speedway and Glen Aubrey. Up until five months ago he went dancing on Friday nights with his companion, Bonnie Pewter Baugh, and his cousin, Alcora Boyle. He is survived by his children, Joseph (Rosanne) Evanco Jr., Donald C. (Mindy) Evanco, Julie (Erik) Jones of Vestal, Concetta (Robert) Bodie of Dallas, TX, Melissa Vaughn of Binghamton, Christopher Thrash of Endicott, and Cody Thrash of Binghamton; his brother, John (Minelle) Evanco of Louisiana; his sister, Marie Platt Post, of Towanda; his companion of many years, Bonnie Pewterbaugh of Endicott; special cousins, Alcora Boyle and Connie (Chip) Babcock; special friends, Concetta Talamo Rocco, mother of Concetta, Elizabeth Krochko, mother of Chris and Cody; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Donald Platt 1942, Charles Platt 1962, Burton Platt 2007; and sister, Margaret Evanco Roof 2017. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on May 2, 2020 at Chip and Connie Babcock’s House, 1067 Creek Road, Laceyville, PA. Bring a memory to share, a dish to pass and chairs. -Towanda Daily Review 3/1/2020


FOX -MELODY A. BARTLETT, 73, of Hughesville, died Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at home, after a long courageous battle with COPD. Born September 15, 1946 in Muncy, she was a daughter of the late Raymond Ned and Betty Jean (Hibbard) Fox. She and her husband, Donald L. Bartlett, would have celebrated 35 years of marriage on March 29, 2020. Melody graduated from Hughesville High School, Class of 1964. She was employed at Lundy Construction and West Company before retiring from Lycoming College in 2013, after having worked there for 23 years. Melody was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother who was always willing to lend a hand to those in need. Surviving, in addition to her husband, are two sons, Ronald L. (Donna Lee) Rider, and Blaine L. Rider, both of Hughesville; a step-son, Wes (Amy) Brink of Williamsport; a brother, Robert H. (Joan) Fox of Hughesville; three grandchildren, Samantha M. Rider, Sabrina L. Rider, and Savannah J. Rider; two step-grandchildren, Lucy Brink and Molly Brink; and a great-grandchild, Layne Babb. Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Hughesville. -Funeral home obit 2/6/2020


FULMER -JANICE KAY SZABLICKI -A loving and devoted mother, daughter, sister, aunt, niece and friend to many, Janice Kay Szablicki (nee Fulmer) passed away at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital at the age of 41. An active assistant chief of Doyle Hose Co. No. 2, in Cheektowaga, NY, Janice was also their past ESM captain, president, and vice-president. She was a graduate of D’Youville College where she received her Masters in physical therapy and then continued on to the Kaleida Hospital System where she worked as a physical therapist for over 18 years. Besides her work in the fire company, Janice gave countless hours of service to the Ronald McDonald House and the Toys for Tots programs, just to name a few. She was the proud and beloved mother of Kathryn Szablicki, her pride and joy. The devoted daughter of Richard Fulmer and Margaret (nee Schuepfer) Fulmer, loving sister of Richard (Billie) Fulmer and aunt of Ashley and Ryan Fulmer. Janice was dearest soul mate and life partner of Shawn Castanik. She was also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, her Kaleida work family, the Doyle Hose Co. 2 firehouse family and South Creek 13 firehouse family, in Gillett, where she also held a life membership. The family will be present to receive relatives and friends from 3 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, at the Pietszak Funeral Home, 2400 William St., (near Harlem) where a celebration of Janice’s life will follow visitation at 7 p.m. Internment will take place at St. Matthew’s Cemetery at a later date. Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials are preferred to an education fund for Kathryn Szablicki, which will be set-up shortly. In the meantime please make any checks payable to Richard Fulmer, c/o Pietszak Funeral Home, 2400 William St., Cheektowaga, NY. -Towanda Daily Review 2/22/2020


GARDNER -ELEANOR (Gardner) REID, 77, of Williamsport, PA., passed away on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at UPMC Susquehanna Health in Williamsport. Eleanor Jean was born November 16, 1942 in Williamsport, PA to the late Lindsey and Harriette (Buckingham) Gardner. Eleanor enjoyed playing cards, especially Skip-Bo and going to yard sales. She was an avid frog collector. Her most treasured times were any spent with family and friends. Eleanor is predeceased by her husband, George in 1980, two brothers and three sisters. Surviving Eleanor are her sons; Timothy Reid of Williamsport and Steven Reid of Montgomery, two sisters, five grandchildren, special great niece Brenda Shultz, special friends Della Donato and Clarence Bryington as well as several other nieces, nephews and cousins. Services and burial will be at the convenience of the family. Pepper Funeral Home and Cremation Facility Inc., 578 Springbrook Drive, Canton, PA., is assisting the family with arrangements. -Funeral home obit


DONALD LLOYD GRACE - In loving remembrance of Donald Lloyd Grace of East Smithfield, born May 2, 1924 to Lloyd and Edna Grace. On Feb. 11, 2020 a father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather, brother and loving friend passed on to our Lord peacefully, with adoring family members by his side. He was predeceased by his wife of 70 years, Barbara Mae (Kissell) Grace. He is survived by his devoted children, Dennis (Loretta) Grace of Endicott, NY, Charles (Linda) Grace of East Smithfield, PA, Ronald (Lori) Grace of Newark Valley, NY and Joy (Thomas) Calaman of Lake Wesauking, PA; affectionate grandchildren, Marjorie (Jack) Raynor of Apalachin, NY, Theresa Billet (Bob Post) of Owego, NY, Eddie Grace of East Smithfield, Barbie (Jon) Cooper of Gillett, Ron (Becky) Grace of Sayre, Keith Tebo (Amber Rhoades) of Kennesaw, GA, Wendy Tebo (Tom Kaczynski) of Glen Aubrey, NY, Connie (Kevin) Shipman Jr. of East Smithfield, Michele (Jamie) Campbell of Athens, Mel (Tamie) Bair of East Smithfield, Melissa (Ken) Hartenstein of Wakeman, OH, Adam (Rebecca) Vallese of Endicott, NY and Bryan Vallese of Syracuse, NY. In addition, he had 27 great-grandchildren and 19 great-great-grandchildren; along with cherished siblings, Norma Benjamin of Ovid, New York and Larry (Marlene) Grace of Barton, NY. Grace was predeceased by parents, Lloyd and Edna Grace; siblings, Thersa Senko, Marjorie Davies, Gerald Grace, Mary Jean Grace; and family of the heart, Edson (Bernice) Beardslee and daughter, Mildred Beardslee. In his early years Donald spent his days in school and working local farms. As a preteen Donald shared many years of commitment to the kindnesses shown him by the generous Beardslee family, where Donald lived and worked until he enlisted into the United States Army at the age of 18. He served in the Army Air Corps as an electronics specialist, working on the original radio-controlled airplanes during World War II. After being honorably discharged, Donald returned home and began working in the construction field. Soon after, he was introduced to his wife of 70 years, Barbara (Kissell) Grace, by his sister Norma. The two shared much including four children, a dairy farm and more than 30 years of riding together to Westinghouse in Horseheads, New York. While working in maintenance at Westinghouse, Donald was actively involved in union negotiations benefiting many of his fellow employees. Donald was heavily involved with the Big Pond Lions Club, receiving the prestigious Melvin Jones award for his service. He spent countless hours volunteering at pancake breakfasts, fish fries, coaching softball, and entertaining, all in an effort to support purposeful local causes sponsored by the club. He was also a member of the VFW and American Legion and very proud of his service and country. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, NASCAR and was a long time, loyal Penn State and Pittsburgh Steelers football fan. He could often be found atop his tractor grooming the grounds of his own beloved homestead, “Graceland Acres,” a name his wife gave the estate. Donald’s generosity toward his family resulted in beautiful hand-crafted hope chests, gun cabinets, doll houses and bunk beds for his children and grandchildren fashioned in his wood working shop on the second floor of the dairy barn. Don’s family was a monumental part of his life. He was the first to offer aid, in all situations, in any capacity. He made a home that was open and welcoming to all. While involved in a local camping club, grandchildren would often accompany Don and Barb on their adventures. Annual family vacations at a sibling’s cabin in Griffith, Ontario included fishing, waterskiing and family time. Yearly Welliver Family Reunions were held at Sky Line Park in Owego, NY; efforts made to encourage family unity. After retirement, Zephyrhills, Florida became Don and Barb’s home away from home, where family and friends would join them to escape the cold northeast winters. The value of family and importance of family unity was at the forefront of his legacy. Don imparted these values that continues to be practiced by those he touched. Friends and family are invited to join in the celebration of Don’s life on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020 at 3 p.m. at the Wysox Volunteer Fire Company, 111 Lake Road, Wysox, PA. In lieu of flowers, please send donations on behalf of Donald L. Grace to: Big Pond Lions Club, c/o Greg Fay, 1969 Tyler Hill Road, Columbia Cross Roads, PA or East Smithfield Methodist Church, 312 Church Street, East Smithfield, PA. -Towanda Daily Review 2/13/2020


ALLEN E. GRIPPO, M.D., age 86, of Wyalusing (formerly of Raleigh, NC) passed away Friday morning, Feb. 28, 2020 at the Wyalusing Valley Personal Care Home. Allen was born on March 31, 1933 in Kenilworth, NJ the son of the late Allen P. and Mary Kremlick Grippo. Allen graduated from Wyalusing High School in 1951. He was employed as a psychiatrist for the state of North Carolina and he also had four psychiatry practices of his own. In his spare time Allen enjoyed golfing. Allen is survived by his daughters, Lisa Grippo of Alexandria, ViA and Joan Grippo Main of Neptune Beach, FL; his granddaughter, Ariel Grippo and grandson, Hudson Main; his brother, Anthony Grippo (Sally Matlack) of Wyalusing; as well as many nieces and nephews. A private graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 2, 2020 with Reverend Dr. Barry Ballard of the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church officiating. Arrangements are entrusted with Sheldon Funeral Homes, 155 Church St., Wyalusing. -Towanda Daily Review 2/29/2020


ALAN HAWN JR., 40, of Mansfield, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully on February 3, 2020 at Troy Community Hospital with his father and mother, Alan and Nell Hawn, by his side. Alan was born on January 26, 1980 in Mansfield to Alan and Nell Hawn. He attended HMS School in Philadelphia, PA from age 3 ½ until age 20, afterwards graduating from Southern Tioga School District. Alan received services through Martha Lloyd Community Services for the past 18 years, during which he resided at the Martha Lloyd ICF/ID's Brooklyn Street home in Mansfield. Alan also attended Martha Lloyd's Day Program, where he enjoyed spending time with his friends and staff. Those who were fortunate enough to have known Alan will remember the special light that he brought to everyone's life. Alan loved making people smile and laugh, and would give a wink and blow a kiss to his friends at the end of every day. Alan will be deeply missed by all who knew and spent time with him. He is survived by his parents Alan and Nell Hawn, a brother, John (Gwyn), a very special teacher Ms. Mildred Reeves and many special friends. A private Celebration of Alan's Life will be held on February 6, 2020 at Martha Lloyd Community Services Day Program, Mansfield, PA. A Catholic Mass will also be held at the Holy Child Catholic Church Mansfield, PA at 6 p.m. on February 6, 2020. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Mansfield, PA is assisting with arrangements, -Wellsboro Gazette 2/5/2020


LOIS A. HEMBURY, 95, formerly of Mildred, died Monday, February 17, 2020 at The Highlands Care Center, Laporte. Born August 10, 1924 in Mildred, she was a daughter of the late Henry S. and Anna M. (Radka) Hembury. Lois was a member of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church where she was active with the youth choir and taught Sunday school for many years. She was also a member of the former Gleaners Society and the Alter Guild. Lois was an outdoor enthusiast who enjoyed flower arranging, sewing, and above all, spending time with her family. Surviving are a sister, Marie Wheeler of Dushore; eight nieces and nephews, Cynthia (Wayne) Casto of Laporte, Beth (Wayne) Williams of Nicholson, Lois (Randall) Ruhl of Muncy Valley, April (Jeff) Rine of Bellefonte, Dorothea (Todd) Paige of Howard, Nathaniel (Tina) Wheeler of Dushore, Jonathan (Janet) Wheeler of Dushore, and William Funk of Doylestown; 21 great-nieces and nephews; and eight great-great-nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Lois was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Raub; two nieces, Amy Funk and Nathana Wheeler; and two brothers-in-law, Nathan Wheeler and Wilbur Raub. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, February 21, at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 116 Carpenter Street, Dushore, with Rev. Phyllis A. Pelletier officiating. Burial will follow in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Dushore. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the church. The family will provide the flowers and suggest memorial contributions to Community VBS, c/o Pastor Bill Hargenrader, 6575 Rt. 87, Forksville, PA. Arrangements have been entrusted to the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Dushore. -Funeral home obit 2/2/2020


Mr. JOHN HUBIAK, age 91, of Carrollton, TX and formerly of Lopez, passed away on Monday morning, Feb. 17, 2020, with his loving family at his side. John was born in Lopez, on June 27, 1928, a son of the late Theodore and Anna Rusin Hubiak. He graduated from the Lopez High School in 1946. He married the former Rosemary “Rose” Serecsko on Sept. 25, 1954, and they enjoyed 58 years of marriage before her passing on July 6, 2012. He had been a resident of Carrollton, TX since December of 2013, moving from North Ridgeville, OH. He previously lived in New Jersey and also spent 14 years in Tampa, FL. John had been a member of Christ the Saviour, Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Church in North Royalton, OH, (where his son, Fr. Robert-Alexander Hubiak was the Deacon) and St. Vladimir Russian Orthodox Church in Lopez. Surviving are two sons, Fr. Robert-Alexander (Sally) Hubiak, Colorado Springs, CO, Gary (Nancy) Hubiak, Carrollton, TX; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister, Irene Gattuso, Pittston; sisters-in-law, Marion Hubiak, Baltimore, MD, Mary Ann Hobbs, Towanda, and Donna (William) Lynch, Charlotte, NC. Besides his parents and wife, he was predeceased by a son, Michael Hubiak; brothers, Metro Hubiak of Lopez on June 6, 1996, Paul Hubiak of Baltimore, MD on March 30, 2002, and Peter Hubiak of Dickson City on March 23, 2013; and sisters, Stella Hunsinger of Dushore on Aug. 4, 1989, Mary Christini of Mildred on Dec. 27, 1998, Stephanie Neufer of Lopez on July 16, 2004, and Helen Coles of Lopez on Oct. 21, 2013. Burial service will be held on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 at 10 a.m. at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Church, Lopez with Father Dennis Hendershot, presiding. Interment will be in St. Vladimir’s Cemetery, Lopez. Friends and family may call at the Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, from 5 to 7 p.m., and there will be a Parastas service at 6:30 p.m. Memorials may be directed to St. Vladimir’s Church, P.O. Box 211, Lopez, PA. -Towanda Daily Review 2/19/2020



