Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
Clippings, Obituary,  & Scrapbook Section
Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA
Home Guide Disclaimer Copyright MORE Clippings Joyce New & Search
Tioga County Newspaper Abstracts Chemung County Newspaper Abstracts Obituaries By Cemetery

Joyce's Search Tip - February 2010 
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 Seventy
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..

ANDREWS Francis S.
Wellsboro Agitator - February 3, 1932
Francis S. Andrews, a former resident of Wellsboro, died suddenly of a heart attack at his home, 307 Nanticoke avenue, Endicott, N.Y., on Jan. 25, 1932.  He was born in Middlebury, March 22, 1858, the oldest son of Dennis and Charlotte Cady Andrews.  He removed to Wellsboro in 1882, where he lived until the death of his wife, in 1910.  He had been a resident of Endicott since 1915, and had been a valued employee of the International Business Machine Co., for the past nine years.  He is survived by his second wife, Mrs. Agnes Andrews, of Endicott, and one sister, Mrs. Grace Taylor and one brother, Robert Andrews, both of Elmira; also several nieces and nephews.  The funeral was held in Endicott Jan. 28; burial at Endicott.

Age 83, of Horseheads, NY, died peacefully Wednesday evening, September 3, 2008, after a long battle with cancer. Elise was born April 8, 1925 in Luxemburg, a daughter of the late Louis and Lucie Manderscheid Arend. She was predeceased by her husband, Walter (Cal) Calhoun. She is survived by her sisters and brother-in-law, Julia and Roger Fauville and Marie Louise Therion, both of Belgium; nephews and a niece, numerous Godchildren; special friend, Vee Clark of Elmira, NY; special friends and care givers, Don and Priscilla Kelly of Burdett; and a host of caring friends. She was a 37 year retiree with Westinghouse Corp. as an inspector in both Bath and Horseheads. She was a very faithful volunteer. Some include: St. Joseph's Gift shop, Clemens Center, as the assistant bar manager and usher, American Red Cross, Office of the Aging, American Cancer Society, RSVP, Horseheads American Legion, Horseheads Fire Dept. Canteen Member, Auxiliary member of the Burdett Fire Dept., Chemung Chamber of Commerce Tourist Information and Meals on Wheels. Mrs. Calhoun's calling hours will be held at Sullivan's Funeral Home, 365 E. Franklin St. at Rt. 13, Horseheads, NY on Sunday, September 7, 2008, from 2-4 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary Our Mother Church, Horseheads, NY on Monday, September 8, 2008, at 10 a.m. with Rev. Christopher Linsler. She will be laid to rest alongside her husband, Cal at Holy Cross Cemetery in Watkins Glen, NY immediately following. In her memory, please donate to charities of one's choice.
Published in the Star-Gazette on 9/6/2008

Of Westminster, CA, longtime Elmira native and resident, passed peacefully in her sleep Monday, September 8, 2008, at 2:54 p.m. at the home of daughter, Janna Hazard of Agoura Hills, CA. She was being cared for by her daughters, Janna and Lori. She was born on March 17, 1928. Lulu was a member of the Crystal Cathedral Church in Garden Grove, CA and volunteered hundreds of hours at the Cathedral as a tour guide and volunteer for the Glory of Christmas and Easter. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Lulu's name to the Crystal Cathedral Academy or other Crystal Cathedral ministry outreach programs of your choice. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 38 years, Jackson Stewart, in 1994. She is survived by son, Fred Freedman and wife, Sue of Elmira; daughter, Janna Hazard and husband, Mike; and daughter, Lori Stewart Marchetta and husband, Fred of CA. Grandchildren include Geoffrey, Peter, Patty, Thomas, Jenna and Jack; and one great-grandson, Patrick. Her surviving family also includes brother, Ronnie Baker and wife, Cheryl of Gorham, NY; brother, Larry Baker and wife, Judy of Horseheads, NY; many Baker and Stewart nieces, nephews and cousins; and best friends, Judith Stiles, Holly, Jim, Alice, Wayne, and Tom, and their families.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 9/11/2008

BECKWITH Mr. Robert J.
78, of Attica, an avid golfer and sports fan, died unexpectedly Saturday, September 6, 2008, at his home. He was born March 9, 1930 in Elmira, the son of the late Ernest and Florence Whalen Beckwith. He was a 1949 graduate of South Side High School Hall of Fame and a member of Chemung County Hall of Fame in Basketball and Softball. Mr. Beckwith retired in 1990 from Attica Correctional Facility where he was a corrections officer for over thirty years. He was the husband of the late Joann M. Bauer Beckwith who died May 22, 1984. Surviving is his dear friend, Judy Pope of Attica; a son and daughter, Kathleen (William) Barnes of Hilton and David (Lisa) Beckwith of Canandaigua; three grandchildren, Joel (Janel) Patterson of Alden and Christopher and Michael Beckwith of Canandaigua; two brothers, Richard Beckwith (Terry Ferguson) of Surrrey, England and Joseph (Barbara) Beckwith of Pine City, NY; a brother-in-law, Gerald (Mary) Bauer of Elmira; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was the brother of the late James Beckwith. Calling hours will be Wednesday from 1-3 and 6-8 at Marley Funeral Home, 135 Main Street, Attica. A funeral service will be Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home followed by burial in St. Vincent's Cemetery in Attica. Memorials are requested to Attica Rescue Squad.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 9/9/2008

Clarence Wayne BELL
Wellsboro Gazette - April 14, 1999
C. Wayne Bell, 91, of Creekwood Apartments, Morton, III., died Thursday, April 1,1999. Born Oct. 27, 1907, in Westfield, he was the son of Walter M. and Emma Johnson Bell. He graduated from Westfield High School. While in Westfield.  He worked at the Eberle Tanning Co. and operated the Bell Bakery.  He was a deacon at First Baptist Church, soloist, pianist, organist and choir director.  He married Thelma R. Mack who preceded him in death July 1956.   He married Gladys M. Snyder of Morton, Ill., who preceded him in death September 1994.  After he left Westfield in 1957, he was a hotel/motel manager for Ruttgers Lodges, a lab technician at Morton Pottery and custodian at Morton High School, when he retired in 1979.  Preceding him in death were three grandchildren, Michael Hackett, Glenn and Carol Bell.  Surviving are one son. Morgan W. Bell of Reading: two daughters, Mrs. Carol Makin of Wellsboro and Roberta Hackett of Nelson: 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren: and one great-great-grandchild.  Rev. Richard Benke. his pastor at Bethel Lutheran Church, officiated at his funeral.  Burial was made at Hillcrest Memory Gardens near Morton, ILL

BENNETT - Joan A. Yale-Flory passed through this life on January 2, 2007. She is the wife of Carl Flory of Mercersburg. She was preceded in death by her parents Mary Riley and Delos Bennett of Sayre, Pa. She graduated from Athens High School, class of 1959. She is survived by her children, Richard and Soucell Yale, Margaret Matthew Lunch of North East, Md., Catherine and Dave Hanna of Dunkirk, Md., Rebecca Yale of Newberry, Fla., and Robert and Danniele Yale of Windham, Maine; brothers, Paul and Michelle Bennett of Lakeworth, Fla., and Robert and Anita Bennett of Sayre, Pa. Her extended family includes Sharon Flory of Lititz, Pa.; Eric Flory and Deborah Flory of Dundalk, Md.; also 19 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. All services will be private. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.  Public Opinion (Chambersburg, PA) - January 8, 2007

BOESEN Bret Alan
Age 49, of Penn Yan, died in an automobile accident on Sunday, August 17, 2008. A memorial service will be announced in days to come. Burial will be private, arranged by the Kenneth J. Perkins Funeral Home in Gorham. An avid reader, historian and story-teller, Bret used his compassion, loyalty, humor, and sense of justice to serve the community through his work as a teacher and most recently as a case manager for Steuben County Community Services in Bath. He was a member of the Middlesex Methodist Church. Bret was a great champion of education and recently ran for a position on the school board in Penn Yan. He graduated from Elmira Southside High School, Williamsport Community College (printing), Corning Community College (business), and he obtained Bachelor's and Master's degrees at Elmira College (teaching). He held membership in Phi Alpha Theta, a national honor society of historians. Bret's passion was making history and literature come to life for his students to help them better understand and participate in their world. A devoted husband, father, son and brother, Bret is missed by his wife, Elizabeth, and daughter, Karin; parents, Eleanor and Alex Boesen of Pine City; sister, Lisa Boesen; father-in-law, Donald Ebinger; brother-in-law, David Ebinger; as well as extended family, co-workers, and many friends.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/27/2008

BORDEN Arnold A.
Age 72, of Princeton Street, Wellsboro, PA died August 29, 2008 surrounded by his family. He was born September 16, 1935 in Wellsboro, PA, the son of the late Waymon L. and Lucille Sticklin Borden. Arnold's mother died at an early age, and he was raised by his father and mother, Emiline Borden. Arnold was a mechanic for Borden's Auto Parts and a Delmar Township supervisor and road master. Arnold was a member of the Council of Governments, was a devoted father, grandfather and friend, and loved fishing, hunting, horseback riding and camping. Surviving are mother, Emiline Borden, Wellsboro; son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Rhonda Borden, Wellsboro; daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Jerry Rice, Wellsboro; grandchildren, Amanda Borden of Morrisville, NC, Amber Borden of Wellsboro, Tim Rice and wife Kym of Wellsboro, and Shawn Rice and wife Loretta of Wellsboro; two great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard and Maxine Borden, Haines City, FL and Carl and Shirley Borden, Antrim, PA; sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Paul Sando, Elmira, NY. He was preceded in death by his father, Waymon, his mother, Lucille, a sister, Vivian Donner, and brother, Keith Borden. Friends and family are invited to Arnold's Life Celebration on Wednesday, September 3, 2008 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, a "Life Celebration Home", 139 Main Street, Wellsboro, PA. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, September 4, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at the Funeral Home, with Darwin Cranmer officiating. If desired, memorials may be made in Arnold's name to a charity of one's choice.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/31/2008

BRAGUE  Irene K.
Age 48, of Lake St. Elmira, NY died on Friday September 5, 2008. By Irene's request their will be no calling hours. Funeral and committal services will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make donations to Falck Cancer Center Elmira, NY. Irene is survived by her son Brett Brague of Elmira; mother Irene Palmer of Horsheads, NY; Sisters Dorothy (Gilbert) Guisewhite of Elmira; Barbara Hall of Chemung, NY, Debra Harris of Troy, PA.; Diane (Raymond) Wanck of Elmira. Brothers, Robert (Yvonne) Granger of Elmira Heights; David (Rebecca) Brague of FL. She was predeceased by her Father Robert Brague and recently her grandmother Rose Keenen. Irene was a Carpenter with Masco of Sayre, PA. She loved woodworking and camping and fishing at Pine Cradle Lake, in Rome, PA.

