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ELMER NORMAN SLOCUM, 80, of 33 Grouse Lane, Ulster, Pennsylvania, passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at Guthrie Memorial Hospital, Towanda, Pennsylvania. Elmer was born on Dec. 29, 1937, in Wilmot Township, Pennsylvania, the son of Evert and Annabelle Heaverly Slocum. Elmer began his working career with the Blue Swan in Sayre, the Waverly Retinning Factory and assisting on area farms. In later years, he was employed by Penn Line Tree Service, Davy Tree Service, Masonite Corporation, the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad and by Conrail until his retirement. During his retirement years, Elmer enjoyed spending time with his family, lawn mower repair, woodworking and diesel mechanics. Elmer built his own home in which he and his wife Shirley raised their family. He also enjoyed making toys from wood, hunting and fishing. One of his favorite pastimes was to go for rides with his wife Shirley on Barclay Mountain. Elmer possessed great love for his pets, Cindy, Blondie and Needy. Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Shirley M. Devine Slocum, whom he married on March 30, 1957 in East Towanda; their children, Debra Allen and husband Emory of Ulster, Sandra Austin and husband Bill of Ulster, Robert Slocum and wife Dawn of LaPorte, Indiana, Joy Myers and husband Brad of Towanda, Pamela Tuttle and husband Randy of Ulster; daughter-in-law, Kim Slocum of Ulster; 20 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; brothers, Evert Slocum of Burlington, John Slocum and wife Sharon of Wysox; sisters, Joanne Goodstall and husband Gary of Socrates, New York, Annabelle Lamb and husband Roger of Ulster, Doris Elliott of Sugar Creek; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Elmer was predeceased by sons, Daniel Slocum in 1960, Guy Slocum in 2017; brother, George Slocum; an infant brother; sisters, Joyce Nickeson, Marguerite Cook, Marie Gowin, Lois Watrous and Jane Chaffee. The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday evening, March 10, 2018, at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pennsylvania. The family suggests that contributions may be directed to Ulster EMS, 1899 Ghent Hill Road, Ulster, PA in memory of Elmer Norman Slocum. –Towanda Daily Review 3/8/2018

 

DAVID J. SMITH “The Glassman”, 62, of Milan, PA, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, July 20, 2017. He was born November 2, 1954, in Hamlin, NY, the son of Oliver J. Smith and Margaret Flugel. David owned The Glassman in Milan, PA for over 30 years, doing both commercial and residential glass. As he told all, he was the “One Stop Window Shop”. He loved spending time with his family and friends. David enjoyed boating, especially at Seneca Lake. He also enjoyed motorcycling, hunting, hot rods, music, especially rock and roll, and “Wheeling and Dealing”. He spent a lot of time outdoors tending to his yard. He is predeceased by his father, Oliver J. Smith and mother, Margaret Flugel Ames. David is survived by his beloved partner of 20 years, Kathy Anthony of Milan, PA, children, Jackie Smith and his buddy, Dr. Anthony Grippo of Athens, PA, Michael and Tara James of Rochester, NY, David John Smith and Dr. Emily Pica of Clarksville, TN, Joshua Thomas and Barbara Smith of Chesapeake, VA, Caleb Lawrence Smith and Megan Welch of Gillett, PA, and Isaac James Smith of Chesapeake, VA, step-children, Joshua Anthony and Shelby Poarch, grandchildren, Trever Smith, Cyris Anthony, Ava Poarch, Faye Poarch, and Kit James. He is also survived by his siblings and their spouses, James and Patricia Smith of Cocoa Beach, FL, and their children, Chad and Garrett, Vicki Smith Drysdale of Hamlin, NY, and her son, Alex, John and Kristin Smith of Clarendon, NY and their children, Jeffrey and Cody, and Michael and Brandi Smith of Case Grande, AZ and their children, Nicholas, Ava, and Taylor, his best friend and former wife, Rosemary Rafferty Smith of Knoxville, PA, and special friends, Kathy and Jim Murphy, Kelly Brown, and Raymond “Unc” Arsenault. The family is planning a Celebration of Life Service to be held in Athens, PA and Rochester, NY in the near future. The service will be announced in a later edition of this paper. The family is being assisted by Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Athens, PA. The family wishes to thank PA-C Kim Trahan of Guthrie who as David called her, “His Guardian Angel” and the Staff of the Guthrie Cancer Center. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in David’s memory to the: David J. Smith Contribution Fund, C/O Jackie Smith, Visions Federal Credit Union, 803 Elmira Street, Sayre, PA to complete David’s dream for the Smith Family Home. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

ELLSWORTH A. SMITH, age 88, of Mansfield, PA, passed away on Monday, April 2, 2018 at Soldiers and Sailors Hospital. He was born on May 18, 1929 in Mainesburg, a son of Aaron and Margaret (Webster) Smith. Ellsworth was the husband of the late Janet T. Smith who died on April 1, 2018, with whom he shared 72 years of marriage. He was a truck driver. Ellsworth also served as a church deacon, enjoyed farming and collecting coins. Ellsworth is survived by a son, Lonsworth Smith of North Carolina; two daughters and a son-in-law, Judy Smith of Mansfield, PA, Linda and Ronald Copp of Mansfield, PA; five brothers and sisters-in-law, Kenneth and Nancy Smith of Mainesburg, Roger and Carole Smith of Mainesburg, Wilbur and Carolyn Smith of Wellsboro, Ted and Alice Smith of Florida, Chester Smith of Mainesburg; three sisters and a brother in law, Betty Rice of Florida, Geraldine Worden of Mansfield, Juanita and Art Meixel of Williamsport; four grandchildren, Angela, Soni, Meredith, Brandon; and nine great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Wendall and a sister, Marian. A memorial service will be held for Janet and Ellsworth on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 1PM at the State Road Baptist Church, 1600 Old State Road, Mainesburg, PA, with Pastor Sherri Butters officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the State Road Baptist Church. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. –Funeral home obit

 

FREDDIE JAMES SMITH, 82, passed away July 6, 2018. Fred was born December 31, 1936 to the late Morris B. Smith and Dorothy Wells/Smith in Wyoming County, Pennsylvania. He lived in Athens, Pennsylvania until 2016 when he and his wife moved to Knoxville, Tennessee. He attended Troy schools when younger and worked many years on the Parks farm on Mercer Hill. Later he worked at Westinghouse and Kennedy Valve. He is survived by his wife Lorraine (Lorrie) of 54 years; daughters Nancy Johnson of Horseheads, New York, Judy (David) Storelli of Dunlap, Tennessee, and son David (Margaret) Smith of Knoxville; brothers, Frank (Vernell) of New Mexico, Maynard (Gail) and sister, Jeannie Canfield, both of Wyalusing, Pennsylvania; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by brothers, Morris Jr., Dale and Willard, sisters, Clara Wizelman, Iva Collins, Thelma French and Helen Bouse. He loved his family and enjoyed telling stories to his grandchildren. He loved watching the birds and just relaxing outside. He was a member of the Cross Roads Baptist Church, where he enjoyed fellowship with the “Young at Heart Group.” His heart was with the Lord and he’s gone to have eternal life with our Heavenly Father. Freddie James Smith, you will be missed. Services were held Monday, July 9, 2018 at Cross Roads Baptist Church with Pastor Danny Dixon officiating. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Cross Roads Baptist Church, 7503 Bell Road Knoxville, TN. –Towanda Daily Review 7/9/2018

 

GEORGE A. SMITH III, age 54 of Wyalusing (former Eagles Mere resident) died February 6, 2018 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre after an extended illness. He was born February 25, 1963 in Lycoming County. George was the son of George (Skip) Smith Jr. of Eagles Mere and the late Florence B. Smith.
George worked in the building and electrical trades in both Sullivan and Union Counties. He also served in the National Guard. George loved to tinker with old trucks and cars. He had a skill for fixing things that were broken. In his spare time, he loved to go fishing. Surviving, in addition to his father, is a daughter, Hanna Phillips and granddaughter Marina Shenouda of Neffsville PA, three sisters: Carolyn B (Edward) Taylor of Hughesville, Margaret A. Blackwell of Montoursville, Jeannine R (Mark) Richlin of Dushore and one brother, John S Smith of Linden PA. George is preceded in death by his mother Florence B Smith.
The family will hold a memorial service Friday, February 16, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Eagles Mere Community Church on Laporte Avenue in Eagles Mere. Arrangements have been entrusted to the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Dushore. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

GRANT L. SMITH, 92, of Hughesville, died Monday, November 6, 2017, at Wolf Run Village. He was preceded in death by his wife Emily G. (Grittner) Smith on August 2, 1983. Born September 30, 1925 in Franklin Township, Lycoming County, he is the son of the late Chester H. and Lillie A. (Gardner) Smith. Grant was a 1944 Graduate of Hughesville High School. He was a U.S. Army Veteran serving in the 507th Parachute Infantry, 17th Airborne Division. He parachuted into Germany in the Rhineland of Central Europe. Grant received a Purple Heart as a result of his service. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a Supervisor at Schnadig Corporation of Montoursville. He was member of Muncy Lodge No. 299 F. & A. M., the Antique Automobile Association of Lycoming County for many years, and the Mercury Club. He attended many car shows with his 1965 Mercury Park Lane, which is now in England. Grant enjoyed bowling, fishing, and going to car shows. Surviving is his long-time companion and friend, Phyllis Weikel of Hughesville; a daughter, Ellen D. (John Jr.) Wise of Mansfield; a son, Wayne A. (Cookie) Smith of Muncy; four grandchildren, Kevin W. (Shelley) Smith, Kristen D. (Tom) D'Angelo, Sarah T. (Andy Englehart) Wise; and five great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife and parents he was preceded in death by five brothers, Raymond, Howard, Lawrence, Sylvester, Charles Smith; four sisters, Irene Berger, Beulah Christ, Stella Oplinger and Mildred Smith. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, November 10, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Rev. Cinda J. Brucker officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hughesville, with graveside military honors by combined veteran’s organizations. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home where a Masonic Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. by Muncy Lodge No. 299 F. & A. M. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Grant’s name to Wolf Run Village, 3750 Rt. 220 Hwy., Hughesville, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

JASON LEE SMITH, age 42, of Laceyville, PA, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, January 26, 2018 at his home on Second Street. Jason was born on June 30, 1975 in Sayre, PA, the son of the late Sharon Smith Causer, who passed away in September of 2012. He attended Wyalusing Valley High School. Jason had two daughters, Sierra and Jade Smith. Jason loved to watch television and movies. He loved action and horror movies. He loved all kinds of music ranging from the oldies to modern day country. Jason would collect anything with an eagle on it. He was known as a bit of a story teller by his family. Jason is survived by his two daughters, Sierra Michelle Smith of Dushore, PA; Jade Summer Smith of Rome, PA; his brother Robert Walter Jr. of Pennsylvania; his sister Shelly Walter of North Carolina; as well as several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Also surviving is very close friend Jamie Perham of Sayre, PA. By abiding by Jason’s and the family’s wishes, there will be no funeral services for Jason. –Obit from Carol Brotzman

 

LLOYD E. SMITH, 83, of South Waverly, PA passed away peacefully at his home with his family by his side on Friday, December 15, 2017. He was born on December 3, 1934 in Halsey Valley, NY, the son of the late Elwell C. and Alice Rumsey Smith. Lloyd was passionate about his family and loved spending time with them, especially his grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was a professional shopper who would drive miles to search out all the great deals, including rummage sales. He would spend time with all the butchers in the meat departments to be sure he was getting the best price possible and at the same time was forming friendships. His highlight of every day was heading off to enjoy his coffee with his Burger King buddies, spending time seeing who could tell the best joke of the day. Lloyd could talk to anyone, anywhere, at any time and he formed many lasting friendships and will be missed by all those who knew and loved him. He enjoyed camping and fishing. Lloyd was employed with Spencer Agway with his brother for over 37 years, prior to retiring. He also operated his farm, growing all his own vegetables and every Sunday night held a corn roast with corn from his garden, until moving to South Waverly. He is predeceased by his wife Joyce (Marbaker) Smith, sister and brother-in-law, Frances and Jim Cooper, brother, Kenneth Smith, and brothers-in-law, George Tohkannen, John Mott, Richard Zeitel, and Frank Park. Lloyd is survived by his children, Edward and Barb Smith of Himrod, NY, Richard Smith of Spencer, NY, LuAnn and Ron Miner of Waverly, NY, Timothy Smith of Emmaus, PA, and Thomas and Nancy Smith of Delhi, NY, grandchildren, Aimee and James Brown, Tyler and Maggie Smith, Adam Smith, Sarah and Ben Syden, Josh and Sarah Smith, Brandon Smith, Tanner Smith, Blaine and Theresa Olmstead, Heather miner, Cara Miner, Mason Smith, Sydney Smith, and Joelle Smith, and 15 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters, Barbara Tohkannen of Spencer, NY, Anna Mae Mott of Ithaca, NY, and Jean Zeitel of Naples, FL, sisters-in-law, Rose Seeley of Spencer, NY and Lela Park of Waverly, NY, several nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friend, Marge Warren of Ridgebury, PA. Friends and family may call on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 from 11am to 12pm at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, PA. A Celebration of Life Service will follow at 12:00pm at the funeral home with the Rev. Linda Rogers officiating. Burial will be in Halsey Valley Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made in Lloyd's memory to: Halsey Valley Cemetery, 386 Hamilton Valley Rd, Spencer, NY to help maintain the cemetery.

 

RANDY S. SMITH, 54, of Morris Run, PA, passed away on August 4, 2018 at UPMC Susquehanna in Williamsport. Born October 17, 1963 in Blossburg, PA Randy Scott, endeared as “Pettit” by family and friends, was a son of the late Datus and Mary Alice (Nybeck) Smith.  He was a graduate of Montoursville High School.  Pettit will be lovingly remembered as being blessed with a positive and happy nature.  He had a sweetness about him and was a kind, outgoing and humorous person.  Favorite times were spent with family and friends.  Randy loved cooking and listening to music, especially classic Rock N Roll.
Surviving are his siblings; Deborah Smith of Montoursville, Pamela Smith and Alan (Christine) Smith all of Morris Run and Cindy Smith of Cameron Mills, NY, several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Karen (Smith) Roupp and a nephew, Ricky Lee Moore. Calling hours are 11 – 1 P.M. Thursday, Aug. 9, at Pepper Funeral Home & Cremation Facility, Blossburg Chapel at 314 Granger St.  A celebration of Randy’s life will follow at 1 p.m.  Burial will be private at a later date. Consider a donation in Randy’s memory to the American Diabetes Assoc. at two Chatham Ctr #1520, 112 Washington Place, Pittsburgh, PA or to Muncy Valley Hospital’s Skilled Nursing Unit, 215 E. Water St. Muncy, PA. –Funeral home obit 8/7/2018 

 

RICHARD BRYANT SMITH, 73, of State College, died on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at home.
Born Jan. 31, 1945, in Scranton, he was the son of the late Richard L. Smith and Marion B. Smith. On June 13, 1981, he married Virginia Carol Wolfe. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Jennifer Rauch and her husband, Kent of State College and Marion Kilker and her husband, Jonathan of York; two grandsons, Hunter and Sebastian Rauch; a sister, Suzanne Karg and her husband, James of Springville and many nieces and nephews. Richard grew up on Smitholm Farm in Springville, well- known for registered Holsteins. He graduated from Elk Lake High School in 1963. After high school, he received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland, his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University and was a licensed Professional Engineer. He was a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and was a 50- year Mason. He worked for Penn State in the Applied Research Laboratory, primarily in the area of underwater propulsion, and retired in 1999 after 32 years of service. Richard stayed active in the operation of the family farm throughout his life and amassed an extensive collection of International Harvester tractors and farm equipment, as well as a classic Mustang Mach I and other vehicles. He was an avid NASCAR fan. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 1 to 4 p. m. at the Springville Volunteer Fire Company, Springville, PA. In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to make a contribution to the “Marion B. Smith Trustee Scholarship,” 11 Old Main, University Park, PA or a charity of their choice. –Wyalusing Rocket 6/7/2018

 

SCOTT D. SMITHGALL, age 68, of Wellsboro, PA, died on Friday, January 19, 2018.  He was born on May 5, 1949 in Canton, PA a son of the late Raymond O. Smithgall and Dorothy J. (Mott) Smithgall.  Scott was married to Julie (Choban) Smithgall and enjoyed cars, boats, motorcycles and airplanes.  He loved driving around Tioga county and a telling a good joke.  Scott was retired from Osram Sylvania, Wellsboro, PA.  He is survived by his mother: Dorothy, wife: Julie, son and daughter-in-law: Cameron and Marissa Smithgall of Ephrata, PA, daughter and son-in-law: Maren and Greg Brown of Denville, NJ, brother and sister-in-law: Tom and Barb Smithgall of Lancaster, PA, sister and brother-in-law: Mary-Beth and Tom Schoonover of Canton, PA, grandsons: Emmett Brown and Ian Brown and many nieces, nephews and cousins.  A private family service will be held at a later date.  Arrangements are entrusted to the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., Wellsboro, PA.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to the American Autoimmune Related Disease Association at  https://www.aarda.org/donate/.  –Canton Independent-Sentinel 1/25/2018

 

SNYDER –ELAINE BERG, 102 went to be with her heavenly father on May 3, 2018. She was a resident of Gracious Living Estates for the past 5 years. Elaine was born in Liberty Township, Susquehanna County on July 24, 1915, one of eleven children. She was predeceased in death by her father Evan Snyder and mother Rena Caswell Snyder Depue; husband Clark Berg; brother, Horace; sister, Wilma; half- brothers and sisters: David Depue, Stephen Depue, Ruth Rothberg and Miriam Bartlett and sister-in-law Elynor Depue. She is survived by 3 sons and daughters-in-law Donald & Shari Berg, James & Shelva Berg, and Carlyle & Trudy Berg; daughter Ruth Ann Gardner; 3 half-brothers Paul Depue, Sam & Esther Lou Depue, and John & Phoebe Depue; half-sister Esther Camp; and sister-in-law Dorothy Depue; grandchildren Melissa, Peter, Jeffrey, Sally, Kevin & Brenda, Kendall & Mary, Carlene, and Tim Berg, Brinton & Anne, and Curtis Gardner; 16 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Elaine loved to make Quilts, read and work her flower beds. She also enjoyed riding her tractor and mowing her lawn, playing the piano and organ and putting together puzzles. She was a member of the Stanfordville Baptist Church in Stanfordville, PA. A Funeral Service will be held on the Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 11am at the Bartron-Meyer Funeral Home, 382 Church St. Montrose, PA. Interment will be held in the Brookside Cemetery, Franklin Forks, PA. The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 from 10 to 11am. Instead of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Stanfordville Baptist Church 23456 SR 29, Hallstead, PA or a charity of one’s choice. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

SNYDER –THELMA MAE SAGER RYDER, 99, of Muncy Creek Township, died Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at Wolf Run Village, Hughesville. Born December 7, 1918 in Williamsport, she is the daughter of the late Edward Nelson and Minnie Mae (Smith) Snyder. Thelma grew up on her family farm near Muncy and graduated early at age 16, from Hughesville High School, in 1935. After her mother's death, at age 20, she took on the responsibility of taking care of her family and farmhouse. She was a long-time employee of Sylvania Electric Photoflash Division in Montoursville. Thelma was a receptionist at Muncy Valley Hospital for several years. She ran for and was elected as the Muncy Creek Township Tax Collector for two terms. She was also a long-term care-giver for her father, her brother, and both husbands. Thelma was the oldest living member of Moreland Baptist Church, which she joined in 1946. She served as a Deaconess, Choir Member, Sunday School Teacher and Secretary, and Youth Leader. Thelma was a 25-year member of the Muncy Business and Professional Women’s Association. She was active in the Band Parents of Muncy High School. She served as secretary of the Schafer Family Reunion group for many years, and was a member of the Blooming Grove Historical Society. Thelma was a crossword puzzle "fanatic", enjoyed gardening, reading and cooking and baking, especially for large family gatherings. The companionship of a long list of dogs throughout the years was very important to her. She is survived by a son, Wayne K. (Paula) Sager of Muncy; a daughter-In-Law, Linda Whyte of Carlisle; two step sons, Darcey C. (Nan) Ryder of Muncy, Dennis C. Ryder of Dallastown; a granddaughter, Melanie L. (Michael) Starner of New Oxford; two grandsons, Douglas E. Sager of Denver, CO, Morgan S. Sager of Carlisle; a step granddaughter, Dr. Sara E. Emerson, of Greenville, NC; two great grandsons, Derek Starner and Shane
Starner. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Fred K. Sager in 1989, after 47 years of marriage, and her second husband, Lewis L. Ryder in 2007; a son, Lynn Sager in 2002; and two brothers, Earl R. Snyder, and Guy V. Snyder. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 24, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with her pastor, Rev. Robert Ingraham officiating. Burial will follow in Moreland Baptist Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, March 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

JAMES M. “TOOTIE” SONES JR. 84, of Hughesville, quietly passed away at home on October 9, 2017, after a long hard fought battle with cancer, with his family and friends at his side. Born September 29, 1933, he was the son of James M. “Peck” Sones and Emma (Fritz) Sones of Sonestown. James attended school in Sullivan County and during that time he worked for Robert Armstrong and Marquardt Logging. James also worked for Montour Auto Service during the winter months delivering oil and gas. He retired at the age of 60 with 38 years of service from Hanson as Superintendent of the Lime Bluff Stone Quarry in Muncy. He was a member of the Muncy Valley Area Volunteer Fire Company receiving an Honorary 50 year award. James was also a founding member of the Glen Mawr Lions Club, now the Picture Rocks Lions Club, as-well-as the Picture Rocks Volunteer Fire Department. He was an avid hunter and trapper and a longtime member of the Royal Gunning Club in Sonestown. Most of all he loved working around his home. James is survived by his wife of 61 years, Alfreda M. “Petie” (Minnier) Sones; a daughter Terri (Daniel) Miley; a son, James C. Sones; two granddaughters, Ashley Brown and Christina Sones; two great- grandchildren Abigail Brown and Carter Brown, all of Hughesville and a brother, Robert (Charlotte) Sones of Muncy Valley. James was preceded in death by his parents, James Sr. and Emma Sones; three sisters, Beatrice “Sissy” Sperry, Marjorie “Toots” Steinruck and Betty Houseknecht; and five brothers Carl “Gene” Sones, Marvin “Dick” Sones, Jackie “Jack” Sones, Donald “Donnie” Sones and Harold “Punk” Sones. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, October 13 at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water St., Hughesville, with Mary Williams officiating. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery, Sonestown. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. The family requests casual dress for the viewing and funeral, as James was not a formal person. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to the Tivoli United Methodist Church, 9598 Rt. 220 Hwy., Hughesville, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

JOHN D. SPENCER, age 84, of Silvara, PA, passed away on Wednesday evening, March 14, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loving family. John was born on June 13, 1933, in Skinner’s Eddy, PA, the son of the late Melvin E. and Catherine M. Repsher Spencer. On March 20, 1953, he married the former Betty A. Bullock and the couple was together for 64 years until her passing on January 19, 2018. The couple owned and operated Silvara Gun Shop for over 25 years through the 1960’s, 70’s, and 80’s. They also sold Arctic Cat snowmobiles as well as Yamaha and Suzuki motorcycles at the gun shop. In the mid 1980’s they also owned and operated Spencer’s Furniture Store together. John was the Tuscarora Township Supervisor from 1983 until 2000. He was President of the Township Officials Association from 1996 until 1998. He was a member of the Bradford County Sanitation Association for 25 years as well. He was a driver for the Laceyville Ambulance for a number of years and he also helped the Laceyville Goodwill Volunteer Fire Company. He was a member of the Tri-County Sportsmen Club in Silvara, PA. He loved to hunt as well. John loved spending time at the Spencer Family Farm. He enjoyed mowing the lawn and listening to the hymn sings at the gazebo. John made it a habit to drive past the farm when he would go home. John is survived by his daughter Susan Anderson and her husband George of Tunkhannock, PA; grandchildren Tracy Gates and her husband Christopher of Meshoppen, PA; Bill Anderson of Meshoppen, PA; great-grandchildren Hailee Anderson and Jordyn Gates; as well as many nieces and nephews. Besides his wife and parents, John was preceded in death by his brothers Floyd E. Spencer and Richard “Dick” D. Spencer. By abiding to John’s wishes there will be no funeral services or calling hours. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made in John’s name to either the Laceyville Goodwill Volunteer Fire Company, PO Box 207, Laceyville, PA or the Meshoppen Ambulance Assocation, PO Box 118, Meshoppen, PA. Arrangements were entrusted with Sheldon Funeral Home, 459 Main Street, Laceyville, PA. –Funeral home obit

 

SPENCER –JOYCE L. (SPENCER) BENNETT, 69, of Elmira, NY, passed away on Monday, July 23, 2018 at her home. Joyce was born January 1, 1949 in Elmira, daughter of the late Stanley and Dorothy (Sawyer) Spencer. She was one of the first female line workers at the American LaFrance factory in Elmira and was passionate about bingo. Joyce is survived by her children Paula Draht of Lowman, NY and James (Rebecca) Johnston of New Market, TN, her granddaughter Tressa Draht, her great grandson Brody Grace, her brothers and sisters: Stanley "Skeeter" (Diane) Spencer of Horseheads, NY, Judy (Bennie) Moore of Elmira, John Spencer of Deland, FL, Joanne (Michael) Smith and Daryl (Judy) Spencer, both of Elmira, and Tammy (Raymond) Sherman of Mansfield, PA, along with several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents. Services are private and at the convenience of Joyce's family. The Roberts Funeral Home, Inc. 279 Main Street Wellsburg, NY has been trusted with the arrangements. –Elmira Star-Gazette 7/26/2018

 

SPENCER –ROXANNE J0Y WALKER, 54, of Sayre, PA, passed away unexpectedly at home on Wednesday, September 6, 2017, following a long battle with numerous health related issues. She was born on October 21, 1962 in Elmira, NY, the daughter of the late Floyd E., Jr. and Geraldine (Morse) Spencer. Roxane's daughters were her whole life, when they were growing up and into adulthood. She was a very loving mom and her focus in life was always about her children. Her grandchildren were the light of her life and meant the world to her. She loved hearing about what they were doing in school, sports, and all their activities. She will be missed by all those who knew and loved her. Roxane is survived by her husband, Roy Hartman of Sayre, PA, beloved daughters and their husbands, Sherrie and Sean Allan of Fort Campbell, KY, Christina and Eddie Coats of Elmira, NY, and beloved daughter Heather Gee of Sayre, PA, her grandchildren she adored, Sean, Jr., Adam, and Logan Allan, Savannah Gleason, Tyelor Garrison, Dominick, Caleb, and Alexis Storms. She is also survived by her brother, Floyd E. Spencer, III and Melody Gleason of Elmira, NY, step-brother, Charles Martone of Elmira, NY, several nieces, nephews, and cousins. At the request of the family, there will be no calling hours or services. The family is being assisted by Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Athens, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

RUSSELL G. SPENCER, age 77, of Horseheads, New York, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Jan. 14, 2018. He was born in East Smithfield, Pennsylvania, and is survived by his loving companion of 33 years, Pam Golden; children, Bonnie (Anthony) DeFelice, Burr (Sheila) Spencer, Emily (Ken) Adams, Eric Spencer, Holly (Nate) Wilson, Dan (Julie) Spencer, Jessica Spencer, Annalie Spencer; 10 grandchildren; brother, Carl Spencer; sisters, Emogene Weaver, Cathy Seymour, and Mary Jane DeWitt; and a host of extended family members and friends. He was also predeceased by his parents and three brothers. Spence was a member of the American Legion, veteran of the U.S. Army, and retired from Adtranz and American LaFrance. He loved his “Farm,” being outdoors, lending a helping hand to others, his tractor, and above all else, his family. A service with Barber Funeral Home Horseheads will take place privately. –Towanda Daily Review 1/16/2018

 

SPERRY –MARJORIE MAE ‘MARGIE’ SMITH, age 72, of Meshoppen, PA, passed away Friday, July 14, 2017 at the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, PA. Margie was born on February 11, 1945 in Towanda, PA, the daughter of the late Clyde J. Sperry and Mildred Corson. She attended and graduated from Sullivan County High School with the Class of 1963. She married Charles E. Smith Sr. on May 20, 1985. She worked as a trimmer at the Meshoppen Dress Factory. Margie loved watching soap operas and reading books. She enjoyed reading mysteries, law, forensics, and justice novels. She loved watching birds and she loved animals especially her dog Pocko. Margie was a caring family woman who enjoyed giving advice, to asking family and friends. She loved her family and very much enjoyed being surrounded with her family. Besides her husband of 32 years, Margie is survived by her son Carl Stanley Shoemaker Jr. of Glen Lyon, PA; son Charles Leo Shoemaker of Glen Lyon, PA; daughter Patricia Ann Glemser of Sweet Valley, PA; son Charles E. Smith Jr. and his wife Desiree of Plymouth, PA; and daughter Samantha J. Coyne of Plymouth, PA. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews. Margie was a private person and she wished to have an intimate family memorial service. Arrangements were made through the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Meshoppen, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

ROY E. “PETE” SPERRY, 65, of Lopez, formerly of Nordmont, passed away peacefully on October 16, 2017. Roy was born in Nordmont on October 9, 1952, to the late Clyde Sperry Jr. and Beatrice “Sissy” Sones. Pete was a graduate of Sullivan County High School, Class of 1971, and most recently worked for PennDOT, retiring August 1, 2016. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, telling stories of days gone by, looking at classic cars, and watching his favorite movies, Lonesome Dove, and On Golden Pond. Pete married Cora McCarroll on March 7, 1979, and together have three sons, Frank, Jesse, and Joshua. Surviving are his wife Cora; three sons, Frank (Rachael), Jesse (Lisa), and Joshua (Danielle); 10 Grandchildren; a sister Gloria (Jeannie) Milheim; an uncle, Robert (Charlotte) Sones; and a niece, Susan Karge. In addition to his parents Clyde and Beatrice Sperry, Pete was preceded in death by his beloved uncle, Harold Sperry; and numerous other aunts and uncles. Pete was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend. He will be missed by all who knew him. Pete had requested funeral and burial arrangements to be private and at the convenience of the family. A celebration of life for friends and family will be held at the Nordmont Community Hall on Friday, October 20, 2017, from 2 till 5 p.m. Please come and celebrate Pete's life with us. Arrangements have been entrusted to the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Dushore. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

SENECA E. "GENE" SPICER of Caledonia, N.Y. passed away on July 31, 2017, at age 77. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mildred; their daughters and sons-in-law, Velvet Spicer and Brian Mazerolle, Jean and Eric Young; two granddaughters, Zerica and Cenna; sisters, Linda (Fred) VanNorman, Twila (Tom) Myers, Mista (Ben) Lopez; many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Friday, Aug. 4, 2017 from 1-3 and 5-7 p.m. with a time to share remembrances at 7 p.m. at the Alhart Funeral Home, 3068 W. Main St., Caledonia. His graveside service will be held Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017 at 2 p.m. at St. Columba Cemetery, State Street, Caledonia. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any cancer-related charity but, more importantly, Gene asked you to please quit smoking. –Sayre Morning Times 8/3/2017

 

TAMMY JEAN SQUIRES of Elmira born April 30th 1967 went to be with her Lord on June 26th 2018. Tammy is survived by her two children, daughter Tiffany LaFritz (Squires) of Savannah, Ga & Son Paul J Baker of Randolph, NY. Mother Joyce A. Hackett of Lowman, NY. Brother's John Squires of GoldenGlow, NY & Joe Squires of Lowman, NY. Sister Tina Squires of Ridgebury, PA. Two special nieces Chyenne Card Elmira, NY & Makiya Baker Southport, NY. Her Partner Israel Cruz. Two children she loving cared for Jeremy Slater jr & Jose Cruz. Many Step Sisters & Brother's, Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews, Cousins and many friends. Tammy touched many lives in the short time she was with us and a Memorial Celebration of her life will be had on July 22nd 2018 at the Erin Volunteer Fire Hall and a benefit in her honor will be had on July 29th 2018 on White Wagon Rd in Chemung, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 7/19/2018

 

