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BENNETT - Barbara Bennett Bradford, 90, of Mount Pleasant, S.C., widow of William S.C. Bradford died on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009. The relatives and friends of Barbara Bradford are invited to attend a celebration of her life at Sandpiper Village, S.C. on Friday, Feb. 13, at 10 a.m. Arrangements are being handled by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Mount Pleasant Chapel. Mrs. Bradford was born Jan. 19, 1919, in Wellsboro, daughter of Claude E. Bennett and Florence VanValkenburg Bennett. She was a member of the Colonial Dames. She is survived by her two daughters, Hannah Heyward of Sullivans Island, S.C., Mary Biddle of Phoenixville; her son, William S.C. Bradford of Warminster; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Mt. Pleasant, 1224 Village Creek Lane, Mt. Pleasant, S.C. 29464. - Mansfield Gazette, Feb. 11, 2009

BLACKWELL - Sara E. “Sally” Blackwell, 92, of 104 Christopher Circle, Ithaca, N.Y., died peacefully at her home on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009. Sally was born in Dunbar, on Aug. 9, 1916, the daughter of Grant R. Blackwell and Anabelle Rankin Blackwell. She is predeceased by her parents and her beloved sister, Louise Blackwell. Sally graduated from Dunbar Township High School as valedictorian and went on to Penn State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in 1938 and a master’s degree in 1944. Sally taught homemaking in high schools in Chester and Sullivan counties in Pennsylvania. In 1950, Sally was awarded the doctorate in home economics education and child welfare from the University of Minnesota. Sally joined the Cornell University faculty in 1948 as an assistant professor in the department of home economics education. Sally taught courses in research design, analysis, and program evaluation. Her special responsibilities were in curriculum and evaluation. Sally served as Department Chair from 1959-1969. She also chaired the special committees of innumerable graduate students. In 1965 and 1966 Sally chaired President Perkin’s College of Home Economics study committee. The Blackwell Report, the result of the committee’s work, served to stimulate reorganization of the college, its curriculum, and a name change to the College of Human Ecology. As her colleague, Jerry Rivers observed, “Sally combined scholarly skepticism, wisdom, patience, humility, and the perseverance of a pioneer, in a masterful and compassionate manner.” The report was later used nationwide as a resource for colleges of home economics undergoing the challenges of a changing world. In 1973, Sally received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the University of Minnesota. Given to alumni who have attained distinction in their fields, it is the highest award of its kind from the University. She was awarded the title of Professor Emerita by Cornell University in 1980. Sally will be cherished and remembered always for her grace and courage, wit and humor, her humility, and her compassionate concern for humankind. She was generous to all, possessed strong political opinions, and loved chocolate. Sally is survived by cousins, and many dear friends. A memorial celebration of Sally’s life will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Ithaca, officiated by Rev. James Henery, on Thursday Jan. 8, at 11 a.m. A reception at the Church’s Fellowship Hall will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ryan’s Well Foundation, P.O. Box 1120, Kemptville, Ontario, Canada, K0G 1J0, in recognition of Sally’s deep concern for providing clean, healthy water for all people, or to Hospicare, 172 E. King Road, Ithaca, N.Y. - Mansfield Gazette, January 7, 2009

BOEHMER - Katherine M. Schroeder, 82, of Wellsboro, formerly of Albuquerque, N.M., died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009. at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro. Katherine was born Nov. 15, 1926, in Chicago, Il., a daughter of Mathew and Anna Huegel Boehmer. Katherine was a retired registered nurse. She was a member of the Audubon Society, Mensa, an avid reader, and a published poet. Katherine is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Susan and Dr. Richard Thompson of Wellsboro, Kathryn Schroeder of Albuquerque, N.M.; a son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Lisa Schroeder of Los Lunas, N.M.; five grandchildren, Daniel, Rachel, Sarah, Summer and Ryan; one great grandson; four nieces and four nephews. She was predeceased by three brothers, Steven, Frank and Mathew Boehmer of Chicago, Il. Funeral services were held on Sunday, Feb. 1, at 1:30 p.m. at the Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory and Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, with the Rev. James Revie officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Katherine’s memory to the Friends of the Laurels, 15 Meade St., Wellsboro, Pa. 16901, The American Red Cross, 61 Main St., Wellsboro, PA 16901, or the Tiadaghton Audubon Society, P O Box 605, Wellsboro, Pa. 16901. - Mansfield Gazette, Feb. 4, 2009

BOSARD - Mrs. [Maria] Herbert B. Mitchell , of Devil’s Lake, North Dakota, died Oct. 9 [1919], following a stroke of paralysis. Marie Bosard was born at Osceola, PA, March 13, 1859. In 1880 she moved with her parents to Grand Forks, N.D. in 1882 she filed on a homestead on the north shore of Lake Wamduska, N.D. She was a member of the Pioneer and Old Settlers Association of Grand Forks county . In February, 1883, she was married to H.B. Mitchell and they went to Rock Island, Ill, where they resided until 1901, when they returned to Grand Forks. In 1903 the family moved to Devil’s Lake. Besides a devoted husband, than whom no man in Devil’s Lake is held in higher esteem, the deceased is survived by one son, Harold, of Akron, Ohio, who recently returned from an honorable service in the war. The deceased had ever taken an active interest in the civic and social affairs of this city, her services being most valuable, particularly in club circles. No woman in the city was better known or more highly esteemed. - Wellsboro Agitator, October 29, 1919

BOYCE- Charles Reed Boyce, b. 11 July 1925, Mansfield, PA; d. 18 July 1999, La Mirada, California.  Funeral Card

BRACE - Harold
Wellsboro Gazette, March 31, 1982
Tioga Man Still Missing - Last Thursday Harold Brace, 74, of RD2 Tioga left his home on the Painter Run Road and walked to Tioga, a distance of about ten miles. Upon his failure to return home and unable to locate him in Tioga, search parties were called out Friday morning to conduct a ground and air search.  State Police from Mansfield were accompanied by about 40 volunteers from Tioga, Mansfield and Middlebury Township fire departments for an extensive ground search of the area. A state police helicopter also joined in the search from the air on Friday but was prevented by strong winds on Saturday to continue the air search. Reports on sighting Brace about 4 p.m. Friday near the Mill Creek bridge on Route 15 south of Tioga prompted State Police to call in a police search and rescue team with tracking dogs from Emporium. The dogs failed to find any new leads because of the steadily declining temperature on Saturday.  Saturday the volunteers and state police continued the ground search but called off further efforts after the day. Cpl. Kenneth Patterson said that Brace may have gone through the thin ice on the lake and that an air search would not be worthwhile until after the ice melts.  Brace was described as wearing gray work pants and a plaid sweat shirt. He is of thin build, six feet tall, weighing about 115 pounds, balding with some gray hair and he wears eyeglasses. He was described by police as being easily disoriented.

BRACE, Harold
Wellsboro Gazette, April 14, 1982
Divers Search Tioga Lake for Man Missing since March 25th - Four members of the State Police Area 2 Underwater Search Team spent part of the day Thursday, April 8, in the near-freezing waters of Tioga Lake near the Mill Creek bridge on Route 15 south of Tioga in an effort to find a Rutland Township man reported missing since March 25th.  Harold Brace, 74, of Painter Run Road, left his home on the morning of March 25th to walk the ten miles to Tioga. After he failed to return home, search crews combed the area on foot and by air on the following day.  Wearing water-tight “dry suits”, the four divers searched the lake bottom along the shoreline in the area where Brace may have been walking during his trek to Tioga. Visibility was hampered by winds whipping the water and the heavy flow of Mill Creek into the lake.  Taking part in the search were Bob McDonnell and Bill Dee, both of Troop R in Dunsmore. Bob Lipski of Troop S in Gibson, and Harold Witushynsky of Troop F Mansfield.  The State Police were aided in their efforts by two members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers who provided a power boat.  An unopened six-pack of beer found along the bank of the lake recently led police to believe that Brace may have fallen through the ice. However, the four divers found nothing on Friday to indicate that Brace was in the lake.  Because of the poor visibility underwater, the men reported that it would have been very difficult to find anything in the lake. “I could see about two feet in front of me,” Lipski said.  Witushynsky said that they may search the lake again at a later date when the visibility is better. “There’s also the possibility of some fisherman finding the body after the season opens,” he noted.  The Underwater Search Team, started in 1973, has a total of six experienced SCUBA divers and covers a 22-county area in north-eastern Pennsylvania. The team is one of five dicing teams located throughout the state and, according to McDonnell, is kept busy most of the summer because of the relatively large number of rivers and lakes in the territory of Area 2.

BRACE - Harold
Wellsboro Gazette, April 21, 1982
Search Continues for Harold Brace - State Police conducted another aerial search in the Tioga area last Thursday in a continuing effort to locate Harold Brace who has been missing since March 25th. Brace, 74, left his Painter Run home to walk the ten miles to Tioga and has not been seen since. State Police divers searched portions of Tioga Lake on April 8 and they plan to search the lake again soon. Poor visibility under water hampered their first efforts and they want to make sure that Brace’s body is not in the lake. The State Police helicopter pilot accompanied by Cpl. Greg of Mansfield, reported seeing nothing during the search last week.  Ground searchers combed the area where they believed Brace to be lost on the day after he was reported missing.  SSDI- Harold Brace, b. 6 June 1907; d. Mar. 1982 Tioga County, PA; SSN=181-07-1698

BRACE  Harold
Wellsboro Gazette, June 16, 1982
Brace’s Body Found
The badly decomposed body of Harold Joseph Brace of RD2, Tioga, missing since March 25, was found at 10 a.m. Thursday morning, June 10 by two hikers - Dan Stefanowich, 19, of RD2, Tioga and Eric Tobey, 20, of RD1, Millerton who were walking on state game lands in the Cabin Run Creek area of Tioga Township.  The body was located about four miles from any residence according to Mansfield State Police. Members of the state police, Tioga County Deputy Sheriff Richard Tomlinson, Game Protector Steve Gehringer and Tioga County Coroner Dr. James L. Wilson and several of the Tioga Volunteer Fire Departments walked to the scene and removed Brace’s remains.   Dr. Wilson stated that death was due to natural causes and released Brace’s remains to the Kuhl Funeral Home, Mansfield.  Brace had left home on March 25 planning to walk the 10 miles to two Tioga area bars and was reportedly seen on the Mill Creek Route 15 bridge that afternoon.  Mr. Brace was a retired farmer and had retired from the former Novelty Supply Co. Born June 6, 1907, in Rutland Township, Tioga County, he was a son of Harry and Lucy Tanner Brace.  Surviving are his wife the former Marie McCallum; a son, Richard, of Mansfield RD2; two daughters, Mrs. James Brown, of Mansfield RD2, and Mrs. James Powlison, of Millerton RD; five sisters, Mrs. Frances Vosburg of Mansfield, Mrs. Edith Smith of Big Flats, NY, Mrs. Elouise Foster of Elmira, NY, Mrs. Winifred Tears of Roseville, and Mrs. DeEtta Cole of Sayre; four brothers, Glen, Boyd and Gordon, all of Roseville, and Sterling of Wellsboro and eight grandchildren.  The funeral will be at the convenience of the family at the Kuhl Funeral Home, Mansfield.  MHS 1925

