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ACKLEY - HENRY C. ACKLEY Died at his residence in Westfield Twp., Friday, April 9, 1880, Mr. Henry C. Ackley in the 43rd year of his age. Mr. Ackley was born in Tompkins Co., N.Y., July 13, 1838. Henry with four of his brothers were volunteers of the Civil war. At the close of the war he was married to Miss Eliza A. Sweazey. The funeral services were held in the M.E. church in Clymer. Rev. Peck officiated. Submitted by Ron Lewis 

ANDERSON - Bradford Republican June 20, 1905 As usual we hear of deadly rattlesnake bite in this section. Last Sunday the two year old son of Sidney Anderson of Long Valley was bitten. The little victim died Monday night. The child was playing about the yard. His father heard him cry and ran out in time to see the snake disappear in the well, after he had bitten the child in the calf of the leg. (another newspaper) While playing near the house at 4o'clock Sunday afternoon, the two year old son of Sidney Anderson of Long Valley was fatally bitten by a rattlesnake, The child was brought to this place Monday forenoon for medical treatment but it was too late. He was taken home and death occurred at 11:30 Monday night. Funeral was held at Franklindale Wednesday at 10 o'clock.

ANDERSON - Reporter Journal August 3, 1905 FRANKLINDALE - The remains of Benjamin Anderson, son of Mulford Anderson were brought to this place from Jersey Shore for interment Sunday.

ANDERSON - Reporter Journal February 7, 1907 Mulford Anderson, a well known resident of Barclay Township, died at his home Friday, February 1, of diabetes. Mr Anderson was 86 years of age and formerly lived in New Jersey, but removed to this place at least 50 years ago. The remains were brought to this place Monday for interment. Mr Anderson occupied a farm on Barclay Mountain before coal was discoveded there.

ANDERSON - Bradford Star September 19, 1907 John Anderson died at the Sayre hospital, Sepetember 14, of blood poisoning, resulting from the injury of two fingers. He resided at Barclay and was 55 years of age. Funeral services were hald at Franklindale, Tuesday. All Anderson Obits Submitted by Sandy Reeves-Vanderpool email

Garth D. AVERY, 48, of Oakwood, OH died Sunday, December 22, 1996.  He was a 1996 graduate of Troy High School where he attained the rank of Eagle Scout and graduated from Penn State University in 1970 with a degree in accounting from the college of business administration.  While at Penn State Garth was active in many organizations including the Theta Zi Fraternity and Blue Band.  He received his initial flight training from the Air Force ROTC unit while attending Penn State University; he later received C-141 advanced flight training at Vance AFB in Enid, OK and was also stationed for a time at McGuire AFB in New Jersey.  He served in the Vietnam War and spent three years at Howard AFB in Panama.  Garth was certified in several large engine jet transport aircraft, he was an FFA Designated Examiner in the Douglas DC-8 and also flew for Braniff International and Transtar Airlines.  He was currently the Boeing 767 flight manager for Airborne Express.  While living in Oakwood, Garth served as a Smith School volunteer; RTC board member and was a member of the Fairmont Presbyterian Church.  He is survived by his wife of 23 ½ years, Christine of Oakwood; daughters, Sarah 11 and Natalie 9; mother, Dorothy Stiles of Troy, PA; father, Dale Avery of Hampton, NY; brother, Gary Avery of Charleston, SC; 12 nieces and nephews and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his brother, Greg P. Avery, in 1972. Funeral services were held in Dayton, OH on December 30.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Garth Avery Memorial Fund c/o Star Bank; 2316 Far Hills Ave., Dayton, OH 45419 or to the St. Vincent Hotel, 212 W. Fifth St., Dayton, OH 45402. 

BANISH John "Jack" of Gaines, PA Age 57, formerly of West Mifflin, PA, died Saturday, September 17, 2005, in Gaines Township. Born June 2, 1948, in Homestead, PA, he was the son of Albert and Margaret Hovanec Banish. A 1966 graduate of West Mifflin North High School, he served with the US Army from 1968-1969. He was employed by PennDOT for 32 years and was a member of St. Bibiana Church in Galeton, Raymond Richar VFW Post #6611 in Galeton, Galeton Moose, and Galeton Masonic Lodge #602. Surviving are his mother of North Versailles Township; two brothers, James (Charlene) Banish of North Braddock and Joseph (Suzanne) Banish of Philadelphia; a sister, Judy (John) Silverman of Gibsonia; and nephew, Aaron (Casey) Silverman. He was predeceased by his father. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 15, 2005, in St. Bibiana Church, Galeton, PA. The Rev. Brian E. Vossler will be the Celebrant. Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard. A Masonic Memorial Service will be held 10:30 a.m. in the church narthex. Memorials may be made to the Epilepsy Foundation, 1323 Forbes Ave., Suite 102, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Arrangements are entrusted to the Collins-Olney Funeral Home, Galeton, PA.

BARLEY Mary Ann SWEET-MOSHER, 48, OF Meshoppen, PA died Thursday, August 19, 1999 at her home following a battle with breast cancer.  Born on October 10, 1950  in Williamsport, PA, she was the daughter of Carrol (Ike) and Marilyn O’Connor Barley.  She was a 1968 graduate of Troy High School and earned her associate’s degree in psychology from Keystone Junior College.  She was a member of St. Joseph’s Church, ST. Joseph, PA.  Surviving are her husband, Larry Mosher of Meshoppen; a son and two daughters; three step-children; her parents, a brother and three sisters; seven grandchildren; aunts, uncles and cousins.  Memorial services were held august 28 at St. Joachim’s R.C. Church in Meshoppen.  Arrangements were by the Sheldon Funeral Home in Meshoppen.

BIANCHI,  Florence Laudenslager, age 76, of Canton, PA died Sunday, June 29, 1997 in Greensville, NC.  She was born on September 9, 1920 in Nord Mount, PA, Sullivan County, a daughter of Gasper and Dorothy Molyneaux Bianchi.  She was a member of the Calvary Missionary Alliance Church in Canton.  Mrs. Laudenslager is survived by 12 Children: Charles Laudenslager Jr. of Easley, SC, Stanley Laudenslager of Jersey Shore, PA, Arthur Laudenslager of Williamsport, PA, Paul Laudenslager of Easley, Mary Havens of Troy, PA, Sue Meuse of Linden, PA Barbara Slingerland of Troy, Rose Shadduck of Shunk, PA, Ruth Laudenslager of Troy, Debra Frederick and Nettie Morgan, both of Canton, PA and Esther Smith of Cogan Station, PA; 46 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law Frank and Virginia Bianchi of Binghamton, NY, a sister-in-law, Elizabeth Chaapel, Suracuse, NY; brothers-in-law, Arthur Smith of Shunk and Andrew Trautner of Florida; numerous nieces and nephews.  Mrs. Laudenslager was the wife of the late Charles A. Laudenslager who died on March 5, 1997.   Charles and Florence would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on November 17, 1997.  She was also preceded in death by children, Bertha, Frank and Jacob Laudenslager, Beverly Cox and Shirley Spencer; a brother and three sisters.  Funeral services were held at the Morse & Kleese Funeral Home in Canton on July 2 (2 pm) with the Rev. Herbert Eby officiating and burial to be in Pennsdale Cemetery, Trout Run, PA.

Coy E. BOVIER, age 82, of Big Pond, PA and Augusta, GA, died on September 3, 1999 at the Bradford County Manor.  He was born on June 5, 1917 in Mahaffey, PA, the son of the late Bernard and Anna (Bouch) Bovier.  Coy was a member of the Burns memorial United Methodist church in Augusta, GA and a member of the Men’s Club and Men’s Sunday School class.  He was a member of the Big Pond Lions Club Rod & Gun Club and Ondawa Grange.  Coy was a member of the Westbrook Lodge #333 F&AM in Nichols, NY and a member of the Wheel Inn Club in Roaring Branch, PA.  He served in WW II in the Signal Corps of the 180th Armored Division, European Theater and was recalled from inactive reserves to serve in the Korean War.  He is survived by his wife, Eudora Dean Dunbar Bovier; son, Audie Bovier of Augusta, GA; daughter, Tina Bovier of Augusta, GA; grandchildren, Scott, Margo and Danielle Bovier, all of Augusta, GA; sisters-in-law, Florence Bovier of Waverly, PA, Norma Bovier of Towanda, PA; several nieces and nephews.  Services were held at the Big Pond United Methodist Church in Big  Pond on September 8 (10 am) with the Rev. Frank Monroe officiating and interment to be in Nichols Cemetery, Nichols, NY.  A Masonic service was conducted the evening before Vickery Funeral Home in Troy directed the arrangements.  Friends may contribute to the Big Pond United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, c/o Anita Fay, RR 3, Columbia Cross Roads, PA 16914.

BOWER  John Edward Age 70, of Mansfield, PA, died on Sunday, September 4, 2005, at his home in Florida under the care of Hospice. John was the husband of Sandra (Snader) Bower. He was born in Williamsport, PA, the son of Miles C. and Christabell (Graybill) Bower. John received his Bachelor's Degree from Mansfield University, and a Master's Degree from the University of Virginia. He was employed by the Ingersoll Rand in Corning, NY, Corning Glass Works in Corning, NY, and retired from Elmira City School District where he was a teacher. He was a US Army veteran and served his country in Japan in the 7th Calvary. John was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Mansfield VFW and the Mansfield American Legion. John enjoyed traveling, listening to country music, going to auctions and refinishing furniture. He had a lot of pride and love for his home and family. John is survived by his wife, Sandra; a son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Mindy Bower of Warrenton, VA; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Harry and Lois Moyer of Garland, TX, Miles and Jean Bower of Corning, NY, James Bower of Williamsport, PA; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Ruth Payne of Williamsport, PA, Gladys and Harry DeWald of Muncy, PA; and many special friends. A sister and brother in-law, Mary and Claude Palmer; and a brother and sister-in-law, Harold and Shirley Bower, preceded him in death. Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday, October 2, 2005, from noon till 1 p.m. at the Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. A memorial service will be held immediately following the visitation at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Richard Berg officiating. Memorial contributions may be made in John's name to the Hospice of the Florida Sun Coast, Bayforest, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33760.

Marion L. "Mernie" Age 58, of R.R. #3, Westfield, PA, died Sunday, October 9, 2005, at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, PA. She was born August 11, 1947 in Wellsboro, PA, the daughter of Paul F. and Evelyn Taylor Brass. She was a homemaker. She attended Cowanesque Valley High School and Graceville High School, Graceville, FL. She was formerly employed at the Northern Tier Veterinary Clinic and the Northern Tier Children's Home, Adelphoi Village. She was a member of the W.O.T.M. Moose Lodge #1147, Wellsboro, PA. She is survived by husband, Earl Manning; sons and daughters-in-law, Christopher and Julie Swimley, Hanover, PA, Thomas and Erin Swimley, R.R., Knoxville, PA; stepdaughter and stepson-in-law, Shelly and Lyle Wattles, R.R., Westfield, PA; stepson and stepdaughter-in-law, Scott and Tara Manning, Palmyra, VA; stepdaughter, Nikki Maynard, Palmyra, VA; brother and sister-in-law, Paul F. Jr. and Patsy Brass, Albuquerque, NM; sister and brother-in-law, Stephanie and Tony Nelson, Mobile, AL; mother, Evelyn Brass, Graceville, FL; grandchildren, Jared, August, Magnus, Stevia, Gunner, Emily, Zak, Kerstin, Jamie, Alex, Abbey, Caylor, and Cash; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father, Paul F. Brass. Family and friends are invited to call at the Kenyon Funeral Home, Inc., #222 West Main Street, Westfield, PA, Thursday from 10-11:00 a.m. where funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. immediately following the visitation. Ellen Bartholomew officiating. Memorials may be made to "Mooseheart" in care of Moose Lodge #1147, Wellsboro, PA, in Mernie's memory.

