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.
ABRAMS - Mrs. Reva Abrams Caswell, 76, of RR2, Box 280, Wyalusing, PA, died on Monday, April 28, 2008, at Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock. Reva was born in Wyalusing on April 29, 1931, the daughter of the late William P. and Anna B. Knowles Abrams. Growing up in Wyalusing, Reva graduated from Wyalusing High School, where she was the valedictorian of the Class of 1949. She was the wife of the late Richard “Dick” Caswell, who died on April 10, 2007. They opened Caswell’s IGA on Main St. in Laceyville in April 1978. Both Reva and Dick retired from the grocery business in 1991. Being very involved in community affiliations and events in Wyalusing and Laceyville, she was very active in the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church and a member of the Presbyterian Women of the Lackawanna Presbytery. Also, Reva loved music, and she was a member of the Wyalusing Musical Society. Surviving are her children, Diana Caswell of Frankfort, NY, Rick and Diane Caswell of Narvon and Bill and Lisa Caswell of Pittsburgh; also her grandchildren, Sarah Caswell of Brooklyn, NY, Nathan Caswell of Wilmington, DE and Bryan and Matthew Caswell of Pittsburgh. Reva is also survived by her brother and his wife, Tom and Sylvia Abrams of Wysox; a sister-in-law, Gertrude Caswell of Laceyville; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bob and Joan Caswell of Wyalusing. She is also survived by her very special friends, the John Smalser family, the Jeff Sharer family and Gwen Pickett, all of Wyalusing. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her two sisters, Genevieve Kelly and Bernice Arey. Memorial services will be held on Friday, May 2, at 11 a.m. from the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Barry Ballard, her pastor, officiating. Interment will be in the Lacey St. Cemetery in Laceyville at the convenience of the family. The Caswell family will furnish their own flowers for the memorial service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church, c/o Mrs. Marilyn Ross, PO Box 25, Wyalusing, PA 18853. Arrangements were made through the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville. Submitted by Carol Brotzman. Wyalusing Rocket May 1, 2008
Remembering Reva - by Ree Ann Ross - 5/1/2008 Wyalusing Rocket Dear
This week, Riverside Drive, Wyalusing, lost another worker of the community in the passing of Reva Abrams Caswell. She served on the election board for many years. A member of the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church, she helped Pat Hoffman with leading the junior choir, and I am sure many children of the community remember her as theira leader. She served in many capacities of the church family. Upon the untimely passing of Doris Howard, Reva took over many of her duties—keeping books, sending cards to members, etc. Another one of her many things she volunteered for was librarian at the Wyalusing Public Library. I remember her helping students find research books and talking with them about things she was well versed on herself. Mrs. Caswell suffered many health problems in the last few years, but always persevered each and every one of them. She lost her leg, but took driving lessons and eventually drove her car. She suffered heart problems, as well, but never let anything get her down. She always said “she would make out somehow,” and she did. When I was going through the illness of my own mother, she was there to help me by talking to me, listening to me and letting me confide in her and telling me she was there for me. Well, I want to publicly let everyone, as well as her own family, know that I considered her my other “Mom,” and tell them that I will miss her. I am privileged and happy to have known this great and valiant woman. God bless you, Reva. Ree Ann Ross, Sugar Run, PA Submitted by Carol Brotzman.
AUL - Mary M. Weaver, age 60, of 134 Mohawk Drive, Hughesville, died Sunday, April 13, 2008 at the Muncy Valley Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit, in Muncy. She and her husband, Carl G. Weaver, would have celebrated 20 years of marriage this October 15th. Mary was born in NuMine, PA, Armstrong Co., on June 7, 1947, a daughter of Arthur and Nancy (Cecchine) Aul. Mary retired from the Skilled Nursing Unit at Muncy Valley Hospital on February 3, 1996. She had worked as a Certified Nurses Aid there since 1988. Mary loved spending time with her grandchildren and meeting her friends from Muncy Valley Hospital for lunches. She took great pride in her home, and enjoyed cooking and baking during the holidays for her family and friends. Mary is survived by her mother, Nancy Stavisky of Hughesville, her husband Carl G. Weaver with whom she lived, one daughter; Nancy L. (James) Edkin of Picture Rocks, one son; Michael B. (Elizabeth) Longstreth of Hughesville, one step-daughter; Chrissie G. Daily of Williamsport, two brothers; Arthur (Patty) Aul of Avon Park, Fl, Herbert (Carol) Aul of Hughesville, four grandchildren; Robert and Emily Edkin, Joseph and Michael Daily, several nieces nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Mary is predeceased by her father, Arthur Aul. Funeral services will be held at 11AM Wednesday, at the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 East Water Street, Hughesville, with the Pastor Isaac Wilson, of the Route 405 Church of God, officiating. Burial will be in Twin Hills Memorial Park, Muncy. Friends will be received at the funeral home on Wednesday from 10 to 11 AM. The family suggests memorial contributions be made in Mary’s name to the Muncy Valley Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit, 215 East Water Street, Muncy, PA 17756 or the Susquehanna Home Hospice, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701. – Williamsport Sun Gazette, 15 April 2008
BARDO - Clyde E. Bardo Jr., 78, of 299 Willits Road, Jersey Shore, died Friday, April 18, 2008, at Rose View Center. Clyde was predeceased by his wife, the former Arlene E. Cohan on Dec. 13, 1995. Clyde was an Army Veteran of the Korean War and retired from Textron. Clyde was a member of the Mummers Association, S.O.S. Singles Club and involved with Boy Scouts for many years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. Born October 4, 1929, in Piatt Twp., the son of Clyde E. and Gula J. Young Bardo Sr. Surviving are sons, Kenneth W. of South Williamsport, Gary E. of Newville, and Mark A. of Williamsport; a brother, Robert L. of Jersey Shore and a sister, Emily Jane Scaife of Williamsport. Funeral Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday at Knight-Confer’s, 1914 Memorial Ave. with Pastor Connie A. Waugh officiating. Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. – Williamsport Sun Gazette, 20 April 2008
BEITER - Brenda C. Decker, 43, of 109 Washington Blvd., died at home April 26, 2008. Born Nov. 30, 1964, in Williamsport, she was a daughter of Walter and Grace Beiter Decker. Brenda was employed by Wal-Mart in Montoursville. Surviving is a brother, Bruce Decker of Williamsport and a sister, Bonnie (James) Boden of Cogan Station. She is also survived by five nieces and nephews. The funeral and burial will be held at the convenience of the family. Crouse Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. – Williamsport Sun Gazette, 30 April 2008
BROUSE Kenneth Samuel, Sr. - Kenneth Samuel Brouse, Sr., 74, of 213 North Street, Horseheads, NY, and formerly of Hollidaysburg, PA, died Saturday, May 3, 2008, at Cayuga Medical Center, Ithaca. Born September 14, 1933, in Lewisburg, PA, he was a son of the late Wesley and Caroline (Shannon) Brouse. His wife of 37 years, the former Barbara Lockwood, died in 1988. He and his current wife of 17 years, the former Bernita Ingersoll, were married in 1991. A 1951 graduate of Lewisburg High School, he earned an Engineering degree from Bucknell University in 1955. In 1974 he received his Master's degree in Vocational Education from Penn State University. Ken worked for Sylvania in Altoona, where he became a member of the Quarter Century Club, and later went to work for Phillips in Seneca Falls, New York. He retired in 2004 from his electrical engineering position with Toshiba Westinghouse, Elmira. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Geneva, NY. Ken was an avid golfer and a huge fan of the Philadelphia Phillies. A caring father and wonderful grandfather, he will be lovingly missed. Surviving in addition to his wife, Bernita, of Horseheads; are two sons, Kenneth S. (Linda) Brouse II of Bedford, PA and Steven R. Brouse of W. Palm Beach, FL; two daughters, Katherine L. (Michael) Ford of Hollidaysburg, PA and Elizabeth A. Winnek of Geneva, NY; a stepdaughter, Janice Malphrus of Horseheads; one brother, Marlyn Brouse of Lewisburg; one sister, Evelyn (Richard, Sr.) Mabus of Lewisburg, 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his first wife he was preceded in death by a brother, Harold W. Brouse, who died April 28, 2008; and a stepdaughter, Kathy Ball Raker, who died in 1993. Friends will be received on Wednesday, May 7, from 10:30 a.m. until noon at St. John's United Church of Christ, 1050 Buffalo Road, Lewisburg, where the funeral will be held at noon. Burial will follow in Lewisburg Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at a later date in the Horseheads area. The family will provide the flowers and suggests memorial contributions be made to the Ronald McDonald House Charities, Attn: Charitable Accounting, One Kroc Drive, Oak Brook, IL 60523. The Cronrath-Grenoble Funeral Home, S. 2nd and St. Louis Streets, is assisting the family. Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/5/2008.
