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AMBROSE (BUCKY) DECKER:  Ambrose (Bucky) Decker, age 65 of 1 Rue DeLa Fossette, 14520 Port en Bessin. France formerly of Mansfield died on Friday, April 24, 1987 aafter an extended illness.  He was a World War II Veteran.  He is survived by his wife. Mrs. Jacqelyn Decker, mother, Ada Decker of Mansfield,  three daughters, Carole Gile of Gainsville, Florida. Corine Pavagean and Cassia Leprieur of France, three grandchildren, three sisters. Mrs. Dora Rarrick of Horseheads, N.Y., Mrs. Audrey Tomb of Ellisburg, Pa. and Mrs. Barbara Keegan of Akron, Ohio; two brothers, Cleo Decker of Oxford. N.Y., and Walter Decker of Jermyn, Pa.; several nieces and nephews. Graveside services were held on Wednesday, April 29, 1987 in France.

AVERY, Mrs. Martha Avery Williams
The funeral of Mrs. J. Williams was held from the Baptist church in this place on September 2, and was largely attended, as the decedent has always lived near here, and will be remembered as Martha Avery.  She was twice married , her first husband, Frank Stout, having died on December 6, 1880, and by whom she had one daughter.  She was married to her present husband on September 9, 1883, who, with four daughters, Mrs. Guy Soper,  Mrs. Earl Sopeer, Mrs. Thomas Armstrong, Mrs. George Kelley, and one step-son, Frank Williams, are left to mourn a faithful wife and mother.  Three brothers, George and Menzo Avery, of Elmira, and James Avery, of Sylvania, and a large circle of friends and neighbors join in sympathy for the bereaved family.  Mrs. Williams had been a suffered for years, but bore her afflictions with great patience until at the age of 71 years and 10 months she passed to the Great Beyond to meet her God.  The Rev. S. Barrett officiated at the funeral, and appropriate hymns were sung by Mr. and Mrs. Roy James, John Wilcox, Miss Louisa Crippen, with Mrs. D. Watson as organist.  (handwritten date of 1914 on obituary)

BAKER – Robert Stephen Baker, 78, of Mansfield, died Thursday, Sept. 30, 2004 at home. Born April 17, 1926 in Asaph, he was the son of Hugh and Blanche Mosso Baker. Bob was a retired bricklayer and a World War II Navy veteran. He was a lifetime member of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers; member of Canoe Camp Post 6757 VFW; and the Morris Run American Legion. He was preceded in death by his wife, Vivian on Sept. 14, 2000. Surviving are three sons, Jeffrey of Mansfield, Robert of Muncy, David of Lyons, NY; daughter, Bonnie Bake of Allentown; brother, Gary baker of Asaph; two sisters, Ruth Northrop of Asaph, Barbara Ann Peterson of Wellsboro; seven grandchildren; and one great granddaughter. Private funeral services will be held at the family’s convenience. – The Mansfield Gazette, 6 Oct. 2004, p.6A

BARDEN, Laverne
The community was plunged into grief last Fridiay morning to learn of the sudden death of Mr. Laverne Barden, at his some South of this boro.  He died at 7 o’clock a.m. Friday.  On the day prior to his death he was out of doors, but was obliged before noon to take to his bed, from which he did not rise.  The funeral was held at the house last Monday.  The interment took place at Mansfield.  The surviving family have the profound sympathy of this section.  (no date given)

Mr. John Benson, aged 75 years, commonly known as young John, died at the home of his son-in-law, Mr. Rockwell, Tuesday, the 26th ult.  Mr. Benson is the third of our older residents to be taken from among us, all within three weeks.  He will be remembered by many because of his willingness always to help his fellow man to tide over any financial embarrassment, often when he could not expect that his kindness would be reciprocated; thus showing he had confidence in his fellows and emphasizing the truth, “It’s more blessed to give than to receive.” (handwritten date of 1901 on obituary)

BIXBY Scott Bryan Age 45, of Nags Head, NC, died Saturday, May 6, at the Outer Banks Hospital. A former resident of Campbell, NY, he was the son of Peggie King Bixby of Campbell. He was a self-employed maintenance worker. Besides his mother, he is survived by two children, Heather Bixby and Scott Bixby, Jr. of Elmira, NY; a sister, Charlotte M. Bixby of Elmira; two brothers, Joseph R. Bixby of Elmira, and Randy M. Bixby of Florida.

BOGACZYK – Joseph E. Bogaczyk, Jr. 43, of Williamsport, died Thursday, Sept. 30, 2004 at Williamsport Hospital. Born Jan. 20, 1961 in Blossburg, he was the son of Joseph E. Bogaczyk, Sr. and Margaret Knowlton Bogaczyk. He was a 1979 graduate of Mansfield Junior and Senior High School and served in the United States Army. Surviving besides his mother, Margaret Bogaczyk of Blossburg; are three brothers and a sister-in-law, Steve Bogaczyk of Mansfield, Todd and Barbara Bogaczyk of Arnot, Kenneth Bogaczyk of Blossburg; four sister and a brother-in-law, Kathleen Krause of Charlottesville, Brenda Bogaczyk of Blossburg, LuAnne Walker of Blossburg, Cynthia and Charles Pollock of Blossburg. Family and friends were invited to attend a memorial service on Monday, Oct. 4 at the Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory and Monuments, PA, Mansfield. - The Mansfield Gazette, 6 Oct. 2004, p.6A

Barbara A. Age 62 of 11 Cherrywood Manor Dr., Elmira, NY. She was born October 15, 1943 in Roebling, NJ, daughter of the late Steven and Laura (Hullings) Boldizsar and died Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at Elcor Health Services. She is survived by her husband, Gary Locke of Elmira; son, John Archer of Millville, NJ; daughter, Debbie Archer of AR; grandchildren, Melissa Joyce and John Archer, Jr.; and sister, Marie Nixon of NJ. Barbara was an avid NASCAR fan. It was Barbara's request to be cremated. Family and friends are invited to visit and share memories on Saturday, May 13th from 2 to 4 p.m. at Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira. In keeping with Barbara's wishes, her family will scatter her remains in the ocean off the coast of New Jersey at their convenience

BORNHOLDT Richard (Dick) Of 112 8th Street in Watkins Glen, died on May 28 at 6 p.m. in Schuyler Hospital. Dick and his wife, Ada, who died in 1992, lived at the 8th street residence since 1957. He is survived by his son, David, who along with his wife, Maureen, reside in Ashburn, Virginia; stepbrother, Jerry Taber of Lubbock, Texas; and granddaughters, Vanessa, Ashburn, VA, Marissa, Virginia Beach, VA, and Lisa, Virginia Beach. Calling hours are at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home in Watkins Glen, from 2-4 and 7-8, Thursday, June 2. The funeral service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Watkins Glen. Dick was part of the rapidly disappearing 'Greatest Generation' in many ways. His life was both interesting and noteworthy and his legacies will live on in terms of benefits to the residents of Schuyler County and Watkins Glen. Dick was born in a Cattaraugus County farmhouse on February 26, 1920, in a blizzard that required the doctor to have his horse and carriage stored in the barn while he stayed the night after the delivery. He was the only child of Theodore and Clara Lynch Bornholdt. He attended a one-room schoolhouse through 7th grade and graduated from high school in 1937. He started his higher education at Cornell University in 1938 and graduated in 1947 after several hiatuses, including service in the U.S. Army Air Force in WWII. Dick was stationed on the island of Tinian with the 20th Air Force, 58th wing, 40th bombing group, 45th squadron. He was part of the technical support for B-29 bombers that were deployed in the Pacific and Japan. After WWII, Dick returned to his studies at Cornell University where he soon married Ada Parshall. The couple resided in Ithaca until he received his diploma with a major in Agricultural Economics. Dick returned to Cornell University at the age of 42 and earned a Master of Science Degree in Agronomy in 1964. Dick was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Watkins Glen and was a 50-year member of the Masonic Myrtle-Jefferson Lodge F&A.M. He was also a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Dick is best known and fondly remembered for his sense of humor and career with Cooperative Extension in Schuyler County. He started his career in Schuyler County in 1957 as the Agricultural Extension Agent for the County. Dick quickly determined that to do his job well meant that he should become an active member of the community development process. Dick brought a great deal of energy and enthusiasm to all parts of his job, whether it involved designing and building barns for local farmers or navigating the Federal bureaucracy to secure funding for myriad community development projects. Some of his noteworthy contributions to the County and region include: leader in establishing the Southern Tier Hospice program, promoter of the Watkins Glen waterfront development project, including obtaining funding for the pier and breakwater components, member of the Schuyler County Industrial Development Committee, and member of the Southern Tier Regional Planning Commission. Further, he helped to establish the RSVP program, County Youth Program, and the Office of the Aging where he was a consultant after retiring from Extension in 1978 as Director of Extension for Schuyler County. Ironically, he was largely responsible for securing funding for the Schuyler County hospital access road and was pivotal in defending the need for the Skilled Nursing facility where he spent his final days. In recognition of his many contributions to the County and the Region, Dick was the recipient of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents Distinguished Service Award and in 1976 he received the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Superior Service Award. When you look at many of the community developments and improvements around Schuyler County, you can bet Dick was part of the reason they occurred.