BRASS   Kenneth Starr Age 85, of 115 South First St., Knoxville, PA, died Friday, October 21, 2005, at the Green Home, Wellsboro, PA. Ken was born in Johnson City, NY on March 22, 1920 to the late Nelson and Agnes Starr Brass. He was raised in Knoxville, PA and graduated from Knoxville High School in 1937. He married Muriel M. Weaver on August 15, 1941. Ken attended Mechanics Institute in Rochester, NY in 1942 and was employed by Eastman Kodak Co. as a machinist until he served in WWII in the Sixth Division in the Pacific Theatre (New Guinea, Luzon, and Korea). Ken was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with Bronze Arrowhead, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, and WWII Victory Ribbon. He returned to Knoxville in 1946 and was employed by Ingersoll Rand as a machinist for 26 years, retiring in 1982. Ken served as a Councilman for the Borough of Knoxville and was on the Board of Directors for the TV Association. He attended the Yoked Church of Knoxville. He is survived by Muriel, his wife of 64 years; two sons, Richard (Donna) of Woodhull, NY, and James (Sandy) of Westfield, PA; four grandchildren, Lynnette Pettitt of Campbell, NY, Jill Veto of Painted Post, NY, Brian Brass of Delhi, NY, and David Brass of Convington, GA; and four great-grandchildren, Cameron and Madelyn Veto and Zachary and Zoey Brass; a sister, Eloise (Richard) Kelts of Knoxville; and several nieces and nephews. Ken was a loving and devoted husband and father to his family as well as a caring neighbor and friend to many. He was often asked by many to make or repair items in his shop at home. A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Knoxville United Methodist Church Memorial Fund. Arrangements are in care of: Kenyon Funeral Home, Inc.

BREWER  Joseph Robert Age 19, of Elmira, died Wednesday, October 5, 2005 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center as the result of an all-terrain vehicle accident. Joe was born July 24, 1986 the son of Richard K. and Colleen (McCarthy) Brewer. In addition to his parents he is survived by his sisters and brother-in-law, all of Elmira, Jessica L. and John Dobbs, and Christine M. Brewer; maternal grandmother Nancy Karpinski of Elmira; paternal grandparents, Robert Brewer and Ruth Brewer, both of Elmira; niece Veronica Brewer Chalk; nephew Hunter Dobbs; aunts and uncles, Laura and Jeff Brown, John McCarthy, Robert and Zandra Brewer, Dean Brewer; all of Elmira , and Diane and Dave Kelly of Virginia; along with several cousins and too many friends to mention. Joe is predeceased by his maternal grandfather Joseph McCarthy and uncle Ron Brewer. Joe graduated from Elmira Free Academy in 2005. Growing up he was active in Boy Scouts and was a Life Scout. Joe was an outdoorsman, liked to camp and loved to spend time with his friends. Helping others was something he liked to do and Joe will live on in others with his gift of organ donations. Family and friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, corner of Water and Walnut Sts., on Sunday, October 9, 2005 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. A funeral service will follow at 4:15 p.m. Donations to help defray the expenses incurred by Joe's family as a result of his accident may be directed to: Richard and Colleen Brewer, 620 Monkey Run Rd., Elmira NY 14901.

Richard, Jr. Of Bethlehem, PA, son of the late Richard H. Burnett of Elmira died on Wednesday, September 28, 2005, at the VA Hospital in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Born and raised in Elmira, he graduated from Southside High School in 1967, served in Vietnam and later graduated from Elmira College. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans. Survived by mother, June; and stepfather, Richard H. Draxler of Pine City; wife, Pat; two daughters, Megan and Krista, both of Bethlehem; and two grandsons, Ian and Noah; brothers, Michael (Jan) of Florida, William of Pine City, Doug (Kathy) of Mansfield, PA; and sister, Deborah of CA; also numerous nieces and nephews. Military Honors will be at Arlington National Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Mary Ellen F ormerly Canha Died at home Friday, October 7, 2005. Mary Ellen was a hair stylist at Mar-Cons in Binghamton, New York for 25 years, and at Carriage House in Elmira, New York. Mary Ellen is survived by her husband of 38 years, Jack; brother, Joe Canha and his wife, Mary Ellen; four stepchildren; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was born in Elmira, New York. Mary Ellen and husband, Jack recently moved to Ocala, Florida, where a private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Hospice of Marion County, 3231 SW 34th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34474.

CARROLL  John Patrick (Pat) The Lord came and took Pat, age 57, home following a courageous battle with lung cancer. Pat died at home surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, September 24, 2005. He was an employee with Corning, Inc., Erwin Plant, and previously worked as a geological engineer on oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. Pat loved gardening, hiking, geology, and trading stocks. He was a track coach for a number of years in Denville, NJ. He was born May 28, 1948 in Morristown, NJ, to Dorothy (Allen) and the late William Carroll, Sr. Surviving are his devoted family, Doreen (Hoover) Carroll, Tioga, PA; sons, Sean (Betina) Carroll, Sayreville, NJ, William Carroll, Deerfield Beach, FL, Matthew Carroll, Rochester, NY, Kristopher Bolt and fiancee, Kerri Pollock, Tioga, PA, and Eric Bolt, Tioga, PA; mother, Dorothy Carroll, Denville, NJ, Aunt Betty Allen, Paramus, NJ; brothers, William, Jr. (Michelle) Carroll, Huntsville, AL, Thomas (Chrissy) Carroll, Trout Run, PA; sister, Kitty (Mark) Wince, South Lima, OH; nephews, Maxwell and Tommy Carroll, Jesse Wince and Steven Villatoro; grandchildren, Breanna, Brennan, Elijah and Kaden; mother-in-law, Georgia Sargent, Tioga, PA; special friends, Gloria Bernstein, Gordon Church, Lester Kreger, Lynne Clements; and many more loving friends and extended family; plus his canine pal, Jackson. Pat was the best of the best and put his family and friends above all else. He will be deeply missed. Visitation at Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA, on Tuesday, September 27th, 2005, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Funeral services immediately follow visitation at 6:00 p.m. with Pastor Steven Neff officiating. Memorial contributions may be given to the American Cancer Society, 1948 E. Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701 for lung cancer research; the Tioga Volunteer Fire Department, P. O. Box 141, Tioga, PA 16946, and Laurel Health Hospice, Wellsboro, PA 16901.

CASE Isabell BOLT, age 96, (SRGP 24366) of Sun City West, AZ died on Monday, October 15, 2001 in Sun City, AZ.  She was born August 12, 1905 in East Troy, PA, a daughter of the late Gordon and Jennie (Maynard) Case.  Isabell was the oldest charter member of the Palm West Community Church, founded by her son-in-law.  On August 28, 1929 she married the Rev. Orey M. Bolt, an American Baptist minister, who preceded her in death in 1983.  Together they served churches in New York and Pennsylvania for over 44 years.  Isabell was also an elementary school teacher for over 30 years.  She is survived by her daughters, Jennie E. “Betty” Baird of South Pasadena, CA and Janice E. (The Reverend William) Kearns of Sun City West, AZ; seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Marion Case of Troy, PA; several nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband she is predeceased by her brother, Nelson Case.  A private memorial service will be held at the Palm West Community Church in Sun City West, AZ.

CHAPMAN  Gordon G. Age 73, of Alpine, NY, died peacefully on October 21, 2005 surrounded by his family and friends at Seneca View Nursing Facility. He was born on July 4, 1932 in Erin, NY, the son of the late Orville and Pauline Chamberlin Chapman. Gordon is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Frances Masin Chapman; children, Judy (Gary) Urban, LaNora (Paul) Nybeck, Debbie (Larry) Updyke, Dennis Chapman; special friends, (Aileen and Peyton); grandchildren, Susan Swan, Chris (Nikki) Randall, Brian Randall, Michelle (Tony) Bieniek; great-grandchildren, Mathew and Meghan Swan, Juliana Randall, Mathias Bieniek; brothers, Bernard (Ruth) Chapman, Edward (Ferne) Chapman, James Chapman. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews and extended family from the community and Seneca View. Gordon was a member of the Cayutaville Methodist Church and was a life member of the Montour Falls Mechanic's Club. There will be no prior calling hours. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial service on Tuesday, October 25, 2005, at 5 p.m. in the Cayutaville Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the Chemung Valley Multiple Sclerosis Association, PO Box 134 Elmira, NY 14902, or to a charity of one's choice. Arrangements entrusted to the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Odessa, NY.

Mrs. Cora B. Taft, 77, of Corning RD 2, died there Wednesday afternoon. She was born in Bath June 12, 1888 to Charles and Minnie Chrysler. She married LeRoy Taft at Addison in 1909. Mr. Taft died in 1933. Mrs. Taft was a member of the Coopers Plains Grange. Surviving are: two daughters, Mrs. Albert Arnold of Corning and Mrs. Robert Davis of Addison; four sons, Norman and Ralph Taft, both of Addison, Robert of Corning, and George of Caton; 33 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren. Friends may call at Carpenter’s Funeral Home in Corning today from 7 until 9 p.m., and Friday from 3 to 5 and 7 until 9. The funeral will be held there on Saturday at 11 a.m., the Rev. Robert Vrzal, pastor of the Caton Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Coopers Plains Cemetery. MRS. LeROY TAFT The funeral of Mrs. Cora B. Taft, Corning RD 2, widow of LeRoy Taft, was held this morning in Carpenter’s Funeral Home. The Rev. Robert Vrzal, pastor of the Caton Baptist Church, officiated and burial was in Coopers Plains Cemetery. The bearers were LeRoy, Norman, Clinton and Douglas Taft, James Arnold and Francis Tostanoski. Submitted by Wilma JOHNS Sakowsky 

FOUND DEAD BY THE ROADSIDE -SUDDEN DEATH OF JACOB COFFMAN, OF MONTOURSVILLE (SEP. 2ND, 1894) -The aged gentleman was subject to smothering spells--He was overtaken while alone. -- VERDICT OF CORONERS JURY -Sunday morning the body of Jacob Coffman, an aged and well known citizen of Montoursville. was found lying on the roadside near the residence of John Konkle, a short distance east of the city limits, by John Battlinger. After notifying Hiram konkle, Thomas Cassleberry, and Ernest King of the ghostly find, word was sent to coroner Goehrig, who, after repairing to the scene impaneled the following jurors to sit upon the case: Evau Russell, Thomas M .and William F. Goehrig, John Benning, Clayton P. White and Jerome Moltz. The body when viewed by the jury was lying in a shed adjacent to the Limestone M. E. church. An examination revealed a cut and bruise on the deceased's forehead just above the eye. The evidence showed that Coffman had accompanied his son-in-law, Fred Felgrow, of this city to town on Saturday, and they had intended returning to Montoursville late that night. At 11 o'clock they boarded a train east of the reading road, after which Mr. Coffman entered the toilet room. That was the last that Mr. Felgrow saw of his father-in-law. Why he left the train and started to walk home the inquest was unable to ascertain, but as he was subject to smothering spells, it is supposed that while enroute to his destination he was taken with a spell and died from the effects of it, or from the concussion of the stone he struck in falling. Along side of his body a head of cabbage was found, and in his mouth some of the vegetable that he had bitten off. His pockets had not been rifled and his watch was still running. The jury rendered a verdict of death from heart failure, the event having occurred between 1 and 5 o'clock yesterday morning. Deceased was about 65 years of age and a member of the Reno Post, having served during the late war in the Fifth Pennsylvania Calvary. With the intention of taking action on his death a meeting of the above organization will be held this evening to make arrangements to attend the funeral from his late home tomorrow at 10:30 o' clock. Submitted by Lila M Miller 

CULLY - Elmira Star Gazette June 29, 1954 Mrs. Margaret R. CULLY 84, of 353 Lake St. Monday June 28, 1954. Widow of John CULLY. Survived by daughter, Mrs. Charles E. Cook at home, granddaughters Mrs. Harley Rouse and Miss Mary Lee Rouse, all of Elmira.

