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.
Age 16, of Horseheads, NY. He was born July 20, 1992 in Elmira, son of Rebecca Butler and Marland Brooks and died Saturday, May 16, 2009, very unexpectedly. He was predeceased by Ninny and is survived by his parents; brothers and sister, JiJuan Darrington, Jacob and Jordan Sowersby, Raeqwan, Keyshawn and Dahkeen Brooks and Laniah Cramer; paternal grandparents, Eddie and Veronica Brooks; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins, including cousins, Jack Richard Perry, Kristin Perry, Jake Brooks III, Makala Parker and Greg Radford; best friend, Matt Taylor; and all the many friends who loved him are greatly appreciated. A special thank you to Roger and Karen Johnson. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Saturday, May 23rd, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. His services will follow at 3:30 p.m. Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/22/2009
BYRD - A Going Home Memorial Celebration for Kathaleen "Bamma"
05/27/1926 - 4/19/2009
A memorial service will take place at the Friendship 7th Day Adventist Church, 1222 Lackawana Ave., Elmira, NY on May 27th, at 6 p.m. Pastor Brutus is the presiding pastor. Kathaleen's brother, Eddie Lorrick; her children, Peraleen, Billie, (Johnie Mae) and Arlene McMurty, would like to express thanks to each, and everyone of you for attending and to those who may have wanted to attend but could not. Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/27/2009
CAUM III, Rev. Canon Edward Leonard
The Rev. Canon Edward Leonard Caum III, 71, known to all as Father Ned, died on Thursday, May 28, 2009. He was born on August 25, 1937 in Trenton, NJ, the son of the late Edward Leonard Caum Jr. and Doris Snelson Caum, who resides in Painted Post. A native of Morrisville, he majored in history at Franklin & Marshall College and went on to earn his M.Div. in Theology from Philadelphia Divinity School. He was ordained to the diaconate in the Episcopal Church in 1962 in Morrisville, Pennsylvania, and then to the priesthood in December of that year in Fairbanks, Alaska, where he served as Curate of St. Matthew's Church. He was appointed priest in charge of St. Philip's, Wrangell, Alaska, where he served for over 25 years. Alaska allowed Ned to pursue his love of the outdoors, spending many hours hunting and fishing and sharing his love of nature with his family. During that time he also taught high school and earned a second master's degree in Reading Education from Southern Oregon State University. He moved back to Pennsylvania in 1990 and served as rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Athens until his retirement in 2006. He continued as Assistant Rector until the time of his death. He is survived by his mother, Doris; his sister, Janet Caum Brandt; three children from his first marriage to the late Marilyn Laird, Virginia Caum Lake and her husband Greg, Edward Leonard Caum and his wife Susannah, David Laird Caum and his wife Erica and their families; and his wife of 30 years, Barbara Cameron Caum of Athens, their son, Alan, her daughter, Jessica, and her family as well as countless others who loved him. There will be no viewing hours. A Eucharist in celebration of his life will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3rd, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 703 South Main Street, Athens, Pennsylvania. Arrangements are under the care of Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home, Inc., Athens, PA. Memorials in his honor may be directed to Trinity Episcopal Church, 701 S. Main Street, Athens, PA 18810
COSGROVE - Patrick W. Cosgrove, 48, of Brooklyn, NY, son of Thomas H. and Mary Moran Cosgrove, died on Saturday, March 28, 2009. He was born in Muncy on Sept. 3, 1960. He was a 1978 graduate of Sullivan County High School and had an associate degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC. He had a successful design business, specializing in women’s belts and gloves. His merchandise was sold at Saks Fifth Avenue, Barney’s and in various catalogs. He was also proprietor of a specialty-clothing store in SoHo and later worked as a window designer at Barney’s. Although a true New Yorker, Patrick enjoyed coming home to Laporte to visit his family and favorite areas of the Loyalsock Creek. He also enjoyed traveling to Europe, cooking, reading and time with his nephews. He is survived by his mother, Mary Cosgrove of Laporte; brothers and sisters-in-law, Thomas C. and Ellen of Cambridge, MA, Michael M. and Diane of Laporte, John R. of Clarion; sister and brother-in-law, Mary Jo and Bill Saxe of Laporte; niece, Sophie, and nephews Tommy, Billy and Jacob. He was predeceased by his father on Nov. 29, 1996. A special memorial to celebrate Patrick’s life will be held this summer at the family cabin. Memorials may be made to the Sullivan County Food Bank, PO Box 55, Dushore, PA 18614-0055 or The Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy, PO Box 2083, Williamsport, PA 17703-2083. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore. - Wyalusing Rocket Courier - April 2, 2009
CRUPI Joseph C.
80, died on May 20th. He taught vocal music for 32 years in the Horseheads Central School District, Horseheads NY. He was the organist/choir director at St. Matthews Episcopal Church and the First United Methodist Church, both in Horseheads NY. He and his wife spent their summers in Chautauqua, NY since 1980; they both worked there and he served as Director of Choral Activities at the Chautauqua Institution for 3 years. He is survived by his wife, Patricia, of 56 years; his son, Mark (Deborah); and daughter, JoAnn (Elissa Gielen); his grandchildren Melani Muratore (Christopher) Susanne McDaniel (Kevin) Alex Crupi; and three great-grandchildren. He and his wife retired to Bradenton, Florida in 1992. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association. Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/24/2009
DACEY - AMBROSE, Joy D.
Age 67, of Elmira died peacefully at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center on May 25, 2009 after a brave and valiant battle with cancer. She was the daughter of the late Edward and Joyce Dacey of Binghamton, N.Y. She is survived by her husband Clay of Elmira, son Jeff (Cindy) Capwell of Charlotte, N.C., daughter Caroline (Brian) Pitterle of Cary, N.C., step daughter Jennifer Ambrose (James Little) of Grant's Pass, Oregon, step daughter Jessica (Ben) Lawrence of State College, Pennsylvania, sister Suzanne (Tavel) Clavin of New York, N.Y., granddaughter Cate Pitterle, granddaughter Jessica Capwell, grandson Christopher Capwell, granddaughters Madeline, Jacqueline and Amelia Lawrence, and a number of cousins. Joy received a B.A. and M.A. from Rider College in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. She had a long and distinguished career in real estate including being named the top real estate agent for the state of New Jersey when she lived there. She served as president of both the Broome County and Elmira-Corning Boards of Realtors and served the Elmira-Corning Board as its Professional Standards, Education and MLS chairperson. Joy was named "Realtor of the Year" by the Elmira-Corning Board of Realtors in 1998. She was Regional Vice President for the New York State Association of Realtors, chaired the association's Professional Standards Committee, participated on the Association's Strategic Planning, and Legislative Committees, and was a certified real estate instructor. Joy was active in a number of community organizations and fundraising initiatives, including serving as Director of Guthrie's Long Term Healthcare Board, and as a Trustee of the Guthrie Healthcare System; Elmira City School District's Strategic Planning Committee and its Diversity Committee and Key Communicator Committee Plan 2000; the United Way; Corning LPGA; Chemung County Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Council; Corning Area Chamber of Commerce Legislative Committee; Catholic Diocese Campaign; American Heart Association; American Cancer Society; Elmira College Annual Fund Campaign; YWCA Tribute to Women; Arnot Ogden Hospital Planned Giving Committee; Near West Side Association Day of Caring; Woodbrook Long Term Health Care facility, and various Elmira Country Club committees. She leaves a lasting legacy as a loving wife, mother, and grandmother and as a devoted friend to many. She had a wonderful sense of humor and was the quintessential real estate professional. In addition to her community service, Joy's many interests included family, travel, golf, decorating, bridge, and of course shopping with friends. In lieu of flowers a gift in Joy's name can be made to the Falck Cancer Center, c/o Linda Bennett, 600 Roe Avenue, Elmira, NY 14905-1629. Friends are invited to the McInerny Funeral Home at the corner of Water & Walnut Streets in Elmira on Friday, May 29th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. A prayer service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, May 30th at 10:15 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. at St. Patrick's Church at the corner of Park Place and Clinton Street in Elmira. Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/27/2009
DeWITT - Sherry J. Adams, age 58, of Wellsboro, PA, died Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. Sherry was the wife of David Adams and would have celebrated their 40th anniversary on November 15th, 2009. She was born November 30, 1950 in Wellsboro, PA, a daughter of Lawrence G. and Pauline M. (Hegele) DeWitt. Sherry was a 1969 graduate of Wellsboro High School; a member of the Women of the Moose in Wellsboro. Sherry is survived by her husband, David; three sons and a daughter-in-law, Timothy and Angela Adams, Todd Adams, and Trevor Adams, all of Wellsboro; two daughters and sons-in-law, Lacey and Richard Scholtz of Wellsboro, Amy and Ed Woodard of Elmira, NY; five grandchildren; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Paul and Clara DeWitt of GA, David DeWitt of GA; a sister, Bonnie DeWitt of Wellsboro; a sister-in-law, Kathryn DeWitt of Covington, PA. She was predeceased by two brothers, George Daryl DeWitt and Dale DeWitt. Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday, May 30, 2009 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at the Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. Funeral services will be held immediately following the viewing at 7:00 P.M. at the funeral home with the Rev. Darwin Tink Cranmer officiating. Memorial donations may be made in Sherrys memory to the National Kidney Foundation, 700 5th Ave., Fl 4, Pittsburgh, PA 15219-3017.