Marian B. Age 92, formerly of Perine St., Elmira, NY, died Sunday, May 28, 2006, at the Chemung Co. Nursing Facility in Elmira. Marian was born in Corning, NY, daughter of the late Charles and Mary (Brenchley) Bullock. Marion was also predeceased by her husband, Robert McCarty in 1987; and her son, Graydon. Survivors include daughters, Elizabeth Redder and Patricia (Daniel) Aloi, both of Elmira; son, Robin (Pamela) McCarty of Liberty, TX; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Donald McCarty of Corning, NY; sister-in-law, Loretta Hurley of VA; many nieces and nephews. Marian retired as Chief Matron from Chemung Co. Jail after many years of service. She was a wonderful cook and could make a great apple pie. She will be dearly missed by those that knew her. Family and friends are invited to call Wednesday, May 31, 2006, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 4 p.m., with Rev. Eugene Dobosz officiating. Interment will take place in St. Mary's Cemetery in Corning, NY, at the convenience of the family.

Kathleen A. Age, 75, of Elmira and formerly of Wellsburg, NY, died peacefully Sunday, June 4, 2006, at the home of her son. Born November 22, 1930 daughter of the late Truman and Reva (Camp) Burt. Kathleen was a long time employee of the Chemung County Nursing Facility in Elmira, NY. She was an avid bingo player and loved shopping for bargains at household and garage sales. In addition to her parents she was predeceased by two sisters, Elenor White and Jessie Norgren; and two brothers, Edward Burt and Truman Burt, Jr. She is survived by her children, Stephen Root of Anahuac, TX, Richard Root, Mark Root, Elaine Cleveland, all of Elmira, NY; brothers and sisters, Judd Burt, Nancy Robinson, Lena Buckland, all of Wellsburg, NY, Isabel Ackerman of Texas, and Doris Pallone of Elmira, NY; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. Family and friends are invited to call Thursday, June 8, 2006, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Roberts Funeral Home, Inc., 279 Main Street, Wellsburg, NY. Funeral services will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 4 p.m. with Rev. Eleanor Haber officiating. Those wishing to remember Kathleen may make a memorial contributions to Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 E. Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830. The family would like to thank the nurses of Hospice and the nursing staff of the I.C.U. Unit at St. Joseph's Hospital for the compassionate care given to their mother Kathleen A. Liberatore.

BUTTON James Of Galeton, PA Age 75, died Tuesday, May 16, 2006. Born October 8, 1930, in West Pike, he was the son of Henry and Lois Button. He was married to the former Louise Christian, who predeceased him in 1995. He was employed by Galeton Boro. Surviving are: two sons, James Button of Albion, and Kenneth (Lori) Button of Galeton; two daughters, Mary (Dan Shadle) Button of Galeton, and Lena Pound of Wellsville, NY; 19 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by two great-grandchildren, Damon Pound and Sidney Hanchett; and three brothers, Edward, Charles, and Steven. Friends may call Friday, May 19th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, PA. Burial will be in South Branch Cemetery, Galeton.

CACAMIS Barbara Ann Age 61, and a longtime resident of the Ithaca Road home of Cerebral Palsy of Chemung County went home to be with the Lord on May 8, 2006. She was privileged to be cared for by the very competent and loving staff of UCP house in Horseheads, NY, to whom her family is deeply grateful. She was the daughter of Siv and Joseph (deceased) Cacamis, sister of Donna Bodony, Mark Cacamis, and Wendy Weinstein. She was Aunt to Jessica Weinstein, Josh Weinstein, Marie Cacamis, David Cacamis, Holly Bodony and Rachel Bodony. Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 So. Main St., Horseheads, on Sat., May 13, 2006, from 1:30 to 2:00 p.m. where her service will follow there at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. Robert C. MacNamara officiating. Interment will take place in the Cemetery of the Holy Rood in Westbury, NY. In lieu of flowers, Barb's family would prefer expressions of sympathy be directed to United Cerebral Palsy, 1660 L Street NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036, Donate by Phone - Call 800-872-5827; or Epilepsy Foundation, 4351 Garden City Drive, Landover, MD 20785. (800) 213-5821

Rosemary E. A Memorial Service for Rosemary E. Cummings will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 10, 2006 at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Irmo/St. Andrews Chapel at Bush River Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends following the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Mrs. Cummings died June 3, 2006. Born November 10, 1944 in Elmira, NY, she was the daughter of the late Gabriele and Anna Julianne Cacciotti. Mrs. Cummings is survived by her husband, Alan Cummings; sons, Scott Cummings of Suwanee, GA, Brian Cummings of Lawrenceville, GA, and Todd Cummings of Winston-Salem, NC; brothers, John Cacciotti of Horseheads, NY, Louis Cacciotti of Elmira, NY, Dominic Cacciotti of Horseheads, NY, and Michael Cacciotti of Tampa, FL; grandchildren, Tony, Amanda, Ashleigh, Gabriele, Dominic, Rosemary, Theresa, Kelsie and Cacie.

Janet "Mountain Climber" Age 74 of Canton, PA, died at home while surrounded by family on Sunday, May 28, 2006. Born on July 21, 1931, Janet was a daughter of the late Ruby (Carey) and Fred Carew Sr. A devoted mother and grandmother, Janet's favorite times were spent with her family. She also loved animals, camping, picking blueberries and ground pine, crafting and helping at the Troy Fair. For years, Janet touched children's lives by opening her home to the Fresh Air Program. Surviving are her children, Joe (Jeanette) Witucki and Daniel Witucki Sr., all of Morris Run, Colleen (Sheldon) Rolison of Roseville, Roxanne Barnes of Canton, Kathy Tillitson of Lawrenceburg, TN, Van "Tony" Jenkins Jr. and April Allwood, all of Delaware; 20 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren; a sister and two brothers, Phyllis Pequignot of Canton, Ralph "Sonny" Carew of Morris Run and Fred "Buck" Carew of North Carolina; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 11 a.m., June 3 at the North Union Christian Church with Rev. Duane Taylor officiating. Memorials may be made to the North Union Christian Church, c/o RR 1 Box 399, Canton, PA 17724. Assisting the family with arrangements is Pepper's in Canton.

CLARK Lee A. Age 45, of Wellsboro, PA, died on Monday, June 5th, 2006. A Memorial service will be held on Friday, June 9, 2006, at 10:00 a.m. at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., Wellsboro, PA, with the Rev. Gregory P. Hinton officiating

COYKENDALL – Denise Marie Whitmire Mosher, 50, of Little Marsh, died Friday, May 12, 2006. She was born Aug. 26, 1955 in Wellsboro, a daughter of the late Gladys M. Fish Coykendall. Friends called Tuesday, May 16 at the Jemison Valley Brethren in Christ Church, Westfield. A memorial service followed at the church with Pastor Omer E. King officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Laurel Home Health Hospice or to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements were entrusted to the Carleton Funeral Home, Wellsboro. – The Mansfield Gazette, 17 May 2006, p.6A

Stephanie Age 43, of Killeen, Texas, died Monday, May 15, 2006, after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. Born April 17, 1963, daughter of Shirley Davies-Porter and the late Winfred Davies. Stephanie graduated from Southside High School in 1981. She was a devoted wife and mother and a loving daughter, sister and friend. Stephanie chose a life of service to our country, retiring as an E-5 after twenty years in the United States Army. Stephanie distinguished herself as a recruiter and earned many honors and awards. She served tours in Korea and Germany as well as stateside. She is survived by her husband, retired Sgt. Major Gary Webb; and son, D'Andre James Webb, also of Killeen; her mother, Shirley Davies-Porter of Horseheads; and sister, Suzanne (Chris) Morton; and niece and nephew, Sara and Alex Morton of Watkins Glen. She had many extended family members and lifelong friends including Jason Davies and Char Watts. Calling hours will be Monday, May 22, at the Crawford-Bower Funeral Home in Killeen, TX. Stephanie will be laid to rest Tuesday in Fort Hood, TX. A local celebration of her life will be held at the convenience of the family.

EADS Zula E. Godbey, Mansfield Editor’s Mother, Succumbs:  Zula E. Godbey, age 80, of Mansfield, formerly of Hustonville, Ky. died November 21, 1973 in the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital in Wellsboro. A prayer service was held at the Kuhl Funeral Home in Mansfield on Friday. Funeral and burial service were at Hustonville, Ky. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Chester (Mary) Bailey of Mansfield; son, Dr. Gorden C. Godbey of State College, Pa.; 6 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; two sisters, Miss Lillie Eads and Mrs. Sadie Carpenter, both of Hustonville, Ky.; several nieces and nephews. She was a member of the Mansfield United Methodist Church and the Outlook Cub, and the Helpful Home Circle. She was born November 10, 1893 in Monticello, Kentucky, a daughter of John W. and Mary Frances Gann Eads. Her husband Steuben B. Godbey died in 1934. Memorial gifts may be made to the Tioga County Chapter of the American Cancer Society.

EBERSOLE Marian Alice AOMC retired RN Was born August 23, 1911 in Elmira, NY, the daughter of the late France and Alice (DeWaters) Ebersole. Marian died peacefully on Friday, May 19, 2006, at the age of 94. In accordance with her wishes, there will be no services. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc.

