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BEARDSLEE –INA B. DUTCHER age 92 died on June 23, 2003 in Rochester, NY.  Born Ina Mary Beardslee on May 31, 1911 near Millport, NY a daughter of Jenny B. Beardslee and Jay W. Beardslee.  Ina is survived by her brother Erwin and his wife Francis Beardslee; sister Louise Schwartz and only son Walter B. Dutcher II.  Ina married Robert Haines in 1931 and moved to Cortland, NY, later divorced. In 1948, on Christmas Day, she married Walter B. Dutcher in Elmira, NY.  Ina was a long time resident of Chemung County and the Elmira area.  She taught in the local schools for 35 years beginning in 1931 at the one room school at Elston in North Chemung.  She later taught at Cortland schools and then returned to Elmira in 1941 to teach at the Beecher (Old #1 on Sullivan St.) School.  She moved to Parley-Coburn School where she continued to teach Elementary English and Social Studies before being certified as a Guidance Counselor.  She finished her career at the Broadway School and retired in 1972. Ina celebrated the birth of two grandchildren, Liana and Melissa Dutcher and loved them dearly.  She enjoyed a good fish fry and family picnics at the lake.  Ina was a founding member of the Beecher Doll Club and helped the Elmira Heights Historical Society get a good start.  Ina was a long time member of the Oakwood Methodist Church in Elmira Heights, NY.  She will be remembered as a loving mother and caring sister.  Ina was an inspiration to several generations of family members and the students she had the pleasure to work with.  A memorial service is planned for this Saturday June 28 at 1pm at the United Methodist Church in Horseheads, NY (Broad St.) followed by a reception for family and friends at the Oakwood Methodist Church in Elmira Heights (Oakwood Ave). –Elmira Star Gazette

FLOYD LEIGH BEARDSLEY, JR., 72 of Auburn died Friday, Sept. 12, 2003 at Auburn Memorial Hospital.  Born in New Albany, Pa. he was a son of Pearl Hugo and Floyd L. Beardsley.  He has lived in Auburn since 1959.  Floyd was a 1949 graduate of New Albany High School.  He was employed as a General Agent for the Lehigh Valley Railroad for 32 years then worked 10 years in the woodshop at Auburn Prison.  He and his wife, Mary were accomplished crafters and well known at craft shows throughout the northeast and the New York State Fair.  He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Auburn.  Surviving is his wife of 53 years, the former Mary Hatch; a daughter, Brenda Moore of Akron, Ohio; two sons, Michael Beardsley of Chittenego and Bradley Bearsley of Auburn; a sister, Gloria Reed of Williamsport, Pa.; eight grandchildren, Brandon and Corinne Beardsley of Chittenengo, Cassidy and Jessica Beardsley of Auburn, Courtney, Meredith, Kaleigh and Emily Moore, all of Akron, Ohio and a nephew.  Services were held Monday at the First United Methodist Church in Auburn.  Burial was in Fort Hill cemetery, Auburn.  Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 99 South St., Auburn, N.Y.  –Towanda Daily Review

CLARENCE E. BECK – A Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday for Clarence Edward Beck, 83 of 326 George St., South Williamsport, who died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 1998 at the home of his son, Dennis J. of 253 Church St., South Williamsport.  His wife the former Catherine Borowski died April 18, 1969.  He retired as a supervisor for Bethlehem Steel Corp. after 37 years’ employment.  He was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church and an usher at Church of the Ascension.  He enjoyed hunting and bowling.  Born Aug. 6, 1915 in Brookside he was a son of Paul and Jennie Guillame Beck.  Surviving besides his son, are another son, David E. of this city; two daughters, Elaine C. Kendall of Dillon, Mont. And Mary Louise Whitlow of New Bern, N.C.; a brother, Lawrence F. of this city; two sisters, Louella Baumgartner of this city and Sister Mary Findelis of the Dominican Convent, Philadelphia; 10 grandchildren and a great-grandson.  The service will be at 9:30 a.m. in the church. 326 Washington Blvd. with Monsignor Stephen McGough his pastor officiating.  Interment will be in Mount Carmel of Wildwood Cemetery.  Friends may call at Crouse’s, 133 E. Third St. from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday.  The Rosary will be recited at 8.  –Williamsport Sun-Gazette

BEDFORD –MRS. EDNA AMANDA BRENCHLEY, 65 of RD 1 Forksville died on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1993 following a lingering illness.  Mrs. Brenchley was the daughter of the late John and Emma Bedford and the wife of the late Dean Brenchley who died in 1985.  Mrs. Brenchley is survived by two sisters; Mrs. Alberta Hewitt of Hillsgrove, who also had cared for her during her illness and Mrs. Roscoe (Laura) Brenchley of Dallas, Pa.; one step-brother, Olin Shaffer of Greeley, Colo, and numerous nieces and nephews.  Mrs. Brenchley was a member of the Estella United Methodist Church in Estella.  She had been a life-time resident of the Sullivan County area.  She had worked for 21 years in the housekeeping department at the Dar-Way Nursing Home in Estella until her illness.  Family and friends are invited to call on Friday at the Russell P. McHenry funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore from 7 to 9 p.m.  The funeral service will be held in the Estella United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, 1993 with the Rev. James Lewis, her pastor and the Rev. John Pittinger, pastor of the Loyalsock Baptist Church officiating.  There will be calling from 1 p.m. until the time of the funeral.  Burial in Bethel Cemetery.

MARK R. BEDFORD, 87 a resident of the Dar-Way Nursing Home, Estella formerly of Niagara Falls, NY and Rochester, NY died Oct. 15, 1987 at the nursing home.  Mr. Bedford was born July 29, 1900 at Forksville the son of Ulysses and Sara Brackman Bedford.  He was a former school teacher in Niagara Falls and also was a counselor to the youth.  After retirement he was a substitute teacher in Rochester for many years.  He was a member of the Millview Wesleyan Church.  Survivors include a brother Fred Bedford, Sun City, AZ; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Hazel Bedford a resident of Dar-Way; three nieces, three nephews and cousins.  Funeral and committal services were held at the Morse-Kleese Funeral Home, Canton with Rev. Jasper Smith a retired Methodist minister officiating.  Interment was in the Friend Meeting Cemetery, Elkland Twp., Sullivan County.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

MERTON E. BEDFORD, 83 of Elkland Township, RR 1, Forksville, Pa. died on Thursday Dec. 8, 1994 at Divine Providence Hospital in Williamsport, Pa. following a heart attack.  Born on Sept 1, 1911 in Elkland Township he was the son of the late Oscar and Mattie Sabin Bedford.  Merton was an Elkland Township resident and was engaged in farming his entire lifetime.  For many years he worked for various lumber mills.  In 1980 he retired from PennDot giving 13 years of service.  He attended St. Peter’s United Church of Christ at Hugo Corner’s in Elkland Township.  He was a member of A.A.R.P.  Surviving is his wife, Sylvia Kilmer Bedford at home; four sons, Harold L. Bedford of Forksville, Carl O. Bedford of Mehoopany, Boyd F. Bedford of Forksville, Bruce M. Bedford of Forrest Lake, Minn.; one sister, Mrs. Fern Wilcox of Forksville; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held on Monday Dec. 12, 1994 at 11 a.m. in the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter Street, Dushore, Pa. with the Rev. Robert W. Martin, his pastor officiating.  Interment will be in Bethel Cemetery, Elkland Township, Sullivan County, Pa.  Friends and family are invited to call on Sunday evening, Dec. 10, 1994 at McHenry Funeral Home in Dushore from 7-9 p.m.  –Towanda Daily Review

