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.
BOLEY - James R. Boley, 79, of Bath, died Sunday, March 16, 2008 at the Bath VA Medical Center. A U.S. Navy veteran, he was a retired farmer. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Bath VA’s Union Chapel, with Chaplain Gerald Hamblin officiating. A private burial will be in Bath National Cemetery. Arrangements are with Bond-Davis Funeral Home in Bath. - Corning Leader 21 Mar 2008
BRADFORD - Fred D. Bradford - (1929) The community and the church suffered a great loss in the death of Fred D Bradford, aged almost 75, died on Saturday morning of last week. He had been in poor health for months but it was hoped that he would regain health and strength. He was a man held in high esteem. He was an elder in the Presbyterian Church for many years, he was a director in the Grange Insurance Society and was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Troy. In every position in life he was faithful. Friends from near and far came to the funeral, which was a very large one. There survive the widow [Harriet], a son, George in Austinville, a son Burton in Seattle and a daughter, Mrs. [Lena] Arthur Crittenden in Coudersport. There are 12 grandchildren.
BURGER - STEELE Ethel C.
Of Waverly, NY
Was born November 29, 1930 in Indiana, PA, the daughter of the late Floyd Daniel and Clarissa (Tyger) Burger and died peacefully on Thursday, March 20, 2008, at the Robert Packer Hospital at the age of 77. She is survived by her loving children, Pamela (Ronald) Wolfe of Orlando, FL, Carl D. (Margaret) Propeck of Goldbar, Washington, Rita (Brett) Southard of Middlebury Center, PA; along with 12 adored grandchildren, two much loved great-grandchildren; beloved sister, Barbara Burger of Waverly, NY. Ethel retired from the Chemung County Transit System as bookkeeper after several years of dedicated service. She was an avid bowler and participated in the WIBC for 25 years. She was devoted to the NYS Women's Bowling Association and was a charter member for 40 years, never missing a bowling tournament. She will be deeply missed by all. Family and friends are invited to call at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira, NY 14904 on Thursday, March 27, 2008, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Funeral services honoring her life will follow the visitation at 11 a.m. Lay Pastor John P. Knapp will celebrate Ethel's service. Interment will take place at the convenience of the family in the Vaughn Cemetery, Mehoopany, PA.
Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/26/2008.
CERJANIC - REESE Michele A., Van Etten/Seneca Falls, Age 55,
of Austin Hill Rd., Van Etten, NY, and formerly of Seneca Falls, died Wednesday,
March 19, 2008, at her home with her family at her side. Family and friends
may call at the Doran Funeral Home Inc., 4 E. Bayard St., Seneca Falls,
on Monday, March 24, from 4 – 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday,
March 25, at 9:15 a.m. at the funeral home and at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick's
Church, Seneca Falls, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated
by Reverend James Fennessy, Pastor. Burial will be in St. Columbkille Cemetery,
Seneca Falls. If desired, contributions may be made to Southern Tier Hospice,
11751 E. Corning Rd., Corning, NY 14830. Michele was born in Seneca Falls
on November 15, 1952 the daughter of Michael and Teresa Scale Cerjanic.
She was a graduate of Wagner High School, Angelies City, Philippines, and
had attended Rose College, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She had graduated from
a Digital Technical School in computer technology. She had been residing
in Van Etten for 22 years previously living in Newfield, NY, and Seneca
Falls. She had been employed by the Salvation Army, managing, over the
years, in their Thrift Store in Horseheads, Corning, and Ithaca, NY. She
had, at one time, been employed by the Digital Equipment Co., Ithaca, NY,
as a field engineer. She had been a member of St. Patrick's Church, Seneca
Falls. She is survived by her husband, Roderick C. Reese of Van Etten,
NY, who she married on July 1, 1988; her parents, Michael and Teresa Scale
Cerjanic, Seneca Falls, NY; one daughter, Michelle (Jeffrey Erickson) Sullivan,
Breeseport, NY; one son, Jeffery (Jessica) Reese, Horseheads, NY; five
grandchildren, Amanda and Shantelle Reese, Kelsey and Megan Sullivan, and
Jeffrey Erickson Jr.; one brother, Nicholas A. (Theresa) Cerjanic, Las
Vega, Nevada; one niece, Cassandra Cerjanic; one nephew, Alexandra Cerjanic.
Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/21/2008.
Mary Ann Shulenburg, age 64, of Millerton, PA, died Monday, March 17, 2008 in Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, PA. Mary was born June 20, 1943 in Tyrone, NY, a daughter of Kenneth R. and Delila Cummings. She was the wife of Ben Shulenburg.
CHILDS - Gloria J. Shaw, 79, died on Saturday, March 8, 2008 at the Lake Wales Medical Center, Lake Wales, Fla., surrounded by family and friends. Born on April 1, 1928 in Danville, she was the daughter of the late F. Norris and Hazel M. Childs. Gloria was a graduate of Williamsport High School in 1946 and went on to the Williamsport Hospital School of Nursing, graduating in 1949. She was a longtime employee and nursing supervisor of Williamsport Hospital. She also worked in the ICU at Divine Providence Hospital prior to her retirement. She loved gardening and was a member and president of the Duboistown Garden Club. Gloria was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Williamsport and Balls Mills United Methodist Church, prior to moving to Florida. She became a very active member of the First United Methodist Church, Frostproof, Fla. She also enjoyed the Lake Wales Music Club Inc., was the 1st Vice President and was a member of the Crystal Belles. She was predeceased by her husband, Austin G. Shaw. Surviving are a sister, Hazel M. Sefler, Forrest Grove, Ore.; and four daughters, Sharon E. Shaw-Ford, Williamsport, Susan L. Shaw and Dawn M. Egerton, both of Asheboro, N.C., and Amy J. Sliverman, Baltimore, Md.; and six grandchildren. Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the New Hope Center of First United Methodist Church, 1157 Market St., Williamsport. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Memorial Fund at First United Methodist Church, 150 Devane St., Frostproof, FL 33843 and/or Lake Wales Music Club Inc., 2027 Capps Road, Lake Wales, FL 33898. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 23 Mar 2008
COLE - Cora Louise Tompkins, 86, of Nicholson, died Wednesday at Golden Living Center in Tunkhannock. Born March 5, 1922 in Owego, she was the daughter of the late John and Florence Reese Cole. Prior to retirement she worked as a social worker for social services in Elmira. She was a member of Trinity Assembly of God Church in Nicholson, and she had graduated from Owego Free Academy. She is survived by: two sons, David and Daniel, both of Tunkhannock; a daughter, Joan Harvey, Tunkhannock; two brothers, John Floyd Cole, Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Arthur Cole of Colorado; three sisters, Mildred Martin and Dorothy Denman, both of Ithaca, and Evelyn Rogers, Rochester; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a brother, Harold. There will be no public services held at this time. Arrangements are by Charles H. Litwin Funeral Home, 91 State St., Nicholson. Cremation will be done by RH Jones Crematory, Tunkhannock. - Sayre Morning Times, 21 Mar 2008
COTNER - Warren F. Cotner, 59, of Broadway Street, Milton, died Thursday evening, March 20, 2008 from injuries sustained in an accident at the railroad crossing on Mahoning Street. Born in Limestoneville on Sept. 14, 1948, he was the son of the late Harold E. Cotner and Catherine M. Reynolds. A farmer, he worked on the family farm for many years and had worked at Jeraco Industries and the Shetler Tree Farm. He was a veteran of the US Army, having served during the Vietnam War. He was an avid New York Yankees fan, loved country music and was a fan of Elvis. He was very proud of his Farmall Super MTA tractor. Surviving are two brothers, Frank C. Cotner and his wife Jane of Milton, Wayne E. Cotner and his wife Denise of Turbotville; a half-sister, Loretta Cotner of Danville; two nephews, Frank C. Jr. and Ryan Cotner; and two nieces, Charlene Hartley and her husband James and Renee Cotner. The funeral service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Brooks Funeral Home, 207 Broadway St., Turbotville with the Rev. Jerry L. Caswell of Friendship Baptist Church officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow in Turbotville Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 22 Mar 2008
CRATER - Dana Hope Crater, Lock Haven, born March 6, 2007, beloved infant daughter of Andrea Henry and Lemuel Crater of Lock Haven, died on March 6, 2008. She was the beloved granddaughter of Lorraine and Ron Selleck of Roseville, Kevin Henry of Avis, and Carl and Barbara Crater of Howard; great granddaughter of Robert Alexander Sr. of Tioga, Carol Alexander of Roseville, and Carl and Betty Henry of Avis. Service and interment were private. Shoemaker Funeral Home Inc., 49 N. Walnut St., Blairsville, was in charge of the arrangements. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 22 Mar 2008
CUMMINGS - Mary Ann Shulenburg, age 64, of Millerton, PA, died Monday, March 17, 2008 in Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, PA. Mary was born June 20, 1943 in Tyrone, NY, a daughter of Kenneth R. and Delila Cummings. She was the wife of Ben Shulenburg. Mary Ann is survived by her husband, Ben; a son and daughter-in-law, Jeffrey (Bobbie) Perry of Tioga, PA; a daughter and son-in-law, Sheila (Rodney) Cody of Rock Stream, NY; six grandchildren, Kenneth, Jessica, Jimmy, and Loren Perry, Angela and Scott Cody; four brothers, Lowell (Lori) Cummings, of Watkins Glen, NY, Timothy (Norma) Cummings of Watkins Glen, NY, Del Robert (Cheryl) Cummings of Hector, NY, Kenneth (Pam) Cummings of St. Marys ID; two sisters, Reetha (Howard) Shumway of Watkins Glen, NY, Edith (Frank) Rider of Montour Falls, NY. In keeping with Mary Anns wishes, there will be no services. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Dundee, NY at the convenience of the family.
