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ADAMS John Joseph
Age 64, of Seeley Road, Cayuta, NY, died on Thursday, December 17, 2009, at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. John is survived by his wife of 45 years, Ruth K. Adams; children, John (Sue) Adams, Shirley Adams (Kim), Billy (Michelle) Adams, Betty Adams, Mary Adams (Bruce), and Frank (Brandy) Adams; 26 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; brothers, Frank, Dick and Jake; sisters, Laura Lepp and Linda Weaver. His parents, Jason and Laura Adams; and a grandson, Harold Fenton, Jr., predeceased John. Mr. Adams was the former president of the Rochester Society for the Deaf and was a member of the Bowling Deaf Club and loved to play Euchre. He loved all of his friends in the Deaf Club. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY on Wednesday, December 23, 2009, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. His funeral and committal service will be held there following visitation at 4 p.m. The Rev. Peter A. Williams will officiate and sign for the Funeral Service. Many thank you go out to Susan Wardwell and her staff for all their help and care.  Published in Star-Gazette on December 21, 2009

AYERS - Mary Elizabeth “Beth” Ayers, 80, of Chemung St., Sayre, Pa., died Friday, Dec. 18, 2009 at the ElderWood at Tioga Healthcare in Waverly, N.Y., following a brief illness.   Born September 6, 1929 in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Charles P. Ayer Sr. and Alice POWERS Ayers.  Beth was a graduate of Sayre High School, Class of 1947, and Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA Class of 1951.  She was employed by the Tioga County Probation Department, Tioga County, N.Y., for many years until her retirement.  Beth was a member of the Church of the Epiphany, Sayre and its Perpetual Adoration Society. She was a member of  Birthright of Sayre and the Bridge of Penn-York Valley Churches, and she was an avid reader.  Surviving are: her niece, Sharon E. Best and her husband, Gregory Best  of Manchester, CT.; her nephew, Charles P. Ayers III of Owego, N.Y.  — she loved them both and considered them her own; her great-nephew, Andrew W. Best of Leveritt, Mass.; her sister in law, Kathleen  J. Ayers of Owego, N.Y., whom she introduced to her brother, attorney Charles P. Ayers Jr., when they were all students at Penn State University in 1950; many dear cousins, James and Rosemary Cooper, Robert and Valerie Cooper, Kathleen Marie Reiss, Gertrude Mary Reiss Devore, Ann Powers, Sandra Hart, Vincent and Susan Rey.   In  addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother, attorney Charles P. Ayers Jr. of Owego, N.Y.  Private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family.  There are no calling hours.  Interment will be private.   In lieu of flowers the the family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the Bridge, P. O. Box 202, Sayre, PA 18840 in Mary Elizabeth “Beth” Ayers memory.  21 Dec. 2009, Sayre Morning Times.

BALDWIN Walton Bertrand
Of Burdett, NY and formerly of Elmira, died December 25, 2009 after an extended illness. He was born December 25, 1926 to George and Bernadine (Apgar) Baldwin. Walt was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Blanche Baldwin, on September 26, 2009. He is survived by his four children, Michael (Judi) Baldwin of Amesville, Ohio, Daniel Baldwin of Burdett, NY, Jeffrey (Sue) Baldwin of Burdett, NY, and Michele Baldwin of Watkins Glen, NY. He had four grandsons, Jeremiah, Jacob, Joseph and Jonathon; and four great-grandchildren, Nehemiah, Abigail, Alexandria and Mackenzie. Walt is also survived by his loving sisters, Nancy (Henry) Bellavigna of Burdett, NY and Barbara (David) Stoner of Hartford, NY; brothers-in-law, Richard (Carol) VanDeusen and Robert (Myrtie) VanDeusen of Elmira, NY; also many nieces, nephews and friends. Walt served his country during World War II. Afterwards, he worked at the Sampson Ordinance in Romulus, NY. Walt went on to earn his degree in engineering from Tri-State University in Indiana. He then went to work for Eclipse in Elmira Heights and stayed with the company through the many changes to Bendix, Facet and Purolator until retirement. After a few years of retirement, Walt needed to keep busy and went to work as night stocker for Acme Market in Watkins Glen, where he made many friends. He had many hobbies, including coin and stamp collecting, crocheting and Folk Art painting. There are no prior calling hours. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family. Walt supported many charities; please feel free to make a donation to your favorite in lieu of flowers.  Published in Star-Gazette on December 27, 2009

BEACH Armenia
Wellsboro Agitator, Tioga, PA - Wed., April 18, 1917, Pg 2
Mrs. Nellie King, of Knoxville, has received word of the death of her sister, Mrs Arnenia Cummings of Phoenix, Arizona.  Mrs. Cummings was buried at that place Saturday, March 17th. She was nearly 80 years of age. She was a daughter of Olmstead and Eliza Beach. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Mary Biars and Mrs. Rosa Braswell, of Phoenix, Arizona; two brothers, Francis Beach of Westfield; and James Beach of Wellsboro and one sister, Mrs. Nellie King of Knoxville. Courier

BENNETT - MILLER, Beatrice "Bea"
Gone home to fly as an angel in gods grace, Beatrice Miller "Bea", age 80, died peacefully with her loving family by her side on Sunday, December 20th, 2009, at Arnot Ogden Hospital. Bea was born on June 10th, 1929 in Spring Lake, PA, the daughter of Charles and Leona Bennett. She was married to her loving husband, John on March 8th, 1947. She was a devoted loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. After retiring, her life revolved around her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was always there for anyone that needed her, always putting others first, before her own needs. She worked several years at the A&P Plant in Horseheads, and retired after working several years at FM Howell Packaging in Elmira. Bea is survived by her husband, John H. Miller; three children, John J. (Connie) Miller; daughters, Patricia (Preston) Hand, Diane (Barry) McCann; five grandchildren, James (Cathie) Hand, Rick (Amy) Hand, Ginger (Jerry) Carnike, Chad (Karen) Casselbury, Brett Casselbury, all of Waverly, NY; step children, Kelly (Steve) Cook, Jill (Tory) Kitching, Patrick McCann, all of Elmira, NY; eight great-grandchildren and 8 step great-grandchildren; niece, Phyllis (Lee) Surber from Barton, NY; several great-nieces, nephews, cousins and numerous friends. Bea was predeceased by her parents and in-laws; brother, Joseph Bennett; and sister, Nellie (Bob) Ash. We know you're at peace and in God's hands. We will always hold you dear to our hearts. A time for gathering with family and friends will be 12-2 p.m. Wednesday, December 23, 2009, at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, NY. The celebration of Bea's life will follow the visitation with Pastor Lee Thompson honoring her memory at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Calvery Baptist Church, 701 W. Pine St., Athens, PA 18810.  Published in Star-Gazette on December 22, 2009

Age 91, of Salt Point Rd., Watkins Glen, NY, died at home on Tuesday, December 22, 2009. Friends and family may call from 4 pm to 7 pm on Monday, December 28, 2009 at the Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, 119 5th St., Watkins Glen. His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 am on Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at St. Mary's of the Lake Church, 905 Decatur St., Watkins Glen with Father Paul Bonacci, celebrant. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Watkins Glen, NY. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to The American Legion Post #555, c/o Anthony Specchio, 351 Howard Ave., Watkins Glen, NY 14891. Frank was born in Arcevia, Province of Ancona, Italy on April 14, 1918, the son of the late Pietro and Rosa Biagetti. Frank served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945. He was employed with Shepard Niles in Montour Falls and D&T Franzese Brothers in Watkins Glen. After retirement, Frank, worked as a tour guide on the trolley at Watkins Glen State Park. He was a member of The American Legion Post #555, where he was Past Post Commander. Frank also served as Grand Marshall of the 2001 Italian-American Festival and was a communicant of St. Mary's of the Lake Church. Frank built the shoreline and his cottage on Seneca Lake, a place where he could enjoy watching his family gather and spend time. Education was important to Frank, and he was very proud of his children and grandchildren's degrees and achievements. He was an avid gardener, growing vegetables and flowers. Frank is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Nicolina; his children, Carl (Ellen) Biagetti of Silver Spring, Md, Rosanne Doane of Watkins Glen, NY, and Lida (Michael) Riedlinger of Pittsford, NY; his grandchildren, Adam (Casey) and Anthony Doane, Michael and Samuel Biagetti, and Clara and William Riedlinger; two great grandchildren, Jordan and Michael Doane; sister, Mary Borra of Alpine, NY; brother-in-law, Albert Franzese of Watkins Glen, NY; sister-in-law, Caroline Quirk of Hyde Park, NY; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Frank was predeceased by his brothers, Angelo and Joseph Biagetti. Published in Star-Gazette on December

BISCHOFF - WALKER, Eleanor Bischoff
85, died on Sunday, December 20, 2009, at Bethany Village in Horseheads. Eleanor was born in Norwich and later moved to Binghamton. She received her accounting degree from Broome Community College as an adult and was a Certified Professional Secretary. Her career included employment at Conrail, Ansco, First City National Bank, Binghamton-area realtors, and the Penny Saver. She was a past President of the Business and Professional Women of the Triple Cities. In 2001, she was presented with the New York State Senate Excelsior Woman of Achievement Award by Senator Thomas W. Libous. An avid bowler and golfer, she spent many summers on Seneca Lake with her children and grandchildren as they were growing up. In later years, she loved to travel and saw many parts of the world with her friends. Eleanor was a caring mother who loved her family and friends unconditionally, and a beautiful person who will be missed by all of the people she touched. Eleanor is survived by a loving and dedicated daughter, Anne Walker Terry; son-in-law, James E. Terry; grandchildren, Brennan and Sean Terry; a son, Steven R. Walker and his wife, Pamela Johnson Walker; and grandchildren, Rory, Travis, and Allyson Walker. She was predeceased by her husband, William P. Walker, Vice President of Human Resources at NYSEG; her mother, Gertrude Bischoff Biermann; as well as her sister, Jane Bischoff Dixon. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 30, 2009, from the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home, 116 North Broad St., Norwich, NY. In lieu of a gift of flowers, donations in Eleanor's memory may be directed to: Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Attn: Scott, 159 Sapsucker Woods, Ithaca, NY 14850.  Published in Star-Gazette on December 25, 2009

BOOTH - Clifton 'Cliff' Booth, 98, of Big Timber, died Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009, surrounded by his family and friends at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings following a brief illness.  He was born in Cainsville, Mo. on Jan. 26, 1911, to Clellie and Chloe Summers Booth. At the age of three, Cliff moved to Montana with his family. In 1921, his mother married William (Bill) Langford of Reed Point and the family moved there. Cliff would live most of his adult life in the Reed Point area.  On Sept. 19, 1931, Cliff married Lois Todd. They were blessed with a son, Lloyd in 1933 and daughter, Carol in 1939. For many years, Cliff and his family ranched in the Reed Point area, raising prized Herefords.  After 47 years of marriage, Cliff lost his wife Lois. In 1978, he married Lillian Laubach. A few years later Cliff retired from ranching and they moved to Big Timber after selling the ranch in Reed Point. Cliff and Lillian were very active in the Senior Center in Big Timber for many years. Lillian died in 1995.  In 1997, Cliff married Fay Long and they split their time between Big Timber and her home in Pennsylvania. Cliff was very fortunate in his life to have found and married three exceptional women. Throughout his ranching career, Cliff always had a great love for horses. In his younger years, he broke horses and rodeod. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and dancing. He raised Hereford cows and won several trophies for his prized steers. In his over 98 years of life, he had many stories that he loved to tell.  Cliff loved his immediate family and the large extended family that came to be his over the years.  Cliff is survived by his wife, Fay; son, Lloyd; daughter, Caroland many beloved grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.  Cliff cherished living in Montana and he loved life. He will be greatly missed by many friends and family.  Viewing will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 27, at Stenberg Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 28, at the Big Timber Lutheran Church. Interment will follow at 2:30 p.m. in the Reed Point Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Cliff's name may be made to the Big Timber Senior Center, Box 298, Big Timber, Mont. 59011 or to a charity of one's choice.  Arrangements are by Stenberg Funeral Home.

