East Canton Cemetery, Canton Township,
Bradford County, PA
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O’CONNOR –MRS. FRANCES O’CONNOR STONE, 94 of Denver, Colo. died Jan. 4, 1994. She was a retired physical education teacher in Elmira and widow of Paul M. Stone who died Jan. 8, 1980. She is survived by a daughter, Catherine S. Borden, Denver, Colo.; three grandchildren, Marie B. Hoch, Pensacola, Fla., Lisa B. Smith, Rockford, Ill. And Jeffrey M. Borden, San Diego, Calif.; four great-grandchildren and a stepbrother, Thomas A. Cowley, Elmira. A funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Patrick’s Church on Friday, Jan. 21 at 9 a.m. Burial will be in East Canton Cemetery at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours. Local arrangements are under the direction of the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton. –Towanda Daily Review
ORVIS - EARLE
Lorene M. (Orvis) Age 83, of Troy, PA, died on Sunday, August 7, 2005, at the Towanda Memorial Hospital, Towanda, PA. She was born on October 24, 1921 in Danville, IL, the daughter of the late Harry and Grace (Royce) Orvis. Lorene was head seamstress at S. F. Iszard's for 13 years. Lorene is survived by daughters, Carol E. (Stephen) Lent of Wyalusing, PA, Victoria F. (Jay) Golliver of Lindley, NY; grandchildren, Christopher (Ann) Lent of Wyalusing, PA, Peter Lent of Wyalusing, PA, Michael T. (Rebecca) Kelsey of Erin, NY, Amy Kelsey of Elmira, NY; five great-granddaughters and eight great-grandsons. In addition to her parents, Lorene is preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth P. Earle, who died on February 28, 1977; grandson, G. Scott Lent who died June 14, 1986. Family and friends are invited to call at the Gerald Vickery Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., 110 West Main Street, Troy, PA, on Thursday, August 11, 2005, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held immediately following visitation at 1:00 p.m. with the Reverend Richard Noggle officiating. Interment will be at East Canton Cemetery, Canton, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Lorene's memory may be to a charity of one's choice or the Memorial Hospice, One Hospital Drive, Towanda, PA 18848.
PACKARD MILDRED I. WRIGHT
Mildred I. (Packard) Wright, age 102, of Troy, Pa., died peacefully on Friday, Aug. 24, 2007, at the Troy Community Hospital with her family and friends by her side. Family and friends are welcome to call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 28, and again from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, at the First United Methodist Church of Troy, 205 Reddington Ave., Troy. The funeral service will follow the viewing at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church with Mildred's pastor and friend, the Rev. Richard Noggle, officiating. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the East Canton Cemetery. The Vickery Funeral Home Inc., 110 W. Main St., Troy, has been entrusted with the arrangements. Mildred was born on Sept. 8, 1904, in Alba, Pa., daughter of the late Ardell and Alice (Cole) Packard. Mildred was the wife of the late Floyd Wright, who died on Feb. 15, 1990. She graduated from Mansfield Normal School in 1923 and was a teacher for 38 years, mostly in the Troy area, but also for nine years in Leroy, Pa., and two years in the Sayre Junior High School. Mildred was a more-than-60-year member of the First United Methodist Church of Troy and held many offices in the church. She was a more-than-69-year member of the National Grange and was a life member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Mildred was also a member of the State and National School Retirees, a member of the Bradford-Sullivan Chapter of Retired Teachers, and was a member of Kappa Gamma. Mildred enjoyed a long retirement, which involved volunteer work, trips, many friends and numerous hobbies. Mildred is survived by her sister-in-law, Gertrude (Shedden) Wright of East Canton; her niece, Janice (Charles) Lowry of Absecon, N.J.; her nephews, Lyle (Laureen) Wright of East Canton, Pa., Harry (Loraine) Wright of Milan, Pa., and Ron (Kim) Wright of Dauphin, Pa.; 10 grandnieces and grandnephews; and many close cousins and special friends. Mildred was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and her brothers, Edwin and George Packard. Contributions may be made in Mildred's name to the First United Methodist Church of Troy; 205 Reddington Ave., Troy, Pa. 16947. Send condolences at BestLifeTributes.com Published in the Daily Review on 8/26/2007.
PACKARD - PHYLLIS L. MORSE
Phyllis L. Morse, 75, of Canton RR 1, PA, died at home Friday, October 7, 1994. She was born September 25, 1919 in Canton, Bradford County, PA, the daughter of John and Maude Jenkins Packard. She was a farm wife for 40 years, retiring from this position in 1984. Mrs. Morse is survived by her husband, Harry A. Morse; sons and daughters-in-law, Ronald and Shirley Morse and Randy and Kay Morse, both of Canton; grandchildren, Jeff and Lisa Morse, Milton, PA; Mike and Holly Morse and Heather, Megan and Dede Morse, all of Canton; one great-granddaughter, Kayla Morse, Milton, PA; brothers, Louie and Marce Packard and Les and Jo Packard, both of Canton; a sister, Helen Perry of Bradford County Manor. Funeral services were held at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton on October 11 with the Rev. Richard Barner officiating and interment to be in East Canton Cemetery, Canton Township. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Guthrie Hospice, RR 4, Box 60A, Towanda, PA 18848.(TGR, Thursday, October 13, 1994)
PACKARD –PHYLLIS L. MORSE, 75, of RR 1, Box 189, Canton, Pa., died at home on Friday, Oct. 7, 1994. She was born Sept. 25, 1919, in Canton, Bradford County, Pa., the daughter of John and Maude Jenkins Packard. She was a farm wife for 40 years, retiring from this position in 1984. Mrs. Morse is survived by her husband, Harry A. Morse; two sons and daughters-in-law; Ronald and Shirley Morse and Randy and Kay Morse, both of Canton; grandchildren; Jeff and Lisa Morse, Milton, Pa., Mike and Holly Morse, and Heather, Megan and Dede Morse, all of Canton; one great-granddaughter, Kayla Morse, Milton, Pa.; two brothers; Louie and Marceil Packard and Les and Jo Packard, both of Canton; one sister, Helen Perry of Bradford County Manor; and special friends; Martha Pepper, Eleanor and Carty Wooster, all of Canton. She was predeceased by a sister, Agnes Morrissey; two brothers, Lester and Walt Packard; and by her parents. Visitation will be Sunday, Oct. 9, 1994, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, Pa. The funeral service will be conducted by Rev. Richard Barner on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 1994 at 2 p.m. Interment will be in the East Canton Cemetery, Canton Township. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Guthrie Hospice, RR 4, Box 60A, Towanda, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review.
