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Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice

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Joyce's Search Tip - February 2010 

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Do You Know that you can search just the 700 pages of Clippings and Scrapbooks on the site by using the Clippings button in the Partitioned search engine on the Current What's New Page?  
You'll also find obituary and other newspaper clippings using the three county-level Obits by Cemetery buttons. Additional clippings can be found in the Birth, Marriage, and some other partitions. 


Tri County Clippings- Page Three Hundred Fifty Six
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.

HOW TO SUBMIT OBITUARIES TO THIS SITE - Typed obituaries may be submitted by email to Joyce M. Tice either in the text of the email of by an attached file. PLEASE put OBITUARY SUBMISSION in the subject line of your email to help me sort the several hundred emails I receive weekly. Give your file an eight character name - do NOT call it OBITS or it will overwrite someone else's file. Make sure your full name is included so I know whom to credit. Submissions will be arranged alphabetically by SURNAME AT BIRTH, so make sure I know the correct birth name if you know it. If surname at birth is not known, married name or other alias will be indexed in parentheses. Also include the death date and newspaper if you know it..

ALLGAIER - Robert G. Allgaier, 71, husband of Helen L. Allgaier and 35 year resident of Severna Park, died of complications from diabetes at Johns Hopkins Hospital on May 4, 2008. Bob was born on February 11, 1937 in Williamsport, PA, the son of the late George and Emily Allgaier and brother of the late Fred Allgaier. He was a graduate of Williamsport High School class of 1956. Bob began his career with Nabisco at their corporate offices in Manhattan where he stayed for 15 years. He then entered the moving industry with North American Van Lines and was transferred to Maryland. He thrived in the moving business and was soon recruited by Allied Van Lines as their regional Director of Sales. Bob managed and mentored agents up and down the east coast and as far west as Chicago. Agents around the country relied on Bob for his financial advice and business leadership. Tiring of travel and craving more family time, Bob became president of a local.  Allied Van Lines Agency and remained until retirement in 2000. Bob loved coaching his kids in numerous sporting activities as well as playing in various community leagues with friends. He also enjoyed traveling with his wife, Helen and spending time at their beach house in Ocean City, MD. Bob was an active member of Church of the Crucifixion and served on its Finance Committee. He was also an active member of the Berrywood Community Association and acted as President from 1980-1981. Above all, his greatest pleasure in life was spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. In addition to his wife of 50 years, Bob is loved and missed by his five children, Craig Allgaier of Virginia, Mark Allgaier of Arnold, Md., Cindy Carey of Philadelphia and Robert Allgaier and Julie Antinucci, both of Millersville, Md., as well as 12 beloved grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 9 at 11:30 a.m. at Church of the Crucifixion in Glen Burnie, MD with a reception immediately following. Please go to to view photographs or to offer condolences. Gifts in his memory may be sent to the American Diabetes Association. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 7 May 2008

ANDREWS - Mary E. Engdahl, 79, of Montoursville, died Friday, May 16, 2008, at the Valley View Nursing Center. Born June 26, 1928, in Montgomery, she was a daughter of the late Daniel A. and Margaret E. Hunter Andrews. She and her husband, Albert Engdahl, recently celebrated 62 years of marriage on April 11. Mary attended the Montoursville Brethren In Christ Church. She was an outdoor enthusiast who enjoyed walking, riding her bike and going for rides in the country, particularly during the fall of the year. Mary’s greatest joy however, was spending time with her wonderful family and especially her grandchildren. Surviving, in addition to her husband, are two sons, Eric (Gail) Engdahl and Lars (Debra) Engdahl, both of Montoursville; a daughter, Amy (Tom) Eck of Montoursville; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren. Mary was preceded in death by four brothers, Donald A., Judd Scott, Max J. and Joseph Daniel Andrews.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday at the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water St., Hughesville, with the Rev. Eric H. Hartshaw officiating. Burial will follow in Muncy Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. She has taught her family to capture each sunset and not let life go unnoticed or missed. Her spirit will live forever in our hearts. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 18 May 2008

AVERY DeWitt Clinton
Wellsboro Gazette - July 1, 1943
DeWitt C. Avery, 73, formerly of Chatham township, died at his home in Waterloo, N.Y., on Tuesday after a long illness.  The funeral will be held at his late home in Waterloo, N.Y., today at 2 p.m., with burial in Waterloo.  Surviving are his wife, several children, and grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Joyce Smith, and two brothers, Joseph and Glen, all of Wellsboro.

BANKER - Leon J. Banker Jr., 66, of Sylvan Glen Drive, Wellsboro, died Friday, May 16, 2008 at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital. He was a retired Civil Service criminal investigator with the United States Air Force. He also served with the United States Air Force during Vietnam. Survivors include his wife, Phyllis; two daughters, Noelle Creamer of Gore, Va., Elizabeth Banker of Washington, D.C.; brother, Eugene Banker of York, Pa. A memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 19 at Holy Child Catholic Church, Mansfield. Arrangements are with the Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, 139 Main St. - Corning Leader, 16 May 2008

BARNES - David J. “Jim” Barnes Jr., 81, a resident of Loyalsock Twp. died Wednesday, April 30, 2008, at the Williamsport Hospital. Born in Williamsport February 27, 1927, he was the son of David J. Sr. and Elizabeth O’Connell Barnes. He graduated from Williamsport High School and attended Lycoming College. A Coast Guard veteran, he retired from PP&L after 42 years of employment. Dave had been active in the Muncy Rotary Club, Jaycees, and had managed the Murray Motors Little League team for 10 years. He was a former member of the Knights of Columbus and the Loyalsock Lions. He was past Commander of a VFW Post, a member of numerous Masonic organizations, past Monarch of Zafar Grotto, a member of TPA, The Wheel Inn, and a volunteer driver for the Philadelphia Shrine Hospital. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. Surviving are his wife, Barbara Kranz Barnes, sons, J.Reilly (Margo) of Ft.Pierce, Fl, Thomas C. of Tempe, AZ, daughters, MaryAnn (David) Gerrity of Cincinnati, OH, Christina (Douglas) Gunnels of Center, CO, Judith of State College, PA, Linda Barnes and husband George Hiller of Muncy, PA, Diane (Charles) Bolger of Myrtle Beach, SC, and Jacquelyn (Mohamed) Al Marzouqi of Williamsport, PA, also surviving is a sister, Noreen Wayland of Wilmington, NC, a brother, Thomas (Beth) of Ocala, FL, 16 grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one son David J. Barnes III. A private viewing for the immediate family will be held Wednesday afternoon. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Church of St. Ann, 1223 Northway Rd., Williamsport with Rev. Andrew Kurovsky, his pastor, officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions in David’s name may be made to The Physical Therapy Department of the Erie, PA Shriner’s Hospital for Children at 1645 W. Eighth St., Erie, PA 16505. Crouse Funeral Home is handling the funeral arrangements. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 6 May 2008

BARRETT - Laura Hartford, 59, of RR 3, Canton, Pa, died unexpectedly Friday morning, May 2, 2008, at her home. Born on Nov. 5, 1948, in Meadville, Pa., Laura Jeanne was a daughter of the late William and Jeanne (Hubbell) Barrett. She was the wife of the late Donald "Donnie" Hartford. Surviving are her children, Jamie Nelson of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Cory Tucker of Canton; a grandson, Ethan V. Dieguez; a brother, Richard (Florence) Barrett of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; several nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends; and her beloved dog, Baby. In addition to her parents, Laura was predeceased by her husband, Donnie Hartford, on July 15, 1999. Laurie will be lovingly remembered as an exceptional person, inside and out. She was an independent and strong-willed woman who cared whole-heartedly about her family. She enjoyed baking.   A memorial service and life celebration will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, at Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton, with the Rev. Jasper Smith officiating. Burial will be private. - Towanda Daily Review, 6 May 2008

BARTON - Florence R. Haar, 85 of Corning, NY, died Thursday May 15, 2008 at the Absolut Care At Three Rivers, Painted Post, NY. She was born in Corning, NY, the daughter of the late Willis and Bertha May (VanDyke) Barton. She was a sales clerk, employed by Nichols Discount City in Painted Post. Florence was a member of the Lindley and Corning Area Senior Citizens Centers. Survived by four daughters: Georgette (Raymond) Bartkowski of Nichols, NY, Virginia (Thomas) Piersons of Virginia Beach, VA, Mary (Gary) Lyon of Painted Post, NY, Sue Ann (George) Crippen of Bath, NY and one son: Ambrose (Martha) Haar of Lindley, NY. Step sister: Mabel Nichols of Osceola, PA; Ten grand children, Twelve great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild.  Florence was predeceased by her husband William F. Haar on February 18, 1987.  Friends may call Friday May 16, 2008 from 12-2pm and 4-6 pm. A service will follow with Pastor Sheldon Roblyer officiating at Carpenter’s Funeral Home, LLC, 14 East Pulteney Street, Corning, NY. Interment will be at 10:00 am Saturday May 17th in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Corning. - Corning Leader, 16 May 2008

BASTIAN Nickalous "Nicky"
Age 52, of Ruskin, FL, formerly of Elmira, NY, died on Monday, May 12, 2008, at his daughter's home in Troy, PA. Friends may call at the BAKER FAMILY FUNERAL HOME on Saturday, May 17, from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Funeral services and interment of Nicky's ashes will be at the convenience of the family. He is survived by his wife, Helen Shaffer Bastian of Troy, PA; daughters and sons-in-law, Amber and Michael Martian of Troy, PA, Nicole and Daniel Tadder and Heather Shaffer, all of Elmira; mother, Priscilla Bastian; brother and sister-in-law, John and Dina Bastian, all of Ruskin, FL; sister and brother-in-law, Deena and Raymond McBride of East Smithfield, PA; and many nieces and nephews; and close friends, especially David Wellington of Elmira. Nicky was predeceased by his father, John; bothers, Larry and Charles. He was a member of the Eagles and Moose Club and was an independent tile, vinyl, and carpet mechanic in Ruskin.
Published in the Star-Gazette from 5/14/2008 - 5/15/2008.

BELL George E.
Was born in Detroit, Michigan, to William and Isabelle Bell. He was the second oldest of six children. He was educated and raised in Elmira, NY. Mr. Bell served in the Air Force during the Korean War as an Aircraft Mechanic. He entered into service in 1953 and was honorably discharged in 1955. He was stationed and discharged from the Scott Air Force Base and then decided to make this area his home. Mr. Bell retired from Continental Can Company, St. Louis, Missouri, after many years of employment. He was a long-term resident of Centreville, Illinois. He was an avid fisherman and gardener. George Bell passed on Sunday, April 27, 2008, at Christian Hospital Northeast, St. Louis, Missouri, following a prolonged illness. He was preceded in death by his former wife, Ruthie Clay; parents, William and Isabelle Bell; brother, Louis Kelly; and dear friend, Magnolia Montgomery. He leaves to cherish his memories a wife, Rita Bell; two sons, Anthony Bell and Lamar Bell (Sharon); two daughters, Michelle Bell Henson (Ronald) and Kimberly Bell; 15 grandchildren; a brother, John "Jack" Bell (Aloma); three sisters, Barbara Valentine (Laudric), Shirley Henderson (Roy) and Gail Bright; and a host of nieces, nephews, other family and friends.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/7/2008.

