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.
BARONE - ROBINSON, Josephine Barone Spencer
Age 87, of Ogdensburg, NY, formerly of Elmira, died peacefully at United Helpers Nursing Home in Ogdensburg, NY after an extended illness. Born in Pittston, PA on November 23, 1921 to the late Paul and Colomba Minnischetti Barone. Survived by loving husband of 43 years, William Robinson; son, Harry Allen (Beverly) Spencer with children, Tammie (Guy) Curkendall and children, Taylor and Shelby, Carrie Duke with children, Zachary and Joseph all of Elmira, NY; Robert, Michelle, Edward Spencer of CA; Cassie Spencer of San Francisco, CA. Also survived by sisters, Philomena (Minnie) Vance of Twin Falls, ID, Theresa (David) Benjamin of Elmira; sister-in-law, Anne (Joseph) Barone of Elmira, NY, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents; she was predeceased by infant son, Robert in 1942; son, Edward J. Spencer in 1993; also brothers Vincent and Paul Barone of VA, Joseph Barone of Elmira; sisters, Alberta Spencer of Horseheads, Jennie Larrison of Twin Falls, ID, Mary DeHaas of Elmira. Josephine grew up in Meshoppen, PA and attended a one room school and completed her education and graduated from Meshoppen, PA high school. She began her working career at the Thatcher Glass Co. in Elmira. She met and married William Robinson of Elmira, NY. The couple relocated to the north country shortly after their marriage and she began working at the Woods Bag & Canvas Co. The couple soon became co-owner and operator of Robby's Marina in Ogdensburg until 1994 when she retired. She was a member of the local Women's Bowling League and participated in many tournaments across the country. She enjoyed spending time with her family and especially enjoyed going to the casinos. Funeral services were held Saturday, September 26, at Fox & Murray Funeral Home in Ogdensburg, with the Rev. F. James Shurtleff officiating. Interment at convenience of family. Published in Star-Gazette on September 30, 2009
BOWSER KENNETH J.
Kenneth J. Bowser, 79 of Forest Hills, died Friday, Oct. 2, 2009. He was the beloved husband of Caroline J. Preisach Bowser; loving father of Charles A. (Janet) Bowser of Ulysses; wonderful grandfather of Kimberly, Rick, Andrew, Jonathan, Charlie and Rachel; brother of Eva M. Bowser of Upper Saint Clair; also two great-grandchildren. Ken was an expeditor for Union Switch and Signal for 20 years. Friends will be received Monday, Oct. 5 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Jobe Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., corner of Shaw and Triboro Avenues, Turtle Creek, (telephone (412) 823-1950), where a service will be held Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Restland Memorial. Published in The Wellsboro Gazette from October 3 to October 13, 2009
JACOB BOYCE, son of Mott(Morris) Boyce, of Tioga, while working in the sawmill on Postmaster TH Bailey’s farm near Mansfield last Tuesday morning, came in contact with a rapidly revolving saw. His left hand was severed at the wrist. Wellsboro Agitator - May 26, 1909 Submitted by: George and Peg Boyce
MAY R. BROSS (1919-2009)
May R. Bross, 90, died Monday, Sept. 20, 2009, at Broad Acres Nursing Home in Wellsboro. She was born in Union Township, Lebanon County, May 19, 1919, the daughter of the late Harry and Anna Edris Bross. She lived in Jonestown nearly all her life. She was a member of Zion's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jonestown and was a long-time member of the Bunker Hill Grange. She was known for her beautiful flower gardens and needlework. She was a great cook, having worked at the former Sprechers Diner and Cozy Cottage Restaurant and was a cook at Northern Lebanon High School for 26 years. Mary was preceded in death by her brothers, William and Henry; her sister, Laura Shuey; nephews, Michael Bross, William Bross; and niece, Nancy Shuey Ayres. She is survived by nephews, Wilmer Shuey, Robert Shuey, Timothy Shuey, James Bross; nieces, Shelby Shuey Arendt, Nellene Shuey Drake, Patricia Bross Vigliaturo, Barbara Bross Fuller and Rose Mary Bross Bratcher. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Kreamer and Lum Funeral Home, Jonestown at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour prior. Interment will be at the Zion's Lutheran Cemetery, Jonestown. Published in The Wellsboro Gazette from September 22 to September 29, 2009
CHERVAK - Patricia J. "Pat" Shay, 72, of Sayre, Pa., died Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, at the Robert Packer Hospital following an extended illness. Born Dec. 28, 1936 in Towanda, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Stephen and Catherine LANG CHERVAK. Pat attended St. Joseph's Church in Athens. She was a member of the BPOE Lodge 1148, Sayre, the American Legion Post 452 Auxiliary, Mildred, Pa. Pat was a Medical Secretary for the Guthrie Clinic for 35 years. She was a member of the A.A.M.T. Pat enjoyed crocheting and reading. She was predeceased by: her sister, Catherine BARNOSKY. Survivors: her son, Stephen SHAY and Debra MANN of Sayre; daughter and son-in-law, Ann SHAY-CHEATHAM (Lionel) of Elmira, N.Y.; son, Michael SHAY, of Oak Grove, Ky.; her lifetime partner, Raymond JOHNSON of Sayre, Pa. and his children daughter Bobbi and William FURNAS; son, Mike, and Lina JOHNSON; son, Mark JOHNSON; daughter, Toni and Paul ABRAHAMS; son, Steve, and Mary JOHNSON; seven grandchildren, Stephen, Aaron, Jessica, Ryan, Yvonne, Jeremy and Jade; nine great-grandchildren; sister, Mary GORDNER of Berkshire, N.Y.; and several nieces, nephews and, cousins. Family and friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009, at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home, Inc. Memorial services will follow at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Vincent LANGAN officiating. The burial will be in the St. Francis of Assisi cemetery, Mildred, Pa. Memorial donations may be made in Pat's memory to the charity of one's own choice. 26 September 2009, Towanda Daily Review.
CLARK Robert W.
Age 74, of Catherine St., Millport, died peacefully at home with his beloved wife, Ruth by his side. In addition to his wife, Ruth (Smith) Clark; Bob is survived by his step daughters, Robin Garland of Remus, MI, Debi Smith of Clarksville, TN; sister, Kathy Flint of Pine Bush, NY; brother, David Clark of Brockport, NY; sisters-in-law, Beverly Smith of Elmira, Marilyn Held of Millport, and Barbara Smith of Elmira. Bob was a former employee of A&P Foods in Horseheads and Steuben Foods in Prattsburg, NY. He was also a veteran of the US Army. At his request, services will take place privately. Arrangements with Barber Funeral Home in Horseheads. Published in Star-Gazette on September 23, 2009
CLARKE - GARDNER, Laura Marie
Ballston Spa, NY - Laura Marie Gardner, 95, beloved wife of the late John "Jack" H. Gardner and former resident of Elmira, NY for 48 years died on Sunday morning September 27, 2009 at Saratoga Hospital, Saratoga Springs, NY surrounded by her children. Born in Rensselaer, NY on December 4, 1913, to the late James and Lucille Clarke, she was the youngest of ten children. Laura graduated from Rensselaer High School and from the former New York State College for Teachers (now SUNY Albany) in 1935. For many years until her retirement in 1973 from Booth School she taught in Rensselaer, Attica and Elmira systems. While living in Elmira she was active in Thursday Morning Musicals, Symphonia, Athenaeum and Sorosis Clubs, Bell Choir and in Friends of the Library with her husband Jack. A fifty-year member of North Presbyterian Church, she sang in the church choir for many years. For the last ten years she resided in an independent apartment in Coburg Village in Clifton Park. Survivors include one daughter, Dorothy Anne (Robert) Todd of Ballston Spa, NY, and sons, John H. (Kathy) Gardner, Jr. of Alexandria, VA, and J. Fred (Adele) Gardner of Stroudsburg, PA, and sister, Lilly Gerrick 102 years of age. She is also survived by six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by four brothers and four sisters. Burial will be in Defreestville, NY. Memorial contributions may be made to the Food Pantry of North Presbyterian Church, 921 College Avenue, Elmira, NY 14901.
COX - Robert E. Cox "Bob," 66, of Oakhurst, Calif., died Monday, Sept. 21, 2009, at Oakhurst Living Center. He was born March 13, 1943, the son of the late Francis and Phyllis Cox of Mansfield. Bob graduated from Mansfield High School in 1961. He married Carol Ann Mengee on Nov. 13, 1965. He graduated from Hyles Anderson College, near Chicago, in 1978 as an ordained minister. He was predeceased by his father, Francis E. Cox; mother, Phyllis A. Fay Cox; youngest sister, Judith L. Cox. He is survived by his loving wife, Carol A. Cox; son, Timothy Cox; daughters, Rebecca (Tony) Jacobs, Stephany Matt) Jaar and Jennifer Cox; 10 grandchildren, all of California; and a sister, Dorothy Cox (James) Colegrove. Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Published in The Wellsboro Gazette from September 21 to September 29, 2009
CRANDLE - LaRue T. Crandle, 78, of Troy, Pa., died on Monday, Sept. 21, 2009 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, N.Y. He was the loving husband of Joan L. (PAGE) Crandle. The couple married on Dec. 3, 1955 and had 53 happy years together. LaRue was born on April 29, 1931 in Grover, Pa., son of the late James and Hazel (MCKEE) Crandle. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Korean War. LaRue was a self-employed carpenter in the Troy area for over 50 years, and enjoyed gardening and hunting. LaRue is survived by his loving wife Joan; his children: Dennis (Cindy) Crandle of Sylvania, Pamela (Wade) Morgan of Troy, Calvin (Janet) Crandle of Farmers Valley, and Patty Crandle of Troy; his grandchildren: Jesse Crandle, Travis Morgan, Bradley Morgan, Tyler Crandle, and Cody Crandle; his sisters: Marjorie (Max) Thomas of Livonia, N.Y., Helen Ayres of Canton, and Phyllis Arnold of Kissimmee, Fla., along with several nieces and nephews. LaRue was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Gerald Crandle, and his brothers-in-law: Lanier Ayres and Dennis Arnold. Services will be private and at the convenience of LaRue's family. The Gerald W. Vickery, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. 100 West Main Street, Troy, Pa., has been entrusted with funeral arrangements. 23 Sept. 2009, Towanda Daily Review.