BRASCH Lawrence R.
Age 84, of Chemung, NY, died on Tuesday, September 9, 2008. He was born in Philadelphia, PA, to the late Charles and Teresa (Benzing) Brasch. Lawrence was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Evelyn; three sisters and ten brothers. Survivors include his daughters, Evelyn (LeRoy) Howland of Chemung, Sharon (Lewis) Youngs of Pine Valley, and Lauren Oakley of Elmira; 13 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. A Memorial Service for Lawrence will be held on Saturday, September 13th, at 4 p.m. at the IDMR Building on the corner of 5th and McGee Street in Elmira. Arrangements have been entrusted to the James D. Barrett Funeral Home.  Published in the Star-Gazette from 9/11/2008 - 9/12/2008

BROWN - NORTHRUP, Emily E. (Brown) Wheeler
Age 81, of Avon Park, FL, died at her home on Monday, August 18, 2008, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born on September 29, 1926 in Elmira, NY, the daughter of the late Hovey and Leona (Kristof) Brown, and had been a resident of Avon Park since 2003, coming from Naples, FL. She is survived by her husband of five years, Edward J. Northrup of Avon Park; her children, Carol (Leon) Habegger, Ft. Wayne, IN/Naples, FL, Kathryn (Michael) Eikenberry and Bruce Wheeler, both of Ft. Wayne, and Deborah Fancher, St. Louis, MO; stepson, Douglas (Susan) Northrup, Elmira, NY; sister, Lola Sherman, Horseheads, NY; four grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two step grandchildren. Also surviving are brother-in-law, William (Anita) Wheeler, Canisteo, NY; sister-in-law, Judith (Alan) Howland, Johnson City, N.Y., and Barbara (Bruce) Ott, Horseheads, NY; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Donald E. Wheeler, Jr. on August 17, 2001. Emily was a lovely lady and had been involved in many community affairs, and was a Director of Red Cross Disaster Services. Memorial services will be held in Ft. Wayne, IN, and Avon Park, FL, at a later date. Arrangements were entrusted to Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home, Sebring, Florida 33870.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 9/5/2008

Age 79, of Dundee, NY, died Wednesday, September 3, 2008, at Arnot Ogden Medical Center, in Elmira, NY. Friends may call from 2-5 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 7) at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water Street, Dundee. A Fireman's Service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday (Sept. 8) at the funeral home with Rev. Keith Kissell officiating. Burial with Military Honor's will follow in Hillside Cemetery, Dundee. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dundee Fire Dept., 12 Union St., Dundee, 14837. Mr. Brown was born Dec. 1, 1928 in Corsica, PA, the son of the late Charles W. and Esther M. Small Brown. He moved from Pennsylvania to NY in the early 1940's. On May 6, 1950 in the town of Starkey, NY he married the former Ruth A. Bassage; she died on February 13, 2003. He served in the U.S. Army, in Germany during the Korean Conflict from 1952 to 1954. Having worked for many years at the former Hepler's Hardware Store in Dundee; Mr. Brown retired in 2002 after 35 years of service, as a Certified Waste Water Treatment Plant Operator for the Village of Dundee. He was a Life Member of the Dundee Fire Department, having been a Past Fire Police Chief, and member of the Rope Rescue Squad; was a Charter member, Past President and Board member of the Dundee Historical Society; and supporting member of the Dundee United Methodist Church. He loved caring for his family, and helping friends and neighbors; he loved gardening, coffee at the Classic Café and since retirement working with stained glass. He is loved and will be forever missed by his two daughters, Beth A. Brown of Selma, NC, and Lorie A. Brown who lived with him at home; one brother, Charles W. (Mary) Brown of De Bary, FL; three sisters, Winifred Haugh of Andover, NY, Josephine Bruckman of Altoona, PA, Emma Jean (Lloyd) Howell of Dundee; numerous nieces, nephews and many friends. He was predeceased by a sister, Betty Jane Brown of Corsica, PA in 1979.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 9/5/2008

Age 66, of Hoover, AL, died August 28, 2008 after a long battle with cancer. Jack was born on June 7, 1942. He was the son of the late Evelyn Anastasi of Wellsburg, New York. He was a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard. Jack graduated from Elmira's Southside High School, Elmira, New York in 1960, was awarded an Associate's Degree from Corning Community College, Corning, New York in 1968, a Bachelor of Arts Degree for the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama in 1971, and a Master of Library Science Degree from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 1973. Jack began his 30 year career with the Birmingham (Alabama) Public Library in 1971 as an Assistant Bookmobile Librarian. From 1973 to 1977 he headed the library's Community Services Department. In 1977 he was appointed Associate Director for Branch Library Service. From 1990 to 1993 he served as Associate Director for Central Library Operations. In 1993, Jack was appointed Library Director and served in that capacity until his retirement in March of 2002. His professional memberships included the American Library Association and the Library Administration and Management Association. He served as President of the Alabama Library Association and he was awarded the state library association's Eminent Librarian Award in 2000 for his exceptional and enduring contributions toward the development of library service within Alabama. The program was cited by President Gerald R. Ford in his People Helping People series. The program was also awarded The George Washington Honor Medal Award by the Valley Forge Freedom's Foundation - Valley Forge, Pennsylvania in 1976 and The John Cotton Dana Award from the American Library Association in 1977. He was also presented with a Forestry Recognition Award by the Alabama Forestry Commission in 1977 for his help in establishing the Library's Operation Greenline Program. The program was sponsored by the Alabama Forestry Commission and the Birmingham Public Library and was responsible for the distribution of over 40,000 tree seedlings to residents of Birmingham and Jefferson County. In 1991 he was elected as a state delegate to the second White House Conference on Library and Information Services. He also served as Regional Vice President for The White House Conference. He was given an Unsung Hero Award by the City of Birmingham Citizen Participation Program in 1998. His civic affiliations included Leadership Birmingham - Class of 1993, Kiwanis Club of Birmingham, Hoover Riverchase Rotary Club, and Sertoma. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Literacy Council of Central Alabama; he served as President of the Board of The Alabama Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and he also served as Regional Vice-President of The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He was benefactor of the Friends of the Birmingham Public Library, Patron of the Birmingham Museum of Art, and a member of the Museum's Friends of American Art. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, June. Jack enjoyed reading, traveling, gold, and fishing. The Memorial Service will be held Saturday, August 30, 2008, at 3:00 p.m. at Ridout's Valley Chapel. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers to the family, those wishing to make a donation may do so in Jack's name to Birmingham Public Library Foundation, for Book Endowment Fund, 2100 Park Place, Birmingham, AL 35203, or the Birmingham Museum of Art, Friends of American Art, 2000 8th Ave. North, Birmingham, AL 35203, or a charity of your choice. Services are under the direction of Ridout's Valley Chapel (205.879.3401) in Homewood, AL.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/30/2008

CHELY - CELLI Mary E. (Chely)
On Tuesday, September 9, 2009 Mary found peace after her fight with breast cancer. She was predeceased by her mother Olga. Mary is survived by her father Robert Chely of Elmira; brothers and sisters-in-law, John C. and Darine Chely, with their son Merrick, of Boulder CO; Jim and Wendy Chely of Elmira; along with her close friends that were by her side this past week. Mary was a friend to all she met. Her talent as a top musician and singer throughout the Southern Tier will be greatly missed. Honoring Mary's wishes there will be no services. If you had the pleasure of seeing Mary perform, that is the memory you should hold in your hearts and minds. Donations in Mary's memory may be directed to Twin Tiers Regional Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, P O Box 1306, Elmira NY 14902. Arrangements by McInerny Funeral Home.  Published in the Star-Gazette from 9/11/2008 - 9/12/2008

Age 74, of 8 Highland Ave., Addison, died Saturday, September 6, 2008, at Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira. Mr. Chilson was born in Nelson, PA on February 8, 1934, the son of the late Max and the late Leona (Kemp) Chilson. He attended school in Nelson, PA, and in 1987 married Mary Viselli of Addison, who survives him. Mr. Chilson owned and operated Chilson Roofing and Siding of Nelson, PA, for over 23 years. He then operated Chilson Logging and Lumber of Nelson for many years, and later partnered with his son, Kevin in Two Rivers Timber of Lindley, NY. In 2006, Wynn retired from Commonwealth Plywood Co., Ste-Therese, Quebec, where he had worked as a buyer. He was a member of Osceola Lodge #421, F. & A.M.; a Life Member of Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite N. M. J. U. S. A, Valley of Coudersport; Irem Shriners A. A. O. N. M. S. of Wilkes-Barre, PA; and a Charter Member of Addison Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie No. 3904. Wynn had also been a member of the Family Fraternity Moose Lodge 746 of Elkland, PA, since 1969, and he served on the Vestry of the Episcopal Church of The Redeemer in Addison, NY. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary V. Chilson; son, Jeffrey Chilson and his wife, Sandi of Middlebury Center, PA; son, Brian Scott Chilson and his wife, Deborah of Nelson, PA; son, Kevin Chilson and his wife, Karen of Lindley, NY; daughter, Peggy Kay Martin and her husband, James of Merriam, KS; stepson, Arthur Greenfield of Washington, DC; stepdaughter, Yvonne Coulombe and her husband, David of Woodhull, NY; sister, Paula Barr and George Myers of Deltona, FL; sister, Jeanette Mendias of Rocklin, CA; sister, Kay Miller and her husband, Pete of Nelson, PA; sister-in-law, Martha Stiles and her husband, Ken of Centreville, VA; sister-in-law, Yvonne Roberts of Elmira, NY; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins. A memorial service to take place at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Addison will be announced at a later date. Memorials may be directed to Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 1 Wombaugh Square, Addison, NY 14801, or to the United Church of Nelson Presbyterian Church, PO Box 66, Nelson, PA 16940. Arrangements have been entrusted to Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney Street in Corning.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 9/9/2008