BIGELOW - Francis R. Bigelow, 75, of 211 West Village Drive, Nisbet, died Thursday, May 15, 2008 at the Williamsport Home following a courageous battle with cancer. He and his wife, the former Ruth Ann Day observed their 51st wedding anniversary on Aug. 24, 2007. Fran was a Navy veteran who served during the Korean War and was a life member of the Duboistown V.F.W. Post #7863. Fran was a member of the Nisbet United Methodist Church, the Pleasant View Hunting Club in Morris, the Lycoming Creek Anglers Association and the Pennsylvania Game Feeders Association. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and NASCAR, Jeff Gordon fan. Fran also enjoyed baseball and played softball locally for many years. Fran retired from Weis Markets in 1991 after 35 years of service as a Grocery Manager in Montoursville. Born April 12, 1933 in Sodus Point, NY, he was the son of Cortland W. and Margaret E. Turner Bigelow. Surviving in addition to his wife are sons, Joseph A. (Linda) of Williamsport; Todd F. (Lori) of Montoursville; daughters, Brenda L. (Scott) Slocum of Montoursville; Kimberly A. Starr of Williamsport; Wanda M. (Matthew) Fortin of Hughesville; 16 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.  Fran was predeceased by three brothers, Harry, Edwin, Cortland Jr. and a sister, Marcella Follmer. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Knight-Confer’s 1914 Memorial Ave. with Rev. Dr. John F. Piper, Jr. officiating. There will be a visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery. The family will provide the flowers and suggests contributions may be made to Susquehanna Cancer Center, 1001 Grampian Blvd. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 16 May 2008

BONNYCASTLE - Charlotte “Bonny” Bonnycastle Helm, age 74 of 171 Upper Delevan Avenue, Corning, died on Sunday May 4th. Bonny was born in Louisville, KY on November 19, 1933, the daughter of the late Arthur and Sally (Whitehead) Bonnycastle. She was the wife of the late John Blakey Helm who predeceased her in 1986. Bonny was a graduate of The Louisville Collegiate School and of Bennett Junior College in Millbrook, NY. She received her Bachelors and Masters degrees from Elmira College in Early Childhood Education. She opened the Preschool Nursery in 1962 and operated it for thirty years before gifting it to the Corning Family YMCA. Bonny’s dedication to quality childhood education extended beyond The Preschool Nursery. Besides pioneering the concepts of preparation and readiness for school in her Corning facility, she taught early childhood development in her tenure at both Elmira College and Corning Community College. She worked for many years as a Federal consultant for CDA teacher training at the preschool level throughout the Southern Tier. She was a current member of the Corning Hospital Board for over 20 years, and served multiple terms on the Boards of Hospice and the Family Service Society, among many others. Her interests included travel, quality healthcare for the community, Gesell School Readiness Testing for appropriate school placement for children, knitting, reading and entertaining. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law John and Andrea Helm of Simpsonville, SC; her daughter and son-in-law Anne and T.J. Galvin of Painted Post NY; her sister and brother-in-law Sally and Archie Hardy of Columbia, SC; grandsons Bennett Helm and Jack and Mason Galvin; granddaughter Morgan Helm; her best friend, Dutch Craumer of Corning; and several nieces and nephews. There will be no calling hours. Friends are invited to attend a memorial service for Bonny at Christ Episcopal Church 33 East First Street Corning Friday May 9th at 10:00am with Rev. Jorge Gutierrez officiating Burial will be in Louisville at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, Bonny would love for the playground at the YMCA that is dedicated to her be maintained and improved via contributions to the “Corning Family YMCA Children’s Garden Fund”, 127 Centerway, Corning, NY 14830. Arrangements have been entrusted to Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney St. in Corning. - Corning Leader, 6 May 2008

BOWER - Charles L. Bower, 84, of Hughesville, died Wednesday, May 14, 2008, at the Williamsport Hospital. Born June 26, 1923, in Loganton, he was a son of the late Charles D. and Loda M. Kreamer Bower. His wife of 51 years, the former Marian W. Shaner, preceded him in death on August 12, 1996. Charlie retired in 1986 from the former Sprout-Waldron’s in Muncy, after having worked there for 30 years. He was also well known in the Hughesville area for buying deer and beef hides for many years.  Charlie was a member of the Muncy Lodge 299 F. & A. M., the Loyal Order of the Moose, Muncy Valley Lodge 866 and a 50 year member of the Hughesville Fire Department. He enjoyed farming, hunting, fishing and was the President of the Strawbridge Fishing Club.
Surviving are four grandchildren, Stacey J. (Bill) Brown of Muncy, Melinda J. (Brian Kepner) Bower of Hughesville, Douglas L. (Theresa) Bower of Hughesville and Scott L. (Tessa Charles) Bower of Hughesville; five great grandchildren, Joshua R. Strickland, Zachary R. Strickland, Courtney L. Bower, Jordan S. Bower and Madison M. Bower; and a daughter-in-law, Bonnie J. Bower of Hughesville. In addition to his wife, Charley was preceded in death by two sons, Rocky L. and Dale L. Bower; and a grandson, Dale Lee Bower Jr. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday at the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water St., Hughesville, with the Rev. Max L. Walters Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Zion Cemetery. Friends may call from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. The family will provide the flowers and suggest memorial contributions to the Hughesville Fire Department, P.O. Box 53, Hughesville, PA 17737. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 17 May 2008

BROOKING - John William Brooking, Jr., age 95, died Monday, May 12, 2008. He was predeceased by his wife, Lucille, of 68 years, his two oldest sons and one grandson. He is survived by eleven children and many grandchildren. His youngest child, Myreta Churba, resides in S. Williamsport with her husband, Richard, and daughters, Julia and Sara. John was employed as a mason well into his 70s and enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening until recently. He was known for his good deeds and he gave unconditionally his entire life. A public celebration of life memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 17, at 11 a.m. from the First English Baptist Church, 700 Millville Road, Bloomsburg. A fellowship meal at the church will follow. Family requests no flowers. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 15 May 2008

BRUCIE - Vincent “Jimmy” Brucie, 83, of Pershing Street, Corning, died Thursday, May 1, 2008 at home. He was retired from Corning Glass Works as a project supervisor and served in the United States Navy. Survivors include seven sons, Thom Brucie of Vidalia, Ga., Vincent Brucie Jr. of Reno, Nev., Robert Brucie and Patrick Brucie, both of Corning, Stephen Brucie of Painted Post, Jimmy Joe Brucie of Horseheads, Kevin Brucie of Baltimore, Md.; stepdaughter, Mary Ellen Mong of Corning; four stepsons, Donald Kelly and Tom Kelly, both of Corning, John Kelly of Lindley, Bob Kelly of Painted Post. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. today, May 6 at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 222 Dodge Ave. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Arrangements are with Phillips Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney St.- Corning Leader, 5 May 2008

CAFOLLA - GLYNN, Antoinette
Age 82, of Elmira, NY. She was born April 28, 1926 in Elmira, NY, daughter of the late Alfred and Rose (Pinelli) Cafolla, and died Saturday, May 10, 2008, at the Chemung County Nursing Facility. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 62 years, Vincent on Wednesday, May 7, 2008; sister, Grace; brothers, Joseph and Eugene. She is survived by her children and their spouses, Patricia and Kenneth Koski of Elmira, William and Cynthia Glynn of Eldersburg, MD, Sandy and Phillip Hancock of Pine City, James Glynn of Elmira, and Sarah Jane Redder of Elmira; along with 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; brother, Alfred Cafolla of Pennsgrove, NJ; sisters, Albina Rullo of Elmira, Mary Doland of Elmira, and Carmella Dumas of Troy, MI. Antoinette was a communicant of Ss. Peter & Paul Church. She was formerly employed with Elmira Knitting Mill. There will be no prior calling hours. Services will be held privately at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in Bath National Cemetery with her husband, Vincent. A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date, to be announced. Walter J. Kent Funeral Home is assisting the family.   Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/11/2008.

Age 78, of Horseheads, died at her home, surrounded by her loving children, on Tuesday, May 6, 2008. Bebe was born in Utica, NY on November 29, 1929, a daughter of the late Beecher and Anna Johnson Chandler. In addition to her parents she is also predeceased by sister Dorothy Chandler and brothers, Robert and Edward Chandler. Bebe is survived by her children, Alex D. Service of Elmira, Robert C. Service of Horseheads, Christopher S. Service of Horseheads, B. Alice O'Brien, with husband J. William, of Elmira and David A. Service, with fiancée Joanna Birdsong, of Marina, CA; grandchildren, Barbara A. Service, Scott M. Service, Greg VanHouten, Meghan B., M. Kathleen, and Daniel P. O'Brien; former husband and friend Alexander Service of Stuart, FL. A funeral service will be held, Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, 172 Ottawa Street, Lake George, NY. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. Donations in Bebe's memory may be directed to either the American Cancer Society or Southern Tier Hospice. Arrangements by McInerny Funeral Home.
Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/11/2008.

Wilma Elaine (Cleveland) Maynard died Tuesday, May 13, 2008, at Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira, NY. Calling hours will be held at the Campbell United Methodist Church on Saturday, May 17, 2008, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. with a Memorial Service to be held immediately following the calling hours at 6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requested donations be made to Campbell United Methodist Church. Arrangements are by Bond-Davis Funeral Home of Bath.
Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/16/2008.