CUPP - OHART, Lillian L.
Age 98, formerly of S. Williamsport died, Thursday, September 24, 2009 at the Bethany Manor Nursing Home in Horseheads, New York. She was born February 28, 1911 in Williamsport, the daughter of Raymond F. and Bessie P. Gee Cupp. Lillian was the wife of the late Albert S. Ohart. She was a member of the Hepburn Baptist Church and enjoyed singing in the church choir. Lillian was a life member of the S. Williamsport Senior Citizens. She helped with Meals on Wheels for 21 years and volunteered in the Sycamore Manor beauty shop. Lillian is survived by a son, Raymond P. (former Sarahanne Aquillo) Ohart of Tamaqua; two daughters, Shirley A. (Robert) Barrett of Towanda and Sally K. Ohart of Elmira, NY and ten grandchildren, Carolyn, Carissa and Arlene (children of Raymond); Christine, Lynda, Robert, Michael and Paul (children of Shirley); Kimberly and Mark (children of Sally); sixteen great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. A graveside service will be held 2PM on Thursday, October 1, 2009 at Twin Hills Memorial Park. Arrangements are being handled by the Maneval Funeral Home, Ltd. "A Life Celebration Home" 500 W. Fourth St., Williamsport. Published in Star-Gazette on September 30, 2009
DeWATER Gifford L.
Age 71, of Elmira, died unexpectedly on Tues., Sept. 29, 2009, at St. Joseph's Hospital. He was born May 14, 1938 in Penn Yan, NY, the son of the late Frank and Elinor (Comfort) DeWater. He is survived by his wife, Catherine (Reis) DeWater; their children, Carrie (Christopher) Tournour of Clifton Park, NY, Michael (Cherie) DeWater of Livonia, NY, Steven DeWater of Elmira, NY; granddaughters, Madison and Katelyn DeWater, Riley and Lauren Tournour; in-laws, Leona and John McShane of Elmira, NY; brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and several close and caring friends neighbors, musicians and pool players. Gifford retired from the Chemung County Highway Department with 46 years of service. He was a devoted NY Yankee Fan, accomplished drummer, guitar player and longtime member of their Thursday Morning Band, "The Mystics." He was also an avid Vitner and billiards player, owning River City Pool Room. Gifford was also a veteran of the US Airforce. Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 S. Main St., Horseheads, NY on Friday, Oct. 2, 2009, from 3-5:00 p.m. His service will also take place on Friday at 6:00 p.m. in the Webb Mills United Methodist Church, 1623 Pennsylvania Ave., Pine City, NY. Interment to take place privately at the convenience of his family. Those wishing may remember Gifford with memorials to Strong Kids Safe Kids c/o DeWater Memorial Fund, PO Box 414, Elmira, NY 14902. Published in Star-Gazette on October 1, 2009
DiSANO - CHRISTOFARO Nancy Mary
Mrs. Nancy Mary Christofaro, 90, of Elmira, formerly of Frankfort, died Thursday, October 1, 2009, in St. Joseph's Hospital, Elmira. She was born in Frankfort on June 20, 1919, the daughter of the late Nunzio and Mary Terzo Di Sano. She attended Frankfort schools and graduated from Frankfort High School with the Class of 1937. She later attended and graduated from St. Joseph School of Nursing, Elmira with the Class of 1946 as a Registered Nurse. She was married to Joseph Christofaro on June 22, 1946 in Annunciation Church, Ilion. Mr. Christofaro died on May 2, 1994. Mrs. Christofaro was a Registered Nurse for St. Joseph's Hospital and later for Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira for many years until her retirement in 1972. She was a communicant of Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church and St Mary's Church, Elmira and a member of the Carmelite Order. Nancy is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Joseph and Janis Christofaro of FL; one daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Alan Lewis of Cornwall On The Hudson; her grandchildren, Dominic Christofaro, Joseph R L Christofaro, SrA Andrea and her husband, SrA Jason Rodriguez USAF, SrA Emily Christofaro USAF, Amy E. Lewis and Elliott Lewis; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Rose Seppi of Herkimer and Violet and Joseph Di Maggio of Frankfort; her in-laws, Anthony and Sue Ellen Christofaro and Betty Christofaro, all of Elmira and Frances Di Sano of Frankfort; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by two brothers, 1st Lt Onofrio Di Sano USMC KIA WWll and Blase Di Sano. Her funeral will be held Tuesday morning at 10:00 from the V. J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc., 203 Second Ave. Frankfort and at 10:30 in Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the V. Rev. Anthony Barratt and assisted by Deacon James Bower. Interment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Calling hours will be Monday from 4-8 at the V. J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc. Published in Star-Gazette on October 3, 2009
EGAN - MERRY Jean M. Age 93 of Tower Hill Road Sanbornton, NH
died peacefully on Friday August 21 , 2009 at Mountain Ridge in
Jean’s life began and ended in New England. She was born Jean Marie Egan in Holyoke, MA, on September 22, 1915, but lived most of her life in Horseheads, New York, raising her family and supporting her husband Harold Merry. Jean and Harold moved from Syracuse, NY, to Horseheads in 1939, where her husband’s career evolved from high school teacher, to high school principal, and finally to Superintendent of the Horseheads Central School District. Many reading these words will remember that Jean maintained a low public profile, but was always a powerful “woman behind the man.” Jean was also the mother of Marlea, who taught elementary school in Big Flats, NY, prior to her premature death from a chronic illness at age 40 in 1977. Her son Martin became a physician and practiced internal medicine in Elmira from 1973 to 1981. Martin moved to New Hampshire in 1981 to begin a career of consulting and teaching in health care quality and systems re-design which he maintains to the present day. Following her husband’s death in 1975, Jean created a courageous and exemplary life. She was a constant as a spirited “senior sister” to her 3 siblings, Donald Egan, Barbara Lyon, and Gordon Egan, and aunt to many nieces and nephews. Brothers Donald and Gordon have predeceased her. During the 1980s, she frequently visited and looked after her grandsons Michael and Angus Merry in New Hampshire, and often entertained them during their summer visits to Horseheads. She became a very special and beloved “Gramma” to them. In 2006 Jean moved from Horseheads to Sanbornton, NH, to be near her son, Dr. Martin Merry and his wife, Elizabeth, her grandsons, and their families who were so loved by her. She was there welcomed by the congregation of the Sanbornton Congregational/United Church of Christ, whose pastor and members instantly embraced her and made her a true part of this community. Her happiest moments were visits from her great-grandchildren, Reese, Brayden and Luna, children of her beloved Mike and Nicole Merry and Angus and Michelle Merry. She is survived also by her sister Barbara, and many nephews, nieces and cousins who share the sadness at the passing of a lady who was so deeply specialto us all. Jean’s life will be celebrated at memorial services at the Lynch Funeral Home 318 West Broad Street Horseheads , NY at 1 PM on Saturday October 3, 2009, followed by a private interment at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Odessa, NY next to her mother, husband and daughter. Those wishing may make donations in her memory to the charity of their choice.
FILLMORE Dale W.
70, of Genesee, PA, formerly of Mills, PA, died Wednesday, September 30, 2009, in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, NY, following a short illness, surrounded by his family. Born July 27, 1939 in Blossburg, PA, he was the son of the late Claude E. and Doris A. Goodwin Fillmore. He was a 1958 graduate of Westfield High School. He married the former Lois Nelson in 1959 in Genesee and they celebrated 50 years of marriage on August 7, 2009. He retired in 1999 after 35 years of working for PennDOT as "The Gas Man." In retirement, he and Lois spent a few months each year at their winter home in Florida. He was an avid NASCAR fan and outdoorsman, enjoyed hunting, fishing, four-wheeling, camping, and making maple syrup. He enjoyed the many family gatherings, which often included his famous chicken barbeque, especially those at his camp in Genesee, which after retirement became his home. He especially enjoyed time spent with his daughters, sons-in-law, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Surviving besides his wife, Lois, are four daughters, Sheila (Jurgan) Bradac of Kirtland, OH, Annette (Joe) Miles of Little Marsh, PA, Susan (Ed) Quick of Freeport, TX, and Lynne (Tom) Roeske of Scio, NY; eight grandchildren, Cory (Nettie) Miles, Travis Miles, Lacy Miles, Bryan Miles, Vernon Quick, Samantha Quick, Mark Roeske, and Jennifer Roeske; four great-grandchildren, Jillian, Brock, Lana, and Jamal. Although raised as an only child, there were many aunts, uncles, and cousins sharing his life. An added blessing with his marriage to Lois was the extended family he gained of sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law and many nieces and nephews, all of whom he greatly enjoyed throughout his lifetime. Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Friday, October 2, 2009, from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m., with Funeral Services at 3:00 p.m. The Rev. Terry Hughes will officiate. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Genesee Volunteer Ambulance, Genesee, PA 16923; the Polycystic Kidney Foundation, 1-800-PKD-CURE, 9221 Ward Parkway, Suite 400, Kansas City, MO 64114; or a charity of the donor's choice. Published in Star-Gazette on October 1, 2009
GARCIA - Frankie Garcia, 15, of RR5, Towanda, Pa., died quietly at home on Sept. 24, 2009, with family, Bayada nurses who provided in-home care for him, and other friends present. Frankie is survived by his parents, John G. COLE and Diana MCCAUGHEY. Arrangements will be handled by Maryott-Bowen Funeral Inc. A memorial service will be held by the family. Frankie was a very special child born in Philadelphia, Pa., on March 22, 1994. He touched the lives of many people and will live on in our hearts forever. 02 Oct. 2009, Towanda Daily Review.
GRINNELL - ADAMS, Joyce Frances
Age 60, of Morris Run, PA, died on Sunday, September 27, 2009, at her home surrounded by her loving family, after a long bout with cancer. Joyce was born on August 21, 1949 in Wellsboro, PA, the daughter of Charles and Lucille (Goodwin) Grinnell. Joyce was employed as the Principal Clerk at the Chemung County Nursing Facility. She was a member of the Red Hats Society and enjoyed ceramics, gardening, interior decorating and dogs. Joyce is survived by her former husband, Robert Adams and her three daughters and sons-in-law, Tina and Mark Anthony of Gillett, PA, Tammy Adams of Gillett, PA, Tracey and Adam Ellis of Gillett, PA; a brother and sister-in-law, Edward and Carol Grinnell of Mainesburg, PA; a sister, Joan Sargent of Mansfield, PA; seven grandchildren, Thor, Brooke, Logan, Matthew, Sara, Ashley and Cade; and her parents, Charles and Lucille Grinnell of Wellsboro, PA. Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 South Main Street, Mansfield, PA. A memorial service will be held at the funeral home immediately following calling hours at 2:30 p.m. with Reverend Canon Gregory P. Hinton officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Joyce's name to the Pennsylvania SPCA, Mansfield Road, Wellsboro, PA, 16901 or the American Cancer Society , Breast Cancer Research, 1948 E. Third Street, Williamsport, PA 17701. Published in Star-Gazette on September 29, 2009
HAKES Brian M.
