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ARCHER Leroy J. Archer
83, of 8199 County Rte. 70, died
on Wednesday (September 22, 2010) at his home. Born in Randolph, July 19, 1927, the son of Lawrence and Helen Covert Archer, he had resided in Howard since 1978, where he operated the Archer Farms.  He taught Junior High Boys in Sunday School at the Randolph Baptist Church for over 25 years, and was a 15 year member of the Harvest Baptist Church in Bath. He served as church greeter at the church for many years.  He is survived by his wife, Muriel Damon Archer, who he married on June 26, 1953, 2 daughters, Celia (Bennett) Holmes of Michigan, Christine (Michael) Carter of Kansas, 3 sons, Stephen (Lydia) Archer of Bloomfield, James Archer of Randolph, and Bruce (Kimi) Archer of Avoca, 3 brothers, Willis (Gretta) Archer of Randolph, Vern (Helen) Archer of Tennessee, and Ron Archer of Florida, 18 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren, nieces & nephews. The family is being assisted by Gerald R.  Brown, Director. The family will be present to receive friends from 6 PM until 8 PM Friday and from 10 AM until 11AM Saturday at the Harvest Baptist Church, 7568 Bath Hammond-sport Road, where a memorial service will follow calling hours on Saturday at 11 AM.   Rev. Alan Lindmark will officiate.  Burial will be in Randolph Cemetery.  Friends may make memorial contributions to: Harvest Baptist Church 7568 Bath Hammondsport Rd Bath NY 14810. - Corning Leader, September 24, 2010

ARNOLD Eleanor Martin
Age 98, of Burdett, NY, died peacefully on Wednesday, September 22, 2010, at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls. Eleanor was born in Dundee, NY, the daughter of Elroy and Lillie (Peck) Arnold on November 29, 1911. She grew up and attended school in Dundee and later married Russell Martin. Both Eleanor and her husband where longtime members of the Burdett Presbyterian Church. They resided in Burdett, NY for most of their life and later Frost Proof, FL for over 20 years. In her later years, she also resided at the Jefferson Village in Watkins Glen and The Falls Home in Montour Falls. Eleanor worked as a bank teller for the Ovid National Bank in Ovid and Interlaken. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Friends and relatives are invited to the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Monday, September 27, 2010, from 12:00-2:00 p.m. with a funeral service to immediately follow at 2:00 p.m., Rev. Richard Evans officiating; burial at Union Cemetery of Hector, Burdett, NY. - Elmira Star Gazette, September 24, 2010

ASHENFELDER Betty Jane Cooper
87, of Lewisburg, died Saturday, September 18, 2010, at Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village, where she had been a resident for the past nine years. Born March 31, 1923, in Muncy, she was the daughter of the late Charles C. and Eva Georgia (Rider) Ashenfelder. She married Paul Faust Cooper on January 19, 1942, at Sharon Lutheran Church, Selinsgrove. He preceded her in death in 1985. She graduated from Danville High School, Class of 1941, and retired from Bucknell University Food Services. Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Charles Robert (Bob) and Penny of New Berlin and Richard and Amy of Lewisburg; a daughter and son-in-law, Sylvia and Mark Betzer of Sylvania; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Ida Seidel and a daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Joseph Rosboschil of Plymouth. There will be a public viewing from 9:30 to 10 am Saturday at Washingtonville Lutheran Church, 14 Strawberry Ridge Road, Washingtonville, where a celebration of life service and burial will be conducted at 10. Interment will be in the adjoining church cemetery. Arrangements are under the care of the Dale E. Ranck Funeral Service, 125 N. Front St., Milton. - Canton Independent-Sentinel, October 1, 2010

BERNATAVITZ Thomas George Bernatavitz (Tom)
a 50 year and current resident of Sayre, PA, died
at the age of 75 on September 24, 9:15 pm in Nashville, TN from natural causes.  Tom was born on July 1, 1935 in Dushore, PA of Francis and Agnes (Waldron) Bernatavitz. Tom’s sister, Sarah (Sally) Chelap, is a resident of Camp Hill, PA. Throughout Tom’s teenage years, Tom was an avid basketball player, and he worked at the Acme Supermarket in Dushore beginning at the age of 13 . Tom graduated from Saint Basil’s High School in Dushore, PA in 1954. He enlisted as a private in the United States Army after graduation and served for three years in Orleans, France during the Korean Conflict. While in Europe, Tom organized a reunion with Saint Basil alumni in Garmisch, Germany. Upon returning to the United States, Tom attended college at Mansfield University on a GI Bill. Tom worked as a lifeguard at Worlds End State Park where he met his wife, Romana (Viccaro) Bernatavitz. Tom has been married to his loving and dedicated wife, Romana, for 51 years. They were married on April 4, 1959 at Epiphany Roman Catholic Church in Sayre. He used his education and his training in the service to begin a lifelong career as a dental technician. Tom owned and operated the Valley Dental Laboratory for over fifty years. Tom served and developed many friendships with dentists throughout the Valley and the Twin Tiers. Tom has been a member of the Epiphany Church for 50 years where he has served as a member of the Knights of Columbus. Tom has also been a member of the Brother and Protective Order of Elks, Ukranian Catholic War Veterans, VFW, American Legion, Notre Dame and Lifetimers Clubs. Tom enjoyed playing cards and playing golf. He also enjoyed watching children and grandchildren playing sports. Tom brought his entire family together twice a year to celebrate the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving. He traveled often throughout the world to visit family and to offer his support to grandchildren. Besides his wife, Romana, and his sister Sally, Tom is survived by his seven children: Thomas (Linda) of North Wales, PA; Robert (Nancy Duffy) of South Windsor, CT; David (Chris) of Orlando, FL; Mary Lisa (Eric Geppert) of Cleveland Heights , OH; Lori (Joseph Bulkley) of Elmira, NY; John Paul (Jan Price) of Nashville, TN and Michael (Amy) of Chemung, NY. Tom is also survived by eighteen grandchildren: Rachael, Megan, Thomas, David John, Chelsea, Karen, Christian, Geoffrey, Katherine, Elizabeth, Robert, Ariana, John Thomas, John Michael, Luke, Anna, Ian and Joey. There will be a visitation from 8:30-10:00am at Epiphany Church on Friday October 1, 2010 in Sayre. Following the visitation a funeral service will be conducted by the Reverend Vincent Langan at Epiphany Church in Sayre. A Christian burial will take place at 1:00pm at Saint Basil’s Cemetery in Dushore with full military honors being accorded. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Tom to The Epiphany School 627 Stevenson St Sayre, PA 18840 or to Notre Dame High School 1400 Maple Ave., Elmira NY 14904. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Blauvelt Funeral Home 625 Broad St., Waverly, NY. - Towanda Daily Review, September 27, 2010 [Blauvelt Funeral Home obit]

BRUNGARD Walter M. Brungard
87, died Tuesday, September 21, 2010, in the Founders Pavilion in Corning, N.Y.  Born April 14, 1923, in Mill Hall, he was the son of Joseph Brungard and the former Eva Snyder. Walter is survived by his wife, the former A. Jane Iddings of Painted Post, they were united in marriage September 1, 1951, in Milton. Walter was retired from Ingersoll Rand after 37 years of service. For many years he was a member of the Painted Post United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be today, September 24, 2010, at 11 a.m. in the Frederick B. Welker Funeral Home, 125 N. Main St., Jersey Shore. Burial will be in the Jersey Shore Cemetery. Rev. David McCoy will officiate. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, September 24, 2010
Sun Gazette, September 30, 2010

CARRUTHERS Cynthia Ann "Cyndy"
Dundee, N.Y. — Cynthia Ann "Cyndy" Carruthers, 53, of 16 Chambers St. Dundee, died
peacefully Wednesday, September 29, 2010 in the comfort of her home.  Honoring her wishes,family and friends were invited to celebrate her life at the family home beginning on Saturday, Oct. 2. A Fire lighting ceremony was held at 7 p.m. with Rev. Lucinda O'Leary officiating.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Dundee Emergency Squad, 12 Union St., Dundee, NY 14837 or the Ontario-Yates County Hospice Assoc., 756 Pre-Emption Rd., Geneva, NY 14456.  Cyndy was born Dec. 12, 1956 in Springfield, Mo., the daughter of Robert Eugene and Betty Phelps Plumlee. She moved to New York in 1968, and graduated from Dundee Central School in 1974. On Jan. 31, 1976 in Dundee, she married William J. “Bill” Carruthers. In 1978 she and Bill moved to Florida, where she got her experience in retail.  They returned to New York in 1983, and she became a bookkeeper employed by Del Rossa Ford, in Dresden, for 14 years. She also has worked at Specchio Ford in Watkins Glen, Coach and Equipment in Penn Yan, and most recently in retail management for Walmart in Watkins Glen; retiring due to her health in May of 2010. Cyndy was an active member of the Dundee American Legion Bradley-Jessop Post #660 Ladies Auxiliary, having been past president, treasurer, secretary, and steward. She will be remembered for her many years of service to the Legion. A loving wife, mother, grandmother, and backyard party hostess,she is loved and will be missed by her husband of 34 years William J. “Bill” Carruthers, two sons Timothy Alan "Tim" Carruthers, and Allen Michael "Mike" Carruthers, all at home; a daughter, Karri Ann, of Hector, four grandchildren Nathan, Tyler, Peyton and Clayton; five brothers “Butch” Larry and Terry Plumlee all of Missouri; Mark Plumlee of Fort Smith, Ark, and David Plumlee of Penn Yan; numerous nieces and nephews; many in-laws; and countless friends.  Chronicle Express - September 30. 2010

COLBURN Mary Lou Colburn
73, of 305 Woods Run Road, Muncy, died Saturday, September 25, 2010, at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center. Born October 10, 1936, in Jamestown, N.Y., she was a daughter of the late Malcom F. Sr. and Blanche (Anderson) Colburn. A 1954 graduate of Williamsport High School, she received an associate's degree in accounting from Williamsport Area Community College, now Penn College, in 1980 and a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Bloomsburg University in 1984. She was employed at the former Pullman Power Products, Williamsport, from 1974 to 1988, and at Rust Engineering & Construction, Birmingham, Ala., from 1988 to 1996. She then worked for Waste Management in Oak Brook, Ill., for two years, retiring on May 1, 1998. Mary Lou was a faithful member of First United Methodist Church, Muncy, where she volunteered to assist in many activities and was treasurer of the Wesleyan Sunday School class. She was also a member of Muncy Business & Professional Womens Club since 1992. Mary Lou enjoyed a good game of dominos and a challenging game of cards, as well as attending luncheons with her many thoughtful and caring friends. She was very fond of the many special occasions spent with her several nieces, nephews and their families. Surviving are nieces and nephews, James Colburn, Deborah Menges, Marcia Saam, Cassandra Martin, Timothy Colburn, Paula Tomczewski, Betsy Fahringer and Judith Altier; and two sisters-in-law, Jeanette Colburn and Joann Colburn. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by two brothers, M. Frederick Colburn Jr. and James J. Colburn. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, at First United Methodist Church, 602 S. Market St., Muncy. Officiating will be her pastor, Rev. Michael R. Gardy. Burial will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Williamsport. Friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church. The family will provide the flowers and suggests memorial contributions be made to First United Methodist Church Building Fund, 602 S. Market St., Muncy, PA 17756. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, September 27, 2010