BEEGLE –IRENE RUTH FOUST, 85 of 1430 Harding Ave., Williamsport died Thursday, June 28, 2001 at Sycamore Manor Nursing Home.  Born April 9, 1916 in Altoona she was the daughter of Clyde & Daisy Koozer Beegle.  She and her husband, Jay L. Foust celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in August, 2000.  Irene was a homemaker and a member of Faxon Kenmar United Methodist Church.  Surviving besides her husband, are a daughter, Judy MacGinnes of Harrisburg; a son, Robert J. Foust of State College; grandchildren, Tammey L. Quigley of Williamsport, Rebekah N. & Rachael I. Foust, both of State College; great-grandchildren, Tyler & Fletcher Quigley, both of this city.  A memorial service will be held Sunday, 2 p.m. at Faxon Kenmar United Methodist Church, 1301 Clayton Ave., Williamsport with her pastor, the Rev. Ronald Doan officiating.  Burial will be at the convenience of the family.  The family will provide the flowers.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Faxon Kenmar united Methodist Church, 1301 Clayton Ave., Williamsport, Pa.  Crouse Funeral Home.  –Williamsport Sun-Gazette

LAWRENCE ‘BUDDY’ BELLOWS, 7 of Sallon, Nev. died Sunday, Aug. 27, 1995.  Born April 14, 1988 he was the son of Larry and Jennie Bellows of Round Mountain, Nevada.  Born April 14, 1988 he was the son of Larry and Jennie Bellows of Round Mountain, Nevada.  He is survived by his parents at home; a brother, Louis Torres; a sister, Shvon Bellows; grandparents, Skip and Rose Bellows in Nevada, Shirley McGowan of Towanda; aunts and uncles, Edward John McGowan of Standing Stone; Theresa Torres of Philadelphia, Kathleen and Roy Johnson of Towanda, Jacqueline McGowan of Reading, Angelo and Marianne Johnson of Towanda, Elizabeth Buchanan of Ulster and several aunts and uncles in Nevada.  He was predeceased by his grandfather, Edward John McGowan, Uncle, John McGowan and Aunt, Joanne McGowan.  A private funeral service was held Friday night, Sept. 1, 1995 in Round Mountain, Nevada.  –Towanda Daily Review

MATTHEW W. BELLOWS, 21 of Middleburg RR 2, PA died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 1996 as the result of a motor vehicle accident of Route 522 in Snyder County.  He was born June 22, 1974 in York, Pa. a son of Philip M. and Kathy I. Ellis Bellows also of Middleburg, Pa.  Matthew was a 1993 graduate of the Northumberland Christian School.  He was a junior at Geneva College in Beaver Falls where he was a biology major.  During the summer he had been employed at Tru-Wood in Kreamer and also at Suncom Industries in Sunbury.  He was a member of Bible Baptist Church in Kreamer where he sang in the choir and was a soloist.  He also served as an usher.  He was a hunter and enjoyed photography and bird watching.  Also killed in the accident was the girl he planned to marry, Janacyn R. Seitzer of Northumberland.  Surviving in addition to his parents are two sisters, Lynette S. and Rachel L. both at home; his maternal grandparents, Clara and Elwood Ellis of Towanda; his paternal grandmother, Eva and paternal step-grandfather, Malford Page of Wyalusing RR 2.  The funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Bible Baptist Church in Kreamer with his pastor the Rev. Dr. Paul W. Downey officiating.  Burial will be in Orchard Hills Cemetery, Shamokin Dam.  Friends may call Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hummel Funeral Home, 574 Hill Street, Middleburg and from 9:30 a.m. until time of the service Saturday at the church.  Contributions in his memory may be directed to Bible Baptist Church in Kreamer.  –Towanda Daily Review

RAYMOND W. BELLOWS SR. age 69, of 1549 Cedar St., died on Tuesday, April 6, 2004, at St. Joseph's Hospital.  Services are incomplete at this time. Arrangements are under the direction of the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. –Elmira Star Gazette

JAMES WILLIAM BENJAMIN, 80 of Towanda RR 2, Towanda Township died Friday morning, May 7, 2004 at The Manor in West Burlington Township.  Born Feb. 17, 1924 in Monroeton he was a son of the late Norman Benjamin and Margaret Bristol Benjamin.  James was a veteran of World War II having served in the U.S. Army.  On Oct. 21, 1945 he married the former Wilhelmina P. Vanderpool.  In early years, James worked on construction for Jerry Edwards and Sons in Horseheads, N.Y.  He was later employed by the U.S. Post Office in Horseheads, N.Y. for many years until his retirement on Sept. 3, 1986.  James attended the Church on the Hill in Milan and was a member of the Towanda American Legion Post No. 42, Beirne-Webster VFW Post No. 1568, Towanda and the Border Riders Motorcycle Club in Sayre.  Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Wilhelmina at home; three children, Sandra Callison and her husband, Gordon Callison of Baltimore, James Lincoln Benjamin and his wife, Diane Benjamin of Odessa, N.Y. and Randy D. Benjamin and his wife, Elizabeth Benjamin of Mars Hill, N.C.; three grandchildren, Wendy Underdown of Odessa, N.Y., Michael Benjamin of Buffalo, N.Y and Dawn Benjamin of Ashville, N.C.; two sisters, Josephine Vanderpool of Towanda and Lucy Hemenway of Towanda; two brothers, Silas Benjamin of Sayre and Melvin Benjamin of Maryland and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by two brothers, Walter and Pete, and three sisters, Dorothy, Sarah and Evelyn.  In honor of James’ request, there are no funeral services or calling hours.  Interment will be in the Bath National Cemetery, Bath, N.Y.  Arrangements were provided by the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, Towanda.  –Towanda Daily Review

CLIFFORD BENNETT age 69 of Overton Apartments, Dushore died on Saturday, Aug. 9, 1997 following a heart attack.  Born on Nov. 1, 1927 in Scranton, Pa. he was a son of the late Basil Oland and Emma McPherson Bennett.  On April 29, 1947 he married the former Helen Kunzman Bennett in Elmira, N.Y.  Clifford and Helen moved to Sullivan County in 1962.  Mr. Bennett retired from Red Rock Job Corps Center in 1991 after several years of service.  Earlier he had been employed by Lycoming Gennetti Hotel in Williamsprot, Pa. and Endicott Johnson Shoe Factory in Mildred, Pa.  Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis and Sandy Bennett of Hop Bottom, Pa., Clifford and Shiela Bennett Jr. of Ulster, Pa.; six daughters and sons-in-=law, Dianna and Harey Brown of Shunk, Pa., Bernice Bennett of Dushore, Pa., Joyce and Robert Smeeton of Cicero, N.Y., Susan and Robert Brown of Little Meadows, Pa., Sylvia and Bruce Insinger of Dushore, Pa. and Pattie and Robert Stoudt of New Albany, Pa.; 25 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren and two brothers, Merrill Bennett of California and Richard Bennett of Nevanda.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Father, one brother, three sisters, one granddaughter, Kim Louise Brown and one great-grandson, Daniel Scott Wyda.  A private service will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 1997 at 10 a.m. in the Russell P. McHenry Funeral home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore with the Rev. Robert Martin, pastor of Redeemer United Church of Christ in Dushore officiating.  Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of the funeral service.  Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Cherry Twp., Pa.  The family will provide flowers.  Donations or contributions may be made to the American Heart Association in Mr. Bennett’s memory.  –Towanda Daily Review

CARL E. BERRY, 88 of Lopez died Thursday afternoon April 2, 1992 at the LaPorte United Methodist Home.  He was born in Luray, Va. March 10, 1904 a son of the late Frank and Elizabeth Sisk Berry.  He joined the Army at the end of World War II and served 10 years, being discharged in 1929.  He came to Sullivan County at the beginning of the CC Camps, being instrumental in the construction of Camp 95.  He married the former Helen Groshesky of Murraytown on July 5, 1935.  They resided in Lopez the rest of their lives.  After the CC Camp, Carl worked in the lumber industry and during World War II worked for the Bendix Corp in Elmira, N.Y.  He later worked as the custodian for Lopez and Turnpike schools, retiring in 1968.  His wife, Helen predeceased him on Sept. 26, 1990.  He was a member of the disabled American veterans.  Surviving are two sons; Carl L. of Lopez and William J. of Bethlehem, Pa.; a grandson, Michael and a granddaughter, Michele and one niece.  Funeral and committal services will be private and will be held at the convenience of the family.  Interment will be in St. Francis of Assisi Cemetery, Mildred, Pa.  Arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, Pa.  –Towanda Daily Review