DONALDSON - MaryJane (Donaldson) Goodenough, 86, of Temple St., Owego, died peacefully with her family at her side on Sunday, April 5, 2009. MaryJane is survived by her husband Harvey of nearly 63 years; her daughter and son-in-law, Connie (Stephen) Fedorowicz; daughter-in-law Eloise Goodenough; sister Madeline Donaldson; brother Thomas Donaldson; grandchildren Michelle Scott Pierce, Suzanne Scott Little, Thomas Walter Scott, and Darcie Ann Goodenough; seven great-grandchildren, Logan, MaKenna, Sawyer, Walker, Isabella, Wayne, and Benjamin; and several nieces, nephews and their families. She was predeceased by her son, Robert Goodenough, on Sept. 8, 1986. MaryJane was born on Jan. 17, 1923 in Nanty Glo, Pa., a daughter of the late John W. and Mary (Baldwin) Donaldson. A devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, MaryJane treasured the time spent with family. She enjoyed playing cards and Bingo and refinishing furniture. A time of remembering the special gift MaryJane was to all of us will be held on Thursday, April 9 at 11 a.m. at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols, with Pastor Donna Martin officiating. A period of visitation and time of sharing memories will be held on Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. at the funeral chapel and on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. The family will provide flowers and kindly asks those who wish to remember the Weltonville Fire Company, 2784 W. Creek Rd., Newark Valley, NY 13811, in loving memory of MaryJane Goodenough. - Sayre Morning Times, April 7, 2009
DRY - Melvin A. “Molly” Dry, 96, of Mansfield died, Sunday May 17, 2009, at Broad Acres Health and Rehabilitation in Wellsboro. Born July 5, 1912, in Bellefonte, he was the son of the late Howard and Mary Barlett Dry. On Aug. 5, 1934, in Bellefonte, he married Jane M. Kern who preceded him in death on Oct. 23, 2000. He graduated from the Bellefonte Area High School. Melvin continued his education after high school and graduated from Lock Haven State Teachers College. While he was at Lock Haven he was named All-State Football player and his senior year he was the football captain of the championship team and was also a forward on the championship basketball team. During his four years at LHSTC, he received varsity letters four years in football and basketball, two years in track and baseball, for a total of 12 varsity letters. He also graduated with honors in 1943 with a major in health and physical education and minors in history and geography. He taught at Lock Haven High School from 1942-1943, Gettysburg High School from 1943-1945, Williamsburg High School from 1945-1947, South Williamsport High School from 1947-1950 and Punxsutawney High School from 1955-1962. During his years in public schools, he not only taught health, physical education, geography and history, he also coached all boys’ sports and even girls’ basketball. He also used his creative talents in directing class plays and gym shows. During his years at South Side, he was grand marshal of the Halloween parade several times. While working in Punxsutawney, he also worked with the Little League and served as commissioner of it. During the falls and winters of 1950-1955, he worked as trainer and assistant football and basketball coach, first at Lock Haven State Teachers College and then at Lycoming College. He retired in 1975 from Mansfield State College where he was Associate Professor of Health and Physical Education, trainer for all sports, assistant football coach, head track and cross country coach, organizer of the first Special Olympics for 13 counties, held at college. He worked as the trainer for two Detroit Tiger farm teams between 1950 and 1955, Williamsport Tigers in Eastern League and Buffalo Bisons in the International League. After Melvin retired he became a member and avid golfer of the Corey Creek Golf Club and participated in numerous tournaments, both at the club and as a representative of the club on other courses. Over the capacities for the club. Some of these included manager, chairman of the House Committee, cross country coach, ranger and starter. In 2006, Melvin was inducted into the Mansfield University Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame. Melvin was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Mansfield. He was a Mason for 60 years. He is survived bytwo daughters, Sondra D. Yarrison of Oley, Kay D. Schwab of Lykens, four grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and one great-greatgrandchild. There will be a public visitation held on Saturday, May 23, from 10 until 1 a.m. at the Wetzler Funeral Service, Inc. in Bellefonte. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Thomas Raymond Searfoss officiating. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery, Bellefonte.
ELLIS Allen F.
Age 50 of Ulster, PA, died on Monday, June 1, 2009 at home. He was employed by Harding in Elmira, NY as a machinist for 20 years. Friends and family may call on Friday, June 5, 2009 from 2 pm-4pm and 6 pm-8pm at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home, Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, PA. Funeral Services will follow at 8pm at the funeral home with the Rev. Nelson Kopatz from the Athens Presbyterian Church officiating. Memorial donations may be made in Allen's memory to the: First Citizens Bank, 306 West Lockhart Street, Sayre, PA 18840 (To place a memorial bench at Pine Cradle Lake). Published in the Star-Gazette on 6/3/2009
GIORDANO James C.
Age 62, of Elmira, died Saturday, May 23, 2009. Jim was born June 30, 1946, the son of the late Anthony J. and Philomena Cerio Giordano. In addition to his parents he is predeceased by his son, James L. Giordano, and sister, Frances Malloy. Jim is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Harolyn Wilcox Giordano; daughter, Harolyn W. Giordano; uncle and aunt, Michael and Ann Cerio; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Virginia W. and Mark Griswold, all of Elmira; nephews, Terry and Randy Malloy; along with numerous cousins. Friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, corner of Water and Walnut Sts., on Thursday, May 28, 2009 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A brief service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours. In following Jim's wishes he will be cremated and had requested to have family and friends bring to calling hours an item of remembrance that can be placed and sent with him. In lieu of flowers please consider donating a pint of blood in Jim's memory or a donation to 4 Paws Animal Shelter, 1978 Jackson Center Road, Millerton, PA 16936. Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/26/2009
GRABB - LOW, Marvene A.
78, of Galeton, PA, died Thursday, May 21, 2009, at the Soldiers & Sailors Hospital, Wellsboro, PA. Born April 10, 1931, in Waverly, NY, she was a daughter of the late Floyd S. and Mabel (Armour) Grabb. Mrs. Low was a veteran having served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. She was married to Gale A. Low, who survives. She was an inspector at the former Merganthaler Company in Wellsboro for 17 years. She enjoyed knitting, reading, hunting and watching WWE. Surviving besides her husband are two daughters, Sharon Stone, Galeton and Vicki (Jack) Cobb, Indiana; two sisters, Opal and Louise; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Galeton Library. Arrangements are entrusted to the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton. Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/23/2009
HALL - William L. Hall of Auburn Twp., Meshoppen, PA, died Friday, May 1, 2009 at Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore, MD, after a long courageous battle with leukemia. He was born in Wilkes-Barre on Dec. 28, 1939, son of the late Joseph and Myrtle Lloyd Hall. A graduate of GAR High School, Class of 1957, he retired from the Procter & Gamble Plant in Mehoopany after 28-1/2 years of service. He was a member of the Tunkhannock Moose Lodge and a social member of the Black Walnut American Legion. He was a member of the P&G Retirees Association and the P&G Golf League. He enjoyed bird watching, golfing and traveling with his family. Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Elizabeth Anne Kupinewicz Hall; sons, William of Larksville and Jeffrey of South Auburn; daughter, Sandra Burgio of Meshoppen; stepsister, Marilyn Kneeland of Sanford, FL; step-brothers, Michael, James, Raymond and Ronald Piech, all of Nuangola; seven grandchildren and three step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister, Ruth Tomkoski Cherynl. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 6 at 11 a.m. from the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, Inc., 73 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. Friends called at the funeral home on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. Donations to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202, can be made in lieu of flowers. - Wyalusing Rocket Courier, May 7, 2009
HAVENS - Charles E. Havens, age 76, of Jacksonville, Fla., died April 6, 2009. He was born May 24, 1932 in Waverly, N.Y., the son of Ralph Havens and Florence Bennett Havens. He was a veteran of the U. S. Navy, and retired from General Motors following many years of dedicated service. Charles was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and foster parent. He was predeceased by his mother Florence Havens Wall and step-father Everett Wall; sister Marilyn Havens Harris; brother-in-law C. Kirby Harris; and brother Gerald Wall. He is survived by his wife Diann Havens; his daughters Lee Ann Vondrasek (Gary), and Darlene Havens; his sons Eric Havens (Wendy), Paul Havens (Tessie), and Mark Havens (Candace); also 13 grandchildren, and his sister Shirley Thomas. In addition to his family, he and his wife cared for 76 foster children. Funeral services for Charles were celebrated on April 9, 2009 at Guardian Lutheran Church, 4911 Losco Rd., Jacksonville with Rev. Dennis Glick officiating. Interment followed in the Garden of the Good Shepherd at Jacksonville Memory Gardens. Family members received friends on Wednesday at Jacksonville Memory Gardens Funeral Home, 111 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park. In lieu of flowers, family prefers donations in his memory to either Guardian Lutheran Church or to the Florida Department of Children and Families. - Sayre Morning Times, April 18, 2009
HOLDEN - The Rev. David W. Holden, 94, of Sayre, Pa., was called home to be with his Lord, whom he loved and served, on June 1, 2009. Born March 29, 1915, in Oshkosh, Wis., he was the son of the late Rev. Frank L. and Marie WILLIAMS Holden. A graduate of Union-Endicott High School and Practical Bible Training School (now Davis College), on Oct, 15, 1937, he married Eleanor STURDEVANT, who predeceased him June 11, 2001. They had lived in the Valley or surrounding area all their married lives. He had been a resident of the Sayre House since 2003. Mr. Holden is survived by: a daughter and son-in-law, Sherril and the Rev. Kenneth Pope of South Waverly, Pa.; one granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Valerie and Timothy Depue of Lafayette, Ind.; one grandson, James Pope of New York City; and four great-grandchildren, Andrew, Ashleigh, Carissa, and Kimberly Depue of Lafayette. A daughter, Stella-Marie Holden, predeceased him in 1949. Rev. Holden and his wife founded the ministry of Bible Lighthouse Inc. in 1950, which still continues on radio station WPEL (Montrose) each weekday morning at 6:30 under the direction of his daughter. In addition to Bible Lighthouse, Mr. Holden was a supply pastor and interim pastor to many churches throughout his life, as well as being a printer, which included working at the Evening Times (Morning Times) and then at the Bible Lighthouse Print Shop. The family will receive friends from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m, Thursday, June 4, at the Calvary Baptist Church, 701 W. Pine St., Athens, Pa. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Due to Mr. Holden's interest in worldwide missions, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Missions Fund of Bible Lighthouse Inc, PO Box 99, Sayre, PA 18840. Arrangements are under the direction of Jim Bowen of the Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home in Sayre.
HOLLENBACK - CATHERINE COMEAU
Candor/Travares, FL - Catherine Hollenback Comeau, age 61, of Travares, FL, died Monday morning, January 26, 2009, at Cornerstone Hospice, Travares, FL as a result of kidney cancer. She was born in Waverly, NY on June 30, 1947 to Henry C. Hollenbeck and the late Rachel Meddaugh Hollenbeck. She is survived by her husband, Gerald L. Comeau, Travares, FL; father, Henry C. (Madeline) Hollenbeck, FL; brother, Robert C. (Patricia) Hollenbeck, NJ; nephew, Robert C. (Monica) Hollenbeck Jr., NJ; niece, Wendy (Albert, Jr.) Mollo, NJ; nephews, Christopher Hollenbeck, Eric Hollenbeck of NJ; very special aunt and namesake, Catherine Meddaugh Deming, NY; her three precious kitties and her many cousins far and near whom she loved. Catherine was an avid genealogist of the Hollenback, Jackson and Merrick families and as such, spent many fruitful hours researching her family history. Memorial donations can be made in Catherine's honor to Cornerstone Hospice, 2445 Lane Park Rd., Travares, FL 32778 or Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation, 12902 Magnolia Dr., Tampa, FL 33612. Burial will take place at Maple Grove Cemetery, Candor, NY, in the spring. Published in the Ithaca Journal on 1/30/2009
JONES - BEACH, Arlene E.
