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ALLYN PHYLLIS ALLYN BRENNAN, 80, of East Athens, died Sunday, May 15, 2005 surrounded by her family. Born July 28, 1924 in Warren Center, Pa., she was the daughter of Fred and Myrtle Coffman Allyn. Phyllis was a member of the East Athens Matrons Club and led the East Athens 4-H Club. She graduated from Ridley Lowell Business Institute in Binghamton. She worked as a secretary for an insurance agency in Binghamton until her marriage. Phyllis and her husband John settled on the Macafee farm in 1947 and ran the farm until John died in 1996. Many people will remember Phyllis by her homemade baked goods and egg sales. Phyllis is predeceased by: her husband John in 1996 and a brother, Hank Allyn. She is survived by: her five children, Roxann and Ronald Callear of Milan, Janine and Ken Callear of Athens, Marjorie Brennan of Athens, J. Arthur and Karen Brennan of Athens and Stephen Brennan of Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild; sisters, Geraldine Cressman of Newark Valley, N.Y., and Laura Jean Strunk of Nichols; brothers, Eugene Allyn of Oklahoma City, Okla., Hartley Allyn of Apalachin and Dever Allyn of Candor. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made in Phyllis Brennan's name to the Scranton State School of the Deaf, 1800 North Washington Ave., Scranton, PA 18509-1799. Funeral arrangements and caring assistance are entrusted to the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home, Inc., 225 S. Main St., Athens. Contributed by Carol Brotzman. –Sayre Evening Times.

NORMA JEAN BACON.  On the morning of Friday, March 18, 2005, Norma Jean Bacon, 34, of Wellsboro, died unexpectedly at the Troy Community Hospital.  Known to her family and friends as Jean, she was born in Blossburg on Oct. 7, 1970.  At an early age Jean displayed a God-given talent for the creative arts.  She was well known for her exquisite still life sketches and hand crafted greeting cards, all of which she freely gave away without regard for monetary or other personal gains. Her wit and sense of humor led her to create humorous cartoons as well.  Jean was a great fan of the popular music and fashions of the 1980’s, so much so that her family often joked about her being stuck in that particular decade. She was a free spirit who often marched to the beat of a different drummer. But at the same time, Jean was a warm, loving person with a heart of gold who would do all she could to help a friend in need. She will be sadly missed by the many lives she touched.  Jean is survived by her mother and stepfather, Edna (Vanzile) Carr and Lewellyan Carr of Gillett; son, Dennis Franklin Bacon of Canton; brothers, Christopher Bacon of Coudersport and Tom and Marlene Carr of Canton; sister, Laura and Allen Roy of Gillett; step-grandfather, Christopher Ott of Canton; her fiancée, Ed Navone, Jr., of Canton; one niece and numerous nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.  Calling hours will be from 6 - 9 p.m. Wednesday at Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Inc., 40 N. Center St., Canton.  Funeral services will be conducted at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Duane Taylor and Rev. David Morris officiating.  Contributed by Carol Brotzman.

FREDRICK RICHARD BAILEY, 62, of Towanda RR 2, Towanda Township, Pa., died Saturday, May 6, 2006, at Memorial Hospital, Towanda, Pa.  Born Feb. 20, 1944, in Sayre, Pa., he was the son of Charles Wandell and the late Sara Bailey. Frederick attended the Wysox and Towanda schools.  He was formerly employed by the Fontaine Weaving co. in Towanda, the Lehigh Valley Railroad, Towanda Iron and Metal, and Robert Hettich Construction in Towanda.  Frederick enjoyed spending time with his family and the outdoors, working in his yard and vegetable garden, fishing, hunting and going for rides in his Blazer.  He is survived by his father, Charles Wandell of Elmira, N.Y.; his companion of many years, Marcella Benjamin of Towanda; five special daughters, Katrina Parker and her husband, John Parker, of Towanda, Tammy Saxbury and her husband, Mark Saxbury, of Elmira, Lucinda Saxon of Towanda, Marty Jo Stroud and her husband, Robert Stroud, of Towanda, and Tashia Benjamin and Jerry Chilson of Canton, Pa.; 11 special grandchildren, Tony Conklin, Wendy Nichols, Summer Benjamin, B.J. Parker, Shawn Saxon, Scott Saxon, Cody Benjamin, Markie Saxbury, Dillion Benjamin, Kalob Benjamin and Haven Benjamin; nine special great-grandchildren; aunts Emma Larrabee and Kathryn Vanderpool, both of Towanda; and uncles Charles Bailey of Towanda RR 5 and John and Lloyd Bailey of Towanda.  The funeral and committal service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 11, 2006, at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, and with the Rev. Paul Benjamin officiating.  The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.

ERNEST L. ‘ERNEI’ BALDWIN, 69, of Gillett died on Saturday July 8, 2006 at Robert Packer hospital with his family by his side.  Ernie was born September 24, 1936 in Honesdale, PA the son of the late Mortimer and Wealtha Brennan Baldwin.  He was also preceded in death by his two sisters, Gloria and Frances; three brothers, Louie, Mort and Joe.  Ernie is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Catherine Ann Gillilland Baldwin; brother, Eugene Baldwin of Westfield, PA; five daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda and Ronald Bull of FL, Deborah and Lee Granger of Elmira, Tina and Donald Lewis of Elmira Heights, Theresa and Samuel Misko of Horseheads, Kimberly and Jeffery Covell of Elmira Heights; son and daughter-in-law, Scotty and Terri Baldwin of Elmira.  He has several nieces, nephews and grandchildren and loved them all.  Ernie worked construction and drove truck over the road, as well as had his own tavern, “Ernie’s Place” in Elmira.  He enjoyed camping, fishing, his dogs Hootie and Jada, but most of all he enjoyed his family and friends.  There will be a gathering at Ernie’s home for his close friends and family on Thursday, July 13, 2006 at 6:00 p.m.  It was Ernie’s wish to have no calling hours.  Those who would like may make memorial donations to Robert Packer Hospital, Dialysis Unit, 8th Floor, 1 Guthrie Square, Sayre, PA in Ernie’s memory.  Arrangements are being handled by Olthof Funeral home, Inc.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

STEPHEN J. BALL, 41, Wilkes-Barre, formerly of Allen St., Meshoppen, died suddenly at the Tyler Memorial Hospital, Tunkhannock, Dec. 13, 2005.  Born on January 25, 1964 in Meshoppen, he was the son of Jean M. Warren Ball and the late Joseph G. Ball who died on May 3, 1997.  He was a graduate of the Elk Lake High School class of 1982 and graduated from Millersville University in 1989.  For the past 16 years he had been employed as a Certified Nuclear Medical Technician at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.  Mr. Ball was a member of the Meshoppen United Methodist Church, the South Auburn Grange #1188, the Meshoppen Rod and Gun Club and he was an associate member of the Rought Hall Post #510 American Legion, Black Walnut, PA.  For many years he was a member of the Wyoming County Red Cross Disaster Relief Team.  He was also an honorary member of the Meshoppen Volunteer Fire Dept., Station #2, very active with their fundraising and helping with all their chicken barbecues.  In his time with his family he enjoyed his nieces and nephews.  Surviving are his mother, Jean M. Ball, Meshoppen, PA; a sister, Laura J. (Jay) Lane, Jenningsville, PA; and brothers, Michael J. Ball, Meshoppen, PA and Frank W. (Patricia) Ball, West Chester, PA; two nieces and two nephews and a great-niece and great-nephew, several aunts, uncles and cousins.  Besides his father, he was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Frank and Anna Ball; maternal grandparents, Charles and Sarah Warren and an aunt, Grace Ball.  Memorial services were held Dec. 18 from the Meshoppen United Methodist Church, with Rev. Sandra Yerton of the church officiating.  Interment will be at the convenience of the family at the South Asburn Cemetery.  The family suggests that those who wish may make memorial donations to the Meshoppen United Methodist Church, the Meshoppen Volunteer Fire Dept. or to the charity of the donor’s choice.  Arrangements were under the direction of the Sheldon Funeral Home.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

LAWRENCE WILLIAM BARNES.  On the afternoon of Sunday, Dec. 22, 2002, Lawrence William Barnes of Roaring Branch RR1 died quietly at Carleton Senior Care in Wellsboro. He was 73 years of age.  Born April 19, 1929, in the Lycoming County village of Langton, he was one of six children in the family of Ardel and Edna (Hurlburt) Barnes.  Lawrence was employed for many years as a lumber grader for L.L. Baumunk & Son. As a young man he was introduced to a girl named Grace Moyer, and before long a romance blossomed.  They were united in marriage on Aug. 4, 1951, and together they raised nine children. Lawrence was an active member of Canton Lodge #429, Loyal Order of Moose, where he often engaged in one of his favorite pastimes, pitching horseshoes. For many years he participated in their weekly tournaments.  Lawrence was also an avid hunter and fisherman, and enjoyed vegetable gardening. He had a natural knack for things mechanical, and could often be found making repairs on the cars of friends and neighbors. In fact, Lawrence was the kind of man who could always be counted on to lend a helping hand whenever and wherever necessary.  Lawrence is survived by his wife of 51 years, Grace, at home; his sons, Thomas and Sue Barnes of Canton RR2, Lawrence "Jake" and Kimberly Barnes of Morris Run, Charles Barnes and Linda Wilber of Canton, and Michael and Nora Barnes of Canton RR 2; daughters Nancy Nybeck of Muncy, Pam Brotzman of Grover, Miranda Barnes of Mainesburg, and Donna and Paul Patrick of North Carolina. He is also survived by brothers Elwin Barnes of Canton RR 3, Arthur and Thelma Barnes of Roaring Branch, and Stephen Barnes of Beech Flats; sisters Christina Saunders of Dushore and Frances Rupert of Montgomery; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Shirley (Fitzwater) Barnes, and a brother-in-law, Jim Saunders.  Calling hours will be held Thursday, Dec. 26, at Morse and Kleese Funeral Home Inc., 40 N. Center St., Canton from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., during which time members of Canton Lodge #429 L.O.O.M. will accord honors.  Funeral and committal services will follow at 1 p.m. with the Rev. James House, pastor of St. John's United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be private.