Nancy J. Age 72, of Carriage Cir., Big Flats, died Monday, Sept. 26, 2005, at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, William M. A. Romans, Jr.; daughters, Elizabeth "Betsy" (Brian) McDermott of Riverside, PA, Kathy (Brett) Shay of Canandaigua, NY, Patricia "Patsy" (Mike) Fenello of Lincoln, NE, Sarah "Sally" Romans of Big Flats, NY; grandchildren, Keith, Taylor, Alyssa, Colin, Kierra and Erinn; brother-in-law, J. Thomas (Joanne) Romans of FL; and one niece and one nephew. Nancy was born Dec. 3, 1932 in Jersey City, NJ, the daughter of Oswald and Ruth Cummings. She retired in mid-1990 from Chemung County Department of Social Services after 20 years of service. She was a devoted wife and loving mother and grandmother. Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 So. Main St., Horseheads, on Thursday, Sept. 29, from 6-8:00 p.m. Her service will take place privately at the convenience of her family. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may express their sympathy to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation c/o The Komen Foundation, Elmira Affiliate: 707 Tifft Ave, Horseheads, NY 14845. Envelopes will be provided at the funeral home.

Patricia H. Daddona Age 59, of Waverly, NY, died Wednesday afternoon, October 12, 2005, at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. The cause of the unexpected death was diagnosed as a brain aneurysm, suffered on Tuesday, October 11. Born March 2, 1946 in Elmira, NY, she was the daughter of Helen Cabucci Daddona and the late Anthony Daddona. Patricia was employed by F.J. Winslow Associates, Appraisers and Consultants of Rochester, NY and Elmira, NY at the time of her death. She had been employed prior to that by Paxar Corporation in Sayre, PA for 15 years. Patty is survived by her son, Jon Sindoni and his wife, Amanda Sindoni; her daughter, Kathy Sindoni; her mother, Helen Daddona; her brother, Jim Daddona and his wife, Carole Daddona; her husband, Richard Brown; her grandchildren, Chad Sindoni, Britney Brown, Alexandria Sindoni, and Abigail Sindoni; nieces, Candace Daddona and Melissa Daddona; a cousin, Marla Brennan; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins; numerous friends, including Bob and Debra Huckle, Suzi DePaul, Marilyn Grego, Marsha Sykes, Michelle Sullivan and Jan Sheedy. She is also survived by the many recipients of her organ donations. Patty will be remembered by her friends and family for the kindness, love and generosity of spirit given to all. She was preceded in death by her father, Anthony Daddona; and her stepson, Richie Brown. A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 15, 2005, at 2:30 p.m. at the Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home, 314 Desmond St., Sayre, PA, with the Rev. Andrew S. Hvozdovic, Pastor of the Church of the Epiphany, Sayre, PA, officiating. The family will receive friends Saturday afternoon from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be private. Immediately following the service at the funeral home, there will be a celebration of life and a time of fellowship at Patty's home at 422 Park Ave., Waverly, NY. If preferred, donations in lieu of flowers may be directed to Stray Haven, 194 Shepard Road, Waverly, NY 14892, in Patricia H. Daddona Brown's memory.

Mr. James Davies, an old resident of Cowanesque, died after a long illness on Tuesday evening. Mrs. C. E. Bernauer and Mrs. Clara Fuller are daughters of the deceased. ( born May 29, 1833 and died Nov. 12, 1893 ) Submitted by Ron Lewis 

Allen C. DAVIDSON. This community was again saddened with the death of Allen C. DAVIDSON which occurred last Thursday afternoon about 1:00 o'clock caused by pneumonia and in demise one of our most respected citizens has been called from our midst. Mr. Davidson was born at West Burlington, Pa., 46 years ago and came to Spencer to reside about 20 years ago. He was a tinner and plumber by trade and was employed for a number of years by M.D. Fisher and Sons and by ?.H. Fisher after that firm was dissolved. He was an expert workman at his profession and there was no job pertaining to the trade but what he could do with a profound neatness. Several years ago he purchased a farm east of the village and removed to the same and has been following that as his vocation. Doing an occasional job of tin work on the side. Funeral services were held from the home Sunday afternoon at 2:00 in charge of Rev. H. S. Munyan pastor of the Methodist church of which the deceased was an ardent member and a faithful trustee. Rev. I.B. Wilson assisted with a prayer. Interment was made in Evergreen cemetery in charge of undertaker H.L. Palmer. The immediate survivors to the deceased are his widow and son Seymour who reside here, two sons and a daughter by a former marriage also survive, Charles Davidson of Binghamton, and Walter Davidson of Taughannock, until recently of Cleveland, Ohio. The daughter is Mrs. Wellington VanGordon of Syracuse, two sisters, Mrs. Jennie Morrison of Athens and Mrs. Tim Roberts of Sayre, three brothers. W.S. Davidson of Spencer, Harvey and Arthur Davidson of Sayre February, 1923 - Submitted by Stephanie Johnston (

Rex Wayne DIEFFENBACK, 73, of RR 2, Dushore, PA, died at his home on Monday, December 23, 1996 following an extended illness. Born in Cherry Twp. On September 4, 1923 the son of the late Lewis and Adelia Eberlin Dieffenbach.  Rex was a veteran of WWII, serving in the US Army.  During his lifetime he was a salesperson for several companies and retired in 1985 after which he was the maintenance manager for the Laporte Methodist Home until 1988 when his health would not allow him to work further.  He was a member of St Paul’s United Methodist Church in Dushore and was very active in the Masonic Lodge.  Mr. Dieffenbach survived by his wife Emestine, at home; sons and daughters-in-law, Wayne and Wanda of Mr. Sterling, KY, Gary and Elizabeth of Millersburg, PA, Bruce and Rae Lynn of Troy, PA and Mark and Robin of Wellsboro, PA; ten grandchildren; a sister and two brothers.  Private funeral services were held December 27 at the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home in Dushore, PA with interment to be in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Dushore, A Masonic Funeral Service was also held by members of the Monroeton Lodge No. 163. 

EDWARDS - TROWBRIDGE - VanWinkle -- Anderson - Montrose Man Weds Stevensville Girl Edwards -- Trowbridge Elwyn Edwards, of Montrose, and a son of Mr. Harvey Edwards of near Stevensville and Miss Mabel Trowbridge, also of Stevensville, were married at the Episcopal Rectory in Binghamton, on Wednesday, August 6, 1924. On Thursday, August 14th the young couple acted as attendants to Miss Geraldine Anderson, of Stevensville, and Mr. Clarence VanWinkle, of LeRaysville, who were married in that city, and the four young people will then leave for Cleveland, O., by auto where they will make their home. Mr. Edwards is a graduate of the high school at Camptown and for the past several months has been employed as a pressman in the Montrose Democrat office and he will pursue that occupation in Cleveland. Mr. VanWinkle who is a machinist, will follow his occupation in that city. All the young people have many friends in eastern Bradford and Susquehanna county who will wish them happiness in their new homes. --- Unidentified newspaper clipping, prob. Bradford Star. Submitted by Susan Austin

Genevieve M. (Everts) Age 82 of Columbia Cross Roads, PA, died on Saturday, September 24, 2005 at Troy Hospital, Troy, PA. She was born on March 11, 1923, the daughter of the late Walter and Agnes Everts. Genevieve was a member of the Sylvania Presbyterian Church, the Sylvania Ladies Aid and a member of the Endless Mountain Maple Producers Association. Genevieve is survived by her husband, Lawrence M. Roloson; sons, Ralph E. and Connie Roloson, Martin W. and Louise Roloson, Dale L. and Kathy Roloson and Alan L. and Roxanne Roloson, all of Troy, PA; brother, Hartley (Esther) Everts of Troy, PA; 12 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Genevieve was preceded in death by a son, Keith G. Roloson, in 1963; brother, Bernard Everts; and a sister, Edna Van Alstine. Cremation will take place with the Vickery Funeral Home Inc., 110 West Main Street, Troy, PA. Family and friends are invited to call at the Sylvania Presbyterian Church, Sylvania, PA on Thursday, September 29, 2005 from 1 to 2 p.m. A Memorial service will immediately follow at 2 p.m. with the Reverend Jasper Smith and Reverend John Hickok officiating. Memorial contributions in Genevieve's name may be made to the Sylvania Lions Club, P.O. Box 5, Sylvania, PA 16945, or the Endless Maple Producers Association, c/o Andy Dewing, HC 34, Box 31, Warren Center, PA 18851.

Gertrude C. died at her Elmira Southside home on Tuesday evening, October 12, 2005 in the care of her loving son and daughter-in-law, Robert E. & Nancy Smith following an illness at the age of 93. Born on October 1, 1912 in Hector, NY, Gertrude was the daughter of Ephriam & Florence Noble Fitch. She married Edward M. Smith on June 29, 1930 in Wellsville, NY and he predeceased her in June 1995. She was a homemaker and an avid reader. In addition to her son and daughter-in-law, Robert & Nancy Smith, Addison, NY, Gertrude is also survived by grandchildren, Benjamin L. Thomas, Elmira, NY; Richard J. Smith, Sparks, NV; Sharon & Michael Vonderchek, Addison, NY; great grandchildren, Colin and Sarah Vonderchek, Addison, NY; a sister Serena Baker, FL; a special friend and care giver, Christine Pallone along with several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by three brothers, Ephriam, Harris and Richard Fitch and two sisters, Mary Crawford and Allie Schrader. In accordance with her wishes, there will be no public services announced. Donations in her memory may be made to the charity of one's choice.


DEATH OF WILLIAM GILMAN (Feb. 23, 1892) William W. Gilman died about 9 o' clock yesterday morning at his residence, 951 East Third Street, of pneumonia, aged 54 years. Deceased was a member of Company A, One Hundred and Seventy-seventh regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers and was a man well liked by all who knew him. The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon at 9 o'clock. Submitted by Lila M Miller

GROOM   Lawrence E., III Of Alexander, NC, formerly of Rockland, MA, and Elmira, NY, died September 23, 2005. He was the beloved husband of Mary Anne (Ruck) Groom; devoted father of Philip J. Groom and his wife, Julie, of Abington, MA, Elizabeth A. Groom of Jamaica Plain, MA, Kathleen Groom-Nguyen and her husband, Huy, of Roldindale, MA, Matthew E. Groom of Quincy, MA, Jeffrey A. Groom and his wife, Kate, of Los Angeles, CA; grandfather of Kaylie and Shannon Groom and Liem Nguyen; stepfather of William M. Lewitt; brother of Joe Poteat of NC, Bob Poteat of TX, and Patricia Smith of Elmira, NY. Funeral services will be hled at the John G. Molloy Funeral Home, 1126 Washington St., Dorchester Lower Mills, MA, on Wednesday, September 28, at 11:00 a.m. Relatives and friends kindly invited. Visiting hours are Tuesday, 4-8 p.m. Parking in rear of funeral home. Interment will be private. There will be a memorial service in Asheville, NC, to be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Larry's memory to the Salvation Army. 