Age 86, of Elmira Heights, NY. She was born May 17, 1923 in Newark Valley, NY, daughter of the late Leslie and Mary (Sullivan) Jones and died Tuesday, May 26, 2009, at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. She was predeceased by her husband, Harold "Rex" Beach on December 13, 1993; sister, Marion Cobb; and brothers, Vincent and Francis Jones. She is survived by her children, Nancy Rios of Elmira, Vincent (Sherri O'Connor) Beach of Binghamton, NY, Karen (Martin) Breinlinger of Elmira Heights, Edwin (Melanie) Beach of Horseheads, and Linda Yusko of Elmira Heights; grandchildren, Kimberly (Steve) Moore, Kerry (Allan Doig) Peterson, Jeremy Rios, Dakota and Emily Breinlinger, Michael and Keith Beach, Kevin and Kellie Yusko; great-grandchildren, Heather, Shane, Dustin and Jared Moore; brothers, Leslie Jones of Cape Canaveral, FL, and Robert (Holly) Jones of Coopers Plains, NY; sister, Joan Grover of New Milford, PA; along with several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Beach was an active member of St. John's Episcopal Church. She served in the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII; was a member of the American Legion, Post 154 Elmira Heights; volunteered for over 20 years at the Steele Memorial Library; was an avid gardener and enjoyed creating ceramics. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Thursday, May 28th, from 4 to 7 p.m. Her Requiem Mass will be held on Friday, May 29th, at 10 a.m. in St. John's Episcopal Church, 205 E. 13th St., Elmira Heights. Rev. Robert Atkins, Celebrant. Committal prayers and interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Newfield, NY. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember Arlene through donations to St. John's Episcopal Church. The family wishes to thank Arlene's wonderful caregivers, Carol Holecek, Bonnie Butler, Strawberry Mansion Society and the staff at Arnot Ogden 4D. Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/27/2009
KACUBA - Sophie A. Banko, 83, of Montrose, PA, died on Thursday, April 30, 2009, at Gracious Living Estates after a long illness. She was born in Dickson City to the late Joseph and Agnes (Lukicewicz) Kacuba. Her husband of 56 years, Charles Banko, predeceased her in 2006. Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Maryann and Abelardo Wee, Madison, MS and many nieces and nephews. Also predeceasing Sophie were three sisters, Mary Hawley, Stella Kowalski and Ann Agnew; four brothers, Leonard, Joseph, Walter and John Kacuba. She was a member of St. Bonaventure Church in Auburn, and worked in sewing factories in the Meshoppen and Montrose area, along with being a lifelong dairy farmer with her husband. She was a loving wife and mother. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m., Monday, May 4, at the Holy Name of Mary Church, with Rev. Gerard F. Safko, officiating. Interment was in the St. Bonaventure Cemetery, Auburn. Visitation was from 10 until 10:45 a.m. at the Daniel K. Regan Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations in Sophie’s name can be made to Gracious Living Estates, RR6 Box 6000, Montrose, PA 18801.- Wyalusing Rocket Courier, May 7, 2009
LaRUE - Betty Edith Hunsinger, 84, of Rush Twp., PA, died on Wednesday, May 13, 2009, at Memorial Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit, Towanda, after an extended illness. She was born in Rush Twp. to the late Mark and Blennie (Very) LaRue. Surviving are four children and their spouses, Connie and Carl Kopatz, Jr. of Rushville, Richard and Arlene Hunsinger of West Chester, Judy Krupinski of Rush and Stephen and Ruth Hunsinger of Rush; eight grandchildren, Carla Hurley, Carolyn Kopatz, Craig Kopatz, Richard Hunsinger, Jr., James Hunsinger, Karyn Hunsinger, Hannah Hunsinger and Lydia Hunsinger; six great-grandchildren, Sarah, Rachel and Katie Hurley, Jessica, Abby and Brooke Kopatz; twin sister and brother-in-law, Louise and John White of Auburn; sister-in-law, Belma Herrala of South Montrose; brother-in-law, Albert Hunsinger of Bloomsburg and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Hunsinger; two sisters, Camille Chamberlin and Mary Jane Sible. Betty was a member of the Rush Methodist Church and the Rush Ladies’ Auxiliary. She enjoyed gardening, crocheting and feeding the birds. Mrs. Hunsinger loved her grandchildren and attended all of their activities. A funeral service was held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at the Daniel K. Regan Funeral Home, with Rev. Robert Herrala of the Mountain Top United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment was in the Rush Center Memorial Cemetery. Friends called on the family prior to the service. Memorial contributions in Betty’s name can be made to the Rush Methodist Church Memorial Fund, c/o Sally McGlynn, RR5, Box 215, Montrose, PA 18801.- Wyalusing Rocket Courier, May 21, 2009
LATTIMER - Kain David Lattimer, 18, of 8835 Haskell Hill Road, Wattsburg, PA, formerly of Wysox, died as the result of an automobile accident on December 24, 1986. Born March 16, 1968, in Ithaca, NY, he was the son of Ralph B. and Carrie E. BURGESS Lattimer. He was employed at the Greenfield Basket company of Little Hope, PA. He was married to the former Beth A. KIMMEY Lattimer of Union City, PA Survivors include his wife Elizabeth Kimmy Lattimer and an infant daughter Trista Marie Lattimer of Wattsburg, PA, his mother Carrie Burgess of Wysox, his father Ralph "Bruce" Lattimer of Mercur; two brothers; Brenden Lattimer of Wysox, and Damen Lattimer; paternal grandparents Ralph and Margaret Lattimer of Mercur; maternal grandparents Paul and Marjorie Burgess of East Towanda; great grandparents William and Flora Burgess, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. A memorial service will be held at the Glenn Funeral Home, Union City, Pa, Tuesday at 1 p.m. A memorial service will be held at the Christ Espicopal Church, Towanda Thursday at 6 p.m. Towanda Daily Review.
LING - Mrs. Amy B. Hane, 87, of Mansfield RD1, died Friday, June 19, 1959. Survived by sons, David Hane of Pittsburgh, Purley Hane of Covington; brothers, Purley Ling of Beach Grove, PA, Bert Ling of Ulster, PA; 8 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren. Funeral was held at Shaw & Robena Funeral Home Monday at 1 p.m. Burial in Wildwood Cemetery, Williamsport. - Mansfield Advertiser, June 1959
LUDLAM - Mrs. Charlotte Heminger, 76, died Saturday, May 12, 1962 at Lysock View, where she had been a guest. She was a former resident of Williamsport and Wellsboro. she is survived by three daughters, Mrs.. George Beatty of Montoursville, Mrs. Delmont Weigel of South Williamsport, and Mrs. Charles Riggs of Middletown; two brothers, Sterry and Harold Ludlam of Wellsboro; one sister, Mrs. P.W. Field of Corning; five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Tuesday in Montoursville, the Rev. Elwood L. Blair of the First Methodist Church officiating. Burial was in Twin Hills cemetery. - Wellsboro Gazette, May 24, 1962
LYON - SPRAGUE, Mary Ann
84, of Corning, died Tuesday, May 19, 2009, at her home. Born on October 13, 1924 in Buffalo, NY, she was the daughter of Charles and Lillian Lyon. She attended the Buffalo Seminary and William-Smith College and was a chemist for Dupont and Corning Glass Works. She married Ted Sprague in 1952. Mary Ann served the community of Corning and the surrounding areas in many ways. She was an avid supporter of the Corning Museum of Glass and the Rockwell Museum of Western Art, serving as a docent in both museums. Most recently she devoted most of her attention to the Benjamin Patterson Inn and she worked tirelessly to research, catalog and document its many collections. She is a longtime member of Christ Episcopal Church in Corning. Mary Ann was a local pioneer for the historic preservation of Corning. As an active supporter of the Market Street Restoration Agency, Mary Ann was instrumental in the restoration of several buildings on Market Street, along with her husband Ted. Most recently she donated the Henkel Block Building, located at 72 E. Market Street, to the Three Rivers Development Corporation, who then converted it to upper level living. Her research and knowledge about the history of Market Street was fundamental in gaining recognition by the National Register of Historic Places. She was proud of her community and relished in the documentation of its history. In addition, Mary Ann was the author of 'Camera on Corning' - a collection of photographs taken by Frank E. Hewitt documenting the life and times of Corning, New York in the early 1900's. She is preceded in death by her husband, Ted. She is survived by her son, Andy (Nicole) Sprague of Corning; her daughter, Mary Ann (Joe) Erickson of Durango, CO; her daughter, Nell (Ned) Massee of Midlothian, VA; grandchildren, Ned Massee, Jr., Peter Massee, Charlie Erickson, Andy Erickson, Martine Sprague; and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will take place in June. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Benjamin Patterson Inn and Christ Episcopal Church. Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/21/2009
McCREARY - Mrs. M. Lucile Thomas, 73, of RR2, Box 2708, Laceyville, PA, formerly of Meshoppen, died on Saturday morning, May 2, 2009 at Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock. For the last four months, Mrs. Thomas had been a resident of the Golden Living Center in Tunkhannock. Born in Hallstead on Feb. 1, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Theresa Reber McCreary, and the adopted daughter of the late Walter and Madeline Cassidy. She was the wife of the late George Thomas, Sr., who died on May 16, 1988. A graduate of the Tunkhannock High School, Class of 1957, she later attended nursing school in Wilkes-Barre. For over 20 years, she was employed at Tyler Memorial Hospital as a Licensed Practical Nurse, retiring in 1984. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Tunkhannock. Surviving are her daughter and husband, Marie and Tim Gowin of Laceyville; a step-daughter and her husband, Judy and Michael Bauman, Sr. of Meshoppen; a stepson and his wife, George, Jr. and Mary Thomas of Laceyville and a brother, Peter Martin of Bunker Hill. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Besides her husband and her parents, she was preceded in death by a step-daughter, Sharon Brostoski and a sister, Janet Harris. Funeral services were held on Tuesday evening, May 5 at 8 p.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Meshoppen, with Mr. David Lance of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Tunkhannock. Interment will be at a later date in the Overfield Cemetery in Meshoppen. Family and friends called at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 6 p.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Kidney Foundation or to the American Diabetes Foundation. - Wyalusing Rocket Courier, May 7, 2009
McDONOUGH - Wanda F. Purr, 66, of West Warren, Pa., and formerly of Philadelphia and Audubon, Pa., died on Friday evening, May 22, 2009, at the Allied Services Skilled Nursing Center in Scranton, Pa., following a period of declining health. Wanda was born on March 9, 1943, in Chattanooga, Tenn., a daughter of the late Ervin E. and Alline (SCOGGINS MCDONOUGH. On Jan. 18, 1958, she married Joseph J. Purr Jr., and together they shared many years of happiness and raised five children. Wanda was a devoted grandmother who treasured the time spent with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed reading, shopping, watching soap operas, traveling to visit her family and bird watching and was an excellent cook who liked to try new recipes. Wanda was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Little Meadows. Wanda is survived by her husband of 51 years, Joseph J. Purr Jr.; her children, Margaret (Francis) Zerone of Bridgeport, Pa., Joseph J. III (Diane) Purr of Blue Bell, Pa., Helen E. (Steve) Letting of Sanatoga, Pa., Mark L. (Jane) Purr of Norristown, Pa., and Monica L. (Joseph) Downs of East Norriton, Pa.; a brother, Douglas (Patty) McDonough of Wichita, Kan.; a sister, Ervileen Pickett of Chattanooga; a sister-in-law, Glenda McDonough; a brother-in-law, Dwayne Keylon; 16 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. Wanda was predeceased by her parents; a brother, Gerald W. McDonough; and a sister, Deborah Keylon. Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at noon on Wednesday, May 27, St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Little Meadows, with her pastor, Father Cas Stanis, officiating. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery. A period of visitation and time of sharing memories will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols, N.Y. Friends who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to a charity of one's choice in loving memory of Wanda F. Purr. 26 May 09, Towanda Daily Review.