COLLMER - John C. Collmer, 62, of State Route 53 South, Prattsburgh, died Sunday, May 4, 2008 at home. He was employed with Burnwell Gas Company as a delivery driver for 37 years. He also served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Survivors include his son, Carl E. Collmer of San Antonio, Texas; daughter, Christina Walden of Avoca; five brothers, Bill Collmer of Wyoming, Tim Collmer of Nunda, Mike Collmer of Bath, Mark Collmer of Beaver Dams, Jim Collmer of Naples; six sisters, Margaret Gleason of Belmont, Arlene Collmer of Beaver Dams, Sara Shove of Corning, Diane Costello of Bath, Janice Brinks of Elmira, Ruth Lewis of Cohocton. Calling hours are 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, May 9 at the Bottoni-Wood Funeral Home, 4 Mechanic St. Services will be held there at the conclusion of calling hours at 1 p.m. Friday, May 9, the Rev. Don Peek officiating. Burial will be in Bath National Cemetery, Bath.- Corning Leader, 7 May 2008

CRIST - Carl E. Crist, 80, of Cemetery Rd., died Sunday, May 4, 2008, at his home following an extended illness. He and his wife, the former E. Ruth Bryan observed their 59th wedding anniversary on Oct. 30, 2007. Carl was a 1946 graduate of the Williamsport High School and a member of the Blessing Mountain Hunting Club, Warrensville. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, trapper, enjoyed gardening, playing the organ, operating his computer and an Atlanta Braves fan. Carl retired on May 31, 1985 from Textron after 34 years of service. Born Feb. 4, 1928 in Williamsport, he was the son of Harold M. and Evelyn R. Rote Crist. Surviving in addition to his wife are his mother of Williamsport; sisters, Fern C. Seitzer of Linden and Jean L. Brown of Philadelphia; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Knight-Confer’s, 1914 Memorial Ave., with the Rev. Dr. Larry E. Freed officiating. There will be a visitation from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Wildwood Cemetery. The family will provide the flowers and suggests contributions may be made to Susquehanna Hospice, 1100 Grampian Blvd. or to The Meow House (a shelter that does not euthanize homeless or unwanted cats), 314 Deckman Hollow Road, both of Williamsport, PA 17701. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 6 May 2008

DALY - GAME, Alberta L.
Age 80, of Binghamton, came to the clearing at the end of the path on Tuesday, May 13, 2008. Alberta was predeceased by her sister, Eileen Shema. Her survivors include her children, Sashi and Jeff Game-Brown, Michigan, Rick and Deb Game, Easton, PA, Connie and Tom Griffin, Binghamton, Linda Cain, Rochester, Bill and Elaine Game, Horseheads, Brigid and Bob Struble, Pine City; grandchildren, Becca and Kyle Orton, Lisa and Mat Kolodizie, Sean Game-Brown, Kevin Cain, Katy Griffin, Jesse Game-Brown, Alex Cain, Luke Griffin, Hannah Game-Brown, Lauren Game, Sam Cain, Seth Game, Eli Game, Kirsten Game, and John Cain; two great-grandchildren, Grayson Orton and Madilyn Kolodizie; her brother, Frank and Ruth Daly, Rochester; also many nieces and nephews. Alberta was a member of St. Matthews in Horseheads. She was a retired Registered Nurse and educator. Alberta worked in St. Joseph's Hospital in Elmira, with UHS in Johnson City, and most recently retired from Rivermede Manor. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She will be dearly missed by many. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 17, 2008, at 6 p.m. at the Wm. R. Chase & Son Funeral Home, 737 Chenango St., Port Dickinson, with Pastor Michele Fisher officiating. Interment will be in Granville, NY at the convenience of her family. Family and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Saturday from 3 p.m. until the time of service. Those wishing kindly consider memorial contributions in Alberta's name to the Defenders of Wildlife, PO Box 1553, Merrifield, VA 22116-1553.

DAUBER - Marcy L. (Dauber) Showers, 45, of 673 Campbell Street, died
, Thursday, May 15, 2008, at home. She was born in Williamsport, June 7, 1962. Marcy enjoyed being with family and friends, traveling and eating in restaurants. She had a great love for animals and respected all of God’s creations. Survivors include her mother Joan E. Thompson of city, her twin sister Marsha L. Reed of South Williamsport, brothers James K. (Debbie) Moore, Michael J. Thompson and sister Mindy L. (Richard) Umstead, all of city, nieces, Christy J. Reed and Morgan K. Umstead, nephews, John C. Reed and Aiden M. Umstead, and grand niece, Breona A. Reed. Her father Gerald A. Thompson preceded her in death October 2, 2004. A Memorial Service will be held Monday, at 10:30 a.m. at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond Street, with the Rev. Kenton L. Hunt officiating. The family will receive friends at Sanders, Monday from 9:30 until service time. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 16 May 2008

DAVIS - Larry Lynn Davis, 55 of Lake Wales, Fla. died May 1, 2008 at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Fla. as the result of a motorcycle accident. He was born July 23, 1952 to Earl and Barbara Slocum Davis of Wellsboro. He was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara who had been married to Hugh Wesley Heck, also of Wellsboro for many years, and his father Earl, also of Florida. Larry was a disabled American Army veteran who also drove a truck, bartended, and worked in construction for several years in and around the Wellsboro area before relocating to Florida with his wife Tambria "Tammy". Larry graduated from Penn State College with a degree in medical technology. He is survived by his wife Tambria; two sons, Shannon Davis of South Williamsport, Dustin Warriner, of Wellsboro; one daughter, Dawn Giltner of Fort Myers, Fla.; four sisters, Karen Casey of Durango, Colo., Nancy Zimar of Avon, N.Y., Linda Irwin of West Melbourne, Fla., Sandy Vargeson of Camarillo, Fla.; one brother, Hugh Heck of Mainesburg; six grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. He is also survived by hundreds of brothers too many to mention, but you know who you are. Cremation took place on May 6. Friends and family gathered at the Davis home to honor and remember our fallen husband, father, grandfather, and brother. Larry will be remembered in our hearts; he will be sadly missed; he will ride with us forever!  - Mansfield Gazette, 14 May 2008

DEGRAW Marian J.
72, of Big Flats, died on Friday, May 9, 2008, at home. She was born in Odessa and spent most of her life in Big Flats. She is survived by her husband, Floyd DeGraw; her children, Ronald (Rose) DeGraw, Brian (Tina) DeGraw, Diana (Robert) Johnson, and Timothy DeGraw; brothers, Robert and David Moore; sisters, Catherine (Art) Conklin and Mary Hughson; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by Lucille Cunningham. It was Marian's wish that there be no services. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make donations to Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 East Corning Rd., Corning, NY 14830. Arrangements by Carpenter's Funeral Home.   Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/10/2008.

DEUBEL -  BRAZELL, Jo-Anne E. (Deubel)
Penfield: Sunday, May 4, 2008. Age 63 after a courageous battle with cancer. Jo-Anne was born in Brooklyn, NY and moved to Horseheads, NY in 1958 and to Rochester in 1962. She was an active REALTOR in the Rochester community and prior to that worked for Xerox Corporation for 13 years. Jo-Anne graduated from Horseheads High School (class of 1961) and received her B.S. from Empire State College. She is predeceased by her two past husbands, James F. Brazell and John F. Stone. Jo-Anne is survived by her fiance, David Hagenbach; her daughter, Jill Stone Hunt (Dan) of Middletown, NY; and son, Jack Stone of Rochester; brother, Jay Deubel of Scottsdale, AZ: stepfather, S. Joseph (Betty) Ruocco of Vienna, WV: two nieces and a nephew and several grandnephews and a grandniece. Her family will receive friends on TUESDAY 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home. On Wednesday, please join her family at Christ Episcopal Church, 36 Main Street, Pittsford, at 11 a.m. for her Funeral Service. Entombment, White Haven Memorial Park. Contributions in Jo-Anne's memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1400 Winton Road North, Rochester, NY 14609.   Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/6/2008.

DONELLI - Delma Ianelli, 89 of 1 Reservoir Rd., Painted Post, NY, died Thursday May 15, in the Founders Pavilion, Corning, NY. Born in Manhattan, NY, she was the daughter of the late Domenic and the late Maria Donelli. Delma, also affectionately known as “Dolly” was an active member of the Community Mennonite Church. She attended Pathways Day Program. She was a member of a local “Red Hat” society. Even at age 89, Delma insisted on attending her day program on a daily basis. She loved a good cup of coffee, JC Penny Catalogs and magazines, jewelry, pocket books, and her many friends in the community and friends at Pathways. Everyone who had the privilege to know Delma has been blessed by her loving ways, kisses, hugs and pats. Delma moved to the Painted Post Community in 1983. Delma is survived by one sister: Lena Giffone of New York City a Brother, Albert Ianelli of New Jersey, niece, Anna O'Reilly of New Hyde Park, NY. Predeceased by her Parents, and a Brother, Armano Ianelli. Friends may call Tuesday from 10 - 12 Noon at Carpenter's Funeral Home, LLC, 14 East Pulteney Street, Corning, NY.A Funeral service and committal will be held Tuesday at 12:00 pm immediately after calling hours. Interment will be in Coopers Plains Cemetery, Painted Post. - Corning Leader, 18 May 2008

DUMAS - Rosemary Dumas, 47, of 317 Chestnut Street, died Sunday, May 4, 2008, at her home. Rosemary was a dedicated mother.  Born July 18, 1960 in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of Joseph F. and Dolores M. Sanislo Dumas. Surviving are her mother, Dolores M. Fredrich of Philadelphia; a son, Ian J. Artis at home; a daughter, Brooke L. Sidorchuk of Philadelphia; brothers, Christopher J. Dumas of Bensalem and Robert M. Dumas of Philadelphia; a sister, Rita L. Mosko of Haddon Heights, NJ; and grandchildren, Brayla Rowan of Williamsport and Ronald Rowan of Philadelphia. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Knight-Confer’s, 1914 Memorial Ave., with the Rev. Timothy K. Hartzell officiating. No visitation. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations for her son, Ian J. Artis, to Horizon Federal Credit Union, 1007 East Third St., Williamsport. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 6 May 2008

FINCH - Mrs. Lena Finch Jennings, age 53, of 111 Tree Top Lane, Stokesdale, N.C., formerly of Laceyville, Pa., and New Albany, Pa., died unexpectedly at her home in North Carolina, on Tuesday afternoon, May 6, 2008. Lena was born in Sayre, Pa., on Sept. 10, 1954, the daughter of Edna May Rook Finch, of New Albany, and the late Richard Landis Finch, who died in May 1966. Growing up in New Albany, Lena attended the Wyalusing Valley High School. She lived in the Laceyville area, for many years, until moving to North Carolina a year ago. While in the Laceyville area, Lena was employed at Meshoppen Manufacturing, for 15 years. She later became a cosmetologist, working at the Majestic III Salon, in Tunkhannock, Pa. Surviving besides her mother, are Lena's husband, Michael W. Jennings of Stokesdale; her two daughters, Chastity Finch of Meshoppen, Pa., and Stacey Nesslein, of Laceyville; her three grandchildren, Mara Baldwin and Butchie Baldwin, both of Meshoppen, Pa., and Kali Nesslein of Laceyville; her sister, Sally Robinson of Laceyville; her brother, Roland Finch of New Albany; and many nieces, nephews and friends. Besides her father she was preceded in death by four brothers, Jesse Finch, who died in July 2006; Landis Finch, who died February 1966; Roger Finch, who died April 1966; and Dicky Finch, who died in 1959. Lena was very family-oriented. She was the most beautiful person, a caring and loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She was always there for anyone who needed help. She is and will be dearly missed. Lena's memorial services and interment will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13, in the Lacey Street Cemetery, in Laceyville, with the Rev. Dave Faulkner of the Braintrim Baptist Church officiating. Arrangements were made through the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main Street Laceyville. - Towanda Daily Review, 10 May 2008

Age 50, of Takoma Park, Maryland, died on Saturday, May 3, 2008, at home from brain cancer. Mark was born in Elmira, NY, October 18, 1957, the son of John and Patricia Cahill Flory of Wellsburg, NY. He was predeceased by his brother Thomas Walter Flory. Mark graduated from Notre Dame High School and received two Master degrees from Syracuse University, one in Landscape Architecture and one in Public Administration. He traveled extensively to all corners of the world during his lifetime with his violin at his side. Mark was a long-time employee of the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC, where he took particular pleasure in helping state and local officials identify resources to solve environmental problems. In addition to his parents, Mark is survived by his wife, Ashley Files Flory and his daughter, Grace Audrian Flory of Takoma Park, MD; siblings: Barbara Flory of Athens, PA, and her children Patricia, Adam, and John Lewis; John P. Flory of Sitka, AK; Maribeth (Robert) Lambert of Elmira, NY, and their children Matthew, Emily, Christian and Catherine; Katie Flory of Elmira, NY; Brian (Elizabeth) Flory of Juneau, AK; and Teresa (Dennis) Kennelly of Rochester, NY, and their children, Sean, Ryan, and Margaret; several aunts, uncles, cousins, and a whole community of loving, caring, generous friends and neighbors who provided continual care and comfort to Mark and his family throughout his illness. Relatives and friends are invited to call at McInerny Funeral Home, corner of Water and Walnut Sts., Elmira, NY, on Friday, May 9, 2008 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 1100 W. Church Street, Elmira, NY, on Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Takoma Park, Maryland. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that Mark be remembered with a donation to Tanglewood Nature Center, 443 Coleman Ave, Elmira, NY 14903, or Takoma Park Green Roof Fund, 310 Tulip Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/7/2008.