ROBERT L. BERRY, Waterville - A private funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday for Robert L. Berry, 74 of Genesee Lane, who died Wednesday, Jan. 10, 1996 in Leader Nursing Center, Jersey Shore.  He and his wife, the former Margaret A. Smith would have observed their 22nd wedding anniversary March 2.  He retired from the former Ille Electric in Williamsport after more than 20 years of service.  He was a World War II Army veteran who served in the European Theater.  He was a past master of the Canton Masonic Lodge and was a member of the Labelle Vallee No. 232 F&AM of Jersey Shore and the Williamsport Consistory.  For many years, he was a member of the Waterville United Methodist Church.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing.  Born Jan. 29, 1921 in Ralston he was a son of LaDrue and Alice Grennell Berry.  Surviving, besides his wife, are a son, Robert W. Berry of Jersey Shore RR 3; three stepsons, William Jones of Ralston, Chester H. Zay of Linden RR 1 and Leonard S. Zay of Montoursville; a sister, Mrs. Richard Calvert of Trout Run; two grandchildren, 12 step-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.  The service will be at Welker’s, 125 N. Main St., Jersey Shore, with the Rev. Howard T. Woodruff, his pastor officiating.  Burial will be in Pennsdale Cemetery.  –Williamsport Sun-Gazette

WILLIAM W. BERRY, 67 – With the dawning of a mew morning and on the day he would have celebrated his 42nd wedding anniversary, July 28, 1999, William W. Berry, 67 of Windham Township, Rome, RR 2, devoted husband, father and grandfather, died following a courageous battle with cancer.  He was born March 11, 1943 in Sayre, Pa. a son of the late James W. and Violet (Nichols) Berry.  Bill, as he was affectionately known by his family and friends was a self-employed logging contractor and truck driver.  He was a very honest man who was always willing to help those in need; he will be remembered for his thoughtfulness.  Bill was a graduate of Rome High School, class of 1950.  In 1952 he entered into the military where he served his country with the U.S. Army.  Bill was a member of the Nichols American Legion Post No. 1624, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 6824, Haigh’s Pond and at one time was a Republican Committee man for Windham Township where he served as constable.  He is survived by his wife, Sandra L. (Catlin) Berry at home; daughters, Valerie Harman and her companion, Don Holubik of Orlando, Fla., Vicki and her husband, Elliot Niman of Chenango Forks; sons, Scott and his wife, Linda Berry of Rome, James and Linda Berry of LeRaysville; sisters and brothers-in-law, Beatrice Lent of Troy, Virginia Fitzgerald of Towanda, Margaret (Ward) Ross of LeRaysville, Betty (Bob) Quick of Nichols, N.Y.; sisters-in-law, Bessie berry of Litchfield, Mary Jane Chapman of Ithaca, N.Y.; grandchildren, Amanda Berry, Nicole Berry, Alyssa Niman, Alex Niman, Emily Niman, Brian Wurst, Jessica Berry; several nieces, nephews and cousins; faithful companion, his miniature Schnauzer, Sparky.  Bill was predeceased by his brothers Forrest and Hudson Berry.  Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Friday, July 30, 1999 at 11 a.m. at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 Main St., Nichols, N.Y. with the Rev. David Pitcher, pastor of the West Warren Congregational Church, officiating assisted by Brian T. Houser.  Interment will follow in the Nichols Cemetery.  The family will receive their friends from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday.  Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to their local chapter of the American Cancer Society or the West Warren Church, c/o Janet Brown, RR 1, Rome, Pa. or the Windham Ambulance, c/o Kelly S. Pakes, secretary, RR 2, Box 323, Rome, Pa. in loving memory of William W. Berry.  –Towanda Daily Review

CLARK W. BIRD a long time resident of the Millerton, PA community died peacefully Friday morning, April 11, 2003 in Millerton at the home of his son, in the loving care of his family following an illness at the age of 91.  Clark was born on October 28, 1911 in Williamsport, PA the son of the late John Clayton and Gertrude Zarr Bird.  He married Vernice Gearhart on September 28, 1933. He was employed for many years at the Chemung Foundry as a Molder.  In service to the Lord, he was a member of the Hillcrest Seventh Day Adventist Church of Wellsboro.  An avid outdoorsman, Clark enjoyed the relaxation fishing and gardening brought him.  He was always ready for the challenge of a good puzzle. A cherished husband, supportive father and grandfather, he treasured his family and was so very grateful to have been under their care through his illness.  Surviving is his loving wife and companion of 68 years, Vernice Gearhart Bird of Millerton; along with their children, Dean and Christine Bird, Port Saint Joe, FL, Robert and Janice Bird, Gillett, PA, Trudy and Duane White, Lawrenceville, PA, George and Jean Bird, Millerton, PA, Larry and Wendy Bird, Millerton, PA; 38 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren, 6 great-great-grandchildren; and many caring friends.  Clark was predeceased by his beloved daughter, Sandra Decker in 1980.  Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport on Sunday, April 13, 2003 from 4 to 7 PM and again on Monday, from 10 AM to 12 noon.  Funeral services will follow the visitation on Monday (12 noon) with Pastor Michael Bernard, of the Hillcrest Seventh Day Adventist Church, officiating.  Committal services will follow at the Bird Family Plot of Twin Hill Memorial Park, Muncy, PA.  Memorial donations may be directed to the Pathfinders Youth Ministry of the Hillcrest Seventh Day Adventist Church, PO Box 309, Wellsboro, PA in Clark's memory.  –Elmira Star Gazette

BISBEE –JOAN L. SPENCER ALEXANDER, 87, died Friday, Jan. 5, 2007, at the Williamsport Home where she had been a resident for three years.  Her husband of 50 years, Raymond W. Alexander, died in October 1989.  Joan was a member of New Covenant United Church of Christ.  She was a 1937 graduate of the Williamsport High School and a 1937 graduate of Miss Wheaton’s Business School.  She was employed in the financial department of the Williamsport Hospital, retiring in 1984.  She was also employed as a bookkeeper for various local businesses, a sewing teacher and salesperson for Singer Sewing Center of the city, credit manager at VanCampen Auto Sales and collection supervisor at the Williamsport Credit Bureau.  Joan was the president of the local chapter of the Credit Women and president of that state organization.  She was a past president of the Williamsport Penn Laurel Chapter of American Business Women’s Assoc. where she helped form the Otzinachson Chapter, ABWA of Montoursville.  She was recognized as Woman of the Year by this organization in 1976.  She served as vice president of the Lycoming Valley ABWA, which was formed by the Otzinachson and Lycoming Valley Chapters.  Joan was an active member of the ABWA for 34 years. She served as treasurer and president of the Montoursville Senior Citizens and president of the Williamsport Home Senior Citizens. She served as president and treasurer in the Williamsport Chapter of AARP.  She was also instrumental in the ongoing Williamsport High School’s Class of 1937 reunions.  In 1997, at the age of 82, Joan was a trombone player in the Robert M. Sides’ New Horizons Band.  This group has played at many local churches, schools and organizations. She played in the National New Horizons Band held in Albany, N.Y. in 1999.  She started the first Brownie Girl Scout Troop in 1945 at St. Paul United Methodist Church and went on to form the Junior and Senior Girl Scout Troops in that same church. Joan was a trainer for the Hemlock Girl Scout Council, a Unit Leader at Hemlock Girl Scout Council’s Camp Lycogis, Hillsgrove, where she named the tent unit, Tall Pines.  She attended National Girl Scout Camp at Camp Edith Macy, N.Y., in 1952.  She was a first aid instructor for the American Red Cross at which time she became the first woman to be a member of the St. Boniface Boy Scout Troop so that she could teach that troop first aid.  Born Oct. 21, 1919, in Wellsboro, she was the daughter of Earl L. and Mabel D. Bisbee.  Surviving are a daughter, Joan L. (Ronald) Howard of Williamsport; a son, Donald W. (Doris) Alexander of Williamsport; grandchildren, Tammy S. Palumbo of Hamlin, N.Y., Debra R. Eaton of Elmhurst, IL, Kelley L. Rowles of Harleysville, Pa., Christine M. Hawkins of Poolesville, Md., Raymond W. Alexander II, Todd W. Alexander, Cindy K. Alexander and Tammy M. Thompson all of Jersey Shore and Donna J. Curchoe of Williamsport; and 14 great-grandchildren.  A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at New Covenant United Church of Christ, 202 E. Third St., with the Rev. Clara A. Benson officiating.  There will be no visitation. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in Twin Hills Memorial Park.  The family will provide the flowers and suggests contributions be made to New Covenant Community Connections, Inc., The Journey House, 202 E. Third St., Williamsport, PA.  –Williamsport Sun-Gazette