BROWN - Rev. Badon Brown, 72, of Aiken, SC, died Friday, Oct. 17, 2003 at Aiken, SC. A man for all seasons, he was best known in Aiken as a hunter and outdoorsman. Yet, prior to coming to Aiken in 1999, he was known as an outstanding preacher who spoke all over the world and was responsible for bringing the gospel message to thousands. He was born Dec. 6, 1930 in Mainesburg to Josephine Nash Brown and Hamilton Wesley Brown. He grew up on a farm in Mansfield, leaving to go to New York City where he graduated Suma Cum Laude from Shelton College, majoring in Greek and Hebrew. He attended Faith Seminary in Philadelphia and Westminster Seminary where he pursued a mater’s degree in theology. His further education included doctoral studies in psychology. All the while he worked as a short-order cook and bus driver in New York, painted houses and later managed a meat packing plant and an interior design studio. He said those jobs were what gave him his “pastor’s heart.” He finished Mansfield Senior High School in 1948 and was the much-loved pastor of Austinville Union Church in Austinville. He was dearly loved by those in whose churches he served [both small and large churches in PA and NJ]. In Michigan he was senior pastor of Highland Park Baptist Church in Southfield, Mich., where he founded Southfield Christian School. At that time is was the largest conservative Baptist church in the nation. He was also a founding pastor of Rolling Hills Baptist Church in Fayetteville, GA. He was a member of the executive board of the Southern Baptist Convention of New Jersey. Rev. Brown was a member of First Baptist Church, North Augusta, Green Boundary Club, Houndslake Country Club, Carolina Star Gun Club, Safari Club International and the National Rifle Association. He was a patron of the Aiken symphony, Aiken Friends of Opera, Aiken Civic Ballet and Aiken Center for the Arts. Surviving are his wife, Sharon Marr Brown; sister, Sheila Crittenden; daughter, Debra Malone; son-in-law, Robert Malone; son, David O. Brown, daughter-in-law, Jane Brown; son, Brian H. Brown; son’s fiancée, Shari Simmontacchi; step-son, Lt. Col. Brian E.M. Johnson, daughter-in-law, Cindy Johnson; 13 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and lots of dear friends. Friends were received on Monday, Oct. 20 at Shellhouse Funeral home. Services were held on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at Shellhouse Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dr. Lareau Lindquist, Rev. Dr. Marty Berglung and Rev. Mark Powers officiating. Interment followed at Historic Bethany Cemetery, downtown Aiken. Memorial may be directed to Barnabas International, P.O. Box 11211, Rockford, Ill 61126 or National Rifle Association, P.O. Box 420648, Palm Coast, Fla. 32142-0648. - Wellsboro Gazette, October 22, 2003.  MHS 1948

CAMP - Diana Lee (Camp) Bacorn, 60, of RR 2, New Albany (Overton), Pa., went home to be with Our Father on Jan. 30, 2009, after battling a long illness. Born on Dec. 8, 1948, in Herrick Township, Diana was the daughter of the late Harry and Ethel (Casselbury) Camp Sr. She attended Camptown School, and then graduated from Wyalusing Valley High School in 1966. On Sept. 3, 1966, Diana married Gary Bacorn. They resided in Herrick Township until moving to New Albany (Overton) in 1986. Diana's interests surrounded her home, her family — especially spending time with her grandchildren, her pets, nature and reading. Diana is survived by her husband of 42 years, Gary Bacorn; son, Gary Bacorn Jr. and Courtney Salsman of Laceyville, Pa.; daughter Christine and Paul Jayne of New Albany (Overton); grandchildren, Britton Bacorn, Bradlee Allen, Alexis Bacorn and Ayzia Jayne; two step-grandchildren, Ryan and Adam Jayne; brothers, Harry and Maxine Camp Jr. of Wyalusing, Pa., Glenn Camp of Camptown, Pa., Roy Camp of Fairdale, Pa., and Jerry and Judy Camp of Camptown; sisters, Betty Shaffer of Cadis, Pa., and Rosemary and Wallace Stewart of Birchardville, Pa.; extended family, Barb and Ray Brown, of Port St. Joe, Fla., Sharon Bacorn and Kenneth Bernhard of Canton, Pa., Tracy and Janet Bacorn of Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, and Kevin Bacorn and DiAnn Hull, of Towanda, Pa.; several nieces and nephews; and devoted companions, Cricket and Josie. In addition to her parents, Diana was predeceased by a brother-in-law, Gregory J. Bacorn, in June 1974; her mother-in-law, Marjorie Chase Bacorn, in October 1994; and her father-in-law, Vernon J. Bacorn, only one day ahead of her, on Jan. 29, 2009. Friends and family are invited to call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore, Pa. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., with the Rev. Robert Brown, pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Reformed Cemetery in Overton. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made in Diana's memory to the American Lung Association, 61 Broadway, 6th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10006; or to the Bradford County Humane Society, P.O. Box 179, Ulster, Pa. 18850. -Towanda  Daily Review 2/2/2009

CARACCIOLO - James V. Caracciolo, 87, of 237 South Main St., Mansfield, died Saturday, Oct. 12, 1985, in Broad Acres Nursing Home, Charleston Township. Mr. Caracciolo owned and operated Jim’s Shoe Repair on Main Street at Mansfield for 58 years from 1927 to this past July. He was a member of the Mansfield Chamber of Commerce. Born in Reggio do Calabria, Italy, Jan. 15, 1898, he was a son of Anthony and Catherine Valenti Caracciolo. Mr. Caracciolo was a member of Holy Child Roman Catholic Church. He was a 64-year member of the Moose Lodge 825, Galeton, and a member of the 55-Plus Club. He also was a life member of the Mansfield Volunteer Fire Co. A merchant for more than 50 years, he once worked 15 hours a day to keep up with demand, but business declined when it became less expensive to replace shoes than to repair them. Following his retirement, he kept his shop open a few hours a day just to pass the time. He came to the United States in 1915 and settles in Mansfield in 1926. Mr. Caracciolo was an avid bowler for many years. His first wife, Rachael, died in 1943, his second wife, Minnie, died in 1975, and a daughter, Mrs. Isabelle Button, died in December. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Catherine Watkins of Blossburg, and Mrs. Louise Crippen of Deland, Fla.; five grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. The funeral was held Tuesday at the church in Mansfield. Burial was in West Hill Cemetery, Galeton. The Rev. John Tamalis, his pastor, officiated. Memorial donations may be made to Hose Room Improvements at the Mansfield Fire Dept. - Wellsboro Gazette, October 16, 1985

CARACCIOLO - Louise C. Crippen, 69, of E. New Hampshire Ave., Deland, Fla., died Wednesday, June 2, 1993, at Florida Hospital South, Orlando, Fla. Born in Mansfield, she moved from Miami, Fla., in 1948 She attended St. Peter’s Catholic Church. She was a former member of the Deleon Lioness Club and a member of Sherwood Medical Retirees Group. She was a retired bookkeeper at Sherwood Medical for 17 years. Surviving are her husband, Orey W. Crippen; one daughter, JoyAnn Crippen of Deltona, Fla.; one son, Bill Crippen of Deland, Fla.; one sister, Catherine Watkins of Blossburg; three grandchildren. Arrangements were handled by the Lankford Funeral Home, Deland, Fla. - Wellsboro Gazette, June 9, 1993.  MHS 1942

CARL Gerald E.
Age 67, of Elmira, NY, died February 4, 2009. He was born in Elmira on July 8, 1941, the son of Grace W. (Shelman) Carl of Corning, and the late John H. Carl. He was predeceased by his brothers, Ronnie Carl, John H. Carl Jr., Bruce Carl; and sister, Patsy (Carl) Vaughn. Survivors include his children, Tim Carl, Deb (Carl) Granger, Shane and Jennifer Carl, Jerry and Alicia Carl and Anthony Carl; grandchildren, Brittany Lynn Carl, Trevor Granger, Teresa Granger, Brianna Carl, Shane Carl, Hailey Carl, Kimberly Carl, August Carl, Patsy Ann Carl and Katie Carl; his brother, Ricky Carl of Olean, NY; brother-in-law, Stephen Vaughn of Corning, NY; sister-in-law, Judy Carl of Waxhaw, NC; and several nieces and nephews.

CARLSON - Retired manager of Sears, Roy V. Carlson, 78, of 303 Cessna Street, Sayre, Pa. and formerly of Dryden, N.Y. died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, Pa. Mr. Carlson was born Aug. 27, 1930 in the Bronx, N.Y. and was the son of the late Harry and Ebba Bjork Carlson. He was a retired manager of the Sears Automotive Deptartment in Huntington, N.Y.  Survivors include his loving wife, Ruth Carlson of Sayre; a son, Roy Carlson of Melbourne, Fla.; and a daughter Bonnie Carlson of Cortland, N.Y.  A funeral service will be held Thursday, Feb. 12 at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 622 1/2 South Main St., Athens, Pa. with the Pastor Nelson Kopatz officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday, Feb 12 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. at the church and a luncheon will follow after the service there as well. Memorial donations may be made in Roy’s name to the First Presbyterian Church 622 1/2 South Main St., Athens, Pa. 18810. Perkins Funeral Home, 55 West Main St., Dryden assisted the family.  RHW.  Sayre Morning Times.