CARL FRANCIS HUGO, 88, of Forksville, died Monday, March 9, 2020 at The Gatehouse. Born April 27, 1931 in New Albany, he was a son of the late Harold T. and Mildred M. (Molyneux) Hugo. He and his wife, the former Marian Scarpelli, celebrated 65 years of marriage on Nov. 20, 2019. Carl served his country honorably in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. After returning home from the war, Carl began working on the family dairy farm and continued that passion the rest of his life. He also served two terms as Elkland Township supervisor. Carl was an active member of Elkland Grange No. 976, Evergreen Lodge No. 163, F. & A. M., Carl was an active member of Elkland Grange No. 976, Evergreen Lodge No. 163, F. & A. M., Williamsport Consistory, and Irem Temple Shrine. In his free time he enjoyed puzzles, playing cards, bingo, and above all, spending time with his family. Surviving, in addition to his wife are three daughters, Kathleen A. Hugo of Forksville, Barbara M. (Joe) Brown of Dushore, and Sandra M. Janney of Forksville; two sons, Karl A.  (Sara) Hugo of Racine, WI and Francis H. Hugo of Williamsport; two sisters, Eliose Neuber of Biglerville, and Phyllis Krause of Bernville; a brother, Foster (Pat) Hugo of Forksville; seven grandchildren, Ashley L. Fiori, Rachel M. Reichelderfer, Chad Janney, Brenna M. Hugo, Parker S. Jensen, Christopher Brown, and Mikaela Brown; and seven great-grandchildren, Thomas R. Fiori, Alex R. Hugo, Elizabeth M. Fiori, Remington J. Kyle, Chad J. Janney Jr., Taysin Janney, and Dominic Reichelderfer. In addition to his parents, Carl was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Amber Brown. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, March 14, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter Street, Dushore, with Rev. William J. Hargenrader officiating. Burial will follow in Forksville Cemetery with graveside military honors accorded by combined veterans organizations. Legion members are asked to assemble and pass-in-review at 10:45 a.m. Saturday, at the funeral home. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home where a Masonic funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. by members of Evergreen Lodge No. 163, F. & A. M. -Towanda Daily Review 3/14/2020


HUNTER -DIANE P. WUETHRICH, age 77, of Sugar Hill, passed away on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020 surrounded by her family at her home. Diane was a cheerful face seen around Wyalusing. She was loved by many from working at the Wyalusing Hotel and Brewed Awakening. She always had a smile on her face. She was a dedicated wife to Harry Wuethrich for 58 years; a loving mother to John Pinkava and his wife, Sharon, Jody Wuethrich, Kent Wuethrich and his wife, April, and her late son, Robert Pinkava. She is also survived by her grandchildren and spouses, Ashley and Harland Franklin, Keri and Eric Warner, Jonathan and Ashley Pinkava, Samantha Pinkava, Cody Jackson, Hunter Pinkava, Madison Hebda, and Zackery Wuethrich; her great-grandchildren, Kyle Warner, Mason Culver, Rayden Richlin, Bryson Warner, Joshua Franklin; her sister, Pat Colletta and her husband, Bob and Sue Zapata; her niece and nephew, Ross and Brooke Colletta. Besides her son, Robert, she was preceded in death by her parents, Kenneth and Josephine Ross Hunter, her brother, Donnie Hunter, and her nephew, Shua Hunter. She loved her family and they loved her. Diane went to the beach every year with her sister and best friend, Pat, looking for her sea glass. That was their “Happy Place.” She was very close to her sister. Diane loved to paint, be at the ocean, reading on her front deck, gardening, and spending time with her husband and family. A memorial service for Diane will be held on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 at 5 p.m. from the Herrickville Wesleyan Church with Pastor Jason Laudermilch officiating. Family and friends are welcome for a visitation from 3:30 p.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Diane’s name to the Wyalusing Public Library, P.O. Box 98, Wyalusing, PA. -Towanda Daily Review 2/19/2020


TAYLOR MARIE KAMANSKY, 19, of McClure, PA passed away unexpectedly at Geisinger Danville after a brief illness. She was born on May 26, 2000 in Towanda, PA. Surviving are her parents, Robert (Brandi) Kamansky, Montrose, PA, Yvonne (Raymond) West, Oklahoma, OK; paternal grandparents, Rick and Joan Kamansky, Montrose, PA; maternal grandparents, Laurie Olmstead, Wyalusing, Pennsylvania, David Keeney, Wyalusing, PA; maternal great-grandmother, Marilyn Hoffman, Wyalusing, PA; siblings, Dylan, Hallie, Adison, Gauge, Emerson, Harper, and Hayden; uncles, Michael Kamansky, Montrose, PA and Eric (Holly) Chilson, Wisconsin; several cousins. She was predeceased by her maternal great-grandfather, Norm Hoffman. Taylor had a strong connection to every kind of animal and enjoyed fishing with her uncle. She loved her siblings very much. Taylor enjoyed playing softball, soccer, basketball, and dancing. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, 2020, at the Montrose Presbyterian Church. Calling hours will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. at the church. Interment will be in the East Bridgewater Cemetery. Donations in Taylor’s name can be made to the True Friends Animal Welfare Center, 16332 SR 167, Montrose, PA. -Towanda Daily Review 3/10/2020


GLENN R. KETCHAM SR., 78, of Nichols, N.Y., passed away at home early Saturday morning February 22, 2020. He was born in Endicott, N.Y. on June 24, 1941, the son of the late Leighton and Florence (Reynolds) Ketcham. Glenn was predeceased by his wife, Barbara A. Ketcham; his son, Glenn R. Ketcham, Jr.; and his brother, Paul Ketcham, Sr. He is survived by his daughter, Tina Ketcham; his sisters-in-law, Nancy Ketcham, Rosemary Gablas and Sonny Meeker; his nephews, Paul Jr. and Doris Ketcham and their children Paul III and Becca Ketcham, Penny and Dan Gage, Lee Welfel, Henry Welfel and his children Hendrix and Zoe; his nieces, Debbie Norton, Wendy Ketcham; like a daughter, Renee Deretz and children Justin and Patty Harding, Lance Harding and Laura Hyde, Luke Sr. and Justine Harding; his grandchildren, Alexandria, Luke Jr., Mason and Jacob Harding; and special friend and neighbor, Mary Etta Deretz. Glenn loved the outdoors and spending time with his boys. He also enjoyed fishing the river and working on vehicles and equipment. Glenn operated Ketcham Logging with his brother, worked at Weitzman’s, and was always a lifelong farmer. Family and friends are invited to visit at Richards Funeral Home, Route 17C West, Owego, N.Y. on Friday February 28, 2020 from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. -Sayre Morning Times 2/24/2020


KIRK -VIRGINIA A. BOWMAN, age 80, of Nicholson, PA (formerly of Meshoppen) passed away on Friday morning, February 7, 2020, at the Meadowview Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Montrose, PA. Virginia was born on May 26, 1939 in Laceyville, PA the daughter of the late Stanley (d. 1998) and Anna Ciprich Kirk (d. 2001).  She was a graduate of Wyalusing High School with the class of 1957. She was employed as Seamstress at Mindy Sue’s Dress Factory in Laceyville and as a Hostess and Cashier at the Pink Apple Restaurant in Tunkhannock, PA for many years.  In her younger years she was a waitress at George's Restaurant in Laceyville. She was a member of St. Joachim's Catholic Church.  Virginia was a huge baseball fan and took great pleasure in cooking and baking cakes and pies.  Most of all she loved spending time with her family, especially with her grandsons. Virginia is survived by her daughter Beth Polovitch and her husband, Mark, of Nicholson, PA; her grandsons, Eric Polovitch of Springville, PA and Alex Polovitch of Nicholson, PA; her siblings, Alberta Mello of Lewiston, ME, Patricia Flynn (Thomas) of Lebanon, PA, and Barb Stawinsky of Tunkhannock, PA; her sister-in-law, Mary Lee Goodwin of Mehoopany, PA; as well as many nieces and nephews.   Besides her parents, Virginia was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Maynard “Sam” Bowman (d. January 22, 2012), her brother, Bernard Kirk (d. 2013), and her brother/sister-in-law, Merton and Karen Bowman. Interment will take place at a later date at the Lacey Street Cemetery at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Virginia’s name to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN. -Sheldon Funeral Home obit 2/10/2020


LARRY E. KNICKERBOCKER age 64 of Osceola passed away Feb. 18, 2020 at his home. He was born April 2, 1955 in Elkland the son of Elmer L. and Lorina Jeffers Knickerbocker. He worked as a laborer remolding stores and construction work, was a accomplished musician, singing and playing lead/rhythm guitar. He loved working on Brian Beards farm, hunting, fishing and camping. He worked on small engines and liked to wheel and deal. Larry was a member of the Elkland Moose. He is survived by his spouse Tammy, children, Arietta (Robert) Allen, Osceola, Erica (Gary) Bliss, Genesse, Wade Knickerbocker, Genesse, Morgan Gerow, Lindley, NY., Amber Knickerbocker, Friendship, NY., Nicholas Farrand, Osceola, Alex Farrand, Harrisburg, PA, Skyler Knickerbocker, Knoxville. Numerous grandchildren. sisters, Rosella (George) Barker, Florida, Naoma (Robert) Moon, Potterbrook, Sandy Cook, Elkland, Gina (David) Birdsall, Tioga, Shirley (Robert) Gee, Osceola and Darlene McNett, Mansfield,  brother Robert (Charlene) Knickerbocker, Tioga. numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Larry Jr., brothers, Guy, Les and Nick and a sister Alverta McConnell. Friends are invited to call at the Kenyon Funeral Home, Elkland Saturday Feb. 22, 2020 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. A private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family. -Funeral home obit 2/21/2020


KOSOKI -ALICE M. FEDOROCHAK, age 92, well known Lopez resident passed away on Monday, March 2, 2020 at AristaCare, in Montoursville, PA.  She married Michael Fedorchak of Lopez, on February 8, 1947. They celebrated 65 years of marriage until his death on February 23, 2012. Alice was born in Mildred, PA on January 21, 1928 a daughter of the late John & Rose Ropeck Kososki.   Alice began working at the former Weldon Mfg. Co., in Lopez, PA and later worked at the Turnpike Elementary School Cafeteria in Mildred, PA. Alice was a loving and caring spouse and mother.  She was an excellent canner, cook and baker.  She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and working crossword puzzles. Alice was a member of SS:  Peter & Paul’s Byzantine Catholic Church in Lopez, PA. Surviving: two daughters: Carole Underwood of Dushore, PA and Michaeline Mowery of Montoursville, PA: four grandchildren:  Melanie Weser, Nicholas Fedorchak, Tommy Van Dyke, Kari Spinosa;  four great grandchildren:  Madlyn Weser, Lydia Spinosa, Elizabeth Spinosa and Armon Spinosa and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son, Philip and his wife Mi Yun Lee who were killed in an earthquake in Turkey on August 16, 1999, and a grandson, Christopher Mowery of Montoursville, PA on September 26, 2015. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 6th, 2020, at 11:00 A.M. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Mildred with the Rev. Thomas J. Major, her pastor, officiating. Interment will be in SS: Peter & Paul’s Byzantine Catholic Cemetery, Lopez, PA. Friends may call on Friday, March 6, 2020, from 9:30 to 10:30 A.M. at the Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA. Memorial contributions at directed to SS: Peter and Paul’s Cemetery, PO Box 12, Lopez, PA. -Funeral home obit


DONALD E. LAMPMAN of Elmira - Don was born on October 27, 1927 in Bradford County, PA, the 4th son of Ezra H. and Nancy Williams Lampman; he passed away from natural causes on February 3, 2020 at the Bath VA Hospital. Don grew up in Rome, PA and Luther's Mills, PA. He served in the Merchant Marines at the age of 16 and then joined the US Army at the age of 18, retiring after 20 years. Don served in WWII in Austria, where he met his wife, Elizabeth Danninger. They were married in 1956. After retiring from the Army, Don was a long-time resident of Elmira, NY and loved spending time with his grandchildren. Don is survived by his children; Sybil Danning of CA, Delores Wallace of NY, and Donald Lampman Jr. of CA and his grandchildren Nancy Wallace of CA and Nicole Wallace (Matt Zimmer) of NY, with whom he resided for many years. Don is also survived by great-grandchildren Abra Smith, Nicholas Wallace, Javanta Andrews, and Nakiyah Wallace, along with his youngest brother Earl (Gail) Lampman. Don was predeceased by his parents and his older brothers Richard (1992), George (Doris) (1993), and Allen (Mary) (2019). A small memorial gathering honoring his life and sharing family memories will be held at Pietro's in Elmira on Saturday, March 14th at 11:45 AM. -Elmira Star-Gazette 3/5/2020