STAMBAUGH –JOYCE ANN (STAMBAUGH) STITELY, 77, of Arnot, PA, formerly of Union Bridge, MD, passed away Monday, May 21, 2018 at home while surrounded by loved ones. Joyce Ann was born August 29, 1940 in Gettysburg, PA, one of 11 children of the late Samuel and Ida (Long) Stambaugh.  On June 6, 1959, she married LeRoy Stitely at St. Lukes Lutheran Church in New Windsor, MD.  They shared nearly 45 years together before his passing on Apr. 22, 2004.  Times shared with family were most important in Joyce Ann’s life. Her favorite hobbies included crocheting and gardening.  In later years, she also enjoyed working at Walmart.  Surviving are her children; Terri Sandstrom and Tony Stitely (Amanda LeLong) all of Arnot, Teresa Stitely of Westminster, Tabutha (Marty) Norwood of Manchester and Tina (Bob) Meredith of Union Bridge, 11 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, four brothers; Sterling, Rodney, Richard and Bill Stambaugh, several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her husband LeRoy, she was predeceased by a granddaughter, Melissa Sandstrom, siblings; Betty Garber, Violet Smith, Carlene Buffington, an infant girl Dolly, Virgil Lee and Harold Stambaugh. Visitation is from 2 – 4 P.M. and 6 – 8 P.M. Thursday, May 24, at Hartzler Funeral Home, 6 E. Broadway in Union Bridge.  There will be no funeral service.  Burial will be held Friday at 2 P.M. in Creagerstown Lutheran Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, consider memorials to St. Luke’s Lutheran Church c/o P. Bassler, 1401 New Windsor Rd., New Windsor, MD or to Alzheimer’s Assoc. of NE PA, 57 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA.  Pepper Funeral Home & Cremation Facility Blossburg Chapel, 314 Granger St. is in care of local arrangements. –Funeral home obit

 

STANSFIELD –BONNIE MARIE STANSFIELD HEASLEY, 71, of 950 Shotgun Hollow Road, Ulster, Pennsylvania, passed away Monday morning, May 14, 2018, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pennsylvania. Bonnie was born on May 6, 1947, in Elmira, New York, the daughter of Bernard Harold Stansfield and Helen Marie Justin Stansfield. Her main interest in life encompassed her home and family. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, working in her flower garden and bird watching.
She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Thomas Leslie Heasley Sr., whom she married on Feb. 9, 1966; children, Helen Marie (Brian) Bailey of Luthers Mills, twins, Sandra Lee (Chip) Luckman of Towanda and Thomas Leslie Heasley Jr. of Towanda, David James (Jennifer) Heasley of Ulster; grandchildren, Cody, Brandon, Amber, Thomas Paul, Marissa, Andrea and Ethan; several great-grandchildren; sister, Roseann (David) Colton of Gillett; brother, Darrell (Kathy) Stansfield of Elmira; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, Bonnie was predeceased by an infant daughter, Lucinda Heasley; and brothers, Richard, Ronald and Bernard Stansfield. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. The family suggests that contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society, Bradford Unit, 1948 East Third St., Williamsport, PA in memory of Bonnie Marie Stansfield Heasley. The Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home of Towanda, Pennsylvania is assisting the Heasley family with arrangements. –Towanda Daily Review 5/16/2018

 

STANTON –BETTY LOU RUSSICK, 78, of Tunkhannock, PA, formerly of East Rush, PA passed away, Sunday, August 13, 2017 at The Gardens at Tunkhannock, Tunkhannock, PA.  Born January 5, 1939 in Rushville, PA, she was the daughter of the late Lewis and Lottie [Cilwick] Stanton.  Her husband Max H. Russick predeceased her in 2004. A attended of the former Rush High School, she was employed at the former Susquehanna County Home for many years. She was a member of the former Rush United Methodist Church. She enjoyed gardening, her flowers, and playing cards, snowmobiling, square dancing with Max and their friends. Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Darlene & Richard Salsman of Meshoppen, PA, Gaylene Mowry & Mike Park of Meshoppen, PA, Penny & Kevin Stockholm of Montrose, PA, Dixie Russick of Neola, UT, daughter-in-law, Karen Russick, of Montrose, PA, 13 grandchildren 18 great-grandchildren, sister & brother-in-law, Loretta & Richard Ormsby of Lawton, PA, brother & sister-in-law, Michael E. & Linda Stanton of Wyalusing, PA. In addition to her parents and husband, her first husband, Kenneth Johnson, a son Max Russick Jr., an infant son Kevin Johnson, grandson, Ryan Salsman, granddaughter, Brandi Johnson Stockholm, sister, Delores Ellis and son in law, Mark Mowry all predeceased her. Services: 2:00 pm Wednesday at Bartron-Myer Funeral Home, Inc., Montrose, PA. Visitation: 1 hour prior to services on Wednesday. –Towanda Daily Review 8/15/2017

 

JOSEPH A. STANTON JR. "Joe", 58 of Maricopa, Arizona died on April 15th 2018. Joe was born in Elmira NY on November 23, 1959 to Joseph, Sr. and Janet (Squires) Stanton the 4th of 6 children. He graduated from Elmira Free Academy in 1977 and served in the United States Navy. Joe married the love of his life AnnaJo Paolangeli- Stanton on April 24, 1988. In addition to his parents and wife Joe is survived by his daughters Jessica (Jamie) Westmiller and their children Dante, Brynn, Rowen and Chloe of Maricopa, AZ., Lisa (Tim) Coggins and family of Mandan ND. and Janet (Rick) Johnson and family of Bismarck ND., His brothers and sisters, David (Wendy) Stanton, Pittsburgh PA, Charlene (Doug) Learned, Elmira NY, Becky (Alvin) Janowski, Beaver Dams, NY, Jan (Kim) Stanton, Elmira NY and Phillip (Alexandra) Stanton of Ewing NJ. Brothers and sisters in- law Alfred (Carol) Paolangeli, Toni (Matt) Flanigan, KoKo (Jose) Barajas, Kenny Paolangeli and Jolie Hockersmith and numerous nieces and nephews as well as many lifelong friends including his favorite fishing buddy David Cacciotti of Elkridge, Maryland. Joe worked at Maricopa Ace Hardware for many years and considered all of his coworkers and the customers he served extended family. For those who knew him Joe was a humble man with a big heart. He loved his grandkids, fishing, hockey and wonder cars…we often "wondered" if they were even going to start. He had a ready smile and an amazing gift of gab. He earned the reputation around town as the go-to, fix-it guy who was always willing to help out someone in need. Our hearts are full with happy memories to share. Please join us to celebrate Joe's life on May 20th from 4-6 pm at the Ak-Chin Southern Dunes golf club located at 48456 W. Highway 238 Maricopa, AZ. –Elmira Star-Gazette 4/20/2018

 

WARREN PETER (PETE) STANTON, 65, of Springville, PA passed away on February 19, 2018 at Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Dunmore, PA after a valiant two-year battle against esophageal cancer. He was born October 26, 1952 in Harford, PA to the late Jack and Ruth Stanton of Heart Lake, PA. Pete was a graduate of Montrose High School and Penn State University, where he earned a degree in forestry. During his working career, he was employed in a number of venues: truck driving, utility forester for Penn Line Services, Claverack REC, DiAngelo Brothers, as well as PP&L. Most recently, Pete worked at the Penguin/Random House facility in Kirkwood, NY until its closing in March 2016. His greatest devotion was to his beloved wife of 31 years, Lorraine Loch Stanton, who survives him, and his two stepdaughters, Jacqueline Kelly, Hoboken, NJ and Kathleen Kelly, Springfield, PA, as well as his favorite four-legged companions, Peppy and Dart. Pete was an avid outdoorsman and hunter and a deep thinker who enjoyed reading and collecting historical and biographical works. He was also a student of watercolor and poetry. Pete is also survived by his brothers: Mark Stanton, Montrose; Matthew Stanton, Throop; Joseph Stanton (Karen), Lakeside; John Scott (Jeanine), Freeville, NY; a sister, Joan Burdick (Richard), Binghamton, NY, and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews. In addition to his parents, he was pre-deceased by a sister, Ruth Ann Scott Burdick. The family wishes to thank the entire staff of Hospice of the Sacred Heart In-Patient Unit at Dunmore, PA. The loving care, concern, and compassion extended to Pete, his family and friends will long be appreciated and remembered. Service:  12:00 noon Friday, February 23 at Bartron-Myer Funeral Home, Montrose, PA. Visitation: Friday from 11:00AM until time of service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Pete's memory to True Friends Animal Shelter, 16332 State  Route 706, Montrose, PA; Susquehanna County Free Library, 458 High School Road, Montrose, PA; or Hospice of the Sacred Heart In-Patient Unit, 100 William Street, Dunmore, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

JOHN T. STARKS, 72, of Wellsboro, PA, passed away Thursday, July 26, 2018 at his home. He was born April 5, 1946 to the late Alvin Starks and Leora (Colegrove) Starks. John worked many years in the heavy and highway construction business. John is survived by his wife of 37 years, Cheryl (Fuller) Starks; sons, Joe (Ruth) Starks of Williamsport; Nick (Susan) Starks of State College, Ben (Samantha) Starks of York; daughter, Amber (Ryan Rose) Starks of Wellsboro; grandchildren, Kayla (Curtis) Geyer of Trout Run, Felicia Starks, Savanna Springman of Williamsport, Aaliyah Starks, Alyssa Starks, Emma Boyd of York, Shawn Starks of Wellsboro; brothers, Gordon Starks of Ohio, Don Starks of Covington, Roy (Eileen) Starks of Texas; several nieces and nephews.  Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 from 11:00 A.M. to Noon at Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA with a memorial service at Noon. –Funeral home obit

 

STARR –JOYCE E. REYNARD, 81, of Sayre, Pennsylvania, formerly of Wilmington, Delaware, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt passed away on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017 at Robert Packer Hospital. Joyce was born on March 8, 1936 in South Williamsport, to the late Kermit and Gladys (Grenell) Starr. She is preceded in death by her sisters, Carol Cowing and Florence Reese; her brothers-in-law, Jim Cowing, Robert Reese, Jim Boyer, Max Reynard; nephews, Mark Robbins, John Reynard; and niece, Corrine Erwin. Joyce is survived by her loving husband, Dale C. Reynard; son and daughter-in-law, Ty and Sherry Reynard; her very precious grandchildren, who she adored dearly, Taylor and Travis Reynard; sisters, Connie Robbins (Robert), and Rebekah Boyer both of Ralston, Pennsylvania; sister-in-law, Linda VanNess (Jerry Manchester) of Elmira, New York, and Joanne Reynard of Burlington; many nieces and nephews, including her niece Glady Perry of Canton, who can't be thanked enough for all her love and support. Joyce was a 1954 graduate of Canton High School in Canton. She married Dale Reynard on Aug. 20, 1960, and they just celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary. She was a Class of 1957 graduate of Geisinger Medical Center School of Nursing.  She started her nursing career in Blossburg, Pennsylvania, working as a nurse in the operating room. She moved to Wilmington, Delaware, in 1966, where she worked for Retirement Living Company, Forum Group, and Delaware Hospice, all in Wilmington and as a long-term care administrator at Stonegates Retirement Village in Greenville, Delaware, where she retired from in 1999. She had been a volunteer at Mom's House in Wilmington, and enjoyed helping her son at his business Fairview Gardens located in Newark, Delaware. Joyce had a love for cooking. She also loved teddy bears and bringing them to life. She enjoyed crafting teddy bears, which she sold at craft shows under the name ReBorn Bears. After moving to Northeast Pennsylvania in 1999 to be closer to her son, daughter-in-law and impending grandchild, she volunteered at T.A.C.O. in Towanda for a number of years. She enjoyed knitting and made hats and gloves for cancer patients and people in need and was a volunteer for Guthrie Hospice, a position she held up until the time of her death. Joyce enjoyed spending time with her family and attending her grandchildren's academic and athletic events. A celebration of Joyce's life will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017 at Athens United Methodist Church, 118 S. Main St., Athens, PA with Pastor Ann B. Overmiller from Ralston United Methodist Church officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made in loving memory of Joyce Reynard to Ralston United Methodist Church, Route 14, Ralston, PA or to Guthrie Hospice, 421 Tomahawk Road, Towanda, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 8/29/2017

PETER STARR, 93 of Sayre passed away on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at Athens Health and Rehab in Athens. He was predeceased by his parents, Peter Sr. and Anna Bizila Starr, his loving wife, Margaret Zapotocky Starr; and brother, John Starr. Peter is survived by his nieces, Barbara Chandler of Horseheads and Vicki LaRue of Horseheads; sister-in-law, Julia Korba of Johnson City; caregivers, Betty and David Blair of Waverly; close friends, Dan and Pat Seck of Athens and Terry and Michelle Shirhall of Binghamton. Peter was a graduate of Sayre High School and went on to work for over 32 years at Bendix in Elmira. He enjoyed traveling, visiting his friends in Binghamton and collecting and operating his model trains. He was a life time member of the Sayre Elks lodge #1148. A time of calling will be held on Monday, February 26, 2018 from 2 to 3 at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly. Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 26, 2018 at 3:00 PM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, NY with Father James Worthington officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery at the convenience of the family. –Funeral home obit by Carol Brotzman

 

REGINALD E. "PETE" STEVENS passed away Sept. 10, 2017 after a period of declining health. Pete was born July 18, 1924 in Standing Stone Township. He was the son of Flora Mae Stevens and stepson of Lee Weiskop. Pete was a senior in high school when he enlisted in the US Marine Corps March 16, 1942. He spent six months in Northern Ireland and then traveled to the Pacific Theater of operations. He was in the battle of Iwo Jima for 22 days until he was wounded. Pete was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps on Nov. 1, 1945. He was a very proud recipient of the Purple Heart. On Feb. 25, 1947, he married Jacqueline Kuykendall and settled in Standing Stone. Pete and Jackie moved to Durell in February 1956 after purchasing the former "Kingsley Farm." This was to become their homestead where they raised their four children. Farming became his hobby. He was a heavy equipment operator and a proud member of The Operating Engineers Local 410 out of Binghamton. Most of his work history was the building of Route 17 in the Binghamton area. Pete was a man who enjoyed the outdoors. He liked to hunt and fish. He loved working in his stone quarries on the hill behind the house and he loved to garden. "He grew it and Jackie canned it." After Jackie's passing in 2006, he still grew large gardens. He so enjoyed sharing his produce with his friends and neighbors on the Route 187 south corridor. In the last few years, he enjoyed feeding and watching the birds and counting water trucks while watching his big screen television. He is survived by his four children, Melissa (Gary) Washburn of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, Michele (John) Snell of Towanda, Scott of Towanda, and Tamara (Pat) White of Sharpsburg, Maryland; grandchildren, Heather Washburn, Emily (Josh) Baer, Helen (Matthew) Santiago, Stephanie (Yan) Salcedo, Schuyler Stevens, Ross Stevens, Adelaide (Jared) Blickenstaff and Lydia White; great-grandchildren, Phoebe and Isabelle Painter and Mila and John Harris Santiago; sister-in-law, Rose Stroud Andrewlavage; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Louise Benjamin. He was predeceased by his wife, Jacqueline, in 2006; his parents; brother, Lee Weiskop Jr. and sister, Janis Weiskop Chapman. In keeping with his wishes, there will be no funeral. Donations can be made to the Towanda Public Library in his memory. His ashes will be spread by his family on his "million dollar mountain." He will be missed. Semper Fi. –Towanda Daily Review 9/13/2017

 

STEVENSON –PRISCILLA J. MARBLE, age 58, of Mansfield, PA, died Saturday, December 22, 2017 at her home. She was born November 12, 1959 in Blossburg, PA, a daughter of Donald and Margie (Gleason) Stevenson. She was married to Richard E. Marble, Sr. Priscilla worked at C.R.I. Home Health as a caregiver. She had also been employed by Broad Acres in Wellsboro, McDonald's in Wellsboro as a Manager, and a photographer for C.P.I. in Utah. Priscilla was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She enjoyed sewing drawing and spending time with her grandchildren. Priscilla is survived by her husband, Richard; a son and daughter-in-law, Richard (Suzanne) Marble, Jr. of Mansfield; 3 daughters and sons-in-law, Shineanne (Kenneth) Stump of Elmira, NY, Sherry (Chad) Hamilton of Covington, PA, Elizabeth (Jeffrey) Knowlden of Wellsboro, PA; 3 sisters and brothers-in-law, Joan (Rexford) Aumick of Dundee, NY, Sherry (Alan) Montgomery of Duncansville, PA, Robin (Duffy) Dyer of Mansfield, PA; 8 grandchildren, Brian Stump, McKenna Knowlden, Kaden Knowlden, Gary Stump, Mailee Marble, Bradley Hamilton, and Brynlee Knowlden, Wesley Marble. She was predeceased by a daughter, Margaret Marble in 1978. In keeping with Priscilla's wishes, there will be no services. Burial will be in Baxter Cemetery. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family.  –Funeral home obit

 

MARCIA DAWN STICKEL, 70, of Etowah, Tenn., passed away, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, following an extended illness. She was a patient at Life Care Center of Athens, Tenn. Marcia was born in Sayre, Pa., on Jan. 3, 1948 to Marilyn (Patterson) and Walter Stickel. She graduated from Athens High School. She attended Corning Community College and received her degree from Stoney Brook University, Stoney Brook, N.Y., in Clinical Laboratory Science. Before graduation, she interned at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Marcia worked in the office at Ingersoll Rand in Athens after graduating from high school. While she attended college, she worked enthusiastically at various jobs, always with a big smile, and always left her employment in a better place than when she started. She participated with the Mello Dears Junior Drum & Bugle Corps as a support person for a number of years. After graduation she relocated with her family to Hudson, Fla., working at blood lab services in the New Port Richey area. In 2003, Marcia moved to Etowah, Tenn., and became a homeowner, restoring a Craftsman Bungalow. She continued to work as a lab tech, finishing her career at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville, Tenn. Marcia loved turning pottery on the wheel and was very creative. She loved all her family and had a large circle of friends where ever she went. She was a giving and caring person and would always help someone in need. She is survived by many cousins. She is predeceased by her parents. Those who wish to contribute to a memorial in Marcia's name are asked to consider Life Care Center of Athens, 1234 Frye St., Athens, TN. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time, through Companion Funeral and Cremation Service, 400 S. White St., Athens, TN. –Sayre Morning Times 6/4/2018

 

MR. DAVID L. STILLMAN, 89, passed away on July 3, 2018 in Gulfport, MS. He was born in Sayre, PA, and grew up in Laceyville, PA. Most recently he was a resident of Diamondhead, MS. David was preceded in death by his parents, Allen Stillman and Eleanor Whipple Stillman and his sister, Nancy Patton. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Georgiana Stillman of Diamondhead; three children, Matthew Stillman (Cheryl) of Pinehurst, NC, Gregory Stillman (Patricia) of Huntingtown, MD, and Georgiana Hoover (Sean) of Diamondhead; six grandchildren, Joshua, Caleb, Zachary, Sam, Olivia and Isaiah and one sister, Eleanor Buchinski. Mr. Stillman went to Dartmouth College where he majored in history, then attended the Episcopal Seminary in Alexandria, VA. He served our country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. David then taught at Hyattsville Junior High School where he met his beautiful wife, Georgiana. He was a furniture salesman for most of his life thereafter. He was also an avid gardener. A memorial service was held on Tuesday, July 10 at 7 p.m. at Diamondhead United Methodist Church in Diamondhead. Interment was held at Biloxi National Cemetery. Riemann Family Funeral Homes, 9113 Kiln DeLisle Road, Pass Christian, served the family. –Wyalusing Rocket 7/26/2018

 

LAHMAN LEE STODDARD, age 89, of Wilmot Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania, passed away on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at his home with his family at his side. Lahman was born Feb. 6, 1929, son of the late Hiram and Gertrude Vose Stoddard. After attending the Grant Hill School, he worked on the Stoddard family farm. On July 3, 1950, he married the former Darleen Rose Finan of Albany Township who predeceased him on Aug. 11, 1984. Lahman served in the U.S. Army from February 1954 until February 1956. During his enlistment, Lahman served as a light truck driver with Company B of the 723rd Tank Battalion, Camp Irwin, California. On May 5, 1955, Lahman’s unit participated in the Apple 2 nuclear detonation tests in Nevada, as part of Operation Teapot. Lahman, was a life-long Wilmot Township farmer. Prior to his Army service, Lahman purchased his own farm, right next door to his parents’ farm where he was born and raised. He took great pride in his farmstead, where he farmed for the rest of his life.

Lahman was a member of St. Basil’s Church, Dushore, Pennsylvania, and a member of Wyalusing American Legion Post No. 534. He enjoyed hunting and target shooting, bird watching, reading, and riding around the farm and the surrounding area on his four-wheeler. He also enjoyed operating the tractor during the haying season. Surviving are his son, James (Marsha) Stoddard of Wilmot, Pennsylvania; daughter, Kathy Stoddard of West Milton, Pennsylvania; sister, Hila Hunsinger of Elmira, New York; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Stoddard of Wilmot, Pennsylvania and Theresa (Brian) Tourscher of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania; grandchildren, Daniel (Hope) Edwards of Milton, Pennsylvania, Christina (Nicholas) Fellander of Poulsbo, Washington, Lindsay (Steven, Jr.) Sudell of Santa Monica, California; Brandon Stoddard of Wyalusing, Pennsylvania; great-grandchildren, Dominic (Lexie) Mahoney of Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, Dylan Edwards of Milton, Pennsylvania, Bentley Stoddard of Sugar Run, Pennsylvania, Taylor Stoddard of Sugar Run, Pennsylvania; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by two brothers, Martin J. Stoddard on July 17, 1988, and Roy William Stoddard on May 14, 2017; and also by three nephews, Raulston R. Hunsinger on Aug. 15, 1988, Ronald S. Stoddard on Nov. 19, 1991, and Randy J. Stoddard on June 30, 2011. He was also predeceased by two brothers-in-law, Richard G. Hunsinger on April 21, 2005, and Robert E. “Bob” Finan on March 29, 2014; and by two sisters-in-law, Betty R. Finan on May 18, 1998, and Rita Ann Stoddard on Sept. 12, 2011. A transferal service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 26, 2018, at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, Pennsylvania, and will be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Richard Rojas, his pastor, presiding. Interment will be in the adjoining parish cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 25, 2018, and from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the transferal at 10 a.m. on Monday morning, March 26, 2018. Military honors will be accorded by members of Wyalusing Post No. 534 American Legion and by members of the U.S. Army Honors Detail. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Wilmot Fire Co., c/o of Katy Stoddard, 3440 Sugar Hill Rd., Sugar Run, PA or to the Dushore Fire and Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 1, Dushore, PA in loving memory of Lahman Lee Stoddard. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 3/23/2018

 

STONELL –MABEL ELEANOR BROTZMAN, age 92, died peacefully in her sleep on February 26, 2017 in Hilo, Hawaii. Mabel was born on April 28,1924 near London England. She was 15 years old when Great Britain entered the second world war. After finishing school she worked in London as a telephone operator during the war years. In 1942 she met her future husband, Elwood H. Brotzman, an airman with the 306th bomb group station in Thurleigh England. Elwood was shot down and captured by the Nazis in 1943. Within a month of his liberation from POW camp Elwood and Mabel married in May of 1945. In December of 1945 Mabel moved to the United States and became a US Citizen. Together Mabel and Elwood operated a small dairy farm and raised three children, Paul, Patrica, and Catherine. After retirement Elwood and Mabel traveled the country in their motor home and ultimately settled in Homestead Florida where they enjoyed the warm weather and fishing until Elwood passed in 2001. Following her husband’s death Mabel moved to Virginia, then to Colorado and finally to Hawaii where she spent the last 5 years of her life. Mabel is survived by her son Paul and daughter-in-law Amy Brotzman of Hilo, HI; her daughter Catherine Brotzman of Boulder Colorado, four grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Mabel will be buried with her late husband at the Lacey Street Cemetery in Laceyville, PA on August 19, 2017. Arrangements were entrusted with Sheldon Funeral Homes, Main St, Laceyville, PA. –Funeral home notice contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

ANNA MARIE STRANGE, 83, of Waverly, N.Y., passed away on Nov. 19, 2017. She was born on Aug. 11, 1934 the daughter of the late Charles Strange and Myrtle Strange Champion. She was preceded in death by her brothers: Charles T. Strange and Raymond Strange, her niece Mistie Bainer and nephews Larry, Gary, and Kevin Strange. She is survived by her sister, Sylvia (Hank) Bainer of California, her brother, John (Barbara) Strange of Sayre. Her niece Shelly Fish and nephew Josh Strange, and many friends. At Anna's request, there will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Caring assistance provided by Cooley Tioga Point Cremation & Burial Options, Athens, Pa. –Sayre Morning Times 11/22/2017

 

STREETER –PATRICIA A. "PAT" WILLIAMS, 79, of Athens, Pennsylvania, went home to her Lord on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017. She was born to the late Ray Luke and Hilda Hunter Streeter on Sept. 29, 1937 in Powell, Pennsylvania. Pat was a 1955 graduate of Sayre High School. During her earlier years, she worked in the dietary department and as a nurse's aide at the Robert Packer Hospital. After high school, she married George Theron Allen in 1957 and was raising their three children at the time of his passing. During the years following George's death in 1969, Pat raised her children on her own, until she married Francis Williams in 1973 and welcomed his daughter into the family. She was a member of the Athens Wesleyan Church, where she enjoyed the task of sending cards for any occasion to all the parishioners. Over the years, Pat babysat several children, including three of her grandchildren. She was happiest being home with her family around her. Pat was predeceased by her first husband, George Theron Allen (1969); her second husband, Francis Williams (2013); brothers, Charles Streeter, James Streeter and Cecil Streeter; and son-in-law, Jim Coombs (2013). Pat, "Mom," "Grammy," as she was called by those who loved her, is survived by Marilu (Tiger) White, Vikki Coombs, John Allen and Dan (Lori) Allen. She was a grandmother to Paul Lane, Bryan Lane, Richard Lane, Brandon Lane, Ashley (Tom) Coombs Byrne, Emily Coombs and Tyler (Alisha) Allen. The light of her eyes were her great-granddaughters, Elexia Rae Sweet and Molly Ann Byrne, and she recently welcomed her great-grandson, Carson Banks. The family wants to sincerely thank the staff of the Bradford County Manor. The care and support they gave our mom was exceptional. We also want to thank Dave Wardrop for his lifetime of friendship, loyalty and support to our mom and dad. Your friendship, Dave, is immeasurable. Friends and family may call from 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017 at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 225 South Main St., Athens, Pennsylvania. A funeral service will follow at noon at the funeral home. Donations may be made in Pat's memory to the charity of one’s choice. –Towanda Daily Review 8/26/2017

STRONG –JOYCE JANKOWSKI, age 94, went to be with the Lord on February 20, 2018. Born in Elmira, NY on July 21, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Earl and Gretchen (Pierce) Strong.

She survived by her loving daughters, Christine (Fred) Miller, granddaughter, Jennifer (Christopher) Denicola with great grandchildren: Amila, Chase and Vinni; daughter: Amy (Ed) Wilston, granddaughter: Elizabeth; granddaughter Jessi (Justin) Beck with great grandchild Cruz; sister: Joni Barneski; with many loving family and friends. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Frank T, Jankowski, her dedicated son, Michael Jankowski, her blessed sister, Gloria Sherman; a brother, Gordon Strong; her precious niece, Gail Gretchen Sherman Silver. Joyce celebrated life with family and friends. She was an outstanding and kind, witty, caring individual and greeted everyone with a beautiful smile and loving eyes. She was a successful business woman, owning Stoneybrook Realty; a gourmet cook and loved canning pickles, jams and jelly. Joyce enjoyed playing games, gardening, painting, poetry, reading, and loved animals. She was at peace while spending her time at the lake and especially fond of Nippy-Doos. North Presbyterian Church was apparent in her life. She served the Lord as a Deacon and many other positions over 70 years of dedication. Friends and Family are encouraged to attend a Celebration of her life on Saturday, February 24 2018 from 11AM to Noon at North Presbyterian Church located on College Ave in Elmira, NY. A service will immediately follow the visitation. Memorial contributions may be made to the Chemung Co. Humane Society and SPCA, 2435 NY-352, Elmira, NY or the North Presbyterian Church Food Pantry, 921 College Ave., Elmira, NY. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family. –Funeral home obit

 

STROPE –CONSTANCE ANN ‘CONNIE’ SNYDER, 66, of Factoryville, passed away at the Geisinger C.M.C. Hospital on Sunday October 22, 2017 with her loving family by her side. Connie was born on August 21, 1951 in Meshoppen, Pa., and she was the daughter of the late Hazel Strope. She was a graduate of Troy High School in 1969. Connie worked at Proctor & Gamble (P&G) for 18 years where she met the love of her life, Jeffrey Snyder of Factoryville. They spent 15 amazing years together and they were married on June 8, 2013. Connie changed careers and retired from CareGivers of America in August 2016. After retirement, Connie enjoyed reading, gardening, and spending time with her many grandchildren. In addition to her husband, Connie is survived by three children, Sandra (Sam) and husband James Shaw of Sayre, Pa., Robert and wife Heather Finn of Westfield, N.J., and Tara Patton of Sayre, Pa., also, two step-sons, Christopher Snyder of Factoryville, Pa., and Bryce Snyder of Tunkhannock, Pa.; six brothers and sisters; Charlie Suydam of Florida, Norm "Butch" Suydam of Florida, her twin Donna Crouthamel of Elmira, N.Y., Kathy Putnam of Wyalusing, Pa., Thelma Baldwin of Troy, Pa., and Karel Chamberlain of Connecticut, 12 grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Nov. 4, 2017 at the Forkston United Methodist Church, 203 Main St., Forkston. Interment will follow at the Forkston Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ronald McDonald House of Scranton, 332 Wheeler Avenue, Scranton, PA. –Sayre Morning Times 10/24/2017

 

JOSEPH SHEEHAN STURZEN SR. devoted husband, father and son passed away on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017 with his loving family by his side. Joseph was born on Jan. 2, 1957 in Troy Pennsylvania. Joe was predeceased by his father, David Sturzen; brother, Daniel Sturzen; maternal grandfather, Joseph Sheehan; maternal grandmother, Marie Slagle Sheehan; paternal grandfather, Otto Sturzenegger; and paternal grandmother, Cornelia Simmons Sturzenegger. Joe is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Mary Cassetta Sturzen; sons, Joseph Sturzen Jr. of Athens and James Sturzen of South Waverly; mother, Annette Sheehan Sturzen of Towanda: sister-in law, Patricia Sturzen of French Asylum; sister-in-law, Susan Cassetta Giordano of Towanda; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Pattricia Cassetta Drake and Robert Drake of Big Flats, N.Y.; nephew, Daniel Sturzen III (Jeannie DeRick Sturzen) of Huntington, IN; nephew, Jeffrey Sturzen (Julie Rosenberry Sturzen); niece, Melinda Sturzen Cheresnowsky (Michael Cheresnowsky) of Port Huenme, CA; niece, Lisa Giordano Ammerman and Donald Ammerman of Towanda; nephew, Michael Giordano (Danielle Smith Giordano) of E. Shohola, PA ; niece, Lauren Giordano (Jeff Myers) of Ulster along with many grand nieces and nephews, special family and friends. Joseph attended Towanda High School and graduated in 1975. He went to college in Syracuse, where he received an associate's degree in business administration. Joe was a well-known, second-generation businessman. Joe was president and CEO of Sturzen Furniture, Inc., which he has been involved in for 43 years. He was well known and loved by all of his friends, employees and customers. Joe was always there for his family, friends and customers; he was a willing to help anyone in need. Joe loved spending time with his family. He was an avid sports fan, always cheering on his favorite teams. He was an avid NASCAR fan and attended many races. He liked spending time at his cabin where he enjoyed many outdoor activities. A time of calling will be held on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York. A memorial mass will be held on Friday, Jan. 5, at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Epiphany, 304 S. Elmer Ave., Sayre, PA with Rev. Andrew S. Hvozdovic officiating. –Sayre Morning Times 1/1/2018

 

H. LEROY SULLIVAN JR., 82, of Hughesville, died Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at home with his wife of 60 years at his side. Born January 31, 1936 in Hughesville, he was a son of the late Harvey Leroy Sr. and Wanda Viola (Sheets) Sullivan. He and his wife, the former Betty Ann Montague, would have celebrated 61 years of marriage on August 10, 2018. Leroy was a graduate of Hughesville High School, Class of 1953. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. Following his discharge from active duty on January 30, 1957, Leroy would continue his military career in the U.S. Naval Reserves from 1966 until 1989. He retired from the U.S. Postal service after 37 years as a mail carrier. He was a member of the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, Hughesville, American Legion Post 601, Sonestown, Muncy Valley Moose Lodge #866, East Lycoming Historical Society, and the Fleet Reserve Association. During his free time, Leroy enjoyed hunting with family at the cabin and fishing in Canada with his friends Carl Crager, Kenny Rinker, and Ed DeParasis. He also enjoyed playing cards, watching NASCAR racing, and watching baseball games on the deck with his sister and brother-in-law, Janet and Brig Lore. Leroy looked forward to monthly breakfasts with his classmates. Above all, he enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and all the activities they were involved in. Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a daughter, Kathryn L. (Lynn) Poust of Hughesville; two sons, Steven C. Sullivan of Cantwell, AK and LTC Gregory Montague (Jodi) Sullivan, Ret. of Hughesville; two brothers, Dr. Dale B. (Carrol) Sullivan of The Villages, FL and Gary L. (Donna) Sullivan of Hughesville; eight grandchildren, Janee N. (BJ) Smith, Jonathan C. Shaner, Beth A. (Dr. Matthew) Kelleher, Zachary L. and Kyle B. Poust, Colton M. Sullivan, Ryan W. (Larran Hess) Wodrig, Brennan B. (Nicole) Wodrig; five great-granddaughters; and 10 great-grandsons. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 20, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Rev. Cinda J. Brucker officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, with graveside military honors accorded by combined veteran’s organizations. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, c/o Clarence Barto,1056 Beaver Lake Road, Hughesville or Hughesville Volunteer Fire Company. –Funeral home obit