???(Harrison) MRS. ABBIE HARRISON  Abbie, wife of Hubbard Harrison, was born at Taylor, Cortland Co., N.Y., July 20, 1819, and died at her home in Harrison, Potter Co., Pa. April 20, 1880. She was married Sept. 2, 1840 and in 1844 removed from Cortland Co., with her husband to their farm, two and one half miles west of Harrison Valley. Rev. W.E. Searles, April 24, 1880 Harrison Valley. Submitted by Ron Lewis

HAVENS  Robert "Bob" Ezra Age 80, of Keyston Heights, died Thursday, September 22, in Gainesville, FL, following a battle with cancer. Bob was born July 8, 1925 in Elmira, NY, to Ezra B. and Hazel Barnhart Havens. Bob then moved to Keystone Heights 18 years ago from Breesport, NY where he retired as a Master Electrician with Western Electric. Bob was a member of the Mason Lodge #0725, Boy Scout Leader, and the recipient of the Dedicated Award from the Masons. Bob was a Veteran of WWII as an Army Tanker. In Keystone Hgts. Bob was a member of St. Anne's Episcopal church where he sang in the choir. He was also the past President and Current Treasurer of the Keystone Stamp Club. Bob will be remembered for his talent as far as a musician and artist. Bob is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jean Mills Havens; children, Lisa (Randy) Coe and Scott (Mary Lou) Havens; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services were held in Keyston Heights, FL, and burial will be at a later date in Elmira, NY. Jones Funeral Home, Keystone Heights, FL, in charge of arrangements.

Gertrude H. RN "Trudie" Predeceased by her brother, Robert Hinson. Survived by children, Christine (Will) Smith, Jesse (Melinda) Benson; grandchildren, Whitni (Chad) Meyers, Natali Smith, Jayson (Nadia) Benson, Jana Benson, Bethany Cruz; great-grandchildren, Kyle and Kennedi Benson. Prior to attending nursing school, Trudie worked in a munitions factory during WWII in Elmira, NY. She was very proud of the title given to her and many other women of that time-"Rosie the Riveter." As a cadet nurse she graduated from Highland Hospital in Rochester, and worked in hospitals in Elmira, Syracuse & Rochester, NY, and also Chula Vista, CA. She also worked for the Visiting Nurses Association, various nursing homes, BOCES, physician offices and home care agencies in NY state. Trudie was an ardent supporter of human rights. In the 1960's she was actively involved with the Civil Rights Movement and NAACP in Elmira. While living in Rochester, she worked tirelessly as a Pro-Choice activist. She earned numerous awards while working with various groups. Her volunteer activities included being a court watcher, and walking for PAC-TAC. Family and friends are invited to call Friday from 2 to 5 p.m. at Miller Funeral Homes, Inc., (3325 Winton Rd. S, Rochester, NY) Services and interment will be held privately at the convenience of the family. Those who wish may contribute to the Planned Parenthood Rochester Chapter, or the Humane Society at Lollipop Farm in Trudie's memory.

Gertrude H. Age 82, most recently of Elmira Heights and formerly of Oneonta, died on Thursday, October 6, 2005, at the Arnot-Ogden Medical Center in Elmira. She was born February 7, 1923 in Oneonta the daughter of Raymond and Madaline (Eggleston) Hogan. For many years Gertrude worked for Parker-Hanafin in Lyons, and while living in Oneonta she was a receptionist at the Soccer Hall of Fame. She was a member of St. Casimir's Church in Elmira and, while living in Oneonta, St. Mary's Church. She is survived by her children, Thomas Crannell of Peoria, IL, Madaline Crannell of Elmira Heights, Maxwell (Diane) Crannell of Lyons, William Crannell of Newark, Susan (Edward) Gryska of Elmira Heights, and Peter (Karen) Crannell of Port Byron; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Joseph (Jean) Hogan of Emmons, and Edward (Nancy) Hogan of Oneonta; as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sisters and two brothers, Catherine Hogan, Mildred Cannistra, James and Raymond Hogan; and a grandson, Michael Crannell. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Tuesday, October 11, 2005, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Mary's Church, Walnut St., Oneonta, with the Rev. Steven Moore, Associate Pastor, officiating. A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2005, at 11:00 a.m. in St. Casimir's Church, Davis St., Elmira. Friends may call at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand St., Oneonta on Tuesday morning from 8:30 a.m. until departing for church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice. Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.

HOSKINS  Dennis P. of Buffalo died September 29, at the Erie County Medical Center. He was a son of the late Stephen Hoskins and JoAnn Herick Sansone, formerly of Elmira. He was a grandson of Herbert Hoskins and William and Virginia Herick. A service for immediate family will be held Monday, October 7, at 1:00 at the Dengler Funeral Home.

John R. HUFF, 22, of Troy, PA died Saturday, September 15, 2001.  Born August 27, 1979 in Auburn, CA, he was the son of Richard Huff and Barbara Yon.  He was raised by his stepmother, Diane Huff.  He was a US Navy veteran.  His parents and family, all of whom live out of state, survive him.  He lived in the Tioga and Bradford Counties area for a short time and had many friends, including his good friend, Alan Winchester.  Funeral services were held in California.  Arrangements were made by the Kaufman Funeral Home, 2102 Northway Road, Williamsport.  Memorial contributions may be made to the North Central Pennsylvania Conservancy, 320 E. Third St., Williamsport, PA 1701 or a charity of one’s choice.

Lucille (Betty) Elizabeth Hunt died, December 22, 2004 at the Syracuse VA Medical Center. Her cremains will be interred at the Cayuta Cemetery near Odessa with a service planned for 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 29, 2005, at the gravesite. She had most recently been a resident at The Cottage on Rafael in Cortland. Betty was a long time resident of Watkins Glen, before moving to Elmira. Arrangements are entrusted to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home of Watkins Glen. 

KELLEY Allan Christopher "Albo" Age 30, of Troy, PA, died early Friday morning, September 16, 2005. He was born in Williamsport, PA on September 24, 1974, the youngest child of Dennis Kelley and Theresa (Terri) Shon Kelley. Alan (Albo to his friends) was an avid outdoorsman, known for his zest for life and desire to be his own man. His passion for hunting and fishing at an early age earned him medals in archery and shotgun on the state and national level. After graduation from Troy High School in 1993, he attended Penn State and East Stroudsburg University for three years, majoring in forestry and wildlife before setting out for California. His adventurous side resulted in some unusual employment in the western states, including a hunting guide in Wyoming, where he hoped to one day return. After returning to the Troy area, he was a member of Local #708 Laborer's Union and was an industrious hardworking young man with a quick smile for a beautiful girl, an appreciation of fast cars, motorcycles, big bucks with a nice rack and a true love of his family, who will miss his presence in their lives. Alan is survived by his parents, Denny and Terri Kelley of Troy, PA; a sister and brother-in-law, Colleen and Bruce Kelley of Troy and their children McKenna, Brennan and Nevin Kelley, who will all have a special place in their hearts for "Uncle Alan". He is also survived by his grandparents, Joseph and Margarita Shon of Troy; as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his fraternal grandparents, Martin and Alice Kelley; maternal grandmother, Rita Shon; and two uncles, Kenneth Shon and James Carnegie. Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, September 20 at Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton, PA, with a vigil service being held at 6:45 p.m. Transferral prayers will be 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, followed by a 10 a.m. Funeral Mass at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church in Canton. Father John Chmil and Deacon Bill Graham will officiate. Interment will be private. Those who prefer may make a memorial donation in Alan's name to Youth Hunter Education Challenge, Troy Jr. Sportsmen's Building Fund, RR #1, Box 144, Troy, PA 16947.

LANE - THOMAS  Dorothy R. Of Elmira, NY Age 83, died peacefully on Sunday, September 25, 2005, at Bethany Manor. She was born April 7, 1922 in Elmira, NY, the daughter of the late Francis and Edith (Cruxton) Lane. Her twin sister, Doris Davis; and great nephew, John Knauss predeceased her. She is survived by her loving daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Don Ferguson of Myrtle Beach, SC; beloved granddaughter, Laurie (Saba) Hekmat of Chatham, NJ; nieces, Dawn (Mike) Haupt of Pine City, NY, Diane Knauss of Cherokee Village, Arkansas; great nieces, Stacey of New Haven, CT, and Christi Haupt of Elmira, NY. Dorothy was employed as a cashier by the A & P Company for 30 years of dedicated service. She also enjoyed working at Panosians in Langdon Plaza. She was a faithful member of the Pine City Baptist Church. Family and friends are invited to call at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. 1050 Pennsylvania Ave. Elmira, NY, on Tuesday, September 27, 2005, from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral and Committal Services will follow. The Reverend Horace Stoddard will officiate. Interment will take place in the Hope Cemetery, Corning, NY, at the convenience of her family.

William P. LEFFLER of Philadelphia, PA died on September 16, 2001.  He is survived by his wife, Dorothy M. Leffler, at home; children, Cheryl Kerrick and her husband Geoffrey and William P. Leffler Jr. and his wife Julie (Eighmey) of Troy, PA; grandchildren, Midshipman Adam W. Kerrick, William P. Leffler IIII, Grant D. Kerrick and Amy D. Leffler.  Funeral services were held at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1013 Cottman Ave., Philadelphia, PA on September 21 with interment to be in Northwood Cemetery.  Arrangements were in charge of Wetzel and Son in Philadelphia, PA (  Donations in his memory may be made to the Church Memorial Fund at the above address.

Nellie B. Age 92, of N. Chemung Street, Waverly, NY, died Friday, September 23, 2005, at Tioga Nursing Home, Waverly, with her loving family by her side. Born December 2, 1912 in Waverly, NY. The daughter of the late John and Lettie Ayers Leiser. She was an active member of Grace Episcopal Church and Episcopal Church Women. She was a career secretary for Waverly Central Schools retiring in 1975. Mrs. Smith was a graduate from Meeker School of Business in Elmira, NY. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Theodore A. of Waverly; two sons, T. Kenneth and Delores (DeDe) Smith of Sayre, PA, and Alan L. Smith of Albany, NY; three grandchildren, Jason Smith and his fiancee, Shaina Marron of Brooklyn, NY, Corey Smith and Bill Spain of Nassau, NY, and Morgan Smith of New York, NY; one great-grandson, Brayden Spain of Nassau, NY; one sister, Genevieve Kinney of Waverly; two nephews, John (Jack) Kinney, and James and Colleen Kinney of Waverly; one grand niece, Allison and John Strife of Horseheads, NY. A time for gathering with family and friends will be at a later date in the Grace Episcopal Church. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Grace Episcopal Church, 439 Park Ave., Waverly, NY 14892. 