FORD Soraya Ann
48, of Vetter Rd., died suddenly on May 7, 2008 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre. She was born on October 20, 1959, a daughter of Carol Susan (Britt) and the late John Stanley Ford. Soraya was a longtime employee and currently employed as an Administrative Assistant for St. Joseph's Hospital where she received the annual St. Joe's Oppy Award in 2007. She had a great love for her family and held a special place in her heart for her cats. In addition to her mother, Carol Ford of Sayre; she is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Mark and Karen Ford of Sayre; her aunts and uncles, Audrey and John Stanko of Sayre, Bernice and Lyle Blauvelt of Ashland, Margaret Nader of Sayre; nieces, Lynette and Tiffany; special friends, Velma Miller of Sayre and Nellie Bunn of Athens. Soraya was predeceased by her father, John Ford in 1974; and her aunt, Mary R. Louty. A time of remembering and celebration of Soraya's life will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2008, at 2 p.m. at the St. Joseph's Hospital Chapel with Deacon George Welch and Sr. Marie Castagnaro officiating. Following the services there will be a time of sharing and refreshments. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be directed to Stray Haven, 194 Shepard Road, Waverly, NY 14892 or to her family c/o Carol Ford, 4357 Vetter Rd., Sayre, PA 18840 in loving memory of Soraya Ann Ford. Caring assistance and guidance is being provided by the Cooley-Tioga Point Cremation and Burial Options, Inc., 802 N. Main St., Athens, PA 18810.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/9/2008.

Age 76, of Orlando, FL, formerly of Elmira, died May 14, 2008. He was predeceased by his parents, Adelbert and Catherine Rogers Glossenger. He honorably served in the US Coast Guard. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Lemelin of Orlando, FL; his five sisters, Darlene Knickerbocker, Sharon Osburn and John Merrone of Elmira, Audrey (Gary) Seymoure, Judy (Bill) Welch and Aleene (Brian) Short, PA; and a brother, Jim (Pat) Glossenger of Elmira; many nieces and nephews. Arrangements with Sunset Cremations, Orlando, FL, and as per his wishes, his ashes will be scattered at sea.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/16/2008.

HAYES - Clyde R. Hayes died in November of 2007. Funeral services were held at Carpenter’s Funeral Home in Corning on November 17, 2007. A burial for Clyde and his little lady, Toni, will be held Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. at Goodsell Cemetery on Roloson Rd. in the Town of Hornby. Rev. Betty Bement will be officiating. Carpenter’s Funeral Home LLC is entrusted with arrangements.- Corning Leader, 6 May 2008

HECKEL - Charles Elmer Heckel, 76, of 241 Pearl Street, Lock Haven, died Monday, May 5, 2008, at his residence. He was born January 17, 1932, in Lock Haven, the son of the late John W. and Helen C. Bower Heckel, Sr. He served in the United States Army from 1950 to 1952. He was first employed by the Lock Haven Area School District in the Finance Department. He was later employed with the Lock Haven Savings and Loan, which became the Jersey Shore State Bank from which he retired. He was a member of the St. Luke’s United Church of Christ, Flemington, where he had served on the church council. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge, Blue Lodge, Williamsport Consistory, Jaffa Shrine, Clinton County Shrine Club, Elks Lodge, Moose Lodge, American Legion, VFW, and the Citizens Hose Company. He also was an avid gardener.  He is survived by a brother, Ray Thomas (Donna) of Mill Hall; three sisters, Anna Remick, Jane Welshans (Glenn), and Shirley Walden, all of Lock Haven. He was preceded in death by three sisters, Mary Heckel, Isabel Kramer, and Grace Heckel; and two brothers, John W., Jr., and Robert. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 9, 2008, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Luke’s United Church of Christ, Flemington. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery. Friends will be received at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, 231 High Street, Flemington, on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Friday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke’s Church. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 7 May 2008

INGERSOLL - Shawn F. Ingersoll, age 46, of 4295 Sunbeam Rd., Jacksonville, FL, formerly of Cameron Mills and Addison, died Sunday, May 11, 2008 in Jacksonville. Born in the town of Urbana, July 6, 1961, he was the son of Elwyn A. and Beatrice Herrington Ingersoll. A graduate of Addison Central School, he had operated a carpet cleaning business locally and most recently was a warehouseman at the Southeastern Toyota Distribution Center in Jacksonville. He is preceded in death by his mother on August 3, 2003. He is survived by his daughter, Adriane N. Ingersoll of Bath, NY; his son, Nicholas S. Ingersoll of Beaver Dams, NY; his father and wife, Elwyn A. and Greta M. Ingersoll of Cameron Mills, NY; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Edward and Lorrie Ingersoll of White House Station, NJ, Jeffery E. and Nora Ingersoll of Bath, NY, and Brian S. (Paula Kohut) Ingersoll of Addison, NY; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends may call Friday, May 16, 2008 at the H.P. Smith & Son, Inc. Funeral Home, 1607 Main Street, Woodhull, NY from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., where a Memorial service will be conducted Saturday, May 17, 2008 at 2:00 p.m.  The Rev. Brian Diffenbacher will officiate. Burial will be in Town Line Cemetery, Cameron Mills, NY. - Corning Leader, 14 May 2008

Age 78, of Mansfield, PA, died peacefully on Monday, May 5, 2008, following a massive stroke. Born on December 18, 1929 in Rochester, NY, she was the daughter of Ann and Walter Lang. On June 14, 1958, Jane married her beloved husband, Luther W. Pfluger. She took great joy in her family, creating a home filled with beauty and love. She graduated from West High School in Rochester and Texas Women's University in Denton, TX. She was an elementary school art teacher in Dallas, TX, and Verona, NJ. Jane was an active member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Elmira, NY, and a volunteer in community activities, including the Mansfield Women's Chorus and Friends of Mansfield Public Library. She shared her love for flowers and her expertise as a gardener with her family and her many friends. She enjoyed traveling extensively throughout the United States and Europe. She is survived by her husband, Luther W. Pfluger of Mansfield, PA; daughter, Karyn Pfluger of Rochester, NY; daughter and son-in-law, Vicki and Michael Gorman and grandsons, Mitchell and Niell Gorman of Kaneohe, HI; sisters and brother-in-law, Corinne Smith of Denton, TX, and Joan and Robert Gresens of Rochester, NY; brother and sister-in-law, Dr. Gordon and Linda Lang of Chicago, IL; sisters-in-law, Rebecca Lang of Wadsworth, IL, and Willie Mae Pfluger of Georgetown, TX; numerous nieces and nephews, several cousins, and a host of caring friends. Calling hours are Wednesday, May 7, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, 637 South Main St., Mansfield, PA. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on May 8 at Bethany Lutheran Church, 226 South Walnut Street, Elmira, NY. Pastor Abigail Zang Hoffman of Bethany Lutheran Church and The Rev. Lance Robbins of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church (Webster, NY) will officiate. Interment will be at Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery in Pflugerville, TX. Flowers are gratefully declined and will be provided by the family. Those wishing may remember Jane through memorials to Texas Women's University (Denton, TX), Texas Lutheran University (Seguin, TX), or the church or charity of your choice.   Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/6/2008.

LAWRENCE - Jeanne H. Crawford, [SRGP 12105] age 76, of New Albany, Pa., died on Monday, May 12, 2008, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. She was born on July 4, 1931, in Blossburg, Pa., a daughter of the late Edson and Maude (Hilfiger) Lawrence. Prior to her retirement in 1995, she was employed at Hurleys Market, giving 13 years of service. On July 4, 1999, Jeanne married James Crawford. She moved to New Albany in 1999, having moved from Troy. Jeanne's family was her great love. She enjoyed needlepoint, crocheting, and she found pleasure in cooking and baking. Surviving is her husband: James Crawford, at home; her seven children: Larry and Marion Wood, of Middlebury Center, Pa., Mike Wood, of Tioga, Pa., Jack and Roberta Wood, Troy, Pa., Susan Tomko, Towanda, Pa., Carol and William Gernert, of Columbia Cross Roads, Pa., Linda and Ron Morgan, of Troy, Pa., Ed and Cindy Wood, of Granville Center, Pa.; by sisters and brothers: Gene and Kate Hilfiger, of Horseheads, N.Y., Bette Boyden, of Mainesburg, Pa., Shirley and Richard Kenyon, of Troy, Pa., Joan and Gene Jackson, of Mainesburg, Pa.; by step daughter: Sharon Siciliano; her 16 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and by many nieces and nephews, stepchildren and step grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a husband: John Sandor; brothers: Robert, Jack, Richard, Jerry; and by a grandson: Christopher Wood. A graveside memorial service will be held on Friday, May 16, 2008, at 11 a.m. in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, in Mildred, Pa. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to: American Cancer Society, Bradford-Sullivan County Unit, 1948 East Third Street, Williamsport, Pa. 17701, in memory of Jeanne Crawford. Arrangements were entrusted to the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter Street, Dushore, Pa. - Towanda Daily Review, 13 May 2008

LEFLER ROBERT STERLING - age 69, born August 11, 1938 in Bridgeport, CT, died May 7, 2008 in Knoxville TN. He was a graduate of Staples High School in Westport, CT then served in the United States Navy before receiving a BA from Transylvania University in Lexington, KY. After marrying Tracie Henderson in 1964, he then began his long teaching career at Jefferson Junior High and then later at Oak Ridge High School in Oak Ridge, TN. It was during this time in Oak Ridge that he became active in many environmental organizations including TCWP (Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning). In 1969 he received his MS in English Education from the University of Tennessee. A short time later he moved to Paul Smiths, NY where he continued to teach first at Paul Smiths College and then at the New York State Correctional Facilities. He retired from teaching in 2000 and concentrated on his hobbies of wooden boat building and genealogy research. Robert & Tracie moved to Knoxville, TN in September 2007 to be closer to family and to receive specialized treatment for Mesothelioma. Survived by: Tracie Henderson Lefler, wife; Jane Danford, daughter; Rebecca Vath, daughter; Anne Lefler Gurney, daughter; Curtis Lefler, son; Katherine Lefebvre, daughter; Anne Lloyd, sister; Mark Lefler, brother; Madeleine Vath, Keegan Vath, Seth Danford, Jenna, Danford, Lucas Danford, and Caelan Lefebvre, grandchildren. Funeral Arrangements: 7pm Saturday, May 10th, St. John's Lutheran Church, Knoxville. Receiving friends prior to the service from 6pm until time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to: Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America Covenant Health Hospice, Knoxville TN.