BENNETT –BONNIE L. BENENTT LAWRENCE, 59, well-known resident of Monroeton, died Saturday evening, Aug. 14, 2004, at the Robert Packer Hospital, in Sayre.  Born Sept. 17, 1944, in Sayre, she was the daughter of the late Sterling Bennett and Minerva Hottenstein Bennett McMahon. Bonnie was a graduate of Towanda High School Class of 1962 and later graduated from the Empire Beauty School in Williamsport, Pa.  She owned and operated Bonnie's Beauty Shop in Monroeton for over 30 years until 1993. Bonnie was later employed by Metadyne Corp. in Towanda from 1997 until the time of her passing. She enjoyed her employment at Metadyne and the friendship of those with whom she worked.  Bonnie was a member of the Monroeton United Methodist Church. She possessed great love for her family, home and friends and enjoyed working outdoors, gardening, flowers, crafts and quilting.  Surviving are her husband, Russell D. "Rusty" Lawrence, at home; her daughter, Jill C. Johnson and her husband, Shawn Johnson, of Towanda RR 3; two grandchildren, Jenna M. Johnson and Michael P. Johnson; three brothers, Ronald L. Bennett of Towanda, Robert F. McMahon and his wife, Susanne McMahon, of Granville Summit RR 3, and Hugh L. McMahon and his wife, Maria McMahon, of Lockwood, N.Y., a sister, Diane M. Kulick and her husband, Jon Kulick, of Wysox RR 2; a mother-in-law and father-in-law, Naomi and Duane Pepper of Franklindale; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ronald and Jacqueline Lawrence of Franklindale; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and many special friends.  She was preceded in death by her father, Sterling Bennett; her mother, Minerva Hottenstein McMahon; her stepfather, Edward J. McMahon; a grandson, Aaron Michael Johnson; and a special aunt, Viola Johns.  A memorial service will be held Thursday, Aug. 19, at 3 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, with the Rev. Ronald Troup, pastor of the Monroeton United Methodist Church, and Rev. Jasper Smith officiating. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the funeral home.  The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the Monroe Hose Company, P.O. Box 48, Monroeton, Pa. in Bonnie's memory. –Towanda Daily Review, Aug. 16, 2004

JASON ALLEN BENNETT, age 27, of Sugar Run, died on Saturday, May 31, 2003. Jason was born in Towanda, on February 4, 1976 son of Richard Allen and Charlene Long Bennett.  He graduated from the Wyalusing Valley High School, a member of the class of 1995.  He attended the Northern Tier Technical School in Towanda, where he specialized in Auto Body Repair.  Jason was an avid outdoorsman and especially enjoyed deer hunting.  He was also an active member of the Harley Davidson Motor Cycle club. The club sponsors Poker Benefit Rides to raise funds for local charities and Jason participated in many rides in the Bradford County area.  Surviving are: Parents: Richard & Charlene Bennett, of Sugar Run, Brothers and sisters-in-law: Tony & Kim Bennett, of Angier, NC, Tom & Dawn Bennett      of Lisle, NY, Grand parents: Clifton & Pauline (Peggy) Bennett, of Camptown, Several aunts and uncles, Nieces and nephews: Bryan Bennett, Colton Bennett, Ashlyn Bennett, Levi Bennett and numerous cousins. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, June 4, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, PA.  Interment will be in the Rushville Cemetery. Friends may call on Tuesday, June 3, 2003 at the funeral home from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The family will provide the flowers and direct memorials to the Jason A. Bennett Memorial Fund, Peoples State Bank, PO Box 217, Wyalusing, PA.  There will also be a Harley Poker Benefit Ride held in his memory at a later date. Contributed by Carol Brotzman.  –Wyalusing Rocket

RICHARD FRANKLIN BLAKE SR., 75 Richard Franklin Blake Sr., 75, of 452 Cayuta Ave., Waverly,  N.Y., died Monday, Feb. 21, 2005 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre. He was born Aug. 13, 1929 in Canton.  He was the son of the late Maude Ann Blake. He was retired from Ingersoll-Rand. Mr. Blake was a member of Skiff-Bower VFW Post No. 1536 of Sayre. He is survived by: son, Larry of Owego; son, Randy of  Scranton; daughter, Debra of Delaware; daughter, Veora "Peaches" of Arizona; son, Richard Jr. of Towanda; a special friend, Carol; and numerous grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Thursday, Feb. 24 at 4 p.m. at the Blauvelt Funeral Home, 445 Waverly St., Waverly. Submitted by Carol Brotzman.  –Sayre Evening Times Feb. 25, 2005

GERALD A. ‘JAKE’ BOYD, 62 years old of West Chester, PA died Sunday, August 6, 2006 in Chester County Hospital after a long illness due to respiratory failure.  He was the husband of Kathy White Boyd.  Born in Canton he was the son of Elizabeth Cole Boyd of Canton and the late Emory Marshall Boyd.  Jake worked as a Supervisor for Delta Airline Operations for 33 years both at Kennedy Airport and at Philadelphia Airport retiring in 1996.  He served in the US Army from 1965-1967.  His many interest included playing the accordion, guitar, organ, Bluegrass music, sailing on the Chesapeake Bay, computers, performing magic tricks, cooking, camping, flea markets and was a family historian and genealogist.  He will be deeply missed by all of his family.  In addition to his mother and wife, Jake is survived by a son, Matthew Boyd of York, PA, son, Michael Boyd of West Chester, PA; grandchildren, Kevin Boyd of St. Mary’s, PA and Makayla Ashley Boyd of West Chester, PA; brother, William Boyd, husband of Alene, Canton; sister, Barbara Boyd, Towanda, PA; mother-in-law, Catherine White, West Chester, PA; daughter-in-law, Yajaira Candelario and many beloved nieces & nephews.  He was preceded in death b y his daughter, Michelle Boyd DiMattel.  Funeral services were held August 10 at the DellaVacchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, Inc., 410 N. Church St., West Chester, PA.  Interment was held at St. Agnes Cemetery, West Chester.  In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to American Lung Association, 527 Plymouth Rd., Suite #403, Plymouth Meeting, PA or American Red Cross, 523 E. Gay St., West Chester, PA.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

CHARLES L. ‘CHARLIE’ BROWN JR., age 59, of Troy, Pa., died at home on Monday, Jan. 23, 2006.  He was born on Dec. 14 1946, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. (Marjorie) Brown Sr. Charlie married Amy S. (Lyon) on Oct. 21, 1995.  Charlie was a member of the Church of the Great Outdoors; he was always in a constant spiritual awareness.  Charlie enjoyed music, golf, hunting, fishing, horses, camping, drums, Indian relics, nature and conservation. He was the best listener in the world to everyone he came in contact with and knew. He had lots of friends and no enemies, loved carpentry and was a maple syrup connoisseur.  He was a guide to family and friends, a “spirit keeper”, teaching the ways of the Lenape people, passing this knowledge on so as never to be lost to us.  In addition to his wife, Amy, Charlie is survived by his brothers, Paul W. Brown of Wellsboro, Pa., and Leroy Brown of Kennett Square, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews.  A time of remembrance will be held starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Brown residence at RR 2, Box 2460, Everts Road, Troy.  The family asks that if you have any musical instruments, please bring them with you.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Vickery Funeral Home Inc., 110 W. Main St., Troy, Pa.

BROWN –GERALD ROYCE. Age 69, of 119 Marion Street, Clover, SC, died February 16, 2006 in York County, SC. He was born March 18, 1936 in Shunk, PA, son of the late Willard Lawrence Brown and Helen Caseman Brown. Mr. Brown was a member of Crowders Creek A.R.P. Church where he was in the choir and served as Deacon and Elder. He was a little league baseball coach in the Bethany community and was a machinist for over 45 years. He retired from Baldor Electric Co., Fort Mill, SC. Survivors include his wife, Shirley Ann Teribury Brown of the home; daughter, Terry Lorraine Brown, Winston-Salem, NC; sons, Dondi LaVerne Brown, Calhoun Falls, SC, Duane Lawrence Brown, Clover, SC, Bradley LaRue Brown, Rock Hill, SC, Roger Lee Brown, York, SC; brother, Eugene Elwood Brown, Towanda, PA; sister, Janice Marie Kellogg, Milan, PA; stepmother, Helen Brown, Troy, PA; grandchildren, Adam Douglas Brown, Cory Steven Brown, Amanda Christine Brown, Megan Elizabeth Brown, Brittany Erin Brown, Bethany Ellen Brown, Baylee Elizabeth Brown, Jonathan Artist Brown, Brandon Todd Brown, and Dustin Lee Brown. Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Tuesday, February 21, 2006, at Crowders Creek A.R.P. Church, conducted by the Rev. James McLurkin and Rev. Charles Mitchell. Interment will be in the Church cemetery. The family received friends from 7-9 Monday, February 20, at M.L. Ford & Sons Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Crowders Creek A.R.P. Church, 207 Crowders Creek Road, Gastonia, NC 28052; Bonclarken, 500 Pine Drive, Flat Rock, NC 28731; or Troy Baptist Church, Troy, PA. M.L. Ford & Sons Funeral Home, Clover, SC, is serving the family of Mr. Brown.

BURNSIDE –IRENE BURNSIDE SNYDER, 77, widow of Eugene C. “Coonie” Snyder, of Towanda RR2, Asylum, PA, died on Friday evening, May 27, 2005 at Skilled Nursing Unit of Memorial Hospital, Towanda. Born May 2, 1928 in Moosic, she was the daughter of the late John and Anna Radle Burnside. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Emma and Neil Brown of Towanda; two granddaughters and their spouses, Darlene and William Maynard of Standing Stone, Jenny and Timothy Ennis of Monroeton; three great-grandchildren, Jacob and Mitchell Maynard and Elizabeth Ennis; six brothers and sisters-in-law, Charles, George and David Burnside of Towanda, John and Alberta Burnside of Ulster, Edward and Phyllis Burnside of Towanda, William and Paulette Burnside of Tunkhannock; a special sister, Dorothy Woodward and her husband, Charles of Sylvania; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Irene was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene C. Snyder on Nov. 24, 2004; her father, John Burnside in 1965; her mother, Anna Radle Burnside on March 20, 2004; two brothers, James Burnside, who died serving the U.S. military in Korea in 1953, and Oliver Burnside on March 13, 2003. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, Towanda, is assisting Irene’s family with arrangements. The family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to the Wysox Presbyterian Church in care of Margaret Gordon, RR2, Box 260, Wysox, PA 18854 in Irene Burnside Snyder’s memory. Contributed by Carol Brotzman. –Wyalusing Rocket

RACHEL MARIE CALHOUN, 24, of Athens died peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, March 20, 2005 at her home.  Rachel was born on Sept. 5, 1980 in Sayre, the daughter of James P. and Madelyn (Banke) Calhoun.  Rachel attended school in Athens and received her diploma in 2000 from the American Home School program. Rachel enjoyed writing short stories and spending time with her cats and dog.  Rachel is survived by her parents, James and Madelyn Calhoun; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jim W. and Ruth Calhoun of Athens and Mark R. and Cindy Calhoun of Athens; maternal grandmother, Mildred Banke of Towaco, N.J.; aunts and uncles; Adele and Robert Decker of Rockaway, N.J., Doris and Oscar Predmore of Fairlawn, N.J., Kate and Herb Lewis of Flanders, N.J.; George Calhoun of Ursina, Pa., Robert Calhoun of Island Pond, VT., and David Calhoun of Island Pond; nephews, Isaac, Micha, and Aaron Calhoun; niece, Melissa Fleming; and several cousins, among them special cousin and friend Ethan Schurter of Waverly.  Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service and celebration of Rachel’s life on Saturday, April 2, 2005 at 4 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witness, 62 Pitney St., South Waverly in loving memory of Rachel Marie Calhoun.  Caring assistance is being provided by the Cooley family of the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols.  Contributed by Carol Brotzman  By CQ News CQ Service, 22 March 2005.