CHAEROLAZA - Mrs. Rachel Caracciolo, 38, of Mansfield, died last Wednesday following a brief illness. A daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Chaerolaza, she was born at Galeton, December 28, 1904. She was married to James Caracciolo, December 11, 1924, at Galeton, where they resided until 1926, when they came to Mansfield. She was a communicant of the Church of the Holy Child, Mansfield. Survivors are her husband; three children, Mrs. Arthur Watkins, of Blossburg; Louise and Isabelle at home; a grandson, Arthur Watkins, Jr., and a sister, Mrs. Rose Pansera, of Galeton. Funeral services were held Saturday at the Church of the Holy Child, in Mansfield; burial was in Galeton. - Wellsboro Gazette, January 14, 1943

COOKE Raymond B.
Age 75, of Spencer, New York, died February 14, 2009 from Multiple Myeloma. He was the son of the late Samuel C. Cooke and Elsie B. Cooke of Bowling Green, Kentucky. He was born on March 4, 1933 during the inauguration of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Ray was born and grew up in Bowling Green and graduated from College High, part of Western Kentucky State College in 1951. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a medic in Germany during the Korean War and returned to complete his B.S. in Biology at Western Kentucky State College. Cooke received his M.S. from Indiana University and his Education Administrative degree from Cornell University. Ray was head of the science department at Groton Central School and special projects administrator for Saratoga Springs School System and later at Auburn Community College. He also worked as a grant writer for the Cortland BOCES. Additionally, Ray owned and operated an HVAC business specializing in solar hot water systems. Cooke completed his career as a science teacher and assistant head master at Cascadilla School, Ithaca. He served his community in many ways, including as a Boy Scout Leader, a member of the Rotary Club, the Saratoga County Mental Health Board, the Spencer Historical Society, the Spencer Presbyterian Church, and as a long time trustee for The Spencer Library. His love of lakes and water were an important part of his life; he spent many of the happiest years living at Spencer Lake, teaching his children swimming, canoeing, and sailing. Ray was part of the early "Green" movement as a practicing user of solar energy, recycling, and designing the energy efficient home in which he lived. Cooke was a leader of a group of concerned citizens who successfully closed a dangerous landfill. He thoroughly enjoyed his many friends, students, his dogs, classical music, theater, photography and travel by car. He is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Joan Fisher Cooke; and his daughter, Hallie Cooke Vitolo, her husband, John and children, Emma, Ben, and Caroline of Windham, NH; and his son, Eric Fisher Cooke, his wife, Kristen and children, Garrett and Karsen of Spencer, NY. He is also survived by his older brother, Sam C. Cooke of Batesville, AR; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Ray's family is deeply grateful to the physicians and nurses at the Guthrie Clinic, Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA, and the University of Rochester, Strong Memorial Hospital for coordinating the excellent care and medical attention that enabled Ray to live the 3 ½ years after his diagnosis. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to any of the following charities in his memory: The Spencer Library, 41 N. Main Street, Spencer, NY 14883; the Spencer Presbyterian Church, 75 N. Main Street, Spencer, NY 14883; and the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Avenue, 5th Floor, Norwalk, CT 06851. Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service at the Spencer Presbyterian Church (Christ the King) on Saturday, March 21, 2009, at 11:00 a.m.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 2/16/2009

8/15/1920 - 2/9/2009
With great strength and grace, Marie Katharine Cullen Lucas peacefully ended her life's journey with her family and a priest by her side. She was 88 years old. Marie was born in Elmira Heights, New York, the youngest of the three children of Edward and Mary McDonnell Cullen. Her father had emigrated from Ireland in his youth and her mother had come from Scotland by way of Canada. This Celtic heritage was a great source of pride for Marie during her life. Marie grew up during the Great Depression and learned the value of hard work early in life. After graduating from high school, she married her sweetheart, Donald Lucas, of nearby Horseheads, New York. When Don enlisted in the Air Force to serve in WWII, Marie worked in a munitions manufacturing plant to support the war effort. Later, they made their home in Horseheads, establishing a very successful family farm machinery business with Don's parents, and raising their only child, Donna Marie. During their 37 years of marriage, Marie and Don enjoyed traveling and entertaining family and friends at their vacation house on the Finger Lakes in upstate New York. With Don's untimely death in 1978, Marie moved to Salem to be near her daughter, Donna, and her family. She found a welcoming new home in the Salemtowne community with many new friends and activities. Marie enjoyed traveling, dancing, golfing, attending Pops concerts and Pentacle Theatre plays, and playing bridge several times a week with dear friends. Her three grandchildren, Nathan, Shannon and Ryan Lipscomb, filled her life with great joy and pride. She loved teaching them to play golf and how to make her legendary pumpkin pies. Marie cherished family vacations and holidays even more after the arrival of her two great-grandsons, Jackson and Kaden. Marie was preceded in death by her brothers, Edward and Robert Cullen, both of New York. She is survived by her daughter, Donna, and son-in-law, Paul Lipscomb of Salem; grandchildren, Nathan (Rosie) Lipscomb of Menlo Park, CA, Shannon (Troy) Williams of Bend, OR, and Ryan Lipscomb of Chicago, IL; and great-grandsons, Jackson Lipscomb (age 3), and Kaden Williams (age 17 months). A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, February 13 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 721 Chemeketa St. NE, Salem. Marie's family would like to thank the Nursing Staff of both Salem Hospital (6 South and 5 South) and Avamere Court at Keizer for their kindness and loving care of Marie during her final two months. Memorial donations may be made to the Horseheads Public Library or to a local charity of choice.   Published in the Star-Gazette on 2/12/2009

DEUEL -  READY, Mary Alecia
died at the age of 76 on February 13, 2009. Born in Elmira, New York, to Chester D. and Alecia D. Deuel, she graduated from Elmira Southside High School and Elmira College. A dedicated worker, Mary was employed for many years in Little Rock by Worthen Bank and Nalco Chemical Company. Her poems brightened others' days with her creative ability in Ready Rhymes. Mary will be remembered and missed by her beloved husband of 53 years, Charlie; daughters, Marianne Barr (John) and Michelle Ready; grandchildren, Katie, Eileen, Mary and Blake Barr of Haddonfield, New Jersey, and Colin and Meghan Ready of Alexander, Arkansas; her sister, Elizabeth Brosius of Florida; dearest friends, Margie Knowles and Bub and Peggy Jones; and numerous other friends and neighbors. Mary was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Donald and John. The family wishes to express its gratitude to the staff of Hospice Home Care on Bowman Road for their kindness and caring. A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, February 16 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Holy Souls Catholic Church, ceLebrated by Monsignor Royce Thomas. Arrangements by Little Rock Funeral Home, 8801 Knoedl Ct., Little Rock, AR, (501) 224-2200. Published in the Star-Gazette on 2/15/2009

Age 91 formerly of Elmira Heights, NY and Manlius, NY died on Saturday January 31, 2009. Mrs. Cathers was born July 12, 1917 in Syracuse, NY the daughter of the late Edward Thomas Doran and Lena Enders Doran. Marie married her husband, George R. Cathers, on December 10, 1942 and he pre-deceased her on November 23, 1968. She was also pre-deceased by her brothers and sisters and her son-in-law, Garry L. Earl, who died on November 14, 2002. Mrs. Cathers was a retired registered nurse with Onondaga County in Syracuse, NY and a former communicant of St. Ann's Church in Manlius, NY. Marie loved her family and friends and treasured the time she spent with them. She was also especially proud of her Irish heritage and thoroughly enjoyed travelling especially to Ireland. Mrs. Cathers is survived by her loving children: G. Richard & Young S. Cathers of Arlington, Texas, Carol A. Earl of Erin, NY, and Michael T. & Trudy Cathers of Ithaca, NY; former daughter-in-law: Caron Cathers of Texas; her beloved grandchildren: Christopher A. & Dawn Cathers, Laurie A. Cathers High & Michael High, Jamie P. & Cheryle Earl, Jason M. & Kristine Earl, Craig Cathers, Matthew Cathers, Jeris Cathers, Jeff & Mandy Earl, and Jodi & Michael Collins; her cherished great grandchildren: Avery D. High, Addison High, O'Connor High, Alexandria L. Cathers, Hunter Garry Earl, Samantha Earl, Marissa Earl, Reilly Collins, and Nolan Collins; sisters-in-law: Rosalie Doran of Camillus, NY and Virginia Doran of Syracuse, NY; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of caring friends. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Lynch Funeral Home 318 West Broad Street Horseheads, NY on Sunday February 22, 2009 from 5-7 PM. Mrs. Cathers' Funeral Services will be held at the Funeral Home on Monday February 23, 2009 at 10 AM with The Rev. Robert C. MacNamara officiating. Mrs. Cathers will be laid to rest next to her beloved husband George in St. Mary's Cemetery in DeWitt, NY. The family will provide their own flowers and those wishing may remember Mrs. Cathers through memorials to The Bethany Village Residents Activities Fund 3005 Watkins Road Horseheads, NY 14845.  Published in the Star-Gazette from 2/3/2009 - 2/20/2009

FINCH - David J. Finch, 29, of Marion Center, PA, died unexpectedly at his home on Thursday, December 15, 1977. A son of James and Frances [Webster] Finch, he was born February 12, 1948 in Wellsboro. Mr. Finch was a member of the National Rifle Association, VFW, Indiana, PA Post 1969 and IBEW Local 459. He was employed by the Keystone Power Plant, Shelocta, PA, and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He served with the U.S. Air Force and attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. He is survived by his wife, Jean Pearlman Finch; his parents, mentioned above, Punxsutawney; one brother, Alan, Erie; and one sister, Mrs. Ann Lytle, Indiana. Private graveside services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. in the West Hill Cemetery, Galeton. The Rev. Donald Austin officiated and the local VFW unit conducted a military funeral . In lieu of flowers the family requested that donations be made to the National Rifle Association or to a charity of the donor’s choice. The Pearl Franke Funeral Home of Marion Center was in charge of arrangements. - Wellsboro Gazette, December 28, 1977

FORCE - WEST, Loretta J.
Age 73, of Erin, NY, died Thursday, February 5, 2009, at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, NY. Loretta was born on August 5, 1935 in Endicott, NY, daughter of the late George and Coral (Wayman) Force. Survivors include her daughter, Linda Nichols of Erin, NY; son, Randy (Betty) West of Erin, NY; brother, Ronald Force of Mount Olive, IL; grandchildren, Amy Lou Christian, Melissa Ann West, Jeremy and Kyle West, Thomas, Steven and Timothy Nichols; great-grandchild, Kaylee West; sister-in-law, Mary Adamski; niece, Joan Rohde; great-nieces, Mary Jo, Cathy and Joann. Loretta was predeceased by her husband, William West in 1994; son-in-law, Dale Nichols. A private graveside memorial service will be held in the spring at Hicks Cemetery in Baldwin, NY. Arrangements are under the direction of the James D. Barrett Funeral Home.   Published in the Star-Gazette on 2/7/2009