CONFER Karen L. Dudek
51, of Williamsport, died Wednesday, September 29, 2010, at home surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with cancer.
She was born the daughter of Adam and Rosemarie Stewart Confer on March 12, 1959, in Williamsport.  She was married for 30 years to her husband Joseph Dudek, her high school sweetheart. Karen was a graduate of Bishop Neumann High School and Venus Schools, Inc. with a degree in electrolysis. She worked as a medical secretary in the CAT Scan department for Susquehanna Health.  Karen enjoyed playing Bingo, riding motorcycles and regularly attending yard sales, where she was known to be quite a fashion collector. Her greatest aspiration in life was to be a super mother to her children; a task which she was greatly successful at throughout her life as a mother.  She was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Annunciation Church.  In addition to her husband and parents, she is survived by her children, Whitney L. and Jennifer L. Dudek; a sister, Jill Kinley; and two brothers, Mark and Gregory Confer.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 800 Mulberry St., Montoursville, PA., with Rev. John K. Manno, Celebrant. There will be a viewing from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday evening at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St. Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery.  Memorial contributions in Karen's name may be made to The American Cancer Society, 1948 E. Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701.  The family would like to thank all of their family and friends that were involved with the many auctions to benefit Karen during her illness. Thank you for all the prayers that strengthened Karen through her battle. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, October 1, 2010

CONTI Gail E. McKinley
Gail E. - Age 61, of the Southport Towers, Elmira, NY, formerly of 14th Street of Elmira Heights, NY. Gail is survived by her daughter, Melissa McKinley Cain (Jeff) of Mathews, NC; son, Ryan (Jennifer) McKinley of Rochester, NY; and one granddaughter to be born in December of 2010; brothers, Mark (Sarah) Oldani of Oregon, Carl (Carolyn) Oldani of Minnesota; sister, Karen Oldani of Arizona; brother, Tony Conti; sisters, Michelle Buberniak, Lisa Charron-Conti, all of Michigan. Gail worked at the Elmira Savings Bank for several years both in the Southport branch and at the Main Street office. She was a communicant of St. Mary's Church on the Southside. She loved to read, play cards and she was a huge hockey fan. Family and friends are invited to call at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmira, NY Friday, October 1st, 2010, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the conclusion of the calling hours at 6:00 p.m. The Deacon George Welch will officiate. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. Floral donations are greatly appreciated. - Elmira Star Gazette, September 30, 2010

Marilyn C. Case, 77 of Venice, FL, formerly of Elmira, died Friday, Sept. 17, 2010. Marilyn was born on December 12, 1932 in Ithaca NY. She is predeceased by her brother, William F. Cooper, Jr. Marilyn is survived by her devoted husband of 55 years, Donald F. Case, Venice, FL; daughter, Lori C. Wheet with husband, Gary, Elmira, NY; son, Lane D. Case with wife, Mary Ann, Webster, NY; son, Richard K. Case with wife, Karen, Charlotte, NC; brother and sister-in-law, Richard H. and Mary E. Cooper, Moorestown, NJ. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Casey Wheet, Andrew Case, Catlyn and Layne Case and several nieces and nephews. Marilyn was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Venice, FL and a former member of North Presbyterian Church, Elmira, NY. Marilyn was active with Elmira Little Theatre, Meals on Wheels and North Presbyterian Church. Don and Marilyn enjoyed their family and friends at their homes on Cape Cod, MA and Venice, FL after Don's retirement.  A Memorial Service will be held at noon on Saturday, October 2, at North Presbyterian Church in Elmira, NY, Rev. Gary Chorpenning officiating. Following the service, the family will receive friends and host a luncheon at Willits Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations in Marilyn's memory may be directed to North Presbyterian Church Food Pantry, 921 College Ave., Elmira, NY 14901. - Elmira Star Gazette, September 26, 2010

CRAWFORD Althea Crawford Parsons
72, died
on September 15, 2010 at her daughter’s home in Troy, following a courageous battle with cancer. Althea Irene Crawford was born on Armenia Mountain in Ward Township on April 21, 1938.   She was a daughter of the late Elsie (Jackson) Crawford and Lyle Crawford.  Althea lived for many years in Berwick, PA where she enjoyed her work as a seamstress. A bright and charming woman, Althea loved times shared with her family and friends.  She will be remembered for her quick wit and strong-will.  She spoke her mind as she saw it and was able to remain independent all her life.  She enjoyed making quilts, sewing, gardening, crossword puzzles and playing the dice game, Yahtzee.  She was an avid fan of tennis, and follower of the Yankees and the New York Giants.  She was comforted by her devoted companion, Miss Shadow, the cat. Surviving are children; Arlene Benjamin and Althea Wyda both  of Berwick, PA, Kimberly (Duane) Rathbun, Troy, Joe Parsons, Lebanon, PA and Gregory (Traci) Parsons, Bellefonte, PA; eleven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; brothers, James, Harry, Larry and Donny Crawford. She was predeceased by children Gayle Irene Parsons and Scott Jay Parsons, also a brother, Dean and a sister, Jean. In keeping with her wishes, services will be private. Those who wish may make memorials in Althea’s name to The American Cancer Society, 1948 E. Third St. Williamsport, PA  17701. Assisting her family with arrangements is Pepper Funeral Home in Canton. - Canton Independent-Sentinel, September 24, 2010

CROMPTON Walter Harvey
Age 82, of Winston-Salem, NC, died
on September 25, 2010. He was born February 26, 1928 in St. Catherine, OT, Canada, the son of David George and Agnes Hilda (Bennett) Crompton. He retired from Corning Glassworks Company , Corning, New York, in 1984 after 34 years of service working as a physic's engineer in sales, quality engineering, and site development. He was also a member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Leora (Wismer) Crompton; sister, Gwendlyn Agnes (Crompton) Tuthill of St. Petersburg, FL; children, Walter H. Crompton, Jr. and wife Nancy of San Mateo, CA, Lawrence E. Crompton and wife Doris of Irvington, AL, Jennifer J. (Crompton) Balascio and husband Daniel of Indianapolis, IN, and Carol A. (Crompton) Quinn and husband Peter of Clemmons, NC; eleven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in death by his parents, his eldest daughter, Linda Marie (Crompton) Carley in 1999, and his brother, David George Crompton in 2008. The family will host a graveside memorial ceremony in Louth, Ontario, Canada in Summer 2011. In lieu of flowers, please send a small memento or memory of how Walter touched your life. These will be compiled as a storyboard to celebrate the many facets of his life, and it will be buried with him. They can be sent to Memorial Funeral Home, ATTN: Re Walter Crompton, 7600 N. Point Court, Winston-Salem, NC 27106 or - Elmira Star Gazette, September 28, 2010

DAUBERMAN James V. Dauberman
60, of 775 Five Points Road, Muncy, died
Tuesday, September 28, 2010, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. Born May 16, 1950, in Kratzerville, he was a son of the late Harold Dauberman and Dorothy (Dreese) Dauberman, of Kratzerville. On June 8, 1985, he married the former Diana Georges, who survives.  A 1968 graduate of Selinsgrove High School, he attended the forestry program at the former Williamsport Area Community College, now Penn College. He worked at ACF in Milton as a painter for 22 years, from 1987 to 2009. Jim was a member of the Muncy Valley Loyal Order of Moose #866 and the Muffley-Huff Post #8206 V.F.W., Turbotville. He was an outdoor enthusiast and enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. Jim loved spending time with his family and friends.  He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Kratzerville. In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by two sons, Jefferson J. Dauberman of Watsontown and Wade N. Dauberman of Muncy; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Eugene and Frieda Dauberman of Va., Marshal and Jana Dauberman of Md., and Clair and Linda Dauberman of Northumberland; and one granddaughter, Mckenna Dauberman of Watsontown. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Cronrath-Grenoble Funeral Home, 308 Main St., Watsontown, where a memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Officiating will be his pastor, Rev. Breen M. Sipes. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, October 1, 2010

DIEFFENBACHER Josephine "Jo" Barger
92, died
at her home on September 25, 2010, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her daughters and their husbands, who provided care so that Jo might remain in the home she loved. Jo was born on February 8, 1918, in Williamsport, Pa., the daughter of Anna Amelia and William Silsby Dieffenbacher. Jo grew up through the Depression, during which she excelled in school and held different jobs to help her family. In 1940, she married Jack Willis Barger, a Navy serviceman and draftsman. Their two daughters were born in Pennsylvania. Jo and Jack moved with their girls to New Mexico in 1952, when Jack was recruited to work with the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory. Jack traveled frequently for lab research, and Jo and her daughters enjoyed being part of the Los Alamos community in the 1950s and 1960s. Jo and Jack spent later years in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Following Jack's illness and death in 1988, Jo moved to Casper, Wyoming to be near her daughter Ann's family. Jo loved being a member of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, especially enjoying the friendship of the "Wild Bunch" senior group. She loved her dogs, liked to bake, and her angel food cakes in particular are fondly remembered by family and friends. Her friends and neighbors enjoyed her lively conversation and interest in their activities. Survivors include her daughters, Ann Richard and husband Jack of Casper, and Kathie Bell and her husband Jack of Auburn, Calif.; her brother, Boots; grandchildren, Lindy, Kerri Jo and Jason; great-grandchildren, Molly, Max, Martha, Daniel, Ryan, Sierra and Tess; and numerous nieces and nephews. Jo was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, two brothers, two sisters and grandson, Marc Vernon Richard.  Cremation has taken place. Jo will be buried next to her husband in the family cemetery in Pennsylvania where her family will hold a private memorial service. Jo's family is grateful for the kindness and support shown them by Central Wyoming Hospice in-home care and special helper Babbs Aldridge. Memorials may be given to Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions or Our Saviour's Lutheran Church. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, September 28, 2010

Age 60, of Hector NY, died
peacefully at home with his family by his side on September 9, 2010. Jim was born in Montour Falls on May 27, 1950. After graduating from Watkins Glen High School he earned a B.S. in Mathematics at SUNY Binghamton. Jim became Vice President of Digicomp Research, in Ithaca, where he contributed to a wide range of hardware and software development projects. Jim is survived by his wife Carolyn; children Jessica, Raina, and Jamie; parents Bill and Irene Elkins; sisters, Betty Tiede, Alice Mischke, Mary Redfield and Ruth Walters; and nieces and nephews. Jim will be remembered by so many people because he had so much to share. He was a student of spirituality, an analytical colleague, a wonderful father and husband, and a kind and gentle person. Everyone he met was a little wiser for having known him. He was also ridiculously good at puzzles. An open memorial service will be held on October 2nd at 2pm at Wisdom's Goldenrod, 5801 State Route 414 in Hector. Donations in his memory can be made to Wisdom's Goldenrod. - Elmira Star Gazette, September 26, 2010

