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Reading a series of obituaries from a single cemetery, as they are presented here, is like reading the multi-generational history of a community. These people were the local populace at a particular time. The people buried here knew each other, were neighbors, relatives and school mates. They attended church together and engaged in "trade" or business.
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ALICE BEAL MacLAREN
Alice Beal MacLaren, 77, widow of Dr. Robert J. MacLaren, Ocean Ridge, FL and formerly of Towanda, PA, died Tuesday, July 23, 1996 at the Troy Community Hospital after returning to the area July 16, 1996. Born November 10, 1996 in East Troy, PA, she was a daughter of the late Charles S. and Grace Calkins Beal. Alice spent her early life in East Troy where she attended elementary school and graduated from Troy High School, Class of 1936. She was a 1940 graduate of Penn State University and did graduate work at the University of Kentucky. She then taught English in the East Smithfield and Towanda high schools for many years. In 1946 she married Dr. Robert McLaren, a Towanda dentist, and they made their home at the former location of Towanda Academy. While a resident of Towanda, Alice served on the board of directors for the Towanda Country Club and the Towanda Public Library. Mrs. MacLaren became a permanent resident of Ocean Ridge after selling her home in 1981. Alice returned to Towanda and the area for the summer months, maintaining her many friends in the Bradford County area. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Boynton Beach, FL, the Crown Colony Club of Ocean Ridge and the Quarry Glen Club of Towanda. Surviving are: a daughter and son-in-law, Laurie and Dr. William Corbett of Athens, PA; a son and daughter-in-law, Robert James and Margaret MacLaren Jr. of Wilmington, NC; grandchildren, Molly MacLaren, Jeffrey MacLaren, Benjamin Corbett, Elizabeth Corbett, Jacqueline Corbett, Chelsea Corbett; several cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1976. Memorial services were held at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home in Towanda on July 26 with the Rev. Kenneth J. Lynde officiating and interment to be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda. Memorials may be directed to the Towanda Public Library, 104 Main St., Towanda, PA 18848 or the East Troy Baptist Church, RR 3, Troy, PA 16947 in Alice Beal MacLaren's memory. (TGR August 1, 1996)
Edson Beardslee, 95, a resident of the Bradford County Manor, died Saturday evening, October 5, 1991. He was born February 22, 1896, the son of Devan and Rose Varney Beardslee of Springfield Township. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Troy and he frequently returned to the Federated Church in East Smithfield where he had been a member for many years. He previously lived in Smithfield Township where he operated a farm for 27 years. After leaving the farm, Mr. Beardslee worked as a self-employed carpenter and plumber in the Ulster and Troy areas. He is survived by daughter, Mrs. Mildred Schlappi of Columbia Township; grandchildren, Richard Billingsley of Tennessee, Robert Beardslee of Connecticut and Georgia Anne Sorel of Connecticut; four great-granddaughters. He was predeceased by his wife, Bernice Ayers Beardslee, in 1965; daughters, Louise Florence Beardslee and Helen Marie Beardslee and brothers, William and Louis Beardslee. A funeral service at the convenience of the family will be held at the Vickery Funeral Home in Troy with the Rev. Max Doriani officiating and burial to be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda. Memorials may be directed to the Bradford County Manor Activities Department. (TGR, Thursday, October 10, 1991)
BEARDSLEE –MILDRED ARLENE (BEARDSLEE) BILLINGSLEY SCHLAPPI, 87, of Middletown, formerly of Plainville and Troy, Pa., died peacefully on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2004. She was the widow of George N. Billingsley and Adolph M. Schlappi. Mildred was born in Springfield Township, Pa., on July 29, 1917, daughter of the late Edson and Bernice (Ayres) Beardslee. Her early years were spent in East Smithfield. She was a graduate of the Mansfield State Teachers College in Pennsylvania, receiving her Bachelor’s in Education, and received her Master’s in Special Education for the mentally retarded from St. Joseph’s College, West Hartford, Conn. And her Master’s in Special education for learning disabilities from the University of Hartford. Mildred was a well-liked teacher for 38 years in both Connecticut and Pennsylvania. She was a member of both the Connecticut and Pennsylvania Retired Teachers Associations. Her other memberships while residing in Pennsylvania include the Daughters of the American Revolution, the American Legion Auxiliary, the Bradford County Republican Women Association, where she served as treasurer for four years and was the former Committeeman representing the Columbia Township. She was a dedicated member of the Austinville Union Church, and a member of the Covert Church on Armenia Mountain. Mildred was the loving mother, of Richard D. Billingsley of Sylvania, Pa.; Robert J. Billingsley of Torrington, Conn. and Georgia Anne Sorel, and her husband John Jeffrey of Ivoryton, Conn. She also leaves her beloved grandchildren, Tabitha Luba and Kellie Ducharme and her husband, David, Megan Kolendrianos and her husband, Christopher, and Jessica Lementowicz and her husband, Anthony; as well as her three great-grandchildren, Rileigh and Cory Luba, and Mia Ducharme. Besides her spouses, she was predeceased by two sisters, Louise and Helen Marie Beardslee. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2004 at 11 a.m. at the Austinville Union Church, R.R. 1, Troy, Pa., with the Reverend Kenneth Marple officiating. Burial will be held privately. Reverend Kenneth Marple officiating. Burial will be held privately at the convenience of the family. Bailey Funeral Home, Plainsville, Conn. is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the Austinville Union Church or the American Heart Association, North Brunswick, NJ. –Towanda Daily Review. (Buried Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, Pa.)
BECHTOLD - David J., 91, Westmont, died June 28, 2007, at Memorial Medical Center. Born April 29, 1916, in Rochester, N.Y., son of the late Edward J. and Mabel C. (MacVicar) Bechtold. Also preceded in death by his wife, the former Beatrice Hall, and sister, Eleanor Bechtold. Survived by sons, John, married to the former Constance Kaufman, and David, married to the former Patte Kaye Prohonic, both of Johnstown; and grandchildren, Kathryn Bechtold, Philip Bechtold, Victoria (Bechtold) Kush and David M. Bechtold. A World War II veteran, having served with the Army Corps of Engineering in the European Theater. A member of Westmont Presbyterian Church and was active in several civic and fraternal organizations. At his request, service will be private at the time of interment inOak Hill Cemetery, Towanda. Memorial contributions may be directed to a charity of choice or Westmont Presbyterian Church, in his memory. Arrangements by Picking-Treece-Bennett Mortuary, West Hills. RHW. June 30, 2007. The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA
BECHTOLD - David J. Bechtold, 91, of Johnstown, Pa., died June 28, 2007, at Memorial Medical Center. Born April 9, 1916, in Rochester, N.Y., he the son of the late Edward J. and Mabel C. (MacVicar) Bechtold. He was also preceded in death by his wife, the former Beatrice Hall, and a sister, Eleanor Bechtold. He is survived by sons John, married to the former Constance Kaufman, and David, married to the former Patte Kaye Prohonic, both of Johnstown, and grandchildren Kathryn Bechtold, Philip Betchold, Victoria (Bechtold) Kush and David M. Bechtold. A World War II veteran, he served with the Army Corps of Engineering in the European Theater. Mr. Bechtold was a member of Westmont Presbyterian Church and was active in several civic and fraternal organizations. At his request, the service will be private at the time of interment in Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda. Memorial contributions may be directed to a charity of choice or Westmont Presbyterian Church, 601 Luzerne Street, Johnstown, Pa. 15905, in his memory. Arrangements are by Picking-Treece-Bennett Mortuary Inc., West Hills, Johnstown. Published in the Daily Review on 7/6/2007.
BEERS –TWILA B. ‘MID’ SHULTS, 91, widow of Vaughn L. Shults, formerly of Powell, and the Senior Citizens Building, Towanda, died early Friday morning, July 9, 2004, at The Manor in West Burlington Township. Born Nov. 22, 1912, in Laquin, she was a daughter of the late Emerson J. and Edith Eike Beers. Twila attended the Laquin and Powell schools. In early years, she was employed by the Berlinger Silk Mill in Towanda and by the Sayre Lingerie in Sayre. During World War II, she was employed by Sylvania Electric in Towanda. On Nov. 27, 1931, Twila married Vaughn L. Shults. She was preceded in death by her husband on December 19, 1990. Mid enjoyed the outdoors, working in her garden and crocheting. She was a member of the Powell United Methodist Church, where she held various offices throughout the years, was a member of the United Methodist Women and served as a trustee for 40 years. Mid also served for several years on the Monroe Township election board. Surviving are her sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and George Kerrick of Towanda RR 2, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Carl, Eugene and John Beers, and three sisters, Emma Mae Shults, Gertrude McGuire and Ruth F. Brown. The funeral service will be held Monday, July 12, at 2 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. Interment will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda. The family will receive friends on Monday afternoon from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home. The family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to the Powell United Methodist Church in care of Todd Bacon, RR 3, Box 277, Towanda, PA in Twila B. Shults’ memory. –Towanda Daily Review.
