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Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice

Clippings, Obituary,  & Scrapbook Section

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Bradford County PA

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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 Ninety Two
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. All people on this page graduated from Mansfield State Teachers College, Mansfield State College, or Mansfield University OR were faculty or staff. Many other MSTC graduates are on the Local Cemetery obit pages. 

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..

Russell G. ACORN, 41
12/22/2001 Towanda Daily Review
Russell G. Acorn, 41, of Woodinville, Wash., died on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2001, at home due to injuries sustained in an accident. Russ was born on April 15, 1960, in Sayre, to Gilbert and Julia Acorn. He was raised in Sayre, where he graduated from high school. Russ attended West Point Military Academy, The University of Miami, Eisenhower College in New York, Mansfield State University and DeVry Technical Institute in the state of Arizona.  He married Kathleen Walter on June 28, 1986, in Maui, Hawaii. Russ and Kathleen lived in Redmond for a few years, then moved to White Bear Lake, Minn. They returned to Washington in 1997 and settled in Woodinville. Russ was employed as director of U.S. Marketing for Spacelabs Medical in Redmond. He enjoyed spending time with his family, coaching his children in sports activities, camping, fishing and boating.
Russ is survived by his wife, Kathleen of Woodinville; three children, Derek, age 14, Taylor, age 8, and Kimberly, age 6, all at home; his parents, Gilbert and Julia Acorn of Sayre; a sister and brother-in-law, Bonnie and Seth Rogers of Wellsboro, Pa.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Tim and Mimi Acorn of Allentown, Pa., and James and Christina Acorn of Miami, Fla.; 12 nieces and nephews; his close friend, Jamie Boone of Orlando, Fla.; his paternal grandmother, Ruth Maas of Waverly, N.Y.; several uncles and aunts, cousins, and sisters and brothers-in-law; and his father- and mother-in-law, Richard and Sue Walter of Athens. Memorials may be sent to the Russell Acorn Children's Trust Fund, in care of any Bank of America. A memorial service was held on Friday, Dec. 14, 2001, at the Duvall Methodist Church in Washington. Chaplain Martin Redman officiated. Military honors were given and a flag of the U.S. was presented to his son.


AMEIGH –M. ELIZABETH A. MASON age 88 of Falls Church, VA died October 10, 1999.  She was born near Gillett, PA.  She attended Mansfield College and taught school at Checkerville and other schools.  She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Mary Joan and Curtis Wilson of Springfield, VA; also sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law, Louise VanVeghten, Mary May, Beverly Knights, Dorando Hoose, Margaret and Ronald Woodard, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack in 1991; son, Kevin in 1976 and a daughter, Ann in 1979.  Arrangements were in charge of the Money and King Funeral Home in Vienna, VA.  –Troy Gazette-Register


AUMICK Marian B. Darrow

93, died in Lake Placid, FL on December 2, 2011.  She lived at Southern Lifestyles Assisted Living Facility for the past four years.  She was born to the late Elijah and Sybil Aumick, September 7, 1918, in Troy, PA.  She was married to the late Richard L. Darrow.  Marian graduated from Troy High School and received her BA in education from Mansfield State Teacher’s College in Mansfield, PA.  Mrs. Darrow was a retired special education teacher teaching in Pennsylvania and Florida for a total of forty-four years.  Marian’s favorite activities were church, traveling, knitting and music.  She is predeceased by her infant son Dale Darrow and is survived by her son: Rex Darrow and wife Barbara of Lake Placid, FL, daughter: Connie Hagan of Sebring, FL two grandchildren and three great granddaughters.  Mrs. Darrow was buried next to her husband on December 6, 2011 at the Woodlawn Park Cemetery in Miami, FL.  A memorial service to celebrate Mrs. Darrow’s life will be held 1:30 PM Wednesday December 21, 2011 at the Southern Lifestyles Assisted Living Facility 1297 US 27 North, Lake Placid, FL. Arrangements entrusted to the Scott Funeral Home, Lake Placid, FL, 465-4134.  Canton Independent Sentinel – December 24, 2011


AUSTIN Alberta “Scrub” NEAL, 89, a life-long resident of Roaring Branch, PA, died November 17, 2002 at Broad Acres Nursing Home in Wellsboro, PA.  Born on September 13, 1913 in Union Township, Tioga County, PA she was the daughter of Steven and Ophelia Zittle Austin.  She was a 1929 graduate of Canton High School and continued her education at Mansfield State Teachers College.  She taught in the Canton high school on Union Street until its closure in 1977.  She also assisted her husband in the operation of the family dairy farm.  She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Miles Neal of Roaring Branch, PA. Janet (John) Kerrick of Roaring Branch, PA, Jean (Carl) Young of Sylvania, PA and Bud Neal of Roaring Branch, PA; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins; friends and neighbors.  She was predeceased by a brother, Nathan Austin; sisters, Bea Ward, Ida Herman and Bertha Crumm.  In maintaining Mrs. Neal’s requests, services were private.  Arrangements were entrusted to the Pepper Funeral Home in Canton.  Memorials in her name may be directed to the Canton Elementary Library 141 East Union Street, Canton, PA 17724 or to the charity of one’s choice.

AUSTIN –ALBERTA ‘SCRUB’ NEAL, 89 a lifelong resident of Roaring Branch (Union Twp., PA) died peacefully November 17th, 2002 at the Broad Acres Nursing Home in Wellsboro following a period of declining health. Born on September 13, 1913 in Union Twp., Tioga County, PA she was a daughter of Steven and Ophelia Zittle Austin. "Scrub" a nickname she acquired from her father at an early age, graduated from Canton High School class of 1929. She continued her education at Mansfield State Teachers College where she received a degree in elementary education. Her first teaching job was at the one room schoolhouse in Ward Twp. She taught there several years until 1937 when she married Miles Neal. She then took time off from her teaching career to become a devoted wife and mother raising four children. Mrs. Neal eventually returned to teaching, a job she truly loved. She taught in Ralston until relocating to Canton where she taught in the former high school on East Union St. until its closure in 1977. "Scrub" also loved life on the family’s dairy farm. She was no stranger to hard work and throughout her career and even in her retirement she assisted her husband with the daily operations of their farm. Mrs. Neal was a kind, considerate person who will be fondly remembered by her many students and friends. She possessed a witty sense of humor that could always make you smile. She enjoyed country music and all animals, especially her faithful dog, "Bob". Most important in Mrs. Neal’s life was the love she shared in her home with her husband, children and grandchildren. Surviving are her husband of 65 years, Miles; children, William (Dorothy) Neal, Janet (John) Kerrick all of Roaring Branch, Jean (Carl) Young, Sylvania, Bud Neal, Roaring Branch; grandchildren; Bill Jr. (Kim) Neal, Ron (Lisa) Neal, Mike (Paula) Neal, Sally and Chad Neal, Jen Neal, Jane (Danny) Hughes, Jamie Kerrick, Jennifer Kerrick, Jeff (Jennifer) Kerrick, Karie and Kristy Young; four great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, cousins, dear friend and neighbors. A brother, Nathan Austin and sisters, Bea Ward, Ida Herman, Bertha Crumm predeceased her. In maintaining to Mrs. Neal’s requests services will be private. Her family requests memorials in her name may be directed to Canton Elementary Library, 141 E. Union St., Canton, PA or to a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements are under the care of Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton. –Canton Independent Sentinel