RICHARD RAYMOND PACKARD, 78, of Ruskin, FL formerly a well-known Canton resident, passed away on Monday, Dec. 23, 2019 at his home. Richard Raymond was born in Canton on July 3, 1941 to the late Niles Raymond Packard and Vera (Nesbitt) Packard Snyder. He attended Canton Area Schools and was a graduate of the class of 1959. After graduating, he proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1962 as an 82nd Airborne Paratrooper. On Aug. 8, 1964 he married the love of his life, Donna Morgan. They celebrated 55 years of devotion in August of 2019. Rich loved to hold Donna’s hand anytime he could. Richard was supervisor at the former Masonite Corporation in Towanda, owner operator of his own truck, driving for Eastern Best Products of Canton, later retiring as a driver for the former Stroehmann Bread Plant in Williamsport. Richard was a genuine family man. His love and devotion to his wife and family was unsurpassed and his grandchildren were his pride and joy. Rich was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 429, the Canton VWF Post 714 and the Canton American Legion Post 303. He always took pleasure in patronizing the clubs he belonged too. Richard was a life time member of the Innes Hose Fire Department and the Fire Police as well as a 32° Mason and Shriner. Besides his parents Rich was predeceased by his step father; John Snyder, a brother, Larry Packard and his in-laws; Harold and Shirley Morgan. urviving Rich are his wife Donna of Ruskin, Florida; a daughter, Robin (Scott) Palmer of Canton; a son, Richard (Laura) Packard of Bremerton, Washington; grandchildren, Jessica and Morgan Palmer of Canton; Anthony and Miana Packard of Bremerton; a great granddaughter, Ellie Rae of Canton; beloved sister, Linda (Ron) of Lopez; an aunt, Elizabeth Packard of W. Covina, California; special cousin, Ann Marie Kennedy of Elmira, New York; as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins and his special canine companion, Chico. The family will receive friends 11 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020 at the Canton Church of Christ, Disciples’ of Christ, 170 N. Minnequa Ave, Canton. A celebration of Rich’s life will follow at noon with pastor Nancy Beahm officiating. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family in the East Canton Cemetery. The family will provide flowers and suggests that memorial’s in Richard’s name be directed to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas or Seraphim, 424 Marsh Hill Road, Trout Run, PA (a local veteran help group) or to a charity of one’s choice. Pepper Funeral Home and Cremation Facility, in Canton is assisting the family with arrangements. Towanda Daily Review 12/30/2019
PALMER –ELIZABETH I. ‘BETTY’ SPENCER - We celebrate the life of Elizabeth I. Spencer, 94,of Wicomico Church, Va., who passed away at Gloucester House Assisted Living on May 7, 2016. Elizabeth "Betty" was born to her predeceased parents, Gladys A. Spaulding and Claude L. Palmer at home in Mainesburg, Pa. on Feb. 26, 1922. She raised her family in Mosherville, Pa., and lived in Canton, Pa., for many years before moving to Wicomico Church, Va., about 10 years ago. She worked in sales for several years and was a member of Fairfields United Methodist Church. Elizabeth is survived by four daughters, Laura Moland of Chesapeake, Va., Carol (David) Ludwig of Jersey Shore, Pa., Connie (Jim) Edwards of Reedville, Va., and Janet (Marvin) Burleigh of Magnolia, Del.; sons, Norman Morrell of Wicomico Church, Va., and Charles (Amy) Morrell of Suffolk, Va.; sister, Claudia Johnson; brother, Carl Palmer; two step-daughters, Donna (Jerome) Mase of Lodi, N.Y., and Leatrice "Cookie" (Elwin "Skip") Caseman of Columbia Cross Roads, Pa.; many grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Waldo F. Morrell and Carl M. Spencer; four sisters and two brothers. Friends are invited to a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 21 at Fairfields United Methodist Church, Burgess, Va. Burial will be in the East Canton Cemetery, Canton, Pa. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Fairfields United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 579, Burgess, VA. –Towanda Daily Review 5/11/2016
ROBERT CHARLES PARFITT, Canton, 68, died after a brief stay at Troy Community Hospital. A native Cantonian, Mr. Parfitt was born August 10, 1928, the only child of Isaac and Edna (Files) Parfitt. He was educated in the Canton Area School system went on to graduate from Mansfield State Teachers College, now Mansfield University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in secondary education. He then proceeded to earn his master’s degree in education from Bucknell University. His teaching career began in the Athens School District and after a year he moved to Canton Area High School District. Mr. Parfitt devoted the next 35 years to serving the school system which had taught him so well, molding and enlightening young minds. He met and married Lida Thomas and together they raised a son and a daughter. An extremely knowledgeable man, Mr. Parfitt was an avid reader, but his favorite hobby was to travel. In fact, he derived as much enjoyment from planning the trip as he did in the trip itself. The itinerary would be planned to the smallest detail and every minute of time would be accounted for. By the time their children graduated high school, the Parfitts had toured every one of the continental United States by auto. Mr. Parfitt was also devoted to his church, the First Presbyterian Church of Canton, presently the Ecumenical Parish, where he served as Sunday School teacher and elder. He was just as committed to spiritual education as he was to secular education. He was a member of Canton Lodge #415 Free and Accepted Masons where he had served as Worshipful Master as well as being a 32nd degree in the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite both in Towanda and Williamsport. He had been a member of the Canton Lions Club since 1961 and was a past president and current program chairman. He was a member of the PA State Education Association and National Education Association Retired. He was also past president of the Canton Area Education Association. Surviving are his wife, Lida, at home; son Robert Clark Parfitt and wife Wanda, Bloomfield, PA; daughter Nancy Louise Panetta and husband Daniel, Marlton, NJ; granddaughter Megan Nicole Parfitt and grandson Brandon John Panetta. Relatives and friends are invited to the funeral service May 28 at 4 p.m. at the Canton Ecumenical Parish, 43 N. Center Street, Canton, Rev. Ronald Beistline, his pastor, will officiate. The family will receive friends between 3 and 4 p.m. at the church. Interment will be in East Canton Cemetery the following day at a time convenient to the family. Professional services have been entrusted to Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton. –May 29, 1997 Canton Independent Sentinel. (Died May 25, 1997)
Robert Charles PARFITT, 68, of Canton, PA died Sunday, May 25, 1997 after a brief stay at Troy Community Hospital. A native Cantonian, Mr. Parfitt was born August 10, 1928, the only child of Isaac and Edna (Files) Parfitt. He was educated in the Canton School System, received a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Mansfield state teachers’ college (Now Mansfield University) and a master’s degree from Bucknell University. He spent a year teaching in the Athens School district and then devoted 35 years to the canton School District. Mr. Parfitt was a member of the kFirst Presbyterian Church (now Canton Ecumenical Parish) and canton Lodge #415 F&AM, attaining the 32nd * in the Scottish Rite in both Towanda and Williamsport. He had been a member of the Canton Lion’s Club since 1961 and was a member of several education associations. He was also past president of the Canton Area Education Association. He is survived by his wife, the former Lida Thomas, at home; son, Robert Clark Parfitt (and wife Wanda) of Bloomfield, PA; daughter, Nancy Louise Panetta (and husband Daniel) of Marlton, NJ; two grandchildren. Funeral services are planned at the canton Ecumenical Parish (43 Center ST.) with the Rev. Ronald Beistline officiating and interment to be in East Canton Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in canton.