CAIN - Nellie “Pearl” Liska, 91, formerly of Linn Street Manor, died Thursday, April 10, 2008 at Sycamore Manor, where she had been a resident for four years. Born December 2, 1916 in Jacksonburg, W.Va., she was the daughter of Henry and Bessie Cain. Pearl enjoyed being outdoors, quilting, knitting, reading and playing cards, but the joy of her life was being with her family. Surviving are her daughter, CeCe (Rev. Ronald) Kelly of city; her son, Donald (Darr) Moore of Orlando, Fla.; seven grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; her brother, Julian Cain, Wheeling, W.Va., and her sisters, Edith Wise, of So. Charleston, W.Va., and Betty Berry of Marietta, Ohio. She was predeceased by three sisters. In keeping with Pearl’s wishes, there will be no visitation or public service. The family will have a graveside service in Granville Center Cemetery, Bradford County, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions, in Pearl’s name to Sycamore Manor, 1445 Sycamore Road, Montoursville, PA 17754. Sanders Mortuary, Ltd. is assisting the family. – Williamsport Sun Gazette, 12 April 2008
CALDERA -Mario Caldera, 82, of South Williamsport, died on April 14, 2008. Born to Modesta and Mario Caldera on May 21, 1925, he married Evelyn Klindt on June 30, 1946, and together raised a family of five. Mario was manager of Dundee Clothes for 31 years and Manager/Executive Secretary of the Williamsport Parking Authority for 19 years. Mario served on both the South Williamsport Area School Board of Directors and the Williamsport Area Community College Board for 12 years each. Mario loved cooking, camping, traveling, boating, bowling and gardening with family and friends. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years. Children and grandchildren. Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by a memorial service at Charles M. Noll Funeral Home, 1 East Central Avenue , South Williamsport. The family will provide flowers. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 63 North Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701; or the American Diabetes Assoc., 65 East Elizabeth Ave. 502, Bethlehem, PA 18018; or the American Heart Association, 1019 Mumma Road, Wormleysburg, PA 17043; or Susquehanna Home and Hospice, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17702. – Williamsport Sun Gazette, 17 April 2008
CARL - Dr. Kenneth E. Carl, 94, died peacefully Monday, April 21, 2008 in the Valley View Nursing Center. He was born May 5, 1913, son of Lynn B. and Carolyn Krise Carl. He was married to the former Marion Eves Confer for 62 years before she died in 2000. He graduated from the Williamsport High School class of 1931. Dr. Carl received his B.S. degree in Industrial Education and his Doctorate of Education in School Administration from the Pennsylvania State University. His visionary thesis was titled “A Plan for Comprehensive Public Junior College Education for the State of Pennsylvania.” Dr. Carl worked as a draftsman for Avco Mfg. Corp., now Lycoming Engines, as a mechanical drafting teacher at Williamsport High School, and as drafting teacher and department head at the Williamsport Technical Institute. He became the Coordinator in 1947, and served as the Director of the Williamsport Technical Institute from 1952-1965.Under his progressive direction, the Institute created a unique method for valuating the work potential of severely physically and mentally handicapped candidates for vocational rehabilitation. He broke down the barriers against training programs for those of limited educational and cultural backgrounds. On four occasions he testified to U.S. Congressional committees on the need for and improvement of vocational and technical education, manpower training, and retraining and rehabilitation of the physically handicapped in the United States. He was the author of many articles on vocational education and training for the physically handicapped. He also was the author of a study on unemployment in the State of PA entitled, “Training for Employment”, a study of the training possibilities for the unemployed in PA. Dr. Carl was the consultant on training, education, and future planning for many public, private and government agencies. He was a consultant for the PA Dept. of Labor, Commerce, and Public instruction, a member of the Advisory Board of the State Board of Education, and the Educational Consultant to the Pennsylvania Rehabilitation Center in Johnstown, PA. Dr. Carl was active in the work of the National Council of Aging and in 1966 at the National Conference presented his paper, “Vocational Diagnosis vs. Simple Testing Programs for Selection and Training for Older Workers.” Dr. Carl signed the Community College Act of 1963 in Congress with Governor Scranton and immediately worked to change the Technical Institute into a community college so that everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity or economic standing, could have the opportunity of a college education. Dr. Carl personally convinced 80 school districts to join the college and pay one-third tuition for each student from their school district who attended WACC. One third would be paid by the state of PA and only one-third would need to be paid by the student. From 1965 to 1973, Dr. Carl was the first President of Williamsport Area Community College, now The Pennsylvania College of Technology. The Kenneth E. Carl Building Trades Center was named for him in 1981.Under his leadership, WTI and WACC became world renowned for the quality of its instruction. After studying here foreign students from over 14 countries including Pakistan, Sudan, Thailand, Afghanistan, Africa, and Iraq, returned to their country to start similar technical schools and colleges. Because of the education, support and encouragement they received in Williamsport, they were able to make revolutionary changes in their own country. Many of these men continued writing or visiting Dr. Carl until his death. He served on many local and at least 12 state and national educational boards for vocational, technical education and education of the physically and mentally handicapped. Dr. Carl received many awards for his outstanding contributions including the very prestigious National Rehabilitation Association’s Bell Greve Award for “his ability, ingenuity and leadership” in “persistent attempts at the untried to break down the even more rigid barriers against training programs for those of limited educational and cultural background,” presented in Denver, CO. He influenced thousands of men and women to achieve their dreams of education, training and a competitive job they were proud of. After his retirement, Dr. Carl enjoyed his hobby of bird carving, which began when two carving chisels washed up on the beach at Ocean City and jabbed his foot. He picked up a piece of driftwood and carved his first bird. He used local and exotic hardwoods to carve songbirds, ducks and eagles, which many legislators and congressmen, governors and bird-lovers cherish. More important than all these accomplishments, Kenny treated everyone with dignity and respect. He had a servant’s heart and his door was always open to others. Dr. Carl was a life-long member of the First United Methodist Church where he has held many positions of leadership. He also had been an active member of the Williamsport Kiwanis Club. He was preceded in death by his wife Marion, and his sister Eleanor Kehrer. In addition to his sister, Alice Maguire of Oak Lawn, IL; he is survived by his daughters Joann (James) Ertel of DuBoistown, Marilyn (David) Seeling of Trout Run and Susan (John) Best of Williamsport; his grandchildren Natalie (Eric) Grimes, Marion (Christopher) Burgess, Drew (Sadie) Seeling, Julie (Curtis) Chilson, Christy Seeling, Michael Best, Kenneth (Shana) Ertel, Melanie (Erik) Hofstrom, and Daniel Seeling. He has 9 great-grandchildren, cousins Genevieve Preston and Alice Hospers, four nieces and two nephews. Friends may call at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond Street, between 7-9 p.m. on Sunday, April 27, or between 10 and 11 a.m. on Monday, April 28 in the First United Methodist Christian Life Center, 601 Market Street, Williamsport. A funeral service will be held in the Life Center at 11 a.m. with his pastors the Rev. Richard D. Waters and the Rev. Charles P. Johnson officiating. Burial will be held in Montoursville Cemetery at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Kenneth E. Carl Scholarship Fund, Pennsylvania College of Technology, 1 College Way, Williamsport, PA 17701, or to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund, 2 Ross St., Williamsport, PA 17701. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 23 April 2008
CASWELL - Mr. Richard "Dick" Caswell, age, 77, of RR 2, Box 280, Wyalusing, Pa., died early Tuesday morning, April 10, 2007, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. He was born on Feb. 18, 1930, on Lime Hill, Pa., near Wyalusing, the son of the late Robert and Mervel VanKuren Caswell. Growing up in the Wyalusing area, Dick was a graduate of the first graduating class from the Wyalusing Valley High School, class of 1948. Dick was a butcher and store manager, from 1948 to 1956, for Dibble's Market, in Wyalusing and from 1956 to 1978, for Dibble's Market in Laceyville, Pa. In April 1978, Dick and his wife, Reva, opened Caswell's IGA, on Main Street, in Laceyville. Dick was a long-time member of the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church. He is survived by: his wife, the former Reva Abrams Caswell, at home; children, Diana of Frankfort, N.Y., Rick and Diane of Narvon, Pa., Bill and Lisa of Pittsburg, Pa., Sarah of Brooklyn, N.Y., Nathan, of Wilmington, Del. and Bryan and Matthew of Pittsburgh; his extended family, Tom and Sylvia Abrams of Wysox, Pa., Bob and Joan Caswell of Wyalusing, and Gertrude Caswell, of Laceyville; and special friends, the John Smalser family, the Jeff Sharer family and Gwen Pickett, all of Wyalusing. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Don Caswell. Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 15, at the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Barry Ballard, his pastor, officiating. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in the Lacey Street Cemetery in Laceyville. The Caswell family will furnish their own flowers for the memorial service, but those wishing to make memorial contributions may do so to the Goodwill Fire Co., P.O. Box 207, Laceyville, PA 18623, or to the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church, c/o Mrs. Marilyn Ross, P.O. Box 25, Wyalusing, PA 18853. Arrangements were made through the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main Street, Laceyville. Submitted by Carol Brotzman. 4/11/2007 Daily Review
COLLEY - Lucille M. Rolley, 82, formerly of the 700 block of Grace St. Williamsport, died Friday, April 18, 2008, at Rose View Center. Lucille was born in Williamsport on August 21, 1925. Surviving are her husband of 58 years Abner F. Rolley, also a resident of Rose View Center, four children Sherry A. Rolley of Redwood City, CA, Joseph M. Rolley of Grand Junction, CO, Theresa M. Rolley of Williamsport, Kim F. Rolley of Dallas, PA; two sisters Blanch Wash, Dorothy Trimble, two brothers Carl Colley and Paul Colley. Preceding her in death are a son, Russell W. Rolley and two sisters, Gladys Kime and Martha Rolley, and brothers, Kenny, Donald, and Richard Colley. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Church of the Annunciation, 702 W. Fourth St., at 9 a.m. Monday with her pastor, Rev. John K. Manno officiating. Friends may call at the Crouse Funeral Home 133 E.3rd St. Sunday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery. – Williamsport Sun Gazette, 19 April 2008
COLLEY - Paul L. Colley, 75, of Linden, died Wednesday, April 30, 2008 at his son’s home. Born September 11, 1932 in Williamsport, he was a son of William B. and Catherine M. Armes Colley. He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War, and had worked for the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local 810 and then Local 520. He was also a member of the American Legion, South Williamsport and enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, riding his motorcycle, and mostly spending time with his family. Surviving are his wife of four years Dongmei Chen, four daughters: Calleen (Steven) Haefner of South Williamsport, Heather (Chet) Breon of Strasburg, Lisa (Larry) Hale of Jersey Shore, Karen (David) Harris of CA, two sons Paul (Nancy) Colley, II of Williamsport, and Timothy (Celeste) Colley of Tampa, FL, a step-son Peng Wu of China, 13 grandchildren, five great grandchildren, a brother Carl Colley, and two sisters Blanche Wash and Dorothy Trimble. He was preceded in death by three sisters Gladys Kime, Lucille Rolley, and Martha Rolley, and three brothers Donald, Richard, and Kenneth Colley. Funeral services will be held 11 am Saturday at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St. Williamsport, with Susquehanna Health Chaplain David K. Fishel officiating. Burial will be held in Muncy Cemetery. Friends may call from 10-11 am Saturday at Sanders. Memorial contributions in Paul’s name may be made to Susquehanna Hospice 1100 Grampian Blvd. Williamsport, PA 17701. – Williamsport Sun Gazette, 1 May 2008