Donald L. Well-known Canton resident Donald Leigh Ayres died quietly at his residence on Monday, May 16th, 2005. He was 85 years of age. Born in Gillett, PA, on April 13th, 1920 he was the son of the late Mark L. Ayres and Elizabeth Holcomb Ayres. In 1937, Don graduated from Canton High School and later attended Mansfield State Teachers' College (now Mansfield University), graduating in January of 1947. He later received his Theater of Arts degree from George Peabody Teachers' College, now part of Vanderbilt University. His college education was interrupted by World War II. Don served as a squadron bombardier in Italy as a member of the 725th Bomb Squadron, 451st Bomb Group as part of the 15th Army Air Force. He remained in the Air Force Reserves for twenty years, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. After the war, Don completed his education and taught for two years in Manatee County, Florida, followed by thirty years at Canton High School. In addition to teaching Social Studies and academic math, he directed school plays and musicals for thirty years. During 1953 and 1954, Mr. Ayres studied Theater Arts at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, as a result of a Ford Foundation grant. In 1952, Don married LaRene Thomas. They were both active in the Methodist Church, where they both taught Sunday school. Don also served his Lord through the church in many other capacities. He had also been a member of the Green Free Library Board of Trustees, was a member of the Troy Vets Club, Canton Lodge #415 F&AM, Troy Royal Arch Chapter #261, the Valley of Towanda and Valley of Williamsport Consistery of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, and served as president of the Bradford-Sullivan Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR). Don and LaRene loved to travel and after retiring had taken tours and cruises to Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Alaska, Bermuda and the Caribbean. Don loved gardening and until declining health had three gardens and two greenhouses from which he supplied plants and produce to his friends. Donald is survived by his wife, LaRene; his brother, O. Lanier (Helen); sister-in-law, Marie (Floyd) Taylor; nieces, Kay (Richard) Porter, Ann (Tom) Carl, Connie (Bill) Spencer, Sue (Dan) Bastian and Alice (Dave) Zupka; and one nephew, Bud (Dorothy) Ayres. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday, May 21st, at 11:00 a.m. at the Canton Ecumenical Parish, 43 N. Center Street, Canton, with Pastor Dean Walrath officiating. Flowers will be provided by the family. Memorials may be directed to Guthrie Hospice, RR1 Box 154, Towanda, PA 18848, Ecumenical Parish, Ward United Methodist Church, RR2, Canton, PA 17724 or the Green Free Library, 14 N. Center Street, Canton, PA 17724.

BAILEY – Jeannette B. Rose, 89, of Mansfield, died Friday, May 26, 2006 at the Green Home, Inc., Wellsboro. She was born Sept. 8, 1916 in Mansfield, the daughter of A. Ward and Ethel Stickler Bailey. Jeannette was a retiree of Mansfield State College and volunteered at Santa’s Gift Bag. She was a member of the Daughters of American Colonists, Colonial Dames of the 17th Century, the DAR, the Descendants of Colonial Clergy, the Twin Tiers Genealogical Society, the Wellsboro Historical Society, and the Colombian Literary Exchange, Jeannette served as a literacy volunteer, and in 1986 was named BPW Woman of the year. She is survived by two stepsons, Ted Rose of Waurika, Okla., James Rose of Ft. Worth, Texas; stepdaughter, Shirley Benson in Florida; brother, Donald Bailey of Columbia, Mo.; several nieces and nephews. Jeannette was predeceased by her husband, King in 1981; two sisters, Frances Shea, Josephine Hitchcock; half brother, Marvin Love; and half sister, Pretha Newton. In keeping with Jeannette’s wishes there will be no funeral services. A service of Gary Wilston Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Mansfield. – Mansfield Gazette, 31 May 2006, p.6A


BAKER Arling Raymond Baker

Arling R. Baker, Prominent Andover Businessman for the past 43 years and head of the business firm bearing his name died suddenly at his home here  Friday noon, September 15, 1950 at the age of 72.  He was born in North Bingham, PA., March 15, 1878, son of Brinton J. and Rillie Lee Baker.  He attended high school in Whitesville, graduating in 1896 and following that the Mansfield Normal School, graduating in 1899.  As a student in Mansfield he became a member of the Delphic Fraternity Inc.  For ten years he taught in the district schools of Pennsylvania. In 1907, he and his brother the late Erwin D. Baker established their hardware firm which became well known in this area.  Due to the illness of his brother, Mr. Baker took over the control of the business in 1933.  On October 31, 1919 he was married to Mrs. Margaret Bettinger who survives together with one daughter, Mrs. Richard harder and one grandson, Kent harder of Andover.  Also Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Rose B. Vincent and Miss Helen Baker of Glendale Calif., and one brother, D. Lee Baker of New Rochelle, NY., a niece, Mrs. William Grossman of Houston, Texas, and a nephew, Davis Lee Baker of Darien, Conn.  Mr. Baker was active in civic and community affairs and a member of the congregation of the Andover Presbyterian church of which he was treasurer for some years.  As a member of the Andover Lodge, No. 558, F. & A.M., he was master in 1930.  He served on the Andover Village Board in 1920 and 1921.  During World War I he was local chairman for the Third, Fourth, and Fifth liberty loan drives, and for ten years he was the head of the Andover Red Cross Chapter.  He was also a member of the New York State Hardware Dealers Association, the Andover Exchange Club, Anna W. Mcarthur Chapter, and O. E. S., a director of the Andover National Bank and a member of the Andover Fire Department for 28 years.  His advice was continuously sought on personal as well as business matters, and he served as administrator of many estates.  Mr. Baker exemplified a splendid type of American manhood and many will remember his private philanthropies.  Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Albert N. Rogers of Alfred Station at 3 o’clock in the home, following which a Masonic service was held at the grave in Hillside cemetery. The honorary bearers were:  Frank W. Burrows, Samuel B. Crandall, Everett N. Clair, Andrew D. Fuller, John C. Lever and Raymond O. Snyder.  The active bearers were Earl J. Allen, Fay E. Boyd, Harry Baker, Hugh Barlow, Leonard Briggs, and Dr. J. Robert Common.  (Note: William Greene has provided us with the material and the Delphic Fraternity whom has taken the time to find the notables amongst all distinguished gentlemen of the fraternal order.  Eric J. Guzman - The Delphic Fraternity Inc. Board of Trustees)


BARNES - On the morning of Thursday, April, 17, 2008, well-known Canton resident Anna Lee Marjorie (Barnes) Owen died quietly at the Bradford County Manor in West Burlington. She was 81 years of age. Born in Elmira, N.Y., on Feb. 16, 1927, she was the daughter of Henry and Dorothea (Brown) Barnes. Anna Lee grew up on the family farm on Barnes Hill, Canton Township. She was a 1944 graduate of Canton High School and, after working for a couple of years, attended Lock Haven College to pursue a degree in home economics. She put her studies on hold when, on Feb. 29, 1948, she eloped with Edward Owen. Together they raised three daughters. In addition to keeping house she worked the family farm. After her children were grown Anna Lee completed her studies at Mansfield University, earning her bachelor's degree in 1970. She student taught home economics at Shinglehouse, Pa., but later applied her knowledge and skills in a more hands-on manner. For several years she was the cook at the Towanda Country Club and the former Canton Diner. Perhaps her most memorable cooking venue was Camp Balibay, a summer camp for the performing arts, where she met and cooked for such people as Bette Davis, as well as a host of young, talented performers from all over the world. She developed many lasting friendship from among them. Anna Lee also worked as a home health care provider and professional house cleaner. Amid all of her various employments she still found the time and energy to serve her church and community. She was a charter member of the Canton Garden Club, and for many years took personal responsibility for beautifying her hometown with flowering plants at strategic locations. She was always the first to volunteer when it came to cooking for church suppers, whether at her own church or any other one that had need of her services. For many years she organized and cooked for the Community Christmas Dinner at the Church of Christ, an annual event that served the needs of those who had no family with whom to share the holiday. Anna Lee was blessed with a large, extended family, to whom she was always the gracious hostess. She also had a deep, abiding faith in the Lord, and was a faithful member of the Canton Ecumenical Parish, where she attended the IHS Adult Sunday School Class. She also gave much of her time working the suppers and rummage sales, as well as gracing the church grounds with her garden flowers. Anna Lee was a unique woman of many gifts and talents. She often joked about the fact that she never quite learned to swim or ride a bicycle, and yet learned to pilot an airplane. Never one for dwelling on the past, Anna Lee always looked straight ahead throughout her life and, in the words of the old gospel hymn, regardless of her circumstances, it was well with her soul. Anna Lee is survived by her daughters, Nelle Jean Owen, Cheryl and Dale Neitz and Linda Owen, all of Canton; brothers, Jack and Pat Barnes of Richmond, Va., and John and Ruth Barnes and Clark "Bunk" and Betty Barnes all of Elmira, N.Y.; sisters-in-law, Pat Barnes of Myrtle Beach, N.C., and Alice Owen of Canton; 11 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and a great-great grandson; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her former husband, Edward Owen, and brothers Dick, Doug, Stuart and Neil Barnes. In accordance with Anna Lee's expressed wishes, there will be no calling hours. A celebration of her life will be held at noon on Saturday, April 26, at the Canton Ecumenical Parish, 43 N. Center St. in Canton. The family suggests that memorial contributions in her name be directed to the Green Free Library Landscaping Fund, 14 N. Center, St. Canton, Pa. 17724, attention: Mary Campbell. Professional services have been entrusted to Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton. - Towanda Daily Review, 19 April 2008

 Austin E. Barnhart, 71, died at the family home near Pine City at 11 a.m., Sunday, May 10, 1936, after an illness of five weeks.  He is survived by his wife, Anna, and one daughter, Mrs. Louise B. Bedrosian, Mansfield, Pa., a teacher at the Mansfield State Teachers College.  The funeral will be at the family home near Pine City Tuesday at 2:30 p.m., the Rev. George W. Burroughs of Pine City, officiating.  Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.

