This page includes obituaries of people with connection to our three counties but not buried in them or cemetery not identified. If local cemetery is known, see the Obituaries by Cemetery section of the site.
These are all taken from the Towanda Daily Review
NEWS Word has been received of the critical
illness in Corvallis, Ore., of Rutledge L. Whitehead.
Several months ago Mr. Whitehead suffered a severe stroke of paralysis
from which he did not recover, only in a small degree. Last week
he was removed to the city hospital and the physicians hold very little
hope of his recovery. Mr. Whitehead has many relatives
and friends in this county being a member of the clan
of Whitehead's about Mountain Lake and Burlington.
Mrs. Thomas Thorp, 40 year old was struck by a train on the Williamsport and North Branch near her home at Sonestone Saturday afternoon. Her left leg was cut off and she will probably die. She was taken to the Williamsport Hospital. 4/30/1912
Registers office news
Will of Emma Spangenburg, late of Sheshequin Twp., deceased, admitted to probate and letter of testamentary granted to Wm. Spangenburg. 4/11/1912
Catherine Collen of Athens Twp., entered and admitted to probate. 4/11/1912
Will of James E. Patch, late of New Albany Twp., deceased, admitted to probate and letter of testamentary granted to Ella M. Newton. 4/11/1912
Engagement 4//6/1912 Mr. and Mrs. Louis Nearing announce the engagement of their daughter, Dorothy to Henry Bowers Vanderyne, of Troy. In the Daily, taken from the Troy Gazette Register.
4/1/1912 Earl O. Wilcox, of Bentley creek and Cora M. Chamberlin
of Bentley Creek
4/25/1912 Lester J. Francisco of Middlesex, NY and Jennie L. Anderson of East Smithfield.
4/25/1912 Robert K. Evans of West Burlington and Olmeda Emma Brown of East Burlington.
4/9/1912 John Sullivan of North Rome and
Alice Frances Homan of Sheshequin
William H. Pond of Wyalusing and Maggie Bells Ricket of Sheshequin.
4/11/1912 Arthur J. Boardman of Binghamton, NY and Emma J. Harper of
John Edward Payne, of Towanda and Alice Mary Foley of Rummerfield.
Married SS Peter and Paul church 4/22/1912.
Marriage 4/24/1912 Wallace C. Gregory and Pearl
House, both of Sayre.
Married by Rev. John S. Tate, at the Church of Christ Sayre, PA
E. H. Goodrich of Stevensville and Mrs. Melissa J. McKown of Lock
Haven were united in marriage 4/24/1912 at the Baptist Parsonage in Lock
Haven by Rev. H. J. Johnson. They immediately after the ceremony the
bride and groom left on the Buffalo flyer for the home of the groom in
Stevensville, where they will make reside.
Daniel Plaisted vs Ada Plaisted
Ruth L. Gason vs Frederick Gason
Charles E. Jenkins vs Rose B. Gleason
I also notice that Jeffery Howard son of Edward and Olive Seipler Howard is not listed in the headstone readings in the Bradford County Memorial Park and I know he is there and he has a stone.
From Reva Wagner
P.S. I don’t know if this would have a place on your website, but it
sure was interesting-?
"HOUSEHOLD SALE The complete Estate of Ernestine Keefe, 438 BROADWAY, AUG. 18, 19, Tues., Wed. 9-5 G.E. 30" stove, Kenmore washer & dryer, kitchen tables, 7 drawer cabinet-slate top, 2 walnut double beds, lg. dresser, lg. chest, new Zenith 25" color TV console, Zenith 12" portable AC-DCTV for home, car, beach, lg. mirrors, small stands, studio couch, 2 wardrobes, fans, chaise lounge, several cabinets, Samsonite swivel stool, nice 9x12 American Oriental rugs and smaller, davenport & chairs, Hepplewhite tele. desk, marble top walnut stand (mint), banquet table, Ingraham & dome clocks, Wave Crest bowl, oak library table, Early Tom and Jerry set, baskets, lots of depression, carnival, pattern, china, old Singer machine, old single youth bed, old single iron bed, sick room equip., many old frames, magazines, hand painted 3 sec. room screen, humidifier, stacks of bedding, linens, curtains, drapes, 1/2 ton hard coal, push mower, porch screen, tools, andirons, much more. SCHEWE"
newspaper clipping from Fred W. Heller:
"Four Elmirans On Honor List At Bucknell
Four Elmirans have been named on the dean's honor list at Bucknell University for scholastic excellence during the second semester of the 1940-41 college year, it was announced at Lewisburg, Pa. Only those students who achieved an average of at least 85 per cent in their studies for the semester are eligible for the honor list. The students are Miss Jeanne E. Haynes, daughter of Mrs. and Mrs. George E. Haynes, 452 W. Third St.; Miss Marguerite A. Strouse, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter J. Strouse, 776 Southport St.; Frank C. Heller, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred E. Heller, 720 Laurel St.; and Irving D. Rubin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Julius Rubin, 311 Washington St. Miss Haynes and Rubin will be juniors at Bucknell, while Miss Strouse and Heller will be sophomores."
"Pfc. Fred W. Heller, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred E. Heller of 720 Laurel St. has been a patient in Ward B-16 of the Army Hospital at Camp Chafee, Ark., for the past month and is expected to be under treatment about two more months for a respiratory condition. Heller, a 1952 graduate of Ithaca College, entered the Army in September 1952. He is assigned as a physiotherapist at the Camp Chaffee hospital."
BEAGLE Ellery I.
Age 83, of Mansfield, PA, died Tuesday, January 15, 2008, at his home in Mansfield, PA. Ellery was born on March 17, 1924 in Arnot, PA, the son of James and Hazel Beagle. He was a graduate of Mansfield High School, served in combat in the European Theater during WWII. He married his wife Shirley Sours on June 2, 1948. They would have observed their 60th wedding anniversary on June 2, 2008. Ellery was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Mansfield, PA. He had been employed as a meat cutter at Mudge's Grocery Market, and later, following the death of Pete Mudge, became a partner with Irene Mudge. Later still, the business became "Ellery's Market". Finally, he became a government meat inspector. He had a passion for sports and became the sponser and coach for the "Mansfield Ravens" basketball team and the "Ravens" softball team. The basketball team became well known for its outstanding record in competition with other area teams, especially in Elmira and Williamsport. For many years, he was an avid deer hunter, golfer and snowmobiler. In retirement, he took great pride in the care of his home and property. Though he and Shirley had no children of their own, Ellery took great interest in the children of the community and encouraged their participation in sports. Ellery is survived by his wife, Shirley; cousins, David and Geraldine Lapp, Dennis and Nancy Johnson, all of Horseheads, NY, Danny and Shari Grafius of Elmira, NY. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and two sisters. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Sunday, January 20, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. at the Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Academy St., Mansfield, PA 16933. Published in the Star-Gazette from 1/17/2008 - 1/18/2008.
BIRD Doris M
Daily Review on 1/8/2008.
Doris M. Bird Dibble, age 83, of Overton Township, New Albany, Pa., died on Sunday evening, Jan. 6, 2008, at her home.
She was born on Feb. 22, 1924, in Overton, Pa., a daughter of the late Richard and Mildred Bird. Doris has been a lifetime resident of the New Albany area. She was a member of the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary No. 384, of New Albany. For over 35 years, she was the Overton Township Secretary. Doris was preceded in death by: her first husband, Donald O'Connor, and by her second husband, Wayne Dibble in 2002. She had been formerly employed by Endicott Johnson Shoe Factory in Mildred, and by Dushore Lingerie. Doris owned and operated Di's Diner in New Albany for 10 years. She also offered child care in her home for many years. She enjoyed her time spent crocheting, upholstering, and working with her hands. She especially found great pleasure in the time spent with her family. She leaves surviving her children: John & Patricia O'Connor, of Cape Cod, Mass., Bobbie Graves (Lowell) of Genese, Pa., Michael O'Connor (Noreen), of Wyalusing, Pa., Kathy Quail (Ray), of Overton, Pa.; by one brother: Max Bird, of Ariz.; and by 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husbands, she was also preceded in death by sons: Donald N. O'Connor and Pat O'Connor, and by a brother William Bird. A memorial service will held at a later date at the convenience of the family. Arrangements were entrusted to the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter Street, Dushore, Pa. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary, New Albany, Pa. 18833. Submitted by Carol Hoose Brotzman. (I would like to note that the first husband, Donald Eugene O'Connor who died May 12, 1969 was buried in the Burke Road Cemetery Overton, PA. The obit of Wayne F. Dibble, her second husband lists no burial spot.)
BIRD - Doris M. Dibble, age 83, of Overton Township, New Albany, Pa., died on Sunday evening, Jan. 6, 2008, at her home. She was born on Feb. 22, 1924, in Overton, Pa., a daughter of the late Richard and Mildred Bird. Doris has been a lifetime resident of the New Albany area. She was a member of the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary No. 384, of New Albany. For over 35 years, she was the Overton Township Secretary. Doris was preceded in death by: her first husband, Donald O'Connor, and by her second husband, Wayne Dibble in 2002. She had been formerly employed by Endicott Johnson Shoe Factory in Mildred, and by Dushore Lingerie. Doris owned and operated Di's Diner in New Albany for 10 years. She also offered child care in her home for many years. She enjoyed her time spent crocheting, upholstering, and working with her hands. She especially found great pleasure in the time spent with her family. She leaves surviving her children: John & Patricia O'Connor, of Cape Cod, Mass., Bobbie Graves (Lowell) of Genesse, Pa., Michael O'Connor (Noreen), of Wyalusing, Pa., Kathy Quail (Ray), of Overton, Pa.; by one brother: Max Bird, of Ariz.; and by 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husbands, she was also preceded in death by sons: Donald N. O'Connor and Pat O'Connor, and by a brother William Bird. A memorial service will held at a later date at the convenience of the family. Arrangements were entrusted to the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter Street, Dushore, Pa. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary, New Albany, Pa. 18833. - Published in the Towanda Daily Review on 1/8/2008.