DAVIS - Allen H. “Homer” Davis, age 84, of Forksville, died March 22, 2008. He was born on April 11, 1923 in Bristol Hills, NY. Prior to retirement in 1988, he was employed by Pullman Power Products. He moved to Hillsgrove in 1988, and to Forksville in 1997. Memberships: Plumbers & Steam Fitters Local Unions, Evergreen Lodge No. 163, F. &A.M. in Monroeton, PA; the Williamsport American Legion Post No. 1, and attended the Hillsgrove U.M.C. He loved to play country music, for 60 years at local clubs throughout the area. Survived by: two sons: Stephen (Joyce) Davis of Linden, PA, Edward David, of Hemet, CA; his companion: Pearl Thomas, of Forksville, PA, by her children: Jason, Aaron, and Angela, of IL; by two sisters: Arlene and Emily; by four grandchildren: Stephen, Arthur, George, and Joyleen; and by two special young people: Chandra and Jalen. Predeceased by parents, wife: Olga, brothers: Lynn and Everett Davis and sister: Elta White. Friends and family are invited to call on Thurs., March 27th, at Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, in Dushore 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Funeral services will at 12 noon, with the Rev. David Hart, pastor officiating. Interment will be in Hillsgrove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Forksville Fire Company, Forksville, PA 18616. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 23 Mar 2008
DIETRICH - Dorothy D. (Dietrich) Flood, 90, of Elm St. Waverly, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2004 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Born Nov. 7, 1914 in Berwick, Pa., the daughter of the late Molly Garnett and Karl Dietrich and the loving wife of 64 years of Dr. James M. Flood of Waverly. Dorothy was a homemaker and an ardent skier, an active member of Greek Peaks Seniors; she also loved to figure skate and loved to golf. Dorothy founded and operated the Cheery Cherry Thrift Shop at the Robert Packer Hospital. She was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Shepard Hills Country Club and The Robert Packer Hospital Auxiliary. A Service of Witness to the Resurrection will be held Saturday, Dec. 11, 2004 at 1 p.m. at the Waverly Presbyterian Church of Waverly, 459 Park Ave. Pastor V. Blaine Hill will officiate the services. Internment will be in the spring in Glenwood Cemetery. Those wishing may direct memorial donations in Dorothy's name to the charity of their choice. Arrangements are entrusted to the Luckner Funeral Home, 499 Park Ave. Waverly. Submitted by Carol Brotzman
DiROCCO - Felina DiRocco Grafius, 92, of 2001 Memorial Ave, Williamsport died Friday, March 21, 2008, with her family at her bedside at The Williamsport Hospital. She had been admitted the previous day. Born in Williamsport, May 14, 1915, she was the daughter of Marino and Marina DiRocco, who had immigrated here from Italy. She was the widow of Richard V. Grafius who died in 1987. They had lived together for many years at Adams St., Williamsport. Felina was employed for 50 years by the former C.A. Reed Company. She was a member of Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church and her favorite pastime was watching soap operas. She is survived by a loving family, including two sons, Albert E. “Buc” (Elaine) Lambert of Montoursville, and Daniel D. (Mary) Lambert, Sr., of Montgomery; a daughter, Lillian L. Snyder, of South Williamsport; two brothers, Daniel DiRocco, of South Williamsport, and Kenneth DiRocco of Montoursville, and a sister, Viola Marchioni of Williamsport, She was very proud of her eight grandchildren (Tammy, Albert, Lloyd, Daniel, Sherry, Darrin, LeeAnn, and Stephanie), 15 great-grandchildren (Blake, Doug, Erica, Tiffany, Lance, Lauren, Savannah, Eric, Joshua, Leo, Tammy, Shelby, David, Alex, and Olivia), and three great-great-grandchildren (Elizabeth, Autumn, and David). Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m., Wednesday March 26, at Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church, 635 Hepburn St., Williamsport with the Monsignor Francis J. Castellano as celebrant. Burial will follow in Green Lawn Memorial Park. Friends will be received on Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Spitler Funeral Home. 733 Broad St., Montoursville, PA In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to one’s favorite charity. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 23 Mar 2008
DOLAN - Pauline M. Coudriet, 80, formerly of 1777 Memorial Avenue, died Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at RoseView Center. Pauline and her husband, Leon Francis Coudriet were married for 50 years. Pauline, prior to starting her family, worked at Weldon’s, she was a member of the Church of the Annunciation and graduated from St. Joe’s Catholic High School in 1945. Born April 5, 1927 in Williamsport, she was the daughter of Louis and Mabel Wool Dolan. Surviving besides her husband are a son, Lee J. Coudriet of Cogan Station; daughters, Ann Marie Taylor of Williamsport; Lori J. Coudriet and Renee L. Hughes, both of South Williamsport; seven grandchildren and one great grandson. Pauline was predeceased by her brothers, Joseph and Peter Dolan. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Church of the Annunciation, West Fourth and Walnut Streets, with the Rev. John K. Manno officiating. Interment will be at Wildwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Church of the Annunciation, 410 Walnut St., Williamsport. Knight-Confer Funeral Home. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 20 Mar 2008
DOVAN - Jean M. Northrup, 80, of Batavia, died, Tuesday, March 18, 2008, at United Memorial Medical Center. She was an electronics supervisor at R. F. Communications. Survivors include her husband Arthur S. Northrup Jr., of Batavia; two sons, Gregory Northrup of Sun City Ariz., Arthur S. Northrup III of Fairport; a daughter, Laurie J. Thomas of Batavia; four brothers, John Dovan Jr. of Fairport, Frank Dovan of East Rochester, Steve Dovan of Fairport, William Dovan of Florida; three sisters, Mary Allen of Fairport, Patricia Bohley of Rochester, Barbara Lofquist of Minnesota. There will be no calling hours. Services will be held at a later date at 400 Towers in Batavia. Arrangements by the H. E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home. - Corning Leader, 21 Mar 2008
ELLIS - Richard R. “Doc” Ellis, Sr., 76, Watsontown, entered eternal rest on Saturday, March 22, 2008. He was born July 12, 1931 in Milton, the son of the late L. Glenn and Lilly Ellis. In keeping with his wishes, there will be no visitation or services. Burial will be in the National Cemetery at Fort Indiantown Gap. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brooks Funeral Home, 124 Main Street, Watsontown. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 23 Mar 2008
EVANS - Norma M. Zarr, 67, of 3765 Woodley Hollow Road, Montoursville,
died March 22, 2008 at her residence surrounded by family. Born May 2,
1940 in Williamsport, she was the daughter of Reuben F. and Grace M. Compton
Evans. She worked at Thermo Core Division of Overhead Door Co. She enjoyed
sewing, country music, puppy dogs, fishing and camping. Surviving is her
husband Randall D. with whom she celebrated their 36th wedding anniversary
Oct. 16, 2007. Surviving besides her husband are one son, John F. Sorg
of Reston Va., five sisters, Emma M. (J.R.) Hinkle of Montoursville, Dixie
L. (Jim) Boligano of Chugiak, Alaska, Dottie A. Evans and Bill Woodring
of Oval, Peggy L. (Charles) Robinson and Patty Raino both of Williamsport.
She is preceded in death by her parents and a brother, William H. “Sonny” Evans. At Norma’s request there will be no viewing or services and any contributions may be made to Donehower Cancer Center, 75 Medical Park Drive, Lewisburg, Pa 17837. Arrangements by Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St., Montoursville Pa. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 23 Mar 2008
FASSETT Wheaton D
Mr. Wheaton D. Fassett, Sr., age 73, of Valley Crest Nursing Center, Wilkes-Barre, formerly of Jenningsville, PA, died on Monday afternoon, Dec. 3, 2001 at the Valley Crest Nursing Center. Mr. Fassett had been a resident of the center for the last 15 years. He was born in Jenningsville on Oct. 14, 1928, the son of the late David Wheaton and Hattie Bronson Fassett. For most of his life, he was a self-employed carpenter in the Wyoming County area. Surviving are a daughter, Cathy Hamner of Kirkwood, NY; four sons, Allen Fassett of Laceyville, Mark Fassett of Harpursville, NY, Wheaton Fassett, Jr. and Timothy Fassett, both of Mehoopany; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sons, Wayne David Fassett and Stephen Fassett. A graveside service will be held on Thursday morning, Dec. 6 at 11 a.m. from the Forkston Cemetery in Forkston, with Pastor Doug Mills of the Lovelton Bible Church, officiating. Arrangements were made through the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville. Submitted bt Carol Brotzman. Wyalusing Rocket December 2001
FEESE - Claire L. Hornberger, 74, of 2058 Whitford Avenue, South Williamsport, died Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at Manor Care South. Born in Williamsport, August 24, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Olaf D. Feese and Dorothy Harman Feese, who survives. Claire and her husband, John A. Hornberger, observed their 45th wedding anniversary this past January 19. Claire had been employed at the A&P Supermarket and at Flook’s Meat Market in South Williamsport. She was a former member of the Independent Fire Department Women’s Auxiliary. She loved John Wayne and enjoyed watching soap operas on TV. Surviving, in addition to her mother and husband, are her children, David A. (Nancy) Hornberger of Duboistown, Deborah L. (Michael) Lord of Montoursville, Charles S. (Lisa) Hornberger of Fairmont, W.Va.; her grandchildren, Sheila and Stacie Hornberger of Duboistown and Ciara Hornberger of Fairmont, W.Va.; her sisters, Helen Coughlin of Jupiter, Fla., Dorothy Dibble of Orlando, Fla.; her brother, Lars Feese of Mechanicsburg and several “grandpets”. The funeral service will be Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St., with the Rev. Dr. Kenneth Balliet, Heartland Hospice Chaplain, officiating. Burial will be in Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery. Family and friends are invited to call tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. at Sanders. Memorial contributions in Claire’s name may be made to the Heartland Hospice, 101 Leader Dr., Montoursville, PA 17754, or the American Diabetes Assoc., P.O. Box 1131, Fairfax, VA 22038. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 20 mar 2008
FLOOD - Prominent local physician, James M. Flood, M.D. of Waverly died Sunday, March 23, 2008 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, Pa. Born August 31, 1910 in Sayre, he was the son of Patrick F. Flood and Gertrude Williams Flood. James was the husband of the late Dorothy Dietrich Flood. James graduated from Sayre High School in 1927 where he was active on the football team and in the Sayre Boys Band. He obtained an A.B. in 1932 from Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio, majoring in pre-medicine. He received his medical degree from Temple University, Philadelphia in 1935. His postgraduate training included an internship and fellowship in internal medicine at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre and a residency and fellowship in dermatology and syphilology at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Dr. Flood became Board Certified in Dermatology in 1946. Following completion of his training, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942, rising from the rank of captain to lieutenant colonel in 1946. He served as Venereal Disease Control Officer and Dermatologist at several facilities in the U.S., including Camp Blanding, Fl and Oliver Hospital, Augusta, Ga. He also served overseas at the 20th General Hospital in Assam, India in the China Burma Theater Operations. For his service he received the Meritorious Service Unit Award. In November 1946, Dr. Flood joined the Guthrie Clinic, Sayre where he was associate and chief of Dermatology until his retirement in July 1981. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the Guthrie Clinic Ltd. and was its vice president between 1961 and 1975. Dr. Flood was a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. He was a member of the Society for Investigative Dermatology, American Medical Association, the Bradford County Medical Association, and the Buffalo-Rochester, New York Dermatological Society. He was also a member and past president of the Philadelphia Dermatological Society, the Pennsylvania Allergy Society Association, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Dermatology. Dr. Flood served for 33 years on the Board of Water Commissioners in Waverly, NY. He has also served as president of Shepard Hills Country Club. He enjoyed figure skating with the Cornell Figure Skating Club, Ithaca, golf, and skiing. He skied with the Greek Peak Seniors and 70+ Ski Club until age 93. James was predeceased by: his brothers Thomas and Frank and his sisters Elsie Kelble, Blanche Flood, Elizabeth (Bessie) Cahill, and Jane Hawkins. Surviving him are: his children Dorothy G. Flood of West Chester, Pa and James M., Jr. of Waverly and several nieces and nephews. Calling hours will be 10:00-11:00 a.m. Saturday March 29, 2008, followed by a memorial service at 11:00 a.m. at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad St., Waverly, NY. Interment will be in the spring at Glenwood Cemetery, Waverly. In lieu of flowers please make contributions to the Dialysis Unit, Robert Packer Hospital, 1 Guthrie Sq. Sayre, Pa. 18840. Those wishing may leave a sympathy message of remembrance for Dr. Flood's family in obituaries at www.blauveltfuneralhome.com. Submitted by Carol Brotzman
GOBUSH - BONYAK Eva, Of Pine Valley, NY, Formerly of Elmira Heights, NY was born May 29, 1918 in Elmira Heights, NY, the daughter of the late Paul and Helen (Kopko) Gobush, died peacefully on Wednesday, March 19, 2008, at the age of 89. On May 29, 1935 Eva was united in Holy Matrimony with Frank Bonyak Sr. in Elmira Heights, NY. He preceded her in death after 52 wonderful years of life and love together in December 1987. Her brother, Michael Gobush; and son, Frank Bonyak Jr. also predeceased her. She is survived by her sister, Mary Johnson of Elmira Heights, NY; daughters, Mary (John) Clemons of Montour Falls, NY, Marlene (William) Rush of Pine Valley, NY; grandchildren, Paul Anthony Bonyak, Cathy Griggs and Russell Prechtl; great-granddaughter, Sarah Griggs; special niece, Helen Curtis; along with several others nieces and nephews. Eva was a devoted communicant of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church and belonged to the Sacred Heart Society at the church. She was also involved with the ladies at the church that made the Varenyky (Pyrohy). She retired from Westinghouse, Inc. after 25 years of dedicated service in the Imaging Department, where she was instrumental in working on the first tube used by NASA in their Moon Missions. For their appreciation, Westinghouse gave Eva a replica of the tube used in those Lunar Missions. At her request, all services will be held privately at the convenience of her family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, 410 East McCann's Blvd., Elmira Heights, NY 14903; Alzheimer's Association, 225 North Michigan Ave., Fl. #17, Chicago, IL 60601; or to Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 East Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira, NY 14904. Thank You. The family of Eva Bonyak would like to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to Dr. Keith Parker at IMAST of the Southern Tier for his professionalism, understanding and excellent medical care that he provided for her. Our mother had faith and trust in all of his judgments. He was available to us anytime we needed him. He gave his expert medical advice and words of comfort when we needed them. Words alone can never truly express our feelings for Dr. Parker. We will always remember his kindness and compassion that he showed us during this difficult time. Sincerely, Marlene and William Rush. Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/24/2008.