BROWNE - HASLETT, Doris Browne
Age 86, of Geneva, formerly of Horseheads, died Dec. 17, 2009. Born in Avon to Stephen M. and H. DeEtta Browne, Doris was the beloved wife of Charles E. ""Hez"" Haslett for 65 years. Doris was valedictorian of her Avon High School class and went on to graduate from Rochester Business Institute as a medical secretary. As part of her career, she was employed at Strong Memorial, Geneva General and Arnot Ogden Hospitals. Doris loved reading, art, gardening and music and sang in Harmony Inc. for several years. Her other career was as a loving mother of six children, all of whom survive her, Donald B. Haslett (Jette) of Portland, Ore., Thomas G. Haslett (Judy) of Peoria, Ariz., Mary Haslett D'Ambrosia (Charles) of Woodinville, Wash., Judy Haslett (Harold ""Mac"" MacGowan) of Forty Fort, Pa., Joyce Haslett Jensen (Axel) of Lyons and Allen C. Haslett (Diane) of Elmira. Doris is also survived by 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by grandson, Stephen M. Haslett; her twin brother, Milton; sister, Elsie; and brothers, Ira and Bruce Browne. A memorial service will be Jan. 9, 2010, at Seneca Number Nine Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Seneca Number Nine Presbyterian Church or the Alzheimer's Association .  Published in Star-Gazette on December 23

CAMPBELL - WATSON, Shelia M. (Grantier)
Of Elmira, NY - Was born August 19, 1954 in Sayre, PA, and died on Sunday, December 20, 2009, at the age of 55. Her father, the Reverend David Henry Campbell and her late husband, Brett Thomas Watson predeceased her. She is survived by her mother, Naomi Pearl Grantier Darrow; brothers, Dorrence Malcolm Lee, Melvin Douglas Lee, Andre Christopher Rogers Campbell; sisters, Bonnie Lea Gibson, Deborah Ann Campbell; children, Naomi L. Cade, James Henry Cade, Christopher James Cade, and Tisha Marie Grantier; grandchildren, Jezmine Lee Wells, Chiquetta LaNaia Harper, Tyniqua LeKia Shelia Harper, LaTisha Shelia Marie Wilcox, Michael Thomas Wilcox; great-grandchild, Tayjuan Lee Jenkins; best friend, Roxanne Cory; along with many more grandchildren, nieces, other family members and friends. A gathering of her family and friends will take place on Wednesday, December 23, 2009, at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira/Southport, NY from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. A Memorial Service honoring her life will follow the visitation at 7 p.m. Lay Pastor John P. Knapp will celebrate Shelia's service.  REFLECTION - The Christmas season is a time of celebration and a time to remember the birth of Christ born to free and save the lost. But we also come together as family traveling from places near and far, braving the traffic and bad weather in anticipation of what awaits us at the end of our journey. Things like mom's cooking, the warm feelings of love that embraces you when you walk into a house filled with family you haven't seen in a year. The sound of laughter, children playing, adults remembering Christmases past. But sometimes tragedy strikes and hearts are filled with sadness making it hard to celebrate the birth of Christ or enjoy our family that has traveled from distant places to be together. But we must remember that Christ lived and died so that even in death we could have life. The loss of our mother, Shelia Grantier is a great one, but greater than that was the sacrifice given in order for her to have life after death. So instead of mourning her death, we will celebrate her life!  Published in Star-Gazette on December 22, 2009

CARR Dana Spencer
Age 30, of Elmira New York, died very peacefully on December 15, 2009, following a valiant battle with Metastatic Melanoma. At the time of his passing, he was in the comfort of his own home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born August 14, 1979 in Elmira, New York. Dana attended Horseheads schools and graduated from Horseheads High School in 1997. He received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bucknell University in 2001, where he competed four years as a cross country and track Division 1 athlete. Throughout both his high school and collegiate years, Dana was awarded with numerous academic and athletic recognitions and honors, and attained multiple division and state titles; including MVP 1995-1997, male athlete of the year 1997, Section IV individual champion cross country1996-1997 and Patriot League cross country champion 1997-1999. Most recently Dana was inducted into the Horseheads High School Hall of Fame in honor of his athletic accomplishments. Following his years in academia, Dana continued his competitive spirit and developed an interest in both road cycling and swimming. Over the next several years he participated in a number of athletic events including; Reach the Beach Relay, Elite Runner in the Utica Boilermaker Road Race, Ride of the Roses and many local road races and triathlons. His biggest accomplishment was the "Ride of '05" in which he rode his bicycle 3200 miles from Los Angeles, CA to Myrtle Beach, SC with best friend David Benyo in May 2005, to raise money for the Lance Armstrong Cancer Foundation. As an avid athlete he also enjoyed golf, water skiing and boating, and looked forward to spending summers at his family's cottage on Keuka Lake. Dana was employed as a Project Manager and Project Engineer at Epco Inc., Corning New York. In 2007 he obtained the Project Manager Professional Certification (PMP). He was a member of the Project Manager Institute, the Elmira Country Club (serving on the golf committee), Pacific Whale Foundation and Lance Armstrong Foundation. On August 5, 2006 Dana was united in marriage to Courtney S. Wolanin in Utica, New York. Since 2002 Dana and Courtney have shared countless moments of love and laughter, and together they enjoyed family, friends, traveling, cultural events and sports. Dana was very much looking forward to the birth of his first child in February of 2010. As proof of his strong character and tremendous willpower, Dana overcame a catastrophic bicycle accident, which nearly claimed his life in August 2007. In addition to his adoring and devoted wife Courtney, Dana is also survived by his loving parents Richard G. and Linda L. Carr, Horseheads, NY, his sister Jessica M. Carr and friend Nick Romans, Horseheads, NY, grandmother Audrey Lampman, Horseheads, NY; in- laws, David L. and Susan F. Wolanin, Whitesboro, NY and sister-in-law Brittany Wolanin and friend Charles Weiss, Utica, NY. Dana leaves behind the following aunts and uncles: Craig and Kim Lampman, Ashburn,VA; Terry and Judy Lampman, Watkins Glen, NY; DeWitt and Karen Lampman, Gibsonia, PA; Jared Lampman, Big Flats, NY; and Jann Carr, Northridge, CA. His dear cousins; Dexter and Nicole Siglin and family, Ian and Jennifer Lampman and family, Melissa Lampman and family, Brett Lampman, Joshua Lampman, and Leslie Lampman, godson Blake Michael Benyo. Numerous wonderful friends including his closest pals; David Benyo, James Osborn, Eric Riopko, Jon Coyles, and Jaysen Palko. Also surviving Dana are his biological father and family; Robert and Patricia Spencer, Erin Spencer, and James Spencer. Lastly, Dana leaves behind his devoted canine companion, Ernie Weston Carr. He was predeceased by his grandfathers John F. Lampman, George V. Carr and grandmother Jane S. Carr. Although Dana was taken from us far too soon, he accomplished and created more memories in 30 short years, than many do in a lifetime. Friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, corner of Water and Walnut Sts., on Friday, December 18, 2009 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A prayer service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 12:00 noon, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 1:00 p.m. at St. Patrick's Church. Donations in Dana's memory may be directed to either, The Shepherd Center for Spinal Cord Injury Research, 2020 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30309, or The Lance Armstrong Foundation, P.O. Box 6003, Albert Lea, MN 56007-6003… "Unity is strength, knowledge is power and attitude is everything. LIVESTRONG!"  Published in Star-Gazette from December 17 to December 18, 2009