CONFER - Mrs. Loretta G. Dauber, 84, of 1132 Towncrest Road, Williamsport, died Monday, April 21, 2008, at The Williamsport Home. Mrs. Dauber was a member of the Third Street United Methodist Church at Williamsport. She retired in 1989 after 17 years of service as a housekeeper at the former Leader Nursing Center - South at Williamsport. Born July 31, 1923, at Collomsville, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Ella Yarrison Confer. Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, F. Ruth and her husband, Kenneth Try of Williamsport; her two granddaughters, Lori Ann Bahr of Williamsport and Kimberly Ann and her husband, Albert Smith of Las Vegas, Nev.; and her three great grandchildren, Garrett Bahr, McKenna Bahr and Sydney Smith. Memorial services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, April 25, 2008, at the Charles M. Noll Funeral Home, 1 East Central Avenue, South Williamsport. Her Pastor, the Rev. Mark F. Reisinger, will officiate. There will be no visitation. The family respectfully declines floral tributes and will provide the flowers. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family at Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery. The family of Mrs. Loretta G. Dauber suggests that contributions in her memory may be made, if so desired, to the Third Street United Methodist Church, 931 E. Third Street, Williamsport, PA 17701. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 23 April 2008
CONTE - Peter A. Conte went to the Lord Monday, April 21, 2008. He is survived by his wife Catherine Dickenson Conte of Wellsboro, whom he married Aug. 13, 1941. Friends and family will be received at the Tussey Mosher Funeral Home, a Life Celebration Home, 139 Main St., Wellsboro, on Thursday from 7 – 9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Wellsboro. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 23 April 2008
COTNER - Susan H. Snell, 58, of 178 Sterling Drive, Muncy, went to meet her Lord on Friday, April 11, 2008, following a short illness. Born August 21, 1949 in Milton, she was a daughter of the late Orville P. and Mary Ellen (Kirkner) Cotner. She and her husband of 38 years, Terry L. Snell, were married October 24, 1969. A 1968 graduate of Montgomery High School, she held many jobs, but always put her family first. For many years she worked for the Muncy school district in the cafeteria, while also serving as Muncy Creek Twp. tax assessor. She totally enjoyed working because she loved meeting people. Sue never met a person she didn’t like, and was known as “Mom” by many. A member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hughesville, she was dedicated to studying the word of God in the bible study group there. She formerly was President of the St. Andrew Lutheran Women in Muncy, where she also served as deaconess for many years. Sue assisted in raising her grandchildren, and still found time to teach sign language to others, along with the assistance of her daughter. Sue loved life, God, kids, dogs and her church. Perhaps all who knew her during her short time on earth were blessed. In addition to her husband, Terry, she is survived by one son, Timothy Snell of Muncy; one daughter, Tami Snell of Muncy and her fiancé, Maurice Rovenolt; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Wesley and Millie Cotner of Okeechobee, Florida and James and Sherry Cotner of Stroudsburg; one sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Bill Fogelman of Muncy and three wonderful grandchildren, Andrew, Elizabeth and Sara. She was preceded in death by a brother, Dave. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15, at Grenoble’s, 121 S. Main St., Muncy, followed by the funeral service at 8 p.m. Presiding will be her minister, Pastor Gregory Davidson. Burial will be held privately in Muncy Cemetery. The family will provide the flowers and suggests memorial contributions be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, Main & Academy Streets, Hughesville, PA 17737. – Williamsport Sun Gazette, 13 April 2008
COTTER - Kathleen M. Eckenroth, 60, of Bushnell, Fl., formerly of Oval, Pa., died Friday, April 25, 2008, at the Hernando Care Center in Brooksville, Fl. Kathleen was born December 22, 1947 in Punxsutany. Kathleen and her husband, Thomas J. Eckenroth, were married on February 14, 1971. Kathy was the owner and operator of the Find It Shop in Oval before moving to Florida in 1983. She enjoyed painting, crafts and doll making. Survivors include her husband, Thomas J. Eckenroth, of Bushnell, Fl.; a son, William “Skip” (Tram) Lundy, of Annandale, Va.; a daughter, Cynthia (Robert) Tharney, of Webster, Fl.; her mother, Jane Cotter, of Webster, Fl.; two brothers, James (Sarah) Cotter, of Webster, Fl. and Tom (Trudy) Cotter of Williamsport, Pa; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Kathy was predeceased by James Cotter (father) and Donald Cotter (brother). Arrangements are being made by Turner Funeral Home, Brooksville Chapel. She will be laid to rest at the Florida National Cemetery. – Williamsport Sun Gazette, 2 May 2008
COYLE - Genevieve Margaret Coyle Hope, age 97, of Lovelton, died peacefully on April 30, 2008. Genevieve was born on Feb. 24, 1911, in Wilmot Township, Bradford County, Pa. She was the only child of the late Clarence John and Anna Veronica Saxe Coyle. She attended the Grant Hill School and married Robert Francis Hope of Lovelton, Pa., on Feb. 3, 1934. Robert predeceased her on Nov. 7, 1958. Genevieve worked on the family farm with her husband and later at the Endicott Johnson Shoe Manufacturing Co. and the Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock, Pa. Genevieve found great pleasure in gardening and working outdoors. Many people were impressed with her green-thumb abilities, particularly with ferns and African violets. Over the years, Genevieve enjoyed having her grandchildren stay with her on the family farm, as well as hosting family gatherings at her home during the holidays. She was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Stowell, as well as its Altar & Rosary Society. Surviving are: three sons and daughter-in-law: Lewis and Jean Hope of Dushore, Pa., William Hope and long-time companion Georgette Smith of Lovelton, and Leo Hope of Lovelton; three daughters and sons-in-law, Helen and Manuel Souto of Rome, Mildred and Harold Prichard of Sugar Run, and Kathryn and Donald Sedlak of Rome; two sons-in-law, Francis Ricci of Dushore and Tom Comstock of Laceyville; 22 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and three nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sons, Arthur Hope of Lovelton, on Oct. 10, 1969, and Joseph Hope of Lovelton, on May 3, 1974; and two daughters, Rose Comstock of Laceyville, Pa., on Jan. 20, 1974, and Patricia Ricci on July 30, 1992. She was also predeceased by two grandsons: Arthur Souto on May 18, 1972, and Stephen M. Sedlak on Jan. 14, 1989; and a great-grandson, Brian W. Barry, on July 16, 2003. According to Genevieve's wishes, private family funeral services were held on Saturday, May 3, 2008, at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Anthony of Padua Church, Stowell, with her pastor, the Rev. Joseph J. Manarchuck, presiding. Interment was in the adjoining parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be directed to the Dushore Ambulance, PO Box 1, Dushore, Pa. 18614. Pallbearers were all grandsons: Scott Hope, Roger Hope, Lewis Hope II, Leo Hope Jr., Brian Comstock, Jim Souto, Tom Souto and Bob Prichard. Submitted by Carol Brotzman. Daily Review on 5/4/2008
DART - Dwain Arthur “Butch” Dart, 64, of 218 Pond Road, Shawboro and Riddle, N.C., formerly of Corning, N.Y., died Tuesday, April 22, 2008 at Albemarle Hospital. He was employed as a general foreman at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard and was a United States Navy veteran serving during Vietnam. Survivors include his mother, Mildred Lesh Dart of Corning, N.Y.; wife, Joy Susanne Williamson Dart of Shawboro; two daughters, Tammy Edwards of Elizabeth City, Marsha Davis of Shiloh; son, Dwain Gilbert Dart of Camden; four sisters, Sally Drabek of Addison, N.Y., Jo Ann Albers of Painted Post, N.Y., Mary Bachoffer of Brooklyn, N.Y., Judy Anderson of Corning, N.Y. Calling hours are 7-8:30 p.m. today, April 23 at Twiford’s Memorial Chapel. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 24 at Riddle Pentecostal Church, the Rev. Roland Cooper and Jon Mason officiating. Burial with military honors will be in West Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements are with Twiford’s Memorial Chapel, 405 E. Church St., Elizabeth City. - Corning Leader, 22 April 2008
DeFONZO - Anthony V. “Tony” DeFonzo, 74, of Norwich, N.Y., died unexpectedly early Tuesday, April 15, 2008, at Wilson Regional Medical Center in Johnson City. Tony was born June 16, 1933, in Jersey Shore, the son of Benedetto and Angeline (Sabatella) DeFonzo. He graduated from Jersey Shore High School in 1953, and then joined the US Army. He served from June 1953 to May 1955, including 18 months in Austria. After his military service, he moved to Syracuse, where he was employed by General Electric. On August 31, 1957, he married Bertha Schibeci at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Norwich. They lived in Syracuse before moving to Norwich, where Tony was employed by Norwich Shoe Company. In 1964, Tony joined Norwich Pharmacal Co, which later became Proctor and Gamble, where he worked as a supervisor in the North Norwich plant until his retirement in 1994. Tony was a member of the Quarter Century Club at P&G, and a life member of the Norwich Elks Club #1222. An active church member of St. Bartholomew’s Church, Tony was a member of the Holy Name Society, and served as a Eucharistic Minister and as Head Usher, and was a third degree knight of the Knights of Columbus. Tony was well respected in the community and leaves behind many friends. Above all, Tony will be remembered as a true family man. Besides his family and his church, Tony enjoyed the outdoors and long walks, watching sports, especially Penn State football, and listening to his wife’s beautiful singing and organ and piano playing. Summers spent at Chenango Lake with his family brought him particular pleasure. Tony is survived by his wife of fifty years, Bertha; his sons Wayne DeFonzo and his wife, Susan of Hopewell Junction, N.Y., and Richard DeFonzo of New York City; two sisters, Caroline ‘Bess’ Bamonte and husband Anthony of Syracuse, N.Y. and Elizabeth Fowler of Des Plaines, Ill.; two brothers, Frank DeFonzo and wife Marland of Williamsport and Ben DeFonzo and his wife, Elena of Island Heights, N.J.; and a brother-in-law, A. James Schibeci and his wife Patricia of Norwich. Also surviving are his aunts and uncles, Angelina and Joseph Natoli and Anthony and Theresa Zieno, several nieces and nephews. Tony was predeceased by his parents, a brother, Joseph and Joseph’s wife Zoe. A Mass of Resurrection was held at St. Bartholomew’s Church on Saturday, April 19, with the Rev. Alfred Bebel officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul’s Cemetery. Contributions in Tony’s memory may be made to the Msgr. Festa Scholarship Fund at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Silver St., Norwich, NY 13815. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 23 April 2008
DeGAETANO - Domenica M. “Dee” Bridge, 90, of Hornell, died Wednesday, April 23, 2008 at McAuley Manor after a long illness. She was employed in the cafeteria of the Hornell Middle School, as a retail sales clerk at the former Rosenbaum’s store in Hornell, and as the coordinator for the Hornell Area Transit. Survivors include her daughter, Mary Ann Parmley of Hornell; son, Francis Gallicchio of Hornell; four sisters, Mary Daniels of Rochester, Julia Delaney, Frances Crains and Anne Potter, all of Hornell; brother, Vincent DeGaetano of Hornell. Calling hours are 4-7 p.m. today, April 25 at the Bishop and Johnson Funeral Home, 285 Main St. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 26 at St. Ann’s Church. - Corning Leader, 24 April 2008
DEITRICK - Eleanor R. Greenly, age 83, of 1900 Ravine Road, Williamsport,
died Friday, April 25, 2008, at the Williamsport Home. Eleanor was born
in Williamsport on July 4, 1924, the daughter of Anthony J and Jennie Danneker
Deitrick. She was a homemaker who graduated from the former St. Mary’s
High School here in Williamsport. Eleanor was also employed by the former
GTE Sylvania, the former Big N Dept Store and the former Trimtex Fabrics
Inc. here in Williamsport. Her husband of 56 yrs., Gordon T Greenly died
February 4, 2004. Eleanor was a member of the Church of St. Ann.