Age 36 formerly of Elmira, NY went too be with the Lord on September 25, 2009. Survived by his wife, Jody and 2 children, Brianna M. and Brandon M. Hakes of Greenscove Springs, FL; mother, Sandy M. Messersmith Keyser of Elmira, NY; father, Rev. Bernard C. Hakes and wife, Dorothy of North Carolina; brothers, Antoine L. Hakes and wife, Jen, Charles E. Mathews all of Elmira, NY, David E. Mathews and wife, (Crystal) of North Carolina, Dennis J. Mathews of Houston, TX; also survived by his grandfather, Bernard Hakes Sr. and wife, Phyllis of Elmira, NY; several nieces and nephews. Services will be held at the Cromartie/
Miller and Lee Funeral Home, 401 West Cumberland St., Dunn, NC, Walter Hayes, officiating. Viewing hours are 12:30-1:00 PM Saturday October 3rd for family 1:00-2:00 PM for public. Published in Star-Gazette on September 30, 2009
HARDENBURG - Marjorie Mae Hardenburg-Smith, 47, of Stafford, Va., died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009, at Potomac hospital in Woodbridge, Va. Marjorie was a teacher with Prince William County Schools teaching both English and special education. Marjorie earned her Bachelor's degree from Slippery Rock State College and her Master's degree from George Mason University. In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her husband, Larry Smith. Marjorie is survived by a daughter, Racheal Smith, of Stafford; two sisters, Alice Mae Hardenburg and Gloria Evelyn Morse; and a brother, William Fred Hardenburg. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday Sept. 30 at Mullins and Thompson Funeral Home, Stafford Chapel, 186 Shelton Shop Rd. Stafford, VA 22554 where a service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday Oct. 1. Interment will follow at 1 p.m. at Quantico National Cemetery Triangle, Va. 29 September 2009, Towanda Daily Review.
HOLLENBECK - SWARTHOUT Helen H.
Age 90, formerly of W. 3rd Street, Elmira, NY, died peacefully on Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at the Bethany Manor in Horseheads, NY. Helen was born on June 8, 1919 in Elmira, daughter of the late Chauncey and Helen (Peebles) Hollenbeck. Helen retired from Rose Kimble & Baxter in Elmira, after many years of service. She was also a lifetime member of Lake St. Presbyterian Church in Elmira. Helen was predeceased by her beloved husband, Charles C. Swarthout in 1966. She is survived by her step-son, Robert Gary Swarthout of Addison, NY; step-grandsons, Elliot (Sara) Swarthout of Ithaca, NY and Scott (Sasha) Swarthout of Missoula, Montana; step-great grandson, Aidan Swarthout of Ithaca. Helen's wish was that there be no services held for her. Memorial donations in memory of Helen can be made to the Bethany Manor in Horseheads, NY. Arrangements are under the direction of the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Published in Star-Gazette from September 30 to October 1, 2009
HOVEY Monroe A.
84, a resident of Bethany Village, Horseheads died on September 15, 2009 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center. He was born in Boston on January 14, 1925, the son of the late J. Allan Hovey and Lois Clark Hovey. He grew up in Rochester, NY and attended public schools there. He was a graduate of St. Lawrence University. Mr. Hovey retired in 1990, following a 35 year career as Director of Human Resources in several hospitals in New York State, including Memorial Sloan Kettering, the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, and most recently Lawrence Hospital, Bronxville. He was a Navy veteran and a retired Naval Reserve officer. Mr. Hovey is survived by his children's mother, Peggy Hovey Eick; sons, David of Tuckahoe, NY, Frederick of San Francisco and daughter, Joanne (Joseph) Hovey Smith of Andover NJ. He is also survived by his half brother, Robert (Wendy) of Big Flats; four grandchildren, Carl Hovey, Christopher and Rory Zebrowski, and Lara Zebrowski Wall; two nieces, Anne Hovey Brandolini and Adrienne Hovey; one nephew, Jonathan Hovey; two grand-nieces, Jennifer Brandolini and Lindsey Brandolini Hoham; and one grand nephew, Ethan Boucher Hovey. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his older brother, J. Allan Hovey, Jr. in 1999. During his retirement years in Horseheads, Mr. Hovey volunteered in many capacities. He was President of the Orchard Knoll Resident Council at Bethany for three years. One of his proudest achievements was his participation in the Horseheads Middle School program to teach students about World War II. Mr. Hovey was noted for the fact that he memorized every road to anywhere in the three county area, and also identified and enjoyed every great place to eat. At his request, the body has been cremated. A wine, cheese and storytelling celebration of his life was held at Appleridge, Bethany Village. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Canandaigua, NY. Memorial donations may be made to the New City Volunteer Ambulance Corps, of which he was a founder and its first president: NCVAC, Box 33, New City NY 10956. Published in Star-Gazette from September 23 to September 27, 2009
JANNEY - Jacob C. Janney, 70, of RR4, Towanda, died Thursday morning, Sept. 24, 2009 at the Towanda Memorial Hospital Emergency Room after being stricken ill at his home. Born Dec. 31, 1938 in Milford Square, Bucks County, he was a son of Mary B. (BENDER) Janney, of Elk Grove and the late Jacob M. Janney, who died Dec. 26, 2006. Mr. Janney had been employed by Swartley Electrical Contractors in Lansdale and later for John Jaeger of Perkasie. He retired in 2001. He was of the Methodist faith. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, farming, woodworking and tinkering. Surviving, in addition to his mother, Mary, are his wife, Judi A. (WINKLER) Janney, whom he married on June 23, 1962; his children: Jacob Janney Jr., Anthony Janney, Jeffrey Janney, all of Towanda, Judy Kerrick, of Monroeton. Also surviving are seven grandchildren; one great-grandson; his brothers and sisters: Nancy Fox, of Benton, Ronald Janney and his wife, Roxie, of Fountain Hill, Sandra Rosenberger, of Benton, Robert Janney, of Benton, Linda Reily and her husband, Stuart, of Allentown, Barry Janney and his wife, Evelyn, of Benton, Judy Ashelman and her husband, Glen, of Stillwater, David Janney and his wife, Linda, of Benton, Susan Reabuck and her husband, Joe, of Stillwater. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Daniel Janney, on Oct. 10, 1996, and a sister, Irene Swartley on July 26, 2006. A private family viewing will be held at the McMichael Funeral Home Inc., Benton, with a graveside service to follow at 2 p.m. Monday at St. James Cemetery, Fishing Creek Township. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Bradford County Humane Society, Ulster, Pa., or to Stray Haven in Nichols, N.Y. 26 September 2009, Towanda Daily Review.
KAIN - Roy Kain, Jr., 68, of Wellsboro, died on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on June 21, 1941, in Philadelphia, a son of the late Roy and Dorothy Bald Kain Sr. He was the husband of Dolores Phillips Kain. Mr. Kain proudly served with the United States Marine Corps. The values he learned there followed him the rest of his life. Roy earned his architectural degree from Temple University in 1964. It did not take him long to learn that he was not at home in the city and he moved his family to the Wellsboro area in 1972 to be closer to nature. He fell in love with living a primitive lifestyle and often felt that he was born in the wrong era. He built his own house from the ground up including cutting the trees, sawing the boards and constructing the entire log cabin himself. While working for several architectural companies, he designed many homes for famous people, well-known buildings, movie theaters and banks including the Chemung Canal Trust Bank, the Elmira Savings Bank, and the Syracuse Sports Dome. During this time Roy often took on odd jobs building distinctive furniture and doing remodeling for area residents. He perfected the rare art of refinishing horse drawn carriages. He was most at home when he was alone in the wilderness with his long rifle and his long-time companion Moses. Roy was the Captain of the Pine Creek Party and enjoyed attending mountain man rendezvous, where he thrived on the trading of wares and the reenactments of battles and primitive life. To Roy, being a mountain man was not a hobby, it was his way of life. He was always quick with a colorful story and quickly became the center of conversation with his unique and humorous outlook on life. In the mountains of Pennsylvania his hunting and trapping stories took on a life of their own and he began to write. His column in the Mountain Home Magazine has become a favorite of many locals for years. Roy has also written for several major outdoor magazines where he received honors and awards. Roy is survived by his wife; son and daughter-in-law, Clinton and Brandy Kain of Wellsboro; daughter and son-in-law, Kelli and Bill Ryzewski of Lincoln University; and two grandchildren, Billy and Haley Ryzewski. Friends may call on Friday, Oct. 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., Wellsboro. A memorial service will follow at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Eugene A. Charsky officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Samaritan House or to the American Cancer Society . Published in The Wellsboro Gazette from September 21 to September 29, 2009
KENNEDY Ryan P.