CASEMAN - Richard Caseman Sr., 80, of 2802 Hoagland Branch Rd., Shunk, Pa., went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009, at home while surrounded by his loving family.  Richard Dale Caseman was born July 30, 1929 in Wheelerville, Pa. He was one of eight children born to the late Floyd and Louetta (BROWN) Caseman.  As a young man, Dick grew up in the area of Sullivan County's Fox Twp., and in 1948 graduated from the Estella High School. During his school years Dick was active in the FFA and played the violin and mouth organ in the high school band. Following graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and received his honorable discharge in 1950. It was during this time he met the love of his life, Ms. Eloise CARL. While the young couple dated Dick was employed by PennDot in Sullivan County and later Troy Engine as a machinist. On June 30, 1951 Richard married Eloise in Grover. The young couple purchased a farm in Granville Summit, raised six children and shared nearly 60 years of devoted marriage.  Richard was one always willing to help anyone in need, especially family. Keeping the farm in Granville Summit, he and Eloise moved to East Smithfield to help his brother during difficult times. Later in 1954, the Casemans purchased a dairy farm in Grover. Dick was no stranger to hard work. In addition to the daily operations of the farm he also accepted work for Bostrom Inc. in Williamsport, picked apples for Roy Landon at Cedar Ledge and worked with PennDOT in Bradford County. Due to Mr. Caseman's health they sold the farm and moved to Hepburnville where he was employed by PMF Industry in Williamsport. Farming was always in Richard's heart. He would acquire a small farm in Salladasburg and raised rabbits, veal and a few cows while also working at Avoco/Textron in Williamsport. The Casemans purchased the Grandview Motel in Linden, Pa., and ran the inn until 1989. Following the sale of the motel Dick and Eloise moved to his parent's old homestead in Shunk to spend their retirement.  Richard's love for family was most important in his life and family get-togethers were favorite times. He was a member of the Grover Church of Christ, a member of Shunk's Endless Winds Fire Co. and the Numismatic Club, a former president of the Brown, Quaker, West Hill Cemeteries and served as Master of Elkland Grange. He and Eloise chaperoned many bus trips and tours for the Senior Citizens Group. Richard really enjoyed helping at the Sullivan County Fair. He was talented at yodeling, spending many Wednesday nights at the Hoot Nanny. Richard also collected John Deere Tractors.  Dick was a Florida snowbird and enjoyed many friends there. Entertaining company anytime of the day or night, they would play all kind of card games and enjoyed each others' fellowship. Richard also traveled to over 11 different military bases because of his sons, sons-in-law, grandsons, granddaughter and daughter in law's service to our country.  In addition to his wife Eloise, Mr. Caseman is survived by three sons, Richard Jr. (JoAnn) of Montoursville, Rex (Sharon) and Ron (Holly), all of Jersey Shore; three daughters, Patricia Caseman of Shunk, Kay (Mel) Mitstifer of Jersey Shore and Esther (Ted) Perry of Wellsboro; 11 grandchildren, Michael (Amy) Caseman, Jennifer (Dominick) Adamo, Russell (Sherry) Caseman, Melissa (Terry) Karichner, Heather Caseman, Rylan Caseman, Halley Caseman, Meldon (Stacy) Mitstifer, Kenneth (Allison) Leitch, Keith (Chelsey) Leitch and Kevin (Amber) Leitch; 17 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Vera O'Brian, Alice Bown, Phyllis Higley; many nieces; nephews; cousins; friends and neighbors.  He was predeceased by four siblings, Nelson and Harold Caseman, Helen Brown and Eva Hoover; five nephews and a niece, Larry Brown, Gerald Brown, Eugene Brown, Blake Rinker, Crist Higley and Lona Rena Caseman.  Family and friends may call 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 28, at Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive in Canton. The funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. with Rev. Duane Taylor officiating. Burial will be in the Quaker Cemetery, Shunk, with military honors accorded. His family will provide flowers and suggests those who wish send memorials in Richard's name to Endless Winds Volunteer Fire Co., 9721 Rt 154, Shunk, PA 17768; Hospice/Southern Care, 190 Choate Circle, Montoursville, PA 17754 or to the Grover Church of Christ at P.O. Box 139, Grover, PA 17735.  24 Dec. 2009, Towanda

COLLINS - Mr. Walter A. Collins, age 82, of RR2 Box 2682, Laceyville, Pa., died at his home in Stowell, on Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 23, 2009, after a lengthy illness.  Mr. Collins was born in the Irish Settlement in Stowell, in Windham twp., Wyoming County, Pa., on Sept. 17, 1927, the son of the late Francis D. and Agnes C. HOPE Collins. Growing up and living most of his life in Stowell, he attended Laceyville High School, and later graduated from the Mehoopany High School, with the class of 1945. After his graduation from high school, he served his country, during World War II, and later the Korean War, as a corporal with the United States Marines Corps, serving two enlistments.  After his service to his country, he owned his own trucking business, hauling coal from Wilkes Barre to Wyoming and Bradford Counties. He began his working career, with the Leigh Valley Railroad, and later Conrail. Walt was a station agent at many stations in Wyoming and Bradford Counties, of Pennsylvania and also in New York State, retiring in 1981.  Walt was a member of the St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church in Stowell, the Rought Hall Post No. 510 American Legion in Black Walnut, Pa.; the Memory Chaser Car Club; and he was a 50 year member of the Lovelton Grange No. 1250. Walter's many enjoyments involved showing his 1961 Ford Econoline Pick-up, with his grandson, winning many honors for his showings. He also took great pride in the upkeep and appearance of his mother's family homestead, where he lived.  Surviving are his wife of 53 years, the former Lucille THOMAS Collins, who he married on May 19, 1956; his three sons, Francis D. (Frank) Collins, of Stowell, Mark T. (Sheila) Collins, of San Francisco, Calif., and Kevin M. Collins, of Stowell; and his daughter, Beth A. (James) Herbst, of Paoli, Pa. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Matthew Heilman, of Paoli, Pa., Amelia Herbst, of Landsdale; a brother, Robert Collins, of Owego, N.Y.; and a sister, Mrs. Eleanor Shaffer, of Seneca Falls, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews also survive. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, William Collins, and James Collins.  Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 29, from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville, Pa., with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at the St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church, in Stowell, Pa., with Fr. Joseph Manarchuck of the church officiating. Interment will be in the St. Anthony's Cemetery. Family and friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and from 7-9 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 28, at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Laceyville, Pa., with a Rosary to be recited at 8:30 p.m. Monday evening. Graveside Military Services will be at St. Anthony's Cemetery conducted by the members of the Rought Hall Post No. 510, the Dennis Strong Post No. 457 American Legions, and the Endless Mountains Post No. 3583 V.F.W.  In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial donations to the St. Anthony's Cemetery Assoc., C/O Mr. Wayne Hussong, RR2 Box 315, Mehoopany, PA 18629.  26 Dec. 2009, Towanda Daily Review.
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Age 86 of Horseheads, NY died on Tuesday December 15, 2009 at home surrounded by his loving family. Glenn was born March 20, 1923 in Towanda, PA the son of the late Alfred James Chapman and Iva Hancock Chapman. He was Veteran of World War II serving his country with The U.S. Marine Corps in the South Pacific and a member of Bentley-Trumble American Legion Post #442 in Horseheads, NY. Glenn married his wife Arlene J. Nichols in June 25, 1955 and they recently celebrated their 54th Wedding Anniversary. He was a retired employee of Westinghouse Corporation in Horseheads, NY. Glenn loved singing and was a member of The Barbershoppers Chorus and several quartets. He also loved painting and was an avid gardener and always had a harvest of wonderful and delicious vegetables. He was pre-deceased by his parents and his brother Alfred James "Bud" Chapman Jr. Glenn loved his family and friends and treasured the time he spent with them. Glenn is survived by his loving and devoted wife Arlene J. Nichols Chapman; daughter and son-in-law: Cindy Lou & Christopher Smith of Erin, NY; sons and daughters-in-law: James R. & Peggy Chapman of Horseheads, NY and Jeffrey H. & Patricia Chapman of Horseheads, NY; grandchildren: Matthew, Carrie, Geoffrey, Christopher, Terrah, and Rodney; sisters: Jane Gerould of Burlington, PA and Charlotte Gray of Ithaca, NY; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Howard Nichols of Florida, Frederick & Evelyn Nichols of Sayre, PA, and Lois & Joseph Melani of Arizona; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and numerous friends. It was Mr. Chapman's wish that there be no calling hours of funeral services. Those wishing may remember Mr. Chapman through memorials to Southern Tier Hospice 11751 East Corning Road Corning, NY 14830. Arrangements are entrusted to the Lynch Funeral Home 318 West Broad Street Horseheads, NY.
Published in Star-Gazette on December 18, 2009

DARLING Martin Joel "Jody"
Jody Darling, age 55, died on December 21, 2009 at the Troy, PA Community Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on July 21, 1954 in Montour Falls, the son of Stanley Martin Darling and Helen Jean Couch Darling. He lived in Odessa and Corning, was a master carpenter and a member of Carpenters Local 281. He enjoyed scuba diving, fishing and boating on Seneca Lake and he liked to ply he Mandolin. He was known for his sense of humor and his love of life, family and friends. He is survived by his companion Barbara Workman, daughters Alexis (Eric) Starns and Ashley Daring, granddaughters Evelyn and Charlise Starns. He is also survived by his mother Helen Darling, brothers Thomas (Lil) Darling and Jack (Francine) Darling, sister Anne (Tim) Hull, stepmother Joyce Darling, stepbrothers and sisters, nieces and cousin Chari (Joel) Krenis and several other cousins. Jody had many friends including his lifelong friends Randy Johnson, George Thompson, Gavin field and Joe Corby. His father Stanley and a special cousin Jan Ann McGarry predeceased him. Calling hours will be from 12-2 PM on December 30, 2009 at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home in Odessa, NY, with a memorial service immediately following a 2 PM. Friends and family are invited to after a celebration of his life following the service at the Montour Falls Moose Club. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes, 612 W. State Street, Ithaca, NY 14850.  Published in Star-Gazette on December 26, 2009

DOUGLAS - Edmund K. Douglas, age 54 of Galeton RD, suddenly, Sunday, January 18, 1981 at home. Friends may call at the Brown funeral Home in Galeton on Tuesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral there Wednesday 2 p.m. Rev. Walter Potts. Burial in West Branch Cemetery, Galeton RD. Survived by his wife, Irene; two daughters, Miss Penny Douglas at home and Mrs. Ronald [Linda] Yonkin of Galeton, PA; one son, Barry K, at home; mother, Mrs. Theresa Douglas of Pine St., Galeton; one sister, Mrs. Wayne [Eleanor] Burris of Galeton RD; two brothers, Robert Douglas of Galeton and Gordon Douglas of Horseheads, NY. He was a self-employed auto mechanic. He was a veteran of the Korean War; commander of the American Legion Octagon Post 291, Galeton, PA; Galeton Loyal Order of the Moose and VFW. Moose services will be held at the Brown Funeral Home Tuesday 7:30 p.m.  Star Gazette [Elmira, NY] 20 January 1981

DUCKLES - Paul V. Duckles, 38, of Towanda RR 5, Pa., formerly of Mount Benevolence Road, Swartswood, N.J., died Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, at his home.  Born July 14, 1971, in Englewood, N.J., he was the son of Paul A. Duckles and Evelyn BECKMANN.  He was a graduate of Kittatinny Regional High School, and in earlier years was employed by the County College of Morris and later was employed by the Parks Department in Randolph Twp., N.J. Paul enjoyed the outdoors.  Surviving are: his mother, Evelyn Beckmann of Towanda RR 5, and his father, Paul A. Duckles of Hamburg, N.J.; his brother, Laurence S. "Larry" Duckles and his fiancée Mari-Anne of Budd Lake, N.J.; his grandfather, Sigurd Beckmann and step-grandmother Colette Beckmann of France; as well as several cousins.  Services will be announced at a later date. There are no calling hours. Interment will be private.  In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the National Kidney Foundation National Kidney Foundation National Kidney Foundation National Kidney Foundation , 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016, or to the American Diabetes Association American Diabetes Association American Diabetes Association American Diabetes Association , Northern New Jersey Office, Center Pointe II, 103 1160 Route 22, East Bridgewater, NJ 08807, in Paul V. Duckles memory.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, Towanda, Pa.   23 Dec. 2009, Towanda Daily Review.