BLAUVELT –ETHEL MAE FULLER age 90 formerly of Chemung, NY and Elizabeth Square, Waverly, NY died March 11, 2001 at the Tioga Nursing Home.  Born April 21, 1910 in Wilawana, PA. The daughter of the late Oris and Lillian Scott Blauvelt.  She was a member of the Wilawana Methodist Church, the U.M.W., the Waverly Senior Citizens. Survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Shirley and Robert Hammond of Waverly, Marlene and Kenneth Day of Rochester, NY; son and daughter-in-law, Norman and Barb Fuller, of Millford, MA; 11 grandchildren, Robert Hammond of Horseheads, Kevin Hammond of Chemung, Dawn Drake of Sayre, Brenda Bean of Sayre, Debra Snyder of Kerhonkson, NY, Cynthia Yeckinevich of Waverly, Ellen Fravel of Springfield, OH, Norman Fuller II of Defiance, OH, Michelle Internicola of Boston, MA, Michael Day of Rochester, NY, Matthew Day of MI; two step grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; sister, Marion Minturn of Wilawana; brother, Donald Blauvelt of Wilawana; many nieces and nephews; a special niece, Marilyn Hadlock of Wilawana.  Predeceased by two sisters, Helen Fuller, Lula Seudder; four brothers, Seymour and Earl, Arthur and Charles Blauvelt; a great-grandson, Matthew Hammond and her husband, Fred Fuller who died October 30, 1964.  Memorial services will be held Saturday, March 17, 2001 at the Wilawana Methodist Church at 1 PM.  Memorials may be directed to the Wilawana Methodist Church in c/o Pam Sacrest, RD #2 Box 423, Sayre, PA.  Arrangements by the Blauvelt Funeral Home, 445 Waverly St. Waverly, NY.  –Elmira Star Gazette

BOECKER –VICKIE L. KELLEY, 83 of Dushore died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2001 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre as a result of an automobile accident Friday, Nov. 9 on Route 87 near Dushore.  Vickie was born Sept. 2, 1963 a daughter of Harry V. Boecker of Forksville and the late Norma . Gilbert Boecker.  She married Patrick P. Kelley of Dushore Oct. 20, 1979; they recently celebrated their 22nd wedding anniversary.  Vickie was working as a pharmaceutical technician for the Lech’s Pharmacies in Dushore and Tunkhannock.  She was formerly employed by the Sullivan County Elementary School in Mildred as well as the former Ben Franklin store and Widman’s Pharmacy.  Vickie was a loving wife and mother and her husband’s best friend.  She enjoyed working with ceramics and arts and crafts, especially embroidery.  She also really loved her pet dogs.  She is survived by her husband, Patrick P.,; son Patrick P. Jr. and daughter, Ashley M. all at home; father, Harry V. Boecker of Forksville; brothers and sisters-in-law, Harry (Nit) Boecker of Panama City, Fla., Lonnie (Christie) Boecker of Meshoppen and Donald (Debbie) Boecker of Forksville; sisters and brothers-in-law, Jane (Jerome) Jimerson of Omaha, Neb., Laura Marie (Brock) Deihl of Danville, Carolyn Hunsinger of Hickory, N.C., Marcille (Robert) McCarty of Mehoopany, Debbie (Ed) Nocera of Mohnton, Pa., Robin (Keith) Morrin of Estella and numerous nieces and nephews.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the P. Dean Homer Funeral home, 206 Water St., Dushore.  It will be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Basil’s Church, Dushore with the Rev. Michael B. Harris, pastor presiding.  Interment will be in the adjoining parish cemetery.  Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore.  The family will provide flowers.  Memorials may be directed to the Dushore Fire and Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 1, Dushore, Pa.  –Towanda Daily Review

MYRTLE LOUISE BOHART, 94, formerly of Laurelton Center and Danville State Hospital died December 26, 2002 at Valley View Nursing Center, Montoursville.  Born June 16, 1908 in Troy, she was the daughter of Samuel Peter and Mary Amanda Miller Bohart.  She was a member of Trout Run United Methodist Church.  Surviving are many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.  A memorial service was held December 31 at Knight-Confer’s, Williamsport with the Rev. Sandi L. Foster officiating.  Burial was made at Trout Run Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Valley View Nursing Center, 2140 Warrensville Road, Montoursville, PA.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

HAROLD FREDERICK BOLT, 91 of Mansfield died Sunday, April 12, 1998 at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro.  He retired in 1962 from Ward LaFrance, Elmira Heights, N.Y. after 25 years as a tool dye maker.  He was a founding member of the Millerton Fire Department.  Born July 11, 1906 in Fallbrook, Tioga County he was a son of Lewellyn and Agnes Stremovintg Bolt.  Surviving are as son, Frederick “Rick” of Millerton; a sister, Nellie Phillips of Williamsport, three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  The services will be at the convenience of the family.  In keeping with his wishes there will be no calling hours.  Arrangements are being handled by Scureman’s, 130 S. Main St.  –Elmira Star Gazette

STEPHEN WILBUR BOSTWICK, 60 of Second Street, South Waverly, Pa. died on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2003 at the Robert Packer Hospital following a period of declining health.  He was born on December 1, 1942 in Nichols, N.Y. a son of the late Walter B. and Margaret M. (Bowman) Bostwick.  Steve was employed as a manager for Rynone Container and retired in 1992 due to his health.  He enjoyed hunting, spending time out doors, small engine repair, blue grass and country music – although his greatest enjoyment was being with his family and friends.  Steve is survived by his wife, Linda (Sherman) Bostwick; a daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Ralph Wells of Sayre; his special grandsons; Kreg, Aaron and Ralph Jr., his brothers and sisters-in-law, Edward and Winifred Bostwick, Walter and Mildred Bostwick all of Waverly; his sisters, Mary B. Rignall of Waverly, Charlotte Johnson of Sayre; a sister-in-law, Mary Bostwick of Athens, Pa.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.  He was predeceased by his parents, a sister Lillian Evans and brothers, Melvin and Gilbert Bostwick.  A time of remembering the special gift Steve was to all of us will be held on Friday, Oct. 10 at 10 a.m. at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 St. Main St., Nichols with Pastor James Donahoo, pastor of the Sayre Christian Church officiating.  A period of visitation and sharing memories will be held on Thursday, Oct. 9 from 7-9 p.m. at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel and on Friday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at 10 a.m. at the chapel.  Interment will be in the Nichols Cemetery, Nichols, N.Y.  –Towanda Daily Review

COY E. BOVIER age 82 of Big Pond, Pa. and Augusta, Ga. died Sept. 3, 1999 at the Bradford County Manor.  He was born June 5, 1917 in Mahaffey, Pa. the son of the late Bernard and Anna (Bouch) Bovier.  Coy was a member of the Burns Memorial United Methodist Church in Augusta, Ga. And a member of the Men’s Club and Men’s Sunday school class.  He was also a member of the Big Pond Lions Club, Rod and Gun Club, the Ondawa Grange, the Westbrook Lodge No. 333 F&AM in Nichols, N.Y. and the Wheel Inn Club in Roaring Branch, Pa.  He served in World War II in the Signal Corps of the 180 Armored Division, European Theater and was recalled from inactive reserves to serve in the Korean War.  Coy was always thoughtful and considerate of others’ feelings.  He was devoted to his family and friends.  Coy was loving and kind and enjoyed life to the fullest.  He served proudly and valiantly for his country.  Coy will be sorely missed by his numerous friends and family.  He is survived by his wife, Eudora Dean Dunbar Bovier; son, Audie Bovier of Augusta, Ga.; daughter, Tina Bovier of Augusta, Ga.; beloved grandchildren, Scott, Margo and Danielle Bovier, all of Augusta, Ga.: sisters-in-law, Florence Bovier of Waverly, Pa., Norma Bovier of Towanda, Pa., several devoted nieces and nephews.  Coy is predeceased by his brothers, Ned, Dutch and Dean Bovier; and sisters, Clara Wickham and Cleo Hallings.  Friends are invited to call at the Gerald W. Vickery Jr. Funeral Home Inc., 110 W. Main St., Troy, Pa. on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 1999 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.  A Masonic service will be conducted at 8:30 p.m.  Funeral services will be held at the Big Pond United Methodist Church, Big Pond, Pa. on Wednesday, Sep. 8, 1999 at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Frank Monroe officiating.  Interment will be in Nichols Cemetery, Nichols, N.Y.  In lieu of flowers, friends may contribute to the Big Pond United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, c/o Anita Fay, RR 3, Columbia Cross Roads, Pa.  –Towanda Daily Review