McGAVIN - John A. McGavin, 83, of RR3, Box 183, Meshoppen, PA, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, May 1, 2009 at his home in Auburn Center. He was born in Auburn Center on June 21, 1925, the son of the late John H. and Louise Richter McGavin. Growing up in the Auburn Center area of Meshoppen, he attended the Auburn Center High School. All of his life he was a dairy farmer, and his whole life evolved around his family and farm. Throughout the years, he was a member of the Dairyman’s League. A lifelong member of St. Bonaventure’s Roman Catholic Church in Auburn, he was a member of the Holy Name Society. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting and watching baseball on television. Surviving are his wife, the former Regina Charno, with whom he would have celebrated their 50th anniversary on July 19, 2009; two daughters, Sharon McGavin of Endicott, NY and Lorraine McGavin Storch and David Rumbarger of Corning, NY; a brother and his wife, Edward and Louise McGavin of Lakeland, FL; a sister and her husband, Catherine and Donald Williamson of Chalfont, as well as many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert McGavin and seven sisters, Elizabeth Hand, Margaret VanSteenburg, Josephine Morche, Louise Hoffer, Marie Shelton, Anne Shaw and Theresa Tirinnanzi. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 5, at 10 a.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Meshoppen, with a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Bonaventure’s Roman Catholic Church at 11 a.m. with Fr. Joseph Manarchuck, pastor of the church, officiating. Interment was in St. Bonaventure’s Cemetery. Family and friends called at the funeral home on Tuesday morning from 9 to 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Bonaventure’s Roman Catholic Church.- Wyalusing Rocket Courier, May 7, 2009
McGONIGAL James E.
Age 90, lifetime member of the Pine City community, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family, Friday, May 29th, 2009. Jim was the son of the late LeRoy and Annetta Holt McGonigal. He was born in Karthaus, PA, May 13th, 1919. He is survived by his lifetime friend and loving wife of 70 years, Ann E. (Kolivoski) McGonigal; daughters, Evelyn (Richard) Strong, Ruth (Jack) Claridge; son, James L. (Ann) McGonigal; daughter, Alma McCoy; son, Robert L. McGonigal, all of Pine City, NY; and son, Les (Pat) McGonigal of Captains Cove, VA; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition, Jim is also missed by his sisters, Jean Troutman, Aredas Lanager; and brother, George McGonigal. He is predeceased by his grandson, Scott Judson; granddaughter, Lori McGonigal; son-in-law, Rod McCoy; daughter-in-law, Carla McGonigal. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmira, NY, Sunday, May 31st, 2009, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Funeral and committal services will be held there at the conclusion of the gathering hours at 7:00 p.m. The Reverend Robert Stokes will officiate. Graveside services will be held on Monday, June 1st, 2009, 11:00 a.m. at the Oak Hill Cemetery, in Karthaus, PA. To honor Jim's dedication and personal sacrifice to his country, full Military Honors will be accorded. Jim was best known for being a dedicated family man, loving husband, and friend. He always took the time to have a personal interest into each of his family members' lives. He carried a strong work ethic no matter what he was doing. He was an honest and loyal man to all that knew him. Jim proudly served his country in the National Guard and in the ARMY during World War II. He retired from American Bridge Company after many years of dedicated work as a fitter and welder. He was a member of the Fire Police division of the Pine City Fire Volunteer Department, where he served his community. In his past, Jim was an accomplished pitcher and player of local baseball, loving every aspect of the game itself with no real team favorite. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing. He always had a beautiful garden. But most of all Jim was always willing to help a family member or friend. His family and friends will miss him. Those wishing may make memorial donations in James H. McGonigal's name to Southern Tier Hospice and Palliative Care, 11751 East Corning Rd., Corning, NY 14830 or the Oak Hill Cemetery, c/o Clair McGonigal-Potter, 114 Haggerty Road, St. Mary's PA, 15857. Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/30/2009
McLOUGHLIN - Gladys M. (McLoughlin) Sorensen, 89 of 573 Clark Street, Waverly, N.Y. died peacefully at her home surrounded by her family on Tuesday, April 14, 2009. She was born July 18, 1919 in MacDougall, N.Y. the daughter of the late Karl (Sadie) McMullen McLoughlin. She was predeceased by her husband Albert C. Sorensen, September 14, 1991. She is survived by her sons Paul C.(Marylou) Sorensen, Lester G. Sorensen and son Lesley A. (Donna) Sorensen; one daughter, Kathleen J. Vough; several grandchildren; great grandchildren and one great, great grandson; her sister, Edith Corbin and many nieces and nephews; foster son, Glenn P. (Sharon) Carney. Gladys was predeceased by her sisters Evelyn McDonald and Lillian Doty, and her foster son Charles F. Hess. A private time for gathering with family will be held at the Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, N.Y.. The celebration of Pete's life will be honored by Rev. William Wells. Burial Glenwood Cemetery, Waverly, N.Y.. In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy may be made to one’s favorite charity. Gladys was know to many as “Pete”. Pete was employed at Waverly News and Philadelphia Sales until her retirement. - Sayre Morning Times, April 17, 2009
McSPARRON William "Bill" - William "Bill" McSparron, 71, of South Waverly, Pa., died May 31, 2009, at the Cayuga Medical Center at Ithaca after a brief illness, surrounded by his family. He was born Dec. 7, 1937, in Sayre, Pa., to the late Richard A. and Sarah RILEY McSparron. He was a graduate of Sayre Area High School in 1955 and honorably served in the United States Navy as an Aviation Machinists Mate, keeping the P-2 Neptune aircraft flying. He returned to "the Valley" and was employed by Ingersoll Rand as a tool maker and loading dock worker. Bill was inducted into the local International Association of Machinists (IAM) Lodge 1064 of Athens, Pa., in 1959. He was elected to be a business representative for IAM District Lodge 58, located in Elmira, N.Y., in 1969. He subsequently went on to be the directing business representative of District 58 in 1972 until his retirement in July of 2001. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting with his granddaughter in the surrounding wooded areas of Wilawana, Pa., and Lockwood, N.Y., and boating and fishing at nearby Cayuga Lake in Ithaca, N.Y. He is predeceased by: his infant daughter Kathryn Mary; sister Sally Glosenger; and brother-in-law John Gergel. Bill is survived by: his wife of 44 years, Faith, at home; son Richard McSparron of Virginia Beach, Va.; daughters Vicki McSparron of Sayre, Pa., and Charlene McSparron of South Waverly, Pa.; granddaughter Kelsea McSparron; grandson Ian McSparron; sisters and brothers-in-law Eleanor (Durwood) Creed of Rome, N.Y., Phyllis Gergel of Troy, Pa., Richard Glosenger of Elmira, N.Y., and Ellen (Richard) Button of Sayre, Pa.; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Friends and family may call from 3-6 p.m. Thursday, June 4, 2009, at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home Inc., 225 S. Main St., Athens, Pa. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 5, 2009, at the funeral home with the Rev. James Donahoo from the Sayre Christian Church officiating. Burial will be in St. James Cemetery at a later date. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to the: William McSparron Memorial Fund, Guthrie Federal Credit Union, 104 North Elmer Ave., Sayre, PA 18840 (the purpose of the fund is to educate and provide to the general public Automated External Defibrillators in more accessible locations).