ERNST – Myrtle Doris Schroeder, age 96, of 171B Jerusalem Hill Rd., Elmira, NY, died peacefully on Tuesday October 5, 2004 at the Chemung County Nursing Facility. Myrtle was born December 15, 1907 in Roseland, Illinois the daughter of the late Carl and Selma Holmberg Ernst. She married her husband, Clarence William Schroeder, who predeceased her on December 28, 1970. Mrs. Schroeder was also pre-deceased by her brother, Carlton A. Ernst on December 17, 2003. Myrtle is survived by her daughter: Marilynn J. Sullivan of Elmira, NY; son and daughter-in-law: Bruce & Marcia Schroeder of Centennial, CO; grandsons: Kevin & Jeanne Sullivan of Broomfield, CO; John Sullivan of Durham, NC; Michael & Suzanne Sullivan of Elmira, NY; Timothy Sullivan of Raleigh, NC; Brian & Jill Schroeder of Independence, KY and Darren & Sarah Schroeder of Parker, CO; great grandchildren: Nik Hall, Rowan Sullivan, Kieran Sullivan, Aislinn Sullivan, Matthew Sullivan, and Madeline Schroeder; several nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of caring friends. She was a member of The North Presbyterian Church of Elmira, NY. Myrtle loved her family and cherished the time spent with them. She enjoyed baking, dancing, handcrafts, playing cards, traveling, and volunteering. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Van Buskirk-Lynch Funeral Home, Mill St. & Grand Central Ave. in Horseheads, NY on Friday October 8, 2004 from 4-6:45 PM. Mrs. Schroeder’s Funeral Services will be held at the conclusion of calling hours with Chaplain Sal Primerano officiating. Graveside Services will be held in Cedar Park Cemetery, Chicago, Ill. at the convenience of the family. Those wishing may remember Myrtle through donations to The American Red Cross, 911 Stowell Street, Elmira, NY 14901 or to the SPCA, 2435 State Route 352, Elmira, NY 14903. – Elmira Star-Gazette, 8 Oct. 2004

Madeline E. Age 85, formerly of Lock Haven, PA, died May 29, 2006 at 954 Graylea Circle in Elmira, New York, where she resided with her daughter, Linda Grenoble. Madeline was born March 16, 1921 in Phillipsburg, PA, and was the daughter of the late Thomas and Mary (Stratton) Ferguson. She was married to William S. Fye on April 10, 1943 in Lock Haven, PA, until his death October 13, 1995. Madeline was a member of the Main Street United Methodist Church in Lock Haven. Madeline retired in her 70's after working many years as an LPN at Susque View Home, the Lock Haven Hospital Extended Care Unit, and lastly as a private duty nurse. She was a dedicated nurse and caretaker and was devoted to her daughters. Survivors include three daughters, Connie R. Gentzyel of Lock Haven, Billie (Clair) Glossner of Elmira, New York, and Linda Grenoble of Elmira, New York. Also surviving are five brothers, Thomas Ferguson Jr. of Black Moshannon, PA, James Lee Ferguson of Howard, PA, and Douglas Timothy and John Ferguson, both of Phillipsburg, PA. Four surviving sisters include, Effie Neidig of Munson, PA, Jeannette Steele of Grassflats, PA, Genevieve Weaver of Rebersburg, PA, and Marie Kracinski of Kylertown, PA. Also surviving Madeline are six grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Siblings predeceasing Madeline are Adeline Ferguson, Grant Ferguson, Gordon Ferguson, and Charles Ferguson. Memorial services for Madeline E. Fye will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2006, at 11:00 a.m. in Yost-Gedon Funeral Home, 121 West Main Street, Lock Haven, PA. Officiating will be Pastor Viola Tyson of Avis, PA. Interment will be in the Blanchard Baptist Cemetery, Blanchard, PA. Memorials are suggested to the Hospice Chapter of your choice. The Yost-Gedon Funeral Home, 121 West Main Street, Lock Haven, PA, is in charge of the arrangements.

GEOFFREY L. FULLER:  Funeral services for Geoffrey L. Fuller, age 69 of Victoria, Texas who died Tuesday, June 13th were held Saturday June 17th from the McCabe-Carruth Funeral Home Chapel there. The Rev. Roy Rihn officiated with burial in Evergreen Cemetery in Victoria. A resident of Victoria for approximately four years, Mr. Fuller was born on June 12, 1903 in Wellsboro to the late Richard and Anna Fischler Fuller. He was a retired employee of the Pennsylvania State Highway Department and was a member of the Catholic Church. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Frances Zemeic of Campbell, N.Y.; a brother, Leo Fuller of Pennsylvania; and four grandchildren.

LEWIS H. FURMAN:  Lewis H. Furman, 75, of RD#1, Gaines, died Thursday, Dec. 10, at his home. Born April 13, 1912 in Wellsboro, he was the son of Fay R. and Clara L. Hitbold Furman. Lew Furman was an expert linotype operator and because of his expertise in his profession, he obtained work which enabled him to travel extensively throughout the United States. During his vacation time, which he often spent with his Wellsboro family, he frequently offered his services as a linotype operator at the Wellsboro Gazette and more than once “saved the day” for his hometown newspaper. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, a member of the Wellsboro First Baptist Church and the Ossea Lodge #317 F. and A.M. in Wellsboro.  Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Gladys Merrill Furman; a sister, Mrs. Winifred Krivsky of Wellsboro; and several nieces and nephews. It was Mr. Furman’s request to have no visitation or funeral.  The family has provided flowers.  Memorial donations may be made in his name to the American Heart Association or to the charity of choice. Arrangements were made Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home Wellsboro.

Memorial service for Arlyne Garrity:  A memorial service of Arlyne Garrity, who died Monday, Oct. 19, at the age of 43, will be held at St. James Episcopal Church, Wellsboro St., Mansfield, Saturday, Oct. 31, at 2 p.m. She was a member of the Speech/Communications and Theater departments at Mansfield University. The service will be conducted by the Rev. Peter Harer, pastor of St. James Church. He will be assisted by associate pastor of the church, the Rev. Rudy Van der hiel; the Rev. David Smith, pastor of Christ Episcopal Church in Berwick; and Dee Bernhardt, Catholic Campus Minister at Mansfield University. Guest speakers will be Rodney Kelchner, president of Mansfield University, and Vernon Lapps, chairman of the Speech/Communications Department at Mansfield University. Music will be provided by “Spare Parts,” a group Miss Garrity performed with.

GEIGER Robert E. Age 82, of Elmira, died Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. Bob was born January 29, 1924, a son of Edward and Geraldine Bacon Geiger. Bob is survived by his wife Janet Sullivan Geiger of Elmira; children, with their spouses, Kayla Geiger of Boston, MA, Grant and Emily Geiger of Florida, Gregory and Ruth Geiger of Tennessee, Gary Geiger of Elmira, and Melissa and Patrick Walsh of Missouri; along with several grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Bob was a bombardier with the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII. He was involved with the Rhineland, Central Europe and the Ardennes Campaigns. After WWII Bob continued to serve in the Air Force Reserve and retired with the rank of Major. Bob retired, from the job that he loved, as the Program Director for Chemung County Project for Bail. He had worked there from 1974 to 2004. Bob was much admired and respected in the community and helped countless people over the years. He was a long time friend of Bill W. and was the recipient of the Ed McNulty award. Bob was also a long time communicant of Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Friends are invited to a Memorial Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, June 3, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Military honors will be accorded at the conclusion of the mass. Donations in Bob's memory may be directed to Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 304 Demarest Parkway, Elmira, NY 14905 or the Salvation Army, 414 Lake Street, Elmira, NY 14901.

GEIGER Robert E. Age 82, of Elmira, died Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. Bob was born January 29, 1924, a son of Edward and Geraldine Bacon Geiger. Bob is survived by his wife Janet Sullivan Geiger of Elmira; children, with their spouses, Kayla Geiger of Boston, MA, Grant and Emily Geiger of Florida, Gregory and Ruth Geiger of Tennessee, Gary Geiger of Elmira, and Melissa and Patrick Walsh of Missouri; along with several grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Bob was a bombardier with the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII. He was involved with the Rhineland, Central Europe and the Ardennes Campaigns. After WWII Bob continued to serve in the Air Force Reserve and retired with the rank of Major. Bob retired, from the job that he loved, as the Program Director for Chemung County Project for Bail. He had worked there from 1974 to 2004. Bob was much admired and respected in the community and helped countless people over the years. He was a long time friend of Bill W. and was the recipient of the Ed McNulty award. Bob was also a long time communicant of Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Friends are invited to a Memorial Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, June 3, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Military honors will be accorded at the conclusion of the mass. Donations in Bob's memory may be directed to Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 304 Demarest Parkway, Elmira, NY 14905 or the Salvation Army, 414 Lake Street, Elmira, NY 14901.

FRANK L GEYER:  Frank L. Geyer, 74, of Crittenden, N.Y., died Monday, July 2, 1973, at the home of his son, Robert Geyer, of Liberty, with whom he had lived for four years. He was a retired railroad switch man in the Buffalo, N.Y. area. Surviving, besides Robert Geyer, are five other sons, Frank and Norbert, both of Crittenden, Melvin, of Alden, N.Y., Lewis, of Akron, N.Y., and Russell, of Darian, N.Y.; two daughters, Mrs. Marian McDuffy, of Friendship, N.Y., and Mrs. Betty George, of Crittenden, and a sister, Mrs. Margaret Maclaren, of Buffalo, N.Y. The funeral was Friday in Corfu, N.Y.

Paula Christine Towe Age 49 of 228 Far Rockaway Road Pine City, NY died on Saturday June 3, 2006 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. Paula was born July 25, 1956 in Syracuse, NY the daughter of David Gill and Marion Lagassie Gill. She enjoyed writing and poetry and had many of her works published. Paula was a member of The Horseheads Women of the Moose. She was pre-deceased by her brother William John Towe and her maternal grandmother Adrienne Lagassie. Paula loved her family and friends and cherished the time she spent with them. She is survived by her loving companion Kenneth Leupelt; her parents: Marion Lagassie Gill & David Gill of Claremont, NC; daughters: Christina S. Snyder and fiancé Brad Voorhees of Waterloo, NY and Angela M. Snyder of Hickory, NC; William C. Campbell of NC; grandchildren: Reid Carter, Dakota Campbell, Josh Voorhees, Ryan Carter, Trinity Voorhees, Caleb Zuk, Allissa Voorhees, Kenneth Leupelt Jr., and Becky Leupelt; sisters and brothers: Sheryl & L.C. Briggs of Claremont, NC; William Joseph Towe of Hickory, NC; Randy Lee & Karen Towe of Trosper, Kentucky; Kelly Gill Cloninger & Mark Cloninger of Claremont, NC; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews, cousins, and a host of caring friends. Relatives and friends are invited to call (Today) Sunday June 4, 2006 from 1-2 PM at the Lynch Funeral Home 318 West Broad Street Horseheads, NY. Paula's Funeral and Committal Services will be held at the conclusion of calling hours with The Rev. Richard Farrell officiating.