Surviving is a son Dennis A. and daughter in law Lynn M. Greenly of Williamsport. Also surviving are 2 grandchildren Nicholas A. and Benjamin T. Greenly as well as a great grandson Trent Greenly all of Pittsburgh. Eleanor was preceded in death by 8 brothers and 1 sister. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Church of St. Ann 1220 Northway Road Williamsport on Friday May 2, 2008 at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery Montoursville. The family will provide the flowers and the arrangements are being handled by the Crouse Funeral Home. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 28 April 2008
DEITRICK - Mary Louise Fenstamaker, 66, of N. Myrtle Beach, formerly of Oval, passed peacefully to be with the Lord Saturday, April 5, 2008 after a long fought battle with cancer. She was born in Williamsport, a daughter of the late Paul and Helen Steppe Deitrick. Mary was a member of Our Lady Star of The Sea Catholic Church in N. Myrtle Beach. She enjoyed taking walks, watching reality TV and spending time with her family. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, DelRoy; a son, Dennis (Sheri) of Little River, S.C.; a daughter, Diane (Tim) Folk of Fayetteville, N.C.; a brother, Charles Deitrick of Longs, S.C.; two sisters, Cecelia Welshans and Marcella Bailey, both of Loganton; and two grandchildren. She was laid to rest on Tuesday, April 8, 2008 at Southeastern Gardens in N. Myrtle Beach. – Williamsport Sun Gazette, 10 April 2008
DINCHER - Margaret A. Jagella, age 84, of Balls Mills, died on Sunday, April 13, 2008 at the Lock Haven Hospital Extended Care
She was born in Bastress on April 29, 1924 the daughter of the late George and Otillia Steinbacher Dincher. She and her husband of nearly 51 yrs., Peter P. Jagella, were married May 4, 1957. Margaret was a homemaker but also did housekeeping and companion aid briefly. She loved to talk about memories with her children. Her favorite activity and the one she took great pride in was gardening. She was a member of the Church of the Annunciation. In addition to her husband, Peter, she is survived by her six children; Peter A. of Cogan Station, Eugene C. of Upton Ma., Stephen L. and Joseph M. of Williamsport, Regina A.(Gary) Barner of Mill Hall and Maragret M.(Jamie) Sauers of Cogan Station. Margaret especially delighted in her grandchildren Matthew Barner and Lauren Sauers. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Church of the Annunciation, West Fourth and Walnut Street, Williamsport on Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. The Rev. John Manno, her pastor, will officiate. Friends may call at the Crouse Funeral Home, 133 East Third Street, Williamsport on Wednesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Lock Haven Hospital Extended Care Unit 24 Cree Drive Lock Haven, Pa. 17745. – Williamsport Sun Gazette, 15 April 2008
EVANS Franklin Evan
died April 8, 2008. He is survived by his son, Brian Evans (Sue), Augusta, GA; wife, Selma Paddock Evans, Ft. Mill, SC; granddaughter, Nicole Evans, Daytona Beach, FL; and his loving brothers and sister, Jimmy Evans (Louise), Bangor, ME, Lloyd Evans (Duree), Geneva, NY, and Thora Smerdon (Emory), Painted Post, NY. He was preceded in death by Brian's mother, Carol Lee Knapp Evans. Frank retired from Corning Glass Works and was a longtime resident of Corning/Big Flats. He had made his home with Selma in Fort Mill, SC, for the past several years. Cremation handled by Bass Funeral Home, Rock Hill, SC.
Published in the Star-Gazette from 5/2/2008 - 5/4/2008.
EVENSEN - Doris M. Kowalchik of 611 North Arch Street, Montoursville,
died on Thursday, April 24, 2008, at home. Her husband of 60 years Michael
E. Kowalchik died March 20, 2005. She was born in Albany, New York and
was the daughter of John and Grace Marshall Evensen. She was a graduate
of Castleton High School and Albany Business College. Doris had worked
a variety of jobs until her children were born, then she became a mother
and homemaker. She volunteered at the Lycoming County S.P.C.A., American
Rescue workers, and the L.A.P.S. Doris is survived by a son, John
Kowalchik, Parma Heights, OH; two daughters, Kathleen Eck, Montoursville
and Susan Kowalchik, Nisbet; three grandchildren; two step grandchildren;
four step great grandchildren. She was predeceased by a brother John Evensen.
In keeping with Doris’s wishes the funeral service will be private. Burial
will be in Twin Hills Memorial Park. The family will provide flowers. The
family suggests that memorial contributions in Doris’s name be made to
the Lycoming County S.P.C.A., 2801 Reach Road, Williamsport, PA 17701 or
to the American Rescue Workers, 643 Elmira St., Williamsport, PA 17701.
Kaufman Funeral Home & Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements. – Williamsport Sun Gazette, 27 April 2008
FALLS - Mabel K. Hawley Poorman, 95, a resident of Muncy, PA, died on Tuesday, April 15, 2008, in the Muncy Valley Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit. Born in Hughesville, Lycoming County, PA, on Monday, September 30, 1912, she was the daughter of the late T. Fuller and Mary (Shannon) Falls. She was the widow of Chester L. Poorman who preceded her in death on December 22, 1974. Mabel was preceded in death by her first husband, Leo C. Hawley, on May 6, 1959. She was a graduate of the former Watsontown High School. Mabel was employed as a sewing machine operator by the former Weldon’s at Muncy, PA retiring in 1970. She was a member of the St. Andrew Evangelical Lutheran Church at Muncy, PA and a member of the Tuesday Study Club and the Rambler’s Club, Inc., Chapter #2. In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by 4 brothers and 2 sisters, T. Theodore Falls, Donald E. Falls who was killed during WW II, Sterling Falls who died in infancy, Raymond Falls, Frances Sandel and MamieBelle Sprought. Graveside funeral services will be conducted in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery at Hughesville at 2:30 P.M. on Friday, April 18, 2008 with Rev. Dr. Donald P. Edwards, her pastor, officiating. Friends may call on Friday from 1:00 - 2:00 P.M. at the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 108 North Main Street, Muncy, PA. The family will provide the flowers. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Susquehanna Home Hospice, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701. – Williamsport Sun Gazette, 16 April 2008
FARLEY Mary F.
Age 95, of Elmira, NY. She was born in Elmira, daughter of the late Matthew and Mary (McKay) Farley and died Sunday, April 27, 2008, at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. She was predeceased by her parents; sister and brother-in-law, Jane Farley Rhode and Leo Rhode; brother, Francis Farley; brother and sister-in-law, James (Bud) and Florence Farley; nephew, Leo F. Rhode; and niece, Carol (James, Jr.) Farley. Mary is survived by her nephews, James Farley, Jr. of Grasonville, MD, Joseph (Marianna) Farley of Horseheads and John (Linda) Farley of Pine City. She retired from the NYS Court of Claims in Elmira and was a longtime communicant of St. Cecilia's Church. There will be no prior calling hours. A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date, to be announced. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember Mary through donations to the Steele Memorial Library, 1010 E. Church St., Elmira, NY 14901. Walter J. Kent Funeral Home is assisting the family. Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/4/2008.
FETZER - Sue M. Bonner, 92, formerly of 440 E. Highland St., Avis, died Monday, April 28, 2008, in the Manor Care Health Center in Jersey Shore. Born Nov. 22, 1915, in Keewaydn, Pa., she was the daughter of Martin Fetzer and the former Viola Reiter. Sue was preceded in death by her husband, John M. Bonner July 10, 1972. They were united in marriage June 24, 1936, in Cumberland, Md. She was retired from Woolrich Inc. and for many years was an active member of the Avis United Methodist Church. Surviving are two daughters, Beverly S. (Edward) Sachetti of Avis and Mary Lou (Mark Gorley) White of Lock Haven; three grandchildren, Lynn M. (Joe) Mauro, Steve E. (Lana) Sachetti and Chris H. (Tracey) White. Also four great grandchildren. Memorial services will be Friday, May 2, at 10 a.m. in the Avis United Methodist Church, 215 Prospect Ave., Avis. Friends may call from 9 a.m. Friday until time of serviced in the church. Burial will be in Rest Haven Memorial Park. The Rev. Malcolm Benton, her pastor, will officiate. Family will provide flowers and suggest memorial contributions be made in her name to the Avis United Methodist Church. Frederick B. Welker Funeral Home, 125 N. Main St., Jersey Shore, is in charge of arrangements. – Williamsport Sun Gazette, 30 April 2008
FIELD - Virginia F. Veley, 93, of Nightengales Assisted Living, Mill Hall, formerly of Jersey Shore, died Thursday, May 1, 2008, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Ashley, Pa., on July 21, 1914, the daughter of the late A. LeRoy and Jane (Ramson) Field. Virginia was retired from Jersey Shore Hospital, where she worked in the business office. She loved flowers, gardening, reading and especially her family. She was a long-time member of the former First Baptist Church of Jersey Shore and taught Sunday School for many years. Virginia was also a member of the Jersey Shore Historical Society, Jersey Shore Women’s Club and the Order of the Eastern Star. Surviving are her two daughters and sons-in-law, Judith and Harry Harter of Jersey Shore and Patricia and Jeffrey Israel of Bristol, CT. Also her grandchildren, Lori (John) White, Susan (Mark) Lehman, Craig Harter, Jonathan Israel and Matthew Israel. She also had six great grandchildren, Alex, Bethany, Caleb, Daniel, Emily and Franklin Lehman. Virginia was also survived by her sister, Lois Field, and her brother, Paul (Delly) Field, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by three sisters, one brother, two nephews and one favorite sister-in-law, Nellie Gorga. The funeral service will be held on Monday, May 5, 2008, at 11 a.m. in the former First Baptist Church, 408 South Main St., Jersey Shore, with Rev. Dr. Larry LeFeber officiating. The viewing will be held in the church sanctuary on Monday from 10 a.m. until time of the service. Final interment will be held in Jersey Shore Cemetery. The family will provide the flowers. If desired, memorial contributions may be sent to Nightengales Assisted Living and Respite Care, 130 Country Club Lane, Mill Hall, PA 17751 or to the Jersey Shore Library, 110 Oliver St., Jersey Shore, PA 17740. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Wayne P. Urbine Funeral Home, 95 E. Main St., Loganton, PA. – Williamsport Sun Gazette, 3 May 2008