CROSS - RUNDELL, Diane (Taft) Cross
Age 65, of Tioga, PA, died Wednesday, January 16, 2008, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA. Diane was the wife of the late Richard S. Cross, who died in 1981. She was born on August 4, 1942 in Corning, NY, the daughter of John and Isabel (Chart) Taft. Diane had been employed by the Shamray Hadath Synagogue in Elmira, NY. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and cooking. Diane is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Stanley and Michelle Cross of Millersburg, PA, Daniel and Christine Cross of Tioga, PA; three daughters and sons-in-law, Kristine and Larry Paddock of Millerton, PA, Ellen and Michael Fell of Horseheads, NY, Betsy and Timothy Deacon of Tioga, PA; seventeen grandchildren, one great-granddaughter; two brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Shirley Taft of Tioga, PA, Ken and Nancy Taft of Millerton, PA; aunt, Peggy Chart of Poughkeepsie, NY; special friends, Beverly Tompkins of Corning, NY, and Bill, Sheryl and Marylou. Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday, January 19, 2008, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. Funeral services will be held immediately following the viewing at 4 p.m. at the funeral home with the Pastor Alice Stewart officiating. Burial will be in the Hope Cemetery in Corning, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Rochester Chapter, 1200-A Scottville Rd., Suite 100, Rochester, NY 14624. Published in the Star-Gazette on 1/18/2008.
CROUT - SGRECCI, Eldred
died peacefully on Tuesday morning, January 15, 2008, at Seneca View Nursing Facility in Montour Falls, where she had resided with her beloved husband, Ernie, for the last five and a half years. Her wonderful life ended only a stone's throw from where she began it, having been born in Montour Falls on February 3, 1922. After graduating from Cook Academy as Valedictorian of her class, she became Ernie's bride on September 5, 1942, and they celebrated 65 years of matrimonial bliss last September. She had a strong and compassionate heart as evidenced by the love she had for her family, friends and community and her desire to stay by Ernie's side as long as was physically possible despite her declining health and discomfort. Eldred and Ernie were in a partnership with his brother, Dominick, and his wife, Anna, in the operation of the family dairy farm for over 35 years which provided an environment of hard work and sound values in which to raise their two sons, Carl (Marilyn) of Ithaca, NY, and Jim (Terry) of Watkins Glen, NY. The farm and their home also provided countless hours of enjoyment for them with their two grandchildren, Laura of Seattle, Washington and Brian of Ithaca, NY. In early years, Eldred loved to play "store" with Laura and look for "Goldbug" in one of Brian's favorite storybooks. In later years with Jim's marriage to Terry, Eldred and Ernie were blessed with three new grandsons whom they admired and respected greatly, Anthony, John and Joseph Maio of Elmira, NY. Eldred was a fantastic cook, which provided a challenge for all of us in balancing the enjoyment of her culinary delights with the prudent limitations of our belts. It was always the perfect end to the day to come in from milking the cows on a cold winter's night and smell the aroma of Eldred's nightly creation that awaited us. She regularly shared these same talents at community and church dinners and bake sales. Eldred was a member of Moreland Presbyterian Church. She also was a past member of the Moreland Olive Branch Grange. She was also well-known for her long rows of deep yellow iris flowers, as well as her gorgeous begonias, petunias, and geraniums. Her green thumb with her vegetable garden led to many hours of canning tomatoes, pickles, and peaches and making of jams and jellies. Eldred was predeceased by her parents, Clayton and Belva Crout; brother, Clair Goltry; sisters, Lillian Johnson and Mary Yaw; brothers-in-law, Phil Yaw and Dominick Sgrecci; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Almo and Armida LaMoreaux and Winston and Rose Beckwith. In addition to her husband, Ernie; and sons, Carl (Marilyn) and Jim (Terry) and her grandchildren, she is survived by her brothers, Clayton (Gerry) Grout Jr., and Arnold (Carole) Crout; sister, Florence (Dave) Wilber; brother-in-law, Harry Johnson; sister-in-law, Anna Sgrecci, and many nieces and nephews. Services will be private and held at a later date. Those wishing to remember Eldred may do so either through The Moreland Presbyterian Church in care of Ms. Judy Shamley, 191 Johnson Hollow Road, Millport, NY 14864; or Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility, attention "Special Activities," 220 Steuben Street, Montour Falls, NY 14865. For those wishing to convey their condolences, Ernie would welcome your company at Seneca View Nursing Facility, Room 318. To Our Extended Family at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility: From the bottom of our hearts……. "Thank You." Words cannot express our gratitude, respect and admiration for making Eldred's last years on earth a more enjoyable, pleasant, dignified, and respectful time. To list all those who have been a part of this would be impossible and an endless task. Your deeds of love and concern have always gone above and beyond any job description. We have been truly blessed to have such an extended loving family looking over Eldred and Ernie. Published in the Star-Gazette on 1/18/2008.
DIBBLE Wayne F
Daily Review June 2002
Wayne F. Dibble, age 67, of New Albany RR 2 died on Friday, June 14, 2002, at his home.
He was born on Feb. 26, 1935, in New Albany, a son of the late Herbert and Jane Rinebold Dibble. Wayne had been a lifetime resident of this area. He was a farmer most of his life and a restaurant owner-operator. He and his wife, Doris, owned and operated D's Diner in New Albany. He had a great love for the outdoors, bowling, playing cards and fishing in Canada. He left surviving his wife, Doris Bird Dibble, at home; his four stepchildren and their spouses, John and Patricia O'Connor, Bonnie and Lowell Graves, Michael and Noreen O'Connor, and Kathy Quail; a nephew, William Dibble of Indiana; a niece, Andrea Carty of Minnesota; 15 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, William Dibble, and by two stepsons, Ned and Pat O'Connor. There will be no viewing, and burial will be at the convenience of the family. Arrangements were entrusted to the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore. Submitted by Carol Hoose Brotzman
EATON - C. A. Eaton - (Nov, 1910) of Springfield died Monday morning in Burlington. Aged 60.
GILMORE Mabel Elizabeth
Age 84, of Elmira, NY died Wednesday, December 19, 2007, at St. Joseph Hospital in Elmira. She was born December 15, 1923 in Petersburg, WV, the daughter of the late Asbury Gilmore & Nora (Washington) Gilmore. She was a faithful member of Frederick Douglas Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church, Elmira. Funeral Services and Interment were held in Petersburg, WV. There will be a Memorial Service Thursday, January 17th at 1:00 p.m. at Frederick Douglas Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church in Elmira (Madison & E. 2nd) Published in the Star-Gazette on 1/16/2008.
HANFORD - Dorothy H. Tubbs died on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008 at the Good Shepherd Home in Fostoria, Ohio. She was a long time resident of the Waverly area. She was born Oct. 29, 1907 to Fred C. and Eliza (Lida) Herrick Hanford, both deceased. On June 19, 1930, she married Percy Tubbs at the Grace Episcopal Church in Waverly. He died Jan. 4, 1991.Brothers, George C. and Albert Hanford, predeceased her. A daughter, Mrs. Robert (Marcia) Harper of Ohio; a son, Philip Tubbs of Vermont; and grandsons, Robert and Brian Harper of Texas and Bradley Tubbs of Vermont; and granddaughter Christine Commo of Vermont survive her. A great-grandson, two great-granddaughters and her niece, Beverly Brauer of Waverly, also survive her. She was employed by the Waverly School District. She was a member of Grace Episcopal Church, Waverly. She was past Chairman of the Flower Fund, a member of the Altar Guild and Episcopal Church Woman. Dorothy was also a member of the Larkin Club and the Home Bureau. A time for gathering with family and friends will be from 1 to 2p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, 2008 at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly. The celebration of Dorothy's life will follow the visitation with the Rev. Robert F. Adkins Jr. honoring her memory at 2 p.m. Burial will be in the Forest Home Cemetery, Waverly. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Grace Episcopal Church, 439 Park Ave., Waverly, NY 14892or to one's favorite charity. - Sayre Morning-Times Daily, 12 January 2008
Age 42, died on Sunday, January 6, 2008, at his home. Friends are invited to attend a celebration of Ernie's life on Saturday, January 12, 2008, from 1-4 p.m. at MacGregors Grill of Perinton, Rt. 31, Fairport, NY. Ernie was born on September 1, 1965 in Elmira, NY, the son of Charlie and Elsie Stewart Harbol. He was a mechanical engineer and facilities manager for RG+E in Rochester. Ernie was very active in martial arts. He earned his black belt in Karate, studying at Faust's USA Karate. His interest was focused in Kata's. He enjoyed helping younger students, but was most proud of his own children. Ernie's son, Sam earned his Jr. Black Belt and his daughter, Olivia is a Brown Belt, and is close to earning her Jr. Black Belt. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in care of Abigail Harbol, P.O. Box 63 Macedon, NY 14502, for the children's college fund and a scholarship fund to be established in Ernie's memory. He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Abbe Harbol and their children, son, Sam and daughter, Olivia, all of Macedon. His parents, Charlie and Elsie Harbol of Elmira; sisters, Sandra (Timothy) Mattison of Elmira, Melissa (Ed) Hunt of Fairport; brother, Nicholas (Tracy) Harbol of Owego; uncle, Ernie and aunt, Patricia Roucek and cousin, Vicki (Peter) Appelt; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral arrangements have been made with The Cheney Funeral Home Phelps, NY.
Published in the Star-Gazette on 1/10/2008.