An Old Resident Gone - Mr. Datus Lewis of North Fork died on Friday, Feb. 17, 1899. Funeral held from the M.E. church with the Rev. C. S. Jenkins officiating. Burial in Brookfield Cemetery. Survived by wife, Roxana (Rice) Lewis and four children: Harmon C. Lewis of Galeton, Pa.; William`H. Lewis, Mrs. Mary Hunt, and Mrs. Anna Ramsey of Brookfield. Mr. Datus E. Lewis was one of the old settlers of North$Fork and a well to do farmer. Submitted by Ron Lewis

LEWIS - JOHN W. LEWIS - John W. Lewis ( Jonathan Wesley Lewis) was born in the township of Brookfield, Pa. on February 7, 1834, and died at his home in Hector, Potter Co., Pa., on September 25, 1899. His age was 65 years, 7 months, and 18 days. He was buried in the Ulysses Cemetery, September 28th. July 27, 1858 he was married to Adeline Monroe, of Harrison, Pa., by the Rev. Thompson Jolly. There were born to them four children, 3 boys and 1 girl. John C., who departed this life January 29, 1886, at Jacksonport, Arkansas; Villroy M.; Ada M., wife of Frank Leffler; and Fred S., who now survives him. He was th son of Simeon and Ruth Coon Lewis, who settled in Hill Town, now known as Brookfield, about 80 years ago which was then a wilderness. He is survived by two brothers, Simeon C., of Harrison, Pa. and Phineas B. of Centre Junction, Iowa. He enlisted in the U. S. Army on February 23, 1864 and was injured and mustered out at Elmira, N.Y. on January 21, 1865. The funeral was held from the North Fork church. He was a member of the M.E. church. ( Mary Lewis Tubbs 1823 - 1872, wife of Samuel Tubbs was a sister to John W. Lewis ) ( Westfield Free Press, Oct. 5, 1899 ) Submitted by Ron Lewis

Mary E. Age 96, transferred into the arms of Jesus on May 06, 2005 at her daughter's home. Mary was born February 06, 1909 in Woodstock, Canada. She was the daughter of Berton and Alice Lockhart. Mary was married to Fred A. Leinhos on July 27, 1935 commencing 61 years of marriage. After 13 years of service, Mary retired as a cafeteria aide at Corning-Painted Post West High School in 1979. She graduated from Brownville Junction High School, Brownville Junction, Maine in 1927 and from East Providence Bible School, now Zion Bible Institute, Barrington, Rhode Island in 1933. For over 40 years, she was active in children's Christian service at the Beartown Christian & Missionary Alliance Church, active member with the local Salvation Army Auxiliary, and The International Gideons. After graduation from Bible School, she helped found The Full Gospel Tabernacle in Pawtucket, RI, now the First Assembly of God Church in South Attleboro, MA. In 1935, she and her husband, Fred, founded the Wellsboro, PA Calvary Tabernacle in their home. Mary was an avid homemaker. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, sewing, cooking, crafts, singing, playing the piano, and flower gardening. She was active and traveled extensively with the Erwin Senior Citizens. Her husband; one son, (Roland); one stepson, (Russell); seven brothers and three sisters predeceased her. She is survived by her sons, David (Gail) Leinhos in Ocala, FL, Duane (Sharon) Leinhos in Satsuma, AL; daughter, Alice Spernyak in Painted Post, NY; nine grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Friends and family are invited to attend a Memorial Service at 2 p.m. on October 16, 2005 at the Beartown Christian and Missionary Alliance Church. The Rev. Jesse Peace will officiate. A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall. Memorials may be made to the Corning Area Bible Club, PO Box 95, Painted Post, NY 14870.

MANCHESTER  Ralph Formerly of Endicott and Towanda, PA, died peacefully September 29, 2005, joining his wife of 55 years, Doris. He is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, John and Cheryl Manchester, Hallstead, PA, Paul and Wendy Manchester, Wysox, PA, and Gary and Cathy Manchester, Chicago, IL; two daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and John Lesky, Elmira, and Marjorie and Gordon VanVleet, Corning, NY; 14 grandchildren, William, Steven, Tracy, Marcia, Season, David, Stacey, Keith, Joel, Casey, Patrick, Jeffrey, Brian, and Nathan; five great-grandchildren, Jacob, Brooke, Jordan, Miranda, and Abigail. After graduation from Union-Endicott High School, Ralph served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II in the Pacific Basin. He was a devout Catholic, very dedicated to his family, and had wonderful friends who shared many a card game with him and Doris. Ralph retired from Prudential Insurance Co. in 1984. The family thanks the staff at the Chemung County Nursing Home. Funeral services will be held Monday, 12:30 p.m. from the Allen Memorial Home, 511-513 East Main Street, Endicott, NY, followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Ambrose Church, Endicott, at 1 p.m. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Johnson City. The family will receive friends at the Allen Memorial Home Monday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in his memory may be sent to Chemung County Nursing Home Resident Activity Fund, or the charity of one's choice.

MARCINIK Joseph A. a.k.a. "Jody Martin" Age 82, of R.D. #3, Westfield, PA, died Thursday, September 22, 2005, at his residence. He was born November 24, 1922 in Philadelphia, PA, the son of Andrew and Sophie Niewodowski Marcinik. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps who served in Belgium during WWII. He was a member of the N.R.A. and Knoxville V.F.W. Post #6753. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved his black powder rifles and started the Smokey Joe's Bushwackers. He was an accomplished steel guitarist who played in many different country bands in this area and previously in Philadelphia. His "country classic music" was very important to him. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Anna Mazur Macinik; daughters and sons-in-law, Veronica and Donald Kinder, Danboro, PA, Dorothy and Craig Walter, Pt. Pleasant, PA, Frances and David Volak, Wellsboro, PA, JoAnn and Michael Fingleman, Norristown, PA; six grandchildren, one great-grandson. Friends and family are invited to call at the Kenyon Funeral Home, Inc., #222 West Main Street, Westfield, PA, Monday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10:45 a.m. at St. Catherine's Catholic Church, Westfield, PA, immediately following the visitation. Rev. Joseph Gilbert officiating. The family will provide flowers. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Potter County Hospice in care of Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA.

McKINLEY  Robert Albert, MD Of Hanover, NH, died September 17, 2005 in Hanover, NH. He was born in New York City on September 4, 1923 and raised in Palmerton, PA, the son of the Episcopal minister in town, George McKinley and his wife, Bessie Hokensen McKinley. At age 10, he and his brother Tom founded the "Star Press" a newspaper renowned for its tidbits of juicy gossip. The brothers published this until college intervened. Bob graduated from Lehigh University, broken up by a two-year stint in the Army in England, where he participated in the chemical warfare division. He received his M.D. from Jefferson Medical College. After interning at the Jefferson Hospital and beginning general practice in Palmerton, he decided to specialize in psychiatry. He perfected his inimitable style during 14 years on staff at the New York Hospital, Westchester Division. In the late 60's, he joined the New York State Mental Health System and served as the founding director of the Elmira Psychiatric Center. In the early 70's, he joined the Department of Mental Hygiene in Albany, where he served as a Deputy Commissioner. He finished a fulfilling career directing the Saratoga Hospital Mental Health Unit. He married Joan Schelling of Weston, CT on August 9, 1952 and started his family while in Palmerton. He and Joan raised four children while maintaining their active social and civic life. Bob had many passions, including golf. He wanted to be known as the "Father of Crolf," a game that he invented that merges golf and croquet. For the past 18 years, he has hosted a Crolf tournament on the course he fashioned on his property in Benson, VT. An insatiably curious person, Bob took up scuba diving in his mid 70's, mastered the violin and danced a mean jig. He was an avid reader and philosopher, a poet, a loyal friend and a true renaissance man. Bob was deeply committed to his family, especially his wife Joan Schelling McKinley who died in 1996. His four children, Schelling, Hokey, Liza and Heidi survive him, as well as their spouses and eight grandchildren, all of whom loved Grampa Bob dearly. Memorial services will be held at Kendal at Hanover in Hanover, NH, in the Gathering Room on Saturday, October 1, 2005, at 2:00 p.m.

MERRITT, Audrey J. Morgan, age 64, of Clintonville, WI, died Tuesday, October 7, 1997 at her home after a 2-1/2 year illness.  Audrey was born December 2, 1932 in Canton, PA, the daughter of late Donald and Luella (McCraney) Merritt.  She spent her early life in Pennsylvania and graduated from Canton High School in 1950.  After marriage she moved to the Clintonville area and remained there after a 2-year stay in Elmira, NY.  Audrey was employed at the Clintonville Tribune; Clintonville Fire Apparatus and the Walker Forge Company for 18 years in office administration.  She was a member of the United Methodist Church, Clintonville.  She is survived by her husband, Frank (192 N. Main St.); daughters, Deborah (Bruce) Webster, Eden Prarie, MN and Kimberly (Michael) Hollman, Oregon, WI; sons, Trent (Laure) Morgan, Oshkosh, WI and Timothy (Ann) Morgan, Jacksonville, FL; eight grandchildren; a sister, Virginia Shadduck, Canton, PA; mother-in-law, Ada Hurlburt, Troy, PA.  She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Joann and a brother, Max.  Funeral services were held October 10 at the United Methodist Church in Clintonville with the Rev. Jeff Virchow officiating and entombment at the Highland Memorial Park, Appleton.  Arrangements were by the Eberhardt-Stevenson Funeral Home.

Geraldine Metcalf Ulysses native Age 76, of Hampstead, NC, formerly of Ulysses, Westfield, and Galeton, PA, died Sunday, October 2, 2005. Born July 28, 1929 in Ulysses, she was the daughter of Marion and Ruth Thompson Metcalf. She was employed at Galeton Production and Jay-cee's Sewing in Wallace, NC. Surviving are four sons, Marion Albert (Brenda) Schweigart of Warren, George (Charlotte) Schweigart of Mills, Frank Schweigart and Thomas Perkins, both of Hampstead; two daughters, Jacqueline Schweigart of Front Royal, VA, and Willa-jeanne Perkins of Wallace, NC; seven stepchildren, Tommy Earl Haner, Deborah Berg, Cindy Ferrell, Robert Weeks, Linda Weeks, Dennis Weeks, and Steven Michael Weeks; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a sister, Janice (Clifford) Hanes of Harrisburg; and a brother, Llewellyn Metcalf of FL. She was predeceased by husbands, George Schweigart, Arnold Perkins, and Elwood Weeks; and two sisters, Shirley Jean Metcalf and Jacqueline Metcalf. Friends may call on Friday, October 7th, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Olney Funeral Home, Ulysses, where Funeral Services will be held on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. The Rev. Michael E. Jayne will officiate. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.

NEVANS   Alfred S. Age 85, of Elmira Heights, New York, died peacefully on Monday, October 3, 2005, at St. Joseph's Hospital with several family members by his side. Alfred was predeceased by his first wife, Helen in 1981; second wife, Betty Rathbun in 1994; and his son, Clifford in 1964 at the age of 19. Survivors include his children, Chuck (Judy) Nevans, Michael (Shelly) Nevans, Julie (Mike) Cox, Larry Nevans and Randy (Inge) Nevans; grandchildren, Tammy Sullivan, Kimberly Briggs, Luke Nevans, Brian Nevans, Christopher Cox, Ian Nevans, Zachery Nevans and Matthias Nevans; great-grandchildren, Briana Sullivan, Kayla Briggs and Kaitlin Briggs; special daughter-in-law, Beverly Nevans; also his loving friend and companion for many years, Betty Burnside. Alfred was a longtime member of the American Legion Post #154 in Elmira Heights. Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday, October 8th, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Private funeral and committal services will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to SCT Boces Tec Conservation, c/o Don McNaughton, Philo Rd., Horseheads, NY 14845. 