MR. KENNETH C. (CHOO-CHOO) BOWMAN age 56, Church St., Laceyville, Pa. died suddenly at the Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock, Pa. on Wednesday afternoon, September 4, 2002.  Born in Bradford County, Pa. on Sept. 17, 1945, he was the son of the late Grant and Lucy Comstock Bowman Sr.  From 1964 until 1971, Ken served stateside with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves.  For many years, Ken was employed by Con-Rail, as a track inspector, working throughout Northeastern Pa.  He was a member of the Rough Hall Post No. 510 American Legion of Black Walnut, Pa.  In his spare time he enjoyed hunting and fishing and also woodworking.  He also enjoyed collecting railroad memorabilia.  Surviving are his daughter, Ms. Hope Whipple of Wyalusing, Pa.; a brother, Grant (Buzz) Bowman of Downingtown, Pa.; four sisters, Mrs. Arthur (Elsie) Wilcox of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, Mrs. David (Sonia) Whiteley of Ellwood, Pa., Ms. Gail Harvey of Concord, N.C. and Ms. Donna Fassett of Laceyville, Pa.; three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  He is also survived by 2 uncles and 5 aunts and many cousins.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2002 at 11 a.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville, Pa. with Rev. Vic Millard of the Braintrim Baptist Church, Laceyville, Pa. officiating.  Interment will be in the Vaughn Cemetery in Mehoopany, Pa. with graveside military services to be conducted by the members of the Rough Hall Post No. 510, American Legion of Black Walnut, Pa. and the Endless Mountains V.F.W. Post No. 3583 of Mehoopany, Pa.  Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday from 9 a.m. until time of service.  In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial donations to the Laceyville Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 274, Laceyville, Pa.  –Towanda Daily Review

BOWMAN –LYDIA DIEFFENBACH, 93 of Dushore died Friday morning, 1987 at the Delaware County Memorial Hospital.  She was born on Dutch Mountain near Lopez on May 29, 1894 the youngest of five children of Gabriel and Caroline Fulmer Bowman.  She attended the Obert School, a one room schoolhouse and graduated from the Dushore High School.  A school teacher, she began teaching in Colley where she taught grades 1-8 for several years until her marriage to Worth Dieffenbach of Colley.  She attended the Penn state Normal School for several summers between school terms.  She and her husband were engaged in farming most of their lives.  After her husband’s death in 1965 she moved to Railroad St. in Dushore.  She was a member of St. Basil’s Roman Catholic Church in Dushore and its Altar and Rosary Society.  Surviving are one son, Leo of Dushore; five daughters, Mrs. Regina Fedor of Camp Hill, Mrs. Anne Larson of Edina, Minnesota, Mrs. Marie Contini of Drexel Hill and Mrs. Marjorie Nelson of Voorhees, N.J.; 16 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. from the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10:30 a.m. in St. Basil’s Church, Dushore with Rev. William J. Karle, V.F. officiating.  Interment will be in the adjoining parish.  Friends may call at the funeral home Monday 2-4, 7-9 p.m.  Recitation of the Rosary will be by members of St. Basil Altar and Rosary Society Monday at 3 p.m. at the funeral home.  –Towanda Daily Review

MR. ROBERT D. BOWMAN, 73 of RR2 Box 130, Meshoppen, Pa. died on Friday afternoon June 25, 2004 at the Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock, Pa.  He was born in Laceyville, Pa. on Apri5, 1931, the son of the late Leon and Ophelia Hendershot Bowman.  Bob was preceded in death by his wife and best friend, the former Gladys R. Roberts Bowman, who died on Nov. 3, 2001.  They had been married for 51 years.  Bob was a graduate of the Meshoppen High School class of 1950.  After graduation he was a self-employed dairy farmer in South Auburn, Pa. for many years.  He was also employed by the Cornell family in Laceyville, Pa. working at Cornell Manufacturing Plant and also their Indian Hill Charcoal Plant.  In the later years he was a building contractor in the Wyoming, Bradford and Susquehanna Co. areas, part owner, along with Charlie Vanderpool, working as Bowman and Vanderpool Construction.  He was a member of Skinners Eddy United Methodist Church, an active member of the Franklin Lodge #263 F&AM of Laceyville, Pa., where he was a past Master in 1979.  He was also Lodge Secretary for many years and he was the present Lodge Treasure.  Bob was a past member of the Irem Temple Shrine in Dallas, Pa. and a past member of the Scranton Consistory.  He was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Meshoppen Chapter #70.  He was a life member of the Meshoppen Rod and Gun Club, a past member of the Goodwill fire Co., Laceyville, Pa., along with being a Pa. State Fire Police member.  Bob was a manager of the Meshoppen Men’s Baseball Team and was a coach of the Laceyville Teener and Little League Teams for many years.  Throughout his life, he enjoyed hunting and golfing.  In his later years he very much enjoyed spending time with his family.  Surviving are: a son and his wife, Robert (Butch) and Yong Bowman of Clifton Park, N.Y.; five daughters and their husbands, Diana and Terry Wells of Ephrata, Pa., Terrie and Doug Taylor of Laceyville, Patricia and Nelson Brackbill of Troy, Alison and Ken Reaves of Meshoppen and Gretchen and Brian Martin of Bowmansville, Pa.; a brother, Arden Bowman of Laceyville; four sisters-in-law; 18 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.  Besides his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a great grandson, Clay Manning on Jan. 10, 2000, a sister, Doris Harford and seven brothers, Donald Bowman, Grant Bowman, Maynard Bowman, Earl Bowman, Wilson Bowman, Leon Bowman Jr. and Gerald Bowman.  Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 30, 2004 at 2 p.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Meshoppen, Pa. with a family friend, Rev. Robert Witmyer of the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Bowmansville, Pa. officiating.  Interment will be in the Overfield Cemetery, Meshoppen.  Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday, June 29, 2004 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m.  Masonic services will be held on Tuesday evening, June 29, 2004 at 8:30 p.m. conducted by the members of the Franklin Lodge #263 F&AM.  In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial contributions to the Shriners Children Hospital.  –Towanda Daily Review

JAMES BOYER, 59, Roaring Branch, (McIntyre Twp.) PA was with his family when he died at home, August 27, 2005.  Born on October 12, 1945 in Fairview, PA he was the son of Owen “Gig” Boyer and the late Geraldine Wilkinson Boyer.  In 1963 he graduated from Canton High School and later attended the Williamsport Institute of Technology where he studied electronics.  Mr. Boyer worked as a technician for over 36 years with Otis Elevator based in Williamsport.  Most important throughout his lie was family, extended family and his many friends.  Known as an avid outdoorsman, he liked to hunt and fish.  He also enjoyed fowl hunting with his dogs that were very special to him.  In addition to his father Gig of Ralston, surviving are; Becky, his beloved wife of 41 years; daughters, Kimberly Dieffenbach (Don Clark), Canton, Kris (Greg) Kelly, Roaring Branch, Jennifer (Chris) Perry, Canton; grandchildren; Cain Dieffenbach, Josh, Nick and Jessica Kelley, Shallena, Jim and Todd Perry; brother and sister-in-law, Albert and Ellen Boyer, Roaring Branch.  His family invites friends to attend a memorial service at 1 p.m. September 3 at the Ralston United Methodist Church with Pastor Ann Overmiller officiating.  Burial will be private.  Memorials may be made in Mr. Boyer’s name to Southern Care Hospice, 190 Choate Circle, Suite B, Montoursville, PA or the Ralston United Methodist Church or the Ralston Volunteer Fire Company both of Ralston, PA.  Arrangements are in care of the Pepper Funeral Home, Canton.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