FORSBURG - Mr. Richard D. Forsburg, Sr., 78, of 2678 Route 654 Highway, Williamsport, died Thursday, April 10, 2008 at his home. Mr. Forsburg was a member and communicant of the Roman Catholic Church of the Annunciation at Williamsport. Mr. Forsburg was a United States Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. He had served with the Special Weapons Unit, 8461st Army Air Unit at Killeen, Texas. He was a member of the American Legion. Mr. Forsburg retired in 1992 from the Williamsport Area School District. He previously had taught at Williamsport High School, Loyalsock Township secondary schools, and at the former Williamsport School of Commerce. Richard was a member of the National Audubon Society and the National Philatelic Society. Richard also enjoyed woodworking. Born March 28, 1930 at Williamsport, he was the son of the late Donald and Ruth Ingram Forsburg. He and his wife, the former Natalie D. Stopper, were united in marriage on July 4, 1950. Together they observed 57 years of marriage. Surviving in addition to his wife, Mrs. Natalie D. Forsburg at home, are his three sons, Richard D., Jr. and his wife, Karen A. Forsburg of Vestal, N.Y., Gregory W. and his wife, Karen A. Forsburg of Williamsport and Brian K. Forsburg of Williamsport; his five grandchildren, Melissa Jackson, Michelle Forsburg, Cody Forsburg, Kirstie Forsburg, and Emily Forsburg; and his two great grandchildren, Andrea Jackson and Nathan Jackson. In addition to his late parents, he was also preceded in death by his infant son, Robyn Lee Forsburg. Funeral services and the Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, April 14, 2008 at the Roman Catholic Church of the Annunciation, 702 West Fourth Street, Williamsport. His priest, the Rev. Father John K. Manno, will be the celebrant. Interment will immediately follow at Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery. Graveside military honors will be accorded by the Guard of Honor of the Korean War Veterans of Lycoming County, PA. There will be a private family visitation. The family respectfully declines floral tributes and suggests that contributions in memory of Mr. Richard D. Forsburg, Sr., may be made, if so desired, to Susquehanna Regional Home Health Hospice, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701. Arrangements are being directed by the Charles M. Noll Funeral Home, 1 East Central Avenue, South Williamsport. – Williamsport Sun Gazette, 12 April 2008
FOX - John R. Fox, 73, formerly of 1902 W. Third St., died Sunday, April 20, 2008, at Manor Care North. John had worked for Eastern Wood Products and Hope Enterprises. Born Sept. 5, 1934, in Williamsport, he was the son of Thomas P. and Elsie E. Compton Fox. Surviving are a sister, Ruth M. Hinds of Lock Haven and brothers, James P. of Perryville and Joseph R. of Turbotville. In keeping with the deceased wishes, there will be no services. Interment will be in Wildwood Cemetery. Knight-Confer Funeral Home. – Williamsport Sun Gazette, 22 April 2008
FOX - Robert E. “Bob” Fox, 87, of Thompson St., Jersey Shore,
on Friday, April 25, 2008. He was the son of the late Merrill and Mary Siebest Fox. Bob was a retired employee of the PA Dept of Revenue. He was also a retired fireman for Independent Hose Co. of Jersey Shore. He had over 32 years of service. He was a member of LeBelle Vallee Masonic Lodge #232 for over 50 years. He faithfully served on the Jersey Shore Borough Council for 24 years. He was also a dedicated member of Trinity United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Wanda M. Gohl along with his children, Alice Fox (Frank L. Bardo, Jr.) Jersey Shore; David Fox (Deborah) of Nisbet and Kathy Carr (Lester G. Carr, Jr.) of Jersey Shore, four grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Bob’s Life Celebration service will begin with a visitation on Tuesday, April 22, 2008 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Rearick-Carpenter Funeral Home, “A Life Celebration Home,” 1002 Allegheny St., Jersey Shore, with Independent Hose Co. services at 8 p.m. His funeral service will follow on Wednesday at 11 a.m. from Trinity United Methodist Church, 1407 Allegheny St., Jersey Shore, with his pastor Rev. Richard B. Cartwright officiating. Interment will be held at the convenience of his family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to either Trinity United Methodist Church or The Gatehouse at Divine Providence Hospital, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, Pa 17701. – Williamsport Sun Gazette, 28 April 2008
GILBERT - Erin M. Dufresne, 33, of Bath, NY, died April 23, 2007. She was born in Bath on January 28, 1975, the daughter of Edward W. Gilbert Jr. and Katherine Van Gordon Gilbert. She was a licensed, self-employed, massage therapist in Connecticut. She is survived by her father, Edward W. Gilbert Jr., (Cindy Peterson) of Bath NY, one brother, James Gilbert of Wellsville, NY. Paternal Grandmother, Genevieve Gilbert of Bath, NY. Also, surviving are several Aunts, Uncles and cousins. Her Mother, Katherine Gilbert Allegrini predeceased her. Memorial Contributions may be made to The Bath Humane Society, or, to Sloan Kettering. Fagan’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements, the arrangements are incomplete at this time. - Corning Leader, 24 April 2008
GRAMBLING - Edward P. Gramling, 54, of Montoursville died Monday,
April 14, 2008, at Valley View Nursing Center after an extended illness.
Ed and his wife the former Marguerite Novinger were married for 28 years. Ed was a member of the Agape Fellowship and a former Boy Scout. He enjoyed playing Violin and camping and was a kind and loving husband, son and uncle. Born Jan. 4, 1954, in Williamsport, he was the son of LeRoy and Mary Belle VanRonk Gramling. Surviving in addition to his wife are his mother, Mary Belle Mohney of Williamsport; a brother, John Gramling of Muncy; a half sister, Rosemary Magee of Marysville; several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Lee Gramling, a half brother, Karl Klotz and a half sister, Kay Springman. Graveside services will be held Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the St. James Lutheran Church Cemetery, Fairfield Township with Pastor Timothy R. Kinney Sr. officiating. The family will provide flowers and suggest contributions to St. John’s School of the Arts, 2101 Newberry Street, Williamsport, PA 17701. Knight-Confer Funeral Home. – Williamsport Sun Gazette, 16 April 2008
HALLOCK - Mr. Benjamin Hallock, 74, of RR2, Box 2474, Laceyville, PA, died at his home on North Flat, on Sunday evening, April 20, 2008.Benjamin was born on North Flat, on Feb. 7, 1934, the younger son of the late Alfred S. and Dana Keeney Hallock. Growing up on North Flat, Ben was a member of the last graduating class of the late Laceyville High School class of 1955. Ben later graduated from the Penn State University, with a B.S. Degree in Dairy Science. Ben and his brother, Jim, operated Arrowhead Farm Registered Holstein Cattle, since the death of their father. Benjamin was a member of the Holstein Association, and the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau. Surviving is his brother, James Hallock of Laceyville, as well as several cousins. Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in the North Flat Cemetery. Arrangements were made through the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville, PA. In lieu of flowers, those wishing, may make memorial contributions to the Goodwill Fire Co., PO Box 207, Laceyville, PA 18623. - Wyalusing Rocket Courier, 24 April 2008
HANFORD - Hazel E. Rakestraw, 90, of 1230 E. Broad St., Montoursville, died on May 1, 2008, at the Rose View Center. She was born on January 27, 1918, in Williamsport the daughter of William and Anna Welch Hanford. Surviving her is a daughter Sharon D. Good of Williamsport; five grandchildren Earl (Lori) Good of Palmyra, Brett (Lisa) Good of Montoursville, Candice (Timothy) Tate of Williamsport, Robert (JoAnn) Kimble of Reading and Jeffrey (Margaret) Kimble of Montoursville and 12 great grandchildren. Preceding her was her husband Robert F. Rakestraw who died July 24, 2005, a son Robert H. Kimble, and a sister Naomi Condo. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., Monday, May 5 at Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St., Montoursville with Rev. Dr. J. Jeffrey Zetto officiating. Interment will follow in Montoursville Cemetery. There will be a visitation on Monday from 10 to11 a.m. at the funeral home. The family will provide the flowers. – Williamsport Sun Gazette, 2 May 2008
HAUSER - LaVerta Harper Garrison, 93, formerly of Williamsport, died Thursday, January 31, 2008 in Sun City Center, Florida, where she has lived since 1992. Born In Woodward Twp. August 9, 1914, she was the daughter of Henry and Sarah Hillyard Hauser. A 1932 graduate of Williamsport High School, she married Arthur E. Harper June 6, 1936. He died June 26, 1975. On July 2, 1977 she married Harry Garrison in Oyster Bay, NY. Mr. Garrison died March 2, 1988. Surviving are her daughter, Ann (Robert) Bender of Champaign, IL, her sister, Martha Hodrick of city, grandchildren, Robert (Layna) Bender, Jr. of Granger, IN, Stephanie (Kevin) Kitz of Boise, ID, Karen Bender and Rob Hornbaker of Champaign, IL, great grandchildren, Weston, Randall and Jenna Hornbaker, Kelsie and Colin Kitz and Jack, Max and Lily Bender. She was predeceased by her brother, Carl Hauser. Mrs. Garrison was the owner of Modern Beauty Salon and LaVerta’s Beauty Salon in Williamsport. She also had salons in Lebanon, Carlisle and Danville. Mrs. Garrison was very active in the local and state Hairdressers and Cosmetologists Association. In 1945, she was appointed by the governor, to the state Beauty Culture Advisory Committee where she served for 5 years. In 1946 she was elected President of the Pennsylvania Hairdressers and Cosmetologists Association and then re-elected for 3 additional terms. As president, she appointed a committee that worked with the state legislators, drafting legislation establishing a governing board for the profession of hairdressers in Pennsylvania. That bill was signed into law in 1959. Mrs. Garrison was appointed by the governor to serve on the first Board of Cosmetology. She was re-appointed in 1964 and served as chairman until 1971. During her tenure, the Board of Cosmetology was able to raise the state education and experience requirements of students and teachers in the profession. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday from Sanders Mortuary Ltd, 821 Diamond St. The family will receive friends from 1 to service time at 2 p.m. at Sanders. Memorials, in LaVerta’s name may be directed to, either “LifePath” Hospice, 3725 Upper Creek Rd., Ruskin, FL, 33573 or The Alzheimer’s Research Assoc. 225 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 1700, Chicago, IL. 60601. – Williamsport Sun Gazette, 17 April 2008