Of Westfield, PA died peacefully on Friday afternoon, December 18, 2009, in Wellsboro, PA. Bessie was born September 21, 1933 in Elmira, NY, a daughter of the late Victor Fish and Sara Ladd. She was a member of the Elkland Moose Aux., VFW Aux. in Galeton, PA, and the Westfield Fire Dept. Ladies Aux. Bessie was pre-deceased by several brothers and sisters. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Stewart and Donna Burrous; sister, Erma Dart; grandchildren, Joseph Bliss, Jerry Carl Bliss, Jonathan Moon, Janna Moon, Chelsea Moon, Trina Samples, and Carl Burrous III; five great-grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. The family will welcome relatives and friends to Flint Funeral Home, 10 Wall St., Addison, NY, on Sunday (today), December 20, 2009, from 4-5 p.m. Bessie's Funeral Service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours with Lowell Watkins officiating. She will be buried in Woodhull Cemetery at the convenience of the family.  Published in Star-Gazette on December 20, 2009

FLICK - Arthur E. “Art” Flick, 64, of 109 Layton St., Sayre, Pa. died unexpectedly on Monday, Dec. 21, 2009 at the Robert Packer Hospital.  Arthur was born on Sept 21,1945 in Sayre, Pa. and was the son of Charles W. and Orpha Flick. Arthur married Barb CHAPMAN on June 7th, 1975. Arthur graduated from Sayre High School and served in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany. After retiring from the Ingersoll Rand in Athens, he went to work for a short period of time at Gutierrez Machine Shop in East Athens. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, attending their school/sporting events. You could find Art in the fall on the hill at Sayre football practices, and riding around the Valley in his truck, and hanging out at Tops Market.  He was also an avid fan of all Sayre sports programs and helped out with most of them. He was a life member of the J.E. Wheelock 5 Hose Co. in Milltown.  He is survived by his wife Barbara at home; son Leslie; daughter Lisa (Steve) Wilbur; grandchildren Makayla, Rebecca Flick and Brice Wilber; mother Orpha Flick of Sayre; sister Rachel (Norm) Davis of Hinsdale, N.Y.; brother Bob (Jayne) Flick of Sayre;  sister-in-law Judy Flick of Athens. He is lso survived by nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.  Arthur is predeceased by his father Charles W., brother Charles R. Flick, aunts and uncles.  A gathering of family and friends will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Blauvelt Funeral Home 625 Broad St. Waverly NY. Full military honors will be accorded. Funeral services to celebrate the life of Art will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. Burial will be held in New Albany, Pa. The family of Arthur wishes any donations, in lieu of flowers, be sent to Robert and Jayne Flick 200 Mill St., Sayre, PA 18840 to help with funeral expenses.  23 Dec. 2009, Sayre Morning Times.

FORD - Joan White, age 76, of Gillett, Pa., died Thursday., Dec. 24, 2009 at Bradford Co. Manor, W. Burlington Twp., Pa.  Joan was born Jan. 30, 1933 in Niagara Falls, N.Y., a daughter of John and Dorothy (PARSONS) Ford. She was the wife of Harold White with whom she would have celebrated a 51st wedding anniversary on Dec. 27. Before retiring, she was employed by the I.R.S. and had taught school in Syracuse, N.Y.  Joan is survived by her husband, Harold, of Gillett, Pa.; a son, John Walter White of Charlotte, N.C.; two daughters, Cynthia Louise Steele of Georgetown, Ky., and Gwendolyn White of Sterling Heights, Mich.; a sister, Constance Dowling of Jamestown, Va. She was predeceased by a sister, Madeline Gray.  A memorial service will be held at a later date. The Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, Pa., is assisting the family.25 Dec. 2009, Towanda Daily Review.

GILL - Mildred A. Hardy, 85, of Mifflintown, died Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009, at Brookline Manor and Retirement Village in Mifflintown.  Mildred was born in McConnellstown on May 13, 1924, a daughter of Andrew and Pearl Rinker Gill.  A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009, at 1 p.m. at the East Waterford Cemetery, East Waterford, with the Rev. James Blair and the Rev. Keith Paris officiating.  The Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory and Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, is assisting the family.  Published in The Wellsboro Gazette from December 23, 2009 to January 5, 2010

Age 56 of Elmira, NY died Monday, December 14, 2009, at St. Joseph's Hospital. She was predeceased by her parents, Joseph Hargrove and Zaline (Earline) Stephens; and sister, Mary Gephardt. She is survived by her longtime companion, Paul Jones, Sr.; children, Koyoa (fiancé, Rodney Jones) Hargrove and Monica Hargrove, Christopher and Kari Jones, Tynasia Hargrove-Mitchell and Chris Jones; brother, David Moss; sisters, Joanna Hargrove-Connor, Charlotte Rangel and Kathy Taylor; along with a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Monday, December 21st, from 10 to 11 a.m. Her funeral and committal services will follow at 11 a.m. Rev. Robert Smith will officiate.  Published in Star-Gazette on December 20, 2009

ABSTRACT ARTIST DIES AT 73 - Gary Hudson, an American abstract painter, died of heart failure at the Veterans' Memorial Hospital Spinal Cord Unit in Augusta, Georgia on December 1, 2009. He was 73. He is survived by his loving wife, Christie Youngman Hudson; his sister, Gail Hudson McCarthy; his stepson, Shaun Ferro; and his many friends in the art world. Gary Van Voorhees Hudson was born on January 21, 1936 in Auburn, NY. His father and mother were Howard Henry Hudson and Joyce Voorhees Hudson of Elmira, NY. After completing high school, Mr. Hudson entered the United States Marine Corps in 1955. While serving in the Marines he was critically injured in an accident which resulted in his being a paraplegic. He was honorably discharged from the Marine Corp in 1956. Mr. Hudson's creative spirit, which found expression even while he was a youngster, led him to become a painter, a profession he embraced for the remainder of his life. Hudson migrated to New York City after his release from the hospital where he began the long process of becoming a painter. He studied at the New York School of Social Research and soaked up the cultural world of the city - art, music, and literature. This education through exposure continued as he moved back and forth between the creative communities of California and New York. Then he was off to Europe for a period, with Paris being the last place before he returned to the United States in the early 1960's. In 1964, Mr. Hudson decided to seek academic credentials in order to teach at the collegiate level. To achieve that objective he entered the School of Art and Architecture at Yale University. Gary Hudson received both the B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees from Yale in 1966. His academic career consisted of appointments as an instructor at Yale University; Instructor, Southwestern College; Assistant Professor, University of California, San Diego; and a one year appointment in 1974 as Professor at Yale University. His academic pursuits subsided as his paintings began to be appreciated through a series of one man and group shows in the late 1960's and early 1970's. Among the first one man exhibitions were those at the La Jolla Museum of Fine Arts, La Jolla, CA in 1969 and two shows at the Reese Paley Gallery, Soho, New York in 1970 and 1972. Perhaps one of the most important events for Mr. Hudson was the selection of his acrylic Red Rim for the Whitney Museum of American Art, Annual Painting Exhibition, 1969-70. In rapid succession, his works were included in a number of important shows, including the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, "Lyrical Abstractions," April, 1970; "American Painting 1970," Indianapolis Museum, Wichita Museum, and Cleveland Museum, 1970; "Out of Sight" Museum of Fine Art, San Diego, California, 1972; Four Painters, Berthot, Hudson, Whitten, Quaytman, Poidexter Gallery, New York, 1973; Monumental Paintings of the 60's, San Diego Museum of Fine Art, California, 1974; and 34th Biennial Exhibition of Contemportary American Painting, Corcoran Museum, Washington, D.C., 1975. Vassar College of Art Gallery, Poughkeepsie, New York, 1976 was the site of another one man show during this period. Gary Hudson was among a group of artists in the 1960's and 1970's who were identified as "lyrical abstractionist" painters. The characterization developed from the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art exhibition of April, 1970. Peter Schjeldahl in a New York Times, December 12, 1971 review of Hudson's Resse Paley Gallery one man show identifies Hudson as a "lyrical" artist and says "Hudson is one of the many gifted young painters who have rebelled in recent years against the former hegemony of geometric and color-field abstraction, turning their hands to more eclectic techniques and effects." After living and working in New York for many years, Gary and Christie Hudson moved south to Jefferson, GA in 1988 in search of less harsh winters and new inspirations. He immediately set up a studio and returned to painting. In 2001 he moved to Madison, GA. A recent one man show of Gary Hudson's paintings was "Passionate Abstractions", Brenau University Galleries, Gainesville, GA, June-September, 2002. The Swan Coach House Gallery did an exhibition, "Celebrating the Abundance of Color, Six Georgia Abstract Painters," April-June, 2009. Prior to his death, Gary Hudson had agreed to exhibit at the Madison Morgan Cultural Center in Madison, GA a new series of paintings he was producing. The exhibition will be held and will be titled Lyrical Abstractions, Works by Gary Hudson, 1936-2009. The exhibition will be April 16, 2010 through July 9, 2010. The opening of the exhibition on April 16 will be a special celebration of the life of Gary Hudson and a memorial service for him. The celebration will be open to his friends and those who admire his artistic talents. Gary Hudson's paintings are in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; San Diego Museum of Fine Arts, San Diego, CA; Republic Insurance Company, Des Moines, Iowa; Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC; Worchester Museum, Worcester, MA; and in numerous private collections in New York, Chicago, Seattle, San Diego, Atlanta, Athens, and Madison, GA. William U. Eiland, Director of the Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, Georgia said of Gary Hudson in his essay in the catalog of the Brenau Exhibit, "His is an austere aesthetic, and he has chosen the most difficult means of expressing it, through images abstracted from memory. His works of art conjure personal but universal realms where paint dances to the music of an otherworldly, spiritual light." Although not of the same intensity as his love of painting, Gary Hudson was a strong advocate of historic preservation. He practiced preservation in the numerous buildings he bought, restored and revitalized for personal and business use by others. He was head of the Historic Preservation Commission in Kingston, NY and helped lead the community to put 400 houses back on the tax rolls through renovation. When he moved to Georgia in 1988 he bought a Victorian house and renovated it as a residence and a studio for his wife, Christie, who is a custom clothing designer. He repeated the process when he and Christie bought an old hardware/furniture store in Madison, GA which housed their residential loft, his art studio, and her studio. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 16, 2009, at the Galilee Christian Church, 2191 Galilee Church Road, Jefferson, GA (phone 706-367-8072). Donations in Gary Hudson's name may be made to the Madison Morgan Cultural Center, 434 South Main St., Madison, GA 30650.  Published in Star-Gazette on December 13, 2009