HARRY VANHORN (VAN) CARTER, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2005, at Glens Falls Hospital, Glens Falls, N.Y. Born on June 26, 1927, in Sayre, he was the son of the late Harry M. and Theodora VanHorn Carter. He was also predeceased by his son, Gregory Harry Carter, and his granddaughter, Jessica Anne Bayer. Carter was raised in Meshoppen. After graduating from Meshoppen High School in 1945, he served in the U.S. Army for two years and was discharged with the rank of sergeant. He met his eventual wife, Esther Gregory Carter, at Hartwick College in Oneonta and graduated with a degree in biology. He was employed as a chemist for Lederle Laboratories in Pearl River. In 1960 he joined its pharmaceutical department and moved to the Glens Falls area. In the late 1960s he joined the New York Department of Health, holding positions in Glens Falls and Albany, and retiring in 1991. Carter enjoyed volunteering in many capacities and was a member of the South Glens Falls United Methodist Church. He was also a Mason and former member of the Rotary Club.  In addition to his wife of 52 years, he is survived by daughters Kimberly Bayer and Vanessa Chamberlain, and husband Kevin; grandchildren Carter, Stephanie and Gregory Chamberlain, and Casey, Harry Carter and Abigail Bayer; brother Philip, Hyde Park, N.Y.; sisters-in-law Adella York and Winifred Miller and husband Jack; and nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held at the South Glens Falls United Methodist Church on Jan. 16. Memorial donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Federation., 6 Warren St., Glens Falls, NY 12801; Albany chapter of  Spina Bifida Assn. of America, 109 Spring Rd., Glenville, NY 12302; South Glens Falls UMC, 15 Maplewood Pkwy., South Glens Falls, NY 12802; or Boy Scout Troop 99, c/o Dan Underwood, 76 Feeder Dam Rd., South Glens Falls, NY 12803. Submitted by Carol Brotzman.  The New Age Examiner

CHAMBERLAIN, MARTHABEL C. BEACH, 99, died on Saturday, April 15, 2006 at her home in Sayre, where she had resided since June 16, 1916.  She was born Nov. 15, 1906 to Charles and Ella Chamberlain in Canton.  Following the death of her parents a week apart in 1914, she and her nine brothers and sisters were cared for by their grandfather, John Spencer, who found homes for the 10 children. Marthabel was adopted by the late Arthur and Kitty Mae Folwer Warburton and brought to Sayre.  A graduate of Sayre high School, she attended Beckley College in Harrisburg and worked a short time at Ingersoll-Rand in Athens. Marthabel married Louis G. Beach on Nov. 23, 1929. He predeceased her on Feb. 7, 1976.  She is survived by their daughters, Barbara A. Brooks, with whom she resided, and Betty J. Pack, who lives next door. She was the grandmother of Kathy (Michael) Daniel of Lynchburg, Va., Mark Pack and Jennifer Hicks of Sayre and John (Missy) Brooks of Van Etten, N.Y.  Marthabel was affectionately known as Blue Gram to her great-grandchildren, Eric Sealander of Scotts Depot, W.Va., Maureen, Kristy and Katherine Hicks, and Jonathan, Nicole and Christopher Pack of Sayre.  She was extended family and grandmother to Paul McCabe, Lonnie and Steven Hicks and Nick Lee and dear friends, Nancy Jo, Kim, Phyllis and Mary.  Marthabel is also survived by a sister, Elizabeth Tracey and a brother, George Bulkley, both of Canton, and a sister-in-law, Minnie Shepard of Towanda. She also had many nieces and nephews of whom she was very fond and their visits held special memories for her. She was always comforted by the presence of John and Missy’s dog, Dusty, and her cat, Poco.  She was predeceased by sisters, Margaret Wright and Verna LaMont; and brothers, Ernest, Maurice and Ralph Chamberlain, Robert Cole and Dean Shepard.  Family and friends may call Wednesday, April 19 from 1-2 p.m. at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home, Inc., 225 S. Main St., Athens.  Funeral services will follow Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with her pastor, the Rev. James Donahoo, of the Sayre Christian Church, where she was a baptized member since she was a young girl.  Memorial donations may be directed to the Sayre Christian Church, 427 S. Keystone Ave., Sayre, Pa. or the Sayre High School Archives, in care of Kay Husick, 331 W. Lockhart St., Sayre, Pa.

ALBERT CLARK CHILSON, 72, on the morning of Wednesday, May 8, 2002, longtime Alba resident died quite unexpectedly at Troy Community Hospital. He was 72 years of age.  Born Jan. 31, 1930, in Elmira, N.Y., he was the only child of Raymond and Marion (Clark) Chilson. Known to everyone as Clark, he came to western Bradford County as a small child, when his parents purchased a farm in Minnequa. In his youth Clark attended both Canton and Troy schools.  In 1947 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, a hitch that would carry over into the Korean War. After returning home Clark was employed by Kennedy Valve Co. of Elmira, retiring in 1990.  One day while enjoying a meal at the old Canton Diner, Clark struck up a conversation with a waitress named Joyce Kinch. Although initially unimpressed, the young woman was somewhat intrigued by his straightforwardness and eventually accepted Clark's invitation for an evening out. One thing led to another, and soon romance was in bloom. Clark and Joyce were united in marriage Feb. 28, 1953. They made their home in Alba Borough and raised a daughter. Clark was a man of many facets. He was a skilled mechanic and virtual jack-of-all-trades. He enjoyed fixing everything from appliances to cars. When not indulging in some mechanical venture, Clark reveled in the intellectual practice of debating. He was a man with an opinion on just about everything and could convincingly argue his point with the best of them.  He was also a great lover of the outdoors. In earlier days he enjoyed hunting and fishing.  In recent years, Clark added bird watching to his daily routine. He was especially fond of hummingbirds and would photograph them as they performed their daily aerial ballet in his back yard.  Clark was a member of the Alba Christian Church, Canton Lodge No. 429, Loyal Order of Moose, American Legion Post No. 49 and VFW Post No. 8675. Most of all, Clark enjoyed the company of his loving family, and they were at his side to the very last.  Clark is survived by his wife of 49 years, Joyce, at home; daughter, Cami (and Joe) Smith; and granddaughter, Cayla Aislinn Smith, all of Alba, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Elizabeth Crawley, in February of 2002.  In accordance with Clark's wishes, there will be no public calling hours or services.  Professional services have been entrusted to Morse and Kleese Funeral Home Inc., 40 N. Center St., Canton.

CHILSON –DOROTHEA CHILSON THOMAS, age 83, of County Route No. 60, died peacefully on Wednesday, March 23, 2005 at St. Joseph's Hospital. Dorothea was born September 30,1921 in Monroeton, Pa., the daughter of the late Oscar and Florence (Vargason) Chilson. Dorothea married Roland J. Thomas on May 12, 1950 in Waverly, NY. They have celebrated 54 wonderful years of life and love together. She is survived by: Her beloved husband, Roland; loving daughter, Linda Buckley of Chemung; much-loved grandchildren, Kevin Peel, Matthew St. Pierre, Jared Peel, and Nichole St. Pierre; brother, Lawrence (Elizabeth) Chilson of Pine City, NY; mother-in-law, Elsie Thomas of Chemung; son-in-law, Richard St. Pierre of Mosherville, Pa.; sister-in-law, Greta Flanagan also of Chemung and several nieces and nephews. Dorothea was predeceased by her loving children: son, Roland J. Thomas in 1980; daughter, Sharon St. Pierre in 2001; and sister, Gladys Hagios. In her earlier years, Dorothea was employed by the Eclipse in Elmira Heights, N.Y. Then she and her husband, Roland, purchased their farm in Lowman, and have maintained it through the years. They also worked together in the insurance field for several years. Family and friends are invited to call at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira, N.Y. on Friday, March 25, 2005 from 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.. Funeral Services celebrating her life will be held there on Saturday, March 26 at 11:00 a.m. The Reverend William McFarland will officiate. Interment will take place at a time convenient to her family in the Riverside Cemetery, Lowman. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the Roland J. Thomas Scholarship Fund, c/o STC BOCES TNA Memorial, 459 Philo Road, Elmira, N.Y.14903.  Contributed by Carol Brotzman  Wyalusing Rocket April 28, 2005

COBB –BEULAH M. MCCARTY, 82, of State Street, Wyalusing died on Thursday, Nov. 3, 1995 in her home following a lingering illness.  She was born on Nov. 6, 1912 in Stevensville, daughter of the late Benton and Elmira Granger Cobb.  Beulah was a graduate of Wyalusing High School class of 1929, after which she attended Mansfield State College and Elmira Business College.  On May 23, 1932 she was united in marriage with Murray J. McCarty of Sugar Run, Pa. and they celebrated their 63rd anniversary together this past May.  Mrs. McCarty was an active member of the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church, including teaching church school for many years, a member of its Fidelis Class and a member of the Wyalusing Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star.  Beulah’s love for her family and friends showed by her involvement in all she did.  She had a special love for her flowers and garden which showed by the beautiful flowers she cared for.  She is survived by her husband, Murray M. McCarty, a daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Roy and Joann Bigler of Laconia, N.H., two grandchildren, Lori Nava of El Cajon, Calif. and Mark D. Bigler of Laconia, N.H. and six great-grandchildren.  Beulah was predeceased by two brothers, Granger Cobb of Baltimore, MD and Raymond Cobb of Forkston, Pa.  A memorial service will be held at a later date.  Memorials may be directed to the Guthrie Hospice, Box 154, RR 4, Towanda, Pa. or the Guthrie Home Care, Box 60A, RR 4, Towanda in her memory.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Kerry-McHenry Funeral Home, Wyalusing, Pa.  –Towanda Daily Review