GOODBROD - Rick A. Goodbrod, 58, of Walnut St., Jersey Shore, died Monday, March 17, 2008 at Manor Care in Jersey Shore. He was born March 4, 1950 in Williamsport, a son of William G. and Helen F. Bottorf Goodbrod. Rick was a 1968 Jersey Shore High School graduate and also graduated from Paramedic and Emergency Management services training schools. Rick was the husband of the former Judy Minium and they were married October 18, 1969. Rick worked as a Paramedic and other positions in Emergency Services through out the years until 1990. Rick was an Emergency Management Specialist for PEMA in 1990 and 1991. Rick was then hired as the Director of Emergency Services and Hazardous Materials for Clinton County, which was the job of a lifetime for Rick. In 2000 Rick and Judy moved to Lewistown where Rick began working as the Deputy Director of Emergency Services for Mifflin County. Rick and Judy moved back to Jersey Shore in 2004 for retirement. Following his father’s footsteps, Rick joined the Citizens Hose Co. of Jersey Shore as a teenager and was a dedicated member and visionary leader in the emergency services and rescue services throughout the years. Rick was a life member of the Citizens Hose Co. and was the fire company’s historian. He enjoyed photography and yard work. Surviving beside his wife Judy, are his mother Helen F. Goodbrod of Jersey Shore; three sons, Eric (Contessa) of Milton, Erin (Marcie) of Loyalsock and Ethan (Marlene) of Jersey Shore; two grandchildren, Katie and Trevar; two brothers, Randy L. of Williamsport, Ronald A. of Jersey Shore; five sisters, Diane L. Cunningham, Debra L. Alexander, Denise L. Hurlbutt all of Jersey Shore, Donnalee L. Goodbrod of Santa Fe, N.M. and Dawn L. Reed of Phoenix, Ariz. He was preceded in death by his loving father, William G. Goodbrod and loving father-in-law Carl E. Minium. Rick’s Life Celebration will begin with a visitation on Friday from 6-9 p.m. at the Rearick-Carpenter Funeral Home, Ltd, “A Life Celebration Home”, 1002 Allegheny St., with services on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Calvary Baptist Church, 315 Thompson St., with Pastors Jeffrey Howell and Michael Guiswite officiating. Interment will be in Jersey Shore Cemetery. Family will provide the flowers and suggests contribution can be made to the Special Kids Training Network, Ltd., Attn: Goodbrod Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 275, Montoursville, PA 17754 - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 20 Mar 2008
GORTON - On March 6, 2008 with loved ones nearby, Sylvia Roberts moved from this life into the presence of her Lord. During the last decade she had endured several painful illnesses, including the cancer which claimed her life. Sylvia Lee Gorton was born October 31, 1946 to Maxwell and Lorraine Fish Gorton in Corning, New York. She spent her childhood there, graduating from Painted Post High School in 1964 and from Bible college in 1968. After graduation, employed as a private secretary, she met her soul-mate, Michael K. Stubblefield. He was serving as an electrician in the U.S. Navy at the time. She and Mike were married March 13, 1971, in Fall River, Massachusetts. During Mike’s years in the Navy they were blessed with two children: Amy Lee, who arrived in Chicago and Matthew Kenneth, who joined the family at Newport, Rhode Island. When Mike was discharged from the service in 1974, the Stubblefields moved to Payette, Idaho. There Mike worked for the Idaho Power Company and Sylvia managed a day care center from their home. She later taught at Payette Christian Academy. When Sylvia’s father died, she brought her mother and aunt to Payette, looking after them for the remainder of their lives. In 1982 the power company transferred Mike to Salmon. At that time the Stubblefields became deeply involved with the Salmon Emergency Medical Technicians, while Sylvia also home-schooled their children. Mike was diagnosed with cancer early in 1987. His wife cared for him at home, with the help of their church family and friends, until his death in July. Sylvia then took a job as ward clerk at Steele Memorial Hospital where she ably served in various capacities for eighteen years. She also continued to volunteer as an EMT as long as her health permitted. On July 2, 1995, Sylvia married Guy Dan Roberts, Jr. in an outdoor ceremony near Salmon. During their 13 years together, the Roberts’ greatly enjoyed their children and grandchildren. Sylvia and Dan camped, fished, and explored the mountains on four-wheelers. Whether for business, family reunions, or vacations, they enjoyed travel both to new and familiar places. The Roberts’ also ran a successful business creating mattes and frames for artwork. They frequented many a flea market and antique sale as well. For 30 years Sylvia bowled on her local women’s league, at times bowling on two leagues per week. Through the years she held many different positions to assist the women’s association, and enjoyed many trips with the ladies. She loved crafting, and made beautiful greeting cards. She was also skillful seamstress, one year making matching jackets for the entire Salmon EMT crew. She was a hard worker and always put a lot of thought, time, and effort into her projects. A faithful partner and friend, she possessed a tender and generous heart beneath a feisty exterior. Sylvia was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell Gorton, her husband, Mike Stubblefield and her aunt, Hazel Reinheimer. She is survived by her husband, Dan Roberts, of Salmon; daughter, Amy (Brent) Hardinger, Hailey, Chelsey, and Sarah, of Salmon; son, Matt (Ramona) Stubblefield, Lorena and Sarian, of West Yellowstone, Montana; brother, Keith (Lucille) Gorton, of Painted Post, New York, and their children; Dan’s children and grandchildren, Karen (Charlie) Ginther and Grace, of West Seattle, Washington; Kathy (Doug) King, Cordell, Dawsyn and Addison, of Dixon, Montana; Kim (Brian) Hamilton, of Salmon, Preston Peterson of Vincennes, Indiana and Jacqueline Peterson of Pocatello; stepmother-in-law Betty Stubblefield and her children of Payette; and Mike’s uncle, half-brother, step-brother and step-sister. A beautiful memorial service was held the morning of March 17, 2008 at Salmon Valley Baptist Church with Pastor Mike Palmer officiating. Inurnment took place at the Salmon Cemetery under the direction of Salmon River Funeral Chapel. - Corning Leader, 21 Mar 2008
GRIFFIN - Mary T. Baker, age 92, of Waverly, New York and former city resident, died Thursday, March 20 in Waverly. Mary was born December 14, 1915 in Wysox, Pa., the daughter of John B. and Frances Fox Griffin. Mary is survived by a daughter, Mary A. Baker of Chambersburg Pa. and several nieces and nephews, including Mary Ellen Landy of Sayre Pa., and John Griffin of Towanda. Her husband, George A. Baker, died December 27, 2000. Mary was a graduate of St. Agnes High School in Towanda in 1934 and completed a postgraduate course at Towanda High School in 1935. From 1936 to 1937 she attended the Miller Business School in New York City. She was assistant librarian at Teacher’s College, Columbia University from 1937 to 1938. Mary returned to Pennsylvania and worked as a secretary at the U.S. Dept of Agriculture, Farmer’s Home Administration in Towanda, Harrisburg, Williamsport and Montrose. Mary and George met while they both worked for this Administration. After marrying, they moved to Williamsport and lived most of their married years at 610 Woodland Ave. in Williamsport and later moving to Grampian Hills Manor in Williamsport. From 1959 to 1969 Mary worked as a receptionist for four physicians in Williamsport. She studied piano for eight years, which she enjoyed playing for her own entertainment. Her other interests include the symphony, concerts, plays and reading. She liked being a homemaker more than anything else. Mary’s Catholic faith was a great comfort to her throughout her life. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Church of St. Ann 1220 Northway Road, City, on Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery, Williamsport. Crouse Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 21 Mar 2008
HARRIS - Amaya Danielle Harris, died at birth, in Corning Hospital, Wednesday, March 19, 2008, daughter of Katina Cupp and Michael Harris of E. William Street, Bath, NY. She is survived by her parents; four brothers and sisters: Jordan Cupp, Tristan Perot, Kiahna Harris, all at home, and Trevor Harris of Penn Yan; maternal grandparents, Dale and Linda Cupp of Bath, and Margaret Loucks of Savona; paternal grandparents, Catherine Pierce of Bradford, Ron Hoad of Bradford, Robert Fitzwater of Bath, and Mary Washburn of Bath; several aunts and uncles. Friends may call at the Seager-Jones Funeral Home, 4 E. Washington Street, Bath, NY, Saturday, March 22, 2008 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., where Funeral services will follow at 3:00 p.m. with the Rev. Theodore Brennen officiating. - Corning Leader, 21 Mar 2008
HINEY - OSTRANDER Mertina Hiney
96, of 11 Miller St., Big Flats, died Saturday, March 22, 2008, at her home. She was born May 5, 1911 in Wayne, NY, the daughter of Encoh and Abe Hall Hiney. She was a retiree of the Eclipse Company of Elmira Heights with 35 years of service. Surviving are her daughter, Jean Sabatini of Big Flats; sister, Alice Belcher of Canandaigua; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, George R. Ostrander in 1962 and son, George Robert Ostrander in 1995, sisters, Lucille Dondiego, Onalee Margeson and Bertha Watson. Services and Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Pleasant Valley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of one's choice. Arrangements are by the LaMarche Funeral Home of Hammondsport. Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/26/2008.