HOLLEY Frederick T. "Fred"
Daily Review on 1/18/2008
Mr. Frederick T. "Fred" Holley, age 59, of RR 1 Box 264–B4, Wyalusing, Pa. (Spring Hill), died at the home of his sister, with whom he was staying with, on Spring Hill, Thursday morning, Jan. 17, 2008, after an illness. He was born in Dallas, Pa. on Sept. 18, 1948, the son of the late William Henry and Minnie Farr Holley. While growing up around the Meshoppen area, he graduated from the Elk Lake High School, Class of 1966. After high school he served his country, with the US Army, during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the South Auburn United Methodist Church. In his spare time he enjoyed music, especially country music. For many years, he enjoyed playing with different local bands, and at one time he had his own band, Freddy and the Flintstones, which played at many night spots and benefits in and around Meshoppen. Surviving are: his son, Robert Holley of Meshoppen, Pa.; a daughter and her husband, Amanda and Greg Campbell of Wyalusing, Pa.; his granddaughter, Gabrielle Holley of Montrose, Pa.; four sisters, Nellie Benninger of Meshoppen, Pa.; Iva and her husband John Benninger of Meshoppen, Pa.; Patricia Clark of Beaumont, Pa.; and Jean and her husband Mel Heeman, with whom he lived with, of Wyalusing, Pa.; and many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, William Holley, who died in 1997. Funeral and committal services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 21, 2008, from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main Street, Meshoppen, Pa., with layman minister Mr. Andrew Becker, his nephew officiating. Interment will be in the Jersey Hill Cemetery in Meshoppen, Pa. Family and friends may call at the funeral home from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday Jan. 20, 2008. In lieu of flowers those wishing may make memorial donations to the Memorial Hospice, 1 Hospital Drive, Towanda, Pa. 18848. Submitted by Carol Brotzman
HOPKINS William Fenn
Age 60 of Hammondsport, NY, and formerly of Elmira, artist died at home on January 12, 2008 surrounded by his art, music, books, and family, after a year-long battle with cancer. Friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, corner of W. Water and Walnut Streets, Elmira, on Saturday, January 19, 2008 from 4:00 to 6:15 pm. A prayer service will be held at the conclusion of visitation followed by a procession to St. Mary's Church in Elmira for a Mass of Christian Burial at 7:00 pm. A complete notice will appear in Tuesday's paper. Published in the Star-Gazette on 1/14/2008.
HOPKINS William Fenn
Age 60, of Hammondsport, NY, and formerly of Elmira, artist died at home on January 12, 2008 surrounded by his art, music, books, and family, after a year-long battle with cancer. Bill was born October 26, 1947 a son of Jeanne Bentley Hopkins and the late William Fenn Hopkins. He grew up in Phoenix, New York. Bill was a graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. He received many honors and awards for his work as an artist over his 40-year career in the arts. His paintings are included in many notable collections including the private collections of United States President William Jefferson Clinton and Hillary Clinton, United States Congressman Amory Houghton, James T. Prise, The Leakey Family Trust, and Tommy Hilfiger, as well as in many notable public collections including The New York State Educational Building, Chancellors' Hall. Bill generously donated many of his paintings to raise funds for a variety of organizations. A musician as well as an artist, he played guitar for many years. He had a beautiful singing voice and was a true lover of music. He was an avid tennis player and skier. Bill was a long-term faculty member at the Ocean City Cultural Arts Center in Ocean City, New Jersey and at 171 Cedar Arts Center in Corning. He served the Board of the Near Westside Neighborhood Association and the Ocean City Cultural Arts Center and was elected as Board President for both organizations. Bill was a three-time elected official of the City of Elmira, proudly serving the 1st District. He is survived by his wife Carolyn, son Nicholas, daughter Lily, mother Jeanne, sister Susan, brother Robert, nephew Zachary (Kathy), many aunts, uncles, cousins, former students and dear friends. He will be remembered as an artist, husband, son, brother, father, teacher and friend, but most of all as someone who never considered surrendering to cancer. While his physical presence has been extinguished his spirit lives beyond the limitations of his mortality in the gift of the many exquisite works of art that he leaves for us to enjoy. He loved Keuka Lake and worked until he was unable on sketches and paintings of Bluff Point that he was so compelled to represent over time in many of his works of art. Friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, corner of W. Water and Walnut Streets, Elmira, on Saturday, January 19, 2008 from 4:00 to 6:15 pm. A prayer service will be held at the conclusion of visitation followed by a procession to St. Mary's Church in Elmira for a Mass of Christian Burial at 7:00 pm. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the William Fenn Hopkins Memorial Fund for the Arts, c/o Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning, 307B E. Water Street, Elmira NY 14901. This fund has been established to benefit area art programs for children. Published in the Star-Gazette on 1/15/2008.
HUTCHINGS – Rev. George Hutchings - (1922) former beloved pastor of the Troy Methodist Church, expired last Saturday afternoon at the hospital of the Good Shepard in Syracuse to which he was taken after his physical break down at Liverpool, NY in the early autumn. Death followed several operations and a second paralysis stroke. Mr. Hutchings was about 70 years old and had filled a number of important appointments in this part of Central New York conference, among them being Troy, 1893-97, Mansfield, 1902-03, and Riverside, Elmira, 1914. Two children survive—Mrs. Scott McKean of Williamsport, Carlton Hutchings of the traffic department of the Burlington railroad, in Chicago, and two brothers. The funeral was held Tuesday at the Ward M E Church in Syracuse which he served for four years beginning in 1904. Interment was at Rose, NY by the side of Mrs. Hutchings who died some years ago.
JENNEY - Robert G. “Bob” Jenney, 65, of Athens, died Friday, Jan. 4, 2008 at home. Born April 7, 1942 in Sayre, he was the son of Robert E. and Nancy Foss Jenney. Bob served four years in the U.S. Navy and 41 years at Ingersoll-Rand, Athens. He was an avid reader and Giants fan and enjoyed woodworking and spending time with his family. He was predeceased by his father, Robert E. Jenney. He is survived by: his wife of 13 years, Sharon, at home; son, Steve B. Jenney, Owego; son, Robert M. and Angela Jenney, Athens; step-son, John Mosier, Athens; grandchildren, Joshua, Cole and Taylor Jenney; step-grandson, Thomas and Dakota Mosier; mother-in-law, Lila Hall; siblings, Gary Jenney, Sayre, and Cheryl and Tim Northrup, Brick, N.J.; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends and family may call Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008 from noon to 1 p.m. at Sayre Christian Church on Keystone Ave. Memorial services will follow at 1 p.m. at the church with the Rev. James Donahoo officiating. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude's Cancer Research, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. - Morning-Times, Sayre, PA, 9 January 2008
JOHNSON – Edgar D. Johnson -one of our most prominent and respected citizens, died at his home this morning. He was born in Oswego, January 8, 1847 and was the second son of the late Samuel B and Sarah Johnson. On December 11, 1879, Mr. Johnson married Isabella Cole Johnson, the widow of his elder brother, Franklin Burbank Johnson, and to his son Samuel B Johnson and granddaughters, Elizabeth Johnson James and Carol Johnson Burrough, he was a devoted father. His widow, and his daughters, Mrs. Luther W Mott, Mrs. Stanley P. Emerick and Mary Dudley Johnson, survive; a son, Paul and a daughter, Dorothy Hopkins, having died in infancy. He is also survived by his brothers James F Johnson, William J. Johnson and Frederick S Johnson and by a sister Mrs. Mary Dodd. Mr. Johnson was educated in our public schools and at Union College, and after leaving college traveled extensively abroad and while in Europe and as early as 1867, casually learned of a new process for making flour in Hungary (called the roller process), in Budapest inspected and investigated the same and this process from the data obtained by Mr. Johnson and the genius of his late father, both of whom were embers of the well known firm of flour manufacturers, Penfield, Lyon & Company, this process was put into practical use for the first time in this country in Oswego and since to this time has continued to be the most generally adopted process for the manufacture of flour. Mr. Johnson engaged in the malting business when milling ceased here continued till recently. He was an industrious, practical, methodical, systematic and most upright businessman. He and his employees continued working together for many years. (Probably buried Oswego County, NY )
JOHNSON – Samuel Yorkes Johnson - (1926) Word was received in Troy last Thursday of the death in Pasadena, California, of Samuel Yorkes Johnson, who was born here in May, 1876. He was the son of Edward F and Annie Yorkes Johnson, who built and for some years occupied the George H Webb home. Mr. Johnson leaves a widow, Mrs. Ruth Crapo Johnson and two sons, Yorkes and Crapo, who are with their mother in Pasadena.
KILBOURNE William "Bill"
August 04, 1918 - January 06, 2008
89, of Huntsville, Alabama, died Sunday. He was a 32nd degree Mason, a charter member of Valley United Methodist Church, and a retired Assistant Fire Chief for Southport, New York Volunteer Fire Department. Bill was also a retired cost engineer for IBM and CAS Inc. in Huntsville and the genealogist for the Armstrong Clan Society. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Hazel Rickerson Kilbourne; his second wife, Eleanor Armstrong Kilbourne; and his son, William Kilbourne, Jr. Survivors include his daughter, Beverley Kilbourne of Huntsville; cousins, Jim and Ethel Mayer of Elmira, NY; several nieces and nephews, a host of friends and neighbors; and his special dog, Missy. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m., Monday at Laughlin Service Funeral Home in Huntsville. The funeral service will be at 1 p.m., Tuesday at the chapel with the Rev. Dorothy Scott and the Rev. Talmadge Clayton officiating. Burial will follow at Huntsville Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Valley United Methodist Church Building or Garden Funds. Published in the Star-Gazette on 1/8/2008.