PARKER Elizabeth H. Parker Vonderchek
Of Horseheads: Elizabeth H. Parker Vonderchek died Monday, March 28, 2011, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Elmira. She was 71. Betty treasured her family and friends above all; she will be missed beyond words. She was a retired rural letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Elmira, and an accomplished seamstress and horsewoman. For many years, she owned Vonderosa Arabians in Horseheads and ran the Hilltop Riders 4-H Club. Betty was the daughter of the late Donald and Leah Parker of Canton, PA and she was a 1958 graduate of Canton High School. She loved Polka, Country and of course Trans-Siberian Orchestra Music! She is survived by her longtime best friend and partner, Dale F. Plate of Horseheads; sons, Allyn Vonderchek (Annie-Laurie Blair) of Cincinnati, Scott Vonderchek (Monica Rundell) of Elmira Heights, and close friend, Richard Nash (James Brandeberry) of Oldwick, NJ; Dale's son, Jeff (Cathy) Plate of Horseheads and son-in-law, Bill Tarr (Kathy Colony) of Horseheads; three granddaughters, Keisha, Rebecca and Hailey Vonderchek; three grandsons, Blair Vonderchek, Jeffrey and Bradley Tarr; four nieces and a nephew; and many extended family members. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Donna Hartford and Sharon Raczkowski Hamm; Dale's daughter, Terry Plate Tarr; and a nephew. Visiting hours will be at Sullivan's Funeral Home, 365 East Franklin St. at Rt. 13, Horseheads, NY from 1pm to 3pm on Saturday, April 2, 2011 followed by a Memorial Service. Burial will be in Canton Cemetery at a later date. Kindly remember Elizabeth by donating to the American Cancer Society or the Chemung County SPCA in her name. Star Gazette - March 31, 2011
PARKER Jean F. (Parker) Hartzig
On the morning of Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, Canton resident Jean F. (Parker) Hartzig died quietly at Bradford County Manor. She was 74 years of age. Born May 14, 1939, in McNett Township, she was the daughter of Henry and Louise (Kelley) Parker. On Jan. 1, 1958, she married EllJay Hartzig. They raised four children and shared 34 years until EllJay's passing in 1992. Jean was an uncomplicated woman without pretense. Never one to mince words, she spoke her mind and you always knew where you stood with her. She had an appreciation for the simple pleasures of life. She enjoyed embroidering and other hand crafts. She liked to observe the changing of the seasons and the activities of God's creatures. Jean loved being with her family and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She knew and loved the Lord, and was nurtured in the Christian fellowship of the Lighthouse of Faith. Jean is survived by her sons, EllJay Jr. (Karen) Hartzig of Everett, Fla., and Tim Hartzig (Rose Farr) of Canton; daughters, Cindy (Donnie) Preston of Canton, and Penny (Matt) Watkins of Florida; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, EllJay Sr.; brothers, Les Parker and Jim Parker; sisters, Erma Bryington, Viola Wesneski; infant sister, Mary Parker; step-granddaughter, Nikki Lyons; and special friend, Tom Baxter. Calling hours will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 94 N. Center St., Canton. The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. with her pastor, Sean Tymeson, officiating. Interment will follow in East Canton Cemetery. Towanda Daily Review – October 26, 2013
PARKER –VIOLA WALCHESKI. On the morning of August 4th, 2004, West Burlington resident, Viola Mae (Parker) Walcheski, 72, died quietly at Bradford County Manor. Born October 6th, 1931 in the former town of Laquin, PA, she was the daughter of George H. and Louise (Kelley) Parker. She married Frank T. Walcheski and together they raised four sons and three daughters. Mrs. Walcheski was the consummate homemaker, who loved the company of her family and friends. For each visit she would grace the table with examples of her baking expertise. She was well-known for her homemade breads. Surviving are he sons, Willis McNeal, Jr. of Missouri, Frank (and Sally) Walcheski, Canton; Gary (and Naida) Walcheski, Elmira, NY; daughter, Winona Learn (and fiancé Edward Walsh) Sayre, PA; Wanda McNeal, Roaring Branch, PA; Susan (and Thomas Hicks, Canton; sister, Jean Hartzig, Canton; as well as innumerable grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents she was predeceased by her husband Frank T. Walcheski, on February 19, 1990; brothers , Lester and James Parker; son, Wilfred McNeal; sisters, Mary Parker and Erma Bryington. Calling hours were held Friday, August 6 and Saturday, August 7 at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center Street, Canton with services following on August 7 with Chaplain Francis Culver officiating. Interment was in East Canton Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
PARKS - MILLER, HAZEL M. Services for Hazel M. Miller, 74, Canton, were held Jan. 30 at the Morse & Kleese Funeral Home with Rev. John Mullen officiating. Interment was in East Canton Cemetery. Mrs. Miller died Jan. 27, 1984 at Troy Community Hospital. She was born Jan. 30, 1909 in Pittsburgh, daughter of Fred and Jenny Morgan Parks. She was a member of Canton Ecumenical Parish. She was a licensed practical nurse, having worked at Bradford County Manor 16 years. Surviving are sons, John III of Canton and Charles W. of East Bogoloosa, Ala., daughters, Mrs. Betty Jane Mickey and Mrs. Frances Harris, both of Canton and Mrs. Georgena Anderson of Spotsylvania, VA; thirteen grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren. (TGR Feb.2, 1984)