 

SULLIVAN –MRS  SHIRLEY MAE KNOWLES age 83, of Shumway Rd., Wyalusing, PA, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Spring Hill, on Thursday, February 15, 2018. Shirley was born in Baltimore, MD, on October 18, 1934, the daughter of the late LeRoy and Dorothy Goodrich Sullivan. In her younger years, her family moved to the Towanda area, where she would attend the Towanda Area High School. Shirley was the wife of the late Timothy Knowles, who passed away on August 18, 2006. For many years, Shirley was employed by the Wyalusing Valley School District, working in their cafeteria, starting at the Wyalusing Elementary, moving into the Wyalusing High School, and later being named the Cafeteria Manager at the Laceyville Elementary, finally retiring in 1994. For many years, she attended the Spring Hill United Methodist Church. In her spare time, she relaxed by watching TV, especially enjoying Law and Order, and spending many hours knitting, cooking and baking, being well known for her homemade breads and rolls. Surviving are her two children, Pam Miller, of Sugar Run, PA; and Tim and his wife Mary Knowles, of Laceyville, PA. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Christopher Smith of Sugar Run, PA; Melinda Miller, of Wilmot, PA; Brian and Natasia Knowles, of Wyalusing, PA; and Tyler Fenton, of Sugar Run, PA; also several Great-Grandchildren, and one Great-Great-Granddaughter. Shirley is also survived by her sister, Joyce Herrington, of Vass, NC; her two brothers, Mike and Sandy Goodrich, of Williamsport, PA; and Patrick Goodrich, of Towanda, PA; and a sister in law, Charlotte Sullivan, of Towanda, PA. as well as many nieces and nephews. Besides her husband and her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, LeRoy (Buddy) Sullivan, and her step-father, Oliver Goodrich. Abiding with Shirley’s wishes, a memorial service will be held at a later date at the convenience of her family. Arrangements were made through the Sheldon Funeral Home, 459 Main St., Laceyville, PA. Those wishing may make memorial contributions in Shirley’s name to; Andrew’s Gift, PO Box 6014, Harrisburg, PA. –Towanda Daily Review

 

SUMMERS –RETHA AMELIA SUMMERS HALL STONE was born January 13, 1917 in Franklin Forks, PA and passed away on January 30, 2018 at Gracious Living Estates, South Montrose, PA. Retha lived an amazing 101 years.  She grew up in Franklin Forks, graduated from Montrose High School and earned her teaching degree from Mansfield Normal School. Her beginning teaching years were in one room schoolhouses.  Retha and Don Hall married and lived on a dairy farm near Laurel Lake with Don’s parents.   In 1952 Retha began to teach in the new Lathrop Street Elementary School in Montrose, PA.  When Don passed away in 1967, Retha sold the dairy farm and moved to Montrose.  She continued to care for her father-in-law, Art Biggar, who lived to be 100 years old. After 38 years of teaching, Retha retired in 1975 and married Leon Stone, who passed away just two years later.   Retha was a member of the Franklin Forks United Methodist Church from a young age and served faithfully, being active in the church into her late 80’s.  She also was an active member of the Lawsville Grange for over 6 decades.  Retha was a member of other service organizations as well, and enjoyed participating in group activities and projects.  She loved gathering with family and friends, taking pictures, singing in the church choir, reading, sending cards and letters, doing crafts, playing pinochle, bowling, taking bus trips, and she liked cats.  Retha did not have children of her own, but she had a huge family of students with whom she kept in touch, and a long list of nieces and nephews that always received  birthday and Christmas cards and gifts.  Retha is predeceased by her husbands and by her brother, Edwin Summers and sister-law, Trudy Summers. Also brother–in-laws, Richard Hall, Robert Hall, Kenneth Hall, and sister-in-law, Marion (Larry), Raynor.  She is survived by a step daughter, Sharon Mclain, Florida;  Step grandchildren Kelly and Joey; sister-in-law Barbara (Kenneth)Hall, Vestal, NY;  nieces and nephews, Jack (Reggie) Raynor, Laurel Lake, PA;  Janet (Raynor)Pekera, North Carolina; Sharon (John) Burner, Elgin, Illinois;  Sally (Ronald) Zahora, Hallstead, PA; Nancy (Ken Ketchum), Summers, Castle Creek, NY;  Darwin Hall, Texas; Darroll (Janet) Hall Montrose, PA; Pam (Hall) Clifford, Virginia; Eric (Karen) Hall, North Carolina; Kim (Doug) Belke, Brackney, PA; Alice (Hall) Pietrafesa, Florida; and David (Denna) Hall, Florida. Services: 2:00 PM Saturday, February 3rd   at Franklin Forks United Methodist Church, Montrose, PA. Visitation: from 1:00 PM until time of service at the church. If desired: memorial contributions may be made to either; Franklin Forks United Methodist Church, PO Box 318, Franklin Forks, PA, Montrose, PA, Susq. Co. Historical Society & Free Library Assoc., 18 Monument Street, Montrose, PA. –Funeral home obit

 

SUTTON –JUDITH A. ‘JUDY’ ADAMS, 75, of Laceyville, PA, passed away on Monday, February 26, 2018 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA. Judy was born on December 20, 1942 in Meshoppen, PA the daughter of the late Lewis A. and Irene G. Sutton. She graduated from Elk Lake High School with the Class of 1960. Later that year she married Harry Adams on October 15, 1960. Judy worked at the Carpenter Care Center in Tunkhannock, PA (now known as The Gardens), the Meshoppen Dress Factory, and also as a home health care nurse in the Laceyville and Wyalusing areas.  Judy was a member of the Skinners Eddy United Methodist Church. She liked sewing, baking, reading, and crocheting. Judy was a strong family woman who loved to be around her family. She loved spending quality time with her family especially her grandbabies. She was known in the family as Momma Judy or Grandma Judy. She was also very close with numerous friends and neighbors. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and sister that will be truly missed by many. Her husband, Harry, has always said that a woman like Judy would be hard to give up.

Judy is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Harry Adams of Laceyville, PA; her children Jim Adams and his wife Tess of Laceyville, PA; Bill Adams of Laceyville, PA; Debbie Garinger and her husband David of Sugar Run, PA; Kris Adams and his wife Peggy of Laceyville, PA; Karl Adams and his wife Kathi of Laceyville, PA; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Also surviving is her brother Harry Sutton (Judy) of Lawton, PA; sister Iva Burgess (Gerald) of Filmore, NY; as well as several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents Judy was preceded in death by her brother William Sutton.  Funeral services for Judy will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 11:00 AM at the Skinners Eddy United Methodist Church; 10424 SR 6, in Laceyville, PA with Reverend Dolly Tarreto of the church officiating. Interment will follow at Vaughn Cemetery, in Mehoopany, PA. Family and friends may call at the church on Friday evening, March 2, 2018 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Skinner’s Eddy United Methodist Church, 133 Doolittle Hill Road, Laceyville, PA.

Arrangements were entrusted with Sheldon Funeral Homes, 459 Main Street, Laceyville, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 2/23/2018

 

R. HEWITT ‘HUEY’ SUTTON, age 76, of Springville, Pennsylvania, passed away on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 at the Florida Hospital in Tampa, Florida. Huey was born on Nov. 29, 1941, in Kingston, Pennsylvania, the son of the late Ralph and Marion Springer Sutton. He was a graduate of Elk Lake High School with the class of 1959. Huey married the love of his life, Sharon L. Zurn, on Aug. 3, 1963. Together they had a daughter, Tammi. Huey and Sharon owned and operated the family dairy farm in Springville, Dimock Township, Sutton Farms, for over 30 years. He was also employed with Proctor & Gamble for 17 years as a technician on the bounty lines before his retirement in November 2000. After his retirement, Huey became a snowbird and spent the last 18 winters in the Tampa, Florida, area. He was a member of the Springville United Methodist Church. He was a very active member and past president of the Pennsylvania Farmers Association. He was in his glory showing cows at the Harford and Wyoming County Fair. He won numerous banners and ribbons. He helped many 4-H children pick out, get ready, and show many prize-winning animals. Huey spent many hours helping with the Wyoming County 4-H and open shows. He enjoyed the last 10 years playing golf. Huey was known for his sense of humor, his quick wit and for always making people smile. Huey is survived by his wife of over 54 years, Sharon L. Zurn Sutton; his daughter, Tammi D. Mowry and her husband Chris of Laceyville; his grandsons, Cody Christopher Mowry and Garett Michael Mowry of Laceyville; his siblings, Bette Farr of Mehoopany, Walter O. (Sharon) Sutton, Calvin Sutton (Sally) of Tunkhannock, Bryce Sutton (Cindy) of Jenningsville, Carol Singer (Bob) of Lake Winola; his brother/sister-in-laws, Francis and Sharon Zurn of New Albany, Lois Lantz of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Elsie and John Schmeckenbecher of Wysox, Donna Zurn of Vestal, New York, Liz Kingsborough of Dayton, Ohio, Melba and David VanDerlyke of Towanda, and Beatrice Elliott of Towanda; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his mother- and father-in-law, Edward and Elsie Thomas Zurn; his brothers-in-law, Ken Kingsborough and Edward Farr; and his nephew, Adam VanDerlyke. Funeral services for Huey will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 2, 2018, at the Sheldon Funeral Home, 8206 state Route 6, Meshoppen, Pennsylvania with Pastor Terry Hughes of the Springville United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will follow at the Jersey Hill Cemetery. Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 1 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Huey’s name to the dairy barns or dairy shows at the Harford Fair, 485 Fair Hill Road, New Milford, PA or to the Wyoming County Community Fair; c/o Pam Burke, P.O. Box 38, Tunkhannock, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 2/28/2018

 

SWANHART –MARJORIE S. CAHILL, age 86, of Kernersville, North Carolina, passed away at the home of her daughter in Bentley Creek on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. Marjorie was born Dec. 13, 1930, in Ulster, daughter of the late Mark and Irene (King) Swanhart. She was a secretary for the SRU School District and the tax collector for many years prior to her retirement. Marjorie enjoyed nature and was an environmentalist. She loved spending time with her family. Survivors include her four daughters, Karin A. and James O'Brien Sr. of Binghamton, New York, Sharon B. and David Warner of Sayre, Judy Stevens and Tim Watkins of Bentley Creek, Joanne and William R. Coles Jr. of Carthage, North Carolina; eight grandchildren, James Jr., Jeffrey, Jennifer O'Brien, Michelle Warner, Jonathan Miller, Adam, Daniel, Eric Coles; 17 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and friends. Marjorie was predeceased by her parents and her husband Joseph Cahill. It was Marjorie's wish that services be private. Arrangements are under the direction of the Roberts Funeral Home, Inc., 279 Main St., Wellsburg, NY. –Towanda Daily Review 9/13/2017

 

MARLAYNE SWARTZ, 49, of Canton Twp., PA passed away on March 3, 2018.  Born June 21, 1968 in Middletown, NY, Marlayne Louann was a daughter of Aurelius John Swartz of Canton and the late Elizabeth “Betty” (Filipowski) Swartz. She was a member of Canton High School’s graduating class of 1986.  As a young girl she loved riding and caring for horses, participating in 4-H, cheerleading and was on the Senior Ball Court.  She went to school to be a Travel Agent and worked as a Veterinarian Technician in earlier years.  Marlayne will be lovingly remembered for her kind, thoughtful spirit; she also loved an adventure.  Marlayne possessed a big heart and beautiful soul.  She could talk to anyone, made friends easily and would do anything for anyone.  She loved all God’s animals and insects and aspired to be more in-tune with the Earth and Mother Nature.  Other interests included traveling, photography, gardening, dancing and relaxing on a beautiful beach.  Surviving is her father John and his friend Doris Gowin, sisters; Melanie Swartz of Canton, Melissa Swartz-Soper and friend Dave Houseknecht of Sayre, Michele (Chico) Deitrick of Canton, longtime friend, Lisa Eighmey of Canton and her children; Joshua and Chelsie Jayne, Harley Jayne, Jacob Jayne, Jared Jayne and Paige Navone, grandchildren; Jonas, Nevaeh, Elizabeth, Winter, Willow, Jayden, William, Killian and Jerikk, six nieces and nephews; Taylor (Nichole) Witman of Waverly, NY, Rachel (Bill) Bailey of Nichols, NY, Kimberly Witman of Lake City, FL, Emily Witman of Appalachian, NY, Cassie (Scott) Terwilliger of Waverly, NY, Devan (Kayla) Witman of Tioga Center, NY, seven great nieces, seven great nephews and several cousins, her dogs, Diva and Asteroid and several cats.  Marlayne was predeceased by her mother, Elizabeth. A private family service will be at Pepper Funeral Home and Cremation Facility, 578 Springbrook Dr., Canton.  In lieu of flowers, consider a donation in Marlayne’s memory to the Animal Care Sanctuary, P.O. Box A East Smithfield, PA. –Canton Independent-Sentinel 3/8/2018

 

SYKES –MRS. LISA ANN EDGERTON, age 47, of New Albany, Pennsylvania, passed away on Monday, March 26, 2018, at the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Pennsylvania, with her loving family at her side after a courageous battle with cancer. Lisa was born, Nov. 9, 1970, in Trenton, New Jersey, a daughter of Edward and Marilyn Finan Sykes. She graduated from the Wyalusing Valley High School a member of the class of 1988. She graduated from Keystone College with an associate degree in business administration. She worked for a time at Dupont and later at Osram Sylvania where she met her future husband, William Edgerton. They were married on Oct. 15, 1994. She left Sylvania in 1996 to be a stay-at-home mom and raise her children. She worked as a teacher’s aide at the New Albany and Wyalusing elementary schools until 2010. In 2010 she and her husband purchased North Central Hydro Wash. In 2014, she and her sisters began a business plan for the Mad Bakers which opened in February of 2015, a place where people could come and feel at home. She loved to make people happy with great food and make a difference in their lives. In August of 2016 she was diagnosed with stage 4 NSCL cancer. She stayed positive throughout this entire battle and never once stopped thinking of others first. She was convinced that there were always people worse off than her. She was a loving spouse, mother, caregiver and grandmother. She enjoyed her children, traveling, the beach, being outdoors and soaking up the sun. Surviving are her spouse, William, at home; son, Tyler Edgerton of New Albany, Pennsylvania; two daughters, Brooklyn Edgerton of New Albany, Pennsylvania and Breann Edgerton of New Albany, Pennsylvania; parents, Ed and Marilyn Sykes of New Albany, Pennsylvania; in-laws, Robert and Bonnie Edgerton of South Waverly, Pennsylvania; brother, Edward Sykes of Overton, Pennsylvania; sisters, Karla Shaw of Grapevine, Texas, Karen (Mark) Kelly of Wyalusing, Pennsylvania, Jennifer Sykes of New Albany, Pennsylvania; granddaughter, Hailey Ann Edgerton of New Albany, Pennsylvania. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 30, 2018, at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, Pennsylvania, with the Rev. Dr. Barry R. Ballard officiating. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, 2018, at the funeral home and from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday morning, March 30. Memorial contributions may be directed to a local charity of one’s choice. –Towanda Daily Review 3/28/2018

 

TABER –LORRAINE TABER MURNANE, age 83, of Wyalusing, PA,  passed away Friday, June 1, 2018 in her home. Lorraine was born on March 7, 1935 to Val D. and Tiny Lorraine (Teague) Taber in Martinez, CA. Most of her younger years growing up in Modesto, CA. She spent some time in San Francisco, CA and Reno, NV before settling in Las Vegas, NV where she lived for 35 years. Lorraine spent her years in Las Vegas working for Sprint telephone company. It was in Vegas that Lorraine met Bobbi Keeler Lord. Bobbi brought Lorraine to her home in Wyalusing for a visit. In 1996, when Lorraine retired from Sprint, she moved to Wyalusing and became a loved member of the community. Her first year in Wyalusing, Lorraine worked with Bobbi’s sister, Sherri Keeler-Schreier, at her shop, Keeler’s Clothier. Later, when Keeler’s Clothier closed Lorraine worked with Bobbi and Sherri in their shop, Brewed Awakening and PerNickety Gifts. She also worked for several years at Westover’s Florist. During her 22 years living in Wyalusing, Lorraine was a member of the Greater Wyalusing Chamber of Commerce and the Wyalusing Rainbow Club. She served as treasurer of both those organizations for many years. Lorraine also served for some time as the Wyalusing Borough Electoral Judge. Lorraine’s hobby and passion were flowers. Her flower beds and gardens occupied her time throughout the spring and summer and into the fall. It’s while working in her flower beds that Lorraine met and talked with so many of her neighbors. She is remembered as a loving, kind and giving person. In the winter months Lorraine filled her time with ‘coloring books’ and has left a bounty of beautiful pictures she completed. She is survived by her niece, Kimberly Carrico, her great nephew, Scott Chance Carrico and his wife, Areceli; nephews Mike, Jerry, Jack and Marcus Carrico, and great niece, Brandy, daughter of Mike Carrico. Also surviving Lorraine is her step daughter, Laura Pulido, grandchildren Jessica Pulido, Antonio Pulido, Alicia Luz and her husband, David, and great grandchildren, Aiden and Catalina Luz. Lorraine was predeceased by her parents as well as her sister, Aloha Carrico; her brother, Val D. Taber, Jr.; and her best friend, Bobbi Keeler Lord. A memorial service will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the Bradford County Humane Society, PO Box 179, Ulster PA or Hunts for Healing, 3 Coburn Hill Road, Laceyville, PA. Arrangements were entrusted with Sheldon Funeral Home, 155 Church Street, Wyalusing, PA. –Funeral home obit

 

RICHARD NATHAN TALBOT formerly of Mansfield, PA - Richard Nathan Talbot passed away on March 9, 2018 in Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. He is survived by his wife Doris of 65 years and two daughters Deborah (Scott) Bastian and Denise (Michael) Garrison; four grandchildren; Noal (Jill) Bastian, Brittany Garrison, Scott (Ed Tucker) Garrison, Drew Bastian and two great grandchildren; Quinton and Elsie Bastian. Predeceasing are his parents, Alfred and Eva Talbot of Marshalltown, Iowa and one sister Alfreda (Harold) Florkey of Dayton, OH. Dick served as a musician in the Navy before teaching music in the public schools in the towns of Conrad and Marshalltown, Iowa. He joined the music department at Mansfield University in Mansfield, PA in 1967 and retired in 1991. Throughout his life he was active in professional and community service organizations, enjoyed participating in many musical activities and was a mentor and friend to his students and young musicians. Private family services will be held at a later date. In his honor, the family requests that donations be made to a local music program in your community or to: Church of the New Covenant, 310 Extension Street, Mansfield, PA or Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration, Radnor Station Building #2 Suite 320, 290 King of Prussia Road, Radnor, PA. –Elmira Star-Gazette 3/25/2018

 

ALBERT R. TAMA, M.D. died June 5, 2018, at Cooper University Medical Hospital, Camden, New Jersey, after a short illness. Born on Feb. 5, 1930, in Towanda, Pennsylvania, he was the son of Antonio and Carmela Tama. He spent his early years in Towanda, graduating from Towanda High School in 1947.
He attended Temple University in Philadelphia earning a degree in premedical studies and then matriculated to Hahnemann University School of Medicine graduating in 1955. He then completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology becoming board certified. He served two years as Medical Officer in U.S. Army Medical Corps and subsequently returned to Towanda to practice; however he was lured to Cooper Hospital, an Academic Medicine Center, to become Active Chief of Obstetrics. and Gynecology. He also held the position of Executive Vice President of Medical Affairs as well as being a member of the Cooper Board of Trustees. Dr. Tama championed the development of Cooper’s Four Year Medical School which came to fruition in 2009. Forever an advocate of education, he enjoyed teaching and helping the younger generation in their personal and professional life. He is survived by his brother, Lawrence Tama, M.D. (Gwen) and his wife of 40 years, Jean, her daughter Ellen Kaplan (Alan) and his four children, Robin (Bill), Christopher (Pam), Lisa Blank (Jeff) and Stephanie Bartels (Patrick); four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents and sister, Margaret. A gathering of friends and family will take place beginning at 8:45 a.m. on Monday, June 11, at the Church of St. Isaac Jorges in Marlton, New Jersey, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Memorial donations may be made to The Cooper Foundation at https:/foundation.cooperhealth.org. –Towanda Daily Review 6/9/2018

 

CHARLES MATTHEW ‘MATT’ TAPPAN, 46, passed away on Monday, May 21, 2018, at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre. He was born on Nov. 23, 1971, in Sayre, Pennslyvania, the son of Lee and Charlotte (Shaffer) Tappan. Matt was a loving husband and father, whose life revolved around his family. Spending time with them was his highest priority, he loved them fiercely and was loved the same way in return. He was a 1991 graduate of Waverly High School. Following graduation, he attended Corning Community College, where he obtained his associates degree. Furthering his education, he went to Mansfield Police Academy, where he received an award as sharp shooter of his class. Matt was employed with PennDOT in Towanda as a truck driver. He also served as a Pennsylvania state constable and worked in the past for the police departments in Renovo and Athens Borough. His all-time favorite movie star was John Wayne, and he had a collection of every one of his movies. He was an avid gun enthusiast. Matt enjoyed hunting and although his health prevented him from going the last few years, he still maintained his guns and he missed being able to be a part of going out with his family and friends. He enjoyed attending car shows and building model cars. He loved tinkering on anything, especially cars, but nothing was beyond his repairing ability. By his side, was always his faithful and loyal companion, his dog, Rex.
He is predeceased by his brother-in-law, Cameron Krause. Matt is survived by his beloved wife of 22 years, Aviva, at home; children, Justin Graham of Waverly, New York, Joshua Tappan at home, and Miranda Tappan at home; parents, Lee and Charlotte Tappan of Waverly, New York; sisters, Holly Krause of Waverly, New York and Tiffany Tappan of Nichols, New York; brother, Brandon Tappan of Waverly, New York; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Gail and Louis Sandroni of Waverly, New York; and father-in-law, Wellington Graham of Canton, Pennsylvania.
Family and friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday, May 25, 2018, at the Athens United Methodist Church, 118 South Main St., Athens, Pennsylvania. A celebration of life service will follow at 11 a.m. at the church. –Towanda Daily Review 5/23/2018

 

A. DONALD (DONN) TAYLOR, 88, of Ball Street, Waverly, passed away suddenly on Sunday, June 3, 2018 at his home, and is now, surely in Heaven. Don was born in Montour Falls, N.Y. on Sept. 25, 1929 the son of Leon Taylor and Amy Henyon Taylor. He was a 1947 graduate of Odessa-Montour High School.
Don served in the U.S. Air Force. After his service, Don began his working career with the Shepard-Niles Crane & Hoist in Montour Falls, N.Y. and was later employed by Bendix Corporation in Elmira, N.Y.
Don was a graduate of Elmira College, where he received an Associate degree in Applied Science (1966), and a B.S. in Business Administration (1972), focusing on data processing - long before most people even knew what a computer was. He was the first in his family to earn a college degree. He accomplished this by attending classes at night while raising his young family. After Bendix, he was employed as data processing manager at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre for many years, until his retirement in 1989.
During his retirement years, he was associated with Total Tax Preparation Service in Sayre. Don was a member of the Waverly United Methodist Church and was active in its Methodist Men's Group. He was a former member of the Sayre Elks Lodge. Don enjoyed spending time with friends and playing golf.
Professionally, he was a member of the local chapter of the Data Processing Managers' Association (DPMA) and was a past president of that chapter. He is survived by his children, Charles (Chris) of West Deptford, NJ, Don (Sara), of Chadds Ford, PA, Peggy (Michael Holbrook) of Turlock, CA, stepson, Bryan Lane (Sonya) of Fort Pierce, FL; grandchildren, Matthew (Teresa), Daniel (Kristen), Ian (Lilliana), Cassidy, Colin, and Trevor; great grandchildren, Thomas, Landon, Kieran, and Callahan; and his nephew, Leon Taylor. All mourn the loss of their gentleman leader. Though Don's dad died accidentally at a very young age, Don was an exemplary father and husband. In addition to his parents, Donald was predeceased by his wives, Marilyn (1988), Mary Ann (2013), and his sister, Virginia Taylor. A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 16, at 2 p.m. at the Waverly United Methodist Church, with Rev. Cindy Schulte officiating. There are no calling hours. Interment will be private in Glenwood Cemetery, Waverly, N.Y.
The family suggests that, in lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to either the Waverly United Methodist Church, 158 Chemung St. Waverly, N.Y. or to the L. Marilyn Taylor Memorial Scholarship Fund, Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital, 1 Guthrie Square, Sayre, PA in memory of A. Donald Taylor. Arrangements are under the direction of the Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home, Sayre, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 6/11/2018

 

LESLIE (LES) TEMPLE passed away peacefully at Elcor Nursing Home, with family by his side, on Sept. 23, 2017 following a brief illness. He was born May 15, 1943 in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of the late Joseph King Sr. and Mildred (Lane) Temple. Les attended and graduated from Waverly Central School. He retired in 2005 from EPT in Ithaca. He was an active lifetime member of the Lockwood Volunteer Fire Dept. He was also a member of Search and Rescue. He volunteered with the Valley Ambulance Corps. He helped to organize and was a member of the Lockwood Farmers' and Sportsmen's Association. He is survived by: his loving wife of 30 years, Linda ( nee Hoose); daughter and son-in-law, Mary and David Delaney of Flower Mound, Texas; son, Michael of Spencer; daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Marc Coombs of Portland, Maine; predeceased by a daughter, Carolyn. Also survived by Melissa and Mike O'Conner of Towanda, Pa., George and Carlota Chamberlain of Georgia, Rachel Tryon of Waverly, Shawn and Melinda Chamberlain of Athens, Pa.; 15 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.He was predeceased by sisters Audrey Temple, Jo Ann (Vurnis) Selph, Barbara (George) Woodcock, Margaret Presher, Betsy (Harry) Sargent, and brothers Joseph Jr. and Thomas Temple. And survived by brother and sister-in-law Richard and Doris Temple of Florida; and many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was a loving father and grandfather. There will be a celebration of his life at the Lockwood Fire Hall on May 12 between 1-4 p.m. –Sayre Morning Times 4/20/2018

 

TEMPLE –KATHLEEN G. GAYLORD, age 75, of Mansfield PA, passed away on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. She was born on October 20, 1942 in Philadelphia, PA, a daughter of Kenneth and Lillian (Kilmartin) Temple. She was wife of Robert H. Gaylord, Sr. for 53 years. Kathleen was employed at shop called Cards and Everything and later she worked at Warren L. Miller Elementary in the cafeteria. She enjoyed fishing, plants, and children. Kathleen is survived by her husband, Robert; a son, Robert (Christine) Gaylord, Jr., of Conestoga, PA; two daughters, Lynn (Dave) Campbell of Tioga, PA, Linda (Stephen) Allen of Mansfield, PA; six grandchildren, Morgan and MacKenzie Gaylord, Katie Heck, Lindsay (Anthony) Mack, Cortney (Zach) Jespersen, Whitney (Colton) Earle; five great grandchildren, Nevaeh Deats, Aleigha and Myah Mack, Jameson Earle, Kyrie Jespersen; a sister, Ida Mae Temple of Mansfield, PA. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Kenneth Temple. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 3PM at her daughter and son-in-law's home, 1388 Bear Creek Road, Tioga, PA. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1948 E. 3rd St., Williamsport, PA. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

TERIBURY –NINA M. (TERIBURY) VROMAN, 97, of Troy, PA passed away on Monday, July 16, 2018 at the Bradford County Manor.  Nina was born on June 22, 1921 in Ralston, PA, daughter of the late Elra and Bertha (Guthrie) Teribury.  She was a supervisor at BroDart, was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Troy and enjoyed bingo, reading, crocheting and quilting. Nina is survived by her children: John (Nancy) Vroman of Grover, PA, Elra (Sarah) Vroman of Machias, NY, Ida (Dean) Finnerty of Columbia Cross Roads, PA, Margaret McCarthy of Edgewater, FL, Howard (Bonnie) Vroman of Troy, PA, Thomas (Alice) Vroman of South Williamsport, PA, along with several grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband John Vroman, her granddaughter, Dannielle Bramley, and her sons-in-law, Thomas McCarthy and Dale Finnerty. Services are private and at the convenience of Nina’s family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Gerald W. Vickery, Jr. Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc. 1093 West Main Street, Troy, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 7/19/2018

 

THOMAS –MARIE ALICE (THOMAS) TAYLOR - On the morning of Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, Marie Alice (Thomas) Taylor, formerly of Canton, passed away quietly at Bradford County Manor where she had resided since March of 2016. She was 92 years of age. Born Dec. 16, 1924, in Canton, she was the daughter of Thomas Merton Thomas and Margaret (Schanbacher) Thomas. A graduate of Canton High School, class of 1942, she also graduated from the Elmira Business Institute. Following graduation, Marie worked in the personnel office of the Army Ordinance and Norden Bomb Site in Elmira. She returned to Canton in 1945 and was employed as a bookkeeper at the First National Bank until 1947. She was married to Floyd D. Taylor Jr. on June 28, 1947. Floyd's career required their living in many different places over the years, including Orchard Park, East Aurora, Vestal, New York, and Ridgefield, Connecticut; eventually returning to Canton. Marie enjoyed working in her flower garden and being with family and friends. She had a great love for dogs and cats and had several as companions over the years. She was a life member of the Wheel Inn Club, a former member of the Canton Literary Club and Friends of the Green Free Library. Marie was a lifelong Methodist, and since 1982 was a member of the Ward United Methodist Church. She is survived by her daughter, Alice T. Kinnear of Aiken, South Carolina; niece, Cynthia Taylor; and nephew, James Hollis (Linda) Taylor. Preceding her in death was her husband of 64 years, Floyd; as well as her sister and brother-in-law, LaRene and Donald Ayres. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Those wishing to honor Marie's memory may do so by directing memorial contributions to the Ward United Methodist Church, c/o Maxine Shedden, 474 Furman Road, Canton, PA or the Green Free Library, 38 N. Center St., Canton. –Towanda Daily Review 8/16/2017

 

ROBERT J. THOMAS, 66, of Kingsley, PA, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at his home. He was born on July 14, 1951 in Meshoppen, PA, to the late Winfred Robert and L. Josephine (Davies) Thomas. His wife of 40 years, Judy A. (Siracuse) Thomas, survives. Also surviving are his two sons and their significant others; Robert Winfred Thomas and Shirl Phelps, Maryland, Matthew Glenn Thomas and Tammy Artley, four grandchildren, Jealousy and Vyolet Gorko, Rohan Matthew and River Leigh Thomas, four siblings and spouses, David and Ella Thomas, Conklin, NY, Elnora Linsey, Scranton, PA, Cynthia Rood, Hop Bottom, PA, Jackie and Jacqueline Thomas, Hop Bottom, PA, Aunt, Marion Rolley, Wales, UK, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by a sister, Kathlyn Thomas. Robert was a disabled VietNam Army Veteran. He loved his grandchildren, family and his three German Shepherds; Loretta, Willie, and Jolene. Bob enjoyed antique car shows; he had a garage where he assembled old vehicles. He and his brother Jackie own and operated a stone quarry until 2008. Bob loved life, his saying was always, “I am the happiest man in the world”. A Veteran Memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, January 14, 2018, at the Daniel K. Regan Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. at the funeral home. Donations in Bob Thomas’s name can be made to Hunts for Healing, PA http://huntsforhealing.org/ -Funeral Home notice