CLARK Jeffrey L.
Age 45, of Gainesville, GA, formerly of Elmira, NY, died Sept. 5, 2008. Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Sept. 11, 2008, at Young's Funeral Home Gainesville, GA Chapel. Burial will be in Alta Vista Cemetery.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 9/10/2008

62, of Marsh Creek Road, Wellsboro, PA, died September 7, 2008 at Arnot-Ogden Hospital, Elmira, NY. She was the wife of the late George V. Bowers, who died September 3, 1999. Brenda was born March 11, 1946 in Wellsboro, the daughter of the late Harry C. and Winona Mosher Confer. She was housekeeper for Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital for twenty-six years, a tax collector for twenty-five years, and building permit officer for Shippen Township for ten years. She loved her family and friends and hanging out with the kids. She enjoyed cooking and baking fruit and cream pies. Surviving are son, Timothy J. (Shelley) Bowers, Wellsboro; daughter, Tamara S. (William) West, Wellsboro; five grandchildren, Samantha James, Cody Bowers, Zachary Bowers, Nicholas Bowers, and Dakota Bowers; brother, Willard (Jake) Confer, Wellsboro; sisters, Jean Kephart, Corning, NY, Sally Weeks, Chester, VA, and Marjorie "Kay" Dennis, Texas. She was predeceased by brothers, Edward, Richard, Harold and Howard Confer; and sister, Juanita Baer. Friends and family are invited to Brenda's Life Celebration on Thursday, September 11, 2008, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, a "Life Celebration Home", 139 Main Street, Wellsboro, PA. Funeral to follow at 4:00 p.m. with Pastor Tom Harmic officiating. In her memory, memorial contributions may be made to Brenda Bowers Memorial Grandchildren College Fund, c/o Citizens and Northern Bank, 90-92 Main Street, Wellsboro, PA 16901.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 9/9/2008

COSPER Rev. George A.
Williamsport Sun Gazette - April 27, 2007
Rev. George A. Cosper, D. D., died Thursday, April 26, 2007 at the Gatehouse.  Born May 25, 1916 at Ormsby, Pa., he was the son of Floyd and Kathryn Munch Cosper. Dr. Cosper was the oldest of eight children. Dr. Cosper had been a minister since 1934 when the Regular Baptist Church in Smethport, Pa., had licensed him to the ministry. He retired in 1983 following 10 years as pastor of the First Baptist Church of Williamsport. Since that time and following heart surgery and cancer treatment, he has served interim pastorates in Vermont, New York State and Pennsylvania.  When he was 20 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served for four years as a radio operator on a U.S.S. Wyoming. During his naval experience he had made arrangements with the help of his pastor to enroll in the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1940. Upon completion of his studies at seminary he was ordained and was called to be the pastor of a church. Dr. Cosper received the degree of Master of Divinity from the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary and the degree of Master of Sacred Theology from the Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia.  In 1954 he was called to be the minister of the Greenwood Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New York City, N.Y., where he served for 10 years. He was able to take Pastoral Clinical Education at the Methodist Hospital of Brooklyn. He was elected by the Board of Managers of the Samaritan Hospital of Brooklyn to be the chaplain of the hospital and Director of social work. By continuing training for social work he took studies at New York University and also at Adelphia University on Long Island. As an additional training for his work he became a member of the National Association of social Workers and also a member of the Association of Professional Chaplains.  He was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity by the Eastern Baptist Seminary in 1963. He served as President of the Brooklyn Division of the Council of Churches of New York City. He also served as president of the Alumni Association of Eastern Baptist Seminary. He served on the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Baptist Convention and also on the Board of Managers of the Metropolitan Baptist Churches of New York. While in Brooklyn, he served as an interviewer on the Help Line Telephone Center at the Marble Collegiate Church. He was a member of the Lions Club where he served on a committee to help assist people finishing their prison term to find employment. While in New York and Pennsylvania he was active in the Kiwanis Club.  He was an avid reader and collector with a particular interest in Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. He also loved photography and stamp collecting. Active throughout his life in sports, he continued to enjoy golfing and bowling most recently. He also continued to volunteer throughout his life, serving for several years as a volunteer in ministry at the Rose View Center in Williamsport as part of his role as Pastor Emeritus at First Baptist Church in Williamsport. He is survived by his daughter, Cari Ann Cioffi and her husband Chip of Harrisburg. He survived his wife of 69 years, Erma Mack Cosper, by three months and two days. He is also survived by two sisters, Millicent Mejea of Delmont, Pa., and Kathryn Shay of Portville, N.Y., numerous nieces and nephews and six grandcats.  The funeral service will be held at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St., Williamsport. The visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. and the funeral at 11 a.m. on Monday. Officiating, from her home church, First Baptist Church, Williamsport, will be the Rev. Gwen Bernstine, who will be joined by the Rev. Lois Yeagle of White Deer Valley Baptist Church. Burial will be at Twin Hills Memorial Park.  Contributions in memory of Dr. Cosper may be sent to First Baptist Church, Williamsport, 420 Elmira St., Williamsport, or The Gatehouse Hospice Unit, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701.

Williamsport Gazette and Bulletin - October 30,1950
HAROLD M. CRIST, 50, of 1317 Dewey Avenue, was found dead at the home of his mother, Mrs. Phoebe G. Crist, who resides at 1320 Dewey Ave., at 9:00 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, 1950.   Mr. Crist was found by his wife.  Dr. Clarence Martin, Lycoming County Coroner, stated that Mr. Crist had gone to the home of his mother early Sunday morning to fix the fires and his arm apparently turned on the gas jet to the oven.  Mr. Crist, not noticing what had happened, retired to the living room and sat down to wait for the fire to burn up.  During his wait, he fell asleep and was asphyxiated from the gas fumes.  Mr. Crist was taking care of the fire at his mother’s home due to her illness.  She was being cared for at his residence across the street.  Surviving are his wife, Evelyn E., one son, Carl E., two daughters, Mrs. Frank Seltzer and Miss Jean L. Crist, all of this city;  his mother, Mrs. Phoebe G. Crist;  a brother, Lester R. of California;  three sisters, Mrs. E.M. Staley of California;  Mrs. Charles Randall and Mrs. Wayne Scruggs of this city, and two grandchildren.  Services will be at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday at the funeral home, 1912 Memorial Ave.   The Rev. George Speake will officiate.  Burial will be at Steam Valley Cemetery.   Submitted by:  George and Peg Boyce

ELLIOTT, Anthony G.
Anthony G. Elliott, age 69, of Tioga, PA, died on Monday, August 25, 2008 in Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. Anthony was born on January 27, 1939 in Philadelphia, PA, the son of George L. and Henrietta (Fischer) Elliott.  Prior to his retirement, Anthony was employed as a lab technician with Smurfit Stone Corporation. He served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He is survived by twin sons, Shawn (Adrienne) Elliott and Christopher Nicholas Elliott all of Tioga, PA, two brothers, Harry T. Elliott of CA and Teddy Elliott of Morrisville, PA. In addition to his parents, Anthony was predeceased by a sister, Betty Shots.  In keeping with Anthonys wishes, there will be no services. The Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main Street, Mansfield, PA is assisting the family.

FARR Rufus Clark
Eau Claire Leader (Eau Claire, Wisconsin) - October 21, 1902
Rufus Clark Farr died on Sunday night, at the home of his son, Frank R. Farr, in this city of pneumonia.  The deceased had been in feeble health for the past year, but his last illness was brief.  The funeral will take place from the residence of F. R. Farr at 2 o'clock on Wednesday afternoon, the Rev. J. W. Frissell officiating, under Masonic auspices.  He was prominent in Masonry and was a Knight Templar.  Up to ten years ago, the deceased had been a man of more than ordinary activity and energy in business affairs.   Born at Windham, Vermont , Aug. 15, 1823, he went to Pennsylvania in 1839 and after engaging for some time in lumbering he entered the hotel business and continued therein for 39 years.  He came to Wisconsin in 1879... For the past eight years he has made his home in this city with his son, F. R. Farr.  The surviving members of the immediate family of the deceased are his widow, his two sons, Frank R. Farr, and Dr. John F. Farr of this city, and two brothers of the deceased reside in Burlington, Wis. and Webster City, Iowa, respectively.  In the death of Mr. Farr a worthy man has passed to his long rest; the community in which he had resided so many years prior to his demise loses a respected citizen and his family and friends one who was esteemed and beloved in all relations of life.     (Note:  there is a marker with this name but no dates  in the Hammond Cemetery.)

FLETCHER Robert "Bart"
24, of Jensen Beach, Florida, died on September 8th, 2008 in Fort Hood, Texas, while serving his country honorably in the United States Army. Bart obtained the rank of First Lieutenant. He had completed his first tour in Iraq preparing for his second tour of duty. Bart was born on May 16, 1984 in Elmira, NY. He attended Martin County High School graduating in 2002. He was very active in the Martin County High School Band playing the saxophone. Bart attended Indian River Community College graduating in 2004, then attending University of Florida graduating in 2006 with a degree in Political Science and Diplomatic Relations. Throughout his college career, Bart maintained a grade point average of 4.0. Bart is survived by his mother, Ginny Luther and her husband Jack of Jensen Beach, FL; his father, James E. Fletcher and his wife Linda of Horseheads, NY; brother, Nicolaas Fletcher of Atlanta, GA; stepsister, Kristy Martin of Elmira, NY; stepbrother, John Luther of Orlando, FL; four uncles, Gordon Hannah and his wife Linda of Stuart, FL, John Hannah and his wife Linda of Union, NJ, Mark Hannah of Milford, CT, and Tom Fletcher of Elmira, NY; nephews, Brandon, Kameron, and Caden. Bart also leaves behind his loving fiancée, Katie Stitely of Palm City, FL. Calling hours will be held on Sunday, September 14th from 2-2:45 p.m., Aycock Funeral Home, 950 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach, with Memorial services to follow at 4 p.m., First Baptist Church of Jensen Beach, 1400 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach. Donations may be made in Bart's memory to: Robert B. Fletcher Memorial Fund, Contact Karen Davis King for details, (772)223-8249. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Aycock Funeral Home, Jensen Beach.  Published in the Star-Gazette from 9/12/2008 - 9/13/2008

