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Kennedy Cemetery, Delmar Township, Tioga County PA

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by Joyce M. Tice
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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.

ASHLEY - Mrs. Harriet Plumley Dartt, [SRGP 29549] age 79, died Monday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Howard Maynard of RD3. Mrs. Dartt was born February 15, 1870 at Mainesburg, a daughter of Eleazer and DeMaris Kennedy Ashley. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Maynard, with whom she made her home; seven grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and two great great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held this afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Johnson & Tussey Funeral Home with Rev. Charles E. Titus, pastor of the First Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be made in the Kennedyville Cemetery [aka Kennedy Cemetery, Delmar Township]. - Wellsboro Agitator, January 5, 1950

MISS JOANNA ASHLEY, 88,(SRGP 30723) formerly of Riverview Manor, died late Friday Jan. 16, 2004, at River Woods.  She was a former resident of 21 Conway St., Wellsboro.  A native of Tioga County, she was born in Delmar Township, October 6, 1915, a daughter of the late Leonard r. and Damia C. (Maynard) Ashley.  Joanna was a graduate of the Wellsboro High School.  Miss Ashley was a retired glassworker at Corning Glass in Wellsboro.  She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Wellsboro and enjoyed traveling all over the world to visit her nieces and nephews.  She also enjoyed gardening, reading and pets.  She is survived by two sisters, Neva Beckhorn of Valoys, N.Y. and Corene Slocum and her husband Richard of Big Flats, N.Y.; many nieces nephews, Ashley and Janet Reasnor of Turbotville, William and Jean Reasnor of South Williamsport, James and Margaret Reasnor of Williamsport, Joanne and Dale Clementoni of Quakerstown and Pat Reasnor (widow of the late Howard Reasnor) of Danville.  She was preceded in death by three sisters, her infant twin Julia Ashley, Gertrude Reasnor and Jane Olmstead; and a brother, Curtis M. Ashley.  Memorial services will be held at the convenience of the family with burial in the Kennedyville Cemetery, Delmar Township.  Memorial donations in Miss Ashley’s memory may be made to the Middle Ridge Methodist Church, Delmar Township, Turbotville, PA.  Funeral arrangements are by the John H. Shaw III Funeral Home, Market and Eighth Streets, Lewisburg. Williamsport Sun-Gazette.


ASHLEY Corene Ashley Slocum

BIG FLATS, NY  Corene (Ashley) Slocum age 86, of Big Flats died Thursday, September 9, 2010 at Corning Hospital.  Corene was born in Delmar, PA on March 29, 1924, to Leonard and Damia (Maynard) Ashley.   She attended Wellsboro High School, where she was valedictorian of the 1941 class.  She married Richard C. Slocum on March 28, 1942, in Wellsboro, PA; he predeceased her on August 15, 2010.  Corene was a homemaker a majority of her life, but attended Corning Community College and Elmira College in her later years.  She graduated with a bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1974.  Corene was an avid gardener, reader, bird watcher and hiker, completing portions of the Appalachian Trail.  She collected teddy bears and pressed flowers; she also enjoyed sewing and needle work, Corene was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Big Flats, NY.   Corene is survived by one daughter, Kathleen Slocum of Oak Harbor, WA, and three sons: Thomas (Barbara) Slocum of Roswell, GA, Terry (Arlene) Slocum of Lawrence, KS, and Timothy (Connie) Slocum of Mt. Juliet, TN.  She is also survived by six grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by, five sisters, Gertrude Reasner, Neva Beckhorn, Julia Ashley, Joanna Ashley, Jane Olmsted, and one infant brother Curtis Ashley.  A memorial service will take place Monday, September 13, at 3:00 PM, at the Big Flats Community Center, 476 Maple Street in Big Flats.  Burial will be in Kennedy Cemetery, Delmar, PA.   The Leader   (Note:  Joyce, The grave marker is going to be nice.  On the front will be the names of Mom and Dad with their dates.  On the back will be listed the names of the four children.  We wanted to do that for genealogy purposes.  Connie Slocum)