BEIBER –RACHAEL E. HARRIS, 87, formerly of 101 Packer Ave, Towanda died Monday evening Nov. 20, 1989 at Memorial Hospital, Towanda. Born May 5, 1902 in Powell, she was the daughter of Harry and Rebecca Minier Beiber. Mrs. Harris graduated from Powell High School. In early years she was employed by Boyles Bookstore in Towanda and Berlinger Silk Mill. She was later employed by Larnard’s Red and White Store, Williams St., Towanda until her retirement. She was active in the Towanda First United Methodist Critchlow Class. Mrs. Harris is survived by a step-son, H. Wally Harris of Towanda; four grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and a half-brother, George Houseknecht of Powell. She was preceded in death by her husband, W. Earl Harris, a daughter, Rita Spaulding and a step-daughter, Marge Harris. Funeral and interment services will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda with the Rev. Larry Lutz officiating. Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda. Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the service Friday. Friends who wish may make donations in Mrs. Harris’ memory to the Towanda First United Methodist Church Critchlow Sunday School Class, 103 Main St., Towanda, PA. –Towanda Daily Review
BENJAMIN - Doris A. Vanderpoel, 86, widow of
Harold A. "Pepper" Vanderpoel of 13 Thomas Ave., Towanda, Pa., formerly
of Sing Sing Road, Horseheads, N.Y., died
Saturday, May 8, 2010 at Memorial Hospital, North Towanda Township, Pa. Doris was born March 29, 1924 in Asylum Twp., Pa., a daughter of the late Nathan Benjamin Sr. and Maude Emery Benjamin. She was a graduate of Towanda High School Class of 1942. In 1942, Doris started the Towanda High School Rifle Team along with instructor Mr. Kosier. The rifle team ranked the best in the nation in the 1940s among class B sized schools and won a medal in competition. On Dec. 21, 1943, Doris married Harold A. "Pepper" Vanderpoel at her family home in Durell, Pa. In early years, Doris was employed as a secretary for the Towanda Sewing Factory. She was later employed by Schweizer Air Craft in Horseheads, N.Y. for 16 years where she held the office of president and financial secretary of the credit union. Doris also served as the first woman president of the local UAW Union. As an employee's of Sweizer Aircraft, Doris and her husband Pepper delivered gliders throughout the country to customers. Doris and Pepper enjoyed boating on the Finger Lakes on their 32-foot cruiser and acquired many wonderful friends in the area. She loved water skiing, music, playing the organ and violin. In later years, Doris moved back to Towanda to be near family. Doris will be deeply missed by her devoted family, who each in their own hearts lovingly remember her as their "Personal Best Friend" and as the finest example a person should be. Doris offered strength, words of wisdom, comfort in time of need, gentle kindness, generosity and unconditional love of her entire family. Hers was a life truly well-lived. She is survived by: her son, Nathan Vanderpoel and his wife Jacquelyn of Enterprise, Ala.; her daughter, Brenda Sue Strickland and her husband Charles of Towanda RR 3; grandchildren, Wende McLinko and her husband Robert of Towanda, Cheri Strope and her husband Jamie of Towanda, Angela Koss and her husband Todd of Towanda, Kelly Strickland of Sayre, Melissa Dressler and her husband John of Enterprise, Ala., Alton Nathan Vanderpoel II of Enterprise, Ala.; great-grandchildren, Storm, Sawyer, Chris, Matt, Alliesha, Joseph, Todd, Sayonne and Andrew; sister-in-law, Viola Benjamin of Liberty Corners, Pa.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Harold A. "Pepper" Vanderpoel on Dec. 7, 2000; sisters, Cora Miller, Rachel Benjamin, Florence Benjamin and Rita Benjamin and a brother, Nathan Benjamin Jr. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 13, 2010, at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave. Towanda, Pa., with the Rev. Sandy Brant, pastor of the Ulster United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, Pa. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 39, RR 3 Box 355, Towanda, PA 18848, or to the charity or organization of one's choice in Doris A. Vanderpoel's memory.- Towanda Daily Review, May 10, 2010
BENJAMIN Mrs. Nellie B. Foster, 85, widow of Elwyn Foster, died on Friday morning, April 27, 1979, at the home of her daughter, Margaret Culver, 167 Warren Street, Tunkhannock. Mrs. Foster was a lifelong resident of Towanda until 1977 when she sold her home at 826 South Main Street and at that time went to make her home with her daughter in Tunkhannock. She was born on Febuary 14, 1894 in Durrell, the daughter of William and Matilda GARLAND Benjamin. She had been employed by Penelec Co. for many years before retiring in 1962. Mrs. Foster was very well known and possessed a host of friends throughout the area. Her husband preceded her in death on September 30, 1956. She was a member of the Towanda Trinity Lutheran Church. Surviving are one son, George of Towanda; a daughter Miss Margaret Culver of Tunkhannock; four grandchildren, Kipp, Kurt and Kristopher of Towanda and Mrs. Richard Brown of Frenchtown; great-granddaughter, Julianne Foster, of Chicago. IL; a sister, Mrs. Isabelle Gike of Buffalo, NY and several nephews. Funeral services will be held Monday morning at 11 a.m. at the Maryott Funeral Home, Towanda with Rev. Maurice J. Hart officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda. NOTE: Pallbearers were Kurt, Kipp and Kris Foster and Richard Brown. RHW. Towanda Daily Review.
BENNETT - Ruth M. Drislane, 85, formerly of Bridge Street Hill, Towanda RR3, Pa., died early Friday morning, Nov. 13, at the Bradford County Manor in West Burlington Twp., Pa. Ruth was born July 13, 1924 in Sayre, Pa., the daughter of the late John and Maude Heath Bennett. On April 17, 1940, she married Walter Francis Drislane who preceded her in death on Jan. 29, 1987. In early years, Ruth was employed by the Berlinger Silk Mill and Fontaine Weaving Company in Towanda. She was later employed by the Towanda Area High School for many years until her retirement. Ruth's life encompassed her home and family and she loved spending time with her grandchildren. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints in Towanda and was very dedicated to work in genealogy associated with her church. Ruth will be remembered by her family and many friends for her kind and gracious personality and for her willingness to help others. She is survived by: her daughter and son-in-law, JoAnn Heeman and John "Tinker" Heeman Jr. of Wyalusing RR1; grandsons, Rusty Campbell and his friend Tracey Trainor of Towanda, Robert Campbell and his wife Leighann Campbell of Mercur Hill, Lynn Keltz and his wife Alice Keltz of Troy, Pa.; great-grandchildren, Jennifer Campbell of Wyalusing, Michelle Campbell McPeak and her husband Pat of Monroeton, Cheyenne Campbell of Rome, Sierra Campbell of Ulster, Raegan Haverly of Rome; brothers, Fred Bennett and his wife Mamie Bennett of Monroeton, Donald Bennett of Apalachin, N.Y., Carl Bennett of Alaska; sisters, Janet Chilson of Apalachin, N.Y., Jean Parks of Towanda, Pa.; several nieces, nephews, cousins and many good friends; a very special friend, Denise Boyer. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Walter John Drislane, in 1970 and by a daughter, Sandra Jean Kintner, in 1984. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa., with Bishop Daniel Buynak officiating. Interment will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, Pa. The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association of Northeastern Pa., 57 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701 in Ruth's memory. Published in Daily Review on November 14, 2009
BENSON –BEVERLY BENSON BUFFINGTON, 87, of Towanda, Pa., passed away Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 at Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital, Towanda. Beverly was born on Aug. 24, 1929 in Towanda, Pa., the daughter of Newman E. Benson and Ethel Mae Updyke Benson. She was a graduate of Towanda High School and, in early years, was employed by the Beacon Loan Company in Towanda and by the Benson Oldsmobile dealership in Wysox. Beverly was also employed by the First National Bank of Bradford County for many years until her retirement. On May 26, 1951, Beverly married Walter M. Buffington in Towanda. Walter and Beverly purchased the Wysox Drive-In-Theatre in 1968 and the Keystone Theatre in Towanda in 1969, operating the combined businesses for 22 years. Beverly was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Towanda, and Order of Eastern Star Chapter No. 76, Towanda. Beverly served as a volunteer for various area activities including local blood drives and the Memorial Hospital Gift Shop in Towanda. Beverly enjoyed traveling, working outdoors, caring for her flowers, playing cards and most of all, associating with others. She will be remembered by many for her kind, outgoing personality and warm smile. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Shelley and Terry Saylor of Towanda; Thomas and Donna Buffington of St. Cloud, Fla.; sister-in-law, Helen Wright of New York state; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 45 years, Walter M. Buffington, on Feb. 16, 1997; sister and brother-in-law, Martha and Frank E. Detrick; and brother, Newman W. Benson. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the funeral home with the Rev. Robert Martin officiating. Order of Eastern Star Chapter No. 76 will hold a service of remembrance at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. Interment will be private in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, Pa. The family suggests that contributions may be directed to the Personal Care Home of Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital Resident Activities Fund, 603 William St., Towanda, PA 18848, in Beverly Benson Buffington's memory. –Towanda Daily Review 3/1/2017