HUFFMAN - David Lloyd Huffman, 44 of Gainesville, Fla., died at his home on Dec. 18, 2009.  David was born April 9, 1965 at Towanda Memorial Hospital, the son of Lloyd Stanley Huffman and Kathryn KUHNLE Huffman as the fifth child. He attended the Wyalusing Valley Area school system and graduated June 1983. He worked for David Keeler on the Wyalusing Rocket and started his own photography business called Palomino Photo Lab. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 1983 under the leadership of Tom Couch.  He entered the College of Engineering at the University of Maryland in College Park. He graduated from the university with a bachelor's of science in Fire Protection Engineering in December 1987. His interest in fire safety, started in high school, while helping the Wyalusing Valley Volunteer Fire Department and continued at Chillum Adelphi Volunteer Fire Department near the university. He then moved to Gainesville, Fla., and served as Fire Protection Engineer and Assistant Fire Chief for the City of Gainesville. David was enrolled in the prestigious Executive Fire Officer Program of the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He served as the secretary for the Society of Fire Protection Engineers Florida Chapter in 1989.  In October 1992 he successfully completed his exam for Licensed Professional Engineer in Fire Protection. Through his engineering consulting practice he traveled extensively in the United States and U.S. Territories to certify the fire safety of properties owned by various federal agencies. He started Priest Huffman Productions, an investment and real estate company, in the mid 90s with his business partner Steve Priest.  He was a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Gainesville, Florida and Trinity Episcopal Church in St. Augustine, Fla., where he was an active leader in both churches with the Brotherhood of St. Andrew men's groups.  Surviving are his parents, Lloyd and Kathryn Huffman; siblings, Nanette (James) Good, William (Ruth) Huffman, Adele (Charles) Hix, Janet (Tom) Nowak; and five nieces and three nephews.  A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Dec. 26th at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Gainesville, Fla., on 100 NE 1st Street. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to STOP! Children's Cancer Inc, 2622 NW 43rd St, Suite B3, Gainesville FL 32606 or the Wyalusing Valley Volunteer Fire Department, Wyalusing, PA 18853.  A Memorial service will also be held at 11 a.m. on Jan. 2, 2010 at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, St. John's Chapel in Wilmot, Pa. The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. at the church. A buffet lunch will follow the service at the Wyalusing Valley Volunteer Fire Hall in Wyalusing. Family and friends are invited to attend and share memories of David.  Arrangements are under the care of Forest Meadows Funeral Home, Gainesville, Fla., (352) 378-2858   24 Dec. 2009, Towanda Daily Review.

JOHNSON - MAKER Shirley Johnson
Age 83, died at her home in Naples, FL. on December 15, 2009. Shirley was born in Elmira, NY on March 24, 1926, the daughter of Clarence and Beatrice Carpenter Johnson. Shirley graduated from Southside High School and attended Syracuse U. School of Fine Arts until her marriage to Ensign Winston O. Maker of Cape Cod, MA. in April, 1945. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, sons John Roberts and Philip Johnson of MA., daughter Meredith Wynne of Marco Island, FL., grandchildren Whitney M. Bailey, Andrew and Alexandra Maker, Great-grandson Hunter Winston Bailey and two sisters, Marilyn J. McMullen of N. Attleboro, MA. and Nancy J. Tengstrand Wenslow of Blossburg, Pa. Memorials may be sent to Cotuit Center For Fine Arts, 4404 Falmouth Rd., Cotuit, MA. 02635 or Bethany Lutheran Church 256 S. Walnut St., Elmira, NY 14904.  Published in Star-Gazette on December 23, 2009

JONES - Clair L. Jones, 70, of Coudersport, died at his home Wednesday, Sept. 16, 1975 after a long illness. He was born Dec. 1, 1905, in Corbet, a son of Jasper and Ada Jeffers Jones. Mr. Jones spent most of his life in Harrison Valley, moving to Coudersport in 1965. He was a farm worker and a life member of the Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Company. He is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Glenn [Martha] McMahon, Sacramento, Calif., Mrs. Jane Frink, Coudersport, and Mrs. Glenn Sivers, Lewisburg, a brother, James Jones, Elmira, NY; and several nieces and nephews. Friends were received at the Grabe-Fickinger Funeral Home where a funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday with the Rev. Harold West, pastor of Faith United Methodist Church of Sweden Valley, officiating. Burial was in Forest Hill Cemetery, Austin. Mr. & Mrs. Walter Jones and Cheryl, Mr. & Mrs. George Jones, Mr. & Mrs. Harold Jones, and Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Jones of Cowanesque attended the funeral.  Free Press-Courier [Westfield, PA], 1975 October 1

KELLY Thomas Joseph
Age 73, died early Sunday morning, December 20, 2009, at Florida Hospital Waterman, Tavares, Florida. Born in Susquehanna, PA, Mr. Kelly had been a resident of the Leesburg, Florida area for over 16 years moving here from the Finger Lakes area of New York. He was retired from Conrail where he worked as a Train Engineer for over 35 years. He was an avid fisherman who served his country in the U.S. Army and was a member of the Okahumpka Eagles Aerie 4273, Loyal Order of the Moose 1271, Leesburg, FL, the VFW, and the American Legion. Survivors include his loving wife of 5 years, Theresa; sons, Bill Kelly, Elmira, NY, Joseph (Patricia) Kelly, Montour Falls, NY, and Daniel (Diana) Kelly, Elmira, NY; daughter, Teresa Sherwood, Elmira, NY; brothers, Ronald Kelly, Windsor, NY, and William Kelly, Baltimore, MD; a sister, Mary Pat Philhower, Windsor, NY; and 13 grandchildren. There will be a Memorial Service on Wednesday, December 23, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. at the Page Theus Funeral Home, 914 W. Main Street, Leesburg, FL 34748.  Published in Star-Gazette on December 22, 2009

KUZNEZOV George "Doc"
George "Doc" Kuznezov was born to Mother Alexandra Kuznezov on May 24th, 1956 in Eisenerz, Austria, and died December 20th, 2009 in his home in Burdett, NY. George Kuznezov is survived by his wife of 31 years, Diane Kuznezov; children, Laila, Joshua (Audrey), Sasha, Katherine; grandsons, Bailey, Jacob, Liam, Nicholas; and sister, Mary (Rick). George was an academic scholar honored at the age of 13 to attend Harvard Universities School for gifted young children. George declined that opportunity while pursuing his gifts as a talented springboard and platform diver. George won the New England league diving championship 3 consecutive years, setting several state and national records. Both academic and athletic talents led to George's opportunities to pursue both scholastic and athletic scholarships across the country. George eventually chose to attend Brown University on a full academic scholarship. George was drafted into Vietnam but was deferred as he was caring for his mother. Shortly after she passed, George volunteered himself to his country to fight in Vietnam. George was a member of the 1st brigade 101st airborne division recon 2/502 battalion (1967-68), as a volunteer combat medic. The reference "Doc" was an honorary nickname given to him as his title of a combat medic in Vietnam. Many to this day, including his recon team in Vietnam, as well as other veterans, still refer to George as "Doc". While in Vietnam, George was a recipient of many awards and medals such as; the Purple Heart, Expert Rifle, Bronze Star, National Defense Service Medal, Parachute Badge, Combat Medical Badge, Army Commendation Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal. George "Doc" Kuznezov will always be known to his family, friends, and country as a well-respected, loved, and caring person. George found peace in his hobbies which included fly fishing, reading, writing, attending athletic events, and most of all spending time with his family. Many thanks to the Hospice of the Southern Tier for their loving care so generously given to George. All are invited to a memorial service at 11 a.m., Saturday, December 26, 2009, at the VFW building, 423 West St., Ithaca, NY, with Rev. James D. Depue officiating. Burial will be private. There are no calling hours at this time. Memorial gifts are to be directed to the Kuznezov family at P.O. Box 781, Burdett, NY 14818. Perkins Funeral Home assisted the family.  Published in Star-Gazette on December 23, 2009

LOWERS - Mrs. Lottie Lucille Horton, 64, of Elkland, PA, died Sunday, August 15, 1954, at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Ella Mae Morton of Titusville, PA. She was born in Reynoldsville, PA, April 14, 1890, the daughter of James and Mary Smith Lowers. For the past 20 years Mrs. Horton had resided in Elkland where she was an active member of the Methodist Church and the WSCS of that church. She was the teacher of the Violet Rowe Sunday School class. Surviving are her husband, Edward Horton; three daughters, Mrs. Rena Nelson of Sheffield, PA, Mrs. Eleanor Riley of Elmira and Mrs. Morton; two sons, Harry of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Glenn of Elkland; a half sister, Mrs. J.E. Cable of Falls Creek, PA; 10 grandchildren. Funeral services were held Wednesday in the Methodist Church at Elkland with the Rev. Norman Mead, officiating. Burial was in Brockport, PA. - Wellsboro Agitator, August 26, 1954

NURMI - TUNING, Lahja J. (Nurmi)
Age 87, formerly of Elmira, NY, died quietly on Saturday, December 26, 2009, at Seneca View Nursing Facility in Montour Falls, NY. She was predeceased by her husband, George L. Tuning in 1994. She was the daughter of William and Aili Nurmi. Lahja was born on January 27, 1923 in Ilmajaki, Finland. Her surviving family includes her daughters and son, Viola (Ronald) Hartman of Elmira, NY, Joan Tuning of SC, and Robert (Sharon) Tuning of Elmira, NY; twin brother, Arvo Nurmi of Barre, MA, and Allan (Theresa) Nurmi of Fairfield, CA; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. On Wednesday, December 30, 2009, calling hours will be from 10:00-11:00 a.m. with funeral services following immediately at Bethany Lutheran Church, 256 South Walnut Street, Elmira, NY. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. Pastor Abigail Hoffman will be presiding. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Bethany Lutheran Church or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements by Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. in Elmira, NY.  Published in Star-Gazette on December 28, 2009

Age 59, of Victory Highway in Painted Post, NY died Wednesday, December 23, 2009, at Corning Hospital. Born in Flushing, NY on June 23, 1950, he was the son of Peter and Virginia (Dreiss) Oggeri who predecease him. He graduated from SUNY Utica with a Bachelor's in Professional Studies, an Associate in Radiation Therapy from Nassau College. He had worked for Corning Incorporated as a process technician. Peter never put himself first. He loved his family very much and loved going to all of his children's activities. He gave a new definition to the word provider, not about bringing money home, but making a house a home. He is the beloved husband of Marilyn; father of Nicholas, Stephanie and Amanda Oggeri; brother of Robert (Deborah) Oggeri and Douglas (Linda) Oggeri; cousin of Teresa (Robert) Kaminski. Calling hours will be Monday, December 28th, from 1 until 2:45 p.m. at Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney Street in Corning. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Painted Post following calling hours at the funeral home at 3:00 p.m.  Published in Star-Gazette on December 26, 2009