Of Pine City, died Sunday, February 1, 2009, suddenly at the age of 60. Born February 18, 1948 in Washington, DC, Mark was the son of the late Seymour Friedman and Etta Goldbaum Friedman. He earned his Bachelor's degree from Cornell University in 1969 and his Master's degree from Cornell in 1974. He was a consultant in the field of human resources. Mark married Barbara Paskoff on February 19, 1971 in Maryland. They have shared many wonderful memories together. His interests included concern for the environment, travel, a wide range of music, current events, reading, a love for the water and much more. In addition to his wife and companion, Barbara, he is survived by his brother, Neal and his family; Barbara's brother, Bob and his family; and a loving network of family and friends. In honoring his wishes, there will be no calling hours. A celebration of Mark's life will take place on Saturday, March 14, 2009, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Tanglewood Nature Center, 443 Coleman Ave., Elmira, NY. In the event of a winter storm, the cancellation will be listed on Tanglewood's website, Please let the family know if you plan to attend by e-mailing by February 23, 2009. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mark's memory may be directed to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, PO Box 27106, NY, NY 10087; or Tanglewood Nature Center, 443 Coleman Ave., Elmira, NY 14905.   Published in the Star-Gazette on 2/8/2009

GOODWIN Elizabeth H.
Age 56, of 250 Wheeler Rd., Tioga, PA, died Friday, February 6, 2009, at her residence. She was born March 16, 1952, the daughter of Arthur and Grace Walters Goodwin. Beth was a member of the Mt. Zion Full Gospel Church, Wellsboro, PA. Survived by her brother, Larry (Donna) Goodwin, Wellsburg, NY; aunt, Sally McGrain, Elmira, NY; two nieces. A Memorial Service will be conducted Saturday, February 21, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. at the Mt. Zion Full Gospel Church, Wellsboro, PA. Rev. Ricke Harris officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the Kenyon Funeral Home, Inc., 214 West Main Street, Elkland, PA 16920, to help with Beth's final expenses.

GORMAN - Edward Arthur John Gorman, 69, of Tonopah, Ariz., left this earth Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009.  He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Frieda Evelyn, and his eight beautiful children.  Edward was a United States Marine and was a dedicated police officer on the streets of Rockledge, Pa. He was a man who would strive for a higher calling, a true sense of purpose in everything he did and every one he touched in this world.  Edward, or as Frieda frequently would call out "ED!," also called "Pops," lived his life to the tune of a different drummer. With a smile on his face he would bring God's gift of humor, laughter and compassion to the ones he loved. For those who would meet him for the very first time he would leave an indelible mark that few would ever forget.  Being a devoted Catholic was a very important part of his life. He was a long-standing member of the Knights of Columbus.  He and Frieda created a business, Medic Care Rents, serving the people of Arizona. There were the children from the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania and the Troy Head Start, where he truly was a Grandpa to many. For these children who had no one else to turn to, Pops would come save the day. Being a Foster Grandparent to many, he touched the lives of others, and so Edward may have left this world in one aspect, but for his wife, kids and grandkids, who wrote this for him, he smiles down with his Gorman grin. Bean, Trell, Awesome Ed, Yo Tom, Yikes, Bulky, Pooper and Sweet Thing say, "We love you, Dad, Mom is in our care, and God will have a kick with you there."  A visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 11, at St. Henry's Catholic Church, 128 S. Third St., Buckeye, AZ, with a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12. Burial will follow at Phoenix Memorial Park & Mortuary, 200 W. Beardsley Road, Phoenix, Ariz.  In lieu of flowers please donate to Troy Head Start, Troy, Pa.   RHW.  Towanda Daily Review.

GRAHAM - The Rev. Charles C. Graham, age 56, the Methodist minister at Gaines for 14 months, died in Williamsport Hospital last Saturday, August 30 from head injuries he received in a fall from a chair at his home on August 11. The Rev. Graham was a minister for Pine and McElhattan churches in Pennfield, Wesley Asbury church in Altoona, and the Martinsburg Methodist Church before coming to Gaines last year. He was a member of Altoona Consistory, Driftwood Lodge 532 Free and Accepted Masons, Pine Creek Sportsmen club and was an army sergeant during World War II. Funeral services were held at the First United Methodist Church, Jersey shore on Wednesday with Rev. Perry R. Shoemaker, Rev. D. Rayborn Higgins and Bishop John B. Warman officiating. Interment was in Jersey Shore Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Shirley Curts Graham; mother, Mrs. Matilda Beuser Graham; two sons, Charles Douglas of Plymouth Meeting, Kenneth E. of Altoona; a sister, Mrs. June Bailey of Shortsville, NY; brother, Leonard of Canandaigua, NY and three grandchildren. - Wellsboro Gazette, September 4, 1975

HAKES - Kirk J. Hakes, 40, of East Berlin, who greeted everyone he knew with his loving arms, is now in the loving arms of Jesus. He passed Friday, January 2, 2009 at Hanover Hospital.  He was born May 20, 1968 in Harrisburg, the son of John E. "Jack" and Wilma J. "Billie" (Dittman) Hakes of East Berlin. He was a member of Hanover First Church of God where he participated in the Beacon of Hope Ministries and Camp Hope. He was involved in Bell Socialization Family Life Sharing Program, H.A.R.T. Center, New Oxford, ARC of Adams Co, and was a graduate of Capital Area Intermediate Unit, Camp Hill. He loved his trips to the video stores and the mall. Kirk brought joy to all those who knew him and will be greatly missed.  In addition to his parents, Kirk is survived by two brothers; Todd D. Hakes and his wife Diane of East Berlin and Brad W. Hakes and his wife Megan of Wellsville, a niece, Kylie E. Hakes of East Berlin, three nephews; Noah R. Hakes of East Berlin and Samuel R. Hakes and Derek J. Hakes of Wellsville, his caregivers, Donald and Cindy Stambaugh of New Oxford and several aunts, uncles and many cousins. Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 8, 2009 at 11 a.m. from Hanover First Church of God, 600 Fairview Dr, Hanover with Pastor Jerry Shoap and Pastor Dan Thomas officiating. Burial will be private and at the convience of the family. A viewing will be held Wednesday, January 7, 2009 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Feiser Funeral Home, Inc, 306 Harrisburg St, East Berlin. There will be no viewing at the church on Thursday, however, the family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorial contributions may be made to H.A.R.T. Center, 450 E. Golden Lane,  New Oxford or to the church. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, January 4, 2009

Age 72, after a brief illness. After graduating from Shenandoah Catholic High School, she moved to Washington, DC and worked for the FBI, where she met her husband, Robert. Soon thereafter, they married and moved to Anchorage, Alaska, where they started a family. Moving to Elmira, NY in 1961, she was active in the Junior League, the PTA and Meals on Wheels. A devoted mother and loving wife, she frequently volunteered for her children's activities as a Girl Scout troop leader, a reader at the library and a room mother at school. In 1993, she and Bob moved to Lady Lake, FL, where she participated in the Mira Mesa Ladies Club, continued her excellent bridge playing and was a reluctant golfer. She was loved by many and will be remembered as a caring and devoted friend. Survived by sister and brother-in-law, Rosemary and Leon Bascelli; brother and sister-in-law, James and Rosalie Hammon; daughters and sons-in-law, Beryl Bucher and James van den Bergh, Betsy and Brian Maguire, Kerrie and Jerry Gilbert; grandchildren, Kyle, Katelin and Kerrie Maguire, Kelsey and Jarrett van den Bergh, Ryan and Spencer Gilbert. In lieu of flowers, which are gratefully declined, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Beyers Funeral Home & Crematory, Lady Lake, FL, in charge of arrangements.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 2/10/2009

HAWLEY -  E. Whitney Hawley Sr.
62, of Wellsburg, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 1957. He was an employee of the Remington Rand, Survived by wife, Mrs. Julia Hawley, sons Ernest C. of Syracuse & Edmond W. of Elmira, brother Oscar C. Hawley of Syracuse; six grandchildren. Body at the Page Jamieson Funeral Home. Calling Hours after noon Wednesday. Funeral arrangements incomplete. Star-Gazette

HERR - Randall Scott Herr, 46, of Stony Fork Road, Wellsboro, died Friday, Feb. 6, 2009 at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital. He was the husband of Kathy L. Kase Herr, whom he married Feb. 28, 1981. Randy was born April 9, 1962, in Danville, the son of Ronald E. and Doretta Griffiths Herr. He graduated from Columbia/Montour Vo-Tech in 1981, and was a United States Navy veteran from 1981 to 1986. He was employed by TRW, Danville from 1987 to 1992, Ranger Supervisor for the Bureau of Forestry 1992 to 2005, graduate of IUP Police Academy, worked part time for the Wellsboro Police Department, and was owner of “The Tackle Shack.” Randy was a member of the First Baptist Church, Wellsboro, and the Wellsboro Fire Department. His love was hosting cookouts and family times. Randy enjoyed hunting and fishing and was very giving and compassionate. Surviving are his wife, Kathy; parents, Ronald E. and Doretta Herr of Danville; daughters, Jennifer M. (Joseph) Kennedy of Elysburg, Amanda J. Herr and Nicole L. Herr, both of Wellsboro; sisters, Roxanne Helleran of Seattle, Wash., and Bethanne (Kevin) Charsky of Lyons Station; four nieces and two nephews.Friends and family were invited to Randy’s Life Celebration on Monday, Feb. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, a “Life Celebration Home,” 139 Main St., Wellsboro, and Tuesday, Feb. 10, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, Central Ave., Wellsboro. The funeral service followed at 11 a.m. with Rev. Dr. Jeff McCleary officiating. If desired, memorials may be made in Randy’s memory to the Missions Fund, First Baptist Church, Central Ave., Wellsboro, Pa. 16901, or to the Wellsboro Fire Department. - Mansfield Gazette, Feb. 11, 2009

HUEBNER - Phyllis Ann Banker, 63, of Wellsboro, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009, at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. She was the wife of the late Leon J. Banker, Jr. who died May 16, 2008. They were married for 42 years. Phyllis was born June 2, 1945, in Rome, N.Y., the daughter of Edward J. (deceased) and Anna Marie Blaser Huebner. She was an exceptional homemaker and enjoyed knitting, studying genealogy, and reading. She was a member of Holy Child Catholic Church in Mansfield. Surviving are daughters and son-in-law, Noelle and Brad Creamer, of Gore, Va., Elizabeth Banker of Washington, D.C.; two grandchildren, Riley and Cole Creamer of Gore, Va;. her mother, Anna Huebner of Coshocton, Ohio; sisters, Louise Cardenzana of Coshocton, Ohio and Christine Stackel of Surprise, Ariz. She was preceded in death by a brother, Edward. A Memorial Mass will be held at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Washington, D.C. on Friday, Feb. 6. Donations may be made in her memory to the Georgetown University Hospital Foundation. - Mansfield Gazette, Feb. 4, 2009

HUNSBERGER - Dana Lynn Hunsberger, 29, of Towanda RR 4, Asylum Township, Pa., died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa.  She was born Feb. 1, 1980, in Norristown, Pa., the daughter of David W. Hunsberger and the late Nancy Ann Organsky Hunsberger.  Dana was a graduate of Lower Marion High School. For the past three years, she was employed by Serve Inc. in Monroeton, Pa.  Dana was an active participant in many events with the Special Olympics Program in Montgomery County, Pa. She especially enjoyed bowling.  Dana is survived by her father, David W. "Hunsy" Hunsberger of Towanda RR 4, with whom she resided; two sisters, Heidi and Heather Hunsberger, both of Norristown; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her mother, Nancy Ann Hunsberger, on June 8, 2008.The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday evening, Feb. 11, at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa.  Family and friends are also invited to call 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, at the Richard D. Lownes Funeral Home, 659 Germantown Pike, LaFayette Hill, Pa. The funeral service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Interment will be private.  In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be directed to Serve Inc., P.O. Box 93, Monroeton, PA 18832, in Dana Lynn Hunsberger's memory.  RHW.  Towanda Daily Review.