40, of 2440 Nottingham Rd., Williamsport, died on Sunday, September 27, 2009, at Manor Care South following an extended illness. He and his wife, the former Regina Kurzejewski, would have celebrated their 3rd wedding anniversary on October 21. He was born on March 5, 1969 in Wellsboro, PA and was the son of Patrick and Carol Evans Kennedy. Ryan graduated from Elkland Area High School and from Northampton County Community College in Mortuary Science. He was a funeral director having worked in Hazelton, Elkland, Westfield, Jersey Shore, Williamsport, and Wellsboro. He was a member of Annunciation Catholic Church, Ancient Order of Hibernians, Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association. He was a former member of Antes Fort Volunteer Fire Company and Troupsburg Fire and Ambulance Department. In addition to his wife, Ryan is survived by his father, Patrick Kennedy; a son, Derrike Kennedy and a daughter, Ashley Kennedy, both of Troupsburg, NY; five brothers, Rhett Kennedy, Bradford, Kevin Kennedy, Mechanicsville, VA, Jason Kennedy, Norwalk, OH, Kiernan Kennedy, Elkland, Rorick Kennedy, Thetford-Norfolk, England; one sister, Kelly Kennedy of Bridgeport, WV. He is also survived by many nephews and nieces of which he loved spending time with. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, September 30, 2009, at Annunciation Catholic Church, 702 W. Fourth St., Williamsport with Reverend John K. Manno officiating. Burial will be private in West Hill Cemetery, Galeton. Family and friends will be received on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Kaufman Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2102 Northway Rd., Williamsport. The family will provide flowers and suggest that memorial contributions in Ryan's name be made to a charity of one's choice. Published in Star-Gazette on September 28, 2009
AUGUST F. KETTLER
Williamsport Gazette and Bulletin - December 9, 1948
August Kettler 70, of 1150 Market St., died at noon Tuesday, December 7, 1948 at the Williamsport Hospital. He had been admitted on December 2. Private funeral services will be held at the funeral home, 295 Main St., South Williamsport Saturday morning at 10:30 o’clock. The Rev. David Long, pastor of the Market St. Methodist Church will officiate. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. J.B.Hackenberry and Mrs. Betty A. Burkhart and a brother Charles, all of this city, and six grandchildren. Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery. Submitted by: George and Peg Boyce
KRING - Lewis J. Kring, 83, died at his residence Sept. 20, 2009. He was born in Troy, Pa. and moved to this area from Troy in 1989. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Summerfield and a retired x-ray lab technician from GTE Sylvania for 36 years. Mr. Kring was a veteran of the Korean Conflict serving in the United States Army. He enjoyed camping, volunteer work for Campers on Mission, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief in 2004, and volunteer work with the church. Mr. Kring is survived by his wife of 21 years, Grace Kring, Summerfield; daughter, Kathy Simcoe, Troy, Pa.; son, Pastor Stephen Kring, Delhi, Ontario, Canada; daughters, Dianne Myers, Harrisburg, Pa., Connie Bump, Herrickville, Pa., Laurie Lance, Summerfield, Brenda Sykes, Round O, S.C.; son, Richard Levengood, Henderson, Nev.; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 25, 2009 at First Baptist Church of Summerfield, 14550 SE 65th Court, with Pastor Stephen Kring officiating. Burial will follow at Crum Cemetery, Summerfield. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the FLC of the First Baptist Church of Summerfield or Hospice of Marion County, PO Box 4860, Ocala, FL 34478. Arrangements under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, Belleview. 23 Sept. 2009, Towanda Daily Review.
KUSTER Catherine M.
86, of 209 N. Williamson Rd., Blossburg, died Thursday, September 24, 2009, at her home. Catherine was born in Elmira, NY on March 19, 1923, the daughter of the late John and Lillian Bohlke Kuster. She graduated from Blossburg High School, received Bachelor of Science Degrees from Bucknell University and Mansfield University; she received her Graduate Degree from Pennsylvania State University. Catherine was a member of the United Methodist Church of Blossburg. She was an avid golfer and enjoyed spending her summers at Keuka Lake. Survivors include her sister, Betty Kuster, Blossburg; special nephew, Thomas (Mitzi) Kuster, Hermitage; special niece, Ann Milliard, Hermitage; nephew, Fred (Debbie) Kuster, NJ; niece, Barbara (Greg) Howard, York; grandnephews, Andrew (Thessica) Kuster, John Milliard, David Kuster, and Ryan Howard; grandnieces, Abbey and Jamie Prokell, Allison Milliard, and Krista Howard and Lauren Kuster; cousin, Lillian Shepardson, Elmira; sisters-in-law, Agnes Kuster, Hermitage and Arlene Kuster, Blossburg. Funeral services will be private. Memorial donations may be made to Laurel Hospice, 24 Walnut St., Wellsboro, PA 16930 or to The American Cancer Society , Tioga Unit, 1948 E. Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701. Funeral Arrangements are under the care of Freeberg Funeral Home, Blossburg. Published in Star-Gazette on September 25, 2009
LAWLOR - RUBIN Linda L. "Nene" (Lawlor)
Age 67, of Danbury, CT, previously of Horseheads, NY, died peacefully in the presence of her loving family Wednesday, September 16, 2009. Linda was predeceased by her parents, Frances Mary (Egbert) Lawlor and Joseph Lawlor of Horseheads, NY. She is survived by daughter, JoAnn (Bill) Knowles of Danbury; and son, David Rubin of Glens Falls, NY; grandchildren, Jeffrey (Kristy) Crozier, and Leigh-Ann Knowles, Emily, Erin, and Andrew Rubin. Linda is also survived by her sisters, Bonnie Crittenden, Paula Smetanka, and Joyce Pirozzolo; and special family friend, Erica Ermini; along with several nieces and nephews. Services were held in Danbury on Saturday, September 19. Donations may be directed to Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 East Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830. Published in Star-Gazette on September 22, 2009
MARTIN John Logan
John Logan Martin, 55, formerly of Horseheads and communicant of St. Mary Our Mother Church, was found dead in his Buffalo home Sept 22, following declining health. At Horseheads High School (Class of '72) he ranked high in the state as a Western NY ski racer. He went around the world, and then became ski racing director at Kissing Bridge near Buffalo. He recently coached adult racing at Holimont in Ellicottville, NY. John took his undergraduate education from Empire State University and received the Juris Doctor degree in 1987 from the University of Buffalo Law School, where he was on the Law Review. He practiced law in Buffalo for several years, then became an Oblate of Mary Immaculate there and in Godfrey IL, Chicago and Lowell, MA. Returning to Buffalo, he managed his real estate and was an avid stock trader until his health failed. John is survived by his parents, Archer and Ellen Martin, Penn Yan, brothers, Archer, Rome, Italy, and Stuart, Elmira, sister Andrea (Richard Lane), Salt Lake City, nieces, Melissa, Jacksonville, FL and Melanie, Elmira, and nephews, Logan, Rochester and Paul, Elmira. John's life will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Michael's chapel, Penn Yan. Condolences may be sent to 610 East Lake Rd., Penn Yan 14527.
Published in Star-Gazette on September 27, 2009
MAYNARD - VAN ZILE, Laurie Ann Maynard
Age 44 went to dance with the Angels Saturday, September 26, 2009 at the Virginia. Beach Hospital Virginia Beach, VA. She had many illnesses and fought a valiant fight. She was born March 17, 1965 in Elmira, NY and graduated from E.F.A. in 1983. She worked for many years at St. Joseph's Hospital before moving to Virginia Beach. She continued her caring for people at the Chesapeake Hospital for the last 15 years, right up till June of this year. Laurie loved flowers and gardening, country music (Kenny Chesney), her cat, Gizmo and the time she got to spend with her grandson, Triston. She is survived by two daughters, Nicole from Ohio and Sarah from Georgia; a grandson Triston; mother and stepfather, Carol and John Hall of Elmira; a brother, Bill (Barb) and their 3 children all from St. Louis, MO; sisters, Robyn (David) and Penny (Jeff) with their two sons. She is also survived by two cousins, Bob Miller and his two children and Terri Miller and her son. Laurie loved spending time with them and their families as they also lived in the Virginia Beach area. A Celebration of Life was held September 22, 2009 at the Old Donation Episcopal Church, Virginia Beach, VA. Reverend Robert Randel and the Reverend Richard Dinges officiated. Donations may be made to the SPCA. National Cremation Society handled the arrangements per Laurie's wishes. Published in Star-Gazette on September 30, 2009Continue to obituary
McKINNEY - SHELHAMER, Sharon Marie (McKinney)
71, from Corning and Keuka Lake, NY died 9/25/09. She is predeceased by her parents, Gerald and Alice (Kane) McKinney of Corning. Sharon is survived by her loving husband of 42 years, Daniel C. Shelhamer, her brother Francis (Sue) McKinney of Bath, NY; step-children, Daniel of Seneca Lake and Susan Bond of Elmira; step-grandsons, Jerry and Robert; brother-in-law John (Mary Lou) Shelhamer of Lake Marion, SC, Sharon is also survived by several aunts and cousins, many dear friends, and the canine loves in her life, her special Labs, Lakota and Chino. Sharon was a graduate of St. Vincent's School, Northside High School and Rochester Institute of Technology. She was a retail buyer for B. Forman Company in Rochester, and was employed by Mary Kirkland's Clothing Store in Painted Post for many years. She was also co-owner of The Berries Gift Shop and a long-time employee of The Switzerland Inn on Keuka Lake and Browsers in Hammondsport. Sharon was also a volunteer in the gift shop at Ira Davenport Hospital. Sharon was a member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Bath, and an American Legion Auxiliary member in Wayne, NY. She was strongly devoted to causes connected to animal suffering. She will be deeply missed for her great sense of humor and the love she shared with so many who were fortunate to know her. Sharon loved to travel to the New England states - but always believed that living at Keuka Lake was "God's country." There will be a Memorial Mass in celebration of Sharon's life on Wednesday, September 30 at 11 am at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 32 E. Morris Street, Bath, NY with Reverend James Jaeger as celebrant. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family. Donations are requested to the Finger Lakes S.P.C.A., 7315 State Route 54, Bath, NY 14810. Arrangements by Fagan Funeral Home. Published in Star-Gazette on September 29, 2009
MCMICKEN - Robert "Bob" N. McMicken Sr. was taken away suddenly on Sept. 27, 2009, to our Heavenly Father. He was born to Roy and Florence McMicken in Meshoppen, Pa., on Aug. 26, 1926. He graduated from Meshoppen High in 1944. He was preceded in death by: his parents; three brothers; and former wife, Elaine, of 41 years. Bob loved participating in numerous area craft shows, displaying and selling his woodwork. He enjoyed meeting people and was considered the mascot to the North Towne Wal-Mart. Bob had a ready smile and warm hug for all who met him. Bob was a loving husband and devoted father. He cared deeply for his church and was a regular usher at the Sparks United Methodist Church. He is survived by: his wife, Juanita; sister Helen; children, Robin (Allen Williams) McMicken, Cindy (Bill) Wolf, Sean (Lorene) McMicken, Robert Jr. "Rusty" (Melanie) McMicken, Jack (Cindy) Hartman, Kim (Robert) Thompson, and Tom (Penny) Hunter; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Viewing will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1, at the Walton Sparks Funeral Home at 1745 Sullivan Way. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct, 2, 2009, at the Sparks United Methodist Church, 1231 Pyramid Way, Sparks, Nev. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his memory to the Sparks United Methodist Church. 01 October 2009, Towanda Daily Review.