Towanda RD4 Woman Dies at 95 - Mrs. Nora Johnson, aged 95, of Towanda RD 4 died at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre early Sunday morning. Mrs. Johnson was born July 3, 1864, in Sullivan County, the daughter of Chester and Amanda Talada Northrup.Surviving are a son, Harold, of Towanda RD 4; three daughters, Mrs. Alfred Lee of Monroeton, Mrs. Raymond Lee of New Albany and Mrs. Perl Johnson of Warren Center; two sisters, Mrs. Frank Straw of Elmira and Mrs. Walter Monahan of New Albany; 36 grandchildren, several great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Maryott Funeral Home on York Avenue, Rev. Edgar W. Sabin will officiate and interment will be in Kellogg cemetery. Submitted by Wilma JOHNS Sakowsky 

O'DONNELL - Elmira Star Gazette May 17, 1934 ELMIRA POLICE VETERAN DIES; LONG RETIRED Maurice O'DONNELL, 75; Passes Wed. Afternoon - Had 27 years of Meritorious Service

O'DONNELL - One of the few remaining members of the "Old Guard" of the Elmira Police Dept., Maurice O'DONNELL, died at 5 pm Wed. at his home 1052 Walnut St. His death, at the age of 75, came after 13 yrs retirement from the police force on which he served for 27 years. He was appointed in Jan. 1894, retiring on pension in Mar. 1921. Mr. O'DONNELL was one of the small remaining group of veteran pensioned police officers that includes Richard James, John Flahive, George A. Wood, Thomas Wilmot, John Keavin and Patrick Maloney. While on the police force, Mr. O'DONNELL earned a reputation for his conscientious work and clean habits. His service dated back to the day of the horse-drawn patrol when he acted for several years as driver. Following his retirement from the police dept., Mr. O'DONNELL did special duty at the present Dunn Field. He also worked at periods for the Elmira Light, Heat and Power Corp. Besides his widow, he is survived by two daughters, Sister Maurice of St. Joseph's Hospital and Mrs. John L. Lawes, Horseheads; two sons, John F., Michigan, and Charles E., Elmira; one halfsister, Mrs. Susan Goldsmith, Elmira; several grandchildren, two great grandchildren and one grandniece. The body was removed to O'Dea funeral home and thence to the family home, where the funderal will be held at a time to be announced later. Sharron Vossoughi Modesto, CA

Barbara Ann Of Largo, Florida, formerly of Centerville PA, in Ridgebury Township. Former owner of The Cleary Boarding Home, went home to be with the Lord on August 31st, 2005 at the age of 59. She was born December 27th, 1945 in Honesdale PA. Her parents, Beatrice and Stanley Olcefski; brother, Lester Olcefski; and brother, Stanley Olcefski; and daughter-in-law, Cynthia S. Cleary preceded her in death. She is survived by brother, David (Barbara) Olcefski, Richmond VA; sister, Betty Strait, Centerville, PA; husband of 41 years, William Cleary, Largo FL; daughter, Tammy (Michael) Ecker, Largo, FL; daughter, Deborah (Gary) Ingle, Mars Hill, NC; son, Patrick Cleary, Port Richey, FL; daughter, Barbara (Lonnie) Faidherbe, Largo, FL; seven grandsons, Matthew Cleary, Michael Ecker II, Raymond Church, Tayler Faidherbe, Tyler Faidherbe, Brenden Cleary, Devon Cleary; three granddaughters, Michelle Ray, Marie Cleary, April Cleary; two great-grandchildren, Ty Ray, Shea Ray; many nieces, nephews and friends. Memorial services were held at Immanuel Chapel, Largon FL, on September 4th, 2005, where Barbara was a member. It was Barbara's wishes to be cremated and her ashes be set free in the ocean. Those wishing to honor Barbara's memory may make a donation to the American Diabetes Foundation in her name.

O'DONNELL - Elmira Star Gazette Aug. 29, 1934 Jeremiah O'DONNELL of 410 E. 2nd St. died April 21st. He leaves a widow and 5 daughters, Mrs. Brightly, Mrs. O'Connor of Detroit, Mrs. Bosenback and Mrs. Woodhull of Elmira and Miss Irene at home. and two brothers Patrick and Francis in Ireland. Sharron Vossoughi Modesto, CA

O'DONNELL - Elmira Advertiser Dec. 31, 1923 Mathew O'DONNELL died at the home of his sister Mrs. Richard L. Dickson, 1272 Lake St. Sunday evening at 6 o'clock. Besides Mrs. Dickson, he is survived by a sister Mrs. Susan Goldsmith of Elmira and two brothers Thomas C. and Maurice O'Donnell, both of Elmira. Announcement of the funeral will be made later. Sharron Vossoughi Modesto, CA

Beverly Dawn 62, of Porters Simmental Lane, Waverly, died Wednesday, October 26, 2005, at the Corning Hospital, after a long courageous battle with emphysema. Born December 3, 1942 in Big Flats, New York, the daughter of the Late Esther Edwards Cryderman and Rexford Pettengill. Beverly was a loving, caring and thoughtful wife, mother and grandmother. She always put her family first. She enjoyed helping others in times of need. We are thankful for all that she taught us and for the times we have shared with her, but most of all for the love that she has given us. She will be missed by the many of us whose lives are forever changed because of her kindness and goodwill. She was a very successful self-taught business owner. Beverly was the President of Porters Concrete Service, Inc., and Porters Sand and Gravel of Waverly, NY. A few of her achievements include being a past member of the Board of Directors of Northern Central Bank, a member of the Valley Economic Development Association and awarded Employer of the Year 1998 and 2002. She was also a member of the National Business Association and the Waverly Chamber of Commerce, The New York State Cattleman's Association and New York State Simmental Association and the Waverly Chamber of Commerce. Beverly also received the New York State Reclamation of the Year award and the National Reclamation of the Year Award in 2000 presented to her by the Interstate Mining Compact Commission in Charleston South Carolina. She is survived by her husband, Ralph E Porter, of Waverly; her daughter, Cindy Lou Porter, of Waverly; her granddaughter, Shannon Marie (Chris) Spaulding, of Chemung, NY; her brothers and sisters, Larry (Linda) Petengill, of Wyoming, Donna (Paul) Guarino, of Buffalo, NY, Connie Mann, of Waverly, NY, and Rick Pettengill, also of Waverly. Also her stepfather, Loren Cryderman of Waverly, NY; also several nieces nephews and cousins. Friends are invited to call Monday, October 31 2005, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Luckner Funeral Home, 449 Park Avenue, Waverly, New York. A Celebration of Beverly's Life will be held Monday, October 31, at 8:00 p.m. at the Luckner Funeral Home with Reverend Bruce Vanderpool officiating. Internment will be at the convenience of the family.

Rachel Age 68, of Covington, PA, went to be with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, while surrounded by her family on Thursday, September 22, 2005, at her residence. Rachel lost a courageous battle to cancer with grace, dignity and a strong spirit. Born in Elkland, PA, on December 5, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Phillip and Ernestine Pettitt and foster parents, Charles and Beatrice Taber. She graduated from Liberty High School in 1956. Rachel married Robert L. Pequignot, Sr. on June 12, 1968 in Wellsboro, PA. Rachel enjoyed baking cookies, entertaining family and guests, gardening, camping, being creative, shopping and offering support and guidance to those in need. She belonged to: Arnot Sportsman Club, Liberty VFW (lifetime member), Morris Run American Legion, Hamilton Club, Morris Run Red Hat Ladies and Hillside Rod and Gun. In addition to her husband, she is survived by daughters, Linda A. Pettitt (Michael) of Petersburg, VA; Karen L. Strange (Steve) and Carol Keagle-Black (Horst Reichel); stepsons, Robert Lyle Pequignot Jr. (Dena Gee) and Randy E. Pequignot (Beth). She is also survived by her sister, Beva Kreger (Jack); and a brother, John H. Pettitt (Irma); several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her first husband, Robert F. Keagle; sister, Ester Larrabee; brothers, Arthur Pettitt and Phillip Pettitt. Family and friends will be received at Freeberg Funeral Home, Blossburg, Sunday, September 25th from 7 to 9 p.m. and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, September 26, at Blossburg United Methodist Church. Service will be held at the church at 11 a.m. Donations may be made in memory of Rachel to the Laurel Hospice, American Cancer Society or Arnot Presbyterian Church

PHILLIPS Mary M. Jenkins CASH, age 69, of the Green Home in Wellsboro, PA, formerly of Wysox, PA and Fassett, PA died August 31, 1999 at Soldiers and Sailors Hospital, Wellsboro, PA.  She was born December 17, 1929 in Canton, PA, a daughter of the late Tracy and Elaine (Holcomb) Phillips.  Mary majored in music and graduated with honors from Canton High School and Empire Beauty School.  She operated the Mary J. Beauty Salon in Wysox, PA for over 17 years.  Mary was a member of the Wysox Presbyterian Church and sang in the choir.  She also sang for Fred Waring and His Pennsylvania Orchestra.  Mary is survived by her husband, William Cash of Wellsboro, PA; son, Larry A. Jenkins of Elmira, NY; daughter, Connie L. (Larry) Jenkins Lee of Troy, PA; step-daughter, Martha L. Rister of Marble Head, OH seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; sister, Marcella Freeman of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; several nieces and nephews.  She is predeceased by her first husband, Carlyle “Chuck” F. Jenkins.  Memorial services were held at the Vickery Funeral Home in Troy on Saturday, September 11, (11 am, with calling hours from 10-10:30) and the Rev. Donald D. Rockwell officiating.  Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Diabetes Association, 2040 Linglestown Road Suite 106, Harrisburg, PA 17110 or to the charity of one’s choice.

Marilyn Alice Age 75, of Apalachin, died
, and her husband, Monday morning, September 26, 2005, at home. She was predeceased by her husband, Erwin (Bud) Webster; her parents, Henry and Alice Purdy; and brothers, Robert and Harold Purdy of Elmira. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Kim Webster of Apalachin; daughter, Julie Farwell, and her friend, Dennis Craven, of Apalachin; five grandchildren, Cole, Lauren, Casey Farwell, Matthew and Luke Webster; sister, Dawn Pesoncko of Vestal; several nieces and nephews. She was a member of the Apalachin United Methodist Church and a survivor member of the Vestal Elks Lodge. A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. from the Coleman & Daniels Funeral Home, Inc., State Route 434, Apalachin. The Rev. Phillip Wanck, Pastor of her church, will officiate. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Apalachin, at the convenience of the family. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday evening from 5:30 p.m. until service time at 7:30. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the Hospice Program, Vestal Road, Vestal, NY 13850.