THOMAS –SHIRLEY THOMAS RICHARDS, daughter of Richard L. Thomas and Areda E. Thomas was born August 19, 1939 in Nordmont Pennsylvania. She happily and gratefully went to meet her Lord and savior Jesus Christ on April 3, 2018. On August 24, 1969 she married Bernard E Richards at Hughesville Baptist Church and began an amazing adventure that ended with his death on April 15, 2015. Shirley began employment at Sylvania Photoflash on her 18th birthday. The next year she moved to Southern California with her first husband and worked for Bank of America and an independent insurance agent until their return to Pennsylvania in 1965. In 1966 she started work as receptionist at the Bureau of Employment Security, later known as Job Service. She returned to Job Service in Sunbury in 1978 and worked her way through the ranks to retire in 1999 as Employment Security Supervisor in 1999. She took great pride in her children and their achievements and activities, attending many football games and parades to watch them perform and even helped chaperone band camp. She volunteered in various capacities in the Parent School Association for Milton Elementary and Middle schools, including many fund raising projects. Through that she worked with Milton Tomato Harvest Festival and served as Harvest Festival chairman in 1980. Shirley and Bernie vacationed in Florida for many years, traveling the entire state looking for a place to retire. In 2000 they bought a small home in Dunedin and became snowbirds for the next fifteen years from October to April. They acquired a large circle of friends at Golden Acres. They traveled extensively from both homes, enjoying independent travel, bus trips and cruises and each other. Shirley enjoyed many kinds of crafts and studied acrylic and watercolor painting. In later years she crafted homemade greeting cards. She also enjoyed crossword, acrostic, jumble, and Sudoku puzzles. She liked to say she had a short attention span. Shirley is survived by three daughters, Sharon (Buckalew) Ertel, Williamsport, Tammy (Buckalew) French, Montoursville, and Lori Buckalew Brown (Jon), Millville with whom she made her home since Bernie’s death. Also surviving is son Brian D. Richards (Jill Ciciarelli), Pittsburgh, sister Idona Berkheimer, Muncy, five grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Following her wishes she will join Bernie in Florida where the two of them found so much happiness. There will be no public services; however there will be a family celebration of life at a later time. Arrangements are entrusted to McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Hughesville. –Funeral home obit

 

THOMPSON –MARSHA L. WOLCOTT - When tomorrow starts without me, try to understand, an angel came and called my name, then took me by the hand. Marsha L. Wolcott, 70, of Nichols, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, following a period of declining health. Marsha was born on Sept. 18, 1946 in Waverly, a daughter of the late Gerald and Ruth (Baker) Thompson. A loving mother and grandmother, Marsha also enjoyed crocheting, bird watching, and was a collector of butterflies and snowmen. For many years, Marsha was employed at Harvard Manufacturing and Catalyst in Owego. Her smile and caring ways will be greatly missed by her family and many friends; she will be forever remembered and forever missed. Those left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Zina Chandler and Sol Eschenburg of Athens, Pennsylvania, Tina Driesbaugh and Keith Taber Jr., of Barton, New York; her siblings, Avis Haxton of Athens, Pennsylvania, Belinda Randall of Litchfield, Pennsylvania, Georganna Ellers and Cindy Thompson both of Waverly; her special grandchildren, Marsha Chandler of Athens, Pennsylvania, Gerald Chandler of Sayre, Pennsylvania, Jessica Chandler of Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania, Michelle Driesbaugh of Nichols, New York, Tabitha Wildoner of Auburn Center, Pennsylvania; great-grandchildren, Allen, Ashlynn, Joseph, Kamden, Madelynn, Brayden and Alanah; nieces and nephews, Pam Lahar, Collette Ellers, TJ Haxton, Sheena Haxton, Jeffery Cannavino, Todd Randall and Tom Frost. Marsha was predeceased by her parents, Gerald and Ruth Thompson; and a brother, Gerald Thompson. Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017. A memorial service and celebration of her life will follow at 6 p.m. Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the Animal Care Sanctuary, 353 Sanctuary Hill Lane, East Smithfield, PA or the Bradford County Human Society, P.O. BOX 179, Ulster, in loving memory of Marsha L. Wolcott. –Towanda Daily Review 8/17/2017

 

CARL F. THRASHER - On Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, Carl F. Thrasher I, husband, father, son and brother, of Great Falls, Montana, passed away surrounded by family. Carl will be remembered by many for his: tutoring, love for all creatures great and small, baking abilities, knowledge of computers, and teaching computer classes. Carl was born Aug. 25, 1947, in Barton, New York, to Edwin and Jennie (Campbell) Thrasher. Carl enjoyed serving his community as a volunteer for Monroe Hose Company. After graduating from Towanda Area High School, he joined the Air Force and met the love of his life, Gail, while stationed at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls, Montana. They raised a family together and were foster parents (34 years) to many more. Carl was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Jennie; brothers, Paul and Alan; and honorary son, Brandon Staigmiller. Carl is survived by his wife, Gail Thrasher; six children, Mililani May (Krandal), Heather Brown (Dallas), Carl Thrasher II (Sara), Jodi Thrasher, Zachary Thrasher (Dee), and Alisa Thrasher (Andrew); and eight grandchildren, Duster, Savannah, Tobey, Madalinn, Brittney, Makayla, Tessa and Azelea. Memorial donations may be made to the Monroe Hose Company. –Towanda Daily Review 2/25/2018

 

THRASHER –LOUISE CATHERINE BENDITT, 58, of Monroeton, died Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre. Born May 21, 1960 in Binghamton, New York, she was a daughter of the late Paul F. and Catherine L. (Shackleton) Thrasher. She and her husband, Kevin A. Benditt, celebrated 32 years of marriage on May 24, 2018. Louise was a graduate of Towanda High School, Class of 1978, and was employed at Masonite- Craftmaster for over 24 years. She was raised in a family of firefighters and carried on that tradition through her life as a dedicated lifelong member of the Monroe Hose Company. She served various positions in the company including secretary and treasurer for many years. Louise loved the fireman’s carnival and could be found making potato and funnel cakes every year, as she had for over 30 years. In 2003 she was awarded Fire Police of the Year, an award she was very proud of. Louise was also a member of the Monroe Borough Fireman’s Relief where she served as secretary and treasurer for many years. Surviving, in addition to her husband, are three daughters, Carlinda M. Benditt, Catherine L. “Catie” Benditt, and Nicole J. Benditt, all of Monroeton; a son, Stephen P. Benditt of Monroeton; three sisters, MaryAnn (Terry) Hicks, Debbie Roth, and Brenda (Leo) Wills, all of Monroeton. In addition to her parents, Louise was preceded in death by her son, Zamien E. Benditt. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 26, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore, with Pastor A. Lee Modlin officiating. Burial will follow in Old Zion Cemetery, Dushore. Friends may call from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, June 25, at Granville Center Church of Christ, 5753 Route 514, Granville Summit. The family will provide the flowers and suggest memorial contributions to Monroe Hose Company, P.O. Box 48, Monroeton, PA or Granville Center Church of Christ, c/o Deb Carle, 19321 Route 414, Monroeton, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 6/21/2018

 

TIERNEY –JANET A. BION, age 59, of Audubon, NJ, passed away on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at her parents' home in Lawrenceville, PA. She was born on February 14, 1958 in Glenside, PA, the youngest daughter of Robert R. and Anna "Nancy" (Malloy) Tierney. Janet was employed as a caregiver. She enjoyed practicing Catholicism and caring for others. She loved to cook and bake for everyone. She adored animals especially her English Pointer, Lady, and her cat, Frosty. She loved her years spent living in Wildwood Crest, NJ. Janet is survived by her daughter, Julieann Bion of Warminster, PA; husband, Jerry Bion of Warminster, PA; parents, Robert and Anna of Lawrenceville, PA; mother-in-law, Eileen A. Decker (preceded in death by Burton Decker) of Warminster, PA; brother, Robert T. (Ginger) Tierney of Lawrenceville, PA; sister, Kathleen Hanson of Audubon, NJ; brother, Christopher (Linda) Tierney of Prospect Park, PA. Family and friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, November 20, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Holy Child Catholic Church, 245 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA with Rev. Bryan B. Wright as celebrant. Funeral Services are under the direction of the Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. –Funeral home obit

 

CLARENCE CHARLES TIFFANY, 87, of Nichols passed away peacefully at the Oxford Veterans Home on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. Clarence was born on Sept. 11, 1929, son of the late Glenn O. Tiffany and Elizabeth (Wolfe) Tiffany. He was predeceased by his wife Shirley Gillespie Tiffany, his sons Eric Rance Tiffany and William Clark Tiffany and his brothers Glenn and Jack. Clarence is survived by his children Gregory Tiffany and Sharon Tiffany, a daughter-in-law: Susan Tiffany; grandchildren Mallary, Elizabeth, Lucas, David, Daniel, Crystal, Matthew and Heather. As a young adult, Clarence attended Hartwick College and Syracuse University. He also served as 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He spent his golden years at Oxford Veterans Home in New York where his favorite activities included country music concerts and visits from his grandchildren. Clarence was a loving man, with a big heart, and will be remembered fondly for his willingness to always speak his mind. He will also be remembered for the love her shared for animals, most importantly the love he shared with his eternal friends Max, and Heidi. Please consider donating to your local charity, or animal shelter in Clarence's memory, as that is what he would have wanted. Friends may visit a photo memorial tribute and sign Clarence's guest book on Thursday, Sept. 14 from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. Clarence will be laid to rest at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 15 in Glenwood Cemetery, Oneonta, N.Y. alongside his parents and wife. –Sayre Morning Times 9/12/2017

 

TIFFANY –JANE LUCILLE FESSLER, age 86, of Covington, PA, passed away on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at The Green Home, Wellsboro, PA. She was born April 18, 1932 in Sayre, PA, a daughter of Walter Royal and Lucy (Lowe) Tiffany. Jane was the wife of Charles LaRue Fessler for 65 years. She was employed as a nurse at Blossburg Hospital, Aberdeen Nursing Facility, Park Ridge Nursing Home and Hospital, before she retired. Jane was a member of the Covington United Methodist Church and enjoyed reading, knitting, playing trivia, and was an avid sports fan.  Jane is survived by her husband; a son, James Charles (Terrie Pickard) Fessler of Hertford, NC; a daughter, Patricia Ann Doring of Rochester, NY; 6 grandchildren, Brian and Christy Fessler, Elizabeth Herzog, Rebecca Ozarowsky, Suni and Dylan Pickard; 1 great granddaughter, Annabelle Ozarowsky; another great grandson on the way; a brother, Frederick Tiffany of Athens, PA. Family and friends are invited to call on Friday, July 20, 2018 from 2:00 to 3:00 P.M. at Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. A memorial service will follow at 3:00 P.M. at the funeral chapel with Rev. Michelle Somerville officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1948 E. Third St., Williamsport, PA or to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 4550 Montgomery Ave., Suite 1100N, Bethesda, MD. –Funeral home obit

 

TINNA –LOLA M. REMINGTON of Tunkhannock died Saturday in The Gardens, assisted living facility, in Tunkhannock were she had been a guest since December 2015. She was born in Laceyville on July 24, 1924 daughter of the late James Arthur and Florence Brown Tinna. She had worked at various local restaurants, worked at a McGregor factory in Newton NJ for a number of years. One of her memorable moments was working at a factory in support of America’ WWll military efforts, Lola is survived by adopted son, Robert (Butch Setser) Remington, her only granddaughter Alissa Raquel and great granddaughter, Aiyanna Dortch. Affectionately known as Geri she was preceded in death by husband Robert V. Remington, a Tunkhannock native: brothers Harold “Bib” Tinna, Earl “ Smokey” Tinna,  sisters, Jean Shauger, Helen Wells, Surviving siblings include  brother, Tim and Mary Tinna, Mehoopany, sisters  Margaret Carney, Meshoppen, Ruth Cook, Tunkhannock, Frances Mallory, Lecanto, Fla. And several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 2 pm from the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home Inc., 73 W. Tioga St. Tunkhannock. Interment will be in Sunnyside Cemetery, Tunkhannock. Visitation will be from 12 noon until time of service.

 

TJOLSEN –DEBORAH M. LEWIS, 63, of West Scranton, formerly of Towanda, died Friday morning at the Regional Hospital of Scranton. Born in Brooklyn, New York, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Doris Olberg Tjolsen. She attended New York schools and, prior to her retirement, was employed as a CNA at Golden Living and Allied Skilled Nursing. She was a member of the United Neighborhood Center, the West Side Senior Citizens and St. Lucy's Church. She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was extremely caring and outgoing and loved helping others. She enjoyed socializing, playing bingo and roller skating and was once a professional roller skater. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends. She is survived by four children, Dena Buchanan and husband Kenny of North Carolina, Lisa Giberson and husband Dugan of Mehoopany, Edward Perez and wife Jackie of Towanda, and Courtney Pronti of Scranton; 15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Dorothy Stillitano of Dresher; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Daniel Danens and two granddaughters, Britney Giberson and Antonia Kalacinski. Private funeral services were held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements were by the Carl J. Savino, Jr. Funeral Home, 157 S. Main Ave., West Scranton. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Lucy's Church, 949 Scranton St., Scranton, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 9/10/2017

 

TOMASHUNAS –ANNA D. FRIEDEMANN, 93, formerly of Morris Run, PA passed away peacefully May 27, 2018 at the Carlton Senior Care Center in Wellsboro. Born April 2, 1925 in Lee, PA, Anna Delores was the daughter of the late Dominic and Sally (Antinitis) Tomashunas.  For many years, Anna was a switchboard operator at Physicians & Surgeons Answering Service in Chestnut Hill, PA.  She was a member of the former St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Morris Run, PA.  Anna enjoyed baking, playing bingo and playing cards.  She will be lovingly remembered as an accommodating, gracious and kind woman.  Anna would never let you leave her home hungry. Surviving are her daughter; Linda Vnuk of Ridgeland, SC, Richard (Bernice) Friedemann of Oaks, PA and Karen (Andrew) Faidley of Blossburg, PA, eight grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.  In addition to her husbands, Leonard Repotski and Richard Friedemann, Sr.  Anna was predeceased by a son, Ronald Repotski and two siblings; Veronica Forrest and Anthony Tomashunas. In keeping with Anna’s wishes, there will be no calling hours.  A funeral Mass will be held 11 a.m. Friday, June 1st., at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 150 Main Street, Mocanaqua, PA. Burial will follow in the Parish Cemetery. Those who wish may make a donation in her memory for Parkinson’s disease research to the Michael J. Fox Foundation at P.O. Box 5014 Hagerstown, MD. Pepper Funeral Home & Cremation Facility, 314 Granger St., Blossburg. is assisting with arrangements. –Funeral home notice contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

MR. TIMOTHY TOMCHO, age 40, of Laporte Township, Muncy Valley, Pennsylvania, tragically passed away from an automobile accident on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. Tim was born on Sept. 22, 1977, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, a son of Joseph Robert Tomcho Sr. and Bonnie Kay Smith Tomcho. He graduated from Coudersport Area Junior/Senior High School a member of the class of 1996. He then went on to Mansfield University where he graduated in 2000 with a degree in Criminal Justice. He has lived in Sullivan County since 2004 where he operated his residential construction business, Tim’s Construction. He was the current Commander of the Sons of the American Legion of the Sonestown Post No. 601 and also a member of the Sullivan County Recreation Association. Tim enjoyed hunting, fishing, cooking and spending time with family and friends. Surviving are his parents, Joseph and Bonnie Tomcho of Burnsville, North Carolina; wife, Susan Quail of Muncy Valley, Pennsylvania; two brothers, Joseph and Aimee Tomcho of Burnsville, North Carolina, Major Jason and Britni Tomcho, USAF, Germany; aunts and uncles, Tommy Morrison of Iselin, New Jersey, Dana and Gwen Wagner of Hunlock Creek, Pennsylvania, Donna and Walter Stout of Berwick, Pennsylvania; nieces and nephews, Ben Tomcho, Jayce Tomcho and Lily Tomcho. Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 at the Sonestown Post No. 601 American Legion, 1433 Champion Hill Road, Muncy Valley, PA. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sullivan County Recreation Association, P.O. Box 307, Laporte, PA or the Sonestown Post No. 601 American Legion, 1433 Champion Hill Road, Muncy Valley, PA in loving memory of Timothy Tomcho. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, Pennsylvania. –Towanda Daily Review 11/4/2017

 

TOMPKINS –RUTH MARIE TALADA, 86, of Merritt Island, Florida, formerly of Waverly, New York, passed away on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at Cape Canaveral Hospital in Florida. She was predeceased by her parents, William and Alice Tompkins; ex-spouse, Robert Talada; brothers, William Tompkins, and Kenneth Tompkins; son, Edward Talada; great-granddaughter, Destiny Talada; and grandson, Jamie Stillman. Ruth is survived by her children, Mary (Tom) Schanbacher of Waverly, Jack (Sandy) Talada of Waverly, Robert Talada of Odessa, Donna (Steve Summers) Stillman of Waverly, Raymond (Shelly) Talada of Cocoa, Fla., Linda Johnston of Port St. John, Fla., Gloria Talada of Fresno, Calif., Jeffrey Talada of Hattiesburg, Miss., Kenneth (Debbie) Talada of Omaha, Neb., Gary Talada of Waverly, and Ruth Talada of Port St. John, Fla.; siblings, Eugene Tompkins of Brooksville, FL, Harold (Maria) Tompkins of Carlisle, Pa., and Bonnie Tompkins (Dan) Stanley of Royersford, Pa.; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephewsand cousins. Ruth was an avid bowler who bowled for 60 years. She was inducted into the Valley Bowling Center Hall of Fame in 2012 and she bowled in many leagues at Penn York Lanes in Waverly as well as traveled to many state and national tournaments. She was a league secretary and league president in some of those leagues. She continued to bowl in leagues, state and national tournaments when she moved to Florida. She was a cashier at P&C in Sayre, Manager of Country Club and Ocean Place Apartments in Florida, and a cashier at Walmart in Merritt Island, Fla., until she was 82. A time of calling will be held on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad St., Waverly, N.Y. A memorial service will be held on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 at 1 p.m. at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, N.Y. Memorial donations may be made in Ruth's name to Hospice of St. Francis and Health First Hospice in Florida. –Sayre Morning Times 8/8/2017

 

TRASK –FRANCES M. TRASK BUCHHOLZ - There is a tree in the book, “The Giving Tree,” that is happiest when it gives to others. It does not matter what others need; the tree gives its shade, its fruit, its leaves, its trunk, its very self to help the person it cares about most in the world. The tree sacrificed every single thing it had to help another. Fran Buchholz, our beloved wife, Mom, Grandmom, mother-in-law, aunt and friend, was The Giving Tree. Fran built her life around serving those she cared about, no matter the sacrifices the giving required. Fran freely gave her time, kindness, compassion, empathy, humor, possessions, and love to those who needed them, and she expected little to nothing in return. Frances M. Trask Buchholz, 74, of Liberty Corners, Pennsylvania, passed away Feb. 21, 2018, at the home she shared with her husband, Lynn. Fran was born Oct. 11, 1943, in Philadelphia, the daughter of Edward Joseph Trask and Violet Bolinski Trask. Fran embraced her role as homemaker and created a home where all felt welcome. Fran loved animals, especially dogs, and especially Mini and Sadie. Fran was an active member of the Towanda TOPS club and had served as a club officer. Most dear to Fran were her roles as wife and mom. Fran was always present and always ready to fill the roles she so naturally mastered. She accomplished this despite a fight with breast cancer 20 years ago, the loss of her first-born son, and other obstacles life tried to place in front of her. Our hearts are broken as we grieve the loss of our family’s rock, the one unfailing and constant source of optimism and love. We miss Fran so much, but we remember and pledge to carry on the life she lived and all she gave to bring happiness to herself and others. Surviving Fran are her husband, Lynn Buchholz, at home; son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Cindy Buchholz of Julian, Pennsylvania; grandson, Derek Buchholz; nephew, Michael Trask and wife Donna of Delran, New Jersey; nephew, Matthew Buchholz and wife Danielle of Magnolia, Delaware; brother-in law, Hank Spalding of New Jersey; brother-in-law, George Buchholz and wife Susan of Dover, Delaware; and brother-in-law, David Buchholz and wife Barbara of Arcadia, Florida. In addition to her parents, Fran was predeceased by her son, David Buchholz; brother and sister-in-law, Edward and Janet Trask; brother, Dennis William Trask; and sister, Claire “Mickey” Spalding. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Third Street, Towanda, Pennsylvania with the Rev. Edward Michelini, pastor, as celebrant. morial donations can be sent to the Bradford County Humane Society, P.O. Box 179, Ulster, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 2/23/2018

 

DAVID BRIAN TROWBRIDGE, 49, of Springville, PA passed away at his home on Friday, February 23, 2018. He was born in Tunkhannock, PA on March 15, 1968 to Florence (Bell) Trowbridge and the late Eugene Trowbridge. David is survived by his mother, Florence Trowbridge, 3 brothers, Gene (Valerie) Trowbridge of Auburn Center, PA, Jim (Tina) Trowbridge of Auburn Center, PA, and John (Sheila) Trowbridge of Oak Ridge, MO, nieces and nephews, Michael, Philip, Maria, Elizabeth, Mardi, Kensy, Patrick, Bobby, Corey (godson), and Devon, several great nieces, nephews, and aunts and uncles. He was predeceased by his father, Eugene. David was a member and past commander of the Sons of the American Legion, Gardner Warner Post 154 in Elk Lake, PA. He was also a member of St. Joachim’s Roman Catholic Church in Meshoppen, PA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10am on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at St. Joachim Catholic Church in Meshoppen, PA with Father Joseph Manarchuck officiating. Interment will be at the St. Bonaventure Cemetery in Auburn Twp., PA. Memorial donations may be made to the Sons of the American Legion, Gardner Warner Post 154, Elk Lake, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

DOUGLAS A .TURNER SR. -  Big Brother, Doug, there is no other way I want to remember you by than this.... Douglas A. Turner, Sr., born July 2, 1948 in Callicoon, New York; and resided on Owego Street in Spencer, New York; passed away very unexpectedly of natural causes on Jan. 25, 2018. Doug was predeceased in life by his father, Wilson Turner; mother, Isabella Turner Brown; step-father, George Brown; and older brother, Vernon A. Turner, Sr. Surviving Doug are his ex-wife, Anne Turner (Lockwood, N.Y.); sons, Douglas A. Turner, Jr. (Lockwood, N.Y.), Jon Wesley Turner (Waverly, N.Y.), and Bradley Turner (Lockwood, N.Y.); grandchildren, Amanda Turner, Bray Lynne Turner, Johnnie Turner, Arik Turner and Devon Hill; great-grandson, Kane Wilson Turner. Also surviving are his sisters, Phyllis (Garry) Turner Moore (Bainbridge, N.Y.), Darlene (Rick) Breeden (Sayre, PA) and Georganna Brown (Greg Gower) (Lockwood, N.Y.) and very special friends, Gregory Gower, Kathy Gower, Bill and Ellen Appleton; and furry friends: Reba, Petey and Elvis; and numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. Doug lived his life his way and on his terms, known by many throughout the Valley where he lived most of his life, and was respected and cherished by those who he chose to give his heart and his knowledge to. His sense of humor and personality will be dearly missed.He was a lover of books, an avid reader and a wonderful cook. He was also a master gunsmith. Doug was a master mechanic and jack-of-all trades and could repair or build anything someone needed. He championed the causes of veterans clubs, being a past Sons of the Legion Deputy Commander of Post 283, Sayre, PA. He was also a member of the Catholic War Veterans Post (Sayre, PA) and life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Being 4-F due to his eyes during the Viet Nam War, where he lost many friends, he especially championed their causes, often silently and without recognition. Doug's wishes were that he be cremated and there be no funeral services. A memorial will be planned by the family on the Delaware River in Lordville, New York were he grew up as a child. On his birthday, July 2, 2018, his ashes will be cast in the water where he loved to jump off the bridge into the Delaware River. –Sayre Morning Times 1/28/2018

 

JAMES D. TURNER, 69, of Canton, PA passed away unexpectedly at Robert Packer Hospital, February 6, 2018 with his wife of 41 years by his side. James Donald. “Donnie”, was born March 7, 1948 in Granville Township, one of five children of the late Lucille (Boyce) Turner Noble and James E. Turner.  He served our country with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.  James enjoyed his work as a truck driver for many years and retired in 1999. Surviving is his beloved wife, Debra (Hendrickson) Turner; a daughter, Darci Faust of Canton; two grandchildren, Eric Faust and Jaime Faust; three siblings; Richard “Dick” (Kathy) Turner of Lewisburg, Gary (Sylvia) Turner of Lynchburg, VA and Sharen Neuman of Richman Hill, GA, many nieces, nephews and cousins.  In addition to his parents, Donnie was predeceased by a sister, Beverly Smith. Private services will be held at a later time.  Pepper Funeral Home & Cremation Facility is assisting his family with arrangements.  –Canton Independent-Sentinel 2/22/2018

 

DONNA UPDYKE, 70, of Waverly, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 after a period of declining health. Donna is survived by her mother, Phyllis Updyke; brothers Grady (Darlene) and Willard Jr (Juliet); Aunt Elinor Redfern; numerous nieces, nephews and other family members; and close friends MaryLou Kundu and Janet Lambert. Donna was predeceased by her father, Willard Updyke Sr. and her grandniece, Adeline Barrett. Donna was a 1965 graduate of Waverly High School. She graduated from State University of New York College at Geneseo in 1969. She worked for Sidney Central Schools for several years and then worked at Waverly High School for many years, finishing a 36-year career. At Donna's request, there will be no services. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of The Thomas Cremation and Funeral Service, 1297 Elmira St., Sayre, Pa. –Sayre Morning Times 2/19/2018

 

PETER HENRY VANDERHOOF - Born May 15, 1951, passed away July 25, 2017. It is with mixed emotion of joy and sorrow that we announce Peter Henry Vanderhoof has gone to be with the Lord. He was a kind and humble soul. He spent the majority of his life working for GE Railcar and being a good foster and adoptive parent to several children. He left no soul untouched, no life unchanged. He was led by God to teach all of his children to be kindhearted, loving and empathetic. He loved fishing and hunting and spending time with his family. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, James Charles Vanderhoof Sr. and Clarabelle Marie Vanderhoof, and his daughter, Donna Marie Donahue. He is survived by Diane Karen Vanderhoof, Anna Morningstar, two daughters Suzanne Kim Walmsley and Kathryn Lindsey Davidson, a son Jonathon Daniel Vanderhoof, and also every foster child and child he came across, and a heavenly bundle of grandkids. We were all family. His siblings are Jim (Alice) Vanderhoof and Susan (Paul) Harvey and John (Lisa) Vanderhoof. We as a family have chosen the verse 2 Corinthians 4:16 to remember him. May we all meet again when our work here is done. Amen. A memorial service for Peter Henry Vanderhoof will be held Saturday, Sept. 9 at 1 p.m. at Waverly Glen. –Sayre Morning Times 8/31/2017

 

DOUGLAS D. ‘DOUG’ VANDERPOOL, 73, of Athens, Pennsylvania, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017 at home with his family by his side. He was born on April 11, 1944, the son of the late Reginald C. and Freda (Austin) Vanderpool. Doug was a machinist at Ingersoll-Rand, Athens, retiring in 2002 after 40 years of employment. He loved spending time with his family and friends, especially spending time with his grandson, Jordan, and watching him play ball. Doug was a Little League coach for many years. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. He loved camping, particularly at the family’s campsite at Brenchley’s Lake, where he was known as “Walter.” Doug was an avid Penn State, Yankees and New York Giants fan. He was a social member of VFW Post No. 1536 and Athens American Legion No. 246, where he also bartended. He was predeceased by his sister, Inez Young, and brother-in-law, Ron Chamberlain. Douglas is survived by his beloved wife of 40 years, Sharon, at home; son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Sue Vanderpool of Waverly, New York; son, Jason Vanderpool of Athens, Pennsylvania; his buddy and grandson, Jordan Vanderpool; sisters and brothers-in-law, Vivian and William Chandler of Pinellas, Florida, and Clarice and David Chandler of Shunk, Pennsylvania; brother and sister-in-law, Vernon and Pearl Vanderpool of Athens, Pennsylvania; sister, Lois Chamberlain of Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania; brother-in-law, Richard Young of Geneva, New York; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He is also survived by many friends, including his Lake and Legion family. At Doug’s request, there will be no calling hours or services. The family is being assisted by Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Athens, Pennsylvania. Memorial donations may be made in Doug’s memory to: Guthrie Hospice, 421 Tomahawk Road, Towanda, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 10/26/2017

 

JOSEPH MICHAEL VANDYKE, 39, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, November 3. He was born in Sayre, Pa., on April 16, 1978 to his surviving mother Christina M. VanDyke. Joseph, better known as "Joe" or "Joey" to friends and family, was an avid learner throughout his life picking up various trades. Joe was a multiskilled individual with many talents. He was a farmer, a mechanic, pavement crewman, salvager, and truck driver over the years. Joe was the first-born grandchild raised as a sibling with Julie, the last-born child of Larry and Judy VanDyke. In recent times, Joe enjoyed tinkering around in his garage and spending time with his family on the farm. Joe is predeceased by his uncle, Jeffery VanDyke. He is survived by his fiancé, Valerie Jerrell; his son, Tyler Vandyke and his girlfriend Jennifer, parents to his granddaughter Oaklyn. He is also survived by his daughters Kaitlyn, Hayleigh, Lana. Surviving are his grandfather, Larry Vandyke and his wife Debbie, grandmother Judy Vandyke. Uncle Randy Vandyke and wife Sherrie, with their children; Ben and wife Shannon, Daniel, Levi, Joanna, Zeb, Rebecca, and Abby. Uncle Andrew Vandyke with son Dominic and girlfriend Jenn, oldest son Tim with his wife Maegan and two sons. Sister Julie with husband Roger "Joe" Hitchcock and children Sam, Ryan, and Emily. He is also survived by children of his predeceased uncle Jeffery; Jeffery and wife Brianne, with two daughters; Dustin and wife Caylin with four children, Jessica and husband Josh, and youngest, Cody. Joe was loved and cared for by many and will be missed dearly. The family has decided to mourn in private. –Sayre Morning Times 11/10/2017

 

VANHORN –ANNAMARY (VANHORN) HULSLANDER, 94, of East Smithfield, PA passed away on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA.  She was the loving wife of the late Alfred W. Hulslander who passed away on September 7, 1986.  The couple married August 30, 1945 and had 41 happy years together.  AnnaMary was born on December 1, 1923 in Granville, PA, daughter of the late Luther and Leota (Baxter) VanHorn.  She was a graduate of Mansfield Teacher’s College (Mansfield University) and was a third grade teacher at the Gladys Burnham Elementary School in Ridgebury, PA from 1966 until her retirement in 2002.  AnnaMary was a member of the Retired Teachers Association of Bradford County, was a member of the East Smithfield United Methodist Church where she was a Bible School and Sunday School teacher, and attended East Smithfield Federated Church.  She enjoyed working crossword puzzles and crocheting in her spare time, but enjoyed spending time with her family and friends most. AnnaMary is survived by her children: Allen (Joy) Hulslander of McAlisterville, PA, Donny (Barb) Hulslander of Horseheads, NY, Wade (Robin) Hulslander and JoAnn (Bernie) Petry, both of Columbia Cross Roads, PA, 14 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, her sisters: Jean Randall of Troy, PA, and Marcia Martin of Granville, PA, her daughter-in-law Judy Hulslander of Columbia Cross Roads, PA, along with several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Alfred, her son Jim Hulslander, her grandson Mike Hulslander, her granddaughter Heather Rae Silver and her sisters: Christine Dunbar and Janice Wrisley. Services for AnnaMary will be private and at the convenience of her family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Gerald W. Vickery, Jr. Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc. 1093 West Main Street, Troy, PA. Sons: Allen and Donny would like to extend a special thank you to their siblings and their spouses Wade and Robin, along with JoAnn and Bernie for the wonderful care they gave to their mother. Memorial Contributions may be made in AnnaMary’s memory to the East Smithfield Community Vacation Bible School c/o East Smithfield Federated Church P.O. Box 7 East Smithfield, PA or the children’s charity of one’s own choosing. –Towanda Daily Review 5/13/2018

 

ROBERT L. “BOB” VAN HORN, 77, of Hughesville, died Tuesday, August 8, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. Born October 14, 1939 in Hughesville, he was a son of the late Nelson R. and Florence M. (Secules) Van Horn. His wife of 35 years, Ruth A. Van Horn, preceded him in death on October 29, 2001. Bob was a graduate of Hughesville High School, Class of 1957, and played Little League baseball on one of the first Little League teams in Hughesville. He enjoyed many things throughout his life, from delivering newspapers as a young boy, to working various jobs, building some beautiful homes in the area, running Bob's Texaco station in Lairdsville, and his career at Turnkey Construction. Bob was a life member of the Lairdsville Fire Company, and enjoyed spending time with his granddaughters, and at his cottage on Dalhousie Lake in Ontario Canada. Surviving are a daughter, Roberta L. (Brian) Fisher of Hughesville; a sister, Catherine Gordner of Hughesville; and two granddaughters, Ashley Ruth Fisher and Katie Kay Fisher. In addition to his parents and wife, Bob was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Graden, and a brother, Carl Van Horn. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, August 12, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Rev. Max L. Walters Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Twin Hills Memorial Park, Muncy. Friends may call from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Bob’s family would like to thank the staff of Wolf Run Village and the Gatehouse for the wonderful care that was provided to him over the past two years and during his recent illness. Flowers are welcome; however, memorial contributions may also be made in memory of Bob to a charity of choice. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