GLENN COMFORT, 90 of Memphis died July 29, 2006 at Baptist East Hospital. Visitation will be on Tuesday, August 1, from 58 p.m. at Memphis Funeral Home Germantown Parkway Chapel. Service will be on Wednesday, August 2, at 2 p.m. at Memphis Funeral Home Germantown Parkway Chapel. Burial in Memphis Memory Gardens Brother Comfort served the Lord as a minister of the Southern Methodist Church for 38 years, including 12 years at Barton-First Southern Methodist Church in Memphis, President of the Southern Methodist denomination for eight years, he founded numerous churches throughout the South. Glenn is survived by two daughters Glynn Ann Goss and her husband Joe of Bartlett, Martha Comfort of Somerville, MA. Two granddaughters Marlee Goss and Anne Frances Comfort-Cole, one sister Beatrice Ludwig of Greenville, SC. Glenn was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years Anne Frances Vaughan Comfort and their son Glenn David Comfort. Memorials may be made in Glenn’s honor to the Pacific Garden Mission, 646 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60605. Memphis Funeral Home 901-725-0100  -The Commercial Appeal on 7/31/2006.  Memphis, TN

RICHARD EDWARD CUMMISKEY, age 67, of Albany Township, PA, died unexpectedly on Thursday, April 21, 2005 in Florida. He was born on Dec. 10, 1937 in Towanda, son of the late Edward and Helen Ruby Jennings Cummiskey. Richard was a veteran, having served in the United States Air Force. He was presently employed as a truck driver for F.F.E. Trucking. His memberships included the B.P.O.E. in Towanda and the North American Teamsters Union. Richard enjoyed fly-fishing, hunting, gardening and being in the outdoors. He enjoyed being with his family and especially time spent with his grandchildren. Surviving are his wife, Vicky Lynn (Patton) Cummiskey at home; three children, Angie and James Jones of Sweetser, IN, Amy Fassett of New Albany, Joshua Cummiskey of New Albany; a brother, Jerry Cummiskey; three grandchildren, Trenton, Emma and Taya and by several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Cummiskey and a sister, Evelyn Bedford. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April 27 at 7 p.m. in the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore, with the Rev. Robert W. Martin, pastor, officiating. Friends and family called on Wednesday evening at the funeral home from 5 to 7 p.m. Contributed by Carol Brotzman

Elaine Marie Age 63, of Boynton Beach, FL, died at home with her family on Tuesday, August 8, after a 12-year battle with Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma, or ACC, a rare cancer of the salivary gland. Formerly a teacher in the Corning-Painted Post School District, she is survived by her husband, Phil of Boynton Beach, FL; her daughter, Kimberly of Broomall, PA; and two brothers, Craig and Charles D'Andrea. She is predeceased by her parents, Charlotte Wilma Wells and A. Thomas D' Andrea. Born in Norwalk, CT, Elaine was a graduate of Ithaca College, with a BS in Music Education, and of Elmira College, with an MS in Elementary Education. She was an early director of the Women's Chorale of 171 Cedar in Corning, and recently enjoyed singing with the select South Florida group, The Delray Beach Chorale. Those wishing to make contributions in her name may send them to Hospice of Palm Beach County, Inc., 5300 East Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 33407. The family would like to extend special thanks to the Teal Team of Hospice of Palm Beach County, who provided relief, comfort, and outstanding service during the last three weeks of Elaine's life. Obituaries for 08/13/06

DAVIES –STEPHANIE WEBB 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.  –Elmira Star Gazette

DAVIS –MARTHA ANN BAILEY, 56, Canton, died early Friday morning August 11, 2006 at Memorial Hospital’s Skilled Nursing Unit in Towanda.  Born in Blossburg, November 27, 1949, she was a daughter of Frank “Tot” Grenell and the late Guy Davis.  Martha was a graduate of Canton Area High School.  Most recently she was employed by BonTon in Williamsport as Department Manager for several years until her failing health no longer permitted her to work.  Throughout life it was her main interest to provide for her home and family.  She enjoyed visiting with friends and was a loving mother, grandmother and sister.  In addition to her Mother, Frank “Tot” Calvert, Bodines; she is survived by two children, Jennifer (Stacy) Ferguson, Canton and Mark (Shana) Bailey, Panama City, FL; grandchildren, Emily and Bailey Ferguson; sister, Sharon (Max) Micklisch, Ralston; brothers, Glen (Roxanne) Davis of Michigan and Stanley (Denise) Kolanda of Virginia; the father of her children, Gerald Bailey, Troy; many nieces, nephews and cousins.  A memorial Service and celebration of Martha’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 19, at the First Christian Church of Alba with its pastor, Rev. Thomas Blackall officiating.  A private burial will be held in the Wildwood Cemetery, Williamsport.    The family suggests memorials in Martha’s name be made to Memorial Hospice, 1 Hospital Dr., Towanda, PA.  The Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton is assisting the family with arrangements.  –Canton Independent Sentinel
CHARLES A. ECKMAN, 69, of Tampa, FL, formerly of Canton, PA, died Friday, May 9, 1997 at his home in Florida.  Born May 22, 1927 in Canton, he was the son of the late Charles E. and Lois E. Fields Eckman.  Charles was raised in the Canton area and entered the US Navy in 1944.  He was a tool maker in Canton and later in Marion, NY until his retirement in 1978.  He is survived by daughters, Carlene Vanaman, Rochester, NY, Connie Cutler of Lyons, NY and Bena R. Clark of Canton; a son, Charles J. Eckman of Hauula, Hawaii; a brother and sister-in-law, Florence and Orrin Finogle of Canton; a sister, Bena Burr of Canton; six grandsons; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  Chuck was predeceased by a sister, Gladys Kosmer, in 1988; two wives, Madeline Terry Eckman, in 1978 and Evelyn Johnson Eckman, in 1996.  A memorial service will be held at the Pepper Funeral Home in Canton on May 17 (1 pm ) with the Rev. Jasper Smith officiating and Canton Post No. 714 according full military honors at the funeral home.  Memorials may be directed to the Seminole American Legion Post No. 111 Boys State Fund, Florida Avenue, Tampa, FL.

HALL –LOLA L. MCCONNELL, 74, of S. Waverly died unexpectedly Tuesday July 11, 2006 at the Robert Packer Hospital.  Born February 9, 1932 in Sayre the daughter of the late Joseph and Cora Mae Rhinebold Hall.  Lola enjoyed painting, crafting, especially making rag dolls, playing cards with her grandchildren, riding around town on her scooter and collecting porcelain shoes and skunks.  She was an auxiliary member of the South Waverly Fire Department.  She was employed with the Robert Packer Hospital in Central Supply after which she worked at the Sayre House Nursing home where she retired after many years of service.  Lola was predeceased by her son Earl McConnell, brothers, John Hall, Harold Hall and Ralph Kinney.  She was also predeceased by her sisters, Julia Havens, ruby Wolcott and Esther Parks.  Survivors include: daughters, Nancy Webster of South Waverly, PA and Mary Jane and Scott Fairbanks of Catasauqua, PA; sons, James Jr. and Vanaessa McConnell of Peru, NY, Richard and Sue McConnell of South Waverly, PA, David McConnell of Waverly, NY and Paul and Amy McConnell of South Waverly, PA; sister, Martha Adam of South Waverly, PA; 22 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  Family and friends may call at the Keystone Baptist Church at 351 Fulton St., South Waverly on Friday July 14, 2006 from 6 to 8 p.m.  Funeral services will follow at 8:00 p.m. with the Rev. James Fox, Pastor officiating.  –Towanda Daily Review

GEORGE LEWIS HATTON, age 81, of Mildred, PA, died on Thursday, August 24, 2006, at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA.  He was born on July 21, 1925 in Mildred, a son of the late Lewis Edward Hatton and Margaret Hood Hatton.  George is a graduate of Cherry Township High School.  On April 8th, 1949, he married the former Miriam Zaner Hatton.  George and Miriam had celebrated 54 years of marriage. His wife preceded him in death on February 11, 2004.  Mr. Hatton has been a lifetime resident of this area.  He was a member of Redeemer Church, and served on the church Consistory and Joint Consistory.  Prior to his retirement, he was employed by Endicott Johnson for 43 years.  George had coached the first Dushore Midget League in 1948, having helped form the league.  He served in various offices for over 25 years.  He was an original member and past president of the board of directors of White Ash Land Association; served as a school board director for several years; was an Associate Judge in Sullivan County for two years. He played two years for the Philadelphia Athletics Farm System in Dover Delaware; and played softball until the age of 60.  Mr. Hatton is a 50 year member of Evergreen Lodge No. 163 F. & A.M.  He was an avid hunter, and was a St. Louis Cardinals and Penn State Fan. He leaves surviving his children: Charlotte (Hank) Doolin, of Atlanta, Ga., Janet (Matt) Bubb, of Williamsport, Pa., Larry (Linda) Hatton, of Dushore, Pa.; grandchildren: Melissa (Kevin) Luffman, of New Hampshire, Nicole Doolin, of Nashville, TN, Logan Hatton, of Dushore, Pa., Sam Bubb, of Williamsport, Pa., Lucas Hatton, of Dushore, Pa.; by sisters: Cornelia Hopkins, of Binghamton, N.Y., Eudora Courtney, of Vero Beach, FL., Laura McCracken, of New Castle, Pa.; by a brother: Webster Hatton, of Columbus, OH; and a brother-in-law: William Zaner, of Wyalusing, Pa.  In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a sister: Hilda Hatton, and by his mother-in-law: Cora Zaner.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 26, 2006, at 1 p.m. in Redeemer Church, with Pastor Darcy Miller, and Rev. Robert Martin, pastors officiating.  A Masonic Funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 26, beginning at 1 p.m.  Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery, at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Dushore Midget League, c/o Sue Mullen, P.O. Box 421, Dushore, PA 18614, or the Boy Scouts of America Troop No. 8, c/o Scoutmaster Donald Newell, R.R. 4, Box 4294, Wyalusing, PA in Mr. Hatton's memory.  Arrangements were entrusted to the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter Street, Dushore, Pa.  –Towanda Daily Review