PEET - SIMPSON, BESSIE V., Bessie V. Simpson, 73, of Canton died October 27, 1986 at the Troy Community Hospital in Troy. She was born June 15, 1912 at Union Township, Tioga County, PA, the daughter of Raymond and Anna Smith Peet. She retired as a waitress from the former Reynard’s Restaurant in Canton and was a member of the Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) in Canton. Surviving are her husband of 48 years Lloyd; daughter, Mrs. Jean Lambert, Williamsport, PA; brother, James Peet of Roaring Branch; one grandson; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Jiggs and Irene Palmer of Alba and Edna Simpson of Canton; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services were held October 30 at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton with Rev. David B. Morris officiating and interment to be in East Canton Cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to the Canton Community Nursing Service in Mrs. Simpson’s memory. (TGR Oct. 30, 1986)
PERCIVAL –MRS. LENA PERCIVAL STONE, 78, of Canton, died at Troy Hospital Tuesday night, July 29, 1958. Survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. Manley Gregory of East Smithfield and Mrs. Lloyd Washburn of Ft. Collins, Colo., a sister Mrs. Eva June of Alba, a son Howard of Bell, Calif., a brother David Percival of Burlington. Burial in East Canton Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel
PERRY –MRS. ROSE MAY TILLOTSON, 86 of 42 South Minnequa Avenue, Canton, died Saturday, Sept. 12, 1964 at the Troy Community Hospital. She was a life-long resident of Canton and a member of the Canton First Baptist Church. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Dewey Dunn of Binghamton, N.Y. and Mrs. Paul Hitchins of Mansfield; one son, Ward of Binghamton; one sister, Mrs. Alec Jasin of Bryan, Ohio; seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at the Morse Funeral Home in Canton with the Rev. Marlin Bowes of the First Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in the East Canton Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. –Canton Independent Sentinel
PETERSON Ray Elmer - Ray "Pete"
Peterson, 74, of Canton, Pa., died
at home on Sunday morning, June 13, 2010, while surrounded by his loving family. Ray Elmer Peterson, "Pete" to family and friends, was born on June 1, 1936, in Taplin (Logan County), W.Va., one of five children in the family of the late Marion and Cora (Buckland) Peterson. After leaving high school, Pete served in the United States Army where he earned his GED. On Aug. 17, 1956, he married the former Lydia F. Jeffrey in Peach Creek, W.Va. They shared more than 53 wonderful years together and raised two children. An electrician by trade, Pete was employed by Penelec as a lineman for many years until retiring. He worked for Canton's cable and phone companies in earlier years. Pete's family always came first; he was happiest while spending countless hours with his grandchildren. He took much pride in caring for his home, yard or one of his many improvement projects. Surviving are: his wife Lydia; a daughter and son-in-law, Teresa F. and Timothy Scott of Canton; a son and daughter-in-law, Brian R. and Jodi (Segur) Peterson of Canton; four grandchildren, Kristyn and Brooks Scott and Megan and Corey Peterson; a sister, Freda Peterson Caldwell of West Virginia; a brother and sister-in-law, Fred (Betty) Peterson of Alabama; as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins, dear friends and neighbors. He was predeceased by two siblings, Harry L. Peterson and Arbutus Peterson Harden. In keeping with Mr. Peterson's expressed wishes, funeral services will be private. Pastor Will Strunk will officiate with Rev. Bonnie Browning assisting. Burial will be in East Canton Cemetery with military honors accorded. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may consider a memorial in Pete's name to Canton Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ), P.O. Box 57, Canton, PA 17724; The Grover Church of Christ, P.O. Box 139, Grover, PA 17735; American Cancer Society , 1948 E. Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701; or to Guthrie Hospice, RR 1 Box 154, Towanda, PA 18848. Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton, is assisting the family with arrangements. – Towanda Daily Review, June 15, 2010
PFUNTNER Beverly A. Cornell
Age 56, of Wellsburg, NY, died with her family by her side on Monday, June 6, 2011 at the Elcor Health Services in Horseheads, NY. Beverly was born on July 17, 1954 in Canaseraga, NY, daughter of the late Samuel and Dorothy (Hartwell) Pfuntner. Beverly retired from Arnot Ogden Medical Center after 18 years of service as a nurses aid. Beverly is survived by her husband of 20 years, Robert; daughters, Maribeth Matthews and Wendy (Ron) Pfuntner; son, Matthew (Rhonda) Matthews; sister, Samantha Pfuntner; brothers, Ron (Wendy) Pfuntner, John (Shannon) Pfuntner and Daniel (Teresa) Pfuntner; 5 grandchildren, along with her beloved dog, "Patches." Beverly was predeceased by her brother, Joseph. Family and friends are invited to call Thursday, June 9, 2011 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. Interment will take place in East Canton Cemetery in Canton, PA at the convenience of the family. Star Gazette – June 8, 2011
PHINNEY-Mary Isabelle Rockwell, daughter of the late Allen Phinney, passed out of life June 9th, 1919 at St. Joseph’s hospital, Elmira after a number of years of ailing health. Born April 19, 1867 at East Canton Mrs. Rockwell was 52 years old. From last November until she was taken to the hospital five weeks ago, she was tenderly cared for by her sister, Mrs. Lilley, in Elmira. Through all of her long suffering she was most patient, and her entire life was that of a devoted friend and mother. From girlhood she was a consistent member of the Disciple church. Three sons and one daughter survive-Wayne, of Elmira; Courtney, of Syracuse; Ruth (Mrs. Ross Williams) of Troy, and Lynn of Canton. She is survived also by three sisters and a brother-Mrs. Ida Rockwell of Cuyler, N.Y.; Mrs. Addie Wilber of Addison, N.Y.; Mrs. Bertha Lilley of Elmira; and Emmett Phinney of Pine City, N.Y. and an aged aunt, who for years made her home with her. The body was brought to Canton, where services were held in the church, the Rev. F. D. Zimmerman officiating. A profusion of beautiful flora offerings attested the high esteem in which the departed was held. Interment was in the family plot at East Canton. tgr 1919