FRAWLEY Thomas (Tom)
Of Athol, Massachusetts, died on August 31, 2008. Tom, the son of the late Thomas A. and Mary Van Atta Frawley, was born in Elmira, New York in 1944. He leaves behind his loved son, Thomas S. Frawley (Rachel); and grandchildren, Aria, Logan and Sidona of Commerce, Michigan; sisters, Mary Alice Gibbons, Helen (Ron) Lovejoy, Cathy (John) Carpenter, Margaret Subero; and brother, Robert J. Frawley (Kathy); and several nieces and nephews and many friends. The interment services will be private for the family. Tom loved growing up in Elmira, and we hope that those who knew him will think about him in remembrance.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 9/7/2008

GLEASON Gary Mahoney
Longtime attorney of Wellsboro PA and Pittsford NY succumbed to lymphoma July 31, 2008 at University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester NY. He was born February 22, 1940 in Elmira NY to Gertrude and Bruce Gleason. While a patient at National Institutes of Health and in Rochester, Gary lived his cancer experience as he did his life-with vigor, joie de vivre, and integrity. His life-long commitment to spiritual and personal growth was pervasive, recognizable to family, friends, clients, nursing staff, physicians, and spiritual mentors. Gleason joined Attorney Warren Spencer in the practice of law in 1966, became a partner in the firm in 1967, and practiced until 2006. Gary's education included Westfield PA High School where he was Valedictorian of his class, Colgate University where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Economics, University of Pennsylvania, and the College of William and Mary where he was on the Dean's List and earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1966. Upon completion of his degree, Gary was sworn into the Tioga County Bar as well as Supreme and Superior Courts of Pennsylvania and was a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, American Bar Association, and Phi Alpha Delta honorary law fraternity. Gleason's community involvement in Wellsboro included service on Borough Council, the Town Pool Project, the Save-the-Gaslights Project, Jaycees, St. Paul's Episcopal Vestry, St. Paul's Trustees, St. Paul's Choir, Library Trustees, Relay For Life Steering Committee, and Endless Mountain Music Festival Board. He acted as Relay for Life Survivors' Ceremony Co-Chair, St. Paul's Clergy Search Committee Co-Chair, and as founding member/attorney for Endless Mountain Music Festival. The 2008 festival was dedicated to Gary in honor of his commitment to bringing music to the Wellsboro region. Past memberships also include Pittsford Carriage Society, American Driving Society, Tyoga Country Club, the Hamilton Club, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Lymphoma and Leukemia Society, and I Can Cope Cancer Support Group. Gary's interests were in photography, carriage driving, digital/graphic design, gardening, woodworking, and a life-long pursuit of musical endeavors. He received numerous awards and ribbons for carriage driving in the MidAtlantic, becoming pony pair driving champion at Walnut Hills Driving Show, the world's largest driving event. Passionate about cancer empowerment, he was proud to be Honorary Chair of the 2007 Relay For Life. Additionally, his penchant for supportive service to his clients was of the utmost importance to him; beyond that lives his immeasurable connection to and love of family. Survivors include: wife Sonya, whom he married on August 22, 1964; son David of New York NY and fiancée Lyla Naseem, also of New York; daughter and son-in-law Drs. Sarah and Jeremy Taylor of Pittsford NY; daughter Kristina of Burlington VT; grandchildren Kate and Leo Taylor; father Bruce Gleason of Wellsboro. His mother predeceased him in 2005. The public is invited to a musical and spiritual celebration commemorating Gary's life on Saturday, September 20, 2008 at noon in St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Wellsboro with the Rev. Gregory Hinton and the Rev. Matt Johnson of Vienna, VA officiating. The family has requested that memorials in Gary's honor be directed either to Wellsboro Relay For Life (5 East Avenue, Wellsboro) to further cancer research or to "EMMF-Gary Gleason Family Endowment Fund" (CN Bank, 92-96 Main St. Wellsboro c/o Mary Wood) to ensure the future of the Endless Mountain Music Festival. The Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory and Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/24/2008

Of Corning, NY, died Friday, August 29, 2008, at Corning Hospital. Helen was born October 10, 1933 in Yonkers, NY, the daughter of the late James and Helen (Hampson) Gorman. She graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Yonkers and was employed by Batten Barton Durstine & Osborne Advertisers in New York City prior to marriage to George E. Kuczka on June 6, 1953. She assisted her husband while he was manager of the Corning Country Club for 25 years, prior to owning and operating the Olive Branch Restaurant in Elmira until his death in March of 1971. Helen retired from Corning Incorporated in 1993, after 27 years of service as a Human Resource Administrator. Following her retirement, Helen served on many projects involving the American Cancer Society. She was a certified "Reach to Recovery" volunteer. She was a Hospice volunteer, doing patient care and office assistance, and she served on the Board of Directors. She volunteered for Meals on Wheels, the LPGA, Friends of the Library Book Sales, and the Cancer Treatment Center. She is survived by her daughter, Karen (Tim) Daines of Denver, CO; a son, Michael (Amy) Kuczka of Corning; a grandson, Jason (Tessa) Daines of Denver; a sister-in-law, Adele Gorman of Yonkers; cousin, Doris Pisacano of Lakewood, NJ; several nieces and nephews and a host of friends. She was predeceased by her brothers, Thomas and James Gorman; and by a sister, Barbara, all of Yonkers. It was Helen's request that there not be any calling hours. Friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass of celebration at St. Vincent de Paul Church on Wednesday, September 3, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be in St. Mary's Orthodox Cemetery at the convenience of the family. The family will provide flowers and asks that memorial donations be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Greater Rochester Chapter, 550 Latona Road, Bldg. D, Suite 408, Rochester, NY 14626, or to Southern Tier Hospice & Palliative Care, 11751 East Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830.   Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/30/2008

HARTMAN Guy Leslie, MD
Died at his home in Salt Lake City on August 20, 2008. He was born in Big Flats, New York on September 11, 1922 to Fred Charles Hartman and Ruth Agnes Andrews. A man for all seasons, his enthusiasm and passion for many causes endowed him with a life full of varied interests and friends. Learning from his sister how to read before he entered school put him ahead of all his peers and made him the youngest graduate in all of his school classes. He attended Elmira Free Academy and was an honors graduate from Hornell High School. He was a scholarship recipient and graduated from Alfred University. He received his medical degree in the Army Specialized Training Program at the University of Buffalo. Following an internship at the Jersey City Medical Center he entered active duty in the army, and was assigned to the US Air Force Medical Corps. He spent three years in the Occupation Forces in Germany as a Commanding Officer of the 85th Air Depot Wing Medical Group and Hospital in Erding, Germany. Returning to civilian life he began a medical partnership in the Kaiser Permanente Medical Group in Fontana, California. He served a two-year residency in Pediatrics at Los Angeles Children's Hospital. Guy was a pioneer in the prevention of child abuse, and voiced these concerns through the American Academy of Pediatrics, San Bernadino County, and California State Committees on Child Abuse and Neglect. As a writer and speaker on these issues he was known world-wide. Wherever he lived or worked he found time for music. Music was the breath of his every day life; from playing the glockenspiel in the medical school marching band, to becoming regular organist in the Salt Lake Temple. He sang, studied the flute, and became an eager participant in many Early Music consorts. Before there was furniture to fill the living room, he had to have a piano and would tackle duets with any willing companion. A convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, he had many callings including Bishop of the Claremont, California First Ward. His favorite calling was that of Scout Master, and as such, he turned a scout-o-rama project into a far-reaching area of pursuit. The creation of a "Sinister Garden" at the clinic where he worked became his effort to teach parents and children about the dangers of many common poisonous plants. Busloads of children were brought to the garden to hear his warnings about castor beans, oleander, and poinsettia, to name a few. He never forgot that he was Social Chairman. Even during his last months in a wheel chair he made attempts to answer the door or invite caregivers to share meals. His sweet smile was remarkable even in his uncharacteristically quiet days at home. Guy was married to Shirley Fenn Baldwin, in Albany, New York on December 28, 1943. They were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple in April 1955. He is survived by his sisters Ellen Russell (Huntington Beach, CA), and Louise Stayer (Big Flats, NY), his wife, and their five children: Eric Vreeland Hartman (Salem, Ut), Fenn Elizabeth Ketchoyian (Salt Lake City, Ut), Christina Louise Fairweather (Yorktown Heights, NY), Peter Bain Hartman (Park City, Ut), and Juliana Erdody (Altadena, CA.) His posterity includes 21 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, August 26, 2008 at 11:00 am at the Monument Park Second Ward, 1005 South 2000 East, Salt Lake City. Viewing for friends and family will be held from 9:30 to 10:45 am prior to the service. Graveside service and burial will be on Friday, August 29 at 11:00 am in the Cossayuna Lake Cemetery, Argyle, NY. In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made to the Perpetual Education Fund at If you have memories or stories of moments shared with Guy the family would appreciate hearing from you online at  Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/24/2008

HAIGHT Seward Miles "Mike" Jr.
90, of Beverly, MA, formerly of Towanda and Troy, PA, died August 20, 2008 at Ledgewood Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center, Beverly, MA, following a lengthy illness. Mike was born June 9, 1918 in Mountain Lake, Bradford County, PA. He was the seventh child of nine born to Ethel and Seward M. Haight Sr. At the age of five he moved with his family to Luther's Mills, where he attended elementary school. He attended Troy High School and graduated in 1936. During his lifetime he owned a dairy farm, a restaurant, and later in his career he raised and raced standard bred horses. Mike is known for his ownership of Indian Trail Restaurant, a popular place with the locals in Towanda, PA, during the late 1950's and early 60's. Mike was a sports enthusiast and his restaurant catered to the Bradford County high schools' sports teams. He also followed the Wyalusing sports teams, where he enjoyed watching his two sons participate in wrestling. After selling the restaurant business in 1964, he turned his part-time hobby of racing standard bred horses into a full-time business. Mike proclaimed working with the horses afforded him the most satisfying work of his lifetime. During his racing career he traveled from Maine to Florida. He had two hundred seventy-five wins and numerous places and shows. After many years of racing and training, he sold his horses and worked as a Paddock Judge in raceways in Ohio and Florida. As Mike's health began to fail he moved to Massachusetts to live with his daughter, Judy, and later entered Ledgewood Skilled Nursing Center. Mike is survived by his daughter, Judy Manchester of Rockport, Massachusetts; a son, Gene Haight and his wife, Doreen of Horseheads, NY; grandchildren, Jeff Haight, Warren Center, PA, Rae Lynne Powell Stephenson, Athens, PA, Lesha Haight, Warren Center, PA, Brett Powell, Centerville, PA, Michael Haight, Rockville, VA, Philip Haight, Phoenix, AZ, and Matt Manchester, Austin, TX. He has 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. He is survived by a sister, Anna and her husband, Robert Perry of Sayre, PA; a sister, Doris Morris of Wellsburg, NY; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son, Jerry in 1987. He was also preceded by brothers, Carl, Merle, Vern, Robert and Floyd; and a sister, Helen. A memorial service will be held Friday, August 29, 2008, at 3 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mike's memory to a charity of one's choice.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/28/2008