MARY C. HESS, 88, of Montrose, Pa., died, March 28, 2005 at the Endless Mountains Health Systems, Montrose. Born October 27, 1916 in Sayre, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Samuel P. and Florence (Smith) Hess. She was a caseworker for the Department of Public Assistance for 28 years and later volunteered at the Susquehanna Free Library.  She was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. She was a poet who had a number of poems published. Mary was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Susquehanna County Historical Society, and also the Montrose Cemetery Association. She was interested in many environmental projects and loved the outdoors.  Mary always expressed a great love for Montrose and the surrounding countryside. Survivors include brothers and sisters-in-law, Samuel A. and Annabel Hess, Mt. Prospect, Ill., Robert N. and Josephine Hess, Brownsville, Pa.; three nieces and one Nephew. Services will be held 4 p.m., April 7, 2005, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 60 Church Street, Montrose, Pa. The family suggests that, if desired, memorial contributions may be made to Susq. Co. Historical Society & Free Library Assoc., 2 Monument Square, Montrose, PA 18801; Montrose Minute Men, P.O Box 461, Montrose, PA 18801; United Fire Company, P.O Box 286, Montrose, PA 18801; or to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, PO Box 314, Montrose, PA 18801.Arrangements have been entrusted to the Bartron-Myer Funeral Home, Inc., A Selected Independent Funeral Home, 74 Church Street, Montrose, PA 18801. Contributed by Carol Brotzman.  Susquehanna Independent Weekend, Apr. 6, 2005. (Sayre Lady)
Betty L. Holdren, 74 - 2/10/2005 Wyalusing Rocket

GLENN HEWITT, 78 Gainesville, FL, died January 22, 2002 at Lanier Park Hospital, FL following an extended illness.  Born in Troy, he was the son of the late Glenn and Lucena Hewitt.  He lived most of his life in Gainesville where he was a member of the First United Methodist Church.  He served in the U.S. Marines and was a Mason, attending Stone Lodge.  He worked for may years as a personnel manager of Peachtree Doors.  Survivors include his wife, Dee Hewitt, Gainesville; two daughters and six grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law, Jean and Merle Kendall, Troy; sister, Janet Tillotson, Troy; brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Margaret Hewitt, El Cajon, CA.  Funeral services were held at Memorial Park Chapter in Gainesville, January 25 with Dr. Phil Denmore and Dr. Gerald Thurman officiating.  Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery.  –Towanda Daily Review

HOLCOMBE –MARY KAY ‘MAMIE’ CONFAR, 63, of Dushore, PA died on Friday, July 28, 2006 at the Williamsport Hospital.  Mamie was born November 8, 1952 a daughter of Richard L. & Ann Driscoll Holcombe of Dushore.  She graduated from St. Basil’s High School a member of the class of 1960.  She graduated from Mansfield University with a B.A. and M.S. in Art.  Mamie taught elementary school art in the Troy and Sullivan County School Districts until her retirement in 2004.  She was a superb teacher and was greatly admired by her students.  Mamie was a member of St. Basil’s Church in Dushore and a member of St. Basil’s & St. Francis Altar and Rosary Society.  She was also a member of Alpha Zeta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society of women educators and an outstanding member of the Red Hat Society.  Mamie had a great sense of humor and enjoyed the company of her many friends and colleagues.  Surviving in addition to her parents, are a daughter, Eileen A. Metheny of King-of-Prussia, PA; a son, Benjamin Radencic, Williamsport; husband, John Patrick Confar, Seattle, WA; brother and sister-in-law, Richard J. & Paula Holcombe, LaPorte, PA; sister and brother-in-law, Marjorie A. & Thomas Gorsky, Penn Yan, NY; five granddaughters; tow great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was predeceased by a husband, George A. Radencic Jr. on June 20, 1996.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 5, 2006 at 9:30 a.m. from the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA.  Interment will be in the adjoining parish cemetery.  Friends may call on Friday, Aug. 4, 2006 at the funeral home from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  Members of the Altar and Rosary Society will recite the Rosary at 3:00 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.  The family will provide the flowers.  Memorials may be directed to:  The Mary Kay Confar Elementary School Art Fund, % Citizens & Northern Bank, PO Box 339, Dushore, PA.  -Canton Independent Sentinel

HUFFORD –ESTHER E. TEBO of Elmira, NY Age 94, formerly of Tioga, PA, went home to be with the Lord on August 17, 2006.  Esther was born on January 1, 1912 in Northumberland, PA, the daughter of Harry and Alice Hufford.  She married Thomas M. Tebo, Sr. on November 21, 1931, who predeceased her in 1985.  She is also predeceased by her daughter, Marion Wheeler in 2002; brothers, Emerson and Howard "Bob" Hufford; sisters, Ina Leister and Lillian Alexander.  Survivors are daughter, Ruth (Clifford) Cornell of Lake City, FL; son, Thomas Jr. (Peg) Tebo of Dundee, NY; eight grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, several nieces, nephews, special niece, Mary Gidney; and devoted friend, Robin Sherman.  She was a devoted homemaker, loved her family, friends, playing the organ and crocheting. Esther played the organ as a member of the Tioga Methodist Church for 23 years.  Calling hours will be held at the Olthof Funeral Home Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., on Sunday, August 20, 2006, from 2 to 4 p.m. Funeral and committal service there at 4 p.m. Pastor Beth Bouwens will officiate.  Graveside service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. in Elmwood Cemetery, Caton, NY.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Caton Methodist Church.   –Elmira Star Gazette

RICHARD ‘DICK’ HULSLANDER, 64, of Troy, RR 1, (Armenia Township) died unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 15, 2006. He died while doing what he loved best, working in his garage.  Born on Dec. 16, 1941, in Elmira, N.Y. Dick was a son of the late Fred and Eunice (Craig) Hulslander.  He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving with the U.S. Army.  Dick married the former Sharon Harris at the East Canton United Methodist Church on June 15, 1974. They made their home near Alba on Armenia Mountain.  Dick’s calling was to work on cars. He was an accomplished auto mechanic and fabricator who could study a situation, see through the possible problems, and then do the best fix as needed. Dick worked for Columbia Cross Roads Equipment, Hulslander’s Garage in Troy and Outwater Pontiac in Wysox before starting his own repair business at his residence.  In 1988 he was able to purchase and operate Dick Hulslander’s Garage on Sullivan Street in Canton until 2003 when he “semi-retired” to his garage on the mountain.  A supportive and generous husband and father, he was also blessed with many friends. His love of cars became favorite hobbies. Dick raced at the former Chemung Speedrome and pulled tractors and trucks throughout the Pennsylvania/New York Area. He built modified and mini stock cars and trailers to haul them.  He also enjoyed being part of the pit crew at Redline Races in Granville.  Surviving are his wife of 31 years, Sharon at home, Four children; Brenda Moeller of California; Rodney (Judy) Hulslander of Massachusetts; Lynnette Hulslander of Waterloo, N.Y. and Kylie (Jerry) Slater of Ulster, four grandchildren, Bradley, Ashley and Carley Moeller and Trey Richard Hulslander; two step-grandchildren; Harley and McKenzie Slater; a brother, Larry “Rusty” Hulslander of Millerton; a sister, Marge (Howard) Selleck of Prattsburg, N.Y., a special niece, Kaylee Jo Pierce and many nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was predeceased by a sister-in-law Linda Hulslander.  Family invites friends to call from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton.  A time of fellowship will follow at 6 p.m. at the Hulslander home. In keeping with Dick’s wishes, interment will be private.  In lieu of flowers, his family suggests your consideration of a memorial in Dick’s name to the American Heart Assoc. 1704 Warren Ave., Williamsport, Pa. –Canton Independent Sentinel

HUNISINGER –DORIS M. HUNSINGER MARTIN HYNES.  Age 89, of Bethany Manor, Horseheads, NY, died Monday, April 4, 2005. Doris was the daughter of the late Samuel E. and Zemma M. LaBarre Hunsinger, born December 8, 1915 in Sayre, PA. She is survived by her son, Ted (Anne) Martin of Beaver Dams; four grandchildren, Kim (Kirk) Smith of Watkins Glen, Deb (Greg) Clark of Burdett, Mark Johnson of California, Sam (Melody) Johnson of North Carolina; seven great-grandchildren; nephew, Ron Hynes of Breesport; and very special friend, Dolores Neuman of Buffalo, NY. Doris was predeceased by her first husband, Theodore Martin; second husband, Sidney Hynes; daughter and son-in-law, Carol (Bob) Johnson; and infant daughter, Mary Doris Smith. Doris attended Pine Valley United Methodist Church, and volunteered for many years at the Bethany Retirement Center. She was a very social person, and in her early years, she was a devoted mother and Cub Scout leader. She was a dance instructor, loved to travel, and was a terrific friend to many. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service in the Bethany Courtyards Activity Room, 3005 Watkins Road, Horseheads, NY, on Thursday, April 7, 2005, at 10:30 a.m. Pastor William Wells will officiate.  Burial: Laurel Hill Cemetery, Odessa, NY Contributed by Carol Brotzman.  Elmira Star Gazette, April 6, 2005.  3/31/2005 Wyalusing Rocket

KEIR –SHIRLEY KEIR ALLEN, 69, of Athens died Tuesday, July 12, 2005 at her home. Born Jan. 9, 1936 in Sayre, she was the daughter of Mariella Keir and the late Arthur Keir. Shirley was a graduate of Athens High School Class of 1953. She married Nelson Allen in November 1959. She loved her family, gardening, flowers and traveling. She was employed at GTE and the Guthrie Clinic in Sayre. In addition to her mother, she is survived by: her sisters, Gayle Keir of Athens, Jim and Katherine (Kitty) Felt of Sayre and Thomas and Sandra Walsh of Towanda; her nieces, Robbin and Donald Skerpon of Sayre and Tammy and Dave Mastrantuono of Waverly, N.Y.; her nephews, Rick and Jeanne Felt of Sayre, Patrick and Stacey Walsh of Monroeton, Mark Walsh of Conshohocken, Pa., and Randy and Lynette Felt of Sayre; great-nieces, Sarah Felt of Sayre, Elyse Skerpon of Sayre, Kendra and Katie Felt of Sayre and Kennedy and Kerrigan Walsh of Monroeton; great-nephews, Luke and Taylor Skerpon of Sayre, Jeffrey and Josh Mastrantuono of Waverly and Adam and Marc Felt of Sayre.  She was predeceased by: her husband, Nelson Allen; and her father, Arthur Keir. A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 16 at 11 a.m. at the Sayre Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Barbara Triggs officiating. Memorial donations may be made in Shirley's name to the Sayre Presbyterian Church Mission Fund, 203 S. Elmer Ave., Sayre, PA 18840.  Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home, Inc., 225 S. Main St., Athens. Contributed by Carol Brotzman

KENNEDY –MARY SARAH KENNEDY VANDEVELDE, age 69, of Homets Ferry, PA died on Wednesday, March 23, 2005 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA.  Mary was born July 18, 1935 in Philadelphia, daughter of the late John and Marie Coyle Kennedy. She graduated from the John Bartram High School in Philadelphia and married Lawrence VanDevelde on July 9, 1955. They would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this July. Mary was a homemaker, but worked for many years at Clifton Precision in Clifton Heights. She and Lawrence lived in Essington during their working years and retired to Homets Ferry in 1982. Mary was a loving spouse, mother and grandmother. She was an avid bingo player and enjoyed country music. She was a member of the Penn York Music Club. Surviving are her spouse, Lawrence, at home; two daughters, Paula Boyd of Aston and Linda Rivera of Homets Ferry; two sisters, Joan Hinkle of Philadelphia and Catherine Ricketti of Brookhaven; five grandchildren, Brandon Boyd, Scott Boyd, Timothy Boyd, Lawrence Rivera and Lindsey Rivera. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister, Theresa Buchanan Anderson. Funeral services were held on Friday, March 25 at 11 a.m. at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, with the Rev. Kenneth M. Seegar, pastor of St. Mary’s Church, Wyalusing, presiding.  Friends called at the funeral home on Friday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. To send condolences or sign the e-guestbook, please go to Contributed by Carol Brotzman  -Sayre Evening Times July 12, 2005.