FINCK Franklin J. Finck, 79, of Finck Road, Montgomery, died
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at his home. Born August 2, 1931 in Montgomery, he was the son of the late R. Leroy and M. Evelyn (Miller) Finck. On June 17, 1950 he married the former Lois Brown and they have celebrated 60 years of marriage.  A 1949 graduate of Montgomery High School, Franklin has been a life-long farmer. He began helping on the farm at the age of 12 and for most of his adult life owned and operated a family dairy farm in Washington Township. He has belonged to several farm organizations over the years and enjoyed hunting. He was an avid Philadelphia Phillies fan and Penn State and NY Giants football fan. He loved hearing about his grandchildren’s sporting activities when he was unable to attend due to his health.  He was of Presbyterian faith. Surviving besides his wife, Lois are two sons and a daughter-in-law, Delmar L. and Anne Finck, Allenwood; Barry E. Finck, Montgomery; three daughters and two sons-in-law: Lainey K. Finck, Sellersville; Donna J. and Joseph Knouse, Montgomery; Stacey L. and Keith Bennett, Allenwood; nine grandchildren: Ronald, Mark, Curtis, Andrew, Erica, and Jason Finck; Kyle, Dylan, and Natalie Bennett; two great-grandsons, Caden and Brennan Finck; and a sister, Audrey Wertman and her husband Van Dorn, of Muncy. He was preceded in death by a son, Brian J.Finck in 1995. Friends are invited to call at Elimsport United Methodist Church from noon to 2:00 PM Friday where the funeral will be held at 2:00 PM with Pastor Michael Hill officiating. Burial will follow in Elimsport Cemetery. The family suggests contributions in his memory be made to Elimsport United Methodist Church, 16145 State Route 44 Highway, Allenwood, PA 17810. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brooks Funeral Home, 124 Main Street, Watsontown. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, September 30, 2010

LUTZ, FL — Gegenfurtner, Sr. Gary A., 53 of Lutz, Florida died Monday, September 27, 2010 after a long illness. He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Susan, and four children, Gary Jr., David, Cassandra and Ashley Gegenfurtner. He also leaves behind a good and caring friend, Joe Pochulsky, mother-in-law, Mrs. Ina J. Emery from Avoca, NY, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, John and Laurie Emery II, of Bath, NY, Robert and Vickie Emery, from Albuquerque, NM, Douglas and Cindy Emery, from Farmington, NY and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Harold Sabins from Cohocton, NY and various caring nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Margaret Gegenfurtner and his father-in-law, John D. Emery Sr. He was born in Auburn, NY and spent most of his formative years in various New York towns until his parents settled in Sebring, Florida for his teen years.  There he met three of his lifelong friends Dewayne Wilkinson, Vinny Briceland and Steve Wyman. Gary graduated from Sebring High School in 1975, and immediately joined the Air Force. He was stationed in Zaragosa, Spain doing communications. After the Air Force he attended and graduated from Alfred State College with and associates degree in electrical engineering technology, and then moved to Rochester, New York to attend RIT, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering technology and a master’s degree in software development management. He then worked and lived in the Rochester area for 25 years until moving to Lutz, Florida in 2006 and had been work for Raytheon in Largo, Florida. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. The family will have a viewing starting at 1pm Saturday, October 2, 2010 and a memorial service at 3pm at Blount & Curry Carrollwood. Donations can be made in his name to the HPH Hospice, 12107 Majestic Blvd., Hudson, Florida 34667. - Corning Leader, October 1, 2010

GROVER Evalyn Marie Grover Sullivan Kellogg
89, formerly of Troy, died
on August 23, 2010 at the Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center in Florida. Born October 3, 1920 in  Dresden, New York, she was the daughter of Earl and Lula Mae (Kepler) Grover. She married Kenneth Sullivan on September 10, 1939. Kenneth died in 1964. She later married George Kellogg, who died in 1972. She was also predeceased by her parents , her sister Barbara (Grover) McClure, and great-great-grandaughter Trinity Brinker. She is survived by her daughter Maureen (Sullivan) Garrison of Troy, her son Thomas (Charmaine) Sullivan of Ithaca, NY; her sister Virginia (Grover) Hafler, Riviera Beach, FL, eight grandchildren: James Moss, Donald (Wanda) Moss, Douglas Moss, Michelle (and Brian Getola) Garrison, Kristy (Garrison) and Ken Puchosic, Ryan Sullivan, Dustin Sullivan, Shannon McDermott and Kristi Sullivan, ten great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. Evalyn was an avid bowler, keeping score for countless tournaments and serving as secretary of many leagues She was honored to be inducted into the Troy Chapter of the National Bowling Hall of Fame in March 2010. She moved to Florida and spent the last 30 years bowling, walking with her dog, and watching baseball.  A memorial gathering and Service will be held at Bradley Hall in Columbia Cross Roads on October 11 with a service by Pastor Phil Jordan from 1:00 until 1:30 pm followed by an open gathering from 1:30 until 3:00.   All who knew her and would like to share memories of her with the family are invited to attend. - Canton Independent-Sentinel, September 24, 2010

Bath, N.Y. — Jeffrey A. Haenisch, 56, died
Tuesday morning (Sept. 28, 2010) at his home at 4358 County Route 14, Town of Howard, after a long illness. Born in Passaic, N.J. on June 1, 1954, he was a son of  James and Jesse Collins Haenisch, who survive. In 1973 he was married in Hornell to the former Phyllis Bauter, who also survives. Jeff grew up in Fremont and was a former resident of Rome, N.Y. but resided in Avoca for most of his life. A graduate of Arkport Central School, he also attended Mohawk College in Utica and received his bachelor’s degree from Empire State College. Jeff was a thesis away from receiving his master’s degree. He served with the U.S. Air Force from 1972 to his honorable discharge in 1976 having attained the rank of Sergeant. For 24 years he owned and operated Avoca Village Sales and was most recently employed as a correctional officer at the Steuben County Jail in Bath. A former member of the Better Business Bureau in Avoca, Jeff had a pilot license with a commercial endorsement and enjoyed flying and gliding. Some of his other favorite pastimes include training and riding horseback, playing golf and driving go carts. He was a semi pro soccer player and also coached soccer. Above all, he loved spending time with his grandchildren.  Besides Phyllis, his wife of 37 years and his parents Jim and Jesse Haenisch of Fremont, his family includes his two daughters, Jaime Haenisch of Spencer and Tiffany (Luke) Reinbold of the Town of Howard; his two grandchildren, Chase Jeffrey and Cody Kaleb Reinbold; his two brothers, Mark (Betty) Haenisch of Arkport and Tim (Lalane) Haenisch of San Diego, Calif.; also several nieces and nephews. Calling hours are from 10 a.m.-noon and 2-5 p.m. Thursday at the Buena Vista Wesleyan Church, where a funeral and committal service, with military honors, will take place in his memory following calling hours at 5 p.m. Thursday. Interment will be at Bath National Cemetery at the convenience of his family. Those wishing may contribute in his memory to Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 East Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830.   Arrangements are with the Avoca Funeral Home, 22 N. Main St., Avoca. - Corning Leader, September 30, 2010

HAYES Alfred C
Penn Yan — Alfred C. Hayes, age 93, of Penn Yan, NY died Monday, September 27, 2010 at the Penn Yan Manor.  He was born in Arcade, NY the son of Alfred R. and Nina C. Reed Hayes.  He was retired from the Town of Bath as a Highway Superintendent.  He is survived by three daughters, Catherine (Jerry) King of Stanley, NY, Patricia (Jerry) Coots of Bath, NY and Cindy (Lin) Hough of Penn Yan, NY, son Alfred C.(Clara) Hayes Jr. of Tacoma, WA, 11 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 17 great great grandchildren, sister, Isabelle Stinson of Maryland and brother Floyd (Virginia) Hayes of Bath and several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his wife Leona in 1994, grandson, Gary Coots, sister Genevieve Finnerin and brother, George Hayes. Friends may call today September 30, 2010 from 1:00-3:00 PM at Fagan's Funeral  Home, 31 West Morris St., Bath, NY.  Funeral services will follow at 3:00 pm at the funeral home with Reverend Jeff McDowell officiating. Burial will be in Nondaga Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Assoc-iation, 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75231-4596 and the Finger Lakes Humane Society, 7315 State Route 54, Bath, NY 14810. -  Corning Leader, September 30, 2010

HAMBLIN Bert Hamblin
78, of Wellsboro, died
peacefully in his sleep at home on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010, after a long and brave battle with cancer.  He was born in Nelson, on March 5, 1932, to the late Paul and Margaret Hamblin. He is survived by Bonnie, his wife of 58 years; daughters, Koleen (Tim) Short of Lawrenceville, Marilyn (Jerald) Wetherbee of Mansfield; a son, Rick (Kim) of Mechanicsville, Va. He is also survived by grandchildren, Melissa (Matt) Bartlett of Arnot, Kori Warriner of Chattanooga, Tenn., Julie (Dave) Rudinski of Hope Mills, N.C., Amanda (Jeremy) Keck of Mansfield, Misti (Bryan) Bentley of Ocoee, Tenn., Rebekah (Jason) Vandergrift of Wellsboro, Jeremy (Natosha) Wetherbee of Monroeton, Dawn (Nate) Hilfiger of Lawrenceville, Matthew Hamblin of Richmond, Va., Campbell Haden of Richmond, Va.; and 16 great-grandchildren. Bert was well known for his generous soul and his love of life. He was quick to offer a helping hand to anyone who needed it. He loved to square dance and his train whistle will be remembered by many. He was a dedicated husband and loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 9 to 11 a.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. at the Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory and Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield. A memorial service will follow the visitation at 8 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.  Wellsboro Gazette - September 28, 2010

HARRES Alyce L. Winner
88, of Wyndham Court, Loyalsock Twp., died
Sunday, September 26, 2010, at The Gatehouse. She was born January 5, 1922, in Montoursville, a daughter of Raymond and Jennie H. Gottshall Harres. Alyce was a member of the Montoursville Presbyterian Church. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles E. "Chic," who died
in 2008. Alyce is survived by a sister-in-law, Erma Harris; brother-in-law, Howard Winner and nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be held 2:30 p.m. Thursday, September 30, 2010, at Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St., Montoursville, with Rev. David C. Smith officiating. Interment will follow in Barbours Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday afternoon from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, September 28, 2010