MCNEAL - Floyd C. McNeal, 84, of Sayre, Pa., formally of Franklindale and South Waverly, Pa., died Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009 at the Ashton Health Care facility following an extended illness. He was born March 12, 1925 in Franklindale, Pa., the son of the late Fred and Ethel MORRIS McNeal. Floyd was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church. Floyd worked for the Athens dairy as a milk delivery man, Elsbree's farm, Saveys Construction in Ithaca, N.Y., Jim Glann as a plaster, Ed Rice, Sullivan Roofing and then he built a home for Dean and Carolyn Arnold in Durrell, Pa. In 1982 Floyd went on his own as a carpenter. Floyd served in the U.S Army during World War II in the battle of the bulge at Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe. Floyd received the Purple Heart Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the European African Middle East Service Medal with five Bronze Stars. Floyd was a life member of the Skiff-Bower Post No. 1536 and served as commander from 1994 — 1996 in the Valley Color Guard. Floyd was predeceased by four children, a baby in 1953, Marilyn McNeal Winton in 1995, Dennis McNeal in 1998, Carolyn McNeal Belcher in 2008; brother and sister-in-law Paul and Mildred McNeal; sister Cora EMORY; sister and brother-in-law Laura and Robert Clark; and former wife, Cora Mayo MCNEAL OSMUM. Floyd is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Janette Rought McNeal, at home; children, Charles and Lynn McNeal of Nicholasville, Ky., Maxine and Larry Latteriman of Lowman, N.Y., Susan and Arthur Sackett of Chemung, N.Y., Lisa and Daniel Reed of Sayre, Pa.; stepchildren, Teresa and Paul Arnold of Sayre, Pa. and Dale and Mary Howe; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and close friends. Family and friends may call from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30, and from 10-11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1 at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home Inc., 225 S. Main St., Athens, Pa. Funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Greg Knup, of the Calvary Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Bradford County Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to the: Sayre VFW Skiff-Bower Post 1536, 932 W. Lockhart St., Sayre, PA 18840 or to the Calvary Baptist Church, 701 W. Pine St., Athens, PA 18810 28 September 2009, Towanda Daily Review.
MINNS - BRIGGS, Albertha Sarah
Age 87, former resident of Elmira, NY for 31 years, went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, September 29, 2009, at her home in Syracuse, NY surrounded by her loving family. Albertha was born November 18, 1921 in Nassau, Bahamas, the daughter of the late Samuel J. and Elizabeth Ann (Cooper) Minns. Harold Sweeting, Jack Sweeting, Walter Briggs, Peris (Joseph) Sweeting-Woody and good friend Jane Campbell predeceased her. She is survived by her beloved sister, Ruth Minns; loving children, Portia Ortiz, Steven (Robin) Sweeting and Allen (June) Sweeting; adored grandchildren, Melvin Curry, Sarahgrace (Ashley) Riggins, Jabrila (Anthony) Ortiz-King; much-loved great-grandchildren, Rachelle, Ajay, Ashlee, Myles, Anthony and Aiden; sisters in the Lord, Bea Wood, Marie Defran and Louis Ellis. Albertha and the late Harold Sweeting came to the United States in the late 1940's to begin their American dream with their growing family. She was a devoted Christian, an avid chef and also enjoyed spending joyous moments with family and friends. She also loved gardening, reading and sewing in her spare time. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira/Southport, NY on Saturday, October 3, 2009, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Funeral services honoring her life will follow the visitation at 3 p.m. with the Reverend John McConnell celebrating Albertha's life. Interment will take place in the Bath Cemetery at the convenience of her family. Memorial donations may be directed to the Hospice of CNY, 900 7th Street, Liverpool, NY 13088 in her memory. Published in Star-Gazette from September 30 to October 1, 2009
MULNIX - Helen M. Stanton, 85, of Salisbury, NC and formerly of Endicott, went into the arms of her Lord, September 3rd with her family at her side singing her favorite hymns to her as she clutched her baby doll in her arms. She was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Clarence F. Stanton in 2004; and a baby girl who died prior to her birth; her parents, Lula (BEDFORD) and Vernon Mulnix; brothers, Robert Mulnix, Kenneth Mulnix, Carl Mulnix and Leon Mulnix. She is survived by her sons, Dale Stanton of Elmira, Terry Stanton of Endicott, Mark Stanton and his wife, Debbie of Salisbury, NC, and David Stanton of Endicott; the loves of her life, her grandsons, Corey and Wayne Stanton of Endicott, and Jeffrey Stanton of Salisbury, NC; her sister, Evelyn (Mulnix) Brewster and brother-in-law, James Brewster; a beloved aunt, Cora Smith; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. Before moving to Salisbury, North Carolina in 2008 where she lived with her son, Mark and wife, Debbie and grandson, Jeffrey, Helen was an active member of Central United Methodist Church in Endicott. She was also a devoted member of Organ Lutheran Church while she lived in North Carolina. Helen's love in life was raising and caring for her children and grandbabies. She was also a nurse at Ideal Hospital in Endicott, along with other various jobs including working at IBM, caring for patients in their homes, and operated a greeting card and gift store. Helen enjoyed lifelong hobbies of oil painting, sewing, golf, sail boating and archery. In the last two years, she loved playing racing video games, WII sports games, helping gather toys for her grandson Jeffrey's toy charity and great excitement following all her grandson's racing. Her extreme generous and loving nature will be missed by everyone who knew her, especially her children, grandchildren and her many friends. Her last words were, "Tell them I love them and for them to make sure that they see me and their dad in Heaven." Helen's last years were cared for by her son, Mark and daughter-in-law, Debbie who spent day and night at her side enjoying the awesome gift of caring for her. Jeffrey was always a step away cutting up with his Grandma making sure she was happy and content learning about racing. Funeral and Interment Services will be held Thursday at 11:00 a.m. from the Coleman & Daniels Funeral Home, Inc., 300 East Main St., Endicott. Burial will be in Vestal Hills Cemetery, Vestal, following the service. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 5 until 7 p.m. Please consider memorial contributions in Helen's memory to the Central United Methodist Church, 17 Nanticoke Ave., Endicott, NY 13760-4897; or Organ Lutheran Church, 1515 Organ Church Rd., Salisbury, NC 28146. Coleman & Daniels Funeral Home, Apalachin, NY obit. Born July 6, 1924, Towanda, Pa
OUTMAN - COOK, Phyllis M. nee Outman
Phyllis Outman Cook, 67, of Genesee, formerly of Shongo, N.Y., died Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009. Survivors include two sons, Lewis S. Cook of Genesee and Bucky Cook of Lakeland, Fla. and her parents, Urvil and Ethel Outman of Genesee. Calling hours are 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2 at the Olney Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Ulysses. Services will be held there at the conclusion of calling hours at 12 p.m. Friday. Arrangements are with the Olney Funeral Home, Ulysses.
Phyllis Outman Cook, 67, of Genesee, PA, died Tuesday, September 29, 2009 in the Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA. Arrangements will be announced by the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.
PALLADINO - CURRERI, Mary Ann
Mary Ann Curreri, 73, of O'malia Circle, Painted Post, NY died Monday, September 28, 2009 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center. She was born May 9, 1936 in Elmira, NY the daughter of Peter and Anna (Cicci) Palladino. She married Donald Curreri who predeceased her. Mary Ann dedicated her life to taking care of her family and home. She was a member of All Saints Parish. She is survived by her daughter, Jodi Rampulla of Corning; sisters, Angela (Anthony) Rocchi of Elmira, JoAnn (Robert) Gates of Horseheads, Nancy Allyn of Painted Post and Carol Palladino of Elmira; grandchildren, Joshua and Matthew Rampulla. She was predeceased by a brother-in-law, James Allyn. The family will receive friends at Acly-Stover Funeral Home on Saturday, October 3, 2009 from 2-3 p.m. Services will follow calling hours at 3:00 p.m. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery, Painted Post. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
PECK - Eva Antoinette Davies, 90, of Endicott, formerly of Elmira, beloved mother, grandmother, sister and friend slipped quietly into the arms of her Savior and Lord on Sept. 11, 2009 at Ideal Living Center. Predeceased by husband of 68 years, James Davies; brother, Floyd Peck; sister Natalie Sherman. Survived by daughters Audrey Messenger, Mexico, NY, Janet (Chuck) Pribulick, Sykesville, MD; grandchildren, Bernard Fleming, Roxanne Fleming (Sue Reiter, DVM), Kimberly (John) De Falco, Peter (Peg) Pribulick, Jim (Carol) Pribulick, David (Rachel) Pribulick; 13 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Joyce Riley, Middlebury, CT; loving friend, Lee Reese; and many friends and staff at Ideal Living Center. She loved her family without limits, enjoyed living life to its fullest and was a pure delight and inspiration to all who knew her. A memorial service will be held 3:00 PM Sunday at the Coleman & Daniels Funeral Home, 300 E. Main St., Endicott. The Rev. David Parsons, Pastor of her church, will officiate. The family will receive friends 2:00 to 3:00 PM Sunday at the funeral home. Expressions of gratitude may be sent to Ideal Living Center, 600 High Ave., Endicott, NY. Born November 13, 1918, in Elmira, NY. Coleman & Daniels Funeral Home obit. Born April 1, 1957, in Binghamtom,NY
RANDALL Jr., James M.