BATES - Sarah Bates Randall, 93, [SRGP 74522] of Georgetown, MD, died Nov. 23, 2001. Born Dec. 29, 1907, in Mansfield, she was the daughter of Sadie I. and John P. Bates. Her father, a pharmacist, owned and operated the local Rexall pharmacy on Main Street for many years at the turn of the last century. She graduated from Mansfield State College in 1927 with a bachelor's degree in music. She began her career as supervisor of music at Liberty Public School in Liberty, NY, where she met and married Wallace L. Randall. Her husband, as well as her sister, Mary Elizabeth Bates Smith, both preceded her in death in the 1970s. After raising her family, she took post-graduate courses in social work at Cornell and Columbia Universities and became supervisor of child welfare for the Sullivan County, NY, Department of Social Services. Mrs. Randall retired in 1973. She was an avid bridge player, golfer and an accomplished pianist and pipe organist. She was a life member and past Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, and a member of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Liberty, NY, for over 60 years; and St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Earleville, MD, for eight years, where she was a member of the United Methodist Women and a charter member of the Cecilton Parish handbell choir. Surviving are two daughters, Sara R. Mullin and her husband, J. Rigby Mullin Jr. of Georgetown, MD, and Mary E. Randall of Annapolis, MD; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. A funeral service was held at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Earleville on Wednesday, Nov. 28, with internment in Liberty Cemetery, Liberty, NY. - Wellsboro Gazette, 5 December 2001

     Many friends will be greatly saddened at the death of Dr. Bernard Baum, former Dean of Instruction at Mansfield State College.  He died suddenly Tuesday night, May 16 at Boca Raton, Florida.  Dr. Baum was Chairman of the English Department at the Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.  He is survived by his wife Futh and their two children.

BEARDSLEY –GLORIA BEARDSLEY REED was called home to heaven on Monday, Feb. 2, 2004 after a sudden brain hemorrhage.  She was 78 years old.  Gloria Virginia Beardsley was born in 1925 in New Albany, Pa. the daughter of F. Leigh (Sr.) and Pearl H. Beardsley.  Growing up she played the clarinet in the school band and piano and organ at the New Albany Methodist Church.  An excellent student, she graduated as the Salutatorian of her high school class in 1943.  She then attended the Mansfield State Teacher’s College, where she graduated in 1947 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education with certification in math, English and science.  Miss Beardsley began teaching high school in Nicholson, Pa.  While there she met a fine young Army officer, Roy E. Reed.  The couple married in 1952 and she traveled the world with him on various military assignments.  When the assignments allowed, Mrs. Reed taught high school in Sonestown, Pa. and also Bristol, Tenn.  After her husband’s retirement from the Army, Mrs. Reed settled with her family in the Williamsport area in 1967.  Mrs. Reed served as a substitute teacher in the Williamsport area in 1967.  Mrs. Reed served as a substitute teacher in the Williamsport School District from the late 70s until her retirement in 1991.  Her devoted husband of 51 years, Lt. Col. Roy E. Reed (U.S. Army, Ret.) died just four months ago.  She often described their marriage as “a long honeymoon.”  Mrs. Reed was a wonderful mother.  Supportive and encouraging at all times, she helped with homework, attended every extra-curricular event and served as hostess to the neighborhood children.  In addition, Mrs. Reed was a pillar of the Oval United Methodist Church for over 36 years.  She was the church organist for much of that time and also taught Sunday school and served on numerous committees.  Mrs. Reed enjoyed her family first and foremost, especially time spent playing with her granddaughter.  She also enjoyed reading, traveling, crossword puzzles and old movies.  At other times over the years, she demonstrated her skill in cooking, sewing and crafts, ping-pong and bowling.  Mrs. Reed was a truly selfless person, who served others joyfully throughout her life.  Her kindness was legendary in her community – she loved everyone and everyone loved her.  All who were privileged to know her were affected by her positive outlook, her ever-present smile and her hiving spirit.  She will be immeasurably missed.  Mrs. Reed is survived by her loving son, Captain Christopher B. Reed, U.S. Air Force Reserve and granddaughter, Alyssa Pearl Reed age 11.  Visitation will be held on Friday, Feb. 6 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Kaufman Funeral Home, 2102 Northway Road, Williamsport Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 11 a.m. at the Oval United Methodist Church.  Reverend Marjorie Glascow will officiate.  In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions be sent to the Oval United Methodist Church, 6796 S. Route 44 Highway, Jersey Shore, Pa.  –Towanda Daily Review

BELKNAP  Dr. Belknap, Retired Dean Of MSTC, Dies in Spokane
Arthur Train Belknap, Ph.D., 70, instructor at Mansfield State teacher’s College for nearly 20 years, died at 2 a. m. Saturday in Spokane, Wash., which en route from Palo Alto, Calif. His death was caused by a heart attack. Dr. Belknap was born in Massachusetts Feb. 8, 1872. He was educated at Brown University, Sioux Falls College, Newton Theological Institute, Harvard university and the University of Halle. He came to Mansfield as a dean in 1920. At the death of Dr. William R. Straughn in August, 1936, he became acting president of the college and served in that capacity until May, 1937. Afterward he re-assumed the deanship until his retirement in August, 1941. Following his retirement, he and Mrs. Belknap moved to their farm in Alfred, Me., and spent the winter in Palo Alto, Calif. He was a member of the Mansfield Baptist Church and a member of the board of deacons, the Friendship Marth. SMAH. At college he was a member of Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Sigma Pi, Phi Mu Alpha Simforia. He is survived by his wife and four daughters, Mrs. Walter DeWitt of Troy, Pa., Mrs. John Steinberg of Palo Alto, Calif., Mrs. William Strughm Jr., of Chapel Hill, N. C. and Mrs. William Randel of St. Paul, Minn., and three grandchildren

DR. DONALD J. BERRY, 82 Brookfield, IL died suddenly October 30, 1997 at his home.  Born May 25, 1915 in Columbia Cross Roads he was the only son of Wesley and Grace Allen Berry.  He graduated from Troy High School in 1933 and from Mansfield State Teachers College, now Mansfield University in 1937.  Dr. Berry joined the US Air Force in 1942 after being employed by the state of PA as a social service worker in Bradford County.  He operated communication and electronic schools for the US Air Force.  He graduated from Air Force Schools at Scott Field and the Royal Air Force Academy at Oxford, England.  In 1949 he graduated from the Illinois Optometrist College and then practiced in Indiana.  He retired in 1987 as an optometrist and as a Lieutenant Colonel from the US Air Force.  During his retirement, he wrote two volumes of genealogy of the Berry, Cornell and Cass families.  Surviving are two children and their spouses, Donald Jr. and Diane Berry, Brookfield, IL and Ilona and John Krivicich, Western Springs, IL; six grandchildren; two sisters, Freida Ogden, Troy and Ruth (Carl) Pierce, Columbia Cross Roads.  Funeral and burial services were held in Brookfield, IL, November 3.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

BITNER R. Eleanor Weed
Age 80 of Broad Acres Nursing Home, Wellsboro, and formerly of Middlebury Center, died on July 19, 2007 in the Emergency Room of Soldiers & Sailors Hospital, Wellsboro. She was a 1945 graduate of the former Mill Hall High School, and attended Mansfield State Teachers College, now Mansfield University. Eleanor retired from the Magic Years Learning Center, Lock Haven, where she was a teacher. She had previously worked as a reading teacher in the Southern Tioga School District, Mansfield; office clerk at the Ben Franklin Store, Wellsboro; manager of the Ben Franklin store, Mansfield; and as a clerk at the G.T. Romig Store, Mill Hall, PA. She was a member and former Treasurer of the Canoe Camp Church of Christ; member of the Mansfield Business and Professional Women; and the Mansfield Birthday Club. She was a former member of the Mill Hall Church of Christ. Eleanor was born on April 14, 1927 in Mill Hall, PA, to the late Doyle and Adalene Knecht Bitner. On August 2, 1947, she married Charles E. Weed, who died on August 14, 1993. Eleanor is survived by two daughters, Sonya Baker, LaPorte, PA, and Brenda (David) Kohler, Middlebury Center, PA; two sons, William D. Weed, Williamsport, PA, and Stephen C. Weed, Wellsboro, PA; one brother, Joseph L. Bitner, Long View, TX; one sister, Kathryn Symons, New Tripoli, PA; three grandchildren, Danielle, Alexandria, and Brooke Kohler. She is predeceased by one brother, Donald Bitner. Memorial Services will be held on August 7, 2007, at 11:00 a.m. at Canoe Camp Church of Christ, Mansfield, PA. Interment will be in Mt. Bethel Cemetery, Mill Hall, PA. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to either the Canoe Camp Church of Christ, or the American Heart Association, through the funeral home. Arrangements are entrusted to Dean K. Wetzler, Jr. Funeral Home, 320 Main St., Mill Hall, PA 17751.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 7/24/2007.