HELPER Madeline J. Major
89, of Williamsport died Saturday, September 25, 2010, at the Gatehouse at Divine Providence Hospital. Born June 29, 1921, in Fort DuPont, Del., she was the daughter of the late George W. and Blanche Thorne Hepler.  Madeline was a graduate of Williamsport High School. She retired after many years of employment from Glyco Chemical-Lonza, where she was an office manager. She also was employed by the Genetti Hotel as a night auditor for several years.  Madeline was a lifelong member of Trinity United Methodist Church. She enjoyed quilting, knitting and gardening.  Surviving are her children, Lynne A. Major of Drexel Hill and Jeff (Karen) Major of Williamsport; five grandchildren, Alex Major, Kylie Major, Matthew (Stacey) Miller, Chris Miller, Bethany Miller; and two great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. Major, in 1966, and brothers and sisters, Donald, Martha, George, and Kathrynn. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St., Williamsport. The family will receive friends from 12 p.m. until the time of service. Interment will be in Wildwood Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Madeline's name may be made to the Gatehouse at Divine Providence Hospital, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, September 27, 2010

HOCKER Charles "Buzz" L. Hocker
81, formerly of Jersey Shore, died
Thursday morning, Sept. 30, 2010, at Manor Care South in Williamsport, where he had been a guest since May 2010.  He was born in Jersey Shore Oct. 1, 1928, a son of Charles C. and Erma L. Myers Hocker. He was a Sgt. First Class in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. His wife, the former Gertrude "Shirley" Klein, died
in Feb. 2009. Early in his life, he was employed at Boatmans Garage in Jersey Shore and later was a welder at Piper Aircraft and also was employed by Rishell's. His survivors include one son, Michael Hocker (Annette) of Great Falls, Mont. and three grandchildren, Sara, Cody and Erin. Buzz's Life Celebration service will be handled by the Rearick-Carpenter Funeral Home, "A Life Celebration Home," of Jersey Shore. The service day and time will be announced later. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, October 1, 2010

HUBER Dorothy May Huber "Dot" Fassett
Age 86, of Elmira, NY, died
at the home of her daughter, Beverly Fassett, surrounded by her loving family, on Saturday, September 18, 2010. Dorothy was born February 15, 1924 in Elmira, the daughter of Francis Dewitt Huber and Lillian Goewey Huber. Dorothy married her beloved husband, and friend, Raymond G. Fassett, whom she has dearly missed since his death in 2006. She is survived by her children, Robert F. Fassett of Sarasota, FL and Binghamton, Beverly M. Fassett of Binghamton, and Joanne F. Dalrymple, with husband David, of Elmira; grandchildren, Henry and Matthew Dalrymple. Dorothy graduated from Elmira Free Academy. She worked 33 years for the Hilliard Corporation and retired in 1988 as Credit Manager. She was a fantastic cook; no one could make a better apple pie. She loved the outdoors, was a skilled gardener, and enjoyed the birds and other wildlife that were frequent visitors to "Grandma's Backyard." Dorothy also loved swimming, golfing, volunteering, camping, and traveling with her family. After retirement, Dot and Ray (and the dogs) traveled the USA in their RV. Dorothy was a dedicated wife, a wonderful mother, and a fantastic grandmother. There will be no calling hours. A Memorial Service will be held at North Presbyterian Church, College Ave. and Irvine Place, Elmira on Saturday, October 2, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be at the family's convenience. - Elmira Star Gazette, September 24, 2010

HULBERT Howard Hulbert,
of Reston, VA, died peacefully at his residence on Saturday, September 25, 2010. Loving husband of 49 years of Viola Hulbert; devoted father of Gerard (Mary Jane) Hulbert and Gregory Hulbert. He is also survived by his brother, William C. (Agnes) Hulbert, three grandchildren, Ian, Caroline and Angelica, Hulbert and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was a member of the Dart League of Vienna, VA, American Legion #180, a graduate of Ithaca College, where he was president of Delta Sigma Phi., and a veteran of the US Navy. Howard's Life Celebration was held at Money and King Funeral Home in Vienna, VA on Wednesday, September 29. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 11900 Lawyers Rd., Reston, VA, on Thursday, September 30, at 11:00 AM. Interment will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Johnson City, NY. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Capital Hospice, 6565 Arlington Blvd. Suite 500, Falls Church, VA 22042. - Elmira Star Gazette, September 30, 2010

Corning, N.Y. — Mary R. Hultzman of 237 Pearl Street, died Monday September 27, 2010 at Founders Pavilion. She was born in Corning, NY the daughter of the late Francis L. and Mary Frances Shey Hultzman. A lifetime resident of the Corning area and graduate of St. Patrick’s Catholic School, Corning Free Academy and Gregg Business School.  Mary was employed with Corning Inc. as an accountant at Fallbrook retiring in 1981 and at the time of her death she had 70 years active and inactive service with the company.  Mary treasured her faith and was a member of All Saints Parish and overtime had volunteered for many church activities and the food pantry.  Mary was a strong willed, quiet and modest lady, and throughout her life amused others with her dry wit and sense of humor, which carried over with her story telling.  Surviving, her sister; Eileen Hultzman with whom she resided in Corning, NY, sister-in-law; Dorothy Hultzman of Corning, NY. Nine nieces and nephews, twenty two great nieces and nephews, twenty five great great nieces and nephews and one great great great niece.  She was predeceased by brother, Thomas F. Hultzman, brother and sister-in-law, Earl and Ann Hultzman, brother and sister-in-law Francis P. and Alice Hultzman, brother, John J. “Jack” Hultzman, sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Wesley R. Levick and nephew, Timothy F. Hultzman. Friends may call at the Haughey Funeral Home, 216 E. First St., Corning, NY, Sunday, October 3, 2010 from 2-4PM. A prayer service will be offered at the funeral home, Monday, October 4, 2010 at 9:30AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00AM at St. Mary’s Church, Corning, NY. Committal prayers and interment will be at the family plot in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Corning, NY. The family would appreciate memorial donations be given in Mary’s name to: All Saint’s Parish, 222 Dodge Ave., Corning, NY 14830 or Corning Community Food Bank, 35 W. William St., Corning, NY 14830. - Corning Leader, October 1, 2010

KAFCHINSKI Alice Kafchinski Dobrosielski
95, of 297 SR3006, Meshoppen, PA died
at the Meadow View Senior Living Center, Montrose, on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 25, 2010. She was born in Scranton on Feb. 10, 1915, the daughter of the late Joseph and Rose Duda Kafchinski. Growing up in Scranton, her family later moved to Auburn Twp., Susquehanna County, when she was a young woman. It was after her family moved to Auburn Twp. that she met and later married her husband, Thaddeus (Teddy) Dobrosielski, on Jan. 30, 1937.  During their first year of marriage, they lived in Phillipsburg, NJ, where they started their family. After moving back to Auburn Twp., she and her husband owned and operated a dairy farm where they lived their entire life, working and raising their family. Mr. Dobrosielski preceded her in death on March 2, 2000. Before moving to Susquehanna County, Mrs. Dobrosielski was employed as an aide at Mercy Hospital in Scranton. After her marriage and raising her family, she was busy being a farmer’s wife, enjoying the yearly preserving and canning from her garden. She also enjoyed crocheting and was an avid reader. In her later years, she loved to babysit her grandchildren. She was a member of St. Bonaventure’s/St. Joachim’s Roman Catholic Churches and was a member of the church choir and the Altar and Rosary Society. Surviving are a son and his wife, David and Vivian Dobrosielski of Hudson, NY; three daughters, Rose Marie Dobrosielski of Meshoppen, Ann Marie and her husband, Gerald Lashley of Centreville, VA and Joan and her husband, Gordon Dickey of Fairfax, VA; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, and she was looking forward to her four other great-grandchildren on the way. She is also survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Chester and Jean Kafchinski of Oneonta, NY; a sister, Clara Strempek of Scranton and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Sept. 30 at 10:30 a.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Meshoppen, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. from St. Joachim's Roman Catholic Church in Meshoppen, with Fr. Joseph Manarchuck of the church, officiating. Interment will be in St. Bonaventure’s Cemetery in Auburn. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday evening, Sept. 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. - Wyalusing Rocket Courier, September 30, 2010

KEISER Ruth A. Stahl
91, formerly of Dewart, died
Thursday, Sept. 28, 2010 at Kramm Health and Rehabilitation Center, Watsontown where she had been residing the past few years. Born April 8, 1919 in rural Milton, she was the daughter of the late John H. and Letha A. (Kreppennick) Keiser. She was married to Donald M. Stahl for 33 years until his death in 1975. Ruth was raised in the Pottsgrove area and graduated from Pottsgrove schools. Earlier in life she had worked at the former Montgomery Mills and then later assisted her daughter at Granny K’s Bakery in Dewart for many years. She enjoyed reading, especially her Bible. She loved and prayed for her family daily. She was a member of Watsontown Baptist Church. Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, John L. and Debbie Stahl, Blythewood, SC; three daughters and sons-in-law: Donna M. and Calvin Pidcoe, Watsontown; Jean L. and Gary Kahle, Milton; and Blanche and the Rev. Ronald Kilgus, Coalville; 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson. Preceding her in death besides her husband was a brother, Maurice Keiser. Friends are invited to call at Brooks Funeral Home, 124 Main Street, Watsontown from 10 to 11 AM Friday where the funeral will be held at 11:00 AM with the Rev. James Ritter, her pastor officiating, assisted by her son-in-law, the Rev. Ronald Kilgus. Burial will follow in Presbyterian Cemetery, McEwensville. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, September 30, 2010

CHEEKTOWAGA, NY —  Thomas L. Kester September 21, 2010 of Cheektowaga, NY; formerly of Corning, NY. Beloved husband of the late Marie (nee Osterhoudt) Kester. Dearest father of James (Nancy) Kester. Brother of the late Jack (late Mary) Kester and the late Dolores (late Raymond) Manning. Also survived by nieces and nephews.  No prior visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday October 2, 2010 in St. Vincent de Paul Church, 222 Dodge Avenue, Corning, NY at 10:00 am. Interment Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Corning, NY. Mr. Kester was a member of the Elks Lodge #1071.  Flowers gratefully declined. If desired, contributions may be made to either Hospice or the Alzheimer’s Association of WNY. Arrangements by Melvin J Sliwinski Funeral Home. - Corning Leader, September 29, 2010

KITHCART Truman L. Kithcart Jr.
41, of Federal Way, Wash., died
in Tacoma on Sept. 27, 2010.  He was born May 6, 1969, in Sayre, Pa. Truman proudly served his country as a sergeant in the United States Army, and spent two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He loved the outdoors and would often "go playing," whether to ride quads and motorcycles or to go shooting.  He is survived by his loving wife Teresa Kithcart. He is also survived by: his mother Shirley Kithcart of Nichols, N.Y.; a son, Cody Welles; two step-sons, William and Anthony Keane of Federal Way, Wash.; two brothers, David Kithcart of Nolanville, Texas, and Larry (April) Kithcart of Towanda, Pa.; three sisters, Diane (Cecil) Bailey of Wyalusing, Pa., Lorie (Joseph) Thies of Nichols, N.Y., and Faye (David) Williams of Nolanville, Texas; and many nieces and nephews that loved him very much.  He was preceded in death by: his father, Truman Kithcart Sr.; brother, James Kithcart; and two sisters, Pamela Kithcart and Karen Hitchcock. The viewing will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010, at Tuell-McKee Funeral Home, 2215 6th Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98403; (253) 272-1414. Funeral services will follow at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 4, with a graveside service with military honors at 2 p.m. at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Wash. - Towanda Daily Review, October 1, 2010