KNAPP - BURKE, Susan Leora
57, of Clifton Park, died suddenly Friday, January 11, 2008, at Albany Medical Center. Born in Sayre, PA, she was the daughter of Betty (Monahan) Knapp and the late James Knapp. She was a graduate of Thomas Edison High School in Elmira Heights, Class of 1968. Susan received her BA in History from the University of Rochester in 1972 and her Master's degree in Education from Elmira College in 1978. Susan was presently a Social Studies Teacher at VanAntwerp Middle School in Niskayuna, a position she has held and excelled in since 1992. She was previously employed at the Notre Dame High School in Elmira from 1976 until 1980 and the Lyons Central School from 1973 until 1976. She was presently the Secretary for the Niskayuna Teachers Association. She formerly was the Director and co-founder of Fiddlers Lane Nursery School in Latham. She was active in the South Colonie PTA, having acted as Committee Chair, Council President and President of the PTA. Susan was formerly the Girls Varsity Coach of Volleyball, Track and Softball at Notre Dame High School in Elmira as well as a Religious Education Teacher at St. Francis deSales Church in Loudonville. Her favorite and most common pastime was spending time with family and friends. A fan of music, literature and film, she was always looking for new albums to listen to and books to read. She looked forward to going to the movies with family and friends. She enjoyed playing video games and was an accomplished Guitar Hero. Susan was always up for an adventure, dabbling in rollerblading and downhill skiing. She could also be convinced to go on almost any thrill ride. She dedicated her life to being a mother, a friend and a teacher. In each she was exceptional. Survivors in addition to her mother include her cherished children, Andy of Los Angeles, CA, Jennifer DeMarco and her husband, Matthew of Colonie, and Kevin of Los Angeles, CA. She was the dear sister of Jim (Patti) Knapp of Horseheads, NY and Tom (Pat) Knapp of Phoenix, AZ. She is also survived by her former husband, John of Niskayuna; and numerous other family members and loved ones. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial period on Saturday, January 19, 2008, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in the James D. Barrett Funeral Home, 1004 Lake Street, Elmira, NY. Interment will be private in Elmira. In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Cancer Society, 260 Osborne Rd., Loudonville, New York 12211 would be appreciated.
LaFARO - Charline K. Wilkinson, 64, of 2812 Riverside Drive,
Sayre, died suddenly and unexpectedly, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008 at the Arnot
Ogden Hospital in Elmira, N.Y. Charline was a woman of the lord. The scripture
which best describes her walk of faith to family and friends: Psalms 31:3,
“For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name's sake lead
me and guide me.” Charline was the center of love for her family. She was
the source of prayer, faith and teaching in God's word. Charline follows:
her parents who have gone before her, Thomas and MaryJane LaFaro, of Waverly;
and her husband, Robert L. Wilkinson formerly of Lowman. Charline was a
longtime employee of Tioga Hospital and Nursing Home. She is survived by
her dearest and closest friend, Robert “George” VanAlstine of Athens, who
will greatly miss his best friend “Jack.” Charline's loving family will
miss her dearly. She is survived by: her children and many grandchildren
and great-grandchildren: Robert L. Wilkinson Jr. and Debra Chisdak of Waverly,
William and Linda Wilkinson of Troy, Pa., Tammy Jo Wilkinson of Sayre,
Marcella M. Wilkinson and James C. Gallagher of Landenberg, Pa., Susan
and Chris Simonds of Waverly, James and Rebecca VanAlstine of Barton. Grandchildren:
Shane and LeTisha Wilkinson of Anchorage, Alaska, Shannon M. Torpy of Sayre,
Melissa S. Anthony and Timothy Rae of Athens, Stephanie M. Anthony of Sayre,
Heather L. Losey of Troy, Pa., Lucas Ellison of Spencer, William K. Wilkinson
and Jessica Spalding of Troy, Pa., Kristina M. Wilkinson of Waverly, Wayde
R. Teeple of Waverly, Kashmir R. Simonds of Waverly, Rachel and Sarah VanAlstine
of Barton. Great-grandchildren: Kelsey T. Anthony of Athens, Tristen N.
Rae of Athens, Elise Pettigen of Anchorage, Alaska, Keegan Williams of
Athens, Lily Mae Williams of Troy, Pa., Kaleb T. Rae of Athens, Kylan S.
Wilkinson of Anchorage, Alaska, Baby Wilkinson of Troy, Pa. For those who
are grieving her loss, her children offer the following poem. Mom has carried
this poem in her wallet since 1985. Charline is with the Lord in Heaven.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on the snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush,
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die.
A time for gathering with family and friends will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, 2008 at the Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly. The celebration of Charline's life will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008 at the Blauvelt Funeral Home with Rev. Thelma Wright honoring her memory. In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy may be made to His Majesty Fellowship Church, 191 Fourth Street, Athens, PA 18810. - Sayre Morning-Times Daily, 12 January 2008
LEIGHTON Edward Sr.
of Westfield, PA
71, formerly of Cape May Court House, NJ, died Friday, January 11, 2008. Born December 14, 1936, in Darby, PA, he was the son of Frank T. and Catherine Leighton McMahon. He was adopted and raised by his uncle, William J. Leighton. On November 25, 1961, in Havertown, PA, he married the former Carolyn M. Collett, who predeceased him in 1995. A US Marine Corps Veteran, he served honorably in the late 1950's. He was employed by the International Union of Elevator Constructors Local #5 in Philadelphia and he owned and operated the Cardinal Elevator Company in Cape May Court House, NJ. On July 25, 1998, in Westfield, he married the former Irmalee Jane Terwilliger Wheaton, who survives. Surviving besides his wife, Irmalee Jane, are three sons, Edward J. (Beverly) Leighton, Jr. of TX, Mark (Jennifer) Leighton of Williamstown, NJ, and Brian Leighton of Woodbine, NJ; five grandchildren, Michael, Breann, Brooke, Patrick, and Rileigh; a brother, William McMahon, Sr. of Sabinsville, PA; nieces and nephews, including Benjamin McMahon of Chula Vista, CA; a god-son, John McMahon of Philadelphia; two stepdaughters, Teresa (Jesse, Jr.) Mead of Knoxville, PA, and Peggy (Scot) Short of Westfield; and five step grandchildren. Friends may call Wednesday, January 16th, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, where Funeral Services will be held on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. The Rev. Joseph Dougherty will officiate. Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard. Memorials may be made to a charity for Heart, Parkinson's, or Alzheimer's. Published in the Star-Gazette on 1/13/2008.
LUTHER – William O. Luther -lately returned to Taunton after a visit of several weeks to friends in Troy and vicinity, died last Sunday evening at his home in Taunton, Mass., aged 78 years. A kindly man whom to know was to respect and admire. Mr. Luther leaves many friends alike in his home city and elsewhere. He was twice married, his second wife being Martha H Murray of Troy, who died in 1909. His death occurred on the fiftieth anniversary of this marriage.
McCARTHY Elizabeth A.
Age 90, of Elmira NY, died Monday, January 14, 2008 at home. Elizabeth was a daughter of Charles and Julia McCarthy and was the last surviving of nine siblings. She is survived by nieces and nephews. Elizabeth was a bookkeeper with Zeiser Wilbert Vault Company. It was Elizabeth's request that there be no funeral services. The regular weekend mass at Ss. Peter & Paul Church, Elmira, will be offered for her intention on Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 4:00 pm. Arrangements by McInerny Funeral Home.
Published in the Star-Gazette on 1/18/2008.
McINROY Ronald E.
A devoted husband, father, grandfather and resident of Anaheim Hills, CA, died on January 2, 2008 at the age of 77. Ron was born in Elmira, NY on November 2, 1930 and graduated Elmira Free Academy in 1948. Married Janice Winters in 1951 then relocated to California. After serving four years in the U.S. Air Force, Ron's love of airplanes led him to attend the Northrop Aeronautical Institute and after graduating, accepted a position as Aeronautical Engineer with North American Aviation/Rockwell International in Columbus, OH. Both of his wonderful children, Kevin and Lori, were born there. Ron's profession as an Aeronautical Engineer included tenure with McDonnell Douglas Airplanes in Los Angeles, CA. After retiring in 1987, Ron accepted the opportunity of a lifetime as Chief Engineer in Belgium for a prototype Italian Jet Training aircraft. He returned to McDonnell-Douglas Airplanes (now the Boeing Co.) where he retired in 1996. Airplanes weren't only his vocation, but also his avocation. Ron loved everything airplanes, and so much so, that he built two of his own airplanes, which he loved to fly often. Ron was also the founding Executive Trustee of The Victims of Drunk Drivers Memorial Wall Foundation. Ron was preceded in death by his only daughter, Lori Ann. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Janice; his only son, Kevin; two grandsons, three sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews. Services were held at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona Del Mar, CA, on January 6, 2008. Published in the Star-Gazette on 1/8/2008.
MILLER - Jessie M. Whalen, 76, of Gillett, Pa. (Formerly of Vestal and Warren Center, Pa.), died in the arms of the Lord Friday, Jan. 4, 2008, at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa., with her loved ones by her side. She was the daughter of Arthur Miller, Grace Dillenback and step-father, Frank Ward. She was born 5:30 a.m. on Aug. 29, 1931, in Johnson City, N.Y. She married her devoted husband James Whalen, Feb. 3, 1973 in Friendsville, Pa. Jessie enjoyed life for so many reasons. She is survived by her devoted husband James; faithful companion, Taco; her children, Grace, Frank (Lisa), Bonnie (George) Lonnie, (Kelley), Leslie (Diane) and Robert (Audrey); 18 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; brothers, sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents, son John, brother Dale and granddaughter Amber O'Linda Miller. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday at the Coleman and Daniels Funeral Home, Route 434, Apalachin. N.Y. The Rev. Dennis King will officiate. Burial will be in Port Crane Cemetery at a later date. The family will receive friends 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. - Published in the Towanda Daily Review on 1/8/2008. Port Crane Cemetery, Apalachin, NY
MITCHELL – William Whipple Mitchell –Died, in the hospital at Denver, Col., March 19, 1909. Adopted son of Rev T Mitchell, aged 61 years. His real name was Whitcomb, and he was born in Tunkhannock, Pa. .His mother, who was a sister of Mrs. Mitchell, died when he was three weeks old. From that time the sister and Rev Mitchell had charge of him until he reached maturity. She died when he seven years old. His father, Edwin Whitcomb died when he was about eighteen. He chose W W Mitchell as his legal name and all correspondence between him and the Rev. Mitchell was conducted as between father and son. He never married. He was long time in poor health. He went to Colorado in 1870.