Of Waconia, MN, formerly of Elmira, died on May 8, 2008 in the presence of her son, Tola and her partner, Pete Scott. Her greatest pleasure in life was her family, especially her grandchildren. She is survived by her son, Tola, his wife, Tracy, and her grandchildren, Sophie and Aidan, all of Issaquah, WA; as well as her three brothers, Rick, Steve and Mark; and her sister, Rene. Services will be held at Johnson Funeral Home, 141 1st St. E., Waconia, MN 55387, on Sunday May 11, 2008.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/9/2008.

MERGEN - Michael L. Mergen, age 38, of New Albany, Pa., died on Monday, May 5, 2008, at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, Pa., as a result of a fall at his residence. Michael was born in Philadelphia, Pa. on Sept. 15, 1969, a son of Linda Keefer Mergen and the late Michael John Mergen. He graduated from the Sterling High School, a member of the Class of 1987. He attended Cantabury Technical School. He married the former Tammy M. Eberlin of New Jersey, on Oct. 16, 1998, in Laurel Springs, N.J. They moved to New Albany in the fall of 2007. Michael was employed as a driver by Federal Express. Michael enjoyed NASCAR was a Dallas Cowboy fan and enjoyed spending time and playing with his sons and entertaining his family and friends at home barbecues and family functions. Surviving are: his loving spouse, Tammy and three sons, Taylor D., Adam M. and Michael J., all at home; his mother, Linda Burmeff of Philadelphia, Pa.; three sisters and spouses, Lorie (Dennis) Coyne, Dawn (Daniel) McGinley and Danielle Mergen all of Philadelphia, Pa.; father and mother-in-law, Al and Joyce Eberlin of New Albany; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jonathan Eberlin of Monroeton, Vincent (Nicole) Eberlin of Asylum Twp., Ginger (Tony) Becker of Sugarbush Valley, Vt., Damon (Marion) Eberlin of Sayre; numerous nieces and nephews, and aunts and uncles. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 12, 2008, at the New Albany Baptist Church, with the Rev. Daniel H. Jordan, her pastor, officiating. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of the service, at the church. - Towanda Daily Review, 7 May 2008

MERRELL - Dennis W. Merrell, 55, of Fairview Terrace, Williamsport, died Monday, May 5, at the Gatehouse, Williamsport. Born August 3, 1952, in Lewisburg, he was a son of the late Hardie and Thelma Mae (Hoffman) Merrell. Dennis was a 1970 graduate of Warrior Run High School. He worked as a truck driver for Schaedler Yesco Distribution, Williamsport. Earlier in his life he worked for the former Keeler Supply and Raub Supply, both of Williamsport. He was a member of the Williamsport YMCA and also enjoyed golfing. Surviving are two brothers and sisters-in-law, Randall and Cheryl Merrell of Watsontown and Donald and Sharon Merrell of Turbotville; two nephews, Jeffrey and Bryan Merrell; and, a niece Amy Merrell. He was preceded in death by a brother, Marlin E. Merrell, in 2005. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, May 7, at 3 p.m. in Highland Cemetery, New Columbia, with the Rev. Kraig L. Faust, pastor of Saint John’s-Newberry United Methodist Church, officiating. The family is being assisted by the Cronrath-Grenoble Funeral Home, 308 Main Street, Watsontown. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 6 May 2008

MERRILL - George L. Merrill, 85, of Pine Valley, died Thursday, May 15, 2008 at Elcor Health Services. He was employed at the Chemung County ARC. Survivors include his sister, Charlotte Rozell of Campbell; three brothers, Christian Merrill of Beaver Dams, Frank Merrill of Arizona, Herb Merrill of Florida. Calling hours are 10 a.m.-noon Monday, May 19 at Carpenter’s Funeral Home, 14 E. Pulteney St., Corning. Services will be held there at the conclusion of calling hours at noon Monday, May 19. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery in Caton. - Corning Leader, 16 May 2008

68, of Harrison Valley, PA, formerly of Ulysses, died Thursday, May 8, 2008, in her home. Born December 27, 1939, in Stowe, PA, she was the daughter of William and Benadetta "Bessie" Ragnone Moore. She was married to Edwin Ziegler, III, who survives. An accomplished seamstress, she owned and operated the Fabric Stack in Ulysses. She was a cook at the Corner Café in Ulysses and the Hotel Crittenden in Coudersport. Surviving besides her husband, Ed, are: her mother of Stowe, PA; a son, Edwin Ziegler, IV of Lincoln, NE; a daughter, Lori A. Kazimer of Coudersport, PA; six grandchildren; two sisters, Virginia "Ginger" Scheidt of Pottstown, PA, and Janet Keim of Spring City, PA; and nieces and nephews. There will be no visitation or service. Memorials may be made to the Patterson Cancer Center or Potter County Hospice, c/o Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA 16915. Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/11/2008.

MORSE - Louise A. Morse Murray Wilson, age 70, of Coopers Plains, NY, died Sunday, May 4, 2008 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira, NY. She was born October 26, 1937 to James Leland Morse and Mazel Irene Bratt Morse. She married Robert L. Wilson on December 26, 1965. She began her teaching career in 1960 at Painted Post High School and retired in 200 from Northside Blodgett Middle School, having taught Home Economics. She is survivied by a daughter, Patricia Wilson; a granddaughter, Lorahlee Wilson; two brothers, Henry Morse and Carl Morse; and a sister, Adair Maroney. She was predeceased by her husband, her parents and a brother, James Morse. There will be no services. Arrangements by Seager Funeral Homes, Bath and Savona, NY.- Corning Leader, 6 May 2008

Wellsboro Agitator - June 28, 1939
Mrs. Jennie Avery, aged 68 years, died at 4 p.m. June 19, at Penn Yan, N.Y.  She was a daughter of Allen and Sabrina Crampton Mosher and was born in Chatham township, Oct. 7, 1871, and spent the early part of her life in that vicinity, moving to Waterloo, N.Y., 30 years ago.  She is survived by her husband, DeWitt C. Avery, and the following children, Richard D. Avery, of Waterloo; Leon P. Avery, of Syracuse; Arthur Avery, of Springfield, Mass., and Mrs. Sidney King, of Waterloo; one brother, Frank Mosher, of Phelps; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  The funeral was held at the Second Milo Baptist church Tuesday; burial in Maple Grove cemetery at Waterloo, N.Y.

MOSIER - Robert Harry Mosier, 74, of Dushore, PA died on Monday evening, May 12, 2008 at The Highlands in Laporte. Bob was born March 18, 1934, a son of the late Frederick P. and Florence A. Griffith Mosier of Lopez. He graduated from the Woodrow Wilson High School, Camden, NJ, a member of the Class of 1952. Mr. Mosier served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After the war, he became a successful realtor and owned the RH Mosier Realty Company of Mt. Laurel, NJ. His wife, Jill E. Davis Mosier, predeceased him on Aug. 28, 2002. He retired to Lopez and later to Dushore. He was a member of B.P.O.E. (Elks Club) in Towanda. Surviving are two sons and a daughter-in-law, John and Lisa Mosier of Hainesport, NJ and Karl Mosier of Mt. Laurel, NJ; a sister, Lois Betts of Berlin, NJ; and three grandchildren. He was predeceased by a brother, James Mosier of Berlin, NJ. A private graveside service will be held at the BG William C. Doyle Veterans Cemetery in Wrightstown, NJ. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore. - Wyalusing Rocket Courier, 15 May 2008

NIHART - Carol Jean Nihart Odell, age 68, of 4643 Clarkstown Road, Muncy, Pa. died Friday, May 2, 2008, at the Gatehouse Hospice, Williamsport Pa., after a lengthy illness. She was born at St. Charles, Minnesota, February 7, 1940, the second child of George L. Nihart and Berneice Hughes Nihart. She attended St. Charles Schools, and was a cheer leader and French horn instrumentalist in the school band. She was a Sunday School teacher at the Congregational Church, St. Charles. At Winona State University, Winona, Minnesota, she was an active member of the marching Warriorettes. She was a former assistant personnel manager at Sprout-Waldron, Muncy, Pa. Carol was an avid, traditional quilter, and was a member of the Susquehanna Quilters’ Guild, and the Messiah Lutheran Church Quilters. For many years she was a choir member at the Farragut United Methodist Church, was an active gardener and enjoyed genealogy research, cooking and baking, and found joy in being a homemaker. Surviving, are her husband of 47 years, John Frederick Odell, Jr., daughters Lanette E. Palude, of Flanders, N.J., and Karen J. Scroxton, of Bemus Point, N.Y., her son John Frederick Odell, III, of Mechanicsburg, Pa.; and seven grandchildren. Her mother, age 91, of St. Charles, MN., her brother Richard L. Nihart of Fayette, Iowa, and her sister Janet K. Campbell, St. Charles, MN., also survive her. A traditional, memorial service will be held at Christ United Methodist Church, 148 S. Main Street, Hughesville, Pa. at 11:00 A. M. on Thursday, May 8, 2008, with Rev. G. Edward Corcelius, officiating. Arrangements are being handled by McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, Pa. Visitation will be held at the church, on Thursday, May 8th, from 9:30 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. She will be laid to rest at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hughesville, Pa. A reception and refreshments will follow at the church social hall, where family, loved ones and friends are encouraged to gather to joyfully celebrate the life and Christian faith of Carol Odell. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Gatehouse, Divine Providence Hospital, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, Pa, 17701, in her name, or to Christ United Methodist Church, Hughesville, Pa. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 6 May 2008

O'DELL William H. Sr.
Age 71, of Pine City, NY, died unexpectedly, Monday, May 12, 2008, at St. Josephs Hospital, Elmira, NY. He is survived by his wife, Diane (Lowman) O'Dell; sons and daughters-in-law, William O'Dell, Jr. and wife, JoEllen, of Big Flats, David and wife, Michelle O'Dell, of Pine City, Mark O'Dell and fiancée, Teri Bargesser, of Southport; grandchildren, BillieJo O'Dell, Rhian and Eric O'Dell, and Christopher "Cricket" O'Dell and Brady Bargesser; niece, Emma Lowman; mother-in-law, Janice Lowman, Elmira; grandmother-in-law, Gertrude Sargent, Elmira; brother and sister-in-law, Dale and Kellie Lowman, Elmira; several cousins; and special friends and best neighbors, Kathy Chapin and Darcy Gray. He was predeceased by both parents, Harold and Leona O'Dell; and a son, Christopher O'Dell. Billy enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing and vegetable gardening. He especially loved caring for the birds that visited his backyard. To celebrate and remember his life, the family will have a gathering at the Golden Glow Fire Department, 39 Alvord St., Elmira, on Thursday, May 15, at 6:00 p.m. Memorial donations in his memory may be made to the Golden Glow Fire Dept., PO Box 3045, Elmira, NY 14905. Directions are available online at or by calling the funeral home toll-free at 1-877-826-3513. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/14/2008.