THOMAS A. LAWTON, age 67, of New Albany, passed away surrounded by his loving family at his home on Tuesday morning, March 3, 2020. Thomas was born on Dec. 5, 1952 in Philadelphia. He was the son of the late Thelma Dreibelbis Lawton and Vernon Lawton of Philadelphia. Thomas was raised in Philadelphia in the area of Germantown. He then moved to Wilmot Township, where he attended Wyalusing Valley Jr./Sr. High School and graduated in 1971. After graduation Tom returned to Philadelphia where he worked at ADP in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, for 27 years and retired in 2000. Tom enjoyed spending time with friends and family. He liked to socialize and be outdoors. He owned a vast collection of die-cast cars and Michael Jordan memorabilia. Tom’s cherished memories involved watching his grandchildren grow up. He is survived by his beloved wife of 33 years Ruth Carolyn Lawton (nee Filer) and together they raised three children, Carolyn (John) Harkins of New Albany, Brian Lawton of Coal Township, and Jeanette (Adam) Dietz of Sugar Run. He also leaves behind 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, Heather Williams and Nichole Harkins of Delaware, John Harkins of California, Charles Burke stationed on the USS San Antonio in Virginia, John Burke of New Jersey, Brianna Harkins, Destiny Harkins, Robert Harkins, and Samantha Harkins of New Albany, Ethan Lawton, Kelli Lawton, Alexa Lawton of Coal Township, Connor Dietz of Lock Haven, Autumn Dietz of Levittown, and Austin Dietz of Sugar Run; as well as his brothers, Vernon (June) Lawton of Nesquehoning, Robert Lawton of Philadelphia, and sister, Thelma Lawton of Philadelphia; along with nieces and nephews and special friends. Beside his parents Tom was preceded in death by his sisters, Rita Lawton (1967), Helen Lawton (2019); and brother, Frances Lawton (2019); as well as his in-laws, Jacqueline Filer (1992) and Frank Filer (2009). Funeral services for Thomas will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, 2020 from the Sheldon Funeral Home, 155 Church St., Wyalusing, with Reverend Dr. Barry Ballard of the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church officiating. Family and friends may call from 11 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations in Tom’s memories can be made to Bradford County Relay For Life, PS Bank c/o Kelly White, P.O. Box 217, Wyalusing, PA. -Towanda Daily Review 3/4/2020


CHARLES "CHARLIE" LEWIS, Gillett, PA, passed away peacefully Sunday, February 9, 2020, at home. Charlie was born August 20, 1948, in Elmira, NY son of the late Robert H. & Wanita (Carroll) Lewis. He attended SRU and served in the US Navy from 1969 to 1974. Charlie was a member of the Elmira Heights Legion. Prior to retirement, Charlie worked driving for Lewis Transportation mail carrier and PMB Oil Company as a truck driver. Surviving are his loving wife of 40 plus years Katheryn L. (Keach) Lewis of Gillett, PA a daughter, Patricia & Victor Delaet, sons, John & Carrie Lewis, Adam Lewis all of Maryland, stepchildren, Wesley & Mary Chrisjohn of Horseheads, NY, Tina & Richard Wood of Elmira, NY, grandchildren, Jordan Delaet, Walter Lee Lewis, Violet Joe Lewis, all of Maryland, step-grandson Colton Wood of Horseheads, sisters, Deborah & Richard Stedge of Ulster, PA, Bettina Wood of Gillett, PA, several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Charlie requested that there be no services at this time. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of the Roberts Funeral Home, Inc. 279 Main Street, Wellsburg, NY. Memorials in Charlie's memory may be made to the charity of one's choice. -Elmira Star-Gazette 2/13/2020


DAVID D. MASTERS age 77, well-known Evergreen farmer, passed away on Saturday, March 07, 2020, at his home with his loving family at his side. Dave was born in Milltown, NJ, on April 3, 1942, a son of the late Thomas J. & Elizabeth Olmstead Masters.  He graduated from the Milltown High School, Milltown, NJ, where he was a member of the class of 1960.   He married the form Dianne Herman on May 5, 1968, they celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary last May. Dave operated his dairy, veal and beef farm for the past 56 years. He was a loving spouse, father, grandfather and great grandfather.  He enjoyed hunting, spending time with family and friends, riding around in his utility vehicle looking for deer. Surviving are spouse: Dianne at home, two sons and daughters-in-law: David D. and Penny Masters Jr. of Evergreen, PA and Dale R. and Heidi Masters of New Era, PA, honorary step-son: Brian Edwards, brother and sister-in-law: Darrell R & Lorraine Masters of Wilmot, PA, sisters-in-law: Judith Masters of Syracuse, NY, Marcea and Bill Kinney of Wyalusing, PA and Lorraine and Garth Bovier of Towanda, PA, brothers-in-law: Phil & Donna Herman of Towanda, PA and Ted and Kathy Herman of Jermyn, PA. Five grandchildren, three great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Special friend, Mike McGroarty of New Albany, PA. He was predeceased by his brothers, Thomas R. Masters Jr., of Sweet Valley, PA, on October 30, 2016; and Gary F. Masters Sr. of Sweet Valley, PA, on January 25, 1994. David’s wishes were that his service would be private and at the convenience of his family. Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to Nation Rifle Association, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA. -Funeral home obit 3/9/2020


RITA LOUISE MCMAHON of Westminster, CA passed away on February 3, 2020 at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, CA. Rita was born August 27, 1951 in Sayre, Pa. to Michael and Marjorie McMahon. She attended Epiphany Elementary School and in 1969 graduated from Sayre High School, where she was vice president of her junior class. After graduation, she attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she earned a bachelor degree in education. She taught for three decades, including Snyder Elementary School in Sayre; Gidley School City School District in El Monte, CA; and Dwyer Middle School in Huntington Beach, CA. She retired in 2014. She was an advocate for her students, earning her the Golden Apple award. She enjoyed living in Westminster Village, where she had many friends including those on the social committee. She was a regular swimmer at the village pool and was often seen walking her dog, Buddy, around the village grounds. Rita was a licensed pilot and traveled throughout Southern California and Nevada piloting small planes. She is survived by two sisters, Kathleen FitzRoy of North Las Vegas, NV and Eileen McMahon of Waverly, NY; as well as two brothers, John McMahon of Marcy, N.Y. and Patrick McMahon of Westminster, CA. She is also survived by 13 nieces, nephews and many cousins. Two brothers predeceased her: Joseph Michael McMahon of Los Angeles, CA and Paul Gerard McMahon of League City, TX. A celebration of Rita’s life will be held on Sunday, March 22, 2020 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Westminster Village Clubhouse 5200 Blackpool Road, Westminster, CA. All are welcome to attend and encouraged to tell their stories and memories of Rita. Her favorite charity was Orange County Rescue Mission, 1 Hope Dr., Tustin, CA. -Sayre Morning Times 3/10/2020


MERRILL -SONYA J. BLIGH - No farewell words were spoken, no time to say goodbye, you were gone before we knew it, and only God knows why . Our hearts were broken on Monday, March 2, 2020 with the sudden passing of our mother and grandma Sonya J. Bligh, 70, of Waverly and formerly of Nichols. Sonya was born on July 4, 1949 in Towanda, PA a daughter of the late Harry Lawrence and Phyllis Laura (Sharer) Merrill. She was a graduate of Tunkhannock Area High School and attended Baptist Bible Seminary. For many years, Sonya owned and operated Bligh’s Bookkeeping and Tax Service in Nichols. In addition she also opened her heart and home owning Bligh’s Personal Care Home in South Waverly, Athens and Nichols. Sonya enjoyed listening to books on tape, socializing with her friends and was guided with love by her angel collection. Sonya will be greatly missed by her children: Laura Cheely (Kishan Pandya) of Apalachin, NY.; Phillip (Sharon) Bligh of Rochester, NY; Thomas Bligh of Apalachin, NY; her special grandchildren: Nathan, Alexander, Michael and Charlotte. Several nieces, nephews and her faithful canine companion Lulu also survive. Sonya was welcomed into heaven by her parents; a sister Charlotte Sandor and brother Erwin Merrill. Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation on Friday, March 6th from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. A memorial service and celebration of her life will follow at 4 pm.  -Sayre Morning Times 3/4/2020


WESLEY TRAVIS MINIER, 36, of Hughesville, died Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at his home. Born January 27, 1984 in Williamsport, he was a son of Jay W. and the late Betty Marie (Fry) Lore. Wes was employed with Fry’s Gas & Oil Company, Hughesville, for over 20 years. He was a loving father who enjoyed hunting, fishing, participating in the demolition derby, and above all, spending time with his children. Surviving, in addition to his father, Jay Minier and step-mother, Lois Charles, are a daughter, Alexa M. Minier; a son, Carter Starr; a sister, Rebecca A. Minier of Lairdsville; a brother, Nathan A. (Jackie) Minier of Unityville; two step-brothers, Lynn B. Charles and Jerry H. Charles, both of Hughesville; two nieces, Kiah A. Minier and Kaylee N. Minier; a nephew, Rowdy F. Rine; maternal grandmother, Reba P. Fry of Hughesville; his beloved dogs, Honey and Baby; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. In addition to his mother, Wes was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Floyd S. Fry Sr., and paternal grandmother, Lenna Minier. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 10, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Rev. Cinda J. Brucker officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Hughesville. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. The family will provide the flowers and suggest memorial contributions to McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home for the benefit of Wesley's children. -Funeral home obit


RICHARD EVERETT MOTT, JR. died January 31, 2020 in Syracuse, N.Y. He was born November 19, 1973 in Sayre, Pa. to Richard Mott and Sue C (Pelkey) Mott. He will always be remembered as Little Ricky by his family. Growing up, Ricky enjoyed spending time with Grandma Gladys and Don Patterson. As an adult, he was very proud of his years driving big rigs over-the-road. Rick is survived by his parents Richard (Pamela) Mott of North Carolina and Sue Mott of Wheeling, WV; sister Michele Emmick of Kirkwood, N.Y.; sisters Mary Hallett Sobol (John) and Barbie Sloat (Sam); brother David Hallett (Judy); and stepsisters Michelle Grimes and Andrea Nelson (T.J.). He also has aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins to remember the good times. A time of gathering for family and friends will take place on Saturday, February 8 from 12 p.m.-2 p.m. at the Athens Township Fire Hall, 150 Herrick Avenue, Sayre, Pa. Memorial donations may be made in Little Ricky’s memory to the: GoFundMe Account for Gary Winslow, volunteer firefighter battling thyroid cancer, or an Addiction Ministry of your choice. -Sayre Morning Times 2/5/2020


NESBIT -ANGELA LEE “Angie” NESBIT BURGESS, 57, of 33 Burgess Lane, Towanda, Asylum Township, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 at the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre. “Angie” was born in Towanda on May 26, 1962, the daughter of George L. Nesbit and Claudia Ruth Herbert Nesbit. She was a graduate of Towanda Area High School with the class of 1981. Angie dedicated her life to caring for her family and home. She enjoyed crocheting and animals, especially horses. Angie is survived by her husband, Jeffrey M. Burgess; daughters, Deserae Storm Burgess and Amber Ann Burgess; her father, George L. Nesbit all of Asylum Township; as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins. Angie was predeceased by her mother, Claudia Ruth Nesbit on Dec. 8, 2006. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. The family suggests that contributions may be directed to the American Heart Association, 1704 Warren Ave., Williamsport, PA in Angie’s memory. -Towanda Daily Review 2/7/2020


GEORGE LOUIS NESBIT, 80, of 920 Nesbit Stevens Lane, Towanda, died Monday evening, Feb. 17, 2020 at the Arnot Ogden Hospital in Elmira, NY surrounded by his family and special friend Carol Putnam. George was born in Towanda on June 1, 1939. He was a graduate of Towanda High School class of 1958 and continued his education at Penn Tech in Williamsport, for his love of working on motors. His ambition was to one day become an airplane mechanic. On Sept. 16, 1961, George married his child bride, Claudia Ruth Herbert who he cherished. Together they had a daughter, Angela Lee Nesbit. George was employed by his stepfather for many years. Following Penn Tech, George went to work at Fulmer’s gas/service station which he loved. Too soon for him, he was hired full time at Pipher’s Bar. His career as a bartender which he did not want to do continued for over 60 years. He spent time with great friends his whole life, sharing jokes, riding motorcycles, owning Thunderbirds and an old truck. He enjoyed racing at the VFW fairgrounds, fixing things and traveling. George and Claudia loved their vacation in Hawaii. George loved living in the country, working around his home and property and on Cub Cadet mowers. George had a heart of gold - he was his mother’s son. He was a member of the Towanda Elks Lodge, Towanda Gun Club, Monroeton Rod & Gun Club, Towanda Outboard Motor Club, Canton Moose and the NRA. George’s family includes his granddaughters, Amber A. Burgess and Deserae S. Burgess; son-in-law, Jeffrey Burgess; sisters and brothers-in-law, Doris and Ron Brown, Susan and Joe Wheeler, Sally and Kevin Allis; step-sister, Linda Rowe; as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends who will miss him dearly. George was very proud of his granddaughters who worshipped him as well. His sisters were always proud to say, “That’s my brother!” George was predeceased by his wife, Claudia Ruth Herbert Nesbit on Dec. 8, 2006; daughter, Angela Lee Nesbit Burgess on Feb. 5, 2020; father, George Daniel “Ching” Nesbit in 1945; mother, Esther Jennings Nesbit Pipher in 2009 and step-father, Edwin Wood Pipher in 1961. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. The family suggests that contributions may be directed to the Wysox Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 2, Wysox, PA in memory of George Louis Nesbit. -Towanda Daily Review 2/22/2020


O'CONNOR -MARILYN JEAN O'CONNOR BAILEY -Our beloved mother, Marilyn Jean O'Connor Bailey passed away on Friday, February 28, 2020. She was born October 28, 1934, the eldest daughter in a family with 17 children. Her heart was always full for those around her. She was a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend all her life. Even though Alzheimer's robbed her of her quick wit and her memory, she never lost her smile. The friendly curiosity in her big, brown eyes kept shining out until almost the last day. She leaves many grieving hearts: her son, Pete Bailey (Mary); her daughters Laura Peters (Stephan), Jeanie Zick (Al), and Marjorie Gaylord (Mark); 23 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents: Paul and Anna Laura Cole O'Connor; her husband of 52 years, Carroll Bailey (Ike); her daughter Mary Ann; and two grandchildren: Nerissa Bailey and Daniel Peters. A memorial service is being planned for the summer. -Elmira Star-Gazette 3/14/2020