McSPARRON William "Bill"
71, of South Waverly, PA, died May 31, 2009, at the Cayuga Medical Center at Ithaca. He was elected to be a Business Representative for IAM District Lodge 58, Elmira, NY, in 1969. He went on to be the Directing Business Representative of District 58 in 1972 until retiring in 2001. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing at nearby Cayuga Lake in Ithaca, NY. Friends and family may call Thursday, June 4, 2009 from 3PM-6PM at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home, Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, PA. Funeral Services will be held Friday, June 5, 2009 at 11 AM at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to the: William McSparron Memorial Fund, Guthrie Federal Credit Union, 104 N. Elmer Ave., Sayre, PA 18840 (To educate and provide Automated External Defibrillators in more accessible locations.) Published in the Star-Gazette on 6/3/2009
MENDENHALL - Marion Zigman, 92, of Wyalusing, PA, recently residing at Towanda Skilled Nursing, died on Thursday, May 14, 2009, at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Born March 7, 1917 in Bryn Mawr, PA, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Amanda Kunkle Mendenhall. She married Franklin E. Zigman of Philadelphia on Feb. 15, 1934; he predeceased her on Nov. 21, 1992. Upon her husband’s retirement, they moved to the Wyalusing area in 1972. She enjoyed spending time with her family. She also loved to sew, read and do crossword puzzles. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Wyalusing. Surviving are a daughter, Irene Melly of Wyalusing; daughter-in-law, Margaret Zigman of Lansdowne; grandchildren, Shawn and Jessica Melly of Binghamton, NY, Franklin J. Zigman of Philadelphia and Margaret Ann Zigman of Houston, TX; great-granddaughter, Jillian Christine Melly of Binghamton, NY; special friends, Rose and Cocky Repsher of Wyalusing. She was predeceased by her son, Frank W. Zigman, and her sister, Dorothy O’Connor. Friends called at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, on Monday, May 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, May 19 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Assumption Catholic Church, Wyalusing, with the Rev. Joseph Manarchuck, her pastor, presiding. The family suggests donations be sent to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund, 913 Old Liverpool Road, #7, Liverpool, NY 13088, the Wyalusing Public Library, PO Box 98, Wyalusing, PA, 18853 or the Five Rivers Council, 244 West Water St., Elmira, NY 14901. - Wyalusing Rocket Courier, May 21, 2009
NAGLE Willard Fowler, M.D., "Bill"
79, born in Elmira, November 19, 1929, died on May 19, 2009 at his home in Devon, PA. With apologies to his favorite author, Mark Twain, the reports of Bill's death, sadly, are not greatly exaggerated. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 23 years, Mary Tyler Donald Nagle; and his children, Stephen Nagle (Susan) of Elmira, NY, Kim Nagle Quinn (Ron), of Corning, NY, Matthew Nagle (Sheryl) of Watkins Glen, NY, Lisa Nagle (Bruce Cranston) of Saratoga Springs, NY; his stepsons, Tyler Donald (Bharathi) and Martyn Donald; and his 11 grandchildren and great-grandson. He was the son of Clyde and Viola Nagle (Gehrig), and also predeceased by his brother, Clyde; and sister, Betty (Olivey). Bill Nagle was a compassionate, loving man, a mentor and a role model to many. He had a passion for his family, fly-fishing, golf, singing, reading, travel and good friends. He loved humanity and supported causes such as Save Darfur and the Lance Armstrong Foundation. He was a skier and a pilot, a painter, and a poet. He enjoyed his red wine and his ice cream. He developed his love of flying serving his country as a 1st. LT US Army in Korea and earned military honors including National Defense and Korean Service Medals, the UN Service Ribbon, and the Presidential Citation Certificate. He earned his Medical Degree courtesy of the GI Bill. Dr. Nagle was highly respected for his diagnostic skills and admired for his compassion and bedside manner by his peers and patients. He served Arnot Ogden Memorial and St. Joseph's Hospitals in Elmira, and Paoli Memorial and Chester County Hospitals in Pennsylvania, during his nearly 50-year medical career. A graduate of Syracuse University and the University of Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Studies, he was a Fellow of the American Academy of Physicians and a member of the American Medical Association. In his earlier years in Elmira, "Doc Nagle" earned the Community Builder Award in recognition of his community involvement. He served as past president of the Elmira chapter of Rotary International, founded a BSA Medical Explorer Unit at Arnot Ogden, initiated Dialysis Units at St. Joseph's and Arnot Ogden hospitals and he was a founder and director of Elmira's Drug Abuse Council. As a sportsman he was lifetime member of Fur Fin and Feather and a founding member of the Catherine Creek chapter of Trout Unlimited. He performed with Elmira Little Theatre, the Elmira Symphony and Chorale Society and, for 21 years, the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America, Bryn Mawr Mainliners. A love of the Finger Lakes and Watkins Glen Racing led him to be the Watkins Glen Track Physician and Medical Coordinator for several years, starting about 1968. His experience and youthful enthusiasm made him the logical choice to coordinate medical care for Summer Jam in 1973 where he earned the nickname "The Rock Doc." A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 29th, at 12 Noon at St. David's Episcopal Church, 763 South Valley Forge Road, Wayne, Pennsylvania. A second service will be held in Elmira the following Friday, June 5th, at 12 Noon at Trinity Episcopal Church, corner of Main and Church St, Elmira, with a reception to follow. Please join us, as you are able to celebrate his life in the fellowship of family and friends. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Wissahickon Hospice, Needy Patient Fund, 150 Monument Road. St. 300, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004. Published in the Star-Gazette from 5/21/2009 - 5/24/2009
NESBIT - Shaffer
Florence E. Shaffer, 77, of Towanda RD 5 (Black) died Thursday afternoon Nov. 20, 1986, following a lingering illness. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Marrott-Bowen Funeral Home, Towanda. In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorials be directed to the Northeast Bradford Student Loan Association, in care of Alice Sampson. P.O. Box 62, Rome, PA 18837 or to the Wyalusing Valley Student Loan Assocition, in care of Seth Johnson, Wyalusing R D 2 18853 in Mrs. Shaffer's memory. Towanda Daily Review, Nov. 21, 1986. I believe she was the daughter of Lewis and Corabelle Swackhammer Nesbit
NEWHART - Dennis Boyd Newhart of Laceyville, PA, died Saturday, May 16, 2009 at Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock. He was born in Sayre on Aug. 2, 1933, son of the late Elisha John and Emma Benninger Newhart. A graduate of Laceyville High School, Class of 1952, he attended Wyoming Seminary for one year. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by Bendix Corporation in South Montrose. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Jean Vusick Newhart; a son, Troy Dennis Newhart; brothers, Russell, Maurice, Edward and Floyd Newhart; sisters, Lucy VanBoven, Mildred Roote and Maxine Arasz. Surviving are his sons, Dale of Tunkhannock, Rory of West Auburn; daughter, LuAnn Greenley of Harveys Lake; brothers, Carl Newhart of Tunkhannock, Frank Newhart of Camptown and Paul Newhart of Middletown; sister, Vida Kone of Waverly, NY; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 19 at 6 p.m. from the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, Inc., 73 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, with Pastor Pat Newhart, Mr. Newhart’s niece, officiating. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. Friends called at the funeral home on Tuesday from 3 p.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. - Wyalusing Rocket Courier, May 21, 2009
NILES - Hugh S. Niles, 87, retired Army National Guard Brigadier General and a long-time resident of Sellersville, formerly of Wellsboro, died on Thursday, May 14, 2009, at Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia. He was the husband of Mary Patricia Doyle Niles. Born in Elkland, he was the son of the late Homer Frederick Niles and Mary Electa Spencer Niles. He was a 1939 graduate of Wellsboro High School. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his seven children, Susan Valimont of Sellersville, Sandra G. Hoopes and her husband, David of West Chester, Spencer G. and his wife, Kathy of State College; Scott D and his wife, Kathy of Sellersville; Shawn D. and his wife, Cindy of Souderton; Sherri L. Kratzer and her husband, George of Sellersville; Shelley S. Platt and her husband, Jeff of Quakertown; 17 grandchildren; and a sister, Jane Barndt of Wellsboro. His funeral service was held Wednesday, May 20, at 11 a.m. in St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 104 Green St., Sellersville. Interment was in Sellersville Cemetery. Arrangements were handled by the Betty Meier Steeley Funeral Home, Sellersville. - Mansfield Gazette, May 20, 2009
NORTON - Dotty Ross, 55, of Montrose, PA, died Wednesday, March 25, 2009. She was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Dorothy [Fletcher] Norton. Her stepmother, Donna (McLaud) Norton, also predeceased her. Survivors include her husband, Daniel E. Ross, Sr. of Montrose; son and daughter-in-law, Daniel E., Jr. and Christina Ross of Kingsley; daughter and fiancé, Donna L. Ross and Peter Yeager, Jr. of Montrose; grandson, Zachary J. Ross; sisters and brothers-in-law, Elaine Heeman of Bath, SC, Lois and Michael Bodie of Montrose, Patricia Hartshaw of Graniteville, SC, Laureen Sipe and fiancé, David Dalrymple of Montrose; brothers and sisters-in-law, Laurence and Ellie Norton of Montrose and Paul and Agnes Norton of Clearwater, SC. In addition to her parents and stepmother, a brother, Donald Norton, also predeceased her. Services were held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 28 at Bartron-Myer Funeral Home, Inc., Montrose. Friends and family called from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home. - Wyalusing Rocket Courier - April 2, 2009
PARENTE - MaryJo Parente Schweiger, 72, born Nov. 13, 1936 died on April 3, 2009 after a long illness. A lifelong resident of the Valley, MaryJo was loved by all who knew her. MaryJo was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church in South Waverly. She was a superb cookie baker and she loved to laugh. She enjoyed reading and puttering with her plants. Mostly she enjoyed being with family and friends. MaryJo was absolutely devoted to her husband, sons and their families. A stay at home mom, she always was interested in her sons' lives and supported, respected and loved her husband unconditionally. It was the simple things around her in life that she never took for granted, commenting often how fortunate and thankful she was. She loved being a farm wife and never wanted to be far from her hill. MaryJo was a courageous lady with a wonderful sense of humor, a strong sense of family and will always be remembered for the joy and love she brought to those around her. She Is survived by her devoted and loving husband of 42 years Frederick Schweiger; her sons Mike Hoagland and his wife Jeanie (Clinton), Patrick Hoagland and his wife Annmarie (Altieri), Fred Schweiger Jr. and his wife Kelly (Behrman), Jamie Schweiger and his wife Anne (Reitz), and Greg Schweiger and his wife Karen(Reitz); her beloved grandchildren, Ryan and Jenna Hoagland, Sarah, Matthew, Jacob, Noah, Rachael, Kirsten, Emily, Allie, Ben and Collin Schweiger; her brother Mike Parente and his wife Irene of Severne, Md.; her in-laws, Mike and Donna Schweiger, Josie and Richard Canzler, and Richard Schweiger; her special nephews, who were like sons to her, Mark Canzler, his wife Amy and their son Joshua, and Andy Canzler, his wife Nina and their daughter Abby. She is predeceased by her daughter ToniJo Hoagland, her brother Andrew, and her parents Anthony and Helen (Finnerty) Parente. Funeral services will be held Monday at 9 a.m. at the Luckner Funeral Home, 449 Park Ave., Waverly, N.Y. and at 9:30 a.m. at St. John’s the Evangelist Catholic Church with Rev. Vincent Langan celebrant. Friends are invited to call Sunday at the funeral home from 2 to 5 p.m. Burial at St. James Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Southern Tier Chapter, 401 Hayes Ave., Endicott, N.Y. 13760-549 or the American Parkinson Disease Association, 116 John St. New York, N.Y. 10038. - Sayre Morning Times, April 5, 2009
JOHN PAULHAMUS Williamsport Gazette and Bulletin - April 24,
JOHN PAULHAMUS died at his home in Hepburnville at 1 o’clock yesterday afternoon. Mr. Paulhamus was born July 1, 1835 in Hepburn Twp. He remained home until 18 years of age and then went into the lumbering business on Larrys Creek afterwards following the same line of Pine Creek and in Clearfield, Cameron, and Elk Counties. In 1867 he purchased the farm on which he resided for many years. On May 20, 1860 he married Clarinda Randall. He is survived by one son, Harry R. residing in the South. Submitted By: George and Peg Boyce
PERKINS - SODERBERG, Tamara K.