PIERCE –MRS. NANCY PURVIS. Services for Mrs. Nancy Purvis, 75, of 66 North Minnequa Ave., Canton, were held August 22, 1973 at the Ralph T. Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, with Larry Thoren, supply pastor of the Ward Methodist Church, officiating. Interment was in East Canton Cemetery. Mrs. Purvis died at the Troy Community Hospital August 19, 1973 following a protracted illness. She was born in Bakersburg, Pa., Sept. 30, 1897, a daughter of John and Mary Comfort Pierce. Mrs. Purvis was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Canton; a sister in the Lady Canton Rebekah Lodge 362; a member of the Canton Garden Club; Firemen’s Auxiliary of the Innes Hose Company; the Senior Citizens Golden Age Club of Canton. She was the widow of Lee M. Purvis who died Jan. 15, 1973. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. William (Mary) Eckman of Canton; three grandchildren, Mrs. Thomas (Marie) O’Day of Alexandria, Va., Miss Jacqueline Boroch of Canton, Carl Eckman of Canton; sister, Mrs. Violet Lewis of Blossburg, Pa.; several nieces and nephews. –Canton Independent Sentinel. (Buried East Canton Cemetery)
PURVIS, Nancy Pierce Age 75, of 66 North Minnequa Ave., Canton, Pa., Sunday August 19, 1973, at the Troy Community Hospital. Friends may call at the Ralph T. Kleese Funeral Home, Tuesday 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral there Wednesday at 2 p.m. Officiating Larry Thoren. Burial East Canton Cemetery. The Lady Canton Rebekah Lodge will hold a Memorial Service Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. Survived by daughter, Mrs. William (Mary) Eckman of Canton, Pa.; three grandchildren—Mrs. Thomas (Marie) O’Day of Alexandria, Va., Miss Jacqueline Boroch of Canton, Pa., Carl Eckman of Canton, Pa.; one sister, Mrs. Violet Lewis of Blossburg, Pa., several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Purvis was the widow of Lee M. Purvis who died January 1973, member of the First United Methodist Church of Canton. She was a Sister in the Lady Canton Rebekah Lodge No. 362, member of the Canton Garden Club, Firemen’s Auxillary of Innes Hose Co., member of Senior Citizens of Canton.
PIERSON –MARION P. MERKER, 75, Troy RD 2, died Saturday, January 18, 1986 at home. Mrs. Merker was born on July y, 1910 in Stoney Brook, Long Island, Suffolk County, N.Y., the daughter of John A. and Mary (Mansir) Pierson. She retired in 1974 from the Bradford County Manor. Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Marie Merker of Canton RD 1; a sister, Mrs. Blanche Bieler of Piscataway, N.J.; three grandchildren, Barbara, Mathews, Canton RD 2, Sharon Gonzales of El Paso, Texas, and Melissa Merker of Canton RD 1; one step-granddaughter, Angie Wooster of Canton RD 1; and a sister-in-law, Mrs. John A. Pierson of Blue Point, N.Y. She was predeceased by her husband P. R. Merker in 1964. In accordance with Mrs. Merker’s wishes, there will be no calling hours. Graveside services will be at the convenience of the family in the East Canton Cemetery. Flowers are gratefully declined, but those wishing to may forward memorials to the Canton Ambulance Association in Mrs. Merker’s memory. Arrangements are under the direction of the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home of Canton. –Towanda Daily Review.
PRESTON –NINA ETHEL – Mrs. Elmer E. Rockwell died Friday afternoon (October 17, 1924) at her home in Canton after a long illness. She was 32 years, 10 months and 2 days of age and is survived by her husband and four children, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dempster Preston of Leroy and three brothers, Charles of Elmira, Guy of Waverly and Niles of Bluff Point. The funeral was held Monday afternoon in the Baptist Church and interment was made in the East Canton cemetery at East Canton. –Canton Independent Sentinel
PRISET –WINONA P. CAMPBELL, 73, of RR 2, Box H15, Canton, died at home on Thursday, Sept. 29, 1994. She was born dec. 9, 1920, in Wellsboro, Tioga County, Pa., the daughter of Bert and Agnes Ekstom Priset. Nona was an avid bingo player, also enjoying bowling and card playing. Nona was an avid bingo player, also enjoying bowling and card playing. She was a 1938 graduate of Wellsboro High School and a member of W.O.T.M. No. 981 for over 35 years, where she was a past College of Regents member and star recorder for many years. Nona was employed at Kay and Sue’s Restaurant (both her daughters) from 1980 to 1989. Surviving are her husband of 54 years, Franklin R. “Randy” Campbell; four daughters and sons-in-law, Mrs. Robert (Kay) Seeley and Mrs. Alan (Susan) Hoover, both of Canton, Mrs. Gary (Janis) Smith, Corning, N.Y., and Mrs. Francis (Lois) Leggett Jr. of Torrance, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; one step-grandson; 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Waymon (Emiline) Borden, Wellsboro, and Mrs. James (Mildred) Collins, Morris. Nona was predeceased by her parents and a brother, Clifford Priset. Visitation will be Sunday, Oct. 2, 1994, at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 North Center St., Canton, from 1 to 2 p.m. The W.O.T.M. will conduct a memorial service for their departed sister at 2 p.m. followed by the funeral service, which will be conducted by the Rev. David B. Morris, pastor of the Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ), Canton, officiating. Interment will be in East Canton Cemetery, Canton Township. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Canton Moose Lodge No. 429 Building Fund, Canton, PA. –Towanda Daily Review.