NEWMAN W. BENSON, 94, well-known Wysox businessman of Lake Wesauking, Pa., passed away peacefully early Thursday morning, Oct. 15, 2015, at his home. Newman was born on Jan. 23, 1921 in Mosherville, Pa., Wells Township, Bradford County, Pa. He was the son of Newman E. Benson (Nov. 6, 1889-July 13, 1942) and Ethel Mae Updyke Benson (June 30, 1891-Feb. 14, 1964). After residing briefly in Mosherville as child, the family moved to Towanda in 1928. During 1935 Newman's father ran for Sheriff. His father, being his biggest hero to this present day, made the younger Newman campaign vigorously. During this time the family of the sheriff lived at the jail, which is now the Historical Society. Newman went to the Third Ward School in Towanda and graduated from Towanda High School in 1940. During his school years he worked many jobs: delivering newspapers, sweeping the floors at the W.P. Fitzgerald Buick Dealership and Dewey Denni's men's clothing store, he collected for men's suit club around town, delivered Sears catalogues, ran the projector at the theatre and raised mink, to name a few. All his jobs paid a nickel. Newman was a member of the First United Methodist Church since he was 6 years old. In 1939 Newman and his father started an Oldsmobile Franchise in Towanda. The automobile business was interrupted with the onset of WWII. Newman served his country in the United States Army 1942-1945 in France and Normandy. After the war Newman made a vow, if he made it back to the United States of America, he would never go on a cruise, own a gun or go on a picnic. After the war with an honorable discharge Newman returned to the automobile business. During this time he provided many cars to veterans. He became very involved in purchasing and developing much of the lands along the Golden Mile in Wysox. Eventually, Newman moved his automobile business to the Golden Mile in Wysox. He also provided convertibles for many of the Towanda parades over the years from his dealership. Newman was a great sports enthusiast, especially football. He was part owner of the New England Patriots. He took the Towanda football team to watch a game of the New England Patriots. Newman was always health minded, and had a saying "You will rust out before you wear out." He was active in racquetball, walking, tennis, both on his own court and in Florida during the winter months. It was because of tennis that Newman had the chance to meet and play tennis with many movie stars and sports celebrities. As a child, he was invited to Lake Wesauking with his friend Dave Smith. This prompted him to want to live at the Lake and eventually did build a home, where he continued his active lifestyle. This involved walking and swimming. Newman swam in the Lake from May to October and has logged in 103 consecutive swims in one season. Newman could go anywhere in the world but desired to be at his precious Lake Wesauking. Newman had a passion for airplanes and flying. He learned to fly from then Towanda Airport manager Oliver Goodrich and owned many airplanes over his flying years both for business and pleasure. Newman was involved in many community organizations: He was president of the Oak Hill Cemetery 1990-2015. His great accomplishment was to take the cemetery from a debt status to self-sustaining. He was involved in Rotary and served as president, a member of the Union Masonic Lodge No. 108 F.&.A.M. and is a 32° mason, a member of the Northern Commandery, Knight Templar and involved for many years with the Knights Templar eye foundation, Williamsport Scottish Rite, Union Royal Arch Chapter No. 161, president of Lake Wesauking Association, Towanda Elks Lodge No. 2191, American Legion Post 42, member of the Wysox EMS and furnished bicycles for the children's Christmas parties for many years. He was a Lackawanna College board member. In 1993 he became a board member of the Central Bradford Progress Authority. They named him citizen of the year in 2004. Newman helped, along with a businessman Budd Clark Sr., to form the original Wysox Chamber of Commerce and was a member until 2012. He served as president and was voted citizen of the year 2003 for outstanding community service. He helped form the merger between Citizens Bank of Towanda and Northern National Bank of Wellsboro in the early 1960s and served as director of the new C&N Bank for 40 years.Many people, until most recently, still asked Newman and sought his opinion for his great wisdom in business, politics and life. In all his business dealings, one thing Newman discovered: "It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice. "If you knew Newman over the years then you had received a box of Russell Stover candies. This was his signature gesture. He is survived by his wife Patricia, her sons: Thomas, Ronald, Robert and their families, a sister, Beverly Ann Buffington and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides, his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Willard; a sister, Martha Benson Detrick (Feb. 22, 1912-Nov. 20, 1986); a brother-in-law, Frank E. Detrick and a brother-in-law, Walter Buffington. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church, Main Street, Towanda, Pa. with Pastor Sherry Good and Rev. Robert Martin officiating. Union Lodge No. 108 F.&A.M. will hold a service of remembrance at 10 a.m. at the church. Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 will accord military honors. There are no calling hours. Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, Pa. The family requests in lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to the Wysox Volunteer Fire Department, Box 2, Wysox, PA, the Wysox Volunteer Emergency Medical Service, Box 302, Wysox, PA or to the First United Methodist Church, 103 Main St., Towanda, PA in Newman's memory. Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, Towanda, Pa. Newman's family would like to thank the area emergency departments for their caring service and comfort. –Towanda Daily Review 10/17/2015
BETTS - Harry Passage Betts, 89, of RR5, Towanda, PA (Lake Wesauking) died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008 in Clearwater, FL. Born April 10, 1919 in Towanda, he was the son of the late Noble N. Betts and Dorothy Overton Passage Betts. He was a graduate of Towanda High School, Class of 1936. Following graduation from high school, Mr. Betts was employed by the Patterson Screen Company in Towanda. Prior to the beginning of WWII, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. Following WWII he returned to Towanda where he was employed by Sylvania Electric. Re-enlisting in the Army during the Korean Conflict, he was subsequently awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. After the Korean Conflict, he returned to GTE Sylvania, retiring after many years of service. A member of the First Presbyterian Church, Towanda, he also belonged to Union Lodge No. 108 F.&A.M., Towanda, and was a very active member of the Boy Scouts of America, traveling to several National and International Jamborees. He was predeceased by his parents, Dorothy Overton Passage and Noble Nathaniel Betts; brothers, Noble Nathaniel Betts, Jr. and his wife, Winifred Lenox Betts and Frederick Knighton Betts and his wife, Yvonne Kershner Betts and his niece, Diane Betts Johnson Diljak. Survivors include his nieces, Charmaine Betts Franklin Ruais (James) of Springfield, MA, Rebecca Betts Bucci (Joseph) of Gaithersburg, MD; nephews, Richard Knighton Betts (Lisa) of Carlisle, PA and Steven Paul Betts (Janet) of Seymour, CT; as well as the following great and great-great-nieces and nephews: Heather Johnson Kerrigan (Michael) of Forty Fort and their children, Andrew and Natalie Brett Johnson of Forty Fort, Rebecca Franklin Kashtan of Nevada City, CA and her daughter, Sarah, Laura Ruais-Beiser (David) of South Hadley, MA and their children, Nathaniel, Seth and Analise Alison Bucci Duvall (Peter) of Silver Spring, MD and their daughter, Zoe Christopher Bucci of Catonsville, MD, Daeron Betts of Carlisle, Justin Betts of Carlisle, Amanda Betts of Seymour, CT, Jaimee Betts of Seymour, CT and his first cousin, John McKean of Chapel Hill, NC. The funeral service will be held Thursday, Dec. 4 at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, Court St., Towanda, with his pastor, the Rev. Michael Hughes, officiating. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, with American Legion Post No. 42, Towanda, according full military honors. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the Five Rivers Council of the Boys Scouts of America, 244 West Water Street, Elmira, NY 14901 in Harry Passage Betts’s memory. RHW. Wyalusing Rocket-Courier
BISHOP Joyce Louise Bishop Cook Carola, 70, of Sayre RR1, Litchfield Township,PA, died on Monday morning, Oct. 28, 2002 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Born May 12, 1932 in the Zurn family homestead in Wysox, she was the daughter of the late Chauncey I. and Mary ZURN BISHOP. Joyce was a graduate of Towanda High School, Class of 1950 and later completed nursing training at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre in 1953. In 1956, Joyce married Walter E. COOK of Towanda, who preceded her in death in 1981. She began her career as a registered nursing with the Allentown General Hospital, Allentown, and later with Mills Hospital in Towanda. She was an evening charge nurse at Memorial Hospital in Towanda and provided nursing care at the Marie FOYLE Home in Towanda. Joyce was the initial director of nursing for the Skilled Nursing Unit of Memorial Hospital in Towanda, until her retirement in 1984. On May 12, 1984, Joyce married Andrew A. CAROLA and the couple moved to New Jersey that same year. They returned to the Litchfield area of Bradford County in June of 1988 to make their home. Following her return to the area, Joyce worked part-time as a nurse at the Skilled Nursing Unit in Towanda and as a consultant and evaluator for the Area Agency on Aging in Towanda. Joyce enjoyed gardening and bowling. She was fondly known by her grandchildren as "Grandma No." Surviving are her husband, Andrew A. CAROLA, at home; sons and daughters-in-law, Terry F. and Mary G. COOK of Towanda, William J. and Belinda M. Cook of Milan, James E. and Heidi J. COOK of Towanda; her daughter and son-in-law, Mary K. and Richard D. HORTON of Litchfield Township; two stepdaughters and sons-in-law, Mary R. and Joseph GURINKO of Bangor, Michele G. and Brett SAGER of Randolph, MA; grandchildren, Charles J. COOK, Mandee M. MIZE CARR and her husband, Shane CARR, Alisha E. COOK, Kyle A. COOK, Nathan J. COOK, Felicia COOK, Michelle L. COOK, Latoya Jackson, Gio COOK, Shatira COOK, Eric J. COOK, Michael COOK, Chance COOK, Quincy COOK, Joshua GURINKO, Nichole Sager; great-grandchildren, Rylee S. CARR and Jasmine M. COOK; her brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Irene BISHOP of Ulster; her sister, Betty SWEET of San Diego, CA; several stepsisters and stepbrothers; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and many good friends; very special friends with whom Joyce worked: Margo ACE, Sandy CURRY, Tracey PARSONS, Larraine FOWLWER and Eileen BOLAND; her pets, Cydney, Clarence, Spooky, Tango, Cash and Bonnie Blue. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Walter P. COOK; her father, Chauncey I. BISHOP, her mother, Mary ZURN BISHOP; her stepmother, Helen IRVINE BISHOP; a grandson, Nicholas SAGER; her brother-in-law, Bob SWEET and a very special friend, Lloyd ACE. The funeral services were held on Thursday, Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, with the Rev. Maureen HIPPLE, Rector of Christ Episcopal Church, Towanda, officiating. Interment was in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda. The family received friends on Wednesday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. and on Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Greater Valley EMS, 904 North Lehigh Ave., Sayre, PA 18840 or to the Stray Haven Humane Society, 194 Shephard Road, Waverly, NY 14892 in Joyce’s memory.