James M. Randall Jr., 43, formerly of Elmira, NY, most recently from Cortland, NY died September 22, 2009. He was preceded in death by his mother, Dawn L. (Newell) Randall. He is survived by his father, James (Mary) Randall, of Painted Post, NY; wife, Billie Jo Randall, of Cortland, NY; daughter, Samantha Campbell and her unborn child; also stepchildren, Gina and Joey; siblings, Alan (Laura) Randall, Tammy Randall, Christine Randall, Greg (Lisa) Randall and Ricky Jo Randall; along with several nephews and nieces. "Jim" had many friends and will be deeply missed by all that knew him. Family and friends are invited to gather at Calvary Chapel, 601 Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmira, NY on Saturday, October 3, 2009 at 3:30 p.m. Published in Star-Gazette on September 30, 2009
RATH - Alice L. Hunter, 47, of Wellsburg, NY died on Saturday, September 19, 2009. She was born August 17, 1962 in Sayre, PA the daughter of the late David and Ethel CARR Rath. Alice spent her childhood years in the Litchfield area. She attended Sayre and Athens Schools. Alice graduated from Athens Area High School in 1980. She was employed at P&C and G.T.P. (formerly Sylvania), having just received her 15 year award. She is predeceased by her sister Donna Rath Thomas. Alice is survived by her daughters Jessica Hunter of Athens, PA attending college at Mansfield University in Mansfield, PA, and Tommi "Tic" Rae Hunter of Athens, PA attending college at RVCC in Califon, NJ, grandchildren Brayden Michael Hunter, and Jonah Alaric Lowell of Athens, PA, her children's father Thomas Hunter, sister Margaret Reilly of Keyport, NJ, brother David Rath of Louisa, VA, aunt Annamae Karuza of Dallas, PA, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Family and friends may call on Wednesday, September 23, 2009 from 5pm - 8pm at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home, 225 South Main Street, Athens, PA. Funeral Services will follow at the funeral home at 8pm with the Rev. Martin Bovee from the Athens United Methodist Church officiating. Memorial donations may be made in her memory to: Educational fund her grandchildren with the: People's State Bank, 205 W. Lockhart St., Sayre, PA 18840. Lowery Funeral Home, Athens obit. 21 September 2009, Towanda Daily Review.
A Wellsburg, N.Y., man has been charged with homicide by vehicle after the 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt he was driving was involved in a fatal, one-vehicle accident over the weekend in Ridgebury Township, state police said. The driver of the vehicle, 35-year-old Wesley H. Wittie, fled the scene of the accident, which occurred at approximately 6:40 p.m. on Saturday, according to state police at Towanda. Wittie was charged with homicide by vehicle, driving at an unsafe speed, and driving without a valid license, according to a criminal complaint against Wittie that was filed by state police on Sunday in Troy District Court. Several other charges were also lodged against Wittie because he fled the scene of the accident, according to the criminal complaint. Alice Louise Hunter, 47, of Wellsburg, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was killed in the crash, according to the state police at Towanda. She was ejected from the vehicle, the state police said in a press release that they issued on Sunday. State police said they observed numerous Milwaukee Beer cans in and around the vehicle. The Chevrolet Cobalt was traveling west on Ranch Road when it traveled off the left side of the roadway into the front yard of a residence, state police said. The vehicle struck two trees in the yard, overturned twice, and struck a wooden fence, police said Bradford County Coroner Thomas Carman said he pronounced Hunter dead at the scene at 7:50 p.m. on Saturday. Wittie broke into the house across the street from the accident scene to report the crash using a telephone inside the house, police said. While the vehicle is owned by Hunter, Wittie told the 911 dispatcher on the other end of the line that he was the driver, police said. When ambulance workers and police arrived on scene, Wittie was nowhere to be found, state police said. Fire, police and ambulance workers conducted an extensive search for Wittie, but failed to locate him, state police said. A state police aviation unit was used during the search, police said.. At 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Wittie telephoned the state police in Towanda and told them that he was involved in the crash, the criminal complaint states. Wittie then voluntarily arrived at the state police barracks in Towanda at 9 a.m. Sunday to be interviewed, police said. After arriving at the station, Wittie was taken into custody by the police and then transported to Memorial Hospital in Towanda for medical attention. There was a scrape on Wittie's left shoulder that was consistent with an injury caused while being seated in the drivers seat and utilizing a shoulder belt, police said. Wittie was arraigned by Troy Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox on Sunday. Wilcox said he ordered Wittie sent to the Bradford County jail in lieu of $100,000 bail. Wittie must appear before Wilcox for a preliminary hearing on Friday. Carman said he has scheduled an autopsy for Hunter for this morning at the Lehigh Valley Medical Center in Allentown, and said he should be able to release the cause of Hunter's death following the autopsy. 21 September 2009, Towanda Daily Review.
ROCKEFELLER - Richard Those we hold most dear never truly leave us…they live on in the kindnesses they showed, the comfort they shared and the love they brought into our lives….Richard L. “Dick” Rockefeller, 71, of Potterville (RR2, Rome, PA) died on Saturday, September 19, 2009 following a period of declining health. Dick was born on September 27, 1937 in Endicott, NY a son of the late Beatrice (Bowen) and Robert B. Rockefeller, Jr. He was a member of the first graduating class at Northeast Bradford High School in 1956. On September 27, 1958 he married his high school sweetheart, Shirley Wilbur and they have celebrated nearly 51 years of happiness. Dick was a member of the Dille Parish United Church of Christ, the LeRay Masonic Lodge #471 and the LeRaysville Order of Eastern Star 498. Dick was an employee of the Howdy Jones Construction Company, for many years. In 1987, he began his own business, Dick Rockefeller Excavating, Inc. He was truly dedicated to his business and treasured the time spent with his family. He is survived by his wife Shirley (Wilbur) Rockefeller; son and daughter-in-law: Randy and Sharon Rockefeller all of Rome, Pa; brother and sister-in-law: Ronald R. and Janice Rockefeller of Surprise, AZ; mother-in-law Eva Wilbur; Pa; brother-in-law and sister-in-law: Arlyn and Arlene Wilbur all of LeRaysville, Pa; sisters-in-law: Helen Lillian Rockefeller of Endicott, NY; Edna Marshall of Susquehanna, Pa; nephews: Dennis (Kim) Rockefeller of Endicott, NY; Jeffrey Wilbur of Herrickville, Pa; nieces: Susan (Robert) Perez of Houston, TX; Robin (William) Huizinga of Willseyville, NY; several great nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. Dick was predeceased by his parents Robert and Beatrice Rockefeller and a niece Penny Rafferty. A memorial service and celebration of Dick’s life will be held on Wednesday, September 23rd at 10 am at the Potterville United Church of Christ with Rev. Karen Ballard, officiating. A period of visitation and sharing of memories will be held on Tuesday, September 22nd from 6 to 9 pm at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the LeRay Lodge Hall Association, c/o Mr. Harrison Johnson, RR 2, Box 418, Rome, Pa 18837 in loving memory of Richard L. “Dick” Rockefeller. 20 Sept 2009, Stufin Funeral Chapel obit. 21 Sept 2009, Towanda Daily Review
ROSEKRANS Fred A.
formerly of Greene - January 2, 1919, died Saturday, September 19, 2009, at his home in Parkland, Florida. Fred was predeceased by his parents, Fred and Anna Rosekrans; and his brothers, Arnold Rosekrans. He is survived by his wife, Mary Clinton Rosekrans; two daughters and sons-in-law, Julia and Alvis Upitas, Hawaii, Joanna and Charles Elmore, New Hampshire; one son and daughter-in-law, John and Theresa Rosekrans, Binghamton; eight grandchildren, Zachary Perlman, Laura Scott, Jillian Christian, Jessica Rosekrans, Jennifer Jovic, Merritt Elmore, Thomas Elmore and Jonathan Elmore; three great-grandchildren, Josephine and Eleanor Scott and Taiyo Perlman; sister and brother-in-law, Frederica and Laurence Scott; and sister-in-law, Joyce Rosekrans. Fred was a graduate of Horseheads High School, Cornell University, and Albany Law School. He served in the United States Army Air Corps as a navigator in the 8th Air Force. He lived and worked in Greene until 2004 where he practiced law. He was a member of the New York State and Chenango County Bars, and was a former president of the Chenango County Bar. He served on the boards of the Moore Memorial Library and the First National Bank of Greene (later Key Bank), as attorney for the Town of Greene, Greene Central School, and the Village of Greene, and as a trustee of the State University of New York at Binghamton. He volunteered as a boardwalk naturalist at the Audubon Corkscrew Sanctuary and was an avid golfer. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Greene. Published in Star-Gazette on September 22, 2009
RUMSEY Gordon B.
Age 77, of Waverly, NY died
on Sunday, September 27, 2009 after suffering a massive stroke and brain hemorrhage. Gordon was born on June 16, 1932 at his home in Lowman, NY to Walter Earl Rumsey and Edith Mae Williams Rumsey. He was predeceased in death by parents, Walter and Edith; brother, Wilton Earl; sisters, Evelyn Marjorie Crisafi, Marion Edith Gray and her husband, Warren "Jim"; daughters, Linda Jean Spence and her husband, Gerald, Karen Husner and brother-in-law, George Fero. Gordon is survived by his wife, Nila Hettich Rumsey; son, Gordon Earl Rumsey (Shelly) of Adams, NY; daughter, April Renee Griffin (Greg) of Las Vegas, NV; sister, Joyce A. Rumsey of Elmira, NY; in-laws, Vonda Fero, Robert and Donna Hettich; 11 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and cousins. Gordon worked for Thatcher Glass in Big Flats, NY (now Anchor Glass) for over 30 years. A viewing from 9:30-11:00 with service to follow at the Waverly United Methodist Church at 158 Chemung St. in Waverly, officiated by Pastor Anne Bey Canfield. The family will provide flowers. Any donations may be given in Gordon's memory to the Waverly United Methodist Church or to the charity of one's choice. Published in Star-Gazette on September 29, 2009
Age 74, of Tioga, PA, died Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at his home. Ron was born March 15, 1935 in Johnstown, PA, a son of Robert and Matilda (Edelman) Schuller. He was the husband of Charlotte (Morgan) Schuller. Ron was a member of Holy Child Catholic Church, Mansfield, PA. Ronald is survived by his wife, Charlotte; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Robert and Judy Schuller of Twinsburg, OH and James Schuller of West Hampton Beach, NY; a daughter, Janice Schuller of Hanover, MD. He was predeceased by two sisters, Roberta and Jean. In keeping with Ron's wishes, there will be no services. The Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family. Published in Star-Gazette from September 30 - October 1, 2009
SECHRIST - Carl D. Sechrist, 91, of Canton, formerly of Fox Hollow Road, Williamsport, went home to be with his Lord on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, surrounded by his loving family. He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Valma A. (FLUMAN) Sechrist, on Nov. 7, 2001. Born July 5, 1918, in Williamsport, he was the son of Walter and Alice DEIBLER Sechrist. He was a 1936 graduate of Williamsport High School and was a Navy Veteran of World War II. Carl had worked as a machinist at AVCO, Litton Industries, and Sylvania. He was a member of Oak Grove Alliance Church and was attending Canton Mennonite Church. His greatest joy was the time he spent with his family. Surviving are: four children, Alice J. Sechrist, JoAnne VanNoy (Jerry), with whom he lived in Canton, Verona L. English (William) of Leeper, and Carl David Sechrist (Christina) of Carlisle; six grandchildren, Justin English (Beth), Jonathan, Joseph, and Jasmine VanNoy, Justina and Cameron Sechrist; four great-grandchildren, Grace, JT, Paige, and Bryce English; and two sisters, Doris Raker and Helen Metzger, both of Williamsport. Funeral services will be held at noon Friday, Sept. 25, at Oak Grove Alliance Church, 1680 Fox Hollow Road, Williamsport, with Pastor Jonathon Porter, Pastor Doug Graybill, and Carl's nephew, the Rev. William Raker, co-officiating. Burial will be held in Montoursville Cemetery. Friends may call from 10-11:45 a.m. Friday at the church. The family will provide the flowers and suggest memorial contributions in Carl's name be made to Oak Grove Alliance Church. 21 September 2009, Towanda Daily Review.