ROBERT G. GILLMORE:  Robert G. Gillmore, 68, of Reading, formerly of Blossburg, died at 4 a.m. Thursday, May 3, 1973 at his home. He was born July 4, 1904, in Reading, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gillmore. Surviving are his wife, the former Emma Mengel; a daughter, Mrs. Donald Repsher, of Montgomery, N.Y.; a son, James, in New Jersey; a brother, Stuart, of Harrisburg, and five grandchildren. The funeral was held on Monday in Reading.

ANDREW ROBERT GILMORE: Andrew Robert Gilmore, of Livonia, N.Y. died August 27th at the Canandaigua, N.Y. Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Lucille Fischler Gilmore, one son, Thomas Gilmore of Alden, N.Y.; one daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Widmer of Naples, N.Y., 1 sister, Mrs. Martha Krisher of Livonia; 9 grandchildren and nephew. Funeral arid burial services were held at Livonia on August 30th. Mr. and Mrs. Gilmore were frequent visitors in Wellsboro at the home of Mrs. Gilmore’s sister, Miss Dorothy Fischler.

LORETTA C. GRAMES: Mrs. Loretta Carpenter Grames, 37, of 925 S. Brevard Avenue, Cocoa Beach, Florida died on Sunday night as a result of a drowning in the ocean on the beach near her home. She was born in Charleston Township, daughter of Ret. Chief Petty Officer Charles G. and Esther Anderson Carpenter. She attended schools in Middlebury Center for a short period of time and then with her family she moved to Norfolk, Virginia where she continued her schooling. She also graduated from College in Norfolk. She was married to H. Jack Grames, who with the U.S. Navy serves as a Senior Inspector for Capsules. Besides her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Jennifer, age 7 and a son, Andrew, 5; her parents of Norfolk, a sister, Mrs. Patricia Jacobs of Norfolk, and her grandmother, Mrs. Ida Carpenter of Middlebury Center. At the time of this writing, details on funeral services were incomplete.

Daily Review May 16, 2006, Miss Margaret Marie Gray of Edinger Hill, Tuscarora Township, went go be with her Lord and Savior on May 15, 2006, at the home of her special friends Randy and Rene Brigham, with whom Margaret had lived for the past year. She was 91 years young.   Margaret was born on March 30, 1915, on the Gray family homestead farm at Edinger Hill, the daughter of Frank and Cora May Whitney Gray.  A graduate of Laceyville High School, Class of 1933 Margaret worked on the family farm, did housekeeping for others and was a nanny for a family in New York. Margaret took courses from State College and the Moody Bible Institute and eventually sought a career in nursing, obtaining her degree from Wilkes-Barre General in 1940.  Margaret was a nurse at the Pennsylvania Hospital at Philadelphia and Tyler Memorial Hospital for several years. The greater portion of her life was spent on the family dairy farm at Edinger Hill where, after her father’s death in 1941 and in partnership with her brother Paul, she helped run the farm and cared for her invalid mother.  While farming, she was influential in many local youths’ lives, when they were hired as farm hands. For many years, Miss Gray took in boys and let them stay at her home, while they worked at the farm.  Many were the holidays spent with family gathered around the large dining room table enjoying a feast created by Margaret for her family.  Margaret possessed a wonderful sense of humor evident in her writing and story telling of ancestral history, of which she was exceedingly proud. She was the last surviving director of the Tuscarora Township Historical Society, in which she was actively involved. A member since its inception in 1981, Margaret was desirous of a future permanent building in which to house the records and memorabilia of our rich local history.  The Lord’s work was of utmost importance to Margaret. She was a long-standing member of the Braintrim Baptist Church, where her great-grandfather, the beloved Rev. Davis Dimock Gray, was minister from 1849 to 1881. Margaret played an active role in Sunday school at Braintrim Baptist Church, playing piano and teaching for more than 25 years. She served as a church clerk, keeping diligent records and serving as the unofficial church historian.  Margaret was also a member of the Edinger Hill Ladies Aid Society and a past member of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution through her ancestor, Lt. James Wells. Margaret and her brother Paul loved to collect antiques and family memorabilia. Margaret also loved traveling but often remarked how she loved home. Much of her time in later years was spent with paintbrush in hand creating many paintings for local scenery and with preserving family photos and genealogical records for the family. Margaret was predeceased by her brother William Alonzo Gray, in 1975; brother Paul Frank Gray, in 1976; her only sister, Dorothy L. (Gray) Culver, in 2004; nephews, Larry Gray and Russell Snyder; and nieces Jeanne Walter Culver and Mary Robinson Wheaton Culver.  She leaves behind several nieces and nephews, Karl and Adalina Gray Young of Florida, Ladonna Gray Jayne of Laceyville, Patrick Gray of Pittsburgh, D. Louise Culver Snyder of Minneola, Texas, Robert O. Culver of Angola, N.Y., Phillip G. Culver of Vernon, David and Barbara Culver of Black Walnut, and Robert and Linda Culver English of Silvara; several great-nieces and great-nephews; and special friends Randy and Rene Brigham of Edinger Hill.  Committal services are at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, at the Lacey Street Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. May 23 the Braintrim Baptist Church. Anyone wishing to send flowers in her memory may send them to the Braintrim Baptist Church, Laceyville, Pa.  Contributed by Carol Hoose Brotzman

CORNELIUS H. GRIFFIN:  Cornelius H. Griffin, 68 West Ave., Arkport, N.Y. died at St. James Mercy Hospital, Sept. 8, 1973. He was born April 8, 1888, a son of George and Louise Griffin of Tower Hill. Surviving are his wife Louise Myers Griffin, daughters Mrs. Ruby Childs and Mrs. Ruth McCkael both of Hornell, sons Charles and Edward Griffin also of Hornell; 71 grandchildren and great grandchildren; sisters, Mrs. Nancy Beals of Mansfield, Mrs. Mildred Davidson of Millerton, Mrs. Nellie LaBarre, Manchester, N.H., Mrs. Daisy Hart of RD 3 Mansfield, Mrs. Frances Updyke of Gillett; brother, Cecil Griffin of Millerton.  Funeral services were held at the Curry Funeral Home in Hornell with Rev. John Donazo officiating. Burial was in Stephen Mills Cemetery, Freemont, N.Y.


Ann Age 79, of S. Main St., Elmira, NY, died peacefully on Friday, May 20, 2006, at the St. Joseph's Hospital. A lifelong resident of Elmira, Ann was born December 9, 1926 to the late Frederick and Lillian Hall. Ann was an avid reader and a shrewd business woman, owning and operating several businesses in the Elmira area, including Pat's Restaurant in Elmira, The Pub in Southport and the Heights Diner in Elmira Heights. She is survived by her daughter, Gail (Philip) Beers; and son, Guy David (Gail) Hall, both of Elmira; and her sister, Edith "Polly" Cain, also of Elmira. Ann is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; as well as niece and caregiver, Lori Jordan; along with several other nieces and nephews. It was Ann's wish for services to remain private and at the convenience of her family.

Mildred Age 90, of St. Petersburg, Florida (formerly of Millerton, PA), died June 2, 2006. Survived by - Marcella Doane of Florida; Calvert (Anna Mae) Everett of Tioga, PA; Decker (Misty) Everett of Covington, PA; Marleea (Jerry) Smith of Millerton; Marletta Louise of WA; Lynn (Judi) Everett of Florida; Lyle (LeWoa) Everett of Florida; 22 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; sister Lois Bolt of Elmira. Predeceased by husband, Morgan in 1982; sons, Alan in 1957, Delbert in 1959; brother, Raymond Hall in 1995. Memorial will be July 23, 2006 at Garrett Miller Center in Millerton, PA, at 2:00 p.m.
HAMMOND Anthony J. "Tony" Age 27 of 206 Lee Avenue Horseheads, NY died on Monday May 29, 2006. Tony was born May 7 , 1979 in Elmira, NY the son of Robert D. and Eileen Guardino Hammond. He was a graduate of Horseheads High School Class of 1998. Tony loved his family and cherished the time he spent with them and his dog Louie. He also enjoyed playing poker and his guitar. Tony was pre-deceased by his maternal grandmother Joan E. Guardino, maternal great grandparents Anthony & Mary Guardino and paternal great grandparents Fred & Ethel Fuller. Tony is survived by his parents Robert D. & Eileen Guardino Hammond with whom he resided; sister and brother-in-law: Kimberly G. & Kristofer Johnson and his nephew Drew Wallace Johnson of Marietta, GA; paternal grandparents: Robert G. & Shirley Fuller Hammond of Waverly, NY; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and a host of friends. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Lynch Funeral Home 318 West Broad Street Horseheads, NY on Friday June 2, 2006 from 3-6 PM. Tony's Funeral and Committal Services will be held at the Funeral Home at the conclusion of calling hours with the Rev. James Carr officiating. Flowers are acceptable or those wishing may remember Tony through memorials to The Obsessive Compulsive Foundation, Inc. ( OCF, Inc. ) P.O. Box 9573 New Haven, CT 06535.

Beverly Hatch Of Haines City, FL, died January 10, 2006 of an ongoing illness. Services will at held at Forest Lawn, Jerusalem Hill on Friday, June 9, 2006, at 3:00 p.m.