PALMER - Edward, E. Palmer, 79, of Mechanicsburg, Pa., died Friday, May 16, 2008 at the Hospice Residence of Lancaster County. Born April 19, 1929 in Athens, he was the son of the late Kenneth and Myrtle (Webster) Palmer. Ed was an outstanding high school athlete lettering in football, basketball and baseball at Athens High School during 1944-1947. He was inducted into Athens High School Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of an outstanding contribution to Athens’ High School sports. He served in the U.S. Army and graduated from East Stroudsburg State Teachers College in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science in Education. For the next 10 years, Ed became a teacher and outstanding basketball coach at Pen-Argyl High School, Shippensburg High School and William Penn High School, Harrisburg, Pa. His teams at both Shippensburg and William Penn won league championships; the William Penn Tigers were PIAA District 3 Champions in 1963, making it to the PIAA Eastern Regional Finals. Ed was named Coach of the Year by the Old Timer’s Association for his leadership in 1963.
The next 23 years (1964-1987) were served in public education administration from Assistant Principal and Director of Secondary Education at Cumberland Valley High School to Principal at both William Penn and Lebanon High Schools. During his time in high school administration, Ed served as a member of the P.I.A.A. District 3 committee and served as Chairman (1982-1983) for Alignment and Development of the Mid-Penn Athletic Conference. From 1978 until his retirement from public education in 1987, Ed was Superintendent of South Middleton School District in Boiling Springs. Ed enjoyed his 35 years of being a teacher, coach and administrator all in the great state of Pennsylvania and said he “would do it all again.” Edward was a member of First United Methodist Church, Mechanicsburg, where he served as Chairman of the Church Building Committee and was a Sunday school teacher. He was an Elder of Silver Spring Presbyterian Church and served on its pastoral committee. He also served on the Board of the Capital Area Intermediate Unit. He enjoyed watching his grandchildren compete in sports and spending time with his Shih-tzu, Casey, and was a huge Yankees fan.   He is survived by: his wife of 58 years, Arlene M. (Dunbar) Palmer; four daughters, Kathy and husband the late Vern Brechbiel, Camp Hill; Becky and husband Larry Rees, Dillsburg; Julie and husband John Butler, Mechanicsburg; and Jody Miller of Middletown; 11 grandchildren, Kirk (Renee) Brechbiel, Scott (Jillian) Brechbiel, Adam, Kelli, Tyler and Lindsay Rees, Kristen Butler and husband Brandon Shaver, John and Meghan Butler, Greg (LeeAnn) Miller, Jennifer Miller; great-grandchildren, Chase and Ella Brechbiel and Delaney Miller. Edward was preceded in death by his grandson, Erich Brechbiel, and by two nephews, David Smith and Mark Palmer. Memorial services will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church, Mechanicsburg. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Malpezzi Funeral Home, Mechanicsburg. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Lancaster County, P.O. Box 4125 Lancaster, PA 17604 or Penn State Hershey Diabetes Center, Office of University Development, P.O. Box 852 Hershey, PA 17033. - Sayre Morning Times, 16 May 2008

PETERSON - Linda Lee Peterson, age 63, of Devon, died May 2, 2008. She was the daughter of the late Leo C. and Louise (nee Barner) Peterson. She is survived by her loving cousins, aunts and uncles. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Service on Wednesday, May 7, at 11 a.m. at the Berwyn United Methodist Church in Berwyn. Viewing will be held Wednesday morning from 9:30-11 a.m. in the Church. Interment will be held on Thursday at 10 a.m. at Wildwood Cemetery in Williamsport. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to; Berwyn United Methodist Church, 140 Waterloo Ave., Berwyn, PA. 19312 or Fox Chase Cancer Center, 333 Cottman Ave., Philadelphia PA. 19111. Arrangements by the Alleva Funeral Home, Inc., Paoli, PA. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 6 May 2008

PHILLIPS - Doris I. “Dody” Burget, 89, formerly of Grandview Place, South Williamsport, died Monday, May 5, 2008, in Manor Care North. Born April 27, 1919, in Williamsport, she was the daughter of Thomas and Alice O. Waggoner Phillips. Her husband, Arthur E. Burget, died in 1976. She enjoyed playing bingo, cards, quoits, pool and dancing. She was a member of the Women of the Moose Lodge 384 and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles 970. Surviving are two sons, Arthur L. (Sue Dugas) of South Williamsport and Thomas (Sharon Berger) of DuBoistown; seven grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren; and a sister, Connie Buscher of Philadelphia. Connie is the last surviving of 15 siblings. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Wildwood Cemetery with Major Steven B. Stoops officiating.
Arrangements by Sanders Mortuary. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 6 May 2008

PIERCE - Lavonne L. Campbell, 64, of Russell St., Canisteo, died Tuesday, May 6, 2008 at St. James Mercy Hospital. She was employed as an electrician at the former Morrison-Knudsen Company in Hornell. Survivors include her daughter, Yvette Segundo of Canisteo; two brothers, Duane Pierce of Tennessee, Clement Pierce of Canisteo; five sisters, Sharlene Thompson, Marcelene Stewart, Deanne Edell, Connie Frook and Denise Schaumberg, all of Canisteo. Calling hours are 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 8 at the H.P. Smith and Son Inc. Funeral Home, 29 E. Main St., Canisteo. Services will be held there at the conclusion of calling hours at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 8. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Canisteo.- Corning Leader, 6 May 2008

POLMATIER - Mrs. Edith Polmatier Bishop, age 86, of RR 3, Box 296, Meshoppen, Pa., died peacefully on Sunday afternoon, May 4, 2008, at her home in Auburn Four Corners, in Auburn Township., Susquehanna County, Pa., surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Dimock Township, Susquehanna County, Pa., on Jan. 13, 1922, the daughter of the late Frank and Frances McWhinney Polmatier. Growing up near Dimock, she was a graduate of the Dimock High School, class of 1940. During her high school days, she enjoyed sports, including being on her high school basketball team, and also a member of the track team, where she broke the standing broad jump record (a record which still stands). She also enjoyed music, playing the piano and violin, and dancing, especially round and square dancing, and polkas. Mrs. Bishop was the wife of the late Duane R. Bishop, who died on May 24, 2005, being married for 63 years. During their years together, they owned and operated a dairy farm in Auburn Four Corners. She was also employed for more than 28 years, at the Tyler Memorial Hospital, in Tunkhannock, Pa., as an LPN, and in the Central Supply. She loved being surrounded by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and most recently her first great-great-grandson. She also loved the outdoors, where she enjoyed hunting with her husband, and the view of her farm overlooking the pond, working in her flower gardens, watching the duck, and many birds, riding her four-wheeler, and being with her companion, her faithful dog, Spot. When she was not able to be outdoors, she enjoyed playing cards, especially pinochle. For many years, she attended the Jersey Hill Church, and she was a member of the LPN Association, and a member of the Lakeland Moose Lodge in Lakeland, Fla., where she and her husband spent their winters for 18 years. Surviving are her daughter and her husband, Gail and Jerry Burke, of Auburn Center, Pa.; and her four sons and their wives, Duane P. and Judy Bishop Sr., and George R. and Sheila Bishop Sr., all of Auburn Four Corners, David C. Bishop, of Dallas, Texas, and William E. Bishop of Lakeland; her sister and her husband, Patricia (Harry) McKiernan-Woske of Fleming, N.J.; her 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and her first great-great grandson; and many nieces and nephews. Besides her husband and her parents, she was also preceded in death by a sister, Eileen Bishop; a brother, Frank Polmatier; and a great-granddaughter, Sarah Marie Cobb. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 9, at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main Street, Meshoppen, Pa., with Rev. Charles Bishop of the Elk Lake Community Church officiating, Interment will be in the Bunnell Cemetery, near her home. Family and friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 8. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial donations to the Tyler Memorial Hospital, SR Rt. 6W, Tunkhannock, Pa. 18657, or to the Heartland Hospice, 38 N. Main St., Pittston, Pa. 18640. - Towanda Daily Review, 6 May 2008

POPKIN Leon William "Label"  - Age 77, of Elmira, NY, departed for Grey Havens on Sunday, May 11, 2008, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Elmira. Along with a powerful sense of history and love of all things fantastical, Leon leaves behind his sister, Ruth Kaplan of Wayne, PA; his daughters, Sheryl Popkin (husband, John Clark) of Gouldsboro, PA, Janice Popkin (husband, Pete Schuwerk), New Port Richey, FL, and Helen A.S. Popkin of Bronx, NY; grandsons, Anthony Popkin of Lindley, NY, and Michael Bock of Elmira Heights, NY; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Leon was predeceased by his parents, Alexander and Eva London; and brother, George. He was born in Manhattan, NY, and graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Science, New York, NY, and St. John's University School of Pharmacy in Brooklyn, NY. Leon was an Army veteran of the Korean War, and worked as a pharmacist at the Bath VA Center before retirement. The family will hold a private remembrance. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Chemung County Humane Society and SPCA: Arrangements have been entrusted to the Kalec Funeral Home.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/18/2008.