CLARENCE CLIFFORD OSTRANDER  JR. - On the afternoon of Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2020, Clarence Clifford Ostrander Jr., passed away unexpectedly at Towanda Memorial Hospital. He was 72 years of age. Born Aug. 15, 1947 in Troy, he was the son of Clarence C. and Bertha Ann (Roupp) Ostrander Sr. Known to many as “JR,” he served our country with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam conflict. Clarence was employed as an over-the-road truck driver. He was a longtime New York Giants football fan He also was a NASCAR fan and in earlier years had his own race car which he drove at Dunn Hill Raceway. JR was an avid competitive bowler at Terrace Lanes in Troy for over 50 years. He also enjoyed playing Euchre and was known as an all around handyman. He also had a special place in his heart for his pets, especially his favorite dog, Jemma. He is survived by his beloved companion of 30 years, Deborah Isaacs of Canton and her children, Daniel Isaacs of Florida and Dawn Oyero of WV; his son, Tony (and Tiffany) Ostrander of Canton; daughter, Tanya Pruyne and fiance, Nick Tedesco of Columbia Cross Roads; brothers, Harold “Sonny” (and Joan) Ostrander of Wellsburg, NY and Bob Ostrander of Columbia Cross Roads; sisters, Gerry “Sis” (and Bill) Flannery of Mercer, and Linda (and Fred) Richter of Canton; grandchildren, Tanisha Ostrander, Kyle Pruyne, Hunter Ostrander, Marissa Ostrander and Kaitlyn Ostrander; three great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces, nephews and close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence C. Ostrander Sr.; his mother, Bertha Ann Ostrander; brother, Howard Ostrander and his wife, Martha. In keeping with JR’s wishes there will be no formal services. There will be a celebration of his life with a dinner served from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 7 at the Canton Lodge No. 429, Loyal Order of Moose, 41 Sullivan Street, Canton. The family will provide the flowers, and suggests that memorial contributions in JR’s name be directed to Canton Lodge No. 429 L.O.O.M. -Towanda Daily Review 2/23/2020


JAMES B. OWEN, 78, of Wyalusing passed away on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at the Bradford County Manor, Troy, PA. He was born on March 16, 1941, a son of the late Lee and Frances Owen. Jim was a lifelong dairy farmer, owning and operating the Owen Farm in Wyalusing, PA. He also enjoyed spending time with his nephews and loved music and playing guitar. Jim was predeceased by his parents, Lee and Frances Owen, and a niece, Nancy Blankenship. Jim is survived by sisters, Juanita Welker of Pennsylvania, Marianne and Frank Blankenship of Maryland, Shirley and John Klug of Nebraska; nephews, Barry Blankenship, Scott Blankenship, Steven Blankenship, Kevin Klug and Mike Klug; many great friends. All services will be private at the request of the family. Caring assistance provided by Cooley-Tioga Point Cremation and Burial Options in Athens, PA. -Towanda Daily Review 3/3/2020


PEYTON -JOANN PEYTON INMAN, 89, of Lewisburg, PA and formerly of Troy, passed away on Jan. 30, 2020 at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA. She was the loving wife of Lyman B. Inman with whom she shared 53 years of marriage. Born in Philadelphia, JoAnn was the daughter of Ruth and George Peyton. JoAnn spent most of her youth with her aunt and uncle, Myron and Blanche Elliot, of Covington, PA. She graduated from Covington High School in 1948 and attended Miss Beardsley’s Private Commercial School (Elmira Business Institute). JoAnn was a devoted wife and the wonderful mother of five girls. She was an eternal optimist and active in the Eastern Star, the United Methodist Church of Troy, a brownie and Girl Scout leader, and a tireless volunteer. She is survived by her daughters and their spouses, Laurell Tarka (Stanley) of Carlisle, Lynne Hopson (Howard) of Union Springs, NY, LuAnn Kitlinski (Blair) of Harrisburg, Lesa Butera (Peter) of Harvey’s Lake, and Leone Krul (Kent) of Scipio Center, NY. Other survivors include seven grandchildren, Sarah Baer (Alex) of Lolo, MT, Mathew Tarka (Danielle) of Lititz, Paul Carson (Joelle) of Salem, MA, Laura Carson of Lemont, Dr. Aileen Wertz (Dr. Jeffrey) of Danville, Lauren Butera of Harvey’s Lake and Sophia Kitlinski of New Haven, CT; and two great-grandchildren, Fletcher and Beckett Baer of Lolo, MT. Family and friends are welcome to call from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020 at the Gerald W. Vickery, Jr. Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc. 1093 West Main Street, Troy. A memorial service will be private and will be held at the convenience of JoAnn’s family. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in JoAnn’s memory to the Salvation Army Towanda Unit, 105 Main Street, Towanda, PA or to Guthrie Hospice, 421 Tomahawk Road, Towanda, PA. -Towanda Daily Review 2/5/2020


JAMES FREDRICK "Jim” PHILLIPS, age 84, of Durrell, passed away on Thursday evening, March 5, 2020 with his loving family by his side. Jim was born July 22, 1935 in Sparta, NJ to Frank and Mary Blackford Phillips. He spent most of his younger years in Lafayette and attended Lafayette Elementary School. Jim’s father, Frank, passed away when Jim was 10 years old. His mother, Mary, married George Bell and they moved to Newton, New Jersey. Jim later moved back to Lafayette to live with his Aunt Evelyn and Uncle Alva Phillips to help on the family farm. Jim attended Newton High School for three years and then entered the work force as a truck driver. Jim received multiple safety awards for truck driving with zero violations and lost driving time. He logged two and half million safe miles in his 54 years of driving. Jim married Grace E. Rude on May 28, 1955 at the home of her parents in Lafayette, New Jersey. Jim and Grace lived in Lafayette until they relocated to Towanda (Durrell), in 1971. Jim is survived by his wife of 64 years; five children, daughter, Debbie Cobb of Wyalusing, son, Doug (Karen) Phillips of Durrell, daughter, Donna (Jim) Miller of Warren Center; daughter, Doreen Brown of Durrell, son, Eric (Doris) Chaffee of Camptown; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; his sisters, Irma Castner of Stillwater, New Jersey, Alice Day of Lititz; sister-in-law, Janice Phillips of Newton, New Jersey; brothers, Allen (Gigi) Phillips of Middleville, New Jersey, and Edward (Joan) Phillips of Mt. Morris, New York; special cousins, Jane, Joe, and Joanne Phillips of Lafayette, New Jersey; son-in-law, Buddy Cobb and Ron Brown; many nieces, nephews and cousins; as well as his four-legged dog companion, Luki. Jim was predeceased by his parents, Frank Phillips and George and Mary Bell, aunt, Evelyn and uncle, Alva Phillips; his in-laws, Willis and Bessie Rude; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Dick and Judy Rude; sister, Carol Phillips, aged three; and brother, Melvin Phillips, 2019. Jim was an active member of the Lafayette Volunteer Fire Co. while a resident of Lafayette. He was a charter member of the American Historical Truck Society from 2009-2019. Jim was an avid collector of toy tractor trailers and farm tractors. He was also a Nascar fan, Dale Jarrett being his favorite driver. Jim loved gardening. He enjoyed planting trees, vegetables, flowers and all things that grew. He spent hours outside tending his gardens. Jim was a member of the Warren Center Baptist Church. He was honored on his 84th birthday on July 21, 2019 at the Warren Center Community Hall by family and friends in a special celebration. He was presented a citation of achievement for his birthday by State Representative Tina Pickett. Funeral services for Jim will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 from the Independent Baptist Church, Towanda, with Pastor Larry Jennings of the Warren Center Baptist Church and Jim’s brother, Ed Phillips, officiating. Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at the Independent Baptist Church. Arrangements are entrusted with Sheldon Funeral Homes, 155 Church St., Wyalusing. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Warren Center Baptist Church, 79 Coburn Hill Road, P.O. Box 106, Warren Center, PA or to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN. -Towanda Daily Review 3/7/2020


PIPHER -WILHELMINA J. HORTON of Avon, NY passed away on Feb. 15, 2020 at the age of 91. She is predeceased by her husband Emerson, parents Horace and Sophia Pipher, brothers Kenneth, Harry, and Calvin Pipher. She is survived by children Edwin (Susan) Horton, Judy (Stephen) Schneider, and Darlene Roloson. Grandchildren, Melanie Della, Pietra, Matthew (Odavia) Schneider, Andrew (Kirsten) Roloson, Josiah (Lauren) Roloson, Deanna Horton. Great-grandchildren Nicholas, Alexander, and Sophia. Brother Lemuel (Jan) Pipher. Sister Pearl Smith. And many nieces and nephews. A memorial service is being planned for a later date. Memorials may be made to the Avon Nursing Home, 215 Clinton St., Avon, NY or the Avon Wesleyan Church, 300 Genesee St., Avon, NY. -Sayre Morning Times 2/25/2020


POWELL -DONNIE M. (Powell) APGAR, 84, of Columbia Cross Roads, passed away at her home on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. She was born on Oct. 1, 1935 in Andrews, SC and was retired from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (DOJ) where she was a former head of Criminal Intelligence Unit. Donnie was a world traveler with her job, enjoying the ocean and fine dining when she could. She also loved camping and boating, watching football, baseball, hockey, and NASCAR. She was also a member of the Ridgebury Sportsman’s Club. Donnie loved her family more than anything and is survived by her son, Keith (Heidi) Apgar of Gillett; her grandchildren, Jason, Jessie, and Dana Apgar and her two nephews, Gary McCormick and Stephen Heins. She was preceded in death by her father, Milton; mother, Bessie and her sister, Jeannette. Services will be at the convenience of Donnie’s family. The Gerald W. Vickery Jr. Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc., 1093 West Main Street, Troy, has been entrusted with the arrangements. -Towanda Daily Review 2/29/2020


STEVE POWERS peacefully passed away from a short battle with cancer at his home on Sunday, February 16, 2020 with family by his side. He was born on December 6, 1949 in Elmira, NY to the late John and Jane Powers. Steve was survived by his sister, Christine (Dave) Beechey and their family; two sons, Josh (Shay) Powers and Matt Powers (Shelby); grandchildren, Ana, Nadia, Sammy, Brecken and Tristin; several nieces, nephews and cousins; predeceased by his son, Sean, October 2015. He was an US Army veteran, always flying the American and POW/MIA flags, who served in the Vietnam War as a helicopter pilot and a flight instructor in the 101st Airborne. He loved aviation and retired from Sikorsky (formerly Schweizer Aircraft) where he worked as a loftstman and sailplane instructor pilot for many years. He loved spending time at home with the visiting bear family and all the animals in his own private wildlife sanctuary. Capturing and sharing photos of his bear family was something he truly treasured. His hobbies included hunting, canoeing, woodworking, writing, and spending time with friends at the Big Flats Legion. He had many fond memories of his time as the proprietor of Roadhouse 352 where he hosted many events and benefits. Steve will be truly missed by his family, friends, and animal companions. Per his request there will not be any services. Instead, as he wished, there will be a celebration of his life with a canoe trip down the Chemung River with friends and family in honor of his memory at a later date. Burial at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Kalec Funeral Home. -Elmira Star-Gazette 2/22/2020


PRESTON -MADELYN SEAGERT (Preston) NALBACH age 82 of Big Flats passed away peacefully on February 4th, 2020 surrounded by her family. Daughter of the late Madeline and Richard Preston, she is survived by her husband of over 55 years, Charles B. Nalbach; four children: Jeff Nalbach (Betsy), Steve Nalbach (Elizabeth), Cheryl Nalbach, and Charles E. Nalbach (Heather Riddle); and four grandchildren: Tyler, Nicholas (Kristin), Joshua, and Nathan. Also survived by sister and brother-in-law Patricia and John Peggs and niece and nephew Candice and Aaron Peggs. Lyn grew up in Attica, NY and graduated from Notre Dame High School in Batavia, NY in 1956. She received her nursing degree in 1963 and for over 35 years worked as an L.P.N in hospitals, assisted living centers, and as a devoted home healthcare nurse. In 1978 Lyn and her family moved from Clarence, NY to Horseheads, NY. In Horseheads she quickly made lifelong friends too numerous to mention. Most notable among them were her neighbors on Stonybrook Road, who became an extraordinary extended family with whom she celebrated many of life's milestones. Lyn's compassion and generosity touched the lives of many. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, caregiver and friend. She was considered a mother to many. She found great joy in giving to others, especially through cooking and entertaining. She also loved music, art and antiques. She had refined taste in decorating and loved her home and gardening. Lyn had a special gift for making people feel loved, creating beauty, and making any occasion memorable. The family would like to thank the nursing staff and doctors at Corning Guthrie Hospital and Bethany Manor for their care and compassion over the last two years. Lyn was a parishioner of St. Mary Our Mother Church in Horseheads, NY. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial celebrating Lyn's life will be held at St. Mary Our Mother Church, 816 W. Broad St., Horseheads, on April 25, 2020 at 10 AM. Those wishing may make a memorial contribution to the charity of one's choice in Lyn's name. -Elmira Star-Gazette 2/8/2020