BLACK –CLARICE B. REIGEL, formerly from Troy died May 21, 2007 at the Asbury Methodist Village, Gaithersburg, MD, where she had resided for the past six years.  Born in Bethany, PA she was the daughter of the late Harry M. Black and Cassie C. Blake.  After graduating from Mansfield State University, she taught Home Economics in Pennsylvania for seven years before moving with her husband, Newt to Buffalo, NY.  While there, Newt worked for General Motors for 32 years before retiring to Troy.  She and her husband, Newt Reigel lived in Troy for 23 years.  She attended the United Methodist Church in Troy and participated in the Women’s Sunday school class under the leadership of Nadine Harrell as well as the United Methodist Women’s group.  Mrs. Reigel was an avid quilter and a member of the Log Cabin Quilters, providing leadership and classes in their Quilt Day at the Troy Fair for over ten years.  She was also part of a group that made a “memory Quilt’ for Methodist Pastor Kendrek Khan and his wife, Leila, when they retired and moved from Troy.  Surviving are her daughter, Catherine R. McCormick (James); sons, Richard (Henrietta) and Robert (Estelle) Reigel; ten grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, I. Newton Reigel.  Interment took place in Bethany Cemetery, Bethany, PA July 28.  Memorial gifts in her name may be directed to the Troy United Methodist Church, Redington Avenue, Troy, PA.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

61, of Mansfield, Pennsylvania, died on Wednesday, May 30, 2007, at the North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colorado. She was born on November 28, 1945 in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania to John and Wanda (Winnie) Blackwell. Joanne graduated from Liberty High School in Liberty, Pennsylvania in 1963. She later attended Mansfield University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S.W. degree. She worked for Tioga County Human Services as a social worker retiring in December of 2005. Joanne had an adventurous spirit and she enjoyed hiking, walking her dog, Tiko, traveling, and exploring new places. Survivors include her mother, Wanda Blackwell of Morris, Pennsylvania; her children, Christopher Mitstifer and his wife, Candace Fruge of Hillsboro, Oregon, Becky Stille and her husband, Shawn of Hershey, Pennsylvania, and Aaron Mitstifer of Mansfield, Pennsylvania; five grandchildren, Adrian Fruge and Alaya Mitstifer Fruge, both of Hillsboro, and Rachael, Sarah, and Ashley Stille, all of Hershey; her siblings, Diana Mazzullo, Robert Blackwell, Gary Blackwell, Debra Blackwell, and Gregory Blackwell. She is preceded in death by her father, John Blackwell. A memorial service to celebrate Joanne's life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 9, 2007, at the Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church in Morris, Pennsylvania. Memorial gifts may be made to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, 17th Floor, 386 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016 or; or to the PSPCA Animal Shelter in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania or

Lewis Edgar BLY, 92, died March 26, 1999 in the James G. Johnston Nursing Home (Hilltop Retirement Community) in Johnson City, NY.  The son of Lewis Albert and Susan Hollenbeck Bly, he was born Coudersport, PA on April 16, 1906.  He graduated from Mansfield High School, Mansfield State Teacher’s College and Ohio State University where he earned a Masters Degree in industrial arts.  Mr. Bly taught industrial arts in Troy High school while working on his advanced degree.  During World War II he worked for the Curtis L. Wright Company in Baltimore and Buffalo.  The family moved from Troy in 1950 and resided in Ithaca, NY till 1966 when Mr. and Mrs. Bly moved to Fayetteville, NY.  He retired from Agway in May 1971.  During retirement years, the Blys traveled extensively in the United States.

Lewis BLY memorial and committal services for former Troy resident, will be held at the French Asylum United Methodist Church, Towanda, at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, August 10.

BODINE – Funeral services were held on Saturday at 11 AM in Portland, Oregon for Mrs. Martha Bodine Keeler, widow of John Nelson Keeler of Portland, Ore., who died in Portland last Wednesday, March 29, 1961. Mrs. Keeler was a native of Mansfield. She received degrees from Mansfield State College and from Cornell University and taught in the New York City public schools until her marriage. She was active in Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Kappa Phi, Alpha Omicron Pi, Cornell Club, Panhellenic, Classical Club, Women of Rotary, Daughters of the American Revolution, Mu Phi Epsilon of Lewis and Clark College, American Association of University Women and the Moreland Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Keeler was a former teacher of Mansfield High School and worked in the library at Mansfield State College for several years. She was influential in the early years of the Mansfield Public Library. -–Mansfield Advertiser, 5 April 1961, p.4

Word has been received here of the death Sunday of Melvin Brace of Bath, New York, formerly of Mansfield.  Funeral service was Wednesday at the Fagan Funeral Home in Bath. Mr. Brace, a graduate of Mansfield High School and Mansfield State College, was a teacher in the Bath schools.  Among his survivors, in addition to his wife and children, are his mother, Mrs. Hazel Brace and brother Eben Brace, both of Mansfield.  (Complete obituary next week.)

Melvin D. Brace, a Haverling High School teacher died suddenly Sunday morning on arrival at the Davenport hospital, the result of a heart attack. He was born in Mansfield January 11, 1914.  Son of Laven and Hazel Brace.  He was educated in Mansfield High School and Mansfield State Teachers College Class of 1936.  He taught for some time in Cohocton High School.  He was employed several years at the V.A. Center in Bath, NY, where he taught the blind from 1946 to 1963.  He has taught in Haverling High School for 16 years. He was a World War II Veteran and was a member of the Chas Westcott Legion Post of Bath.  A member of the Grace Lutheran Church of Bath, NY. Surviving are his wife Martha Rohde Brace; two daughters, Mrs. Robert Santamaw of Albany, NY, and Diane at home; one son Daniel at home; mother, Mrs. Hazel Brace and one brother, Eben Brace, both of Mansfield; one grandson, Brion of Albany. Funeral services were Wednesday at 2 pm at the Fagan Funeral Home.  Burial was in Nondago Cemetery, Bath, NY.

95, of Gaines, PA, died Wednesday, August 1, 2007, at the Green Home, Wellsboro, PA. Born January 14, 1912 in Galeton, PA, she was the daughter of the late Earl and Hazel (Dewey) Brooks. She graduated from Galeton High School in 1928. She then graduated from Mansfield State Teacher's College in 1930. In York, PA, she married Frank Snyder, who predeceased her in 1978. Mrs. Snyder was a teacher in the Sunderlinville School for 12 years and she was employed at The Log Cabin for many years. Surviving are: a sister-in-law, Mrs. Donald Brooks of Tonawanda, NY; daughter-in-law, Mrs. Romaine Snyder of York, PA; two grandsons, several nieces and nephews; good friends, Charles (Judith) Sullivan of Gaines, Betty Martindale of Galeton, and Mr. and Mrs. Philip Stonebeck of Sellersville, PA. Friends may call Sunday, August 5, 2007, from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the Funeral Services at 2:00 p.m. at the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, PA. The Rev. John Prouty will officiate. Interment will be in West Hill Cemetery, Galeton. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gale Hose Ambulance Association, Galeton, PA, or the West Pike Baptist Church.   Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/2/2007.