RANDALL Donald A. Randall
On the morning of Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, Donald Albert Randall formerly of Canton died quietly at Bradford County Manor. He was 80 years of age. Born April 27, 1931 on his family's Union Township farm, he was the son of Ollie D. and Louise (Mielke) Randall. Along with his two brothers Don attended the North Union School, completing the eighth grade. In 1950 the family sold the farm and moved into Canton Borough, residing on North Center Street. Although restricted by certain medical challenges Don lived his life to the fullest. He worked for many years as a bailing machine operator at the former Swayze Folding Box Co. in Canton as well as a pin spotter at the Canton Bowling Lanes in the days before the task became mechanized. He also was an avid baseball fan and never passed up the opportunity to watch a game. Don was one of those people who could light up a room with his smile. Even when failing health took its toll on him, Don always expressed a positive outlook. Surviving are his older brother, Ollie David (and Beatrice) Randall of Canton; and his nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ollie and Louise and his brother Dean Randall. Visitation will be at 7:30 p.m., Friday Jan. 27 at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 94 N. Center St., Canton. Funeral service will follow at 8 p.m. with the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating. Interment will be in East Canton Cemetery. Towanda Daily Review – January 25, 2012
MR. OLLIE D. RANDALL, 86, formerly of Canton died Sunday afternoon, Jan. 18, 1976 at the Bradford County Manor after an extended illness. He was born in Union Township, Tioga County April 14, 1889, a son of Daniel and Kathryn McKenzie Randall. He was a retired farmer and a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge No. 429, Canton. He was a member of the Canton Church of Christ, Disciples. His survivors include three sons, Ollie David and Dean Leslie, both of Canton and Donald Albert of Wellsboro; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild; a sister, Mrs. Gertrude Landon of Canton; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral and committal services will be held at the Ralph T. Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton Tuesday at 2 p.m. The Rev. Duane Taylor, interim pastor of the Canton Church of Christ, Disciples will officiate. Interment will be in East Canton Cemetery. The Loyal Order of Moose Lodge No. 429, Canton will hold memorial services Monday night at 8 o’clock at the funeral home. –Canton Independent Sentinel
GEORGE L. RAPALEE, 77, of 88 S. Center St., Canton died Thursday, Jan. 28, 1988 at the home of his stepdaughter, Mrs. Lorraine Burr in Webster, N.Y. George was born Dec. 28, 1910 at Albany County, N.Y., a son of Homer D. and Harriett Beardslee Rapalee. Mr. Rapalee retired in December 1972 from the former Ritter Co. now Sybron Corp., where he was employed as a senior buyer for 19 years. He was a member and past governor of the Canton Loyal Order of the Moose, No. 429; Canton Lions Club; Corey Creek Golf Club and the Webster Firemens Exemption, Webster, N.Y. He was very active in Boy Scouting and was a former scout master. He was awarded scouting’s high award, the Silver Beaver and the Order of the Arrow. He also attended the first world wide Jamboree at Valley Forge, Pa. in 1950. He was also a member of Parsells Baptist Church in Rochester, N.Y. Surviving are his wife, the former Lena (Lee) Harris, to whom he was married 42 years on Aug. 4, 1987; a daughter, Mrs. Richard (Carol) Spires, Orlando, Fla.; two stepdaughters: Mrs. Eugene (Jean) Harman of Canton RD 1 and Mrs. Edward R. (Lorraine) Burr of Webster, N.Y.; two stepsons and stepdaughters-in-law: Thomas and Dora Landon, Canton RD 3, and Gerald and Louise Fitch, Ontario, N.Y.; two sisters; Mrs. Madelene Burleigh of Mount Holly, N.J. and Mrs. George (Alvena) Kakritz of Rock Stream, N.Y.; brother-in-law, Loren Harris of Armenia Mountain; 20 grandchildren: 15 great-grandchildren: nieces, nephews and cousins. The funeral service will be held Monday at 1 p.m. from the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton with the Rev. Richard M. Barner, pastor of the Canton ecumenical Parish, officiating. Interment will be in E. Canton Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Saturday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Sunday from 2-5 p.m. The Canton Moose Lodge will conduct a memorial service for their departed brother Sunday at 4:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be directed to the Canton Ambulance Association, Canton, Pa. or the Union Hill Volunteer Ambulance Fund, Union Hill, N.Y. –Towanda Daily Review.
Carl Raplee, of Canton, Pa., died in the Blossburg hospital, at 4 o’clock aged 15 years. He is survived by his parents, Mr. And Mrs. Roy Raplee, and five brothers, Clifford, Walter, Leroy, Floyd and Claude, all of Canton. The funeral was held yesterday at Christ Church in Canton. (The Agitator, Wellsboro, PA, Wednesday, June 9, 1926)
REED –GWENDOLYN L. ‘JANE’ EDWARDS, 75, Canton, died peaceful on June 7, 2000 at the Hershey Medical Center, while surrounded by her loving family. Born January 2, 1925, in Johnstown, PA, she was the daughter of the late Lester and Eva Boyer Reed. On August 12, 1942, she married the late George Edwards in Morris Run. Mrs. Edwards was a member of the Canton Church of Christ (Disciple of Christ) and the Women of the Moose Canton Lodge No. 981. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, and dear friend to many. She was an avid sports enthusiast, especially when her grandchildren played. She was known as the “Unofficial-Official scorekeeper” at the games. A big country music fan, she was proud to be a member of both the Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson Fan Clubs. She also enjoyed playing euchre. Surviving are four daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon and Norman Alexander, Canton, Sheila and Steven Fitch, Alba; Georgia “Peachie” Edwards and fiancé Larry Bassett, LeRoy, and Shelly Holmes, Canton; 10 grandchildren and their spouses, Bret Alexander and fiancée Kelly Kuckla, Berwick; Sheila Alexander and fiancé Denley Wesneski, Canton; Wendy and Bryan Bankson and Christy and Scott Holmes, all of Suffolk, VA, Jodi Atherton-Ely, Harrisburg, David and Niki Atherton-Ely, Tara Atherton-Ely, and Ryan Atherton-Ely, all of LeRoy, Brittany and Jakey Holmes, Canton; nine great-grandchildren, Harlow and Scarlet Alexander, Corey, Chadd, and Tanner Holmes, Zayne Bankson, Shawn and Lindsay Edwards and Adelyn Atherton-Ely; sister and brother-in-law, Edie and Corky Vermilya, Canton; sister-in-law, Betty reed, Canton; brother-in-law, Edward Lucas, Morris Run; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, very special friends Ralph D’Ambrosio, Canton and Donna Pugh, Baltimore, MD. Predeceasing her were her husband George with whom she celebrated 45 years of marriage, Nov. 27, 1987, a sister and five brothers. The funeral service was held from the Pepper Funeral Home, Canton, June 10 with the Rev. David B. Morris officiating. Interment was in the East Canton Cemetery. Pallbearers were Bret Alexander, Bryan Bankson, Ralph D’Ambriosio, Scott and Chadd Holmes, and David and Ryan Atherton-Ely. The family suggests that memorials be directed to the American Lung Association, 1857 E. Third Street, Williamsport, PA in Mrs. Edwards; memory. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