ASHLEY - Leonard Ashley, 57, of Middle Ridge, Tioga County , Pa. Unexpectedly Wednesday morning, July 21, 1943. Survived by his wife; daughters, Mrs. William Reansner, Williamsport; Mrs. Waldo Beckhorn, Valois, N. Y.; Mrs. Richard Olmstead, Wellsboro, and Mrs. Richard Slocum, Miss Joanna Ashley and Jane Ashley, all at home; brother, Isaac Ashley, Elamogordo, N. M. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

Aged 53 years of Wellsboro, R. D. 6 died 2 Jun 1933 at  12 o'clock at the home of his sister, Mrs. George Johnson,  while visiting them.. He is survived by his widow,’ and one. Daughter Mrs. Raymond Kennedy, three grandchildren; one .sister Mrs. Geo. Johnson and one brother G. S. Blackwell, both of Lloyd, R D. Funeral service. were held at the home of his daughter; burial in the Kennedyville cemetery.

ROBERT N. DENNIS:  Robert N. Dennis, 64, of Wellsboro RD 5, died Friday, Feb. 23, 1973, in Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital following a protracted illness.  He was born in New York City on June 21, 1908, a son of Fred and Isabella Morgan Dennis.  A retired farmer, he was a veteran of World War II.  Surviving are his wife, the former Mable Quarness; two daughters, Miss Karen Dennis, of Williamsport, and Mrs. Helen Bartle, of Wellsboro, and a son Charles, of Wellsboro RD 5.  The funeral was held Monday at Spinks, 126 Main Street. Burial was in Kennedyville Cemetery.  The Rev. Gordon E. Abrams, a retired Baptist minister, officiated.

 Mrs. Kathryn Maynard, 85, of Wellsboro, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 1974, at Wellsboro. Born on May 30, 1888, at Wellsboro, she was a daughter of Avery and Emma Gross Frances. Mrs. Maynard was a member of the First Baptist Church. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Bertha Gross, of Wellsboro, two grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. The funeral was held Tuesday at the Tussey Funeral Home, 139 Main Street. Burial was in Kennedyville Cemetery. The Rev. S. Wade Stewart, her pastor, officiated.

GROSS Robert "Bob" Age 81 years, formerly of Corning, NY, Liberty, PA, and Lake Wales, FL, died June 6, 2005 in Florida. Bob and Norie Falk were married in 1947. She predeceased him June 2, 1992. His second marriage was to Dolores "Sis" Harper in August of 1993. He was a teacher for Corning/PPost Schools. Surviving are wife, Sis Gross; children, Patti, Pam, Peggy, Penny, Sally, Jan, Michael, Harold, Craig and Brian; siblings, Mort, Don and Jim Gross, LeLa Ames and Laura Heichel. The family will receive friends at the First Baptist Church of Corning, 110 East First St., Corning, NY, Saturday, June 18, 2005, from 1-4 p.m. with a Memorial Service following. Committal and Interment will be at Kennedyville Cemetery in Wellsboro, PA, Sunday, June 19, 2005, at 2 p.m. Memorial Donations can be given to American Cancer Society, 1400 Winton Road North, Rochester, NY

MR. ALEXANDER KENNEDY - Green Valley, Jan. 20--- Mr. Alexander Kennedy, aged 83, dies on the 15th instant at the home of his son, Isaac, of old age and general debility. He had been growing feeble during each of the past few years, till January 9th, when he took to his bed and died only six days later. “Uncle Aleck”, as the deceased was familiarly known, was born in Vermont, but came to Springfield, Bradford County, upwards of 80 years ago with his parent, Noble Kennedy and wife, Betsy. He was the eldest in a family of ten children and is survived by four sisters and one brother. The family remained in Bradford County for a time. When Aleck was old enough he began working for Hosea Kennedy of Springfield, with whom he remained several years. He married in 1841 Miss Laura L. Ashley, a daughter of Ethan Ashley. His first farm was a piece of wilderness land, which had not had a strike made upon it till with his ax he began the work of clearing it. He had nearly cleared this land when he sold it to Allen Ashley, buying next a farm all woods near the James Webster farm in Shippen. This farm, with his sons’ help, he cleared up and then exchanged it for another of over 100 acres, all heavy timber land, which he worked very hard to clear up. Mr. Kennedy was the father of three sons and three daughters, of which children all except one son survive him. His eldest son, George Edgar, enlisted during the Civil War in Co. E, 18th Regiment, PA. Volunteers, and died in a hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. Mr. Kennedy joined the Methodist Church about 12 years ago and lived a consistent Christian life. He was a very kind husband, a noble father and a good neighbor. He was faithful in the discharge of his many duties and was esteemed highly by all who knew him. He was an adherent of the Republican Party from the time of its organization. He had long been a subscriber of the Agitator. Funeral services, conducted by Rev. H. S. Bell, were held Saturday afternoon from the home of Mr. Isaac Kennedy. Burial in the Kennedy Cemetery