BOYLES –BELTHA KOBBE, 77, Forksville, RR2 died January 19, 2000 unexpectedly at her winter home in Lakeland, FL.  Born on May 25, 1922 in Elkland Township, Sullivan County she was the daughter of the late Lynn and Grace Brown Boyles.  On July 8, 1939 she married Francis Kobbe.  Mr. and Mrs. Kobbe had a loving marriage and had celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary.  Francis preceded her in death in April of 1988.  She was a lifetime resident of Sullivan County, was a member of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, Elkland Twp.  Other memberships included; Canton Chapter No. 71, Order of the Eastern Star, the Elkland Grange and the Sullivan County Senior Extension.  She enjoyed quilting, crocheting and making handcrafts.  Surviving are four sons and daughters-in-law; Delos and Betty Kobbe, Catawissa, PA, Norman and Elaine Kobbe, Montgomery, PA, Alan and Beverly Kobbe, Milledgeville, GA, Durwood and Shirley Kobbe, New Albany, PA; three sisters, Ona Gunter, Plant City, FL, Rita Thomas, Binghamton, NY, Dora McCarty, Forksville, PA; brother, Sheldon Boyles, Wysox; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.  In addition to her parents and husband she was predeceased by her brother, Torrance Boyles in 1996.  Funeral services were held January 24 in St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, Elkland Township with the Rev. Robert W. Martin her pastor officiating.  Interment followed in Forksville Cemetery.  An Eastern Star Funeral service was held Sunday evening at the Russell P. McHenry Funeral home, Dushore by members of Canton Chapter #71, Order of the Eastern Star.  Memorials may be made to St. Peter’s United Church of Christ Memorial Fund, c/o John Brown, RR 1, Forksville, PA in Mrs. Kobbe’s memory.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

CLINTON L. BOYLES, 63 OF Forksville RR died at his home on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 1997 following an illness.  Mr. Boyles was born on Aug. 25, 1932 in Hillsgrove, Pa. the son of the late Earl and Edna Bolyes.  Clinton and his wife, Bonnie Burgess lived in the Forksville area where they raised their family and enjoyed the friendship of its community.  A veteran of the Korean Conflict serving in the U.S. Air Force as a Staff Sergeant of the Security Police Force.  In 1993, Clinton retired from the maintenance department of the Sullivan County High School after 34 years.  He continued to operate their farm after his retirement, a part of his life he enjoyed very much.  Clinton was a avid hunter and fisherman.  He was a member of the Estella United Methodist Church and the Sonestown American Legion Post No. 601.  Clinton is survived by his wife, Bonnie Burgess Boyles at home; two sons, Glen of Forksville and Ralph of Forksville; two granddaughters, Bonnigene and Nicole Boyles, also of Forksville and his brother, Loren of Montgomery, Pa.  He was predeceased by an infant daughter, Agnes and a sister, Glenna Howard.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 1, 1997 at 1 p.m. in the Hillsgrove United Methodist Church with Rev. David Hart, his pastor officiating.  Interment will follow in the Hillsgrove Cemetery.  Military honors will be accorded by the members of the Sonestown American Legion Post No. 601.  In lieu of flowers his family requests memorials be directed to the American Cancer Society, 413 So. Main St., Athens, Pa.  –Towanda Daily Review

JUDSON R. BOYLES age 83 of Hillsgrove RR 1 died on Thursday Jan. 27, 2000 at Williamsport General Hospital in Williamsport, Pa.  Born Sept. 14, 1916 in Hillsgrove, Sullivan County, Pa., he was a son of the late George and Minnie Dunlap Boyles.  Mr. Boyles is a veteran of the United States Army having served during World War II.  On Aug. 10, 1940 he married the former Eunice Dorothy Starr Boyles.  It has been a devoted and loving marriage that lasted 59 years.  He has been a lifetime resident of Sullivan County.  Prior to his retirement in 1981, Judson was employed by Baumunk Lumber Co.  After his retirement, he and his wife operated Green Acres Little Association Camp in Hillsgrove.  He was a member of the Hillsgrove United Methodist Church and the Hillsgrove Volunteer Fire Co.  Mr. Boyles enjoyed repairing old radios and televisions, playing cards and spending time with children.  He left surviving his wife, Eunice Boyles at home; three children and their spouses, LeRoy Boyles of Watsontown, Pa., Ruth and Charles Baumunk of Forksville, Pa. and Sharon and Roland Whitmoyer of Hillsgrove, Pa.; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by six sisters and four brothers.  He was the last of 11 children surviving.  A graveside funeral service will be held Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000 at 11 a.m. in the Hillsgrove Cemetery, Hillsgrove, Pa. with the Rev. David Hart, his pastor officiating.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials may be directed to the Hillsgrove Fire Co., Hillsgrove, Pa. or the Hillsgrove United Methodist Church, c/o the Rev. David Hart, P.O. Box 24, Hillsgrove, Pa. in Mr. Boyles memory.  Arrangements were entrusted to the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore, Pa.  –Towanda Daily Review

BRACE –DOROTHY E. WOOD, 84, widow of Neilson Wood Sr. of Monroeton died Sunday, Sept. 5, 2004 at the Woodbrook Adult Care Home in Southport, N.Y. where she was a resident following a lengthy illness.  Born Oct. 5, 1919 in Scranton, Dorothy was the daughter of the late Emerson Brace and Cora Longmore Brace.  On Sept. 12, 1942 she married Neilson Wood in Scranton and in 1951 they relocated to Towanda when Neilson accepted a position with the Internal Revenue Service.  In 1967 they again relocated to a new home in Monroeton.  Trained as a piece-work sewing machine operator, Dorothy worked at various times at the Scranton Lace Works, the Fontaine Weaving Co. in Towanda, the Towanda Corset Co. and the Blue Swan in Sayre.  Her happiest moments were in caring for her home and family.  She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Neilson Wood Jr. and Carolyn Wood of Levittown; three daughters and sons-in-law, Elaine Wright and Anson Wright of Union City, Karen Shores and Boyd Shores of Ulster and Diane Passetti and Valentine Passetti of Horseheads, N.Y.  She is also survived by eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Neilson Wood Sr. on May 23, 1994; two brothers, Emerson Brace Jr. of Dalton and Wilfred Brace of Scranton and tow sisters, Edith Carroll of Scranton and Betty Hawley of Johnson City, N.Y.  In honor of Dorothy’s request there are no calling hours and interment will be private at the convenience of the family.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, Towanda.  –Towanda Daily Review

BRADY –ELIZABETH LOUISE KIRKPATRICK, 73, Williamsport died February 18, 2004 at the Williamsport Hospital.  Born February 3, 1931 in Marsh Hill, she was a daughter of Harry and Florence Hall Brady.  She was married to the late Doy Kirkpatrick who died in 1989.  Mrs. Kirkpatrick was a bookkeeper for Lowery Electric and Brodart.  Surviving are daughters, Dawn (Richard) Calkins, Ft. Pierce, FL and Tammy Kirkpatrick, Williamsport; granddaughters, Jamie Calkins, Ft. Pierce, FL and Kyrstina Yagel, Williamsport.  Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, North Central PA Chapter, 1704 Warren Ave., Williamsport, PA.  Arrangements were under the direction of the Maneval funeral home, Ltd. “A Life Celebration Home”, Williamsport.  –Williamsport Sun-Gazette