HUTTER Joseph Sr.
Age 87, of Gillett, PA, died peacefully at the Bradford County Manor on Tuesday, February 10, 2009. He was born in Switzerland, March 20, 1921, son of the late Paul and Emma Hutter. Joe served his country in the US Navy during World War II in the South Pacific as a fighting Sea Bee. After the war he worked in various machine shops as a machinist. Joe was predeceased by his brothers, John and Paul Hutter of Long Island, NY; and his wife of 49 years, Rachel Fay (Sheets) Hutter. He is survived by his good friend, Phyllis Ames of Gillett, PA; son, Joseph Hutter, Jr. and wife, Cheryl of Troy, PA; his grandchildren, James (Sarah) Hutter of Franklinville, NY, Heidi (Dave) Ferguson of Syracuse, NY, Marilynne (Brian) Burchard of Horseheads, NY, and Raelynne (Nathan) Palmer of Troy, PA; and great-grandchildren, Dawitt and Timothy Hutter, Cienna Ferguson, Laila and Fabian Burchard, and Madison and Reed Palmer. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Jeanne Hutter; and three nephews, Richie, Tom, and Paul Hutter of Long Island, NY. Joe was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved the outdoors. Joe belonged to the NRA and the South Creek Rod & Gun Club. He attended Gillett Baptist Church and was a member of the Troy Vets Club. A memorial service to honor Joe's life is being planned for the spring at the Gillett Baptist Church. The family has entrusted the Gerald W. Vickery, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., 100 West Main Street, Troy, PA, with funeral arrangements. Published in the Star-Gazette on 2/12/2009

JACOBSON - Edith L. Pawski, 82, widow of Elliott P. Pawski of Wysox RR 2, Wysox Twp., Pa., died Monday, Feb. 9, 2009, at Memorial Hospital, N. Towanda Twp., Pa. Edith was born July 22, 1926, in Jersey City, N.J., the daughter of the late Sigfried Jacobson and Anna Eckman Jacobson. She was a graduate of Snyder High School in Jersey City and resided there for many years before moving to the Wysox area in 1988. Edith was a member of Eclipse Chapter No. 226 Order of Eastern Star in Lyndhurst, N.J., and the Mothers Circle of DeMolay. Edith enjoyed doing puzzles. Surviving are: her children, Bruce G. Pawski and his wife Judith Pawski of Old Bridge, N.J., Beverly J. Serfass and her husband Bill Serfass of Towanda, Elliott B. Pawski and his wife Elaine Pawski of Vancouver, Wash., Mark S. Pawski of Wysox, Paul H. Pawski and his wife Donna Pawski of Cartherate, N.J., David W. Pawski and his wife Patricia Pawski of Bayonne, N.J., Adelaide L. Allday of Rockaway, N.J., and Ruth L. Maletta and her friend Edward of Kearny, N.J.; 15 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Elliott on Aug. 30, 1991. and by a granddaughter, Heidi Ann Pawski. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, at the Flower Hill Cemetery, North Bergen, N.J., with her son-in-law, Mr. Bill Serfass, officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave. Towanda, Pa. There are no calling hours. - Towanda  Daily Review on 2/12/2009

KENNEDY - Dr. Richard W. Kennedy, VMD, 77, of Bangor, Pa. died Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009, at Easton Hospital, Wilson Boro. Born April 11, 1931, in Pontiac, Mich., he was the son of the late James C. and Clara (Boggs) Kennedy. He and his wife, the former Kathryn Ives Kennedy, celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary this past June. Dr. Kennedy was a partner in the Ackermanville Veterinary Hospital and Wind Gap Veterinary Clinic until his retirement, and was currently employed by Mount Bethel Animal Hospital. He was a graduate of Wellsboro High School, Mansfield State Teacher’s College with a bachelor of science degree and the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. He served in the Pennsylvania National Guard as a commissioned officer and served in the United States Army as a propellents handler for the Corporal Missle with the 96th Ordinance Company, training at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala. He was a 37 year member of Bangor Elks Lodge #1106 and a 25 year member of the Bangor Elks Men’s Chorus; a member of the former Bangor Masonic Lodge #565 where he was a Past Worshipful Master, and a member of Portland Masonic Lodge #311: the Scottish Rite Valley of Allentown; a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association, where he was awarded the 1996 Outstanding Public Service Award, and the Lehigh Valley Veterinary Association, where he held several offices in the past. He was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Pen Argyl. In addition to his wife, Kate, he is survived by two sons, Stephen Kennedy of Salisbury, Md., Bill Kennedy and wife Linda of Center Valley, one brother, James B. Kennedy of Florence, Ariz.; two grandsons, Daniel and Stephen Kennedy; and nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held at noon on Saturday in St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 1422 Church Road, Pen Argyl. Calling hours are from 10 a.m. to noon in the church. Burial will be private, at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the James B. Gaffney Funeral Home, Bangor. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 1422 Church Road, Pen Argyl, Pa. 18072 or Fox Chase Cancer Center, P.O. Box 42630, Philadelphia, Pa. 19161-0001. - Mansfield Gazette, Feb. 4, 2009

KING - Kenneth C. King Jr., 46, of Elmira Heights, N.Y., died Friday, Jan. 30, 2009, at the Arnot-Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, N.Y., following declining health. He was born Feb. 12, 1962, in North Towanda Township, Pa., the son of Kenneth C. King Sr. and Madeline Knellar King. Kenneth attended Towanda Area High School and in 1980 received his GED. Kenneth was employed at E.I. DuPont in Towanda during the summer months while he was attending Penn Tech in Williamsport, Pa., and Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, Pa. Kenneth enjoyed painting and completing the graphic designs of cars for many years. Surviving are: five children, Heather King of Sayre, Pa., Casey Ashlee of Ruffin, S.C., Ashley King of Ruffin, and twins Kaitlyn and Mackenzie King of Elmira Heights; his parents, Kenneth C. King Sr. and Madeline King of Wysox RR 2, Pa.; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Nancy and Steven Allen of Horseheads, N.Y., and Susan and Douglas Moore of North Orwell, Pa.; a nephew, Dustin Moore and Jen Coats of Richmond, Va.; and his companion, Jennifer Morales of Elmira Heights. He was preceded in death by a nephew, Aaron Moore. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa., with the Rev. Thomas Blackall officiating. Interment will be private. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the charity or organization of one's choice in Kenneth C. King Jr.'s memory. -Towanda  Daily Review on 2/1/2009

KOWALSKI - Michael N. Kowalski, 52, of 125 Little River Rd., Goose Creek, S.C., died on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009, at his residence in New Albany. Michael was born on Sept. 1, 1956, in Huntingdon, Pa., the son of the late Michael Kowalski and Delores (Shepherd) Kowalski, who resides in Huntingdon. He is survived by his wife, Candy (Hatch) Kowalski. Michael is also survived by: his daughter Rachel Kowalski of Hanover, Pa.; a step-son, Mitchell Epler, of New Albany, Pa.; two sisters, Melissa Kowalski Moore of Huntingdon, Pa., and Carole Kowalski Sechrist of Hustontown, Pa.; as well as four nephews and a niece. Michael was a graduate of Mount Union Area High School, Class of 1974. He had been employed by Henkels and McCoy for 16 years. Following this, he had his own business, MK Contractors, for 15 years, retiring in 2005. He was a member of the Mount Union Presbyterian Church. Michael enjoyed riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers and South Carolina Gamecocks fan. He loved spending time at the beach and loved his dog "Cocoa." He will be remembered by his family for the light of his goodness, for his willingness to lend a helping hand, and for his strength. There will be a memorial service held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Presbyterian Church, Mt. Union, with Rev. Franklin Moist officiating. There will be no viewing or visitation. Memorial contributions may be made to the United Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 163, Mount Union, Pa., 17066; or to the Huntingdon County Humane Society, 11371 School House Hollow Rd., Huntingdon, Pa. 16652. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Robert D. Heath Funeral Home, Mount Union. - Towanda  Daily Review on 2/5/2009

KREIDLER - Jimmie R. Kreidler, age 65, of Covington, PA, died on Friday, February 6, 2008 at his home. Born on September 30, 1943 in Lehman, PA, he was the son of Butler and Blanche (Williams) Kreidler. Jimmie was married to Mary Peg (Milbrodt) Kreidler. Jimmie was employed as a laborer in the construction business.   In addition to his wife, Peg, he is survived by a son, Jimmie Kreidler of Center Moreland, PA; two daughters, Jammie Tunis of Center Moreland, PA, Lori Kreidler of Covington, PA; one brother, Edward Ward Kreidler of Hunlocks Creek, PA; two sisters, June Hawkim of Wilkes Barre, PA , Eleanor Klomivich; and 13 grandchildren. Jimmie was predeceased by a son, Lucas Kreidler, in 1992.   A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 14, 2009 at 1:00 P.M. at the Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main Street, Mansfield, PA. Memorial contributions may be made in Jimmies name to Laurel Health Hospice, 24 Walnut Street, Wellsboro, PA 16901.