HEEMAN - Harvey (Butch) Heeman, 60, of Hallstead, PA, died Monday, April 21, 2008 at his home. Survivors include his wife, Robin; his mother, Clara Kithcart of East Stroudsburg; three children, Stacy Heeman of Laceyville, Cameo House of Hallstead and Jason Heeman of Thompsonville; three sisters, Pat Whipple of Luray, VA, Bea Brown of Tatamy and Gloria Heeman of East Stroudsburg; three stepbrothers, Donald Kithcart, Ronald VanWhy and Donald VanWhy, all of East Stroudsburg; three stepchildren; several grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews. Funeral services and calling hours will be held on Friday, April 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, 5 Susquehanna Ave., Hallstead. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Harry’s wife, Robin Heeman, PO Box 775, Hallstead, PA 18822 to help with funeral expenses. - Wyalusing Rocket Courier, 24 April 2008
HEIMER - Norman T. Heimer Jr., 64, of 429 Wilson St., Jersey Shore, died Sunday, April 20, 2008, in the Jersey Shore Hospital. Born July 5, 1943, in Lock Haven, he was the son of Norman T. Heimer Sr., his stepfather, Wentworth Mantle and the former Iva R. Mantle. His wife, the former Margaretta A. Dalaba survives Norman. They were united in marriage Aug. 8, 1970 in Jersey Shore. For 19 years, Norm was employed by P-Stone, earlier in his life he was employed by Woodchips Inc., as a log truck driver. Norm was an active member of the Saint James Lutheran Church; he served his church as a choir member, Sunday school and Bible School Teacher and a member of the Church Council. For many years he was a member of the Trout Run Antique Tractor Club. Also surviving is a daughter, Stephanie E. Heimer at home; one brother, Charles Heimer of Lock Haven; two sisters, Doris Bitner of Woolrich and Mary Geyer of Mill Hall. Funeral services will be Thursday, April 24, at 10:30 a.m. in the Saint James Lutheran Church, 3242 Middle Road, Jersey Shore. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday evening in the Frederick B. Welker Funeral Home, 125 N. Main St., Jersey Shore. Burial will be in the Oval Cemetery. Vicar Aaron D. Werner will officiate. Family suggests memorial contributions be made in his name to the Saint James Lutheran Church. – Williamsport Sun Gazette, 22 April 2008
HENNIG - Lucy E. Shaffer of Jersey Shore, died Thursday, April 10, 2008 in Jersey Shore Hospital. She was born March 15, 1928 in Bronx, N.Y., the daughter of Alfred and Nora Ryan Hennig. Lucy retired from Woolrich. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and sewing. Lucy is survived by two daughters, Judith A. Shaffer of Jersey Shore and Linda S. (Miles) Mincer of Watertown, N.Y.; two sons, Robert L. (Deb) of Waynesboro and Timothy A. of Calif.; seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She was predeceased by six brothers and sisters, two sons, Daniel J. and William H. Lucy’s Life Celebration service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Rearick-Carpenter Funeral Home, Ltd. “A Life Celebration Home”, 1002 Allegheny St., Jersey Shore. A visitation will be from 9 until 10. Burial will be in Jersey Shore Cemetery. Family suggests memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Assoc. – Williamsport Sun Gazette, 12 April 2008
HENRY - Christopher George Henry, age 45, of Gillett, died Tuesday, April 8, 2008, at his home. Christopher was born June 4, 1962, a son of Janet Henry. He is survived by a son, Kris Alexander Henry. There will be no services. Arrangements have been entrusted to Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield. – Williamsport Sun Gazette, 11 April 2008
HESS - Daniel Charles Hess, 57, of 648 E. Church St., Lock Haven, died Monday, April 21, 2008, at his home. Born Jan. 7, 1951, in McKeesport, he was the son of Charles Hess and the former Grace Dornberger. Dan was a Vietnam Veteran serving four years in the United States Air Force. He was also a member of the Lock Haven American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Sons of Italy. He was employed by United States Steel Co. and for many years was a member of Saint Pius V Roman Catholic Church in McKeesport. Surviving is a son, Daniel P. (Jennifer) Hess of Greensburg; three grandsons, Eric, Ryan and Adam Hess; three sisters, Carol Ainsco of Matlacha, Fla., Mary (William) Oliver of North Versailles, and Rose Hess of Irwin; two brothers, John Cooley of Swissvale and Timothy (Donna) Hess of North Versailles; three nieces and five nephews. His companion, Gale R. Panaski of Lock Haven also survives. His parents, a brother, Christopher Hess and an uncle, John D. Hess, preceded him in death. Memorial services and burial will be held at the convenience of the family. Frederick B. Welker Funeral Home, 125 N. Main St., Jersey Shore, is in charge of arrangements. – Williamsport Sun Gazette, 22 April 2008
HODGETT - Betty H. Kitchen, 86, formerly of High Street, Williamsport, died Saturday, April 12, 2008 at the Williamsport Home. She was born in Williamsport Sept. 7, 1921, a daughter of George L. and Mary E. Ebner Hodgett. She was a clerk and typist and retired from Penn Garment in 1978 after 29 years of employment. She was a member of the Church of the Savior Lutheran Church in Williamsport. Betty’s only survivors are two sister-in-laws, Louise Green and Doris Hollick and a brother-in-law, Robert Kitchen. Betty’s Life Celebration will begin with a visitation on Tuesday, April 15, 2008 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Maneval Funeral Home, “A Life Celebration Home,” 500 W. Fourth St., Williamsport with services following at 1:30 with Rev. H. Frank Showers, her pastor, officiating. Interment will be at Twin Hills Memorial Park. Contributions may be made in her name to the Church of the Savior, 522 Grier St., Williamsport, Pa 17701. – Williamsport Sun Gazette, 14 April 2008
HOLMES - James L. Holmes, 76, of 1108 Cedar St., Montoursville, PA, died April 15, 2008 at Valley View Nursing Home. He was born in Elimsport on October 1, 1931 the son of Lester and Velma Moyer Holmes. James was a veteran of the Korean War having served in the Army, a member of Greenview Alliance Church and was an elder and served on its governing board. He and his wife the former Valeria E. Knopp celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on April 4. Surviving him besides his wife and mother of Allenwood are two brothers John (Nancy) Holmes of Allenwood and Rev. Eugene (Brenda) Holmes of Kentucky and two sisters June (Junie) Catherman of Williamsport and Edith (Carl) Eichenlaub of Watsontown. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 19, 10 a.m. at Greenview Alliance Church, 1955 Warrensville Road, Montoursville, with the Rev. Donald D. Reitz officiating. Interment will follow in Twin Hills Memorial Park. There will be a visitation Friday, April 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St., Montoursville. – Williamsport Sun Gazette, 17 April 2008
HORTON Ronald L. "Horty" - Age 77 of Horseheads, NY died on Thursday May 1, 2008 at the Corning Hospital. He was born on March 23, 1931 in Elmira, NY the son of the late John and Elaine Stott Horton. Ronald was a Veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars serving his country with the U.S. Air Force and retiring after 21 years of service. He married his wife Vera Jean Krusen Horton on March 12, 1955 and they recently celebrated their 53rd Wedding Anniversary on March 12, 2008. Ronald was a retired Corrections Officer with the NYS Department of Corrections in Elmira, NY. He was a member of the Horseheads Moose Lodge and the Elmira Heights American Legion Post #154. He was pre-deceased by his parents and brother Richard Horton. Mr. Horton is survived by his loving wife Vera Jean Krusen Horton; sons: Gary Krusen of Canisteo, NY and Richard Horton of Elmira, NY; daughters and son-in-law: Desiree Miller of Horseheads, NY, Laura Horton Clark and Michael Clark of Endicott, NY; grandchildren: Shannon Miller (David) Heeman, Jennifer Clark, and Daniel Clark; great grandson: Dominic Miller; step-brother: Stuart Stalter; step-sisters and brothers-in-law: Shirley & Randall Ring of Elmira, NY and Phyllis & Donald Potter of Elmira, NY; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of caring friends including a special niece: Tammi Jerdonek of Floyds Knobs, Indiana and a cousin: Barbara Herrington of Lexington, SC and special friends: Gary and Inez Prokopec of Wellsburg, NY. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Lynch Funeral Home 318 West Broad Street Horseheads, NY on Tuesday May 6, 2008 from 5-7 PM. Ronald's Funeral Services will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 7 PM where Full Military Honors will be accorded Mr. Horton. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery in Greenwood, NY at the convenience of the family. Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/4/2008.
HUNTER - Anna Grace O’Malley, formerly of Woodmont Ave., Williamsport,
died Thursday, April 17, 2008, at Valley View Nursing Center. Grace was
a member of First Presbyterian Church, the Women’s Club and was an avid
bridge player. A published poet, she had been featured in the Webb Weekly
for her writings and published a book “Forget-Me-Not, Rhyme without Reason.”
Born March 17, 1916, in Reynoldsville, she was the daughter of James Warnick
and Grace Craig Hunter. Surviving are a daughter, Margaret E. (William
L.) Knecht of Williamsport; five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
Grace was predeceased by her husband, Eugene F. O’Malley; a daughter, Patricia
Anne O’Malley; a son, Eugene F. Jr.; a sister, Edith H. Courtney and a
brother McCurdy Hunter. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday,
April 26, at Knight-Confer’s, 1914 Memorial Ave., with the Rev. Judy A.
Stanley officiating, assisted by the Rev. Henry Hopper and Sister Celine
Smith. Interment will be in Wildwood Cemetery. The family will receive
friends from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday.