Tamara K. Soderberg died on Wednesday, May 27, 2009. Tam is survived by her husband, Richard W. Soderberg; her children, Amber LaBandt (Todd), Jonathan Soderberg, Laura Lee Soderberg; four grandchildren, William, Sophia, J.J. and Rae; as well as her mother, Nelle Rounsaville of Wellsboro, PA; her father, Royce Perkins of Bend, Oregon; and her sister, Lori Long, (Jim) of Texas; loving nieces and cousins. An advocate for all of humanity, driven to taste the fullness of life by the meaning she found in the divinity in which she believed. In the grief of her passing she would remind us all as Khalil Gibran so eloquently wrote, "For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun? And what is it to cease breathing but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?" Remembered cradled close to the divine, often rowing her boat, Namasté, on the still waters where she found her greatest peace. A life filled with affirmations and endless giving. She traveled and loved the rich diversity of so many cultures mothering each life she found along the way. Her work as Director of International Education at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania or, more appropriately, the "international momma" was one of her greatest loves. A devoted mother and lover of life. A woman of more beauty and colors than words can begin to describe. Her passion for all those she loved shined like the sun at its zenith. Often found dancing in her garden; frying chicken for the next shindig; playing drums; discussing life's philosophies; doing cartwheels; ceaselessly playing with her puppy, Kali; wrestling with her grandbabies and laughing her brilliant feisty laugh. Her enthusiasm and compassion for all those she met on her path flew sparks like the reflections of the sunlight on each and every plant she tended in her garden. A memorial service in celebration of Tam's life will be held on Monday, June 1, 2009, at 1 p.m. in the garden at Lambs Creek Restaurant overlooking the university and the area's natural beauty she loved so dearly. The Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family. "We can do no great things - only small things with great love." Mother Teresa (1910 - 1997)
PETTINGALL - Murray G. Pettingall, 69, of 228 South Main Street, Elmira, NY at the Wolf Funeral Home, Elmira Dec. 30, 1957. Mr. Pettingall died Dec. 27, 1957. He was born in Leona where he resided all but the last 25 years. He is survived by brothers, John D Pettingall of Elmira and George Pettingall of Painted Post, sisters, Mrs Belle DARROW of Troy, Mrs. Carrie PETERS and Mrs Daisy SEYMOUR, both of Elmira, NY. RHW. Troy Gazette Register, 16 Jan., 1958.
PIERCE - Carl F. Pierce Jr., 50, If love could have saved you….you would have lived forever. Our loving husband, son, dad, brother and grandpa Carl F. Pierce, Jr., 50, of Halsey Valley died due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Saturday evening, April 11, 2009. Affectionately known by his family and many friends as “Ick”, he is survived by his wife Ami (Clark) Pierce; his father Carl F. Pierce, Sr.; daughters Carla Pierce, Shawna and Arica; stepchildren Tiffini and Justin; brothers Calvin Pierce, Clifford (Nancy) Pierce, Curt (Kim) Pierce; his grandchildren Lexis, Marah, Zaelea, Leilani, Matthew and Stewart; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends also survive. Ick was predeceased by his mother Marion E. (Carlyle) Pierce on July 21, 2004, uncles, Leon Pierce, Henry Carlyle, Boyd Carlyle, and Bill Pierce; Aunt June Marie Pierce; maternal grandparents: Helen and Emerson Northrop, paternal grandparents, Kenneth and Nellie Pierce. Ick was born on June 24, 1958 in Waverly, N.Y. a son of Carl F. Pierce, Sr. and the late Marion E. Pierce. He was a graduate of Spencer-Van Etten High School class of 1975. Ick was an avid race enthusiast, enjoyed hunting, fishing, had a great passion for bowling and snowmobiling. Although his greatest pleasure was found being surrounded by his family and friends. He was a former employee of Kost Tires in Owego; Owego Contracting and was currently employed as a mechanic at Middendorf Tractor in Nichols. Silently we grieve and brush away the tears. The memories that you left behind will last throughout the years. A time of remembering the special gift Ick was to all of us will be held on Saturday, April 18th at 11 a.m. at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 South Main St., Nichols with Pastor Richard Vanderpoel of the Halsey Valley United Methodist Church. A period of visitation and time of sharing memories will be held at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel on Friday evening from 6 to 9 pm. To keep Ick’s racing dream alive and help restore his race car and assist in bills left behind, the family asks that memorial donations be sent to Ami Pierce, 1599 Halsey Valley Rd., Spencer, NY 14883 in loving memory of Carl F. “Ick” Pierce, Jr. Forever remembered….forever missed. - Sayre Morning Times, April 15, 2009
PLOUSE - LeRoy Plouse Jr., 73, of Sayre, Pa., died on Saturday, May 30, 2009 at home following an extended illness with his loving family by his side. He was born on April 10, 1936 in Hastings, Pa., the son of the late LeRoy and Margaret LYDIC Plouse Sr. LeRoy lived and worked on the family farm growing up before joining the Air Force. Upon returning from the service he worked at Ingersoll Rand in Athens for 38 years and also returned to farming. After his retirement he enjoyed playing on his tractors on the farm, fishing, hunting, mowing the lawn, and four-wheeling. He was predeceased by his sister Edie Frisbie and brother Robert Plouse. LeRoy is survived by: his son, LeRoy (Connie) Plouse III of Sayre, Pa.; grandchildren Ashley and Cody Plouse of Sayre, Pa.; brothers Ernie (June) Plouse of Sayre, Pa., Donald (Linda) Plouse of Sayre, Pa., Vine (Sally) Plouse of Waverly, N.Y., and William (Brenda) Plouse of Sayre, Pa.; sisters Mirian Clark of Corning, N.Y., Grace Lee of Sayre, Pa., and Genevieve (Gary) Schrader of East Smithfield, Pa.; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. At LeRoy’s request there will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 5, 2009 at 5 p.m. at the Plouse Farm, 683 Plouse Lane, Sayre, Pa. Military honors will be accorded. Arrangements are under the care of the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home Inc., 225 S. Main St., Athens, PA 18810. Memorial donations may be made in LeRoy’s name to any local veterans’ organization. Sayre Morning Times, 01 June, 2009.
GEORGE LEE RANDALL
Williamsport Gazette and Bulletin - June 30, 1945
GEORGE LEE RANDALL, 73, a former resident of Williamsport, died suddenly Friday morning, June 29, 1945 at 7:30 o’clock of a heart attack at his home near Larrys Creek where he had resided several years. He was born in Williamsport October 7, 1871. Survivors are a son, Oran of Avis, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. The funeral will be held at 125 North main St., Jersey Shore at 2 o’clock Monday afternoon. The Rev. W.R. Fitzgerald, pastor of the St. john’s Lutheran Church there officiating. Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery, Williamsport. Friends may call at the funeral home, 125 North main St., Jersey Shore, Sunday evening from 7-9 o’clock. Submitted by: George and Peg Boyce
Williamsport Gazette and Bulletin - April 28, 1915
LARUE RANDALL, the three year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Oran H. Randall of Larry’s Creek, was badly burned on the left arm last evening shortly after being placed in bed. A lighted lamp had been left on a stand in the room and after his mother had left him, the child crawled out of bed and secured a bottle of alcohol which had een left on the stand and poured the contents over the lamp. The flames flared up igniting the child’s nightgown and setting fire to the bed clothes. His cries were heard by his parents downstairs and when they rushed upstairs a part of the bed was aflame. The fire was quickly extinguished but not before the child’s arm was badly scorched. Submitted by: George and Peg Boyce
MYRTLE RANDALL BAILEY
Williamsport Gazette and Bulletin - November 1, 1954
Mrs. Myrtle E. Randall Bailey, wife of Edward Bailey of Trailerest Park, Middletown, PA, died at 1:25 pm Sunday, October 31, 1954 at her home. She had been in ill health for some time. She was a resident of Williamsport until last Sept. 1. Born January 25, 1988, Mrs. Bailey was the daughter of William and Elizabeth Bardo Randall. She was a member of the Newberry Methodist Church. Surviving in addition to her husband, are two daughters, Mrs. Jerald Keim of Middletown and Mrs. Clyde Wurster of this city, and one grandchild. Services will be at the funeral home, 821 Diamond St. at 10:30 am Wednesday, with the Rev. Wallace J. Cummings, her pastor officiating. Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7-9 pm Tuesday. Submitted by: George and Peg Boyce
SCOTT - Romayne E. Anderson of Tunkhannock, PA died on Wednesday, April 30, 2009 at her home after an illness. She was married to John Whitman Anderson, Sr. for 58 years. Born in Taylor, she was the daughter of the late Marshall and Matilda Scott. She was a crossing guard on West Tioga Street for the Tunkhannock Area Schools for nearly 20 years and was known for her smile and presence while protecting the children at her crossing. Mrs. Anderson was a member of the Osterhout Bible Church. She loved her church, family and enjoyed her garden and bird watching. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Susan Mae Minzak and a brother, Willard Scott. Survivors include her five sons and daughters-in-law, John W., Jr. and Judy, Randy Craig and Dawn, George Lyle and Susan and Bruce Warren and Jodi, all of Tunkhannock, and David Allen and Lois of Opelika, AL; two daughters, Patricia Louise of Tunkhannock and Emma Jane of Rose Hill, KS; two brothers, Marshall Scott of Cortland, NY, Merritt Scott of Opelika, AL; two sisters, Anna Scott of Cortland, NY and Carol Williams of Fort White, FL; 16 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 2 at 11 a.m. at the Harding-Litwin Funeral Home, 123 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, with Rev. Gary Myers. Friends called on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Interment was in Sunnyside Cemetery, Tunkhannock. Memorial contributions may be made to the Tunkhannock Ambulance Assoc., PO Box 322, Tunkhannock, PA 18657. - Wyalusing Rocket Courier, May 7, 2009