BLACK - Miss Martha D. Black of 503 Third Street, one of this community’s most highly regarded women, died yesterday morning at the Jennings Nursing Home here at the age of 93. She had been in failing health for some time. Miss Black was born in Towanda, Sept. 5, 1865, the daughter of Oscar A. and Martha Wickham Black. Following her graduation from the Susquehanna Collegiate Institute here, she entered the employ of the Dayton Milling Co. and remained in the service of that concern in the capacity of bookkeeper until 1945 when she retired. When she entered the milling company’s employ, its founder, the late George A. Dayton, was operating the business and when she ceased her employment there his sons and grandsons were in charge, all breaking into the office routine under her tutelage. She was very thorough in her work, being content with none but the best efforts, and was long remembered by her associates at the mill for her loyalty and her co-operation. Surviving are two nieces, Miss Helen W. Black of Abington, Pa., and Miss Ruth D. Black of East Stroudsburg, Pa.; a nephew, John Stewart Black, of Sky Top, Pa.,; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Helen Stewart Black of Abington; four great nieces and a great nephew. A sister, Mrs. Mable Green, and two brothers, J. Stewart Black and Alvin W. Black, preceded her in death. Friends may call at the Archer Funeral Home Chestnut St. today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9. Funeral services will be held there Wednesday at 11 a.m. with Rev. Harry Porter Farr, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, officiating. Interment will be in Oak Hill cemetery. (Handwritten date May 4, 1959)
REV. ALFRED C. BLACKWELL, 65, of 5 Front St., Addison, N.Y., died unexpectedly Tuesday, May 21, 1991, at Corning Hospital. Born May 29, 1925 in Delano, Pa., he was the son of Joseph and Sara Ross Blackwell. He married Marie Earley on June 15, 1946, in Towanda. Rev. Blackwell graduated from Davidson College, Davidson, N.C., with a degree in engineering and science. He entered the Army Air Corps and was commissioned a lieutenant in World War II, where he was a glider pilot. After his military service he attended and graduated from the Arlington Bible Baptist College Seminary, Arlington, Texas, and received a bachelor of divinity degree in 1956. He was associate pastor of the Gideon Baptist Church, Ft. Worth, Texas, until 1963. He pastored the Faith Baptist Church in Gang Mills, N.Y. from 1963-1968. He founded Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Addison in 1968 and also founded the Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Big Creek, Town of Howard, N.Y., in 1970. He was presently pastoring both churches. Rev. Blackwell was a Bible teacher and conference speaker and traveled extensively on the East Coast and in England. He was in the ministry for 38 years. He is survived by his wife, Marie; two sons, Chris Blackwell of Addison and Kim Blackwell of Owego; one daughter and son-in-law, Catherine and John Jacobs of Horseheads; one sister, Virginia Pride of Heathville, Va.; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Friends may call Wednesday and Thursday evening from 7-9 p.m. at the Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Addison. Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Sovereign Grace Baptist Church with the Rev. David King, pastor of the Grace Baptist Church, W. Milton, Pa., officiating. Burial will be in Towanda’s Oak Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the building fund of Rev. Blackwell’s church in care of Graham Kohler, RD 3, Addison, N.Y. Arrangements are by the Flint Funeral Home, 10 Wall St., Addison, N.Y. –Towanda Daily Review.
BEVERLEY F. BLOSS, 62, a well-known Towanda businessman of 303 Wilmot Drive, Towanda died early Saturday morning March 18, 1989 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre following an extended illness. Born May 17, 1926 in Sayre, he was a son of Eldyn Latha and Florence Helen Kern Bloss. Mr. Bloss was a graduate of Wildwood High School, Wildwood, NJ and was a veteran of WWII, having served in the US Marine Corps in the Pacific Theater. In 1950 with his father, he started Bloss Bootery on Main St., Towanda, a successful business still in operation in Towanda. Mr. Bloss served on the Board of Directors of the Citizens and Northern Bank in Towanda, the Towanda Chamber of Commerce, the Towanda Ambulance Associaton. He was a member of the Towanda Water Authority, Towanda American Legion Post #42 and was a former member of the Towanda Borough Council. Active in sports, he was an avid tennis player and enjoyed competing in many area tournaments. Surviving are his wife, the former Linda Levick; two daughters: Mrs. Timothy (Elyse) Clark of Macedonia and Mrs. Michael (Karen) Petterson, Herrickville; two sons: Brian John Bloss of Washinton, DC and Dana E. Bloss of New York City; a granddaughter, Erica; an aunt, Mrs. Elsie Northrup of Sayre; a very close friend, John Brice of Maple Street, NJ. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Monday at 10 a.m. at SS. Peter and Paul Church, Towanda. Interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery with Towanda American Legion Post #42 according military honors. Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. There will be no calling hours. The family request that memorials be directed to the Borough of Towanda for recreation development, 724 Main St., Towanda in Mr. Bloss’ memory. –Towanda Daily Review
FLOYD L. BONNEY, well known Monroeton resident, dies at age 97, (1956). He operated a farm in LeRoy Twp. until 1919 when he moved to Monroeton. (Buried Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda).
BOX –SARAH LILLIAN SMITH, 94, widow of Harold A. Smith of 308 Second St. died at home Sunday morning Sept. 21, 1986. She was born May 10, 1892 in White Mills, PA. For many years Mrs. Smith was the hostess of the dining room at the Kaufman and David Wilmot Hotel. Surviving are two sons: Harold Smith of Onieda, NY and Russell Smith of Mercur; two daughters, Mrs. Joe C. (Helen) Koontz of Standing Stone. Mrs. Harold (Jean) Harris of Towanda; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Her husband predeceased her in 1932, as did a son Lester Smith in 1976. Private funeral services will be held at the Maryott- Bowen Funeral Home. Interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Towanda Public Library, 104 Main St., Towanda. –Towanda Daily Review
BRADER - Dorothy Ruth Brader Spencer Meas, 90, of RR 2, New Albany, Pa., formerly of Quakertown, Pa., diedFriday evening, March 20, 2009, at the Bradford County Manor, West Burlington Township, Pa. Born Jan. 30, 1919, in Bethlehem, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Charles Tilghman Brader and Alice Eva Felker Brader. Dorothy was a member of the West Swamp Mennonite Church in Quakertown. Her main interest in life encompassed her home and family. She enjoyed hunting, fishing, painting in oils, crocheting, playing the organ, and canning and freezing vegetables from her garden. Dorothy also enjoyed spending the winter months in Florida for many years. Surviving are: her sons and daughters-in-law: Robert C. and Bonnie L. Spencer of New Albany RR 2, Larry J. and Marjorie M. Spencer of New Albany RR 2, and James W. and Paulette D. Spencer of RR 4, Wyalusing, Pa.; her daughter and son-in-law: Diane A. and Larry D. Sharer of Vermont; three stepsons, Daniel Meas and his wife, Susan, of New Albany, Paul Meas and his wife, Anna, of New Albany, and Robert Meas of Spinnertown, Pa.; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law, Charles and Ruth Brader of Green Lane, Pa., Walter and Lillian Brader of Quakertown RR 2, and Raymond Brader of Jim Thorpe, Pa.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Peggy and Raymond Heimbach of Quakertown RR 2, Jessie and William Fluck of Quakertown RR 1, Jean and Leonard Nace of Quakertown RR 1, and Joyce and Stanley Schoch of Quakertown; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by; her husbands, Charles E. Spencer, on Dec. 12, 1985, and Daniel E. Meas, on Oct. 14, 1997, a great-grandson, Jared Spencer; and a brother, Kenneth Brader. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday March 25, at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, with Pastor Michael Dodd of the Evergreen Christian Church officiating. Interment will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to Evergreen Christian Church, in care of Nancy Caudell, RR 2, Box 212, New Albany, PA 18833, or to the West Swamp Mennonite Church, 2501 Allentown Road, Quakertown, PA 18951, in Dorothy's memory. RHW 22 March 2009, Towanda Daily Review.