SEDOR - Wassil "Fritz" Sedor, 78, died Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009. He was born in Centralia and was a longtime resident of Wellsboro and Brandon, Fla. He was a Korean and Vietnam veteran and retired from the United States Army after 21 years of service. While living in Wellsboro, he was employed at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital and enjoyed doing physical therapy. Fritz had a great sense of humor and loved playing practical jokes. He was an avid football fan of Penn State, Notre Dame and enjoyed Duke basketball. In his younger years, he played semi-pro baseball for the United States Army team. Later on he enjoyed coaching Little League baseball while at Fort Knox, Ky. He appreciated the outdoors and fishing. He passed the same appreciation of the outdoors on to his children. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Eleanor; eight children, Donna (Max) Weill, Anthony Sedor, Michael (Maria) Sedor, Linda (Pete) Holland, Paul (Lydia) Sedor, Christopher (Laura) Sedor, Kathy (Bill) Brodhag, Mary (Durrell) Reichley; 12 grandchildren; brother, John Sedor; sister, Josephine Alessi; nieces, nephews and an extended loving family and friends. Military funeral services were held at the Florida National Cemetery. Cards can be sent to Eleanor Sedor, c/o Linda Holland, 325 Gatsby Place, Highland, Texas 75077-6778.
SENATORE - Robert M. Senatore, 80, of Rome, Pa., and formerly of Montville, N.J., died following a period of declining health on Monday, Sept. 28, 2009, at the Robert Packer Hospital. Bob was born on Oct. 2, 1928, in Newark, N.J., a son of the late Mario and Mary (STOECKEL) Senatore. Bob was employed by Curtiss-Wright Flight Systems for 38 years, starting as a machinist and ending his career as manufacturing manager. Following his retirement, Bob and Rosemarie moved to Rome, Pa., where they enjoyed his dream of farming for the last 21 years. He was a 30-year member of the Montville Township First Aid Squad, a founding member of Dept. 28, served with the National Guard, and was a member of St. John the Evangelist RC Church in South Waverly, Pa. Bob is survived by: his wife of 62 years, Rosemarie (PETER) Senatore; his children Kathleen and Gerard Canino, Bruce and Barbara Senatore, Neil and Melissa Senatore, Andrea and Leon Senatore Roszkowski, Adrienne and Steven Senatore Below, and Traci and Edward Senatore May; 17 grandchildren, Renee Dann, Adam Dann, Michele Sampson, Robert Senatore II, Steven Senatore, Amee Replogle, Natalie Senatore, Kyle Senatore, Dillon Senatore, Taylor Senatore, Adam Roszkowski, Sasha Roszkowski, Alek Roszkowski, Jacob Below, Greer Below, Christopher Abate, and Allyson Abate; and three great-grandchildren, Nicholas Sampson, Michael Sampson and Ava Sampson. Bob was predeceased by: his daughter Robin Dann; a son, Terrance Senatore; and two brothers, John and Vincent Senatore. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 2, 2009, at St. John the Evangelist RC Church with Father Vincent Langan officiating. A period of visitation and time of sharing memories will be held from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols, N.Y. Memories and condolences for Bob's family may be shared by visiting www.sutfinfuneralchapel.com. Flowers will be provided by the family and memorial contributions may be directed to Father Tom Carroll, The Piarist School, Hwy 80 Box 870, Martin, KY 41649 in loving memory of Robert M. Senatore. 30 September 2009, Towanda Daily Review.
SPATARO - MATTERAZZO Phyllis (Spataro)
Age 97, died at her Braintree home surrounded by her loving family September 20, 2009. Born in New York, she had lived in Quincy many years before moving to Braintree 18 years ago. Phyllis was active in the ProLife movement, Sacred Heart Church Weymouth, Prayer Group in North Quincy. For many years she had traveled with Fr. Tom DiLorenzo to the Holy Land. Phyllis was a Eucharistic Minister and delivered communion to residents at Independence Manor in Braintree and belonged to Order of Mary at St. Clare's Church, Braintree. Beloved wife of the late Emilio. Mother of Bernard, married to Barbara Matterazzo of Horseheads, NY; Nancy, married to Edward Meleedy of Whitman; Joseph, married to Priscilla Matterazzo of Carver; and Donna, married to John Mullaney of Braintree. Sister of Katherine Poulos of Springfield and the late Matthew Spataro, Gerry Spataro, Nancy Peters and Louise Letterillo. Also survived by 19 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandaughter. Funeral from the South Weymouth McDonald Funeral Home, 809 Main St., (Rt. 18 opp. South Shore Hospital) Wednesday at 8:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Francis of Assisi Church, Braintree at 9:00. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hours Tuesday 5-8 p.m. Donations in Phyllis' memory may be made to Old Colony Hospice, 1 Credit Union Way, Randolph, MA 02368. Burial Pine Hill Cemetery, Braintree or Judie Brown American Life, PO Box 1350, Stafford,VA 22555. Published in Star-Gazette on September 22, 2009
TANNER Sereno Scranton "Cy"
A longtime resident of Southport died on Sunday September 13, 2009 at Robert Packer Hospital. Survived by his wife of 63 years, Doree, and three children Pam (Rip) Doud, Carol (Steve)Aichele, Bill (Sue) Tanner. Also surviving are five delightful grandchildren and their spouses and six precious great grandchildren. "Cy" was a pilot, a T.W.A. Captain, building contractor, a farmer, a Cornellian and a Freemason. Private funeral services were held at the convenience of the family. Those wishing may remember "Cy" with memorials in his name to Trinity Episcopal Church, 304 N. Main St., Elmira, NY 14901 or the Sons of the American Revolution Youth Memorial Award Fund, c/o William Woodworth, 447 Brainard Pl., Painted Post, NY 14870 or do a good deed for someone today. "Cy" is fondly remembered by his greeting, "You're Looking Well". Published in Star-Gazette on September 27, 2009
TEETER Donald Dewitt
Age 85, of Ithaca, NY died on Saturday, September 26, 2009, at Cayuga Medical Center, Ithaca, NY. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY on Thursday, October 1, 2009, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and where his funeral service will be held there following visitation at 12 noon. Interment will follow at Union Cemetery of Hector, Burdett, NY. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to the Hospicare, 171 E. King Road, Ithaca, NY 14850 in is name. Published in Star-Gazette on September 29, 2009
TOWNER - GIRAGOSIAN, Francine I.
Francine I. (Towner) Giragosian, of Horseheads, NY, passed from this life at the Cleveland Clinic unexpectedly on Wednesday, September 23rd, to be with Yahshua, her Creator. She was predeceased by her husband, Delbert Giragosian; her parents, Norman L. and Anna Towner; and three previous husbands. She was born November 21, 1942 and spent her childhood in Pine City, NY. Francine, affectionately known as Frankie, is survived by children, Faithann Goodell (Dale Grider), Steven L. Wright (Lisa); brother, Norman L. Towner (Joan); grandchildren, Brianne and Fabrina Goodell, Donita King, Nicole French, Julianna, Michael and Aiden Wright, David and Danielle King; along with numerous nieces and nephews, and countless friends. She attended the IDMR and was a lifelong member. Graduated from Southside H.S. in 1960. Through the years she was a Nail Tech, Insurance and Real Estate Agent. She worked with the Literacy Volunteers and was a past auxiliary member of the Pine City Volunteer Fire Department. She was an avid golfer and enjoyed decorating her home. A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 3, 2009, in the IDMR class building at the corner of 5th & Magee in Elmira, NY. There will be a time of gathering and refreshments following the service. In lieu of flowers or plants, the family requests that donations be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942 or the charity of your choice. Published in Star-Gazette on October 1, 2009
TURNER - KOLB, Carolyn H.