REED –HELEN H. DOUGHERTY, 82, Canton, died July 10, 2002, at the Williamsport Hospital. Born on August 8, 1919 in Pleasantville, NJ, she was the daughter of the late William and Helen (Hand) Reed. On April 28, 1939, she married Emerson “Jess” Dougherty in Pleasantville. In 1981 she moved to Canton to maker her home where she enjoyed many community activities and functions. In earlier years she loved to travel and was able to visit many places around the world. She was of the Baptist faith and attended the Fellowship Bible Church. Mrs. Dougherty cherished her family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Their times spent together were most important in her life. Possessing a wonderful sense of humor, she enjoyed people and had a friendly and outgoing manner that touched everyone she knew. Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Bette Lou and Allen Clegg, Canton; son and daughter-in-law, William M. and Elisabeth Dougherty, Thousand Oaks, Ca; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins, and many dear friends. In addition to her husband, Emerson, who preceded her in death on June 4, 1979, she was predeceased by a brother, James Reed and a sister, Elizabeth Spivey. The funeral service was held at the Pepper funeral Home, Canton on July 13, with Pastor Thomas Henderson officiating. Burial followed in the East Canton Cemetery. The family suggests that memorials may be directed to the Fellowship Bible Church, Troy, PA in Mrs. Dougherty’s loving memory. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
REEDY Sanford. On Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010, Canton resident Sanford I. Reedy died unexpectedly at his residence. He was 72 years of age. Born in Canton on Feb. 3, 1937, he was the son of Sanford W. and Rosa (BIDDLE) Reedy. Sanford was a graduate of Canton High School, where he excelled both athletically and academically. He was an accomplished long distance runner and enjoyed participating in all competitive sports. In the classroom Sandford was a natural-born mathematician and scientist. In later years he would add political punditry and sound, intelligent debating to his list of favorite things. Mr. Reedy was employed for many years as a microwave technician for the Sun Pipeline Company. In his retirement he enjoyed reading, astronomy, ham radio operating, tinkering with computers and studying quantum physics, in addition to a friendly game of Euchre, horseshoes or softball. Always strongly opinionated, but with malice toward none, Sanford could hold his own intellectually with the best of them. And if proven wrong, he was man enough to admit it. Those who took the time to really know him found him to be hunorous, engaging and a true and loyal friend. He is survived by his wife, Delores "Dolly" Reedy, at home; daughter Dawn (Jim) McDonald of Rochester, N.Y.; stepsons Michael Comerski of Canton and Stephen Comerski of New Cumberland, Pa.; granddaughters, Stephanie and Nicole McDonald as well as five stepgrandchildren. In accordance with his wishes there will be no public calling hours, and the internment will be in the East Canton Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 29 at the New Life Church, Canton. Professional services have been entrusted to the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton. January 22, 2010, Towanda Daily Review.
REIDY –MRS MARCEIL R. THOMAS, Dushore, died Nov. 24, 1990 at the home of her son, Robert in Williamsport after a brief illness. Mrs. Thomas was born in Canton a daughter of the late Patrick and Leo Fanning Reidy. Note: Should be Leora not Leo.
REIDY –MRS MARCEIL R. THOMAS, Dushore, died Nov. 24, 1990 at the home of her son, Robert in Williamsport after a brief illness. Mrs. Thomas was born in Canton a daughter of the late Patrick and Leo Fanning Reidy. She was married to Wesley S. (Bill) Thomas who was the founder and former general manager of The Sullivan County Rural Electric Cooperative. Mrs. Thomas was formerly active in various civic organizations in Sullivan County. She is survived by a son, Robert Thomas of Williamsport; two brothers, Sanford Reedy, Lincolnton, NC and Frank Brenchley, Palm Beach, FL; one niece and two nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Wesley in 1977. A memorial service will be held Dec. 13, 1990 at 2 p.m. at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, Dushore with the Rev. James Lewis, pastor of the Forksville United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be in the East Canton Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Memorials are directed to the American Heart Association of SPCA. –Canton Independent Sentinel
LEE J. REYNARD, 59, of 68 W. Union St., Canton died in the emergency room of the Williamsport Hospital Sunday afternoon, Feb. 27, 1977 after being admitted by ambulance. He was born in Bridgewater Township, Susquehanna County, Feb. 26, 1918 the son of Frank and Katherine Blaisure Reynard. He was a veteran of World War II and served with the U.S. Navy. He served in communications on the U.S.S. Cotoctin. He was at Yalta and Winston Churchill, President Roosevelt and President DeGaulle of France all met on this ship for the Yalta Agreement. He served in all theaters of the war. Mr. Reynard was a member of the Grover Church of Christ. He was employed at the time of his death as a plumber for over 20 years with American LaFrance in Elmira. His survivors are his wife, the former Dora Wood; two daughters, Miss Susan Reynard in Villesranche-Sur-Saone, France and Mrs. Diane Sherman of Canton; and two grandchildren; one brother, Clifford Reynard died in June 1976. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time at the Ralph T. Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton. –Canton Independent Sentinel (Buried East Canton Cemetery)
REYNOLDS Edna M. WOOSTER, 83, long time resident of Canton, PA died Wednesday, July 20, 2001 at the Williamsport Hospital. Born March 22, 1918 in Troy, PA edna was the only daughter of the late H. Lynn and Ada B. (Seeley) REYNOLDS. She attended the Troy schools and graduated with the class of 1936. In 1940 she married the late Maurice L. Wooster in Wellsboro, PA; he preceded her in death in 1962. Mrs. Wooster was well known throughout the Canton area. She was employed as a sales clerk for the former T. Burk & Co. Clothing Store where she worked for many years until her retirement in 1978. Edna was a member of the Canton Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) and was a volunteer for the Meals on Wheels program. She is survived by daughters and son-in-law, Claudia and Gary Blaney of Canton, PA and Karen Wright of Williamsport, PA; sons and daughter-in-law, Edward and Mary Wooster of Montgomery, PA, John and Sallie Wooster of Athens, PA and Dale “Toad” and Brenda Wooster of Troy, PA; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her husband, Maurice, Mrs. Wooster was predeceased by brothers, Jim, Harry and Paul Reynolds. Funeral services were held June 22 at the Pepper Funeral Home in Canton with the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating and interment to follow in East Canton Cemetery. Memorials in Mrs. Wooster’s name may be directed to the Canton Green Free Library at 14 N. Center St. Canton, PA 17724 or to the Save the Pool Foundation, PO Box 5, Canton, PA 17724. “Troy Gazette-Register,” Troy, PA Thursday, June 28, 2001