HORTON - MOTT, Tina M. Bacon
Age 46, of Gaines Twp., PA, died Sunday, September 7, 2008, at her home surrounded by her loving family. Born April 18, 1962 in Coudersport, PA, she was a daughter of the late Richard E. and Ruth M. (Proctor) Horton. Tina was a homemaker. She was a former member of the Sweden Hill Mennonite Church. She greatly enjoyed working with horses, wood working, gardening, raising Jack Russell puppies, and art work of any kind. Surviving are her fiancé, Frank A. Simonetti, Sr., Gaines Twp.; a son, Richard E. (Ann) Bacon, Wellsville, NY; three daughters, Ronda J. (Michael) Sullivan, Jasper, NY, Rachel E. (fiancé, Richard C. Nelson, Jr.) Flynn, Coudersport, PA, Lena May Carr, Smethport, PA; two brothers, Tim E. (fiancée, Mary Ann) Horton, Kane, PA, Todd A. (Rebecca) Snyder, Hornell, NY; two sisters, Sonja A. Snyder, Ulysses, PA, Helen D. Snyder, Rexville, NY; numerous grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents; Tina was predeceased by a son, Gary D. Bacon; and a brother, Randy E. Horton. Friends may call at the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, PA, on Thursday, September 11, 2008, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. and on Friday, September 12, 2008, from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. with a funeral service following at 11:00 a.m. The Rev. John Prouty will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to the family or to the SPCA.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 9/8/2008

Age 91, of Canal Street, Montour Falls, NY, died on Thursday, August 28, 2008, at the Seneca View Nursing Facility, Montour Falls, NY. Mrs. West was predeceased by her husband, Arthur on January 24, 1995. She is survived by her sons, Norman of Montour Falls, NY, Richard (Shirley) of Interlaken, NY and Kenneth of Montour Falls, NY; daughters, Florence Alexander of Millerton, PA, Thelma (Jack) Kubinski of Elmira, NY and Marcia (Dan) Jenkins of Montour Falls, NY; 18 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews. Mrs. West is the last of 12 children born to the late Floyd and Nellie Clark Hunter. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY on Saturday, August 30, 2008, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Her funeral service will be held there following visitation at 1:00 p.m. The Rev. George Norton will officiate. Interment Montour Cemetery, Montour Falls, NY. Those wishing to remember Mrs. West may do so through memorials to the Montour Falls Memorial Library, 406 Main St., Montour Falls, NY 14865 in her memory.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/29/2008

Age 74, of Emmaus, died on Monday, September 8, 2008, at the home of her son, John, in Horseheads, NY. She was the wife of Albert Nitterour. Born in Bremerhaven, Germany, she was a daughter of the late Albert and Maria (Herz) Ihlo. She was a packer at Day Timers in East Texas for 15 years. Marianne was a member of Ziegels Lutheran Church in Breinigsville. Survivors: sons, John and his wife, Maria of Horseheads, NY, and Robert and his wife, Marie of Kutztown; daughters, Patricia Baer of Appleton, WI and Sabrina of Allentown; brother, Werner of Bremerhaven, Germany; and five grandchildren. Services: Saturday, September 13, 11:00 a.m. at Ziegels Lutheran Church, 9990 Ziegels Church Rd., Breinigsville, with the Rev. Mary W. Gade officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the Church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Arrangements by Keller Funeral Homes, Inc., Fogelsville. Contributions to be made to Lehigh Valley Hospice, c/o the funeral home, PO Box 52, Fogelsville, 18051.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 9/11/2008

Age 44, of Sunset Circle, Tioga, PA, died September 2, 2008. He was the husband of Denise Gee Kaufmann whom he married July 7, 1984. Tom was born November 2, 1963 in Syracuse, NY, the son of the late Adolph and Grace James Kaufmann. He was a Mental Health Therapist for Family Services of Chemung County, NY, and Director of Social Work Services for Elmira City School District. Tom was of the Unitarian Universalist faith, member of the Twisted Spokes Bicycle Club, active with the Old Home Days Committee in Tioga, and enjoyed running and biking and loved the outdoors. Surviving are his wife, Denise; daughter, Kelsey Kaufmann, Tioga, PA; son, Joshua Kaufmann, Tioga, PA; mother-in-law, Wilda Gee, Lawrenceville, PA; many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends and family are invited to Tom's Life Celebration on Saturday, September 6, 2008, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 7, 2008, from 12:00-2:00 p.m. at Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, a "Life Celebration Home", 139 Main Street, Wellsboro, PA. Funeral on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. with Jenny Monroe, Lay Person, officiating. If desired, memorials may be made in his memory to the SPCA.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 9/5/2008

KING Brent A.
Brent A. King, 35, died Friday, September 5, 2008. He was predeceased by his father, Rev. Thomas King, and is survived by his mother, Joyce King, Endicott; his son, Sawyer King, Elmira Heights; sister and brother-in-law, Joelle and Matthew Spencer, Olean, NY; brother and sister-in-law, Rev. Brian and Judy King, Newburgh, NY; and a special uncle and aunt, Doug and Linda Thorne, Binghamton. Private Funeral Services will be held at the convenience of the family. The family will receive friends at the Barber Memorial Home, Inc., 428 Main St., Johnson City, on Monday from 6-8 p.m. Burial will be in Riverhurst Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of one's choice.  Published in the Star-Gazette from 9/7/2008 - 9/8/2008

KNIGHT - Rev. Clarence R. Knight, 95 years of age, of 801 Roe Ave., Elmira, NY, died Saturday, Feb. 21, 1987, at the Arnot Ogden Memorial Hospital, Elmira. Rev. Knight was a retired Baptist minister, having retired from the Millport Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Ruth Merrick Knight; a son, G. Lewis Knight of Lawrenceville; daughters, Mrs. Pauline Gilbert of Millerton and Shirley Root, Elmira; 15 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral and committal services were held Tuesday at the Olthof Funeral Home, Elmira. Burial was in the Riverhurst Cemetery, Endicott, NY.

KOONTZ Edward G.
Age 75, of Elmira, NY, died on Monday, September 1, 2008, at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira. Edward was born on November 21, 1932 in Reading, NY to the late Charles and Edna Koontz. Edward was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Mary; and his sister, Ellen. Edward served our country in the United States Army during the Korean War. He retired from the City of Elmira Dept. of Public Works after 34 years of service. Edward loved to spend time with his family. He enjoyed country music and going out. He loved to watch football games, especially the Cleveland Browns and he loved home cooked meals. Survivors include his sons, Donald (Karan) Koontz and Gary Koontz, both of Elmira; daughters, Penny Koontz of Elmira, Shirley (Paul) Fisher of Corning, NY, Judy Farrow of Rochester, NY and Betty Koontz of Georgia; grandchildren, Amber Koontz, Rhonda Smith, Shavon, and Kyra Koontz; many great-grandchildren; special friend, Virginia Garris. Family and friends are invited to call Thursday, September 4, 2008, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 8 p.m. with Chaplin Mike Stanley officiating. Interment will take place in Bath National Cemetery in Bath, NY, with Full Military Honors, at the convenience of the family.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 9/3/2008

LOWERY - ERWAY Alice L. (Lowery)
Age 80, of Penn Yan, NY, died peacefully on Tuesday, August 26, at home surrounded by her husband and children. Alice was born and raised in Elmira, NY, and was a longtime resident of Apalachin, NY. She was the beloved wife of 62 years to Harry G. Erway, Jr. of Penn Yan, and the devoted mother of 8 children. She was predeceased by two sons, Michael in 1950 and Tim in 1996. She is survived by her husband, (Slim); and her children: son, Harry G. Erway III (Skip) and Eileen of Penn Yan, NY; daughter, Kathleen and son-in-law, Lawrence Beinert of Williston, VT, and grandchildren, Libbey Beinert of Lowell, MA, and Marcy Beinert of Arlington, MA; daughter, Gail Erway-Haight of Penn Yan and three granddaughters, Claire Harapat and Emily and DeeAna Haight; daughter, Patty and son-in-law, Don Proutey of Clayton, NC, and grandchildren, Julie Rogers, husband, Tim and great-grandson, Timmy of Binghamton, NY, Jason Proutey and wife, Michelle and great-grandchildren, Emily, Jack and Meghan of Binghamton, NY, grandson, Ben Proutey and wife, Garietta of Smithfield, NC, grandson, Joseph Gabello of Vestal, NY, grandsons, Carlos and Joshua Proutey of Clayton, NC; a son, Thomas and daughter-in-law, Margaret Erway and grandson, Derrick of Binghamton; a son, David and daughter-in-law, Sue Erway of Boca Raton, FL, and their children, Holly, her husband, Jerry Sullivan and great-grandchildren, Jeremiah, Jacob and Johnathon of East Stroudsburg, PA, Michelle and husband, Chris Blanda of Raleigh, NC, and Tim and his wife, Jana Bunsic, and great-grandchildren, Aviah and Briony of Morristown, TN, granddaughter, Jocelyn and grandson, Justin Erway of Boca Raton, FL. Alice is also survived by her sisters, Marie Striker of Reston, VA, Carol Wade of Penn Yan, NY, Doris Kiff of Elmira, NY, Helen Campbell of Penfield, NY; and her brother, Mike Lowery of Big Flats, NY. She was predeceased by her sister, Theresa Mallette of Elmira, NY. Alice is also survived by her brother-in-law, Robert Erway of Elmira, NY; sister-in-law, Ellen Tobey (Sis) of Elmira, NY; and brother-in-law, Charles Erway and his wife, Nancy of Satellite Beach, FL. Alice was a longtime member of Saint Margaret Mary's Catholic Church in Apalachin, NY. She was a current member of Saint Michael's Catholic Church in Penn Yan, NY. Alice worked as an operator at New York Telephone Company as well as a bookkeeper for Rosebaums in Johnson City, NY. Alice was blessed with the gift of hospitality and the ability to make everyone who crossed her threshold feel welcome and loved. Alice's love, devotion and faithfulness to her husband, Harry, was rare and precious. Alice was blessed with many friends who loved her, especially her two longtime best friends, Millie Gaddes of Nesquehoning, PA, and Sophie Student of Apalachin, NY. To say that she will be missed is an understatement. She leaves a void in our lives that can only be filled with the love of God. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, 10:15 a.m. from the Allen Memorial Home, 511-513 East Main Street, Endicott, followed by a Funeral Mass at 11 a.m., from Blessed Trinity Parish at St. Margaret Mary, Pennsylvania Avenue, Apalachin, with the Reverend Father Bob Ring of Penn Yan presiding. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Johnson City. The family will receive friends at the Allen Memorial Home Friday from 2-4 and evening 7-9 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until service time at 10:15 a.m. The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to all those who have supported them with their love and prayers these past few months.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/29/2008