O'NEIL Dr. Jack DeWayne
Dr. Jack DeWayne O'Neil, 74 years, physician, of High Road, Corning, NY, died Monday, December 14, 2009, at the Robert Packer Hospital. He was born August 27, 1935 in Franklin, PA, the son of the late James and Dorothy Robertson and Donald O'Neil. He was married to Jacqueline Sassaman in Philadelphia, PA, December 28, 1962. She predeceased him March 4, 2008. He was a graduate of Rocky Grove High School, Rocky Grove, PA (Salutatorian and Class President, Class of 1953). He received his pre-medical degree in 1957 at Alleghany College, Meadville, PA. He was awarded his MD in 1961 from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA. He was a Member of Alpha Kappa Kappa and Kappa Beta Fraternities. He interned at Harrisburg Polyclinic Hospital, Harrisburg, PA and Jefferson and Lankenau Hospitals in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. O'Neil then served two years with the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Irwin in the Mohave Desert. He then spent two years at the University of Pittsburgh and one year as chief resident in surgery at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. He maintained a private practice on First Street in Corning, NY as a general practitioner for nearly 30 years and was employed by Corning Hospital as a physician and surgeon from October 1968 through September 2000, serving in the later years as Director of Medicine at the hospital. Jack was a many year member of Corning Rotary Club, and a longtime member of Christ Episcopal Church serving on the Usher Team. Dr. O'Neil served as President of the Steuben Country Medical Society from 2000 to present. He was a member of the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) since 1968. He served on many executive committees and his wife, Jackie, was very active in the MSSNY Alliance. Dr. O'Neil was passionate about membership in the medical society and was an active recruiter of his peers. "The Medical Society of the State of New York will miss his enthusiasm and generous personality", said MSSNY President David Hannan, MD. "He was a one-man dynamo for the society in Steuben County". Surviving, daughters: Megan Jeanne O'Neil of Salisbury, MD and Erin Anne (Douglas) Wing of Painted Post, NY; granddaughter, Kara O'Neil-Haight of Salisbury, MD; two brothers, Daniel O'Neil of Westminster, CA and Bill Robertson of Polk, PA; and sister, Judy (David) Redding of Polk, PA. Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to the Haughey Funeral Home, 216 East First Street, Corning, NY. A Service of Thanksgiving will be celebrated at Christ Episcopal Church of Corning, Saturday, December 19, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. the Reverend Ella Breckenridge, Interim Rector Celebrant. Interment will be held in the family plot at Hope Cemetery Annex at the convenience of the family. The family would appreciate Memorial Donations be given in Dr. O'Neil's name to: Christ Episcopal Church, 39 East First Street, Corning, NY 14830 or Corning Meals On Wheels, 144 Cedar Street, Corning, NY 14830 or Sloan Kettering Memorial Cancer Center, 1275 York Avenue, New York, NY 10065.  Published in Star-Gazette on December 18, 2009

PARK - Michael Park, originally of Sayre, Pa., died suddenly at his home in Odenton, Md. on Dec. 7.  He is survived by his wife Claudia Park; parents Mary and Grant Park; brothers James Park of Michigan, Robert Park Jr. and William Park; sister Gail Trettel also of Maryland.  He is also survived by son James Park and daughter Angela Osborne of Maryland and Jonathan and Grant Park of Spokane, Wash.  He is also survived by two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  Viewings will be at Donaldson Funeral home in Odenton, Maryland on Thursday, Dec. 10 and the funeral at Nichols Bethel United Methodist Church of Odenton on Friday, Dec. 11 at 10 a.m.  Internment will be at the Crownsville Veterns Cemetary immediately following the funeral.  09 Dec. 2009, Sayre Morning Times.

POOLE - Barbara P. Forbes, 85, of New Braunfels, Texas, died at her home on Dec. 15, 2009, following her brief illness.  She was born on Feb. 21, 1924, in Richford, N.Y., the daughter of Robert and Nettie DARMODY-Poole. Barbara graduated from Fair Haven High School in Fair Haven, N.Y. at the age of 16. She worked for many years as an administrative assistant at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. and Tillinghast, Nelson and Warren of Jacksonville, Fla.  Barbara is survived by: her daughters, Donna (Charlie) KERRICK of Towanda, Pa., Pamela Thomas of New Braunfels, Texas, and Rebecca (Robert) Abbott of Canyon Lake, Texas; nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; one brother, Robert (Rita) Poole of Normandy Beach, N.J.; sister-in-law Dorothy Poole of Cortland, N.Y., and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded by her parents and her brother, Richard J. Poole of Cortland, N.Y.  An avid bridge player, Barbara enjoyed many hours of playing bridge with her many friends. She also enjoyed playing cards and scrabble with her children and grandchildren.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hope Hospice, 611 N. Walnut Ave., New Braunfels, TX 78130, or the charity of your choice.  22 Dec. 2009, Towanda Daily Review.

ROSIER Joseph B.
Age 72, of Montour Falls, NY, died on Monday, December 21, 2009, at Schuyler Hospital. Mr. Rosier is survived by his wife of 24 years, Joyce B. Rosier; children, Bruce Rosier, Lorraine and Phil Gardner, all of Montour Falls, NY and Philip Rosier of Horseheads, NY; grandchildren, Serena Michaels, Gabrielle, Hannah Rosier, Michael and Daryl Madigan and Kristen Rosier; great-grandchildren, Dominick and Adrianna Michels; several nieces and nephews. His parents, one brother and 11 sisters predeceased Mr. Rosier. Mr. Rosier retired from Schuyler Hospital after 26 years of service. He was a Veteran having served with the U.S. Marines and was a member of the Montour Falls Mechanics Club, Montour Falls Moose Lodge #426 and EJ Brewer Marine Corps League. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY on Monday, December 28, 2009, from 12 Noon to 2 p.m. His funeral service will be held there at 2 p.m. The Rev. Fred Dyer will officiate. Interment Montour Cemetery where full Military Honors will be accorded.  Published in Star-Gazette on December 24, 2009

Helen went to be with her loving husband, Lester, surrounded by her loving family Saturday, December 26, 2009. Born November 24, 1922 to Raymond Shermer Sr. and Alice Frantz Shermer. She was predeceased by loving husband, Lester; sister, Marion; and brother, Raymond. Helen is survived by her children, Rita Rimbey, John (Nancy) Rimbey, and Barbara Rimbey, all of Waverly NY; her grandchildren, Tim (Kathy) Farwell, Gary (Elaine) Farwell, Stacey (Mike) Lunger, Debbie (Matt) Bonnett, Jeff (Susan) Walker, Steven (Karen) Walker and Andrew Rimbey (Sarah Quinn); 12 great-grandchildren. A time for gathering with family and friends will be from 12-1 p.m. Tuesday, December 29, 2009, at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, NY. The celebration of Helen's life will follow the visitation at 1 p.m. Those wishing may send a sympathy message of remembrance for Helen's family in obituaries at
Published in Star-Gazette on December 28, 2009

SODER - Eva E. Skoglund, 77, of Troy, formerly of Wyalusing, PA, died on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009 at Towanda Memorial Hospital, Skilled Nursing Unit, after a short illness.  Born April 14, 1932 in Ridgefield, CT, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Florence WARD Soder. She graduated from Ridgefield High School. After graduation, she got a degree in Cosmetology. Eva married her husband of 57 years, Henry Skoglund of Georgetown, CT on Dec. 26, 1952. He predeceased her on June 12, 2008. They moved to Bradford County in 1979.  She volunteered at the Bradford County Manor and enjoyed working outdoors in her gardens and loved her animals.  Surviving are daughters and sons-in-law, Elaine and Greg Bacon of Wyalusing, Barbara and Daryl KNAPP of Wyalusing; son, Paul Skoglund of Troy. She is also survived by her grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  Funeral services will be held in Georgetown, CT. Interment will take place at Branchville Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing.  The family will provide the flowers and request that memorial contributions be directed to Bradford County Humane Society, PO Box 179, Ulster, PA 18850.  17 Dec. 2009, Wyalusing Rocket Courier.

SOPER Charles E., Sr
Age 71, of Syracuse, died Wednesday at Community General Hospital. Born in Canton, PA, he was raised in Elmira and moved to Syracuse in 1959. He graduated from Southside High School and Alfred State College. Retiring in 1987, Charles was employed for over 30 years with IBM. He was a member of Christ Community Church of the Nazarene and a former member of the Morning Star Masonic Lodge. He enjoyed amateur radio, (his call sign was K2HPT), camping and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Surviving are his wife of 51 years, the former Juanita Harwood; daughters, Cheryl (David) Trembley of Syracuse, Patricia (Matthew) Bednarski of Marcellus, and Pamela (Tom) Lamoureaux of Memphis; sons, Charles Jr. (Liz) of Fayetteville, Richard (Meg) of Pine City, Marc of Camillus and James (Barbara) of Syracuse; and 20 grandchildren. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Christ Community Church of the Nazarene. Relatives and friends may call Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Buranich Funeral Home, 5431 W. Genesee St., Camillus. Charles will be laid to rest in Onondaga Valley Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Radio Amateurs of Greater Syracuse, P.O. Box 88, Liverpool, NY 13088.  Published in Star-Gazette on December 18, 2009

71, of Elmira, NY, died on Tuesday, December 22, 2009, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Elmira. Stan was born on October 2, 1938 in East Smithfield, PA, son of the late Joseph B. and Lucy (Kitchen) Supulski. He made his living as a farmer. Stanley is survived by his children, Joe Supulski of Boomer, NC, Connie Saxon of Hayes, NC, Scott Supulski of N. Wilkesboro, NC, Kathy Ammerman of Warren, PA, John Supulski of Pennsylvania; his twelve grandchildren; his sister, Pauline South of Milan, PA; and several nieces and nephews, including special niece Joan McCollum. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Anna Sweet; and his brothers, Joseph, Leo, and Lawrence Supulski. A graveside committal service will be held at a later date. Cremation will take place with the Gerald W. Vickery, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., 110 West Main Street, Troy, PA, 16947.  Published in Star-Gazette on December 24, 2009