Living, by Grace. I laugh, I work, I play, and sing a song. Thus, the day is passed, And it is gone. I meditate, And ruminate, Pray, And think. Then, with leaden eyes, In sleep, I sink. This life is a fulsome bower, I stop, and view each bloom, Before I pluck my flowers. I want the very best, For on my headstone, They will rest, And speak of who was me, For he who cares to hear and see. (copyrighted) - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 20 April 2008
KELLER - Former Linden resident, N. Helen Stuller, age 83, died April 10, 2008, at St. Vincent’s Health Center, Erie. She had been a resident of St. Mary’s Home of Asbury Ridge, Erie, for several years. She was born in Altoona Nov. 16, 1924, the daughter of the late Harris Keller and Naomi (Bean) Keller of Linden and graduated from Williamsport High School. She was a homemaker who enjoyed writing and receiving letters from friends and family. She was a member of the Asbury United Methodist Church and the Asbury Methodist Garden Club. She volunteered for numerous organizations including Meals on Wheels and CHOSEN. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Stuller. Survivors include one daughter, Lois A. Stuller of Detroit, Mich.; two sons, David L. Stuller, Calchester, Vt., and Richard Stuller of Honolulu, Hawaii; a grandson, Benjamin J. Stuller of Erie. A memorial service was held at Asbury United Methodist Church, Erie. She also was survived by two brothers, Frank H. Keller (Arlene) of Montoursville, A. William Keller (Vivian) of Florida; two sisters, Louise Yerger of Linder and Ruth Pepperman (Dr. LaRue) of Williamsport. A celebration of life will be held in Linden at the convenience of her family. – Williamsport Sun Gazette, 16 April 2008
KAMANDULIS - James J. Kamandulis, 59, of Sayre, died very unexpectedly Saturday, April 19, 2008. Born May 25, 1951 in Rutland, Maine, he was the son of Joseph Kamandulis of Erie, Pa. and the late Matilda Miller Kamandulis. James was a resident of the Valley since 1992, moving to Sayre from Elmira. He was a veteran of the US Navy, serving during the Vietnam War on the USS Barney as an officer. He worked as a quality engineer for Corning Glassworks in Big Flats, N.Y. He was a member of Knights of Columbus and Big Flats American Legion. He attended St. James Catholic Church Blessed Trinity Parish in Waverly. James enjoyed golfing, his beloved motorcycle, hunting, and fishing. He was a very loving husband and father. James is survived by: his wife, Deborah Lee Mandeville Kamandulis, at home; his sons, Mark and John Kamandulis, both of Santa Cruz, Calif.; his stepsons, Robert A. (Kimberly) Spallone of Waverly and Richard (Debbie Howard) Spallone of Owego; his stepdaughter, Megan Richards of Johnson City; his brother, Michael (Joan) Kamandulis of St. Mary’s, Pa.; his sister, Jean Telfelski of Erie, Pa.; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and many close friends. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Friday, April 25 at 10:30 a.m. at St. James Church Blessed Trinity Parish by the Rev. Bill Moorby. Friends are invited to call Thursday evening from 5-8 p.m. at Luckner Funeral Home, 449 Park Ave., Waverly. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. - Sayre Morning Times, 20 April 2008
KELLY - Jennie (Kelly) Burke, 96 years, of Painted Post, formerly of Brockton, Mass., died Monday April 14, 2008, at her daughter’s home in Painted Post. She was the wife of the late John F. Burke. Born in Brockton, a daughter of the late Joseph and Elizabeth (Tamasunis) Kelly, she had been a longtime resident of Brockton until moving to Painted Post eight years ago to make her home with her daughter. She was an excellent cook, enjoyed gardening, was an avid reader, and most of all enjoyed being with her family. Most recently, at Easter, she treated family members to her wonderful Irish Nuns Bread. She especially enjoyed sitting out on the deck at Keuka Lake in the summer sun, watching the boats and talking to the passer-bys. Each morning she would say her rosaries and novenas for special family members. She is survived by daughter, Mary E. (William) Hallinan of Painted Post; grandchildren Dr. Kathleen A. (Patrick) Hallinan-Roth, William M. Hallinan and Mary M. Hallinan; three great grandchildren, Aiden Roth, Bailey Roth and McKenna Roth. Donations in her memory may be made to the Health Ministry of the Southern Tier, 300 Nasser Civic Center Plaza, Suite 230, Corning, NY 14830 - Corning Leader, 23 April 2008
LAPKA - Consuelo E. Lapka, 70, of 2920 Hillside Ave., died Monday,
April 14, 2008, after being stricken at the North Central PA Dialysis Center.
She was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Women of the Moose Lodge
Chapter 384, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 617, Fraternal Order of Police
and the American Assoc. of Kidney Patients. Consuelo enjoyed needlework,
cooking and crocheting. She did data entry for Brodart and Divine Providence
Hospital, retiring in the early 1990’s and had also worked for the former
Tri-State Discount Store.
Born April 27, 1937 in Williamsport, she was the daughter of Stephen J. and Agnes E. Shook Lapka. Surviving are nephew, Tommy Snell of Williamsport; nieces, RuthAnne Snell of Carrollton, Ga., Tina Marie (Gerald) Carlin of Meshoppen and Becky Jo (Matthew) Douglass of Williamsport; several great nieces and great nephews. She was predeceased by sisters, Dolores A. Myers and Lillian E. Hill. Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Knight-Confer’s, 1914 Memorial Ave., with the Rev. Harlan Frank Showers officiating. There will be a visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Wildwood Cemetery. The family will provide the flowers and suggests contributions be made to the Dialysis Center, 1660 Sycamore Rd., Suite B, Montoursville, PA 17754. – Williamsport Sun Gazette, 16 April 2008
LOCKARD - Daniel M. Lockard, 77, of 984 Huling Road, Linden, died Monday, April 28, 2008, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Williamsport November 13, 1930, he was the son of George and Dorothy Kinley Lockard. Mr. Lockard was a 1948 graduate of Williamsport High School and was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War. Dan and his wife, the former Nancy Swarthout were married January 16, 1960 and observed their 48th wedding anniversary this year. He retired from the Pennsylvania State Employment Service in 1990 with 30 years of service. Dan enjoyed gardening, boating, biking, fly fishing and tying his own flies. He was a life member of the Republican League. His most favorite time was spent with his grandchildren. Surviving in addition to his wife are his children, Daniel M. Lockard II and George D. (Cheryl) Lockard both of city and Gretchen A. (Scott) Shaffer of South Williamsport, his grandchildren, Samantha, Beth, Sara, Matthew, and Joseph Lockard and Noel Shaffer, his great grandchildren, Autumn Wert and Alasia Friden, and his brother Joseph (Pauline) Lockard of Harrisburg. His sister Ethel Morehart preceded him in death. The funeral service will be held Friday, at 10:30 a.m. from Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St. with the Rev. Robert Regan, officiating, with burial in the Buchanan Baptist Church Cemetery, Grimesville Road, immediately following the funeral. The visitation will be Thursday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Sanders. The family gratefully declines flowers and suggests contributions, in Dan’s name, to “Susquehanna Hospice”, 1100 Grampian Blvd. Williamsport, PA 17701. – Williamsport Sun Gazette, 30 April 2008
LOWRY - Helen M. Decker, 87, of Woodmont Ave., died Tuesday, April 8, 2008 at the Williamsport Home. She was born March 4, 1921 in Williamsport, the daughter of Dr. Boyd A. and Helen Lewis Lowry. Helen was the wife of Paul R. Decker with whom she celebrated 61 years of marriage. She was a member since 1937 of the First Presbyterian Church. Helen was also a member of the Woman’s Club of Williamsport for over 30 years. She loved flowers and enjoyed gardening and working in the yard. Helen loved spending time with her family, golf and watching her favorite golfer Tiger Woods. Surviving besides her husband Paul are a daughter, Diane L. Nair of Mercersburg, a son, Stephen L. Decker of Williamsport and three grandchildren. She was predeceased by a sister, Nancy Steinmetz. Relatives and friends are invited to Helen’s Life Celebration service 1 p.m. on Friday, April 11, at the Maneval Funeral Home, Ltd. “A Life Celebration Home”, 500 W. Fourth St., with her pastor, the Rev. Judy A. Stanley officiating. A visitation will be from Noon until time of service. Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery. Family suggests memorial contributions can be made to the American Lung Assoc., 3001 Gettysburg Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011 or the National Emphysema/COPD Assoc. 850 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10125. – Williamsport Sun Gazette, 10 April 2008
LUNT - Ruth E. Forney, 84, of New Freedom, formerly of Stewartstown, both in York, Co., died April 19, 2008, after a brief illness. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 24, at Trail Church of the Nazarene, 16531 Susquehanna Trail South, New Freedom, with the Rev. David S. Vatral officiating. Viewing will be 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at J.J. Hartenstein Mortuary, Inc., 24 Second St., New Freedom. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. Born November 18, 1923 in Williamsport, she was the daughter of the late Raymond F. and Mable K. (Donovan) Lunt, and wife of the late Harvey S. Forney. Ruth was a longtime member of Trail Church of the Nazarene, New Freedom, where she served as a former Board Member and Secretary. She was also a former Sunday School teacher, choir director, organist and choir member. Ruth was a 1941 graduate of Williamsport High School, a former member of First Baptist Church, Williamsport, and a former member to various Nazarene Churches throughout PA and MD, where she also offered her many talents and time. She retired in 1995 from the former Fypon, Inc., Stewartstown, after almost 30 years of service. Ruth previously worked for Litton Industries, and the former Grit Publishing Company, both in Williamsport, and for the Department of the Army in Cleveland, OH, during WW II. She liked to travel and enjoyed trips to Europe, California, and spending winters in Florida. Some of her pastime hobbies were chocolate making and working with stained glass. Ruth enjoyed crossword puzzles, playing the piano and violin, and especially enjoyed visiting with the grandchildren. Ruth is survived by three children, H. Scott Forney and his wife, Karen of Red Lion, K. David Forney and his wife, Darlene of Lancaster, and Gwen H. Stockwell-Rushton and her husband, James of Folsom, Calif.; 13 grandchildren, JoAnne, Jennifer, Carrie, Ryan, Tricia, Faith, Megan, Holly, Tim, Matthew, Jonathan, Nathan, and John; seven great grandchildren; one brother, LaRue Lunt of Arlington, Va.; two sisters, Norma Mullen of Bel Air, Md., and Evelyn Gephart of Columbus, N.J. She is preceded in death by a daughter, Ann L. Henry. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 140 Roosevelt Ave., Suite 208, York, PA 17401. J.J. Hartenstein Mortuary, Inc. 24 Second Street, New Freedom, is in charge of arrangements. – Williamsport Sun Gazette, 22 April 2008
MAGGS - Mr. G. Frederick Maggs, 73, of 963 Tallman Hollow Road,
Montoursville, and formerly of South Williamsport, suddenly died
on Tuesday, April 29, 2008. Mr. Maggs retired in 1997 from Alcan Cable at Williamsport, where he had been an extrusion operator. Fred had enjoyed fishing and was an avid outdoorsman. He also enjoyed vegetable gardening. Mr. Maggs lived for caring for his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The activities of their lives was most important to him. Born Jan. 15, 1935 at Williamsport, he was the son of the late Jacob and Nora Sechrist Maggs. Surviving are his daughter and son-in-law, Ellen L. and her husband, Pastor Scott R. Koser of South Williamsport, his five sons, Timothy F. and his wife, Deborah Maggs of South Williamsport, John K. Maggs of Duboistown, James E. Maggs of Loyalsock, David E. Maggs of Loyalsock, and Dann J. and his wife, Lynette Maggs of New Port Richey, FL., his three sisters Jean N. Epperson of Virginia, Juniata P. May of Montoursville, and Elaine M. Sanso of Montoursville, his two brothers, Jack F. Maggs of Collomsville and Bruce W. and his wife, Phyllis Maggs of Collomsville, his 10 grandchildren and his 11 great-grandchildren. In addition to his late parents, he was also preceded in death by his late sister, Beverly A. Watkins, and by his two late brothers, Glenn Maggs and Jacob Maggs. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 3, 2008 at the Charles M. Noll Funeral Home, 1 East Central Ave., South Williamsport. His son-in-law, Pastor Scott R. Koser of Pine Run United Methodist Church, Linden, will officiate. The family will receive condolence visits on Saturday morning at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the time of the memorial service. The family respectfully declines to receive floral tributes. The family suggests that contributions in memory of Mr. G. Frederick Maggs, may be made, if so desired, to either the Lycoming Audubon Society, Post Office Box 4053, Williamsport, PA 17701 or to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, Post Office Box 67000, Harrisburg, PA 17106-7000. – Williamsport Sun Gazette, 1 May 2008