KREITZ Ernest L. "Ernie" Kreitz Jr.,
78, of S. Broad St., Jersey Shore, died
surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010, in the Williamsport Regional Medical Center following a brief illness. He was born Nov. 24, 1931, a son of Ernest L. and Eva Mae Fulkrod Kreitz Sr. He was a 1950 graduate of Jersey Shore High School. He entered the U. S. Air Force in 1950. Ernie married his high school sweetheart Marian L. Miller on Aug. 27, 1955 at the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Avis. This past August they celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary. He was a lifelong member of the St. John Lutheran Church of Jersey Shore. Ernie was employed by Hammermill Paper Co. in Lock Haven, retiring in 1982. He enjoyed bowling and was an avid golfer and Penn State fan. Besides his wife Marian, he is survived by his children, Karen Chianelli of Montoursville, Sherrill (Robert) Reynolds of Muncy and Steve Kreitz and his companion Kim Garlick of Woolrich; his grandchildren, Joe (Patty) Kreitz, Jason Kreitz, Stephanie Kreitz, Kristina (Thomas) Engle and Nathan Reynolds; four great-grandchildren; two step great-grandchildren; and his sister, Edna Thomas of Jersey Shore. He was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Donald Kreitz. Ernie's Life Celebration will begin with a visitation on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Rearick-Carpenter Funeral Home, "A Life Celebration Home," 1002 Allegheny St., Jersey Shore, with services to follow at 11 a.m. with Rev. Kerry Aucker officiating. Interment will be in Jersey Shore Cemetery. His family suggests contributions be made to St. John Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 229 S. Broad St., Jersey Shore, PA 17740. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, September 28, 2010

LITTLE Beulah M. Stackhouse
81, of Hughesville, died at 7:40 a.m., September 29, 2010, at the Muncy Valley Hospital, Skilled Nursing Unit. She was born July 10, 1929, in Sullivan County, a daughter of the late Jason B. and Agnes (Fritz) Little. October 1, 1949, she married Carl E. Stackhouse, who survives. Beulah retired from the State Correctional Institute, Muncy, as a captain after 23 years of service. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, and was a member of the American Legion, Post 104, Montoursville. She graduated from Sonestown High School, class of 1947 and was of the Methodist faith. In addition to her husband of 60 years, she is survived by a daughter, Diane (Lester Poust), Muncy; son, Rudy (Phyllis) Strackhouse, Spring Mills; two granddaughters, Lesha (Brian) Allen, Bellefonte and Lori Stackhouse, Red Lion; a great-grandson, Michael Allen; two sisters, Doris (George) Rider, Eagles Mere and Eleanor (Donald) Shaheen, Hughesville; half-sister, Judy Hart, South Williamsport; half-brother, Ronald Little, Muncy; sister-in-law, Betty Little, Montoursville; and a brother-in-law, Kenneth Poust, Montoursville.  She was preceded in death by a sister, Elizabeth "Libby" Poust and two brothers, Kenneth Little and Mervin Little. Services will be at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to: Make-A-Wish, The Gulf Tower, 707 Grant St., Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Arrangements have been entrusted to the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water St., Hughesville, PA 17737. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, September 30, 2010

LOMISON Lori S. Lovell
49, of South Williamsport, succumbed to cancer on Wednesday, September 22, 2010, at Sycamore Manor Health Center following a long courageous battle. Lori was born in Williamsport on May 7, 1961, a daughter of the late John G. Sr. and Dorothy L. Hall Lomison. She was a member of New Covenant United Church of Christ and had been employed as the night-time head cashier at the former Hill's Dept. Store. Lori enjoyed bingo, shooting pool, cards and board games and had been active with Little League when her children were younger, but her greatest joy was spending time with her children and grandchildren to whom she was devoted. Surviving is her husband of 14 years, David E. Lovell; a son, Spencer T. (Jamie) Lomison of Shermansdale; a daughter, Jessica L. Parsons and a step-son, David E. Lovell II both of South Williamsport; ten grandchildren; four siblings, John G. (Sandy) Lomison Jr. of Wash., Sharon L. (James F.) Sprinkle of Williamsport, Thomas F. (Lenore) Lomison of Newville and Leigh Burchanowski of South Williamsport. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the Crouse Funeral Home, 133 E. Third St., Williamsport, with her pastor, Rev. Clara Benson officiating. A visitation will be held at the funeral home from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests donations in Lori's name may be made to The Gatehouse, 1100 Grampian Blvd., third floor, Williamsport PA or to Susquehanna Health Hospice, 1100 Grampian Blvd., 4 south, Williamsport, PA 17701.  - Williamsport Sun Gazette, September 24, 2010

LYONS Marie (Mary) Anita Strachen
was born to Thomas Joseph Lyons and Flora Catherine (Worster) Lyons in New York City, NY on 27 August 1919. Marie spent her early childhood in New York City but later moved to Elmira, NY. Mom was a "Rosie the Riveter" during World War II, working in the local area factories to help the war effort. After the war, while working in a music store, she met Robert L. Strachen and they were married on 14 April 1948 in Elmira. Mom loved music, cooking, travel and making miniature rooms and houses. She was active in the community, serving as a lector at St. John the Evangelist Church in New Hartford, NY and learning and becoming certified to transcribe books into Braille after a child in the community became blind. After Dad retired they moved to Seaview, WA, where she was active with the local museum and humane society. They returned to New York in Sept. 1998 and she passed quietly on 23 Sept. 2010 at the Masonic Care Community. Marie was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years in 2005. She is survived by her three children, John R. Strachen and wife Mary of New Hartford, NY, Judith A. Harpel and husband Wayne of Brush Prairie, WA, and Stephen R. Strachen and wife Linda of Llano, TX; and grandchildren, Samantha, Matthew, Andrew, Hannah, Nathan, Josiah and Samuel Strachen, Christopher Harpel and wife Cecilia, Lindsay Galofre and husband Gabriel; and one great-grandchild, Isabella Galofre. Calling hours will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Sept. 29th at Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral Homes on 13 Oxford Rd, New Hartford, NY. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. John the Evangelist Church, in New Hartford, NY on Thursday, Sept. 30th, at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Blvd., Suite 1010, Rockville, MD 20852. - Elmira Star Gazette, September 29, 2010

Caledonia, N.Y. — MAIER, Mary A. - Mary A. Putney - On September 25, 2010 at age 69. She is survived by her fiancé, Melvin Izbinski: her children, Timothy (Shirley) Putney, Marjorie Kucy, Thomas Putney, James (Donna) Putney; 9 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren; sisters, Virginia Maurer, Margaret (Earl) Foster, Theresa Brongo, Laurie Hamilton; brothers, Charles (Carol), Francis (JoAnne), Donald and Henry Maier, brothers-in-law, Duane (Louise) Putney and Loren Putney; several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her daughter, Bonnie West; sister Dorothy Ciaccia and brother, John Maier. No prior calling. Friends are invited to attend her Memorial Mass 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at St. Agnes Church, Avon. Interment St. Agnes Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Autism Society, American Cancer Society or American Diabetes Association. Arrangement by Stephenson-Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., Avon, NY. - Corning Leader, September 28, 2010

MAINUS Richard Henry
Wellsboro Gazette - October 29, 1986
Richard Henry Mainus, 70 years of age, a resident of the Forest View Manor, Elkland, died Sunday. Oct. 26,1986, in the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro.  Mr. Mainus was born July 2,1916, in Keating Summit, the son of Willard R. and Mabel Louise Cook Mainus.  He was a retired employee of Ingersol Rand, Painted Post, N.Y; Survivors include a son, David, of Knoxville; a sister, Miss Hilda Virginia Mainus, of Galeton; a brother, Leonard Mainus, of Franklin. Private funeral services were held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements were by the Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, Wellsboro.

MERRITT Thomas L. Merritt
55, of Wyalusing Township, died
on Sept. 27, 2010, at his home. He was born on March 27, 1955, in Sayre, Pa., a son of Walter and Gladys (Johnson) Merritt. Thomas earned rank as a corporal in the United States Marine Corps having served during the Vietnam era. On April 29, 1988, he married Lisa South Merritt. They had celebrated their 22nd wedding anniversary.  He enjoyed time spent with his family, fishing, hunting and being in the outdoors. He leaves surviving his wife: Lisa Merritt, at home; his mother: Gladys (Jamie) Merritt, of Laceyville, Pa.; by six children: Thomas Merritt, of Mehoopany, Pa., Ashley (Louis) Gomez, of Mehoopany, Pa., Tonya Merritt, of Wyalusing, Pa., Josh (Sarah Beth) Merritt, of Wyalusing, Pa.; step-children: George Farr, of Wyalusing, Pa., Erin (Jay) Farr, of Wysox, Pa.; brothers and sisters: Walter (Diane) Merritt, Jr., Patty (Fred) Strawser; Gary Merritt, (special sister and brother-in-law) Susie (Paul) Brown; Betty (Ambros) Bailey, Joseph (Kim) Merritt, Kelly (Arthur) Westbrook; and by eight grandchildren: Skyla, Christian, Marieanna, Jasper, Hayden, Andrea, Alex and Jade; by a very special nephew: Todd Parkhurst; and by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends and family are invited to call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010, at the McHenry Funeral Home, 106 Church Street, Wyalusing, Pa.  There will be no funeral service. In lieu of flowers memorials, donations may be made directly to the family to assist with expenses. - Towanda Daily Review, September 28, 2010

MILLER Betty Louise Fleming
65, of 203 Lunar Lane, Milton, died
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at Kramm Healthcare Center, Milton. Born November 25, 1944 in Williamsport, she was a daughter of the late Junior Frank and Clara Irene (Baker) Miller. Betty was previously employed as a bartender at the American Legion in Lewisburg.  She was a member of several auxiliaries and lodges, including the Clyde F. Mowrer American Legion Post 323, Watsontown; the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 171, Milton; BPOE (Elks) Lodge 913, Milton; the 40 et 8 Club, Northumberland; and the Muffley-Huff Post #8206 V.F.W., Turbotville. Surviving are one son, Melvin E. Kurtz, Jr. of Ocean City, MD; two brothers, Donald A. (Elaine) Miller of Montgomery and Fred D. Miller of Sarasota, FL; two sisters, Kathryn I. (Russell) Mingle, Saylorsburg, and Marjorie D. (Elwood) Ackley of Bloomsburg; two nieces; four nephews; and her former husband, Kenneth Fleming of Lewisburg. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a daughter, Charlene. Friends will be received Monday, Oct. 4, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Cronrath-Grenoble Funeral Home, 308 Main St., Watsontown, where the funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday.  Officiating will be Rev. Jill Seagle, pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church, Delaware Run.  Burial will follow in Uniontown Cemetery, Allenwood. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, September 30, 2010