LANE –ROSALIE LANE (HUGG) ANDRUS died in the arms of her family at home on Monday, March 13, 2006, at the age of 66. A lifelong resident of the area, Rosalie graduated from Southside High School. Her loving family, Margaret, Walter and Robert Hugg of Elmira, predeceased her. Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Andrus; her children, Scott, Anna, Amber and Sally Andrus; her grandchildren, Burt Riley, Belle Riley, Heather Andrus, Lana Marie Cook and John Jacob Cook; sister-in-law, Gladys McLean; nieces and nephews, Fred Susan, Bonnie, Robert and Dennis; several grandnieces and nephews; cousins, Shirley Davis of North Carolina; her beloved Audry Johnson of Rome, NY; along with many others that she loved and cared for. Rosalie's life was dedicated to helping others and their health and well-being. She worked for many local restaurants, attended Elmira College for nutrition, was an outreach worker for the same at Cornell Cooperative Extension, Office for the Aging as meal site director, Ernie Davis Middle School cafeteria and most recently, at Wegman's Food Court in Elmira for 7 years until she retired in 2004. She was an honest, loving, hard working person and a wonderful wife and mother. Rosalie's legacy was left through the people she touched with her beautiful spirit. Her hope was that the family homestead that she helped to expand would continue to thrive and grow, helping others attain peace and well-being. A Memorial Service honoring Rosalie's life will take place on Thursday, March 16, 2006, at 11:00 a.m. at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira, NY. The Reverend Anne Mowery will celebrate her services.  "Whatever you have learned, or received or heard from me, or seen in me - put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you." Philippians 4:9   -Elmira Star-Gazette

JOHN HENRY LUDWIG, 88, took the gentle hands of his Savior, crossed the Jordan River and heard the words "well done thou good and faithful servant" on July 20, 2006.  Born December 26, 1917 in Metamora, Mich. to the late Fred and Theresa Schenkel Ludwig, John spent his early life in Oxford, Mich., where he graduated in 1937 from Oxford High School.  As a member of Oxford Baptist Church, he felt the Lord's calling and was ordained into the ministry. In 1943, he graduated from Bob Jones College in Cleveland, Tenn. and began his full time ministry which lasted 53 years at Bob Jones University, where he oversaw the completion of the Greenville, SC campus, and where he spent most of his ministry as the Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds.  His astute thinking, wealth of knowledge, and kind spirit will be greatly missed.  He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Beatrice Comfort Ludwig; his daughters and their families, Linda (Greg) Mutzer of Palmetto, Fla. and their children, Laureen (Joshua) Wulpi of Fort Wayne, Ind. and Lorraine Mutzer of West Palm Beach, Fla.; Lois (Rich) McCall of Easley, SC and their son, Eric (Laurie) McCall and children, Gabe and Joey of Central, SC and their daughter, Kellie (Cale) Bigbee and child, Millie of Pelzer, SC; sister-in-law Fern Ludwig of Fort Collins, Colo.; and brother-in-law, Glenn Comfort of Memphis, Tenn.; and many nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his siblings and their spouses, Ed and Flo Ludwig, Emma Ludwig, Roy Ludwig, Henry and Hazel Ludwig, Dick Ludwig, Bill and Erma Ludwig, Fred and Verna Ludwig, Al and Marj Ludwig; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Irving and Goldie Shadduck Comfort and sister-in-law, Frances Vaughan Comfort.  The staff at W J Barge Hospital provided much loving care, which is appreciated by John and his family.  Visitation and services will be held where over many years, John's artistic flower and candle arrangements were displayed for weddings, in the War Memorial Chapel on the campus of Bob Jones University, 1700 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville, SC. Visitation will be held Saturday, July 22, 2006 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Services will be on Sunday, July 23, 2006 at 3 p.m., with John's pastor, Rev. Roger Dickinson, of the Independent Bible Church, Greenville, SC.  Interment will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Greenville, SC.  In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Ludwig Scholarship Fund at Gospel Fellowship Association, 1809 Wade Hampton Blvd., Suite 110, Greenville, SC 29609. This fund helps financially needy students.  The Mackey Mortuary, Century Drive.  Published in The Greenville News: 07-22-2006

HAROLD K. MCCARTY, 88, of Sugar Run died Friday evening, March 22, 1996 at his home.  Harold was born in Sugar Run, Pa. on July 31, 1907, son of the late Taylor S. and Lillian M. Warburton McCarty.  He graduated from the Wyalusing High School, a member of the class of 1925.  He worked for five years at the Sugar Run Grist Mill in Sugar Run and then attended Beckley College in Harrisburg, Pa.  He married the former Pauline Singler of Sugar Run, Pa. on Aug. 2, 1930.  They operated the Esso Station in Wyalusing for 13 years.  Harold spent three years working for IBM in Endicott, N.Y. and returned home to manage the family farm in Sugar Run.  He operated the dairy farm from 1945 to his retirement in 1970.  His first wife, Pauline predeceased him on Nov. 6, 1965.  After he retired he represented the Pioneer Seed Co. for several years.  On Nov. 26, 1968 he married the former Debbie K. Capwell of Vestal, N.Y. and she predeceased him on Feb. 16, 1971.  He married the former Esther Way of Sugar Run on March 11, 1979.  They recently celebrated their 17th wedding anniversary.  Harold was a 53-year member of Wyalusing Lodge No. 618, F & AM, which honored him in 1993 for 50 years of service in the lodge.  He was also a member of Scottish Rite Consitory, Williamsport, Pa. and Irem Temple, Dallas, Pa.  Surviving are his spouse, Esther, at home; son and daughter-in-law, Thomas M. and Judy McCarty of sugar Run; daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn and Richard Dibble of Sugar Run; brother, Murray J. McCarty of Wyalusing; sister-in-law, Madeline McCarty of Wyalusing; stepdaughters, Glenda Shores of Towanda, Betsy Swan of South Orange, N.J. and Sue Watson of Pottsdam, N.Y.; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and three nieces and one nephew.  –Towanda Daily Review

MCCOY –MRS. BETTY L. MCCOY HOLDREN, age 74, of RR1, Box 127-B, Laceyville, PA, died at Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock on Wednesday evening, Feb. 2, 2005. She was born in Chambersburg on May 28, 1930, the daughter of the late Walter James and Ethel Vinson McCoy. For many years, Betty was a secretary for the Bucks County Public Board of Assistance. She was also a secretary for the emergency department of the St. Mary’s Hospital in Langhorne. For the last nine years, Betty was the librarian at the Laceyville Public Library in Laceyville. Betty was a very active member of the Skinners Eddy United Methodist Church, serving on most of the church committees. She was also the church correspondent to many area newspapers, a past church treasurer, a member of the United Methodist Women and for many years, was the church organist. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Harold Holdren; twin sons and their wives, Donald H., Sr. and Barbara Holdren of Holland and W. Douglas and Marcia Holdren of Collegeville; two sisters, June Gilson, Croydon and Peggy Heller of Philadelphia; a brother, Walter McCoy of Springville; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held on Monday, Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. from the Skinners Eddy United Methodist Church, with Rev. Sue Wenner of the church and Rev. William Townsend, officiating. Interment was in the Lacey Street Cemetery in Laceyville. Family and friends called at the church from 12 noon until the time of the service. Arrangements were made through the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial donations to the Skinners Eddy United Methodist Church Organ Fund, RR1, Laceyville, PA 18623 or to the Laceyville Public Library, PO Box 68, Laceyville, PA 18623. Contributed by one of her best buddies at the library Carol Brotzman

EDWARD MCMAHON, 68, Monroeton, Pa. died July 24, 1996, at Memorial Hospital, Towanda.  Born in Cherry Township, December 31, 1927, he was a son of the late Frank and Mary Farrell McMahon.  Mr. McMahon served in the US Navy aboard the aircraft carrier Coral Sea in the Mediterranean from 1952-54.  He was employed by the former Acme Markets in Dushore and Towanda and served as Union steward for over 30 years until his retirement.  He was a member of SS Peter and Paul Church, Towanda; the Holy Name Society; Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 2191, Towanda; Loyal Order of Moose, Canton; American Legion Post No. 996, Dushore; New Albany VFW Post; Towanda Gun Club; and the Wheel Inn, Canton.  On October 3, 1954, he married the former Minerva E. Hottenstein in SS Peter and Paul Church Rectory, Towanda.  He was preceded in death by wife on October 9, 1994.  Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert F. and Susanne M. McMahon, Granville Summit, Hugh M. and Maria D. McMahon, Lockwood, NY; a daughter and her fiancée, Diane M. Kenyon and John D. Kulick, Towanda; son, Ronald Bennett, Towanda; daughter and son-in-law Bonnie L. and Russell d. Lawrence, Monroeton; eight grandchildren, Jill C. Cranmer Johnson, Monroeton, Jessica M. and Layla A. McMahon, Granville Summit, Ian T and Lea S. McMahon, Lockwood, NY, Sarah B. and Erin A. Kenyon and Kachine, S. Kulick, all of Towanda; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Geraldine and Judson Battin, Dushore, Rose and Robert Oliver, Wyalusing; a brother and sister-in-law, Joseph and Irene McMahon, New Albany; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by a brother Eugene McMahon and an infant sister.  A vigil Prayer Service and Towanda Elks Lodge No. 2191 Memorial Service was held Sunday evening at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, Towanda.  A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated July 29, at SS Peter and Paul Church, Towanda.  Interment was in St. Basil’s Cemetery, Dushore, PA with Dushore American Legion Post No. 996 according full military honors.  –Canton Independent Sentinel.