PRUYNE -DORIS JEAN PRUYNE TALADA of Sayre passed away peacefully at the Sayre Health Care Center at the age of 89. Doris was the daughter of the late Harry and Julia Malloy Pruyne of Sayre. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 62 years, William (Bill) in 2016; her brothers, Leonard, Charles, Harry (Butch), and Thomas; her sister June Denny; and her half-sisters Dorothy Finger, Eleanor Gates and Hilda Hicks. Surviving Doris are her sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Jerry Bradley of Athens and her brother, Robert, of Athens; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Robert (Wesley) and Doris Talada of Athens and James and Karan Talada of El Cajon, CA. Additionally, Doris is survived by several nieces and nephews, with those on the Talada side calling her “Aunt Doris,” and on the Pruyne side, “Aunt Jean.” She was a favorite aunt to us as children because of the cool gifts she always chose. As adults we realized that it was the love behind those gifts that made her so special. She will be remembered as the “fun aunt” for sneaking us junk food, joining us in watching Saturday morning cartoons, and making incredible peanut butter fudge. Doris began working as a young girl delivering newspapers for The Evening Times. Upon graduating from Sayre High School, she spent several years caring for her nephews in Florida, followed by a long career, over 33 years, as a laborer with Label Processing/Paxar in Sayre (now known as Avery Dennison), where her primary responsibility was running a winding machine. She was lovingly referred to by many of her coworkers as “Ma.” Doris enjoyed playing golf, watching and attending NASCAR races, cheering for the New York Yankees and Giants and watching crime shows such as NCIS. She enjoyed word search puzzles and crafts, such as ceramics and plastic canvas needlepoint. An avid reader of romance novels, she would often forgo sleep until the last page of the book was turned. She loved the Peanuts comic strip, particularly the Snoopy and Woodstock characters. Per Doris’ wishes, there will be no services or calling hours. She was laid to rest in the Tioga Point Cemetery next to her husband, along with her beloved pets, Snoopy, Simon and Muffin. Lowery-Urban Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Athens, Pa., assisted the family with final arrangements. The family wishes to thank the healthcare professionals of Guthrie Clinic, Robert Packer Hospital, Greater Valley EMS, CareGivers America and the Sayre Health Care Center, who served her with compassion, particularly during the final years of her long and wonderful life. Donations in her memory may be made to Greater Valley Emergency Medical Services, 904 North Lehigh Ave., Sayre, PA. -Sayre Morning Times 2/28/2020


ROYAL D. “Pete” PRUYNE, 94, of Athens, PA was welcomed to heaven by his beloved wife of 69 years, Barbara, on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, while his daughter was by his side at the Athens Health and Rehabilitation Center, Athens. He was born on March 15, 1925 in Towanda, PA the son of the late Wallace C. and Myrtle (Hiney) Pruyne. Royal was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during WWII. He was employed with the Athens Area School District as a maintenance worker, prior to his retirement. He was a jack-of-all-trades, who enjoyed working on anything, but especially TVs over the years. Royal loved his grandsons and when they were younger, he was their largest supporter of them participating in the Scouting program. He assisted them in building their Pinewood Derby Cars, repairing them on site and was their biggest fan at the races. Royal was a train enthusiast and an avid woodworker. He was a member of the 141st Civil War Reenactment Group and the Athens Borough Fire Department. He is predeceased by his beloved wife, Barbara (Utter) Pruyne in 2019; sisters, Thelma “Alene” Pruyne, Marvella Sechrist, Marlene Strange and his sister who died in her youth, Wanda Pruyne; brothers, Wallace “Little Man” Pruyne, Arden Pruyne and Richard “Dick” Pruyne. Pete is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Andrea and Terry Minier of Athens; grandsons, Christopher Minier of Athens and Nicholas Minier of Athens; sister, Joyce Satterly of Sayre; brother, Dale Pruyne of Athens Twp.; and several nieces and nephews. Family and friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at the Waverly Methodist Church, 158 Chemung Street, Waverly, NY. A celebration of life service will follow at 2 p.m. at the church with the Rev. Cindy Schulte officiating. A private burial will be held for the family at their convenience. Memorial donations may be made in Royal’s memory to: Waverly Methodist Church, 158 Chemung Street, Waverly, NY. -Towanda Daily Review 3/1/2020


RARIG -LENORE MARIE SAVAGE, age 93, of St. Augustine, passed away on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at Bailey Family Center for Caring. She was born in Numidia, PA to Walter Rarig and Reba Yeager Rarig. In June of 1949 she married, Charles Savage and the two made a home in the Bloomsburg, PA area. Lenore moved to St Augustine, Florida in 2019 to join her daughter and son-in-law. Lenore spent her career in nursing having graduated from Harrisburg General Nursing School in Harrisburg, PA and was employed by Troy Hospital starting in 1955 and was Nursing Supervisor until her retirement. In 1986, she was recognized as Nurse of the Year by her peers at Troy Community Hospital in Troy, PA. On November 7, 1990 Lenore was honored to be admitted to the Commitment to Excellence Club at the Robert Packer Hospital. She loved nursing and her commitment and dedication were recognized as she was named Nurse of the Year and received other commendations for her service as a nurse. Lenore continued to read nursing magazines and articles even after her retirement. She loved to read, especially nursing related materials, she loved to shop, she loved her cats, and she loved spending time with her family. She was a member of the Eastern Star since 1954 and attended Sayre Christian Church. She is survived by her daughter, Mary Anne Musto and her husband Dr. Patrick Musto of St Augustine; grandson Daniel Brown and his wife Autumn of St Augustine, a special great granddaughter Drusilla Brown of Bath, N.Y. and great grandsons Owen Buck, Robert Buck and Wyatt Buck all of St Augustine. She was preceded in death by her husband of over 50 years, Charles Savage; parents, Walter and Reba Rarig and brothers, Lionel and Darwin Rarig. Memorials should be directed to the Bradford County Humane Society or the Bradford County Library. Lenore was a woman of style and grace. She once wrote, “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die!” Lenore lives in the hearts of those who knew her. -Sayre Morning Times 2/8/2020

(Her husband Charles was a business education teacher in Canton, PA for seven years until becoming Principal at the SRU school in East Smithfield, PA and Athens until 1980  when he retired from.)


LEONARD S. REED, 91, of Wolf Twp., passed away on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center of Muncy. Leonard was born on Monday, February 11, 1929 in Wolf Twp., and was the son of the late LaRue E. and Esther M. (Swartz) Reed. He married Carolyn E. Houseknecht on March 28, 1952 and shared 67 years of marriage. Leonard was a life member of the Pennsdale Trinity United Methodist Church. Early in Leonard’s life he worked on the family farm for over 25 years. In 1964 he worked for Sprout Waldron - Andritz of Muncy and retired in 1991. He enjoyed all sports, especially loved watching the St. Louis Cardinals, hunting, playing pool, racquetball, horseshoes and bowling. Leonard graduated from Hughesville High School in 1947. He is survived by his wife: Carolyn E. (Houseknecht) Reed; two brothers; James B. (Mary) Reed of Hughesville and Walter S. (Vicki) Reed of Hughesville. Leonard was predeceased by two brothers; Samuel P. and John L. Reed. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 21 at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville with Rev. Kevin St. Martin and Rev. Max L. Walters, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hughesville. Friends may call from 10-11 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home. In Leonard’s memory, contributions may be made to Pennsdale Trinity United Methodist Church 658 Village Rd., Muncy, PA. -Funeral home obit 2/18/2020


JAMES D. RENZO, 87, of Troy, passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning, March 10, 2020 at his home with his loving family by his side. James Doss was born Dec. 28, 1932 in Williamsport to the late Martin and Mollie (Barnett) Renzo. On Sept. 22, 1956 he married the love of his life the former Marjorie J. Wilcox. They shared nearly 60 wonderful years together and were blessed with four children, nine grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. Jim was a graduate of Sullivan County High School formerly located in Estella. In his earlier years, Jim worked throughout the area alongside his father as a logger. During that time, they worked hard under dangerous conditions and used horses to pull logs off the mountains. Later, he was employed by Eighmey Buick in Troy as a talented mechanic for over 25 years until his retirement. Jim’s utmost importance in life was his family and the times they shared together. A favorite pastime was playing cards, especially gin and poker. In addition to his parents and wife, Marjorie who passed on July 31, 2016, Jim was preceded in death by two sons, John Martin Renzo and Jeffery Allen Renzo; sisters, Rose Daly and Anne Wilcox; brothers, John, Martin and Frank Renzo; brothers-in-law, Leon Stranger, Norman Wilcox and James Daly and sisters-in-law, Joann Renzo, Margaret Vandergrift and Betty Stranger. Surviving are a daughter, Kathleen (Michael) Ayers of Columbia Cross Roads; a son, Joseph (Bernita) Renzo of Canton; nine grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Betty (Paul) Addsett of Orlando, Florida; sisters-in-law, Joyce (Jim) Maloney of Wetona, Tressa Wells of Athens and Jerri (Jim) Wilcox of East Smithfield; a brother-in-law, John (Sheila) Wilcox of Mt. Pisgah; several nieces, nephews, cousins, many dear friends and neighbors. Maintaining to Jim’s wishes a private service for a life well lived will be held at the convenience of the family. Pepper Funeral Home and Cremation Facility, 578 Springbrook Drive, Canton, is assisting Mr. Renzo’s family with arrangements. -Towanda Daily Review 3/14/2020


REPSHER -ELAINE REPSHER DOTY, age 73, of Laceyville, passed away Tuesday evening, March 10, 2020 at the Regional Hospital of Scranton surrounded by her family. Elaine was born on Aug. 6, 1946 in Kingston, the daughter of the late Floridian “Bump” (July 23, 1991) and Lorraine Brotzman Repsher (Dec. 28, 2012). She was a graduate of Wyalusing High School with the class of 1964. She married Jim Doty on March 27, 1971 and together they raised three children until he passed away on July 27, 1989. Elaine was employed with Automation in Waverly, New York, where she soldered airplane parts. She also took great pleasure in babysitting most of the children of Laceyville. She was a member of the Skinners Eddy United Methodist Church for over 70 years. Within the church she was a youth group leader, a member of the United Methodist Women, and a Sunday school teacher for over 50 years. She was also a member of the Transue Friendship Club, the “In Loving Memory” Support Group, and a Majority Inspector for the Laceyville Borough Election Board. Elaine enjoyed coloring, listening to Elvis and the Gaithers music, watching the New York Yankees especially her favorite player, Mariano Rivera. She also enjoyed tending to her flowers, making sugar cookies, canning spaghetti sauce and anything else she could get her hands on, and watching the Game Show Network. She looked forward to annual family camping trip to Worlds End State Park, going on family vacations, and rideing motorcycles. Most of all she loved to spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren, as they were her world. Elaine is survived by her children, Aaron Kinsman and her husband, Allan, of Laceyville, Jamie Bedford and her husband, Nate, of Meshoppen, and Jim Doty Jr. and his wife, Rachel, of Manheim; her grandchildren, Tobi Kinsman, Felicia Bedford, Arabella Doty, Bentley Bedford, and Mylah Doty; her siblings and spouses, Cheryl and Donald VanDeMark, Jim and Cherie Repsher, and Terri and Jeff Johnson; as well as several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and her beloved cat, ONO. Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her nephew, Donnie VanDeMark, II (Jan. 19, 1994). Funeral services for Elaine will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, 2020 from the Skinners Eddy United Methodist Church with Reverend Dolly Tarreto of the church officiating. Interment will follow at the Lacey Street Cemetery. Family and friends may call from 11 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at the church. Arrangements are entrusted with Sheldon Funeral Home, 459 Main St., Laceyville. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Elaine’s name to the Skinners Eddy United Methodist Church, 133 Doolittle Hill Road, Laceyville, PA. -Towanda Daily Review 3/14/2020


RIDLER -FRANCES BERNADETTE “FRANNIE” LUPHER, age 64, of Laceyville (Black Walnut), passed away early Monday morning, Feb. 17, 2020 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Wilkes Barre, surrounded by her family. Frannie was born in East Brunswick, NJ on Sept. 29, 1955, the daughter of the late, Francis Ridler, and Josephine Kowalczyk Ridler Boyer. After the death of her father, at an early age, Frannie was the step-daughter of the late John Boyer. Growing up in Wilkes-Barre, Frannie was a graduate of the Coughlin High School, with the class of 1973. Frances would later attend Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, where she majored in Law Enforcement. After which she would later attend the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in Hershey. From 1974 until 1975, Frances was enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving her country stateside, stationed at Ft. Hood, TX. Frances would marry her husband, Stephen G. Lupher on Nov. 9, 1974. After moving to the Laceyville area with their family, Frannie was employed throughout the years, at Bluhm’s Shopping Center, in Laceyville, and for many years at Carters Market in Black Walnut, Frannie would retire in 2018, after years as an independent house cleaner. Loving to spend most of her spare time, surrounded by her family, she had many hobbies including, bird watching, gardening, dancing, and collecting anything with Betty Boop, Frannie loved the time that she got to spend on the beach, and was a fierce card player, winning many card games, with her competition never figuring out how she would win. (Her family had their suspicions). Surviving is her husband of 45 years, Stephen G. Lupher of Black Walnut, and her children, Dawn (Ashley) Bluhm, of Wyalusing, Kim (Eric) Krise, of Canton, and Donald (Lindsay) Lupher, of Camptown; four grandchildren, Katlyn, Alexander, Nicholas, and William. She is also survived by her sister, Joann (Scott) Geertsen, of Salt Lake City, Utah; and John (Diane) Boyer, of Hazelton; as well as many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Donald Boyer; her father-in-law, Donald Lupher; and her mother-in-law, Cheryl Blake Lupher. With abiding with Frannie’s wishes, there will be no calling hours or memorial services. A day of celebration, will be held on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 22, 2020, from 2 to 5 p.m., at the Rought Hall American Legion Post No. 510, in Black Walnut. Arrangements were made through the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville. -Towanda Daily Review 2/19/2020


ROOT -JOANN BEVERLY ROOT BOUSE died at home in Bradenton, FL on February 23, 2020. She was born November 23, 1934, in Bath, NY to Christine (Parsons) and Lloyd Root. She lived in Elmira, NY before moving to Bradenton in 1988. Predeceased by her brother, Ralph Root, sister in law Faye Root, and brother-in-law Ralph Larson. Surviving siblings are Susan Larson of Watkins Glen, NY Jeannie (Jim) Eastwood of Corning, NY. Surviving children are Michael (Gloria) Bouse, Russell (Margaret) Bouse. Melissa (Robert) Fruitt, Kristina (Rusty) Markes, and Cynthia Bouse. Also 7 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. JoAnn graduated from Elmira College in 1979 with an Art Degree. She was a fine artist and did paintings plus other works of art in Watkins Glen and Elmira. She was a free spirit who loved her family and pets, loved traveling and live music of many different genres. She grew up in upstate New York with her siblings. She also lived in Ohio and Florida where many of her children and grandchildren reside. A private memorial for the family will be held at a later date. -Elmira Star-Gazette 3/8/2020