LOZO David A.
Age 46, of Gillett, PA, died Saturday, August 30, 2008, at his home after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by his loving family. Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday, September 6, 2008, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA 16933. A memorial service will be held immediately following the visitation at 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Duane Johnson and the Rev. Harold Burrell officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1948 E. Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701; or to Debi Lozo, RR2 Box 867, Gillett, PA 16925, to assist with medical expenses and Dylan's college education fund.  Published in the Star-Gazette from 8/31/2008 - 9/1/2008

Williamsport Sun Gazette - January  25, 2007
Erma M. Cosper, 93, of Williamsport, died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2007, at the Gatehouse Hospice at Divine Providence Hospital.  Born in Deerfield Township, Tioga County, she was the daughter of William B. and Bertie (Harris) Mack.  Erma was a devoted wife to her surviving husband of 69 years, Dr. George A. Cosper, D.D. As a pastor?s wife, she dedicated herself to her Lord Jesus Christ, her family and her friends.  During her years of ministry in their churches in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont she held positions in various Christian education and women?s groups. She was also a Sunday school teacher and secretary of the Emmanuel Day Care Center in New York City. Even after Dr. Cosper retired from full time ministry they dedicated themselves to interim ministry, serving churches through the Minister-at-Large Program of American Baptist Churches, USA.  When they moved to Williamsport?s retirement community at Rose View Center, they continued a ministry of visitation together. Dr. Cosper, who is hearing impaired, was able to hear with Erma at his side.  Surviving, in addition to her husband, are her daughter, Carolyn (Chip) Cioffi of Harrisburg; her brother, James (Arlene) Mack of Westfield; six grandcats and several nieces and nephews.  The funeral and committal services will be held Friday at 1:30 p.m. from Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St., with the Rev. Gwen Bernstine, Pastor of The First Baptist Church, where Erma was a member and the Rev. Lois Yeagle, Pastor of White Deer Valley Baptist Church, will co-officiate.   Burial will be in Twin Hills Cemetery.  The visitation will be Friday from 12:30 p.m. until service time at 1:30 p.m. at Sanders.  In Lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, 420 Elmira St. Williamsport, PA, or to The Gatehouse Hospice at Divine Providence Hospital, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701.

Owner of Finch Disposal
Age 76, of Lower Maple Avenue, Elmira, NY, died unexpectedly Tuesday, August 26, 2008, at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. Doris was the daughter of the late Walter and Helen Rich Mathews. She is survived by her children, Jackie (Wayne) Earley of Lawrenceville, PA, Gary (Evelyn) Finch of Elmira, Sherri Merritt of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, Loren (Ann) Finch of Elmira. Doris also leaves behind 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was a devoted member of the Christ United Methodist Church, now known as the New Beginnings Church. She was the owner of Finch Disposal for many years. She loved to bowl and was always ready to travel. Memorial Services to celebrate the life of Doris L. Finch will be held at the New Beginnings Church, 330 W. Church Street, Elmira, NY 14901, Friday, August 29, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. The Reverend Michael Weeden will officiate. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials in Doris L. Finch's name to the American Cancer Society, 1316 College Avenue, Elmira, NY 14901.  Published in the Star-Gazette from 8/27/2008 - 8/28/2008

PAYNE James B.
US Army veteran - Age 88, formerly of Breesport, New York, died August 25, 2008 at his home in Frostproof, FL. He was born June 8, 1920 in Nichols, NY and was a retired electrician from the Corning Glass Works. He was predeceased by his son, James E. Payne; and brother, Leo Payne of Nichols, NY. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Catherine Marie Payne (Palmer) formerly of Breesport; and children, Carl Payne, Judith Payne of Corning, NY, Glenn Payne of Horseheads, NY, Gary Payne of FL, and Bruce Payne of Horseheads, NY; along with three grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Per his request, no services will be held.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/30/2008

PELLING Charles Graham Muir "Graham"
Age 86, of Elmira, died Saturday, August 23, 2008, at St. Joseph's Hospital. Graham was born June 21, 1922, in Glasgow, Scotland, a son of Gavin and Jean Muir Pelling. He is predeceased by his sister, Ann, and brothers, Peter and Gavin. Graham is survived by his wife of 53 years, Beverly Jacque Pelling; sons, with their families, Gavin S. and Christine Pelling of Mill Neck, NY with children, Nicole, Stephanie, and Gavin; Andrew G. and Robin Pelling of Upper Montclair, NJ, with sons, Kyle and Craig; Peter L. and Jo-Anne Pelling of East Islip, NY, with daughters, Valerie and LeeAnn; sister Marion Johnson of East Moriches, NY; and mother-in-law Marie Jacque of Elmira Heights. In lieu of flowers donations in Graham's memory may be directed to Hillview United Methodist Church, 109 Hillview Drive, Big Flats, NY 14814. A Memorial Service in celebration of Graham's life will be held at a later date to be announced. Arrangements by McInerny Funeral Home.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/25/2008

PRYDE Margaret
Wellsboro Agitator – September 12, 1928
--Mrs. Margaret Pryde Blair, wife to John J. Blair, of Detroit, Michigan, formerly of Arnot, died August 27.  Besides her husband, she is survived by one daughter, Mrs. E. G. Bridfie; one son, John H. Blair; one sister, Mrs. Isabella Halstead, of Detroit; two brothers, William Pryde, of Phillipsburg, and Alexander Blair, of Yatesboro.

Age 78, of 1196 Bell Hill Road, Painted Post, died Monday, September 8, 2008, at Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira. George was born in Corning on December 18, 1929, the son of the late Floyd Henry and Bernice (Gurnsey) Richardson. He graduated from Northside High in Corning, class of 1947. He retired from the U.S. Navy after 21 years as a Communications Specialist and was later employed by Corning Glass, where he was in maintenance. George was a member of the Corning Moose Club and the Corning V.F.W. He enjoyed hunting and crossword puzzles. He is survived by two sons, George "Joe" (Renee) Richardson of Alfred Station, NY, and Steven Richardson of Brockport, NY; a sister, Alice (Edwin) R. Welch of Horseheads, NY; a brother, Floyd (Linda) C. Richardson of Wellsville, NY; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and five nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by longtime companion, Shirley Ryan; a son, Martin Richardson; and daughter-in-law, Paulette Richardson. Friends are invited to a funeral service on Thursday, September 11th, at 1 p.m. at Phillips Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney Street in Corning, with Rev. Gary DeHaas officiating. Burial will be in Coopers Plains Cemetery, Painted Post. Memorials may be directed to American Lung Association - Finger Lakes Region, 1595 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620.   Published in the Star-Gazette on 9/9/2008

ROEDIGER - Julie M. Russell, 47, of Ulysses, PA, died Sunday, August 24, 2008 in her home.  Born November 2, 1960, in Douglas, WY, she was the daughter of Christian Robert and Laura Hershberger Roediger.   On February 13, 1989, in Douglas, she married Lewis H. Russell, III, who survives.   A 1978 graduate of Glendo High School, Glendo, WY, she earned an associate degree in English literature from Eastern Wyoming College in Douglas. She was employed as a wild land fire fighter crew boss by the Bureau of Land Management for seven years. A member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Brookland, she was active in the ACS Relay for Life with the Sassy Survivors and the Galeton High Steppers.   Surviving besides her husband, Lewis, are: three sons, Craig Lewis (Vicki) Russell of Murrieta, CA, Gene Roediger of Bakersfield, CA, and Sawyer Russell of Ulysses; two daughters, Jacie (Billy) Hite of Glendo, WY and Sarah Mae Russell of Ulysses; six grandchildren; and two brothers, Kelly (Cheryl) Roediger of Glendo, WY and Jesse (Bonnie) Roediger of Green Forest, AR.   Friends may call Tuesday, August 26, 2008 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Funeral Services will be held 10:00 AM, Wednesday, August 27, 2008 in the All Saints Episcopal Church, Brookland, PA.   The Rev. Elaine Silverstrim and the Rev. Leslie K. Doyle will co-officiate. Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the ACS Sassy Survivors, c/o Carolyn Van Etten, 1011 Hickox-Ulysses Rd., Ulysses, PA 16948 or the ACS Galeton High Steppers, c/o Betty Ann Lechler, 112 First St., Galeton, PA 16922.

Wellsboro Gazette – November 12, 1986
Robert R, Root, age 60, a former resident of Wellsboro, died on Saturday, Nov. 8,1986, at his home in Hilton, N.Y.  He was the son of the late Ray and Harriet Hemingway Root.  For many years he was employed at the Western Auto Store in Wellsboro while residing at the Wellsboro home of his sister Erma Cloos until his marriage 28 years ago. He was also a former employee of Eastman. Kodak Company at Rochester N.Y.  He is survived by his wife, Kathryn Gleason Root, formerly of Niles Valley; four daughters; one stepdaughter; one stepson; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews; three sisters, Erma Cloos of Wellsboro, Mary Warren of Middlebury Center, Alberta Woodward of Elkland; one brother, Richard Root of Addison, N.Y., and mother-in-law, Elizabeth Gleason of Niles Valley.  No funeral services were held.  The body was cremated.