MIRIELLO Josephine “Jay” Todor
85, formerly of Mt. Carmel, died
Friday, September 24, 2010 at Kramm Health and Rehabilitation Center, Watsontown, where she had resided the past five years.  Born March 19, 1925 in Mt. Carmel, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Elizabeth (Cornitti) Miriello. She and her husband, John Todor celebrated 28 years of marriage until his death April 2, 1978.  She had attended Mt. Carmel area schools and had worked at the Mt. Carmel Blouse Factory. She was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Mt. Carmel and enjoyed bowling and reading. Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, John and Mary Todor of Turbotville; two grandsons, Nick and his wife Heidi of Williamsport and Jonathan in Tuscon, AZ; two great-grandsons, Ryan and Collin and a sister, Theresa Manney of Edison, NJ.  Preceding her in death besides her husband were two sisters, Carrie Palovick and Grace “Betty” Mozloom and two brothers, Sam and Joseph Miriello. Friends are invited to call at the Church of the Resurrection, 75 Musser Lane, Muncy from 9 to 10 AM Wednesday where a mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM. Friends and family are also invited to the graveside committal service which will be held Wednesday at 1:00 PM at All Saints Cemetery, Elysburg.  The family suggests contributions in her memory be made to Kramm’s Residents Fund, 245 East Eighth Street, Watsontown, PA 17777. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, September 26, 2010 [Brooks Funeral Home obit]

MORLEY John Richard
On Sept. 22, 2010, John Richard Morley of Baldwin, Md., died
. John was a l961 graduate of Athens High School and served in the United States Navy from l962 - l966.  Beloved husband of Jennifer Morley (nee Moore); devoted father of Arthur John Morley and wife Nicole and Megan Sutherland Morley; loving grandfather of Jaynie, Jordan, Jenna and Jack Morley, dear brother of Fay Morley and Fran Nagle; also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Memorial contributions in John's name may be made to Heron Harbour Hospice, VAMHCS-#23B, Perry Point, MD 21902 or the National LeioMyoSarcoma Foundation, 18623 County Road - 12S, Foley, AL 36535-3738. - Sayre Morning Times, September 30, 2010

MORSE Gerald G
Caton, N.Y. — Gerald G. Morse, age 71, of Caton, NY passed on Sunday, September 26, 2010 at his home, surrounded by his family. Mr. Morse was born on May 29,1939 in Corning, the son of Merle R. and Lorraine (Clark) Morse.  He married Ruth Stull on December 28, 1957.  Gerald was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He owned a 30 foot cruiser and loved boating, along with hunting, and fishing. He especially loved his Genesee Cream Ale. His little dog, Stinker, has been his companion by his side for the past four years.  Gerald is survived by his wife: Ruth Morse; two daughters: Tina Walker and significant other, David Race, both of Bloomfield, NY, and Colleen (William) Rood of Corning; three sons: Jerry Morse, II of Corning, Chris (Monica) Morse of Rochester, NY, and Brian Morse and significant other, Debbie Cacala, both of Pine City, NY;  sister: Gail Scanlon of Florida; two brothers: Robert (Jeannie) Morse and Ronald (Kay) Morse, both of Florida; nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his sister, Virginia (Sam) Chilson. Calling hours will be at Carpenter's Funeral Home, LLC, 14 East Pulteney Street in Corning on Saturday, October 2nd from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Southern Tier Hospice & Palliative Care, 11751 East Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830. - Corning Leader, September 29, 2010

MUFFLY Ray W. Muffly, 78, of 118 Berkley Drive, Watsontown, died
peacefully in the presence of his family on Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.  Born November 30, 1931 in Milton, he was a son of the late Abram C. and Ardis M. (Kelly) Muffly. He and his wife, the former Lulu B. Wertman, were married on October 27, 1954. His death breaks a marital union of 55 years.  Ray was a 1949 graduate of Danville High School and became tax collector for the borough of Watsontown for 16 years. He retired as bookkeeper for Diehl Chevrolet, Lewisburg in 1992.  As a devoted husband, father and grandfather he also enjoyed spending time with the rest of his family and friends. As a master craftsman, he enjoyed building custom made wooden furniture in his workshop at his home and collecting antique model tractors and beer steins. He was a longtime member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Watsontown.  In addition to his wife he is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Robin M. and Daniel Hering of Allenwood; one son, Kevin R. Muffly of Watsontown; three sisters, DeLane Simmons of Watsontown, LaVarnie Johnson of Georgia and Ardis Bucher of New Columbia; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Ray was predeceased by two brothers, Roy Muffly and Terry D. Muffly. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 400 Main Street, Watsontown, where his funeral will be held at 2 p.m. officiated by his pastor Rev. James H. Fladland. Burial will follow in Watsontown Cemetery. The family will provide the flowers and suggests memorial contributions be made to First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 400 Main Street, Watsontown, PA 17777. The family is being assisted by Cronrath-Grenoble Funeral Home, 308 Main Street, Watsontown. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, September 30, 2010

Age 83 of Elmira Heights, NY. He was born July 18, 1927 in Elmira, son of the late Nels and Sophia (Nordquist) Nelson and died
Thursday, September 30, 2010 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Mary; children and their spouses Sally and Les Richmond, Patrick and Patricia Nelson, Tex M. Nelson, Renie Nelson, Kathy and Jacque Wilkens, David Nelson; 9 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; nephew Dan Nelson; niece Kathleen Nelson; grand niece Logan Nelson. Tex was a veteran of the U.S. Army and retired from USF&G Insurance. Private services will take place at the convenience of the family. The Nelson family thanks the nursing staff on 4D at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center especially Stephanie; Southern Tier Hospice and a special thank you to Mike and Theresa. Walter J. Kent Funeral Home is assisting the family. - Elmira Star Gazette, October 1, 2010

NOLDE Anthony Derf Nolde
82, renowned musician and loving father and friend, passed on peacefully in the night on September 25, 2010. Derf was born September 22, 1928, in Wyndmoor, Pa., the son the late Reverend Dr. O. Frederick Nolde and the late Ellen Jarden Nolde. He graduated from Germantown Friends School and earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree in music from Manhattan School of Music then joined the faculty at Rutgers University. During this time he nurtured his love for his newly found joy and talent for jazz, which he pursued the rest of his lifetime. Derf opened his music store, Nolde's Music Box, in Flemington, N.J., and 30 years ago formed the Keystone Jazz Group. The band performed together as recently as this past July in Eagles Mere, Pa., celebrating 24 years of concert seasons there.  Derf is survived by his son, Scott Frederick Nolde and Scott's wife Wendy Hughes, Sydney, Australia; daughter, Catherine (Kate) Nolde, Turbotville, Pa.; and their mother, Jane. He and his companion, Alice Berendzen, have celebrated life together for the last 20 years. He is also survived by his dear grandchildren, Gwyneth, Christian, and Bronwen all of Australia, as well as his sisters, Suzanne Van Leer Nolde, Wyndmoor, Pa., and Fredericka Berger, University Park, Md. Derf was a man with great presence and cheer. His smile and his manner were infectious, and his love of music apparent to all. He inspired audiences with appearances on stages in Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York, Florida, New Orleans, Richmond, as well as many other places, including Eagles Mere, Pa., where he spent 30 years of his life. A tribute to Derf's life is planned by his family at the end of October. Contributions in Derf's honor can be made to The Community Conservatory, 4459 W. Swamp Road, Doylestown, PA 18902. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, October 1, 2010

OLMSTEAD Thomas William
LONG ISLAND CITY, NY — Thomas William Olmstead died
after a brief illness on May 20th, 2010 at his home in Long Island City, NY.  Tom was born August 6, 1949. Having grown up in Corning, NY, Tom graduated from Corning-Painted Post East High School, later to attend the American Academy of Performing Arts in NYC.  Tom was a music enthusiast, and sang in the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Jersey City, NJ. His love of music was his occupation and career in voice, having worked at Local 802 Musicians Union, Patelson Music Store, and Colony Music Store at the time of his death. He was an outspoken advocate of theatre and song and represented many interests in the music and theatre industry in New York City.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Hugh and Dorthy Olmstead, and is survived by his Aunt, Marjorie Westbrook Olmstead and two first cousins, Janice Leeson of Columbus, Ohio, and Annette Baldwin of Mechanicsville, Virginia, and a special friend, Michael Monaco of NYC.  A Memorial Service will be held at Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Hammondsport, NY at 2:00 PM on Friday, October 8, 2010, officiated by the Reverend Paul Rowley. - Corning Leader, October 1, 2010

PARKER Margaret Jane Feudale
went into the hands of our Lord on Sept. 24, 2010. She had been ill for the past few years and had resided at Valley View Nursing Center, Montoursville, and in her last hours she was surrounded by her loving family. She was born July 22, 1934, in Shamokin, the daughter of Lahoma Linton and Clarence Parker. She graduated from Shamokin High in 1953. She married Leonard H. Feudale on Sept. 16, 1955. During her illness she attended the Albright Life Center and was well attended by the Valley View staff. Surviving are her four daughters and spouses, Lorraine and Dennis Noll of New Columbia, Catherine and George Van Kirk of Lewisburg, Theresa Feudale of Lewisburg and Ann Marie Bruno of Williamsport; and one son, Leonard H. Feudale Jr. and his wife Cindy of Oklahoma City, Okla. Also surviving are nine grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; four sisters, Hannah McKinney, Peggy Broscius, Lahoma Wagner and Tina Linton; four brothers, Henry Linton, Sam Parker, Gene Parker and Jimmy Linton. Two brothers, Jack Parker and Daniel Parker, and a son-in-law, David Bruno, preceded her in death.  A memorial service will be held at First Church of Christ Disciples, 1250 Almond St., Williamsport on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010, at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Kenneth Weiss officiating.  In lieu of flowers the family respectfully suggests memorial contributions may be made to Albright Life, 901 Memorial Ave., Williamsport, PA or First Church of Christ Disciples, 1250 Almond St. Williamsport, PA 17701. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, September 27, 2010

PENTZ Anna L. Gilbert
94, of Montoursville, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, September 28, 2010, at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center. She was born June 10, 1916, in Montoursville. Anna married Dorsey M. Gilbert on November 24, 1938, with whom she shared 55 years of marriage. She was a member of Faith United Methodist Church. Anna worked as a secretary for the Lycoming Hotel and Woolever Transfer. Anna loved volunteering at her church, walking with her friends, cooking and being involved with her family's activities. Surviving are her children; son, R. Frederick (Sandy) Gilbert and daughter, Kay E. (Douglas) Dietrick both of Montoursville; seven grandchildren, Dean (Judith) Gilbert, Crystal (David) Miller, Michael (Nancy) Stopper, David Stopper, Karen Dietrick, Deborah Dietrick, and Michael (Michelle) Dietrick; thirteen great-grandchildren; twin sisters, Mary Tyson of Mich., and Helen Krumruy of Alaska. Anna was predeceased by her husband, Dorsey M. Gilbert, in 1993; a daughter, Patricia Stopper; and a brother, Harry Thomas Pentz. Relatives and friends are invited to Anna's Memorial Service at Faith United Methodist Church, 700 Fairview Dr., Montoursville, PA 17754-1626. Services will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 2, 2010. In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorial contributions be made to Faith United Methodist Church. Arrangements are being handled by the James C. Maneval Funeral Home, Ltd., "A Life Celebration Home," 500 W. Fourth St., Williamsport. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, September 30, 2010