FLOYD K. VANNOY, 76, of West Burlington, PA passed away at home while surrounded by loved ones on March 23, 2018. Born May 17, 1941 in Sayre, PA, Floyd Kenneth was a son of the late Kenneth and Gladys (Wilbur) VanNoy. He was a graduate of Troy High School’s class of 1958.  Floyd married the former Dianna Hillyard on November 12, 1960 at Elmira’s Northside Baptist Church.  They were blessed with 57 years together and raised seven children. Floyd worked as an independent truck owner/driver for 35 years until retiring in 1989.  He started his career by hauling lime with his father and then drove for Smith’s, Halls, Jones and Wickwire Companies.  Floyd loved his family dearly and they made him very proud.  Most enjoyable times were spent supporting his grandchildren’s activities, especially wrestling.  He liked playing horseshoes, card games and square dancing.  Floyd also was a loyal Red Sox fan.  He enjoyed football and took many trips to watch Penn State games. Surviving is his beloved wife, Dianna, children; Kenneth (Linda) VanNoy, Jim (Pennie) VanNoy, Julia (Troy) Jennings, Sandra VanNoy, Melanie VanNoy (John Stewart), Patricia (Louis) Martin and Virginia (Rick) Parks, 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren, two sisters; Mary McKerrow of Alba and Retta (Larry) Hoose of Muncy, several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.  In addition to his parents; Kenneth who died July 18, 1987 and Gladys who died July 23, 1994, he was predeceased by his half-sister, Charlene; stepmother, Gertrude and special uncle and aunt, Carlyle and Eloise VanNoy. Calling hours are 3 – 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 27 at Pepper Funeral Home and Cremation Facility, 578 Springbrook Dr., Canton.  Rev. Garry Zuber will officiate his memorial service following at 5 p.m.  Those who wish may consider a donation in Floyd’s memory to Guthrie Hospice, 421 Tomahawk Rd., Towanda, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 3/24/2018

 

JAMES EDWARD VARGASON - If we could have one lifetime wish, one dream that could come true, we’d wish with all our hearts, for yesterday and you ~ On Wednesday, February 28, 2018 James Edward Vargason, 68, was surrounded by his family and those that meant the world to him passed away to his heavenly home. A life long resident of Nichols, James was born on February 10, 1950 ~ he was the son of Merritt and Amy (Baldwin) Vargason. Jim was a graduate of Tioga Central High School class of 1968 and on July 16, 1977 he married Karen Hardic. He was once employed by the Nichols Machine Shop, Sylvania and later the Fischer Machine and Tool Shop in Athens. Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing, working in his woodshop, spending time outdoor ~ although his greatest blessing was that which he called his family. Jim will be greatly missed by his loving wife of forty years, Karen “Kay” Vargason; his children Michelle and her husband Michael Kiesinger of Dillsburg, PA; Marci and her husband Casey Kithcart; Michael Vargason all of Nichols; known as “Tappie” by his cherished grandchildren Gavin and Ryley; his brothers and sisters-in-law: Merritt and Sharon Vargason, Gary and Charlotte Vargason, John and Joanne Vargason; his sisters and brothers-in-law Ethel Strong, Tresa Juliano, Lois and Leo Holmes, Linda and David Cole; Mary Alverado. Many nieces, nephews and their families also survive. James was predeceased by is parents Merritt and Amy Vargason; his brothers LeRoy Vargason, Chester Vargason and his sister Salva Archibald. Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation on this evening, Thursday, March 1st from 7 to 9 pm at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. A funeral service and celebration of his life will be held on Friday, March 2ndat 4pm at the funeral chapel with his brother-in-law Pastor T. R. Hardic, officiating. –Funeral home obit

 

RALPH A. VERDOLINI of Homosassa, Florida, passed away at Seven Rivers Regional Medical center in Crystal River, Florida on July 25, 2018. Ralph was a longtime resident of Gillett, Pennsylvania. He was born on Feb. 7, 1929, to a large Italian family in Easton, Pennsylvania. He has resided in Homosassa, Florida, for the last 15 years. He is survived by his wife, Shirley (Sue) Verdolini; his stepchildren, Dorothy Biby of Virginia, Connie (Ken) Rusin of East Smithfield, Pennsylvania, George Gurnsey of Inverness, Florida, and April Beck of Brooksville, Florida; and a sister, Lillian Scampinni of San Francisco, California. He had six step-grandchildren and eight step-great-grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by his parents; four brothers; his first wife, Anna Mahosky Gurnsey; and his step-daughter-in-law, Sharon Gurnsey. Ralph was in the Merchant Marines for 14 years, then moved to the Gillett, Pennsylvania, area and worked as a carpenter. He was a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America and retired from Carpenter’s Local 277 in Chemung County, New York. He was a member and Past Master of Trojan Masonic Lodge 306, in Troy, Pennsylvania and a 32nd degree Mason in the Valleys of Towanda and Williamsport Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rites. He was life member, active firefighter, past president, past vice president, and past trustee for the South Creek Volunteer Fire Deptartment, and was selected as Firefighter of the Year three times: 1978, 1993, and 2000. He was on the Troy Fair Board and volunteered at the Troy Fair for years. He volunteered as a “Friendly Visitor” to persons in nursing homes and delivered meals on wheels. He and his first wife put on many, many banquets for the local fire departments and for other organizations. Ralph’s dedication to his community, his brilliant smile, his stories, and his great food will be remembered by so many. At Ralph’s request, there will be no services. Arrangements are by Strickland Funeral Home, Crystal River, Florida. –Towanda Daily Review 8/3/2018

 

VINCENT –ANNA IRENE VINCENT SANSALONE, 82, of Towanda, Pennsylvania, formerly of Bethesda, Maryland, passed away Monday, March 26, 2018, at Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital, Towanda, Pennsylvania. Anna was born on Nov. 4, 1935, in Towanda, the daughter of George I. Vincent and Mary A. Wilcox Vincent. Anna shared 60 years of marriage with her husband, Joseph J. Sansalone, until his passing on Jan. 19, 2016. Together they raised their only child, Sharon Ann Zimmerman. Anna was a mom and grandma first, assisting in raising her two grandchildren, Michael Farrell and Jessica Farrell. She became a great-grandmother to Alex, Zack and Zoey. Anna was a member of the Assembly of God Church, Towanda. She is also survived by her sisters, Sarah Herman of Towanda, Pennsylvania, Lottie (Ron) Davenport of Wyalusing, Pennsylvania, Cora (Ed) Dodge of Towanda, Pennsylvania, Genevieve (Ed) Sikora of Clark, New Jersey, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a sister, Pearl Vanderpool, and four brothers, James, William, Lavern, Freddie and Wilson Vincent. Anna loved reading her Bible, gardening, taking walks and enjoying all of God’s creations. The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 31, 2018, with a funeral service following at 3 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pennsylvania, with her Pastor Thomas Geiger officiating. Burial will be in the Mount Zion Cemetery, Bethesda, Maryland. –Towanda Daily Review 3/29/2018

 

VOORHEES –SHERI LYNN LANE, 40, of Lockwood passed away suddenly on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at Robert Packer Hospital. She was predeceased by her uncles, Marc Seeley and Tom Hooker; aunt, Janetta Baker; cousin, Joshua Conrad; uncle-in-laws, David Voorhees and Paul Mark Voorhees; and grandparents-in-law, James and Marietta Voorhees. Sheri is survived by her parents, Bonita (James) Voorhees of Lockwood, grandparents, Paul and Pat Baker of Lockwood; children, Denzel Wilkins of Lockwood, Brooke Wilkins (Logan Warner) of Lockwood, Jonathan Wilkins of Lockwood; step-sister, Leslie Lane Smith of Corning; aunts and uncles, Paul R. (Maggie) Baker of Sayre, Patricia Seeley of Lockwood, Barbara (Rick) Elwood of Binghamton, Martha (Randy) Hooker of Newfield, William Baker of Lockwood, Susan (Walter) Conrad of Sayre, Debra (Joseph) Conrad of Sayre; in-laws, Sandra (Ronald) Kingsley, Darlene (Danny) Close, Ronnie (Inus) Voorhees, Jeannie (Jeff) Estep, Paul Voorhees, and Linda Rathbun all of PA; special friend, Amy (Paul) McConnell, along with many special nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Sheri enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her children. She always made sure her children were taking care of. She just always wanted the best for her children. Enjoyed collecting pigs. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, NY is assisting the family. –Funeral home obit

 

VOUGH –CATHERINE ELIZABETH VOUGH MULLEN, age 76, of Waverly, wife of 59 years of Thomas Mullen, died at home on Friday, March 30, 2018, from an extended illness. “Cathy,” as she was affectionately called, was the mother of Timothy Mullen (Nancy Pipher) of Waverly; Jennifer Persoon (Jack) of Interlaken; Elizabeth “Betsy” Sheppard (Dean) of Waverly; Dennis Mullen (Kathy Farr) of Waverly; Matthew Mullen (Terese Swigonski) of Spencer; and Jessica Ryan (Joe) of Ithaca. She is survived by 16 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, the absolute joys of her life. Known with great love as Grandma and then GG, Great Grandma, she leaves behind a legacy of family of which she was the beloved matriarch. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren are Benjamin Mullen (Stephanie Smith) of Waverly and their children Colin, Lucas, and Finn; MaryRose Catherine Mullen of Binghamton; Adam Mullen and William Mullen of Waverly; Captain Jacob Persoon (Eva Messmer) of Ft. Benning, Georgia and their children Elsie, Levi, Jace and Avonlea and 1st Lt. Jessica Persoon of Interlaken; Zachary Sheppard (Janelle Bucholtz) of Melbourne, Florida and their son Brody; Rachel Sheppard (Becca Crow) of Waverly; Kaitlin Namet (Shawn) of Winston-Salem, North Carolina and Sean Mullen of Waverly; Maegan Gallagher (Tim) of Ardmore, Oklahoma and their children Brycen and Kainen; Jordan Mullen (Ian Connor) and their children Madalynn Grace, Quinn, and Owen of Orlando, Florida; Alex Hazard of Altoona, Pennsylvania and Mark Mullen of Spencer; and Gilday and Rebecca Ryan of Ithaca. She was predeceased by her mother Virginia Reid Havens and her husband John Havens, and her brother John Vough, and sister Sharon Yanney. She was also predeceased by her father Raymond Vough. She is survived by her aunts Shirley (Bob) Brennan of Barton and Arlene Kropp of Cypress, Texas. As the eldest sister, she is also survived by Bonnie Slater (Wolcott); Billy Vough (Waverly); Daniel Vough (Destin, Florida); Cyndy Buinskis (Waverly); and Susan Vargo (Rochester Hills, Michigan). She is also survived by numerous cousins and nieces and nephews and their children who lovingly called her “Aunt Grandma Cathy” and “Aunt Crafty.” She was also the beloved sister-in-law and aunt to many relatives of her husband, Tom Mullen. Cathy was born Aug. 30, 1941, at the Robert Packer Hospital. She spent her childhood in Litchfield as the bossy eldest sister frolicking in the creek and woods with her siblings and Shaffer cousins Julie Larnard-Newbury (Towanda); Carol Crawford (Lockwood); and Nancy Lattimer (deceased). When not playing or doing chores, she could be found with her nose in a book. From a young age, her life-long love of reading took sprout and continued throughout her life. She was educated in the Sayre School District and was valedictorian of her eighth grade class and honors graduate from Sayre High School in 1959. On a drama club field trip to see “The King and I” at Ithaca College, she was told by her classmate Patrick Mullen that his brother, a young handsome Marine named Tom saw her photograph and was quite smitten. Playing matchmaker, Pat arranged a double-date. In short order, the 17-year-old high school senior married the 19-year-old Marine over Christmas break on Jan. 9, 1959, at the Church of the Epiphany in Sayre. Cathy returned to her senior year of high school while Tom was deployed on a Mediterranean cruise with the Marines. Upon his return, the young couple was stationed at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina. Upon discharge from the service, Tom and Cathy returned to the Valley. From 1960 to 1969, the couple had six children and settled in Waverly, New York. In 1971 they began a career in real estate with United Farm Agency, now named United Country Real Estate, of which many of their customers became life-long friends. The majority of Cathy’s life at that time was the role of wife and mother. Cathy and Tom raised their children as members of St. James Catholic Church in Waverly. In 1997, she fulfilled her life-long dream of attending college and received her associates degree from Corning Community College, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in human services. After graduation, she worked for Catholic Charities in Elmira as a social worker for a decade before retiring in 2009. Upon retirement she devoted her life to family and the enjoyment of being a grandmother and great-grandmother. One of her most enjoyable ways to spend time was at her camper located at her daughter’s farm in Interlaken, sitting in her chair, book in hand. When she wasn’t reading, she loved visiting with her large and loud family of which she was the revered matriarch. Cathy and her family are proud of and found great joy in her 23 years of sobriety and feel immense gratitude for the AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) fellowship she loved dearly. She was an active and revered member of her home group. Calling hours of visitation are from 3 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, April 2, at the Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home, 314 Desmond St., Sayre. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 3, at St. James Catholic Church, 503 Clark St., Waverly. Burial will be in St. James Cemetery, Waverly. The family suggests that contributions may be directed to Second Place East, Catholic Charities of Chemung/Schuyler Counties, 215 East Church St., Elmira, NY or to Lourdes Hospice, 4102 Old Vestal Road, Vestal, NY in memory of Catherine Elizabeth Vough Mullen. –Towanda Daily Review 3/31/2018

 

VOUGHT –HARRIET VOUGHT TWIGG -  A mother holds her children's hand for a little while and their hearts forever....Our loving mom, grandma, sister, aunt and friend Harriet Vought Twigg, 93, formerly of Talmadge Hill Road, Waverly, passed away on Tuesday evening, June 26, 2018 in Lakeland, Fla.
"Hattie," as she was affectionately known as by her family and friends, was born on Oct. 29, 1924 in Rome, Pa., a daughter of the late Isaac Alva and Mary (Williams) Vought. She was a graduate of Rome High School and continued her education at Elmira Business Institute. Hattie retired from the Guthrie Clinic Business Office following 35 years of serving as the office manager. On Feb. 1, 1947, she married Paul E. Twigg Jr. and together they shared nearly 67 years of marriage until his passing on Jan. 23, 2014.
Harriet was a member of the Barton United Methodist Church, Oak Leaf Grange No. 1412 at Smithboro. In addition, she also was a member of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter 9. Harriet enjoyed bowling, crafts, camping, reading and spending time with her family. Those left to cherish Harriet's memory are her children, Paula Hamilton of Florida, Karen (John) Hooper of Lakeland, Fla., David (Dottie) Twigg of Chapin, S.C., Roger (Jeri) Twigg of Huntersville, N.C.; sisters-in-law, Barbara Fairlie of Barton, Norma Barrowcliff of Sayre; 11 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and their families also survive. Harriet was predeceased by her parents Isaac Alva and Mary Vought; her husband Paul E. Twigg Jr.; her sisters Marion Vought, Irene Cleveland and Dorothy "Helen" Manchester. Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation on Monday, July 2, 2018 from 4-7 p.m. at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. A funeral service and celebration of Harriet's life will be held on Tuesday, July 3 at 10 a.m. at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel with her pastor, the Rev. Alan Bill, officiating. Interment and prayers of committal will follow in the Nichols Cemetery. Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the Barton United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 511, Barton, NY in loving memory of Harriet Vought Twigg. –Sayre Morning Times 6/30/2018

 

WILLIAM ‘BUD’ WAITE, 82, formerly of Sayre, PA, passed away of natural causes after a brief illness on July 24, 2017 in Arcadia, FL. Bud was born in Waverly, NY on May 23, 1935 to Howard J. “Howdy” Waite and Genevieve Donahue Waite. Bud graduated from Waverly High School in 1954 and served in the U.S. Navy. After the military, Waite became a barber working for the majority of his career in downtown Sayre alongside his former business partner and friend Andy Viselli. Bud retired in 2013 after more than 50 years in the profession. Before moving to Florida in 2013, Bud was a member of the Sayre Elks Club and attended Epiphany Catholic Church in Sayre. Bud was an avid sports fan his entire life having played football and running track during high school and later even refereed high school basketball for many years. He was a NY Giants fan and could always be found cheering on his grandchildren at their various events. Bud had a positive attitude and good sense of humor. He was quick with a smile, kind word, and quip. Bud is survived by his children and their spouses: Christi & William “Bill” Douglas of Sayre, PA; Patrick and Maureen [Gordon] of West Chester, PA; John and Tairita [Brown] of Mililani, HI; Matthew and Lisa [Felt] Waite of Athens, PA; and Paul Waite of Royal Palm Beach, FL. Bud is survived by his grandchildren: Eric Greninger of Ulster, PA; Matthew Greninger and fiancé Penny of Sayre, PA; Adam, Mariella, Gracia, Miriam, and Margaret Waite of Mililani, HI; Elana Waite of San Francisco, CA; Zane Waite and his spouse Kimberly of Sayre, PA; Joshua Waite and his spouse Jessica of Sayre, PA; Haleigh Waite of Chicago, IL; Melissa Brouilette and her spouse Edward of Loxahatchee, FL; Madison Waite of Lake Park, FL; and Zachary Waite of Royal Palm Beach, FL. Bud is also survived by eight great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Beatrice Tyson, and three nephews and their families of Rochester, NY; several cousins; and companion, Virginia Cole, of Arcadia, FL. In addition to his parents, Bud was predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Rosalie O’Connell Waite, in 2010. A memorial service to celebrate Bud’s life will be held on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made in Bud’s name to the charity of one’s choice. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

ROBBIN JOSEPH ‘ROBBYJOE’ WALBURN born August 28, 1968 to James and Marjorie (Christian) Walburn passed away on September 6, 2017 after his last motorcycle ride. He was predeceased by his Dad on January 6, 2017. He is survived by his mother, Marjorie Walburn of Elmira; brothers, James R. (MajaLis) Walburn, Timothy Duane (Robin) Walburn and Ricky L. (Diana) Walburn all of Elmira; sister, Terry Lee(Dave) Wheaton of Lake Helen, FL; along with several aunts, uncles, cousins and nieces and nephews and many, many friends. Rob was a former mechanic for Ferrario Ford in Elmira. He was an avid motorcycle and classic car enthusiast. Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday, September 9th from 1 to 3 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/7/2017

 

WALKER –DONNA WALKER BYRD passed away on July 28, 2017. Donna was 90 years old. Donna is predeceased by her loving husband, Marion E. Byrd; her parents, Ernest and Glendora Walker of Athens, Pa.; her brother, Robert Lee Walker of Athens, Pa. Donna is survived by her nephews: James (Jim) L. Walker (Carolyn) of Greene, N.Y., Michael Walker (Trish) of Uxbridge, Mass.; David Walker (Rita) of Sayre, Pa., several grand-nieces and nephews and longtime friends - Cloydia C. Dixon of Macon, Ga., and Tim Herdon of Neptune Beach, Fla. Donna held various jobs in the valley prior to 1957 when employed by IBM Federal Systems Division in Owego, N.Y. She was among the first few women that IBM ever transferred when she moved to Maryland to help set up a new facility. It was in Maryland where she met the "love of her life," Marion E. Byrd. They were married in June 1960 and started their beautiful journey together. In 1995, when Marion retired from GEICO, they moved to Jacksonville Beach, Fla., where they enjoyed the warm weather and beach after having lived many years in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., area. They traveled extensively taking many cruises. Their favorite vacation spot was Hawaii where they spent many wonderful times. A celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, Aug 30, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Palms Presbyterian Church, 3410 3rd St., Jacksonville Beach, Fla., with the Rev. Laurie Furr-Vancini officiating. Music will be provided by the Rev. Tom Walker and Dr. Ron Cummings. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in the name of Donna Walker Byrd to Palms Presbyterian Church, 3410 3rd Street, Jacksonville Beach, FL or to the charity of your choice. The arrangements are under the direction of Hardage-Giddens Beaches Funeral Home, 1701 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach, Fla., -Sayre Morning Times 8/8/2017

 

ROBERT S. "BOB" WALKER, 75, of Waverly, N.Y., passed away on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 at Elderwood at Waverly in Waverly, N.Y., following an extended illness. He was born on May 23, 1942 in Sayre, Pa., the son of the late Donald H. and Eleanor (Bennett) Walker. Bob was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served aboard the USS Independence. He loved spending time with his family, taking every opportunity to spoil his grandchildren. Being an avid hunter, he enjoyed using old-fashioned black powder muzzleloaders, specifically flintlock. Bob also took pleasure in going to Rendezvous, where people met to take part in shooting competitions and primitive camping. Robert is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Mary, at home, daughter Anne M. (David) Teeter of Richmond, Texas, son Michael P. (Erin) Walker of Ballston Spa, N.Y., nine grandchildren, brother, Donald James Walker of South Waverly, Pa. and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends and family may call on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 225 South Main St., Athens, Pa. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 at 11 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church, 503 Clark St., Waverly, N.Y. Burial will be in St. James Cemetery, Elm Street, Waverly, N.Y. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to the: St. James Catholic Church, 503 Clark St., Waverly, NY. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

WALT –PATRICIA M. WALT CARLSON, 79, of Sayre passed away Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017 at the Sayre Healthcare Center. Patricia was born Oct. 21, 1938 in Durango, Colorado, the daughter of the late Joseph and Doris Sisson Walt. She was a graduate of Sayre High School. Patricia is survived by her children, Regina Carlson Felt and husband Rick of Sayre, James Carlson of Texas, grandchildren, Sarah Felt, Adam Felt, Marc Felt, Cody Carlson and Haleigh Carlson, sisters, Sharon Walt Garrison of Springfield, Missouri, Mikki Walt Heyn and husband Carl of Williamsburg, Virginia, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Joseph Walt. Abiding with Patricia's request, there will be no services. The Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home of Sayre is assisting Patricia's family with arrangements. –Sayre Morning Times 12/27/2017

 

WALTER –MARIAN A. WALTER FASSETT, age 78, of Rushville, PA, passed away Thursday afternoon, March 1, 2018 at the Hospice of the Sacred Heart in Dunmore, PA. Marian was born on January 10, 1940 in Wyalusing, PA, the daughter of the late Peter Walter Sr. and Nellie Armitage Walter. On October 16, 1957 she married William H. Fassett Jr. and the couple was together for over 55 years until his passing on January 26, 2015.  Marian was a woman of Methodist faith. She enjoyed crocheting, gardening, and watching the birds, especially humming birds. She liked to go to the Mohegan Sun Casino and Tioga Downs Casino to play the slot machines. Marian enjoyed going hunting and fishing as well. Most of all Marian liked to be around her loving family at family BBQ’s and outings. Marian is survived by her son Timothy M. Fassett (Ginger) of Lawton, PA; daughters Evelyn L. Wells (Jim) of Meshoppen, PA; Helen C. Hollister of Dimock, PA; Linda L. Tompkins (Donald) of Hallstead, PA; Bonnie L. LaCount (Dave Graham) of Birchardville, PA; Rachel Fassett Saxe (John) of Wilmot, PA; 17 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her brothers William Walter (Mary) of Towanda, PA; Jim Walter (Leah) of Dimock, PA; Howard Walter of Sugar Run, PA; Frank Walter (Geraldine) of Laceyville, PA; as well as many nieces and nephews. Besides her husband and parents she was preceded in death by her son Francis Thomas Fassett; brother George Walter; sister Elsie Fassett; brother-in-law Pearl Fassett Sr.; brother Peter Walter Jr.; and sister-in-law Jeannette Walter.  Memorial services will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made in Marian’s name to the Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 100 William Street, Dunmore, PA.  Arrangements were entrusted with Sheldon Funeral Home, 8206 SR 6, Meshoppen, PA. –Funeral home obit

 

MAX L. WALTERS SR., 90, of Hughesville, died Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center.
Born September 15, 1927 in Williamsport, he was a son of the late George A. and Ruth L. (Brague) Walters. Max attended the former Villa Grove School, Hughesville and served his country honorably in the Merchant Marines. After returning home from his service abroad, Max worked with his parents at their grocery store in Hughesville and at the former Lycoming Silica Sand, Montoursville. He was also a self-employed excavator, owned and operated Max Walters Service Station and Max Walters Auto Sales, Hughesville. A former member of the Loyal Order of Odd Fellows, Max also loved NASCAR Racing, his dear rabbits, and above all, spending time with his family and friends. Surviving are his wife of 25 years, Elaine M. (Johnson) Walters of Hughesville; two sons, Max L. Jr. (Diann) Walters, and Dale A. (Carol) Walters, both of Hughesville; four grandchildren, Truly A. Zimmerman, Tanya L. Miller, George L. Walters, and Michael J. Walters; 13 great-grandchildren; two great-great-granddaughters; a step-daughter, Jenny M. Snyder of Hughesville; and three step-sons, Michael D. Snyder of Unityville, Ralph G. Snyder of Newberry, and Stacy P. Snyder of Hughesville. In addition to his parents, Max was preceded in death by his first wife, Madeline W. Walters; a daughter, Linda A. Donahue; a granddaughter, Annette K. Cadet; a grandson, Dennis R. Donahue; and a sister, Martha A. Keebler. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 4, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Rev. Max L. Walters Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hughesville. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. –Funeral home obit

 

LESLIE C. ‘LES’ WANCK, 70, went home to be with His Lord and Father on May 14, 2018. Loving father, caring husband, and beloved friend, we celebrate a life lived with purpose....a life lived with the end in mind each step of the journey. Leslie was born to the late Mahlon and Geraldine Wanck, in Waverly, N.Y., on Feb. 20, 1948. He graduated from Athens High School in 1966 and later attended classes at Mansfield University before settling back on the family farm where he would operate Son Cada Farms alongside his brother Merle for 39 years. Les would later go onto work for Eastern Industries in Sheshequin for five years as a heavy equipment operator. A man of great skill and knowledge, Les could always be counted on to give a helping hand to neighbors and friends in need. His unselfish, caring spirit reflected his faith in Christ and the belief in the greatest commandment to "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind and soul and to Love your neighbor as yourself." Leslie was an active leader in the dairy industry as well as in the community. He served on the local SULBRA and Statewide Crop Management Program. Following his passion for education, he served on the Athens Area School Board for several terms and on the local BLAST IU 17 board. He also served many years as a local township supervisor for Sheshequin. In addition, Leslie was a prominent figure with the Pro Musica singing ensemble group, where he shared his beautiful baritone voice and love for music with so many. Throughout his life, he seemed to always be touching lives through his generous spirit and desire for others see the love of Christ through him. With his hearty laugh and kind soul, he always had time to talk, answer a question, solve a problem, or simply brighten your day. Family always came first for Leslie. He was blessed with a close and loving family. He married his best friend, Kathy Russell Wanck, on Oct. 12, 1974 in Rome, Pa. Married for 43 years, he cherished her daily companionship and loving devotion to family. Together they raised their four children with patience, discipline and humility. He taught them the value of hard work, respecting the beauty of working with God's creation, leaving it "better than you found it" and doing all things to the best of your ability, as you were working for the Lord. He will be dearly missed by his loved ones, who celebrate the fact that he is at peace with his creator. Leslie is survived by his wife, Kathy; his daughter Lisa and Michael Shanks and their children Lincoln, Lydia and Landon, his son Jason and Dawn Thrush Wanck and their children Parker, Graham, and Sadie, his son Jacob Wanck and his son Eric and Brittany Wanck and their daughter Austin. In addition, his brothers Nicholas (Maryland), Merle (Debbie), and Philip (Carol).
He is preceded in death by his father, Mahlon, mother, Geraldine, father-in-law Roe Russell Jr., and brother-in-law, Richard Russell. All those Leslie has impacted are welcome to join the family in a memorial service to be held at the North Rome Wesleyan Church in North Rome, Pa., at 4 p.m. on Sunday, the 20th of May. A fellowship meal will follow in the reception hall of the church. The Rev. Richard Wolfe will be officiating the service. Memorial gifts and offerings may be directed in memory of Leslie Wanck to the Hornbrook Cemetery Association, c/o Camie Rockwell, P.O. Box 75, Ulster, PA. –Sayre Morning Times 5/16/2018

 

WARBURTON –DOROTHY A. SMITH, age 88, of Endicott, NY (formerly of Camptown, PA) passed away Saturday afternoon, July 22, 2017 at the Mercy House of the Southern Tier in Endicott, NY. Dorothy was born on April 6, 1929 in Towanda, PA the daughter of the late Walter E. Warburton, Sr. and Beatrice G. White Warburton. She graduated from Camptown High School with the class of 1947. Dorothy married C. Avery Smith on July 6, 1958 and they were together until his passing on December 11, 2011. She was employed as a Seamstress in dress factories around the area for many years and was a member of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union (ILGWU). She was also a member of the Stevensville Presbyterian Church. Dorothy like to garden and read. Most of all she loved to spend time with her family. Dorothy is survived by her children Avery D. Smith and his wife Bonnie of Athens, PA, Raymonda M. Barnhart and her husband Douglas of Apalachin, NY, and Dana W. Smith of North Myrtle Beach, SC; her grandchildren Aaron M. Barnhart of Ithaca, NY, Bryant D. Barnhart (Jenny Perucca) of Poughkeepsie, NY, and Codi F. Bezouka-Smith (Brittany Buck) of Endwell, NY; her step-grandchildren, Jason Cole and his wife Ashley of Litchfield, PA and Aaron Cole of Sayre, PA; her siblings, Marilyn Lutter of Washington, D.C., Walter “Sonny” Warburton, Jr. and his wife MaryJo of Wysox, PA, Robert Warburton and his wife Joyce of Jupiter, FL, and Alan Warburton of Towanda, PA; as well as several nieces and nephews. Funeral services for Dorothy will be held on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 12:00 noon from the Sheldon Funeral Homes, 155 Church St., Wyalusing, PA with Reverend Dr. Andrew Watkins of the Grace Lutheran Church in Vestal, NY officiating. Interment will follow at the Camptown Cemetery. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday, July 27, 2017 from 11:00 AM until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Dorothy’s name to the Mercy House of the Southern Tier, 212 North McKinley Ave., Endicott, NY. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

ROBERT ERWIN (BOB) WARBURTON SR., 70, of Hutchinson Island, Florida passed away on June 12, 2018 with his family by his side. Bob was born on June 14, 1947, in Towanda, Pennsylvania, son of the late Walter Warburton Sr. and Thelma Kisner Warburton. He graduated from Wyalusing Valley High School in 1965. Bob continued his education at Georgia Tech University where he obtained an aerospace engineering degree. He then accepted a position with Pratt and Whitney Aircraft in Florida. While living in Lake Park and Jupiter, Bob and his wife Joyce raised two sons, Robert Jr. and Marc. He coached Little League for more than 12 years there. They had recently moved to Hutchinson Island. Bob is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Joyce; son, Robert (Rob) Warburton Jr. and his wife Kristina; granddaughters, Katie, Jessica, Madison and Hailey, of Indiana; brother, Walter Jr. (Sonny) and his wife Mary Jo of Wysox, Pennsylvania and Vero Beach, Florida; brother, Alan of Towanda, Pennsylvania; half-sister, Marilyn Lutter of Washington, D.C.; and special mother-in-law, Nanette Light of Wysox; along with several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Bob was predeceased by his parents; son, Marc; and half-sister, Dorothy Smith.
Funeral services were held on Monday, June 18, at the Taylor and Modeen Funeral Home, Jupiter, Florida. –Towanda Daily Review 6/27/2018

 

WARFLE –FLORETTA M. ‘DODDIE’ PERRY, 72, of Laporte died Saturday, May 26, 2018 at Highlands Care Center. Born March 21, 1946, in Sayre, she is the daughter of the late Grover Cleveland and Floretta Emma (Adams) Warfle. She was the widow of the late Kenneth Perry. Earlier in her life, she worked as a bar tender in Sayre, and then began to raise her family. Doddie enjoyed being a mother, grandmother, and aunt. She enjoyed crocheting, reading, and gardening. Doddie enjoyed a good walk and talking with friends. Surviving are two sons, Matthew (Joyce) Warfle of New Albany, Joshua Perry of New Albany; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; a sister, Ruth E. Altemose of New Albany; and a brother, Leroy (Sandra) Warfle of North Rome. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Grace, Winifred, and Mildred; and four brothers, Leo, Jim, James, and Charles Warfle. Services will be announced at a later date, at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are entrusted to McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Dushore. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

