Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
Wilawana Cemetery, Athens Township, Bradford County, PA 
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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 (


 Hazel Marian Kunzman Jacklin, 93, of Ithaca, NY died May 30, 1992 at the Tompkins Memorial Hospital. Born June 26, 1898 in Granville Township, Bradford County, PA, the daughter of Charles Stuart and Bessie Hall Kunzman, she lived her childhood on various farms in Bradford County. She was a 1919 graduate of Mansfield Normal School with a degree in elementary education.  She then taught in several rural schools in Tioga and Bradford Counties, the last being in the village of Wilawanna where she met her future husband. She is survived by a daughter, Kathleen Jacklin of Ithaca; sons, Kenneth of Gillett, PA, Stuart of Valois, NY and Stanley of Fort Valley, GA; ten grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter; sister, Lorene Emery of Burlington, PA; five nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held June 3 at the Lowery Funeral Home in Athens with the Rev. Elaine White officiating and burial to be in the Wilawanna Cemetery. (TGR, Thursday, June 4, 1992)

Wd do not have a surname for Maria. If you know her own name, please tell Joyce so we can place her in the right positon here.
??? Chemung, March 17 – Death has claimed one of the oldest and most remarkable women in Chemung County with the passing of Mrs. Maria Van Gorder.  Mrs. Van Gorder was 101 years old.  She was a resident of this town since the age of 10 years.  The descendent was born near New York but spent nearly all her life in this section.  Mrs. Van Gorder cast her first vote last November and on November 11 observed her 101st birthday.  Despite her advanced years Mrs. Van Gorder was one of the most interesting residence of this place.  She enjoyed good health and was actively interested in events of the day.  Prayer services for the aged woman were held from the home Monday afternoon at 1 o’clock. The  Rev. ED VanDyke of this place officiated  and the interment was in the Wilawana Cemetery.  She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. GM Straiton of this place; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Myrtilla Wilbur of Oklahoma and a step-son, HC Seeley of Waverly. (Not on Wilawana tombstone listing under this name) We need to know her name at birth and dates. The set of clippings this was in are about 1927.
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