MOHR - Henry John Mohr, 72, of Canton, Pa., went into the Lord's care on Jan. 7, 2008, in Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, Pa. He was born in Hasbrouck Heights, N.J., on May 3, 1935, son of the late Henry and Alice Smith Mohr. Henry lived in Roxbury, N.J., for 46 years and retired to his Canton, Pa., mini-farm. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Colleen Murtha Mohr, at home; twin sons, Joseph Mohr of Newton, N.J., and Robert Mohr of Reeders, Pa.; son, Michael, and wife Denise Mohr of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; daughter, Colleen of Canton; a sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Tom Hottenstein of Coventry, R.I.; seven grandchildren, Jennifer, Steven, Laurie, Robert, Jo Anne, Michael and Nicholas; his hunting friend, John Nielle of Oak Ridge, N.J.; and several cousins, nieces and nephews. He was a butcher for the Pathmark Supermarket of Jefferson, N.J., for 38 years, retiring in 2003 He was an avid outdoorsman, hunting in New York state, fishing, bow hunting and vacationing with his family. He was a member of the N.R.A. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St., Hackettstown, N.J. 07840. Services will be at 1 p.m. at Cochran Funeral Home In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to the N.R.A. or a local wildlife organization. Interment will be in Hackettstown Union Cemetery, Hackettstown. - Published in the Towanda Daily Review on 1/9/2008.
MORROW - MURTAUGH, Cathy
Entered into rest suddenly in Orlando, FL on January 12, 2008 at the tender age of 55. She leaves her loving husband, William Kevin of 35 years and was preceded in death by the love of her life, her son, John of 25 years. Surviving family members include brother, Tom Morrow and sister-in-law, Marty Morrow; brothers-in-law, James Murtaugh and spouse, Pat Murtaugh, Michael Murtaugh, Hiriam Bronson and sister-in-law, Patricia Bronson; cousins, Judith Pack and spouse, Theodore Pack, Linda Hagar and spouse, Alan Hagar, Jack Narosky and spouse, Mary Ann Narosky; and close friend of family, Martin Adamski; and other family to include various friends and co-workers from Crum & Forster Insurance; and her loving pets, Bashful, Jessie, Sam, and Ryder. Cathy was born on December 31, 1952 in Elmira, NY. Cathy was a dedicated and devoted employee who loved painting, gardening, animals, and making people smile. Graveside services will be held on Friday, January 18, 2008, at 12 p.m. in Woodlawn Memorial Park. Arrangements entrusted to WOODLAWN MEMORIAL PARK & FUNERAL HOME, 400 Woodlawn Cemetery Rd., Gotha. 407-293-1361. Published in the Star-Gazette on 1/16/2008.
MORSE – Orrin D. Morse - formerly of Troy died June 30th (1910) at Charlotte, Mich. Aged 77 years, 6 months and 11 days. Funeral and interment will be held at Charlotte, Mich.
MURRAY – Randolph Murray - (Nov, 1910) died Thursday, about noon, at his home in Troy. Aged 48 years. Funeral Saturday at the home.
NAILEN William T.
Age 77, of Seattle, WA, the husband of the late Monica Daly Nailen, died Friday, December 28. Born in Elmira, NY, on February 22, 1930, he was the son of William J. and Anne Brann Nailen. He was a 1944 graduate of St. Patrick's School and a 1948 graduate of Elmira Catholic High School. He served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army and was a longtime employee of the Thatcher Glass Manufacturing Co., retiring in 1985 as the vice president of sales administration and national accounts. He was a former resident of Auburn, Horseheads and Forest Hills, NY; Granada Hills, Northridge and Palo Alto, CA; Temple Terrace, FL; and Trumbull, CT. He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Michael C. Nailen and Tilman C. Smith of Seattle; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Laura A. Nailen of Bridgeport, CT, Margaret E. Nailen and Erik Feltstrom of Mountlake Terrace, WA, and Sara N. and Brett A. Matschke of Trumbull, CT; and four grandchildren, Brady and Langston Nailen of Seattle and Nailen and Peter Matschke of Trumbull. Published in the Star-Gazette on 1/8/2008.
PIERCE - Dr. J. H. Pierce –(1910)- of Wellsville, NY, a son of Walter Pierce of East Smithfield, where he was born and grew to a young manhood, died Friday night in the Pasteur Institute in New York City from hydrophobia, developing from a dog bite. He was taken to New York from his home at Wellsville Friday morning, but his condition was such that nothing could be done to save his life, and death ended his terrible suffering. Last October a lady (Mrs. Hathaway of Wellsville) sent for him to attend her pet dog which was suffering from some ailment. Upon reaching the house he diagnosed the case as an obstruction in the throat and placing his hand in the animal’s mouth succeeded in reaching and removing a bone which had lodged in the creature’s throat. During the operation the animal bit his hand, the wound being a very slight one. Instead of gaining, however the dog’s symptoms continued to grow worse and finally the animal was killed and its head sent to Cornell University for examination. The report came back to the effect that the animal had rabies. Dr. Pierce’s friends urged him to go to New York for treatment but he ridiculed the idea saying that the wound had healed so well that there could have been no danger to him in the bite. For a time he seemed all right but early on Thursday morning of last week he went to the well for a drink of water and as he lifted the glass to his lips he was seized with convulsions. By the next train he left for the Pasteur Institution in New York City reaching there Friday morning at 8 o’clock. Death claimed him 12 hours later. Dr. Pierce was about 35 years of age. He went from East Smithfield to Athens about ten years ago, and for a time drove trotting horses for Morley Brothers. He was a natural born horseman and even as a boy displayed a remarkable knowledge of dumb animals. His friends urged him to take a course in the veterinary college and this he did, receiving a diploma. He went to Wellsville, NY and succeeded in building up a large practice. His terrible death is a great shock and hard blow to his family and many friends. He is survived by his wife and one child; also his father, Walter Pierce, of East Smithfield, one sister, Mrs. Coeyman and one brother, Stanley Pierce, both of East Smithfield.
RICCI - Mrs. Theresa Marie Walsh, age 79, of Mildred, Pa., died peacefully on Monday, Jan. 7, 2008, at her home. Theresa was born Oct. 20, 1928 in Mildred, Pa., a daughter of the late Claudio (Kline) and Clara Fiocca Ricci. She graduated from the Cherry Township High School a member of the Class of 1946, and later attended Penn State University for continuing education throughout her years at the Turnpike Elementary School. She married Lewis Vincent Walsh of Mildred, on May 9, 1947, and they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary before Lewis's death on Feb. 12, 1998. Theresa worked at the former Endicott Johnson Shoe Factory in Mildred and the Ben Franklin Store in Dushore, and later served as the Food Service Administrator for Turnpike Elementary School in Mildred, Pa., retiring after 40 years of service. Theresa was an active member of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Mildred, Pa. and was a member of St. Basil's/St. Francis Altar and Rosary Society. She was an outstanding cook and would help her church and countless friends and relatives on birthdays, anniversaries, deaths and also assisted her brother Francis in his catering business for many years. Surviving are: son and daughter-in-law, Lewis J. & Mary Ellen Walsh of Monroe Twp., N.J.; daughter and son-in-law, Tracy and Richard Potter of South Branch, Pa.; brothers, Francis J. Ricci of Dushore, Pa., Jack Ricci of Riverside, Calif., Daniel Ricci of Montrose, Pa.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Rosalie and John Molchan of Tunkhannock, Pa., Dolly and Gerald Sick of Mildred, Pa.; three grandchildren, Kevin Walsh of Blakeslee, Pa., Maureen Walsh of Philadelphia, Pa., Taylor Potter of South Branch, Pa.; numerous nieces and nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by a son, Michael J. Walsh on March 8, 2005 and a brother, Claude Peter Ricci on Oct. 6, 2003. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008, from the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, Pa., and will be followed by as Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Mildred, Pa., with the Rev. Bert S. Kozen, her pastor, presiding. Interment will be in the adjoining parish cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9. - Published in the Towanda Daily Review on 1/8/2008.
ROBERTS Edward W.
69, of Danby, NY, died on January 15, 2008 after a courageous battle with cancer. Ed was born in Elmira, NY, July 20, 1938, the son of the late Earl and Blanche Roberts. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Judy; as well as children, Larry (Ross Haarstad), Ithaca, Shari (Leon) Whatley, and Carrie (Daniel) Butler, Syracuse; his beloved granddaughters, Samantha and Sarah Whatley and Riley Butler; and his brother, Richard (Karen) of Elmira. He was predeceased by his brother, William. Ed was an active participant in the various communities in which he lived. He was a Boy Scout leader, receiving the Bronze Award in 1973. He was a trustee of St. Paul's United Methodist Church. He was also an ambulance driver, played slow pitch and square danced. Ed was a dedicated teacher of Industrial Arts for 35 years in Utica, Corning and for the majority of his career at Boynton Middle School of Ithaca, receiving the NYS Regional Teacher of the Year for Industrial Arts in 1979. Ed loved to build things, including the family home in Danby. He spent many summers painting houses and building decks around Ithaca. An avid golfer, Ed made a hole in one at Dutch Hollow Golf Course. He will be greatly missed by his Hillendale family. Calling hours will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 17 at Bangs Funeral Home. A memorial service will follow at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 18 at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Ithaca. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospicare or St. Paul's. Published in the Star-Gazette from 1/16/2008 - 1/17/2008.