Jeanne L. of Springfield, VA, formerly of Galeton, PA Age 88, died Thursday, March 1, 2007, at Renaissance Gardens in Green Spring Village, Springfield, VA. Born April 3, 1918 in Galeton, PA, she was the daughter of the late Norbert and Lucie (Kohn) Brown. She graduated from Galeton High School. She then graduated from Mansfield State Teacher's College in 1939. On April 16, 1949 in Galeton, she married LeRoy J. McConaghay, who predeceased her in 1999. Mrs. McConaghay was a teacher in the Galeton Elementary School retiring in 1978. She was a member of Catholic Daughters of America, Business and Professional Women, and Delta Kappa Gamma. Surviving are a daughter, Merri (Robert) Mukai of Annandale, VA; two grandsons, Jonathan and Thomas Mukai, both of Annandale; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband; and a brother, Norwood Brown. Friends may call Monday, March 5, 2007, from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, PA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, March 6, 2007, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Bibiana Church, Galeton, PA. The Rev. Thomas E. Brown will officiate. Burial will be in West Hill Cemetery, Galeton. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association; or St. Bibiana Church, Galeton, PA 16922.

Leonard W. Of Galeton, PA Age 71, died Tuesday, February 27, 2007, in the Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA. Born September 12, 1935, he was the son of the late Lloyd and Ella (Dugan) Brown. He attended and graduated from Galeton High School and Mansfield University. He was employed as a Spanish teacher for some years and then went to work and retired from GTE/Sylvania in Wellsboro, PA. Mr. Brown was a member of the Galeton VFW. Surviving are a son, Timothy Bosley of Florida; two sisters, Judith (Harry) Combs of Bayville, NJ, Doreen Winger of Hamburg, NY; and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Alan Brown. A graveside service will be held at West Hill Cemetery, Galeton, PA, on Friday, March 2, 2007, at 11:00 a.m. The Rev. Karl W. O. Runser, III will officiate. Arrangements are entrusted to the Hess Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, PA.

BULL –MRS. ALCIE V. SAWYER, 72, of Knoxville, formerly of Mansfield, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 1948.  A graduate of Mansfield State Teachers College, a member of the Knoxville Methodist Church and the Knoxville Rebekah Lodge.  Survived by husband, Harry Sawyer; son, Ross Sawyer of Knoxville; sisters, Mrs. Frank Pierce of Millerton, Mrs. Gertrude Thurston, Mrs. David Lloyd, both of Elmira, Mrs. Lizzie Lilley of Watkins Glen; brothers, T. W. Bull of Philadelphia, George Bull of Mansfield.  The body is at the family home where prayer service will be held for the immediate family Saturday, 1:30 p.m.  Funeral Saturday, 2 p.m. at the Knoxville Methodist Church.  The Rev. Carl VanderBurg.  Riverside Cemetery, Knoxville.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 10/15/1948

MARK BURGESS, 88 of RD 1 Forksville, Pa. died Friday, Oct. 2, 1987 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre.  He was born Nov. 30, 1898 at Bear Mountain (Estella), Sullivan County, the son of William and Sarah Ross Burgess.  Mr. Burgess obtained his B.S. degree in education from the former Mansfield State Teachers College, now Mansfield University.  He obtained a Masters degree in psychology from Penn State University.  Mr. Burgess was a teacher in the Bear Mountain one-room school house.  He also taught at the Estella, Clark Summit and Hillsgrove school districts and in the Hazelhurst school system in McKean County where he was supervising principal.  In 1941 he moved to Smethport and he was supervisor of special education for McKean County, Potter County, Cameron County and later the Warren school system, retiring in 1958.  He was a member of the Quaker Meeting Church, Elkland and former member of the Smethport School Masters Club, the Smethport Rotary Club for many years and was a former school teacher of the men’s class of the Smethport United Methodist Church.  He was very active in Smethport community affairs as a public speaker.  He was head of the Community Chest, active with Boy Scouts and other church activities.  Mr. Burgess and his wife, the former Ruth Heess, celebrated 62 years of marriage last May 10.  Also surviving are two daughters, Virginia Ann Pletcher of State College and Florabelle Ruth Watts of Hershey; a son, William M. Burgess of Forksville RD 1; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  The family suggests that in lieu of flowers memorial donations be forwarded to Elkland Friends Meeting in care of Dorothy Rexer, Box 216, RD 1, Forksville, Pa. or the cardiac care unit of Troy Community Hospital, Troy, Pa.  Memorial services will be held at a later date.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Morse-Kleese Funeral Home, Canton.  –Towanda Daily Review

BUTTERS Pearl E. (Mrs. Clifford) Sechrist 76, of Liberty died Thursday, Feb. 25, 1993, at home. She was the mother of Lycoming County residents. She and her husband, Clifford L. Sechrist, recently observed their 56th wedding anniversary. She was a member of the Sebring Grange.  She was a member of Liberty Lutheran Church and its Women’s Assn.  Born July 22, 1916 in Roaring Branch, she was a daughter of William H. & Minnie Goode Butters.  Surviving, besides her husband, are a son, Scott L, of Montoursville; three daughters, Mrs. Norma Jean Compton, of Liberty, Mrs. Barbara Jane Spring, of Cogan Station, and Mrs. Sharon JoAnn Covell, of Bath, NY; a brother Emory Butters, of LeRoy, and 10 grandchildren.  The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Sunday in the church, Liberty, with the Rev. Daniel May, her pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Liberty Twp., Tioga County.  Fiends may call at Drinkwine’s, 120 N. Williamson Rd., Blossburg, from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, and in the church from noon to 1 p.m. Sunday. The family will provide the flowers.  Former School Official R. Lloyd Jones dies- 81, of Canton, RD2 died Saturday, Jan. 2, 1988 at Troy Community Hospital following an illness.  He retired in 1967 as superintendent of Pike County Schools, Milford, PA He was also a supervising principal at Shinglehouse schools and later employed by the School Business Division, Department of Public Instruction, Harrisburg. He was also a former teacher and coach at Doylestown School District. Mr. Jones was a member of the Retired Teachers Assn.   A graduate of Coudersport High School, he also earned degrees from the former Mansfield State Teachers College and Temple University. Mr. Jones was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Troy.  He was a member of Masonic Lodge 415 and Coudersport Consistory.  In 1954, Mr. Jones was named Pike County Man of the Year. HE and his wife, the former Phyllis Keagle, were married 42 years last June 6.  Born May 15, 1906, at Coudersport, Mr. Jones was a son of Walter M. and Myra Youmans Jones.  Surviving besides his wife, are two daughters, Mrs. Donna Franklin, of Wysox, and Mrs. Katherine Peek, of Las Vegas, Nev., a son Lt. Col. William L. Jones, who is serving with the Army 1st Battalion, 30th Field Artillery, Ausburg, Germany, and seven grandchildren.  The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Morse & Kleese’s 40 N. Center St. Burial will be in Eulalia Cemetery, Coudersport. The Rev. Linda D. Leibhart, his pastor, will officiate. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Masonic memorial services will be at 7:45. The family will provide the flowers.

MISS MARY ANGELINE CALAMAN age 87 of Mildred died on Friday, Jan. 26, 2001 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre.  Mary was born in Bernice on Feb. 6, 1913, one of 15 children of the late Bernard and Marie Antoinette Columbo Calaman.  She graduated from the Cherry Township High School and went on to Mansfield State Teachers College, where she obtained a teaching certificate in 1935.  Subsequently she taught in various locations in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  Mary’s teaching career spanned 40 years.  During this time she secured her Bachelor of Science degree for Columbia University, New York city in 1943.  In addition, she pursued postgraduate studies at Duke University and Marywood University.  Later in her career at age 63 she was still striving to sharpen her skills and remain current with educational innovations by taking additional postgraduate courses at Mansfield University and Marywood University from 1974 through 1976, prior to her retirement.  Mary traveled extensively, including visits to the Caribbean, Mexico, Italy, England, Germany and Hawaii.  She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church, Mildred and the Catholic Women’s Guild.  She was involved with the R.C.I.A. program and assisted in translating and teaching the Italian Seminarians who visited the parish during the past two years.  She was a member of the Retired Teachers Association.  Following her retirement from the Sullivan County School System, she extended her devotion to teaching by tutoring many students at her home.  She was often seen visiting the Sullivan County Public Library in Dushore and was an avid reader.  Surviving is her brother, Joseph J. Calaman of Williamsville, N.Y.  Also surviving are 27 nieces and nephews, 69 grand-nieces and grand-nephews and 68 great-grand-nieces and nephews, who all endearingly referred to her as “Auntie”.  Mary was always close to her nieces and nephews.  She was especially close to her nephew Thomas Calaman, beginning at an early age when his father John Calaman died.  She was deeply appreciative of Thomas’ attention to her needs and concerns during her twilight years.  She was predeceased by her siblings, Frank D. Calaman of Mildred, Anna Martinelli of Austin, Texans, Josephine Bianchi of Mildred, Anthony Calaman of Cleveland, Ohio, Eugene Calaman of Mildred, Madeline Basci of Berwick, Pa., Margaret Cenciarini of Caldwell, N.J., Roy Calaman of Mildred, Rose Arenda of Mildred, Dominic Calaman and Victor Calaman of Martinsville, Va. and John Calaman of Towanda.  The funeral service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2001 at 10:15 a.m. at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore and will be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Mildred at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Michael B. Harris, her pastor presiding.  Interment will be in the adjoining parish cemetery.  Friends may call on Friday, Feb. 2, 2001 at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, Dushore from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m.  There will be a recitation of the rosary at 3 p.m. Friday afternoon and a vigil service at 8 p.m.  Memorials may be made to St. Francis of Assisi Church Renovation Fund or the Calaman Family Education Trust Fund.  Send to the attention of Joseph J. Calaman, 110 Culpepper Rd., Williamsville, N.Y.  –Towanda Daily Review