ROBERT JOHN ‘BOBBY BUMP’ BRADDOCK (BUMP?), 65, of Towanda, Pa., passed away Monday evening, March 21, 2016 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. Robert was born in Towanda, Pa., on May 10, 1950, the son of Fred W. and Beatrice M. Mosher Bump. He was a graduate of Towanda High School and served in the U.S. Navy from 1968 to 1972, during the Vietnam War. Robert was employed by E.I. DuPont in Towanda for many years, until his retirement. He was a member of Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 and enjoyed guns, the outdoors, hunting and hiking the Appalachian Trail. Surviving are his son, Zachary J. (Katie L.) Braddock of Charleston, S.C.; parents, Fred and Beatrice Bump of Towanda; uncle, Carl Bump of Towanda; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his son, Bobby Hiott in February 2016, and brother, Gary Bump in 1973. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 26, 2016 at Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, Pa., with Pastor Timothy Geiger officiating. Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 will accord full military honors at the cemetery. The family suggests that contributions may be directed to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, P.O. Box 807, Harpers Ferry, WV in Robert's memory. Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, Towanda, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review 3/23/2016 (His surname is listed as Braddock on the obituary but his father was BUMP.)
BRECHER - Olga Brecher Maltz, 88
Olga Brecher Maltz, widow of Robert A. Maltz, of Ann Street, Towanda, died early Monday morning, Jan. 7, 2002, at Memorial Hospital, Towanda. She was born Sept. 17, 1913, in Norwich, Pa., a daughter of the late Alois and Frances Fabie Brecher. Olga was a graduate of Towanda High School, Class of 1932, and later graduated from the Del Ca Dar Beauty School in Elmira, N.Y. In early years, Olga was associated the Esther May Beauty Salon in Towanda. In 1938, she opened her own salon on Main Street, Towanda, which she operated until her retirement in 1979. Olga was well-known and possessed many friends throughout the area. She will be fondly remembered for her compassionate nature and generosity. Olga was a member of SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Towanda. She possessed a great love for animals and flowers. She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Rosalia of Fair Oaks, Calif.; sister and brother-in-law, Frances and Roger Keagle of Owego, N.Y.; brother-in-law, Richard Hamilton of Monroeton; sister-in-law, Gwen Brecher of Naples, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert A. Maltz, on Nov. 16, 1986; two brothers, Alois and Joseph Brecher; and two sisters, Sophie Hamilton and Mary Casale. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at the SS. Peter & Paul Church, Towanda, with the Rev. Ronald Hughes, as celebrant. Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions may be directed to the Bradford County Humane Society, P.O. Box 179, U.S. Route 220, Ulster, Pa. 18850; Stray Haven, 194 Shepard Road, Waverly, N.Y. 14892; or the charity or organization of one's choice in Olga Brecher Maltz's memory. Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave. Towanda, Pa. There are no calling hours.
BREEN - Gertrude Breen SIDNEY, 84, of Lake
Wesauking, Towanda RR 5, died Monday, July 21, 2003, at her home. Born
Feb. 2, 1919, in Patterson, N.J., she was a daughter of the late Jack BREEN and
Hilda BROECK BREEN. Gertrude was a graduate of Towanda High School
Class of 1933 and attended Bucknell University. She was employed by
the Extension Office of the Bradford County Courthouse in Towanda from 1959
until her retirement in 1984. Gertrude was a member of the First
Presbyterian Church, Towanda. She was a past president of the Bradford County
Republican Women and was a former member of the Towanda Business and
Professional Women Association. Surviving are her daughter and
son-in-law, Janice PRUSACK and Nicholas PRUSACK of Zionsville, Pa.; her
grandson, Matthew PRUSACK of Zionsville; her sister, Ruth BREEN DIESTELHORST of
Tallahassee, Fla.; and a niece and five nephews. A private funeral
service will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment will be
in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda. Arrangements are under the direction
of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, Towanda. There are no calling
hours. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to
the Towanda Oak Hill Cemetery Association, in care of Jean MILLER, 602 S.
Fourth St., Towanda, Pa. 18848, or to the Bradford County Humane Society, P.O.
Box 179, Ulster, Pa. 18850, in Gertrude Breen Sidey's memory.
BRENNAN Betty J. Engle
Betty J. Engle, 84 of 119 Charles St., Towanda, Pa., died Thursday morning, March 3, 2011 at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Memorial Hospital, North Towanda Township, Pa. Betty was born Nov. 1, 1926 in Towanda, Pa., the daughter of the late William T. and Nellie Fox Brennan. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Towanda. Her main interest in life surrounded her home and family. Betty enjoyed going for rides in the country, flower gardening, art and painting in oils. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Robert Dickerson of Towanda; son, John Engle of Towanda; granddaughter, Jennifer Schultz and husband Robert of Orwell Township, Pa.; great-grandchildren, Lauryn and Nicholas Schultz; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother and sister-in-law, William E. and Ruth Brennan; and uncle, Herbert Fox. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, Pa. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the March of Dimes, 1534 Highway 315 Blvd, Wilkes Barre, PA 18702 in Betty J. Engle's memory. Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa. Towanda Daily Review – March 4, 2011
JOHN J. BRENNAN, 72 of Race St., N. Towanda died Friday morning Jan. 1, 1988 at his home. Born May 27, 1915 in Standing Stone Township, he was a son of Martin Henry and Agnes Valentine Brennan. John attended the Towanda St. Agnes Grade School and Sayre High School. He was associated with the Perry Chevrolet Garage and the Benson Oldsmobile Garage as a body and fender mechanic, retiring in 1977. He was a former member of the Towanda County Club, Towada Elks Lodge No. 2191 and Towanda Gun Club. Surviving are his wife Bernice Moon Brennan; three sons: Ronald Brennan of Monroeton, John J. Brennan Jr. of Towanda and Timothy D. Brennan at home; three daughters: Mrs. Neil (Colleen) Kinsley of Sayre, Mrs. Doanld (Peggy) Howard of Waverly RD 1 and Bonnie Brennan at home; eight grandchildren; a brother, Thomas Brennan of Sayre; two sisters: Mary Mosier of Waverly and Mrs. Sam (Margaret) Pedro of Towanda; an uncle, Martin Brennan of Towanda; also nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Henry F. Brennan in March 1985. The funeral service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. Interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda. The family will receive friends Sunday from 709 p.m. at the funeral home. Recitation of the Rosary will be held Sunday at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. –Towanda Daily Review
BRENNAN Paul Jennings Brennan, 28, of 11 Huston
Street, Towanda, died Wednesday evening at his home. Paul was born Dec.
3, 1952 in Virginia, the son of Robert and Molly JENNINGS Brennan. He has
resided with his mother his entire life. He is survived by his mother
Molly HAWKE; his father Robert Brennan of Virginia; three brothers, George,
David and James, and a sister, Nancy all of Towanda; his maternal grandparents,
Mr. and Mrs. Martin P. Brennan of Towanda. The funeral service will be
held Friday 2 p.m. at the Archer-Miller-McCloskey Funeral Home, 23 Main Street,
Towanda with Father Frank Atlee, rector of the Episcopal, officiating.
Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda. Friends may call at the
funeral home one hour prior to service time. The family request that
flowers be omitted. RHW. Towanda Daily Review, June 1981.
BRENNAN - Funeral services for Willaim T. Brennan of 119 Charles Street, Towanda were held Monday afternoon at the Maryott Funeral Home on York Avenue. The Rev. Richard Welliver, pastor of the First Methodist Church, officiated and burial was in Oak Hill cemetery. The services were very largely attended, with a profusion on floral tributes. There were also many callers at the funeral home Sunday afternoon and evening, scores wishing to pay their respects to the memory of one whom they held in the deepest regard. The Eagles held memorial services at the funeral home Sunday evening at 7. The Franklin Engine Company members and the members of the Naiad-Linta Fire Company visited the funeral home in a body Sunday evening at 8. Honorary pallbearers were James Laughlin, Jay Spencer Sr., Charles Fox, Henry Decker, States Wood, James Seipler, John Cook and John Spentzas. Active pallbears were Leon Brennan, Robert Lewis, Charles Roof, Elwood Spencer, James Demarest and Robert Hemenway. Dec 1968, Towanda Daily Review.