SECULES - William Todd Secules, 44, of 300 Bridge St., Towanda, Pa., died Monday afternoon, June 1, 2009, as the result of a motor vehicle accident on U.S. Route 6 in Wyalusing Township, Pa. "Todd," as he was known by his family and friends, was born in Elmira, N.Y., on July 7, 1964, the son of William I. "Bud" Secules and the late Ann Shirley CANFIELD Secules. Todd was a graduate of Towanda Area High School Class of 1982 and later attended Keystone College. He was formerly employed by the Taylor Packing Company in Wyalusing, Pa., and at the time of his death was employed by Global Tungsten Powders in Towanda. Todd enjoyed sports and enthusiastically supported his children in their lives and sports events. Todd served as an umpire and coach for the Towanda Little League and was involved in Towanda Pee Wee Football and Towanda Youth Wrestling with his children. Todd also loved the outdoors and going hunting with his grandfather, Olin Canfield Jr. He will be remembered by many as a wonderful father and husband. He is survived by: his wife Kathleen Ann "Kathy" PRICE Secules; his children, Michael, Jeremy, Sarah, Nicholas and Nathan Secules, all at home; his father and step-mother William I. 'Bud" Secules and Mary Secules of Towanda RR 2; brothers Timothy A. Secules of New Woodstock, N.Y., and Ty J. Secules and his wife Nicole of Towanda RR 5; step-brothers Michael GREEN of Flagstaff, Ariz., and Bradley Green and his wife Amanda of Honolulu, Hawaii; paternal grandmother Madeline Secules of Troy RR 3; nephews Brent Kozak of Elmira, N.Y., and Tyler Secules of Towanda RR 5; and a niece, Kaitlyn Secules of Towanda RR 5. He was preceded in death by: his mother Ann Shirley Secules on July 5, 1983; paternal grandfather Leonard Secules on Dec. 12, 2002; maternal grandfather Olin Canfield Jr. on Nov. 27, 2006; and maternal grandmother Betty BISHOP on March 30, 2009. The family will receive friends from 6-9 p.m. Friday at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 6, 2009, at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Third St., Towanda, Pa. Todd will be laid to rest near his grandfather, Olin Canfield Jr., in the North Flat Cemetery, Windham Twp., Wyoming County, Pa., following the funeral mass. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to the Towanda Little League, P.O. Box 225, Towanda, PA 18848 in William Todd Secules memory. 03 June 2009, Towanda Daily Review
SECULES - Identity released of driver killed in Wyalusing crash BY JAMES LOEWENSTEIN STAFF WRITER - Published: Wednesday, June 3, 2009 Towanda Daily Review. Investigators are trying to determine why motorist William Todd Secules of Towanda swerved into the oncoming lane on U.S. Route 6 in Wyalusing Township on Monday and collided with an oncoming tractor trailer, which killed him, the Bradford County coroner said. Bradford County Coroner Thomas Carman on Tuesday afternoon released the name of the man who was killed in the accident, saying it was Secules, age 44. The accident occurred at approximately 4:05 p.m. on a two-lane section of Route 6, police said. At the time, Secules was driving east on Route 6, and the tractor trailer was traveling west on Route 6, state police said. “For an unknown reason, he (Secules) swerved into the lane” that the oncoming truck was traveling on, Carman said. Secules’ 2001 Volkswagen sedan traveled into the path of the oncoming tractor trailer, and the two vehicles collided at about the center of the westbound lane, police said. Carman said he pronounced Secules dead at the scene at 4:56 p.m. on Monday. The cause of Secules’ death was “multiple blunt force trauma,” according to a press release issued by the Bradford County Coroner’s Office. The tractor trailer was traveling downhill at the time of the crash, state police said. The tractor trailer was hauling a roller, which is a piece of heavy equipment used in paving operations and which added to its momentum, according to the state police and the state Department of Transportation. There was severe front-end damage to both vehicles, police said. Lettering on the tractor trailer’s cab indicated the truck was owned or leased by Eastern Industries Inc., State Aggregates Construction of Clifford, Pa. The driver of the tractor trailer, 50-year-old Anthony Kalmanowicz, was uninjured, state police said. Carman said that he and the state police are awaiting the results of toxicology tests that were performed on Secules after his death. Toxicology tests are always performed on drivers who are killed in motor vehicle accidents to determine if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the accident, Carman said. Secules lived at 300 Bridge St., Towanda, according to the Bradford County Coroner’s office. The accident occurred 800 feet east of Moravian Road, police said. Police said that Secules was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.
SHERRER Diane Y.
Diane Y. Sherrer, of 57 Cayuga St., Trumansburg, New York, died on May 23, 2009 after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Born in Ithaca on May 3, 1951, Diane was the daughter of the late Lloyd Malcolm Sherrer and the late Edith Mahoney Sherrer. Diane received both her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and her Master of Science degree in Recreation and Leisure Sports from Cortland State College. While at Cortland State, she played on the women's volleyball and badminton teams. Diane was also a nationally certified track and field coach. Encouraged by Jim Hartshorne and Helen MacDonald to join the Finger Lakes Runners Club, Diane became a member in 1976. For the next 33 years, she dedicated her life to the sport of running. She was an active member of the Finger Lakes Runners Club and served as a Board member for more than 22 years. She ran hundreds of races, worked as a race director for many others, and edited the Finger Lakes Runners Club Newsletter for 19 years. When she wasn't running, directing, writing, or legislating, Diane helped a countless number of runners improve on the sport that gave them happiness. Diane wrote weekly running columns for "The Elmira Star Gazette" and "The Ithaca Journal." She also wrote articles for "Runners Gazette," "Ultra Running Magazine" and "National Masters News." In 1997, Diane received an Outstanding Club Member Award from "Runner's World" magazine. Known everywhere she went as a tireless spokesperson for runners, Diane was the ultimate competitor, who offered others encouragement and motivation. She was a strong advocate for equality in prize distribution between men and women – having grown up in the pre-Title Nine era. She pushed and challenged others to do more than they ever thought they could accomplish and her spirit and legacy will remain in the hearts of all she touched. A memorial mass will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, 2009, at St. James the Apostle Catholic Church, 17 Whig Street in Trumansburg, with Father John Tokaz OFM, Cap. as celebrant. A reception will follow at Ron Dons on the Green at the Trumansburg Golf Club, located at 23 Halsey Street in Trumansburg. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a contribution in Diane's memory are asked to consider the SPCA of Tompkins County at 1640 Hanshaw Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850 or the Ulysses Philomathic Library at 74 E. Main St., Trumansburg, NY 14886. For additional information, please contact the Ness-Sibley Funeral Home, 23 South St., Trumansburg. 1-888-534-5446. Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/28/2009
SMITH - Ray Thomas Smith, 59, [SRGP 17086] of 507 San Jacinto St., Baytown, Texas, died Saturday Sept. 6, 1958 in a Baytown Hospital after an illness of only three days. Mr. Smith was born in Mansfield on Jan. 18, 1899 and moved to Baytown 25 years ago. He had been an employee of the Humble Oil Co. for 22 years. He was a past master of the Mansfield Masonic Lodge, past commander of Kennedy Commandry, Knights of Templer and a member of KYCH. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Margaurite Smith, Baytown; two sons, Frank Shelby Smith of Boston, Mass.; Ray Thomas Smith Jr. of Berkley, Calif.; one brother, Code A. Smith, Augusta, GA; two sisters, Mrs. Roger C. Bennett of San Carlos, Calif. and Mrs. Luther C. Allen, Elmira, NY. Funeral services were held in Baytown with the Rev. A.L. Jordon, pastor of the Memorial Baptist Church and Dr. Wayne McClekey, pastor of St. Mark's Methodist Church officiating. Graveside services were conducted by the Baytown Masonic Lodge. Mr. Smith was a nephew of R.R. Cruttenden. - Mansfield Advertiser, Sept. 1958
SMITH - Robert Maurice Smith, 26, of Wellsboro, died unexpectedly Tuesday, June 9, 1959. He was an employee of the Corning Glass Works; communicant of St. Peter's Church, Wellsboro. Survived by wife, Mrs. Mary Mathers Smith; daughters, Dianne and Joanne, both at home; parents, Mr. & Mrs. Maurice Smith of Mansfield; brothers, Basil with Army in France, Philip of Mansfield; sisters, Mrs. Phyllis Pointek of Morris Run, Mrs. Frances Walizer of Williamsport. Requiem High Mass was Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in St. Peter's Church, Wellsboro, the Rev. John T. Kerrigan. Recitation of Rosary was Friday at 8 p.m. - Mansfield Advertiser, June 1959
Second notice for Robert Maurice Smith....
SMITH - A 26-year-old father of two small daughters was killed Tuesday night when his small, foreign sports car and another automobile collided head-on in neighboring New York State. Police said Robert Maurice Smith, of Wellsboro, was fatally injured Tuesday night, June 9, 1959, about two and a half miles north of the state line in Steuben County. Smith, an employee of the Corning Glass Works, was returning home from work when the accident occurred. A Korean War veteran, he was born July 8, 1932, in Mansfield, the son of Maurice and Katherine Plumley Smith. He was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Wellsboro. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus. Surviving are his wife, the former Mary Mathers; his daughters, Dianne, 3 1/2 and Joanne, 1 1/2; his parents, of Mansfield; two brothers, Basil, with the Army in France, and Philip of Mansfield, and two sisters, Mrs. Phyllis Pointek of Morris Run, and Mrs. Frances Walizer of Williamsport. Services were held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Peter's Church, Wellsboro. The Rev. John P. Kerrigan officiating. - Mansfield Advertiser, June 1959
STOUT - Ruth Ayers Bernatitus, 90, of Tunkhannock, PA, died on
Sunday, May 3, 2009 at Tyler Memorial Hospital. Born June 13, 1918 in Wilkes-Barre,
she was the daughter of William Brisbane and Emma Garfield Jones Stout.
She attended school in Wilkes-Barre until the age of 14 when the family
moved to Mehoopany. She continued her education there and went on to graduate
from Tunkhannock High School Ruth married Kenneth B. Ayers on Aug. 1, 1936,
who predeceased her on Nov. 22, 1959. She married Alex Bernatitus on June
6, 1970, who predeceased her on Nov. 12, 2001. She resided the entire time
of her first marriage in Mehoopany, except for a brief interruption to
reside in Wyalusing during 1952-1953, and was very active in the community.
She and her friend, Grace Trowbridge, were instrumental in starting the
first Mehoopany fire company. She fondly remembers sending her husband,
Kenneth to the courthouse to get the assessment role so it could be determined
the amount each household should contribute. Mr. Ayers was the first treasurer
of the fire company. Most of the time of her second marriage was happily
spent as a river rat resident of Myo Beach, Meshoppen.