HODOBA - Rosemary Hodoba Nicholson, 57, a resident of Boynton Beach, Fla., died peacefully Tuesday, March 18, 2008, surrounded by friends and family. Rose was born Rosemary Hodoba in Williamsport on February 10, 1951. She was a graduate of the University of Florida and was an extremely faithful and proud “Gator.” She worked her way up the ranks for McDonalds to become a regional manager. In addition, Rose was a gifted first grade teacher for many years. She wore numerous hats; a sister, aunt, mother, wife and friend. Rose is survived by her husband, Nick; her daughter, Amanda Nicole; their faithful dog, Buffet; her parents, Rob and Betty Hodoba; brother, Bud Hodoba; and sisters, Bonnie Hodoba and Betsy Tier. Friends of Rose Nicholson are invited to a memorial service at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at the Faith United Methodist Church, 6340 West Boynton Beach Blvd., Boynton Beach, Fla. If any questions, please contact Rob Tier at (386) 383-6459. Flowers are accepted, however, donations to Hospice of Palm Beach County, 5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, Fl 33407 are appreciated as well. From our family to yours, thank you for celebrating Rosie’s life with us. “She has been an inspiration to all who knew her.” Northwood Funeral Home, West Palm Beach, Fla., is in charge of arrangements. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 21 Mar 2008
HYNES - John W. “Jack” “Bowie” Hynes, 82, of Buffalo, died Thursday, March 20, 2008 at his home. He was a retired engineer on the South Buffalo Railroad and a U.S. Navy Amphibious Veteran. Survivors include his wife, Virginia M. “Ginny” Hynes of Buffalo, two sons: Joseph G. Hynes and Peter J. Hynes of Addison; one brother, Charles “Pete” Hynes. Calling hours are from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., Monday, at the James W. Cannan Funeral Home, Inc., South Towns Chapel, 3155 Orchard Park Road, Orchard Park. Services will be 9:30 Tuesday at St. Martin of Tours Church. - Corning Leader, 23 Mar 2008
JENNELLE - AURANDT Sandra Jean (Jennelle)
Age 49, of Mansfield, PA, died Sunday, March 23, 2008, at her home. Sandra was born on November 29, 1958 in Pottstown, PA, the daughter of Floyd Colin and Margaret Edith (Lammey) Jennelle. She retired from the US Air Force in 1998. Sandra is survived by two daughters, Christa Aurandt of Canton, PA, Cassandra Aurandt of San Antonio, TX; three sons, Jeremy and Sean Aurandt of San Antonio, TX, Tommy Aurandt of Canton, PA; one granddaughter; her father, Floyd Colin Jennelle of Canton, PA; stepmother, Audrey Jennelle of Canton, PA; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Clarence Jennelle, Floyd (Louise) Jennelle Jr., all of Elverson, PA; a sister, Carol Ward of NC; stepbrothers and sisters, Gary Barnes, Anna Watkins, Robin (Jeff) Campbell, Elwin (Tammi) Barnes, Linda Perry, Jennifer (Raymond) Cole; and a special friend, Donald Beckman, all of Canton, PA. She was preceded in death by her mother, Margaret Jennelle; and a stepbrother, Allen Lee Barnes in 1952. In keeping with Sandra's wishes, there will be no services. Burial will be in Elverson, PA. The Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA has been entrusted with the arrangements. Published in the Star-Gazette from 3/25/2008 - 3/26/2008.
KELLER - Donald L. Keller, 67, of Williamsport, died Wednesday, March 19, 2008, at the Williamsport Hospital. Born May 12, 1940, in Williamsport, he was a son of the late Theodore and Hulda Ruth Whitmoyer Keller. Surviving are a son, William Green of Unityville; four daughters, Connie Keller of Montoursville, Donna Funk of Mifflinburg, Carolyn Keller of Watsontown and Debbie Widell of Muncy; two brothers; two sisters; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Donald was preceded in death by one brother and one sister. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, at the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water St., Hughesville, with the Rev. Max L. Walters Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Franklin “Stone Heap” Cemetery. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 21 Mar 2008
KUCIRKA - Anna Jacklin, 88, of Gillett, died Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at the Skilled Nursing Unit at Towanda Hospital. She was born March 29, 1919 in Conemaugh, Pa., the daughter of the late George and Narcy Mukulak Kucirka. Anna was married to the late Kenneth M. Jacklin who died Aug. 2, 1994. She was employed for many years as a cook at the Elmira Country Club. Anna’s interests included cooking and baking and working in her flower gardens. Anna is survived by: her nephew, Gerard Gardito of Staten Island, N.Y.; a sister, Helen Kucirka of Yonkers, N.Y.; brother-in-law, James Gardito of Brooklyn, N.Y. She was predeceased by: her husband, Kenneth M. Jacklin; son, David M. Jacklin; sister, Mary Gardito; and brother, Michael Kucirka. It was Anna’s whishes that there be no calling hours or service. Memorials are directed to the Wilawanna United Methodist Church, Wilawanna Road, Sayre, PA 18840. Arrangements are under the direction of Roberts Funeral Home, Inc. Wellsburg. - Sayre Morning Times, 20 Mar 2008
LATTARI - Nellie M. Lattari of Waverly died Thursday, March 20, 2008 at the Tioga Nursing Facility. Born April 24, 1928 in Waverly, she was the daughter of the late Nellie Wolfe Lattari and Pasquale Lattari. Nellie was predeceased by: her brothers, Tony Lattari, Patrick Lattari, Frank Lattari and Salvatore; her sisters, Josephine Arceni, Frances Sisto, Angie Latini, Grace Lampazzi and Lena Provenzano; and special sister-in-law, Rose Lattari. Nellie was a lifelong resident of Waverly. She was a member of Blessed Trinity Saint James Parish in Waverly. Nellie worked for the Westinghouse Corporation and many years at Langan Pharmacy in Sayre, following that she worked for the Tioga Nursing Facility as a cashier in the cafeteria and later for North Jewelers in Sayre. Nellie enjoyed many different interests in her life, she was an avid bowler for many years and was named to the Bowling Hall of Fame. She loved to play cards, was a member of the “Birthday Club” and enjoyed her many day trips with her friends. Nellie is survived by: her caregiving nieces, Patricia (Andrew) Ryck of Sayre and Mary Frances (David) Black of Whitney Point, N.Y.; sister-in-law, Marita Lattari of Massachusetts; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, several cousins and many dear friends. At Nellie’s request there will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. John DeSocio on Tuesday, April 25 at 11 a.m. at Blessed Trinity Parish Saint James Church in Waverly. Interment will be in the spring at St. James Cemetery, Waverly. Those wishing may direct memorial donations in Nellie’s name either to Saint Judes’ Children’s Hospital, the American Cancer Society or Blessed Trinity Parish Saint James Church Stained Glass Window Restoration Fund. Arrangements are with the Luckner Funeral Home, 449 Park Ave., Waverly. - Sayre Morning Times, 20 Mar 2008
LIVERMORE - Ellen I. Sitler, 97, of 798 W. Edwin St., died Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at the Williamsport Hospital. Ellen’s husband, Harvey M. Sitler, died April 3, 1964. Ellen retired in 1982 from the YMCA after 14 years and was a member of Grace United Methodist Church. Born April 14, 1910 in Cedar Run, she was the daughter of Albert and Mattie A. Clark Livermore. Surviving are sons, Glen C. and his wife, Edith, of Halifax and William E. and his wife, Barbara, of Nisbet Heights; a daughter, Alice L. Wingo of Nisbet; 17 grandchildren; 44 great grandchildren and 42 great great grandchildren. Ellen was predeceased by a daughter, Donna L. Shaffer, a granddaughter, Mary Ellen Wingo and a great grandson, Timothy Brian Sitler. Private services will be at Knight-Confer’s, 1914 Memorial Ave., with the Rev. Dr. John F. Piper Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Twin Hills Memorial Park. No visitation. The family will provide the flowers and suggests donations to the church, 324 Campbell St., Williamsport. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 21 Mar 2008