HAVERLEY Gregory Cy Age 53, of Horseheads, NY. He was born June 23, 1952 and left us on May 29, 2006. Loving son (Katherine), father (Cy and Adam), husband (Dawn), brother (Marianne), and all of his friends. Greg has touched the lives of everyone he met and will be greatly missed by all of us. We would like Greg's family and friends to remember him in their hearts forever. Walter J. Kent Funeral Home is assisting the family.

HOWARD James Robert Age 70, of 9 Walker St., Stony Point, NC, died Sunday, May 21, 2006, at Iredell Memorial Hospital after an extended illness. He was born December 12, 1935 in Erin, NY, son of the late Francis Eugene Howard and Lydia LaDuw Howard. He was a retired supervisor from Thatcher Glass Co. in NY and a member of Stony Point United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Zella Seeley Howard of the home; two sons, Robert James Howard of Stony Point, NC, and William Eugene "Willie" Howard and wife, Lisa of Olin; one daughter, Carol Ann Howard of Stony Point; two brothers, Francis "Sonny" Howard and wife, Janet of FL, and Richard "Dick" Howard and wife, Linda of NY; one sister, Luella Arlene Payne and husband, Fred of FL; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services are scheduled for 4:00 p.m., Saturday, May 27, 2006, at Stony Point United Methodist Church. The Rev. Sidney Lanier will officiate. Burial will follow in Stony Point Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church from 2:00 to 4:00, Saturday. Memorials may be made to Stony Point United Methodist Church Puppet Ministries, P.O. Box 120, Stony Point, NC 28678. Condolences may be emailed to the Howard family at Chapman is assisting the Howard family with arrangements.

HUTCHISON – Jay M. Hutchison, age 76, of 645 Stevenson St., Sayre, PA, died at his home early Sunday morning, October 3, 2004, after an extended illness. Jay was born Nov. 15, 1927, the son of Thelma and John M. Hutchison in Altoona, PA. He graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School in Charleston, WV. After graduation, he served in the United States Army in Japan during World War II. After serving in the armed forces, he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Pennsylvania State University. He began his career in education in Tyrone, PA, and moved to Sayre in 1956. He taught and coached basketball and football in the Sayre Area Schools from 1956-1963. He retired from the Elmira School District after serving as School Psychologist for 23 years. He was a member of the American Legion, the VFW, the Sayre Elks Club and the Waverly Moose. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Meyers Hutchison; and six children, sons, Robin Hutchison of Sayre, Graig Hutchison of Hollywood, CA, Mark Hutchison and Donna of Elmira, NY, Ron and Amy of Smithboro, NY, Rick Hutchison and Christina of Boca Raton, Florida; and daughter, Lynn and Nick Cady of Athens, PA. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Shawn Hutchison of Mount Pleasant, SC, Benjamin and Katie Hutchison of Smithboro, NY, Shelly and Marty Hutchison of Elmira, NY, and Kara Hutchison of Boca Raton, FL. He is also survived by a sister, Gloria Mentzer of Colorado Springs, CO. His lifetime interests include fishing, hunting, golf and he was an enthusiastic University of Indiana basketball fan. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blauvelt Funeral Home. There will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John’s Church, South Waverly, PA, on Thursday, Oct. 7, at 10 AM. The service will be followed by a Celebration of Jay’s life at the Sayre Elks for the family and friends who wish to pay their respects. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family. The family will provide the flowers and request that any donations be made to Guthrie Home Care, c/o Hospice, RR1, Box 154, Towanda, PA 18848-9737 or to a charity of one’s choice. – Elmira Star-Gazette, 5 Oct. 2004

JOHNSON  Lynn G. Of Mosherville, PA Age 56, died peacefully on Tuesday, May 23, 2006, at home with his loving family by his side. Lynn is the son of Betty (Eldred) Johnson and his late father, E. Gerald Johnson, who died in 1989. He is survived by his beloved mother, Betty I. Johnson of Sayre, PA; loving fiancée, Kathy Nielsen of Mosherville, PA; much-loved daughters, Kimberly Johnson of State College, PA, Stacy Johnson of Bellfonte, PA; brothers and sisters-in-law, Paul and Kathy Johnson of Sayre, PA, Bill and Renee Johnson of Waverly, NY; brother of Kathy Nielsen, Brian Nielsen of Penn Yan, NY; nieces, Ashley and Jennifer Nielsen of Penn Yan, NY. Lynn was presently employed by the US Postal Service as a Supervisor in Elmira. He retired from the US Air Force after 20 years of faithful service specializing in field intelligence with the rank of Senior Master Sergeant. He proudly served his country in Vietnam with 2 tours of duty. Lynn loved boating, Keuka Lake and relaxing in his hot tub. He was a devoted man that loved his family. A gathering of family and friends will take place Friday, May 26, 2006, at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Services celebrated by the Reverend Chris Curry, honoring Lynn's life, will be held following the visitation time at 1:00 p.m. The Vietnam Veterans of America from the Rex Field Post # 901 will accord Mr. Johnson Military Honors following his services. Memorial Donations may be directed to The Hospice Memorial Hospital, One Hospital Drive, Towanda, PA 18848, in his memory.

KECK Calvin Arthur Age 49 of Cameron, NC, died on Monday, May 29, 2006 at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, NC. Born November 11, 1956 in Wellsboro, PA, to Carlton Adrian Keck and Phyllis Ione Butler Keck. Besides his parents, he is survived by his companion, Jane Elliot Kury of Aberdeen, NC; one brother, Scott A. Keck of Cameron, NC; and a sister, Susan Stephens (husband, William) of Wellsboro, PA; one niece, Stephanie Gotierrez; and two nephews, Joshua Agosto and Alex Keck-Leedy. He was preceded in death by one brother, Jeffrey Keck. A memorial service was held on Thursday, June 1, 2006 at the Miller-Bolles Funeral Chapel, 1150 Firetower Rd., Sanford, NC, with Rev. Willie Bryant officiating. A local memorial service will also be held in Wellsboro, PA at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions in memory of Calvin be made to the charity of one's choice.

KIBBE Gary Lynnwood Age 60, of Port Charlotte, FL, died Wednesday, May 31, 2006, at the Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte, FL. He was born in Corning, NY, and moved to Florida in 1989 from Seattle, WA. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War serving in the US Navy. He was a Restaurant Manager/Supervisor for many years and was a member of the Moose Lodge, American Legion and VFW organizations in the Englewood area. He is survived by his wife, Mary of Port Charlotte, FL; son, David Kibbe of Seattle, WA; daughters, Linda Zebley of Port Charlotte, FL, Lori Jones of Elmira, NY, and Christina Romo of Seattle, WA; brother, George Kibbe of Englewood, FL; sisters, Mary of Elmira, NY, and Sharon of Rotunda, FL; sister-in-law, Jackie of Elmira, NY; 13 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

KILBURN Richard P. Age 57, of Crance Brook Rd., Westfield, PA, died May 28, 2006. Memorial services will be held Wednesday, May 31, 2006, at 4:00 p.m. at the Pentecostal Revival Center, RD, Westfield, PA. Rev. Duane Burdick officiating. Arrangements are under the care of the Kenyon Funeral Home, Westfield, PA.

KING – Diane L. Bartlett, 52, of 34 Parkers Circle Road, Wellsboro, went to be with God, on Friday, May 19, 2006. Born in Allenwood on Oct. 9, 1953, she was the daughter of Lester E. and Audrey S. (Welliver) King. She was the loving wife of Kenneth W. Bartlett, with whom she would have shared 34 years of earthly marriage, on Aug. 4, 2006. Diane was a fervent Christian and last attended the Niles Valley United Methodist Church, just north of Wellsboro. Earlier in life, she worked as a teacher’s aide in Levant, Maine and as a library assistant in the Wellsboro Area School District. Diane loved helping others and spending time at home with family and friends. One of her greatest joys was having her grandchildren spend the night with her and making them feel special. In addition to her husband and parents, Diane is survived by one daughter, Angela (Brett) Tinder, Wellsville, NY; two sons, Dennis Bartlett of Rochester, NY, Rob (Jodi) Bartlett of Middletown; two grandchildren, Angela & Brett’s son Seth, Rob’s daughter Angela; three sisters, Deb Ewing of Hughesville, Vicki King of Hughesville, Carol (Dave) Miller of Montgomery; one brother, Mike (Andrea) King of Frankfurt, Del. A Christian memorial service will be held at 6 PM Friday, May 26, at the New Covenant Assembly of God, located at 1270 Pinchtown Road, Montgomery. Rev. James Pentz, pastor of the New Covenant Assembly of God, will conduct the memorial service. Family and friends are invited to share a meal, immediately following the memorial service in the church social area. Flowers for the memorial service will be provided by Diane’s family. For any of you wishing to contribute, her family suggests sharing some of your God given abundance, with charity of your choice. Buckheit Funeral Chapel is assisting he family. – The Mansfield Gazette, 24 May 2006, p.6A

Westfield Free Press Volume - Thursday, December 29, 1910
James Bailey King, commonly known as Bailey King, a resident of Lakeview, Michigan for the past eighteen years, died at his home in this village Nov. 28, surrounded by his own family, his sister, Mrs. Delia Butler, his brother, Alphonso P. King, some of his friends and his family physican.  Mr. King was one of a large family by his father, James King, Sr., and Lovina Bowman King, and was born July 7, 1855, at Brookfield, Pa. , where this family of twelve children sprang from.  Some of the history of this family of King's is worthy of notice: Godfrey Bowman, the father of this deceased mother , was in the command of Commodore Perry in his famous victory over the British on Lake Erie in 1812, and received a gold medal for his bravery. James King, Sr., was a Rhode Islander, and likewise sprang from the native revolutionary stock dating back to the Mayflower.  The other members of this large family of children are: Ostrander, deceased; Susan, deceased; James A.; Alphonso, resident of Lakefield, Milton, died as a result of injuries in the Civil War;  Benson, died from contracting A fever in the late Civil War;  Arvilla Crippen , deceased; Arzelia Stebbins,  Thompson, deceased; Delia Butler, resident of Lakeview and esteemed with noted degree of celebrity; James Bailey the deceased, and youngest of the family.  It is a pathetic reflection, that out of this happy and noble family of twelve children, but two remain, to weep over the broken columns of ten departed dear ones. It is impossible to foresee the wide and diversified channels into which a happy and contented brood of children may be scattered in
later years, and the sad havoc of the cycle of time which is the inevitable fate so common to us all.  While Bailey did not reach the stage of mediocrity, in the sense of political preferment, he was a noble hearted, generous man and always sought to give his children the best advice.  If he ever did an injustice to anyone it was to himself, never to a neighbor. He was familiarly known to a large circle of acquaintances and will be missed in his daily paths of life.  James Bailey King united in marriage with Delia (Perry) King, now deceased. From this marriage was born Jesse James King, resident of Lakeview.  His second marriage was with Mary (McDonald) King, who survives him.  Their children are Lovina and Arvilla who survive the father and reside at Lakeview.