ROBERTS Elwood (Bob)
By NRVNews January 15, 2008
Milan Elwood (Bob) Roberts, 89, of Blacksburg died Wednesday, January 9, 2008. He was born April 10, 1918, in Milan, Pa., a son of the late William and Sara Roberts. Bob resided at Kroontje Health Care Center. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Doris E. Roberts; son and daughter-inlaw, Bruce and Sharon Roberts, of Olympia, Wash.; daughter, Carroll J. Roberts, LPN, of Christiansburg, Va.; grandchildren, Sean Roberts, Centralia, Wash., and Shannon Mundelius, Danville, Calif.; and three great-grandchildren, Karleigh Roberts, Wyatt Mundelius and Annabelle Mundelius. Milan had 11 siblings, surviving is Virginia Morris, Sayre, PA; and many, many nieces and nephews. His career of 33 years with IBM took him from Ohio to Hawaii where he met and married Doris Lutts in 1949, then traveled to Rochester, N.Y., Boston, MA, Massepequa, N.Y., Tokyo Japan, and Stamford, Conn., until retiring in 1975 and moving to Willis, Va. and enjoyed farming until moving to Blacksburg. In 2005 they moved to Warm Hearth Village, where Doris still resides. Milan was a dedicated Virginia Farm Bureau member and enjoyed supporting the Floyd County High School athletic teams. He enjoyed his 32 years in Virginia and has been blessed with a wonderful circle of friends. Sincere thanks and appreciation to the caring and dedicated staff at the Kroontje Health Care Center, they truly made his 89th year extra special. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Employee Appreciation Fund, Suite 100, 2607 Warm Hearth Dr., Blacksburg, Va. 24060 or The Southern Care Hospice, 530 Peters Creek Road, Roanoke, Va. 24019 who took excellent care of Bob on his final days. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 16, 2008, in the McCoy Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Richard Gregory officiating. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until service time at McCoy Funeral Home, 150 Country Club Drive, S.W., Blacksburg, Va. Submitted by Carol Brotzman and Don Wilsey
OUPP Earl Wilford
Age 63, of Roaring Branch, PA, died Sunday, January 13, 2008. There will be no services. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel. Published in the Star-Gazette on 1/14/2008.
SECRIST - UTTER Arlene Rachel
Surrounded by her loving family, Arlene Rachel Utter, 68, of RR2, Columbia Cross Roads, PA, went home to be with the Lord, on Tuesday, January 8, 2008. She was born on March 9, 1939 in Elm Grove, West Virginia, a daughter of Gilda and the late Roy Secrist. Arlene was a graduate of Athens High School Class of 1957 where she was 5th in her class. Arlene was a dedicated employee at Fairway Springs in Horseheads and retired following 41 years of service. On December 1, 1961 in Athens, PA, she married her best friend, Charles Utter. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, who treasured the time spent with her family. Arlene is survived by her husband of 46 years, Charles; her mother, Gilda Secrist Weber of Athens; daughters, Bernice Blauvelt Henry of Chemung, Charlene and her husband, Willis Edger of Columbia Cross Roads; her sister, Lillian and her husband, Wayne Schoppe of Lady Lake, Florida; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Secrist of Wilawana and Velma Utter of Big Flats; grandchildren, Ryan Henry of Athens, Sheri (Francis) Green of Athens, Kelly Henry, Rebecca Marcoccia, both of Chemung, Willy Edger of Columbia Cross Roads; four great-grandchildren. Several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends also survive. Arlene was predeceased by her father, Roy Secrist; stepfather, Albert Weber; and a brother, Dale Secrist. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service and celebration of Arlene's life on Saturday, January 12, 2008, at 2 p.m. at the E. Smithfield Federated Church with Pastor Stanley Gill and Pastor David Titus officiating. A period of visitation and sharing memories will be held at the church from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the East Smithfield Federated Church, PO Box 7, E. Smithfield, PA 18817 or the American Diabetes Association, 3544 N. Progress Ave., Suite 101, Harrisburg, PA 17110 in loving memory of Arlene Rachel Utter. Caring assistance is being provided by the Cooley-Tioga Point Cremation and Burial Options, Inc., 802 N. Main St., Athens, PA. Published in the Star-Gazette on 1/11/2008.
SHEDDEN - Robert Henry Shedden 67, of 14 Mechanic St., New Albany, Pa., died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2008, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. Born July 20, 1940 in Granville Summit, Pa., he was the son of the late Ivan D. Shedden and Beatrice Olive Morningstar Shedden. Robert was employed by Manchaug Corporation in Manchaug, Mass. for many years until he became disabled in 1985. He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing and raising vegetables in his garden which he shared with family and friends. Robert was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, Towanda Ward, where he served as First Councilor in the Elders Quorum and was a former member of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, Oxford Ward, in Massachusetts. Robert possessed great love for his family and enjoyed time spent with them. Surviving are: his wife, Carol Ledoux Shedden at home; children: James R. Shedden and his wife Michelle of Spencer, Mass., Richard A. Shedden and his fiancé Lynn of Medway, Mass., Cynthia L. Lapriore of East Brookfield, Mass., Lorrie A. McCarty and her husband Ted of North Brookfield, Mass., Tammy L. Frazier of West Warren, Mass., Christine Kalil and her husband Michael of Brookfield, Mass., Robert J. Shedden of Florida; stepchildren: Robert E. Stebbins and his fiancé Cindy of Dudley, Mass., Arthur J. Stebbins of Worcester, Mass., Bonnie M. Stebbins of Deland, Fla.; 15 grandchildren, three great grandchildren; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008, at the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, Ann Street, Towanda, Pa. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday morning at the church. Interment will be at a later date in the Hardwick Cemetery, Hardwick, Mass. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, Ann Street, Towanda, Pa. 18848, in Robert Henry Shedden's memory. - Published in the Towanda Daily Review on 1/8/2008.
SLEEPER - Virginia "Ginger" Sleeper Terry, formerly of Warren Center, Pa., went home to be with her Lord Jesus Christ on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008. She was predeceased by her father, Charles Sleeper, and also by her husband, Butch Ratcliffe. Virginia is survived by her mother, Jessie Sleeper; her sister, Ruth, and brother-in-law, Russell Dewing; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is survived by her daughter, April Tvorak; and her granddaughter, Victoria, and grandson-in-law, Brandon Reynolds, and their children, her great-grandchildren, Cameron, Nathan and Benjamin. Virginia is also survived by her son, Matthew Terry; and her grandson, Ryan Brown; and his children, Gracie and Brooke. Born on June 27, 1935, Virginia was educated in Warren Center Schools and then graduated from Vestal High School. Virginia traveled the country and also lived in Texas, Colorado and Oklahoma. She enjoyed genealogy and wrote a book on her family's heritage titled "Robert Sleeper Sr. — A Family History," with help from her late grandmother Annetta Jane Patton Sleeper and many other family members. She enjoyed sewing, reading and Bible study. She was active in the Methodist Church of Springer, Okla., and was in the process of becoming an ordained minister. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12, at Warren Center United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Warren Center United Methodist Church. - Published in the Towanda Daily Review on 1/9/2008.
SLOVIK Jeanette R.
Age 88, formerly of Odessa, NY, died on Monday, January 7, 2008, at the Seneca View Nursing Facility. Mrs. Slovik was born in Centerville, PA on November 20, 1919, the daughter of the late Wesley and Ethel Tuthill. She was married for 56 years to the late William Slovik. Mrs. Slovik is survived by her daughters, Elaine (Tony) Ryan of Rochester, NY and Constance S. Beebe of Horseheads, NY; son, Stanley (Teri) Slovik of Horseheads, NY; grandson, Jeffrey M. Slovik of Horseheads, NY; granddaughters, Carrie J. Ryan and Kelly Ryan, both of California. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Slovik is predeceased by her son, Charles W. Slovik. She and her husband operated a gas station in Odessa, NY for 30 years. Jeanette also enjoyed her farm and loved music and her organic garden. She will be greatly missed by her children. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service for Mrs. Slovik at the Odessa United Methodist Church, Church St., Odessa, NY on Thursday, January 10, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. The Rev. Sheila Price officiating. Interment will follow at Laurel Hill Cemetery. Those wishing to remember Mrs. Slovik may do so through memorials to the Odessa Fire Department, P.O. Box 132, Odessa, NY 14869. Arrangements under the direction of Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY. Published in the Star-Gazette on 1/9/2008.
SMITH Jack L.
Age 80, Pine City, NY, died January 13, 2008. A devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather, he was born April 3, 1927 in Elmira, NY, the son of Floyd and Thelma Smith. He was a graduate of Thomas A. Edison High School and also attended Corning Community College as well as St. Lawrence University. Jack proudly served in the U.S. Merchant Marines from 1945 to 1946; the U.S. Navy Reserves from 1948 to 1952; and the U.S. Marine Corps. from 1952 to 1954. He married Jane Putnam Poley on June 9, 1949. He was a retired employee of the NYS Dept. of Corrections at Elmira, where he worked from 1955 to 1983. Jack was the first recipient of the "Officer of the Year" award at Elmira Reception Center. In 1970 he received the American Legion Commendation for outstanding service to his community through carrying out his duties as a police officer "in a manner which reflected credit upon all law enforcement officers, and for dedication to his profession above and beyond the call of duty." He belonged to F & A Masons Ivy Lodge 397 and American Legion Post 154. He was active in Little League Baseball and was the recipient of an award for "grateful and outstanding service to boyhood" through Boy Scouts of America. He was a member of Oakwood Ave. Methodist Church and attended Trinity Episcopal Church. Jack "Pop Pop" is survived by his caring, loving and devoted wife of 58 years, Jane; his sons and daughters-in-law, Jack L. II (Lynn) and Connie M. Smith, Wes and Debra Smith; and much adored granddaughter, Katey Mai-Ly Smith; his sister, Mrs. June L. Bubacz; and nieces and nephews. There will be no prior calling hours. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service for Jack on Friday, January 18, 2008, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 304 N. Main St., Elmira, at 11 a.m. with Father Bill Lutz officiating. A light luncheon will be served at the Church after the service. Interment will take place at the convenience of the family. At the family's request, those who wish may kindly contribute to Trinity Episcopal Church Memorial Fund or the Chemung County SPCA, in lieu of flowers. Published in the Star-Gazette from 1/16/2008 - 1/17/2008.
SMITH - KIRCHNER, Mary E.