FREDRICK A. “Fred” ROSENCRANCE, 79, North Orwell (Rome) passed away Tuesday morning, Feb. 25, 2020 at his home following declining health. “Fred” was born March 15, 1940, the son of Calvin John and Doris Lillian Kellogg Rosencrance in Milford. He graduated in 1958 from Delaware Valley High School and attended Kutztown State College as an art major where he met and married Donna M. Harvey in 1962. He was employed by International Business Machines in Endicott, New York, and later returned to being employed as a cross-country truck driver. Fred was an avid reader and he enjoyed music, painting and genealogy. He was successful in finding and filling many gaps in his and other genealogical family histories. In addition to his parents, Fred was predeceased by his wife, Donna M. Harvey Rosencrance; step-sons, Jim Gowin and John Sweat III; sisters, Linda Lee Rosencrance Bonner and Carol Jane Rosencrance Crellin Grim and brother, Steven Blair Rosencrance. He is survived by his wife, Judy A. Gowin Rosencrance; daughter and son-in-law, Laura and Gary Hawkins; daughter, Dawn Rosencrance; grandchildren, Courtney and John Covey of Gilroy, CA, Nathan of San Jose, CA, Brooke and Tuan Tran of Henderson, NV, Whitney of Rexburg, ID, Peyton of San Jose, CA; 11 great-grandchildren; step-grandchildren, Te-a and Dalton; step-daughter-in-law, Holly Sweat and brother, John Rosencrance; and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 14, 2020 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints church, 510 Ann Street, Towanda, PA. Interment will be May 30, 2020 in McKean Valley Cemetery, Shohola Township, Pike County, for immediate family. -Towanda Daily Review 3/13/2020


ROUSE -MARY HELEN THERESA RPUSE KEATING of Elmira died peacefully surrounded with love after an extraordinary 98 years on this earth. Helen was preceded in death by her husband of 36 years, Eugene Thomas Keating, her younger brother Bobby Rouse, her older brother Bill Rouse, sister-in-law Pauline (Neuber) Rouse, and her parents Anna Mary and Harry Rouse of Dushore, PA. Surviving her are daughter, Jeanne (Floyd) Seeley of Horseheads, NY; son John (Teri) Keating of Santa Barbara, CA; son Thomas (Maryellen) Keating of Acworth, GA; granddaughters Christine Meehan, Shannon (Ian) Lindsay, and Megan (David) Carson; grandsons Stephen (Deborah) Seeley, and Thomas (Amy) Keating, Jr. She is also survived by her 18 great grandchildren Julina (Jason) Sabo, Brett Meehan, Todd (Colleen) Meehan, Rhett Seeley, Chelsey Seeley, Adrian Lindsay, Jackson Keating, Connor Lindsay, Ryan Olivia Keating, Greyson Keating, Alexander Lindsay, Caitlín Carson, Duncan Lindsay, Aislinn Carson, David Carson, Ciará Carson, June Sabo, and Juliette Sabo, as well as 9 nieces and nephews, many grand nieces and nephews, and countless friends. Helen was born in 1921 and married Eugene in 1942. After WWII, the two moved from Pennsylvania to Elmira and began raising their family. The Keatings were active parishioners at St. Cecilia's Catholic Church. After Eugene passed away in 1978, Helen joined St. Mary's Catholic Church where she sang in the choir for many years. Helen held several jobs in and around Elmira, then worked as a glass blower at the Westinghouse Factory for 25 years, retiring at the age of 62. After achieving her secretarial science degree, she began a second full time career at Notre Dame High School, first as a volunteer, then as the typing teacher, and ultimately as the school secretary. At NDHS she was the friendly first face to greet over 3,000 students that passed through the school during her time there. After working a full second 25-year career at Notre Dame, Helen retired at 88 years young. Helen sought out and discovered many new passions. She loved to bake, and the massive batches of her Christmas cutout cookies were featured in countless care packages to her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends. She was a voracious reader and always had a book, or two, to recommend. Although her own children were grown, she joined Parents Without Partners where she made lifelong friends and went on scores of new adventures. She was able to explore her love of theatre, regularly attending performances at the Clemens Center and traveling to New York to sit in the front row of numerous Broadway shows. She loved visiting her sons in California and Georgia as well as traveling with her daughter all over the world. Her second retirement gave her even more time to pursue her favorite hobby of ballroom dance. She often said that dancing kept her young and her family loved to watch her perform. Through dance, she made wonderful friends, including her beloved partner and companion, Dave Ridenour. Helen lived her life to the fullest. Her favorite moments were with her family, baking and frosting Christmas cookies with her grandchildren, playing cards with her children, vacationing at her cherished Keuka Lake where she observed her family and their friends water skiing from her favorite seat in the boat. She was a force of nature and loved dearly by all who knew her. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in Helen's honor at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Elmira (Southside) on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 11 a.m. To honor Helen's memory, the family asks that donations be made in her name to Notre Dame High School, 1400 Maple Avenue, Elmira, NY. -Elmira Star-Gazette 2/7/2020


SCHANBACHER -NORMA JANE (Schanbacher) MOYER went to her heavenly home on Saturday, February 29, after a brief illness.  The daughter of Carl and Elizabeth (Decker) Schanbacher, of East Point, she was born July 27, 1937 in Canton, Pa. She graduated from Liberty Joint High School in 1955 and continued her education at Jean Summer’s Business School in Elmira.  After her graduation, she worked for C.A. Bullock, Esq., in Canton. Cecil Moyer soon won her affection and they were married June 13, 1959.  They would have celebrated 61 years of marriage in June. True partners in everything, Norma worked side by side with Cecil on the family dairy farm in East Point. She was a life-time member of East Point Ebenezer United Methodist Church where she served as organist and pianist for many years.  She was also deeply involved in the workings of the church and the community as a member of the Ladies Aide and Pollyanna. She helped shape agricultural policy as a member of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau. As a member of the Southern Tioga FFA Alumni, Norma received her Honorary Chapter Farmer Degree in 2019. She was always among the first to help in any situation, sharing her exceptional baking and cooking skills with her family, friends and community members. In addition to her husband, Norma is survived by her three children, Myrna Palchak (Teko) of Bellefonte, Laurie Young (Dan Fox), of Muncy and Paul (Carolyn), of East Point. She is also survived by seven grandchildren: Monica Tedesco (Jared), Luke Knowlden (Hope), Matthew Young (Kayla), Charlie, Gregory, Andrew and Camryn Moyer. She also found joy in her great grandchild Pete Tedesco, and step great grandchildren Kiyana, Latlyn, Atreyu and Ezra. Norma is also survived by her dear sister-in law Dorothy Schanbacher and many nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by her parents Carl and Elizabeth Schanbacher, father and mother–in-law Charles and Eleanor Moyer and brother Gordon Schanbacher. Friends and family will be received Friday, March 6th at the East Point Ebenezer United Methodist Church from 10 AM until 1 PM with a Celebration of Life service to follow.  Dinner will be served at the church immediately after the services. In lieu of flowers the family would ask that donations be made in Norma’s name to the East Point UMC Memorial Fund in care of Steve Guillaume, PO Box 43, Liberty, PA. The Pepper Funeral Home and Cremation Facility, 578 Springbrook Dr., Canton is assisting the family with arrangements. -Funeral home obit


LENA M. SHARPSTEEN, 72, of Waverly passed away on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at home with her family by her side. She was predeceased by her parents, Henry and Doris Blake Sharpsteen; sister, Andrea Mae; and grandson, Dontai Grayson. Lena is survived by her children, Kim (Keith) Merrill of Lockwood, Sue Richardson of Elmira, Donald (Rebecca) Sharpsteen of Athens, and Henry (Katie Hunter) Meeker of Lockwood; siblings, Donald (Diane) Sharpsteen of Spencer, Dolores Allen of Waverly and other siblings; 12 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, special friends, Diane Sharpsteen, Kay Warner and Betty Bennett; along with several nieces, nephews and cousins. Lena enjoyed playing Bingo, her trips to the casino, bowling, Facebook raffles, and spending time with her family and friends. She was a member of the Owego Moose, the VFW and Athens Volunteer Fire Department. Lena began bowling in the 1970’s and was inducted into the Saw Valley Hall of Fame in 2010. Lena was a 1965 graduate of VanEtten High School. She began her work career at Sears in the Triphammer Mall and went to support collections in Owego and Gibbs Insurance Co in Waverly for several years. She moved onto work as a secretary at Owego Apalachin Central School District, and the principal’s secretary at Broadway Elementary and retired as a administration secretary for the Ernie Davis Academy in Elmira. A time of calling will be held on Monday, March 16, 2020 from 10 to 12 p.m. at Talmadge Hill Gospel Church, 1660 Talmadge Hill Road South, Waverly, NY. Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 16, 2020 at 12 p.m. at Talmadge Hill Gospel Church, 1660 Talmadge Hill Road South, Waverly, NY with Pastor Frank Wasielewski Jr. officiating and burial to follow in Glenwood Cemetery in Waverly. -Sayre Morning Times 3/13/2020


JOHN PETER SICK, a long-time resident of Syracuse passed away from complications of a stroke in Palm Beach, Florida on December 6, 2019. Born February 16, 1930, he was 89 at the time of death. John and his wife moved to Greenacres, FL after they retired. John was a loving and supportive husband to his wife Ruth for over 59 years, who he missed greatly following her passing in August of 2011. John and Ruth A. (Panichi) raised five children, all raised in Mattydale to include John M. of West Palm Beach, Michael E. of San Diego, Dennis N. of Baldwinsville, Jeff F. of Fort Lauderdale, and Sandra L. of Los Angeles, He is additionally survived by his sister Mary (husband Ed) Devente, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Numerous nieces, nephews, other extended family and friends are also mourning his passing. John grew up in Dushore, PA with his father Francis A., mother Teresa M. (Quinn) and sister Ann (Trapani) who are all pre-deceased. He was a 1948 graduate of St. Basil’s High School where he was active and involved in school sports and coaching. After graduating from High School, John enlisted in the US Air Force in 1948 and served until 1952. He was stationed in Washington DC in the Pentagon and worked in communications until his discharge with the rank of SSgt. He and Ruth, from PA, married on August 16, 1952 in Mildred, PA and shortly after relocated to Syracuse. John worked for Carrier and afterword became a businessman owning and operating several companies including a franchise for the Syracuse Post Standard and Herald Journal for home newspaper delivery. After, John took a job with the County Board of Elections. John was active in local politics and worked on several campaigns and ran for county legislative. He lent great support to Ruth who was Salina Council person for 24 years. Also, John was an active member of the VFW, American Legion, Moose and Eagles. John was the President of the Kiwanis Club in Mattydale and involved at St. Margaret’s in Mattydale. John will be remembered for being a strong family man who cared about civic engagement, church involvement, non-profit board participation and being part of his community. He loved to entertain, watch sports and was a Buffalo Bills and SU fan. He greatly enjoyed his yard, garden and pool in his younger years and was always having a BBQ with family and friends. He was a hands-on grandfather and would often take his grandkids on travel adventures throughout the US. He sported a big smile, could tell a good joke and had big powdery blue eyes. John will be missed by many. Surviving grandchildren: Megan Courtney of Louisville, KY, Deanna Nelson of San Diego, CA, Jaclyn Ream of Incline Village, NV, April Sick of Ft. Lauderdale, FL Eric Sick of Los Angeles, CA and Mary Dang of Santa Ana, CA. John Sick was buried on Thursday, December 12, 2019 and funeral arrangements were under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, John 206 Water St., Dushore, PA. There will be a gathering on Sunday, February 16, 2020, at 1:00pm at Mohegan Manor in Baldwinsville, NY. A Mass and graveside gathering will be held the following day in Dushore, PA at Saint Basil's Church, at 1:30 P.M. on Monday, February 17, 2020. -Funeral home obit 2/15/2020        


ROBERT E. (Bob) SIMONDS of 281 West Pine St., Waverly, NY passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, following a long period of declining health. Mr. Simonds was born in Waverly on May 24, 1934, educated in Waverly schools and the State University at Albany. He served in the U.S. Army and maintained a lifetime interest in hockey, baseball, genealogy, and trains. Mr. Simonds was an ardent lifetime Democrat and was a communicant of Grace Episcopal Church in Elmira, NY. During his lifetime, he taught American History in LaFayette, NY for 31 years and worked a number of years at State Line Auto Auction in Waverly, NY. Residing in the Syracuse area for about 30 years, Mr. Simonds worked a Democratic Party committeeman there and later in Tioga County, NY. Mr. Simonds was a strong union member in his school and maintained a life membership in the NEA and various other educational organizations, as well as railfan organizations. He loved to travel by car and train. His passions in life included his church, trains, model railroading, traveling, writing, exploring genealogy and spending time with his feline companions. Robert married Kathleen Rose Ryan of LaFayette, NY, in November of 1969. He is predeceased by his wife, Kathleen, and his parents, Robert L. and Eleanor Simonds of Waverly. He is survived by his two brothers, John M. (Sherry) of Sayre, PA and Stephen Simonds of MT; his six children, Michael Ryan of Idaho Falls, ID, Sarah Simonds (Scott Morgan) of Barton, NY, Reuben Simonds (Sarah Reynolds) of Sayre, Pa., Hannah Rowe (Glenn) of Barton, NY, Quentin Simonds (Jessie Keen) of Waverly, NY and Leah Simonds (Jeff Sprague) of Waverly, NY. He is also survived by his grandchildren Rebecca Heeman (Phillip), Dillon Tully, Sean Ryan, Dale McConnell (Francesca), Wyatt and Stella Martin, Kevin Hatfield Simonds, Brianna Simonds, Arlo Simonds, and Lincoln Simonds, as well as his great-grandchildren Aiden, Madilynn and Brayden. He is also survived by many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, close friends, students and numerous loving cats. Remembrances may be directed to Grace Episcopal Church, Elmira, N.Y., or consider planting a tree in Bob’s honor or donate in his memory to Stray Haven Humane Society in Waverly, N.Y. A funeral Mass will be held Saturday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, 375 W. Church St., Elmira, N.Y. There will be a time of sharing held following the Mass in Welliver Hall and, as per his wishes, interment in the Grace Episcopal Church Columbarium. Bob was lovingly cared for at home in the last months of his life by his son Quentin and “other daughter” Jessie Keen. Bob’s family would like to express deepest gratitude to Dr. Keith Nichols and Lourdes Hospice for honoring Bob’s wishes and ensuring his comfort. -Sayre Morning Times 2/5/2020