Daily Review October 17, 2006
Marjorie B. Stroud 100, formerly of Towanda RR 5, Sheshequin Twp., Pa. died Sunday evening October 15, 2006 at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Memorial Hospital, Towanda, Pa. Born February 22, 1906, in East Towanda, Pa. she was the daughter of the late John L. and Elizabeth Drake Brink. Marjorie attended the East Towanda School and the Towanda High School. On April 16, 1924, she married. J. Howard Stroud in the Towanda Methodist Parsonage. They lived in Towanda, until 1940 when they moved to Wysox and in 1965 moved to Hornbrook to make their home. Marjorie's main interest in life was in her home and family. She enjoyed having her own greenhouse, and raising flowers and vegetables. Marjorie was a member of the Hornbrook United Methodist Church and its United Methodist Women, former member of the B club being one of the first members, past president of the Towanda Gun Club, former member of the Wysox Fireman's Auxillary, and also a member of the Elder Guild. Surviving are; her daughter Betty Smith of Hornbrook, her grandson, George H. "Skip" Smith of Ghent, Ulster RR1, her great-grandson, John Michael Smith of Ghent, she was preceded in death by her husband, Howard on January 16, 1971. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, Pa. The Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home of Towanda, Pa. is assisting Marjorie's family with arrangements. Contributed by Carol Brotzman
–KATHRYN ELIZABETH ‘KAY’ BROBST HARTMAN, 99, of 225 Poplar St., Towanda,
Pa., passed away Sunday, May 24, 2015, at her home. "Kay" as she was known
by her family and friends was born on June 15, 1915, in Bloomsburg, Pa., the
daughter of Harry E. and Ruth A. Aul Brobst. Kay was a graduate of
Bloomsburg High School and a 1936 graduate of Bloomsburg State Teachers
College where she received her Bachelor of Science degree. On July 31, 1943,
she married Paul L. Hartman at St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Bloomsburg.
Mrs. Hartman taught elementary education for five years in Bethel Township,
Berks County, Pa., and 24 years for the Towanda Area School District until
her retirement in July of 1977. She was a member of Trinity Evangelical
Lutheran Church, the Lutheran Church Women, Vesper Guild, Alter Guild,
Twentieth Century Club, Alpha Zeta Chapter of the Delta Zappa Gamma Society
International, Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees, Bloomsburg
Alumni Association and was a 70 year member of the Order of Eastern Star No.
76, Towanda. Kay enjoyed the arts, attending musical concerts and plays with
friends, as well as offering her own artistic skills in creating crafts with
the women's craft group at Trinity Lutheran Church. Kay also loved playing
cards with two card clubs throughout her years in Towanda. A source of much
enjoyment for Kay following her retirement was the opportunity to travel to
several countries. Most important to Kay was sharing time and holiday
celebrations with her family. When she was not enjoying the company of her
family, her church family became her focus. Kay continued to serve the
church in many capacities until the time of her passing. Surviving are: her
son, Richard P. Hartman of Sayre; daughter, Debra J. Hartman of Harrisburg;
grandson, Mark R. Hartman and wife Lilly of Mass.; granddaughter, Molly J.
Hartman of Sayre; sister-in-law, LaVerne Brobst of Tennessee;
brother-in-law, Stuart "Bud" Hartman of Danville, Pa.; several nieces,
nephews and cousins; and a very close family friend, Johnna Seeton. In
addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 51
years, Paul, on April 7, 1995; an infant son, Norman D. Hartman; sister,
Jane A. Brobst and daughter-in-law, Susan Rockrohr Hartman. The funeral
service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 31, 2015, at Trinity
Evangelical Lutheran Church, Towanda, Pa., with Pastor Jira Albers
officiating. Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, Pa. There
are no calling hours. A luncheon for family and friends will be held at the
church following the interment service. In lieu of flowers, the family
requests that contributions be directed to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran
Church, 908 S. Main St., Towanda, PA or to Guthrie Hospice, 421 Tomahawk
Road, Towanda, PA in Kathryn Elizabeth Hartman's memory. –Towanda Daily
BROWN Ina May Brown Montgomery
88, of 108 Charles St., Towanda, Pa., died Sunday
morning, May 15, 2011 from her home. She was born Oct. 15, 1922 at
home on Charles Street, the daughter of Robert Roy Brown and Vera Blanche
McNeal Brown. Ina May was a graduate of Towanda High School Class of 1942 and
in early years was employed by the Herrington Ice Plant on Main Street in
Towanda. In 1945, Ina May married Lorenzo Amos Montgomery and the couple was
later blessed with 8 children. She was an active member of the First United
Methodist Church in Towanda, the Merry Methodics Sunday School Class and
assisted in many dinners and church functions over the years. She enjoyed
scrapbooking, quilting, cooking and flower gardening. She is survived by:
her children: Gale Montgomery and wife Nancy of Towanda; Loretta Montgomery of
Orlando, Fla., Marvin Montgomery and wife Michelle of Chateauguay, N.Y., Rose Gross
of Ulster, Jerry Montgomery and Joanna of Athens, Gloria Montgomery of Towanda,
Vera Hackett and husband Daniel of Towanda, Mark Montgomery of Towanda;
grandchildren, Rose Davis Vogel, Greg Gross, Aaron Montgomery, Nicolas
Montgomery, Holden Montgomery, Jenny Montgomery and Katie Montgomery; eight
great-grandchildren; sister, Gladys Ackley of Danville, Pa.; several nieces,
nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in
death by her husband Lorenzo on Nov. 23, 1963; and son-in-law, Laurence
Gross. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the
Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa. The funeral service
will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 19, at the First United Methodist
Church, Main Street, Towanda, Pa., with the Rev. James Hollister officiating.
Interment will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, Pa. The family
suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the First United
Methodist Church, 105 Main St., Towanda, PA 18848 in Ina May's memory.
Towanda Daily Review - May 16, 2011
BROWN Llewellyn Brown Fatally Injured
Llewellyn J. Brown, 57, of Horseheads, N.Y., R.D. 2,
formerly of Towanda and a son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Campbell of William
street, was fatally injured about 3:15 yesterday afternoon in an accident on
the Elmira-Watkins Glen road about a mile north of Pine Valley. He was rushed
to the St. Joseph’s hospital in Elmira where he died at 5 o’clock.
Brown was working on a cinder spreader in the rear of a State Highway truck
which halted momentarily. A car driven by Mrs. Frank Crowe of Watkins Glen and
headed in the same direction as the truck, skidded and crushed Brown against
the truck. Mrs. Crowe apparently did not notice the truck in time to slow up
because of the heavy snow that was falling. She probably lost control of the
machine in trying to apply her brakes. She was allowed to proceed to Watkins
Glen, no statement being taken from her last night, however, Tioga County Coroner
Alvin H. Monroe said he probably will investigate today and set a time for an
inquest if he deems it necessary. Roy Hollenbeck of Erin R.D. 1, who was
working on the cinder spreader with Brown, saw the car coming and jumped just
in time to save himself. He was not hurt. Tony Fiala of Horseheads R.C. 2,
owner of the truck which he leased to the Highway Department, was its driver.
He was knocked out of the cab by the impact but escaped injury. Sheriff George
Jenkins of Elmira and his deputies took charge at the scene of the accident.
Brown, who was 57 years old, is survived only by his wife, the former Henrietta
Campbell of Towanda. They were married in Towanda and for some time he was
employed at the Frost furniture factory here. They moved to Horseheads R.D.
about 20 years ago. Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock
at the Methodist church in Towanda, the Rev. Paul M. Brown, pastor of the
Towanda Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill cemetery.