WARNER –MARCIA M. FREDERICK, age 87, of Waverly, formerly of South Danby NY passed away peacefully to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday January 16th, 2018 at the Elderwood Rehabilitation Center. She was born on September 15th, 1930 to the late George Warner SR. and Bessie Gardner in Sayre, PA. She was raised in Afton NY. Marcia was predeceased by her loving husband of 36 years, Charles Earl Frederick; her first husband of 25 years, Lawrence R. Elia; her son’s, CPL Gary L. Elia, Richard R. Elia; her brothers, Louis, George Jr and William Warner; also a nephew, Carl Warner; and niece, Robin Warner.
Marcia is survived by her sons, Ronald (Joann) Elia of LakeWales, Fla, Johnnie Elia of Waterloo, NY, Lawrence JR “Sonny” (Ann) Elia of Waverly, NY; daughter, Catherine Elia-Shea of Newfield, NY; and special niece, Ilonka (Mel) Negley of Ithaca NY; an amazing legacy of 19 grandchildren; 36 great grandchildren; 11 great-great grandchildren; and several nephews. Marcia was a stay at home mother working the dairy farm with her husband and children for many years. She then worked at Ithaca College & Cornell Laundry in Ithaca NY prior to relocating to Waverly where she was a seamstress at the Waverly Dress factory for many years. She had her own business and made wedding cakes, baked goods, and quilts which were well sought after by many as each thing she created she did with love. For every Holiday she prepared foods, clothing and blankets for her children, grandchildren, neighbors, and anyone in need, as giving was her greatest joy. She also was an avid Gardener, her gardens were large and full of the most beautiful plants, with blossoms in every season. Her home was always fragrant with fresh bouquets and a variety of plants in glory. Her favorite places were the kitchen or her gardens. She shared this love, her recipes, sewing, baking, canning, and gardening onto her children and grandchildren. Marcia believed every child should have shelter, food, love and do chores. Hard work and integrity was something she taught her family by example. Every summer she accepted one or more fresh air children from the city to give them the experience of farm life, she also had foster children, and daycare. There were summers with 17 children on the farm, sharing with others was an expectation for her kids. All the food provided was raised, harvested, canned and prepared with her love. Marcia was a member of the Candor American Legion and attended the Ithaca First Assembly of God church with her daughter. She loved animals and especially bird watching, her bird feeders were through-out her gardens and always surrounded by sweet sounds of happy chirping birds of many varieties. She loved Country music, and dancing. Her brother Louis played in a band where you would find Marcia stepping out to polka and square dance. She loved the Lord, read her bible daily and made sure her children attended Sunday school. Marcia was full of life, love and mischief. She loved a good time and knew how to be silly and have fun. She was a little lady only 4’ 8” tall that could shoot a gun, butcher a cow, then put on a dancing dress and stun the dance floor. As her pastor stated; Marcia was a sweet sweet lady whose eyes and smile could light up your heart even to the very end. At her request there will be no public calling hours or service. A private family celebration of her life will take place in the future. The family is being assisted by Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad St., Waverly, NY. –Funeral home obit

 

CARL N. WATKINS of Towanda, PA died at home on Aug. 9, 2017. He was the son of Carl and Lillian Watkins of Horseheads, New York. Carl retired from Marriott Vending Corporation where he was honored with many awards including: Marriott Man of the Year and award of excellence. He was a past exalted ruler of the Towanda Elks 2191. Carl was an avid fisherman who enjoyed making maple syrup each year with his friend, fishing buddy and brother-in-law Alan Strope. In addition, one of his favorite pastimes for the last few months was enjoying Beatles music with brother-in-law Larry Strope. Carl is survived by his wife, Jeannette Strope Watkins; brother, David Hulslander (Nancy) of Horseheads; sons, Sean Watkins of Phoenix, Arizona, and James Robert Wade Dixon (deceased); daughters, Rochelle McCarl (Jack), Robin Accarino (John); grandsons, Richard Carl Dixon and William Seylar McCarl III; and great-grandchildren, Felicity Rain, Atlas Robert, Melody Catherine and Harmony Belle. Carl was predeceased by his parents and sister, Barbara Murphy of Elmira, New York. Special thanks for going above and beyond with extra help and support are given to Bobbie Jo Strope, Russ and Wendy Johnson, Jeremy and Johnnie Sue Johnson, Gary Strope and Linda Gomez. Services will be private. A "Celebration of Life" gathering will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017 at the Towanda Elks 2191. Family and friends are encouraged to attend. In lieu of flowers, please direct any memorial contributions to hospice. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of The Thomas Cremation and Funeral Service, 1297 Elmira St., Sayre. –Towanda Daily Review 8/13/2017

 

WEBSTER –BETTY LOU WEBSTER LEWIS, 74, of 8780 Burlington Turnpike, Towanda, Pennsylvania, passed away Saturday, March 31, 2018, at her home following declining health. Betty was born on May 31, 1943, in Sayre, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Laura Cole Webster and Stephen Webster. She was raised on her grandparent’s farm, Ray Cole’s, with her sister, Margaret. Betty was a graduate of Towanda High School, class of 1961. In 1976, Betty married Jack Lewis from Pittston, Pennsylvania. They spent 41 years together at their home in Monroeton. Jack passed away Jan. 2, 2017, after a battle with cancer. He was the love of her life. They enjoyed cooking and baking every day. Betty was a past president and life-time member of the Towanda American Legion No. 42 Auxiliary where she donated many hours. She was a social member of the VFW and Monroeton Rod and Gun Club. Betty is survived by her children, Sheri Weiss of Towanda, Stephen Schmeckenbecher and wife Angie of Wysox, Scott Schmeckenbecher and wife Connie of Sheshequin; her sister, Margaret Allen of the Bradford County Manor; grandchildren, Randy, Thomas, Shelby, Brooklyn and Cody; her precious great-grandson, Colton Thomas Schmeckenbecher of Tallahassee, Florida; four stepgrandchildren; her best buddy, Miss Jingles; sister-in-law, Rosarie Musto of Pittston, Pennsylvania; brothers-in-law, Robert Lewis of Pittston, Thomas Lewis of Chenango Bridge, New York; several special nieces and nephews; special friends, Marlena, Sandy, JoAnn, Chris, Pam, Judy and her traveling buddy Pauline; cousin, Dorothy and Jeff Wilcox, who were her Friday night dinner dates. At Betty’s request, everything is private. There are no calling hours. Please, in lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to Grace Connection, P.O. Box 122, Towanda, PA in Betty’s memory. Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, Towanda, Pennsylvania.  –Towanda Daily Review 4/1/2018

 

EDWIN ALLEN WELCH, age 90, of Horseheads, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 at Appleridge Senior Living. He was born on Feb. 10, 1927 in Corning, the son of Raymond and Florence (Allen) Welch. He married Alice Mae Richardson on July 2, 1950 in Corning. Edwin graduated from Northside High School and the University of Rochester. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy during World War II. Edwin worked for Corning Inc. and later for GTE Sylvania in Towanda. Being an avid golfer and an avid Yankees and Giants fan, he was a true sports enthusiast. He enjoyed spending time with his family, orchestrating home projects, and reading. He was a very kind, generous, loving, gentle family man with a witty sense of humor. He is survived by his wife Alice, whom he adored, son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Kate Welch of Doylestown, Pa., daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Jack Swingle of Sayre, grandchildren, Rebecca (Jacob) Banik, Rachael (Kyle) Westman, Haley (Dave) Kralle, and Ryan (Haley) Welch, great-grandchildren, Christina (Dave) Yewdell, David (Carrie) Searfoss, Molly and Caroline Banik, and Julia Alice Westman. Edwin was predeceased by his brother, Raymond Welch, and his sister, Patricia Fortin.
Family and friends are invited to call at Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney St., Corning, on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 from 2-4 p.m. A celebration of Edwin's life will follow there at 4 p.m.
Burial will take place at Elmwood Cemetery at the convenience of the family. In honor of his beloved wife Alice, those wishing may make donations to the Alzheimer's Association-Rochester Chapter, 435 E. Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY. –Sayre Morning Times 2/1/2018

 

WELLES –MRS. JACQUELINE WELLES KELLER, 83, of Bradenton FL, formerly of Wyalusing, PA, died Sunday, July 15, 2018, at Tidewell Hospice, Bradenton, FL. Jackie was born October 24, 1934, in Chicago, IL, where her father, Jack Welles, served as an FBI Special Agent. A daughter of John Roset and Ethel Turner Seago Welles, Jackie attended Wyalusing High School then Wyoming Seminary School of Business. On her family’s farm, Grovedale, she was an active horsewoman, riding often with her friends in the Circle H. Ranch riding club. Jackie moved to Tampa in 1957 where she met the love of her life, Larry Keller. Major Larry Keller later died in an Air Force B-52 crash in October 1969. Following Larry’s death, Jackie moved her family to Bradenton FL, where she became a real estate agent with the firm of Wyman, Green and Blalock in Bradenton. Her favorite past-times were Sudoku and knitting. She was a Gold Life Master in American contract bridge and was certified for scuba diving. She had a world-class collection of shells, dating from the 1940’s. Jackie loved to travel and over the years visited most of the countries of the world. She was a voracious reader. Survivors: Son James (Mary Jane) Keller Lehigh Acres, FL; daughter Kristin (Robert) Keller Gause Palmetto, FL; brother J. Bradford (Loa) Welles Monument, CO; sisters Kay (P. Dean) Homer Dushore, PA, Linda (Gary) Neiley Wyalusing, PA, Mary (Chris) Milburn Pearce Bothell, WA; brother-in-law Edmond (Marian) Keller Hurricane, UT; sister-in-law Patricia (Larry) James American Fork, UT; grandchildren Daniel (Melanie) Keller Simpsonville, SC, Bradford Keller Coral Springs, FL, Chase Gause Palmetto, FL, Megan Keller Lehigh Acres, FL, Katlyn (George) Keller Lindstrom Cooper City, FL; great grandchildren Joshua Keller Lehigh Acres, FL, Grace Keller Simpsonville, SC, Jackson Keller Simpsonville, SC. She was predeceased by her grandson, Mathew Brian Keller. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 am on Thursday, July 19, 2018, at the P. Dean Homer Funeral home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, PA, with the Rev. Dr. Barry R. Ballard officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home beginning at 9:30 am Thursday until the time of the service. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, DC at a later date. Memorials may be directed to Tidewell Hospice, 2504 34th Ave. W, Bradenton, FL, Palmetto Friends of the Library, 923 6th St W, Palmetto, FL or the National Kidney Foundation, Inc., 30 East 33rd St, New York, NY.  “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal”. — Irish Headstone . Jackie will be dearly missed by family and friends. –Towanda Daily Review 7/17/2018

 

WELLS –MRS. DORIS JANE NEWTON of Spring Lake, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. Jane was born Sept. 19, 1929, in New Era, Pennsylvania, a daughter of the late Rodney and Bernice Young Wells. She married Walter E. Newton Jr. of Terry Township on Nov. 12, 1946. He predeceased her on June 16, 1995, after 48 years of marriage. Jane and Walter named their 160-acre farm in New Era, WAJA Farms in 1952, when they started raising and showing sheep. In the early 1960s, Walter was instrumental in establishing the start of veal production in Bradford County. This was to be the beginning of a veal farming technique which developed into a nationwide industry. His ideas pioneered much of the basic management principles and building designs which are still used today. In 1966, he formulated and began to manufacture his own veal feed. In 1979, Walter formed a family corporation, Formula 1 Feeds, Inc., and Jane was the corporate secretary. In the 1970s, Jane and Walter acquired Spring Lake and set about draining, dredging and restoring the 60-acre lake to its original condition of beauty and function. They established it as a scenic recreational area as a separate non-profit entity to be enjoyed by all and serve as a legacy to their unselfish commitment to family, friends and community. Jane was a member of the Evergreen Christian Church. Jane enjoyed her cat Sugar, as well as feeding and watching birds. She was an avid reader. Surviving are four sons, H. Timothy (Renee) Newton of Wyalusing, Walter E. (Eddie) III and Darlene R. Newton of Wyalusing, Douglas A. Newton of Wyalusing, and Rodney “Pat” Newton of Wyalusing; daughter, Joy L. Newton of Wyalusing; sister, Cleone Johnson of Phoenix, Arizona; sister-in-law, Margie Newton of Wyalusing; five grandchildren, Brett and Melissa Newton of Wyalusing, Shawn and Nicole Newton Wyalusing, Daniel Newton Colorado Springs, Colorado, Tasha Newton of Mansfield, Jordon Newton and Becky Swingle of Wyalusing; eight great-grandchildren, Taylor R. Newton and fiancé Travis Chesla of Wyalusing, Tiffany Newton of Wyalusing, Andrea Newton of Wyalusing, Logan Newton of Wyalusing, Caelen Dick of Mansfield, Ethan Dick of Mansfield, Riley Newton of Wyalusing, Jameson Newton of Wyalusing; a great-great-granddaughter, Cambria Chesla of Wyalusing. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by five brothers: Rodney Wells, Samuel “Sam” Wells, Robert Wells, Harold Wells, and David Wells; and a sister, Mabel Morrow. A private funeral service for family only will be held at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, PA with the Rev. Michael Dodd, her pastor, officiating. Interment will be in the Wyalusing Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Bradford County Humane Society, PO Box 179, Ulster, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 1/15/2018

 

WELLS –MIRIAH ELIZABETH (WELLS) HARKNESS - Our angel was given her wings. Miriah Elizabeth (Wells) Harkness, age 27, of Gillett, beloved wife of Colton and mother to Aiden and Ava, passed away unexpectedly on April 2, 2018. She was predeceased by her grandfathers, Charles Wells Sr. and Paul Lane; grandmother, Leona Lane; and great grandmother Wilma Freeman. She is survived by her beautiful family: Colton, Aiden and Ava, of Gillett; along with her mother and step-father, Dawn (Lane) and Robert Griffith of Sayre; father ...and step-mother, Edwin and Laurie Wells, of South Boston, Va.; grandmother, Darlene Wells; sister and brother-in-law, Nicole (Bortle) and Curtis Teeter of Ulster, sister, Alexis Bortle of Waverly; sister, Kaity Wells of Sayre; sister-in-law, Mariah Harkness of Sayre; brother-in-law, Taren Harkness of Gillett, sister-in-law, Kate Harkness and her beloved mother and father-in-law, Vickie and Shawn Harkness of East Smithfield as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family. Her nieces, Arianna, Olivia, Sophia, Hilary and Rory and nephews, Jackson and Harvey are especially going to miss their amazing Aunt Miriah. She was employed as both a C.N.A. at Elderwood in Waverly and as a personal care aide in Gillett and taking care of people was generally in her nature. Whether with her children, nieces and nephews, many friends or with her two giant dogs, Mac and Bo, Miriah would be the warm presence in a room; the loud bit of laughter and ready to give great big hugs full of love.
We all feel her loss. With every hour of the day, we will remember her brightness, the brilliant warmth of her big smile, and especially the way she loved her family. Miriah was the best mother her children could ask for and it is with the heaviest of hearts that we not say goodbye, but bid a temporary farewell, to one of the best of us. A time of calling will be held on Friday, April 6, 2018 from 1 to 3 PM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, NY. Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 6, 2018 at 3 PM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, NY with Pastor Jennifer Wolf officiating. –Funeral home obit

 

CODY DREW WESNESKI of Canton Township is now at peace after years of battling addiction. He passed away Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at the age of 26 years. Born March 13, 1992, in Towanda, he was the son of David and Beverly (Harris) Wesneski. He was a graduate of Canton Area High School and was employed at South Mount Farms. Cody was a lover of the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, especially with a bow. He also enjoyed four-wheeling, Penn State wrestling and watching his favorite NFL team, the New York Giants. He made friends easily and was always ready and willing to lend a hand when needed, and cherished the moments that he spent with his little daughter. Cody is survived by his parents, David and Beverly Wesneski at home; his fiancée Brooke Ostrander and their son-to-be Tucker Drew Wesneski of Troy; daughter, Layla Jean Wesneski of Covington; brothers, David (Hannah) Wesneski Jr. of Roaring Branch, Jordan (Ashley) Andrus and Derek (Shauna) Wesneski, all of Canton; special friends, Mark and Tammy Shedden and family; special friends, Ray and Mary Gordner; special canine friends, Shadow and Yeager; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. Calling hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30, at Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Inc., 94 N. Center St., Canton, with services to follow at 8 p.m. Memorial contributions in Cody’s name may be directed to the Bradford County Recovery Center, 64 School St., Millerton, PA or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 3009 Market St., Camp Hill, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 5/26/2018

 

WEST –MARILYN S. BARRICK died after a brief illness at her Aria-Jefferson Health Bucks County in Langhorne, Pa., on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, at the age of 91. Born and raised in Sayre, Pa., Mrs. Barrick was a graduate of Bucknell University, achieving her Bachelor's Degree in Commerce and Finance. She was formerly of the Germantown section of Philadelphia and was an original Levittown homeowner in Middletown Township. Mrs. Barrick is a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Levittown. She enjoyed bowling and working on puzzles, but most important to her was a genuine love for her entire family. She felt blessed to be surrounded by all of her children during her illness. Though she came across as quiet and reserved in nature, she had a strong inner presence. She also had a sharp mind and enjoyed playing Scrabble, Skip Bo and Bingo. She had a sense of humor and playful spirit (including a fondness for sticking out her tongue). She will also be remembered for her pretty blue eyes and her love of tiramisu. Beloved wife of the late Howard B. Heinaman and Kenneth Barrick, Mrs. Barrick is the loving mother of H. Keith Heinaman, Robert B. Heinaman (Mary), Judy Glover (Charlie), Barb Spiewak (Joe) and Linda Kaufman (Mike). She is the devoted grandmother of Dan Heinaman (Samantha), Kristen Gaba (Nick), Jenna Heinaman, Victoria Eichensehr (fiance Evan Bortzfield), Kellen Eichensehr, Natalie, Daniel and Julia Kaufman; proud great-grandmother of Blake and Colin Gaba; and dear sister of David West. Mrs. Barrick will also be sadly missed by several nieces, nephews and her many friends, especially at her home in Juniper Village in her later years. She was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings, Dick West and Ellie Crawford. Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 from 2-4 p.m. at the James J. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., 2200 Trenton Road, Levittown, Pa., and on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 from 9-10 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 5918 Emilie Road, Levittown, Pa., where her funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in Newtown Cemetery. –Sayre Morning Times 2/23/2018

 

GEORGE EDWARD WHEATLEY, 91, went into the arms of his Savior, Jesus Christ, on July 2, 2018. He was born in Big Run, PA. Some milestones in George's life were serving in the Army, staying faithful to his wife Donna for 64 years, being a good father to Patsy, building a house in Covington where he remained the rest of his life, working for Turton-Antes Lumber Yard and retiring from Armco Steel. George was a kind, patient, resourceful, hard-working, thrifty man who diligently protected and cared for his family. He had an innate ability to construct and fix things, and he wrote instructions on many things to help others in the future. George loved the outdoors and giving tours of the area's backroads and attractions to anyone who would go with him.  George was predeceased by his parents Albert and Ruth (Brent) Wheatley, his wife Donna (Ames) Wheatley and his sister Mary Jane (Wheatley) Ehlich. He is survived by his daughter Patsy (Wheatley) and her husband, Rev. Dr. Brad D. Evans; his granddaughter Megan (Evans) and her husband Rev. Robert Hill and grandson Rev. Brent Evans and his wife Lydia; and his six great-grandchildren Brad, Caleb, Nathan and Evelyn Hill and Geneva and Cordelia Evans. In his last years, George benefited from the friendship and tender care of Cynthia and Robert West, the Christian fellowship of the Bakerburg Community Church, the medical and spiritual attention of UPMC Susquehanna Hospice, the services of the Bath VA medical staff and the patience of the Area Agency on Aging. Thank you all.

Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 from 10AM to 11AM at the Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. A funeral service will immediately at 11AM with George's son-in-law, Rev. Dr. Brad D. Evans officiating with assistance from Rev. Paul Binkley. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Child Evangelism Fellowship of Tioga County, 16 Charleston St., Wellsboro, PA. –Funeral home obit

 

GARY EUGENE WHEELER, age 57, passed away Friday, June 29, 2018 at his home in Lawrenceville, PA. He was born April 11, 1961 in Wellsboro, PA the son of LaDrue and Gladys (Whitney) Wheeler. He had been employed by Asplundh Tree Service as a tree trimmer. He enjoyed gardening and spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife Emma and son Lucus Wheeler of Lawrenceville, PA; two daughters Loretta (Ryan) Scaife of Tioga PA and Lisa Wheeler of Binghamton NY; grandson Joseph Wheeler; his mother Gladys of Millerton, PA; a brother William Wheeler and sisters Helen Wheeler of Millerton, PA, Laurie Clark of Millerton, PA and Sue (David) Shaw of Elmira, NY. He was preceded in death by his father LaDrue. A private service will be held at the convenience of the family. Funeral services are under the direction of Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. –Funeral home obit

 

JASON PAUL WHEELER - No farewell words were spoken, no time to say goodbye, you were gone before we knew it and only God knows why… Jason Paul Wheeler, 37, of Smithboro passed away suddenly on Thursday, December 28, 2017 as a result of an opioid overdose. Jason was born on August 17, 1980 in Troy, NY a son of Ralph A. and Catherine Anne (Vautrin) Wheeler. He was a graduate of Tioga Central High School. Jason will be remembered as being mechanically talented and had a keen eye to repair anything with a motor. Living a fast pace life, Jason also enjoyed cars, motorcycles and listening to loud music. Jason will be greatly missed by his father Ralph A. Wheeler of Smithboro; his mother Catherine Wheeler of Vermontville, NY; his daughter Harper; sister and brother-in-law Diane and Ron Fountain of Waterford, NY; brother Kyle Wheeler and fiance’ Chelsea Robertson of Tioga Center; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Jason was predeceased by his paternal grandparents: Ralph and Sarah Wheeler of Newark Valley; maternal grandparents William and Laurette Vautrin of Waterford, NY. Abiding with the families wishes, services will be private and held at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. To help others to overcome their addictions, please consider a memorial contribution to the New Horizons Treatment Center, 10 Mitchell Ave., Binghamton, NY. If there is someone in your life battling addiction reach out to them. So many lives are lost every day. The stigma of embarrassment and denial must be overcome. To all children and young adults, this is a simple reminder that there are people who love you, with everything they have no matter what you do. Don’t be afraid or ashamed to ask for help. To all parents, pay attention to your children and the world that revolves around them. Even when the surface is calm, the water may be turbulent just beneath. Jason’s struggles have ended. He is at peace and will be greatly missed. We will always love you Jason!! –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

JEFFREY JAMES WHEELER - No farewell words were spoken, no time to say goodbye, you were gone before we knew it and only God knows why. … Our hearts were broken on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, with the sudden passing of Jeffrey James Wheeler, 37, of Windham Township, Rome, Pennsylvania. Jeff was born on June 3, 1980 in Sayre, a son of Peggy (Harford) and the late Frank James Wheeler. He was a graduate of Northeast Bradford High School and was currently employed at the Sayre Walmart — where he could be found carrying a smile and waving a friendly wave. On July 15, 2000, Jeff married Theresa Renee Kipp and together they have shared nearly 18 years of marriage. Devoted to his family, Jeff treasured the time spent with them. He also loved tending to his chickens, his garden and spending time with his grandson, Zayden. Jeff will be greatly missed by his wife, Theresa; his sons, Kevin Wheeler, David Johnson and Camden Skaggs; his mother and step father, Peggy and James Waldorf of Wyalusing; his sister and brother-in-law, AnnRae and William Travis of Wyalusing; his grandson, Zayden; several aunts and uncles, among them, great-aunt Carol Harford; nieces and nephews, Faith Rae, Grace, Jacob, Allen, David, Vanessa, Jessica, Robert, Doyle and Brian; many cousins, among them Joyce Rogers. Also surviving are Theresa’s extended family: sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Carla and Bobby Benedict, Jennifer Kipp, Becky and Dan Randall; his best friend, Brent Ludwig; and close friends, Dale Shepard, Mike Theim and Jim Flannigan. Jeff was welcomed into heaven by his father, Frank James Wheeler; his grandparents, Irene Reeve, Paul Harford, Hilda Wheeler and Frank T. Wheeler; his aunt and uncle, Linda Drew and Duane Ellis. Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9, at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. A funeral service and celebration of his life will follow at 4 p.m. at the chapel. Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the family, Theresa Wheeler, 38662 Route 187, Rome, PA in loving memory of Jeffrey James Wheeler. Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

JACK WHIPPLE, age 68, of Laceyville, PA, passed away Thursday evening, January 4, 2018 at his home on Edinger Hill surrounded by his family. Jack was born on May 26, 1949 in Meshoppen, PA the son of the late Carl Whipple, who passed away on July 22, 1978 and Lucy Pickett Whipple, who passed away on December 30, 2001. Jack graduated from Wyalusing Valley High School with the Class of 1967. After high school Jack proudly served his country in the United States Navy from January of 1969 until December of 1972. He attended and graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with the Class of 1975 with a degree in electrical engineering. Jack owned and operated his own construction business for a number of years. He was a member of the Rought Hall Post #510 American Legion, in Black Walnut, PA. Jack was an outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, as well as kayaking with his daughter, Lydia. He also liked gardening and woodworking. Most of all Jack loved to spend time with his family, and enjoyed going to his children’s sporting events in their younger lives, thoughout their high school years. Jack is survived by his son Daniel Whipple (Stephanie Scavone) of Tunkhannock, PA; his daughter Lydia Whipple of Laceyville, PA; his sister Ellen Whipple of Laceyville, PA; as well as many cousins. Funeral services for Jack will be held on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 11:00 AM at the Sheldon Funeral Home, 459 Main Street, Laceyville, PA with Reverend Mark King, a long time family friend officiating. Interment will follow at Lacey Street Cemetery. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday evening, January 9, 2018 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM. Military Services will be conducted at the funeral home, by the members of the Rought Hall Post # 510 American Legion of Black Walnut, PA; the Dennis Strong Post # 457 American Legion of Tunkhannock, PA; and the Endless Mountains V.F.W. Post # 3583 of Mehoopany, PA. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Hunts for Healing, 3 Coburn Hill Road, Laceyville, PA or the charity of the donor’s choice. –Funeral home obit

 

WHITAKER –PATRICIA L. ‘PATTY’, HASKINS age 59 of Breesport passed away surrounded by her loving family on August 18, 2017. Patty was born on St. Patrick's Day; March 17, 1958, in Elmira, to Jack and June (Krumloff) Whitaker. In 1976, Patty graduated from Horseheads High School. Although she went to high school with Jeffrey Haskins, they did not find love until the County Fair in 1976. On September 2, 1978, she married Jeff and had two sons. Patty enjoyed people. She received her LPN license from BOCES and worked most of her life taking care of the developmentally challenged. She took great pride in her work and the people she cared for. She adored her special relationships with her co-workers and friends. Patty was devoted to Jeff. They always walked side by side, holding hands, smiling and laughing. Jeff was her world and the love she had for him was remarkable. Patty cherished her relationships with her sons, Matt and Ben. If Patty was relaxing, you would find her curled up with a great book or knitting a new scarf or blanket or sewing a quilt. She enjoyed getting up early to hit the rummage sales with her family, her aunt, her mom and her sisters. She always had someone special with her while she searched for unique treasures or great deals. Patty also liked shopping for shoes, clothes and jewelry. Anything that was beautiful she set her eyes on. Patty had an infectious laugh and gorgeous smile. She could light up a room for those who cherished her presence. She was adventurous and loved the outdoors. Most of her outdoor activities were shared with Jeff and her sons or her close friends and family. She enjoyed bike riding, camping, cross country skiing, walking and exploring. She loved her animals and always spoiled them with tasty treats and lots of hugs and kisses. Over the last ten years, Patty and Jeff would vacation in Maine to spend time with their oldest son, Matt and their only grandchild, Tyler. She loved visiting the ocean and lighthouses, but nothing was more special then her time spent with Tyler. Their relationship was one of a kind. In the past year, Patty spent a lot of time with her mother, June. She loved being there for her mom and was extremely happy to be around her. Everyday, Patty took her dog, Buddy to the creek while her and Jeff watched him splash and play. She was a wonderful co-worker, an amazing friend, a loving mother and a devoted wife. Patty may have left us too soon, but her imprint on our lives is permanent and will remain in our hearts forever. Patty was predeceased by her father, Jack Whitaker, her sisters: Joanne Miller and Janet Fusco. Surviving are her mother, June Whitaker of Horseheads; her husband Jeffrey Haskins of Breesport, her oldest son, Matthew Haskins and girlfriend Danielle Dame of Maine; her son, Benjamin Haskins of Breesport, her only grandson, Tyler Haskins of Maine. She is also survived by her brother, Jack "Tim" Whitaker Jr. of Horseheads; sister Jane Winterling of Vermont; her Aunt Sharon and husband John Daniels of Horseheads; numerous nieces and nephews, and her beloved fur baby, Buddy. Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home 413 S. Main St., Horseheads on Fri. Aug. 25, 2017 from 3-5:00 pm. –Elmira Star-Gazette 8/24/2017

 

CLAYTON RICHARD WHITE, husband, father-to-be, son, brother, uncle and devoted friend passed suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of 41, Saturday March 10, 2018. Clayton was born March 9, 1977 and raised in Northeast Pennsylvania and enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1995. He was resolute in his dedication to his country. He served with honor, valor and distinction throughout his service including multiple tours overseas receiving many awards and recognitions. Clayton was fastidious in his approach to his military service, work, life and, most of all, his love and loyalty to his family and friends. He did for others freely, without ask or want of recognition. He will be eternally missed by those that had the privilege to know and be loved by him. Clayton was preceded in death by Richard C. White (grandfather), Benjamin and Harriet Carney (great-grandparents), Clayton White and Norma (White) Weaver (great grandparents), Genevieve Tuey (grandmother), and Richard Tuey (uncle). He is survived by his wife, Natalie and daughter, Piper Grace (due May 2018), Parents, Boyce J. White (Tammy), Kathleen Gregory (Bob); Sisters, Mary Daley (A.J.), Laura White, Parents-in-law, Robert and Sheri Zerull, Sister-in-law, Ashley Frohock (Chris), Brother in life, Vance Maloy (Jennifer) and many beloved nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Visitation will be held March 15th at Emerald Coast Funeral Home from 6:00-8:00 PM with Funeral Service on March 16th at 9:00 AM at Emerald Coast Funeral Home, Interment to follow at Barrancas National Cemetery at 12:00 PM. In memory of Clayton, donations for Piper Grace may be made to Eglin Federal Credit Union, ℅ Natalie Z. White. –Funeral home obit

 

LEWIS G. WHITE SR. was born November 10, 1944 in Elmira the son of the late Lewis A. and Flora B. (Brown) White, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Friday, September 22, 2017 at the age of 72. His loving wife, Florence (Ayers) White preceded him in death. He is survived by his beloved son and namesake: Lewis G. (Hope) White Jr. of Millerton, PA; sister: JoAnn Jacobson of King Ferry, NY; brother: Daniel (White) of Waverly, NY; along with several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. At his request no services will take place. –Elmira Star-Gazette 9/24/2017

 

WHITE –SALLIE WHITE WELLES, 95, said her final “Aloha” on July 17, 2018 following a two-plus year stay at the Northrise Village Memory Care Unit in Las Cruces, NM. Born in 1923, Sallie was the only child of Victor and Margaret White of Wahiawa, Oahu, Hawaii, where she resided until meeting 1st Lt. George H. Welles, a recent graduate of West Point, who was rerouted to Oahu, Hawaii shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Following a whirlwind courtship, they were married, with gasmasks in hand, in the first wartime wedding at Schofield Barracks Oahu on Nov. 8, 1942. Sallie’s marriage to George lasted 58 years until his death in February 2000. The little wahine from Wahiawa traveled across the U.S. many times during George’s military career, living in Los Gatos, Maryland, Kansas, Georgia, Ohio, West Point and two tours in Hawaii, as well as a stint in post-WWII Berlin. Upon George’s retirement from the Army in 1965, he and Sallie moved to Roswell, NM, where he worked for the NM Military Institute in several capacities until he became a fulltime retiree. Sallie enjoyed golf, camping, poker and worked fulltime raising her five kids and trying to keep George fed, organized and out of trouble. Sallie was preceded in death by husband, George; her parents; daughter, Vicky Vaughn Malinowski and son, George H. Welles, III. She is survived by daughters, Penny White Welles (CA) and Connie Collins Welles (NM) and son, James Fisher Welles and his wife, Kelly (NM). Sallie’s grandchildren include Lisa Rae Malinowski (CA), Raymond Malinowski, Russ Bergholz (CA), Cheryl Bergholz and husband, Patrick Simpson (MT), Garrett Welles and wife, Brandi (GA), Holly Welles and husband, Jared Brode (GA), Michelle Welles (CO) and Clara Welles and husband, Adam Graham (NM). She also leaves behind 13 greatgrandchildren scattered throughout the U.S. Sallie’s cremains will be interred with her husband, George and son, George, III at the Santa Fe National Cemetery (NM) in a private service at a later date. To our beloved Mother, Grandmother and Greatgrandmother and friend, we extend a fond… “Aloha, Until We Meet Again.” –Wyalusing Rocket 7/26/2018

 