KREIDLER - Jimmie R. Kreidler, 65, of Covington, died on Friday, Feb. 6, 2009, at his home. Born on Sept. 30, 1943, in Lehman, he was the son of Butler and Blanche (Williams) Kreidler.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 14, at 1 p.m. at the Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory and Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield. Memorial contributions may be made in Jimmie’s name to Laurel Health Hospice, 24 Walnut St., Wellsboro, Pa. 16901. - Mansfield Gazette, Feb. 11, 2009

LANE - Joan A. Slaght, 82, of Athens, Pa., went home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009. Born April 22, 1926, in Frackville, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Frederick L. Lane and Elda Brouchis Lane. Joan was loved by all her children and grandchildren. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be sadly missed. She is survived by: five children, Stephen Slaght and his wife Jane Slaght of East Smithfield, Pa., Richard Slaght and his wife Karen Slaght of Glenolden, Pa., Joan Seccia and her husband Michael Seccia of Sayre, Pa., Janice Watson and her husband Jeffery Watson of Ulster, Pa., and Sherrill Davis and her husband Anthony Davis of Drexel Hill, Pa.; her beloved grandchildren Barbara Rodgers, Jennifer Black and her husband Brian Black, Stephanie Brown and her husband Daniel Brown, Sarah Jane Slaght, Bonnie O'Donnell and her husband Bruce O'Donnell, Holly Slaght, Lori Slaght, Michael Seccia Jr., Brandon Watson and his wife Gretchen Watson, Eric Watson, Jared Watson, Brittney Watson, and Shannon Meyers; 14 great-grandchildren, which Joan was blessed to have; her loving sisters Peggy Madden and her husband George Madden of Warminster, Pa., Wilda Newsome of Bristol, Pa., and Rosalie Wetzel of Holland, Pa.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by: her father, Frederick L. Lane; mother Elda Lane; sister Rose Marie Onisick; and brother Frederick L. Lane Jr. Burial will be private and the family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Memorial Hospital Hospice, 1 Hospital Drive, Towanda, Pa. 18848 in Joan's memory. The Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home of Towanda, Pa., is assisting Joan's family with arrangements. - Towanda  Daily Review on 2/13/2009

LANE - Phyllis Lane Levanios, age 68, formerly of Mansfield, PA, died Friday, April 25, 1997 in Philadelphia, PA. Memorial Services to be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday in Glenside, PA at the United Methodist Church. Graveside services to be held at a later date in Mansfield, PA. Daughter of the late Harry & Mae Lane. Survived by son, Michael [Fran] of Lansdowne, PA. Daughter Ruth [Keith] West of Rineyville, KY; sister, Ruth Brueilly of Mansfield, PA; grandchildren, Michelle & Jacqueline West of KY.

MAHON - Loraine Mahon Vaughn, 87, of Greensboro, Md., died on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009, at the Caroline Nursing Home in Denton. She was born on July 25, 1921, in Hancock, N.Y., the daughter of the late Horton and Helen St. Mart Mahon. Surviving are: her five sons, John W. Vaughn of Laurel, Del., Craven H. Vaughn of Gillett, Pa., Wayne R. Vaughn of Greensboro, Vaughn Vaughn of Greensboro and James Chip W. Vaughn of Houston, Del.; two daughters, Joyce M. Ringgold of Greensboro and Jill M. Vaughn of Whiteleysburg, Del.; Roy Shrimp of Towanda, Pa., whom she raised like a son; one sister, Shirley Davis and husband Bill of Hancock, N.Y.; 17 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband John W. Vaughn Sr. Mrs. Vaughn and her husband John owned and operated Vaughn Flowers from 1969 to 1979. Prior to moving to Greensboro, they owned and operated a landscape and florist shop in Towanda, Pa. Visitation will be held at Fleegle and Helfenbein Funeral Home, P.A., from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday. Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5, from Fleegle and Helfenbein Funeral Home, P.A., Greensboro, Md. Interment will be held in Greensboro Cemetery in Greensboro.  Arrangements by Fleegle & Helfenbein Funeral Home, P.A., 106 W. Sunset Ave. P.O.Box 160, Greensboro, Md. 21639. -Towanda  Daily Review on 2/3/2009

MANN - Mrs. Janet M. Norman, age 87, formerly of Wyalusing, Pa., died at the Bradford County Manor in Burlington, Pa., on Saturday morning, Feb. 7, 2009, where she had been a resident for the last 3 1/2 year. Born in Wyalusing, Pa., on July 16, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Eugene M. and Anna Abrams Mann. Growing up in Wyalusing, she was a graduate of the Wyalusing High School, class of 1939. She would later graduate from the Elmira Business College in 1941. In 1942 she would marry her husband, Arthur T. Norman Jr., and was married for more than 35 years, until his death on Dec. 7, 1977. During the time the Normans were raising their family, they relocated to Rockford, Ill. During the many years while living in Rockford, they were very active in their community. Mrs. Norman was employed as an office manager in Rockford, for more than 20 years. She was also a member of the Court Street United Methodist Church, and she was a Girl Scout and Boy Scout leader, during the time her children were growing up. Mrs. Norman was a tournament-class bridge player, and was a member of the Madam X Bridge Club. When she moved back to the Wyalusing area, she became involved with the Wyalusing United Methodist Church, the church she attended when she was growing up. Surviving are her son, Richard D. Norman of Wyalusing, and her two daughters and their husbands, JoAnn and C. Victor Allen, and Janette and Allen Bowker, all of Rockford. She is also survived by her two grandchildren, Lisa (Dan) Pass and Corey (Marilyn) Allen of Rockford, and a brother, James Mann of California. Also, many nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews also survive. Besides her husband and her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Ruth Mann, Lucille Perozzi and Vera Gaylord, and a brother, Harold "Puss" Mann.  Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m, on Thursday Feb. 12, at the Wyalusing United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Penney Rahm of the church officiating. Interment will be at a later date at the convenience of the family in the Scandinavian Cemetery in Rockford. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial contributions to the charity of the donor's choice.  Arrangements were made through the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main Street., Laceyville, Pa. - Towanda  Daily Review on 2/9/2009

McCAFFRTY - John G. McCaffrey, 81, of Covington, died at his residence on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009. Born March 26, 1927, in Baltimore, Md., and raised in Manhasset, N.Y., he was the son of the late George and Vitus (Galvin) McCaffrey. Mr. McCaffrey was a graduate of the Merchant Marine Academy at King’s Point in 1948 and traveled all over the world in that service. Later he served with honor as a Lieutenant, J.G., in the United States Navy, stationed in the Pacific. Following his discharge from service, he was an engineer with Combustion Engineering in New York. He designed and built a replica of a 17th century New England farmhouse, which was featured in various publications. He was an FAA certified private pilot and a member of the Raritan Yacht Club for many years. He piloted his own hot air balloon. His father was the chief accountant for the 1939 World’s Fair in New York. His great grandfather was known as the “Hay King” and was the president of the Mercantile Feed and Grain Exchange in Pittsburgh in the late 1800s. Throughout his life, Mr. McCaffrey had a great affection for animals and nature and devoted time to the care and enjoyment of both. He extended that care to humans when he served as a member of the Martinsville Rescue Squad. He was an avid reader across a wide range of topics, and was interested in sharing the knowledge he gained. Mr. McCaffrey is survived by his four children, Michael J. McCaffrey of Union Township, N.J., Thomas McCaffrey of Lebanon, N.J., Marianne Gehman of Nazareth, Lisa Carden of Whitehouse, N.J.; his former wife, Janet Freeh McCaffrey of Lebanon, N.J.; niece Linda Lawrence of Manhasset, N.Y., and 10 grand children. The Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory and Monuments, PC, 637 South Main St., Mansfield, is assisting the family. - Mansfield Gazette, January 7, 2009

McCONNELL - Donald R. McConnell, 72, of 335 N. Main St., died July 12 [2000] in Holyoke Hospital. Born in Roundtop, PA, he was the son of the late Russell and Myrtle [Van Zandt] McConnell. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He had lived in South Hadley since 1949. Mr. McConnell was a self-employed painting contractor for 40 years. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in South Hadley. He was also member of the Mount Holyoke Lodge of Masons and the South Hadley Lions Club. He was president of the Men’s Monday Night Handicap Bowling League, a life member and past president of the Massachusetts Tri-Country Bowling Association, a 1997 inductee into the association’s Hall of Fame, and second vice president of the Massachusetts State Ten Pin Bowling Association. He was also a member of the National Rifle Association, and an avid sportsman. He leaves his wife of 49 years, Betty J. [Northrup] McConnell; his father’s second wife, Mabel McConnell Bray of Williamsport, PA; a son, Michael McConnell of Nixa, MO; a daughter, Vickie Wilson of Middlefield; a sister, Bernice Corey of south Hadley; and several nieces and nephews. Three grandsons, Ian and George Wilson and Harley McConnell, died earlier. The funeral will be held Monday morning at the Ryder Funeral Home in South Hadley. Burial will take place in Village Cemetery in South Hadley. Calling hours are Sunday afternoon and evening at the funeral home. Memorial gifts may be made to United Methodist Church, 30 Carew St., South Hadley, MA 01075; or to the South Hadley Lions Club, P.O. Box 81, South Hadley, MA 01075 - Daily Hampshire Gazette [MA], July 14, 2000   MHS 1945 ???

MELADY - Frederick Melady, 70, of 450 Kendrick Road, Wellsboro, died of kidney failure while in New Jersey for the holidays. He is survived by wife, Kathryn; and four children, Fred, Kelli, Patrick and Kathleen; five grandchildren; and one great grandson. - Mansfield Gazette, January 7, 2009

MESCHI - Robbie D. Meschi, 40, of Rochester, N.Y., died Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009. Born June 8, 1968, he was the son of Robert and Betty Meschi of Rochester, N.Y. He was a devoted father and husband. Robbie is survived by his wife, Christine of Rochester; son, David, at home; mother and step-father, Betty Jane (Joseph) Allu of Rochester; father and step-mother, Robert (Harriet) Meshi of Rochester; sister and brother-in-law, Tammy (Jason) Leone of Rochester; grandparents, David C. and Grace Kemp of Nelson; two aunts and uncle, Crena (Larry) Bowles of Redwood, N.Y.; Candace Geller of Nelson; and cousin, Morgan Williams of Nelson. There will be a memorial service at Orchard Community Church, 2285 Latta Road, Rochester, N.Y. at noon on Saturday, Jan. 24. The Rev. Brad Blyth will officiate. - Mansfield Gazette, January 21, 2009