Age 81, of Oriole Dr., Horseheads, died after an extended illness on Monday, Jan. 14, 2008. It was her wish to be at home and taken care of by her family. Mary was predeceased by her husband, Robert on Dec. 24, 1993; her surviving family includes her daughters and sons-in-law, Vickie Watach of Horseheads, NY, Stephanie (Gary) Devine also of Horseheads, NY, and with whom Mary resided, Sherrie (Don) Ashley of Monteno, IL; brother, Perley Smith Jr. of Terre Haute, IN; son-in-law, Jack Watach of Horseheads, NY; grandchildren, Casey (Marshall) Lauck of Roswell, GA, Jodey (Jay) Buchanan of Horseheads, NY, Jack R. (Caroline) Watach of Horseheads, NY, Michael Welch of Scotsdale, AZ, RandiBeth Welch of Plainfield, IL, Michael Bucanan of Lawrenceville, PA; great-grandchildren, Shane, Braden, and Quintin Buchanan, Morgan Watach, Carrington and Emerson Lauck. Mary was a stay-at-home mother who adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She cherished her friends with the widows and widowers support group, especially "Mick." She was an avid football and basketball fan, following Larry Bird's career with Indiana State. A special thank you to Southern Tier Hospice, especially Pat, Cindy and Susan, who were our teachers and became a part of our family and to Dr. Edward Foster, MD, who went above and beyond his profession to care for our mom. Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 So. Main St., Horseheads, on Sat., Jan. 19, 2008, from 1-3:00 p.m. Her service will be celebrated there at the funeral home at the conclusion of calling hours at 3:00 p.m. Her burial service will take place at a later date in Rose Lawn Memorial Park in North Terre Haute, IN. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may express their sympathy with memorials to Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 East Corning Rd., Corning, NY 14830; or Horseheads Animal Shelter, 150 Wygant Rd., Horseheads, NY 14845. Envelopes will be provided at the funeral home. Published in the Star-Gazette on 1/16/2008.
SOCHACKI Andy "Spanky" "Uncle Spank"
Age 60, of Elmira, died Sunday, January 13, 2008, at Arnot Ogden Medical Center. Andy is survived by sisters, Frances Sochacki of Elmira Heights, Mary Tekla (Sochacki) (Dennis) Keach, Elmira; brother, Theodore, "TJ" (Mary Stowell) Sochacki, Jr. of Elmira; niece, Stasha (Christopher) Preston; nephews, Nicholas Sochacki, Andrew (Meagan) Keach and Anthony (Kasey) Keach; twin great-nephews, Aidan Christopher and Gabriel Jacob Preston; great-nephew, Faolan Preston; uncle, John Passanante; aunts, Anna Friedman, Agnes (Anthony) Losito and Nannette Schiavi; cousins and many special friends. Predeceased by his father, Theodore in November of 2002; and his mother, Bernice in January 2006. Andy was an avid hunter, fisherman, golfer and jokester (comedian). He also enjoyed poker and bingo. He was a communicant of St. Casimir's Church and a member of the 2000 pound club. Special Thank You to the Arnot Ogden Nursing and the Dialysis Staff. Those wishing may make donations in his memory to his niece and nephews. Relatives and friends may call at the Kalec Funeral Home, Tuesday, January 15th, from 1-3 and 6-8 p.m., followed immediately by his Funeral Service at 8 p.m. Deacon William Dougherty officiating. Burial at the convenience of the family. Published in the Star-Gazette on 1/14/2008.
STRIKER - Miss Angeline Striker [Stryker]- died in Burlington last Friday. The funeral was held at the Baptist church on Sunday. The deceased was a native of Elmira and a long time resident of Troy. She was 76 years old. (Cannot find burial place; born about 1839 according to 1910 census for Troy, PA)
SWARTWOOD Oscar (Skip) W.
63, of Westfield, PA, entered his Heavenly home on Thursday, January 17, 2008, after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. Born April 30, 1944 in Wellsville, NY, he was the son of the late Oscar W. and Leila Cole Swartwood. Surviving are his wife of forty years, Karal; a daughter and son-in-law, Kristie and Dale O'Dell of Elkland; his dearly beloved grandchildren, Devin Lee and Breanna Maree O'Dell; and a brother and sister-in-law, William (Mick) and Marina Swartwood. Also surviving are nieces, nephew, and cousins. He was predeceased by his brother, Ronald Swartwood. Skip was a 1962 graduate of Cowanesque Valley High School and a 1964 graduate of the Williamsport Technical Institute where he earned degrees as a cartographer and draftsman. He was the owner of Swartwood's Grocery prior to operating Swartwood's Custom Trailers. He was an avid sportsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, and dirt track racing. Skip was a member of the Westfield Masonic Lodge No. 477. There will be a private burial. A time of remembrance and condolence for family and friends will be held at the Kenyon Funeral Home, Westfield on Sunday, January 20, from 2-4 p.m. followed by a Memorial Service at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorial donations in Skip's memory to the Westfield Wesleyan Church, Westfield, PA or the Laurel Hospice, Wellsboro, PA.
SWEDREK - Mr. James J. Swedrek, age 65, of Main Street, Laceyville, Pa., died on Wednesday morning, Jan. 9, 2008, at the Troy Community Hospital in Troy, Pa. Mr. Swedrek was born in East Brunswick, N.J., on April 2, 1942, the son of Alberta Smith Yuhas of East Brunswick, N.J., and the late Ralph Swedrek. James was also the stepson of John Yuhas, also of East Brunswick. Growing up in New Jersey, Mr. Swedrek was a graduate of the South River High School, of South River, N.J., class of 1961. From 1964 until 1966, James served his country, with the Army National Guard, stationed at Ft. Dix, N.J. During his many years while living in the Laceyville area, he was a landlord, and owned many homes throughout northeastern Pennsylvania. For many years, he was a member of the Riverside Rod and Gun Club. During his spare time he enjoyed hunting, and fishing, and attending the many antique auctions throughout the area. Besides his parents, he is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, the former Selina "Sue" M. D'Costa Swedrek of Laceyville; a stepson, Kevin, and his wife, Joan Kidney, of Toms River, N.J.; two step-daughters, Selina "Ena" Kidney of Jamesburg, N.J., and Margaret "Peggy" Shivey of South Brunswick, N.J.; a sister, Betty, and her husband, Frank Galganski, of East Brunswick; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one niece, one nephew and two great-nieces. Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 14, at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main Street, Laceyville. with the Rev. Thomas Davis of the Braintrim Baptist Church officiating. Interment will be at a later date in the Chestnut Hill Cemetery in East Brunswick. Family and friends may call at the funeral home 4 p.m. until the time of the service on Monday, Jan. 14. In lieu of flowers those wishing may make memorial donations to the Braintrim Baptist Church, Church Street, Laceyville, Pa. 18623. - Published in the Towanda Daily Review on 1/11/2008.
TOMPKINS - When someone you love becomes a memory ... the memory becomes a treasure. Our loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Harriette E. Lant, 89, of W. River Rd., Nichols, died peacefully Tuesday morning, Jan. 8, 2008 following a period of declining health. Harriette was born Nov. 25, 1918 in Mahopac Falls, N.Y., a daughter of the late George Lewis and Rena May (Patch) Tompkins. She attended school in Berkshire and was a graduate of Berkshire High School, class of 1935. On June 29, 1935 in Montrose, Pa. she married Harry Lant, and together they made Berkshire their home, where they owned and operated a farm for 20 years. In addition, she found time to share her knowledge with others by becoming a 4-H leader for the Berkshire Blue Ribbon Club, and she also served as vice president of the Parent Teachers Association at Edward R. Eastman School. In 1966 Harriette and Harry moved to Nichols. She was employed at Nichols Elementary School as a cook until her retirement in 1985. Following her retirement she continued to serve others and was employed by Ames department store in Sayre. Harriette enjoyed reading, spending time with her Dachshund, Mitsy, and visiting with friends and family. She is survived by: her daughters, Beverly Monk of Lisle, N.Y., Jacqueline Jewett of Berkshire, JoAnn Foster of Nichols, and Betty and Larry Doolittle of Whitney Point, N.Y.; her sons, Paul and Eileen Lant of Cortland, N.Y., and Dale Lant of California; a brother, John B. (Beth) Tompkins of California; sisters Luella James of Vestal and Berma Shaver of Apalachin; grandchildren Kelly, Rose, Deborah, Patricia, Laurie, Cheryl, Melody, Gordon, Wesley, Ginger, Tina, Tiffany and Jess; 17 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Harriette was predeceased by: her husband, Harry, April 3, 1970; sister Ida May; brothers Norman Lewis “Pete” Tompkins and Wesley Tompkins; sons-in-law Gordon Foster, John Jewett, and Craig Munk; grandchildren Mark Monk, Craig Munk Jr, Wesley Monk and Raymond Doolittle. Abiding with Harriette's wishes, there will be no funeral services. A private family interment will be held at the convenience of the family in Evergreen Cemetery, Berkshire. Those who wish to do so may also contribute to a memorial fund for Harriette Lant c/o Community Bank, PO Box 39, Nichols, NY 13812. Memorial contributions will be shared with several local organizations. Caring assistance is being provided by the Cooley family of Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. - Morning-Times, Sayre, PA, 9 January 2008
VanNESS - Donald Cole VanNess of Modesto, Calif., died Jan. 2, 2008, in a hospital following complications from an automobile accident in Modesto, Calif. He was born Aug. 24, 1929, in Asylum Township, Pa., the son of Ralph and Edith VanNess. He graduated from Towanda High School, class of 1947, and enlisted in the Air Force in December of that year. He married in 1956 and had one son, Donald R. VanNess. He spent 21 years in the service, retiring in 1969. He worked many years at Libby Owen Ford glass factory in Sacramento, Calif., retiring from there in 1994. Surviving are his wife, Lulu "Tiny" VanNess, in Modesto; his son, Donald R. VanNess; two granddaughters; a brother, James, in Monroeton, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother and father, and two sisters and brothers-in-law, Ellen and Clarence Morgan and Marie and Leo Lines. Arrangements are by Lakewood Funeral Home, Modesto, Calif. - Published in the Towanda Daily Review on 1/9/2008.