VANRIPER Claude George
Claude George VanRiper 90, life long resident of Spencer, NY died peacefully surrounded by his family on December 17, 2009. Born May 27, 1919 he was the youngest of nine children of Charles and Bertha VanRiper. Claude was predeceased by his son, C. George VanRiper II in 1985. Claude served in the U.S. Navy as a pharmacist mate from 1942 to 1945. He worked in his sister Pearl's drugstore and also did carpentry work with his brother Leo. Claude was an avid hunter, trapper who enjoyed the outdoors. He was the "go to guy" to call to remove a swarm of bees or to answer a gardening question. Claude started driving bus for the Spencer school system and continued to work for the Spencer-VanEtten school district for over 30 years, retiring as Head of Maintenance. He was a member of the Spencer Fire Company, the Candor American Legion, and the Spencer Federated Church. Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Betty Jean VanRiper, son James (Carrie) VanRiper of Morrisville, NY; daughter Joan of Whitney Point, NY; granddaughter Heather (Larry) Berry of Liverpool and great granddaughter Alaina. Also surviving are one sister-in-law Jean and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews, as well as many cherished neighbors and friends. Services will be Tuesday, December 22 at 9:00 a.m. at the Allen-Manzer Funeral Home, 56 N. Main Street, Spencer, NY. Calling hours will be Monday, December 21, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Contributions in Claude's memory may be made to the Spencer Emergency Squad, 47 W. Tioga Street, Spencer, NY 14883 or the Nichols Park Pond Project, 303 Burheight Glen Road, Spencer, NY 14883  Published in Star-Gazette on December 19, 2009

WARD - Miriam Ward Olson, 97, died at home on Dec. 21, 2009, with her family by her side. Miriam was born on Aug. 3, 1912, in Pittsburgh, Pa., the daughter of the late William and Grace DAUBENSPECK Ward.  On March 6, 1948 she married the love of her life John A. Olson who predeceased her on Dec. 27, 1999.  Besides her husband, Miriam was predeceased by her son John T. Olson, and sisters Elizabeth, Erna, Leslie, and Jane.  Miriam is survived by: daughter and son-in-law Grace and John McCormick of Dushore; daughter-in-law Debbie Olson of Pittsburgh; granddaughter Carrie (Andrew) Zaldivar; great-grandchildren Taylor and Zachary Zaldivar, all of Dubberly, La.; brother William Ward of Charlotte, N.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews and special friends also survive, including her caregivers Ann Vough and Pat Bacorn.  At Miriam's request, all services will be private. Contributions may be made to the Dushore Ambulance Assoc. (Lee Kneller Sec), P.O. Box 517, Dushore, PA 18614. Cooley Tioga Point Cremation and Burial Options is assisting the family with arrangements. Those who with to leave expressions of sympathy to the family may do so by visiting our Web site at  22 Dec. 2009, Towanda Daily Review.

Age 95 fell asleep in death on Monday December 14, 2009 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center after a brief illness. Formerly of Binghamton, NY she most recently was a resident of Elcor Nursing Home in Horseheads, NY. Mrs. McCarthy was born on July 25, 1914 the daughter of the late Paul and Mary Waslyn. She was pre-deceased by her husband Ed McCarthy, her sister Catherine Chopiak, and her brothers Mike, John, Nick, and Andy Waslyn. She is survived by her daughters Constance & Harold Pierce and Susan & Dennis Ellsworth and sons Anthony & Jennifer Ziemba and Frank Ziemba and companion Jane; grandchildren: Raymond (Linda) Salmon, Mary (Robert) Deer, Steve (Laurie) Salmon, Aaron Pierce, Derek (Jemila) Pierce, Michael (Janis) Wooden, Valerie (Mark) Bandurchin, Christopher (Nathalie) Wooden, Jeremy (Alana) Ziemba, and Andrew (Dylene) Ziemba; great grandchildren: Joshua, Joscelyn, Dakota, Dylan, and Lance Salmon, Jessica McDonough, Holly Aleba, and Jamie Derr, Courtney and Madison Salmon, Nathan Wooden, and Kelli Crawford, Matthew and Lauren Bandurchin, Paloma and LeeLouWooden; nine great grandchildren plus several nieces and nephews. Mrs. McCarthy's greatest pleasures were living her faith, spending time with her family and enjoying the beauty of nature. She had been a faithful member of The Christian Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses for more than 40 years. Mrs. McCarthy's Memorial Service will be held at the Vestal Kingdom Hall on Sunday January 10, 2010 at 5:00 PM. In lieu of flowers those wishing may make a memorial donation to their local Kingdom Hall in Mrs. McCarthy's memory. Arrangements are entrusted to the Lynch Funeral Home 318 West Broad Street Horseheads, NY.   Published in Star-Gazette on December 19, 2009

WATERS Donald "Joel"
28, of Lockwood, NY, beloved son, brother, father, our hero, died
on Thursday, December 17, 2009, at home surrounded by his family. He was born on March 26, 1981 in Elmira, NY. He is survived by daughter, Ava Rose Waters; parents, Donald and Debra (Bennett) Waters; sisters, Jessica and Jamie Waters; grandmother, Janice Bennett; grandparents, Joan and Don Van Cise and Al and Mary Kay Waters; several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends, including best friend, Gabe Wood. He was predeceased by uncle, Al Waters; and grandfather, Richard Bennett. Joel loved his daughter, driving his Camaro, hunting, fishing and the outdoors. He was a proud Yankees fan and had a passion for collecting sports memorabilia and coins. He will be greatly missed by those who had the privilege to know him. He will forever remain in our hearts and memories. Joel was a member of NRA, Ducks Unlimited, and Glad Tidings Church Band of Brothers. Funeral service will be Monday, December 21, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. at Glad Tidings Christian Life Church, 116 Breesport Rd., Horseheads. Friends may call before the service from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. Interment will be in Hicks Cemetery, Town of Baldwin, NY. Arrangements are with the Allen-Manzer Funeral Home in Spencer.  Published in Star-Gazette on December 19, 2009

WATSON Genette F. Watson
Bristol: December 18, 2009 at age 86. Predeceased by loving husband of 60 years, Herbert W. Leslie, and Grandson Brandon Leslie. Survived by children; Sandra (Timothy) Cannon of Honeoye Falls, Kevin Leslie of Bristol, and Cheryl (Rodney) Siple of Canandaigua. Grandchildren; Scott (Jenelle) Siple, Sarah Cannon, Kaleigh Leslie, Keegan Leslie, and Terry Cannon. Two Great-Grandchildren; Riley and Reese Siple.  Jeanette was born October 10, 1923 in Elmira Pennsylvania to parents Thurston Wales Watson and Alice J. Watson (Simons.) She worked as a Product Inspector for many years at the Corning Glass Works in Corning, NY and this is where she met her husband Herbert W. Leslie. She was a member of the Pinnacle Lutheran Church for many years and was a loving mother, grandmother, and friend.  Family and Friends are invited to call on Monday, December 21, 2009, from 10am-12noon at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home Inc, 8796 Briggs Street, Honeoye, NY 14471. Funeral Service will follow at 12noon with Rev. Tiemann officiating. Private burial will take place at the Lakeview Cemetery, Honeoye. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 160 Allens Creek Road, Rochester, NY 14618.

WEED Logan M.
17, of Columbia Crossroads, PA, died accidentally on Sunday, December 20, 2009. Family and friends are welcome to gather from 9:00-11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 26, 2009, at the Troy High School Memorial Auditorium, at the corner of High and King Streets, Troy, PA. The Celebration of Logan's life will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the Memorial Auditorium with Rev. Richard Noggle of the Big Pond United Methodist Church officiating. The Gerald W. Vickery, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., 110 West Main Street, Troy, PA, has been entrusted with the arrangements.  Published in Star-Gazette on December 22, 2009

TROY-Logan M. Weed, 17, of Columbia Crossroads, PA, died accidentally on Sunday, December 20, 2009.  Family and friends are welcome to gather from 9:00-11:00 AM on Saturday, December 26, 2009 at the Troy High School Memorial Auditorium, at the corner of High and King Streets, Troy, PA. The Celebration of Logan’s life will begin at 11:00 AM at the Memorial Auditorium with Rev. Richard Noggle of the Big Pond United Methodist Church officiating. The Gerald W. Vickery, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., 110 West Main Street, Troy, PA, has been entrusted with the arrangements.  Logan was born on January 17, 1992 in Sayre, PA. He is the son of Michael J. and Sharri K. (Harkness) Weed of Columbia Crossroads, PA. Logan was a senior at Troy Area High School, lettering in varsity football, baseball, and wrestling. He attended Big Pond United Methodist Church, belonged to the high school’s Letterman’s Club, enjoyed hunting and fishing, and loved to cook and bake.  Logan loved his family most of all. They include his parents Michael and Sharri, his brother Devon M. Weed of Troy, PA, his paternal grandparents Max and Darlene Weed of Columbia Crossroads, PA, his maternal grandparents Vaughn and Kathy Harkness of Columbia Crossroads, PA, his uncle Scott (Michelle) Harkness of Bath, PA, his aunts Kelly (Chuck) Bastion of East Troy, PA, and Candy (Gary) Wolfe of Columbia Crossroads, PA, his girlfriend Kendall A. Shedden, and several great aunts and uncles, cousins, and many special friends.  Contributions may be made in Logan’s memory to the Trojan Booster Club, c/o Dennis Beardslee 155 Chestnut St. Troy, PA 16947 or to the Big Pond United Methodist Church, 205 Redington Ave., Troy, PA 16947.

Age 98, of Wheeler, NY, died peacefully on Wednesday, December 23, 2009, at the Fred & Harriett Taylor Health Center in Bath. Born in Pulteney, NY on March 18, 1911, Evelyn was the daughter of the late Chester and Mary (Tears) Weller. She was raised and educated locally where she attended school in Prattsburgh. She went to work at M. Cohn & Sons as a sales clerk and proudly worked there until her retirement. She married Joseph Bailey and shared a blessed union filled with great happiness and mutual devotion until his untimely passing in 1964. A great listener, Evelyn was a compassionate woman and loyal to her commitments to her family and friends. She truly enjoyed helping her neighbors and making time for those who may have needed her. With a soft smile and gracious nature, Evelyn had this remarkable capacity to contently put certain matters that were out of her control into God's hands, never having a harsh word to speak of anyone, and had always been able to take every situation as it came and never have a complaint. As a woman devoted to her faith and her church, she was actively involved with the Wheeler Methodist Church in several capacities, ranging from fundraising to playing the organ for over 20 years. Her homemade pies and potato donuts had been her local claim to fame for several years she received much enjoyment from the response. Evelyn will be remembered for the way she lived her life with meaning, fortitude, appreciation, and maintaining a vibrant nature even when in the face of adversity. Evelyn leaves behind many nieces, nephews and beloved friends with whom she made her family. Not only did she lose her husband, Joseph, she lost her son, Neil, to cancer in 1995. Visitation will be held Tuesday, December 29, from 1-3 p.m. at the Bottoni-Wood Funeral Home, 4 Mechanic St., Prattsburgh, NY. A Celebration of Life service will take place immediately following at 3 p.m. and with Beverly Davenport officiating. In lieu of flowers, please consider making contributions in Evelyn's name to the Wheeler Methodist Church at PO Box 315, Prattsburgh, NY 14873. A private interment will take place at the Wheeler Cemetery.  Published in Star-Gazette on December 27, 2009