KENNEDY Francis B.
Age 79, of the Personal Care Home, Towanda, PA, formerly of Oxford, NY, died March 1, 2008 at Towanda Memorial Hospital. Francis was born March 14, 1928 in Osceola, PA, the son of the late Raymond A. and Wilda Blackwell Kennedy. He was a graduate of Wellsboro High School, Class of 1945, and was a retired employee of Norwich Eaton Pharmaceutical, Norwich, NY. Francis was a member of the Elks Lodge and American Legion, both of Norwich, NY, and was an avid reader. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving during the Korean Conflict. Surviving are brothers and sister-in-law, Mahlon and Teresa Kennedy, Wellsboro, and Paul Kennedy, Norwich; several nieces and nephews. A private graveside service will be held Thursday, March 6, 2008, at the Kennedyville Cemetery. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. If desired, memorials may be made in his memory to the Kennedyville Cemetery or Middle Ridge Methodist Church. Arrangements by Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, a "Life Celebration Home", 139 Main Street, Wellsboro, PA 16901.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/5/2008.

Mabel Kennedy Jones, 97, of 9 Cone St., Wellsboro, died there Friday, Dec. 9, 1983, following a long illness.  Her husband, Harry P. Jones, died in 1970.  She was also preceded in death by her son, Phillip Kennedy, who died in 1918.  Born March 24, 1886, in Shippen Township, she was a daughter of Isaac and Clara Francis Kennedy.  She was graduated from Wellsboro High School in 1903.  Upon graduation, she taught for two terms at Pine Grove School in Shippen Township.  Mrs. Jones was the last original member of the Middle Ridge Methodist Church.  She served as a Shippen Township auditor for many years and had been secretary of the Shippen Township School Board.  She and her husband had operated a farm in Shippen Township and were active in local affairs.  Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Clara Lawton, with whom she lived, Mrs. Lucille Sherman, of RD 6, Wellsboro, and Mrs. Isabelle Gitchell, of RD 3, Wellsboro; one brother, Raymond A. Kennedy, of Deposit, N.Y.; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.  The funeral was held Monday at the Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, Wellsboro.  Burial was in Kennedyville Cemetery, Shippen Township.  The Rev. F. Wade Stewart, a retired Baptist minister, officiated.

KENNEDY - Ralph Mahlon Kennedy of Wellsboro, died Monday, Feb. 16, 2009, at the Samaritan House in Wellsboro, surrounded by his loving family. Mahlon was born April 2, 1925, in Wellsboro, a son of Raymond A. and Wilda R. Blackwell Kennedy. He was the husband of Teresa Ann Patt Kennedy. Mahlon retired from Ingersoll Rand in Painted Post, N.Y., after 30 years. He was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Wellsboro. He loved reading and collecting books. He was a member of the AFLCIO Local Union 313. He supported his family, Middle Ridge Church, and Kennedyville Cemetery for over 50 years. Mahlon is survived by his wife, Teresa; sons and daughters-in-law, David R. and Kathy A. Kennedy of Wellsboro, Timothy M. and Amy G. Kennedy of Columbus, Ohio, Philip P. Kennedy of Warriors Mark, Francis J. and Natalie C. Kennedy of Wellsboro; daughters and sons-in-law, Ellen M. and James A. Gilligan of Cincinnati, Ohio, Nancy J. and Bob E. Lange of Flat Rock, N.C.; grandchildren, Matthew Kennedy, Adrienne (Michael) Gilbert, Jillian, David, Anna, Mark, Christine, Joshua and Faith Kennedy, Kathleen Gilligan, John, Martin and Teresa Lange and great granddaughter, Mia Kennedy. He was predeceased by brothers, Francis, Paul and Ward Kennedy. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 38 Central Ave., Wellsboro, on Friday, Feb. 20, at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Kennedyville Cemetery, Shippen Township, Wellsboro. Memorial donations may be made in memory of Mahlon to Samaritan House, c/o St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 38 Central Ave., Wellsboro, Pa. 16901, or the Kennedyville Cemetery, c/o Isabelle Gitchell, 842 Gas Company Road, Wellsboro, Pa 16901. The Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory and Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, is assisting the family. - Mansfield Gazette, Feb. 18, 2009