(Handwritten date Jan. 5, 1941)
John A. BRUTZMAN, 91, State College
John A. Brutzman, 91, of State College, Pa., died at the Fairways at Brookline Village, State College, Pa., at 3:10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 11, 2002. Mr. Brutzman was retired associate editor of the Centre Daily Times and former "From the Hip" columnist for State College, the Magazine. His senior year at the Pennsylvania State University, he was editor of the then-Penn State Collegian. He was born on Jan. 15, 1911, in Towanda, the son of Norman A. and Maude Stoneman Brutzman. He married Virginia H. Bishop of Fort Edward, N.Y., on March 1, 1938; they divorced in 1954. On July 18, 1958, he married Cynthia N. Smith of Ithaca, N.Y. She survives, along with two sons, William J. of Royal Palm Beach, Fla., and Michael N. of Towanda; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Mr. Brutzman was the salutatorian graduate of Towanda High School in 1928 and earned a BA degree in journalism from Penn State in 1935. While still in high school, he was a newspaper carrier, then printer's apprentice, for the Daily Review, in Towanda, working in its advertising department from 1928 until 1931. During his 1931-1935 student years at Penn State, he had jobs as a bindery worker for Nittany Printing Co. (1931), a boarding-house furnace tender (1931-1932), mailbox painter (summer of 1932), dishwasher at Phi Kappa Psi fraternity (1933), waiter at Theta Upsilon Omega (1933-1935), and direct-mail employee for Montgomery and Bacon Linotype parts manufacturer in Towanda (summers, 1933-1935). In 1935, he was advertising manager for the Steuben Farmer's Advocate in Bath, N.Y., then field manager for the Liner Circulation Service, based in Chicago. From 1936 to 1938, he ran the State College office of the Stewart Howe Alumni Service, Ithaca, N.Y. Returning to his boyhood area of the state in 1938, he ran a linotype for the Daily Review and worked in retail credit. He was mechanical foreman for The Muncy Luminary, and then office manager/expediter for the Bacon Machine Works. From 1940 to 1962, he was proprietor of The Commercial Press in Towanda and from 1955 to 1963, he was news editor of the Daily Review. His Centre Daily Times years followed: managing editor, 1963-1972, and associate editor, 1972 until his retirement in 1976. In retirement, Mr. Brutzman was a research assistant for Penn State's College of Human Development and had a series of public relations assignments: Applied Research Laboratory (1976), Applied Science Laboratory (1976-1978) and the congressional campaign of Joseph S. Ammerman. He was State College office manager for the congressman (1976-1978). He was senior associate with the Local Government Corp. (1978-1982), legislative assistant to Rep. Lynn Herman (1983), and advertising and credit manager for Nittany Office Equipment (1980-1999), and he wrote for State College the Magazine from February 1987 to February 2000. Among his community activities, Mr. Brutzman was a director of the State College Area Chamber of Commerce (becoming an honorary life member in 1981), the State College chapter of the American Red Cross, the Centre County Child Development Council, the Centre County United Way and the Centre Area Transportation Authority. He was a member of the State College Borough Parking Authority (he introduced the concept of the half-hour parking-garage charge), the State College Borough Centennial Commission and the Advisory Council to Public Education on Low-Level Radiation. He belonged to St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, the University Club and the State College Elks Club. He was a founding member of the Young Writers of America and was past president of both the State College Torch Club and the Lion's Paw Alumni Society, of which he became a director emeritus. In Towanda, he had been president of the Lions Club and deputy district governor of Lions International. A dedicated firefighter, Mr. Brutzman was a life member and past president of the Naiad-Linta Fire Company in Towanda, chief of the Towanda Fire Department (1958-1959), a member of the Towanda Fire Board, a director of the Towanda Ambulance Association and chairman of the Towanda Fire Department Centennial (1954). He had been on the board of the Towanda Chamber of Commerce and was chairman of the Towanda Borough Sesquicentennial (1962) and a member of the Towanda Area Industrial Development Corp. task force. He was also a member of the Towanda Area High School Building Authority and from 1950 to 1962 the Bradford County Republican Committee.In college, he was on The Collegian staff from 1932 to 1935; was chairman of the Election Committee in 1935; and belonged to Lion's Paw, Student Council, the Student Union, the Combined Student Board and the Athletic Board of Control, the Intramural Board, Forensic Council, Skull and Bones, Phi Kappa Phi social fraternity and Sigma Delta Chi professional journalism fraternity. Friends will be received at the Koch Funeral Home, 2401 S. Atherton St., State College, Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, South Fraser Street and West Foster Avenue, State College, on Friday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Larry Hofer officiating. Graveside services will be on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery in Towanda with the Rev. Maureen Hipple officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mount Nittany Conservancy, P.O. Box 296, State College, Pa. 16804-0296, or to Lion's Paw, Hintz Family Alumni Center, University Park, Pa. 16802.
BUCK - Miss Agnes Buck, 77, a native of Towanda, died at Stone Harbor, NJ, Monday. She was the daughter of Attorney Samuel and Amellia CLYDE Buck, who lived in Towanda many years ago. she was a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and was in charge of Mount Pleasant High School for many years. Her only survivors are several cousins. Committal services will be held at Oak Hill cemetery, Towanda Thursday at 2:30. RHW. Wednesday, July 12, 1961, Towanda Daily Review. NOTE: cemetery listing has her middle name as Elizabeth and the date of death as July 10, 1981 and the date of birth as June 12, 1884...
BULL –MARJORIE BULL WEAVER, 86, of Wysox, Pa., went to be with her Savior on Saturday, May 9, 2015. Marjorie was preceded by her adoring husband of 47 years, Lawrence A. Weaver, as well as her deceased brother, Malcolm Bull. She will be deeply missed by her surviving children, Bruce (Diana) Weaver of Wysox, Pa., Loretta (Dennis) Grace of Endicott, N.Y., Bette (Jeffrey) Stroud of Towanda, Pa., Martin (Kathryn) Weaver of Rome, Pa. and Evelyn (Clayton) Aylesworth of Wysox, Pa.; one brother, Francis (John) Bull; in addition to 13 grandchildren, privileged to know her through their adult lives, Marjorie Raynor, Theresa Billet, Colleen Weaver, Robert Weaver, Kathy Valaroso, Bobbie Ayers, Tammy Payne, Brent Payne, Clay Weaver, Raymond Weaver, Kristie Houston, Kristina Clouse and Casey Aylesworth; as well as 25 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; one brother-in-law, Ivan Weaver of Towanda Pa.; one sister-in-law, Marion Heaps, Norristown, Pa. Margie's journey began in Lake Wesauking, Pa., born to Emerson Raymond and Evelyn (Hawkins) Bull, a woman of great character with a generous heart, drive and determination. She was always willing to help others, possessing compassion and intelligence. She graduated from Towanda High School in 1947. She played the snare drum in the school band as well as instructed other students. Her love of music led her and husband, Lawrence, to start their own band, "Margie and the Country Folks." Their fun loving, good sound made them a crowd favorite at local venues where they frequently entertained. Marjorie's strong work ethic led her to become an entrepreneur and open her own diner, "Marge's Diner." From there, she went to the Stroudsburg Hotel where she continued her career and had occasion to rub shoulders with Hollywood starlets. After that, she dedicated over 40 years of service to Bendix Corporation until her retirement from Corporate America. Marjorie kept in touch with many of her co-worker friends at the annual Bendix's picnic in Montrose, Pa. She was involved in several organizations throughout the years including: The American Legion Auxiliary and the Wysox Creek Association. She continued playing drums with various groups, often for fundraising purposes well into her eighties. One of her favorites was the minstrel show in LeRaysville, Pa. as a fundraiser for the LeRaysville Fire Department. She had many hobbies over the years which ranged from ceramics and crafts, to walking and working in the woods; but what she really loved was shopping, and shop she did! Never a family member or friend forgotten on a birthday or holiday. She opened her home to family members in need, be it lifelong care or short term shelter. Spending time with close friends, brought her joy. Whether it be her and her bramblin buddy Shirley Allen taking to the open road to visit the "Amish Girls" to truck tasty fruits and veggies from Port Trevorton, Pa. back to Allen's roadside market, in order to tickle the tastebuds of the local community; sharing a warm beverage with neighbor and confidant Frances Reeves, always available with an out pour of support, kindness and camaraderie; or, yearly trips to Richlands, N.C. to exchange laughter with lifelong friends Willie and Evelyn Cavenaugh, who's relationship began during WWII and continues to this day. These were precious moments she never took for granted and dearly treasured. She extended friendship and in return retained loyal, loving friends. Her smile was contagious and her heart was true. Prior to her passing, Marjorie wanted all of her family and friends who knew and loved her to keep a place forever in their hearts for her, "And that's the story." Special thanks to family friend Donna Strope for the love and compassion shown to our Mother in providing guidance and insight during our family's struggle. Memorials may be directed to Christ Episcopal Church, Towanda, Pa., the Wysox Presbyterian Church, American Legion Post 42 or any organization of one's choice. A memorial service and celebration of Marjorie's life will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at the Christ Episcopal Church, 1 Main St., Towanda PA with Rev. Canon Maureen AtLee Hipple officiating. Burial will take place at the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review 5/15/2015
BUNN Rosalie (Bunny) Kesnow, age 83, of Towanda, Pa., died Tuesday, April 4, 2006 at the Petaluma Valley Hospital, Petaluma, Calif. She was born in Zebulon, N.C., on June 23, 1922 a daughter of the late J. Howard and Rosa Mae Doyle Bunn. She graduated from the Wakefield High School in Zebulon, N.C., and also from the Hoyle Secretarial School in Raleigh, N.C. She moved to Baltimore where she worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. While in Baltimore she married Joseph F. Kesnow of Utica, N.Y., on Dec. 28, 1946. Joe was also working for the Corps of Engineers. Joe predeceased her on Aug. 31, 2005. Bunny worked as a secretary while Joe matriculated at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. She and Joe moved to Port Allegany, Pa., and later settled in Towanda, Pa., in 1954 where Joe was a registered Architect. Bunny was very active in the Towanda community and was an avid golfer, twice ladies champion at the Towanda Country Club. She was also an enthusiastic and accomplished bridge player. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Towanda, Pa. Surviving are: three granddaughters, Robyn Ann Kesnow of Santa Rosa, Calif.; Brandi and David Kurtz of Hanover, Pa.; Kayla Kesnow of Westminster Md.; brother-in-law, Stanley Kiersznowski of San Antonio, Texas; sister-in-law, Genie Pikul, and her spouse of Utica, N.Y.; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, Richard B. Kesnow, in 1970 and a son, Douglas J. Kesnow; in 2000; brothers, Colonel Bunn, Hoye Bunn, Noble Bunn, Barbee Bunn and Royle Bunn; and sisters, Thelma Strickland, Libby Cope, Iris Temple and Dahlia Killion. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, April 14, 2006 at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, Towanda, Pa., with the Rev. Richard M. Barner, her pastor, officiating. Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, Pa.
