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Do You Know that you can search just the Obituaries on the site by using the three County Specific Obituary selections in the Partitioned search engine at the bottom of the Current What's New Page? You can narrow your search by including a key word in the cemetery name or a township name in addition to the surname you search. Then select the Find All Words option. 
You'll also find obituary and other newspaper clippings using Clippings partition. Additional clippings can be found in the Birth, Marriage, and some other partitions. 
Reading a series of obituaries from a single cemetery, as they are presented here, is like reading the multi-generational history of a community. These people were the local populace at a particular time. The people buried here knew each other, were neighbors, relatives and school mates. They attended church together and engaged in "trade" or business. 

All people are listed in alphabetic order by surname at BIRTH. Women identified by a married alias only and  for whom a birth surname can not be identified, are listed on the last page for the cemetery's obituaries. Please send in typed obituaries for people buried in our local cemeteries. If possible include name of newspaper and date. Send typed in your email or in attached Word files. Send to Joyce M. Tice ( 

ANDERSON, LEON I.  Services for Leon I. Anderson, 64, Troy, will be held at the convenience of the family with Rev. Garry Zuber officiating.  Burial will be in Franklindale Cemetery.  Mr. Anderson died March 9, 1984 at Troy Community Hospital.  He was born Feb. 15, 1920 in Franklin Twp., Bradford Co., son of Lloyd and Mable Green Anderson.  He was a member of the Antique Automobile Club of America, Susquehanna Region Automobile Club of Williamsport, Endless Mountains Automobile Club of Towanda, New York-Pennsylvania Twin Tier Vintage Ford Club of Elmira and Model A Restorers Club.  He was a member of Troy Ambulance Assn., retired from F.P. Case & Sons and an avid bowler.  He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Eloise Wooster Anderson; daughter, Mrs. Richard (Susan) Calkins of Troy; four granddaughters; brothers, Britton of Ithaca, NY, Emory of Endicott, NY and Paul of Florida; sister, Norma Ward, Athens; several nieces and nephews. (TGR March 15, 1984)

LEWIS LEROY ANDERSON, 85, of the Senior Citizens Building, Towanda, died early Saturday morning, July 30, 1994, at his home.  Born Feb. 11, 1909, in Armenia Township, he was a son of the late Sydney and Edith Struble Anderson.  Mr. Anderson was formerly employed by the Harry Clark farm in Rome for many years and also was employed by a trucking company in Hackettstown, N.J., for a number of years.  Surviving are: three sons; John Anderson of Canton, Robert Bickham of Sayre and Barton Bickham of Mansfield; two daughters: Pauline Barber of Corning, N.Y., and Doris Ayers of Arlington, Texas; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a brother, Malcolm “Andy” Anderson of Columbia, Ind.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Vanderpool Anderson, on April 22, 1993; an infant son, Charles Anderson; four brothers; George, John L., James and Lawrence Anderson; and a sister, Helen Streeter.  The family will receive friends on Monday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda.  The funeral service will be held Tuesday, Aug. 2, 1994, at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with his son John Anderson of Canton officiating.  Interment will follow in Franklindale Cemetery, Franklindale. –Towanda Daily Review.