MOORE –RUTH M. SIMPSON, 77, of Waverly, N.Y., died Monday, April 25, 2005 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre. Born Aug. 9, 1927 in Sayre, she was the daughter of the late Orsen and Naomi Lane Moore. She was employed as a cook at Sammy's, Waverly Moose and Cole Pizza and was employed as a nurse’s aide at Robert Packer Hospital until her retirement. She is survived by: two daughters, Sally and Vine Plouse of Waverly and Susan and Jack Wheeler of Waverly; eight sons, Claude "Buzz" Harper of Harvey's Lake, Pa., William and Sherry Cole of Baltimore, Md., Raymond Cole of Waverly, James and Laura Cole of Waverly, Jeffrey Cole of Waverly, John Cole of Waverly, Carl Simpson of Waverly and Ralph Simpson of Waverly; three stepchildren, Kenneth and Sheila Simpson of Waverly, Julie Lovell of Waverly and Craig and Helen Simpson of Waverly; one sister, Carole and William Brittian of Baltimore; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by: her husband, Clinton Simpson, on Feb. 8, 1999; one son, Dennis Cole; and three brothers, Robert, Edwin and William Moore. Friends may call Thursday, April 28 from 7-9 p.m. at the Blauvelt Funeral Home, 445 Waverly St., Waverly. A celebration of her life will be presented by her family on Friday, April 29 at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Waverly.  Memorials may be directed to one's favorite charity. Submitted by Carol Brotzman

MOTT –JEAN ELIZABETH HOLCOMB.  During the early morning hours of Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2003, Jean Elizabeth (Mott) Holcomb, a lifelong resident of LeRoy Township, died quietly at the Bradford County Manor. She was 75 years of age. Born Oct. 30, 1927, in LeRoy Township, she was one of six children in the family of Wesley and Alma (LaMont) Mott.  Jean attended the LeRoy schoolhouse, and later Canton High School, graduating with the class of 1944.  She was courted by a local young man named Raymond Holcomb, and on Oct. 2, 1947, they were united in marriage at the Canton Church of Christ parsonage by the Rev. Rosterfer. Together they raised a son and a daughter.  Mrs. Holcomb was employed for many years as a machine operator with Canton Manufacturing Co., retiring in 1989. But even though she worked outside the home she was the consummate homemaker, tending to her family's every need. In her spare time Mrs. Holcomb enjoyed knitting and gardening.  She had been a member of the Open Hand Grange as well as the former LeRoy Lady Rebekah Lodge. Mrs. Holcomb had been a member of the former LeRoy Church of Christ, and more recently attended the LeRoy Independent Baptist Church.  She had been active with the Canton Senior Citizens, and during the years they shared their facility with the Bradford-Tioga Head Start she would knit mittens for all of the little children in the program. She had been an active participant in the LeRoy Old Home Day festivities each July 4, often baking the cakes to be given as prizes to the winners of the Cakewalk. She was also an active volunteer at the Bradford County Farm Museum in Troy for several years.  Mrs. Holcomb was known throughout her community as one who was always ready to lend a helping hand. Most of all, she was devoted to her family, involving herself in the lives of her children and grandchildren.  Mrs. Holcomb is survived by her husband of 55 years, Raymond, at home; son, David and Krystine Holcomb of Canton RR 1; daughter, Jane Holcomb of Dallas, Texas; grandson, Bryan Holcomb, and granddaughter, Jennifer Holcomb, of Canton RR 1; brother, Robert Mott of Troy; sisters, Dorothy Smithgall of Canton and Mary Lou and Jim Chadwick of Camptown; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Wesley and Alma Mott, and sisters Bernice Holcombe and Marion Holmes.  A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the LeRoy Independent Baptist Church with Pastor Tim Morrison and the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.  Contributions in Mrs. Holcomb's memory may be directed to the LeRoy Community Association Memorial Fund, RR 1, Box 261, Canton, Pa. 17724.  Professional services have been entrusted to Morse and Kleese Funeral Home Inc., 40 N. Center St., Canton.  –Canton Independent Sentinel.

NORTHRUP –GLADYS IONA NORTHRUP WATKINS, 78, wife of Carl L. Watkins of Litchfield Township, died early Tuesday morning, Sept. 23, 2003 at the Bradford County Manor in West Burlington. Born June 25, 1925 in Monroe Township, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Minnie Benjamin Northrup. Gladys was a graduate of New Albany High School. She was employed be the Blue Swan in Sayre and by garment manufacturing companies in Athens and Waverly for many years. Surviving are: her husband, Carl L. Watkins at home; seven children, Bonnie Quinn and her husband Joe Quinn of Sayre, David Watkins of Texas, Rhea Perry and her husband Thomas Perry of Athens, Deborah Harris of Florida, Jon Watkins of Texas, Kelly Watkins of Windham and Michael Watkins of Athens; three stepchildren, Martha Jean Watkins of New Jersey, Carl E. Watkins of Powell and Barbara Ann Watkins of Elmira, N.Y.; 13 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; eight step grandchildren; several step great-grandchildren; her sister, Marjorie Dibble who is a resident of the Bradford County Manor; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. The family will receive friends on Friday, Sept. 26, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave. Towanda, Pa. The funeral service will be held Saturday, Sept. 27, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Richard Barner, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, Towanda, officiating. Submitted by Carol Brotzman.  –Towanda Daily Review

AARON RAY NORTON, 31, Monroeton died July 20, 2006 at The Manor in West Burlington, PA.  Born February 18, 1975 in Towanda he was the son of Delores Hughes Crane and Darrell O. Norton.  He was a graduate of Towanda High School class of 1994.  Mr. Norton was formerly employed by Paper Magic, Troy and by WalMart in Tunkhannock until 1998 when declining health no longer permitted him to continue.  On August 16, 1997 he married the former Lara Anderson in Mehoopany, PA.  Aaron was a member of the Monroeton United Methodist Church and the Scenic Mountain Snow Riders Club, Towanda.  He enjoyed snowmobiling and NASCAR racing and was an avid fan of Rusty Wallace and the Chicago Bears.  Surviving are his wife, Lara Anderson Norton; daughter, Makana R. Norton, both of Monroeton; parents, Darrell O. Norton, Danville, PA and Delores Crane and her husband, Mark Crane, Towanda RR #4; brother, Jeremy S. Norton and his wife Sophie Norton, Dry Ridge, KY; several aunts, uncles and cousins.  A private funeral service was held at the convenience of the family.  The Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, Towanda assisted his family with arrangements.  The family requests memorial contributions are directed to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY or to the First United Methodist Church, PO Box 3, Monroeton, PA in Aaron Ray Norton’s memory.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

RICHARD F. ‘DICK’ NUSBAUM, 61, of 19 Lincoln St., Waverly, N.Y., died Monday, Oct. 25, 2004 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre.  Born Aug. 27, 1943 in Waverly, he was the son of Truman and Marion Slater Nusbaum. He graduated from Waverly High School in 1962. He was a self-employed barber at the Terminal Barber Shop in Waverly for 25 years. Dick was chairman of the Waverly Recreation Commission and coached Waverly Recreation girl’s basketball for many years. He is survived by: his wife of 34 years, Ann, at home; daughters and sons-in-law, Denise and Dave Matweecha of Philipsburg, Pa., and Nikki and James T. Birney of Waverly; grandchildren, James V. and Cassandra Birney of Waverly; sister and brother-in-law, Sandra and Raymond Berry of Reading Center, N.Y.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Michael and Nancy Hughes and Bob and Linda Hughes, both of Waverly; his mother-in-law, Betty Hughes of Waverly; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by: his parents; and a brother and sister-in-law, Truman and Janice Nusbaum. Family and friends may call Wednesday, Oct. 27 from 6-9 p.m. at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home, Inc., 225 S. Main St., Athens. A memorial service will be held Thursday, Oct. 28 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Anne Bey Canfield, pastor of the Waverly United Methodist Church, officiating. Memorials may be made in his name to the Waverly Recreation Commission, in care of John Hogan, 358 Broad St., Waverly, NY 14892. Submitted by Carol Brotzman.  –Evening Times.

EDWIN OSWALD, age 56, died on Oct. 12, 2003 at the Troy Hospital. He was born on March 27, 1947 in Philadelphia, Pa. the son of the late Raymond and Mary (Woodrow) Oswald. Edwin was employed by Wrisley Excavating, a member of the Northern Tier Repeater Group and loved riding his Harley-Davidson and racing cars with his son. Edwin is survived by his wife, Lynn (Bartman) Oswald, son Shannon Oswald of Monroeton, Pa. daughters; Michele (Alex) Ryzinski of Jeffersonville, Pa., Lindsay Oswald of Westchester, Pa., and a brother Donald (Glenda) Oswald of Missouri. A graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Vickery Funeral Home, Inc. of Troy, Pa. contributed by Carol Brotzman.  –Towanda Daily Review

EDWARD D. OWEN JR., 25, of 102 Seneca St., Sayre, died at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2004. He was born June 11, 1979 in Sayre. He enjoyed fishing and cooking. He was a loving husband and father. He was predeceased by: his grandfather, Henry Croteau Sr.; great-grandmother, Ina Seager; and grandfather, Anthony Vischansky. He is survived by: his wife of one year and two days, Elizabeth, at home; his children, a son, Justin Henry Owen, and stepdaughter, Juliette Elizabeth Pierce, both at home; his mother and father, Cindy and Rick Vischansky of Milan; his maternal grandmother, Joanne Croteau of Sayre; paternal grandmother, Dorothy Vischansky of Towanda; brother and sister-in-law, Joseph Allen and Loretta Owen of State College, Pa.; sister, Stephanie Campbell of Milan; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 16 at 11 a.m. at the Waverly United Methodist Church, 158 Chemung St., Waverly, N.Y., with the Rev. Anne Bey Canfield, pastor, officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the Ingersoll-Rand Federal Credit Union, for a college fund for Justin Owen and Juliette Pierce, at 199 N. Main St., Athens, PA 18810. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home, Inc., Athens. Contributed by Carol Brotzman.  –Evening Times.