MEMORIAL SERVICE TO CELEBRATE THE LIFE OF TRUMAN ROBERT MCDONALD - Truman (Mac) died on February 20, 2008 at home in New Smyrna Beach, FL. He was born in Binghamton, NY on October 22, 1920. Mac served his country in the U.S. Marine Corp., and was an Engineering graduate of Drexel University in Philadelphia. Mac was employed by Ingersoll-Rand Company in 1947 at the Painted Post Plant where he served in several managerial positions. In 1963 he transferred to Engineering. He retired from the Painted Post plant in 1978. He was an active sportsman, hunter and fisherman, a past president of the Black Hawk Archers Club of Corning NY, and a former Director of Spencer Crest Nature Center. He was a member and Elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Painted Post, NY. After retirement from Ingersoll-Rand Company, Mac moved to Campbell NY where he and his wife, Ann operated McDonald’s Country Tree Farm. Truman was very active in the New York Christmas Tree Growers Association, serving as President for one term and Director for many years. He liked to enter trees in competition at the State and National levels. Mac’s trees won many blue ribbons including New York State Fair Grand Champion. His greatest joy was welcoming families to the farm during the Christmas Season. Mac was a special person who touched many lives. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend to many, and will be missed dearly by those who knew and loved him. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Anna (nee Councill); five children, Janice Armistead of Naples, NY, Deborah (David) Russo of Claremont, FL, Robert (Elaine) McDonald of Campbell, NY, Jeffrey (Mary) McDonald of Casper, WY, Michael (Peggy) McDonald of Painted Post, NY; ten grandchildren, Rachel Kanaan, Frank Brockway, Stephanie Davis, Logan, Leah, Gregory, Lindsay, Jennifer, Lauren, Braden McDonald; two great-grandchildren, Schyler and Franklin Distelzweig; and one sister, Marion McDonald of Binghamton, NY. A Memorial Service with Rev. Gary McCaslin officiating will be held at Phillips Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney Street in Corning NY on Saturday, April 26, at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Habitat for Humanity or beautify America…….Plant a Tree. - Corning Leader, 23 April 2008
McCLOSKEY - Shirley A. Harner, 68, of 610 Grier St. died Thursday April 10, 2008 at Williamsport Hospital. Shirley was born in Williamsport on August 20, 1939, a daughter of Ralph S. and Jean Casale McCloskey. She was a homemaker, enjoyed playing cards, watching tennis and was an animal lover. Surviving are six children, Sherry (Michael) Jones of Reading, Michael (Melissa) Harner of Va., Jean Keller of Williamsport, Jacqueline (Mark) Young of Williamsport, Ralph Harner of Las Vegas, Nev., Robert Harner of Williamsport; seven grandchildren, Dana, Jason, Justin, Michael Jr., Alex, Amanda and Rebecca; two great grandchildren Hannah and Talia. Preceding her in death in addition to her parents are a brother, Robert J. McCloskey and an infant son. Friends may call at the Crouse Funeral Home, 133 East Third St., Sunday evening from 6 to 7 p.m. A funeral service will be held Sunday at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. J. Morris Smith officiating. Burial will be at Highland Cemetery in Howard. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Shirley’s name may be made to a charity of your choice. – Williamsport Sun Gazette, 12 April 2008
McCONAGHAY - William G. (Uncle Bill) McConaghay, 91, of 1560
Northway Rd., formally of Renovo, died Thursday, May 1, 2008, at The Gate
House. His wife, E. Jayne Whiting McConaghay, died August 15, 2002. Born
March 7, 1917, in Renovo, PA, he was the son of James and Lucinda Wilson
McConaghay. Uncle Bill was a 1936 graduate of Renovo High School. Bill
worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad in the Renovo Car Shop from 1936 until
1967. He retired Consolidated Natural Gas (CNG) in 1981. He was a member
of Pine Street United Methodist Church and a former member of First United
Methodist Church in Renovo. Bill was a life member of BPO Elk 334 in Renovo.
Bill is survived by one brother, Donald McConaghay, Morro Bay, CA; one
special niece, Ella Barkley, Williamsport; two nephews, Jack (Sarah) J.
Rooney, Jr., Trout Run, Pat (Lezlie) Rooney, South Williamsport; numerous
additional nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by four brothers, James,
Thomas, Alva, and Robert McConaghay; four sisters, Mary Eberhart, Gladys
Long, Anna Vaughn, and Janice McConaghay. A memorial service will
be at 11 a.m. on Saturday June 14, 2008 in Pins Street United Methodist
Church, 441 Pine St. He will be buried in St. Joseph Cemetery, Hyner.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made in Bill’s name be made
to The Gate House, 1001 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701.
Kaufman Funeral Home & Cremations Services, Inc. 2102 Northway Road, Williamsport is in charge of arrangements. – Williamsport Sun Gazette, 4 May 2008
McDERMOTT – James B. McDermott, 67 of Whitehall, died Saturday, April 19, 2008. He was a loving husband to Linda L. (Karner) McDermott for 37 and half years. Born in Williamsport, he was the son of the late James B. and Mary Elizabeth (Hendershot) McDermott. Jim graduated from St Mary’s High School ’58 and attended Lycoming College and Williamsport School of Commerce. He was an accountant and a member of the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Siena in Allentown. He will be sadly missed by his entire family: wife, Linda McDermott, sisters, Jeannette Marsden and husband Tim of Lancaster, Kathryn Elia and husband William of Lancaster, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, many nieces, nephews and friends. Mass of Christian Burial 1 p.m. Friday at the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Siena at 18th and Turner streets. Burial to follow at St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Whitehall. Donations can be made to the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital care of Kohut Funeral Home, Inc. 950 N Front St Allentown 18102. – Williamsport Sun Gazette, 22 April 2008
McHENRY - Marie McHenry Crossley, 91, formerly of The Valley, died Saturday, April 12, 2008 at the Williamsport Home. She was born in Oriole August 1, 1916 the daughter of Peter Edwin and Nora Belle Kurts McHenry. She graduated from Jersey Shore High School in 1933 and married Lee J. Crossley in November of 1939. He died in February of 1992. She worked as a telephone operator for the former Nippenose Valley Telephone Co. for many years. She was a lifetime member of St. James Lutheran Church, Rauchtown. She enjoyed sewing and playing cards and loved her family. Her survivors include one daughter, Darlene E. Baird of South Williamsport, four sons, Jackson E. Crossley (Betsy), Edwin C. Crossley, James M. Crossley (Holly) and Alan R. Crossley (Catherine) all of The Valley, 10 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and 2 step great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by four brothers, Edwin, Clinton, Bernard and Kenneth McHenry. Marie’s Life Celebration will begin with a visitation from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2008 at the Nippenose Bible Fellowship, in Oval where services will be celebrated at 2 p.m. with Pastor David McCoy officiating assisted by Vicar Aaron Werner. Interment will be in Limestone Cemetery, Rauchtown. Her family will provide the flowers and suggests contributions be sent to either the Nippenose Bible Fellowship, 92 Schoolhouse Road, Jersey Shore, Pa 17740 or Susquehanna Home Health Hospice, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, Pa 17701. The Rearick-Carpenter Funeral Home, “A Life Celebration Home” of Jersey Shore is handling arrangements. – Williamsport Sun Gazette, 15 April 2008
McNEAL - Kathleen M. “Kate” Trautner, 53 of 4742 Bloomingrove Road, died Tuesday, April 29, 2008, at home, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Canton, October 29, 1954, she was the daughter of Roy and Dorothy Turner McNeal. Kate enjoyed cooking and loved all kinds of animals. Surviving is her husband, David A. Trautner, Sr., step-sons Andrew T. Trautner and David A. Trautner, Jr. both of city, 3 step-grandchildren, her sisters, Linda Smith in North Carolina and Helen Knect of Canton and brother David Reed in North Carolina. Her brother Donald Donato preceded her in death. In keeping with Kate’s wishes, there will be no service or visitation. Sanders Mortuary is assisting the family. – Williamsport Sun Gazette, 1 May 2008
MERCER - Ruth A. Mercer, 88, died on Monday April 21, 20008 at Taylor Health Center. She was born in Rochester, NY on April 25, 1919 the daughter of the late Howard J. & Florence Lucile (Brower) Mercer. She was a Graduate of Rochester General Hospital School of Nursing. She was the Head Nurse of OBGYN at Strong Memorial Hospital for many years. She is predeceased by her patents and all of her siblings. She is survived by her niece and care taker Karen (Donald) Swartz of Bath, NY, two brothers-in-law Hugh Czapranski, and Robert E. Kingston both of Rochester, NY, many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews and cousins. Ruth’s grave side Service and Burial will be held in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Rochester, NY. Memorial contributions may be made to Country Valley Home Activities, 5946 County Route 11, Bath, NY 14810 or Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 East Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830. Arrangements are being handled by Bond-Davis Funeral Home of Bath. -Corning Leader, 23 April 2008
MILLER - Mazie A. Vogel, 69, a resident of Cogan Station died Tuesday April 22, 2008, at home. She was born at Oregon Hill on March 8, 1939, a daughter of Samuel and Alta Hostrander Miller. Mazie was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening, cooking, and fishing. Surviving are her husband of 46 years, Norbert F. Vogel Jr., a step-son Anthony, his wife Claire, step-grandchildren Alex and Steven all of Maine, two sisters Helen Lewis of Cogan Station and Dorothy Frey of Williamsport, 27 nieces and nephews, and numerous great nieces and great nephews. Funeral services will be held 10 am Monday at the Crouse Funeral Home 133 East Third St. with Msgr. Stephen D. McGough, pastor of St. Boniface Catholic Church officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 9 to 10 am Monday. Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Mazie’s name may be made to Geisinger Foundation for the benefit of the Cancer Center, 100 North Academy Ave., Danville, PA 17822-4000. – Williamsport Sun Gazette, 26 April 2008
MOORE - Shirley R. Shires, 88, of 433 Cherry St., Montoursville, died April 24, 2008, at The Gatehouse located in the Divine Providence Hospital. She was born September 8, 1919, in Williamsport, the daughter of Raymond and Alice Eisenbeis Moore. Shirley retired as an assistant purchasing agent from the former Carey-McFall, Montoursville and was a member of the Bethany Lutheran Church. She and her husband, Robert F., would have celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary, June 30, 2008. She was predeceased by a sister, Berneta Heim. Surviving her besides her husband is a daughter, Sherry R. (Karl) Dusman of Williamsport. A memorial graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 1, 2008, at the Montoursville Cemetery. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville. – Williamsport Sun Gazette, 26 April 2008
MORRIS John A. - Age 81, died Monday, April 14, 2008 in
Spring Valley, California. He was predeceased by his parents, Rose and
Jim Morris; a sister, Shirley and brothers, Ed and Jim. He is survived
by his wife, Virginia; children, John and Nancy and families of Spring
Valley, California. He is also survived by sisters, Dorleen Christensen
Bonsignore and Norma Raniewicz Bloom, both of Elmira. Services were held
in Spring Valley. Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/4/2008.