Daily Review on 11/13/2007.
On Nov. 8, 2007, former Canton resident and school teacher Dena Margaret (Brown) Allen died quietly at St. George, Utah. She was 87 years of age. Born April 4, 1920, in Fox Township, Sullivan County, she was the daughter of Elmer and Catherine (Hunsinger) Brown. Her grandparents were Charles and Ellen Rose Brown and Edward and Elizabeth Hunsinger. Dena grew up with six sisters and a brother. On Aug. 20, 1945, she married Frank M. Allen, and together they had one son and shared 44 years until Frank's passing in 1989. For thirty years, she taught at Canton Elementary School, mostly the third grade. Dena held the education of one's self in highest regard, and had a passion for her family's genealogy. She was an ambitious student of history and the effects of its legacy on modern times. Dena was a woman with a deep, abiding faith in the Lord, and enjoyed the Christian love and fellowship which flourishes at the St. George Community Church.  She is survived by two special nieces, Elizabeth F. Metcalf of Columbus, N.M. and Joan Rogers of Victor, N.Y.; two grandchildren, Wesley and Ashley Allen of Cedar City, Utah; a very devoted friend from her church family, Laire Miller, St. George, Utah, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  Besides her parents and grandparents, Dena was preceded in death by her husband, son, brother and sisters.  Calling hours will be from noon until 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14, at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, Inc., 40 N. Center Street, Canton. Funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. with Pastor Melvin Good officiating. Interment will follow in Franklindale Cemetery.  Submitted by Carol Hoose Brotzman

CLARENCE ELMER ‘PAPPY’ CRANE, 97, of Towanda RR 3, Burlington Township, died Saturday morning, March 29, 2003, at the Skilled Nursing Unit, Memorial Hospital of Towanda.  Born Feb. 27, 1906, in Powell, he was the son of the late Henry and Addie Hall Crane.  Clarence was a veteran of World War II, having served with the U.S. Marine Corps.  Clarence was fondly known by his family and friends as “Pappy.”  He was a lifelong resident of Burlington Township, where he owned and operated his modest dairy farm in a very special area he loved and referred to as “Pappy Crane’s Heaven.”  Pappy was a talented mechanic and welder and was noted for his gifted ability for repairing almost anything mechanical.  If he could not locate a part needed for making repairs, he would manufacture it himself.  Pappy was always willing to assist others when needed Pappy will be remembered for his determination in maintaining his independent lifestyle in the country, and his love of God, hunting, fishing, working in his shop and walking in the woods for exercise to view the beautiful surrounding mountains.  He is survived by numerous cousins, many good friends, his dog Cindy and his cat Trixie.  The funeral service will be held Monday, March 31, 2003, at 3 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  Interment will be in the Franklindale Cemetery, Franklindale, with Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 according full military honors.  –Towanda Daily Review.

CRANMER – Mrs. Matilda Lantz, 74 years old, died at her home in Powell, Saturday night, September 1.  Death was due to a stroke brought on by old age.  She was one of a family of thirteen, a daughter of Samuel and Eliza ROCKWELL Cranmer.  She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Fremont Talada of Powell, Mrs. Earl Sickler of Endicott, N.Y., Mrs. Daniel Slater of Athens, and Mrs. Clarence Kellogg of Smithfield, and three sons, Henry of Athens, John of Grand Forks, N.D., and Ernest of Windsor, N.Y.She is also survived by three sisters, Miss Anna Cranmer and Mrs. George Greenwalt of Williamsport and Mrs. Dora Crane of Franklindale, and two brothers, Clarence and Irvin Cranmer of Williamsport.  The following were pall-bearers: Edgar Lantz, Robert Slater, Earl Lantz and Elmer Slater, grandsons, Arch and Melvin Crane, nephews.  The funeral was held Tuesday at 2:30 from her late home and interment at Franklindale cemetery.                (Sept. 1, 1922)

DUNN - Lyle R. Dunn, 65, of RR 4, Dushore, PA died on Monday, October 20, 1997 at home following an illness.  Lyle was born on November 15, 1931, the son of the late John F. and Gretchen Crammer Dunn of Monroeton, PA.  From 1966 until 1989 Lyle worked as a Towanda Borough policeman until an illness required him to retire.  He worked for several companies driving tractor trailers out of the Towanda area and recently retired from Pelton Trucking of Monroetown.  Lyle is survived by his wife, JoAnn Fulmer Dunn, at home; a daughter and son-in-law, Mr. And Mrs. Michael (Jacquelyn) Dunn Rouse of Dushore RR; sons, Edward Dunn of Beaver, PA and twins, Lyle J. and Larry of Gillett, PA, W. Donald of Powell, PA, Harold E. Monroeton and Gerald of Towanda, PA; sisters, Beryl Wilbur of Troy, PA and Alta Harris of Monroeton; 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.  A graveside memorial service was held October 23 at the Franklindale Christian Cemetery with the Rev. Robert W. Martin officiating.  Arrangements were by the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, Dushore.  Memorials may be directed to the Memorial Hospital Hospice, Hospital Drive, Towanda, PA 18848 or the Sullivan County Cancer Society, PO Box 243, Dushore, PA 18614 or a charity in Lyle’s memory.