ROBY –DOLORIS JANE WILSTON, 91, of Canton, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully on Friday morning, Dec. 22, 2017 at Towanda Memorial Skilled Nursing Unit. Jane was born Dec. 24, 1925 in Leolyn, Pennsylvania, a daughter of the late Paul Sr. and Dorothy (Hindmarsh) Roby. She was always one to stay busy, from age 17 to retiring at age 70, Jane enjoyed several types of work. She drove a truck, worked at Weldon’s in Williamsport, Belmar Hanger Co. in Canton, the Canton Police Department, as a transporter for Canton Ambulance and was a crossing guard for Canton schools. Jane enjoyed helping sick people and she loved her dogs. She was a member of the Methodist church in Roaring Branch. She also enjoyed family get-togethers and planting flowers. Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Carol (Larry) Jackson of Spartanburg, South Carolina; son-in-law and daughter-in-law, Stephen Innes of Canton and Sharon Thomas of New Mexico; two grandchildren, Casey Innes of Canton and Jennifer (David) Swank of Spartanburg; two great-grandsons, Jackson and Carter; two sisters, Lucille Green of Troy and Donna Greene of Minnesota; a sister-in-law, Harriett Roby of St. Mary’s, Georgia; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by two children, Glen Thomas and Deborah Innes; four siblings, John Roby, Paul Roby Jr., Henrietta Vermilya and Robena Page Moore. As per Jane’s wishes, the Rev. Duane Taylor will officiate private family services at Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Drive, Canton. Burial will follow in East Canton Cemetery. –Towanda Daily Review
ROCKWELL –LAURA M. TARBOX, 85 of 63 E. Union St., Canton died Wednesday, December 17, 1980 at her home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Morse-Kleese Funeral Home, Canton with the Rev. Clarke J. Redmand, her pastor officiating. Interment will be in the East Canton Cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to the American Cancer Society or the Canton Ecumenical Parish flower or memorial fund in Mrs. Tarbox’s memory. Morse-Kleese Funeral home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, PA. –Canton Independent Sentinel
RODNEY –MRS. ETHEL M. PERRY, 90, Troy RR 3, formerly of Canton, died Thursday, April 8, 1993 at the Bradford County Manor. Mrs. Perry was born August 21, 1902 at Scranton, Lackawanna County, PA a daughter of Ira and Louise Wesser Rodney. She was a homemaker. Ethel was a member of the Faith Baptist Church, Canton Township and the Canton Senior Citizens. She is survived by nieces and nephews as well as 33 foster children, including Agnes Heeman of Alba. Her husband, Judson Perry predeceased her on July 22, 1958. Funeral services were held at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton on April 10 with the Rev. Car Crawford, pastor of the Alba Christian Church, officiating and interment to be in East Canton Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel
ROGERS –HAZEL R. BEDFORD, 88, a resident of the Dar-Way Nursing Home, Estella, died Monday, March 21, 1988, at the nursing home. She was a former resident of East Canton. Mrs. Bedford was born Nov. 26, 1899 at Forksville, Sullivan County, Pa., the daughter of John and Jennie Bird Rogers. She graduated in 1923 from the Robert Packer Hospital School of Nursing, Sayre. She was employed as a registered nurse at Troy Community Hospital for 15 years. On Dec. 1, 1930, Mrs. Bedford became a member of the East Canton United Methodist Church, in which she maintained membership until her death. She was a Sunday school teacher at the church for many years. She was Canton Township judge of elections for 20 years. Mrs. Bedford was a member of the Women’s Society of Christian Service. She was also a volunteer for the American Red Cross Bloodmobiles in Canton. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. frank (Joey) Herman Jr. of Canton RD 2 and Mrs. Morris (Erdean) Brown of Towanda RD 4; two sons, Dean Bedford (twin of Erdean) and John J. (Jack) Bedford, both of East Canton. Twelve grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren also survive. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles H. Bedford, on Aug. 23, 1984, and by two granddaughters, Darla Bedford, on April 10, 1977, and Barbara Brown in 1983. The funeral and committal service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. from the Morse-Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, with the rev. Jeffrey Patton, her pastor, and the Rev. Jasper Smith, retired Methodist minister, officiating. Interment will be in the East Canton Cemetery in Canton Township, Bradford County, Pa. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. Memorial donations can be directed to the East Canton United Methodist Church memorial fund in Mrs. Bedford’s memory.
ROGERS –MRS. JEAN L. BIDDLE, 60, of 126 North Center St., Canton, died at the Geisinger Hospital, Danville, on Monday, November 26, 1973. She was a member of Christ Disciples in Canton and active in community affairs. She had recently received the B.P.W. Women of the Year Award for community service. She served as secretary and treasurer of the Canton Community Nursing Service for over 30 years. She is survived by several cousins and a host of friends. She is the widow of the late Philip A. Biddle, who owned and operated a clothing store in Canton prior to his death. Funeral services will be held Thursday, 2 p.m., at the Morse Funeral Home, Canton. The Rev. Thomas Logston will officiate. Burial will be in East Canton Cemetery.
ROGERS – Mrs. Mildred Rogers Tarbox, 32, wife of Charles W. Tarbox, died at the Packer hospital in Sayre Wednesday morning, January 22, after a lingering illness. She is survived by her husband, two sons, Charles and Jack, at home; her parents, Mr. And Mrs. Fred Rogers of Sylvania; six sisters and two brothers, all of Troy. The funeral will be held Friday, January 24, with prayer at the house at 1:30 and further services at the Baptist church at 2 p.m. Burial in East Canton cemetery with the Rev. E. R. Sidler of the Baptist church officiating (Handwritten 1941)
PAUL H. RYDER, 83, of Pompano Beach, FL died Thursday, February 11, 1993
at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA. Mr. Ryder had previously
resided at LeRoy, PA, Elmira, NY and Roscoe, NY prior to moving to Florida 25
years ago. Mr. Ryder was a retired master mechanic. He is survived
by his wife of 50 years, the former Thelma Wayne (1831 S.W. Sixth Ave., Pompano
Beach, FL); daughters, Mrs. Bud (Betty Jane) VanNoy of Granville Summit and
Mrs. Sharon Ryder-Eckert of Berkley, CA; sons, Paul G. Ryder of Roscoe, NY and
Lehigh Acres, FL and Richard E. Ryder of Pompano Beach, FL; several
grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mr. Ryder was predeceased by his
first wife, the former Agnes Driscoll in 1937. Funeral services were held
at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton on February 14 with the Rev.
Duane Taylor officiating and interment to be in the East Canton Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be directed to the American Heart Association, 228 S.
Russell Ave., Williamsport, PA. –Canton Independent Sentinel