ALOYSIUS E. BRANN, 89 of Longboat Key, FL died in Corry, PA June 20, 1993.  A native of Canton, Mr. Brann was the last surviving sun of John and Catherine Brann, who owned the white Victorian house at 65 East Main Street, Canton.  Mr. Brann was vacationing in Corry with his wife, Sara when he died.  He retired to Longboat Key in 1969 after 20 years as an accountant and comptroller for General Electric, Schenectady, NY, New York City and Los Angeles.  During the early seventies, he worked as an accountant during the construction of Disney World.  Prior to joining GE he was an accountant for General Public Utilities in Manhattan.  Mr. Brann was an usher and a member of the Men’s Club of St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, Longboat Key.  He sometimes told his stepchildren stories of the depression days in New York City and his relief that he was able to remain employed as an accountant throughout the 30s while men with greater education were laid off.  He was a graduate of Canton High School and Elmira Business School.  Mr. Brann married Florence DuBach in 1928.  She died in 1988.  He married Sara Zewatsky, a nurse in 1991 and is survived by her.  He is also survived by his sister, Gertrude of Philadelphia; and three stepchildren; Frederick Zewatsky, Corry, PA, Thomas Zewatsky, Albion, Pa and Patricia Rose Zewatsky, Erie.  Mr. Brann was the grandson of James Brann of Canton, who emigrated from Ireland and was one of the builders of St. Michael’s Church.  His father, John, established Brann’s Market here.  Funeral services and burial were in Florida, June 24.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

DR. PAUL J. BRANN, a retired dentist and a resident of Philadelphia most of his life, died on Sunday, July 17, 1983 at John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital, Philadelphia.  He was 87 years old and had been a dentist in the Frankford area for over 45 years.  Dr. Brann was born April 20, 1896 in Canton, son of Mr. and Mrs. John F. Brann.  He graduated from Canton High School in 1914.  After serving his country by enlisting in the army during World War I he enrolled in the University of Pittsburgh Dental School, graduating in 1923 and being elected to the Phi Betta Kappa Honor Society.  He was a member of the American Dental Association, American Legion Post no. 211 and an honorary member of Isabella Council, Knights of Columbus.  He is survived by his wife, the former Almira Bailie, three daughters, Mary Lou Oppenheimer, Catherine Stringfellow and Helen Mullen, on sister, Gertrude Lafferty of Philadelphia, four brothers, Francis and Aloysius of Sarasota, FL, William and Wilson Brann of Canton and also seven grandchildren.  The funeral was held July 21 in Philadelphia.  A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Martin of Tour’s Church.  Interment was in St. Dominic’s Cemetery in Philadelphia.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

BRANNAKA –BILLIE JO CUOZZO, 38, Trout Run died April 11, 2004 at her home.  Born on January 13, 1966 in Williamsport she was the daughter of Charles S. and Jeanetta Steinbeck Brannaka.  Billie Jo was a graduate of Williamsport High School class of 1983.  She married Nicholas Cuozzo on December 22, 1990.  Mrs. Cuozzo worked in the food service for Williamsport Area High School and for Heller’s Restaurant, was a member of Mountain View Fellowship, taught Sunday school for Marsh Hill Bible School for many years.  She was a great wife and mother and was noted as a “Baseball Mom”.  In addition to her parents and her husband, Nicholas she is survived by two sons, Nicholas and Weston, both at home; brothers, Wesley Brannaka, Roaring Branch and Dave Seeling, Trout Run; sisters, Sue-Ann Huston and Mary-Lou Coleman, both of Trout Run and Judy Cronin, South Carolina, several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.  Relatives and friends are invited to attend Billie Jo’s Life Celebration with a gathering Friday, April 16 from 4 to 8 p.m. at her church, Mountain View Fellowship, 202 Old Barn Road, Bodines, Trout Run, PA.  Services will be held at the convenience of the family.  Memorial donations may be made to the Billie Jo Brannaka Cuozzo Memorial Fund for her sons, Nicholas and Weston, c/o Angela Lovechild, Esq., 602 Pine Street, Williamsport, PA.  Arrangements are entrusted to James C. Maneval Funeral Home Ltd., “A Life Celebration Home.”  -Canton Independent Sentinel

BRENCHLEY – ALICE IRENE COTT, 75 of Forksville died Friday evening May 10, 1991 in the Williamsport General Hospital following a lingering illness.  She was born Aug. 9, 1915 the daughter of Winfred and Lillian Rosbach Brenchley in Elkland Township, Sullivan County.  Alice was a lifetime resident of Sullivan County.  On March 26, 1990 she and her late husband, Victor O. Cott celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary.  Mr. Cott died on Dec. 9, 1990.  Mrs. Cott was a member of the Forskville United Methodist Church and Canton Chapter No. 415 Order of Easter Star.  She was a former member of the Elkland Grange in Estella.  She us survived by three daughters, Mrs. Mildred Rosbach of Forksville, Mrs. June Jumper of Landisburg, Pa. and Mrs. Kathleen Schweitzer of Forksville; a sister, Mrs. Marrella Reibson of Forksville; several grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held Wednesday May 15, 1991 at 1 p.m. in the Forksville United Methodist Church with the Rev. James Lewis, Mrs. Cott’s pastor officiating.  Friends may call at the Forksville United Methodist Church from noon – 1 p.m. on Wednesday.  Burial will be in the Forksville Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 7-9 p.m. in the Russell P. McHenry funeral Home, 119 carpenter St., Dushore.  The Canton Chapter No. 415 Order of the Easter Star will be conducting services on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the funeral home.  –Towanda Daily Review

BREY –MRS. MARIE ESTHER RINKER, 80, Hillsgrove died Sunday afternoon (February 1977) at the home of her son, C. LaVerne Rinker following a heart attack.  She was born July 30, 1896 in Hillsgrove, daughter of the late John and Sarah Huffsmith Brey.  She was a lifetime resident of Hillsgrove and for 58 years she and her husband, the late Francis O. Rinker owned and operated the Bridge View Farm, Hillsgrove.  She is survived by eight sons, Gordon F. Rinker of Hillsgrove, John LaRue Rinker of S. Williamsport, Raymond C. Rinker RD 4 Montoursville, Maynard W. Rinker, Shrewsbury, Mass., Donald D. Rinker of Hillsgrove, Kenneth N. Rinker, RD 1 Montoursville, C. LaVerne Rinker of Hillsgrove, Arthur L. Rinker of Wilmington, Mass.; one daughter, Mrs. Henry (Marcia) Emick of Proctor Star Route, Williamsport; one sister, Mrs. Lillian Battershell of Hillsgrove; 33 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.  One daughter, Lillian Florence Rinker died while an infant, one grandson, Bradley Rinker died one year ago while in the service.  Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Hillsgrove United Methodist Church with Rev. Oscar Kulp, her former pastor officiating.  Interment will be in Hillsgrove Cemetery.  The family requests that in lieu of flowers please make donations to the Sullivan Chapter of the Heart Fund. –Towanda Daily Review

BRIMMER –JOAN CHARLOTTE BRIMMER KELLEY age 60 of 132 Gantt Rd., Vale, NC, died December 3, 2002.  She was born July 12, 1942 in Corning, NY.  She is survived by her husband of 13 years Patrick Kelley; daughters, Faith Tedford, Vale, NC, Connie Broadbent, Newton, NC, and Linda Hemenway, Elmira, NY; brother, Joe Brimmer, Williamsburg, VA; sisters, Teresa Brimmer, Sacramento, CA and Linda Williams, Elmira, NY; 9 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild.  She was predeceased by her son Don Horton, Jr., brothers Glenn Brimmer and Duanne Brimmer; sisters Betty Evans, Phyllis Freeman, Wanita Drake, and Zerta Fenstermacher.  A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, December 7, 2002 at the Friendship United Methodist Church, Newton, NC, at 5:30 P.M. with Rev. Eric Morphis officiating.  Burial private. Memorials may be sent to The American Diabetes Association, 1820 East 7th St., Charlotte, NC. –Elmira Star Gazette