SMITH -PHYLLIS JEAN (SMITH) HAKES was born April 23, 1934 in Elmira, NY the only daughter of the late Lewis and Rena (Farren) Smith, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at Elcor Health Services. She was preceded in death by her grandchildren, Candy Hakes, Anthony Hakes and Brian Hakes. On December 23, 1950 she married Bernard Hakes Sr. and they celebrated 69 wonderful years of love and marriage. She was a wonderful mother to her six sons: Bernard (Dorothy) Hakes Jr., Michael Hakes, Daniel Hakes, Keith Hakes, Kevin (Karla) Hakes and Lindsay (Danelle) Hakes; grandchildren: Tony Hakes, Elizabeth Payne, Krista Hakes, Jonathon M. Hakes, Jessica Hakes, Jonathon T. Hakes, Alexis Hakes, Tyrus Hamblin, Elizabeth Cobb, Taylor Hamblin and Kyla Hakes; 9 great grandchildren. She was a homemaker who enjoyed decorating cakes, sewing and canning, and her times spent at Waneta Lake. Phyllis volunteered with the March of Dimes and worked in the cafeterias at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elcor Nursing Home, Woodbrook and Elmira College. She was a pack leader for the Boy Scouts Pack # 38. In her earlier years she was a member of the Pennsylvania United Methodist Church. Family and friends are invited to call at the Olthof Funeral Home, 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira/Southport, NY on Monday, March 2, 2020 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Funeral Services will follow at 5 pm with Pastor Bill Vallet officiating. Interment will take place at the convenience of the family in Elmwood Cemetery, Caton, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the Parkinson's Foundation, 200 SE 1st St, Suite 800, Miami, FL. -Funeral home obit 2/28/2020


SMITH -PHYLLIS M. SMITH, 76, of Montrose passed away on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at the Endless Mountains Health Systems after an extended illness. She was born on Dec. 6, 1943 in Bridgewater Twp. to the late Wilfred T. and Bernice (Rose) Smith. Her husband of 44 years, Max E. Smith, predeceased her in 2008. She is survived by her step-daughter-in-law, Brenda Smith of Laceyville; stepson and his wife, Jeffrey and Pat Smith of Nicholson; brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Lou Ann Smith of Montrose; a step-grandson, several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter, Maxine Smith; step-son, Ricky Smith; four brothers, Dick, Ron, Bob and Bill Smith and a sister, Marjorie Kinner. Phyllis enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and listening to the birds. She especially loved dancing and kicking up her feet to the good old country music. She was a foster mother for over nine years. Phyllis would like to thank Richard Hitchcock for being by her side all these years, and her step-daughter-in-law, Brenda Smith for being there whenever she was needed. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 7 at the Daniel K. Regan Funeral Home, with Rev. Jane Pykus of the South Montrose Community Church officiating. Interment will be in the Montrose Cemetery. Donations in Phyllis’s memory can be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association. -Wyalusing Rocket-Courier -3/9/2020


ERNEST G. "Steb" STEBBINS 90, of Newport, passed away Jan. 9, 2020 at The Manor at Perry Village. He was born Sept. 8, 1929 in Wellsboro to Morrell and Beulah (Monks) Stebbins. He worked for the Pennsylvania, Penn Central and Conrail Railroads. He retired from Conrail and after 40 years of service. He was a member of the Hope Eternal United Methodist Church, Newport. He instilled in his family a love of camping and travel, and the values of hard work and integrity. His hobbies included fishing, golf, spending time with family, gardening and wood working. He was known for making quilting frames for women in the area. He was a jokester with a wonderful sense of humor always willing to take the joke as well as give them. Ernest "Steb" is survived by wife Elena (Kent) Stebbins and their four children: Susan Riley of Auburndale, Fla.and her sons Travis and Scott of Chambersburg; Gerald Stebbins and wife Karen, and their children Elias, Olivia, and Anna of Washington; Sonja and wife Linda of Lancaster; Stephanie Bell and husband Joseph and their children Kaylee and Khloe; and four great grandchildren: Garrison, Quade, Harper and Trey Riley. Additionally, Ernest is survived by his brother Raymond Stebbins of Hammondsport, NY and special nephew, Ronald Hoover and wife Pauline of Kennyville. He was preceded in death by son-in-law, Francis Riley. A Service of Remembrance was held Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Hope Eternal Methodist Church, 2 Burd Road, Newport. A visitation was held prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Hope Eternal Church or the Alzeihmers Association. Arrangements by the David Myers Funeral Home, Newport. -Wellsboro Gazette 2/7/2020


SULLIVAN -DEBORAH BECKHORN (Sullivan), age 65 of Elmira, NY. Deb was born on July 26,1954 to the late Edward and Marlene Brown-Sullivan. Deb passed away very unexpectedly but peacefully at Geisinger Medical in Danville, PA on Monday, February 10, 2020. She was predeceased by brothers Michael E. Sullivan and Lawrence P. Sullivan. She is survived by son Eric (Alison) Beckhorn, with children Delaney and Lars Beckhorn; daughter Angela (James) Collins, with children Karissa, Maximilian, Mary and Ella Collins; and daughter Sara Norton. Also survived by sisters: Denise Sullivan; Laurie (Jay) Hansen with children Wilson, Blake, and Mallory Hansen; sisters-in-law: Margaret Sullivan; and Jeanie Sullivan with sons, Sean and Steven Sullivan; many loving cousins and close friends: Char, David, Bernice, Charlie, Bob and Deb; and her feline companion Ferocious. She was a lifelong resident of Elmira, NY, and graduated a little late due to the flood in 1972 from Southside High School. She was an avid bowler, a proud parent, a loving grandparent, and a blessed sister and friend to all. Family and friends are invited to a celebration of her life on Sunday, February 23, 2020, at New Beginnings United Methodist Church at 300 S Miller St in Elmira at 2:00 PM. In celebration of Deb, the family would love to see you in your Mickey Mouse ears!! A light meal will be offered after the memorial to continue the celebration of her life. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to your local animal shelter in Deb's name. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Olthof Funeral Home, 1050 Pennsylvania Ave, Elmira, NY. -Elmira Star-Gazette 2/21/2020


RONALD D. SULLIVAN of Wyalusing, passed away Jan. 16, 2020. Ron was born Sept. 10, 1957 in Lycoming County. He was the youngest son of Norman and Margaret Boyles Sullivan. He graduated from Williamsport Area High School. Ron spent many years in the Wyalusing area. He enjoyed family and fishing along the Susquehanna. He is survived by his significant other, Patricia Harrigan of Wyalusing; sisters-in-law, Beatrice (Dolly) Sullivan of Williamsport and Lois Sullivan of Auburn, New York; and many nieces and nephews who hold fond memories of Ron and his fun loving nature. He is predeceased by his parents; brothers, Alvah, Leo, Robert, Marvin, Kenneth, Richard; and sisters, Margaret Hubbard and Catherine Smith. Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial at 2 p.m. on Feb. 15, at Park Place Apartments, 62 Riverside Drive, Wyalusing, PA. Burial will be private. -Towanda Daily Review 2/6/2020


EARL TALADA, Daggett, PA, age 76, passed away Sun., Feb. 16, 2020, at the Arnot-Ogden Medical Center following declining health. Born on Nov. 23, 1943, in Endicott, NY, son of the late Earl & Alberta Pond Talada.  Dedicated to his country, Earl served in the U.S. Air Force. A hardworking man, Earl retired from Schweizer Aircraft. He was proud of the family he had raised and was a member of the Lions Club for many years. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Virginia Potter Talada; children, Debbie Talada, Stacy (Raymond) Craven, Jeff Talada and Steven (Tammy) Talada; a brother, John (Ginger) Talada; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Earl was predeceased by two sisters, Rose Talada and Charlotte Koons. Guests will be received at the Daggett United Methodist Church, 84 Church St. Millerton, PA on Sat. Feb 22, 2020 at 3 p.m. for his memorial service. -Caywoods Funeral Home obit 2/20/2020                      

TALADA -GLENNA A. LAFRITZ, 67, of Waverly passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, February 5, 2020. She was predeceased by her parents, Hillmont and Lena Bell Talada; brother, Orin Talada; sister, Leona; and step-daughter, Darlene LaFritz Dean. Glenna is survived by her husband, Richard F. LaFritz Sr of Waverly; sons, Glenn P. (Donna Winski) Stilson Jr of Wysox, PA and Christopher (Kylicia Heinzelman) LaFritz of Waverly; step-children, Karen LaFritz Wheeler of Waverly and Richard (Kim) LaFritz Jr of Waverly; siblings, Florence Talada of Waverly, William “Bill” (Dianne) VanDeBogart of N.C., Jean Maxwell of Athens, Joe Talada of Rome, Hillmont Talada Jr of Waverly, Barbara (Richard) Wright of Barton and Casper “Clair” (Marion Schutz) Talada of Greens Landing, Pa.; grandchildren, Kylee Cartwright and Parker, Marissa and Katlyn Stilson; great-grandchildren, Tripp Stilson, Owen Murphy, Sophia Campbell and Skyler and Kendrix Wheeler; along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Glenna loved spending time with her grandchildren. She enjoyed crafts, painting, doing ceramics, watching TV and was famous for her banana bread. She was employed as a waitress for many years and spent the last six years at Walmart in Sayre. A time of calling will be held on Monday, February 10, 2020 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, N.Y. A memorial service to honor Glenna’s life will be held on Monday, February 10, 2020 at 6 p.m. at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York with Pastor Steve Dygert officiating. -Sayre Morning Times 2/7/2020


KENNETH A. (KEN) TINNA, age 59, of Sugar Run, PA passed away unexpectedly at the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital in Wilkes-Barre, PA on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. Ken was born in Meshoppen, PA on March 22, 1960, the son of the late Harold Robert (Bim) Tinna Sr., who passed away on Dec. 19, 1996, and the late Hettie L. Goodwin Tinna, who passed away on April 19, 2016. Growing up in the Sugar Run area of Wyalusing, Ken was a graduate of the Wyalusing High School, with the class of 1978. While in high school, Ken was very active on many of the sports teams. Ken and his wife, the former Wendy J. Aungst, were married on Sept. 26, 1998. Ken was very involved with his family and his family was the biggest passion of his life. Kenneth was employed by Meshoppen Stone, as a truck driver, and most recently as one of the company’s very accomplished, trusted and talented heavy equipment operators. Ken could run any one of the company’s many pieces of equipment. He took great pride in his job with Meshoppen Stone. Kenny was also employed for over 25 years with Penn’s Best Trucking of Meshoppen, PA, a job that was taken right after his graduation from high school. In his spare time, throughout the years, Ken was very involved with his three sons’ sporting events and school activities, and most recently with his four grandchildren. Ken and his wife were avid campers, spending many days and weeks at numerous campgrounds, and was booked to spending this summer at the Sunbury Airport Campground. Ken along with his sons, were avid New York Met fans. Surviving is his wife of 21 years, Wendy J. Tinna, of Sugar Run, PA; his three sons, Christopher and his wife Autumn Tinna, of Wyalusing, PA, Eric “Iggy” Tinna of Sugar Run, PA, and Kyle Tinna of Laceyville, PA; and his four grandchildren, Isaac Tinna, Gage Tinna, Emilee Tinna, and Eli Tinna. Ken is also survived by his brothers and sisters, Mike and Connie Goodwin, of Jenningsville, PA, Yvonne Boice and John Borawski, of Tunkhannock, PA, Shirley and Phillip Goodwin, of Jenningsville, PA, Harold and Gail Tinna, of Fresno, CA, Jim Tinna of Mehoopany, PA, Wendy and Lynn Bloom of Sugar Run, PA, Connie and Randy Benscoter, of Laceyville, PA, Luann and Carl Gowin, of Laceyville, PA, and Carol and Ray Bates of Wyalusing, PA as well as many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Besides his parents, Ken was preceded in death by his sisters, Penny Sue Tinna (d. Nov. 26, 1990); Marsha Ann Henning (d. May 3, 2015); and his nieces, Denise Tinna (Oct. 6, 1978) and Nicole Boice (d. April 25, 2010). Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main Street, Laceyville, PA with Rev. Karen Ballard of the Rome Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment will be in the Lacey St. Cemetery, in Laceyville, PA. Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday evening at the funeral home. -Towanda Daily Review 2/18/2020


JEANETTE FAY THOMAS - “It is well with my soul.”  On Sunday afternoon, Feb. 23, 2020, Jeanette Fay Thomas went to be with her Lord after a brief stay at Guthrie Troy Community Hospital. She was 87. Before that she’d been at the Bradford County Manor for three months, recovering from an injury. Born March 26, 1932 in Shamokin, Jeanette was the first-born daughter of William E. and Thelma I. (Zimmerman) Thomas. As a child, Jeanette contracted scarlet and rheumatic fevers, both life-threatening in the pre-antibiotic era. Under doctor’s orders her treatment was a year of bed rest at home, during which she was lovingly nursed back to health by her mother. Despite this childhood health setback, Jeanette was always a happy, optimistic, and generous individual who practiced her faith daily. Jeanette graduated from Shamokin High School in 1951, and soon after began working at Shroyer’s Dress Factory as a seamstress. She became a member of the IGLWU, and was employed by both Shroyer’s and David Shroyer Dress, Inc. her entire career. Afterward, she was a fulltime caregiver for her father and mother in their home in Shamokin. Jeanette loved being active in her faith through music. She played piano, organ and accordion and sang. Over the years, she attended the Chestnut Street Methodist Church and the Christian Missionary Alliance Church, both of Shamokin. After she moved into Lincoln Towers in Shamokin, she played piano for church services and a weekly hymn sing. In 2018, Jeanette moved to Twin Oaks in Granville Summit, where she resided until a few months before her death. She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Paul (Thomas) Zaleskie of Troy; niece, Linda Zaleskie of Brooklyn, NY and spouse, Andrea Stewart; and a cousin. She was preceded in death by her parents and infant brother. Arrangements are under the direction of the Gerald W. Vickery Jr. Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc., 1093 West Main Street, Troy, PA. -Towanda Daily Review 2/27/2020