MAYO - CHILSON, Mrs. Anna M.
Age 74 of Canton RD2, at the Troy Community Hospital early Saturday morning, March 13, 1976 after a lengthy illness. Friends may call at the Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, Monday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. Funeral will be held there Tuesday at 11 am. Rev. Fred Bryans, her Pastor, officiating. Burial in Franklindale Cemetery.

MOORE - Festus Moore, of  West Franklin died at Burlington on Tuesday, November 13 (1923).  The body will be taken to Franklindale for burial and funeral services will be held in the Christian Church in that place on Saturday, at 2:00 p.m.  He is survived by two daughters who are out West and one brother, Ernest Moore of Franklindale.  RHW.  Towanda Dailey Review 16, Nov. 1923.

REED - WHEELER, Dorothy A.
61, of Center Street, Powell, PA, died unexpectedly Sunday afternoon, May 18, 2008, at Memorial Hospital, Towanda, PA. Born November 14, 1946 in Elmira, NY, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Marie Kennedy Reed. Dorothy was a graduate of South Side High School Class of 1964 and was also a graduate of the Elmira Business Institute in Elmira, NY. In earlier years, Dorothy was employed by the former Red Rooster Restaurant in Wysox, PA, the deli department of the former A & P Market in North Towanda, PA, and by Ames Department Store in Towanda, PA. She was presently employed by the Bonanza Restaurant in Wysox, PA, and had worked there since the business began operation. Dorothy was a member of the Powell United Methodist Church, where she formerly taught Sunday School. She was also a member of the Humane Society of the US and the German Shepherd Club. Dorothy loved spending time with her family, friends and animals, and enjoyed camping. She is survived by her sons, Bruce A. Wheeler and his wife, Patricia Wheeler of Towanda RR 3, John H. "Jack" Wheeler and his girlfriend, Julie Ritts of Towanda RR 3; four grandchildren, Amber, Jessica and Cody Wheeler, and Joey Taylor; her brother, John W. "Jack" Reed of Horseheads, NY; her fiancé, David W. Campbell of Powell. The family will receive friends Thursday evening, May 22, 2008, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, PA, with the funeral service being held at the conclusion of calling hours at 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be private Friday morning in the Franklindale Cemetery, Franklindale, PA. The family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to the Bradford County Humane Society, PO Box 179, Ulster, PA 18850, in Dorothy A. Wheeler's memory.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/20/2008.