Once her children were well established in school, she entered the world of work outside the home as an Avon representative. Upon the death of Kenneth, she relocated to New Jersey to find employment with the RCA Corporation. She later returned to Mehoopany and was employed for a while at Bendix Corporation in South Montrose before finishing her working career at P&G, retiring in 1984. Besides her two husbands, she was predeceased by a daughter, Sandra Lee Layaou and son-in-law, Clifford Layaou. Survivors include her son, James Malcolm Ayers of Kerhonkson, NY; grandchildren, Kenneth Ayers of Gainesville, FL, Keith and Kira Ayers of Kerhonkson, NY, Kenneth and Frank Layaou of Mehoopany, Jenneth Romesberg of State College and Clifford Layaou, Jr. of Jermyn. She also leaves behind eight great-grandchildren. At Ruth’s request, a graveside service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 23 at St. Joachim’s Cemetery in Meshoppen, to be followed by a similar ceremony at the Vaughn Cemetery in Mehoopany. Cremation and service arrangements are being made by Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, Inc., 73 West Tioga St., Tunkhannock. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Tyler Memorial Hospital, 880 SR6W, Tunkhannock, PA 18657. - Wyalusing Rocket Courier, May 21, 2009
TOIVOLA - VAN GORDER, Tuulikki A.
Tuulikki A. Van Gorder (nee Toivola), 72, died on May 18, 2009 in West Palm Beach, FL. She moved to the Elmira area in 1968. She was employed in domestic service and ran a rest home. She was preceded by her husband, H. Leon Van Gorder, is survived by daughter, Heidi Nielsen and husband Richard, son, Mark, and by family in the US and in Evijarvi, Finland. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/24/2009
WASHINGTON Herman Sr.
Age 65, of Dillon, SC, formerly of Elmira, died Thursday, May 21, 2009. He was born in Savannah, GA, a son of the late Louise Washington. Survivors include Dolores Washington; children, Pamela Washington of Decatur, GA, Herman Washington Jr. and Kim Washington, both of Elmira; six grandchildren, Katia, Terrance, Malik, and Taliah Washington, Devon Smith, and Corey Templar; siblings, Jacquelyn (Marcus) Green, Muriel Bryant, Charles Bryant, Joequetta Robinson, Zelda Bryant, all of Charleston, William (Dorothy) Bryant Jr. of Los Angeles, CA, Shelia (Jervey) Thomas of Savannah, GA, and Marilyn Bryant of Fayetteville, NC. Preceded in death by a sister, Willie Mae Kennedy. Graveside services were held on Wednesday, May 27, in Florence National Cemetery.
Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/29/2009
WASILEWSKI - Mrs. Mary Ann (Mae) Sysock, 89, of Lopez, PA, died on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at the Highlands Care Center, Laporte. Born Sept. 5, 1919 in Newark, NJ, she was the daughter of the late Julius and Josephine Koztowski Wasilewski. She graduated from Rahway High School and attended Drake School of Business in Elizabeth, NJ. Mae married William Sysock of Lopez on Oct. 25, 1939. When Bill retired in 1974, they moved to Lopez. He predeceased her on Oct. 25, 1976, after 36 years of marriage. She was a member of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Church, Lopez. Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Virginia and Bob Tanko of Sewaren, NJ and Geraldine and David Waterman Dallas, GA; two granddaughters and spouses, Cheryl and Keith Taylor and Virginia and Bob Curry; grandson, Jason Waterman; great-grandson, Travis Taylor; nieces and nephews, Betty Fletcher, Gene Kreski, Dr. Ken Kreski, Susan Kreski, Alice Swan, Jackie Fletcher, Richard Szabo, Dr. James Szabo, Danny Stasiak, Bill Stasiak, Rhonda Stasiak, Stanley Stasiak, Lydia Stasiak and Lori Tobin. Burial services were held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 28 at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Church in Lopez, with Hieromonk Michael Their, officiating. Interment was in St. Vladimir’s Cemetery. Friends called at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, on Friday, March 27 from 4 to 6 p.m. A Parastas Service was held on Friday at 5:30 at the funeral home. - Wyalusing Rocket Courier - April 2, 2009
WATKINS - Margaret L. Newland, 74, of the Green Home, Wellsboro, PA died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 1986. She was born Feb. 17, 1912, in Scanton, PA, the daughter of Thomas and Mary STANTON Watkins. She's a member of the Troy Church of christ. She is survived by daughters Mrs. Lucretta Delano of Escondido, CA, nd Mrs. Helen zMorris of Northport, NY; and sons Dr. Arthur Frackenpohl, of Pottsdam, NY, Robert Frackenpohl, of Newark, NJ. She is also survived by her sister and brother-in-law Edith and Ray Robbins of Troy; a neice, Dawn Volpe, of Waverly, NY; nine grandsons and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are by the Vickery Funeral Home, Troy, PA. Memorial donations may be directed to the Green Home, Wellsboro, PA 16901. November, 1986, Towanda Daily Review.
WHITE - William Everett White of Meshoppen died
on Tuesday morning, May 19, 2009, surrounded by his family at the Hospice Community Care Center, Dunmore, PA. He was the son of the late William and Lorraine Besteder White. He and his family owned and operated the White’s Ferry along the Susquehanna River in Tunkhannock for over a hundred years. Mr. White was the husband of the former Lorraine Marie Hunter, to whom he would have been married 58 years on June 14. A graduate of Tunkhannock High School, he worked for the Endicott Johnson Shoe Company for 20 years and retired from Procter & Gamble after 25 years of service. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and an avid sports fan, especially baseball (Phillies) and football (Giants). In his younger years, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping along the Susquehanna River. Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Mark and Linda White of Laceyville, David and Cindy White of Meshoppen, Kevin White of West Pittston; daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Gerald Pallis of Lake Carey; brothers and sister-in-law, Robert and Geraldine White of Stevensville and Gerald White of Clifton, VA; 17 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at the Harding-Litwin Funeral Home, 123 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, on Friday, May 22 at 11 a.m., with Rev. Kenneth Small of the Skinners Eddy United Methodist Church and Rev. Thomas Mott of the Meshoppen United Methodist Church officiating. Friends may call on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice Community Care Home. - Wyalusing Rocket Courier, May 21, 2009
WILLIAMS - Earl Williams, 69, of Athens died on May 16, 2009, at Robert Packer Hospital. He was born in Sayre and was the son of Samuel and Mary MARCY Williams of Milan. He was predeceased by: his parents; brothers Leonard (Buzz), Arthur and Albert; and sisters Irene and Edna. He is survived by: his sister Alberta Depew of Oklahoma; sisters-in law Doris Williams of South Waverly and Margaret Williams of Milan; his daughter Lisa Williams of Levittown, Pa.; son and daughter-in law Rick and Sue Williams of Ridgebury, Pa.; grandchildren Caylin and Derrick Williams; two step-children; and many nieces, nephews and dear friends also survive. Earl graduated from SRU High School in 1959 and worked for many years at the Athens Ingersoll Rand Foundry. He later worked as a meat-cutter in Colebrook, N.H., for several years, before returning to live in North Rome and Athens. Earl was also employed at Taylor Packing in Wyalusing. Earl was an avid hunter and fisherman. Family and friends are invited to celebrate his life at a memorial service to be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 31, at the Sayre Christian Church, Keystone Avenue, Sayre, with Rev. James Donahoo officiating. The family also asks that friends and family bring a small written memory of Earl that may be shared during the service. There will be a period of visitation one hour prior to the service with refreshments and period of sharing to follow the service. Flowers will be provided by the family, however those who wish may consider a donation made in loving memory of Earl, c/o Sue Williams, 1083 Randall Rd. Gillett, PA 16925. Those unable to attend the service and who would like to share a memory or a condolence with the family may do so by visiting the Web site www.tiogapointcremation.com. RHW. 29 May 2009, Towanda Daily Review.
WOODWARD - Wilma (Woodward) Crosby, 83, died on Friday, May 15, 2009, at the Integrated Nursing Home in California. She was born on June 17, 1926. She married Jack F. Crosby. He predeceased her on Aug. 24, 1985. Surviving are: her two daughters, . Conne (Ralph) Roloson of Pennsylvania and Carol (Ronaldl) Davis of California; two sons, James Crosby of California and Jack Crosby Jr. of Texas; four brothers, James and Merle Woodward and Walter and Murray Kent; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandson. Burial will be held on Thursday, May 21, at the Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, Calif. 19 May 2009, Daily Review.
? HOLLISTER, Jean M.
Age 70, died Wednesday at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. She is survived by her daughter, Dawn Hayes; and grandchildren, Jason Hayes, Emily Truax, Sarah Hayes; and a great-grandchild, Jenna Truax. Her wishes were to donate her body to science in hopes to help others with the medical problems that she faced over the years. The family wishes to thank Jean's caretakers at the Bethany Manor and the staff of Arnot Ogden. Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/28/2009
? JONES, Irene
Of Lawrenceville, PA - Was born August 28, 1926 in Yorkshire, England, died peacefully at her home on Sunday, May 17, 2009 at the age of 82. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 44 years, Stanley Jones. She is survived by her beloved sisters, Evelyn Henshaw of Ulla Dulla, Australia; Elizabeth (Graham) Schofield of Cheshire, England; sister-in-law, Pauline Foder of England; several nieces and nephews; special and loving friends, Mary Elizabeth Culshaw and family of Elmira, NY; Wally and Gretchen Hunt and family of Webb Mills, NY; Gerry and Andrew Romano and family of Southport, NY; neighbor, Robert and Maryann Eckman of Lawrenceville, PA. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira/Southport, NY on Saturday, May 23, 2009 from 5:00 to 6:00 PM. A Memorial Service honoring Irene's life will follow the visitation at 6 PM. Reverend Betty Bement will celebrate her life. Memorial donations may be directed to the Webb Mills United Methodist Church, P. O. Box #196, Pine City, NY 14871 or to Bradford Hospice, RR #1 Box 154, Towanda, PA 18848. Published in the Star-Gazette from 5/18/2009 - 5/21/2009
? KJELLANDER, Deborah M.
Age 53, of Checkerville Road, Gillett, PA, although prematurely, found her lifelong goal to walk with the Lord on Thursday, May 28, 2009, at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY with her loving family at her side. Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Roberts Funeral Home, Inc., 279 Main Street, Wellsburg, NY. Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/30/2009
? WILSON, Gladys M.
Formerly of Elkland, died Thursday, May 21, 2009, in Nunda, NY at the age of 84. She is survived by her husband, Edward Wilson of Nunda; daughter, Noreen (Adrian) Sanford of Nunda; and son, Richard Wilson of VA; eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one niece and nephew. Family will receive friends and family at the Dalton Assembly of God Church on Sunday, May 24, at 2:30 prior to a memorial service that will be held at 3:00. Memorial contributions may be made to Livingston County Hospice Fund Bld., 2 Murray Hill, Mt. Morris, NY 14510. Arrangements by the Sullivan Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 4 Perine St., Dansville, NY 14437. Published in the Star-Gazette on 5/23/2009