RICHARDS Sylvia K. Turner, 72, formerly of Northway Road, Williamsport, died Tuesday, September 28, 2010, at the Rose View Center, Williamsport. Sylvia was born in Erie, Pa., on January 15, 1938, the daughter of William J. and Estelle G. Bederman Richards. She was a 1955 graduate of the former St. Mary's High School and had been employed by The Grit before her marriage. She is a member of The Church of St. Ann. Sylvia was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Thomas E. Turner Sr., who died May 9, 2009. Sylvia is survived by her two sons, Thomas E. Turner Jr. and his wife Karen of Montoursville, and Timothy Turner and his fiance Mary, of Loyalsock Twp.; seven grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; a brother, Ronald W. Richards of Cogan Station; and a sister-in-law, Dotty Richards of Loyalsock Twp. In addition to her parents and husband, Sylvia was preceded in death by a daughter, Colleen Turner; two brothers, Gary A Richards and William C. Richards; and a sister, Nancy A Richards. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at The Church of St. Ann, 1223 Northway Road at 10 a.m. on Saturday with her pastor, Rev. Paul C. Fontanella officiating, with burial to follow at Wildwood Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Crouse Funeral Home, 133 E. Third St., Williamsport, on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. with a recitation of the rosary at 5:45 p.m. - Williamsport

James Rokitka, age 50, of Wellsboro, PA, died Monday, September 27, 2010 at the Green Home, Wellsboro, PA. James was born August 27, 1960 in Buffalo, NY, a son of Eugene A. and Marjorie (LoVallo) Rokitka.  James is survived by a son, Nicholas DelSordo of Hamburg, NY; a brother, Eugene Rokitka, Jr. of Buffalo, NY; and a sister, Sandra A. Westley of Wellsboro, PA. He was predeceased by his parents, and a nephew, Michael Haefner of Darien, NY.  In keeping with James 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. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, September 28, 2010

ROSBACH Wayne L. Rosbach
age 45, of Forksville, Pa., died
on Friday, Sept. 24, 2010, at his home. He was born on March 21, 1965, in Williamsport, Pa., a son of Leonard E. and Nancy (Stahlnecker) Rosbach. Wayne has been a lifetime resident of Sullivan County. He graduated from Sullivan County High School with the Class of 1983.  On Aug. 16, 1986, he married the former Janet Gilbert in Forksville, Pa. Wayne and Janet have celebrated 24 years of marriage. He presently was employed by Sullivan County Rural Electric as a lineman. He was formerly employed by Baumunk's Lumber Company for 23 years.  He was a member of the Forksville United Methodist Church. His other memberships include: Local Union No. 13 IBEW; Forksville Volunteer Fire Company, and was currently 2nd Assistant Chief, he served as a past Fire Chief for 10 years from 1987-1997. Wayne enjoyed hunting, four wheeling, NASCAR, and was a Steelers football fan. He found pleasure and fun in playing jokes on family and friends. He leaves surviving his wife, Janet Rosbach, at home; a son, Derrick James Rosbach, at home; his mother, Nancy Rosbach, of Forksville, Pa.; a brother, Randy A. (Debra) Rosbach, of Forksville, Pa.; and his several uncles, aunts and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his father, Leonard Rosbach; his father-in-law, Joe Gilbert; grandparents, Rex and Thelma Rosbach, and Wilbert and Mary Stahlnecker. Friends and family are invited to call from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 28, at the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter Street, Dushore, Pa., and from 10-11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29, in the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, with Pastor Linda Renninger officiating. Interment will immediately follow in Forksville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to: Forksville Volunteer Fire Company, 64 Main Street, Forksville, PA 18616; American Heart Association American Heart Association American Heart Association American Heart Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania, 228 South Russell Avenue, Williamsport, PA 17701; or Geisinger's Janet Weis Children's Hospital, Danville, PA 17822, in memory of Wayne L. Rosbach. - Towanda Daily Review, September 27, 2010

ROYER Ernest
Wellsboro Agitator - May 13, 1931
Ernest, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Royer of Elkland, died May 4, of pneumonia.  He was born July 6, 1929.  Besides his parents he is survived by one brother, Eugene Jr., his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Buck of Elkland, and Harold VanDusen of Elmira.

RUSSELL Martha Jane Russell Ronemus
82, a resident of the Valley View Nursing Center, celebrated her victory day on Wednesday, September 22, 2010. Born in Washington Twp., Lycoming County, Pa., on Friday, February 10, 1928, she was the daughter of the late James Brady and Miriam (Bailey) Russell. Jane was the widow of Thomas H. Ronemus, who preceded her in death on April 9, 2005. She was a 1945 graduate of Montgomery-Clinton High School. Jane was a lifelong learner, having attended the former Williamsport School of Commerce and the Williamsport Area Community College. She was retired from Lycoming County and had also been employed as an insurance agent and had prepared personal taxes for many individuals and companies. Jane was also the proprietor of Hair by Jerry. Following her retirement, she was employed as a bookkeeper by STEP. Earlier in life she had been employed by Williams Steno Service.  Jane was a former member of the Washington Presbyterian Church at Allenwood. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a former president and member of the Elimsport Cemetery Association and had been an active member of the Lycoming County Housing Authority. She enjoyed collecting dolls and especially enjoyed her Boston Terrier dogs.  She is survived by one brother and sister-in-law, Robert B. and Jane Russell, Allenwood; one brother-in-law, John Snoddy, Allenwood; four nephews, Dr. John (Carol) Russell, St. Louis, Mo., Thomas (Susan) Snoddy, Allenwood, Terry (Sue) Snoddy, Allenwood, Dr. Jay Snoddy, Knoxville, Tenn.; two nieces, JoAnn (Massimo) Fremiotti, Tunkhannock, Christina (Dr. Daniel) Maloney, Morgantown, W.Va.; and one niece-in-law, Cathy Russell, Morgantown, W.Va. Jane is also survived by eleven great-nephews, six great-nieces, six great-great-nephews and three great-great-nieces. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by one sister, Margaret Ellen Snoddy and one nephew, Dr. Richard Russell.  Funeral services will be conducted from the Elimsport United Methodist Church, 16145 State Route 44 Highway, Elimsport at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 25, 2010, with Rev. James R. Sunderland Jr. officiating. Interment will be in the Elimsport Cemetery. Friends may call on Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church. The family will provide the flowers. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Sunrise Terrace, C/O Valley View Nursing Center, 2140 Warrensville Road, Montoursville, PA 17754. Arrangements are being handled by the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 40 E. Houston Ave., Montgomery. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, September 24, 2010

SEWALT Bruce F. Sewalt
96, of 2160 Warrensville Road, Montoursville and formerly of the 800 block of Cemetery Street, died Thursday, September 23, 2010, at the Valley View Nursing Center. Bruce and his wife, the former Grace A. Duvall, observed their 68th wedding anniversary on March 28, 2010. Bruce was a member of the First United Methodist Church, New Hope Campus, and a 1932 graduate of the Jersey Shore High School. He enjoyed square dancing, was an avid gardener and an active sportsman. Bruce worked for the war effort as a machine tool operator at Bendix Aviation. He then worked for Stroehmann's, the former Avco, and retired from the former Williamsport Fabricators and Geiger Brothers in 1978. Born April 7, 1914, in Jersey Shore, he was the son of John M. and Hattie J. Fry Sewalt Sr. Surviving, in addition to his wife of Montoursville, are son, Richard L. (Mikky) Sewalt of Dover; daughter, Gail L. (Neal) Sewalt Vreeland of Poultoney, Vt.; three grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the New Hope Campus, 1157 Market St., with the Rev. Charles P. Johnson officiating. No visitation. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in Jersey Shore Cemetery. The family will provide the flowers and suggests contributions may be made to New Hope. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, September 28, 2010

SHERWOOD Harriet E. "Hattie" Sykes
95, of Hughesville, died Thursday, September 30, 2010, at the Gatehouse. She was born August 7, 1915, in Penn Township, Lycoming County, a daughter of the late Charles H. and Martha M. Houck Sherwood. On June 16, 1934, she married the late Robert P. Sykes, who died
May 5, 2000. She was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hughesville. Hattie had worked at the former Relda Apparel until her retirement in 1974. Earlier in life she had worked at Sylvania, Montoursville; the former J. K. Rishel Furniture Factory, and prepared meals in the 40 and 8, Highland Lake; the Lycoming Hotel and in area restaurants. She was a life member of the Glen Sharrow American Legion Post 35 Auxiliary, Hughesville, for over 61 years and a life member of the Women of the Moose, Williamsport, Chapter 384. Hattie enjoyed embroidery, crocheting, cooking, canning, sewing, visiting and entertaining.  She is survived by nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Anna Rynearson and Emma Evans and two brothers, Harry and William L. Sherwood.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water St., Hughesville by Rev. Cinda J. Brucker. The interment will be in the Twin Hills Memorial Park, Muncy. The family will receive friends in the funeral home Tuesday from 10 a.m. till the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Main and Academy St., Hughesville, PA 17737 or The Gate House, Divine Providence Hospital, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, October 1, 2010

SHIMKETS Lillian H. Kolczynski
83, of Montoursville, died at Cooper Hospital in Camden, N.J. on Tuesday, September 28, 2010. She was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., on September 29, 1926, a daughter of Frank and Theresa Shimkets. Lillian was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church and a homemaker. She and her husband, Bernard G. Kolczynski would have celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary on Nov. 22, 2010. Surviving, in addition to her husband, are a son, Gary D. and his wife, Pam Kolczynski of Duboistown; a daughter, Janet M. Kolczynski of Montoursville; and two grandchildren, Natalie and Leanna Kolczynski. In addition to her parents, two brothers, Larry and Frank Shimkets, and a sister, Helen, preceded her in death. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Boniface Catholic Church, 326 Washington Blvd., Williamsport at 9:30 a.m. on Friday with her pastor, Msgr. Stephen D. McGough officiating. Friends may call at the church from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Friday. Burial will be in St. Boniface Church Cemetery. Crouse Funeral Home is handling arrangements. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, September 30, 2010