QUATTRINI - MC NEILLY, Theresa Marie Age 74, of Wilson St., Corning, NY, died Sunday, September 18, 2005, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA. Theresa was born February 17, 1931 in Corning, NY, daughter of Augustine and Mildred Scianni Quattrini. Theresa became the wife of William McNeilly July 29, 1950 in Corning, NY. She was retired from Corning Glass after several years of service in the Big Flats Plant. Theresa was a communicant at St. Vincent de Paul Church and her other memberships included the auxiliaries of the Corning VFW #524, American Legion Post #746, Elks Lodge Moose #274, and Marconi Lodge #154. Theresa was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, and will be missed by the many friends she had during her life. Surviving Theresa are her sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Mary McNeilly of Horseheads, William McNeilly, Jr. of Ovid, NY, Peter and Amy McNeilly of Horseheads; brothers, August (Geraldine) Quatrini of Corning, Frank Quatrini of WV, Joseph (Lily) Quatrini of Big Flats; sisters, Rose Antonacci of Melbourne, FL, Elmiranda Stivers of Melbourne, FL, Grace (Vincent) Caracci of Penn Yan, Mary DePumpo of Hornell, Joan (Francis) Pierri of Penn Yan; grandchildren, Anthony McNeilly, Marissa McNeilly, Tracy Wemple, Tina Lawrence; great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Amalia Dolley. Theresa was predeceased by her husband, William C. McNeilly May 24, 1988; a brother, James Quatrini; and a special friend, Joe Bierwiler. Friends are invited to call at Carpenter's Funeral Home, 14 E. Pulteney St., on Wednesday, September 21, from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be a Prayer Service on Thursday, September 22 at the funeral home at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Vincent de Paul Church at 10 a.m. The interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery at a later date. Memorials in the name of Theresa M. McNeilly may be directed to All Saints Parish, 222 Dodge Ave., Corning, NY 14830. 

ROBBINS -Benjamin Robbins - Newspaper unknown, no date attached.Benjamin Robbins, 74, Town of Corning, died Thursday morning at a nursing home at Bath. Mr. Robbins had been ill for several months. He was born in the Town of Corning, December 5, 1877, the son of Myron W. and Emma Wellman Robbins. On August 9, 1901, he was united in marriage with Martha Daily who died in 1931. Mr. Robbins was one of the first rural mail carriers in this vicinity. In later years he retired and spent his time on his farm in the Town of Caton. Surviving are: two sons; Van Robbins, Town of Caton and Ralph Robbins of Mansfield, Pa. There are also 11 grandchildren and [torn] great grandchildren. One brother Carlton Robbins, resides in the Town of`Corning. Several nieces and nephews survive. Submitted by Wilma JOHNS Sakowsky

Roxanne E. Age 67, of Ponderosa Dr., Horseheads, died after an illness at home surrounded by her family on Thurs., Oct. 6, 2005. Roxie was born July 7, 1938 in Elmira, NY, the daughter of the late Oliver and Freda (Jaynes) Schwab. She is survived by her husband of nearly 50 years, Edwin A. Corbin Sr.; daughter and son-in-law, Dawn and Earle Cooper of Clearwater, FL; son and daughter-in-law, Ed and Liz Corbin of Horseheads; granddaughter, Stephanie Corbin, at home; along with several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and many close and caring friends. For over 28 years, Roxanne was a familiar figure at Horseheads High School where she worked as a teacher's assistant. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother and friend who loved supporting Horseheads High School Athletics, other various school functions including traveling and outdoor activities. At her request services will take place privately. Those wishing may remember Roxanne with memorials in her name to the American Cancer Society, Hope Lodge, 1400 Winton Rd., Rochester, NY 14609.

SEARFOSS  Elmer T. Age 97, of Waverly, NY, formerly of Sayre and Towanda, PA, died Tuesday, September 27, 2005, at the Tioga Nursing Facility. He was born October 26, 1907 in Cole Springs, PA, the son of the late Nathan and Lilly Hinbaugh Searfoss. Friends and family may call the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home, Inc., 225 S. Main Street, Athens, PA, on Friday, September 30, 2005, from 12-2:00 p.m. Funeral services will follow at 2:00 p.m. with the Revs. Larry Holman and Keith Searfoss, co-officiating. Burial will be in the St. Mary's Orthodox Cemetery, Corning, NY.

STRUCK BY A TRAIN- BURT SEELEY (SRGP 64092)  killed on a crossing near Millerton. Body found on Monday morning at foot of embankment.Burt Seeley was killed near Millerton Saturday (Jan. 17, 1903) night by the engine of a coal train on the Tioga division of the Erie. The train was en route from Blossburg to Elmira. Seeley resided on a farm three miles from Millerton with his wife and four children. He left home at 7 o’clock Saturday morning, driving to Elmira with a load of baled straw, which he sold. He did considerable shopping, starting for home after dark. At Pine City he stopped at Gilmore’s hotel for a lunch, leaving about 8:30 o’clock. How he happened to be ignorant of the approach of the train will never be known. The train crew did not know of the accident until near Elmira. Then it was not believed that a man had met death. Seeley was carried on the engine pilot half a mile and one of the horses three-quarters of a mile. The other horse was carried twenty rods. Evidently both horses were killed instantly. Sunday morning passers-by noticed the demolished hay rig near the crossing. Neighbors started an investigation. The body of Seeley was found at 10 o’clock at the base of an embankment by Jasper Bellnap and William Fish. There were cuts about the head. It is probable Seeley never realized what struck him.

SHEIVE - NELSON  Doris Ann Sheive (SRGP 46987)  Of Elmira, NY, died peacefully at home on Sunday, September 18th, 2005, after an extended and courageous battle with cancer. Doris was born January 16, 1938 to Lawrence and Edna Sheive of Elmira, where in a great and passionate life began and flourished for 67 years. Doris was predeceased by her mother and father and her mother and father-in-law, William and Agnes Nelson. Doris is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, Bill Nelson. Bill is also her lifelong partner, best friend, and eventual caregiver. She is also survived by her sister, Blanche (Ron) Derr; son, Scott Nelson of Yakima, WA; son, Rhett (Theresa) Nelson of Elmira, NY; granddaughters, Brittany and Melany Nelson of Elmira, NY, Courtney (Kevin) Melone of Yakima WA; and grandson, Seth Hammond of Yakima, WA; one great-granddaughter, Alexis Melone of Yakima, WA; very special friend, Debbie Nelson of Yakima, WA. She is also survived by an aunt and uncle, cousins, nieces and nephews, brothers, and sisters-in-law and a long list of cherished family friends and coworkers. Doris lived her life with a sincere passion for all she could touch, see or otherwise experience. She had an unmatched ability to quietly brighten any person, place or thing. Beyond family and friends, her greatest joys were Keuka Lake, gardening, and travel. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21st, 2005, at Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira. A Memorial service to celebrate the life of Doris S. Nelson will be conducted at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials in Doris's name to the Falk Cancer Center, c/o the Arnot Ogden Medical Center, 600 Roe Avenue, Elmira, NY 14905 or to the Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 E. Corning Rd., Corning, NY 14830.

Arlene L. Age 72, formerly of Elmira NY, died on Saturday afternoon, September 24, 2005, at home in Lititz, PA, surrounded by her family. Born in Millersville, PA, she was the daughter of the late Daniel M. and Esther Leaman Shenk. Mrs. Herr was a member of Landisville Mennonite Church. She was a volunteer in various ministries of the Mennonite Church, including daycare for migrant workers in Potter County, PA, and Mennonite Disaster Service in Corning and Elmira, NY. She had also worked at the Northern Tier Children's Home in Harrison Valley, PA. Mrs. Herr is survived by the following children: Leon F., husband of Erma Perkins, of Rush, NY, John R., husband of Laurie Herr, of Goshen, NH, James A., husband of Cindy Herr of Linville, VA, Rose H., wife of David Wayland, of Hedgesville, WV, Cindy, J., wife of Rodney Eshleman of Harrisonburg, VA and Janet L., wife of Greg Dean of Mt. Jackson, VA; 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She is also survived by the following brothers and sisters: Kenneth, husband of Mae Shenk of Lancaster, PA, Daniel Jr, husband of Naomi Shenk of Conestoga, PA, Betty, wife of Roy Herr of Poolesville, MD, Mary, wife of Robert Mylin of Willow Street, PA, Elsie, wife of Clayton Groff of Conestoga, PA, Erma Work of Quarryville, PA, Glenn, husband of Mary Shenk of Elizabethtown, PA, Jay, husband of Joyce Shenk of Lancaster, Janet, wife of Paul Groff of Millersville, PA and John C., husband of Kim Shenk of Landisville, PA. A memorial service was held on Monday, September 26, 2005, at 1:00 p.m. at the Landisville Mennonite Church. Interment will be private and held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mrs. Herr's memory may be made to Zululand Hospice, c/o Hospice of Rochester, 3111 Winton Road South, Rochester, NY 14623-2988, or to Mennonite Central Committee, 21 South 12th Street, Akron, PA 17501.

Mary E. "Sukey" (Shuart, Sirois) Of Elmira Heights died on Wed., Sept. 28, 2005, at St. Joseph's Hospital after being lovingly cared for by her daughter, Anna Zelko. Mary was born March 5, 1938 in Elmira, to the late Garrett G. Shuart and Mary B. Dunnigan. Also predeceased was her husband, William D. Allen in 1999; daughter, Susan Alice Sirois in 1983; and sister, Carol Pike in 1997. She is survived by sons and daughters, Raymond (Sharon) Sirois of Elmira Heights with children, Suzanne, David, Carla, Holly and Ray Jr.; Mary (Arthur) Acquaviva of Delmar, NY with children, Cady and Drew; Anna (Mickey) Zelko of Horseheads with children, Chris and Sarah; Thomas (Tami) Sirois of Elmira Heights with children, Susan and Logan; William Allen of Sarasota, FL, and Deborah (Bill Price) Allen of Beaver Dams, NY. Also surviving are brother and special sister-in-law/close friend, Gary (Nancy) Shuart of Elmira; sisters, Betty Harkness of Big Flats, Jeanne (Alan) Bates of Pine City, Cathy (Mel) Bonner of Geneva, NY, Rita Keeler of Joblin Missouri; brother-in-law, and sister-in-law/close friend, Bob (Sue) Allen of Beaver Dams, NY; sister-in-law, Norma Allen (Dave Samereiro) of Winchester, MA; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mary attended various schools during her youth and graduated from Troy High School in Troy, PA. She served in the United States Marine Corps stationed at Cherry Point, NC, and achieved the Rank of Corporal. Mary retired from Wells Supply Co. in Elmira Heights and subsequently worked periodically as a cost analyst on several Corning Inc. tank repair projects. Mary's greatest source of pride and joy were her children and grandchildren. Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 So. Main St., Horseheads, Today, Friday, Sept. 30, 2005, from 7-9:00 p.m. and again on Sat. from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. where her service will follow at 11:00 a.m. with full Military Honors accorded. 