ROWE Kyle Wesley
20, of 240 Rafferty Rd., Painted Post, NY, died Tuesday, August 26, at his grandmother's house. Born in Elmira, NY, he was the son of Harry Linwood and Rebecca (Fairchild) Rowe, Jr. Kyle enjoyed four-wheeling, guitars, video games, hanging out with his friends, fishing and boating. The Philadelphia Eagles was his favorite NFL football team. Kyle is survived by parents, Harry Linwood and Rebecca (Fairchild) Rowe, Jr. He is the brother of one sister, Sara (Sadie) Lynn Rowe of Painted Post, NY. Maternal grandmother, Janet Fairchild; paternal grandmother, Mildred Rowe of Corning, NY; maternal aunts and uncles, Ann (Merle) Cummings of VA and Margaret "Meg" (Jim) Fairchild-Law; cousin, Andrew Cummings of VA; cousin, Catie Cummings; cousin, Liz Fairchild-Law of Corning, NY; cousin, Rachel Fairchild-Law of Corning, NY; cousin, Janet Fairchild-Law of Corning, NY; paternal aunts and uncles, Linda (Jack) Wilson of Gowanda and Karen (Richard) Darcangelo of MA. Kyle also is survived by many friends, among those are Mike Vandusen, Seth Griffin, Dave Patil, Kyle Griffin, Aaron Schrader, Brent Pesley, Sean Blair, Kaila Koski, Melissa Shrout, and Lori Digiulio. He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, W. Lee Fairchild; and paternal grandfather, Harry Linwood Rowe, Sr. Friends may call Saturday from 5:00 - 7:00 at Carpenter's Funeral Home, LLC, 14 East Pulteney Street, Corning, NY. A Funeral service will be held Saturday at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home immediately after calling hours. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial donations be sent to Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, c/o Elizabeth Fairchild-Law, 68 Sterling St., Corning, NY 14830 or Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 East Corning Rd., Corning, New York 14830.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/29/2008

SCHLEICHER - FINCH, Gloria A. (Schleicher)
Age 74, of Knoxville, PA, died on Sunday, August 24, 2008, in The Green Home, Wellsboro, PA. Gloria was born on September 22, 1933 in Bethlehem, PA, the daughter of William and Dorothy (Anthony) Schleicher. She was married to Robert E. Finch who predeceased her on October 20, 2000. Gloria was formerly employed as an assistant with Northern Tier Veterinary Clinic. She enjoyed sewing, playing cards, animals, bingo, cooking, sitting on the front porch and spending time with her family. Gloria is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, William "Bill" and Jeanette Bernstein of Knoxville, PA, Robert "Robbie" Bernstein of Archer, FL; two stepdaughters and sons-in-law, Kathy and John Wimbrough of Mechanicsburg, PA, Sandy and Joe Minnick of Mechanicsburg, PA; one stepson and stepdaughter-in-law, Joe and Tatiana Finch of Wellsboro, PA; three grandchildren, Derek, Justin and Kendra; one great-grandchild, Daeton Bernstein; several step grandchildren; one brother, William Schleicher of Bath, PA; and one sister, Betty Schweibinz of Allentown, PA. In keeping with Gloria's wishes, there will be no services. The Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main Street, Mansfield, PA, is assisting the family.

STAGE - KEENAN, Rose (Stage)
Age 96, of Hugg Rd., Lowman and formerly of Colonial Dr. in Horseheads, died at home surrounded by her family on Mon., Aug. 25, 2008. She was predeceased by her first husband, Fletcher Stage in 1979. Her surviving family includes her sons and daughters, George Stage of Columbia Cross Roads, PA, Irene (Clyde) Palmer of Horseheads, NY, Charles (Shirley) Stage of Lowman, NY, Virginia Silvernail of Elmira, NY; grandchildren, Kathy Brague, Barbara Hall, Dorothy Guisewhite, Larry (Bonnie) Sivernail, Rose (John) Pona, Brian Stage, Colleen Cotter, John (Kim) Stage; 13 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren; sister, Blanche Aldrich of Elmira, NY; and several nieces and nephews. Rose was born Jan. 9, 1912 in Cayuta, NY, the daughter to the late Joseph and Mary (Laska) Masin. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star Excelsior-Southern Light Chapter #323, an avid bowler and member of North Chemung United Methodist Church. In addition to her husband and parents, Rose was predeceased by her brothers and sister, Frank, Charles, Joseph, Edward Masin and Mary Ontl. Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 S. Main St., Horseheads on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2008, from 2-4:00 and 6-8:00 p.m. where her service will take place at 8:00 p.m. with the Rev. Anne Mowery officiating. Officers and members of the Order of Eastern Star will also gather at the funeral home at 7:30 to conduct a Memorial Service for their departed sister. Those wishing may also remember Rose through memorials to the North Chemung United Methodist Church, 677 Breesport North Chemung Rd., Lowman, NY 14861.  Published in the Star-Gazette from 8/26/2008 - 8/27/2008

Age 48, of Curren Rd., in Elmira, died in a construction accident on Fri., Sept. 5, 2008. Dana is lovingly remembered by his family including the love of his life, Laurie Bonci; Dana's children, Ryenna (Ryan) Clark of Greenville, SC, James Stermer, Brian Bonci of NYC, NY, Blake Stermer of Elmira and "Abby" his spoiled border collie; mother, Janet "Jeana" Stermer; brothers and sister, Ernie Stermer (Laurie) of Canandaigua, NY, Eric Stermer (Cissy) of Elmira, NY, Renea Rosplock (James) of Erin, NY, Brent Stermer (Peter Marks) of Elmira, NY; grandmother, Ida Strong Bates of Elmira Heights, NY; as well as many nieces and nephews he loved; special friends, Mary Lou Earl (Blake's mother), Robbie and Mary Jo Albee IV and their girls; and devoted friend, Shelly Andrus, who always tried her hardest to keep him in line, organized and on time; aunts and uncles, Frank (Barb) Stermer of Montour Falls, NY, Earl (Cindy) Stermer of Erin, NY, H. Virginia Bailey and Edna Link, both of Elmira, NY. Dana was predeceased by his father, Arthur O. "Todd" Stermer in 1994; grandfathers, Raymond Stermer Sr. and Richard Strong; grandmother, Delia Stermer and Uncles, Ray Stermer, Vincent Link and Charles Walker; aunt, Audrey (Charles) Walker. Dana, a graduate of EFA, achieved his dream of owning his own excavation business, Dana Stermer Construction (Many thanks to all his workers); prior to that, Dana was employed by several local area contractors: his uncle, Earl Stermer, Buster Vanderhoff, Walt Crooker, Bruce Patoka and others, too many to mention. He was also employed by the NYS Department of Corrections at the Elmira Correctional Facility and Horseheads School District. Dana's uncle, Earl Stermer, taught him two of his greatest loves, excavation and how to wrestle. In 1978 Dana went to the NYS Championships. Dana always wore a smile and was easy going. Outside the love of his family and vocation Dana was a member of Fur Fin and Feather and always enjoyed the outdoors including hunting. As an avid outdoorsman, Dana had been ever so excited to bring home a trophy elk from his planned guided hunting tour in Wyoming. Although we miss him dearly, Dana's smile and zest for life will remain in our hearts forever. We are thankful that he found love and died doing what he loved. Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 S. Main St., Horseheads, on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008, from 2-4:00 and 6-8:00. A celebration of his life filled with memories and stories will take place at the funeral home on Friday at 10:00 a.m.  Published in the Star-Gazette from 9/7/2008 - 9/11/2008

STROUD William R. "Billy"
Age 24, of 333 Broadway, Elmira, NY, died suddenly Monday, August 25, 2008. He was predeceased by his grandparents, Annie M. Stroud, Marsha Bellows and James Rifenburg. He is survived by his father, Carl Stroud; mother, Robin Rifenburg; brothers, Carl D. Stroud, Carl I. (Alicia) Stroud, J. Earl (Carrie Shock) Stroud, Pat (Heather) Sinsabaugh, and Michael Shelly; sisters, Hope Baker and Crystal Szymanski; along with many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Billy will be missed by all of those whose life he touched. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira, on Tuesday, September 2nd, from 3 to 4 p.m. His memorial service will follow at 4 p.m.   Published in the Star-Gazette on 9/2/2008

died on Sunday, September 7, 2008, in Batavia, New York surrounded by her husband, Alonzo B. Wilson, Jr. and family. She was born on November 23, 1932 in Horseheads, New York, the daughter of Floyd and Nellie Swan-Williams. Ethel was married on February 26, 1949 to Alonzo B. Wilson, Jr., and they celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary this year in the home they shared in LeRoy, New York for the same number of years. Ethel was a retired employee of Dubois Plastics, Avon, New York. She is survived by her four children, Karen Wilson of Rochester, New York, Wanda (Sherman) Wilson-Simpson of Mesa, Arizona, Rochelle (Linda) Wilson of Union Springs, Alabama and Alonzo Wilson, III of LeRoy, New York; eight grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. Ethel was the eighth child born in her family. She also leaves her surviving sisters, Mabel Williams of Rochester, New York, Gladys Williams of Cleveland, Ohio and Phyllis Wilson of Holley, New York; and one surviving brother, William (Melvina) Williams of Elmira, New York, and many loving nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. She was predeceased by two brothers, Floyd Williams and Ray (Mary) Williams; and two sisters, Rena (Lewis) Carrington and Catherine (William) McCall. The family will be having a Memorial Service in Elmira, New York at a later date. Arrangements are currently being made. In lieu of flowers, family and friends are asked to contribute to United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia, New York; or to the Anatomical Gift Program, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 9/11/2008