WILCOX –ALBERTA E. THALL, 96, of New Albany, died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre. Born July 10, 1921 in Forksville, she was a daughter of the late George and Fern (Bedford) Wilcox. Her husband of 50 years, Ralph E. Thall, preceded her in death on June 23, 1992. Alberta was a dedicated wife and mother who enjoyed working the family farm with her husband and son most of her life. She also enjoyed cooking and baking, and was a member of the Towanda Chapter Order of Eastern Star. Surviving are a son, R. Bruce (Diana Jackson) Thall of New Albany; a sister, Grace Cott of Forksville; and a brother, Norman (Ann) Wilcox of Williamsport. Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Alberta’s family would like to extend a special thank you to her longtime caregiver, Ashley Colegrove, and Dena Colegrove for the love and care they provided to Alberta. If desired, memorial contributions may be directed to the New Albany Fire Company in memory of Alberta. Arrangements have been entrusted to the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Dushore. –Towanda Daily Review 10/18/2017

 

DAVID W. WILCOX, 70, of Tunkhannock died Friday December 15, 2017 at Geisinger CMC in Scranton, PA. He is survived by his wife of 48 years Virginia Branning Wilcox. He was born on December 9, 1947 in Wilkes-Barre, PA son of the late Edgar and Florence Shook Wilcox. He is preceded in death by his daughter Jennifer Wilcox who passed away on November 25, 2017. He is survived by his son Dwayne and wife Christine Wilcox, of Old Forge, daughter Donna and husband Mark Bogdan, of Tunkhannock, Brothers Edgar Jr., Francis and Glendale, all of Tunkhannock, 6 grandchildren Scott Wilcox, Kimberly Southworth, Dylan Wilcox, Alyssa Wilcox, Jarrett Jervis, and David Jervis, 5 Great Grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be held Monday December 18th at 11:00 AM from the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, Inc. 73 West Tioga St. Tunkhannock, PA with Pastor Rick Wormer Interment will be in Sunnyside Cemetery Tunkhannock. A viewing will be held on Sunday December 17th from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. –Funeral home obit

 

GEORGE D. WILCOX - During the early morning of Monday, January 29th, 2018  lifelong LeRoy resident George D. Wilcox passed away quietly at Bradford County Manor.  He was 87 years of age.   Born in LeRoy on June 12th, 1930, he was the son of Earl and Hattie (Haflett) Wilcox.  George was a 1948 graduate of Canton High School  and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.  He was married to his high school sweetheart, the former Bobbee Spencer, and together they raised two sons and a daughter.  George was employed in the dairy industry for forty-six years, as a dairy barn inspector and as a dairy farmer in partnership with his brother at Five Brooks Farm in LeRoy.  He was a life member of the Innes Hose Company and had served as an active firefighter for several years.  He was also an active member of the Deer Crossing Detachment of the Marine Corps League.  George was also a man who knew and loved his Lord Jesus, and was a longtime faithful and active member of the Canton Ecumenical Parish. He is survived by his wife, Bobbee, at home, sons Jared (& Rebecca) Wilcox of LeRoy and Jan V. (& Marcia) Wilcox of Elizabethtown, Pa., daughter Leigh Ann (& Neil) Leary of Virginia Beach, Va., brother Duane (& Carrie) Wilcox of LeRoy, grandchildren Skylar (& Nichole) Wilcox, Jaryn (& Steven) Gustafson, Jenny (& Orlando) Archuleta, Emily Wilcox, Connor Leary, Patrick Leary, great-grandchildren London, Emerson and Myles Archuleta as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Hattie Wilcox and child sister Janice Wilcox.  Visitation will be 12 noon Friday, February 2nd at the Canton Ecumenical Parish, 103 N. Center Street, Canton.  Service will follow at 1 PM with The Rev. Jerry Schmidt officiating.   The family will provide the flowers and suggests that memorial contributions be directed to the Canton Ecumenical Parish Memorial Fund.  –Towanda Daily Review 1/31/2018 

 

WILCOX –JANET T. SMITH, age 88, of Mansfield, PA, passed away on Sunday, April 1, 2018 at Broad Acres. She was born on September 30, 1929 in West Virginia, a daughter of Floyd and Anna (Denkenberger) Wilcox. Janet was the wife of Ellsworth A. Smith with whom they shared 72 years of marriage. She was a member of the State Road Baptist Church. Janet enjoyed quilting, canning jelly, knitting, crocheting. She is survived by her husband, Ellsworth; a son, Lonsworth Smith of North Carolina; two daughters and a son-in-law, Judy P. Smith of Mansfield, PA, Linda and Ronald Copp of Mansfield, PA; four grandchildren, Angela, Soni, Meredith, Brandon; nine great grandchildren; a sister, Emily Pflueger of Niagara Falls, NY. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers Robert and Richard Wilcox; a sister, Patricia Tokarz. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Memorial Contributions may be made to State Road Baptist Church, 1600 Old State Road, Mainesburg, PA. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. –Funeral home obit

 

JENNIFER L. WILCOX of Tunkhannock died Saturday November 25, 2017 in Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock. She was born in Doylestown, Pa. on January 4, 1969 daughter of David and Virginia Branning Wilcox of Tunkhannock. Jennifer was a 1986 graduate of Tunkhannock High School and for several years she worked as a LPN at Tyler Memorial Hospital, Tunkhannock United Methodist Home and Golden Living Center in Tunkhannock. In addition to her parents she is survived by her husband of 32 years Ray Southworth, son Scott Wilcox, daughters Kimberly Southworth and Alisha Murray all of Tunkhannock, brother, Dwayne Wilcox, Old Forge, sister, Donna Wilcox of Tunkhannock, grandchildren, Paige Wilcox, Natalie Wilcox, Kayla Murray, Hayleigh Murray and Audree Wilcox. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday at 8 pm from the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home Inc., 73 W. Tioga St, Tunkhannock, with Pastor Rick Wormer of the Tunkhannock Assembly God Church. Family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until the time of service. –Funeral home obit

 

WILCOX –NANCY M. MANUEL, 87, of Mildred, died Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. Born Jan. 8, 1930 in Towanda, she was a daughter of the late George M. and Grace M. (Hunt) Wilcox. Her husband of over 50 years, George W. Manuel Jr. preceded her in death on Nov. 25, 2000. Nancy was employed with the former GTE Sylvania, Towanda, until retiring in 1992. She was a member of the Mildred American Legion Auxiliary and the New Albany VFW Auxiliary. Nancy was an avid bingo player who also enjoyed reading, hunting, fishing, and most of all, spending time with her grandchildren. In her youth, Nancy enjoyed playing softball and shooting darts. Surviving are two daughters, Grace M. (Greg Lutz) Rekito of Mildred, and Ann M. (Ray) Robinson of New Albany; two sons, Frank R. (Connie) Manuel Sr. of Mildred, and John M. Manuel of Mildred; a brother, Robert (Alice) Wilcox of Texas; seven grandchildren, Heather A. (Harry) Auer, Tracie L. Walburn, Frank (Sue) Manuel, Kevin Manuel, Jeromia Manuel, Kathy Manuel and Tammy Rekito; and several great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, Nancy was preceded in death by a son, George H. Manuel Sr., three sisters and three brothers. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31, at the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore, with Rev. Phyllis A. Pelletier officiating. Burial will follow in Mountain Ash Cemetery, Laporte. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.  –Towanda Daily Review 10/28/2017

 

LT. COL. (RET.) SCOTT LEE WILCOX, age 53, of Sugar Run, Pa., tragically passed away in an aircraft accident on July 19, 2017 in Monroe Township, Bradford County. Lt. Col. (ret.) Scott Lee Wilcox was born in Towanda, Pa., July 3, 1964. The son of the late Donald Wilcox and Henrietta Price of Towanda, Scott was delivered by Doc Pete. He attended school in Wyalusing where he graduated from Wyalusing Area High School in 1982. He received his B.A. degree in geography, graduating cum laude from Bloomsburg University in 1986. Scott married Marion Bouika Wilcox in 1989. They had a daughter, Haley, in 1996. They later divorced and remained good friends.  Scott joined the United States Air Force in 1988 as a Special Investigative Officer. While in the Air Force, he received a master's degree in human resources management in 1994 from Webster University and another that same year in international relations. He also graduated from the prestigious program of Human Resources Management at Cornell University in 1998. Scott served most of his Air Force career as a special agent. He was appointed to high ranking commissions such as Chief of Performance Management Division, Air Cargo Section, Plans and Programs, and Counterintelligence. Several assignments included worldwide counterintelligence and anti-terrorism missions, as well as Commander of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations Antiterrorism Team. He also served as the Program Director and visiting lecturer at Cornell University. During his tenure, the Cornell University AFROTC leadership development program was ranked number one in the nation. Scott was the Lead Defensive Tactics instructor for the United States (OSI) Antiterrorism Team. In 2008, Scott was appointed Chief of Investigative Division, Office of Military Commissions, Office of Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon. He served in that role until his retirement from the Air Force in 2011. Scott married Jennifer Hoffman Wilcox on March 4, 2006. He was father to Alyssa and Alec Alaniz, and they had a daughter, Mia, in 2006. Scott loved martial arts and was continually involved in martial arts instruction for over 30 years. He had black belts in multiple styles of karate and was a certified Krav Maga military and law enforcement instructor for the USA. Scott was the owner of EDGE Fitness and Martial Arts where he spent his time teaching friends and neighbors of the Bradford County community many different types of martial arts. He was also a mentor, coach and friend to his students and co-workers. In 2011, Scott opened the EDGE Security Solutions which provided a variety of defense training, handgun training, and self-defense for businesses and individuals. He remained in that capacity until his passing. Scott was a proud member of the NRA, Victory Church, Towanda Masonic Lodge, Endless Mountains Heritage Region, Life Center Board, and Towanda Gun Club. He enjoyed living life to the fullest with hobbies including hunting, skiing, scuba diving, and traveling. Scott had a passion for flying and spent much of his free time piloting his plane. He enjoyed taking flights around Bradford County and waving to family, friends, and neighbors while flying by. He was doing exactly what he loved at the time of his passing on July 19, 2017. Scott was preceded in death by his father, Donald Albert Wilcox on May 5, 1992, and Chieko and Martin Doherty. He is survived by his mother and step-father, Henrietta and Mark Honchell; his wife, Jennifer; four children, Haley, Mia, Alyssa and Alec; sisters, Kim (Wayne) Miller and Yvonne (Corey) Sickler; nieces, Shanna (Keith) Anderson, Andrea, Jennifer, Joyce, June, and Emilee; nephews, Clayton, Mitchell, Tyler and Ryan; and several great nieces and nephews. A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at the Victory Church in Troy, Pa., with Pastor Josh Payne of the church officiating. Military rites will be held at the church preceding the celebration of life and will be conducted by the members of Air Force Military Honor Guard and the members of the Wyalusing American Legion Post No. 534 as well as Masonic Services conducted by the members of the Union Wyalusing Lodge No. 108 F&AM Masonic Lodge in Towanda, Pa. Family and friends may call from 1 p.m. until the time of the services on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at the church. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Scott's name to the Wilmot Volunteer Fire Co., 58 River View Road, Sugar Run, PA or to the Wyalusing Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 68, Wyalusing, PA. Arrangements were entrusted with Sheldon Funeral Homes, 155 Church St., Wyalusing, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 7/22/2017

 

WARREN L. WILCOX, age 86, of Comfort Hill Road, Wellsburg, New York, passed away on Tuesday, July 2, 2018  at home. Warren was born Aug. 20, 1931 in Lebanon, New York, son of the late Wilmer and Ruth  (Morse) Wilcox. Following graduation from Troy High School, he attended Lycoming College for a year and later at Elmira College where he studied psychology. Warren was the proprietor of a mobile home park in Pine Valley for many years and prior to that worked as a carpenter, and also was involved with his family farm where he worked the farm with his father in Windfall, Pennsylvania. Survivors include two sisters and a brother-in-law, Pauline and Bill Swingle of Canton, Pennsylvania, and Sharon May of Canton, Pennsylvania; nieces, Donna and Gordon Corbin of Howes Run, Pennsylvania, Jane and Larry Porter of Raleigh, North Carolina, Kathy and Michael Machmer of Granville Summit, Pennsylvania; nephews, Robert and Linda Haflett of Mifflintown, Pennsylvania, Stephen and Sherry May of Midlothian, Virginia, David and Darlene Haflett of Munnsville, New York; his aunt, Marjorie Morse Wright of Canton, Pennsylvania; several grand- and great-grand-nieces and nephews; a special friend, Gregory Orright of Corning, New York. Warren was predeceased by his parents; brother-in-law, Lynn May; and several aunts and uncles. It was Warren’s wishes that services are private and under the direction of the Roberts Funeral Home, Inc., 279 Main St., Wellsburg, NY. –Towanda Daily Review 7/5/2018

 

WILLIAMS –ANNE LONG, 74, of Nebo, North Carolina, passed away peacefully, on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, at Rosehill Retirement Center in Marion. Mrs. Long was born on June 6, 1943, in Syracuse, New York, to the late Howard Williams and Florence Eloise Franks. Mrs. Long graduated from Central Technical High School in Syracuse and furthered her education at Potsdam State University, in Potsdam, New York, earning a B.A. in elementary education. She was of the Methodist faith and was an elementary school teacher. Mrs. Long loved teaching children and was a very well respected teacher at Wyalusing Elementary School in Wyalusing, Pennsylvania. She just loved people and never met a stranger. She enjoyed socializing and cherished her friends deeply. Some of her favorite hobbies included, pastel painting, canoeing, playing cards and scrabble. She also enjoyed traveling, snow skiing and camping. Mrs. Long and her husband Robert, lived for 30 years Towanda, Pennsylvania. After she retired, Anne and her husband lived a peaceful life on Lake James, in Nebo, North Carolina. For the past 16 years, she suffered from Parkinson’s disease. Surviving Mrs. Long are her husband of 52 years, Robert, of the home; and a son, Gregory Long of Arlington, Virginia. Memorialization will be by cremation and a memorial service to celebrate the life of Anne Long will be announced at a later date by the family. Kirksey Funeral Home is honored to be assisting the Long family with arrangements. –Towanda Daily Review 3/1/2018

 

WILLIAMS –BERTHA M. ‘BERTY’ BROWN age 90, of Elmira Heights, NY, passed away on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at Seneca View Nursing Facility. She was born on July 4, 1927 in Carbondale, PA to the late Frank and Lillian (Emerick) Williams. Berty is survived by her daughter, Dawne Martyniak of Elmira; grandson, Rodney Shawn Held of Trumansburg; great-grandchildren, Samantha Held of Elmira and Alex Husner of Watkins Glen; and 2 great-great grandchildren. It was Berty's wish that all services be held privately and at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. –Elmira Star-Gazette 8/16/2017

 

PAUL G. "WHIZ" WILLIAMS, 63, passed away on Sunday, July 23, 2017 in Greensboro, N.C. Paul was predeceased by his parents, Matthew and Mollie Williams; grandson, Carson. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Linda Tankersley Williams, two daughters, Melanie Delice Rookwood, Md., MBA (grandson, Collin), Morika Danielle Williams, DVM; son, Dennis O'Connor Rookwood and his wife, Stephanie (grandsons, Aiden and Caleb); brother, Robert Williams; sister, Ann Williams; his four-legged children; two cats, Pouncer and Sassy, two dogs, Sadie Ann and Sandy Storm; along with his extended family and friends whom he cherished and considered sisters, brothers and his children. Paul was a member of OFA class of 1973. He worked for the New York State Department of Transportation until he re-located to Greensboro, N.C., 20 years ago. A celebration of Paul's life will be held on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the Estey, Munroe & Fahey Funeral Home, 15 Park St., Owego, N.Y. Memorial contributions may be made in Paul G. William's memory to the American Diabetes Assoc, 6390 Fly Road, Syracuse, NY or the American Heart Association, 59 Court St., 4th Floor, Binghamton, NY. –Sayre Morning Times 8/2/2017

 

GEORGE FRANCIS WILMARTH SR., age 88, of Laceyville, PA, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday morning, August 10, 2017. George was born on April 21, 1929, in Factoryville, PA, the son of the late Francis and Edith Johnson Wilmarth. He graduated from Tunkhannock High School with the Class of 1947, while George was in school he played football for Tunkhannock High School. On September 11, 1948, he married the former Hazel Louise Webber and the couple was married for 68 years until her passing on October 31, 2016. George was the manager of the Aldovin Dairy for numerous years. He also worked for Grover Milk Plant and the South Montrose Feed Mill. In his younger years, George loved to bowl at various bowling alleys in the area. He attended the Skinners Eddy United Methodist Church. He loved his family very much and loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. George his survived by his children Donna Gleason (Herbert) of Laceyville, PA; George Wilmarth Jr. (Sharon) of Laceyville, PA; Susan Hoeffner (Reverend Doug) of Old Forge, PA; Dale Wilmarth (Judy) of Springville, PA; Karen Herron of Laceyville, PA; and Duane Wilmarth (Connie) of Laceyville, PA. He is also survived his 16 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; sister Mary LaFrance of Fabius, NY; and as well as several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents and his wife, George was preceded in death by his sister, Anna Mae Anderson. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at 3:00 PM at the Biblical Baptist Church in Meshoppen, PA with Reverend Doug Hoeffner officiating. A private family graveside service will be held at Rural Rest Cemetery in Keiserville, PA at a later date in accordance with the family. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Skinners Eddy United Methodist Church Piano and Organ Fund, 133 Doolittle Hill Road, Laceyville, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

WAYNE R. WILSON, age 68, of Mansfield, PA, died on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. He was born on March 19, 1949 in Wellsboro, PA, a son of Richard and Colette (Maige) Wilson. Wayne was the husband of Peggy (Thorpe) Wilson. He retired from Ward Manufacturing on October 31, 2017. Wayne was a US Veteran having served in the Army National Guard. He was an avid tractor collector of Wheel Horse. Wayne enjoyed gardening, tinkering and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy; a son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Jessica Wilson of Mansfield, PA; a daughter and son-in-law, Maria and Jeremy Turner of Mainesburg, PA; six grandchildren, Taylor, Robert, Nathan, Ryan Turner, Raegan, Brycelynn Wilson; a brother and sister-in-law, Terry and Cindy Wilson of Mansfield, PA; a special niece, DeLecia Plouse of Ridgebury, PA, a special dog, Bruty.

Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 1PM to 3PM and 5PM to 7PM at the Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield,PA. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1948 E 3rd St, Williamsport, PA. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

WINANS –PHYLIS KAY BARRIER,77, of Columbia Cross Roads , PA passed away at home while surrounded by family on Thursday, December 21, 2017. Phylis Kay, “Phil” was born December 1, 1940 in Montrose, PA.  She was one of 12 sisters of the late Harvey S. and Katheryn L. (Whalen) Winans.  Phylis graduated from Montrose High School in 1956.   She married the love of her life, Gilbert Barrier, on June 7, 1958 and shared 59 wonderful years before his passing on Nov. 25, 2017.   Phil worked for many years as an aide and caregiver, most recently at the Bradford County Manor.  She also worked at Eureka in Troy.  She was a member of Canton’s Seventh Day Adventist Church.  Phylis’ love and faith in the Lord guided her through life.  Though she had red hair, sometimes a bit of a temper and possessed a “spit-fire” attitude, her convictions and strong morals grew from her testifying to the strength of His word.   Phylis enjoyed gardening, baking, cooking and being outdoors.  She will be remembered for helping anyone in need and loving to sing. Surviving is her daughter, Kimberly Quackenbush of Columbia Cross Roads, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, several sisters and many nieces, nephews, cousins. In addition to her husband Gil, she was predeceased by an infant son, Loren Roland Barrier and several sisters. A celebration of her life will be held at the family’s convenience. In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to the family.  Pepper Funeral Home in Canton is in care of arrangements.  –Funeral home obit

 

JERRY LEE WINEBARGER - On Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, Jerry Lee Winebarger of Canton passed away unexpectedly at his residence. He was 57 years of age. Born Nov. 1, 1959 in Sayre, he was the son of the late Arlie Howard Winebarger and the late Hazel Gertrude (Ray) Winebarger. In his youth Jerry displayed a knack for tinkering with machines. Throughout his adult life he worked as a mechanic repairing small engines. He also enjoyed working on cars. Jerry was always his own person and seemed to march to the beat of a different drum. He put forth an image of being “cool,” from the way he dressed to the way he carried himself. But while his outside appearance seemed a little rough around the edges at times, there was a warm, caring Jerry inside who, in his own way, was devoted to his family and friends. He enjoyed family gatherings and was especially fond of his sisters’ cooking. He was also quick to organize a party for friends if the situation warranted it. Most importantly, Jerry found Jesus. He attended the Victory Church in Troy where he found a spiritual home and a Christian family to uplift him during life’s trials. Jerry is survived by his children, Jessica Lee Rockwell-Phelps, Quin Wilber and Jason Lee Crawford, all of Canton, Kricket Rinebold (and Ed Newsom) of Tunkhannock,; siblings Pauline (and Jim) Horton, Dorothie (and Wade) Graham, all of Canton, Emily Edith (and Jim) Sweely of Millerton, Shelby (and Larry) Wilcox of Montgomery, Thomas David Winebarger of Troy; and several grandchildren. Helen is survived by her son, George Knott Jr. and his wife Jeannette of Endicott, New York; and daughter, Carol Regan of Towanda, Pennsylvania; grandchildren, Thomas Knott and wife Samantha of Fredericksburg, Virginia, Cheryl Capwell and husband David of Sugar Hill, Georgia, Jeremy Regan and wife Cara of West Friendship, Maryland, Josh Regan of Springfield, Oregon, and Jonathan Regan of Saylorsburg, Maryland; great-grandchildren, Larissa, Aaron, Ryan, Liam, Tiernan, Ashton and Meghan Knott of Virginia, Jarrett, Tevin, and Colby Capwell of Georgia, and Lilyana and Matthew Regan of Maryland; sister; Pauline Allen of Owego, New York; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends and family may call from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 225 South Main St., Athens, Pennsylvania. Funeral services will follow at 4:30 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. William Wells officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent in her memory to: Guthrie Hospice, 421 Tomahawk Road, Towanda, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 10/3/2017

 

WINSLOW –MRS. BETTY R. WINSLOW SALSMAN, age 86, of Spring Hill Rd. Wyalusing, PA passed away peacefully in her home on Spring Hill, Sunday morning, September 10, 2017, with her caregiver, Shanna Woodruff, her youngest son, Robin, and his partner, Bobbi, there to comfort her. Betty was born on October 9, 1931, the youngest child of Earnest and Ina Mae Howland Winslow, in the family home in Herrickville, PA. While in high school, her friend that would become her sister in law, Reatha Salsman, introduced Betty to her brother, Romaine Salsman. That introduction turned into a wedding on March 6, 1949, a marriage lasting 66 years. Romaine Salsman passed away on November 30, 2015. Betty was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. Her life revolved around her family and also included her Spring Hill neighbors. Raising six children, she was “Aunt Betty” to many more, who loved her very much. In her spare time she loved to spend time in her flower garden, loved to cook and bake, being well known for her “Best Apple Pies Around”. Working for many years, she was a seamstress at many dress factories, including, Stevensville, Camptown, Wyalusing, Black Walnut, Standing Stone, and retired in 1996 from the dress factory in Meshoppen. While working, she was a member of the, I L G W U, Dress Factory Union. Surviving are her six children, James Salsman (Teralin Aker), of Camptown, PA; Roy (Sandy) Salsman, of Hagertown, NM; Diana (Joseph) Fuller, of Kingsley, PA; Ruth Wannamaker, of Belleview, FL; Romaine “Bromo” (Tammy) Salsman, of Milan, PA; Robin “Scruffy” Salsman (Bobbi Brotzman), of Spring Hill, PA; also 29 Grandchildren; 48 Great-Grandchildren; and 7 Great-Great-Grandchildren. Betty is also survived by a brother, Bernard Winslow, of East Smithfield, PA; her extended family of brothers in law, Richard (Darlene) Salsman of Meshoppen, PA; Jeffrey (Norneen) Salsman, of Golden Hill, PA; sisters in law, Reatha Robinson, of Golden Hill, PA; Marlene Rodriguez, of Silvara, PA; Linda Brown, of Golden Hill, PA; and Joanne Salsman, of Golden Hill, PA; and many nieces and nephews. Besides her husband and her parents, she was preceded in death by her father in law and mother in law, Howard and Vera Salsman; a sister, Gertrude Purcell Howland; a brother and sister in law, Robert and Joni Faye Winslow; sister in law, Gladys Winslow; sister and brother in law, Genevieve and Earl Wintermute; grandsons, Cory Salsman and Roy Salsman Jr.; granddaughter, Carol Ann Salsman; great-grandson, Romaine Lyle Salsman Jr.; great-granddaughter, Angel Raye Chilson; son in law, Bud Wannamaker, and seven brothers in law. Memorial services will be announced as soon as family members are able to leave Florida after Hurricane Irma. Arrangements were made through the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville, PA. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial contributions, to the Betty and Romaine Salsman GED Scholarship Fund, C/O Community Bank, 406 Main St., Laceyville, PA 18623. This memorial fund is to be set up to help members of the community who need help to receive their GED. –Towanda Daily Review 9/13/2017

 

EUGENE G. WOLCOTT - I am writing this obituary from the perspective of a grandson, on behalf of Eugene G. Wolcott and family. Eugene lived at 120 Spruce St., Athens, Pa. He was born 8-16-30 and he lived to be 87 years old. He died at the Robert Packer on July 2, 2018. He worked most of his life in the grocery business until 1967, when he began working at Murrelle Printing until he retired. These stats have been given for confirmation purposes only and I will refrain from giving anything else statistical because when he was born, where he lived, worked and died is so unimportant when compared to who he was.
The most important interest in his life was family and the following quotes are meant to be a testimony to how he lived, how he loved and the impact that he had. First survived by his daughter Shari Stroud - "He loved me more than any man has every loved me. I can't imagine my life or my family's life without him here." And to quote Gene himself, "I love your mother more than anything in this world. I love her till Hell won't have it." Next survived by his eldest grandson Erick Barnes - "I learned many important things from my grandfather and many of those things still govern my actions today. He taught me to be caring and look out for others and not to expect anything in return except their respect. I remember a story he must have told me 50 times. He had loaned a friend money. He was walking down the street in downtown Sayre and he saw that friend walking toward him. Suddenly, that same friend, when seeing him, ran across the street. My grandfather gave chase and confronted him. He said to the man, 'I know your family is down on their luck right now, so right now you don't owe me money, but if you ever cross the street again on me, then you owe me that money.' That story has guided me in many ways in my life. I think it defines him in so many ways and speaks volumes, almost as a parable does. That story to me says always give to your fellow man. Always have compassion for your fellow man and understand what they are going through. It also says always have respect in yourself and demand it from others. "In 2003 I almost lost my life when I was struck by a car. I flew back to the Valley soon after leaving the hospital. At 31 years old, it was my grandfather who was waiting there to take care of me. He was always there to take care of me and everyone who needed it. Now I plan on taking care of his legacy and memory until the day I die." Next survived by his second eldest grandson, myself, Travis Barnes. "I will always remember watching John Wayne movies with my grandfather. Looking back, I know the reason why he liked John Wayne was because of how much he identified with him. "John Wayne always played an honorable man who stood up for what was right and always had a strong work ethic. I remember one of his favorite movies in particular, "McClintock," where John Wayne was talking to a young man who felt embarrassed because he was down on his luck. John Wayne had just given him a job. John Wayne told him, 'You were not given anything. You will give me an honest day's work and for that I will give you an honest day's pay.' "My grandfather repeated this line to me several times throughout my life. He always taught me to be sure to give an honest day's work for an honest day's pay. He also taught me, 'If you can wake up in the morning and put your feet on the floor, then you can go to work.'" Next from his eldest great-granddaughter, Destiny Barnes - "My whole life I have always been your angel, now you get to be mine. I grew up seeing my dad on Sundays as a kid but my grandpa I saw almost every day. He did a lot for me my whole life. As a kid every morning I would wake up and run to the house phone. I'd quick dial my grandpa's number as fast as I could and I'd say, 'Grandpa, can you come push me?' His answer would always be the same exact thing, 'Yea, I'll be down in a few minutes, angel.' I would make my grandpa push me on that swing day and night. Later on in life I was getting into some trouble and ran away from my grandpa's house then was taken to placement. I remember how guilty I felt about running from his house but my grandpa could never get mad at 'his angel.' The first thing he said when I came home on my weekend pass is, 'Can I push you on the swing?' At first, I was like, that's silly, I'm too old for that. Then I realized just how much it meant, so I sat on that swing and he was still able to push me like it was no problem. While swinging, I was able to apologize about my actions. Of course, his answer was, 'No matter how much trouble you get in, you will still be my angel.' I love you grandpa for always seeing the good in me no matter how much wrong I was doing. I think you were the only person in my life that could see past all my mistakes and still think I'm perfect." Finally, his second eldest granddaughter, Madison Barnes, had this to say, "He always attended every event I had and he always called me superstar." Gene Wolcott was the definition of what it means to be a man. He loved his family unconditionally. He stood strong in his beliefs. Yet he was kind and generous. He would give you the shirt off his back. There was always an extra place to sit at his table and always sodas and popsicles for the neighborhood kids. The world is truly a better place because he was here. He may be gone, but the lessons he taught us will live on. He will be truly missed by all who knew him. Services will be kept private and held Sunday at 2 p.m. –Sayre Morning Times 7/7/2018

 

WOOD –BARBARA L. (WOOD) MCGROARTY, age 85, of Towanda, PA (formerly of New Albany) passed away with her loving family by her side on Friday, July 21, 2017 at the Towanda Personal Care Home. Barbara was born on March 3, 1932 in Towanda Township, PA the daughter of the late States Gregg and Bessie Sherman Wood. She graduated from the Towanda High School with the class of 1950. She was employed as a telephone operator for many years. She was also employed by the Reinveld’s Wreath Factory for 27 years until they closed in 1991. After the plant closing she helped the elderly with at home care all over the area for 10 years. Barbara attended the New Albany and the Towanda United Methodist Churches. She loved to travel all over the country and to go on cruises. Most of all she loved to spend time with her family. She is survived by her children, Diane McGroarty of Somers, CT, Judith Miller and her husband Scott of Fort Myers, FL, and Hugh McGroarty of Fort Myers, Fl; her grandchildren, Seana Larson, Erin Larson, Jared McGroarty, and Allman Miller; her great-grandchildren Jayce, Elisia, and Peyton McGroarty, her brothers States Wood and his wife Norma of Manchester, CT, and Dale Wood and his wife Linda of Towanda, PA; as well as many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her son, Patrick McGroarty in 1981, her daughter Theresa McGroarty in 1991, her grandson Brenden Larson in 2007, and her siblings, Harriet Murphy, Lillian Bump, Wayne Wood, and Richard Wood. A Celebration of Life will be held at the New Albany Volunteer Fire Hall on Monday, July 24, 2017 at 12:00 noon with her brother, States Wood officiating. Arrangements were entrusted with Sheldon Funeral Homes, 155 Church St., Wyalusing, PA. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Barbara’s name to the Bradford County Relay for Life, c/o Amy Huffman, PO Box 217, Wyalusing, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 7/23/2017

 

WOOD –ETHEL M. WOOD MILLER ASHLEY, 93 of Wyalusing, PA passed away on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at the Robert Packer Hospital surrounded by her family. Ethel was born on April 14, 1924 in Bentley Creek, PA the only child of the late Asa A. and Carrie Lewis Wood. In 1942, Ethel graduated from Wellsburg, NY High School and thereafter began working at Remington Rand making components for Norden bomb sites while caring for her ailing parents. Her work there was instrumental in the success of WWII. She was honored to have the opportunity to contribute to the war effort in support of her country. She later owned and operated a successful business in Wyalusing, The Ideal Lodge for 37 years while raising her two sons. She was a dedicated, loving and caring mother and grandmother. In addition to her family and business, her passion for playing bingo and love for her pet cat were the highlight of her life. She was a 60 plus year member of the Grange Hall in the Bentley Creek area. Ethel was predeceased by her parents, her first husband Deroy Vernon Miller (d. September 1976), her second husband Herman Eugene “Pat” Ashley (d. July 1964) and by an infant daughter Joanna Elaine Miller. She is survived by sons Daryl Miller, Sr. and his wife Kay of Wyalusing and Bruce Ashley of Wyalusing; grandchildren Daryl Miller, Jr., Kristopher Miller, Amy Merritt and her husband Dan, Robert Miller, LeighAnn Miller, Spirit Ashley, Michael Wilson and his wife Renee, and Matthew Wilson and his wife Hannah as well as numerous great grandchildren. A funeral service for Ethel will be held on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 3:00 PM from the Sheldon Funeral Home, 155 Church Street, Wyalusing, PA with Pastor John McAndrew of the Calvary Chapel officiating. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 from 2:00 PM until the time of the service. Interment will be held on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at the Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Lowman, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Ethel’s name to the Wyalusing Volunteer Fire Company, PO Box 86, Wyalusing, PA or the Animal Care Sanctuary, 353 Sanctuary Hill Lane, East Smithfield, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 11/13/2017

 