Age 92 died on May 10, 2008 at Elcor Health Services in Horseheads, NY. She was born in Binghamton, NY on August 30, 1915 the daughter of the late Valenty and Mariana Prusik. She was one of ten brothers and sisters. In 1920 the Family moved to Poland where she grew up and married Henry M. Kozlowski in 1934. They returned to the United States in 1936 and established a residence in Niagara Falls, NY. Over the years she had worked at Carborundum Co., Walker Laundry and Kimberly Clark Corp. Her husband Henry pre-deceased her in 1988. One sibling, Jadwiga Orzol, remains in Poland. She is survived by her son, Dr. Theodore Kozlowski and her daughter-in-law Ann (Mills) Kozlowski of Horseheads, NY. She had five grandchildren, Dr. Christopher (Kerry) Kozlowski of Medina, WA, Karen (John) Kennedy of Carmel, IN, David Kozlowski of Ithaca, NY, Dr. Maureen (Theodore) Schurman of Charlton, NY and Natalie Kozlowski of Greenville, NC. She also had eight great grandchildren, Daniel, Nicholas, and Chloe Kennedy; Kathleen, Natalie, and Celia Schurman; and Luke and Alexander Kozlowski. She has a surviving niece, Hanna Wrzesinski (Adam) of New Britain, CT and their sons Daniel and David. Affectionately known to all her friends and family as Babci, she enjoyed all their company and energy. For sixty-seven years she was an active member of Holy Trinity Parish in Niagara Falls, NY and was active in the St. Hedwig Society and the Holy Rosary Society of Holy Trinity Church. She was skilled in arts and crafts, and with her friends and neighbors contributed to her time and creations to many church activities and fund raisers. The family extends special thanks to the personnel at Elcor Health Services for the care and attention given to Sophie over the past four plus years. They made her welcome and comfortable throughout her stay. Arrangements are being coordinated through the Lynch Funeral Home 318 West Broad Street Horseheads, NY and the Henry Zajac Funeral Home 319 24th Street Niagara Falls, NY. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Henry Zajac Funeral Home 319 24th Street Niagara Falls, NY on Thursday May 15, 2008 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. A Prayer Service will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday May 16, 2008 at 9 AM followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 AM at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Niagara Falls, NY. Sophie will be laid to rest next to her beloved husband Henry in Holy Trinity Cemetery in Lewiston, NY. The family will provide their own flowers and those wishing may remember Mrs. Kozlowski through memorials to Holy Trinity Church 1419 Falls Street Niagara Falls, NY 14303-1596.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/13/2008.

RAFFERTY - Joseph Rafferty, 83, of Montrose, PA, died Monday, May 12, 2008 at his home. Born Sept. 11, 1924 in Franklin Forks, PA. He was the son of the late Joseph and Lola [Wall] Rafferty. He was a member of the Quarter Horse Association. Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, JoAnn and Lawrence Sharak of Binghamton, NY; grandchildren, Jeff (Jill) Sharak, Nicholas (Meredith) Sharak, great-grandchildren, Emily, Jacob and a baby on the way; siblings, Katherine, Anna Mae, Jim, John, Ed and Keith, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a granddaughter, Kelly and siblings, Mary, Phoebe, Richard and Frederick. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 16 at 1 p.m. at Bartron-Myer Funeral Home, Inc., Montrose. Family and friends may call on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Susquehanna County, PO Box 485, Montrose, PA 18801. - Wyalusing Rocket Courier, 15 May 2008

RIBBLE - Carl Ribble Jr, 72, of Catlin Dr., Beaver Dams died Thursday, May 15, 2008, at Corning Hospital. He was born June 27, 1935, in Corning the son of Carl and Anna Bell (Reep) Ribble Sr. He married Sandra (Ward) Ribble on September 1,1956 at the Beaver Dams United Methodist Church. Carl was a retired electrician for Corning Inc. with over 55 years of service. He was a member of the Beaver Dams United Methodist Church and the A.F.G.W.U. Local 1000. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Ribble of Beaver Dams; sons, Alan (Shirley) Ribble of Beaver Dams and Wayne (Nancy) Ribble of Beaver Dams; daughters, Joyce (Duke) Ayers of New Holland, PA, Janet (Alan) Ayers of Beaver Dams and Pamela (Randy) Wydner of Avoca; brothers, Fred (Barbara) Ribble of Beaver Dams and Richard Ribble of Corning; sisters, Amanda Lunger of Baldwinsville and Anna Bell (Donald) Folnsbee of Painted Post; 8 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 19, 2008, at the Beaver Dams United Methodist Church with Rev. Cindy Chidsey Officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Carl's name may be made to the Beaver Dams United Methodist Church, PO Box 516, Beaver Dams, New York 14812. - Corning Leader, 18 May 2008

Age 62 of Tuscarora, NY, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 14, 2008. Joan was born January 23, 1946, a daughter of Paul Richtmyer and Faye Edsall. She was a retiree with Guthrie Medical Clinic in Corning. She loved animals, flowers, riding her motorcycle, cooking, hunting, fishing, line dancing and most especially spending time with her family. She was predeceased by her father, Paul Richtmyer on September 5, 1977 and mother-in-law, Ethel Hickok on March 16, 2006. Joan is survived by her loving husband, Richard Hickok; children, Kelly (Patrick) Gargano of Corning, NY, David (Janet) Swan of Tucson, AZ, Damion (Kiyana) Manwarren of Seattle, WA, Roger (Lisa) Hickok of Painted Post, NY, Chris (Kathy) Hickok of Hornell, NY and Bart Hickok of Elmira, NY; grandchildren, Jonathon Gargano, Gabriel Gargano, Shawna Laverde, Lindsey Hickok, Heather Hickok and Dawson Hickok; sisters, Linda (Dave) Hojnoski of Smithville, Canada, and Paula (Brian Ingersoll) Kohut of Elkland, PA; brothers, Gary (Molly) Richtmyer and Mike (Stella Northrup) Richtmyer of Savona, NY; her four legged friends, Spud and Louise; aunts and uncles, several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and a host of friends. The family will welcome relatives and friends to Flint Funeral Home, 10 Wall St., Addison, NY on Sunday, May 18, 2008, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Joan's Funeral Service will be held at the Funeral Home on Monday, May 19, 2008, at 10 a.m. with Pastor LD Maxson of Tuscarora Baptist Church. Those wishing to remember Joan may make contributions to the SPCA, Hammondsport Rd., Bath, NY 14810 in her memory.  Published in the Star-Gazette from 5/16/2008 - 5/17/2008.

SANDS - Thomas E. Sands, Dallas, PA, died on Wednesday, May 7, 2008 at the Allied Skilled Unit in Clarks Summit from injuries suffered in a motor-vehicle accident on Jan. 11, 2008. Born in Wilkes-Barre on Feb. 10, 1964, he was a son of Robert and Dorothy Keithline Sands of Dallas. He was a 1982 graduate of Dallas High School and was employed by Carbon Sales in Wilkes-Barre as a filter media technician. He enjoyed darts, NASCAR, football and hunting and fishing in the outdoors. Survivors include his son, Adam Sands of Centermoreland; a special friend, Sharon Evarts of Dallas; brothers and sisters-in-law, David and Sandra of Falls, Ronnie and Sheri of Dallas, Stanley and Alicia of Falls, Robert and Katie of Laceyville; sisters and brothers-in-law, Rosemary and Dennis Hallock of Tunkhannock, Alice and Paul Barrett of West Wyoming, Bonnie Sands of Connecticut, Diane Sands of Mount Pleasant and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Saturday, May 10 from Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, Inc., 73 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, with Pastor Jack Rehill, officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Thomas E. Sands Memorial Fund, c/o M&T Bank, 501 Tunkhannock Highway, Dallas, PA 18612. - Wyalusing Rocket Courier, 15 May 2008

SEVERANCE - Margaret E. Celmer, 90, of Tioga Ave., died Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at home. She was born August 15, 1917 in Bath, NY the daughter of James H. And Eva (Parker) Severance. She was predeceased by her two brothers James and Edward Severance. She married Ralph Celmer who predeceased her April 17, 1980. Margaret worked for various health care facilities before retiring. She was a wonderful Aunt and friend . She will be missed by all. She is survived by her nieces, Pam (Bob) Kelly of VA; Patricia Eaton of PA; Penny Sansone of PA; Peggy Severance of Detroit; nephew, Michael (Teresa) Bonomo of Corning and several Great-Nieces and Great-Nephews.
Funeral services will be held at the Nondaga Cemetery in Bath, NY on Tuesday, May 27, 2008, at 11:00 am. In Lieu of Flowers Please send donations in Margaret's name to the Office of the Aging, Hospice, or the American Cancer Society. Acly-Stover Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements. - Corning Leader, 18 May 2008

SHAHEEN - Damon R. Shaheen, 69, of Montoursville and a guest at Statesman Health and Rehabilitation Center in Levittown, died Monday, May 5, 2008 at the home.   He was born August 4, 1938 in Williamsport the son of Samuel H. and Nellie Viola Minnier Shaheen. Damon had worked for Lundy’s Construction until 1972 and then owned and operated Shaheen Construction until the late 1980’s. He was a Veteran of the United States Navy, a member of Eugene Grafius American Legion Post 104, where he served as a commander, a member of the 40 Et 8 in Williamsport, Post #1 in Williamsport, and worked part time as a bartender at J&R Tavern in Montoursville. Damon is survived by a son, Damon R. (Lindsay) Shaheen, II of Allentown; a daughter, Erin S. (Nathan) Wagner of Sunbury; two brothers, Samuel Shaheen of Pine Creek and William Shaheen of Williamsport; and a sister, Sonya Cafaldo of New York. He was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Charlie. A memorial service will be held 10 a.m., Saturday, May 17, at the Eugene Grafius American Legion Post 104 in Montoursville, where friends are invited to attend a time of fellowship, and share their memories of Damon. Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 7 May 2008

SUTOSKI - O'GORMAN Jacqueline Whipple
Died on May 3, 2008. Jackie attended EFA and Elmira College. She worked as an agent for Metropolitan Life Insurance for over 25 years. She is survived by her husband, Patrick O'Gorman; brother, Richard Sutoski; five children, Richard, Thomas, Timothy, Ronald II, and Kelly; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Jackie was predeceased by her husband, Ronald Whipple; and her parents, Leo and Alice Sutoski. Funeral arrangements are at Brevard Memorial Funeral Home, 5475 North U.S. Highway 1, Cocoa, Fla.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/7/2008.

TRANELLI - Lucy Tranelli Enderle, died on December 27, 2007 in Prescott, AZ, following a long illness. She was predeceased by her husband, Kenneth Enderle in October, 2007 and a daughter, Linda Enderle. Lucy and Kenneth were both employed for many years at the Corning Glass Works. After retirement, they moved to Arizona. Survivors include: two nephews, Mark Tranelli of Schenectady, NY, Steven Tranelli and his wife, Kathleen of Rochester, Ny; one niece, Deborah Tranelli of New York City; two great-nieces, Sarah and Kathryn Tranelli of Rochester; one sister-in-law, June Tranelli of Schenectady. - Corning Leader, 7 May 2008

Age 40, of Elmira, NY, died Sunday, May 4, 2008, at home. There are no prior calling hours. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 17, at the Barrington Community Church, Old Bath Rd., Dundee, with Rev. Gerald Vanaman officiating. Inurnment will be in Hillside Cemetery, Dundee. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Assoc., Finger Lakes Chpt., 2113 Chili Ave., Rochester, NY 14624. Michael was born January 22, 1968 in Erie County, NY. He was the son of the late Jack Verdegaal and the former Hazel Oliander. He was a former employee of Polly-O Dairy in Campbell, NY. An avid fisherman, Michael was a member of North American Fishing Club, and a former member of the Tyrone Methodist Church Choir. He is survived by four children, Michael A. Verdegaal of Rochester, Kyle Ellsworth, Dawson Verdegaal, and Sierra Verdegaal, all of Corning, NY; his mother, Hazel Verdegaal (Richard) Raplee of Tyrone; and a dear friend and companion, Michele Strenger of Elmira. He was predeceased by his father, Jack Verdegaal in 1993. Arrangements are by the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water Street, Dundee.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/11/2008.