TACKA - FADALE, Mary A. Tacka, DeLauro
Died at her home on Wednesday, September 3, 2008. Mary was born on November 30, 1913, in Morris Run, PA, a daughter of John and Victoria Paluch Tacka. She is predeceased by her parents; husbands, Louis Fadale and Nicholas DeLauro, Sr.; son, Nicholas DeLauro, Jr.; sister, Catherine Baker; and brother, Val Tacka. Mary is survived by her daughters, Victoria Shafer of Horseheads, and Ann Sherwood of Elmira; daughter-in-law, Carole DeLauro of Troy, PA; sister, Ann Forsythe of Elmira; sister-in-law, Betty Fadale of Elmira; grandchildren, Gordon Shafer, Karen (Wes) Pye, Ryan (Michelle) Shafer, James (Michelle) Sherwood, Jr., Walter (Amy) Klumpe, Ashley (Michael) Payne, Mark (Cathy) DeLauro, Mathew DeLauro, and Disa DeLauro; 14 great-grandchildren; along with several nieces and nephews. Mary was retired from Bendix Corp. Friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, corner of Water and Walnut Sts., on Friday, September 5, 2008, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. A prayer service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, September 6, 2008, at 9:15 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick's Church. Private burial will be held at the convenience of the family. Donations in Mary's memory may be directed to either Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 E. Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830; or Chemung County SPCA, Route 352, Elmira, NY 14903. Mary's family would like to extend a special thank you to Southern Tier Hospice, and Carol, Nicol, Mimi, Lois, and Rebecca for the wonderful care given to Mary over the past few months.
Published in the Star-Gazette on 9/4/2008

Of Elmira, Age 82, died on Sept. 5, 2008 at St. Joseph's Hospital after a brief illness. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Merrill; brothers, Robert, Richard and Edwin Thayer; and sister, Shirley Long. Edna is survived by sisters, Nancy Green, Fresno, CA, Betty Groom, Baldwinsville, NY; and brother, Roy Thayer, Lakeland, FL; a nephew and several nieces. Edna was a faithful member of the Horseheads Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses for over 30 years. A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008, at 1:00 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 708 Lena Place, Elmira, NY.  Published in the Star-Gazette from 9/10/2008 - 9/11/2008

Of Elmira, NY, Was born December 5, 1931 in Elmira, NY the son of the late Jesse and Ethel (Avery) Vanderpool, died on Thursday, August 14, 2008, at his home at the age of 76. His brothers, Clyde and Richard Vanderpool, predeceased him. He is survived by his beloved sister, Joan Messinger of Elmira, NY; along with several nieces and nephews. Robert enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid fisherman. He was a former cook at various restaurants and racetracks around the country. He proudly served his country in the US Army during the Korean War. Services celebrating his life will all take place privately at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/27/2008

Age 70, of Maple Ave., Elmira, NY, died Wednesday, August 27, 2008, at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH. Arrangements are under the direction of the James D. Barrett Funeral Home.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/29/2008

WELCH John E. "Jack"
Age 77, of Big Flats, died very unexpectedly on Thurs. Sept. 4. 2008. He is survived by his wife, Rose; his son, John Welch Jr. of Millport, NY; grandchildren, Nicole and Jesse. Jack was a longtime employee of Thatcher Glass and Anchor Glass. In keeping with Jack's wish, any services will take place privately. However, those wishing may remember Jack with memorials to Falck Cancer, 600 Roe Ave., Elmira, NY 14905. Arrangements with Barber Funeral Home, Horseheads.  Published in the Star-Gazette from 9/6/2008 - 9/7/2008

WHITTEKER - THOMPSON, Sandra "Sandi" (Whitteker)
Age 60, of Wellsboro, PA, died Tuesday, September 2, 2008, at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, PA. She was a member of the Elmira Christian Center. Family and friends are invited to call on Friday, September 5, 2008, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home with the Pastor Brian Harris officiating.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 9/3/2008

WILSON - WILLIAMS, Susan (Wilson)
Age 61, of Port Isabel, TX, died September 3, 2008. Raised in Elmira Heights, she is survived by her husband of eighteen years, Howard; son and daughter-in-law, William and Wendy Barton III of Naples, FL; sons, Richard and Scott Barton of Texas, Kimberly Barton of Port Isabel, TX; stepsons, Chip and Greg Williams of Florida; sister-in-law, Teenie Isaacs of Lowman, NY; brother, Dean Isaacs of Horseheads, NY; sister, Mary (Wilson) and brother-in-law, Bob Walb of Gouldsboro, PA. A loving wife and mother, she had nine grandchildren: Jennifer, Andrew, Elizabeth, Zachary, Haley, Bradley, Mason, Michael and Ciara Barton. Susan was born in Louisville, KY on May 14, 1947, the daughter of the late Richard E. and Christine Wilson; she was raised by her father and late stepmother, Gladys (Wales) Wilson in the Heights. Susie was a huge fan of the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Yankees. Her enthusiasm for sports stemmed from watching her children and grandchildren participate in numerous sports. Thomae-Garza Funeral Directors, Inc., San Benito, TX is handling funeral arrangements. Condolences for the family can be sent to Howard Williams, Unit 1502, 306 Beacon Bay Drive, Port Isabel, TX 78578.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 9/7/2008

October 10, 1952 - August 29, 2008
Age 55, of Defiance, OH died suddenly and unexpectedly, at a family holiday gathering in Stow, Ohio Friday, August 29, 2008. Mike was born in Elmira, NY on October 10, 1952, son of the late Stanley E. Winiecki and Floryne J. Winiecki (Steiner), son-in-law to the late Jack M. Bane and Edith G. Bane (Geohegan). He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Sandra A. Winiecki (Bane) of Defiance, OH; sons, Maximillian of Indianapolis, IN, David (Michele) of Shelbyville, IN; daughter, Tiffany of Franklin, IN; granddaughters, Lilly, Madalin, and Amy; sister, Alyce (Brian) Caster of Horseheads, NY; brothers, Stephen (Sherry) of Perrysburg, OH, Martin (Sue) of Elmira, NY, David (Mary Rose) of Stow, OH and Paul of Elmira, NY; several aunts and uncles, several nieces and nephews. Michael served a distinguished and decorated career in the United States Navy during the Viet Nam era and finishing his service with the first Persian Gulf War. He retired as an LCDR with twenty years of dedicated and proud service to country on December 31, 1990. He not only served as a Nurse Anesthetist during active duty but continued this service after retirement throughout the Mid West. He will always be remembered by all for his gentle bedside manner, love for cooking and baking, stories of worldly travels both in and out of service, and for the interesting caps that he would always wear into the O.R. at each and every hospital he blessed with his presence. Plans for Memorial Service: Saturday, September 13, 2008. Visitation: 09:30 - 11:00. Memorial: To follow immediately at Glenn E. George and Sons Funeral Home, 437 Amos Street, Shelbyville, IN 46176 (317) 398-4599. Interment with Military Honors at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be provided in his name, to charities of your choosing.   Published in the Star-Gazette on 9/7/2008

66 of Mosherville PA, born May 12, 1942 died, September 7, 2008 in his home, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was the loving husband of Lillian M. "Sue" Wray. Born in Baltimore, MD, he moved to Lewistown, PA, then to Pottstown, PA, and finally coming to rest in Mosherville, PA. He started working for the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Welfare at Pennhurst Center for the Mentally Retarded in Spring City, PA, in the early 1960's as a laundry worker. Later he became a manager who was responsible for overseeing the laundry operation, dietary and building services. In the late 1980's he became the manager of Facility Maintenance and Operations until he retired from the state. Nelson and Sue moved to Mosherville where they then built their dream home, where they lived life to the fullest for the last 19 years. He then went back to work doing maintenance for One Hour Techni-cleaners in Horseheads NY, he then moved to Ares / Electrolux to repair vacuum cleaners, where he worked until December of 2007 when he was diagnosed. He loved the outdoors, hunting, sports, and his latest love, NASCAR. Nelson was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and brother. He was predeceased by his father, Gerald Vincent Wray. Survived by his wife, Lillian (Boronski) Wray; his mother, Arlene Marie (Renninger) Wray; 6 children, Brady Wray, Amy Sload, Michelle Giangiacomo (Steve), Brad Eckenrode, Brooke Raser (Jen), and Mandi Pullen; 12 grandchildren, Olivia Sload, Troy Large, Jordan Large, Stephen Giangiacomo, Lee Raser, Ken Raser, Brittney Raser, Danielle Bagnall, Brian Bagnall, Mark Pullen, Michael Pullen, and Nancy Pullen; 5 brothers, Delmar Wray (Deb), Lynn Wray (Deb), Jeffery Wray (Cindy), Mark Wray (Tracey), Tony Wray (Peggy); 5 sisters, Janice Spangler (William), Rita Minium Khun (Donald), Deborah Sherwood (Merrill), Fran Majestic (Joseph), Beth Edward (Robert). He has touched countless other lives like Kevin Flanagan (Christy) and his lifelong friend and brother-in-law, Todd Garrison (Patricia). God has called upon your service, there is work to do. Until we meet again. We love you!!! Family flowers are acceptable; memorials to Guthrie Hospice in his name would be appreciated. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens 1126 Broadway, Southport NY on Friday September 12, 2008 between the hours of 5-7 p.m. A memorial service will follow the visitation at 7:15 p.m.   Published in the Star-Gazette on 9/9/2008

? DEATS, Ruth N.
Of Charles St., Elmira, NY, resided with her daughter in Caton, NY for several years. Ruth died on August 27, 2008 at Founders Pavilion, Corning, NY. She is survived by her daughter, NormaJo (Jimmie) Carl of Corning, NY; son, John (Sally) Deats of Lancaster, NY; grandchildren, David James Carl, Jimmie Joe Carl, Jason and Jeffrey Deats; great-grandchildren, JoLynn, Benjamin, Alexandria, and Ellie Carl; sisters, Norma Van Etten, Beatrice (Ron) Butcher; several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by husband, Charles Furman Deats and son, Louis Charles Deats; sister-in-law, Mary Niver; brother-in-law, Kenny Van Etten. She worked at Remington Rand until its closing and retired from Chemung County Nursing Facility. She was an avid gardener, enjoyed bowling and going to garage sales. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Sunday, August 31, 2008, at 3:00 p.m. at Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., with Reverend Edward Crandall officiating. Family will provide flowers and those wishing may make memorial to the charity of one's choice.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/29/2008

? POULIN, Genevieve L.
A resident of Gillett, PA, was born November 11, 1915 in Ware, MA. She died peacefully on Tuesday, September 9, 2008, at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center at the age of 92. All services will be held privately at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc.
Published in the Star-Gazette on 9/11/2008

Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA

Published On Tri-Counties Site On 29 MAY 2008
By Joyce M. Tice
Email Joyce M  Tice