MILLER - Donald J. Miller of Parrish, Fla., formerly of Morris Run, died Friday, Dec. 26, 2008, in Florida. He was born Feb. 11, 1946, to Ethel and Albert Miller, who predeceased him. He was employed by Thatcher Glass and later Anchor Glass in Elmira Heights, N.Y. Surviving are his wife, Jean; daughter, Jennifer; son, Richard; and special granddaughter, Josie; step-sons, Robert, Daniel, Thomas, and Leslie Shutts; and stepdaughter, Laura. He was predeceased by one brother, Albert and is survived by brothers, George (Jane) of Mesa, Ariz., Charles (Grace) of Mansfield, Joseph (Rebecca) of Ashland, Va.; sisters, E. Catherine Moss of Elmira Heights, N.Y., Margaret (Thomas) Holley of Morris Run, Joann (Aaron) Brown of Shunk; Rosemary (Ronald) Black of Shippensburg; and Dorothy of Oklahoma. He is survived by 34 nieces and nephews and over 57 great and great-great nieces and nephews. He was special to al of them and enjoyed spending time with everyone at family functions. Uncle Donnie will be missed. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, traveling, or just riding his tractor. A memorial service will be held by his family. - Mansfield Gazette, January 7, 2009

MOORE - Richard K. Moore, 59, of Broad Acres, Wellsboro, died Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009. There will be no visitation, with a private family service only. Arrangements by Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, a “Life Celebration Home,” 139 Main St., Wellsboro. - Mansfield Gazette, Feb. 11, 2009

NICHOLS - Lorraine L. Kilburn, 74, of Addison, NY, died Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009, at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre. Lorraine was born March 6, 1934, in Coudersport, a daughter of Robert and Emma Minnie (Carey) Nichols. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Burial will be in Addison Rural Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Lorraine’s memory to the American Cancer Society, 1948 E. Third St., Williamsport, Pa. 17701. The Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory and Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, is assisting the family. - Mansfield Gazette, Feb. 11, 2009

NUGENT - Paul G. “Uncle Butch” Nugent, Jr., 70, of Vestal N.Y., died on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009, at his residence. He was born on Sept. 16, 1938, in Wellsboro, a son of the late Paul and Erma (Holcombe) Nugent. He was a proud veteran, serving in the Air Force from 1956-1960. Paul worked as a assistant terminal manager for Howard’s Express in Vestal. He is survived by a brother, Thomas and his wife, Ann Nugent of Riverside; a nephew, Mark T. Nugent of Washington, D.C.; and one niece, Marsha C. and her husband Jason Cicoria of Lewisburg. A prayer service was held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 3, at the Brady Funeral Home, Inc., 320 Church Street, Danville, with the Rev. William M. Weary, pastor of St. Joseph Church in Danville officiating. The burial followed at St. Joseph Cemetery in Danville. Friends called at the funeral home on Tuesday, Feb. 3, from 10 a.m. until the time of funeral services. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Brady Funeral Home. - Mansfield Gazette, Feb. 4, 2009

ODELL - Harold A. Odell, former Mansfield area resident, died March 8, 1989 at Rochester General Hospital, Rochester, NY. Born in Frost Settlement, Covington Township in 1906, he was the oldest son of Verne and Lulu Adams O’Dell. Educated at Mansfield Normal School and Ohio University, he received his advance degrees at Columbia University. His professional career totaled 46 years in education, 26 of those years serving as principal at Rutherford and Princeton, NJ, E. Harford, Conn. And Eastridge High School in Irondequoit, NY, where he organized Eastridge High School for the district and recruited and hired the entire staff for the school which opened in 1958. He retired in 1972. Dr. Odell was a member of Phi Delta Kappa, served as chairman of the Viking District Boy Scouts of America, was a board member of the Irondequoit Public Library, and served as deacon of the Irondequoit Presbyterian Church. He was also a member of the board of directors of the Association of Teenage Diplomats, the Rochester Association of the United Nations, the U.S. College Entrance Examination Board, the Rochester Friendship Council and the International Sister Cities of Rochester. Dr. Odell visited all seven of Rochester’s sister cities and headed a Turkish exchange program. As supporter and volunteer of the East Irondequoit community, he was instrumental in organizing the district’s 30th anniversary celebration in 1987 and he helped start the Eastridge Alumni Hall of Fame. Surviving are his wife, Dorothy Travers Odell; a daughter and son-in-law, Lucinda and Dennis Bealin of NJ; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert N. and Joan Odell of Horseheads, NY, and C. Willard Odell of Elmont; a granddaughter, Betsy; and several nieces and grandnieces. Services were held at the Irondequoit Presbyterian Church Sunday, March 12. Funeral arrangements were handled by Burn-Hanna Funeral Home, Rochester, NY. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Irondequoit Presbyterian Church of the Harold A. Odell Scholarship Fund at Eastridge High School, c/o Parents/Teachers/Students Association, 2350 E. Ridge Road, Rochester, NY 14622 - Wellsboro Gazette, March 29, 1989.  MHS 1923

PIROSNICK/PERRY - Irving R. Perry, 93, of Lockwood, N.Y., died Saturday, Feb. 7,2009, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa.  Irving was born Jan. 2, 1916, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of the late Harry and Ethel (Lipsky) Pirosnick.  Irving enjoyed living in the Valley for 39 years. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He enjoyed reading, baking, debating and politics. Irving owned and operated Uncle Gumby’s Pizza and Subs for seven years in Barton. Mr. Perry was very active in the community. In the 1970s he ran for county legislator. Irving worked for the Town of Barton as a tax assessor. He was the site manager for the Owego Senior Center for many years. During his tenure as site director, he spear-headed the efforts with local government to secure funding for a new senior facility on behalf of the area’s senior population and oversaw the new building’s dedication. Most recently, Irving worked as a relief counselor for the Franciscan Racker Center in Ithaca, N.Y.  Irving is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 48 years, Patricia Ann (Finn) Perry at home, his sons: David (Sarah Beth) Perry of Baltimore, Md., Edward (Laura) Perry of Lockwood, N.Y.; daughters, Maxine (James) Cregan ofHilton Head Island, S.C., Millie (Keith) Henson of Waverly, N.Y., and Caralou (Bruce) Tracy of Matthews, N.C.; his eight grandchildren, Stephanie, Kimberiey, Adam, Zachary, Haley, Sam, Griffin, and Makenna; and two great-grandchildren Mackenzie, and Maggie, as well as several nieces and nephews also survive him. He will be remembered and missed by many loving friends and neighbors.  A celebration of Irving’s life will be announced at a future date. Arrangements are with the Luckner Funeral Home, 449 Park Avenue Waverly, N.Y.  RHW.  Sayre Morning Times.

PODLESKI - URBAN, Helen F. (Podleski)
Of Hector, New York, died with her loving husband by her side on Friday, February 13, 2009, at the age of 85. Born in Blossburg, Pennsylvania on October 5, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Louise (Nowakowski) Podleski. She graduated from Blossburg High School and was employed by the Arnot Ogden Hospital and the Corning Glass Center. She is survived by her husband, Charles. They were married for 64 years. In addition, she is survived by her children, Patricia Giulino of Arlington, MA, Michael Urban of Albany, NY, and Gary and Judy Urban of Dryden, NY; five grandchildren, Jennifer (Giulino) and Jay Kelleher, Erika (Giulino) and Scott Cannon, Michael, Katherine, Erin Urban; two great-grandchildren, Jordan and Braeden Cannon; and one grand dog, Dallas Urban. She enjoyed outdoor life, particularly hunting and fishing with her husband and friends. She also enjoyed dancing, kicking up her heels doing the Polka, playing cards, cooking, and spending time on Seneca Lake with her family and friends. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 North Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY, on Tuesday, February 17, 2009, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Her memorial service will be held following the visitation. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to St. Mary of the Lake, Watkins Glen, NY, and/or ARC of New York State at 203 12th St., Watkins Glen, New York.

RIFENBURG - Dorothy Rifenburg Ellis. Independent, determined, able to fix anything, Dorothy Rifenburg Ellis, 75, of Summerfield, Fla. died on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009 at Tuscany Hospice House in Summerfield.  Ms. Ellis, a Baptist, was a homemaker and is described by her children as “independent, determined, and able to fix anything.”  She is survived by daughters, Darlene Sites, Donna Heath, Terry Daniels; sons Dale Ellis, Thomas Ellis, and Timothy Ellis, all of Summerfield; brother Robert Johnson of Athens; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins and loving friends.  A memorial ceremony will be held Thursday, Feb. 5 at 5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, Belleview, 6107 SE Agnew Road, with the Rev. Ronald S. Walker officiating. A gathering of family and friends will be held one hour prior. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are under the direction of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, Belleview.  RHW.  Sayre Morning Times.

EDWARD C. RUSSELL JR. age 57 of 41 E. Wellsboro St., Mansfield, PA Saturday, November 19, 1988 after a lengthy illness.  Funeral and committal service at the convenience of the family.  Survived by sisters, Margaret R. Falk of Millersville, PA, Barbara R. Williams of Kevin John, MD; 3 nephews; 1 niece.  He owned the W. C. Miller Monument Co. in Mansfield and had been a teacher.  He was a member of St. James Episcopal Church, Mansfield, an Army veteran having served with the 103rd Medical Battalion.  He was a graduate of Mansfield Senior High School, Mansfield State University and Columbia University.  He was born January 31, 1931 in Blossburg, PA to Edward C. Sr. and Eleanor Elliott Russell.  Arrangements by the Scureman Funeral Home, Mansfield, PA

SAMPSON - Janet E. Cowoski, 70, died Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009, at Hospice House in Cleveland, Ohio. Janet was born Sept. 7, 1938 in Wellsboro, where she resided before moving to Cleveland. She was the beloved daughter of Ralph and Gladys Blair Sampson. She was a retired teacher of 35 years at Cleveland Public Schools, teaching at Jane Addams High School and Collinwood High. She was the beloved wife of Alexander, now deceased; devoted mother of Gary Cowoski, Judy Gersten, Sherri (David) Ungrady, Terry (Lisa) Cowosky; cherished grandmother of Jennifer, Rick, Erica, David, Madison, Anthony, Nick, and Maria; dear sister of Robert Sampson (deceased) and his wife, Doris; loving aunt of many. Friends may call at the Fioritto Funeral Home, 5236 Mayfield Road, Lyndhurst, Ohio from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. at St. Margaret Mary Church, South Euclid, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, family requests donations in Janet’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association. - Mansfield Gazette, Feb. 4, 2009