WHEELER - Thomas B. Wheeler Jr. -son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Wheeler, of Waverly, who died Monday as the result of injuries received in a coasting accident, was a nephew of Miss Laura Wheeler, a former Trojan and a grandnephew of Mrs. Thomas Comfort. Mr. and Mrs. Burt Comfort and Mrs. Elisha Guild attended the funeral from the Waverly home.
WOLFER Robert F.
Age 77, of Camp Hill, PA, died Tuesday, January 8, 2008, at his daughter's residence in Elmira, NY. Born August 20, 1930 in Harrisburg, PA, the son of the late Robert Martin and Hedwig Huber Wolfer. Robert was a graduate of Lower Paxton High School, Colonial Park, PA. He retired from US Naval Depot, Mechanicsburg in 1986 where he was a Supply Systems Analyst. He was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Camp Hill, PA, Carlisle Fish and Game, NRA, Wally Byam Caravan Club International Inc. Also, William S. Snyder Masonic Lodge #756, F&AM, Harrisburg, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Harrisburg Consistory, Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Harrisburg Forest #43. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, bowling, camping, traveling, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, football and playing with his grandson. Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Marjorie Bream Wolfer, Camp Hill; a daughter, Kathleen Stein and husband, David and a grandson Daniel, all of Big Flats, NY. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 14, 2008, in the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2000 Chestnut St., Camp Hill, with the Rev. J. Stewart Hardy officiating. Burial will be in the Westminster Cemetery. There will be a viewing from 10:00 a.m. Monday until time of services in the church. Hoffman-Roth Funeral Home & Crematory, 219 N. Hanover St., Carlisle, PA, is handling the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Arnot Ogden Medical Center, 600 Roe Ave., Elmira, NY 14905; or Southern Tier Hospice and Palliative Care, 11751 East Corning Road, Corning NY 14830. Published in the Star-Gazette on 1/11/2008.
WOODWARD - Brent D. Woodward, 31 of Canton, Pa., died on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2008, from an automobile accident. Brent Duane "Ticker" Woodward was born on Aug. 30, 1976, in Towanda, Pa., one of four boys born in the family of Roger and Judy (Finogle) Woodward. He was the beloved husband of Nicole (Smith) Woodward and the adoring father of three children. Ticker survived several hard-fought battles against health issues during his life and he cherished the times spent with family and friends. He loved to joke and visit with people and was known for his uniquely dry sense of humor. Brent enjoyed playing play station with his children, riding four-wheelers and family get-togethers. In addition to his parents, Brent is survived by his wife, Nicole, at home; children, Brittni Schell, Alexis Swain and Brayden Woodward; brothers, Kyle Woodward and Chad Woodward both of Canton and Roger (Vicki) Woodward of Arizona; grandparents, Orin and Florence Finogle of Canton and Daniel and Louise Woodward of Troy; special nephews, Caleb Woodward and Derek Nalette of Arizona; several special aunts, uncles and cousins; a special mother-in-law, Teri Smith of Canton and grandfather-in-law, Ned Smith of Towanda; a brother-in-law, Brian (Shaylee) Smith of Towanda and many dear friends. Brent was predeceased by a cousin, Jason Greene; a special great-aunt and great-uncle, Bena Burr and Bill Eckman and several other great-aunts and great-uncles. His family invites friends to attend a memorial service in celebration of Brent's life at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton, with Pastor George Yocum officiating. A private family viewing will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday (tonight) at the funeral home. The family will provide flowers and suggest those who wish to may direct donations to start trust fund for his children c/o First Citizens Nat'l Bank, 29 W. Main St., Canton, Pa. 17724.- Published in the Towanda Daily Review 1/8/2008.
WOODWARD Brent D. - Canton man was killed in a motor vehicle accident early Sunday in Tioga County, Pa., a deputy coroner and state police said. Brent D. Woodward, 31, of Canton was driving east on state Route 414 at 2:18 a.m. Sunday [6 January 2008] when his vehicle crossed the roadway for an unknown reason, police said. Woodward’s vehicle traveled down an embankment and across a ditch and became airborne, state police from Mansfield said. The vehicle, a 2000 Ford Ranger TK, then rolled over several times before coming to rest in a field, police said. Woodward was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:15 a.m. by Tioga County Deputy Coroner Lisa Lindquist, state police said. Woodward died from blunt force head and neck injuries, she said. Woodward was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident, state police said. The Canton Fire Department assisted at the scene. - Towanda Daily Review, 7 January 2008
WOODWARD William N.
Age 85, of Arnot, PA, died January 16, 2008 in Wellsboro, PA. He was born April 21, 1922 in Ward Twp., PA, the son of John D. and Minnie Rudy Woodward. He was a self-employed logger and a US Army veteran. He is survived by daughters, Hazel (Martin) Bickham, Covington, PA, Emma (Donald) Breese, Dover, PA, Juanita White, Wellsboro, PA, Peony (Patrick) Crowley, Wellsboro, PA, Ruth (Mark) VanDuyne, Mexico, Missouri; sons, Nathan (Teresa) Woodward, Hollywood, FL, Wayde (Patricia) Woodward, Falcon, CO, John (Belinda) Woodward, Elkland, PA, Jess Woodward, Falcon, CO; 21 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Beatrice (David) Randel, Canton, PA, Leona Jenkins, Canton, PA; brother, Danial (Louise) Woodward, Troy, PA; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret in 1995. Private funeral services will be conducted at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are in care of the Kenyon Funeral Home, Elkland, PA.
YURGATIS William (Bill)
Wyalusing Rocket January 24, 2008
William (Bill) Yurgatis of Laceyville died peacefully on Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at home on the family farm that he loved. He was born in Wilkes-Barre on January 9, 1916, the son of the late Joseph and Agnes Sitas Yurgatis. Bill was a member of the St. Joachim's Catholic Church and was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association (NRA). Bill owned and operated the Yurgatis Family Farm in West Auburn for more than eighty years. He was also an independent milk hauler for twenty six years to the Creamery in Laceyville and in South Montrose for many area farmers. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and greatly enjoyed his family. He was extremely proud of his fully restored 1939 John Deere B Tractor and he was featured on the cover of the 2006 Northeast Farm Edition of Fastline. Bill received the honor of the Tri County Sportsman's Club "Old Time Hunter Award" in 2005. He married Helen Lobzentis Yurgatis on August 22, 1942. Surviving are his son, Carl Yurgatis and wife, Jeanne of Laceyville; daughters, Dorothy Hibbard and husband, Wayne of Montrose and Marie Moore and husband, Gordon, Jr., also of Montrose; a brother, Clyde Yurgatis of Towanda, and a sister, Marion Faber of Lebanon, grandchildren; Sandy and Bob Voda of Laceyville, Mary and Dennis Wetherhold of Whitehall, Brian Yurgatis of Laceyville, Susan & Brian Lathrop of Montrose, Wayne Jr., and Amy Hibbard of Rushville, Gordon III (Mac) and Lisa Moore of Lawton, and Chad Moore of Montrose; great-grandchildren, Dustin, Marissa, and Makayla Voda; Geoffrey Wetherhold, and Emily Moore; sister-in-law, Anna Bolles, brother-in-law Vincent (Bill) Lobzentis; many cousins, nieces, nephews, and special neighbors. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen in 2002, a brother, Joseph Yurgatis Jr., sister-in law, Charlotte Bendock, brother-in-law, Joseph Bendock, brother-in-law Robert Bolles, and nephew, Tony Bendock. The family will receive friends at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main Street, Laceyville on Friday, 6 to 9 p.m. with Rosary at 7 pm. Funeral services will be held at 10 am on Saturday with an additional calling hour preceding at 9 am. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joachim's Catholic Church, Meshoppen, at 11 am with Father Paul Fontanella officiating. Interment will follow at the St. Joachim's Cemetery, Meshoppen. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Bill's favorite charities: The Goodwill Fire Company of Laceyville, PO Box 207, Laceyville PA, 18623 and the Tri County Sportsman's Club, RR 1 Box 1462 Laceyville PA, 18623. Submitted by Carol Hoose Brotzman, a neighbor
ZELT - McCULLOUGH, Joanna Z.
Formerly of Sunset Drive, Fairmont, West Virginia, Joanna Zelt McCullough, age 98, died January 16, 2008 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Elmira, NY. Mrs. McCullough was born in Washington, PA January 3, 1910, daughter of Thomas Albert Zelt and Jennie Lee Zelt. She was preceded in death by her husband, Allan McCullough, sister, Miriam Carter, brother, David Zelt, and great-grandson, Ryan Deegan. Joanna is survived by her loving children, Judith A. Deegan (Walter Kahrs) of Huntington, NY, Thomas A. McCullough (Mary Lou) of Big Flats, NY, and William K. McCullough (Nancy) of Casar, NC; granddaughters, Stacey Deegan Holland (Ted), Anna McCullough and Jessie McCullough; grandsons, Bill Deegan (Sylvia), Matthew Deegan (Maria), Mike McCullough and Dave McCullough; and great-grandchildren, Logan Deegan, Rachael Deegan and Gavin Deegan. She is also survived by loving nieces, Evelyn Carter and Pam Matzko who have stayed in close touch over the years. In addition to devoting her life to her family, Joanna worked as a private duty nurse prior to her marriage to Allan, and as a residence hall housemother at Fairmont State College after his death. Joanna had a special gift for making friends wherever she went by finding the best in others. Her smile and warm friendship will be missed by all her knew her. Joanna grew up in Washington, PA. She graduated from Trinity High School and from Washington Hospital School of Nursing in 1931, where she held the distinction of being the oldest member of the Alumni Association. Joanna greatly enjoyed her involvement in the Fairmont community. She was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church, a member of the Mount Vernon Garden Club, a volunteer at the Marion County Historical Museum and a volunteer with the Union Rescue Mission. A memorial service celebrating Joanna's life will be scheduled at a later date. The family wishes to thank Sister Marie Michael Miller, Ann Grady and the staff of the fifth floor St. Joseph's skilled nursing facility for their loving care of Joanna. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Joanna's memory be made to St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation (Skilled Nursing Facility), 555 East Market St., Elmira, NY 14901.