MARVIN - James R. Marvin, age 40, of Locke, NY, died unexpectedly on Saturday, March 15, 2008, at home. He was born 1967 in Bath, NY and raised in Prattsburgh, NY. He was a graduate of Prattsburgh Central School in 1985. He was previously employed at Philips Lighting Company in Bath, NY and also at Cornell University as a Building Coordinator. Jim is survived by his two sons, Matthew and Joshua Marvin of Savona, NY; his ex-wife and mother to his children, Marlene Marvin-Hayes of Savona, NY; and step-son, Jacob Cooper of Freeville, NY; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Jim was a very proud and loving father. He enjoyed every moment he was able to spend with his two sons. Matthew and Joshua was the love of his life and meant everything to him. He always looked forward to spending time with them at their after school activities such as soccer, basketball, baseball, track, and many, many other after school activities Jim and his sons shared together. These are very special moments that meant everything to Jim and his sons and will never be forgotten. Jim was very active with the Tri-County Horseshoe League and served as secretary/treasurer of the summer league. His most recent accomplishment was taking 3rd place in the Class C New York State Championships at Waterloo, New York. In previous years, Jim has taken first place trophies in the New York State Championship. Jim has many trophies, plaques and ribbons that boast his many accomplishments throughout his life. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching football (he was a Denver Bronco’s fan) and spending time with family and friends. Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Friends and family are invited to call today, March 19, 2008 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Perkins Funeral Home, 55 W. Main St., Dryden, NY. Burial will be in Green Hills Cemetery, Dryden, NY. - Corning Leader, 18 Mar 2008
MATTICHAK - Leo (Coco) Mattichak, 78, of Lopez, PA died on Wednesday, March 12, 2008 at the Maria Villa Manor in Danville, PA. He was born Aug. 24, 1929 in Lopez, one of twelve children of the late Nicholas and Rose Opishinski Mattichak. He graduated from Dushore High School, a member of the Class of 1947, and served in the U.S. Army from 1948 to 1952 in Korea. He worked for Western Electric, AT&T and Lucent, retiring in 1983 after 33 years of service. A member of Trinity Chapel, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, he also belonged to Evergreen Lodge #163 F.&A.M. and various Masonic organizations, the Newell Rod and Gun Club, White Ash Land Association and McDermott Post #452 American Legion, Mildred. Surviving are a brother and sister-in-law, David and Johnnie Mattichak of Harrisonburg, VA; three sisters and brother-in-law, Vera English of Syracuse, NY, Lillian Bizup of Orangeville and Gladys and Joseph Stavisky of Orangeville; sister-in-law, Dolores Mattichak of Lopez; special friend, Judy Rattigan of Lopez and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers, George Mattichak, Joseph Mattichak, William Mattichak and Steve Mattichak and sisters, Eva Halkovich, Theresa Smith and Helen Gulick. Funeral services were held from the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, on Saturday, March 15 at 10:30 a.m. and followed by services at Trinity Chapel, Mildred, at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Jira A. Albers, his pastor, officiating. Interment was in St. Vladimir’s Cemetery, Lopez. Friends called on Friday, March 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home, and a Masonic service was held at 7:15. Graveside military services were accorded by members of McDermott Post #452 American Legion, Mildred, and members passed in review at 7 p.m. on Friday evening. It was Leo’s request that memorials be directed to Trinity Chapel, PO Box 460, Dushore, PA 18614. - Wyalusing Rocket Courier, 20 Mar 2008
McKENNAS - Mrs. Irene A. McKennas Gruver, 68, of RR4, Box 4360, Meshoppen, PA, died unexpectedly at her home early Thursday morning, March 13, 2008. Born in Tunkhannock on Oct. 26, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Lillian Shiffer McKennas. Growing up in the Tunkhannock area, she was a graduate of Tunkhannock High School, Class of 1957. On Dec. 16, 1961, she married Leonard “Red” Gruver. She was a homemaker for her husband and son all of her life. She enjoyed working around her home, especially working in her flower gardens, and feeding and watching her birds. She was especially fond of her hummingbirds. The last few years of her life, she spent every moment she could with her four grandchildren, whom she loved to be around. Surviving are her husband of 46 years, Leonard “Red” Gruver; son, Daniel Gruver of Meshoppen and her four grandchildren: Courtney Gruver of Lake Winola, Christopher Gruver, Lauren Gruver and Jesse Gruver, all of Meshoppen; two brothers and their wives, Anthony and Nancy McKennas and Joseph and Janice McKennas, all of Tunkhannock; her extended family of brothers and sisters-in-laws: James and Marilyn Gruver of Tonawanda, NY, Ted and Terri Gruver of South Carolina, Rita and Allen Nichols of Dallas, Jeanette Harvey, Diane and Steve Saylor and Marjorie and Tom Herman, all of Tunkhannock, and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held on Saturday afternoon, March 15, at 5 p.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Meshoppen, with Rev. Gary Myers of the Meshoppen Biblical Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. Family and friends called at the funeral home on Saturday afternoon from 2 p.m. until the time of the service. - Wyalusing Rocket Courier, 20 Mar 2008
McMICHAEL - Lillian L. Senseman, 90, a resident of Park Place, Muncy, PA, died at 9:30 A.M. on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 in the Muncy Valley Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit. Born in Muncy, Lycoming County, PA, on Saturday, July 14, 1917, she was the daughter of the late Russell and Ella (Mincemoyer) McMichael. Lillian was the widow of William R. Senseman, who preceded her in death on November 5, 1983. She was a 1935 graduate of Muncy-Muncy Creek High School. Lil was employed by the former Montgomery Mills. Lillian was an avid bingo player and enjoyed putting puzzles together. She especially enjoyed trips to Atlantic City. She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, William R. and Diane Senseman, Hughesville, PA; two daughters and sons-in-law, Kay and Richard Reese, Muncy, PA; Ann and Martin Williams, Muncy, PA; one sister, Florence Bowman, Williamsport, PA; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, Lil was preceded in death by one sister, Estella Parsons, and one brother, Robert McMichael. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are being handled by the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 108 North Main Street, Muncy, PA. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 21 Mar 2008
MENTE - Mrs. Carol Lee Mente Hults, 60, of 7104 Deer Haven Trail in Denver, died on Wednesday, March 19, 2008. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at Harbor Presbyterian Church, 433 Williamson Rd., Mooresville, N.C., with Pastor Bill Heard officiating. Burial will take place in the Unity Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Denver at a later date. The family will receive friends at the church following the service. Mrs. Hults was born on Dec. 5, 1947 in Waverly. She was the daughter of the late Orlo and Marjorie Colburn Mente. She was also preceded in death by one brother, James Arthur Mente. She was employed by Anatech Automotive Plating. She is survived by: her husband, Walter Hults of the home; two sons, Gerald Michael McCarty of Denver and James Richard McCarty of Denver; four daughters, Karen Hults Rodgers of York, S.C., Lynn Marie Hults of Mooresville, Christine Hults McMahan of Newton and Kimberly Hults Davis of Mooresville; two brothers, Michael Orlo Mente of Athens and William Joseph Mente of Denver; two sisters, Cheryl Mente Keeler of Denver and Bette Mente Tuttle of Towanda; and 14 grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to Hospice of Lincoln County, 107 North Cedar Street, Lincolnton, NC 28092. Warlick Funeral Home in Lincolnton is serving the Hults family. - Sayre Morning Times, 20 Mar 2008
MILLER - William H. Miller Jr., 68, of 4890 Lycoming Creek Road, Cogan Station, died Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at his home following a brief illness. Bill and his wife, the former Doris J. Cowher, observed their 52nd wedding anniversary on Nov. 18. He owned Bill’s Barber Shop on Lycoming Creek Road. He was a professional barber for 50 years. Born April 6, 1939 in Williamsport, he was the son of William H. and Mary Louise Caringi Miller. Surviving in addition to his wife are sons, Anthony W. of Fayetteville, N.C., Stewart M. of Columbus, Ohio, and William H. III of Mesa, Ariz.; daughter, Anita A. McFadden of Cogan Station; brothers, Ronald A. of Newport, R.I. and Dennis R. of North East, Md.; sister, Rosemary Elaine Kusko; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Memorial services will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Knight-Confer’s, 1914 Memorial Ave. There will be no visitation. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 21 Mar 2008
MERRICK - William Arthur Merrick, Sr., age 75, of Covington, PA, died Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at his residence. William was predeceased by his wife, Linda, in 2005. He was born July 3, 1932 in LeRoy, PA, a son of Lester H. and Halilah (Tillotson) Merrick. William retired from Ward Manufacturing. He was a U. S. Army Veteran having served in the Korean War. William is survived by two sons, William A. Merrick, Jr. of Covington, PA, and Michael W. Merrick. He was preceded in death by his wife, Linda, and a brother. In keeping with Williams wishes, there will be no services.