CLAIR D. ‘BABE’ CAMPBELL, 67, Livonia, NY died at home February 15, 1999. Mr. Campbell was a 1949 graduate of Canton High School and of Mansfield State Teachers College. Surviving are wife, Nina; children, Naomi (Gary) Pritchard, Canandaigua, Gloria (Terry) Rowe, Walworth, Pamela (Charles) Claes, Naples, Craig (Carol) Campbell, Adams, WI, Claire (Peter) Prine, Avon; 14 grandchildren; sister, Dorothy (James) Massey, LaPorte; brothers, Herbert (Helen) Campbell, Camarillo, CA, Dorland (Gay) Campbell, Grovetown, GA, Luther (Stella) Campbell, Canton; nieces, nephews, friends and associates. Funeral was held from the Church of the Nazarene, Springwater. Memorials may be sent to Church of the Nazarene, Springwater, NY, Livingston Co. Hospice, 2 County Campus, Mt. Morris, NY or the Gideon’s Int., 2900 Lebanon Rd., Nashville, TN. Arrangements were under the direction of Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral home, Inc., Livonia, NY. –Canton Independent Sentinel


COGSWELL – Dr. Hamlin E. Cogswell [SRGP 84071], of Washington, D.C., for many years head of the music department of the Mansfield State Normal School, died April 7. He was one of America’s most distinguished musicians. He was appointed director of music in the public schools of Washington, D.C., in 1913. He died at Johns Hopkins University Hospital. Dr. Cogswell was born in 1852. He was a graduate of Wyoming Seminary and received the degree of master of music from Syracuse University. He distinguished himself as bandmaster of the 13th Regimental band of Pennsylvania. He was director of music at the Mansfield Normal School for two extended periods. He also had been director of music at the Indiana, PA Normal and the Edinboro State Normal School, president of the music section of the National Educational Association; director of music in the public schools of Binghamton, Syracuse and Chautauqua, NY, and a teacher in the Cornell University Summer School of Music. He also was writer of many songs and was regarded as one of the best public school music men in the country. He is survived by his widow [formerly Dorothy E. Tewksbury] and one daughter, Mrs. Edna Otis. – Wellsboro Agitator, April 19, 1922


COMFORT –ADA LUCILLE (COMFORT) HOLCOMBE, 94, Cherry Hill, NJ, formerly of Benton and Bloomsburg died November 20, 2004 at the Brighton Gardens Assisted Living Facility in Cherry Hill, NJ where she had been a resident since 1999.  Born May 6, 1910 in Troy she was a daughter of the late Burton Head Comfort and Alta Maud (Wheeler) Comfort.  Receiving her education in Troy, she later went on to Mansfield State Teacher’s College where she received her Degree in Education and taught school in Troy.  She was a school teacher, first teaching at the Troy Elementary School and later at Huntington Mills.  She also assisted her late husband (Pierson) with the operation of P.J. Holcombe Funeral Home and the Holcombe Furniture Store, Benton.  While a resident of Benton, she was an active member of the Benton United Methodist Church.  After moving to Bloomsburg, she became a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church.  She had been a member of Lutheran Women’s Service Circle of Bloomsburg, the Benton Sewing Club and the Christian Women’s Society.  The Holcombes relocated to Benton from Dushore in 1947 when they took over the former Chapin Funeral Home, which they operated until 1965.  They moved to Bloomsburg in 1981 and then on to New Jersey in 1997.  Surviving are her three children, Pierson J. Holcombe Jr. and wife, Beth, Advance, NC; Susan L. Rhoads and husband, Michael of Medford, NJ and Marianne Bettis and husband, Gary, Prescott, AZ; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brother, Laverne Comfort, Savona, NY.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Pierson J. “Si” Holcombe, longtime Benton funeral Director and businessman, August 21, 2002; an infant grandson, Mark Holcombe; brothers, Robert Comfort, Russell Comfort, John A. Comfort and Burton C. Comfort.  Funeral service was held November 23 at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Bloomsburg with the Rev. Ralph D. Sigler officiating.  A graveside service and burial was held in the Benton Cemetery.  Contributions in Mrs. Holcombe’s name may be sent to St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 123 N. Market Street, Bloomsburg, PA.  Arrangements were under the direction of the McMichael Funeral Home Inc., Benton.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

Mary C. Age 86, of Troy, PA, died Friday, February 23, 2007, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA. Mary was born March 17, 1920 in Philadelphia, PA, a daughter of Francis Engard and Hannabelle (Arnold) Courtney. She was the widow of C. Wayne Smyth, who died September 13, 1976. Mary graduated from Mansfield State Teachers College. She was an English Teacher at the Troy High School for 23 years. Mary was known for the "Inkwell", a student journal about local history. She was a lifelong member of the Troy Presbyterian Church, was active with children in the church, the church choir, the church Women's Association and BPW. Mary is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Courtney and Mary Jo Smyth of Harrisburg, PA, James Smyth of Troy, PA, and Thomas and Jolene Smyth of Troy, PA; three daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Catherine "Mimi" and Richard Eaton of Troy, PA, Jennifer and Andrew Jillson of New Castle, PA, Patricia Smyth, PhD, RN, of Columbus, MS; 11 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren; a brother, Francis Engard "Pete" Courtney of Atlanta, GA; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Belle and William Schwoebel of Haverford, PA, Lauralou and Dr. James Bates of Atco, NJ. Mary was preceded in death by a son, David Smyth. A private family funeral service will be held on Monday, February 26, 2007. A memorial service for friends and family will be announced at a later date. The Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Mansfield Alumnus Named Rendell's Chief of Staff
Gov. Ed Rendell has appointed Steve Crawford, a 1981 Mansfield University graduate, as his chief of staff. Crawford has been the governor's secretary of legislative affairs since the beginning of his first term in 2003. "Steve Crawford has been one of my closest advisors and top negotiators for six years," Rendell said in making the announcement. "He is widely credited with moving our ambitious legislative agenda through an often contentious General Assembly. Steve has a hard-earned and well-deserved reputation for working in a bipartisan way to achieve real results for the people of Pennsylvania. I'm pleased to appoint him to this critical position." As chief of staff, Crawford will serve as the top adviser to the governor and manage the day-to-day activities of the executive branch of state government, including 18 cabinet agencies and the governor's office. As secretary of legislative affairs, Crawford was involved in the strategic development, negotiation and final passage of almost every major issue facing the state in recent years. Crawford came to the governor's office from the House of Representatives where he served on the executive staff since 1991. He was the executive director of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, leadership executive director to the Majority Caucus Chairman and senior adviser to the Democratic Caucus. He dealt with a broad variety of issues from health care for developmentally disabled children to drought relief for stricken farmers. Crawford previously served as deputy secretary of agriculture under Gov. Robert P. Casey. In that capacity, he was responsible for all policy development and legislative affairs of the agency. He also had responsibility over the economic development, marketing, land preservation programs. During his tenure, Pennsylvania established the nation's most successful farmland preservation program. He began his career in legislative relations as a director of government relations for the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau. There, he dealt with controversial issues including the rewrite of laws dealing with hazardous chemicals in the workplace, the migrant work force and tort reform.