KIREJEWSKI – Brother Leonard Kirejewski, 97, of the Order of St. Francis Minor at Oldenburg, Ind., died Saturday, Aug. 14, 2004. Born Charles Kirejewski on May 2, 1907 in Morris Run, he was the son of John and Michalina Andrzejewski Kirejewski. He was preceded in death by siblings, Mary, Stephen, Frank, Helen, Anna, Julia, Martha, Sophia, Teopholus, and Stanley. Surviving are a sister, Nellie Dunn; niece, Mary Catherine Shedlawski, nephew, Francis Boinski. He was a Franciscan Friar from the province of St. John the Baptist for 69 years. A mass of Christian burial was held Tuesday, Aug. 17 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Oldenburg, Ind. Burial was at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church. – The Mansfield Gazette, 25 Aug. 2004, p.6A

Frank Age 76, of Tioga, PA, died Friday, June 2, 2006, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital in Wellsboro, PA. The Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA, has been entrusted with arrangements.

KLOCK Khris W. Age 57 of 22 South Carroll Street Horseheads, NY left this world to meet Jesus on Wednesday June 7, 2006 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY after a courageous battle with lymphoma. Khris was born October 20, 1948 in Watertown, NY the son of the late Wesley and Grace Payne Klock. He graduated from General Brown High School and Corning Community College. Khris received his Bachelor's Degree in Ministry from Chesapeake Bible College. He spent two years in Deseronto, Ontario working with the Indian population. Khris also helped build a church in Moose Factory Island in Northern Canada. Khris married his wife, Faith Karppala Klock, on July 21, 1984 and they would have celebrated their 22nd Wedding Anniversary on July 21, 2006. He attended His Tabernacle Family Church in Horseheads, NY. Khris had taught at The Elmira Christian Academy. He loved his family and friends and cherished the time he spent with them. Khris is survived by his loving and devoted wife Faith Karppala Klock; his beloved daughter: Merci Joy Van Klock at home; brothers and sisters-in-law: Lynwood & Irene Klock of Savannah, NY and Khris L. & Mildred Klock of Naples, Florida; sister: Grettenna Hanson of Brownville, NY; father-in-law and mother-in-law: Laurie & Esther D. Karppala of Horseheads, NY; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Shirley & Gary Sharer of Orangeville, CA; Lauri Karppala of Folsom, CA; David & Susan Karppala of Fairfield, PA; Esther J. Karppala of Horseheads, NY; Aaron & Claudia Karppala of Oswego, NY; Debi Karppala of Bethel, Alaska; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of caring friends. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Lynch Funeral Home 318 West Broad Street Horseheads, NY on Sunday June 11, 2006 from 2-4 PM. Khris's Funeral and Committal Services will be held at the conclusion of calling hours. A Gravesite Committal Service will be held on Monday June 12, 2006 at 2 PM in North Watertown Cemetery in Watertown, NY. The family will provide their own flowers and those wishing may remember Khris through memorials to an Educational Fund for his daughter Merci c/o Esther J. Karppala P.O. Box 2292 Elmira Heights, NY 14903.

KOLEDA MARJORIE M. GILLESPIE:  Mrs. Marjorie M. Gillespie, age 47 of Mansfield RD 3, died Saturday, July 21, 1973, at Arnot Ogden Hospital. Funeral services were at the Kuhl Funeral Home, Mansfield, Tuesday at 1 p.m. with Rev. Richard Brenneman officiating. She is survived by her husband, David; two daughters, Mrs. Jon (Helen) Cantor of Greenbelt, Md. and Suzanne at home; three brothers, Alex Koleda of Prineville, Ore., Peter Koleda of Jacksonville, Fla. and John Koleda of Deal, N.J.; sister, Mrs. Olga Lee of Red Bank, N.J. She was the daughter of Matfey and Helen Regulia Koleda.  Mrs. Gillespie graduated from Middletown Township High School and attended the Pace Institute in New York City.

LEASURE  Eugene A-79, of Nichols, widely known in southern New York and northern Pennsylvania, died at 1:30 am Friday at Binghamton State Hospital. He had been ill for some time. Mr. Leasure was born in South Owego and spent his boyhood there and in Nichols. As a young man he obtained a job as clerk in a LeRaysville store but remained there only about three years. He decided he wanted to be in business for himself. Accordingly he returned to Nichols and started a general store on the site now occupied by the Sutfin Funeral Parlors. He was a man who made and kept friends and was always ready to do a good turn whenever possible. About 1900 the store burned and the following year Mr. Leasure bought out the Platt & Son store at Main St, Nichols and continued at that location until he retired January 1, 1947. Since then the business has been carried on by his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. N E Bovier. When he quit active work three years ago, Mr. Leasure had been in business in Nichols 57 years. He was a member of Westbrook Lodge No 333 F & A M of Nichols, the Methodist Church, Ro-ki Club and the Fire Department. Survivors are his wife, Mrs. May Ellsworth Leasure; his daughter, Florence (Mrs. N E) Bovier; three sisters, Mrs. Daniel Dean of Nichols and Mrs. George Joslin and Mrs. John Alderson of Binghamton; a brother, Charles of Nichols and several nieces and nephews. The funeral will be Monday at Sutfin Funeral Chapel with Rev. Austin Rogers officiating. Burial in Nichols Cemetery.

Wellsboro Agitator - Feb. 12, 1941
Mrs. Amelia Partridge
Mrs. Amelia Partridge, aged 64 years, of Webster, N.Y., died Friday.  She was a former resident of Niles Valley.  Her first husband was the late Ellis Hotelling.  She is survived by two daughters, Miss Charlotte Hotelling and Mrs. Lavinna Skillman, of Webster, and three grandchildren.  The funeral was held Monday, at Webster, N.Y.

MASE – Betty Elaine Mase Edwards, 80, of Nanty Glo, crossed the bar Friday, Oct. 1, 2004 at UPMC Lee Regional Hospital, Johnstown. Born May 8, 1924, in Liberty, she was the daughter of Raymond and Genevieve Williams Mase of Blossburg. She was a 1942 graduate of Blossburg High School; involved with the Cambria County Democratic organization for 40 years; held positions as regional director, committee woman, and district chairman president of Nanty Glo Federated Democratic Club for 25 years; member of VFW Post 3489 for 45 years; member of United Methodist Church for 50 years; active in Lions Club and community center. She was preceded in death by husband, Marshall; brothers, Robert and Donald Mase. Surviving are daughter, Linda (Michael) Sebetich of Hawthorne, NJ; sons, James (Linda) Edwards of Indiana, Michael (Diane) Edwards of Nanty Glo; sister, Marion Alexander of Liberty, Evelyn (Bill) Lovejoy of Tioga, Dorothy Jones, Sally Payne, Janet (Robert) VanNoy, Joan (Brad) Read all of Mansfield; Lois (Edwin) Van Deventer of Elmira, NY, Carole (Robert) Thomas of Horseheads, NY; 13 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; special niece, Patty (Ben) Hutcheson of Mansfield. Services were held Tuesday, Oct. 5 at Methodist Church, Nanty Glo, with Rev. John Snyder officiating. Interment was made at Pike Brethren Cemetery, Mundy’s Corner. – The Mansfield Gazette, 6 Oct. 2004. P.6A

MILONE – Dominick Milone, age 42, of Horseheads, NY, died on Monday, November 1, 2004, at his home with his loving wife by his side and later surrounded by his loving family and friends. Dominick was succumbed to his illness losing a courageous battle after 14 months. Dominick was born in New York, NY, son of Cataldo P. Milone and the late Adeline (Talbot) Milone. Dominick loved all types of music, dancing and all his pets. He was a very devoted family man and friend. He loved baseball, and was an aid fan of the Seattle Mariners. Throughout his career, Dominick worked at several local and regional radio stations as a broadcaster and radio personality, ending his career a WYDC Big Fox in Corning, NY. Survivors include wife, Michelle Milone of Horseheads; daughter, Desiree Bednarek of Horseheads; nieces, Danielle and Alexis McMullin; nephew, Philip Peterson; cousin, Donny Milone. Family and friends are invited to call Thursday, November 4, 2004, from 4-7 PM at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held there on Friday, November 5, 2004 at 2 PM with Pastor Eleanor Haber officiating. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Southern Tier Hospice & Palliative Care at 11751 East Corning Rd., Corning, NY 14830, Cerebral Palsy of Chemung County at 398 Old Ithaca Rd., Horseheads, NY 14845, or the Susan B. Komer Race for Cure at the Arnot Health Center at 600 Fitch St., Elmira, NY 14905. – Elmira Star-Gazette, 3 Nov. 2004, p.4C

Frederica L. Age 78, of Corning, died Thursday, May 18, 2006, at Corning Hospital. Mrs. Weed was born in Horseheads, NY, on March 14, 1928, to Kenneth and Margaret (Erle) Mitchell. She married Clyde J. Weed in 1949 in Elmira, NY. She had been employed by Bell Telephone (Verizon) in Corning as a supervisor and also had worked in the repair office. Frederica loved to do crossword puzzles, spending time with her grandchildren, and visiting her children. She is survived by her husband, Doc; one daughter, Vaunda (Matthew Winter) Vickio of Irmo, SC; two sons, Christopher (Terri) Weed of Beaver Dams, and Martin (Wendi) Weed of Granger, IN; two sisters, Joann (Dick) Clark of Watkins Glen, and Diana (Mike) Dillon of Watkins Glen; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Frederica was predeceased by her son, Kyle Weed in 1958. Memorial services will be held on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney Street in Corning, with Tricia LaFortune officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Watkins Glen. Memorials may be directed in her name to the American Cancer Society, 1400 Winton Road North, Rochester, NY 14609-5896.