SEIDEL - Pauline E. (Seidel) Lockard, 86, of Harrisburg, died Jan. 27, 2009, at Community General Osteopathic Hospital of Harrisburg. Pauline was born in her grandmother's home in Covington, Pa., Nov. 15, 1922. She grew up in Williamsport, Pa., the second of five daughters born to the late Ronald and Martha (Doud) Seidel. Preceding Mrs. Lockard in death was her grandson, Christopher Wenzel. Surviving is her husband, Joseph L. Lockard, whom she married on March 10, 1942. Also surviving Mrs. Lockard is her three children: daughter: Michelle D. Wenzel, Williamsport, Pa. and two sons: Joseph L. Lockard II of Conyngham, Pa. and Paul S. Lockard, of Manheim, Pa. Additionally, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren survive Mrs. Lockard. Pauline, an active member of Jehovah's Witnesses, was an avid Bible reader. She was a devoted wife and mother whose gentle nature and loving concern for others endeared her to all who knew her. Pauline will be sorely missed. Memorial Services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009, at the Lower Paxton Kingdom Hall, 5761 Union Deposit Road, Harrisburg, Pa. Arrangements are entrusted to Auer Cremation Services of Pennsylvania, Inc., Harrisburg. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, February 1, 2009

SMITH - Stuart “Kevin” Smith, 34, of Tioga, died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, at his home. Kevin was born April 16, 1974, in Birdsboro, a son of Wesley L. “Wes” and Dianna B (Mosteller) Smith of Lawrenceville. Family and friends were invited to call on Wednesday, Jan. 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory and Monuments, PC, 637 South Main Street, Mansfield. A funeral service was held immediately following calling hours at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Buckheit Funeral Chapel, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, Pa. 16933 to assist with funeral expenses. - Mansfield Gazette, January 7, 2009

STANN - Henry J. Stann, 84, of Galeton, died Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009, in Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro. In keeping with Henry’s wishes, there will be no services. The Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory and Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, is assisting the family. - Mansfield Gazette, Feb. 4, 2009

SULLIVAN - Sheryl M (Sullivan) Farrie, 58, of Sparta, N.J., formerly of New Albany, Pa., died on Jan. 31, 2009, at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, N.J., of complications from breast cancer. Sheryl was born Sept 23, 1950, in Towanda, Pa., the daughter of Patrick F. and Anita Kisner Sullivan. She graduated from Wyalusing High School and received both her bachelor's, in 1972, and master's, in 1985, degrees from Marywood University, Scranton, Pa.
Sheryl was employed at Parsippany Troy Hills Public Schools in Parsippany, N.J., where she was a music teacher for 33 years. She was also an educational advocate for disabled children. Surviving are: her beloved husband, Charles; devoted daughter, Mary Katherine (Newton, N.J.); adored mother, Anita Sullivan (New Albany); brothers, Patrick J. "Jay" and Bonnie Sullivan (Mansfield, Pa.) and Charles "Wayne" Sullivan (New Albany); sisters, Dawn and William Vitez (Lebanon, Pa.) and Jean and James Heinrichs (Shirley, N.Y.); brother-in-law, Vaughn and Ginny Farrie (southern New Jersey); and seven nieces. Sheryl was preceded in death by her father, Patrick F. Sullivan. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14, at Blessed Kateri Church, 427 Stanhope Rd, Sparta, N.J. 07871. A private funeral was held on Feb. 2, in Sparta, N.J.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Sheryl's memory to the charity of your choice. - Towanda  Daily Review on 2/10/2009

TOWNSEND - Arthur L. Townsend, 66, of Meadow Street, Mansfield, died Wednesday, December 21, 1977, in Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro. He was born in Washington, D.C., on January 3, 1911, a son of Arthur L. and Bertha Ridge Townsend. Mr. Townsend was a retired truck driver for Johnson Motor Freight Co. Surviving are his wife, the former Mary Lou Farrer; three daughters, Mrs. Phyllis Putnam of Hammondsport, NY, Mrs. Lorraine Buddle of Kansas City, Mo., and Mrs. Sandra Hanamenkin, of Tampa, Fla.; four sons, Arthur Jr., and Steven, both of Kansas City, Kansas, and Richard and Neil, both of Omaha, Nebraska; a brother Harold, of Bay Shore, Long Island, NY, and eight grandchildren. The funeral will be at the convenience of the family. There will be no visitation. - Wellsboro Gazette, December 28, 1977

Age 77, Waverly, NY, died Wednesday, February 4, 2009, at home. She was born in Elmira, NY, October 3, 1931, the daughter of Nicholas and Esther (Osvarth) Varga. She is survived by her husband, Dick Laitinen; daughter, Patty (Larry) Myers, Mountain View, CA; son, Butch (Marsha) Laitinen, Arab, Alabama; two grandsons, Richard (Sunyoung) Myers, Davis, CA, John Myers, Sacramento, CA; sister, Julia Swan, Lockwood; nieces and nephews. Thank you to John Niles and Linda Griffith for caring for their aunt and being with her at her passing. Irene was predeceased by three brothers, Nicholas, John, and William Vargo; and three sisters, Elizabeth Niles, Mary Billings and Marguerite Montgomery. Irene was a member of the Hicks United Methodist Church and was very active in the Sunday School. Funeral service will be Saturday, February 7, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. at the Hicks United Methodist Church with Rev. Bob Benjamin and Rev. Jim Carr officiating. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Spring interment will be in Hicks Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Lourdes Hospice, 169 Riverside Dr., Binghamton, NY 13905; or Hicks United Methodist Church. Arrangements are with Allen-Manzer Funeral Home, Spencer, NY.
Published in the Star-Gazette on 2/6/2009

WALLIN - Mary Catherine “Cathy” Wallin, 53, of Alexandria, Va., died on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009, at her home. Cathy was born on June 7, 1955, in Chapel Hill, N.C., the daughter of the late George and Beverly (Ware) Wallin, Jr. In keeping with Cathy’s wishes, there will be no services. The Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory and Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, is assisting the family. - Mansfield Gazette, Feb. 11, 2009

WARRINER James A., Sr.
Age 50, of Wellsboro, PA, died on Thursday, February 5, 2009. Friends may call on Sunday, February 8, 2009 from 2 - 5 p.m. at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., Wellsboro, PA. Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 9, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home, with Pastor Joe Wagner officiating.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 2/8/2009

WARRINER - James A. Warriner, Sr., 50, of Wellsboro, died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009. He was born Aug. 9, 1958, in St. Marys, Ohio, a son of the late Walter J. Warriner and Dotty Lunz Starkweather. He was employed as a mechanic at Luther’s Garage and enjoyed cars, snowmobiles and anything that had an engine. He is survived by his mother, Dotty; soul mate, Lou Ann Starkweather; two sons, James Warriner of Elkland, Eric Warriner of Wellsboro; brother and sister-in-law, William and Karen Warriner, Sr. of Mansfield; sisters and brothers-in-law, Terri Parker (Bob) of Syracuse, N.Y., Tammy and Randy Wager of Jamesville, N.Y.; step brothers, Duane Starkweather (Dawn) of Franklinville, N.Y., Alvin Starkweather (Inga) of Wellsboro, Lee Starkweather (Melinda) of Blossburg; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by a brother, Douglas Warriner; and a sister, Leslie Warriner. Friends called on Sunday, Feb. 8 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., Wellsboro. Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 9 at the funeral home at 10 a.m. with Pastor Joe Wagner officiating. - Mansfield Gazette, Feb. 11, 2009

WHITE - Bernard Carl “Ben” White, 68, of Mission, SD, formerly of Allentown, died May 24 in Sioux Valley, SD Hospital. He was the husband of the late Helen [Cordry] White and Shirley [Williams] White. He owned and operated the Antelope Motel and Restaurant, Mission, SD for 21 years. He worked for the former Western Electric Co., Allentown, for 24 years. Born in Mansfield, Tioga County, he was a son of the late Richard and Rachel [Paris] White. He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Mission. He was an Army staff sergeant during World War II. Survivors; Son, Dean of Kansas City, MO; daughters, Barbara A. of Whitehall Township [near Allentown, PA] and Yana Reid of Lawrence, Kan.; brothers, Hugh in California and Robert in Florida; sister, Roberts in California, and four grandchildren. Services: Were last Tuesday. Arrangements, Chapel in the Pines, Valentine, Neb.
[Source:- SSDI - b. 18 Nov. 1927; d. 24 May 1996 Mission, Todd County, South Dakota]

WHITE - John White - Word was received here this week of the unexpected death of John White, age 52, of Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. White died at his home on Saturday, August 27, 1977, as the result of a heart attack. He was born on March 18, 1925 at Blossburg State Hospital the son of Dr. William F. and Grace M. White. He graduated from Wellsboro High School in the class of 1943. He also graduated from Mansfield State College. During World War II he served with the United States Marine Corps. Survivors include his wife, Barbara Scheidweiler White, at home; his mother, Mrs. Grace White of Wellsboro; four children, John Philip, age 15, and Hannah, age 7, both at home, and Thomas and Daniel both of New Orleans, La., two brothers, James of New Orleans, and William F. of Wellsboro, and a sister, Mrs. Patricia Coolidge of Wellsboro. The body was cremated and services were held on Monday at the Wilson and Son Funeral Home at Paola, Kansas. Interment will be held at a later date in Wellsboro with Rev. Stephen McCutchen officiating. The family has requested that those desiring may make donations to the Heart Association. - Wellsboro Gazette, August 31, 1977

BIG FLATS – Romayne/Romaine Wisniewski Bonk, of 16 Deer Run, died Tuesday, Nov 14 1995, at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center.  Bonk was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, John A. Bonk; a son, Kurt Bonk of Philadelphia; two sister, Leona Kudrich of Scranton, PA and Celia  Bowen of Chinchilla, PA, and a brother, Henry Wisniewski of Aberdeen, Md.  Calling hours are 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm today at the Joseph J. Sznyter Funeral Home, 1101 Prospect Ave, Scranton, PA.  Service will be 11:30 pm Saturday at the St Stanislaus Polish National Catholic Cathedral in Scranton. Burial is in St. Stanislaus Cemetery.

ZINK - Mary M.
Grandma Weimer, as she was affectionately known, died at the home of  her son, John A. Weimer, south of town, on Tuesday night, January 28, 1913, after a short illness.  The remains were interred in the K. of P. cemetery  at Farmington.  A short service at the grave was conducted by the writer.  Mrs. Weimer, whose maiden name was Mary M. Zink, was born in Tioga county, Pa., February 27, 1836.  She moved to Missouri in 1858, and the same year was married to the late John A. Weimer.  They made their home at Ironton for several years, then moved to a farm near Syenite.  Five children blessed this union, three of whom preceded her to the home beyond.  Two sons, John A. and Charles, survive her.  Mrs. Weimer was a member of the Lutheran Church and, as best mortal may, served her God faithfully.
"Life's work well done,
Life's race well run,
And now comes rest."
FARMINGTON TIMES, Farmington, St. Francois County, Missouri, Thursday,  February 6, 1913
Submitted by Sharon (Hartzell) Smith

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