STANLEY B. ‘PETE’ PACKARD, age 86, died peacefully on Tuesday, March 16, 2004 at home surrounded by his loving and caring family.  He was born April 18, 1917 in Elmira, NY, the son of the late Theodore C. and Linnia (Baumann) Packard.  He was predeceased by his grandchildren, Donna Kendall and Patricia Packard; sisters, Dorothy Hudson, Mary (Harold) Wenck, and Louise Woodard; and brothers, Robert (Leatrice) Packard and Theodore Packard. Stanley was married to Rosa Morley on April 3, 1943 in Elmira, NY, by the Reverend Bruce Pierce in his parsonage on Spruce Street. They have enjoyed 61 wonderful years of life and love together.  His survivors include his loving wife, Rosa; sons, Richard S. and JoAnn Packard of Gillett, PA; Dale R. and Cecelia Packard of Eagle River, AK; daughters, Linda L. (Richard Lumbard) Getola of Elmira, NY; Nancy E. and Wendall Kendall of Granville Summit, PA; beloved grandchildren, Carol (Rex) Roy, Keith Packard, Nicole (Justin) Bates, Gwendolyn Packard and Zack Packard, Christopher (Gena) Getola, Brian (Michelle Garrison) Getola, Donald (Jill Sorge) Getola, Jeff (Roni) Kendall, Bradley Kendall, and Wendy (Jeff) Taylor; along with 12 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; sister, Loretta (Raymond) Trzypkowski of Cuba, NY; brother-in-law, James Woodard of Sayre, PA.  'Pete' as he was affectionately known by all, retired from the Troy Area School District at the Mosherville Elementary School after several years of dedicated service as custodian. He also enjoyed painting and farming and was an avid hunter. For many years he mowed and maintained lawns for the residents of Mosherville and the surrounding areas. 'Pete' and Rosa got great pleasure in selling flowers and vegetables they had grown in their own greenhouse. In his spare time, 'Pete' cut and sold firewood as well. He received his greatest joy from his family, especially his grandchildren.  According to 'Pete's' wishes there will be no prior calling hours. His cremation will take place at the South Port Crematorium, Inc. at the convenience of his family. Memorial donations may be directed to the Mosherville Elementary School, Mosherville, PA; the Big Elm Volunteer Fire Department, RD # 2 Box 249, Millerton, PA; or to the Guthrie Hospice-Towanda, RD # 1 Box 154, Towanda, PA.  Towanda Daily Review.

KENNETH PARK SR., 63, of Punta Gorda, Fla., died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005 as a result of a car accident in Roanoke, Va. He was born in Sayre, the son of Ronald C. and Marian McNett Park. His lifetime work was a general trade plasterer. He enjoyed traveling, fishing and bluegrass music. He was predeceased by: Nancy Rose of Athens; Mary K. Hack of Athens; and William R. Park of Florida  Ken is survived by: three sons and their families, Kenneth Jr. and Linda Park of Owego, N.Y., and Tim and Joe Park of New Orleans, La.; brother and sister-in-law, Ronald C. Sr. and Phyllis Park of Athens; sister and brother-in-law, Jean and Ted Swan of Elmira, N.Y.; sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Alfred Seager of Sayre; sister-in-law, Donna Park of Florida; grandchildren, Bryce, Kiersten, Kailey, Maegan and Gabriel, as well as other beloved grandchildren by marriage; and numerous nieces and nephews, two of them being Mary Mitchelle of Sayre and Jean Hack of Athens. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held Saturday, Jan. 22 at 1 p.m. at the Nichols Baptist Church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home, Inc., Athens. Submitted by Carol Brotzman.  Sayre Evening Times, January 18, 2005.

DONALD E. PRESTON, 70, of 515 Stevenson Street, Sayre, died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2004 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Donald was born on Sept. 17, 1933 in Waverly, N.Y., to Guy and Myrtle Bellows Preston. Donald graduated from Athens High School and was proud to be a Bulldog. He retired from the Hilliard Corporation in Elmira, N.Y., after 40 years as a toolmaker. Don was an avid sports fan and was always seen at local high school sporting events. He enjoyed golf, bowling, and working in his yard. Don played fast-pitch softball with the Athens Pharmacy softball team, and enjoyed going to Elkland, Pa., to watch fast pitch softball tournaments. Don loved the L.A. Dodgers and the N.Y. Giants. He was a member of the Waverly Moose and Sons of Italy. Don was very active in the Sayre Elks club, serving on many of the lodge chairs, and numerous committees. He loved to ride horses. His special love was spending time with his grandchildren. Don is survived by his wife of 41 years, Marie, at home. Don and Marie would have celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary on June 9. He is survived by his children and grandchildren: son and daughter-in-law Daniel and JoAnn Preston, grandchildren Aaron and Shelby of Ravena, N.Y.; daughter and son-in-law Donielle and Mickey Farrell of Athens; grandchildren: Eric, Donald and Chloe; son and daughter-in-law Douglas and Tammy Preston, grandchildren Dalton of White Haven, Pa. He is survived by sisters Marie Seeley of Elkland, Pa., Barbara Mastellar of Sheshequin, Pa., Elizabeth Madigan of Sayre, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Don was preceded by his parents, brothers Guy Raymond, Francis, Clarence, Marshall, and Raymond Preston, and sister Lucille Reed.   At Donald's request, there will be no calling hours. A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family, with Pastor James Donahoo of Sayre Christian Church, officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests memorial contributions in Donald's name be made to Bradford County Humane Society, U.S. Route 220, Ulster, Pa.; Stray Haven, 194 Shepard Rd., Waverly, N.Y.; Sayre Library, 122 S. Elmer Ave., Sayre, Pa.; Greater Valley EMS, 904 N. Lehigh Ave., Sayre, Pa., and to the Brent Kitchen Memorial Fund Resource Development Department, 1 Guthrie Square, Sayre, Pa., 18840. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blauvelt Funeral Home, 126 N. Elmer Ave., Sayre. Submitted by Carol Brotzman.  Towanda Daily Review. 2/4/2004

PRUYNE –BROWNYN CAROLYN ‘BONNIE PRUYNE KEGEL, 63, of R.R.1, Russell, died Saturday, May 14, 2005, at her home in Scandia, Pa. She was born May 5, 1942 in Sayre to the late James R. and Margaret Doughton Pruyne. Bronwyn was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Warren, where she was an active member of the choir. Raised in Milan, she attended college at Mansfield State University. She received her teaching degree in 1963. She was a certified teacher in five areas: social studies, language arts, math, science, and special education. She was a popular substitute teacher at both Warren and Eisenhower High Schools. She and her husband were members of Blueberry Hill Golf Club. She enjoyed reading, gardening, golf, nature and theater. Bronwyn is survived by: her husband of more than 40 years, Andrew J. Kegel; four daughters, Megan Nilon of Jacksonville, Fla., Jennifer Wilegus of Southaven, Miss., Kimberly Kegel of Charleston, Mass., and Heather Shepherd of Nashport, Ohio; one brother, James A. Pruyne of Ulster; seven grandchildren, and two nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, William Pruyne in 1971. Family and friends will be received at the Peterson-Blick Funeral Home, Warren, from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, 2005. A Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, at 11:00 a.m., at the First Presbyterian Church, Warren, with Dr. David Leininger, pastor, officiating. Memorial donations made be made to Hospice of Warren County. Contributed by Carol Brotzman.  Evening Times May 15, 2005

Mary B. Age 94, of Elmira, New York, died on Sunday, August 13, 2006, at the Chemung County Nursing Facility. She was born on August 10, 1912 in Watervliet, NY, to the late Frank and Blanche Roberts. Mary was predeceased by her husband, Richard Jump in 1988. Survivors include her daughter, Elaine Reed of Elmira; grandchildren, Richard (Catherine) Reed of Clifton Park, NY, Robert (Theresa Strong) Reed of Elmira, and Mary (Christopher) Rhodes of Elmira; great-grandchildren, Michael (Mona) Reed of Painted Post, Kristen (Jason) Drehmer of Elmira, Hollie Rhodes of Elmira, and Jonathan Rhodes of Elmira; great-great-granddaughter, Alina Rhodes of Elmira; four sisters, one brother; nephew, Thomas (Mary) Kimble of Elmira; along with several other nieces and nephews from out of the area. Mary retired from Remington Rand after 36 years of service and was a past member of the Eastern Star. It was Mary's wish that all services be held privately and at the convenience of the family. The family would like to extend their thanks to the staff on the 3rd floor of the Chemung County Nursing Facility for the special care that was given to Mary.

ROOT Eugene H. "Gene" Loving husband, father and friend Went home to be with his Lord on Friday, May 26, 2006, in Palm Bay, Florida, at the age of 67. Born in Elmira, NY, "Gene" loved the Lord and belonged to the Christian ACTS Organization. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service to celebrate "Gene's" life on Thursday, August 17, 2006, at 7:00 p.m. at the Maranatha Bible Chapel, 774 Sing Sing Road, Horseheads, NY, where the Reverend William Wells and Reverend James Crupi will honor his life. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira, NY.

WILCOX John (Jack) R. Age 82, died Friday, August 11, 2006, at his home in Greensboro, NC. Born in Wellsboro, PA on April 28, 1924, he was the son of Ada Peake Wilcox and Roy Eugene Wilcox. Jack is survived by his wife of seventeen years, Cynthia Wilcox; three daughters, Karen Durand (Harry Carter) of Falling Waters, WV, Susan (Phillip) Sweet of Wellsboro, PA, and Lisa (Steve) Wilcox-Cassidy of Rancho Santa Fe, CA; and a brother, Ward Wilcox of St. Augustine, FL. He is also survived by his in-laws, Lola and Lou Mertes of Greensboro, NC. Jack is survived by nine grandchildren, Michelle (Todd) Durand Stuckey, Jason (Jennifer) Durand, Nicole Durand, Amy (Frank) Sweet LoSchiavo, Todd (Jessica) Sweet, Jennifer (Mike) Durand Henley; Matthew (Stephanie) Sweet, Andrew Cassidy and Katie Cassidy; and six great-grandchildren. His brother, Thomas E. Wilcox; and his sister, Mary Smith, preceded him in death. A 1942 graduate of Wellsboro High School, Jack worked in Buffalo, NY, as a machinist on aircraft engines prior to joining the U.S. Navy. He served in the Navy as a Boatswain Mate 1st Class for 27 months in Europe and 11 months in the Pacific during World War II. From 1946 to 1950, Jack was the Service Manager at the Wellsboro Dodge and Plymouth Dealership, and in 1950 and 1951, he worked with the PA Dept. of Agriculture. He was the owner of the Ford Lincoln Mercury Dealership in Wellsboro from 1955 to 1962. Jack was elected and served two four-year terms as Tioga County Treasurer. With Fred Gee, he owned and operated Wilcox and Gee Gravel. Jack was elected Tioga County Sheriff in 1966, and served four four-year terms as Sheriff until his retirement in January 1982. Jack was a loving husband and father and a loyal friend. He was a longtime member of Larry's Creek Fish & Game Club, Salladasburg, PA. He was an avid fly fisherman and hunter and loved the outdoors. Jack was a former member of the Wellsboro Lions Club, the Wellsboro Masonic Lodge and the Ross Club, Williamsport, PA. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 19, 2006, at the Wellsboro United Methodist Church at Main and Queen in Wellsboro. Immediately after the service, his family will host a reception at the Penn Wells Hotel honoring Jack and celebrating his life. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, 2500 Summit Avenue, Greensboro, NC, or to the American Cancer Society. Local arrangements by Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, 139 Main St., Wellsboro, PA.

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