LOW Lola - MRS. LOLA L. BLACKWELL   ( Lola Low)
Mrs. Lola L. BlackweU, 91, formerly of 8 Purple Street, died at the Witt Nursing Home. Morris, on Thursday, April 9, 1970. She was the widow of Ralph Blackwell.  Mrs. Blackwell was born Jan. 18, 1879, in New York, a daughter of Wilson and Almeda Loucks Low. She was a member of the Church of Christ Independent Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Raymond Kennedy, Canisteo, N Y ; two sisters, Miss Elida Low, Wellsboro, and Mrs Helen Whittaker, Salamanca, N.Y.; two brothers, Burt Low, Westfield, and Jay Low, Shmglehouse; four grandsons, and seven greatgrandchildren.  The funeral was held on Saturday at Kuhl and Spink's, 126 Main  Street. Burial was in Kennedyville Cemetery. The Rev. Melvin H. Negley, her minister, officiated

Damia C. Ashley, 91, of 21 Conway Street, Wellsboro, died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 1980, in Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital.  Her husband, Leonard Ashley, died in 1943. She was born Oct. 14, 1889, in Delmar Township, the daughter of Cheney C. and Anna Webster Maynard. Mrs. Ashley was a member of Wellsboro United Methodist Church. She was also a 50-year member of Balsam Grange. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Neva Beckhorn, of Valois, NY, Miss Joanna Ashley, of Wellsboro, Mrs. Jane Olmstead, of RD 3, Wellsboro, and Mrs. Corene Slocum of Big Flats, NY; 14 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Mrs. Gertrude Reasner. The funeral was held Saturday at the Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home.  Burial was in Kennedyville Cemetery, Shippen Township. The Reverend George W. Barto 3rd, her pastor, officiated.  (Wellsboro Gazette, Wellsboro, PA, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 1981)

MUNSON –MRS. BERTHA AMELIA SHERMAN, 69 of Wellsboro RD 6, Pa. Friday, Oct. 30, 1953 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Ashley of Wellsboro RD 6.  Survived by husband, Rex D. Sherman; son, Walter Kennedy of Wellsboro RD 6; daughter, Mrs. Earl Chamberlain of Elmira; brothers, Floyd and Augustus Munson of Wellsboro RD 6, Harry Munson of Westport, N.Y. and Ray Munson of North Collins, N.Y.; sisters, Mrs. Charles Morrow and Mrs. Douglas Halliday of Wellsboro RD 6 and Mrs. Leon Clark of Wellsboro RD 1; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  The body is at the Bastian & Kuhl Funeral Home, Wellsboro and today will be removed to the Ashley residence where friends may call and where funeral services will be Monday at 2 p.m.  Kennedyville (Pa.) Cemetery.  –Elmira Sunday Telegram 11/1/1953