CROCKER, Grace alias Steadman
Wellsboro Agitator, December 25, 1940
Resolutions in Memoriam
Tribute to the Late Mrs. Grace E. Steadman, of Mansfield
The esteem and affection in which the faculty of Mansfield State Teachers College has held Mrs. Grace E. Steadman, head of the music education department for 18 years, and the loss and sorrow to which it has been subjected through her death on Dec. 19 are reflected in the following resolution released by the college as of Dec. 21:
"The faculty of Mansfield State Teachers College wish to express to the family of their late colleague, Mrs. Grace E. Steadman, and to their relatives and friends, the deep personal sympathy we all fell in your grievous loss. Tireless in her efforts to promote the best interests of our college, deeply loyal in her personal friendships, unselfishly devoted to the well-being of her many students, Mrs. Steadman made at once an important place for herself within the college, as well as in the larger community. She joined us in 1921, a place she continued to maintain after ill health compelled her to retire early in 1939. Her colleagues knew her as a personal friend, as well as an efficient teacher, organizer, and director, one on whom we quickly learned to depend for counsel, understanding, sympathy, and help. We share your grief and loss, but find comfort in knowing 'He giveth His beloved sleep.' "
Responsible for the resolution is a committee from the faculty appointed by Dr. Lester K. Ade, president of the college, and composed as follows: Dr. Arthur T. Belknap, chairman, Miss Cora A. Atwater, Miss Marjorie C. Brooks, Miss Alice H. Doane, Mrs. Elizabeth B. Morales, Miss Blanche R. Ross, Dr. Elizabeth M. Swan.

David J. Dick, 56, of RD#l, Mansfield, died Sunday. Dec. 27. Born July 12, 1931, in Lock Haven, he was the son of Lawrence and Florence Taylor Dick. He graduated from Lock Haven High School in 1949, received a music degree from Ithaca College in 1953 and a graduate degree in music history and literature from Butler University, Indianapolis, Minn. in 1957. An Associate Professor of music at Mansfield University for 21 years, he was also the music director at the North Presbyterian Church in Elmira, N.Y. and was formerly a music director at the Christ Episcopal Church in Corning, N.Y. for 15 years. He was an U.S. Army veteran. Surviving are his wife, the former Carla Cole; a son, Lawrence Mark Dick of Chicago, Ill.; a sister, Mrs. Florence Hunt of Paoli. Funeral services were held today, (Wednesday, Dec. 30), at 11 am. at the Christ Episcopal Church, First and Cedar St., Corning. N.Y. The Rev. Dr. Robert Edmunds, pastor of North Presbyterian Church, Elmira, N.Y., officiated. The family provided flowers. Memorial donations may he made in his name to the Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Mansfield University Foundation, Mansfield, Pa. 16933.

Memorial service:  A memorial service for David Dick will be held Thursday. Jan. 21, at 7 p.m. in St. James Episcopal Church in Mansfield. The Rev. Rudolph Van der Hiel will officiate. David Dick, 56, of RD#1. Mansfield, died Sunday, Dec. 27. He was an associate professor of music at Mansfield University or 21 years, as well as the music director at the North Presbyterian Church in Elmira. N.Y. and a former music director at the Christ Episcopal Church in Corning, N.Y. Memorial donations may be made in his name to the Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Mansfield University Foundation, Mansfield, 16933.

 Viola Watkins, 86, of Vestal, NY, formerly of Blossburg, died Monday, April 14, 1997, at Lourdes Hospital, Binghamton, NY. Born May 11, 1910, in Shavertown, she was the daughter of William and Leona Neyhart Doughton. She graduated from Mansfield State Teacher's College and taught in several area schools, chiefly in the Middlebury School of the Wellsboro Area School District. An accomplished musician, she was the organist for the Blossburg Methodist Church for 30 years. She was a member of the Calvary United Methodist Church, Vestal. Surviving are her husband of nearly 57 years, Frank E. Watkins; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Susan Watkins of Washington, DC, Janice and William Reese of Vestal, NY, and Nancy and Howard Wilson of Wyalusing; a brother, Milton Doughton of Wyalusing; three grandchildren, Jennifer Wilson of Great Bend and Michael and Denise Wilson Cox of Harrisburg. Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 16, at the Allen Memorial Home, Endicott, with the Rev. Edwin Martin, her pastor, officiating. Burial was made in the Riverhurst Cemetery, Endicott.  (Wellsboro Gazette, Wellsboro, PA, Wednesday, April 9, 1997)

 Alonzo "Al" Dunbar, 84, died on August 15, 1994 in Scottsdale, AZ where he has lived for many years. He was born in Big Pond, PA, son of Romie and Coral Smith Dunbar. A graduate of Troy High School, Class of ' 27, he graduated from Mansfield State Teachers College and received his Master’s Degree from Duke University. He was an educator and administrator in schools in Wyoming County, PA and Ridgewood, NJ. He and his wife, the former Carolyn Welliver, celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary this summer. In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughters and sons-in-laws, Judy and Jack Burke, Baldwin, Long Island, NY and Janet and Barry Jones, Keuka Park, NY; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law, Eudora and Coy Bovier of Big Pond and Madeline and LaRue Montanye of Bentley Creek, PA; a sister-in-law, LaVerna Dunbar of Big Pond; brother and sister-in-law, Dilmon and Lola Dunbar of Big Pond. (TGR, Thursday, August 18, 1994)

DUNNING –RUTH DUNNING ATWATER, 101 died July 10, 2007 in Atlanta, GA.  Born December 6, 1905 at home in Dunning, PA she was the daughter of Lowden and Dora Gordon Dunning.  Her mother died 10 days later and she was raised by the Gordon family.  She graduated from Troy High School class of 1925 and went to Mansfield State Teachers  College teaching in Checkerville and later moving to Dauphin, PA.  She taught several years and was principal at Middle Paxton.  In 1929 she married H. Burton Ward of Troy and then married Robert Atwater June 18, 1942; they spent most of their married life in Melbourne, FL.  She was a wonderful mother to JoAnn (Archie) McNett, Springfield; Nancy Lippins, Atlanta, GA and Bonnie Wilson, Weaverville, NC; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.  Bill Gordon Sr. and Beverly of Florida and Leone (Ken) Chambers were a big part of her life, especially when she lived in Melbourne, FL.  She was predeceased by her husband, Robert in February of 2000; grandson, Del Golden in April 1989 and her only sister, Florence May and brothers, Francis, Kenneth and Paul Dunning.  A memorial service will be held at a later date and her final resting place will be her beloved Florida.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

MSC Professor Henry D. DYCK Dies in England:  Henry D. Dyck, age 65, of Mansfield. Pa. died unexpectedly in London, England Friday, July 13, 1973.  The funeral was held Saturday, July 21, in the Mansfield Baptist Church, The Rev. Richard Nevin officiated.  He is survived by wife Katheryn Kline Dyck; one son John; two daughters, Kathy and Elizabeth all at home; five sisters, Mrs. J. J. Krueger of Altona, Manitoba, Canada, Mrs. John (Njuta) Unruh, Mrs. Abe (Sonja) Peters, Mrs. Harry (Ella) Friesen, Mrs. Victor (Elizabeth) Peters all of Winnepeg, Canada; one brother, Richard Dyck of Arvada, Colorado. Mr. Dyck was born May 26, 1908 in Schoenhurst, South Russia, son of Dietrich and Kathrina Funk Dyck. At the age of 13 he lost his father, a victim of the Post Revolutionary turmoil, in 1925 immigrated to Canada with his family. He completed his high school education and in 1932 graduated from Manitoba Teachers College.  For many years he taught in elementary and high school throughout Manitoba. Interested in music, he became one of the first promoters of the Music and Speech Festival in Southern Manitoba. He graduated from the University Manitoba with a BA in 1941 and with an MA Degree from Minnesota. In 1948 he married Katheryn Kline of Kutztown. Subsequently he earned his PHD at the University of Penna. and after teaching for several years at Bemidji State College, Minnesota, assumed his present position as Professor of English at Mansfield State College in 1967. Dr. Dyck has written numerous articles and contributions for English and German Periodicals. His latest contribution to the field of literature was a translation of a German novel into English which he completed before he traveled to Europe.  Death came suddenly in London, England just a few days prior to his planned return home.