BULLARD Robert L. Bullard
87, of Towanda, died Monday Oct. 26, 2012 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Robert was born in Sayre, on Dec. 9, 1924 the son of Albert C. and Grace Young Bullard. He was a graduate of Towanda High School and was subsequently employed by the Bacon Machine Shop in Wysox. He was a veteran of World War II. having served in the U.S. Army. Following completion of his military service, he attended Wyoming Seminary and then RPI and Syracuse University where he was educated in electrical engineering. Robert was employed by International Business Machines from 1952 until his retirement in 1988. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and was an active ham radio operator in earlier years. He is survived by his son, Robert K. Bullard of Largo, Fla. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a half sister, Helen Bullard and half-brother, Charles Bullard. The funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday evening, Nov. 7, 2012 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, with Rev. James Hollister, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, Towanda officiating. Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 will accord military honors at the funeral home. Interment will be private in Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda. There are no calling hours. Towanda Daily Review – November 7, 2012
BURNETT Joseph R. (Dick) Burnett, 57, of 2819 Thornhill Rd., died Thursday, May 14, 1981 in the Tampa V.A. Hospital. A native of Towanda, he came to Winter Haven in 1957. He was a showman in the entertainment industry. Mr.Burnett served on the board of directors of the Lakeland Little Theatre, was a member and director of the Winter Haven Community Theatre, founder of the Taproot Theatre, Lakeland and a member of the DAV and American Legion. He was a veteran of World War II and a member of the St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Mr. Burnett is survived by his wife, the former Jean (Vonnie) LANE; sons, Richard Joseph Burnett of Macon, GA, Peter Jermone Burnett of Allendale, FL, James Eugene Burnett of Winter Haven, FL; daughter, Della Burnett of Winter Haven, FL and a brother, James P Burnett of Towanda and three grandchildren. Arrangements for creamation were by Ott-Laughlin Funeral Home, Winter Haven, FL. A memorial service by the DAV were held in the chapel of the funeral home on May 17. A funeral Mass was said in St. Joseph's Catholic Church on the following day. Father Eammon Tobin officated. In June a Mass for family and friends will be held in SS. Peter and Paul's Church in Towanda, followed by interment in Oak Hill Cemetery. RHW. Towanda Daily Review June 4, 1981.
WILLIAM H. BURGESS, 85, know by his many friends as Bill” of Towanda RD 5 died Wednesday morning April 6, 1988 at Memorial Hospital in Towanda. Born July 30, 1902 in Towanda, he was a son of Charles William and Bess Brown Burgess. After attending the Towanda schools, he was employed by the LeHigh Valley Railroad, the Berlinger Silk Mill and in 1948 began his association with the Sylvania Electric Company, retiring from there in 1967 following 17 years of service. While employed at the Berlinger Silk Mill, he was involved with weaving the first fiberglass material. On March 9, he was married to the former Flora Conklin in Towanda by the Rev. W. Frank Allen. Bill was well-known throughout the area and possessed many friends. He enjoyed spending hours working in his garden, the outdoors and during his leisure time he enjoyed fishing. He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church, the Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge No. 1367 of Towanda, the Towanda Gun Club and was a charter member of the Towanda Elks Lodge No. 2191. Surviving are his wife, Flora Conklin Burgess; a son and daughter-in-law, Paul I. and Marjorie Burgess, Towanda RD 5; two daughters and sons-in-law, Doris B. and Raymond Lewis, Towanda RD 5, Elaine and Richard Engisch, Standing Stone; four grandsons, Keith E. Burgess, Towanda RD 5, Bryce A. Burgess, Apple Valley, CA, Donald R. Burgess, Burlington, George Engisch, Wyalusing; two granddaughters, Carrie E. Burgess, Wysox and Deborah Engisch, Doylestown; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two sons: Donald and Robert Burgess. The funeral and committal service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda with the Rev. John T. Urban officiating. Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda. The family will receive friends Friday from 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. The Towanda Elks Lodge No. 2191 will hold a memorial service at 6:45 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The family requests memorials be directed to Christ Episcopal Church 1 Main St., Towanda or the Towanda Public Library, 104 Main St., Towanda in Mr. Burgess’ memory. –Towanda Daily Review
HAROLD P. BUSHY BUSH, 76, a well-known resident of Standing Stone,
Wysox Township, died Monday, May 31, 2004, at the Skilled Nursing Unit,
Memorial Hospital, Towanda, after a courageous battle with cancer. Mr.
Bush was born Nov. 2, 1927 at the Methodist parsonage in Durell, to the late
Guy Carlton and Grace (Wallace) Bush. He was the beloved husband of
Eloise Chaffee Bush. A lifelong resident of Standing Stone, Mr. Bush had
a prosperous career in business, having worked as a youngster in his father’s
general store and later at the Towanda Western Auto store as a part-time
employee for over 30 years. Mr. Bush retired in 1982 from GTE-Sylvania,
where he had been employed for 30 years as an accountant, eventually becoming
accounting manager of the engineering division. Bushy enlisted in the
U.S. Army in 1946, and served as a trumpeter with the 298th Army Band.
His travels took him all over Germany, France and Belgium, during the
occupation of post-war Europe. Mr. Bush was a graduate of Towanda High
School and Rider College, Trenton, N.Y. Mr. Bush was a talented and avid
musician as well as a man of many interests. He loved traveling and
spending time at his vacation home in Arizona. He was an active
participant in many musical organizations including the choir, orchestra and
band at Towanda High School and the Sylvania German Band and Men’s Chorus.
He served as the bugler for Towanda Post 42, American Legion, and played taps
for many military funerals. He was also involved in many civic
organizations including the National Association of Accountants, the Sylvania
Men’s Club, the MG Car Club of America, Towanda Elks Lodge No. 21919, the
Towanda Gun Club, the Sylvania Employees Association and the Sylvania Quarter
Century Club. He was a past treasurer of the Bradford County Republican
Party, a Standing Stone Township auditor and a Wysox Fire Company
auditor. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Eloise; a son Jeffrey C.
Bush and his wife, Lisa, of Yardley, Pa; a step-daughter, Sharon Jones Murray
of Standing Stone; a son-in-law, John Murray of Muncy; and a
step-daughter-in-law, Suzanne “Sue” Jones of Towanda. Also surviving are
his special grandchildren, Sarah and Bryan Bush of Yardley, Eric Jones of
Towanda, Tanya Hartman and her husband, Ed of Sheshequin, Jodie Moyer of North
Carolina, Kevin Murray and his wife, Pam, of Muncy, and Darin Murray and his
wife, Rebecca, of Pope Air Force Base, Fayetteville, N.C.; and
great-grandchildren, Eric, Anthony, Mitchell and Dayton Jones, Steele Hartman,
Kevin, Thomas and Joe Murray and Helen Grace Murray; his mother-in-law, Helen
R. Chaffee of Skilled Nursing Unit, Towanda a sister, Gladys Parker of
Hop Bottom, Pa.; a niece Brenda Zick and husband Bill of Hop Bottom, Pa.; a
brother-in-law, Ellis Chaffee and wife Minnie of Rome, Pa. Mr. Bush also
counted Jay Costanzo of Arizona as a treasured friend. He was predeceased
by his brother, Francis, a sister, Eleanor (Bush) Zahniser, and his stepson,
Larry F. Jones. Friends and family may call at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral
Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 3, Towanda
Elks Lodge No. 2191 will hold a memorial service Thursday at 6 p.m. at the
funeral home. The funeral service will be held Friday, June 4, at 11 a.m.
at the funeral home with the Rev. Harry Ferguson and the Rev. Robert Martin
officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Hill cemetery, Towanda, with
Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 according full military honors.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Towanda Memorial Hospital
Hospice, and the “Happy Tails” No-Kill animal Shelter of North Towanda in
Harold P. Bush’s memory. –Towanda Daily Review..