BRION –HELEN L. CAMPBELL – During the early morning hours of Sunday, March 5, 2005 the Lord called home Helen L. Campbell after a short stay at Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, Fla.  She was 87 years old.  Born in Liberty, Pa. on Aug. 11, 1918 she was the daughter of Ivor and Hazel (Repard) Brion.  She married Fred M. Campbell on April 5, 1937.  Together they raised two sons and a daughter and shared 50 years until Fred’s passing on April 28, 1987.  Most of her life was focused upon the care of her family.  Helen enjoyed cooking and baking, especially pies.  She also enjoyed reading, sewing, needlework, flower gardening and Sunday afternoon drives.  Helen lived with her granddaughter in Hughesville prior to moving to Florida.  She was a woman of great faith and was a member of the Hughesville Friends Church.  She is survived by her son, Rodney of Melbourne, who was her caregiver in recent years, her daughter, Linda (and Jim) Collins of Alba, sisters, Bertha (and Virgil) Handwerk of Williamsport and Loretta Heuslein of Phillipsburg, N.J., brother, Howard (and Winona) Brion of Liberty, five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, family friend, Michael Zuba and many nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband, Helen was preceded in death by her son, Dean (Jean) Campbell of Picture Rocks in June of 1998 as well as brothers, Lee and Claude Brion and sister, Cora.  A celebration of Helen’s life will be held Saturday, March 18 at 11 a.m. at Hughesville Friends Church on Third Street in Hughesville with Pastor Dan Cale officiating.  Professional services have been entrusted to Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, Inc. of Canton.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

November 7th, 2002.  He was born September 28, 2002 in Williamsport to Nicholas Brooks and Ashley Beck.  Surviving besides his parents are maternal grandparents, Carol and Donald Beck, Williamsport; paternal grandparents, Jeanne and David Brooks, Montoursville; maternal great-grandparents, Carolyn and Lester Welch, Trout Run and Louise Beck, Williamsport; paternal great-grandmother, Clara Brooks, Montoursville and aunts Jessica Brooks, Montoursville and Chelsea Beck, Williamsport.  Konnor was a great-nephew of Cinda and Pete Swain, Canton.  He was predeceased by great-grandfathers, Ward Hunter and Harold Brooks and great-great-grandmother, Mary Hunter Moyer.  A funeral service was held November 11th at the Maneval Funeral home, a “Life Celebration Home”, Williamsport with the Rev. Jay A. Morris of the East Canton United Methodist Church officiating.  Burial was in Stoltz Cemetery.   “Shine bright our little star in heaven.”  -Canton Independent Sentinel

BROSCHART –JOSEPHINE BROSCHART THOMAS, 92 of Churchill Street, Dushore, Pa. died on Sunday, March 30, 1997 at Dar-Way Nursing Home, Estella, Pa.  Jo was born in Dushore, Pa. on Aug. 9, 1904, daughter of the late George and Emma Smith Broschart.  She attended St. Basil’s School through the 11th grade and finished 12th grade at the Dushore High School a member of the class of 1921.  In 1921-1922 she attended Nazareth Academy in Rochester, N.Y. and after returning home, she worked at the Dushore silk mill and was the secretary at Harrington and Company for many years.  She later worked as the deputy prothonotary, recorder of deeds and clerk of court for several years.  He met Harold C. Thomas of East Smithfield, Pa. and they were married at St. Basil’s Church, Dushore on June 27, 1932.  Harold predeceased her on Nov. 28, 1983.  Josephine was a very active member of St. Basil’s Catholic Church in Dushore where she was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society and was the treasurer of St. Basil’s Cemetery Association for many years.  Jo also played organ and piano at St. Basil’s and was a former choir director.  She was also very active in the Dushore Music Club, Dushore Tuesday Book Club and the Republican Women of Sullivan County.  She taught music to private piano students for over 50 years.  Jo had many, many wonderful friends and relatives who will miss her.  As a mother, grandmother, teacher and friend she was an inspiration to all who knew her.  She was honored at a surprise 90th birthday party on Aug. 13, 1994 at St. Basil’s Auditorium.  Surving are: a son and daughter-in-law, H. Charles and Libby Thomas, Selingsgrove, Pa.; a daughter and son-in-law, Jo Ann and Anthony Ottaviani, Binghamton, N.Y.; grandchildren, Mary Jo and James Smith, Binghamton, N.Y., Lisa Ann and John Davis, Endwell, N.Y., Thomas and Sarah Ottaviani, Conklin, N.Y.; great-grandchildren, Michael Smith, Nicholas Smith, Adrian Joseph Davis, Mariah Davis, Ashley Ottaviani, Aubrey Ottaviani, Chandler Ottaviani; a nephew, Charles Broschart and several grand-nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by a son, Fred Thomas (a twin of Charles) in 1938.  Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 2, 1997 at 10:30 a.m. from the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, Pa. and will be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Basil’s Church, Dushore with the Rev. Patrick J. McLaughlin, her pastor, presiding.  Interment will be in the adjoining parish cemetery.  Friends may call on Tuesday, April 1, 1997 at the P. Dean Funeral Home from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m.  There will be a recitation of the Rosary at 3 p.m. and a Scripture service at 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.  Memorials can be directed to St. Basil’s Restoration Fund, PO Box 307, Dushore, Pa.  –Towanda Daily Review

ELSTON SMITH BROTZMAN, 87 of RR 1, Laceyville, PA, (Silvara) died November 10, 2003 at Memorial Hospital in Towanda.  Born on November 1, 1916 on Clapper Hill, Tuscarora Twp., Bradford County he was the son of the late William M. and Geneva Smith Brotzman, Sr.  Mr. Brotzman was a graduate of the Laceyville high School, class of 1935.  He served his country with the U.S. Army Air Corps as a second lieutenant during World War II from 1943 to 1945.  In his early years, Mr. Brotzman was employed by Joseph Seigel Plumbing and Heating in Laceyville and Whipple Brothers Lumber Yard in Laceyville.  He was also employed as a machinist at the Bendix Corp. in South Montrose, PA for 25 years before retiring in 1983.  Mr. Brotzman was a member of the Silvara United Methodist Church since he was 12-years old.  He was also a past member of the South Auburn Grange 1188.  He enjoyed many years hunting, fishing and gardening he also enjoyed the meals and fellowship of the church and grange dinners.  Surviving are his wife, the former Thelma Green Brotzman with whom he celebrated a 65th wedding anniversary on June 25; daughters, State Rep. Tina Pickett, Towanda and Julie A. (Rob) Ennis, St. Cloud, FL; sons, Stephen B. Brotzman, Albuquerque, NM; John M. (Jennifer) Brotzman, Freeport, ME; Jeffery R. (Natasha) Brotzman, Mount Laurel, NJ and Lee E. (Susan) Brotzman, State College, PA; sisters, Mrs. Rea Ace, Laceyville and Mrs. Pat Baldwin, Wyalusing, PA; 12 grandchildren, Lynne (Roy) Pickett, Los Angeles, CA; Jon (Nancy) Brotzman, Campbell, NY; Jamie Brotzman, Herrickville, PA, Andrew Brotzman, NY, Jamie Brotzman, Herrickville, PA, Andrew Brotzman, New York, NY, Michael Brotzman, Pittsburgh, PA, Sean Ennis, Houston, TX, Tom (Shannon) Ennis, Weston, FL, Brandon Ennis, St. Cloud, FL, Yanna Brotzman, Mount Laurel, NJ, Erica Brotzman, Christopher Brotzman and Bill Brotzman all of State College, PA and great-granddaughters, Samantha, Weston, FL and Barbara, Campbell, NY.  Besides his parents he was preceded in death by brothers, William M. Brotzman, Jr., Ward Brotzman and Reed Brotzman; sisters, Eloise Nessien and Kathryn Brown.  Funeral services were held November 15 at the Silvara United Methodist Church with the Rev. Beverly Murphy of the church officiating.  Interment was in the Jersey Hill Cemetery with graveside military services conducted by the members of the Rough Hall Post 510 American Legion and the V.F.W. Endless Mountains Post 3583.  Those wishing may make memorial donations to the Silvara United Methodist Ladies Aide Society, c/o Mrs. Betty Spencer, RR2, Laceyville, PA or the Laceyville Ambulance Association, PO Box 274, Laceyville, PA.  Arrangements were under the direction of Sheldon Funeral Home, Laceyville.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

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