SULLIVAN Mary Theresa
68, well known valley businesswoman, of 632 Stevenson St., Sayre, Pa., died
Monday Sept. 27, 2010 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. Mary was born in Sayre on Feb. 10, 1942, the daughter of the late Festus and Elizabeth Collins Sullivan. She grew up on First Street in Athens and was a graduate of Athens High School class of 1960. Following high school, Mary was employed by Ithaca College, Ithaca, N.Y. in the accounting department and also took courses at the college. She was later employed by Jim Barden at the Sayre Motor Company for a number of years until the business closed. In 1978, Mary began her career as a builder with the construction of apartments on Pennsylvania Avenue in Athens Township. In 1987, she purchased land for home development now known as Queen Esther Estates in Athens Township and through the years constructed numerous homes and apartment buildings in the area. Mary was a communicant of the former St. Joseph's Parish in Athens. She was the first woman inducted into the Sayre Rotary Club and was a local board member of the Citizens & Northern Bank. Mary served as a trustee with the Guthrie Healthcare System and was a member of the Golf for Hospice Committee, Waverly Ladies Bowling Hall of Fame and Ladies of Moose. She was an avid golfer and Notre Dame Fan. Surviving are: Her close friend, Connie M. Calveric of Sayre; brother, Dr. Thomas G. Sullivan of Decatur, Ala.; niece, Theresa Ann Smith and her husband John L. Smith of Athens Twp.; nephew, Patrick Michael Sullivan and his wife Michele L. Sullivan of Waverly, N.Y.; great-nieces, Tasha Lynn Sullivan and Shelby Morgan Sullivan; and her canine companion Molly. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother Robert J. Sullivan and by a nephew, Michael Sullivan. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday at the Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home, 314 Desmond St., Sayre, Pa. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010 at the Epiphany Parish, South Elmer Ave. Sayre, Pa. Interment will follow in St. James Cemetery, Waverly, N.Y. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to a charity or organization of one's choice in Mary Theresa Sullivan's memory. - Towanda Daily Review, September 29, 2910

TORREY Harry E. Torney, Jr.
70, of Montrose, PA, died
unexpectedly on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, at the Endless Mountains Health Systems in Montrose. He was born in Camden, NJ to the late Harry E., Sr. and Edna Meta (Buss) Torney.  Harry owned and operated the Circle T Machine Shop for over 40 years. He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman who was usually seen driving around with his dog, Speckles. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who will be missed by all who knew him. Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Mary L. Torney of Montrose; daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Dennis Oliver of Springville; son, Harry Torney, III of New Jersey; four grandchildren, Kaydee, Ben, Megan and Kelly; three sisters; a brother and many nieces and nephews. His son, Mike Torney, predeceased him. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.  Donations in Harry’s memory can be made to the South Montrose Community Church, PO Box 86, South Montrose, PA 18843. - Wyalusing Rocket Courier, September 30, 2010

WARD Virginia Ward
93, of Montour Falls, passed peacefully on September 28, 2010. Virginia is survived by her dear sister, Helen Ward; several nieces and nephews, including her special nephews: John and James Ward of Newark Valley; and her brother-in-law, William Harrington. Born on February 23, 1917 in Waverly, NY, Virginia was a daughter of Arthur and Elizabeth (Denslow) Ward. She was a home health nurse for 36 years, working mainly in the Albany area. Following retirement she and Helen resided in Florida for several years prior to moving to Montour Falls. Ginny was a talented artist with oil as her medium of choice. In her early years, she held memberships in several Artists Associations. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, October 5, at Hope Cemetery, Newark Valley. Rev. Nancy J. Adams, Pastor of First United Methodist Church, will officiate. For those wishing, kindly consider directing memorial contributions to the Activities Center of Seneca View at Schuyler Hospital, 220 Steuben St., Montour Falls, NY 14865. Ginny has resided there for almost 2 years and received very kind and loving care by all the staff. Both she and her family were very grateful for this. MacPherson Funeral Home, Newark Valley is assisting with arrangements.
 - Elmira Star Gazette, October 1, 2010

WARFLE Phillip M. Warfle, Sr.
50, of Springville, PA, died
unexpectedly on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010 at the Endless Mountains Health Systems in Montrose. He was born in Sayre to the late Robert and Ruth (Adams) Warfle.  He is survived by his seven children and their spouses, Jessica Warfle and Dustin Marbaker of Meshoppen, Carol Warfle of Lawton, Kenneth Warfle, Sr. and Danielle Grover of Wyalusing, Phillip Warfle, Jr., Christopher Warfle, Breanna Warfle and Zachary Warfle, all of Springville; nine grandchildren, Brittany, Angelina, Desiree, Damian, Hailey, Kenneth, Dakoda, Payton and Kira; five sisters; two brothers and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son, Cole Adam Robert Warfle and a sister. Phillip loved his old Ford cars. He formerly worked for Waste Management and was presently employed by Springville Wood Products. A memorial service will be held at noon on Saturday, Oct. 9 at the Assembly of God Church, Tunkhannock, officiated by Pastor Richard Womer of the Assembly of God Church. - Wyalusing Rocket Courier, September 30, 2010

WILSON Courtney Ann Cline Houseknecht
31, of Nisbet, passed into eternity Friday, September 24, 2010, at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center. Born January 27, 1979, at the Williamsport Hospital, she was the daughter of Doug and Marge (McCormack) Wilson. She and her husband, Eric "Kip" Houseknecht, were married Sept. 25, 2004. Courtney was a 1997 graduate of Jersey Shore High School and also attended Penn College. Her former places of employment were Perkins, HRSI, and she recently started a new position as a financial consultant at Evangelical Hospital, Lewisburg. She was of the Lutheran faith. Courtney is survived by her step-sister, Candi (Mark) Leisenring, and step-brother, Brett (Tammy) Wilson, both of Montoursville; uncles, Don (Kathy) McCormack and Dan (Marie) McCormack, all of Loganton, Tracy McEwen of Mountville, Doug (Marian) Cline of Mechanicsburg, Gary Cline of Pine Creek and Eric Cline; and aunt Linda McEwen of Duboistown. She also has many special cousins that are going to miss her greatly. Her favorite little people were nieces and a nephew, Lynneah Wilson, Kylie Leisenring, Alaina Leisenring, Jaden Wilson and Mya Wilson all of Montoursville. She adored children and was "Aunt" to many others. Oh, and we can't forget the love she had for her dogs, Harlie and Keddie. Courtney was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Tom and Irene McCormack, and paternal grandparents, Bill and Nancy Cline. Courtney was a fun loving person with a big heart that touched many lives. She was the type of person who would be there for you in a time of need, a very caring and nurturing person. Courtney's sense of humor was her strongest feature, she could definitely turn a frown upside down! She had many, many great friends who are all going to miss her tremendously. She was also an organ donor. Many people will now get a chance to live a better life because of her! Her pastimes were reading, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends. She was also an avid New York Yankees fan.  Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, followed by a memorial service at 4 p.m. at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St., Williamsport. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Gift of Life Donor Program, 401 N. Third St., Philadelphia, PA 19123-4101 - Williamsport Sun Gazette, September 28, 2010

WRENN Edward Jr.
Age 55, of Elmira, died
Friday, September 24, 2010, after a courageous battle with cancer. Survived by beloved spouse, Joni Wrenn (Schrage); children, Jodie Wrenn, PA, Edward (Shannon) Wrenn III, Oklahoma, Alicia (Tony) Brimmer, Elmira Heights; seven granddaughters, two grandsons; mother, Frances Wrenn, Elmira; father, Edward (Kate) Wrenn, Pine Valley; brother, Lane T. Wrenn, Millport; sisters-in-law, Kare (Chet) Hayes, Horseheads, Janny Tacchi, Horseheads, Linna (Mike) Warnken, Elmira Heights, Dawn (Randy) Potter, NC; brother-in-law, Mark (Debra) Schrage, Pine Valley; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; special friends, Doug (Kathy) Michaels and Artie Gallager and Tina Best; canine companion, Sasha. Predeceased by brother, Ricky Wrenn; brothers-in-law, Dale Trivett and Bob Tacchi. Ed loved the outdoors, being an avid fisherman, hunter, and landscaper. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Faulk Cancer Center (envelopes available at the Funeral Home). The family will receive relatives and friends at the Kalec Funeral Home Tuesday, September 28, from 6 to 7 p.m. followed immediately by his Funeral Service at 7 p.m. Pastor Jack Deyo officiating. Burial at the convenience of the family. - Elmira Star Gazette, September 27, 2010

YOUNG Margaret Elizabeth Mainus
age 97, of Lawrenceville, PA, died Sunday, September 26, 2010 at Corning Hospital. She was born April 9, 1913 in Enosburgh, VT, a daughter of Julius and Chastina (Lawrence) Young. Margaret was a school teacher in Special Education in Little Marsh, Knoxville, and Westfield Elementary Schools for 40 years. She was a member of the Episcopal Church in Westfield, the Eastern Star in Knoxville, and the Retired Teachers Association. She played the organ for area churches.  Margaret is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, David and Bernadette Mainus of Lawrenceville; a daughter, Ann Foster of Kansas City, KS; grandchildren, David Lawrence U.S. Air Force, stationed in S. Korea, Diana Lee Foster of Kansas City, KS, Margaret Ann Foster of Ventura, CA; and several great grandchildren; a brother, Irving Young of Ventura, CA. Margaret was predeceased by a son, John Bessemer.  In keeping with Margarets 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.  Buckheit Funeral Home obituary.

? HART Jean D
On October 9, 2010 at 2 p.m., Jean D. Hart will be honored at a memorial service being held at The Haft. Jean died
on June 18, 2010 in North Stonington, CT at the home of her daughter, Marelda. Jean and her husband, Harmon Glenn Hart, purchased the property in 1958 and began to convert the old sheep barn into their retirement home. The property was registered as a tree farm and thousands of seedlings were planted on the hillsides. Both Glenn and Jean cared deeply for others and began to open their home to college students and church groups for retreats and longer visits. In 1972, they decided to expand their ministry and formed a not-for-profit corporation known as The Haft, Inc. The Gaelic name has a dual meaning as “a pasture suitable for a dwelling” and as “the handle of a tool or weapon.” The 105-acre grounds with a beautiful pond is indeed a safe place to dwell, and many people have been helped to get a better grip on life over the years. Glenn died
in 1994 and Jean continued on with The Haft’s ministry over the years since then, with the leadership, service and support of many people. In 2008, a completely new Board of Trustees was formed and the mission was refocused. The Haft is a Christ-centered community offering God’s love and truth to refresh, retool and rebuild individuals, ministries and organizations. The emphasis is on building strong and healthy leaders. If you knew and loved Jean, we welcome you to honor her, her family and her legacy by attending the memorial service on Saturday, Oct. 9 at 2 p.m. The Haft is located on Haft Lane, off Shaffer’s Notch Road in Albany Township. It is five miles outside of Dushore. Directions can be found at Please call The Haft at 570-363-2189 to let us know of your intention to come. It will help us plan for parking, seating and refreshments following the service. - Wyalusing Rocket Courier, September 30, 2010
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