MILLER - James E. Miller, 60, died Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at Manor Care South. Jim was of the protestant faith and enjoyed fishing and hunting. Born April 18, 1947 in Jersey Shore, he was the son of Leon A. and Elda M. Condon Miller. Surviving are sons, David Miller of South Williamsport and Jamie Bricker of Millville; brothers, Robert L., unknown address and Stiles W. of Williamsport; a sister, Stella Mae Barnard of Jersey Shore and four grandchildren. Services will be held at the convenience of the family with interment in Jersey Shore Cemetery. Knight-Confer Funeral Home. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 20 Mar 2008
MYERS - A. Paul “Clinker” Myers, 95, formerly of Hughesville, died Wednesday, March 19, 2008, at Hillspring Health Care Center in Springboro, Ohio. Born January 14, 1913, at Strawbridge, he was a son of the late Jason and Fay Sheets Myers. His wife of 67 years, the former Celia Star Slonaker, preceded him in death on Saturday, November 2, 2002. Paul was raised in the Odd Fellow Orphanage, Sunbury and graduated from Thomas Edison Technical / Industrial High School class of 1931. He was employed at the former J.K. Rishel Furniture Factory as a Shipping Supervisor, McCormick Trucking as a Terminal Supervisor and as Manager of the former Community Oil Company, Hughesville. Paul also operated Myers’ Texaco in Hughesville and the Paul Myers Coal Company. He was a member of the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hughesville. Paul was also a member of the Hughesville Rotary for more than 60 years. He was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, past president of the West Branch Fire Association, an active member of the Hughesville Volunteer Fire Department for 25 years and served as fire chief for many years. He also enjoyed refinishing antique furniture. Surviving are three sons, Larry Myers of Springboro, OH, Thomas Myers of Fairfield, CA and Lee Myers of Chandler, AZ; a daughter, Carol Ann Sharrow of Chesapeake Beach, MD; 10 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and three great- great grandchildren. In addition to his wife and parents, Paul was preceded in death by three brothers, M. Clay Myers, Clifford Carl Myers and H. Burrows Myers; and grandson, Carrey Schoch. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water St., Hughesville, with the Rev. Gregory Davidson, officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. The family will provide the flowers and suggest memorial contributions to the Hughesville Fire Dept., P.O. Box 53, Hughesville, PA 17737. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 23 Mar 2008
PEASE - The Rev. Henry J. Pease, 75, died during the early morning hours of Thursday, March 13, 2008. He served as rector of the Historic St. Paul’s Church, Montrose, for 26 years (1972-98). In retirement, he served as priest-in-charge of St. George’s Church, Nanticoke, a small parish near Wilkes-Barre, for eight years. He was born Aug. 4, 1932 in Exeter, Grafton County, NH to the late Perley H. and R. Mary [Wright] Pease. Father Pease graduated from Seymour High School, Seymour, CT; Blackburn College, IL; received a Master’s of Economics from the University of Tennessee and a Master’s of Theology from the Philadelphia Divinity School. Ordained a priest in 1965, Father Pease served as an assistant at St. Stephen's Church, Wilkes-Barre, for six years before being called to serve as rector in Montrose. Prior to seminary and ordination, he worked at Dun and Bradstreet (Richmond District) and as a bank examiner for the Federal Reserve in Philadelphia. During a courageous journey into Ecuador in 2000, he rescued three grandsons, ages three, five and eight, whom he raised in his Saddle Lake home near Tunkhannock where he had been living alone and legally adopted them to be his sons. He was also an adjunct professor of economics at Kings College and Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, since 1966. Informing some 90 clergy colleagues at the Chrism Mass of Father Pease’s death, Bishop Paul Marshall said Father Pease was “the most non-anxious person I knew, always positive, always having a word of encouragement for his colleagues and for his bishop.” Father Pease was long active in concerns of the 14-county Diocese of Bethlehem where he held many leadership positions, including president of the Standing Committee, chair of the Personnel Committee, chair of the diocesan Program and Budget Committee, the Grant-in-Aid Committee (now Congregational Development), the United Budget Task Force and vice-chair of Diocesan Council. For 20 years, he served also as an Education for Ministry mentor in Montrose and Scranton. In the community, he owned Country Care Personal Care Home, he served as board chair of Trehab, a community action agency serving six rural counties in northeastern Pennsylvania, the Susquehanna/Wyoming Unit of the American Cancer Society, the Susquehanna County Chapter of the American Red Cross, former member of the Montrose Rotary Club where he was the recipient of the Paul Harris Fellowship Award, served as president of Montrose Literacy Council, the Montrose Recreation Committee and NY-Penn Board. He was awarded the Silver Beaver Award through the Boy Scouts of America. In a 2002 interview for a Diocesan Life story by Dave Howell, Father Pease spoke about how his three grandsons changed his life. “In some ways, it [raising his second set of children] is a lot easier,” he said. “I know a lot more than I did forty years ago, and I’m not involved in day-to-day work, so I have more time. I plan my days on the basis of the kids’ needs.” He noted that grandparents are healthier and stronger today, though he admits to being tired by the close of an average day. Survivors include his daughter, Sandra Pease-Darde of Montrose; son, John Stephen Pease of Tunkhannock; adopted sons, Francisco David Pease, Dominic Luis Pease and Simon Alexander Pease; grandsons, Eric Justin Darde and Bradley Matthew Darde; former wife, Vivian N. Pease and cousins, Bruce Wright and Stanley Wright. Father Pease was dedicated to his family and loved them very much. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 19 at St. Stephen’s Pro-Cathedral in Wilkes-Barre, with The Rt. Rev. Paul Marshall, Bishop of the Diocese, presiding. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. Interment will be in Montrose. Instead of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Friends of Historic St. Paul’s, 60 Church Street, Montrose, PA 18801 in memory of the Rev. Henry J. Pease. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Bartron-Myer Funeral Home, Inc., Montrose, PA. - Wyalusing Rocket Courier, 20 Mar 2008
PERSUN - Heather L. Persun, 30 of Persun Lane, Watsontown, died
Friday morning, March 21, 2008 at Kramm Health and Rehabilitation Center, Watsontown where she had resided the past few weeks. Born June 23, 1977 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, she was the daughter of Charles Kenneth and Gloria J. (Lenig) Persun. Heather was a 1997 graduate of Warrior Run High School. She attended the UCP, Sunbury; was a volunteer at the Montgomery House Library, McEwensville and a volunteer and rider at the EOS Therapeutic Riding Stables in Buckhorn for many years. A member of the Spina Bifida Association of Greater PA, she had attended Camp Spifida, Millville, for a week every summer for more than 10 years. She attended the former Bell Telephone Pioneers sports jamboree weekends at Indiantown Gap, and Wesley Forest Church camp many summers. She attended AMPES of Milton; was a member of The Arc of Northumberland County and ARP of Lewisburg. A lifetime member of the Girl Scouts, she attained the highest award in Girl Scouting, the Gold Award. An active member of Watsontown United Methodist Church, she sang in the Intergenerational choir, attended Bible Study and Sunday School there. Surviving beside her parents, with whom she lived, is her maternal grandmother, Dorothy Lenig of Sunbury. Friends are invited to call at Brooks Funeral Home, 207 Broadway St., Turbotville from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday. A graveside committal service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Twin Hills Memorial Park, old Route 220 past the Lycoming Mall, Muncy. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Watsontown United Methodist Church, 11 E. Third St., Watsontown, with the Rev. Douglas Eberly, her pastor, officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in her memory be made to either the Watsontown United Methodist Church Building Fund, PO Box 35, Watsontown, PA 17777 or the E.O.S. Therapeutic Riding, 288 Dahl Road, Bloomsburg, PA 17815, or any of the organizations mentioned above. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 22 Mar 2008
PFEFFERLE - David Pfefferle, 60, of St. Petersburg, Fla., died
on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 and took big parts of many hearts with him. He is survived by his wife, Carol Neal Pfefferle; mother-in-law, Alice Neal; sisters, Donna Sanders and Barbara Jacoby; nieces and nephew: Tom (and Christy) Neal, Gay Neal, Helena Sanders; and great nieces and nephew: Samantha, Jason and Raechel Neal and our beloved best friends. A Mass will be celebrated at St. John’s Catholic Church, 445-82nd Ave., St. Pete Beach, Fla., on Monday, March 24, at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 401-7th Ave. South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 or to All Children’s Hospital Foundation P.O. Box 3142, St. Petersburg, FL 33731 for his love of helping people. A service will be held in Pittsburgh at a later date. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 21 Mar 2008
RIEPPEL Timothy Paul (Tim) [SRGP 82853]
Age 44, of Wellsboro, died Saturday, March 22, 2008, at the Samaritan House, Wellsboro. Tim was born March 30, 1963 in Wellsboro, the son of John and Eileen Courtney Rieppel. Surviving Tim in addition to his parents of Mansfield, are his brothers, Terry, Wellsboro, J.T. (Erin), South Williamsport and B.J. (Tess), Williamsport; and several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received at the Mansfield First United Methodist Church, 67 E. Wellsboro St., Saturday, March 29th, from 2-3 p.m. Services will follow at 3 p.m. with Rev. Thomas Harmic officiating. We have been blessed with the greatest gifts of love and support from the volunteers of the St. Peters Catholic Church Samaritan House of Wellsboro; therefore, in lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to the Samaritan House, c/o St. Peters Church, 38 Central Ave., Wellsboro, PA 16901; or to Tioga Co. Special Olympics, PO Box 534, Wellsboro, PA 16901. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Freeberg Funeral Home, Blossburg.
RUGER Timothy W., Age 48, of 211 Veteran Hill Rd., Horseheads, died with his family at his side after an incredible battle with cancer on Saturday, March 22, 2008. Tim was born Dec. 18, 1959 in Elmira, NY, the son of William Ruger and Elmae (Adams) Ruger. He is survived by his beloved wife and best friend, Dona (Miller) Ruger; their cherished children, Christopher and Courtney; Tim's daughter and son, Jessica, Steven; stepson, Michael; granddaughter, Aaliyah; mother, Elmae Ruger of Horseheads, NY; and father, William (Connie) Ruger of Beaver Dams, NY; brothers, Theodore (Misty) Ruger of Aubrey, TX, Terry (Barbara) Ruger of Newfield, NY; foster brother, Thomas (Faith) Heck of Virginia Beach, VA; special friends, Bruce Merrill, Dave Bowman and Paul Steiner; nieces and nephews: Jennifer, Michael, Michelle, Alexis and Katrina; Shane, Matthew; and great-niece, Jennifer; along with several aunts, uncles, cousins and many dear friends. He was also predeceased by his brother, Thomas Ruger who died Aug. 1, 2006. Tim was a 1978 graduate of Horseheads High School, proud NY Yankee, NY Giants and Ryan Newman fan. Tim was employed in the shipping department at the former Elmira Litho. He was a kind and gentle man, always putting the needs of others before his own. As with his brother, Tom, who recently died in 2006, Tim always gave unselfishly to his family and friends. Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 South Main Street, Horseheads, on Wed., March 26, 2008, from 2-4:00 and 6-8:00 p.m. His service will be celebrated at the funeral home on Thursday, March 27, at 10:00. Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/25/2008.