DYKINS Robert C. Age 85, died peacefully, encircled by his beloved family, at the Palliative Care Unit at Hartford Hospital on Saturday, June 11, 2005. He was born in Galton, PA; he grew up in Addison, NY. He was the son of Ralph Breese Dykins and Bertha (Church) Dykins. He was predeceased by sisters, Frances (Dykins) Mitchell, and Jeannette (Dykins) Wagner. He leaves his devoted wife of sixty-three years, Betty (Vollmer) Dykins, whom he married in Williamsport, PA, in 1943. He leaves four children, John Vollmer Dykins and his wife, Cynthia of Salida, CO, Charles Frederick Dykins of Glastonbury, CT, Katharine (Dykins) Fothergill and husband, Steven of Spencer, MA, and Robert Norman Dykins and his wife, Stacie of Glastonbury, CT. He also leaves his five beloved grandchildren, Karyn and Amanda Fothergill, and Madison, Brooklyn, and Myles Dykins; and nephews and a niece, Charles and John Mitchell, Ralph Wagner, and Anne Mitchell; a predeceased nephew, James Wagner; a brother-in-law, Wilbur Wagner; cousins, Verna Mae Shoemaker and Fred Dykins. He graduated from Mansfield State Teachers College, Mansfield, PA. He was commissioned an Officer and Gentleman in the US Navy Air, December 1942. As a PBM Pilot, he saw extensive action in the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters during World War II. He retired as a Lieutenant Commander and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his valor in action. He came to Glastonbury in 1957 and retired from E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company in 1983 after 35 years of service. He enjoyed a long and fruitful retirement traveling with Betty, visiting friends, children, and grandchildren. His family said that they were "masters of the four day vacation". He especially enjoyed his annual family reunion at Corning Landing at Keuka Lake, NY. He was a sixty-year member of the Addison Union Lodge No. 0118 F&AM, Addison, NY. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders Association, 96 Oak Street, Hartford, CT 06106 or the Palliative Care Unit at Hartford Hospital, CB4, 80 Seymour Street, Hartford, CT 06108. The Glastonbury Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

FAIRCHILD - Ruth F. Raynor
STAMFORD — Ruth F. Raynor, 90, died Wednesday, July 31, 2002, at Monroeton, Pa. She was born June 10, 1912, at West Franklin, Pa., the daughter of Lee Paul and Edith (Musselman) Fairchild. She graduated from Canton High School, Canton, Pa., in 1930. She received a bachelor's degree from Mansfield College in Reading, Pa., and a second bachelor's degree from Mansfield State Teachers College in Mansfield, Pa. Ruth also attended summer school at Syracuse University and Oneonta State Teachers College. Her teaching career started at Waverly High School, Waverly, Pa., and continued for several years at Stamford and Grand Gorge central schools. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Stamford, the Abigail Harper Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Stamford, the New York State Retired Teachers Association, Stamford-Harpersfield Senior Citizens and volunteered at the CORE Value Store in Stamford. Ruth was married to the late Howard J. Raynor, June 30, 1941, at Canton, Pa. She is survived by a daughter, Betty R. Holden and her husband Allen of Douglas, Mass.; a son, John H. Raynor of Delhi; three grandchildren, Allen, Scott and Russell and his wife Clotilde, and a great-grandson, Nathaniel; two brothers, George Fairchild of Monroeton, Pa., and Paul Fairchild of Florida. Also surviving are five sisters-in-law, Marian Raynor, Louise, Mary and Shirley Fairchild, and Thelma Park, and several nieces and nephews. Ruth was predeceased by her brothers, the Rev. Lee M. Fairchild and his wife Janet, Francis F. Fairchild and Walter Clay Fairchild. Friends may call at the Hall Funeral Home, 40 Main St., Stamford, from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Friday, Aug. 2. Funeral services will be held in the First Presbyterian Church of Stamford on Saturday, Aug. 3, at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Adrian McFarlane officiating. Ruth's family requests that contributions be made in her memory to the Stamford Fire Department, the R. A. Robinson Emergency Squad and the First Presbyterian Church of Stamford. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Hall Funeral Home, Stamford, under the direction of William A. Tari. Submitted by Anne Pratt Slatin

MERTON FREEBORN -Merton Freeborn, 18, Mansfield State Teachers College freshman, was a noted athlete at the Shinglehouse High School, from which he graduated in June. He was out for football at Mansfield and had been working part-time in the Loveland bakery while attending college. Surviving are his father, Frank Freeborn; a twin brother, Merle, of Shinglehouse, and two other brothers, Maynard of Shinglehouse and Milo of Camp Dix, N. J.; his grandfather, Milo Freeborn, of Shinglehouse. The funeral was held at the Shinglehouse Methodist church Tuesday at 2 P.m. Miss Helen Toner, a local preacher, officiating. Burial was in Maple Grove cemetery, Shinglehouse.

GEORGE Athanasios (Thanasi) 33 years old, son of Dr. and Mrs. Arnold George, formerly of Mansfield, PA, died in a hiking accident in Anchorage, Alaska, on May 7, 2005. Private arrangements are being made by the family in Rochester, NH. Memorial donations in his name may be made to the Mansfield University Foundation's Oliver and Louise George Scholarship Fund, Mansfield  University, Mansfield, PA.

GILBERT –ELSIE M. RUMSEY, 79 of RR 2, Canton, Pa., and formerly of Bradley Beach, N.J. died Tuesday morning, April 17, 2007, at Gateway Hospice in Williamsport, Pa.  Elsie was born in Neptune, N.J., on Dec. 23, 1927 the only child of the late Clarence and Lela (Truex) Gilbert.  She was the beloved wife of James Rumsey and a devoted mother and grandmother.  Elsie received a Bachelor of Science degree from Mansfield State Teacher's College and taught home economics in Bradley Beach until retiring in 1988.  She was a member of the Ward United Methodist Church in Canton, American Legion Auxiliary in Neptune, the Elks Club in Asbury Park, N.J., and the Bradley Beach Volunteer Fire Company.  Elsie loved the beauty in nature and especially enjoyed flowers, traveling and snowmobiling.  She was also talented in quilting, knitting and crocheting.  Surviving are her husband, Jim, at home; three children, Walter T. (Elizabeth) Rumsey of Manalapan, N.J., Joseph A. (Andrea) Rumsey of Toms River, N.J., and Frank B. (Loretta) Rumsey of Oakhurst, N.J.; and seven grandchildren.  She was predeceased by an infant son, Gilbert Roger Rumsey.  Funeral services and burial will be held in New Jersey.  A memorial service will be held locally and announced at a later date.  Assisting the family with arrangements is Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton.  –Towanda Daily Review 4/18/2007

HIGGINS - Miss Florence E. Higgins, aged 28 years of Blossburg, died June 24 [1926], in the hospital at Akron, Ohio, after an illness since April 20 of spinal meningitis. Miss Higgins was born in Corning, where the early years of her life were spent. She attended school at Corning Free Academy and later took a course at the Mansfield Normal School, where her ability along musical lines first attracted attention. Upon her graduation from the M.S.N.S. she was offered and accepted a position as Supervisor of Music in the schools of Akron, Ohio, in which capacity she was employed at the time of her illness. Her mother, Mrs. Mary R. Higgins, who resided for several years in Corning, is now making her home at Blossburg. She was a member of the First Baptist church of Corning and was always active in church affairs. She is survived by her mother. The funeral was held Friday; burial in Hope cemetery at Corning. - Wellsboro Agitator, June 30, 1926, p2    MSNS 1921

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KEAGLE, Roger Maurice - Roger Maurice Keagle, 98, of Owego, died Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at the Elderwood Care Nursing Home in Waverly. Predeceased by his wife, Frances (Brecher) Keagle. He leaves two sons, Charles Keagle and Edward Keagle; a brother, James Keagle; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; many friends and relatives. Born October 17, 1917, the son of Leon and Eleanor (Parsons) Keagle of Canton, PA, one of five siblings, he lived in Owego from 1950 until the end of his life. Mr. Keagle graduated from Mansfield State Teacher’s College (now Mansfield University) with a music degree in 1941, enlisted and served as a musician and bandleader in the U. S. Army and later in the Army Air Force stateside and in Italy until 1946. He received graduate degrees in Music from University of Michigan in 1950 and Ithaca College in 1967. He taught music in the Owego public schools from 1950 until his retirement in 1973, much of that time as head of the music department. A generation of Owego students benefited from his teaching and guidance. He had a passion for writing music, and composed a large number of pieces for many different ensembles. Among his output is a prize winning piece for percussion ensemble. He also performed with the Tri-Cities Opera, the Binghamton Symphony, and Music Unlimited as a trombonist. An avid woodworker, over his life he crafted a number of pieces of fine furniture as well as large and small weaving looms. Later in life he took up weaving himself and showered his friends and relatives with beautiful place mats and scarves. NOTE CHANGE: A celebration of Roger’s life will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church, 300 Main St., Owego. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. Condolences may be made to Roger’s family at – Canton Independent Sentinel, October 6, 2016


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