VANDYKE -JULIE A. HITCHCOCK, 42, of Ridgebury Twp., passed away on March 3, 2020 at her home, surrounded by her loving family, after her courageous battle with cancer. She was born on Sept. 2, 1977 in Sayre, Pa., the daughter of Larry and Judy (Wilcox) VanDyke. Julie’s priority was always her husband, children, and family. She loved to host all the family gatherings during the summer by the family pond and at holiday time. She enjoyed housework, tending to her home every day, and loved decorating for all the holidays. Julie took pride in the outside of her home also whether it was spending time splitting wood, landscaping, or tending to her cows. She was a Licensed Practical Nurse, employed with Elderwood at Waverly. Julie continued working in the Dementia Unit while fighting her illness, as she loved her job and patients. Julie will be missed by all those who knew and loved her. She also served as a Girl Scout Leader. She is predeceased by her brother Jeffrey VanDyke and her nephew, Joseph VanDyke, who was like another brother to her. Julie is survived by her husband Roger “Joe” Hitchcock Jr., children Samantha Kitchin, Ryan Kitchin, and Emily Moldt, father and stepmother Larry and Debbie VanDyke, mother Judy VanDyke, sisters Chrisy VanDyke and Tari Jo Morgan, brothers and sisters-in-law Randy and Sherrie VanDyke, and Andy and Tami VanDyke. She is also survived by her father-in-law Roger Hitchcock Sr., sisters-in-law Laurie VanDyke Peterson and Serena Hitchcock, and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Friends and family may call on Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 12-2 p.m. at the Lowery-Urban Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 225 South Main St., Athens, Pa. Funeral services will follow at the funeral home at 2 p.m. with Pastor Jeff Falke from the Mount Pisgah Wesleyan Church officiating. Memorial donations may be made in Julie’s memory to the: American Cancer Society, 1948 East Third St., Williamsport, PA. -Sayre Morning Times 3/5/2020


VAN HORN -M. LEOTA O'CONNOR, 91, formerly of Hughesville, died Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Muncy. Born April 10, 1928 in Hughesville, she was a daughter of the late Ralph C. and Hazel E. (Burkhart) Van Horn. Her husband of 38 years, James Leroy O'Connor, preceded her in death on October 13, 1983. Surviving are two daughters, Julia L. Foster and Jane L. Daye, both of Hughesville; a son, William L. (Candy) O'Connor of Hughesville; a brother, Chalmer C. Van Horn of Muncy; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, Leota was preceded in death by two sons, Thomas L. O'Connor and Charles L. O'Connor; a daughter, Jennie L. O'Connor; and two brothers, Paul L. Van Horn, and Roland R. Van Horn. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 25, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Rev. Max L. Walters Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Webster Cemetery, Huntersville. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. The family will provide the flowers and suggest memorial contributions to Mapleton Community Center, c/o Chalmer Van Horn, 642 Fogelman Rd., Muncy, PA. -Funeral home obit 2/20/2020


GORDON W. VAN WORMER, 82, passed on peacefully on January 1, 2020 at his home in Painted Post, NY after a lengthy illness. He was the husband of Sandra (Burdick) Van Wormer. They shared 59 years of marriage. Born in Athens, PA, he was the youngest son of Adsit and Walter Van Wormer. He graduated from Mansfield State Teachers College with a bachelor's degree in music education. He received a masters' degree in music education from Ithaca College. His teaching career spanned elementary, junior and senior high, with teaching positions in Canastota, New York, Corning Free Academy, and Corning-Painted Post West High School, where he taught music theory, vocal music and percussion. His published choral and band compositions were performed by high school, college, and professional ensembles, and his arrangement of the Monty Python theme for the marching band percussion line was legendary on the football field. When he found no adequate text for teaching music theory at the high school level, he spent a summer at the kitchen table and the piano writing his own, for use in the classroom. For nearly a decade, he masterminded the annual musical extravaganza known as the "Pop Machine" which featured both student and professional arrangements of popular music from every era and often outlandish costumes and skits. He was an active and sought-after mentor of young musicians, and he coached vocal and instrumental musicians throughout their early careers. In his retirement, he focused on the visual arts as well as music, and produced many drawings and watercolors. He was a member of the Motet Singers, Community Band, and a Meals-on-Wheels volunteer. He was a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a professional music fraternity. He attended the Church of Redeemer in Addison, where he sang in the choir. He is survived by his wife, Sandra; daughters, Tobi Andrews and Nancy Solla; one grandchild; sister, Mary; and many nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 11:00 AM at The Church of the Redeemer, 1 Wombaugh Sq., Addison, NY with Reverend Troy Preston officiating. A reception will be held after the service at 1:00 PM at the Eagles Club, 7724 State Route 417, Addison, NY. Gordon's photo was taken by his son-in-law Alex Solla. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to CareFirst, 3805 Meads Creek Road, Painted Post, NY, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the Finger Lakes SPCA, 72 Cameron Street, Bath, NY or to any organization of choice. Gordon's family entrusted his care to Haughey Funeral Home, Inc. -Elmira Star-Gazette 3/8/2020


JAMES JOSEPH “JIM” WALSH III, 75, of Chemung Street in Waverly, passed away peacefully at home Friday evening, February 14, 2020 following an extended illness. Jim was born in Elmira, N.Y. on December 30, 1944, the son of James Joseph Walsh Jr. and Gladys Wertz Walsh. While attending high school, Jim enlisted in the ROTC program in 1962 and immediately following graduation from Horseheads High School in 1963 he began his career with the U. S. Navy. Jim traveled the world having served aboard the U.S.S. Long Beach, U.S.S. Shangri-La, U.S.S. Lloyd Thomas, U.S.S. Aylwin, U.S.S. Yarnell, and the U.S.S. Nassau. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and was certified as an expert sharpshooter. During his service with the Navy, Jim received associates degrees in accounting, as well as electrical. He retired from the Navy as a Machinists Mate Services Chief in 1984 following 22 years of service. Following completion of his military service, Jim was employed by Lehigh University Maintenance Services for a number of years and was subsequently employed as head of facilities with the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, for several years. During his retirement, Jim became a master carpenter who enjoyed woodworking and building furniture for family and friends. Jim was an avid golfer and loved playing golf all year long as well as hunting with his children and grandchildren. Jim was a member of Saint James Catholic Church in Waverly, the Glen Regional Corvette Club, National Shooting Club, and the United States Golf Association. He is survived by his wife, Ann Marie Bisgrove Walsh; children, James E. Walsh (Sherry) of Slatington, Pa., Christine M. Myers of Horseheads, N.Y., Michael T. Walsh (Billie) of Salisbury, Md.; stepson, John C. Ryan of Sayre; grandchildren, Adam, Aaron and Alex Myers, and Mason Walsh; step-grandson, T. Ives; sisters, Susan Hogancamp (Keith) of Ninova, N.Y., Eileen Rourke (John) of Naples, Fla.; brother, John Walsh of Long Beach, Calif.; several nieces, nephews, cousins, special friend, Scott Jacobus and many golf friends. The family will receive friends Thursday, February 20, 2020 from 4 to 6:00 p.m. at the Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home 314 Desmond St. Sayre, Pa. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, February 21, 2020 at 10 a.m. at Saint James Catholic Church, Waverly, N.Y. Interment will follow in Saint James Cemetery, Waverly with members of the Valley Color Guard according full military honors. The family suggests that contributions may be directed to Lourdes Hospice, 4102 Vestal Road, Vestal, NY in memory of James Joseph Walsh III. -Sayre Morning Times 2/17/2020


FRANKLIN H. WESTLAKE age 91 of Horseheads, NY passed away on Thursday February 13, 2020 at home surrounded by his loving family. Franklin was born June 1, 1928 in Elmira, NY, the son of the late Frank Westlake Jr. and Lena Harvey Westlake. He and his wife, Marie (Besley), were both graduates of Horseheads High School Class of 1947. Franklin and Marie's long life together began when Marie was selling tickets to the high school dance. When she asked him if he wanted to buy a ticket, he responded that he would buy two tickets but only if she would go with him to the dance. Franklin and Marie were married April 14, 1949 and celebrated their 70th Wedding Anniversary last year. Franklin retired from NYSEG's Hickling Station working for over 41 years as a boiler operator, shift foreman and then trainer. In addition to his parents, he was pre-deceased by son-in-law James Brink and his brother William Westlake. Franklin loved spending time at the family cottage on Seneca Lake, fishing, bowling, hunting, tinkering in the garage and working on any and all household "fix-it" projects. He is survived by his wife of nearly 71 years Marie; daughters: Linda Westlake of Lansing, NY, Sherry Brink of Horseheads, NY, and Diane (Jim) Cannella of Salida, CO; grandchildren: Richard (Andrea) Brink of Horseheads, NY, Gary (Annie) Brink of Bayonne, NJ; great grandchildren: Benjamin & Avery Brink and Zachary & Jenna Brink; brother and sister-in-law: David and Mary Ann Westlake of Horseheads, NY. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Lynch Funeral Home, 318 W. Broad St., Horseheads, NY on February 21, 2020 from 4:00-6:00PM, with a memorial service to follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to First Presbyterian Church Horseheads or CareFirst. -Elmira Star-Gazette 2/16/2020


YOUNG -REVA MAY CARDI, 82, of Athens, passed away at her home in Athens, on March 6, 2020 following her year-long courageous battle with cancer with the love from her family beside her. She was born in Athens, on April 27, 1937, the daughter of Gerald and Beatrice (Post) Young. Reva’s grandparents, May F. Cogswell (Pierce) Post and Willis Clink married and helped raise her on the Victory Farm in North Waverly, NY. Reva was in the church choir during her childhood years in the 1940s. In her adult years, Reva was a member of the First Church of God in Sayre, where she served on the Board of Trustees and on several committees. She graduated from Waverly High School in1956 and then married Gerald Townsand of Chemung, NY. They started and raised their family of four children in Chemung, on Wyncoop Creek Road near Gerald’s parents Ernest and Florence Townsand. Reva started working outside of the home in the late 1960s as a waitress and continued for 34 years. She was a hard-working, beautiful waitress who served her customers at the Double R, Jolly Farmer, Ann’s Truckstop, and other diners with a great love for conversation and food. Reva was very grateful for Leo, her 2nd husband for the past 32 years together who devoted his life to making her happy. They traveled together with her loving brother Louie and his wife, Geraldine Young and her daughter, Linda and her husband Terry Kerr. In her retirement years, she stayed active selling Avon products for 13 years reaching the sales milestone in the President’s Club receiving her Mrs. Albee award. She enjoyed researching and preserving stories of her family roots and entering the data on the Ancestry website. She also worked part-time for a few years for Williams Auto Sales. Reva loved her sisters and brothers and spending time with her family and friends. We have fond memories of the cherished items she embroidered and crocheted, and the strawberry jam, pies, apple crisp, and sugar cookies. She was a loving mother who worked hard all her life to give what she could to her children and others. Reva was a strong-willed woman who made sure things got done in her life. She was the bond that kept us together, the keeper of our secrets, and no matter what adversity she faced she did so with inner strength. Soar with the Angels, Reva….we love you and you will be missed! In addition to her parents and grandparents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Helen Erb and Mary Phillips; brothers, Emery Young and Fred Young; and nephews, Donald Patterson, Jr., Emery Young, Jr., and Steve Young. Reva leaves behind her beloved husband of 32 years, Leo Cardi at home, a brother and sister-in-law, Louie and Geraldine Young of Waverly, NY, sisters-in-law, Lucille Young of Elmira, NY and Joan Young of Maryville, TN, her daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Terry Kerr of Meshoppen, PA, sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry and Cindy Townsand of Sayre, PA, John and Julie Townsand of Sayre, PA, and Thomas and Melissa Townsand of Ridgebury, PA, step-daughter, Jeannette Cardi of Endicott, NY, step-son and his wife, Leo, Jr. and Mary Cardi of Peoria, AZ, 11 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Family and friends may call on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 from 4-6 p.m. at the Lowery-Urban Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, PA. A Celebration of Life Service will follow at 6pm with the Rev. Linda Rogers officiating. Memorial donations may be made in Reva’s memory to a charity of one’s choice. The family would like to thank the Guthrie Hospice Staff and friends at the Chemung View Apartments. God Bless You All! -Sayre Morning Times 3/7/2020


JOSEPH W. YUSCAVAGE III, 53, of Williamsport, PA passed away very unexpectedly on Sunday, March 1, 2020, from injuries received in a tragic automobile accident. Joseph William was born on Sept. 21, 1966, in Wilkes Barre, PA to Joseph and the late Anita (Luce) Yuscavage. He attended Pittston Area Schools and was a graduate of the class of 1984. After graduation he attended Wilkes University where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. Joey was currently employed by PennDOT for over 20 years where he obtained and served as a civil engineer. Joey, a private individual, had many hobbies and interests including: astronomy, history and politics. He was a man of the Christian faith. He actively attended the Grover Church of Christ and took pleasure in reading and studying the Bible. He was very intelligent and was one who could add to any conversation. Joey loved his family and any time he was able to spend with them. Surviving are his parents, Joseph and Ann Yuscavage of Cogan Station; brothers, Michael A. Yuscavage of Towanda, Christopher B. Yuscavage of Canton and Shawn K. Yuscavage of Pittsburgh; as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins. A time of visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at Pepper Funeral Home and Cremation Facility, 578 Springbrook Drive, Canton with a funeral service following at noon. Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 5 in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Wyoming, PA. -Towanda Daily Review 3/3/2020