WILT - John William Wilt, M.D., son of the late William M Wilt and E. Mona Wilt, died on May 1, 2008 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, following a valiant nine month battle with cancer. Dr. Wilt retired as Chief Medical Officer of the Sayre Veterans Outpatient Clinic in 2002, after an 18 year career at that institution. He was the main force behind the establishment of Sayre’s new VA facility and was very proud of his accomplishment. Dr. Wilt is survived by his wife Alice D. Wilt of 373 Oak Hill Drive, Sayre. Born in Curwensville, Pa., on March 28, 1933, Dr Wilt, known as Jack to his childhood family and friends grew up in Clearfield, Pa. He graduated from Clearfield High School in 1951 with a passion for science and his sights set on medical school. John matriculated to Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa. He graduated from Jefferson Medical School in Philadelphia, Pa., class of 1959. He then moved to the Valley where he did his internship and residency in internal medicine at the Robert Packer Hospital. In 1964 he joined the staff of the Guthrie Clinic in the Gastroenterology department. In 1966, at the age of 33, Dr. Wilt joined the U.S. Army as a Captain in the Medical Corps, serving first in Fort Riley, Kan., and then in the 91st Evacuation Hospital in Tuy Hoa, Vietnam. His Vietnam service of one year spanned 1967-1968 and included medical duty during the Tet Offensive. He served as Chief, Medical Intensive Care Unit which included duties in triage, surgical assistance and post-surgical care. Returning to Athens in 1968, Dr. Wilt resumed his career at the Guthrie Clinic as a gastroenterologist in the Internal Medicine Department. He left the Guthrie Clinic to pursue more fully his commitment to America’s war veterans as an internist with the Sayre VA Outpatient Clinic, where he became the Chief Medical Officer in 1989 and held that position until he retired in 2002. Following his retirement from the VA Outpatient Clinic, Dr. Wilt taught Anatomy and Physiology at the Lackawanna College in Towanda. In addition to his wife, Dr. Wilt is survived by his three children from a previous marriage: Anne Wilt Poorman(Jeff) of Bronxville, N.Y., Carolyn Wilt Dean(Craig) of Charlotte, N.C. and Bill Wilt(Jessie) of Madison N.J. He is also survived by: his step-children, Dorinda Kennedy(PJ) and Adriana Sullivan(Jake), both of Ridgebury and Darrin Olmstead(Alison) of Athens. He was especially proud of his nine grandchildren: John Spencer, Caroline and Gregory Poorman, Emily and Andrea Dean and Betsy, Kathryn, Jack and Madeline Wilt, as well as his five step-grandchildren: Ryan and Nathan Kennedy, Delaney Olmstead and Harley and Cameron Sullivan. He is also survived by: his mother, E Mona Wilt; a sister, Rebecca Johnston; a niece, Paula (Lester) Witherite; and a nephew, Joseph Witherite all of Clearfield, Pa. Dr. Wilt was an American History buff and an avid dog lover, leaving his three best friends behind. He also had a lifelong dedication to daily exercise, playing racquetball until the age of 70.  Funeral and committal services will be held at the Beardsley Funeral Home in Clearfield, Pa., on May 10, 2008 with visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. with the funeral and committal services following. Donations in honor of Dr. Wilt’s life can be made to the Disabled American Veterans ( or to the VFW Foundation ( Alternatively, in honor of Dr. Wilt’s love of animals, we recommend donations to the Bradford County Humane Society at Route 220, PO Box 179, Ulster PA 18850 or e-mail them at A local memorial service for Dr. Wilt will be announced at a future date in the Morning Times by the Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly. - Sayre Morning Times, 5 May 2008

WOOD Alex M.
52, of 3957 Eddy Road, Addison, NY, died on Monday, May 12, 2008. Alex was born September 9, 1955 and graduated from Elkland High School in 1973. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1976 to 1979. He worked at Corning Glass works and Babcock ladder. Alex was predeceased by his parents, Roy and Pearl Wood. He is survived by his brother, Duane (Debbie) Wood; nephew, Christopher Wood; several aunts, uncles, and cousins; his father, Alex Sans; brothers, Gary Sans, Mike Sans, and David Sans; sister, Natashia Amy Sans. Family and friends are invited to a Graveside Service Saturday, May 17, 2008, at 1:00 p.m. at the Bath National Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Bond-Davis Funeral Home of Bath.   Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/16/2008.

YOCUM - ROBISON Harriett Rhoda Yocum
Age 83 of Elmira Heights, NY died
to meet her Lord and Saviour on Monday May 12, 2008. Harriett was born September 26, 1924 in Homer, NY the daughter of the late Raymond and Leotta Van Gorder Yocum. She married her husband, Clarence Robison, who pre-deceased her on September 25, 1996. Harriett was also pre-deceased by her brothers and sisters Dawn Yocum, Raymond Yocum, Beulah (Don) Cook, Millicent (Wayne) Lee, and Kenneth Yocum. Harriett was devoted to her family and treasured every moment she spent with them. Mrs. Robison is survived by her loving and devoted children Carl (Linda) Robison of Homer, NY; Robert (Nancy Kae) Robison of Charlotte, NC; Ralph (Cheryl) Robison of Utica MI; Dawn (Steve) Pitcher of Elmira, NY; Debbie (Steve) Remenyi of Philadelphia, PA; Lori (Tom) Burczynski of Montour Falls, NY; Erin Robison of Millport, NY; Anita (Winfield) Crouthamel of Millport, NY; 22 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren; brothers and sisters: Clarice (Dale) Johnson, Elwood Yocum, Clyde (Debbie) Yocum, Frederick Yocum, and Pamela Woods; brother-in-law: Paul Robison of Groton, NY; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of caring friends. A Memorial Service Celebrating her Life will be held on Thursday May 15, 2008 at 7 PM at The First Baptist Church of Horseheads 2293 Grand Central Avenue Horseheads, NY. Her Pastor Robert Finch will officiate. Arrangements are entrusted to the Lynch Funeral Home 318 West Broad Street Horseheads, NY.   Published in the Star-Gazette from 5/13/2008 - 5/14/2008.

ZEBROWSKI - Raymond L. Zebrowski, 78, of Dundee, died Tuesday, May 6, 2008 at Schuyler Hospital. He was retired from the Yates County Highway Department and was a former Town of Starkey highway superintendent. Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann Zebrowski, at home; two sons, Wayne V. Zebrowski of Dundee, Edward A. Zebrowski of Penn Yan; daughter, Donna Sue Kerrick of Hammondsport; sister, Pastor Irene Nowak of Starkey. Calling hours are 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 10 at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Services will be held there at the conclusion of calling hours at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 10, his sister officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Hillside Cemetery, Dundee.- Corning Leader, 7 May 2008

ZIMMERMAN - Nadine Marie Zimmerman, 46, beloved daughter of Joyce Vancko Zimmerman and the late Ned D. Zimmerman, South Williamsport, was found dead April 4, 2008 in her home in Killeen, Texas, following a lengthy illness. Born December 11, 1961, in Williamsport, she attended Hepburn-Lycoming Elementary School six years. After moving to South Williamsport in 1973, Nadine attended junior high there and was a 1979 graduate of South Williamsport Area High School, serving as Vice President her senior year. A 1987 graduated of American Technological University, Killeen, Texas, she held a Master of Science Degree. She also attended Texas A&M University and Central Texas College. She is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Lance E. and Susan M. Zimmerman, and nieces and nephews, Serenity, Gage and Charity Zimmerman and Cody McKenzie, all of South Williamsport. Also surviving are her maternal aunts and uncles; The Drs. Robert M and Candace S. Vancko, Delhi, NY; Gerald J. Vancko, Pittsburgh, James N. and Theresa K. Vancko, Oregon, IL, the Rev. Pamela V. Sten, St. Joseph, MI, Loretta G. Vancko, Pittsburgh and Arnold H. Sten, Mechanicsburg. Also, paternal aunt and uncles; Betty and William Taylor, South Williamsport, and Arthur and the late Phyllis Zimmerman, Williamsport. Also surviving are her godparents, Leslie Winkleman Williams, Williamsport, and Gerald J. Vancko, Pittsburg. Surviving are first cousins; Dr. Kathryn and Brian Coffee, Dayton, OH, Robert and Tinatini (Tika) Vancko, Singapore, Melissa and Dr. Erick Schenk, S. Thomaston, ME, Kathy Vancko, Irvine, CA, Joshua and Andrea Vancko, Bryon, IL, Sacha and Bruce DeBoe, Byron, IL, Nathan Sten, Springfield, MO, Amanda and Ed Muren, Tucson, AZ, Ellen Sten, Lansing, MI, Lisa Vancko, Pittsburgh, Scott and Georgia Taylor, Athens, and Elaine R. Bower, Williamsport. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents; Mary and Michael Vancko, Montoursville, and paternal grandparents, Annabelle and Herman Zimmerman, South Williamsport. Nadine served in the U.S. Army 1979-1986 as a Systems Analyst, spending most of her enlistment stationed in Heidelberg, Germany and Fort Hood, TX. After active duty, she served seven years in the National Guard. She had been employed 19 years a Systems Analyst at Scott and White Health Plan, Temple, Texas. Nadine was a member of the Altrusa Society, Temple, Texas, and an avid Dallas Cowboys fan, being a season ticket holder. A memorial service is planned May 24, 2008 at 3 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, Scott and Beeber Streets, Williamsport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be led by the Rev. Christine Purcell, with the Rev. Pamela V. Sten, assisting. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the handicap-accessible project at the church. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, 6 May 2008

? - Doris Belle Wilson was born in Spokane Washington on November 24, 1919 she married H. William Wilson January 31, 1942. She died on January 31st, 2008.   Her passing was on the 66th anniversary of their wedding. Doris was affectionately known “Mima” by her grand and great grand children. Doris was elected and served as Town Clerk of the Town of Erwin in Steuben County for 20 years. She will be remembered for her commitment to her community through her tireless volunteerism. She was active in the First Congregational Church of Corning and served as a Deacon and Trustee. Her community service includes the Board of Directors of the Salvation Army, Quota Club, Republican Women, Girl Scouts, and Meals on Wheels. Doris served as President of Corning Hospital Chapters' Council and a Board member of the Southern Tier Heart Association. In 1981 she was selected as Painted Post’s Citizen of the Year.   Doris was the widow of H. William Wilson. She was the beloved mother of James W Wilson (Meredith) of Orchard Park NY. Nancy Wilson of Fayston VT. Ruth Havert of Port Orange, FL and Elizabeth Bassney (Peter) of Wasilla Alaska. Grandmother of 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Mima will be remembered for her wonderful sense of humor, her generosity, her chocolate chip cookies and her determination to win every card game. Besides volunteering, she enjoyed gardening and was an avid quilter.  A service in Doris’ memory will be held May 25th at 1:00 PM in the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 171 Pulteney Street, Corning NY. Friends are invited to attend a light luncheon prior to the service at noon in the church reception room. - Corning Leader, 16 May 2008

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