WOODARD –ALICE L. BOYNTON age 80, of Chemung, passed away at home on July 27, 2017. Alice was born in Elmira, a daughter of the late Leslie J. and Ella May Preston Woodard. She is predeceased by her husband Charles O. Boynton, son Karl O. Boynton, grandson Michael Boynton, siblings Betty Smith, Rose Spencer, Thelma Elston, Pearl Cortright, James Avery and Henry Woodard Sr. Alice is survived by her children and their spouses, Karen Boynton-Talada and Dan Talada of Chemung, NY, Brenda Bowes and Merle Eiffert of Gillett, PA, Vickie and Richard Jackson of Elmira, NY, Aaron and Lisa Boynton of Elmira, NY and Ken and Donna Boynton of Horseheads, NY; sister Ella May; 14 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; 4 great great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Alice was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. She worked for the Chemung County Nursing Facility for many years. Alice loved to spoil her grandchildren and do word search puzzles. Family and friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, 502 W. Water St., Elmira, on Monday, July 31, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. A funeral service will follow at 4:15 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in Alice's memory may be directed to the American Cancer Society, 13 Beech Street, Johnson City, NY. –Elmira Star-Gazette 7/29/2017

 

WOODARD –BEVERLY J. HAMILTON, age 84, of Elmira, NY passed away on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at the Seneca Nursing Home and Rehab in Waterloo, NY. Beverly was born in Blossburg, PA on July 11, 1933 to the late Grace and Vernon Woodard. Beverly enjoyed caring for her family, tending to her plants, and socializing with her neighborhood friends. Beverly is survived by daughter, Jean (Michael) Ellen O'Donnell-Smith, son, Christopher (Christine) E. O'Donnell, step son, Charles Hamilton, step son, Robert (Karen) Hamilton, step daughter, Rebecca (Chris) Yaeger, step son, Steven Hamilton, sister, Barbara Long, brother, Edward Woodard, granddaughter, Stacy Nickerson, grandson, Kyle (Lauren) Nickerson, grandson, Jason Thiel II, granddaughter, Davina Mae O'Donnell and several step grandchildren, nieces and nephews too numerous to mention. In addition to her parents, Beverly was preceded in death by her husband John E. O'Donnell, brothers, Fran and Gerald Woodard; sisters: Ethel Stewart, Leah Harbol, Genevieve Proulx and Joyce Woodard and her K-9 Companion, Charlie. –Elmira Star-Gazette 5/13/2018

 

GERALD WOODARD, age 79, of Lawrenceville, PA, passed away on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at his home. He was born on June 4, 1939 in Thurston, NY, a son of Alfred and Mary (McFall) Woodard. Gerry was the husband of Sandra K. (Heffner) Woodard. Prior to his retirement Jerry had been employed with Ingersoll Rand. He is survived by his wife, Sandra; two daughters, Robin (Timothy) Hough of Addison, NY, Regina (Tom Muscoreil) Beadles of Buffalo, NY; a son-in-law, Bruce Beadles; six grandchildren, Devon and Damien (Shannon Bonnewell) Hough, Brianna and Keira Beadles, Dominc Muscoreil,; five great grandchildren, Dylan, Dawson, Kaylee, Jaxon and Harleigh; two sisters, Shirley (Raymond) Buck of FL, Louise (Ron Wilson) Bretsman of Savona, NY; a step brother, Clarence (Joan) Lovell of Corning, NY; and special friend and caregiver Inza Campbell. He was preceded in death by his parents; a step father, Walter Lovell; two brothers, William and Douglas Woodard; a sister, Linda Bennett; a step sister, Carolyn Bennett.  A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. –Elmira Star-Gazette 7/22/2018

 

HARRY C. WOODINGTON JR. - On Oct. 9, 2017, Harry C. Woodington, Jr. of Shunk passed away quietly at his residence. He was 81 years of age. Born Sept. 2, 1936 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he was the son of Harry C. Woodington Sr. and Catherine (Onley) Woodington. Harry grew up in the Wissinoming section of Philadelphia, and following his graduation from Mastbaum Vocational Technical High School, enlisted in the U.S. Navy, achieving the rank of Petty Officer Third Class. After graduating from Wilmington (Delaware) College, Harry was employed at Boeing Aircraft in suburban Philadelphia, eventually becoming senior manager. It was there that he helped build the legendary Chinook helicopters which were the work horses of the Vietnam War. Harry remained with Boeing for 35 years. He was a member of the Helicopter Society of America. Over the years Harry made many hunting trips to the Endless Mountains and eventually built his retirement home in Sullivan County. There he could enjoy the peace and beauty of nature. Harry is survived by a son, Jeffrey Woodington of Philadelphia, and daughter, Colleen Woodington of Quakertown, Pennsylvania. He was preceded in death by his son, Harry C. Woodington III, and sisters, Felice Santapietro and Ellen Woodington. In accordance with Harry’s wishes, all services are private and have been entrusted to Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Inc., Canton. –Towanda Daily Review 10/12/2017

 

MR. LEON DAVID WOODRUFF, age 81, of Dushore, Pennsylvania, passed away on Wednesday morning, May 16, 2018, with his loving family at his side, at the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Pennsylvania. “Woody,” as he was known to his family and many friends and customers, was born on Dec. 10, 1936, in Laceyville, Pennsylvania, a son of the late Cleon Woodruff and Edna “Ellie” Matthews Woodruff Giannini. He graduated from the Laceyville High School, a member of the class of 1954. A hard working man dedicated to his family, Woody began working for the Bendix Corporation in South Montrose. While at Bendix, he also owned and operated a logging operation, a stone quarry, and worked as a mason laying brick. It was at Bendix where he met the love of his life, the former Audrey Jean Decker. They were married on Aug. 13, 1960, in Wilmot, and worked side by side both in business and marriage for 57 years before Audrey’s passing on Aug. 26, 2017. Woody and Audrey purchased the Dushore Beverage on Dec. 4, 1972. It was commonly referred to as the “Cave” on Route 87, before moving the operation to the town of Dushore. With the help of their son and daughter, the Dushore Beverage continues to service the area today after 45-plus years in business. Woody was a member of the Union Lodge No. 108, F. & A.M., Towanda, Pennsylvania. Surviving are his children, Ginger (Steve) Kraycer of Scott Township, Pennsylvania, Leon “Buck” (Mary Ann) Woodruff of Dushore, Pennsylvania, Brenda Johnson of Dushore, Pennsylvania, Candy “Fred” (Rob) Insinger of Dushore, Pennsylvania, Curt Woodruff of Montrose, Pennsylvania, Lorrie Dougan of Fair Lawn, New Jersey; brother and sister-in-law, Gene (Jeannie) Woodruff of Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania; sister: Margaret “Peggy” Manning of Washington, North Carolina; sisters-in-law, Sally Brink of Camptown, Pennsylvania, Sandra Felter of Standing Stone, Pennsylvania; grandchildren, Danielle (Dan) Weaver of Jenningsville, Pennsylvania, Dustin Johnson of Scranton, Pennsylvania, Brittany Woodruff of Charlotte, North Carolina, Dane Woodruff of Dushore, Pennsylvania, Kaylin Dougan of Fairlawn, New Jersey; great-grandchildren, Danielle, Delraye and Brody; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a grandson, Christopher Johnson; a son-in-law, Sheldon “Frenchie” Betz; sister and brother-in-law, Norma and Don Trowbridge; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Ann and Lyall Brink; and brothers-in-law, Ray Manning, Ray Brink and Ed Felter. Funeral arrangements will be private and at the convenience of the family, and are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Sullivan County Library, P.O. Box 309, Dushore, Pennsylvania, or a charity of your choice. –Towanda

Daily Review 5/19/2018

 

DANIEL D. WOODWARD – On the morning of Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, Daniel D. Woodward of Troy passed away quietly at Bradford County Manor. He was 93 years of age. Born Aug. 24, 1924 on the family farm in Ward Township, Tioga County, Pennslyvania, he was the son of John and Minnie (Rudy) Woodward. Dan grew up as the typical farm boy who was well accustomed with hard work. He was endowed with a strong work ethic which served him well throughout his life. Besides his own family farm, he worked at several neighboring farms. As an adult Dan was employed as a machine operator at Schrader-Bellows, the Belmar Company (where he met his wife, Louise) and Swayze Folding Box Co. He was known for his great sense of humor and for being a jack-of-all-trades. He was an accomplished wood worker and enjoyed building bird houses and Christmas decorations. Most importantly he was an all-around family man devoted to his wife and children. Dan is survived by his wife, the former Louise Wesneski, at home; sons, Roger (and Judy) Woodward of Canton, Scott (and Nichole) Woodward of Troy; daughters, Carol (and John) Landon of Canton, Donna (and Jeff) Bleeker of Sayre; 12 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; three great-great-granddaughters; as well as nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brother, William; sisters: Leatha, Leona, Liatha and Delores; grandson, Brent Woodward; and great-grandson, Justin Landon. In keeping with Dan's wishes all services are private and have been entrusted to Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Inc., Canton. –Towanda Daily Review 9/15/2017

 

ANDREW JAY WORK, 54, of Lopez, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully, on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, at his home in Lopez. Andrew was born Nov. 3, 1962 in Warren, a son of the late Lamont Harry and Mary Ann Ness Work. He attended the Warren High School. He worked for Deluxe Homes of Berwick. He married Donna Jean Pollock of Benton, on July 15, 1989. Donna predeceased him on Dec. 3, 2016. Andy and Donna worked and lived at the Job Corps Center at Red Rock for 13 years and, subsequently, Donna became the manager of the concession store at the Ricketts Glen State Park for 18 years. Andy retired as a driller for Nomac Drilling Co. when Donna became ill. Andy was a loving spouse, father and grandfather. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steeler's fan and loved animals, hunting and riding his Harley Davidson. He and Donna bred and raised German shepherd dogs. Surviving are: his son, Aaron (Jessica) Clark of Port Allegany; two daughters, Tara (Kevin) McManus of Penfield, New York, and Jennifer (Matthew) Bennett of Nazareth; eight grandchildren, Emily, Keirnan, Aidan, Addison, Lily, Asher, Liam and Dana; brother, Michael Work; four brothers-in-law, Kevin (Amelia) Pollock of Brooklyn, New York, James (Patti) Pollock of West Eaton, New York, Brian Pollock of Benton, and Thomas (Trish) Pollock of Liberty, Utah; three sisters-in-law, Kathleen Pickens of Benton, Patricia Record of Benton, and Mary (Thomas) Dougher of Stillwater; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three sisters: Catherine McLaughlin, Bonnie Pierce and Becky Kreckel. A transferal service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017 from the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA 18614 and followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at St. Basil's Church, Dushore, with the Rev. Richard Rojas, pastor, officiating. Interment will be in the adjoining the parish cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 17 at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, and from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the transferal service on Friday. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Bradford County Humane Society, P.O. Box 179, Ulster, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 8/14/2017

 

WRIGHT –PHYLLIS MAXINE WARD of Leona, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully and surrounded by loved ones on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017 at the Troy Community Hospital. She was 85. Phyllis will always be remembered for her loving nature, zest for life, and good humor. She was a prolific baker and seamstress, renowned for gifting sweet treats and quilts to nearly everyone she met. While raising a family she worked at the woven label plant, then for many years at Huslander’s Garage, keeping the town of Troy supplied with cookies while she managed the office. Phyllis enjoyed square dancing, playing softball and especially volleyball; she had the best serve around, playing pick up games with the family into her early 80s. She was an active member of the Leona United Methodist Church, whose congregation she considered an extended family, and enjoyed spending her Thursdays with friends at the Gillett Senior Center. We will miss her spunk, her sharp wit and most of all her hands, the fruits of which will continue providing warmth and comfort for many years to come. Phyllis was born on July 5, 1932 in East Canton, Pennsylvania, to the late Marion (Wilcox) and Mylert Wright. She was predeceased by her husband of 61 years, Richard Ward; and siblings, Marjorie, Jennie, Philip, Marie, Wayne, Shirley and Mark. Surviving are her sister, Merylene (Harold) DeWalt; special friend, Lynn Maynard; loving children, John (Vena) Ackley of Orange Park, Florida, Kayla (Jack) Ward of Phoenix, Arizona, Kathy (Bill) Cole of Troy, Pennsylvania, Michael (Tammy) Ward of Pine City, New York, Teresa (Tim) Ripley of Hill City, South Dakota, Lourie (Tom) Matthews of Spirit Lake, Iowa, and Anthony (Amy) Ward of Troy, Pennsylvania; grandchildren, Rob, Travis, David, Michael, Jason, Eddie, Joy, Angie, Kaylene, Andrea, Josh, Alex and Amanda; numerous great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and beloved dachshund, Lucy. Arrangements will be handled by Buckheit Funeral Chapel. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Animal Care Sanctuary, 353 Sanctuary Hill Lane, East Smithfield, PA or to the Bradford County Humane Society, P.O. Box 179, Ulster PA. Friends and family are invited to gather from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Nov. 25 at the Leona United Methodist Church for calling hours. –Towanda Daily Review 11/23/2017

 

ROBERT FLOYD WRIGHT, 92, of Jersey City, NJ and Montrose, PA, passed away, Friday, May 18, 2018 at his home.  Born October 28, 1925 in Lansing, MI, he was the son of the late C. Floyd and Margaret [Gibbs] Wright. He was a graduate of Michigan State University and obtained an MBA from the Stern School of Business of New York University. He was a Trustee of New York University and Chaired the Audit Committee of the university for over twenty-five years. He served with distinction in World War II in the Battle of the Bulge receiving two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star. He had a successful career as a Partner with a large accounting firm and upon retirement from such firm started his own consulting company.  He was a member of many corporate boards and sat on the Board of The Town Hall Foundation and The Greenwich House Settlement Foundation.  Bob was greatly respected by his peers, touched many lives, and will be missed by all who knew him. Survivors include his wife, Mary Wright, a son, Winston F. Wright of Montrose, PA, grandchildren, Maureen & Paul Huizinga, Timothy Wright, Eric [Brittany] Wright, MacKenzie [Amanda] Wright, great-grandchildren, Penny, Sarah, Nathaniel, Iain, Thomas, Fanny, Joshua, Greyson, Julie, and Nora, a sister Virginia Ouellette, a brother and sister-in-law, Dr. Arthur [Patricia] Wright, and nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, his first wife Anne, a daughter Barbara Ann, a daughter-in-law, Virginia Wright, and a brother-in-law, Edward Ouellette, pre-deceased him. Services will begin Tuesday 9:00 AM at Bartron-Myer Funeral Home, Inc., Montrose, PA continuing with a Mass at 10:00 am at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church, Montrose, PA. Visitation: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

CHARLES E. WUNDERLICH, PhD., age 87, of Mansfield, PA, passed away on July 2, 2018 at his home. He was born on March 18, 1931 in Philadelphia, PA, a son of Edward and Mabel (Mooney) Wunderlich. Charles was the husband of Francine (Caracciolo) Wunderlich. He graduated with a Bachelor degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where he also taught violin lessons in the public schools. His Master's and PhD were earned at the University of Michigan. He then moved to Radford, Virginia where he was hired to develop a new orchestra program at Radford University. His passion for music and intense love of teaching led to a long career at Mansfield University, (1964 - 1998), where he had the pleasure of instructing hundreds of music majors as well as non -music majors. He began his career at Mansfield as the conductor of the college orchestra. However, he is most remembered as a Professor of Music History and Literature, where he crafted his art of lecturing with passion, humor, and dedication. His challenging "drop the needle" tests were unforgettable to his students. During his retirement he enjoyed extensive European travel with his family, eventually returning to Straubing, Germany where he was stationed for a short term in the US Army. He settled in the little village of Mitterfels , where he and his wife, Fran, vacationed several times a year making new friends and reconnecting with those from his army service years. In 2014, at the age of 83, Charles and Fran had a timber frame home built on their property in Richmond Township where he spent countless hours mowing and managing his land in order to preserve it for future generations. He completed training in the Forest Stewardship Program and was a charter member of the Tioga County Woodland Owners Association, serving as their treasurer. He is survived by his wife, Francine; three sons, Stephen (Sarah) Wunderlich of Mansfield, PA, Jonathan (Jessica Gaete) Wunderlich of Atlanta, GA, Marshall (Christine) Wunderlich of Pittsburgh, PA; a daughter, Myra (Roy) Wiener of Rochester, NY; six grandchildren, Mason, Aaron, Sarah, Susan, Renee, Clayton; four great grandchildren; a sister, Janet (Tom) Whitefield of Harleysville, PA. He was preceded in death by his parents and a son Marvin Wunderlich. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at the Troy Community Hospital, and most especially Stacy Coons Walsh, NP, for her kindness and professionalism at a very difficult time. They would also like to acknowledge Guthrie Hospice for all that was done to make Charles comfortable during his last weeks. Services will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Tioga County Woodland Owners Association, c/o Marwin Cummings, 73 Redtail Lane, Tioga, PA, to the Center for Private Forests in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State University, 2583 Gateway Drive, Suite 200, State College, PA or to your favorite conservation charity. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. –Funeral home obit

 

YALE –SHIRLEY YALE MULLEN, 80, of 413 Stevenson St., Sayre, Pa., passed away peacefully at home on Dec. 26, 2017. Shirley was born in Waverly, N.Y., and was the daughter of the late Walter and Maude Yale. Shirley devoted her life to her children and grandchildren. Shirley is survived at home by her two caregiving daughters Laura Sargent, wife of William Sargent, and their son Jonathan, and Karen Forbes and son James Mullen; sons Gary and Riki Mullen of Arkport, N.Y., Brian and Missy Mullen of Athens; 15 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, who reside in Athens, Sayre, Shaumburg, Ill., and Sydney, Australia; brothers Walter (Skip) and Susan Yale of Sebastian, Fla., Kenneth and Nancy Yale of Endicott, N.Y., and sister Sharon Standish of Mount Pleasant, S.C. Shirley is preceded in death by her husband Harold Mullen, son Frank Leslie Mullen, granddaughter Stephanie Mullen and brother Donald Yale. Honoring Shirley's wishes, there will be no calling hours or services. There will be a celebration of her life, to be determined at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Thomas Cremation and Funeral Service of Sayre. –Sayre Morning Times 12/28/2017

YAPLE –SHIRLEY LOUISE (YAPLE) MAYER – If  love could have saved you, you would have lived forever.... Shirley Louise (Yaple) Mayer, 89, of Smithboro passed away on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 at the Elderwood at Tioga Nursing Facility in Waverly. She was born on March 1, 1928 in Waverly, a daughter of the late Arthur and Nettie (Baird) Yaple. On Dec. 19, 1948 she married John Leo Mayer and together they shared 58 years until his passing on July 11, 2006. For 45 years, Shirley served as the Town of Tioga Clerk, Tax Collector and Registrar. In addition, she was a bookkeeper for the towns of Tioga, Nichols, and Candor and also served as a secretary for various Town and County Boards. Shirley was a devoted member of the Smithboro United Methodist Church where she served as the church organist for over sixty years; she also taught Sunday School, served on various Chairman and Financial Committees at the Church and was a member of the United Methodist Women. She enjoyed shopping, knitting and spending time with her family. She loved to challenge them to a game of Yahtzee. Shirley will be greatly missed by her son: Arthur (Kathy) Mayer of Barton; daughters: Beth (Carl) Biehner of Hiram, GA; Cindy (James) Strosser of Ford City, Pa; her grandchildren: Kami, Tobe and Michael Mayer, Clare and Kelly Strosser, Dustin (Christina) and John Burk and special granddaughter Annemarie (Daniel) Howland; great grandchildren: Alex, Taylor, Tanner, Camryn and Michael Mayer, Austin Stone and special great grandchildren: Jacob and Olivia Howland; her sister, Ann (Yaple) Lounsbury; sister-in-law: Ella Yaple; many nieces, nephews and their families along with her caring family at Elderwood. Shirley was predeceased by her parents, her husband John Leo Mayer; brothers Robert, Lynn and Fred Yaple, Herbert Lott; sisters: Jean Judge and Gladys Campbell. Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation on Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. A memorial service and celebration of her life will follow at 1 p.m. at the Smithboro United Methodist Church. Interment and prayers of committal will be in the Smithboro Cemetery. Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the Smithboro United Methodist Church, in loving memory of Shirley Louise (Yaple) Mayer. –Sayre Morning Times 2/24/2018

 

JOHN RAYMOND 'JACK' YARASAVAGE, 55, of Fort Mill, S.C., and formerly of Bellefonte, passed away on Aug. 6, 2017, after a brief illness. He was born on Oct. 9, 1961, in Meshoppen, to Edward Yarasavage and the late Gladys Jones Yarasavage. Jack graduated in 1979 from Tunkhannock Area High School. He was a sergeant in the United States Air Force from 1981 to 1985 where he served as a law enforcement specialist. Jack then attended Penn State University. From 1992 to 2013 he worked as a department supervisor at Mount Nittany Medical Center. In 2013, he started his dream job, driving an 18-wheeler. He worked for Crete Carrier Corporation/Shaffer Trucking until his illness. Jack enjoyed Penn State football, history, golf, target shooting, and classic movies. Always kind and even-tempered, Jack was a friend and helper to all. Survivors include his father Edward of Tunkhannock; his twin sister Jan Cadwallader and her husband KC of Fort Mill, S.C.; sister Patty Nelson and her husband Bob of Charlotte, N.C.; brother Bill and his wife Marina of Tunkhannock; brother Dale and his wife Donna of Tunkhannock; and many nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held in Tunkhannock at a later date. Robertson Funeral and Cremation Service is serving the family. –Funeral home obit contributed by Carol Brotzman

 

YELLENIC –JENNIFER SUZANNE (YELLENIC) BLOWERS - The evening of Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, saw the passing of a young Canton woman who courageously fought a debilitating condition for many years. Jennifer Suzanne (Yellenic) Blowers went home to be with the Lord while at Geisinger Medical Center with her beloved family at her side. She was 36 years of age. Born Dec. 10, 1980, in Youngstown, Ohio, she was the daughter of John and Cindy (Chamberlain) Yellenic. Jenn was a graduate of Canton High School, where she had been active in band, jazz band, chorus, volleyball and cheerleading. Jenn had also been a member of the well-known teenage choral group, Stained Glass, and had performed with them up and down the mid-Atlantic region for several years. She also enjoyed bowling and was very talented at crocheting and knitting. Jenn was also a devoted wife and mother. She was married to Robert Blowers and was the mother of two boys and a girl. Jenn was known for her bubbly personality and friendly, outgoing demeanor. She could light up a room with her smile. Most importantly, she was a woman of unshakable faith. Regardless of dire circumstances, she was at peace with it all. She trusted in Jesus, and Wednesday evening, when Jesus took her hand, she gladly followed. Jenn is survived by her husband, Robert; sons, Jordan Yellenic and Robert Blowers Jr.; daughter, Adrianna (Pletcher) Yellenic; parents, John and Cindy Yellenic; and brother, Zachary Yellenic, all of Canton; sister, Anna (Sean) Doyle of Ambler, Pennsylvania; stepdaughter, Star Black of Wilkes-Barre; maternal grandmother, Donna Chamberlain of Columbia Cross Roads; uncle, Bradley Chamberlain of Troy; parents-in-law, Bruce and Kathy Blowers of Tunkhannock; sisters-in-law, Becky (Francis) Richland of Dushore and Katie Blowers of Carlisle; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. A celebration of Jenn's life will be announced at a later date. Those wishing to honor Jenn's memory may do so by donating to the Jenn Yellenic Blowers Childrens' Fund, c/o First Citizens Community Bank, 53 W. Main St., Canton, PA. Professional services have been entrusted to Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton. –Towanda Daily Review 9/3/2017

 

ERNEST H. YOUNG III, age 54, of Wellsboro, PA, died Saturday, March 10, 2018 at his home. He was born October 17, 1963 in Carnegie, PA, a son of Ernest H. Jr. and Alice (Holloren) Young. Ernest was the husband of Mary (Marble) Young and was an electrical contractor. He enjoyed fishing and was a member of the Church of the New Covenant. Ernest is survived by his wife, Mary; 3 sons and daughters-in-law, William (Betty) White of Wellsboro, PA, Shawn (Katelyn) White of Coudersport PA, and Jeremiah (Shannon) Wimbrough of Coudersport, PA; 3 grandchildren, Arianna L. White, Sadie White, Shawn Lewis White, Jr. 3 brothers and a sister-in-law, Lawrence (Bridgett) Young of San Diego, CA, Lenard Young of Royersford, PA, Steven Young of York, PA; 2 sisters and brothers-in-law, Lorraine (Jim) Bender of Pittsburgh, PA, Laura (Harry) McKelvy of Colonial Heights, VA; special nieces, Jessica "Jennie" Bowers, Ariel Bowers, Sierra Bowers and several other nieces and nephews; sister and brothers-in-law, Roger (April) Marble, Wellsboro, PA, Steve (Linda) Marble, Otto, NC, Oliver Marble, Blossburg, PA, Cathy Gotschall, Blossburg, PA, Quincy Root of Sayre, PA, Flo Root of Elmira, NY. Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. at Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. A memorial service will follow at 4:00 P.M. with Pastor Janice Yskamp officiating. Contributions may be made to his wife, Mary Young, 13 Pearl St., Apt. 2, Wellsboro, PA to assist with funeral expenses. –Funeral home obit

 

ZANER –VICKI ZANER RUHF, age 57, of Laceyville, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 at her home. Vicki was born on June 8, 1960 in Towanda, PA the daughter of the late William L. Zaner Sr., who passed away on April 9, 2015, and Connie Karschner Zaner, who passed away on June 28, 2003. Vicki was a graduate of Wyalusing Valley High School with the class of 1978. After high school, she worked at Super Duper Market in Wyalusing for two years. Vicki also worked at Taylor Beef (Cargill) for approximately 20 years; Dandy Mini Mart in Wyalusing and Laceyville; Cameron International in Laceyville and Mansfield for over four years; and lastly she worked for Ruhf's Livestock as a herdswoman and bartender. On July 4, 2009, she married the love of her life Sike Ruhf at their home on Spring Hill. Vicki loved tending to her garden and being outside. She could always been seen mowing her lawn. She enjoyed canning, cooking and baking. She might not have admitted it, but she enjoyed cleaning as well. Vicki was a social media butterfly, and always stayed on top of what was happening on Facebook. But most of all, Vicki was a family woman, who loved her family very much. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was looking forward to her next great-grandchild, expected to arrive in November of 2017. Besides her husband of eight years, Vicki is survived by her children, Chris and Tammy Ruhf of Montrose, and Chad and Danielle Ruhf of Laceyville; grandchildren Justin and Kristyn Ruhf of South Boston, Virginia, Cassie and Caleb Belcher of Camptown, Benjamin Ruhf of Laceyville, and Bailey Ruhf of Laceyville; great-grandchildren, Zoey Ruhf, Cara Belcher, Jax Belcher and Miah Belcher. Also surviving are her siblings, Scott and Donna Zaner of Tunkhannock, John and Mary Anne Zaner of Laceyville, and William Jr. and Jennifer Zaner of Quakertown; mother-in-law, Mae Ruhf of Lawton; aunt Joyce Fisk of Richboro; extended family, including many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her mother-in-law, Bertha Sheldon on Sept. 7, 2006; and step-mother, Myrtle Delores Zaner, on March 8, 2014. Funeral services for Vicki will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017 at Sheldon Funeral Homes, 155 Church St., Wyalusing, PA with the Reverend Charles Bishop, who had the honor of marrying Sike and Vicki. Interment will be held at Rush Cemetery at a later date in accordance with the family. Family and friends may call at the funeral home from 1 to 3 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017. The family will be supplying flowers so being a very thoughtful and caring woman, Vicki would appreciate it if memorial donations would be donated to the Helping Hands Food Pantry, 266 Main St., Wyalusing, PA or the Goodwill Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 207, Laceyville, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 8/14/2017

(Vicki told me herself she was born at the Robert packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. The burial should be listed as Rushville, PA. Not Rush. The children all listed are actually step children. Children of Benja Sheldon and Gerald "Sike" Ruhf. –Carol Brotzman)

 

ZAPOTOCKY –MELANIE (ZAPOTOCKY) LOOSE -  “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness.” 2 Timothy 4:7
Melanie (Zapotocky) Loose, 86, of Athens, Pa., passed away on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at Sayre Health Care Center in Sayre, Pa. She is survived by her devoted and loving husband of 61 years, William R. Loose; children Vincent (Ruth) Loose of Mechanicsburg, Pa., Ann Marie Loose of Apalachin, N.Y., and William D. (Marlene) Loose of Kingston, Pa.; grandsons Brian, Eric, Andrew and Grant Loose. She is also survived by brother-in-law Joseph Loose and sister-in-law Margaret (Philip) Johnston of Reading, Pa., and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Anna (Taras) Zapotocky; sisters Anna Hopko, Mary Suflita and Helen Grecko; brothers: Michael and John Zapotocky.
Born Dec. 23, 1931 in Binghamton, N.Y., Melanie was a January 1950 graduate of Binghamton Central High School. While a resident of Binghamton, she was a choir member and soloist at Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church and Holy Spirit Byzantine Catholic Church and studied opera for several years in Binghamton and New York City. As a voice student in New York City, she had the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall. On May 6, 1956, she married William and moved to his hometown of Reading, Pa., where they lived for 42 years before moving to Athens, Pa. Melanie was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who always put the needs of her family first and was proud of their accomplishments. She was the costumer for the Muhlenberg High School spring musicals for 26 years and was an accomplished needle worker. Melanie was also a wonderful cook and baker, to the delight of her family. She spent time each summer at the family cottage on Skaneateles Lake. Melanie loved to travel and was always ready to take a trip. Melanie loved music, enjoyed reading and researched family genealogy with her daughter, visiting many ancestral towns and villages in Europe, including her father’s village of Semetkovce, (Austria-Hungary) Slovakia, and her mother’s town of Labowa, (Austria-Hungary) Poland. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 801 Main St., Vestal. Burial will be in Holy Spirit Catholic Cemetery, Binghamton, at a later date. The family will receive friends at the Allen Memorial Home, 511-513 East Main St., Endicott, on Monday from 4-6 p.m. –Sayre Morning Times 3/24/2018

 

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?. –BELINDA LOU COLE, 66, formerly of South Waverly, Pa., passed away on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at the Bradford County Manor in West Burlington, Pa. Belinda was born on May 16, 1952 in Harrisburg, Pa. She loved to watch her favorite programs on TV: Gunsmoke and Bonanza. She also like to play cards, numerous board games, crossword books, and listen to old country music. Belinda is survived by her loving husband Mark Cole of South Waverly, Pa.; children, Kevin Cole of Troy, Pa., Jay Bump of Litchfield, Pa., and Scott Musser of Arkansas; 10 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. A celebration of her life will be held on July 14 at 3 p.m. at Glenwood picnic area in Waverly, N.Y. Arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Thomas Cremation and Funeral Service, 1297 Elmira St., Sayre, Pa. –Sayre Morning Times 6/30/2018


?.  –BRENDA J. (CLOSE) BUTLER, 76, of Nescopeck, Pa., and formerly Bradford County, Pa., died suddenly on Saturday, December 16, 2017 of natural causes. Brenda was born April 28, 1941 in Blossburg, Pa., and was a graduate of Troy High School. After furthering her education in business school and a brief career in that field, she relocated with her husband Philip to Milan, Pa., where she raised her four children, Brad, Ann, Wendy and Marianne. It was her love for children that led her to a career of many years caring for children both in private homes and as a day care assistant in Athens, Pa. Among her many interests, Brenda had a passion for growing fragrant and beautiful flowers such as yellow and peach colored roses, peonies, bright Sweet William and hibiscus and was especially proud of her custom designed, picket fenced flower garden. Following the tradition of her mother, she had a knack for canning and preserving the bounty of two expansive vegetable gardens and delighted in the creativity of cooking healthful and nutritious meals for her family. Later in life she took great delight cooking and sharing her discoveries as a proud vegetarian. She had a unique flair for crocheting delicate and intricate doilies and blankets. She enjoyed studying the Bible and attending Bible classes. Brenda's bright spirit really came alive when she listened to her favorite uplifting music ranging from contemporary soft rock to classical. She also had a deep love of animals, especially treasuring the company of many family cats and dogs over the years. Surviving are her son, Bradley Butler (wife Cindy) of Bloomsburg, Pa. and three daughters, Ann Febraro (husband Richard) of Columbia, Md.; Wendy Andrews (husband Dave) of Clifton, Va.; and Marianne Chrispell of Barton, N.Y. She is also survived by her mother, Marjorie (Broughton) Close of Wellsboro, Pa., sister, Connie Putnam of Troy, Pa.; and her brother, John C. "Jack" Close III of Penn Yan, N.Y. She was preceded in death by her step-father, John C. Close Jr. and brother, George Close. She has six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Arrangements are under the direction of the Mayo Funeral Home Inc., Berwick. –Sayre Morning Times 12/26/2017


                                                                       
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