Carmella Rena Molina Age 37, of Binghamton, NY, formerly of Elmira died Tuesday, May 30, 2006, very unexpectedly. She is survived by her children, Gerald Molina, Estrella Rodriguz, Robert and Kayla Molina; mother, Norma Jean Molina; sisters, Elizabeth and Betty Jean Williams, Antonia and Jolanda Molina; stepsister, Udean Meggs; along with a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira, on Friday, June 2nd, from 1 to 2 p.m. Her funeral and committal services will follow at 2 p.m.

MOORE Charles D. Jr. Age 74, of Lake Mary Florida, died from complications related to brain cancer on May 19th. He was born in Saint Joseph's Hospital in Elmira on January 4, 1932, the son of Agnes Scarveske Moore and Charles D. Moore Sr. Growing up Charles lived on Hart Street and he and family were members of Saint Casmir's Catholic Church. Charles graduated with honors from Elmira Free Academy High School in 1949, where in addition to his academic achievements he also participated in basketball and track. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving from 1951 to 1956. He graduated from the University of Rochester in 1958 and received an MBA from Rutgers University in 1962. Charles had a long and successful career in Accounting and Finance working many years at Stromberg-Carlson in Rochester and later retired in 1996 as Corporate Controller of Astronet Inc. of Lake Mary, FL. He is survived by son, Christopher Moore of Middletown, NJ; daughter, Susan Moore and husband, Jerry Gaertner of Raleigh, NC; sister, Gloria Personius of Saint Petersburg, FL; sister, Marilyn Brett of Camarillo, CA; brother, Gerald Moore of Alexandria, VA; beloved lady friend, Trish Vander Vennet of Longwood, FL; and five nieces and nephews. Contributions may be made in the name of Charles D. Moore Jr. to The Hospice of The Comforter, 480 West Central Parkway, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714. Services were held at Collison's Funeral Home in Longwood, FL, on May 24th. Interment in Oakwood Cemetery, Raleigh, NC, at a later date.
News items of timely interest taken from the old files of The WYALUSING ROCKET and reprinted as they were in 1891. May 18, 2006

MORSEMAN – Walter E. Morseman Jr., 60 of Duncan Township, died suddenly Friday, May 12, 2006 at the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro. Born May 2, 1946 in Wellsboro, he was the son of Helen B. Rhoades  Morseman Signor of Antrim and the late Walter E. Morseman Sr. Walter was a retired truck driver for Osram, Wellsboro Division; member of the Holy Trinity Church in Antrim; and proudly served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War continuing her service with the National Guard at both Mansfield and Horseheads, NY. In addition to his mother, survivors include his wife of 39 years, Linda Davis Morseman; sons, Michael (Diane) Morseman of Antrim; grandchildren, Cody Gorda, Sara Morsemean; step grandson, Jeremy Keck; step great-grandson, Ethan Marble; sister, Linda (Charles) James of Paradise; several aunts, uncles, niece, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his stepfather, John Signor. There will be no public visitation or funeral service. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Memorial in Walter’s name may be made to the American Heart Association, 1704 Warren Ave., Williamsport, PA 17701. Arrangements are being handles by Tussey-Mosher, a Life Celebration Funeral Home, Wellsboro. – The Mansfield Gazette, 17 May 2006, p.6A

Benjamin, Mrs. Cassie M-aged 90, widow of Guy C Benjamin, died at midnight, Sunday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Elliott, in Liberty Corners. Mrs. Benjamin was born in Asylum Township Sept 19, 1859, observing her 90th birthday a week ago yesterday. Her entire life was spent in Asylum and Monroe Townships where she was held in deep regard.  In addition to the daughter at whose home she died, Mrs. Benjamin is survived by a son, Roland N Benjamin of Harrisburg; a brother, Jerome B Neiley of Durell; four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

A sad accident, which resulted in the loss of a life, occurred at Bennett’s quarry on the Leander Sturdevant farm, about one mile above Silvara, on Monday about 11 a.m. o’clock. A bank caved on Charles Newman, covering him with nearly two feet of earth. He was soon uncovered by the other workmen, but he was so badly injured that he died in about two hours after the accident. Mr. Newman was about 35 years of age and leaves several small children. One leg was broken in three places, one shoulder crushed and his head badly bruised. Submitted by Carol Brotzman.  I would like to note he was buried in the Cogswell Cemetery, Silvara, PA, his wife was the former Josephine Gertrude LaFrance

NUNIS James Edward Age 54, of Atlanta, Georgia died Thursday, May 18, 2006, in the Tranquility Hospice House. Jim was born in Elmira, New York on October 15, 1951, son of Clyde Nunis and Muriel Mathews Nunis Luce. He was predeceased by his father, Chester Luce; aunt, Marjorie Mathews; uncles, Harold, Charles and Melvin Mathews; grandparents, Charles and Lena Mathews; and his beloved dog, Rowdy. He is survived by his mother, Muriel Mathews Luce of Elmira, NY; aunt, Violet Voegele of Burlington, VT; siblings, Sandra Luce (Roger Hodyak) of MI, and Chester Luce (Charlene) Yarmouth, ME; nieces, Jennifer Culbertson and Taiya Luce; nephews, Christopher Luce and Geoffrey Culbertson; friends, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Booten (Paula) of Nashville, TN, Tom Neuman of CO, Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Walker (Valerie) of Atlanta, GA, Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Mallam (Ashley) of Atlanta, GA, Jason Piona of Atlanta, GA, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Canadey (Dianne) of PA. James was a graduate of Elmira Free Academy and the distinguished Berklee College of Music in Boston. Music was in his soul. He was an accomplished artisan who handcrafted guitars; many of them were purchased by nationally known musicians. He was an excellent athlete, cycling for the city of Atlanta and involved in many sporting activities. Memorial services were held in Atlanta, GA and Elmira, NY. His cremains will be dispersed in California. Donations may be made to Chemung County Humane Society & SPCA, Route 352, Elmira, NY 14903. Arrangements entrusted to Olthof Funeral Home, Inc.

OBER – William E. Ober, age 43 of Horseheads, NY died unexpectedly on Wednesday March 23, 2005. Bill was born August 30, 1961 in Corning, NY the son of James L. Ober and Darla J. Zoerb Ober. He was a graduate of Corning East High School Class of 1980. Bill married his beloved wife Mary L Swinsick Ober on August (, 1986. He was a very active and devout member of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Horseheads serving his church as the Acolyte Master. Bill was an avid hunter and sportsman who loved nature and all his pets. He was a former employee of Toshiba and MT Picture Display in Horseheads, NY for nearly twenty years. Above all, Bill loved his family and cherished the time spent with them. He will be greatly missed by his loving family and his friends. Bill is survived by his wife Mary L. Swinsick Ober; daughters: Jessica L. Ober and her special friend Jay Dee Benjamin and Caryn A Ober and her special friend Will Schilte; mother, Dalra J. Zoerb Ober of Elmira, NY; father and step mother: James L. & Rosemarie Ober of Painter Post, NY; sisters and brothers-in-law: Kimberly S. & Samuel DiGiacomo of Horseheads, NY and Alicia J. & David B. Ketchum of Painted Post, NY; mother-in-law: Celia A. Swinsick of Blossburg, PA; sister-in-law and brother-in-law: Karen A. & Dwight Fry of Trout Run, PA; nieces and nephews: Nathan Fry, Nicholas Fry, Anthony DiGiacomo, Alyssa DiGiacomo, and Shanyn Ketchum; step-brothers and step-sisters: Julie Bump of Corning, NY, Gary & Sally Bohart of Corning, NY, Jim & Carol Conrad of Horseheads, NY, John & Kim Conrad of Naples, NY, and William & Cathy Stewart of Nelson, PA; several step-nieces, step-nephews, cousins and a multitude of caring friends. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Lynch Funeral Home, 318 West Broad Street, Horseheads, NY on Monday March 28, 2005 from 3-6 PM. Requiem Mass will be celebrated at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 408 South Main Street, Horseheads, NY on Monday at 7:30 PM with the Rev. John Rafter officiating.  – Elmira Star-Gazette, 27 March 2005

PAGE Donald W. Donald Wesley Page of Roaring Branch, Tioga County, PA, died Thursday, June 8, 2006 at Robert Packer Hospital. He was 83 and husband of the late Mildred (Stock) Page. Surviving are four sons and three daughters. Calling hours will be Saturday, 4 to 7 p.m. at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, PA. Services will follow at 8 p.m.