Mr. William Simmons, one of the oldest residents of Brookfield, died at his home last Saturday, at the advanced age of 75 years. Mr. Simmons was born in Chemung Co., N.Y., April 7, 1804. He married Mary Ann Brown, who was a daughter of a gallant soldier of the Revolution. The funeral services were held at the M. E. Church in Mink Hollow. Rev. Stephen Murdock preaching the sermon. The deceased leaves a wife and four children, also a number of step-children. Those living at home, the two daughters, Mrs. Montonye and Miss Mary. One step-daughter, Miss Annie Coggshall, reached home late yesterday afternoon. ( Westfield Free Press, Jan. 29, 1880 ) Submitted by Ron Lewis

SMITH Ann B. HOLLENBECK, 92, of Mount Dora,, FL, died Monday, September 3, 2001  she was born in Farmers Valley, PA and moved to central Florida in 1971.  Mrs. Hollenbeck was a homemaker.  She was a member of the Tangerine Community Church.  She is survived by her sons, Jerry of Mount Dora, FL and Ted of Apopka, FL, Larry of Murrells Inlet, SC; brother, Leon Smith of Louisville, KY; ten grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Patty E. (Steele) Age 35, of Mansfield, PA, went to be with Jesus on Sunday, October 9, 2005. Patty was the wife of Rev. Kirk D. Smethers. Patty Elaine was born on February 8, 1970 in Atwood, KS, a daughter of William "Bill" and Mary (Schmoker) Steele. She was a teacher at Trinity Lutheran School in Wellsboro, PA, for 5 years. Prior to moving to Mansfield, she was a substitute teacher in northwest Kansas schools. Patty was a member of Canoe Camp Church of Christ (Disciples) and Covington Church of Christ (Disciples). She sang for the Mansfield Women's Chorus. She taught Bible School and led the music program for the Bible School in Covington. Patty is survived by her husband, Kirk, whom she married on May 18, 1997; two sons, Jimmy and Kieron Smethers; a daughter, Mya Smethers; her parents, Bill and Mary Steele of Atwood, KS; two brothers, Bob Steele of Atwood, KS, and Terry (Debbie) Steele of Pottsboro, TX; five sisters, Vicki (Chuck) Rader of Harlan, KS, Connie (Roger) Horn of Almena, KS, Peggy Goss (Ken Hiatt) of Parker, CO, Kathy (Roger) Steinke of Olpe, KS, and Sue Steele of Atwood, KS. Also surviving are seven nieces, seven nephews, 11 great-nieces and six great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her sister, Judy Kay; five aunts, five uncles; and her grandparents, John and Mabel Steele, Walter and Gladys Becker, and Hattie and John Schmoker. Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday, October 15, 2005, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 South Main Street, Mansfield, PA 16933. Funeral services will immediately follow the viewing at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 15, 2005, at the funeral home with the Rev. Darwin Collins and the Rev. Jim Donahoo officiating. She will be laid to rest in the family plot at Atwood Fairview Cemetery in Atwood, KS. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Patty to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Mary F. Age 90, of #6400 County Rt. #100, Addison, NY, formerly of Elkland, PA, died Tuesday, October 4, 2005, at the Waters of Three Rivers Health Care Center, Painted Post, NY. She was born February 2, 1915 in Borden, NY, the daughter of Lewis and Frances Moren Strauss. She graduated from Addison Central School in June 1932. She married Francis Sereno June 17, 1939 in Elkland, PA. She attended St. Thomas Catholic Church, Elkland, PA. Mary was employed at the Elkland Tannery Store for many years. She and her husband, Fran, purchased Moren's Dress and Kiddie Shop in Elkland, PA, and operated it until retirement in 1971. Mary and Fran owned a cottage on Keuka Lake which they enjoyed for many years. She is survived by brother and sister-in-law, John and Barbara Strauss, Borden, NY; several nieces and nephews. Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Francis Sereno in 2003; and eight brothers and sisters. Family and friends are invited to call at the Kenyon Funeral Home, Inc., 214 West Main Street, Elkland, PA, Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Thomas Catholic Church, Elkland, PA. Rev. Joseph Gilbert officiating. Burial in St. Catherine's Cemetery, Addison, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Thomas Catholic Church, Elkland, PA, in Mary's memory.

Amelia D. "Millie" Age 87, of Jackson Creek Rd., Cayuta, died Wed., Oct. 26, 2005, at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. Millie was born Feb. 15, 1918 in Lackawanna, PA, the daughter of the late Oren and Nina (Baker) Swartz. Her family includes her sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Gladys Sokolowski of Horseheads, NY, with their family, Michael, Teresa and Julie; David and Diane Sokolowski of Cayuta, NY, with their family, Julie and Francis; sister, Mabel (Frank) Denson of Cayuta, NY; and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Millie was a longtime resident of Jackson Creek Rd. in Cayuta. She was a devoted homemaker who loved cooking and gardening. Millie also loved the companionship of her cats and dogs. Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 So. Main St., Horseheads on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2005, from 1-3:00 p.m. Her service will follow at 3:00 p.m. Those wishing may express their sympathy with memorials to the Horseheads Girls Softball Assoc., PO Box 48, Horseheads, NY 14845, or the Chemung County Humane Society & SPCA, 2435 State Rt. 352, Elmira, NY 14903. Envelopes will also be provided at the funeral home.

TAFT- RALPH H. TAFT SR. Probably CORNING LEADER, January 21, 1975
Ralph H. Taft Sr., 46, of Addison RD 1, died today at 3:15 a.m. in Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital, Bath.Born July 11, 1928 in Campbell, he was the son of LeRoy Taft and Cora B. Chrysler. He was married to Marlene Edger Oct. 2, 1948 in Town of Corning. A machine operator in Corning Glass Works with 27 years of service in Fallbrok plant, he was a member of the Elkland, Pa. Loyal Order of the Moose. Surviving are: his wife, Marlene; a daughter, Diane, at home; five sons, Clinton, James, Lyle, Richard, all at home and Ralph of Addison; two sisters, Mrs. Bernice Arnold of Caton and Mrs. Dorothy Sorber of Addison; thre brothers, George of Caton, Norman of Savona and Robert of Wayne; weveral nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Carpenter Funeral Home Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral services will be there Thursday at 11 a.m. with burial in Coopers Cemetery. The body is at the Stover Funeral Home where friends may call today and Saturday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p. m. Funeral services will be Sunday at 2 p. m. Burial will be in Barnard Cemetery. Submitted by Wilma JOHNS Sakowsky

Joseph TRAPANI, age 90, of Dushore, PA, died on Friday, August 20, 1999 at the Skilled Nursing Unit of the Memorial Hospital in Towanda.  Joseph was born April 14, 1909 in Trapani, Sicily, son of the late Sebastian and Mary Victoria Trapani.   Joe came to the United States when he was four years old and resided in Mildred, PA.  Joe started a shoe repair business in 1928 in Towanda, then sold it and moved to Mildred where he served in various capacities including the Endicott-Johnson Shoe Manufacturing Co. in Mildred.  In 1957 he purchased the shoe repair shop of Howard Mortgage in Troy.  He was very active in community affairs in Troy where he attended St. John’s Church and was a member of the Troy Grange Troy Fire and Ambulance Association, director of the Troy Municipal Authority for 11 years.  In 1972 he retired and sold the business to Jack Kuyper.  Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Sebastian and Ann Trapani, Dallas, PA; son-in-law, Stephen Hoodak, Mildred; two sisters; nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren.  He was precdeceased by his wife Dorothy in 1983; his daughter, Mary Hoodak, in 1995; a grandson, Joseph Hoodak in 1987; and two sisters and two brothers.  Funeral services were held at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home in Dushore August 24 followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Francis of Assisi Church and interment to be in their cemetery.  Memorials may be directed to the Dushore Ambulance Association, PO Box 1, Dushore, PA 18614 or the St. Basil’s Restoration fund, PO Box 307, Dushore, PA 18614.

TREMAINE - STANLEY  Pauline Emily Age 85, of RR #2 Box 141, Tioga, PA, died on Saturday, September 24, 2005. She was born on April 11, 1920 in Blossburg, PA, the daughter of Gilbert and Della (Davis) Tremaine. Pauline is predeceased by her husband, Edward Stanley; and her parents. Pauline is survived by her daughters, Elaine E. Correa of Hainesport, NJ, Christine (Bryce) Taft of Lawrenceville, PA. Also survived by her step-children, Roger Stanley of Downey, CA and Constance Gauss of Campbell, NY; grandchildren, Rona (Gene) Johnson, Ron (Glaucia) Preston, Paula (Tom) Dougherty, Nohemi (Jessy) Correa, Delilah Correa, all of New Jersey. Roger Hopper of Tioga, PA, Maria (Jake) Phelps of Lawrenceville, PA, Rodney (Mary) Hopper of Painted Post, NY; also 12 great-grandchildren. Pauline enjoyed cooking, gardening, crocheting, reading, late movies and her family. She loved cats, especially her beloved Calico cat, Pansy, who was her constant companion. Family and friends are invited to call at the Scureman Funeral Home on Wednesday, September 28, 2005, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. Funeral and committal services will be held immediately following visitation at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Howard Woodruff officiating. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Scureman Funeral Home Inc. 130 South Main Street, Mansfield, PA 16933. 

At his residence in Paw Paw, Lee Co., Illinois, Oct. 25, 1880, Mr. Elisha Turner, brother of Mrs. Jacob Kelts and Mrs. Andrew Mallory of Westfield. He was born in the year 1832 in Westfield, Tioga Co., Pa., and moved to Paw Paw in 1859. He was the son of James Covel and Elizabeth Seeley Turner. On Dec. 16, 1860 in Illinois, he married Harriet E. Newell. He is also survived by a son, James W. Turner at home. The funeral occurred yesterday from the house, Rev. McCulloch officiating. The remains were interred in the Ellsworth Cemetery, Lee Co., IL. Submitted by Ron Lewis

Effie V. Age 82, of Bath and formerly of Cameron, died Monday, September 26, 2005, at Taylor Health Care Center. She was born December 22, 1922 in Rathbone, NY to Harry and Cora Hanshaw Vansile. Effie worked for many years as a Nurses Aid for Cook's Nursing Home, Bath VAMC, and later as a private home healthcare aid. Effie is survived by her six children, Marjorie Cummings of Mansfield, PA, Patricia (Dale) Wilcox of Bath, NY, Judy (Howard) Sprauge of Bath, NY, Philip (Charlotte) DeKay of Painted Post, NY, Joe (Kathy) DeKay of Cameron, NY, and Scott (Bonnie) DeKay of Cameron, NY; 23 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by Chester Edward DeKay; one son, James Edward DeKay, in 1970; two brothers and three sisters. Friends may call at Seager-Jones Funeral Home, 4 E. Washington St., Bath, NY on Thursday, September 29th, from 7 to 9 p.m. A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 30th at 6 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 120 Rumsey St., Bath, NY. Burial will be in Rathbone Cemetery, Rathbone, NY.

Mrs. Millicent W. Baldwin died on Friday. She is survived by six children: Lucy of Lawrenceville; Dr. Kate Baldwin of Philadelphia; Dr. Mary Baldwin of Newport, RI; Dr. Grant Baldwin of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Moses of Lawrenceville; and Daniel W. Baldwin of Westfield - a lawyer. She was aged 73 and a devout member of St. John's Episcopal church, Lawrenceville. ( Westfield Free Press, January 26, 1899 ) Submitted by Ron Lewis [She was Millicent H. Wylie daughter of Daniel B. and Betsey (unk.) Whylie. ]

WELLSBORO AGITATOR; 9 Mar. 1880, p.3

LATIMER - At Wellsboro, Mar. 6, 1880, John Cline Latimer, son of E. H. Latimer, aged 8mo.

LEONARD - At Mansfield, Mar. 2, 1880 of pneumonia, Mrs. Ariette Leonard, aged 42yr.

SAWYER - In Farmington, Feb. 20, 1880, Mr. John Sawyer, aged 77 years.

??? "O'DONNELL" - Unnamed Elmira newspaper Jan. 14, 1899 The funeral of Mrs. James O'DONNELL, who died at 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon at her residence, No. 800 Oak St., will be held at 1:30 o'clock Sun. afternoon at the house and at 2:30 o'clock at SS Peter & Paul's Church. The interment will be SS Peter & Paul's cemetery. She is survived by a husband, one son, James, and a daughter, Margaret. Death resulted from the effects of an operation which she had performed at the Arnot-Ogden Hospital some time ago, and from which she never recovered. Sharron Vossoughi Modesto, CA  

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Published On Tri-Counties Site On 09/14/98
By Joyce M. Tice