RUSSELL - Elizabeth C. Russell, 95, of 1900 Ravine Rd., formerly of Four Mile Drive, Montoursville, died March 22, 2008 at the Williamsport Home. She was born October 29, 1921 in Williamsport, the daughter of William E. and Harriet R. Glockler Russell. She retired from the former Lycoming Braid Works. She was a member of Mill Creek United Church and its Ladies Circle and a Senior Citizens Ravine. Survived by niece Doris Martin of Mechanicsburg; great-nephew, John Russell and a great niece, Elizabeth Walker both of Austin, TX; great grandnephew, great grandniece and great -great grandnephew. She was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth L. Weaver and a brother, John Russell and a nephew William E. Russell, II. Funeral Services will be 11 a.m., Thursday, March 27, at Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St., Montoursville, Pa., with Pastor Katherine A. Behrens officiating. Burial will be in the Montoursville Cemetery. Friends may call the funeral home from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Mill Creek United Methodist Church, 2255 Warrensville Road, Montoursville, PA 17754 - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 23 Mar 2008
SCHETTIG - Anna Schettig Walter, age 98, of 6 Bellefonte Ave., Lock Haven, died March 21, 2008 at her home. Born September 23, 1909 in Cresson, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Maude Nagle Schettig. She was married to Reid Simon Walter whom preceded her in death December 9, 1973. He had been the owner of the former Clinton County Finance Co., of Lock Haven. Mrs. Walter graduated from Cresson High School in 1927 and Indiana State Teacher’s College, now the University of PA, in Indiana, PA in 1929 where she received a BS degree in primary education. She taught school for five years in Bakerton, PA. She was a member of the Clinton County Country Club and the Ikebana Club in Naples, Florida. Anna had resided part-time in Lock Haven and Naples, Florida for many years. Survivors include a daughter, Lois Gross and her husband Daniel H. Gross of Anchorage, Alaska, two granddaughters, Mildred A. Weaver and Virginia O. Walter, one great granddaughter, Christine M. Bryan and two great great grandchildren. There are also many nieces and nephews. Ann was preceded in death by a son, H. Reid Walter, who died December 16, 1991 and her daughter-in-law, Virginia O. Walter. She was also preceded in death by four brothers and a sister. Funeral services for Anna Schettig Walter will be held on Tuesday, March 25, 2008 at 11 a.m. in the Yost-Gedon Funeral Home, 121 W. Main St., Lock Haven, Pa. Officiating will be the Rev. W. Stevens Shipman of the Lock Haven Lutheran Church. Interment will be in the Rest Haven Memorial Park. Family and friends will be received in the funeral home on hour prior to the services at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions will be accepted to the Ross Library through the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of the Yost-Gedon Funeral Home, 121 W. Main St., Lock Haven, Pa. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 23 Mar 2008
SCHOMBURG - Vaughn Schomburg Jr., 56, of Easton, died March 18, 2008, in Bellefonte. Born May 16, 1951 in Rockford, Ill., he was the son of Vaughn Schomburg Sr. and Sarah C. Shaffer Taggert. He was a self-employed drywall installer, painter and paper- hanger. Surviving are two sons, Adam S.L. Schomburg of Bellefonte and PFC Ethan V. Schomburg, stationed with the Army at Fort Hood, Texas. Also surviving are five siblings, Ronald E. Miller of Linden, Dixie L. Smith of Oregon, Archie W. Miller of Watsontown, Linda L. Cromley of Nevada and Roger Schomburg of Hughesville. A sister, Carol A. Davis, is deceased. A Memorial Service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday from Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St., with Pastor Ronald D. Savits officiating. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 21 Mar 2008
SEVERCOOL - Irene L. Comstock, age 57, of RR 2, Box 2300, Laceyville, Pa., died on Saturday, March 22, 2008, at her home on Second Street, with her loving family at her side. Irene was the wife of Thomas S. Comstock, whom she wed in 1975. She was born in Meshoppen, Pa., on Sept. 12, 1950, the daughter of Thomas Severcool of Tunkhannock, Pa., and the late Joan Lewis Durland, who died in 1993. Irene was a graduate of the Tunkhannock High School, class of 1968. Irene was a well-known mail carrier in Laceyville, on the Rural Route No. 1. She was employed by the U.S. Postal Service for more than 20 years, retiring in January 2007. Irene was a loving wife, mother, homemaker and an especially devoted grandmother. Being "Nanny" to seven grandchildren was her life's greatest joy. She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Thomas S. Comstock; her children and grandchildren: daughter Tamra (Jayne) and her husband, Keith Mock, and their children, Eric, Kaleigh, Brooke and Cortney, of Shillington, Pa.; son Christopher Comstock, of Newark, Del.; daughter Theresa (Jayne) and her husband, Mark Rose, and their children, Cory and Andrew, of Athens, Pa.; and son Brian and his wife, Trish Comstock, and their son, Landon, of Mechanicsburg, Pa. One of seven children, she is also survived by her siblings, Thomas H. Severcool of Factoryville, Pa., Karen Bowman of Rush, Pa.; David Severcool of Wyalusing, Pa.; Michael Severcool, of Wyalusing, Clint Severcool of Vermont and Joan Newhart of Wyalusing; as well as an aunt, Alice (Lewis) Dennison; and many other family members and friends. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 25, at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main Street, Laceyville, with Rev. Ken Small of the Skinners Eddy United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be in the North Flat Cemetery, in Laceyville. Family and friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers those wishing may make memorial donations to the charity of their choice. - Published in the Towanda Daily Review on 3/23/2008.
SHANER - C. Lester Shaner, 76, of Montgomery, died Saturday, March 22, 2008, at the Gatehouse in Williamsport. Born November 22, 1931, in Penn Township, Lycoming County, he was a son of the late Steven M. and Alberta M. Houseknecht Shaner. He and his wife, the former Beverly L. Barto, would have celebrated 52 years of marriage on June 16. Lester was a U.S. Navy veteran serving in the Korean War. He was previously employed with Kepner Farm Supply, the former Centerstate Amesite and ACI, Muncy. Lester enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a son, Andrew S. Shaner of Clarkstown; three daughters, Sandra L. Shaner of El Paso, Texas, Ann Hartman of Sonestown and Diane Brelsford of Mt. Joy; two sisters, Jean Strait of Ft. Littleton and Vivian Kellander of Muncy; seven grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Lester was preceded in death by a son, George H. Shaner; a brother, Howard P. Shaner; and a sister, Betty Lou Woods. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, at the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water St., Hughesville, with Pastor Jerry L. Caswell officiating. Burial will follow in Twin Hills Memorial Park. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 23 Mar 2008
SIMBECK - Lawrence O. Simbeck, 73, died Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at Manor Care South. Larry retired from Hall’s Motor Transit. He was born in Dubois, Sept. 20, 1934, was a Marine veteran of the Korean War and a lifetime member of VFW Post 7863 Duboistown. Surviving is his wife of 38 years, the former Betty T. O’Patrny. A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father“. Philippians 2: 10-11. Knight-Confer Funeral Home. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 21 Mar 2008
SNYDER - Sebring, Fla. | Raymond L. Snyder, 71, of 226 Maranatha Blvd., Sebring, formerly of Lindley, N.Y., died Friday, March 21, 2008 after a long illness. He was a retired manager of manufacturing for Ingersoll Rand and Dresser Rand. Survivors include his wife, Joann Snyder, of Sebring; two sons, Craig R. Snyder of Bath and Brian Snyder of Houston, Texas; his brother, Ralph Snyder of Tioga, Pa. and his sister, Myra Newland of Venice. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Elk Creek Cemetery, Borden. Arrangements are by H.P. Smith & Son Inc. Funeral Home, 1607 Main St., Woodhull. - Corning Leader, 23 Mar 2008
SOWDEN - Albert J. Sowden, 79, of Wilmot Township, PA, well-known area resident, died on Sunday, March 16, 2008 at his home, Stonehedge Farm, with his loving family at his side. Al was born Feb. 7, 1929 in Philadelphia, PA, a son of the late Albert J., Sr. and Marie M. Engard Sowden. He graduated from high school in Philadelphia and married the former Irene T. Jakubowski of Hanover Green on May 29, 1948. He met Irene at a dance while she was attending the Philadelphia General Hospital School of Nursing. He was a general contractor in the Philadelphia area for many years, moving to Wilmot in 1970. He continued as a contractor in the Bradford-Sullivan County area until he became the claims supervisor for Tuscarora Wayne Mutual Insurance Company in 1979. He retired from T-W Insurance in 1997 and continued with them as a consultant for the building and grounds until his death. Al was a very active member of St. Mary’s of the Assumption Catholic Church in Wyalusing. He was also very active with many civic organizations in the Wyalusing area and would help out at Christmastime portraying Santa Claus at many events over the years. He was also a member of the Eagles Mere Country Club. Surviving are his spouse, Irene, at home; a daughter and son-in-law, Donna and James Flader of New Tripoli; two sons and daughter-in-law, James and Carol Sowden of New Hope and Robert R. Sowden of Stroudsburg; sister, Mrs. Ann Scire of Long Island, NY; sister-in-law, Helen Reh of Wilkes-Barre; grandchildren, James Sowden of Austin, TX and Janel Sowden of Manhattan, NY and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a daughter, Patricia Sowden in July of 1981; brother, Paul and sisters, Adelaide Willey and Jean McCourt. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, March 19 at 11 a.m. at St. Basil’s Church, Dushore, with the Rev. Philip S. Rayappan, his former pastor, presiding, and Rev. Joseph J. Manarchuck, Pastor of St. Mary’s Church; Rev. Patrick J. McLaughlin, Pastor of Christ the King Church, Blakeslee and the Rev. Patrick S. Cortese, retired, con-celebrating. Interment was in St. Basil’s Cemetery. Friends called on Wednesday morning at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of the service. As it is Holy Week, the church cannot accept flowers. The family requests that memorials be directed to St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church, RR4, Box 4003, Wyalusing, PA 18853 or the Wyalusing Public Library, PO Box 98, Wyalusing, PA 18853. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore. - Wyalusing Rocket Courier, 20 Mar 2008
SPANGLER Hazel M., Age 88, of Horseheads, NY, died on Sunday, March 23, 2008, in Fayetteville, NY. She was born on March 29, 1919 in Spring Grove, PA, to the late Ammon and Sadie (Gentzler) Stover. Hazel was predeceased by her husband, Charles Spangler in 2007. Survivors include her daughters, Vicki (Craig) McKenna of Newton, MA, Carol (Ron) Hauck of Fayetteville, NY, and Tina (Doug) McCoach of Baltimore, MD; son, Charles (Donna) Spangler Jr. of Niskayuna, NY; grandchildren, Jason, Laura and David Spangler, Jennifer (Bruno) Tramontozzi, Eric McKenna, Erin, Sara and Brian Hauck, Kaitlyn and Kendall McCoach. Hazel was a longtime employee of Iszards Dept. Store and a 50 year member of Lake Street Presbyterian Church. Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, March 26th, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Lake Street Presbyterian Church, 300 Lake St., Elmira, NY. A Graveside Service for Hazel will follow at 1 p.m. in Bath National Cemetery. The family would like to thank the staff at Bethany Courtyards for the care that Hazel received during her stay.