WELLS - Carl F. Wells, age 85, of New Era, Pa., died Sunday morning, Dec. 20, 2009, at the Towanda Memorial Hospital. He had been a resident in the Skilled Nursing Unit.  Carl was born March 27, 1924, in Laceyville, Pa., a son of the late Leland and Mabel VANDERPOOL MORNINGSTAR Wells. In his youth he worked construction and helped build the current Wyalusing Rainbow Bridge. He enlisted in the Unites States Army, earning four bronze stars for his service in World War II. After returning from the war Carl worked at Rynveld's Wreath Factory, later going to work for PennDOT on their bridge crew. He married Loueva CANFIELD of Moxie, Pa. on Oct. 14, 1943. They celebrated 62 years of marriage together. Loueva predeceased him on Oct. 15, 2008.  Carl was a member of the Moxie Community Church. He was a member of the NRA. Carl loved playing softball; he was a pitcher up until he was 71 years old. He was known for his quick wit and great sense of humor. Carl was an avid hunter and fisherman; and enjoyed painting, gardening, and woodworking.   Surviving are: a son and daughter-in-law, Dave and Roxanne Wells, New Albany, Pa.; a daughter and son-in-law, Rose and Lamar Kipp, Moxie, Pa.; grandchildren, Autumn (Chris) Tinna, Tunkhannock, Pa., Jennifer Kipp, Lancaster, Pa., Marla Kipp, Ephrata, Pa., Chris Finan, New Albany, Pa., Andy (Jessica) Finan, Knob Noster, Mo.; brother and sister-in-law, Bill (Mary) Wells, New Albany, Pa.; sisters, Shirley Barnett, Towanda, Pa., Jean Lee, Massachusetts; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, James and Freda Canfield , Evergreen, Pa.; special friends, Jim Hall, Brackney, Pa., Ben and Joan Grover, New Era, Pa.; and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by four brothers, Russell Wells, Ralph Wells, Leland Wells, and Wayne Morningstar; as well as four sisters, Beatrice Shedden, Mildred Teeter, Evelyn Shedden, and Marie Moore; and a grandson, Justin Wells.  A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9, at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, Pa., with the Pastor Howard D. Carr presiding.  Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday.  In lieu of flowers donations can be sent to Moxie Community Church building fund, c/o Joan Grover, P.O. Box 826, Wyalusing, Pa.  21 Dec 2009, Towanda Daily Review.

WHITE - Harry L. White Sr., 76, of Sayre, Pa., died Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009, at the Towanda Memorial Hospital.  Harry was born Jan. 13, 1933, in Athens, Pa., the son of the late Leo R. and Goldie CHILSON White. Harry served in the Army during the Korean War, was a member of the VFW Skiff-Bauer post 1536, Sayre, Pa., Ft. Sullivan Post 246 American Legion, Athens, Pa. For 35 years Harry placed American flags on veteran's graves in country cemeteries, he enjoyed building World War II model airplanes and his John Deere tractor along with hunting. Harry worked for Max Cohen as a truck driver for 43 years.  Harry is predeceased by brothers and sisters Anna Phyllis, Mary, Joe, Walt and Alta.  He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Leslie R. White at home; step-daughters, June Gallagher, Leslie Gallagher, Jannette Gallagher and Enilda Rivas; step-son, John Gough and Tammy Bussy; children, Robert C. White, John White, Harry White, Jr., Gail and Amy White; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Kristin Sindoni, Jessica Dean, Toni Salsman, Tim Gallagher, Sean Weaver, Shelby Andruzzi, Kiera Andruzzi, Michealla Gallagher, Alyssa Sindoni, Tyra Campbell, Arik Vargason, Kayleigh Vargason, Hannah and Connor White; brothers and sisters, Stella Wolfe, Helen SOPER, Patricia Hall, Robert White and Jack Erle.  Friends and family may call from 2-4 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 23, at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home, Inc., 225 S. Main St., Athens, Pa. Funeral service will follow at 4 p.m. with Rev. Linda L. Rogers officiating. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to the Towanda Memorial Hospital, Skilled Nursing Unit, 1 Hospital Dr., Towanda, PA 18848; or to the Memorial Hospice, 1 Hospital Dr., Towanda, PA 18848.  21 Dec 2009, Towanda Daily Review.

WHITE - J. Laurence White, 70, of Harrison Valley, PA, RD, died Saturday, Sept. 27, 1975 in the Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA, where he had been a patient for one day. He was born April 6, 1905 in Troupsburg, NY, the son of James and Jennie Sweet White. He was married in Coudersport Oct. 20, 1928 to the former Emma Church who survives. Mr. White was a retired farmer. He was a member of the Harrison Valley Federated Church and Victoria Grange #1193 of North Fork, PA. He is also survived by his brother, Howard White of Harrison Valley RD; several nieces and nephews. Funeral was held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Koch Funeral Home, Ulysses, with the Rev. Lewis Starkweather of East Smethport and the Rev. Jerry Dozier, pastor of the Harrison Valley Federated Church, officiating. Burial was in Ulysses Cemetery.  Free Press-Courier [Westfield, PA], 1975 October 1

WILLIAMS Anthony Jr.
Anthony "Tony" Williams, Jr., 55, of Morris, died at his home Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009.  Tony was born Aug. 16, 1954, in Wellsboro, a son of Anthony and Lorna P. Butler Williams. He was the husband of Leona Karns Williams.  Tony was employed by Ward Manufacturing, Blossburg. He was a member of the Morris United Methodist Church, a member of the NRA, Morris Rod and Gun Club, the Nessmuk Rod and Gun Club, and the G.M.P. Union. Tony enjoyed hunting, shooting and softball.  Anthony is survived by his wife, Leona; two sons, Adam Williams of Columbus, Ohio, Patrick Williams of Green River, Wyo.; two step-daughters and a son-in-law, Julie and Jason Wenrich of Dover, Del., Lori Spencer of Elkland; three grandchildren, Ryan, Tyler, Ashlee; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Bernard and Marcie Williams of Liberty, John Williams of Morris; his father, Anthony Williams, Sr. of Morris. Anthony was predeceased by his mother, Lorna and a brother, Michael Lynn Williams on Dec. 3, 2009.  Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday, Dec. 27, from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Liberty Bible Church, Liberty. Funeral services will be held immediately following at 6 p.m. at the church with his nephew, Pastor Lon Williams, officiating. Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory and Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, is assisting the family.  Published in The Wellsboro Gazette from December 26, 2009 to January 5, 2010

ZAJACZKOWSKI - Michael Zajaczkowski, age 14, of Keiserville Rd., Meshoppen, Pa., died early Saturday morning, Dec. 19, 2009, from injuries he sustained while riding his bicycle, late Saturday afternoon, Dec. 12, 2009, on U.S. Route 6, east of Meshoppen, Pa.  Michael was born in Scranton, Pa., on Nov. 11, 1995, the son of Edward D. Zajaczkowski and Linda M. Cora GARRISON. While living in Meshoppen, Michael was a ninth grade student at the Elk Lake High School, and also a student at the Bethesda School, in South Montrose, Pa.  In his spare time, Michael enjoyed reading, playing video games, fishing, especially his yearly fishing trips to New York State with his Dad, and riding his bike.  Michael is survived by his parents, Linda Garrison and Duane CHAPMAN, of Meshoppen, Pa. and Edward D. Zajaczkowski, of Springville, Pa.; and his step-father, David T. Garrison, of West Nicholson, Pa.; his two brothers, Edward K. Zajaczkowski (Courtney Johnson), of Meshoppen, Pa. and Joseph C. Zajaczkowski (Ashley Thompson), of Springville, Pa.; his sister, Deborah M. Zajaczkowski, of Meshoppen, Pa.; his step-brother, David Garrison, of Springville, Pa.; two step-sisters, Moriah Garrison, of Ohio, and Candace Garrison, of Springville, Pa. Michael is also survived by his nephew, Jacob Zajaczkowski; and two nieces, Mercedes, and Hailie Zajaczkowski; his maternal grandparents, Louis and Jean CORA, of Wilkes Barre, Pa.; and paternal grandparents, Edward and Charlotte Zajaczkowski, of Plains, Pa.; as well as several aunts, uncles, and cousins.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 23 from the Sheldon Funeral Homes, Main Street, Meshoppen, Pa., with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at the St. Joachim's Roman Catholic Church, in Meshoppen, Pa., with Father Joseph Manarchuck, of the church, officiating. Interment will be in the St. Joachim's Cemetery, in Meshoppen, Pa. Family and friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 22 at the funeral home. Rosary will be recited at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening, Dec. 22, at the funeral home.  21 Dec 2009, Towanda Daily Review.

? ECKLER Geraldine H.
Age 85 of Horseheads, NY died on Wednesday December 9, 2009 at The Arnot Ogden Medical Center after a brief illness. A Memorial Service celebrating Geraldine's Life will be held at The First Presbyterian Church of Horseheads 2943 Westinghouse Road Horseheads, NY at a time to be announced. Arrangements are entrusted to the Lynch Funeral Home 318 West Broad Street Horseheads, NY.  Published in Star-Gazette on December 11, 2009

? MARVIN, Sherrill A. "Sherry"
Age 75 and a longtime resident of Bethany Village died Sunday Dec. 13, 2009. Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 S. Main St., Horseheads, NY on Fri. Dec. 18, 2009 from 4-5:00 p.m. Her service will follow there at the funeral home at 5:00 p.m.  Published in Star-Gazette on December 18, 2009

Sherrill A. “Sherry” Marvin, 75, of Bethany Village, died Sunday, Dec. 13, at home.  Survivors include a daughter, Julie Rusczak of Elmira and a son, Rick Marvin of Pine City. Calling hours are 4-5 p.m. Friday at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 Main St. Services will be held there at the conclusion of calling hours at 5 p.m. Friday.  Corning Leader - December 16, 2009

? O'HARRA, Nora C.
Age 90, of Montour Falls, NY, died on Monday, December 21, 2009. Her husband, Harvey J. O'Harra, predeceased Mrs. O'Harra. She is survived by her son: Harvey R. O'Harra of Watkins Glen, NY; daughters, Nora Evelyn O'Harra of Ischua, NY, Marsha O'Harra of Cheektowaga, NY, Lori Barber of Bath, NY and Maureen Nichols of Corning, NY; eight grandchildren, six great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter. It was Mrs. O'Harra's request that there be no services. Arrangements under the direction of Vedder and Scott Funeral home, Montour Falls, NY.  Published in Star-Gazette on December 24,

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By Joyce M. Tice
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