Major Robert H., Jr. United States Air Force Major Schuler will be laid to his final resting place in the Schuler family plot in the Franklindale Cemetery, Franklindale, PA, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2005, with full Military Honors, including the McGuire Air Force Base, Elite Honor Guard, a fly-over by two C-130 jets, and the Vietnam Veterans of America, the Major Robert H. Schuler Jr. Chapter 803, as well as other local veterans groups. Major Schuler is survived by his two daughters, Laurie Boone of AZ, Linda Merritt of MI; two grandsons; and two nephews, Fredrick Schuler of NE, and Stephen Schuler of CO. While listed as Missing-In-Action, he had been survived by his late parents, Robert Sr. and Elizabeth Schuler; and his late brother, Richard Schuler. Born December 14, 1935 in Ashland, a resident of Comfort Hill Road, Wellsburg, he graduated from Southside High School, Class of 1953. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science. October 15, 1965, Major Schuler was listed as Missing-In-Action after an Armed Reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam where he was hit with anti-aircraft fire while flying cover over his wing man who had already been shot down during that same mission. While listed as Missing-In-Action, he was promoted from Captain to Major. In January 1974, a presumptive finding of death became the official listing. Posthumously, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf, the Air Medal, and the Purple Heart. His remains were identified in August of 2004. A welcome home celebration for Major Schuler will be held at Woodlawn National Cemetery, Elmira, on Saturday, May 21, 2005, at 10 a.m., during the Echo Taps Bugle celebration.  (Star Gazette)
(Evening Times May 20, 2005)
40 years later, Vietnam vet finally coming home
By L.D. GLOVER--Tioga County Editor ASHLAND- The remains of a Town of Ashland man believed to be the last Chemung County resident killed in Vietnam, and who has been missing for almost 40 years, will be laid to rest beside his parents Saturday. Maj. Robert H. Schuler Jr. will be buried in the Franklindale Cemetery, which is located near Towanda off state Route 414. According to Dennis Wolfe Sr., president of the Robert H. Schuler Jr. Chapter 803 of Vietnam Veterans of America in Elmira, the remains were positively identified in Aug. 2004 in Hawaii. The identification was made using DNA from a shaving kit supplied by Schuler's nephew, Frederick, in 2003, and which belonged to Fred Schuler's own late father, Richard. The remains were recovered from a crashed plane site approximately 10 years ago, Air Force Records indicate. Born on Dec. 14, 1935 and graduating in 1953 from Elmira Southside High School, Maj. Schuler graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1957 and attended the USAF Pilot School. Schuler was reportedly shot down over North Vietnam while flying an F-105D fighter-bomber on an armed reconnaissance mission over Ha Tiang near the Yen Bair prison on Oct. 15, 1965. At 10 a.m. Saturday, the major will be welcomed home at the Woodlawn National Cemetery in Elmira with the playing of Taps and an echo on bugles. James Baker -- funeral director of the Holly, Keck and Baker Funeral Home in Elmira -- noted that Maj. Schuler's remains will be escorted at about 11:30 a.m. to the Franklindale Cemetery, where his late parents, Robert Sr. and Elizabeth, are buried in the family plot. Baker said a graveside service will be conducted with full military honors, and will include about 20 members of the Elite Honor Guard from McGuire Air Force Base near Trenton, N.J., plus an honor guard made up of members of the Elmira Vietnam veterans post. The service will be conducted by USAF Chaplain Sean Minson of McGuire AFB, and there will be a fly-over of two C-130 jet planes, Baker said. Originally listed as missing in action, Maj. Schuler was a captain at the time, and was promoted posthumously to the rank of major after he was presumed dead in January 1974. He was also awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross With Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Medal, and the Purple Heart. Maj. Schuler's survivors include his nephew, Frederick, and another nephew, Stephen, of Colorado; his two daughters, Laurie Boone of Arizona and Linda Merritt of Michigan; and two grandsons.

Private funeral and committal services were held July 30 for Donald J. Shepard, 72, of Canton with Rev. David Morse and Pastor William T. McNett officiating. Interment was in Christian Cemetery, Franklindale. Arrangements were handled by Morse & Kleese Funeral Home. Mr. Shepard died July 27, 1981 at Towanda Memorial Hospital. He was born Sept. 12, 1908 in Talson, Lycoming Co.,a son of William and Laura Gillett Shepard. He was a member of the Grover Church of Christ and an Army veteran of WWII. He is survived by his wife, the former Dorothy Kelly, to whom he was married for 45 years; two daughters, Mrs. Jack (Margie) Mathers of Towanda and Mrs. Robert (Marlene) Taylor of Troy; son Phillip of Granville Summit; two sisters, Mrs. Pete (Arlene) Manson of Larimer, Pa. and Mrs. Joseph (Marcella) Straka of Williamsport; nine grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

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