Betty Jean (Palmer) Age 77, of Lake Panasoffkee, Florida, died on January 24, 2006 after a courageous battle with cancer. Friends are invited to attend a memorial service to celebrate her life at the First Baptist Church of Elmira on Saturday, May 13 at 2:00 p.m. Betty is survived by husband, Edward L. of Lake Panasoffkee, Florida, son and daughter-in-law, David and Patti Phillips of Celebration, Florida, daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Larry Reddon of Gansevoort, NY; son, Edward W. Phillips of Lake Panasoffkee, Florida, brother, Roy Palmer of Elmira; brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Ella Mae Palm er of Elmira; sister-in-law, Leone Phillips; six grandchildren; eight great children; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and special friends, Alan and Bonnie Baker of Elmira Heights, NY. Betty was preceded by her father and mother, Roy and Ruth Palmer, sister-in-law, Madeline Palmer; brother, Donald Palmer; sister, Helen Palmer; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Lee and Jenny Phillips; brother-in-law, Robert Phillips; and sister-in-law Marjorie Lovell. Betty was born in Cortland, NY on May 20, 1928. She was a 65 year member of First Baptist Church of Elmira, having served in many ministries during her lifetime. Donations can be made to Hospice of Lake and Sumter, 12300 Lane Park Road Tavares, Florida.

Dec. 11, 1918
Miss Eva Partridge, formerly of Charleston, died Nov. 25 at the home of her sister, Mrs. W. T. McKean, in Denver, Colorado.  She is survived by one other sister, Mrs. R. W. Bailey, of Wellsboro, with whom she spent some time last summer.  She had a host of friends in this vicinity.

Mrs. Howard Clugstone
Mrs. Myrtilla P. Clugstone, 68, of Rt. 6, Oneida, formerly of the Corning area, died Friday in Oneida (1974).  She was born in Knoxville, Pa. on November 30, 1907, daughter of Fay and Anna Ruggles Partridge.  Her husband, Howard Clugstone, died in 1971.  Mrs. Clugstone was employed as a clerk with the New York Central Railroad until her retirement in 1970.  She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Anna Krings, of Syracuse, and one brother Oswald Partridge of Oneida, also several nieces and nephews.  Burial will be in Hope Cemetery.

Peggy Louise Patterson–Loucks Of Ponca City, OK died on Wednesday, March 1, 2006, in the OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City after a short illness. She was 57. Peggy was born in Wellsboro, PA, on January 26, 1949, to Raymond and Velma Patterson of Lawrenceville, PA. She spent most of her years in Knoxville, PA, where she attended Knoxville Elementary and Williamson High School, afterwards working as a photographer and raising her family. She moved to Midwest City in 1982 and resided there for several years before moving to Ponca City. Peggy was an active member of The New Hope Christian Fellowship Church. She is survived by her husband, Michael Hankla at home; two sons, John (Kim) McCullum of Buffalo, NY, Steven Loucks of Ponca City; daughter, Peggy Jo (Dale) Loucks Duncan of Tonkawa; stepchildren, Marty Hurst of Tonkawa, Leticia Rodriguez of Omaha NE, Brandi Arriola of Tonkawa, Amber Hankla of Okeene, and Michael Allen Hankla of Ponca City; 27 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brothers, Edward (Lila) Patterson, Richard (Salli) Patterson, Leonard Patterson, Donald (Louise) Patterson, all of Tioga PA; sisters, Geraldine Lehman of Corning, Arlene (Jud) Price, and Sharon Loucks, both of Tioga PA, foster brother, Jim Whitney of Austin, PA; and foster sister, Doris Hand of Lake Demon, NY. She was predeceased by her parents, Velma and Raymond Patterson; and by her foster parents, Lou and Mary Whitney; and by her foster brothers, Alvin and Lynn Whitney; and her foster sister, Anna Smith. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 4, 2006, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Tonkawa, OK. Burial was in Tonkawa IOOF Cemetery. A memorial service will be held for family and friends at the Wesleyan Church in Millerton, PA, Saturday, May 20, 2006, at 2:00 p.m.

RAUTIO Michael Age 59, of Hoffman St., Elmira, NY died Thursday, May 25, 2006, at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira. Michael was born in Waverly, NY, son of the late William and Ellen (Olson) Rautio. Michael was an avid swimmer and loved to travel. He truly enjoyed nature for what it is, but the love for his family was most important. Survivors include daughters, Lisa (Bud) Thayer and Ellen Rautio; sons, Timmy, Andrew and William Rautio; sisters, Kathryn (Fred) Detschel, Roz (John) Namet, Robin Patterson and Candy (Hal) Patterson; brother, Tim Rautio; grandson, Randy Thayer; several nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to call Sunday, May 28, 2006, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Service of Remembrance will follow at 2 p.m.

Esther E. Age 88, of 224 W. Main Street, Elkland, PA, formerly of Ithaca, died Wednesday, June 7, 2006, at the Chemung County Nursing Facility. Born March 23, 1918 on Long Island, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Augustina Rousendorff Reidt. Prior to her retirement, Mrs. Spielman had been employed by Cornell University for 30 years as an Administrative Assistant. Mrs. Spielman was the first woman president of the IMC. She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Ithaca and was active in the Women's Community Building. She enjoyed writing poetry, making wedding cakes as well as playing her organ. She loved animals, especially dogs and cats. Mrs. Spielman is survived by her sons, David R. (Melinda) Spielman of Syracuse and John H. (Diane) Spielman of Elkland, PA; grandchildren, Peter Spielman and Amy Spielman, both of Syracuse, Michelle (Charles) Lang and Kristina Spielman, both of CA; step grandchildren, Brian Maloney, Katherine Maloney and Mike Kelly, all of Elkland, PA; great-granddaughter, Marianna Spielman of CA; nieces, Karen Iacovelli of SC, Susan Duffy of IL; and nephew, Robert Reidt of Dresden. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brothers, Robert and Walter Reidt and her sister, Erna Saladino. Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m., Sunday, June 11, at the E.C. Wagner Funeral Home of Ithaca, Pastors Jon Clayburn and Werner Stavenhagen officiating. Friends may call from 12-1:00 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be held in Danby Rural Cemetery at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the SPCA.

Janine Age 79, of Elmira, died Monday, June 5, 2006 at her home. Janine was born in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada on May 4, 1927. She is predeceased by her husband Ronald A. DuPont, mother Yvonne Boisvert, sister Giselle Charbonneau and brother Paul Roberts. Janine is survived by her daughter Cathy DuPont of Chicago, IL; sisters and brother-in-law, Paulette and William DuPont of Phoenix, AZ and Denyse Roberts of Trois Rivieres, Quebec, Canada; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Emilien DuPont of Elmira, Andre and Berthe DuPont of Elmira, Jacques and Anita DuPont of Horseheads, Jean Guy and Pierrette DuPont, Marcel DuPont and Claude DuPont, all of Canada; along with numerous nieces and nephews. Janine was a seamstress and had a clientele of 400 customers when she retired. In her spare time she loved to work on large puzzles. Janine was a long time communicant of St. Anthony's Church. Friends are invited to a Memorial Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, June 9, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Anthony's Church. Donations in Janine's memory may be directed to the American Cancer Society, 1316 College Avenue, Elmira, NY 14901. Arrangements by McInerny Funeral Home.

ROBINSON John Robert died very unexpectedly on Saturday, May 20, 2006 at his home in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. John was born April 30, 1948 in Corning, NY to Lawrence F. Robinson and Elizabeth Allen Robinson. He was predeceased by his father in September, 1989 and his mother in October, 1999. John is survived by his wife, Denyse Levesque Robinson; son, John R. Robinson Jr. (Omayra Martinez Robinson) of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; stepdaughter, Joanne Kingsley (Gilles); two granddaughters, Jessica and Annie of Montreal, Canada; brothers, Gary A. Robinson (Nancy) of Corning, NY and David D. Robinson (Carol) of Tampa, FL; sister, Sheryl K. Cross (Bill) of Plattsburgh, NY; and several nieces and nephews. John was President and CEO of Southeast Frozen Foods since 1989, when he succeeded the company founder, Lawrence Udall. John joined Southeast Frozen Foods in 1987 as President of Operations and Financial Planning. He has a B.S. in Business from Elmira College. John has three decades of experience in the food storage and distribution business. He got his start in the industry at the Flickingers Wholesale Food Company in Elmira, working his way up from the finance department to division controller while putting himself through night school. After a stint at another food company in Butler, PA, John went to work at the Peter J. Schmitt Company, where he served as Vice President and Controller. John then took over as General Manager of HCW Inc. in Buffalo, NY. The family will receive friends and relatives at Baird-Case Funeral Home and Cremation Service on Thursday, May 25, 2006 from 4 to 7 p.m. The Funeral Service will be Friday, May 26 at 11 a.m. at the Funeral Home Chapel. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

ROOT Eugene H. Age 67, of Palm Bay, Florida, died
May 26, 2006. Born in Elmira, New York, he was a Retired Tool and Dye Maker. He came to Brevard Co. in 2004 from Elmira, NY. Eugene was a member of Bethany Baptist Church in West Melbourne. He loved the Lord, belonged to the Christian ACTS Organization of Elmira, NY, and was an avid fisherman. Survivors include his wife, Louise; son, Martin; and daughter, Amy Carroll, both of Chattanooga, TN, and daughter, Luanne (Jason) Georgevich of Hamburg, NJ; grandchildren, Mary Beth and Ava; and a brother, Perry (Joanne) Root of Polk City, FL. There will be no calling hours. A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, May 31, 2006, at 3:00 p.m. at Brownlie & Maxwell Chapel in Melbourne. Anyone planning expressions of sympathy is asked to consider Vitas Hospice Foundation.  

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