STITZER - Marbeth S. Foster, 76, of Woolrich died surrounded by family on March 20, 2008 after an extended battle with aplastic anemia. She was born May 7, 1931 in Mahanoy City PA to the late Wayne and Gladys Stitzer. She graduated from Mahanoy City High School in 1949, and she married William H. Foster on March 21, 1959. Marbeth and Bill lived in Reading PA prior to moving to Woolrich in 1960, when Bill accepted a faculty position in the art department at (then) Lock Haven State College. Marybeth’s accomplishments and involvement in the lives of those around her and in her community are too numerous to list. Her most important “projects” were her children, Rebecca, Christopher and Kenneth. Prior to their arrival, Marbeth earned a Registered Nurse degree from Hazleton State Hospital in 1952 and worked as a nurse at Shenandoah State Hospital and later as a private duty nurse. While raising the children, she served in many volunteer capacities at Akeley School, Lock Haven High Schools, Lock Haven Faculty Dames, and Lock Haven Hospital Auxiliary, where she was especially proud to serve on their scholarship committee. She served on the Board of Directors for the Millbrook Playhouse; she and Bill spent many hours over the years helping at Millbrook in numerous valuable ways. She was also a “founding member” of the Foxy Ladies, a local group whose weekly meetings at Fox’s Restaurant resulted in volunteer and fundraising efforts for several local organizations, primarily Millbrook Playhouse. From 1982 to 1992, she worked as the facilitor for the Homemaker Help Service for Clinton County. Her friends and family will remember her as an energetic, caring person who never hesitated to help others. From feeding “starving artists” to cleaning muddy flood-wrecked homes and clothes, Marbeth was always there for everyone. She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Bill; children, Rebecca of Pinckney MI, Christopher of Los Angeles CA, and Ken of New Orleans LA; son-in-law Bob Weisenberger and grandsons Vonn and Ryne; sister Barbara of Annapolis MD; brother John of Great Falls VA; and granddogs Brando, Zephyr, Sula, Rocky and Boo. She was preceded in death by brothers Wayne and Pete. A celebration of Marbeth’s life will be scheduled by the family at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lock Haven Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship Fund, 25 Cree Drive, Lock Haven PA 17745, Millbrook Playhouse, PO Box 161, Mill Hall PA 17751 (www.millbrookplayhouse.com) or the Sula Foundation, PO Box 3780, New Orleans, LA 70117 (www.sulafoundation.org). - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 23 Mar 2008
SYLVANIO - William C. Sylvanio, 61, of Pottstown, Pa., died Tuesday, March 18, 2008, at Coatesville Veterans Hospital. Born September 2, 1946, in Williamsport, he was the son of Carmine Sylvanio and Margaret Sylvanio Burkhart. William is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Vivian, daughters Michelle and Margaret of Jersey Shore and JoAnn Watts of Columbus, IN, sons William of Jersey Shore and William III of Rauchtown, step daughters, Violet, Lisa and Debbie Rook, step son David Rook, brothers John, Carl and Robert Burkhart of Jersey Shore, sisters Donna Ranck of Williamsport and Joanne Yetter of Nisbet, many grandchildren, step grandchildren, nieces and nephews. William was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Joseph C. Sylvanio, and a step son, William Rook. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 21 Mar 2008
THOMPSON - Anna T. White, 92, formerly of 349 Oak Street, Jersey Shore, died Monday, March 17, 2008, in the Manor Care Health Center in Jersey Shore. Born September 6, 1915, in Springfield, Illinois, she was the daughter of Edward Thompson and the former Della McKinney. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles S. White, on January 3, 1984. They were united in marriage in 1937. Funeral services will be Thursday, March 20, 2008, at 11 a.m. in the Frederick B. Welker Funeral Home, 125 N. Main Street, Jersey Shore. Friends may call from 10 a.m. Thursday until time of services in the funeral home. Burial will be in the Jersey Shore Cemetery. Father Thomas Petro will officiate. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 19 Mar 2008
TUTTLE - ESPOSITO Ethel G.
97, died Sunday, March 23, 2008, at Ashton Healthcare in Athens, PA. Born November 3rd, 1910 in Buchanan, NY, the daughter of the late Geneva Gardner Tuttle and George Tuttle. Ethel moved to Chemung in 1947. She is survived by her son, Richard Erdely of Covina, CA; a special foster son, Stanley Stromitis of Waverly; 14 grandchildren and three foster children. Ethel was also predeceased by former husband, Ralph Esposito and son, Joseph Erdely. A Memorial Service to celebrate her life will be held Saturday, March 29th, 2008, at 7:00 p.m. at the Luckner Funeral Home, 449 Park Avenue, Waverly, NY, with Pastor Steven Reynolds officiating. Internment will be in Lockwood Cemetery, Lockwood, NY, at the convenience of the family. Those wishing may direct memorial donations in Ethel's name to the charity of their choice. Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/26/2008.
VAN GINHOVEN - Franklin Martin Van Ginhoven, 79, died Sunday, March 16, 2008, at his home in Florida, after a brief illness. Franklin was born on April 2, 1928 in Carlstadt, NJ and grew up in Queens, NY. He was the third of six children of Jack and Louise (Herde) Van Ginhoven. His family moved to Acidalia, NY in 1947, where his parents ran a dairy farm. Franklin graduated from Newton High School in 1946. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1945 - 1947. He worked for the Erie, Erie-Lackawanna and Conrail railroads as a trackman, brakeman, and conductor for 41 years. After his retirement, he and his wife, Elva (Gillette) moved to Florida to live out their golden years. They were married for 50 years when Elva predeceased Frankin on December 8, 2005. Franklin is remembered by his family and friends as being a hard working individual. He had a knack for telling stories and will always be remembered for his generosity, and wonderful sense of humor. He is survived by his son, Paul and Chris (Lynch) Van Ginhoven of Jefferson, NY; daughter, Eileen Bernitt of Corning, NY; daughter and son-in-law, Mike and Rachel Gustina of Corning, NY; son, Franklin (Sam) and Sarah (Acome) Van Ginhoven of Gibsonton, FL; and daughter and son-in-law, Tim and Kristin Hall of Gibsonton, FL. He is also survived by grandchildren, Kenneth Bernitt, Jr - his devoted caregiver and companion, Richard Van Ginhoven, Paul Van Ginhoven, Joseph Desiderio, Jennifer (Bernitt) DeLaCruz, Rebecca (Bernitt) Riznyk, Melissa (Van Ginhoven) Hyde, Lynette (Beach) Mills, Billie Joe Van Ginhoven, Sam Van Ginhoven, Megan Hall, Corey Hall, and Daniel Gustina; and 11 great-grandchildren. Franklin was predeceased by his wife, Elva Mae (Gillette) Van Ginhoven; son, Richard Van Ginhoven; son-in-law, Kenneth Bernitt, Sr.; and his best friend, Dinky. A Memorial service will be held at his home at 11122 Mark Hamilton Drive, Gibsonton, FL 33534, on March 23, 20080 at 2:00 p.m., with a reception to follow after the service. Memorial contributions may be directed to Resident Activity Fund, Steuben County Health Care Facility, 7002 Mt. Washington Rd., Bath, NY 14810; or the ASPCA. - Corning Leader, 19 Mar 2008
WREDE - Jeffrey D. Wrede, 42, of 316 Hill St., South Williamsport, died suddenly on Sunday, March 16, 2008 at his home. He and his wife, the former Bobbi J. Holdren would have observed their 8th wedding anniversary on July 5, 2008. Jeff served in the Marines, was a member of Moose Lodge #145 in South Williamsport, loved people and the outdoors. Born August 20, 1965 in Muncy Valley, he was the son of Karl M. and Bonnie J. Eberlin Wrede. Surviving in addition to his wife are his mother, Bonnie J. Eberlin and stepfather, Bob of Hughesville; father, Karl M. Wrede and his stepmother, Shirley Blakey of Williamsport; daughters, Sierra N. and Kayla M. both at home; brother, Herbert J. Bloxsom Jr. of Pittsburgh; sister, Teresa L. Mosier of Picture Rocks; maternal grandmother, Eleanor Puderbach of Picture Rocks and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Kenneth M. and Pauline A. Wrede and maternal grandfather, Byron K. Puderbach. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Knight-Confer’s, 1914 Memorial Ave., with Pastor Ron D. Savits officiating. There will be a visitation from 9 to 11 a.m. Burial will be at Wildwood Cemetery. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 20 Mar 2008
YEAGER - LEWIS Yvonne "Auntie", Age 67, of Elmira Heights, NY, formerly of Jacksonville, FL, went home to be with her Lord on Thursday, March 20, 2008. She was predeceased by her mother and stepfather, Mary (Denise) Catter-Lewis (Watkins Glen); father, John R. Yeager I; brother, John R. Yeager II (Watkins Glen); brother-in-law, Pete Papantonatos (Pompano Beach, FL); and is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Lacinda and Robert Lewis-Erle of NY; sister, Marilyn Papantonatos of Jacksonville, FL; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira, on Wednesday, March 26th, from 4 to 5 p.m. Her memorial service will follow at 5 p.m. Rev. Patricia Perry will officiate. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember Yvonne through donations to the American Heart Assoc. Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/24/2008.
YODER - Melody D. Baysore, 52, formerly of Milton, died Thursday,
March 20, 2008, at her home in Schenevus, New York. Born on April 2, 1955,
in Lewisburg, she was a daughter of the late Francis and V. Maxine (Burrows)
Yoder. She and her husband of 28 years, Lester C. Baysore, were married
May 12, 1979. Following graduation from Warrior Run High School in 1974,
Melody went to work as an aide at the Blue Hill Nursing Home in Northumberland
for a short time. She then worked as a cabinet inspector with the former
Zenith in Watsontown until the plant closed. She attended the Twin Hills
Church of the Nazarene, Muncy. Melody was a devoted wife, a loving mother
and a proud grandmother. Surviving in addition to her husband are a daughter,
Melissa Ann Baysore of Mifflinburg; a son Matthew Scott Baysore of Lewisburg;
a granddaughter, Lailah Skyi Barto; a grandson, Anthony Caleb Baysore;
one sister, Sharon Foltz of Sunbury; and three brothers, Barry Yoder of
Lock Haven, Keith Yoder of Lewisburg and Merrill Yoder of Mifflinburg.
Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, March 24, at Cronrath-Grenoble
Funeral Home, 308 Main St., Watsontown, where the funeral will be held
at 11 a.m. on Tuesday. Officiating will be the Rev. Mike Watson, pastor
of the Twin Hills Church of the Nazarene. Burial will follow in Twin Hills
Memorial Park, Muncy. The family will provide the flowers and suggests
memorial contributions be made to Catskill Area Hospice & Pallative
Care, 542 Main St., Oneonta, NY 13820. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 22 Mar
? - Blanche A. Noel, loving mother and grandmother, of 237 Sechler Drive, Montoursville, the home she shared with her family, died Monday, March 17, at the age of 77, surrounded by her family. Blanche was married to Donald C. Noel, who died in 1972. They had two daughters, Joy Yoder (Dave), Gail Nicoletta (Mike), and seven grandchildren, April Stewart (David), Robert “RJ” Klobchar (Tilaka), Brian Klobchar (Tiffany), Justin Klobchar, Jordan Klobchar, Noel Nicoletta and Dominic Nicoletta, along with five great grandchildren, Satya, Katelyn, Trinity, Selena and Landon. A private service for family will be on Friday, March 21, in Washington, Pa. Burial will be at the Howe Cemetery, California, Pa. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 20 Mar 2008
? - Lois Schaumberg/Berry, 84, of Madison Avenue, died Friday, March 21, 2008, at Hornell Gardens following a short illness. She was a house wife and mother and she had been employed at the former Marion/Rohr Textile in Hornell. She also managed Tracy’s Point Fish Camp at Lake Panasoffkee, Fla. Survivors include one daughter, Linda Schaumberg/Clutter of Homosassa, Fla.; four sons, Robert Schaumberg of Ithaca, Stephen Schaumberg, Michael Schaumberg, all of Canisteo, and Ronald Schaumberg of Hornell; two sisters, Thelma Grenthal of Hornell and Betty Maine. Calling hours are from 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Monday at the H.P. Smith & Son, Inc. Funeral Home, 29 E. Main St., Canisteo. Services will be held there at the conclusion of calling hours at 8 p.m. Monday with the Rev. Brian Diffenbacher officiating. Burial will be in Rural Cemetery in Hornell. - Corning Leader, 23 Mar 2008