PATT –TERESA ANN KENNEDY, 87, of North Carolina and formerly of Wellsboro, passed away on Sunday, April 7, 2019. She was born on May 2, 1931 in Newberry, a daughter of Joseph and Clara (Fermenick) Patt. Teresa was the wife of the late Ralph M. Kennedy who died on Feb. 16, 2009. She loved her family and was an amazing grandmother. Teresa is survived by four sons, David R. (Kathy A.) Kennedy of Wellsboro, Timothy M. (Amy G.) Kennedy of Columbus, Ohio, Philip P. Kennedy of Warriors Mark, Francis J. (Natalie C.) Kennedy of Wellsboro; two daughters, Ellen M. (James A.) Gillagan of Cincinnati, Ohio, Nancy J. (Robert E.) Lange of Flat Rock, N.C. grandchildren, Matthew Kennedy, Adrienne (Michael) Gilbert, Jillian, David, Anna, Mark, Christine, Joshua and Faith Kennedy, Kathleen Gilligan, John Martin and Teresa Lange; brothers Paul (Marian) Patt and Marty (Naomi) Patt, all of Wellsboro. Teresa was preceded in death by sisters Patsy (Lewis) Bowers, Catherine (Robert) Miller, Mary (Robert) Cleveland, Josephine Patt; brothers, Ted (Mary Ann) Patt, Geroge (Betty) Patt and an infant daughter Ann Kennedy. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Peter's Catholic Church 38 Central Ave., Wellsboro, on Saturday, May 4, at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Kennedyville Cemetery, Shippen Twp., Wellsboro. Memorial contributions can be made to the Kennedy Cemetery Association, c/o Scott Gitchell, 842 Gas Company Road, Wellsboro, PA 16901. Services are under the directions of the Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc. 637 S. Main St., Mansfield. –Wellsboro Gazette 4/13/2019


SLOCUM Richard C. Slocum

Richard C. Slocum, age 86, of Big Flats, N.Y., died on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010, at Corning Hospital.   Richard was born in Wellsboro on Sept. 24, 1923, to Benjamin and Ella (Odle) Slocum. He married Corene Ashley on March 28, 1942, in Wellsboro. She survives him. Richard served in the United States Navy from 1943 to 1946. He then attended Penn State University and graduated with his BS in 1950. He was employed by Corning Glass Works for over 30 years, retiring from the Controller's Division. He earned his MBA at Syracuse University in 1971. Richard was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Big Flats, N.Y. Richard was a Master Table Tennis Champion, winning a gold medal at the Empire State Senior Olympic Games. He also loved basketball and was an avid traveler after his retirement.  Along with his wife, Corene, he is survived by one daughter, Kathleen Slocum of Oak Harbor, Wash.; three sons, Thomas (Barbara) Slocum of Roswell, Ga., Terry (Arlene) Slocum of Lawrence, Kan., Timothy (Connie) Slocum of Mt. Juliet, Tenn. He is also survived by six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and one brother, Stillman (Linda) Slocum of Philadelphia. Richard was predeceased by his brothers and sisters, Raymond, Clara, Abbie, Thomas, Enola, June and Cora. Calling hours will be held Thursday, Aug. 19 from 5-7 p.m. at Phillips Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney St., Corning, N.Y.  A memorial service will take place Saturday, Aug. 21 at 11 a.m., at the Big Flats Community Center, 476 Maple St. in Big Flats, N.Y. Burial will be in Rural Home Cemetery, Big Flats. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Richard's honor to the Alzheimer's Research Foundation, 1236 Ginger Crescent, Virginia Beach, Va. 23453-9810 - Wellsboro Gazette, August 18, 2010 and THE LEADER    (Note:  Joyce,  the place of burial is not correct in this obit.  We lost my husband’s parents this summer, 25 days apart.  Corene Ashley Slocum was Richard's wife.  They took turns going to the hospital from early July until early September.  Dad, (Richard), was the first to die.  At first Mom, (Corene), said that she wanted him buried at the Rural Home cemetery in Big Flats so she could go over and visit the grave.  We told the funeral home that and then when she went to pick a spot she didn't like it, so it was changed to Kennedy Cemetery since so many in her family are buried there.  By then it was already in the paper, but we all know where he is.  Anyway, I am going to transcribe the obituary just the way it was in the paper, and if you want to change it, then feel free to do so.  Otherwise, just add a note that the burial site was changed after the paper was published.  Let me know if you want me to do this differently.  By the way, the grave marker is to be put up sometime this spring.  Don't go looking for it, because it is not there.  Connie Slocum )  

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