Age 75, of Youngstown, died Friday, October 2, 2009, in Niagara Hospice House in Lockport, NY after a long illness. Carolyn was born October 16, 1933 in Elmira, NY, the daughter of the late James and Helen (Sheehan) Turner. She was a 1951 graduate of Elmira South Side High School. Carolyn married Lawrence A. Kolb on June 12, 1954 and they have resided in Youngstown the past 39 years. She worked as a Nurses Aide at Mt. St. Mary's Hospital in Lewiston, NY from 1974 to 1977. Carolyn was a communicant of St. Bernard's RC Church in Youngstown and a 20-year member of its Altar Rosary Society. An avid golfer, she was a member of the Niagara Frontier Country Club for over 30 years. She also enjoyed bowling for several years. She is survived by her husband, Lawrence; her daughter, Virginia (Mark, Sr.) Bucholtz of Youngstown; a son, Thomas (Renee' Blanchette) Kolb of Sykesville, MD; her grandchildren, Stephanie Kolb, Mark Bucholtz, Jr. Robert Bucholtz, and Laura Brodie; three sisters, Rose (Edwin) Berman and Elizabeth Chilson, both of Pine City, NY, and Ellen (Robert) Baker of Horseheads, NY. Also survived by great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two brothers, William and James Turner; and a sister, Mary Jane Ruggiero. Friends may call at HARDISON FUNERAL HOME, 3648 Ransomville Rd., Ransomville, NY on Tuesday from 3 - 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, October 7, at 10:00 a.m. in St. Bernard's RC Church, 2nd and Hinman Sts., Youngstown, with the Rev. Msgr. Thomas Moran officiating. (Please assemble at church) Burial will follow in Oakland Rural Cemetery, Youngstown. Memorials may be made to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Dr., Lockport, NY 14094; or to the Youngstown Volunteer Fire Co., PO Box 387, Youngstown, NY 14174. Published in Star-Gazette on October 4, 2009
VANNEST - James William "Bill" VanNest, 81, of Largo, Fla., died Wednesday, Sept. 9, at Oak Manor Senior Living Center in Largo under the care of Hospice. Bill was born Jan. 15, 1928, to Faye and Florence VanNest of Standing Stone, Pa. He attended the Fisher School in Standing Stone and Towanda Area High School. He married Lillian SCHMOLL on Sept. 30, 1950 in Durell, Pa. at the Schmoll homestead of Rolling Acres. In his early years, he was a dairy farmer and helped farm the Rolling Acres before working at DuPont in Towanda, Pa. until his retirement in 1982. After retirement he and Lillian moved to Largo, Fla. where Bill worked part time at the Largo Methodist Church for another 20 years. Bill and Lillian loved camping, visiting friends, vacationing around the country and woodworking. Lillian died Aug. 7, 2009. Bill is predeceased by his parents Faye and Florence VanNest; two sisters, Marjorie Griffis and Doris Vought; seven brother-in-laws, Francis Vought, Edward Parks, Verne Griffis, Marshall Cook, Joseph Bride, Amos Schmoll and Allen Schmoll Jr. Bill is survived by a daughter, Debra Cole and husband Norman of Largo, a son Robert VanNest and wife Wendy of Easton, Md.; four grandsons, Kirk and Kyle Cole and Sam and Ben VanNest; three sisters, Marie Parks, Betty Cook and Lucille Bride. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Faith United Church in Largo, Fla. At the discretion of the family, a tribute to Bill will be held in Standing Stone, Pa. 21 Sept. 2009, Towanda Daily Review.
VRUDNEY - Mary Vestrand, 89, formerly of New Kensington, went home with her Lord Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, at Elcor Health Services, Horseheads, N.Y., after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Mary was born Oct. 4, 1919, in Arnold, to the late Andrew and Julia (Skolnik) Vrudney. She is survived by her children, Carol (Ernest) Kirkwood, of Horseheads, N.Y., and William (Tina) Vestrand, of Smyrna, Tenn.; grandchildren, Ernie (Candy) Kirkwood, Kim (Mike) Buck, Jeff (Cheryl) Kirkwood, Lorie (John) Linberger, William (Linda) Vestrand and Brandy (Jamie) Hynek; great-grandchildren, Carissa, Ernie, Joshua Kirkwood, Melissa, Mike, Jenna Buck, Kailey Kirkwood and Destiny, Isaiah and Gwenyth Hynek; brothers, Milton (Thelma) Vrudney and William Vrudney; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Vrudney; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William Arthur Vestrand; her son, William Andrew Vestrand; a brother, Andrew Vrudney; and two sisters, Pauline (Earl) Vestrand and Julia Harley Kimball. Mary had been a member of United Presbyterian Church of New Kensington for 62 years. She was employed with Fisher Bros. and Harts Department Store. She was active with the women of the Moose and the Eagles club. Family and friends are invited from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the CHURCHFIELD-PETERS FUNERAL HOME, 501 Fifth Ave., New Kensington, PA 15068, 724-335-1951, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Private burial will follow in Parnassus Cemetery, New Kensington.
WAGNER Gerald G.
Gerald G. Wagner went home to be with his Lord early Sunday morning, September 27, 2009, surrounded by loving family at his home. Born January 22, 1917 to George and Florence Hotchkiss Wagner in Crooked Creek, PA and preceded in death by brothers Charles, Gordon, Kenny and sister, Mildred Miller. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Joie Welton; son, Roger (Doris); son Ronald, daughters, Judith McMillan (Larry), Joann Weyhe (L. Bradley), Joyce Phillips (Paul), Jill Veron (Zeke), Jan Ritchie (Tim); 17 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; siblings Kathryn Bertsche, Clara Hill, Leonard Wagner and Lyle Wagner. He pastored more than 55 years at churches in North Madison, OH, Conneautvile, PA, Newtown, IN, Linesville, PA, Black Creek, NY, Pavilion, NY, Wellington, OH, and Dexter, PA. He was an avid outdoorsman-loved hunting, fishing camping and spending time with his family. Special thanks to his loving care-givers, April, Katie and Mitzi. Calling to be at Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, a "Life Celebration Home", 139 Main Street, Wellsboro, PA Wednesday, September 30 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Funeral will be Thursday, October 1 at the Dexter Baptist Church, Wellsboro, PA, at 11:00 A.M. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dexter Baptist Church. Published in Star-Gazette on September 29, 2009
YONKIN Theron O. "Bud" Jr.
66, of Galeton, PA, died Monday, September 21, 2009, at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, PA. A son of the late Theron O., Sr. and Agnes (Gallagher) Yonkin, he was born on October 5, 1942 in Watsontown, PA. On December 17, 1966 at the Castle Garden Methodist Church in Driftwood, PA, he married the former Judy Moate, who survives. He was a veteran having served with the United States Army. Bud owned and operated his own truck and drove for Campbell Trucking in Galeton, retiring in 2008. In addition to hunting, he enjoyed spending time at Campbell Trucking and "hanging with the guys". Surviving besides his wife are a son, Robert Yonkin, Galeton; two daughters, Jill (Greg) Cizek, Galeton and Janice (Shannon) Mataka, Pottsville, PA; grandchildren, Christopher and Ashley Cizek, Galeton; four brothers, Vern (Mary) Yonkin, Erie, PA, Rick, (Mary) Yonkin, Galeton, Ronald (Linda) Yonkin, Yardley, PA, and Ed (Gail) Yonkin, Erie, PA; a sister, Ann (Al) Chagnon, White Plains, MD; several nieces and nephews; and his dog and buddy, Bear. Friends may call at the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton on Friday, September 25, 2009, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday, September 26, 2009, from 11:00 to 12:00 p.m. with funeral services following at 12:00 p.m. The Rev. David K. Shultz will officiate. Interment will be made in West Hill Cemetery, Galeton. Military Rites will be accorded by the Potter County Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to the Goodyear Hose Company or to the Gale Hose Ambulance Association. Published in Star-Gazette on September 23, 2009
YOUNG - Sandra "If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever." Sandra Young ROOT ANDERSON, 70, of Columbia Cross Roads, Pa., entered into eternal rest early Saturday morning, Sept. 26, 2009 at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Towanda Memorial Hospital. Sandra was born on March 24, 1939 in Elmira, N.Y., born to the late Russell and LaVella (ROSS) Young. Sandy attended the Troy Area Schools. She cherished times spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. A kind and gentle woman, Sandy possessed a love of birds and nature. She was an avid NASCAR fan and her favorite driver was Mark Martin. Futures employed Mrs. Anderson in Troy for 15 years until retiring in April of this year. She is survived by her husband of nearly 19 years Robert; children, Joy Root of Waverly, N.Y., Jean (Dana) Fay, Jerry (Beth) Root, Judi (Joe) Chamberlain all of Columbia Cross Roads, Jeff (Mia) Root of Monroeton, Julie (Ray) McClure of Troy and Jamie (Janice) Root of Milan; step-children, Mike (Tammy) Anderson, Terry (Lynn) Elliott, Tracy (Pat) Fredrick and Tina (Terry) Conway, 22 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; a brother Richmond Young of Lancaster; a sister, Barbara (Roy) Beardslee of Wetona, several nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends, Audrey Seymour and Kay Smith. A sister, Joy Brady, brother, Eugene Young, grandson, Ryan Myers and a sister in law, Janice Young, predeceased her. In keeping with Sandra's wish's services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Towanda Skilled Nursing Unit, 1 Hospital Drive, Towanda, PA 18848 or to a charity of one's choice. The Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, in Canton is assisting the family with arrangements. 27 September 2009, Towanda Daily Review.
? ELEANOR M. LOVELL
Eleanor M. Lovell, 69, of Galeton, Pa., died Friday, Sept. 25, 2009. She is survived by her daughter, Ernestine Lovell, Galeton. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009 at 1 p.m. at the Hess Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton.
? SPAULDING, Leona M.
Age 91 died on Friday, September 25, 2009. Mrs. Spaulding was predeceased by her husband, Gordon L Spaulding Sr. on April 24, 1997. She is survived by her children, Gordon L. (Shirley) Spaulding Jr. of Cayuta, NY and Patricia Ammerman of Elmira Heights, NY; grandchildren, Kelly Spaulding of Montour Falls, NY, Robin & Todd Thoman of Odessa, NY, Karen & Brian McLean of Alpine, NY, Mark & Angie Ammerman of Troy, PA, Kim & David Bristol of Troy, PA and Kandy Ammerman of Troy, PA; great-grandchildren, Ryan, Alyssa & Kari Ammerman, Dustin Spaulding, Mark, Derek & Taylor Thoman, Aaron, Mikayla & Kelsey Bristol, Ashley & Brian Jr. McLean and Curtis & Chance Lantz; sisters, Mary Allen of Buffalo, NY, Patricia Hourihan of Elmira, NY, Margaret Cuer of Wellsburg, NY and Ellen Little of Elmira, NY. Leona worked at the Eclipse during WWII and was a homemaker. She loved to cook and take care of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Special thanks to Leona's angels that made it possible for her to remain at home, Leah Torello, Diane Knowlton, Paula Vail, Samantha Coon, Mary Kay Welch, Belinda Webster & Renee Mosher. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 534 Church St., Odessa, NY on Friday, October 2, 2009 from 6 to 8 PM and again on Saturday from 11AM to 1 PM. Her funeral and committal service will be held following visitation at 1 PM. Burial will take at the convenience of the family. Those wishing to remember Mrs. Spaulding may do so through memorials in her name to the Montour Falls Fire Department and Rescue Squad, PO Box 369, Montour Falls, NY 14865. Published in Star-Gazette on September 30, 2009